Obituaries 01/12/2023


Robert Elliott

  Robert Raymond Elliott, 29, passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 4th, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Robert was born on May 3rd 1993. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School in Rising Sun, but was known and loved all over the tristate area. He is mourned by family and friends, including his work family at Nick’s American Cafe in Cleves, Ohio.

  He is survived by his mother, Renee Thielen Elliott; by his grandfathers: Charles Lindsley and Ronald Thielen; by his brother Russell (Elizabeth) Elliott; by his sister Katherine (Zac) Elliott; by his nephews: Channing and Charlie Elliott; by his niece Chesney Elliott; and by his son, Nico.

  He is preceded in death by his father, George Elliott; and by his grandmothers: Barbara Lindsley and Minnie Thielen.

  A celebration of Robert’s life will be held at Nick’s American Cafe, 248 South Miami Avenue in Cleves, Ohio, this Saturday, January 14th, from 2-5 p.m.

  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be made to the Robert Elliott Trust for the benefit of his beloved son.

Mary Byrd

  Mary Christine (Wheeler) Byrd, age 71, of Fairview, Indiana, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 2nd, 2023 at her residence.

  Mary entered this life on August 20th, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was raised in Elmwood Place, Ohio where she attended school.

  Mary was united in marriage on December 9th, 1967 to Bro. Hobert Edward Byrd in Elmwood Place, Ohio. Mary and Hobert shared over 55 years of marriage together and were blessed with three children.

  Mary was a wonderful homemaker and was a faithful member of the Fairview Baptist Church. Mary enjoyed sewing, singing, playing guitar, crafts, baking and shopping, especially going thrift shopping.

  Mary will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Bro. Hobert Edward Byrd of Fairview; by her sons: Jedidiah Byrd of Bennington and Christopher Byrd of Garden City, Idaho; by her daughter, Vickie Wisor and her husband Steve of Greendale, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Bradley Koons, Gabrielle Koons, Elijah Koons, Sean Wisor, Caley Wisor, Kiera Wisor, Zavier Byrd, Jaylyn Byrd, Eden Byrd, Madesyn Byrd, Nathaniel Byrd, Carson Byrd and Caleb Byrd; by her great-grandchildren: Ayva Koons, River Koons and Brody Byrd; by her brother, Larry Wheeler and his wife Elsie of Indianapolis, Indiana; by her sisters: Thresa Riordan of Milford, Ohio and Marlyn Weaver of Maineville, Ohio; by her sisters-in-law: Carolyn Wheeler of Lebanon, Ohio and Elaine Wheeler of Mainville, Ohio; and by her numerous nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Wheeler, who died on March 5th, 1995; by her mother, Alma Mae (Gerkey) Wheeler, who died on November 6th, 1990; by her brothers: Chester Jasper Wheeler, who died on August 27th, 2014, William Roy “Bill” Wheeler, who died on June 4th, 2022, Charles Jeffrey Wheeler, who died on August 13th, 2018 and Curtis Herman “Curtie” Wheeler, who died on October 12th, 2014; and by  her sister, Artie Louella Godbey, who died on August 5th, 1992.

  Visitation was held on Saturday, January 7th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services were conducted following the time of visitation on Saturday, January 7th, by Brother John Hale and Danny Byrd, at the funeral home.

  Interment rites were conducted on Monday, January 9th, in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel in Madison.

Donald Thomas

  Donald S. Thomas, age 88, of Patriot, passed away at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 7th, 2023 at his residence.

  Donald entered this life on October 2nd, 1934 in Florence, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late Ralph Leroy Thomas, Sr. and Lillian Leona (Skirvin) Thomas. He was raised on Sugar Creek in Gallatin County, Kentucky and attended school in Warsaw, Kentucky.

  Donald was united in marriage on June 11th, 1955 to Lulu Belle Powers at the Florence Christian Church. This happy union of over 67 years was blessed with a daughter, Donna and a son, Anthony.

  Initially, Donald was drafted into the United States Army until they found out he was working on a barge and was drafted into the Navy. Donald was inducted into the United States Navy on November 21st, 1955 in Cincinnati, Ohio and was honorably discharged on August 27th, 1957. He was transferred to the reserves and was discharged in 1961.

  Donald was employed for B&O Railroad in Covington, Kentucky for three months and for Ashland oil for nine months. In 1954, Donald was employed for General Motors in Norwood, Ohio, retiring in 1984 after 30 years of service.

  He received the Silver Star Farmers Award in 2017. He also served three terms on the FSA committee. He was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396. He was a former member of the Concord Community Church in Patriot. Donald was a member of the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church.

  Donald enjoyed farming all of his life, raising tobacco, cattle, hay and grain. Donald had a passion for running his bulldozer and his International Harvester tractor. He took great pride in everything that he did. He also loved tinkering on everything and keeping a meticulous home and lawn. There was nothing Donald couldn’t fix; he was a jack of all trades.

  Donald and Lulu Belle played music in various churches for several years. They made music together their entire married life. He loved bluegrass gospel music and could play numerous instruments.

  Donald will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Lulu Belle (Powers) Thomas of Patriot; by his daughter, Donna L. Knaus and her husband Barry of Vevay; by his son, Anthony R. Thomas and his wife Venita of Patriot; by his grandchildren: Jessica Gibbs, Natalie Dickerson, Justin Thomas and Evan Graham; by his great-grandchildren: Lillian Gibbs, Landon Gibbs, Arya Dickerson, Tucker Dickerson, Easton Thomas and Mason Thomas; by his sister, Barbara Ann Jones of Batesville, Arkansas; by his sister-in-law, Joan Thomas of Worthville, Kentucky; and by his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Leroy Thomas, Sr., who died on October 17th, 1982; by his mother, Lillian Leona (Skirvin) Thomas, who died on July 5th, 2003; by his brothers: Ralph Thomas, Jr., who died on March 2nd, 2004 and Harold Wayne Thomas, who died on September 23rd, 2008; by his sister, Ovida Faye Young, who died on December 18th, 2008; and by his son-in-law, Brett Lee Graham, who died on February 16th, 2008.

  Visitation was held on Tuesday, January 10th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, January 11th, at the funeral home.

  Interment and full military rites were conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 at the Vevay Cemetery.

Mark Kirkpatrick

  Mark Edward Kirkpatrick, 49, of Rising Sun, passed away on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023 at his residence.

  Mark was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas on October 10th, 1973, the son of Linda (Valencia) and Kenneth Wayne Kirkpatrick of Rising Sun. He was a 1992 graduate of Fairfield High School in Fairfield, California.

  Mark lived his life to the fullest with a love for the game of golf. He enjoyed to hunt and fish when ever possible and was a big  Redskins fan.  His heart was full of love and laughter. He will be deeply missed by all that new him. 

  In addition to his loving parents, Mark is also survived by brothers: Rick Kirkpatrick and Steve Kirkpatrick; by his nieces: Savanah, Karley, and Briana Kirkpatrick; by his nephews: Zach Kirkpatrick and Stephen Kirkpatrick; by his great niece Jae Lynn Kirkpatrick; and by his great nephews: Ryan Rieger, Kashton Kirkpatrick and Zackary Kirkpatrick, Jr.

  Mark is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

  Mark is preceded in death by maternal grandparents: Henry and Helen Valencia; by his paternal grandparents Marvin and Anita Kirkpatrick; by his uncle Henry Valencia Jr.; by his aunt Marcia Kay Roberts; and by his nephew Richard Devon Kirkpatrick.

  No public services will be held.

  Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family during this difficult time.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairview Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.