Obituaries 8-28-14


Norris Howard

Norris Wayne Howard, 93, of Madison, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, at the home of his daughter in North Vernon.

He was born February 27th, 1921, in Switzerland County, on Indian Creek near Vevay, the loving son of the late Joshua Howard and Cullie Locke Howard Cancilla. Norris was a 1940 graduate of Vevay High School and attended Indiana Central Business College for two and a half years. Norris was enlisted into the United States Navy on November 18th, 1942, in Indianapolis. He rose to the rate of Seaman First Class during World War II and was honorably discharged on August 25th, 1945, from Great Lakes, Illinois.

On October 22nd, 1958, at the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay, Norris was united in marriage to Mary Alice Furnish by Reverend Sonny Hays. This union of 52 years was blessed with a son, John, and a daughter, Susan.

Norris was first employed with General Motors in their Allison Plant as a materials scheduler in Indianapolis. He then worked in North Vernon for ITT Thompson’s Industries as the personnel and safety director for over 20 years. Norris then went to work for Cummins Engine Company as a machine operator. He had last worked in Edinburgh, Indiana for David R. Webb Veneers as the Safety Director, retiring when he was 65 years of age. Norris was a faithful member of the North Madison Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening and being outdoors. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Norris enjoyed watching Cincinnati Reds baseball and I.U. basketball..

Survivors include his two daughters, Susan Howard Schafer of North Vernon and Jane Wakeland and her husband, Robert of Greenfield; his son, John N. Howard and his partner, Dr. Fred McCall of San Francisco, California; his grandchildren, Jessica E. Schafer, Rachel M. Montgomery (Mark), Andrea L. Ticknor, Lydia E. Stepp (Sergeant Kenneth), Rebecca J. Schafer, Jera Lee Cronin, Angie Lee, Shawn Shepherd, Steven Shepherd; his great-grandchildren, Urijah and Reide; his step-grandchildren, Brent Wakeland (Jenny), Laura Moore (Ronnie); his step-great-great-grandchildren, Daisy, Declan, Austin and Abigail; and other relatives

He was preceded in death by his father, Joshua Howard on September 20th, 1969; his mother, Cullie Locke Howard Cancilla on January 26th, 2001; his wife of 52 years, Mary Alice Furnish Howard, on April 23rd, 2011; his daughter, Ann Shepherd; his son-in-law, Reverend Lawrence E. “Larry” Schafer on March 10th, 2013.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 25, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, with Reverend Donald F. Locke officiating. A final salute was conducted Monday during the funeral by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Interment was in Vevay Cemetery with military honors at the graveside.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Madison Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Pat Johnson

Well known retired teacher, Patricia L. “Pat” Johnson, 85, of Lawrenceburg, passed away August 23rd, 2014.

She was born May 9th, 1929, to Wilber and Sylvia Probst Stow. Pat grew up in Rising Sun and the East Enterprise area, and graduated from Rising Sun High School in 1947.

On June 8th, 1951, she married her beloved classmate, Gerald L. Johnson. They resided most of their married life in Rising Sun, both teaching in the Rising Sun school system. They moved o Lawrenceburg afer their retirement.

After high school, Pat went to Taylor University, receiving her bachelor of science degree in 1951. She continued her post graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, receiving her master of science degree in 1964. She taught Language Arts in the Ohio County Middle School from 1954 to 1986, accruing a total of 32 years. Her fellow teachers state that she was a wonderful teacher, expecting excellence from her students. Her colleagues valued her humor and experience as she took young teachers under her wing and helped them make the adjustment to a new job.

Pat was a member of Phi Beta Psi Sorority for many years, where her charming wit and delightful personality were enjoyed by fellow members and the community in which they worked. In their younger years, she and her husband Jerry traveled the world. She enjoyed seeing and experiencing cultures she had read about in books. She was an avid reader and was anxious to share what she’d read with her friends. She was a loyal friend to many with whom she shared interests such as shopping, dining out, and just “visiting.”

Pat is survived by her sister, Ella Grace Woodfill; her sister-in-law, Barbara Stow of Rising Sun; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Audrey Reinholt of Warsaw, Indiana; and numerous niece and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald L. Johnson; her parents, Wilbur and Sylvia Stow; and her brothers, Howard and Donald Stow.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is assisting the family.

The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gerald and Patricia Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Ohio County Community Foundation, 330 Industrial Access Drive, P.O. Box 170, Rising Sun, IN 47040 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Ruth Romans

Ruth Romans, 81, of Vevay, passed away at 6:24 a.m. Monday, August 25th, 2014, at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born February 27th, 1933, in Florence, the daughter of the late Clarence and Mary Ellen (Reed) Chase. She was raised in Switzerland County where she attended school.

Ruth was united in marriage on February 10th, 1952, in Switzerland Cunty, to the late Claude R. Romans. Unto this union three sons, Mike, Dale and Dennis arrived to bless their home. Ruth and Claude shared 32 years of marriage together until he passed away on September 10th, 1984.

In 1963, Ruth was employed at the U.S. Shoe Corporation factory in Vevay for 19 years and retired from Plastic Moldings, Inc., in East Enterprise in 1984. Ruth enjoyed watching golf, old country western shows and The Waltons on T.V. She also enjoyed family visits.

Survivors include her three sons, Mike Romans and wife Rhonda of Vevay, Dale Romans of Florence and Dennis Romans and wife Amy of Verona, Kentucky; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; her four sisters, Betty Raisor of Moores Hill, Cora Wilson of Madison, Beulah “Bootie” Thornton of Vevay, and Elizabeth “Liz” Little of Florence; her brother, Clarence “Buster” Chase, Jr., and wife Norma of Vevay; her four sisters-in-law, Virginia Kelly of Rising Sun, Janice Meadors of Patriot, Vivian Chase of Vevay and Doris Chase of Florence; her brother-in-law, Vernon Romans of South Carolina; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

She was also preceded in death by her three sisters, Viola “Sis” Gregory, Geraldine Peters and Leo “Ike” Chase; and her two brohers, Donald Lee Chase and Paul Chase.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, August 28th) with burial in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise, with Reverend Ron Lee officiating. Friends may call from 9 -10:30 a.m. today (Thursday) at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Ralph Bliton, Jr.

Ralph D. Bliton, Jr., 73, of Madison, passed away at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, August 24th, 2014, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born May 25th, 1941, in Madison, the loving son of the late, Ralph D. and Lorene Ruby Scudder Bliton, Sr. He was raised in Jefferson County and resided there most all of his life. Ralph was a 1961 graduate of Madison High School and had attended auctioneering school.

On October 6th, 1962, he was united in marriage to Sharon Sue Simmons in Switzerland County. This happy union of 47 years was blessed with two daughters.

Ralph had worked at Jackson’s Main Grill for several years while in high school and when he was first married. He also operated Bliton’s Auction Service for 20 years. He had worked construction for 27 years and had last worked for Hughes Construction Company. Ralph was raised in the Pilgrim Holiness Church, baptized at Calvary Baptist Church and was now a member of the Madison Assembly of God Church. He had held membership in Union Lodge No. 2 F. & A.M.; Dupont Masonic Lodge No. 419, serving as past master, warden and treasurer; The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis and was a life member of the Jefferson County Goodwill Conservation Club where he had served as past president and trustee.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Sharon Sue Simmons Bliton of Madison; his two daughters, Melissa Gail Bliton Frisque of Madiosn and Dawn Michelle Smith and her husband, Brian of Madison; his grandchildren, Ashely Nicole Frisque, Deven Gerard Frisque, Hope Olivia Fox, Chris Smith, Megan Smith, Gage Fox, Skylar Smith, and Isabella “Cricket” Smith; his great-grandchildren, Autumn Nicole and Brooklyn Leigh Frisque; his two sisters, Betty Burkhardt of Milton, Indiana and Mary Geyman and her husband, John of Dupont; his brother, Raymond Lee Bliton, Jr., of Madison; his three brothers-in-law, James “Jimmy” Simmons and his wife, Mary of Lamb, Robert Simmons and his wife, Elaine of Holton and Carroll Thomas Simmons of Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond Lee Bliton, Sr.

Funeral services will be held today (Thursday, August 28) at 11 a.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, with Pastor Ernie Lamb officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, 9306 North U.S. 421 near Madison.

Friends may call Thursday from 9 a.m. until service time at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. Union Lodge No. 2 F. & A.M. and Dupont Masonic Lodge No. 419 F. & A.M. held services Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dupont Masonic Lodge No. 419 F. & A.M. or Union Lodge No. 2 F. & A.M.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at