Obituaries for the week of 9/22/2005


Phyllis Coker

Phyllis Ann (Konkle) Coker, 68, of Vevay, passed away Wednesday, September 14th, at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born February 23rd, 1937, in Vevay, the daughter of Ernest “Ernie” and Jessie Malee (Roberts) Konkle. She had resided in Switzerland County all of her life. She retired in 1999 after 43 years of service as a mod line worker for the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay from April 30th, 1956 to December 16th, 1999. She also worked for the Vevay American Legion, Vevay VFW, From the Heart and Switzerland County Public Library.

She had resided in Switzerland County all of her life. She received her diploma from Switzerland County School Corporation in 1986. She enjoyed puzzles and collecting coins. She was a member of the Vevay American Legion Auxiliary Post 185, Vevay VFW Auxiliary Post 5396 and the Red Hatters. She attended the Ebenezer Wesleyan Holiness Church.

She was united in marriage to Lenville J. Wainscott in 1953. Unto this union three sons arrived. She was later united in marriage to Frank Coker in 1968. Unto this union a son and a daughter arrived.

Survivors include her sons, Rick Wainscott and wife Sherry of Vevay, Bill Wainscott and wife Helen of Vevay, and Troy Coker and wife Dawn of New Albany; her daughter, Marion Skirvin and husband Rick of Madison; her daughter-in-law, Pam S. Wainscott of Bennington; her grandchildren, Joey, Chris, Angie, Shawn, Mike, Darin, Elijah, and Isaac; her great-grandchildren, Krislyn, Alexandria, Abigail, Tyler, Camden, Alex, Zack, Taylor, Mike, Matt, Allyson, Korah, Dakota and Talen; her father, Ernie Konkle of Vevay; her brothers, Jim Konkle and Butch Konkle, both of Vevay; her sisters, Nannie Jones of Moorefield, Brenda Hart Godsey of Moorefield, and Mary Kelly of Hanover; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Jessie Malee (Roberts) Konkle; her son, Jerry Lee Wainscott; and her grandson, Eugene Howe.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, September 18th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Vevay American Legion Auxiliary Post 185 and Vevay VFW Auxiliary Post 5396 conducted services Saturday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay American Legion and Vevay VFW Relief Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Wes Coker

Wesley John “Wes” Coker, 56, of Patriot, passed away Wednesday, September 14th, at his home.

He was born October 1st, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was raised in Westwego, the son of John Wesley and Lelia Tassin Coker, who both preceded him in death. He was a graduate of New Orleans High School and was inducted into the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War on June 28th, 1968, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He later served at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as a Staff Sergeant in the 401 Combat Logistics Support Squadron. He was honorable discharged May 14th, 1994. He was exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, which contributed to his death.

On March 19th, 1984, he married Cynthia “Cindy” Prosser.

He was a cabinet maker for many private contractors during a 25-year career in carpentry. He built some of the finest cabinets and trim work for some of the finest homes in the High One Golf Club in Evergreen, Colorado, where he lived for 12 years. He and his wife moved to Belise and enjoyed the year they spent there. They later moved to Aurora and resided there 10 years, moving to Patriot 10 years ago, to be near the beautiful Ohio River.

He received two associate degrees in computer science from Ivy Tech State College, Lawrenceburg Campus, graduating with honors in 2000. He taught computer science there for five years as an adjunct teacher. He was employed the past two years as a technical specialist for Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, a job he dearly loved. He loved to fish, play with his girls, the mountains, nature and the outdoors. He was raised in the Catholic Church and was a member of Patriot Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Cynthia “Cindy” Prosser Coker of Patriot; his daughters, Amethyst Huegentobler and husband Shawn of West Harrison, Ohio, Arial and Wesleyann Coker, both at home; his granddaughter, Shay Shay Adkins of West Harrison, Ohio; his sisters, Cynthia Gros of Gramercy, Louisiana and Susan Johnson of Hessmer, Louisiana; his father-in-law, Vernon Grimsrud of Eagan, Minnesota; seven nieces and nephews; and other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, September 19th, by Reverend Mike Jones at the Chapel of Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison followed by interment there. Full military honors were conducted at the Chapel by the Honor Guard of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be made to his daughters or the Patriot Baptist Church. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at

Raymond Turner

Raymond Turner, 79, of Riverside, California, passed away Friday, September 16th, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born January 3rd, 1926, in Switzerland County, the son of James and Leona (McMackin) Turner. He moved to California in the early 1960’s. He had worked as a truck driver for OS Walsenberger. He enjoyed fishing, spending time with his grandchildren and loved to talk. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the 266 Infantry with the 66th Black Panthers, along with his twin brother, Damon Turner. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Presidential Citation.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Noble Turner; his son, Jim Turner and companion Marie of California; his grandchildren, Mike, Jr., Jason, Charlotte, Misty, Megan and Nicole, all of California; his great-granddaughter, Alea of California; his sister, Bernice Suit of Ontario, California; his nephews, Larry and Kenny Turner, both of Vevay; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother, Damon Turner in 1989, and brothers, Ora and Floyd Turner in 2002; and his sister, Falba Turner.

Burial with full military rites will be held at a later date in National Cemetery of Riverside in Riverside, California.

Carl W. Wigal

Carl W. Wigal, 83, of Rising Sun, passed away Wednesday, September 14th, at Ross Manor in Dillsboro.

He was born January 11th, 1922, in Switzerland County, the son of Linza and Bessie (Wiles) Wigal. He was a graduate of Patriot High School Class of 1941. He was a retired bartender and bar owner. He worked as a custodian for the Greendale Middle School. He was a member of the Florence Masonic Lodge for over 50 years, Scottish Rite and the Rising Sun Church of Christ. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

On August 16th, 1956, he married Frances Dilts, who survives.

Other survivors include his daughter-in-law, Shari Wigal of Hamilton, Ohio; his stepson, David Dilts of Rising Sun; his grandchildren, Gwenna, Stephannie and Corey Wigal and Angie Turner; and his great-grandchildren, Brandon and Brent Turner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, Carl Taylor Wigal.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, September 17th, by Brother Greg Matthew at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery.

John W. Caddell

John W. Caddell, 83, of Cincinnati, passed away Wednesday, September 14th, at The Anderson Nursing Home there.

He was born August 23rd, 1922, in Corbin, Kentucky, the son of Clarence Elbert and Shirley Lee Caddell. He was a retired press operator. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his children, Lisa, Denita and Devona, and John W. Caddell, Jr., his brother, Lloyd Caddell of Switzerland County; his sister, Marie Dye; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his nephew, Tracy Caddell of Switzerland County.

Private funeral services were conducted Friday, September 16th, by Pastor Brent Snook at the T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home in Cincinnati. Burial was in Ryans Cemetery, Williamsburg, Kentucky.