Obituaries week of 07-31-08


Charles M. Knox

Charles M. “Charlie” Knox, 87, of Vevay, passed away Thursday, July 24th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born September 24th, 1920, in Carroll County, Kentucky, the son of Melvin and Ollie B. (Sutherland) Knox, who both preceded him in death. At the age of three, he and his family moved to a farm in Craig Township in Switzerland County, where he attended school.

He was united in marriage on April 13th, 1943, at the Switzerland Baptist Church by Reverend Burns, to Gretchen Carlton. They enjoyed over 65 years of marriage together.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army on August 3rd, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, rising to the rank of Corporal in the 5 01st Engineer Light Pontoon Company. He served his country during World War II and participated in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes Campaigns. He earned the EAME Theater Ribbon with five Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Ribbon, and the World War II Victory Ribbon. He was honorably discharged on November 5th, 1946, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

After World War II, he returned home to farm with his wife in Craig Township. They farmed together for the next 51 years, sharing the duties of the farm. He always took pride in his farm, from the appearance of the buildings, land, cattle, crops and equipment. He always remarked, “Look at the crops a growing, it’s just like working for God.” He always lived his life according to that motto. He always believed in taking part in his community and was supervisor for the Indiana State Highway Department from 1962 to 1970, supervising State Road 56 between Vevay and Madison.

He was appointed to the Switzerland County Council and served the following two terms. He served as Democrat Precinct Committeeman for Jefferson 1 until his death. He was active in the Democrat Party, always helping the candidates with advice and knowledge. He was a member of Spring Branch Baptist Church, Vevay American Legion Post 185, Vevay VFW Post 5396 and Madison Moose Lodge.

He will be remembered for his love of a hard day’s work on the farm. He enjoyed raising his cattle, naming each one, and in his spare time he enjoyed fishing and playing softball. Although Charlie and Gretchen Knox were not blessed with children, they took great pride in their nieces and nephews. He was a good neighbor and friend and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He will be truly missed by his loving and devoted wife Gretchen and the community for which he took so much pride in.

Survivors include his wife, Gretchen (Carlton) Knox of Vevay; his sister, Mary Alice Scudder of Vevay; several nieces and nephews; and friends, James and Marilyn Fancher of Madison.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Willie Knox on January 26th, 1996, and Albert Knox on October 11th, 2006; and his sisters, A. Dorothy Hambrick on April 8th, 2006 and Clara Shreves in February, 2007.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 28th, by Reverends Ronald Sandidge and Mike Jones at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Honor Guard of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be to Switzerland County EMS or Moorefield Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

William Hummel

William Edward Hummel, 71, of Rising Sun, passed away Sunday, July 27th, at his home.

He was born September 22nd, 1936, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of William J. and Rose (Schwaub) Hummel. He was a graduate of Moores Hill High School, Class of 1954. He was a licensed insurance agent/owner of Hummel Insurance in Lawrenceburg. He was a member of Lawrenceburg Eagles and Lawrenceburg Elks Club.

On November 16th, 1957, he married Evelyn I. Asche, who survives.

Other survivors include his sons, William Jeffry Hummel and wife Mary of Greenville, South Carolina, Greg Hummel and wife Becky and Dan Hummel and wife Lisa, all of Rising Sun; his daughter, Marla Copeland and husband Dave of Rising Sun; his brothers, George Hummel of Moores Hill and Joe Hummel of Milan; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Hummel.

Private graveside services were conducted Wednesday, July 30th, by Reverend Jim Wingate with burial in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Nancy Thies

Nancy Lee Thies, 71, of Rising Sun, passed away Monday, July 28th, at Ross Manor in Dillsboro.

She was born October 26th, 1936, in Springdale, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Frank and Gladys (Stokes) Foster. She was a graduate of Springdale (Pennsylvania) High School. She was a nurses aide for 35 years for Terrace View Nursing Home and also worked in the dietary unit.

On November 3rd, 1958, she married Bob Thies, who died November 21st, 2005.

Survivors include her sons, Rob Thies and wife Monda of Dillsboro, Frankie Killian of Ohio, and John Killian of North Carolina; her sisters, Marion Louise Younkins of Clinton, Pennsylvania and Gladys Ann Gamble and husband Abe of Clarksville, Tennessee; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; and her brothers, Franklin Stokes Foster and James Mickey Foster; and her sisters, Josephine Bettis Gamble and Marjorie Belle Kutchco.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, August 1st, by Pastor Richard Wilkie at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today (Thursday) at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Waters of Dillsboro Activity Fund.

Dorothy Pfriem

Dorothy Mae ( Goodner) Pfriem, 80, of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away Monday, July 28th.

Survivors include her children, Debby (Thomas) Sullivan, Cheryl (John) Gyevat and Randy (Sue) Pfriem; and her grandchildren, Josh, Zach, Liz, Emily and Ben Pfriem, Mary and Lori Gyevat, T.J. and Kevin Sullivan; and several relatives in Switzerland County.

Her husband, George Pfriem, preceded her in death.

Visitation will be held Saturday, August 2nd, from 11 a.m. until time of service at 12:30 p.m. at Nurre-Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, 5527 Cheviot Road (near North Bend Road). Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital or Green Township Paramedics.

Chester Michael

Chester “Chet” Michael, 65, passed away Thursday, July 24th, at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville.

He worked as a truck driver for Elkin America and Cross River Carriage. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Rosetta Marsh of Madison; his stepsons, Tony Jordan of Madison, Wade Jordan of Rising Sun, Jeff Jordan of Mount Sterling and Alan Jordan of Deputy; his stepdaughters, Dee Cleaver of Hanover and Robin Lamson of Oden, Indiana; his brother, Ray Michael of Jeffersonville; two nieces; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, July 27th, at Garr Funeral Home in Sellersburg. Online condolences can be made to

Graham D. Griswold

Graham D. Griswold, of Smyrna, Georgia, passed away Sunday, July 6th, at his home.

He was born March 15th, 1929, in Vevay, the son of Robert and Esther (Graham) Griswold. He was a graduate of Vevay High School. He lived in Switzerland County until he left to attend Western Kentucky University. He lived with his uncle, Dr. Vere Graham while he majored in biology and economics.

After college he served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Gunter Air Force base in Montgomery, Alabama. He worked in the Aviation Physiology Department as an instructor. He worked in the same capacity for Lockheed Aircraft Company for 31 years.

He married the former Mary Lynn Walker in 1955 and had three sons, Ronald Graham who died in 2005, Gregory Todd and Robert Kyle. He worked with his boys during their ball-playing days, serving as a coach for many years. There are six grandchildren whom he considered his “treasures”: Zachery and Grant (Ron’s sons), Brandon (Todd’s son), and Kade, Kali and Kami (Kyle’s children). He is also survived by his brother, Robert Griswold and wife Betty of Vevay; three nephews, a niece, and many cousins.

As a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Smyrna, he served as a deacon, a Sunday School teacher, and in many other capacities. He loved working with the Seniors as the chairman of their committee and also helping with parking on Sundays where he enjoyed greeting everyone. When you remember Graham, remember his sweet smile and “God is in control,” which were some of his last audible words.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 9th, at First Baptist Church of Smyrna.

Patricia L. Stout

Patricia L. Stout, 79, of Beech Grove, passed away Saturday, July 26th.

She was born at home in Hancock County, to Earl “Pop” and Juanita Johnson, who preceded her in death.

She was baptized June 25th, 1939, at Philadelphia Methodist Church. She graduated from Arsenal Tech High School in 1946.

Married from 1948-1968, she gave birth to nine children. From April 24th, 1967, to March 1st, 1990, she was employed in Medicare B at BC/BS. She also worked at Meijer for six years.

Survivors include her sisters, Ada Miller of Indianapolis and Dorothy Aitken of New Mexico; her five sons, Don (Kim), Bob (Anne), David (Cindy), Steve and Henry; her four daughters, Deena (Nolik) Tijunin, Sheri (Johnny) Morgan, Linda (Gerry) Robertson, and Pam (Donnie) Brandenburg; 29 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death besides her parents are two brothers, Buddy and Harold Johnson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today (Thursday, July 31st) at Little & Sons in Beech Grove.

Marilyn Coy

Marilyn Sue Coy, age 60, of South Whitley, Indiana died due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident Tuesday morning, July 29th. Born on October 24th, 1947, in Madison, Jefferson County, she was the daughter of Charles Rae and Rosalie Charlotte (Scroggin) Warner.

 Raised in Vevay, she graduated with the Class of 1965 from Vevay High School.

On September 30th, 1966, she was united in marriage to Wilfred E. Coy at Trinity Holiness Church in Vevay.

Since 1988, she and her husband have resided in South Whitley. A devoted housewife and mother, she was employed by Dana Coupling, Columbia City, Indiana since February 17th, 1992, and she was a former employee of U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay for 16 years and Indiana Knit Wear, Columbia City. Her memberships included Eagles Auxiliary #1906, Columbia City and UAW #2049 and Centerview Community Church. 

 Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Wilfred E. Coy of South Whitley; her daughters, Jill Susan Coy of Fort Wayne, Lee Ann Cicero of South Whitley and Jade Starr Lopez of South Whitley; her mother, Rosalie C. Warner of Fort Wayne; three grandchildren; her sisters, Barbara Rae (Donnie Wayne) Scudder of Vevay, Carolyn Ann Ruter of Cincinnati, Ohio, Greta Lee (Patrick) Connell of Los Angeles, California, Joetta Cheryl (Dan) Drobek of Leo, Indiana, Becky Ruth Ross of Columbia City, Indiana and Harriett O. (Donald) Hathaway of North Manchester, Indiana; her brothers, Charles Noel (Denise) Warner of Arcola, Indiana and Paul Thomas (Nikki) Warner, Sr., of Sunman, Indiana; her nephew and niece raised by Marilyn and her husband, Jonathan William (Pammie) Smith of Versailles, and Tina Lynn (Roy) Nettrover of Roan, Indiana.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her sister, Juanita Smithers, her brothers-in-law, Lawrence Smithers, Perry Ross and David Smith, Sr., and her nieces, Sabrina Clark and Conswelia Smith.

 Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 1st, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. The funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, August 2nd, at the funeral home with Pastor Roy Blake officiating. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, August 2nd, with burial in Vevay Cemetery. Memorials may be given in Mrs. Coy’s memory to Centerview Community Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send family condolences or sign the guest register, please visit