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May 22, 2018 • Obituaries
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Winona Ruth Bliton

Winona Ruth Bliton passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the age of 81 after a short and unexpected illness.
Winona was born Della Kay Shafer on August 20, 1936. As a toddler, she was adopted by Bill and Opal Bliton, the parents who raised and loved her throughout their lives. However, because of the not-so-strict adoption and name change processes of that time, her name was not legally changed until she was in her adulthood; therefore, when she joined the workforce she was required to use her birthname. Because of this, many old and dear friends from work knew her as Della.

Winona attended school at Dixie Heights in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky but her family moved right before her senior year and as a result, she graduated from God’s Bible School. But her heart was always with the Colonels and as an adult, bought herself the high school class ring from Dixie Heights that she missed as a senior and wore it proudly through her life.

Winona spent her career with three companies: RCA, LaBlond, and GE. The most memorable and impactful part of her time with these companies was not her job description, but instead the dear friends she met who become a second family to her. It was commonplace for her to know the names and birthdates of not only her friends but also their children, grandchildren, and parents. She maintained close friendships with these special people from each of her workplaces as well as from each of the churches she attended throughout her life.

Although she never married and never had children of her own, this was a blessing to her nieces and nephews who enjoyed so much of her love and attention. She fulfilled her duties as “favorite aunt” wonderfully as she took them on all kinds of adventures like tractor pulls, concerts, and their first airplane rides. She wrapped the prettiest gifts (shiny paper with perfectly creased folds and beautiful bows) and gave them things their parents wouldn’t (lip gloss! a pocket knife! magazine subscriptions!). Her family will miss her terribly.

Winona was a lovely lady – she always had her hair styled, lipstick on, and her outfit perfectly pressed. Even her jeans were pressed (yes, seriously). And even though she always looked beautiful, she was not always a girly-girl. She loved fast cars – especially muscle cars - and treated speed limits as mere suggestions. She often reminisced about the cars she’d had throughout her life, especially her ’72 Olds Cutlass Supreme, her ’72 Olds Cutlass 442 (with a 350 rocket engine), and her 1968 Camaro convertible (a car she loved so much that she bought it back after she sold it – three different times). Age did not slow her down on the road and she continued to drive far faster than anyone realistically should.

Throughout her life, she was always in the company of her pets. She loved her cats and dogs but always had a soft spot in her heart for horses. Her special love was for her horse Lady who was with her for 28 years until Lady passed away in the fall of 2017. We are grateful they are together again.
Winona is survived by her sister Margo Johnson and her brother-in-law Rick of Cross Plains, Indiana and her brother Paul Bliton and her sister-in-law Janet of Jacksonville, Florida. Winona had ten nieces and nephews, one step-niece and one step-nephew, and many great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Opal Bliton, her brother Gene Bliton and sister-in-law Alice Bliton. She was a member at Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Holton.

Memorial services will be at Crossroads Wesleyan Church at 5112 West US 50 in Holton on Saturday, May 26. A visitation service will begin at noon followed by the memorial service at 1 p.m.


Darla Kay Jacobs

Darla Kay Jacobs, 54, of Versailles, passed away Monday, May 14, 2018 at her home. She was born at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison on September 20, 1963, the daughter of Glenn and Alethea Werner Jacobs.

Survivors include her mother, Alethea Jacobs of Versailles; three sisters, Debbie Tewmey of Versailles, Denise Jacobs of Hillsborough, North Carolina, and DeeAnn Jacobs of Indianapolis; her aunt and Godmother Marilyn Werner of Cincinnati, and her aunt Janice May of Indianapolis; her cousins Randy May of Cape Town, South Africa, and Natalie (Scott) Ebaugh of Indianapolis. She was preceded in death by her father, and her grandparents Melvin and Irene Jacobs and Martin and Aurelia Werner.

Ms. Jacobs was a 1981 graduate of South Ripley High School where she represented the Raiders on numerous athletic teams and in the marching band. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1985 from Ball State University and her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University in 1990.

Darla taught at the Dillsboro Elementary School for 31 years and coached basketball and volleyball for the Bulldogs. She enjoyed playing softball and golf with her family and friends, family game nights, and camping outings. She was an avid fan of IU basketball, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Cincinnati Reds. Darla was a lifetime member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean where she was co-leader of the Luther League for several years.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 19 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor Curtis Black officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Dillsboro Elementary School or St. Paul Lutheran Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.


Sharon Fay Rork Shingleton

Sharon Fay Rork Shingleton, 68, of Clarksville, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at University of Louisville Hospital.

