Obituaries week of 6-2-11


Margaret Merrill

Margaret Dyer “Pud” (Pickett) Merrill, 90, of Rising Sun, passed away at 6:38 p.m. Monday, May 30th, 2011, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born November 3rd, 1920, in Vevay, the son of William and Margaret (Clendenning) Pickett, Sr., who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Vevay and was a 1938 graduate of Vevay High School. She received her degree in nursing in 1941, from Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was united in marriage on February 15th, 1944, in Cincinnati, to Harold Jamison Merrill. Unto this union a daughter arrived to bless their home. They enjoyed over 66 years of marriage together until his death on November 13th, 2010.

During World War II, she w as employed at Crosley’s in Cincinnati where she helped manufacture gun sights. She began her employment as a registered nurse for the Jefferson Proving Ground Infirmary in Madison. She was a former industrial nurse at the Ford Plant in North Vernon and was a public health nurse for Jennings County for several years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in North Vernon and Kappa, Kappa, Kappa Sorority in Vevay. They resided in North Vernon from 1957-2000 when they built a house along the Ohio River in Rising Sun to be near their daughter Pam. She will be remembered for her love of music, tennis, gardening, traveling, IU basketball, the Cincinnati Reds and playing the piano.

Survivors include her daughter, Pam Merrill of Rising Sun; and her grandson, Justin Smith of Aurora.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Dr. William Pickett and Russell Pickett; her sisters, Wilma Benedict, Lola “Lody” Pickett and Lorraine “Rainey” Pickett; and her brother-in-law, Harold C. “Red” Benedict.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Mike Jones at 11 a.m. Friday, June 3rd, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today (Thursday, June 2nd) at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, the Salvation Army or the Ohio County Rescue Unit. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Robbie Kincaid

Robin Wayne “Robbie” Kincaid, 38, of East Enterprise, passed away at 7:55 a.m. Thursday, May 26th, 2011, at his home.

He was born January 31st, 1973, in Lawrenceburg, the son of Charles Luther and Mary Jane (Harlow) Kincaid. He was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1991 graduate of Switzerland County High School. He was a rod buster for Lykins Reinforcing in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a member of the Reinforcing Iron Workers Local #372 in Cincinnati, Ohio, for the past 20 years. He will be remembered for his love of 4-wheeling, gardening with his mother, grilling out and most of all he enjoyed the simple things in life.

Survivors include his parents, Charlie and Mary Jane Kincaid of East Enterprise; his brother, Scotty Kincaid and wife Ginger of East Enterprise; his sister, Cindy Kincaid of Owingsville, Kentucky; his nieces and nephews, Keegan and Kelly Kincaid; and Tyler and Karsen Cook; his aunts and uncles, Minnie and J. Lynn See of Louisa, Kentucky, Kenneth and Margaret Kincaid of Middletown, Ohio; Betty Russell of Cincinnati; Muriel Conner of Cincinnati; Judy Holbrook of Ashtabula, Ohio; James and Glenda Kincaid of Lexington, Kentucky; Shirley Tingle of Vevay; George Harlow of Vevay; Bobby and Carol Harlow of Williamstown, Kentucky; Donna Harlow of Indianapolis; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James “JW” and Eunice Kincaid and Bill and Lucinda Harlow; his uncle, Paul Harlow; and his aunt, Jean Campbell.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Bill Madison Sunday, May 29th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Aberdeen. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Carmel Cemetery or the Switzerland County Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Donald Works

Donald Leroy Works, 82, of Rising Sun, passed away Sunday, May 29th, 2011, at 10:49 p.m. Although he had been in failing health and suffered much with arthritis, his illness lasted little more than a week. He had entered the hospital Wednesday, May 18th, for breathing trouble and weakness and was soon diagnosed with pneumonia.

He was the fifth of nine children born to Jesse and Carrie Works on August 26th, 1928, in Allensville where he grew up. He attended a one-room schoolhouse nearby. He graduated from Vevay High School in 1946. He started working at Seagram’s after high school but soon found a job at Brown Tool Manufacturing Company in Rising Sun in 1947, which he would later own. He served as the Ohio County Republican Party Central Committee Chairman for 16 years and was elected mayor of Rising Sun for 12 years from 1968-1980. Under his direction as mayor, the city’s water system and treatment plant were upgraded, a housing rehabilitation program was approved to revitalize downtown, and an apartment complex for the elderly was built. Although a Republican he was loved and respected by Democrats and Republicans alike because he worked for the good of the community. He was unable to run for mayor again due to rheumatoid arthritis.

In 1986, he moved to a small farm in Rising Sun and began to raise tobacco. He worked hard sowing the tobacco bed, then waiting for the plants to be set. When fall came he was busy in the stripping room. After a few years, he became unable to do this due to the arthritis, and they moved back into town on Willow Street. He was a member of the Allensville Methodist Church.

Survivors include his daughter, Deborah (Stephen) Bovard; his grandchildren, Donald “Jennifer) Bovard and Terri Bovard; his great-grandchildren, Olivia, Nya and Meghan Bovard; his brothers, Dale (Betty) Works of Rising Sun and Tommie (Rita) Works of East Enterprise; his sisters, Wilma Cole of Fairview and Betty (Don) Mulvany of Brookville; his brother-in-law, Paul Wells of Lawrenceburg; and his sister-in-law, Patty Works of Allensville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Carrie Works; his brothers, Gerald, Edwin and Warren Works; his sister, Lois Wells; his sisters-in-law, Mary Works and Hazel Works; his brother-in-law, Wilfred Cole; his niece, Ginger Mulvaney-Giebel; and his nephews, Keith Works and Ernest Driver.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, June 2nd) at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun.

Don Burress

Donovan “Don” Burress, 75, of Milton, Kentucky, formerly of Madison and Michigan, passed away at 11:38 a.m. Thursday, May 26th, 2011, at his home.

He was born June 24th, 1935, in Switzerland County, the son of the late Chester Ray and Ella Nora Butters Burress. He resided in Switzerland County in early life and was a 1953 graduate of Central High School on Ryker’s Ridge. He attended Indiana University Southeast. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1957, during the Vietnam War and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1965.

He was united in marriage on August 7th, 1965, to Connie Franklin. This union was blessed with one daughter and two sons. He resided in Oakland County, Michigan for 38 years and was employed with Mobile Refrigeration for four and one-half years and then with Transport Refrigeration as a mechanic and reefer technician for a total of 24 years of service.

He was a gifted musician and was accomplished at playing the fiddle, violin, guitar, bass and mandolin. He was known as “Don and Kountry Kapers.” He also played with “Ramblin Country” and “Cool County Band.” He had also opened shows for Del Reeves, Ferlin Husky, Tex Ritter and Tommy Cash. He also played with country artist, Freddie Hart, and played instrumental on the song “Easy Lovin.”

He was united in marriage on May 7th, 2004, to Cleda Mae Keeton Ashby in Dale, Indiana. They enjoyed wintering in Mt. Dora, Florida.

He was a member of the Lake Saunders Baptist Church in Florida. He was a faithful member of North Madison Baptist Church in Madison where he served as a deacon. He was a member of Madison Moose Lodge No. 765 and Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. He enjoyed entertaining senior citizens at local nursing homes in Madison and in Mt. Dora.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Frank McGee Tuesday, May 31st, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment was in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison with military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Madison Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at