George Ramsey, Jr.
George Dewey Ramsey, Jr., 78, of Vevay, passed away at 12:52 a.m. Saturday, October 4th, 2014, at his grandson’s residence in Madison.
He was born March 29th, 1936, in Lexington, Kentucky, the loving son of the late George Dewey and Mary B. (Covington) Ramsey. He was a 1954 graduate of Vevay High School.
George was united in marriage on January 19th, 1957, in Anderson, to the late Mary Carolyn Marshall. Unto this union three daughters, Kim, Terri and Tanya; and a son, Eddie, arrived to bless their home. George and Mary shared 53 years of marriage together until she passed away on December 8th, 2010.
George was employed in maintenance at General Motors in Anderson for 20 years. He was employed in maintenance at Randall Textron in Vevay for five years where he was president of the union. George co-owned and co-operated Ramsey Grocery Store in Center Square for five years. He was plant manager for Madison Precision Industries in Madison for 20 years. He was former Switzerland County Auditor from 1993-1994. George resided in the Switzerland County community since 1968 and was a member of the Center Square Church of Christ. George enjoyed mowing and watching old westerns on television.
Survivors include his three daughters, Kim Fornash of Madison, Terri Wright and husband Terry of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Tanya Pike and husband Billy of Bennington; his son, Eddie Ramsey of Center Square; his nine grandchildren, Eric, Aaron, Krystal, Matt, Tamara, Stacey, Amanda, Sydney and Will; his 12 great-grandchildren, Caleb, Angel, Anthony, Draven, Cassidy, Easton, Zoe, Lili, Shaelyn, Jace, Eli and Ramsey; his two sisters, Gladys Lucas of Vevay and Peggy Furnish and husband Jerry of Versailles; his sister-in-law, Janice Ramsey of Vevay; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and his wife, he was also preceded in death by his grandson, Brett Fornash on May 13th, 2012; and his brother, J.C. Ramsey on April 3rd, 2004.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, October 7th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Brother Don Truesdall officiating. Interment was in Vevay Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Center Square Church of Christ. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Richard McGuire “Dick” Brown, 83, of Madison, passed away at 4:35 p.m. Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, at his residence near Madison.
He was born October 3rd, 1930, in Daviess County, Indiana, the son of the late James A. and Helen A. Long Brown. He graduated from Elmore Township High School in 1948. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1953. After his service with the Air Force he started working for Public Service of Indiana and worked his way up to being superintendent of construction for several power plants in southern Indiana, retiring in 1990.
In 1956, he married Helen Gilliland. Unto this union were born two sons, James and Michael. They enjoyed 51 years together before her death in 2007.
After his retirement, he was known in the neighborhood as the man who was building an airplane in his garage. It took him four years and during that time he took flying lessons so he could be the ace pilot. Woodworking was his way of relaxation and many beautiful things were molded by his hands. Many of his family members have items that he made. Anyone who has had the pleasure of knowing Richard appreciated his zany sense of humor – always ready for a good laugh and he loved practical jokes.
In 2009, he married Martha Hall and they truly enjoyed the twilight years together, taking many wonderful trips, working together to make their home warm and welcoming, gardening, boating, always enjoying a good book.
He was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church serving in many capacities, one of them being a member of the singing group, “Men of Praise”. He served as an assistant scoutmaster with BSA Troop 717. He helped a lot of young men on their trail to be an Eagle Scout. He was also involved as a big brother in Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Jefferson County. He had been a Mason for over 50 years, most recently as a member of the Schmidlapp Lodge No. 408 F. & A. M. He dearly loved his children and grandchildren and took an interest in everything they did. Richard and his family were lovingly helped and cared for by the staff of King’s Daughters’ Hospice and especially their nurse, Verline.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Brown of Madison; his sons, James Brown and wife Laura of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, and Michael Brown and wife Nancy of Terre Haute; his daughters inherited by marriage, Christy Thompson and husband Chris of Logan, Ohio, and Jennifer Shelton and friend Ray Bell of Hanover; his grandchildren, Jordan, Joel, Jacob, and Ryan Brown; his wife’s grandchildren, Caitlin Hall, Logan Bennett and Trevin Thompson; his sisters, Judy Beasley of Elnora, Indiana, Beverly Schuckman of Edwardsport, Indiana, and Sandy VanDeventer and husband Ray of Bloomfield, Indiana; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Besides his parents and his first wife, Helen Gilliland Brown he was also preceded in death by his brother, James “Bus” Brown and his wife, Pauline; and his brothers-in-law, Robert Beasley and Al Schuckman.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, October 5th, by Reverend Dennis Ingle at the Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Madison. Interment was in Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison, with full military honors conducted by the U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Unit and Jefferson Post No. 9 of the America Legion Honor Guard at the cemetery. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison was in charge of arrangements.
