Obituaries 8-6-15


Eldric Hazeldean

Eldric Edward Hazeldean, 92, formerly of Vevay and most recently of Madison, Indiana; passed away on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015, at his residence.

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

Dick R. Bovard

Dick R. Bovard, 71, of Rising Sun, Indiana, passed away at 12:10 a.m., on Saturday, August 1st, 2015, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Dick was born in Milan, Indiana, on January 26th, 1944, a son of the late Rachel (Scudder) and Warren Bovard. He was raised in Ohio County and was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1962. After graduation he attended Pensacola Junior College on a basketball scholarship for one year.

On July 17th, 1965 at the Rising Sun Church of Christ he married Audrey Clifton Bovard, who survives him. Dick and Audrey recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Dick was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ and the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge. Dick enjoyed going to car shows, his tractors, tools and working on the farm. His family was his greatest joy, he loved going to whatever event his grandchildren were involved in, his loving wife and children made sure he was able to.

Dick worked as a pipefitter for Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg, retiring in 2001 after 26 years of service. Before working at Seagram’s he worked as a heavy equipment operator for Byrnes-Conway Construction in Cincinnati, Ohio for 13 years. Most of these years were worked under his brother, Carl, as his foreman.

In addition to his devoted wife Audrey; Dick is also survived by a daughter, Tammy Schwing (Scott), of Rising Sun; and a son, Trevor Bovard (Micky), of Rising Sun. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Riley, Jacob, Maddy and Rachel; a sister, Jeanette Rhodes, of Plainfield, Indiana; by several nieces and nephews and by other family members and friends.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, by brothers: Willard, Paul “Pat”, Carl, Robert “Bob”, Joe and Hartzel Bovard; and by sisters: Mary Ellen Remle, Olive Detmer, and Doris Bunch.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday, August 6th) at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Brother Greg Matthew officiating. Friends are invited to call today (Thursday) from 3-6 p.m. at Markland Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun Church of Christ or the Rising Sun Church of Christ Free Store; or the UC Neuroscience Institute (UCNI).

Debra Sue Melvin

Debra Sue “Debby” Hunt Melvin, age 59, of Madison, Indiana died on Friday, July 31st, 2015, at 10:18 p.m. at the Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Debra entered this life on September 6th, 1955 in Jefferson County, Missouri. She was the loving daughter of the late, Glenn G. and Della Cox Hunt.

She was raised in Toulon, Illinois and graduated high school there. She then attended Olivet Nazarene University and was a member of the Nazarene faith.

Debby was united in marriage to Allen Dale Melvin and they settled in Madison 20 years ago. She was a loving homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed gardening and acrylic painting.

Debra will be missed by her loving husband of 20 years, Allen Dale Melvin of Madison; her loving sons: Christopher Anderson and his wife, Sarah, of Buffalo, New York; and Michael Anderson of Madison; by her loving daughters: Rachel Anderson and her companion, Moses Zook of Vevay; and Amber Hunt and her husband, Beth Crowe of Madison.

She is also survived by her father-in-law, Dale L. Melvin and his wife, Sandy of Cornell, Illinois; her grandchildren: Christopher Anderson, Jr.; Desmond Anderson; Eva Anderson; Jennifer Zook; Jake Zook; Marshal Anderson; and Tavyn Anderson; by her brothers: Robert Hunt of Kewaunee, Illinois; Earl Hunt of Orlando, Florida; Donald Hunt of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Ricky Hunt of Homestead, Florida; and Steve Hunt of Homestead, Florida; by her sisters: Martha Pinchuk of Orlando, Florida; Beverly Hunt of West Palm Beach, Florida; Linda Thimmons of Lexington, Kentucky; and Norma Hutto of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Glenn G. and Della Cox Hunt; her sisters: Shirley Moore, Margaret Sharp and Wanda Hunt; and by her brothers: Richard Hunt and Harold Hunt.

Visitation and funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015, by Chaplain Wayne Edwards at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment followed in the Bayless Cemetery in Madison.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kosair Children’s Hospital. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Edmund Malone

Edmund S. Malone, age 85, passed away at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 31st, 2015, at Willow Manor, Vincennes, Indiana.

