Obituaries 3-16-17


Renzie Powell, Sr.

Renzie M. Powell, Sr., age 91, of Switzerland County, passed away at 11:08 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

Renzie entered this life on January 10th, 1926, in Louisville, Kentucky, the loving son of the late Robert M. and Ruth (Carter) Powell. He was raised in Irvington, Kentucky and attended school in Irvington, Kentucky and Dayton, Ohio.

Renzie was united in marriage on January 25th, 1947, in Shelbyville, Kentucky, to Elva Mae Rucker, and to this union arrived a son: Renzie, and a daughter: Glenda, to bless their home. Renzie and Elva shared over 70 years of marriage together until his death.

Renzie was employed for Thatcher Glass in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, retiring in 1984, after 32 years of service. He resided on Scott’s Ridge in Switzerland County, since 1956. He was a member of the Warsaw Baptist Church in Warsaw, Kentucky and Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers Local Union #42 of Greendale, Indiana.

Renzie enjoyed farming on Scott’s Ridge, raising beef cattle and tobacco.

Renzie will be dearly missed by his loving wife of over 70 years: Elva Mae (Rucker) Powell of Switzerland County; his son: Renzie Powell, Jr. and his wife: Thelma of East Enterprise; his daughter: Glenda Roy and her husband: Tom of Aurora, Indiana; by his grandchildren: Amy Hill and her husband Greg; Alisa Keith and her husband: Casey; Julie Ann Roy; Summer Scheffler and her husband Dean; and Tommy Jo Powell.

He will also be lovingly missed by his great-grandchildren: Brennick Powell, Emilee Waldron, Eyan Peelman, Evan Peelman, Kailee White, Natalie Hill, Ellie Keith and Madelyn Keith; by his great-great-grandchildren: Landyn White and Mason McMurray; his sister: Bertha Caldwell of Greendale, Indiana; his nieces: Nola Ruth Teaney, Paula Jane Caldwell and Angela Powell; and his nephew: Earl Ray Powell.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Robert M. and Ruth (Carter) Powell; his granddaughter: Glendora Lynn “Dorie” Peelman, who died on June 7th, 2011; by his great-grandson: Thomas Jeffery “T.J.” White, who died on October 25th, 2015; his brother: Herbert Powell; his sister: Jessie Powell and his niece: Mary Etta Rison.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, March 13th, 2017, by Pastor Patrick Lanman, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Olive Branch Cemetery, Bear Branch, Indiana.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Monday, March 13th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Olive Branch Baptist Church Building Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Margaret Wilber

Margaret Evelyn Wilber, 89, of Columbus, Indiana (formerly of Ohio and Dearborn counties), passed away at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at Four Seasons Health Care in Columbus.

Margaret was born on May 29th, 1927, the daughter of the late Leona (Kendle) and Pryor Jacob Hon. She spent her early life in Switzerland County. The family later moved to Ohio County, where Margaret graduated from Rising Sun High School in 1945.

Margaret married Glenn Gene Wilber on December 8th, 1945 in Madison. Margaret and Glenn were married over 66 years until his passing on January 21st, 2012.

Margaret was devoted to her family and was a homemaker most of her life. She was a member of the Hartford United Methodist Church. After the closing of the Hartford Church, she moved her membership to the Rising Sun United Methodist Church. Margaret was a member of the Methodist Women’s Group as well as the Happy Homemakers Home Ec Club. Margaret was a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

Margaret is survived by two sons: Gary Wilber and wife Janice, of North Vernon, Indiana and David Wilber and wife Denise, of Columbus, Indiana; by a sister: Mary Jo Hastings, of Lake City, Florida; by her grandchildren: Jeron Wilber (Crystal), of Columbus, Indiana and Lori Jo Morrison (Alan) of North Vernon, Indiana; by great-grandchildren: Emma Jo Morrison and Noah David Wilber; by step grandchildren: Lana Williams, Lonnie Williams (Karen), Eddie Williams (Tracey), Tammy Smith (Jeff Sims), Jerry Smith (Leslie); by step great-grandchildren: Ashley Rudd (Steve), Dominic Williams (Ashley), Dustin Williams, Aubrey Williams, Jamie Hill, James Bailey-Smith, Elaina Sims, Spencer Smith, Molly Smith, Avery Hill and Karli Jessie; and by eight great- great-grandchildren.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Glenn; and by brothers, Herschel, Vernon and Howard Hon; and by a sister Virginia Kinman.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 11th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Pastor Gregory Waggoner officiating. Friends were invited to call on Friday, March 10th at the funeral home. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery in Aurora, Indiana.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Phillip Pavey

Phillip Eugene Pavey, 91, passed away on March 11th, 2017, after an extended illness, at Witham Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, Indiana.

He was born on November 26th, 1925, in Lebanon, the son of the late Faye E. and Maude E. (Bales) Pavey.

Phillip graduated from Lebanon High School in 1944. Upon graduation, he entered the United States Navy in July 1944, serving as a Radar Operator aboard the USS Merrick in the North and South Pacific. He was honorably discharged in July of 1946.

He attended Ball State University in 1947 and graduated from Indiana University in 1949.

Phillip married Patsy Ruth “Pat” Pavey on June 8th, 1951, in Lebanon, Indiana. Mrs. Pavey passed away June 26th, 2010. They had one child, Sara D. Pavey, an elementary teacher at Jeff-Craig Elementary School in Vevay, until her retirement in 2015.

He worked 42 years at Stewart-Warner Heating and Air Conditioning Division, Lebanon and S.W. Southwind Division, Indianapolis. He worked as order department and credit manager of both plants at different times.

