Obituaries 5-8-14


Larry Keith

Larry L. Keith, 74, of Dillsboro, formerly of Center Square, passed away at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in Switzerland County, March 19th, 1940, the son of the late James Wilford and Avis (Chase) Keith. He grew up near Allensville and later served his country in the U.S. Army. Larry worked as a machinist at Reliance Electric in Madison for 35 years, retiriing on January 26th, 2001. He was a 40-year member of the Vevay American Legion and was a supporter of veterans’ causes.

On November 11th, 1963, at Ft Bragg, North Carolina, he married Ruth Ann (Sigmon) Keith, who survives him. Larry and Ruth Ann were together over 50 years.

In addition to his loving wife Ruth Ann, Larry is also survived by his two daughters, Kimberly Keith of Dillsboro and Kelly Keith of Rising Sun; by his grandchildren, Brenden Liggett, Cody Holtegel, Kreigh Liggett, Collier Holtegel and Caden Holtegel; his great-grandchildren, Ayden Liggett and Adalynn Liggett; his three sisters, Hazel Knaus of Center Square, Juanita Koons of Palmyra, Indiana, and Sarah McCreary of Allensville; his two brothers, Roy Keith of Vevay and Jonas Keith of Florence; his sister-in-law, Martha Keith of Center Square; and his brothers-in-law, Charles Sigmon of M arkland and Jerry Sigmon of Lamb.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Denver, Albert Wayne, Hubert Wesley, Kirby, Paul Dean, Clifford, Leon, Wilford, Jr., and by an infant brother and infant sister.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 3rd, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Interment was in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise with military graveside services by Vevay American Legion. Memorial donations may be made to Vevay American Legion or Premier Hospice.

Kevin Baker

Kevin Dale “Bake” Baker, 56, of Rising Sun, passed away at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

Kevin was born in Milan on December 21st, 1957, the son of the late Vera Marie Baker. He attended Rising Sun Schools. He worked as a lineman for the City of Rising Sun and also had worked for Gaylor Electric and Pike Electric. Kevin was a 27-year member of the Rising Sun Sons of the American Legion. He liked playing euchre and watching NASCAR. Kevin also enjoyed hanging out at Pete’s Garage “Lounge” and sitting overlooking the river every morning. He was the husband of Phyllis (Elza) Baker. Kevin and Phyllis were together 38 years.

In addition to his wife Phyllis, Kevin is also survived by his daughter, Devin Elza of Rising Sun; her son, Billy Elza (Brittany) of Rising Sun; his sister, Kathy Harris (Morris) of Florence; and his four grandchildren, Dakota Turner, Lexus Elza, Kendra Elza and Isac Elza.

Funeral services were held Sunday, May 4th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Interment was in Cedar Hedge Cemetery in Rising Sun. Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Sue Ann Leatherbury

Sue Ann Leatherbury, 60, of Madison, passed away at 12 noon Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, at her home in Madison.

She was born July 3rd, 1953, in Madison, the loving daughter of the late Thomas D. and Dorothy C. Harmon Leathrbury. She resided most of her life in Madiosn and was a 1971 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. She later received an associates degree in criminology from Indiana State. She had worked various jobs throughout her life. She had served as a CNA for Hickory Creek and The Waters of Clifty Falls. Sue had worked for Marble Hill and at the Cedar Lake Lodge in LaGrange. She was of the Christian faith and had volunteered for the Animal Shelter. She loved her dogs, enjoyed animals and reading.

No public services will be held at the request of Sue. Interment was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

“Rocky” Cole

Lloyd D. “Rocky” Cole, age 87, of Greenfield, passed away Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on March 28th, 1927, in Vevay, the son of Clint and Mayme (LeClerc) Cole. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II which sent him to France, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium and Germany.

He then married Wilna E. (Grubbs) on November 13th, 1947, in Greenfield. 

Rocky worked as a self-employed marketer in the automotive industry for many years. He was a member of the American Legion and Park Chapel Christian Church. He enjoyed sports and semi-pro softball and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was deeply devoted to his family and loved a good joke.

Rocky is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Wilna Cole of Greenfield; his daughter, Lynn (Bob) Pepperworth of Greenfield; his sons, Doug (Claudia McGee) Cole of Indianapolis, Tracey (Susie) Cole of Noblesville and Barry (Nancy) Cole of Greenfield; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clint and Mayme Cole, six brothers, and four sisters.

Funeral services were held Sunday, May 4th, at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, in Greenfield, Indiana, with Pastor David Woods officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hancock County Boys and Girls Club, 715 E Lincoln Street, Greenfield, IN 46140.  Friends may share a memory or send a condolence at or email condolences to

Paul Garrett

Robert Paul Garrett, 73, of Patriot, formerly of Cincinati, Ohio, passed away at 1 p.m. Friday, May 2nd, 2014, at his residence.

Paul was born in Cincinnati, on May 12th, 1940, the son of the late Elbert Frank and Thelma Garrett. He was a graduate of Norwood High School, Class of 1958. Paul was owner and operator of Home Carpet & Furniture Cleaners in Cincinnati from 1969 to 2001. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Patriot. On September 3rd, 1960, he married Doris (Pease) Garrett, who survives. Paul and Doris shared over 53 love filled years together. Paul was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend and will be deeply missed.

In addition to his loving wife Doris, Paul is also survived by his three daughters, Marsha Susshine, Lisa Brown (Steve) and Michele Durham, all of Liberty Township, Ohio; his son, Robert Paul Garrett, Jr., of Quercus Grove; his grandchildren, Edward Susshine, Jr. (Chrissy), Christopher Susshine, Sara Perez (E.J.), Jesse Brown, Robert Garrett, Joshua Ferrera, Ladori Durham and Amber Durham; his great-grandchildren, Ryan Godbey, Daniel Godbey, Ellie Perez, Kaylynn Garrett and Adelynn Garrett; his three sisters, Juanita Prather (Ronald) of Amberly Village, Ohio, Janet Hooper (Richard) of Lebanon, Ohio, Marlene Lewis (Danny) of Hammersville, Ohio; and his brother, Carl Edward Garrett (Mary Ann) of Mason, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 12th, at Markland Funeral H ome in Rising Sun. Burial will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Temple Baptist Church or Dearborn County Hospice.

Mary Baker

Mary Elizabeth (Riley) Baker, 92, of Vevay, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

She was born October 2nd, 1921, in Vevay, the daughter of the late Frank and Maude (Scott) Riley. She was raised in Vevay where she was a 1939 graduate of Vevay High School and attended Indiana University.

Mary was united in marriage on March 28th, 1942, at the Tyson Temple United Methodist Church by Reverend Redmon in Versailles, to the late Harry Stanley Baker. Unto this union a son, James Franklin, arrived to bless their home. Mary and Harry shared 21 years of marriage together until his death on March 17th, 1963.

She was a former librarian assistant for the Switzerland County Public Library and was a former employee at an insurance office in Vevay for several years. She was a member of Tri Kppa, Center Square Home Economics Club and Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church in Vevay. She was past matron of the Bennington Order of Eastern Star Lodge 407. Mary was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed sewing and reading.

Survivors include her son, James Franklin Baker of Vevay; her nephew, Billy Riley; and her two nieces, Mary Elizabeth Riley and Maude Ann Okroy.

She was also preceded in death by her two brothers, Russell Riley on May 7th, 1991, and Stewart Riley on June 12th, 2002; her niece, Diane Yaple; and her four cousins, Hazel Bunger, Virginia Botts, Londalee Anderson and Shirley Bigle.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, May 8th,) at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Pastor K.C. Banta officiating. Interment will be in the Rising Sun New Cemetery.

Special services were conducted during visitation Wednesday evening, May 7th, by Tri Kappa and Bennington Order of Eastern Star Lodge 407. Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzrland Lodge 122 F&AM Building Fund or Indiana Masonic Home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Geneva Brown

Geneva Garnet Brown, 94 years old of Decatur, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Adams Woodcrest in Decatur.

She was born on Tuesday, January 20th, 1920, in Switzerland County, the daughter of the late Thomas Bennett and the late Eleanor (Bromwell) Bennett. 

She married David Earl Brown on October 15th, 1937, in Switzerland County, and he passed away on June 27th, 1984. The young couple and their daughter moved to Decatur in 1942 to help with the effort in this area during WorldWar II. They moved to the Village of Monmouth before the end of the war and Geneva continued to reside there to this time.

Geneva was a member of the former Decatur Missionary Church where she was a Sunday School teacher for 35 years. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and working crossword puzzles. Geneva loved I.U. basketball and Cincinnati Reds baseball. She enjoyed watching The Price is Right, Jeopardy, and the Wheel of Fortune.

Geneva was a graduate of Patriot High School in 1936 where she was the valedictorian. She retired on July 1st, 1985, from Decatur Industries with 21 years of service. She had also worked for many years at the Decatur Canning Factory during the tomato season.

