Obituaries 03/20/20


Eric Huntington

  Eric Randall Huntington, age 71, of Versailles, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, March 14th, 2020, at 12:25 a.m. at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Eric entered this life on October 12th, 1948, the loving son of Russell George “Ping”, Sr. and Emma Elizabeth (Whisman) Huntington. Eric was born in Milan Indiana, raised in Friendship, and was a 1967 graduate of South Ripley High School.

  After graduation Eric worked at Anchor Glass and later joined the United States Navy on April 12th, 1968, completing basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois. During his time in the service he rose to the rank of Fireman Apprentice, spending two years in San Diego California, and was honorably discharged on January 5th, 1970 at the Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California, earning the National Defense Service Medal.

  Eric transferred to the Reserves and was discharged on April 11th, 1974 at Great Lakes, Illinois.

  Eric met the love of his life Belinda Sue Hunt, and they were united in marriage on November 19th, 1974, at the Dillsboro United Methodist Church, sharing 45 years together until his passing.

  Eric retired in 2002 after working 30 years for Cummins engine company in Columbus and its sister company, Holset in Madison. After retirement he enjoyed painting with Beth and Barney Adams Construction in Versailles.

  Eric is best known for his love of cars, notably his 1970 LS6 454 Chevelle, which he restored along side his friends and family. He finished it in 1982 and loved driving it to car shows and cruises around the area. He was very proud that he drove it to Charlotte, North Carolina and was able to win Sensational 70 at the 2004 Goodguys Event. Eric enjoyed restoring classic cars, attending and racing at the drag strip, attending car shows and cruise ins, classic rock but most of all he loved spending time picking on and harassing his family and friends.

  He was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church and Brown Township American Legion Post No 247 in Friendship. Eric’s last act of kindness was helping nearly 150 people by being an organ donor.

  Eric will be missed by his loving wife of 45 years, Belinda Sue Hunt Huntington of Versailles, Indiana; by his beloved daughters: Angela “Angie” Stowasser and her husband Brett of Sunman, Indiana and Erin Williams and her husband Eric of Vevay; by his adoring grandchildren: Alexa Marie Stowasser, Bowe Huntington Williams, and Otto Collis Williams; by his brother, Russell George “Bud” Huntington, Jr. and his wife Brenda of Versailles, Indiana; by his brothers-in-law: Randy Hunt and his wife Rhonda of Fort Branch, Indiana and Bruce Hunt and his wife Kim of Dillsboro, Indiana; and by several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Russell George “Ping” Huntington, Sr.,who died on January 21st, 2000; by his mother, Emma Elizabeth (Whisman) Huntington, who died on May 10th, 1998; by his sister, Jeanette Huntington Thayer, who died on January 11th, 2020; by his father-in-law, Purda Hunt, who died on March 25th, 2018; by his mother-in-law, Hazel Hunt, who died on January 9th, 1996; and by his brother-in-law, Delmer W. Thayer, who died on April 4th, 2014.

  Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, March 19th, at 7:00 p.m., by Pastor Sherman Hughes at the Bear Creek Baptist Church, 953 Friendship Road in Friendship, Indiana. Interment will be private at a later date in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1415 North Gate Road in Madison, Indiana. Friends may visit Thursday, March 19th from 4-7 p.m. at the Bear Creek Baptist Church.

  A final salute with military honors will be conducted on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship by Brown Township American Legion Post No. 247 in Friendship, Indiana.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Friendship Volunteer Fire Department or Dillsboro Volunteer Fire Department or the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover or at the church. Morgan-Nay Funeral Centres is assisting the family at this difficult time.

Dottie Furnish

  Dottie Salvaty Furnish, age 70, of Madison, died at 4:42 p.m. on Friday, March 13th, 2020, at the Hosparus Inpatient Unit of Norton Pavilion in Louisville, Kentucky.

  Dottie entered this life on November 13th, 1949 in Jersey City, New Jersey. She was the loving daughter of the late Charles C. Salvaty and Dorothy E. White Salvaty Steward.

  She was raised in upstate New York and was schooled there. She moved to Jefferson County, Indiana in 1995 and then lived in Vevay for 11 years before returning to Jefferson County, first residing in Dupont then her final years were spent in Madison.

  She was a homemaker, was raised in the Catholic faith, and had attended Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Dottie was a former member of the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion Auxiliary and a life member of the Madison VFW Post No. 1969 Auxiliary. She enjoyed crafts, old cars, being with her friends and family. Dottie had a beautiful smile and could light up any room she was in with her personality. She had fought a difficult battle with cancer for the past several years.

  Dottie will be missed by her loving companion of 33 years, Lawrence “Larry” Brittain, Jr. of Madison; by her step-daughter, Lena Jo Brittain of Hanover, Indiana; by her step-sons: Steve Brittain and his wife Becky of Nabb, Indiana, Phillip Brittain and his wife Jan of Madison, and Darin Brittain of Madison; by her sisters: Carol Forstner and her husband Thomas of Wallkill, New York and Judy Mullen and her husband David of Port Richey, Florida; by her brothers: Wayne Salvaty of Las Vegas, Nevada and Charles Smith of Walden, New York; by her seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Charles C. Salvaty; by her mother, Dorothy E. White Savalty Stenrud; and by her brothers, Charles “Chas” Salvaty and Daniel R. Bartone.

  Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, March 17th, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison. Friends paid their respects to the family on Tuesday, March 17th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Cards are available at the funeral centres in Madison and Hanover.

