Ruby L. Harsch
Brown County native Ruby L. Harsch died Monday, November 27, 2000, at Grandview Convalescent Center in Martinsville. A lifelong resident of the Nineveh area, she was 87.
She was born January 17, 1913, the daughter of James Washington and Eithel Melissa (Smith) Anderson.
She married John Edward Harsch March 18, 1931, in Nashville. He preceded her in death June 24, 1989.
Mrs. Harsch had worked as a cook in the dietary department in the hospital at Camp Atterbury during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
David G. Hunter
McKinney Road resident David G. Hunter died Saturday, December 2, 2000, at Columbus Regional Hospital. Mr. Hunter, 73, moved to Brown County from the Chicago area in 1987.
He was born April 7, 1927, in Hamilton, Ohio, the son of Michael and Edith (Mullins) Hunter.
He and Mary Perez were married. She survives.
A member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Mr. Hunter was the owner of electrical supply companies in the Chicago area, retiring in 1978.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. served from 1942 until 1945 with the OSS-101 Airborne Division. He was in Berma from 1944 until 1945.
William David Satterfield
Former Nashville resident, William David Satterfield, died Wednesday, November 29, at Beverly Health Care in Bloomington. He was 59.
Mr. Satterfield was born in Bartholomew Countyís Stoney Lonesome, April 24, 1941, to Stanley and Lois Bernice (Wiley) Satterfield.
A member of Living Waters Church, Mr. Satterfield was a teacher, writer, political activist and musician.
He was graduated from Columbus and Dartmoth College in Hanover, New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.
Mr. Satterfield was a Vietnam War protester and worked for civil rights.
Brown County native Betty M. Swank died Sunday, November 26, 2000, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. A resident of Spencer, she was 65.
She was born August 2, 1935, to Lester and Maggie (Kent) Richardson.
She married Ronald Swank. He survives.
A homemaker, Mrs. Swank was a member of Congregation of Jehovahís Witness.
Genevra 'Chig' Owens,
first woman commissioner, dies
A woman who left her distinctive mark on county politics since the 1950s has died. She was known by many for her friendliness, warmth and compassion for both people and animals.
Genevra Irene "Chig" Owens died Monday evening, December 18, 2000, at Columbus Regional Hospital after suffering a massive heart attack and stroke. A life-long resident of Jackson Township, she was 83.
Since 1959, she had lived in a home on Helmsburg Road.
She was born August 24, 1917, in Helmsburg to Rex and Vinnie Rairdon Derringer. Her mother had been the first woman Realtor in Brown County. Her father was known to many in Jackson Township as the "Mayor of Low Gap."
Her great-grandfather, James W. Derringer was an undertaker, notary and carpenter in Bean Blossom, which was then known as Georgetown.
Marguerite Sturgell, whose husband was guest pastor numerous times for the Pentecostal church in Brown County, died Tuesday, December 19, 2000, at Bloomington Hospital. A resident of Spencer, she was 85.
Mrs. Sturgell was born November 23, 1915, in Connersville to Will and Pearl Tyner.
She was married to the Reverend Raymond Sturgell for 67 years. He survives.
She was a housewife and worked for Telephone Exchange and RCA, and was a member of First Pentecostal Church of Spencer.
Survivors include two sons and their wives, Edward L. and Lela Sturgell and James Richard and Judy Sturgell, both of Spencer; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Janice Ann Voiles
Morgantown resident Janice Ann Voiles died Monday, December 18, 2000, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. She was 67.
Mrs. Voiles was born March 15, 1933, in Pike County to Robert W. and Julia (Johnson) Alcorn.
She and Donald J. Voiles were married June 4, 1982, in Trafalgar. He preceded her in death September 26, 1985.
Mrs. Voiles retired from Johnson Memorial Hospital as a ward clerk in 1993 after 33 years.
She graduated from Washington High School in Washington. She enjoyed all types of sports and was an avid Pacers fan. She had looked after several elderly people living in her neighborhood and loved and enjoyed her family.
John N. Wessel Jr.
John N. "Gator Jake" Wessel Jr. of Nineveh died Wednesday, December 20, 2000, at his home. He was 73.
Mr. Wessel was born November 25, 1927, in Indianapolis, the son of John N. and Clara C. (Schneider) Wessel.
He was retired from Southern Bell where he was a switchboard installer. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Edinburgh American Legion and National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.
David Charles Cook
Nashville resident, David Charles Cook "The Drummer Man", died Friday, December 29, at the Brown County Community Care Center. He was 88.
Mr. Cook was born April 3, 1912, in Wyoming, New York, the son of Clayton Friend and Katherine (Summers) Cook.
