Obituaries week of 1-29-09

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Gary Brandon

Gearld Francis “Gary” Brandon, 71, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, January 24th, in Aurora.

He was born July 11th, 1937, in Ohio County, the son of Louis Asher and Mary Edith (Sigmon) Brandon, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Ohio County, and attended school at Cass Union and Rising Sun, until moving to Indianapolis. He was a 1955 graduate of Shortridge High School in Indianapolis. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy on May 25th, 1955, in Indianapolis, rising to the rank of Petty Officer First Class, serving on the USS Tidewater. He was honorably discharged August 21st, 1957, at Great Lakes, Illinois. He was employed for 31 years with Ford Motor Company in Indianapolis where he was a machinist on the power steering line, retiring in 1991.

He was united in marriage March 21st, 1982, in Rising Sun, to Patricia May “Pat” Peters. They shared nearly 27 years together.

They moved to Aurora in May of 1995, where they were faithful members of New Hope Baptist Church where he was the missions director. He will be remembered for always being a perfectionist in his manicured lawn and in all he did. He was always a handyman and enjoyed working and fixing things at the church.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia M. “Pat” Brandon of Aurora; his stepsons, Michael Peelman and wife Sheila of Noblesville and David Peelman of Vevay; his step-grandchildren, Abercrombie and Michael Hodge; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Earl and Dale Robert Brandon; and his sister, Mable Elmore.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 27th, by Pastor Jerry Holliday at New Hope Baptist Church in Aurora. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Baptist Church. 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.

Raymond H. Romans

Raymond H. Romans, 89, of Indianapolis, passed away January 25th.

He was born March 18th, 1919, in Kentucky, the son of Calvin and Effie (Melon) Romans. He grew up in Vevay. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked for Central Engineering Teamsters 135 as a truck driver for 20 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of Southeastern Holiness Church.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret E. (Mock) Romans; his children, Pamela K. (Howard) Baker, James D. (Sue), Ronnie W. (Verna), and Calvin R. (Paula) Romans; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 28th, at Feeney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary in Indianapolis. Burial was in Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Vickie Chase

Vickie Lynn (Gulley) Chase, 58, of Florence, passed away Saturday, January 17th, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was born December 9th, 1950, in Batesville, Indiana, the daughter of Victor H. and Mary Ellen (Gould) Gulley, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Aurora and Switzerland County and attended Patriot High School.

She was united in marriage on August 26th, 1967, in East Enterprise, to Richard Dale “Rick” Chase. Unto this union twin sons and a daughter arrived to bless their home.

She was employed at U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay for several years. She was employed as a process technician for Plastic Moldings Corporation in East Enterprise for 12 years until she became disabled. She was a faithful member of Truth Apostolic Church in Vevay. She will be remembered for her love of reading, taking pictures, horses, flowers, gardening and her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Richard D. “Rick” Chase of Florence; her twin sons, Rod Chase and wife Angie of Florence and Todd Chase and wife Angie of Fairview; her daughter, Chrissie Stewart and husband Chris of Rising Sun; her grandchildren, Justin, Taylor, Nathan, Meagan, Cayli, Coby, Kyah and Ethan; her sisters, Kim Gulley of East Enterprise and Lonna Davies of Moores Hill; her brothers, Steve Gulley of Crittenden, Kentucky and Brian Gulley of Vevay; her half brothers, Tony Gulley of Herman, Missouri and Butch Gulley of Lawrenceburg.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Beverly Ann Smith; and her grandparents, Arnold and Verna (Graves) Gould.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 21st, by Reverends Anthony Wilks and John Willis at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise. Memorial contributions may be made to Truth Apostolic Church or to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

James Rimstidt

James Leon Rimstidt, 73, of near Rising Sun, passed away Thursday, January 22nd, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born July 13th, 1935, in Ohio County, the son of James Harvey and Hattie (Waller) Rimstidt. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1953. He was a farmer and also worked for Clifty Creek Power Plant in Madison as a crane operator. He was a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church.

On February 14th, 1997, he married Rebecca Alford, who survives.

Other survivors include his daughter, Jamie Gulleman of Greendale; his stepdaughter, Kim Wagner of Rising Sun; his stepsons, Hal Hubbard of Greensburg and Eric Hubbard of Osgood; his brother, Norman Rimstidt of Bear Branch; three grandchildren; and eight step-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 26th, by Pastor Ron Lee at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Olive Branch Cemetery in Bear Branch. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Roberta Britton

Roberta (Rieman) Hastings Britton, 81, formerly of Center Square and Lawrenceburg, passed away Monday, January 26th, in Selma, Alabama. She was currently a resident of Park Place Nursing Home where she was being cared for due to deteriorating health.

