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Virgil Neaman

  Virgil  Carl Neaman, 85, of Rising Sun, passed away at 6:35 p.m. on Monday, July 4th, 2022 at The Waters of Rising Sun.

  Virgil  was born in Rising Sun on June 17th, 1937, the son of the late Bertha E. (Hoeferkamp) Neaman and Carl F. Neaman.

  He was a 1955 graduate of Rising Sun High School. He went on to attend Hanover College, and earned his master’s from Ball State University in 1963.

  Virgil began teaching Business Education for the Rising Sun-Ohio County Community Schools in 1963. He retired in 2000 after 37 years of service.

  Virgil was Past President of the Ohio County Classroom Teachers Association and was the official scorekeeper for the Rising Sun Shiners for 52 years.

  Virgil owned Neaman Floral in Rising Sun from 1968 to 2021. He was selected as Businessman of the Year and was honored by the ‘America in Bloom’ Committee of Rising Sun.

  Virgil had a selfless devotion to serving his community and the youth of Ohio County. Some of his memberships and past offices held included: President and Secretary of the Rotary Club, President of the Ohio County Youth Development Corporation, Ohio County Extension Board, Secretary of the Ohio County Development Corporation, Vice President of the Ohio County Community Foundation, President of the Ohio County Public Library Board and Rising Sun Blue Jeans Inc. He also has been honored by the Ohio County Fair Board for his support of the 4-H program for many years.

  Virgil was a man of faith and a lifetime member of the Rising Sun First United Church of Christ where he served on the church board. His kind and gentle nature and devotion to service will never be forgotten.

  Virgil  is survived by his brother, Stephen Neaman and wife Sue of Seymour, Indiana; and by his four nephews: J. Bryon, Jeremy, Jason and Joshua Neaman. Virgil is also survived by hundreds of grateful former students and citizens of this community.

  Visitation was held on Friday, July 8th, at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 9th at the funeral home, with Lane Siekman officiating. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun First United Church of Christ or the Virgil Neaman Fund established at the Ohio County Community Foundation (checks payable to OCCF).

Cecil Irwin

  Cecil Rodney Irwin, 76, of Patriot, passed away peacefully at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 10th, 2022 at his residence overlooking the Ohio River.

  Cecil was born in Dearborn County, Indiana on March 15th, 1946, the son of the late Gladys (Fugitt) Irwin and Ralph  Irwin and younger brother to Glenda and Linda Irwin. He was a graduate of Taylor High School in Cleves, Ohio.

  Cecil married Joann (Gilbert) Irwin on November 8th, 1968 at the Assembly Church of God in Harrison, Ohio. Cecil and Joann were married over 53 years until his passing.

  Cecil worked as a Control Operator for 30 years at Cincinnati Gas & Electric in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  He was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ. Cecil enjoyed collecting antiques and watching the barges go down the river. He established such a good relationship with the Marathon Corporation that they actually gave him a radio to communicate with the boat captains as they went by.

  Cecil was a lover of animals, especially his dogs ‘Chloe’ and ‘Clyde’.

  Cecil is survived by his loving wife, Joann Irwin, of Patriot; by his two daughters: Christina  Irwin (Andrew Hernandez) of Patriot and Melissa Irwin (Garen Rees) of Patriot. Cecil is also survived by Shaun Roll of Patriot, who was like a son to him.

  Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 14th at Eastview Cemetery in Patriot.

  Memorial donations may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or to the Red Wolf Sanctuary.

  Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family during this difficult time.

Robert ‘Bob’ Bailey

  Robert Oren “Bob” Bailey, 95, of Rising Sun, passed away at 12:56 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5th, 2022 at The Waters of Rising Sun.

  Bob was born in Ohio County on Christmas Day, December 25th, 1926, the son of the late Gladys (Elliott) Bailey and Earl  Bailey. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1945.

  After graduation, Bob served in the U.S. Army as a Private during World War II. While in service he earned an Army of Occupation Medal and World War II Victory Medal.

  Bob married Ruth J. (Chipman) Bailey on January 29th, 1949. Bob and Ruth were married nearly 60 years until her passing on January 10th, 2009.

  Bob was a faithful lifetime member of the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, where he served as Deacon and other positions over the years.

  Bob was a farmer most of his life. He was also a bus driver for Rising Sun-Ohio County Schools for several years. Bob last worked at Valley Supply where his friendly and helpful nature was appreciated by the customers. Bob was a kind and loving dad, grandpa, great grandpa, uncle and friend to many.

  Bob is survived by his two sons: Larry Bailey (Janie), of Rising Sun and Jim Bailey (Donna) of Rising Sun; by his grandchildren: Michael Bailey (Tamla), Andrew Bailey (Clarissa), David Bailey (Gina), Nathan Bailey (Katie), Eean Bailey (Nicole), Anthony Bailey (Amy) and Amanda Bailey Sexton (Nate); by his great grandchildren: Eric, Laura, Braylon, Breanna, Maddie, Kinzie, Kyle, Allie, Abbie, Lillian, Jonah, Ruthie, Addison, Alivia, Shay, Paige, Tori and Claire; by his great- great-granddaughter, Macy; and by his beloved daughter-in-law, Sherry Bailey.

  Bob was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife Ruth; by his sister Hilda Marie Potter; and by his infant brother Cletus Earl Bailey.

  Funeral services were held on Monday, July 11th at the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ with Eldon Fancher officiating. Visitation was held on Sunday, July 10th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial with military honors was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ or Whitewater Christian Service Camp.

Blanch Gillis

  Blanch (Godsey) Gillis, age 95, of Bloomington, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away at 9:02 p.m. on Thursday, July 7th, 2022, at the Hearthstone Health Campus in Bloomington, Indiana. 

  Blanch entered this life on February 28th, 1927 in Hazard, Kentucky. She was the daughter of the late Sherman and Laura (Barnett) Godsey. She was raised in Hazard, Kentucky where she attended school.

  On December 15th, 1951, Blanch was united in marriage to McKelvie Stewart, Sr. in Richmond, Indiana. This union was blessed with two children: McKelvie and Judy. McKelvie and Blanch shared nearly 24 years of marriage together until he passed away on September 18th, 1975.

  Blanch was later united in marriage to Carl J. Gillis on December 22nd, 1995. Carl passed away on November 20th, 1999.

  Blanch was employed for Ball Brother Glass Company in Muncie, Indiana for 10 years. She was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed gardening and refinishing furniture in her free time.

  Blanch was a member of the Brushy Fork Baptist Church near Pleasant, Indiana. Blanch resided for several years in the Switzerland County community and later moved to Bloomington, Indiana where she had resided for the past nearly eight years.

  Blanch is survived by her son, McKelvie “Mac” Stewart, Jr. and his wife Robin of Anna, Texas; by her daughter, Judy Ann Morris and her husband David of Spencer, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Chelsea McCarty and her husband Nik, Blake Stewart and his wife Erin, Kyle Stewart and his wife Raquel, Brent Stewart and his wife LaCreta, Summer Beckwith and her husband Freeman, Craig Stewart and his wife Lisa and Krista Utsler and her husband Ryan; by her great-grandchildren: Bailey, Paisley, Cash, Lola, Greyson, Zoey, Alice, Gabe, Nik, Kade and Madison; by her sisters: Mary Belew of Morning View, Kentucky and Betty Young of Osgood, Indiana; and by her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: Sherman and Laura (Barnett) Godsey; by her first husband, McKelvie Stewart, Sr., who died on September 18th, 1975; by her second husband, Carl J. Gillis, who died on November 20th, 1999; by her sisters: Reda Bush, Hazel Chilton, Jan Schwallie, Marie Shoemaker, Jean Godsey and Jessie Haney; and by her brothers: Jimmie Roger Godsey, Sherman B. “Bob” Godsey and Billy R. Godsey.

  Visitation was held on Tuesday, July 12th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services were conducted following the time of visitation on Tuesday, July 12th, at the funeral home.

  Interment followed in the Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Jacob Girod

  Jacob R. Girod, born prematurely at 1:52 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6th, 2022, passed away that same day at the Norton King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Jacob was the son of Jonathan and Rosie Girod of Bennington, Indiana; brother to four siblings; and is also survived by extended family.

  Interment was held on Wednesday, July 6th, in the Old Order Amish Cemetery on Shaw Hollow Road near Pleasant, Indiana.

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