Obituaries week of 2-24-11

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Robert Lee Tinker

Robert Lee “Pee Wee” Tinker, 62, of Pleasant, passed away at 10:42 p.m. Tuesday, February 15th, 2011, at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born November 30th, 1948, in Milan, the son of Robert W. and Gladys Ruth (Branham) Tinker, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1966 graduate of Vevay High School. He enjoyed farming all of his life and raising cattle, hogs and goats. He owned and operated Tinker Equipment in Pleasant from 2000 until his death.

He and his family operated Tinker Equipment in Fairview from 1968 until 2000. He was formerly employed at Ande Chevrolet in Lawrenceburg from 1966-1968. He was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church and the Switzerland County Tractor Pullers Association. He will be remembered for his love of a hard day’s work, farming, collecting Oliver toy tractors, camping, I.U. basketball, but most of all, spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Tinker of Pleasant; his sons, Jeffery Lee Tinker of Pleasant, Jason Earls and wife Kelli of Madison and Dave Tinker of Lamb; his daughters, Angela Tinker of Versailles, Melissa Prickett and husband Mike of Hanover, Michelle Mitchell and husband Andy of Springfield, Ohio, and Kimberly Denning and husband Dustin of Madison; his grandchildren, Brittany, Jessilyn, Taylor, Joshua, Abby, Bayliegh, Caitlynn, Alex, Kamden, Trenton, Brok and Tucker; his brother, Donald Wayne “Butch” Tinker of Fairview; his sister, Donna Jean Tinker of Fairview; and his nephew, Chris Tinker of Madison.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Lou Ann Tinker; his brother, Tommy Lynn Tinker; and his stepdaughter, Tracie Lee Sams.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, February 19th, by Reverend Arnold Cutter at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Concord Cemetery near Patriot. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Fairview United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Darrin Turner

Darrin Wayne Turner, 39, of Vevay, passed away at 12:46 pm. Wednesday, February 16th, 2011, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born March 1st, 1971, in Dearborn County, the son of Fred A. and Edna (Ledbetter) Turner. He was raised in Switzerland County and atttended Switzerland County High School. He was a heavy utility cleaner for Belterra Casino, Resort & Spa until he became disabled from cancer. He was formerly employed by Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun and North Bend Farms near Patriot. He was also a commercial fisherman for Willard Napier for five years. He will be remembered for his love of fishing, camping and spending time with his children.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Fred A. and Cindy Turner of Vevay; his mother, Edna (Ledbetter) Turner of Rising Sun; his daughters, Heather Turner of Patriot, Mary Ann Turner of Vevay and Meranda Turner of Patriot; his son, Darrin Wayne Turner, Jr., of Patriot; his sisters, Jennie Turner of Aurora and Susie Turner of Rising Sun; his brothers, Johnny Turner of Patriot and Joshua Mitchell of Madison; and his niece, Lilly McFadden.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Curtis A. and Mary M. Turner and Kenneth and Josephine Ledbetter; and his nephew, Spencer William Turner.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Jack Shelton Tuesday, February 22nd, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Eastview Cemetery in Patriot. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent to thefamily via the funeral home’s wesite at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Ben Walton

Benjamin Garfield “Ben” Walton, 79, of Rising Sun, passed away at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born in Aurora on February 23rd, 1931, the son of the late Benjamin Garfield and Nettie Mae (Leasure) Walton, Sr. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force as an Airman 1st Class and was a flight instructor for four years. He was a member of Rising Sun Church of Christ, Rising Sun American Legion, Rising Sun American Legion Color Guard, Rising Sun Masonic Lodge, former member of Ohio County Park Board and Ohio County Veterans Officer. He was employed as an electrician at Monsanto in Cincinnati, Ohio, retiring in September, 1993.

On December 24th, 1952, at the Rising Sun Methodist Church he married Lorraine Ballard, who survives.

