Obituaries for the week of 12/15/05


Ronald Chase

Ronald Wayne “Red” Chase, 73, of Florence, passed away Saturday, December 10th, at his home.
He was born July 8th, 1932, in Switzerland County, the son of Arnold Paul and Blanche Marie (Scott) Chase, who both preceded him in death. He grew up in and around Florence and attended school there. He resided in the Florence community most of his life. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1952, serving in the Korean War during most of 1953. He was honorably discharged on February 1st, 1961.
He was united in marriage on February 14th, 1958, to Patricia Kay Jewell by Reverend Frank Reed in Vevay.
He was a farm hand for the local farmers early in his life. He later worked at the Schenley Distillery, Seagram’s Distillery and Thatcher Glass. He began a long career with Randall Textron, Inc., in Vevay in 1968, retiring in 1995. He made many friends with his coworkers at Randall’s and enjoyed his long working career there.
He was baptized into Christ and attended church at the Florence Church of Christ in Florence. He was a lifetime member of the Vevay VFW Post 53986 and Vevay American Legion Post 185. He took pride in his yard and his home. He enjoyed sitting on the front porch of his home, waving and visiting with his neighbors. He always kept his eye on the neighborhood, looking out for his friends and neighbors.
He was not a person who enjoyed crowds, but he did enjoy socializing with his friends at the local bars when he was a younger man. He loved music, especially the guitar. He wrote songs and made tapes for his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the Florence community.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Kay “Patty” Chase of Florence; his brother, Jerry Paul Chase and wife Bernice of Belmont, Ohio; his sisters, Norma Lou Noel-Roberts and husband Gene of Lawrenceburg, Barbara Jean McCreary and husband Bill of Greendale, Peggy Jane Sullivan and husband Joe of Austin, and Brenda Kay Peelman and husband Jeff of Florence; his brothers-in-law, Jonas H. Keith and John Lock, both of Florence; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his sister, Corrine Keith on February 26th, 2003; his brothers-in-law, Freeman Noel and Cantrell Jewell; his sisters-in-law, Hilda Jewell Lock and Donna Jewell Bowman; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Scott and Josephine Jewell.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, December 14th, by Brother Roy Duckworth at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery with full military rites conducted at the graveside by Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be made to the Florence and Friends Relay for Life Team of the American Cancer Society or the Florence Church of Christ. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Mildred S. Walker

Mildred S. (Boom) Walker, 92, of 2029 Highway 250, Rising Sun, in Switzerland County, passed away Saturday, December 10th, at The Waters of Rising Sun.
She was born June 23rd, 1913, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Harry and Bessie (Conrad) Boom. She was a homemaker and enjoyed working with her family and husband on their farm. She was a member of the Quercus Grove United Methodist Church in Quercus Grove.
On March 14th, 1934, she married Favre S. Walker, who died in 1982.
Survivors include her son, Harry S. Walker and wife Freda of Rising Sun, her grandson, Leon Walker and wife Andrea of Rising Sun; her granddaughters, Debbie Walker and Kim Jones and husband Randy, all of Rising Sun; her sister, Beryl Meyer of Hamilton, Ohio; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 12th, by Reverend Frank Forthman at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Quercus Grove United Methodist Church.

Sharon S. Dunn

Sharon S. (Sebree) Dunn, 55, of Rising Sun, passed away Sunday, December 11th, at her home.
She was born December 2nd, 1950, in Dearborn County, the daughter of John Albert Sebree and Doris (Boggs) Richardson. She was a homemaker and was a graduate of Switzerland County High School.
Survivors include her mother, Doris Richardson of Rising Sun; her sons, Richard Higham of Austin, Billy Carroll of Brookville, and Andy Brown of Harrison, Indiana; her daughter, Michelle Geisler of Madison; her brothers, Steve Sebree of Moorefield, Roger Sebree of Rising Sun, and John Sebree of Florence; her sisters, Judith Brown of St. Leon, Indiana, Vickie Chandler of East Enterprise, and Tabitha Sebree of Warsaw, Kentucky; and nine grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Sebree; and her brother, James Sebree.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, December 14th, by Brother Greg Matthew at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Rising Sun. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Lena Buddenberg

Lena Buddenberg, 93, of Rising Sun, passed away Sunday, December 11th, at The Waters of Rising Sun.
She was born in Ohio County on November 18th, 1912, the daughter of William and Fannie (Detmer) Buddenberg. She was a graduate of Rising Sun High School Class of 1934 and Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati. She worked for eight years as a registered nurse in Cincinnati. In 1943 she began working with Dr. Gordon Fessler and remained there until retiring in the mid 1980s with 50 years in the nursing profession. She was a member of the Rising Sun First United Church of Christ, the Registered Nurses Association, and was a charter member of the Rising Sun-Ohio County Life Squad.
Survivors include her sister, Wilma Sharp of Rising Sun; her niece, Barbara Scranton of Rising Sun; her nephew, Kenny Sharp of Milan; her great-nieces and great-nephews, Renee Weigand and husband Rick of Winchester, Indiana, Regina Crouch and husband Archie of Rising Sun, Kris Bushorn and husband Ron of Milan and Jeff Sharp of Milan; her great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, Joel Weigand and wife Kristen of Indianapolis, Jessica Weigand of Winchester, Isaac and Hannah Crouch of Rising Sun, Delaney and Karley Bushorn of Milan.
Funeral services will be held Friday, December 16th, at 11 a.m. in the Humphrey-Taylor-Detmer Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in Rising Sun Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today (Thursday) at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rising Sun Life Squad or to the First United Church of Christ.

Mary Luckett

Mary Margaret (Scott) Harrell Luckett, 78, of Madison, passed away Monday, December 12th, at Columbus Health & Rehab Center in Columbus.
She was born March 22nd, 1927, in Moorefield in Switzerland County, the daughter of Frederick and Daisy (McKay) Scott, who both preceded her in death. She spent her early childhood years near Moorefield and was a 1945 graduate of Madison High School.
She was united in marriage to Donald Harrell. Unto this union arrived a daughter Karen and a son Kevin to bless their home. He died in 1951.
A later marriage in 1957 was to Donald T. Luckett. Unto this union a son Jeffrey Scott arrived to bless this home. He died July 18th, 1999.
She was employed by the Jefferson Proving Grounds early in life, working in the clerical department. She later worked at Madison Bank & Trust Company as a teller for several years. She then began a long career with the Ralph Storm family with Tri Point Oil Company, working as the office manager for 30 years. She was an avid volunteer and fundraiser, lending her expertise wherever needed.
She was a member of the Madison Pilot Club, holding several offices in the club, the Auxiliary of Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion, the Jefferson County Democrat Women’s Club, and was a faithful member of the First Christian Church in downtown Madison, serving as treasurer and on many different committees in the church. She enjoyed socializing with her friends and family and especially enjoyed meeting with her friends at the Madison Riverfront Development and was a great supporter of the project.
Survivors include her sons, Kevin Harrell and wife Linda and Jeffrey Scott Luckett and wife Suzanne, all of Madison; her son-in-law, Ray Arbuckle of Hanover; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Harrell Arbuckle October 10th, 2003; her grandson, Lonnie Arbuckle; her brother, Fred Scott; and her sisters, Rosamond Hoffman and Carolyn Scott.
Private graveside services will be officiated by Randy Reed with burial in Springdale Cemetery in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Madison Riverfront Development or Historic Madison, Inc. Morgan-Webster-Nay Funeral Home of Madison is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at