Obituaries week of 8/9/07


Leslie Lee Scudder

Leslie Lee Scudder, 75, of Richmond, formerly of Vevay, passed away Tuesday, July 31st, at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services in Richmond.
He was born October 29th, 1931, in Patriot, the son of Herman Harold and Agnes (Niccum) Scudder, who both preceded him in death.
He was united in marriage August 11th, 1951, in Madison, to Patsey Ann Scott. Unto this union two sons and four daughters arrived to bless their home.
He was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps May 24th, 1948, rising to the rank of sergeant. He was honorably discharged May 10th, 1955, at Treasure Island, San Francisco, California. He served at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, Japan and Korea. He was a decorated Korean War veteran.
He was an electrician in Local #212 for the Mobile Chemical Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1962-1972. He retired as an electrician in 1993 from Ford Motor Company in Connersville. He enjoyed reading but most of all he enjoyed all of his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Patsey Ann (Scott) Scudder of Richmond; his son, Brian Scudder and wife, Dottie of Harrison, Ohio; his daughters, Dorothy Schlaubach of Richmond, Patricia Thomin of Hamilton, Ohio, and Stephanie Guard and husband Tom of Walton, Kentucky; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Harold Scudder of Trinity, Texas and Gordon Scudder of Florida; his sisters, Roxie Jacoby of Covington, Kentucky, Virginia Romans of Patriot, Donita Couch of Lawrenceburg, Kathryn Scudder of Clearwater, Florida, and Linda Downing of Wewahitchka, Florida.
He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Lynn Scudder; his son, Private Timothy G. Scudder; and his brothers, Delbert, Jim and George Scudder.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, August 4th, by Brother Leon Peelman at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery with military rites conducted at the graveside by the honor guard of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Disease Research. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Betty Cheek

Elizabeth E. “Betty” Cheek, 86, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, August 2nd, in Aurora.
She was born Tuesday, October 12th, 1920, in Switzerland County, the daughter of the late Edwin Scudder and the late Olive Slack Scudder of Bethel Ridge. She was a graduate of Patriot High School. She was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church in Aurora and a member of Tri Kappa Sorority.
Survivors include her husband, Harry J. “Ham” Cheek of Aurora; her son William “Bill” Cheek of Aurora; her granddaughter, Kelly Buffington of Bright; her grandson, Cody Cheek of Miami, Florida; her brothers, Carroll Scudder of Bennington, Earl Scudder of Dillsboro, Leland Scudder of Homosassa Springs, Florida, and John Scudder of California; and her sister, Bonnie Nilles of Florence, Kentucky.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, August 6th, by Reverend Damon Soper at Rullman Hunger Denney Funeral Home in Aurora. Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery in Aurora. Memorial contributions may be made to Aurora First United Methodist Church. Visit:

Alice F. Lasiter

Alice F. Lasiter, 84, of Rush County, Indiana, passed away at the Rush Memorial Hospital Friday, August 3rd. Born in Rushville to Harry and Lena Fox Felts, she spent her entire life in Rush County where she was a 1939 graduate of Rushville High School.
She was a 70-plus year member of the Main Street Christian Church in Rushville where she was a past Sunday School teacher. She was also active in the Jackson Booster Home Economics Club. She worked as the payroll clerk at International Furniture from 1939-1946 and also worked at the Montgomery Ward Store for about 10 years in the 1970s.
She married Stewart Lasiter on October 2nd, 1946, and he preceded her in death on August 6th, 2000.
Survivors include her daughters, Susan Thomas and husband David of Rushville and Barbara Goddard and husband Steve, formerly of Switzerland County, now of Spencer, Indiana; her brother; Manon Felts of Portland, Indiana; and her sister; Janet Felts of Rushville; her granddaughters, Brianne Plewke and husband Michael, Erika Thomas, Katherine, Sarah and Lauren Goddard.
Funeral services were held Monday, August 6th, at Moster Mortuary in Rushville with Pastor Mick Saunders officiating. Burial was in Rushville’s East Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Main Street Christian Church.

