Obituaries 2-7-13


Betty Foley

Betty Lowe Foley, 84, of Hanover, passed away Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.

Richard Jessup

Richard Neal Jessup, 89, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Madison passed away Saturday, February 2nd, 2013, at Mt. Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

He was born October 20th, 1923, in Madison, the loving son of the late Herman and Frieda Reul Jessup. He was raised in Madison and was a 1941 graduate of North Madison High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army during World War II and was honorably discharged. After World War II, he went to work for Curtis Wright, building aircraft in Columbus, Ohio. He then worked for Rockwell International where he later retired.

Survivors include his three sons Terry Jessup of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Brian Jessup of Columbus, Ohio, and Kevin Jessup and wife Darlene of Columbus, Ohio; his daughter-in-law, Carolyn Jessup of Hanover; his sisters, Nancy Jessup Jones and husband Dr. Richard Jones of Madison; his sister-in-law, Lucy Jessup of Madison; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Rita Jessup; his second wife, Jean Jessup; his oldest son, David Bruce Jessup o January 22nd, 2010; his brother, Norman Jessup; and his sister, Margie Lee Jessup Rumbly.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. today (Thursday, February 7th) at Evans Funeral Home, 4171 East Livingston Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Columbus. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home in Columbus. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Ethel McClurg

Ethel C. McClurg, 94, of Rising Sun and former Connersville resident, passed away Saturday morning, February 2nd, 2013, at her residence.

She was born in Morehead, Kentucky, May 21st, 1918, to Zenas Walton and Bertha Frances Plank Clark and attended Haldeman High School near Morehead.

On January 7th, 1936, she was married in Morehead to Ernest McClurg and they moved to Connersville where she was employed at Philco-Ford for 14 years. Her primary attention was to her family as a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of the Western Avenue Baptist Church and enjoyed crocheting afghans and reading. She grew exceptional flower gardens at her home, often attracting enthusiasts from other communities.

She is survived by her children and their spouses: Joyce C. Sweatt and Charles of Buchanan, Tennessee; Peggy S. Tressler and Bruce of Rising Sun and Larry Clark McClurg of Linton; her sister: Kathleen Lykins of Connersville; her grandchildren and their spouses: Clark McClurg and Mary Ann, Lora VanSickle and Mark, Charles Drew and Stacy, Cindy Alcorn and Billy, Joseph Poe and Belinda, Julie Moore, Jon Miller and Shirley, Jayne Jackson, Jay Miller and Maggie, Jeff Miller, Steve Sweatt, Stacy McCluskey and Harold, Dee Sweatt and Mike Doris, Stan Tressler and Becky, Andy Tressler and Patti, Pete Tressler and Lisa, Laine Redding and Aaron, Brad Tressler; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband who died December 7th, 1992; her granddaughter: April McClurg; three sisters: Patty Colter; Betty Jones and infant Irene Clark; four brothers: Harry, Eugene, Joseph and infant Keith Clark.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 5th, at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville, with Pastor Troy Bishop of the Western Avenue Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed in Dale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Western Avenue Baptist Church or King’s Daughters’ Hospice, Madison. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to

Max Wertz

Max Wertz, 69, of Crawfordsville passed away Tuesday night, January 29th, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital. He was a 2011 heart transplant recipient.

He was born November 26th, 1943, in Marion County, the son of Ralph and Luella Seitz Wertz, Sr. He married Naomi Baker on February 29th, 1984. She survives.

He was a member of Calvary Chapel. He was self-employed for many years as a cabinet maker, with construction and most recently as an electrician. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He attended schools in Phoenix, Arizona, Gold Beach, Oregon, and Roachdale before graduating from Russellville High School.

In addition to his wife, Naomi Wertz of Crawfordsville, he is survived by five children, Marty (Sharon) Wertz, Tracy (Brian) McFarland, Marcy (Danny) Blanton, Kurt Wertz and Teddy Wertz; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents; he was preceded in death by his stepfather; and two brothers.

Memorial services were held Saturday, February 2nd, in Burkhart Funeral Home in Crawfordsville, led by Reverend Dave Kessee. Online condolences may be made at

Regina Walton

Regina Kay Walton, 42, of Hanover, passed away Tuesday, January 29th, 2013, at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born May 22nd, 1970, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, the daughter of Gary Sidebottom and Colleen Hicks Walton. She was a 1989 graduate of Switzerland County High School in Vevay and later trained for her Licensed Practical Nursing certification at Ivy Tech Community College in Madison in 1993. She cared for the sick and elderly as an LPN at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital, The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison and other health care facilities in the area until she recently became disabled. She enjoyed reading, working puzzles, collecting elephants and snowmen and spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Gil Rivera of Hanover; her son, Nicholas Thornton of Lexington Indiana; her two daughters, Rachel Thornton of Lexington and Crystal Burks of Seymour; her two grandchildren, Chloe Burks-Beach and James Kerr; her mother and dad, Colleen and Norman Walton of East Enterprise; her father, Gary Sidebottom and companion, Carol Lee of Lawrenceburg; her five sisters, Robin Taylor and husband Kent of Greendale, Kathryn Sebastian and husband Kelly of Dillsboro, Norma Beach and husband Nick of East Enterprise, Colleen Lay and husband Jamie of East Enterprise, Erin Rose of Florence; her nieces and nephews, Tiffany Taylor, Haley Warren and husband Philip, Hayden and Joey Sebastian, Blaine and Christopher each, Jordan and Ty Lay, and Austin and Parker Rose.

