Obituaries for the week of 12/1/2005

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Glen Pommerehn

Glen Pommerehn, 91, of Vevay, passed away Sunday, November 27th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born August 30th, 1914, near Brooksburg in Jefferson County, the son of Chauncey and Janie (Gunion) Pommerehn. He was a 1932 graduate of Central High School on Ryker’s Ridge in Jefferson County. He was a graduate of Louisville Technical School, receiving his engineering degree in broadcasting and radar technician degree.

He was united in marriage April 4th, 1942, in Brooksburg, to Shirley Kinman by Reverend Earl Pommerehn.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army one week later on April 13th, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, rising to the rank of Platoon Sergeant. He would soon enter World War II, rising to the rank of Technical Sergeant, serving in Company B of the 44th Armored Infantry Battalion. He served in the campaigns to liberate Normandy, France, Northern France and the German Campaigns. He was severely wounded at the Battle of the Bulge, and was honorably discharged on May 7th, 1945, from Billings General Hospital, Fort Benjamin Harrison. He received the Purple Heart, the Silver Star and the Bronze Star, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with Three Bronze Stars; the Good Conduct Medal and the Expert Infantryman Badge.

He began a long career in broadcasting, working at WFKB in McComb, Mississippi and was a licensed ship radar technician. He then moved to Indianapolis, working as a broadcast engineer at WFBM Radio and TV (now WRTV Channel 6), retiring after 30 years of service.

He was raised in Jefferson County and resided in Indianapolis for 30 years, residing in Vevay since 1980. He was a 32nd Degree member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis and had served as past master of the Bennington Masonic Lodge, now the Switzerland Masonic Lodge #122 for 66 years, the Vevay VFW Post 5396, the DAV and Am Vets in Madison. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 58 years. He was a member of the Caledonia United Presbyterian Church since 1920 near Moorefield and since 1980 had attended Union Baptist Church in Lamb.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley (Kinman) Pommerehn of Vevay; his brother, Gale Pommerehn of Hill City, Kansas; his nieces and nephews, Aletha and Stephen Marcum of Louisville; Yvonne and Rick Terry of Louisville; Rosemary and George Basham of Atlanta, Georgia; Jean and Fred Baun of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Anne Sirman of Atlanta, Georgia; John and Libby Kinman of Vevay; and Jim Pommerehn of Hill City, Kansas; several great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives.

Private funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Richard Aylor at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Caledonia Cemetery near Moorefield with full military honors conducted by Fort Knox Honor Guard and Ceremonial Unit with the Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396 at the graveside. Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Roberta DuVall

Roberta L. DuVall, 95, of Rising Sun, passed away Monday, November 28th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born October 1st, 1910, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Earl Flynn and Mamie Blanch (Stewart) Jackson. She was a line leader for Joseph E. Seagram’s in Lawrenceburg, retiring in 1969. She also was a dress shop owner and operated the Patriot Telephone Exchange for several years. She was a member of Patriot Baptist Church and Eastern Star Chapter 326, Rising Sun, for over 50 years.

Survivors include her son, Gary DuVall and wife Paulette of Hanover; her daughters, Deloris Etherton and Barbara Renyer, both of Rising Sun; her daughter-in-law, Patricia DuVall of Rising Sun; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jerry DuVall; an infant son; an infant daughter, Wanda Lee DuVall; her brother, Leo Jackson; and her sons-in-law, Earl Etherton and Harry Renyer.

Funeral services will be conducted at noon today (Thursday) by Reverend Vickie Perkins at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Roy Bromwell

Roy Emmitt “Bud” Bromwell, 70, of Pleasant Grove Road, near Pleasant, passed away Friday, November 25th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born November 2nd, 1935, in Rising Sun, the son of Roy and Louise (O’Connor Bromwell. He grew up in Rising Sun, later moving to Chesterton, Indiana. He served in the Indiana National Guard from 1952-1954. He was an employee of the Republic Steel Company, later known as the LTV Steel Company in Gary, Indiana from 1956-1982. He had lived in Switzerland County since 1981. He enjoyed building cars in his spare time.

He was united in marriage on February 2nd, 1954, in Madison to Mary Charlene Chowning, who survives.

