Obituaries 04/30/20


Richard ‘Dick’ Ballard

  Richard Edward “Dick” Ballard, age 94, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away at 5:13 a.m. on Sunday, April 26th, 2020, at Westminster Village North in Indianapolis, Indiana.

  Dick entered this life on September 1st, 1925 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dick was the loving son of the late William Matthew Ballard, Sr. and Helen Beatrice (Kornbroke) Ballard. He was raised in Marion, Indiana and was a 1943 graduate of Marion Senior High School. He attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana for one year.

  Dick was inducted into the United States Army on October 17th, 1945 in Indianapolis, Indiana, rising to the rank of Private. He served in company D1560th SCU Reception Center at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Dick was in the 8th Photo Tech SQDN 40th Bomb WG in Oxford, England and rose to the rank of Corporal. He earned the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal Germany. He was honorably discharged on March 7th, 1947 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He then served in the United States Army Air Force Reserves and was honorably discharged on February 19th, 1950.

  Dick was united in marriage on September 30th, 1949 at the Fairview United Methodist Church in Fairview to Hazel Eileen Moreillon. This happy union was blessed with a son, Jeffrey; and two daughters: Lynn and Marsha. Dick and Hazel shared nearly 71 loving years of marriage together until his death.

  Dick was employed as a designer for Thomson Consumer Electronics RCA in Indianapolis, retiring in 1989 after 17 years of service. He was a member of the Old Bethel United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Dick enjoyed woodworking, camping with his family, was an avid reader and will be deeply missed by his loving family.

  Dick will be missed by his loving wife, Hazel Eileen (Moreillon) Ballard of Indianapolis (formerly of Fairview); by his son, Jeffrey Ballard and his wife Suellyn of Indianapolis; by his daughters: Lynn Holliday and her husband Don of Indianapolis and Marsha Branson and her husband Phil of Noblesville, Indiana; by his grandchildren: Karen, Patrick, Zachary, Brett, Kelly, Bryan, Bethany, Kathleen and Jackson; by his great-grandchildren: Adam, Beau, Drew, Parker, Riley, Connor, Sam, Maggie, Harper and Emilia; and by his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, William Matthew Ballard, Sr., who died on October 26th, 1968 and Helen Beatrice (Kornbroke) Ballard, who died on May 9th, 1989; and by his brother, William Matthew Ballard, Jr.,  who died on December 24th, 2012.

  Due to COVID-19, private entombment services will be conducted by Reverend Robert “Bob” McMillen at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 30th, in the Washington Park East Cemetery, 10612 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46229.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Old Bethel United Methodist Church or Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, which is assisting the family at this difficult time.

Freida Ball

  Freida (Hall) Ball, age 71, of Indianapolis, Indiana, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 1:25 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, at her daughter, Tonya’s residence in Vevay.

  Freida entered this life on March 18th, 1948 in Gary, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late Robert Hall, Sr. and Ruthie Lee (Sims) Hall. Freida was raised in Gary, Indiana where she was a 1966 graduate of Emerson High School.

  She was united in marriage to Albert Ball, Jr. until he passed away on August 9th, 1983. This happy union was blessed with four daughters: Lisa, Shawnda, Trina and LaTonya.

  Freida was a former employee for Hilton Garden Inn in Concord, California. She was a former housekeeping manager for Lee’s Inn & Suites in Merrillville, Indiana retiring in 2009 after several years of service.

  She was a member of the Gabriel Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana where she was active on the Mother Board and called themselves the “Silver Saints.”

  Freida will be remembered for her love of music, dancing, traveling, cooking and shopping especially when it came to shoes.

  Freida will be deeply missed by her daughters: Lisa Yelder and her husband Ronald, Sr. of Brentwood, California, Shawnda Sherlock and her husband Gregory of Phoenix, Arizona, Trina Ball of Indianapolis, and LaTonya Brown and her husband John of Vevay; by her grandchildren: Tierra Mays, Tevin Mays, Christopher Yelder, Takara Weatherspoon, Ryann Yelder, Ronald Yelder, Jr. and Raven Yelder; by her great-granddaughter, Ava Grace Mays; by her brother, Kevin White, Sr. of Gary, Indiana; by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Peter and Ann Ball of Detroit, Michigan; by her special niece and nephew, Marquita Ratliff and Donald Williams; by her best friend, Denise Williams; and her several nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: Robert Hall, Sr. and Ruthie Lee (Sims) Hall; by her husband, Albert Ball, Jr., who died on August 9th, 1983; by her brother, Robert Hall, Jr.; and by her sisters: Belinda Williams, Vanessa Hall and Donna Nelson.

  Private family graveside service and interment will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 1st, in the Evergreen Memorial Park, 3815 West 39th Avenue, Hobart, Indiana, 46342.

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

Mary Ann Barkey

  Mary Ann Barkey, 85, of Monongahela, Pennsylvania, died peacefully on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 at Paramount Senior Living in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

  She was born on March 26th, 1935 in Monongahela, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Petrick Barkey.

  Mary Ann had a long, successful career at Bell Telephone and then AT&T. During her time there, she became the first female employee ever to climb utility poles and service phone lines. She then went on to climb the ranks within the company to supervisor and management.

  Mary Ann also served as the head of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association for many years. She was a prominent member of the community and was featured in a PBS documentary about Monongahela, Pennsylvania.

  Mary Ann was a dedicated member and Altar Rosary Christian Mother of St. Anthony’s Church and then St. Andrew the Apostle Church, both in Monongahela. Most importantly, she was the central figure for the entire Barkey family, hosting and organizing family events — ranging from reunions and holidays to birthdays and graduations — for over 30 years.

  She is survived by her brother, Charles Barkey and his wife Patti of Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, including Tim Hillman of Rising Sun.

  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by nine brothers: Joseph Jr., Steve, Edward, John, Clarence, infant brother Vincent, Vincent R., George, and James; and by six sisters: Helen Durieux, Stella Hillman, Irene Wilcosky, Marie Fedak, Dorothy Wilcosky and Elizabeth D’Amico Bova.

  Due to the COVID-19 quarantine restrictions, her burial will be coordinated by the Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. A memorial service will be held in the future so that family and friends may celebrate the life of Mary Ann. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to any Catholic children’s charity in Mary Ann Barkey’s name.

Mary Downing

  Mary Louise (Peelman) Downing, age 81, of Vevay, passed away at 6:59 a.m. on Friday, April 24th, 2020, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Mary entered this life on January 20th, 1939 in Vevay. She was one of 11 children born to Frank Edward “E.P.” and Mary Naomi (Fulton) Peelman. She was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1957 graduate of Vevay High School.

  Mary was united in marriage to Raymond Otter on December 23rd, 1956; and was later united in marriage to Roy Francis Downing on August 12th, 1979 at the Vevay Church of Christ. Mary and Roy shared over 24 years of marriage together until he passed away on December 30th, 2003.

  Mary was employed for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay and by the Steer Restaurant in Madison for several years. She was also employed for the State Hospital in Madison for several years.

  She was a member of the Vevay Church of Christ in Vevay. Mary enjoyed babysitting and spending time with her family.

