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 Ernest Carl Chase, 70, of East Enterprise, passed away on Thursday, March 7th, 2024 at his residence.

  Ernie was born in Switzerland County on February 21st, 1954, the son of the late Kathleen (Bladen) Chase and Paul E. Chase. Ernie grew up in the East Enterprise community and attended school at Allensville and Vevay.

  He worked as a furnace operator at Anchor Glass in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, retiring after 48 years of service. Ernie also farmed for many years. He enjoyed doing yard work, mowing and working on mowers.

  Ernie is survived by his two daughters: Lisa Chase of Rising Sun and Jennifer Chase of Rising Sun; by his two sisters: Mary Weber of Aurora, Indiana and Ella Chase of Aberdeen, Indiana; by his three brothers: Raymond Chase of Aberdeen, Indiana, Robert Chase of East Enterprise, and Donald Chase (Susie) of Aurora, Indiana; and by his many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

  Ernie was preceded in death by his parents; by his sister Laura Ann Chase; and by his brothers: Paul “Punk” Chase, Claude Chase, Jerald “Jerry” Chase and William “Bill” Chase.

  Visitation was held on Monday, March 11th, at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 12th at the funeral home, with Eldon Fancher officiating. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to the family or the American Cancer Society.

Tonya L. (Higgins) Dilger, age 56, of Union, Kentucky, formerly of Canaan, Indiana, passed away unexpectedly at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6th, 2024, at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Florence, Kentucky.

  Tonya entered this life on September 13th, 1967 in Madison. She was the loving daughter of John Frederick and Barbara Ann (Hart) Higgins of Canaan, Indiana. She was raised in the Canaan community and attended the Brushy Fork Baptist Church. She was a 1986 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. Tonya earned her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke in South Hadley, Massachusetts in 1990.

  Tonya was united in marriage on July 24th, 1992 to Nikolaus Johannes Bernhard Dilger in Grossmehring, Germany. This happy union of nearly 32 years was blessed with eight children: Daniel, Patrick, Carmen, Lucas, Isabella, Alexander, John-Daniel and Maximilian.

  Tonya was formerly employed by AAFES in Vilseck, Germany. She was later employed by Fidelity Investments in Covington, Kentucky. Tonya was currently employed by Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio since July 2011.

  Tonya was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church in Union, Kentucky. Tonya enjoyed scrapbooking and photography. Her children were her pride and joy.

  Tonya will be lovingly remembered by her husband Nikolaus Johannes Bernhard Dilger of Union, Kentucky; by her triplets: Lucas, Isabella and Alexander Dilger of Union, Kentucky; by her twins: John-Daniel and Maximilian Dilger of Union, Kentucky; by her parents John Frederick and Barbara Ann (Hart) Higgins of Canaan; by her brother John Matthew “Joey” Higgins and his wife Debbie of Canaan; by her mother-in-law Ilse (Maschmeier) Dilger of Bochum, Germany; by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Bettina Dilger and Gerhard Rocholl of Gelsenkirchen, Germany and Alexander and Katrin Dilger of Dortmund, Germany; by her nieces and nephews: Julia and Christopher Rocholl and Fabian and Sophia Dilger; by her aunts and uncles: Donna Hart of Charlestown, Indiana, Larry and Donna Higgins of Columbus, Indiana and William Robert Hart of Madison; and by her several cousins.

  She was preceded in death by her children: Patrick Jakob Nathan “Pat-Pat” Dilger, who died on November 10th, 1996, Carmen Barbara Tonya Dilger, who died on January 20th, 2005 and Daniel Nikolaus Johannes Dilger, who died on April 17th, 2018; by her maternal-grandparents: Harold Hart, who died on June 3rd, 2001 and Della Frances (O’Connell) Hart, who died on September 22nd, 2002; by her paternal-grandparents: John Isaacs Higgins, who died on May 28th, 2005 and Mary Perle (Clements) Higgins, who died on February 9th, 2010; by her niece Jacqueline Elaine “Jacqui” Higgins, who died on April 21st, 2013; by her uncles Charles Hart, who died on February 28th, 2016 and Harold David “Doc” Hart, who died on September 8th, 2020; and by her father-in-law Bernard Dilger, who died on June 2nd, 2016.

  Visitation was held on Monday, March 11th, and also prior to the funeral service on Tuesday, March 12th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, March 12th, by Pastor Chris Clemans at the funeral home.

  Interment followed in the Caledonia Cemetery near Moorefield, Indiana.

  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Caledonia Cemetery.

  Howard “Bruce” Williams, age 80, of Vevay, passed away at 1:20 a.m. on Sunday, March 10th, 2024, at the Norton King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Bruce was born on November 8th, 1943 at the Freeman Greene County Hospital in Linton, Indiana. He was the son of Raymond and Doris (Lynch) Williams. He was raised in Greene County, Indiana, having lived in Bloomfield and near Koleen. Bruce graduated from Bloomfield High School, class of 1961.

  On February 5th, 1962, Bruce joined the United States Navy in Bloomington, Indiana and went to boot camp in San Diego, California. He went to Airframe School at Millington Naval Air Station near Memphis, Tennessee. Bruce’s next duty station was at the Moffett Field near Sunnyside, California. He earned the Good Conduct Medal and was honorably discharged as a Third Class Petty Officer on June 3rd, 1966. Bruce was honorably discharged from the Naval Reserves with the rank of Aviation Structural Mechanic Third Class on February 4th, 1968.

  On July 1st, 1967, Bruce became a member of the Indiana State Police and was assigned to the Connersville Post. He later was assigned to the Versailles Post until retirement in September of 2001.

  Bruce was united in marriage on March 2nd, 1968 to Patricia Long at the First Christian Church in Bloomfield, Indiana. They shared 56 years of marriage together and were blessed with two sons, Patrick and Eric.

  Bruce was a former detective for 21 years and was a detective squad sergeant for eight of those years. He later worked for the Switzerland County commissioners for 16 years as a commissioners assistant and county manager, retiring in 2020.

  Bruce served as a board member on various boards for Switzerland County. He was a charter member of the Switzerland County Lions Club and was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185. Bruce was a member of the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and trustee.

  Bruce enjoyed reading British mysteries and watching his five grandchildren play sports; as well as mushroom hunting, traveling and boating on the Ohio River.

  Bruce will be missed by his wife Patricia (Long) Williams of Vevay; by his sons: Patrick Bruce Williams and his wife Natalie of Vevay, and Stephen Eric Williams and his wife Erin of Vevay; by his grandchildren: Jacob Patrick Williams, Isaac Werner Williams, Nathaniel Bruce Williams, Bowe Huntington Williams and Otto Collis Williams — all of Vevay; and by his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his father Raymond Williams, who died on June 5th, 2002; by his mother Doris (Lynch) Williams, who died on March 13th, 2007; by his brothers: R. Beuford Williams, who died on March 28th, 1964, Otto Ward Williams, who died on February 17th, 2010 and Ronald Lee Williams, who died on December 17th, 2015; and by his sister-in-law Sondra Williams, who died on December 19th, 2023.

  Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Graveside Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 15th, in the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Bloomfield, Indiana with Pastor Mike Sawalich officiating. Full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Bloomfield American Legion Post #196.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church or Switzerland County YMCA. Cards are available at the funeral home.