Obituaries for the week of 3/24/05

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James Curry

James “Jimmy” Curry, 79, of Goodner Road, near Fairview, passed away Saturday, March 19th, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville.

He was born October 4th, 1925, in Center Square, the son of Paul Henry and Susie M. (Brett) Curry. He was raised near Center Square in Switzerland County and was a 1943 graduate of Vevay High School.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army on August 9th, 1944, in Indianapolis. He served during World War II, rising to the rank of Technician Fifth Grade, serving Company A of the 410th Infantry Regiment 103rd Division. He was honorably discharged June 28th, 1946, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon with two bronze stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Rifle Marksman Medal. He participated in the campaigns to liberate the Rhineland and Central Europe.

He was united in marriage June 10th, 1950, to Tanya Mae Brys. Unto this union arrived two daughters and two sons to bless their home. After 50 years of marriage they renewed their wedding vows at the Fairview United Methodist Church.

He farmed all his life and retired in 1987 from Alton Box Factory in Aurora after 32 years of service. He was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post 185, Vevay VFW Post 5396, Fairview United Methodist Church and served on the Cotton Township Advisory Board.

In his spare time he enjoyed playing horseshoes, playing and watching softball, playing cards, reading, hunting and his farm. His greatest enjoyment was his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a well-known man in the county who was respected by many and was considered a great friend as well. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include his wife, Tanya Mae Brys Curry of Fairview; his daughters, Rhonda Cutter and her companion, Wayne Robinson of Vevay and Vicki Koons and husband Tom of Versailles; his sons, Terrance “Terry” Curry and wife Anna of Union, Kentucky and Greg Curry and wife Cathy of Vevay; his brothers, Clinton Curry of Moorefield, Dale Curry of Vevay, and Henry P. Curry and wife Dot of Rising Sun; his sister, Katherine Martin of Dillsboro; his grandchildren, Troy Dale and Lorie Smith, Jamie and Keith Works, Jacob and Cheri Koons, Jeremy and Vickie Koons, Jackie and Brian Murray, Jan Byrd, Alissa Curry, Erica Curry, Adam and Amanda Curry, Micah Curry, Tara Curry, and Shane Curry; his great-grandchildren, Zach, Kylie, Samantha, Brady, Nick, Kassedy, Kaleigh, Kameron, Bradley, Gabrielle, Elijah, Brianna, Madesyn, Nathan, Kaleb, Ryan, Tanner and Kortni; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Ina Mae Caplinger on July 15th, 1997.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 23rd, by Reverend Arnold Cutter at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery with military rites conducted at the graveside by Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Emergency Unit or the Fairview United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Betty C. Adams

Betty C. (Pierce) Davis Johnson Adams, 61, of Vevay, passed away Saturday, March 19th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born September 14th, 1943, in La Grange, Kentucky, the daughter of Howard Pierce and Mary (Johnston) Davis. She had resided in Switzerland County since the age of 10. She was a graduate of Vevay High School and attended Indiana University and Ball State University.

She was united in marriage to Robert G. Johnson on June 26th, 1971, at the Bennington United Methodist Church. He passed away January 4th, 1989. She was united in marriage to James E. “Jim” Adams on November 4th, 1989.

She was employed early in life at the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay, later at Conn-Organ in Madison and then at Randall-Textron Corporation in Vevay. She retired in 1994 from Swiss Villa Living Center in Vevay where she was marketing director, social worker and admissions coordinator for 15 years. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Madison. She has been in ill health the past 10 years with asthma.

Survivors include her husband, James E. “Jim” Adams of Vevay; her son, Chris Johnson of Vevay; her daughters, Debra Beaty and husband Paul of Hanover and Carol Easly and husband Raymond of Lake Elsmere, California; her stepson, James Bryan Adams of Crothersville; her stepdaughters, Patricia Carol Smith and husband Bill of Commiskey and Nancy Rae Birge and husband Terry of Madison; her grandchildren, Tony and Sonya Boyer and Shanta Easly; three great-grandchildren; her step-grandchildren, James Byran Adams, Jr., James Robert Adams, Ricky Smith, Trish Smith, Tessla and Andrea Birge; her sisters, Janice Elaine Peelman of Lancaster, Indiana and Nancy Jane Paugh of Columbus; her brother, Roy Davis of Chelsea, Indiana; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Everett S. Davis on October 3rd, 1995; and her great-uncle Kenneth Davis, whom she cared for.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 23rd, by Pastors Bob Morgan and David Wright at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Phyllis D. Ratledge

Phillis D. Ratledge, 86, of Vevay, passed away Sunday, March 20th, at Gallatin Health Care in Warsaw, Kentucky, following an extended illness.

