Alvin Harvey Cole, age 100, of Fairview, Indiana, passed away at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 11th, 2018, at the Ripley Crossing in Milan, Indiana.
Alvin entered this life on January 27th, 1918, in Fairview, Indiana. Alvin was one of 13 children born to parents Harvey Elmer “Hub” and Nellie (Newkirk) Cole. He was raised in Bennington, Indiana and was a 1936 graduate of the Vevay High School.
He enrolled in accounting at the IU Extension in Kokomo, Indiana. He attended the La Salle University in Chicago for two years for accounting; and the University of Wisconsin for two years for accounting when he was serving his country.
Alvin was united in marriage on August 14th, 1940 in Kokomo, Indiana, to the late Kathleen Shoemaker. This happy union was blessed with four children: Sherry, David, Karen and Rick. Alvin and Kathleen shared 75 loving years of marriage together until she passed away on August 17th, 2015.
Alvin was inducted into the United States Army Air Force on March 18th, 1943, serving during World War II. He served in Saipan and earned the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Alvin was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal on January 13th, 1946.
After the service, Alvin worked at the Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison. He served as Auditor for Switzerland County, and was also employed for Grays Electric as a lead electrician in the 1950’s. Alvin was a route salesman for Borden’s Company from 1937 to 1952. Alvin was employed on June 30th, 1961 for the State Board of Accounts, retiring in 1984 after 23 1/2 years of service. Alvin and Kathleen prepared taxes with their son, Rick for the Comprehensive Tax Service in Kokomo, Indiana, from 1991 to 2009. He was a faithful member of the Fairview United Methodist Church in Fairview, Indiana.
On January 27th, 2018, Alvin received the distinguished Hoosier Award from Governor Eric J. Holcomb. He was also a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and received the 70 year membership award on March 11th, 2018. Alvin loved farming and tending to his crops and animals and will be remembered for his love of his family.
Alvin will be deeply missed by his children: Sherry Courtney and her husband Gerald of Mesa, Arizona, David Cole and his wife Renee of Rising Sun, Karen Kelleher and her husband: Paul of Sellersburg, Indiana, and Rick Cole of Kokomo, Indiana; by his grandchildren: Randy, Lisa, Angie, Sean, Devin, Erin, Megan, Patrick, Maddie and Alisha; his great-grandchildren: Laura, Joseph, Chris, Trevor, Nicole, Colton, Dillon, Davian, Isabella, Addison, Jackson, Ella and Max; and his great-great-grandchildren: Aydn, Thor, Odin and Luna.
He will also be missed by his sisters-in-law: Marcella Cole of Fairview and Wilma Cole of Fairview, and his numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey Elmer “Hub” and Nellie (Newkirk) Cole; by his wife, Kathleen (Shoemaker) Cole, who died on August 17th, 2015; his granddaughter, Michelle Courtney; his grandson-in-law, John Knight; his brothers, Wilfred, Raymond, Hilbert, Dilver, Donald and Emerson Cole; his sisters, Arlena Brown, Golda Hebel, Hazel Wiley, Pearl Byram, Mavis Scudder and Leo Gulley; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clarence Olin and Lula (Medley) Shoemaker; his brother-in-law, Max Shoemaker and his sisters-in-law, Jean Foreman and Eileen Barnhill.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m., on Friday, June 15th, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, June 16th, 2018, at 10 a.m., by Pastor Cory Potts at the funeral home.
Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Vevay Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairview United Methodist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.
Virginia ‘Jenny’ Devers
Virginia Mae “Jenny” Devers, 77, of Patriot, passed away at 4:10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
Jenny was born in Switzerland County on February 26th, 1941, the daughter of the late Pauline (Willis) and Raymond Wagner. She attended school in Patriot.
On January 17th, 1959 Jenny married Lowell D. Devers, who preceded her in death on December 27th, 2012.
Jenny devoted her life to her family, providing a loving home to her children and working along side her husband on their farm. Jenny was a person of faith and enjoyed watching the Joyce Meyer Ministries on television. She also liked playing Bingo, Yahtzee and other card games.
