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Obituaries 4-17-14

Roland Lichlyter

Roland Glen Lichlyter, 65, of Madison, passed away at 12 noon Monday, April 7th, 2014, in Madison.

He was born March 10th, 1949, at his home in downtown Madison, the loving son of the late Nathan Leonard and Betty L. Henry Lichlyter. He was raised in Hanover and was a 1967 graduate of Southwestern High School. He was a proud graduate of the first graduating class of the Versailles Vocational School. He had previously worked with Rexnord/Chainbelt, Tower Manufacturing and Gabhardt Construction. He was an owner with his family in Lichlyter Building Supply Company in downtown Madison on Second Street until the business closed. Roland enjoyed gardening, Cincinnati Reds baseball, collecting frogs and cuckoo clocks. He also found enjoyment in C.B. radios and his handle was "King of Hearts." Roland held membership in the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department, No. One Fire Department in downtown Madison, Clifty Swingers Square Dancers and the Hanover United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his two brothers, Timothy G. Lichlyter and wife Ginny of Madison, Michael G. Lichlyter and wife Janet of Hanover; his aunts and uncles, Sue Ellen Voris of Madison, Betty Jean Lichlyter of Milton, Kentucky, Mary Frances and Dale Field of Greenwood, Indiana, Patty and Lynn King of Greenwood, Brenda Henry Cable of Madison; his nephews, Joshua M. Lichlyter and wife Beth; Andrew D. Lichlyter and wife Jennifer, Kevin Lichlyter, Kevin Jester and companion Ashlee; his great-nephews and great-nieces, Tyler Smith, Nate Lichlyter , Dawson Lichlyter, Mason Lichlyter and Beilaa Jester; sevral nieces, cousins and other relatives.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Nathan C. and Irene Richter Lichlyter, Dawson Albert and Luella Smith Henry; and his uncles, Roger Henry, Bill Henry, Floyd and Lloyd Lichlyter.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 13th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, with Reverend Bob Cannon and Bob Pimlott officiating. Interment was in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Saluda. Memorial contributions may be made to the Roland Lichlyter Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.morgan-nay.com.



Mary Sams

Mary Margaret Whitsitt Chitwood Sams, 83, of Hanover, formerly of Kent, passed away at 4:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, at King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison.

She was born September 16th, 1930, in Kent, the loving daughter of Hiram and Gladys Jean Cooperider Whitsitt. She was raised in Jefferson County near Kent and was a 1948 graduate of Hanover High School.

She was united in marriage on August 9th, 1948, in Kent to Foster Martin "Jack" Chitwood. This happy union of 38 years was blessed with one son, Jack Allen; and three daughters, Sara, Susan and Paula.

She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother. She owned and operated Chitwood Upholstery near Kent for 20 years. Mary enjoyed gardening, fishing, camping and raisiing flowers.

After the death of Jack she was united in marriage on December 10th, 1994, to Leonard Sams. They shared 14 years of marriage until his death on October 6th, 2008.

She was raised in the Kent Christian Church and after she was married she was a member of the Kent United Methodist Church and served in the United Methodist Women's organization.

Survivors include her son, Jack Allen Chitwood and wife Anita of Hanover; her three daughters, Sara Crafton and husband Brian of Hanover, Paula McMannis and husband Dennis of Lexington, Indiana, and Susan Hoagland and husband Larry of Hanover; her two sisters, Joann Cope of Traverse City, Michigan, Emma Lou Mallet of Arnold, Missouri; her grandchildren, Tim (Michelle), Tanya (Greg), Heather, Jeremy, Amanda (Roger), Brett (Courtney), Brady, Brynen, Katryina and Hope; her great-grandchildren, Makayla, Makenzie, Chase, Destiny, Aaron, Tyler, Kahlan, Ethan, Caleb, Ashleigh, Corbin, Caden, Alyssa, Jordan, Hannah, Logan, Dillion, Hailey and Joshua; her great-great-grandson, Isaiah; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hiram Whitsitt in 1983 and Gladys Jean Cooperider Whitsitt in 1982; her first husband of 38 years, Foster Martin "Jack" Chitwood on August 6th, 1986; her second husband of 14 years, Leonard Sams on Ocober 6th, 1998; her brothers, Donald and James William Whitsitt; her sister, Dorothy Cutshall; her granddaughter, Tamara Dean Shepherd Rosenbaum on July 29th, 1996; her grandson, David Martin "Marty" White on November 26th, 2011; her great-grandson, Stephen Keith Rosenbaum, II on July 29th, 1996.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 13th, at the Kent United Methodist Church, with Reverend Chad Chamness officiating. Interment was in the Kent Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kent United Methodist Church. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.morgan-nay.com.



Harry Althoff

Harry Wayne Althoff, age 81, of Bear Branch, passed away at 3:57 p.m. Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, at Baptist East Health Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born November 23rd, 1932, in Fairview, the loving son of the late, Dallas Ward and Rachel Minnie (Rimstidt) Althoff. He was raised in Fairview, and was a 1950 graduate of Vevay High School.

Harry was united in marriage on December 13th, 1952, in Vevay, to the late, Wilma M. Oatman and unto this union a son, Alan Wayne, arrived to bless their home. Harry and Wilma shared nearly 34 years of marriage together until her death on September 23rd, 1986.

Harry was later united in marriage on March 20th, 1987, at the Olive Branch Baptist Church in Bear Branch, to Ethel M. (Lewis) Curry. Harry and Ethel shared 27 loving years of marriage together until his death.

In 1954, Harry began a partnership with his father-in-law, Everett Oatman in the Althoff & Oatman Feed Mill in Bear Branch. Later, he co-owned and co-operated A & W Milling, Inc., in Bear Branch, with Howard G. Wiesmann, for 44 years. He co-owned and co-operated the Bear Branch General Store with Everett Oatman and later with Howard G. Wiesmann, from 1952-1964. On August 3rd, 1968, Harry began serving on the board of directors for Southeastern Indiana REMC in Osgood, where he became secretary on August 13th, 1977, through April 1st, 1995, and became president on April 1st, 1995, until the present. On February 19th, 1990, until the present, he served on the board of directors of Hoosier Energy in Bloomington. He was formerly a Republican Precinct Committeeman for Pike Township in Ohio County, for several years. He was a current deacon for the Olive Branch Baptist Church in Bear Branch, where he served faithfully for many years. He was a charter member of the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department, from 1969 to the present, where he was the current fire chief. He was a former reserve deputy for Ohio County Sheriff's Department, from 1970-1982. Harry served on the building committee for Ohio County Elementary Middle School in Rising Sun. He was a member of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Farmers Mutual Aid Society, for 20 years. Harry resided in the Bear Branch community, since 1952. Harry will be remembered for his love of keeping a meticulous garden and for his love of being a beekeeper. Harry enjoyed farming all of his life in his spare time and raising cattle. Harry will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him in the communities that he served.

Harry will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 27 years: Ethel M. (Lewis) Althoff of Bear Branch; his son: Alan Wayne Althoff and his wife: Connie of Bear Branch; his stepsons: Rick Curry and his wife: Kim of Moorefield and Bobby Dale Curry of Roseburg, Oregon; his stepdaughter: Mary Jane "Janie" Konkle and her husband: Steven of Vevay; his grandchildren: Tiffany Taylor and her husband: Mitch of Rising Sun, Evan Althoff of Bear Branch, Torrey Curry and his wife: Carrie of Fort Wayne, Tiffany Young and her husband: Brad of Pleasant, Tessia Andrews and her husband: Chris of Moorefield, Alisha Konkle of Lebanon, Indiana, Jayde Curry of Roseburg, Oregon, Kayla Konkle of Scottsburg, Morgan Curry of Portland, Oregon and Kyle Konkle of Vevay; his great-grandchildren: Jaymason, Aliya, Jade, Michael, Matthew, Avery, Owen, Aaron abd Kyla; his sister: Barbara Dowdy of Vevay; his brother: Carl Althoff and his wife: Sandy of Fairview; his several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his loving parents: Dallas Ward Althoff, died October 28th, 1995 and Rachel Minnie (Rimstidt) Althoff, died March 18th, 2010; his first wife: Wilma M. (Oatman) Althoff, died September 23rd, 1986; his brother: Charles Laddie Althoff, died May 26th, 2006; his brothers-in-law: William "Bill" Dowdy, died December 6th, 2006, Howard G. Wiesmann, died January 17th, 2010 and Bob Brown; his sisters-in-law: Donna Althoff, died April 5th, 2007, Velma L. Wiesmann, died August 6th, 2010 and Pearl Brown.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 12th, by Pastor Patrick Lanman, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Interment followed in the Olive Branch Cemetery in Bear Branch.

A firemen's service was conducted by the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department on Friday, April 11th, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Olive Branch Cemetery, Olive Branch Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department Endowment Fund % Community Foundation of Ohio County.



Charles Dobkins

Charles Elmer Dobkins, age 72, of Cincinnati, Ohio formerly of Burnside, Kentucky, passed away on Friday, April 11th. He was born on October 1st, 1941, to the late Elmer Wesley and Dolly Marie. (Love) Dobkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Wesley Dobkins and Dolly Marie (Love) Dobkins; and his son, Charles Paul Dobkins.

Charles is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Debra Ann Dobkins; children, Michelle Dobkins, Brian Dobkins, Belinda (Jerry) Borne, Thomas Stephenson, and Michelle Howard. Charles will be loved and cherished by a host of other relatives and friends, including his granddaughters, Katlynn Stephenson and Sarah Stephenson of Vevay.

He was employed as grounds maintenance personnel for Hamilton County Parks at Winton Woods for years. Charles was an active member of Central Church of Christ in Cheviot up until his illness. A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 15th, at the church.



David Lock

David Robert Lock, 47, of Madison, passed away at 8:27 p.m. Thursday, April 10th, 2014,. at King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison.

He was born May 1st, 1966, in Madison, the son of Robert D. and Frances Arcella Schwab Lock. He was raised in Madison and was a 1984 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. He received his master's degree in business administration from Cambridge Institute.

He was inducted into the U.S. Navy in 1984 and rose to the rank of Second Class Chief Petty Officer during the Gulf War. He was honorabluy discharged in 1990 and began a career with the U.S. Postal Service. He had served as the acting postmaster and supervisor at the Indianapolis U.S. Post Office until he became disabled. He also had worked as a veterans representative in Columbus, Indiana, for five years.

He was united in marriage on November 30th, 1991, to Lori Louise Tracy in San Diego, California.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Lori Louise Tracy Lock of Madison; his five sons, John Travis Piatt of Shelbyville, Indiana, Justin Piatt of San Diego, Califoria, Lawrence Lock and fiance´e Julie Yount of Madison, Nicholas Lock of Columbus, Dametri Lock of Madiosn; his granddaughter, Lily Lock of Pueblo, Colorado; his twin brother, Dan Lock and wife Jeannie of Hanover; his brother, Michael Lock of Madison; his sister, Deborah Jones and husband Greg of Madison; his uncle and aunts, Joseph and Rita Schwab of Dupont, Shirley Lock of Madison, and Betty Lock of Vevay; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert D. Lock on October 1st, 2001; his mohter, Frances Arcella Schwab Lock on April 7th, 2012; his brother, Anthony Wayne Lock; his grandparents, John and Emma Schwab and Lee and Leanna Lock.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 15th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, with Brothers Bob Hicks and Robby King officiating. Interment was in Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. A final salute was conducted Tuesday at the funeral home by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Full military honors were conducted at the cemetery chapel by the U.S. Great Lakes Naval Ceremonial Unit and Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the David Robert Lock Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.morgan-nay.com.



Ava Vestile

Ava N. Williams Vestile, age 89, of Madison, passed away at 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born November 24th, 1924, in Soper, Oklahoma, the loving daughter of William G. and Sarah Parker Williams. She was a graduate of high school in Oklahoma and moved to Indiana at the age of 17 to be with her sister.

She was united in marriage on November 3rd, 1945, to James Levi Vestile. This happy union of 67 year was blessed with two daughters, Lila Gayle and Sheila; and a son, Kerry.

James farmed near Canaan for many years and Ava took care of the home and prepared delicious meals for the farm hands and her family. She was a member of the Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church near Canaan and after they retird to Madison, she attended the North Madison Baptist Church. Ava enjoyed membership and fellowship in the Order of Eastern Star, Hanover Chapter No. 525. She enjoyed cooking, watching basketball and being with her family.

Ava will be missed by her loving daughters, Lila Gale Crandell and husband James Kenneth of Dade City, Florida and Sheila G. Ragland of New Albany; her loving son, Kerry L. Vestile and wife Tisha of Avon, Indiana; her brother, Jack Williams of Huntsville, Alabama; her sister-in-law, Imogene Storm and husband Graham of Fraser, Colorado; her grandchildren, Jason Crandell (Mindy), Zach Crandell (Cortni), Alex Ragland, Abigail Carter (Devin), James Tyler Vestile (fiancée, Jenna Hill); her great-grandchildren, Mallory, Jessa and Brody Crandell and Dane Carter; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William G. and Sarah Parker Williams; her husband of 67 years, James Levi Vestile who died October 16th, 2012; her sisters, Freda and Ina Grace; her brothers, Leonard Williams, William E. Williams and Sunny Boy Williams.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 12th, by Pastor Frank McGee at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment followed in the Springdale Cemetery in downtown Madison.

Hanover Chapter No. 525 Order of Eastern Star conducted services Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church or the North Madison Baptist Church.



Elden Hambrick

Elden Hambrick, 55, of Vevay, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12th, 2014, at East State Road 56, Madison, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born July 20th, 1958, in Madison, the son of the late Hubert Howard and Melvlena (Meadows) Eaves-Hambrick. He was raised in Vevay where he was a 1976 graduate of Switzerland Countyu High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on January 31st, 1977, in Louisville, Kentucky. He received the Expert (Rifle) and Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist on February 26th, 1980, in Fort Ord, California.

He was an installer for the Heitz Sign Company in Madison. He was formerly employed as an electrician for Bertke Electric in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was a contract laborer at North American Stainless Steel in Ghent, Kentucky, for several years. Elden will be remembered for his love of rock collecting, arrow head hunting, and camping at Red River Gorge.

Survivor include his son, Neil Howard Hambrick and wife Carrie of Carrollton, Kentucky; his daughter, Julia Ann Venema and husband Nathan of Mount Juliet, Tennessee; his stepdaughter, Chelsea Gayle of Bloomington; his four grandchildren, Haven, Annabella, Audrey and Journey; his companion, Mary Jane Peters of Vevay; his two brothers, Louis Eaves of Tampa, Florida and David Eaves of Circleville, Ohio; his four sisters, Margie Bell of La Grange, Kentucky, Phyllis Leach of Bedford, Kentucky, Jane Wheeler of La Grange and Linda Davis of Madison.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his two brothers, Douglas Eaves and J.W. Eaves; and his sister, Patsy Marsh.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, April 17th) at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Reverend Mike Jones officiating. Interment will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until service time today (Thursday).

Full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.



Vernon Murray

Vernon Lee "Sox" Murray, 84, of Rising Sun, passed away at 12:57 p.m. Sunday, April 6th, 2014, a Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born in Switzerland County on February 5th, 1930, the son of the late Edward and Nellie (Fry) Murray. He attended Cass Union Grade School and Rising Sun High School. Earlier in life he attended the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ and later became a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ. He was a mechanic for Schenley Distillery in Lawrenceburg, retiring in 1984. Sox was also a member of the Carpenter's Union and had worked in construction. He had worked on many local bridges and the Markland Dam.

On November 14th, 1953, at the Rising Sun Church of Christ he married Bonnie (Workman) Murray, who survives. Sox and Bonnie were married over 60 years.

In addition to his loving wife Bonnie, Vernon is also survived by his daughter, Maria Steele (Robert) of Suwanee, Georgia; his son, Mikel Murray (Belinda) of Risng Sun; his four grandchildren, Daena Spralka (Joe), Kimberly Kuhn (Brian), Micah Murray and Robert "Trey" Steele; his great-grandchildren, Brooke, Hensley, Bryce Combs, Joe Spralka, Nate Spralka, Kacyn Kuhn, Tyson, Schraeder and Erica Schraeder; and by several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; his two sisters, Joy Ames of Jensen Beach, Florida, Kay Burress (Don) of Rising Sun.

Sox is preceded in death by his parents; by his sister, June Siekman; and his brother, Walter Murray.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 10th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Interment will be in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Cass Union Scholarship Fund or charity of the donor's choice. marklandfuneralhome.com.



Dorothy Rowlett

Dorothy Mae "Aunt Dot" (Morris) Rowlett, 90, of Vevay, passed away at 1:48 a.m. Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

Aunt Dot was born October 17th, 1923, near Mount Sterling, the daughter of the late George L. and Della Frances (Ritchie) Morris. She was raised in Bennington where she attended the Saint Mary's Shool.

She was united in marriage on October 17th, 1942, in Madison, to the late John Rowlett. She and John shared nearly 47 years of marriage together until his death on December 11th, 1989. John referred to her lovingly as "Fluffy" and "Lightning."

She was a former clerk for Morris's Five & Dime, G.C. Murphy and Metzger's Menswear, all in Madison. They enjoyed making elderberry wine together. Shortly after obtaining her drivers license Aunt Dot hit the guard rail on Hanging Rock Hill in Madison. After her husband died Aunt Dot bought a car from Mark Dickerson and shortly after that she hit a car in the Walmart parking lot in Madison. Aunt Dot called Mark Dickerson to give the car back to him. After that, she never drove again. She attended the Madison and Vevay senior centers and was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Madison. She was a member of Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay. Aunt Dot will be remembered for her love of playing euchre, canasta, bingo and her love for her cat, "Miss Kitty." Aunt Dot enjoyed spending time with her family every Sunday.

Survivors include her sister, Betty Bovard Griswold and husband Bob of Bennington; her aunt, Myrtle Ritchie of Vevay; her 13 nieces, Carla Bovard Van Norstran and husband Rick of Benningon, Teresa Bovard Lyons and husband Steve of Vevay, Rosemary Bovard of Vevay, Mickalene Smith and husband Tim of Harrison, Ohio, Debbie Lukie and companion David Miller of North Vernon, Dotty Ellingwood and husband George of Rhode Island, Georgia Morris of Madison, Dee Willis of Madison, Caren Taylor of Connersville, Donna Gray of Connersville, Betty Jo Smith of Vevay, Edna Lee Cox of Connersville, and Wilma Hunt of New Castle, Indiana; her seven nephews, Glenn Bovard and wife Kassi of Bennington, Danny Morris and wife Evelyn of North Vernon, Wayne Carlton of East Enterprise, John Morris and wife Patti of Harrison, Indiana, Noel Keith Morris and wife Terrie of Versailles, Joe Dance of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Raymond Floyd Dance of Connersville; several great-nieces, great-nephews; great-great-niece and great-great-nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Naomi Carlton; and her two brothers, Oral D. Morris and George Mace "Junior" Morris, Jr.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 11th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Pastor Bill Madion officiating. Interment was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzrland County Animal Shelter Endowment Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.





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