  Mary will be lovingly remembered by her daughters: Barbara Coy and her husband Greg of Vevay, Peggy L. Scudder and her husband Randy of Vevay, Tammy S. Walton and her husband Gary of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and Jacqueline Chatham and her husband Bobby of Vevay; by her sons: Ray Otter and his wife Connie of Versailles, Indiana and Micah Downing of Bloomington, Indiana; by her step-daughters: Linda Joy Furnish and LaDona Jean Scudder; by her step-sons: Roy Downing, Jr. and Ronald J. Downing and his wife Vonda; by her grandchildren: Derrick Coy, Devin Coy, Erika Coy, Casey Scudder, Jordan Walton, Thomas Walton, Justin Chatham, Drew Chatham, Cheri Otter, Cari Otter, R.J. Otter and Noah Downing; by her great-grandchildren: Hayley Coy, Hannah Coy, Harper Coy, Hadlee Coy, Brianna Scudder, Mya Walton, Dominic Walton, Kira Walton, Tristan Walton, and Faith Oliver; by her several step-grandchildren and her step-great-grandchildren; by her brothers: Gordan Peelman of Lawrenceburg, Indiana and Ronnie Peelman of Maysville, South Carolina; and by her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Edward “E.P.” and Mary Naomi (Fulton) Peelman; by her first husband, Raymond Otter; her second husband, Roy Francis Downing; by her sisters: Virginia Peelman, Betty Tomlison, Roberta Kearney, Linda Carol Peters and Shirley Ann Marsh; by her brothers: Eugene, Robert “Bobby” and Charles “Chuck” Peelman; and by her niece, Cheryl Lynn Cunningham.

  Due to COVID-19 private family visitation was held on Monday, April 27th at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Private funeral services were conducted following the time of visitation on Monday, April 27th, at the funeral home. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay Church of Christ. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Sue Ann Essex

  Schaene “Sue Ann” (Bromwell) Essex, age 64, of Dillsboro, Indiana, passed away at 2:58 p.m. on Saturday, March 7th, 2020, from injuries she sustained from an automobile accident in Dillsboro.

  Sue Ann entered this life on November 29th, 1955 in Madison. She was the daughter of the late Bradley Bromwell and Mildred L. “Minnie” (Smith) Ackerman-Bromwell. She was raised in Richmond, Indiana and graduated high school.

  She was employed for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay for a few months. Sue Ann enjoyed spending time with her dogs and cats.

  Sue Ann is survived by her half-sisters: Cathy Susan (Ackerman) Hart of Vevay and Ann Bromwell and her companion Floyd Hubbard of Columbus, Indiana; by her step-brother: Patrick Collier and his wife Phyllis of Vevay; and by her nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Bradley Bromwell, who died on June 19th, 2015; by her mother, Mildred L. “Minnie” (Smith) Ackerman-Bromwell, who died on February 16th, 1968; by her step-mother, Gretta Lee (Pratt) Bromwell, who died on January 7th, 2013; by her half-brother, John “Terry” Ackerman, who died on October 13th, 1993; and by her step-sister, Lee Ann Moore, who died on May 18th, 2009.

  Private family graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Monday, May 4th, in the Vevay Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family at this difficult time.

Austin Smith

  Austin Franklin Smith, 24, of North Vernon, passed away at 7:53 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020, at his home.

  Austin was born on October 24th, 1995, in Batesville, Indiana, and was the son of Millard and Marla (Collins) Smith.

  Austin had worked for several different places after high school, which included NVIC, Earlers Industry, Mike Robinson, and Brewer’s Livestock.

  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding 4 wheelers in his spare time. He loved mostly spending time with his family and friends.

  Austin is survived by his parents, Millard and Marla Smith of North Vernon, Indiana; by his sisters: Delaney Smith of North Vernon, Indiana and Jessica Box of Madison; by his brothers: Joseph Smith of North Vernon, Indiana and Erik Smith of Kentucky; by his grandmother, Linda Collins of Vevay; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

  There are no services planned at this time. Sawyer-Pickett Funeral and Cremation Service in North Vernon are in charge of arrangements and are assisting the family at this difficult time.

Cindy Thies

  Cindy K. (Beam) Thies, 57, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away on Friday, April 17th, 2020, at her residence.

  Cindy was born in Muncie, Indiana on May 9th, 1962, the daughter of the late Betty (Stanley) and James  Beam.

  Cindy is  survived by her two sons: Doug Thies, Jr. and Josh Thies; by her three sisters: Vicki Roller (Gary), Karen Kinnett (Jerry) and Susan Craig (Melvin); by her three brothers: Jim Beam, Tim Beam (Julie) and Doug Beam (Kathy); and by several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

  Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family during this difficult time.