She was born July 22nd, 1927, on Red Hog Pike in Switzerland, one of seven children to Howard and Elma (Dunning) Rieman, who both preceded her in death. The children all grew to adulthood except Lucian who passed away in infancy. She remained close to her siblings all during her life; even as they moved away from Switzerland County and built their lives at a distance.

On December 24th, 1944, she was married to Amos Dennis Hastings by Reverend Frank Reed in Vevay. They enjoyed a loving and enriched life until his death on July 30th, 1976, from leukemia. They enjoyed raising their three children, Dennis, Dawson and Gay. They were actively involved in the community and church for the next 32 years of their marriage until Amos’ death.

She was a 1945 graduate of Vevay High School and was a faithful member of Center Square Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Center Square Extension Homemakers Club and was active in Switzerland County 4-H. She farmed with her husband on the family farm in Center Square and was employed at WMGH Radio in the billing department for several years. She will be forever remembered for her love of gardening, reading and the wonderful meals she enjoyed preparing for all to enjoy. Her farm and home were her pride and joy at Center Square. She always kept it well manicured. She will truly be missed for her devotion to her family, her church and her community.

She suffered the loss of her oldest son, Dennis, on April 19th, 1980, when he crashed his small ultra-light aircraft, falling to his death. She was the central caregiver for her mother and Amos’ mother until they both passed away. She continued to live in Center Square and be of service to her friends and neighbors in until she remarried.

On January 5th, 1985, she married James Hubert “Jim” Britton, Jr., at Center Square Baptist Church. They moved to Lawrenceburg until his health was badly deteriorated and he passed away on February 12th, 2002. At this time she returned to the Hastings Farm and was loved and cared for by her long-time loving neighbors and friends. When she was no longer able to effectively care for her health she moved to Pine Knoll Assisted Living Center in Lawrenceburg where she enjoyed the fellowship of residents and staff until August of 2008. At that time she relocated to Cedar Hill Assisted Living in Selma, Alabama to be near her son, Dawson, and his family.

Survivors include her children, Dawson Hastings and wife Elaine and daughters Kristina and Rebecca of Selma, Gay Felch and husband Russell and son Chris of Charlotte, North Carolina; her daughter-in-law, Barbara Hastings Strueh and husband Tim and daughters, Lisa and Denise; her sister, Lucille Bunger and husband Don of Denver, Colorado; her brother, Leland “Dick” Rieman and wife Audrey of Charleston, West Virginia; her sister-in-law, Ethelda Rieman of Elwood, Indiana; many loved nieces, nephews and James Hubert “Jim” Britton’s children and grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Darrell Rieman, Dale Rieman and Wilbur “Gus” Rieman; and her nephew, Ronnie Rieman.

Funeral services will be held at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay for family and friends at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 31st. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, January 30th, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society.

Joe Sullivan

Joe Sullivan, 66, of Austin, passed away Sunday, January 25th, at Scott County Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg.

He was born August 21st, 1942, in Brownstown, Indiana, the son of Lawrence Jack and Florence (Donnells) Sullivan, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Brownstown and was a 1960 graduate of Brownstown High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy, serving two tours in Vietnam. He was honorable discharged after serving 17 1/2 years with the U.S. Navy. He then worked on the Mississippi River on tugboats and barges for several years. He retired from Valeo-Sylvania in Seymour after 20 years of service in 2005. He enjoyed reading, television, working on small engines and NASCAR races.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Chase Sullivan of Austin; his stepsons, Larry Shaver and wife Michelle of Milan and Ron Shaver of Scott County; his sisters, Pat Baltus of Cincinnati, Ohio, Beverly Spoon and husband Bill of Kokomo, Sherry Abel and husband Richard of Seymour, Darlene Lynch and husband Mark of Brownstown, Indiana, and Charlene Newkirk and husband Don of Seymour; his brother, Jim Sullivan and wife Terry of Seymour; his stepgrandchildren, Michelle, Joshua, Michael and Alicia.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Jackie Sullivan; his stepson, Michael Shaver; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arnold P. and Blanche M. Chase.

Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Roy Duckworth at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 31st at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise with military honors conducted by Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396 at the graveside. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, January 30th; and from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life or Salvation Army. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Joan Hensley

Joan Lee Hensley, 66, of East Enterprise, passed away Tuesday, January 20th, at her home.

She was born September 13th, 1942, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Howard and Gladys (Wroot) Mitchell. She was a graduate of Central High School in Cincinnati and was a homemaker. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge church of Christ on Salem Ridge.

On December 24th, 1 958, she married George Hensley, who survives.

