Obituaries 12-29-16


David Otter

David Wayne Otter of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away on December 24th, 2016 at the age of 57.

He was born June 2nd, 1959, the son of Virginia Romans and the late Charles Otter.

Dave grew up in Patriot before graduating from Switzerland County High School in 1979. Dave’s daughter Jamee was born in 1983, on what his wife would call “the best day of his life.”

Dave married Susie Romans in 1989 and moved to Rising Sun, after which he gained daughters Robyn (1988) and Jodie (1994).

In January of 1993, Dave was hired as a deputy for the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department. After 20 years of service, he suddenly realized that running away from a crime scene made more sense than running toward it. He promptly retired. Dave was the first deputy in Ohio County’s history to retire with a full 20 years in the department.

During his following years, Dave spent his time doing what he loved best: constructing various projects at his wife’s “request”, employing expert car maintenance for his daughters, volunteering at the Ohio County Animal Shelter, and falling asleep in his recliner while he watched TV with his beloved canine companion, ‘Louie’.

Dave lived life in his own way. He was notorious for his numerous sound effects, sense of humor, and easy smile. He was a brilliant mechanically gifted man and was always puttering around. Dave’s many talents included building furniture, barbecuing, riflery, and being an amazing and devoted husband and father to his family.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Susie Otter; by three daughters: Robyn (Shane) Otter of Rising Sun, Jodie Otter of Bloomington, Indiana, and Jamee (Terry) Gray of Rising Sun; one grandchild, Brandon Chase of Rising Sun; his mother Virginia Romans of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; brother Allen Otter of Patriot; two sisters: Louise Otter of Vevay, and Kathy Otter of Patriot; sister-in-law Ginger (John) Love of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; brother-in-law Robin Romans of Tacoma, Washington; mother-in-law Hazel Huffner of Rising Sun, Indiana; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends, and family too numerous to list but not forgotten.

Friends and family are welcome to visit and celebrate Dave’s life on Thursday, December 29th, from 5-8 p.m. at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services will be held at Markland Funeral Home on Friday, December 30th at 11 am., with Pastor Jim Jenkins officiating.

Interment will follow at Rising Sun Cemetery. Donations may be made to Ohio County Animal Shelter.

Steven Cunningham

Steven Wayne Cunningham, 51, of Dillsboro, Indiana, passed away at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 25th, 2016 at his residence.

Steven was born in Abilene, Kansas on September 20th, 1965, the son of the late Rose Merle (Parks) and Clinton Arthur Cunningham.

Steven is survived by his girlfriend of 13 years, Kathy Popp of Dillsboro; by his sister, Deborah ( Jerry) Collins, of Holton, Indiana; and by a brother , Clinton “Red” (Sue) Cunningham, III, of Patriot.

He was preceded in death by brothers: James ‘Tony” Cunningham in 2015; Mark Cunningham; and by infant brothers, Clinton A. II, and Kyle Edward Cunningham.

Friends are invited to call Saturday, December 31st, from 6-8 p.m. at Markland Funeral Home, Rising Sun.

Memorial donations may be made to the Cunningham family to help with funeral expenses. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Harold Washmuth

Harold S. Washmuth, 90, of Valley Station, Kentucky, passed away on December 22nd, 2016 at the Parkway Medical Center in Louisville.

He was the son of Harry and Hazel Houze Washmuth and was born and reared on the family farm near East Enterprise. He received his elementary education at the West Union one room school and graduated from Vevay High School with the class of 1945.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from June, 1945 through November, 1946 as a clerk typist. In 1950, he served as crew leader of the census enumerators of Switzerland and Ohio counties.

He was married to Doris Irene Bowman on September 29th,1951 at the New Liberty Baptist Church. Two daughters, Diana Lynn and Deborah Lea, were born to them. The 65 years of marriage were broken at his death.

They first established an apartment home in Madison since Harold was employed at the Jefferson Proving Grounds. Later, Harold, with the help of his father, built a home in the Madison neighborhood where the family lived until 1958. At that time, they removed to Valley Station, where Harold continued his career at a civilian munitions repairman at Ft. Knox, Kentucky until his retirement in 1988.

Harold and Doris were among the charter members of the New Salem Baptist Church in Valley Station.

Although Harold never returned to the farm life of his youth, it was one of his favorite memories. He could recall the names of the farm animals and the details of many interesting events which happened while he was a lad. He was a gentle man, a good husband, father, brother, neighbor, and friend. He delighted in finding fix-up jobs or other ways to help his daughters.

Harold is survived by his wife, Doris; his daughter Diana Lynn and her husband, Francis Clementi; his daughter Deborah Lea and her husband, Chester West; his sister, Wilma Washmuth Lohide; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents: Harry and Hazel Washmuth; also two sisters: Leona Washmuth Cummings and Doris Washmuth Goff.

Services were held at the Newcomer Funeral Home in Valley Station on Wednesday, December 28th, with burial at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Radcliff, Kentucky.

Clinton ‘Scotty’ Scott

Clinton “Scotty” Scott Jr., age 88, of Rising Sun, passed away at 9:22 p.m. on Monday, December 26th, 2016, at his residence.

‘Scotty’ entered this life on March 5th, 1928, in Madison, the loving son of the late Clinton, Sr. and Carrie L. (Romans) Scott. He was raised in Madison, where he was a 1945 graduate of the Madison High School.

‘Scotty’ was united in marriage on July 8th, 1948, in Madison, to the late Lucille N. Knaus, and to this union arrived a son, Ricky, to bless their home. ‘Scotty’ and Lucille shared nearly 63 years of marriage together until Lucille passed away on November 3rd, 2011.

He was employed as a Supervisor for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay, retiring in 1990 after 42 years of service. ‘Scotty’ will be remembered for his love of his roses and keeping a meticulous lawn.

‘Scotty’ will be dearly missed by his son: Ricky Scott and his wife: Nancy of Rising Sun; his grandchildren: Jody Pitts and her husband: Marty of Rising Sun; Jeff Thornton and his wife: Alisha of Bessmer, Alabama; Jason Scott and his wife: Kristal of Vevay; and Chad Scott of East Enterprise. He will also be dearly missed by his great-grandchildren: Jake, Sydney, Bayley, Kendal, Trey, Adison, Jordan, Carson, Lindsay and Michael; by his great-great-granddaughter: Remington; by his brother: Raymond “Butch” Scott and his wife: Shirley of Vevay; by his sisters: Aldean Jividen of Hamilton, Ohio and Carolyn Stephensen of Vevay; his sister-in-law: Betty Scott of Merced, California; and his several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Clinton Scott, Sr. and Carrie L. (Romans) Scott; his wife: Lucille N. (Knaus) Scott, who died on November 3rd, 2011; his brother: Nelson Wayne Scott; his sister: Patsy Scudder; his niece: Debra Sue Hoyt; his brothers-in-law: Lee Scudder, Loren Jividen and Bobby Knaus; and his sister-in-law: Betty Knaus.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 30th, 2016, at 1 p.m., by Reverend Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, December 30th, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Keeping Pace Cancer Fund or to the Switzerland County Animal Shelter c/o Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Cards are available at the funeral home.