Obituaries week of 04-03-08


Ryan Rayles

Ryan Daniel Rayles, 31, of Vevay, passed away Wednesday, March 26th, in Vevay.

He was born May 4th, 1976, in Madison, the son of Don and Brenda (Johns) Rayles. He was a 1994 graduate of Switzerland County High School. He began working at the age of 17 as a dishwasher and worked his way up to a cook at the Ogle Haus Inn in Vevay. He was later employed as a chef for Belterra Casino Resort and Spa in Vevay for several years.

He was united in marriage July 27th, 2002, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to Barbara Reese. Unto this union a son arrived to bless their home. He and his family resided in Philadelphia, Mississippi, for four years where he was a chef for the Galaxy at the Golden Moon Casino. He was also a chef for the Tourant Imperial Palace Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

He and his family had moved back to Vevay where he had been a cook at Maverick’s Restaurant & Bar in Madison. He attended Fredonia Baptist Church as a youth. He will be remembered for his love of music, especially his bass guitar, fishing and video games.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Reese) Rayles of Vevay; his son, Ethan Cash Rayles of Vevay; his parents, Don and Brenda (Johns) Rayles of Vevay; his brother, Brack Rayles and wife Jami of Greensburg; his sister, Jeana Rayles of Vevay; his grandmother, Ethel (McKinley) Johns of Dillsboro; his uncles and aunts, Michael Allen and Cheri Rayles of Wallingford, Kentucky, Bobbi Jo and Jeff Klein of Madison, David Johns and companion Jean of Flemingsburg, Kentucky, and Steve and Tammy Johns of Rising Sun; his nieces and nephews, Gibson Rayles, Matthew, Jennifer and Laura Robinette and Michael Sawyer; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George D. Johns on May 16th, 2004; Donald C. “Duck” Rayles on September 12th, 1995; Alma Jean (Carter) Rayles on May 11th, 1980; his uncles, Michael Ray Johns on December 23rd, 2007 and Robert “Bobby” Johns on May 2nd, 1962; and his cousin, Hannah Grace Klein on March 28th, 2006.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 29th, by Reverend Wayne Daugherty at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ethan Cash Rayles Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Jack Sumner

Jack Oran Sumner, 85, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, March 25th, at Eastgate Manor Nursing Home in Washington, Indiana.

He was born July 25th, 1923, in Vincennes, Indiana, the son of John and Mayme Sumner. He was a retired chief electrician for U.S. Gypsum in Shoals, Indiana. He was a member of Loogootee United Methodist Church. He was a World War II U.S. Marine Corps veteran and was a member of Odon, Indiana American Legion Post 293.

Survivors include his son, Michael Sumner and wife Brenda of Sellersburg; his daughters, Debbie Truelove and husband Shawn of Loogootee and Sandee Hewitt and husband Paul of Vevay; his sister, Lucille Like of Indianapolis; and his grandchildren, Cameron Truelove, Heather Hewitt, Jordan Hewitt and Kylee Sumner.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda (Wilson) Sumner; his parents, John and Mayme Sumner; his brother, Max Sumner; and his sister, Helen Thompson.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Dan Tucker Friday, March 28th, at Brocksmith Funeral Home in Loogootee. Burial followed in Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Vincennes with graveside military rites conducted by Odon American Legion and VFW. Memorial contributions may be made to Camp BraveHeart in Dale Hollow, Tennessee or Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

Bernice F. Hewitt

Bernice F. Hewitt, 100, of Rising Sun, passed away Sunday, March 30th, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

She was born November 30th, 1907, the daughter of Lloyd Francis and Nancy Leona (Barnes) McKinley. She was a homemaker.

She was married September 9th, 1928, to Russell Hewitt, who died June 24th, 2003.

Survivors include her son, Paul Hewitt and wife Rosie of Rising Sun; her daughter, Betty Burgess and husband James of Rising Sun; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 2nd, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Waters of Rising Sun Activity Fund.

Madonna J. Roberts

Madonna J. “Nana” Wright Mann Roberts, 85, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, March 25th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born November 16th, 1922, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Walter M. and Anna (Fuehrer) Wright, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Ripley County, attending school there.

She was united in marriage on August 17th, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, to William Meryl Mann, who died March 4th, 1998. She was later united in marriage on August 11th, 1981, in Springfield, Illinois, to Joe B. Roberts, who died December 22nd, 2000.

She resided in Jefferson County the past 39 years. She was employed by Jefferson Proving Ground for seven years and then the Randall Company as a press operator for several years. She was employed by Grote Industries from June, 1964, until retiring on January 1st, 1982, as a press operator. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Madison. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughters, Joyce Pullias and husband Steve and Bess Cutshall and husband Sam, all of Madison; her son, Steve Mann, Sr., and wife Patsy of Madison; her sister, Helen Washmuth of Indianapolis; her brothers, Walter Wright and wife Neva of Rexville and Wilbur Wright and wife Dean of Indianapolis; her grandchildren, Carol and Mark Elburg of Madison, Morgan and Josh Langlay of Orlando, Florida and Steve Mann, Jr., of Hanover; her great-grandchildren, Michael Elburg, Tayler Mann and Jadyn Langlay; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her daughters, Sandra Kay, Kathy Marie and Susan Gale Mann; her son, William “Billy” Mann, Jr.; her grandson, Billy Jones; her step granddaughter, Dee Dee Stevens on November 22nd, 1997; and her sister, Dorothy Culp.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 29th, by Pastor Chuck Lynch and Reverend John Sullivan at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Benham Cemetery in Benham, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to First Assembly of God or Gone Fishing Prison Ministries. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

James May

Charlene May

James May, age 65, and Charlene May, age 62, of 219 Lake Geneva Road, Vevay, passed away Wednesday, April 2nd, in an auto accident on Highway 250 and Phillips Road at Allensville.

Funeral arrangements were pending at press time at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.