Obituaries 09/01/2022


Barbara Derringer

  Barbara Derringer, 85, of North Vernon, Indiana, passed away at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30th, 2022, at Majestic Care of North Vernon.

  Born on May 3rd, 1937, in Beattyville, Kentucky, Barbara was the loving daughter of Samuel and Laura (Sipes) Mays.

  She was united in marriage to Louis Derringer on March 11th, 1956. He preceded her in death on December 11th, 2003.

  Barbara had worked 25 years for Regal Rugs, retiring in 1999.

  She was a member of the Weston Baptist Church. Barbara enjoyed mushroom hunting, playing cards, fishing, working crossword puzzles, and reading books. Most of all she cherished spending time with her family and friends.

  Barbara is survived by her son, Randy (Lisa) Derringer of Deputy, Indiana; by her daughter, Tammy (Jeff) Yocum of Vevay; by her sister, Marlene Bohall of Commiskey, Indiana; by her brothers: Ronnie Mays of Vernon, Indiana, Dudley Mays of North Vernon, Indiana, and Fred Mays of North Vernon, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Travis, Nathaniel, and Justin Derringer, Cathy Vincent, Brad Hendrix, Brandy Cardinal, Mayetta, and Jeffrey Yocum, Timmy Calvert, and Jessie Olul; and by her great-grandchildren: Lyrik, Sarah, Emma, and Alexis.

  She is preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Laura Mays;by her husband, Louis Derringer; by her son, Sam Derringer; by her sister, Donnie Spicer; and by her brothers: Larry, Jack, and Bob Mays.

  A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 2nd, at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral and Cremation Service, 115 South State Street, North Vernon, Indiana, with Reverend Dan Corbin officiating. Burial will be in the Vernon Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the start of the service on Friday, September 2nd, at the funeral home.

  Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the family for expenses.

Walter ‘Lee’ Foster

  Walter “Lee” Foster, age 61, of Switzerland County, passed away at 10:24 a.m. on Sunday, August 28th, 2022, at his residence.

  Lee entered this life on November 3rd, 1960 in Batesville, Indiana. He was the son of the late Donald E. Foster and Norma Lee (Lockridge) Brown.

  Lee worked construction and was a driver for Daniel Girod for 22 years.

  He was united in marriage on July 20th, 2021 to Pamela Sue Heath in Carrollton, Kentucky.

  Lee enjoyed going fishing and hunting, and loved donkeys and working in construction. Lee attended the Brooksburg Baptist Church in Brooksburg, Indiana.

  Lee is survived by his wife of 10 years, Pamela Sue (Heath) Dowdy Foster of Switzerland County; by his daughter, Amy Thomas and her husband Rick of Madison; by his son, Scotty Foster and his wife Becky of Madison; and by his grandchildren: Allison Rent, Christopher Rent, Alivia Foster and Isabella Kilborn.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald E. Foster and Norma Lee (Lockridge) Brown.

  Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 1st, by Pastor John Hart at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 2nd, at the funeral home.  Interment will follow in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles, Indiana.

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

James ‘Jamie’ Hayes

  James Leslie “Jamie” Hayes, age 52, of Vevay, passed away on Monday, August 29th, 2022, at the Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton, Kentucky.

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

  James “Jim” Albert Welch, age 86, of Bennington, Indiana, left this life to be with his Lord and Savior at 12:28 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022 at his residence.

  In Jim’s final days he was surrounded with love and care with his wife and family at his bedside. Jim began his eternal life on the birthday of two people he dearly loved, his precious granddaughter Amber and his late friend Beverly “Bevie” Sue Cook.

  Jim entered this life on March 22nd, 1936 in Madison. He was the loving son of the late Augustus Gary Welch and Ruby (Means) Welch. Jim was raised in Bennington on the family farm and was a 1954 graduate of Vevay High School. Jim was a member of the Vevay Warriors Basketball team. He resided in Switzerland County his entire life.

  Jim enlisted in the United States Army on May 16th, 1956. He was honored and very proud to have served his country. While Jim was stationed in Esslingen, Germany, at the Nellingen U.S. Army base, he met his pretty “fraulein” and future wife Johanna. Jim held the rank of Private First Class and served as a Construction Machine Operator. He was honorably discharged on February 28th, 1958.

  On February 8th, 1959, Jim was united in marriage to Johanna Alma Weber at the Bennington United Methodist Church. God blessed this happy union with four children: Scott (late), Eric, John and Heidi. Jim spent many years working on the family farm in Bennington with his wife and sons. They raised various crops including tobacco, corn and soybeans. They also had a farrow to finish hog operation. Jim loved his bountiful garden and fruit trees.

  In 1972 Jim and Johanna started their traveling food business “The German Corner.” In the early 90’s they expanded the business to catering weddings and receptions to having Crosswell bus tours to their home on Fairview Road. They were a local favorite at The Swiss Wine Festival with their special German recipes. If Jim wasn’t helping with the food, you might just find him and Bevie Sue doing the “Chicken Dance” with the crowd. Jim and Johanna will always be remembered wearing their authentic German costumes as they served food from the German Corner.