Virginia is survived by three daughters: Cheryl Carter (Steve), of Florence, Kentucky, Teresa Theetge (Ed), of Vevay, and Shelly Blair (Chris), of Vevay; by her sons: Don Devers (Barb), of Rising Sun and Jim Devers (Teena), of Patriot; by two sisters: Sharon Smith, of Rising Sun and Ruby Murphy, of Greendale, Indiana; and by her brothers: Robert “Sonny” Wagner, of Vevay and Wayne Wagner, of Rising Sun.
She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and by several nieces and nephews.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Lowell; by a brother, Raymond Wagner; and by sisters: Irene Walcott, Patricia Courter, Pam Courter and Wanda Washnock.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 16th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. on Saturday, with Reverend Mike Jones officiating. Burial will be at New Liberty Cemetery in East Enterprise.
Memorial donations may be made to the Highpoint Health Hospice. Cards are available at the funeral home.
Bonnie Gail Elliott, 76, of Rising Sun, passed away at 2:43 a.m. on Friday, June 8th, 2018 at Ridgewood Health Campus in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
Bonnie was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 1st, 1942, a daughter of the late Edith (Schwab) and Ivan Wullner. She grew up in the Lawrenceburg community and was a graduate of Lawrenceburg High School, Class of 1960. She kept in close contact with her classmates and looked forward to getting together with them as often as she could.
Bonnie married the love of her life, Larry G. Elliott on February 7th, 1960 at the Hamline Chapel United Methodist Church in Lawrenceburg. Bonnie and Larry were married over 52 years until his passing on August 24th, 2012.
Bonnie was a member of the Rising Sun United Methodist Church. Bonnie and Larry loved to travel, especially to Hawaii. Bonnie also enjoyed photography and raising flowers.
Bonnie is survived by a daughter, Tonda Wagoner, of Fishers, Indiana; by a son, Dennis Elliott and wife Angie, of Rising Sun; by three granddaughters: Shelby Cole and husband Joe, of Rising Sun; Sydney Elliott, of Rising Sun, and Macy Elliott, of Rising Sun; by two grandsons: Dan Wagoner, of Indianapolis, Indiana and Marc Wagoner, of Fishers, Indiana; and by a brother, Bill Wullner and wife Shirley, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, June 14th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. on Thursday with Reverend Laura McDonald officiating. Burial will be at Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Rising Sun United Methodist Church or Our Hospice of Jennings County. Cards are available at the funeral home.
James ‘Jim’ Henry
James David “Jim” “Poodod” Henry, age 87, of Aberdeen, Indiana, passed away at 8:40 p.m. on Friday June 8th, 2018, at The Waters of Rising Sun.
Jim entered this life on June 30th, 1930, in Switzerland County, the son of the late Everett and Anna Pearl (Eaglin) Henry. He was raised in Ohio County, Indiana where he attended school.
Jim was united in marriage on January 25th, 1962, at Grants Creek Baptist Church, to Betty Ann (Sigmon) Henry, and to this union arrived a daughter, Joyce, and three sons: Doug, Tim and Scott, to bless their home.
Jim was employed for the State Highway Department, retiring in 1988 after 20 years of service; and was a farmer most of his life. He resided all of his life in the Ohio County community.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Joyce Theetge and her husband Ernie of Aberdeen; his sons: Doug Henry and his wife Marea of Aberdeen, Tim Henry and his wife Renee of Aberdeen, and Scott Henry and his wife: Dora of Aberdeen; by his grandchildren: Teresa, Misty, Jeremy, Doug, Mara, Marissa, Amanda, Felicia, Megan, Colton and Wyatt; by his great-grandchildren: Aubree, Braxton, Logan, Maci, Samuel, Mia, Joshua, Maxwell and Aria; by his sister-in-law, Betty Ann (Sigmon) Henry of Aberdeen, and his several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Anna Pearl (Eaglin) Henry; his brothers, Everett Henry, Jr. and Earnest Henry; and his sisters, Helen Gulley and Elizabeth Henry.
Funeral services were conducted on Monday, June 11th, 2018, by Eldon Fancher, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043.
Interment followed in the Mount Carmel Cemetery, Aberdeen. Friends were invited to call on the family on Monday, June 11th prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. James David “Jim” “Poodod” Henry Memorial Fund, c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.