Obituaries 08/13/2020


Sally Branham

  Sally Katherien Branham, 83, of Rising Sun, passed away on Sunday, August 2nd, 2020 at her residence.

  Sally was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 2nd, 1937, the daughter of the late Amy (Schierloh) and Roland  Lowery.

  Sally married William “Red” Branham on September 27th, 1958. Sally and Red were married over 55 years until his passing on March 3rd, 2014.

  She earned her nursing degree from the Christ Hospital College of Nursing. Sally worked at several facilities over the years, including United Church Homes and Riverview Nursing Home.

  Sally was very active in the community and was a member of the Rising Sun American Legion Auxiliary, the Red Hat Society, Ohio County Garden Club, Sunshine Stitchers and the Ohio County Historical Society. She also volunteered at Dearborn County Hospital. Sally liked bird watching and her family enjoyed going to, and participating in Civil War reenactments along with her parents and her children.

  Sally was a loving mother and wife and provided a wonderful home for her family.

  Sally is survived by her daughter, Alison Boggs and her husband Everett of Rising Sun; by her son, John Branham and his wife Donna of Cincinnati, Ohio; by her four grandchildren and her eight great-grandchildren; by her brother, Robert Lowery and wife Sandy of Terrace Park, Ohio; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

  Sally was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, William “Red” Branham, who passed away on March 3rd, 2014; and by her daughter, Laurie Young, who passed away in 2009.

  Services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun American Legion Auxiliary.

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

Grover ‘Hotrod’ Copeland, Jr.

  Grover Cleveland “Hotrod” Copeland, Jr., age 61, of Madison,  passed away on Thursday, August 6th, 2020, at 2:45 p.m. at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

  Hotrod entered this life on December 2nd, 1958 in Madison. He was the loving son of the late Grover C., Sr. and Rachel Lou Burton Copeland. He was raised in Jefferson County, and was a 1977 graduate of Southwestern High School and had attended Ivy Tech.

  Hotrod was united in marriage on January 5th, 1982 at the Madison Courthouse to Wanda J. Carter. This happy union of 38 years was blessed with two sons: Brent and Justin.

  He had worked for Madison Precision and also in Midland, Texas for 11 years on an Oil Rig. He then worked for 23 and a half years for Arvin Sango as a welder in production.

  Hotrod was a musician, performing since the age of 14. He loved playing the guitar, watching NASCAR, building model cars, riding around on “Frog” his golf cart, fishing, playing darts, was an avid Duke fan, and being with his grandchildren.

  Hotrod loved socializing, enjoyed being a true friend, holding membership in the Sons of the Madison VFW Post 1969, Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the Sons of the American Legion, and serving in the Honor Guard for Post 9 for hundreds of funerals. Hotrod fought a hard battle with lung and liver cancer for the past five months.

  Hotrod will be missed by his loving wife of 38 years, Wanda J. Carter Copeland of Madison; his loving sons: Brent Matthew Copeland and his wife Robyn of Madison and Justin E. Copeland and his wife Ashley of Madison; by his grandchildren: McKenley, Kingsley, Hannah, and Sophia; by his second mom, Sharon Hofmann of Madison; by his loving brothers: Dickie Copeland and his wife Rebekah of Madison, Gail Copeland and his wife Diane of Madison, Danny Copeland and his wife Jeanette of Madison, and Darris Copeland and his wife Christin of Richmond, Indiana; by his loving sisters: Linda Davis Bailey and her husband Mark of Vevay and Gwen Miller and her husband Tony of Madison; by his mother in law, Carolyn Lemmon of Madison; by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Sally Edwards and her husband Juan Mendoza, Cecil Carter, Jr., and Jackie Copeland; by his aunts and uncles: Brenda Brittain, Florene Spry, Jean Reed, Frances Robbins, and George Copeland; and by his several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Grover Cleveland Copeland, Sr., who died on October 17th, 2008; by his mother, Rachel Lou Burton Copeland, who died on August 15th, 2012; by his sister-in-law, Jan Copeland, who died on August 8th, 2011; by his brother-in-law, Paul William Edwards, Sr., who died on May 6th, 2015; by his niece, Emily Carter; and by his grandparents: Steve and Agnes Graham Copeland and Selby and Lena Mae Rowlett Burton.

  Funeral services were conducted on Monday, August 10th, by Deacon Mike Gardner at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive Madison, Indiana, 47250.

  Friends were invited to pay their respects to the family on Monday, August 10th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home. Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion Honor Guard held a walk by ceremony on Monday following the funeral ceremony.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Carolyn Dreyer

  Carolyn “Sue” Dreyer, 65, of Flint, Michigan, passed away on Friday, August 7th, 2020 at McLaren-Flint Hospital in Flint, Michigan.

