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January 17, 2018

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Maxine Erickson

Maxine Louise (Krachey) Erickson, age 98, of Bear Branch, Indiana, died on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Vevay.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana.





Ramona Mcelfresh

Ramona G. Mcelfresh, age 71, of Vevay, died at 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, January 7th, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.





Kenneth Keith

Kenneth M. Keith, 88, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away at 6:04 p.m. on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Kenneth was born in Ohio County on March 9th, 1929, the son of the late Hazel (Miller) and Ray Keith. He attended Rising Sun High School and graduated from there in 1947 as class valedictorian. Kenneth went on to Ball Sate University, but returned home to help take care of his family and their farm after the death of his father.

Kenneth married Mary (Brady) Keith on June 20th, 1964 at the Hartford United Methodist Church. Kenneth and Mary were married over 53 years until his passing.

He farmed in both Ohio and Dearborn counties. Kenneth was later employed for several years as an Engineer's Assistant for the Indiana State Highway Department (Seymour District), retiring in 1995. He also proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

Kenneth's past time was spent gardening, landscaping and planting trees. He took great pride in the flowers and roses he grew and won ribbons for them at the Aurora Farmers Fair.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Mary Keith, of Aurora; by three daughters: Cindy Thayer (Rodney) of Aurora, Lisa Moorhead (Rob) of Aurora, and Kristy Macke (Kevin), of Batesville, Indiana; by grandchildren: Kendra Thayer, Ryan Thayer, Brad Moorhead, Trent Moorhead, Kelsey Macke, Kollin Macke and Karson Macke.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and by brothers: Miller and Bob Keith.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 11th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Reverend Debby Allen officiating. Visitation was held on Wednesday, January 10th, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery in Aurora.

Memorial donations may be made to the Dearborn County Hospital Foundation, Aurora Life Squad or Dillsboro Life Squad. Cards are available at the funeral home.





Judith Korn

Judith Marlene Brigel Korn, very loving wife of Frederick (Fritz) Korn and devoted mother of Clarence Thomas Naegele, passed away on Wednesday December 20th, 2017.

She was known as 'Gramsey' to her beloved granddaughter Gabriella Victoria Roe.

A resident of Switzerland County since 1996, she was born December 8th, 1946 and raised in Cincinnati graduating from McNicholas High School in 1964.

She married Fritz on March 21st, 1985 and both retired from Procter and Gamble.

A very devoted member of the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church, she was the editor of the church bulletin for many years as well as a rosary leader and RCIA sponsor.

In addition to her loving husband Fritz, son Tommy and granddaughter Gabi, Judy is also survived by the families of step-children Mark Korn of Santa Claus, Indiana; Mike Korn of Cincinnati; Mitch Korn of Kentucky; Monica Korn Dimezo of Kentucky; Martin Korn of Green Township, Ohio; and Matthew Korn of Greendale Indiana.

A memorial mass was held Friday, January 5th, 2018 at the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church and officiated by Father Christopher Craig.

Her body was donated to the University of Cincinnati for research.





Charles Leatherbury

Charles Edwin "Chuck" Leatherbury, age 72, of Madison, Indiana, died on Thursday, January 4th, 2018, at 1:13 p.m. at his residence.

Charles entered this life on March 14th, 1945 in Bennington. He was the son of the late Chester Clay and Mary Catherine Pickett Leatherbury. Chuck graduated from Vevay High School and then enlisted with the United States Navy.

He was inducted on July 31st, 1963 at the Naval Communication Station in Pensacola, Florida and then was stationed at the Naval Communications Station in the Philippines, where he served for three years and eight months. Chuck was honorably discharged rising to the rate of Communications Technician Petty Officer 3rd Division on July 31st, 1969. He earned the Navy Unit Commendation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Chuck worked for several places in food service, including: Joe's Catering Food Truck in Madison; Hinkle's Sandwich Shop as a grill cook; and just retired from Papa John's as a delivery driver.

Charles will be missed by his sons: Dean Leatherbury of Madison; Terry Leatherbury of Louisville, Kentucky; Larry Leatherbury of Louisville, Kentucky; and Charles Leatherbury of Pendleton, Indiana; by his step son, Allan Singleton and his wife, Tammy of Versailles, Indiana; his several grandchildren and great grandchildren; his brothers and sisters: James, Chester, Billy, Jeffrey, Hugh, