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July 10, 2018 • Obituaries
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Harold Edward Meirle

Harold Edward Meierle, age 80, of Holton and Switzerland County, entered this life on March 21, 1938, in Milan, son of the late, Charles H. and Clara Marie (Matz) Meierle.

He was a 1956 graduate of the New Marion High School. Harold was inducted into the United States Air Force in 1961, serving during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Airman 1st Class in 1966. Harold received his life and health insurance license in Louisville, Kentucky and began his career for Indiana Farm Bureau in Dillsboro, for five years and for the Hardy Insurance Company in East Enterprise, retiring in 2008, after several years of service. He was also employed for Moorman’s Feed Company in Seymour, for 15 years. Harold was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185. He was a formerly active member in the 4-H and the St. Magdalene Catholic Church in New Marion, Indiana. Harold resided near East Enterprise and most all of his life in Holton.

Harold enjoyed hunting and fishing and will be remembered for his love of collecting marbles and gold coins that he was very knowledgeable about. Harold died on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.

Survivors include brother, Garry (Janet) Meierle of Madison; sister, Genevieve Pickett of Lawrenceburg and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Marcee, Dalbert, Charles and Irvin Meierle; and sisters, Mary Gigerich, Ruth Burske, Evelyn Meierle and Charlotte “Margaret” Terrican.

Visititation for Mr. Meirle will be held Friday, July 13 at St. Patrick Catholic Chapel in Madison with funeral services to begin at 1 p.m. at the Chapel. Burial will follow in the St. Magdalene Cemetery, Madison with full military rites.

Memorials can be made to Keeping Pace Cancer Fund c/o CSFCI or St. Magdalene Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund c/o Ripley County Community Foundation. Cards are available at the funeral home, church or online at

Matthew John Freytag

Matthew John Freytag, 30, of Aurora passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Colerain Township, Ohio. Matthew was born Sunday, February 14, 1988, the son of James Dean and Tabatha (Montooth) Freytag.

He graduated from Milan High School in 2007, and went on to become a landscaper. He enjoyed music and was interested in cars and setting up stereo equipment in vehicles. He also enjoyed spending time with his daughters.

Matthew is survived by his mother: Tabatha (Terry) Gaines of Milan; daughters, Makayla Freytag, Braelyn Freytag and Naomi Holt; brothers, Justin (Kristina) Freytag of Charlestown, Clarence (Sharon) Gaines of Colorado, Terry Gaines II, of Aurora; sisters, Jessica Freytag of Florida, Nicole (Bruce) Lacey of Aurora and Kendra (Josh) Evans. Matthew was preceded in death by his father James Freytag.

Funeral services will be held today, Tuesday, July 10 at 11 a.m. at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home with Pastor Jon Porter officiating. Burial will follow in New Craven Cemetery, Milan.

Memorials may be given in Matthew’s honor to Milan Fire Department. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home of Milan is entrusted with arrangements. You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.

Hazel Svatba

Hazel Svatba, 57, of Cross Plains passed away Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Norton’s Hospital in Louisville. She was born at Richmond, Kentucky on December 17, 1960 the daughter of J.C. and Delphia Bishop Barrett. She was married to Alvin Svatba on August 17, 1976 and he survives.

Other survivors include her mother Delphia Barrett of Beattyville, Kentucky; three sons Kevin (Kelly) Svatba of Aurora, Landon (April) Svatba of Versailles, and Justin (Alyssa) of Muncie; two daughters Jessica Kay Svatba of Cross Plains and Heather (Zachary Hillman) Svatba of Hartford City; 15 grandchildren; four brothers Mitchell (Goldie) Barrett, Calvin Barrett, and Billy Ray Barrett all of Beattyville, Kentucky, and Gordon (Amy) Barrett of Versailles; two sisters Debbie Bowling of Booneville, Kentucky and Kim (Chuck Gullion) of Holton.

She was preceded in death by her father and her brother Alvin Barrett. Hazel was a former assistant manager at the Dollar General store in Versailles. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and working on puzzles. Hazel was a member of the North Vernon Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 11 at 12 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Brian Oliver officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

Lawrence Damon

Lawrence “Larry” Damon 80, of Milan, formerly of Dillsboro passed away Friday, July 6, 2018 at Ripley Crossing.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 9, 2018 at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home with Allen Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery, Dillsboro. Memorials may be made in his memory to the Dillsboro Life Squad or Dillsboro Fire Department. Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home of Dillsboro is entrusted with arrangements.

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