Obituaries 5-24-18

John ‘Jay’ Benzing, Timothy Heine, Connie Smith.


Connie Smith

  Connie Sue Taylor Smith, age 55, of Canaan, Indiana, died on Friday, May 18th, 2018, at 6:20 p.m. at the Water’s of Clifty Falls in Madison.

  Connie entered this life on July 29th, 1962 at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. She was the loving daughter of the late Charles Allen and Mary Margaret Shelton Taylor. She was raised in Jefferson County, and was a 1981 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School.

  Connie was a member and baptized at the Cross Plains Church of Christ. She was blessed with two sons: John Lewis and Troy Michael Smith. She resided all of her life in Jefferson, Switzerland and Ripley counties.

  She had worked for the U. S. Shoe Corporation, Arvin Sango and the Ogle Haus Inn. Connie loved watching old movies, watching the birds, being outside and sitting around the bonfire, playing solitaire and being with her family.

  Connie will be missed by her loving sons, John Lewis Smith and his wife Mary of Bloomington, Indiana and Troy Michael Smith of Madison; by her granddaughter, Adelyn Smith; her niece and caregiver, Kristy Taylor of Canaan; her brothers: Benny Taylor and his wife Janice of Canaan, Garry Taylor and his wife Mary Anne of Canaan, Kenny Taylor and his wife Martha Ann of Canaan, and Glenn Taylor and his wife Sabra of Canaan; by her sister, Linda Andrews and her husband Jim of Vevay; her uncle, Raymond Shelton and his wife Ann of Lexington, Indiana; her aunt, Joan Vogel of Madison; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Allen Taylor, who died on March 31st, 1980; her mother, Mary Margaret Shelton Taylor, who died on December 6th, 1997; her great nephew and her great niece, Noah Matthew Cook, who died on May 21st, 2002 and Brooke Michelle Taylor, who died on July 8th, 2005.

  Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, May 26th, at 11 a.m., by Evangelist Logan Fugate at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, 9306 North US 421 near Madison.

  Friends may call on the family on Saturday, May 26th from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Connie Smith Remembrance Fund or Sandstone Industries. Cards are available at the funeral home.



Timothy Heine

  Timothy Duane Heine, 68, of Rising Sun (formerly of Florence, Indiana) passed away peacefully at 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 at his residence.

  Tim was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 17th, 1949, the son of the late Cosette (Walcott) and Frank P. Heine. He was a graduate of Lawrenceburg High School, Class of 1967. He was baptized at the Aurora Methodist Church.

  Tim married Paula McWethy in 1968, and to this union two children were born: Andrew and Jennifer. Tim married Brenda (Webb) Heine on September 9th, 1995 in Florence, Indiana at a hunting camp that Tim and a group of close friends maintained called “Almost Heaven”. Tim and Brenda were married nearly 23 years until his passing.

  Tim worked as a technician at Monsanto/Lanxess in Addyston, Ohio, for 30 years, retiring in 2005. Tim enjoyed the outdoors and liked to hunt and fish. He was also a wood worker and enjoyed fixing things for friends and family in his work shop. Tim was kind and gentle with a sense of humor. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many.

  Tim is survived by his wife, Brenda Heine, of Rising Sun; by his daughter, Jennifer Bovard (Donny), of Rising Sun; by his son, Andrew Heine (Kelly), of Greendale, Indiana; by two step sons: Cory Morris (Stacy), of Aurora, Indiana and Chad Morris, of Switzerland County; by grandchildren: Olivia, Nya, Meghan and Jacob Bovard, Kelsi Unroe, Abby and Elizabeth Heine, Maggie and Kinzee Rose, Caitlynn, Caydence, Baylee and Brody Morris; by a great grandson, Kyzer Chase; by two sisters, Nyla Bray (Allen) of Cosby, Tennessee and Lisa Heine (Lorenzo Belcher), of Cincinnati, Ohio; by two brothers: Mark Heine (Laura), of Fredericktown, Missouri and Neil Heine (Amy), of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; by his mother-in-law, Wilma Webb, of Rising Sun, and by many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister Fran Conner, who passed away on November 10th, 2017.

  Funeral services were held on Monday, May 21st at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Reverend Jim Jenkins officiating. Visitation was held on Sunday, May 20th at the funeral home. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Shriners Hospital; or the charity of the donor’s choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.



John ‘Jay’ Benzing

  John “Jay” Benzing, age 73, of Patriot, passed away with his loving family by his side at 3:10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, at his residence.

  Jay entered this life on January 25th, 1945, in Bronx, New York, the loving son of the late John Jacob and Mildred (Nylander) Benzing. Jay was raised in Merrick, New York and was a graduate of the Sanford H. Calhaun High School.

  Jay grew up not far from the ocean. He and his family considered art as a part of everyday life. He found encouragement from his father, who loved to oil paint; and his high school art teacher who was also an accomplished Madison Avenue artist.

  Jay earned his bachelor’s degree in art education from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, and his master’s degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Jay was united in marriage to Wanda Louise P’Simer — the love of his life — on September 4th, 1965, at the Christian church in Olive Hill, Kentucky. This happy union was blessed with two sons: John Todd and Dustin Travis. Jay and Wanda shared 52 loving years of marriage until his death.

  Jay was a former art teacher for Florence Elementary School in Florence, Kentucky, retiring in 1997, after 30 years of service. He was loved by the faculty, staff and thousands of students. Upon retirement, Jay and his wife, Wanda moved to Patriot to be closer to his subject matter and the water. The nature of watercolor painting seems to lend itself to portraying old weathered buildings, in harmony with their natural settings. There is a beautiful simplicity in architecture created for a utilitarian purpose, whether it is an old barn or a lighthouse. They were built to withstand the elements like sentinels watching the march of time. Jay liked to record their presence before they succumbed to nature or man. His watercolors are on display at the Community Art Center in Vevay and Southeastern Art Gallery in Aurora, Indiana. His watercolors have won awards in the Kentucky Watercolor Society competitions at the Mellwood Art Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

  He attended the Concord Community Church in Patriot, and Jay was a member of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, Madison Art Club and Gallery and the Kentucky Watercolor Society. Jay will be deeply missed by his loving family, abundance of friends and colleagues and his community.

  Jay is survived by his wife of 52 years, Wanda Louise (P’Simer) Benzing of Patriot; by his sons: John Todd Benzing and his wife Michele of Louisville, Kentucky and Dustin Travis Benzing and his wife Polly Anne of Fort Wright, Kentucky; by his grandchildren: Jessica Eryn, Mabel Jane and Oskar Elliott; his sister, Suzanne Hoffman and her husband Edward of Long Island, New York; his nieces: Keira Rosenthal and her husband Steven and Christiani Boyajian and her husband Aaron; his nephews: Jonathan Hoffman and his wife Susanne and Thomas Hoffman and his wife Rachel.

  He will also be deeply missed by his seven great-nieces and great-nephews; his sisters-in-law: Brenda Kahl, Katie Schaffer, Gladys Gessel, Nancy Kilgallin, Mary Opal Gillam and her husband Jim, and Geneva Satterwhite; his brothers-in-law: Gayle Thomas P’Simer and his wife Lois and Harold Satterwhite; and his 26-P’Simer nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, John Jacob and Mildred (Nylander) Benzing and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clyde and Ella P’Simer.

  Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, May 19th, at 11:00 a.m., by Brother Steve Ward at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Friends were invited to call on the family on Friday, May 18th, at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Concord Community Church; the Community Art Center in Vevay; or Hospice of Dearborn County Hospital. Cards are available at the funeral home.