Obituaries 03/11/2021

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Bryanna Curlin

  Bryanna Michelle Curlin, age 30, of Vevay, Indiana earned her heavenly wings after an accident on Monday, January 18th, 2021. She passed away on Thursday, January 21st, 2021.

  Bryanna was born on March 12th, 1990 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, to Paul Curlin and Belinda (Danner) Curlin Rogers. Although she endured epilepsy throughout her life, Bryanna was a beautiful, sweet soul who left her mark on the lives of those closest to her.

  Bryanna was affectionately nicknamed “Nannerbean.” She loved the simple things in life. She loved to be read to, watching Disney movies, elephants, playing with her “finger thingies,” and most of all, she loved her family dearly. She would light up every time she got to spend time with her sister, brother, mom, step-dad, and especially her daddy.

  She will be deeply missed by her mother, Belinda Rodgers and her husband Bo of Vevay; by her father, Paul Curlin and his wife Vicki Thomas of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; by her sister, Stacia and her husband Steve Rech and their daughters Shaelyn and Shelby of Harrison, Ohio; by her brother, Greg Curlin of Vevay; and by her grandparents, Paul and Beverly Curlin and Mike and Anita Danner of Vevay, and Art and Carolyn “Cookie” Gakstatter of Winona Lake, Indiana.

  She will also be lovingly missed by her aunts: Angie Tom and her husband Kyle, and Andee Tilden and her husband Ryan of Warsaw, Indiana, Jennifer Lamkin and her husband Mark of Louisville, Kentucky, Elyssa Smoot, and Trina Danner of Jacksonville, Florida, and Allison Martin and her husband Jon of Noblesville, Indiana; as well as her uncle, Scott Curlin and his wife Amanda and their families; and her many cousins.

  A celebration of her life will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 13th, at the Community Art Center of Switzerland County, 217 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. A balloon release will be held at 3 p.m. at the Paul Ogle Park.

  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Bryanna’s memory to cureepilepsy.org or to a charity of your choice. In honor of Bryanna and her family, please do a random act of kindness.

  Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Bonita Halcomb

  Bonita Jo Halcomb, 59 of Linefork, Kentucky, passed away on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

  Bonita was the daughter of the late Lue and Minnie Caudill Roark. She was the widow of Bob Halcomb.

  She is survived by her three sons: Willie Halcomb, Waylon (Vanessa) Halcomb, and Walker Halcomb all of Linefork, Kentucky; by her four brothers: Mark Roark of Linefork, Kentucky, Jim Roark of Holton, Indiana, John Roark of North Vernon, Indiana, and Joe Roark of Osgood, Indiana; by her three sisters: Martha Hammons of Canaan, Indiana, Tina Wingate of Canaan, Indiana, and Bonnie Kieffer of Holton, Indiana; and by her grandchildren: Hunter Halcomb and Layla Halcomb.

  Bonita was preceded in death by her grandchild: Emily Vinzwaila Halcomb.

  Funeral services were held on Friday, March 5th, at the Letcher Funeral Home Chapel, 102 Main Street, Whitesburg, Kentucky, 41858, with Roger Fields officiating. Visitation was held on Friday, March 5th, at the funeral home; and burial was held on Saturday, March 6th, at the Halcomb Cemetery in Linefork, Kentucky.

  In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to help with the funeral expenses.

Larry Hastings

  Larry Clifton Hastings, 83, of Moores Hill, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021, at his residence.

  Larry was born in Ohio County on July 4th, 1937, the son of the late Florence (Clifton) Hastings and Ezra Stewart Hastings. Larry grew up in Ohio County and was a 1956 graduate of Rising Sun High School.

  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

  Larry was the loving husband of Carol (Jordan) Hastings. Larry and Carol were married on September 17th, 1993.

  Larry retired from the Anchor Glass Company in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, with over 40 years of service. He was a member of  the Greendale First Church of Christ.

  Larry enjoyed coon and squirrel hunting, and was a former member of the Ohio Valley Coon Hunters Club. He also liked fishing and trapping and anything to do with the outdoors. He also loved his dogs, ‘Mork’ and ‘Mindy’. Larry had a great sense of humor and was an excellent storyteller.

  Larry is survived by his loving wife, Carol Hastings, of Moores Hill, Indiana; by his daughter, Dee Dee Helton (David), of Rising Sun; by his two sons: Jeff Hastings (Liz), of Rockport, Indiana and Randy Hastings (Chris), of Okeana, Ohio; by his stepson, Steven Fuchs (Erin), of Brookville, Indiana; and by his stepdaughter, Kim Barrows (Chad), of Moores Hill, Indiana.

