Obituaries week of 7-22-10


Bob Lock

Robert F.C. “Bob” Lock, 86, of Florence, passed away at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, July 18th, 2010, at the home of his daughter in Florence.

He was born September 4th, 1923, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Karl A. and Nellie (Strathman) Lock. He resided his entire life in Florence where he lived on his family farm that was handed down to him from the previous two generations.

On December 8th, 1945, he married Melba Pearl (Roberts) Lock, five days before he left to serve his country in World War II. After spending 18 months apart they reunited and settled down in Florence. They were married for 63 years.

He joined the U.S. Army July15th, 1944, and started training at Camp Blanding, Florida. He served in the 357th Infantry, Company D, 90th Division during World War II. He was wounded on January 26th, 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge and spent time recovering in France until March 1st, 1945, when he was transferred to a hospital in England where he stayed until May 7th, 1945. On June 1st, 1945, he was sent back to Germany to rejoin his company in the 90th Division. On October 6th, 1945, he was transferred to Company G-Military Government Headquarters where he was in charge of several routes of the military mail system. He stayed in Company G until his return home in April of 1946. During his military career he earned several medals including the Purple Heart, Good Conduct, and an ETO Ribbon with three Battle Stars. He was honorably discharged from the army on May 7th, 1946, after earning the rank of sergeant.

Throughout his life he was an active member of the Switzerland County community. He was a life member of the Vevay American Legion Post 185, Vevay VFW Post 5396 and DAV Post 75 in Lawrenceburg.

He served on the first Switzerland County School Corporation board of trustees. He was appointed to his seat and served a term of four years. He worked at Schenley Distillers in Greendale for about eight years before finding a job that became a much-enjoyed career. In 1967, he began working for the postal service in Switzerland County, delivering mail on the Florence route and seven years later he began delivering mail in Vevay as well. He continued his career for 23 years and he estimated that over the years he had worked for six postmasters, three acting postmasters and had traveled over 500,000 miles on his daily routes. He loved his job as a mail carrier because he loved the people on his route. He retired from the postal service on May 2nd, 1988. He missed his daily mail route, but soon settled into a very busy life at home. He had farmed all of his life and continued to raise sheep and cattle, mostly as a hobby after retirement. He was very proud of his family farm and was very excited when he was honored with the Hoosier Homestead Farm Centennial Award on February 13th, 2009. Being retired also gave him plenty of time to spend with his grandchildren

Survivors include his daughter, Rita Brogan and husband James of Florence; his grandchildren, Alicia Fritter and husband Lewis of Florence; Zachary Brogan and wife Allison of Florence, and Andrea Brogan of Florence; and his great-granddaughter, Ariel Rose Brogan of Florence.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Melba Pearl (Roberts) Lock on September 2nd, 2008.

Funeral services will be conducted today (Thursday, July 22nd) at 1 p.m. at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay by Reverend Ronald Sandidge, Reverend Mike Jones and Brother Roy Duckworth. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Honor Guard of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay VFW Post 5396 Relief Fund or Switzerland County EMS. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Arthur Fluke

Arthur Warren Fluke, 69, of Patriot, passed away at 9:05 a.m. Wednesday, June 30th, at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was born January 1st, 1941, in Cincinnati, the son of William Arthur Fluke and Sylvia Thomas Fluke Privett, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Cincinnati and was a graduate of Hughes High School. He was employed for several years as a waiter for the Sheridan Gibson Hotel in Cincinnati. He had resided in the Patriot community since 1995.

Survivors include his brother, William H. Fluke, Sr., of Loveland, Ohio; his nephews, Charles Fluke, Willliam H. Fluke, Jr., and Thomas Gordon Fluke; his nieces, Michelle Diane Duke and Cindy Duke; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be conducted by Reverend Mike Jones with burial in East View Cemetery in Patriot. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. 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

Roger Pratt

Roger Allen Pratt, 79, of Patriot, passed away at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, July 13th, 2010, at his residence.

He was born in Elrod, Indiana, on July 29th, 1930, the son of the late Elizabeth (Hehe) Pratt Deburger and Charles Pratt.

On August 20th, 1949, he married LaVerne (Ryker) Pratt, who passed away in 1989.

He was a foster parent for over 32 years for mentally handicapped clients. He also worked for the railroad and was a logger for many years.

Survivors include his sons, Roger Wayne Pratt (Jeannie) of Patriot and Paul Pratt (Cathy) of Osgood; his grandchildren, Randy, Eric, Crystal, Brandon and Blake Pratt and Jamie Caffee; his sisters, June McIntosh, Norma Hopper, Shirley Denton, Rose Eldridge, Tressie Verna, Jackie, Carol, Gail, Rhonda, Charlene and Joan; his brother, Ray Pratt; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen Caffee; his son-in-law, Jerry Caffee; and his brothers, Chester and Jimmy Pratt.