He enjoyed playing golf, traveling and was an avid reader. Mr. Pavey was a member of the American Legion in Lebanon.

Survivors include his daughter: Sara D. Pavey of Vevay; along with several nieces, nephews, nreat nieces, and nreat nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Phillip was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.

Visitation was held at Myers Mortuary, 1502 North Lebanon Street, in Lebanon, Indiana, on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017. Funeral Services are planned for Thursday, March 16th, 2017, at noon, at the funeral home. Interment with military rites will follow services at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon.

Memorials may be made in his honor to the Witham Health Services Foundation, 2505 North Lebanon Street, Suite 220, Lebanon, Indiana, 46052.

George Caseltine

George J. “Bud” Caseltine, 85, of Moores Hill, Indiana, passed away at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 12th, 2017 at his residence.

George was born in Aurora, Indiana on October 18th, 1931, the son of the late Elsie J. (Browning) and George W. Caseltine. He grew up in the Moores Hill community and went to high school there.

George proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force, where he earned the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

On February 7th, 1953 he married Arietta (Boggs) Caseltine. Bud and Arietta were married 56 years until her passing on December 11th, 2009.

George worked for 30 years at Stedman Foundry in Aurora and also worked in maintenance at Dearborn County Hospital for several years. He was a member of Hamline Chapel United Methodist Church in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. George enjoyed playing softball in his younger days and later went on to coach girls and women leagues. He and his wife Arietta helped form the girls league in Milan, Indiana.

George is survived by two daughters: Donna Gilb and husband Tom, of Moores Hill, Indiana; and Joni Gajewski and husband David, of Lebanon Junction, Kentucky; by a son: George T. “Tom” Caseltine and wife Patty, of Moores Hill, Indiana; by eight grandchildren: Michelle, Lisa, Krystal, Tina, Cadi, Richard, Mindy and Joshua; and by 22 great grandchildren and two great- great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by a sister, Betty Saunders, of Louisiana; by many nieces and nephews; and by his four-legged buddies ‘Lola’ and ‘Oso’.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife, Arietta; by brothers: Donald, Hubert, and Robert Caseltine; and by a sister: Velma Browning.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 15th at the Hamline Chapel United Methodist in Lawrenceburg. Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 15th, prior to the funeral service at the church. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Aberdeen, Indiana.

Memorial donations may be made to Dearborn County Hospice; Hamline Chapel United Methodist Church; or The Dragonfly Foundation. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family.

Robert Stephen Compton

Robert Stephen Compton 40, of Columbus Indiana, passed away on Friday, January 20th, 2017 at IU Health Methodist (Indianapolis).

Robert was born September 12th, 1976 in Barren County, Kentucky.

He is survived by his mother Betty (Ping) Stivers, step-father Danny Stivers, and his sister Amber Compton – all of Hope, Indiana; and his grandfather B.P. Compton of Glasgow, Kentucky.

Robert was preceded in death by his father Wellsery Compton; grandmother Flossie (Veluzat) Compton; grandfather Bryce Ping; and grandmother Geraldine (Moore) Ping.

A memorial service was held Saturday March 11th at Bowling Park, Edmonton, Kentucky. A second memorial service will be held Saturday March 18th at Norman Funeral Home in Hope, Indiana. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon; with the service starting at noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Schizophrenia Research Society at

Robert attended Western Kentucky University and was a music enthusiast. He played tuba for a while with the Columbus City Band and was bass guitarist with the band 31 East. Robert had held the position of Ambassador for Centerstone’s Indiana Club House, which allowed him to help educate others and support mental health awareness.

Appreciation and thanks is extended to all staff from Columbus Regional Hospital and IU Health Methodist who were in charge of Robert’s care as well as to the Indiana Donor Network.

Steven Tatum

Steven Edward “Steve” Tatum, age 69, of Vevay, passed away at 2:01 p.m. on Sunday, March 12th, 2017, at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Steve entered this life on December 2nd, 1947, in Beach Grove, Indiana, the son of the late Dewayne Tatum and Charlotte (Hess) Carroll. He was raised in Fairland, Indiana, where he attended school.

Steve was inducted into the United States Army on December 12th, 1967, in Indianapolis, Indiana, serving during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Sharpshooter (M-14 Rifle), Expert (M-16 Rifle), Army Commendation Medal and two overseas. Steve was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist 4th Class on December 3rd, 1969 at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Steve was united in marriage on October 29th, 1983 in Fairland, Indiana, to Wauneta Grace Cline and to this union arrived two daughters: Nicole and Stori; and two sons: Sean and Isiah to bless their home.

Steve resided in the Vevay community since 1997. Steve enjoyed tinkering on cars and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Steve will be deeply missed by his daughters: Nicole McAlister of Vevay and Stori Roy and her husband: Tyler of Franklin, Indiana; by his sons: Sean Tatum and his wife: Kylie of Indianapolis, Indiana and Isiah Tatum and his wife: Katie of Fishers, Indiana; by his grandchildren: Dylan, Zeyla, Noah, Maya, Owen, Amelia, Aria, Aiden, Damion, Elora, Charlotte and Fenix.

He will also be dearly missed by his sisters: Martha Likens of Indianapolis, Indiana and Patricia Cambell of Indianapolis, Indiana; his brother: Robert Carroll of Indianapolis, Indiana; and his several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Dewayne Tatum and Charlotte (Hess) Carroll; his step-father who raised him: Henry Carroll; and his brother: William Tatum.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 17th, 2017, at 1 p.m., by Reverend Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Full military rites and interment will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 17th, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Steven Edward “Steve” Tatum Memorial Fund, c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.