Michael Ray Johns, 60, of Warsaw, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, December 23rd, in Warsaw.
He was born November 14th, 1945, in Milan, the son of George and Ethel (McKinley) Johns. He was a 1965 graduate of Vevay High School.
He was united in marriage in August of 1967 to Donna Scholl. Unto this union a daughter arrived to bless their home.
He was a quiet man with a sense of humor and that is how his family and friends would describe him. He enjoyed being with friends and also the big get togethers with family. He enjoyed horse racing and was part owner of the “Marked Checker” thoroughbred race horse and even won first place. He was a truck driver by trade, hauling everything from milk, pecans and detergents in many different states.
Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Asher and husband Rowland of Vevay; his granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Johns of Vevay; his god-daughter, Kayla Rayls Day and husband Browser of Vevay; his mother, Ethel (McKinley) Johns of Dillsboro; his brothers, David Johns and companion Jean of Flemingsburg, Kentucky and Steve Johns and wife Tammy of Rising Sun; his sister, Brenda Rayles and husband Donald Gene of Vevay; several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, George D. Johns; and his brother, Robert “Bobby” Johns.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Thursday) by Reverends Ronald Sandidge and Wayne Daugherty at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time today (Thursday) at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Thomas Hospice of Northern Kentucky, a toy to give to needy children, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Gracie Marie (Griffith) O’Neal, 82, of Allensville, passed away Monday, December 24th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.
She was born August 20th, 1925, in Ohio County, the daughter of Henry and Myrtle (Palmer) Griffith, who both preceded her in death. She was a 1944 graduate of Rising Sun High School.
She was united in marriage on June 30th, 1950, in Switzerland County, to Gail O’Neal. They farmed together for several years until his death.
She was a postal clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Dayton, Ohio for several years. She retired in 1990 from Randall Textron, Inc., in Vevay after 25 years of service. She was a member of Cross Plains Baptist Church. She enjoyed watching sports, fishing and working in her yard and garden.
She was also preceded in death by her sister, Edna Mae Stout.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, December 28th, by Reverend John Scudder at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery in Madison. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until service time Friday. Memorial may be made to the Cross Plains Baptist Church or God’s Store House. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Louis E. Shadday
Louis E. Shadday, 75, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Jefferson County, passed away Monday, December 17th, in Columbus, Ohio.
He was born December 18th, 1931, in Jefferson County, on Greenbriar Ridge near the Demaree Hill, the son of H. Dale and Edith (Demaree) Shadday. He was raised in the Brooksburg Baptist Church and was a 1949 graduate of Central High School where he had played basketball. He attended Hanover College and was inducted into the U.S. Air Force in 1951, rising to the rank of master sergeant. He served during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1971.
He was united in marriage June 13th, 1953, in North Carolina, to Tressie M. “Chip” Williams. Unto this union one daughter and three sons arrived to bless their home.
After his retirement from the Air Force, he completed his degree at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. He was employed for several years as an accountant for the State of Ohio. He resided in Columbus for 40 years. In his spare time he enjoyed music, swimming, working on the computer, genealogy, and visiting with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Tressie M. “Chip” (Williams) Shadday of Columbus, Ohio; his sons, Larry Wayne Shadday and wife Marcia of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Steven Keith Shadday and wife Vickie of Simi Valley, California, and Terry Alan Shadday of Columbus, Ohio; his daughter, Karen Lynne Berkebile and husband Brian of Ft. Mill, South Carolina; his sister, Gerry Riley of Madison; his sister-in-law, Linda Shadday Bolerjack of Terre Haute; his uncle, Harold E. Demaree of Canaan; his grandchildren, Heather, Brittney, Aubrie, Kelsi and Taylor; his great-grandson, Ethan; three nieces, one nephew, cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, H. Dale Shadday in 1971; his mother, Edith Demaree Shadday in 1987; his brother, Gerald E. Shadday on August 18th, 1969; and his brother-in-law, Eddie Riley on September 16th, 1984.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, December 21st, at Schoedinger Funeral Home in Columbus, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to Multiple Sclerosis. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.
Joe Bryant, 64, of Rising Sun, passed away Wednesday, December 19th, at St. Luke Hospital East in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.
He was born January 14th, 1943, in Lawrenceburg, the son of Walter and Dorothy (Burnett) Bryant. He was a retired welder for Stedman Machine Company in Aurora. He attended Lawrenceburg High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia (Wallace) Bryant of Rising Sun; his sons, Robert Bryant and wife Suzette of Rising Sun and Mark Bryant and wife Linda of Lawrenceburg; his daughter, Michele Bryant of Cloverdale, Indiana; his brothers, Walter Bryant, Donald Bryant and James Bryant; his sisters, Saundra Bryant, Suzie Duckworth, Hope Dennison and Debbie Abbott; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Della Lozier; and his parents.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, December 22nd, by Brother Don Campbell at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Rising Sun Rescue, Rising Sun Fire Department or the American Cancer Society.
Ivan D. Allen
Ivan D. Allen, 93, of Versailles, formerly of Vevay, passed away Monday, December 24th, at Major Hospital in Shelbyville.
He was born June 21st, 1914, in Switzerland County, the son of David Jackson and Bess Lucy (Bliss) Allen, who both preceded him in death. He farmed for several years and co-owned and operated with his wife Ohio Valley Lanes in Vevay from 1961-1966, and Country Bait House in Versailles from 1972-1989. He worked at Ross’s 421 Supermarket in Shelbyville from 1955-1961. He was a member of Center Square Church of Christ.
On June 25th, 1938, in Lawrenceburg, he married Doris L. Turner, who died on August 25th, 1999.
Survivors include his daughters, Carolyn Scott and husband Larry D. of Shelbyville, Vickie Coy and husband Steven of Shelbyville, and Tammy Moore of Versailles; his son, Richard “Jack” Stonebraker of Big Canoe, Georgia; his grandchildren, Mark, Gina, Jonathan, Mindy, Travis, Ashley, Derek, Jennifer, Danny, Kari, Kristi, Amy, Leah and Jill; his great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Kelly, Blayre, Devon, Katie, Collin, Kylee, Ryan, Mackenzie, Coleman, Ellie, Joshua, Ryan, Alisha, Erin, Ethan, Kohl, Brayden and Lane; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his son, David Douglas Allen on May 13th, 1994; and his sisters, Lelia Pratt and Evalina “Hap” Hatch.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 29th, by Reverend William Horner at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday, December 28th, from 5-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Kidney Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Jacinda Loraine McLean, 24, of Florence, Kentucky, formerly of Vevay, passed away Wednesday, December 19th, in Florence.
She was born July 1st, 1983, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Cheyenne and Mona Lisa (McLean) Girod. She and her family resided in Switzerland County until her family’s home was destroyed by fire on January 8th, 1996, near Lake Geneva. Her father and three of her siblings were killed in the fire that night. Her life would never be the same but she did her best to prevail after losing so much. She had resided in Florence, Kentucky, where she enjoyed camping and dancing.
Survivors include her son, Tyler Switzer of Erlanger, Kentucky; her sister, Jennifer L. McLean of Elsmere, Kentucky; her brother, Jeremy L. Girod of Elsmere; her mother, Mona Lisa (McLean) Girod of Elsmere; her grandparents, Merton and Sunny Girod of Shreveport, Louisiana; and several aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her father, Cheyenne Girod, on January 8th, 1996; her brother, Justin L. Girod on January 8th, 1996; and her sisters, Jaynene L. and Janie L. Girod, both on January 8th, 1996.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, December 31st, by Reverend Arthur Honican at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. Monday until service time. 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.
Ralph Edward Griswold, 49, of Vevay, passed away Friday, December 21st, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
He was born January 12th, 1958, in Bennington, the son of Edward L. and Nadine (Brown) Griswold. He was a 1976 graduate of Switzerland County High School and was a graduate of Southeastern Vocational School in Versailles. He had worked as an electronics technician for Charlie’s TV in Aurora from 1980-1982 for Nelson’s TV from 1982-1997. He attended Brushy Fork Baptist Church in Pleasant and was a member of the Alliance Church in Aurora. He enjoyed fishing and his three dogs.
Survivors include his mother, Nadine (Brown) Griswold of Vevay; his brother, Roger H. Griswold of Vevay; his nieces, Brittany King of Bedford, Kentucky and Elizabeth Griswold of Vevay; his nephews, Dustin Griswold of Vevay and Cory Morgan of Vevay; and his cousins, Vernon Hankins of Georgetown, Kentucky and Hazel Rilki of Chicago, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward L. Griswold; and his grandparents, Elwood and Alice (Cotton) Wood and Leslie and Mae (Burnham) Brown.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, December 26th, by Reverend Dewayne Slusher at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Slawson Cemetery in Bennington. 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.
Helen Irene (Foulke) Martin, 85, of Vevay, formerly of Madison, passed away Saturday, December 22nd, at her home near Vevay.
She was born January 28th, 1922, in Arcadia, Indiana, the daughter of Arthur and Iva Inez (Everman) Foulke, who both preceded her in death. She resided in Arcadia until the age of 12 when she moved to Madison. She was a 1940 graduate of North Madison High School and served as editor of the school newspaper.
She was first united in marriage in 1940 to Elbert Leroy Facemire. Unto this union Dennis Lee and Barbara D. arrived to bless their home. She was married in 1949, to Kenneth Darrell Jewell. Unto this union Darla Gayle arrived to bless their home. In 1955, she was united in marriage to Theodore Martin. They enjoyed 33 years of marriage together until his death in 1988.
She was employed at Meyers MFG in Madison for several years and later at L.S. Ayres in Indianapolis, making custom curtains for several years. She resided in the Indianapolis area for 33 years and was a member of the Post Road Christian Church where she played the piano. After the death of Theodore she moved to live with her daughter in Vevay for the past 10 years. She was a faithful member of the Manville Christian Church in Manville. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing and crossword puzzles.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, December 28th, by Brother George A. Severn at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Manville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. today (Thursday) and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Manville Christian Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com
Clem Witte, 77, of Rising Sun, passed away Thursday, December 20th, at Cincinnati Veterans Administration Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He was born April 13th, 1930, in Dearborn County, the son of Oscar and Opal (Kinnett) Witte. He was a graduate of Aurora High School Class of 1948. He was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, rising to the rank of corporal. He was a self-employed farm implement dealer and was a farmer.
On May 29th, 1954, at the Rising Sun Church of Christ he married Mary McMurray, who died March 13th, 2003. She preceded him in death.
Survivors include his son, Barry Witte and wife Teresa of Aurora; his daughters, Sheryl Rung and Pam Bovard, both of Rising Sun; his brother, Roy Witte of Aurora; his sisters, Ruth Jackson of Rising Sun and Eleanor Higham of Aurora; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 24th, by Eldon Fancher at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Rising Sun Rescue or to the family.
Jeanette Birkemeier, 97, of Greencastle, passed away Wednesday, December 26th, at Autumn Glen Assisted Living Community.
She was born January 11th, 1910, in Moorefield in Switzerland County, to Henry Jackson and Jessie Louise Kern Monroe. After graduating from Vevay High School she attended Indiana University until her marriage to Charles William Birkemeier on December 24th, 1930. In her early years of teaching she taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Florence, Indiana and the Vevay Elementary School. After moving to Putnam County in 1952, she was asked to teach at Reelsville Elementary. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Indiana State University in 1967 followed by a master’s degree from DePauw University. After having taught sixth grade at Reelsville Elementary for 23 years, she retired in 1977.
She contributed her time, leadership and talents to community organizations including Big Walnut Baptist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Putnam County Hospital Guild, and Eastern Star.
Survivors include her son, Charles Robert Birkemeier and wife Patricia; her daughter, Juanita Irwin and husband Robert; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers and sisters; her husband, Charles William Birkemeier; and her daughter, Evelyn Roach.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 28th, at 1 p.m. at Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home in Greencastle with Reverend Brent Meyer officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 11 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be sent in her memory to the Reelsville Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, c/o The Putnam County Community Foundation, 2 South Jackson Street, Greencastle, IN 46135. Condolences may be emailed to the family c/o INBTH@keystonegroup.com.
Obituaries week of 12-27-07