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May 26, 2011

Alvin Edward "Duke" Kappes
Alvin Edward "Duke" Kappes, 67, of Rising Sun, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Rising Sun. He was born on April 11, 1944 in Kenton County, KY, the son of Raymond Bernard and Ethel Florentina (Freel) Kappes.
Alvin is survived by three sons, Ben Kappes (Patti) of Patriot, Casey Kappes of Bunkerhill, and Brian Kappes of Martinsville; three grandchildren, Raylinn, Taylor and Raymond; six brothers, Martin Kappes of Bennington, Richard Kappes of Holton, Norman Kappes of Osgood, Frank Kappes of Fairview, Steve Kappes of Bennington and John Kappes of Versailles; eight sisters, Edna Yagami of Richmond, KY, Carolyn Bradley of Osgood, Velma Armstrong of Rising Sun, Martha Peaslee of Versailles, Rosemary Hooten of Osgood, Regina West of Versailles, Debra Schmitt of Osgood and Christina Hoff of Sunman; one sister-in-law, Judith Kappes of Bennington; special niece, Constance Campbell of Martinsville; one aunt, Frances Kappes of Highland Heights, KY; 59 nieces and nephews, 47 great nieces and nephews and nine great great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Louis John Kappes on December 25, 2010; niece Jennifer Kappes; nephews Sadao Yagami, Jr., James Kappes, Jeffrey Bradley and Joseph Kappes; brother-in-law Sadao Yagami, Sr.; and one great niece and one great great nephew.
Mr. Kappes was raised in Napoleon where he was raised in the Catholic faith. He was a 1964 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School in Osgood.
Alvin was inducted into the United States Army on June 16, 1964 in Indianapolis, rising to the rank of Specialist 5, serving with Headquarter, Headquarter Troop, 3rd Squadron, 7th Calvary as a general vehicle repairman during the Vietnam War. He received the Marksman Rifle M14 & the National Defense Service Medal and was honorably discharged on August 16, 1967.
Alvin was a truck driver for Allied Van Lines in Indianapolis for 30 years, retiring in 2007. He also drove for Bekins Van Lines in Indianapolis. He will be remembered for his love of hunting, fishing, NASCAR and sports.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 27, at 1 p.m. at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay with Rev. John A. Meyer officiating. Burial will be in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services on Friday at the funeral home. Military rites will be conducted by the honor guard of the Jefferson Post #9 of the American Legion at the cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay, is entrusted with arrangements.

Athea E. Nicely

Athea Elgean Nicely, 82, of Cincinnati, OH, formerly of Sunman, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Cook Funeral Home, Sunman, is handling arrangements. 812-623-2200.


May 19, 2011

William E. "Bill" Hance
William E. "Bill" Hance, 58, of Rexville, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Simon Cancer Center at Indiana University Medical in Indianapolis. He was born July 8, 1952 in Madison, the son of John W. and Velma Jane Hamilton Hance. He married Marilyn Elliott on August 18, 1972 in Madison and she survives.
Other survivors include three daughters, Michelle Brock (Cliff) of Brownstown, Sherry Hance-Bright (Casey) of Greensburg, and Lindsey Hostetler (Craig) of Rexville; his mother, Jane Hance of Rexville; grandchildren, Claire and Chase Brock, Payton Bright and William Trigg Hostetler; two sisters, Brenda Hance of Versailles, and Cathy Hance of Brownstown; uncle, David Hamilton (Donna) of Rexville; brothers-in-law, Keith Elliott (Sharon) of Dupont, Philip Elliott (Karen) of Chandler, Arizona; sisters-in-law, Jenny Franks (Bruce) of Dupont, Marlene Durbin (John) of Seattle, Washington; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, John W. Hance, and his in-laws, Maurice and Ruth Elliott.
Bill lived in the Rexville community all of his life and was a 1970 graduate of South Ripley High School. He then attended Ball State University for two years. He had been a sales representative for Monsanto for 15 years and also had farmed all of his life.
Bill was a member of the Ripley County Farm Bureau, American Trap Shooting Organization where he had placed in the State Meet several times, Canaan Masonic Lodge No. 581 F&AM, Coffee Creek Gun Club and the Shelby Township Board. He enjoyed driving around with his dog Junior, spending his time farming, trap shooting and golfing. Bill was a devoted husband, son, dad, and papaw.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 20, at 11 a.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, with Brother Earl Hostetler and Todd Franks officiating. Entombment will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Visitation is being held today, Thursday, from 4-8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of service, all at the funeral home.
The family requests memorials in memory of Bill to the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society or to the Coffee Creek Gun Club, contribution cards are available at the funeral home.
Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

