Obituaries 12-7-17

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Raymond Park

Raymond C. Park, age 76, of Florence, passed away surrounded by his family at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1st, 2017, at his farm.

Raymond entered this life on May 5th, 1941, in Gary, Indiana, the loving son of the late John Simon and Thelma M. (Bliss) Park. He was raised in Pekin, Illinois where he attended high school.

Raymond was united in marriage on April 19th, 1980, in Nashville, Tennessee, to Dorothy May Roland. Raymond and Dorothy shared over 37 years of marriage together until his death.

He was a former employee for Ag & Mag Fertilizer in Madison for 15 years. Raymond was employed as a truck driver for overnight transportation and UPS, retiring in 2007 after 27 years of service.

Raymond moved back to the Switzerland County community in the 1980s, where he resided until his passing. Raymond enjoyed fishing, keeping a meticulous lawn, his roses, his barn where he enjoyed tinkering, grilling out, Sunday football, drag racing, mud runs and his Ford truck. Raymond will be missed by his faithful companion, ‘Maggie’, his family and his friends.

Raymond will be deeply missed by his loving wife of over 37 years, Dorothy M. (Roland) Park of Florence; his daughters: Helen Wainscott of Vevay; Deanna Dolby and her husband, Chris of Sanders, Kentucky; Kathy Wyatt and her husband, Stan of Liberty, Kentucky; and Loraine Brown of Vevay; his grandchildren: Jeremy Springer and his companion: Vanessa; Amanda Dunavent and her husband, Chad; and Samantha Dowey and her husband, Steve.

He will also be greatly missed by his great-grandchildren: Kyndal, Izzy, Maddie, Dolan and Hunter; his brother Larry Park and his wife, Linda of Gary, Indiana; his sisters: Joyce Croft of Marion, Kentucky and Karen Willoughby and her husband: Willard of Manito, Illinois; his several nieces and nephews; and his grand puppies, ‘Bentley’ and ‘Truman’.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Simon and Thelma M. (Bliss) Park; his son-in-law: William “Bill” Wainscott, who died on December 25th, 2009; his brothers: Robert, John, Ivan, Lowell, Marvin and Don Park; his sister, Norma Jean Smith; and his best friend, Rick Wainscott.

Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, by Reverend Joe Kendall 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 Tuesday, December 5th, at the funeral home.

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

Geneva Johnson

Geneva (Cole) Johnson, age 85, of Vevay, passed away at 7:56 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, at the Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

Geneva entered this life on February 25th, 1932, in Talbert, Kentucky, the loving daughter of the late Chester and Polly (Herald) Cole. She was raised in Talbert, Kentucky where she attended high school.

Geneva was united in marriage on November 24th, 1956, in Jackson, Kentucky, to the late Fred Johnson, and to this union arrived 12 children to bless their home. Geneva and Fred shared 45 years of marriage together until Fred passed away on October 4th, 2001.

Geneva was employed for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay, for 20 years. She was a former cook for the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay from 1989 to 2002. She was a member of the Old Republic Baptist Church in Booneville, Kentucky. Geneva enjoyed quilting, watching soap operas, flowers, reading her Bible, working crossword puzzles, but most of all, spending time with her loving family.

Geneva will be deeply missed by her daughters: Helen Gabbard and her husband, Junior of Altro, Kentucky; Jalia Nelson and her husband, John of Crestview, Florida; Carolyn Burns and her husband, Butch of Worthville, Kentucky; Lake Rayls and her husband, Larry of Vevay; and Nancy Rose and her husband, Roy of Madison; by her sons: Larry Johnson and his wife, Anita of Louisville, Kentucky; Fred Johnson and his wife, Tammy of Madison; Phillip Johnson and his wife, Shelly of Vevay; Mitchell Johnson and his wife, Joyce of Booneville, Kentucky; and Mark Johnson of Vevay.

She will also be dearly missed by her son-in-law, Kip A. Skaggs, Sr. of Vevay,; her 24-grandchildren; her 34-great-grandchildren; her 5-great-great-grandchildren; her several step-grandchildren and her step-great-grandchildren; her sister, Jalia Stamper of Newport, Kentucky; her brother, Beech Cole and his wife, Mahala of Cold Spring, Kentucky; and her several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Polly (Herald) Cole; her husband of 45 years, Fred Johnson, who died on October 4th, 2001; her son, Paul Johnson, who died on August 22nd, 1970; her daughter, Freda Joy Skaggs, who died on October 18th, 2017; her granddaughter, Melissa Neve Johnson, who died on December 21st, 1998; her grandson, Kip Arthur “Kippy” Skaggs, Jr., who died on October 9th, 2003; her son-in-law, Charles Lewis “Chuck” Melton, Jr., who died on September 13th, 1989; her sisters: Matilda Cole, Sally Turner and Hallie Herald; and her brothers: Alex, Tom, Bill and Woodrow Cole.

Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, by Reverend Patrick Turner 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 Saturday, December 2nd, at the funeral home.

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

Teddy Baker

Teddy Ray Baker, 81, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, November 30th, 2017.

He was born on April 30th, 1936 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the son of the late John and Mabel (McCabe) Baker.

Teddy loved to fish and hunt. He was an avid woodworker and loved his family. He enjoyed being grandpa. He worked at Register Publications in Lawrenceburg as a pressman for over 50 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Margaret Jean Baker; by two sons, Scot (Cindy) Baker of Aurora, Indiana and Kelly (Rebecca) Baker of Bright, Indiana; by four daughters: Karen (Ray Hill) Morgan of Southgate, Kentucky; Sandy (Mike) Greenwood of Greendale, Indiana; Cindy (Wif) Foerester of Holiday, Florida; and Lynda (Greg) Ross of Greendale, Indiana.

He is also survived by a sister, Joyce Rybicki; by 16 grandchildren: Brandon, Casey, Kelsie, Tom, Brit, Christy, Derek, Spencer, Heather, Chris, Matthew, Leann, Alex, Josh, Sam, and Brian; and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Mabel Baker; by two brothers: Walter and William; and four sisters: Elizabeth, Bonnie, Patti, and Pam.

Funeral services were held at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Greendale, on Monday, December 4th, with Pastor Barry Riehle officiating. Interment was in the Greendale Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Aurora Life Squad or Emanuel Lutheran Church.

Fitch-Denney Funeral Home in Greendale is assisting the family at this difficult time.

Darrell ‘Rocky’ Leach

AFMC Darrell “Rocky” Maynard Leach, Retired, age 75, of Canaan, Indiana, died on Saturday, November 25th, 2017, at 5:02 p.m. at his residence

Rocky entered this life on December 11th, 1941 in Trimble County, Kentucky. He was the son of the late Russell and Helen Stockdale Leach. Rocky was raised in Milton, Kentucky and was a graduate of Trimble County High School.

At the age of 18, Rocky entered the United States Navy and was stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington. He served three tours during the Vietnam era and rose to the rate of Master Chief Aircraft Maintenance Man E-9. He retired after 27 years of service on September 1st, 1989. Rocky earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy “E” Ribbon, Navy Achievement Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy Expeditionary Medal and the Sixth Good Conduct Medal.

While in the Navy, Rocky was united in marriage to Linda Kaye Johnston on June 28th, 1965 in the United Methodist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. This union was blessed with two sons: Shane and Lance. Both boys were raised in Oak Harbor, Washington, while their father was serving in the Navy.

After retiring from active duty, Rocky began a career as an aviation technician for 11 years with the United States Navy and United States Marines. In 2001, Rocky and Kaye moved to Canaan. Rocky was a member of CAM Car Club and the Milton United Methodist Church. He enjoyed his animals, motorcycles and cars.

Rocky will be missed by his loving wife of 52 years, Linda Kaye Johnston Leach of Canaan; his sons: Shane Leach of Oak Harbor, Washington; Lance Leach and his companion, Michelle of Oak Harbor, Washington; his hospice caregivers: Tiffany and Hannah; his sisters: Sue Layton and her husband, Larry of Milton, Kentucky and Jo Carolyn Leach Day of Madison; his brother: Doug Leach and his wife, Mona of North Vernon, Indiana; his sister-in-law, Eleanor Thomas of Fresno, California; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Helen Stockdale Leach; his sisters, Ruth Chatham, Patty Ellis and Janice Banks; his brothers-in-law, Ronald “Pee Wee” Day and Bobby Ellis.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 by Pastor Scott Elston at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Private interment followed on Monday, December 4th, at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Saturday, December 2nd, prior to the time of the service at the funeral home. A final salute was also conducted on Saturday, December 2nd at the funeral home; with full military honors following at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion and the United States Naval Ceremonial Unit.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice. Cards are available at the funeral home.