Obituaries 07/28/2022


Petronella ‘Pat’ Deaton

  Petronella Louise “Pat” (Tebbe) Deaton, age 90, of Vevay, passed away at 4:55 a.m. on Sunday, July 24th, 2022, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Pat entered this life on October 3rd, 1931 in Batesville, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late Leo Joseph and Alvina (Pulskamp) Tebbe. Pat was raised in Oak Forest, Indiana and was a 1949 graduate of Brookville High School.

  Pat was united in marriage on October 24th, 1953 to Claude Deaton at the St. Philomena Catholic Church in Oak Forest, Indiana. This happy union of nearly 65 years was blessed with five children.

  They resided from 1953-1968 in Connersville, Indiana; and later moved to Vevay in 1968. With her husband, Pat owned and operated the Vevay IGA from 1969-2000.

  Pat was a member of the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay. She enjoyed quilting, working puzzles and playing cards.

  Pat is survived by her daughter, Sheila Gault and her husband Larry of Vevay; by her sons: Greg Deaton and his wife Jean of Madison, Kent Deaton of Vevay, and Todd Deaton and his wife Ruth of Columbus, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Michael Gault, Nicholas Gault and his wife Heather, Kevin Gault and his wife Halie, Christopher Deaton and his wife Megan, Jacob Deaton, Colin Deaton and his wife Chelsea, Gabriel Deaton, Philip Deaton and his wife Olivia, Jennifer McKenzie and her husband Cole, Mathew Deaton and his wife Carrie, Ryan Deaton and his wife Heather, Jessica Majka and her husband Frank and Rachel Deaton; by her great-grandchildren: Hayden, Kennedy, Gavin, Nolan, Wyatt, Linkon, Lukas, Lawson, Adaline, Amelia, Audrey, Waylon and Elliott; by her brothers: Keith Tebbe of Brookville, Indiana, Glenn Tebbe and his wife Laura Jo of Greensburg, Indiana, and Merle Tebbe and his wife Susan of Crossville, Tennessee; and by her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: Leo Joseph Tebbe, who died on October 31st, 1979 and Alvina (Pulskamp) Tebbe, who died on May 29th, 1932; by her husband, Claude Virgil Deaton, who died on February 21st, 2018; by her son, Eric William Deaton, who died on July 19th, 2009; by her great-grandchildren quintuplets: Frank James Majka, who died on June 30th, 2020 and Eric William, Mary Elizabeth, Connor Michael and Georgia Louise Majka, who died on July 1st, 2020; by her brothers: Melvin A. Tebbe, who died on May 20th, 2006 and Virgil Joseph Tebbe, who died on February 3rd, 2014; by her sister, LaVerne Mary Saurerland, who died on August 20th, 2018; and by her twin sister, Leonella Anna Propes, who died on January 7th, 2019.

  The Funeral Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 29th, at Our Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church, 513 North Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Eternal World Television Network, Switzerland County Emergency Response or Switzerland County Public Library. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Sherry Houze

  Sherry Denise Houze, entered into this life in Selma, Alabama on March 3rd, 1957. She was the daughter of Paul Sloan and Martha McKee Sloan. Sherry departed this life on July 18th, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana, at the age of 65.

  Sherry was a hard working, fun loving daughter, sister, friend, mother and grandmother. One of her very close friends described her as the most driven woman she has ever known. Sherry’s passions were her family and cooking.

  Sherry grew her love of cooking into a successful career as a talented chef. Sherry’s culinary career began at the Ogle Haus, in Vevay as banquet director. While fulfilling her duties in her job she also attended Sullivan Culinary College in Louisville, Kentucky, where she graduated with honors.

  During her time in Switzerland County, she was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and became the first woman to serve as President for the Chamber.

  From the Ogle Haus, Sherry moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where she was employed by Sodexo as the Executive Chef for Indiana University for 10 years. Sherry also traveled to South Africa with “Chefs to Feed the World.”

  From I.U. Sherry became the director of The Mothers Cupboard Community Kitchen. Sherry was instrumental in taking the Cupboard from a two room building to a brand new commercial facility located in Nashville, Indiana. During her time there, Sherry wrote many grants allowing the purchase of major equipment for the facility. Sherry was very proud of her work at the Cupboard and would probably tell you that it was her biggest career success.

  Her passing will leave a vacancy in the many lives she touched there.

  In her spare time Sherry liked to do crafts and always enjoyed taking pictures at gatherings with friends and family, as evidenced by the many, many framed photos in her home.

  Sherry was also a part of a group of four that have been friends for over 50 years. They have stood by each other in good times and bad, always being there for each other. One fourth of the group is missing and it will never be the same, but Sherry will live on within the three of them as they recall all of the time they shared together.

  Left to mourn the loss of Sherry is her son Jordan Houze and his companion Amanda Chapman and her grandsons: Matthew Houze and Bryce Houze — all of Nashville Indiana; her two sisters: Paula (Phil) Cloat of Vevay and Roxanna (Rocky) McKenzie of Daytona, Florida; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

  Sherry was preceded in death by her grandparents: Morris and Lorraine McKee and Martha and Mellard Sloan; by her Mother, Martha McKee Sloan; by her Father, Paul Sloan; and by her nephew, Randy Hise.

Roy Smith

  Roy Lee Smith, age 85, of Canaan, Indiana near Pleasant, passed away at 8:39 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20th, 2022, at his home near Pleasant. 

  Roy entered this life on June 10th, 1937 in Switzerland County. He was the loving son of the late Albert Uley and Alice Copeland Smith. He was raised on Splinter’s Ridge in Jefferson County near Brooksburg.

