Obituaries 04/23/20


Beatrice Pigg

  Beatrice Johnson Pigg, age 86, of East Enterprise and Charlotte, North Carolina, died on Friday, April 17th, 2020, at 9:20 p.m. at the Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

  Beatrice entered this life on July 9th, 1933 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was the loving daughter of the late Sam and Clara Adkins Johnson. She was raised in Charlotte and resided there most of her life.

  She was first united in marriage to Cecil Dorton Smith on December 23rd, 1950 and this union was blessed with a daughter, Vickie Dianne; and a son, Ricky Floyd.

  She was united in marriage to James Eldridge Pigg and they shared several years together until his death.

  She retired from Owens Illinois Plastic Bottling Company after many years of service. She was a Christian and enjoyed gardening and her poodle, ‘Shadow’.

  Beatrice moved to Indiana on October 28th, 2016 to be near her daughter. She was a loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

  Beatrice will be missed by her loving daughter, Vickie Dianne Smith Kachelmeier of East Enterprise; by her two grandchildren; by her brother, Roland Johnson, Sr. of Harrisburg, North Carolina; and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Sam Johnson, who died on April 6th, 1972; by her mother, Clara A. Adkins Johnson, who died on June 30th, 1984; by her husband, James Eldridge Pigg, who died on November 18th, 1988; by her son, Ricky Floyd Smith, who died on January 6th, 2006; by her son-in-law, Dan Michael Kachelmeier, who died on January 23rd, 2019; and by her sisters: Girleen Ercek, Kathryn McClellan, and Carol Johnson.

  Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 25th, at 1:30 p.m., at the Charlotte Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum, 7632 Hood Road Charlotte, North Carolina. Entombment will follow in the Charlotte Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum.

  Friends may visit in observance of COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hartsell Funeral Home-Harrisburg Chapel, 12115 University City Blvd. Harrisburg, North Carolina. Locally, Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison is assisting the family at this difficult time.

  Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to ASPCA for animals. Cards are available at the funeral homes.

David Furnish

  David Earl Furnish, age 62, of Madison, died on Monday, April 13th, 2020, at 11:45 p.m. at the IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana with his loving wife at his side after a courageous battle with cancer.

  David entered this life on February 24th, 1958 in Madison. He was the loving son of Earl Wayne Furnish and Shirley L. Mills Hayden. He was raised in Switzerland and Ripley counties. David graduated in 1977 from South Ripley High School where he enjoyed playing basketball and other sports.

  On April 12th, 1980 David was united in marriage to Sherri Lynn Geyman at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in China, Indiana near Madison. This happy union of 40 years was blessed with one son, Bryce.

  David was employed with the Indiana Department of Transportation for a total of 40 years at the Versailles Unit, where he was a foreman for several years. For the past four years he served as a highway tech/inspector for the Seymour District working in the Vevay office. He had attended many training and technical schools for his job and was most recently certified and licensed as an inspector.

  David and Sherri resided in Versailles from 1980-2010 when they moved to Bacon Ridge and lived on the family farm. David was a true family man, a devoted husband, loving dad, brother, uncle, son in law, brother in law, uncle and friend. He enjoyed attending his son’s sporting events and coaching his teams. He like playing church softball back in his younger years for St. Anthony Catholic Church. He was a long-time member of St. Magdalene Catholic Church and now the Prince of Peace Catholic Church.

  While living in Versailles he enjoyed coaching area youth as well as the Versailles DeMolay and also at the Madison Boy’s Club. He served on the Versailles Town Board for four years and held membership in the Versailles Masonic Lodge No. 7 F. & A.M. David was the family repairman, he was known as “Mr. Fix-it” in his family, loved fishing, hunting, and antiques. Family functions was something David always cherished and he enjoyed working on the farm.

  David will be missed by his loving wife of 40 years, Sherri Lynn Geyman Furnish of Madison; by his beloved son, Bryce Furnish of Madison and his companion, Madison Bilyeau of North Vernon, Indiana; by his father, Earl Wayne Furnish of Vevay; by his mother-in-law, Mary Jane Turner Geyman of Madison; by his brother, Alan Furnish of Madison; by his half sisters: Alicia Byard and her husband Tony of Versailles, Indiana and Debbie Bradley of French Lick, Indiana; by his sisters-in-law: Janet Geyman of Madison and Debbie Geyman and her husband Scott Friedersdorff of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

  He will also be greatly missed by his aunt and uncle, Alois and Joyce Geyman of Madison; by his aunts: Harold and Caroline Woodard of Harrison, Ohio, Vera Wolf of Madison, Jean Morton of Pleasant, Roberta Pavy of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and Karen Dickerson of Osgood, Indiana; by his uncles: John Ward of Versailles, Indiana and Danny Dickerson of Florida; by his uncle and aunt: Howard, Jr. and Dottie Mills of Florida; and by several step brothers and step sisters, several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his mother: Shirley Mills Hayden, who died on February 16th, 2002, by his step-father, Earl Hayden, Jr., who died on December 12th, 1984; by his step-mother, Wanda Kennett Furnish, who died on June 22nd, 2014; by his father-in-law, Leo R. Geyman, who died on April 10th, 2010; by his brother-in-law, Joseph Rishty, who died on March 16th, 2014; and by his uncles and aunt: Bobby Furnish, Janet Ward, John Robertson, Leon Morton, Wilfred Pavy, Richard Wolf, Fred Turner and George Turner.