  Larry is also survived by his 15 grandchildren: Heather White, Kristin Rice, Rodney Hopkins, Jessica Hopkins, Allison Hastings, Lauren Stark, Deitrich Banschbach, Kilah Neu, Eli Helton, Paige Helton, Emily Fuchs, Steven Fuchs, Mason Schwass, Kaleb Barrows and Cody Barrows; and by her 12 great grandchildren: Kiya, Adin, Rodney, Rowan, Wyatt, Lucian, Wrynn, Clementine, Deacon, Kamden, Wade and Walker.

  Funeral services were held on Monday, March 8th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Pastor Tim Russell officiating. Visitation was held prior to the service on Monday, March 8th at funeral home. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to Greendale First Church of Christ.

Deron Johnson

  Deron Kane Johnson, beloved husband, father, “PeePaw”, and son passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 25th, 2021 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. His final moments were spent with his wonderful wife and surrounded by loved ones via FaceTime.

  Born March 1st, 1965 in Covington Kentucky, Deron lived a wonderful life of 55 years and 361 days with no regrets. He was a man of true character. He did everything his way, with a smile, laugh, and a possible apology.

  Deron’s family lived in Switzerland County while he was growing up, and leaves a large extended family in Switzerland County.

  Deron’s greatest pride was his family: his wife of 35 years, his two daughters, his son-in-law, and his granddaughter. He was the greatest friend, brother, uncle, great uncle, and bonus dad to so many.

  He courageously battled Stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme for 28 months and three days and never complained. He was a true hero and warrior. Deron’s last act was truly selfless, the way he always lived. He donated his eyes to another MD Anderson Cancer Patient. Now, someone gets to see life through his eyes: full of vibrance, joy, and always seeing the best in every person and situation.

  Deron is survived by his true love and best friend, Dianne Johnson; by his oldest daughter Meagan Hart and her husband Michael Hart; and his granddaughter, Sawyer Grace Hart. He is also survived by his youngest daughter, Melodie Johnson; by his mother, Thirla (Judy) Johnson; by his sister, Rae Jean Johnson and her husband Ken and their kids: Kevin Johnson (Amber Johnson), Stephen Johnson (Amanda Johnson and daughter Caroline), and Derek Johnson.

  Deron was proceeded in death by his father, Raymond Johnson; and Snickers Johnson.

  The family will celebrate Deron’s life with our family and friends at a later date, the way he wanted to be celebrated: with a party where everyone talks about him!

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation, in Deron’s Name to:

MD Anderson: Or join us for a 5K in Deron’s honor through: Head for the Cure: As always, we appreciate everyone that has continued to support our family while taking a wild ride on the Deron Express.

Loren ‘Bobby’ Peters

  Loren Robert “Bobby” Peters, 71, loving father of three,  passed away on Sunday February 28th, 2021.

  He was born on January 1st, 1950 in Fort Knox Kentucky, to Robert and Geraldine Peters. He lived the first years of his childhood in France while his father served in the Army.

  He grew up in Southern Indiana where he made many life long friends. He graduated from Switzerland County High School in 1969 with two years of vocational school.

  He was united in marriage to Sharon Lynn Harmon in September of 1969, and from this union the couple had two children: Dustin and Angie.

  In 1975 he moved to California where he lived and worked until he moved to Minnesota.

  In 1988 he was united in marriage to Linda Dee, and to this union a son was born, Andrew.

  He was a Millwright and worked at Gopher Resources from 1985-2009. He retired in 2009. Bobby enjoyed spending time with his son Andy and visiting Dustin and Angie, friends and family in Indiana. He loved to fish and play poker. 

Friends and family would say that when they were with him they always had a good time.

  He is survived by his three children: Dustin and his wife Susan, Angie and her husband Kyle, and Andrew; by his two grandsons: Jalen and Brady Peters; by his two step grandsons: Kenny and Nick Bluel; by his three sisters: Judy Moore, Jackie Johnson and Mary Jane Hambrick; and by one uncle, two aunts, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents.

  As per his request there will be no services.

Betty Pike

  Betty Elzina (Birgel) Pike, 89, of Vevay, passed away on Friday, March 5th, 2021, at her residence.

  Betty was born on April 12th, 1931 in Hamilton, Ohio, the daughter of Marion Edgar and Elva S. (Stevenson) Birgel. She earned her GED from Seven Mile High School in Seven Mile, Ohio.

  Betty was united in marriage to James Edward Pike and they shared several years of marriage together until he passed away on August 8th, 1997.

  Betty was employed in central supply for Fort Hamilton Hospital, retiring after more than 30 years of service.

  Betty loved her kids, her grandchildren and her dog, ‘Wiggles’.

