Obituaries week of 8-6-09

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“Petie” Mathews

James Cecil “Petie” Mathews, 92, of Vevay, passed away at 11:34 a.m. Thursday, July 30th, 2009, at his home near Vevay.

He was born April 8th, 1917, in Jefferson County, the son of Otis Mathews and Minnie (Brindley) Mathews-Rayls, who both preceded him in death. He spent most of his life in Switzerland County and had become known as “Petie.”

He w as united in marriage on October 9th, 1937, to Hazel Louise Fergison in Scottsburg. Unto this union seven daughters and five sons arrived to bless their home. He was a farmer all of his life and had worked for the Switzerland County Highway Department for several years and as a custodian for Jeff-Craig Elementary School for four years. He will be remembered for his love of horses.

Survivors include his daughters, Edith Mae Gibbs and husband Eddie of Louisville, Kentucky, Bonnie Detraz and husband Edsel of Vevay, Phyllis Christman and husband Ronald of Pleasant, Sharon Johnson and husband Dave of Madison, Kathy Scott and husband Grady of Toccoa, Georgia, and Linda Ricketts and husband Larry of Edinburgh; his sons, Nelson Mathews and wife Betty of Vevay, Raymond “Bimbo” Mathews and wife Bonnie of Madison, Mickey Mathews and wife Bev of Patriot, and Jim Mathews of Vevay; 28 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Louise (Fergison) Mathews; his daughter, Wanda Sullivan on October 28th, 1982; his son, Otis Henry Mathews on April 12th, 1953; his granddaughters, Jill Eileen Mathews in June, 1971, Jennifer Jo Ricketts on October 25th, 1974, and Michelle Renee Gibbs in 1977; his stepfather, Jeff Rayls; and his sister, Helen M. Cochrane on February 9th, 2005.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Mike Jones Monday, August 3rd, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. 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.

Terence Browning

Terence Lee “Bowzer” Browning, 54, of Vevay, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 29th, 2009, at his home in Vevay.

He was born November 6th, 1954, in Madison, the son of Clifford Raisor and Bertha Browning. He spent most of his life in Switzerland County and attended Switzerland County High School. He had the joy of a daughter to bless his home. Throughout his life he was known as Bowzer among his friends. He enjoyed fishing. He had bravely served his country during Vietnam and was inducted into the U.S. Air Force on April 28th, 1972, in Louisville, rising to the rank of Airman First Class. He was honorably discharged on April 27th, 1976, at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. He had worked as a construction worker in Gallatin and Carroll counties in Kentucky. He was a member of American Legion Post 9 in Madison.

Survivors include his daughter, Emily Browning of Harrison, Ohio; his granddaughter, Hailey Ante of Harrison; his mother, Bertha Browning of Vevay; his father, Clifford Raisor of Indianapolis; his brother, Myron Browning and wife Lori of Vevay; his sister, Lisa Starker and husband Rick; his nieces, Ashley, Courtney and Claire; several uncles and aunts.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Elmer and Henrietta (Hackman) Browning.

A memorial service was conducted by Reverend Ronald Sandidge Monday, August 3rd, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Military rites were conducted Monday at the funeral home by Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Hiram T. Whisman

Hiram T. Whisman, 92, of Madison, passed away at 10:45 a.m. Monday, August 3rd, 2009, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

He was born October 18th, 1916, in Fincastle, Kentucky, the son of Cortes Jackson and Jenny Belle (Click) Whisman, who both preceded him in death. He moved to Dupont in 1938. He resided in this community since 1946.

He was united in marriage to Dorothy A. Tague on March 16th, 1946, at the Middlefork Christian Church.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army on May 27th, 1941, in Geneva, Illinois, rising to the rank of Sergeant, serving in the Sixth Signal Company. He fought in t he battles and campaigns to liberate the Southern Philippines, Luzon and New Guinea. He was honorably discharged on November 9th, 1945, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, receiving the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead; the American Theater Ribbon; the American Defense Service Medal; the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star; the Good Conduct Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal.

He owned and operated his own barber shop for 30 years in North Madison, working with Detmer Wood. He then worked for 20 years in security and fire safety at Camp Atterbury. He was a life member of Jefferson Post o of the American Legion for over 30 years; life member VFW Post 1969; charger member of North Madison Fire Company #5; and a faithful member of North Madison Christian Church, where he had taught Sunday School. He enjoyed collecting hats and fishing. He served for 30 years on the Honor Guard of Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion and served many years as Captain.

