Obituaries week of 1/25/07

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Lorraine Lueking

Lorraine (Gullion) Lueking, 85, of Vevay, passed away Tuesday, January 23rd, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
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.

Elaine Lock

Elaine (Hysell) Lock, 73, of Vevay, passed away Thursday, January 18th, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville.
She was born August 8th, 1933, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Clyde and Nora D. (Phillips) Hysell, who both preceded her in death. She resided nearly all of her life in Switzerland County and the past 50 years in her home in Vevay.
She was united in marriage on April 18th, 1953, to Elbert Lock. Unto this union a son and a daughter arrived to bless their home. She was saddened on June 17th, 1990, in the loss of her devoted husband, Elbert.
She was a retired employee of U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay, having worked in the supply room. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, caring grandmother and was excited about expecting her first great-granddaughter in May. She was a faithful member of the Switzerland Baptist Church as long as her health permitted.
In 1993, she suffered a devastating stroke that left her to spend months in rehabilitation but she maintained her smile and grace, remaining in her home in Vevay.
Survivors include her son, Kenneth E. Lock of Vevay; her daughter, Dinah Beckner and husband Myron of Greensburg; her brother, Lyonal Hysell and wife Ruby of Madison; her sisters, Belva D. Andrew and husband George of Elrod and Elma Jean Rayls of Vevay; her grandchildren, Kevin and Karen Beckner, Eric Beckner and fiancee Liz Monostori, Ashley Beckner and fiance Keith Stier, Kenneth Cody Lock, II and Megan Ann Lock; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Kenneth Cody Lock on September 19th, 1987; her sisters, Sondra Hysell and Armeda Drake; and her brothers, Lowell, Adrian, Dorman, Clyde Delmont, Merideth and Dewayne “Fuzz” Hysell.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 22nd, by Reverends Howard Wade and Ronald Sandidge 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 or The Ronald McDonald House. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Elizabeth B. Ritch

Elizabeth B. “Libby” (Walls) Ritch, 82, of Vevay, passed away Sunday, January 21st, at her home.
She was born May 7th, 1924, in Carroll County, Kentucky, the daughter of Stuart and Nannie D. (Crutcher) Walls, who both preceded her in death.
She was united in marriage January 31st, 1942, in Carroll County, to Vernon Ritch. Unto this union two daughters and two daughters arrived to bless their home. They made their home in the Mount Sterling community since 1957. They resided in Vevay since 1988.
She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, reading her Bible, and watching old westerns. She was a Tiger Woods fan and enjoyed the Boston Red Sox. She was a member of the Mount Sterling Baptist Church.
Vernon and Libby Ritch were heartbroken when their son, Vernon Kenneth Ritch, suddenly passed away January 3rd, 1991. She was dealt another heartbreaking loss when her beloved companion, Vernon, passed away six months later on June 5th, 1991.
Survivors include her daughters, Nancy Craig and husband Kevin of Mount Sterling and Judy Taulbee and husband Paul of Louisville; her son, John Ritch and wife Lois of Mt. Airy, North Carolina; her daughter-in-law, Joan Ritch of Lexington, South Carolina; her grandchildren, Clayton, Vincent, Wesley, Natalie, Cathryn and Sara; her great-grandchildren, Haley, Dustin, Hunter, Hannah and Zachary; her sister, Dorothy Burgess of Carrollton, Kentucky; and her brother, Roger Walls of Shannon, Mississippi.
She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Teresa Kay Ritch; her brothers, David, J.B. and Austin Walls; and her sister, Hazel Ritch.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 24th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Interment was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Sterling Baptist Church or 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.

Harry Miller

Harry Edward Miller, 69, of near Rising Sun, passed away Sunday, January 21st, at his home.
He was born October 20th, 1937, in Jackson County, Indiana, the son of Rodey and Faye (Knoll) Miller. He was a laborer for Keigler in Harrison, Ohio. He also worked for Alton Box and Jefferson Smurfit in Aurora. He enjoyed going to Jack’s Restaurant and sitting at the “Liar’s Table.” He was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ.
On June 6th, 1959, he married Esther White at the Rising Sun Wesleyan Church.
Survivors include his wife, Esther (White) Miller; his son, Michael Miller and wife Justina of Dillsboro; his daughters, Monica Curry and husband Allen of Dillsboro and Michelle York of Boynton Beach, Florida; his grandsons, Michael Paul Curry and wife Cristy, Benjamin Alan Curry and wife Tami, and Mark Edward Curry; his granddaughters, Jessica Miller and Shelby Noelle York; his grandson, Austin York; his great-grandsons, Bryce Curry, Kane Curry and Jazmyn Curry; his brothers, Leroy, David, Kenny, Frankie, Carl and Gary Miller and Tom and Fred Chadd; his sisters, Bertha Bales, Jean Romans, Joyce White, Joyce May Woodruff, Shirley Kirby, Carry “Sissy” Self, Lou Wheeler and Diane Ames.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Randy and Jimmy Chadd; and his sister, Lola Miller.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 24th, by Brother Greg Matthew at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, the Kidney Foundation, Dearborn County Hospice, American Heart Association, or to the family.

Donald Littrell

Donald Wayne Littrell, 59, of North Vernon, passed away Monday, January 22nd, at St. Vincent Hospital 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.

