Obituaries 5-4-17


Kathleen Gullion

Kathleen M. Gullion, 98, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, formerly of Rising Sun, passed away on Thursday, April 20th, 2017.

She was born January 2nd, 1919 in Switzerland County, the daughter of the late Henry D. and Dorothy Peters.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Greendale. Kathleen was a dealer of antiques and fine furniture, retiring from Closson’s after 34 years of service.  She was a member of the Phi Beta Psi, Rising Sun Chapter in the 1950’s.  Kathleen was also a Committee Chairperson for the Democratic Party of Ohio County and worked for the Ohio County Court House Highway Department in the 1950’s.

Kathleen loved time with her family and will be greatly missed.

Surviving are daughters: Nancy (Gene) Henry of Aurora, Indiana and Cynthia Gullion Jupin of Erlanger, Kentucky; by grandchildren: Paul (Shelly) Henry, Lindsy (Bob) Barrix, Laura Townsend, Patrick (Jodi) Henry, Lee Ann Henry, Amanda (Corey) Walston, and Cassie (Michael) Bonacci; and 10 great-grandchildren with one on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Mary Charlotte Peters; and brother, Billy Peters.

Friends were invited to pay their respects to the family on Monday, April 24th, 2017, in the Martin Chapel, at the First Baptist Church Greendale. Services were held at the Church on Tuesday, April 25th, with Mark Tanner officiating. Interment followed in the Rising Sun New Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Shriners Burn Institute or the Greendale First Baptist Church.  Rullman-Hunger Funeral Home in Aurora is assisting the family at this time.

Gordon Scudder

Gordon G. Scudder, 72, of Plant City, Florida, entered into eternal rest on April 6th, 2017.

Gordon was born in Patriot, Indiana on September 25th, 1944. He was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served in the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, LaDona Scudder; by his children: Sheila Davenport (Ron) of Tampa, Florida; Herman Scudder of Plant City, Florida; Mary Jewel Scudder (Ken Sumner) of Dover, Florida; and Aaron Scudder (Jessica) of Lakeland, Florida.

He is also survived by five sisters; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Friends were invited to pay their respects to the family on Friday, April 14th at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 CR 39 S, Plant City, Florida; followed by graveside military honors at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.

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Robert Lafary

Robert E. Lafary, Jr., 65, of Versailles passed away at 11:50 p.m. on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at his home.

He was born at the Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, Indiana on October 29th, 1951, the son of Robert and Donna Jo Bonfer Lafary.

Bob was a 1969 graduate of South Ripley High School and a 1971 graduate of Northwood University. Bob spent his career as a professional musician for 53 years and more specifically a professional drummer. He founded his first band the ‘Steppin Stones’ as a teenager and in recent years headed the ‘Bob Lafary Trio’, playing several venues in the Tri-State area. Away from music, he previously managed numerous hotels and restaurants throughout Southern Indiana; is a former employee and coach in the South Ripley Community School Corporation; and was a licensed IHSAA baseball and softball umpire.

Bob was an inductee of the Southeast Indiana Musicians Hall of Fame and he also attended the Versailles Baptist Church.

He was married to Kris Ford on March 24th, 1990 and she survives.

Other survivors include his mother: Donna Jo Lafary of Versailles; one son: Rob Lafary of Versailles; two daughters: Amy Jo Lafary of Champaign, Illinois and Faith Renee Lafary of Versailles; one sister Lisa (Butch) Allee of Versailles; nephews Dustin and Dane Allee; niece Shannon (Allee) Benham; and his great-nieces: Emma, Allee, Ella, and Ava.

He is also survived by numerous individuals who considered him a father figure or simply referred to him as “Uncle Bobby.”

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 4th at 11a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles, with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation was held on Wednesday, May 3rd, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to the South Ripley Music Boosters to aid in their goal of purchasing new drums for the band; or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

Patricia Ballard

Patricia D. Ballard, 71, of Rising Sun, passed away at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Patricia was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 14th, 1945, the daughter of the late Roberta Ann (Prell) and Huntley R. Callan. She grew up in the Cincinnati community and was a graduate of Mt. Healthy High School.

Patricia was formerly employed as a secretary at Valvoline in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She married Ronnie R. Ballard on November 4th, 1967 at the Assumption Church in Mount Healthy, Ohio. Ronnie preceded her in death on December 24th, 1993. Patricia’s life revolved around her family, always putting their needs ahead of her own. Patricia was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be deeply missed.

Patricia is survived by a daughter, Kelly Babcock and husband Jason, of Rising Sun; by a son, Ronnie Lee Ballard and wife Elizabeth, of Dayton, Kentucky; and by grandchildren: Kean Espedilla (Casey Amburgey), Alexis Ballard, Mckelti Babcock (Heavenlee Wilson), Cameron Pierce, Chloe Babcock, Destiny Ballard, Oliver Babcock and Brooklyn Ballard.

She is also survived by a sister, Sharon Oliver, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and by two brothers, Robert “Bobbie” Callan, of California and Richard Callan, of Connecticut.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband Ronnie; by her brother Huntley Dee Callan; and by her twin brother Michael John Callan.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 2nd at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Visitation was held on Tuesday prior to the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Mycloma Foundation. Cards are available at funeral home.