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October 20, 2016 • Obituaries
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Jane Ellen Watkins

Jane Ellen Watkins, 43, of Columbus was promoted to Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior on October 15, 2016. She was born December 17, 1972 to Paulette (Rick) McClintock and Greg (Jan) Burns. She married Phillip Watkins on July 15, 1994.

Jane Ellen graduated from Columbus North High School in 1991. She attended Ball State University and finished at the University of Alabama, graduating with distinction becoming a life-long “Roll Tide” fan. She received her Master’s Degree from Indiana University. Jane Ellen was an active member of First Baptist Church where she was involved in the women’s bible study. Her faith was evident to all who knew her. She touched the lives of many children as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing and low vision children. She was a dedicated and loving teacher for 16 years in Alabama, Texas and Johnson County Indiana. She also served three years as SSJCEA President, as well as, an active participant on the board for Express and Columbus East Soccer.
Jane Ellen enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and three dogs, Gracie, Gunner, and Winnie. Her favorite past times included vacationing at Disney World, watching Elisa play soccer, scrapbooking, and crafting with family and friends.

She leaves loving memories to be cherished by her husband Phillip, daughter Elisa, parents Paulette (Rick) McClintock and Greg (Janet) Burns, brother Kirk (Treva) Burns; stepsons John and Michael; step sisters Michele (Gary) Clark, Tracy Davis and step brother Kelly (Julie) Davis; aunts and uncles: Priscilla (Roger) Day, Polly (John) Major, Karen (David) Carter; Cousins: Wendy (Shawn) York, Jenn Day, Tyson Moore, Hannah Moore, McKenna Major, Harry Major, Sam York; Nieces: Suzanne Elsen and Lakin Davis, Nephews: Blake Davis, Noah Clark, Adam Clark, Caleb Gilliam, Sam and Gabe Beasley.
Her Alabama family includes father and mother- in-law Junior and Sandra Watkins; brother and sister in-laws Michael (Suzanne) Watkins, Greg (Deb) Watkins, Dana (Kenny) Kelley, Phyllis (Thad) Campbell; nieces and nephews: Shane, Todd (Stacey) and Cody (Kristen) Watkins, Derek (Mona) Watkins, Jessica (Steven) Johnigan, Ashley Kelley, Jaclyn, Jacob, and Levi Campbell; Great nieces and nephews: Skyler, Jada, Jack, Deanne, Mylee, Haley, and Audry.

Jane Ellen is preceded in death by grandparents Carol and John Burns, Becky Nikirk Shumaker, Don Shumaker, Merle Nikirk and Bill and Elaine McClintock and Uncle Jim Burns.

A celebration of Jane Ellen’s life will be held on Sunday, October 23 at First Baptist Church on Fairlawn Drive, Columbus. The service will be held at 6 p.m. and officiated by Pastor Dan Cash. Friends and family may visit from 3 p.m. until time of service. Inurnment will be within the columbarium at First Baptist Church. Jane Ellen encouraged everyone to wear their favorite Mickey/Disney shirt to the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, Jane Ellen requested memorial donations be made to First Baptist Church designated to Indian Creek Baptist Camp Dining Hall Project or the Watkins Family Scholarship Fund or to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Services are entrusted to the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home.

Ira M. Turner

Ira M. Turner, 83, of Osgood, passed away at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at the Hospice of Hamilton in Hamilton, Ohio. He was born near Morgantown in Johnson County on June 30, 1933 the son of Raymond and Opal Crippen Turner. He was married to Helen Montgomery on June 12, 1953 and she preceded him in death on February 23, 2014.

Survivors include three daughters Diana Turner of Osgood, Linda (Scott) Bailey of Middletown, Ohio, and Tina (Tom) Holmes of Harrison, Ohio; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers Lynn (Sharon) Turner of Arlington and Tom Turner of Greensburg. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his son Michael Turner who died June 14, 1988, his brothers Jim, Ray, and Claude Turner, and his sisters Ruth Shipley and Mary Springman.

Mr. Turner was a 1952 graduate of Arlington High School. On September 14, 1953 he enlisted in the US Army and served during the Korean War as a guided missile mechanic. He was discharged on September 13, 1955 and received the National Defense Service Medal. In civilian life Ira was known about Osgood as “the mailman” for the several years that he carried the mail there. He also operated Turner’s Upholstery Shop in Osgood for over 30 years and his hobbies included reading and watching old movies. Ira was a member of the Osgood American Legion.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Cantrell of the Versailles Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden near Madison with military graveside rites by the Osgood American Legion. Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Osgood American Legion in care of the funeral home.

Jack W. Thomas

Jack W. Thomas, 82, of Milan, passed away on October 17, 2016 at the age of 82 years. Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Ogle & Paul R.Young Funeral Home, 7345 Hamilton Avenue, Mt. Healthy, OH 45231. Entombment will be at Arlington Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences can be made at Ogle & Paul R. Young Funeral Home, Mt. Healthy, OH, is in charge of arrangements.

