Obituaries week of 8/2/07

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Leslie Lee Scudder

Leslie L. Scudder, 75, of Richmond, formerly of Markland Pike, passed away Tuesday, July 31st, at Reid Hospital in Richmond.
Funeral arrangements were pending at press time at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Bertie Detraz

Bertie Mae (Walker) Detraz, 96, of Spencer, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away Thursday, July 26th, at Owen Valley Health Campus in Spencer.
She was born February 18th, 1911, in Trimble County, Kentucky, the daughter of John and Ellen (Tingle) Walker, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Trimble County. She was united in marriage October 17th, 1928, in Carrollton, Kentucky, to Clair A. Detraz. Unto this union two sons arrived to bless their home.
She resided in Switzerland County since 1928, until she moved to Spencer in 1999, to be near her son. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and a dear friend to all who knew her. She loved her home and served her God in the good times as well as the bad. Some of her favorite times were with her small daughter, Frances, when they would sing and play music for so many revivals and community church services and always at family gatherings and reunions. She was a faithful member of the Cedar Creek Community Church and the old Mt. Zion Methodist Church.
Survivors include her son, Dan Detraz and wife Sara of Freedom, Indiana; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clair A. Detraz; her son, Charles A. Detraz; her daughter, Frances Knox; her brothers, Jester, Albert, Orville, Edward and Ralph Walker, and an infant brother; and her sister, Mary Ruble.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 30th, by Reverend Garland Rudd at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Creek Community Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Carolyn Abrell

Carolyn Sue (Krueger) Abrell, 59, of Patriot, passed away Thursday, July 26th, at her home in Patriot.
She was born August 27th, 1947, in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of Edward and Evelyn (Benningfield) Krueger, who both preceded her in death. She was a 1965 graduate of Dew Point Manuel High School in Louisville.
She was united in marriage May 14th, 1999, in Lebanon, Kentucky, to Robert Gene “Bob” Abrell, who survives.
She was a homemaker and had been employed by Belterra Casino Resort & Spa near Florence. She resided in the Patriot community the past seven years and was a country music fan. She was a member of the Baptist Church in Lebanon, Kentucky.
Other survivors include her sons, Tim Krueger and Joe Krueger, both of Louisville; her daughter, Sarah Reinstedler of Radcliff, Kentucky; her brothers, Luke Krueger and Mark Krueger, both of Louisville; her sister, Kathy Cockrill of Louisville; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, Johnny Krueger.
Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, July 31st, by Reverend Bill Piffer with burial in Springport Cemetery in Springport, Indiana. Visitation was held Monday evening at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. 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.haskellandmorrison.com.

Rev. Henry F. Taylor

Reverend Henry F. Taylor, 100, of Milton, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, July 29th, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.
He was born June 18th, 1907, in Indianapolis, the son of Reverend John Milton and Bertha Thompson Taylor, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Carroll County, Kentucky, attended grade school in Locust, Kentucky, and was a 1925 graduate of Madison High School. He was a graduate of God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He was united in marriage to Helen Eades September 18th, 1936, in Vernon, Indiana. This union was blessed with two daughters and two sons. They enjoyed 27 years of marriage together until her death on January 11th, 1963. He was united in marriage on December 16th, 1963, in Milan, to Opal Lucille Little Schermer. With this union three stepsons were added to the family. She passed away September 20th, 2004.
Reverend Taylor served as a minister for the past 75 years. He first pastored at Gnawbone, Indiana at Gnawbone Wesleyan Church. In 1944, he pastored at Holton Wesleyan until 1946. He then served Milan Wesleyan until 1952; Washington Wesleyan until 1953; Mount Tabor Wesleyan in Bedford, Kentucky until 1957; Milton Wesleyan in Milton, Kentucky until 1970; Ashland Wesleyan in Ashland, Kentucky until 1975; Glasgow Wesleyan until 1979; then back to Mount Tabor Wesleyan until 1984; and the Christian Chapel in Kirklin, Indiana until 1987. He was then a professor at Union Bible College in Westfield, Indiana. He came back to Versailles Wesleyan Church in Versailles, Indiana until 1994.
In his spare time he was a salesman, having sold the “Prairie Farmer” magazine, White Cross insurance; Watkins products and Civil Service correspondence. He also taught high school Bible classes at Milan High School. He enjoyed reading, especially about history. He loved art and especially pencil sketching. He enjoyed preaching daily until his death.
Survivors include his daughters, Donna Mahoney and husband, Reverend Wayne Mahoney of Milton and Kathy Henry and husband Howard of Kent; his sons, Standley Taylor and wife Joyce of Versailles and Dave Taylor and wife Cheryl of Lexington, Indiana; 15 grandchildren; his stepsons, Gary Schermer and wife Jeanne of Bloomington and Tim Schermer of Milton, Kentucky; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was also preceded in death by his stepson, Ernest Schermer in July, 1998; his stepdaughter-in-law, Barbara Jean Schermer on September 20th, 2004; his step-granddaughter, Angela Schermer; his sisters, Drucilla King, Mary Catherine Taylor and Thelma Henry; and his brothers, Everett Paul, Dalton and Elvin “Denny” Taylor.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, August 1st, by Reverends Glenn D. Black and Wayne Mahoney at Milton Wesleyan Church in Milton, Kentucky. Burial was in Bayless Cemetery in Madison. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s Memorial Bible Plan or God’s Bible School. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Jack E. Chandler