  Betty is survived by her daughter, Marian Grosse of Vevay; by her step-daughters: Cindy of Ohio and Terri of Hamilton, Ohio; and her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: Marion Edgar and Elva S. (Stevenson) Birgel; by her son, Sonny Napper; by her sister, Mary Wells; and by her brother, William Birgel.

  Betty’s wishes were for her body to be donated to science and to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to medical science.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Animal Shelter. Cards are available at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay, which is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Phillip Porter

  Phillip Eugene Porter, 59, Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Manville, Indiana, passed away at 12:57 a.m. on Friday, March 5th, 2021, surrounded by family, after a long battle with Small Cell Lung Cancer. 

  Phillip entered this life on September 24th, 1961 in Alva, Oklahoma. He resided in Amarillo, Texas, where he graduated high school and then joined the U.S. Navy in July of 1980.

  During his service to his country, he earned the Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 1 star, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle “E” Award, Overseas Ribbon (2), Navy Achievement Medal and the Second Good Conduct Award. He was a class “C” radioman and served on the Monticello and Tripoli E.

  During his time in the service, he married Lillie Ann in 1982. The couple had a son, James Porter in 1985, who was the love of his life.

  Phil was honorably discharged on February 8th, 1991; and after serving his country in the Navy, Phillip moved from San Diego, California to St. Petersburg, Florida where he worked with his father in communications until 1999.

  In 1999, Phillip moved to Manville, Indiana, where he married Gina Geyman and operated the Manville General Store. He enjoyed making “BBQ with Attitude” and smoking brisket. In 2000, Phil rejoined the communication profession as a telecommunication specialist at Belterra Casino, along with meeting his future wife Shannon, in IT.

  As his career progressed, he worked for the VA Medical Center as a senior VoIP system engineer until December 2016. He semi-retired, moving to Nevada in 2016. Phil and Shannon remained friends throughout the years until they began dating in 2014. Shannon and Phil were married July 29th, 2018 with family and friends present.

  Phil enjoyed fishing, tinkering with electronics, and the stock market. Phillip made a difference in our lives and will be missed a great deal.

  Phillip is survived by his wife, Shannon Porter of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Switzerland County; by his sister, Rhonda Porter of Texas; by his children: James Matthew Porter and his wife Brandy of St Petersburg, Florida, Ashley Hall of Florence, Indiana, Brittany Perkins and her husband Shane Perkins of Florence, Indiana, Cody Hoffman of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Switzerland County, and Tara Hoffman of Vevay; by his grandchildren: Emma James Porter, David Walker, Brianna Walker, Bryson Reynolds, Peyton M. Turner, Lane Turner, Peyton B. Perkins, Braxton Perkins and Jrue Pulver; by his niece, Jennifer Porter; by his aunts: Cheryl Porter, Gloria Smith, Beverly Lyons and Jamie Laman; by his uncles: Leroy Porter and James Laman; and by his cousins: Kimberly Johnson, Summer Lyons, Tracy Porter, Travis Porter, David, Christy, Sean Smith, Paul, Susan Porter, Michael Laman and Jill Peavy.

  He was preceded in death by his grandma Norma Keller; his grandpa Kenneth Porter; his grandma Martha Pauline Dunn; and his grandpa James Earl Laman Sr.; by his father, Edwin Eugene Porter, who died in 2019; by his mother, Phyllis Ann Laman, who died in 2010; and by his cousin, Kelley Smith, who died in 2021.

  Services will be announced at a later date at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive, Madison, Indiana, 47250.

  Memorial Donations made be made to the National Military Family Association. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Travis Webster

  Travis Michael Webster, 32, of Perry Park, Kentucky, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away unexpectedly due to a seizure and was found at 8:24 a.m. on Friday, March 5th, 2021 in the Kentucky River in Owen County, Kentucky.

  Travis entered this life on April 5th, 1988 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He was the loving son of Barry Lynn Webster, whom — preceded him in death — and Carolyn Jo (Darbro) Webster Lee.

  He was raised in Switzerland County, and was a 2007 graduate of Switzerland County High School. While in school, Travis enjoyed participating in Future Farmers of America (FFA) and Switzerland County 4-H and was active in cross country, baseball and basketball.

  He was named the Most Valuable Player for his outstanding three games played in the basketball sectionals in 2006. Travis also enjoyed playing on the Madison American Legion Baseball team.

  Travis worked alongside his father for Webster Concrete in Vevay from 2003-2009. He was also employed for Honda Manufacturing in Greensburg, Indiana in 2013. Travis was later employed for L&M Concrete in Rising Sun, from 2016-2018 and North American Stainless in Ghent, Kentucky from 2018-2019. Travis recently was to begin working as a concrete finisher for East & Westbrook Construction in Goshen, Kentucky.

