Obituaries 11-22-12


Jack Ulery, Jr.

Jack L.”Captain Jack” Ulery, Jr., age 56, of Madison, passed away at 5:13 p.m. Sunday, November 18th, 2012, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born July 15th, 1956, in Peru, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late, Jack L. and Joyce (Schmidt) Ulery, Sr. He was raised in Peru and was a 1974 graduate of Peru High School.

Jack was united in marriage on January 26th, 1980, at the Salem Christian Church to his beloved sweetheart, Melissa Jo Bacon. This happy union was blessed with a daughter and three sons.

He began his career in the newspaper business with the Peru Dailey Tribune in 1974-1998. Jack had also worked for M & M Towing as a fork lift driver for several years. The family moved to Madison in 1998 and he began working for The Madison Courier as production supervisor until his sudden death. Jack was of the spiritual faith and enjoyed nature and music. He loved playing music and was known as the Percussion Man. Jack had a great passion for golf and played as often as possible with his family and friends. Captain Jack as he was known by so many of his friends and family was always busy, either at work, play, on the Sunrise Golf Course, the Peru Circus Band or with Andra Bladen and the Two Buck Chucks’. He found great enjoyment in watching the Purdue Boilermakers and the Miami Dolphins. He was excited about the awaited birth of his second-granddaughter. Jack will be remembered for his love of music, being the life of the party and his devotion to friends and family.

Jack will be missed by his loving wife: Melissa Jo Bacon Ulery of Madison; his loving daughter, Brooke Nice and her husband, Terry Jr., of Peru; his loving sons, Kristopher Ulery and his wife, Jessica of Madison, Scott Ulery and his wife, Megan of Hanover, Eric Ulery and his wife, Brittany of Hanover; his loving sisters, Kim Ahlfeld and husband, Mike of Kendallville, Indiana, Anita Ulery and fiance, Tony of Sumter, South Carolina; his brother, Jeff Ulery and companion, Kathy of Mexico, Indiana; his father-in-law, Roger Bacon and companion, Elaine of Peru; his mother-in-law, Judy Bacon of Peru; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Melanie Jackson and her husband, Alan of Peru; his grandchildren, Aidan Ulery, Quinn Ulery and Asher Ulery.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandma, Ethel Schmidt.

A celebration of life will be conducted Sunday, November 25th, at 11 a.m., by Elliot Tompkin at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, in Madison. Interment will follow in the Fairmount Cemetery in Madison.

Friends may call Saturday from 4-8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until time of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Peru Circus Band. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Chanttelle Thomas

Chanttelle Leah Mae “Wittle” Thomas, age 1, of Florence, passed away Saturday, November 10th, 2012, in Louisville, Kentucky due to injuries from a car accident.

She was born Tuesday, March 29th, 2011, in Lawrenceburg, the daughter of Joshua Howe and Allisha Thomas.

Surviving are maternal grandparents, Teresa (James Green) Thomas of Metamora, Indiana; maternal great-grandparents, Earl and Wanda Thomas of Aurora; paternal grandparents, John and Sharon Hurd of Moores Hill, Indiana; paternal grandparents, Rex (Pamela Clark) Howe of Aurora; siblings, Julliette Curtis, Jayden, Jazmyn, and Trinity Blevins, all of Florence; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 20th, at the First Baptist Church of Aurora. Interment followed in the Glen Haven Cemetery, Harrison, Ohio.

Contributions may be made to the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home to defray funeral expenses. Please call the office at (812) 926-1450 and the family will be notified of your donation with a card. Visit:

Mary Langsford

Mary Jane Bishop Miller Langsford, 83, of Indianapolis, formerly of Madison, passed away Saturday, November 10th, 2012, at the home of her daughter in Indianapolis.

She was born September 22nd, 1929, in Canaan, the daughter of Edgar and Helen McGee Bishop. She was a 1948 graduate of Central High School on Ryker’s Ridge in Jefferson County. She moved to Indianapolis and began her career there. For a period of time she worked for the City of Indianapolis, then moved on to the State House where she became a traffic judge for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Later she worked for the State Board of Education and for Senator Richard Lugar, retiring in 1977.

Survivor include her daughter, Julie Ann Scholl and husband Jeff of Indianapolis; her sons, John Miller, Florida, Jim Langsford and friend Tammy of Florida; her sisters, Brenda Alexander of Madison, Midge Yager of Madison and Bert Thurnall of Indianapolis; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar Bishop died August 10th, 1970 and Helen McGee Bishop died November 6th, 1970; her brother, Keith Bishop died June 6th, 1997; and her sisters, Patricia Bell Works died March 17th, 1992 and Bonnie Bishop Morgan died October 30th, 2003.

