Obituaries 3-15-18

Fauna Ashcraft, Carol Cougill, Kenneth Grim, Jr., David Scudder, Sr., Robert Weber, Kirk Works.


Robert Weber

  Robert Henry Weber, 87, of Rising Sun, passed away at 2:22 p.m., Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 while in the company of family members, at his residence.

  Robert was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 27, 1930, the son of the late Mildred (Jones) Bursly and William J. Weber. Robert grew up in the Grand Rapids community and attended school there.

  After school, Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a Corporal during the Korean War.

  He was the widower of Vada Eileen (Gulley) Weber. On February 18th, 1950, they were married at the Rising Sun Nazarene Church. Bob and Vada were married over 47 years until her passing.

  He worked as a maintenance specialist at Pierson-Hollowell in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, retiring in 1992. Bob was a member of the Rising Sun American Legion Post 59 Color Guard. He was also a member of the Korean War Veterans Association. Bob enjoyed fishing and also collected guns, knives, and anything with a western theme.

  Robert is survived by four daughters: Judith A. Combs (Larry), of Patriot; Myra D. Walston (Doug), of Rising Sun; Barbara S. Ravenscraft (Bill), of Patriot; and Eula J. Frondorf (Roger), of Rising Sun; by five sons: Robert D. Weber (Wendy), of Patriot; Douglas E. Weber (Lara), of Aurora, Indiana; Mark A. Weber, of Florence; Donald D. Weber, of Rising Sun; and Kenneth L. Weber (Kayla), of Florence; by 34 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren; by two brothers: Donnie Weber of Michigan and Jerry Bursly of Florida.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife Vada (Gulley) Weber; by two sons: Timothy M. Weber and Terry W. Weber; by daughter Cynthia D. Guard; by brother Bill Weber; and by sisters: Marie Payne and Virginia Bursly.

  Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 10th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Visitation was on Friday, March 9th, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors was at Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the family.


Carol Cougill

  Carol Jean (Davy) Cougill, age 75, of Vevay, passed away at 4:20 a.m. on Sunday, March 11th, 2018, at her residence.

  Carol entered this life on September 12th, 1942, in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of the late Robert Davy and Mary Elizabeth (LaCroix) Miller. She was raised in Dayton, Ohio, where she attended Belmont High School.

  Carol was united in marriage on August 9th, 1975, in Dayton, Ohio, to Lewis E. “Lou” Cougill, Jr. Carol and Lou shared nearly 43 years of marriage together until her death.

  Carol was an associate at ICC Paint in Fishers, Indiana, where she retired. She resided in the Noblesville, Indiana community on the family farm, and for the past 12 years in the Vevay community. Carol loved bird watching and tending to her flowers. She and the family dogs (past and present) Max and Lucy were sweet companions. She enjoyed playing games and chatting with friends and family on social media. Carol was an avid reader and talented artist. Carol will be missed beyond measure.

  Carol is survived by her husband of nearly 43 years, Lewis E. “Lou” Cougill, Jr. of Vevay; her sons: Chris Whitney of Orlando, Florida, Brian Whitney and his wife Linda of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Lewis R. Cougill and his wife Jeana of Noblesville, Indiana; her daughter-in-law, Nancy Whitney of Miamisburg, Ohio; her grandchildren: Kasey Shaw and her husband Zach, Jonathan Whitney, Bryce Flemming, Lewis T. Cougill and Xander S. Cougill; her great-grandchildren: Carter Shaw, Logan Shaw and Dani Flemming; her sister, Elizabeth “Libby” Daugherty and her husband Bill of Dublin, Ohio; and her nieces: Mary Daugherty of Seattle, Washington and Noelle Daugherty and her husband Jack Erter of Nashville, Tennessee; and lifelong friend, Claudia Thom of Bloomington, Indiana.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Davy; and her mother and step-father, Mary Elizabeth (LaCroix) Miller and Noel Miller.

  A Celebration of Carol’s life will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 17th, at Lou and Carol’s residence, 714 Caledonia Road Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Switzerland County Animal Shelter. Cards are available at the funeral home. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family at this difficult time.


Kirk Works

  Kirk Alan Works, age 53, of Vevay, passed away at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Kirk entered this life April, 18th, 1964, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the son of Tommie and Rita (Martin) Works. He spent his childhood in the East Enterprise neighborhood and attended Allensville Grade School. While growing up, he enjoyed helping his Grandma and Grandpa Martin milk their cows. He also had fond memories of Sunday dinners at Grandma Works’, where he played softball with all of his cousins.

  Kirk attended Switzerland County Jr./Sr. High School from 1977-1982. He was the Salutatorian of his senior class. During his high school years, he helped on the family farm working in hay and tobacco. He also worked for his neighbors, the Green’s, in tobacco and milking cattle. Before leaving for college, Kirk worked during the summer at the Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison.

  After high school, Kirk attended the University of Evansville from 1982-1987. He was a double major in computer information systems and business administration. During college he worked in the computer lab on campus and at Lazarus. After graduating, he continued both of those jobs, in addition to working at Krohn, Collins, and D’Amour doing billing and accounting from February 1989 through August of 1991.

  Kirk returned to his hometown of Vevay in August of 1991, where he started work at North American Stainless. He worked there until June of 1994, when he went to work for Gallatin Steel. Kirk was a dedicated employee of Nucor Gallatin Steel until May of 2017, when he was physically unable to continue working.

  Soon after his return to his hometown, he found his true calling of giving back to the community he so loved. Kirk was inducted into the Lions Club on April, 13th 1992. In 1994, he became the President of the Swiss Wine Festival. He had a grand vision for where he wanted to take the festival. He moved the festival to the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park in 1997. He enjoyed traveling the state to visit other festivals and checking out bands to get ideas for how he could improve the SWF. He pushed limits and brought in national bands. Last year the festival topped 25,000 attendees. With the help of countless volunteers, the Swiss Wine Festival has become one of the best festivals in the state.

  Kirk was selfless with his time and energy. He served as President of the Lions Club from 1995-1996. He also became a board member for the Indiana State Festival Association on November 10th, 1996. He served as the President in 2009 and 2010 and has been the treasurer since 2011. He was the treasurer for the Switzerland County Republican Party and was the current precinct committee chairman for Jefferson Township and had served as vice chairman. Kirk was a founding member of the Switzerland County Community Foundation where he served from 1997 until 2004. In 2007 he was elected to the Vevay Town Council where he served until 2012.

  Kirk received many awards for his service. In 2007, he was awarded the Josephine Hauck award for his significant contributions to Indiana Festivals. In 2016, he was a torch bearer for the Indiana Bicentennial celebration. He was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship for his service with the Lions Club in 2017. The town of Vevay named a street after him for all of his contributions to the town. Also in 2017, he received the highest honor an Indiana citizen can receive, “The Sagamore of the Wabash,” was presented to him by Representative Randy Frye on behalf of Governor Eric Holcomb for his years of service to the community of Vevay and Switzerland County, Indiana.

  Kirk was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 but he didn’t let it slow him down. He took a year off of work for treatments but continued with his non-profit work. The cancer came back in 2014 but he fought it with the same vigor that he used in his service to the community. He traveled to Nashville and Cleveland seeking trial drugs to slow the deadly disease. Ultimately, the cancer won but he was courageous in his fight. Kirk will be sorely missed by the entire community that he served until the end. He was a visionary, ambassador and true servant to the citizens of Vevay and Switzerland County, Indiana.

  Kirk will be deeply missed by his loving parents, Tommie D. and Rita Kay (Martin) Works of East Enterprise; his brother, Kent Works of Indianapolis, Indiana; his sister, Kendra Johnson and her husband Bobby of Bennington; his nephew and niece, Blake and Brooke Johnson of Bennington; and his several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his brother, Keith A. Works, who died on December 30th, 1966; his paternal-grandparents: Jesse F. Works, who died on December 3rd, 1967 and Carrie A. Works, who died on November 2nd, 1986; and his maternal-grandparents: Clarence L. Martin, who died on July 31st, 1986 and Marjorie M. (Kelley) Martin, who died on June 24th, 1994.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Saturday, March 10th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, March 11th, 2018, by Reverend Wayne Daugherty at the funeral home. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

  The Vevay-Switzerland County Lions Club conducted services on Saturday, March 10th, at part of the visitation time, at the funeral home.

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


Kenneth Grim, Jr.

  Kenneth E. “Joner” Grim Jr., 75, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018.

  He was born October 3rd, 1942 in Covington, Kentucky, son of the late Kenneth and Elsie (Richardson) Grim.

  Kenneth was a veteran of the US. Army. He was a member of the Aurora Eagles and attended Hope Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, softball, car races and bowling. He would watch the Bengals and Reds, played horseshoes and cornhole. He worked as a Machine Operator.

  He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Brenda Grim; three sons: Kenneth (Janet) Grim III of Elyria, Ohio, Brian (Carrie) Grim of Vermillion, Ohio, Anthony (Beth) Grim of Cincinnati, Ohio; by five daughters: Brenda Turner of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, Kim (Mike) Fowler of Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, Kelly (Rodger) Hillyer of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Elisha Roark of Vevay, and Tammy (Chris) Hayes of Vevay; a brother, Wayne (Gloria) Grim of Williamstown, Kentucky; by two sisters, Marie Eldridge of Batesville, Indiana, Mary Jean (Greg) Bradbury of Cross Plains, Indiana; by 20 grandchildren: Monica, Courtney, Ashley, Michael, Destiny, Justin, Farren, Cole, Jeffery, Michael, Brandon, Brittany, Kenneth, Alex, Megan, Kendra, Jessica, Bobby, Hunter, Hannah; and 12 great-grandchildren.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Elsie Louise Grim; a daughter, Shelly Grim; and his brother-in-law, Clyde Eldridge.

  Family and friends will be received on Friday, March 16th, from 5-7 p.m. at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home on Friday, March 16th, at 7 p.m., with Pastor Tom Holt officiating.

  Contributions may be made to the Aurora VFW or Aurora Eagles.


David E. Scudder, Sr.

  David E. “Frog” Scudder Sr., 68, of Sunman, Indiana, passed away on Monday, March 12th, 2018.

  He was born on March 8th, 1950 in Batesville, Indiana, son of the late Earl and Ruby Catherine (Beatty) Scudder.

  David was a member of the Manchester Fire and Rescue for 13 years. He played Santa for 41 years. He loved the outdoors, fishing and motorcycles. He retired from Anchor Glass after 48 years where he worked as a machine operator.

  He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Mary Scudder; by two sons: David E. Scudder Jr. (wife Jenny) of Clayton, New York and Matthew L. Scudder (wife Laura) of Clayton, New York; by two daughters: Nikki Warner of Vevay and Tina M. Violando of Clayton, New York; and by eight grandchildren: Courtney Warner, Justine Warner, David M. Scudder, Bailey Scudder, Quinton Scudder, Blake Violando, Andrew Scudder, and Izabela Scudder.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Lee and Ruby Catherine Scudder.

  Family and friends will be received on Thursday, March 15th, from 4-8 p.m. at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, March 16th, at 11 a.m., with Larry Whetzel officiating. Interment will follow in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale, Indiana.

  Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Manchester Fire and Rescue.


Fauna Ashcraft

  Fauna (Scott) Ritch Ashcraft, age 63, of Carrollton, Kentucky, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away at 6:22 a.m. on Friday, March 2nd, 2018, at the Signature Health Care of Carrollton in Carrollton, Kentucky.

  Fauna entered this life on November 25th, 1954, in Florence, Indiana, the daughter of the late Gail Arden and Opal (Ellis) Scott. She attended Patriot High School and Switzerland County High School.

  Fauna was united in marriage on June 3rd, 1972, in Switzerland County, to Garry Lee Ritch, Sr. Fauna was later united in marriage to Orville Ashcraft Jr. for 10 years.

  Fauna was employed for Conn Air in Milton, Kentucky, until 1979. She was a former employee for Randall-Textron and the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay. Fauna owned and operated the Florence Grocery Store in Florence. She was a member of the Carrollton American Legion Post #41 and the Vevay VFW Post #185 Auxiliary.

  Fauna attended the Worthville Baptist Church in Worthville, Kentucky. Fauna will be remembered for her love of camping, fishing, canning, playing bingo and spending time with her grandkids.

  Fauna will be missed by her son, Garry L. Ritch, Jr. of Carrollton, Kentucky; her dog, ‘Amazing Grace’ of Carrollton, Kentucky; her step-son, Rayburn Allen Ritch of Carrollton, Kentucky; her step-daughter, Jeanna Ritch of Warsaw, Kentucky; her grandchildren: Brittany Ritch, Jeffery Ritch, Rachel Ritch and Michael Ritch; her six great-grandchildren; her sisters: Amanda Faye Ballard of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Beverly Heath and her husband: Jerry of Vevay; and her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Gail Arden Scott, who died on May 11th, 1994 and Opal (Ellis) Scott, who died on April 30th, 2003; her grandson, Eric Ritch; and her brother, Lail Lynn Scott.

  Funeral services were conducted on Monday, March 5th, by Reverend Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Florence Cemetery.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Monday, March 5th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Carrollton American Legion Post #41. Cards are available at the funeral home.