Obituaries week of 05-29-08


James Barnes

James Perry Barnes, 81, of Greenbriar Ridge near Moorefield, passed away Tuesday, May 27th, at Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehab Center in Vevay.

He was born September 8th, 1926, in Madison, the son of James, Sr., and Emma Brooks Barnes, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in the Brooksburg community and attended school there, residing all of his life in Milton Township. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on April 14th, 1945, during World War II and was honorably discharged on December 17th, 1946.

He was united in marriage to Delma June Guynn. Unto this union two sons arrived to bless their home. She died in 1983.

He was a farmer all of his life and enjoyed raising tobacco, cattle and corn. He also worked for Pinkerton Security at Marble Hill and Reliance for several years. He was a member of the Jefferson County Democrat Party and had served as the Milton Township Trustee. He served as a special deputy for Jefferson County Sheriff Beck Alexander and Harold “Jug” Raisor. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church near Moorefield and Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion and Madison VFW Post 1969.

Survivors include his sons, Pastor Michael Barnes and wife Joyce and Myron Barnes and wife Janet, all of Madison; his grandchildren, Bree, Dylan, Chance, Sierra and Emily June; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his grandson, Shawn Michael Barnes; and his brothers, Delbert, Roy and Glenn Barnes.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 30th, by Pastor Mike Sawalich at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Brooksburg Cemetery with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today (Thursday) and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Macedonia Baptist Church or Macedonia Cemetery Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Diana Bovard

Diana Kay Bovard, 44, of Rising Sun, passed away Thursday, May 22nd, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born March 11th, 1964, in Lawrenceburg, the daughter of Thomas C. and Mary E. (Bennett) Koons. She was a graduate of Switzerland County High School, Class of 1982. She was a laborer for 19 years for Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg and also worked at U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay.

On May 21st, 1988, she married Jerry Bovard, who survives.

Other survivors include her mother, Mary Koons of Rising Sun; her son, Thomas L. Bovard of Rising Sun; her daughter, Coty R. Bovard of Crescent Springs, Kentucky; her brother, Thomas Koons and wife Vicky of Versailles; and her sister, Connie Fisk and husband David of Patriot.

She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas C. Koons; and her brother, Jacob Koons.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 28th, by Pastor Mike Jones at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio County Rescue

Ronald E. Marsh

Ronald E. March, 72, of South Haven, Indiana, passed away Saturday, May 17th, at the VNA Hospice Center in Valparaiso.

An area resident since age 19, he was born May 15th, 1936, in Madison, to the late Gabe and Mildred (Reed) Marsh. He retired from US Steel South Works Plant after 36 years of service. He was a member of American Legion Post #502 and the Bible Baptist Church of Portage.

On August 9th, 1968, in Lake County, Indiana, he married Betty D. (Antle) Marsh, who survives.

Also surviving are his sons, Ronnie J. Gish and wife Carla of Lake Station and Mike E. Marsh and wife Kris of South Haven; his daughter, Debra Boksa and husband John of Valparaiso; her grandchildren, Jennifer Boksa, Derek Boksa, Travis Marsh and Hanna Marsh; his brothers, Marvin Marsh of Five Points and Larry Marsh of North Vernon; his sister, Ernestine O’Neil of Madison; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by six sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 21st, at Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home, Portage Chapel, 6941 Central Avenue with Brother Don Good officiating. Burial followed in McCool Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the VNA Hospice, 501 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383 or to the Bible Baptist Church, 6659 US Hwy. 6, Portage, IN 46368.