Obituaries week of 10-6-11


Paul Bladen, Jr.

Paul “Gunny” Bladen, Jr., 71, of Vevay, passed away at 7:02 p.m. Tuesday, October 4th, 2011, at Norton Hospital-Brownsboro, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay.

Jack Kidwell

Jack A. Kidwell, 78, of Florence, passed away at 1:10 a.m. Saturday, October 1st, 2011, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

He was born August 30th, 1933, in Madison, the son of Denver Kidwell and Dorine E. (Littrell) Newgent. He was raised in Madison where he receivd his elementary education. He moved to Indianapolis where he was a 1953 graduate of Pike Township High School. He received his industrial engineer degree from Purdue University. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on January 22nd, 1954, in Indianapolis, rising to the rank of Corporal, serving during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on December 14th, 1955, at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He received the National Service Defense Service Medal for his service to his country.

He was a master mason and owned and operated Kidwell Construction from 1950-1993, where he constructed nursing homes and built many beautiful homes. He specialized in block, stone and brick construction and had constructed many beautiful fireplaces in the homes. He was a former employee of General Motors in Indianapolis for three years. He also constructed log homes in Northern Kentucky and Southern Indiana for 10 years.

He was a member of Florence Lodge No. 27 F&AM, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, the Murat Shrine in Indianapolis and Vevay American Legion Post 185. He was past president of Vevay Kiwanis Club from 1980-1983. He served on the Florence Sewer District board and Patiot Water Company board. He was also a member of the old Augusta Christian Church in Indianapolis. He will be remembered for his love of boating, camping and mowing.

Survivors include his wife Jeannine Kidwell of Florence; his sons, Zack Kidwell and wife Cris of Xenia, Ohio and Marcus Davis and wife Goy of Chicago, Illinois; his daughter, Alicia Christmann of Indianapolis; his grandchildren, Ross Kidwell, Bryant Turnage, Jake Christmann, Sam Christmann and Jeff Davis; his sister, Darla Jean Ownbey of Indianapolis; his uncle, Sondley Littrell of Bloomington; and his nieces, Mandy and Ali Ownbey.

He was preceded in death by his father, Denver Kidwell; his mother and stepfather, Dorine E. (Littrell) Newgent and Granville Newgent; and his former wife, Sandi Lee (Weyrich) Kidwell.

Private graveside services will be conducted at Washington Park North Cemetery in Indianapolis. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. 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

Wanda Billingsley

Wanda L.(Dunn) Billingsley, 72, of Rising Sun, formerly of Aurora, passed away at 9:53 p.m. Thursday, September 29th, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

She was born in Aurora on June 19th, 1939, the daughter of the late James and Margaret (Jackson) Dunn. She was a 1957 graduate of Aurora High School.

On June 14th, 1957, she married James Billingsley, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughter, Tonya Reeder (Matt) of Florence; her son, Dennis Billingsley (Debora) of Milan; her brother, James Dunn of Aurora; her grandchildren, Brooke Flood, Andy Billingsley and Krista Sheets; and her great-grandchild, Logan Sheets.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Tom Holt Tuesday, October 4th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Interment was in Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Aurora. Memorial contributions may be made to Markland Funeral Home for funeral expenses.

Robert Reilly

Robert Louis Reilly, 68, of Patriot, passed away Wednesday, September 28th, 2011, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born January 29th, 1943, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Louis and Virginia (Parker) Reilly. He was a retired U.S. Navy veteran.

He was married to Laura Higgins who preceded him in death on November 21st, 2007.

Survivors include his daughter, Julia Reilly of California; three grandchildren; and his brother, Bob Reilly and wife Nancy of Florence, Kentucky.

Memorial servies will be held later at the convenience of the family. Humphrey-Taylor-Detmer Funeral Home of Rising Sun is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Charlton

Helen Louise (Wilkinson) Charlton, 71, of Madison, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, October 4th, 2011, in Madison.

She was born December 28th, 1939, in Fowler, Indiana, the daughter of Ernest Dale and Mildred Elizabeth (Seiters) Wilkinson, who both preceded her in death. She was a 1958 graduate of Wadena High School in Wadena, Indiana. She was employed for several years as a clerk for a dry cleaners in Florida.

Survivors include her husband, Wilbur Charlton of Madison; her son, Lenny Charlton and wife Jane of Five Points; her granddaughter, Janet Charlton and fiance Joshua Lovins of Vevay; her brothers, John A. Wilkinson of Otterbein, Indiana, Michael F. Wilkinson of Crawfordsville, Lawrence D. Wilkinson of Otterbein, James Wilkinson of La Porte, Indiana, Gerald “Jerry ” Wilkinson of Fowler, Indiana, and David Wilkinson of West Lafayette; her sisters, Carolyn Butler of Fowler, Donna Bryant of Otterbein, and Rose Mikels of Lafayette; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Ronald Wilkinson.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend J.D. Traylor at 11 a.m. Friday, October 7th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home. 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

Mary Hopper

Mary Helen Widich Bible Hopper, 52, of Madison, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Monday, October 3rd, 2011, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born June 25th, 1959, in Jefferson County, the daughter of John and Phyllis A. Wheate Widich. She resided in Jefferson County until the age of six and the family moved to Santa Monica, California. She was a 1977 graduate of Santa Monica, California High School and had attended Santa Monica Community College and Madera Community College. She was employed for 10 years with the Child Support Division in Madera.

