Obituaries 02/07/19

Donald W. Allen, Larry Fair, Alice Heath


Donald W. Allen

  Donald W. “Don” Allen, age 90, of Vevay, passed away at 8:05 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019, at the Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

  Don entered this life on October 12th, 1928, at the farm house on Plum Creek Road in Switzerland County. He was the oldest son of the late Alva Clarence and Geraldine (Wiley) Allen. Don was raised in Switzerland County, and was a 1946 graduate of Vevay High School.

  Don was inducted into the United States Army on March 28th, 1951, in Indianapolis, Indiana, serving during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class on March 18th, 1952, at Camp Carson, Colorado.

  Don was united in marriage on February 26th, 1956, at the Caledonia Parsonage in Moorefield, to Thelma Jean Lowe, who preceded him in death.

  Don was employed for the Madison Proving Ground in Madison, and for the Switzerland County Soil & Water District for several years.

  On November 3rd, 1969, Don became a member of the Switzerland Lodge #122 F&AM. On December 6th, 1969, he earned his 32nd degree through the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite — an arm of the Masonic Lodge. Don received the prestigious 33rd Masonic degree on September 23rd, 1997 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At that time, Don was only one of 24 Masons from Indiana to earn the degree and only one in 10,000 Masons to receive this degree worldwide. Don was also the only Mason in Switzerland County to receive this prestigious degree.

  Don served as past master of the Switzerland Lodge #122 F&AM, and was a member of the Murat Shine, and the Southeastern Scottish Rite Club. For nearly 10 years, Don served as the 10th district chairman of the Scottish Rite Valley, covering Switzerland, Ohio, Dearborn, Franklin, Ripley, and Decatur counties. He is also an honorary member of the Florence Masonic Lodge #27, and was also an honorary member of the Bennington Lodge #257 F&AM before it merged with the Switzerland Masonic Lodge #122 F&AM. In February of 1995, Don joined the Versailles chapter of York Rite and Royal Arch Masons.

  Don was also a member of the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church in Mt. Sterling, and the Vevay American Legion Post #185.

  Don will be missed by his son, Stephen D. Allen of Vevay; by his step-sons: Marty Hankins of Vevay, and William “Bill” Hankins and his wife Janet of Panama City Beach, Florida; by his son-in-law, Carl Siefert of Columbus, Indiana; his grandchildren: Shawn, Shane, Paula, April, Amber, Angie, Michele, Tiffany, Lindsay, Brittany, Chris, Brittney, Skyla and Colton; by his great-grandchildren: Max, Mason, Audrey, Alexa, Sawyer, Rylee, Josh, Jessie, Jacob, Hailey, Austin, John, Jackson, Chloe, Isabella, Abigail, Hannah, Rebecca, Arleigh, Jexlynn, Rylee and Max; by his brother, Harold Allen of Sun City, California; his special nieces and nephews: Barry Brown of Moorefield, Doug Brown and his wife Julie of Moorefield, Jerry Brown of Portland, Oregon, Jeannie dekock of Arroyo Grande, California, Jerry Allen of Temecula, Calfironia, Bob Allen of Murrieta, California, John Allen of Palm Springs, California and Pam Brown of Dillon, Colorado.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Alva Clarence Allen, who died on May 12th, 1961 and Geraldine (Wiley) Allen, who died on September 4th, 1939; by his wife, Thelma Jean (Lowe) Allen, who died on May 12th, 2006; by his son, Mark Wayne Allen, who died on May 21st, 1989; by his great-granddaughter, Samantha Lyn Garris, who died on June 5th, 2004; by his sister, Wilma Jean Brown, who died on February 27th, 2006; by his step-mother, Helen Jean Ragsdale, who died on March 25th, 2005; by his step-daughter, Linda Siefert, who died on September 23rd, 1986; and his grandmother, Lula “Nunu” (Jane) Allen.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Friday, February 1st, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Masonic Services were conducted on Friday, February 1st.

  Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, February 2nd, by Reverend Mike Sawalich 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 in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church or Switzerland Masonic Lodge #122 F&AM. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Larry Fair

  Larry William Fair, age 66, of Lapeer, Michigan, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away on Monday, January 28th, 2019, at his residence in Lapeer, Michigan.

  He entered this life on May 29th, 1952 in Madison, the son of the late Betty Jo (Bennett) Lauderbaugh. Larry was raised in Switzerland County, and was a 1970 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

  Larry was currently employed as the Vice President and General Manager of Anand NVH North America in Imlay City, Michigan, since September 2017. Larry will be remembered for his love of vintage cars, collecting memorabilia and was a huge Purdue fan.

  Larry will be deeply missed by his daughter, Jana K. Houston (Bart Taylor) of Jeffersonville, Indiana; by his grandchildren: Lynk Ryan and Bailey Jo Houston of Jeffersonville, Indiana; by his grandmother, Stella (Romans) Bennett of Vevay; by his sister, Nila Jean Robinson and her husband Fritz of Daleville, Indiana; by his niece, Katie Jo Robinson of Daleville, Indiana; by his aunts and uncles: Gordon and Nancy Bennett of Rising Sun, Janet “Peachy” and Robert Kent of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Donna Bennett of East Enterprise; and his numerous cousins and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jo (Bennett) Lauderbaugh, who died on August 23rd, 1994; by his grandfather, Stanley L. Bennett, who died on October 5th, 1997; and by his uncle, Wayne Bennett, who died on October 16th, 2012.

  Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, February 5th, by Reverend Wayne Daugherty at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Friends were invited to call on Tuesday, February 5th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Alice Heath

  Alice Luella (Wiley) Heath of Anderson, Indiana, passed away surrounded by her family when metastatic breast cancer took her life on February 5th, 2019. Despite the cancer, her smile never dimmed. She lived graciously and courageously until the very end.

  Alice was the sixth of eight children born to Albert and Miriam (Reeder) Wiley on November 29th, 1937 in Florence, Indiana. She was raised in a loving home overlooking the Ohio River. While still in high school, she met her future husband, Gene Heath. She also knew she wanted to have a career in nursing.

  After graduating high school in 1955, she received a scholarship to nursing school and moved to Lexington, Kentucky to pursue her nursing education at the Appalachian School of Nursing. Immediately after the graduation ceremony, Gene proposed to her and they were married at the Church of Christ at Florence in Florence, Indiana on November 25, 1956.

  Alice had a passion for nursing. After moving with Gene to Anderson, Indiana in 1959, she worked at St. John’s Hospital and then helped to open Community Hospital in 1962. Most of the time, she worked at Community in the newborn nursery, which she loved. She worked at Community until her retirement after 31 years of service. After retirement, she enjoyed traveling and visiting her family. She continued to work as a volunteer at the hospital until her illness made it too difficult.

  Besides loving her family, she also loved going to church, the Highland High School Band, the Cincinnati Reds, camping and traveling all over the world with Gene. A large part of that travel was by motorcycle. Alice was a member of the Anderson First Baptist Church.

  Left to cherish her memory are: her husband of 62 years, Elbert Eugene “Gene” Heath; her children: Terry (Janice) Heath, Tamera (Ron) Veverka, and Timothy (Terri) Heath; her six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; her sister, Alberta Pickett, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert, Norman and Ivan; sisters, Winnifred, Joyce and Mary K.

  Services will be held on Sunday, February 10th, at 4 p.m. at Loose Funeral Homes and Crematory, 200 West 53rd Street, Anderson, Indiana, 46013. The service will be officiated by Dr. Art Jaggard and Rev. Barton Howard. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service. Burial will take place in East Maplewood Cemetery at a later date.

  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Church of Christ at Florence, 502 Hill Road, Florence, Indiana, 47020.