Obituaries week of 11-6-08

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Roberta R. Tressler

Roberta R. “Gigi” Tressler, 95, of Connersville, passed away Friday, October 31st, at the home of her daughter in Brookville.

She was the only child born to Carrie (Oldfield) and James Dobbins on September 1st, 1913, in Shelbyville. She was so proud that she had such a large and loving family. She was an artist, a musician and seamstress. She made countless neck pillows and crocheted many, many afghans.

Survivors include her sons, Mike and wife Pat (Kuhlman) Tressler of Connersville and Bruce and wife Peggy (McClurg) Tressler of East Enterprise; her daughter, Joan (Tressler) and husband Ray Lohrey of Brookville; her grandchildren, Penny Bonwell, Cindy Jones, Tom Tressler, Sheri Vehslage, Stan, Andy, Pete, and Brad Tressler, Lainie Redding, Micki Strohmier, Susie Stirn, Tim Lohrey, Emily Pelsor and special friend Tami Tressler Webb; 37 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill in 1964; her parents; an infant daughter, Betty Jo; and an infant grandson, Christopher Tressler.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 4th, at Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home in Connersville. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville.

Joann R. Martin

Joann R. Martin, 75, of Versailles, passed away Thursday, October 30th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born in Cincinnati on April 25th, 1933, the daughter of Robert and Ann Hall. She was a former employee of South Ripley High School where she worked as a cook. She was also a homemaker.

She was married to Orville Martin on January 11th, 1963, and he preceded her in death on May 2nd, 2004.

Survivors include her sons, David Martin and wife Natasha of Versailles, Robert Martin and wife Nancy of Madison, Ricky Simone of North Vernon and Mike Simone of Houston, Texas; her daughter, Sharon Wingfield of Humble, Texas; her stepson, Gary Martin and wife Kathy of Milton, Kentucky; her stepdaughter, Jeanie Martin Stroobandt of Lawrenceburg; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her son Russell; and two grandsons.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 3rd, at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Dale Day officiating. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison. Memorials may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Lloyd F. Stephenson

Lloyd F. Stephenson, 82, of Rising Sun, passed away Sunday, November 2nd, at Regency Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was born July 16th, 1926, in Switzerland County, the son of Harry and Ida (Truitt) Stephenson. He was an employee of Monsanto Chemical Plant, a trucking company and was a railroad worker. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ and was a church elder and former deacon. He was a member of Hartford Masonic Lodge, Aberdeen-Pate Water Company board, Ohio County Soil & Water District Board, Ohio and Dearborn County FSA board, former Ohio County School Board and Union Township trustee. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, rising to the rank of sergeant.

On August 2nd, 1947, he married Naomi Chase, who passed away November 15th, 1990. On July 25th, 1992, he married Beulah (Harlow) Koons Stephenson, and she survives.

Other survivors include his son, Terry Stephenson and wife Gayla of Rising Sun; his daughter, Bonnie Petersen and husband Mark of Hanover; his daughter-in-law, Shauna Stephenson of St. George, Utah; his brother, Norman Stephenson of Rising Sun; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Robert Stephenson.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, November 5th, by Brother Don Campbell at Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ on Salem Ridge. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, Ohio County Soil & Water District or Cass-Union Scholarship. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements.

Jessy Mefford

Jessica Robin “Jessy” Mefford, 18, of Madison, passed away Friday, October 31st, at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born August 16th, 1990, in Clark County, the daughter of Phillip W. and Natalie R. (Prechtel) Mefford, who both survive. She resided in Switzerland and Jefferson counties all of her life and was a senior at Madison Consolidated High School. She was currently employed with Cook’s Fruit & Vegetable Market in Madison. She loved to volunteer at the Jefferson County Animal Shelter and enjoyed playing softball. She loved soccer, all animals, especially ponies, horses, dogs, and any stray animal that needed a happy home. She had a gentle kind spirit that all animals could feel and hear and she could befriend any animal. She loved horseback riding and breaking horses. She was the apple of her parents’ eyes and enjoyed her family and friends. She was a fun loving, free spirited person, who enjoyed being a great friend. She elected to be an organ and tissue donor upon her death. Her precious gift will mean her life lives on.

