Obituaries 3-31-16

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Lola Mae Ellard

Lola Mae (Williamson) Ellard of Mehlville, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, March 26th, 2016.

She was the beloved wife of the late Paul W. Ellard; and will be lovingly missed by her children: William (Shirley), Jerry (Caroline) and Larry (Judy) Ellard.

She was the loving grandmother of 10, including Steve Jones-Ellard of near Florence; the great grandmother of 35; and great-great grandmother of 1; a dear aunt, great aunt and friend.

Funeral services for Lola Mae Ellard will be held at the Kutis South County Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road, Mehlville, Missouri, on Thursday, March 31st beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Valhalla Cemetery.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 30th, at the funeral home.

Lola Mae Ellard

Lola Mae (Williamson) Ellard of Mehlville, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, March 26th, 2016.

She was the beloved wife of the late Paul W. Ellard; and will be lovingly missed by her children: William (Shirley), Jerry (Caroline) and Larry (Judy) Ellard.

She was the loving grandmother of 10, including Steve Jones-Ellard of near Florence; the great grandmother of 35; and great-great grandmother of 1; a dear aunt, great aunt and friend.

Funeral services for Lola Mae Ellard will be held at the Kutis South County Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road, Mehlville, Missouri, on Thursday, March 31st beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Valhalla Cemetery.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 30th, at the funeral home.

Diane Earls

Diane Lynn (Propes) Earls, age 58, of Versailles, Indiana, passed away with her loving family by her side at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 26th, 2016, at her residence.

Diane entered this life on December 16th, 1957, in New Albany, Indiana, the loving daughter of Dallas B. and Leonella (Tebbe) Propes. She was raised in Aurora, Indiana, where she was a 1976 graduate of Aurora High School and was in the Honor Society for four years.

Diane was united in marriage on September 25th, 1976, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora, to Norman D. Earls, and to this union arrived a daughter: Amanda to bless their home. Diane and Norman shared nearly 40 loving years of marriage together until her death.

She was a Realtor and Clerk for Realty Exchange in Versailles for 17 years. She was a member and a Eucharistic Minister at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Osgood, Indiana. Diane resided in the Versailles community since 1980. Diane enjoyed flowers, baseball, especially the Cincinnati Red’s and spending time with her grandsons, Bryce and Gage Asbury. Diane was a devoted wife, loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt and dear friend.

Diane will be dearly missed by her loving husband of nearly 40 years: Norman D. Earls of Versailles; her daughter: Amanda Asbury and her husband: James of Independence, Kentucky; her grandchildren: Bryce and Gage Asbury; her parents: Dallas B. and Leonella (Tebbe) Propes of Aurora; her sisters: Denise Vogel and her husband: Tom of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; Betsy Gutzwiller and her husband: Denton of Holton, Indiana; and Susan Propes of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; her sisters-in-law: Sharon Earls of Salem, Indiana and Sherrie Wiesmann and her husband: Eugene of Mt. Sterling, Indiana; and her several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law: Norman William Earls, who died on December 3rd, 2006, and Mary Charlotte (Sullivan) Earls, who died on March 23rd, 2015; and her brother-in-law, David Lee “Butch” Earls, who died on June 12th, 1999.

Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016, by Sister Shirley Girth and Father Bill Turner at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Tuesday prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Larry Christman

Larry Dean Christman, 77, of County Road 250 East, Columbus, Indiana, went to be with the Lord at 1:53 p.m. on Monday, March 21st, 2016, at Seymour Crossing.

Larry was born November 29th, 1938, to Roscoe and Leone (Hughes) Christman in Ripley County. He had one sister, Sara Jean.

As a child Larry spent his summers with his grandparents, Harry and Carrie (Bliton) Christman, on the family farm at Pleasant, Indiana. He attended schools in Kentucky where his parents were in the ministry. Larry enjoyed working with his father during his childhood. His father taught him carpentry, construction and mechanic skills.

Larry graduated in 1956 from Shelbyville High School in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Three months after graduation Larry hired in at Cummins Engine Company at Columbus, where he worked until retirement after 30 years.

Larry married Betty Dean Lock on June 5th, 1959, at Fredonia Baptist Church in Switzerland County. That fall, Larry and Betty bought their first home on Ross Street in Madison. During their six years at Madison they were blessed with three children: Susan, Bob and Sharon.

Larry, Betty and the family moved to Columbus in 1965 and bought their second home on Karlsway in Mineral Springs so Larry would be closer to his job at Cummins.

After retiring from Cummins, Larry drove for ColumBUS Transit. During this period of 10 years, he met many good friends. Staff and riders were all special to him.

Larry attended Shiloh Baptist Church where he had many friends and co-workers.

He always said he never needed any hobbies because all he needed was his family, that was his enjoyment in life. Larry had a great sense of humor. He loved his grandchildren and was devoted to them just as he was with his children.

Survivors include his wife; son, Robert (Shari) Christman of Columbus; daughters, Susan (Terry) Grammer and Sharon (Jerry) Wilson, both of Columbus; sister, Sara (Larry) Estes of Paris, Kentucky; mother-in-law, Flossie Lock of Columbus; grandchildren, Stacie (Nathan) Larrison, Thomas (Ashley) Grammer, Beth Dunn, Allison (Levi) Deckard, Shellie (Ryan) Huff, Dan Christman and Kate Christman; great-grandchildren, Bella, Daisy and Joseph Dunn, Charlie, Harry and Gwynneth Grammer, Elliott Larrison, Gibson and Bowen Deckard, and Easton Deckard is on the way; brother-in-law, Norris Krall of Osgood; several nieces and nephews; and a special cousin, Jane Hance of Rexville, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Reverend Roscoe and Leone Christman; father-in-law, Chester Lock; and a sister-in-law, Mary Krall.

Funeral services were conducted on Friday, March 25th, at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home in Columbus, Indiana, with the Reverend Nathan Couch officiating. Calling was on Thursday, March 24th at the funeral home, and also prior to the beginning of the funeral service on Friday, March 25th. Burial was at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Purdue Students Against Alzheimer’s, of which Larry’s granddaughter Kate is president, through the funeral home. www.jewellrittman.com

Linda Sue Reuter

Linda Sue (Brown) Reuter, age 73, of near Pleasant, passed away with her loving family by her side at 2:03 a.m. on Thursday March 24th, 2016, at her residence.

Sue entered this life on July 23rd, 1942, in Madison, the loving daughter of the late Elmer C. and Letha L. (Leep) Brown. She was raised in Switzerland County, where she was a 1960 graduate of Vevay High School.

Sue was united in marriage on January 27th, 1962, at the Long Run Baptist Church near Moorefield, to Leslie Reuter; and to this union arrived twin daughters: Letha and Retha, to bless their home. Sue and Les shared 54 loving years of marriage together until her death.

Sue was a former payroll clerk for Innovative Placement in Noblesville, Indiana for three years. She was a former cook for the Switzerland County High School in Vevay for six years. She also held several positions while her twin daughters were in school. Sue was also a former waitress for Marie’s Restaurant in Vevay. She was a member of the Long Run Baptist Church near Moorefield.

Sue resided with her loving husband in Switzerland County, all of her life. She enjoyed quilting, keeping a meticulous lawn, ceramics, flowers and spending time with her husband and her family.