  Private graveside services and internment were conducted on Monday, April 20th, at the St. Magdalene Cemetery, 305 W. State Street in Madison. A private family visitation was held on Monday, April 20th, prior to the service at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison.

  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic a Celebration of Life Memorial Visitation and Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Canaan Volunteer Fire Department or the Saint Magdalene Catholic Cemetery Trust or the Prince of Peace Steeple for the People Fund or the IU Foundation for families suffering with cancer. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover.

Dennis Elliott

  Dennis D. Elliott, 56, of Rising Sun, passed away on Monday, April 13th, 2020 at UC Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Dennis was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 22nd, 1963, the son of the late Bonnie Gail (Wullner) and Larry George Elliott. He grew up in Ohio County on the family farm and was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1981; and went on to earn his BA in Business Administration from Northern Kentucky University.

  On August 14th, 1987 at the Greendale Church of Christ, Dennis married the love of his life, Angela “Angie” (Cummins) Elliott. Dennis and Angie were married over 32 years until his passing. Their marriage was blessed by three daughters: Shelby, Sydney and Macy. Dennis was a loving father and coached all of his girls in fast-pitch softball. Dennis lived by the motto “work hard-play hard” and this was a trait he passed on to his girls. Dennis believed that hard work paid off.

  He was employed at Hill-Rom and Monsanto/Bayer before opening up Sunrise Stor. & Lock along with his father in 2002. Dennis was also former owner of East Enterprise Store & Lock and managed the Rising Sun Store & Lock along with rental properties.

  Dennis was a man of faith and grew up in the Rising Sun United Methodist Church and currently enjoyed attending Trinity Christian Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Dennis was a member of the Rising Sun Regional Foundation. Dennis still enjoyed farming and raising sweet corn. He loved to travel and take cruises with family and friends and liked watching sports. Dennis was loved and respected because he believed that you treat others with respect, no matter what.

  Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Angie Elliott, of Rising Sun; by his three daughters: Shelby Cole and husband Joe of Rising Sun, Sydney Elliott of Rising Sun, and Macy Elliott of Rising Sun. Dennis’s family was blessed with the birth of his grandson, Elliott Cole on April 16th, 2020.

  Dennis is also survived by his sister, Tonda Wagoner (Greg Winkler), of Anderson, Indiana; by his nephews: Dan and Marc Wagoner; by his uncle, Gene Elliott and wife Jill; by his uncle, Bill Wullner and wife Shirley; by his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Shelby and Pam Cummins; by his brother-in-law, Casey Cummins; and by many loving cousins, other family members, and a host of friends.

  Dennis was preceded in death by his parents: Larry and Bonnie Elliott; and by his grandparents: Roy and Marguerite Elliott and Ivan and Edith Wullner.

  Private family services were held on Monday, April 20th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Pastor Corey Potts officiating. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Christian Center or Ohio County Community Foundation in Dennis’s memory (checks payable to OCCF).

  A public celebration of Dennis’s life will be held at a later date.

Aaron Edwards

  Aaron Joel Edwards, age 28, of Vevay, formerly of Madison, passed away suddenly on Friday, April 10th, 2020 at 2:36 a.m. in the Emergency Room at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Aaron entered this life on September 27th, 1991 in Madison. He was the loving son of Ellis Wayne, Jr. and Angela Jill Walker Edwards. He was raised and spent most of his life in Madison. He graduated from Madison Consolidated High School in 2010 and while in school participated in Science Olympiads, played football in Junior High, was a member of the Theater Department and participated in the school play, “Joseph, The Coat of Many Colors.”

  He was raised and a member of the North Madison Christian Church where he was baptized by Brother Bill Requardt. Aaron also enjoyed participating in other area church youth groups especially the North United Methodist Church with the Mahoneys. Aaron attended Ivy Tech but soon started the apprentice program in Culinary Arts. He had worked at the Red Pepper in downtown Madison for two years and in 2012 began working at Belterra Casino and Resort serving in all capacities in the restaurants and buffet working his way up to sous chef. Aaron was currently serving on the Lean Six Sigma Team at Belterra and was proud to have been asked to serve.

  He was united in marriage on March 2nd, 2013 at the North Madison Christian Church to Pimolpan Garseechar by Pastor Wayne Edwards, Sr. This union was blessed with two daughters: Isabella and Lilliana.

