Obituaries week of 1-1-09


Clara Burroughs

Clara Frances (Poore) Burroughs, 94, of Vevay, passed away Saturday, December 27th, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

She was born May 2nd, 1914, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Joshua Gabriel and Ophia (Wright) Poore, who both preceded her in death. She was raised on Greenbriar Ridge and was a 1932 graduate of Vevay High School.

She was united in marriage on January 23rd, 1942, in Madison, to James Robert Burroughs. He preceded her in death.

She was employed at the old Swiss Inn in Vevay by Paul Rix as a waitress, where she worked every day until she retired. She was employed for 11 1/2 years at Madison State Hospital in Madison as a server in the dining room. After her retirement she worked as a volunteer at the Switzerland County Historical Society in Vevay and ran a boarding house at her home on Market Street for several years.

She was a faithful member of Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay. She was a member of Hope Rebekah Lodge #851 in Bennington and a member of the Vevay Home Economics Club for over 60 years. She was crowned the Senior Citizens Queen in 1980. She will be remembered for her love of her many cats and especially her little dog. She was famous for always making her blackberry cobbler and enjoyed sharing it wherever it was needed. Her motto was to leave a trail of kindness behind her and not a trail of discontent.

Survivors include her cousins, Pauline Hall of Lamb, William Wright of Madison and Mary Allen Duncan of Madison; her step sisters, Clarabell Crandell of Moorefield and Grace Brown of Milan; her sister-in-law, Nora Brown of Rising Sun; her caregivers, Bonnie and Howard Wade of Logansport, formerly of Vevay; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her step brothers, Carl, Robert and Fred Brown; and her sister-in-law, Rachel Belding.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, December 30th, by Reverend Howard Wade at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. 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

Harold Ford

Harold Ford, 87, of Vevay, passed away Saturday, December 27th, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

He was born June 16th, 1921, in Vevay, the son of Dilver and Bessie (Bennett) Ford, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1941 graduate of Patriot High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on August 3rd, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, rising to the rank of Private First Class, serving during World War II. He served with Company D 11th Tank Battalion as a Cannoneer in Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno; North Apennines; Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. He received the EAME Theater Ribbon with Three Bronze Stars; the Good Conduct Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Honorable Service Lapel Button and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged October 18th, 1945, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

He was united in marriage October 2nd, 1947, in Covington, Kentucky, to Marjorie Butters. Unto this union two sons and a daughter arrived to bless their home. He was later united in marriage July 21st, 1972, in Madison, to Hazel (Hamilton) Harlow. After her death he became a close companion of Marjorie Furnish. They enjoyed their companionship until her death July 14th, 2005.

After serving his country he was employed for several years at Seagram’s and Schenley Distilleries in Lawrenceburg. He retired from the Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison after 28 years of service in explosive ordinance disposal. He will be remembered for his love of farming, his horses and golfing with his buddies. He loved to socialize and lending a helping hand wherever he was needed. He attended Center Square Baptist Church and was a member of Vevay American Legion Post 185, Vevay VFW Post 5396 and Florence Masonic Lodge #27 F&AM.

Survivors include his sons, Robert Wayne Ford of Jeffersonville and Jerry Lynn Ford and wife Brenda of Socorro, New Mexico; his daughter, Karen Sue Wentworth and husband Gary of Vevay; his grandchildren, Daniel, Jonathan, Anthony, William, Derrick, Amy, David, Greg and Little Jason; his great-grandchildren, Shelby, Dalton, Jaden and Krisgyn Paige; his step-daughters, Libby Leap of Madison and Linda Thieman and husband Larry of Pleasant; his brother, Eddie Ford of Madison; his sisters, Cleta Markland of Shelbyville, Jeane Crawford of Chesterton, and Thelma Robinson of Largo, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Hazel (Hamilton) Ford on August 5th, 1997; and his sisters, Alfredia Ford and Alberta Reed.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, December 31st, by Brother Roy Duckworth at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery with military rites conducted at the graveside by the Honor Guard of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Masonic services were conducted by Florence Masonic Lodge #27 F&AM Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Vevay American Legion Relief Fund, Vevay VFW Relief Fund or the Masonic Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Emma S. Schwartz

Emma S. Yoder (Weaver) Schwartz, 84, a former Adams County resident, passed away Sunday morning, December 28th, at her daughter’s residence in Vevay.

She was born April 26th, 1924, in Applecreek, Ohio, the daughter of Simon L. and Sarah R. (Hershberger) Yoder, who both preceded her in death. She was a member of the Old Order Amish.

She married Atlee A. Weaver August 19th, 1954. He passed away April 23rd, 1964. She married Joseph R. Schwartz December 14th, 1969. He passed away April 13th, 2004.

