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Leona Adams

  Leona Amelia (Stutzman) Adams, age 85, of Florence, Indiana, passed away at 11:18 a.m. on Monday, May 1st, 2023, at her residence in Florence.

  Leona entered this life on January 16th, 1938 in Rising Sun. She was the loving daughter of Gordon Edward and Esther Margaret (Cornelius) Stutzman. She was raised in Markland, Indiana and attended Patriot High School and Madison High School, class of 1973. Leona studied business at Mount St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Leona was united in marriage to Paul Frederick James on September 12th, 1955 in Florence, Indiana. This happy union was blessed with four children: Paul, Victoria, Julia and Michael. Leona and Paul shared nearly 17 years of marriage together until he passed away on February 23rd, 1972.

  Leona was later united in marriage to Bob Chance in 1974. She was later united in marriage to Walter Henry Baker in 1976 and they shared 20 years of marriage together until he passed away on January 2nd, 1996.

  Leona was united in marriage on October 17th, 1998 to Richard Roy Adams at the Hamline Chapel United Methodist Church in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. This happy union shared nearly 25 years of marriage together until her passing.

  Leona and Richard were awarded the 2014 Golden Hoosier Award from LifeTime Resources. Leona was a former Pink Lady at Dearborn County Hospital for over 20 years, volunteering mainly in the gift shop. Leona also volunteered many hours at the Quercus Grove Food Pantry for many years. She was a member at the Quercus Grove Methodist Church and played the piano for several years.

  Leona retired in 1999 from Macy’s Department Store after 22 years of service as the men’s department floor manager located in Western Woods in Cincinnati, Ohio and Florence, Kentucky. She also worked for seven years at the Madison Plastics Factory. Leona was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 Ladies Auxiliary and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 Ladies Auxiliary.

  She was also a member of the Florence Home Economics Club. Leona and Richard enjoyed music and was a member of the Vevay Music Club where they performed country and gospel music at various Switzerland County events. Leona helped so many people in her life and loved to volunteer her time and skills anyway she could. Leona enjoyed arts and crafts, golf and spending time with her loved ones.

  Leona will be missed by her husband Richard Roy Adams of Florence, Indiana; by her daughter Victoria Meyer and her husband Hugh of Springs, Texas; by her sons: Paul Frederick James, Jr. and his wife Connie of Vevay and Michael Lee James and his wife Cathy of Vevay; by her grandchildren: Brian, Chris, Natalie, Danny, Paula Jo, Sarah, Blake and Tessa; by her great-grandchildren: Luke, Katelyn, Mason, Brooklyn, Caleb, Annie, Jessie, James, Dylan, Nolan, Madison, Isabella, Logan, Corbyn and Connor; by her great great-grandchildren: Tobias, Ezekiel and Atlas; by her sister Margaret Baker of Dillsboro, Indiana; by her brothers: Bob Stutzman of Rising Sun, John Stutzman and his wife Bonnie of Leavenworth, Indiana, George Stutzman and his wife Mary Lee of Leavenworth, Indiana, David Stutzman and his wife Linda of Brookville, Indiana, and Gordon Stutzman of Rising Sun; and by her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Gordon Edward Stutzman, who died on October 12th, 1987; by her mother, Esther Margaret (Cornelius) Stutzman, who died on January 17th, 1997; by her husbands: Paul Frederick James and Walter Henry Baker; by her daughter, Julia Marie James, who died on December 6th, 1957; by her grandson, John Shelley; by her great-granddaughter, Brooklyn James; by her sister Rebecca Fair; by her brothers-in-law: Ross Fair and Ted Baker; and by her sisters-in-law: Lois Stutzman and Anita Stutzman.

  Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 4th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Auxiliary Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 4th, at the funeral home.

  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 5th, at the funeral home.

 Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Keeping Pace Cancer Fund c/o Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc., or Quercus Grove Methodist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Paul Brandon

  Paul Harry Brandon, age 84, of Madison, passed away at 2:20 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26th, 2023, at the Norton King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Paul entered this life on November 13th, 1938 in Ohio County, Indiana. He was the son of the late Harry R. and Florence E. Brooks Brandon. He was raised in Cross Plains and was a graduate of Cross Plains High School.

  Paul was blessed with two sons, Rocky and Monty; and one daughter, Kimberly.

  Paul worked for Reliance Electric as a machine operator for 33 years. He was also a farmer for most of his life.

  Paul attended the Cross Plains Church of Christ.

  He enjoyed motorcycles and fishing. Paul also enjoyed riding and tending to his horses. He also loved working on his property and keeping it pristine.

  Paul will be missed by his loving sons: Monty P. Brandon and his wife Emma of Madison and Rocky L. Brandon and his wife Deborah of Madison; by his daughter Kimberly J. Brandon Goodpaster of Versailles, Indiana; by his grandchildren: Misty Gentile, Tristan Hobbs, Randi Mauck, and Brandi Brandon; by his great-grandchildren: Mariah Gentile, Zachary Gentile, Aubrey Gentile, Dylan Holcomb, Jaycen Holcomb, Kamryn Holcomb, Autumn Seaver, Kendra Seaver, and Lainey Weisenbach; by his great great-grandchild, Everly; by his sisters: Lucille Mae Brandon Boldery of Milton, Kentucky and Evelyn Brandon Davidson and her husband George of Lamb, Indiana; and by his several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his father , Harry R. Brandon, who died on May 31st, 1983; by his mother, Florence E. Brooks Brandon, who died on October 23rd, 2001; by his brother, Raymond J. Brandon, who died on January 24th, 2010; by his brother-in-law, Raymond R. “Doc” Boldery, who died on December 3rd, 2020; and by his sister-in-law, Betty Brandon, who died on October 12th, 1978.

  Friends were invited to pay their respects to the family on Monday, May 1st and on Tuesday, May 2nd prior to the beginning of the funeral service at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive Madison.

  Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, May 2nd, by Pastor Randy Theiman at the funeral home. Interment followed in the Salem Cemetery in Cross Plains, Indiana.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Cross Plains Cemetery. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Dean Morehead

  Dean W. Morehead, 51, of Alexandria, Indiana, entered peace and rest surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, April 29th, 2023, following a seven month journey through cancer.

  He was born on August 15th, 1971, in Anderson, Indiana to Kenneth and Kathy (Ellis) Morehead. Dean was a graduate of Alexandria-Monroe High School-Class of 1990. During his high school years, he earned varsity awards in football (1986 and 1987), basketball (1987-1990) where he proudly played for Garth Cone, and Baseball (1987-1990).

  He was a member of the 1987-1988 Basketball C.I.C. Championship team and the 1989 Basketball Sectional Championship team. During the 1989-1990 basketball season he was awarded the MVP award and was Captain of the team. During the 1989-1990 baseball season he was Co-MVP, 1st Team All County, 1st Team All Sectional and was named to the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association South All-Star team. He was a member of the Alexandria “A” Mens Club.

  Dean earned a baseball scholarship to Butler University where he earned his bachelor of science degree in education, and he earned his masters degree from Ball State University. He played semi-professional baseball for the Anderson Lawmen.

  Upon college graduation Dean coached varsity baseball at Madison-Grant High School. He then moved to Blue River Valley High School at Mount Summit where he was the K-12 Physical Education teacher, taught driver’s education, and he coached the girl’s varsity basketball team, the JV boys’ basketball team, the varsity baseball team and he managed the weight room.

  He owned and operated the D1 Driving School in New Castle for several years. He then became Athletic Director and Assistant Principal at South Decatur High School in Greensburg. He returned to his Alma Mater and became Assistant Principal at Alexandria-Monroe Jr. and Sr. High School and was the boys varsity basketball coach and varsity assistant baseball coach.

  For a brief period, Dean worked for Envision Laboratories in Indianapolis. He then accepted a social studies teaching position at Switzerland County High School in Vevay.

  Dean was warmly welcomed there and quickly became a part of the school family and the community. He loved the students and faculty he worked with there. He was employed at Switzerland County until his diagnosis of cancer brought his teaching and administrative career to an end.

  Dean was also an official with the IHSAA and officiated numerous sporting events. He was also a graduate of the Adult Leadership Academy of Madison County. Dean will be remembered for a soft spot that he held in his heart for challenged young people and many stories exist about how he reached out to them.

  Dean is survived by his parents: Kenny and Kathy Morehead of Alexandria, Indiana; by his brother, Jim Morehead and his wife, Heather of Alexandria, Indiana; by his nephews, Blake Morehead and Brennan Morehead; and by other extended family members.

  Dean was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Harold and Jane Morehead; and by his maternal grandparents, Harry and Margaret Ellis.

  Services honoring Dean’s life and legacy will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 13th, at the Alexandria First Baptist Church, 2107 South Park Avenue (State Road 9 South), with Reverend Mike Wilcox, Greg Kyle and Pastor Michael Deutsch officiating. Cremation will follow the services.

  Dean’s family will receive friends at the Alexandria First Baptist Church after 10 a.m. until the hour of service on Saturday, May 13th.

  The services will be live streamed on the church’s Facebook page Alexandria First Baptist Church beginning at 3 p.m. the day of the service.

  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alexandria-Monroe High School Athletic Department, 1 Burden Court, Alexandria, Indiana, 46001; or to the Switzerland County High School, 1020 W. Main Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.