Obituaries 02/21/2019


David Hewitt, 49, of Florence, Indiana, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 13th in Carrollton, Kentucky.  David was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, on April 9th, 1969 to Paul and Rosalie “Rosie” (Lawson) Hewitt. He was a 1987 graduate of Rising Sun High School. He went on to attend Vincennes University and the Indiana Police Academy where he graduated with a degree in law enforcement.  David was born and raised in Rising Sun, and after a short stint away at school and in other departments in Southeastern Indiana, he returned to his roots in 1998. His loyalty to his small corner of the world is unrivaled. David spent the majority of his life working to make Rising Sun a better place to live and raise children. He loves this town and the people who make it home.  He served Southeastern Indiana as a law enforcement officer for 27 years at the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office, the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office, the Lawrenceburg Police Department and the Rising Sun Police Department, joining Rising Sun in 1998 and becoming its Police Chief in 2004.  David was the loving father to two children, Olivia Jane and David Andrew (Drew). He was a devoted Dad from the start, always putting his children first in all aspects of his life. He loved being a Dad, and that was evident in his blog entries, “Along the Trail” articles, and Facebook posts. David worked tirelessly to give his children the best childhood. He taught them the value of trust, the importance of humility and respect, and instilled in them a love of the outdoors. David shared many, many days in nature with both Olivia and Drew.  On October 14th, 2017, David married Donna (Taylor) Hewitt. It was a love story for the ages, one that began their junior year of high school. As they graduated and went on to college, they went their separate ways but eventually found their way back to each other and were reunited in marriage 30 years later.  Through this marriage David gained two “bonus” children, Jake and Sydney, whom he adored dearly.  David was an avid outdoorsman. In his spare time, he could be found hunting, fishing, shooting archery, and even making sketches of the outdoors. He also spent time helping his wife, Donna, at her horse farm.  He was Vice President, and soon to be elected President, of Compton Traditional Bowhunters. Through the organization he impacted many lives and gained many friendships.  David is survived by his loving wife, Donna (Taylor) Hewitt of Florence; by his children: Olivia and Drew; by his parents Paul and Rosie Hewitt of Rising Sun; by his sister Denise (Russell) Taylor of St. Leon, Indiana; and his sister, Lisa(David) Williams of Rising Sun. He is also survived by his wife’s children: Jake and Sydney Taylor, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 20th at the Rising Sun High School. Visitation was held at the high school on Tuesday, February 19th.  Memorial donations may be made to: Compton Traditional Bowhunters, P,O, Box 50, Mahomet, Illinois, 61853 ( All donations will go towards their youth program. Donation cards are also available through the funeral home. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun, IN serving the family.

Shaw Spurlock  Shaw W. Spurlock, 64, of Hobart, Indiana, passed away on February 14th, 2019.  He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Cheryl; loving daughter Tracey (Josh) Coons; granddaughters: Alexis, Brooklyn and Caylee; by his mother Virginia Spurlock; his sister Karen Spurlock; his buddy dog ‘Wrigley’, and friends and family.  Shaw is preceded in death by his father Shaw “Wayne” Spurlock; by his sister-in-law Donna “Dee” Maples; and other family members.  He retired after 29 years of service with the Lake County Sheriff Department as a Detective. He was one of the detectives who worked tirelessly on the homicide case involving Linda Bennitt of Vevay, and became very close to the family through his tireless investigation to make sure the person responsible was brought to justice.  He loved sports, his Chicago Cubs, watching his granddaughter’s softball games, and babysitting them. He loved his music. He was loved and will be missed by many.  Visitation took place on Tuesday, February 19th, at the Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 370 North County Line Road, Hobart, Indiana, 46342; with the funeral service following the visitation on Tuesday, February 19th, at the funeral home. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery, Portage, Indiana. For further information, visit

Donald Moeller 

Donald L. Moeller of Versailles, loving husband and father of three, passed away at his home on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019.  Donald was born in New Palestine, Indiana, on February 1st, 1934, the son of Raymond H. and Wilna Curry Moeller.  He was married to Pauline Hernly on November 20th, 1960 and together they raised one son, Mark, and two daughters: Marcilynn and Kathline.  Donald was a 1952 graduate of New Palestine High School and continued on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Purdue University in 1956. He served two years in the United States Army in Germany.  He worked 23 years as an FHA appraiser for the United States Department of Agriculture; and later as a real estate appraiser for local banks — including the Ripley County Bank, the Vevay Deposit Bank, and the Napoleon State Bank.  Donald was a licensed pilot, an avid reader, and a member of the Cornerstone Community Fellowship in Madison.