Obituaries 5-5-16


William Stevens

William Harold Stevens, 81, of Ohio County, passed away at 12:10 p.m., on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at his residence.

William was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, on May 4th, 1934, the son of the late Leona (Reed) and William Stevens.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. William was retired pipe fitter.

He was the husband of Minnie Lee (Chowning) Stevens who survives him.

William is also survived by children: Sandy Seward, Randy Stevens and Jody Stevens; and by stepchildren: Gerry Robinson, Kerry Dunaway and Merry Brown.

He was proceeded in death by a son, Andy Stevens.

A private family graveside service was held on Monday, May 2nd at the Rising Sun New Cemetery, Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun serving the family.

Bob Johnson

Edward Robert “Bob” Johnson, age 62, of Vevay, passed away at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, April 29th, 2016, at his residence.

Bob entered this life on July 19th, 1953, in Vanceburg, Kentucky, the son of the late James and Betty Lou (Lewis) Johnson.

Bob was united in marriage on June 13th, 1996, in Calhoun, Kentucky, to Melissa Ann Adams. Bob and Melissa shared nearly 20 years of marriage together until his death.

He worked on several barges on the Ohio River for 15 years and worked on bridges for Intech Contracting Inc. in Lexington, Kentucky, for 10 years. Bob was employed for Labor’s Union Local #795 in New Albany, Indiana, retiring in 2010 after five years of service.

Bob resided in the Vevay community since 2005. He was a member of the Local Union #576 in Louisville, Kentucky and then transferred to Local Union #795 in New Albany, Indiana. Bob enjoyed playing chess, junking, watching John Wayne movies, fishing, driving in the country, spending time with his grandkids and being outside. Bob was a devoted hubby, dad and grandpa.

Bob will be dearly missed by his loving wife of nearly 20 years: Melissa Ann (Adams) Johnson of Vevay; his sons: Jeff Johnson and his wife: Allison of Louisville, Kentucky and Benjamin Robert Johnson of Flatwoods, Kentucky; and his grandchildren: Lilly, MaKayla and T.J.

He was preceded in death by his parents: James and Betty Lou (Lewis) Johnson; and his sister: Sharon Faye Morris.

Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, by Reverend Donnie Meriwether, at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Friends were invited to call on Tuesday, May 3rd, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Edward Robert “Bob” Memorial Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Hilda Gardner

Hilda Marie Gardner, 89, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away at 1:35 p.m. on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Hilda was born in Wilmington, Indiana on August 12th, 1926, the daughter of the late Thelma (Webb) and James McCartney. She grew up in Dearborn County and was a 1944 graduate of Aurora High School.

Hilda worked at Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg for over 40 years. She was a former member of the Aurora Girl Volunteers. She was the widow of Joseph Elwood “Woody” Gardner.

Hilda is survived by three daughters: Barbara Gulley (Keith), of St. Louis, Missouri; Carolyn Mathews (William), of Cross Plains; and Beverly Gardner (Peter Kurko), of Chicago, Illinois; by grandchildren: Erin Gulley, Jennifer Gallagher, Michael David Mathews, Jessica Riggs and Shawn Kurko; also by great grandchildren: Lindsey, Damion, Brooklynn, Josephine, Marcella, Elijah, Kaya and Rowan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, by husband, “Woody”; by brothers, Carroll and William McCartney; and by a sister, Betty Smith.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 4th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Friends were invited to call on Wednesday prior to the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial was at Riverview Cemetery in Aurora.

Memorial donations may be made to Aurora Rescue Unit or the American Lung Association.

Alexandra Hollen

Alexandra Fay Hollen, 17, of Florence, passed away at 12:33 p.m. on Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at her residence.

Alexandra was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 15th, 1999, the daughter of Crystal Elam, of Florence and Robert Hollen, Jr., of Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was a very loving and creative young woman. Alexandra enjoyed writing poems and short stories. She also maintained a website where she could discuss mental health issues with people in need. Alexandra found great satisfaction in baby-sitting for a young boy she had the privilege to care for. She had an overwhelming love for animals and her many pets. Above all, she loved her family and friends.

Alexandra is survived by her mother, Crystal Elam (Richard Rudisill) of Florence; by her father, Robert Hollen, Jr.(Cindy) of Cincinnati, Ohio; by her grandmothers: Linda Elam of Lawrenceburg, Indiana and Janet Hollen of Harrison, Ohio; by her uncle, Keith Hollen of Greendale, Indiana; by her best friend, Colton Penick of East Enterprise; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers: Woody Elam and Robert Hollen, Sr.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Friends are invited to call Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to P.A.W.S. of Dearborn County.

Thelma Dibble

Thelma Rena Livingston Dibble, 96, of Rising Sun passed away on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016.

Thelma was born on June 27th, 1919 in Hollister Oklahoma. She was the youngest of four children born to Leva Pyron Livingston and Ova Winningham Livingston. She grew up during the Depression and Dust Bowl years on an Oklahoma cotton and wheat farm.

She graduated from Oklahoma Central University and began teaching science in Junior College at age 20. This was the beginning of her lifelong passion of teaching, learning and mentoring. She continued to teach school in Oklahoma in a one-room schoolhouse, then in high school.

In 1943 she met her husband, William Dibble, on a USO hayride. They were married on October 8th, 1943 in Hollister Oklahoma. She followed her Air Force husband to Eaglin Field in Pensacola, Florida, where she again taught several grades. After the war ended they returned to Rising Sun, where they farmed the family farm.

Soon Thelma found a job teaching second grade in the Rising Sun School system. She remained at Rising Sun for 37 years, where she taught many different grades and subjects.

Thelma was awarded the Senior Volunteer of the Year Award at the Indiana State Fair and Volunteer of the Year Award by RSVP. Her favorite award of all was Teacher of the Year , presented to her by Rising Sun Middle School. She was also a member of Bethel Unity Baptist Church in Rising Sun.

Thelma is survived by two daughters: Sherry Timms (Ronald) of Rising Sun and Angela Morrison (John) of Springfield, Illinois; by three granddaughters: Lisa Bowne (Jim), Lori D’Agostino (Leonard), and Catherine Black (Jeff); and four great grandchildren: Maxwell, Ashley and Christopher Bowne and Charles Black.

Also surviving: nieces and nephews, beloved students and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband William Dibble; by here parents: Leva and Ova Livingston; two brothers: Denton and Alton Livingston, and sister, Esta Wagner.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 30th at the Ohio County Elementary Middle School cafeteria with Pastor Corey Potts officiating. Visitation was held on Friday, April 29th at the school. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Thelma Dibble Fund for Excellence in Science and Math at the Ohio County Community Foundation, Bethel Unity Baptist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun assisted the family.