Obituaries 12-4-14


Joseph Cleaver, Jr.

Joseph Michael Cleaver, Jr., 58, of Indianapolis, passed away Sunday, November 23rd, 2014. He is the son of Joe and Janet Lee Cleaver of near Vevay.

Private services were arranged by Bell Mortuary & Crematory, Royster – Askin – Sandrock Chapel.

Patricia Hamilton

Patricia Ann (Gardt) Hamilton, 84, of Rising Sun, passed away at 11:35 a.m. Monday, November 24th, 2014, at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Patricia was born in Highland Park, Michigan on August 7th, 1930, the daughter of the late Raymond and Louise (Christie) Gardt. When Pat was young her family moved to Ohio County and she attended school there. She was a 1948 graduate of Rising Sun High School.

On October 9th, 1954, she married Joseph Hamilton, who passed away on April 17th, 1985. Joe and Patricia were married over 30 years.

While her husband was stationed at Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Pat was a member of the Officers’ Wives Club and was a volunteer coordinator for the USO. Patricia was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ. She enjoyed traveling, reading and cooking.

Patricia is survived by her daughter, Sue Hogan and husband Patrick of Chehalis, Washington; her son, David Hamilton of Rising Sun; her sister, Diane Gardt of Rising Sun; her grandchildren, Timothy Hogan (Kelli), Robert PJ Hogan (Janice) and Patricia Marie Hamilton; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Raymond Gardt, Jr.

A memorial service was held Saturday, November 29th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Memorial donations may be made to Ohio County Rescue or the Rising Sun Church of Christ.

Wade Turner

Edward Wade Turner, 75, of Rising Sun, passed away Friday, November 28th, 2014, at the Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, Ohio.

Wade was born in Markland on January 23rd, 1939, the son of the late Ira Edward and Ethel Mae (Wiley) Turner. He was baptized at an early age at the Markland Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1957. He was a lifelong farmer, raising crops and operating a dairy for many years. Wade was a member of the Switzerland County Tractor Pullers Association, Laughery Valley Co-op Farm Bureau board member, S & O chairman, Soil & Water Conservation Board Superintendent, 4-H Fair board member, Youth Advisory board member and was a former assistant building inspector to Alonzo Bowling.

On January 15th, 1965, he married Janice (Lawson) Turner at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Aurora. Wade and Jan were married nearly 50 years.

Wade is survived by his wife Jan of Rising Sun; his daughter, Lori Turner of Rising Sun; his son, Eddie Turner of Rising Sun; his sisters-in-law, Rosalie Hewitt (Paul) of Rising Sun, Nancy Parks (Bill) of Rising Sun, Lynelle Lawson of North Carolina and Linda Lawson of Cincinnati, Ohio; and several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 3rd, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Brother Greg Matthew officiating. Interment was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Ohio County Rescue Unit or Rising Sun Fire Department.

William L. Barnes

William L. “Bill” Barnes, age 87, of Fennimore, Wisconsin, passed away Saturday evening, November 29th, 2014, at the VA Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

William was born February 10th, 1927, in Switzerland County, the son of Harold and Aldean (Mier) Barnes.

He married Charlotte Whitish (Kabele) on March 29th, 1980.

Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from May 14th, 1945, until being honorably discharged on December 6th, 1946. He worked as a dairy farmer and cattle buyer. He worked very hard traveling the country buying and selling cattle along with working with CBR of Fennimore. Bill loved spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his dog “Abby.” Bill also enjoyed returning home to Indiana to walk the family farm, loved to go fishing, and visiting with numerous friends at cattle sales.

Bill is survived by his wife Charlotte of Fennimore; his daughter, Brenda Barnes of Hokah, Minnesota; his grandson, Joey Barnes of Minnesota; his sister, Hazel Heath of Madison; his two nieces; Beverly (Tom) Ringwald of Madison and Debbie Diershaw of Dallas, Texas; his three stepchildren; Donna (Jeff) Henkel of Fennimore, Sandy (Rick) Turner of Ovett, Mississippi, and Ron (Pix) Whitish of Fennimore; his step-daughter-in-law, Jackie Collins of Belton, Texas; eight step-grandchildren; Shawna (Bill) U’ren of Round Rock, Texas, Aaron (Erika) Henkel of McKinney, Texas, Brian (Nichole) Glynn of Waunakee, Wisconsin, Andrew Weber of Petal, Mississippi, Adam (Connie) Whitish of Belton, Texas, Cody (Katie) Whitish of Belton, Texas, Travis Whitish of Lancaster, Wisconsin and Tyler Whitish of Platteville; and 14 step-great-grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his former wife, Joyce (Napp) Barnes; and stepson, Daniel Whitish

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 3rd, at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore with Pastor Charles Miller of St. Peter Lutheran Church officiating. Burial with military honors followed in the Prairie Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Jon Peddie

Jon W. Peddie, 71, of Madison, passed away at 3:55 p.m., Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, at the University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born March 5th, 1943, in Madison, the loving son of the late, Paul James and Anna Laura Buchanan Peddie. He was raised in Madison and was a 1963 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. Jon was raised in the Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Madison.

On November 8th, 1968, he was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Haskell at the Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Madison. This happy union of 44 years was blessed with five daughters.