Other survivors include his daughter, Saundra Stanley and husband Kenny of Rising Sun; his sons, Steve Walton and wife Debbie and Gene Walton and wife Lisa, all of Rising Sun; his grandson, Steve Walton, Jr.; his granddaughters, Amber Johnson, Alesha Traue, Gina Bascom, Shanda Walton and Dana Walton; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Thelma O’Neal, Esther Marie Kilgore and Judy Barton.

Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Greg Matthew and Eldon Fancher at 11 a.m. Friday, February 25th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Friends may call today (Thursday) from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Masonic services will be held at 7 p.m. today (Thursday). Burial will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery with military rites at the graveside by Rising Sun American Legion Color Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Rising Sun American Legion, Rising Sun Church of Christ or Michael Hayes Scholarship Fund.

Carol Jean Smith

Carol Jean (Slack) Smith, 48, of Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of Pleasant, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, February 15th, 2011, at Health Park Medical Center in Fort Myers.

She was born October 14th, 1962, in Madison, the daughter of Chauncey E. and Clara Bell (Shaw) Slack. She was raised in the Pleasant community and was a 1980 graduate of Switzerland County High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in interior design from Indiana State University. She began her career in interior design in 1984, working in and around Fort Myers and Naples, Florida, until she became disabled in 2007. She was raised in the Caledonia United Presbyterian Church near Moorefield. She will be remembered for her love of her Cockatiel, “Lucy Lu,” that has been her constant companion. She enjoyed creating and deisgning jewelry and soaps. She will also be remembered for her love of candles and the serenity, peace and joy they brought to her.

Survivors include her daughter, Candace Smith of Fort Myers; her son, Kameron Smith of Fort Myers; her father, Chauncey E. Slack of Pleasant; her sister, Kathy M. May and husband Michael “Reno” of Pleasant; her brother, Curtis Slack and wife Terrie of Madison; her nieces, Carrie Slack nd Nancy Slack; her nephews, Matthew May, Clint May, Chancey Tyler May and Curtis Slack, II; her great-nieces and great-nephew, Kayla, Gabriella, Amanda, Isabella and Mason; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim and Kay Smith of Warsaw, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Clara Bell (Shaw) Slack; her grandparents, Harry and Emza (Scudder) Slack; Gladys (Ferguson) Slack; and Lawrence and Lucy (Blodgett) Shaw.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 21st, by Reverends Richard Jankowsky, Janet Massey and Jim Wingate at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to an education fund for her children. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

John D. Aldridge

John D. Aldridge, 70, of Lexington, Indiana, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 16th, 2011, at his home.

He was born February 25th, 1940, in Trimble County, Kentucky, the son of the late William Ester Aldridge and Flora Elizabeth McDole Aldridge Kelley. He resided in Trimble County until the age of nine and the family moved to Jefferson County and resided there until 1991.

He was united in marriage on November 7th, 1991, at the Jefferson County Courthouse to Wanda Fay McClure.

They moved near Blocher in Scott County. He served in the U.S. Air Force and rose to the rank of Airman 3rd Class. He was a retired engineer from Conveyors Incorporated in Kokomo and worked there for 14 years. He had also worked at Clifty Engineering for 17 years as a machinist and welder. He was a member of Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion and a member of the Eagles Lodge. He enjoyed playing poker, motorcycles, lawn care and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Fay McClure Aldridge of Lexington; his sons, David Edward Aldridge and Roger Dale Aldridge, both of Madison; his daughter, Teresa L. Jones of Lexington; his stepson, Mike Green of Madison; his stepdaughter, Julie Green of Madison; his brother, Robert Aldridge of Michigan City; his grandchildren, Donald Wayne Rowlett, Kevin Daniel Aldridge, April Wilson, Laura Elizabeth Aldridge, Kathryn Aldridge, Charity Baxter, Roger Aldridge II, Curtis Aldridge and Dylan Aldridge; nine great-grandchildren; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Delores Aldridge of Madison, Nelson Wayne McClure of Quercus Grove, David and Shelly McClure of Madison, Bruce and Karen McClure of Madison, Steve and Judy McClure of Madison, and Deborah Vest of Madison; his special niece, Kimberly Dawn Aldridge Geyman of Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Lois “Bea” Watterson and Sue Ellen Rhoades; his brothers, Emmett, Billy Joe, George Allen, William Thomas and Louis Allen Aldridge; and his great-granddaughter, Bethany Michelle Rowlett.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Mike Barnes Sunday, February 20th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Entombment was in Grandview Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Madison with a flag presentation conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Vista Care Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Elisardo Acosta, Jr.

