Obituaries week of 9-4-08


Melba Lock

Melba Pearl (Roberts) Lock, 85, of near Florence, passed away Tuesday, September 2nd, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

She was born February 8th, 1923, in Craig Township, Switzerland County, the daughter of Glen and Opal A. (Harper) Roberts, who both preceded her in death. She was the middle of three children, her sister Jessie Konkle and brother James Roberts. She spent her entire life in Switzerland County.

In April, 1943, on Main Street in Vevay, she met her husband of 63 years, Robert F.C. “Bob” Lock. They were united in marriage December 8th, 1944, in Vevay, three days before he left for an 18-month tour of duty during World War II. While her husband served his country she stayed behind, living with her parents, working and saving money so that she and Bob could start a long and wonderful life together. On January 8th, 1954, they welcomed a little girl into their family, Rita Jean (Lock) Brogan.

She was lucky enough to be a homemaker her entire life, which gave her time to do what she enjoyed most – caring for her family. She worked every day beside Bob on their farm in Florence and still found time to care for their home and daughter. They were inseparable. You never saw one without the other, whether they were working on the family farm, heading out for dinner or to visit with family. She quickly found a favorite hobby after the birth of their first grandchild in 1979, spoiling her grandchildren. Her grandchildren, Alicia Dawn Fritter and husband Lewis, Zachary Kyle Brogan and his fiancee Allison and Andrew Nicole Brogan all resided close to Melba in Florence throughout their lives.

She always had extra hugs and kisses to share, a stockpile of all of their favorite foods and extra room for weekend sleep-overs, which were a favorite of all the grandkids. You could always count on Melba to be at every school play, every sporting event, every grandparents day dinner and to make daily phone calls to friends to let them know how proud she was of her grandchildren. Just this past December, she welcomed her first great-grandchild, Ariel Rose Brogan. She loved to hold and talk to Ariel and often asked about her over the last few months. She was always full of life and laughter and over the last few months, she continued to show her zest for life while fighting ill health. She passed quietly during the night, just like she would have wanted, with all of her family beside her.

Survivors include her husband, Robert F.C. “Bob” Lock of Florence; her daughter, Rita Brogan and husband James of Florence; her grandchildren, Alicia Fritter and husband Lewis, Zachary Brogan and his fiancee Allison and Andrea Brogan; her great-granddaughter, Arial Rose Brogan; two nephews; and four nieces.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Private James Daniel Roberts on April 24th, 1945; her sister, Jessie Malee Konkle on August 3rd, 1999; and her brother-in-law, Ernie Konkle on September 16th, 2007.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, September 5th, by Reverends Ronald Sandidge and Mike Jones and Brother Roy Duckworth at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Relief Fund or Switzerland County EMS. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Frederic K. Azbell, II

Frederic K. Azbell, II, 61, of Indianapolis, passed away the morning of Thursday, August 28th, at St. Vincent Hospice facility after his long courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Indianapolis on January 6th, 1947, to the late Frederic K. and Vivian (White) Azbell. In 1974, he started Azbell Company, Inc., a rep agency for the automotive aftermarket industry and in 2000 he acquired Bowes Seat Fast, LLC. He was awarded many honors for outstanding service and performance in the automotive aftermarket industry. He was very actively involved at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and in the Indycar Racing Series.

He was a devoted Christian and was a proud member of Castleton United Methodist Church. He led many persons to Christ. A 33rd Degree Mason, he was a member of the Mystic Tie Lodge #398 F.&A.M., Scottish Rite of Indianapolis and Murat Shrine. He also served as a two-term president for the Hillcrest Country Club.

On July 30th, 1977, he married his loving wife, Barbara A. (Hart) Azbell and she survives.

Other survivors include his five children and their spouses: Emily H. Dilling and husband Greg, Frederic K. Azbell, III and wife Charla (formerly of Patriot), Joseph R. Azbell and wife Tracey (formerly of Vevay), Coleman H. Wolkoff and wife Danelle and Amy A. Warrum and husband David, all of Indianapolis; 12 grandchildren; and his sister, Barbara “Bobbie” Sanders.

A service, celebrating Fred’s life, was conduced Tuesday, September 2nd, at Castleton United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Burial immediately followed at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were entrusted to the Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel, 740 East 86th Street, Indianapolis. You are invited to visit where you may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal message for the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions cam be made to St. Vincent Hospice or the Caring Bridge website.

James Kinnett

James Robert Kinnett, 79, of Rising Sun, passed away at his home on Sunday, August 31st.

He was born July 21st, 1929, in Ohio County, the son of Archie and Ruth (Bovard) Kinnett. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1947. He was employed with American Electric Power (AEP) and retired in 1994. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served in Korea.

He was married to Norma Lee Fischvogt on February 10th, 1951, and they had three sons. She preceded him in death in 19982. He later married Betty Kinnett and she preceded him in death in 2002.

Survivors include his sons, James Robert Kinnett, II of Lawrenceburg, Nelson Kinnett of Indianapolis, and Kevin Kinnett of Louisville, Kentucky; five grandchildren; his brothers, Gary Kinnett of Rising Sun and Larry Kinnett of Aurora; his sisters, Mary Lou Crouch of Rising Sun and Janice Dawson of Greendale.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 7th, at 2 p.m. at Humphrey-Taylor-Detmer Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Interment was in Rising Sun Cemetery Monday, September 8th, with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 59 at the graveside. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Larry V. Hock

Larry V. “Hawkeye” Hock, 59, of Brooksburg, passed away Tuesday, September 2nd, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born January 14th, 1949, in Madison, the son of Charles T. and Mary (Thornton) Hock, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Jefferson County, residing most of his life in the Brooksburg community. He was a 1967 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. He had been employed with the old Conn Organ Company, Servomation, and Williams Food Service as route supervisor. He was a member of Madison Moose Lodge $765; and had served as a fireman with Western Fire Company Number Three. He enjoyed living life to the fullest. He liked fishing, gardening, watching old movies, hunting arrowheads and coins. He enjoyed going to the gambling boats and tracking the water levels of the Ohio River. He enjoyed his home near the Ohio River. It had always intrigued his curiosity.

Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Greene and husband J.B. of Madison; his step-granddaughter, Shelby Greene of Madison; his sisters, Linda Hock and Marlene Glowiak and husband Paul, all of Madison; his nieces, Megan Glowiak of Indianapolis and Mary Glowiak and companion Rosie of Indianapolis.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today (Thursday, September 4th) at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison. Friends may call today (Thursday) from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Larry V. Hock Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Becky Gregory

Charlotte Rebecca “Becky” Gregory, 51, of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, September 2nd, at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood, Kentucky.

Funeral arrangements were pending at press time at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.