Obituaries 8-13-15


Betty Jean Mishler

Mrs. Betty Jean (Martin) Mishler, age 74, of East Enterprise, passed away at 3:48 a.m. on Sunday, August 9th, 2015, at her residence.

Betty entered this life on June 15th, 1941, in Switzerland County, the daughter of the late Margaret Anna Martin, who passed away on November 24th, 1995. She was raised in Switzerland County, where she was a 1959 graduate of the Patriot High School. After high school, Betty was employed for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay.

Betty was united in marriage on September 4th, 1959 to Paul Eugene Griffin, and to this union arrived two daughters, Susan and Lisa, to bless their home. Betty was later united in marriage on April 27th, 1973, at the Mount Sterling Baptist Church to the late John E. Mishler. Betty and John shared 23 years of marriage together until he passed away on October 30th, 1996.

Betty was a former clerk for the Osborn’s Clothing Store in Vevay. She was a former stocker for IGA and SuperValu, and enjoyed delivering groceries to the elderly folks in the Vevay community for several years. She was also a former employee for the chicken factory in Albertville, Alabama.

Betty resided in the Switzerland County community since 1992. She attended the New Liberty Baptist Church in East Enterprise. Betty enjoyed feeding deer and birds at her home, especially doughnuts from the grocery store. She also loved golfing, flowers and her cats. But most of all, Betty enjoyed shopping, especially on the QVC Shopping Network. Almost every day the Fed Ex Mail Carrier would deliver a QVC Package to her home.

Betty was a devoted mother, grandmother and sister.

Betty will be dearly missed by her loving daughters: Susan Renee (Griffin) Darling-Covington and her husband: Duane of Bennington; and Lisa Ann Creech and her husband: James of Aurora, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Heather McAlister, Jason Skipworth, Kaitlyn Darling and Chris Creech; and by her great-grandchildren: Gunnar, Kelsey, Kyle, Ryan, Lilyana, Blaine, Kennli and Parker.

She will also be dearly missed by her sisters: Ginny Leap and her husband: Donnie of Vevay; and Ruth Lohide of East Enterprise; and her several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother: Margaret Anna Martin, who died on November 24th, 1995; her second husband: John E. Mishler, who died on October 30th, 1996; and her brother-in-law: Charles E. Lohide, who died on October 13th, 2006.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, August 13th, 2015, at 11 a.m., by Reverend Mike Jones, at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay. Interment will follow in the Florence Cemetery.

Visitation for family and friends was held on Wednesday, August 12th, at the funeral home.

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

Eldric Hazeldean

Mr. Eldric Edward Hazeldean, age 92, of Madison, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, died at 9:05 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015, at his residence in Madison.

Eldric entered this life on January 8th, 1923, in Shiloh, Ohio, the son of the late Joseph E. and Minnie J. (Schievelbein) Hazeldean. He was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1941 graduate of the Vevay High School. Eldric was inducted into the United States Marine Corps on December 14th, 1943, in Louisville, Kentucky, serving during World War II. Eldric was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal on April 22nd, 1946.

Eldric was united in marriage on February 12th, 1947, at the First Reform Church in Rising Sun, to Joy Napier and to this union arrived three sons: Eddie, Howard and Jerry; and a daughter, Mary Lou to bless this home. Eldric and Joy shared 68 loving years of marriage together until his death.

Eldric was a former general maintenance for Coopers Shop in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and was employed in delivery for Granite Brick and Lumber Yard in Rising Sun. He was also employed in maintenance for the Markland Dam Locks for several years. He farmed all of his life in Switzerland County.

Eldric was a member of the Switzerland County Farm Bureau and the Markland Baptist Church and after moving to Madison in August 2011, he attended the North Madison Baptist Church. Eldric enjoyed gardening, flowers, but most of all, farming.

Eldric will be missed by his loving wife of 68 years: Joy (Napier) Hazeldean of Madison; his sons: William “Eddie” Hazeldean and his wife: Elaine of Houston, Texas and Eldric Howard Hazeldean and his wife: Julia of Vevay; his daughter: Mary Lou Griffin and her husband: Ronnie of Pleasant; and his daughter-in-law: Janice Hazeldean of Vevay.