  Carolyn was born in Flint, Michigan on August 6th, 1955, the daughter of the late William and Harriet (Gross) Hunkins.

  On December 11th, 1987, she married Dennis Dreyer.

  She served as a hall monitor at Carman Ainsworth High School in Flint, Michigan for 13 years. Carolyn loved the Detroit Red Wings. She also loved car cruises, “Back to the Bricks” and riding motorcycles.

  Surviving are her husband, Dennis; her children: Ken (Brooke) Dreyer, Andrea (Ryan) Lasley, Cristina Evans and Dennis Lee Dreyer, Jr.; her grandchildren, Emily (Brandon) Yowler, Steve, Jr., Dixie and Dominick Neil, Kora Ferguson, Alexis (of East Enterprise) and Hope Dreyer, Alexis and Joshua Petty and Jace Embry; her sister, Cynthia (Derek) Connor; and several nieces and nephews.

  Private visitation will be held at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 W Hill Road, Flint, Michigan, 48507. Cremation will take place following the visitation.

William Hendricks

  William S. “Bill” Hendricks, age 90, of Vevay, passed away at 12:57 p.m. on Friday, August 7th, 2020, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  He entered this life on October 14th, 1929 in Middletown, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late Ivan and Bessie (Bassiker) Hendricks. Bill was a 1947 graduate of Houston High School in Houston, Missouri.

  Bill was united in marriage on September 22nd, 1950 in Knightstown, Indiana to the late Wanda F. Fausset. This happy union was blessed with four children: Gary, Bruce, Robert and Brenda. Bill and Wanda shared nearly 53 years of marriage together until she passed away on August 5th, 2003.

  Bill was employed as a foreman for General Motors in Anderson, Indiana, retiring in 1982 after 30 years and four months of service. Bill resided in Middletown, Indiana and later moved to the Vevay community in 2013 where he resided until his death.

  Bill was a member of the Spring Branch Baptist Church near Vevay. Bill enjoyed fishing and deer hunting and will be deeply missed by his family.

  Bill will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Brenda Wattenbarger and her husband Herman of Vevay; by his son, Bruce Hendricks and his wife Teresa of Anderson, Indiana; by his grandchildren: David Wattenbarger, Kyle Wattenbarger and his wife Sarah, Amber Green and her husband Nick, Matthew Hendricks, Thomas Hendricks, Taylor Hendricks, Justin Troub, Ryan Troub and Destinee Troub and by his several great-grandchildren.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Bessie (Bassiker) Hendricks; by his wife, Wanda F. (Fausset) Hendricks; by his sons: Gary and Robert Hendricks; by his brother, Louis Farrell Hendricks;  and by his sister, Mildred Roderick.

  Graveside Services were conducted on Wednesday, August 12th, at the Gravel Lawn Cemetery, 9088 West County Road 1025 South, Fortville, Indiana, 46040.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice.

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



Norma ‘Jean’ Jenkins

  Norma “Jean” Jenkins, 84, of Olive Branch, Mississippi, passed away on August 6th, 2020.

  Jean was born on May 28th, 1936 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She married Bo Jenkins on November 5th, 1955, and the couple traveled the world as a military family; living in Japan and Italy, and later stateside in Missouri, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi.

  Jean later worked as an Administrative Assistant with the University of Missouri for over 20 years specializing in health and spiritual programs.

  She was a faithful member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Olive Branch, Mississippi.

  Jean was a devoted wife and mother who made her family feel loved and cherished no matter where they lived. She also had an uncanny ability to make everyone feel as if they had known her their entire lives along with her warm loving sense of humor. Jean will be dearly missed.

  Jean is survived by her husband of 64 years, James “Bo” Jenkins; by their two sons: Larry (Vickie) and Randall Jenkins and daughter-in law, Vicki Jenkins; her brother J.T. McKinnon and her sister Nina Bain; as well as her five grandchildren: Kyle Jenkins, Bryan Jenkins, Carlie Kazal, Zachary Jenkins and Emma Jenkins; and her five great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her great niece, Amanda Works of Vevay.

  Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ola McKinnon; by her sister, Hortense DeHart; by her two brothers: Vivian and McClain McKinnon; and by her son Steven Jenkins.

  Visitation was held on Monday, August 10th, at the Brantley Funeral Home, 6875 Highway 305 North, Olive Branch, Mississippi, 38654. The time of visitation was followed by funeral services at the funeral home, with Brother Mike Weeks, Pastor of Pleasant Hills Baptist Church, officiating.

Donald Siekman

  Donald John Siekman, 96, of Ohio County, died on Saturday, August 8th, 2020, at his residence.

