Obituaries May 11, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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ERNEST L. "CHICK" HALE, 75, of Lexington, Indiana died Monday, May 2, 2011 at the Hanover Nursing Health & Rehab Center in Hanover.
He was born June 22, 1935 in Evarts, Ky., the son of the late James and Rebecca (Woods) Hale. He was a retired assembly worker for General Motors in Michigan retiring in 1989 after 21 years of service and was a member of the Brittians Creek Baptist Church in Harlan, Ky.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis (Bruther) Ponder-Hale; two stepsons, Allan & Troy (Lilly Ponder both of Lexington; a stepdaughter, Lori (Brent) Bowles of Lexington; a brother: James (Velma) Hale of Lexington; five sisters, Irene Cloud of Kenvir, Ky., Margaret Jones of Dizney, Ky., Wanda Williams of London, Ky., Alice (Frank) Farmer of Loyall, Ky. and Sue (Rodney) Turner of Sydney, Ohio; several grandchildren and 23 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Polly Ray; two brothers, James Howard and Willie Hale and three nephews.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Friday at Collins Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday  and after 10 a.m. Friday at Collins Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made New Bethel United Methodist Church care of Collins Funeral Home.



SHELIA BURNS FRALEY, 77, of Seymour, formerly of Scottsburg, died Monday, May 2, 2011 at the Jennings Healthcare in North Vernon.
She was born on  March 13, 1934 in Perry County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Green Burns  and Retta  (Barger) Smith.  Shelia was a retired self-employed truck driver with her husband, also the former co-owner of the old Red's Smorgasboard in Scottsburg, Indiana and attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Anderson E. "Red" Fraley; a son, Harvey D. Fraley; two grandsons, Scott Fraley and Ricky Eisenmenger and one great-granddaughter, Kianna Dickinson.  Survivors include two daughters, Rhonda L. Fuel of Westport, Ind. and Barbara A. White of Seymour, Ind.; a brother, Ben Couch of Seymour, Ind.; a sister, Dorothy Turner of Seymour, Ind., eight grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday at Collins Funeral Home with burial in Scottsburg Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday  and after 10 a.m. Thursday at Collins Funeral Home.

ALICE LEE (SMITH) ONEY, 97, Louisville, died at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville on May 2 with her sister Mildred and members of her extended family at her side.
She was born January 8, 1914, the oldest of eight children born to John and Edna Smith. In 1942, she married Walter Oney—a career Army officer—of Gallia County, Ohio. Following World War II, she lived at several places, including Arlington, Va,; Denver, Colo; Fort Knox, Ky.; Fort Campbell, Ky; Tokyo and Fort Harrison, Ind. After Oney’s retirement from active duty in 1956, the couple settled in Boulder, where they lived until shortly before Walter’s death in 1981. She then relocated to Louisville, where she led a full and active life, surrounded by her family.
is survived by a son, Walter Jr. and his wife Marty, of Fitchburg, Mass.; her sister Mildred (Midge) Davis, brother Dewey Smith and his wife Elaine, and sister-in-law Stella Smith, all of greater Louisville; sister-in-law Mary (Oney) McCurdy of Marion, Ohio; and a large extended family of nieces, nephews, and their descendants.
Visiting hours are from 2-8 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011, at the Grayson Funeral Home, 893 High St., Charlestown.
Reverend Jack Davis, one of Alice’s nephews, will conduct a service at the Grayson Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. Burial will follow at Charlestown Cemetery.

GLEN WILSON, 86, of  Austin, died Monday, May 2, 2011 at Hampton Oaks in  Scottsburg.
He was born in Knox County, Ky. on September 16, 1924, the son of the late Mack and Mossie (Mays) Wilson. He retired from  Morgan Foods in Austin.
Survivors include his wife, Lavada  (Partin) Wilson of Austin; daughters, Brenda G. Wilson of Austin, Marilyn S. Feltner of Austin, Beverly M. Baldwin of Medford, New Jersey, a son, Roger G. Wilson of Austin.
He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 6, at Buchanan Funeral Home, Austin, with Linda Norrell officiating.
Visitation will be Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Buchanan Funeral Home.
Burial will be at Austin Cemetery in  Austin.

