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Obituaries 12-12-13

Gerald Mueller

Gerald C. Mueller, 88, of Ohio County, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 22nd, 1925, the son of the late Gerald and Matilda (Cook) Mueller. He served in the U.S. Navy as a motor machinist mate 3rd class during World War II. He worked as a millwright at General Electric in Cincinnati. He also worked for Aurora Supply and Johnny Nugent Tractor Supply. He was a member of the Aurora Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

On December 30th, 1948, he married Iona P. (Goff) Mueller, who passed away on January 9th, 2009.

Survivors include his daughter, Regina (Clifford) Shanks of Rising Sun; his two sons, Roger Mueller of Aurora and Ronnie (Regina) Mueller of Bloomington; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Gerald, Jr., and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family under the direction of Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun. Memorial donations may be made to the Aurora Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Esther Kelly

Esther C. Kelly, 73, of Rising Sun, passed away at 6:05 a.m. Saturday, December 7th, 2013, at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was born in Beattyville, Kentucky, December 17th, 1939, the daughter of the late Russel and Eva (Lawson) Couch. She worked as a receptionist at Ohio County Tourism in Rising Sun. She also had worked as a nurse for Marion General Hospital for 21 years and at Brown's Video Store in Rising Sun. She was a member of Rising Sun Nazarene Church. She was a people person and loved her job. She also enjoyed her flowers and working in the yard. She also loved her dogs, Sassy and Buster.

She is survived by her loving companion of 32 years, Paul E. Gibson of Rising Sun; her daughter, Debra Kelly Thomas and husband David of Hazard, Kentucky; her two sons, Jeff Kelly and companion Juanita White of Clarksville, Tennessee and Michael Kelly of Rising Sun; her stepson, Paul E. Gibson, II, of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; her grandchildren, Justin Kyle Kelly, Travis Colter Thomas, Cheyenne Destiny Thomas and Cody Hines; her two sisters, Louise Riehle of Lawrenceburg, Reva Bandy of Florence, Kentucky; and her brother, Ben Couch of Port Charlotte, Florida.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Sedley Couch; her sister, Viola Skurrow; and her grandson, Jason Kelly.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, December 10th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Reverend Chris Robison officiating. Interment was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun Nazarene Church or Ohio County Animal Shelter.

Francis Ferguson

Francis Lorene Nugent Ferguson, 73, of Madison, passed away at 3:50 p.m. Sunday, December 8th, 2013, at King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison.

She was born December 17th, 1939, in Stephensburg, Hardin County, Kentucky, the loving daughter of the late Benjamin Edward and Julia Mae Spinks Nugent. She resided in Jefferson County most of her life and was a 1959 graduate of Madison High School.

She was united in marriage on September 1st, 1962, at the First Baptist Church in downtown Madison to Elmer Alan Ferguson. This happy union of 51 years was blessed with a daughter, Diana, and two sons, Elliott and Warren.

She first went to work with the Conn Organ Company in Madison and worked there until it closed. She had attended Ivy Tech in Madison where she received her degree as a certified medical assistant. She then began a career as a medical assistant with the Madison Clinic, retiring after 20 years of service. She was a faithful member of the Brooksburg Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, collecting Christmas items and special noise makers. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her daughter, Diana Ferguson of Madison; her sons, Elliott Ferguson and wife Tina of Madison and Warren Ferguson and wife Patty of Madison; her grandchildren, Brandi Bivens (Alan), Joseph Ferguson (Sarah), Nathan Ferguson (Ashley); Joshua Ferguson (fiance´e Kayla); her great-grandchilodren, Alexis, Brianna, Trenton, Abby, Colt, Kaytlynn and Chloe; her two sisters, Lilllian Voris and husband Jim of Madison and Patricia Hall of Madison; her two brothers, Billie Nugent of Jeffersonville and Estil Nugent and wife Sue of Charlestown; her four sisters-in-law, Ann Rector and husband Chuck of Dupont, Becky Buchanan of Georgetown, Indiana, Faye Nugent of Delray Beach, Florida and Donna Hall Ferguson of Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Elmer Alan Ferguson on September 22nd, 2013; her infant brother, William Cecil Nugent; her brothers, Ernest Nugent and James Nugent; and her sisters, Virginia Stillwell and Ethel Shelton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 15th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madiosn, with Pastor Mark Lee officiating. Interment will be in Olive Branch Cemetery near Madison.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday, December 14th, from 5-8 p.m. and Sunday, December 15th, from 1 p.m. until service time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Olive Branch Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Gloria Smith

Gloria Reed Smith, 87, of Seymour, formerly of Moorefield, passed away Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, at the Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.

Ronald Hocker

Ronald Jewell "Ron" Hocker, 71, of Vevay, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Monday, December 9th, 2013, at Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.

He was born February 1st, 1942, in Indianapolis, the loving son of the late Edward Welcome and Martha Elizabeth (Allen) Hocker. Ron earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law.

On June 2nd, 1962, Ron wed Marylou Marta in Coral Gables, Florida, and to this union arrived one son and one daughter to bless their home. Ron and Marylou shared nearly 42 years of marriage until her death on January 26th, 2004.

Ron established  Hocker Law Offices in Vevay on October 31st, 1973, and has enjoyed practicing law with his son Matt for the last several years. Ron served as  President and CEO of National Attorney's Title Assurance Fund Inc., and opened Valley Title Services in Vevay in 1974. He was a member of the Indiana Bar Association. Ron was a former member of the Vevay Main Street Program, and was instrumental in establishing the Main Street Flower Pot Program. Ron has served as attorney for the Town of Vevay, Switzerland County School Corporation, Ohio County Council, East Enterprise Sewer District and the Town of Patriot.

Ron and Marylou had resided in Vevay, since October 31st, 1973. Along with collecting coins and stamps, Ron collected real estate with the idea of rehabbing buildings and leaving them better than when he acquired them. His most recent project, the reopening and renovations of the Vevay Swiss Inn, is one he shared with his daughter Stacy. Ron was a Master Gardener and  enjoyed gardening, woodworking, but most of all, working. Ron was a devoted father, grandfather, uncle and dear friend. He will truly be missed in the Switzerland County Community that he so dearly loved. 

Survivors include his son: Matthew Edward Hocker of Vevay; his daughter: Stacy Lynn (Hocker)-Streett & her husband: Tim of Vevay; four grandchildren: Robert Louis Hocker, Charles Matthew Hocker, Gabriel Allan Streett and Mary Elizabeth Streett; his sister: Marilyn (Hocker) Sutton and her husband Joe of Fishers, Indiana; his brother: Richard Hocker and his wife: Dee Ann of Indianapolis; his good friend: Meredith Luhrs of Vevay; six nephews: Bill Mowry, Andy Sutton, Kelly Hocker, Kyle Hocker, John Sutton and Christopher Hunt; five nieces: Beth Mowry, Heather Gibbs, Shelly Sutton, Holly Perkins and Valorie Hunt.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Edward Welcome and Martha Elizabeth (Allen) Hocker; his wife of nearly 42 years: Marylou (Marta) Hocker; and his sister: Barbara Jean (Hocker) Mowry

A Celebration of His Life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 14th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street in Vevay, with Reverend Mike Jones officiating.

Visitation will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 14th, at the funeral home.

A reception will be held immediately following the Celebration of His Life on Saturday, December 14, at the Switzerland County Community Art Center on the corner of Ferry and Main streets.

The family requests memorials in memory of Ron to the Ron & Marylou Hocker Endowment, in care of the Community Foundation of Switzerland County, contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

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