Obituaries week of 7-23-09

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Deborah Griffin

Deborah Kay (Allen) Griffin, 54, of Lawrenceburg, passed away at 8:40 p.m. Thursday, July 16th, 2009, at her home.

She was born July 6th, 1955, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Kenneth and Velma (Derringer) Allen. She started high school at Lakota High School near West Chester, Ohio and was a 1973 graduate of Switzerland County High School. She attended Ivy Tech and studied computers and typing.

She was united in marriage on November 2nd, 1984, at Olive Branch Baptist Church to Reverend John Edward Griffin. They have enjoyed over 24 years of marriage together.

She was a teacher for Headstart in Aurora for 10 years. She was employed at Vevay Town Hall for several years. She loved to sing gospel music and was a soloist and guitarist for the Gospel Messengers for 24 years. She was raised in the Ludlow Hill Church of God in Lawrenceburg and had been a member of Ludlow Hill Church of the Nazarene for the past 20 years. She had been active in the restoration of the Ludlow Hill Church of the Nazarene. She will be remembered for her love of playing the guitar, singing and music.

Survivors include her husband, Reverend John Edward Griffin of Lawrenceburg; her son, Pastor Adam Griffin and wife Greta of Vevay; her daughters, Susan Benning and husband Bryan of Vevay and Laura Griffin of Florence; her grandchildren, Amber, B.J., Shayla, Hunter, chance and Brianne; her mother, Velma Allen of Fairview; her sister, Linda Franzone and husband Stan of Fairview; her mother-in-law, Lavetta Bowling Griffin of Rising Sun; her brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Larry Griffin of Rising Sun, Ken Griffin and wife Connie of Dillsboro, Greg Griffin and wife Mary of Rising Sun, and Linda Griffin of Rising Sun; her nieces and nephews, Chistina and Scott Woodward, Jordan and Christine Franzone, Jennifer and Blake Wright, Trevor Griffin, Crystal and Danny Goodpaster, Jared Griffin, Tyler Griffin and Hannah Griffin; numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Allen on November 28th, 2008; her grandparents, James and Ida Derringer, Wille and Suzanna Allen; her father-in-law, Abe Griffin on July 27th, 2002.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverends John Edward Griffin, Kelly Privett and Scott Olson Monday, July 20th, at Ludlow Hill Church of the Nazarene in Lawrenceburg. Burial was in Olive Branch Cemetery near Bear Branch. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Ludlow Hill Church of the Nazarene or Pancreatic Cancer Research. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Joan Franks

Joan Kay (Starker) Franks, 70, of Sanders, Kentucky, passed away at 11:25 a.m. Thursday, July 16th, 2009, at Sanders, Kentucky.

She was born September 4th, 1938, in Sanders, the daughter of Charles Barkley and Leona (Mefford) Starker Bruestle, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Lawrenceburg and Aurora, later residing in Cleves, Ohio for several years. She began her years of employment as manager of the Cleves Pizza Parlor in Cleves. After moving to Carroll County, Kentucky, she was employed at Dayton Walther in Carrollton. She was a dietitian at Carroll County Memorial Hospital for several years. She had resided in Carroll County the past 16 years. She will be remembered for her love of a hard day’s work, gardening and was an herbalist at heart.

Survivors include her sons, Rick Starker and wife Lisa of Vevay and Ray Franks, Jr., and wife Angie of Sanders, Kentucky; three grandchildren; her brothers, Donnie Starker of Dillsboro, David Starker of Las Vegas, Nevada and Danny Starker of Aurora; her sisters, Sharon Adams of Aurora and Lavonne Wilson of Independence, Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her niece, Christy Starker; and her nephew, Joel Wilson.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Art Wilson Monday, July 20th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Memorial contributions ay be made to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Melonie Wind

Melonie Ann (Thompson) Wind, 72, of Markland Pike, near Vevay, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 17th, 2009, at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was born May 5th, 1937, in Hamilton, Ohio, the daughter of Ray Linn and Cassie (O’Neal) Thompson, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in early life in Hamilton and later resided in Moores Hill. She was a 1955 graduate of Moores Hill High School and a 1990 graduate of Mt. St. Joseph College in Cincinnati with a degree in social services.

