Obituaries week of 04-24-08


Everett Banta

Everett Ray “Dutch” Banta, 81, of Vevay, passed away Sunday, April 20th, at Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

He was born August 24th, 1926, in Craig Township, Switzerland County, the son of Chester and Florence (Brindley) Banta, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Craig Township. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy January 6th, 1945, rising to the rank of Seaman 2nd Class and was honorably discharged July 12th, 1946. He served during World War II at the NTC, Sampson, New York and at the NTS in Rhode Island, aboard the USS Fall River and the USS Lexington.

On November 10th, 1949, in Carrollton, Kentucky, he married Geraldine Lock, who survives.

He worked construction for two years during the construction of Clifty Creek Power Plant in Madison. He was employed for several years at the A.S.C.S. office in Vevay. He was also employed for six years at Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison. He was a lifelong farmer and believed in a hard day’s work of farming the crops and raising his cattle. He took pride in his polled Hereford cattle and that is what he enjoyed most in his life. He enjoyed trapping when he was younger and always raised a beautiful crop of tobacco. He was a member of Vevay American Legion Post 185.

Other survivors include his daughter, Sharon Ketenbrink and husband Earl of Rising Sun; his grandchildren, Andrea Jo Ketenbrink, Heather Thomas and husband Dan, and John Ketenbrink and wife Andrea Sue; his great-grandchildren, Hannah, Mallory, Noah, Haley and Rachel; his sisters, Estella Peters of Dillsboro, Pauline Lewis of Madison, and Geraldine “Babe” Humphrey of Madison; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Graham and Loren Banta; and his sister, Nadene Brameier.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, April 23rd, by Reverend Tom Rogers 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. Memorial contributions may be made to Long Run Baptist Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Anna Bridgewater

Anna K. (Roeschlein) Bridgewater, 83, of Brazil, Indiana, passed away Monday, April 14th, at Holly Hills in Brazil. She had resided there for the past five months and enjoyed being there where she gained many new friends with her witty personality.

She was born January 3rd, 1925, in Clay County, Indiana, the daughter of Earl and Seddona (Deakins) Roeschlein. She graduated from Staunton High School, Class of 1942. She loved dancing, going to basketball games and listening to music. Her brother, William “Whitey” Roeschlein was the coach at Staunton for many years and she was an avid fan of watching his teams.

She was a devoted daughter and cared for her parents for many years. In 1988, she moved to southern Indiana to care for them. At that time she enjoyed attending Patriot Baptist Church. In 1991, she moved back to Clay County. She had always been an animal lover and she enjoyed her dogs and cats over the years, especially “Rosie.” Music continued to be a favorite of hers. She particularly enjoyed listening to Patsy Cline and watching Elvis music videos.

Survivors include her daughters, Janelee Johnson and husband Terry of Brazil and Marylee Tolbert and husband Dale of Vevay; her grandchildren, Marty Johnson of Terrre Haute, Tracy Johnson of Los Angeles, California, Robbe Johnson of Brazil, Clinton Tolbert of Muncie, and Colton Tolbert of Vevay; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, William “Whitey” Roeschlein.

At her request, a private family service was held Saturday, April 19th, at French Funeral Home in Brazil with Brother Doug Parkey officiating. Burial followed in Summit Lawn Cemetery in Brazil. Memorial contributions may be made to Clay County Humane Shelter, 8280 N. Co. Rd. 125 W., Brazil, IN 47834, or to the Switzerland County Animal Shelter, 19 McCreary’s Ridge, Florence, IN 47020. Post a heart of condolence at

Kurt Rhodehamel

Kurt A. Rhodehamel, 63, of Orlando, Florida, formerly of Madison, passed away Tuesday, April 1st, in Orlando.

He was born October 28th, 1944, in LaPorte, Indiana, the son of Robert L. and Iris (Barden) Rhodehamel. His mother died when he was four years old and his father was married to Barbara Jane Chittenden, and she became his stepmother, who raised him and treated him as her own. He resided in LaPorte until the age of five, when the family moved to Madison. He was raised in the Trinity United Methodist Church and was a 1962 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School.

He was united in marriage to Nannette Dill. Unto this union a son and a daughter arrived to bless this union of 41 years.

He was inducted into the U.S.. Army, serving for 22 years as an aviator during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged, receiving the Good Conduct Medal, Master Army Aviator Badge, Vietnam Service Medal with one Silver Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Air Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and Army Service Ribbon. After his retirement from the armed services he served as a consultant for several years. He resided with his family in Orlando since 1985.

Survivors include his wife, Nannette Dill Rhodehamel of Orlando; his son, David Rhodehamel and wife Maureen of Orlando; his daughter, Lisa Leonard and fiance, Kevin Hanley of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; his grandchildren, Codie, Desiree and Kassidy; his brothers, Kent Rhodehamel and wife Laurene of Boston, Massachusetts, Scott Rhodehamel and wife Nita of Madison; his sisters, Lydia Marsico and husband William of Lynchburg, Virginia, Judy Couch of Hazard, Kentucky, Leigh Ann Roberts of Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert L. Rhodehamel on June 19th, 2002; his mother, Iris Barden Rhodehamel in February, 1948; his stepmother, Barbara Jane Chittenden Rhodehamel on September 21st, 1999; his brother-in-law, Randall Roberts on October 17th, 1999; and his nephew, Samuel Robert Rhodehamel on May 11th, 2005.

A memorial service will be conducted at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison at a later date. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Janet Dittmer

Janet L. (Kidwell) Dittmer, 61, of Lawrenceburg, passed away Thursday, April 10th, at her home.

She was born April 23rd, 1946.

She is survived by her mother, Louise Houze of East Enterprise; her sons, Derrick Dittmer of Aurora and Rob Patton of Corona, California; and her sister, Dotte Swift of East Enterprise.

A memorial service was held Thursday, April 17th, at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Lance Berry

Lance Christopher Berry, 36, of Madison, passed away Saturday, April 19th, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born July 21st, 1971, in Madison, the son of Roger Keith and Carolyn Lee (Chilton) Berry. He was raised in Madison and was a 1991 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School and attended Vincennes University.

He was united in marriage July 13th, 1996, in Madison, to Amanda Michelle James. Unto this happy union Dalton Christopher arrived on May 3rd, 2003, to bless their home.

He worked as a welder for the past 17 years at Rotary Lift in Madison. He was of the Christian faith and resided in Madison all of his life. He enjoyed Indianapolis Colts football and was a season ticket holder. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed camping and devoting his love and time to his son Dalton.

Survivors include his wife, Amanda Michelle James Berry of Madison; his son, Dalton Christopher Berry of Madison; his father and stepmother, Roger K. and Sue Berry of Madison; his grandmother, Lois Berry of Leesburg, Florida; his half sister, Karen Eaglin of Milton, Kentucky; his step sisters, Kim A. Williams of Indianapolis and Sherri S. Huff of Madison; his step brothers, Jeff R. Huff and wife Luwanna of Madison and Jimmy R. Huff of Deputy; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Nick and Aleta James of Madison; his grandmother-in-law, Remonia Potter of Madison; his brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Devin and Angie James of Scottsburg and Jason James of Madison; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn Lee Chilton Berry April 30th, 1997; his half brother, Tony Eaglin April 30th, 2004; his grandpa, Jerome Howard Berry February 22nd, 2000; and his Grandpa and Grandma Chilton.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, April 23rd, by Reverends James Downs and Jerry Sheets at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Dupont Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dalton Christopher Berry Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the funeral home’s website at