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Lisa Marie Gehl age 43, of Batesville, passed away Friday, March
25, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born
January 18, 1968 in Batesville, the daughter of Nicholas E.
and Marlene Hoff Riehle. She married James Philip Gehl on June
18, 1988 at St. John's Church of Christ on Huntersville Road
in Batesville, and he survives.
Other survivors include parents, Nicholas E. and Marlene Hoff
Riehle of Batesville; sons, Brandon Gehl of Versailles, Matthew
and Cameron Gehl of Batesville; daughters, Jillian and Katelyn
Gehl of Batesville; brothers, Randy Riehle of Holton, Troy Riehle
of Bradenton, FL; sisters, Pam Gutzwiller of Batesville, Bonnie
Huff of Osgood; and parents-in-law, Philip and Ruth Gehl of
Batesville. She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Debbie
Lisa worked as a Medical Assistant for Family Medicine of Batesville.
She attended Hopewell Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 28, at the Hopewell
Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Memorials
may be given to the family, Leukemia or donor's choice.
Arrangements were handled by Neal's Funeral Home, Osgood.
Esther L. Edmondson
Esther L. Edmondson, 77, of Sunman, passed away Monday, March
21, 2011, at her home. She was born September 15, 1933 at Milan,
the daughter of Harvey and Dorothy (Brandt) Lauber. She married
Roy Rohrig in 1954, and he passed away in 1969. She later married
Guy Edmondson in 1973 and he preceded her in death in 1988.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Dale Rohrig in 1981.
Survivors include son, Wayne Rohrig of Milan; daughters, Carla
Rohrig of Sunman and Bonny Smith of Milan; brothers, Bob (Posey)
Lauber of Sunman, Donnie (Peggy) Lauber of Westville, FL; sisters,
Bernetta Dobson of Floyds Knobs and Janice Hosmer of Sunman;
six grandchildren; stepchildren, Tom, Dan, Larry, Jackie and
Gary Edmondson; and many friends and neighbors.
Mrs. Edmondson was a cashier at Clover Farm Grocery for four
years and later worked at Dryers Nursing Home. She was
very active with the Farm Bureau having served as secretary/treasurer
for District 10 for 20+ years, and was a county board member
from 1957-1962 and 1976 to the present. Esther was a 4-H leader,
MYF leader, and had held numerous offices in the St. Paul Methodist
Church which she joined when she was 10 years old.
Esther served on the Red Cross Board for six years and also
was a historical board member.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 25, at the St. Paul
Methodist Church in Sunman, with Pastor Duane Loos officiating.
Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be given to
the donors choice. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan,
was in charge of arrangements.
Norbert J. Moeller
Norbert J. Moeller, 89, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, March
15, 2011, at the Friends Fellowship Center. He was born near
Greensburg on October 2, 1921, the son of John and Dora Hellmich
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Julia Goodwin Moeller;
two sons, David (Sandra) Moeller of Glenwood and Patrick (Jessica)
Moeller of Lafayette; three daughters, Linda (Norman) Cooney
of FL, Cathy (Tom) Barth of Richmond, and Maryann (Peter) Monfiletto
of CO; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; two sisters,
Henrietta (Rea) Carroll of Osgood and Marita Cherry of Greensburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Phillip, great
granddaughter Erica Hummer, and brothers Walter, Maurice, John
and Robert Moeller.
Mr. Moeller was a 1939 graduate of Greensburg High School and
a 1943 graduate of Purdue University with a degree in animal
science, and did his post graduate work at the University of
Wisconsin. He was an Army Veteran of WWII, where he was discharged
with the rank of Lieutenant. He worked for Kraft foods and was
a member of the Purdue faculty where he retired after 30 years
as a professor of dairy science. He was also active in 4-H throughout
Indiana in dairy judging and had written many books and pamphlets
on the care of dairy cattle.
Norbert was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church where
Mass of Christian burial took place on March 19 with burial
in the St. Andrew Catholic Cemetery. The Doan and Mills Funeral
Home of Richmond was in charge of arrangements.
Fred Pohlman, 87, of Milan, passed away Thursday, March 24,
2011, at St. Andrews Health Campus at Batesville. He was
born August 23, 1923 in Milan, the son of Fred G. and Anna (Hobbs)
Pohlman. He married Eleanor (Koons) Pohlman, on December 5,
1947 and she survives.
