Obituaries for the week of 4/14/05

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Chris Henry

Christopher James “Chris” Henry, 33, of Cass Union passed away Saturday, April 9th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.
He was born May 30th, 1971, in Lawrenceburg, the son of James “Sonny” and Debbie Henry. He attended church at Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ. He was employed at North American Stainless in Carrollton, Kentucky. He was an avid NASCAR fan with a collection of NASCAR memorabilia.
Survivors include his parents, Sonny and Debbie Henry of Rising Sun; paternal grandparents, James “Bud” and Becky Henry of Vevay; maternal grandparents, Gerald and Naomi Brown of Rising Sun; his special aunt and grandmother, Gertrude Chipman of Rising Sun; his brother, Chad Henry and wife Shannon of Rising Sun; and his nephew, Caleb Henry.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 13th, in the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Switzerland County EMS or to the Caleb Henry Education Trust. Humphrey-Taylor-Detmer Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements.

Mardelle Eichler

Mardelle Eichler, 73, of Rising Sun, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away Sunday, April 10th, at Dearborn County Hospital.
She was born April 17th, 1931, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Edwin and Inez (Detmer) Eichler. She was a member of Rising Sun United Methodist Church, was active in the Agape Group at the church, served as the Rising Sun Clerk Treasurer from 1993-95, was presently an assistant clerk, served as secretary to the Redevelopment Board of Rising Sun, Zoning and Zoning Appeals boards of Rising Sun, and was active and interested in community affairs. She owned and operated Collins Department Store for many years in Rising Sun. Her family managed a dairy farm in Switzerland County with Dr. Hale Collins until moving to Rising Sun in 1970.
Survivors include several cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 16th, at 9:30 a.m. (slow time) at Humphrey-Taylor-Detmer Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday, April 15th, from 5-8 p.m. (slow time). Memorial contributions may be made to the Rising Sun Methodist Church Organ Fund.

Bettie Tinsley

Bettie Jean Tinsley, 74, of Rising Sun, passed away Friday, April 8th, at her home.
She was born January 24th, 1931, in Aurora, the daughter of Ernest and Phoebe (Dungeon) Brooks. She was a homemaker.
On August 22nd, 1952, she married Olen Tinsley, who survives.
Other survivors include her sons, Dennis Tinsley of Rising Sun and Floyd Tinsley and wife Debra of Rising Sun; her daughters, Connie Tinsley of Rising Sun and Barbara Tinsley of Cincinnati; her sister, Jo Ann Tice and husband Charles of Aurora; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews in Switzerland County.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Bill and Leroy Brooks; and her sisters, Kathrine McAllister and Verna Mae Brooks.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, April 13th, by Reverend Melvin Barrows at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio County Rescue Unit.

Joanne Wentworth

Joanne Wentworth, 71, of Greenwood, passed away Friday, April 8th, from injuries sustained in an auto accident there.
She was born August 22nd, 1933, in Warren, Indiana, the daughter of Reverend Stanley Otto and Isola Faye (Corbin) Whitesell. She was a 1951 graduate of Vevay High School. She was a homemaker and a consultant for an antique business. She was an active long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Greenwood and pulled everyone into her orbit of love and laughter.
On October 31st, 1953, she married Nelson Wentworth, who preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Mark Allen Wentworth of Indianapolis, Matthew Lee Wentworth of Greenwood, Reverend Daniel R. Wentworth and wife Ruth of Clive, Iowa, and Joel Luke Wentworth and wife Katherine of Indianapolis; her daughter, Robin Wentworth Mayer and husband Horst of Kokomo; her brother, Reverend John L. Whitesell and wife Betty Lou of Indianapolis; her sister, Mary L. Lee and husband Bill of Speedway; her grandchildren, Jameson, Bryan, Travis, Nelson and Corbin.
She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Floyd O. Whitesell of Vevay and Mark L. Whitesell of Indianapolis.
Services were conducted Wednesday, April 13th, by Dr. Thomas Bridges at First Baptist Church of Greenwood. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

Betty J. Whitesell

Betty J. Whitesell, 83, of Greenwood, passed away Friday, April 8th, from injuries sustained in an auto accident there.
She was born in Kokomo June 5th, 1921, the daughter of Reverend Stanley Otto and Isola Faye (Corbin) Whitesell. She was a 1939 graduate of Vevay High School. She was employed for 27 years by National Starch and Chemical. Prior to that she worked at Silgas for 20 years. She was an active long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Greenwood. She was known as “Aunt Betty” to family and friends alike.
Survivors include her brother, Reverend John L. Whitesell and wife Betty Lou of Indianapolis; her sister, Mary L. Lee and husband Bill of Speedway; seven nieces; and nine nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Floyd O. Whitesell of Vevay and Mark L. Whitesell of Indianapolis.
Services were conducted Wednesday, April 13th, by Dr. Thomas Bridges at First Baptist Church of Greenwood. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Elberta Voris

Elberta Voris, 88, of Columbus, passed away Saturday, April 2nd, at the Zionsville Nursing Home.
She was born January 20th, 1917, in Allensville, the daughter of Fred and Ollie (Fancher) Myers. She was a member of the First Methodist Church in Columbus.
Survivors include her son, Roland Voris of Florida; her daughter, Mary Etta Stearns of Tampa, Florida; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Mary Kelly of Versailles and Pauline Richards of Vevay.
She was buried in Eastbrook Cemetery in Columbus.

William E. Beard

William E. Beard, 72, of Dillsboro, passed away Monday, April 11th, at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.
He was born Sunday, January 1st, 1933, in Milan, the son of Wilbur and Laura Suzanne (Walston) Beard, who both preceded him in death. He retired after 32 years operating a snack foods route, including customers in Switzerland County. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Dillsboro and American Legion Post 239 in Lawrenceburg, and was a former Dillsboro Volunteer Fireman. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his wife, Lydia M. Beard of Dillsboro; his son, Jonathan Beard of Orlando, Florida; his daughters, Terry Campbell of Hazard, Kentucky and Lisa Sizemore of Busy, Kentucky; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. (slow time) Friday, April 15th, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dillsboro. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. (slow time) today (Thursday) at the Ulrich-Filter Funeral Home in Dillsboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church or the Dillsboro Emergency Unit.

Rodney Skirvin

Rodney Dwayne “Rod” Skirvin, 40, of Madison, passed away Saturday, April 9th, at University of Louisville Hospital following injuries sustained in an accident.
He was born May 13th, 1964, in Carrollton, Kentucky, the son of Deward Skirvin, Jr., and Marjorie (Ashcraft) Skirvin Moore, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Carrollton and attended Carroll County High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on December 2nd, 1982, rising to the rank of Corporal E-4, serving D. Company, Third Battalion Fifth Cavalry. He was honorably discharged on November 24th, 1990, from Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, 2nd AWD/NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Number Two, the Air Assault Badge and the Expert Infantryman Badge.
He was united in marriage to Nora Camano in November, 1984. Unto this union two daughters arrived to bless the home. A later marriage on December 31st, 1996, was to Donna Jean Browning in Carrollton, Kentucky.
He was employed with Transformer Decommissioning LLC as a supervisor until his death. He had resided in Madison since 1991. He enjoyed playing darts, pool, pitching horseshoes and socializing. He was a member of the Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Jean Browning Skirvin of Madison, formerly of Switzerland County; his best friend, Nora Skirvin of Madison; his daughters, Specialist Daphne Dawn Skirvin, serving in Iraq, and Lana Grace Skirvin of Madison; his stepdaughter, Tammy Shelton and husband Bob of Madison; his stepson, Timmy Gaines and wife Carla of Covington, Kentucky; his sisters, Cynthia Tingle and husband Baron of Carrollton and Audrey Hamilton of South Bend; his brothers, Greg Skirvin of South Bend, Jerry Skirvin and wife Debbie of Carrollton, and Jeff Skirvin and wife Sara of Madison; his step grandchildren, Christian Shelton, Tricia and Samantha Gaines; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Dick Moore; and his brother, Tony Skirvin.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, April 15th, by Reverend Mark Lee at Morgan-Webster-Nay Funeral Home in Madison. Burial will be in the Carrollton IOOF Cemetery with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion and the Fort Knox Ceremonial Unit. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today (Thursday) and Friday from noon until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion Relief Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at www.morganwebsternay.com.