Obituaries 03/17/2022

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Orville Peters

  Orville Ray Peters, 90, of Rising Sun, passed away on Saturday, March 5th, 2022 at Aspen Place Health Center in Greensburg, Indiana.

  Orville was born in Vevay on September 2nd, 1931, the son of the late Bertha Margaret (Martin) and Everett R. Peters. He grew up in Switzerland County and was a 1949 graduate of Vevay High School.

  Orville proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a Corporal, earning the Army Occupation & National Defense Service Medals.

  Orville married Estella Mae (Banta) Peters on June 1st, 1951. Orville and Estella were married over 70 years until her passing earlier this year on January 4th, 2022.

  Orville was a farmer most of his life and also drove a school bus for Rising Sun/Ohio County School Corporation for eight years. The Peters’ family were always big supporters of the 4-H program and Orville was a former member of the Ohio County 4-H Fair Board. Orville and Estella loved their farm life but also enjoyed traveling when they got the opportunity.

  Orville is  survived by his two daughters: Marsha Robinson and her husband John of Loveland, Ohio and Judy Cox of Indianapolis, Indiana; by his son, Rick Peters and his wife Marlene of Vevay; by his grandchildren: David (Jeannette) Robinson of Loveland, Ohio, Timothy (Joey-Lynn) Robinson of Milford, Ohio, Amanda (Jason) Lucas of Indianapolis, Indiana, Rachel (Philip) Trbovic of Indianapolis, Indiana, Meghan (Anthony) Kaczmarek of Rising Sun, and Kayla (Zac) Nelson of Vevay; and by his great-grandchildren: Chester, Alden, Beau, Riley, Georgiana, Eli, James, and Lucy.

  Orville was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Bertha (Martin) Peters; by his stepmother, Anna (Birkemeier) Peters; by his wife, Estella (Banta) Peters; and by his great-granddaughter, Elsie Robinson.

  At Orville’s request, graveside services were held on Friday, March 11th. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorials may be made to the Ohio County 4-H Program. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun serving the family during this difficult time. 

Silas Fletcher

  Silas Aaron Fletcher, age 47, of Switzerland County, passed away on March 7th, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Silas was born to Josh and Amy Fletcher in Margao Goa, India; and was quite the world traveler before the age of five, having lived in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Guatemala with his missionary parents.

  Throughout his short stay on earth, Silas attended Switzerland County Elementary School and Switzerland County High School for four years and attained his GED in 1994.

  Silas’s work history included: Dow Corning, Hanover Nursing, Rotary Lift, Kings Daughter Hospital and UPS.

  Silas was extremely proud of his military service in the National Guard from 1995 through June of 2000, where he specialized as a mechanic for Infantry and Artillery.

  Silas will be best remembered for his kind heart, sense of humor, love of family, appreciation of good music and food.

  Silas was a lively and enthusiastic guy and approached any endeavor whole heartedly and intensely.  Many of the people who have reached out to the family commented on what a good hearted and fun guy Silas was and how he will be missed.

  He will be greatly missed by his parents: Amy and Josh Fletcher, as well as his stepmother Barbara Ross Fletcher; by his siblings: Eric Fletcher (Amanda), Anna Stewart, Christina Fletcher, Ben Ross (Preaw) and Fletcher Ross; by all of his nieces and nephews whom he had a special relationship: Kaelan, Phoenix, Wesley, El, Rayna, Jacob, Jasmine, Lia and Kora.

  Silas was preceded in death four months earlier by his brother Andrew Stephen Ross.

  Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 19th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  A Celebration of Silas’ Life will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 19th, at the funeral home.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to 1Voice Recovery, 111 5th Street, Aurora Indiana, 47001; www.1voicesoutheasternindiana.org. Cards are available at the funeral home.

William ‘Bill’ Clifton

  William “Bill” Harold Clifton Jr., 82, of Rising Sun, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, March 9th, 2022.

  Bill was born on May 4th, 1939 in a farmhouse on Nelson Road in Ohio County, Indiana. He was the son of William Harold Sr. and Irene Scalf Clifton.

  He was a dedicated student and athlete while attending Rising Sun Elementary and High School, where he graduated as Valedictorian of the Class of 1957 and earned many varsity letters.  He lived in Rising Sun with his parents and sister until he started his post-secondary education at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana.

  At Franklin he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and a minor in physics in 1961. While at Franklin he was a member of the starting five for the Franklin Grizzlies men’s basketball team during all four years of college and never missed a practice or game. He also ran for the cross-country team.  He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and earned the distinction as a member of the honorary Blue Key Academic fraternity.

  On April 16th, 1960 he married his lifelong sweetheart Carolyn Louise Martin. Bill and Carolyn had known each other since they were three-years old living on Mulberry Street in Rising Sun. They began their wedded life together in Speedway, Indianapolis.

  Following his graduation from college, he was offered a teaching position at Pike High School in Indianapolis and there he pursued a long career in education where he taught at Rising Sun, Batesville, Aurora and South Dearborn high schools.  During his early teaching career, he also earned his Master of Science in Education from Indiana University in 1969. In addition to his teaching duties, he coached for 15 years including: basketball, cross-country and baseball. Later in his career he taught several college courses at Ivy Tech Community College and Purdue University.

  Learning to know Christ and Him crucified, Bill obeyed his Lord’s command and was baptized on January 22nd, 1950 and thereafter, was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ, where he served as Deacon and other various offices. He was a spiritual leader to his church and family by his example and instruction and he attended services regularly until his health began to fail him.

