Obituaries week of 9-30-10


James C. Burgess

James Cleveland Burgess, 81, of Rising Sun, passed away Tuesday, September 21st, 2010, at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was born September 27th, 1928, to Allie Raisor and Grover Cleveland Burgess in Owenton, Kentucky. He was the youngest of four sons. The family moved to Indiana in March of 1937. He went to school through the sixth grade in Quercus Grove. Later, he attended Patriot School through the 10th grade.

He was united in marriage on August 7th, 1948, to Polly Ascherman. Unto this union two daughters were born, Sherry White (husband Steve) and Terrie Adams (husband Tim). Also added to this family were five grandchildren: Chris Whitham (wife Heather), Craig Whitham, Eric White (wife Shannon), Angel Emerson (husband Brian), Amy Adams; and also five great-granddaughters: Alyssa, Candice, Zoe, Emily and Gracie.

As time went by he was united in marriage on October 11th, 1979, to Betty Jean Scott. This union added four additional children: Connie Baldwin (husband Denny), Doug Scott (wife Cindee), Karen Chase (husband Jeff) and Andy Scott (wife Theresa). The family grew with the addition of the following grandchildren: Kelli and Dustin Otter, Shane and Ty Chase, Kinzie and Jake Scott, Brandon, Brad and Alyssa Cook, Michael Conger, Dana Walton; and two great-grandchildren, Braysen Cook and Wyatt Walton.

Jimmy also had a special companion for many years – his dog “Snoopy” who could be seen in the van with him as he drove a round town.

Jimmy was always giving of his time and skills for others. Jimmy served his community as a city councilman, a building inspector and volunteer fireman from 1961 to 1978. He was also a member of the Rising Sun First Baptist Church.

He worked very hard during his life, providing a living for those he loved. In the early years he worked at the Cross Factory, the Aurora Casket Company, and for Dean Carrigan. Later he w as employed by Roy O. Turner, building homes for many people throughout the town of Rising Sun and Ohio County. Jimmy had found a job that suited his talents and took much pride in his work. He expected hard work and perfection from the many guys that worked for him – just ask some of them – there are many stories being told and many that are not being shared. He built his last home for daughter Karen in 1992. In t he later years he and Betty got busy making many things – known as Jim & Betty’s Crafts.

In the last few years as he began to slow down he spent a lot of time enjoying sitting on the front porch – yelling or throwing up a hand at those going by, becoming known as the “Porch Supervisor” by his wife.

Early each morning Jimmy enjoyed going to Shell for a newspaper and cup of coffee. We all know he did it for the pleasure of visiting with others. His last trip was on Tuesday, September 21st. Due to an accident Jimmy was aircared to University Hospital where he passed away with a lot of his family present.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers: Buford, Lillard “Shorty” and Clyde “Smokey” Burgess. Left to mourn are his wife Betty; all the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, sister-in-law, and many friends.

Funeral services were conducted by Brother Greg Matthew Saturday, September 25th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio County Rescue Unit, Rising Sun Fire Department, American Cancer Society or Ohio County Library Fund.

Larry P. Sedam, Sr.

Larry P. Sedam, Sr., 78, of Lexington, Indiana, passed away at 8 p.m. Friday, September 24th, 2010, at his home.

He was born August 1 5th, 1932, in Cross Plains, the son of the late Benjamin Harrison and Lillie Cordelia Thornton Sedam. He resided most of his life in Jefferson County and was 1951 graduate of Central High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War in the motor pool. He was honorably discharged and returned to Jefferson County.

He was united in marriage to Juanita Scudder and this union was blessed with three daughters and a son.

He began a career in 1955 with the Indiana Kentucky Electric Corporation in Madison and retired after 33 years of service as a maintenance supervisor. He had farmed all of his life and worked early in life for the Armstrong family at Armstrong’s Super Service in downtown Madison. He was a faithful member of the Paynesville Christian Church. He enjoyed his horses and pulling his wagon with his horses. He also loved car races and being with his family and close friends. He also loved watching RFD-TV and visiting every Saturday morning with the Amish families. He was anxiously awaiting the birth of his 12th great-grandchild.

Survivors include his daughters, Joyce Aldridge and husband Larry of Deputy, Patty Dew and husband Allen of Hanover and Kim Garland and husband John of Lexington; his son, Larry P. Sedam, Jr., and wife Tammy of Lexington; his sister, Betty Brown of Madison; his special friend and caregiver, Shirley Gray of Deputy; his grandchildren, John Aldridge and wife Ruby, Spring Irby and husband Jeff, Rob Dew and wife Haley, Randy Dew and wife Jennifer, Whitney Farmer and husband Michael, Brandie and Stacie Garland; his great-grandchildren, Kayla, Katelyn, Ethan, Alyssa, Emily, Jada, Beth, Jackson, Lily, Alex and Sophie; his great-great-granddaughter, Brooke; his special loving niece who was like a daughter to him, Sharon Brown; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Scudder Sedam on January 1st, 1994; his granddaughters, Kristie Aldridge and Ashley Sedam; his brothers, Ernest, Gilbert, Leslie, and Wilbur Sedam; his sisters, Emma Cutter, Virginia Schwanholt and Mary Gerding Waltz.

Funeral services were conducted by Brother Joe McKay and Pastor Mike Cammack Wednesday, September 29th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Kent Cemetery with a flag presentation at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital or Paynesville Christian Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at