Obituaries 4-20-17


Jack Shelton

Jack Warren Shelton, age 46, of Madison, died on Monday, April 10th, 2017, at 7:15 p.m. at his residence.

Jack entered this life on March 11th, 1971 in Sullivan, Indiana. He was the loving son of Marvin Leonard and Margaret Elaine Bedwell Shelton. Jack was raised in Sullivan and was a 1990 graduate of Sullivan High School. After high school, he continued his education by attending Ivy Tech Community College to receive a certificate in auto body work. Jack was most passionate about the evangelistic work he had done in schools and prisons. Working with children and sharing his ministry was very important to him. He had also worked early in life in sales and auto body shops before his disability prevented him from working any longer.

On May 20th, 1997, he was united in marriage to Deborah J. Hamilton at their residence in Madison. This union was blessed with a daughter, Allison.

He enjoyed motorcycles, tattoos, mechanics, collecting clown memorabilia, hunting, camping and being outdoors. He was a member of the Brushy Fork Baptist Church.

Jack will be missed by his loving wife of 19 years, Deborah J. Hamilton Shelton of Madison; his mother and father: Marvin Leonard and Margaret Elaine Bedwell Shelton of Sullivan, Indiana; his daughters: Kayleen Holmes and her husband Shawn of Tennessee and Allison Shelton of Madison; his step-daughters: Tiffany McCleery of Fortville, Indiana and Melissa Guzzo and her husband, Jonathan of Madison; and his grandchildren: Makenzie and Rayne McCleery, Blake Guzzo, Shaun Wainscott and Sophie Ritch.

He is also survived by his seven brothers: David Shelton and his wife, Tracy of Arkansas; Jerry Shelton and his wife, Sharon of Arkansas; Carl Shelton and his wife, Willisann of Arkansas; Leonard Shelton of Minnesota; Roy Shelton of Indiana; John Fifer of Indiana; and Danny Shelton and his wife, Lisa of Indiana; by his sister, Julia Wilson and her husband, Chris of Kentucky; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Frank Leonard and Wilma Fern Shelton and Squire J. and Irene Bedwell; his aunts, uncles and other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, April 15th, 2017 by Pastor Ron Lee at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison. Friends were invited to call on the family on Saturday until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Jack Shelton Remembrance Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Wilma Fels

Wilma J. Fels, 81, of Wyoming, Ohio, passed away on Friday March 31st, 2017 at the age of 81 and resided in Wyoming, Ohio.

Wilma retired from the University of Cincinnati and McClusky Chevrolet and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Hartwell, Ohio.

She is survived by her son: Gregory W. (Judy) Fels of Cincinnati, Ohio; her daughter Pamela S. (Allen) Lockhart of Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylania; her grandchildren: Brian K. (Julie) Fels; Phillip A. Lockhart; Nathanael F. Lockhart; and Christina M. (Nate) Ireland; and great-grandchildren: Lacie A. Fels, Jacob A. Fels, Griffin A. Fels and Carsyn M. Ireland.

She is also survived by her brother: James (Charlene) McSwain; her sister: Mary Lou Hart; sister-in-law of Vera McSwain; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, Harold K. Fels; and her brother, former Vevay resident Russell McSwain.

Visitation was held at the Neidhard-Young Funeral Home 7401 Hamilton Ave. Mt. Healthy, Ohio, on Tuesday, April 18th; prior to the beginning of the funeral on Tuesday evening.

Dana Houston

Dana L. (Gurley) Houston, 44, of Moores Hill, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at her residence.

Dana was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana on September 5th, 1972, the daughter of Sandra (Caplinger) Gurley and the late David Gurley. She was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1990.

Dana worked as a home health aide at Interim Health Care in Lawrenceburg, IN. Dana loved her job.

On October 10th, 1996 she married Jeffery C. Houston, who survives her. They were married on the island of Maui, Hawaii.

Dana enjoyed gardening and growing flowers. She also liked boating and going to rock concerts. She loved watching her son perform in the school band. Dana was also involved with the Good News Club in Dillsboro. Dana was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

Dana is survived by her husband Jeff Houston of Moores Hill, Indiana; by her children: Daniel and Jeremy Houston of Moores Hill, Indiana; by her mother: Sandra Gurley of Rising Sun; by her sisters: Denise Floyd (Bobby) of Greendale, Indiana; Dawn Shell (Darrell) of Rising Sun; and Deanna Johnson (Robbie) of Bright, Indiana; and by half sisters Kelly Floyd (Brandon) of Hudson, Ohio and Dusti Alford (Morris) of Millbrook, Alabama.