Other survivors include his daughters, Royena Marie Botkins and husband William of Bennington, Unita K. Moore, Teresa Gayle Bromwell, of Carrollton, Kentucky, and Brenda Lynn Bromwell of Vevay; his son, Roy Delbert “Bud” Bromwell of Bennington; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his sister, Charlotte Dale Woodruff of Lawrenceburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Dennis Ray Bromwell on June 26th, 2004; his brother, Ronald Bromwell; and his sisters, Mary Florence Bromwell and Roberta Walker.

There will be no funeral service. Visitation was held Monday, November 28th, at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Mike A. Heath

Mike W. “Woody” Heath, 56, of Seymour, passed away recently at his home.

He was born September 18th, 1949, in Batesville, the son of Andrew Heath and Katie (Marsh) Purcell. He was a member of the Church of Christ and attended First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his parents; his stepfather, Phillip Purcell; his brother, Jerry W. Heath and wife Beverly of Vevay; his sister, Donna Sue Dean and husband Lawrence of Batesville; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, numerous friends and other relatives in the area.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Mae “Patty” Heath.

Graveside services were conducted Sunday, November 27th, by Reverend Bruce Cochran with burial in Reddington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Christ or First Baptist Church. www.vossfuneralservice.com.

William Thomas

William Paris “Billy” Thomas, 75, of Vevay, passed away Saturday, November 26th, at Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

He was born December 5th, 1929, in Gallatin County, Kentucky, the son of Sam E. and Mary R. (Gross) Thomas. He resided in Switzerland County most of his life. He worked at Sandstone Industries/DCI in Madison. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Patriot.

Survivors include his brothers, Leroy Thomas and wife Betty of Vevay and Samuel Brown Thomas of Vevay; his sisters, June Wainscott and husband Bill of French, Indiana, Rita Peters and husband Dale of Patriot, Betty Rider of Patriot, and Sue Thomas of Patriot; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, James Edward “Eddie”, Howard, Richard and Bernard Thomas; an infant brother; and his sisters, Barbara and Mary Francis Thomas.

Funeral services were conducted by Dale Peters Tuesday, November 29th, at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Activities Department. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Betty Gulley

Betty Eileen “Sissy” Gulley, 62, of Bascom Corner, near Rising Sun, passed away Wednesday, November 23rd, in Ohio County.

She was born June 14th, 1943, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of George Robert and Mary Elizabeth (Race) Hildebrand. She was a porter for Grand Victoria Casino and Resort in Rising Sun. She enjoyed gardening and working in her yard, riding her golf card, and gambling. She also enjoyed her doll collection.

In 1957, she married Charles E. Gulley, who survives.

Other survivors include her son, Charles E. Gulley, Jr., and wife Chrysty of Lawrenceburg; her daughters, Dana Lynn Phillips and husband Mike of Webster, New York, Trudy Ann White and husband Gary of Rising Sun, and Kitty Jo Gulley and friend John Getz of East Enterprise; her brothers, Darrell “Yo” Hildebrand of Aurora, Ned Hildebrand of Lawrenceburg, Michael Hildebrand of Versailles, George Robert “Buddy” Hildebrand, Jr., of Kansas, Steven Hildebrand of Lawrenceburg, and Kenneth Hildebrand of Rising Sun; her half brothers, Roger Hildebrand and David Hildebrand, both of Cincinnati, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Jackie; and her sister, Clara Mae.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 28th, by Pastor Rex Albring at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Rising Sun. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Velena Hassfurder

Velena M. (O’Connell) Hassfurder, 94, of Madison, passed away Wednesday, November 23rd, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

She was born March 8th, 1911, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Berkley and Nannie (Claghorn) O’Connell. Her father died when she was two years old and her mother married Les Wiley.

She was united in marriage on February 7th, 1927, to Earl Hassfurder. Unto this union two sons and a daughter arrived to bless their home. He passed away December 4th, 1960.

She resided most of her life in Jefferson County and was a graduate of Vevay High School. She was employed early in life at Scott’s Five and Dime Store in Madison as a sales clerk for several years. She also worked with Dottie Pearson for several years at the Little Kiddie Folk Shoppe in Madison and for several years for the Charlestown Ammunition Plant in Charlestown, Indiana.

She worked for many years at the Jefferson Proving Grounds as a chauffeur. She had owned and operated The Red Top Cab Service in Madison for several years. She worked in clerical for the Indiana Census Bureau in Jeffersonville, Indiana. She loved to travel and had enjoyed making 15 trips to Ireland, where she enjoyed studying her Irish heritage.

She loved boating, socializing and watching IU basketball. She had volunteered as a docent and was a member of Historic Madison, Inc. She enjoyed participating in RSVP, Ladies of the Madison Moose Lodge, serving as a past officer; Ladies Auxiliary of Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion; member of the former Madison Eagles Lodge; Madison Pilot Club, serving as a past officer. She attended the West Madison United Methodist Church and Faith Covenant Church.

Survivors include her sons, Harold Hassfurder and wife Lucile of Madison and Norman Hassfurder of Madison; her grandchildren, Valerie and Sam Roberts; Mae Mary Velena Hunt and Don Orton; Robert Briton Hunt and Geannie Thompson; and Tiffini Allyson and Ron Mundt; nine great-grandchildren; her cousins, Loretta Shearer; Patricia Pollitt; Elmer Drake; Evangeline McIntosh; and Bonnie Taylor; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather; her long-time companion and friend, Ed LaVelle; her daughter, Nancy Carolyn Hunt on March 30th, 2002; her daughter-in-law, Fern Ackerman Hassfurder; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Elma and Bill Ross; Corrine and Bill Northern; her brother and sister-in-law, Vernon and Mary O’Connell; her niece, Karolyn Flannery; and her nephew, Vernon Berkley O’Connell.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, November 27th, by Reverends David Leland and Judy Howard-Snell at Morgan-Webster-Nay Funeral Home in Madison. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison. The Madison Pilot Club conducted a memorial service Saturday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Research, Moose Haven or the Madison Pilot Club. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morganwebsternay.com.

Rosemary Vanosdol

Rosemary Vanosdol, 68, of Versailles, formerly of Canaan, passed away Thursday, November 24th, at University Hospital in Cincinnati.

She was born in Milan September 30th, 1938, the daughter of Elmer and Edna (Pettit) Poling. She was a 1955 graduate of Vevay High School and was a 48-year employee of U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay. She was a member of the Cross Plains Baptist Church.

She was married to Albert Vanosdol who preceded her in death on September 9th, 2001.

Survivors include her daughters, Rhonda Thieman and husband Randy of Cross Plains and Rita Vanosdol of Madison; her son, Rick Vanosdol of Versailles; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her sisters, Sharon Sawyer of Elrod and Jean Sawyer of Hamilton, Ohio.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 28th, by Reverend Troy Dean at Cross Plains Baptist Church with burial in the Church Cemetery. Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home of Versailles was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Russell B. Hamilton

Russell B. “Russ” Hamilton, 87, of Greendale, passed away Saturday, November 26th, in Milan.

He was born Tuesday, May 28th, 1918, in Ghent, Kentucky, the son of the late Otis Hamilton and the late Pearl Furnish Hamilton. He was a graduate of Dillsboro High School, Class of 1937. He was the owner and operator of a General Motors dealership, retiring in 1980. He was a member of Dillsboro American Legion Post 292, and was a past Master of Hopewell Lodge No. 80 F&AM of Dillsboro. He was a member of Hamline Chapel United Methodist Church in Lawrenceburg, having served as trustee and a member of various committees throughout the years. He also was a member of Scottish Rite-Murat Temple, Southeastern Shrine Club, and was a Dearborn County Hospital Auxiliary and served as a volunteer for several years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served overseas in France, Germany and Austria.

Survivors incllude his daughter, Sharon Kay Craft of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; his sister, Ruth Baylor of Milan; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Fulton Hamilton.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, November 30th, by Reverend Sam Chizmar at Hamline Chapel United Methodist Church. Interment was in Greendale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hamline Chapel United Methodist Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Fitch-Denney Funeral Home of Lawrenceburg was in charge of arrangements.