Obituaries 4-12-18

Edward ‘Smokey Joe’ Abrams, Paul Douglas Colen, Wanda Christman, Eleanor Ford, L.W. ‘Buddy’ Foster, George Marsh, Linda McDole, Louise Otter, Reverend John Scudder.

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Louise Otter

  Louise Otter, age 62, of Vevay, passed away at 5:07 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th, 2018, at her son’s residence in Florence, Indiana.

  Louise entered this life on June 6th, 1955, in Vevay, the loving daughter of Charles Hayden Otter and Virginia Louise (Scudder) Romans. She was raised in Vevay, where she attended high school.

  Louise was a former employee for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay for 25 years; Plastic Moldings Factory in Vevay for 4 1/2 year;s and for Grand Victoria in Rising Sun, for four years. She was also a former employee for Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay for two years; and as a deli clerk for the Vevay IGA for four years.

  Louise attended Mount Sterling Baptist Church in Mount Sterling, Indiana. She resided all of her life in the Switzerland County community. Louise enjoyed reading, coloring and embroidering and will be deeply missed by her loving family.

  Louise will be deeply missed by her son, Troy Otter and his wife Kim of Florence, Indiana; by her daughter, Tasha McElfresh and her husband Rick of Falmouth, Kentucky; her grandchildren: Thomas McElfresh, Blane Otter and Hayden Otter; her mother, Virginia Louise (Scudder) Romans of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; her sister, Kathy Griffin of Patriot; her brother, Allen Otter of Patriot; her sister-in-law, Susie Otter of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; and her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Hayden Otter; by her step-father, Howard Romans; and by her brother, David Otter.

  Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, April 14th, 2018, at 10 a.m., by Reverend Mike Sawalich at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment will follow in the Pleasantview Cemetery, 3980 Zion Station Road Dry Ridge, Kentucky, 41035.

  Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 13th, at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Louise Otter Memorial Fund, c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.

 

 

Paul Douglas Colen

  Paul Douglas Colen, 54, of Rising Sun, passed away at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 9th, 2018 at HighPoint Health in Lawrenceburg.

  Doug was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana on May 31st, 1963, the son of Mary (Pfluger) Colen, of Rising Sun and the late Paul Edward “Ned” Colen. Doug grew up in the Rising Sun community and was a 1981 graduate of Rising Sun High School.

  Doug worked in construction and was employed at Fernald in Ohio for several years; and then later at the Aurora Terminal. He was a member of the Aurora Eagles and the Sons of the American Legion at Moores Hill and Rising Sun. Doug was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

  Doug is survived by his mother Mary Colen, of Rising Sun; by two daughters: Jess Colen Tyson (Jesse), of Moores Hill, Indiana and Nicole Colen of Moores Hill, Indiana; by grandchildren Carter and Emma Tyson; by a sister, Peggy Pierce, of Dillsboro, Indiana; by nephew Shawn Pierce, of Rising Sun; by niece Sarah Pierce, of Greendale, Indiana; and by a great nephew, Ricky Pierce.

  Doug was preceded in death by his father Ned Colen and brother-in-law Thomas L. Pierce.

  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 16th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Brother Nathan Pelehowski officiating. Friends are invited to call on the family on Sunday, April 15th, from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the family.

 

 

L.W. ‘Buddy’ Foster, Jr.

  L.W. “Buddy” Foster Jr., 92, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018.

  He was born on May 12th, 1925 in Toulminville, Alabama, the son of the late Lawrence and Thelma (Stewart) Foster.

  Buddy was a veteran of the US Navy. He was a 56 year member and past commander of the American Legion Post #239, where he was part of the Color Guard, 40 et 8, and called bingo for over 40 years. He was a founding member of the Lawrenceburg Fire Company #3, member of the Aurora Eagles and was Man of the Year in 2008. He retired from Chevron after 32 years.