Other survivors include daughter, Jan (Tom) Luers of Batesville;
granddaughter, Ann (Bill) Bunnell of Greenfield; great grandchildren
Jackson, Madison and Katelyn Bunnell; and nephew, Bob Coffee
of Garland, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents and
two half sisters, Mildred Coffee and Margurite Rudolph.
Mr. Pohlman retired from Schenley Distillers after 43 years
of service and he was also a farmer. He was a member of the
St. Paul Lutheran Church at Stumpkes Corner, where he
had served on the church council and was a board member of the
St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Fred was a member of Farm Bureau.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 28, at St. Pauls
Lutheran Church in Milan, with Rev. Ron Haseley and Rev. Charles
Miller officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials
may be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church, St. Paul Lutheran
Cemetery or Milan Rescue 30. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan,
was entrusted with arrangements.
Fred McFarland, 56, of Milan, passed away Sunday, March 20,
2011 at his home. He was born December 5, 1954, in Rockhold,
KY, the son of Earl and Retha (Cupp) McFarland. He married Darla
McFarland and she survives.
Other survivors include sons, Micah (Jennifer) McFarland of
Holton, Jacob (Mindy) McFarland of Milan, Matthew McFarland
of Milan; parents, Earl (Mary) McFarland of Milan; brothers,
Arthur (Carol) McFarland of South Lebanon, OH, Clarence (Joyce)
McFarland of Hamilton, OH, Glennis (Gwin) McFarland of Oxford,
OH; sisters, Maxine (David) Jones of Williamsburg, KY, Mabel
(Nick) Couch of Brookville, Donna (Larry) Bittner of Brookville,
and Betty (Steve) Martin of Hamilton, OH; grandchildren, Krista,
Dylan McFarland, Jasmine Lutz and Aiden McFarland. He was preceded
in death by mother Retha McFarland, and mom Georgia McFarland.
Fred worked at Hamilton Foundry in Harrison, OH and Z F Bogo
Foundry in Hebron, KY.
Funeral services are being held today, Tuesday, at the Hope
Baptist Church in Dillsboro with Pastor Tom Holt officiating.
Memorials may be made to the family. Laws-Carr- Moore Funeral
Home, Milan is entrusted with the arrangements.
Doris Lucille Sackett, 90, of Dillsboro, passed away Wednesday,
March 16, 2011. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 19,
at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in the Rising
Sun New Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Markland Funeral
Home, Rising Sun. Memorials may be given to the Rising Sun Church
Dale C. Ostendorf, 61, of Batesville, passed away Thursday,
March 17, 2011. Funeral services were held Monday, March 21,
at Neals Funeral Home in Osgood with burial in the St.
Johns Lutheran Cemetery in Napoleon. Memorials may be
given to the family in care of the funeral home. Neals
Funeral Home, Osgood, was entrusted with arrangements.
Fred McFarland, of Milan, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2011.
Services are pending at Laws-Carr-Moores Funeral Home, Milan.
George Raymond Grubbs, 75, of West Harrison, formerly of Osgood,
passed away Thursday, March 10, 2011 in Harrison, Ohio. He was
born February 29, 1936, in Dearborn Co., the son of the late
Emery and Marie (Courter) Grubbs.
include daughters, Cindy (David) Strunk, and Debbie (Ernest)
Walston, both of Versailles; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren;
and sister, Vera Socher of Cleves, Ohio. He was preceded in
death by his sister, Anna Mae Edmonds.
Mr. Grubbs retired from National Lead of Ohio and was a US Coast
Guard Veteran during Vietnam.
Visitation is being held today, Tuesday, from 12 noon until
time of services at 2 p.m., all at Jackman Kercheval Meyers
Funeral Home, Harrison, Ohio, with Rev. Dr. Harold Shackelford
officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Cleves,
Daniel H. Fischer
Daniel H. Fischer, 49, of Versailles, passed away Thursday,
March 10, 2011 at the Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville.
He was born at Lawrenceburg on October 27, 1961 the son of Ralph
and Loa McCauley Fischer. He was married to Carol Rosebrock
on April 16, 2005 and she survives.
Other survivors include one son Gary (Emily) Fischer of Patriot;
two daughters Amber Fischer of Aurora and Anna Rose Browning
of Versailles; stepchildren Stephen Huntington II of Osgood
and Breanna Huntington of Versailles; three step-grandchildren;
his father and mother-in-law Jim and Clarris Rosebrock of Versailles;
two brothers Jack (Irene) Fischer of Greendale and Charles (Jane)
Fischer of Aurora; and one sister Ann (Donald) Edwards of Versailles.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Fischer was a 1979 graduate of South Ripley High School.
