Wilbur Henry “Wib” Heitz, 92, of Madison, passed away at 6:07 p.m. Monday, January 7th, 2013, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born September 8th, 1920, in Jefferson County, the loving son of the late Henry A. and Mildred Kalb Heitz. He resided nearly all of his life in Jefferson County and was a 1937 graduate of North Madison High School. He attended Hanover College for a year. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy on May 18th, 1944, in Indianapolis. He rose to the rank of aviation electrician’s mate second class during World War II. He w as honorably discharged on February 19th, 1946, in Jacksonville, Florida.
He was united in marriage on November 28th, 1941, at the St. Patrick Rectory to Mary A. Monroe. This happy union was blessed with two daughters and two sons.
He was employed with the Jefferson Proving Ground from 1941-1957. In 1957, as the power plant was being built, he began working as an electronics engineer with the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation. He began classes with the University of Louisville that same year, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Physics in 1964. He worked at the power plant until 1974. During that time, he repaired appliances for the local Firestone store. Also during that time, he taught a class in home electrical wiring at the Southeastern Career Center in Versailles. He began working for Hanover College in 1974 and served as superintendent of buildings and grounds until retiring in 1988. His first challenge at the college was the tornado of April, 1974.
He had a passion for the Ohio River. He found great enjoyment in boating with his family. He began membership with the Madison Regatta during the 1963/1964 hydroplane racing season. This love affair with hydroplanes helped him to serve the Madison Regatta as president in 1973 and as a longtime board member and as the longest serving member in regatta history. He served as an official for the Unlimited Hydroplane Circuit for 25 years. He built three different starting clocks for the circuit during his career.
He was a life member of the Madison Elks Lodge No. 524, the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765 and a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Madison. He was also a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion and Madison VFW Post 1969. He was a very patriotic man, devoted to family and a man who enjoyed hard work and devotion to his passions. He found great enjoyment in dancing with his wife, listening to big band music and popular country music. He was a devoted husband, loving dad and grandpa.
Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Mary A. Monroe Heitz of Madison; his daughters, Mary Jacque “Jackie” Hall of Davenport, Iowa, Ann Wisman and her fiancé Randy Lash of Springport, Indiana; his sons, Norbert William “Bill” Heitz and wife Camelia of Mendoza, Argentina, Michael Anthony Heitz of Madison; his sister, Mary Louise Henry of Plainfield, Indiana; his brothers, Bernard Heitz and wife Norma of Madison and Carl Heitz of Madison; his sister-in-law, Mary Lou Heitz; his grandchildren, Kelli Wisman, Mike Wisman and Jackie Wisman; his great-grandchildren, Samantha, Mason and Michael Martt and Bradon, Kaden and Carson Wisman; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Norbert Heitz who was killed in action in the Pacific Theater during world War II and Richard Heitz.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, officiated by Father Christopher Craig. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Madison.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday, January 11th, and Saturday from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion will conduct a final salute at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and a flag presentation at the graveside.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Madison Riverfront Development Project. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.
Donald R. “Don” McClure, 75, of North Vernon, formerly of Madison, passed away at 4 a.m. Sunday, January 6th, 2013, at his home.
He was born April 23rd, 1937, in Jefferson County, the son of the late Cecil Y. and Rowetta Brindley McClure. He resided in Madison most of his life and was a member of the North Madison Christian Church for over 50 years.
He was united in marriage on May 22nd, 1954, at the Brookville United Methodist Church to Janice L. Hankins. This happy union was blessed with two sons and one daughter.
He was employed for 49 years with the Madison State Hospital, retiring as grounds foreman. He enjoyed playing his guitar, singing, hunting, collecting clocks and being with his family. He resided since September, 2012, in North Vernon.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Janice L. Hankins McClure of North Vernon; his two sons, Rick McClure and wife Karen of Madison and Randy McClure and wife Michelle of Madison; his daughter, Donan Vance and husband, Kevin of North Vernon; his two sisters, Dolly Stutler of Milan and Betty Hooker and husband Arlen of Milan; his brother, Victor McClure and wife Jean of Houston, Texas; his sister-in-law, Judy Seele and husband Bob of Versailles; his nine grandchildren, Randy David McClure (Nikki), Michelle McQueen (Jason), Daniel McClure, Matthew McClure, Rebecca Cart, Amanda Vance, Zach Vance, Kiersten McClure and Kaden McClure; his five great-grandchildren, Micheal McClure, Ethan McClure, David Lee Hayes, Amber Lipperd and Taylor Dobbins; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Robby King at 11 a.m. Friday, January 11th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Friends may call from 4-8 today (Thursday, January 10th) and Friday from 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Madison Christian Church Building Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.
Donald William Voris, 71, of Vevay, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Monday, December 31st, 2012, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born January 16th, 1941, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the loving son of the late Cassius Claytus and Beulah Mae (Morellion) Voris. He was raised in Rising Sun where he was a 1959 graduate of Rising Sun High School.
He was united in marriage on April 20th, 1962, at the Mount Sterling Baptist Church to Gertrude Hughes. Unto this union two sons and two daughters arrived to bless their home. They shared 50 years of marriage together until his death on December 31st, 2012.
He was an independent truck driver which was his life and love for 43 years. He was a former employee at Schenley and Seagram’s distilleries in Lawrenceburg. He was employed by McAlister Construction for several years. On June 16th, 1987, he became a member of Cross Plains Church of Christ. He will be remembered for his love of working on automobiles and trucks and taking care of his family and grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Gertrude (Hughes) Voris of Vevay; his two sons, Glenn William Voris and wife Pam of East Enterprise and Michael Lynn Voris and wife Connie of Vevay; his two daughters, Mary Skaggs and husband Cecil of Vevay and Kelley M. Fitzner and husband Scott of Appomattox, Virginia; his 14 grandchildren, William, Richard, Rebekah, Brady, Deanna, Joseph, Stephen, Jonathen, Timothy, Brandon, Rachel, Rebecca, Adam and Nicholas; his four great-grandchildren, Nevaeh, Abgail, Avalee and Henry; his brother, Terry Voris of Madison; his two sisters, Crystal Peters of Vevay and Nannana Dunn of Madison; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his great-niece, Jessica King.
Funeral services were conducted by Brother Logan Fugate Friday, January 4th, at Cross Plains Church of Christ. Interment was in Salem Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Stanley Wayne Cunningham, 69, of Vevay, passed away at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, January 5th, 2013, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born June 5th, 1943, in Risng Sun, the loving son of the late Earl Wesley “John” and Mary Louise (Robinson) Cunningham. He was raised in Switzerland County where he attended school. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on May 2nd, 1962, serving during the Vietnam War. He was discharged on April 13th, 1963.
He was united in marriage on June 24th, 1966, in Patriot, to Linda Lou O’Connor. Unto this union one son and two daughters arrived to bless their home. They shared 40 years of marriage together until her death on June 23rd, 2006.
He was formerly employed at Stan’s Superior Scrap Yard in Lawrenceburg, Norris Works Farms in Bennington and Rising Sun Hatchery. He was a delivery man for Cunningham’s Water Delivery Service in Vevay, retiring in 2012. He was a member of Aurora Moose Lodge. He will be remembered for his love of cooking, watching TV, collecting knives and his family. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
Survivors include his two daugyhters, Melissa Cunningham and companion Jeff Hughes of Vevay and Tammy Cunningham and companion david Lawson of Vevay; his son, Leslie Wayne Cunningham and companion Louise Turner of Patriot; his 13 grandchildren, Troy, Colton, James, Ethan, Elexis, Justin, Justice, Sebastion, Yisell, Landen, Selana, Jasmine and Logan; his two brothers, Raymond Cunningham of Florence and Estal Cunningham of Pryor, Oklahoma; his sister, Donna Manuel of Florence; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was also preceded in death by his grandson, Jacob Thomas Cunningham Hughes; his sisters, Geneva O’Connor and Dora Powers; his brother-in-law, James O’Connor; his sister-in-law, Ida Mae Connor; his nieces, Bobbie Jean O’Connor and Rebecca McQueary; his nephews, Ronald Dale Cunningham, Pee Wee Cuneo and Keith Patrick O’Connor.
Funeral services were conducted by Brother Steve Sotherden Wednesday, January 9th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stanley Cunningham Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Clementine (Oxley) Dykes, 100, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away at 6:23 a.m. Sunday, January 6th, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born May 15th, 1912, in Fairview, the loving daughter of the late Otto W. and Effie May (Campbell) Oxley. She was raised in Switzerland County where she attended school until the age of 14.
She was united in marriage on May 5th, 1943, in South Carolina, to James W. Dykes. Unto this union one son and one daughter arrived to bless their home. They shared 19 years of marriage together until his death on November 2nd, 1962.
She was employed at General Electric in Fort Wayne from 1950-1977. She was formerly employed at Miller’s Ice Cream in Fort Wayne. She had resided in Cincinnati, Ohio, for several years, moving to Fort Wayne in 1948. She was a member of the Elex Club with General Electric and the Eagles Lodge in Fort Wayne. She was also a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne. She will be lovingly remembered for her love of crocheting, sewing, gardening and working in the yard. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend.
Survivors include her daughter, Patricia A. Trolio and husband Doff of Fort Wayne; her son, James W. Dykes, Jr., and wife Lynda of Fort Wayne; her 11 grandchildren, Doff Trolio, Jr., Patricia Brenn, Stefanie PyFe, Melanie Coate, Hilary Hughes, James Trolio, Kerry Christie, James Dykes, Temple Cronkhite, Samuel Dykes and Elizabeth Walker; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by her sister, Gertrude Bennett.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, January 11th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Pastor Bill Maginn will officiate and Larry Lutz will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call from noon to service time Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Uited Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Gretta L. (Pratt) Bromwell, 86, of Columbus, formerly of Vevay, passed away Monday, January 7th, 2013, at 7:50 p.m. at the Silver Oaks Health Campus in Columbus, Indiana.
She was born July 9th, 1926, in Madison, the daughter of the late Charles D. and Lelia M. (Allen) Pratt. She was raised in Vevay where she was a 1944 graduate of Vevay High School.
She was united in marriage to John Collier.
She was later united in marriage on August 25th, 1969, in Columbus to Bradley Bromwell.
She was formerly co-owner of Brad’s Furniture in Columbus and Vevay for 48 years. She was a former office employee at U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay. She resided in Columbus since 1968. She was a member of the New Hope Christian Church in Columbus. She will be lovingly remembered for her love of world traveling. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.
Survivors include her husband, Bradley Bromwell of Columbus; her son, Patrick Collier and wife Phyllis of Vevay; her daughter, Ann Bromwell and husband Floyd Hubbard of Columbus; her grandchildren, Chad Brown, Ryan Collier, Lance Collier, Christopher Moore, Megan Moore, Clint Moore, Madison Moore, Grace Hubbard-Bromwell and Jack Hubbard-Bromwell; and her four great-grandchildren, Macy Collier, Kale Collier, Solan Brown and McKenzie Brown.
She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Lee Ann Moore; and her brother, Charles Pratt, Jr.
Funeral services will be conducted by John Sichting at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 13th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday, January 11th, at the Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home, 1029 Washington Street, Columbus, IN 47201 and from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, January 12th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana or Vevay Church of Christ. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Bobbie Richard “Bob” Williams, 73, of Lexington, Indiana, near Chelsea, passed away at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born September 28th, 1939, in Anna, Illinois, the loving son of Robert Presley Williams and Irene E. Adams Williams Dillow. He resided his early life in Anna and was a graduate of Anna Jonesboro High School and later attended Business Technical School. He later resided in Ohio and then settled in Chelsea in 1978. He was raised in the Baptist Church in Anna. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War on November 13th, 1961, and rose to the rank of E-3. He was honorably discharged on November 5th, 1964. He had been an auto mechanic by trade his entire life.
He was united in marriage on September 3rd, 1994, at the Paynesville Christian Church to Lynn West.
He had worked for Brogan Chevrolet and Jim Hadley Chevrolet in Madison. He had also worked for Craig Motors from 1979-2008. He would often help anyone who brought their automobile by his home to be worked on. He enjoyed fishing, boating, guns, and target shooting. He loved animals, especially his many dogs, working on his farm, and being with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Lynn West Williams of Lexington; his two daughters, Shannon M. Williams-Hoffman of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Florence and Adriane West Jackson of Lexington; his son, Shane Williams and wife Shelli of Madison; his brother, Ronald Fern Williams, Jr., of Anna Illinois; his grandchildren, Ashley Hall, Brittany Hall Turner, Cody Hoffman, Tara Hoffman, Lindsey Williams, Mathew Williams, Casey Williams and Colten Walters; his great-grandchildren, Bryson Reynolds, Peyton Turner and Lane Turner; his niece, Gina Williams-Perry; his nephew, Ronald Williams, Jr.; several cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Presley William and Irene E. Adams Williams Dillow; his grandparents; and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were conducted by Pastors Ron Lee and Dan Corbin Saturday, January 5th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Final Salute was conducted Saturday at the funeral home with full military honors following by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Interment was in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.