Obituaries 10/8/20

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Richard ‘Rick’ Welz

  Richard John “Rick” Welz, Jr., 64, of  Rising Sun, (formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio), passed away on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, Kentucky.

  Rick was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 12th, 1956, the son of the late Vincenza (Panzeca) and Richard John Welz, Sr. He was a graduate of Western Hills High School.

  Rick formerly worked as a Store Manager at a BP Station in Delhi, Ohio. He was a long time member of AA. Rick was huge sports fan. He especially enjoyed watching the Cincinnati Bengals and also the Reds.

  Rick was a wonderful and loving brother, uncle and friend to many.

  Rick is survived by three sisters: Christine Clifton and husband Soma of Cottonwood, Arizona, Patty Welz of Rising Sun, and Judy Welz Browning, of Rising Sun; by his brother, Tony Welz and his wife Deborah Sue of Rising Sun; and by nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 6th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun with Chaplain Bonnie Bohn officiating. Visitation was held prior to the beginning of the funeral services on Tuesday, October 6th at the funeral home. Burial was at Riverview Cemetery in Aurora, Indiana.

  Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.

Charles ‘Ed’ Ralston

  Charles Edward “Ed” Ralston, age 78, of Michigan, passed away on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020.

  Ed was born in Madison, and graduated from Madison High School in 1960. He attended Indiana University, earning his bachelor of science degree in Business.

  He spent his career in the agricultural  industry and retired from Zeeland Farm Service after many years of faithful service. He raised his family in Holland, Michigan. He enjoyed spending time on Baptist Lake in Sand Lake, Michigan  and wintering in Hudson, Florida.  He enjoyed shuffleboard, Sudoku puzzles, euchre, marbles, and watching sports.

  Ed was a true gentleman in every way, a man of few but thoughtful, kind words. He was an honest, genuine, caring Christian.

  He will be lovingly remembered by his fiance of 30 years, Sharon Knight; by Sharon’s twin sister, Donna Helms; by his children: Jeff Ralston and Dianne Ter Vree of Holland Michigan, Jill and Mark Beekman of West Olive, Michigan; by his grandchildren: Mitchell and Rachel Beekman, Andrew Beekman, Ty Ralston, Tara Welch, Nicki and Ron Belden; by his great-grandchildren: Conner, Dominic, and Gaby; by his siblings: Peggy and Bill Hord of Madison and Nancy and Monty Stephan of Madison; and his many nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Theo Ralston; and by his stepdaughter, Patti Reynolds.

  According to his wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family celebration will be held. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to Rykers Ridge Baptist Church of Madison.

Gretchen Knox

  Gretchen M. (Carlton) Knox, age 96, of Vevay, passed away at 9:17 p.m. on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at the Gallatin Nursing & Rehab in Warsaw, Kentucky.

  She was born on July 19th, 1924 near Caledonia in Jefferson County, Indiana. She was the daughter of Ernest “Beck” and Pauline (VanTyle) Carlton, both of whom preceded her in death. At the age of three months, her parents moved across the road into Switzerland County.

  She grew up in the Caledonia and Moorefield communities. She attended grade school at St. Mary’s School and graduated from Vevay High School in 1942. She enjoyed sports, 4-H Club, school plays and loved animals. She loved to cook and entertain.

  After graduation, Gretchen worked at Coles Law Office and Bakes Insurance in Vevay.

  On April 13th, 1943, Gretchen was united in marriage to Charles Knox. After Charlie served four years in the army during World War II, they purchased a farm on Parks Ridge in 1946. There they had a Grade A dairy farm and raised tobacco, hay and large gardens. They worked together as a team for 51 years. They took a lot of pride in their farm, home and cattle and always had a welcome mat out for all the nieces, nephews, family and neighbor kids.

  Gretchen loved to cook, bake, can and sew as well as helping with all the farm work. She served as President of the Women’s Democrat Club for 15 years and ran an exercise class for six years in Vevay. She was employed for Charlestown Powder Plant during World War II. She was employed for the Swiss Reducing Salon from 1980-1988. Gretchen served on the Switzerland County Health Board, Board of Directors for Switzerland County Housing, Democrat Precinct Committee Person and the Craig Township Precinct Election Board.

  Gretchen was a devout worker for the Democrat Party and was awarded the Lifetime Service Award on October 6th, 2018. She served as a poll worker and absentee vote worker from 1946-2016. Gretchen was cited as Honorary Secretary of State in October 2008 for her lifelong dedication at the election polls.

  In 1947, she started her rooster collection and her house was decorated with roosters.

  They sold their farm in 1997 and moved to the Vevay community where their home was referred to as “the Democrat corner.” Gretchen was very proud of her rooster collection and loved her two dogs, Tiny and Teddy. She was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 Ladies Auxiliary and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 Ladies Auxiliary. She was a former member of the Caledonia United Presbyterian Church in Moorefield, Indiana.

  Gretchen was a member of Switzerland Baptist Church, where she was baptized in 2010. Gretchen will be lovingly remembered by her cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest “Beck” Carlton, who died on April 30th, 1968 and Pauline (VanTyle) Carlton, who died on December 23rd, 1993; and her husband, Charles Knox, who died on July 24th, 2008.

  Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, October 8th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 9th, by Reverend Mike Jones, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Due to COVID-19, masks are required along with social distancing at all visitation and funeral services.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Emergency Response or Moorefield Volunteer Fire Department. Cards are available at the funeral home.