Obituaries 11/14/21

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Robert Wheeler

  Robert Eugene Wheeler, 82, of Marion, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away at 3:55 p.m. on Thursday, October 7th, 2021 at his residence.

  He was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, on Monday, December 12th, 1938, the son of William and Isabel (Uhimeyer) Wheeler.

  On December 21st, 1971, he married Agnes Perry, who survives.

  Robert graduated from Marion High School and was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church.

  He owned and managed the Turtle Creek Harbor in Florence, Indiana for over 30 years. He loved boating and traveling the river.

  Robert is survived by his wife, Agnes Wheeler of Marion, Indiana; by his seven daughters; his son; his brother and sister-in-law; his three sisters; and his several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  He was preceded in death by his parents: William and Isabel Wheeler; and by a son.

  At Robert’s request, there will be no public visitation or funeral service.

  Arrangements are entrusted to Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Avenue, Marion, Indiana.

Kurt Strukamp

  Kurt Von Strukamp, age 58, of Osgood, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, passed away on Sunday October 10th, 2021, at the University of Cincinnati Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Kurt entered this life on March 4th, 1963 in Celina, Ohio. He was the loving son of the late Lester Edward Strukamp and Virginia Ann (Jolly) Strukamp Spry. He was raised in Van Wert, Ohio where he attended high school.

  Kurt was united in marriage in Van Wert, Ohio to Carol Faye Dickson. Kurt was a welder for General Dynamics in Lima, Ohio from 1985-1996. He was later employed in 1996 for Thieman Stamping in New Bremen, Ohio, retiring after several years of service.

  Kurt enjoyed woodworking, welding, fishing, hunting, as well as, riding his motorcycle. You could always count on him for anything you needed help with. Above all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

  Kurt will be missed by his daughter, Lacy Christman and her husband Daniel of Madison; by his step-son, Kyle Caldwell of Mansfield, Ohio; by his grandchildren: Brenin, Danilyn, Allison, Tanner, Chloe, Kyler, Gage and Kali; by his great-grandchildren: Camden, Emerson, Roman and Zayla; by his sisters: Vicki Kennedy of Wittenberg, Wisconsin, Becky Strukamp of Des Moines, Iowa, and Tanya Ann Haller of Decatur, Indiana; and his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents: Lester Edward Strukamp and Virginia Ann (Jolly) Strukamp Spry; by his step-son, Chad Caldwell; and by his brother, Carl Lee Strukamp.

  A Celebration of Kurt’s Life and Memorial Motorcycle Ride will be held at a later date. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is serving the family during this difficult time.

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

Marcy Simerly

  Marcy Lee (Sorah) Simerly, age 63, of Vevay, passed away on Monday, October 11th, 2021, at her residence.

  Marcy entered this life on January 7th, 1958 in Marion, Indiana. She was the daughter of Munsey Lee “Mutt” Sorah, whom preceded her in death, and Dale A. (Richards) Sorah. She was raised in Marion, Indiana where she attended Marion High School.

  Marcy was united in marriage on May 6th, 1989 in Straughn, Indiana to Daniel R. “Dan” Simerly. This happy blended family was blessed with five children. Marcy and Dan shared over 32 years of marriage together until her death.

  She owned and operated a pet shop in New Castle, Indiana for two years. Marcy later was employed for the National Machinery & Conveyor in Marion, Indiana for 12 years.

  Marcy resided in Marion, Indiana for several years before moving to the Vevay community on Mennetts Hollow Road where she resided for the past four years.

  Marcy enjoyed designing vinyl t-shirts and raising birds.

  Marcy is survived by her husband, Daniel R. “Dan” Simerly of Vevay; by her children: Danny Ray Simerly of New Castle, Indiana, Josh Clifton and his wife Angie of Marion, Indiana, Shawn Morgan and his wife Chrissy of Marion, Indiana, Tara Blankenship of New Castle, Indiana and Josh Simerly and his wife Dusti of New Castle, Indiana; by her 10-grandchildren; by her mother, Dale A. (Richards) Sorah of Sparta, Tennessee; and by her brothers: Chris Sorah and his wife Angie of Muncie, Indiana and Tim Sorah of Marion, Indiana.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Munsey Lee “Mutt” Sorah; and by her sister, Angie Cummins.

  No services are being held at this time. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is serving the family during this difficult time.