She was born May 7th, 1918, in Alberta, Canada, the daughter of Amanzo and Mabel (Ratledge) Ratledge. She had resided in Switzerland County since the age of 10 until she moved to Warsaw, nine years ago. She was a 1936 graduate of Crestwood High School near Louisville.

She was employed with United Telephone Company in Vevay, Rising Sun and Lawrenceburg for 40 years, working as a switchboard operator. She was a member of Vevay Tri Kappa, attended Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church in Vevay and was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness in Aurora and Florence, Kentucky.

Survivors include her caregivers: nieces and nephews, Brian and Cleo Sublett of Warsaw, Andy and Janet Truitt of Vevay, Lori and Richard Scudder of Vevay, Mona and Marvin Wilson of Vevay, and Phillis and Dan McCann of Vevay.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Marjorie R. Ratledge on October 2nd, 1967; and her brothers, Kenneth Ratledge and Russell Ratledge.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 25th, by Reverend Howard Wade at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. today (Thursday). Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Emergency Unit or the American Cancer Society.

Hazel Ryan

Hazel Eva Ryan, 88, of Bright passed away Thursday, March 17th, at her home.

She was born January 11th, 1917, in Clark County, the daughter of Pearl Robinson and Doshia M. (Tice) Robinson Gullion. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Harrison, Ohio. She was a homemaker and babysitter.

She was married to Lucian Courter who passed away in 1949. She later married Joseph Patrick Ryan, who also preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Larry Courter and wife Delcenia of Florence; her daughters, Loretta Mounce of Bright, Irma Rae Conner of Vevay, Patricia Ann Courter of Bright, Linda Fay Elam of East Enterprise, and Eva Christine Stewart and husband Dan Hensley of Trenton, Ohio; her brother, Norman Gullion and wife Jan of Lakeland, Florida; her grandchildren, Theresa Dozier, Steven Dilts, Cathy Manbeck, Crystal Elam, Michael Stewart, Katie Stewart, Amber Airgood, Dennis Courter, Cindy Griggs and Anthony Courter; 18 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Harry and Raymond DeWitt; her sister, Alice Robinson; her sons-in-law, Lloyd Mounce, Woody Elam and Rufus Conner; and her grandchildren, Jeff Courter and Cheryl Lynn Mounce.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 21st, by Pastor Paul D. Hensley, Sr., at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Gene Siekman

Gene Cecil Siekman, 50, of Rising Sun, passed away Tuesday, March 15th, at Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Georgetown, South Carolina.

He was born July 19th, 1954, in Cincinnati, the son of Dale and Nancy (Magnus) Siekman. He was a foreman for American Electric Power in Lawrenceburg for 28 years. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1972. He was baptized at the First United Church of Christ in Rising Sun and was a member of Dearborn Baptist Church in Manchester.

He was a member of the Rising Sun City Council and the Board of Public Works and was chairman of the Rising Sun Redevelopment Commission. His favorite hobby was golf.

On September 5th, 2004, he married Angel Kelly, who survives.

Other survivors include his father, Dale Siekman of Rising Sun; his sons, Chad Siekman of Cincinnati and Sean Siekman of Rising Sun; his stepson, Aaron Lafollette of Rising Sun; his daughter, Tiffany Siekman of Rising Sun; his stepdaughter, Alexis Robinson of Rising Sun; his brother, Lane Siekman and wife Robin of Rising Sun; his sisters, Deborah Ingram and husband Rick of Seven Mile, Ohio, Susan K. Siekman of Hanover, and Christy Brainard and husband Mike of Seven Mile, Ohio; his stepsister, Kathy Keith and husband Dale of Rising Sun; his stepbrothers, Andy Siekman and wife Jeannie of Rising Sun and Eric Siekman and wife Erma, all of Rising Sun; and his grandson, Conner Siekman of Cincinnati; and several relatives in Switzerland County.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 19th, by Brother Darrell Sparks at the Rising Sun Senior Citizens Center. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio County Community Foundation. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements.