Obituaries for the week of 9/8/2005


Orville Robinson

Orville Robinson, 73, of 258 Florence Hill Road, Florence, passed away Wednesday, September 7th, at his home.
Funeral arrangements were pending at press time at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Charles Hite

Charles Edward Hite, 61, of Vevay, passed away Sunday, September 4th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born February 13th, 1944, in Norwood, Ohio, the son of James Earl and Mary Catherine (Dixon) Hite, who both preceded him in death. He was raised on Grants Creek and had resided in Switzerland County most of his life. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on September 6th, 1962, rising to the rank of private. He was honorably discharged November 13th, 1967, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He served during the Vietnam War, receiving the Marksman Badge.
He was married to Judy Brown in Covington, Kentucky. He later married Debra Lee McAlister on November 30th, 1973, in Vevay.
He was employed as a lead porter with Belterra Casino Resort and Spa since it opened. He became ill with cancer in November, 2004. He was a former fork lift operator for U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay for 25 years. He had worked as a janitor for the Switzerland County School Corporation and had been employed by the Ogle Haus Inn. He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing. He was a member of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396.
Survivors include his wife, Debra Lee Hite of Vevay; his sons, Chris McAlister and wife Tammie, Jamie Hite, and Josh Hite and wife Holly, all of Vevay; his daughters, Tina Whitehead and husband Denver of Covington, Kentucky and Annette Grooms and husband Rocky of Latonia, Kentucky; his grandchildren, C.J., Troy, Annette, Brandi, Vanessa, Damion, Cody, Daisy, Bub and Danny; his brothers, James W. Hite of Pine Top, Arizona, David Hite of Patriot, Kenneth Hite of Vevay, Steve Hite of Rising Sun, Jack Hite and Robert Hite, both of Madison; his sisters, Bonnie Hite of Vevay, Doris Sullivan of Oroville, California, Adeline Burns of Pomona, California, Bessie Qualls of Vevay, and Cathy Darbro of Madison; his mother-in-law, Mavis McAlister of Vevay; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his son, Charles David Hite on July 15th, 2004; his grandson, Daulton O’Daniel Hite in 1997; his brothers, Bernard, Carl and Douglas Johnathan Hite; and his nephews, Jason Hite and James E. Hite III.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) by Brother Wayne Edwards at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery with full military rites conducted at the graveside by Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Helen Wright

Helen Marie (Weber) Wright, 88, of Madison, passed away Sunday, September 4th, at her home.
She was born June 26th, 1917, in Brooksburg, the daughter of Emery and Bernice (Tevis) Weber, who both preceded her in death. She was a 1935 graduate of Madison High School and was raised in the Morris Chapel Church near Brooksburg until it closed. She was a member of the Brooksburg United Methodist Church for the rest of her life, serving in many faithful capacities at the church, including serving as the Primary Sunday School teacher, the Friendly Circle of the Church, the Bible Study Group, the Board of Trustees, the Church Restoration Committee, the Fellowship Directors Building Committee, and was the church treasurer for many years until her health failed.
She was united in marriage to Bernard Claude Wright on January 12th, 1945, in Madison. Unto this union one daughter, Mary Jane, arrived to bless their home. They resided in the Brooksburg community for several years, raising their daughter there. He died December 16th, 1995.
She enjoyed participating in the Brooksburg PTA for the years Mary Jane attended school there. She began her working career with Morris Five and Dime Store in downtown Madison, later with the G.C. Murphy Company for over 25 years, serving wherever needed and as the bookkeeper, retiring in 1980. She had worked with her late husband at the Gans’ Furniture Store in the 1950’s into the early 1960’s.
She was a caregiver to many elderly friends in their final years. She enjoyed her flowers, watching the birds and feeding the squirrels, and she dearly loved nature. She was a proud Gr’Ma, as she was known to her granddaughter, Constance Grace Maslyar, a senior psychology major at St. Mary’s College in St. Mary’s City, Maryland.
She was proud to be the matriarch of the Weber family. She had suffered the past four years with lung failure and cancer but was lovingly attended to by Arliss Helton, the son she never had. She also was assisted by special caregivers Juanita Weber, her niece-in-law, who was devoted to her every need, as well as other special people.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Jane Maslyar, special education instructionist and administration supervision at Gaithersburg, Maryland; her granddaughter, Constance Grace Maslyar of St. Mary’s City, Maryland; her sister-in-law, Lorraine Weber of South Bridge, Virginia, and formerly of Moorefield; her caregiver, Arliss Helton of Madison; her nieces and nephews, David and Sally Foley Vest of Lexington, Kentucky, Muriel and Betty Weber Gray of Hanover, Thomas and Carolyn Weber Kramer of northern Indiana, Kathryn Weber Leasure of Lexington, Kentucky, Harold and Virginia Weber, Jr., of Madison, Rick and Joyce Weber Leasure of Lexington, Kentucky, Judy Weber Harris of Oxford, Indiana, Terry Michael and Harriett Weber of Wheeling, West Virginia; her niece and godchild, Gil and Patty Weber Robertson of Dunfries, West Virginia; 11 great-nieces and great-nephews; 10 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; four great-great-great nieces and other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Harold T. Weber on April 28th, 1985 and Maurice Emery Weber on February 9th, 1999; her sister, Mildred Weber Foley; and her nephew, Jack Weber on September 1st, 1997.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 10th, by Reverend Nancy A. White at Brooksburg United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Brooksburg Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, September 9th, a the Morgan-Webster-Nay Funeral Home in Madison and from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brooksburg United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at

Harold Rook

Harold Rook, 76, of Scottsburg, passed away Friday, September 2nd, at his home in Scottsburg.
He was born June 25th, 1929, in Switzerland County, the son of James and Bessie (Boso) Rook. He was the owner/operator of Rook Pic Pac Grocery Store in Austin. He was a member of the Austin Lions Club and Scottsburg First Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Survivors include his sons, Gehl Rook of Deputy and Gerald Rook of Corona, California; his brother, James R. Rook of Vevay; his sisters, Betty Gullion of Carrollton, Georgia and Helen M. Nelson of Roswell, New Mexico; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Rook; and his son, William Rook.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at Buchanan Funeral Home in Austin, Indiana. Burial will follow in the Scottsburg Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. today until service time.

Elsie Bodle

Elsie Bodle, 90, of Rising Sun, passed away at The Waters of Rising Sun Saturday, September 3rd.
She was born August 116th, 1914, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Stanley and Bessie (Rayles) Holdcraft. She was a homemaker and member of the rising Sun Church of Christ.
She was married to James Frank Bodle on March 31st, 1932. He preceded her in death June 15th, 1987.
Survivors include her daughter, Doris Slack and husband Russell of Rising Sun; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and her sister, Mildred Johnson of Manchester, Indiana.
Funeral services were held Wednesday,, September 7th, at Humphrey-Taylor-Detmer Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun Church of Christ Building Fund, Rising Sun Life Squad, Jennings County Hospice, or The Waters of Rising Sun.