Obituaries 03/14/2019

Kathy Burton, Samuel Cowens, Gerald Dittmer, Richard Cody Farr, Linda Metcalfe, Albert Powers, Irma Whitham

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Samuel Cowens

  Samuel Cowens, 81, of  Dillsboro, Indiana, (formerly of Lawrenceburg) passed away at 3:07 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 at The Waters of Dillsboro.

  Samuel was born in Campbell County, Kentucky, on August 4th, 1937, the son of the late Pearl Louise (Landers) and Samuel Jackson Cowens.

  On July 28th, 2010, Samuel married Norma Jane Fox, who passed away on February 15th, 2015.

  Samuel had worked at Texas Instruments.

  Samuel is survived by his sons: Richard, James, Paul, Mark and Joseph Cowens; by his stepsons: Joseph and Patrick Fox; by his stepdaughter, Therese Harmon; and by many grandchildren and step grandchildren.

  At Samuel’s request, no public service will be held. Burial will be at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun serving the family.

Kathy Burton

  Kathy Sue (Green) Burton, age 65, of Moorefield, passed away at 2:25 p.m. on Friday, March 8th, 2019, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Kathy entered this life on August 17th, 1953, in Shelbyville, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late Arthur “Buddy” and Olive Frances (Baatz) Green. She attended the Switzerland County High School in Vevay.

  Kathy was united in marriage on March 11th, 1988, in Bedford, Kentucky, to James “Jim” Burton. Kathy and Jim shared 31 years of marriage together until her death.

  Kathy was employed for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay for 28 years. Kathy was also employed as a slot attendant for Belterra Casino and Resort for four years. Kathy was employed as a stocker for Walmart, retiring after nine years of service.

  She resided in the Switzerland County community since 1962. Kathy attended the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church. Kathy will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends.

  Kathy will be lovingly remembered by her husband, James Edward “Jim”  Burton of Moorefield; by her daughter, Pennie Rabe-Fleener and her husband Shane Fleener of North Vernon, Indiana; by her son, Gary Jones of Madison; by her step-daughter, Suzanne McStoots and her husband Paul of Louisville, Kentucky; by her grandchildren: Zarek, Zakira, Chandler, Jessie and Cory; by her step-grandchildren: Benjamin, Kalynn and Morgan; by her brothers: Larry Green and his wife Frances of Madison and Richard Green of Kentucky; and her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur “Buddy” Green, who died on July 23rd, 2011 and Olive Frances (Baatz) Green, who died on August 11th, 2005.

  Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, March 12th, by Reverend Mike Sawalich, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Monday, March 11th, at the funeral home.
  Memorial contributions may be made to Keeping Pace Cancer Fund, c/o The Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Gerald Dittmer

  Gerald Edwin Dittmer, 85, of Ohio County, Indiana, passed away at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 at The Waters of Rising Sun.

  Gerald was born on Short Ridge near Mount Sinai in Dearborn County, Indiana on July 1st, 1933, the son of the late Edith L. (Warner) and Frederick Edwin “Ed” Dittmer. Gerald grew up in Dearborn County and attended school in Moores Hill.

  He married June (Robinson) Dittmer on April 26th, 1952. Gerald and June were married over 66 years until her passing less than a year ago, on June 24th, 2018.

  Gerald retired in 1988 from the Alton Box Factory in Aurora, Indiana, after over 33 years of service.

  He attended the Rising Sun Church of Christ. As a young man, Gerald enjoyed fishing in Laughery creek and hunting the hills on Arlington road. In 1961 Gerald and June purchased the Potter farm in Ohio county. He worked tirelessly between the Box factory and the farm loving every hour of it. He was a devoted husband, loving father and friend to many.

  Gerald is  survived by two daughters: Sherry Bailey, of Rising Sun and Lisa Morton and her husband Mark, of Rising Sun; by his two sons: Eddie Dittmer and wife Cindy of Rising Sun and Kelly Dittmer, of Aurora, Indiana; by eight grandsons: Michael Bailey, Gerald Andrew Bailey, David Bailey, Nathan Bailey, Eean Bailey, Michael Dittmer, Daniel Edwin Dittmer and Derek Dittmer; and by 19 great-grandchildren. Gerald is also survived by a sister, Patsy Dittmer of Versailles, Indiana; by a brother, Russell Dittmer, of Moores Hill, Indiana; by brother-in-law Russell Robinson and wife Jean, of Rising Sun; by sister-in-law Myrt Bennett and husband Loren of Rising Sun; and by brother-in-law, Benny Walker of Rising Sun.

  Funeral services were held on Monday, March 11th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun with Brother Don Thomason officiating. Friends were invited to call on Sunday, March 10th, at the funeral home. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Richard Cody Farr

  Richard Cody Farr, 20, of Rising Sun, passed away Monday, March 4th, 2019 at his residence.

  Cody was born in Savannah, Georgia on May 17th, 1998. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 2016 and was a member of National Honor Society and Hoosier Boys State.

  Cody formerly worked for Belterra Casino Resort as a laundry attendant. Cody went on to proudly serve his country in the U.S. Navy during Operation Inherent Resolve. While in service, Cody earned the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon. He was also a member of Rising Sun American Legion Post 59.

  Cody enjoyed listening to many different kinds of music. He also liked watching movies, playing video games and traveling. He was a huge Georgia Bulldogs fan. Cody was an animal lover, especially dogs, snakes, lizards and any other reptile you could think of. Cody was a cutup and wanted people to be happy and at ease. He always put the feelings of others above his own.

  Cody is survived by his father and stepmother: Ricky and Renee Farr; by his mother and stepfather: Susan and Charles Waller; by his grandparents: Robert and Donna Moore, Larry and Vanessa Haupt and Robert Hickman; by his brother, Austin Slack; by his aunts Tina Baer and Melissa Hickman; by his uncle Rob Hickman; by his cousins Chris Baer and Joseph Hickman; by his loving fiancee Shana McGuire; by his beloved daughter to be, Nevaeh; by future mother-in-law Heidi Goff; and by future brothers-in-law Jake and Kyle McGuire.

  A memorial service for Cody will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16th at the Rising Sun Church of Christ with Brother Nathan Pelehowski officiating. Full military color guard services will be held on the church grounds following the memorial service. Memorial donations may be made to the family. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family.

Linda Metcalfe

  Linda Carol (Gibson) Metcalfe, age 65, of Florence, passed away at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019, at the Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Linda entered this life on August 9th, 1953, in Logan County, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Donald Ray Gibson and Della (Dempsey) Gibson-Roy. She was raised in Lebanon, Ohio and attended the Lebanon High School.

  Linda was united in marriage on December 2nd, 1972 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, to James William “Bill” Metcalfe. Linda and Bill shared nearly 47 years of marriage together until her death.

  Linda was employed in housekeeping for Rising Star Casino Resort in Rising Sun for four years, and in the deli department for Belterra Casino & Resort in Florence, retiring after 12 years of service.

  Linda was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed cooking and baking. She also enjoyed gardening and playing video games on her computer. Linda will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends.

  Linda will be remembered by her husband, James William “Bill”  Metcalfe of Florence; her daughter, Billie Metcalfe of Saint Petersburg, Florida; by her grandchildren: Will Metcalfe, Sierra Metcalfe, Chelsey Emery, Michael  Emery, Destini Damerst, and Tristen Damerst; by her great-grandchildren: Ayla Savage and Kamdyn Burk; by her brother, Ron Gibson and his wife Sharon of Versailles, Indiana; by her sisters: Mary Marshall and her husband Kevin of Tennessee and Phyllis Schoffstoll of Morrow, Ohio; and her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald Ray Gibson and Della (Dempsey) Gibson-Roy; by her sons, Donald Ray and Terry Lee Gibson; by her brothers, Jim and Paul “Bud”  Gibson; and by her sister, Louis Crase.

  Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 8th, by Pastor Charles Miller at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Friday, March 8th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Mrs. Linda Carol (Gibson) Metcalfe Memorial Fund, c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Albert ‘Buster’ Powers

  Albert Owen “Buster” Powers, Sr., age 90, of Vevay, passed away at 7:54 p.m. on Sunday, March 10th, 2019, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Albert entered this life on December 21st, 1928, in Rising Sun, the loving son of the late Carl and Beulah (Wainscott) Powers. He was raised in Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland counties in Indiana, and attended school in Rising Sun.

  At the young age of 23, Buster was inducted into the United States Army on April 30th, 1951, in Indianapolis, serving during the Korean War. He earned the Korean Service Medal with three bronze service stars, United National Service Medal for Korea and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Buster was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class on January 29th, 1953, in Fort Riley, Kansas.

  Buster was united in marriage on February 20th, 1954, in Vevay, to the late Jerrie A. Scranton. This happy union was blessed with a daughter, Dianna, and four sons: Albert, Dennis, Mark and Michael. Buster and Jerrie shared 38 years of marriage together until she passed away on February 13th, 1992.

  Buster was employed for General Motors in Norwood, Ohio, retiring in 1989, after 23 1/2 years of service. Buster farmed all of his life in Vevay, where he raised tobacco and milked cows. Buster was a member of the National Farmers Organization, National Rifle Association and the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765. He was a lifetime member of the Vevay VFW Post #5396. Buster was a member of the Markland Baptist Church and later attended Long Run Baptist Church. Later on, Buster moved his membership to Riverview Baptist Church, then to Switzerland Baptist Church, and later back to Riverview Baptist Church. He enjoyed traveling, deer hunting, fishing, being outdoors and playing his jaw harp. Buster loved the idea of flying and took flying lessons and received his learners permit. Buster will be deeply missed by his loving family.

  Albert will be remembered by his daughter, Dianna Powers of Markland; by his sons: Albert O. Powers, Jr. and his wife Angela of Vevay, Dennis Powers of Bloomington, Indiana, Mark Powers and his wife Patty of Madison, and Michael Powers and his wife Kandy of Moorefield; by his grandchildren: Ashley Powers, Emily Lovins and her husband Troy, Kim Kent, Kathy Kent and her wife Shaunte McCool-Kent, Robert Gilbert, Braxton Powers and his wife Sammy, Coltin Powers and his wife Katie, Amber Powers, Andrew Powers and Courtney Powers; by his great-grandchildren: Harlan, Woodrow and Reba; his 5-step-great-grandchildren; his 3-step-great-great-grandchildren; his sisters: Lulu Belle Thomas and her husband Donald of Patriot and Ruby Delores Rowlett of Madison; and his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Beulah (Wainscott) Powers; his wife, Jerrie A. (Scranton) Powers, who died on February 13th, 1992; his granddaughter, Danielle Nicole Powers, who died on December 10th, 2018; his  brothers: Carl William and Omer Stewart Powers; his sister, Georgia Marie Powell-McDole; his daughter-in-law, Annetta “Bernice” (Kee) Powers, who died on January 15th, 2019; and his step-grandson, Douglas Gilbert.

  Friends may call 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, March 16th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, March 17th, at 1 p.m., by Pastor Joe Lamson at the funeral home. Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, Madison, Indiana.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Hebron Baptist Church in Madison, Indiana or Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Irma Whitham

  Irma (Courtney) Whitham, age 98, of Vevay, passed away at 8:20 a.m. on Friday, March 8th, 2019, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Irma entered this life on August 2nd, 1920, on Tapps Ridge in Switzerland County, the loving daughter of the late Ernest and Laura Belle (Ballard) Courtney. She was raised in Switzerland County, and attended East Enterprise, Mt. Hope, Tater Bug, Riverview and Greenwood that were one room school houses. Irma was a 1938 graduate of the Vevay High School, where she was active in softball and basketball. Irma lived to tell that when she was in school her bus was a covered wagon driven by Elmer Krall.

  Irma graduated from Indianapolis Beauty School in Indianapolis, Indiana.

  Irma was united in marriage to Dalbert Floyd “Dabby” Whitham on January 11th, 1942, in Patriot, by Reverend Lowe. This happy union was blessed with two sons: Floyd Ray and Dennis Lee Whitham. Irma and Dabby shared over 66 years of marriage together until he passed away on August 12th, 2008.

  When Dabby was in the service, they were stationed in Madison. Irma was a former beautician in Madison. She was employed in the cafeteria for the Jefferson Proving Ground and for a restaurant in Madison. She was also a broker for Courtney & Whitham Real Estate in Vevay. Irma was also employed for Sears & Roebuck Company in Bloomington, Indiana and Springfield, Illinois; and sold Avon in Alaska.

  Irma was a member of the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church, Switzerland County Athletic Club, Vevay Tri-Kappa, Belle’s of St. Mary Home Economics Club in Moorefield, and Bennington Order of Eastern Star Chapter #407. Irma had the honor of being a Kentucky Colonel.

  Irma resided in Ft. Knox, Kentucky; Arizona; Vevay; Alaska; Bloomington, Indiana; Germany; and Springfield, Illinois. Irma resided since 1966 in the Switzerland County community. Irma was a wonderful homemaker and was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards, needle work, and watching the Cincinnati Reds play. She will be deeply missed by her loving family and abundance of friends.

  Irma will be lovingly remembered by her son, Floyd Ray Whitham and his wife Sundra of Vevay; by her daughter-in-law, Alice Faye (Edwards) Whitham of Vevay; by her grandchildren: Timothy Floyd Whitham and his wife Jayna, Thomas Courtney Whitham and his wife Melanie, Travis Michael Whitham and his wife Rebecca, Kandy Lee Powers and her husband Michael, and April Dawn Whitham; by her great-grandchildren: Devyn, Andrew, Courtney, Christopher, Conner, Hadley, Callie, Henley, Holden and Hayes; by her step-grandchildren, Stephen and John Sieglitz; and her several nieces, nephews, a host of neighbors and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Laura Belle (Ballard) Courtney; by her husband, Dalbert “Dabby” Floyd Whitham, who died on August 12th, 2008; by her son, Dennis Lee Whitham, who died on January 20th, 2014; and her brother, Raymond E. Courtney.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Tuesday, March 12th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Vevay Tri-Kappa and Bennington Order of Eastern Star Chapter #407 conducted services during the calling.

  Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, March 13th, by Pastor KC Banta, at the funeral home; and interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

  In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.