Elisardo “Al” Acosta, Jr., 74, of Rising Sun, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Sunday, February 20th, 2011, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born in Bronx, New York, on June 22nd, 1936, the son of the late Andrea (Castillo) Acosta and Elisardo Acosta, Sr. He proudly served his country for over 20 years in the U.S. Army and rose to the rank of Sergeant 1st Class. He served in Vietnam and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. After retiring from the Army, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Wahiawa, Hawaii, retiring in 1997.

On October 9th, 1985, in Wahiawa he married Diane DuVall, who survives.

Other survivors include his daughters, Christine Acosta and Debra Acosta, both of Hawaii; his son, Steven (Priscilla) Acosta of Corona, California; his grandchhildren, Aubrey and Elise Acosta; and his sister-in-law, Carole Powell.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Keith Chanley today (Thursday, February 24th) at 11 a.m. at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Dana Ballard

Dane Lee Ballard, 37, of Rising Sun, passed away at 8:35 a.m. Saturday, February 19th, 2011, at his parents’ residence.

He was born in Lawrenceburg, on March 22nd, 1973, the son of Stanley and Betty (Jackson) Ballard, who survive in Rising Sun. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1991 and attended Rising Sun Church of the Nazarene. He worked as a warehouse manager at Archway Sales, Inc., in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also worked as a fitness trainer and he owned and operated Extreme Fitness & Tan in Rising Sun. He liked working out and encouraging other people at the gym. He also enjoyed movies, music, karaoke and Halloween was his favorite holiday. He loved kids and was a very special uncle to his nieces and nephews. He was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors also include his brothers, David (Regina) Ballard of Patriot, Kevin (Kerrie) Ballard of Greendale, and Steve Ballard of Rising Sun; his sisters, Debbie (Marvin) Chrisman of Lawrenceburg and Kathy Scott and special friend, Jeff Lyons, of Aurora; his nieces, Racheal Ballard, Janelle Ballard, Danielle Ballard, Chantel Ballard, Kayla Ballard, Alyssa Ballard, Michelle Moreillon, Jackie Morales and Lisa Martin; his nephews, Brandon, Tyler, and Keegan Ballard, Michael Scott and Mark Scott; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Chris Robinson Wednesday, February 23rd, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the family or to the Dana Ballard Scholarship Fund.

Harlow Iery

Harlow June Iery, passed away at 10:13 a.m. Thursday, February 17th, 2011, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born prematurely February 17th, 2011 at 9:33 a.m. and passed away in her parents’ arms, Timanie Konkle and Jerude Iery. She was to have been born on July 18th, 2011.

Survivors include her mother, Timanie Konkle of Vevay; her father, Jerude Iery of Marietta, Ohio; her grandparents, Cyndi and Mark Dickerson of Vevay, Cary Konkle of Madison, Shana and Jade Barker of Bennington and J. C. Iery of Marietta, Ohio; her great-grandparents, Brenda Adams of Madison, Terry Thornton of Tennessee, Sharon and John Grubbs of Madison, Carol Ray and Janet Konkle of Deputy, Dana and Margaret Ledford of McConnellsville, Ohio, Candice and Everett Ross of Belpre, Ohio and John Iery of Bedford, Kentucky; her great-great-grandparents, Clara Kitts of Belpre; several aunts and uncles, Paxton and Courtney Dickerson, Gabrielle Baker, Brooke and Summer Dickerson; Nathan Iery and Josh Stoneburner; numerous cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandma, Anna Iery; and her great-great-grandma, Virgie McAllister.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, February 22nd, with burial in Concord Cemetery near Patriot. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harlow June Iery Memorial Fund. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Trudy Anderson

Trudy Rose “Gerty” (Desharnais) Anderson, 74, of Florence, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Friday, February 18th, 2011, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

She was born June 14th, 1936, in Tweksbury, Massachusetts, the daughter of Real and Anna Marie (Taushdua) Desharnais, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Tewksbury, where she was raised in the Catholic Church and attended school.

She was united in marriage on December 16th, 1964, in Huntington Park, California, to Robert Paul Anderson. They enjoyed over 46 years of marriage together.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed raising her family. She will be remembered for her love of crafts, knitting, sewing and quilting.

Survivors incude her husband, Robert Paul Anderson of Florence; her daughters, Karen Lee Anderson of San Luis Obispo, Californa; Tami Lynn Dines of Wonder Valley, California, and Kimberly Ann Greenlee and husband Squire of Valley Center, Californis; her sons, Michael Tuleja and wife Maria of San Diego, California and Rick Anderson and wife Missy of Lawrenceburg; 23 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; her brothers, Roger Desharnais of Tewksbury, Henry Desharnais of Downey, California, and Real “Bobby” Desharnais of Wakefield, Massachusetts; her sisters, Teresa Boissonneault of Edgewater, New Jersey, Isabelle Serra of Caldwell, New Jersey, Lucille Windsor of Herrington, Vermont, Dottie Claremont of Mantell, New Hampshire and Jay Munnis of Nausha, Massachusetts; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Roland, Raymond and Dickie Desharnais.

Funeral services were conducted by Father John A. Meyer Tuesday, February 22nd, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Memorial contributions may be made to a mass in her honor. Online condolences may be sent to the famiily via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Anne Spencer

Anne Spencer, 70, of Charlestown, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, passed away Tuesday, February 15th, 2011, at St. Catherine’s Regional Hospital after battling Parkinson’s Disease.

She was born to Leo and Talitha Culberston in Evansville, Indiana. She was a 30-year teacher, retired from Switzerland County School Corporation, and was a member of Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. She very much enjoyed teaching young children and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her sons George Spencer (Bonnie) of Madison and John Spencer (Carol) of Charlestown; her grandchildren, Megan Thompson of Carrollton, Kentucky; Nicholas Spencer and Christopher Spencer, both of Charlestown; her great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Grace Thompson; her brother, Alan Culbertson of Woodside, California; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; Franklin Spencer; and one brother.

Private services have been held. Committal of remains will be to Old Salem Methodist Church Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Charlestown Excellence in Education Foundation can be mailed to P.O. Box 507, Charlestown, IN 47111.

Frank J. Burris

Frank J. Burris, 75, of Dillsboro, passed away at his home on Saturday, February 19th, 2011.

He was born in Aurora on August 22nd, 1935, the son of Frank and Sara (Copeland) Burris. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, was a member of Versailles Church of Christ, Dillsboro American Legion Post and the National Rifle Association. He retired from Frank Industries in Sunman.

He was married to Clara Baker in 1964, and she preceded him in death on February 12th, 1990.

Survivors include his sons, Robert (Katrina) Burris of Aurora, Jeff Burris of Yelm, Washington, and Cecil (Judy) Wallace of Rising Sun; his daughters, Connie (Sam) Eggleston of Versailles and Vickey (Fred) Bentley of Noblesville, Indiana; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his brothers, James Burris of Atlanta, Georgia and Glenn Burris of Rising Sun; and his sisters, Alice Walston of Vevay and Sylvia Ann Goff of Covington, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held in Humphrey-Taylor-Detmer Funeral Home in Rising Sun wth burial in Rising Sun Cemetery with graveside military rites conducted by Dillsboro American Legion Post. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.