Obituaries week of 04-10-08

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Charlene May

Charlene (Kays) May, 62, of Vevay, passed away Wednesday, April 2nd, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Allensville.

She was born January 1st, 1946, in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Charles T. Kays and Edith (Lavender) Switzer. She was raised in Charlestown, Indiana and was a 1963 graduate of Charlestown High School.

She was united in marriage September 15th, 1963, to James Thurston May, Sr., in Vevay. Unto this union two sons arrived to bless their home.

She was employed as a school bus driver for Switzerland County School Corporation from 1976 until she became disabled. She was formerly employed at Conn Organ in Madison, U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay and Plastic Moldings Corporation in East Enterprise.

She will be remembered for her love of country music, gardening, socializing at the Countryside Restaurant in East Enterprise and her grandchildren.

Survivors include her sons, James T. “Junker” May, Jr., and wife Kelly of Vevay and Charles B May and wife Paula of Canaan; her grandchildren, Benton, Brevon, Lacy, Troy, Luke and Eddie; and her mother, Edith “Gertie” (Lavender) Switzer of Vevay.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles T. Kays; and her infant son.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 5th, by Reverend Gary Shephard at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the May grandchildren’s education fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

James May, Sr.

James Thurston May, Sr., 65, of Vevay, passed away Wednesday, April 2nd, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Allensville.

He was born October 18th, 1942, in Trimble County, Kentucky, the son of Thomas B. and Mabel (Welch) May, Sr., who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1960 graduate of Vevay High School.

He was united in marriage on September 15th, 1963, in Vevay to Charlene Kays. Unto this union two sons arrived to bless their home.

He was a school bus driver for Switzerland County School Corporation from 1976 until the present. He was a former tractor mechanic for Woods Implements in Versailles. He will be remembered for his love for farming and his cattle. He enjoyed socializing every day at the Countryside Restaurant in East Enterprise. His grandchildren were his pride and joy.

Survivors include his sons, James T. “Junker” May, Jr., and wife Kelly of Vevay and Charles B. May and wife Paula of Canaan; his grandchildren, Benton, Brevon, Lacy, Troy, Luke and Eddie; his brothers, Ben May of Hanover, Kenneth May of Vevay, Carlos May of Dupont, and Thomas B. May, Jr., of Vevay; his sisters, Evelyn Willhoite of Hanover, Mary Jane Fuller of Vevay and Thelma Eve of Lexington, Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his infant son; and his brother, Leslie Elston “Jethro” May.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 5th, by Reverend Gary Shephard at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery with military rites conducted at the graveside by the honor guard of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Roy C. Elliott

Roy C. Elliott, 93, of Rising Sun, passed away Wednesday, April 2nd, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born June 18th, 1914, in Ohio County, the son of George W. and Elizabeth (Corson) Elliott, who both preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School Class of 1933. He was a farmer and co-owner of Eli-Vista Farms in Rising Sun. He was a member of Rising Sun United Methodist Church, Rising Sun Lions Club, Ohio County Historical Society, Welfare Board, Rising Sun cemetery Board, Ohio Producers Association, and the Burley Tobacco Board.

He was united in marriage on November 10th, 1933, to Marguerite Kittle, who died September 16th, 2004.

Survivors include his sons, Gene Elliott and wife Jill and Larry Elliott and wife Bonnie, all of Rising Sun; his grandsons, Dennis Elliott and wife Angie and Mike Elliott and wife Jamie; his granddaughters, Tonda Elliott Wagoner and husband Mike, Jana Stork Sells and husband Jeff, Julie Stork McBride and husband Don, Melissa Elliott Massey and husband David, Jennifer Stork Ballard and husband Melvin and Jamie Stork Bowling and husband Josh; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Jane Ann Stork; an infant daughter, Ida Elizabeth Elliott; and his sister, Georgia Sistrunk.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 7th, by Reverend Keith Chanley at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Rising Sun United Methodist Church or Dearborn County Hospice.

Diana Craig

Diana Kay Craig, 54, of Guilford, passed away Sunday, April 6th, at her home.

She was born May 27th, 1953, in Milan, the daughter of Charles Cleon Carf and Eleanor (Ellis) Stephenson. She was a machinist for Hillrom in Batesville for 24 years, retiring in March, 2007. She worked along side of her husband on the family farm.

On January 8th, 1977, she married Warren John Craig, who survives.

Other survivors include her sons, Kelly Carf and wife Missy of Versailles, Michael Carf and wife April of Aurora and John Craig of Guilford; her brothers, Ernie Carf and wife Lynda of Holton and Charles Carf and wife Norma of Aberdeen; his sister-in-law, Aleida Webkes and husband Carl of Glendale, California; five grandchildren; four step grandchildren; and one step great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Jerry Carf.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, April 9th, by Reverend Velma Manuel at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery in Aurora. Memorial contributions may be made to Dearborn County Hospice.

James Gerke

James Paul Gerke, 83, of Rising Sun, passed away Sunday, April 6th, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

He was born May 2nd, 1924 , in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Alvin and Lucille (Dorest) Gerke. He was an electrician for Local 212 in Cincinnati. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

On November 17th, 1945, he married Juanita Dennie, who died November 17th, 2005.

Survivors include his brothers, Roger Gerke and Charles Gerke, both of Cincinnati; and his nieces, Debbie Hall and Linda Jeffery, both of West Chester, Ohio.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and his son, Steven Douglas Gerke on October 11th, 1988.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, April 11th, with Father Joe Feltz officiating at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora. Burial will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions my be made to The Waters of Rising Sun Activity Fund.