She was born on March 12, 1950 to Charles and Ada (Morrison) Rork in Milan. She was a homemaker, and a member of the North Charlestown Church of God. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and one sister.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Shingleton of Clarksville, son, Damon Shingleton (Sabina) of Clarksville, daughter, Tonia Kilgore (Rymon) of Corydon, sisters, Olive Maffit of Franklin, and Donna Jean Bear of Rochelle, IL; brother, Terry Rork of Washington Court, OH; grandchildren, Sabrina, Rymon, and Connor Kilgore, and Prashun KC.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 21, at 1 p.m. at Grayson Funeral Home Charlestown, with burial in the Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Jeffersonville.


Robert E. Robbins


Robert E. Robbins, 74, of Napoleon, passed away at 10 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at his home. He was born at Batesville on May 12, 1944, the son of Earl and Mary Sumner Robbins. He was married to Evelyn Craft Bultman on December 27, 2006 and she survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Robert E. Robbins, Jr. of Indianapolis, and Michael Robbins of Milan; one daughter, Sue Ann Thompson of Milan; one stepson Danial (Trina) Bultman of Napoleon; four grandchildren, one great granddaughter, and five step grandchildren; four sisters Helen (Sonny) Miller of Greensburg, Dot Huber of Penntown, Marsha (Kenny) Adams of Napoleon, and Jeanie Coy of Michigan.

Mr. Robbins was a 1963 graduate of Sunman High School. He worked as a machinist for Hill-Rom in Batesville for 42 years retiring in 2005.

Robert’s wishes were to be cremated and there will be no services. The Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles was in charge of arrangements.


Wilma Sue Bates

Wilma Sue Bates, 60, of Osgood, passed away at 5 a.m., Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. She was born in Chicago on July 17, 1957, the daughter of Paul and Grace Eversole Turner. She was married to Bruce Bates on March 7, 2014 and he survives.

Other survivors include two daughters Rhonda (Donald) Clark, and Pamela DeWitt both of Versailles; one stepson Chris (Amanda) Bates of Greensburg; two stepdaughters Amanda Bates of Westmoreland, Tennessee, and Brandy (Donald) Howington of Sunman; eight grandchildren, and 10 step grandchildren; one brother Arlie Turner of Milan. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Bates was a 1975 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School. She was a former employee of US Shoe in Osgood and worked at Deoful in Sunman as a packer for 21 years.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 21 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Ray West officiating. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.


Deborah “Debbie” Diane Leonetti

Deborah “Debbie” Diane Leonetti, age 62, of Holton passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Norton’s Hospital in Louisville. Debbie was born on September 8, 1955, the daughter of the late Robert and Ann (Keeton) Johnson. She grew up in Osgood along with her brothers and sister.

Debbie was a lady that took great pride in herself and her family. Family to her was the center of her being and she always wanted to be there for them. The one thing you could always be certain of is where you stood with her as she would make it clear. She was a talented cook and loved to decorate and was a meticulous housekeeper. She had the charisma and charm to maintain familial authority and her family loved her for it. Her wit and laughter were adored by family and friends.

She will be deeply missed by her husband Lou. Debbie and Lou were married on August 11, 2011 and enjoyed their time together.

Other survivors include sons Steve (Priscilla) McGrew of North Vernon, Jonathon Hoeferkamp of Aurora, Aaron (Ashley) Hoeferkamp of Versailles, Ronnie Hoeferkamp of Madison, and daughter, Mindy Hoeferkamp of Holton; step-children: Daniel (Abby) Leonetti of Osgood and Meredith Copeland of Greensburg; grandchildren, Steven, Isaiah, Charley, Joelie, Brittany, Julian, Sophia, and Cooper; brothers, Robert Terry of Corydon, Michael (Pam) of Osgood, Greg of North Vernon, and Tim (Liz) of Osgood, and sister, Tammy (Mike) Rork of Osgood. She was preceded in death by sister, Barb Mayo of Kentucky.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday May 23 from 11 am. to 2 p.m. at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood, with funeral services being held at 2 p.m. also at the funeral home. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery in Madison. Memorials can be given to the American Kidney Foundation in care of the funeral home.


Connie Sue Taylor Smith

Connie Sue Taylor Smith, age 55, of Canaan, died on Friday, May 18, 2018. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 26 at 11 a.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, with burial following in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, Madison. Friends may call Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Connie Smith Remembrance Fund or Sandstone Industries. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com.

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