Obituaries week of 9-17-09

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Ronnie Minch

Ronald Lee “Ronnie” Minch, 62, of Vevay, passed away at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, September 9th, 2009, at his home.

He was born December 6th, 1946, in Owenton, Kentucky, the son of Charles H. and Frances (Wright) Minch, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1965 graduate of Patriot High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on February 23rd, 1966, in Vevay, rising to the rank of SP5, serving during the Vietnam War. He served in Company A 589th Engineer Battalion. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was honorably discharged on February 5th, 1968, at Fort Lewis, Washington.

He was united in marriage on July 24th, 1971, in Hancock County, Indiana, to Pamela A. Dawson. Unto this union a son and a daughter arrived to bless their home.

He had resided in Fortville and McCordsville, Indiana, for 35 years, prior to moving back to Vevay. He was an oilier for the Chrysler Corporation in New Castle, Indiana, retiring on July 31st, 2003, after 36 years of service. He was a former grinder operator for Allison in Indianapolis for five years and was a former employee at Marble Hill for two years. He was employed in security at Belterra Casino Resort and Spa near Vevay for three years. He was a life member of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. He will be remembered for his service to the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396 for as long as his health permitted. He always enjoyed socializing with his family and friends and he also enjoyed hunting.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela A. Minch of Vevay; his son, Dale Minch of Vevay; his daughter, Stacey Mathews and husband Jack of Vevay; his grandchildren, Allie, MaKenzie, Brooke and Bailey; his brothers, Charles Minch of Fortville, Indiana and William J. “Bill” Minch of Moorefield; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Bobby Dean Minch and Harold Ray Minch.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Mike Jones Saturday, September 121th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison with military rites conducted at the cemetery by the Honor Guard of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. 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 www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Hazel Cleeter

Hazel Belle (Works) Cleeter, 99, of Crown Point, Indiana, passed away at 9:51 a.m. Monday, September 7th, 2009, at St. Anthony’s Hospice in Crown Point, Indiana.

She was born July 6th, 1910, the daughter of Lewis and Effie (Pendry) Works, who both preceded her in death. She was raised near Fairview and was united in marriage on January 15th,1927, in Switzerland County, to Ralph William Cleeter. Unto this union three sons and a daughter arrived to bless their home. They resided in Ohio County where they raised their family. After his retirement in 1970 they moved to Charlestown, Indiana, to be near their son. In 1991, she moved to Crown Point to be near her daughter.

Survivors include her daughter, Sondra Rose of Crown Point; her sons, Dr. Paul Cleeter and wife Betty of Plymouth, Indiana and Roland Cleeter and wife Marie of Indianapolis; her grandchildren, Steve, Suzanne, Eric and Cassondra; and her great-grandchildren, Grant, Hayley, Alex, Reid, Brett and Christian.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph William Cleeter on November 28th, 1987; her son, Gerald Cleeter; her grandson, Kurt Cleeter; and her brother, Wilfred Works.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 19th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Muscular Dystrophy. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Deborah L. Roberts

Deborah L. (Jester) Roberts, 50, of Madison, passed away at 3 a.m. Tuesday, September 15th, 2009, at Saint Catherine Regional Hospital in Charlestown, Indiana.

She was born April 21st, 1959, the daughter of William and Stella (Breeden) Jester, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Madison, residing there all of her life. She was of the Christian faith and enjoyed sewing, gardening and working with flowers. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandma and sister. She worked early in life at Hinkle’s in downtown Madison as a server for six years. She later worked at Foods Plus in the deli for 10 years. She worked for nine years at Madison State Hospital in food service until becoming disabled.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald L. Roberts of Madison; her daughters, Lisa Roberts and companion Steve Bowen, Sara Roberts and Lori Roberts, all of Madison; her grandchildren, Kyla Mack, Trajan Louis Mack and Izik Roberts; her sisters, Carol Cole and husband Randy, Patty Garvey and husband John and Penny Book and husband Leo, all of Madison; her brother, William A. “Tony” Jester and wife Mary of Madison; her uncles and aunts, Charlie and Virginia Jester of Moorefield and Harold and Joyce Jester of Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her grandparents.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Vickie Perkins at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, September 17th) at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Friends may call today (Thursday) from 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Breast Cancer Research. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Suzanne Broadhead

Suzanne Kathleen “Suzie” (Smith) Broadhead, 38, of Franklin, Tennessee, formerly of Madison, passed away at 10 p.m. Saturday, September 12th, 2009, at her home.

She was born April 18th, 1971, in Englewood, New Jersey, the daughter of David and Judy (Andrew) Smith . She moved to Madison in May, 1972, and was a 1989 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. She was a 1993 graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in music. She was a 10-year 4-H member of the Jefferson County 4-H program in Madison.

She was united in marriage on October 16th, 1993, and to this happy union four sons and one daughter arrived to bless their home.

She enjoyed teaching preschool for several years. She was a devoted wife, mother and daughter. She was a faithful member of Christ United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and helped with the nursery. Her children were the light of her life and she loved music, cooking, flowers, horses and sheep. She enjoyed being a “Hockey Mom.” She fought a courageous battle with cancer and went home to be with her Lord and Savior with her loving family at her side.

Survivors include her husband Robert “Rob” Broadhead; her sons, Tim Broadhead, age 14, Ian Broadhead, age 12, Tom Broadhead, age 11 and Ben Broadhead, age 3; her daughter, Rebecca Broadhead, age 5, all of Franklin; her parents, David and Judy (Andrew) Smith of Madison; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim and Pat Broadhead of Fairview, Tennessee; four uncles; several cousins; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Stanley and Jean Andrew and Fred and Ethel Smith.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, September 15th, at Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin. Madison friends were able to sign a condolence book and record their favorite memory for her children Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to Big Brothers, Big Sisters, or to the donor’s favorite charity. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

R. Wayne Hamilton

Former Jefferson County Sheriff R. Wayne Hamilton, 70, of Hanover, passed away at 5 a.m. Saturday, September 12th, 2009, at his home.

He was born July 22nd, 1939, in Carroll County, Kentucky, the son of Russell C. and Oneida (Frakes) Hamilton, who both preceded him in death. He had resided in Jefferson County since the age of 12 and was a 1960 graduate of Central High School. He also was a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and the Diesel Mechanics School.

He was united in marriage July 16th, 1960, at Hanover United Methodist Church to Karin Kay Kreeger. Unto this union three sons arrived to bless their home.

He had a passionate devotion to law enforcement and began his career serving on the Jefferson County Auxiliary Sheriff’s Department, which later became the Reserves. On January 1st, 1969, he began as a Deputy under Sheriff Jug Raisor and later as Chief Deputy in 1974 under Sheriff Beck Alexander for four years. He also served on the City of Madison Police Department for one year. He was elected Jefferson County Sheriff in 1983, serving two terms. He had owned Hamilton’s Shell in Madison for four years and Hamilton’s Carpets for 10 years.

He had been very involved in the Jefferson County Youth Shelter for many years. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #765; Hanover Masonic Lodge No. 654; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis; Murat Temple; Fraternal Order of Police – Stacks of Power; Madison Elks Lodge #524; Jefferson Post 90 , sons of the American Legion; member of Jefferson Post 9, of the American Legion Honor Guard; the Indiana Sheriff’s Association – Life Membership Award and served as the president of the Association in 1989.

Survivors include his sons, Doug Hamilton and wife Cindy, Gary Wayne Hamilton and Travis Hamilton, all of Hanover; his mother-in-law, Helen Hicks Kreeger of Hanover; his sister, Sara Jo Adams of Lexington, Kentucky; his grandchildren, Jessica Sellers, Amber Hamilton, Paul Sellers, Logan Hamilton, Whitney LeAnn Hamilton and Katelyn Hamilton; his sister-in-law, Vickie Schirmer of Hanover; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dan and Thelma Kreeger of Madison; his aunts and uncles, Dorothy and Chet Vice of Ladoga, Indiana and Beatrice and Norman Rogers of Indianapolis; his nieces and nephews, Robert Schirmer, Rielly and Josh Wilber; Sheila and Doug Chatham; Nancy, Johnny and Tara Hamilton; Sam and Abbie Hamilton; Dale and Rebecca Adams; Larry Adams; Sharon and Dennis Haggard; Eugene Ashcraft; and Sandy Powell; and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Karin Kay Kreeger on September 30th, 2007p his brothers, Sam “Bub” Hamilton and Clifford Ashcraft; his father-in-law, Milton Kreeger on November 17th, 1979; and his sister-ion-law, Norma Roberts on December 17th, 1999.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Vickie Perkins Wednesday, September 16th, at Hanover United Methodist Church in Hanover. Burial was in Zoar Cemetery near Kent, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wayne and Karin Kay Hamilton Memorial Golf Scramble to Benefit Local Youth Sports. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Zelma Schirmer

Zelma Ann “Zel” (Nighbert) Schirmer, 71, of Madison, passed away at 9:46 p.m. Monday, September 14th, 2009, at her home.

She was born February 16th, 1938, near Chelsea, Indiana, the daughter of Russell and Estel (Hutsell) Nighbert, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in the Chelsea community and had resided in Madison since 1979. She was a 1956 graduate of Saluda High School and later attended the Army All Adult School, studying psychology. She later studied at the Columbus Encoding School.

She was united in marriage on December 31st, 1955, in Vevay, to George E. Schirmer. Unto this happy union one daughter arrived to bless their home.

She first worked for Jackson’s Three and One Station in Chelsea. She later worked the Emergency Room at Fairfield Hospital in Fairfield, California and the Sunny Acres Nursing Home. They lived in California, Florida, New York, Georgia and Texas. They moved back to Madison in 1979. She worked for King’s Daughters’ Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She co-owned with her husband the Ohio Valley Medical Equipment in Madison for five years. She also worked at Designing Women in downtown Madison. She enjoyed crafts, caring for the elderly, her dachshunds, Angel and Dixie, flowers, cake decorating and playing scrabble. She was raised in the New Bethel Baptist Church and she later was baptized with her daughter Connie at the First Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include her husband, George E. Schirmer of Madison; her brother, Bill Nighbert and wife June of Madison; her nieces, Beverly and Dennis Parr, Cynthia Flynn Knoebel, and Peggy Segman; her nephews, Raymond Omer Comingore, Steven Nighbert, and Robert De.. Knoebel; her great-nieces, Haley Nighbert, Ashley and Chris Walsh; her great-nephew, Ross Howard and wife Allyson; cousins, Larry and Diana Hutsell; and numerous other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Cornelia Lynn “Connie” Schirmer on December 11th, 2001; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth Laverne and Omer Comingore and Wanda and Robert D. Knoebel; her niece, Terri Nighbert; and her nephew, Jeffrey Knoebel.

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted by Mike Gourley at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 19th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Private burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery near Chelsea. Friends may call Saturday from 1:30 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to King’s Daughters’ Home Health and Hospice or New Bethel Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.