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

Jacob Parker

  Jacob Louis “Jake” Parker, age 36, of Patriot, passed away at 10:13 a.m. on Sunday, October 3rd, 2021, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Jacob entered this life on June 15th, 1985 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He was the loving son of Bobby J. “Bob” Parker and Teresa A. (Renyer) Coy. He was raised in Switzerland County, where he was a 2003 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

  Jacob was united in marriage to Julie Christine See on August 4th, 2007 on the farm in Patriot. This happy union was blessed with a daughter, Cheyenne Paisley Parker, and a son, Kail Avery Parker.

  Jacob was employed as a painter and welder for Aurora Casket Company in Aurora, Indiana from 2003-2006. He was later employed as a welder for Titan Steel in Monroe, Ohio from 2006-2007. Jake was later employed as a heavy equipment operator for Hilltop Basic Resources in Patriot from 2007-2010.

  Jake became a certified firefighter in 2009 and volunteered for the Jeff-Craig Volunteer Fire Department in Vevay. He was also employed for the Switzerland County EMS from 2010-2014. Jacob was later employed as a sealer team member for the Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, Kentucky from 2015-2018. He was later employed as a contributor and shift supervisor for Dorman Products in Warsaw, Kentucky from August of 2018 to February of 2021. Jake was currently employed as a supervisor for Phoenix at Nucor Steel since March 1st, 2021.

  Jake was an impeccable worker and loved to learn and excel to the highest expectation. He developed strong positive relationships with customers and co-workers. He resided in Georgetown and Williamstown, Kentucky for a few years until moving back to the Switzerland County community.

  He was baptized at the Patriot Baptist Church in Patriot. He enjoyed restoring cars and trucks, as well as, golfing. Above all, Jake loved spending time with his children.

  Jake will be missed by his children, Cheyenne Paisley Parker and Kail Avery Parker of Rising Sun; by his mother, Teresa A. (Renyer) Coy of Patriot; by his father and step-mother, Bobby J. “Bob” and Donna Parker of Independence, Kentucky; by his brother, James “Jimmy” Parker and his wife Kim of East Enterprise; by his step-brothers: Uriah Coy and his wife Donna of Greensburg, Indiana and Ben Coy and his wife Sarah of Columbus, Indiana; and by his several aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins, friends and co-workers.

  He was preceded in death by his maternal-grandparents: Harry Louis Renyer, who died on April 21st, 1997 and Barbara Ann (Duvall) Renyer, who died on August 22nd, 2012; by his paternal-grandparents: James Herman Parker, who died on April 5th, 1957 and Hazel Viola (Keen) Parker Cooper, who died on December 27th, 2003; and by his step-father, Allen Coy, who died on May 25th, 2013.

  Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 14th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 15th, by Pastor Patrick Lanman, at the funeral home.

  Interment will follow in the Eastview Cemetery, Patriot.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Cheyenne and Kail Parker’s Education Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Walter David Kittle

  Walter David Kittle, 84, of Rising Sun, passed away at 11:22 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5th, at The Waters of Dillsboro in Dillsboro, Indiana.

  David was born in Ohio County on March 15th, 1937, the son of the late Mildred (Hizer) and Walter Kittle. He attended school in Rising Sun.

  On July 3rd, 1962 he was married to Evelyn Marie Cochran. They were married for over 59 years until his passing.

  David proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1959-1962.

  Following his military service, he worked farming for Paul Barbour from 1963-1965; followed by working at Stedman’s Foundry for 18 years; and lastly at Aurora Casket as a press operator for 17 years.

  He was a member of the Ohio Valley CB Club and used “Bumblebee” as his handle. David enjoyed woodworking, geocaching, traveling, yard sales, and flea markets, and was a collector of many things. He also greatly enjoyed fishing and spending time on the river with his dad.

  David is survived by his wife, Evelyn Kittle of Rising Sun; by his son Raymond Kittle (April) of Rising Sun; by his daughters: Susan Ashcraft of Rising Sun, Diana Scudder (Dale) of Rising Sun, and Jolie Kittle of Rising Sun; by his grandchildren: Joshua Ashcraft, Michael Ashcraft, Alicia Ashcraft (Kyle), Kayleigh Siekman (Jason), Hannah Scudder (Nick), Zachary Scudder, Megan De Luna (José), Coltin Zielke, Justin Bennett, Nathan Kittle, Michelle Chase, and Grace Bright; by his great-grandchildren: Trevor Ferrari, Oakley Otter, Thomas Etzel Jr., Carter Bennett, Carson Zielke, Isabel Siekman, Lilyan Bright, Alexander Bright, Aylah Chase, Brylea Chase, Isaac Ashcraft and Sydni Greene; and by his many nieces and nephews.

  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law Edith Cochran and his father-in-law Wilbur Cochran; by his brothers James “Jimmy” Kittle and Raymond “Buddy” Kittle; and by his sisters Helen Bennett, Betty Gridley, Jean Lane, and Mary Kittle.

  A public visitation was held on Sunday, October 10th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services were held on Monday, October 11th at the funeral home; and burial followed at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio County Rescue Unit.

Norma Darbo Earls

  Norma L. (Dilts) Darbro Earls, age 91, of Vevay, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 11th, 2021, at her residence.

  Norma entered this life on July 22nd, 1930 in Switzerland County. She was the daughter of the late Leroy and Mary Grace (Turner) Dilts. She was raised in Switzerland County and Ohio County where she was a 1948 graduate of Patriot High School.

  Norma was united in marriage to Roy Darbro on December 24th, 1948 and he passed away on June 8th, 1969. She was later united in marriage to John J. Earls on August 4th, 1979 at Switzerland Baptist Church. Norma and John shared 15 years of marriage together until he passed away on August 10th, 1994.

  Norma resided in Versailles and Madison before moving to Vevay, where she resided until her passing. She was a member of the Fredonia Baptist Church near Vevay and the Vevay American Legion Post #185 Ladies Auxiliary. Norma was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed flowers, reading, sewing and spending time with her family.

  Norma will be missed by her sons: Larry Darbro and his wife Debbie of Florence, Indiana, Robert “Bobby” Darbro of Vevay, and Luke Earls of Tennessee; by her daughters: Carolyn “Jo” Lee and her husband Larry of Perry Park, Kentucky, Deborah Lynn “Debbie” Simpson of Vevay, Beanie Driver and her husband Mark of East Enterprise, Jill Darbro of Madison, Billie Kuhnen of Vevay, and Ruby Young and her husband Raymond of Madison; by her step-sons: John Frederick “Fred” Earls of Madison, Charles Michael “Mike” Earls and his wife LuAnn of Lakeland, Florida, and Reverend William Arthur “Bill” Earls and his wife Nelda of Fayetteville, Ohio; by her step-daughter, Sharon Hansel and her husband Darrell of Vevay; by her numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren; by her step-grandchildren, by her step great-grandchildren and step great great-grandchildren; by her daughter-in-law, Mary Catherine “Cathy” Darbro of Madison; and her nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Leroy and Mary Grace (Turner) Dilts; by her infant sons, Charles Denver and Melvin Gayle Darbro; by her sons: Paul Kenneth “Kenny” Darbro and Gary Ray Darbro; by her grandsons, Anthony Darbro and Travis Webster; by her sisters, Frances L. Wigal and Erma Rae Earls; by her brother, Roy Dilts; and by her half-brother, Frank Scudder.

  Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 14th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Vevay American Legion Post #185 Ladies Auxiliary Service and Funeral Service will be conducted on Thursday, October 14th, at 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Fredonia Cemetery Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Patricia Bryant

  Patricia L. Bryant, 82, of Rising Sun, passed away at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, October 8th, at her residence.

  Patricia was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana on August 9th, 1939, the daughter of the late Helen (Wallace) and Russell  Beach. She attended school at St. Lawrence.

  On July 31st, 1962, she was married to Sanford J. Bryant. He preceded her in death on December 19th, 2007.

  Patricia worked for S&S Grocery and enjoyed quilting, thrifting, caring for her farm animals, and spending time with her grandchildren.

  Patricia is survived by her sons: Robert (Suzette) Bryant of Rising Sun and Mark (Linda) Bryant of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; by her sisters: Jeanie Platt of Illinois and JoAnn (Jimmy) Drew of Indiana; and by her four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her husband; by her parents; by her daughter Michele Bryant-Partin; by her brother Herbie Bryant; and by her sisters: Wanda Burnett and Mary Sandlin.

  A public visitation was held on Tuesday, October 12th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services followed the time of visitation at the funeral home. Burial followed at the Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.