Obituaries 07/08/2021

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Felix Massey III

  Felix Mathias Massey III, 78, of Rising Sun, passed away at 6:33 a.m. on Monday, June 28th, 2021 at the Ridgewood Health Campus, Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Felix was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on May 22nd, 1943, the son of the late Kathryne (Jones) Hogin and Felix Mathias Massey, Jr. He was a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, earning his Master’s Degree in biology plus eight hours.

  Felix proudly served his country for a total of 34 years, serving 32 years in the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel and serving two years in the U.S. Marines.

  On September 13th, 1968, Felix married Anita Kay Swinford. They were married for over 53 years until his passing.

  He was additionally employed as a teacher at Rising Sun High School for 32 years and taught chemistry, physics, biology, and computer programming and was very beloved by his students.

  Felix enjoyed listening to music, working in his yard, playing with the family dogs, cooking, and collecting stamps and artillery, and was a member of the Rising Sun United Methodist Church.

  Felix is survived by his loving wife, Anita Massey of Rising Sun; by his brother, John Massey and his wife Susan, of Florida; by his brothers-in-law: Frank Swinford and wife Sandy, of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Edwin Swinford Jr. of California; in addition to several nieces and nephews.

  Felix was preceded in death by his parents.

  A public visitation was held on Friday, July 2nd at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services followed the time of visitation on Friday, July 2nd at the funeral home with Reverend Laura McDonald officiating. Interment followed at the Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Rising Sun United Methodist Church (RSUMC) or the Ohio County Animal Shelter.

Wendell Cole

  Wendell Kenneth Cole, age 90, of Madison, passed away at 9:22 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30th, 2021, at his residence.

  Wendell entered this life on March 18th, 1931 in Switzerland County. He was the loving son of the late Raymond E. and Dorothy M. Stoops Cole. In 1949 he graduated from Vevay High School, where he played baseball and ran track. Just out of high school, he tried out for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wendell was raised in Fairview, Indiana, and moved to Madison in 1956.

  He was inducted into the United States Army on February 29th, 1952 at Fort Custer. He was honorably discharged on February 12th, 1954 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois at the rank of Sergeant, earning the Occupation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

  On January 19th, l979 Wendell was united in marriage to Wanda M. McCoy at the First Christian Church in downtown Madison.

  Early in life he farmed, and he retired from Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corporation after 37 years as a maintenance supervisor.  Wendell was raised in the Fairview United Methodist Church and was a member of Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking, being with his family and playing golf. He was a devoted husband, loving dad and papa.

  Wendell will be missed by his loving wife of 42 years, Wanda M. McCoy Cole of Madison; by his loving sons: Kenneth F. Cole and his wife Georgene of Madison and R. Brian Kidwell and his wife Darla of Wilmore, Kentucky; by his loving daughters: Michelle Tocco and her husband Gordon of Fishers, Indiana and Tiffany McGillan and her husband Justin of Madison; by his 36 grandchildren; by his 14 great-grandchildren; by his sister, Helen Kay Hyde Center and her husband Scotty of Madison; and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond E. Cole; by his mother, Dorothy M. Stoops Cole; and by his step-granddaughter, Christie Stallings.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Saturday, July 3rd, at the Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church, 2601 North Ryker’s Ridge Road in Madison, Indiana. Funeral services were conducted following the time of visitation on Saturday, July 3rd, by Dr. Kevin Crouch at the Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church. Interment followed in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery,1415 North Gate Road in Madison. A final salute with military honors was conducted by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church in lieu of flowers. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover, which is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Robert Farrell

  Robert H. Farrell, age 65, of Canaan, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday June 29th, 2021, at his residence.

  Robert entered this life on January 20th, 1956 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was raised in Pleasant, Indiana and attended school at Canaan, E. O. Muncie and Ryker’s Ridge Elementary Schools.

  He attended Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses in Madison, Indiana. Robert enjoyed watching Western shows and listening to music.