Survivors include his nephew, niece and caregivers, Gilbert Ray and Sharon Carpenter of Freetown, Indiana; his sister, Laura Keesee of Sommerville, Texas; his brothers, Albert B. Whisman of Liberty, Texas, and Roy Charles Whisman of Sierra Vista, Arizona; his sister-i-law, Nellie Hamilton of Bennington; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy A. “Dot” Tague Whisman on February 28th, 2005; his brothers, John H., Kenneth, Gene, James Russell and Wendell Whisman; and his sisters, Geneva Stamper and Mary Maxine Smith.

Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Bob Hicks at 11 a.m. Friday, August 7th, at North Madison Christian Church, 1400 North State Road 62 in Madison. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. today (Thursday, August 6th) at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison and Friday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to North Madison Christian Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Cynthia Guard

Cynthia Darlene Guard, 50, of Rising Sun, passed away at 12:20 a.m. Sunday, August 2nd, 2009, while in the company of family members at her residence.

She was born in Milan on November 25th, 1958, the daughter of the late Vada (Gulley) and Robert Weber, who survives her of Rising Sun. She w as a member of Rising Sun Church of Christ and worked as a pharmacy technician at Rising Sun Pharmacy.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, Nicholas Guard of East Enterprise; her daughters, Dawn Blackwell of Rising Sun, Tracy Boetticher of Lawrenceburg and Dena Guard of East Enterprise; her stepdaughter, Alisa Beckman of Warsaw, Kentucky; her brothers, Robert Dennis Weber of Patriot, Douglas Earl Weber of Rising Sun, Mark Anthony Weber of Florence, Donald Dean Weber of Rising Sun and Kenneth Lee Weber of Florence; her sisters, Judy Ann Combs of Patriot, Myra Delane Walston of Rising Sun, Barbara Sue Ravenscraft of East Enterprise and Eula Jean Frondorf of Rising Sun; and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted by Brother Greg Matthew Wednesday, August 5th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Katherine Guard

Katherine Marie Guard, 86, of Rising Sun, passed away peacefully at 2:07 p.m. Saturday, August 1st, 2009, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born in Rising Sun, on February 1st, 1923, the daughter of the late Grant and Jessie (Scoopmire) Calvert. She was a homemaker and a member of the Rising Sun United Methodist Church. She graduated from Rising Sun High School in 1942.

She was the wife of Leroy Guard. They were married on June 16th, 1951.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Ed Scalf and wife Sue and Mark Guard, all of Rising Sun; her daughter, Kathy Dawson and husband Don of Gallaway, Ohio; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Polly McCardle and Betty Jo Scudder.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Keith Chaney at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, August 6th) at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rising Sun United Methodist Church, South Ripley Classroom Teachers Association Scholarship or Rising Sun Lions Club Paul Scudder Memorial Scholarship.

Della B. Petrakos

Della B. (Pickett) Petrakos, 84, of Hanover, passed away at 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 8th, 2009, at St. Catherine Regional Hospital in Charlestown, Indiana.

She was born October 5th, 1924, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Donald Lee and Beulah Mae (Hambrick) Pickett, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Switzerland and Jefferson counties, where she attended school.

She was united in marriage to Ingram Rudd Petrakos. Unto this union two daughters and a son arrived to bless their home.

She was employed in the fitting department on the die out machine for the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay, retiring in the 1980s after 3 5 years of service. Early in her life she was employed at the Charlestown Ammunition Plant in Charlestown and owned and operated a restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio, for several years. She was a member of Switzerland Baptist Church. She will be remembered for her love of reading, sewing, working puzzles, playing cards and watching birds.

Survivors include her daughters, Ingrid T. Peters of Vevay and Darlene Roberts and husband Joe of Vevay; her grandchildren, Tycia, Raquel, Melissa, James, Shanai, Ashlie, Vince and Joelle; her great-grandchildren, Danielle, Ryan, Kaitlin, Chelsea, Elizabeth, Quinten, Addysen, Drew, Ava, Amira, Renee, Rochelle, Casideigh and Rachel; her step-great-grandchild, Corey; her great-great-grandchildren, Mallory and Madalynn; her sisters, Flora Althoff of Bennington and Edna Moore of Hanover; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her son, John D. Petrakos on July 29th, 2005; her son-in-law, Harold Wayne Peters on March 20th, 21009; her brother, Loren Pickett; her sisters, Mary Catherine Leatherbury and Charlotte Mayfield.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverends Mike LaFountain and Grant Gaines Saturday, August 1st, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Switzerland Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Glenn W. Tucker, Sr.

Glenn W. “Dempsey” Tucker, Sr., 88, of Madison, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Friday, July 31st, 2009, at his home.

He was born June 4th, 1921, in Bethlehem, Indiana, the son of Herbert Daniel and Persilla (Newman) Tucker, who both preceded him in death. He resided nearly all of his life in Jefferson County and was of the Baptist faith.

He was united in marriage on June 7th, 1941, at the Switzerland County Courthouse to Kathryn L., Young. Unto this union three daughters and five sons arrived to bless their home.

He was inducted into the U.S. Navy on February 17th, 1945, in Indianapolis, rising to the rank of Seaman Second Class during World War II. He served aboard the USS Cunningham destroyer and was honorably discharged on November 18th, 1945, in Great Lakes, Illinois. He was employed by Millican’s Garage in Hanover for 27 years. He also farmed all of his life and worked for several years for M & L Trucking Company. He retired after 10 years of work in production at Reliance Electric Company. He w as a member of Local 1109. He enjoyed CB Radio, farming, was a lover of animals, all sports, fishing, camping and his family.

Survivors include his daughters, Patricia Turner and husband Reverend Leon Turner of Hanover, Jo Ann Ward and husband Edward W., Sr., of Madison, and Kathy Jo Brown and husband Michiel of Lexington, Indiana; his sons, Glenn W. Tucker, Jr., of North Vernon, Dennis Michael Tucker of Madison and Jerry Lynn Tucker of Madison; 28 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Louise “Aunt Kate” Young Tucker on October 25th, 2005; his sons, Gary Lee Tucker on July 2nd, 1951 and James Lee Tucker on September 26th, 2007; his great-grandson, Eddie Ray Ward on October 9th, 1993; and his sister, Tina Edwards.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Mike Johnson Monday, August 3rd, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery in Madison with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Robert Smith

Robert Elmer Smith, 85, of Aurora, passed away at 11:25 a.m. Monday, August 3rd, 2009, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born February 14th, 1924, in Dearborn County, the son of Walter H. and Ida (Sandbrink) Smith. He was a graduate of Aurora High School Class of 1942. He was a farmer and electrician. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aurora.

On February 11th, 1956, he married Verna Webb, who survives.

Other survivors include his sons, Edward “Tony” Smith and wife Tonia of Aurora, David Smith of Aurora, Joey Smith and wife Stephanie of Yorktown, Virginia, and Dustin Smith of Aurora; his daughters, Janet Davis and husband Jerry of Aurora and Briget Smith of Dillsboro; his sister, Wilma Perin of Benton Harbor, Michigan; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Charlie Hill at 11 a.m. Friday, August 7th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Aurora. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today (Thursday, August 6th) at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth May McElfresh Davis, 78, of Madison, passed away at 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 28th, 2009, at Hickory Creek of Madison.

She was born May 16th, 1 931, in Maysville, Kentucky, the daughter of Robert Lee and Alice (Dunaway) McElfresh, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Maysville, moving to Madison in 1973.

She was united in marriage to Johnny E. Davis in Montgomery County, Tennessee on January 18th, 1972.

She was employed with Wal-Mart in Madison from 1997-2006, working as a sales associate. She also had worked as a server for the former Sirloin Stockade and Best Western. She enjoyed working in the 1970s at King’s Daughters’ Hospital on the obstetrics ward. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed playing bingo, going to the boat, traveling, playing cards and games. She enjoyed her Bible study at church. She enjoyed membership in the Madison VFW Auxiliary Post 1969, Jefferson Post 9 Auxiliary of the American Legion and Jefferson County Conservation Club. She attended the Church of Christ.

Survivors include her sons, Larry McClanahan and wife Sue of Maysville, Kentucky, Jacob McClanahan of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and John Gulley of Sanders, Kentucky; her daughters, Sylvia Fryman and husband Allan of Aberdeen, Ohio, Dotty Lugering and husband Hank of Florence, Kentucky, Debbie Geisler and husband Jeff of Madison, Glenda Bell and husband Randy of Madison, Linda Oberholtzer and husband Jon of Madison and May Kahafer and husband Steve of New Albany; her stepsons, John Davis and wife Jean of Las Vegas, Nevada and Joe Davis and wife Margie of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; her brother, Thomas Owens and wife Nancy of Maysville, Kentucky; 19 grandchildren in Switzerland County; 13 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Johnny E. Davis on August 27th, 1995; her stepson, James Davis in 1993; and her brothers, Alton McElfresh and Robert Lee McElfresh, Jr.

Funeral services were conducted by Brother George A. Severn Saturday, August 1st, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Springdale Cemetery in downtown Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.