Obituaries for the week of 5/4/06

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Brian Larrabee

Brian Larrabee, 46, of Lakeland, Florida, passed away at 603 Bennington Pike near Bennington, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

He was born October 20th, 1959, in Muncie, Indiana, the son of Arthur Richard Larrabee and Lois Ann (Hahn) Gilmartin. He was a 1978 graduate of Muncie Central High School in Muncie. He had resided in Lakeland, Florida since 1985, where he was owner and operator of Larrabee Construction. He was an avid outdoorsman where he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was united in marriage to Carolyn Lily Tucker on December 11th, 1982, in Chesterfield, Indiana. Unto this union a son arrived to bless their home.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn L. Larrabee of Lakeland; his son, Landon Larrabee of Lakeland; his father and stepmother, Arthur Richard and Sharon Larrabee of Muncie; his mother and stepfather, Lois Ann and Bob Gilmartin of The Villages, Florida; his grandmother, Geneva Hahn of Albany, Indiana; his sisters, Kim Aldridge of Albany, and Kelli Larrabee of Muncie; his stepbrother, Barry Owens of Phoenix, Arizona; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Arthur and Bertha Larrabee and Evan Hahn.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at 1 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Slawson Cemetery in Bennington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wild Turkey Federation, Polk County, Florida Chapter. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Charles Burress

Charles Leslie “Chuck” Burress, 61, of Madison, passed away Monday, May 1st, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born September 1st, 1944, in Jefferson County, the son of Samuel and Edith (Patterson) Burress, who both preceded him in death. He was a high school graduate and had attended Ivy Tech State College, studying computers. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on October 29th, 1962, in Indianapolis, rising to the rank of Specialist 4, serving Company B, Second Division of the Seventh Cavalry, during the Vietnam and Korean era. He was honorably discharged from the reserves on October 28th, 1968, in Oakland, California.

He was united in marriage July 2nd, 1966, at the Manville Christian Church to Shirley Anne Finke. Unto this union two daughters and a son arrived to bless their home. He had worked in maintenance and ammunition testing at the Jefferson Proving Grounds in Madison, retiring in 1994. He had worked as the manager at P.N. Hirsch & Company in Madison and then for the store in Kendallville. Later he was manager for several other stores in the State of Indiana for 20 years. He was a life member of the Madison VFW Post 1969. He was a faithful member of the North Madison Christian Church. He had fought a courageous battle with cancer for the past six years.

Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Bob Hicks at 11 a.m. Friday, May 5th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery in Madison with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3-8 p.m. today (Thursday) and Friday from 9 a.m. until service time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital or the Journey of Faith at North Madison Christian Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s web site at www.morganwebsternay.com.

Leona M. Stegemiller

Leona M. Stegemiller, 91, of Rising Sun, passed away Tuesday, April 25th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born January 2nd, 1915, in Bear Branch, the daughter of John Henry and Elanora (Benne) Nienhiser. She was a homemaker and a farm wife. She was a graduate of Dillsboro High School, Class of 1934. She was a member of the First United Church of Christ in Rising Sun.

On November 6th, 1938, she married Harris L. Stegemiller, who died August 8th, 2000.

Survivors include her sons, Harris Stegemiller and wife Margaret and Norman Stegemiller and wife Linda, all of Rising Sun; her sister, Ethelena Berkemeyer of Bear Branch; her brother-in-law, Alvin Stegemiller of Batesville; her granddaughter, Sharon Flood; her grandsons, Jeff Stegemiller and Joe Stegemiller; and her granddaughter, JoAnn McAllister; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Loren Nienhiser.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, April 28th, by Pastor John Heckman, Reverend Pamela Thiede and Keith Allhands at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Church of Christ or the Rising Sun Life Squad.

Lucille Poellman

Lucille (Ricketts) Poellman, 92, of Rising Sun, passed away Thursday, April 27th, at Shady Nook Care Center in Lawrenceburg.

She was born December 21st, 1913, in Rising Sun, the daughter of Charles and Mary Elizabeth (Grames) Ricketts. She was a graduate of Aurora High School, Class of 1931. She attended Campbell’s Business School in Cincinnati. She was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Greendale.

She was a retired store owner of the Ben Franklin 5 & 10 Store in Rising Sun. She was formerly worthy matron of the Eastern Star No. 326, and was a member of the Phi Beta Psi Sorority. She was a charter member of the Business & Professional Women’s Club and the Republican Women’s Club.

On February 12th, 1935, she married Harold Poellman, who survives.

Other survivors include her nieces, Loretta Hucklebone and Patsy Hussung; and her nephews, Donald Ricketts, Steve Ricketts, and Melvin Ricketts.

She was preceded in death by all of her siblings: Sarah, Ervin, Lee, Herman, Louis, Elizabeth, Albert and Melvin Ricketts.

A memorial service will be conducted by Reverend Jeremy G. Russell at 6 p.m. Monday, May 8th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 9th, with burial in Greendale Cemetery in Lawrenceburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

James G. O’Nan

James G. “Jim” O’Nan, 63, of Madison, passed away Sunday, April 30th, at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville.

He was born August 19th, 1942, in Madison, the son of Thurman Pierce and Anita Lucille (Cole) O’Nan, who both preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Madison High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy, serving for four years when he was honorably discharged.

He was united in marriage in January, 1968, to Evelyn Dunlap. Unto this union two daughters arrived to bless their home.

He was employed for 43 years with Reliance Electric Company in Madison, retiring from the maintenance department.

He was later united in marriage to Patricia Ann Taylor on July 3rd, 1986, in Carrollton, Kentucky.

He enjoyed playing golf, camping, especially at a 1000 Trails Indian Lakes in Batesville, his USSR Truck, U of L basketball, NASCAR, especially driver Tony Stewart and his family. He was a member of the North Madison Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Ann Taylor O’Nan of Madison; his daughters, Tanya R. O’Nan of Madison and Traci Y. Scroggins and husband Brian of High Point, North Carolina; his stepson, Nathan D. Skirvin and wife Katrina of Cloverdale, Indiana; his sisters, Linda Davis and husband Ralph of Madison and Sharon Eaglin and husband Karl of Madison; his brother, Don O’Nan and wife Jackie of Barlett, Tennessee; his grandchildren, Peyton Olivia and Jackson Thomas Scroggins; his step granddaughter, Ashley Reed; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Judith King O’Nan; and his nephew, Jason Trent Davis.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Frank McGee Wednesday, May 3rd, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Leukemia Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morganwebsternay.com.