Obituaries 10-25-18

Ronald Corfman, Sharon ‘Diana’ Dawson, Betty Jean Hufford.


Ronald Corfman

Ronald Lee Corfman, 72, of Versailles, passed away at 11:37 p.m. on Sunday, October 21st, 2018 at Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood, Indiana.

He was born in Kenton, Ohio on January 26th, 1946, the son of Kennard and Luella (Myers) Corfman.  He was married to Sandra Kieffer on October 3rd, 1992, and she survives.

Ron was a 1964 graduate of Upper Sandusky High School, and  attended Bowling Green State University. After college he worked for WTTF radio, in Tiffin, Ohio, serving as a general announcer and play-by-play announcer for high school and college football and basketball. He moved to the area to become the owner/operator of Colonial Cottage Restaurant in Versailles, after which  he began covering local sports for the ‘Advertiser’ and then moved on to Ripley Publishing Company, spending  nearly 25 years as sports editor, reporter, photographer, and writer.

At the same time, Ron served as public address announcer at Tyson Auditorium for 10 years and also many Ripley County sporting events. He did play-by-play for football and basketball games on WOVR radio in Versailles. Additionally, Ron was a correspondent for ‘Hoosier Basketball Magazine’, writing  about teams from Southeastern Indiana. Ron had many accomplishments and among the honors he received was the Distinguished Service Media Award from the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association, Hoosier State Summer Games, Hoosier State Press Association, and local groups including South Ripley, Milan, and Jac-Cen-Del  High Schools; along with the American Legion 40 & 8.

Ron was a member of Dabney Baptist Church, where he served as the past President of he Dabney Cemetery Association. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame. Ron’s hobbies and interests were watching or attending any sporting event. He was a huge fan of  the Ohio State Buckeye sports. He also loved crossword puzzles and he enjoyed reading biographies and anything history related. His favorite topics to read and watch were those that focused primarily on World War II and American History. Needless to say, he was a history buff, which became apparent to anyone who dared challenge him in anything trivia related.

In addition to his wife, Sandra, Ron is survived by one son: Jason (Gayle) Corfman, of Greenfield, Indiana; one daughter: Erin Friel of Secane, Pennsylvania; two step-sons: Tracy (Lora) Stoneking, of Madison and Ryan Stoneking, also

of Madison; by his three grandchildren: Zowie Pevlor, Khloe Pevlor, and Michael Stoneking; a very special great-niece, Lillian Palmer; by his best and long-time friend Tim Hillman, of Rising Sun; and one brother, James Corfman of Deerfield, Ohio.

He was  preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William Corfman.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 30th, at 7 p.m. at the Stratton-Karstetter Funeral Home in Versailles, with Reverend Charles Cole and Pastor Mike Cantrell officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the activity fund of the Manderley Health Care Center or the Dabney Baptist Cemetery in care of the funeral home.


Sharon ‘Diane’ Dawson

Sharon “Diane” Dawson, 75, of Rising Sun, passed away on Monday, October 15th, at Mercy Health West Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Diane lived a fulfilling life as a mother, grandmother, sister, wife and friend.

She is survived by her four children: Robin (Les), Stephanie, Kerri (Russ), and Korey (Melanie); by her two brothers: Steve and Kim; her mother, Inez; her six grandchildren: Derek, Ethan, Seth, Leah, Autumn and Lucy; as well as her faithful Yorkie, ‘Beau’.

She was preceded in death by her spouse, Paul Wesley Barbour.

In keeping with Diane’s nature, the Celebration of Life gathering will be private and for immediate family only.

Those wishing to honor her life may make a donation in her name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun is assisting the family at this difficult time.


Betty Jean Hufford

Betty Jean (Chase) Hufford, age 93, of Patriot, passed away at 12:39 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018, at the Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Betty entered this life on September 17th, 1925, in Patriot, the daughter of the late Dilver and Mary (Brady) Chase. She was raised in Patriot, and then later moved to Ohio County, where she was a 1944 graduate of Rising Sun High School, where she was voted the most valuable varsity basketball player.

Betty was united in marriage to Lloyd I. Rush, and to this union arrived a daughter, Deborah; and three sons: Donald, James and Gary to bless their home.

Betty was later united in marriage on July 10th, 1966, at the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, to Walter Kenneth Hufford. Betty and Walter shared 32 years of marriage together until he passed away on July 31st, 1998.

Betty was employed as a CNA for the Rising Sun Care Center in Rising Sun, for 10 years. Betty was employed as a CNA for the Jennings County Extended Care Facility, retiring in 2003, after 11 years of service. She was awarded the CNA of the year award in 2001.

Betty was a member of the Concord Community Church in Patriot. She will be remembered for her love of working in the yard and her flowers. Betty was a sports nut and was a fan of the Pacer’s basketball, Indiana University basketball, University of Cincinnati basketball and the Indianapolis Colts. She enjoyed The Sewing Circle Concordia Ladies Group where she wrote letters to World War II veterans and those that were serving in the current wars.

Betty will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends.

Betty is survived by her children: Deborah E. (Rush) Powers, James Rush, and Gary Rush all of Patriot; by her grandchildren: Mike Powers, Carrie Ann Powers and Amy Wright; by her great-grandchildren: Christopher Powers, Brayden Powers, Kyler James Powers, Jenna Wright and Savannah Wright; by her nieces: Connie Tucker, Christine Patton, Teresa Durbin, Cyndi Limeberry, Rhonda Chase and Bonnie Richardson; and by her nephew, Jerry Chase.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Dilver and Mary (Brady) Chase; by her first husband, Lloyd I. Rush, who died on June 27th, 1986; by her second husband, Walter Kenneth Hufford, who died on July 31st, 1998; by her son, Donald L. Rush, who died on April 10th, 2003; by her son-in-law, Marvin Kent Powers, who died on April 14th, 2016; and her brothers, Dilver Chase, Jr. and Brady Chase.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, October 22nd, by Reverend Steve Ward at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Concord Cemetery, Patriot.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Monday, October 22nd, prior to the beginning of the services at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Concord Community Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.