Obituaries week of 08-14-08

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James W. Scudder

James W. “Jim” Scudder, 86, of Vevay, passed away Sunday, August 10th, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

He was born March 17th, 1922, in Florence, the son of Walter E. and Naomi (Turner) Scudder, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland County and attended Patriot High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 3rd, 1944, at Fort Benjamin Harrison, rising to the rank of Private First Class. He served during World War II in the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. He was awarded the EAME Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Battle Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He received his honorable discharge on December 1st, 1945, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

He was united in marriage March 14th, 1969, in New York, to Carolyn H. Hylander. They have enjoyed over 39 years of marriage together.

He was employed for 45 years as a superintendent for the Pearson Hollowell Company in Lawrenceburg. He was a former superintendent for Mitchell Veneer in Greensburg from 1946-1966. In his spare time he enjoyed farming. He was a member of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396 and Aberdeen United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn H. Scudder of Vevay; his daughters, Leveana Johnson and husband Larry of Greensburg, Bonnie Lou Goodchild of Greensburg, and Kelly Clements and husband Denny of East Enterprise; his son, James L. Scudder and wife Sue of Greensburg; his stepson, Doug Oliver and wife Mickie of Clarksville; 21 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Janie Knickerbocker; and his son, Robert Scudder.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, August 14th) by Reverend John Scudder at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery with full 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 Hospice of Jennings County. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Ronald L. Carter

Ronald L. Carter, 71, of Connersville, passed away Monday, August 11th, in Vevay, at his daughter’s residence.

He was born March 19th, 1937, in Hamilton, Ohio, to Clarence and Stella (Allen) Carter. In 1956, he graduated from Orange High School where he played basketball and ins his senior year won the award for highest free throw percentage. He was employed at Stant Manufacturing from 1957-2002, retiring after 45 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves from 1960-1966, attaining the rank of sergeant. He attended Calvary Baptist Church and was a member of United Auto Workers labor union. In his leisure time he loved watching Indiana University basketball and following the Connersville Spartans. He also enjoyed rock and roll music and doing carpentry work.

Survivors include his daughters and their spouses, Denise Carter of Ft. Pierce, Florida, Kathleen and Chris Bolton, and Katina and Eric Ray, all of Vevay; his grandchildren, Audrey and Kirsten Furnish, Douglas and Cameron Ray, and Rochelle and Tristen Bolton; his brother and his spouse, Larry and Nancy Stevens of Waynesville, North Carolina; several half brothers and sisters.

He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Stella and Robert E. Stevens; and his father, Clarence Carter.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 plm. today (Thursday, August 14th) at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville. Interment will follow in Orange Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home after 1 p.m. today (Thursday) where memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to www.ShowalterBlackwellLong.com.

Sandra Kidwell

Sandra Lee “Sandi” “Dedee” (Weyrich) Kidwell, 60, of Florence, passed away Thursday, August 7th, at Norton Hospital in Louisville.

She was born January 28th, 1948, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Edward A. “Bud” and Janet L. (Stephenson) Weyrich, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Delhi and was a 1965 graduate of Oak Hills High School. She furthered her education at Eastern Kentucky University and received her bachelor of science degree ine education in 1969. She received her masters in education with an endorsement in special education from Indiana University Southeast. She had taught thire grade in the Oak Hills School System and the John Foster Dulles Elementary School in Cincinnati for eight years. After moving to Florence, in 1977, she taught third grade at Allensville Elementary for two years. She was employed at the Switzerland County School Corporation where she taught itinerant for learning disability in the Special Education Department. She was the supervisor for the Special Education Department for seven years and retired in 2003, after 20 years of service for the Switzerland County School Corporation.

She was united in marriage June 18th, 1977, on the riverbank in Florence, to Jack Kidwell by Reverend Ronald Sandidge.

