Obituaries - August 18, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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LEO EVERETT SCHMELZ, 83, died on Tuesday, August 10, at Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville.. He was born on July 2, 1927 in Harrison County and is the son of Aloysius and Mary Grace Miller Schmelz. He was a farmer and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Corydon.
Survivors incldue his wife, Ruby Brown Schmelz, Corydon, five Sons- Dennis Schmelz (Charlotte), New Salisbury; Anthony Schmelz (Deanna), Corydon; Dale Schmelz (Carmina), Depauw;  Terry Schmelz (Heather), Corydon and Gregory Schmelz (Pam), Columbus, three daughters Cindy Brunner (Jeff), Ramsey; Pamela Schmelz, Corydon and Monica Davis, Floyds Knobs, three brothers Father Damian Schmelz, St. Henry; Ed Schmelz, Lexington and Frank Schmelz,New Albany and 20 grandchildren.
A funeral mass was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Corydon on Saturday, August 14. with burial in the church cemetery. Gehlbach and Royse Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


PEARL JONES, 72, of Pekin died Sunday Aug. 8, at her residence.
She was born on Oct. 26, 1937 and was the daughter of the late Hiram Edens Jones and Golden (Wheeler) Jones.
She was retired from Wal-Mart, where she was a materials clerk.
Survivors include two sons, Rickey Wilson of Lake Station and Ronnie Wilson of Albuquerque, N.M.; one brother, Bernie Jones of Dryden, Va.; two sisters, Mavis Lee of Farmington N.M. and Doris Hobbs of Pekin; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services were conducted Wednesday, August 11 at at the Hughes-Taylor Funeral Home in Salem with burial at Mt. Washington Cemetery.


MASON E. THOMAS, 82, Borden died August 7at Autumn Woods Transitional Care Campus.
He was born December 11, 1927 to the late William Bodine Thomas and Mary Maxine (Floyd) Thomas.
He graduated from Borden High School and served his country in the Marine Corps attached to the Seabees during the reconstruction of Japan after World War II. After his tour of duty he was a truck driver for C.T. Hertzch Trucking Company in Sellersburg from 1955 until his retirement in 1993.
He was preceded in death by brothers Boyd, Arland and Danny and sisters Betty Lou Scott and Mary Sue Balmer. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Betty Alberta (Bowers) Thomas; sons, Richard K. Thomas of Borden and Timothy K. (Karen) Thomas of Indianapolis; daughter, Carla F. (Kevin) Akers of Borden; grandchildren, Kyle (Shelley-deceased), Kara, Alissa (Treves), Michael and Ryan (Jessica); great-grandchildren, Noelle, Wesley, Alexis, Addison and Lilly.
Services were conducted on Friday, August 13 at the Borden Community Church with burial in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Borden with a full military honors. Hughes-Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Akers Educational Fund, c/o Scott County Bank, Attn: Kat Julian, P.O. Box 158, Scottsburg, IN. 47170.


JANET KAY FARLER, 70, Livonia died Saturday, Aug. 7 at her home.
She was a former nurse's aide for the Philadelphia House.
She was born Feb. 25, 1940 in Bluffton, the daughter of Carl and Thelma Stephenson Banter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Farler, and her parents.
Survivors include two sons, Gary Farler and Michael Farler, both of Atlanta; a daughter, Shelia K. Roy of Salem; a brother, Robert Banter of Montpelier; two half-brothers, Carl Banter Jr. and Jeffery Banter, both of Hartford City; a sister, Betty King of Swayze; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
There will be no services or visitation.

ROGER LOUIS FORD, 59, Nabb, died Monday, August 9 at his residence.
He was born March 7, 1951 in Bugtussell, Kentucky to Paul and Juanita Turner Ford Jr., He was a printer for 30 years for World Color/Quebecor World and RR Donnelly and Visant Corp. He was a member of the New Hope Community Church.
Survivors include his wife, Rebecca White Ford, Nabb, two sons, Chad and his wife Stacy Ford, Charlestown and Jerod and his wife Angela Ford, New Washington, two step-daughters, Kristi Coley and Kimberly Bowton both of Illinois, mother, Juanita Stein, step-mother, Irene Ford, sister Brenda F. and her husband Greg Thompson, all from Illinois, one brother, Larry and Arlene Ford, Tennessee and 10 grandchildren.
Services were held Friday, August 13 at New Hope Community Church in New Washington. Grayson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy should go to the American Cancer Society or Hosparus of Southern Indiana.

