Obituaries week of 1-20-11

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Bob Furnish

Robert Welch “Bob” Furnish, 83, of Vevay, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Monday, January 10th, 2011, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

He was born October 10th, 1927, in Madison, the son of Colonel Edward S. and Helen (Welch) Furnish, who both preceded him in death. He resided in Switzerland County most of his life and was a 1945 graduate of Vevay High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on February 12th, 1946, in Indianapolis, rising to the rank of Private First Class with Headquarter & Headquarter Company 1290 Engineer Combat Battalion, serving during World War II. For his service to his country he received the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on March 30th, 1947, at Fort Benning, Georgia.

He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Lou Bovard, on September 10th, 1946, near East Enterprise. Unto this union one son and two daughters arrived.

He was a member of the Switzerland Baptist Church and Vevay American Legion Post 185. Robert and Mary Lou Furnish owned the “Furnish Footwear” store for 17 years. (The shoe store was formerly located on Ferry Street adjacent to what is now the MainSource Bank). He worked for the Jones Thompson Construction Company from 1959 to 1965 and helped build the Markland Dam. He worked for the United States Postal Service as a rural carrier from 1965 to 1988. He was a tobacco farmer all of his life and enjoyed being outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and looked forward to the “hunting season.” He and Mary Lou wintered in Ancient Oaks, Florida on Lake Okeechobee, where he could hunt, fish and play pool. He was an excellent marksman and participated in local trap shooting events well into his 80s.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Furnish of Vevay; his son, Taylor Furnish and wife Terry of Ocala, Florida; his daughters, Teresa McClanahan and husband Reverend Frank McClanahan of Lexington, Kentucky, and Carol Sue Furnish of Highland Heights, Kentucky; his granddaughter, Casie Hicks and husband Brandon of Ocala, Florida; and his great-grandchildren, Ashton Taylor Little and Presley Hicks.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 14th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay with Reverends Ronald Sandidge, Frank McClanahan and Lenny Thorpe officiating. 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 made to Switzerland Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Rosie Craig

Rosetta V. “Rosie” (Niccum) Craig, 93, of Dillsboro, formerly of Vevay, passed away at 4:22 a.m. Wednesday, January 12th, 2011, at The Waters of Dillsboro-Ross Manor in Dillsboro.

She was born March 23rd, 1917, in Rensselaer, Indiana, the daughter of James Henry and Mary (Ernst) Niccum, who both preceded her in death. She was raised near Florence and resided in Vevay from 1964-1994.

She was united in marriage on June 6th, 1936, in Lawrenceburg, to Raymond H. Craig. Unto this union two daughters and two sons arrived to bless their home. They enjoyed over 56 years of marriage together until his death on January 14th, 1993.

She was a top-stitcher for the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay, retiring after 31 years of service. She was also a wonderful homemaker and farmer. She attended Florence Church of Christ. She will be remembered for her love of painting, bingo, reading, crocheting and playing piano and organ.

Survivors include her daughters, Lois Smith and husband Harland of Fairview and Jean Schmaltz and husband Daniel of Dillsboro; her son, Melvin R. Craig and wife LaVerne of Rising Sun; her daughter-in-law, Linda Craig of Sweetwater, Tennessee; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 26 great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Lucy Beatty of Florence; her sisters-in-law, Willowdean Niccum of Aberdeen and Doris Niccum of Harrison, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Bill Craig on March 3rd, 2005; her grandson, Ricky Lynn Turner; her brothers, Charles, Thomas, Frank, Arthur, Wilbur, Donald and Ralph Niccum; and her sisters, Agnes Scudder and Louise Stewart.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 16th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dillsboro Fire Department. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Melvin Jones

Melvin Roy “Peepers” Jones, 59, of East Enterprise, passed away at 5:05 a.m. Tuesday, January 11th, 2011, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born September 12th, 1951, in Kenton County, Kentucky, the son of Charles Duvall and Anna Mae (Lozier) Jones, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland County where he attended school. He was employed at Sterling Materials in Gallatin County, Kentucky, for six and one-half years, until he was severely injured at work on October 19th, 2009. He had been in rehabilitation for more than the past year trying to recover from injuries when he suddenly passed away. He was formerly employed at Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun and at Hilltop Basic Resources in Patriot for several years. He will be remembered for his love of fishing and spending time with his grandson.

Survivors include his son, Jason Jones of Moorefield; his grandson, Gunner Skipworth of East Enterprise; his sisters, Hazel Turner and husband Marion of Moorefield and Audrey Bosaw and husband Melvin of Moorefield; his brothers, David Jones of Moorefield and Ronald Jones and wife Beverly of Cleveland, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Calvin and Donald Jones.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 15th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Warsaw (Kentucky) Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Tony Coffey

Tony Carroll Coffey, 78, of Vevay, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 17th, 2011, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born November 9th, 1932, in Indianapolis, the son of Bernice (McDanell) Craig, who preceded him in death. He was raised in Gallatin County, Kentucky and Patriot where he attended Patriot High School. He had resided in Vevay since 1962.