  He is survived by his two sons: Lawrence William “Bubba” Foster III (Karen) of Cleves, Ohio and Richard Lee Foster (Patrick Lynch) of Spanish Fort, Alabama; by four daughters: Genie Sandford (Tim) of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Cecelia “Pete” McCafferty (David) of Daphne, Alabama, Christine Faith Cornett (Dan) of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and Carlyn Wilburn (Alan Archer) of Vevay; by one brother, Buford Courtney Foster (Sandra) of Fairhope, Alabama; by 22 grandchildren; 68 great grandchildren; 10 great great-grandchildren; 1 great great-granddaughter on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife, Maxine; one grandson; two great grandchildren; four sisters; and four brothers.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Friday, April 6th, at the Lawrenceburg American Legion Post #239. Funeral services were held at the Lawrenceburg American Legion Post #239, on Saturday, April 7th, with Reverend Mary Taflinger officiating.

  Interment followed in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale, Indiana.

  Contributions may be made to the Lawrenceburg American Legion Post #239 or Trinity Episcopal Church.

 

 

Edward ‘Smokey Joe’ Abrams

  Edward Joseph “Smokey Joe” Abrams, age 53, of Hanover, Indiana, passed away at 3:21 a.m. on Friday, April 6th, 2018, at his residence.

  Edward entered this life on April 26th, 1964 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Edward Joseph Abrams and Roberta (Cox) Moore. He was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where he attended high school.

  Smokey Joe was united in marriage on May 24th, 1997 in Vevay, to Shannan Minch and they shared nearly 21 years of marriage together until his death.

  Smokey Joe was employed as a welder for Marlin Barge in Madison for 10 years. He was also employed for Levi in Florence, Kentucky, for three years. Smokey Joe will be remembered for his love of fishing.

  Smokey Joe will be deeply missed by his loving wife of nearly 21 years, Shannan (Minch) Abrams of Hanover; his son, Jon Lunsford of Cincinnati, Ohio; his step-son, Cordel Minch of Hanover; his grandchildren: Elijah Alexander, Carter Paul, Addilyne Christine, Serenity Grace, Nicholas Ryder and Hayden Ella; his step father, Thomas Moore of Cincinnati, Ohio; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lynda and Robert “Hardly” McKenzie of Vevay; his brothers: Jesse Abrams and his wife Tammy of Hamersville, Ohio, Robert Lunsford and his wife Brenda of Wilder, Kentucky, and Thomas Moore and his wife Lisa of Hebron, Kentucky; and his nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Joseph Abrams and Roberta (Cox) Moore.

  Memorial Services were conducted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, by Ryan Leach at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  A Memorial Gathering was held on Tuesday, April 10th, at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Eleanor Ford

  Eleanor Ann Ford   (Sides), 83 of Lebanon, Ohio, died Tuesday, February 6th, 2018.

  Eleanor was born on October 18th, 1934, in Vevay, the daughter of James and Edith (Montainye) Sides. Eleanor enjoyed cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.

  She was a devoted and active member of St Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

   Eleanor is survived by her five sons: Dale (Judy) Ford, Donald (Debbie) Ford, John Ford, Eric (Tonya) Ford and Shawn (Tina) Ford; by four daughters: Cindy Arnold, Teresa (Larry) Torreyson, Linda (Bud) Pace and Joyce Dieber; one brother, John Sides; four sisters: Jane Stewart, Faye Snider, Sue Turner and Mary Sides; 25 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

  Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Donald E. Ford; by her daughter, Lori Plessinger: by two sons-in-law: David Arnold and Frank Dieber; two brothers: Dale ad Donald Sides; and three sisters: Louise Arnold, Sarah Polk and Margaret Taylor.

  Visitation was held on Friday, February 9th at Oswald-Hoskins Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial was then held at St Francis de Sales Church, Lebanon, Ohio, on Friday, February 9th. Interment was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati. Online condolences at www.hoskinsfh.com.

