Obituaries 08/11/2022


Thomas ‘Tom’ Adkins

  Thomas Lee “Tom” Adkins, age 76, of Vevay, passed away at 4:27 a.m. on Monday, August 8th, 2022, at the Norton King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Arrangements are pending at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

Clarence ‘Buster’ Chase

  Clarence “Buster” Chase, Jr., age 84, of Vevay, passed away at 5:25 p.m. on Thursday, August 4th, 2022, at the Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

  Buster entered this life on April 9th, 1938 in Florence, Indiana. He was raised in Florence, and was the son of the late Clarence and Mary Ellen (Reed) Chase.

  Buster was united in marriage to Norma Laverne Tapp on July 1st, 1961 in Vevay. This happy union of over 61 years was blessed with four children.

  Buster was employed for Stedman Foundry in Aurora, Indiana for over 30 years. He was also employed for Veedersburg Foundry in Veedersburg, Indiana for over eight years. He retired in 2003 from the Switzerland County School Corporation where he was employed in maintenance for 10 years.

  Buster was a member of the Vevay Church of Christ in Vevay. Buster loved golfing and was still playing two to three times a week. Buster scored a hole-in-one at Lakeside Golf Course on the 4th hole on September 22nd, 1978; and at Fairway Golf Course on the 10th hole of 135 yards on August 26th, 1984. He also scored a hole-in-one at Sugar Bay Golf Course on the 11th hole, a par 3 of 165 yards on April 24th, 2006.

  He loved being with his family that he adored more than anything. Buster enjoyed working in the yard and tending to his rose bushes. You could always count on Buster to lend a helping hand to his friends and neighbors. He also loved his little dog, ‘Fuzzy’ and driving him around town in his golf cart. Buster is now playing the ultimate game of golf in Heaven.

  Buster will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Norma Laverne (Tapp) Chase of Vevay; by his children: Dianna South and her husband Jerry of Vevay, Vicki Peters of Vevay, Mark Chase and his wife Shirlee of Independence, Kentucky, and Jason Chase and his wife Jamie of East Enterprise; by his grandchildren: Chris Peters and his wife Chasity, Cody Peters and his companion Amber Johnson, Katie Ricketts and her husband Brett, Kelsi Robinson and her husband Chad, Allen Michael Chase and his wife Jennifer, Blaze Chase and his wife Olivia, and Brett Chase; by his great-grandchildren: Zoey, Leo and Milo Ricketts, Oliver and Willa Robinson, Casyn and Caelynn Peters, Lincoln and Kinsley Peters, Teagan and Henry Chase, Autumn and Ivy Chase, and Marshall Chase on the way; by his sister-in-law, Doris Chase of Florence, Indiana; by his several nieces and nephews; and his precious dog, Fuzzy.

  He was preceded in death by his parents: Clarence and Mary Ellen (Reed) Chase; by his grandsons: Dylan James and Jason Tyler Chase; by his son-in-law, Charlie Peters; by his sisters: Leo “Ike” Chase, Viola “Sis” Gregory, Cora Wilson, Geraldine Peters, Ruth Romans, Beulah “Bootie” Thornton, Betty Raisor and Elizabeth “Liz” Little; and by his brothers: Donald Lee Chase and Paul Vernon Chase.

  Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 11th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services will be conducted following the time of visitation at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 11th, by Brother Shawn McMullen, at the funeral home.

  Interment will follow in the New Liberty Cemetery in East Enterprise.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay Church of Christ or Switzerland County Angel Tree. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Freddy ‘Fred’ Chatham

  Freddy “Fred” Truman Chatham, age 73, of Hanover, Indiana, Fred died at 5:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27th, 2022, at the Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

  Fred entered this life on November 13th, 1948 in Milton, Kentucky. He was the loving son of the late James Lee and Myrtle Mae Coghill Chatham. He graduated from Trimble County High School in l966 and moved to Jefferson County, Indiana in 1971.

  On May 8th, l971 he was united in marriage to Karen Jo Fields. This marriage was blessed with a son, Fred.

  He retired from the Indiana Department of Transportation after 23 years in maintenance.

  Fred was a member of Hanover Baptist Church; the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion; and the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765. While in school he played three years on the varsity baseball team, and he enjoyed playing horseshoes. He loved his dog, ‘Bear’.

  Fred will be missed by his loving son, Fred Chatham and his wife, Trinady of Madison; by his grandchildren: Camden, Jeter, and Jadelyn; by his brothers: Robert Chatham and his wife Pam of Vevay, Ralph Chatham and his wife Denise of Lexington, Indiana, and Roy Douglas Chatham and his wife Sheila of Madison; by his sisters: Virginia Richardson of Paris, Indiana, Lois Bennett of Madison, Doris Beard and her husband Mike of Milton, Kentucky, Sue Cull and her husband Rick of Milton, Kentucky, and Shirley Davidson of Frankfort, Kentucky; by his half sister, JoAnn Cox of Deputy, Indiana; by his half brothers: Richard Coghill of Scipio, Indiana and Frankie Coghill of Hanover, Indiana; and by his several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his father, James Lee Chatham, who died on April 26th, l984; by his mother, Myrtle Mae Coghill Chatham, who died on February 2nd, 2003; by his brothers: Victor Lewis “Buddy” Chatham, who died on March 7th, 2002, James Allen Chatham, who died on August 28th, 1996, and William Calvert “Billy” Chatham, Sr., who died on October 9th, 2020; by his sister, Wilma Lee Chatham Anderson, who died on May 2nd, 2022; by his half sisters: Linda Mae Coghill Worcester, who died on December 22nd, 2016,  Mary Lou Coghill Smolarcyzk, who died on April 5th, 2021, and Betty K. Coghill Aulick, who died on December 20th, 2021; and by his former wife, Karen Jo “Kjo” Fields Chatham, who died on October 31st, 2021.