He was united in marriage on November 19th, 1949, in Owenton, Kentucky, to Mary Katherine Miles. Unto this union a daughter arrived to bless their home. They enjoyed 50 years of marriage together until her death on December 28th, 1999.

He began his working career as a taxi driver in Carrollton, Kentucky and was a milk truck driver. He was an auto mechanic and welder for Williamson Heater in Madison. He was a building contractor and helped construct the second phase of Switzer Square Senior Housing in Vevay. He was the maintenance director at Switzer Square from 1980-2000. He was a member of Concord Community Church near Patriot. He will be remembered for his love of farming and carpentry and was a musician.

Survivors include his daughter, Brenda McCreary and husband Pete of Florence; his granddaughter, Melissa McCreary of Aurora; and his great-granddaughter, Katelyn McCreary of Aurora.

There will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Eleanor Scott

Mildred Eleanor Bennett Scott, 82, of Madison, formerly of Florence, passed away at 6:10 p.m. Saturday, January 15th, 2011, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

She was born July 16th, 1928, in Vevay, the daughter of Leland Noble and Ada Jane Allen Bennett, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Switzerland County and attended school at Markland and Patriot.

She was united in marriage on July 21st, 1956, in Madison, to Henry Marion Scott. This union was blessed with two daughters and one son.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed being a homemaker and caring for her family. She was of the Protestant faith and had moved to Madison in 2003 to be near her daughter. She enjoyed sewing, reading, fishing and hunting.

Survivors include her daughters, Diane Scott of Madison and Marlene Cryar and husband Terry of De Ridder, Louisiana; her son, Mark Allen Scott of Batesville; her brothers, Jerry Bennett of Leesville, Louisiana and Kenneth Bennett of Madison; her grandchildren, Natasha, Lacy, Nichole, Joshua, Cassidy, Shawn and Alice; 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry Marion Scott on February 11th, 2005; and her brother, Donald Bennett on January 13th, 2007.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Frank McGee at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, January 20th) at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Florence Cemetery. Friends may call today (Thursday, January 20th) from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Florence Cemetery Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com .

Madge Greenlee

Madge T. Greenlee, 103, of Greencastle, formerly of Coatesville, passed away Tuesday, January 11th, 2011.

She was born in Putnam County, Indiana, on December 19th, 1907, the daughter of Pearl Arthur and Louanna Eggers Trump.

She married Murray A. Greenlee and he preceded her in death on January 8th, 1961.

She had worked as a clerk in the Coatesville Post Office for 20 years, retiring in 1970. She attended Coatesville United Methodist Church and was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, Groveland.

Survivors include her sons, Roland Greenlee of Cicero and Richard Trump of Danville; three grandchildren; her sisters, Mary Alice Smith of Vevay, Juanita Paul of Plainfield and Esther Williams of Vevay; and her brothers, Donald Trump of Greencastle and Carl Trump of Lebanon.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 15th, at Hays Funeral Home in Coatesville. Burial followed in Coatesville Cemetery.

Virginia Leisure

Virginia K. (Klopp) Leisure, 97, of Madison, passed away at 5:40 a.m. Monday, January 17th, 2011, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born September 28th, 1913, in Petersburg, Kentucky, the daughter of Frank J. and Etta Belle Hoffman Klopp, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Petersburg and was a graduate of Petersburg High School.

She was united in marriage in May, 1941, to Ronald O. Leisure in New Washington, Indiana. This union was blessed with three sons and two daughters.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and in her later years, she was a caregiver. She enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening, cooking, her animals and being with family. She was a member of the Smyrna Monroe Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her sons, Ronald K. Leisure and wife Mary Lou of Kokomo, Thomas G. Leisure and wife Jane of Scottsburg and Robert L. Leisure and wife Mary of Rochester, Michigan; her daughters, Anna Belle Robinson and husband Cliff of Madison and Nina Sonner and husband Alvin of Madison; her grandchildren, Wendi, Steve, Susan, Kristen, Carrie, Jacob, Anne Marie, Jeremy, Michelle and Melissa; her great-grandchildren, Sydney, Savannah, Pierce, Tate, Mitch, Payton, Paisley, Megan, Courtney, Forrest and Lacey; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ronald O. Leisure on March 28th, 1976; her granddaughter, Angela Christine Robinson in 1976; her great-grandson, Dustin Hopewell; her sisters, Ormel Pawlmore, Eloyse Schacklette, Marie Moore and Leola Carpenter; and her brothers, Ruthford, Bill and Robert Klopp.

Private funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Richard McDole today (Thursday, January 20th) at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to Fairmount Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.