Obituaries week of 2-5-09


Ralph Morton

Ralph Eugene Morton, 84, of Pleasant, passed away Wednesday, January 28th, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

He was born June 17th, 1924, in Pleasant, the son of Oliver Perry and Elizabeth (Westrick) Morton, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Pleasant and was a 1943 graduate of Vevay High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy April 3rd, 1942, rising to the rank of Apprentice Seaman, serving during World War II. He was honorably discharged July 17th, 1943, at Great Lakes, Illinois.

He was united in marriage November 10th, 1945, in Correct, Indiana, to Carolyn Mae Copeland. Unto this union a son and two daughters arrived to bless their home.

He owned and operated Morton’s General Store in Pleasant from 1969-1984. He was a soil technician for Ripley County Soil and Water Conservation District. He retired from Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison as an observer and as a high explosive technician in the assembly branch. He was a 50-year member of Switzerland Lodge #122 F&AM and was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis. He was a member of Brushy Fork Baptist Church in Pleasant where he served as a Deacon for 34 years. He will be remembered for his love of a hard day’s work and the pleasure that he found in farming.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn M. Morton of Pleasant; his daughters, Rosemary Jessup and husband Garry of Pleasant and Rita Shelley and husband David of Pleasant; his son, Ronald Morton and wife Darlene of Center Square; his grandchildren, Brian Morton, Bob Morton, Amy Combs, Andy Jessup, Adam Shelley and Jenna Shelley; his great-grandchildren, Brittany Morton, Kinley Morton, Kallie Morton, Garrett Morton and Shelby Morton; his step-grandchildren, Andrew, Neal and Jacob Haskell; his step-great-grandchild, Casen Haskell; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Frieda Laverne Kiesel and Mary Opal Morton; and his brothers, Kenny and Curtis Leon “Shorty” Morton.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 31st, by Revered Ron Lee at Brushy Fork Baptist Church in Pleasant. Burial was in Brushy Fork Cemetery in Pleasant with military rites conducted at the graveside by the Honor Guard of Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Masonic services were conducted Friday evening, January 30th, by Switzerland Lodge #122 F&AM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Brushy Fork Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Mollie McCreery

Mollie Rachel (Edwards) McCreery, 89, of Vevay, passed away Thursday, January 29th, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

She was born November 3rd, 1919, in Kentucky, the daughter of Christopher and Fannie Lee (Crutcher) Edwards, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Kentucky where she attended school.

She was united in marriage November 23rd, 1935, to Edgar V. McCreery, Sr., who preceded her in death. Unto this union two sons and a daughter arrived to bless their home.

She was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed helping her husband on the family farm. She was a member of Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Center Square Homemakers Club and Switzerland County Historical Society. She will be remembered for her love of cooking, baking, embroidering and reading her daily devotions.

Survivors include her son, Claude “Bud” McCreery and wife Nancy of Henderson, North Carolina; her grandchildren, Kathy Meredith, Rex McCreery, Curtis McCreery, Vickie Settles, Billy McCreery and Andy McCreery; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Wilma Rachel McCreery; her son, Edgar V. McCreery, Jr.; her brothers, Bernie and Jesse D. Edwards; her sisters, Lola Beatrice Cook and Josephine Bowen; and her two infant grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 2nd, by Reverend Tammy Roberts at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Ghent Masonic Cemetery in Ghent, Kentucky. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Diana L. Henderson

Diana L. (Turner) Henderson, 49, of Patriot, passed away Friday, January 30th, at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was born March 15th, 1959, in Greenfield, Indiana, the son of Larry J. and Sonja M. (Girt) Turner, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Hancock County, Indiana, where she attended school.

She was united in marriage June 2nd, 1990, in Vevay, to Robert D. Henderson, who survives.

She was a former employee of the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay and had resided in the Patriot community the past 25 years. She will be remembered for her love for her grandchildren, playing bingo and being an Elvis Presley fan.

Survivors also include her son, David Michael Pope and wife Christina of Dillsboro; her grandchildren, Heaven Nevaeh Trinity and Keira Pope; and her brother, Mark S. Turner of Indianapolis.

She was also preceded in death by her grandparents, Elmer and Frances (Welter) Girt and Ralph David and Ethel Mae (Krall) Turner.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, February 4th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Bill Fish

W.C. “Bill” Fish, 92, of Indianapolis, passed away Monday, February 2nd.

He was born on June 4th, 1916, in East Enterprise, to Laura and Orvin Fish, the youngest of four children. He graduated from Vevay High School in 1935, and Purdue University in 1939 with a degree in Agriculture. After Purdue, he moved to Carmel, Indiana as a chemistry teacher and started the Agricultural Department and first FFA chapter at Carmel High School.

He was a World War II Lieutenant Commander in the Navy and Captain of the Pelican in North and South Atlantic from 1942 until 1945. After the Navy he came back to Carmel and became associated with Foster-Kendall Seed Company.

He married his first wife, Evelyn Annabeth “Betty” Heather in 1945 and had three children, John, Tom and Sue. She passed away in 1960. He married Polly Milhon Kutz in 1962, who had a son, John Kutz, from a previous marriage. They went on to have two children, Jean and Jim. In 1955, he started his career with Eli Lilly and was one of the first four salesmen to be hired in the new Elanco Division of Lilly. He became Elanco’s first National Sales Manager in 1960 and in 1970 he became the manager of the Sales Training Department until his early retirement in 1975.

After retirement, he enjoyed serving five years as Executive Secretary of the Indiana Seed Trade Association. He was a very active member of the FFA, 4-H, a member of the Carmel Library Board of Directors and an Elder at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church. He thoroughly enjoyed managing a farm he owned in Warren County, West Lebanon, Indiana until his passing. Family, friends and neighbors will always remember him riding around on his 4-wheeler, visiting friends and his passion for horses.

Survivors include his wife, Polly; their six children; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two older brothers, Albert “Leroy” and Carroll; and one sister, Leona.

Family and friends will gather on Thursday, February 5th, from 4-7 p.m. in Leppert Mortuary, Smith Carmel Chapel. The funeral service will be held Friday, February 6th, at 11 a.m. in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church with one hour of calling prior to the service. Please visit where you may sign the guest book, share a memory or, in lieu of flowers, make a memorial contribution to the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 1605 E. 106th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46280.