Obituaries week of 2-11-10

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Charles Jester

Charles Frederick Jester, 74, of Madison, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Sunday, February 7th, 2010, at Madison.

He was born August 29th, 1935, in Madison, the son of John Wilbur and Anna Catherine (Unwiller) Jester, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland County, where he attended school and had resided all of his life.

He was united in marriage on March 13th, 1954, in Madison, to Virginia Lee Denny. Unto this union a daughter and four sons arrived to bless their home.

He was a dairy and tobacco farmer and had farmed all of his life. He was a school bus driver for the Switzerland County School Corporation, retiring after 18 years of service in June, 2009. He was a former delivery driver for 14 years for the Barber Grocery in Madison. He was a former truck driver for Spann Trucking in Madison and worked construction for Calvet Construction in Corydon, Indiana. He attended Switzerland Baptist Church and Long Run Baptist Church. He will be remembered for his love of horses, horse pulls and car races.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Lee Jester of Madison; his daughter, Tammy Jo Jester of Madison; his sons, Charles Wayne Jester, Denny Jester, John “Turtle” Jester and wife Kelli, all of Madison, and Randy Jester and wife Mary of Greensburg; his grandchildren, Charles, Christ, Chastity, John Wilbur, Dana, Justin, Matt, Client, Katie, Aaron and Nikkei; his great-grandchildren, Trenton, Hail, Brained, McKayli, McKenli, McKira, Trevor, Logan, Maggie, Lilly, Libby, Addyson, Aiden, Kori, Taylor, Caleb and Katlin; his brother, Harold Jester of Madison; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, William and Robert Jester; his sister, Jeanette Scott; and an infant brother.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Howard Wade at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, February 11th) at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison. 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.

Bob Coleman

Robert Aaron “Bob” Coleman, 66, of Madison, near Moorefield, passed away at 5:15 a.m. Sunday, February 7th, 2010, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born October 3rd, 1943, in Valdese, North Carolina, the son of Robert Aaron Coleman and Ruth (Bradshaw) Metz. Bob’s father died in World War II and he was raised by William and Ruth (Bradshaw) Metz, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Middletown, Ohio, where he attended school. He was inducted into the U.S. Air Force on August 23rd, 1961, at Fort Thomas, Kentucky, rising to the rank of ALC E-4, serving during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on May 20th, 1966, at the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

He was united in marriage on December 7th, 1967, in Middletown, Ohio, to Nancy Harrell. Unto this union a son arrived to bless their home. He was later united in marriage on June 15th, 1974, in Hamilton, Ohio, to Sue Crawford. Unto this union a daughter arrived to bless their home.

He was a Deputy Sheriff for the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 2006, after 10 years of service. He had resided in Switzerland County for the past 14 years, where he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a member of Vevay American Legion Post 185.

Survivors include his son, Robert A. Coleman, Jr., and wife Susan of Vandalia, Ohio; his daughter, Heidi Nazelrod and husband Ty of Spring Hill, Florida; his grandchildren, Alex, Austin, Jessica, Kaylee and David; and his special friend, Marsha Beyer of Madison.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Aaron Coleman; his mother, Ruth (Bradshaw) Metz; his stepfather, William Metz; his grandson, Cody Nazelrod; his brother, William “Bill” Metz, Jr.; his stepson, Danny Warren; and his stepdaughter, Karen Warren.

Friends may call from 5-6:30 p.m. today (Thursday, February 11th) at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Military rites will be held at 6:30 p.m. 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.

Raymond Ballard

Raymond Harold Ballard, 69, of Manchester, Indiana, formerly of Lawrenceburg, passed away at 3:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born in Rising Sun on May 15th, 1940, a son of the late Edith (Cochran) and John William Ballard.

On June 2nd, 1967, he married Rita Toler, who survives.

He worked as a laborer at Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg for 30 years. He retired in 1995. He was a member of the Manchester Church of Christ and the Aurora Eagles.

Survivors, in addition to his wife Rita, include his daughters, Raema Schwing and husband Patrick of Aurora and Tammy Frye and husband David of Baltimore, Maryland; his son, Raymond “Renny” Ballard of Manchester; seven grandchildren; his sister, Mary Ann Schmerre of Fayetteville, Ohio; and his brother, Harry Ballard of Sunman.

He was also preceded in death by his son, John Olin Ballard in 1998; his brothers, Harlan and Verle Ballard; and his sister, Norma Jean Kelly.