He will also be missed by his grandchildren: Kelli Brockman and her husband: Donald of Vevay; Kevin Scudder of Convoy, Ohio; Abbye Hazeldean of Dallas, Texas; Joshua Hazeldean and his wife: Megan of Kaneohe, Hawaii; and Jillian Hazeldean of San Diego, California; by his great-grandchildren: Bryant, Briann and Carter; his sister: Mildred Schuster of Battle Creek, Michigan; and his several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Joseph E. and Minnie J. (Schievelbein) Hazeldean; his son: Jerome Lee “Jerry” Hazeldean, who died on July 20th, 2011; his granddaughter: Kimberly Ann Hazeldean, who died on July 11th, 1982; his sister: Evelyn Felker, who died on September 6th, 2014; and by his sister-in-law: Blanche Bennett, who died on July 18th, 2015.

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, August 8th, 2015, by Pastor Bobby Brundige Jr., at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

Full military rites were conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 and the United States Marine Corps Ceremonial Unit at the cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Markland Baptist Church or Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Mary Elizabeth Reynolds

Mary Elizabeth (Knaus) Reynolds, age 88, of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, died at 3:05 p.m., on Monday August 10th, 2015, at her residence.

Mary entered this life on March 9th, 1927, in Switzerland County, the daughter of the late Earl Knaus and Mira Marie (Scudder) Knaus Boyd. She was raised in Switzerland County and attended the Patriot High School.

Mary was united in marriage on June 25th, 1946, in Ripley County, Indiana, to the late Carl William Reynolds and to this union arrived two daughters, Darlene and Donna; and two sons, Eddie and Cecil; to bless their home.

She was employed as a line worker for Western Electric in Indianapolis, retiring on June 22nd, 1985, after 28 years of service. Mary resided in the Indianapolis community since 1956. She was a past member of the Indianapolis VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #261. Mary enjoyed playing euchre in her spare time.

Mary will be missed by her daughters: Darlene Dawn Reynolds of Indianapolis and Donna Jean (Reynolds) Byrd of Cleveland, Ohio; by her son: Eddie Gale Reynolds of Indianapolis; her granddaughter: Natisha Dawn (Reynolds) Wilson; her great-grandchildren; her sister: Ramona Vest of Madison; her brother: Gary Boyd of Scottsburg, Indiana; and her several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Earl Knaus and Mira Marie (Scudder) Knaus Boyd; her step-father: Hollis Boyd, who died in 1972; her husband: Carl William Reynolds, who died on May 9th, 1981; her son: Cecil William Reynolds, who died in 1954; and her brother: Arnold Boyd, who died in 1994.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, August 14th, 2015, at 1 p.m., by Brother Jeremiah Haynes, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Friday, August 14th, 2015, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Larry Gross

Switzerland County native Larry Gross, passed away on Monday, June 15th at his home in Covington, Kentucky, from an apparent heart attack. He was 61 years old.

Larry grew up near East Enterprise, and was the son of Marshall and Emma Kathryn Curry Gross, who precede him in death. He had a twin brother, Jerry, who passed away in 1994.

In the 1960s and 70s, Larry was part of popular Gross Brothers singing group who made numerous personal appearances throughout the Tri-State area, as well as five records.

After a successful accounting career, Larry’s dream was fulfilled when he became a successful writer, publishing two novels, a book of short stories and numerous articles and book reviews for alternative newspapers.

Larry will be remembered as a kind and loving father, brother and friend. His keen wit, dry sense of humor and his ability to make the simplest and most ordinary things interesting and amusing will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Larry is survived by his daughter: Jennifer Gross Lien, and her husband Nicholas Lien; his son: Brandon Gross and his fiancée Jennifer Conley; and his former wife, Linda Niehaus Gross – all of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also survived by his younger brother, James Marshall Gross of North Port, Florida, as well as several cousins and numerous friends.

Funeral services were private.

Renae J. Grimes

Renae J. (Stalford) Grimes, 56, of Union, Kentucky, passed away at 2:45 p.m., Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at her residence.

Renae was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 27th, 1959, a daughter of the late Patricia Ann (Maylaybean) and Joseph R. Stalford. She was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1977. Renae worked for the Internal Revenue Service in Covington, Kentucky, for nearly 30 years.

Renae also had worked as a home health nurse and for Tandy’s IGA. She was a member of the First United Church of Christ in Florence, Kentucky. On September 12th, 1986 at the First United Church of Christ in Aurora, Indiana, she married Russell Grimes who survives her. Renae and Russell were married nearly 29 years. Renae enjoyed doing crafts, ceramics and especially cake decorating.

