Obituaries week of 11-10-11

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Robbie Smith

Robert Nim “Robbie” Smith, 42, of East Enterprise, passed away at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 3rd, 2011, at his home.

He was born January 16th, 1969, in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Manford Hayes “Buck” and Polly June (Martin) Smith, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Vevay since the age of three and was a 1987 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

He was united in marriage on March 15th, 2002, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to Peggy Louise Kittle.

He was a dispatcher for the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department in Vevay for the past 23 years. He was also a dispatcher for the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison for the past four years. He was a Switzerland County Commissioner and was a member of Belle River Lodge No. 327 F.&A.M. and Switzerland County Community Church in Vevay. He will be remembered for his love of computer games, but most of all, his wife and daughter.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Smith of East Enterprise; his daughter, Anabel Smith of East Enterprise; his stepsons, Matthew Moores and wife Lynde of Berea, Kentucky and Keith Moores and wife Lisha of Milan; his step-grandchildren, Caroline and Maddux; his stepmother, Evelyn Gullion Smith of Vevay; his step-brothers, William Gullion of Deputy, Wayne Gullion of Carrollton, Kentucky ;his step-sisters, Mary Pohlman of Patriot, Georgia Richards of Vevay and Karen Peelman of Vevay; his uncles, Donald Winters of Morning View, Kentucky and Oldham Smith of Owenton, Kentucky; his aunts, Nannie Presnell and Glenna Sue Smith, both of Frankfort, Kentucky, Wanda Browning of Pleasureville, Kentucky and Wilma Kinman of Carrollton, Kentucky; his niece, Isabel Lowe of Albuquerque, New Mexico; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mike and Dottie Swift of East Enterprise; his brother-in-law, Floyd Kittle of East Enterprise; his sister-in-law, Missy Lowe and husband Kevin of Albuquerque; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Nim and Pauline (Beverly) Smith and Robert and Cleone (Leap) Martin.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastors David Fox and Adam Griffin Monday, November 7th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Masonic services were conducted Sunday evening, November 6th, by Belle River Lodge No. 327 F.&A.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert Nim “Robbie” Smith Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Kenny Hite

Kenneth Lee “Kenny” Hite, 71, of Vevay, passed away at 10:03 a.m. Friday, November 4th, 2011, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born November 18th, 1939, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the loving son of the late James Earl and Mary Catherine (Dixon) Hite. He was raised on Grant’s Creek and attended Patriot High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged.

He was united in marriage on May 2nd, 1959, in Kenton County, Kentucky, to Carol Sue McCracken. This happy union was blessed with one daughter and one son.

He worked early in life at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the maintenance department. He moved back to Switzerland County in 1973. He then worked for the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay for several years. He was a self-employed carpenter until his death. He enjoyed art and the guitar.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Sue McCracken Hite of Vevay; his daughter, Loretta Hite of Vevay; his son, Rodney William Hite and wife Amanda of Versailles; his granddaughters, Sherry Edwards and Stephanie Jones, both of Vevay; his great-grandchildren, Jesse, Damian, Tristan, Samantha, Jacob, Robby, Whitney, Roman, Saxton and Caitlyn; his brothers, James W. Hite of Pinetop, Arizona, David Hite and Steve Hite, both of Patriot, Jack Hite and Robert Hite, both of Madison; his sisters, Bonnie Hite of Vevay, Doris Sullivan of Oroville, California, Bessie Qualls of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Cathy Darbro of Madison; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Bernard Malcomb Hite, Carl Thomas Hite, Douglas Johnathan Hite, and Charles Edward Hite; his sister, Adeline Burns; and several nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 8th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery with full military rites conducted at the graveside by Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Kathleen Bruce

Kathleen (Branscum) Bruce, 75, of Fairview, passed away at 2:26 p.m. Monday, November 7th, 2011, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born October 4th, 1936, in Stearns, Kentucky, the daughter of Harvey and Emma (Keith) Branscum, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Stearns where she attended school.

She was united in marriage on September 7th, 1957, in Lawrenceburg, to Donald Edward Bruce. Unto this union a son and three daughters arrived to bless their home.

She was first employed in a bakery in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, and later was employed at the Greeno Company where she met her husband. She was formerly employed in the cafeteria at Western Hills High School for six years. She retired as a cashier for Providence Hospital and St. Francis-St. George Hospital in Cincinnati after 20 years of service. After moving to the Fairview community in Switzerland County, she was employed as a clerk at Fairview Grocery Store the past 12 years. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and will be remembered for her love of gardening and canning vegetables.

Survivors include her son, Ronnie Edward Bruce of Fairview; her daughters, Kathy Marie Bosse and husband Jerry of Pendleton, Judy Kay Ferguson and husband John of Pleasant, and Rhonda Fay Earls and husband Buddy of Colerain Township, Ohio; her grandchildren, David, Michael, Steven, Christopher, Jenna, Julie, Crystal, Kathy Ann, Josh, Kristen, J.B., Niki, George and Michael; her great-grandchildren, Jaden, Gage, Zoey, Audrey, Anna, Callie and Destiny; her brothers, Harvey Branscum of Sydney, Ohio and Charles Branscum of Franklin; her sisters, Geneva Duncan of Indianapolis, Marjorie Bowen of Dalton, Georgia, and Irene Coffey of Stearns, Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Edward Bruce; her brother, Homer Art Branscum; and her sister, Wilma Matthews.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Robert Byrd at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 12th, at Fairview Baptist Church. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery in Bear Branch. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, November 11th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

George Banta

George Robert Banta, 74, of Columbia City, Indiana, formerly of Canaan, passed away Saturday, November 5th, 2011, in a tragic accident in Columbia City.

He was born August 16th, 1937, on Ryker’s Ridge near Madison, the loving son of George B. and Freda L. Stephan Banta. He was reared on Ryker’s Ridge and the family later moved to Canaan. He graduated in 1955 from Central High School with honors and attended Purdue University. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and was honorably discharged from Ft. McClellan, Alabama.

He was united in marriage to Carolyn A. Riley and this happy union of 55 years was blessed with one son, George Alan.

He worked with Rexnord Corporation in Madison and transferred with the company to other plants over the course of 20 years. He retired in 2000 after working with ITT for 18 years as the information technology manager. When he lived in Madison he had served as president and chairman of the board of the Sertoma Club. He was a longtime member of the Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church near Canaan. He had enjoyed wintering in Texas for the past several years and was looking forward to the trip there. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed fishing and devoting much time to his son and grandchhildren. He was devoted to his family and enjoyed all the times spent together.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn A. Copeland of Columbua City; his son, George Alan Banta and wife Colleen of Columbia City; his grandson, Ben Banta and wife Katie of Baltimore, Maryland; his granddaugher, Justine Banta-Caywood and husband Ben of Key West, Florida; his sisters, Carolyn Copeland and husband R. Donald of Canaan and Donna Prather and husband Gary of Doe Valley, Kentucky; his nephews and niece, Gary and wife Trina, Matt and wife Marci and Chrissy; several great-nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, George B. Banta on Ocober 19th, 1990; and his mother, Freda L. Stephan Banta on August 8th, 1996.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Ed Roberts at 12:30 p.m. Friday, November 11th, at Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church near Canaan. Burial will be in Canaan Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (Thursday, November 10th) at the D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road in Ft. Wayne and Friday from 11 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the BABE, or The Lighthouse of Columbia City, c/o The Whitley County Community Foundation, 400 N. Whitley St., Columbia City, or the Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s wewbsite at www.morgan-nay.com.

Lucille Scott

Lucille N. (Knaus) Scott, 81, of Rising Sun, formerly of Tapps Ridge near Vevay, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, November 3rd, 2011, at her home.

She was born September 29th, 1930, in Madison, the daughter of Lee and Ellogene (Scudder) Knaus. She was raised on Markland Pike in Switzerland County, and was a 1948 graduate of Vevay High School.

She was united in marriage on July 8th, 1948, to Clinton “Scotty” Scott, Jr. This happy union was blessed with one son, Ricky.

She was employed for 45 years with the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay in the lasting sole leather department, retiring from the supply room. She was raised in the Fredonia Baptist Church on Tapps Ridge in Switzerland County. She formerly resided on Tapps Ridge in Switzerland County for many years and had resided in Rising Sun the past 10 years. She loved her Chihuahua “Mickey” and spending time with her family. She will be remembered for her love of cooking and gardening.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Clinton “Scotty” Scott, Jr., of Rising Sun; her son, Ricky Scott and wife Nancy of Rising Sun; her brother, Bobby Knaus of Anderson; her grandchildren, Jody Pitts of Rising Sun, Jeff Thornton of Bessmer, Alabama, Jason Scott of Vevay, Chad Scott of Coulterville, Illinois; her great-grandchildren, Jake, Sydney, Bayley, Kendal, Trey, Addison, Jordan and Carson; her nephews, Mark Knaus of Evansville and Mikey Knaus of Bradenton, Florida; her aunt, Hazel Knaus of Center Square; her brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Butch and Shirley Scott of Vevay, Aldean Jividen of Hamilton, Ohio, and Carolyn Stevenson of Vevay.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lee Knaus on July 28th, 1987; and her mother, Ellogene (Scudder) Knaus on January 21st, 1984.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, November 6th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Animal Shelter or Dearborn County Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Billy Romans

William Nicholas “Billy” Romans, 19, of Lexington, Indiana, passed away at 6:41 a.m. Saturday, November 5th, 2011, near Lexington from injuries sustained in a car accident.