  He was inducted into the United States Army at the end of the Korean War in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1957. He earned his GED in Kokomo, Indiana.

  On December 31st, 1955 Roy was united in marriage to Beverly Cunningham, and this union was blessed with sons: Ronald and Rick.

  He received his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying his Cessna air planes. He worked for Penn Dixie Steel for 31 years in Kokomo, Indiana. He retired back to the Pleasant-Cross Plains area and enjoyed farming, driving a school bus for Switzerland County Schools for six years; owned and operated R.L. Smith Milk Route in Jefferson County for 10 years; and for a time owned and operated the Gulf Service Station at Middlefork.

  He was united in marriage to Linda L. Long Foley, and this union was blessed with a son, Dustin.

  Roy enjoyed taking his ponies to different festivals so kids could ride them for many years. He was a member and raised in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church on Hall’s Ridge near Canaan. He also held membership in the Beard Masonic Lodge No. 641 F. & A.M. in Frankfort, Indiana.

  He was united in marriage to Marilyn Mae Thieman Lochard on July 10th, 2014 in Pleasant, Indiana.

  He had enjoyed wintering in Mt. Dora, Florida for the past several years. Roy enjoyed people and never met a stranger.

  Roy will be missed by his loving wife of eight years, Marilyn Mae Thieman Lochard Smith of Canaan; by his son, Rick L. Smith of Cross Plains; by his daughter-in-law, Diana Smith of Forest, Indiana; by his step-sons, Chris Lochard and his wife Hope of Madison and Andrew Lochard and his wife Ronda of Cross Plains; by his step-daughter, Becky Mohr and her husband Benny of Napoleon, Indiana; by his grandchildren: Roy Alan Smith, Kelly Marie Smith, Ronald Lee Smith, Jr. and Robert Lee Smith; by his great-grandchildren: Dominic Joseph Smith, Brant Matthew Davis, Noah Lee Smith, Bryson Lee Smith, Sabranda Mary Smith, Tavinair Paige Pender, Maissin Lee Smith, and Bailey Leeann Harley; by his step-grandchildren: Quinton, Ethan, Hanna, Vanessa, Bray,Joseph, and Lakota; by his step great-grandchildren: Amelia and Virgil; and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Uley Smith, who died on November 26th, 1964; by his mother, Alice Copeland Smith, who died on October 30th, 1988; by his sons: Ronald L. Smith, Sr., who died on August 8th, 1994 and Dustin Smith, who died on January 3rd, 2009; by his brothers: Raymond Smith, who died on June 5th, 1975, Morgan Smith, who died on February 26th, 1987, James E. Smith, who died in September of 1992, and Lawrence E. Smith, who died on July 7th, 2009; by his sisters: Lottie Webster, who died on May 10th, 2014, Janetta McComas, who died on December 3rd, 2015, Martha Jean Wentworth, who died on December 19th, 2017, and Florence Wilson Haskell, who died on December 24th, 2020. 


  Friends were invited to call on the family on Wednesday, July 27th, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison. Funeral services were conducted following the time of visitation on Wednesday, July 27,  by Brother Randy Thieman at the funeral centre.  Interment followed in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Hall’s Ridge near Canaan, Indiana.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital or the Kidney Foundation.  Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover.

Mattie Wickey

  Mattie J. Wickey, age 62, of Bennington, Indiana, passed away at 7:44 p.m. on Thursday, July 21st, 2022, at the Norton King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Mattie entered this life on July 25th, 1959 in Berne, Indiana. She was the daughter of Jacob J. and Rosina R. “Rosie” (Schwartz) Wickey. She was raised in Berne, Indiana and had resided in the Switzerland County community since 1988.

  Mattie received her education and was of the Old Order Amish faith. She was lovingly cared for by her family until her death.

  Mattie is survived by her mother, Rosina R. “Rosie” (Schwartz) Wickey of Bennington; by her brothers: Reuben Wickey and his wife Emma of Bennington, Andy Wickey and his wife Ruth of Canaan, Indiana, Jacob Wickey and his wife Katie of Owingsville, Kentucky, Amos Wickey of Bennington, Harvey Wickey and his wife Esther of Cross Plains, Indiana, Eli Wickey and his wife Clara of Canaan, Indiana, Rudy Wickey and his wife Emma of Canaan, Indiana and Simon Wickey and his wife Rachel of Bennington; by her brother-in-law, Sam Schwartz of Madison; and by her numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Jacob J. Wickey, who died on June 19th, 2000; by her sisters: Mary J. Wickey, Ruth J. (Wickey) Schwartz, Emma Wickey and Elizabeth J. “Lizzie” Wickey; by her brother, Jerry R. Wickey; by her maternal-grandparents: Reuben E. and Mattie Schwartz; by her paternal-grandparents: Jacob D. and Elizabeth Wickey; by her nephews: Ben K. Wickey and Amos Schwartz; by her niece, Rebecca Schwartz; by her great-nephews: Jacob Girod, Andy W. Schwartz and Jacob R. Girod; by her great-niece, Mary Girod; and by her numerous aunts and uncles.

  Visitation was held on Friday, July 22nd, and Saturday, July 23rd, at the Wickey residence, 4112 Aberdeen Road, Bennington, Indiana, 47011.

  Funeral Services were held on Sunday, July 24th, by Bishop Jacob Schwartz at the Wickey residence.  Interment followed in the Old Order Amish Cemetery near Pleasant, Indiana.

  Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time.