Obituaries week of 01-10-08


Larry Reavis

Larry Lee Reavis, 66, of Markland passed away Saturday, January 5th, at his home.

He was born January 14th, 19941, in Indianapolis, the son of Marion and Thelma (Cross) Reavis. He was a graduate of Lawrence Central High School in Lawrence, Indiana. He was a retired valet for Belterra Casino Resort & Spa. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. He was a member of Markland Baptist Church.

Survivors include his mother, Thelma Reavis of Markland; his sister, Sharon Ward and husband Steve of Vevay; his aunt, Lula Broome of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; his uncle, Howard Cross of Erie, Pennsylvania; his niece, Melissa Markland of Rising Sun; his nephews, Jonathan Schilling of Indianapolis, Josh Rose and Adam Rose, both of Vevay.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 9th, by Pastor Martin Justice at Markland Baptist Church. Burial was in Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements.

Garry Ritch, Sr.

Garry Lee Ritch, Sr., 60, of Verona, Kentucky, formerly of Vevay and Carrollton, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, January 6th, at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born May 30th, 1947, in Ghent, Kentucky, the son of Allen D. and Mary Elizabeth (Mefford) Ritch., who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Ghent and had resided for several years in the communities of Vevay and Carrollton, Kentucky.

His marriages included Margie Kinman, Fauna Scott and Kathy Furnish.

He was a self-employed carpenter and had been disabled due to ill health the past several years. He was a member of Jefferson Post #9 of the American Legion in Madison.

Survivors include his sons, Rayburn Allen Ritch and Garry Lee Ritch, Jr., both of Carrollton; his daughter, Jeanna Lynn Ritch of Carrollton; his caregiver, Kathy Ritch of Verona; his stepsons, Chris King of Verona and Jeremy King of Dry Ridge, Kentucky; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his sister, Betty Thomas of Fairview.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Frankie Allen Ritch.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, January 14th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Interment will be in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison with military rites conducted by the honor guard of Jefferson Post #9 of the American Legion. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Lionel D. McCreary

Lionel D. McCreary, age 83, of Ross, Ohio, passed away at his residence Wednesday evening, January 2nd.

He was born January 15th, 1924, in Boulder, Colorado, the son of Matthew and Gladys (Scott) McCreary. He was educated in Florence, Indiana Elementary School and graduated from Patriot High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He was a 43-year employee of Proctor and Gamble Miami Valley Laboratories, working as a supervisor in a research lab.

He is survived by his wife, Louise (Tharp) McCreary; his sons, Darrow McCreary and wife Nita of Greensburg and Douglas McCreary and wife Deborah of Upland, Indiana; his grandchildren, Sabena Long and husband Josh and Brandon McCreary and fiancee Casey; his great-grandchild, Austin Long; his brother Lowell McCreary and wife Sarah of Switzerland County; and several other loving relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris (Marksberry) McCreary in 2004.

Funeral services were held at Charles C. Young Funeral Home, in Ross, Ohio, Saturday, January 5th. Burial was in Venice Cemetery, Ross, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent to the funeral home’s website at