Obituaries for the week of 5/18/2006

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Raymond B. Otter

Raymond B. “Baldy” Otter, 68, of Vevay, passed away Monday, May 15th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born July 25th, 1937, in Switzerland County, the son of Charles Kyle and Elsie L. (Boyd) Otter, who both preceded him in death. He began working at a young age for the Town of Vevay at the Vevay Cemetery. He also worked for the Individual Mausoleum Company in Aurora.
In 1956, he was sworn in as a special deputy for the Vevay Police Department, which began a long career in law enforcement. He was the Chief of Police of the Town of Vevay for 25 years. He was sexton of the Vevay Cemetery for the Town of Vevay for 30 years. He became disabled in 1995 after suffering from heart disease and had to retire from his job as Chief of Police.
During his reign as Chief of Police he was pretty much the Mayor of Vevay. It didn’t happen in the Town of Vevay unless you cleared it through “Baldy.” He truly cared about Vevay and the citizens of Vevay. He made Vevay a better place to live and work during his tenure as town marshal. He enjoyed people and after his retirement he worked as a greeter at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. He loved to landscape and remodel. He was a member of the Vevay Church of Christ.
He was united in marriage to Mary L. Peelman on December 23rd, 1956. Unto this union a son and four daughters arrived to bless their home. In 1997 he was united in marriage to Carolyn Joyce Clubb and they had enjoyed the past nine years together.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Joyce Otter of Vevay; his son, Raymond “Ray” Otter and wife Connie of Versailles; his daughters, Peggy Scudder and husband Randy of Vevay, Barbara Coy and husband Greg of Vevay, Jackie Chatham and husband Bobby of Vevay, and Tammy Walton and husband Gary of Rising Sun; his grandchildren, Casey, Shawn, Derrick, Cheri, R.J., Cari, Jordan, Devin, Erika, Justin and Drew; two great-grandchildren; his sister, Mary Jones of Patriot; several nieces and nephews; and his sister-in-law, Marie Hay of Hanover.
He was also preceded in death by his sister, Norma Jean Brindley; and his brothers, Charles H. “Sam” Otter, Paul Otter and Donald Lee Otter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20th, by Pastor Raymond Otter at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 19th, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or Vevay Church of Christ. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Thelma Allen

Thelma Jean (Lowe) Allen, 83, of Vevay, passed away Friday, May 12th, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.
She was born March 12th, 1923, in Vevay, the daughter of Bryant and Addie Mae (Browning) Lowe, who both preceded her in death. She was a 1941 graduate of Vevay High School.
She was united in marriage on July 5th, 1941, in Carrollton, Kentucky, to William Stanley Hankins, who died February 2nd, 1954. She was later united in marriage on February 26th, 1956, at Caledonia Parsonage near Moorefield, to Donald W. Allen, who survives.
She was a cementer for U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay from 1950-1964. She and her husband owned and operated the East End Market from 1962-1968. In 1966, She enrolled in beauty school and graduated in 1967, from the House of James Beauty School in Madison. She was a licensed hairstylist and owned and operated Swiss Boutique in Vevay from 1968-1994. She always enjoyed her work and raising her family. She was an avid reader and was a wonderful cook. She was a member of the Mount Sterling Baptist Church.
Other survivors include her sons, William “Bill” Hankins and wife Janet of Panama City Beach, Florida; Marty Hankins of Vevay, and Steve D. Allen of Vevay; her son-in-law, Carl Siefert of Columbus; her grandchildren, Shawn, Shane, Paula, April, Amber, Angie, Michelle, Tiffany, Chris, Brittany, Brittney, Skyla and Colton; her great-grandchildren, Max, Mason, Alexa, Sawyer, Rylee, Josh, Jessie, Jacob, Katelyn, Haley, Austin, John and Abigail; her brothers, Gayle Lowe of Center Square and Wilbur “Pete” Lowe and wife Carolyn of Vevay; her sisters, Norma Earl and husband Tom of Madison and Wilma Hamamey and husband David of Parma, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Siefert on September 23rd, 1986; her son, Mark Wayne Allen on May 21st, 1989; her great-granddaughter, Samantha Garris; her brother, Robert “Bob” Lowe; her sister, Kay Risley; her infant sisters, Janet Lou and Leona Lowe; and her sister-in-law, Janice Lowe.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 17th, by Reverend Michael Sawalich at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Sterling Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Hayden M. Otter

Hayden M. Otter, infant son of Roy K. and Mindy Jo (Miller) Otter of Aaron Road, near Pleasant, was stillborn Thursday, May 11th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
Survivors include his parents, Roy K. and Mindy Jo (Miller) Otter of near Pleasant; his grandparents, Janet Otter of Walton, Kentucky and George and Pat Miller of Bennington; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Charles H. Otter.
Private services will be conducted for the family by Brother Leon Peelman at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison with interment there. Memorial contributions may be made to Swiss Friends of Animals. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Lona Hall

Lona Elizabeth “Liz” (Bladen) Hall, 51, of Lexington, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, passed away Saturday, May 13th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
She was born November 7th, 1954, in Mineral Wells, Texas, the daughter of William Herbert and Wanda Wynelle (Coleman) Bladen, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Switzerland and Jefferson counties and was a 1972 graduate of Switzerland County High School. She was a graduate of Ivy Tech with degrees in computer science and data management.
She was united in marriage to Marvin Hall on March 16th, 1982. This union was blessed with twin sons.
She was employed by Muscatatuck State Development and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville as a secretary and accountant since August 25th, 2003. She previously worked at the Yuma Proving Ground as an administrative support assistant from 1994-2002. Earlier in life she worked at Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison as a personnel staffing clerk from 1991-1994. While living in the Brooksburg area she was a member of the Brooksburg Baptist Church and later in Vevay at New Life Fellowship Church. She was now a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. In her spare time she enjoyed playing cards, especially “Texas Hold ‘Em”, camping, fishing, crocheting, embroidery, bowling and darts.
Survivors include her twin sons, Terry Wayne Hall of Madison and Kerry Lee Hall and wife Tammy Jean of Dupont; her sisters, Laverne Lawson of Reno, Nevada and Anna Lamson and husband Joe of Kent; her brothers, Herbert Bladen and wife Linda of Taylorsville, Indiana and Barry Bladen of Kent; her granddaughter, Elizabeth Renee Hall; her step grandchildren, Jennifer Luann Creech, David Ray Davis, Nancy Carolyn and Dylan Lee Goins; her great-grandchildren, Amber and Jasmine; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, James Lawson on January 29th, 1989.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 17th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elizabeth Renee Hall Education Trust Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morganwebsternay.com.

Paul Rhoten

Paul Edward, Rhoten, 82, of Madison, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away Sunday, May 14th, at his home.
He was born May 6th, 1924, in Fincastle, Ohio, the son of Edward and Josie (Justice) Rhoten, who both preceded him in death.
He was united in marriage to Mary I. Shoemaker and they enjoyed many years of marriage together until her death on February 16th, 2005.
He was raised in Fincastle and resided in the Cincinnati area for 50 years and in Madison since August, 1999. He retired from General Tool in Cincinnati after 15 years of service. He worked previously for Co-op in Cincinnati for 12 years.
Survivors include his sons, Robert P. Rhoten of Madison and Barry W. Rhoten and wife Jo Ann of Loveland, Ohio; his stepsons, Larry Pollitt and wife Charlotte of Houston, Texas, and Rodney Pollitt and wife Mary of Kirksville, Missouri; his stepdaughter, Donna Kamp and husband Tom of Cincinnati; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Junior Justice, Tommy Rhoten and Woodrow Rhoten; and his sisters, Mary Jane Switzer, Sylvia Kimberly and Erma Spivey.
Funeral services will be conducted today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. by Reverend Joel Almaroad at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be in Fincastle Cemetery in Fincastle, Ohio. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 p.m. to service time today. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morganwebsternay.com.

Edith Nott

Edith “Edie” (Schindel) Nott, 69, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, May 9th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
She was born February 25th, 1937, in Czaplenick, Poland, the daughter of Otto and Olga (Eichhorst) Schindel. She came to the United States at the age of 15, moving to Osgood in 1952 and then to Madison in 1954. She was a 1956 graduate of Madison High School.
She was first united in marriage to Dale Lobb on August 30th, 1958. Unto this marriage a son and a daughter arrived to bless their home. He was killed in a tragic car accident on July 16th, 1967. She was later married to Leonard E. Nott on November 13th, 1976, at the North Madison Christian Church. A daughter joined this home.
She was employed for 19 years at Rotary Lift in Madison as an accountant and computer programmer. She was also a housekeeper for 26 years, cleaning many homes until her death. She enjoyed gardening, her geese and ducks, her church work, her grandkids and was devoted to her husband. She was a faithful member of the North Madison Christian Church, serving on many committees. She also enjoyed membership in the Women’s Council at the church. She was a devoted caregiver to her family and passed away suddenly.
Survivors include her husband, Leonard E. Nott of Madison; her daughters, Jackie Baxter and husband Phil of Lexington, Indiana and Cindy Ferguson and husband Bobby of Madison; her son, Phillip Lobb and wife Angie of Madison; her brother, Ervin Schindel of Columbus; her sister-in-law, Joan Schindel of North Vernon; her grandchildren, Josh, Felicia, Sarah, Anna, Dylan and AJ; her great-grandson, Josh “Buddy” White II; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by her father, Otto Schindel on June 16th, 1974; her mother, Olga Eichhorst Schindel on October 10th, 1995; and her brother, Horst Schindel on April 22nd, 2002.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, May 13th, by Brother Bob Hicks at North Madison Christian Church in Madison. Interment was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Madison Christian Church “Journey of Faith.” Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morganwebsternay.com.

