Obituaries 03/24/2022


Reva Rayleen Freeman

In loving memory of Reva Rayleen (Arnold) Freeman, 44, of  Patriot, IN. Reva passed away at 4:21 AM, Wednesday, March 16th, at her residence. Reva was born in Hamilton, OH on July 1, 1977, a daughter of Micah Leigh (Fagaly) and the late Terry Ray Arnold. She attended school in Harrison, OH. On December 31, 2013, Reva was married to David Deelone Freeman. Reva was an excellent homemaker and loved caring for her kids and grandkids. Reva also enjoyed spending time outdoors and taking pictures.

Reva is survived by her mother Micah Arnold of Patriot, IN; husband David Freeman of Patriot, IN; sons Rodney Smith of Harrison, OH, Ronnie Smith of Harrison, OH, Jeffrey Willoughby of Patriot, IN, David Freeman of Patriot, IN, and Jonathan Freeman of Patriot, IN; daughters Destiny Willoughby of Patriot, IN, Aleigha Arnold of Patriot, IN, and Emily Freeman of Patriot, IN; brother Mark Arnold (Marie) of Patriot, IN; sister Charity Willoughby of Cleves, OH; grandchildren Leo, Gabriel, Avyana, Sayble, Imogen, and William; as well as several nieces, nephews, great nephews, and a great niece.

A public visitation will be held Wednesday, March 23rd, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Markland Funeral Home. Funeral will be Wednesday, March 23rd at 4:00 PM at the Markland Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Mr. Gerald H. “Gerry” Peters, age 80, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on April 1, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the son of the late, Russell Harry and Myrtle Mary (Luken) Peters. He was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was a 1959 graduate of Elder High School. Gerry received his Associate’s degree in Applied Science from the University of Cincinnati in 1962. Gerry was united in marriage on August 17, 1963 at the Our Lady of  Lourdes Catholic Church in Cincinnati, Ohio to Nancy Jean Sweeney. This happy union of nearly 59 years was blessed with three children, Sally, Andrew and Daniel. Gerry worked as a union carpenter (Local 739) in Cincinnati, Ohio for 30 years, retiring in 1988. Gerry had resided in the Switzerland County community since 1990. He was a member of the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay, Indiana. Gerry enjoyed going to the YMCA and woodworking. Gerry passed away at 5:44 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2022, at his residence in Vevay, Indiana.

Gerry will be missed by his wife, Nancy  (Sweeney) Peters of Vevay, IN; his daughter, Sally Mulligan and her husband, Don of Cincinnati, OH; his sons, Andrew Gerald Peters and his wife, Suzanne of Union, KY and Daniel Gerald Peters of Cincinnati, OH; his grandchildren, Abbey Mulligan, Jake Mulligan, Emma Peters and Audrey Peters; his brothers, Jack Peters of TN, Tom Peters and his wife, Joan of Guilford, IN and Bob Peters and his wife, Terri of Cincinnati, OH; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Jody Sweeney of Harrison, OH and his nieces, Sue Kokulis and her husband, George of Boston, MA and Jennie VanMeter and her husband, Dan of Brookville, IN.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 25, 2022, at the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church, 513 North Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.

The Rosary will be prayed on Friday, March 25, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 25, 2022, by Father John Meyer at the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church, 513 North Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043. 

Interment will follow in the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery in Olean, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to Switzerland County YMCA. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at

Mrs. Ruth Ann (McCormick) Wodarcyk, of Indianapolis, passed away on Tuesday March 15th, 2022 at the Saint Francis Hospital And Health Center surrounded by her loving family. Ruth was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 9, 1958, one of six children born to George and Lillie (LaForce) McCormick.  

Ruth attended Perry Meridian High School and also received training at Paul Mitchell The School Indianapolis and obtained a license in cosmetology.  She was united in marriage to Donald Stout on December 20, 1977.  This union was blessed with two children; a son Kyle, and a daughter Kelli.  She was then united in marriage to Robert Wodarcyk on June 1, 2002 and they shared 20 wonderful years together.  