Kenneth Copeland

  Kenneth W. Copeland, 78, of Versailles, Indiana, passed away at 3:10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at the University Hospital in Cincinnati.

  He was born in Cross Plains, Indiana on November 30th, 1941 the son of Earl and Grace Porter Copeland.

  He was married to Earline Pennington on August 23rd, 1963, and she survives.

  Kenny was a 1959 graduate of Cross Plains High School and was co-owner along with his son, Sam, of Copeland Excavating in Versailles. He had also been employed with Butternut Bread in Versailles, A. E. Wood Excavation, and had worked as a plasterer for Halcombs in Versailles.

  Kenny was active in Republican politics in Ripley County, where he served as a County Commissioner from 1972 to 1996; as a precinct committeeman in Brown Township for many years; and as Ripley County Republican party chairman from 1997 until 2007. He had also served for 25 years on the Sheriff’s Merit Board.

  He was honored with the Sagamore of the Wabash award from both Indiana Governors Bowen and Daniels.

  Kenny was a member of the Benham United Methodist Church, was a 42 year member of the Versailles Masonic Lodge, and was a former member of the Friendship Fire Department.

  In addition to his loving wife, Earline, Kenny is survived by his son, Kenneth “Sam” (Amy) Copeland of Versailles, Indiana; his daughters: Sandy Copeland of St. Paul, Indiana, Carla (Steve) Miller of Osgood, Indiana, and Darla Copeland of Versailles, Indiana; by 15 grandchildren and his eight great-grandchildren; and by his sister Nancy (Richard) Clem of Westfield, Indiana.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; by brothers: Robert, Francis, and Ross Copeland; and by his sisters: Mary Lou Jolly and Caroline Morton.

  Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 14th at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Jerry Brooks officiating. Burial was in the Cross Plains Methodist Cemetery. Visitation was held on Friday, March 13th at the funeral home.

  Memorials may be given to the Cross Plains Methodist Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

Mary Christiani

  Mary Louise (Gierada) Christiani, age 82, of Florence, Indiana, passed away at 11:04 p.m. on Monday, March 16th, 2020, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  She entered this life on January 21st, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan. She was the loving daughter of the late Walter Peter and Eleanor Mary (Redman) Gierada. She was raised in Allen Park, Michigan and was a 1956 graduate of Allen Park High School. Mary attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

  Mary was an accountant for several years in Tampa, Florida. She was a member of the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay. Mary was a wonderful homemaker and raised her five children. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and Posey Tappers Homemakers. She was also a 4-H leader and held various offices. Mary enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and reading books.

  Mary will be missed by her loving husband, Anthony B. “Tony” Christiani of Florence, Indiana; by her children: Phillip Christiani and his wife Tara of Tampa, Florida, Felicia Lynam and her husband David of Vevay, Jennifer Dadabbo and her husband Dominic of Waxhaw, North Carolina, David Christiani and his wife Pamela of Gulfport, Mississippi, and Matthew Christiani and his wife Wendy of Cedar, Michigan; by his grandchildren: Nick Christiani, Jason Humbert, Stephanie Patten, Kevin Christiani, Tim Christiani, Lindsay Duncan and Craig Dadabbo; and her seven great-grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: Walter Peter and Eleanor Mary (Redman) Gierada; and by her sister, Anna “Nancy” Felegy.

  Private family visitation only will be held on Friday, March 20th, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Private family prayer service only will be conducted Friday, March 20th, at 1:00 p.m., by Father Christopher Craig at the funeral home. Private family interment only will be held on Monday, March 23rd, at 1:00 p.m. in the Ottawa Park Cemetery, Clarkston, Michigan.

  A public memorial mass will be held at a later date at the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Donald Bowling

  Donald  Ray Bowling, 82, of Dillsboro, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday March 10th, 2020 in Dillsboro, Indiana.

  He was born March 13th, 1937 in Williamstown, Kentucky, the son of the late Elige Bowling and Nancy (Spurlock) Bowling. Donald lived in Aurora for 50 years and moved to Dillsboro in 2017.

  He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School; and served his country as a member of the United States Air Force.

  Donald worked as a Route Auditor for Coca-Cola, retiring after over 28 years of service. He was with the Aurora Fire Department from 1964-1975, and was the Chief from 1972-1975.

  He was an avid reader, his favorite Author was the Western novelist, Louis L’Amour. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing or just tinkering in the garage. His family was very important to him, he especially enjoyed the large family gatherings; and he will be greatly missed.

  Donald is survived by his loving spouse of 62 years, Winnifred Wittke Bowling; by his children: Chris Bowling of Dillsboro, Indiana, Brian (Diane) Bowling of Rising Sun, Mark (Dianna) Bowling of Cary, Illinois, Jerlyn (formerly Chipman) Ziegler of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Joan (formerly Randall) (Keith) Gordon of Dillsboro, Indiana, and Karen (Mike) Helmle of Petersburg, Kentucky; by his 22 grandchildren and his 34 great-grandchildren.

  He was preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Tuesday, March 17th, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 203 Fourth Street, Aurora, Indiana. Mass of Christian Burial was held following the time of visitation at the church with Father Ben Syberg officiating.

  Interment followed in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Aurora Fire Department honored Donald with services at the cemetery. Military graveside services were conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.

  Contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the Aurora Fire Department.

  Rullman Hunger Funeral Home in Aurora is assisting the family at this difficult time.