She was united in marriage on December 24th, 1985, in Lawrenceburg, to James J. Wind, who survives.

She had retired from Frisch’s Restaurant as a manager where she had worked at the Lawrenceburg and Florence stores. She also co-owned and co-operated with her husband, Jimel Motel in Lawrenceburg for 11 years. She had resided on Markland Pike on the farm for the past 10 years. She loved her horses, enjoyed crocheting, crafts, her dogs, her cats, here children and grandchildren. She enjoyed babysitting and loved having kids around her. She was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceburg and Indiana Wagon Train Association.

Other survivors include her sons, Mark Huffman of Cincinnati, Ohio, Don Huffman and wife Theresa of Aurora, Darrin Wind and wife Tammy of Jacksonville, Florida, Alan Christopher Wind of Jacksonville, and Todd Wind and wife Heather of Loveland, Ohio; her daughters, Lisa Wind of Milford, Ohio and Angie Overbey and husband George of Milford; her brother, Ronnie Thompson of California; her sisters, Linda Given of Moores Hill, Diane Thompson of Aurora, Sandy Thacker of Patriot and Lois Bowling of St. Petersburg, Indiana; her grandchildren, Whitney, Madison, Emily, Paige, Spencer, Cooper, Hunter, Tessie and John; her great-grandchildren, Maleah and Rylan; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend John A. Meyer Tuesday, July 21st, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Shriner’s Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Mary Lou Smith

Mary Lou Smith, 79, of Brownsburg, Indiana, passed away Thursday, July 16th, 2009, at the Brownsburg Health Care Center.

She was born June 14th, 1930, in Moorefield, the daughter of William A. “Bill” and Grace (Adams) Demaree. She was reared by her grandparents, Harrison and Melissa Adams.

She attended Moorefield Grade School and Vevay High School. At t he age of 16 she moved to Indianapolis and got a job in the office of a dairy, where she worked her way up to assistant credit manager.

In 1949, she married Ray Leep, Jr., and two boys and a girl came to bless this union and their home.

She returned to work in 1964. She was employed at Brownsburg Cleaners and was later the owner of the cleaners for a total of 22 years. She also worked at David A. Hall Mortuary, Brownsburg Health Care Center and Marsh Supermarket.

Survivors include her sons, Terry Leep and wife Linda and Steve Leep, all of Brownsburg; her daughter, Carla (Leep) Servies of Madison; her grandchildren, Shawn, Jennifer Leep and Crystal Servies; five great-grandchildren; her brothers, Raymond Geyman of Madison and Wayne Geyman of Carrollton , Kentucky; her special friends, Kevin Servies, Larry Cloyd and Sandy Roberts; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Sunday, July 19th, at David A. Hall Mortuary Pittsboro with a Legion service. Graveside services were held Monday, July 20th, with burial in Brooksburg Cemetery.

Eric Deaton

Eric William Deaton, 45, of Syracuse, New York, formerly of Vevay, passed away Sunday, July 19th, 2009, in Syracuse.

He was born in Connersville, Indiana, the son of Claude and Petronella Deaton. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He owned and operated Deaton Widow and Door. He was a member of the Salt City Dart League. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and his children.

He is survived by his children, Ryan, Jessica and Rachel Deaton, all of Syracuse; his parents, Claude and Petronella Deaton of near Vevay; his fiancee, Cathy Dunseath and family of Syracuse; his brothers, Greg Deaton and wife Jeanne and Kent Deaton, all of Madison, and Todd Deaton of Vevay; his sister, Sheila Gault and husband Larry of Vevay; his nephews and niece, Michael Gault of Indianapolis, Jacob Deaton of Atlanta, Georgia, Nicholas Gault of Indianapolis, Kevin Gault of Vevay, Philip Deaton of Groton, Connecticut, Chris Deaton of Madison, Jennifer Deaton of Franklin, Mat Deaton of Vevay, Collin Deaton of Madison and Gabriel Deaton of Madison.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 24th, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Valley Drive in Syracuse. Burial will follow in Onondaga County Veterans Cemetery, Howlett Hill Road, Syracuse. Calling hours will be from 5-8 p.m. today (Thursday, July 23rd) at New Comer Funeral Home in North Syracuse.

