Obituaries 03/18/2021

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Richard McKay

  Richard Wilson McKay, 65, of Rising Sun, passed away on March 11th, 2021 at his residence.

  Richard was born in Madison on July 13th, 1955, the son of the late Nelda (Wilson) Kinman and Thomas Harold McKay, Sr. Richard was a graduate of Switzerland County High School, Class of 1975.

  He went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force and later was employed as a handyman and was knowledgeable in many different trades.

  On June 6th, 1987, Richard was married to Tina Fain.

  Richard was a member of the Rising Sun American Legion Post #59 and enjoyed many different hobbies such as playing music, woodworking, fishing, gardening, and was known for his immense knowledge of and love for nature.

  In addition to his wife Tina, Richard is survived by his sons: Wilson McKay of Florence, Indiana and Trevor (Virginia) McKay of Patriot; by his brothers: Thomas Dyer (Kathy) McKay of Rising Sun and Russell (Roberta) McKay of Patriot; by his sister, Lois McKay of East Enterprise; by his two grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

  Services were held by the family at the Patriot Baptist Church on Wednesday March 17th, with a time of visitation preceding the funeral service.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help defray funeral expenses. Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Steven Fritter

  Steven Lane “Steve” Fritter, age 72, of near Pleasant, passed away at 12:50 a.m. on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021, at his residence.

  Steve entered this life on April 8th, 1948 in Brookville, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late George Thomas Fritter and Mildred E. (Watson) Fritter Gourley. He was raised in Madison, where he was a 1967 graduate of Madison High School.

  Steve was united in marriage to Glenda Roberta Ralston on November 24th, 1967 at the Caledonia United Presbyterian Church near Moorefield. This happy union was blessed with a son, Lewis, and a daughter, Mary. Steve and Glenda shared nearly 54 years of marriage together until his death.

  Steve was inducted into the United States Army Reserves on August 18th, 1968 in Madison. He rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class on July 6th, 1985; and earned the Sharpshooter (M-14) badge Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with Two Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with Four Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the National Professional Development Ribbon 3.

  He was recognized for his service during the period of the Cold War that was from September 2nd, 1945 to December 26th, 1991; and for his outstanding service to the Nation as a United States Army Soldier. He was also awarded a certificate of achievement for the 212th supply and service battalion on August 26th, 1983. As a tribute of Steve’s service to his country, the American Legion Department of Indiana awarded him with the Freedom Team Salute Commendation Lapel Pin. Steve retired from the United States Army Reserves on August 18th, 1990 after 22 years of active reserves.

  Steve was employed as a machinist for Rotary Lift in Madison, retiring in 2011, after 44 years of service.

  He was a member of the Caledonia United Presbyterian Church near Moorefield. He was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 where he was a past Post Commander from 2015-2017 and was active in the American Legion Honor Guard. He also served as a 4-H leader for the Jefferson County 4-H for 20 years and served as a fair board member for five years. Steve served as president of the Parent Teacher Organization for the Canaan Community Academy and was the boys basketball coach for several years. Steve was very active in his community and was a big supporter of keeping the Canaan Community Academy open. He also  helped get the school gymnasium built.

  He served as Precinct Committeeman for the Shelby Township Republican Party. He also served as President of the Fairview 4-H Horse and Pony Club for several years and also for area one equine for 4-H. Steve also served on the State Board of the 4-H Horse and Pony Club. Steve and Glenda resided since 1971 on Scott’s Ridge in Jefferson County, Indiana.

  Steve was a big supporter of ‘Thunder Over Fritters’ since 1989. Steve enjoyed tractor pulls and horses as well as trail rides and working on tractors. He was an avid IU Basketball fan and will be deeply missed by his loving family and abundance of friends.

  Steve will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Glenda Roberta (Ralston) Fritter of near Pleasant; by his son, Lewis Fritter and his companion, Lindsay Stultz of Switzerland County; and by his daughter, Mary McCarty and her husband Eric of Salt Lick, Kentucky.

  He was preceded in death by his father, George Thomas Fritter, who died in 1966; by his mother, Mildred E. (Watson) Fritter-Gourley, who died on April 1st, 2014; and by his step-father, Emmett D. “Kilowatt” Gourley, who died on October 7th, 1997.

  Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, March 19th, at the Canaan Community Academy Gymnasium, 8775 North Canaan Main Street, Canaan, Indiana, 47224.

  Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, March 20th, at 11 a.m., by Reverend Ron Lee at the Canaan Community Academy Gymnasium.

  Burial with full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Caledonia Cemetery, near Moorefield.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Caledonia Cemetery Fund. Cards will be available at the school, funeral home and online at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

  Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time.

John ‘Cliff’ Miller

  John Clifford “Cliff” Miller, age 64, of Bennington, passed away at 11:52 p.m. on Monday, March 15th, 2021, at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Friends may call 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, March 20th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  A Celebration of Cliff’s Life will be conducted by his loving family and Pastor Charles Dayadharum on Sunday, March 21st, at 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

  Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.

Levi Christner

  Levi C. Christner, age 80, of Brushy Fork Road in Canaan, Indiana, passed away at 8:36 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021, at his residence.

  Levi entered this life on August 16th, 1940 in Adams County, Indiana. He was the son of Cletus and Rebecca (Wickey) Christner, both of whom preceded him in death.

