Obituaries week of 4-22-10


Lizzie Stoltzfoos

Lizzie Fisher (Beiler) Stoltzfoos, 88, of Rexville, Indiana, passed away at 5:55 p.m. Tuesday, April 20th, 2010, in Rexville.

She was born August 26th, 1921, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Abram L. and Barbara (Fisher) Beiler, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Lancaster where she was a homemaker and was very active in farming the family farm.

She was united in marriage in Lancaster to Samuel Stoltzfoos and they were blessed with one son. After the death of her husband on February 21st, 1995, she was employed as a clerk at the Valley Hardware in Christiana, Pennsylvania from 1995-2007. She had resided with her son in the Rexville community the past year.

Survivors include her son, Christian Stoltzfoos and wife Sally of Rexville; her foster son, Christian Stoltzfus of Christiana, Pennsylvania; her brothers, Ben Beiler of Gordonville, Pennsylvania, John Beiler of Kinzers, Pennsylvania, Abram Beiler, USA, and Jonas Beiler of Kinzers, Pennsylvania; her sisters, Barbara Flaud of Gordonville and Annie Stoltzfoos of Kinzers, Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Elam, Christian, Jake, Henry and Amos Beiler; and her sisters, Rachel Beiler, Sarah Beiler, Mary Zook and Malinda Petersheim.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today (Thursday, April 22nd) at the Christian Stoltzfoos residence, 3589 West County Road 800 South, Versailles, Indiana 47042. Burial will be in Ridge View Cemetery in Rexville. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Howard Nelson

Howard Wayne “Little Boss” Nelson, 66, of Canaan, formerly of Dillsboro, died Thursday, April 15th, 2010 in Lawrenceburg.

He was born Thursday, March 2nd, 1944 in Milan, the son of the late Carl Nelson and the late Alice Edwards Nelson. He was a farmer, bricklayer and Amish driver. He was a former and active member of the First Apostolic Church of Lawrenceburg, and currently attended the Switzerland County Community Church of Vevay.

Surviving are his wife, Alice Hill-Nelson of Canaan; his stepson, Randall Dragoo of Dupont; his stepdaughters, Penny Dragoo of Dillsboro, Alice King of Versailles and Irene Thielmann of Milan;  his half sisters, Nina Carol Schuster of Miamitown, Ohio and Barbara Anderson of Harrison, Ohio; and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Tuesday, April 20th, with Pastor William Robinson officiating. Interment followed in the Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro. Contributions may be made to the Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospital. Visit

Olen B. Tinsley

Olen B. Tinsley, 84, of Rising Sun, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Saturday, April 17th, peacefully at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky on June 15th, 1925, the son of the late Lottie (Majors) and Walter Tinsley. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman 1st Class in World War II and received the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. He worked as a clerk at Kroger in Lawrenceburg for over 10 years. He retired from Alton Box factory in 1989 and also worked at Merries Foods in Aurora for 13 years. He was a member of Rising Sun American Legion.

On August 22nd, 1952, he married Bettie Jean (Brooks) Tinsley, who died on April 8th, 2005.

Survivors include his daughters, Connie Tinsley and Barbara Tinsley, both of Rising Sun; his sons, Dennis Tinsley and Floyd Tinsley and wife Debra, all of Rising Sun; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his sisters, Lola Mae Miller of Rising S un, Joyce Hill of Moores Hill and Sarah Tinsley of Rising Sun; and his brother, Walter Tinsley of Moores Hill.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Floyd and James Tinsley; and his sister, Drotha Huffine.

Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Charles Hill at 1 p.m. Friday, April 23rd, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today (Thursday, April 22nd) at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ohio County Rescue or the Rising Sun American Legion.

Kirby McCreary

Kirby Lee McCreary, 79, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away at 2 a.m. Friday, April 9th, 2010, in Chandler, Arizona.

He was born September 26th, 1930, in Aberdeen, the son of Lloyd and Bernice (Ricketts) McCreary. He was a U.S. Army veteran, attaining the rank of SFC.

Survivors include his daughters, Deborah Lindler of Phoenix, Cathy Goodrich of Boise, Idaho and Patricia LaFlam of Chandler; his sisters, Eloise Gridley and Charlene Dunning, both of Rising Sun; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Raymond McCreary.

Private graveside services were held Saturday, April 17th, with burial in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Dr. H. Schirmer Riley

Dr. Henry Schirmer Riley, age 81, of Hanover, formerly of Fairmount Drive in Madison, died on Monday, April 19th, 2010, at 11:38 a.m. in a plane crash on a farm near Madison.

He was born September 19th, 1928, in Wheatley, Kentucky. He was the son of Samuel Sturgeon and Opal M. Schirmer Riley. Raised in Wheatley, he worked as a mechanic in his early life at t he Wheatley Garage. At 16, he drove a school bus during the war and helped at the family business, Kendall & Riley International Dealership, Owenton, Kentucky.

He was married October 28th, 1946, to Janis Baldwin of Long Ridge, Kentucky. They enjoyed over 60 years of marriage together. A son and daughter blessed their home.

After six years as a mechanic, with wife Janis and children in tow, Dr. Riley graduated from Georgetown College in 1956. He completed study at the University of Louisville Medical School in 1960, and a rotating internship in Columbus, Georgia in 1961.

He was Board Certified in Family Practice, a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and held memberships in the Indiana Association of Public Health Physicians, Jefferson and Switzerland counties, Indiana State and American Medical Associations, and Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Madison. Dr. Riley distinguished himself as an exceptional physician and served as the Jefferson County Health Officer for 28 years.

He was well known for his special bedside manner and witty sense of humor. He was the first physician at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital to give an epidural. He delivered 4,942 babies in and around Jefferson County from 1961, when he joined the hospital staff, until his retirement in 1999. During his busy practice years, he admitted about 1,000 patients yearly to King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. In August, 2009, he was recognized by colleagues and the hospital to receive a special plaque commemorating his service in King’s Daughters’ “Hallway of Honor.”

An aviation enthusiast, Dr. Riley flew solo at the age of 16 before he got his driver’s license and became a certified pilot in 1946. Additionally, he was certified as an Aviation Medical Examiner by the Federal Aviation Administration, was a member of the Flying Physicians’ Association, and flew a single engine Comanche, N5425P, around the world in 39 days with his co-pilot, Madison photographer, Jim Pirtle. With Dr. Bob Trimble’s help, Dr. Riley and Mr. Pirtle authored a book about their adventure entitled “Two Pilots, One Engine.” His flying experience covered over 60 countries and six continents. Riley and Pirtle shared their experience and aviation knowledge with many area groups and service clubs. The two had also flown to the Rock of Gibraltar in 1983.

Survivors include his son, Samuel Lee Riley, M.D. and his wife Mary Ann of Dallas, Texas; his daughter, Linda Joy Riley Cornett, M.D. and husband Roy Miller Cornett of Georgetown, Kentucky; his grandsons, Brian Lee Riley and wife Elizabeth, Christopher Scott Riley, Aaron Riley Ballard and wife Kathleen; his granddaughter, Ashley Renee Lopes and husband Rodrigo; his great-granddaughter, Caitlin Lopes; his niece, Dana Stewart and husband Tim Stover; his nephew, Larry Wilson; his brother-in-law, Charles Wilson; his great-nephews, Collin and Nicholas Stover; and his great-niece, Melinda Wilson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Sturgeon and Opal M. Schirmer Riley; his wife, Janis Baldwin Riley on April 1 5th, 2009; and his stepmother, Marguerite Searcy Riley in 1984.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Donald G. Bradley Saturday, April 24th, at 11:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church at 412 West Main Street in downtown Madison. A private committal service will follow at Dallasburg Cemetery in Wheatley, Kentucky. Friends may gather Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Aviation Museum of Kentucky, 4136 Hanger Drive, Lexington, Kentucky 40510 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Grigsby

Helen Marie Jones O’Connor Grigsby, 66, of Lawrenceburg, passed away at 7:53 a.m. Tuesday, April 20th, 2010, at Vitas Hospice at Drake Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She w as born December 15th, 1943, in Warsaw, Kentucky, the daughter of Bill and Opal Dice Jones. She was raised in Aurora and attended school there. She attended Calvary Wesleyan Church while residing in Madison and was presently a member of the Milton Church of Christ in Milton, Kentucky. She resided the past year in Dearborn County. She was last employed by Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in Switzerland County in the food and beverage service. She was a former employee of Hanover Nursing Center and Shady Nook Health Care. She enjoyed watching television, playing cards, singing, her church, knitting and sewing.

Survivors include her daughters, Jennifer Richardson and husband Norman of Aurora, Peggy O’Conner of Hamilton, Ohio, Theresa Weber and husband Mark of Florence, Veronica Baker of Seymour, Penny Mitchell and husband James of Clinton, Indiana, and Patsy O’Conner of Madison; her sisters, Stella Dice of Lawrenceburg and Velma Jones of Lawrenceburg; her brothers, Wayne Jones of Madison, Frankie Jones of Bradford, Pennsylvania and Bill Jones of Milan; her twin brother, Darrell Jones of Fort Wayne; her mother, Opal Dice Jones of Lawrenceburg; 23 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Jones on May 10th, 1999; and her son, Johnny O’Conner on April 3rd, 1988.

Funeral services will be conducted by Brother James “Jay” Jones at 11 a.m. Friday, April 23rd, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Helen Grigsby Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at