He was a diesel mechanic for Edwards Towing in Versailles and
had worked for Stutler Paving in Milan. His other places of
employment included the Whispering Pines Pay Lake, Southeastern
Rural Telephone, and he had tended bar at the Drake Lounge in
Madison. He was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in
Funeral services were held Monday, March 14 at the Bear Creek
Baptist Church with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial
was in the Akers Friendship Cemetery. Memorials may be given
to the church or St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery at Dewberry
in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles.
Jonathan Richard Combs, 34, of Lawrenceburg, passed away Wednesday,
March 9, 2011. Funeral services are being held today, Tuesday,
at 12 noon at the Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, with
burial in the Forest Hill Cemetery at Moores Hill. Visitation
will also be today from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the family. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral
Home, Milan is in charge of arrangements.
Greeley Gay, age 92, passed away on March 14, 2011, at Margaret
Mary Community Hospital in Batesville, Indiana. He was born
at Shoal, Leslie County, Kentucky, on August 7, 1918, to Allen
Lewis Gay and Mary Belle Gay. He grew up on the Middle Fork
of the Kentucky River, attending various one-room schools throughout
the area. He attended Witherspoon College at Buckhorn, Kentucky
for the first two years of high school, then traveled to Des
Moines, Iowa to complete his high school education.
After graduating from Des Moines East High School in 1936, he
worked as a stringer and then a reporter for the Des Moines
Dispatch, covering the local courts, politics and the statehouse.
It was this exposure to the 1930s New Deal politics of
Roosevelt that turned him into the lifelong Democrat that he
With a European war forecast, he enlisted in the Army in March,
1941, and served in the US Cavalry medical corps., lancing boils
in west Texas. After Pearl Harbor, with more serious intention,
he was enrolled in the Army Air Corps, training as a pilot.
He received his pilots certification and his wings on
June 26, 1943, and headed to Europe in the late fall of 1943.
Piloting a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber out of an 8th Air Force
base in the midlands of England, he flew twelve missions over
France and Germany. He then transferred to the 15th Air Force
in Foggia, Italy. He flew the remainder of his 51 bombing missions
over Italy, France, Germany and Eastern Europe. He received
the Air Medal and three Oak Leaf Clusters. He returned to the
US in late summer of 1944, and continued instructors training
and flying training missions over the US. He was discharged
from the Army as a First Lieutenant in the summer of 1945.
Upon returning to his family home in Eastern Kentucky, he met
and married Gladys Irene Moberg, from Canton, South Dakota.
He used his GI Bills benefits to attend the University of Cincinnati,
and University of Kentucky, where he received his law degree
in August 1949. Having passed both the Kentucky and Indiana
Bar Exams, he and his young family moved to Versailles where
in November, 1949, he opened his law practice. He practiced
law for 40 years in Versailles, serving as an advocate for those
without representation and as a champion of the underdog.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Gladys,
his parents Allen and Mary Belle Gay, his brothers, Craig and
Denver, his sisters, Pearl, Billie and Adelaide. He is survived
by his children; son Bill Gay and wife, Ann, of Versailles;
daughter Mary Ann Gay of Versailles; son Jack Gay and wife SuEtta
of North Vernon; and daughter Susan Gay of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Also surviving are his hopes for the future, his beloved grandchildren,
Jennifer Eaton Gay, Julia Caitlan Gay, and William Gay.
Visitation will be Monday, March 21, from 6-8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter
Funeral Home in Versailles. Funeral services will be held at
the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be given to the Ripley County Voiture 40&8 Nurses Scholarship
James R. Sheets, 94, of Cambridge City, passed away Sunday,
March 6, 2011 at Ambassador Health Care in Centerville, Indiana.
He was born on December 16, 1916 in Dabney, the son of Russel
Clare and Ollie Ethel Raney Sheets. He married Virginia Shewman
on February 8, 1942, and she preceded him in death on March
Survivors include daughter, Glenda (Steve) Centers of West Peoria,
IL; two sons, Douglas M. (Christina Clevenger) Sheets of Centerville,
and Darryl J. Sheets of Cambridge City; six grandchildren, Shamra
Cochran Noy, Scott and Chris Cochran all of IL, Justin Sheets
of NJ, Amanda Sheets Sims of Indianapolis, Stacy Sheets of KY
and a step grandchild Brandy Hamilton Crawford of MN; six great-grandchildren;
three step great-grandsons; nieces and nephews; and special
friends Stanley Market, Sim Haler, Evening Kiwanis and the friends
at Burger King and Lumpys.
Mr. Sheets graduated from high school in 1934 at Holton and
lived most of his life in Cambridge City. He was first employed
by the Indiana School for the Deaf from 1935 to 1940. He joined
the Indiana State Police in July of 1940 and retired as Staff
Captain in December 1971. He owned an independent insurance
agency and real estate business d.b.a.: James Sheets and Son
Agency from January 1972 to December 2009.
Jim served on the Western Wayne School Board from 1972 through
1992, holding several positions including president, and the
Sheriffs Merit Board from 1972 through 1992. He was a
member of the Evening Kiwanis for 40 years and served as president.
Jim was a 66- year member of Cambridge Lodge #5 F&AM and
earned his 32nd Degree as a member of the Indianapolis Valley
of Scottish Rite. He was awarded the Indiana Sagamore of the
Wabash in 1968 by Gov. Branigan, Kentucky Colonels in 1971 by
Gov. Ford and the Cambridge City Citizen of the Year in 1991.
Mr. Sheets was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in
Funeral Mass was held on Friday, March 11, at St. Elizabeth
Catholic Church in Cambridge City with Fr. Joseph Rautenberg
officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Cambridge City.
Memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life "Second
Chance" team, 4567 Progress Park, Columbus, IN 47201 or
Embrace Hospice, 3640 N. Briarwood Lane, Ste. #1, Muncie, IN
47304. Online condolences may be made at www.waskoms.com.
Waskom Capital Hill Chapel, Cambridge City, was in charge of
Neva Wright, 95, of Rexville passed away Friday, March 11, 2011
at the Waters of Clifty Falls at Madison. She was born in the
Marble Corner community near Rexville on May 29, 1915 the daughter
of Fred and Effie Thomas Flint. She was married to Walter Wright
on September 10, 1937 and he preceded her in death on July 7,
Survivors include three daughters, Phyllis (Earl) May and Brenda
(Danny) Myers both of Rexville and Sharon (Forest) Sandefur
of Greensburg; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and her son Wayne.
Mrs. Wright was a 1933 graduate of New Marion High School. She
was a member of the New Marion Baptist Church and participated
in the ABWM. Neva had worked as a cook at the New Marion School
for 11 years and was also a homemaker.
Funeral services are being held today, Tuesday, at 11 a.m. at
the New Marion Baptist Church with Rev. Harold Carter officiating.
Burial will be in the West Fork Cemetery near Rexville. Visitation
will be from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. Memorials
may be given to the New Marion Baptist Church or the West Fork
Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.
Bill Dobson, 76, of Versailles, passed away Saturday, March
12, 2011, at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was
born at Milan on January 29, 1935, the son of Omar and Nellie
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Gene and
Russell Dobson, and sisters Audrey Drummins and Mary Hull.
Mr. Dobson was an Army veteran and a former employee of Hillenbrand
Industries in Batesville.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 16 at 11 a.m.
at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with burial in the Tanglewood
Cemetery. Visitation will also be Wednesday from 10 a.m. until
time of services. Memorials may be given to the Tanglewood Cemetery
in care of the funeral home.
Donna Jean Fehrman
Donna Jean Fehrman, 80, of Dillsboro, passed away Thursday,
March 10, 2011, at her home. She was born November 29, 1930
in Switzerland County, the daughter of John W. Tindle and Eleanor
Geiske Tindle. She married Thomas M. Fehrman in June 1949.
Surviving is her husband, Pastor Thomas Fehrman of Dillsboro;
son, Charlie T. (Debi) Fehrman of Fishers; four grandchildren,
Craig Thomas (Candice), Sarah Elizabeth, Rebekah Marie, and
Hannah Michelle; brother, William Robert (Pat) Tindle of Versailles,
and sister, Marsha Lamson of Vevay. She was preceded in death
by a granddaughter, Jennifer Lynne.
Mrs. Fehrman graduated from Aurora High School in 1948. She
worked in the family businesses, including a gas station and
restaurant in Aurora and a hardware store in Dillsboro. She
was a Christian and active in several churches in the area,
including Washington Baptist Church in Elrod, New Testament
Baptist Church in Penntown, and Ebenezer Baptist Church in Aurora.
