Obituaries 12/24/2020


Steve ‘Bear’ Bladen

  Robert Steven “Bear” “Steve” Bladen, age 72, of Vevay, passed away at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, December 19th, 2020, at the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana.

  Bear entered this life on January 20th, 1948 in Madison. He was the son of the late Harvey Edward Bladen, Sr. and Julia May (Jones) Bladen. He was raised in Markland, Indiana and was a 1966 graduate of Vevay High School.

  Steve was inducted into the United States Army and was trained as a combat medic and also as a preventive medicine specialist during the Vietnam War. He also served as a grave’s registry body escort in 1968. Steve earned the Good Conduct Medal and the Expert Marksman Badge and was honorably discharged.

  Bear attended Indiana University and later attended Butler University in the pharmacy program for five years.

  Steve was united in marriage on August 11th, 1990 at the Markland Baptist Church to Martha Eileen Leuzinger. This happy blended family was blessed with five children: Beth, Zachary, Rhonda, Mike and Robert. Steve and Martha shared over 30 years of marriage together until his death.

  Bear was a former millwright for a carpenters union in California, New York and New Orleans for several years. He was also employed as an orderly for the Bloomington Hospital for several years.

  Steve was a member of the Switzerland County Historical Society, Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396. In his younger years, he attended the Markland Baptist Church.

  Steve will be remembered for his love of traveling, cooking, gardening and canning. He especially enjoyed playing euchre and pool with his friends.

  Steve will be deeply missed by his wife, Martha Eileen (Leuzinger) Bladen of Vevay; by his children: Beth Cooper and her husband Jesse of Bloomington, Indiana, Zachary Bladen and his wife Autumn of Louisville, Kentucky, Rhonda Jackson and her husband Darrell of Peoria, Illinois, Mike Schwartz of Vevay, and Robert Schwartz of Las Vegas, Nevada; by his granddaughter, Sally Curry and several other grandchildren; and by his several nieces and nephews and abundance of friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey Edward Bladen, Sr., who died on June 19th, 1960 and Julia May (Jones) Bladen, who died on October 2nd, 1970; by his brothers: Harvey Edward “Bud” Bladen, Jr., who died on July 3rd, 1991, Donald Augustus Bladen, who died on May 13th, 2001, and James Vernon “Jim” Bladen, who died on January 18th, 2020; and by his sisters: Arvenia (Bladen) Whiteford, who died on July 9th, 1988, Oleta Jane “Janie” Kimmons, who died on November 2nd, 1995, Addie Wilena (Bladen) Stewart, who died on August 25th, 1998 and Wanda JoAnn Chipman, who died on February 27th, 2010.

  No services are being held at this time.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Historical Society or Vevay American Legion Post #185 Relief Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

  Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Wilma Lohide

  Wilma Anna (Washmuth) Lohide, 92, passed away on Saturday, December 19th, 2020 St Elizabeth Hospital – Dearborn (Dearborn County Hospital).

  She was born in Switzerland County on November 24th, 1928, the daughter of Harry and Hazel Washmuth.

  Wilma graduated from Vevay High School in 1946 and immediately began a successful career as a businesswoman. She retired as Vice-President of Southeastern Beverages, Inc. in 1990 after working there for 24 years.  Earlier she had been employed for 15 years at the Dearborn County Farm Bureau Co-op in Dillsboro, as well six years with the Bruce Miller Oil Company in Aurora.

  She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Karl F. Lohide, whom she married in 1949.  In 1951 Karl and Wilma moved to their farm in Cass Township, Ohio County, which had been in the Lohide family since 1871 and remains so today.

  Wilma was a person of deep faith and a lifelong member of New Liberty Baptist Church, located near her childhood home in Switzerland County. She served in many capacities at New Liberty to include clerk/treasurer, superintendent, adult Sunday School teacher and President of the women’s mission group. She was also active with the New Liberty Cemetery, where she developed a list of the 123 veterans buried there. On each Memorial Day, Wilma personally placed a flag on each veteran’s grave.

  More than anything else, Wilma loved being surrounded by her family. For many years she organized a Washmuth Family Reunion at the Markland Dam Park. Nothing made her happier than cooking a big meal and gathering with all her family members, particularly on Thanksgiving and Easter.

  Wilma had a passion for genealogy and did extensive research on the family lines of her and Karl’s families. Over the years she extended her genealogy research to include many families in both the Switzerland and Ohio County areas. Wilma had a remarkable memory and people marveled that even in her nineties Wilma could hear a random name from the local community and recite many generations of that person’s family.

  All her life Wilma remained deeply involved in the local community. She served on the Board of Directors for the Ohio County Historical Society for 16 years as well as the Ohio County Public Library Board where she was instrumental in construction of the new library in Rising Sun which was dedicated in 1970. She was also a longtime member of Internationally Yours, a world-wide friendship club for women.

  Wilma lived a long and happy life which she attributed to having a good sense of humor, a curious mind and always maintaining an optimistic outlook.

  Wilma is survived by her sons: Paul Lohide, who lives with his wife Linda on the family farm in Cass Township, and Kurt Lohide who resides with his partner Elisabeth Strines, in Napa, California; by her three grandchildren: Christina Lohide Romans and her husband Jamey of Ohio County, Kari Lohide Goodwin of Rising Sun, and Brandon Lohide of Las Vegas, Nevada; as well as her five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

  Family funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 26th at 1 p.m. at the New Liberty Baptist Church in East Enterprise, with Pastor Jay Baker officiating. Public visitation will be Saturday, December 26th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Liberty Baptist Church. Burial will be at the New Liberty Cemetery. Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. We are limited to 50 at a time inside and the use of masks and proper social distancing are required. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends. The health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilma Lohide Scholarship Fund established through the Ohio County Community Foundation (checks payable to OCCF).

  Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun is assisting the family during this difficult time.

David McCormick

  David Lee McCormick, 64, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday evening, December 16th, 2020, surrounded by the dedicated staff and caregivers at his extended care facility.

  David was born August 2nd, 1956 in Beech Grove, Indiana one of six children born to George and Lillie (LaForce) McCormick.

  David’s greatest accomplishments and passions in life were being a father to his only daughter Brittany and sports. He enjoyed watching games live and on television, especially football…Go Bears! He also enjoyed playing baseball, co-ed softball, golf, basketball, bowling and anything else that involved a ball. When not watching or playing sports, he enjoyed watching television, fishing and playing Euchre with friends.

  David is survived by his daughter, Brittany McCormick; by his mother, Lillie McCormick; by his siblings: Steven Joseph (Rita) McCormick, Ruth (Robert) Wodarcyk (formerly of Vevay) and Lisa McCormick Houze; by his sister-in-law, Joyce McCormick; as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family.

  David was preceded in passing by his father, George McCormick; and by his brothers: Michael McCormick and Robert McCormick.

  A special thank you to the nurses and support staff at the Memory Care Cottage unit at Rosegate Assisted Living in Indianapolis for their loving care during these past several months. Brittany would also like to extend her sincerest gratitude to David’s sister, Ruth and her family, for all their help throughout the difficult times as David’s health declined.

  Services were conducted on Monday, December 21st, at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Greenwood, Indiana, with Pastor Mickey Roy officiating. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

  The family received friends on Monday, December 21st, prior to the time of the service Monday at the funeral home.

  The family is requesting memorials to Mt. Pleasant Christian Fellowship, 2425 S. Emerson Avenue, Greenwood, Indiana, 46143.

Brenda Parham

  Brenda Kay (Adkins) Parham, age 70, of Florence, Indiana, passed away at 7:21 p.m. on Sunday, December 20th, 2020, at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Florence, Kentucky.

  Brenda entered this life on October 20th, 1950 in Oak Hill, West Virginia. She was the loving daughter of the late, Roy Adkins and Elzada J. “Al” (Seward) Tackett. Brenda was raised in Detroit, Michigan where she attended school.

  Brenda was united in marriage on October 19, 1966 in Asheville, North Carolina to the late Joseph Mark “Joe” Parham. This happy union was blessed with two daughters: Tracy and Shelly; and three sons: Joe, Scott and Daniel. Brenda and Joe shared nearly 35 years of marriage together until Joe passed away on August 14th, 2001.

  She resided in the Switzerland County community since 1987. Brenda was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed watching television, macramé, crocheting, knitting and crafts.

  Brenda will be missed by her daughters: Tracy Redwine and her husband James of Holton, Indiana and Shelly Anne Johnson and her husband Phillip of Vevay; by her sons: Joseph Mark Parham, II. and his wife Crystal of Vevay, Scott Lee Parham and his wife Ginny of Toledo, Ohio, and Daniel Wayne Parham and his wife Sandra of Toledo, Ohio; by her grandchildren: Michael Grimm, Randy Johnson and his husband Jacob Steele Johnson, Rachel Redwine, Amber Dunlop and her husband Dustin, Lensi Parham, Joel Parham, Mercedes Parham, Shantell Johnson, Bridge Parham and Jacob Parham; and by her great-grandchildren: Kennedy Johnson and Ruby Watterson.

