Obituaries week of 10-16-08


Verda D. Crafton

Verda D. Crafton, 85, of Milton, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, October 14th, at Hanover Health & Rehab Center in Hanover.

Funeral arrangements were pending at press time at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Carroll Sloan

Carroll Sloan, 66, of Vevay, passed away Wednesday, October 8th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born June19th, 1942, in Carroll County, Kentucky, the son of Millard and Martha (Isaacs) Sloan, who both preceded him in death. He was a 1960 graduate of Vevay High School and was a 1961 graduate of the Louisville Barber College.

He was united in marriage on June 23rd, 1962, in Madison to Genevieve Schwade. Unto this union two sons arrived to bless their home.

He retired in 1999 as a truck driver after 30 years of service for the State of Indiana Highway Department in Aberdeen. He was a former supervisor for Randall Textron, Inc., in Vevay. He owned and operated the Sloan Barber Shop in Vevay for several years. He was a member of Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay. He will be remembered for his love of University of Kentucky basketball, Indianapolis Colts football and target shooting.

Survivors include his wife, Genevieve Sloan of Vevay; his son, Greg Sloan of Terre Haute; his grandchildren, Kaden Sloan, Kelland Sloan and Carolyn Moore; his great-grandchildren, Dylan and Carly; his brother, Billy Glenn Sloan of Topeka, Kansas; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Carroll Sloan on November 13th, 2004; his sister, Norma Jean Dowdy on May 9th, 1987; and his brothers, Paul Sloan on September 23rd, 1991 and Ronald “Dee” Sloan on February 28th, 2003.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, October 11th, by Pastor Martin Justice at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Markland Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Ruth M. Maxwell

Ruth M. Maxwell, 83, of Elrod, passed away Friday, October 10th, at The Waters of Dillsboro.

She was born November 12th, 1924, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the daughter of Charles E. and Gail J. (Hillman) Smith. She was a home economist for Purdue University Extension Service in Versailles. She was a member and church organist for over 30 years at Milan United Methodist Church. She was a member of a homemakers club, Farm Bureau and Gideons Auxiliary.

She was married to John V. Maxwell on August 28th, 1954. He passed away on February 4th, 2005.

Survivors include her son, Jon Maxwell and wife Denise of Moorefield; her daughters, Janet Roseland and husband Craig of Laurel, Maryland and Mary Ortiz and husband Gary of Kansas City, Kansas; her grandchildren, Katrina and Miranda Roseland; Carmen, Thoma, Jonathan and Olivia Ortiz; Alissa, Eileen, Kara, Desirae, Brian and Brooke Maxwell; and her sister, Janet Markley of New Haven, Indiana.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, October 14th, by Pastor Stormey Scherer-Berry at Milan United Methodist Church. Burial was in Washington Baptist Cemetery in Elrod. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons or Milan United Methodist Church. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home of Milan was in charge of arrangements.

Earl Oles

Earl Oles, 89, of Hanover, passed away Wednesday, October 8th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born June 17th, 1919, in Roberts, Illinois, the son of John Evard and Inez (Robbins) Oles, who both preceded him in death. He resided in Jefferson County since the age of seven. He was a 1937 graduate of Lexington High School in Lexington, Indiana.

He was united in marriage on April 12th, 1941, in Vevay, to Ruth Elaine Richmond. Unto this union one son and two daughters arrived to bless their home.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army on February 17th, 1945, in Indianapolis, rising to the rank of Technician Fifth Grade, serving the 271st Ordnance Medium Maintenance Company during World War II. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and was honorably discharged on January 16th, 1946, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal.

He had farmed all of his life and was employed in 1958 with Rexnord/Chainbelt in Madison, retiring in 1981 as a welder. He was a faithful member of New Bethel United Methodist Church and had served on various committees. He was elected to the Southwestern School Board for one term. He enjoyed woodworking, farming, reading and the outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Elaine Richmond Oles of Hanover; his daughters, Sharon Martin of Lexington, and Judy Koontz and husband Ross of Madison; his son, Steven Duane Oles and wife Phyllis of Branson, Missouri; his brother, Bill Oles of Underwood, Indiana; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his infant sister, Jane Oles; and his grandson, Philip Thomas Raycher on March 1st, 2005.

Funeral services will be conducted at a later date, at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to New Bethel United Methodist Church. Morgan & 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

Jerry Cochran

Jerry Lee Cochran, 71, of Rising Sun, passed away Friday, October 10th, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was born March 8th, 1937, in Rising Sun, the son of Lester and Betty Marie (Michael) Butcher. He was a laborer for Monsanto in Addyston, Ohio. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ on Salem Ridge.

On April 9th, 1955, he married Mary Walston, who survives.

Other survivors include his son, Rick Cochran and wife Dena of Rising Sun; his daughter, Roxanne Jones and husband Roger of Rising Sun; his sister, Joy Huffner of Rising Sun; his grandchildren, Ashley Cochran, Lyle Cochran, Holly Radcliff and Chris Jones; his great-grandchildren, Devin, Brogan and Addison Radcliff and Jessica Crepin; his great-great-grandchild, Logan Crepin; and his stepfather, Charles McCardle of Rising Sun.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, October 13th, by Eldon Fancher at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to the charity of the donor’s choice.