Obituaries 08/05/2021


Mr. Ivan Andrew Green, age 84, of Patriot, Indiana, passed away at 4:45 a.m., Monday, August 2, 2021, at the River Terrace Health Campus in Madison, Indiana. Ivan entered this life on February 9, 1937 on Plum Creek Road in Switzerland County, Indiana. He was one of twelve children born to the parents of Andrew Peter and Sadie Mae (Peters) Green. Ivan was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana and attended Plum Creek Grade School and Vevay High School. Ivan was inducted into the United States Army and served in Korea for two years before returning back home to Vevay. Ivan was united in marriage to Dollie Ann Reese on December 23, 1960 in Madison, Indiana. This happy union was blessed with four children, Deanna, Andrew, Reesea and Charla. Ivan and Dollie shared nearly 61 loving years of marriage together until his death. Ivan had several jobs he enjoyed over his long life. He was employed for Grote Industries in Madison, Indiana and Hilltop Basic Resources in Patriot, Indiana for several years. He was a dedicated school bus driver for 10 years for the Switzerland County School Corporation that he happily took over from his father-in-law bus #21. Ivan became Director of Transportation for the Switzerland County School Corporation, retiring in 2018 after 32 years of service at the age of 81. Ivan very much enjoyed his job with the school, supervising the bus drivers, as well as, managing the bus routes. As we all know there wasn’t a road Ivan hadn’t traveled or a home he didn’t know who lived there. Ivan always took such pride in his work giving over 100% as many co-workers have stated. He was always the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave after he knew the buses were in and kids were home safely. Ivan loved traveling to his grandchildren’s sporting events and watching them compete. He also enjoyed shopping, of course buying expensive shoes and Polo shirts and sweaters, as well as, wearing good smelling cologne. He also enjoyed sitting in his car listening to the radio and oldies and spending time with his grand fur baby, Dungy. Ivan also loved sitting on his front porch watching cars and trucks go by and keeping an eye on the neighbors, as well as swatting the flies with his fly swatter! Ivan also became interested in birds and enjoyed bird watching.

 Ivan is survived by his wife, Dollie Ann (Reese) Green of Patriot, IN; his children, Andrew Green of Patriot, IN, Reesea Jackson and her husband, Joey of Patriot, IN and Charla Azbell and her fiancé, Matt Haynie of Indianapolis, IN; his grandchildren, Levi Green, Drew Azbell, Alli Azbell, Bailey Jackson, Samuel Azbell and Dungy Dog; his great-grandchildren, Elijah Green, Easton Green and Kathryn Vaughn; his sisters, Lucille Phillips and her husband, Cherry of Vevay, IN and Linda Poling of Quercus Grove, IN; his sisters-in-law, Mary Lynn “Mert” Reese of Patriot, IN and Billie Green of Vevay, IN and his several nieces and nephews.

 He was preceded in death by his daughter, Deanna Lynn Green, died October 4, 2017; his father, Andrew Peter Green, died December 28, 1946; his mother, Sadie Mae (Peters) Green, died July 21, 1985; his sisters, Dorothy Mae Scott, died June 1, 1960, Meredith Scudder, died April 26, 2010, Mary Catherine McManis, died April 23, 2021 and Alberta G. Reed, died July 8, 2021 and his brothers, Marvin Green, died November 27, 1967, Allen Green, died May 15, 1986, Arthur “Buddy” Green, died August 23, 2011, Charles Green, died October 19, 2015 and Galen M. Green, died November 30, 2019.

 Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 7, 2021, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.

 Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 7, 2021, by Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Ivan Andrew Green Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in lieu of flowers, Keeping Pace Cancer Fund c/o CFSCI. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at

James F. Spilman, 73, July 30, 2021, Patriot, IN, formerly from Cleves. Beloved husband of Mary S. Spilman (nee Shircliff), devoted father of Joseph Spilman (Shellie), Jennifer Mullins (Sean) & Dylan Weiter (Sarah), loving grandfather of Madison, Michael, Dalton, Abbey, Ava & Jack, beloved son of the late Jean (nee Pelk) & James Spilman, dear brother of the late Mike Spilman. James was a lifelong athlete & one of the fiercest competitors you would ever meet. James passed with his wife & son by his side. Visitation Sun., Aug. 8, 4 – 8 PM & Mon., Aug. 9, 12 noon until time of service at 1 PM at the Dennis George Funeral Home, 44 S. Miami Ave., Cleves, OH 45002. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Three Rivers Athletic Boosters, c/o the funeral home. 

