Obituaries week of 05-15-08


Ruth M. Robinson

Ruth M. (Smith) Robinson, 76, of Rising Sun, formerly of Patriot, passed away Wednesday, May 7th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born October 22nd, 1931, in Patriot, the daughter of Robert Edward and Irene R. (Armstrong) Smith, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Patriot and was a 1951 graduate of Patriot High School.

She was united in marriage on May 2nd, 1947, in Patriot, to Norman D. Robinson, who passed away May 4th, 2004. Unto this union two sons and two daughters arrived to bless their home.

She was employed in the lasting department of U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay for several years. She was a former secretary at Patriot Elementary, Jeff Craig Elementary and the Superintendent’s office for the Switzerland County School Corporation. She was employed early in life by Schenley Distillery in Lawrenceburg from 1959-1963. She was a member of Patriot Baptist Church. She will be remembered for her love of crafts, quilting, crocheting and cooking.

Survivors include her daughter, Susie G. Centers and companion Richard Snowden of Berea, Kentucky; her sons, Eddy Robinson of Patriot and Steven Robinson and wife Kathryn of Patriot; her grandchildren, Amy Griffith, Jennifer Robinson, Angela Robinson, Cynthia Robinson, Bethany Oliver, April Shepherd and Christina Welch; her great-grandchildren, Ethan, Ella, Trayton and Kensley; her sister, Roberta Owings of Pleasant; her brother, Raymond E. Smith of Knightstown; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia Jo Robinson on April 12th, 1954; her grandson, James Ryan Welch on April 13th, 1980; and her brother, Larry J. Smith on July 12th, 1999.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, May 12th, by Reverend Mike Jones at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in East View Cemetery in Patriot. Memorial contributions may be made to the Scott Welch Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

William Hunt

William Harold “Bill” Hunt, 86, of Madison, passed away Friday, May 9th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born April 10th, 1922, in Carrollton, Kentucky, the son of Albert and Mamie (Hall) Hunt, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland County and graduated in 1940 from Vevay High School. He attended Purdue University, receiving a degree in math and electronics.

He was united in marriage March 11th, 1950, in Columbus, Indiana, to Helen L. Taylor. Unto this union one son and two daughters arrived to bless their home.

He was employed with Civil Service, working at the Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison, White Sands Missile Range in El Paso, Texas for eight years, then back to Jefferson Proving Ground, retiring after 32 years of service as a weapons maintenance inspector. He also worked for Risk Garage for five years as a mechanic and frame straightener. He owned his own garage where he enjoyed repairing and restoring old VW’s for many years. He was a member of North Madison Baptist Church, El Paso Masonic Lodge in El Paso, Texas, Madison Moose Lodge #765 and was its oldest member at the time of his death. In his spare time he enjoyed gambling, fishing, squirrel hunting and working on old VW’s.

Survivors include his wife, Helen L. Taylor Hunt of Madison; his son, Harold Randall Hunt and wife Wanda of Madison; his daughter, Linda Hunt; his half sister, Mary Elizabeth McGinnis of Indianapolis; his grandchildren, Lindsay, Lesley, Cherysh and Ben; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and his cousins, Betty Jo Sullivan and Mary Ann Bishop.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Glennia Sue Hunt on October 17th, 1952; his sister, Alberta Fagg; and his half brothers, Nathan and Paul Edward Hunt.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 13th, by Reverend Frank McGee at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Brooksburg Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Rodney Ashcraft

Rodney Wayne Ashcraft, 50, of Rising Sun, passed away Friday, May 9th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born February 9th, 1958, in Milan, the son of Guy and Betty (Thies) Ashcraft. He attended Rising Sun High School and was a truck driver for Ashcraft & Son Trucking of Rising Sun.

Survivors include his parents, Guy and Betty Ashcraft of Rising Sun; his sons, Jeremy W. Ashcraft of Harrison, Ohio and Rodney S. Ashcraft of Rising Sun; his stepsons, Pfc Adam W. Clements and Pvt. Bradley T. Clements, both of Knoxville, Tennessee; his daughters, Patricia L. O’Neal of Lawrenceburg and Tracey M. Ashcraft of Evansville; his stepdaughter, Amanda L. Housemyer of Versailles; his grandchildren, Jayce Logan O’Neal, Destinee S. Housemyer and Braeden Housemyer; and his wife of 16 years, Roberta Lee Ashcraft.

He was preceded in death by his grandchild, Kolten Lee Ashcraft O’Neal.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 14th, by Reverend Dan Malloy at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Mildred Ray

Mildred Janette Ray, 77, of Dillsboro, passed away Tuesday, May 6th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born June 17th, 1930, in Dillsboro, the daughter of John Raymond and Irene Elizabeth (Arn) Cutter. She was a laborer at Seagram’s in Lawrenceburg, retiring after 37 1/2 years. She was an Avon lady for years. She was a member of the Seagram Retiree Club and Dillsboro Baptist Church.

On November 19th, 1949, she married Perry Ray, who died September 8th, 2003.

Survivors include her son, Lewis “Butch” Ray of Dillsboro; her daughters, Judy White and Connie Courter, both of Moores Hill, and Theresa O’Neal and husband Tony of Dillsboro; her brothers, Melvin Cutter and Norman “Red” Cutter, both of Dillsboro and Gary Cutter of Florence, Kentucky; her sister, Rita Lane of Aurora; 20 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughters, Betty Winslow and Patty Emery; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, May 10th, by Tom Fehrman at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro. Memorial contributions may be made to Moores Hill Rescue Unit.