Obituaries 2-27-14


Connie Horine

Connie Black Horine, 69, of Shelbyville, Kentucky, wife of the late Jim Horine, passed away Monday, February 24th, 2014 at Baptist East Hospital.

Connie was born on February 13th, 1945, in Shelby County to the late Margaret Hull Black and Roy D. Black.  She was a former employee of CSX Railroad and an active member of First Christian Church in Shelbyville, Kentucky. She was a graduate of the Trimble County High School, Class of 1963. She had attended Vevay High School.

She is survived by four sisters and two brothers: Evelyn Atkinson, Eula Butler Goetzinger (John), Louisville; Carolyn Hedden, Shelbyville; Nancy Connor (Ronnie), Kernersville, North Carolina; David Black, Louisville; Danny Black (Dottie), Bedford, Kentucky; 14 nieces and nephews; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and one great-great-nephew.

Funeral services will be at 12 noon today (Thursday, February 27th) at First Christian Church in Shelbyville, with Reverend Dave Charlton officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley of Rest Cemetery in LaGrange. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Christian Church Building Fund, 1000 Eminence Pike, Shelbyville, KY 40065.

James Bevis

James Michael Bevis, age 24, of Patriot, passed away Sunday, February 2nd, 2014, in Switzerland County.

He was born January 25th, 1990, in Lawrenceburg, IN . His birth parents are Troy Bevis & Mildred Louise Messang Bevis. James Wm. & Mildred Louise Messang Bevis are the parents that raised him. James graduated from Switzerland County High School in Vevay. He worked as an equipment operator for Steel Technology located in Ghent, Kentucky. James especially loved the outdoors, four- wheeling, and fishing. Working on vehicles and equipment also was a favorite pastime.

Survivors include his father, Troy Bevis of Patriot; his parents, James William and Mildred Messang Bevis of Florence; and his sisters, Alicia and Crystal Bevis of Florence.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Troy Bevis, Jr., and one sister, Brenda Bevis.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 7th, at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Burial was in St. Paul Methodist Cemetery in Sunman. Memorials may be made to the family.

Dick Pletcher

Ray Richard “Dick” Pletcher, 92, of Patriot, passed away on February 16th, 2014, at 11:05 p.m. at The Waters of Rising Sun Nursing Home in Rising Sun.

He was born in Pierceton, Indiana, on March 6th, 1921, to Ray and Iva Pletcher.

He married Letha J. Lentz on July 14th, 1942.

He graduated from Pierceton High School in 1939. A star basketball player in high school, he attended Manchester College. During his sophomore year, he returned to Pierceton to run the family grocery business after the sudden death of his father.

World War II interrupted Dick’s family and business life in 1943. He served for three-plus years in the U.S. Army and was stationed on the island of Leyte in the Pacific Theater during his overseas tour of duty. Dick’s military service to his country was among his most proud accomplishments. He was the oldest surviving member of the Pierceton American Legion at the time of his death.

Dick was the third generation to represent the Pletcher family in the retail grocery business. He and Leitha plus scores of employees operated Pletcher’s IGA Food Center for over 50 years. In 1960, they took the bold step of moving the business from downtown and building a modern, 10,000 square foot store on the south edge of town, where it remained until the 1990s. Dick was a passionate member of the community that he grew up in and was one of the many who spent tireless hours promoting it. He and other business owners formed the Pierceton Commercial Club that later became the Chamber of Commerce. He was a 60+-year member of the Masonic Lodge #337, Eastern Star, American Legion Post #258 and the Pierceton First Presbyterian Church. Later, he regularly attended the Patriot Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 72 years, Letha of Patriot; his son, Clint (Cheryl) Pletcher of Carmel, Indiana; his grandchildren, Sarah (Scott) Hampton, Rebecca (Steve) Spears, Tisha (Joe) Pletcher abd Kirstin (Joe) Cosgrove; six great-grandchildren, Ava and Lily Hampton, Pearl Spears, Harper and Story Stephens, Declan Cosgrove; and his nephew, Tom (Vicki) Pletcher.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Paul; and his daughter, Rebecca Pletcher Leonard.

His family will hold a celebration of Dick’s life at a later date. Burial will be in Hill Crest Cemetery in Pierceton. The family asks that a random act of kindness be your remembrance of Dick. Arrangements are entrusted to the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. To send a condolence or sign a guest book, please go to

Erma Land

Erma Elaine Rogers Gilles Land, 88, of Madison, passed away at 11:40 a.m. Friday, February 21st, 2014, at Hickory Creek of Madison.

She was born March 30th, 1925, in Kent, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late Charles and Mary Siebenthal Rogers. She was raised near Kent and was a 1943 graduate of Hanover High School. She was a member of the Kent United Methodist Church until she was married. She attended the Indianapolis Business School for two years.

She was united in marriage on January 14th, 1946, in Kent, to Charles J. Gilles, Sr. This happy union of 22 years was blessed with seven daughters and three sons until the death of Charles on March 5th, 1968.

She was employed for 28 years with the Madison State Hospital as an attendant supervisor, retiring in 1989. She had worked earlier in life for Meese Manufacturing as a secretary.

She was united in marriage to Raymond Shadday in 1975 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. They enjoyed eight years of marriage until his death in 1983.

She enjoyed being a homemaker, devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed dancing, flowers, gardening, reading, cooking, putting puzzles together and crocheting.

She was united in marriage on March 10th, 1990, in Paoli, Indiana, to Kenneth Scott Land. Erma and Kenny enjoyed social events together and loved to dance. He passed away on September 11th, 1998.

She ws a faithful member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Jefferson County Farm Bureau, Women of the Moose Lodge No. 765, Central Homemaker’s Club for over 50 years and had served as secretary. She will be remembered for her love of playing cards, dancing and always looking elegant.

Survivors include his seven daughters, Mary Anne Taylor and husband Garry of Canaan, Elaine Poling and husband Carroll of Canaan, Nancy Kennett of Madison, Teresa Hughes and husband Larry of Lexington, Indiana, Marlene Pietrykowski and husband Pat of Madison, Karen Ricketts and husband Pat of Madison, Kay Moore of Stafford, Virginia; her two sons, Charlie J. Gilles, Jr., and wife Della of Madison and Donald Gilles and wife Olie of Madison; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Jim Gilles on April 5th, 1990; her sons-in-law, Gene Kennett on September 2nd, 2002 and Tom Moore on November 19th, 2009; her great-granddaughter, Brooke Taylor on July 8th, 2005; her brothers, Jack and Lee Rogers; and her sisters, Edna Bruther and Helen Kemper.

Funeral mass was held Tuesday, February 25th, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in downtown Madison, with Father Christopher Craig officiating. Interment was in St. Patrick Cemetry in Madison. The Rosary was prayed Monday evening at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or RETT Syndrome or Alzheimers Disease. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Terry Peelman

Terry Peelman, 50, of Hernando, Florida, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away about 2 p.m. Saturday, February 22nd.

His wife Barb survives as well as five brothers in Switzerland County. They are Harold, Bob and (Sharon), Jeff and (Brenda), Archie and his twin brother, Jerry Peelman and (Debbie).

A memorial service will be held in Florida March 8th. A memorial service will be held in Switzerland County, possibly in June.

Elmer White

Elmer Lloyd “Dumpy” White, 79, of Vevay, passed away at 2:45 a.m. Sunday, February 23rd, 2014, at King’s Daughers’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born July 25th, 1934, in Switzerland County, the son of George Elmer White and Mary Ellen (Cole) McClellan. He was raised in Switzerland County, where he was a 1954 graduate of Vevay High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Air Force on May 26th, 1955, in Indianapolis and was honorably discharged on January 23rd, 1959, at George Air Force Base in Victorville, California, with the rank of Airman 2nd Class, receiving the Good Conduct Medal.

He was united in marriage on March 28th, 1960, in Switzerland County, to Lillian M. Greene. Unto this union a son, Dickie, and a daughter, Cheryl, arrived to bless their home.

He was later married on May 18th, 1969 in Hammond, Indiana, to Dorothy McCormick. Unto this union a daughter, Lisa, arrived to bless their home.

He was a union steel worker for LTV Steel in East Chicago, Indiana, retiring in 1996, after 37 years of service. He was a former employee of the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay and was a former air traffic controller at the Indianapolis Airport.

He was united in marriage on December 10th, 1994, in Hammond to Judy Kay Hollitt. Elmer and Judy shared 30 years together until his death.

After moving back to Vevay in 1996, he was a courier for the Vevay Deposit Bank for several years. He was a member of the Local 1011 Steel Workers and the Good Fellows Club in East Chicago. He was past commander of the Vevay VFW Post 5396 in Vevay where he served on the honor guard for many years. He was a member of the Vevay Church of Christ, the Florence Lodge No. 27 F&AM, the Madison Moose Lodge and the Ancient Acceptted Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis. He will be remembered for his love of gardening, especially roses, being a UK basketball fan and his beloved Yorkie, Junie.

Survivors include his loving wife and caregiver, Judy Kay (Hollitt) White of Vevay; his two daughters, Cheryl Turner Dixon of Vevay and Lisa Ellen Daugherty and husband Glenn of Owensboro, Kentucky; his stepson, Nick Paunovich and wife Jan of Munster, Indiana; his stepdaughter, Kimberly Paunovich of Munster; his mother, Mary Ellen (Cole) McClellan of Vevay; his three grandchildren, Codey, Brittany and Hayley; his step-grandson, Nicky Paunovich; his great-granddaughter, Jordyn Amber Lynn; his three brothers, Donald McKenzie of Tuttle, Oklahoma, Ernest R. McKenzie of Vevay and Robert “Hardly” McKenzie of Vevay; his three sisters, Lona Mathews of Largo, Florida, Betty Scott and Loretta Hayes, both of Vevay; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved Yorkie Junie.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Elmer White; his son, Richard L. “Dickie” White; his granddaughter, Loni Amber Lynn Turner; and his three brothers, David “Buck” White, Richard “Rick” McKenzie, and Lewis Edward McKenzie.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 25th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Reverend Ronald Sandidge officiating. Interment was in Vevay Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the Honor Guard of Vevay VFW Post 5396 at the graveside. Memorial contributions may be made to his wife Judy Kay (Hollitt) White. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Debora Worley

Debora Delois (Riedout) Worley, 54, of Patriot, passed away at 3:42 a.m. Monday, February 24th, 2014, at her residence.

She was born March 27th, 1959, in Hayti, Missouri, the daughter of W.J. Riedout and Emma Lois (Hurley) Jordan. She was raised in Haines City, Florida, where she was a 1976 graduate of Sawannie High School.

She was united in marriage on February 28th, 1987, in Hayti, Missouri, to Toby Linn Worley. Debora and Toby shared nearly 27 years of marriage together until her death.

She was a former cashier and stocker for Walmart in Crothersville, Missouri, for three years until she became disabled. she resided in the Ptriot community the past five years. She was a member of First Baptit Church in Hayti. She enjoyed making crafts.

Funeral services will be held at the John W. German Funeral Home in Hayti, Missouri. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Hayti. Visitation will be held at the funeral home in Hayti. The family requests memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay is in charge of local arrangements. Onl,ine condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

David Boley, Sr.

David Wayne Boley, Sr., 83, of Rising Sun, passed away at 5 a.m. Wednesday, February 19th, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in Millersburg, Ohio, on August 1st, 1930, the son of the late Mary Mable (Mast) and Melvin Boley. He was a graduate of Holmes County High School in Millersburg. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ. He retired as plant manager from LB Foster in Norwood, Ohio. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and working outside on his farm.

On May 5th, 1950, he married Mary Lou (McLain) Boley who passed away on March 19th, 2010. They were marriued nearly 60 years.

Survivors include his daughter, Dorinda (Jerry) Tindle of Jeffersonville, Indiana; his son, David W. (Delores) Boley, Jr., of Loveland, Ohio; his two sisters, Evelyn Byers and Carol Boley, both of Millersburg; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Connie Weber; his sister, Betty Boley; and his brother, Lee Boley.

Funeral service were held Saturday, February 22nd, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Interment was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Dearborn County Hospice or Rising Sun Church of Christ.