Obituaries for the week of 10/26/06


Roy E. Koons

Roy E. Koons, 78, of near Fairview, passed away Saturday, October 21st, at Norton Hospital in Louisville.
He was born December 19th, 1927, in Switzerland County, the son of Carroll and Elva (Dewitt) Koons, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland County and attended Patriot High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army September 18th, 1950, in Indianapolis, rising to the rank of sergeant. He served during the Korean War in Battery B, 537th Field Artillery Unit. He was transferred to the reserves September 18th, 1952, and was honorably discharged August 27th, 1956.
He was united in marriage December 6th, 1950, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Juanita Keith. Unto this union two sons and a daughter arrived to bless their home.
He retired in 1987, as a construction worker for the Martin-Marietta Construction Company in Milton, Kentucky. He was a former construction worker for the Labor’s Union in Lawrenceburg. He was employed from 1957-1961, for Jones & Thompson Construction, in the construction of the Markland Dam. He enjoyed fishing, coon hunting, his pets and gospel music.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Koons of near Fairview; his sons, Terry Koons and wife Sharon of Swanton, Vermont and Jerry Koons of Burlington, Kentucky; his daughter, Teresa Akridge and husband Dave of Palmyra, Indiana; his grandchildren, T.J., Heather, Kelly, M.G., Amanda, Crystal, Mariah, Shawn, Angel, Cindy and Kevin; his great-grandchildren, Klarissa, Valerie, Tristen, Bailey, Sue, Brenden, Gavyn, Ephrem, Danica, John, Katlynn, Caleb and Kerstin; his brothers, Ronnie Koons of Milan, Richard Koons of Warsaw, Kentucky, Randall Koons of North Vernon, Robert Koons of Lawrenceburg, Rex Koons of Ruskin, Florida, and Renny Koons of Clarksville; his sisters, Juanita Hunt of Florence, Rebecca Hunt of Florence, and Roberta Young of Moores Hill; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Ralph, Russell, Reed, Ray and Raymond Koons.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, October 25th, by Reverend Arnold Cutter at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise with military rites conducted at the graveside by the honor guard of the Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay VFW Relief Fund or the New Liberty Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Billy Gullion

William Edward “Billy” Gullion, 27, of Stevens Road, Vevay, passed away Tuesday, October 17th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born August 3rd, 1979, in Decatur County, the son of William D. and Sandra K. (Caplinger) Gullion. He attended the Vevay Nazarene Church and resided in Switzerland County most of his life. He was employed at North American Stainless Steel in Ghent, Kentucky for a time. He had worked as a self-employed mechanic and carpenter the past several years. He had helped Harold Hayes build his race car. He attended Ivy Tech and Versailles Vocational School. He enjoyed racing cars, his children, his dog “Shadow”, tinkering on cars, remodeling and socializing with his friends.
Survivors include his companion of nine years, Kimberly Gail Rusch of New Castle, Kentucky; his parents, William D. and Sandra K. (Caplinger) Gullion of Madison; his sons, William Edward Gullion, Jr., and Joshua William Gullion, both of New Castle; his daughters, Casey LeAnn Gullion and McKenzie Nicole Gullion, both of New Castle; his brothers, George Dale Gullion of Madison, Christopher Dillon Gullion of Kent and Matthew Elmer Gullion of Madison; his sisters, Michelle Dawn Colen and husband Shawn of Center Square, Rachel Christa Gullion of Madison, and Melissa Sandy Gullion of Kent; his paternal grandmother, Evelyn M. Smith of Vevay; his maternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Kirby of Pierceville, Indiana; his brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Louis and Leah Rusch of Crothersville and James Davis of Bedford, Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Reverend George “Buddy” Gullion; his maternal grandparents, Roy and Dorothy Caplinger; and his nephew, Shawn Douglass Colen on January 17th, 2005.
Graveside services were conducted Monday, October 23rd, by Reverend Charles Caplinger with burial in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Virginia Liter

Virginia Liter, 89, of Canaan, passed away Wednesday, October 18th, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.
She was born October 7th, 1917, in Gilmore in Wolfe County, Kentucky, the daughter of Alford and Martha (Napier) Wood. She was a homemaker and a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church. She was a long-time antique collector and formerly operated an antique shop in Pleasant. She was also a well known flower gardener.
She was married to Virgil Nickell July 10th, 1935, who died September 7th, 1971. She married Willard Liter in 1976, and he preceded her in death March 17th, 1996.
Survivors include her sons, Lawrence Nickell, Henry Nickell and wife Angie, and Clayton Nickell and wife Mary, all of Cross Plains; his daughters, Dorothy Knigga and husband Bill of Canaan, Lucille Nickell of Pleasant and Nancy Nickell of Washington, Indiana; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; 18 step-great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; her stepdaughters, Rose Fugate and husband Logan of Pleasant and Juanita Allen and husband Troy of Illinois; her brother, Everett Wood of Cross Plains; her sisters, Nannie Whisman of Naples, Florida and Irene Scudder and husband Millard of Dillsboro.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Daisy Tyra, Adah Jane Tyra, Betty Wood and Leona Whisman; her brothers, Alford Wood and James Wood; and her stepson, James Liter.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, October 21st, by Brother Logan Fugate and Reverend Sherman Hughes at Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship. Burial was in the Methodist Cemetery in Cross Plains. Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home of Versailles was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Bear Creek Baptist Church or Cross Plains Church of Christ. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Thomas Byram

Thomas “Tom” Byram, 75, of New York, New York, passed away Sunday, October 22nd, at his home.
He was born September 30th, 1931, in Madison, the son of Leslie A. and Hazel A. (Pangburn) Byram, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Vevay and was a 1949 graduate of Vevay High School. He was a 1953 graduate of Indiana University and received his master’s degree from Northwestern Universities in hospital administration. He did his residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He was an executive director for 25 years for several medical institutions in New York City, including a non-profit, church related teaching center in the highest crime area of the country.
He was also an editor for one of the largest New York law firms in the country for 13 years until his retirement in 2000. He had a love for genealogy and had researched genealogy for over 40 years. He compiled three manuscripts about ancestry. One of the manuscripts was considered the most complete study ever done of an entire family from the United States or Canada. This work will be appreciated for generations to come. He received local, state and national awards for his work. He appeared on various television and radio programs regarding health care. Several newspaper and magazine articles have been written about his past professional and/or social life. He resided in New York since 1962 and was a member of Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Copiague, New York.
Survivors include his nephew, James Douglas “Jim” Farrar of Castle Rock, Colorado; his niece, Jeni Farrar Browning of Hopkinsville, Kentucky; his cousins, Charlie Pangburn of Evansville, Wayne McCloskey of Bloomfield, Connecticut, Dennis McCloskey of Los Alamos, New Mexico, Martha Holmes of Menard, Texas, and Barbara McFarland of Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin.
He was also preceded in death by his sister, Norma D. Farrar on November 15th, 1997.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 28th, by Reverend Arnold Cutter at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Dick Schraeder

Richard John “Dick” Schraeder, 73, of Salem Ridge Road, Aurora, passed away Saturday, October 21st, at his home.
He was born June 25th, 1933, in Wessington Springs, South Dakota, the son of Fredrick Garrett and Marie Amelia (Regynski) Schraeder. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a retired lineman and electrician for Local 212 in Cincinnati. He was a member of First United Church of Christ of Rising Sun, Rising Sun Masonic Lodge and was a former member of the Rising Sun American Legion Post 59.
On April 25th, 1954, he married Diane Pfeifer, who survives.
Other survivors include his son, Thomas Wayne Schraeder and wife Jill of Milliken, Colorado; his daughters, Belinda Diane Schraeder and husband Mikel Murray of Rising Sun, Kathryn Louise Ashley and husband Glenn of Las Vegas, Nevada, Judith Creola Riddell and husband David of Rising Sun, Melody Maurine Hardwick and husband Tony of Greenwood, and Elizabeth Joan McNab and husband Bill of Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada; his sisters, Shirley Bender of Wessington Springs, South Dakota, Pat Bult and husband Raymond of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Bonnie McLaughlin and husband Butch of Rapid City, South Dakota; his sister-in-law, Joan Kirk and husband Bob of Brooklyn, Indiana; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, October 24th, by Pastor John Heckman at First United Church of Christ in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New (German) Cemetery in Rising Sun. Memorial contributions may be made to Dearborn County Hospice, Ohio County Life Squad, First United Church of Christ or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements.

Norma Jane Hunt

Norma Jane Hunt, 59, of Vevay, passed away Sunday, October 22nd, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehab Center in Vevay.
She was born April 10th, 1947, in Madison, the daughter of Bernard and Virginia (Callis) Melton. She was the former manager of Dollar General Store in Madison for several years and was a caregiver. She attended West Madison United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Roy G. Hunt, of Madison; her son, Timothy Joseph Hunt and wife Pam of Milton, Kentucky; her sisters, Kay McKay and husband Mark of Vevay and Virginia Barron of Madison; her brother, Bernard Charles Melton of Madison; and her grandsons, Timothy Joseph Hunt, Jr., and Evan Cade Hunt.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents, John F. and Sadie Melton; her grandmother, Mabel Wilson; and maternal grandparents, Edgar and Gertrude (Boggs) Callis.
Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, October 27th, by Pastor Ron Mundy at Vail-Holt Funeral Home Madison Chapel. Burial will be in Zoar Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until service time Friday. 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