Obituaries 05/14/20

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Mary Stegemiller

  Mary Jeannette Brown Stegemiller, 96, of Cross Plains, passed away at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, May 8th, 2020 at the Waters of Dillsboro Manor in Dillsboro, Indiana.

  She was born in Cross Plains on September 8th, 1923, the daughter of Carl H. and Maude E. Johnson Brown. She was a lifelong resident of Cross Plains and a 1941 graduate of Cross Plains High School.

  Both before and after graduation she was employed at the Cross Plains State Bank. She proudly served her community and aided the war effort during World War II. For her diligence she received a commendation from U.S. Congressman Earl Wilson for processing War Bonds at the bank.

  On September 24th, 1949 Jeannette married Francis I. (Fritz) Stegemiller at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean. He preceded her in death on June 9th, 1962.

  She was a member of the Cross Plains United Methodist Church and attended regularly as the oldest member as long as her health permitted. In earlier years she taught Sunday school classes, assisted with the Methodist Youth Fellowship and Vacation Bible School, and held offices in the Women’s Society of Christian Service.

  Jeannette also lovingly hosted Thanksgiving dinners for over 50 years for the extended Brown family.

  Survivors include her daughter Janelle Stegemiller of Cross Plains; her sons: Jon (Robin) Stegemiller also of Cross Plains and Jeff Stegemiller of Versailles; her granddaughter, Erin Stegemiller of Tennessee; her step-grandson, Caleb Carlock of Osgood, Indiana; her step-granddaughter, Hannah Carlock of Indianapolis, Indiana; her sister, Martha Lea Orman of Beech Grove, Indiana; as well as several nieces and nephews and their extended families.

  In addition to her husband, Francis I. (Fritz) Stegemiller; she was preceded in death by her parents and by her brothers: J. C. Brown and Lloyd Brown.

  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 12th at the Cross Plains United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jerry Brooks officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was held at the church prior to the beginning of the funeral services.

  Memorials may be given to the Cross Plains United Methodist Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles, which is assisting the family at this difficult time.

Wilma White

  Wilma Catherine White, age 99, of Vevay, formerly of Madison, died on Saturday, May 9th, 2020, at 9:20 a.m. at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Wilma entered this life on February 24th, 1921 in Mt. Sterling in Switzerland County. She was the loving daughter of the late William and Lou Ollie Lothridge White. She grew up in Switzerland County and attended school there.

  She lived in Cincinnati many years before moving to Madison in 1980. She had worked during World War II in the aluminum industry, and at Fernal Plant in Ohio. She was a beautician, a shoe salesperson at Ludwig Shoe Store in Cincinnati and at Hertz Shoe Store in Madison when she retired.

  She was a member of the First Christian Church in downtown Madison.

  Wilma will be missed by her loving nieces and nephews: Harold Wayne and Larry White, Jim and Bill White, Janice McNear, Jean Voyles, Glenda Cox, Denny and Lonnie Monroe, Pam Schmidt, Paula Burkot, Billy and Brian White, and Mary Potter; by her caregivers: Frances and Larry Green of Madison; and by other relatives.

  She was preceded in death by her father, William Lee White, who died on January 9th, 1956; by her mother, Lou Ollie Lothridge White, who died on August 3rd, 1989; by her brothers: James Walter “Jim” White, who died on September 27th, 1973, William D. “Red” White, who died on December 15th, 1995, Richard Edwin White, who died in 1935, John “Dubby” William White, who died on July 14th, 1980, and George Lee White, who died on March 17th, 2006; by her sisters: Dorothy Leona White, who died on November 25th, 1919, Mary Jane Schmidt, who died on June 10th, 2003, Lorraine Monroe, who died on February 19th, 2013, and Shirley Ann Screes, who died on January 30th, 2002; and by her nieces, Georgeanna Beard and Kathy White; and her nephew, Steve White.

  Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, May 14th, at 6:00 p.m. by Pastor Bill Johnson at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment will be private in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, 9306 North US 421 in Madison, Indiana.

  Friends may visit on Thursday, May 14th from 5 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre’s of Madison and Hanover.

Norma Sebree

  Norma Lynn (Branham) Sebree, age 60, of Madison, passed away at 12:55 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Norma entered this life on June 4th, 1959 in Jefferson County, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late James “Junior” and Mary Louise (Jenkins) Branham. She was raised in Madison, where she attended high school.

  Norma was united in marriage on November 26th, 2004 in Warsaw, Kentucky, to Carol Sebree.

  Norma was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed fishing, camping, singing karaoke and spending time with her family. Norma was an avid UK basketball fan and also enjoyed watching the Cincinnati Reds.

