Obituaries 4-30-15


Fanny White

Frances M. “Fanny” White, 86, of Rising Sun, passed away at 1:13 a.m. Sunday, April 26th, 2015, at Ripley Crossing in Milan.

Frances was born in Switzerland County on October 14th, 1928, the daughter of the late Clyde and Charlotte “Lottie” (Brandon) Poling. Fanny was a homemaker, especially known for her homemade noodles. She was also an Avon lady for several years, often including her family in the business. Fanny was an integral part of the family business, White’s Electric and Plumbing, where she was the bookkeeper for many years. She was a graduate of Patriot High School, Class of 1946.

On June 25th, 1950, she married Gerald B. “Bush” White, who survives her.

She was also a member of the Rising Sun First Baptist Church. Fanny loved to fish and looked forward to the family’s annual Minnesota fishing trip. Her greatest joy though was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Fanny is survived by her loving husband “Bush”; her daughter, Diane M., wife of Brian Bowling of Rising Sun; her three sons, Gerald E. “Ed”, husband of Donna J. White of Rising Sun, Kenneth G. “Kenny”, husband of Patty D. White of Manchester, Indiana, Robert E. “Bobby”, husband of Yolanda White of Rising Sun; her four sisters, Jeannette McCarty, Freda, wife of Tuffy Walker and Eva, wife of Irvin Fette, all of Switzerland County, and Janie Thacker of Madison; her brother, Clyde “Bud”, husband of Mary Poling; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 29th, at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun with burial in the Rising Sun New Cemetery – Old German. Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun Fire Department or to the Rising Sun First Baptist Church.

Judith Riggs

Judith Ann Riggs, 70, of Patriot, passed away at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, a Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville, Indiana.

She was born September 5th, 1944, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of the late William and Ida (Williams) Riggs. She was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from high school in Norwood, Ohio.

Judith was united in marriage on May 3rd, 1963, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Paul Foster Koch. Unto this union a son William arrived to bless their home. Judith was a former employee in the food industry for Belterra from 2002-2009. She was also a former employee for Frisch’s from 2011-2013. Judith resided the past 16 years in the Patriot community. Judith will be remembered for her love of fishing.

She is survived by her son, William Koch of Patriot.

Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Ronnie Riggs; and her two sisters, Helen Riggs and Patty Koban.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family under the direction of Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Don Hyde

Don Albert Hyde, 78, of Keenesburg, Colorado, passed away on Thursday, April 16th, 2015, in Brighton after suffering a massive heart attack.

Don was born on October 18th, 1936, to Albert and Pauline (Cole) Hyde on the family farm in Switzerland County. He was raised in Center Square and attended schools in Plum Creek and Vevay. He received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Purdue University in 1964.

After graduating from vet school, Don practiced for a short time in Rising Sun, before moving to Colorado. In addition to his mixed animal practices at County Line Animal Hospital in Brighton and his home in Keenesburg, he worked at Monfort Feedlot, Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, Denver Dumb Friends League, The Wild Animal Sanctuary, and countless livestock auctions, fairs, shows and other events. During his 50-year career, he touched the lives of so many – both animal and human.

Don loved horses and horse sports, especially team roping and thoroughbred horse racing. He enjoyed elk hunting in Gunnison and salmon fishing in Alaska. He was a talented sketch artist and avid reader of the history of the American West.

Don is survived by his wife, Lauren; his sister, Sondra Hyde, of Madison; his daughters with Kay Hyde, Lynne (AJ) Schmitz of Kenai, Alaska, Lisa Saltzman of Denver, Lori (Tyler) Albright of Pekin, Illinois; daughter of Gail Barrera, Jaime (Sam) Brede of Breckenridge, Colorado; grandchildren Don Schmitz, Nick and Tom Saltzman, and Tara, Tyler, Kayla and Ryan Albright; and great-grandchildren, Myah Schmitz, Darrion Boyd, Keira and Keirstyn Troesser, and Jaxon Albright.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don’s name to The Wild Animal Sanctuary, 1946 County Road 53, Keenesburg, CO 80643.

A memorial service will be held on May 2nd, 2015 at 11 a.m. at The Wild Animal Sanctuary. Tabor-Rice Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Rebecca Craigmyle

Rebecca Alene Wilson Craigmyle, 85, of Madison, passed away at 7:50 a.m., Saturday, April 25th, 2015, at her home near Madison.

She was born May 25th, 1929, in Madison, the loving daughter of the late Theodore and Hanner Betty Handlon Wilson. She was raised in Jefferson County and was a 1947 graduate of North Madison High School.

On March 15th, 1948, she was united in marriage to Leonard G. Craigmyle in Jeffersonville. This happy union of 68 years was blessed with two daughters, Marjorie and Kathy and two sons, William and Kenneth.

