Obituaries for the week of 12/7/06


William Dowdy, Jr.

William “Bill” Dowdy, Jr., 76, of Vevay, passed away Wednesday, December 6th, at his home.
Funeral arrangements were pending at press time at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Norman Earls

Norman William Earls, 82, of near Mount Sterling, passed away Sunday, December 3rd, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.
He was born November 23rd, 1924, in Cleves, Ohio, the son of William H. and Ella (Wainscott) Earls, who both preceded him in death. He spent his early childhood in Cleves and later moved to Switzerland County with his parents to farm. He attended school in Switzerland County.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army January 18th, 1943, in Louisville, rising to the rank of Private in the Medical Detachment, 1st Battalion 331st Infantry. He was stationed in Arkansas, Washington, California, Camp Leonardwood, Missouri and Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky, where he joined the Thunderbolt, 83rd Infantry Division in Europe. He served in five campaigns during World War II: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes. He received the EAME Theater Ribbon with five Bronze Stars, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He was honorably discharged on November 14th, 1945, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.
He was united in marriage on October 25th, 1947, to Mary Charlotte Sullivan. Unto this union arrived four children to bless their home.
He began his career at Madison Longini Shoe Plant where he was employed for two years. He was employed in June, 1948, at the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay. During his 44 years of employment he was a shoe cutter, foreman and a S.L.M. Leather Man, traveling to different locations. After his retirement, he was employed as a security guard at the Ogle Haus Inn for several years. He was also employed at Southeastern Indiana REMC as a meter reader and worked security for REMC during the construction phase of the Belterra Casino Resort and Spa. He enjoyed farming his farm on Highway 56 since 1960. He was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396.
He was also a board member of the Switzerland County School Corporation for 10 years during the construction of the high school. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing pool, but most of all, his family and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Charlotte Earls of near Mount Sterling; his son, Norman Dale Earls and wife Diane of Versailles; his daughter, Sherrie Eilene Wiesmann and husband Eugene of Mount Sterling; his daughter-in-law, Sharon Earls of Vevay; his grandchildren, Anna Earls, Cheryle Peelman and husband Jeff, Christina Hildebrand and husband Keith, Amanda Asbury and husband James; his great-granddaughter, Jacey Paige Peelman; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Violet Earls; his son, David Lee “Butch” Earls; his brothers, John and Charles Earls; and his sisters, Mary Etta Tapp, Hazel Lucky, Rose Rayles, Charlotte Daniels and Emma Kinnett.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, December 6th, by Reverend David Shivers at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery with military rites conducted at the graveside by the Honor Guard of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Relief Fund or the Mount Sterling Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Ruth Jackson

Ruth Marie (Osborne) Jackson, 97, of Versailles, formerly of Vevay, passed away Saturday, December 2nd, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Rushville.
She was born January 31st, 1909, in Fairview, the daughter of Frank and Mary Alice (Dennis) Osborne. She resided in Switzerland County most of her life until moving to Versailles in 1968. She was a 1927 graduate of Vevay High School and received her bachelor of arts degree in education at Ball State University.
She was united in marriage December 25th, 1936, at Hanover College to Robert E. Jackson. They shared nearly 24 years of marriage together until his death November 2nd, 1960.
She taught the fourth and eighth grades at the old Vevay Junior High School. Later she taught at South Ripley Elementary School in Versailles until she retired after 45 years of teaching. She was a member of Switzerland Baptist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma Education Sorority, Tri Kappa in Versailles, Indiana Retired Teachers Association, National Retired Teachers Association, Ripley County Retired Teachers Association and Julia L. Dumont Literary Club.
Survivors include her nieces who cared for her, Evelyn Miller and husband Wayne of Rushville and Eileen Fair and husband Robert of Franklin; several other half nieces; half nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; and other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by her father, Frank Osborne on March 9th, 1913; her mother, Mary Alice (Dennis) Osborne on January 31st, 1967; her brother, Roy E. Osborne on September 8th, 1989 and his wife Lula Osborne on December 6th, 2002; her half brothers, Sam Osborn, Chester Osborn, Harry Osborn, Mort Osborn, Amie Osborn and Earl Osborn; and her half sister, Clara Grantham.
Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Howard Wade at 1 p.m. today (Thursday) at Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from noon until service time today (Thursday). Memorial contributions may be made to Switzerland Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Brinson Williamson

Brinson Ray Williamson, 21, of Rising Sun, passed away Wednesday, November 29th, in Rising Sun.
He was born November 7th, 1985, in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He attended Ohio County schools and had been a member of the school band, marching band, pep band and jazz band and was a 4-H member for 11 years. He was a mechanic for DeWald’s Auto Body in East Enterprise. He enjoyed music, playing drums and guitar. He also enjoyed skate boarding and had played on soccer and baseball teams.
Survivors include his mother, Laura (Bogan) Williamson and her special friend, Aaron Bush of Rising Sun; his special friend, Rachael Bowling of Manchester, Indiana; his grandmother, Bobbie Hastings and husband Neal of Rising Sun; his grandfather, Harold Crawford of Rising Sun; his grandmother, Jan Bogan of Loveland, Ohio; his grandma great, Nellie Crawford of Cincinnati; his aunts, Robin Selix and husband George of Charlotte, North Carolina, Susan Case of Rising Sun, and Julea Schuh of Cold Springs, Kentucky; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grand daddy, Greg Bogan; and his great-grandma, Frances Bogan.
Funeral services were conducted by Brother Greg Matthew Monday, December 4th, at Rising Sun Church of Christ. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brinson Williamson Memorial Fund or the Rising Sun Schools – Band Boosters. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements.