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Miscellaneous Washington County, Indiana Obituaries (2003)


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T.J. "TUBBY" WAGNER, 85, New Albany, died Monday, December 1, at the Green Valley Care Center. He was a retired clerk for the Railway Express where he worked for 38 years and built Harley-Davidson motorcycle engines for 40 years. He was a life member of the American Motorcycle Association and the Railway Express Safety Division. Survivors include a son, Robert J. Wagner of Clarksville; a brother, William Wagner of Florida; a sister, Teid Wagner of Indianapolis; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Friday, December 5, at the Oak Street Chapel of Seabrook Dieckmann & Naville Funeral Homes with burial in SCI-Graceland Memorial Park.

BONITA R. ARNOLD, 71, Corydon, died Monday, December 1, at Harrison County Hospital. She was a member of Old Capitol United Methodist Church and a retired assistant manager of Martin Hardware in Ramsey. Survivors include her husband, Russell Arnold; five daughters, Rebecca S. Reed of Central, Karen R. Arnold of Louisville, Linda J. Oster of Lanesville and Sherie L. Lawton and Joyce M. Arnold, both of Corydon; a brother, Charles Robert Chinn of Depauw; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 3, at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon with burial in Loudens Chapel Cemetery near Depauw. Expressions of sympathy should go to the Alzheimer’s Association.

JAMES M. HOWELL, 61, St. Louis, Mo., died Friday, November 28, in Ashville, NC. A native of Jeffersonville, he was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam Era, a regional manger of Interstate Blood Bank, a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Community Service Board, Inc., and a past president of the Community Housing Board. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis A. Howell; two sons, J. Mark Howell of Indianapolis and Richard D. Howell of Jacksonville, Florida; a stepson, Darrell E. Bennett of Desloge, Mo.; two sisters, Kathy A. Kruer of Jeffersonville and Jeanne M. Schmidt of Floyds Knobs; and ten grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 3, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with burial in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy should go to the American Heart Association or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

KAREN SUE BARY KRUER, 49, New Albany, died Monday, December 1, at Floyd Memorial Hospital. Survivors include her husband, Scott J. Kruer of New Albany; two daughters, Shereen Nolot of New Salisbury and Christina Carter of Louisville; her mother, Mary Alice Hutslar of Ramsey; a brother, Jimmy Hutslar of Floyds Knobs; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 3, at Swarens Funeral Home with burial in Marengo Cemtery.

NORMA L. BIRKLA, 71, Marengo, died Sunday, November 30, at her home. She was the former Norma L. Shoemaker and a retired dietary aide. Survivors include three sons, Brent Birkla of Marengo, John Birkla of Leavenworth and Robert Birkla of Santa Barbara, Ca.; five daughters, Karen Sheller of Leavenworth, Darlene Vasser of Louisville, Tammy Ferguson of Lanesville, Vicki Budd of Floyds Knobs and Lezli Becht of Floyds Knobs; and 12 grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 3, at Denbo Funeral Home in English with burial in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

DONALD J. KRUER, 66, Pekin, died Tuesday, December 2, at his home. He was a native of New Albany, a U.S. Army veteran, a member of American Legion Post #41 in Salem and retired from Ford Motor Company. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Burton Kruer; children, Thomas J. Kruer of Athens, Ga., Mark A. Kruer of New Albany, Cynthia M. Meador of Charlestown, Melanie L. Crafton of Georgetown, Tara R. Williams of Hardinsburg and Scott Burton of Pekin; two sisters, Rosemary Pluto of Lady Lake, Fl., and Bonnie Gallimore of Adkins, Va.; two brothers, Michael Kruer of New Albany and Brian Kruer of Tucson, Az.; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Friday, December 5, at Kraft Chapel with entombment in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park. Kraft Funeral Services handled the arrangements.

CHARLES M. DETHY, 99, Floyds Knobs, died Friday, December 5, at his daughter’s home in Bradford. He was a retired farmer and logger. He was the former Lafayette Township Trustee, former acting Postmaster in Floyds Knobs for four years, member of St. Mary’s of the Knobs Catholic Church and St. Michael’s Bradford Catholic Church. Survivors include three daughters, Rosalie Schenck of Bradford, Dorothy Allen of Georgetown and Kay Hoehn of New Salisbury; two sons, Cletus Dethy of Greenville and Jim Dethy of Borden; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 9, at St. Mary’s of the Knobs Catholic Church with burial in St. Mary’s of the Knobs Cemetery. Kraft Funeral Service handled the arrangements.

WARREN H. DIETERLEN, 82, Borden, died Friday, December 5. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 9, at Mt. Moriah Church in Otisco. R.D. Pyke Funeral Service handled the arrangements.

DELLA L. LOPP, 78, New Albany, died Saturday, December 6, at Floyd Memorial Hospital. She was a long-time employee of LifeSpan and worked in food service at Riverview Tower for 19 years. Survivors include seven sons, Orlan L. Lopp of Anaheim, Ca., Paul C. Lopp of Floyds Knobs, Roger D. Lopp of Georgetown, Wayne Lopp of West Palm, Florida, Merle Lopp of New Albany, Robert Lopp of Corydon and James D. Lopp of New Albany; three daughters, Patricia Barker of Martinsburg, Faye Lally of Lanesville and Judy Summers of Martinsburg; 23 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 9, at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Georgetown with burial in Edwardsville Cemetery.

CHARLOTTE A. ADOLPH FARRIS, 81, Corydon, died Friday, December 5, at Harrison County Hospital in Corydon. Survivors include two sons, Wayne Sampson of Milltown and James R. Sampson of Depauw; two daughters, Charlotte Davis of New Salisbury and Tina C. Wedding of Depauw; a brother, George W. Adolph of New Salisbury; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Monday, December 8, at Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

SHIRLEY PATRICIA POWER, 69, Clarksville, formerly of Georgetown, Texas, died Monday, December 1. She was a native of Dallas, Texas, and a member of the Northside Christian Church in New Albany. Survivors include her husband, Bill Power; three daughters, Pat Parrish of Round Rock, Texas, Kathy Leonard of Raytown, Maryland, and Linda Zukas of Clarksville; two sons, Michael Power of Clarksville and Tom Power of Colorado Springs, Colorado; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 10, at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church in the Fireside Room in New Albany. Cook-Walden/Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas, handled the arrangements.

DENNY FRANKLIN DARNALL, 77, Charlestown, died Monday, December 1, at his home. He was a native of Cadiz, Kentucky, a retired employee of the old Naval Ordnance and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II where he received the Purple Heart. He was a member of First Baptist Church, National Rifle Association, 1st Marine Division, Disabled American Veterans, American Bowling Congress, Falls Masonic Lodge #749, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, VFW Post #3281, American Legion Post #0028 and the Purple Heart Club #720. Survivors include a son, Neil Darnall of Charlestown; two daughters, Faye Ward and Anita Darnall, both of Charlestown; two sisters, Lillie Carpenter of Missouri and Mary Edna Autry of Louisville; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 4, at Grayson Funeral Home with burial in Charlestown Cemetery.

JACKY ARNOLD CAUDILL, 73, Hanover, died Tuesday, December 2, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. He was a native of Benham, Kentucky, a retired employee of Grote Manufacturing and worked at Baird’s Manufactured Homes in Madison. He was a member and past master of the New Washington Masonic Lodge #167 and a member of Trinity United Presbyterian Church in New Washington. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Grills Caudill; a son, Scott Caudill of Hanover; a daughter, Robin Vandevender of Jeffersonville; two brothers, Fred Caudill of Columbus and James Caudill of Nabb; two sisters, Jerry Hogan of Nabb and Sherry Snead of Jeffersonville; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Private funeral services were held. Grayson Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy should go to the Trinity United Presbyterian Church.

RITA C. (LOSSON) SARLES, 82, New Albany, died Wednesday, December 3. She was a native of Floyd County, a graduate of New Albany High School and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Altar Society. Survivors include her husband, James H. Sarles; a son, James F. Sarles of New Albany; a sister, Jane Leist of New Albany; and niece and caregiver, Carol Wisdom of Sellersburg. Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, December 6, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of New Albany with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Generations Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy should go to St. Mary’s Catholic Church of New Albany.

BRENDA KAY TAYLOR, 55, Sellersburg, died Tuesday, December 2. Funeral services were held on Friday, December 5, at Scott Funeral Home North Chapel in Jeffersonville.

DOROTHY LORENE HOBSON, 82, Nabb, died Thursday, December 4. She was a native of Washington County and was a retired sewing machine operator for I.C.I. She was a member of the Marysville Christian Church, Blazing Bright Chapter #597 of the Eastern Star and the Ida Rebekah Lodge #333 in Austin and the Clark County Homemakers Club. Survivors include two sons, Ted Hobson of Nabb and John Hobson of Marysville; three daughters, Sandra Moreland of Charlestown, Nancy Royer of Clarksville and Margaret Duncan of New Albany; a sister, Margie Schuler of Sellersburg; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Monday, December 8, at Grayson Funeral Home with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy should go to VistaCare Foundation.

JOSEPH D. BLINCOE, 84, Sellersburg, died Wednesday, December 3, at Sellersburg Health and Rehab Center. A native of Bardstown, Kentucky, he retired from Public Service Indiana after 25 years as a mechanic and attended St. Paul Catholic Church. He was a member of American Legion Post #204, Sellersburg, the Moose Lodge and Clark County Democrat Club and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Survivors include two daughters, JoAnn Tribbey and Janet Nichols, both of Sellersburg; a brother, Richard Blincoe of Sellersburg; a sister, Ann Barnett of Ohio; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 6, at Garr Funeral Home with burial in Sellersburg Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy should go to the American Heart Association.

MARIETTA "MIDGE" RANKIN, 57, Sellersburg, died Wednesday, December 3. Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 6, at Garr Funeral Home with burial in Sellersburg Cemetery.

JEAN HOLLAND MISSI, 53, Underwood, died Thursday, December 4, at her home. She was a native of Louisville. Survivors include her husband, George Missi; two sons, Scott Missi of Austin and Steven Missi of Scottsburg; a sister, Ann Stugkenborg of Louisville; three grandchildren; and two special friends, Rosie Phillips and Joan Maupin, both of Louisville. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, December 9, at Grayson Funeral Home in Charlestown. Expressions of sympathy should go to any Hospice.

REV. ROBERT L. JONES SR., 70, Charlestown, died Friday, December 5, at his home. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 9, at Christ Gospel Church in Jeffersonville. Scott Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

DOROTHY M. HALL, 68, Marysville, died Thursday, December 4, at Clark Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Clark County and a former secretary for Hall’s Excavating Co. Survivors include her husband, Richard Donnie Hall; a son, James Mike Hall of Marysville; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Sunday, December 7, at Grayson Funeral Home in New Washington with burial in Charlestown Cemetery.

WARREN LEE "WHITEY" GILTNER, 83, Charlestown, died Thursday, December 4, in Dania Beach, Florida. He was a native of Charlestown, a retired U.S. Navy veteran who served in World War II and retired from Eastern Airlines in Miami, Florida. Survivors include his wife, the former Elsie Alstott; a daughter, Becky McClung of Dania Beach, Florida; a son, Doug Giltner of Orlando, Florida; three sisters, Della Mae Landers and Virginia Waiz, both of Sellersburg, and Louise Whitehouse of Charlestown; a sister-in-law, Fern Giltner of Charlestown; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 10, at 11 a.m. at Grayson’s Funeral Home with burial in Charlestown Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy should go to Make a Wish Foundation.

PATRICIA ANN ROBERTS, 63, New Washington, died Friday, December 5. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 9, at Grayson’s Funeral Home with burial in Turner Cemetery.

RUTH M. LYON, 84, Charlestown, died Sunday, December 7, at the Medical Center of Southern Indiana. She was a native of Cartago, Costa Rico, and was a retired secretary of Reynolds Aluminum. She was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church in Charlestown and the St. Albans Episcopal Church in Fern Creek, Kentucky. Survivors include her husband, Claud E. Lyon; two daughters, Marjorie Meredith of Charlestown and Marlene Lyon of Louisville; a brother, Robert Wood of Lafayette, La.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 10, at 11 a.m. at Grayson Funeral Home in Charlestown. Expressions of sympathy should go to the Community Presbyterian Church.

MONA S. BRISCOE, 87, New Albany, died Saturday, December 6, at Harrison County Health & Rehab Center. She was a native of Depauw, a retired employee of Colgate-Palmolive, a member of Silver Street Church of Christ and a member of the New Albany Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include two sons, John Mark Briscoe of Charlestown and Michael A. Briscoe of New Albany; two daughters, Sonna Lu Belles and Janet Jackson, both of New Albany; 12 grandchildren, including Robin Steele who cared for her; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 9, at Grayson’s Funeral Home in Charlestown with burial in Milltown Cemetery.

PATRICIA M. SLATON, 66, Salem, died Wednesday, December 3, at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. Survivors include two sons, John A. and Mark S. Slaton, both of Salem; three daughters, Vicki D. Lane of Salem, Kelly Long of Louisville and Dawn Snyder of Evansville; four brothers; three sisters; and ten grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 6, at Weathers Funeral Home.

DORIS McMILLIN SHEEHAN, 79, Clarksville, died Thursday, December 4, at Norton Hospital in Louisville. She was a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Survivors include her husband, William L. “Curly” Sheehan; two daughters, Mary Kathleen and Patricia Louise Sheehan; a sister, Ruth Farmer; a brother, William E. McMillin of Taylorsville, Kentucky; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Monday, December 8, at Ratterman & Sons in Louisville with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park in Louisville. Expressions of sympathy should go to the donor’s favorite charity.

HELEN MILLER, 72, Austin, died on Tuesday, December 2, at Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg. She was born in Perry County, Ky., and was a retired real estate agent. Survivors include three daughters, Charlotte Johnson of Austin, Linda Coomer of Scottsburg and Patricia Dodge of Homerglen, Il.; a sister, Thelma Handley of Columbus; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. The funeral was conducted on Friday, December 5, at the Buchanan Funeral Home in Austin. The Rev. Harold White officiated. Burial was in White and Roberts Cemetery near Austin.

ARLIE THOMAS "BOB" ROSE, 82, Crothersville died on Tuesday, December 2, at Covered Bridge Health Campus in Seymour, where he had been residing. Born in Jennings County, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and retired in 1984 from Cummins Engine Company. He had also worked at the old U.S. Shoe Company in Crothersville. He attended the Crothersville Church of the Nazarene and was a member of Crothersville Senior Citizens and the Cummins Retired Employees and Kin Club. Survivors include his widow, the former Mary Katherine Moore; a son, Roger M. Rose of Paris Crossing; a daughter, Rhonda Kay Booth of Logansport; a sister, Mary L. Cart of Paris Crossing; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. The funeral was conducted on Friday, December 5, at the Crothersville Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Jim Kelley officiated. Burial was in Crothersville Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be arranged through the staff of the Adams Funeral Home in Crothersville to benefit the cemetery association or the church.

THE REV. JEFFREY LEE McNICHOLAS, 32, North Vernon, died on Monday, December 1, at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove. He was born in Columbus and was a 1992 graduate of Boyce Bible College in Louisville, Ky., and a 1998 graduate of Greensburg Bible College. He had served as a clergyman for 13 years, most recently at New Harmony Baptist church near Austin, where he had pastored for two years. He had also pastored at Liberty Center Baptist Church and Mud Pike Baptist Church. He was employed at Village Engineering in Seymour and had previously worked at Finney’s Impressions, North Vernon Tool and Machine and Montrow Tool, all in North Vernon, Sardinia Tool and machine and Batesville Tool and Die. Memberships included New Harmony Baptist. He had served as an assistant leader for Boys Scouts of America, Troop 536, in Jennings County and as a coach for Enter His Courts in North Vernon. Survivors include his widow, the former Fay Ann Davies; three sons, Micheal Jeffrey McNicholas, William Ervin “Billy” McNicholas and Jeremiah Lee McNicholas, all at home; his parents, Ervin and Deanna Sue McNicholas of North Vernon; a brother, Greg McNicholas of North Vernon; and a sister, Pam Lovegrove of North Vernon. The funeral was conducted on Thursday, December 4, at First Baptist Church in North Vernon. The Rev. Bob Weeks and the Rev. Dan Barringer officiated. Burial was in Vernon Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be arranged through the staff of Dove-Sharp and Rudicel Funeral Home in North Vernon to benefit the McNicholas Children’s Trust Fund or Gideons International.

NETTIE LUCILLE CRISS, 67, Deputy, died on Sunday, November 30, at Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg. A homemaker, she was born in Muncie. Survivors include her husband, Charles Criss Sr.; a son, Jesse James Criss of Muncie; a daughter, Sheila Diane McLaren of Pittsburgh, Tx.; three stepsons, Charles E. Criss Jr. of Linton, Jackie Lee Criss of Bloomfield and Troy Shane Criss of Worthington; two brothers, Robert Everroad of Anderson and Edward Everroad of Muncie; four half-brothers, Alonzo Neely of Madison, Richard Neely of Deputy and Paul H. Neely and Harold E. Neely, both of Muncie; two half-sisters, Thelma Neely of Oklahoma and Roberta P. Neely of Kentucky; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. The funeral was conducted on Wednesday, December 3, at the Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg. Bob Buchring officiated. Burial was in Scottsburg Cemetery.

CHARLES C. FOX SR., 73, Scottsburg, died at his home on Friday, November 28. He was originally from Lee County, Ky., and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a former employee of J.C.I. in Charlestown. Memberships included Grace Covenant Church of God in Austin, English Lodge 622, F&AM, in Lexington and Scott County Moose Lodge and Family Center 2324 in Scottsburg. Survivors include his widow, Lucille; a son, Charles C. Fox Jr. of Austin; three daughters, Charlene Rutherford of Indianapolis and Vickie Morrison and Jo Ann Waldon, both of Scottsburg; a brother, Rboert Fox of Austin; ten grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A Masonic memorial service was conducted on Sunday evening, November 30, at the Buchanan Funeral Home in Austin. The funeral was conducted at the funeral home on Monday, December 1. The Rev. Steve Gwaltney and the Rev. David E. Simpson officiated. Burial was in Scottsburg Cemetery following military graveside rites performed by members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1083 of Crothersville.

DOROTHY MAE BOWLING, 80, Scottsburg, died on Friday, November 28, at Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington. A resident of Scott County since 1941, she was born in Manchester, Ky. She was a member of Kimberlin Creek Baptist Church and was a retired employee of the old Indiana Army Ammunition Plant in Charlestown. Survivors include a son, Dr. Larry C. Bowling of Bloomington; two daughters, Loretta M. Ricahrds of Sellersburg and Kathy J. Allen of Scottsburg; a brother, James Hayre of Manchester; three sisters, Edna Cox of Scottsburg and Martha Rose Smith and Lucy Farrell, both of Manchester; eight children; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral was conducted on Sunday, November 30, at the Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg. The Rev. Steve Baker officiated. Burial was in Scottsburg Cemetery.

CLOIA A. KESSLER, 84, Paris Crossing, died on Wednesday, November 26, in Edmonton, Ky. She was born in Metcalfe County, Ky., and lived most of her life in the Paris Crossing area. She was a member of Cana United Methodist Church. Survivors include three sons, Danny Kessler and Ralph Kessler, both of Paris Crossing, and Randall Kessler of Scottsburg; two daughters, Dianne Derringer of Commiskey and Della Mae Cassady of Bloomington; two brothers, Henry Clay Faulkner of Metcalfe County, Ky., and Clyde Faulkner of Edmonton; two sisters, Grace Matney of Florida and Laverne Buzzee of Edmonton; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. The funeral was conducted on Sunday, November 30, at the Adams Funeral Home in Crothersville. The Rev. Damon Marling officiated. Burial was in Cana Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be arranged through the staff of the funeral home to benefit the United Christian Church in Paris Crossing.

DR. JESSE HARMON, 97, of Lakeland, Fl., died on Thursday, November 6. Born in Lexington, he was a 1928 Hanover College graduate and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1933 from the University of Illinois. An honorary doctorate was presented to him by Hanover College in 1952. He was a retired chemist with the DuPont Company, working over 38 years in the firm’s research department and generating over 30 U.S. patents for DuPont. Memberships included the Lower Brandywine Church in Wilmington, De., and the American Chemical Society. Survivors include a son, David Harmon of Pooler, Ga.; five daughters, Marcia Aston of Wilkes Barre, Pa., Cynthia Ramer of Arvada, Co., Margaret Baldridge of Baltimore, Md., Priscilla Putnam of Newark, De., and Mary Elizabeth Harmon of Santa Rosa, Ca.; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two nephews, John Gray and Donald Harmon, both of Lexington. A memorial service will be conducted in Wilmington, De., by the family at a later date. Arrangements were made by the National Cremation Society of Winter Park, Fl.


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