  Travis resided all of his life in the Switzerland County community before moving to Perry Park, Kentucky in April of 2019. For fun, you could find Travis outdoors going fishing and hunting as well as going to dirt tracks watching late model races and spending quality time with his children. Travis will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends.

  Travis leaves behind to treasure his memory his six year old son, Travis Michael Webster, II of Perry Park, Kentucky, and his five year old daughter, Krosley Jo’Lynn Webster of Perry Park, Kentucky; his heartbroken mother and step-father, Carolyn Jo (Darbro) and Larry Lee of Perry Park, Kentucky; his brothers: Clinton Greene and his fiancée Rachel Neff Louisville, Kentucky and Barry Lynn Webster, II and his wife Samantha of Shelbyville, Indiana; his sisters: Michelle Kathleen Breeck of Milton, Kentucky and Stacey Knight and her husband Mike of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; his step-brother, Patrick Lee of Perry Park, Kentucky; his maternal-grandmother, Norma (Dilts) Darbro-Earls of Vevay; his maternal aunts and uncles: Beanie and Mark Driver of East Enterprise, Debbie Simpson of Vevay, Billie Kuhen of Vevay, Jill Darbro of Madison, Larry and Debra Darbro of Florence, Indiana, Bobby Darbro of Vevay, Fred Earls of Madison, Mike and LuAnn Earls of Lakeland, Florida, Bill and Nelda Earls of Fayetteville, Ohio, Sharon and Darrell Hansel of Vevay, and Mary Catherine “Cathy” Darbro of Madison; and his numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Barry Lynn Webster, who died on September 23rd, 2016; by his maternal-grandfather, Roy Darbro; by his paternal-grandparents: Raymond Lee and Emma Kathleen (Hambrick) Webster; by his uncles: Gregory Dale Webster, Ricky Webster, Larry Webster, Raymond Webster, Charles Denver Darbro, Melvin Gayle Darbro, Gary Ray Darbro and Paul “Kenny” Darbro; and his by aunts, Sandra Upton and Patricia Morrison.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Wednesday, March 10th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, March 11th, at 11 a.m., by Brother Bimp McAllister and Tim Osborne at the funeral home. 

 Interment will follow in the Concord Cemetery, Patriot.

  Due to COVID-19, masks are required along with social distancing.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Travis Michael Webster Memorial Fund for funeral expenses c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Gerald ‘Bush’ White

  Gerald Bueford “Bush” White, 96, of Rising Sun, passed away on Thursday, March 4th, 2021, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

  Bush was born in Switzerland County on November 16th, 1924, the son of the late Abbie (Lothridge) White and Matthew White.

  Bush married Frances M. “Fanny” (Poling) White on June 25th, 1950 at the New Liberty Baptist Church in East Enterprise. Bush and Fanny were married nearly 65 years until her passing in 2015.

  Bush proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a Tec-5 during World War II. He served with Co. I, 41st Armored Infantry, 2nd Division. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and was in the 3rd wave at Omaha Beach on D-Day.

  While in service, Bush earned the following medals: Combat Infantryman’s Badge, WWII Occupation Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Expert Rifle Badge, Europe-Africa-Middle East Medal with three bronze stars, Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in battle at Puffendorf, Germany.

  Bush worked at different jobs over the years including; Schenley Distillery, B & H Construction, Joe White Motors and Rising Sun Utilities. He operated his own business, White’s Electric for several years. Bush also worked for the Rising Sun Police Department and was a former member of the Rising Sun Fire Department.

  He was also a member of the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge and Lions Club. Bush enjoyed bowling and loved to fish. Many family vacations were spent heading north on a fishing trip. Everyone in Rising Sun knew Bush and he will be deeply missed.

  Bush is survived by his daughter, Diane Bowling (Brian) of Rising Sun; by his three sons: Gerald “Ed” White (Donna) of Rising Sun; Kenneth ‘Kenny” White (Patty) of Manchester, Indiana, and Robert “Bobby” White (Yolanda) of Rising Sun; and by his sister, Wanda Lee Chase of Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Bush is also survived by his 15 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife, Fanny; by his granddaughter, Sallie Jean White; by his brothers: Dick, Bill, Jess, Jimmy Doc and Bobby White; by his sisters: Helen Adams and Mary K. Facemire; and by his infant siblings, Tommy and Amie K. White.

  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 9th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Pastor Jim Jenkins officiating. Visitation was held on Monday, March 8th at the funeral home. Burial with military honors was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun Fire Department or Rising Sun First Baptist Church.