Obituaries week of 6-24-10

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Vachel H. Craig

Vachel H. Craig, 86, of Bennington, formerly of Quercus Grove, passed away at 10:10 a.m. Monday, June 21st, 2010, at Kindred Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born January 23rd, 1924, in Warsaw, Kentucky, the son of Floyd and Mary Louise (McDannel) Craig, who both preceded him in death. He resided in Kentucky, moving to Switzerland County when he was in the eighth grade of school. He was a 1942 graduate of Patriot High School.

He was united in marriage on March 4th, 1944, to Ruth Jean Kinman. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage together until her death on September 18th, 1998. Unto this union seven sons arrived to bless their home.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army on August 9th, 1944, in Indianapolis. He rose to the rank of private, serving Company A 410th Infantry 103rd Division during World War II. He was honorably discharged after fighting in the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns and battles on January 21st, 1946, from Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He was awarded the EAME Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

He retired after working 45 years in heavy construction. He was a 45-year member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Jointers, serving in Local 1031 in Louisville, Kentucky. He had worked in heavy construction with Robinson & Sons Excavating, J.A. Rubel Construction and Jim Lucas Excavating. He worked part time as a mail carrier for the Patriot Post Office. He was a farmer all of his life and enjoyed yard work, gardening, camping, hunting, fishing and being with his family. He was a member of Patriot Baptist Church for many years and served as the Sunday School superintendent. For the past several years he had been a member of New Liberty Baptist Church. He was a member of East View Cemetery Board and Patriot Alumni Association.

Survivors include his sons, Randy Craig and wife Chris and Kerry Craig and wife Marilyn, all of Quercus Grove, Gordon Craig and wife Nancee of Vevay, David Craig and wife Lisa of Quercus Grove, Eddy Craig and wife Bernita of Quercus Grove, Mark Craig of Quercus Grove and Kevin Craig and wife Nancy of Mt. Sterling; his companion, Nadine Hankinson and her family of Bennington; his grandchildren, Lisa, Brian, Stacey, Adam, Matt, Thor, Megan, Laura, Rachel, Amanda, Bobbie, Allen, Steven, Lori Jo, Jason, Jamie, Jena, Cathryn and Sara; his great-grandchildren, Bailey, Carly, Gavin, Brennan, Sydney, Logan, Lily, Dalton, Wyatt, Brooke, Amber, Camden, Corbin and Ava; his sisters, Eva Minger of Elrod, Janet Bond of Patriot and Lorraine Raisor of Wapakoneta, Ohio; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Mike Sawalich at 11 a.m. Friday, June 25th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in East View Cemetery in Patriot with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today (Thursday, June 24th) and Friday from 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to New Liberty Baptist Church or East View Cemetery Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Pauline J. Brandon

Pauline J. (Farrell) Harrison Brandon, 82, of Madison, passed away at 2:28 a.m. Wednesday, June 16th, 2010, at Hanover Health & Rehabilitation Center in Hanover.

She was born January 30th, 1928, in Moorefield, the daughter of Alford and Helen (Stelle) Farrell. She was a graduate of Madison High School. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Just Us Circle of the King’s Daughters and The Rebekah Lodge.

Survivors include her daughter, Bonnie L. Hopper and husband Gary of Madison; her son, Kenneth Harrison and wife Kathy of Columbia, South Carolina; her sisters, Anna Marsh and Rita Sullivan, both of Madison; her half sister, Mary Beach of Aurora; her grandchildren, Julie Davidson, Michael Hopper, Bonnie Lee McGaughey, Curtis Thornton, Lenora Aldrich, Christopher Harrison, Clinton Harrison, Teresa Jones, Sonia Blankenship, Paula Taylor and Harold Wayne Sowell; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Lee Brandon in 1970; her daughter, Judy Ann Thornton in 2004; and her brother, Bud Farrell.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Jon Carlstrom Friday, June 18th, at Vail-Holt Funeral Home Hilltop Chapel in Madison. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Online condolences may be sent at www.vailholtfuneralhome.com.

Bill Cutter

William Francis “Bill” Cutter, 82, of Dillsboro, passed away at 10:15 a.m. Friday, June 18th, 2010, at The Waters of Dillsboro.

He was born in Ohio County on May 27th, 1928, the son of the late Sarah F. (Dennis) and William T. Cutter.

On April 24th, 1949, he married Bonnie Adkins, who survives.

He worked as a carpenter and farmer and owned and operated Cutter Saw Sharpening. He was a 1946 graduate of Lawrenceburg High School and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a previous road commissioner for Ohio County. He was an avid bowler and was involved with his children and grandchildren’s sports and activities. He had been injured in a traffic accident in September, 1994, and had lived at the nursing home ever since.

