Obituaries 03/31/2022


Norman Rimstidt

  Norman B. Rimstidt, age 79, of Bear Branch, Indiana, passed away at 11:40 p.m. on Thursday, March 24th, 2022, at the St. Elizabeth Dearborn Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Norman entered this life on August 5th, 1942 in Bear Branch, Indiana. He was the son of the late James Harvey and Hattie Marie (Waller) Rimstidt. He was raised in Bear Branch, and was a 1960 graduate of Rising Sun High School.

  Norman was inducted into the United States Army National Guard, serving in Indiana as well as in Ohio from 1964-1973, and from 1983-1995.

  On September 10th, 1966, Norman was united in marriage to Patricia Lee “Pat” Sams at the Brushy Fork Baptist Church. This happy union of nearly 56 years was blessed with two sons, Rodney and James.

  Norman was a former commissioner for Ohio County from 1968-1972. Norman held various careers throughout his life. Norman and Pat owned and operated the Bear Branch General Store for several years. He served on the Ohio County School Board for 20 years. Norman was a member of the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department until 1996.

  Norman resided all of his life in the Bear Branch community. He farmed all of his life raising beef cattle, pigs, tobacco, hay, corn and soybeans.

  Norman was a former truck driver for Wilson Trucking in Napoleon, Indiana and for Kuemples Delivery in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also worked for Bear Branch Feed Mill for several years.  He loved playing in softball tournaments and had his own team.

  Norman was a member of the American Legion Post 59 in Rising Sun and the Olive Branch Baptist Church in Bear Branch.

  Norman loved his dogs and enjoyed collecting Oliver tractors, toy tractors, baseball cards and stamps. He also enjoyed playing on his computer.

  Norman is survived by his wife, Patricia Lee “Pat” (Sams) Rimstidt of Bear Branch; by his sons: Rodney Rimstidt and his companion Laura of Quercus Grove, Indiana and James “Jimmy” Rimstidt and his wife Brandy of Hebron, Kentucky; by his grandchildren: Abbey, Oliver, Violet, Fiona, Vada and Cole; by his several nieces and nephews; and by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lenny and Janice Sams of Rising Sun.

  He was preceded in death by his father, James Harvey Rimstidt, who died on October 23rd, 1979; by his mother, Hattie Marie (Waller) Rimstidt, who died on June 11th, 1997; and by his brothers: Asher Robert Rimstidt, who died on March 18th, 1934, and James Leon Rimstidt, who died on January 22nd, 2009.

  Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 30th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services were conducted following the time of visitation on Wednesday, March 30th, officiated by Pastor Patrick Lanman at the funeral home.

  Full military rites were conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Olive Branch Baptist Church or Olive Branch Baptist Church Cemetery Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Norman Lee Peters, Jr.

  Norman Lee “Nornie” Peters Jr., age 64 of Lawrenceburg IN, passed away unexpectedly on March 23rd, 2022 at his residence.

  Norman Lee entered his life May 22nd, 1957 in Madison. He was the son of Ann (Bailey) Peters Eskridge and the late Norman Lee Peters Sr. He graduated from Switzerland Co. High School in 1976.

  Norman was last employed by the Cincinnati Hilton. He also previously worked at Chi-Chi’s Restaurant in Florence, Kentucky and Schenley Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Norman enjoyed spending time with his family and getting together for family dinners. He also loved telling jokes and making people laugh. He had a great personality. Most of all he loved talking to his mom every morning.

  Norman will be sadly missed by his mom and step-dad, Ann (Peters) Eskridge and John Eskridge of Moores Hill, Indiana; by his sisters: Cindy (Scott) Follis Aurora, Indiana and Cheryl (Laurie) Hussong of Patriot; by his step-sister Janice Rogers of Portsmouth Ohio, by his step-brother Johnny (Grace) Eskridge of Hebron Illinois; by his nephews: Donnie, Brian, Ethan, and Robbie; by his great nephews: Dylan, Tyler, Jordan, and Gabe; by his nieces Cellisa and Jenny; by his great nieces: Olivia, Payten, Presley, Skye, and Emily; and by his uncles, aunts, and cousins.

  He will also be sadly missed by his life long friends, Frances, Tony, and many others.

  He was preceded in death by his father Norman Lee Peters Sr.; by his his grandparents Ernest and Maggie Peters of Vevay and Raymond and Mabel Bailey of Rising Sun; by his nephew Caleb Follis of Aurora; and by several uncles and aunts.

  Public graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 2nd at Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Aurora, Indiana with Pastor Mike Jones officiating. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Michael Lewis

  Michael Allen Lewis, 60, of Ohio County, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022 at his home.

  Michael was born in Hamilton, Ohio on September 1st, 1961, the son of June Faye (Sutton) Lewis and the late Jack Wayne Lewis. He attended William Henry Harrison High School in Harrison, Ohio.

  Michael worked as an Equipment Operator for T&T Maintenance in Dillsboro, Indiana. Michael was a true outdoorsman. He loved raising and riding his horses. Michael also enjoyed trail riding on an ATV or side by side. Michael always looked forward to backyard barbecues with family and friends. He was a simple, loyal, hardworking man that was always willing to help someone in need.

