Obituaries week of 08-21-08

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Marjorie Shock

Marjorie (Elston) Shock, 82, of Vevay, passed away Tuesday, August 19th, at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis.

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

Dalbert Whitham

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

He was born May 23rd, 1919, in Switzerland County, the son of Charles A. and Ethel (Armstrong) Whitham, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1951 graduate of Fort Knox High School, with a three year assignment at Indiana University.

He was united in marriage January 11th, 1942, in Patriot, to Irma Irene Courtney. Unto this union two sons arrived to bless their home.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army January 28th, 1941, in Louisville, Kentucky, rising to the rank of Sergeant, serving during World War II in Battery C 27th Field Artillery Battalion in Algerian-French Morocco, Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno and Anzio battles and campaigns. He was awarded the EAME Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Stars, American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal an Purple Heart. He received his honorable discharge September 5th, 1945, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He reenlisted into the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War and Vietnam War, retiring March 1st, 1966, as a Master Sergeant, with over 20 years of service for his country.

Prior to being drafted in World War II he was employed at the Charlestown Powder Plant, Seagram’s Distillery and worked construction. After his retirement from the U.S. Army he was a real estate agent for Courtney & Whitham Real Estate Company for seven years and was employed as a gunner for the Jefferson Proving Grounds in Madison. He enjoyed restoring antique engines and old gas pumps, and would display them at various shows, festivals and the Indiana State Fair.

He was a member of East Enterprise United Methodist Church, Vevay American Legion Post 185, Vevay VFW Post 5396 and Switzerland Lodge #122 F&AM. He was active in the Switzerland County Antique Tractor Club and Dearborn County FARM Club.

Survivors include his wife, Irma Irene Whitham of Vevay; his sons, Floyd R. Whitham and wife Sundra of Vevay and Dennis L. Whitham and wife Alice of Vevay; his grandchildren, Kandi Powers, April Whitham, Timothy Whitham, Thomas Whitham and Travis Whitham; his great-grandchildren, Hunter, Devyn, Conner, Christopher, Hadley, Callis, Andrew and Courtney.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Esther McCreary and Ardella Workman; and his brother, Herbert Whitham.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, August 15th, by Reverend John Scudder at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery with military rites conducted at the graveside by the Honor Guard of the Fort Knox Ceremonial Unit and Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Switzerland Lodge #122 F&AM conducted memorial services at the funeral home Thursday evening, August 14th. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the East Enterprise United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Beulah Cayton

Beulah Rachel (Wilson) Cayton, 74, of Quercus Grove, passed away Friday, August 15th, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

She was born November 11th, 1933, in Owen County, Kentucky, the daughter of John Carlie and Nancy Josephine (Edwards) Wilson, who both preceded her in death. She had resided in Vevay since 1947, where she was raised in the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church and later attended Vevay Church of Christ.

She was united in marriage on April 26th, 1947, in Rising Sun, to Dwight Cayton. Unto this union a daughter arrived to bless their home.

She was employed from 1956-1977 at Frisch’s Restaurant in Lawrenceburg. She also worked for Schenley’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg. She was employed at Greater Cincinnati Airport from 1994-1996. She was a charter member of Eagle’s Auxiliary in Lawrenceburg. She was a member of Aurora VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She will be remembered for her love of preparing wonderful meals for her family and her flowers.

Survivors include her companion, Norris “Pee Wee” Conner of Quercus Grove; her daughter, Ellen Ann Bear and husband Douglas Jay of Aurora; her grandchildren, Kristen and Derek; her sister, Nancy Booher of Kittanning, Pennsylvania; her brother, John C. Wilson of Osgood; her half brothers, Chester E. Edwards of Columbus, Georgia and Larry Wayne Bowin of Colorado Springs, Colorado; her half sisters, Treva Roberts of Dillsboro, Brenda Bowin of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Crystal Bowin of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

No funeral services will be held. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Salvation Army. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Luther J. Gray

Luther J. Gray, 76, of Madison, passed away Sunday, August 17th, at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born January 309th, 1932, in Oldham County, Kentucky, the son of James Arthur and Ada Marie (Taylor) Gray, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland County and was inducted into the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War.