Walter Eugene Speer

Lifelong resident of Columbia Township in Jennings County, Walter Eugene Speer, 80, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon. Born January 7, 1936 in Zenas, Mr. Speer was the son of William O. and Emily G. Yeager Speer. He married the love of his life, Mary Evelyn Fleming on November 12, 1953 and they have been happily married for 63 years.

Mr. Speer’s favorite hobby and love was farming with his family and teasing his grandchildren. His advice to his family was always, “If there’s a will there’s a way” and “If that’s the worst thing that happens to you, you’ll be all right”. In his younger years, he farmed and was a carpenter, having worked for Oscar Elsner Construction. He was a member of Zenas Baptist Church and also attended Risen Saviour Bible Church. He enjoyed sports and horse pulling, watching his family grow throughout the years and attending his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities and events.

Surviving with his wife, Mary Evelyn Speer are his children, Gary (Janet) Speer and Walter Leon (Meaghan) Speer both of North Vernon, Daniel (Michele) Speer of Holton, Kristina (Gary) Johnson of Westport, Jeanetta “Jeanie” (Dale) Koelmel of Butlerville and Janet (Thomas) McGreal of San Marino, California; brother, Wayne (Janet) Speer of Lexington and sister, Virginia (Walter) Brauer of Brownsburg; ten grandsons, twelve granddaughters and twenty six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Bernice Hopkins, brothers, Omar, Elmer, Melvin, Fred, Leonard, John and Richard Speer.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 22 at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon with the Rev. Roger Hearne officiating. Family and Friends may call at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services on Friday, October 21, from 4-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial will be in the Butlerville Cemetery in Butlerville. Memorials may be made through the funeral home to American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or donor’s church of choice. You are welcome to leave the family a message of condolence at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home, North Vernon, is entrusted with arrangements.

Stella E. Winkle

Stella E. Winkle, 91 of Osgood, passed away at Manderley Health Care in Osgood on Monday, October 17, 2016. Stella was born Saturday, October 10, 1925 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Western and Stella (McFarland) Tutt. She married Harold Winkle May 29, 1946 and he preceded her in death June 27, 1992.

Stella worked as a payroll clerk for Frisch’s in Cincinnati until retiring, then she worked at K-Mart and Wal-Mart in Greensburg. She enjoyed spending time with her family and doing cross word puzzles.

Stella is survived by Sons: Harold (Ruby) Winkle of Cincinnati, Marc and (Twila) Winkle of Osgood. 4 Grandchildren, many Great-Grandchildren, several Great-Great- Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Winkle, one grandson, Joshua in 2000, 2 brothers, 3 sisters.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, October 20, 2016 at New Craven Cemetery, 6930 East County Road 200 North Milan, IN 47031 with Pastor Tommy Beatly officiating. Burial will follow in New Craven Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Delaware United Methodist Church. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements, Box 243, 707 South Main Street Milan, IN 47031; (812) 654-2141. Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.

Omer Russell Flint

Osgood lost another great veteran on Monday, October 17, 2016. Omer Russell Flint, age 81, the son of the late Russel and Clara (Arney) Flint, passed away at the Decatur County Hospital after an extended illness. He was born in New Marion on January 1, 1935. He married Donna Jean Fuqua with whom he had his three children. She preceded him in death in 1986. Later he married Mary Shook, who also preceded him in death. As a proud Vietnam veteran, he had served his country for over twenty years in the United States Air Force.

Following his service career Omer was hired on in Greensburg in the maintenance department for Crown-Zellerbach, which later became known as James Rivers. He retired after nearly 20 years. He was a member of the Osgood Christian Church. Omer was an active member of the Osgood American Legion and the North Vernon Eagles. He had been a past member of the Am-Vets and the VFW. Many attendees of the Osgood-area Kiwanis’ winter basket and bag bingo held each year at the Osgood American Legion will remember him and sadly miss him. He was the one who made sure the bingo machine was working accurately and would peek in during the bingo to make sure everything was still running smoothly. He would smile and wave after he made sure everything was all right. Omer enjoyed camping and fishing along with his wife Mary and earlier on with his children. An animal lover, he enjoyed his cats and dogs. But he mostly just enjoyed tinkering around the house and fixing anything that had broken down. It was said, “It was good to have him around!”

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Sandra Lynn Norman, and his son Dean Russell Flint. He was also preceded in death by his brothers Cecil and Gene Flint and his sister Rovena Matthews.

Survivors include his daughter Cinda Jo Richardson (Dillsboro); grandchildren Christopher Flint, Shawn Richardson, Jeremy Slone, Scott Slone, and Jennifer Slone; several great-grandchildren; his brother Miles Flint (Greensburg); and his sister Geraldine Fuqua (Osgood).

Visitation and funeral services will be held on Friday, October 21 at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by the funeral service at 12 noon. Burial will be in the Greendale Cemetery in Osgood. Memorials may be made to the Osgood American Legion.Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood was responsible for the arrangements.

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