Thelma White

Thelma Evelyn (Rogers) White, 84, passed away Friday, July 17th, 2009.

She was a retired employee of Grant’s Department Store and a member of Ormsby Heights Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Walter White.

Survivors include her children, James R. White, William R. White and Janice E. McNear; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 20th, at Owen Funeral Home in Louisville, Kentucky. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery.

Vincent Robinson

Vincent John Robinson, 59, of East Enterprise, passed away at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 19th, 2009, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born September 14th, 1949, in Covington, Kentucky, the son of Oscar and Lillian (Everett) Robinson. He was a truck driver for Gillespie Mobile Homes in Williamstown, Kentucky.

On April 22nd, 1988, he married Evelyn Crail, who survives.

Other survivors include his sons, Greg Thomlason of Williamstown, Gary Krummen and Mark Krummen, both of Independence, Kentucky; his daughters, Tina Nagleisen of Independence, Tracy Griffith of Crestview, Kentucky, Penny Robinson of Burlington, Kentucky, Friedel Krummen of Rising Sun, Christina Hamilton and Vanessa Robinson, both of Ross, Ohio, and Amanda Ballard of Rising Sun; his brothers, Everett Robinson, Billy Robinson, Jimmy Robinson and Blane Robinson; his sisters, Viola West, Betty Myers, Wilma LaBare, and Jo Ann Cheeseman; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted by Pastor Joe Howard at 7 p.m. today (Thursday, July 23rd) at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Friends are invited to call today (Thursday, July 23rd) from 4-7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Relay for Life.

Ronnie Wiesmann

Ronald Harold “Ronnie” Wiesmann, 58, of near Vevay, passed away at 4:20 p.m. Monday, July 20th, 2009, at his home.

He was born November 22nd, 1950, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Jacob J. and Eleanor Catherine (Henn) Wiesmann, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Ohio County and was a 1969 graduate of Rising Sun High School.

He was united in marriage on November 28th, 1970, at Aberdeen United Methodist Church to Eileen Denise Phillips. Unto this union a son and a daughter arrived to bless their home. They had enjoyed over 38 years of marriage together.

He was inducted in 1970 into the Indiana Army National Guard, rising to the rank of Sergeant E-5 and was honorably discharged in 1976. He was a carpenter and owned and operated Wiesmann Home Sales in Vevay for the past 25 years. He farmed all of his life and enjoyed farming his family farm in Switzerland County. He was a rod buster and bar tie reinforcer for Charlie Kincaid for several years.

He was active in the Switzerland County Democrat Party and was elected a Switzerland County Commissioner from 1994-1998. He was a member of Florence Masonic Lodge #27 F&AM. He was a member of Aberdeen United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee and chairman of the finance committee. He will be remembered for his love of golf and motor sports, but most of all, his love of his granddaughters.

Survivors include his wife, Eileen Denise Wiesmann of near Vevay; his son, Jason Wiesmann and wife Kim of Indianapolis; his daughter, Devona Wiesmann of Indianapolis; his granddaughters, Ali and Addy Wiesmann; his brothers, Howard G. Wiesmann and wife Velma of Bear Branch, Don Wiesmann and wife Charlotte of Burlington, Kentucky, and Glen Wiesmann of Florence, Kentucky; his sisters, Shirley Marshall and husband Alan of Eugene, Oregon and Pam Allen and husband Rich of Logan, Utah; and several nieces and nephews.

He w as also preceded in death by his brothers, Jacob R. and Kenneth Wiesmann; and his half sister, Angela Townsley.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Roger Parrott at 11 a.m. Friday, July 24th, at Aberdeen United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today (Thursday, July 23rd) at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay and Friday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of Vevay American Legion Post 185, Vevay VFW Post 5396 and Indiana ARNG Honor Guard at the cemetery. Masonic services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today (Thursday, July 23rd) at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Aberdeen United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Bernice Suit

Bernice Suit was born March 30th, 1916, the daughter of the late James and Leona Turner. She graduated from Vevay High School in 1933. She worked for Joseph E. Seagram for 15 years.