Graveside services were held Friday, November 16th, with interment in Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Richard Kersey

Richard Wayne Kersey, 48, of Mauckport, Indiana, died October 7th, 2012, at his residence.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved his family.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela Kersey; four children, Matthew (Tara) Kersey, Natasha (Cory) Grabhorn, Brandon (Brooke) Kersey and Emily Kersey, all of Mauckport; and seven grandchildren, Matthew, Hunter, Layton, Savannah, Payton, Pammy and Joshua.

Services were private at Hyland Cemetery, Mauckport.. Arrangements by Hager Funeral Home, Brandenburg, Kentucky..

Leroy Thomas

Leroy Thomas, 76, of Vevay, passed away at 11:43 a.m. Thursday, November 15th, 2012, at his home.

He was born August 7th, 1936, in Florence, the son of the late Sam E. and Mary R. (Gross) Thomas. He resided most of his life in Switzerland County where he attended school.

He was united in marriage on December 29th, 1960, in Shelbyville, Kentucky, to Betty S. Ritch. Unto this union two sons and one daughter arrived to bless their home. They shared 52 years together until his death.

He was a self-employed carpenter and farmer all of his life. Her attended Temple Baptist Church in Patriot. He will be remembered for his love of working, camping and watching old westerns on television.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Betty S. (Ritch) Thomas of Vevay; his son, Allen “Bubby” Thomas and wife Gwyn of Trenton, Ohio; his daughter, Susan Bess of Fairview; his nine grandchildren, Ashlee Randolph, Chris Thomas, Lara Washnock, Michael Bess, Amber Bess, Jacob Bess, Angel Fugate, Ryan and Hannah Thomas; his nine great-grandchildren, Brooklynn, Heaven, Madison, Kyleigh, Heidi, Jassen, Jakob, Derrek and Michael III; his brother, Samuel Brown Thomas of Vevay; his four sisters, June Wainscott of French, Indiana, Rita Peters and husband Dale of Patriot, Betty Rider of Patriot and Sue Thomas of Patriot.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Robert Lee Thomas on March 2nd, 2010; his five brothers, James Edward Thomas on April 30th, 1990, Howard Thomas, Richard Thomas, Bernard Thomas, and William Paris Thomas on November 26th, 2005; his infant brother; his two sisters, Barbara and Mary Francis Thomas; and his son-in-law, Michael Lee Bess on December 27th, 2002.

Funeral services were conducted by Brother Dale Peters Monday, November 19th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Abbie Rosenberger

Albert D. “Abbie” Rosenberger, 83, of Trenton, Florida, formerly of Vevay, passed away at 1:15 a.m. Thursday, November 15th, 2012, at Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida.

He was born July 3rd, 1929, in Vevay, the son of the late Louis R. and Isabella (Webb) Rosenberger. He was raised in Switzerland County where he was a graduate of Vevay High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on October 4th, 1946, at Fort Hayes, Ohio, rising to the rank of Private First Class, serving during World War II. He received the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Ribbon. He was honorably discharged on June 9th, 1948, in Battle Creek, Michigan.

He was united in marriage on February 5th, 1949, to Vera Lee “DeDe” Morgan. Unto this union three sons and one daughter arrived to bless their home. They shared 44 years of marriage together until her death on September 25th, 1993.

He was a former Sheriff for Switzerland County from 1959-1967. He was employed in maintenance at the Stadler Meat Company in Columbus for seven years. In August of 1981, he moved to Florida. He was a life member of Vevay VFW Post 5396. He was a member of Joppa Baptist Church in Trenton, Florida and a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

He was later united in marriage on July 4th, 2000, in Vevay to Joyce Grieger. They shared 12 loving years of marriage together until his death.

He enjoyed farming most of his life. He will be remembered for his love of farming, hunting, fishing and enjoying family gatherings. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Joyce (Grieger) Rosenberger of Trenton; his three sons, William Albert Rosenberger of Orange Park, Florida, Frank Edward Rosenberger of Orange Park, Florida, and Troy Lee Rosenberger of Green Cove Springs, Florida; his daughter, Carol Ann Geiman and husband Keith of Savannah, Georgia; 21 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth Ann Rosenberger; his granddaughter, Mary Ellen Rosenberger; his three brothers, Oscar L. Rosenberger, Richard “Dick” Rosenberger and Max E. Rosenberger; and his three sisters, Mary Jane Fothergill, Anna Margaret Shapiro and Elizabeth Jean “Betty” Swango.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 24th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the Honor Guard of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396..

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, November 23rd, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Haven Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at