His brothers from the Schmidlapp Lodge No. 408 F. & A. M. conducted services Saturday evening, October 4th, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Chapter of the American Cancer Society or Trinity United Methodist Church Fund For Others. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.
Hazel Marie Griffin, 69, of Rising Sun, passed away at 2:45 p.m. Monday, October 6th, 2014, while in the company of family members at her residence.
Hazel was born in Guilford, Indiana, on August 12th, 1945, the daughter of the late Garland and Martha (Feustel) Liggett. She had worked at Vevay IGA, Plastic Moldings Corporation in East Enterprise and U.S. Shoe Corporation factory in Vevay.
Hazel was married to Paul Griffin on December 16th, 1980, who survives.
In addition to husband Paul, Hazel is also survived by her two stepdaughters, Susan Darling (Duane Covington) of East Enterprise and Lisa Creech (Jim) of Aurora; her two sisters, Carole Griffin (Gerald) of Priest River, Idaho, and Eileen Gould (Bucky) of Rising Sun; her brother, Leslie Liggett of Rising Sun; her four step-grandchildren, Heather McAlister, Jason Skipworth, Kaitlynn Darling and Chris Creech; her six step-great-grandchildren, Gunnar Skipworth, Kelsey McAlister, Kyle McAlister, Ryan Creech, Blaine Couch and Kennli Money.
She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Jean and Helen Diane.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 11th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Friends are invited to call Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery in Aurora.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor’s choice. marklandfuneralhome.com.
Cheryl L. “Kak” Harlow, age 48, of Madison, passed away on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at her residence.
Born November 30th, 1965, in Madison, she was the daughter of Gerald “Jerry” and Ruth (Pearson) Harlow. Cheryl graduated from Vevay High School in 1984. She then started her career in the medical field as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). She was employed at Swiss Villa Nursing Home and then in 1989, she began employment at King’s Daughters’ Hospital. She loved her job and taking care of those entrusted in her care. Cheryl was a member of the North Madison Christian Church and loved her church family, especially, Tim, Erin, Cooper and Hudson Chandler. Her hobbies included reading, computer, watching NASCAR, going to NASCAR races with her dear friend, Robin Geyman. She also enjoyed watching IU basketball games and she dearly loved Bobby Knight.
Survivors include her parents, Gerald “Jerry” and Ruth (Pearson) Harlow of Madison; her sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Dwight Addleman of Madison, her aunt, Betty Follis of Farmer City, Illinois; her aunt, Rosemarie Pearson of Schereville, Indiana; her aunt, Edith Dugle of Rising Sun; her aunt and uncle, Gladys and Burnie Hunt of Florence; and her dear friend, Robin Geyman of Madison; as well as several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, James and Lenna Stewart Harlow, Elvin and Mabel Pearson and Viola Pearson; her aunt and uncles, Thelma and Harold Thurnall and Dorothy and Marion Harlow; her uncle, Edward Follis; her uncle, Howard Dugle; her uncle, Robert Pearson; her cousins, Ernie and Ruth Hunt, and John Dugle.
Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Tim Chandler at 1 p.m. today (Thursday October 9th) at the Woodlawn Family Funeral Centre, 117 Holt Drive, Madison. Burial will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.
At Cheryl’s request, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project. Friends can leave online messages to the family at www.woodlawnfamilyfuneral.com.
Karen Sue (Williams) Smith, 58, of Dillsboro, passed away at 11:08 a.m. Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, at her residence.
She was born in Milan on August 27th, 1956, the daughter of Bea (Browning) Williams of Rising Sun and the late Leroy “Junior” Williams. She was a graduate of Rising Sun High School Class of 1974 and Vincennes University. Karen retired as a supervisor from Cincinnati Bell where she worked for over 30 years. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ and Rising Sun Eastern Star. Karen enjoyed playing cards and did not like to lose at euchre. Her family was the most important thing to her. Karen was a loving daughter, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend.