Funeral services were conducted by David Frye Saturday, February 6th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Cedar Hedge Cemetery in Rising Sun. Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Doris Konkle

Doris Lee (Holt) Konkle, 85, of Madison, passed away at 12:03 p.m. Friday, February 5th, 2010, at Hanover Health & Rehab Center in Hanover.

She was born November 17th, 1924, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Charles Dewey and Jessie (Buchanan) Holt, who both preceded her in death. She resided most of her life in Jefferson County and was a graduate of Central High School. She was a member of Hebron Baptist church.

She was united in marriage to Ralph E. Konkle. Unto this union one son arrived to bless their home.

She had worked earlier in life at Meese Manufacturing and U.S. Shoe Company. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, baking and raising flowers.

Survivors include her son, Ronald Konkle and wife Doris of Madison; her granddaughters, Jessica Brawner and husband Davey of Madison and Paula Hensler and husband Chuck of Madison; her great-grandchildren, Clay and Seth Brawner and Megg Hensler; her sister, Norma Dean Heitz and husband Bernard of Madison; her brothers, Charles Vincent “Bud” Holt of Madison, and William “Billy” Holt and wife Pat of Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Konkle on August 11th, 1977; her sister, Anna Margaret Holton; and her great-grandson, Brok Daniel Konkle Hensler on October 29th, 2002.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Ed Roberts Tuesday, February 9th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Hebron Cemetery near Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brok Daniel Konkle Hensler Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Verjean Nead

Verjean (Spanagel) Nead, 81, of Bedford, Kentucky, formerly of Lawrenceburg, passed away at 4:15 p.m. Friday, February 5th, 2010, at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born April 21st, 1928, in Lawrenceburg, the daughter of Charles Robert and Adeline C. (Linden) Spanagel, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Lawrenceburg and graduated from Greendale High School.

She was united in marriage to William Harold Neal and this union was blessed with one son, William Charles.

She w as employed as a legal secretary for 20 years in Dearborn County and had worked for Judge Lowen and Judge Baker. She resided in Lawrenceburg until 1985 and moved to Louisville, Kentucky, for several years. She had resided in Bedford, Kentucky, the past 15 years. She loved Big Band Music and being with her family.

Survivors include her son, William Charles Nead and wife Barbara of Bedford; and her step-grandchildren, Kimberly Minch and T.J. Parr.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Harold Nead on July 19th, 1995; and her brother, Robert Spanagel.

Graveside services were held Monday, February 8th, with burial in Greendale Cemetery in Lawrenceburg. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison was in charge of arrangements. 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.morgan-nay.com.

Mary Higgins

Mary Perle (Clements) Higgins, 97, of Canaan, passed away at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 9th, 2010, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

She was born January 26th, 1913, on Parks Ridge in Switzerland County, the daughter of Kern B. and Anna R. (Robertson) Clements, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in the Long Run community in Switzerland County where she attended school.

She was united in marriage on October 10th, 1940, in North Vernon, to John Isaac Higgins. Unto this union two sons arrived to bless their home.

She was employed in the Rehabilitation Department of Madison State Hospital, retiring in 1977, after 15 years of service. She was a homemaker and enjoyed helping her husband farm the family farm. She w as a member of Madison Presbyterian Church. She will be remembered for her love of painting and sewing.

Survivors include her sons, John Frederick Higgins and wife Barbara of Canaan and Lawrence Raymond “Larry” Higgins and wife Donna of Columbus; her grandchildren, Tonya Lynn Dilger and husband Nickolaus of Union, Kentucky, John Matthew “Joey” Higgins and wife Debby of Canaan, and Michelle Waldron and husband Kenneth of Noblesville, Indiana; her great-grandchildren, Jacqui, Daniel, McKenzie, Cameron, Keaton, Alexander, Isabella and Lucas; her nephew, Kenneth J. Clemons; and her niece, Diane Trusty.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Isaac Higgins on May 28th, 2005; her great-grandson, Patrick Jakob Dilger on November 10th, 1996; her great-granddaughter, Carmen Barbara Tonya Dilger on January 20th, 2005; her sister, Marjorie “Peggy” LaJaure; and her brothers, Delbert Clements and Elbert “Cricket” Clemons.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Grant Gaines at 11 a.m. Monday, February 15th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Caledonia Cemetery near Moorefield. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, February 14th, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Caledonia Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.