She ws a former cheerleader and majorette for the former pro basketball team, the Royles in Cincinnati. She will be remembered for her love of helping children, reading, gardening, camping, needlepoint, collecting Delta Queen Steamboat memorabilia; her dog, “Puttr,” and writing a book about the misspelling of AmeriKA. She was a member of the inactive chapgter of Kappa Kappa Kappa Sorority, Child Abuse Prevention Council, former advisor for Key Club and a guardian for the SCA-GLA. She was a member of St. Johns United Church of Christ and the American Cancer Survivors Group.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Kidwell of Florence; her stepson, Zack Kidwell of Xenia, Ohio; her grandchildren, Ross Kidwell and Bryant Turnage; her brother, Steve Weyrich and wife Kim of Dayton, Ohio; her sister-in-law, Darla Ownbey; her nephews, Chris and Brian; her nieces, Amanda, Ali, Lauren and Melissa; one great-niece; and one great-nephew.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, August 11th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Florence Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sandra W. Kidwell Memorial Fund for Special Education, c/o Community Foundation of Switzerland County, P.O. Box 46, Vevay, IN 47043. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Dalbert Whitham

Dalbert Floyd “Dabby” Whitham, 89, of Vevay, passed away Tuesday, August 12th, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

Funeral arrangements were pending at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay at press time. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Marjorie Gullion

Marjorie Elizabeth (Peters) Gullion, 92, of Vevay, passed away Saturday, August 9th, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

She was born November 1st, 1915, on Plum Creek in Switzerland County, the daughter of Harry and Clara Edith (Saberton) Peters, who both preceded her in death. She was raised on a farm on Plum Creek and was a 1933 graduate of Vevay High School.

After graduation, she lived at home until she married James Franklin Gullion on April 28th, 1934, in Vevay. Unto this union a son and two daughters arrived to bless their home. This union lasted 52 years until he passed away May 13th, 1986.

They lived on Plum Creek until they bought their farm on Fairview Road. She was employed at U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay for 23 1/2 years as a hand trimmer in the fitting room, retiring December 23rd, 1973. She worked hard at the factory and then came home to help with cows, hogs, turkeys, hay, corn and tobacco. She cut tobacco right along with the men. They maintained a large garden with lots of vegetables to can. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as a wonderful cook.

She spent many evenings in the swing overlooking Fairview Road singing to her grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing the piano. After selling the farm and retiring, they moved to Center Square. They enjoyed gardening and vacationing in Minnesota and Florida, where fishing was a favorite activity. After Jim’s death she moved to Mount Sterling to be close to her son, Butch and wife JoAnn and family, who took care of her.

She was a life member of Plum Creek Baptist Church of which her mother was a founder of the church. She enjoyed embroidering quilts for her family, working with her flowers, spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a toy poodle, “Punky,” for 15 years, which she loved dearly.

Survivors include her son, James H. Gullion and wife JoAnn of Mount Sterling; her daughter, Frances Kay Jefferson of Aurora; her grandchildren, Deanna Dickens and husband Brian, Debbie Jefferson, David Jefferson and wife Dawn, Danny Jefferson and wife Rhonda, Pam Ricketts and husband Randy, Darin Gullion and wife Noeline, Chris Gullion and wife Debbie; her great-grandchildren, Brandy, Jeremy, Destiny, Amber, Craig, Austin, Haylie, Isaiah, Trenton, Breanna, Madeline, Anthony, Zachery, Cody, Courtney, Mandy, Robert Lee, Destiny and Faith; and her sisters-in-law, Betty Gullion and Lucy Branson.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Carroll Peters on October 29th, 2005; her son-in-law, Elgin Jefferson on February 21st, 1989; and her great-great-granddaughter, Piper Paradise.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, August 12th, by Reverend Patrick Lanman at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Plum Creek Baptist Church, American Cancer Society or Hospice of Jennings County. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Donald E. Pimentel

Donald E. Pimentel, 58, of Patriot, formerly of Indianapolis, passed away Friday, August 8th, at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was born November 14th, 1949 in California. He was a construction laborer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

On September 4th, 2004, he married Paula Young, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters; and one brother.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 12th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Jonathan Menke

Specialist Jonathan Daniel “Jon” Menke, 22, of Madison, died Monday, August 4th, while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He was born July 18th, 1986, in Columbus, the son of Daniel and Debbie Menke. He was raised in Madison and was a 2005 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. He joined the Indiana National Guard on March 15th, 2004. He graduated from basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood in 2005. While in high school he played football and was a member of the track team. As a senior he was on the 400-meter relay team that qualified for the regional meet. He also played the part of Gaston in the high school musical “Beauty and the Beast” his senior year, as well as playing the part of the Mad Hatter in a production of “Alice in Wonderland.” During his senior year he won the sculpture award from the art department and was on the honor roll. He moved to Indianapolis and attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College. While attending college he also worked in retail in Indianapolis. He loved music, playing the guitar and banjo, art, theater, working out and bicycling. He was activated in February 2008 at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and was first sent to Kuwait. He was most recently stationed in East Baghdad, Iraq ,during Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving in the 38th Military Police Company, 95th Battalion, 18th Brigade with the Danville Unit. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.

He is survived by his parents, Daniel and Paula Menke of Madison and Debbie Kay Estes Sizemore of Louisville, Kentucky; his sisters, Kristen Pearson of Columbus and Nichole Menke of Madison; his brother, Matthew Eversole of Madison; his grandparents, William and Louise Menke of Carmel, Marvin and Johnnie Lynn of Madison, Dewayne and Joyce Wynn of Hanover, and Paul and Edith Thompson of West Chester, Ohio; several aunts and uncles; and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Shane Pearson.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, August 14th) in the Madison Consolidated High School Gymnasium. Burial will be in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Full military honors will be conducted by the Joint Forces Headquarters Indiana Ceremonial Unit. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Jonathan Daniel Menke Endowment. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.

Howard C. Risk

Howard C. Risk, 86, of Madison, formerly of Canaan, passed away Tuesday, August 12th, at Hickory Creek of Madison.

He was born February 11th, 1922, in Canaan, the son of William Stuart “Bill” and Virgie Mae (Williams) Risk. He was raised in Canaan and was a 1939 graduate of Central High School and attended Indiana University.

He was united in marriage May 29th, 1943, in Canaan, to LaVonna Mae Risk. Unto this union one daughter and two sons arrived to bless their home.

They moved to Akron,, Ohio for a year and a half and he worked for Firestone Tire & Rubber Company. In April, 1947, they moved back to Canaan to farm for the next 58 years. He began a career with the ASCS office in Jefferson County, later moving to the federal level, serving as district director over 12 counties, completing 28 years of service. He also worked as a substitute mail carrier under Clyde Beyers at the Canaan Post Office for several years.

He was a member of the Canaan Masonic Lodge #581 F & AM and had served as Worshipful Master in 1958 and 1985; was a member of Madison Chapter $530, Order of Eastern Star and had served as Patron in 1960; Madison Moose Lodge $765; Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church, serving as a deacon and was raised in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church on Hall’s Ridge. He enjoyed hunting, 4-wheeling, playing ball, boating, traveling all 50 states and abroad, dancing with his wife, playing dominos, and paying cards with his family. He was eagerly expecting the birth of his 10th great-grandchild.

Survivors include his wife, LaVonna Mae (Risk) Risk of Madison; his daughter, Shirley A. Kennedy and husband David L., Jr., of Greensboro, Georgia; his sons, Richard “Dick” Risk and wife Candi of Canaan and Larry E. Risk and wife Elaine of Henryville; his brother, Carl S. Risk and wife Edith of Canaan; his sister, Marilyn Armstrong and husband Andy of Vevay; his grandchildren, Shana Kennedy, Daniel Kennedy, Jodi and Jason Brogan, Ryan Risk, Kami Risk, Rhonda and Chad Warren, Larry A. and Christy Risk; his great-grandchildren, Caroline Kennedy Schultz, Palmer Jeffrey Schultz, Taylor McKenzie Brogan, Tate Brogan, Kristen and Haley Brown, Alex Risk, Macy Lynn Risk, Aaron Owens and A.J. Owens; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Stuart “Bill” Risk; his mother, Virgie Mae (Williams) Risk Housefield; his infant brother; and his foster brother, Jim Phillips.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, August 16th, at 11 a.m. by Reverend Ed Roberts at Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church near Canaan. Burial will be in Canaan Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday, August 15th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison and Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Madison Chapter #530, Order of Eastern Star will conduct services Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home and Union Masonic Lodge #2 F & AM will conduct services Friday at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Steven Lime

Steven Alexander Lime, 29, of Vevay, passed away Tuesday, August 12th, from injuries sustained in an auto accident on Plum Creek Road near Vevay.