Karen is survived by her son, Michael Alan “Mikey” Smith of Dillsboro; her mother, Bea Williams of Rising Sun; her granddaughter, Chasity Nicole Smith of Rising Sun; her three sisters, Connie Smith of Rising Sun, Sandra Gilligan of Cave Creek, Arizona, and Sharon Barbour (Myron) of Rising Sun; her brother, Kenny Williams (Darla) of Rising Sun; her nieces and nephews, David Williams, Matt (Kelly) Williams, Curt Williams, Kenna Williams, Steven Williams, Elizabeth (Stanley) Turner, Brooke Fredenburgh and Dusty (Terri) White; her great-nieces and great-nephews, Haley, D.J., Jamie, Jenna, Paige and Mia Williams, Lyndon Siekman, Josie and Hank Turner, Kevin (Alyssa), Ashley, Dawn, Mataya and Braysen Devers.
Karen was preceded in death by her son, Jason Brian Smith; and her father, Junior Williams.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 6th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Interment was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chasity Nicole Smith Education Fund. marklandfuneralhome.com.
Thomas W. Everett, 86, of New Albany, passed away at 3:41 p.m. Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany.
He was born April 11th, 1928, in Buffalo, New York, the loving son of the late, Thomas W., Sr. and Mildred Buckenroth Everett. He graduated high school in Buffalo and later received his business degree from Florida State University. Tom worked early in life as a truck driver in Buffalo for T.W. Everett Trucking. He enlisted in the United States Navy on June 27th, 1945, and rose to the rate of Fireman First Class during World War II and was honorably discharged on June 4th, 1946, receiving the American Theater Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. Tom then enlisted in the United States Army on August 5th, 1948, in Buffalo. He rose to the rate of Private First Class and was honorably discharged on April 29th, 1950, receiving his parachute badge. Tom then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on December 4th, 1950, during the Korean War and rose to the rate of Sergeant and was honorably discharged on January 25th, 1952, in San Diego, California, receiving the Korean Service Medal with One Battle Star, the Purple Heart with One Gold Star and the United Nations Ribbon. Tom then enlisted on November 23th, 1956, and rose to the rate of Corporal and was honorably discharged on November 23rd, 1959, receiving the Good Conduct Medal. He then enlisted on July 1st, 1970, and rose to the rate of Master Sergeant during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on August 31st, 1972, from El Toro, California, receiving the Good Conduct Medal with Six Stars and the Vietnamese Service Medal with Four Stars. Tom retired from the United States Marine Corps. with 33.5 years of service in the military, receiving a total of Three Purple Heart Medals and Seven Good Conduct Medals. Tom had enjoyed his years in service working as a recruiter and in public relations.
Tom was united in marriage on December 30th, 1989, in Lake Tahoe to Patricia J. Rumsauer. They enjoyed 25 years of marriage together, having lived in Lake Tahoe, Lewisburg, Mississippi, Madison, Indiana and the past two years in New Albany.
Tom loved skiing, especially water and snow, sail boats, he was a proficient diver, parachutist and loved horses. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. He had served on the honor guard of Jefferson Post 9, of the American Legion. Tom had been a faithful member of the North Madison Christian Church and now the Christian Church in New Albany.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Patricia Rumsauer Everett of New Albany; his two sons, Thomas W. Everett, III of Buffalo, New York and David Everett of Lake Tahoe, California; his three daughters, Kathie Weldly of Arcadia, California, Susan Everett of Sacramento, California and Robin Everett of Northern, Indiana; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; his three sisters, Delores Schnorr of Buffalo, New York, Patty Kaggins of Buffalo, New York and Jaqueline Nider of Huntsville, Alabama; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives
Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sisters, Florence, Mary Jane and Bonnie; his daughter, Bobbi; and his stepson, Lance Gnirke.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 6th, at the Silver Crest Clubhouse in New Albany. Memorial services were conducted by Brother Bob Hicks Wednesday, October 8th, with interment in Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison, where military rites were conducted.
Memorial contributions may be made to the North Madison Christian Church or the Christian Church in New Albany. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.