Obituaries 6-18-15

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Bill Wiseman

William A. “Bill” Wiseman, 89, of Vevay, passed away at 4:30 a.m., Friday, June 12th, 2015, at his residence.

He was born October 31st, 1925, in Paterson, New Jersey, the son of the late William and Mable Ellen (Ackerman) Wiseman. He was raised in Fair Lawn, New Jersey and was a 1943 graduate of the East Paterson High School in Paterson, New Jersey. At the age of 17, Bill was inducted into the United States Coast Guard on October 24th, 1943, serving during World War II. He was honorably discharged on March 29th, 1946.

Bill was united in marriage on November 26th, 1950, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wallington, New Jersey, to Stasia Philomena Puzio. Bill and Stasia shared nearly 65 years of marriage together until his death.

Bill was a self-employed construction worker, for 30 years. He enjoyed performing at Walt Disney World at the Glory & Pageantry of Christmas as the shepherd and was a performer at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. He also enjoyed performing the character of Abraham Lincoln, from 1976-2007. He was employed for the Switzerland County Tourism office at the Belterra Casino & Resort, for six years. He was a volunteer and board member for the Historic Hoosier Theater in Vevay. He was a dulcimer maker and performer of the folk music genre, performing in White Springs, Florida, for many years. He was an Auxiliary Policeman for the Fair Lawn Police Department in Fair Lawn, New Jersey and for the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in Tavares, Florida. He was a member of the Vevay Music Club, the Vevay American Legion Post #185, the Vevay VFW Post #5396 and was a U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla Financial Officer. He was an avid bicyclist, where he enjoyed a 2000 mile bicycle trip with his wife, Stacia in the late 1980’s. He enjoyed hiking the Appalachian Trail for many years with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 65 years, Stasia P. (Puzio) Wiseman of Vevay; his two daughters, Terri E. Wiseman and her companion, Dave Williams of Newport, Kentucky and Sheree Barrell and her husband Eric of Lawrenceburg; her two granddaughters, Sirena Sage Barrell and Olivia Rose Barrell.

There will be no funeral services or visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the Historic Hoosier Theater in Vevay. Contribution cards are available at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Willa Phipps

Willa Geneva (Dean) Phipps, 86, of near Fairview, passed away at 3 a.m. Saturday, June 13th, 2015, at Baptist East Health in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born February 24th, 1929, in Lenarue, Kentucky, the daughter of the late, William “Will” Dean and Nellie Louise (Moore) Dean-Stephens. She was raised by her grandparents, Owen and Laura (Guy) Moore in Pine Knott, Kentucky, where she was a 1947 graduate of Pine Knott High School.

Willa was a former supervisor for the National Distillery in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1956-1985, retiring after 29 years of service. She and her husband, Charles bought a farm near Fairview in 1967 and enjoyed traveling down on weekends and summers to work on their farm. In 1986, they moved to Fairview from North Avondale near Cincinnati where they had resided for nearly 30 years. Willa served as Ninth District Director of the Indiana Federation of Republican Women and was President of the Switzerland County Republican Women’s Club and was recognized by the party at the state and national level for her leadership.

She was a former member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 Ladies Auxiliary, the Vevay VFW Post #5396 Ladies Auxiliary and was a faithful member of the Fairview United Methodist Church. Willa enjoyed gardening, cooking, adopting stray dogs, genealogy, being active in the Republican Party, collecting dolls, antiques and Fiesta dishes.

She is survived by her two sons, John Phipps and his wife: Christina of Plano, Texas and James Phipps and his wife Shannon of Fairview; her two daughters, Zelda Mattox of Los Angeles, California and Kathy Von Almen and her husband Scott of Cincinnati, Ohio; her nine grandchildren, Shelley, Charly, Josh, Patrick, Liz, Eric, Becky, Jamie and Sami; her seven great-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; her sister, Laura Current of Frankfort, Kentucky; her two brothers, Bill Stephens of Whitley City, Kentucky and Kelly Stephens of West Virginia; and her friend, Ernest Hallman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William “Will” Dean and Nellie Louise (Moore) Dean-Stephens; her husband, Charles Edward Phipps, on December 9th, 2002; and her grandparents who raised her, Owen & Laura (Guy) Moore

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 19th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street in Vevay, with Pastor Sandy Marlin officiating. Interment will be in Vevay Cemetery..

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. today (Thursday, June 18th) at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Switzerland County Emergency Unit. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmlorrison.com.

Kent Hendricks

H. Kent Hendricks, 67, of Vevay, passed away at 11 p.m. Thursday, June 11th, 2015, at the Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville, Indiana.

He was born August 25th, 1947, in Bloomington, Indiana, the son of the late Harold Edwin and Ruth Marie (Uttech) Hendricks. He was raised in Bloomington, where he was a 1965 graduate of Bloomington High School. Kent attended Purdue University for about one year. Kent was inducted into the United States Navy, serving during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged.

