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Shirley Jean Akers


Shirley Jean Akers, 91, of Chappa Drive, died at 1:43 p.m. Thursday, August 20, 2015, at Silver Oaks Health Campus. Shirley was born May 5, 1924 in Osgood, the daughter of Harry and Marie Wagner Brown. She married Charles Dormand Akers December 11, 1948. Charles preceded her in death August 4, 2006.

Shirley was formerly employed as Deputy Clerk of Ripley County for eight years and retired in 1985 from Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services after 17 years service as a secretary. Since moving to Columbus in 1998, she attended First Baptist Church and was a member of the Hannah Missionary Circle. Shirley was also a member of Versailles Baptist Church, Versailles Order of Eastern Star #333, and a 67 year member of the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her son, David (Karen) Akers of Columbus; daughter, Donna Sue (Ed) Schneider of Columbus; grandchildren, Matthew (Tasha) Akers, Rebecca (Daron) Brown, Mark Schneider and Julie (Brian) Doty; and great-grandchildren, Nicole Akers, Lindsay Akers, Sam Brown and Sydney Brown. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Charles.

The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 26 at Versailles Baptist Church, 228 South Washington Street, Versailles, with the Rev. Dan Cash officiating. Calling will be from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday at the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home, 3855 25th Street, Columbus, and from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Cliff Hill Cemetery, Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles through the funeral home. Services were entrusted to the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home, Columbus. You are invited to view her video tribute after 4p.m. Tuesday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the internet. www.jewellrittman.com.


Lionel E. Turner

Lionel E. Turner, 88, of Rising Sun, passed away Thursday, August 20, 2015 at The Waters of Rising Sun. He was born November 3, 1926 to the late Lawrence and Susie (Scudder) Turner in Switzerland County. His mother Susie Scudder Turner passed away shortly after Lionel was born and he was raised by his beloved grandparents, Harry and Annabelle Scudder. Annabelle was always remembered by Lionel as “Mom.

Lionel attended grade school and high school in Switzerland Co. At age 14, he was baptized and became a member of the New Liberty Baptist Church. In February of 1945, Lionel was inducted into the Army, spending nine months in the Pacific. In September of 1946 he was honorably discharged with the rank of T-5. Lionel returned home and helped farm where he grew up. Lionel was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion in Rising Sun. On December 10, 1949 he was married to Alberta Stoops of Switzerland Co. and they celebrated 63 years together. To this union, four children were born. Richard (Bev) of Rising Sun, Donna (Leon) Perry of Versailles, Brenda (Poncho) Greene of Cincinnati, and Mark (Gayle) Turner of East Enterprise. Eight grandchildren were welcomed into his life with much love shown to each. Mr. Turner had four great-grandchildren with another soon to be born in September.

Lionel was preceded in death by four brothers, one sister, and step brother. Lionel leaves behind brothers Larry (Jenny) Turner, Frank (Peg) Turner, sisters Vandora Stuard, Rita (Jack) Waltz, Judy Maddox, brother-in-law Arthur (Ruth) Stoops and sister-in-law Margaret Turner. Lionel was a farmer and worked for Roy Turner for over 25 years, having to retire in 1992 due to a massive heart attack. Funeral services were held Monday, August 24 at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial with military honors were at Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun American Legion Post 59. marklandfuneralhome.com.


Mary Jo Rosendahl

Mary Jo Rosendahl, 74, of Dillsboro, passed away Thursday, August 20, 2015. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceburg. Friends may meet her family at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of mass. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are entrusted to DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro.


Harold G. Stegemoller

Harold G. Stegemoller, 86, of Olean, passed away at 8:55 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. He was born near Olean on December 14, 1928, the son of George and Laura Fisse Stegemoller. He was married to Virginia “Bea” Jones on November 23, 1957 and his wife of 57 years survives.

Other survivors include two sons: John (Malinda) Stegemoller of Canaan and Brian (Marilyn) Stegemoller of Allen, Texas; one daughter, Linda (Scott) Estes of LaGrange, Kentucky; nine grandchildren along with Brayden and Ella Hurelbrink who considered Harold their grandpa, and three great-grandchildren; also his sister-in-law Ethel Stegemoller of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Henry and Louis Stegemoller, his sisters Miriam Obendorf and Lucy Merritt, and his great grandson Seth Stegemoller.