Born July 15th, 1930, in Terre Haute, Indiana, he was the son of Reverend Robert Paul Malone, Terre Haute, Indiana and Nona Charlotte Jones, Olney, Illinois.

On October 21st, 1950, he married Ramona Evelyn Noble of Rising Sun. To this couple three children were adopted. Edmund Malone has been a member of the Church of Christ of Rising Sun. He was a Teamster member and 36 year driver for Complete Auto Transit of Norwood, Ohio and later Dayton, Ohio.

Edmund Malone was a member of the Holiday Rambler Camping Club for many years. He was a past member of the Ohio County Democrat Central Committee, as well as a past officer. He was a Navy veteran, having served four years.

Survivors include: his daughter, Paula J. Malone of Ohio; his son, Scott W. “Butch” Malone and spouse Kathy of Florida; and his son, Keith W. Malone of Vincennes, Indiana. He is also survived by five grandchildren: James Matthew Rice and spouse Beth, of Alabama; Andrew Stephen Rice and fiancé, Kristin Hastings of Indiana; Amber Dawn Malone of Indiana; Ryan Matthew Malone Weibel of Kentucky; and Destiny Marie Malone of Indiana; and by three grandchildren: Grace Elizabeth Rice and James Gabriel Rice of Indiana; and Trent Kuhn of Alabama.

He is also survived by two siblings: Reverend Robert Nathan Malone of Indiana and Christina Malone Rouch of Indiana; by a sister-in-law, Judith Malone of Indiana; and by several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 55 years, Ramona E. Noble Malone; a grandson, Rex Daniel Frey; by his brother, James Fredrick Malone; and brother-in-law, Paul Rouch; and by sister-in-law, Margret Booth Malone.

Visitation and the funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 5th, at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Services were conducted by Reverend Robert N. Malone of Centerville, Indiana – Ed’s brother. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorials are requested to be given to the Rising Sun Church of Christ or to the Wounded Warrior Project. Arrangements handled by the Markland Funeral Home and assisted by Goodwin Funeral Home of Vincennes, Indiana.

Brooklyn Lustig

Brooklyn Mackenzie Alexis Lustig, age 13, of Vevay, went home to be with Jesus at 12:23 a.m., on Friday, July 31st, 2015. She packed a lot of joy in her 13 years and now watches over a family who loved her fiercely.

Brooklyn had a smile as wide and bright as an Indiana sunset, eyes that sparkled like stars and beautiful golden hair. She lit up every room she entered with her joyful spirit and bubbly giggle. She laughed hard and played even harder. Everyone who knew her was better for it.

Brooklyn loved horseback riding; arts and crafts; tearing through the mud on her dirt bike; and raising and showing her 4-H animals. She swam like a fish, ran like the wind on her track and field team, and loved spending time with her family. If she had her way she would have eaten only pizza and sugar.

Though she did not like doing the dishes or cleaning her room, she was a master at getting in the last word (or so she thought). Ornery as the day is long, she was a stinker through and through, and her family and friends loved every minute of it.

She was a part of the Pleasant Outlaws 4-H club, where she showed sheep and pigs; and enjoyed exhibit hall projects such as: fine arts, beekeeping, and of course horses.

She was an eighth grader at the Switzerland County Middle School where she had more friends than her family could begin to count. She had a heart for those who felt forgotten, and loved serving others through her church. She threw parties for kids who never felt celebrated and fed the homeless. She was a jewel in the family crown.

Brooklyn, known to many who loved her as “Brookie Cookie” will be dearly missed by her loving parents: Christina Cunning of Flagstaff, Arizona; Joe Gosciniak of Vevay; and Steve and Janelle Lustig of Vevay. Her parents loved her more than words could ever express and will cherish her sweet spirit always. She was their “fooful” (beautiful) princess; their darling baby girl.

She was the spunky, sassy and sweet sister to: Kayla; Marissa; Katie; Andrea and her husband: Travis Scudder; Kyleigh; David; Matthew; Samuel and his wife: Polly; Gabe; Allie and Patrishia.

