Obituaries 11/05/2020

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Rose Marie West

  Rose Marie Lichlyter West, 87, of Hanover, Indiana and formerly of Madison, passed away at 11:10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020, at the Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover, Indiana.

  Rose entered this life on October 17th, 1933 in Jefferson County, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late Stevie and Lola Smith Lichlyter. She was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and graduated from North Madison High School in 1951. She earned a degree in business management at the age of 51 from Indiana University Southeast.

  On August 31st, 1952, she was united in marriage to Paul Franklin “Bud” West. This happy union of 68 years was blessed with two daughters: Jerri and Judy.

  Rose retired from Jefferson Proving Ground in 1993 after 27 years of service. She previously worked at Farm Bureau Insurance for a total of 13 years. Rose was a member of NARFE for government employees.

  She was a long time member of Faith Covenant Church and later North Madison Baptist Church and enjoyed volunteering at her church. She also enjoyed babysitting her great grandson, playing the bass guitar, working in her flower garden and going fishing. She was a loving wife, devoted mother, grandma, and great grandma.

  Rose will be missed by her loving husband of 68 years, Paul Franklin West of Hanover; by her loving daughters: Jerri M. Marshall and her companion Floyd Gibson of Deputy, Indiana and Judy M. Mitchell and her husband Rick of Bargersville, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Ricky Mitchell and his wife Kelly, Tyler Mitchell, Kayla Marshall and companion Matt Bird, and Kendra Archer and her husband Josh of near Vevay; by her great grandchildren: Braydon J. Archer, Bryson Archer, Gavin Bird, Breeah Smith, Jackson Mitchell, Jocelyn Mitchell, Elizabeth Mitchell and Jacob Mitchell; and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Stevie Lichlyter, who died in 1973; by her mother, Lola Smith Lichlyter, who died in 1969; by her brothers: Oliver Lichlyter, who died on December 12th, 2002 and his wife, Nellie, who died on February 27th, 2018, Robert Richard Lichlyter, who died on October 22nd, 2009 and his wife Lucille, who died on January 5th, 2012; by her sisters: Margaret J. Anderson, who died on September 3rd, 2000 and Doris Irene Ashely, who died on March 14th, 1992 and her husband Gam, who died on October 15th, 1998; and by her son in law, David L. Marshall, who died on April 7th, 2014.

  Private funeral services were conducted on Saturday, October 31st, by Pastor Frank McGee at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive Madison, Indiana. Private interment followed in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1415 North Gate Road in Madison, Indiana.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Robert ‘Sonny’ Wagner

  Robert R. “Sonny” Wagner, 87, of Vevay, passed away at 8:05 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Sonny entered this life on April 28th, 1933 in Switzerland County. He was the son of the late Raymond “Dick” and Pauline “Polly” (Willis) Wagner. He was raised in Switzerland County, where he attended school.

  Sonny was inducted into the United States Air Force on December 31st, 1952 and was honorably discharged as Airman Third Class on September 24th, 1953.

  Sonny was united in marriage to Lavern Peelman on May 22nd, 1954 in Patriot. Sonny and Lavern shared over 66 years of marriage together until his death.

  Sonny was a union carpenter for Union Local #2 of Cincinnati, Ohio for 57 years and also did upholstery work for 40 years. He was a member of the Vevay Church of Christ and was a lifelong resident of Switzerland County. Sonny was a former member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185.

  Sonny enjoyed keeping a meticulous lawn and home in the heart of Vevay. He also enjoyed working, camping, fishing and sitting on his porch and by his fireplace. He was also an avid Cincinnati Reds fan.

  Sonny will be missed by his wife, Lavern (Peelman) Wagner of Vevay; by his daughter, Kathy J. (Wagner) Covington of Vevay; by his sons: Danny Wagner and his wife Cindi of Vevay and David Wagner and his wife Christina of Vevay; by his grandchildren: Dalton Wagner and his companion Destiny Brown, Owen Wagner and his companion Bree McAlister, Jeremy Jackson and his wife Shannon, Cody Covington and his wife Jennifer, Kacey Sexton and her husband Tim, and Justin Wagner and his wife Abby; by his great-grandchildren: Nathan Jackson, Lauren Jackson, Payton Covington, Aiden Covington, Jacob Covington, Gavin Wagner, Madelyn Wagner, Mason Wagner, Kennedy Sexton and Adalynn Sexton; by his brother, Wayne Wagner and his wife Penny of Rising Sun; by his sister, Sharon Smith and her companion Kelly of Rising Sun; and his several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond “Dick” and Pauline “Polly” (Willis) Wagner; by his son-in-law, Dale Robert Covington; by his infant-brother, Raymond Leon Wagner; and by his sisters: Wanda Washnock, Pamela Courter, Irene Walcott, Virginia Devers, Patricia Courter and Ruby Murphy.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Sunday, November 1st, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services were conducted on Monday, November 2nd, by Reverend Mike Jones, at the funeral home. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay Church of Christ, Keeping Pace Cancer Fund c/o Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc., or Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Jean Thomas

  Jean (Ritch) Thomas, 91, of Rising Sun, passed away at 11:13 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020, at her son’s residence in Rising Sun.

  Jean entered this life on April 4th, 1929 in Carrollton, Kentucky. She was the loving daughter of the late Claud and Dora Florence (Skirvin) Ritch. She was raised in Warsaw, Kentucky where she attended Gallatin County High School.

  Jean was united in marriage to Vernon Ellis Thomas on December 21st, 1946 in Carroll County, Kentucky. This happy union was blessed with a son, Larry and a daughter, Doreen. Jean and Vernon shared nearly 46 years of marriage together until he passed away on July 27th, 1992.

  Jean was employed for the Plastic Molding Factory in East Enterprise, and for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay for several years. She was a member of the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church in Mt. Sterling, Indiana.

  Jean was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed quilting, sewing, embroidering and making dolls and placemats. Jean loved flowers, especially roses, gardening and canning. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and keeping them all in line! Jean loved dancing and listening to music. Jean was the heart of the family and will be deeply missed.

  Jean leaves behind to cherish her memories her son, Larry Gene Thomas, Sr. and his wife Donna of Rising Sun; her son-in-law, John Taylor of Vevay; her grandchildren: Larry (Shona) Thomas, Jr., Debra (Todd) Johns, Dora (Scott) Henry, Aaron (Tiffany) Thomas, Paula (Larry) Bovard and Chuck (Tracy) Rogers, Jr.; her great-grandchildren: Laci Daugherty, Zack Daugherty, Felicia Henry, Megan Henry, Colton Henry, Wyatt Henry, Tylor Thomas, Shallyn Thomas, Gunnar Thomas, Collin Bovard, Kelby Rogers, Brayden Rogers, Abigail Thomas, Hannah Thomas and Rebecca Thomas; her great-great-granddaughter, Rosie Henry; her step-grandchildren, Hunter Hines, Hailey Hines, Sara Oakes, Josh Johns, Jeremy Johns, Nickie Kersey and Bessie Boyd; her step-great-grandchildren: Aiden Johns, Bowen Oakes, Madilyn Oakes, Joey, Shy, Trey and Irene; her brother, Ralph Ritch of Tupelo, Mississippi; her sister, Anna Lee of Bennington; and her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Claud and Dora Florence (Skirvin) Ritch; by her husband, Vernon Ellis Thomas; by her daughter, Doreen (Thomas) Rogers-Taylor; by her son-in-law, Charles Daniel “Butch” Rogers, Sr.; by her sister, Beulah Moore; by her brothers, Vernon, Allen, Willie “Bill” and John “J.C.” Ritch; and a infant brother.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Friday, October 30th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, October 31st, at the funeral home; with interment following in the Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Emergency Response Unit or Loving Hearts Hospice. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Jonas Keith

  Jonas Howard Keith, age 88, of Vevay, passed away at 6:06 p.m. on Saturday, October 31st, 2020 at the Ripley Crossing in Milan, Indiana.

  Jonas entered this life on May 13th, 1932 in Allensville, Indiana. He was one of 16 children born to James Wilford and Avis O. (Chase) Keith. He was raised in Allensville, where he attended the Allensville High School.

  Jonas was inducted into the United States Army on February 25th, 1953 in Indianapolis, Indiana, serving during the Korean Conflict. He earned the Korean Service Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Jonas was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class on February 17th, 1954 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois.

  Jonas was united in marriage on August 1st, 1958 to Corrine Chase by Reverend Frank Reed in Vevay. This happy union was blessed with a daughter, Sondra, born on March 3rd, 1964. Jonas and Corrine shared 44 years of marriage together until she passed away on February 26th, 2003.

  Jonas was a former employee for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay and for Army Ammunition Plant (Powder Plant) in Charlestown, Indiana. Jonas was employed for Aurora Casket Company in Aurora, Indiana, retiring at the age of 62.

  He was a member of the Florence Church of Christ in Florence, Indiana, where he was baptized on September 27th, 1960. Jonas resided in the Florence community since 1958. Jonas loved his dogs and enjoyed gardening, woodworking and keeping a meticulous lawn.

  Jonas will be missed by his daughter, Sondra K. Furnish and her husband Paul of Vevay; by his grandchildren: Stanley Ray Turner, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of Rising Sun and Shane Michael Turner and his wife Ashley of Fairview; by his great-grandchildren: Peyton Turner, Lane Turner, Cole Turner, Josephine “Josie” Turner and Stanley “Hank” Turner, III.; by his sister, Sarah M. McCreary of Allensville; by his brothers-in-law: Gene Roberts of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, William McCreary of Greendale, Indiana, and Jerry Chase and his wife Bernice of Belmont, Ohio; by his sisters-in-law: Martha Keith of Center Square, Ruth Ann Keith of Dillsboro, Indiana, Barbara Keith of Vevay, Patty Chase of Vevay, Peggy Sullivan of Austin, Indiana, and Brenda Peelman of Florence, Indiana; by his several nieces and nephews; and by his loyal companion dog, ‘Blackie’.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, James Wilford and Avis O. (Chase) Keith; by his wife, Corrine (Chase) Keith; by his brothers: Denver, Albert Wayne, Hubert Wesley, Kirby, Paul Dean, Clifford, Leon, Wilford “Junior”, Larry Keith and Roy “Red” Keith; by his sisters, Juanita Koons and Hazel Knaus; and an infant brother and infant sister.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Wednesday, November 4th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 5th, by Brother Roy Duckworth, at the funeral home. Full military rites and interment will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #53396  in the New Liberty Cemetery in East Enterprise, Indiana.

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

  Memorial contributions may be made to Florence Church of Christ, Keeping Pace Cancer Fund c/o  Community Foundation of Switzerland County or Switzerland County Animal Shelter. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Rebecca Dilts

  Rebecca Maxine Dilts, 94, of Westfield, Indiana (formerly of Rising Sun), passed away on Friday, October 30th, 2020 at Maple Park Village in Westfield.

  Rebecca was born in Pleasant, Indiana on March 12th, 1926, the daughter of the late Nettie (Vandergrift) and Neat Roland. She grew up in Switzerland County, and was a 1944 graduate of Vevay High School. Rebecca later went on to earn her degree in nursing.

  Rebecca married Billie Bob Dilts on March 22nd, 1947. Becky and Bill were married over 65 years until his passing on December 15th, 2012.

  While Becky lived in Rising Sun, she was a faithful member of the Rising Sun United Methodist Church and belonged to the United Methodist Women Organization. She was also a member of the Phi Beta Psi Sorority. Becky’s life revolved around her family. She was a loving mom, grandma, great grandma and friend to many.

  Rebecca is survived by her daughter, Kathy Taylor (Jim), of Edmond, Oklahoma; by her three sons: Denny Dilts (Mona) of Indianapolis, Indiana; Mark Dilts (Shawn) of Bloomington, Indiana, and Brent Dilts (Dee) of Carmel, Indiana; by her 12 grandchildren: Philip Kaczmarek, Lori Stahl, Scott Taylor, Jeremy Dilts, Jacqueline Dilts, Trent Dilts, Chastin Davis, Stewart Dilts, Eric Dilts, Deanna Dilts, David Dilts and Laila Dilts; by her 15 great-grandchildren: Rebecca Stahl, Michael Kaczmarek, Lindsey Stahl, Kamryn Dilts, Hunter Dilts, Eli Dilts, Kennedy Schwartz, Adelynn Davis, Raelynn Davis, Aidan Taylor, Marley Taylor, Lacey Taylor, Ashlynn Davis, Gunner Davis and Tatum Dilts.

  Rebecca was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband Bill; by her brother, Ray Roland; and by her sisters: Josephine Hickman and Nellie Johnson.

  Funeral services were held on Monday, November 2nd at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Pastor Mike Jones officiating. Visitation was held prior to the funeral services at the funeral home. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun United Methodist Church.

Alex Cunningham

  Alex Nathaniel Cunningham, 20, of Glasgow, Kentucky, passed away on Saturday October 24th, 2020 in Glasgow, Kentucky.

  He was born on September 15th, 2000 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the son of Estol Cunningham and Angel Ballard. He was a member of Junior ROTC in High School and he enjoyed Anime gaming.

  Alex is survived by his parents: Estol Cunningham of  Detroit, Michigan and Angel Ballard of Glasgow, Kentucky; by his maternal grandfather, Larry Ballard (Linda Pitman) of Glasgow, Kentucky; his paternal grandfather, Estol (Gail) Cunningham of Oklahoma; his paternal grandmother, Patsy Cunningham; his siblings: Zachariah, Tyler, Dylan, Bradley and Chloe Cunningham; his uncles: Josh (Heidi) Harrell of Switzerland County, Devon (Adrienna) Ballard; by his aunts: Skylar (Terry) Phelps, Jayme (Matthew) Johnston of Florence, Indiana; by lots of cousins; and by Darrell and Shelia Brookins and family.

  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Candace Ballard; by his aunt, Rebecca Cunningham; and by his cousins: Jessie, Kaitlyn and Kaden.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Wednesday, November 4th, at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home in Aurora, Indiana.

  Services were held following the time of visitation at the funeral home, with Elder Darrell Brookins officiating.

  Contributions may be made to the funeral home to defray funeral expenses.