  Donald was born on November 6th, 1923, the son of Arthur and Edith (Neaman) Siekman in Ohio County, Indiana. He was raised on his family’s farm and attended Rising Sun High School. Donald graduated in 1941 and worked in a factory in Connersville, Indiana, making wings for dive bombers.

 Donald married June Maxine Murray on January 17th, 1948 and was preceded by her in death when she passed away in 2003. They made their home in several rental properties in and near Rising Sun before purchasing their farm on Dutch Ridge in April 1956, only a mile from the farm he grew up on. They enjoyed raising tobacco and a small beef cow herd.  The farm also allowed for Donald to enjoy his hobby of raccoon hunting. Donald and June created many fond memories during their life together, including many vacation trips to Florida, Alaska, Hawaii and the Yellowstone National Park. Church was an integral part of their 55-year marriage, always placing God at the center of their relationship.

  The couple was blessed with two sons: Gary Wayne and Terry Joe, both of whom built homes on Dutch Ridge near their parents. Gary Wayne, was born May 23rd, 1950, passed away on January 17th, 1994, after a long illness. Their son, Terry Joe, was born on September 30th, 1954, and passed away on July 21st, 2008.

  Donald served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II before working at the Rising Sun Citizens Bank. In 1956, he took a job with the Federal Land Bank Association, where he originated farm loans. He retired in August 1985.

  After retirement, Donald became a representative for the Growers Tobacco Warehouse in Carrollton, Kentucky for over 10 years. He also volunteered for the Soil and Water Conservation from 1988-1993 and served on the planning board for the new Rising Sun school.

  Donald is survived by his four grandchildren: Kindra (Doug) Russell of Rising Sun, Dawn (Jason) Walcott of Rising Sun, Jason (Kayleigh) Siekman of Rising Sun, and Caitlyn (Corey) Renfro of Sanders, Kentucky; by his five great-grandsons: Claudio, Angelo, Foster, Casper and Oakley; and by his eight great-granddaughters: Isabel, Alayna, Emma, Eloise, Alyssa, Erin, Beatrix and Harriet. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Deborah Walton (Steve); by his sister-in- law; and by several nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces.

  Donald was preceded in death by his wife, sons, parents and brothers.

  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 12th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Eldon Fancher officiating. Visitation was held on Tuesday, August 11th, at the funeral home; and burial with military honors was held at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to Rising Sun 1st United Church of Christ or Loving Hearts Hospice. Cards are available at funeral home.


Dara Swanson

  Dara Daniela (Meyers) Swanson, age 55, of Bennington, died at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday August 8th, 2020, at her residence. 

  Dara entered this life on June 15th, 1965 in Washington, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late Lawrence Elwood Meyers and Treva Gay (Raney) Meyers Ragle.

  Dara was a 1983 graduate of the Grace Christian School in Washington, Indiana. She attended the Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

  Dara was first united in marriage on October 14th, 1984, in Washington, Indiana, to David Martin and they were blessed with three sons.

  Dara was united in marriage on July 26th, 2008 in Nashville, Indiana, to Dana Carroll Swanson. This happy blended family shared 12 years of marriage together until her sudden passing.

  Dara was formerly employed for Belterra Casino & Resort in Florence, Indiana, Dorman Products in Warsaw, Kentucky and the Fairview Grocery Store in Fairview, Indiana. She was currently employed for the Fastenal Company in Ghent, Kentucky.

  Dara was raised and baptized in the First Christian Church in Washington, Indiana. Dara enjoyed cooking, baking and taking care of her family. She was always up for a motorcycle ride with her husband, Dana or a shopping spree on Amazon. She will be deeply missed by her loving family and abundance of friends, but especially her dog, Nikki.

  Dara will be missed by her husband: Dana Carroll Swanson of Bennington; by her sons: Levi Martin and his wife Kayla and Samuel Isaac Martin and his fiancée Cierra Brettnacher, all of Louisville, Kentucky; by her grandchildren: Tristan Martin and Kennedy Johnson and Audrey and Anthony Brettnacher; by her step-daughter: Angela Swanson and her fiancée Cody Painter of Daleville, Indiana; by her step-son Clint Swanson and his girlfriend Mallory Phagan of Bedford, Indiana; by her sister Rachel Lea of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; by her brothers: Paul Meyers and his wife Dianna of Sparta, Michigan and Shawn Meyers and his wife Carolyn of New Castle, Kentucky; by her brother-in-law: Darren Swanson and his wife Angela of Bennington; by her mother-in-law Daisy May (Scudder) Swanson of Vevay; and her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her son: Aaron Daniel Martin; by her father Lawrence Elwood Meyers; by her mother Treva Gay (Raney) Meyers Ragle; by her step-father Donald Ragle; and by her father-in-law Carroll Frederick “Buddy” Swanson.

  Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, August 14th, at 1:00 p.m., by Pastor Donald Burford at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment will follow in the New Liberty Cemetery, East Enterprise.

  Friends may call on the family from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday, August 14th, at the funeral home.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Dara Daniela Swanson Memorial Fund or the Indiana Donor Network. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Elizabeth Tharp Jones

  Elizabeth Tharp Jones, 72, of Vevay, passed away on August 6th, 2020 at her residence.

  She was born November 9, 1947 to Marshall and Harriet Tandy Meng Tharp of Ghent, Kentucky. She was one of five children: John Carroll Tharp, who died at age 14; Julia Caroline Tharp (Steelman); Harriet Ellen Tharp (Cason); and Justine Tandy Tharp (Hodgson) who died at age 32. Elizabeth Ann carried the lifelong nickname of “Itsy”.

  She graduated from Ghent Elementary School, Carroll County High School, and her beloved Georgetown College where she was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority, served as Panhellenic President, and was voted the Most Popular Girl at Georgetown College. Elizabeth received a masters degree in British History and additional education-related degrees and certifications leading to a teacher licensure, an elementary principal license, a secondary principal license, and a doctorate in administrative leadership.

  Elizabeth married Lary D. Jones on June 6th, 1970 at the Presbyterian Church/Switzerland County Historical Museum; since her parents had moved to the Tandy family home in Vevay. After having lived in Lexington, Kentucky and Puyallup, Washington, the couple moved to the Main Street of Vevay to raise their four children: Seth Douglas, Nathan Schenck, Reid Phillip, and Elizabeth Carpenter.

  In addition to being a college instructor and holding positions in Kentucky State Government and the University of Kentucky, she worked 25years for the Switzerland County School Corporation. Dr. Jones served as teacher, grant writer, curriculum director, Switzerland County Middle School Principal, Switzerland County Elementary School Principal, and Jefferson-Craig Elementary Principal.

  In 2008, she was hired as the Switzerland County Superintendent of Schools, being the first woman to hold that position and the first female superintendent in Southeastern Indiana.

  Upon retiring from public education, she turned her attention to county government. Dr. Jones served eight years on the Switzerland County Council, being the first woman to serve as President of the Council.

  Elizabeth was a devout Christian and active member of the Vevay Assembly Church, where she served as Sunday School teacher for 20 years.

  Elizabeth was a member of the Caby M. Froman Club; the Eggleston Club, President; the Switzerland County Historical Society; YMCA Board  of Directors, President; Switzerland County Republican Party, Vice-President; Switzerland County Republican Women, President; Ten year 4-H Leader and numerous other boards.

  Itsy will be missed by the family she adored: Lary Jones, her husband of 50 years; her children: Seth (Chris); Nathan (Michelle); Reid; and Elizabeth Elliott (Russ); her granddaughter, Simone; her sisters: Julia Steelman and Harriet Cason (Jay); her Hodgson, Cason and Steelman immediate family; and her Punte, Sutton and Meng cousins.

  A public visitation was held on Monday, August 10th, at the Vevay Assembly Church 721 East Main Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. The time of visitation was followed by a Memorial Service with Pastor G.B. Turner officiating.

  Burial was in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to Gideons International.

Peggy Jo Isaacs

Peggy Jo Isaacs, 84, of Rising Sun, IN, passed away on Friday, August 7th, 2020 at The Waters of Dillsboro/Ross Manor in Dillsboro, IN. Peggy was born in Fosters, OH on January 1, 1936, a daughter of the late Lena (Amburgy) and Hugh  Brandenburg. Peggy retired from General Motors in Norwood, OH where she worked on the assembly line. Peggy enjoyed gardening, tending to her flowers and doing crafts. In her younger years, she was an avid bowler. Peggy also loved to sew and attended an industrial sewing school in Cincinnati. 

Peggy is  survived by two daughters, Patricia Garrison(David), of Englewood, FL and  

Pamela Manning(John), of Homosassa, FL; by a son, Darryl Anson Isaacs, of Rising Sun, IN; by 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.  Peggy is also survived by 

four sisters, Joyce Jufer(John), of Golden, MO;  June Purcell(Ed), of Loveland, OH;  Phyllis Price(Bob), of Maineville, OH and Judy Gore(Phil), of Lebanon, OH; by two brothers, James Brandenburg (Brenda), of Sarasota, FL and  Fred  Brandenburg, of Peebles, OH.   Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, by her husband Vernon Isaacs in 2004, by her son Vernon Douglas Isaacs in 1993 by her granddaughter Deja Morris in 2013 and by her brother, Thomas Brandenburg.

 Services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun, IN serving the family.