Other survivors include her brother, Brandon P. Mefford of Madison; her paternal grandmother, Anna Margaret Mefford of Madison; her maternal grandfather, John Prechtel and wife Diane of Ramsey, Indiana; her maternal grandmother, Gayla Keehn of Clarksville; her maternal great-grandmother, Laurel Keehn of Palmyra, Indiana; her step sisters, Teresa Mefford of Dupont and Stacey Mefford Adams of North Vernon; several aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandpa, J.B. Mefford; her maternal great-grandparents, Vern Keehn and John and Zelda Prechtel; her paternal great-grandparents, Grover and Lizzie Mefford; and her uncle, John Mefford.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, November 5th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Kenneth D. Shepherd

Kenneth D. “Shep” Shepherd, 72, of Madison, passed away Thursday, October 30th, at his home in Madison.

He was born June 3rd, 1936, in Madison, the son of Martin T. and Kathryn Gassert Shepherd, who both preceded him in death. He resided in Jefferson County all of his life.

He was united in marriage on September 13th, 1958, in Jefferson County, to Doris Roberts. Unto this union a daughter and a son arrived to bless their home.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army on August 6th, 1959, in Madison, rising to the rank of Private First Class. He served during the Vietnam War era in the Battery 3d How Battalion 76th Artillery. He was honorably discharged on July 31st, 1965, with the rank of Specialist 4.

He formerly worked as a custodian for Southwestern School Corporation and at Redi Quick for several years. He worked earlier in life at the former Charlestown Ammunition Plant. He was a member of Madison Moose Lodge #765 and Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. He enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre, fishing, going to the gambling boats, tinkering in the garage, mushroom hunting and was known to be a practical joker.

Survivors include his companion of 13 years, Norma Tingle of Madison; his daughter, Denise A. Boldery and husband James of Hanover; his son, Kenneth Brian Shepherd and wife Luvania “Chunky” of Hanover; his stepson, Rick Tingle and wife Shawntale of Madison; his stepdaughters, Cathy Dillon and husband Glenn of Evansville, Geanie Ray and companion Richard Sharp of Madison; his brothers, Larry Shepherd and wife Brenda of Hanover and Jim Shepherd and wife Marge of Madison; his sisters, Linda Means and husband Benny of Lexington, Indiana and Brenda Cornelius and husband Kenny of Hanover; his grandchildren, James Lee and Tanner Aaron Boldery and Jamie Adams; his step-grandchildren, Travis Veit, Tammy Thomas, Brittney and Cathy Ray; Christian Deen, Emy Tingle and Hunter Anderson; his step-great-grandchildren, Kaleb and Colton Thomas; Tanner and McKayla Veit and Lillie Deen; several nieces, nephews and other relatives; and his aunts, Mary Lois Shepherd and Judy Shepherd, both of Otisco, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his father, Martin T. Shepherd in 1991; his mother, Kathryn Gassert Shepherd on October 28th, 2002; his brothers, Marvin Shepherd in 1996, infant brother, Billy Joe Shepherd, and Norman T. Shepherd on April 26th, 2002.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 3rd, by Brother George Reece at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Sharon Hill Cemetery near Lexington with full military rites conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital or Sharon Hill Cemetery Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Alvin Patton

Alvin Ray “Al” Patton, 56, of Chelsea, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, October 28th, at his home.

He was born December 25th, 1951, in Vida, Missouri, the son of Frank and Maude Ruth (Harris) Patton. He was raised in Rising Sun and was a 1970 graduate of Rising Sun High School. He had attended Ivy Tech State College, studying auto body and computers. He was inducted into the U.S. Air Force on September 30th, 1970, in Cincinnati, Ohio, rising to the rank of Airman First Class, serving the 301 Supply Squadron at the Lockbourne Air Force Base. He was honorably discharged on June 29th, 1972, and remained in the National Guard until February 28th, 1973. He then remained in the Indiana National Guard Army until February 28th, 1978.