  She was preceded in death by husband, Joseph Mark “Joe” Parham; by her father, Roy Adkins; by her mother, Elzada J. “Al” (Seward) Tackett; and by her step-father, Raymond Ray Tackett.

  Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30th, by Brother Anthony Wilks, at the funeral home.

  Interment will follow in the Florence Cemetery in Florence, Indiana.

  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks are required along with social distancing at all services.

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

Earl Sebree

  Earl Sebree, age 79, of Rexville, Indiana, near Madison, died on Saturday, December 19th, 2020, at 1:50 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Earl entered this life on February 6th, 1941 in Ohio County, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late William Johnson and Mandy Bell Beach Sebree.

  He was united in marriage to Freda Lou Hon on August 27th, 1960 in Patriot. This happy union of 60 years was blessed with two sons: Richard Earl and Darren Ray; and a daughter, Bonita Kay.

  Earl worked as a supervisor in the paint department at the old Kursch Kash Plastic Factory in Madison for 12 years. He worked as a machinist at Borg-Warner in Tulsa, Oklahoma for six years.

  They moved their family to Ripley County, Indiana near Rexville in 1974 and settled in to raise their family and farm until he was no longer able to due to his health.

  He was a member of the Shelby Christian Church in Ripley County and enjoyed collecting, antiques, and hunting. He loved to play, coach, and watch his children play softball.

  He was awaiting the birth of his 10th great grandchild. Earl was a loving husband, devoted dad, grandpa and great grandpa.

  Earl will be missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Freda Lou Hon Sebree of Montrose, Colorado; by his loving sons: Richard Earl Sebree and his wife Kathy of Independence, Kentucky, and Darren Ray Sebree and his wife Helen of Montrose, Colorado; by his loving daughter, Bonita Kay VanWye and her husband Joe of Madison; by his grandchildren: Rebekka, Scott (Christa), Meghian (Tyler), Rae Jean (Michael), Brandi, Sarah (Corbin), David, and Blake; by his great grandchildren: Reese, Rissa, Bronson, Phaith, Elizabeth, Paigelynn, Michael, Libby and Isaac; by his brother, William J. Sebree, Jr. and his wife Barbara of Kearney, Nebraska; by his sisters-in-law: Pat Sebree of Dupont, Indiana and Mary Sebree of Madison; by his brothers-in-law: Jerry Hon and his wife Joann of Florence, Indiana and Don Rassman of Carrollton, Kentucky; and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his father, William Johnson Sebree; by his mother, Mandy Bell Beach Sebree; by his brothers: James Walter Sebree, Charles William Sebree, Frederick “Jack” Sebree, John  Albert “Abe” Sebree, Frank Sebree, Joseph Paul Sebree, Robert Wayne Sebree, and Curtis Allen Sebree; by his sisters: Mary Louise Sebree, Dorothy Sebree, Ressie Virginia Sebree, Caroline Louise Sebree, Mary Elizabeth Sebree, Bertha Lee Carter, Betty Lou Wood, and Evelina Mae Rassman.

  Private family services were held.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.  Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover, which is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Terral Voris

  Terral C. Voris, 77, of Madison, died on Saturday, December 12th, 2020, at Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

  He was born on March 24th, 1943, in Rising Sun, the son of Cassuis and Beulah Morullion Voris. He grew up on the family farm in Dearborn County, Indiana, and attended school there.

  He resided in Dearborn, Switzerland, Harrison and Jefferson counties in Indiana as well as spending some time in Texas.

  He was first married to Betty Jo Pickett and they had a daughter. He also married three other times.

  He worked all of his life as a truck driver — both as an owner operator and for various trucking companies — with the bulk of his employment with Baylor Trucking Inc. in Milan, Indiana, before retiring from Tandy Trucking & Excavating in Madison.

  He played piano and guitar and earlier in life performed in several bands. He enjoyed fishing and playing with his dogs.

  Survivors include his daughter, Peggy White, of Madison; his grandson, Mike White, of Madison; his sister, Crystal Peters of Vevay, and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; by his fourth wife, Beverly Voris; by his sister, Nana Voris Dunn; by his brother, Donald Voris; and by his granddaughter and two step-daughters.

  Cremation was entrusted to Halo Cremations of Columbus, Indiana. A celebration of life will be held at a date to be set later.

  Memorial contributions can be made to the Olive Branch Cemetery on Milton Bear Branch Road near the community of Bear Branch in Ohio County.