Charles W. “Pete” Furnish, 78, of Vevay, passed away a 2:05 a.m. Friday, October 31st, 2014, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.
He was born October 14th, 1936, in Vevay, the son of the late Carl Curtis and Florence (Unwiller) Furnish. He was raised in Vevay and was a 1954 graduate of Vevay High School, where he was a varsity player in all the high school sports and received 16 varsity letters. After high school Pete was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps on January 27th, 1956, in Louisville, Kentucky, where he received the Good Conduct Medal. Pete was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal on January 26th, 1959, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Pete was united in marriage on May 4th, 1959, at the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church in Vevay, to Janice Rahe Lakeman. Unto this union three daughters arrived to bless their home.
Pete was employed as a machinist at Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg, retiring in 1990 after 35 years of service. He was in charge of maintenance for Switzer Square in Vevay, from 2002 to the present. He served on the Vevay Town Council from 1990-2000 and from 2004-2008. Pete served on the board of directors of the Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste District in Versailles and the Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission in Versailles where he was vice chairman since 1990. He received an award from Walmart for his service and dedication to his community. In 1999, Pete received the Paul W. Ogle Community Service Award for his outstanding leadership in the betterment of the community and his unselfish giving of his time which had enriched the lives of all citizens of Switzerland County. Pete was a charter member of the board of directors for the Community Foundation of Switzerland County, serving from 1997-2000. He was a member of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers Local 1391, the Vevay American Legion Post 185 and the East Enterprise United Methodist Church, where he was a lay speaker. Pete will be remembered for his dedication to his community, watching and playing sports and his grandchildren.
Survivors include his two daughters, Rahe Jean Griffin of East Enterprise and Kaulene Green and husband Joe of Vevay; his grandchildren, Ryan Griffin and wife Vicki, Leslie Green, Brenna Green and Kyle Green; his great-grandchildren, Chloe Ellyn Griffin, Audrey Rayn Griffin and Tucker Charles Lewis Griffin; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by his lifelong friend, Janice Rahe (Lakeman) Furnish; his daughter, Deborah Ann Furnish; his sisters, Joann Craig and Barbara Lyons; and his brother, Eddie Furnish.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 4th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Reverend Lenny Thorpe officiating. Interment was in Vevay Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396 at the cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pete Furnish Endowment Fund in care of the Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Arthur Russell Holdcroft, 97, of Vevay, passed away at 3:50 p.m. Thursday, October 30th, 2014, at his residence.
He was born February 22nd, 1917, in Knox County, Illinois, the son of the late John G. and Chloe Ethel (Church) Holdcroft. He was raised in Knox County, Illinois, and later moved to Switzerland County at the age of nine where he was a 1935 graduate of Vevay High School.
Arthur was united in marriage on December 19th, 1936, in Vevay, to Florence Elizabeth Littrell. Unto this union a daughter, Doris Ann, and a son, James Russell, arrived to bless their home. Arthur and Florence shared nearly 78 years of marriage together until his death.
Arthur was a former school bus driver for the Switzerland County School Corporation, retiring after 27 years of service. Arthur was a member of the Spring Branch Baptist Church. He enjoyed farming all of his life, carpentry and woodworking in his shop. Arthur was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 78 years, Florence Elizabeth (Littrell) Holdcroft of Vevay; his daughter, Doris Ann (Gagan) Jenkins of Vevay; his daughter-in-law, Anna Holdcroft of Lamb; his five grandchildren, Ginger Peters, Tamara Holdcroft, James Holdcroft, Todd Hagan and Susan (Hagan) Spain; his great-grandchildren, Chris Peters, Natalie Peters, Jace Lieland, Echo Nicole Hagan, T.J. Hagan, Amber Thompson, Lindsay Spain, Raymond Spain and Grace Spain; three great-great-grandchildren, Camden Peters, Kaney Peters and Lucas Thompson; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by his son, James Russell Holdcroft on November 1st, 1991; and his sisters, Hazel White and Julia Ellen “Judy” Rieman.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 3rd, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Reverend Ronald Sandidge officiating. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Emergency Unit or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Pastor Earl Hostetler, 63, of North Vernon, near rural Dupont, passed away at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, October 29th, 2014, at his home.
He was born June 12th, 1951, in Geneva, Pennsylvania, the loving son of the late William H. and Lydia C. Troyer Hostetler. He was raised in Pennsylvania, moved to Wisconsin in 1970, and Missouri in 1998 then to Indiana in 1990.
He was united in marriage on November 27th, 1970, to Alta Kropf and to this loving union came five sons and two daughters to bless their home. He supported his beloved family by working as a private contractor all of his life.
Earl suffered a stroke on December 14th, 2012, which left his left side paralyzed. On October 18th, 2014, he had another one from which he could not recover.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Alta Kropf Hostetler of North Vernon, near Dupont; his five sons, Rick Hostetler and his wife, Lucinda of Dupont, Randy Hostetler and his wife, Brittany of Commiskey, Chris Hostetler and his wife, Tricia of Dupont, Craig Hostetler and his wife, Lindsey of Madison, Ryan Hostetler of Dupont; his two daughters, Starla Zook and her husband, Phil of Louisville, Ohio, Sharlyn Hershberger and her husband, Jason of Abbeville, South Carolina; his grandchildren, Taylor, Brianna, Carson, Conner, Riggin, Kiara, Kaya, Ty, Cade, Trayton, Kailyn, Halie, Kaidence, Kendall, Braydon, Trigg, Hayze, Alaina, Coleson and Chase; his two brothers, Ron Hostetler of Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania, Bill Hostetler and his wife, Tracy of Stanton, Kentucky; his sister, Martha Hostetler and her husband, Sam of Cochranton, Pennsylvania; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ervin Kropf and his wife, Rosemary of Pocahontas, Arkansas, Elton Kropf and his wife, Carolyn of Delta, Colorado, Verda Hostetler and her husband, Harley of Sedalia, Missouri, Beulah Kropf and her husband, Larry of LeGrand, Oregon, Mary Kropf of Plain City, Ohio, Marie Kropf of South Boston, Virginia, Irene Kropf and her husband, Wilbert of Clarksville, Arkansas, Marty Kropf of Vancouver, Washington, Loretta Miller and her husband, John of Nashville, Arkansas; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, William H. Hostetler, on May 1st, 2008, his mother, Lydia C. Troyer Hostetler, on May 29th, 2006; his granddaughter, Sierra Zook, on June 26th, 2000, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Daniel and Edna Kropf.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 3rd, at the North Madison Christian Church in Madison
Officiating are Moderator Pastor Scott Hostetler, Pastor Sam Hostetler, Pastor Larry Baer, Pastor Daniel Gingrich.
Interment was in Dupont Cemetery in Dupont.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Madison Mennonite Fellowship Church.
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 www.morgan-nay.com.
Mary E. Linville, 72, of Madison, passed away at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, at Baptist Health Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky.
She was born April 1st, 1942, in Madison, the loving daughter of the late, Hubert R. and Rebecca Jean Caplinger Linville. She resided most all of her life in Jefferson County and was a 1960 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. She retired in 1998 from Duke Energy where she had worked since 1980 as a data specialist. She then worked at Wanda’s Crafts in downtown Madison. She was a member of the Church of God in Madison. Mary was a devoted mother and grandmother. She loved art and was a talented artist.
Survivors include her son, John David Keeton and his wife, Holly of Madison; her grandchildren, Hunter G. Keeton and Emily N. Keeton; her sister-in-law, Kelli Linville of San Diego, California; her aunts, Frances Weaver of Moorefield and Fern Metcalf of Troy, Ohio; several nieces, nephews and other relatives
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert R. Linville, on September 19th, 1975, and Rebecca Jean Caplinger Linville, on March 17th, 1999; and her brother, Charles Hubie Linville, on November 8th, 2002.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 3rd, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, with Pastor Chuck Justice officiating. Interment was in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of God. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.
Robert Lloyd Risk, 66, of Madison, passed away at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 1st, 2014, at his home in Madison.
He was born May 19th, 1948, in Madison, the loving son of the late, Lloyd and Mary Lou Hulett Risk. He was raised in Madison and was a graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. He attended Ivy Tech for several years. Bob was inducted into the United States Navy on July 15th, 1966, during the Vietnam War. He rose to the rank of Petty Officer First Class and served aboard the USS Ranger CV-61. He was honorably discharged on September 30th, 1992, in San Diego, California, receiving the Vietnam Service Medal, RVN MUC Gallantry Cross with Palm; the RVN Campaign Medal with Device 60, Navy Achievement Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy E. Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal and Three Good Conduct Medals. He worked for several years as a machine operator at Meese Manufacturing.
He had last worked as a security guard for the Madison Social Security office. He attended Grace Baptist Church earlier in life and was a member of the Madison VFW Post 1969 and Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Bob enjoyed hydroplane races, the History Channel and watching old TV classics.
Survivors include his son, William S. Risk of Madison; his daughter, Angela Risk of Madison; his two brothers, Mike Risk and his wife, Debbie of Hanover and Brian Risk and his wife, Terri of Hanover; his sister, Ginny Lou Risk of Lithia, Florida; several nieces, nephews and other relatives
He was also preceded in death by his stepmother, Pat Risk Davis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 8th, at 11 a.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, with Pastor Mike Johnson officiating. Interment will be in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1415 North Gate Road in Madison.
Friends may call Friday, November 7th, from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.
A final salute will be conducted on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home by Jefferson Post 9, of the American Legion. Full military honors will follow at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bob Risk Memorial Fund, contribution cards are available at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.
Mary Rebecca “Becky” (Brock) Robbins, 68, of Madison, passed away at 2:32 a.m., Wednesday, October 29th, 2014, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio,
She was born February 15th, 1946, in Peppertown, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, James C. and Elizabeth Crank Brock. At the age of eight she became the foster daughter of the Reverend Leonard and Betty Daws. She was raised in Dayton, Ohio, and received her GED in Georgetown and later attended Liberty University, studying psychology.
Becky was united in marriage on June 27th, 1964, to Howard L. Robbins in Dayton, Ohio. This happy union of 50 years was blessed with a son, Howard Anthony, and a daughter, Michelle Louise.
She was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother. She worked hard as a pastor’s wife, always helping wherever needed. She and Howard resided in Vevay from 1993-2006 and they pastored the Vevay Church of the Nazarene and the Madison Church of the Nazarene. They had last pastored the Morristown Church of the Nazarene and moved to Madison in 2013. Becky enjoyed yard sales, singing, playing the piano, playing Skipo, collecting ceramic dolls and dishes.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Howard L. Robbins of Madison; her daughter, Michelle Louise Turner-Cochran and her husband, Charles of Milton, Kentucky; her son, Dr. Howard Anthony Robbins, Sr., and his wife, Melody Foster Robbins of Columbus, Ohio; her sisters, Edna Robbins and her husband, Paul E. Sr., of Canaan, Janice Kennedy and her husband, Harry Wayne of Bethel, Ohio, Kathy Steck of Birmingham, Alabama, Connie McPherson and her husband, Joe of Dayton, Ohio, Debbie Tankersley and her husband, Dan of Dayton, Ohio, and Linda Sue Kern of Xenia, Ohio; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Reverend Stanley Victor Robbins of Vevay, Douglas J. Robbins and his wife, Carol of Mayo, Florida, Yvonne Marlene Cox and her husband, Douglas of Amelia, Ohio, and James Delbert Lemon of Felicity, Ohio; her grandchildren, Gregory Nathaniel Muncie (Faith), Eric Lee Muncie (fiancée Chelsee), Mima Rebecca Lewis, McClellan “Mickey” Turner, Bradley Bosse, Chance Turner, Kaegan Edmondson, Howard Anthony Robbins Jr., (Mary), Betty Louise Robbins, Jason Cochran and Alicia Cochran; her great-grandchildren, Austin, Autumn, Isaiah, Jackson, Hunter, Landon, Leah, Jaxon, Malachi, Rebecca, Love, Kourageous and Blessing; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Besides her parents she was also preceded in death by her foster parents, Reverend Leonard and Betty Daws, her brother, James C. Brock, Jr., her sister, Eileen Hodge; her sister-in-law, Wanda L. Lemon; and brother-in-law, Herb Steck.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 1st, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, with Reverend Stephen A. Robbins officiating. Interment was in Grandview Memorial Gardens, 9306 North US 421 in Madison.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Becky Robbins Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.
