Obituaries 11-3-16


Gary Deveary

Gary W. Deveary died on Monday, October 24th, 2016, at 6:45 p.m. at the Greenwood Meadows in Greenwood, Indiana.

Gary entered this life on March 27th, 1952 in Madison, Indiana. He was the son of the late Calvin Hilton and Mary E. Harr Deveary. Gary attended Madison Consolidated High School where he obtained his GED, and later attended trade school.

In 1977, Gary was united in marriage to Martha J. Seegers, and to this union was blessed with one daughter, Amanda. He had worked for 30 plus years as a welder and in the shipping department at Rotary Lift in Madison. Gary enjoyed fishing, flea markets, euchre, walking his dog, bowling league and antiquing. He had attended the North Madison Baptist Church and was a member of the Madison Jaycees and the Madison Moose Lodge 765.

Gary had resided all his life in Jefferson County until moving to Greenwood to be closer to his daughter.

Gary will be missed by his loving daughter, Dr. Amanda Deveary White and her husband Doug of Bargersville, Indiana; his granddaughter, London Elizabeth White of Bargersville, Indiana; his brother, Calvin S. Deveary and his wife Billie of The Villages, Florida; his sister, Carol Hertz and her husband, Bill of Madison; his aunts, Wauneta Deveary of Madison, Phyllis Harr of Madison, and Norma Jean Stodghill of Lexington, Indiana; his nieces, Dr. Kelli Allison Hertz of Madison, Dr. Carrie Lynn Hertz and her husband, Thomas Richardson of Santa Fe, New Mexico; his nephews, Jason Andrew Deveary and his wife, Carrie of Madison, Josh Bryant Deveary and his wife, Lorita of Indianapolis, Indiana; his great-nephew, Sawyer Deveary; his great-nieces, Olivia Deveary and Andelyn Deveary.

He was preceded in death by his father, Calvin Hilton Deveary, who died on April 11th, 2002; his mother, Mary E. Harr Deveary, who died on February 11th, 2016; his sister, Sandra Gale Deveary, who died on October 13th, 1960.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, October 31st, 2016, by Pastor Frank McGee, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Monday prior to the time of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Lung Association. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Reverend Grant Swartz

Reverend Grant Warren Swartz, 70, of Elizabethtown, Indiana, died at 3:03 p.m. on Sunday, October 30th, 2016, at Columbus Regional Hospital.

Reverend Swartz was currently the Pastor of Immanuel Missionary Church in Elizabethtown and a greeter at Wal-Mart. He was the pastor at the Immanuel Missionary Church in Vevay from 1974-1978 and again from November of 1985 to September of 1998.

Survivors include his wife, Hurlene M. Smith Swartz of Elizabethtown; three sisters: Mary Anne (Duane) Bair of Michigan; Judy Johnson of Ohio; and Sue (Marcus) Kerek of Arizona; 10 nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. this Friday, November 4th, at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home, 3855 25th Street, Columbus, Indiana, with Brother Paul Handel officiating. Calling hours will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 3rd, at the funeral home; and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Burial will be at Azalia Methodist Cemetery, Azalia, Indiana.

Memorials may be made to the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home to help with final expenses.

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Juanita Baer

Juanita Verjean Baer, 86, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, formerly of Rising Sun and Florence, passed away at 8:10 a.m. on Friday, October 28th, 2016 at Ridgewood Health Campus in Lawrenceburg.

Juanita was born in Galva, Illinois, on February 27th, 1930, the daughter of the late Hildreth B. (Morris) and Joseph Russell Smith. She worked as a machinist for several years at American Power in Harrison, Ohio. Juanita had also worked at Grand Victoria Casino and was former owner of the Castaways Yacht Club in Florence.

She was a member of Dearborn Baptist Church in Manchester, Indiana. Juanita’s immediate family has grown to over 90 people, even though she was an only child herself. She was a loving and proud mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She will be deeply missed by all family and friends.

Juanita is survived by two daughters: Derenda Kay Buddenberg (Roy) of Burlington, Kentucky, and Linda Lou Rohrig (Fred) of Pierceville, Indiana. She is also survived by five sons: Douglas Eugene Baer (Joyce) of Harrison, Ohio, Edward Joseph Baer (Cathryn) of Florence, Kentucky, Richard Neal Baer (Sandi) of Bright, Indiana, Donald Ray Baer (Sherry) of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and Daryl LaMare Baer (Laura) of Louisville, Kentucky. She is also survived by 31 grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; by her son Gary Wayne Baer in 2004; and grandson Austin Rohrig.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 1st at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Pastor Darrell Sparks officiating. Friends were invited to call on Tuesday prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Austin Rohrig Endowment Fund. Cards are available at funeral home.

Willie Lucas

Willie Coach Lucas, age 94, of Madison, died on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, at his residence.

Willie entered this life on May 27th, 1922, in Frankfort, Kentucky, the son of the late Charlie G. and America Lee Lewis Lucas. He was inducted into the United States Army on December 20th, 1944, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged on August 7th, 1946, earning the Japan Occupation Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

He was united in marriage on February 8th, 1947, to Ellen Virginia Caswell in Madison, and to this union of 69 years came two daughters and one son to bless their home. He was a lifelong farmer, and was an employee at Madison State Hospital, working in farming, maintenance and then in security until his retirement in 1987. Willie enjoyed traveling and fishing, and was a member of the Indiana Retired Public Employee Association and the Macedonia Baptist Church, near Moorefield.

Willie will be missed by his loving wife, Ellen Virginia Caswell Lucas of Madison; his loving daughter, Sharon Taylor and her husband, Meredith of Lexington, Indiana; his loving son, Steven Lucas and his wife, Barb of Lexington, Indiana; his loving grandchildren: Carrie Ellen Hart Reindollar and her husband, Brook; Jayme Lee Hart Welch and her husband, Eric; Karen Lucas; Pam Lucas; and Raymond Hart, Jr. and his wife, Beth; and his loving great grandchildren: Cory, Lucas, Nic, Bryce and Emma.

He will also be missed by his loving sister, Faye Olds of Vevay; his sisters in law: Betty Lucas, Mary Lucas, and Becky Lucas; his brother in law, Bud Lawler; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charlie G. Lucas, who died on December 25th, 1939; his mother, America Lee Lewis Lucas, who died on September 4th, 1987; his beloved daughter, Joyce Elaine Lucas Hart, who died on August 7th, 2009; his son in law, Raymond Fay Hart, Sr., who died on August 23rd, 2013; his brothers: John Ervin Lucas, Charles Lucas, George Lucas, Albert Lucas, Walker Lucas, Raymond Lucas, and Bruce Lucas; and his sisters: Pauline Lucas, Frances Jones, Ann Lucas, and Carolyn Lawler.

Funeral services were conducted on Friday, October 28th, 2016, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive Madison, Indiana. Interment followed in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison. Full military honors were performed by the United States Army Ceremonial Unit and the Jefferson Post No. 9 of the American Legion.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Thursday, October 27th; and Friday until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Billy Richards

William Dwight (Billy) Richards, 66, of Brookville, Indiana, formerly of Rising Sun, passed away at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25th, at his residence.

Billy was born in Rising Sun on August 31st, 1950, the son of the late Edith (Matthews) and Harry Richards. Billy grew up in the Rising Sun community. He worked for several years at the Aurora Casket Company.

On August 12th, 1970 in Greendale, Indiana, he married Shirley (McAllister) Richards, who survives him. Billy and Shirley were married over 46 years until his passing.

In addition to his loving wife Shirley; Billy is survived by a daughter: Lurenda Stenger (Frances), of Brookville, Indiana; by two grandchildren: Alissa and Adam; by three brothers: Harry Richards, of Aurora; Danny Richards, of Aurora; and Glenn Richards, of Rising Sun.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents; by brothers: Dale, John, Ernie, Bobby and Albert Richards; and by sisters Margaret and Bessie.

Funeral services were held on Friday, October 28th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Reverend Ronald Swango officiating. Visitation was held on Friday prior to the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial was at Cedar Hedge Cemetery in Rising Sun.

Memorial donations may be made to Dearborn County Hospice. Cards are available at funeral home.

Harley Uhlmansiek, Jr.

Harley V. Uhlmansiek, Jr., of Aurora, Indiana, passed away on Monday, October 31st, 2016 at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was born in Milan on February 8th, 1945, the son of the late Harley Uhlmansiek and Esther Uhlmansiek.

Harley married Janice Higham on January 17th, 1969 in Virginia.

Harley attended Purdue prior to enlisting in the Army. While in the Army, Harley was an MP assigned as a Sentry Dog Handler. After leaving the Army, Harley spent 20 years with the Shelbyville Police Department, where he retired in 1990 as Captain of Detectives.

Harley was a Lifetime Member of the Shelbyville FOP, member of the Aurora American Legion and the Dearborn County 4-H Association. Harley was involved with Farm Bureau for several years during his retirement. Harley was a former member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and recently attended Sparta Baptist Church.

Harley enjoyed fishing and spending time on his farm. He especially liked having wood cutting parties with his family and friends.

Survivors include his mother, Esther of Aurora; his wife, Janice of Aurora; daughter, Sherri Mains of Knightsdale North Carolina; Son, Tim (Shelly) Uhlmansiek of Shelbyville, Indiana; one granddaughter, Amber Mains; and great-grandchildren Lesleigh and Daphne of North Carolina; and ‘Molly’, the family pooch.

Friends will be received on Sunday November 6th from 1-4 p.m. at Rullman Funeral Home. Services will be held on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Aurora Life Squad or Dearborn County 4-H Association.