She was united in marriage November 24th, 1924, to Paul E. Suit. They liked to travel throughout the world and made lasting friendships wherever they went. They moved to Ontario, California in 1950.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul January 19th, 1980; her parents; her sister, Falba Turner; and brothers, Floyd Turner, Ora Turner and Damon Turner

Surviving relatives include her brother Raymond; nephews, Larry, Kenny and James Turner; great-nephew Jason Turner; and great niece Megan Turner.

A graveside service was held Friday, July 17th, with burial in Greendale Cemetery near Lawrenceburg.

Jim Bear

James J. “Jim” Bear, 82, of Seymour, formerly of Jefferson County, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16th, 2009, at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

He was born September 25th, 1926, in Switzerland County, the son of Calvin J. and Mary Elizabeth (Fox) Bear. He was raised in Jefferson County and had resided in Seymour since 1967. He was inducted March 13th, 1945, into the U.S. Navy and rose to the rank of Seaman First Class during World War II. He was honorably discharged July 5th, 1946, receiving the World War II Victory Medal, the American Area Campaign Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal.

He was united in marriage on November 20th, 1948, in Brooksburg, to Betty J. Mundy, who died in April, 2006.

He farmed and worked early in life in construction in Jefferson County. He began a career with Pepsi Cola Company in Seymour in 1965 and retired in 1990. He was raised in the Methodist faith. He w as a member of Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion and since 1989 he was a member of Seymour Post 89 of the American Legion. He was also a member of Seymour Lodge #418 Loyal Order of Moose. In his spare time he enjoyed watching baseball and basketball and enjoyed visiting with his friends at the American Legion.

Survivors include his brother, Lowary Ray Bear and wife Virginia of Madison and formerly of near Vevay; his sister, Charlotte Carlisle and husband Freddie of Madison; his brother-in-law, Jessie L. Dunlap of Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Calvin J. Bear in 1992; his mother, Mary Elizabeth Fox Bear in 1978; and his sister, Barbara J. Dunlap on March 16th, 2003.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend David Leland Sunday, July 19th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Dupont Cemetery with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Glaucoma Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Jimmy LaPine

James C. “Jimmy” LaPine, 66, of Madison, passed away at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 15th, 2009, at his home.

He was born August 25th, 1942, in Madison, the son of William Pierre and Iva Mae (Richards) LaPine, who both preceded him in death. He resided all of his life in Madison.

He was united in marriage on July 1st, 1967, in Madison to Ruth Ann McGee. They shared 42 years of marriage together.

He worked for 37 1/2 years for the City of Madison as a sanitation engineer, retiring in 2004, due to ill health. He also provided private lawn care service to many Madison residents for many years. Previously he had worked in construction and for the Hillside Inn, Fiesta Restaurant and Jay’s Market. He enjoyed spending time with his loving family, friends, playing binbo, watching HGTV, walking with his friend and neighbor, Gennie Redwine. He was a fine gardener who loved the outdoors, including watching and providing for wildlife, and doing yard work. He a lso enjoyed good music, especially Country and Southern Gospel.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann McGee LaPine of Madison; his son, James Patrick LaPine of Madison; his foster grandson, Scott Stiver of Madison; his dear friend and caregiver, Jerica Anderson of Madison; his sisters, Ruth Ann Stuart and husband Bill of Madison and Frances Covington and husband Roy of Lancaster; his brothers, Robert “Bob” LaPine and wife Dorothy of Wilmington, Ohio, Charles Wayne LaPine, Sr., and wife Donna of Madison; his sister-in-law, Ruth LaPine of Bargersville; his brother-in-law, Joe Sevier of Deputy; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Tilley, Norma Morris, Dorothy Geisler, Bessie Sevier, Josephine Robertson and Margie LaPine; his brothers, William “Bill” LaPine, John LaPine and George LaPine; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Bob Leach Saturday, July 18th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Dupont Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.