Other survivors include her son, Tim Hensley and wife Marcie of East Enterprise; her daughters, Tammy Baer of Lawrenceburg and Terri Kirkpatrick and husband Allan of Rising Sun; her brother, Wallace Mitchell of Cincinnati; her sister, Patty Lovitt of Cincinnati; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Heber.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 24th, by Brother Don Campbell at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Dearborn County Hospice or Pleasant Ridge church of Christ.

Jim Bustle

James B. “Jim” bustle, 79, of Canaan, passed away Friday, January 23rd, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born March 18th, 1929, in Rock Castle County, Kentucky, the son of John and Roxie (Nicely) Bustle, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Rock County and moved to Indiana when he was 19. He had resided in Canaan the past 40 years. He was the owner of Bustle Logging and had retired from the logging business. He had served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed gardening, playing cards, fishing and walking in the woods.

He was united in marriage to Shirley A. Kinman in Canaan, who survives.

Other survivors include his sons, Jerry Chase of Madison and Denver “Peewee” Graves and wife Teresa of Dupont; his daughters, Donna Daulton and husband Floyd of Canaan, Kathy Holland and husband Randy of Canaan, Juanita Lock and husband Josh of Canaan, and Becky Walston and husband Tim of Friendship; his sisters, May McClure of Louisville, Kentucky, and Lillian Anderson and husband Earl of Greensburg; his brothers, Glen Bustle and wife Marjorie of Versailles and Louie Bustle and wife Ellen of Shawnee, Kansas; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his stepmother, Eliza Runner Bustle; his sisters, Flonie Williamson and Virgie Mink; and his brothers, Denver, Charles and Jesse Bustle.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 27th, by Reverend Anthony Wilks at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Canaan Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Canaan Cemetery Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

William L. Boyd

William L. Boyd, 76, of Madison, passed away Monday, January 26th, at his residence.

He was born April 25th, 1932, in Dearborn County, the son of Richard and Lenoir (Ray) Boyd, both of whom preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland County, and then moved to Jefferson County, where he remained for the rest of his life. He was a 1950 graduate of Madison High School; and attended heating and air conditioning school in Cincinnati. He was employed as a driver for the old Red 73 Creamery and Dairy in downtown Madison in 1962; and later worked for Wayne Dairy and finally retired from Holland Dairy in 1991. He was a member of the Madison Moose Lodge #765 and the Teamsters Union.

A Baptist by faith, he enjoyed horse racing, bowling, sports on television, and old Westerns.

He was united in marriage in June of 1951 to Martha L. Montgomery; and to this union arrived one son, William J. Boyd.

Along with his parents, William Boyd was preceded in death by his wife, Martha L. Montgomery Boyd, who passed away on August 17th, 2007; his brother, Richard Boyd; and his sisters, Rose Mudd Spillman and Juanita Boyd.

Survivors include his son, William J. Boyd and his wife, Karen, of Madison; two grandchildren, William Robert Boyd and Jeffrey Michael Rector and his wife, Shannon; three great-grandchildren: Brooklyn Taylor Boyd, Ashlyn Marie Rector, and Hannah Rector; and several nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 30th, at 1 p.m. by Reverend David Leland at Morgan and Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery in downtown Madison.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 30th, from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of William Boyd. Morgan and Nay Funeral Centre of Madison is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Lillian Rix

Lilllian (Wolf) Rix, 91, of Centerville, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, January 27th, at Bethany Village in Centerville.

She was born December 9th, 1917, in Jefferson County, the daughter of John and Ethel (Tevis) Wolf, both of whom preceded her in death. She was raised in Switzerland County, and was a 1935 graduate of Vevay High School. After graduation, she went to work for Crew Tower in Cincinnati for several years. She was a former co-owner from 1947 to 1964 of the old Swiss Inn in Vevay. She was a former member of Switzerland Baptist Church; and was a member of the East Dayton Church of Christ.

She was united in marriage on January 7th, 1940, in Cadott, Wisconsin to Paul Gaylord Rix, whom preceded her in death on January 2nd, 2006. To their marriage arrived a son, John D. Rix, whom preceded her in death on February 29th, 2008.

She was also preceded in death her brother, Russel Wolf; and her sister, Beryl Wolf.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Debbie Seman of Centerville, Ohio; two sisters: Marie McCloskey of Spokane, Washington; and Betty Buckles of Spokane, Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

She will be remembered for her devotion to her husband and to her beloved son, John.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 30th, at 11 a.m. by Reverend Lenny Thorpe at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Pleasant Cemetery in Pleasant.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 30th, at 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Cemetery Association in memory of Lillian Rix. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.