Obituaries 08/26/2021


Daniel Combs

  Daniel Mark Combs, 64, of Rising Sun, passed away on Sunday, August 22nd, 2021 at his residence.

  Dan was born in Batesville, Indiana on September 19th, 1956, the son of the late Mary (Chapin) Combs and Samuel  Combs. He was a graduate of Moores Hill High School.

  Dan married Chris (Klootwyk) Combs on November 23rd, 1996. Dan and Chris were married nearly 25 years until his passing.

  Dan was a skilled automotive technician and operated Dan’s Auto in Dillsboro, Indiana for several years, retiring in 2011. He also enjoyed working on and riding motorcycles. He was a talented musician and entertained local crowds through the years. Many will remember him from the ‘Connections’ and ‘Pryme Tyme’ bands. Dan could not only play the guitar, but was an expert at repairing them as well.

  As Dan’s life took on a slower pace in the last years, his focus turned to his grandsons. He loved taking them fishing and cherished every moment spent with them.

  Dan is survived by his devoted wife Chris Combs of Rising Sun; by his loving daughter Brooke Young and her husband Dan of Kirkland, Washington; by his beloved grandsons: Liam and Owen Young; and by his sister, Connie Coan of Kentucky.

  Dan was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Jeff Combs.

  Visitation was held on Wednesday, August 25th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 26th at the funeral home. Burial will be at Hogan Hill Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Paul Messmore

  Paul Messmore, 82, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, August 17th, 2021.

  He was born on July 21st, 1939 in Madison, the son of the late Paul and Nellie (Hall) Messmore.

  He worked for U.S. Shoe Corporation, and was well known in Switzerland County for his work at the Vevay plant.

  Paul enjoyed listening to live music and was a UK basketball fan. He loved watching his grandkids play sports.

  He is survived by his four sons: Bryan (wife Melanie) Messmore of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Shawn (wife Lisa) Messmore of West Harrison, Indiana, Jason (wife Terri) Messmore of Greendale, Indiana, and Brandon (wife Juli) Messmore of Dillsboro, Indiana; by his daughter, Megan (husband Dego) Ferreira of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; by his god daughter, Vicki (husband Doug) Rosemeyer of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; by his 18 grandchildren: Hannah, Bryanne, Dylan, Mollie, Garren, Taylor, AJ, Frankie, Addie, Ben, Sam, Jacob, Gracie, Maddie, Vivian, Lyla, Niko, Kylee; and by his two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Cooper.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Nellie Messmore; and by his two sisters, Pauline Peddie and June Clapp.

  Family and friends were received on Saturday, August 21st, at the Bright Christian Church. A Celebration of Life service was held at Bright Christian Church on Saturday, August 21st, following the time of visitation, with Pastor Jeff Stone and Pastor Greg Edens officiating.

  Contributions may be made to the Loving Hearts Hospice or Ridgewood Resident Activities Fund.

  Fitch-Denney Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Sigmon

  Charles Wayne “Chuck” Sigmon, 84, of Florence, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, August 22nd, 2021 at his residence.

  Chuck was born in Jefferson County, Indiana on June 3rd, 1937, the son of the late Gladys M. (Scudder) Sigmon and Wilford L. Sigmon. He grew up in Switzerland County and attended Patriot High School.

  Chuck proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

  Chuck married Frances Jane (Heaton) Sigmon on May 24th, 1963 in Bedford, Kentucky. Chuck and Frances were married over 58 years until his passing.

  He worked as a Supervisor at U.S. Shoe and later Nine West in  Vevay. He retired in 1993 after 43 years of service.

  Chuck was an avid collector of guns and knives. He was also an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, trapping and fishing in his younger years. Chuck also had an appreciation for vintage cars. Above all, Chuck was a people person who never met a stranger.

  Chuck was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and good friend to many.

  Chuck is survived by his loving wife, Frances Sigmon, of Florence, Indiana; by his two daughters: Machelle  Colen and her husband Tim of Fairview and Gwen Hite and her husband Joey of Patriot; by his granddaughter Ashley Rose and her husband Brandon; by his grandson Joseph Hite and his fiancee Whitney Chipman; and by his great grandson Wyatt Rose. Chuck is also survived by his two sisters: Martha Keith of Center Square and Ruth Ann Keith of Dillsboro, Indiana; and by his brother, Jerry Sigmon and his wife Diane, of Lamb.

  Graveside Services were held on Wednesday, August 25th at New Liberty Cemetery in East Enterprise, with Pastor Patrick Lanman officiating.

  Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

Lowell Swick

  Lowell Eugene Swick, age 88, of Pierceton, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, August 18th, 2021 in Kosciusko Community Hospital.

  Born June 9th, 1933, in Kosciusko County, Indiana, Lowell was the son of Sherman and Viola (Young) Swick. He graduated from Burket High School in 1951.

  He was united in marriage to Phyllis M. Heckaman on June 2nd, 1953, who preceded him in passing on November 23rd, 2012.

  He proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the U. S. Army from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean Conflict.

  Lowell formerly was employed by Kimble Glass – Owens Illinois in Warsaw, Indiana. He enjoyed being a farmer, and was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion Post #49, and the National Horseshoe Pitch Association.

  Lowell attended Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, Warsaw.

  Lowell is survived by his children: Terry (Patty) Swick of Angola, Indiana, Thomas (Sue) Swick of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Debra (Mike) Archer of Vevay, and Donna (Tom) Balazs of Winona Lake, Indiana. In addition, he is survived by 17 grandchildren and 54 great grandchildren.

