Obituaries week of 7-15-10


Phillip Nickell

Phillip Paul “PP” Nickell, 71, of Vevay, formerly of Muncie, passed away at 12:26 a.m. Wednesday, July 14th, 2010, at Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus.

He was born September 29th, 1938, in Muncie, the son of Frank Nickell and Glenna (Baldwin) Nickell Hopkins. He was raised in Muncie and Fullerton, California. He was a 1956 graduate of Fullerton Union High School and attended one year of college at Cal Poly Tech in San Luis Obispo, California. He was a police officer in Santa Ana, California, for several years and produce manager for a grocery store in Fullerton.

He was united in marriage in November, 1960, to Barbara Gail Trexler in California. Unto this union two sons and a daughter arrived to bless their home.

He was united in marriage on August 31st, 1990, in Gaston, Indiana, to Karen E. Comer. They have resided in Vevay since 2002.

He was employed in quality control for Westinghouse ABB in Muncie, from 1965-1998. He was a former line worker for the ELSA Corporation in Elwood, Indiana from 2002-2004. He was employed with Spiral Fab in Vevay as a delivery driver. He attended the Friends Memorial Church in Muncie and East Whittier Friends Meeting in California. He will be remembered for his love of fishing, model trains, his friends, grandchildren and his family were very important to him.

Survivors include his wife, Karen E. Nickell of Vevay; his sons, David Nickell and wife Susan of Muncie and Jonathan Nickell and wife Kelly of Indianapolis; his daughter, Elizabeth Neal of Houston, Texas; his stepmother, Kathryn Nickell of Coatesville, Indiana; his stepson, Ryan Pegg of Daleville, Indiana; his stepdaughters, Bonnie Pegg of Vevay and Kristen Leigh-Anne Kendall and husband Gary of Vevay; his grandchildren, Samuel, Caroline, Jessica, Ellen, Bryce, Nathaniel, Nicole, Riley, J.R. and Connor; his great-grandson, Alexander “Xander”; his brother, Ted Nickell and wife Kathy of Amity, Oregon; his half sister, Nikki Valorani and husband Jerry of Coatesville, Indiana; his sister-in-law, Trish Sweat and husband Jerome of Saulsbury, Tennessee; four nieces and three nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Glenna (Baldwin) and Ron Hopkins; his father, Frank Nickell; and his stepson, Rocky Pegg.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Mike Jones at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 18th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time Sunday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the Switzerland County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Harold K. Jester

Harold K. Jester, 70, of Madison, passed away at 2:02 p.m. Tuesday, July 6th, 2010, at the home of his daughter in a tractor accident near Madison.

He was born August 2nd, 1939, in Switzerland County, the son of John Wilbur and Anna Catherine (Unwiller) Jester, who both preceded him in death. He attended Long Run School and Vevay High School. He spent his early years in Switzerland County, moving to Jefferson County in 1957.

He was united in marriage on November 5th, 1957, in Madison to Joyce A. Louden. Unto this union two daughters and a son arrived to bless their home.

In 1958, he began a career as a truck driver, delivering for Pepsi Cola for several years. He drove for National Linen Company for 15 years. He drove for Robus Leather in Madison for 32 years. He last drove a dump truck for Sedam Contracting in Hanover. He was a member of First Christian Church of Hanover. In his spare time he enjoyed car races, horseback riding, farming and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce A. (Louden) Jester of Madison; his daughters, Peggy Jester and companion John Brim of Madison and Laura Jester and companion Jimmy Watterson of Madison; his son, Michael K. Jester and wife Jill M. Jester of Milton, Kentucky; his grandsons, Richard K. Jester and Joshua A. Jester; his great-grandchildren, Dahlia, Alexander and Gracelynn Jester; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Larry and Sylvia Louden of Madison, Virginia Jester of Moorefield, James Conn Louden of Madison, and Laural Sue Schirmer of Madison; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Jeanette Scott; his brothers, William, Robert and Charles Frederick Jester and an unnamed infant brother.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Ronald Sandidge Saturday, July 10th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, followed by a horse-drawn funeral procession led by his nephew, Charles Wayne Jester, to Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Onine condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Andre LeClaire

Andre LeClaire, 66, of Vevay, passed away at 6:40 p.m. Saturday, July 10th, 2010, at his home.

He was born March 11th, 1944, in Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, the son of Dr. Henri Joseph and Dorothy Ann (Maier) LeClaire. He was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and was a graduate of Walnut Hills High School Class of 1961. He attended DePauw University and Ohio State University. His family moved to Cincinnati in 1949, which was his primary residence until moving to Vevay approximately 20 years ago. He resided in Los Angeles, California, from 1978-1987, where he was employed as a technician for the Landmark Theater Corporation. After moving to Vevay, he owned and operated LeClaire Electronics in Vevay from 1989-1995. He was employed by the Madison-Jefferson County Library and the Switzerland County Public Library as a computer technician. He will be remembered for his love of computers, cars, reading, his pets and his farm.

Survivors include his beloved life partner and soul mate, Sherin Dee Wren of Brooksburg; his son, Jean-Paul Henri LeClaire of Cincinnati; his mother, Dorothy Ann (Maier) LeClaire of Cincinnati; his sister, Lauren LeClaire Wallace and husband John of Cincinnati; his brother, Henri Robert LeClaire and wife Laurie of Cincinnati; his nephews, John Clinton Wallace, James Matthew Wallace, Geoffrey LeClaire and Brian LeClaire.

His father, Dr. Henri Joseph LeClaire preceded him in death.

A remembrance service will be held Saturday, July 17th, at 2 p.m. at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Friends may gather from 1 p.m. to service time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzrland County Public Library or the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Brenda Yauger

Brenda Lynn Yauger, 57, of Rising Sun, passed away Friday, July 9th, 2010, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was born in Milan on August 3rd, 1952, the daughter of the late Virginia (Baker) and Robert Kenneth Bovard. She worked as a quality control gauger at Anchor Glass in Lawrenceburg. She was a member of Rising Sun American Legion Auxiliary and was a graduate of Switzerland County High School, Class of 1971.

Survivors include her daughter, Jennifer (Brad) Jackson of West Chester, Ohio; her sons, J.J. (Mary Ann) Yauger of Burlington, Kentucky and Shawn Yauger of Lawrenceburg; her grandchildren, Austin and Pacey Yauger and Shelby and Audrey Jackson; her sisters, Linda Frederick of Rising Sun, Bonnie Bovard of Rising Sun, Connie Ritcher of Rising Sun, Nannette Daws of Rising Sun, Suzanne Padgett of Val Dosta, Georgia, Cindy Hudson of East Enterprise, Joyce Allen of Bright, Shelia Lows of Florence, Kentucky, and Leisa Jensen of Homosassa, Florida; her brothers, Warren Bovard of Rising Sun, Herschel Bovard of Aurora, and Tom Bovard of Madison; and her half brother, Nathan Bovard of East Enterprise.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Terry and Johnny Joe Bovard; her half brother, Robert Bovard; and her half sister, Barbara Armand.

A memorial service was conducted by Reverend Jim Jenkins at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.