ROBERT H. "BOBBY" WENZLER, 97, died August 5 in Henderson, Nevada, where he currently resided.
He was a longtime resident of New Albany and formerly owned and operated Wenzler Tire Co. He was a former member of the New Albany Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Wenzler, one son, Christopher Wenzler, Greenville, one daughter, Melissa Barnes, Floyds Knobs, step children, Angela Rizzo Nunley, Lee and Michael Rizzo, all of Nevada and Krista Popham, New Albany, sisters Patty Bryant, Cincinnati and Cathy Denton, New Albany, 10 grandchildren.
Services were conducted at Palm Mortuary in Henderson with a memorial Mass held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Albany.

EVA C. GILSTRAP FLOYD, 84, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Westfield.
She had retired from the Census Bureau as the supervisor of the Geography Division and was a member of Charlestown Church of Christ.
She was born in Salem and was the daughter of Oris and Margaret Martindale Gilstrap.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Emmett Floyd; a son, Barton L. Floyd; and two brothers, John Franklin Gilstrap and Harold Gilstrap.
Survivors include a son, Jay and Vicki Floyd, Westfield; a daughter, Janet and John Prather, Jennings, La.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and her dear friend, Wanda Richardson Turk.
Services were held Friday, August 13 at Garr Funeral Home in Sellersburg with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery in Salem.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association or Charlestown Church of Christ.

BONNIE BROADUS, 81, of Greenville died on Saturday, August 14, at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany.
She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Greenville, a member of the SilverToners, and a long-time member of Greenville United Methodist Church.
Bonnie was born on April 7, 1929 in Greenville to the late Charles Irvin and Olive V. (Boston) Miller. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, James Leon Arnold and Ralph Broadus, and her son, Gary H. Arnold.
She is survived by her son, James “Jim” Arnold and his wife, Pam, of New Albany; daughter-in-law, Martha Arnold of Galena; grandchildren, Drew Arnold and his wife, Sheri, of Louisville, Mike Arnold and his wife, Amanda, of Corydon, Meredith Terry and her husband, Brad, of Sellersburg, Michelle Sharp and her husband, Brian, of New Albany, Jeff Gary of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and Kim Benfield and her husband, Tim, of Miami, Fla; great-grandchildren, Anthony Arnold, Payton and Jackson Terry, and Ella Benfield; and siblings, Becky Puskas of New Albany, Pat Bullington and her husband, Dan, of Clarksville, Fran Cadle and her husband, Sonny, of Hardinsburg, Bobbie “Skip” Miller and his wife, Barbara, of Greenville, and Charles “Bud” Miller of English.
Services were Tuesday, Aug. 17 at Greenville United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery in Greenville.
Newcomer Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Greenville United Methodist Church (9449 Harrison Street, Greenville, IN 47124).

DAVID ALLEN STANLEY,56, of Salem died Thursday, August 12,at his home.
He was a former courier for National City Bank and a security guard for Securitas. He was a 1971 graduate of Salem High School.
He was born September 18, 1953 in Virginia, the son of James and Betty Mullins Stanley.
He is survived by two sons, Kyle Stanley and Kelly Stanley, both of Salem; a sister, Deborah Naugle of Salem; and a granddaughter, Reganne Stanley.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
There will be no visitation or service.

VAUGHN E. MORGAN, 71, of Salem died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010 at St. Vincent-Salem Hospital.
He was a retired employee of U.S. Airways and was a member of West Point United Methodist Church.
He was born Jan. 20, 1939, at Salem, the son of Murl G. and Vinnie May McKnight Morgan.
On February 25, 1962, he married the former Eleanor I. Altimeyer. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Julie Morgan-Bilyou of Indianapolis and Holly Jean Morgan of Louisville; three brothers, Donald G. Morgan, Salem, Marvin M. Morgan of Omaha, Neb., and Paul M. Morgan of Middletown, Ohio; and one grandson.
Service was Monday at West Point United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Franklin Cemetery.
He was preceded in death parents, one son and one brother.
Dawalt Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Point Church Relay for Life Team, c/o Donald Morgan, 5614 E. Marrs Road, Salem, IN 47167.

DOROTHY FAYE CHASTAIN, 86, of North Salem, died Sunday, August 15, 2010 at Hendricks Regional Health.
She served in the US Army as a 2nd Lt. Nurse during World War II and worked as a registered nurse following the war. She was a member of North Salem Christian Church.
She was born January 14, 1924 in Kalamazoo, Mich, the daughter of the late Floyd S. and Carrie M. Booker Huffman.
She married Harvey Chastain on February 21, 1946. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are sons, Gregory L. (Cheryl) Chastain, Steven K. (Cherie) Chastain, and Jeffery C. (Yvonne) Chastain; grandchildren, Scott (Bogi) Chastain, Angela (Howard) Norris, Katie (Justin) Palmer, Amber (Ryan) Chapman, Jacob (Rachel) Chastain, Leah (Will) Stanley, and Caleb Chastain; great-grandchildren, Troy Chastain, Jonas Norris, and Jaida Chapman; brothers, James F. Huffman, Sherman Huffman, Robert Huffman, and Patrick Huffman; and sisters, Peggy Walters and Janice Clouse.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Carrie Rutherford.
Services will be held at Porter Funeral Home, Thursday, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Fairview Cemetery, North Salem.

LOTTIE O. WISE, 97, died Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, at St. Catherine Regional Hospital in Charlestown.
She was a native of Washington County and a longtime resident of Charlestown.
She was a seamstress at the old H.A. Seinsheimer Company in New Albany and was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Wise and daughter, Daileen Wise.
Survivors include, daughter, Anita Pavey; son, Gary Wise; grandchildren, Michael Wise, Jeffery Wise, Christopher Wise, Erin Kostopoulos and Ryan Pavey; great-grandchildren, Madison Wise, Nellie Wise, Jordan Wise, Olivia Wise, Kristina Wise and Zachary Kostopoulos.
Services were Monday, Aug. 16 at Kraft Chapel, burial followed in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park.

SHIRLEY ANN DAVIS, 81, of New Washington died Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 at Weston's Mini Home.
She was born on April 1, 1929 to Leslie and Evelyn Laswell Long in Dekalb, Ill. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in New Washington.
Survivors include, a son, Charles R. Davis, Orange Park, Fla.; daughter, Sharla Hostetler, New Washington; brother, Samuel Long, Lexington; sisters, Della Beach, Jeffersonville, Virginia Vest, Madison and two grandchildren.
Services were Monday Aug. 16 at Grayson Funeral Home. Burial followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.

ROBERT D. SPARROW, 66, Charlestown, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010 at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany.
He was born on March 28, 1944 in Louisville to William and Mary West Sparrow who preceded him in death. He was a welder with Industrial Disposal and BFI for 30 years and enjoyed fishing NASCAR and football.
He is survived by his wife Mary Rennie Sparrow of Charlestown; daughters, Michelle Cochran (Jerry), Marysville, Denise Carpenter (Lamar Brackens), New Albany, Julie Carpenter, New Albany; brothers, Albert Sparrow, Charlestown, Carl Sparrow, Otisco, Johnny Sparrow, Jeffersonville and Doug Sparrow, New Albany, sisters, Katie Jones, Jeffersonville and Mary Carlson, New Albany and six grandchildren, Jerry, Jr., Kelsey, Casper, Justus and Xavier.
Services were Monday, August 16, at Grayson Funeral Home in Charlestown. Burial followed in Charlestown Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be given to the American Cancer Society.