Survivors include her five children, Marvin (Mary) Weaver of Quincy, Michigan; Anna (Jerry) Wickey of Vevay; Eli (Katie) Weaver of Bluffton, Indiana; Mattie (Jerry) Girod of Berne, Indiana; and Sovilla (Daniel) Schwartz of Monroe, Indiana. Other survivors include nine stepchildren, Levi (Margaret) Schwartz of Monroe; Enos (Emma ) Schwartz of Monroe; Rosie (Abe) Yoder of Geneva, Indiana; Peter (Elizabeth) Schwartz of Monroe; Noah (Josephine) Schwartz of Monroe; Emma (Cletus) Christner of Vevay; Melvin (Salome) Schwartz of Monroe; Samuel (Rosie) Schwartz of Monroe; and Elizabeth (Ben) Eicher of Geneva.

She is also survived by her brother, John S. Yoder of Middlefield, Ohio; her sister, Sarah Mast of Shreve, Ohio; her brother-in-law, Henry Miller of Harville, Ohio; her sister-in-law, Lovina Yoder of Applecreek; 44 grandchildren; 71 step-grandchildren; 103 great-grandchildren; and 169 step great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 31st, at the Eli Weaver residence in Bluffton, Indiana. Interment was in the Schwartz Cemetery. Local arrangements were handled by Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay.

Andy Koons

Ronald “Andy” Koons, 74, of Milan, formerly of Patriot, passed away Saturday, December 27th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg following a brief illness.

He was born January 21st, 1934, in Switzerland County, one of 15 children of Carroll and Eva (DeWitt) Koons. He was a self-employed construction/concrete worker. He had worked on large well-known construction sites including the 275 Bridge from Ohio to Kentucky, Ghent Power Plant, Markland Dam, and Cannelton Dam. He worked for Patriot Water Company for about 10 years and before he retired he drove trucks across the eastern portion of the United States. He retired from DCI Trucking in Lawrenceburg. He was a member of Hope Baptist Church in Dillsboro. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a simple man who loved his church and family. He was a friend to all who knew him.

On January 13th, 1962, he married Bernice Thomas, who survives.

Other survivors include his son, Eugene Koons of Milan; his daughter, Debbee Scarber and husband Allen of Aurora; his brothers, Robert Koons and wife Mary Florence of Guilford, Randall Koons and wife Nancy of North Vernon and Rex Koons and wife Judy of Ruskin, Florida; his brothers, Richard Koons and wife Brenda of Warsaw, Kentucky and Rennie Koons of Carrollton, Kentucky; his sisters, Betty Hunt of Florence, Juanita Hunt of Florence and Bert Young and husband Howard of Moores Hill; his grandchildren, Lisha Moores of Milan, Pam Scarber of Burlington, Kentucky and Tiffany Koons of Sunman; and his great-granddaughter, Mariah Mobley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Reed, Raymond, Russell, Ralph, Ray and Roy Koons.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, December 30th, by Dr. Clarence Doyle at Temple Baptist Church in Patriot. Burial was in East View Cemetery in Patriot. Memorial contributions may be made to the family or Hope Baptist Church Building Fund. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements.

Darryl Dunn

Darryl Lee “Happy Dunn, 55, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, December 21st, in Lawrenceburg.

He was born Monday, June 8th, 1953, in Ohio, the son of the late Russell W. Dunn and the late Rosemary Powell Dunn. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren. He enjoyed camping, Frisbee, golf and fishing. He was a Mr.-Fix -It man. He worked as a carpenter and was self-employed. He worked at Aurora Casket Company, retiring after over 28 years of service.

Surviving are his daughter, Heidi Harrell and husband Josh of Rising Sun; his brothers, David Dunn and wife Marcia of Osgood, Roger Dunn of Aurora and Randy Dunn and wife Kim of Dillsboro; and his grandchildren, Kaleb and Jaden Harrell.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Robert Daniel Friday, December 26th, at Rullman Hunger Denney Funeral Home in Aurora. Contributions may be made to the family toward funeral expenses. Visit:

Helen Cimino

Helen Juanita Cimino, 78, of Rising Sun, passed away Wednesday, December 24th, at her home.

She was born January 17th, 1930, in Leadville, Colorado, the daughter of Jay and Evelyn (Gavin) Spangler. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her son, Jimmy Cimino of Kimberly, Idaho; her daughters, Toni Cimino of Rising Sun, Johnnie Ackroyd of Rising Sun, Coleen Cimino of Rising Sun, and Colletta Jones of Shoshone, Idaho; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Nickole Cimino preceded her in death on September 26th, 1990.

Funeral services were private at the convenience of the family. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements.