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January 17, 2018

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Jack Messer

John T. "Jack" Messer, 64, of Rising Sun, passed away at 11:00 p.m. on Friday, December 29th, 2017 at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Jack was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 22nd, 1953, the son of the late Ruth Ellen (Bartling) and Theodore Messer. He was a graduate of Colerain High School, Class of 1971.

Jack married Bobby (Kaiser) Messer on July 26th, 1974. Jack and Bobby were married over 43 years until his passing.

Jack worked in maintenance at General Electric in Cincinnati, Ohio, for over 35 years, retiring in 2013. He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Bear Branch, Indiana. Jack enjoyed horseback riding and working in his shop.

In addition to his wife, Bobby, Jack is survived by a daughter, Mary Cumberworth and her husband Joseph, of Rising Sun; by a son, John Messer, Jr., of Scottsburg, Indiana; by grandchildren: Addison, Weston and Wyatt; and by a sister, Judy Henschen, of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Bear Branch, with Pastor Pamela Thiede officiating. Visitation was held on Tuesday prior to the beginning of the funeral service at St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Burial was at St. Peter's Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun, is serving the family at this difficult time.





Ronald Augenstein

Ronald Harvey Augenstein, age 74, of Bennington, passed away with his loving family by his side at 7:51 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017, at his residence.

Ronald entered this life on January 22nd, 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of the late Edwin and Florence (Kistner) Augenstein-Shaw. He was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was a 1961 graduate of the Roger Bacon High School.

Ronald was inducted into the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War, and was honorably discharged. He was employed in construction for Bieschel in Cincinnati, Ohio for 22 years and for Zeizer in Cincinnati, Ohio, retiring after a few years of service due to his health.

Ronald was a former member of the Lawrenceburg American Legion Post #239. He resided in the Greendale community until 2007 when he moved to the Switzerland County community, where he resided until his passing. Ronald enjoyed fishing and working.

Ronald will be deeply missed by his wife of 21 years: Shirley Jean (Smith) Augenstein of Bennington; his daughter, Lisa Peters and her husband Ricky of Glencoe, Kentucky; his son, Brad Augenstein and his wife Michelle of New Castle, Indiana; his step-daughter, Shawn Redding and her husband John of Cross Plains, Indiana; his step-son, Greg Slaughter and his wife Amber of Aurora, Indiana; and his numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his brothers: Rick Augenstein and his wife Phyllis of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Junie Augenstein of Cincinnati, Ohio; his half-brother, Ralph Shaw and his wife Kathy of Cincinnati, Ohio; his half-sisters: Laverne Piller and her husband Greg of Cincinnati, Ohio and Elaine Shaw of Kentucky; and his several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Edwin and Florence (Kistner) Augenstein-Shaw.

Full military rites were conducted on Saturday, December 30th, 2017, by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Friends were invited to call on Saturday, December 30th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson's Foundation or Lewy Body Dementia Association. Cards are available at the funeral home.





Christina Hoff

Christina A. Kappes Hoff of Osgood, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, December 31st, 2017 at UC Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was born on January 15th, 1961 in Greensburg, Indiana, to the late Raymond B. and Ethel Freel Kappes. She was married to Alvin Hoff on July 27th, 1985 at St. John's Catholic Church in Osgood. They began their lives together in Sunman and to this marriage they were blessed with two children.

Christina graduated from Jac-Cen-Del High School in 1979. She was a multi-sport athlete winning numerous awards especially in basketball. She was a 2013 inductee into the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame.

After graduating she began working at the U.S. Shoe Company in Osgood. Shortly thereafter, she was married and began working for Hill-Rom of Batesville.

She was a dedicated wife and supportive mother who was always there to help with any projects or needs. Christina was known for her beautiful flowers that she planted everywhere. Also, she was extremely crafty in making things and beautifully decorating her house for each season. Family and friends always knew where they stood with her if they were to get out of line! She will be so missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Alvin Hoff of Sunman; her son, Dustin Michael Hoff (fiancé Kristi Welland); and her daughter, Brittany Nicole Hoff of Guilford. She is also survived by three brothers; Norman (Connie) Kappes of Osgood; Frank (Debbie) Kappes of Fairview; and John (Teresa) Kappes of Versailles. Seven sisters also survive: Edna Yagami of Richmond, Kentucky, Carolyn (Wesley) Bradley of Osgood, Velma (Jerry) Armstrong of Rising Sun, Martha (Jeff) Peaslee of Versailles, Rosemary (Rick) Hooten of Osgood, Regina (Doug) West of Versailles and Debra Schmidt of Osgood. Sister-in-law's Judy Kappes of Bennington and Kathy Kappes of Aurora along with many nieces and nephews also survive.

Visitation will be held on Thursday evening, January 4th, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. at Neal's Funeral Home in Osgood, Indiana. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 5th, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church in Osgood. Burial will be at the church cemetery in Osgood. Memorials may go to the donor's choice.





Marjorie Michaelis

Marjorie Ann "Marge" Michaelis, 76, of Patriot, passed away at 2:14 a.m. on Thursday, December 28th, 2017 at Christ Hospital, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Marge was born in Ely, Nevada on October 9th, 1941, the daughter of the late Bertha Ann (Echols) and Loren Fullmer. She grew up in California and graduated high school in Livingston, California and obtained her nursing degree in Merced, California.

Marge worked several years at Covenant Village in Turlock, California. She later worked at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana; and The Waters of Rising Sun.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, attending in Aurora, Indiana. Marge liked going to the Senior Centers in Vevay and Rising Sun. Marge also enjoyed crafts, gardening and anything involving time spent with her grandchildren.

Marge is survived by a daughter, Melissa Powers and husband Paul of Patriot; by sons Perry Michaelis of Loveland, Ohio and Paul Michaelis and wife Julie of Turlock, California; and by grandchildren: Alex Powers, Sydney Powers and Sean Michaelis. Marge is also survived by a sister Linda Haley of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and by her former husband and close friend, Phillip Michaelis of Henderson Nevada.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by brothers, Ray Echols, Devon Fullmer and Loren Lynn Fullmer.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 3rd at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Aurora, Indiana, with Bishop Eric Barnett officiating. Visitation was held on Tuesday, January 2nd, at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, and also on Wednesday, January 3rd, at the church prior to the beginning of the service.

Memorial donations may be made to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Cards are available at the funeral home.





Kenneth May

Kenneth D. "Kenny" May, age 92, of Vevay, passed away at 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017, at his residence.

Kenny entered this life on September 10th, 1925 in Pleasureville, Kentucky, the son of the late, Thomas Benton, Sr. and Mabel (Welch) May. He was raised in Switzerland County, where he attended school.

Kenny was inducted into the United States Army on October 2nd, 1944, in Louisville, Kentucky, serving during World War II. He earned the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal Japan. Kenny was honorably discharged with the rank of Technician 5th Class on November 17th, 1946, in Fort Sheridan, Illinois.

Kenny was employed for the Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison for 20 years; and as a truck driver for Fisher & Arnold in Falmouth, Kentucky, for seven years. He was a member of the Switzerland County Antique Tractors Club and a former member of the Vevay VFW Post #5396. Kenny resided in the Switzerland County community most of his life. Kenny enjoyed farming, John Deere Tractors and keeping a meticulous home and lawn.

Kenny is survived by his sons, Larry May and his wife, Judy of Madison and Reno May and his wife, Kathy of Pleasant; his daughter, Janice Smith and her husband, Ronald of Madison; his grandchildren: Shasta Hunter, Shane May, Matthew May, Clint May, Chancey Tyler May, Justin Smith, Jason Smith, Joshua Smith and Mark May; his great-grandchildren: Luke, Kyndel, Waylon, Braylen, Hayden, Jayden, Mason, Issy, Kayla, Gabriella, Chancey Joseph, Zachary, Allena, Ethan, Jerzie, Lane, Camden and Addilyn; his 11 step-great-grandchildren; his 2 great-great-grandchildren; his brother, Carlos May and his wife, Charlotte of Dupont, Indiana; his sisters, Mary Jane Fuller of Versailles, Indiana and Thelma Eve of Lexington, Kentucky; and his several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Benton May, Sr., who died on April 23rd, 1978 and Mabel (Welch) May, who died on April 2nd, 1986; by his wife of 65 years, Evalee B. (Martin) May, who died on October 7th, 2013; his son, Roger Allen "Rog" May, who died on May 16th, 2004; by his infant-twin-brother, Henry May; by his brothers, Leslie Elston "Jethro" May, who died on May 1st, 2004; James Thurston May, Sr., who died on April 2nd, 2008; Bennie Carroll May, who died on June 6th, 2009; and Thomas Benton "Tommy" May, Jr., who died on October 31st, 2015.

He is also preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Willhoite, who died on May 29th, 2008; his nephew, Clayton Gregory "Greg" Bear, who died on January 20th, 2010; and infant nephew and his nieces, Rebecca Charlotte "Becky" Gregory, who died on September 2nd, 2008 and Kerrie G. Kuntz-Mendoza, who died on October 11th, 2017.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, December 29th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 29th, at 1 p.m., by Reverend Ron Lee, at the funeral home.

Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 at the Vevay Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Keeping Pace Cancer Fund, c/o the Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc. Cards are available at the funeral home.





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