WILLIAM B. THOMAS, 62, Deputy, died Saturday, August 7, at Hospice Inpatient Facility in Columbus.
He was a former employee of Morgan Foods in Austin and also the Earl Lamb Saw Mill in Deputy.
Survivors include four brothers, Lowell Thomas of Lexington, Ervin Thomas of Deputy, Carl Thomas of Austin, Ben Thomas of Brownstown; three sisters, Rose Jones of Deputy, Coella Thomas of Deputy; and Patricia Thomas of Deputy; several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, August 11, at Grandview Memorial Gardens with the Bro. Ernie Lamb officiating. Burial was in the Granview Memorial Gardens of Madison.

DANIEL RAY VANOVER, 61, Austin, died Sunday, August 8, at Audubon Hospital in Louisville, Ky.
The Amburgey, Ky., native was a member of First Baptist Church in Austin and was an ordained deacon, a license minister and sound technician at the church. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Satellite Communications Tech, during the Vietnam War. He was also a life member of the V.F.W. Post No. 6582 in Austin and a member of Disabled American Veterans.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Louise Vanover of Austin; daughters, Deana Kay Ramsey of Omaha, Ne., Christy Lynn Vanover of Austin; a son, John Daniel Vanover of Austin; sisters, Pamela Faye Rieckers of Seymour; Judy Carol Combs of Mo., Patsy Rose Ingram of Mo., Barbara Ann Tartar of Seymour; brothers, Virgil Vanover of Isom, Ky., Robert Vanover of Crothersville; Larry Roger Morgan of Austin; four grandchildren.
Funeral service was Friday, August 13, at Buchanan Funeral Home in Austin with the Rev. Lloyd Camp officiating.
Burial was in the Spurgeon Cemetery in Austin. Military graveside service was conducted by Crothersville VFW Post 1083.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

ELISHA WHITHEAD, 79, Austin, died Saturday, August 7, in Austin.
He was a native of Hazard, Ky.
Survivors include daughters, Betty Campbell of Austin, Emma Jones of Austin, Susan O’Brien of Scottsburg, Hazel Baker of Austin; sons, Jackie Whitehead of Austin, James Whitehead of Austin, Elisha Dale Whitehead of Scottsburg; sister, Clara Combs of Austin; 19 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was Thursday, August 12, at Buchanan Funeral Home in Austin with the Rev. Stephen Spicer officiating.
Burial was in the Spurgeon Cemetery in Austin. Military graveside service was conducted by Crothersville V.F.W. Post 1083.

CHESTER JAY BREWER, 61, North Vernon, died Tuesday, August 10, at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.
The Manchester, Ky., native was a Fiber Optic Technician with the Fishel Corporation in Ohio, worked for Imperial Pools in Madison; a member of the Moose and Eagles Lodges, both in North Vernon.
Survivors include three daughters, Amy Eddy of Lexington; Marcy Napier of Scottsburg and Amy Strouse of North Vernon; one brother, Ronald Brewer of Marion; two sisters, Emily Rice and Wanda Christie of Seymour; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
Funeral service was conducted Thursday, August 12, at the Dove-Sharp and Rudicel Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Morris officiating. Burial was in the Graham Presbyterian Cemetery in Jennings County.

DEBRA A. FLOYD, 49, Austin, died Sunday, August 15, at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany.
The Seymour native was a member of Austin Christian Church in Austin.
Survivors include a son, Rodney Floyd of Kentucky; mother, Ada M. Kidwell of Deputy; a sister, Donna J. Branum of Lawrenceburg; brothers, Dennis Kidwell of Scottsburg and Doug Kidwell of Blocher; one grandson.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, August 11, at Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison with the Rev. Dave Huey officiating.
Burial will be at Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison.

STELLA L. WAGGONER, 68, Seymour, died Sunday, August 15, at 4:20 p.m. at the Lutheran Community Home.
Survivors include three daughters, Patty Gudgel of Commiskey, Maggie Laupus of Seymour and Joann Stout of Commiskey; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four brothers, Marvin York, Tom York, Jim York and Greg York, all of Seymour; two sisters, Ruth Jamison of Seymour and Shirley Harris of Austin.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18, at Burkholder Funeral Chapel in Seymour with the Rev. Damon Marling officiating.
Burial was in the Ackeret Chapel Cemetery following the service.
Memorial can be made to American Diabetes Association or to the donor’s choice.