In addition to her husband Russell, Renae is survived by a daughter: Tara Collett, of Cincinnati, Ohio; a step daughter: Amanda Mondary (Raymond), of Rising Sun; a step son: Eric Grimes, of Cincinnati, Ohio; a sister: Jill Stalford of Aurora; a brother: David Stalford (Ingrid) of Columbus, Ohio; and by her step mother: Lynn Stalford of Aurora.

She is also survived by her grandchildren: Patrick Mondary, Rebecca Mondary Edgerton (Joseph), Tyler Grimes, Austin Collett, Jonathon Mondary, Allison Collett, Julia Hon and Ashlee Collett; and by great grandchildren: Liam Edgerton, Isaiah Edgerton and Paisley Beckman.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by her sister, Kim Stalford.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 8th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun American Legion Auxiliary.

Roberta Kunkle

Roberta Laverne Kunkle, 88 of Blairsville, Pennsylvania, passed away on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

She was born January 31st, 1927 in Bennington, the daughter of the late Lawrence Higgins and Ethyl (Valentine) Higgins. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Blairsville, Pennsylvania. She earned a Master of Arts education at IUP. She was a retired art teacher in the Johnstown School District.

Roberta also held art classes in her home for home-schooled students. She enjoyed making jewelry, working with silver, and all arts and crafts. She also did many oil paintings.

Roberta is survived by her son Lisle H. Kunkle, III of Blairsville, Pennsylvania; son Larry H. Kunkle of Blairsville, Pennsylvania; and son Richard E. Kunkle and wife Maria of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

She is also survived by her grandchildren: Jon Kunkle, Jillian Jacoby, Mike Kunkle, Tim Kunkle, Marylou Lenhart, Evan Kunkle, and Courtney Kunkle; nine great grandchildren; her sisters, Wanda Treadway and Mary Roberts; and also several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Ernest Higgins.

The family received friends on Wednesday, August 5th. A funeral service was held at the James F. Ferguson Funeral Home, Inc. on Thursday, August 6th, 2015, with Reverend Cory Braatz officiating. Interment was in the Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville, Pennsylvania.

Douglas Neel

Douglas James Neel, 50, of Rising Sun, passed away at 12:03 p.m. on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Douglas was born in Orrville, Ohio, on December 9th, 1964, the son of Pauline (Wald) and Kenneth Neel, of Doylestown, Ohio. Doug grew up in the Doylestown area and was a graduate of Chippewa High School. He worked as an aircraft mechanic for Delta Airlines.

On March 8th, 1990 he married Mickie DuFore Neel, who survives him; and to this union a daughter and best friend to Doug was born, Rachael.

Doug got along well with people and had many friends. He did sandblasting for people and helped work on the sea planes in Rising Sun. He also enjoyed working on cars and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Doug was a loving husband, dad, son, brother and friend. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

In addition to his wife Mickie, Douglas is survived by a daughter, Rachael Neel, of Cincinnati, Ohio; his parents, Ken and Pauline Neel of Doylestown; a sister, Danniell Neel, of Doylestown, Ohio; his adoptive brother, Brian Pepper, of Wooster, Ohio; his beloved dog ‘Aussie’; and many other loving family members and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun serving the family.

Perry ‘Ed’ Martin

Perry ‘Ed’ Martin, age 72 of Madison, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at 2:30 a.m. at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital Emergency Room in Madison.

Ed was born December 9th, 1942 in Vevay. His parents were Perry O. Martin and Hattie K. Lockridge Martin Milhako. Ed was a U.S. Army retired Captain with 24 years of service.

He worked at the Williamson Company for 20 years. In August of 1988 he retired from Williamson Company and entered the fall class of the Christ Hospital School of Nursing. He became a Registered Nurse and went to work for the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was an active member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hanover. His priority in life was to serve his Lord, Christ Jesus, to the best of his ability. It was Ed’s prayer that his family would one day join him in heaven.

Ed will be missed by his loving wife of 34 years, Linda LaVonne Schraub Martin of Madison. He is also survived by his son, David Wayne Martin and his wife, Toni of Greenwood, Indiana; his daughters: Patricia Ann Martin Birge Hoffman of Paragon, Indiana, Letitia Tolen of Versailles, Indiana; his eight grandchildren and great grandchildren; his sister: Andrea K. Martin Kilgas of North Vernon, Indiana; his brother, Michael W. Martin of Memphis, Tennessee; several cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Perry Orville Martin, and his mother, Hattie Katherine Lockridge Martin-Milhalko.

Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015, by Pastor Mike Johnson at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hanover. Interment followed in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison, officiated by evangelist Dwight Coffman.

Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, was in charge of arrangements.