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Leroy Lakeman

Leroy Lakeman, age 86, of Madison, died on Saturday, August 20th, 2016, at 1:02 p.m. at the Hanover Health & Rehab Center in Hanover.

Leroy entered this life on June 6th, 1930 in Switzerland County. He was the loving son of the late Howard William and Mary Elizabeth Lewis Lakeman. He lived in Switzerland County until 1941 when he moved to Jefferson County.

At the age of 16 Leroy’s mother signed for him to enter the United States Army, and he rose to the rate of Private Second Class at the end of World War II. On the night of May 1st and 2nd in 1949, Leroy distinguished himself by Highly Meritorious Achievement, when immediately following a fatal accident involving a bus on which he was assigned as a Military Policeman. Disregarding his own painful injuries as a result of this accident, he took complete charge of the situation and there by avoided any possible chaos and further loss of life.

He re-enlisted into the United States Army on February 8th, 1950 in Indianapolis, and rose to the rate of Corporal, serving in the Military Police Group 8450th AAU during the Korean War. Leroy also participated in Operation Greenhouse for testing of the H-Bomb at Enewetak Atoll. He was honorably discharged on March 16th, 1953 at Sandia Base Albuquerque, New Mexico.

He was united in marriage to Wanda Lee Davis on September 24th, 1953 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. This happy union of 62 years was blessed with two daughters: Vicki and Lorri.

He worked early in life for his grandfather Edgar Lewis; and uncle Clyde Lewis helping them farm; and later at Lanter Courier Service and Clyde James Service Station. Leroy had worked at Naval Avionics for eight years in Indianapolis. He then worked at Jefferson Proving Ground for 33 years before retiring in 1986 from security.

He loved fishing and spending time with his family and friends. In 2015 on Valentine’s Day, Mr. and Mrs. Lakeman were honored to be the Senior Prom King and Queen at the Hanover Health and Rehab.

Leroy will be missed by his loving wife of 62 years, Wanda Lee Davis Lakeman of Madison; his loving daughters: Vicki Kelley and her husband Gerald of Hanover and Lorri Sauley of Madison; his grandchildren: Ryan Kelley, Kensi Sauley, Kyle Sauley and Kaci Sauley; his loving sister, Mary Lucas of Madison; and his loving brothers, Harold “Pee Wee” Lakeman of North Port, Florida and Bill “Peanuts” Lakeman and his wife, Vicki of Venice, Florida.

He will also be missed by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Kathryn O’Neal of Madison, Ralph Storm of Madison, and Ralph Davis and his companion, Brenda of Madison;several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard William and Mary Elizabeth Lewis Lakeman; his brothers, Thomas Clifford Lakeman, who died in 1946 and Paul E. Lakeman, who died August 30th, 1945; his sister, Helen Stout, who died in 2008; and his loving grandson, Christopher Scott Kelley, who died on March 4th, 2001.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, August 26th, at 11 a.m., by Chaplain Wayne Edwards and Mike Gourley at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1415 North Gate Road in Madison.

Friends may call on Thursday, August 25th from 4-8 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

A final salute will be conducted on Friday at 11:30 a.m. the funeral home by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion with full military honors to follow at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics. Cards are available at the funeral home.

LaVetta Griffin

LaVetta Jane (Bowling) Grifffin passed away at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 21st, 2016 at The Waters of Dillsboro-Ross Manor, with her loving family at her side.

LaVetta was born June 27th, 1935 in Williamstown, Kentucky, the daughter of Raleigh and Audrey (Blackburn) Bowling. She was raised in Ohio County, and was a 1953 graduate of Rising Sun high School.

She was united in marriage on August 1st, 1953 to Abe Griffin, and they shared 49 years of marriage before his death. They were blessed with five children: Larry, Ken, John, Linda and Greg.

She worked at the Jefferson Proving Grounds, US Shoe Factory, Head Start program, and for the Ohio County Division of Family Services, retiring after 23 years of service.

LaVetta loved family. She devoted most of her free time to her kids, grandkids and great grandkids as well as her many friends. She also loved Jesus and shared all about Him through the years. She was most recently a member of the former Ludlow Hill Nazarene Church in Lawrenceburg.

LaVetta will be missed by her loving family, including her sons; Kenneth and his wife Connie, of Dillsboro, Indiana; John of Vevay; and Gregory of Bear Branch, Indiana; by her daughter, Linda of Dillsboro, Indiana; and nine grandchildren: Susan Benning, Laura (Steven) Luking, Jennifer (Blake) Wright, Trevor Griffin, Tyler (Kayla) Griffin, Adam (Greta) Griffin, Crystal (Storm) Hinman, Hannah Griffin and Jared Griffin; as well as 15 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her brothers: Earl Bowling and his wife Barbara, of Bear Branch; and Ronald Bowling and his wife Shirley, of Fairview; as well as her brother-in-law Dean (Carolyn) Griffin of Pleasant, and her sister-in-law Grace (Robert) Browning of Rising Sun. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Abe; her son, Larry; her daughter-in-law, Deborah; her parents, Raleigh and Audrey; two brothers-in-law, Jim and Tom Griffin; and by a sister-in-law Lavinia Eversman.

Reverend Kelly Privett and Reverend Adam Griffin conducted funeral services on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Friends were invited to call on the family on Wednesday, August 24th prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral Home.

Interment followed in Olive Branch Cemetery in Bear Branch. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Olive Branch Cemetery Fund.

Ruth Jackson

Ruth H. Jackson, 83, of Ohio County, passed away at 9:05 a.m. on Monday, August 22nd, 2016 at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Ruth was born in Aurora, Indiana on April 19th, 1933 the daughter of the late Opal (Kinnett) and Oscar Witte. She was a graduate of Aurora High School, Class of 1951.

On December 5th, 1953 she married Paul D. Jackson. Ruth and Paul were married over 37 years until his passing on March 6th, 1991.

Ruth was a member of the Aberdeen United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Happy Homemakers Home Ec. Club. Farming was in Ruth’s blood and she enjoyed raising livestock, gardening and doing anything outside. She also likes to sew, cook and she loved to travel.

Ruth is survived by a daughter, Judy Givan (Terry), of Rising Sun; two sons: Dave Jackson, of Ohio County and Dale Jackson (Missy), of Carrollton, Kentucky; by six grandchildren: Rick Jackson, Rob Jackson, Michael Givan, Cathy Eads, Shane Harmon and Ann Harmon; and by 11 great grandchildren. Ruth is also survived by a sister, Eleanor Higham, of Aurora and a brother, Roy Witte, of Aurora.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Paul; and by a brother, Clem Witte.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 27th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Pastor Roger Parrott officiating. Visitation will be Friday, August 26th from 5-8 p.m. Burial will be at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Aberdeen United Methodist Church, Alzheimer’s Association or American Cancer Society.

Liz Davidson

Mary Elizabeth “Liz” (Ashbrook) Davidson, age 61, of Pleasant, passed away at 5:36 a.m. on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, at her residence.

Liz entered this life on October 12th, 1954, in Somerset, Kentucky, the daughter of Owen Lee and Alene (Wright) Ashbrook. She was raised in Mt. Orab, Ohio, where she attended Western Brown High School. Liz was inducted into the United States Army, serving her country, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class on March 31st, 1976.

Liz was united in marriage on May 24th, 1974, in Kentucky to Clarence Earl Davidson. Liz and Clarence shared 42 years of marriage together until her death.

Liz was a former CNA for Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay for four years. She was also employed as a cook for Granny’s Restaurant in Vevay, Indiana, for 10 years. Liz resided in the Switzerland County community since 1987. Liz will be remembered for her love of scrapbooking and crocheting. Liz will be missed by her loving family and friends.

Liz will be dearly missed by her husband of 42 years: Clarence Earl Davidson of Pleasant; her daughters: Melissa Willoughby of Mt. Orab, Ohio and Rhonda Davidson of Pleasant; her sons: Larry Luttrell and his wife: Rebecca of Mt. Orab, Ohio, Clarence Lee Davidson and his wife: Kimberly of East Enterprise, and Thomas Davidson and his companion: Amie McEntire of Vevay; and her grandchildren: Eddie, Drew, Khloe, Athena, Jasmine, Aurora, Jaxson, Jade, David and Jasper.

She will also be greatly missed by her father: Owen Lee Ashbrook of Mt. Orab, Ohio; her sisters: Linda Beckelheimer of Mt. Orab, Ohio, Della Smith of Mt. Orab, Ohio, Gwen Zimmer of Dayton, Ohio, Anna Peters of Somerset, Kentucky, Ellen Gentry of Mt. Orab, Ohio, and Becky Werling of Glendale, Ohio; by her brother: Clay Ashbrook of Mt. Orab, Ohio, and her several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother: Mary Alene (Wright) Ashbrook.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016, by Pastor Patrick Lanman, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison, Indiana.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Monday prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mrs. Mary Elizabeth “Liz” (Ashbrook) Davidson Memorial Fund, c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Liz Davidson

Mary Elizabeth “Liz” (Ashbrook) Davidson, age 61, of Pleasant, passed away at 5:36 a.m. on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, at her residence.

Liz entered this life on October 12th, 1954, in Somerset, Kentucky, the daughter of Owen Lee and Alene (Wright) Ashbrook. She was raised in Mt. Orab, Ohio, where she attended Western Brown High School. Liz was inducted into the United States Army, serving her country, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class on March 31st, 1976.

Liz was united in marriage on May 24th, 1974, in Kentucky to Clarence Earl Davidson. Liz and Clarence shared 42 years of marriage together until her death.

Liz was a former CNA for Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay for four years. She was also employed as a cook for Granny’s Restaurant in Vevay, Indiana, for 10 years. Liz resided in the Switzerland County community since 1987. Liz will be remembered for her love of scrapbooking and crocheting. Liz will be missed by her loving family and friends.

Liz will be dearly missed by her husband of 42 years: Clarence Earl Davidson of Pleasant; her daughters: Melissa Willoughby of Mt. Orab, Ohio and Rhonda Davidson of Pleasant; her sons: Larry Luttrell and his wife: Rebecca of Mt. Orab, Ohio, Clarence Lee Davidson and his wife: Kimberly of East Enterprise, and Thomas Davidson and his companion: Amie McEntire of Vevay; and her grandchildren: Eddie, Drew, Khloe, Athena, Jasmine, Aurora, Jaxson, Jade, David and Jasper.

She will also be greatly missed by her father: Owen Lee Ashbrook of Mt. Orab, Ohio; her sisters: Linda Beckelheimer of Mt. Orab, Ohio, Della Smith of Mt. Orab, Ohio, Gwen Zimmer of Dayton, Ohio, Anna Peters of Somerset, Kentucky, Ellen Gentry of Mt. Orab, Ohio, and Becky Werling of Glendale, Ohio; by her brother: Clay Ashbrook of Mt. Orab, Ohio, and her several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother: Mary Alene (Wright) Ashbrook.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016, by Pastor Patrick Lanman, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison, Indiana.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Monday prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mrs. Mary Elizabeth “Liz” (Ashbrook) Davidson Memorial Fund, c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.