  Funeral services were conducted on Monday, August 1st, by J.D. Traylor at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre — Hanover Chapel, 278 East Main Street in Hanover, Indiana.  Interment will follow at a later date in the Moffett Cemetery in Milton, Kentucky.

  Friends were invited to call on the family prior to the beginning of the funeral service on Monday, August 1st, at the funeral centre.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Hanover Baptist Church or the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Cards are available at the  Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Hanover and Madison.

William ‘Bill’ Gridley

  William Harold “Bill” Gridley, 90, of Rising Sun, passed away on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022 at his residence.

  Bill was born in Patriot on October 21st, 1931, the son of the late Mary Elizabeth (Kinnett) Gridley and Abijah North Gridley. Bill spent his childhood in Switzerland County and attended Patriot Schools.

  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant during the Korean War. While in service, Bill earned the following commendations: Korean Service Ribbon/w1 Bronze Service Star, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.

  Bill married the love of his life, Barbara Jean (Hunt) Gridley on December 22nd, 1952 at the Grant’s Creek Baptist Church. Bill and Barb were married over 66 years until her passing on May 22nd, 2019.

  Bill worked as a custodian for Rising Sun/Ohio County Schools for over 33 years. He also drove a school bus for 27 of those years. Bill also formerly worked at the Sunoco Station, drove truck for Lowell Bliss, worked at Grand Victoria Casino and farmed.

  Bill was a life time member of the Rising Sun American Legion Post # 59 and VFW. He was also a former member of the Rising Sun Fire Department. Bill loved being with his family and they loved their uncle Bill. Bill also loved kids and would do anything to help those in need.

  Bill is survived by several loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members; and many, many friends.

  Bill was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife, Barbara Jean in 2019; by his daughter, Lois Ann Neff in 2015; and by his brothers: James Abijah, Oliver David, Robert Shaw and Gordon Leroy Gridley.

  Visitation was held on Friday, August 5th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 6th with Eldon Fancher officiating at the funeral home. Burial with military honors was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to Ohio County Health Department (immunization program), Rising Sun Schools (lunch program), Boy Scout Troop #605 or Rising Sun Fire Department.

Sarah Hoffman

  Sarah Jayne Hoffman, 45, of Patriot, passed away on Saturday, July 30th, 2022, at her residence.

  Sarah was born on February 7th, 1977 to Mary Hoffman and Fred Hoffman of Hebron, Kentucky.

  Sarah worked in hospitality and hotel management before finding her calling as a homemaker.

  Sarah was a member of Posey Tappers Homemakers Club and Switzerland County Extension Homemakers, serving as President for both organizations during her membership.

  Sarah enjoyed writing her column as Patriot Community Correspondent for Vevay Media Group and she was a member of Patriot Baptist Church.

  She loved cooking homemade meals and desserts. She enjoyed crafting and leading craft demonstrations for others. She loved to travel and enjoyed planning trips to take with her friends and family.

  Sarah is survived by her beloved partner, William Datt of Patriot; by her uncles: Greg (Carol) Mackey of Walton, Kentucky and Pat (Celeste) Mackey of Burlington, Kentucky; by her aunts: Anita (Moe) Ripperda of Damiansville, Illinois and Ann (Mike) Soldano, of Naples, Florida; and by her many cousins.

  Sarah was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Hoffman; by her father, Fred Hoffman; by her brother, John Hoffman; and by her grandparents: Frank and Wanda Mackey and Frederick and Esther Hoffman.

  Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, August 11th, at Patriot Baptist Church; with a Celebration of Life to follow at noon at the church.

  Memorials may be made to Patriot Baptist Church.

William ‘Bill’ Hord

  William Ross “Bill” Hord, age 88, of Madison, passed away and entered the gates of Heaven with his loving family by his side at 10:10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022, at the Norton King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Bill entered this life on February 8th, 1934 in Deputy, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late Ralph Emerson and Mabel D. (Kinnett) Hord. Bill was raised in Jefferson County, Indiana and was a 1952 graduate of Madison High School.

  In 1956, Bill met the love of his life Peggy Ann Ralston, who he lovingly referred to as ‘Ann’.

  Bill was inducted into the United States Army on June 5th, 1956 in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned the Marksman Rifle Badge, Sharpshooter Carbine Badge and the Good Conduct Medal. He served overseas in Germany for one year, two months and seven days. He was transferred to the United States Army Reserves on May 16th, 1958 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois with the rank of Private First Class. Bill was honorably discharged on August 1st, 1961 with the rank of Sergeant.