Mr. Weston Lee “Wes” Ellis, age 39, of Bennington, Indiana entered this life on July 11, 1982 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He was the loving son of Donald E. Ellis, Jr. and Melanie R. Grey Ellis Demaree. He was raised in the Madison community and graduated from Madison Consolidated High School in 2000  where he played football and was a member of the honor society. He then served in the United States Marine Corps for four years. Wes then graduated from Southern Indiana University in Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. He then received his Masters in Geology from California State University at Long Beach. Wes had worked as a geologist with Rubicon Engineering Corporation and Kennedy/Jenks Consultants and resided in Long Beach for ten years. He had resided back at the family farm for the past year and had recently accepted a position with North American Stainless Steel at the time of his death. He also held membership in the Sierra Club. Wes enjoyed camping, biking, fishing, being outdoors, loved animals, and nature was his church. He loved to participate with his late grandfather, Don Ellis, Sr. competing in the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association and was proud to have won at the Friendship competition. Wes will be remembered for his smile, his kindness, and devotion to his family and friends. Wes passed from this life on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 8:21 p.m. on a farm on Bells Branch Road near Bear Branch, Indiana. 

Wes will be missed by his heartbroken mother, Melanie R. Grey Demaree of Versailles, Indiana; his loving sisters, Dawn Ellis of Versailles, Indiana, Amanda Gribbons and her husband, James of Knoxville, Tennessee, Timea Demaree of Deputy, Indiana; his loving brothers, Ethan Ellis of North Vernon, Indiana, Jimmy Demaree and his wife, Clare of Dupont, Indiana; his aunts and uncles, Cheryl Ellis Munoz of Valencia, California, Marcy Hahn and her husband, Roger of Houston, Texas, Melissa Grey, Pam Osborn, John Burney Jackie Arnold, Billy Kiplinger, and Tony Kiplinger; his nephews and his nieces, Tyler Hoskins, Derek Hoskins, Lillian Cline, Sophia Gribbons, Lola Demaree; his close cousins, Jesse Morgan Munoz and his wife, Ashley, Robert “Eli” Munoz, Annie Munoz, Alice Munoz, Bobby Munoz, Alex Hahn, and Garrett Hahn; numerous other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald E. Ellis, Jr., died April 12, 2012, his step father, Tim Demaree, died September 25,2020, his grandfather, Donald Lee Ellis, died March 21, 2016, his grandmother, Marian Jean Caldwell Ellis, died May 12, 2021, his grandmother, Evelyn Grey, his uncles and aunt, Robert Munoz, died in 2003, Donald Ellis,Jr. died April 12, 2012, Gary Weston Ellis, died July 13, 1964, and Alicia Burney and his grandpa, Walter Grey. 

Remembrance service will be conducted Saturday, August 7, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., by Pastor Tom Scroggins at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana.   

Friends may visit Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Weston Ellis Remembrance Fund.  Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover. Online condolences, remembrances, and memorials can be left at

Mr. Floyd E. Ogden Jr., age 67, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, June 24, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 5, 1954 to the late Floyd Ogden Sr. and Joan Ogden.

Floyd spent many years working for the Vevay Utility Company before moving to Hidden Valley Lake in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He then became the Manager of the Hidden Valley Lake Water Company, where he was still employed at the time of his passing. Floyd loved spending time with his family.

Floyd is survived by his loving wife, Sherry Ogden; his children, Dusty Ogden and Stephanie Jones (Jesse Jones); his grandchildren, Bradley Adkins, Brooklynn Adkins, Tyler Lannan, Jack Ogden, Dylan Lannan, and Jayla Jones; his great-grandchildren, Brielle Gullion and Shayliegh Gullion; his siblings, Robert Ogden (Deborah), Debra Ferguson (Roger), and JoAnn Ronan; and several nieces and nephews.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Ogden Sr. and Joan Ogden; his grandmother, Dorothy Ogden; his son, Baby Ogden; his brother, Billy Ogden; his sister, Tina Ogden; his granddaughter, Sara Lannan and his great-grandson, Paxton Gullion.

Per Floyd’s request there will be no formal services. The family and friends will be holding a celebration of life on August 7th, 2021 at 5 p.m. at the Hidden Valley Lake Marina.

Wayne Clifton Howell, 71, of Wilkinson, Indiana passed away peacefully on July 25, 2021. Wayne was born in East Prairie, Missouri on February 21, 1950 to the late Roy C. And Vera L Howell.

Wayne graduated from Greenfield High school in 1968. A Vietnam Veteran, he served 4 1/2 years in the US Army.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Debbie Evitt Howell (Wilkinson), son, Rob (Robin) Howell of Indianapolis, Step-Daughters April (Brian) Cole of Greenfield, Wilma (Scott) Rosenberger of Vevay, Tina (Terry) Peelman of Vevay, and Nancy Riley of New Castle, a step-son Brian (Cindy) Evitt of Greenfield. Two brothers Lendil (Beth) Howell and Lucky (Rhea) Howell both of Greenfield. 23 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren, as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Dennis and John Howell, sisters Lameka Winter-Specht and Edna Howell, a wife, Janet Howell, a grandson, a niece and a nephew.

Memorial donations are encouraged in Wayne’s name to the Greenfield Church of Christ, 1380 S State St, Greenfield, IN 46140 and the Vevay Church of Christ, PO Box 163, Vevay, IN 47043

A celebration of life will be held August 14, 2021 at the Greenfield Church of Christ from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. There will be a service followed by a meal. Masks are required.

William Edward “Eddie” Ruff, 56, of Rising Sun, IN (formerly of Fairfield, OH) passed away at 4:00 AM, Thursday, July 29th, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Dearborn in Lawrenceburg, IN. Eddie was born in Nashville, TN on June 23, 1965, a son of the late Edna Ruth (Green) Ruff and Garland Edward Ruff. He was a graduate of Fairfield High School, Class of 1984. Eddie went on to attend Miami University in Oxford, OH. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Eddie was employed at Rees Harps in Rising Sun, IN where he worked as a luthier, a skilled craftsman that builds and repairs stringed instruments. He was the beloved husband of Colleen May (Lainhart) Ruff. They were married on March 13, 2002 in Las Vegas, NV. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to go fishing. Eddie was a very intelligent man with a free thinking spirit and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Eddie is survived by his loving wife, Colleen Ruff, of Rising Sun, IN; by two sons, Michael and Josh Ruff, both of Florida; by a step daughter, Misty Ward (Matthew), of Fairfield, OH; by a step son, Chris Neal, of Mason, OH and by six grandchildren. Eddie is also survived by a sister, Pam Howell (Glen), of Fairfield, OH and a brother, Dennis Ruff (Janice), of St. Cloud, FL.  A celebration of Eddie’s life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations in honor of Eddie may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun, IN serving the family.

Douglas Lee Ballard, 54, of Sunman, IN, passed away at 2:23 PM, Friday, July 30th, 2021 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville, IN. Doug was born in Lawrenceburg, IN on January 3, 1967, a son of the late Patty (O’Connor) and Harry Dean Ballard. Doug did construction and mechanical work and was formerly employed at Electric Motor Technologies in St. Bernard, OH. He was the husband of Amanda “Mandy”  Eckstein. Doug and Mandy were married on September 12, 2015 in Sunman, IN. Doug loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also liked to play golf and go bowling.

Doug is survived by his loving wife, Amanda Eckstein, of Sunman, IN. He is also survived  by two sisters, Sandra Moffitt, of Lawrenceburg, IN and Hope Hussung, of Warren, MI and by many other family members and friends. 

 Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, August 3rd at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, IN. Visitation will be held 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Tuesday, August 3rd at Markland Funeral Home. Burial will be at Cedar Hedge Cemetery in Rising Sun, IN. Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrews Health Campus Activity Fund or to the charity of donor’s choice.