Kent was united in marriage on June 14th, 1975, at the Vevay Church of Christ in Vevay, to Janet Lynn Miller. Unto this union a son, Christopher, arrived to bless their home. Kent and Janet shared 40 years of marriage together until his death.

Kent attended Oakland City College and earned his psychology and sociology degree at Indiana University. He also earned his Associate Degree in Supervision at IUPUI in Versailles. Kent retired as Supervisor from the Division of Family & Children in Madison, after 28 years of service. Kent owned and operated Hilltop Archery in Vevay, for the past 17 years. He was a former attendance officer for the Switzerland County School Corporation in Vevay, for four years. He was also a former facilitator and liaison officer for the Indianapolis Public School System. He was a former director for the drug outpatient clinic for St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Kent was also employed for Day Construction in Washington D.C., for one year. He was a member of the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church, National Rifle Association, Bowhunter Association, American Bowling League Association and the Switzerland County Historical Society. He was a lifetime member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185. Kent was a former member of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. He enjoyed being a 4-H shooting sports instructor and driving the Amish and will be remembered for his love of playing the piano, fishing, listening to music, bowling, being an avid reader, spelunker, marksman and archer. Kent will be dearly missed by his loving family, friends and family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Janet Lynn (Miller) Hendricks of Vevay; his son, Christopher Hendricks and his companion: Vietta of Ghent, Kentucky; his granddaughter, Julie Marie Hendricks of Picayune, Mississippi; his grandson, Zachary Miller Hendricks of Princeton, Indiana; his three sisters, Marion Coons of Davenport, Florida, Pamela Jones of Gaithersburg, Maryland and Melissa Broussard of Jamestown, North Carolina; his sister-in-law, Judith Miller Probst of Tucson, Arizona; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by an infant brother.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 17th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Reverend Bob Cannon officiating. Interment was in Vevay Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church or to the 4-H Shooting Sports and Switzerland County Archery Club. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Bonnie Fancher

Bonnie Jean Fancher, 65, of Rising Sun, passed away at 12:20 p.m., Friday, June 12th, 2015, at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Bonnie was born in Dayton, Ohio, on June 16th, 1949, the daughter of the late Harrison M. and Dorothy (Gilliat) Barger. Bonnie graduated high school in Dayton, then attended Miami University in Oxford before receiving her Masters Degree from the University of Cincinnati. She worked for the Switzerland County School Corporation for 35 years as a Science, Chemistry and Physics teacher. Bonnie received many awards and accolades during her teaching career, including the Milken Educator Award. Educating, helping shape students lives and sharing knowledge was her passion. Bonnie was a member of the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association and Indiana State Teachers Association. Bonnie also loved the outdoors and was an avid bird watcher and member of the National Audubon Society.

On July 21st, 1978, she married William “Bill” Fancher who survives her. Bonnie and Bill were married nearly 37 years.

In addition to her husband Bill, Bonnie is also survived by a son, Matthew William Fancher, of Rising Sun; a stepson, William Mason Fancher, of Rising Sun; two stepdaughters, Rhonda (Rudy) Cruz, of Carrollton, Kentucky and Anita (Roy) Sullivan, of Ghent, Kentucky; her three grandchildren, Jenna Fancher, Chris Sullivan and Carmen Sullivan; her two great-grandchildren, Rose and William; her two sisters, Jane Henry, of Dayton, Ohio and Joyce (Mike) Koli, of Dayton, Ohio; her two brothers, William “Bill” (Sharon) Barger, of Dayton, Ohio and Brian Barger (Debbie) of Dayton, Ohio.

 Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, June 18th) at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. A scholarship will be established in Bonnie’s name. marklandfuneralhome.com

Darlena Stewart

Darlena Gayle (Jewell) Stewart, age 65, of Ocala Florida, formerly of Madison, passed away Sunday, May 17th, 2015, at her residence.

She was born February 24th, 1950, in Madison, the loving daughter of Kenneth Jewell and Helen Folk Martin, who both preceded her in death. In 1968, Darlena graduated from Arlington High School in Indianapolis. After high school she started her career in the nursing industry that lasted 22 years. She first worked for a community hospital in Indianapolis before retiring from King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison as a nursing technician.

Darlena married the love of her life, Larry N. Stewart on May 26th, 1969, in Indianapolis. They were blessed with 46 wonderful years of marriage and two sons to bless their home.

She enjoyed collecting Coca Cola memorabilia and Precious Memories figurines. Darlena was an avid member of Girl Scouts of America from her childhood years until graduating from high school. She was a devoted member of the Manville Christian Church where she took pride in serving the card ministry program. She and her family operated the Whitewater Christian Camp in Switzerland County for about eight years.

Darlena will be missed by her loving husband of 46 years, Larry N. Stewart of Ocala; her two sons, Travis Stewart and his wife, Renee of Gainesville, Georgia and Neil Stewart and his wife, Patricia of Stockton, Kansas; her grandchildren, Kaleb Stewart, Kassidy Stewart and Cameron Stewart; her sisters, Barbara Mays and her husband, Carl of Madison and Cathy Carrier and Jameson of Shelbyville, Indiana; her brother, Kenny Jewell of Madison; her sister-in-law, Rebecca Facemire Aldridge of Indianapolis; several other relatives and friends who will miss her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth Jewell and Helen Folk Martin and her brother, Dennis Facemire.

