Obituaries for the week of 5/19/05


Fred Kidwell

James Fredrick Kidwell, 92, of Madison, passed away Wednesday, May 18th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
Funeral arrangements were pending at press time at the Morgan-Webster-Nay Funeral Home in Madison. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Anna Jean Baker

Anna Jean (Knox) Harsin Baker, 72, of Vevay, passed away Sunday, May 15th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
She was born June 9th, 1932, in English, Kentucky, the daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Della N. (Garrett) Knox, who both preceded her in death. She resided in Switzerland County most of her life. She was employed for seven years at the old Swiss Inn in Vevay, later working at the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay and Madison for many years. She also worked several years at Randall-Textron in Vevay and Dorman’s in Warsaw, Kentucky, as a machine operator.
She was a member of the Switzerland Baptist Church, Vevay American Legion Auxiliary Post 185 and Vevay VFW Auxiliary Post 5396, participating in many funeral rite ceremonies. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading, and canning, but most of all, spending time with her family.
She was united in marriage to Charles Harsin and unto this union two daughters and three sons arrived to bless their home. He passed away in January, 1994.
Survivors include her sons, Rick Harsin of Vevay, Eddie Harsin of Indianapolis, and Mark Harsin of Vevay; her daughters, Rita Keith and husband Darrell of Bennington and Donna Chervenak and husband Paul of Louisville; her companion, Sonny Chatham of Vevay; her grandchildren, Aaron, Courtnie, Shelby and Emily; her sister, Lucille Konkle and husband Lewis of Vevay; her brother, Roy Franklin Knox of Inverness, Florida; several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her daughters-in-law, Karen Harsin and Tracy Vann.
Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Howard Wade at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Vevay American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries conducted a joint service Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at

Sam Rhodehamel

Samuel Robert “Sam” Rhodehamel, 16, of Madison, passed away Wednesday, May 11th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison following an extended illness.
He was born March 8th, 1989, in Madison, the son of Leigh Ann Rhodehamel Roberts. He resided in Madison all his life. He was a ninth grade student at Madison Consolidated High School. He enjoyed his bike, skateboard, NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt, a fan and avid collector, fishing and music. He attended the Rivervalley Community Church and the Good Samaritan Ministries.
Survivors include his mother, Leigh Ann Rhodehamel Roberts of Madison; his sisters, Megan Rhodehamel and Amea Clark and husband John, all of Madison; his uncles and aunts, Kurt and Nannette Rhodehamel, Kent and Laurene Rhodehamel, Scott and Nita Rhodehamel, Lydia and William Marsico, and Judy Couch; his great-uncle, Jim Chittenden of Vevay; his nieces and nephews, Tayla and Keaton Sullivan, Bryer Clark and Loren Dean; several cousins; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert L. Rhodehamel on June 19th, 2002, Barbara Jane Chittenden Rhodehamel on September 21st, 1999; and his stepfather, Randall Roberts on October 17th, 1999.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, May 15th, by Pastor Terry Glasgow at Morgan-Webster-Nay Funeral Home in Madison. Private graveside services were conducted with burial in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sam Rhodehamel Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at

Clayton F. Edwards

Clayton F. Edwards, 63, of Hanover, passed away Wednesday, May 11th, at his home.
He was born April 19th, 1942, in Grant County, Kentucky, the son of Shelley B. and Emma Mae (McCune) Edwards. He was a graduate of Pontiac (Michigan) High School where he played varsity football. He attended Notre Dame University on a football scholarship. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He retired from Reliance Electric after 33 years of service as a machinist. He was a member of Union Local 1039.
On May 25th, 1965, he married Nancy J. Rodgers, who survives.
Other survivors include his daughters, Tia Sue Siemon and husband Barry and Crystal Michelle Woodfill and husband Dennis, all of Madison; his sister, Norma L. Newman and husband Richard A. of Nashville, North Carolina; his grandchildren, Wesley Adam Edwards, John Clayton Goodin, Robert Tyler Edwards, Andrew Joseph Siemon, and Sarah Leeanna Jane Siemon; and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Helen Marie Edwards.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, May 14th, by Pastor Irmal Elliott at Vail-Holt Funeral Home Hanover Chapel. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison. Memorial contributions can be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to the family at