  Jim was known to be a big talker, at times getting a little sidetracked visiting and talking when he was supposed to be at the grill tending to the schnitzels and sausages. “If the sausages were cooked black you knew what Jim had been up to.”

  Jim and Johanna retired from traveling with the German Corner in 2004. They continued to serve food and entertain their guests from their home until retirement in 2010. Jim could have written a book on all the ‘over the road’ adventures they had traveling with the German Corner. His children and grandchildren greatly enjoyed listening to all his stories. Jim lived his life to the fullest with a contagious laugh, a little mischief and a zest for life. He loved to say, no matter what job laid ahead: “Don’t we have the biggest ole times!”

  Jim was a member of the Bennington Community Church. Jim’s entire life he loved and served the Lord. One of his favorite scriptures was: Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose”.

  Jim was a family man and he treasured his children and grandchildren. He greatly enjoyed spending time with each and every one of them. They in turn showered him with love and affection. Jim also loved his friends dearly, he never met a stranger and was always more than willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

  Jim and Johanna loved to travel and over the years they went back and visited family in Germany. They also traveled and enjoyed the sights of Italy, Switzerland and Austria. They traveled to Hawaii where Jim was proud to have danced the hula with the beautiful hula girls! They greatly enjoyed their family trips with their children to Gatlinburg, Disney World, Washington DC and Niagara Falls.

  Jim was a carpenter and a fine furniture craftsman. He built numerous beautiful pieces of furniture for Johanna over the years. Jim made it a goal to design and build a piece of furniture for each of his grandchildren to present it to them for their high school graduation. He accomplished that goal and those furniture pieces are greatly cherished.

   Jim will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Johanna of Bennington; by his sons: Eric (Tammy) Welch of Cross Plains and John (Kathy) Welch of Fairview; by his daughter, Heidi (David) Culp of Merritt Island, Florida; by his daughter-in-law, Cynthia “Cindy” Welch of Pleasant; by his grandchildren: April (Adam) Shepherd, Christina Welch and partner Andre Hawkins, Kurtis Gregory, Daniel (Emily) Welch, Amber (Michael) Clark, Meghan (Jimmy) Cobb, Colleen O’Sullivan, Juliana Welch, Breinna (Hunter) West, Makenzie Welch, Carly Amy, Alyssa Culp and Olivia Culp; by his great-grandchildren: Ethan, Ella, Emily, Amiya, Ava, Aubrey, Kameron, Graham, Dalton (Katlyn), Jaxon, Capri, Wilder, Hudson, Hadley, Harper, Adalyn, Eloise, Trevyn, Kayden and Creed; and by his sister-in-law, Ingeborg Krinke of Kirchheim-Teck, Germany.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Augustus Gary Welch, who died on August 17th, 1977; his mother, Ruby (Means) Welch, who died on September 1st, 1985; by his son, Graham Scott Welch, who died on October 20th, 2001; by his grandson, James Ryan Welch, who died on April 13th, 1980; by his brother-in-law, Joseph Krinke, who died on December 24th, 1999; by his mother-in-law, Alma Fiebig, who died on August 13th, 2003; by his father-in-law, Erich Fiebig, who died on August 16th, 2006; and by his lifelong best friends: Jerry Furnish, who died on September 3rd, 2015 and Beverly “Bevie” Sue Cook, who died on September 18th, 2009.

  Visitation was held on Wednesday, August 31st, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 1st, by Pastor Mike Sawalich at the Bennington Community Church, 12088 Bennington Pike, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Slawson Cemetery in Bennington, Indiana.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Scott Welch Scholarship Fund c/o Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc., or Bennington Community Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.

William ‘Bill’ Wymer III

  William Clifford “Bill” Wymer, III, age 53, of Mt. Sterling, Indiana, passed away at 5:35 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th, 2022, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Bill entered this life on November 30th, 1968 in Steubenville, Ohio. He was the son of William Clifford Wymer, Jr., whom preceded him in death and Mary (Fife) Wymer. Bill was raised in Jewett, Ohio and was a 1987 graduate of Jewett-Scio High School.

  Bill was united in marriage to Rebecca “Becky” Ann Lock on June 12th, 1999 at the Truth Apostolic Church in Vevay.

  Bill was employed in laundry for Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay for several years. He was also employed as a retail leader for Belterra Casino & Resort in Florence, Indiana for eight months.

  Bill enjoyed gardening, interior decorating and farming and loved animals. Bill was a member of The River Apostolic Church in Vevay.

  Bill will be missed by his wife, Rebecca “Becky” Ann (Lock) Wymer of Mt. Sterling; by his mother, Mary (Fife) Wymer of Jewett, Ohio; by his step-son, Timmy Harlow of Vevay; by his brother, Nelson Wymer of Jewett, Ohio; and by his several aunts, uncles and cousins.

  He was preceded in death by his father, William Clifford Wymer, Jr.; by his grandparents, Kenneth Leroy Fife, Sr. and Norma (Anderson) Fife, Alfred and Mary A. Reinhele and William Clifford Wymer, Sr.; and by his step-daughter, Jamie Lynn Harlow.

  Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6th, at The River Apostolic Church, 6160 State Road 56, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Memorial Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6th, at The River Apostolic Church.

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

  Memorial contributions may be made to the William Clifford “Bill” Wymer, III. Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.