  Norma will be missed by her loving husband, Carol Sebree of Madison; by her children: Savana Lynn Brierly of Madison, Elvis Aaron Kent of Madison, Delmar “Jeremy” Kent of Madison, Julie Ann Sebree of Vevay, and Elvis Sebree of Rockport, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Dalton, Trenton, Maddie, Owen, Katie, Kelsey, Darrian, Hayden, Drake and McKenzie; by her great-granddaughter, Arriana; by her sister, Tammi Blair of Deputy, Indiana; and by her several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: James “Junior” and Mary Louise (Jenkins) Branham; by her sister, Lisa Ann Scully; and by her brother, Mark Branham.

  Private Visitation was held on Wednesday, May 13th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Private funeral services were conducted following the time of visitation on Wednesday, May 13th, at the funeral home with Steve Sebree officiating. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Keeping Pace Cancer Fund c/o Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Charles Humphrey

  Charles Samuel Humphrey, age 94, of Madison, died on Wednesday, May 6th, 2020, at 2:39 a.m. at the Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover, Indiana.

  Charlie entered this life on January 24th, 1926 in Madison. He was the loving son of the late Richard and Margaret Keckley Humphrey. He was a 1944 graduate of Madison High School and was a lifelong resident of the Madison community.

  He was inducted into the United States Navy on April 22nd, 1944 in Louisville, Kentucky. He rose to the rate of Yeoman Second Class during World War II. Charlie served aboard the USS LST 781 CSH and the USS Eldorado, and was honorably discharged on  April 6th, 1946 from Great Lakes, Illinois, earning the American Area Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon, and the World War II Victory Ribbon.

  He was united in marriage to Geraldine Banta on November 28th, 1947 in Madison. This happy union of 72 years was blessed with two daughters, Suetta and Sheila.

  He had worked as a foreman at the U.S. Shoe Factory for 45 years when he retired. He was a member of the Madison VFW Post No. 1969 and the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion, where he had served on the honor guard. He was a gifted musician and loved playing the guitar and had been a member of several bands. He also was a talented craftsman when it came to woodworking.

  Charlie will be missed by his loving daughters: Suetta Zimmerman and her husband Bernard of Madison and Sheila Crum and her husband Bruce of Madison; by his grandchildren: Suetta L. Brooks, Darcie Comer, Bernadette Ross, and Kyle Crum; by his 12 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter; by his sister, Margaret Callaway of Maineville, Ohio; by his sisters-in-law: Shirley Humphrey of Madison and Stella Mae Peters and her husband Orville of East Enterprise; and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Humphrey; by his mother, Margaret Keckley Humphrey; by his brothers: Richard, Ollie, Robert, Eugene, and William Thomas Humphrey; by his sister, Evelyn Voris; and by his beloved wife of 72 years, Geraldine Banta Humphrey, who died on November 14th, 2019.

  Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, May 9th at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Friends were invited to call on Saturday, May 9th prior to the time of the service at the funeral home. A final salute was conducted on Saturday at the funeral home; with full military honors to follow by the U.S. Naval Ceremonial Unit and the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion. Private interment will follow later in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1415 North Gate Road in Madison.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Major Samuel Woofill Post No. 9 of the American Legion Honor Guard or Kosair Children’s Hospital.  Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre’s of Madison and Hanover.

John Houze

  John William Houze, age 91, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away at 5:55 p.m. on Sunday, May 10th, 2020, at the Shady Nook Care Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  John entered this life on January 11th, 1929 in Moores Hill, Indiana. He was the son of the late Dilver C. and Emma F. (Ryle) Houze. He was raised in Aurora, Indiana where he attended school.

  John was inducted into the United States Army on December 21st, 1948. John rose to rank of Private and completed the enlisted motor and track vehicle course from April 1st, 1949 to July 29th, 1949 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He served in Germany and was transferred to the United States Army Reserves on March 14th, 1950 and was honorably discharged with rank of Sergeant First Class on August 1st, 1961.

  John was united in marriage on April 23rd, 1949 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana to the late Ella Frances Curlin. This happy union was blessed with five children. John and Frances shared nearly 71 years of marriage together until she passed away on January 20th, 2020.

  John was employed as a supervisor for Alton Box in Aurora, Indiana, retiring after 38 years of service. He was a volunteer fireman and chief for Aurora Fire Department #1 and #2 for 14 years. John and Frances resided in the Aurora, Indiana community since 1949. John enjoyed driving around and traveling. 

 John will be missed by his daughters: Donna Romans and her husband Doug of Dillsboro, Indiana and Jackie Votaw and her husband Joe of Aurora, Indiana; by his sons: Garry Houze and his wife Gina of Knoxville, Tennessee and John W. Houze, Jr. of Covington, Kentucky; by his grandchildren: Endea Smith, Sarah Bedel, Josh Banschbach, Johnny Houze, Allison Schwartz, Michael Cutter, Jackie Lansing, Hayes Banschbach, Nicholas Houze and Ashley Houze; by his great-grandchildren: Olivia Sizemore, Parker Hahn, Brogan Schwartz, Lane Cutter, Ava Cutter, Taylor Bedel, Austin Bedel, Mallery Banschbach, Sutter Banschbach and Everett Houze; by his great-great-grandchild on the way, Maddox Mann; by his step-grandchildren; by his step-great-grandchildren; by his brother, Bobby Houze of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; by his brother-in-law, Paul Vernon Curlin and his wife Beverly of Vevay; by his sister-in-law, Mary Lou Curlin of Vevay; and his numerous nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents: Dilver C. and Emma F. (Ryle) Houze; by his wife, Ella Frances (Curlin) Houze; by his daughter, Linda Kay (Houze) Lansing; by his grandson, Adam Banschbach; by his daughter-in-law, Tammy Houze; by his infant sister, Ionia Marie Houze; and by his brothers: Edward and Cecil Houze.

  Private Family Visitation will be held from noon until 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 14th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. A private funeral service will follow the time of visitation at 1 p.m., conducted by Preacher Tommy Johnson, 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 Fredonia Cemetery near Vevay.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Gray

  Gerald Lee “Jerry” Gray, age 58, of Bennington, passed away at 12:52 p.m., Saturday, May 9th, 2020, near his residence from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident.

  Jerry entered this life on September 21st, 1961 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the loving son of the late Thomas E. and Patricia Gail (Daniels) Gray. He was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and received his Graduate Equivalence Degree from the State of Florida.

  Jerry was united in marriage to Tammy Lynn Arbogast on March 7th, 2006 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jerry and Tammy shared over 14 years of marriage together until his death.

  Jerry worked in construction for most of his life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, racing and building his daughters race car, dirt track racing and spending time with his grandchildren.

  Jerry will be missed by his wife, Tammy Lynn (Arbogast) Gray of Bennington; by his daughters: Elizabeth Jackson and her husband James of Deltona, Florida and Patricia Clark and her spouse Casey Clark of Cocoa, Florida; by his step-daughters: Brandy Strand of North Vernon, Indiana and Amber Wood and her husband Wesley of Pueblo, Colorado; by his grandchildren: Kyle, Matthew, Christopher, Nolan, Lillian, Maverick and Caden; by his brothers: Tim Gray and his wife Ann of Cocoa, Florida, Tom Gray of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tony Gray of Cincinnati, Ohio, Terry Gray and his wife Tina of Osgood, Indiana, and Sam Gray and his wife Jennifer of Punta Gorda, Florida; and his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents: Thomas E. and Patricia Gail (Daniels) Gray; and his sister, Sue Ostholthoff.

  A Celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at the convenience of the family.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family at this difficult time.

Mary Agnes Ballard

  Mary Agnes Ballard, 92, of Glasgow, Kentucky, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 at her residence.

  She was born on April 22nd, 1928 in Big Meadow, Kentucky to the late Marshall and Mageline Eudy Byrd. Mary was the wife of the late Clarence “Mody” Ballard. She was a homemaker and a member of the Locust Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

  Survivors include her daughter, Ellen Wood (Gregory) of Glasgow, Kentucky; by her two sons: William Ballard (Pauline) of Glasgow, Kentucky and Larry Ballard of Glasgow, Kentucky; by her daughter-in-law, Billy Sue Ballard of Glasgow, Kentucky; by her brother and three sisters; by her 12 grandchildren, including several living in Switzerland County; her 32 great-grandchildren; her four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Clarence Birge “C.B.” Ballard; by her four brothers and five sisters; by one grandchild; and by three great-grandchildren.

  A private family service was held on Thursday, May 7th at Locust Grove Cemetery in Glasgow, Kentucky. A. F. Crow & Son Funeral Home is assisting the family at this difficult time.

Janie Ammons

  Janie Faye Ammons, 66, of Worthville, Kentucky, passed away on Thursday, May 7th, 2020, surrounded by family as she lost her final battle with lung and brain cancer at the residence of her granddaugher in Dillsboro, Indiana.

  Janie was born on December 23rd, 1953, the daughter of Robert and Gladys Sigmon.

  She was an amazing woman. She did so much for her grandchildren and it’s something they will never forget. She cared so much for those around her. She’s met a lot of people throughout her life from auctions, yard sales, bingo nights and more. She never would shy away from making a new friend or getting a smile out of someone.

  She had a passion and love for everything she did and always tried to help who she could and always put her family first.

  She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph; by her daughter Melissa; by her grandson William; by her brothers: Mike and Denny; by her parents: Gladys and Robert; and by her step-father Edwin.

  She is survived by her daughter Shandy and her husband Nathan; by her partner Jamie; by her sister Judy and her husband Cecil; by her granddaughters: Victoria, Hannah, Katarina and Heavenly; by her grandson Braxton; by her great grandchildren: Ezra, Serenity, Keegan, Micayla, and Kaelan; by her nieces Kimberly and Belinda; by her loving pugs ‘Chunky’ and ‘Penelopea’; and many other family members.

  She is being cremated and laid to rest in Rising Sun. There will be no funeral services per her wishes. Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun is assisting the family at this difficult time.