Obituaries for the week of 4/6/2006

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Kenneth Ralston

Kenneth Ralston, 82, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, April 4th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. Funeral arrangements were pending at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison at press time. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Alvin Gross

Alvin William Gross, 78, of Vevay, passed away Sunday, April 2nd, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born May 14th, 1927, in Switzerland County, the son of Arbrey Thomas Gross and Bernice (Bailey) Conaway, who both preceded him in death. He resided in Switzerland County most of his life. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on October 28th, 1952, and rose to the rank of Private First Class. He was honorably discharged on October 14th, 1954, after serving during the Korean War. He was awarded the United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal. He was employed by Randall Textron, Inc., in Vevay from 1965-1975. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Vevay.
Survivors include his wife, Nora B. Gross of Vevay; his daughter, Cathy DeBaun and husband Danny of Vevay; his son, Randy Gross and wife Rita of Carrollton, Kentucky; his grandchildren, Daniel and Jon; his great-grandson, Daniel, Jr.; his half sisters, Shirley Gross of Scottsburg and Geraldine Ewing of Vevay; and his half brother, Paul E. “Pete” Gross of Madison.
He was also preceded in death by his infant sister; his stepmother, Emma Gross; and his stepfather, Arthur Conaway.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Thursday) by Reverend Jonathan Fightmaster at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery with full military rites conducted at the graveside by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Nazarene or the Kidney Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Harry Rice

Harry Lloyd Rice, 68, of Vevay, passed away Wednesday, March 29th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born June 30th, 1937, in Rising Sun, the son of August Gary Herman Rice and Mary Cathryn (Edrington) Bunger, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Rising Sun and served in the U.S. Army. He retired as an installer for Sprint Telephone Company after 38 years of service in February, 2006. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and his grandchildren. He was a member of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and attended the old Bible Covenant Church in Vevay.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane Rice of Vevay; his daughters, Kathy Arthur and husband Terry of Florence and Kim Rice of aurora; his grandchildren, Travis Arthur, Josh Rice and Justin Rice; his sisters, Margaret Raber of Stewart, Florida, Loveda Schantz of Brookville, Gloria Bowman of Indianapolis, Nancy White of East Enterprise, and Bonnie Reed of Tahlequah, Oklahoma; his brother, Harold Warren Rice of Indianapolis; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Gary, Bill, Buck and Jimmy Rice.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 3rd, by Reverend Jim Terry at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery with military rites conducted at the graveside by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Emergency Unit. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Hannah Klein

Hannah Grace Klein, age 3, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, March 28th, at her home in the arms of her Mom-Mom and Dah.
She was born Tuesday, January 7th, 2003, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, the beautiful little princess of Jeff and Bobbi J. (Rayles) Klein. She was diagnosed with leukemia and battled the disease with energy and grace for two years and two months. She went into remission in May, 2004, after undergoing a bone marrow transplant. She suffered a relapse in October, 2005, after a wonderful 16 months of living life to the fullest.
Hannah Grace loved to play outside, riding her trike, her four wheeler, her VW Bug, her Barbie Jeep, playing ball with Daddy and Mommy (Dah and Mom-Mom), swinging, sliding and especially her sand box. She loved to be the “Princess”, dressing up in her gowns and wearing her tiara. She loved to play with her baby doll “Hair Bald Baby,” her dog she had since her illness began, her kitties, “Eddie” and “Pinky.”
She loved to listen and watch “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Ariel,” “Charlotte’s Web” and Sponge Bob. She enjoyed attending Darlisa’s Day Care before her diagnosis. Hannah Grace is the light and joy of her Daddy and Mommy’s life. They surrounded her with love and joy and gave her a life of unconditional support through every event and obstacle during her illness.
Survivors include her parents, Jeff and Bobbi Klein of Madison; her paternal grandma, Gail Ray of Madison; her paternal grandpa and step grandma, George W. and Debbie Klein of Madison; her paternal great-grandpa and step great-grandma, David R. and Leota Campbell of Ironton, Ohio; her uncles and aunts, George and Amy Owen, Donald Gene and Brenda Kay Rayles, Michael and Cheri Rayles; her cousins, Jeana, Dalton, Brack, Jami, Ryan, Barbie and Taylor; her special friends, Raymond and Wanda Hoeppner and Darlisa Davis, all of Madison; several great-aunts, great-uncles, great-great-aunts, great-great-uncles, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Donald C. and Alma Jean Carter Rayles; her paternal great-grandparents, George “Fritz” and Dana Klein; her paternal great-grandma, Carol Meier; her maternal great-grandparents, Earl E. and Lula McCreary Rayles and Albert Sidney and Myrtle A. Harmon Carter.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, April 2nd, by Pastor J.D. Traylor at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hannah Grace Klein Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morganwebsternay.com.