Obituaries week of 02-21-08


Brett Graham

Brett Lee Graham, 46, of Vevay, passed away Saturday, February 16th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born July 13th, 1961, in Madison, the son of Nelson “Red” and Helen (Swearingen) Graham. He was raised in Vevay and was a 1979 graduate of Switzerland County High School. He began a career in auto parts in 1976 when he began working for East End Auto in Vevay.

He was united in marriage to Donna Thomas January 30th, 1982, in Vevay. Unto this union a daughter and a son arrived to bless their home.

He was later employed in 1985 at Swiss Auto Parts-NAPA Store in Vevay where he became owner and operator from 1997-2006. He loved to go out to the farm to hang out with his family and fish. He enjoyed NASCAR and especially driver Jeff Gordon. He was an avid sports fan, especially when it came to IU basketball and Bengals football. He will be remembered for his love of Rock & Roll music, his 1968 Camaro and the long country rides with his kids. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 185 in Vevay.

Survivors include his daughter, Natalie Graham of Vevay; his son, Evan Graham of Vevay; his parents, Nelson “Red” and Helen Graham of Vevay; his sister, Christi Dixon and husband David of Henderson, Kentucky; his brother, Mark Graham and wife Deanna of West Chester, Ohio; his niece, Nicole Graham; his nephews, Jesse Dixon, Neil Dixon, and Nathan Graham; and his great-niece, Tessa Dixon.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Everett C. and Juanita O’Day and Chris and Ella Grace Swearingen.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, February 20th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Graham Children’s Education Fund or Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Jean M. Purnell

Jean M. (Hall) Purnell, 77, of Madison, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away Friday, February 15th, at her home.

She was born April 18th, 1930, in Henry County, Kentucky, the daughter of Christopher Thomas and Nannie (Snook) Hall, who both preceded her in death.

She was united in marriage October 19th, 1946, in Carroll County, Kentucky, to Eddie B. Purnell. Unto this union two sons and three daughters arrived to bless their home.

They enjoyed farming together on their farm in Switzerland County. She was employed for 15 years in the fitting room at U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay. They resided in Switzerland County from 1947-1992, when they moved to Madison. She was a member of Riverview Baptist Church in Switzerland County. She enjoyed the outdoors, working in her flower gardens and caring for her grandchildren. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Survivors include her husband, Eddie B. Purnell of Madison; her sons, Eddie Carroll Purnell and wife Bonnie of Columbus and David Purnell of Vevay; her daughters, Mary Louise Heath and Gary of Madison, Judy Lynn Ritch and husband David of Tupelo, Mississippi, and Patricia Ann Purnell of Madison; her sisters, Joyce Klingman of Cincinnati, Ohio, Juanita Alley of Fish Creek, Wisconsin, and Nora Rieckers of Brownstown, Indiana; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 19th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or American Lung Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Carl Moll

Carl Moll, 84, of Rising Sun, passed away Friday, February 15th, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

He was born March 14th, 1923, in Switzerland County, the son of Peter and Elsie Moll.

He was married to Ruth Houze February 27th, 1943. She preceded him in death February 19th, 2007.

Surviving is his daughter, Carole King of Madison; his son, Robert Moll of Canaan; his sister, Margaret Mixon of Rising Sun; four grandsons; two granddaughters; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Monday, February 18th, with burial in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Humphrey-Taylor-Detmer Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements.

William E. Lamkin, DVM

William E. “Doc” Lamkin, DVM, 89, of Marion, passed away Thursday, February 14th, in Colonial Oaks Health Care Center in Marion.

He was born in Kentucky to the late Hobert and Carrie (Hankinson) Lamkin. He moved to Marion in 1944.

He married Josephine McGeath in the fall of 1945. She preceded him in death in June of 1985.

He was a 1935 graduate of Patriot High School where he played basketball and later played some semi-pro baseball. He was a 1942 graduate of Ohio State where he received his veterinarian degree. After graduation from Ohio State, he was a track veterinarian at Thistle Downs for two years. He began his veterinarian practice with G.E. Botkins and was the first practicing veterinarian in Marion.

Survivors include his close and best friend, Gloria Rinehart-Hunt of Marion; his nephew, Thomas McGeath and wife Joan of Montpelier, Indiana; and his nieces, Kathy Welch of Indianapolis and Margaret Sanders and husband Tom of Russiaville.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 18th, by Dr. Tom Mansbarger at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Home in Marion. Burial was in Grant Memorial Park in Marion. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Grant County Humane Society, 2768 W. Avon Avenue, Marion, IN 46953. Online condolences may be made at

Ray Huckleberry

Ray “Huck” Huckleberry, 78, of Indianapolis, passed away Monday, February 11th.

He was born January 1st, 1930, the son of William and Martha (Heckman) Huckleberry, who both preceded him in death. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was retired from Indiana Bell. He was a member of the American Legion and Telephone Pioneers. He was a sports fan and loved to read.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy (Young) Huckleberry of Vevay; his daughters, Gloria Ross and Sara Gilliatte and husband Steven; his son, Daniel Heier; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 14th, at Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center, Washington Park North, Indianapolis. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart & Lung Association.

Ila June Keene

Ila June Keene, 63, of Osgood, passed away Monday, February 18th, at her home.

She was born June 23rd, 1944, in Batesville, the daughter of Charles and Gertrude (Kelch) Castner. She worked at Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood as a dietary manager for 25 years.

Survivors include her son, Todd Keene and wife Julie of Osgood; her daughters, Lana Keene and special friend Richard McKenzie of Vevay and Amy Meo and husband Joe Meo of Rushville; her brother, C.T. Sugo Castner and wife Mary Ann of Versailles; and her grandchildren, Destiny Goodall, Sydney Keene and Anthony Meo.

A memorial service will be held Friday, February 22nd, at 7 p.m. at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Jac-Cen-Del Girls Athletic Fund or the American Heart Association.