Obituaries for 1/6/2005


James Gardner

James Richard “Jimi” Gardner, 59, of McCreary’s Ridge, near East Enterprise, passed away suddenly Wednesday, December 29th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg following a heart attack.
He was born December 31st, 1944, in Steuben County, New York, the son of Fay Cecil and Florence Louise “Skip” (Aldrich) Gardner. He was raised in Steuben County near Corning. He was a 1961 graduate of Corning High School and attended Florida State University.
He was united in marriage to Judith Ann Kamerer in Orlando, Florida.
He was currently employed by Swiss Caps near Patriot, working in production and fabrication for the past three years. He was a member of Carpenters Union Local 126 in Cincinnati the past 30 years, working as a finish carpenter. He also was a man who was capable of fixing just about anything he set his mind to. He resided in Switzerland County the past 18 years.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR, tractors, farming and his dog. He was a devoted family man. He was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post 185, was raised Baptist and attended St. Ann Catholic Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Kamerer Gardner of near East Enterprise; his daughter, Pete’ Hill of Columbus; his sons, James R. Gardner, Jr., of Corning, New York, Jimi Gardner of Bangor, Maine, Jamie Gardner of Cincinnati, Todd Gardner of Indianapolis, Dana Gardner of Cincinnati, Scottie Gardner of Atlanta, Georgia, Frank Gardner of Florence, Kentucky, Joey Gardner of Cincinnati, and Sonny Gardner of near East Enterprise; his sisters, Jo Anne Mains of Elkhart, Pennsylvania, Connie Dean and Jeanine Stuffer, both of Corning; his adopted brother, Bucky Gardner of Corning; his mother, Florence “Skip” Gardner of Corning; 12 grandchildren, including Nathan who lived with him; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, Fay Cecil Gardner; and his brother, Burt Gardner.
In accordance with Mr. Gardner’s wishes the body was cremated with no services. Family and friends are encouraged to visit at the family home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at

Dorothy Manuel

Dorothy (Slawson) Manuel, 100, formerly of Versailles, passed away Tuesday, December 28th, at Manderly Health Care Center in Osgood.
She was born July 13th, 1904, in Bennington, the daughter of Lyman Beecher and Ella (McHenry) Slawson. She was a homemaker. She taught Sunday School classes and helped with the music at churches her husband pastored, including: Pilgrim Church in Robinson, Illinois, Fulton, Indiana, Huntington, Indiana, and the Versailles Wesleyan Church before retiring. She was a member of the Versailles Wesleyan Church.
On November 9th, 1925, she married Reverend Thomas Manuel, who preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Evangeline Boyer of Concord, California and Irene LeCompte of Zephyrhills, Florida; her sons, Russell Manuel of Las Vegas, Nevada, Donald Manuel of Pueblo, Colorado, Larry Manuel of Indianapolis, and Paul Manuel of Everman, Texas; her nephew, Atrie Slawson of Bennington; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Armie Slawson, Byron Slawson, and Robert Slawson; and her sister, Leona Slawson Porter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) by Reverend Don Jewell at Bovard-Holt-Furst Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in Cliff Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until service time today (Thursday). Memorial contributions may be made to the Versailles Wesleyan Church.

William Lewis, Sr.

William Edward “Bill” Lewis, Sr., 72, of St. Paul, Minnesota, formerly of Vevay, passed away suddenly Thursday, November 18th, at his home.
He was born January 21st, 1932, in Lawrenceburg, the son of Edward Lewis and Verna Anna (Bliss) Lewis Reynolds. He was raised in Lawrenceburg.
He was united in marriage to Martha Josephine Morrison in 1956. Unto this union two sons and two daughters were born.
The family resided in the Vevay community for several years. He later worked at the Harrison Foundry in Harrison, Ohio, for several years. They later moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he had resided the past 30 years. He worked for many years with TGIF restaurants, retiring in 1985. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, going junkin’ and helping his neighbors and friends. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors include his sons, Larry Joe Lewis, Sr., and wife Emma and William E. Lewis, Jr., and wife Lisa, all of Paoli; his daughters, Patricia Josephine Conder and husband David of Maceo, Kentucky and Tammy Sue Lewis and friend Bobby of Louisville; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Lewis; his mother, Verna Anna (Bliss) Lewis Reynolds on March 17th, 1976; his stepfather, Charles Reynolds; his sisters, Dorthy Mae Cox, Ann Miller, Thelma Schwarz, and Helen O’Daniel; and his grandson, Michael Lee Lewis on February 18th, 1984.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 8th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in the Littlefield Cemetery in East Enterprise. Memorial contributions may be made to the Littlefield Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at