Henry Comer
Henry Comer, Jr., 89, of the Hopewell community near Holton, passed away Monday, May 16, 2011 at the Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville. He was born in the Otter Creek community near Osgood on August 27, 1921, the son of Henry and Rose Grossman Comer. He was married to Evelyn Dudley on May 18, 1947 and she survives.
Other survivors include one son, Donald (Gloria) Comer of Holton; one daughter, Sharon (Bob) Allen of Charlestown; grandchildren, Kevin (Sherri) Comer, Michele (Danny) Speer and Andy (Sara) Comer, all of the Hopewell community, Chris Allen of Wayne City, IL, and Daniel (Kelsey) Allen of Charlestown; seven great grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; and five step great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Thomas A. Comer, and daughter Connie Jane Comer.
Mr. Comer was a 1939 graduate of Osgood High School where he played for the Cowboys 1939 sectional championship team. Henry was an Army Veteran of WWII where he served in the Ardennes, the Rhineland, and Central Europe, taking part in the Battle of the Bulge. He received the EAME Theatre Ribbon with three bronze stars, the American Theatre Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal.
Mr. Comer was a farmer and had commercially raised Duroc hogs for many years and had sold his hogs in 17 states and three foreign countries. He was past president of the Indiana Duroc Association and helped form the Ripley-Dearborn Pork Producers Association. Henry was also a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church.
Funeral services are being held today, Thursday, at 11 a.m. at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. David Shivers officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church on Thursday. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Baptist Church building fund in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles.

Bobby Arnett, Sr.
Bobby Arnett Sr. age 71, of Osgood, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Margaret Mary Community Hospital, Batesville. He was born June 16, 1939 in Vicco, KY the son of Mack and May Baker Arnett. He married Connie Kay Barber on November 29, 1974 and she survives at home.
Other survivors include: sons, Robert Louis and Johnna Arnett of Sandusky, Kevin Lee and Angie Arnett of Sandusky, and Bobby Lee and Michelle Arnett, Jr., of Napoleon; daughters, Katie and Gary Moore of Adams, Kimberly Dawn and Charles Yeary of Dillsboro; brothers, Mack Arnett of Greensburg, Don Arnett of North Vernon, and Joe Johnson of AL; sisters, Marie Mullins, Faye Tatman and Sue England all of Greensburg, and Edith Sturgill of North Vernon; 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, James "Bud" and Billy Arnett.
Mr. Arnett was a taxi cab driver in Greensburg many years ago and also was a past employee of the Shell Station in Greensburg. He retired from Delta Faucet, located in Greensburg, where he had worked for 30 years plus.
Bobby and his wife Connie had attended the Bethany Baptist Church in Osgood. He had been an auto mechanic all of his life. After retirement, he continued to work as a mechanic for many friends and relatives.
Funeral services are being held today, Thursday, at 11 a.m. at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood with burial in the Greendale Cemetery, Osgood. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.
Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, is entrusted with arrangements.

Mary Frances Ray
Mary Frances Ray, age 92 of Greensburg, formerly of Osgood, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at Arbor Grove Village in Greensburg. She was born November 25, 1918 in Madison, to the parents of Charles S. and Daisy Gertrude Whitham Bovard. She married Norman "Red" Littell and he preceded her in death April 11, 1995. She later married Robert Ray who also preceded her in death.
Survivors include son, Norman E. (Brenda) Littell of Acworth, GA; stepson, Don (Linda) of Indianapolis; sister, Erma Stairhime of New Castle; grandchildren, Rick Littell of Cummings, GA, and Sandra Littell of Acworth, GA; and great grandchild, Cole Littell. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Miles and Charles Wayne Bovard .
Mary had lived in the Osgood area years ago where she had been an Avon dealer for 20 years. She also had worked at the Osgood Library from 1995- 1997. She attended Osgood Baptist Church where she had served as a deaconess. Mary was a member of the Sandcreek Baptist Church of Greensburg, the Loys Chapter of Eastern Stars of Greensburg, and the DAR of Greensburg. She had been involved in writing plays for the Drama Circle of Greensburg.
Visitation and funeral services will be held all in the same day at Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, on Saturday, May 21. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-12 noon, with funeral beginning at noon. Memorials may be given to the Sandcreek Baptist Church or Osgood Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Greendale Cemetery, Osgood, IN.
Arrangements are being handled by Neal's Funeral Home, Osgood.

May 12, 2011

Rabbi Charlie Benham
Rabbi Charlie Benham, 63, of Memphis, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany.
A native of Ripley County, he was born in Milan on November 3, 1947, the son of John Robert and Marie (Hoyer) Benham who are both deceased.
On November 29, 1969, he married Jeanie (Cannon) Benham in Napoleon, and she survives in Memphis. Other survivors include son, Dusty (fiancée Sarah Laymon) Benham of Memphis; one brother, Lee Howard (wife Jackie) Benham of Scottsburg; one sister, Marilyn (husband Donnie) Chastain of Bullitt County, Kentucky.
Charlie was a former employee of Indiana Kentucky Electric in Madison until he received his calling to follow the Lord in Ministry. Rabbi Charlie received his associate’s degree in ministry from Louisville Bible College and lived to serve the Lord, he spent all his time and effort with the Burning Bush Ministries where he was a Messianic Rabbi. He enjoyed making staff’s and donating them to people all around the world.
Robert L. Holler and Brother Jim Henson conducted funeral services on Friday, May 6, at Henryville United Methodist Church, located in Henryville, IN, because of construction at Adams Funeral Home. Burial was in the Benham Cemetery, Benham. Memorials may be given to the family for funeral expenses c/o Adams Funeral Home, Henryville. Online condolences and a video tribute may be viewed at

Rick Wayne Robinson
Rick Wayne Robinson, 53, of Moores Hill, passed away Monday, May 9, 2011. He was born on May 28, 1957 in Batesville, the son of the late Robert K. Robinson and the late Edith Campbell Robinson.
Rick enjoyed fishing, hunting and walking in search of archeological finds. He also loved spending time with his grandkids. He worked 30+ years as a Chemical Operator for Ineos, formerly Monsanto.
Survivors include son, Erick (Erin) Robinson of Muncie; daughters, Stacy (Rob) Lloyd, Alyse (Brian) Knapp, and Darcy Robinson, all of Moores Hill; brother, Randy (Donna) Robinson of Sunman; sister, Dana Hartman of Sunman; grandchildren, Cooperlynn Lloyd, Hayden Knapp, Eleanor Robinson, and he was expecting a grandson in June; also the mother of his children and wife for 27 years, Julie Robinson.
Friends will be received from 5-9 p.m., today, Thursday, at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora. Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m. with Carl Burns officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Aurora.
Contributions may be made to the Milan Rescue 30 or Milan Fire Department. Please call the funeral home office at 812-926-1450, and the family will be notified of your donation with a card. Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, is entrusted with arrangements.

May 5, 2011

David Loren Barricklow
David Loren Barricklow, 66, passed away Friday, April 29, 2011 at Regency Place in Greenfield. He was born on July 15, 1944 in Batesville, the son of Thomas Charles and Nellie D. (Hopkins) Barricklow. He married Jean (Usher) Barricklow on July 23, 1967, and she survives.
Other survivors include son, David Anthony "Tony" (Wendy) Barricklow of Bolivia, NC; siblings, Thomas Dale (Ruth) Barricklow of Dabney, Ronald D. (Kathy) Barricklow of Powell, TN, and Ann Barricklow (E.G.) Thompson of Elizabethtown, KY; and two grandchildren, Jayden Barricklow and Tony O’Day. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Barricklow graduated Holton High School in 1962 and served in the US Air Force as an Airman 1st Class during the Vietnam War. He attended Indiana Central College.
David worked for Technicolor as an electronics tradesman for over 40 years before retiring. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Greenfield.
Funeral services were held on Monday, May 2, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Greenfield, with Pastor Roger Kinion officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the Chapel Hill Cemetery in Shallotte, NC. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were handled by the Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield.

Wess Lovins
Wess Lovins, 31, of Milan, passed away Monday, May 2, 2011 as the result of an automobile accident near Elrod. He was born at Lawrenceburg on March 27, 1980, the son of Jim and Malena Knowlton Lovins.
Survivors include his parents of Milan; his daughters Alexis and Savanah at home; brother Justin (Samantha) Lovins of Appomattox, Virginia; maternal grandmother Mrs. Thelma Knowlton of Milan; nephew Tristan, and nieces Gracie and Audrey Lovins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Henry and Sally Lovins and his maternal grandfather Walter Knowlton.
Wess was a former employee of R. D. Wood Construction and also worked at Valeo in Greensburg.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 5 at 11 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with Rev. David Shivers of the Hopewell Baptist Church officiating. Memorials may be given to the New Marion Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

Larry Nolte
Larry Nolte, 64, of Holton, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Services are pending at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles.