Obituaries week of 9-16-10


Myron Scudder

Myron Marshall Scudder, 90, of Vevay, passed away at 10:44 a.m. Monday, September 13th, 2010, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born June 21st, 1920, in Switzerland County, the son of Wayne Vernon and Edna (Gilbert) Scudder, who both preceded him in death. He lived in Switzerland County most of his life where he attended school. He was inducted into t he U.S. Army on January 22nd, 1942, at Fort Custer, Michigan, rising to the rank of Private First Class. He was honorably discharged on December 30th, 1944, at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, and received two Bronze Stars for the Sicilian and Italian Campaigns and a Good Conduct Ribbon.

He was united in marriage to Thelma Chase and she preceded him in death.

He retired from Schenley Distillery in Lawrenceburg where he had worked in the shipping department. He was a member of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396 and attended the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church.

Survivors include his caregiver, Florence Haskell of Vevay; and his cousin, Carroll Scudder and wife Mavis of Fairview.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Mike Sawalich at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, September 16th) at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be 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 the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Bernard J. Schoenhoeft

Bernard J. “Benny” Schoenhoeft, 77, of Vevay, formerly of Kansas City, Kansas and Florida, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, September 7th, 2010, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born April 12th, 1933, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Bernard K. and Elizabeth (Becker) Schoenhoeft. He was a sanitation manager for Interstate Brands as a bakery inspector throughout the United States. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, last serving in 1952. He had resided in Vevay the past five years.

On November 1st, 1956, he married Norma J. Wood, who survives.

Other survivors include his son, Del L. Schoenhoeft of Dade City, Florida; his brothers, Mark Schoenhoeft and Terry Schoenhoeft, both of Cincinnati, Ohio; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Gene Schoenhoeft.

Inurnment was in Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Vail-Holt Funeral Home Hilltop Chapel of Madison was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Higbie

Ruth Harrietta (Bryant) Higbie, 80, of Marysville, Indiana, formerly of Madison, passed away at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, September 8th, 2010, in King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born December 2nd, 1929, in Salem, the daughter of Harry Bryant and Eliza Detraz Rice Bryant Weller, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Bennington and was a 1949 graduate of Vevay High School.

She was united in marriage to Paul Higbie on August 21st, 1954, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. This union was blessed with two sons, Michael Vaughn and Richard Joseph.

She was employed by the U.S. Shoe Corporation for 40 years, working at the Vevay and Madison plants as the odd shoe cutter. She also helped her husband farm. She loved to bake, sew and quilt. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a resident of Jefferson County for 52 years when the couple purchased a farm in Clark County and moved there on January 29th, 1979. They were faithful members of the St. Patrick Catholic Church for many years, moving their membership to St. Michael Catholic Church in Charlestown when they moved to Clark County. She was a faithful member of the Centralian’s Home Economics Club and had served as district secretary for the Madison District. She was the past president of the Jefferson County Homemakers and had served on the Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Paul Higbie of Marysville; her son, Richard Joseph Higbie and wife Teresa of Marysville; her daughter-in-law, Jo Ann Higbie of New Washington; her sister, Caroline Hon of Versailles; her grandchildren, Justin; Susan and husband Billy; Jacob and Lacy; her great-grandchildren, Keagan Vaughn Webb and Reagan Laine Webb; her nephews and niece, Frankie and Eugene Kelly; Clint and Todd Hon and Lisa Costello; her god son, Campbell Higbie of Chelsea, Indiana; several great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Michael Vaughn Higbie on May 15th, 2000; her stepfather, Clavis Weller on January 28th, 1964; and her sister, Mary Kelly.

Funeral services were conducted by Fathers Steven Schaftlein and John A. Meyer Tuesday, September 14th, at St. Patrick Catholic Chapel in Madison. Interment was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Madison. Prayer service was held Monday evening, September 13th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity or the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Mary V. Wilson

Mary V. Wilson, 84, of Indianapolis, passed way Saturday, September 11th, 2010, in Indianapolis.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Robert D. Wilson, Sr.; her sons, Robert D. (Brenda) Wilson and Danny A. (Rosetta) Wilson; her daughter, Pamela W. (Bud) Acton of Florence; her sisters, Patricia Hardy and Betty Moos; her brothers, Jack, Ray, and Glenn Orebaugh; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, September 16th) at Usher Funeral Home in Indianapolis. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Online condolences at

Thomas J. Brady, Jr.

Thomas J. “Tim” Brady, Jr., 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, September 7th, 2010, at Cincinnati, Mercy Franciscan Western Hills.

He was born December 21st, 1959, in Cincinnati, the son of the late Thomas J. and Katherine A. (Hess) Brady.

Survivors include his wife, Gayle R. (Segal) Brady of Price Hill; his sisters, Ann (Larry) Monjar of Patriot, Katherine A. “Tasie” (Donald) Pennington of Camp Dennison, Ohio, Nancy (the late Carl) Marsh of Norwood, Mary E. “Buffy” (Bill) Tholke of Amelia, Ohio, and Bridget A. (G. Steven) Pennington of Florence; his mother-in-law, Sylvia Segal of Roselawn; his brothers-in-law, Paul (Nancy) Segal of Lawrenceville, Georgia and Robert (Lisa) Segal of Golf Manor; many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; his two aunts, his uncle; and four feline companions; and his godmother, Ruth Moeller.

His brother, Charles H. Brady, also preceded him in death.

Visitation was held Tuesday evening, September 14th, at Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home with a Catholic Funeral Blessing following.

Leon Hostetler

E. Leon Hostetler, 60, of Hanover, passed away at 6 a.m. Friday, September 10th, 2010 in Lafayette.

He was born February 26th, 1950, in Jefferson County, the son of Emory Floyd and Laverne (Jenkins) Hostetler. He was a retired English teacher and counselor, having taught in Madison Consolidated High School, Switzerland County School Corporation and was a substitute teacher in the Southwestern School System. He was also a self-employed archaeologist for over 30 years, having worked for the State of Indiana and Kentucky for several years. He was a graduate of Southwestern High School and Indiana University with a masters degree in English. He was a member of Community Christian Church in Chelsea. He enjoyed dealing in antiques, going to auctions, music and archaeology.

On July 4th, 1982, he married Carolyn Sue Higbie, who survives.

Other survivors include his daughters, Christina Lynn Hostetler of Tampa, Florida and Jill Elaine Thorne and husband David of Chesapeake, Virginia; his stepson, Randy Alan Beckett of Hanover; his mother, Laverne (Jenkins) Hostetler of Hanover; his brothers, William E. Hostetler and wife Winona of New Washington, Larry R. Hostetler and wife Janet of Floyds Knobs, and Ronald K. Hostetler of Hanover; his sister, Patty Goforth and husband Norman of Jeffersonville; his grandchildren, Kimberlin Thorne and Jacob Thorne; and several nieces and nephews.

His father, Emory Floyd Hostetler preceded him in death on March 19th, 1980.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, September 14th, by Reverends Doug Lee, Dan Carbin and Jimmy Butters at Vail-Holt Funeral Home Hanover Chapel. Interment was in Crown Hill Cemetery in New Washington. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Christian Church.

Michael Schani

Michael Nicholas Schani, 53, of Rising Sun, passed away Wednesday, September 8th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 13th, 1957, the son of the late Clara (Seither) and Nicholas Schani. He attended LaSalle High School and Cincinnati State College. He worked as a slot technician at Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun and was a member of the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include his daughters, Rebecca Argo and husband William and Molly Owens and husband Joshua, all of Fairfield, Ohio; his grandson, Dylan Argo of Fairfield; and his special friend, Karen Fields of Dillsboro.

A memorial service was conducted by Reverend Jim Jenkins Tuesday, September 14th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.