Obituaries 12/5/2019

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Jessie Probst

  Jessie Jane (Trotto) Probst, 94, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, November 24th, 2019 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  She was born on December 26th, 1924 in Addyston, Ohio, the daughter of the late Joseph  Trotto and Hallie (McGlasson) HeHee Trotto.

  Jessie was a member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church, where she also belonged to the UMW ladies group. She was also a member of the Home Ec Club. Jessie enjoyed playing Suduko, puzzles, quilting, crafting, gardening, and bird watching (especially cardinals and hummingbirds). She was a spelling bee champ, loved flowers cooking and baking. Jessie was known for her apple dumplings and black raspberry pie. Jessie was a friend to all. Her faith was very important to her and she shared her faith and great smile with everyone, no matter what she was going through. She was a loving mom and granny and loved spending time with her family. She will be missed by her family, church family and many friends.

  Jessie is survived by her children: Donald E. (Linda) Probst of Patriot, Gary L. (Rheeta) Probst of Aurora, Indiana, James Probst of Aurora, Indiana, John (Diane) Probst of Milan, Indiana, Linda (Tim) Pfennig of Rising Sun, and Charlene Probst of Aurora, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Donald Kenneth Probst, Brenda Probst, Matthew (Kelsi) Probst, Kelley Jo Probst, Timothy (Carley) Studer, Eric Studer, Kreig (Amber) Studer,, Mark Studer and Ashley (Sam) Moffett; and by several great-grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph  Trotto; by her mother, Hallie (McGlasson) HeHee Trotto; and by her siblings: Ralph and Josephine Armstrong.

  Friends were invited to pay their respects to the family on Wednesday, November 27th, at the Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Aurora, Indiana. Services were held at the church on Wednesday, November 27th, following the time of visitation at the church, with Pastor Debbie Beason officiating. Interment followed in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.

  Contributions may be made to the Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church. Rullman Hunger Funeral Home in Aurora is assisting the family at this difficult time.

Frank Pike

  Frank Dee Pike, age 86, of Vevay, passed away at 8:10 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Frank entered this life on July 6th, 1933, in Russellville, Kentucky. He was the son of the late Hiram Pike and Fannie (Penrod) Pike Bennett. He was raised in Russellville, Kentucky, where he attended school.

  Frank was united in marriage to Ann Hedges and they shared many years together.

  Frank was employed for Morrows Tobacco Warehouse in Madison and for Kentuckiana Tobacco Warehouse in Carrollton, Kentucky. He was also employed for Charlestown Ammunition Plant in Charlestown, Indiana. He owned and operated a fertilizer business in Center Square.

  In 2002, Frank earned the Silver Star Farm Award from the Switzerland County Soil & Water Conservation District. Frank farmed all of his life, raising cattle, dairy, tobacco and hay. In 2009, Frank grew a 64 pound watermelon that he was so proud of. Frank enjoyed hunting and going to AJ’s Diner and socializing with his friends.

  Frank will be missed by his wife, Ann (Hedges) Pike of Vevay; by his sons: Franklin Dee Pike and his wife Sharon of Erlanger, Kentucky, William “Billy” Lee Pike and his wife Tanya of Bennington, and David Gardner Pike of East Enterprise; by his step-daughter, Karen Downing and her husband Scott of Sterling, Kansas; by his step-son, Michael Saunders and his wife Pam of Sellersburg, Indiana; by his grandchildren: Derek Pike, Mariah Pike, Hunter Pike, Amanda Krall and her husband Matt, Sydney Sefton and her husband Trevor, Will Pike, Logan Pike and Emily Pike; by his step-grandchildren: Matthew Downing and his wife Kendra, Andrew Downing, Zachary Downing and Bradley Saunders; by his great-grandchildren: Daxton Savage, Ramsey Krall, Locklan Krall, Maverick Sefton and Bexlee Sefton; by his half-brother, William “Bill” Hardin of Hammond, Indiana; by his half-sister, Evelyn Steel of Birmingham, Alabama; by his sister-in-law, Mardell Pike of Vevay; and his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram Pike and Fannie (Penrod) Pike Bennett; by his sisters: Lilly Mae Frey, Erma Moreland and Mary Renfro; and by his brother, Happy Chandler Pike.

   Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, November 30th, by Reverend Bobby O’Banion at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Friday, November 29th, at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Animal Shelter. Cards are available at the funeral home.

George ‘Eddie’ Ramsey

  George Edward “Eddie” Ramsey, age 55, of Madison, formerly of Center Square, passed away at 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 28, 2019, at his residence.

  He entered this life on January 28th, 1964 in Anderson, Indiana. He was the son of the late George Dewey Ramsey, Jr. and Mary Carolyn (Marshall) Ramsey. He was raised in Center Square, and was a 1982 graduate of Switzerland County High School. Eddie graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in 2017 with an associate’s degree in general studies. He was currently studying psychology at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana to obtain his bachelor’s degree, which was to be completed in December of 2019.

  Eddie was employed as a Direct Support Professional for ResCare in Madison since May of 2019. He was a former General Manager for Subway for the past four years. Eddie was a former cook for Key West Shrimp House, The Downtowner and The Red Pepper in Madison for several years. He was a former CNA for Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay for several years and a former Restaurant Manager for Pilot Flying J for several years.

  Eddie enjoyed all sports, especially University of Kentucky basketball, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cincinnati Reds. Eddie will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

  Eddie will be missed by his sisters: Kim Fornash of Hanover, Indiana and Tanya Pike and her husband: Billy of Bennington; by his nieces: Krystal Baringhaus, Stacey Earl, Amanda Krall and Sydney Sefton; by his nephews: Matt Earl, Will Pike, Eric Fornash and Aaron Fornash; by his great-nieces: Cassidy, Lily, Shea, Ramsey, Bexlee and Angel; and by his great-nephews: Anthony, Draven, Jace, Maverick, Locklan and Caleb.

  He was preceded in death by parents: George Dewey Ramsey, Jr. and Mary Carolyn (Marshall) Ramsey; by his sister, Terri Wright; by his nephew, Brett Lee Fornash; by his paternal-grandparents, George Dewey Ramsey, Sr. and Mary B. (Covington) Ramsey; and by his maternal-grandparents: Lester C. Marshall, Sr. and Jessie J. (Sharp) Marshall.

  A Celebration of Eddie’s Life will be held on Friday, December 6th, at 7 p.m., at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Friday, December 6th, at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the George Edward “Eddie” Ramsey Memorial Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Harold Peelman

  Harold Peelman, age 85, of Vevay, passed away at 10:15 p.m. on Monday, December 2nd, 2019, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Harold entered this life on August 12th, 1934 in Switzerland County. He was the son of the late Herbert Lee “Herb” Peelman and Blanche E. (Romans) Peelman Martin. He was raised in Switzerland County, where he attended school and later received his welding technician degree.

  Harold was inducted into the United States Army on January 17th, 1955 in Louisville, Kentucky. He served in the Korean War and Vietnam War and rose to the rate of Private First Class. He was honorably discharged on December 31st, 1962.

  On July 20th, 1957, Harold was united in marriage to Geraldine M. Kinman in Madison. This happy union was blessed with three daughters and a son. Harold and Geraldine shared over 62 years of marriage together until his death.

  Harold was employed in maintenance for the Markland Dam & Locks for 10 years. He was also a construction worker and welder for many years. He held membership in the Calvary Apostolic Church in Carrollton, Kentucky. Harold enjoyed the outdoors and carpentry work.

  Harold will be missed by his wife, Geraldine M. (Kinman) Peelman of Vevay; by his daughters: Darlene Callis and her husband Gene of Vevay, Sandra Peelman of Carrollton, Kentucky, and Blanch Dixon and her husband Tim of Vevay; by his son, Harold Peelman, Jr. and his wife Janice of Vevay; by his 13 grandchildren and his seven great-grandchildren; by his brother, Leon Peelman of Vevay; by his sisters: Laverne Wagner and her husband Sonny of Vevay and Mary Lou Shaw of East Enterprise; and his numerous nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Lee “Herb” Peelman; by his mother, Blanche E. (Romans) Peelman Martin; by his step-father, Oscar Roger Martin; by his step-mother, Mary T. (Swango) Peelman; and by his brothers: Kenneth Peelman, Robert L. “Bob” Peelman, Johnny Peelman and Richard Charles “Rick” Peelman.

  Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 5th, at the Calvary Apostolic Church, 1103 8th Street, Carrollton, Kentucky, 41008. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, December 6th, at 1  p.m., by Pastor Miles Miller, at the Calvary Apostolic Church. Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Apostolic Church. Cards are available at the funeral home. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family at this difficult time.

Jacqueline Landwehr

  Jacqueline Lee Landwehr 73, of Rising Sun, passed away on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  She was born January 1st, 1946 in Milan, Indiana, the daughter of the late William Marshall McPherson and Jaunita (Brown) McPherson.

  Jacqueline was a line worker for Seagrams, retiring after over 30 years of service. She enjoyed baking and cooking. Jacqueline lived in Florida for awhile and she still loved to vacation there. She loved spending time with her family and she will be greatly missed.

  Jacqueline is survived by her loving spouse of 55 years Danny Landwehr of Rising Sun; by her son, Rodney Landwehr of Rising Sun; by her twin sister, Janet (Steven) Allen of Madison; and her sister, Patty Colen of Madison; by her sisters-in-law: Deanna Rowe of Greendale, Indiana and Marilyn Courtney of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; by her granddaughter, Katie Landwehr; and several, nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents.

  Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

  Contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Rullman Hunger Funeral Home in Aurora is assisting the family at this difficult time.

Galen Green

  Galen M. Green, age 81, of Vevay, passed away at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, November 30th, 2019, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  He entered this life on September 23rd, 1938 in Switzerland County, the loving son of the late Andrew Peter and Sadie Mae (Peters) Green. He was raised in Switzerland County, where he was a 1956 graduate of Vevay High School.

  Galen was inducted into the United States Army on April 11th, 1957 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. He served in the Korean War and Vietnam War and rose to the rank of Specialist 5th Class and was honorably discharged on March 31st, 1963.

  On September 4th, 1959 Galen was united in marriage at the Quercus Grove United Methodist Church, to his wife of over 60 years, Billie Jo Reese. This happy union was blessed with two sons: Joe and Jamie; and three daughters: Cindy, Vickie and Michelle.

  Galen was employed for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, for several years. He was also employed for Arvin Sango in Madison, for nine years and received the perfect attendance award and 5+ years without a recordable injury award. He was also employed for Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Galen held membership in the Plum Creek Baptist Church where he was currently a trustee. Galen’s passion in life was farming and instilling his work ethic into his children and grandchildren. Galen enjoyed playing euchre and pinochle, hunting, trapping, fishing and watching TV — especially sports. Most of all, Galen enjoyed spending time with his loving family.

  Galen will be missed by his loving wife, Billie Jo (Reese) Green of Vevay; by his sons: Joe Green and his wife Kaulene of Vevay and Jamie Green and his wife Karoline of Vevay; by his daughters: Cindy Jo Turner of Vevay, Vickie Green of Rising Sun, and Michelle White and her husband Randy of Vevay; by his grandchildren: Leslie Rich, Brenna Pietrykowski, Kyle Green, Samuel White, Jackson White, Joshua Mitchell, Noel Gray, Joei Gray, April Konkle, Kimber Green and Kelsea Green; by his great-grandchildren: Gavin Rich, Andrew Pietrykowski, Corbin Pietrykowski, Emmett Pietrykowski, McKayla Oeffinger, Kristina Oeffinger, Kyla Fieler, Axel Gray, Jaxson Gray, Kaiden Konkle, Kenley Konkle and Colton Konkle; by his sisters: Alberta Reed of Waldron, Indiana, Linda Poling of Patriot, Lucille Phillips and her husband Cherry of Vevay, and Mary Catherine McManus of Vevay; by his brother, Ivan Green and his wife Dollie of Patriot; and his numerous nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents: Andrew Peter Green, who died on December 28th, 1946, and Sadie Mae (Peters) Green, who died on July 21st, 1985; by his son-in-law, Fred Abraham “Freddie” Turner, who died on July 2nd, 2019; by his sisters: Dorothy Mae Scott, who died on June 1st, 1960 and Meredith Scudder, who died on April 26th, 2010; by his brothers: Marvin Green, who died on November 27th, 1967, Arthur “Buddy” Green, who died on August 23rd, 2011, Charles Green, who died on October 19th, 2015 and Alan Green, who died on May 15th, 1986.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Tuesday, December 3rd, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, December 4th, by Pastor K.C. Banta at the funeral home. Interment and full military rites were conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 at the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Switzerland County Animal Shelter; Keeping Pace Cancer Fund c/o Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc.; American Legion Post #185 Relief Fund; or Switzerland County Emergency Response. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Rita Craigmyle

  Rita Jean Ralston Craigmyle, age 69, of Vevay, passed away on Sunday, December 1st, 2019, at 1:13 a.m. at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana.

  She entered this life on February 11th, 1950 in Jefferson County, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of William Howard and Thelma Mae Bush Ralston. She was raised in Madison and was a 1968 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School.

  Rita was employed early in life at Grote Industries and then with the Madison State Hospital as a psychiatric attendant retiring after 34 years of service. She was a devoted mother, loving grandma and sister. She found great enjoyment being with her grandchildren, working in her flowers, traveling, watching and feeding the birds, especially the cardinals and hummingbirds. She was an avid IU basketball fan and watching NASCAR.

  She fought  a battle with cancer this past year.

  Rita will be missed by her loving daughter, Tammy Gray and her husband Tracy of Vevay; by her loving grandchildren: Tanner Gray, Taylor Gray and her husband, Michael Savage, and Treyton Gray; by her nieces and nephews: Robin C. Ball, Garry W. Ralston (Jackie), Bryan Ralston (Colleen), and Troy Ralston (Debbie); and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  She was preceded in death by her father, William Howard Ralston, who died on August 13th, 1975; by her mother, Thelma Mae Bush Ralston, who died on March 10th, 1991; by her brothers: Bobby W. Ralston, who died on September 22nd, 2014 and his wife, Lois, who died on March 2nd, 2009 and William D. Ralston, who died on September 25th, 2014 and his wife, Susan, who died on December 15th, 2013.

  Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, December 5th, at 7:00 p.m., by Pastor K.C Banta at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment will be private in the Springdale Cemetery, 600 West Fifth Street in downtown Madison.

  Friends may visit on Thursday, December 5th, from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Inpatient Facility. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover.

Paul Vernon Chase

  Paul Vernon Chase, 96, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away on Monday November 25th, 2019 in Lawrenceburg.

  He was born on February 4th, 1923 in Ohio County, Indiana, the son of the late George Washington Chase and Edith (Peters) Chase. Paul graduated from Rising Sun High School. He was a pitcher in high school, and he pitched a no-hitter his senior year.

  He served his country as a member of the United States Air Force during World War II. He entered in 1942 and served until 1946. After leaving the United States Air Force in 1946, Paul used his GI bill to go to school for refrigeration. He graduated as an engineer. Paul was proud of his service, and was more than willing to return to service when he was called back after completing his schooling. He was sent back to Europe for another year, where he worked on heating and refrigeration systems on bases throughout France.

  He worked as a laborer and supervisor for Thatcher Glass, retiring after over 19 years of service. He was a member of Holman Christian Union Church and the American Legion in Aurora. Paul enjoyed farming, hunting, and fishing. He raised boxer dogs, and ferrets.

  Paul is survived by step-children: Jackie Greive of Aurora, Indiana and Frederick “Ric” Nelson; by his nieces: Irma Jean Thies, Connie New and Brenda Sheldon; by his nephews: Bob Chase, Dave Chase, and Ron Milam; and by his friend, Henry Wallace.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife, Edna Kay Chase; by his daughter, Patty Chase; by his step-daughter, Geraldine Goodpaster; by his siblings: George Chase and Catherine Thies; and by his nephew, Hargis Wayne Milam.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Monday, December 2nd at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana. Services were held at the funeral home on Tuesday, December 3rd. Interment followed in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services were conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.

  Contributions may be made to the Holman Christian Union Church.

John Birch

  John Douglas Birch, age 30, of Vevay, ormerly of Jacksonburg, Ohio, died suddenly on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019, at 8:06 a.m. in a truck accident at the Clifty State Park-South Entrance west of Madison, Indiana.

  John entered this life on August 10th, 1989 in Trenton, Ohio. He was the loving son of John A. and Pamela Douglas Birch. In his early years, John resided in Jacksonburg and graduated from Edgewood High School in 2008 where he competed in football and wrestling.

  After high school, he attended Miami University until transferring to Sinclair Community College to become a machinist like his father. He had worked for MTR Martco in Middletown Ohio for several years. John currently was employed at Clifty Engineering & Tool as a machinist specializing in programming for the past three years. He previously had worked at Dormans in Warsaw, Kentucky.

  John enjoyed being outdoors, hiking with his dog and riding his side by side, but most of all spending time with his friends and workout buddies at Mad City Crossfit. Quick to form friendships and lend encouragement, John lived by the motto “Don’t talk about it, be about it.” He was a beloved son, devoted brother, loving uncle, grandson, cousin and friend.

  John was attending the Vevay Assembly Church in Vevay.

  John will be missed by his loving parents John and Pamela Birch of Vevay; by his loving brothers: Kaleb Birch and his wife Anna of Columbus, Ohio and Luke Birch and his fiancée Paige of Vevay; by his loving sister, Molly Birch of Vevay; by his cherished nieces: Jordyn Birch and Ella Birch of Vevay; by his loving maternal grandmother Barbara Douglas of Vevay; by his loving maternal grandfather, Wendle Wayne Douglas of Chipley, Florida; by his loving paternal grandparents, Ronald and Dora Birch of Trenton, Ohio; by his loving aunts, Rhonda Fagin and her husband Pat of Hamilton, Ohio, Beth  McIntosh and her husband Ray of Monroe, Ohio, and Tammy Wilson and her husband, Randy of Camden, Ohio; and by his uncle, Shane Wilson of Middletown, Ohio.

  Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, December 3rd, at the Towne Boulevard Church of God, 3722 Towne Boulevard in Franklin, Ohio. Interment followed in the Collinsville Cemetery in Oxford, Ohio.

  Friends were invited to pay their respects to the family on Sunday, December 1st, and then attend a Memorial Service that evening at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Additional visitations was held in Ohio on Monday, December 2nd and Tuesday, December 3rd at Towne Boulevard Church of God.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the John Birch Memorial Fund. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre’s of Madison and Hanover.