Jon worked early in life at Webb’s Garage, then with Bennett Motors in the body shop. He had owned and operated Peddie’s Body Shop in downtown Madison since 1975. Jon’s body shop was known for quality work, a place to hang out and talk about tall tales and just a great place to socialize and be encouraged with Jon Peddie’s wisdom and ism’s, Jon enjoyed racing cars, it didn’t matter if it was a sprint car, stock car, on a dirt track or a paved track. He raced with and for, Larry Davis, Pee Wee Day, Graham Heath, Webb Smith and Jack Gosman and others. He also turned his racing passion to hydroplanes and served as Miss Madison’s first community owned driver from 1977-1983 and took second place in the Governor’s Cup race in 1978. He later drove for “My Gypsy” for Graham Heath and Wild Bill Cantrell. Jon served his community as a member of the Walnut Street No. Four Fire Company in downtown Madison since April 19th, 1979, and remained active until his health did not permit him to do so. Jon had many other passions in life including fishing, hunting, hunting ginseng and mushrooms, good Bluegrass music, hunting arrowheads, frog gigging, the Ohio River and a good cold beer. He will be long remembered for his risk taking and his passion for dreaming. He was a loving husband, devoted dad and papaw. His greatest love was his wife and his family.

Survivors include his four daughters, Bonnie Hart of Madison, Brandy Graham and her husband, Jimmy of Madison, Traci Peddie of Indianapolis, Gina Jenkins and her husband, Mark of Madison; his grandchildren, Tyler, Brittin, Luc, Eric, Julia, Bralyn and Graston; his sister, Mary Jo Bastean and her husband, Al of Fox Lake, Illinois; four brothers, Paul Kirby Peddie and his wife, Bonnie of Mentor, Ohio, Dave Peddie and his wife, Barb of Madison, Pete Peddie and his wife, Paula of Orlando, Florida and Richard Peddie and his wife, Toi of Stevensville, Michigan; his three brothers-in-law, Charles N. “Poogie” Grooms of Madison, Jerry W. Haskell and his wife, Mary Ann of Columbus, Indiana, Larry W. Haskell and his wife, Sharon of Scipio, Indiana; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his beloved wife of 44 years, Shirley Ann Haskell Peddie, on October 7th, 2012; his daughter, Tammy R. Cook, on March 7th, 2013; his brother, Bobby Peddie; his sisters, Suzanna Bellamy and Kathleen Grooms; and his half sisters, Lenora Richards and Jean Hoppe.

Funeral services were held Sunday, November 30th, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, with Brother Bob Hicks officiating. Interment was in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison.

Walnut Street No. Four Fire Company conducted a fireman’s service Saturday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the fire company. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Bobby Edwards

Bobby Orville Edwards, 65, of Rising Sun, passed away November 25th, 2014, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born in Falmouth, Kentucky, on April 11th, 1949, the son of Arthur Glenn and Mary Elizabeth (Clark) Edwards. He was a graduate of Patriot High School Class of 1967.

He was married to Kay Drew on October 9th, 1976, and was a member of Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ. He was an iron worker and farmer. He was a member of Reinforced Concrete/Iron Workers Local 372 for 45 years. He was a member of Hartford Masonic Lodge and a 32nd Degree at Murat Shrine in Indianapolis.

Survivors include his wife, Kay Edwards of Rising Sun; his children, Bobby Orville Edwards, Jr., (Erin Scudder), Charlie Edwards (Danielle), Karen Sue Evans (Joe Pruitt), Bobbie Joe Turner (David), all of Rising Sun, Jessica Kay Armstrong (Tome Jaehnen) of Huntington, Indiana, Allan Benning (Sherri) of Rising Sun, and Bryan Benning (Tina) of Connersville; 15 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; four brothers, Tony Edwards (Diane) of Florence, Harold Edwards of Vevay, Herbert Edwards (Barb) of Dillsboro, and Marvin Edwards (Sharon) of Vevay; and his special friend and second mother, Betty Sandoz of Mason, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Ronald Edwards.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 29th, in Humphrey-Taylor-Detmer Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Brother Don Campbell officiating.

Hartford Masonic Lodge presented Masonic services. Memorial donations may be made to Heart Research or the Diabetes Foundation.

James Thur

James Thur, 62, of Madison, passed away at 10:08 p.m. Thursday, November 27th, 2014, at Kindred at Jewish Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born January 31st, 1952, in Seattle, Washington, the loving son of Ralph and Monique Orion Thur. James was a graduate of George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia, and had attended the Southern University of Illinois. He was raised in the Lutheran faith.

In May, 1972, he was united in marriage to Julie Guy and this union was blessed with two sons and one daughter.

James had resided in the Madison community for the past 22 years and had served as the food services manager with Marriott and Sedexo and Hanover College for 18 years. He enjoyed the NFL, fishing, NASCAR and loved animals. James was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 9.

Survivors include his daughter, Jennifer Harmon of Madison; his two sons, Jonathan E. Thur of Madison and James D. Thur and his companion, Aundree Jankosky Dougherty of Columbus, Indiana; his mother, Monique Orion Thur of Madison; his grandchildren, SSG. Lenea Gaston Rios, Geran Thur, Brian J. Broad, Phoenix Thur and Zoe Dougherty; his great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Lopez.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Thur; his brother, Mark Thur; and his sister, Carol Thur.

Visitation was held Monday, December 1st, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at