Maria Varble

Maria Suzette Varble, 44, of Moorefield, passed away Wednesday, January 17th, at Community Hospital South in Indianapolis.
She was born February 16th, 1962, in Madison, the daughter of Frederick A. “Fred” and Margaret “Billie” (Smock) Varble. She had resided in Switzerland County all her life and was a 1980 graduate of Switzerland County High School. She was employed at the Vevay Dairy Queen for 10 years and attended Ivy Tech for two years. She was a volunteer fireman for the Moorefield Community Fire Department for several years. She was very active in the Moorefield Community Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She enjoyed cooking, walking with the girls at the YMCA, square dancing and her family, especially her nieces and nephews. She had a sense of humor and was always the life of the party. She loved to joke, socialize and was always full of life.
Survivors include her mother, Billie Varble of Vevay; her brothers, Dale F. Varble and wife Susan of Hanover, Vincent Varble of Gulfport, Mississippi, and R.H. Varble and wife Kris of New Richmond, Ohio; her sisters, Margaret Ann Riley and husband Kenny of Moorefield, Lea Annette Varble of Moorefield, Georgette O’Neal and husband Barry of Moorefield; her sister-in-law, Cindy Varble of Moorefield; her nephews, Bobbie Varble, Zach O’Neal, Dustin Varble and Kyle Riley; her nieces, Katie Collier, Holly Varble and Shelly O’Neal; her great-niece, Macy Collier; her uncle and aunt, Jake and Betty Varble; her great-aunts and uncles, Eleanor and Doc LeClerc and Helen and Mike McClure.
She was preceded in death by her father, Frederick A. “Fred” Varble; her brother, Charles Brian Varble; and her grandparents, Bill and Peggy Smock and Charlie and Inez Varble.
Graveside services were conducted Saturday, January 20th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge with burial in Caledonia Cemetery near Moorefield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Moorefield Community Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship Fund or the American Diabetes Association. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Darla Curl

Darla Wehner Curl, 47, of Madison, passed away Sunday, January 21st, at her home near Madison.
She was born October 23rd, 1959, in Madison, the daughter of George William and Shirley JoAnn (Lindsay) Wehner, Jr. She was a 1978 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. She resided for a short period of time in West Lafayette, working at Purdue University in Horde Hall as a mail clerk. She later moved near San Diego, California, working for Sony Corporation as a production technician from . She attended Palomar Community College in San Diego and received her electronics technician certificate there. She moved back to Madison in 1985, and began working at Grote Industries as a fork lift driver and store room keeper, working there until 1990. While working at Grote Industries she attended Indiana University Southeast for four years, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Division of Allied Health as an occupational therapist. While at IU she was a member and served as secretary for Phi Beta Epsilon, an Occupational Therapy Fraternity and graduated with honors.
In July, 1992, she moved to Indianapolis and began a career with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Indianapolis, where she was a staff occupational therapist, working in the hand clinic with the veterans. She was employed with V.A. until August, 1996.
On July 11th, 1994, she was united in marriage at the Wirt Baptist Church to Michael Eugene Curl. Unto this union arrived Lindsay Renee on December 3rd, 1995, to bless their home.
For the past 10 years she was employed by Madison Area Educational Special Services Unit, serving Jefferson, Switzerland and Scott counties as an occupational therapist. She was a member of the North Madison Christian Church but was attending First Baptist Church and Wirt Baptist Church the past several years as her health permitted. She was a devoted mother and enjoyed all the time she could spend with her daughter. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor less than two years ago and had fought a courageous battle against the disease. In her spare time she enjoyed photography, scrap booking, mini vacations and collecting angels.
Survivors include her daughter, Lindsay Renee Curl of Madison; her parents, George William “Bill” and Shirley JoAnn Lindsay Wehner, Jr., of Madison; her sister, Rita Renee Wehner of Stanton, Kentucky; her aunts and uncles, Marla and Richard Ogden of Nashville, Tennessee, Alda and Glenn Burke of Madison, Willetta and Keith Stewart of Madison, Floyd and Winifred Smith-Bennett of The Villages, Florida, Lynn and Darlene Rogers of Jamestown, Ohio; several cousins and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Raymond and Mildred Lindsay and George and Amy Winifred “Freda” Wehner; her aunt, Wanda Rogers; and her uncle and aunt, Kenneth and Kathryn Wehner.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 27th, at 11 a.m. by Reverends Troy Hedges and Louis Wright at Wirt Baptist Church in Madison. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery in Madison. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday, January 26th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison and Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lindsay Renee Curl Trust Fund, Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital or the Jefferson County Humane Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Russell D. White

Russell D. White, 84, of Hanover, passed away Tuesday, January 23rd, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born May 18th, 1922, in Switzerland County, the son of Elmer F. and Mary (Brown) White. He was a 1940 graduate of Dillsboro High School. He was retired from the maintenance department of Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corporation. He was a member of Kent United Methodist Church, Past Patron of Order of Eastern Star No. 525 in Hanover, and Past Master of Schmidlapp Masonic Lodge No. 408 F. & A.M., Kent, Indiana. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He served in Guam with the 330th Bomb Squadron. He was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, and Bronze Star World War II Victory Medal.
On November 8th, 1944, he married Ruth N. Bailey, who survives.
Other survivors include his daughters, Linda Marie White and Mary Vikki Conners and husband Vince, all of Hanover; his sister, Wilma Kanouse and husband George of Cicero, Indiana; his daughter-in-law, Janice White of Ferndale, Washington; his grandchildren, Sarah and Joseph Stephens, Ryan and Suzanne Conners, Heather and David Miller, David Martin and Hope White; his great-grandchildren, Alexis Conners, Enrique Diaz, Luke Stephens, Makyla Miller, Mackenzie Miller, Destiny Lane, Chase Miller and Aaron White; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, David A. White in 1998.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, January 26th, by Reverend Howard Bell at Vail-Holt Funeral Home Hilltop Chapel, 2800 Michigan Road, Madison. Burial will be in the Kent Cemetery with full military honors conducted at the graveside by the American Legion Post No. 9 Honor Guard. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today (Thursday) at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. Friday until service time. Kent Masonic Lodge held a memorial service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kent United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.vailholtfuneralahome.com