Obituaries 07/07/2022

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Viola Beckett

  Viola Ruth Beckett, 88, of Rising Sun, passed away at 4:13 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29th, 2022, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood, Edgewood, Kentucky.

  Viola was born in Carthage, Indiana on September 24th, 1933, the daughter of the late Mabel (Rumple) and Daley Thurston.

  On February 7th, 1953, she was married to the late John William Beckett.

  She was employed in housekeeping at the Rising Star Casino, where she also enjoyed spending time with friends and playing cards. Viola liked playing bingo, working puzzles, and watching the Cincinnati Reds.

  Viola is  survived by her sons: Kenny Beckett (Connie) of Rising Sun, Glenn Beckett (Cheryl) of Florida, Randy Beckett (Glenda) of Rising Sun, and John Beckett (Debbie) of Greendale, Indiana; by her daughters: Sharon Perfect (Kenneth) of Rising Sun and Connie Bowman (David) of Rising Sun; by her nine grandchildren; her 13 great-grandchildren; and her one great-great grandchild; as well as many nieces and nephews.

  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers James Thurston and Paul Thurston; by her sisters Ethel Elkins and Velma Rennemeier; by her daughter-in-law Sandy Beckett; and by her granddaughter Chloe Bowman.

  A public visitation was held on Saturday, July 2nd at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral Services were held following the time of visitation on Saturday, July 2nd at the funeral home; with burial following at Greendale Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or National Kidney Foundation.

Gerald Bennett, Sr.

  Gerald Everett Bennett, Sr., age 76, of Madison, died at 11 p.m. on Sunday, June 26th, 2022, at the River Terrace Health Campus in downtown Madison.

  Gerald entered this life on February 9th, 1946 in Vevay. He was the son of the late Wendell and Gertrude Oxley Bennett.

  He spent his early years in Vevay and then in Fort Wayne, Indiana and earned his GED.

  He was united in marriage to Rose Ann Harmon, and this union was blessed with sons: Gerald Everett, Jr., Dale Allen and Dana William; and daughter Terri Ann.

  He was inducted into the United States Army on November 26th, 1964 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He rose to the rate of Sergeant serving in the Vietnam War in the second battalion 54th infantry. He was honorably discharged on November 13th, 1969 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana earning two Good Conduct Medals, the Air Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal with 60/device, the National Defense Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with two battle stars. He remained in the Reserves until being discharged on February 19th, 1970.

  He worked for JNT North Corporation in Lorain, Ohio; and had resided in downtown Madison for a number of years.

  Gerald is survived by his caregiver, Jessica Leap of Madison; by his sons: Gerald Everett Bennett, Jr. of Jeffersonville, Indiana and Dale Allen Bennett of Colorado Springs, Colorado; by his daughter, Terri Ann Holder and her husband Tony of Cadiz, Kentucky; by his sisters: Norma Dean Scudder of Centerville, Tennessee, Mary Amos of North Vernon, Indiana, and Rose Marie Bennett Wilcutts of Centerville, Tennessee; by his brother, Harry Bennett of Suffner, Florida; by his six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and by his several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Wendell Bennett, who died on December 7th, 1984; by his mother, Gertrude Oxley Bennett, who died on August 2nd, 1971; by his son, Dana William “Will” Bennett, who died on February 8th, 2022; by his brothers: Wilbur Lee Bennett, who died on November 23rd, 1995, Wendell Bennett, who died on August 2nd, 2016, William Otto Bennett, Dwight Emerson Bennett, who died on November 19th, 2020, and Gary Elmer Bennett, who died on October 19th, 2021; by his sisters, Genieve Clementine Bennett Luz, who died on March 16th, 2002, Corrine Bennett, who died in 2011, and Marcella Clifford.

  A final salute with military honors was conducted on Tuesday, July 5th, by the Chaplin of the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. #9 of the American Legion at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel, 1415 North Gate Road in Madison. Interment followed in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

  Friends were invited to call on the family prior to the time of the final salute on Tuesday, July 5th, at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Wreaths Across America.  Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover, which is serving the family during this difficult time.

Evelyn Cone

  Evelyn Louise Cone, 92, of Rising Sun, passed away at 2:57 p.m. on Sunday, July 3rd, 2022 at The Waters of Rising Sun.

  Evelyn was born in Switzerland County near Patriot on October 28th, 1929, the daughter of the late Flossie M. (Scott) Jones and John Thomas Jones. She was a graduate of Patriot High School.

  She was the widow of James Joseph Cone who preceded her in death on August 14th, 1998.

  Evelyn retired from Anchor Glass in Lawrenceburg, Indiana after 36 years of service.

  Evelyn was a member of the Rising Sun First Baptist Church. She loved to read and do word search puzzles.

  Evelyn is survived by her two sons: J.D. Walcott (Sue), and Pat Cone (Nancy), both of Rising Sun; by her five grandchildren: Nickolas Walcott (Sandy), Christopher Walcott (Rachel), Tiffany Swenson (Austin), Andrew Cone (Karla) and Reba Cone; and by her 10 great-grandchildren.

  Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 8th at the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun First Baptist Church.

  Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family during this difficult time.

Mary Ann Leap

  Mary Ann (Gullion) Leap, age 69, of Madison, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away on Wednesday, June 29th, 2022, at her residence.

  Mary Ann entered this life on May 15th, 1953 in Bennington, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late Verle and Mary Barbara (Chandler) Gullion. She was raised in Switzerland County and attended Pleasant Elementary School. Mary Ann graduated from the Switzerland County High School, Class of 1971.

  Mary Ann was united in marriage to Mike Madison in 1972 in Vevay. This happy union was blessed with a son, James.

  She was later united in marriage on January 2nd, 1981 to Michael J. “Mike” Leap in Springfield, Tennessee. Mary Ann and Mike shared 18 years of marriage together until he passed away on January 21st, 1999.

  Mary Ann was employed for Cole Bakes Insurance in Vevay for several years. She later owned and operated McKay Lumber with her husband Mike in Vevay for several years. Mary Ann was later employed as a secretary for Waller’s Meter in Madison.

  Mary Ann loved cats and enjoyed traveling, spending time with her friends and family and bowling, as well as, going to the beach with her best friends.

  Mary Ann will be deeply missed by her son, James Leslie Madison of Los Angeles, California and his wife, Irene of Naga City, Philippines; by her sister, Barbara Jean Peelman of Vevay; by her several nieces and nephews; by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Debbie and Gerald Barnes of Madison, Jill and Errol Wayne Judy of Vevay, Billy and Rose Leap of Vevay, Eddie and Joan Leap of Vevay, and Ragina and Wesley Poling of Vevay; by her several cousins; and by her best friends since grade school: Barbara Burkman, Bonnie Colen, Jeanne Jones, Kathy May, Louann Waller, Margaret Ann Riley and Vicki Bear.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Verle and Mary Barbara (Chandler) Gullion; by her husband, Michael J. “Mike” Leap; by her brothers: Reverend George Elmer “Buddy” Gullion and Robert Leslie “Lee” Gullion; by her sisters: Dianne Sue Konkle and Ethel Marie Adamski; by her nieces: Mary Jane Konkle and Tina Renee Harrod; and by her brothers-in-law: Harold Peelman, Donald Wayne Konkle, Sr. and Don Adamski, Sr.

  Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, July 11th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 11th, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

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

Virgil Neaman

  Virgil Carl Neaman, 85, of Rising Sun, passed away on Monday, July 4th, 2022, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

  Visitation will be held on Friday, July 8th, from 5-8 p.m. at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun.

  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 9th, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorials may be made to First United Church of Christ or to the Virgil Neaman Foundation through the Ohio County Community Foundation.

  A full obituary will appear in next week’s edition of the newspaper.

Charles ‘Mike’ Thompson

  Charles Michael “Mike” Thompson, 68, of Rising Sun, passed away at 5:41 a.m. on Thursday, June 30th, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood, Edgewood, Kentucky.

  Charles was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 26th, 1953, the son of the late Linda (Mullikin) and Charles Edward Thompson. He was a graduate of the Rising Sun High School Class of 1971.

  On February 14th, 1979, he was married to Renda (Murray).

  Mike was employed as a clerk for Kroger’s. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing the guitar, caring for his dogs, and spending time with his grandkids.

  Mike is survived by his wife Renda Thompson of Rising Sun; by his son Jeremy Thompson (Krystal) of Rising Sun; by his daughter Stacy Bell (Nicholas) of Rising Sun; by his brother Heydon Thompson (Mary) of Cincinnati, Ohio; by his sister Evelyn Rowlett (Bill) of Greendale, Indiana; by his mother-in-law Margaret Murray of Rising Sun; and by his grandchildren: Shealyn Bell, Samara Bell, Joel Bell, Ruby Thompson, Gabrielle Thompson, Benjamin Thompson, Emma Thompson, and Jaston Thompson.

  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Michael “Shane” Thompson; by his brothers: Fred Thompson, Edward Thompson, and Richard Thompson; and by his granddaughter Lauren Elizabeth Thompson.

  A public graveside service was held on Tuesday, July 5th, at the Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family during this difficult time.