He was born April 6th, 1992, in Madison, the loving son of Billy Don Romans and Joey Lynne Williamson Wehner. He resided his early life in Switzerland County and started Kindergarten at Switzerland County Elementary School near East Enterprise. He later moved to Madison and attended E.O. Muncie Elementary School. He had resided in the Lexington community since he was in fifth grade. He was a 2011 graduate of Scottsburg High School where he enjoyed playing basketball and wrestling. He also was a graduate with honors at Prosser School of Technology. He was currently employed since January with Pharmaceutical Vessel Engineers in New Albany as a welder. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycles and was proud of his car he got after graduation. He was a sports fanatic and enjoyed life to the fullest with his friends and family. He was devoted to his mother and was the apple of her eye.

Survivors include his mother, Joey Lynne Williamson Wehner of Lexington; his father, Billy Don Romans of Patriot; his stepfather, Kevin Wehner of Madison; his brothers, Chris Trick of Scott County and Andrew Frank of Chillicothe, Ohio; his sister, Lynnette Cook and husband Jimmy of the U.S. Air Force stationed in Washington, D.C.; his paternal grandparents, William G. and Beverly Romans of Patriot; his step-grandparents, Polly and Harlan Wehner of Madison; his nephews, Andrew, Simon and Jake; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Emerson and Isabelle Williamson.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Jack Sanders Wednesday, November 9th, at Greater Life Tabernacle Church in Scottsburg. Burial was in East View Cemetery in Patriot. Memorial contributions may be made to the Billy Romans Memorial Fund. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Marshall McClure

Marshall N. McClure, 70, of Manville, Indiana, passed away at 11:13 p.m. Friday, November 4th, 2011, at his home.

He was born March 29th, 1941, in Manville, the son of the late Carroll Ray “Cal Ray” and Ila Marie Wright McClure. He was reared in Manville and was a graduate of the old Central High School on Ryker’s Ridge.

He was united in marriage to Wanda Jean Skirvin. Unto this union came a daughter and son.

He was called to serve in the National Guard and was deployed during the Vietnam Conflict. He worked as a mechanic for Sedam Construction and also owned and operated his own construction company, McClure’s Construction. He worked as an operator for the Indiana Department of Transportation and was based out of the North Vernon and Versailles facilities. He was united in marriage on October 17th, 1997, to Mary Ann Walston in Carrollton, Kentucky, and they made their home and happily shared their life in Manville. He enjoyed fishing, four-wheeling, watching NASCAR, working on lawnmowers, and playing with his beloved dogs. He was a member of the Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Walston McClure of Madison; his son, Shawn McClure of Scottsburg; his daughter, Robin Fox and husband Jim of Madison; his stepdaughters, Eula Fay Leach of Madison and Billy Jo Johnston and husband Robert of Richmond; his stepson, Richard Leach, Jr., of Dupont; his grandchildren, Leann Fox, Trenton Purvis, Desaray McClure, Katrina McClure, Abagail McClure and Jake Robinson; his step-grandchildrebn, Kristen Claire Leach, Kendall Landon Leach and Gracie Annafay Johnston; his sister, Nancy Sargent of Bedford, Kentucky; his aunts, Leona McClure, Mary Duncan and Pauline Hall; his uncle, William Wright, Sr.; and his nephew, Charles Sargent.

He was also preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Charles Sargent.

Funeral services were conducted by Brother George Severn Tuesday, November 8th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Brooksburg Cemetery with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Dora Powers

Dora Mae (Cunningham) Powers, 65, of Hanover, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away at 7:37 p.m. Saturday, November 5th, 2011, at Hanover Health & Rehabilitation Center in Hanover.

She was born May 12th, 1946, in Versailles, the daughter of Earl Wayne and Mary Ann (Robinson) Cunningham, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Florence and had resided in Switzerland County most of her life.

She and her first companion, Robert Paul Cuneo, were blessed with three sons and a daughter. He preceded her in death.

She was later married to Carl Powers and he preceded her in death.

She was a former waitress and janitor at the Switzerland County Courthouse. She was raised in the Grants Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include her sons, Thomas Cuneo and wife Belinda of Vevay and Stanley Cuneo and wife Charlene of Florence, Kentucky; her daughter, Regina Maybrier and husband Dewayne of Greendale; her grandchildren, Rachel, Tommy, Kayla, Raymond, Robert, Elisha, Melissa, Brandon, Caden, Aubre, Randy and Alissa; her great-granddaughter, Savannah; her brothers, Raymond Cunningham of Florence, Stanley Cunningham of Vevay, and Estol Cunningham of Prior, Oklahoma; her sister, Donna Riley of Carrollton, Kentucky; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Earl Eugene Cuneo; and her sister, Geneva O’Connor.

Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Paul Limato at 11 a.m. Monday, November 14th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.