  Robert will be missed by his brothers: Dale Farrell of Canaan, Indiana, Michael Farrell of Dunnville, Kentucky, and Kenneth Farrell of Canaan, Indiana; by his sister, Ida Jean Cundiff of Dunnville, Kentucky; and his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Cotton “Bob” Farrell, who died on May 26th, 2006 and Ruth (Berry) Farrell, who died on January 12th, 1988; and by his brother, Steven Ralph Farrell, who died on March 30th, 2016.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Tuesday, July 6th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services were conducted following the time of visitation on Tuesday, July 6th, with Pastor Ron Lee officiating, at the funeral home.

  Interment followed in the Zion Cemetery in Bennington, Indiana.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Robert H. Farrell Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Helen McKay

  Helen McKay, 96, formerly of Vevay, passed away with family at her side on Wednesday, June 30th, 2021, in Kansas City, Missouri, where she had resided for three years.

  Helen was born  June 23rd, 1925 in Vevay, the daughter of Edward W. Tilley and Merriam P. (Protsman) Tilley. She grew up in Vevay and was a graduate of Vevay High School, Class of 1943, where she was valedictorian of her class. She was also a graduate of Christian College (now Columbia College) in Columbia, Missouri; and also a graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis — where she met J. Robert “ Bob” McKay. During college, Helen worked at L. S Ayers in Indianapolis.

  Helen and Dr. J. Robert McKay married on August 20th, 1947 at the Vevay Presbyterian Church in Vevay.

  In 1953, Helen and Dr. McKay moved from Indianapolis to Vevay, where he opened a Family Dentistry office on Main Street in Vevay.  They resided in the local community and raised their two sons in Vevay.

  Helen was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority in college and Tri Kappa and Vevay Music Club.

  Helen loved music and travel. She and Bob traveled to Great Britain and Scotland, made numerous trips to New Orleans and visited the World’s Fair in the 1960s. She was a formidable opponent in cards and board games. Also, Helen was known for supporting the local library, entertaining and maintaining the stately home that had been in her family for four generations and 120 years.

  She is survived by her two sons: John McKay and his wife Lisa of Mission Hills, Kansas and Jeff McKay, of Roxbury ,Connecticut; by her granddaughters: Jill McKay Wilson and her husband Christopher of Chattanooga, Tennessee and  Kate McKay ( who shares her birthday June 23rd), and her companion, Matt Aure’, Los Angeles California.

  She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. J. Robert McKay; and by her parents: Ed and Merriam Tilley.

  No public services will be held.

  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Switzerland County Historical Society.

Patricia ‘Pat’ Miller

  Patricia Ann “Pat” (O’Connor) Miller, age 76, of Vevay, passed away on Friday, July 2nd, 2021, at the Baptist Hospital East in Louisville, Kentucky.

  Pat entered this life on December 21st, 1944 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late James B. and Pauline Josephine (Barkhau) O’Connor. She was raised in Hamilton County, Ohio where she attended Colerain High School.

  On May 4th, 1963 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Pat was united in marriage to George Michael Miller, Sr. Pat and George shared over 49 years of marriage together until he passed away on December 24th, 2012.

  In 1978, Pat and George moved to the Switzerland County community and was employed in production for the U.S. Shoe Factory. She was later employed in housekeeping for Belterra Casino and Resort in Florence, Indiana for three years, retiring in 2000.

  Pat was a former member of the Bennington Homemakers Club and the Hope Rebekah Lodge #851. Pat was a member of the Markland Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

  Pat will be missed by her children: Jeanne Bragg and her husband Russ of Vevay, Mindy Otter and her husband Roy of Bennington, Jennie Simpkins of Vevay, George Miller, Jr. of Center Square, and James Miller and his companion Lisa Smith of Vevay; by her grandchildren: Brittany Bragg, Bethany Armstrong and her husband Devon, Brennan Bragg and his wife Melissa, Michael Miller, Zachary Miller, Keegan Otter, Traiten Otter, Brianna Simpkins, Torie Simpkins and her companion James Dorman, Troy Simpkins, Jr. and his wife Megan, and Quentin Smith; by her great-grandchildren: Bentley, Sawyer, Colstyn, Owynn, Weston, Shilo and Kendrick; by her brother, James O’Connor and his wife Rhonda of Cincinnati, Ohio; and by her sister, Ruth Tasch of Middletown, Ohio.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, James B. and Pauline Josephine (Barkhau) O’Connor; by her husband, George Michael Miller, Sr.; and by her grandsons: Hayden Otter and Derek Smith.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Wednesday, July 7th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services were conducted following the time of vistation on Wednesday, July 7th, by Pastor Bobby Brundige Jr., at the funeral home. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Markland Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Neil Sandrock

  Neil Earl Sandrock, age 76, of Vevay, passed away at 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021, at Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

  Neil entered this life on August 16th, 1944 in Elyria, Ohio. He was the son of the late Earl and Anita (Gotro) Sandrock. He was raised in Elyria, Ohio and was a 1962 graduate of Elyria High School.

  Neil was inducted into the United States Army on July 19th, 1965 in Cleveland, Ohio and served in the Vietnam War. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Expert Rifle Badge. Neil was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist 5th Class on August 2nd, 1968 in Fort Riley, Kansas.

  He graduated with an associate’s degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neil owned and operated Royster-Askin-Sandrock Chapel on the West side of Indianapolis, Indiana for several years. He was employed as a retail merchandiser for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio for several years.

  He was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 and also actively served on the Honor Guard. Neil enjoyed boating, riding on his golf cart and socializing with his friends at Willow Haven.

  Neil is survived by his sister, Dianne Bornia; by his brother, Lynn Sandrock; by his nephews: Grant and Glenn Sandrock; and his numerous friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents: Earl and Anita (Gotro) Sandrock.

  Full military rites will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 9th, at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel, 1415 North Gate Road, Madison, Indiana, by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay American Legion Post #185 or Vevay VFW Post #5396. Cards are available at the funeral home.

  Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home is assisting the family during this difficult time.

George Whitaker

  George N. Whitaker, 78, of Rising Sun, passed away on Saturday, July 3rd, 2021 at his residence.

  George was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 17th, 1942, the son of the late Louise (Ward) Whitaker and Robert Lee Whitaker. He grew up in the Cincinnati community and attended school there.

  At a young age George went work for the Formica Corporation in Evendale, Ohio. He was employed there for over 40 years until his retirement from the quality control lab.

  George was the husband of Kathleen Burdine. They were married on July 3rd, 2001. George and Kathy were married 20 years until his passing on their anniversary.

  George loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also liked to go bowling and golfing. He was a sports fan, especially of his Cincinnati Reds and Bengals. George was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Cincinnati.

  George had a loving and outgoing personality. He also had a mischievous side and was always ready with a joke or prank to pull. George was a beloved husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother and friend to many and will be deeply missed.

  George is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen Burdine, of Rising Sun; by his beloved daughter, Kathryn Darnell, of Eastgate, Ohio; by his five grandchildren: Rob Abner, Courtney Luke (Matt Massengill), Saraya Abner, Kelsie Whitaker and Bryanna Darnell; and by his four great grandchildren: Aubree, Nyelle, Axel and Naomi. George is also survived by his sister, Jan Douglas (Harvey), of Paradise, Texas; and by his brother, Carl Whitaker (Carol), of Fairfield Township, Ohio.

  George was preceded in death by his parents; by his son Robert Whitaker in 2017; by his three brothers: Wendell, Glenn and Joe Whitaker; and by his three sisters: Mary Hines, Rose Burdine and Barb Little.

  Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, July 9th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 10th at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Premier Hospice.