  Levi was united in marriage to Rosa M. Miller and to this union arrived  five sons and five daughters. He was a farmer and carpenter all of his life and was of the old order Amish faith.

  Levi resided in Washington County, Indiana until 1987 when the family moved to Switzerland County. 

  Levi is survived by his wife, Rosa M. (Miller) Christner of Canaan; by his sons: Paul Christner and his wife Lizzie of Owingsville, Kentucky, Martin Christner and his wife Mary of Canaan, Mervin Christner and his wife Taylor of Versailles, Jerry Christner and his wife Emily of Wichita, Kansas, and Reuben Christner of Canaan; by his daughters: Marie Girod and her husband Levi of Pleasant, Lavina Schwartz and her husband Reuben of Canaan, Amy Schwartz and her husband David of Pleasant, Ines Schwartz and her husband Elton of Butlerville, Indiana, and Laura Longmyer and her husband Anthony of Pueblo West, Colorado; by his 59 grandchildren; and by his three great-grandchildren.

  He is also survived by his sisters: Ester Girod and her husband Ben of Berne, Indiana, Becky Troyer and her husband Joe of Owingsville, Kentucky, Lizzie Yoder of Cynthiana, Kentucky, Sylvia Eicher of Berne, Indiana, and Katie Schwartz of Berne, Indiana; by his brothers: Dave Christner and his wife Katie of Berne, Indiana and Cletus Christner and his wife Emma of Bennington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Cletus and Rebecca (Wickey) Christner; by his son, James R. Christner; by his sister, Mary Yoder; and by his brothers-in-law: Mervin Yoder, Elmer Eicher and Menno Schwartz.

  Visitation was held on Thursday, March 11th, and Friday, March 12th, at the Christner Residence, 359 Brushy Fork Road, Canaan, Indiana, 47224.

  Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, March 13th, by Bishop Reuben Wickey at the Christner Residence. Interment followed in the Old Order Amish Cemetery on Shaw Hollow Road near Pleasant.

  Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Larry Pence

  Larry Gene Pence, 75, of Rising Sun, passed away on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 at his residence.

  Larry was born in Lima, Ohio on September 20th, 1945, the son of the late Bonnie (Stevens) and William H. Pence.

  Larry was a 1963 graduate of Madison Heights High School. He went on to serve his country in the Army and later became a tool and die maker, as well as a woodworker and was employed through the Rees Harp Store.

  Larry was a member of the Rising Sun American Legion Post #59 and leaves behind many dear friends.

  No services are planned. Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Jerry Bondurant

  Jerry W. Bondurant, 78, of Rising Sun, formerly of Aurora, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 in Edgewood, Kentucky.

  He was born on September 18th, 1942 in Milan, Indiana, the son of the late Charles Bondurant and Eloise (Liggett) Bondurant.

  He served his country as a member of the United States 101st Army Airborne Division-Screaming Eagles during the Vietnam War.  He was a member of Rising Sun American Legion, Rising Sun Color Guard, VVA Chapter #71, Southeastern Indiana Honor Guard, and a former member of the Lawrenceburg American Legion where he served as Past Commander.

  Jerry was a very Patriotic man, who was more than proud to have served his country. Jerry also did whatever he could to help other veterans in need, whether it was helping them navigate life decisions or just to be there to listen when they needed that support. Jerry was also a collector of Challenge Coins.

  Jerry was a member of the Lawrenceburg Masonic Lodge. He worked as a Still Operator for Seagram, retiring after over 40 years of service.

  Jerry used to love to sing Karaoke, and he was formerly an avid golfer. Family was very important to him, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jerry never missed the opportunity to attend any and all of their extracurricular activities, whether it be sports events, or school programs.

  Jerry is survived by his loving spouse of almost 42 years Barbara (Klum) Bondurant of Rising Sun; by his daughters: Cindy (Andy) Murafski of Rising Sun, Janelle Bondurant-Denning (Tim) of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Missy Spaulding of Delhi, Ohio, Leslie Votaw-Lambert (Coby) of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and Amy Palmer of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; by his sisters: Toni (Jack) York of Rising Sun and Shirlee Smith of Rising Sun; by his grandchildren: Josh Murafski, Brett (London) Bondurant, Sydney Spaulding, Lindsee Bondurant, (Gerald), Jordan Bondurant, Alexis (Colton) Bruce, Brady Spaulding, Ethan Lambert, Riley Lambert, Tyler Lambert, Lilly Palmer, Haylee Palmer, and Jolie Palmer; by his great-grandchildren: Jacee, Avery, Abby, Julia, Luna, Maddox, Bentlee, Mila, and Niko; and many friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents and by his grandson, Drew Muraski.

  A Celebration of Life was held at the Veterans Memorial at the Ohio River Bank in Rising Sun on Saturday, March 13th, with P.G. Gentrup officiating. Special services for Jerry included a Masonic Service and a Military service conducted by the Rising Sun Color Guard and the Southeastern Indiana Honor Guard.

  Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the family or the Southeastern Indiana Honor Guard.  If unable to attend services, please call the Rullman-Hunger Funeral Home office at (812) 926-1450.

 Rullman-Hunger Funeral Home in Aurora, Indiana, is assisting the family during this difficult time.