  Aaron was a big personality with an exceptional smile, a big heart and a true gift when it came to friendship. He was great at video games, loved music, fishing, cooking, playing cards, golf, and most recently bowling. He was happiest when he became a dad and loved being with his girls. Aaron loved the beach and always hoped to retire and live close to the beach. He maintained his many friendships and connections throughout his life.

  Aaron will be missed by his wife of seven years, Pimolpan “Dew” Garseechar Edwards of Vevay; by his beloved daughters: Isabella Sarocha Edwards of Vevay and Lilliana Yada Edwards of Vevay; by his heart broken parents, Ellis Wayne, Jr. and Angela Jill Walker Edwards of Madison; by his paternal grandparents, Pastor Wayne, Sr. and Donna Scudder Edwards of Madison; by his maternal grandpa, Benny Walker of Rising Sun; by his uncles and aunts: Mike and Marla Edwards of East Enterprise, Darin and Karen Edwards of Madison, Brandon and Christy Sargent of Seymour, Indiana, Ben and Shelley Walker of Columbus, Indiana, David and Terri Lammers of Cincinnati, Ohio, Randy and Stephanie Scott of Rising Sun; by his mother in law, Penpatch “Pen” Arawadee Thondeenoingam of Thailand; by his two sisters-in-law: Pimarapha “Pim” Senasunton of Thailand and Menaschanok “Dream” Jittharat of Thailand.

  He will also be deeply missed by his God parents: Keith and Kim Mahoney of Madison; by his best friends who were like his brothers and sister: Kenton Mahoney and his fiancée Logann Shepherd of Madison, Kyler Mahoney and his wife Kierstin of New Albany, Indiana, and Kendsey Mahoney and her fiancée Jimmy Duncan of Harper, Texas; and by several great aunts, great uncles, cousins and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his little sister, Breauna “Bree Bree” Gail Edwards, who died on January 14th, 2006; by his maternal grandma, Linda Walker, who died on December 17th, 2016’ by his maternal great grandparents: Chet and Wilma Walker, Russell Courtney Robinson, and Ethel Robinson Ludwig; by his paternal great grandparents: Ezra “Jack” Scudder and Mary Scudder Reynolds; and by his uncle, Mitchell Dale Edwards, who died in 1969.

  Private family services were conducted on Sunday, April 19th, by Brother Bob Hicks and Pastor Wayne Edwards at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Private interment followed in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, 9306 North US 421 near Madison, Indiana.

  Friends and family were able to pay their respects to the family on Saturday, April 18th, and Sunday, April 19th prior to the time of the service at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Remembrance Fund for his daughters. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover.

Eugene ‘Army’ Armbruster

  Eugene W. “Army” Armbruster, 90, of Rising Sun, passed away on Saturday April 18th, 2020 in Rising Sun.

  He was born on July 29th, 1929 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the son of the late Henry Armbruster and Clara (Owens) Armbruster.

  He served his country as a member of the United States Navy. “Army” worked as a Maintenance Supervisor for I & M, retiring after over 43 years of service.

  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Aurora American Legion, Lawrenceburg and Aurora Eagles. His faith was very important to him.

  “Army” served as a councilman in Lawrenceburg, was a volunteer for Fire Company #2 in Lawrenceburg, as well as, an EMT. “Army” enjoyed fishing and a beer, and he was a hard worker. He loved spending time with his family and will be greatly missed.

  “Army” is survived by his loving spouse of over 70 years: Patricia (Doerr) Armbruster of Rising Sun, by his children: Richard (Linda) Armbruster of Cumming, Georgia, John (Lisa) Armbruster of Rising Sun, Diana Armbruster (Tony Richey) of Plainfield, Indiana, and Robert (Bonita) Armbruster of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; by his sisters: Patricia (late Jerry) Schonegg of Indianapolis, Indiana and Mary (late John) House of Aurora, Indiana; by his grandchildren: Kimberly Allen, Adam Chadwick, Tonya Russell, Samantha Faulds, Andrew Armbruster, Jaclyn Armbruster, Aleigha Lane, Tricia Armbruster, Amanda Armbruster, and Joshua Johnson; by his great-grandchildren: Chaelynn Hambree, Christopher Chadwick, Conner Chadwick, Cole Graves, Dominic Panther, Urijah Faulds, Samuel Faulds, Charleigh Faulds, Colton Armbruster, Sawyer Lane, Gracyn Rollins, Jayden Armbruster, and Luke Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; by his son, David Armbruster; by his sister, Doris Fette; and by his great grandson, Mason Russell.

  Private graveside services will be held at River View Cemetery with Father Ben Syberg officiating. Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.

  Contributions may be made to the St Mary’s Catholic School or Charity of Choice.

  Rullman-Hunger Funeral Home in Aurora, Indiana, is serving the family at this difficult time.