Obituaries 5-15-14


Eunice Rader

Eunice J. (Edwards) Rader, 86, of Vevay, passed away April 28th, 2014, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Home, Belton, Missouri.

She was born July 5th, 1927. She was a devout Catholic, Democrat, mother and grandmother.

She was married 57 years to John O. Rader and lived in Vevay, for 45 years. She is preceded in death by her husband.

She is survived by April Rader, John K. Rader, Jared F. Rader, Jacob Rader, Angelique Rader, Kelly Rader, Joe Rader, Jonathon Rader, Steven Rader, Josie Rader, Alexa Rader, Tim Rader; daughters-in-law Miki Rader, Bettina Rader, Lydia Rader and; four great-grandchildren.

She was a lovely person in every way and had kindness and charity to all. The world was a better place because of her.

Services will be in Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison.

John Wright

John William Wright, 85, of Columbus, formerly of Moorefield, passed away at 5:51 p.m. Saturday, May 10th, 2014, at Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus.

He was born November 12th, 1928, in Carroll County, Kentucky, the son of the late Benjamin Frankllin and Rosie B. (Garrett) Wright. He was raised in Carroll County, Kentucky, where he attended school. John was inducted into the U.S. Navy on January 10th, 1946, in Louisville, Kentucky, serving during World War II on the USS Yosemite. He received the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Machinist’s Mate Third Class on November 4th, 1947, Newport, Rhode Island.

John was united in marriage on March 28th, 1948, in Vevay, by Reverend Walter Peters, to Bernice M. Rucker, and to this union arrived three sons to bless their home. They shared 43 years of marriage together until her death on July 22nd, 1991, after losing a courageous battle to cancer.

John was later united in marriage on July 2nd, 1992, in Nashville, Tennessee, to Joan (Griffith) Scott. John and Joan shared nearly 22 years of marriage together until his sudden death.

He was employed as a lasting operator for the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay, retiring after 42 years of service. He was employed as a vehicle transporter for Bob Poynter Dealerships in Columbus. John was a meticulous farmer and had farmed all of his life in the Moorefield community, retiring in July, 1990, and moving to the Columbus community. He was a member of the Spring Branch Baptist Church near Vevay. He was a former member of Switzerland County Masonic Lodge No. 122 F&AM and Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis. John will be remembered for his love of motorcycles, cars and gardening.

Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 22 years, Joan (Griffith) Scott Wright of Columbus; his two sons, John Stanley Wright and wife Jodi of Columbus and Jody Franklin Wright and wife Stephanie of Watkinsville, Georgia; his stepson, Barry L. Scott of Greenwood; his four grandchildren, Brian John Wright of Orlando, Florida, Jayna Marie Wheeler and husband Dan of Columbus, Mari Rose Wright of Watkinsville, Georgia and Halee Marie Wright of Watkinsville, Georgia; his seven great-grandchildren, Christian Wright, Colten Wright, Daniel J. Wheeler, Taylor Wheeler, Kyler Wheeler, Cole Wheeler and Kyndal Wheeler; his four step-grandchildren, Mark Scott, Eric Lee Scott, Robin Scott and Barry Scott, Jr., his four step-great-grandchildren, Colton Scott, Kaylee Scott, Austin Scott and Rylan Scott; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and his first wife, he was preceded in death by his son, William Walter Wright; his brother, Walter L. “Mike” Wright; and his sister, Elizabeth Jackson.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 14th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Reverend Ronald Sandidge officiating. Interment was in Vevay Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396 at the gravesite.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Dale Sides

Dale Fredrick Sides, 83, of Huntsville, Alabama, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away Saturday, May 3rd, 2014.

He was the son of the late James and Edith Sides of Switzerland County.

Survivors include his wife, Else Anderson Side; his three sons, Jim Sides and Steve Sides, both of California, and David Allen Sides of Mandeville, Louisiana; his daughter, Debra Swenerton of Park City, Utah; six grandchildren; six sisters, Eleanor Ford of Lebanon, Ohio, Faye Snyder, Sue Turner, and Mary Sides, all of Vevay, Jane Stewart of Commiskey, Indiana, and Ruth Taylor of Lexington, Indiana; and his brother, John Sides of Versailles.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise Arnold and Sarah Polk; and his brother, Don Sides.

Private funeral services will be held at a later date.

Merle Jackson

Merle Nay Jackson, age 90, of Madison, passed away Thursday, May 8th, 2014, at 2:05 a.m. at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born January 11th, 1924, near Canaan, in Shelby Township. He was the loving son of the late, Harrison Henry and Hazel Lula Stewart Jackson. He was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and was a 1942 graduate of North Madison High School. Merle was a 1946 graduate of Western Kentucky University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1946 and other post graduate work. He later received his Master’s in Education from Indiana University. Merle was inducted into the United States Army along with four of his brothers on December 12th, 1942, at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. He rose to the rank of Technician Fifth Grade during World War II, serving the 1877th Engineers Aviation. Merle fought in the battles and campaigns at China, Burma and India. He was honorably discharged on January 7th, 1946, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana receiving the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Service Stars; the American Theater Ribbon; Good Conduct Ribbon; the World War II Victory Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Merle was the principal in Clarkton, Missouri for one school year. He then worked at the Charlestown Ammunition Plant in Charlestown, Indiana. Merle then taught and was a principal at Belleville Grade School in Hendricks County, Indiana. He later served as a principal at Stark County School System in Northern, Indiana.

Merle was united in marriage to Delores M. Heckathorn on August 24th, 1957, in Hendricks County, Indiana. This happy union of 56 years was blessed with one son, Gregory.

Merle was employed with Muscatatuck State Development Center in Butlerville in Elementary Education for several years. In 1963, he began a career with the Scott County School System District Two as Supervisor of Elementary Education, retiring in 1989. Merle also owned and operated with his wife M & D Jackson Realty in Madison during the 1960’s and 1970’s having helped to develop a subdivision in Vevay.

Merle held membership in the Hanover Masonic Lodge No. 652 F. & A.M.; the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis; the Murat Shrine; Jefferson Post 9, of the American Legion; the Madison VFW Post 1969; Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association; the Indiana State Retired Teachers Association; the Jefferson County Historical Society and the First Baptist Church in downtown Madison.

Merle was proud to have been baptized on July 12th, 1976, with his beloved wife and loving son in the creek on the family farm near Canaan. Merle believed in exercise daily and enjoyed walking and swimming. He loved to read, work on his computer, the outdoors, gardening, flowers, bird watching and raising rhubarb. He found enjoyment in raising sheep, chickens, cattle and his pony on his gentleman’s farm. Merle will be greatly missed by his family his was a devoted husband, beloved dad and grandpa. His sisters-in-law and brother-in-law stated he was a great person and will be missed.

Merle will be missed by his loving wife of 56 years, Delores M. Heckathorn Jackson of Madison; his son, Colonel Gregory Jackson and his wife, Esraa of Springhill, Tennessee; his grandson, Ahmed Jackson; his sister, Betty June Firth Brown of Vevay; his sisters-in-law, Mildred R. Jackson of Madison, Wilma Hart of Plainfield, Indiana, Effie Burke and her husband, Bobbie of Mooresville, Indiana, Carolyn Sanders of Franklin, Indiana, Wanda Sisk of Elkmont, Alabama, and Beth Heckathorn of Monrovia, Indiana; his brother-in-law, Joe Barger of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harrison Henry and Hazel Lula Stewart Jackson; his brothers, Carlysle, Alois, and Raymond Harold “Hickory” Jackson.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, May 12th, by Pastor Mike Hamby at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment followed in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison.

A final salute was conducted on Monday at the funeral home. Full military honors were conducted at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Chapel by the Fort Knox Ceremonial Unit and Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion

Memorial contributions may be made to the Madison Jefferson County Public Library or the House of Hope. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Charles Boyer

Charles Darrell Boyer, 56, of North Vernon, passed away at 8:05 a.m.Monday, May 12th, 2014, at Jennings Health Care Center.

Charles was born March 12th, 1958, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Darrell and Patricia Lee Stewart Boyer.

Survivors include his father, Darrell Boyer of Valparaiso, Indiana; a son, Patrick Boyer of Missouri; his daughters, Kayla and Carrie, both of Calumet City, Illinois; his brother, Kenneth Wayne Boyer of Vevay, and his sister, Felicia Allen of Valparaiso, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his mother and a brother, Robert Wayne Boyer.

You are invited to light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the internet at

There are no services planned for Mr. Boyer.