Obituaries week of 1-12-12


Wade Self

Wade T. Self, 48, of Russell Springs, Kentucky, formerly of Moorefield, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, January 8th, 2012, in Russell Springs.

He was born January 7th, 1964, in El Paso, Texas, the son of William Thomas and LaVerne (Griffith) Self. He was raised in the Long Run Baptist Church near Moorefield and was 1982 graduate of Switzerland County High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1985 from Vincennes University. He was employed as a Registered Nurse at Owen County Hospital in Owenton, Kentucky and later at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was united in marriage in July of 1987, in Moorefield, to Barbara Lucas and was blessed with two sons.

He began an apprenticeship in heating and air conditioning at Peck-Hanford & Briggs in Cincinnati, Ohio, for four years. He was formerly employed at Brown’s Farm Implement in Moorefield for several years. He owned and operated Swiss Air in Moorefield for seven years. He had been employed for the past three years at Superior Battery in Russell Springs until he became disabled.

He was an active performer at the Hoosier Theater in Vevay and had participated in many of the plays and performances. He will be remembered for his love of the guitar, writing music and poems. He was an avid cook and enjoyed watching his purple martins and blue birds.

He met his companion, Martina Bennett and they have resided the past several years together in Russell Springs with their dog Molly.

Survivors include his companion, Martina Bennett of Russell Springs; his sons, Willie Self of Moorefield and Andy Lucas of Mt. Sterling; his granddaughter, Ava Self of Moorefield; his mother, LaVerne Self of Moorefield; his brother, Wyatt Self and wife Michelle of Moorefield; his sisters, Debra Keller and husband Ronnie of Moorefield and Vicki Wynn of Indianapolis; his nieces and nephews, Candice, Kimberly, Carrie, Jason, Cory and Kyle.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Thomas Self; his grandparents, Chester and Isabelle Griffith and John and Edith Self; and his brother-in-law, Birley Wynn.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 14th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, where friends may call from 1 p.m. until service time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hoosier Theater. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Bert Ossage

Bert Ossage, 96, of Patriot, passed away Sunday, January 8th, 2012.

He was born Sunday, March 7th, 1915, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of the late Albert and Helena (Nordmeyer) Ossage. He served his country during World War II in the Naval Special Services on Merritt Island Naval Base, San Francisco, California, where he was in charge of wiring U.S. submarines. He served his country for six years, from 1939-1945. He moved back to Ohio and became a building contractor. He owned and operated Ossage Construction Company. He later (1983) built his home on the river in Patriot where he still lived.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Peters Ossage; his daughters, Renee (Richard) Ackley and Terry (Dan) Nichols; his son, Scott (Barbara) Peters; his sister, Helen Heismann; his grandchildren, Amber (Matt) Ackley Weismiller, Andy (Leah) Nichols, Ben Peters, Rae Christy Nichols and Brian Peters; his great-grandchild, Grant Hanger; his nephew, Kenn (Cindy) Heismann; his great-nephew, Walter Heismann; and his great-niece, Lacy (Scott) Rinehart.

Family and friends will be received Saturday, January 14th, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Fitch-Denney Funeral Home, 455 Ridge Avenue in Greendale. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday with interment in Arlington Memorial Gardens in Cincinnati. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association. Visit at

Mary Waller

Mary M. Waller, 94, of Rising Sun, passed away at 8:20 p.m. Sunday, January 8th, 2012, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born in Dearborn County, on January 29th, 1917, the daughter of the late Grace (Ittner) and Everett Kinder. She was a graduate of Dillsboro High School, Class of 1935. She attended the Rising Sun First Baptist Church and was a former member of Olive Branch Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and retired from East Enterprise Plastic Moldings Corporation. She liked to crochet, quilt, cook and bake. Spending time with her grandchildren was her favorite thing to do.

On October 1st, 1938, she married John W. Waller, who passed away July 22nd, 1994.