He was united in marriage on December 25th, 1952, in Rising Sun, to Freda Mae Walston. Unto this union three daughters and four sons arrived to bless their home.

He was employed as a cement finisher for Jim Browning and his brother James Gray for many years, retiring in 1989. He also enjoyed farming for many years and was a member of the Carrollton American Legion Post 41. He will be remembered for his love of gardening, fishing, hunting and playing his guitar. He adored his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Freda Gray of Madison; his daughters, Donna Jean Johnson and husband Jerry of Carrollton, Kentucky, Judy Kay Gray of Madison, and Melinda Gray of Bedford, Kentucky; his sons, Michael Lee Gray and wife Noticke of Carrollton, Jeffrey Allen Gray, Luther Darrell Gray and wife Bonnie Lou and Timothy Wayne Gray and wife Joanna, all of Madison; 22 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Dorothy Browning of Vevay, Betty Spears of Lawrenceburg, Katherine Carlton of Aurora, and Aileen Buck of Lawrenceburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Delvin, Chester Lee, Maret “Mutt” and James Gray; and his sisters, Naomi McFarland, Mildred Jester and Judy Carlton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, August 21st) by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Honor Guard of the Carrollton American Legion Post 41. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Paul Harlow

Paul Stanley Harlow, 73, of Indianapolis, passed away Monday, August 18th, in Indianapolis.

He was born April 16th, 1935, in Worthville, Kentucky, the son of William Robert and Lucinda Elizabeth (Wilson) Harlow, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland and Ohio counties and had resided in Indianapolis since the early 1970s.

He was united in marriage January 20th, 1961, in Vevay, to Donna Mae Lowe. Unto this union a son and a daughter arrived to bless their home.

He was employed for the past 45 years with the Iron Workers Union Local #22 in Indianapolis. He will be remembered for his love of raising a beautiful and bountiful garden. He was especially fond of his two dogs, “Rocky” and “Sissy.”

Survivors include his wife, Donna Mae Harlow of Indianapolis; his son, Robert Stanley “Bobby” Harlow and companion Cynthia Wright of Indianapolis; his daughter, Regina Gail Harlow Martin of Indianapolis; his grandchildren, Paul Edward Martin, Chad Louis Martin, Martha Dawn Martin, Bobbi Lynn Harlow, and Lucinda Lynn Harlow; his sisters, Mary Jane Kincaid of East Enterprise and Shirley Fay Tingle of Vevay; his brothers, Robert L. Harlow of Williamstown, Kentucky and George W. Harlow of Vevay; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela Sue Harlow in 1963; and his son-in-law, William Louis Martin.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, August 22nd, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge with burial in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Aberdeen. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Friday at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Verna D. Munier

Verna D. Munier, 84, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, August 19th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born December 10th, 1923, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Earl and Annabelle (Holcroft) Roberts, who both preceded her in death. She was raised and resided most all her life in Jefferson County. She was a 1942 graduate of North Madison High School. She attended Purdue University for two years.

She was united in marriage on June 22nd, 1945, at the Wirt Baptist Church to Arthur Munier. Unto this union twin sons and a daughter arrived to bless their home. He passed away November 7th, 1986.

Survivors include her daughter, Pam Wolf and husband John of Madison; her sons, Dennis Munier and wife Diane and David Munier, all of Madison; her sister, Pat Adams of Huntsville, Alabama; her grandchildren, Whitney Wolf and fiance Terry Goodin, Ryan Wolf, Kyle and Coco Wolf, Bradley and Kelly Munier, Sergeant USMC Drew and Michelle Munier, and Kari Munier; her great-granddaughter, Jada Mayfield; her nephew, Terry and Theresa Roth of Huntsville, Alabama; her great-nephews and great-niece, Michael, Jacob, Joseph and Annabelle Roth; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Linda Handlon of Indianapolis.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 23rd, by Pastor Lewis Wright at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery in Madison. Friends may call Friday, August 22nd, from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.