She was also a significant part of Camp Chazon, a summer youth
camp for students and families, which she helped found in 1970.
Donna Jean oversaw the kitchen operations of the camp.
Funeral services are being held today, Tuesday at 11 a.m. at
Filter-DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro, with her son, Pastor
Charlie Fehrman officiating. Burial will be in Indiana Veterans
Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Memorials may be given to the
Ladies Missionary Society of Ebenezer Baptist Church or to The
Pointe Community Church in Fishers. Filter-DeVries Funeral Home,
Dillsboro, is in charge of arrangements.
Esther Vivian Prakel
Esther Vivian Prakel, 94, of Batesville, passed away Friday,
March 11, 2011. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March
17, at 1 p.m. at the Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, with burial
in the Batesville United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation
will also be Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Memorials may
be given to the Batesville Rescue 10 or Everyones Child
International c/o the funeral home, 500 West Pearl St., Batesville,
IN 47006. Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, is in charge of arrangements.
Janice B. McKenney, 72, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday,
March 9, 2011. No public viewing or services will be held. Burial
will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Shelbyville.
Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, Shelbyville, was in
charge of arrangements.
obituaries this paper.
Mattie Raper, 92, of Versailles passed away Saturday, February
26, 2011 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She
was born at Watertown, Tennessee on May 22, 1918 the daughter
of Jasper and Attie Taylor Midgett. She was married to Norman
Raper and he preceded her in death on May 13, 1987.
Survivors include two sons, Herbert Raper and Ronald (Debbie)
Raper both of Versailles. She was preceded in death by her husband,
parents, her brothers Hugh, J.T., Robert, Wheeler, and Sherman
Midgett, and her sisters Bertha Kirby, Francis Doyle, and her
twin sister Hattie Pack.
Mrs. Raper was a homemaker and assisted her husband and sons
with their farm.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 2 at 1 p.m. at
the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor
James Culver of St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Olean officiating.
Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation
will be today, Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be given
to the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.
Charles Smith, Jr.
Charles Smith, Jr., 66, of Moores Hill, passed away Wednesday,
February 23, 2011 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati,
Ohio. He was born on July 30, 1944, in Guilford, the son of
Charlie and Georgie (Jordan) Smith. His wife of 33 years, Barbara
Other survivors include sons, Todd (Alessandra Contu)
Smith of Lake Wells, FL, Shad (Nichole) Hankins of Milan, and
Keith (Amber) Smith of Milan; daughter, Brittany Smith of Milan;
sisters, Donna Thomas of Florence, Diane Edwards of Versailles,
Florine Eldridge of Batesville, Dorine Kash of Sunman; and six
Mr. Smith was a self-employed carpenter and plumber. He belonged
to the Hope Baptist Church, Dillsboro. He was a member of the
United Carpenters Union and AA.
A memorial service is being held today, Tuesday, at 5:30 p.m.
at the Hope Baptist Church in Dillsboro, with Pastor Tom Holt
officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until time of service
at the church. Memorials may be given to the family. Sibbett-Moore
Funeral Home, Moores Hill, is entrusted with arrangements.
Herman Charles Kessens
Herman Charles Kessens, 71, of New Point, passed away Saturday,
February 26, 2011. Funeral services are being held today, Tuesday,
at 1 p.m. at the New Point Christian Church with visitation
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the
Crossroads Cemetery with military graveside rites. Memorials
may be given to the family. Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville,
is in charge of arrangements.
Vernon L. "Vern" Adams
Vernon L. "Vern" Adams, 71, of Madison, passed away
Wednesday, February 23, 2011. Funeral services were held on
Saturday, February 26, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre
in Madison with burial in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery
in Madison. Memorials may be given to the Vernon Lee Adams Memorial
Fund, cards are available at the funeral home. Morgan &
Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, was in charge of arrangements.
Nina Gail Carter
Nina Gail Carter, 52, of Moores Hill, passed away Thursday,
February 24, 2011. Funeral services were held Saturday, February
26 at the Hope Baptist Church in Dillsboro with burial in the
Forest Hill Cemetery in Moores Hill. Memorials may be given
to the family. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, Moores Hill, was
in charge of arrangements.
Louis Stegemoller, 87, of Olean, passed away Monday, February
28, 2011. Arrangements are pending at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral