Obituaries 04/07/2022


Paula Butler

  Paula Ann Chipman Butler, age 68, of Madison, died at 12:42 p.m. on Friday, April 1st, 2022, at the Water’s of Clifty Falls in Madison.

  Paula entered this life on June 16th, 1953 in Oceanside, California. She was the loving daughter of the late Albion Paul and Beverly Ann Hearns Chipman. Her father served in the Navy and she was raised in many different areas. She graduated from Antioch Senior High School in Antioch, Illinois.

  On June 17th, 1971, Paula was united in marriage to Timothy Earl Butler in Antioch, Illinois. This happy union of 50 years was blessed with sons: Timothy Earl, II and Jason Clark; and a daughter, Brande Ann.

  They settled in Jefferson County, Indiana in 1988 and she worked for 20 years with the Madison Walmart and the North Vernon Walmart retiring as the assistant manager. She enjoyed being a homemaker, devoted wife, loving mom and nanny. Paula loved crocheting, sewing, crafting was a gifted artist and loved to draw.

  She began a battle with breast cancer in 1996, beating the disease; and later began a battle with Leukemia. Paula had an award winning smile and loved her family deeply.

  Paula will be missed by her loving husband of 50 years, Timothy Earl Butler, I of Madison; by her loving sons: Timothy Earl Butler, II of Vevay and Jason Clark Butler and his wife Kristen of Lamb, Indiana; by her beloved daughter, Brande Ann Stotts and her husband Bradley of Vevay; by her adoring grandchildren: Timothy E. Butler III, Robert John Butler, Lauren Butler, Christopher Morris, Keegan Morris, Quentin Stotts, Payton Butler, Mason Butler, and Austin Butler; by her several great-grandchildren; by her sister, Vanessa Chipman of Berlin, Wisconsin; by her brother, Charlie Chipman of Naperville, Illinois; by her sister, Samantha Chipman of Berlin, Wisconsin; and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Albion Paul Chipman, who died on April 6th, 2002; by her mother, Beverly Ann Hearns Chipman, who died on February 11th, 2021; and by her older sister, Tina L. Chipman Portalski, who died on December 13th, 2019.

  Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, April 6th, by Pastor Scott Kollmann at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment followed in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1415 North Gate Road in Madison, Indiana.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Tuesday, April 5th; and prior to the service on Wednesday, April 6th at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover.

Diana Donley

  Diana Nichols Donley, 67, passed away on Friday, April 1st, 2022.

  Diana was born on July 16th, 1954, and graduated from Aurora High School in 1972. She was the first female to attend the auto mechanics program at the Versailles Career Center.

  Diana had a great passion for our country and its military service personnel and veterans. Through the years she was affiliated with many veterans groups. Her biggest contribution to help veterans and their families was her association with the POW/MIA organization AFFA (Americans for Freedom Always). In which she worked with founder John “Top” Holland to get legislation passed in Congress to help families of POW’s and MIA’s. She also served on President George Bush Seniors inauguration committee.

  Her passion for our country was so great that on June 29, 1989 she was sworn into the U.S. Army. Diana served our country in the sands of Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield and the Desert Storm war. During her eight years of service she also served at Fort Campbell, Knetucky; in Germany; and at Fort Hood, Texas.

  Diana is survived by her brother, Michael Nichols (Susan) of Dry Ridge Kentucky; by her sister, Mary Ann Potter (Lenny) of Batavia, Ohio; by her daughter, Sharon Berkley (Brian) of Patriot; by her grandsons: Demetrie Liapis (Katlynn) of Patriot, Jason Colen of Rising Sun, and David Colen (MaKayla) of Patriot; and by six wonderful great grandsons: Daniel, Kelly, Brycen, Albus, Kylan and Maycen.

  Visitation was held on Wednesday, April 6th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services followed the time of visitation on Tuesday, April 6th at the funeral home. Burial with military honors was at Riverview Cemetery in Aurora.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Honor Flight Tri-State, LDS Mission Fund or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Donna Johnson

  Donna M. (Cook) Johnson, 79, of Rising Sun, passed away on Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 at The Waters of Rising Sun.

  Donna was born in Quercus Grove, Indiana on January 22nd, 1943, the daughter of the late Mildred (Pease) Cook and Harold  Cook. Donna grew up in Switzerland County and attended Quercus Grove Elementary School and was a 1961 graduate of Patriot High School. Donna also completed business school courses.

  She was the wife of Ernie Johnson. They were married on January 22nd, 1971 at the Quercus Grove United Methodist Church by Reverend Arnold Cutter. Donna and Ernie were married over 51 years until her passing.

  Donna was a member of the Quercus Grove United Methodist Church. She was also an active member of the Rising Sun American Legion Auxiliary for over 50 years and former Bar Manager for the Legion. Donna last worked at the Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun. She also held several other jobs over the years including Tandy’s IGA, Shell Service Station and Ohio County Tourism. Donna and Ernie also formerly operated The Cottage in Aurora.

  Donna loved the outdoors tending to her flowers, gardening and mowing the grass. She also had a fondness for animals, especially horses and hummingbirds.

  Donna is survived by her loving husband, Ernie Johnson, of Rising Sun; by her sister, Janet Boggs, of Vevay; by her sisters-in-law: Lois Cook of Sellersburg, Indiana, Shirley Cook of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and Betty Rippberger (Tommy), of Alexandria, Kentucky; by her close family friend, JoDell Johnson of Rising Sun; and by many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

  Donna was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Ann Scudder; by her brothers: William “Willie” Cook, Harold Cook and infant brother Lewis Cook; by her brothers-in-law: Delbert Scudder, Larry Boggs and Robert Johnson; and by her sisters-in-law: Elma Marie Cook and Helen Jean Johnson.

  Private family graveside services were held on Tuesday, April 5th at the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun American Legion Auxiliary.

  Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family during this difficult time.

Jeffrey Kinnett

  Jeffrey Young Kinnett, 68, of Rising Sun, passed away at 5:45 a.m. on Sunday, April 3rd, at St. Elizabeth Dearborn, Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Jeff was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 10th, 1954, the son of the late Marcella (Young) and Earl “Red” Kinnett. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School.

  Jeff worked for the City of Rising Sun Street Department and also volunteered for the Rising Sun Fire Department.

  Jeff loved racing jeeps and working on cars, especially hot rods. He was a true outdoorsman and enjoyed camping and kayaking.

  Jeff is survived by his son, Kristopher Kinnett (Jamie), of Rising Sun; and by his grandchildren: Myles, Ashton, and Easton.

  Jeff was preceded in death by his parents; and by his sister, Claire Ann Nelson.

  A public visitation will be held 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, April 10th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

John Ralston

  John O. Ralston, age 88, of Madison, died at 5:05 p.m. on Sunday, March 27th, 2022, at the Norton King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  John entered this life on October 16th, 1933 in Jefferson County, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late John W. and Alice “Allie” Imel Ralston. He resided all of his life in Jefferson County and was raised on the family farm at Manville. He attended Central High School on Ryker’s Ridge.

  In January of 1951 he was united in marriage to Mary A. Chatham, and this union of 22 years was blessed with a son, John Timothy; and daughters: Patricia, Pamela and Debra.

  In 1973 he was united in marriage to Marcella Jean Clarkson and they enjoyed 43 years of marriage until her death on February 22nd, 2016.

  He worked early in life with Williamson Heater and the Jefferson County Highway Department. He retired from Grote Industries with 44 years of service and seven of those years he served as a truck driver and retired as a foreman.

  John was a member of the Manville Christian Church and a life member of the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765 where he loved to dance. John was an avid fisherman, hunter, dancer, playing cards, board games, reading, raising a large vegetable garden. In his later years you could find him fishing on his bass boat for catfish on Indian-Kentuck creek.

  John will be missed by his loving daughters: Patricia Guthrie Kelly and her husband Benny of Madison and Debra Garrett and her husband Alan of Madison; by his loving son, John Timothy Ralston of Madison; by his step daughters: Marsha Boston of Hanover, Indiana and Marlene Marek and her husband Mark of Madison; by his niece he raised like a daughter, Valerie Chatham Garrett of Hanover, Indiana; by his grandchildren: Jillian Guthrie, Anna Christine Guthrie (Justin Turner), Jeff Abbott, Jenny Brindley, Allison Gividen (Tim), Tamara Piper, and Jessie Couglin; by his great-grandchildren: Brianna Chest, Mia Chest, Kira Chest, Bradley Wayne Turner, Caleb Oeffinger, Grace Carrico, Mason Carrico, Michael Abbott, Kaelie Renfro, Izayah Piper, Damin Piper, Joanna Edwards, and Zack Wainscott; by his great great-grandson, Lincoln; by his several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; and by several cousins and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his father, John W. Ralston, who died on October 8th, 1963; by his mother, Alice “Allie” Imel Ralston, who died in 1961, by his first wife and mother of his children, Mary A. Chatham Ralston Shaw, who died on September 24th, 2020; by his second wife, Marcella Jean Clarkson Ralston, who died on February 22nd, 2016; by his daughter, Pamela Brindley Raley, who died on July 17th, 2008; by his step son, Billy Spry; by his sons-in-law: Mike Brindley, who died on January 16th, 1998, Kenny Guthrie, who died on July 27th, 2019 and Steven Raley; by his step daughter, Ileta Warren; and by his companion, Shelby Jean Imel, who died on November 5th, 2018.

  A celebration of life with a meal will be conducted on Saturday, April 9th, from noon to 2 p.m. at the North Madison Baptist Church, 1906 Orchard Street in Madison. Interment will follow in the Caledonia Cemetery near Moorefield.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the MooseHeart or North Madison Baptist Church.  Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover, which is serving the family during this difficult time.

Miles ‘Buster’ Swanson

  Miles Harold “Buster” Swanson, age 83, of Rising Sun, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 1st, 2022, at The Waters of Rising Sun in Rising Sun.

  Buster entered this life on January 12th, 1939 in Switzerland County. He was one of nine children born to the parents of Henry Jonas Swanson, Sr. and Helen Elizabeth (White) Swanson. He was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1959 graduate of Vevay High School.

  Buster was a former night watchman for Cochran Chair Factory in Aurora, Indiana for one year. He helped on the family farm raising tobacco.

  Buster was a member of the Grants Creek Baptist Church in Switzerland County. He enjoyed playing guitar and sketching in his free time. He loved socializing with his friends and eating breakfast at Jack’s Restaurant in Rising Sun. There were not many foods Buster wouldn’t eat, except when it came to tomato soup.

  He found great enjoyment writing gospel songs. Buster loved his Lord and Savior and read his Bible faithfully every day. The family was blessed to learn valuable lessons from their Uncle Buster and he always kept his nieces and nephews in line.

  Buster resided the past 30 years in the Rising Sun community.

  Buster is survived by his sisters: Sharon Harlow of Rising Sun,  Shirley Cook of Lawrenceburg, Indiana and Ramona Titkemeyer Bartlett of Plant City, Florida; by his sisters-in-law: Alice Swanson of Lansing, Michigan and Daisy Swanson of Bennington; and by his several nieces, nephews and cousins.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Jonas Swanson, Sr. and Helen Elizabeth (White) Swanson; by his sister, Gloria Swanson; by his brothers: Henry “Hank” Swanson, Jr., Kenneth S. Swanson, Sr., Sanford Swanson and Carroll Frederick “Buddy” Swanson; by his niece, Jodi Nicole (McClellan) Rowekamp; and by his nephew, Jeremy Dale Knigga.

  Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 15th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 16th, by Pastor Patrick Bujak, at the funeral home.  Interment will follow in the New Liberty Cemetery, East Enterprise.

  A luncheon will be held after the funeral service at the Grants Creek Baptist Church, 14685 Lower Grants Creek Road, Rising Sun, Indiana, 47040.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Grants Creek Baptist Church or New Liberty Cemetery Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.