Obituaries 11/12/20

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Kenneth John Clark

  Kenneth John Clark, 82, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, November 7th, at his residence.

  John was born in Aurora, Indiana on September 6th, 1938, the son of the late Juanita R. (Collins) and Harry L. Clark. He was a graduate of Aurora High School.

  John married Brenda (White) Clark on October 11th, 1974 in Dillsboro, Indiana. John and Brenda were married nearly 46 years until her passing on August 30th, 2020.

  John worked in construction as a welder and was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union. John was an outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting and boating. He loved spending time with his family.

  John is survived by two daughters: Nicole Carpio and her husband Marco, of Meridian, Idaho and Brandy Clark (Jake Lunsford), of Moores Hill, Indiana; by his son: Christopher “Eddie” Clark (Paige Kinnett), of Moores Hill, Indiana; by his three grandchildren: Marco, Hank and Krue; and by his brother, Richard Clark and his wife Pat, of Aurora, Indiana.

  John was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife Brenda; and by his brothers Eddie and Earl Robert Clark.

  Private family graveside services will be held on Thursday, November 12th at Riverview Cemetery in Aurora, Indiana. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Amanda Grace

  Amanda Marie Grace, 38, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away surrounded by her loving family at 10:15 p.m. on Friday, November 6th, 2020 at the home of her parents.

  Amanda was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 4th, 1981. She was a graduate of South Dearborn High School, Class of 1999.

  She formerly worked in the Interior Department at Matthews/Aurora Casket Company in Aurora, Indiana.

  Amanda was saved by the grace of God, and was a member of the New Life Southern Baptist Church in Manchester, Indiana.

  Amanda was a huge football fan, and the Green Bay Packers were her favorite team. She had a joyful spirit and loved to sing and play the piano. Amanda was a beloved daughter, granddaughter and sister, a loving mother to her daughter Meridth and a caring aunt to her niece and nephews.

  Amanda is survived by her daughter, Meridth Parish of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; by her parents: Beverly and Rodney Barrows of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; by her grandmother, Phyllis Barrows, of Manchester, Indiana; by her brother, Derek Barrows (Mariah), of Cincinnati, Ohio; by her nephews: Karter Childers and Korbin Barrows; by her niece Kinlee Barrows; by her uncles: Keith Hensley, Gerald Barnett, Jeff Parish and Bobby Parish; and by many cousins, other family members and friends.

  Amanda was preceded in death by her sister, Desiree Childers; by her grandparents, Lameridth and Gerald Barnett and Melvin Barrows; and by her aunts, Janell Hensley and Rita Willoughby.

  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 11th at New Life Southern Baptist Church in Manchester, Indiana. Visitation was held on Tuesday, November 10th at the church. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may made to the family for funeral expense. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family during this difficult time.

Norman Kirkpatrick

  Norman Kirkpatrick, 86, of Rising Sun, passed away on Friday, November 6th, 2020 at Mercy Hospital-West Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Norman was born in Switzerland County on February 21st, 1934, the son of the late Mary (Potter) and Myrl  Kirkpatrick.

  At a young age, Norman and his family moved to Ohio County. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1952.

  After graduation Norman proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. While in service he earned Marksman ( Rifle) and Good Conduct Medals.

  Norman married Judy (Walton) Kirkpatrick on April 29th, 1960 at the New Hope Church in Ohio County. Norman and Judy we married over 60 years until his passing.

  Norman loved the country life and was a farmer. He also worked for The City of Rising Sun, The State of Indiana Highway Department and was a bus driver for Ohio County Schools from 1971 to 1998.

  Norman was a member of the Rising Sun American Legion Post #59, and former member of the Aberdeen Pate Water Board and had served two terms on the Ohio County 4-H Fair Board.

  Norman is survived by his wife, Judy Kirkpatrick, of Rising Sun; by his daughter, Janet Heis and her husband Rob of Rising Sun; by his son, Allan Kirkpatrick and his wife Terri of Rising Sun; by his grandchildren: Jacob Heis (Sara), Katie Heis, Elizabeth Heis, and Klint Kirkpatrick (Chelsea); and by his great granddaughter, Emily Heis.

  He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Marvin Kirkpatrick.

  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 10th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Eldon Fancher officiating. Visitation was held on Monday, November 9th at the funeral home. Burial with military honors was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to Ohio County 4-H Youth Advisory Board.

Bruce Olds

  Bruce Edward Olds, age 67, of Sanders, Kentucky, formerly of Vevay, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 6th, 2020.

  Bruce entered this life on August 15th, 1953 in Madison. He was the son of the late Elizabeth “Fay” (Lucas) Olds and William “Bill” Richard Olds of Vevay. Bruce grew up in Vevay, spending much of his childhood playing hide and seek until dark or board games on the back porch with his sister, Debbie and neighborhood boys. Bruce developed a love for motor vehicles at a young age, building and racing go-kart’s with his father Bill.

  Throughout his youth and into adulthood he enjoyed basketball; whether it be a game he was watching, coaching or playing. He was an avid fan of IU basketball and anything University of Tennessee.

  After graduating in 1971 from Switzerland County High School, Bruce continued his education at Roane State Community College. He then attended The University of Tennessee, graduating with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Shortly after, Bruce began teaching at Helmsburg Elementary in Brown County, Indiana where he had the opportunity to instruct many young minds.

  Bruce was blessed with two daughters, Kelsey and Mallory as well as a step-daughter, Stacy.

  He had many career changes early on before joining his father back in Vevay at the family body shop, Bill Olds Auto Body.

  Bruce enjoyed daily lunches with his mother, Fay, bird-watching, holidays with family, gardening, listening to music, laughing with his grandchildren, grilling, camping with his daughters, woodworking, spoiling his faithful canine, ‘Reggie’, getaways to Tennessee, classic cars and most of all spending time with his loving companion of 22 years, Peggy. He was a proud member of the Republican Party and supporter of all things patriotic.

  He will be deeply missed by his fiancé, Peggy Jones of Sanders, Kentucky; by his father, Bill Olds and his spouse Darlene of Vevay; by his sister, Deborah Hackman and her husband Jim of Melissa, Texas; by his daughters: Kelsey Olds of Vevay and Mallory Olds of Indianapolis, Indiana; by his bonus children: Stacy McGuire of Florence, Kentucky, Rodney Jones of Lakeside Park, Kentucky, Robin Jones of Warsaw, Kentucky, and Robby Jones of Walton, Kentucky; by his grandchildren: Hunter, Tristan, Haley, Bryson and Oakley; as well as many cousins and extended family members.

  He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth “Fay” (Lucas) Olds.

  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 11th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Friends were invited to call on the family prior to the beginning of the funeral services on Wednesday, November 11th, at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital, Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church or Switzerland County Animal Shelter. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Mary Roberts

  Mary Higgins Roberts, age 86, of Winter Springs, Florida formerly of Bennington, Indiana and Hanover, and went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 2:44 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 at her residence with her devoted family at her side.

  Mary entered this life on February 8th, 1954 at the family home in Bennington, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late Lawrence and Ethel J. Valentine Higgins. She was raised in Switzerland County in Bennington and graduated from Vevay High School, where she met and maintained the friendship of her classmates.

  On October 19th, 1956, Mary was united in marriage to Bill Roberts at the Bennington United Methodist Church. This happy union of nearly 64 years was blessed with daughters: Valerie, Venita, Vanessa and Vonetta.

  The family resided in the Hanover Community for several years and later she owned and operated Swiss Floral in Vevay with her mother. She and Bill returned to the family homestead in Bennington and resided there for many years. Bill and Mary operated the Swiss Swing Business and enjoyed building and making swings and other wood products which they sold for many years.

  They became faithful members of the Brushy Fork Baptist Church near Pleasant and attended there as long as their health permitted.

  They moved to Winter Springs, Florida to be near their daughters and grandchildren. Mary loved her gardens and raising beautiful flowers, arranging flowers, spending time with her daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren brought her the most joy.

  Mary was diagnosed with a brain tumor and fought a courageous battle.

  Mary will be missed by her loving husband of nearly 64 years, Bill Roberts of Winter Springs, Florida; by her beloved daughters: Valerie Roberts of Winter Springs, Florida, Venita Zimmerman of Lakeland, Florida, Vanessa Huber of Winter Springs, Florida, and Voneta Roberts-Schnebelt and her husband John of Lakeland, Florida; by her loving grandchildren: Ryan Mefford, Tiffany Jordan, Brian Zimmerman, Andrea Scott, Lacey Barrett, Olivia Zimmerman, Keith Mefford, and Angie Roberts; by her adoring great grandchildren: Benjamin Huber, Isabella Jordan, Leo Jordan, Levi Jordan, Nikolina Mefford, Sawyer Scott, and Nash Scott; by her sister, Wanda Treadway of Aurora, Indiana; by her brother-in-law, Joe Roberts and his wife Darlene of Mission, Texas and their children, Joelle and Vince; and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Higgins, who died on March 4th, 1995; by her mother, Ethel J. Valentine Higgins, who died on March 13th, 2005, by her sister, Roberta L. Kunkle, who died on August 1st, 2015; by her brother, Ernest Lee Higgins, who died on February 27, 1931; and by her granddaughter, Brittany Nicole.

  Memorial services will be conducted on Saturday, November 14th, at 11 a.m., by Pastor Chris Clemons at the Brushy Fork Baptist Church near Pleasant, Indiana. Masks are required along with social distancing at the families request. Friends may visit and gather on Saturday, November 14th, at 10 a.m. until the time of service at Brushy Fork Baptist Church.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Brushy Fork Baptist Church or the Gideons Memorial Bibles. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre’s of Madison and Hanover.

Samuel ‘Sammy’ Thomas

  Samuel Brown “Sammy” Thomas, age 77, of Vevay, passed away at 4:15 a.m. on Sunday, November 8th, 2020, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Sammy entered this life on March 3rd, 1943 in Gallatin County, Kentucky. He was the son of the late Sam E. and Mary R. (Gross) Thomas. He was raised in Switzerland County, and attended the Mt. Sterling School in Mt. Sterling, Indiana.

  Sammy was a member of the Temple Baptist Church in Patriot.

  He enjoyed coloring and picture books and swimming. Sammy enjoyed all the activities at Swiss Villa especially attending the weekly bible study and being the door greeter.

  Sammy is survived by his sisters: June Wainscott of French, Indiana, Betty Rider of Patriot, and Sue Thomas of Patriot; by his several nieces and nephews; by his sister-in-law, Betty Thomas of Vevay; and a host of other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his parents: Sam E. and Mary R. (Gross) Thomas; by his brothers: James Edward “Eddie”, Howard, Richard, Bernard, Leroy, William Paris “Billy” Thomas and an infant brother; by his sisters: Barbara Thomas, Mary Frances Thomas, and Rita L. Peters; and by his brothers-in-law: Dale Vernon Peters, Wayne Rider and Bill Wainscott.

  Friends may call on the family from noon until 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 12th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services will then be conducted Thursday, November 12th, at 1 p.m. by Reverend Mike Jones at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

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

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Swiss Villa Activities Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Larry Richison

  Larry James Richison, 78, of Rising Sun, passed away at 3:33 p.m. Saturday, October 31st, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood, Kentucky.

  Larry was born in Dayton, Ohio on September 22nd, 1942, the son of the late Vera R. (Dunnington) and James M. Richison.

  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a SP4 E-4 (T) during the Vietnam War. While in service, Larry earned the following commendations: Expert (Rifle), Vietnam Service Medal One O/S Bar and Good Conduct Medal.

  Larry was a member of the Rising Sun American Legion. Larry enjoyed riding his Harley motorcycle. He also liked going to Rising Star and to the Legion to sit and visit with friends.

  Larry is survived by his stepdaughters: Lisa Werner, of Arizona and Becky Werner-Ivey, of Hamilton, Ohio; by his granddaughter, Michelle Fligor; and by two great grandchildren. Larry is also survived by his nephew Brian Boyd of Rising Sun; and by his great nephew, Brandon Boyd, of Centerville, Ohio.

  Larry was preceded in death by his grandchild, Shane Melzoni; and by his sister, Karen Boyd.

  Funeral services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to Rising Sun American Legion. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family during this difficult time.

Mike Wilson

  Michael Fredric Wilson, 82, of Rising Sun, passed away at 10:51 a.m. on Tuesday, November 3rd, at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Mike was born in Frankfort, Indiana on June 1st, 1938, the son of the late Pearl (Michael) and Howard Wilson. He was a graduate of Michigantown High School. Mike earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University, and later on achieved his Masters Degree from Indiana University.

  Mike retired from Rising Sun Schools in 2000 after 40 years of dedicated service. In addition to teaching, he was the Athletic Director from 1962 to 2000. Mike was also varsity basketball coach from 1962 to 1968 and from 1982 to 1995. During this time the Shiners won four sectional titles in 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1989. Mike also served as varsity track coach for a time.

  He was the husband of Shelia (Ginter) Wilson. Mike and Shelia were married on August 23rd, 1974, in Aurora, Indiana. Mike and Shelia were married over 46 years until his passing.

  He was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ. Mike enjoyed golfing, watching his favorite teams on TV, golf cart rides, all Shiner sports and working on his lawn. His favorite pastime was sharing in all of his grandkids’ activities and events.

  Mike was a true pillar of the community and the influence he had on Ohio County’s youth will be felt for generations to come.

  Mike is survived by his wife, Shelia Wilson, of Rising Sun; by his three daughters: Teresa Hornsby (Andre) of Rising Sun, Michele Rice (Rusty) of Rising Sun, and Jerilyn Lambert (Tim) of Rising Sun; by his three sons: Scott Wilson (Mark Loehr), of Portland, Oregon, Todd Wilson (Cassie), of Ekron, Kentucky, and Joshua Wilson (Julie) of Rising Sun; by his 10 grandchildren and his three great grandchildren.

  Mike is also survived by his sister, Nancy Fearnow of Frankfort, Indiana; by his brother Robert Wilson (Michalene), of Duncanville, Texas; and by a special family friend, Sue Mitchell of Rising Sun.

  Mike was preceded in death by his parents: Howard and Pearl Wilson; and by his sisters: Jane Mertz and Joanne Record.

  Private family services were held on Thursday, November 5th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be at Rising Sun New Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rising Sun High School Athletics. Donations may be sent to Markland Funeral Home and the family will be notified with a card.