A Celebration of Life will be hosted by the family Saturday, June 20th, at 1 p.m. at the Manville Christian Church, 5491 East Wolf Run Road, Madison, Indiana 47250, with Brother George Severn officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Manville Christian Church in memory of Darlena.

Alice Hartman

Alice D. Demaree Hartman, 86, of Madison, passed away at 10 a.m. Monday, June 15th, 2015, at her home.

She was born December 19th, 1928, in Brooksburg, the loving daughter of the late Stanley and Christine Drennen Demaree. She was raised in the Brooksburg community and was a faithful member of the old Brooksburg United Methodist Church and the Friendly Circle of the Church. Alice D. was a 1946 graduate of Central High School on Ryker’s Ridge.

On October 29th, 1947, she was united in marriage to Elbert Lee “Sig” Hartman in Brooksburg.

Alice D. was an administrative assistant for 35 years in Madison and St. Cloud, Florida. She enjoyed playing the organ and the piano at church and other events. Alice D. was now a member of the Hanover United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her brother, Stacy N. Demaree of Madison; her nieces and nephew, Marla Arnold and her husband, George Timothy, Deadra Anderson and Steve Demaree; her sister-in-law, Louise Hartman of Moorefield; several other nieces and nephews on the Hartman side of the family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Christine Drennen Demaree; her husband of 50 years, Elbert Lee “Sig” Hartman, on December 21st, 1997; her sister-in-law, Joyce Ann Demaree, on September 21st, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, June 18th) at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, with Pastor Joe Grubbs officiating. Interment will be in Brooksburg Cemetery.

Friends may call from 12 noon until service time today (Thursday) at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friendly Women’s Circle. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morganandnay.com.

Gary Evans

Gary Robert Evans, 55, of Rising Sun, passed away at 8:54 a.m. Wednesday, June 10th, 2015, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

Gary was born in Milan on July 17th, 1959, the son of the late Robert Earl and Patricia Ann (Boggs) Evans. He was raised in Ohio County and was baptized at Aberdeen United Methodist Church. Gary had worked on many area farms and also in construction. Gary enjoyed fishing, raising his flowers, mowing and doing yard work.

On January 22nd, 1993, he married Patricia (Sheets) Evans who survives him.

In addition to his wife Patty, Gary is survived by his two sons, Charles Robert Main of Rising Sun and Richard Earl Main of Plainfield, Indiana; his two stepdaughters, Christina Lynn Martinez of Madison and Melissa Sue Main of North Vernon; his three sisters, Beverly Mathews of Patriot, Pamela Evans of Florida and Deborah Evans of Florida; his brother, James Evans of Vevay; and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 15th, at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. marklandfuneralhome.com.

Dana Jester

Dana Gayle “Doodle” Jester, 30, of Madison, passed away at 9:02 p.m., Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident

He was born November 6th, 1984, in Madison, the loving son of Denny Gayle and Teresa Mae Peebles Jester. He was raised in Madison and a graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. He was attending Ivy Tech studying substance abuse counseling. He had worked for North American Stainless and Arvin Sango, Dana was currently working as a contract security guard for Ford Motor Company, Ursuline College and several Louisville Banks. Dana was a member of the Brooksburg Baptist Church. He enjoyed music, his friends, loving being with his children and was devoted to helping others.

He is survived by his father, Denny Jester of Madison; his mother, Teresa Peebles Jester and her companion, Steve Mosier of Madison; his daughter, Lillian Jester of Center Square; his son, Landyn Jester of Center Square; his two brothers, John Jester and his companion, Brandi Vordelon of Madison and Justin Jester and his companion, Lacy Turner of Madison; his grandmother, Virginia Lee Denny Jester of Vevay; his nephew and nieces, Logan Jester, Magnolia Jester and Raelyn Honey Sanders Jester; his uncles and aunts, Charles Wayne Jester; Johnny “Turtle” and Kelli Jester of Madison, Randy and Mary Jester of Vevay, Carol and Barry Mang of Covington, Kentucky, Jayne and Rex Trapp of Ripley, Ohio, Brenda Maag of Leipsic, Ohio, Sarah and Hubert Blades of Alliance, Ohio, Ralph H. Jr. and Donna Peebles of Omaha, Nebraska; and several other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Charles Frederick Jester on February 7th, 2010, his maternal grandparents, Ralph H. Peebles, Sr., on June 27th, 1996, and Pauline Jackson Peebles on, August 20th, 1997; his aunts, Tammy Jo Jester on May 12th, 2013, and Sandy Tapp.

Visitation will be held Sunday, June 14th, from 5-8 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive, Madison, with a celebration of life to follow at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dana Jester Children’s Memorial Fund, contribution cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morganandnay.com.