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June 27, 2017 • Obituaries
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Melvin D. Black


The Delaware community lost a man of the highest integrity and fairness early Saturday morning, Melvin D Black, age 75, passed away surrounded in the love of his family at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born on October 7, 1941, into a world that was at war, but he came home to a family that showed him the value of having one another. His parents were the late Paul and Norma (Pendergast) Black; Melvin was one of 14 children born to this marriage. In his early childhood, he grew up on the family farm near Rexville, but upon the passing of his father the family moved to Osgood.

Melvin first started school in Versailles, but when the family moved to Osgood, he became a proud Osgood Cowboy. It could be said he was one of the last Cowboys to stand, as he graduated in the class of 1960 that being the last class before the Jac-Cen-Del School began. He enjoyed school and liked to play basketball, earning his letterman jacket. Who would have ever thought that Melvin’s jacket is seen by numerous people every year, as it is on display at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle.

After high school he entered the work force, first working for Gilmore and Goldie Reynolds in the gas business. He also enjoyed being part of the former “Teen Club” in Osgood; this led to him being asked to go to a church hay ride. This hay ride would take him on a wonderful adventure for the rest of his life, you see Mary Lee (Schutte) was the lady doing the asking, and the two were united in marriage on August 10, of 1962. They have been married for almost 55 years, and were blessed with 5 children. Shortly after marriage, the Reynolds sold the gas business to Empire Gas, so the couple moved to Columbus, Indiana for a couple years before returning back to their local roots and opening Service Central in Versailles, which provided sales and service on various appliances and TVs. Melvin then found his true calling though, helping customers get into an automobile. He made car selling classy, never pushing you, and always honoring what he would say. For 30 plus years he sold cars throughout the area. He had recently joined the local Historical Society, and was looking forward to helping. He had previously attended Delaware United Methodist Church for years. He was prior member of the Jac-Cen-Del School Board, Osgood Library Board, and former member of the Osgood Fire Department.

He is survived by wife Mary Lee of Osgood, sons Jeff (Christy) of Lawrenceburg and Jason (fiancé Elma) of Indianapolis, daughters Tena (Mouse) Vankirk of Napoleon and Vickie (Scott) Smith of Batesville, grandchildren Kelly and Bailey Black, Trent Smith, and Heather (Steve) Huff, and two great grandchildren; sisters Emma Lee Beagle of Carmel, Shirla Jones of Napoleon, Joyce Demetriades of Fort Wayne, and Geneva Kennedy of Versailles and mother-in-law Lettie Schutte of Milan. He was preceded in death by daughter Teresa Lynn, along with brothers Roy, William, Paul, Wayne, Kenny, and Sisters Berta Jean, Mary and Wilma.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 28 from 3-7 p.m. at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood, and funeral services will also be at the funeral home on Thursday, June 29 at 10 a.m., with doors opening at 9 a.m. Memorials may be made out to Mud Pike Cemetery or American Heart Association in care of the funeral home. Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, is entrusted with arrangements.


Sebastian Alexander Amos


Sebastian Alexander Amos was stillborn Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus. His parents were Jerad Reed Amos and Brittany Lee Downey of Holton. Graveside services were held Saturday, June 24 at Holton West Cemetery. Any memorial donations may go to the family c/o of the funeral home. Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, was entrusted with the arrangements. www.nealsfuneralhome.net.


Lillian “Lee” Kay Linville


Lillian “Lee” Kay Linville, age 61, of Greensburg, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017. A Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, June 24 from 2-4 p.m. at Rebekah Park in Greensburg. Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, was in charge of arrangements.


Salomon Panche


Salomon Panche, age 78, of Cross Plains, died on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison.


Earline McConnell

Earline McConnell, 85, of Milan, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017. Visitation is Thursday, June 29 from 12 noon until time of service at 2 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, Sunman with burial in St. Paul Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the family. Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, Sunman, is in charge of arrangements.


Ivan W. Eaglin

Ivan W. Eaglin, 92, of Elrod, passed away at 4:30 a.m., Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. He was born near Farmers Retreat on September 10, 1924, the son of John and Margaret Grabus Eaglin. He was married to Erma Raffignone on July 16, 1949 and she preceded him in death on January 29, 2009.

Survivors include two sons, Terry (Rita) Eaglin of Versailles, and John (Debbie) Eaglin of Elrod; four grandchildren, Mark (Stephanie) Percifield and Mindy (Bryan) Bernhardt both of Clearwater, Florida, Craig (Stacy) Eaglin of Friendship, and Corey (Krista) Eaglin of Elrod; 10 great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Raymond and Denzil Eaglin, and his sisters Thelma Slayback, Naomi Snyder, and Myrle Goodpaster.

Mr. Eaglin was a retired farmer and was a self-employed truck driver. For many years he ran a milk route which encompassed eastern Ripley and western Dearborn Counties as well as parts of Switzerland County which he would then deliver to the Meadow Gold plant in Osgood. He had also been employed with Steadman’s Foundry in Aurora and was a former co-owner of Elrod Grain.

Ivan for several years raced go-karts in Westport, Vevay, Rising Sun, and in 1961 was the champion of the Versailles Legion races. He also owned TQ race cars. Ivan was a member of the Washington Baptist Church at Elrod where he served as a trustee.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 26 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Holt officiating. Burial was in the Washington Cemetery at Elrod. Memorials may be given to the Washington Cemetery in care of the funeral home.


Danny L. Myers

Danny L. Myers, 68, of New Marion, passed away at 2:30 a.m., Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He was born at home in Benham on August 29, 1948, the son of Russell and Wilma Israel Myers. He was married to Brenda Wright at the West Fork Baptist Church on June 22, 1968 and she survives.
Other survivors include three sons, Rob (Tricia) Myers of New Marion, Dennis (Stephanie) Myers of New Palestine, and Tony (Sarah) Myers of Columbus, Ohio; nine grandchildren; three brothers, Norman (Barbara) Myers of Rexville, Russell Jr. (Linda) Myers of Dillsboro, and Mert (Janet) Myers of Versailles; one sister, Mary (Tom) Allen of Edwardsburg, Michigan; sister-in-law, Barbara Myers of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Kenneth Myers.

Mr. Myers was a member of the last graduating class of New Marion High School in 1966. He was once an employee of Coca-Cola in Aurora and retired in 2013 after 45 years with Bonn Aluminum in Greensburg where he worked as a machine job setter. In his spare time Danny enjoyed carpentry, fishing, gardening, spending time with his grandchildren, following NASCAR, and watching the IU Hoosiers. Danny was a member of the New Marion Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and attended to many of the church’s repair and remodeling needs.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 28 at 11 a.m. at the New Marion Baptist Church with Rev. Brad Creech officiating. Burial will be in the New Marion Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10 a.m. until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the New Marion Baptist Church building fund in care of the funeral home.

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