Obituaries for the week of 1/12/2006


Warren T. Jacobs

Warren T. “Pete” Jacobs, 79, of Markland, passed away Monday, January 9th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born April 5th, 1926, in Switzerland County, the son of Joseph and Margaret (Walston) Jacobs, who both preceded him in death. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on September 7th, 1944, in Indianapolis, rising to the rank of Private First Class during World War II. He served in Company 1, 382nd Infantry, 96th Division. He fought in the battle at Okinawa and was wounded there on May 11th, 1945, in the South Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged on August 20th, 1945, from Kennedy General Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with One Bronze Star, and the World War II Victory Medal.
He was united in marriage on June 12th, 1947, to Lovena Furnish, who survives.
He was employed by General Motors Corporation in Moraine, Ohio for 16 years as a mill wright, retiring in 1992. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Vevay VFW Post 5396, and the Vevay American Legion Post 185. In his spare time he enjoyed cooking, boating, hunting, gardening, NASCAR, and visiting with his friends and family. He had been in ill health for some time. He resided in Switzerland County most of his life.
Other survivors include his stepdaughter, Linda Bond and husband Craig of Patriot; his grandsons, Jay and Jonathan Bond; his great-grandson, Jason Bond; his sisters, Julia Johnson of Berwyn, Illinois, Margaret Keith of Lawrenceburg, and Edna Johnson of Tennessee; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Estall and Loren Dick Jacobs; and his sisters, Essie Leola “Dode” Furnish, Wilma “Cindy” Jacobs and Geraldine Mary Crawford.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today (Thursday) by Reverend Howard Wade at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery with full military rites conducted at the graveside by the Vevay American Legion and Vevay VFW . Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until service time today. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay VFW Relief Fund or Markland Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Gordon Gridley

Gordon Gridley, 60, of Rising Sun, passed away Tuesday, January 3rd, at his home.
He was born April 15th, 1945, in Switzerland County near Patriot, the son of Abijah and Mary (Kinnett) Gridley. He worked in the construction trade.
Survivors include his fiancee, Judy Presley of Rising Sun; his sons, Gordon Gridley, Jr., of East Enterprise and Curt Gridley of Rising Sun; his daughter, Rhonda Gridley of Michigan; his brothers, David “Tony” Gridley of Vevay, Robert “Bob” Gridley of Napoleon and William “Bill” Gridley of Rising Sun.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 7th, at Humphrey-Taylor-Detmer Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Jason D. Mericle

Jason D. Mericle, 29, of Aurora, passed away Monday, January 8th, in Cincinnati.
He was born Sunday, November 21st, 1976, in Cincinnati, the son of Clifford and Betty Mericle. He was a graduate of South Dearborn High School, served as an EMT, and previously volunteered for Greendale, Aurora and Lawrenceburg Rescue Units. He was a past member of Dearborn County Water Rescue.
Survivors include his parents, Clifford “Butch” and Betty Mericle of Aurora; his sister, Jana Mericle of Aurora, and his uncle, Wayne Daugherty and wife Janet of Vevay.
He was preceded in death by his brother, James Mericle.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 13th, at Cedars of Lebanon Church in Dillsboro. Friends may call from 5-9 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Rullman Hunger Denney Funeral Home in Aurora. Memorial contributions may be made to the James Mericle Memorial Scholarship Fund at South Dearborn High School. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Diane M. Tussey

Diane M. Tussey, 55, of Cincinnati, passed away Sunday, January 8th, at Wesley Hall Nursing Center in Cincinnati.
She was a kitchen aide at Twin Towers Retirement Community.
Survivors include her sister, Erika Green and husband Brian of East Enterprise; her brother, Raymond J. Tussey and wife Leanne; her nieces, Starr, Georgia, and Michael; her nephews, Zachary and Michael; and a great-niece; and two great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Terry Tussey.
Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at the Charles A. Miller Sons Funeral Home, 4138 Hamilton Avenue at Knowlton Street, Northside. Interment will immediately follow in Arlington Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting