Obituaries for 2/3/05


Thurmen Roberts

Thurmen C. Roberts, 95, of Vevay, passed away Sunday, January 30th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born November 3rd, 1909, on Fishing Worm Ridge in Switzerland County, the son of Sterling Hilbert and Ella (Roberts) Roberts. He was raised in Vevay and resided in Switzerland County most of his life. He was a 1929 graduate of Vevay High School. He was a member of the Vevay Church of Christ, later attending the Ebenezer Wesleyan Holiness Church near Moorefield.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army on January 28th, 1941, in Louisville, going through basic training in Ft. Knox, Kentucky. He rose to the rank of corporal and was shipped off to World War II on Mother’s Day, 1942. He served his country until July 28th, 1945, when he was honorably discharged.
He was a life member of the Vevay Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5396. He worked for 30 years as a newspaper carrier for the Louisville Courier-Journal and The Cincinnati Enquirer, retiring in December, 2000. He also had owned and operated the Vevay Grill for eight years. Later in life he wrote a book about his World War II experiences called “Personal Memories of World War II.”
Survivors include several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his half brothers, Ernest, Earl, Glen and Clarence Roberts; and his half sister, Katie Romans.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 1st, by Reverends Ronald Sandidge and David Dicken at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ebenezer Wesleyan Holiness Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at

Mark Leap

Mark Douglas Leap, 38, of Madison, formerly of Vevay, passed away Friday, January 28th, at his home.
He was born September 29th, 1966, in Madison, the son of Larry D. Neel Leap and Gloria (Taylor) Leap. He graduated from Switzerland County High School in 1985. He was a self-employed carpenter for many years. He enjoyed remodeling and fixing just about anything. He resided in Indianapolis for several years and had resided the past 16 years in Madison.
He loved watching NASCAR, watching Bengal’s football, socializing with his friends and playing horseshoes. He enjoyed 4-H when he was young and enjoyed participating in the band, FFA and playing baseball when he was in school. He was a member of the River Valley Community Church in Madison. He had been in ill health with melanoma since August, 2003.
Survivors include his daughters, Jessica Marie Leap and Megan Joy Leap, both of Hanover; his mother, Gloria Taylor Leap of Batavia, Ohio; his sisters, Jennifer Sproles and husband Ernie of Madison and Cassie C. Baker and husband Shane of Madison; his grandmothers, Estene Cole Leap of Vevay and Mary Taylor of Hanover; his nephews and nieces, Tyler, Mariah, Sage and Gage; several aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives; his cousin and caregiver, Dale Dixon, Jr., and wife Cheryl of Vevay.
He was preceded in death by his father Larry D. Neel Leap on January 11th, 2001; and his grandfathers, Joseph E. Leap on March 4th, 1979; and William Taylor on December 26th, 2003.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 30th, by Pastor Steve Pike at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Visitation was held Saturday evening at the Morgan-Webster-Nay Funeral Home in Madison. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at

Harold DeNoon

Harold A. DeNoon, 73, of Vevay, passed away Sunday, January 30th, at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, Indiana.
He was born January 18th, 1932, in Indianapolis, the son of John L. and Lilly Dorothy (Delello) DeNoon. He was a graduate of Westfield High School, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Butler University and his Master’s degree from Ball State University.
He was a teacher, principal and administrator throughout Indiana. He served as principal of Switzerland County High School from 1976-1979. He was named superintendent of Switzerland County School Corporation in 1979 and served in that capacity until June 30th, 1981, when he resigned. He retired as an educator with the Indiana Department of Corrections.
He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Eastern Star Shrine, York Rite, Vevay Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ruter Chapel Vevay United Methodist Church, and had been appointed three times to the Governor’s Committee of Environmental Resources. He was a sergeant with the U.S. Army in 1954 during the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara DeNoon of Vevay; his daughters, Lisa Smith of Carmel, Indiana and Eileen Walters of Nineveh, Indiana; his brother, Jim DeNoon of Greenwood, Indiana; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Frances Thomas.
Graveside chapel services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) with burial in Crownland Cemetery in Noblesville. Randall and Roberts Funeral Home of Noblesville is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Indiana Chapter, 7301 Georgetown Road, #122, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

Jesse White

Jesse Matthew White, 84, of Vevay, passed away Monday, January 31st, at his home.
He was born January 9th, 1921, in Midway, Kentucky, the son of Matthew and Abbie (Lothridge) White. He was a ferry pilot for the Aurora ferry boat and also worked for Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun. He was a sergeant with the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Lorraine Pike White of Vevay; his sons, Jesse White, Jr., of Rising Sun and Billy Scott of Rochester, Michigan; his daughter, Darlene White and husband Butch of Rising Sun; his brother, Gerald White of Rising Sun; his sisters, Wanda Chase of Cleves, Ohio, Helen Adams of Rising Sun, and Mary K. Facemire of Gallipolis, Ohio; his stepson, Charles Scott of Rising Sun; his stepdaughters, Betty Chase of Vevay, Peggy Hilligoss of Markland and Shirley Neal of Columbus, Ohio; his grandchildren, Howard, Jr., Brian, and Sunshine White, John F., James L. and Michelle Scott, Jack Chase, Cindi Dittmer, Linda Wright, Randy Scott, Charles Scott, Jr., and Becky Shinn; 20 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Clara Chase White in 1994; his stepsons, Aaron and Earl Scott; and his brothers, William, James, Lawrence, Robert and Richard “Dick.”
A memorial service was conducted Wednesday, February 2nd, by Reverend Tommy Johnson at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to King’s Daughters’ Hospital Hospice or to the family.

Joy Poling

Joy Lynn Poling, 41, of Madison, passed away suddenly from lung failure Wednesday, January 26th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
She was born May 31st, 1963, in Escondido, California, the daughter of William W. “Bill” and Opal Marilyn “Kitty” (Burch) Poling. She spent most of her life in the Madison community except for eight years when she lived in Lakeland, Florida. She loved to watch Disney movies, listen to John Denver music, praying, watching Christian television programs and being with her family.
She loved to collect baby dolls and going to dinner at McDonald’s or Red Lobster. She was a graduate of Madison Diagnostic Training Center, working there until she was 21. She loved Christmas, especially the tree being decorated. She was the number one person in her family. She was the heart and soul of her family and they loved caring for her. Her favorite song was by Dolly Parton, “I Will Always Love You” and that was how she lived her life. She was a member of the Carpenters Home Church in Lakeland and attended the First Assembly of God Church in Madison.
Survivors include her parents, Billy and Kitty (Burch) Poling of Madison; her sisters, Cathy Shaffer of Madison, Carolyn Crum and husband Richard of Louisville, and Sheila Thompson of Madison; her half brother, Ronnie Lee Poling and wife Helen of Michigan City; her nieces, Stacy, Allison, and Amanda; her nephews, Chenoweth, Sam and Jarrod; her great-niece, McKenna; several aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, William and Ludie Burch; and her paternal grandparents, Roy and Naomi (Bliton) Poling.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 29th, by Reverend J.D. Traylor at Morgan-Webster-Nay Funeral Home in Madison. Burial was in the Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at