JERRY W. HENSLEY, 63, Paris Crossing, died Sunday, August 8, in Crothersville.
The Harlan, Ky., native was raised in Paris Crossing and graduated Crothersville High School. He was employed at H.O. Canfields and worked for the Railroad.
Survivors include his daughters, Robin Nehrt of Crothersville; Jamie R. Mull of Crothersville; Melinda S. Hensley of Salem, five grandchildren; four brothers, Clyde Hensley, Earl Hensley, Carl Hensley, all of Paris Crossing, Ralph Hensley of Winter Haven, Fl., and his companion, Ruth Campbell.
The Rev. David Schill and Rev. Jon Pearce conducted the service on Thursday, August 12 at Adams Funeral Home with burial to follow at Cana Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given in his memory to Cana Cemetery in care of Adams Funeral Home.

KAREN KAY (BARRETT) WILLS, 63, North Vernon, died Tuesday, August 10, at her residence in North Vernon.
The Seymour native was a member of Queensville Community Church.
Survivors include one son, Steve Wills of Sunman; daughters, Angela Lee of North Vernon and Monica Edwards of Scottsburg; one brother, Jerry Miller of Greensburg; one sister, Glenna Walker of Seymour; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was conducted on Tuesday, August 17, at the Queensville Community Church in Queensville with the Rev. William A. Ramey and Tom Ramey officiating.
Arrangements were handled by Dove-Sharp and Rudicel Funeral Home in North Vernon.

SHIRLEY Y. MORAN, 92, Scottsburg, died Thursday, August 12, in Seymour.
The Deputy native was a homemaker and was a retired employee of the old Crothersville Shoe Factory. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Scottsburg.
Survivors include son, Carl Douglas of Morgantown; daughters, Kim Sanchesz of Seymour; Sandy Obremski of Scottsburg; Ruth Moran Craven of Louisville; brothers, Donald Dryden of Morton, Il, and Daryl Dryden of Twins Falls, Id., eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services was Tuesday, August 17, at Stewart & Hoagland Funeral Home in Scottsburg. Officiating was Jim Donahue.
Burial was in the Scottsburg Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in care of the funeral home.

JIMMY ELAM, 72, Austined died Wednesday, August 11, at Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg.
The Perry County, Ky., native was a member of the Church of the New Covenant in Austin and also served in the U.S. Army. He retired from Golden Casting Corporation.
Survivors include his wife, Helen J. Elam of Ausitn; daughters, Rhonda Jo Hurt of Austin, Sandy L. Deaton of Austin; sons, Donnie Elam of Scottsburg and Danny S. Elam of Austin; sister, Shirley Kilburn of Austin; a brother, Joe Elam of Austin; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was Sunday, August 15, at Buchanan Funeral Home in Austin with the Rev. Harold White and the Rev. Joel Barrett officiating.
Burial was in the Spurgeon Cemetery in Austin.

PATRICIA JON EDWARDS, 69, Brooksburg, died Thursday, August 12, at Norton Hospital in Lousiville.
She worked as a waitress, clerk in grocery stores, a clothing and sewing factory and an assembler in a parts and painting factory. She was also a bookeeper for her father’s taxi business and two service stations. She was also a staff nurse at Clifty Falls Convalescent Center in Madison and Madison State Hospital and King’s Daughter’s Hospital as an LPN. She also worked at Swiss Villa Living Centre in Vevay. She wa a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Madison.
Survivors include a companion, Marvin C. Creech of Deputy; three sons, Hubert Adams Jr., of Bedford, Ky., Alfred Adams of Godfrey, IL., Bobby L. Adams of Hanover; a daughter, Wilma Jean Box of Madison; four sisters, Kay Henry of Tampa, Fl., Linda Edwards of Phillipsburg, Ks., Bonnie Edwards of Downs, Ks., Rita Edwards of Cawker City, Ks., two brothers, Sidney Edwards of Brooksburg; Ronnie Julifs of Scottsburg; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services was Monday, August 16, at Morgan and Nay Funeral Centere in Madison with Bishop Jeff Kinman and Pastor Ralph Yantz officiating.
Burial was in the Vevay Cemetery in Vevay.

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