OBITUARIES 3-8-18

Kirk Works, Fauna Ashcraft, Larry Buchanan, Larry Caplinger, Travis Griffith, Andrew Hochstrasser, Julie Raisor, Dotte Swift.

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Kirk Works

Mr. Kirk Alan Works, age 53, of Vevay, Indiana, passed away at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 07, 2018, at King’s Daughter’s Hospital in Madison, Indiana. 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, Indiana. 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 thru August of 1991. Kirk returned to his hometown of Vevay, Indiana in August 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 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, 13 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 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 10, 1996. He served as the President in 2009 and 2010 and has been the treasurer since 2011. 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, Tommy D. and Rita Kay (Martin) Works of East Enterprise, IN; his brother, Kent Works of Indianapolis, IN; his sister, Kendra Johnson and her husband: Bobby of Bennington, IN; his nephew and niece, Blake and Brooke Johnson of Bennington, IN and his several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

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

Friends may call 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 2:00 pm, by Rev. Wayne Daugherty at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.

Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.

The Vevay-Switzerland County Lions Club will conduct services at 8:00 pm, Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kirk A. Works Fund % CFSCI or Keeping Pace Cancer Fund % CFSCI. Cards are available at the funeral home.

 

 

 

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.

 

Larry Buchanan

  Larry Dean Buchanan, age 75, of Columbus, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away at 12:24 a.m. on Thursday, March 1st, 2018, at his residence.

  Larry entered this life on May 31st, 1942, at home in Ohio County, Indiana, the son of the late Wilbur Russell “Toots” and Elizabeth Melzena (Bovard) Buchanan. He was raised in Quercus Grove, Indiana, and was a 1960 graduate of Patriot High School.

  Larry was inducted into the United States Navy on October 25th, 1961, in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving during the Vietnam War. He earned the Good Conduct medal and was honorably discharged with the rank of AK2 on February 24th, 1966, in Memphis, Tennessee.

  Larry was united in marriage on January 22nd, 1992 in Columbus, Indiana to Brenda Teltoe and to this union arrived a daughter, Emilee, to bless their home.

  Larry was employed as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Columbus, Indiana, retiring in 1997 after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Columbus Moose Lodge #398. Larry enjoyed coaching softball for many years, golfing and was a Cincinnati Reds fan.

  Larry is survived by his daughter, Emilee L. Andrew and her husband Dylan of Columbus, Indiana; his dog, ‘Zoe’; his brother-in-law, Kenny Griffin of Vevay, and his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents: Wilbur Russell “Toots” Buchanan, who died on March 21st, 1991 and Elizabeth Melzena (Bovard) Buchanan, who died on November 17th, 1993; his brother, Jim R. Buchanan, who died on December 3rd, 2000; and his sister, Verlie Griffin, who died on September 8th, 2012.

  A celebration of Larry’s life will be held on Saturday, March 10th, 2018, from 2-4 p.m., at the Hartsville United Methodist Church, 175 Jackson Street Hartsville, Indiana, 47244.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Cards are available at the funeral home.

 

 

Dotte Swift

  Dotte (Kidwell) Houze Swift, age 73, of East Enterprise, passed away at 10:50 a.m. on Friday, March 2nd, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Dotte entered this life on February 17th, 1945, in London, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Ronald Melvin Kidwell and Louise Anita (Dizney) Houze.

  She was raised in East Enterprise and attended Vevay High School and took college courses in criminal justice.

  Dotte was united in marriage on June 29th, 1975, in Dillsboro, Indiana, to the late John Michael “Mike” Swift. Dotte and Mike shared 40 years of marriage together until he passed away on April 28th, 2015.

  Dotte was employed as the security manager for K-Mart in Harrison, Ohio, for five years. She was also employed as the security manager for Children’s Palace District in Cincinnati, Ohio, for five years and for Ontario-Rinks in Cincinnati, Ohio, for 15 years.

  Dotte resided in the East Enterprise community since 1996. She was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Aurora, Indiana. Dotte will be remembered for her love of flowers, gardening, reading, antiques and collecting Coca Cola memorabilia.

  Dotte is survived by her daughter, Peggy Smith of East Enterprise; her son, Floyd Kittle, Jr. of New Castle, Indiana; her step-daughter, Buffy A. Swift of Moores Hill, Indiana; her granddaughter, Annabel Smith of East Enterprise; her sister, Mary Louise Woolerd of North Carolina; her brothers: Proctor Kidwell of North Carolina, Ronnie Kidwell of North Carolina, Mark Kidwell of South Carolina, and Keith Kidwell of South Carolina; her nephew, Robert Patton of California; and other nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Ronald Melvin Kidwell and Louise Anita (Dizney) Houze; her step-father, Norman A. Houze; her husband, John Michael “Mike” Swift, who died on April 28th, 2015; her sons: David Kittle and Michael Swift, Jr.; her daughter, Michelle “Missy” Lowe; her son-in-law, Robert Nim “Robbie” Smith; her grandson, Brandon Kittle; and her sister, Janet Dittmer.

  Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, by Brother Jeremiah Haynes at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Friends were invited to call on the family on Wednesday, March 7th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.

 

 

Larry Caplinger

  Larry Ray Caplinger, 70, of Burlington, Kentucky, (formerly of Rising Sun) passed away at 8:49 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood, Kentucky.

  Larry was born in Milan, Indiana, on March 3rd, 1947, the son of the late Dorothy (Shanks) and Harold T. Caplinger. He graduated in 1965 from Rising Sun High School, where he was active in the high school band.

  After graduation he continued his love of music and was a member of the bands ‘Mill Creek’ and the ‘Ravens’. Larry later went on to attend Florida Bible College and graduated in 1978. He was former Pastor at Day Spring Bible Church in Aurora, Indiana, and also coached the church softball league.

  Larry was currently a member of Hope Baptist Church in Dillsboro, Indiana, and was instrumental in starting their ‘Reformers Unanimous’ program.

  Larry worked as a Machinist at Setco in Cincinnati, Ohio for several years; and also proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force.

  On August 30th, 1969 he married Faye (McClurg) Caplinger at the Rising Sun First Baptist Church. Larry and Faye were married over 48 years. Larry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and faithful servant to his Lord.

  Larry is survived by his wife, Faye Caplinger, of Burlington, Kentucky; by his daughter, Chrissy Foltz (Dave), of Hebron, Kentucky; by his son, Jon Caplinger (Jill), of Burlington, Kentucky; by his grandchildren: Chase, Eva, Kate, Jace, Jared and Jenna; by a sister, Sondra Gurley, of Rising Sun; by a brother, Gary Caplinger (Pam), of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Larry is also survived by many nieces, nephews, in-laws, other family members and friends.

  Larry was preceded in death by his parents; and by brothers Herschel and Wayne Caplinger.

  Funeral services were held on Monday, March 5th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun,  with Pastor Tom Holt officiating. Visitation was on Monday, March 5th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

  Memorial donations may be made to the ‘Reformers Unanimous’ program at Hope Baptist Church in Dillsboro, Indiana (checks payable to Hope Baptist Church); or St. Elizabeth Hospice (checks payable to St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation). Cards are available at the funeral home.

 

 

Travis Griffith

  Travis Daniel “Mr. G” Griffith, age 46, of Florence, passed away with his loving family by his side and entered the arms of his Lord and Savior, where there is no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying or pain at 1:35 p.m. on Sunday, March 4th, 2018, at his residence. “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Job 1:21.

  Travis entered this life on July 15th, 1971, in Madison, the loving son of Terry Keith and Cynthia Jane (Shrode) Griffith. Travis was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1989 graduate of Switzerland County High School. He attended Purdue University from 1989-1994 and earned his bachelors degree in education from Northern Kentucky University in 1996.

  Travis was united in marriage to the love of his life, Amy Lynn Robinson, on September 20th, 1997 at the Versailles Church of Christ in Versailles, Indiana. This happy union was blessed with a son, Trayton; and three daughters: Kinsley, Analyse and Kendall. Travis and Amy shared nearly 21 years of marriage together until his death.

  Travis was a former fourth grade teacher for Cartmell Elementary School in Carrollton, Kentucky, for one year. Travis was currently the fifth grade teacher, where he was known as ‘Mr. G’, for Switzerland County Elementary School in East Enterprise, since January 1999.

  Travis was the lead guitarist in the “Remember Me Monday” band, which he formed in May of 2015 with his brother, Brandon and friends, Kelly Carr and Tim Deckert. Music has always been a part of the Griffith family. From his grandparents to his parents, to Travis and Brandon; and now on to Travis’ children — music is intertwined with their daily lives.

  Travis attended the North Madison Christian Church in Madison, where he played in the Praise Band with his children. Travis was a member of the Milan Christian Church, Classroom Teachers Association, National Education Association and the project based learning through the Indiana Department of Education. Since the young age of 17, Travis enjoyed attending mud runs, drag races, farm machinery shows, motorsports and the Daytona 500.

  Travis especially enjoyed playing the guitar, music, singing, fishing, fabricating, body work, painting, drawing and the Indianapolis Colts. He also enjoyed participating in math bowl and going to the beach with his family. Most of all, his family and their faith was most important.

  “Having somewhere to go is home, having someone to love is family; having both is a blessing.”

  Travis will be deeply missed by his loving wife of nearly 21 years, Amy Lynn (Robinson) Griffith of Florence; his adoring children: Trayton Daniel, Kinsley Drew, Analyse Claire and Kendall Marie Griffith of Florence; his mother, Cynthia Jane (Shrode) Griffith of Pleasant; his brother, Brandon Griffith and his wife Jessica of Vevay; his sister, Diana Griffith and her companion: Joey Clark of Greendale, Indiana; his nieces and nephews: Danielle, Alex, Courtney, Aiden, Carson, Declan and Rowan; his great-niece, Kylie; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Steven and Kathryn Robinson of Greensburg, Indiana; his sisters-in-law: Jennifer Robinson of Greensburg, Indiana, Cynthia Robinson and her companion Bill Lloyd of Rising Sun, and Angela Deak and her husband Sean of Columbus, Indiana.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Terry Keith Griffith, who died on November 23rd, 2008; his paternal-grandparents, William and Mable (Chilton) Griffith; and his maternal-grandparents, Myers V. Burke and Julia Carolyn (Ramsey) Sieglitz-Burke.

  Friends may call 4-8 p.m. on Friday, March 9th, 2018; and on Saturday, March 10th, from 10-11 a.m., at the Switzerland County High School Gymnasium, 1020 West Main Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, March 10th, at 11 a.m., by Shawn McMullen, at the Switzerland County High School Gymnasium. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Cemetery, Pleasant, Indiana.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the education fund for the Griffith children, c/o Amy Griffith. Cards are available at the funeral home.

 

 

Andrew Hochstrasser

  Andrew Scot Hochstrasser, 51, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, (formerly of Rising Sun) passed away at 4:55 p.m. on Monday, February 26th, 2018, at his residence.

  Andrew was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 22nd, 1966, the son of Jane (Burton) Hochstrasser, of Rising Sun and the late Andrew Ronald Hochstrasser. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1985.

  Andrew enjoyed the outdoors and worked for a landscaping company for several years.

  In addition to his mother Jane, Andrew is survived by two brothers: Jon Hochstrasser (Candy), of Rising Sun and Tim Hochstrasser (Amy), of Rising Sun; by an uncle, Robin Hochstrasser (Joan), of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; and by several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Ronald Hochstrasser, who passed away on October 9th, 2010.

  Funeral services were held on Friday, March 2nd at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Reverend Jim Jenkins officiating. Visitation was held on Friday, March 2nd, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to P.A.W.S. Cards are available at the funeral home.

 

 

Julie Raisor

  Julie A. (Gulley) Raisor, age 53, of Butler, Indiana, died at 11:10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, in her home with her family at her side.

  Julie was born on May 15th, 1964, in Madison, the daughter of the late Helen (Henry) and William Frank Gulley, Sr. Julie was a 1982 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

  She was employed by Therma-Tru in Butler. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

  She is survived by two daughters: Stacy Arick and Courtney Raisor, both of Butler, Indiana; six grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Christen Raisor, of Woodburn, Indiana; three brothers: William “Bill” Gulley, Kenny Gulley and Allen Gulley, all of Vevay; and five sisters: Janet (Jim) Smith, of Patriot, Rita (Tom) Turner, of Rising Sun, Pam (Bennie) Jones, Barbourville, Kentucky, Gina (Dwight) Hammond, of Warsaw, Kentucky, and Sandy Gulley, of Vevay.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; by her son, Ryan Raisor; and an infant brother, Jerry Gulley.

  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 8th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Pastor Mike Jones officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

  Burial will be at Eastview Cemetery in Patriot. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.