Obituaries week of 11-17-11


Ralph Van Hoosier

Ralph E. Van Hoosier, 82, formerly of Vevay, passed away on Monday, November 14th, 2011, at Owensboro Medical Health System in Owensboro, Kentucky.

He was born in Port Homer, Ohio, on October 12th, 1929, the son of the late Cecil and Catherine (Rollins) Van Hoosier. He was a 1948 graduate of Cannelton High School and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War. He retired as a teacher from Switzerland County School Corporation after 34 years. He was a member of Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay. He enjoyed walking, going to the river to feed the ducks, going to the YMCA and playing poker and bingo.

He is survived by a daughter Regina Parker and her husband, John of Tell City; a grandson Brandon Parker and his wife, Mandie of Shelbyville; and three great-grandchildren, Nathan, Gavin and Kai Parker.

Also preceding him in death were his sisters, Hazel Howe and Mary Lou Avery; a brother, William Howe; and his wife, Sylvia Van Hoosier.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. today (Thursday, November 17th) at St. Paul Catholic Church in Tell City with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery where there will be military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post #213. Reverend Dennis Duvelius will officiate. Visitation will be from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at

Ramona Todd

Ramona B. (Reed) Todd, 79, of Madison, passed away at 2:20 p.m. Sunday, November 13th, 2011, at Hickory Creek of Madison.

She was born February 19th, 1932, near Moorefield in Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Leslie Carlisle and Maude (Peters) Reed. She resided her early life near Moorefield and attended school at Central. She was raised in the Caledonia Presbyterian Church near Moorefield.

She was united in marriage on February 4th, 1947, in Madison to Robert T. “Bob” Sampson, Sr., who preceded her in death.

She was employed with the Charlestown Ammunition Plant from 1967-1973. She moved to Clark County in 1974 and worked with TARC Transit in Louisville as a bus driver until 1986. She moved back to Madison in 1986 and was employed with North American Stainless Steel as a security guard, retiring in 1994. After moving to Madison she became a member of the Madison Presbyterian Church in downtown Madison. She enjoyed music, her grandchildren, playing softball, bowling, bingo, crossword puzzles, baking, TV, bird watching and feeding the squirrels.

Survivors include her sons, Bobby T. Sampson, Jr., and wife Linda of Hanover, Rick Sampson and wife Pam of Madison, and Steven Todd and wife Gwen of Columbus; her daughter, Rhonda Singer and husband Charles of Madison; her sister, Gloria Smith of Seymour; her sister-in-law, Antoinette “Tootsie” Reed of Moorefield; her grandchildren, Charity, Seth, Wyatt, Shane, Abigail and Alexis; her great-grandchildren, Katlyn Ann Grace, Joseph James, Isabel Jane, Elysha Ann Maree, Antone, Zavier, Dalton and Jace; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Jacob T. Sampson; her brothers, Richmond and Lionel G. “Bud” Reed; and her sisters, Illena Anderson and Fern Cole.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 16th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice or Hickory Creek. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Norman Stephenson

Norman L. “Steve” Stephenson, 86, of Rising Sun, passed away at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, November 9th, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

He was born in Switzerland County on December 17th, 1924, the son of the late Harry and Ida (Truitt) Stephenson. He attended Rising Sun High School. He served his county during World War II in the U.S. Army. During his service he received the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, EAME Theater Ribbon and China War Memorial.

In 1946, he married Glendora Strutman, who passed away in 1974.

On May 19th, 1990, he married Eleanor (Ellis) Carf, who passed away in 2003.

He worked at Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg and also farmed. He was a member of the Rising Sun American Legion, Aurora VFW, Aurora Eagles and the Hoosier Modulators CB Club.

Survivors include his daughters, Flo McKinley (Steve) of Aberdeen and Norma Carf (Charles) of Aberdeen; his sons, Donald Stephenson (Judy) of Colorado and Randy Stephenson (Connie) of Rising Sun; his stepsons, Ernie Carf of Holton and Charles Carf of Aberdeen; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd Stephenson; his stepdaughter, Diana Craig; and his stepson, Jerry Carf.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 14th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Rising Sun American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio County Rescue Unit or East Enterprise Fire Department.

Robert D. Wilson, Sr.

Robert D. Wilson, Sr., 89, of Indianapolis, passed away Monday, November 14th, 2011, there.

He was born September 3rd, 1922, in Richmond, New York. He was a retired truck driver and was a member of Teamsters Local 135. He was also a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the 80th Division of the 318th Infantry, Company L.

Survivors include his sons, Robert (Brenda) Wilson Jr., and Danny (Rosie) Wilson; his daughter, Pam (Bud) Acton of Florence; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary V. Orebaugh Wilson; two brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 18th, at the Usher Funeral Home in Indianapolis. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:30-8 p.m. today (Thursday, November 17th) at the funeral home. Online condolences at