Jack E. Chandler, 66, of Hanover, passed away Monday, July 30th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born February 1st, 1941, in Clark County, the son of Woodrow T. and Norma Consley Chandler. He was raised in the Saluda community and resided the past 40 years in Hanover. He was a graduate of Saluda High School and attended auctioneer school. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1958, serving in Korea and rising to the rank of sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1963.
He was united in marriage August 27th, 1959, in Jefferson County to Carol A. Ferguson. Unto this union three daughters and one son arrived.
He was employed with General Services Administration in Louisville with the U.S. federal government, retiring after 33 years of service. For the past eight years he was employed by McDonald’s of Madison and Hanover as a maintenance engineer.
He was a member of the Hanover Masonic Lodge No. 652, serving as a past worshipful master of the lodge; the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Indianapolis; the Murat Shrine; Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. He served as Scout Master for Troop 724 and the Explorer Scouts with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. He served for 25 years as Chief Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and as past president of the Hanover Optimist Club. He was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Nabb, Indiana. In his spare time he enjoyed collecting knives, spending time with his grandchildren and going to flea markets.
Survivors include his wife, Carol A. Ferguson Chandler of Hanover; his mother, Norma Consley Chandler-Cheatham of Hanover; his daughters, Sherri Jewell and husband Tim of Vevay, Patty Cronen and husband, Dr. Michael Cronen of Louisville, Kentucky, and Tracey Chandler of Hanover; his son, Ron Chandler and wife Mary of Madison; his brother, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Al Chandler and wife Jonnie of Richmond Hill, Georgia; his sister, Capt. (Ret.) Linda Wright and husband, MSG (Ret.) Joe Wright of Bargersville, Indiana; his grandchildren, Mikie Bear, Chris Chandler, Lisa Chandler, Chandler Cronen and Payton Cronen; his great-grandsons, Braiden and Brody Bear; his nieces, SMSgt. USAF Jennifer Assenmacher and husband, TSgt. Jimmy Assenmacher and Alechia Wilder and husband, Lt.Cdr. USN Matthew Wilder; his great-nieces and great-nephew, Emily and Owen Assenmacher; several cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, Woodrow T. Chandler on July 10th, 1973; his grandparents; his brother, Tommy Davis on October 6th, 2004; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Ferguson on April 4th, 1993; and his nephew, Captain Jeremy Alan Chandler, killed in Afghanistan on August 11th, 2005.
Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Richard McDole at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in New Washington, Indiana with military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. today (Thursday) until service time. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Georgia College Foundation, Captain Jeremy A. Chandler Leadership Scholarship, 70 Alumni Drive, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Nelrose L. Armstrong-Mefford

Nelrose L. (Scott) Armstrong-Mefford, 78, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, July 31st, at her home.
She was born December 31st, 1928, in Sanders, Kentucky, the daughter of Howard S. and Ruby (Bales) Scott, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Carroll County, Kentucky, moving to Switzerland County in 1945, and later moving to Brooksburg.
She was first united in marriage to Martin T. Armstrong on December 28th, 1946, in Carroll County. Unto this union two daughters arrived to bless their home. They enjoyed 36 years of marriage until his death on October 6th, 1982. She was united in marriage on October 13th, 1992, in Carrollton, Kentucky, to Thomas O. Mefford, who survives.
She worked for nine years as a top stitcher for the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay. She then began a career as an attendant at Madison State Hospital, retiring after 21 years of service. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, her flowers, cooking and watching the butterflies. She was a member of Brooksburg Baptist Church.
Other survivors include her daughter, Rosie Adams and husband Ed of Brooksburg; her stepson, Gary Mefford and wife May of Providence, Kentucky; her sisters, Nancy Danger of Garner, Iowa, Judy Zearing and Ruby Manuel, both of Madison, and Eva McKinley of Hanover; her grandchildren, Robert Bryan Adams and wife LaVerne, Ronald Skirvin and companion Linda, and Martin Skirvin; her great-grandchildren, Ashdyn Adams and Dakota Adams; several step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia A. “Patty” Skirvin on September 7th, 2005; her son-in-law, Ira L. Skirvin on May 10th, 2003; her sisters, Sarah Virginia Scott, Eunice Sharon, Jennie King-Ford and Dora E. Lewis; her brothers, Martin and Robert Scott; her stepsons, Norman Joe, Dennis Ray and David Mefford.
Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Howard Wade at 1 p.m. Friday, August 3rd, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Brooksburg Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today (Thursday) and Friday from 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brooksburg Cemetery or 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.

Paul McAlister

Paul David “Mush” McAlister, 58, of Vevay, passed away Saturday, July 28th, at his home.
He was born December 20th, 1948, near Patriot, on Searcy Ridge, the son of Chester L. and Mavis (Reed) McAlister. He was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1967 graduate of Vevay High School and a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in computers. He resided for many years in the Columbus community where he worked at Cummins Engine Company and later as a computer programmer with Anthem & Blue Cross. He worked for a short period of time in Morrison, Tennessee for Morrison Tool & Fabrication. Earlier in life he worked for the old Conn Organ Company in Madison. He enjoyed woodworking, antiques, auctions, NASCAR, especially drivers, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon. He was raised in the Nazarene faith.
Survivors include his daughter, Heather McAlister of Indianapolis; his mother, Mavis (Reed) McAlister of Vevay; his sisters, Judy Firth and husband Charles of Vevay and Debra Hite of Vevay; his brothers, Larry McAlister of Indianapolis, Gary McAlister of Vevay, John McAlister and wife Darla of Vevay and Tony Allan McAlister of Vevay; his aunts, Evelyn McAlister of Rising Sun and Vera McAlister of Patriot; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, Chester McAlister on October 10th, 1982; his grandparents, William Verdus and Anna M. James McAlister and Harry and Mabel Reed; his nephew, Charles David Hite on July 15th, 2004; his brother-in-law, Charles Edward Hite on September 4th, 2005; and his sister-in-law, Rosie McAlister on June 28th, 2007.
Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at 1 p.m. today (Thursday) at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time today (Thursday) at the funeral home. 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 www.haskellandmorrison.com.