Michael Lee “Mike” Ricketts, 48, of Vevay, passed away Saturday, February 26th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born April 4th, 1956, in Madison, the son of Joe Edward and Mary Anne (Ford) Ricketts. He resided in Switzerland County most of his life except for three years when he lived in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He was a 1974 graduate of Switzerland County High School where he played varsity basketball and ran track and cross country. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and socializing with his friends. He was a farmer at heart and was at his high point in the day when he was on his Ford 5000 tractor doing his daily duties on the farm. He raised tobacco all his life. He enjoyed westerns on television, especially anything with John Wayne in it. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 185, Vevay VFW Men’s Auxiliary Post 5396 and the Brushy Fork Baptist Church.
Survivors include his parents, Joe E. and Mary Anne Ford Ricketts of Vevay; his sons, Joe Ryan Ricketts and Dustin Edward Ricketts, both of Vevay; his daughter, Carlee Michelle Ricketts of Vevay;’ his brother, Randy Ricketts and wife Pam of Vevay; his sister, Jennifer Scudder and husband Kevin of Vevay; four nieces and nephews; and two great nieces.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry G. and Elsie Ford and Leonard and Alma Ricketts.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 2nd, by Reverends Howard Wade and Ronald Sandidge at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carlee Ricketts Trust Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Sarah E. (Darbro) Tapp, 94, of Vevay, passed away Thursday, February 24th, at Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.
She was born May 9th, 1910, in Carroll County, Kentucky, the daughter of Blanton T. and Lutishe (Walters) Darbro. She was a homemaker and a farmer. She was a member of the Fredonia Baptist Church. She enjoyed her flowers, birds and cats.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Lou Curlin of Vevay; her grandsons, Greg Curlin and wife Becky of Vevay and Doug Curlin and companion Ruth Ann Lorch of Vevay; her granddaughter, Sue O’Banion and husband Bobby of Bennington; her great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jessica, Anthony Shawn, Ethan Michael and Levi Robert; her great-great-grandchildren, Skyler and LaDaysia; her brother, Harold Darbro of Vevay; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leon Tapp on June 4th, 1963; her brothers, Robert Lee and Ben Riley Darbro; her half brothers, Johnny and Forrest Darbro; and her son-in-law, Wilbur Lee Curlin.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 28th, by Reverends Ronald Sandidge and Howard Wade at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to LifeTime Resources or Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Robena M. Brewer
Robena M. “Beanie” (Storie) Brewer, 72, of Madison, passed away Friday, February 25th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
She was born December 9th, 1932, in Switzerland County, near Moorefield, residing there until she moved to Madison at the age of 16. She was a graduate of Vevay High School in 1950. She was employed by Dr. Shuck as a medical assistant for 10 years. She was later employed by King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison as a ward clerk for 23 years. She was a faithful member of the West Madison United Methodist Church where she served on several committees. She enjoyed her church and devotional reading.
She was united in marriage to Gayle Whitt Brewer on February 28th, 1953, in Madison. This union was blessed with two sons.
Survivors include her husband, Gayle “Whitt” Brewer of Madison; her sons, Robert “Bob” Brewer and wife Linda of Madison and Pat Brewer and wife Nan of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; her brother, Charles “Fred” Storie and wife Vivian of Madison; her sisters-in-law, Hilda Storie of Moorefield, Katheryn Todd of Madison and Catherine Storie of Greensburg; her step-grandchildren, Charles Griswold and Kerri James; her step-great-grandchildren, Courtney and Damien Griswold; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Roy Storie on January 6th, 1995, Lewis Storie, and Elbert V. Storie on August 6th, 1959.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 1st, by Pastor David Leland at Morgan-Webster-Nay Funeral Home in Madison. Burial was in Springdale Cemetery in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the West Madison United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at www.morganwebsternay.com.
Albert B. Flinn
Albert B. Flinn, 66, of Bluffton, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, February 25th, at his home.
He was born March 5th, 1938, in Cincinnati, the son of Otho F. and Beatrice (Gullion) Flinn. He grew up in Switzerland County and worked for Kirby Danglade at the Vevay newspaper office while attending high school. He was a systems analyst at The Courier in Findlay, Ohio, retiring in 2003. He also worked for the Bluffton News and The Lima Citizen. He was active in 4-H and was a former 4-H advisor. He raised show pigeons, including three national champions. He enjoyed working with computers.
Survivors include his sons, Patrick T. Flinn and Michael R. Flinn and wife June, all of Bluffton; his daughter, Linda A. Clawson and husband Paul of Findlay; his brothers, Robert Flinn and wife Joan of Hampton, Virginia and David Flinn of Marietta, Georgia; his sisters, Barbara Ann White of Atlanta, Georgia and Claudia Brown and husband Jack of Bastrop, Louisiana; his half sister, Mary Edith Beitz of Cleves, Ohio; four grandchildren, his grandchildren, Jeremy Seek, Rachael and Cassandra Clawson, and Kayla Flinn; three great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Norma Park of Vevay; and his brother-in-law, Bill Dowdy of Vevay.
Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Steve Renfrow Saturday, February 26th, at Chiles and Son-Laman Funeral Home in Bluffton.
Velma Lee Browning, 75, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, February 26th, at her home.
She was born April 14th, 19239, in Switzerland County, the daughter of George William and Elsie Jeanette (Browning) Caseltine. She was a former employee of Walker’s Laundry in Aurora, the King Hotel of Lawrenceburg and Sun Bright Cleaners of Lawrenceburg. She was a member of the Hamline Chapel in Lawrenceburg.
Survivors include her sisters, George Caseltine of Aurora and Robert Caseltine of Moores Hill; her sister, Betty Saunders of Louisiana; several nieces and nephews; and friends, Robin, Kent, Tiffany and Heather Taylor.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 28th, by Reverends Tommy Beatley and Sam Chizmar at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home in Moores Hill. Burial was in Union Cemetery south of Moores Hill. Memorial contributions may be made to Dearborn County Hospice.
Edwin Frank Fay, 66, of Cincinnati, passed away Tuesday, February 22nd. He was an active member of St. Ignatius Loyola and St. Antonious Parishes.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Joan (Niehaus) Fay; his children, Jenny (Bob), Victor (Holly), Angie (Clarence) Satterfield, Beth (fiance Calvin Lane) and Lisa Fay; his grandchildren, Danny, Tom, Mike, Sarah, John, Amber, Ray and Susie; his mother Martha Fay; his siblings, Ray (Chris), Bill (Donna), Carol (John) Riggin and Sue Koch; his brother-in-law, Dick Schwing; stepdaughter, Betty (Lou); grandchildren, Liz Goettke, Colleen (Andy), Kelton, Cameron, and Riley Clarke; his in-laws, Ferd and Mae Niehaus; his brothers-in-law, Ferd (Shirley), Jim (Pat), John (Ginny), Fran (Peg), and Greg (Lisa) Niehaus, his sisters-in-law, Nancy (Tom) Koeninger and Therese (Dan) Moser; many nieces and nephews; his first wife, Julie Fay; and his former in-laws, Walter and Betty Gehling.
He was preceded in death by his father, Victor Fay; his sisters, Mary Barnes and Janet Schwing; and his brother-in-law, Rick Koch.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, February 26th, at St. Antoninus Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Antoninus Church, 1500 Linneman Road, Cincinnati, OH 45238 or Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 1856, Merrifield, VA 22116-8056. Condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at: www.bjmeyersons.com.