Fumeral services were conducted Saturday, February 2nd, by Reverend Frank McGee at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment was in Springdale Cemetery in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Regina Walton Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Henry Paul Curry

Henry Paul “Pee Wee” Curry, 89, of Rising Sun, passed away at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, January 29th, peacefully, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born in Switzerland County, on October 10th, 1923, the son of the late Paul and Susie (Brett) Curry. He was raised in Switzerland County and attended Vevay High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Sergeant in World War II. He served in England, France, Germany and Belgium. While in service he received a Meritorious Unit Award, American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon w/3 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal World War II and Army of Occupation (Germany).

On December 28th, 1946, at the Methodist Parsonage in Rising Sun, he married Dortha Mae (Brown) Curry who survives him. Pee Wee and Dot were married for over 66 years.

He worked at Seagrams Distillery in Lawrenceburg for 33 years, retiring in 1986. Henry was also a farmer. He was a member and trustee of the Rising Sun First Baptist Church. Pee Wee was also a member of the Rising Sun American Legion Post #59, Aurora VFW #5312, DAV Chapter 75, Lawrenceburg American Legion Riders and Rising Sun Lions Club. He was also former Ohio County Treasurer, Ohio County Democratic Party Chairman, Union Local 13 President, member of Ohio County Port Authority and Board of Directors for Rising Sun/Ohio County Senior Housing, Inc. Pee Wee also used to coach baseball, softball and basketball youth teams. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, faithful Christian and proud American.

In addition to his loving wife Dortha, Henry is survived by two daughters, Paula K. Gentrup (P.G.) of Rising Sun and Jodi Kendrick (Bryce) of Rising Sun; by daughter-in-law Margaret Curry of Columbus; by grandson, Steve Curry (Patty) of Seymour; by granddaughter, Melanie Klakamp (Jeff) of Seymour; by grandson Jonathan Curry of Columbus; by grandson Brian Gentrup (Annette) of Brownsburg; by granddaughter Kelli Gentrup-Pettit (Richard) of Moores Hill; by grandson Ryan Kendrick of Rising Sun; by granddaughters Jenna and Emily Kendrick of Rising Sun; by great-grandchildren, Matthew Curry, Ericia Milliken, Kati Curry, Conner and Cameron Klakamp, Kaden and Alexandra Gentrup, Grady and Carli Walter, Coleton Pettit; and by great-great-grandchild, Alex Milliken. Henry is also survived by sisters-in-law, Tanya Curry of Quercus Grove, Mary “Libby” Markland of Rising Sun, Marjorie Brown of Bennington and Ethel Althoff of Bear Branch.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Susie Curry, by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elmer and Lucy Brown; by his son Michael Wayne “Mickey” Curry in 2001; by his great-granddaughters, Sara Lyn and Mary Jo Walter; by his brothers, Clinton, James and Dale Curry; by his sisters, Catherine Martin and Ina Mae Caplinger; by brothers-in-law, James and Wayne Brown, Ed Caplinger, Carl Martin, Herschel Tyler and Sam Markland; and by sisters-in-law, Jean Tyler, Loretta Curry and Judy Brown.

Funeral services were held at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, Monday, February 4th, with Reverend Jim Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery with military rites conducted at the graveside by Rising Sun American Legion Post 59 and Southeastern Indiana Korean War Veterans Association Chapter #4 Color Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Rising Sun First Baptist Church.

Brenda Clark

Brenda V. Sullivan Clark, 72, of Madison, passed away at 11:06 p.m. Monday, January 28th, 2013, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born January 24th, 1941, in Carrollton, Kentucky, the daughter of Robert W. Sullivan and Martha C. Searcy Robinson. She resided most of her life in Jefferson County and was a 1958 graduate of Madison High School. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandma and sister. She worked for many years as a teacher’s aide at Lydia Middleton Elementary School in downtown Madison. She also served as administrator and caretaker at Camp Livingston in Switzerland County for 11 years. She found great enjoyment in socializing with family and friends. She loved her time with her grandchildren and was a fantastic card player. She liked the brighter side of life but enjoyed being in charge. She often stated, “The sun will always come up in the morning.”