Sue will be dearly missed by her loving husband of 54 years: Leslie “Les” Reuter of near Pleasant; her twin daughters: Letha Engelman and her husband: John of Indianapolis, Indiana; and Retha Parsley and her husband: Larry of Carmel, Indiana; her grandchildren: Taylor, Lee, Lauren and Hayden; by her brother: Gary Brown and his wife: Marilyn of Columbus, Indiana; her niece: Nola Brown of Columbus, Indiana; and her nephew: Patrick Brown of Columbus, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Elmer C. and Letha L. (Leep) Brown.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, March 28th, 2016, by Pastor KC Banta and Larry Parsley, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, Madison.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Sunday, March 27th, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Moorefield Community Fire Department or to the American Heart Association. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Christene White

Naomi Christene White, 85, of Quercus Grove, passed away at 7:50 p.m. on Friday, March 25th, 2016 at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Christene was born in Switzerland County, on February 1st, 1931, the daughter of the late Georgie Mae (Ray) and Melvin Keith. Christene grew up in the Quercus Grove community and attended Patriot High School.

On November 13th, 1954, she was united in marriage to Cecil White, and the two shared 22 years of marriage together until he passed away on November 27th, 1976.

In 1947, at the age of 17, she began working at Seagrams Distillery in Lawrenceburg, and worked there for 47 years.

Christene was raised on a farm and her love for farming stayed with her throughout her life. She enjoyed raising cattle, growing tobacco and hay and doing any chores that needed to be done. Christene was a simple woman, her family, friends and farm was all she needed to be happy.

Christene is survived by a daughter, Diane Albright (Honk), of Quercus Grove; by two sons: Dewayne White (Kim), of Sana Rosa, California and Mark White (Susan), of Bennington; by a brother: Hilbert Keith, of Rising Sun; by grandchildren: Carey Cline (Ashley), Zane White (Angie), Holly Hinkle (Jerry), Jessica Ester (Shawn), John Calloway, April Brindley (Phil), Jarrod Albright and Kristi Albright; and by great-grandchildren: Courtney, McKenna, Hanna, Conner, Bentley, Tessa, Jasmine, Jamason, Amber, Hunter, Reagan, Trenton and Coen.

Christene was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Cecil; and by a brother, Carlyle Keith.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 31st, 2016, at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Reverend Mike Jones officiating. Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Markland Funeral Home. Burial will be at New Liberty Cemetery in East Enterprise.

Memorial donations may be made to New Liberty Cemetery.

Donald Ellis

Donald Lee Ellis, 84, passed away peacefully at his home on March 21st, 2016, with his family at his side.

He was born on March 3rd, 1932 to Millard and Goldie Bess Ellis in Hamilton, Ohio. He attended Hanover High School and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Marian Caldwell, and had four children: Donnie, Gary, Marcy and Cheryl. While his career was at General Motors and Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, all who were close to him knew his true passions were his love of his family and country, the outdoors, and his varied and numerous interests and pursuits.

As an avid reader with a photographic memory, he could regale his family and friends with information about innumerable subjects as well as quote poems by his favorite poets, Robert Service and Indiana’s James Whitcomb Riley. As an endowment member of the NRA, one of his most passionate interests was hunting and all things related to guns. In his younger adult years, he competed with the Butler County Gun Club in regional matches. In later years, his interest extended to the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, building his guns and competing in numerous events.

In his final years of competition with the NMLRA, he set national records for the slug gun competition in several distances, and continues to hold records.

Art was another passion he studied at Miami University and pursued as an amateur artist through most of his life, especially his years in New Mexico. His other numerous interests ranged from the family farm on Mexico Ridge Road to beekeeping, fly fishing, winemaking, forestry conservation and local history. Donald was a Freemason and a member of  Rising Sun No. 6. He also served as a Volunteer Fireman in Bear Branch.

Donald will be greatly missed by his loving family and many close friends. He is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Marian Caldwell Ellis; his daughters, Marcy Ellis Hahn and husband Roger, and Cheryl Ellis Munoz and late husband Robert; his nine grandchildren: Jesse Munoz and wife Ashley, Eli Munoz, Annie Munoz, Alex Hahn, Garrett Hahn, Dawn Ellis Bolton and husband Chris, Weston Ellis, Ethan Ellis, and Amanda Ellis Gribbons and husband James; his five great-grandchildren: Alice Munoz, Tyler Hoskins, Derek Hoskins, Lillian Cline, and Sophia Gribbons; and his sister, Pat Everhart and husband Alvie.