Funeral services were conducted by Brother Earl Thomas Saturday, July 17th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Eastview Cemetery in Patriot. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Dearborn County Hospice.

James Frank Kern

James Frank Kern, 95, of Moorefield, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14th, 2010, at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover.

He was born October 12th, 1914, in Moorefield, the son of Henry Lee and Pearl Maude (Taylor) Kern, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in the Moorefield community where he resided all of his life. He was a 1931 graduate of Vevay High School.

He was united in marriage on April 27th, 1940, in Vevay, to Mary Charlotte Storie. Unto this union a daughter arrived to bless their home. They shared over 70 years of marriage together.

He was a dairy farmer and kept a meticulous farm at Kern’s Corner near Moorefield. He was also a substitute mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office in Vevay. He also operated Kern’s Garage near Moorefield where he worked on farm machinery. He was raised in the old Ebenezer Methodist Church and was a member until it closed. He then became a member of Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church in Vevay. He was the caretaker of Ebenezer Cemetery in Moorefield, always making sure the cemetery was well kept. He was a 50-year member of Switzerland Lodge No. 122 F&AM and Bennington Order of Eastern Star Lodge No. 407.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Charlotte Kern of near Moorefield; his daughter, Louann Koehler and husband Jim of Madison; his grandchildren, Dr. Suzanne Koehler Bielski and husband Dr. Len Bielski, Michael James Koehler and wife Penny, Marc Christopher Koehler and wife Lori, and Julie Koehler Bowman and husband Brad; his great-grandchildren, Ben Bielski, Maggie Bielski, Sarah Bielski, Bailee Koehler, Brad Koehler, Amelia Koehler and Lauren Bowman.

He was also preceded in death by an infant sister.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 20th, by Reverend David Dicken at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church or the Ebenezer Wesleyan Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Helen Alexander

Helen Beatrice (Land) Alexander, 94, of Hanover, formerly of Madison, passed away at 2:55 a.m. Thursday, July 15th, 2010, at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover.

She was born November 2nd, 1915, in Canaan, the daughter of the late John Edwin and Eliza (Rodgers) Land. She resided in Jefferson County all of her life and was a 1933 graduate of North Madison High School.

She was united in marriage on November 15th, 1934, in Jefferson County to Roy Alexander, who died February 28th, 1981. Unto this union four sons arrived to bless their home.

She was a devoted home, wife, mother and grandmother all of her life. She was a 51-year member of Madison Moose Lodge No. 765 and was a member of First Baptist Church in downtown Madison. She was an avid euchre player and enjoyed playing all kinds of card games.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Brenda Bishop Alexander of Hanover; her son, Donald Alexander of Madison; her grandchildren, Helen, Linda Jo, Brenda Carol, Carol Lee, Laura, Leroy, Lynn and Dede; 16 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her sons, Kettig Alexander, Steven Leroy Alexander and Charles “Chuck” Alexander on March 21st, 2010; her sisters, Anna Ruth Facemire and Freda Hamilton; her brother, Alois Land; her granddaughter; her step-grandson, Marvin W. Napier on April 21st, 2010.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Frank McGee Friday, July 16th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Springdale Cemetery in Madison. 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

Hobert Kiser

Hobert “Coal Miner” Kiser, 86, of Madison, formerly of Deputy, passed away at 7:41 a.m. Thursday, July 15th, 2010, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born April 21st, 1924, in Polly, Kentucky, the son of the late Charlie and Maude (Gibson) Kiser. He was raised in Whitesburg, Kentucky and moved to Jefferson County near Deputy in 1963. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on May 6th, 1943, during World War II, rising to the rank of Private First Class. He fought in the battles and campaigns of Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was wounded in Germany on April 13th, 1945. He was honorably discharged on January 2 2nd, 1946, from Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He was awarded two Purple Heart Medals, the EAME Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was united in marriage on January 22nd, 1948, in Pikeville, Kentucky to Susan Juanita Lucas. Unto this union four daughters and two sons arrived to bless their home.

He was united in marriage in marriage to Tabitha Fields on March 14th, 1996, in Deputy, Indiana. Unto this union three sons arrived to bless their home.

He was employed with Rexnord Chain Belt as a welder for 20 years, retiring in 1983. He had worked early in life as a coal miner for several years down in Kentucky. He was affectionately known as “Coal Miner” by his family and friends. He was a member of the Valley Settlement Old Regular Baptist Church near Deputy. He was a Disabled American Veteran and was a very patriotic man. He enjoyed squirrel hunting, collecting guns and socializing with his family and friends.

Survivors include his daughters, Brenda Wolf of Madison, Debbie Higgins and husband Joey of Canaan and Shannon Hamilton and husband Kevin of Deputy; his sons, Kenneth R. Kiser of Madison, Keith Kiser and wife Rebecca of Madison, Jimmy Hall and wife Annetta of Whitesburg, Kentucky; Levi, Zachary and Joshua Kiser, all of Madison; his stepson, Ricky McIntosh of Madison; his grandchildren, Jerry, Joe, Susan, Chris, Heather, Jacqui, Cody, Ethan and Daniel; his great-grandchildren, Casey, Alyssa, Randy, Cassidy, Sunshine, Camden, Madelyn and Coleman; two great-great-grandchildren; his brother, Joe Kiser of Whitesburg, Kentucky; his sister, Thursa Baker of Whitesburg; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Buford Kiser and Arthur Kiser; his daughter, Patricia Vann Kiser in 1954; his great-granddaughter, Ashton Leigh Lawson on June 5th, 2003; and his sisters, Viva Spicer and Rose Wallace.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Mike Shuler Sunday, July 18th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison with full military honors conducted by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Autism Society of America or Downs Syndrome. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Ashton McCullough

Ashton Earl McCullough, infant son of Rob and Logan (Goins) McCullough of Jasper, Indiana, was born at 6:01 p.m. and passed away at 6:25 p.m. on Sunday, July 11th, 2010, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville.

Survivors besides the parents include his brothers, Austin and Alex, both of Jasper; his sister, Kaelinn of Jasper; his paternal grandparents, Bob and Barb McCullough of Jasper; his maternal grandmother, Kathy Goins of Madison; his maternal grandfather, Larry Goins of Madison; and his maternal great-grandfather, Logan Flint of Madison.

Services were held Saturday, July 17th, at Old Ireland United Methodist Church in Ireland. Burial followed in Shiloh Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ashton Earl Memorial Fund through Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1971 W. State Road 56, Jasper, IN 47546.

Elizabeth Leather

Elizabeth Ann Barbour Langenbucher Leather, 80, of Canaan, formerly of Madison and Elwood, passed away at 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 14th, 2010, at her home.

She was born December 28th, 1929, in Hamilton, Ohio, the daughter of the late Stanley and Martha (Wolfe) Barbour, Sr.

She was united in marriage on December 11th, 1948, in Hamilton, Ohio, to David Langenbucher. Unto this union one son and three daughters arrives to bless their home. They had celebrated nearly 48 years of marriage together until his death on October 27th, 1996.

She was united in marriage to Albert Leather and moved to Madison. He passed away on August 16th, 2005. She then moved to Canaan to be with her daughter Jackie where she was cared for until her death. She had been awaiting the birth of her 16h great-grandchild.

She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker all of her life. She was a faithful member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Elwood and then in Madison. In her spare time she enjoyed ballroom dancing and roller skate dancing. She also enjoyed her time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her son, Gregg Langenbucher of Elwood; her daughters, Jane Bowling of Port Clinton, Ohio, Jill Murray and husband Donald of Elwood, Jackie Owen and husband Donald of Canaan; her grandchildren, Faye Goodrich of Fishers, Indiana, Zach Bowling of Marblehead, Ohio, Maggie Bowling of North Carolina, Shaunacee Rebuck, Shannalee Murray and Andy Murray of Elwood, Bonnie Tuggle of Jeffersonville, Edward Owen and Scarlet Thorne of Canaan; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Ronald Carver; her brother, Stanley Barbour, Jr.; and her granddaughter, Mandy Bowling.

Graveside services were conducted by Steve Hilderbrand Saturday, July 17th, with burial in Forestville Cemetery near Elwood, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to Jehovah’s Witnesses in Elwood and Madison. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Georgeann Mohr

Georgeann Mohr, 67, of Versailles, formerly of Batesville, passed away Saturday, July 17th, 2010, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was born May 31st, 1943, in Orleans, Indiana, the daughter of the late George and Kate (Hill) Price. She worked for Halcomb True Value Home Center in Versailles as the office manager and in the offices of Hillenbrand Industries for years.

She married Arnold Mohr on May 10th, 1968, in Indianapolis.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Arnold Mohr; her daughter, Tonya Howser of Florence, Kentucky; her son, Benny (Rebecca) Mohr of Versailles; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and five siblings.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sibling.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 23rd, from 4-7 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville. Graveside services will be held Saturday, July 24th, at 11 a.m. in Fairview Cemetery in Orleans, Indiana. Memorials are suggested to the family in care of the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at