She is survived by her husband of nearly 52 years, Arthur Goss Clark of Madison; her three sons, Jeffory L. Clark and wife Cathy of Madison, Kevin Clark and wife Reva of Hanover and Steve Clark and wife Paula of Vevay; her daughter, Kimberly Holman and husband David of Madison; her grandchildren, Derick, Andrew, Matthew, Danielle, Kirsten, Ariel, Kayla, Adam, Bryce, Devin and Austin; her three sisters, Marsha Mundt and husband Don of Hanover, Pam Peters of Vevay, and Carol Park and husband Robert of Madison; her brother, Michael Robinson and wife Cindy of Deputy; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert W. Sullivan; her mother, Martha C. Searcy Robinson; her stepfather, Dean Ward Robinson; and her grandson, Eric Clark.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Mike Barnes Saturday, February 2nd, at Indiana Veterans Memorial Chapel in Madison. Interment was in Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brenda Clark Memorial Fund for the Camp Livingston Camper Fund. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Jack Adkins

Jackie Lee “Jack” Adkins, 59, of Patriot, passed away at 6:43 p.m. Saturday, February 2nd, 2013, at his residence in Patriot.

He was born June 17th, 1953, in Winchester, Ohio, the loving son of the late George Walter and Mary Alice (Wright) Adkins. He was raised in Winchester, Ohio, and was a 1972 graduate of William Henry Harrison High School in Harrison, Ohio.

He was united in marriage on March 15th, 1975, in Patriot, to Connie Sue Konradi. Unto this union one son and two daughters arrived to bless their home. They shared nearly 38 years of marriage together until his death.

He was a former machinist at Wagstaff in Hebron, Kentucky, for six years until he became disabled. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

Survivors include his wife, Connie S. (Konradi) Adkins of Patriot; his son, Jackie Lee Adkins, Jr., and companion Leslie of East Enterprise; his two daughters, Kelly Jo Roark and husband Dennis of East Enterprise and Shawna Marie Abplanalp and husband Marlin of Florence; his nine grandchildren, Tawni, Erin, Ryder, Becky, Denny, Dalton, Kobe, Gabby and Alyssa; his great-grandchild, Brian; his two sisters, Eleanor Garrison of Winchester and Marie Patrick of Dayton, Ohio; his three brothers, George Adkins of Patriot, John Adkins of Bright and Homer Adkins of the U.S.A.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his two sisters, Juanita Bartaball and Mary Hopewell; and his two brothers, Carl Adkins and Harry Adkins.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, February 6th, by Reverend Mike Jones at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dearborn County or the Patriot Fire Department Auxiliary. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

William H. Cord

William Henry Cord, 93, of Switzerland County, passed away on February 1st, 2013, at his winter residence in Gulfport, Florida.

He was born on October 31st, 1919, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents, Lela Clarence “L.C.” Cord and Lucy Letcher Cord, were natives of Fleming County, Kentucky, where the family later returned. In 1938, he graduated from high school in Ewing, Kentucky, and in 1942 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from the University of Kentucky. He later completed additional graduate coursework at Purdue University.

In 1943, he enrolled in U.S. naval training in San Diego, California and later served in the armed services overseas until January 4th , 1946, when he was honorably discharged. In 1949, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserves. During his military career he was awarded the Purple Heart in World War II combat. He also served as the commander of the American Legion in Vevay during the 1950’s.

On July 3rd, 1947, he was united in marriage to Roberta Jewel Tilford, of Hardin County, Kentucky, who survives and is currently residing in Gulfport, Florida. The couple was happily married for over 65 years.

In March, 1949, he moved to a farm in Switzerland County, Indiana where he raised beef cattle and tobacco. For over 60 years, he and his wife lived and worked on this farm, which his son still operates today. In the early 1960’s, in addition to farming, he taught agriculture at Vevay High School and provided evening agriculture classes to disabled veterans. In 1966, he began working with the Farmers Home Administration in Greensburg, Indiana as an assistant district director and later district director for 16 counties in southern Indiana. He retired from FHA in 1986.

In the 1990’s he began losing his eyesight and eventually became blind although it didn’t deter him from maintaining a very active lifestyle with his wife in both their Indiana and Florida residences. He enjoyed listening to “talking books,” Cincinnati Reds baseball games and Bengals football games. In his later years he also greatly enjoyed his cattle herd, his farm pets, tinkering around the farm, boat trips, and exercising at the senior center in Gulfport, Florida.

He was of Baptist faith and previously attended Long Run Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, William Tilford Cord and his wife Jill of Vevay, Indiana, and one daughter, Kathleen Cord Cash and her husband Frank of Gulfport, Florida; and two grandsons, Jonathan Cord Houghton of St. Petersburg, Florida and Adam Christopher Cord and his wife Danelle of Jefferson City, Missouri. Other survivors include his sister, Marcella Tincher of Carlisle, Kentucky, and his brother L.C. Cord, Jr., of Fleming County, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The visitation will be held at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home at 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana on Thursday, February 7th, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The funeral service will be held at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home at 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana on Thursday February 7th, at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gulfport Senior Center Foundation, 5501 27th Avenue S. Gulfport, FL 33707