VERNON R. HENTON, 81, of Palmyra, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011.
He was born in Chico, Texas on January 6, 1930 to James W. Henton and Frankie Mowery Henton. He was a retired mail carrier and served as a minister in several churches, including Corydon Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife Vera Morris Henton; sister Lavelle Leonard of Winston-Salem, NC; six children: Sande Barnes of Portales, N.M., Glen Henton of Enville, Tenn., Gail Henton of Tyler, Texas, Ann Collins of Midland, Texas, Susan Gray of Solsberry, Ind. and Lorri Purkhiser of Salem; eleven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Corydon Church of Christ, 400 N. Mulberry in Corydon. Burial will be at the Martinsburg Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 6 and 9 a.m. until the time of services at Corydon Church of Christ.

GEORGE H. SCHNELL, 80, Charlestown, died April 29, 2011 at St. Catherine Regional Hospital in Charlestown.
He was born April 29, 1931 in Jeffersonville, the son of the late Hugh George Schnell and Mary (Lewis) Schnell. He worked as a painter foreman, as a deck hand on river barges and retired in 2007 after many years as an independent long haul truck driver.
He is survived by his wife, Delores (Lewis) Schnell; sons, George H. Schnell II, Madison and Tony Schnell of Madison; a daughter, Mechelle Blackwell, Charlestown and six grandchildren.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Lytle Funeral Chapel in Madison handled the arrangements.
The family suggests cards of sympathy be sent to them in care of Lytle Funeral Chapel, 423 West Main St., Madison, IN 47250.

RABBI CHARLIE BENHAM, 63, of Memphis, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany.
A native of Ripley County, he was born in Milan, on November 3, 1947, the son of John Robert and Marie (Hoyer) Benham who are both deceased. On November 29, 1969 in Napoleon, Ind. he married Jeanie (Cannon) Benham who survives in Memphis. He was a former employee of Indiana Kentucky Electric in Madison until he received his calling to follow the Lord in Ministry. He received his associate’s degree in ministry from Louisville Bible College and lived to serve the Lord, he spent all his time and effort with the Burning Bush Ministries where he was a Messianic Rabbi. He enjoyed making staff’s and donating them to people all around the world.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Dusty (and his fiancé Sarah Laymon) Benham of Memphis, one brother, Lee Howard (Jackie) Benham of Scottsburg, one sister, Marilyn (Donnie) Chastain of Bullitt County, Ky.
Funeral services conducted by Robert L. Holler and Brother Jim Henson were Friday, May 6, 2011 at Henryville United Methodist Church located at 113 South Ferguson St., Henryville, IN 47126 because of construction at Adams Funeral Home. Burial followed at Benham Cemetery in Benham, Ind.
Memorial donations may be given to the family for funeral expenses c/o Adams Funeral Home, 209 S. Ferguson St., Henryville, IN 47126.

JOHNEY  MCINTOSH, 72, North Vernon died Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at Clark Memorial Hospital in  Jeffersonville.
He was born in Perry County, Ky. on November 15, 1938, the son of the late Ray and Lillie (Begley) McIntosh. He was a member of Dupont Baptist Church in Dupont.
Survivors include his wife Marilyn  McIntosh of North Vernon; sons, Phillip McIntosh of Brownstown, John P. McIntosh of Salem, David T. McIntosh of North Vernon, Jesse A. McIntosh of North Vernon; sisters:  Lillie Bell McIntosh of Columbus, Anna Sue Dunham of North Vernon, Cleo Norris of North Vernon; brothers, Shaftner McIntosh of Austin, Tommy McIntosh of North Vernon, Eddie Nelson McIntosh of Austin, Robert McIntosh of North Vernon. He is also survived by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his Brother, Chester McIntosh and Sister, Margaret Pitts.
Graveside Service will be at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Austin. Visitation will be Saturday 10am to 11am at Buchanan Funeral Home.

DESTINY ROSE AUER, stillborn, Austin, Idied Saturday, April 23, 2011 at Scott Memorial Hospital in  Scottsburg.
Survivors include her parnets, Bob and Sabrina (Voland) Auer of Austin; brothers, Conner Auer of Crothersville, Josiah Auer of Crothersville; grandparents, Donald and Joan Gay, Lexington; great-grandmothers: Marie Everage and Ruby Gay; maternal grandfather, Tim Voland of Brown County and great-grandfather Alvin Oldes of Brown County.
Graveside services were private at New Providence Cemetery, Austin.

JO ANN ROMERO, 57, Deputy, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at Hosparus Inpatient Care Center in Louisville.
She was born on October 8, 1953 in Scottsburg, the daughter of the late Joe M. and Doris Jean (Kelley) Conder.  She was a former employee of Coonies Super Valu, the old Holm Industries, Cerro Wire and Versatech and a member of the Alpha Baptist Church in Deputy.
Survivors include her husband, Armando Romero of Deputy; a daughter, Corey (Ande) Greene of Scottsburg; a son, Chris (Brittney) Romero of Jeffersonville; a sister, Carolyn Sue (Ron) Cobb of Vallonia; two brothers, John (Lorna) Conder of Underwood and Jeff (Lisa) Conder of Scottsburg and a granddaughter, Caitlyn Greene.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Collins Funeral Home with burial in Fairview Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hosparus c/o Collins Funeral Home in

DOROTHY B. EWELL, 72, of Justisville died Tuesday, April 26, 2011 in Harrisburg, Va.
She was born in Stiles, Ky. to the late Lloyd E. and Mary E. McNear. She was a retired Perdue employee.
Survivors include her son, Paul L. Ewell (and wife Sandra) of Harrisburg; a sister, Frances Bailey of Haines City, Fla.; a brother, Lloyd E. McNear Jr. of Austin, Ind.; 3 grandchildren and 49 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Preston D. Ewell.
Graveside services were held at Liberty Cemetery in Parksley on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 11 AM.
Memorial donations may be made to the Preston and Dorothy Ewell Memorial Scholarship c/o Virginia Wesleyan College, 1584, Wesleyan Dr., Norfolk, VA. 23502. Memory tributes may be shared
Arrangements were made by Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

REBECCA ANNE TANKERSLEY, 57, of Pekin died Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Scott County Hospital.
She was born August 11, 1953 in Big Stone Gap, Va. To Luther “Bud” and Nervesta Ashe Tankersley. She was retired from Kimball Office Furniture and was a member of Pekin First Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Dale Brent Baker of Pekin; a son, Kelly Dee Emery of Pekin; three daughters: Tiffany Legler of Memphis, Trina Elmore of Jeffersonville and Amanda Hammond of Pekin; her mother, Nervesta Tankersley of Salem; three brothers: Steve Tankersley of Pekin, John Tankersley of Fort Worth, Tx. and Kyle Moore of Salem; two sisters: Susan Martin of Massillon, Oh. and Tina Campbell of Salem; 16 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her father, 3 brothers and a grandchild.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 9, 2011 at 2 pm at Weathers Funeral Home. Her burial followed in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Borden.

ROBERT J. “BOB” BENEIGH, 86, died Saturday, April 30, 2011 in Holland, Mich. while visiting his daughter.
He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in New Albany. He was an avid Penn State University fan and played football for the Butler Cubs in Butler, Pennsylvania from 1941 to 1948. During his playing days with the Cubs, he was named MVP and co-captain and was inducted into the Butler, PA Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served our country during World War II. Before living in Indiana, he lived in LaGrange, Ga. and Butler, Penn.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Loretta (Sweesy) Beneigh.
He is survived by his children, Jeff Beneigh (Debbie) of Greenville; L. Jean Mau (Robert) of Holland, Mich., Joelyn Niggel (Louis) of Burlington, Vt.; sister, Marie Horan of Butler, Penn.; grandchildren, Theresa Mau-Crimmins, Christina (Mau) Williams, Christopher, Michael and Patrick Niggel, and David and Nicole Beneigh; and four great-grandchildren.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11 at Holy Family Catholic Church (129 West Daisy Lane, New Albany) with military honors and entombment to follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any expressions of sympathy be made to Meals on Wheels (LifeSpan Resources, P. O. Box 995, New Albany, IN 47150) in honor of Robert Beneigh.

