Obituaries 09/29/2022


Steven Brown

  Steven E. Brown, 72, of Rising Sun, passed away on Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Edgewood Hospital.

  Steve was born in Shelbyville, Indiana on December 1st, 1949, the son of the late Ludwina (Eckstein) Brown and Charles E. Brown. He was a 1968 graduate of Southwestern High School in Shelbyville, Indiana.

  Steve proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a SP4 during the Vietnam War and was a lifetime member of the American Legion.

  Steve married Kathy (Bondurant) Brown on July 24th, 1992. Steve and Kathy were married 30 years until his passing.

  Steve worked in construction for many years and could operate any piece of equipment or perform any task asked of him. He was also a truck driver and was very proud of his blue dump truck. Steve loved being along the Ohio River.

  Steve is  survived by his wife, Kathy Brown, of Rising Sun; by his daughter, Diedre Brown of Shelbyville, Indiana; by his son, Stevie Brown of Shelbyville, Indiana; by his son, Dusty Whiteford of Rising Sun; by his six grandchildren: Katelynne and Dustin Whiteford, Arraya Cherry, Zander McCreary, Tristian and Chelsea Brown; and by his five great-grandchildren: Paisleigh, Weslynn, Dallas, Thomas and Jax.

  He was preceded by his parents; by his brothers: Raymond, David and Charles; and by his sisters: Theresa and Pammy.

  Funeral services were held on Friday, September 23rd at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Pastor Joseph Hart officiating. Visitation was held prior to the beginning of the funeral service on Friday, September 23rd at the funeral home. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to the Ohio County Animal Shelter.

Rosalynn Christner

  Rosalynn R. Christner, age 23 months, of near Pleasant, Indiana, passed away due to an accident at 8:23 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20th, 2022, at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Rosalynn entered this life on October 23rd, 2020. She was the loving daughter of Martin R. and Mary J. (Schwartz) Christner.

  Rosalynn will be deeply missed by her loving parents, Martin R. and Mary J. (Schwartz) Christner of near Pleasant; by her brothers and sisters: Michael, Caroline, Heidi, Irene, Mahlon and Martin Christner of near Pleasant; by her paternal grandmother, Rosa M. (Miller) Christner of near Pleasant; by her maternal grandparents: Jake N. and Elizabeth S. (Bontrager) Schwartz of near Pleasant; and by her numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

  She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Levi C. Christner; by her maternal great-grandparents: Samuel S. and Elizabeth J. (Wickey); by her paternal great-grandparents: Cletus and Rebecca (Wickey) Christner; by her uncle, James R. Christner; by her great-uncles: Mervin Yoder, Elmer Eicher, Menno Schwartz, Jerry Schwartz and Adam Bontrager; by her great aunts: Mary Troyer and Lydia Miller; and by her cousins: Rebecca Schwartz, Lori Schwartz and Anna Christner.

  Visitation was held on Friday, September 23rd, at the Christner Residence, 359 Brushy Fork Road, Canaan, Indiana, 47224.

  Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, September 24th, by Bishop Reuben Wickey at the Christner Residence.

  Interment followed in the Old Order Amish Cemetery, on Shaw Hollow Road near Pleasant.

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

Roy ‘Rusty’ Geyman

  Roy A. “Rusty” Geyman, 62, of Madison, passed away on Saturday, September 24th, 2022, at Cera Land Park in Columbus, Indiana.

  Rusty was born in Madison on October 9th, 1959, the son of Roy A. Geyman, Sr. and Lucille Devore Geyman.

  He married Patty L. Curl in Madison on January 11th, 1980.

  He was a long time farmer, which he really enjoyed. He worked for Indiana Kentucky Electric Company as a switch yard supervisor. He helped with maintenance at Cera Land Park and was quick to volunteer his time to help other people.

  He is survived by his wife, Patty L. Geyman of Madison; by his sons: Jeremy Geyman of Shelbyville, Indiana and Jake (Shila) Geyman of Madison; by his grandchildren: Nathaniel Geyman of Vevay, Leila, Mia and Madilyn Geyman — all of Madison, Aylah (Brendon) Bates of Markland, Kentucky, Sydni (Tylor) Green of Carrollton, Kentucky, and Daniel Geyman of Madison; by his siblings: Rebecca Aldridge of Greenwood, Indiana, Beverly (Alan) Steward of Phoenix, Arizona, Mary Kathryn Randall of Phoenix, Arizona, and Michael (Rosalie) Geyman, James (Linda) Geyman and Rhonda (Donald) Smith — all of Madison.

  He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Leroy Geyman.

  In keeping with Rusty’s wishes he will be cremated and a Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

  Myers-Reed Funeral Chapel, 3729 25th Street, Columbus, Indiana, 47203, is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Jerrold ‘Jerry’ Golay

  Jerrold Lynn “Jerry” Golay, age 70, of Vevay, passed away at his home in his wife’s arms at 2:31 p.m. on Thursday, July 14th, 2022.

  Jerry entered this life on August 6th, 1951 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the son of the late Philip and Violet (Burton) Golay, and was raised in Mooresville, Indiana, where he attended school.

  Jerry owned and operated his flooring business in Indianapolis, Indiana for several years.

  Jerry was united in marriage to Ida Suzanne Miller on July 16th, 2018 in Vevay.

  Jerry resided in the Vevay community since 2007. He was a member of the Switzerland County Historical Society and enjoyed genealogy and working on his family history. Jerry was a descendant of the original families that founded Vevay.

  Jerry enjoyed mushroom hunting, singing and fishing and was a wonderful poet and writer. He will be sadly missed by all who loved him, always and forever.

  Jerry is dearly loved and missed by his wife, Ida Suzanne (Miller) Golay of Vevay; by his brothers: Dwayne, Phil, Lawrence and Gary Golay, all of Indiana; by his several nieces and nephews; and by his best friend, Harold Turner and his wife, Laura.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Violet (Burton) Golay; by his paternal-grandparents, Elisha Daniel and Susanne (Dufour) Golay; and by his sister, Sharlene Lamb.

  A Celebration of Life Always & Forever Gathering will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 1st, at Musee de Venoge, 4085 Highway 129, Vevay, Indiana 47043.

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

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Historical Society or Vevay Food Bank. Cards are available at the funeral home.

William ‘Darrell’ Hansel

  William “Darrell” Hansel, age 76, of Mt. Sterling, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, September 21st, 2022, at his residence.

  Darrell entered this life on March 28th, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the son of the late William B. and Ruth Carol (Harrell) Hansel. He was raised in Canal Fulton, Ohio and was a 1964 graduate of Northwest High School where he was on the football team.

  Darrell graduated in 1969 from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky, where he was on the wrestling team and earned his minor in speech and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

  Darrell was drafted into the United States Army First Cavalry Division (Airmobile) on April 9th, 1969 in Cleveland, Ohio. He served in the Vietnam War and in Cambodia and earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Sharpshooter M14. Darrell was honorably discharged on January 8th, 1971 at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

  He was transferred to the Army reserves and was honorably discharged on April 8th, 1975 with the rank of Sergeant.

  In 1971, Darrell was united in marriage to Stephanie Hope in Canal Fulton, Ohio. This happy union was blessed with two children: Donnie and Melinda.

  Darrell graduated from the University of Akron in business administration in 1972.

  The family moved to Vevay in 1976 and purchased the Vevay Swiss Inn.

  In 1986, he earned his master’s degree in education administration and secondary education from Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana.

  Darrell was a former teacher and principal for the Switzerland County School Corporation from 1977-2007. He served as dean of students for Switzerland County Middle School. He was a drama club sponsor for 10 years; the golf coach for 20 years; and was a six time ORVC Coach of the Year. Darrell was the principal for Jeff-Craig Elementary School- Four Star School. The school received a Blue Ribbon and Darrell traveled to Washington DC to accept the award.

  Darrell served as a Post Commander for the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396. He also served as the 9th District Commander, Department Southern Vice Commander, Alternate National Executive Committeeman, National Executive Committeeman, and on various committees and offices at the Posts, State and National Levels. He was a member of the Southeast Indiana Chapter 71 of the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Dearborn County Voiture 612, 40&8.

  Darrell was a member of the Scottish Rite, NMJ, and Indiana Freemasons Florence Lodge #27. Darrell served as a President of the Vevay Kiwanis Club and also served as Chef de Gare of 40&8, Vietnam Veterans of America, Army, Navy, and the Air Force Veterans United States Chapter. He also served on the Vevay Town Board, President of CTA and served multiple terms on County Council. Darrell was the freshmen class sponsor for many years. Darrell also mentored student teachers at Indiana Wesleyan University and was also a university supervisor from 2007-2009.

  Darrell was honored with Sagamore of the Wabash — Indiana’s highest citizen award in 2016.

  On March 22nd, 2005, Darrell was united in marriage to Sharon Rebecca Earls in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2006, Darrell and Sharon built their retirement home in the Mt. Sterling community.

  Darrell loved to travel and he enjoyed visiting all 50 states throughout his lifetime. For many years, Darrell traveled with fellow legionnaire friends. Darrell and Sharon enjoyed cruises to many destinations over the years. He also enjoyed reading, and his Kindle was a constant companion. He enjoyed video poker, playing slots and visiting casinos. Darrell was recognized for his service as a judge for the 2020-2021 Department High School Oratorical Contest for the American Legion. Darrell was so proud of his involvement in the American Legion and advocating for veterans.

  Darrell served his community, the state and nation with dignity and pride.

  Darrell will be missed by his wife, Sharon Rebecca (Earls) Hansel of Mt. Sterling; by his daughter, Melinda Lewis and her husband Dale of Canal Fulton, Ohio; by his son, Donnie Hansel and his wife Jennifer of North Canton, Ohio; by his grandchildren: Chace Michael Lewis and William Sterling Hansel; by his sister, Deborah Gazey and her husband Alan of Barberton, Ohio; by his step-son, Ray Denning and his wife Stacy of Madison; by his mother-in-law, Wyrola Cole of Columbus, Georgia; by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Julia and Shane Allen of Florida, Mike and LuAnn Earls of Lakeland, Florida, Fred Earls of Madison, Bill and Nelda Earls of Ohio, Brian Cole of Columbus, Georgia, and Jamie Cole of Columbus, Georgia; and by his step-sisters-in-law and step-brothers-in-law: Debbie Simpson of Vevay, Billie Kuhnen of Vevay, Jill Darbro of Madison, Beanie and Mark Driver of East Enterprise, Carolyn Jo Darbro and Larry Lee of Perry Park, Kentucky, Larry and Debbie Darbro of Florence, Indiana, and Bobby Darbro of Vevay; and by his several nieces, nephews and abundance of friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, William B. and Ruth Carol (Harrell) Hansel; by his father-in-law, Ulia Cole Earls; and by his step-mother-in-law, Norma Earls.

  Private Memorial Services are being held at the convenience of the family.

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

  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Darrell Hansel Endowment Fund c/o Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc. Cards are available at the funeral home.