Obituaries week of 8-11-11


Larry Christerson

Larry S. Christerson, 66, of Rising Sun, passed away Tuesday, August 9th, 2011, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

Funeral services are pending at Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Loyd Baatz

Loyd Delmer Baatz, 76, of Hanover, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away at 3:26 p.m. Thursday, August 4th, 2011, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born October 30th, 1934, in Switzerland County, the son of Glen Henry and Opal Dorothy Lee Baatz, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland County, attending school there. He graduated later from the Arsenal Tech in Indianapolis in 1961. He was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps on January 2 2nd, 1954, in Indianapolis during the Korean War and rose to the rank of Corporal. He was honorably discharged on January 2 1st, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois, receiving the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.

He was united in marriage on May 12th, 1956, in St. Paul, Indiana, to Janet Arlene Shoopman. This happy union was blessed with three sons and one daughter.

The couple resided in Shelby County, Indiana from 1950 to 1987 and he was employed for 30 years with the Ford Motor Company as a bolt maker operator. After retirement they moved back to Switzerland County, residing near Center Square from 1987 to 2006 when they moved to Hanover to be near their children. He was a former member of East Enterprise United Methodist Church and after moving to Hanover became a member of Hanover United Methodist Church. He also was a member of Switzerland Masonic Lodge No. 122 F. & A.M., past Worshipful Master of Shelby Masonic Lodge No. 28 F. & A.M., Fairland Eastern Star Lodge and past Worthy Patron of Bennington Order of Eastern Star No. 407. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, woodworking and being with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Janet Arlene Shoopman Baatz of Hanover; his sons, Curtis Baatz and wife Debbie of Greenwood, David Baatz and wife Linda of Shelbyville, and Scott Baatz and wife Rebecca of Hanover; his daughter, Janet Lynn McIver of Hanover; his brother, Robert “Bob” Baatz of Hanover; his sisters, Reva Garrett and husband, Bill of Shelbyville, Ramona Miller of Allensville, and Gloria McFadden of Rushville; his brother-in-law, Buddy Green of Mt. Sterling; his aunts, Lauretta Borgman of Allensville and Myrtle Hildebrand of Yukon, Arizona; his grandchildren, Roger, Loyd, Todd, Josh, Bryan, Sam, Ali, Jeremy, Terry, Melissa, Joey, Johnny and Janelle; 30 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Etta DeBaun and Olive Green.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastors Jeanne Winter and John Scudder Monday, August 8th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery with full military rites conducted at the graveside by Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Bennington Order of Eastern Star No. 407 and Switzerland Masonic Lodge No. 122 F. & A.M. each conducted services Sunday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Wilma Bennett

Wilma L. (Melick) Bennett, 92, of Greensburg, formerly of East Enterprise, passed away at 5:55 a.m. Saturday, August 6th, 2011, at Morning Breeze in Greensburg.

She was born May 7th, 1919, in Rush County, Indiana, the daughter of Dilver and Mary (Piles) Melick, who both preceded her in death. Her family moved to the hilltop of Milton, Kentucky, where her father was a tenant farmer, later returning to Rush County. She was a 1937 graduate of Milroy High School in Milroy, Indiana. She was employed in the laboratory department at the Eli Lilly & Company in Indianapolis, retiring in 1970, after 20 years of service.

She was united in marriage to Loomis F. Bennett on September 4th, 1970, in Indianapolis. They enjoyed over 17 years of marriage together until his death on June 20th, 1987.

She had resided in East Enterprise for 30 years where she was a member of the East Enterprise Wesleyan Church. She had resided in Greensburg since 1999 where she was a member of the Wesleyan Church in Greensburg. She will be remembered for her love of knitting, crocheting, sewing and traveling.

Survivors include her sister, Alma Haehl of Rushville; her cousin who cared for her, Terry Markland of Shelbyvile; her cousin, Cleta Markland of Shelbyville; her niece and nephew, Mary Jo and Steve; and several other cousins and family members.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Edith Myers; and her niece, Ellen Pike.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, August 10th, by Reverends Doug Preston and Arnold Cutter at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Dylan Jennings

Dylan Josiah Jennings, six months and 27 days old, of Madison, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, August 4th, 2011, at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

He was born January 9th, 2011, in Indianapolis, the loving son of Christopher J. Jennings and Michele Dawn Tingle.

Survivors include his parents, Christopher J. Jennings and Michele Dawn Tingle of Madison; his sisters, Destiny Jennings of Madison and Katelynn Arvin of Connersville; his brother, Ethanual Jennings of St. Petersburg, Florida; his grandparents, Anita Trader of Hanover, Charlie Tingle of Vevay, Paula and Steve Mercier of St. Petersburg, Florida and Richard Jennings of Arkansas; his great-grandparents, Bonna and Terry Wilson of Osgood, Shirley Tingle of Vevay, Charles Tingle of Friendship, Gary Bennett of Ft. Wayne and Barbara McDade of Oak Grove, Louisiana; his aunts and uncles, Jessica and Dale Leap of Vevay, Paul and Kari Stilwell of Oak Grove, Louisiana, Matthew Jennings of Little Rock, Arkansas, Eric Jennings of Oregon, Keith Jennings, Crystal Jennings and Alicia Marsh of St. Petersburg, Florida; and several other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Bill and Ola Murphy and James McDade.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, August 8th, by Pastor Adam Faulkner at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dylan J. Jennings Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Jeffery Emery

Jeffery Lee Emery, 49, of Warsaw, Kentucky, passed away Monday, August 1st, 2011, at the Carroll County Memorial Hospital.

He was the son of the late Lucian and Ruth Emery. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Ronnie Dean Emery. He was the husband of Brenda Brooks Emery.

He is also survived by his sons, Shawn Emery of Florence, Jeffery Emery of Florence and Timmy Cunningham of Vevay; his daughter, Hollie Emery of Sparta, Kentucky; his brothers, James Emery of Carrollton, Kentucky, Wayne Emery of Warsaw, Donnie Emery of Madison and Terry Emery of Carrollton; his half brothers, Butch Emery of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and Roger Emery of Rising Sun; his sisters, Mary Jo Konradi of Patriot, Ann Stroud of Frankfort, Kentucky and Janet Langsfel of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Jasamine Serenity Nicole Cunningham, William Anthony Neal and Shelton Mason Brooks.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 6th, at Garnett-New-McDonald Funeral Home in Warsaw. Burial was in Warsaw Cemetery.