RUTH E. SMITH, 96, Scottsburg, died May 5, 2011 in Scottsburg.
She was born December 11, 1914 in Dekalb, Ill., the daughter of the late Clyde Comer and Lola Bennett Comer. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church of Scottsburg.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Smith; brothers, Raymond Comer and Stanley Comer and a sister Helen Watterson.
Survivors include, her saregiver & niece Janice Nowlin of Scottsburg as well as several other nieces & nephews.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Stewart Hoagland Funeral Home. Graveside services followed at Scottsburg Cemetery.

KENNETH CHANDLER, 59, of Scottsburg, died May 5, 2011 in Scottsburg.
He was born July 7, 1951 in Oneida, Ky. to Andy Chandler and Virdie Mae Davidson Chandler. He was a former caretaker of Scottsburg Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife: Laura J. Burch Chandler of Scottsburg; a son: Tony Hale of Scottsburg; four daughters: Tammy Napier, Alice Chandler and Penny Chandler, all of Scottsburg, and Stephanie M. Elliot of Salem; four brothers: Larry Chandler, Squire Chandler, Billy Chandler and Ricky Chandler; four sisters: Sis McQueen, Annette Robinson, Sara Bookout and Sophie Terry; and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son: Allen Chandler.
Funeral Services were held at 11 AM on Monday, May 9, 2011 at Stewart & Hoagland Funeral Home.
Visitation was held on Monday from 9 AM until the beginning to services.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Stewart & Hoagland Funeral Home, 80 N 1st St., Scottsburg, IN 47170.

RONALD WILLIAM “BEE” BREWER, 80, of Pekin, died Friday, May 6, 2011 at his home.
He was born on October 11, 1930 in New Albany to John and Irene Jollisaint Brewer. He was the owner of the Brewer General Store in Borden.
Survivors include his children: Ronald Wayne Brewer and David William Brewer, both of Pekin, and Sherry Goss of Greenville; 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife: Sarah Small Brewer.
Visitation was held from 5 to 9 PM on Monday, May 9, 2011 at Weathers Funeral Home. Private graveside services were held at a later date.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to the Borden Lions Club.

NANCY JO JEAN, 62, of Salem, died on Friday, May 6, 2011 at St. Vincent Hospital.
She was born on October 18, 1948, in Washington County to Harland and Juanita Hawk Jean. She was a homemaker and a member of both Eastview Church of Christ and the National Poet Society.
She is survived by her husband: William L. Jean of Salem; a son: William “Bill” E. Jean of Salem; three daughters: Dana Newberry and Angela Jean, both of Salem, and Natalie King of Crawfordsville; a brother: Michael Easton of Prospect, Ky.; two sisters: Barbara Vanover of New Albany and Janice Humphrey of Louisville; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother: Larry Easton and a grandson: Robert Mills.
Funeral Services were held at 1 PM on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at Weathers Funeral Home. Burial followed in Crown Hill Cemetery. Visitation was held on Tuesday from 11 AM until the time of services.

MALVIN “GLYNN” SUMNER, 67, of Salem, died Friday, May 6, 2011 at St. Vincent Hospital.
He was born on January 15, 1944 in Blackey, Ky. to Dennis and Stella Little Sumner. He was the self employed owner of Armor Clad.
He is survived by his wife: Karen Spaulding Sumner; two sons: Michael and Andrew Sumner, both of Salem; two daughters: Robin Bryant and Sally Zink, both of Salem, a brother: James Sumner of Salem; three sisters: Josephine Paris and Fannie Motsinger, both of Salem, and Victoria Hall of Scottsburg; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother: Paul Sumner.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at Weathers Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Visitation was held from 4 to 8 PM on Tuesday May 10, 2011 and will be held on Wednesday from 8 AM until the time of service.

KATHY O. CAMPBELL, 53, of Salem, died Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Meadow View Health Care Center in Salem.
She was born on April 15, 1958 in Salem to Ovie V. Campbell and Brandis D. (Long) Campbell. She was a former employee of Blueriver Services in Salem.
She is survived by three sisters: Carey D. Collett of Clearwater, Fla., Bonnie R. Moore and Judy K. Maudlin, both of Salem; and three brothers: Gary V. Campbell of Miss., Michael T. Campbell and Christopher S. Campbell, both of Salem. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held at 4 PM on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Meadow View Health Care Center. Her cremation with a burial will be held at Crown Hill Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be sent to First Baptist Church, 200 East Walnut Street, Salem. Arrangements were prepared by Dawalt Funeral Homes.