Mr. Stegemoller attended the Friendship school and was a 1947 graduate of Cross Plains High School. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War where he served with Company A of the 41st Signal Battalion at Ft. Lewis, Washington. For his time in the service Harold received the National Defense Service Medal. He farmed his entire life and retired in 1998 after 37 years with Delta Faucet in Greensburg where he worked in maintenance. Harold had served several terms as Brown Township trustee and he was a lifetime member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor Curtis Black and Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department, St. Paul building fund, or St. Paul Cemetery in care of the funeral home.


Philip E. Leach


Philip E. Leach, 75, of Holton, passed away at 2:45 am Friday, August 21, 2015 at the Manderley Health Care in Osgood. He was born in Bedford, Kentucky on July 21, 1940, the son of Arthur and Mildred Kidwell Leach. Philip Married Jane Hoffmeier in Rexville, Indiana on December 15, 1963 and she survives.

Other survivors include one son, Edgar of Madison; two daughters, Phyllis Hodapp (Jeff Smith) of Correct and Tonya (Roy) Fields of Holton; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Evelyn Bassett of Phoenix, Arizona and Ila (Dick) Tankersly of Pleasant; sisters-in-law, Gladys Hoffmeier of Madison and Virginia Leach of Austin; one foster brother Tim Atkins, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Virginia Williams, Leora Penick, and Mamie Brinson and his brothers Leon (Bud) and Glen. Mr. Leach retired after 36 years at Reliance in Madison. Philip attended Westfork Baptist Church as a youth.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 24. Burial followed in the Grandview Memorial gardens in Madison. Memorials may be given to the American cancer Society in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.


Paul H. Oswald

Paul H. Oswald, 82, formerly of Versailles, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015. Funeral services will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, August 27 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan. Visitation will also be Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery at Elrod. Memorials may be given to the cancer fund. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, is entrusted with arrangements: 707 S. Main St, PO Box 243, 47031 812-654-2141. Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.


Leon H. Berner

Leon H. Berner, 82, of Cross Plains, passed away at 5:38 a.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He was born at home near Pleasant on July 31, 1933, the son of Clifford and Wilma Nolker Berner. He was married to Esther Knigga at St. Peters Lutheran Church at Bear Branch on February 20, 1960 and his wife of 55 years survives.

Other survivors include one son, Michael (Linda) Berner of Cross Plains; two daughters, Debbie Berner of Camby, and Kathy (Rob) Daugherty of Vevay; seven grandchildren Erica (Kyle) Bechman of Cross Plains, Ashley Crafton of Indianapolis, Natalie (Josh) Wheeler of Vevay, Kevin Berner of Louisville, Jenna (Jason) Kaylor of Vincennes, Steven Berner of New York, and Dakota Crafton of Cross Plains; six great-grandchildren Jesse and Easton Bechman, Addison Wheeler, and Logan, Ava, and AJ Crafton. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Berner was a farmer and had retired after 17 years as an inspector with the Indiana Department of Transportation in Seymour. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served aboard the USS Sperry with the US Navy. Leon was a lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dewberry and was former president of the AAL. He had also served on the Switzerland County 4-H Fair Board.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dewberry with Rick Schneider officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles.


John Orville Morehead

John Orville Morehead, 52, of Milan, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Funeral services will be held at a later time at the convenience of the family. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, Moores Hill is handling arrangements.


Mary Evelyn Parsons

Mary Evelyn Parsons, 89, of Milan, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Ripley Crossing at Milan. Mary was born Friday, June 25, 1926 in Napoleon, the daughter of Reynold C. and Elizabeth (Westerman) Grossman. She married Joseph E. Parsons June 19, 1948 and he preceded her in death March 24, 2005.

Mary was a former employee of the Milan Furniture Factory and was a member of the Washington Baptist Church at Elrod. She enjoyed gardening, the outdoors, and her family.

Mary is survived by daughter, Carolyn (John) Pieper of Milan, grandchildren Meagan (Scott) Schaefer, Corey (Brennyn) Pieper, Amanda (Ricky) Andrew, great-grandchildren Sydnee and Max Schaefer, Cadence Pieper, and Chloe and Sophie Andrew. Mary was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, August 25 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery at Elrod. Memorials may be made to Washington Cemetery. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, is entrusted with arrangements: 707 S. Main St., PO Box 243, 47031 812-654-2141. Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.


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