  He was preceded in passing by his wife, Phyllis Swick; by both of his parents; and by his siblings: Delta Seely, Harry Swick, Wayne Swick, Claude Swick, Dean Swick, Evelyn Whiteman and Lois Boganwright.

  A time of visitation was held on Monday, August 23rd, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, Indiana. A funeral service in celebration of his life was held on Tuesday, August 24th in the funeral chapel. Pastor Carolyn Kern officiated the services. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Pierceton, Indiana, with military honors rendered by American Legion Post #49.

  Memorial donations may be made to: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 2943 E 400 S,  Warsaw, Indiana, 46580

Walter Tinsley

  Walter Carlile Tinsley, 81, of Moores Hill, Indiana, passed away at 3:37 a.m. on Sunday, August 22nd, 2021 at The Waters of Dillsboro, Dillsboro, Indiana.

  Walter was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky on June 16th, 1940, the son of the late Lottie (Majors) and Walter Tinsley. He attended school in Rising Sun and was employed at Alton Box where he received a jacket, watch, and award for not missing a single day of work in 15 years. He was also later employed at the Batesville Casket Company.

  On April 24th, 1959, he was married to Joyce Kathleen Miller and five children were born to this union.

  Walter greatly enjoyed all things buy, sell, and trade and collected various items such as clothes, watches, knives, and flashlights. He was an avid fan of Marilyn Monroe and Dolly Parton.

  He attended church at the Holmes Hill Church of Christ.

  Walter is survived by his daughters: Veeta (Charlie) White of Rising Sun and Lottie Armbruster of Osgood, Indiana; by his sons: Carlyle Tinsley of Greendale, Indiana and Ted Tinsley of Batesville, Indiana; by his sisters: Joyce Hill of Milan, Indiana and Sarah Tinsley of Rising Sun; by his grandchildren: Walter Tinsley, Daniel (Amy) Tinsley, Dustin Tinsley, Amy Beam, Samantha (Jason) Brunner, J.T. Armbruster, Christopher White, and Amanda Brown; and by his great-grandchildren: Isabella Brown, Amelia Beam, Claire Tinsley, Emma Tinsley, Easton Tinsley, and Scarlett Armbruster.

  Walter was preceded in death by his son Jeffery Tinsley; by his daughter-in-law Evelyn Tinsley; by his brothers: Olen Tinsley, Floyd Tinsley, Frank Tinsley, and James Tinsley; by his sisters: Lola Mae Miller, Drotha Huffine, and Addie Tinsley; and by his grandson Joshua Beam.

  A public visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, August 27th, at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services will be held following the time of visitation at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 27th, at the funeral home; with burial to follow at Cedar Hedge Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Donald ‘Donnie’ Wilson

  Donald Alan “Donnie” Wilson, age 70, of Madison, formerly of Vevay, passed away at 6:04 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18th, 2021, at the VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

  Donnie entered this life on April 30th, 1951 in Madison. He was the son of the late William James and Catherine Velma “Rene” (Stoner) Wilson. Donnie was raised in Switzerland County, and was a 1969 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

  Donnie was inducted into the United States Air Force on February 8th, 1973 in Louisville, Kentucky. He rose to the rate of Staff Sergeant and served as a weapon control systems technician for six years. He was awarded the Air Force Longevity Service Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster and the National Defense Service Medal. Donnie was honorably discharged on February 7th, 1979 at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.

  He was united in marriage on June 23rd, 2001 in Lamb to Nancy McKay. This happy blended family was blessed with four children: Stacey, April, Brian and Chad. Donnie and Nancy shared over 20 years of marriage together until his passing.

  Donnie was employed as an electronic technician for the Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison for eight years. He also owned and operated Wilson Cable Services for 10 years.

  Donnie was a lifelong member of the Union Baptist Church in Lamb, and was ordained as a deacon on October 25th, 2009. He was also an active member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185, to which he took great honor and pride in. He always looked forward to “Lunch at the legion” with Bob Reed and socializing with his friends. Donnie enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as, four-wheelers, gardening, playing cards and raising quail. Donnie was a lifelong resident of the Switzerland County community.

  Donnie battled diabetes since the age of 33, and in 2005 he underwent a double organ transplant surgery, receiving a new kidney and pancreas. He lived an eventful, wonderful life and cherished each day to the fullest.

  Donnie leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife, Nancy (McKay) Wilson of Madison; his daughters: Stacey Lynn Penick and her husband Trevis of Bennington and April Janelle Mahoney and her husband Brian of Lamb; his step-sons, Brian Browning of East Enterprise and Chad Browning of Hanover, Indiana; his grandchildren: Meagan Kilborn and her husband Zack, Brad Wilson, and Colton Penick; his great-grandchildren: Masen Kilborn, Zaiden Kilborn and Zoe Wilson; his step-grandchildren: Ciera, Cassandra, Branden and Karissa; his step great-grandchildren: Braedon, Braelon, Addison and Benny; his brothers: Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Wilson of Vevay and David Wayne “Dave” Wilson and his wife Sharon of Madison; his several nieces, nephews and cousins; his longtime dear friend and military buddy, Derf Garner; and other numerous friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, William James and Catherine Velma “Rene” (Stoner) Wilson; by his brother, James William “Jim” Wilson; by his nephew, Larry Dean Wilson; by his sister-in-law, Joan Wilson; and by his lifelong friend, Robert “Bob” Reed.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Monday, August 23rd, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, August 24th, by Reverend Mike Barnes, at the funeral home. Interment and Full Military Rites were conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison.

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