He was born December 19th, 1978, in Indianapolis, the son of Richard Stephen and Annis Lee (Green) Lime. He was raised in Greenwood and attended Whiteland High School.

He was united in marriage in Johnson County, to Jennifer Lynn Martin. Unto this union two daughters arrived to bless their home.

He was employed as a general laborer with Dave O’Mara Contracting in North Vernon. He was a member of the Laborer’s International Union of North America, Local #795, since September 2001. He was a former construction worker for Great X Inc., in Indianapolis. He enjoyed off roading in his Jeep off road vehicle and hunting.

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Lynn Lime of Vevay; his daughters, Paige Lime and Hanna Lime, both of Vevay; his parents, Richard and Annis Lime of Greenwood; his brothers, Jason Lime and wife Renee and Harrison Lime, all of Greenwood; his grandmothers, Helen Green of Greenwood and Helen Lime of Indianapolis; his nephews, Wyatt and Hayden; his nieces, Mckenzie, Autumn, Emma and Sarah; and several uncles and aunts.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Annis Leroy Green and Paul Lime.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, August 15th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lime Children’s Education Fund, in care of Jennifer Lime. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Charles T. Cutter

Charles T. Cutter, 89, of Rising Sun, passed away Wednesday, August 6th, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

He was born December 6th, 1918, in Ohio County, the son of William T. and Sarah F. (Dennis) Cutter. He was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Rising Sun for 21 years, retiring in 1978. Earlier jobs included Virginia Chemical Company, Aurora Lumber, Ritzman Dairy, Rising Sun Creamery and Schenley Distillery. He was a member of Rising Sun Masonic Lodge, Rising Sun American Legion and Rising Sun First Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, rising to the rank of T/4. He was awarded Three Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Ribbon, and American Defense Medal.

On October 21st, 1943, he married Opal M. Dugle, who survives.

Other survivors include his daughter, Janet Brett and husband Dennis of Rising Sun; his brother, William Cutter of Dillsboro; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert William Cutter; his brothers, Dale and Clarence Cutter; and his sisters, Emma Jane Thayer, Helen Jeanette Creech and Hazel Pauline Rollins.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, August 11th, by Reverend Jim Jenkins at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio County Rescue Unit or Rising Sun American Legion Color Guard.

Betty Jo Welch

Betty Jo Welch, 82, of Red Hog Pike, near Rising Sun, formerly of Eufaula, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, August 10th, at Ripley Crossing in Milan.

She was born May 15th, 1926, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the daughter of Homer and Allie (Potter) Kelly, who both preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Central High School in Oklahoma City plus attending college for two years. She was a business office supervisor for Southwestern Bell Telephone in Parsons, Kansas. She was a member of Pioneer’s Club and Rising Sun United Methodist Church. She was a Red Cross volunteer.

On August 30th, 1950, she married Warren Welch, who survives.

Other survivors include her daughter, Barbara Honn and husband Larry of Rising Sun; her grandchildren, Scott Honn and Jennifer Honn; her great-grandchildren, MacKenzie Honn and Casey Honn.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Adrian Kelly.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today (Thursday, August 14th) by Keith Chanley at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Rita Driver-Parks

Rita Joyce (McMurray) Driver-Parks, 71, of Martinsville, formerly of Jupiter, Florida, passed away Saturday, August 9th, at Franklin Meadows in Franklin, Indiana.

She was born July 13th, 1937, in Ohio County, the daughter of Robert and Jessie (Danbury) McMurray. She was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1955. She was baptized in the Rising Sun Church of Christ. She was a retired cashier for Publix in Jupiter.

Survivors include her son, Kevin Driver and wife Vicky of Martinsville; her daughter, Kimberly Sizemore and husband Monroe of Martinsville; her brother, Charles McMurray and wife Ann of Rising Sun; her grandchildren, Kevin Mardis, Tyler Driver and Zachery Driver; and her great-granddaughter, Ava Mardis.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary “Sissy” Witte; and her first husband, Ernie Driver.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, August 13th, by Brother Greg Matthew at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rising Sun Church of Christ.