  Michael is survived by his loving companion, Tonya Emery, of Ohio County; by his stepchildren: Angelea Love, Kayla Emery and Derek Emery; by his mother, June Lewis of Highland Heights, Kentucky; by his granddaughter, Kassidy Lynn Lewis; by three sisters: Leala Williams of Cold Spring, Kentucky, Brenda Rios of Medford, Oregon, and Hetty Wilson of Florence, Kentucky; by his two brothers: Lonny Lewis of Brighton, Colorado and Bryon Lewis of Villa Hills, Kentucky; by his best friend Tom Losacker and his wife Kim of Indianapolis, Indiana; and by several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

  Michael was preceded in death by his father, Jack W. Lewis; and by his son, Dustin M. Lewis.

  Visitation was held on Friday, March 25th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services followed the time of visitation on Friday, March 25th, at the funeral home, with Eldon Fancher officiating. Burial will be at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Mary Jane Fuller

  Mary Jane (May) Fuller, age 92, beloved grandmother, mother and wife, passed away the morning of March 24th, 2022 at Silver Memories Healthcare/Nursing Home in Versailles, Indiana.

  She was born on March 3rd, 1930, the daughter of the late Thomas Benton Sr. and Mabel (Welch) May in Pleasureville, Kentucky.

  Mary Jane was raised among a large family on a farm in Switzerland County. She graduated from Vevay High School in 1952; and later attended cosmetology school in Louisville, Kentucky.

  On August 25th, 1955, Mary Jane was united in marriage to Kenneth House Fuller, and from this union, came five loving children.

  Mary Jane resided in various states in the U.S. and countries including Panama and Thailand while bravely accompanying Kenneth during his military career.

  In 1968, Mary Jane and Kenneth made Vevay the place they called home to raise their children. Mary Jane was a loving mother and grandmother. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren, reading magazines, listening to music, caring for her cats and houseplants, ceramics, embroidering and sewing. She sewed many outfits for herself and her children as they grew.

  When she was well, she attended church at the Church of Christ with her daughter Angela. To all of those who know her, she exemplified a woman of elegant character, strong will and unending perseverance.

  As a resident of Silver Memories for the last five years, she was affectionately known as “Mary, Mary Quite Contrary” to which she would joyfully respond “How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells; and pretty maids all in a row”; a title that fit her personality to a tee. She had many friends at Silver Memories and will be especially missed by her friend June. They were like “two peas in a pod” and took good care of each other. Silver Memories was a blessing to Mary Jane and her family. She will be missed by the loving staff including those who were close to her; Julian, Erica, Kilah, Taylor, Kayla, and Tina.

  Mary Jane will be sadly missed by her daughter Angela Browning and her husband Pete of Vevay; by her sons: Lee Fuller, Henry Fuller and his wife Alex both of Vevay, Christopher Fuller and his wife Tina of Payson, Arizona, and David Fuller and his wife Cindy of Pittsboro, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Amanda (Eddie) McClellan, Elizabeth (Ryan) Bovard, Samantha (Jeff) Richards, April (Kyle) Fuller, Brandon Fuller, Cody (Paige) Fuller, Dakota (Kaylee) Fuller, Morgan (Kyle) Davis, Evan Fuller and Jorden (Cameron) Fuller; by her great-grandchildren: Alana, Alysa, Aleea, Ethan, Jack, Dre, Caden, Cash, Reece, Lilly Rose, Aven, Kayson, Jocelyn, Maverick, Brantlee, and Ashlynn; and by one great great-grandchild Macy.

  She is also survived by her brother Carlos May and his wife Charlotte of Dupont, Indiana; and by her sister Thelma Eve of Georgetown, Kentucky.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Benton May, Sr., who died on April 23rd, 1978 and Mabel (Welch) May, who died on April 2nd, 1986; by her husband of 45 years, Kenneth House Fuller, who died on August 19th, 2000; by her brothers: Henry May (infant); Leslie Elston “Jethro” May, who died on May 1st, 2004, James Thurston May, Sr., who died on April 2nd, 2008, Bennie Carroll May, who died on June 6th, 2009, Thomas Benton “Tommy” May, Jr., who died on October 31st, 2015, Kenneth D. May, who died on December 27th, 2017; and by her sister, Evelyn Willhoite, who died on May 29th, 2008.

  Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 31st, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.  Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 31st, by Reverend Shawn McMullen, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

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

Constance ‘Connie’ Ernst

  Constance Joan “Connie” Ernst, 74, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, formerly of Rising Sun, passed away at 4:35 p.m. on Thursday, March 24th, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Dearborn.

  Connie was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 10th, 1947, the daughter of the late Bettie Angela (Daugherty) Ernst and John William Ernst. She was a 1965 graduate of Mt. Notre Dame High School in Reading, Ohio.

  Connie proudly served her country as a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy and was a former VFW and American Legion member in Cincinnati.

  After her return from service, Connie went on to earn her nursing degree from the Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing in 1981. She worked as a RN at various hospitals and nursing homes around Cincinnati over the years and also held the position of nursing home administrator.

  Connie retired to Rising Sun where she made close friends and liked going the riverboat. She also enjoyed painting and placing rocks with her friend Bonnie for their “Rock On Rising Sun” project.

  Connie is survived by her brother, William Chase Figg, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; by her dear friends: Bonnie Carrigan and Saundra Courter of Rising Sun; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins and boat friends.

  Connie was preceded in death by her parents and by her two sisters, Terri Lynn Rose and Mary Ernst.

  Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 29th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services followed to time of visitation on Tuesday, March 29th, at the funeral home with Eldon Fancher officiating. Burial with military honors will be held at a later date at Cedar Hedge Cemetery in Rising Sun.

  Memorial donations may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.