In addition to his wife Bonnie, he is survived by his daughters, Linda S. (Edward) Cox of Canton, Ohio, Sharon D. (Richard) Probst of Aurora, Jeanne K. (Rafael) Rios of Reno, Nevada, and Patricia L. Hankinson of Canton, Ohio; his sons, Michael I. (Connie) Cutter of Osgood and Daniel W. (Patricia) Cutter of Indianapolis; 21 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Charles, Dale and Clarence Cutter; and his sisters, Emma Jane Thayer, Helen Jeanette Creech and Hazel Pauline Rollins.

Funeral services were conducted by Edward Cox Tuesday, June 22nd, at Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics or the American Stroke Association.

Bill Holt

William Daily “Bill” Holt, 80, of near Canaan, passed away at 12:15 a.m. Friday, June 18th, 2010, at Hanover Health & Rehab Center.

He was born March 4th, 1930, near Canaan in the family home that he still occupied, the son of Charles Dewey and Jessie Mae (Buchanan) Holt, who both preceded him in death. He was raised near Canaan and was a graduate of Central High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on October 14th, 1952, and rose to the rank of Corporal during the Korean War. He served the 23rd Infantry, 2nd Division “I” Company. He w as honorably discharged on October 14th, 1954, from Fort Riley, Kansas. He was an entrepreneur all of his life. He had co-owned Holt’s Carpet Cleaning Service in Naches, Texas.

He was united in marriage on August 31st, 1985, in Beaumont, Texas, to Patricia Ann Denson, who survives.

He also worked as supervisor of purchasing for the Muscatatuck Developmental & Rehab for 17 years. He had resided in North Vernon for 20 years and then lived in Texas, moving to the farm at Canaan in 1991. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Bullitt County Kentucky Post 157 of the American Legion and Shepherdsville VFW Post. He was a history buff, enjoyed reading, bowling, traveling and raising green house plants.

He is also survived by his son, Gregory William Holt and wife Jo Ellen of North Vernon; his granddaughter, Jasmine Nicole Holt and fiance Craig; his sister, Norma Dean Heitz and husband Bernard of Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Anna Margaret Holton and Doris Lee Konkle; and his brother, Charles V. “Bud” Holt.

Funeral services were conducted by Father John A. Meyer Wednesday, June 23rd, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in downtown Madison. Burial was in Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison with full military honors conducted at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Chapel by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. 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.

Nelson G. McClure

Nelson G. McClure, 85, of Madison, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 19th, 2010, at Davis Elderly Care Home in Hanover.

He was born March 2nd, 1925, in Trimble County, Kentucky, the son of the late Hugh and Alieene (Garrett) McClure. He was a 1943 graduate of Central High School.

He was united in marriage on July 19th, 1947, in Madison by Reverend Vincent to Leona Van Tyle. Unto this union four daughters and four sons arrived to bless their home.

He was inducted into the U.S. Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged.

They resided in the Macedonia community near Brooksburg from 1 959 to 2004 when they retired to Madison. He had farmed all of his life and enjoyed coon hunting. He worked early in life at Williamson Heater as a welder. He worked for 13 years as a manager for Farm Bureau Coop and served on the Milton Township Advisory Board. He w as a faithful member of Macedonia Baptist Church and had served as treasurer until 2004. His early years were spent at Brooksburg Baptist Church where he was baptized. He loved to watch baseball, basketball, softball and go fishing. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Leona Van Tyle McClure of Madison; his daughters, Wanda Aldridge and husband John of Lexington, Indiana and Deborah Vest of Madison; his sons, Nelson Wayne McClure of Quercus Grove, David McClure and wife Shelby , Bruce McClure and wife Karen, and Steve McClure and wife Judy, all of Madison; his son-in-law, Kenny Hord of Madison; his grandchildren, Kevin, Kerry, Karen, Maretta, Ashley, Michael, Julie, Kenny, Travis, Rhonda, Joshua, Dustin, Tyler, Steven, Nicole and Bradley; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his daughters, Betty Frances Boone on October 22nd, 2006 and Mary Hord on September 13th, 2009; his sisters, Alma Smith, Lela Mae Giesler and Rowena Walls; and his brothers, Wilber “Jim”, Carroll Ray, Cecil and Howard McClure.

Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Jeremy Sells at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, June 24th) at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time today (Thursday) at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brooksburg Cemetery with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Macedonia Baptist Church or the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.