Tycia Lynn (Peters) Sigmon-Martin, 51, of Vevay, passed away at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, November 2nd, 2014, at her brother’s residence in Pleasant.
She was born September 17th, 1963, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the loving daughter of Harold Wayne and Ingrid Tycia (Petrakos) Peters. She was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1981, graduate of the Switzerland County High School.
Tycia was united in marriage on March 20th, 1999, at the Brushy Fork Baptist Church near Pleasant, to he late Dennis W. Sigmon. Unto this union a daughter, Elizabeth Tycia, arrived to bless their home. Tycia and Dennis shared three years of marriage together until Dennis suddenly passed away on July 24th, 2002.
Tycia was later united in marriage on August 2nd, 2006, at Brushy Fork Baptist Church near Pleasant to Paul D. Martin, Jr. Tycia and Paul shared eight years of marriage together until her death.
Tycia was a former employee at Reliance Electric in Madison for 12 years and at the U.S. Shoe Corporation factory in Vevay for several years. Tycia was currently employed as a Dietary Nutritionist for the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay since 2008. Tycia was a member of the Vevay American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 185 and Brushy Fork Baptist Church. Tycia will be remembered for her love of singing, reading, and watching movies. Tycia will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of eight years, Paul D. Martin, Jr., of Vevay; her daughter, Elizabeth Tycia Sigmon of Vevay; her mother, Ingrid Tycia (Petrakos) Peters of Vevay; her sisters, Raquel Hankins and husband Billy of Bennington, Melissa Humes and husband Howard, Jr., of Madison; her brother, James Peters and wife, Laurie of Pleasant; her nieces and nephews, Danielle, Ryan, Kaitlin, Chelsea and Quentin; her great-niece, Leila; her aunts and uncles, Darlene Roberts and husband Joe of Vevay, Karen Miller and husband Norman of Vevay, Louella McCarty of Vevay, Charlie Peters and wife Vicki of Vevay, Roberta Konkle and husband James of Vevay; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Diane Sigmon of Vevay; her brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Greg and Candace Sigmon of Vevay, and Kristin Sigmon of Indianapolis.
She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Wayne Peters on February 20th, 2009; her first husband, Dennis W. Sigmon on July 24th, 2002; her grandmother, Della B. (Pickett) Petrakos on July 28th, 2009; and her uncles, John D. Petrakos on July 29th, 2005, and Junior McCarty on August 22nd, 2011.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 7th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Pastor Chris Clemans officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today (Thursday, November 6th) at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brushy Fork Baptist Church or to Elizabeth Sigmon’s Education Fund in care of James Peters. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Robert A. Simmons, 71, of New Marion passed away Sunday, November 2nd, 2014, at the University Hospital in Louisville.
He was born in Madison on January 7th, 1943, the son of the late Robert D. and Lorraine Duval Simmons. He was a 1961 graduate of Madison High School. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War where he served with the 20th Naval Construction Regiment. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He worked in supervision for U.S. Shoe Corporation for 39 years in plants in Madison, Vevay and Osgood, and also farmed with his father, operating a dairy farm as well as raising tobacco. He was a member of the Brooksburg Baptist Church, the Vevay VFW and the American Legion.
He was married to Elaine Grow on October 22nd, 1982, and she survives.
Other survivors include one son, James R. Simmons of New Marion; her two daughters, Susan (Steve) Whither of Cannon and Sandra (Grant) Brown of Olin; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; his two brothers, James (Mary) Simmons of Lamb and Thomas Simmons of Madison.
He was also preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Simmons.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 5th, at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Reverend Dennis Werner of the Napoleon United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Napoleon with full military graveside rites by the Osgood American Legion. Memorials may be given to the Vevay VFW Post in care of the funeral home.