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Donnie Ballard

  Donnie Ballard, 54, of Rising Sun, passed away on Monday, October 18th, 2021.

  He was born April 19th, 1967 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the son of the late Herbert and Mary (Jordan) Ballard.

  Donnie enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. He loved spending time with his family. He worked at Anchor Glass.

  He is survived by his two sons: Justin (Alex) Ballard of Rising Sun and Aaron (Stacy) Ballard of Batesville, Indiana; by his two daughters: Allee Howlett of Rising Sun and Cloe Ballard of Rising Sun; by his two brothers: Lee (Dana) Ballard of Liberty, Indiana and Brian (Mary Beth) Ballard of Guilford, Indiana; by his sister, Lisa (Jeff) Staat of Brookville, Indiana; and by his six grandchildren: Parker, Lane, Coleson, Jayden, Matthew, and Kyley.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Mary Ballard; and by his granddaughter, Raelynn Ballard.

  Family and friends were invited to call on the family on Thursday, October 21st at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home in Greendale, Indiana. Funeral services were at the funeral home on Friday, October 22nd with Pastor Dwayne Barrows officiating.

  Interment followed in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale, Indiana.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Cloe Ballard College Fund.

Ann Farnsley

  Ann Farnsley, 80, of Vevay and Louisville, Kentucky, died on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021.

  Ann was born in Louisville, Kentucky on November 14th, 1940. She graduated from Kentucky Home School (now Kentucky Country Day) and earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Louisville. She also attended Cornell University.

  She worked in Louisville for the Lost Cause Press, a family business. She lived in Vevay for more than 50 years and was a valued member of this community. Ann was active in Historic Preservation efforts and also worked in tourism and hospitality.

  First and foremost, Ann was a talented professional artist. She maintained a studio in her home, and she particularly enjoyed her view of the Ohio River.

  Ann was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Madison.

  Ann’s gentle spirit and good humor endeared her to her family and to her many friends.  In recent years, she particularly enjoyed giving art lessons to her great nieces.

  Ann is survived by her sister Sally of Arlington, Virginia; by her brothers Alex of San Diego, California and Doug (Liza) of Louisville, Kentucky; and her nieces, nephews, and great nieces.

  Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Nancy Farnsley; by her brother Burrel; and by her former husband Ron Gascoyne.

  Visitation will be held at Pearson’s Funeral Home 149 Breckenridge Lane Louisville, Kentucky on Friday, October 29th, from 3-6 p.m. and on Saturday, October 30th, at 11 a.m.

  A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at noon on Saturday, October 30th. Ann’s ashes will be interred in the Farnsley family lot at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

  Donations in Ann’s memory may be made to the Life on the Ohio River History Museum or the Switzerland County Historical Museum.  The museums are located (respectively) at 208 and 210 East Market Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

Dora Eleanor LeClerc

  Dora Eleanor (Buchanan) LeClerc, age 90, of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, passed away at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 24th, 2021, at the Magnolia Springs SouthPointe Senior Living Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

  Eleanor entered this life on December 22nd, 1930 in Pleasant, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late Mort and Ida (Griswold) Buchanan. She was raised in Pleasant, and was a 1947 graduate of Vevay High School.

  Eleanor was united in marriage on April 28th, 1947 in Vevay to the late Robert “Doc” Leland LeClerc. This happy union was blessed with a son, Robert Wayne “Bob” LeClerc.

  Eleanor and Doc enjoyed attending car races all over the State of Indiana. They shared over 71 years of marriage together until he passed away on August 23rd, 2018.

  Eleanor was a former waitress for Block’s Tea Room in Indianapolis, Indiana for 14 years. She was also a former waitress for Winding River Golf Course in Indianapolis, Indiana for nine years.

  She was a member of the West Newton United Methodist Church in West Newton, Indiana. She resided in the Indianapolis community with her family since 1956. Eleanor will be remembered for her love of playing bingo and cards.

  Eleanor’s life will be cherished by her son, Robert Wayne “Bob” LeClerc and his wife Pearl of Indianapolis, Indiana; by her grandsons: Bobby LeClerc and his companion Ellen Wilson, Brian LeClerc, and Nathan LeClerc and his wife Jennifer; by her great-grandchildren: Robby, Jared, Janey, Bryan, Christopher, Brystan and Alaura; by her sister, Helen McClure and her husband Mike of Madison; and her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Mort Buchanan, who died on December 23rd, 1967; by her mother, Ida (Griswold) Buchanan, who died on July 24th, 1992; by her husband, Robert “Doc” Leland LeClerc, who died on August 23rd, 2018; by her sister, Margaret “Peggy” Smock, who died on April 16th, 1996; and by her brothers, Basil and Dale Buchanan, who died on June 8th, 1947.

  Visitation was held on Wednesday, October 27th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Graveside Services were conducted on Wednesday, October 27th iatn the Pleasant Cemetery in Pleasant, Indiana.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the West Newton United Methodist Church or Pleasant Cemetery Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

JoAnn Niccum

  JoAnn Christine Niccum, 50, of Rising Sun, passed away at 5:29  p.m. on Sunday, October 17th, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood Hospital, Edgewood, Kentucky.

  JoAnn was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana on October 27th, 1970, the daughter of the late Patricia (Hizer) Demaree and Ronnie Hess. She was a graduate of the Rising Sun High School Class of 1988.

  On March 31st, 2001, she was married to Kenny Niccum.

  JoAnn was a stay at home mom and cared for many members of the family. JoAnn greatly enjoyed animals and shopping and loved spending time with her grandson and her friends.

  JoAnn is survived by her husband Kenny Niccum of Rising Sun; by her daughters Ashley Keith of Milan, Indiana and Samantha Keith of Rising Sun; by her brothers: Timmy Hess (Deborah) of Bear Branch, Indiana and Dennis Hess of Batesville, Indiana; and by her grandson Auden Rohrer.

  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother David Hess; and her sisters: Susan Hess and Kimberly Hess.

  A public visitation was held on Friday, October 22nd at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services were held on Friday, October 22nd, following the time of visitation, with Eldon Fancher officiating.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Donald Rassman

  Donald Allen Rassman, age 77, of Carrollton, Kentucky, formerly of Vevay, passed away at 7:13 a.m. on Monday, October 25th, 2021, at the Baptist Hospital in La Grange, Kentucky.

  Donald entered this life on June 6th, 1944 in Madison. He was the son of the late William Ernest and Mary Elsie (Fitzhugh) Rassman. He was raised in Warsaw and Carrollton, Kentucky, where he was a 1963 graduate of Carroll County High School.

  Donald was united in marriage to Marilyn Tingle on January 3rd, 1963 in Bedford, Kentucky.

  He was later united in marriage on December 1st, 1986 in Warsaw, Kentucky, to Evelina Mae “Evie” Sebree. Donald and Evie shared nearly 30 years of marriage together until she passed away on June 16th, 2016.

  Donald was a former mechanic for the Indiana Department of Transportation for 13 years. He was also employed as a welder for National Lighting Standards in Louisville, Kentucky for 28 years. He was also employed for NAPA as a delivery parts driver for several years. Donald also delivered the Kentucky Post Newspaper in Carrollton, Kentucky for two years. On Sundays, he worked for Reynolds Shells, Gene’s Golf and Wilhoite’s Texaco in Carrollton, Kentucky for several years.

  He was a member of the Shelby Christian Church in Ripley County, Indiana. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post #41 in Carrollton, Kentucky and the National Rifle Association. Donald enjoyed stock car races, collecting knives, bowling, mud volleyball, as well as, spending time with his family and attending church.

  Donald’s life will be cherished by his children: Donald Allen Rassman, Jr. and his wife Tonya, Norman Rassman and his companion Caroline Glacken, and Joey Rassman — all of Carrollton, Kentucky; by his step-children: Terry Minch of Indianapolis, Indiana, Lisa Burk and her husband Brad of Vevay, and Keith Minch and his wife Siobhan of Indianapolis, Indiana; by his grandchildren: Bradlee, Braden, Ciaran, Aidan, Malread, Eamonn, Shauna, Kendra, Heather, Zach, Austin and Kayla; and by his 13-great-grandchildren: Hunter, Kayden, Gunner, Brody, Brooklynn, Jersey, Madison, Addalynn, Kamdyn, Forrest, Liam, Kenyah and Braylon.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelina Mae “Evie” (Sebree) Rassman; by his parents, William Ernest and Mary Elsie (Fitzhugh) Rassman; by his brothers: Alvin, Joe, Glenn and James Rassman; and by his sisters: Dorothy Dorrell, Myrtle DeMoss, Estelle Feldhaus and Ethel Jane Plummer.

  Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 28th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services will be conducted following the time of visitation at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 28th, at the funeral home.

  Interment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby Christian Church in Ripley County, Indiana. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Larry Turner

  Larry Gene Turner, age 77, of Vevay, passed away on Wednesday, October 20th, 2021, at his residence in Vevay.

  Larry entered this life on August 22nd, 1944 in Madison, Indiana. He was the son of the late Damon and Wilma Dean (Barnes) Turner. He was raised in Vevay and was a 1962 graduate of Vevay High School. During his high school years, Larry enjoyed playing the trumpet in the band.

  Larry was inducted into the United States Army Reserves on November 4th, 1963 in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned the Sharpshooter (Rifle M-1) Badge. Larry was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist 4th Class on October 31st, 1969.

  In 1962, Larry was employed for Reliance Electric Company, retiring in 1995 after 33 years of service.

  He was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and was a former member of the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765. Larry loved his dogs and enjoyed watching TV, especially IU basketball and spending quality time with his friends.

  Larry’s life will be cherished by his brother, Kenneth Wayne “Kenny” Turner and his wife Regenia of Vevay; and his cousins and several close friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents Damon and Wilma Dean (Barnes) Turner.

  Full military rites and Graveside Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 29th, by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 at the Vevay Cemetery.

  Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Animal Shelter. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Janet Walton

  Janet Lee Walton, 81, of Rising Sun, passed away on Friday, October 22nd, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Dearborn in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Janet was born in Hartford, Indiana on February 17th, 1940, the daughter of the late Edna (Warner) Jackson and Leon Jackson.

  Janet married Robert “Bob” Caldwell on January 22nd, 1956. Three sons were born to this union: Jerry, Steve and Daryl. Bob passed away in 1987.

  Janet later married Everett D. Walton on August 8th, 1992. Everett preceded Janet in 2019.

  Janet was a homemaker and took great pride in providing a loving home to her family. She did work for awhile at Teaney’s Grocery in Aurora, Indiana and later on at the Dillsboro Manor and Ross Manor nursing homes.

  Janet was baptized at and a member of the Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Dillsboro, Indiana. She and Everett also attended the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ.

  Janet was a country music fan and enjoyed  trips to Little Nashville, Indiana and Branson, Missouri. Janet loved to dance and liked being outdoors gardening, mowing and tending to the animals. She loved everything about the farm life.

  Janet is  survived by her three sons: Jerry Caldwell and his wife Judy of Dillsboro, Indiana, Steve Caldwell and his wife Shari of Aurora, Indiana, and  Daryl Caldwell and his wife Renee of Bright, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Lee Caldwell, Amy Caldwell, Kelly Caldwell, Alex Caldwell, Sam Caldwell, Maggie Caldwell, Cammi Caldwell and Reid Caldwell; and by her great-grandchildren: Hayle and Adie Brashears. Janet is also survived by her sister, Phyllis Bischoff and her husband Buster, of Dillsboro, Indiana.

  Janet was preceded in death by her parents; by her husbands Bob Caldwell and Everett Walton; by her brother Clarence Jackson; and by her sister, Jean Deamron.

  Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, October 30th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, Indiana. Funeral services will be held at noon at the funeral home with Brother Devon Huss officiating. Burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery in  Dillsboro, Indiana.

  Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the American Cancer Society.