He was united in marriage on April 18th, 1972, in Rising Sun by Verl Holder to Brenda McCord. Unto this union three daughters arrived to bless their home.

He was employed for 34 years at Reliance Electric, working as a maintenance electrician. He also worked part time in Harrison, Ohio, at Campbell-Hausefeld. He was a member of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department and the UMWA Local 1109-District 90. He was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed bass fishing, UK basketball, NASCAR, riding Harley Davidson motorcycles, playing the guitar and writing songs.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Claude Smith; his wife, Brenda McCord Patton on November 19th, 1991; his brother, Randy Patton; and his grandparents.

Survivors include his lifelong friend, loving caregiver and wife, Henrietta Pennington Hatchel-Patton of Chelsea; his daughters, Anna Marie Temple and husband Doug of Milton, Kentucky, Terri Lynn Riley and husband Greg of Hanover and Stephanie Kay Patton of Hanover; his stepsons, Brandon Taylor and wife Sheri of Hanover and Bryan Taylor and wife Samantha of Hanover; his stepdaughter, Jessica Ann Hatchel-Hanlon of Madison; his sisters, Linda Manning and husband Bob of Hanover, Sharon Davis of Milton, Kentucky, Jo Ann Kelly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cora Mathews and husband Jen of Texas, Wanda Monahan and husband Phil of Rising Sun, and Bonnie McAlister of Rising Sun; his brothers, Robert Patton and wife Chris of White Sands, New Mexico, Guy Patton and wife Angel of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Billy Smith of Texas; his grandchildren, Bridgett, Hailey, Dani, Dominique and Brad; his step-grandchildren, Brayton, Hanna, Casey, Connor, Bryson and Natalie; his special niece, nephews, caregiver and side kicks, Angel Northern and Robby Patton; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lindburg and Shirley Couch of Deputy; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Carolyn and John Northern of Deputy, Barb and Rob Sims of Hanover, Sharon and Willie Lucas and Judy and Larry Kelly, all of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, PJ Andress of Dupont, Raymond and Lisa Pennington of Canaan, Ken and Rhonda Pennington of Columbus, Ohio, Lynn and Jennifer Pennington of Madison, and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Patton; his mother, Maude Ruth Harris Patton Smith; his stepfather, Claude Smith; his wife, Brenda McCord Patton on November 19th, 1991; his brother, Randy Patton; and his grandparents.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, November 1st, by Reverends J.D. Traylor and Brad Emvelson at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Springdale Cemetery in Madison with military services conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Al Patton Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Robert T. Sampson, Sr.

Robert T. “Bob” Sampson, Sr., 78, of Madison, passed away Wednesday, October 22nd, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born November 13th, 1929, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Thomas Francis and Eloise Louise Floyd Sampson, who both preceded him in death. He had resided in Madison since the age of one.

He was united in marriage on February 4th, 1947, in Madison to Ramona Blanche Reed. Unto this union two sons and one daughter arrived to bless their home.

He retired after 40 years of service as a serviceman for Public Service of Indiana. He also worked for Cummins Engine Company and for Robert Youngblood as an electrician. He attended school for heavy equipment operator as well. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 9 and North Vernon Eagles Lodge. He was raised in the Pentecostal faith. He enjoyed playing the guitar and music with his many buddies including, Grover Copeland, Charlie Warren, Charlie Humphrey, Jack Lauderbaugh, Robert Youngblood, Tommy Day, Kenny and Jimmy Barron, Don Youngblood, Bobby Breeck, Mousie Skirvin, Tilford and Duane McKay. He also enjoyed playing music and singing every Saturday night with the McCords. He enjoyed traveling in his RV, his motorcycles, hunting, fishing and camping.