Donald was preceded in death by his two sons: Donald Ellis Jr. and Gary Ellis; his brother, Richard Ellis, and his parents.

Visitation was held on Monday, March 28th, at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Funeral services were held immediately following the visitation, with the Masonic ceremony, and David Ricketts officiated the services.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, March 29th at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Hamilton, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department or Dave Goodwin Landscaping for a memorial tree.

Tom Hambrick

Thomas “Tom” Vernon Hambrick, age 82, of Madison, died on Saturday, March 26th, 2016, at 1:25 a.m. at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

Tom entered this life on June 28th, 1933 in Switzerland County on Tater Bug near Vevay. He was the loving son of the late Vernon Thomas and Aldean Higgins Hambrick. Tom was raised in Switzerland County and was 1951 graduate of Vevay High School.

He moved to Madison in 1951 and attended the University of Wisconsin School of Banking. Tom was inducted into the United States Army during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1953.

In 1953 Tom began his banking career with the Madison Bank & Trust Company and became president and chairman of the board in 1976.

Tom was united in marriage to Ruth Elaine Peebles on December 18th, 1954 at the First Baptist Church in Carrollton, Kentucky by the Reverend Ralph Couey. This happy union of 61 years was blessed with one daughter: Denise; and one son, Dan.

He worked in banking for 39 1/2 years, retiring from Madison Bank & Trust Company in 1992. Tom was very civic minded and in 1987 was a charter member of the Friends of Shawe and Pope John Schools; served as a past president of the Madison Industrial Development Corporation; chairman of the Salvation Army Board; president of the Jefferson County Welfare Board; president of the Madison – Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce; past president of the Madison Jaycees; Historic Madison, Inc.; Region 11 Ivy Tech Board; Madison Port Authority; Yunker Foundation Board; Schroeder Foundation Board; and the Economic Development Board for the City of Madison.

Tom served for eight years on the Madison City Council; Madison Board of Works & Safety; City of Madison Plan Commission; past president of Southeastern Region Seven Indiana Bankers Association; State of Indiana Bankers Board of Directors; served as chairman for Congressman Hamilton’s Academy Selection Committee; was a former trustee of the King’s Daughters’ Hospital Board; Jefferson Proving Ground Development Commission; Conference of State Bank Supervisors Board; board member of the Madison Rotary Club; the Miss Madison Board; and served as a former treasurer for the Madison Regatta.

On January 29th, 1992, Tom received the Community Service Award from the Madison Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. On March 21st, 1976 he was named “Boss of the Year”, by the Madison Jaycees. In 1992 he was awarded distinction with the Salvation Army for his many years of service and contributions.

Tom was a faithful member of the North Madison Baptist Church, having served as a trustee for many years. He also held membership in the Union Masonic Lodge No. 2 F. & A.M., the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis and the Murat Shrine Club in Indianapolis. Tom was an avid golfer with Max Lowry, George Wesbecker and Ronnie Lohrig and was a fierce competitor. He was a great friend to the community of Madison and gave tirelessly in his many acts of service. His greatest devotion was to his beloved wife, children and most of all his grandchildren.

Tom will be missed by his loving wife of 61 years, Ruth Elaine Peebles Hambrick of Madison; his loving son, Dan Hambrick and his wife, Leslie of Madison; his loving daughter, Denise Coats of Jeffersonville, Indiana; his adoring grandchildren: Kara, Collin, Carson, Cayden, Cavaan and Cohenn; and his great-granddaughter, Karenna Kelton.

He is also survived by his loving sisters: Eva Hannah of Carmel, Indiana and Joy Sauley and her husband, Jerry of Union, Kentucky; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Jean Meadows, Carl Peebles and his wife, Joyce; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon Thomas and Aldean Higgins Hambrick and his son-in-law, Clarence “Buddy” Coats.

Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016, by Pastor Frank McGee at the North Madison Baptist Church, 1906 Orchard Street in Madison, Indiana. Interment followed in the Fairmount Cemetery in Madison.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Tuesday, March 29th, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive Madison, Indiana; and Wednesday prior to the time of service at the North Madison Baptist Church. A Masonic service was held on Tuesday at the funeral home by Union Masonic Lodge No. 2 F. & A.M.

A final salute was conducted on Wednesday at the North Madison Baptist Church by Jefferson Post 9, of the American Legion with full military honors following at the Fairmount Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Madison Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Halbert Walston

Halbert Lawrence Walston, age 88, of Vevay, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with his loving family by his side at 9:55 p.m. on Saturday, March 26th, 2016, at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Halbert entered this life on August 6th, 1927, at the Walston residence in Patriot, the loving son of the late John Madison and Opal Gertrude (Koons) Walston. He was raised in Patriot, and was a 1979 graduate of the Switzerland County High School.

Halbert was united in marriage on February 8th, 1952, at the Baptist Parsonage in Aurora, Indiana, to Alice Jean Burris, and to this union arrived six children: Vanessa, Valerie, Mae, Mike, Dolly and Amy to bless their home. Halbert and Alice shared 64 loving years of marriage together until his death.

Halbert was a former policeman for the town of Patriot, where he was Town Marshal from 1968 to 1972. Halbert was a former truck driver for Golf Oil in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and for Limbacher Trucking in Aurora, Indiana. Halbert served 30 years in various trucking businesses. He also was a former Security Officer for Penn Security in Cincinnati, Ohio for 10 years. Halbert was employed in maintenance for the Town of Vevay for four years.

Halbert was a member of the former Knights of Pythias in Patriot. He was also a member of the Patriot Firehouse, where he was an honorary fire chief. He was a member of the Quercus Grove United Methodist Church in Quercus Grove.

Halbert resided for several years in the Patriot community and for the past 32 years in the Vevay community. Halbert enjoyed reading the Bible, working crossword puzzles, walking, tinkering, mowing, but most of all spending time with his loving family especially his grandkids and his great-grandkids. Halbert was a devoted husband, loving dad, pap, brother, uncle and dear friend. Halbert will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends.

Halbert will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 64 years: Mrs. Alice Jean (Burris) Walston of Vevay; his children: Vanessa Ritchie and her husband: Rocky of Camby, Indiana; Valerie Sloan of Madison; Mae O’Day and her husband: Robert of Sutherland, Virginia; Mike Walston and his wife: Bonnie of Roanoke, Virginia; and Amy Peelman and her husband: Jeff of East Enterprise. He is also survived by his son-in-law: Mark Watkins of Indianapolis, Indiana; his grandchildren: Halbert Walston, Ken Ritchie, Robert Ritchie, Alyssa Hatcher, Joey Freeman, Tonja Walston Buettner, Jason Walston, Rodney Walston, Reed Watkins, Jerrel Watkins, Chelsea Reagan, and Richie Lay.

Halbert will also be missed by his great-grandchildren: John, Michaela and Allan Buettner, Dominic, Miles and Rosalie Ritchie, Alli, Kayleigh and Brooklyn Watkins and Kyler Reagan; by his siblings: Freda Gray of Carrollton, Kentucky; Wayne Walston of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Roger Walston of Batavia, Ohio; and his several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: John Madison and Opal Gertrude (Koons) Walston; his daughter: Dolly Ruth Watkins, who died on December 15th, 2015; his grandson: Adam Ritchie; his granddaughter: LaDonna Hatcher; his son-in-law: Jeffrey Carroll “Jeff” Sloan, who died on November 13th, 2004; his brothers: Roy, Jay, Bernie and Charles Walston and his sister: Jeanne Campbell.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, April 1st, 2016, at 11 a.m., by Pastor Ken Ritchie, at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment will follow in the Eastview Cemetery, Patriot.

Friends may call 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 31st, at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Mr. Halbert Lawrence Walston Memorial Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.