Dr. Diego Valenzuela, Sr.

Dr. Diego Castro Valenzuela, Sr., 85, of Vevay, passed away Saturday, March 17th, at his home.
He was born November 12th, 1921, in Polo, Bulacan, Philippines, the youngest son of Dr. Pio and Marciana (Castro) Valenzuela, who both preceded him in death. He completed his medical degree at the University of the Philippines, specializing in OB-GYN and worked at the North General Hospital (now Dr. Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital) for 20 years. He was a fellow in the Philippine College of Surgeons and Philippine Obstetrical.
Dr. Valenzuela emigrated to the United States of America in 1969 and practiced medicine in Vevay, until his retirement in 1995. Dr. Valenzuela delivered many (Switzerland County) babies in Madison from 1969 to the early 1980s.
He was united in marriage in 1941, to Rosalinda Garcia. A later marriage was to Dr. Fidelia “Del” Ocampo.
Dr. Valenzuela was the County Health Officer for several years during his medical practice in Vevay. The community in which they served will be forever grateful for the service that Dr. Val and Dr. Del, as they were affectionately known, gave to the citizens of Vevay and Switzerland County. He was a member of the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay.
Survivors include his wife, Dr. Fidelia “Del” Valenzuela of Vevay; his sons, Oscar Valenzuela of the Philippines, Dr. Diego G. Valenzuela, Jr., of Dallas, Texas, Dr. Pio G. Valenzuela, II and his wife Jill of Lansing, Michigan, and Vincent Valenzuela and wife Saleena of North Bergen, New Jersey; his daughters, Sonia Quast and husband Dietrich of Brazil and Noeline Gullion and husband Darin of Vevay; his grandchildren, Diego, Ernesto, Don Luis, Maia, Mel, Madeline, Anthony and Zachary; his sister, Alice Lozada of the Philippines; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Avelardo, Sr., Arturo and Amadeo Valenzuela; and his sisters, Mercedes Los Banos and Rosa Tecson.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 21st, by Reverend John Meyer at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Prayer service was held Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dr. Valenzuela to the Community Foundation of Switzerland County or the Switzerland County YMCA. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Neva Simmons

Neva Elizabeth (Miles) Simmons, 92, of Orlando, Florida, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away Thursday, March 15th, at her home.
She was born November 2nd, 1914, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Benjamin F. and Ethol Rebecca (Cotton) Miles, who both preceded her in death.
She was united in marriage to Hobart Simmons June 23rd, 1935, and they moved to a farm in Bennington in 1946, where she owned and operated her own beauty shop.
After her husband’s death in 1978, she moved to Orlando to be near he daughter. She was an avid reader and a talented artist who enjoyed painting ceramics. She was a member of Bennington United Methodist Church and the Knit Wits of Reeves Memorial United Methodist Church in Orlando.
Survivors include her daughter, Gala Hatfield and husband Ernie of Orlando; her grandson, Ernest Hatfield of Atlanta, Georgia; her granddaughter, Jennifer and her partner, Shelly Moorfield of Atlanta, Georgia; her great-grandsons, Miles and Owen Moorfield of Atlanta; her daughter-in-law, Melinda Simmons of Oxford, Florida.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Michael Simmons; and her sister, Dean Lock.
Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Arnold Cutter at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24th, at Bennington United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery in Bennington. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bennington United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Virgil Richardson

Virgil Richardson, 65, of Rising Sun, passed away Thursday, March 15th, at University Hospital in Cincinnati.
He was born April 5th, 1941, in Ohio County, the son of Elmer Ray and Ella Mae (Rumsey) Richardson. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1959. He was a driver for Meals on Wheels for LifeTime Resources. He worked as a handyman and helping others. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 59 and the Ohio County Historical Society.
On January 15th, 2000, he married Doris (Boggs) Sebree, who survives.
Other survivors include his sons, Virgil Richardson, Jr., of Tucson, Arizona and Mark Richardson, Sr., of Osgood; his daughter, Linda Reese of Brownsburg; his sister, Thelma Miller of Rising Sun; his stepsons, Steve Sebree of Moorefield, Roger Sebree of Rising Sun and John Sebree of Florence; his stepdaughters, Judith Brown of St. Leon, Indiana, Vickie Chandler of East Enterprise and Tabitha Sebree of Warsaw, Kentucky; seven grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 21st, by Reverend John Scudder at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Rising Sun. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Russell L. McCreary

Russell L. McCreary, 96, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, March 14th, in Lawrenceburg.
He was born Monday, October 31st, 1910, in Switzerland County, the son of the late Henderson McCreary and the late Mary Orleana (Williamson) McCreary. He was a charter member of Wilmington Hills Wesleyan Church. After retirement at Aurora Casket Company for 40 years as a supervisor of the paint department, he worked 14 years at Paul Rohe Company.
Surviving are his wife, Jean McCreary of Aurora; his sisters-in-law, Edith Voshell of Aurora and Doris Tanner of Aurora; his brother-in-law, Melvin “Jack” Bennett of Aurora; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 16th, by Reverend Donnie Meriwether at Wilmington Hills Wesleyan Church. Interment followed in the Greendale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilmington Hills Wesleyan Church or the Aurora Life Squad. Rullman Hunger Denney Funeral Home of Aurora was in charge of arrangements. The funeral home’s website is