Obituaries 01/27/2022


Michael Dilts

  Michael Wayne Dilts, 58, of Rising Sun, passed away at 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19th, at his residence.

  Michael was born in Madison on May 1st, 1963, the son of Joy (Dunaway) Dilts and the late Gerald Owen Dilts. Michael attended school in Rising Sun and earned his GED.

  He was employed as an ironworker with the Local 372 Union until his retirement.

  Michael enjoyed shooting pool, watching sports, golfing, fishing, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion.

  Michael is survived by his mother, Joy Fitzgerald of Rising Sun; by his sons: Brandon Dilts of Rising Sun and Michael Owen Dilts of Aurora, Indiana; by his brothers: Rick Dilts of Rising Sun and Kevin Dilts (Chrissta) of Rising Sun; by his sister, Crystal McCloud (Dean) of Dillsboro, Indiana; and by his grandson Cole Dilts; and many nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Owen Dilts.

  A public visitation will be held 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, January 27th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun.

  In place of sending flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family, checks made payable to Markland Funeral Home.

Hugh Garner

  Hugh Edward Garner, age 67, of Madison, passed away at 4:20 p.m. on Friday, January 21st, 2022, at his residence with his devoted wife and family at his side.

  Hugh entered this life on September 26th, 1954 in Batesville, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late Charles Edward Tremain and Maxine Yvonne Burns Scranton. He was raised in Lawrenceburg and Switzerland County and graduated from Switzerland County High School in 1972. Hugh attended Vincennes University and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, continuously maintaining several professional certifications and licenses, including paramedic, throughout his EMS career.

  He was united in marriage to Deborah Ann Farrington on September 29th, 1972 at the Fredonia Baptist Church on Tapps Ridge in Switzerland County. This union was blessed with a son, Chad Edward; and a daughter, Amy Lynn.

  He began his career in EMS with Switzerland County Emergency Unit in 1972 and later worked for Gans Funeral Home and Ambulance Service in Madison. He served as a police officer with the City of Madison for five years and worked with Athens Ambulance Service. He then opened Med-Care Ambulance Service in Madison and operated it for five years. Hugh served as the EMS education coordinator for Jackson County EMS, retiring after 30 years and eight months in August of 2021.

  In his spare time, he served as a passionate and dedicated sports official with IHSAA from 1978-2022 for basketball, softball, baseball, volleyball, track and cross country.

  On June 24th, 1995, Hugh was united in marriage to Annabet Banks Goble at the Milton Christian Church in Milton, Kentucky. This happy union merged two families together and blessed Hugh with a stepson, Brenton, and a stepdaughter, Ellen Maryaj.

  Hugh was a member of the New Life Community Assembly of God Church in Bedford, Kentucky and the Mid Hoosiers Officials Association where he served on the board, plus was the founder of Medical Explorers, an IHSAA sports official clinician and a judge for several national JEMS Conference Ambulance Competitions. He was always willing to serve where needed. In April 2022, he would have served 50 years as an EMT/Paramedic and held the oldest active EMS certification in the state of Indiana. His certification number was 71. Hugh was awarded Paramedic of the Year in 2005 by the Indiana EMS Commission in recognition of outstanding service and dedication.

  On January 21st, 2022, the Indiana State EMS Office recognized Hugh at the EMS Commission meeting for his nearly 50 years of service by making him the first person to be awarded the Emeritus Award and the State EMS Director’s Award. Hugh developed the first EMT Course at Ivy Tech Community College in 1985 and continued to serve part-time as a course coordinator and or instructor in all levels of EMS courses until the time of his death. He also currently held a part-time security and safety staff position at Hanover College. Hugh also worked in security with Belterra Casino and Resort in Switzerland County and primarily served as a liaison between Belterra and the musical artists performing there.

  Hugh served his communities, students, athletes and the State of Indiana with an unwavering commitment of dedicated service his entire working career. Hugh was unexpectedly diagnosed on December 21st, 2021 with an aggressive form of cancer, declined rapidly, and passed away a month later.

  Hugh will be missed by his loving wife of 26 years, Annabet Banks Goble Garner of Madison; by his son, Chad Edward Garner and his wife Amber of Seymour, Indiana; by his daughter, Amy Lynn Garner Denny and her husband Jerry of Lexington, Indiana; by his step-son, Brenton Goble and his wife Traci of Madison; by his step-daughter, Ellen Maryaj Goble of Madison; by his grandchildren: Logan, Brady, Alexandria, Kinslee, Bailee, and Isaac; by his great-granddaughter, Iyla; by his sister, Mary Jane Garner of North Vernon, Indiana; by his half-brother, Johnnie Tremain and his wife Kim of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; by his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Suellen and L.F. Stephenson, Jr. of Milton, Kentucky, Steve and Stella Banks of Lamb, Indiana; and Lori Tremain of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; and by his several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Edward Tremain, who died on January 2nd, 2002; by his his mother, Maxine Yvonne Burns Scranton, who died on February 4th, 1987; by his half-brother and his half-sister, former Lawrenceburg Mayor, Paul E. Tremain, Sr., who died in 2010 and Kathy Tremain, who died on August 13th, 2019; and by his son-in-law, Jeremy Ryan Cox, who died on July 26th, 2020.

  Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, January 27th, at 1 p.m. by Pastor Joel Whitice and Pastor Jason Dailey at the Madison Assembly of God Church, 1636 Clifty Drive Madison, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Moffett Cemetery, Milton, Kentucky.

  Morgan-Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Lona Hickman

  Lona Mae (Nuckles) Hickman, age 92, of Florence, Indiana, passed away at 11:19 p.m. on Saturday, January 22nd, 2022, at the Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana.

  Lona entered this life on July 1st, 1929 in Nickelsville, Virginia. She was the loving daughter of the late Irson “Bob” Nuckles and Sally Alice (Noel) Starnes. She was raised in Nickelsville, Virginia where she attended school.

  On May 6th, 1950, Lona was united in marriage to Joy Hickman in Gate City, Virginia. This happy union of over 46 years were blessed with seven children.

  Lona was a former nurses aide for Scarlet Oaks Nursing Home in Cincinnati, Ohio, retiring after 15 years of service. From 1961-1997, she resided in the Cincinnati, Ohio community until moving to the Florence, Indiana community.

  Lona was a member of The River Apostolic Church in Vevay since 1997. She was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed raising her children and spending time with her family. Lona will be remembered for her love of cooking, gardening and traveling.

  Lona will be missed by her children: Brenda Barnard of Harrison, Ohio, Larry Hickman of Rising Sun, Lester Alan Hickman of Florence, Indiana, Shirley Reece of Seymour, Indiana, Darlene Marple and her husband Chuck of Cross Plains, Indiana, and Samuel Hickman and his wife Sandy of Florence, Indiana; by her numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; as well as by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Irson “Bob” Nuckles and Sally Alice (Noel) Starnes; her husband, Joy Hickman, died December 9, 1996; her daughter, Geneva Arlene (Hickman) Sanford Sharpe, died July 20, 2015; her sister, Margie Vanzant; her brothers, William James Nuckles, Glenn Nuckles, Barney Frank Nuckles, Willard James Nuckles, Fred Nuckles and Lowell Nuckles; her sons-in-law, John Barnard and Eddie Reece and her daughter-in-law, Barbara Hickman.

  Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 29th,  at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, January 29th, at 1 p.m., by Brother Anthony Wilks at the funeral home.

  Interment will be held in the East Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Kingsport, Tennessee.

  Memorial contributions may be made to The River Apostolic Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Evelyn Hummel

  Evelyn Irene Asche Hummel, 85, passed away on Thursday, January 20th, 2022.

  Evelyn was born on August 27th, 1936, in Delaware, Indiana, one of seven children born to Clarence and Daisy (Schmaltz) Asche.

  She was later baptized at Mud Pike Baptist Church.

  She graduated in 1954 from Osgood High School where she loved being a cheerleader and hanging out with friends at the Dairy Bar.

  She met her husband William (Bill) Hummel and was married November 16th, 1957. They had four children, 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

  After Bill’s passing in July of 2008, she married Robert Banschbach in 2009, until his passing in 2017.

  Evelyn enjoyed gardening, shopping, and vacationing with family.  She also enjoyed going to Florida in the winter.  Evelyn also liked to play cards at the Riverboat.

  She is survived by her four children: Jeff Hummel of Greenville, South Carolina, Greg (Becky) Hummel of Rising Sun, Dan (Lisa) Hummel of Rising Sun, and Marla Copeland (Dave) of Dunnellon, Florida; by her 13 grandchildren; her 12 great-grandchildren, and her four brothers.  

Visitation was held on Monday, January 24th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services followed the time of visitation on Monday, January 24th, at the funeral home, with Reverend Jim Wingate officiating. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Donations can be made to First Baptist Church in Rising Sun.

Pauline Johnson

  Pauline Elizabeth (Wiley) Johnson, age 85, of Vevay, passed away at 11:33 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18th, 2022, at the Norton King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Pauline entered this life on December 6th, 1936 in Madison. She was the daughter of the late Paul North and Vinetta Mae (Scudder) Wiley. Pauline was raised in Switzerland County, and was a 1954 graduate of Vevay High School.