  He also devoted much time and teaching to his lodge, the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge #6 F. and A.M.  He entered as an apprentice to the fraternity on May 4th, 1960, his 21st birthday.  He was a Past Master of the Lodge and later earned his Scottish Rite degree.

  Bill served his local community in many ways and was a long-time member on the Rising Sun Cemetery Board.  He also served on the Ohio County Economic Development Board.

  Bill’s passions were his family, basketball and golf. In his later years he often reminisced of his time spent with his ancestors and family. He enjoyed basketball and loved to watch his favorite team, the I.U. Hoosiers. He enjoyed reading, especially science and the Holy Bible.

  In 1996 Bill and Carolyn purchased a “winter” home in High Point, Florida where he was member of the High Point Golf Club and played as often as possible, he genuinely enjoyed the friendly competition. During the last few years, Bill, along with his daughter’s help, dedicated his time caring for his wife during the early and advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

  Bill is survived by Carolyn, his loving wife of 61 years; by his son William “Trey” Clifton (Barbara); by his daughter Debra “Dee” Thies (Rob); by his grandchildren: Jennifer Thies Reed (Todd), Dr. Sarah Clifton McMullen (Greg), Justin Thies (Sammi), and Dr. Leah Clifton Sinclair (Tyler); by his 10 great-grandchildren, whom he adored: Ayden Reed, Trenton Thies, Ayverie Reed Austin Thies, Ava McMullen, Evie McMullen, Aycen Reed, Isla McMullen, Lily Sinclair and Trevor William Sinclair; by his sister Audrey Bovard (late Dick); by his brother-in-law Charles Martin; by his niece Dr. Tammy Schwing (Scott); by his nephew Trevor Bovard (Micky); and by his nieces and nephews.

  Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22nd at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23rd at the Rising Sun Church of Christ in Rising Sun. Burial will be at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to Rising Sun Church of Christ, Rising Sun Masonic Lodge #6 or to Loving Hearts Hospice. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Everett ‘Beau’ Carter

  Everett Charles “Beau” Carter, age 42, of near Patriot, passed away at 12:09 a.m. on Monday, March 7th, 2022, in Patriot.

  Beau entered this life on May 23rd, 1979 in Hamilton, Ohio. He was the son of Everett Asa and Ethel (Hoskins) Carter. He was raised in Hamilton, Ohio where he attended Hamilton High School.

  Beau was currently employed for Swiss Caps in Patriot. He was a former roofer in Hamilton, Ohio for several years and worked for the State Highway Department. Beau enjoyed crafting, painting, woodworking, landscaping, as well as fishing and hunting.

  Beau is survived by his parents, Everett Asa and Ethel (Hoskins) Carter of North Fort Myers, Florida; by his son, Max Carter of Aurora, Indiana; by his siblings: Scott Smith of Middletown, Ohio, Spencer Smith of Colerain Township, Ohio, Michelle Taylor of Middletown, Ohio, Sheila Rhodes of Middletown, Ohio and Melissa Frank of Middletown, Ohio; and his several nieces, nephews and cousins.

  He was preceded in death by his son, Liam Carter; and by his sister, Rebecca Carter.

  Visitation was held on Monday, March 14th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

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

Jeanette Andrew

  M. Jeanette (Bowman) Andrew, age 78, of Vevay, passed away at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, March 10th, 2022, at the Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover, Indiana.

  Jeanette entered this life on October 16th, 1943 in Madison. She was the loving daughter of Carl Emery and Marie (Crafton) Bowman, both of whom preceded her in death. She was raised in Jefferson County, Indiana and was a graduate of Southwestern High School, class of 1962.

  On July 9th, 1964, Jeanette was united in marriage to John B. “Johnny” Andrew in Hanover, Indiana. This happy union of over 44 years was blessed with three children.

  She was employed as a sales clerk for CVS Pharmacy in Vevay, retiring in 2006 after 22 years of service. Jeanette farmed with her husband on the family farm in Vevay for many years. She enjoyed gardening and owned and operated J&J Greenhouse in Vevay for 15 years.

  Jeanette was a former chairman for the Switzerland County Republican Party. She was a former 4-H volunteer from 1985-2008 and was a past board member. Jeanette was also a former leader of Rockers 4-H Club with her husband, Johnny. Jeanette also served on the Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation Board and was a member of the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church.

  Jeanette will be missed by her daughter, Jill Richards and her husband James of Vevay; by her sons: Billy Andrew of Vevay and Jay Andrew and his wife Jennifer of Colorado Springs, Colorado; by her grandchildren: Dakota, Peyton, Ethan, Brayden, Nathan and Cailyn; by her sisters: Phyllis Moore of Anderson, Indiana, Linda Elles and her husband Gayle of Hanover, Indiana, and Susie Lyons and her husband David of Canaan, Indiana; by her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Carol Bowman of Hanover, Indiana, Barbara Bowman of Bedford, Kentucky, Judy Andrew of Rising Sun, Judy and Dave Smith of Madison, and Phillip Vest of Bedford, Kentucky; and by her numerous nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Emery and Marie Lavonne (Crafton) Bowman; by her husband, John B. “Johnny” Andrew, who died on November 18th, 2008; by her brothers: Ronald Bowman and Kenneth Bowman; by her sisters: Rosie Amick and Jo Ann Vest; and her brothers-in-law: Nathan Moore, Don Amick and Don Andrew.

  Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 15th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral Services were conducted on Wednesday, March 16th, with Reverend Mike Sawalich officiating, at the funeral home. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Johnny Andrew 4-H Scholarship Fund c/o Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc., or Switzerland County 4-H c/o Switzerland County 4-H Fair Board.