Ruth enjoyed crafting, playing euchre and spending time with friends and family. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Christian Fellowship and was a faithful supporter of The River Apostolic Church in Vevay, Indiana.

Ruth is survived by her dear mother, Lillie McCormick; her loving husband, Robert Wodarcyk; her son, Kyle Stout and his wife, Samantha; her daughter, Kelli Stout; her step-son, BJ Wodarcyk and his wife, Amber; her step-son, Chris Wodarcyk and his wife, Samantha; her grandsons, Zachary Stout, Elijah Bowling and Henry Wodarcyk; her granddaughters, Madeline Stout, Brooklyn Bowling, Rylee and Jaylee Wodarcyk and Elleigh Grace Wodarcyk;  her brother, Steven Joseph McCormick and his wife, Rita; her sister, Lisa Houze and her sister-in-law, Joyce McCormick as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family.

Ruth was preceded in death by her father, George McCormick and her brothers, Robert McCormick, Michael McCormick and David McCormick.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Greenwood with Pastor Mickey Roy officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm until the hour of service Tuesday at the funeral home.

D. Dean Carrigan of Rising Sun Indiana passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at the Waters of Rising Sun. He was the only child of John and Bernice Carrigan. He was born January 17, 1929 and was married to N. Jean Pendry September 15, 1948. To this union was born three children: Michael, Frank and Bonnie. Dean graduated from Rising Sun High School class of 1947 and went to a school in Cincinnati to learn sheet metal drafting. He later attended classes at Rutgers University and at American Management Association in New York City. Dean was a Sheet Metal Worker, and learned his trade in his father’s shop. He joined the Sheet Metal Workers Union in Indianapolis and worked there for a while. When work was slow in his father’s shop in the winter months he traveled south and worked in many of the southern states, returning to Rising Sun for the summer months. In 1943, during WW II, his father was working in a war production plant in Indianapolis and they needed helpers. (At that time, most men were drafted into the service.) Dean, at age fourteen, was hired as an apprentice Sheet Metal Worker and worked until school started in the fall. He boarded with his father during the week and came home for the weekends. While working in the south, he became acquainted with Ross Engineering who offered him employment as a job site superintendent. The job lasted almost thirty years. He did many projects in this country and worked in Europe, South America, Canada and Mexico. He was promoted several times and his last position was operation Manager. The first promotion required moving to New Jersey from Rising Sun to be in charge of all of the job site superintends. Ross Engineering did on average about 25M in sales each year, and did work worldwide. He also, represented his company on the board of directors for the Raritan Valley Chamber of Commerce. The company was liquidated in 1982 and he was transferred to another division, Surface Combustion, and he worked there as a job site superintendent for another four years before retiring in June of 1986. This required moving to Toledo, Ohio. After retiring, from Surface Combustion, he and Jean, moved back to Rising Sun, and Dean worked another ten years as a consultant doing supervision work in this country and in foreign countries for three different Engineering companies. While working for Somerset Tech, Inc. in New Jersey, preparing contract documents and other work before going to the field to supervise installation he was asked to do a special assignment. It was learned that President Ronald Reagan would visit Somerset Tech, Inc. to give a major foreign trade speech, and Dean was asked to be in charge of all of the necessary work required to prepare for the visit. Employees of Somerset Tech would be away to a sales convention, and they needed some one to represent the company during this ten day period. The visit was successful and Dean received a personal letter from President Ronald Reagan thanking him for his work during this period preparing for the visit. After retiring again, he opened his father’s sheet metal shop and he also started doing wood work. He has done work for many people in this and in the surrounding area, making specialized furniture and sheet metal products. He has done several projects for the city of Rising Sun. He also became active in the Ohio County Museum Society serving on the board and as President. He did much of the work on the many projects that was done during these years.

Dean is survived by two sons; Michael Carrigan and wife Susan of Evans, GA and Frank Carrigan and wife Kathy, also of Evans, GA; by a daughter, Bonnie Carrigan and husband Larry Olsen, of Canton, GA; by four grandchildren, Dean, Ross, Caitlin and Jack Carrigan; by four great grandchildren, Bennett, Blakely, Hyatt and Everly and by his cousin and close friend, Dillon Dorrell and wife Mary, of Rising Sun, IN. Dean was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife, Jean Carrigan.

Memorial services will be held 11 AM, Saturday, April 16th, 2022 at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, IN with Eldon Fancher officiating. Burial will be at Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Ohio County Historical Society.

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Bobby Joe Keith, 81, of Rising Sun, IN, passed away on Monday, March 14th, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Edgewood Hospital. Bobby was born in Milan, IN on January 23, 1941, a son of the late Virginia Lois (Buchanan) Keith and Virgil S. Keith. Bobby spent his entire life in the Ohio County community and was a 1959 graduate of Rising Sun High School. Bobby married the love of his life Dianna  (Bondurant) Keith on March 2, 1963 at the Rising Sun Church of Christ. Four children were born to this union; Russell, Richard, Robert and Annie Jo. Bobby and Dianna recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. Bobby worked at I&M/AEP for 36 years filling various positions. He worked in the coal yard (where he held the record of unloading coal the fastest), he also supervised the store room, and on occasion he stood in as plant manager. He was also Chief of the Tanners Creek Fire Brigade, of all his jobs at I&M/AEP this was the one he loved to talk about the most. He was a faithful lifelong member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ, where he served as an Elder. He was also a former board member of the Whitewater Christian Service Camp. Bobby was always active in Ohio County Government and held the position as Assessor for 48 years and served on the Ohio County Republican Committee. He was a member of the Rising Sun New Cemetery Board for several years. He also kept records for Cedar Hedge and Union cemeteries in Rising Sun and for the Quercus Grove Cemetery. Although he thoroughly enjoyed serving his community, his faith and family were the most important things to him. Bobby loved spending time with his grandchildren and never missed an opportunity to attend their sporting events.

Bobby Joe is  survived by his loving wife, Dianna Keith, of Rising Sun, IN; by his three sons, Russell “Rusty” Keith and wife Yetta, of Rising Sun, IN;  Richard “Ricky” Keith and wife Kelli, of Rising Sun, IN and Robert “Robby” Keith and wife Christie, of Chattanooga, TN; by his daughter, Annie Jo Jackson, and husband Kenny, of Rising Sun, IN; by grandchildren; Adam Keith (Jenifer), Matthew Keith (Taylor), Nathan Keith, Brenna Muenchen (Andrew), Tara Keith, Erin Keith, Noah Keith, Luke Keith, Christopher Jackson (Taylar) and by great grandchildren: Easton, Ellie, Eva Lea, Aydra, Haven Jo and Hadley Grace. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Lois Keith  and by his sister, Bonnie Densler.

 Visitation will be held 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, March 24th at the Rising Sun Church of Christ. Funeral services will be 11 AM, Friday, March 25th at the Rising Sun Church of Christ with Brother Andy Sims officiating. Burial will be at the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun Church of Christ. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun, IN serving the family.

Jimmie Dee Hardin, Jr., 60, of Rising Sun, IN, passed away at 2:32 AM, Wednesday, March 16th, at his residence. Jimmie was born in Cleves, OH on February 22, 1962, a son of Jimmie Dee Hardin, Sr. and the late Reva  (Medcalf) Fleeman. He obtained his GED and was employed as a handyman and was particularly known for his masonry skills. Jimmie enjoyed working with horses and also assisted the local law enforcement with locating individuals with warrants. 

Jimmie is survived by his father, Jimmie Dee Hardin Sr., and stepmother, Kerris, of Jeffersonville, IN; son Jimmie Dee Hardin III of Rising Sun, IN; daughters Samantha Hardin and husband, Caleb MaMahan of Woodland Park, CO and Kylie Hardin of Osgood, IN; sisters Tonya Hardin of Cincinnati, OH, Gerrillyn Parnell of Switzerland Co., IN, and Michelle Riddle of KY; grandchildren Jayden and Jonah. Jimmie was preceded in death by his mother, Reva Fleeman and sister, Carol Hardin. Services are to be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Markland Funeral Home serving the family.