JOHN "CECIL" THOMPSON, 92, of Cross Plains and formerly of Allensville, Ind., died May 6, 2011 at Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash, OH.
He was born in Little York (Washington County), on April 4, 1919, the son of John C. and Virginia Zaring Thompson. He was united in marriage on October 5, 1942, in Louisville, to Dorthey Kummings of Lafayette. She preceded him in death on October 10, 1995. He was a 1937 graduate of Little York High School and a 1941 graduate Purdue University's School of Agriculture. He served during World War II as a US Army artillery officer with the 11th Airborne Division in the Philippines and Japan. He later worked for and retired from the (USDA) Farmers Home Administration, now Rural Development, where he was instrumental in helping to bring city water to rural communities throughout Southeastern Indiana. He was a member of the American Legion Post 173 of Versailles.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and sisters Alta Fisher and Lota Jane Nichols.
He is survived by sons Dr. Lee Thompson and wife Marla of Holton, Ind., Fred Thompson and wife Mary Sue of Benham, Ind., and Jim Thompson and wife Dorthy of Milford, Ohio; daughter Becki Freeman of Lancaster, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at the Vevay (Indiana) Cemetery on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 11 a.m.
Memorials may be given in memory of Cecil to the American Cancer Society in care of the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay.

LINDA S. THOMAS (APP), formerly of Galena, passed away at Clark Memorial Hospital on April 19, 2011.
She is survived by her mother Judy App; two sons, William Daugherty, and Eric Thomas; one daughter, Ashley Thomas; one sister, Debbie Walker; two grandchildren, Ayden Daugherty and Liv Daugherty.
Funeral services were held on April 22, 2011, with burial at Dunkard Cemetery in Elizabeth.
Seabrook, Dieckmann & Naville Funeral Home 1846 E. Oak St, New Albany, IN was in charge of arrangements.

PEGGY SUE FIRKINS, 63, Georgetown, died at her residence on Saturday, May 7, 2011.
She was born on December 15, 1948 the daughter of Gale and Margie Sutton Timberlake. She was a Homemaker.
She is survived by two sons, Ernest Theodore Firkins (Sara) of New Albany; David Joe Firkins (Bonnie) of Underwood; five daughters, Penny Cozart (Danny) and Maggie Cole (Darrell) both of New Albany; Dawn Stinson and Donna Wright of Louisville; Lisa Greenwell (Keith) of Georgetown; four brothers, Ricky and Dallas Carrol both of New Albany; Michael Carrol (Connie) of Jeffersonville; Gale Timberlake (Ann) of Marengo; two sisters, Debbie Morris of Jeffersonville; Joyce Clifford (Tommy) of Elizabeth; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at noon at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Georgetown. Pastor Larry Conley and Ralph Bagshaw officiated. Burial followed in the Edwardsville cemetery.

SUSAN J. HUNDLEY, 57, Scottsburg, died Sunday, May 8, 2011 at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany.
She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 2, 1953. She was a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Scottsburg.
Survivors include her mother Mary McIntosh of Austin; sister, Lisa (Tony) Mahan of Austin; a brother, Robert G. (Paula) Vaughn, Jr. of Las Vegas, Nev. She is also survived by a nephew Robert G. Vaughn III of Las Vegas, Nev. and a niece Jessica Mahan of Austin.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Hundley, her father Robert G. Vaughn, Sr., and her step-father, Conley McIntosh.
Funeral Service will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, at Buchanan Funeral Home, Austin, with cremation to follow.
Visitation will be Wednesday 4-6 p.m. at Buchanan Funeral Home.