In 1935 he married Odette Mayo Wirth, who passed away in 1983.
He owned a hardware store from 1946 to 1973.
State Road 135 North resident Mac Gill died Monday, December 25, 2000, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. He was 59.
Mr. Gill was born May 2, 1941, in Columbus, Mississippi, the son of Burl M. and Abbie (Collins) Gill.
He married Beth Corn Lynton on September 27, 1994. She survives.
Mr. Gill was vice president and general manager for Metz Banking company for three years, retiring in 1990. He previously worked as a sales and marketing consultant for W.E. Long in Chicago.
Roberta L. Lovins
McLary Road resident Roberta L. Lovins died Friday, December 22, 2000, at her residence. She was 65.
Mrs. Lovins was born in Fayette County August 30, 1935, the daughter of Samuel Dewey McLary and Hazel Marie Ketchum.
She married Lloyd Lovins, who survives.
She was a homemaker and member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bloomington.
John W. McGauley
Cordry-Sweetwater volunteer firefighter John W. McGauley died Sunday, December 24, 2000, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. A resident of Nineveh, he was 70.
He was born July 26, 1930, in Indianapolis, the son of Paul and Rosemary (Maloy) McGauley.
He was a 1948 graduate of Cathedral High School.
He was employed for 36 years by Pitney Bowes as a customer service representative, retiring in 1989.
He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Edinburgh, Knights of Columbus Council 437 and American Legion.
Richard K. Pitts
Nashville resident Richard K. Pitts died Friday, December 29, 2000, at Columbus Regional Hospital. He was 76.
Mr. Pitts was born in South Bend on February 28, 1924, to Herman W. and Nora L. (Winrotte) Pitts.
He was assistant principal at Brown County High School for a decade, from 1962 until 1972. Afterwards, Mr. Pitts served as the corporationís transportation director before retiring in 1989.
He was a member of Nashville Christian Church, the Masonic Lodge #32, American Legion, Lions Club and Scottish Rite in Indianapolis.
He was also a Marine veteran of World War II and Korea.
Mary G. Roberts
Nashville resident Mary G. Roberts died Tuesday, December 26, 2000, at Brown County Community Care Center. She was 80.
Born January 10, 1920, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Charles Campbell and Anna Marie Beirlein.
Mrs. Roberts was a homemaker and member of Order of the Eastern Star of Morgantown.
Michael G. Unger
Former Brown County resident Michael G. Unger died Saturday, December 23, 2000, in Bloomington. He was 54.
Mr. Unger was born September 8, 1946, in Indianapolis, the son of Edward Unger and Evelyn (Henderson) Anderson.
He married Cheryl (Fox) Bartley in Bloomington.
He was a resident of Brown County since 1975, after living in Indianapolis for 29 years.
Luella N. Weaver
Town Hill Road resident Luella N. Weaver died Thursday, December 28, 2000, at Columbus Regional Hospital. She was 81.
Ms. Weaver was born in Iowa August 10, 1919, the daughter of William James and Mary Elizabeth (McGee) Nugent.
She retired from accounting in 1987.
Ruby Ethel Bryant
Ruby Ethel Bryant, aunt of Brown County resident Darlene Harden, died Monday, January 1, 2001, at Homeview Center in Franklin. She was 94.
Ms. Bryant was born in Columbia, Kentucky, October 12, 1906, to Luther and Lettie Mae Bryant.
She was the oldest living member of First Christian Church in Edinburgh.
She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, and singing bluegrass music.
Kathleen E. Cornett
Kathleen E. Cornett, sister of Brown County residents Manuel and Bill Cheek, died Thursday, January 4, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in Seymour. A resident of Brownstown, she was 72.
Mrs. Cornett was born in Laurel County, Kentucky, June 27, 1928, the daughter of Henry and Minnie Taylor Cheek.
She married Paul Edgar Scott May 29, 1953, at Brownstown. He preceded her in death October 8, 1980. She then married Winfred "Bud" Cornett of Freetown.
Mrs. Cornett retired from Excello Shirt Factory in Seymour and also had worked at Lutheran Community Home and Seymour Seating.
Walter Harden Jr.
Former Brown County resident Walter J. "Jim" Harden Jr. died Friday, December 22, 2000. A resident of Indianapolis, he was 57.
Mr. Harden was born in Indianapolis October 3, 1943, the son of Walter "Coolidge" and Margret (Burgess) Harden.
He was a supervisor for Cal Wal Company for five years.
He retired from the Army as master sergeant E8 after 27 years. He was one of 40 people from Indiana guaranteed a tour of duty in Hawaii in 1960.
He was a member of the Wolfhounds and was in Thailand in 1962. He spent more than 10 years in Hawaii and Germany.