Pamela Cochran

Pamela Celeste Cochran, 43, of West Harrison, Indiana, passed away Friday, May 12th, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.
She was born June 12th, 1962, in Port Arthur, Texas, the daughter of Richard Bingham and Norma (Martin) Padgett. She was a homemaker and worked for God’s Bright Treasures Day Care at Dearborn Hills Methodist Church. She was a graduate of Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was a member of Fellowship United Methodist Church in Bossier City, Louisiana. She attended Bright Christian Church in Bright, Indiana.
She always had a smile on her face and enjoyed playing games. She truly loved taking care of children and even dressed up like a clown and passed out candy at the Shriner’s Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. Teddy bears and angels were some of her favorite things.
On December 20th, 1994, in Rising Sun, she married Richard Cochran, who survives.
Other survivors include her father, Richard Bingham of Livingston, Texas; her mother, Norma (Martin) Padgett of Shreveport, Louisiana; her daughter, Macala Cochran of West Harrison, Indiana; her brother, Lonny Padgett of Shreveport; her sisters, Phyllis McHalffrey and husband Mark of Shreveport, Peggy Bingham of Lawrenceville, Tennessee, and Tonna Brock and husband Walter of Shreveport; her father-in-law, Lawrence Cochran and wife Bonnie of Lawrenceburg; her mother-in-law, Carol Chalk and husband Robert of Manchester; her sister-in-law, Deedee Brown and husband Gerald of Rising Sun; several nieces and nephews; and her special friend, Denise Boyter of Keithville, Indiana.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 17th, by Brother Mark Fugate of Bright Christian Church at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society/Breast Cancer Research.

Richard Poling

Richard Darrell “Dick” Poling, 68, of Butlerville, Indiana, passed away Monday, May 15th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born December 15th, 1937, in Jefferson County, near Canaan, the son of Roy and Naomi A. (Bliton) Poling.
He was raised in the Canaan community and was a 1957 graduate of Central High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of Private, serving in the CMLC and was honorably discharged on November 22nd, 1957.
He was united in marriage to Carolyn S. Gassert June 30th, 1960, at the Zoar United Methodist Church near Kent. Unto this union four daughters and one son arrived to bless their home.
He had resided in the Butlerville community since 1974. He retired after 30 years of service with Cummins Engine Company in Columbus. He spent the past four years with Holset-Cummins Plant in Madison. He enjoyed coaching girls baseball and softball, especially when his girls were on the team. He was a devoted fan of the Jennings County Panthers. He was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed hunting mushrooms, fishing, playing cards, gardening, getting together on Saturdays in Canaan for the Poling Family Breakfast.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn S. Gassert Poling of Butlerville; his daughters, Beverly Sue Gibson and husband Burt of North Vernon, Lisa G. Hull and husband Scot of Butlerville, Karen K. Poling-Moore of Scipio, and Melissa R. Fields and companion, Daniel Fields of North Vernon; her sisters, Verna Mae Schwagmeier of Benham and Kay Smith of Bennington; his brothers, Bill Poling and wife Kitty of Madison, Joe Poling and wife Debby of Dandridge, Tennessee, Jim Poling and wife Carol Jean of Canaan, Max Poling and wife Joyce of Canaan, and Doug Poling of Winter Haven, Florida; his aunts, Georgia Brown and Maxine Wilson; his brother-in-law, Jack Baugh of Benham; his grandchildren, Ashley, Rylee, Brandy, Shayna, Zach and Chelsea; his great-grandchildren, Brandon, Mya and Skyla; his step-grandchildren, Mercedes and Dakota; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Poling on January 11th, 1974; his mother, Naomi A. (Bliton) Poling on August 10th, 1986; his son, Dennis Troy Poling on March 24th, 1986; his sisters, Nyla Jean Harlow in 1982 and Audrey Baugh on April 16th, 2005; his unnamed infant sister November 26th, 1946; and his brother, Donald Poling in 1946.
Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Dale Boyd at 1 p.m. Friday, May 19th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Carmel Cemetery in Hanover. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. today (Thursday) and Friday from 11 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Vernon City Park. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morganwebsternay.com.