Richard L. Cloat

Richard L. “Fred” Cloat, 49, of Madison, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away Thursday, February 22nd, at his home.
He was born June 11th, 1957, in Indianapolis, the son of Leroy and Juanita (Sanders) Cloat. He resided early in life in Indianapolis and then in Greensburg, where he graduated from Greensburg Community High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Air Force February 21st, 1975, during the Vietnam War, rising to the tank of Airman First Class. He was honorably discharged from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas July 26th, 1976. He was awarded a meritorious award for inventory control. He attended Ivy Tech in Lawrenceburg, later living in Switzerland County.
He was united in marriage to Kathy J. Buscher May 5th, 1979, in Center Square.
He resided in Jefferson County the past 19 years. He had been employed at Clifty Falls State Park as a gate guard. He was currently employed as a security guard for Madison Precision the past year and a half. Fred, or Dr. Rake, as he was affectionately called, was a mechanic by trade and a motorcyclist at heart. He loved all kinds of motorcycles, but especially Harley Davidson. He enjoyed watching wrestling, car races, NASCAR, and Junior Drag Racing. He was a faithful member of North Madison Christian Church where he was baptized on Easter Sunday in 1998, the 700 Club, a sponsor of “Feed the Children” and the Harley Owners’ Club.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy (Buscher) Cloat of Madison; his son, Derek L. Cloat of Madison; his mother, Juanita Widener of Anderson; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Phil and Pat Buscher of Jeffersonville; his brother; and two sisters.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Cloat on November 21st, 1998; and his grandparents, Virgil and Margaret Helen (Moore) Cloat.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, February 25th, by Brother Bob Hicks at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Canaan Cemetery with military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to North Madison Christian Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Margo T. Jones

Margo T. Jones, 55, of Bedford, formerly of Florence, passed away Thursday, February 22nd, at Hospitality House in Bedford, Indiana.
She was born August 3rd, 1951, in La Grange, Kentucky, the daughter of Wilbur Lee and Margie Ellen (Hammond) Jones. In 1953, the family moved to Indiana. They made their home in Mount Sterling until 1958, when they moved to Patriot. In 1960, they moved to Fairview on Drakes Ridge.
She enjoyed being outside, going fishing with the family and listening to country music. In 1973, the family moved to Five Points. She became friends with the neighbors. Her two best friends were Woodrow “Red” Blackburn and Raymond Scudder. She was always happy to see them. She picked on them as much as they picked on her.
In 1981, she resided in Muscatatuck until its closing. She was then moved to the Stone Belt Living Center and then to the Hospitality House in Bedford where she resided until her passing.
Survivors include her mother, Margie Jones of Markland; her brothers, Michael Allen Jones and wife Sue of Five Points and William M. Jones and wife Linda of Vevay; several nieces and nephews, and her friends at the Hospitality House in Bedford.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wilbur L. Jones in 19954; and her sister, Rebecca (Jones) Brady in 1990.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 26th, by Reverend Ron Sandidge at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bedford Hospitality House.