She will also be missed by her nieces: Arabella and Rebecca; her nephews: Malachi and Carson; her grandma: Carol Gosciniak; her papaw: Tim Atkins; her grandma: Barb Girdler; her grandpa: Gary Girdler; and her grandma: Rose Fletcher – who all adored her and spoiled her rotten (just the way she liked it).

She was the beloved niece to: Jordan Gosciniak and his daughter: Chloe; Jake Gosciniak and his wife: Ashley, and their sons: Mason, Evan and their daughter: Taylor; Josh Gosciniak and his son: Dion; Justin Gosciniak; Jack Monroe; Bill Monroe; Eddie Monroe and his wife: Chris and their children, Brenda Sceifres and her husband: Mike and their sons: Liam and Bailey; Kim Guerro and her husband: Gilberto and their sons: Thomas, Clemente and Christopher; Lisa Allen and her son: James Allen Sr. and their grandchildren: Bub and Prudence; Paul Lustig and his wife: Laveda; Cecelia Rodman; Betty Head and her husband: Jim and their children: Paula Durbin and her husband: Bob and their children; Joan Hurbst and her husband: Rick and their children; Doris Webb and her husband: Billy and their children: Tammy Motley and her husband: Mick and their children; Harmony Hensley and her husband: Skyler and their son: Ransom, Diane Adamec and her husband: Tom and their daughters: Steph and Jen.

Her family will miss her dearly but will continue her legacy of kindness, laughter, service and boundless joy.

Brooklyn was greeted into eternity with open arms by her loving grandpa: Joseph “Joe” Gosciniak; her loving great-grandfather: William Zimmer and her loving aunt: Rebecca Monroe.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, August 5th, 2015, at 11 a.m., by Pastor Harmony Hensley, at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay.

Interment will follow in the Lee Cemetery, Fairview, Indiana

Brooklyn’s family celebrated her life with visitation on Tuesday, August 4th, at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home.

A celebration meal followed at the Switzerland County 4-H Fairgrounds.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to be made to the Brooklyn Lustig Endowment Fund, care of the Community Foundation of Switzerland County, 317 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043, to benefit the Pleasant Outlaws 4-H Club in honor of Brooklyn and her love for animals, arts, and crafts. Cards are available at the funeral home.

David Lee Gurley

David (Dave) Lee Gurley , age 71 of Vevay, passed away July 25th, 2015 at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.

He entered into this life on May 4th, 1944 at Bethesda Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of the late Leland Hinman Gurley and Elizabeth Nelson (Schroeder) Gurley.

Dave will be lovingly remembered by his wife Mary and his daughters: Denise (Bobby) Floyd of Greendale, Indiana; Dawn (Darrell) Shell of Rising Sun; Deanna (Robert) Johnson of Bright, Indiana; Dana (Jeff) Houston of Moores Hill, Indiana; Kelly (Brandon) Floyd of McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey; Dusti (Morris Jr.) of Millbrook, Alabama; by his sons: Ernie (Jennifer) Sproles, Madison; and Chris (Laura) Sims, Noblesville, Indiana; and by his brother, Michael Gurley of Rising Sun. He will also be lovingly missed by 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was raised in Rising Sun with his loving family and brother, Michael F. Gurley. He graduated from Rising Sun High School in 1962.

Dave was united in marriage on June 29th, 1962 to Sandra Kay (Caplinger) Gurley, and to this union arrived four daughters: Denise, Dawn, Deanna, and Dana. Dave and Sandra purchased the Dairy Queen in Vevay in 1968. They shared almost 10 years together. He was later married to Nanette June (Bovard) Daws on June 27th, 1974, and to this union arrived two daughters: Kelly and Dusti. They shared almost 10 years together.

During his career, Dave saw an opportunity and purchased a second Dairy Queen in Carrollton, Kentucky and sequentially built a third Dairy Queen in Warsaw, Kentucky. The bulk of Dave’s career was owning and operating Dairy Queen franchises over a 47 year time span.

On June 25th, 1993, Dave was united in marriage to Mary Louise (Weston) and gained two sons: Ernie Sproles and Chris Sims. The couple operated the businesses together until their recent retirement.

His strong faith helped him through difficult times and he made a point to thank God for every day. Even on his last day, he managed to say the phrase, “Thank you God for another day.” He enjoyed life, especially the outdoors, and camping.

He had a lifelong love and passion for motorcycles. He traveled across the United States to motorcycle rallies and events. Over his lifetime, he visited all but four states. Dave never met a stranger and has gained many friends through his travels and business ventures.

He shared his passion of motorcycles with his brother, Mike. One of their favorite destinations to visit was Daytona Beach, Florida. His love for motorcycles began at a young age. At the age of 17, he rode his 1952 Panhead Harley Davidson over 2,300 miles to San Diego, California.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Ed and Mary Schroeder, and Tom and Viola Schroeder; by his parents: Leland Hinman Gurley and Elizabeth Nelson (Schroeder) Gurley.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 30th at the Humphrey-Taylor-Detmer Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Reverend Mike Jones officiating. Burial was in the Rising Sun Cemetery.

If desired, memorial donations are requested to Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Elberta M. Stevens

Elberta M. “Bertie” (Whitham) Stevens, age 91, of East Enterprise, passed away on Friday, July 31st, 2015, at the Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

She entered this life on July 19th, 1924, on Red Hog Pike in East Enterprise, the loving daughter of the late, Willard and Cora (Cochran) Whitham. She was raised in East Enterprise, and was a 1942 graduate of the Vevay High School.

Bertie was united in marriage on July 6th, 1942, by Reverend Fred Griffith at the Switzerland Baptist Church parsonage in Vevay, to Dale J. Stevens, and to this union arrived three children: Nick, Sandra Jo and Todd to bless their home.

Bertie and Dale shared 73 loving years of marriage together until her death.

Bertie was a former employee for Rieman’s Grocery Store in East Enterprise, for 17 years. She was also a former employee for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay, for several years.

She was a member of the New Liberty Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher for the beginners class for over 20 years; and she also taught Vacation Bible School for many years. She was also a member of the Ladies Aid Society at the New Liberty Baptist Church. She sang in the Stevens Quartet for many years.

Bertie resided with her loving husband in the East Enterprise community all of her life. Bertie enjoyed sewing, quilting, drawing and crafts. Bertie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.

Bertie will be dearly missed by her loving husband of 73 years: Dale J. Stevens of East Enterprise; her daughter: Sandra Jo Konkle and her husband: Eddie of Vevay; by her sons: Nelson Ray “Nick” Stevens and his wife: Cynthia of Delphi, Ohio; and Todd Eric Stevens and his wife: Darlene of Patriot.

She will also be missed by her grandchildren: Steven Konkle and his wife: Janie; Rhonda Knue and her husband: Doug; Stephanie Case and her husband: Bill; Alan Konkle and his wife: Angel; Christopher D. Stevens and his wife: Sarah; Zachary Stevens; Kristian Stevens and her fiancé: Jerrett Caseltine; and Shon Todd Stevens.

Also surviving are her great-grandchildren: Chloe Knue, Grant Knue, Tanner Knue, Alisha Konkle, Kayla Konkle, Kyle Konkle, Tyler Konkle, Kelsi Konkle, Morgan Case, Madison Case, Madison Stevens, Landon Caseltine and Justine Caseltine; her sisters-in-law: Marjorie Whitham of East Enterprise and Mildred “Mickey” Whitham of East Enterprise; and her numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Willard and Cora (Cochran) Whitham; her sisters: Hazel A. Works, Marjorie Bovard, Dorothy Dickerson, Gladys Phillips and Ruth Jean Sechrest; her brothers: Raymond “Jim” Whitham, Harold Whitham, Herman Whitham and William “Bill” Whitham; her sisters-in-law: Millie Whitham and Myrtle Whitham and her brothers-in-law: Hilbert Bovard and Warren Works.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, August 3rd, 2015, by Reverend Ron Lee, at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

Visitation was held on Sunday, August 2nd, at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home.