Survivors include his companion of 40 years, Lillian Greene White of Madison; his sons, Bobby T. Sampson, Jr., and wife Linda of Hanover and Richard “Rick” Sampson and wife Pam of Madison; his daughter, Rhonda Singer and husband Charles of Madison; his stepdaughters, Paula Judy of Madison and Cheryl Turner Dixon of Vevay; his sister, Betty Louise Montgomery and husband Keith of Madison; his grandchildren, Charity, Seth, Matt, Clint, Wyatt and Richard Shane; his great-grandchildren, Zavier, Anton, Katie, Isabelle, Taylor Marie, Caleb, Kaelyn, Joey and Jace; his step-grandchildren, Jonathan, Sarah, Loni Amber and Codey Daniel; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his grandson, Jacob Sampson in December, 1983; and his stepson, Dickie White on March 28th, 1997.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, November 1st, by Pastor Steve Pike at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson County Animal Shelter, Salvation Army or Boys and Girls Clubs. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Keith O’Conner

Keith Patrick “Beefy” O’Conner, 23, of Carrollton, Kentucky, formerly of Vevay, passed away Thursday, October 23rd, at his home.

He was born November 19th, 1984, in Lawrenceburg, the son of Teressa Faye O’Conner and James Randell Yeager. He was self-employed as a tree trimmer with his brother Shannon. He enjoyed playing cards, cornhole, NASCAR, sports, and spending time with his family. He enjoyed making people laugh and acting silly with his family and friends. He liked country music and wrestling with his brother and uncles. He was always willing to help others.

He is survived by his mother, Teressa Durbin and stepfather Blake Durbin; his brother, Shannon and wife Jennifer; his sister, Megan; two nephews and a niece, all of Carrollton, Kentucky; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Geneva O’Conner; his great-grandparents, Joe and Josephine O’Conner and John and Mary Cunningham; his uncle, Ronnie Cunningham; his great-aunts, Ida Mae Conner and Linda Cunningham; his cousins, PeeWee Cuneo, Bobbie Jean O’Conner, Jacob Thomas Cunningham Hughes, Rebecca Lynn McQueary, Margo and Shea Melton; and his father, James Randell Yeager.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 30th, at Graham-Dunn Funeral Home in Carrollton, Kentucky. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Jinnie R. Peelman

Jinnie R. (Neal) Peelman, 68, of Vevay, passed away Wednesday, November 5th, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

She was born June 18th, 1940, in Chickasha, Oklahoma, the daughter of Arthur A. Neal and Ruth (Nance) Farley, who both preceded her in death. She resided in California early in her life.

She was united in marriage on September 15th, 1955, to Robert L. “Bob” Peelman, in Fresno, California. Unto this union three sons arrived to bless their home.

They moved to Switzerland County in 1967 to raise their family. She was a Qualified Medical Assistant for Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, retiring in 1992. She was a member of Vevay Church of Christ and also attended Switzerland County Community Church in Vevay. She will be remembered for her love of her grandchildren, family and wrestling.

Survivors include her sons, Terry Peelman and wife Tina of Vevay and Louis Peelman and wife Karen of East Enterprise; her grandchildren, Aaron, Jami, Andrew, Josh, Dusty, Ryan, Heather, Lacey, Louis, Ashley, Robert, Dustin, Angie, Michelle and Michael; and her great-grandchildren, Jalen, Devin, Trenton, Carson, Kenny, Nick, Brady, McKaila, Mason, Gracie, Braeden, Carter, Payton and Addison.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. “Bob” Peelman on October 29th, 2000; her son, William DeWayne “Bill” Peelman on June 18th, 2003; her great-granddaughters, Caitlin McKenzie Roark on August 1st, 1999; Ava Kay Peelman on March 1st, 2007; and Alivia Fay Peelman on March 3rd, 2007; and her sister, Geneva Sue Sumner.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, November 7th, by Brother Charles Dayadharum at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today (Thursday, November 6th) at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay Church of Christ. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.