Obituaries 03/10/2022

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Brenda Gregory

  Brenda C. “Bugs” Gregory, 72, of Rising Sun, passed away on Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 at The Waters of Rising Sun.

  Brenda was born in Madison on January 11th, 1950, the daughter of Joy Rayles Gregory and Harry E. “Buster” Gregory, of Rising Sun.

  Brenda spent her early childhood in Patriot. Her family moved to Rising Sun, when Brenda was in the fourth grade and was a 1968 graduate of Rising Sun High School.

  Brenda began work at an early age at Anchor Glass in Greendale, Indiana where she worked several positions over the years. She retired in 2012 after 43 years of service.

  Brenda loved the outdoors and enjoyed playing softball and fishing in her younger days. In her spare time Brenda kept herself busy doing puzzles, coloring and painting. She looked forward to the times spent with family and friends playing cards or going out to eat.

  Brenda is survived by her loving parents: Buster and Joy Gregory, of Rising Sun; by her daughter, Rae Lynn Gipson and her husband Larry of Rising Sun; by her two granddaughters: Abbey Berkley and her husband Chris, and Amanda Gipson; by her two grandsons: Kyle and Korey Gipson; and by her great_grandchildren: CJ, Rorey and Adrian.

  Brenda is also survived by her cousins: Bobbi and Jeff Klein and their children Graham and Garrett; Donnie Gene and Brenda Rayles, and Mike and Cheri Rayles. Brenda is also survived by many other beloved cousins, family members, friends and her cherished dog, ‘Bella’.

  Brenda was preceded in death by her loving companion of 37 years, Ruby (Robinson) Baker in 2012.

  Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 8th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services followed the time of visitation on Tuesday, March 8th, at the funeral home. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to Ohio County EMS, Rising Sun Fire Department or Ohio County Animal Shelter. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Roxanne Jones

  Roxanne Jones, 66, of Rising Sun, passed away on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Dearborn Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Roxanne was born in Milan, Indiana on November 12th, 1955, the daughter of the late Mary (Walston) Cochran and Jerry Lee Cochran. Roxanne grew up in Rising Sun and attended school there.

  She was the wife of Roger Jones. Roxanne and Roger were married on July 4th, 2004 on the riverfront in Rising Sun. They were married over 17 years until her passing.

  Roxanne was a very active member of the Rising Sun American Legion Post #59 Auxiliary for nearly 20 years. Roxanne enjoyed going to the riverboat casinos, playing bingo and doing puzzles. She also loved being with family and friends playing cards and socializing.

  Roxanne is survived by her husband, Roger Jones, of Rising Sun; by her daughter, Holly Radcliff (Creed Holler) of Rising Sun; by her step son,Chris Jones (Ashly) of Greenwood, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Devon, Brogan and Addison Radcliff; and by her brother, Rick Cochran (Dena) of Rising Sun.

  Visitation was held on Sunday, March 6th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 7th at funeral home. Burial was at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison.

Patsy Kester

  Patsy Lou (Wolfe) Kester, age 86, of Vevay, passed away at 4:58 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Patsy entered this life on November 18th, 1935 in Kosciusko County, Indiana. She was the daughter of the late Galen B. and Flossie Faye (Ulrey) Wolfe. She was raised in Kosciusko County, Indiana and was a 1953 graduate of Sidney High School.

  Patsy was united in marriage on August 28th, 1954 to Max Wesley Kester in Kosciusko County, Indiana. This happy union of nearly 44 years was blessed with two sons: David and Terry; and a daughter, Polly.

  Patsy was a substitute teacher for Sidney High School at the young age of 18. Patsy was later employed as a clerk for Rexall Drug Store in North Manchester, Indiana for several years. She was also employed for a greenhouse in North Manchester, Indiana for several years. Patsy was later employed for S&T Company in Louisville, Kentucky for three years.

  Patsy’s family built with hand fired bricks the Eel River Church of the Brethren in Kosciusko County, Indiana, where she was a member and was baptized. Patsy was a direct descendant of King Charles Stuart, II’s granddaughter, Katherine Stuart Thompson.

  The Kester family moved to the Switzerland County community in 1982 and later moved to Jefferson County, Indiana in 1997. She enjoyed gardening, reading, learning family history, as well as, antiquing, cooking and bird watching.

  Patsy is survived by her sons: David C. Kester of Vevay and Terry L. Kester of Tallahassee, Florida; by her daughter, Polly L. Kester of Dupont, Indiana; and her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Galen B. and Flossie Faye (Ulrey) Wolfe; by her husband, Max Wesley Kester, who died on May 22nd, 1998; by her brothers: Galen Wolfe, Jr., John Wolfe, and David Stanley Wolfe; and by her sister, Joy Feist.

  Visitation was held on Monday, March 7th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, March 7th, following the time of visitation at the funeral home. Interment was held in the Brooksburg Cemetery in Brooksburg, Indiana.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or St. Scholastica Priory of Petersham, Massachusetts. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Robert ‘Bob’ Koons

  Robert Vernon “Bob” Koons, age 84, of Guilford, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away on Monday, February 28th, 2022.

  Bob was born on October 6th, 1937 in Patriot. He was one of 15 children born to Carroll Eber and Elva May (DeWitt) Koons. Bob graduated in 1956 from Patriot High School. He attended the University of Cincinnati for two years and was on the dean’s list. He later attended Cincinnati Bible College.

  On August 28th, 1960, Bob was united in marriage to Mary Florence Patterson at the Church of Christ at Florence, Indiana. This happy union of nearly 62 years was blessed with three children: Mark, Michael and Melissa.

  Bob was employed with El Grande Construction in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was also in the transportation industry for 30 years prior. Bob was a member of the Batesville Christian Church where he served as an elder and a Sunday School teacher.

  Bob and Mary moved their family from Cincinnati to their farm in Guilford, Indiana in 1969. He farmed all of his life and enjoyed fishing, carpentry, a variety of sporting events, especially NASCAR and dirt track racing. Bob also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s school events. He was always available to lend a helping hand to others and was a jack of all trades who could fix or build almost anything.

  Bob will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary; by his sons: Mark (Lisa) and Michael (Cynthia); by his daughter, Melissa; by his grandchildren: Alex, Ryan, Erin, Mallory (Myles), Evan, Amanda (Kraig), and Bo (Celeste); and by his great-grandchildren: Jackson, Carter and Alexander and a baby boy to be born in April.

  Bob is also survived by his siblings: his sisters Betty Hunt and Roberta Young (Howard); his brothers Randall (Nancy) and Rex (Judy); his sister-in-law, Bernice; and by his  many nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; by his brothers: Russell, Roy (Juanita), Ray (Mary), Ralph (Ruth), Raymond, Ronald, Richard (Brenda), Renny, and Reed; by his sister, Juanita Hunt (JW); and by his brother-in-law, Fred Hunt.

  Visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 12th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services will follow the time of vistation at noon at the funeral home.

  Graveside service will follow at the Eastview Cemetery in Patriot.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Batesville Christian Church or to the Ed Bousman Evangelistic Association gijapa.org. Cards are available at the funeral home.

James ‘Bill’ Metcalfe

  James William “Bill” Metcalfe, age 70, of Florence, Indiana, passed away at 7:40 a.m. on Sunday, March 6th, 2022, at the St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood, Kentucky.

  Bill entered this life on December 31st, 1951 in Patriot. He was the son of the late William Thomas Metcalfe and Betty Joe (Miller) Metcalfe Harding. Bill was raised in Patriot, where he attended school.

  On December 2nd, 1972, Bill was united in marriage to Linda Carol Gibson in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Bill and Linda shared nearly 47 years of marriage together until she passed from this life on March 5th, 2019.

  Bill was formerly employed for Eades Logging for several years. He also owned and operated Metcalfe Logging of Florence, Indiana for several years. Bill enjoyed trucking, working on semi trucks, welding and watching Jeopardy and Westerns on TV.

  Bill is survived by his daughter, Billie Metcalfe of Rising Sun; by his grandchildren: Will Metcalfe, Sierra Metcalfe, Chelsey Emery, Michael Emery, Destini Damerst, and Tristen Damerst; by his great-grandchildren: Ayla Savage, Kamdyn Burk Dixie Schurhamer, Ryder Emery and Christopher Jackson Baatz; by his sisters: Wanda Rudisell of Cincinnati, Ohio and Vickie Henderson of Patriot; by his half-brother, Joseph Harding; and by his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, William Thomas Metcalfe and Betty Joe (Miller) Metcalfe Harding; by his wife, Linda Carol (Gibson) Metcalfe; by his brother, Lehman Allen “Pete” Metcalfe; by his sister, Reva Fliehman; by his niece, Angela “Carol” Hardin; by his step-sons: Donald Ray and Terry Lee Gibson; and by his step-father, Joseph Harding.

  Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, March 10th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 10th, at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. James William “Bill” Metcalfe Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Beverly Vogel

  Beverly A. Vogel, 81, of North Vernon, Indiana, passed away at 8:07 a.m. on Sunday, March 6th, 2022, at Lutheran Community Home in Seymour, Indiana.

  Beverly was born on May 21st, 1940, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of Kenneth and Mary Lois (Millholland) Wilkerson.

  She was united in marriage to Charles Vogel on October 25th, 1958. He preceded her in death on December 18th, 2013.

  Known to most all who loved her as ‘Bev’, she was a faithful member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Four Corners. She had served on the Rosary Society. Bev also volunteered with the Red Cross Blood Mobile. She enjoyed playing cards with the card club. Bev liked to cook and bake, make and paint ceramics, do puzzles.

  Most of all, Bev cherished her family and all the family get-togethers over the years.

  Bev is survived by her sons: Michael (Michelle Mull) Vogel of Henryville, Indiana and Scott (Lori Leahigh) Vogel of North Vernon, Indiana; by her daughters: Melissa Skirvin of Vevay and Barbara (Scott) Walker of Indianapolis; by her 12 grandchildren; and by her 28 great-grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: Kenneth and Mary Lois Wilkerson; by her husband, Charles Vogel; by her sons: Greg and Chris Vogel; by her son-in-law, Tom Skirvin; and by her sisters: Kim Webber and Sharon Wilkerson.

  Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 10th, with the Rosary beginning at 3:30 p.m., at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral and Cremation Service, 115 South State Street, North Vernon, Indiana.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 11th, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Four Corners. Reverend Jerry Byrd will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

  Memorials can be made through the funeral home to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

  Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun American Legion.