Alene was a Christian and had attended Hopewell Baptist Church near Volga. She was a devoted wife, loving mom and grandma and adoring great-grandma and great-great-grandma. Family was number one in her life and she enjoyed flowers and gardening. Alene enjoyed helping her husband on their farm and raising her family.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Leonard G. Craigmyle of Madison; her two daughters, Marjorie Craigmyle of Madison and Kathy Craigmyle Hacker and her husband, Bobby of Madison; her two sons, William Craigmyle and his wife, Mary of Madison and Kenneth Craigmyle of Madison; her two sisters, Sheila C. Wilson Curl of Moorefield and Bernadine Robarge of Madison; her brother, John Wilson of Orleans, Indiana; her sister-in-law, Lettie B. Dixon Wilson of Madison; her grandchildren, John Craigmyle, Tammy Gray, Karen McMahan, Sarah Kendall, Katie Gault, April Leach, Billy Jo Branham and Stephanie Branham; 15 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Besides her parents she was also preceded in death by her brothers, Orville L. “Bud” Wilson, William Donald “Whip” Wilson and Theodore Allen Wilson, and her granddaughter, Amanda Alene Vest on July 23rd, 2013.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 29th, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, with Pastor K.C. Banta officiating. Interment was in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of Jennings County. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Mike Swift

John Michael “Mike” Swift, 68, of East Enterprise, passed away at 2:49 a.m., Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, at his residence.

He was born April 21st, 1947, in Aurora, the son of John Dorman Swift and Edna Ellen (Heath) Swift.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 1st, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Pastor KC Banta officiating. Interment will be in Vevay Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Edgar Jackson

Edgar Clinton Jackson passed away April 23rd, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings. He leaves behind his wife Jenny Jackson of 66 years of marriage; his daughter, Debbie (Tom) Cappel; and his son, David Jackson and Monica Schott; his grandchildren, Jamie and (Amanda) Cappel, Kurt Cappel, Brandon and (Cassie) Cappel, Tasha and (Kasey) Kirkpatrick, Lindsay Jackson and Tim Schneider and Logan Jackson; great-grandchildren, Jack Sullivan, Emma Sullivan, Kaydence Barnes, Brady Cappel, Laityn Kirkpatrick, Addie Schneider, Josie Cappel and Karter Kirkpatrick.

Edgar was the eighth son of Lola (Bocock) and Charles Jackson born May 1st, 1920, in Dillsboro. Edgar started working at an early age of 10. Edgar swept the floor and started the fire for the heat of the school before the other children arrived. Edgar attended and graduated from Aurora High School in May, 1939. He also ran track and went to state finals his junior year. He was supposed to go to state finals his senior year, but was stricken with scarlet fever and wasn’t able to attend.

Edgar worked at Joseph E. Seagram Distillery after graduation. On March 17th, 1944, Edgar was drafted into the U.S. Army and reported to Camp Wheeler, Georgia, for basic raining. After basic, he sailed for Europe where he took part in the 95th Division and fought in General George Patton’s Third Army. Edgar told many stories of traveling through France, Belgium and Germany. He never mentioned the horrible things, only amusing or interesting stories. One story he told was about some of his fellow soldiers and they came across a vacant funeral home so they decided to sleep in the coffins. While in Belgium, he befriended a young boy. The boy wanted him to attend the Catholic Church with him. Edgar told the boy he didn’t think the boy’s parents would be in favor of an American soldier coming to their church. During combat they took over one of the biggest German occupied forts, called Fort Joan De Arc. His troop also occupied a castle where his Division was in charge of providing food for people who were homeless because of the war. When the war was over and Edgar started back over on a ship, a friend in his company had a dog and didn’t want to leave it, so everyone took the friend’s belongings and put them in their duffle bag, so the dog could go into the friend’s duffle bag, to travel to the United States. Edgar was honorably discharged February 25th, 1946, from the U.S. Army. Edgar was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon w/3 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star Victory Medal World War II and Combat Infantryman Badge Rifle SS. Edgar was very proud to have been a World War II veteran, having served his country.

Edgar and Jenny (Noble) Jackson were married May 27th, 1949, Memorial Day weekend at the church parsonage in Dillsboro. They honeymooned in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Edgar and Jenny had two children, Debbie and David. Edgar and his wife made a home in Dillsboro. In 1956, they purchased property in Rising Sun. Edgar took three years to build their home on Ridge Avenue. During this time he also worked at Seagram’s. In 1966, Edgar and Jenny purchased a farm in Switzerland County. Edgar had a dream to turn this property into Shawnee Campground. Edgar loved his family dearly. He was dedicated to hard work, and was a tender, quiet, reserved man. Edgar had such a fight and a will to live. He had a deep love for his children and grandchildren. A memory of Daddy singing to his grand babies, Bye, baby bunting, Daddy’s gone a hunting to get a little rabbit skin, to wrap his baby bunting in. He took them to the campground, babysat and worked at the same time. The children have many fond memories of spending time there with him.

Edgar was baptized in January, 1998. He was a member of the American Legion Post #59 and a member of the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge. Edgar will be sorely missed by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 27th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Brother Greg Matthew officiating. Burial with military services was in Risng Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun Church of Christ or Ohio County Rescue.