She was united in marriage to Tim Bible on July 11th, 1981, and this union was blessed with a son John and a daughter Briana.

She moved back to Madison in 2001 and was employed with Wal-Mart and Kroger. She later worked for the Business andIndustrial Credit Union for a couple of years. She was currently employed as a dispatcher with the City of Madison Police Department for the past eight years.

She was united in marriage to Terry Wayne Hopper on October 6th, 2008, in Oldham County, who survives.

Other survivors include her mother, Phyllis A. Wheate Widich of Madison; her son, John R. Bible of Madison; her daughter, Briana C. Bible of Madison; her grandson, Landon C. Bible of Madison; her sister, Carrie Ann Widich of Switzerland County; her aunts and uncle, Mary Widich, Mildred Vudragonvich and Alexander Widich; her nephews, several cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Widich on October 19th, 2000; and her grandparents, John and Sophia Widich, Sr., and Harley Lloyd and Helen M. Wheate Stucker.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend J.D. Traylor Saturday, October 8th, at 11 a.m. at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be in Fairmount Cemetery in Madison. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Shop with a Cop. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Rev. Harold Monroe

Reverend Harold Bertram Monroe, 91, of Tallahassee, Florida, passed away Sunday at Westminster Oaks Retirement Community Health Center in Tallahassee where he had resided the past three and one-half years following a fall.

He was born August 28th, 1920, in their farm home near Vevay, the son of Bertram and Nettie (Waltz) Monroe. He and his wife Jane moved in 2002 to reside near their children in Tallahassee after 60 years of ministering in Ohio and Iowa, nearly half of which was as Senior Pastor at Mulberry Wesleyan Church near Cincinnati.

Despite the Great Depression, the insecurities of a world at war, and the well-meaning admonishmentof a concerned father he pursued his calling by enrolling at God’s Bible School in Cincinnati where he earned a degree in theology. Upon the 100th anniversary of the Bible College he was acknowledged among the top 100 alumni for a life embodying the mission of a servant in the “great harvest field.”

He served not only as pastor but also on many ministry boards, crusade teams and seven years as Districtt Superintendent for the Western Ohio District of the Wesleyan Church, formerly Pilgrim Holiness Church.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Ella Jane Hamilton Monroe; his children, Gloria Murray and husband Carl, John Monroe and wife Pam, Barbara Shackelford and husband Paul; his grandchildren, Shawn Lavy and wife Lisa, Abigail St. Hilaire and husband David, Megan Hill and husband Sean, Zachary Shackelford and wife Maggie and Joshua Shackelford; and his great-grandchildren, Allyssa Lavy and Samuel Hill.

His sister, Geneva Miller; and his brother, Amil Monroe preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 8th, at 3 p.m. at The Frances Chapel on the lower level of the Parry Center at Westminster Oaks presided by Reverend Bob Evans, Senior Pastor of Wildwood Church, Tallahassee.

A funeral service in memory of him will be held on the following Friday, October 14th, at 11 a.m. with viewing at 10 a.m. at Mulberry Wesleyan Church in Milford, Ohio, where he pastored for 26 years. A luncheon will be served in the church fellowship hall hosted by the Mulberry Church family. Interment will follow in the family plot in Vevay Cemetery at 4 p.m. Reverend Ed Fisher who served for a time with him as Associate Pastor atMulberry, will officiate both the funeral and graveside committal services. Memorial donations can be made to Mulberry Wesleyan Church, 949 St. Rt. 28,Milford, OH 45150.

Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home’s website at

Paul Vernon

Paul Vernon, 88, of Madison, passed away at 3:17 p.m. Tuesday, September 27th, 2011, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born September 13th, 1923, on Vernon Ridge near Brooksburg, the son of the late Glen and Viola Adams Vernon. He resided his early life in Switzerland County.

He was united in marriage to Lavonue Bonnie Shadday on May 25th, 1962, in Vevay by Reverend Fred Griffith.

He was employed early in life as a milk truck driver and later began a career with Reliance Electric in Madison and retired in 1988. He had enjoyed being a member of the Brothers of the Brush in Vevay earlier in life. He enjoyed flea markets, eating out with friends and family, watching baseball and basketball. He enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his daughters, Deidri Vest and husband Tim of Madison and Sandy Courter of Rising Sun; his sons, Bernie Vernon and wife Sharon of Greensburg and Randy Vernon and wife Pam of Manchester, Indiana; his stepson, Tom Alford of Madison; his companion, Irma Browning Fivecoats of Westport; his sisters-in-law, Doris Shadday of Madison, Mary Jo Brown of Vevay and Ruthie Shadday of Vevay; his grandchildren, Jon, Joe and Jenny Vest; Chastin Bear; Cynthia, Michele Kramer, Tracy Joy Burch, Jamie and Terry Vernon; Melanie Courter and Anita Bales; his great-grandchildren, Phoenix Raine, Magnolia Jane, Meghan, Ashleigh, Molly, Blair, Zachary, Grace, Chrissy, Trenton, Maddox, Breslyn, Alexandria, Brandon, Clinton and Stephanie; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lavonue Bonnie Shadday on September 18th, 2000; his father, Glen Vernon; his mother, Viola Adams Vernon Ralston; his stepfather, Graham Ralston; his sister, Freda Stout; his brother-in-law, Leo Stout; and his stepdaughter-in-law, Charlotte Alford on January 13th, 2002.

Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Bob Hicks Saturday, October 1st, at 11 a.m. at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery in Madison. Friends may call Friday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at