Leroy Williams

Leroy “Junior” Williams, 85, of Rising Sun, passed away Friday, August 3rd, at his home.
He was born September 24th, 1921, in Ohio County, the son of Clifford Leroy “Roy” and Leola (Fry) Williams. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1938 and attended college for one year. He was a construction worker with Local 372 Ironworkers. He was also a farmer and a car salesman after retiring from construction. He loved to play cards, especially euchre.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, rising to the rank of Aviation Machinist 3rd Class. He was awarded the European Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and Victory Medal. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ and was an elder and chairman of the board of the church. He was a member of Hartford Masonic Lodge for over 50 years where he was past master and secretary/treasurer and was a member of Rising Sun American Legion Post 59. He helped start the Aberdeen-Pate Water Company, was a former County Commissioner, County Council member, Democrat Council chairman, and chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
On January 25th, 1947, he married Bea Browning, who survives.
Other survivors include his son, Kenny Williams and wife Darla of Rising Sun; his daughters, Connie Smith of Rising Sun, Sandy Gilligan of Cave Creek, Arizona, Sharon Barbour and husband Myron of Rising Sun, and Karen Smith of Rising Sun; his brothers, Tom Williams of Batesville and Terry Williams of West Harrison, Indiana; his sister, Midge Wilson of Indianapolis; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Keith and her husband Miller Keith; and his grandson, Jason Smith.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, August 7th, by Brother Don Campbell at Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ near Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ – Christian Home, Ohio County Community Foundation – Book of Love, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements.

Justin Geyman

Justin Tyler Geyman, 23, of Madison, passed away Thursday, August 2nd, from injuries sustained in an ATV accident near Madison.
He was born July 8th, 1984, in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Daniel K. and Robin R. (Steward) Geyman. He resided in Madison all of his life and was a 2003 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. In school he was an avid soccer player, having played since first grade. In 2002, at MCHS, he was awarded the MVP of the men’s varsity soccer team for defense and won honorable mention for All Conference. He attended Ivy Tech State College. He was employed as an apprentice with Gaylor Electric in Jeffersonville since January, 2007. He formerly worked for E.M. Welding in Madison for a year. He enjoyed four wheeling, fishing, hunting, riding his motorcycle, his dogs, but most of all, his family and friends. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church.
Survivor include his wife, Gretchen Sizemore Geyman of Hanover; his parents, Daniel K. and Robin Steward Geyman of Madison; his sister, Erin Chandler and husband Tim of Madison; his maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Mary Steward of Madison; his paternal grandmother, Mary Geyman of Dupont, formerly of Vevay; his uncles and aunts, Dewayne and Julie Steward of Madison, Kim Kline of Largo, Florida, Brian and Bonnie Geyman of Deputy, and Elonda and Rick Zinge of Pinellas Park, Florida; numerous cousins and other relatives.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, August 6th, by Reverend John A. Meyer at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Madison. Interment was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Madison. The Rosary was recited Sunday evening at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Justin Geyman Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Paul Bay

Paul Lee Bay, 76, of Versailles, formerly of Ohio County, passed away Sunday, August 5th, at his residence.
He was born in Newport, Kentucky, January 1st, 1931, the son of Elzey and Anna (Jones) Bay. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was a retired press operator at Formica in Cincinnati. He was a member of Brushy Fork Baptist Church and the Mason, Ohio Masonic Lodge.
He was married to Edna Bright, who preceded him in death. He married Joyce Hampton Klusman March 3rd, 2006, and she survives.
Other survivors include his stepson, Mark Klusman and wife Ann of Versailles; and his step-grandson, Dominick Klusman.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, August 8th, by Reverend Dewayne Slusher at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial was in Crown Hill Memorial Cemetery in Cincinnati. Memorial contributions may be made to Rescue 69.