  On June 18th, 1958, Bill was united in marriage to Peggy Ann Ralston at the Brushy Fork Baptist Church in Switzerland County. This happy union of over 64 years was blessed with three daughters: Lynn, Luann and Carol.

  On December 27th, 1954, Bill was employed in instrument maintenance for Indiana Kentucky Electric in Madison, retiring on July 1st, 1995 after nearly 41 years of service. Bill and Peggy along with their grandchildren mowed yards for their elderly neighbors from 1995-2012.

  He was a member of the Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church in Madison. Bill was very involved with running the sound system at church; building the new sanctuary and education wing; as well as renovations to the old sanctuary. Bill was always involved in countless repair projects at the church and was always there to lend a helping hand to those in need.

  Bill was an avid reader and loved going to the Jefferson County Public Library. He also enjoyed riding his BMW motorcycle, working crossword puzzles, as well as watching Southwestern girls basketball games, woodworking, carpentry and mowing. He also enjoyed listening to vintage ham radio transmissions from around the world. You could always count on Bill to play a round of golf in his free time and achieved six holes-in-one over his lifetime of playing golf.

  In their early years, Bill and Ann loved traveling to Germany, Scotland and Ireland, as well as mini trips in the Mazda around the United States.

  Bill will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Peggy “Ann” (Ralston) Hord of Madison; by his daughters: Lynn Todd and her husband John of Madison, Luann Nay of Vevay, and  Carol Lee and her husband Mark of Madison; by his grandchildren: Benjamin Lee and his wife Maggie, Matthew Todd and his wife Hannah, Samantha Johnson and her husband Brice, Joseph Todd and his wife Laura, Jessica Frazier and her husband Matthew, Kayla Conway and her husband Matthew and Laura Reagan and her husband Josh; by his great-grandchildren: Graeme Lee, Harper Todd, Haddon Lee, Camden Reagan, John Mason Todd, Theodore “Teddy” Lee, Ryker Todd, Madilyn Reagan and Finn Johnson; by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Nancy and Monty Stephan of Madison; and by his nieces, nephews and cousins.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Emerson Hord, who died on February 20th, 1979 and Mabel D. (Kinnett) Hord, who died on November 16th, 1977; by his great-grandchildren: Annie Margaret Lee, who died on October 27th, 2020 and baby Johnson, who died on June 24th, 2020; by his aunt and uncle, Merle and Harry Taft; by his father-in-law and mother-in-law: David Thomas “Tommy” Ralston, who died on May 2nd, 1985 and Theo Pearl (Bakes) Ralston, who died on March 13th, 2016; and by his brother-in-law, Charles Edward “Ed” Ralston, who died on October 3rd, 2020.

  Visitation was held on Monday, August 8th, in the new sanctuary at the Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church, 2601 North Ryker’s Ridge Road, Madison, Indiana, 47250; and on Tuesday, August 9th, in the old sanctuary at the Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church.

  Funeral services were be conducted on Tuesday, August 9th, by Pastor Kevin Crouch in the old sanctuary at the Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church. Interment and full military rites followed in the Ryker’s Ridge Cemetery in Madison.

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

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home and church or online at

Ronald Redmon

  Ronald Wayne Redmon, 79, of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Vevay, died on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022, at his residence.

  Ron was born on September 11th, 1942, in Versailles, Kentucky, and grew up in Harrison, Ohio. He attended William Henry Harrison High School, graduating in 1961. He was a guard on the varsity basketball team that went undefeated during his senior year.

  Ron was the first person in his family to go to college, attending Cumberland College, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in education. He later did graduate work at several universities, obtaining a master’s degree in guidance and counseling as well as certification in elementary and secondary administration.

  In 1965, Ron married Kathleen Barrow, and he and Kathy had four children together: Erin (Jim Hill), Ryan (Erica Salinas), Scott (Sarah), and Chris.

  The family settled in Southeastern Indiana, living primarily in Aurora and then Vevay while the children were growing up.

  From 1967 to 1968, Ron served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a radar operator in the artillery. After Vietnam, he started a career in public education, first as a teacher, then guidance counselor, and eventually principal. While working in education, he was able to coach school sports, including boys’ and girls’ basketball, and he also served as a longtime Little League coach.

  He served as Principal of Jefferson-Craig Elementary School in Vevay during his tenure in education.

  In addition to his wife and children, Ron is survived by his grandchildren: Allysa, Carson, Dylan, Aydan, and Eleanor Redmon; by his sisters: Dorothy (Samuel) Cohen of Williamsburg, Virginia and Betty Redmon of Batesville, Indiana; and by his extended family.

  He was preceded in death by his parents: Stanley and Jane (Hall) Redmon; and by his brothers: Stanley Jr. and Robert Redmon.

  Visitation and funeral services will take place on Saturday, August 13th, at Jackman-Hensley Funeral Home, 215 East Broadway, Harrison, Ohio, 45030. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., with the funeral service at noon. Interment will be at Glen Haven Cemetery.