Obituaries week of 01-24-08


Mary VanTyle

Mary Eliza (Sherman) VanTyle, 92, of Rising Sun, formerly of Vevay, passed away Monday, January 21st, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

She was born June 20th, 1915, in Dearborn County, the daughter of Elmer and Florence (Johnson) Sherman, who both preceded her in death. She graduated from eighth grade in Cass Township, Ohio County, on September 1st, 1930.

She was united in marriage on February 13th, 1932, in Rising Sun, to Lawrence Earl VanTyle. Unto this union six daughters and two sons arrived to bless their home.

She farmed along side her husband on the family farm. She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed preparing wonderful meals for her family to enjoy. She was an avid seamstress and quilter.

Survivors include her daughters, Florence Peters of Vevay, Doris Ann Shadday of Madison, Lutha Nieman of Rising Sun, Lois Brooks and husband Jim of Grammer, and Mavis Uhlmansiek and husband Mason J. of Rising Sun; her son, Les VanTyle and wife Shirley of Cleves, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Earl VanTyle on February 29th, 2000; her son, Elmer Nelson VanTyle on August 18th, 1958; her infant daughter on November 4th, 1932; her grandsons, Stephen A. VanTyle on March 20th, 1992, and John David Nieman on January 10th, 1974; her great-grandson, Jonathan Nieman on March 11th, 2003; her sons-in-law, Robert Earl “Bub” Peters on July 16th, 1985, Jim Aldred on May 21st, 1975, Dick Nieman on April 3rd, 2007, and William “Bill” Shadday on October 21st, 2007; her sisters, Bertha Sherman, Lulia Webb and Julia Jump; and her brothers, George, Earl and Abe Sherman.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, January 25th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. today (Thursday). Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Irvin Powers

Irvin Earl Powers, 46, of Rising Sun, passed away Saturday, January 19th, at his home.

He was born February 2nd, 1961, in Madison, the son of Carl William Powers and Mary Ellen (Ritch) Pesce. He was a laborer for Fletcher Feed in Rising Sun. He also worked at Rising Sun American Legion. He was a graduate of Switzerland County High School, Class of 1 979 and was a member of the sons of the American Legion in Rising Sun.

Survivors include his brother, Dale Powers and wife Beverly of Patriot; his aunt, Lulu Belle Thomas and husband Donald of Patriot; his uncle, Albert Powers of Vevay; his aunt, Ruby Rowlett and husband Myrle of Madison; and numerous cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) by Brother Greg Matthew at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Pearl Howard

Pearl Howard, 66, of Carrollton, Kentucky, passed away Monday, January 21st, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born January 25th, 1941, in Wooten, Leslie County, Kentucky, the daughter of Bradley and Ella Jane (Stidham) Howard. He retired in 1999 from Ato-Fina Chemical Company in Carrollton as a chemical operator.

Survivors include her daughter, Sandy Maples of Florence; her sons, Parker B. Howard of Worthville, Kentucky and Michael Howard of Ghent, Kentucky; her sisters, Helen Hamm and Loudean King, both of Richmond, Kentucky; her brother, Paul Howard of Richmond, Kentucky; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sisters, Juanita Hisle and Lucille Thomas.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Carrollton. Online condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home’s website at

Harold Tague

Harold “Bud” Tague, age 91, of Cambridge City, passed away on Thursday, January 17th, at Golden Rule Nursing Home in Richmond.

He was born on May 9th, 1916, in Laurel, Indiana, to Clark and Annetta Trischler Tague and had lived most of his life in the Wayne County area.

He was a graduate of Greens Fork High School in Greens Fork, Indiana and was a farmer for over 60 years.

He was a 50-plus-year member of Wayne County Farm Bureau and a 50-year member of the Jacksonburg Christian Church. He was a former member of the board of directors of Farmers Grain. He was a former member of I.O.O.F. 552 in Jacksonburg, Eagles, Moose and Druids lodges in Connersville, Ind.

Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn “Susie” Lanman and husband Paul “Slu” of Centerville; his grandsons, Michael Dean Lanman and wife Debbie of Cambridge City, Patrick Charles Lanman and wife Jacquita of Vevay and Timothy Joe Lanman and wife Cindy of Centerville; his great-grandchildren, Brandon Lanman of Centerville, Dustin Lanman of Cambridge City, Abigail, Emily and Hilary Lanman of Vevay and Mackenzie and Kyle Lanman of Centerville.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Ruby Mayberry Tague in 2003; his brothers, Swain and Louis Tague; and his sisters, Hazel Wehmeier, Edith Frame and Jean Fenton.

Funeral services were held be Monday, January 21st, at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City with Reverend Stan Eastman officiating. Burial followed in Jacksonburg Cemetery in Jacksonburg.

In lieu of flowers the family request contributions to the Jacksonburg Christian Church at 1640 N. Jacksonburg Road, Cambridge City, IN 47327.

Vernon Smith

Vernon Smith, 85, of Delavan, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, January 16th.

He was born September 20th, 1922, in Vevay, the son of Henry and Lucy (Aldridge) Smith. He was a veteran of World War II, and had served as a ball-turret gunner with the 449th Heavy Bomb Group, the Flying Horseman. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor in action while escorting the crippled bomber of his friend, Butch Prescher of Blue Earth, Minnesota, back to friendly airspace. He worked as a mechanic at the Allis Chalmers Company in Bricelyn, Minnesota, until 1952 when he purchased a farm in Delavan, Minnesota.

He operated the farm until his retirement in November, 1984. After retirement, he bought property at Boot Lake, near Backus, Minnesota. He loved woodcrafting, hunting and fishing the lakes of Northern Minnesota with his wife. They enjoyed traveling to visit their family and to view American landmarks and attractions.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Loraine Lent Smith, whom he married March 10th, 1945; his daughter, Mary Jo Crown of Bloomington, Minnesota; his sons, Kenneth Smith of Belgrade, Minnesota, Verne Smith of Bemidji, Minnesota and Sherwood Smith of Eagan, Minnesota; his sisters, Emma Jay Meredith of Athens, Alabama and Norma Farrar of Madison; his brother, David Smith of Lebanon, Virginia; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and additional family in the Madison area.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Minnie B. Lane, Pauline Jacobs, Martha Reed and Jay Smith.

The funeral was held Monday, January 21st, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Blue Earth, Minnesota. Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 400 East 14th Street, Blue Earth, Minnesota was in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center or Immanuel Lutheran Church. Online condolences can be sent at