Obituaries 8-20-15


‘Red’ Wilhoite

Billy Ray “Red” Wilhoite, age 57, of Vevay, died at 7:11 a.m., on Monday, August 17, 2015, at his residence in Vevay.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street, Vevay.

Shawn Sellers

Shawn David Sellers, age 43, of Hanover, Indiana, died on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at his home.

Shawn entered this life on May 27th, 1972 in Orlando, Florida. He was the loving son of James Sellers and Linda Romans Sellers. He was raised in the Madison community, and was a 1989 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. He earned a degree in Business Management from Indiana University and Computer Programming from Virginia Tech.

He married Rebecca Charmaine Coghill on March 22nd, 2003 in Carrollton, Kentucky. This happy union was blessed with a son and two daughters. He worked at Ameriform in Carrollton, Kentucky; at Saks Fifth Avenue as personnel manager in Woodbridge, Virginia; at Chrysler in Bethesda, Maryland programming computers; and started his own business: ‘Better Than Good Renovations’ in Madison.

He enjoyed playing golf, basketball, and fishing. He loved singing, playing his guitar and spending time with his family.

Shawn will be missed by his loving wife of 12 years, Rebecca Charmaine Sellers of Hanover; his loving children: Kyrsten, Zachery, and Brianna Sellers; his grandfather, James A. Sellers of Long Beach, California; and his daughter, Chelsea.

He will also be missed by his brothers: Tim Craig of Jacksonville, Florida; Michael Sellers of Madison; and Brad Osborn and his wife Brittany of Alabama; by his sister: Brandy Curry and her husband, Micah, of Vevay; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and Rhonda Coghill of Bedford, Kentucky; his brothers-in-law: Micah Curry and Chance Coghill; his uncle, Gene Sellers of Miami, Florida; and his aunt, Pauline Ferris of Greensburg, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Laura Sellers; and his father, James Sellers.

Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, August 16th, by Reverend Gene Temple at the Milton United Methodist Church, Milton, Kentucky. Interment followed in the Fairmount Cemetery in Madison.

Friends and family held a visitation on Saturday, August 15th at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison; and on Sunday prior to the service at the Milton United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shawn Sellers Memorial Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre handled the arrangements for the family.

Loretta Hinman

Loretta Pearl Hinman, 77, or Rising Sun, passed away at 1:55 p.m. on Friday, August 14th, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

Loretta was born in Patriot on September 26th, 1937, the daughter of the late Grace Marie (Stopher) and Garnet Gregory.

On September 29th, 1966, she married Lewis E. Hinman, who passed away on August 13th, 2009.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 20th, from 10-11 a.m. at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Graveside services will follow at the Rising Sun New Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to The Water of Rising Sun Activity Fund.

Krissie Lynn Hill

Krissie Lynn May Hill, 34, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away at 2:23 p.m. on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Krissie was born in Dearborn County, Indiana on January 15th, 1981, the daughter of the late Carolyn Sue (Taylor) Peelman. Krissie attended school in Switzerland County. She worked as a CNA at The Waters of Rising Sun.

She was the wife of Gary Dean Hill, II. Krissie and Gary were married in October of 2007. Krissie was a loving wife and devoted mother, her life revolved around her children.

In addition to her caring husband Gary, Krissie is also survived by four sons: Gary Hill, III; Austin McDaniel; Timmy Hill; and Peyton Hill. She is also survived by her sisters: Felicia Taylor, Myla Hunter, Jorden Gilbert and Jill Hunter; a brother: Jay Taylor; by her aunt, Trish Lozier; and uncles Norman and Robert Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her mother Carolyn Sue Peelman, her stepfather John Hunter and her grandparents Norman and Edna Taylor.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 13th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Visitation was held prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Kathleen Cole

Kathleen (Shoemaker) Cole, age 93, of Fairview, Indiana, died at 8:41 p.m. on Monday, August 17th, 2015, at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Kathleen entered this life on October 15th, 1921, the daughter of the late Clarence Olin and Lula (Medley) Shoemaker. At the age of five, Kathleen and her family moved to Russiaville, Indiana, where she graduated in 1939 from the Russiaville High School.

In her early years of life, she enjoyed taking music lessons for 12 years and became an accomplished violist and pianist. After graduating high school, Kathleen was awarded the musical scholarship to the Juilliard School. In 1939, Kathleen moved to Kokomo, Indiana where she enrolled at the Indiana Business School where she attended for a year and a half.

Kathleen was united in marriage on August 14th, 1940 in Kokomo, Indiana, to Alvin Harvey Cole, and to this union arrived two daughters: Karen and Sherry; and two sons: David and Rick, to bless their home. Kathleen and Alvin shared 75 loving years of marriage together until her death.

Kathleen was a former long distance operator for Indiana Bell in Kokomo, Indiana, from 1949 to 1952. Kathleen was a former Deputy Auditor for Switzerland County, from 1959 to 1963; and she was a former employee of the ASCS Office in Switzerland County from 1964 to 1984. Kathleen and Alvin prepared taxes with their son, Rick for the Comprehensive Tax Service in Kokomo, Indiana, from 1991 to 2009.

For several years, Kathleen played the violin in a trio for an Indianapolis radio station. Kathleen was a member of the Fairview United Methodist Church in Fairview, where she took the pleasure in playing the piano for many years. Kathleen will be remembered for her love of playing music, especially the piano and violin, reading books and her artistic talent in pastel painting. She also enjoyed crocheting and knitting.

Kathleen will be dearly missed by her loving husband of 75 years: Alvin Harvey Cole of Fairview; her daughters: Karen Kelleher and her husband Paul of Sellersburg, Indiana; and Sherry Courtney and her husband Gerald of Mesa, Arizona; by her sons: David Cole and his wife: Renee of Rising Sun; and Rick Cole of Kokomo, Indiana.

She will also be missed by her grandchildren: Randy, Lisa, Angie, Sean, Devin, Erin, Megan, Patrick, Maddie and Alisha; by her great-grandchildren: Laura, Joseph, Chris, Trevor, Nicole, Colton, Dillon, Davian, Isabella, Jackson, Ella and Max; and by her great-great-grandchildren: Aydn, Thor and Luna. She will be missed by her sisters-in-law: Marcella Cole of Fairview and Wilma Cole of Fairview; by her brother-in-law: Carroll Scudder of Vevay; and her numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Clarence Olin and Lula (Medley) Shoemaker; her father-in-law and mother-in-law: Harvey Elmer “Hub” and Nellie May (Newkirk) Cole; her granddaughter: Michelle Courtney; her grandson-in-law: John Knight; her brother: Max Shoemaker; her sisters: Jean Foreman and Eileen Barnhill; her sisters-in-law: Pearl Byram, Mavis Scudder, Leo Gulley, Arlena Brown, Hazel Wiley and Goldie Hebel; and her brothers-in-law: Dilver Cole, Hilbert Cole, Raymond Cole, Donald Cole, Wilfred Cole and Emerson Cole.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, at 11 a.m., by Pastor Cory Potts at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

Friends may call 4-7 p.m. on Friday, August 21st, at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview United Methodist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Russell McSwain

Russell David McSwain, age 83, of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away with his loving family at his side and joined his beloved son, Kevin at 5:50 a.m., on Sunday, August 16th, 2015, at his residence.

Russell entered this life on January 1st, 1932, in Patriot, the loving son of the late, Emerson G. and Edna G. (Garard) McSwain. He was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1949 graduate of the Patriot High School.

Russell was inducted into the United States Army on September 25th, 1952 at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, serving during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant on June 24th, 1954 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Russell was united in marriage on July 24th, 1954 at the Concord Community Church in Patriot, to Vera Marie Schroeder, and to this union arrived two sons: Kevin and Brian to bless their home. Russell and Vera shared 61 loving years of marriage together until his death.

Russell worked for Danbury Appliance in Rising Sun before beginning his career with the U.S. Shoe Corporation (Nine West). He was a former Industrial Engineer for a majority of his U.S. Shoe career, serving the Vevay, Madison and Osgood, Indiana factories. He retired after 41 years of service as the Florence, Indiana dye shop plant manager.

Russell was a founding board member of the Community Foundation of Switzerland County, where he and his family established the Kevin W. McSwain Memorial Fund for the Pacer Band after Kevin suddenly passed away at the age of 25 on March 12th, 1989. Russell was a founding member of the Swiss Wine Festival Committee and was Co-Chairman with Mike Danner. Russell and Vera resided all of their lives in the Switzerland County community until moving in 2008 to the Indianapolis community to be near their son and grandchildren.

Russell was a community leader, where he took an active role in his community and enjoyed helping others, especially his family and friends. Russell enjoyed garden tractor pulling; watching college basketball and the Cincinnati Reds; farming; and keeping a meticulous home and lawn. Russell was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and dear friend. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and his community.

Russell will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 61 years: Mrs. Vera Marie (Schroeder) McSwain of Indianapolis; his son: Brian McSwain and his wife: Susan of Indianapolis; his grandchildren: Heather Dornbusch and her husband: Ben; Benjamin D. McSwain; Brianna M. McSwain; and Jenna M. McSwain, all of Indianapolis; and his great-granddaughter: Clara Dornbusch of Indianapolis.

He is also survived by his sisters: Wilma Jean Fels of Cincinnati, Ohio and Mary Lou Hart of Madison; his brother: James W. McSwain and his wife: Charlene of Decatur, Indiana; his sister-in-law: Marguerite Schroeder of Bedford, Indiana, and his several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Emerson G. and Edna G. (Garard) McSwain; his son: Kevin W. McSwain, who died on March 12th, 1989; his brothers-in-law: Harold Fels, who died December 25th, 2009, and Harold Schroeder, who died July 6th, 2002; and his sister-in-law: Irene Smith, who died April 16th, 1998.

Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, by Pastor K.C. Banta, at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

Calling was held for friends and family on Tuesday, August 18th at the funeral home.

Full military rites were conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 at the cemetery.

Robert Keyer

Robert Lee Keyer, 54, of East Enterprise, passed away at 7:11 a.m. on Monday, August 17th, 2015, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

Robert was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 25th, 1960, the son of Ruth Marie (Kidd) Keyer of Cincinnati and Melvin W. Keyer of East Enterprise. He had worked at Anchor-Hocking Glass Company in Greendale, Indiana.

Bob enjoyed golfing and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Bob is also survived by a son: Brad Keyer of Hamilton, Ohio; a stepson: Stanley Schreibeis of Middletown, Ohio; and by three sisters: Teena Devers of Patriot; Kim Scott of Bonita Springs, Florida; and Melissa Goodyear of Cincinnati.

He is also survived by four brothers: Randy Keyer of Cleves, Ohio; Kelly Keyer of Scottsburg, Indiana; Billy Keyer of East Enterprise; and Shaun Keyer of Chicago, Illinois. He will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 21st, at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Friends may call on Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Moores Hill, Indiana.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Ronald Lee Day

Ronald Lee “Pee Wee” Day , age 78, of Madison, Indiana, died on Monday, August 17th, 2015, at 11:45 a.m. at the Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville, Indiana.

Ron entered this life on October 11th, 1936 in Vevay. He was the loving son of the late Armand “Happy” and Naomi Mary (Monroe) Day. He resided in Switzerland County until the age of nine, when the family moved to Manville. He was a 1954 graduate of Central High School and a member of the Manville Christian Church since the age of 12.

On November 10th, 1956 he was united in marriage to Jo Carolyn Leach at the Manville Christian Church by Brother Bob Tandy. This happy union of nearly 59 years was blessed with three daughters: Debbie, Trina and Ronda; and a son, Terry.

Ron retired from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 631. He also had owned and operated Ron Day’s Body Shop for 10 years. Pee Wee had worked in various auto body shops throughout his self taught career. Pee Wee was a member of the Clifty Swingers Square Dance Club; had served as president of the Clifty Creek Saddle Club; and served as a pony express rider for the Canaan Fall Festival for seven festivals. He enjoyed riding Harley Davidson motorcycles; being a stock car and late model race-car driver; riding and training horses; hunting; fishing; square dancing; hunting trips out West; being a self-taught mechanic and a “Jack of all trades”. Pee Wee was an avid story teller, jokester and enjoyed making sure everyone around him had a good laugh. But most of all Pee Wee was a devoted husband, loving dad, grandpa and brother.

Ron will be missed by his loving wife of nearly 59 years, Jo Carolyn Leach Day of Madison; his loving daughters: Debbie Day Long and her husband, Frank of Madison; Trina Day Copeland and her husband, Gary of Canaan; and Ronda Day Leffler and her husband, Jeremy of Corydon, Indiana. Also by his loving son, Terry Day and his wife of Madison; his loving brother, Tommy Day and his wife, Lois of Madison; his loving sister, Jeanie Green of Madison; and by his loving grandchildren: James Erik Long (Beth), Britt Anthony Copeland, Brienne Corrina Copeland, Kayla Lynn Brawner, Brady Patrick Brawner, Tracy Lynn Day Ault (Brian), Nicholas Casey Day and Michelle Koontz Bear (Nate); by his loving great-grandchildren: Henry Kristopher Long, Dylan Elijah Long, Chandler Lee Hutchinson, and Sophia Ann Bear; and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Armand “Happy” and Naomi Mary Monroe Day; and his nephew, Bobby Day.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, August 21st, 2015, at 11 a.m., by Pastor Richard Jankowsky at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison. Interment will follow in the Moffett Cemetery in Milton, Kentucky

Friends may call Thursday from 4-8 p.m.; and on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Manville Christian Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.