Survivors include her daughters, Twyla Chapman of Rising Sun and Karen Elliott (Jim) of Lawrenceburg; her sons, John D. “Jack” Waller (Belinda) of Rising Sun and Rick Waller of Rising Sun; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and her sister, Gladys Hunt of Anderson.

She was also preceded in death by her sons, Darrell and Earl Dean Waller; and her brothers, Cliff, Estell and Earl Kinder.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 11th, with Reverend Jim Jenkins officiating. Burial was in Olive Branch Cemetery in Bear Branch. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Ohio County Rescue Unit.

Norma Campbell

Norma Lee Ricketts Campbell, 85, of Madison, passed away at 8:25 a.m. Thursday, January 5th, 2012, at Hanover Health & Rehab Center in Hanover.

She was born September 20th, 1926, in Quercus Grove, the daughter of the late Elmer and Thelma Stopher Ricketts. She was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1944 graduate of Vevay High School.

She was united in marriage on March 23rd, 1946, in Vevay, to Charles W. Campbell by Reverend Frank Reed. This union was blessed with one daughter, Karen.

She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She enjoyed helping her husband farm in Switzerland County until 1966. The couple moved to Madison in 1979 and remained there the rest of their lives. She was a former member of the Mount Sterling Baptist Church in Switzerland County where she was the clerk for 25 years and sang in the choir. After moving to Madison she became a faithful member of the North Madison Baptist Church and had served as trustee and sang in the choir. She enjoyed volunteering at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison at the front desk for several years. She was a member of the home economics club in Mount Sterling. She had enjoyed taking cake decorating classes and decorating cakes for people.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen Bolton and husband Robert of Lexington, Indiana; her sister, Wilma Jean Webb of Rising Sun; her nieces and nephews, Rhonda Meyers, Brenda Heine, Ricky Webb, Dora Beth Ricketts, Frank Lee Ricketts, Martha Kay Ecklund and Bruce Meyer; and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Campbell on October 5th, 2010; and her brother-in-law, Leroy Webb on September 20th, 2011.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 8th, at North Madison Baptist Church in Madison by Reverends Frank J. McGee, Ronald Sandidge, John A. Meyer and Ronald “Buzz” Ricketts. Graveside services were held Tuesday, January 10th, with burial in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Madison Baptist Church Elevator Fund or Mount Sterling Baptist Church. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison was in charge of arrangements. Online condolencs may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Benny Backus

Benjamin L. “Benny” Backus, 89, of Canaan, passed away at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, January 8th, 2012, at his home.

He was born July 11th, 1922, in Jefferson County, the son of Benjamin J. and Carrie Lee Backus. He resided all of his life in Canaan and attended school there.

He was united in marriage on February 27th, 1943, to Mary Ellen Barnes. This happy union was blessed with two daughters and one son.

He was inducted into the U.S. Navy on January 30th, 1945, in Louisville, Kentucky. He rose to the rank of Fireman Second Class during World War II, serving aboard the USS Dayton. He was honorably discharged on March 16th, 1946, from Great Lakes, Illinois, receiving the World War II Victory Medal, the American Area Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with one star. He farmed for many years and was a self employed truck driver. He later retired after 18 years of service with the Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison. He was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church near Canaan and Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed being with his family.

Survivors include his daughters, Carolyn Humphrey of Canaan and Betty Gates and husband David of Columbus; his son, Vinson Backus of Canaan; his daughter-in-law, Julia Backus of Canaan; his grandchildren, Wade, Paula, Kyle, Rodney, Belinda, Brian and Jamie; his great-grandchildren, Devon, Anthony, Taylor, Nathan, Trevor, Brady, Megan, Olivia, Stone, Kayla and Jamie Marie; his brother, Raymond Backus of Indianapolis; his sister, Loretta Stevens of Indianapolis; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He w as preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Ellen Barnes Backus on August 3rd, 2010; and his brothers, Harold, Dennis, Walter and Clarence Backus.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Ron Lee Wednesday, January 11th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Canaan with a flag presentation at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at