  On December 22nd, 1954, Pauline was united in marriage to Leon Johnson at Switzerland Baptist Church. This happy union of over 67 years was blessed with a daughter, Sherri.

  Pauline was employed for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay. She was later employed as a clerk and cashier for CVS Pharmacy in Vevay for 25 years.

  Pauline resided all of her life in the Switzerland County community. She held a seat on the Jefferson Township Trustee Advisory Board. Pauline loved her daily telephone calls to her great friend, Leah Jones.

  Pauline enjoyed getting her hair done at the salon, sitting on the front porch in the Summer time, watching scary movies, as well as, spoiling her granddaughter and great-grandchildren and going on lunch dates.

  Pauline will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Leon Johnson of Vevay; by her daughter, Sherri Crawford and her husband Ronnie of Vevay; by her grandchildren: Chelsey Thomas and her husband C.J., Ashley McGrew, Shelby Stethen and Brittany Mullins; by her great-grandchildren: Brooklyn, Ava, Bryson, Isabella, Evelyn and Morgan; by her several nieces and nephews; and by her brother-in-law, Doug Ray of Vevay.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: Paul North Wiley, who died on died June 3rd, 1982 and Vinetta Mae (Scudder) Wiley, who died on May 8th, 1995; by her brother, Paul W. “Buck” Wiley, who died on July 30th, 1990; and by her sister, Barbara Mae Ray, who died on March 16th, 2017.

  Funeral services will be scheduled at a later date due to an illness in the family. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.

George ‘Hank’ Milam

  George “Hank” Milam, age 77, of Patriot, passed away at 7:33 p.m. on Sunday, January 23rd, 2022 at his residence.

  Hank was raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky and was the son of the late Eldridge Milam and Margarita (Hopkins) Brooks. He attended Bowling Green High School.

  He was later inducted into the United States Marine Corps on February 3rd, 1964 in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Rifle Expert Badge. He served one year, seven months and six days overseas and was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal on February 2nd, 1970.

  From 1973-2017, Hank was a self-employed master carpenter in the Cincinnati, Ohio community. Hank resided in the Loveland, Ohio community from 1976-1987 and later moved to the Patriot community, where he resided until his passing.

  Hank will be remembered for his love of riding his motorcycle, shooting guns, playing pool, as well as, rescuing dogs and cats. Hank was very creative and enjoyed woodworking.

  Hank will be remembered by his companion of 20 years, Cyndy Jo Riley of Patriot; by his son, David Milam and his wife Kelly of Loveland, Ohio; by his daughter, Margie Grothaus of Independence, Kentucky; by his grandchildren: Trask Sharp, Kaid Milam, Kobi-D Milam, Tiffany Milam-Tapp, Corey Grothaus and Alana Grothaus; by his great-grandchildren: Kanon Sharp, Karlee Milam, Kyson Milam and Kiara Tapp; by his half-brothers, Donnie and Butch Milam; and by several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Eldridge Milam and Margarita (Hopkins) Brooks; by his great-grandson, Zayne Osborne; by his brother, Eldridge Milam, Jr.; by his sister, Mary Helen Storm; by his half-sisters, Alice Fay Skilling and Debbie Milam; by his half-brother, Billy Milam; and by his step-father, Edward Brooks.

  A Celebration of Hank’s Life will be held at the convenience of the family. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Linda Probst

  Linda Probst, 79, of Patriot, passed away at 9:37 p.m. on Friday, January 21st, at her residence.

  Linda was born in Aberdeen, Indiana on April 28th, 1942, the daughter of the late Francis (Fogle) and James Elza. She attended school in Rising Sun.

  On April 13th, 1994, she was married to Donald Probst, who preceded her in death on March 16th, 2021.

  She was employed as a custodian at Rising Star Casino. Linda enjoyed cooking, spoiling her grandchildren and spending time with all her family. She was also a great supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  Linda is survived by her son Louis Bottorff; by her daughters: Teresa Almaraz, Tonia Allen, Regina Payne (Lewis), and Angela Leija; by her 15 grandchildren; her 32 great-grandchildren; and her nine great- great-grandchildren; by her many other extended family members; and she shared the companionship of Clarence Bottorff, Jr.

  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sons: Clarence Abraham Bottorff III and Michael Wayne Borttorff; by her sons-in-law: Santiago “Jimmy” Leija and Michael C. Allen; and by her sister Betty Powers.

  A public visitation was held on Wednesday, January 26th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services followed the time of visitation on Wednesday, January 26th, at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.