Obituaries week of 10-8-09

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Velma V. Ricketts

Velma V. (Williams) Park Ricketts, 81, of Vevay, passed away at 2:11 p.m. Thursday, October 1st, 2009, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born March 27th, 1928, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Orville and Lela M. (Banta) Williams, who both preceded her in death.

She was united in marriage on June 5th, 1945, to Arthur Clay Park, Jr., and he died on September 15th, 1955. She was later married in 1956, to Frank Dunn, Jr., and he passed away. She was united in marriage in 1966, to Herman L. Ricketts and he died on May 21st, 2001.

She was employed for five years at U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay and later transferred to U.S. Shoe Corporation in Madison where she was final inspector, retiring in 1992, after 35 years of service. Early in her life she co-owned and operated the Gulf Service Station at Lamb from 1 945-1952. She was a member of Union Baptist Church in Lamb. She will be remembered for her love of taking walks and taking care of her grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughters, Judy Kay McKee and husband Cabell of San Antonio, Texas and Renee Deems and husband Gary of Vevay; her son, Larry M. Park and wife Joyce of Madison; her stepdaughter, Deborah K. Minton and husband Charles of Salem; her grandchildren, Kai Kempker and husband Rick, Kwan McKee and wife Monica, Ryan Park, Tiffany Sever and husband Monte, Dillon Deems and Doug Defner; her great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Joshua, Adriana, Gabriella, Lundun, Camden and Shealynn; and her niece, Ruth Ann Read of Lancanto, Florida.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Marshall B. Williams on June 5th, 1945, while serving with the 1st Division Marine Corps in Okinawa.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Mike Barnes at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Baptist Church, Switzerland County Emergency Unit or Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Patti Buchanan

Patti Jo (Smith) Buchanan, 50, of Bennington, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 1st, 2009, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born August 16th, 1959, in Lawrenceburg, the daughter of Russell E. “Johnny” and Kay (Poling) Smith. She was raised in the Fairview community and was a 1977 graduate of Switzerland County High School. She owned and operated Patti’s Day Care for 20 years. She had resided in Madison for 15 years and had returned to the Fairview community in 2000 where she was a caregiver to her mother. She will be remembered for her love for her grandson, scrapbooking, photography, gardening and baking. She always enjoyed taking charge and planning the family events. She was always putting everyone else first, herself last.

Survivors include her husband, Stephen Meyer of Bennington; her son, Nicholas Buchanan and wife Lora of Canaan; her grandson, Brylee Buchanan; her mother, Kay (Poling) Smith of Fairview; her brother, Jeff Smith and wife Lori of Oakland City, Indiana; her sister, Debra Smith and companion Levi Leverette of Holly Sprigs, North Carolina; her nephew, Payton Smith; her step-nephew and step-nieces, Kaleb, Heidi, Briana and Whitney; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Russell E. “Johnny” Smith on April 1st, 2004; her grandparents, Roy and Naomi Poling and Russell Harold and Doris (Orem) Smith.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, October 5th, by Reverend Arnold Cutter at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Dorothy Detmer

Dorothy Mae Detmer, 88, of Harrison, Ohio, formerly of Rising Sun, passed away at 6:45 a.m. Thursday, October 1st, 2009, at Shawneespring Health Care Center.

She was born September 13th, 1921, in Lawrenceburg, the daughter of the late George and Mae (Weaver) Teke. She was a member of First United Church of Christ in Rising Sun. She loved to cook meals for the church, especially for the sauerkraut dinner. She was very proud of being an ambassador for Atria Assisted Living. She worked in the flower department of Tandy’s IGA, Flexsteel Furniture and Seagram’s Distillery.

On December 24th, 1941, she married Alvin Detmer, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Dennis Detmer and wife Mary Ann of Lawrenceburg; her daughters, Marcia Zerkle and husband Gary of Fort Wayne and Sharon Keith and husband Dale of Lawrenceburg; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters; and two great-grandchildren, Harry John Zerkle and Abbigal Grace Theismann.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor John Heckman Monday, October 5th, at First United Church of Christ in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Raymond Clark

Raymond Paul Clark, 59, of Rising Sun, passed away at 11:10 p.m. Friday, October 2nd, 2009, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born October 8th, 1949, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Robert and Gloria (Baringhaus) Clark. He was a coal equipment operator for American Electric Power in Lawrenceburg. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Rising Sun.

On October 5th, 1968, he married Juanita Lozier, who survives.

Other survivors include his son, Rick Clark and wife Tracy of Rising Sun; his daughter, Rebecca Eldridge and husband Eric of Rising Sun; his brothers, Don Clark of Aurora and John Baringhaus of Cincinnati, Ohio; his sisters, Carol Reeves of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mary DelValle of Port St. John Florida and Tina Schindler of Panama City, Florida; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Lozier of Rising Sun; and his grandchildren, Karla Clark, Derrick Eldridge and Ella Eldridge.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Jim Jenkins Wednesday, October 7th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio County Rescue Unit or Rising Sun First Baptist Church.