 

 

Wanda Christman

  Wanda Lee (Scudder) Christman, age 88, of Vevay, passed away at 6:47 a.m. on Monday, April 9th, 2018, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Wanda entered this life on October 26th, 1929, in Bennington, the loving daughter of the late Hilbert Sr. and Elsie Edith (Shadday) Scudder. She was raised in Switzerland County, and was a 1948 graduate of the Vevay High School.

  Wanda was united in marriage on April 6th, 1950, at the Bennington United Methodist Church in Bennington, to Clyde William “Bill” Christman, and to this union arrived four children to bless their home. Wanda and Bill shared 68 loving years of marriage together until her death.

  Wanda was employed for the U.S. Shoe Factory and for the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay. She was also employed as an attendant for Muscatatuck State Hospital near Butlerville, Indiana; and as a qualified medication aide for the Madison State Hospital in Madison. Wanda was a member of the Bennington United Methodist Church in Bennington. Wanda resided most of her life in the Switzerland County community and enjoyed wintering in Bradenton, Florida, where she resided for 20 years. Wanda also enjoyed cooking, gardening and canning and will be deeply missed by her loving family.

  Wanda is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Clyde William “Bill” Christman of Vevay; her daughter, Kathy Covington and her husband Danny of Vevay; her sons: Keith Christman and his fiancée Tara Richmond of near Canaan, Indiana and Kevin Christman of Jeffersonville, Indiana; her daughter-in-law, Terrie (Sutton) Christman of Madison; her grandchildren: Matt Christman and his wife: Jessi, Tyler Christman, Bethany Christman, Lisa Ahluwalia and her husband Shilpi, Leslie Covington, Erica Soule and her husband Lucas, Erin Jackson, Lacey Johnson and her husband Jake, and Dustin Christman and his wife Megan.

  She will also be dearly missed by her great-grandchildren: Sierra, Clayton, Connor, Henry, Lucian, Harper, Addison, Keagan, Kourtney, Gabriel, Ashlynn, Nathaniel, Kylie, Danielle, Maria, Luke and Hillary; by her great-great-granddaughter, Ana; her sister-in-law, Roberta (Woolums) Scudder of Vevay; and her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: Hilbert Scudder, Sr., who died on April 21st, 1970 and Elsie Edith (Shadday) Scudder, who died on July 31st, 1969; her son, Kenneth W. Christman, who died on October 22nd, 1973; her grandsons: Benjamin Covington and Nathan Paul “Nate” Christman, who died on September 3rd, 2017; her great-granddaughter, Alexis Gail Jackson; her sister, Muriel Blodget, who died on July 28th, 1990; and her brother, Hilbert “Hibbie” Scudder, Jr., who died on October 5th, 2017.

  Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, April 12th, 2018, at 1 p.m., by Pastor Bill Madison at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Cemetery, Pleasant, Indiana.

  Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday, April 12th, at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Bennington United Methodist Church or Pleasant Cemetery Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

 

 

Reverend John Scudder

  Reverend John Scudder, age 90, of East Enterprise, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, April 8th, 2018, at the Waldron Health and Rehab Center in Waldron, Indiana.

  John entered this life on January 6th, 1928, in Switzerland County, the loving son of the late James Ora and Bessie (Reed) Scudder. He was raised in Switzerland County, and was a 1945 graduate of the Vevay High School.

  John was inducted into the United States Army on June 12th, 1945, in Louisville, Kentucky, serving during World War II. John earned the World War II Victory Medal and was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class on May 28th, 1947, at Fort Lawton, Washington.

  John was united in marriage to the love of his life, Paulina Sigmon on July 3rd, 1949, at the Long Run Baptist Church in Moorefield. This happy union was blessed with a daughter, Susan and a son, Dennis. John and Paulina shared 66 loving years of marriage together until Paulina passed away on July 2nd, 2015.

  John was employed as an edge trimmer for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay, for four years. He was employed in 1953 for the Indiana State Police Department as a trooper for 13 years, detective sergeant for nine years and first sergeant for seven years. John retired in 1983 after 29 years of service.

  John earned his pastoral degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Reverend John served as a minister from 1985-2013 for the Holton United Methodist Church in Holton, Indiana; Fairview United Methodist Church; Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church; and for the East Enterprise United Methodist Church. He was a Southeastern Indiana board member for the SCIOC and served on the merit board for the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department and was a faithful member of the East Enterprise United Methodist Church.

  John was one of the beginning organizers of ‘Harmony and Hymns’ on Tuesdays at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and was faithful until his health no longer permitted. John was passionate about the American Red Cross and had a very giving spirit and was a dedicated donor. John will be remembered for his love of reading and gardening and will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends.

  Reverend John is survived by his son, Dennis Alan Scudder and his wife Rachel of Shelbyville, Indiana; his daughter, Susan Diane Alexander and her husband Rodney of Mesa, Arizona; his grandchildren: Michael Alexander, Claire Scudder and Laura Scudder; and his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents: James Ora Scudder, who died on March 8th, 1990 and Bessie (Reed) Scudder, who died on May 20th, 1975; by his wife, Paulina (Sigmon) Scudder, who died on July 2nd, 2015; his brother, James Earl Scudder; his sister, Marjorie Stivers; and his infant sister, Mary Hazel Scudder.

  Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, April 13th, 2018, at 11 a.m., by Chaplain Daniel Coffey at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay Ameri

  Memorial contributions may be made to the East Enterprise United Methodist Church or to the Keeping Pace Cancer Fund, c/o the Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Cards are available at the funeral home.

 

 

George Marsh

  George Robert Marsh, age 64, of Moorefield,  died on Thursday April 5th, 2018, at his residence.

  George entered this life on October 16th, 1953, in Jefferson County, Indiana, the son of the late Melvin E. and Edith (Moore) Marsh. He was raised in Switzerland County, and attended Vevay High School.

  George enjoyed farming and construction work and resided most of his life in the Moorefield community. George enjoyed riding his motorcycles and riding and working with his horses.

  George will be loved and deeply missed by his numerous cousins; and by his uncle, Larry Marsh of North Vernon, Indiana.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Edith (Moore) Marsh; by his step-mother, Anna Marie (Farrell) Sedam Marsh; his first cousin, Charles David Ashby; and several aunts and uncles.

  No services are being held. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family at this difficult time.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the George Marsh Memorial Fund, c/o the funeral home; or the American Heart Association. Cards are available at the funeral home.

 

 

Linda McDole

  Linda Lou McDole, age 55, of Vevay, passed away at 3:55 a.m. on Thursday, April 5th, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Linda entered this life on August 8th, 1962, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the daughter of the late Gilbert Douglas and Emma Lee (Hankins) McDole. She was raised in Bennington, and was a 1980 graduate of the Switzerland County High School.

  She attended Ivy Tech Community College in Madison, and earned her Administrators License in Indianapolis, Indiana. Linda was employed as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit for Carroll County Memorial Hospital and Green Valley Nursing Home in Carrollton, Kentucky. She was also employed for Silver Bell Nursing Home in Versailles, Indiana and Jackson’s Senior Citizen Home in Vevay.

  Linda was a member of the Vevay Tri Kappa and Christian Missionary Alliance in Aurora, Indiana. Linda resided in Aurora, Indiana and in the Vevay community since 1978. Linda enjoyed reading, crocheting and horseback riding.

  Linda will be deeply missed by her brothers: Robert McDole of Vevay and Paul McDole of Vevay; by her sister, Debbie Bamberger of Aurora, Indiana, and her nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert Douglas and Emma Lee (Hankins) McDole; her brother, David Luther McDole, who died on April 4th, 2011; and her sister-in-law, Linda Joyce (Hash) McDole, who died on June 22nd, 2012.

  Funeral services were conducted on Monday, April 9th, 2018, by Reverend Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Friends were invited to call on the family on Monday, April 9th, prior to the beginning of the services at the funeral home.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay Tri Kappa. Cards are available at the funeral home.