Obituaries week of 11-5-09

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Gary Dowdy

Gary Dowdy, 56, of Brooksburg, passed away Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009, at his home.

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

Bessie M. Scudder

Bessie M. Scudder, 100, of Dillsboro, formerly of Odon, Vevay and Madison, passed away a t 1:55 p.m. Saturday, October 31st, 2009, at The Waters of Dillsboro.

She was born June 2nd, 1909, in York Township, Switzerland County, the daughter of Wesley Warren and Alice (Bryanton) Romans, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Switzerland County where she attended school. She was a 1968 graduate of Pennsylvania State University.

She was united in marriage on July 7th, 1928, to Reverend Howard D. Scudder and unto this union a daughter and two sons arrived to bless their home.

She began her career in food service at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. She was the food supervisor at Indiana Soldier’s Home in Lafayette for 13 years. She was member of RSVP in Madison where she was the volunteer of the year in 1994. She was a member of Jefferson VFW Post 1969 Ladies Auxiliary and Jefferson Post 9 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Madison. She was a member of Odon Church of the Nazarene. She was very active and was a life member of the Women of the Moose Chapter 931 in Madison. She will be remembered for her love of quilting, writing cards and letters, an accomplished pianist, but most of all her devotion to family and friends.

Survivors include her sons, SD Scudder of Elnora, Indiana and Virgil Scudder and wife Susan of New York, New York; her daughter, Rebecca Wetzel and husband Ray of Kingman, Arizona; her grandchildren, Ellen Jones and husband Brad, Douglas Scudder and wife Glenda, Sandy Engstrom and husband Dave, Ken Scudder, Kathryn Scudder, Randy Lakeman, Robert Lakeman and wife Christy, April Wetzel, Ryan Wetzel, Ken Wetzel, Kristy Wetzel; her great-grandchildren, Amber Earle and husband Chip, John Jones and wife Katie, Annalie Scudder, Hannah Scudder, Stuart Scudder, Cameron Engstrom, Morgan Engstrom, Nicholas Hoffner, Ryann Hoffner, Caitlynn Wetzel, Jason Luster, Alyssa Wetzel, Christian Wetzel, Sophia Wetzel, Matthew Wetzel, Jake Wetzel, Kourtney Bacon, Keegan Glass and Kaile Glass; her great-great-grandchildren, Bailey Earle and Tyler McGinnis; her sisters, Stella Bennett of Vevay and Nadine Furnish of Madison; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Arthur, Isaac, Salem and Stanley Romans; her sisters, Lelia Lauderbaugh, Mamie Morris, Amy Ehler, Hazel Bailey, Iva Marie Courtney, Edith Kelly and Falba Brinson; her grandson, Tim Wetzel; her daughter-in-law, Frieda Scudder; and her former husband, Reverend Howard Scudder.

Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Trevor Stanley at 10 a.m. Friday, November 6th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. today (Thursday, November 5th) 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 www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Mary Pyles

Mary Doll Pyles, 70, of Carrollton, Kentucky, passed away Monday, November 2nd, 2009, at Baptist Hospital Northeast in LaGrange, Kentucky.

She was born May 10th, 1939, in Henry County, Kentucky, the daughter of Goble and Lucille (Winburn) Moore, who both preceded her in death. She had a passion for playing bingo.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer Pyles of Carrollton; her daughter, Sandra Frazier and husband Charles of Vevay; her sons, Todd Pyles and wife Terri of Carrollton and Kenneth Miller and wife Dawn of Worthville, Kentucky; her sister, Minnie Kelley of Carrollton; 10 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Raymond Miller; her sisters, Margie Dixon and Ellen Hicks; and her brothers, Dick Moore, Goble Moore, Jay Drake and Burt Moore, Sr.

Graveside services were conducted by Reverend Stan Reedy Wednesday, November 4th, with burial in English Cemetery in Carrollton. Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home of Carrollton was in charge of arrangements. Visit www.tandyecklerrileyfuneralhome.com.

Ralph Smith

Ralph Guinn Smith, 78, of Madison, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away at 8:23 p.m. Friday, October 30th, 2009, at his residence while in the company of family members.

He was born June 24th, 1931, in Somerset, Kentucky, a son of the late Madge (Guinn) and Ralph Smith. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Korean War and received the Purple Heart. He was employed as a factory worker at Powell Valve in Cincinnati, Ohio.

On May 23rd, 1986, he married Laverne Browning, who survives.

Other survivors include his brother, Robert Smith of Ohio; his caregiver of four years, Kilena Carol Chadwell of Deputy; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Wilbur Smith; and his sisters, Mae Roberts, Shirley Snapp, Mary Frances Cundiff and Emogene Phelps.

Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Don Campbell at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, November 5 th) at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Charles Long, Sr.

Charles Raymond “Popeye” Long, Sr., 89, of Madison, passed away at 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009, at Hanover Health & Rehab Center in Hanover.

He was born March 23rd, 1920, in Madison, the son of Jack and Nellie (Hall) Long, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Jefferson County, residing there all of his life. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy on May 18th, 1944, during World War II, rising to the rank of Seaman First Class. He was honorably discharged on January 13th, 1946, at Great Lakes Naval Center. He was awarded the American Area Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, Two Silver Stars and the Philippine Liberation Medal.

He was united in marriage to Christine Elizabeth Davis. Unto this union two sons and one daughter arrived to bless their home.

He was employed with the old Rousch Dairy and later it became Thompson Dairy, working in the Madison and Seymour plants, making cottage cheese, retiring after 30 years of service. He also farmed part time earlier in his life, raising tobacco and cattle. He enjoyed riding motorcycles until the age of 80 and had traveled most of the country on his motorcycle. He enjoyed fishing, rabbit hunting, playing bingo and going to the boat.

Survivors include his sons, Charles Raymond Long, Jr., and wife Glenna of Madison and Richard Joseph Long and wife Shirley of Chelsea, Indiana; his daughter, Linda Bowman of Madison; his sister, Nedge Morgan of Florida; his grandchildren, Tommy, Gary, Joe, Denver, Greg, Rob and Beth; his great-grandchildren, Bailey, Paige, Chase and Brittany; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Christine Elizabeth Davis Long on October 21st, 1980; his brother, John Long; his step sister, Betty Hall; and his grandson, Dustin Smith on January 3rd, 2009.

Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Ron Lee at 11 a.m. Friday, November 6th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Ryker’s Ridge New Cemetery near Madison with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. today (Thursday, November 5th) and Friday from 9 a.m. until service time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ryker’s Ridge Cemetery Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Mildred Brown

Mildred Jean Brown, 81, of Dillsboro, passed away at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009, at Woodland Hills Care Center in Lawrenceburg.

She was born February 13th, 1928, in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Clarence and Mary Ann (Hughes) Harris, who both preceded her in death. She was a member of Dillsboro Baptist Church.

On September 7th, 1948, she married Lester Brown, who died June 27th, 1990.

Survivors include her son, Melvin Brown and wife Deborah of Lawrenceburg; her daughter, Joan Cutter of Hamilton, Ohio; her grandchildren, Bridgette Hummel of Aurora, Shannon Brown of Indianapolis and Stephanie Kuryla of Walton, Kentucky; and five great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers; and her son, Paul Everett Brown in 1999.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Jim Jenkins at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 7th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, November 6th, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dillsboro Life Squad.