TRENA LUE YENSE, 54; Scottsburg, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at Floyd Memorial Hospital.
She was a devoted member of Faith Assembly Church in Clarksville and was a full-time student.
She is survived by her husband, Robert R. Yense, Scottsburg; father, Victor Burton (Olga), Scottsdale, Ariz.; seven children, James L. Overberg (Alicia), of Sellersburg, Timothy J. Overberg, of Harrodsburg, Ky., Robert J. Yense, of Indianapolis, Joseph V. Overberg, of Lexington, Ky., Joshua A. Overberg (Dara), of New Albany, Trena R. Saylor (Mike), of Scottsburg, and Mary E. Overberg, of Scottsburg; three sisters, Joanie L. Moore, Lorie R. Sullivan and Charlotte Sparks, all of Ashland, Ky.; and 10 grandchildren, Zachary Nolan, Calvin Trent Overberg, Joseph A. Overberg, Alexis Lorraine Overberg, Charles Overberg, Aidan Saylor, Angelia Overberg, Logan Saylor, Hannah Overberg and Joshua Overberg Jr.; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will at noon, Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at Faith Assembly Church in Clarksville, with burial in Eastern Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to Faith Assembly Church, 1715 Potters Lane, Clarksville, IN 47129.
Scott Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

WILLIAM RUSSELL “RUSS” SHIPLEY, 100, of Clearwater, died March 24, 2011.
He celebrated his 100th birthday in November. He was a native of Elizabethtown, Ky. and managed a trucking company for many years. Later in life, he followed his passion of woodworking and had a second career, as a master craftsman, restoring antique furniture. While living in Kentucky, he was recognized as a Kentucky Colonel in honor of his work with youth groups.
His sister, Dorothy Rhude, survives him.
Memorial services will be conducted at 9 a.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at Crothersville Cemetery where he will be laid to rest next to his wife, Mary (Cox) Shipley.
Adams Funeral Home handled the local arrangements.

MELVIN SPENCER “SPEEDY” SAGE, 68, of rural Seymour was a lifelong resident of Jackson County, died Sunday, May 8, 2011 at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis.
He was born August 22, 1942 in Surprise, Indiana in Jackson County, he was the son of Roy M. Sage and Ruth (Garland) Sage Phenning who are both deceased. He retired from Sunoco Plastic Products in 2004 as a team leader and before he worked at Cummins Engine Company, then H.O. Canfields. He was a member of Fraternal Order Eagle for over 20 years.
On August 23, 1994 he married Lucinda “Cindy” (Brandt) Sage in Las Vegas, Nevada who survives in rural Seymour. Other survivors include his children, a son, Joseph Erick (Tammy L.) Sage of rural Seymour, daughters, Nita R. (Shawn Silvers) Sage of rural Seymour, Francine Valdivia of Santa Claita, California, Karla (Bill) Kabitz of Chaska, Minnesota, ten grandchildren, Derek, Dylan, Devon, Erica, Brandi, Kaitlyn, Keegen, Kyle, Madison, Sara, four great-grandchildren, Casie, Hailey, Jace, Christian, two brothers, Erick (Belva) Sage of Florida, Steve (Jan Scott) Sage of rural Seymour, two nieces and a nephew, Rhonda Sage, Troy (Rachel) Sage, Stephanie (Joe) Dailey.
Troy Sage will conduct funeral services at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Adams Funeral Home, Crothersville, with burial to follow at First Marion Baptist Cemetery.
Friends may visit the family on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home, Crothersville and after 10 a.m. on Thursday at Adams Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers Memorial donations may be given to United Christian Church Youth group c/o Adams Funeral Home, 110 E. Howard St., Crothersville, IN 47229.

ROBERT R. O'DONNELL, 73, died Sunday May 8, 2011, Baptist Hospital East in Louisville.
He was born November 17, 1937 in Adair County, Mo., the son of the late Joseph F. and Agnes (Coffey) O'Donnell. He was a retired iron worker and boilermaker for the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company and attended the First Christian Church in Dodge City, Kan., where he was married. Survivors include his wife Jean (Storm) O'Donnell; a son, Tim (Naomi) O'Donnell of Austin; a daughter: Pam  Satchwill of Scottsburg; a brother, William F. O'Donnell of Plainfield, Ill.;  five grandchildren, Gina Everhart, Bo Smith, James Satchwill, Gene Mullins and Shelia Mullins and two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Timothy Everhart.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jodie O'Donnell.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday at Collins Funeral Home with burial to follow in Scottsburg Cemetery.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and after 10 a.m. Thursday at Collins Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Adam's Pantry c/o Collins Funeral Home.

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