Obituaries 11/7/2019


Dr. Howard  L.  Robbins 

  Dr. Howard  L.  Robbins, age 74, of Clintonville, West Virginia, formerly of Vevay and Madison, died suddenly on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019, at 7:50 a.m. at his residence.

  Howard entered this life on April 24, 1945 in Zanesville, Ohio. He was raised in Cincinnati from the time he was six years old.

  He married the love of his life, Mary Rebecca “Becky” Brock on June 27th, 1964 in Dayton, Ohio. This happy union of 50 years was blessed with a son, Howard Anthony, and a daughter, Michelle Louise.

  He attended God’s Bible School in Cincinnati and Jacksonville Theological Seminary. He earned his doctorate in Christian Psychology. He pastored several churches in the area including, Ludlow Hill in Lawrenceburg for three years, Vevay for six years, Madison for four years, Evansville for four years, London, Kentucky for two years and Rising Sun for four years. He was the pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Morristown, Indiana for seven years and he then retired.

  He loved serving people and spending time with his family. Howard was a loving husband, dad, grandpa and great grandpa. He enjoyed playing the guitar, playing softball and being with family.

  On October 29th, 2014 Howard lost the love of his life, Becky and was just lost with out her.

  On June 19th, 2015 he was united in marriage to Gloria Jean McKenzie and they made their home in Clintonville, West Virginia.

  Howard will be missed by his loving daughter, Michelle Louise Turner-Cochran and her husband Charles Cochran of Milton, Kentucky; by his loving son, Dr. Howard Anthony “Tony” Robbins, Sr. and his wife Melody of Columbus, Ohio; by his second wife, Gloria Jean McKenzie Robbins of Clintonville, West Virginia; by his brothers: Rev. Stanley Victor Robbins of Vevay and Douglas J.  Robbins of Lake City, Florida; by his sister, Yvonne Marlene “Sue” Cox of Mountain City, Tennessee; by his grandchildren: Howard Anthony Robbins, Jr. (Meahgan), Betty Louise Robbins, Gregory N. Muncie (Faith), Eric Lee Muncie (Chelsee), Mima Rebecca “Becky” Lynn Turner, McClellan Morgan Turner (Kodi), Chance James Turner-Cochran, and Kaegan Edwin Cochran; by his great-grandchildren: Malachi Robbins, Becca Robbins, Love Deer, Kourageous Dear, Blessings Dear, Power Tryee, Austin Anderson, Autumn Anderson, Isaiah Muncie, Jackson Muncie, Adley Muncie, Hunter Lewis, Landon Lewis, Leah Lewis, Kameryn Cochran and Jaxon Cochran; by his sisters-in-law: Edna Marie Brock Robbins of Canaan, Indiana, 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 of Dayton, Ohio, and Linda Sue Kern of Xenia, Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Stanley Thomas Robbins; by his mother, Frances Lucille Hoadley Robbins; by his first wife, Mary Rebecca Brock Robbins, who died on October 29th, 2014; by his sister, Wanda Lemon; and by his brother, Paul Edwin “Eddie” Robbins, who died on February 16th, 2018.

  Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, November 9th, at 1:00 p.m., by Dr. Howard Anthony “Tony” Robbins, Sr. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, 9306 North U.S. 421 near Madison. Friends may visit Saturday, November 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Howard L. Robbins Remembrance Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Madonna Jean Jackson

  Madonna Jean Jackson, 96, of Rising Sun, passed away on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019.

  Jean was born in Aurora, Indiana on September 23rd, 1923, the daughter of the late Rebecca (Keith) and Mahlon  Fisk. She was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1941.

  On August 30th, 1941, Jean married Arthur Thomas Jackson, who passed away on October 10th, 1988.

  Jean worked as a sales clerk at the G. C. Murphy Company in Aurora, Indiana for 32 years. She attended the Rising Sun Church of Christ. Jean loved working in her yard and tending to her flowers. She also enjoyed reading and cross stitching.

  Jean is  survived by two sons: Tommy Lee Jackson and wife Diane, of Liberty Township, Ohio and Michael Lynn Jackson, of Rising Sun; by her grandchildren: Todd Jackson and Thomas Andrew Jackson: by her great-grandchildren: Erica Wormus, Taylor Faulkner, Kristen Tallon and Kara Wilson, and by her great- great-grandchildren; Jaxson Faulkner, Xavier Tallon,  Kailynn Wilson and Liam Wilson.

  Jean was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Arthur Thomas; by her brother, Billy Bob Fisk; and by her sisters: Betty Jane Gossom and Janet Lawless.

