Obituaries 12-6-12


Vina King

Vina Belle King, 80, of Ohio County, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Friday, November 30th, 2012, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born in Salyersville, Kentucky, on June 5th, 1932, the daughter of the late Green Berry and Goldie (Wagers) Back. She was a homemaker and also worked as a door greeter at Walmart. She was a member of the Holmes Hill Church of Christ in Aurora.

On November 25th, 1948, in Salyersville, she married Hurley H. King who passed away earlier this year on July 25th. They were married almost 64 years.

She loved to shop and attend yard sales. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her two daughters, Joyce (Francis) Pickett of Aurora and Ruth (Steve) Dilts of Rising Sun; her son, Ronnie (Carol) King of Hanover; her grandchildren, Tammy Murray, Chris Dilts, Ronnie, Jeri Sue, and Ronnie King, Jr.; her sister, Ann Burton of Kettering, Ohio; and her two brothers, Greenville Back of Milford, Ohio and Zeb Back of Milford, Ohio.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Judy Faye King; 12 brothers and sisters; her grandson, Gary Lee Pickett; and her great-granddaughter, Brianna Hite.

Funeral service were held Monday, December 3rd, at Holmes Hill Church of Christ in Aurora with Evengelist Tommy Johnson officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the family. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun serving the family.

Harvey Taylor

Harvey H. Taylor, 59, of Rising Sun, passed away at 9 a.m. Tuesday, November 27th, 2012, at his residence.

He was born in Franklin, Indiana, June 23rd, 1953, the son of the late Elijah Prophet and Jewel (Hendley) Taylor. He worked in construction and as a welder at Arvin in Franklin. He was a member of the Villa Baptist Church in Indianapolis. He was an excellent guitar player and was a member of several bands over the years. He loved to have a good time and joke around with his friends and loved ones.

On November 23rd, 1998, he married Kathy Herrell Taylor, who survives.

In addition to his loving and caring wife Kathy, he is survived by his daughter, Dana Marie Taylor of Columbus; his son, Harvey Dale Taylor of Columbus; his stepdaughter, Jessica Fields of Rising Sun; his two stepsons, Tony Pike and Yance Pike, both of Greenfield; one brother; two grandchildren, Samuel and Lydia Taylor; and six sep-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Jeffery Taylor.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. The family requests donations to Dearborn County Hospice. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun serving the family.

Rose Mary Stucker

Rose Mary (Reddy) Stucker, 92, of downtown Madison, passed away at 3:04 p.m. Tuesday, November 29th, 2012, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She wa born August 20th, 1920, on Red Island, Newfoundland, Canada, the loving daughter of the late John and Veronica (Dumphy) Reddy. She was a high school graduate and had attended nursing school and secretarial school in Argentia.

She had served as a secretary for the Captain of the U.S . Naval Base in Argentia, Newfoundland, when she met Navy Lieutenant William Stucker. They were married in a military ceremony at the base chapel on June 7th, 1947, with a reception at the Captain’s home.

She soon moved to Madison and became a U.S. citizen. She was a devoted family woman and energetic community and church volunteer. She was known for her fashionable attire and matter of fact opinions. She worked for Public Service of Indiana, Bula’s Ladies’ Apparel and the Census Bureau. Most of her lifetime she did volunteer work as a docent for Historic Madison, Inc., and with her membership in the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, she devoted endless hours with the church and Catholic schools. She was a member of Tri Kappa Sorority, Prince of Peace Ladies’ Organization, the Madison Elks Club No. 524, and was an avid bridge player for many years.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Dr. William E. Stucker, DDS of Madison; her loving daughters, Joanne Beyer and husband Martin of Richmond, Virginia, and Lisa Todd of Louisville, Kentucky; her loving son, Robert A. Stucker and wife Dorothy of Cincinnati, Ohio; her loving grandchildren, Jennifer Beyer, Geoffrey Beyer, Marybeth Stucker, John Stucker, Patrick Stucker, Paul Stucker, Anna Stucker, Colin Johnstone; her great-grandchildren, Kyleigh and Alyssa Johnstone; her sister, Bun Murphy of Newfoundland, Canada; and other family including nieces and nephews, Michele and Rob Barlow, Laini Fondiller, and Bob and Pat Fondiller and their children.

She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Bess Reddy, Frances Connors, Ethel Fondiller and Min Miller.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, December 4th, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in downtown Madison. Father Christopher Craig officiated. Interment was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Madison. The Rosary was prayed Monday evening at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. The family requests memorials to Friends of Shawe and Pope John or the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Charles Bales

Charles Wiliam Bales, 76, of Ludlow, Kentucky, formerly of Vevay, passed away at 1:07 a.m. Monday, December 3rd, 2012, at Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Covington, Kentucky.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Helen Meister

Helen L. Meister, 82, of Rising Sun, passed away at 6:07 p.m., Monday, December 3rd, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born in Alderson, West Virginia, on April 27th, 1930, the daughter of the late Ashpy and Ella (Milam) Holcomb. She was a homemaker and a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ.

In 1975, she married Roland “Shorty” Meister who died on January 7th, 2002. It was through Helen’s love and constant attention that Shorty was able to remain home until his passing. He often remarked to people about his wonderful, hard working wife. Helen and Shorty were known to just about everyone in the Rising Sun community. It was common to see Helen taking Shorty in his wheelchair on one of their daily trips to IGA or Jack’s Restaurant. Theirs was truly a marriage of devotion.

She is survived by a sister, Mary Lephew, of West Virginia; by nieces, Bonnie Morgan, Evelyn Brown and Wanda Holcomb of West Virginia; by nephews, Eddie Lephew of North Carolina, Sammy Lephew and Danny Holcomb, both of West Virginia.

Graveside services will be held in Rising Sun New Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday, December 7th, with Brother Greg Matthew officiating. Memorial donations may be made to The Waters of Rising Sun Activity Fund. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun serving the family.