Obituaries 2-1-18


Jerald Schultz

Jerald (Jerry) Eugene Schultz, 59, of Rising Sun, passed away at his home on Saturday, January 27, 2018 surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer.

Jerry has been an employee of the Castellini Company for the past 42 years. He was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ, where he was a coach for the youth group basketball league. Jerry loved coaching kids’ sports, and over the years he coached his children’s and grandchildren’s soccer, basketball, and baseball teams.

Jerry will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Pam Schultz (nee Hess): his daughter, Natasha Bunger (Billy) of Vevay; his son, Levi Billingsley of Rising Sun; and his grandchildren: Bryce, Maisley, Finton, and Clayton.

Jerry is also survived by his brother, Larry Schultz (Julie) of Debary, Florida: and sisters: Joyce Studer of Cincinnati, Ohio, Patty Nelson of Independence, Kentucky, Kathy Baxter (Terry) of Alexandria, Kentucky, and Brenda Baker of Florence, Kentucky; his brother-in-law, Dick Straman of Cold Spring, Kentucky; and sisters-in-law: Terri of Cold Spring, Kentucky, Barb of Melborne, Kentucky, and Pat of Williamstown, Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Edwin, Herbert, and Mark Schultz, and sister Mary Straman; and brother-in-law Marvin Baker.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, January 31st at the Rising Sun Church of Christ. A memorial service for Jerry was then held following the time of visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Rising Sun Church of Christ Youth Group. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family during this difficult time.

James Thies

James Orville ‘Jimmy’ Thies, 72, of Rising Sun, passed away at 12:25 p.m. on Sunday, January 28th, 2018 at his residence.

Jimmy was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 1st, 1946, the son of the late Laura Jean (Conaway) and Orville S. Thies. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1964.

Jimmy worked as a maintenance supervisor at I & M Power Plant in Lawrenceburg, Indiana for over 30 years. He was a member of the Rising Sun First United Church of Christ.

Jimmy was a former member of Rising Sun City Council and Utility Board. He was also a former member of the Rising Sun Fire Department and Ohio County Rescue. Jimmy loved working on cars and anything else that needed fixed. He was always there to lend a helping hand to family and friends.

Jimmy is survived by a daughter, Kim Hussong (Mike), of Rising Sun; by a son, Rob Thies (Dee), of Rising Sun; by grandchildren: Jennifer Reed (Todd), Justin Thies (Sammi), Jessica Smart (Anthony) and Jordyn Hussong; by great grandchildren: Ayden, Trenton, Ayverie, Austin, Xavier, Jocelyn and Aycen; by a sister, Janet Martin of Rising Sun; brother Bill Thies (Sandy) of Tallahassee, Florida; by a sister-in-law, Regina White (L.J.), of London, Kentucky; by his beloved nieces and nephews: Tonya House, Allen Miller, Bill Thies, Jr., John Thies, David Hayes and Dea Wallace, who were like his own children; also by many great nieces and nephews; and by his special pet “Scooter”.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 31st at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Reverend Jim Jenkins officiating. Visitation was on Wednesday, January 31st, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Ohio County Rescue, Rising Sun First Baptist Church or Rising Sun First United Church of Christ. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Mary Anne Ricketts

Mary Anne (Ford) Ricketts, age 87, of Vevay, passed away at 4:43 p.m. on Saturday, January 27th, 2018, at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Mary Ann entered this life on September 11th, 1930, in Mt. Sterling, Indiana, the loving daughter of Henry George and Elsie R. (Gibbs) Ford, whom preceded her in death. She was raised in Mt. Sterling, and was a 1948 graduate of Vevay High School.

After high school, she worked as a nanny for the Rubel Family in Cincinnati, Ohio; and later for the Selective Service, where she sent many young men off to serve their country. She attended a business school in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mary Anne was united in marriage on January 3, 1953, in Vevay, to Joe Edward Ricketts and to this union arrived three children: Jennifer, Michael and Randall to bless their home. Mary Anne and Joe shared nearly 56 years of marriage together until Joe passed away on December 14th, 2009.

On January 1st, 1952, Mary Anne and Joe opened the Ricketts Jewelry Store on Main Street in Vevay with three rings and four watches. Mary Anne and Joe purchased a building on North Ferry Street and moved the jewelry business to the location where it exists today. After the death of her husband, Mary Anne still continued to operate the jewelry store for 66 years.

Mary Anne was a member of the Vevay VFW Post #5396 Auxiliary and Vevay Tri-Kappa and attended Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay. Mary Anne enjoyed caring for her children and greatly enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed meeting people in the jewelry store and spending time with her nieces and nephews, watching the Cincinnati Reds, attending to her flowers and eating any type of desserts especially a slice of lemon pie! Mary Anne will be deeply missed by her loving family, abundance of friends and her community.

Mary Anne is survived by her daughter, Jennifer “Jeni” Scudder and her husband: Kevin of Florence, Indiana; her son, Randall “Randy” Ricketts and his wife: Pam of Vevay; her grandchildren: Regan Kelso, Devin Scudder, Joe Ryan Ricketts, Dustin Ricketts, Carlee Ricketts, Trenton Ricketts and Breanna Ricketts; her great-grandchildren: McKayli, McKenli, McKira, Addison, Sadie, Carl, Jameson, Waylon, Mason, Lillie and Aubrey; her sister, Helen Stewart of Cincinnati, Ohio; and her several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry George and Elsie R. (Gibbs) Ford; her husband, Joe Edward Ricketts, who died on December 14th, 2009; her son, Michael Lee “Mike” Ricketts, who died on February 26th, 2005; her brothers: George, Robert “Bobby”, James Henry and Paul Ford; her niece, Kimberly Ford; and her nephew, Greg Stewart.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, February 2nd, 2018, at 11 am, by Reverend Mike Jones and Reverend C. Martin Justice at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 1st, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Vevay VFW Post #5396 Auxiliary Services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 1st, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Joe and Mary Anne Ricketts Endowment Fund, c/o the Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Elija ‘Buck’ Jones

Elija E. ‘Buck’ Jones, 62, of Rising Sun, passed away at 1:35 p.m. on Monday, January 22nd, 2018 at his residence.

Elija was born in Milan, Indiana on May 17th, 1955, the son of the late Alice Marie (Smith) and Elija Jones.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era, obtaining the rank of MM 3 E4. After his career in the Navy, ‘Buck’ worked as a truck driver until his health forced him to retire. He was an avid reader and in his younger days, enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping.

‘Buck’ was a member of the Aurora VFW and Rising Sun American Legion Post #59. Buck served on the Legion Color Guard and considered it a privilege to honor his fellow veterans.

Elija is survived by a sister, Bennie Ree Schafer and husband Hank, of Bright, Indiana; by two brothers: Roger Jones and wife Roxanne, of Rising Sun and Murit Emery and wife Rosie, of Clarksville, Tennessee; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by his brother Tim Robinson; and by sisters: Francis Hale, Barbara Ross and Deborah Jones.

Funeral services were held on Friday, January 26th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Visitation was held on Thursday, January 25th at the funeral home. Burial with military honors was held at the Indiana Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Madison, Indiana.

Memorial donations may be made to the family for funeral expense or the Rising Sun American Legion. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Jacob Schwartz

Jacob S. Schwartz, age 95, of Vevay, died on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 1:58 a.m. at the home of his son, Levi L. Schwartz.

He was born September 17th, 1922 in Berne, Indiana, to Samuel and Elizabeth (Schwartz) Schwartz. Jacob was raised in Berne, where he attended school.

Jacob farmed all of his life and resided in Glasgow, Kentucky and Vevay.

Jacob is survived by his sons: Levi L. Schwartz and his wife Martha of Vevay, Samuel Schwartz and his wife Lavina of Glasgow, Kentucky, Jake Schwartz and his wife Rachel of Wilton, Wisconsin, Noah Schwartz and his wife Fannie of Glasgow, Kentucky, and Daniel Schwartz and his wife Elizabeth of Glasgow, Kentucky; by his daughters: Emma Lee of Bowling Green, Missouri, Elizabeth Eicher and her husband Eli of Canton, Missouri, Elma Kemp and her husband Jake of Summer Shade, Kentucky and Anna Schrock and her husband Alvin of Stanberry, Missouri; by his daughter-in-law, Lovina Schwartz of Hardyville, Kentucky; his 94-grandchildren; his 483-great-grandchildren; and his 38-great-great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sisters: Verena Schwartz of Bowling Green, Missouri, Barbara Yoder and her husband Eli of Ft. Scott, Kansas, Caroline Borntrager and her husband: Rudy of Bowling Green, Missouri; and his numerous nieces, nephews and friends

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Elizabeth (Schwartz) Schwartz; his wife, Lydia (Hilty) Schwartz; his sons: Reuben and Pete Schwartz; his seven grandchildren; his five great-grandchildren; his three brothers and four sisters.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Thursday, January 25th, 2018, at 9996 Bennington Pike, Vevay, and again on Friday, January 26th, 2018, at 1860 Payne Mill Road Glasgow, Kentucky, 42141.

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, January 27th, in Glasgow, Kentucky. Interment followed in the Old Order Amish Cemetery in Glasgow, Kentucky.

Memorial contributions may be made to Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Darleena Hockersmith

Darleena M. Hockersmith, 71, of Greensburg, Indiana, passed away at 10:26 a.m. on Monday, January 29th, 2018 at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana.

She was born on August 23rd, 1946 in Columbus, Indiana, the daughter of Paul E. and Gladys I. (Atherton) Hoy. She lived most of her life in Decatur County except for the six years she lived in Florida. Darleena graduated from Tarpon Springs High School in Florida in 1965.

She married William Joe Hockersmith in Hope, Indiana on July 27th, 1969, and the couple shared more than 48 years of marriage until her passing.

She was a beautician in Florida and Indiana and was a Master Cosmetologist. She attended Rockcreek Baptist Church and she was a Christian and liked to witness to people about Jesus Christ and had a tract ministry. She was a member of the Greensburg American Legion Auxiliary #129, Hartsville Eastern Star and had been a Den Mother to Cub Scout Pack #587. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, candle making, bird watching, writing cards, and sending letters.

Darleena is survivored by her husband, William Joe Hockersmith; her daughter, Gladys Jane (Thomas) George of Scipio, Indiana; her son, John Paul Hockersmith of Westport, Indiana; her sisters: Marlieta Lassiter of New Port Richey, Florida and Linda (Mark) Waddell of North Palm Beach, Florida; her brother, Larry (Patricia) Hoy of Waynesville, Georgia; her six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers: Paul C. and Darrel Hoy.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at the Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport, Indiana, with Reverend Steve and Reverend Judy Malone officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. Aerie Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held on Thursday, February 1st, from 4-8 p.m.; and also on Friday, February 2nd, from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Rockcreek Baptist Church; Greensburg Ladies Auxiliary #129; or Gideon Memorial Bible Program.