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May 17, 2018 • Obituaries
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Ronald “Ron” Dale Fletcher

Mr. Ronald “Ron” Dale Fletcher, a long-time resident of Marathon, Mayo, and Perry, Florida, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the age of 72 years. Ron grew up in south-central Indiana on his family’s farm and graduated from Milan High School in 1962. He was the youngest of Floyd and Stella Fletcher’s children. He was married to Shyra Collins-Fletcher (deceased) and Danice “Kitty” Schmidt-Fletcher (deceased).

Ron was a skilled tradesman in construction handling mid-to-large residential new and remodel structures. He enjoyed spending time on the ocean fishing, repairing and painting vehicles, playing checkers, traveling throughout the US and Mexico, and was quite the history buff (and a great story-teller too!). He had a soft place in his heart for cats and has loved and cared for many during his life. He could always be counted on to help a neighbor or friend in need.

He is survived by Christa Tourault, daughter, Pete Staubitz, son-in-law, Lindsay and Nicole Tourault, granddaughters, living in Colorado; as well as his sister, Shirley Turner, and many nieces, nephews and cousins in Indiana.

Ron will be missed by many and his memory will be cherished.


Leroy “Gene” Mayberry


Leroy “Gene” Mayberry, age 72, of Holton passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Columbus surrounded by his family. Gene was born on August 2, 1945 in Fayette County, the son of the late Lewis and Viola (Larkey) Mayberry. Gene grew up in the Richmond area along with his brothers and sisters and graduated from Webster High School in the class of 1964.

Little did he know that a blind date set up by friends in 1964 would change his life. He met Linda Elmore and this began a life story for the next 53 years. They were married on March 29, 1965 outside of Richmond. They understood the concept of providing a hard days labor and they purchased a farm to raise their family. Development in the area around Richmond saw them sell the farm and purchase a new place outside of Holton in 1977. They moved their family and this is where they would spend the rest of their years together.

Gene was passionate first about his family but loved his desire to farm and raise livestock. He was a dedicated employee for the last 38 years to the Indiana Department of Transportation. He enjoyed life from every aspect, and he admitted to never being wrong, but maybe mistaken. Gene could often be seen attending various farm sales.

He will be deeply missed by wife Linda, sons Toney of Holton, Jim (Trish) of Holton, and John (Terri) of North Vernon, along with grandchildren, Lindsey, Jodi, Jimmy, Stacey, and Lacey, and brother James Roudabaugh of Albuerque, New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Albert Ray, Elbert Jay, and Phillip R, and sisters, Thelma Jordan, Louise Greene, and Ruby Teague.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 18 from 4-7 p.m. at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood, with funeral services being held at 7 p.m., also at the funeral home. Memorials can be given to the American Lung Association or American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home. Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, is in charge of arrangements.


Alan “Jay” Phillippe

Alan “Jay” Phillippe, 67, of Rising Sun, formerly of Versailles, passed away at 1:20 a.m., Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born at the Good Samaritan Hospital on September 5, 1950 the son of Jesse and Jinnie Durham Phillippe. He was married to Leanna Antras on September 29, 1984 and she survives.

Other survivors include one son, A. J. (Brittany) Phillippe of Rising Sun; one daughter, Megan Phillippe and her husband Michael Hastings of Indianapolis; four grandchildren Maddie, Braysen, and Tanner Phillippe, and Eliza Hastings; one sister Rita (George) Speigelhalder of Uniontown; his father and mother-in-law Ed and Vickie Antras of Versailles, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Phillippe was a 1968 graduate of South Ripley High School. He attended Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky and also attended the Cincinnati Bible College. He was a 15 year employee of the CSX Railroad and retired after 15 years as a custodian for the South Ripley Schools.

Jay was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ and a former member of the Versailles Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and trustee. He was also a member of the Rising Sun Sons of the American Legion and was former member of that organization in Versailles.
In his spare time Jay enjoyed still board shooting, reading, fishing, golf, and sports, especially IU basketball. What he valued most though was the time spent with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Funeral services for Jay were held Wednesday, May 16 at the Rising Sun Church of Christ with Bro. Nathan Pelekowski and Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial was in the Rising Sun Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Strasemeier Relay for Life Team or the Rising Sun Church of Christ Youth Group in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles.


Irene May (Homan) Owen


Irene May (Homan) Owen, of Madison, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ollie and Hazel Brechbuhler; husband’s, Robert Homan, Howard Stainbrook, Fred Owen; one son, John Homan; three brothers, Roy Brechbuhler, Franklin Brechbuhler, Jimmie Brechbuhler. She is survived by her two daughters, Beverly Freeman, Fonda Wheeler (Charles); one sister, June Homan; three grandchildren, Nakia Schneider (Chris), Ninette Blackwell (Alan), Chuck Wheeler (Gwynn); six great grandchildren, Keaton James, Brianna Swint (Ryker), Bryce Blackwell, Eli Wheeler, Zoe Wheeler, Abi Wheeler; former son-in-law, Tom Boaz; special friend, Mary Ray (David).

Irene loved sewing, making lye soap, listening to music and travel. In 1985 she traveled to Italy, Egypt and Israel. She also enjoyed writing and keeping journals and researching her family ancestry. Irene had a passion for helping people in need. Professionally she worked as a nurse for 22 years and in 1989 did medical missionary work in Guyana, South America. Outside of her professional career she enjoyed helping people in the community through her church. Irene will be missed by all those who knew her and loved her.

Visitation for Irene was held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM at which time a Celebration of Life Funeral Ceremony was conducted from the Chapel of Spring Hill Funeral Home, Nashville, Tennessee. Irene was cremated following her funeral service. Arrangements by Spring Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery.


Darla Jacobs

Darla Jacobs, 54, of Versailles passed away. Services are pending at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

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