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Jim Allison

James Edwin “Jim” Allison, age 74, of Florence, passed away at 6:35 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, at the Ridgewood Health Campus in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Jim entered this life on August 11th, 1941, in Bowling Green, Ohio, the son of the late Edwin John and Nellie Crystal (Deardoerf) Allison. He was raised in Cromwell, Indiana and Marengo, Illinois; and was a 1959 graduate of Marengo High School.

Jim was united in marriage on February 27th, 1965, in Marengo, Illinois, to Shelby Jean Gray, and to this union arrived two daughters: Tammy and Lori, to bless their home. Jim and Shelby shared 51 years of marriage together until his death.

In 1965, Jim earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa and later earned his Master’s Degree in 1970 from St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jim earned his degree in administration in 1972 from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Jim taught for the Riley Elementary School in Marengo, Illinois for five years and for the Central Noble School in Albion, Indiana for five years. He also taught and was a principal for Winamac High School in Winamac, Indiana for five years.

In 1977, Jim was employed by the Switzerland County School Corporation, where he taught and served as principal for the Switzerland County High School and for the Switzerland County Elementary School.

Jim retired in 1999 from the Switzerland County School Corporation, after 22 years of service. Jim enjoyed coaching track, basketball and football throughout his teaching career. After Jim retired he enjoyed tutoring for the Switzerland County High School for 10 years.

Jim resided in the Florence community since 1977.

Jim was a member of the Marengo Baptist Church in Marengo, Illinois. Jim will be remembered for spending time with his loving grandchildren where he enjoyed watching them play sports and coaching them from the bleachers. Jim also enjoyed watching the Cubs play and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Jim will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 51 years: Shelby Jean (Gray) Allison of Florence; his daughters: Tammy Honeycutt and her husband: Sam of Greenwood, Indiana, and Lori Vaughn of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; his grandchildren: Cody, Chad, Casey, Allison, Nicholas and Alex; his brother: Stu Allison and his wife: Marian of Colleyville, Texas; his sister: Marcia Huff of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; and his several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Edwin John and Nellie Crystal (Deardoerf) Allison.

Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016, by Reverend Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

Interment followed in the Florence Cemetery.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Tuesday, June 14th, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to James Edwin “Jim” Allison Endowment Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Damon Webster

Damon J. Webster, 83, of Rexville, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, at 1:55 p.m. at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood, Indiana.

He was born near Vevay on February 1st, 1933 the son of Melvin and Edna Scudder Webster.

Damon was an Army veteran of the Korean War, where he served in Germany with the 2nd Infantry Regiment as a driver. He earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Army of Occupation (Germany) Medal. In civilian life Mr. Webster was a farmer and bricklayer, working for Bruns-Gutzwiller Construction in Batesville. Damon was proud of the many buildings he had worked on, among them being the Aurora School and the Osgood Post Office.

On October 4th, 199,3 while working on his combine Damon lost his left hand in an accident. Despite this handicap and challenge he soon resumed his work on the farm.

Damon was a 50 year member of the Bricklayers Local and was also a member of the Shelby Christian Church.

He was married to Carrie Mildred Meisberger on April 17th, 1953 and Millie, his wife of 63 years survives.

Other survivors include one brother: Merrell (Jerri) Webster of Olean; one sister Martha Burress Riley of Osgood; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 11th at 10:30 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles, with Brother David Jolly officiating. Burial was in the Benham Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation was held on Friday, June 10th.

Memorials may be given to the Shelby Christian Church or the Friendship Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

Harry Gibson

Harry Wilbur Gibson, Jr., 89, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, June 6th, 2016, at Eastgate Springs in Cincinnati.

Harry was born in Miami, Florida, on August 17th, 1926, the son of the late Margaret Alice (Schoopmire) and Harry Wilbur Gibson, Sr. He spent his early life in Rising Sun and attended high school there, where he played basketball. He was baptized at the Rising Sun United Methodist Church.

Harry served his country in the U.S. Army as a Corporal during the Korean War. While in service he earned the Korean Service Medal with 1 Bronze Battle Star, U.N. Service Medal, Merit Unit Citation and 1 Overseas Bar.

After graduating from college he was employed by an architectural firm. Harry later went out on his own and started his own business.

In June of 1957 he married Inez ( Ruble) Gibson, who passed away on September 7th, 1981.

Harry was an outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting and collecting fossils. He also liked collecting coins and stamps.

Harry is survived by a daughter: Debora Gibson, of Williamsburg, Ohio; and a son, Tim Gibson, of Cincinnati; and by several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife Inez; and by a sister, June Daniels.

Funeral services were held on Friday, June 10th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Brother Greg Matthews officiating. Friends were invited to call on the family on Friday prior to the time of the service. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.