Clarence Nolan, Sr.

  Clarence A.  Nolan, Sr., age 96, of Madison, died on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020, at 2:12 p.m. at the Wedgewood Health Care Center in Clarksville, Indiana.

  Clarence entered this life on October 12th, 1923 in Bledsoe, Kentucky. He was the loving son of Chester A. and Sally Cooper Nolan. He was raised in Bledsoe and attended school there.

  He was inducted into the United States Army in Harlan, Kentucky on November 24th, 1942. He rose to the rate of Technician Fifth Grade serving in Headquarters Company, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion of the 101st Air Borne Division during World War II. He fought in the battles and campaigns of Northern France, Rhineland, and Normandy. He was honorably discharged on March 3rd, 1946 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, earning the EAME Theater Medal with three Bronze Battle Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Theater Ribbon and the Distinguished Unit Award.

  Clarence was united in marriage on February 9th, 1948 in Highland, Indiana to Irma Isabelle Lincoln.

  Clarence worked early in life for Continental Baking Company in Hammond, Indiana and was a district manager for Commonwealth Insurance Company. He then worked as a switchman for Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad and Inland Steel Company in East Chicago for 19 years.

  The family moved to Jefferson County in 1964 and Clarence and Irma purchased a farm. On his farm he enjoyed raising Red Poll Cattle until he retired at the age of 83.

  Clarence was proud of his Irish heritage, enjoyed being outdoors, sitting in the swing and watching the cars go by. He loved to watch the Old Westerns on television.

  He was a member of the Kent Christian Church, the American Red Poll Association, and the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion.

  Clarence will be missed by his loving daughters: Diana Sue Tate and her husband Branson of Newnan, Georgia, Colleen Ralston and her husband Bryan of Greenwood, Indiana, Cathleen Rabion and her husband Dennis of Manville, Indiana, Corinne Martin and her husband Vernon of Florence, Indiana, and Carrie Wright of Madison; by his loving sons: James Nolan and his wife Connie of Warsaw, Indiana, Chet Nolan and his companion Bev Effinger of Madison, Clarence Nolan, Jr. of Madison, and Christopher “Chris” Nolan and his wife Jackie of Madison; by his grandchildren: Heather, Shane, April, Chet, Jr., Kristen, Ryan, Nicholas, Matthew, Cody, Greg, Patrick, Wesley, Autumn, Christopher, Nikki, Michael, Becky, Patrick, Morgan, Aaron, Katie, Lauren, Nolan, Kristin, Rick, Renee, Madison, Bryce, and Cooper; by his great grandchildren: Reece, Summer, Alania, Annabelle, Allie, Colton, Mason, Ethan, Daisy, Aidan, Aaron, Zoey, Keegan, Kinglsey, Ashlynn, Jerrel, James and William; by his sisters: Christina Vargis of Zapotiltic, Mexico and Sue Tweedle of Lima, Peru; and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Chester A. Nolan; by his mother, Sally Cooper Nolan; by his loving wife of 68 years, Irma Isabelle Lincoln Nolan, who died on August 23rd, 2016; by his son, Charles Arthur Nolan, who died on February 6th, 2018; by his grandson, Patrick Logan Ralston, who died on October 18th, 1989; by his sisters: Elsie Nolan Cooper Becker, Ethel DeLonga Thorpe, Etta Myrtle Gaw, Helen H. Harris, Bernadette Elaine Ramon, Mavis Nolan Brown and Jane Nolan; and by his brothers: Herbert Hoover Nolan, Donald Dedrick Nolan and Fred Junior Nolan.

  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a public celebration of life will be held at a later date and will be held at the home of his daughter, Carrie Wright. Interment will be in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1415 North Gate Road in Madison, Indiana. Morgan& Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover are assisting the family at this difficult time.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.  Cards are available at the funeral centres.