  Graveside services were held on Thursday, October 31st at Riverview Cemetery in Aurora, Indiana with Eldon Fancher officiating.

  Memorial donations may made to the Ohio County Rescue Unit or Rising Sun Fire Department. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family at this difficult time.

Frank Holman

  Frank G. Holman, 49, of Vevay passed away at 10:10 p.m., Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at his residence.

  He was born in Greensburg, Indiana on May 15th, 1970, the son of Harry Holman and Nora (Sawyer).

  On July 27th, 2013, Frank was united in Marriage to Volina Stultz, and the couple shared more than six year of happiness together until his passing.

  Frank was a 1988 graduate of South Ripley High School and he had been a heavy equipment operator for both Roy Holman and Mike Holman in Versailles. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was very proud to have owned and operated Big Al’s Septic Service in Vevay since 2011. He also enjoyed tending to his goats and his chickens, affectionately known as his “babies”.

  Frank will be dearly missed by his wife, Volina (Stultz) Holman of Vevay; by his father Harry (Bernadette) Holman of Versailles, Indiana; by his mother Nora Sawyer Maki of Holton, Indiana; by his two sons: Frank T. (Cayla) Holman of Hanover, Indiana and Jake G. Holman and his companion Nicole Fish of Columbus, Indiana; by his one daughter Sydney Holman and her companion Trent Mason of Batesville, Indiana; by his step-son Josh (Thera) South of Vevay and his step-daughter, Jenna South of Vevay.

  He will also be greatly missed by his 10 grandchildren; by his three brothers: Vincent Holman of Milan, Indiana, Harry Jr. (Michelle) Holman of New Marion, Indiana, and Bryce (Samantha) Holman of Olean, Indiana.

  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shelby.

  Funeral services for Frank were held on Saturday, November 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles, Indiana with Reverend David Blazier officiating. Burial was in the New Marion Cemetery. Visitation was held on Friday, November 1st, at the funeral home.

  Memorials may be given to High Point Hospice or the New Marion Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

Benjamin Hershik

  Benjamin J. Hershik, 36, of McCordsville , Indiana, passed away on Sunday, October 27th, 2019 in Muncie, Indiana, as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

  He was born in Muncie on May 31st, 1983, the son of John and Cathy (Stewart) Hershik, and graduated from Burris Laboratory School. Ben attended Ball State University.

  For the last six years he has worked as a machinist for Peerless Pump Company in Indianapolis. Ben was a devoted father and husband and spent as much time with them as possible. He enjoyed music, comedies and Legos.

  Survivors include his wife of six years, Nikki (Brown); his two beautiful children: Clark (5) and Maggie (3); his brother, Christian Hershik (Hannah Morrow); by his parents; by father-in-law, Marvin Brown; and by his mother-in-law, Teresa Caddell and her husband, Tracy, a former resident of Switzerland County. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

  Family and friends were invited to call on the family on Saturday, November 2nd, at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel, Muncie, Indiana. A private burial will take place in the Tomlinson Cemetery.

Melvin Craig

  Melvin R. Craig, 82, of Rising Sun, passed away on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
  Melvin was born in Ohio County, Indiana on June 8th, 1937, the son of the late Rosetta Victoria (Niccum) and Raymond Craig. Melvin attended Patriot High School.

  On June 2nd, 1956, Melvin married Laverne (Reed) Craig in East Enterprise. Melvin and Laverne were married over 63 years until his passing.

  Melvin began work as a truck driver for Wilbur Markland, Don Young and Lowell Bliss. He also worked at Pierson-Holowell in Lawrenceburg and was last employed at Anchor Glass, retiring from there in 2000.

  Melvin enjoyed bowling. Farming was what he loved doing most.

  Melvin is survived by his wife, Laverne Craig, of Rising Sun; by two daughters: Tammy Buchle (Jerry) and Rhonda Martin (Marion), both of Rising Sun; by his son, Jeff Craig (Teresa), of Rising Sun; by his two sisters, Lois Smith (Harland), of Rising Sun and Jean Schmaltz, of Dillsboro, Indiana. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Leah Ash (Joel), Brittany Wyatt, Joshua Craig (Sam), Justin Craig (Suzy) and Zachary Smith; and by his great grandchildren: Trenton, Wyatt, Kiana, Autumn, Westin, Justin Jr., and Henry.

  Melvin was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Bill Craig.

  Funeral services were held on Monday, November 4th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun with Brother Nathan Pelehowski officiating. Visitation was held on Sunday, November 3rd at the funeral home. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association. Cards are available at the funeral home.