She is also survived by her uncles: Mike Gurley of Rising Sun; Gary Caplinger of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; and Larry Caplinger of Rising Sun; by her mother-in-law Florence Houston of Seymour, Indiana; by sisters-in-law Pam Doyle of Seymour, Indiana and Tricia DeLay of Osgood, Indiana; and by several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 17th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Pastor Tommy Beatley officiating. Visitation was held on Monday prior to the beginning of the services.

Memorial donations may be made to National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Raymond Johnson

Raymond E. Johnson, 74, of Port Orange, Florida passed away at 2:30 p.m. on April 11th, 2017, at his home following a long battle with COPD.

Raymond was born in Winchester, Kentucky on May 1st, 1942, the son of Nancy (Brookshire) Johnson and David Johnson.

Raymond spent most of his youth in Switzerland County in the Allensville area, graduating from Vevay High School in 1960.

On June 9th, 1962 Raymond married his high school sweetheart: Thirla Judy, who survives him. Raymond and Thirla were married nearly 55 years until his passing.

Ray and Thirla were hog farmers in Indiana while Ray also worked as an ironworker in the city. His work as an ironworker took them to Florida and then to Texas, where Ray Jay would later retire in 2007. Raymond’s favorite activities included spending time with family, gardening, and enjoying time at the beach. Raymond was a member of New Liberty Baptist Church in East Enterprise; and rededicated his life in baptism on February 12th, 2017.

Along with his wife, Raymond is survived by two children: Rae Jean Johnson (husband Ken) of Haslet, Texas and Deron Johnson (wife Dianne) of The Colony, Texas. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Kevin Johnson (wife Amber), Meagan Hart (husband Mike), Melodie Johnson, Stephen Johnson (wife Amanda), and Derek Johnson; and one great-granddaughter, Sawyer Hart.

Additionally, Raymond leaves behind his sister-in-law Sherry Johnson; brother-in-law Dennis Judy and his wife Judy; along with many beloved aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and many good friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Gerald; and sister Dorothy Marie.

A memorial service will be held at New Liberty Baptist Church in East Enterprise at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29th.

John ‘Pup’ Keeton

John David “Pup” Keeton, age 49, of Hanover, Indiana, died suddenly on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, at 3:48 p.m. at his home in Hanover.

John entered this life on October 6th, 1967 in Madison, the loving son of the late Charles V. Keeton and Mary E. Linville. He resided all of his life in Jefferson County and was a 1986 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School, where he participated in drama and choir. He then attended Vincennes University, and later classes at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; and later was certified as an EMT, Advance EMT from Ivy Tech, CPR instructor, Fire Service instructor and numerous other certifications.

He was first united in marriage to Tanya Hamilton, and this union was blessed with a son, Hunter Gordon.

John David was united in marriage on June 7th, 2003 at the Hanover College Auditorium to Holly Rene’ Mace. This happy union of nearly 14 years was blessed with a daughter, Emily Nicole.

“Pup” as he was affectionately known by his many friends worked in security at Hanover College for 13 years, later at Jennings County Sheriffs Department as a corrections officer and had last worked in corrections serving as corporal at the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department until his sudden death.

John David was a firefighter at heart and had held membership in Fair Play Fire Company No. 1 in downtown Madison, Madison Township Fire Department, Hanover Fire Department and Clifty 6 Fire Department serving as the training officer. He had served as an assistant for Emergency Management in Jefferson County and volunteered as well. In his spare time he enjoyed Colts Football, guns, being a firefighter, singing, being with his wife and children and earlier in life he enjoyed NASCAR.

He was employed early in life with Papa John’s, Big Lots and Dairy Mart. He had served as an EMT and Advance EMT with Columbus Regional, Sellersburg and with King’s Daughters’ Hospital.

Pup attended First Baptist Church and later in life the Church of God. John David held membership in the Dupont Masonic Lodge No. 419 F. & A.M. Pup had a magnetic personality and an award winning smile. He will be greatly missed.

John will be missed by his loving wife of nearly 14 years, Holly Rene’ Mace Keeton of Hanover; his son, Hunter Gordon Keeton of Madison; his daughter, Emily Nicole Keeton of Hanover; his mother-in-law, Joan Mace of Nabb, Indiana; his brother-in-law, Trent Mace of Lexington, Indiana; his nephew, Tanner Mace; his half brothers: Charles Allen Keeton, Ricky Vernon Keeton and Wayne Lee Keeton; his aunt, Kelli Linville of San Diego, California; his great aunts, Frances Weaver and Fern Metcalf; several cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles V. Keeton, who died on April 23rd, 2007; his mother, Mary E. Linville, who died on October 28th, 2014; his father-in-law, Randy Mace, who died on December 20th, 2012; his grandparents: Hubert R. and Rebecca Jean Caplinger Linville and Luther and Nannel Lee McCarty Keeton.

Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017, by Pastor Chuck Justice at the North Madison Christian Church in Madison. Interment followed in the Hanover Cemetery.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Monday, April 17th at the North Madison Christian Church; and on Tuesday prior to the time of service.

Dupont Masonic Lodge NO. 419 F. & A.M. conducted a Masonic service on Monday, April 17th at the church. A Sheriff’s Memorial Service was conducted on Monday, April 17th at the church; and a Fireman’s Memorial Service was also conducted at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Hunter and Emily Keeton Memorial Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home and the church. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison is assisting the family at this time.

Jim Barnes

Jimmie Carroll ‘Jim’ Barnes, 70, of Bedford, Kentucky, passed away on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at the Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville, Indiana; with his wife, Carolyn, and his two daughters by his side.

He was born on February 7th, 1947 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. In 1978, he became a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

He married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Webb, on December 1st, 1967.

He graduated from Trimble County High School in the class of 1965. After graduation, Jim attended the University of Kentucky where he received his Bachelors Degree in business and physical education. He then went on to Eastern Kentucky University for his principalship certification. Further educational endeavors included superintendency certification from the University of Louisville and a Doctorate Degree from Spaulding University. While an instructor at Sullivan University, he developed a leadership component for their Doctoral Program.

Jim worked as an educator and coach at various institutions, these included: Beechwood, Trimble, Gallatin and Shawe Memorial High School, and at Ivy Tech College. His teaching was always intertwined with laughter and humor.

He was passionate about many things. He was an avid reader, loved history and philosophy, coin collecting and watching war movies. Teaching, giving presentations and coaching were always at the top of his list. One of his greatest coaching moments was taking the Trimble County Lady Raiders to the Kentucky State Tournament. When giving his presentations, he had the ability to command the attention of his audience and he knew how to light up the room. He felt that his greatest responsibility, however, was to take care of his family. He will always lovingly be known as Coach Barnes, Dad and Papaw.

Jim leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Carolyn Yvonne Webb Barnes of Bedford, Kentucky; his daughters: Stephanie Janeen Jacob and her husband Kevin of Florence, Kentucky and Angie Suzanne Nordmann and her fiancé Dean Sorg of Alburn, Indiana; his siblings: Brenda Wright and her husband Roy of Louisville, Kentucky; Donnie Barnes and his wife Cindy of Valparaiso, Indiana; and Debbie Barnes of Florida; and his grandchildren: Kaitlyn Brianna Jacob, Brandon Sean Jacob, Regan Christine Nordmann, and Auburn Yvonne Nordmann.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lyman H. Barnes and Ruth Shelton Barnes.

Funeral Services were held on Friday, April 14th, at the Ransdell Funeral Home in Bedford, Kentucky, with Reverend Carl Rucker officiating. Visitation was held on Friday, April 14th, prior to the time of the funeral.

Donald Henderson

Donald Eugene “Big Don” Henderson, age 69, of near East Enterprise, passed away at 10:24 a.m. on Sunday, April 16th, 2017, at his residence.

Don entered this life on November 24th, 1947, in Nancy, Kentucky, the loving son of the late Eugene Wesley Henderson and Maxine V. (Dye) Beckman. He was raised in Harrison, Ohio and was a 1965 graduate of William Henry Harrison High School. Donald attended the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Don was inducted into the United States Army on December 9th, 1966 in Cincinnati, serving during the Vietnam War. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Sharpshooter Medal (M-14), Expeditionary Medal (M_16), Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and 1 Overseas Bar. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist 4th Class on November 27th, 1968 at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Don was united in marriage to Sally Matson, and to this union arrived a daughter, Dawn, to bless their home.

Don was employed for the United States Railroad from 1976 to 1982. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans since 1998. Don resided near East Enterprise since 2001. Big Don enjoyed UK basketball, the outdoors, hunting, fishing and his farm.

Big Don will be dearly missed by his daughter: Dawn Riggs of Cincinnati, Ohio; by his grandchildren: Brittany Wells and her husband: Brian; Ronald Howard Riggs, Jr.; and Lilli August-Jean Riggs – all of Cincinnati, Ohio; his great-grandson: Ronald James Miller Wells of Cincinnati, Ohio; his brother: Richard Beckman of Somerset, Kentucky; his nephew: Ryan Beckman; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Eugene Wesley Henderson and Maxine V. (Dye) Beckman; and his step-father who raised him: Richard “Dick” Beckman.

Funeral Services will be conducted Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, at 1 p.m., by Reverend Ron Lee, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Visitation will be held from noon until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22nd, at the funeral home.

Full military rites and walk through will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay American Legion Post #185 Relief Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.