Surviving are her daughter, Sondra L. (C.Allen) Lehman of Monroe; her son, Donald W. (Kathy) Brown of Decatur; her son, Michael D. (Becky) Brown of Decatur; her sister, Rita Mae Deye of Cincinnati, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding Geneva in death were three sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services were held Sunday, May 4th, in the Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, with Pastor Kenneth Hogg officiating. Interment followed in the Decatur Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to Family LifeCare or Cornerstone Community Church.

Mildred Pruett

Mildred Deloris Zuch Pruett, 84, of Hanover, passed away at 11:01 p.m. Sunday, May 4th, 2014, at her home.

She was born August 13th, 1929, in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Samuel Willis Zuch and Margaret Belle Guy Zuch. After graduating from New Waterford High School, New Waterford, Ohio, in 1947, she atended Asbury College for one year and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1952.

She married Donald L. Pruett on August 8th, 1953, at Mt. Zion Methodist Church, Rogers, Ohio. They recently enjoyed a 60th wedding anniversary celebration reception with family and friends in Madison. Her primary callings in life were to care for her family and to support her husband’s ministy for over 40 years in several communities in Indiana, Kentucky and North Carolina.

She worked at Wesleyan Church World Headquarters, Marion, Indiana, for seven years and retired from Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, after working there for 11 years. Throughout her life she especially enjoyed reading, growing violets, cooking and spending time with family. She was most recently a member of First Wesleyan Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and attended West Madison United Methodit Church in Madison.

Survivors include her loving husband of 60 years, Reverend Donald L. Pruett of Hanover; her three children, Robynn Pruett Wolfschlag of Castle Rock, Colorado, Karen Pruett Mitchener and husband Chip of Fairmount, Indiana, James “Jim” Pruett and wife Leah of Madison; her six grandchildren, James Mitchener, Bennett Nafe, Connor Mitchener, Amelia Koehler, Christi Risk (Carl), Justin Wolfschlag (Tayna); four great-grandchildren, Breanna Wolfschlag, Jackson Risk, Anika Risk, and Rebekah Wolfschlag; her aunt, Lillie Oyer of Kensington, Ohio; her two sisters, Evelyn Burton of West Terre Haute, Indiana and Tillie Cattrell of Columbus, Ohio; her brother, Burt Zuch (Rose) of Rosedale, Indiana; her brother-in-law, Willis Pruett (Betty) of Plainfield, Indiana; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; and a special friend, Angelique Parker of Milton, Kentucky.

She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Cameron James Mitchener on December 19th, 1992; and her son-in-law, William “Bill” Wolfschlag on February 11th, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Saturday, May 10th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, with Reverend Don Pruett, and Pastors David Leland and Jeff Ludtke officiating. Interment will be in Park Cemetery, County Road 150 East in Fairmount, Indiana.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Jesus Film Project, P.O. Box 628222, Orlando, FL 32862-8222 ( or the Blanket of Hope Society, Inc., 8312 Westover Drive, Prospect, KY 40059 or through the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Betty League

Betty Jean (Schirmer) League, 81, of Vevay, passed away December 23rd, 2013, in Scottsburg.

She was the younger daughter born March 10th, 1932, to Willliam D. and Luttie Rudd Schirmer of Vevay. She attended Vevay High School from 1945-1949 where she participated in band, choir and Latin Club. She was pledged to Gamma Chi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa in 1949 and later was a member of the Julia L. Dumont Club. Following graduation from Vev ay High School, she attended Indiana University and Franklin College and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1954. While at Franklin College, Betty belonged to Delta Zeta Chapter of Delta Delta Delta National Sorority. She later attended the University of Cincinati, University of Maryland and Sacramento State College, where she completed work toward her Master’s Degree.

Betty was united in marriage to Bailey A. League of Indianapolis. Unto their union one son, Duke Anthony League, was born.

She was a career teacher having taught in Indianapolis Public Schools from 1954-1962 and in Hamilton County Ohio Schools (Three Rivers Local School District) from 1962-1987. Betty was a member of the First Christian Church in Madison.

Survivors include her beloved son, Duke Anthony League of Madison and his friend, Miss Sharon Rae Hardy of Scottsburg; along with several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her loving parents and sister, Billie Jhan Schirmer.

Interment was in Vevay Cemetery with arrangements by Collins Funeral Home of Scottsburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Madison, the American Cancer Society or the charity of the donor’s choice.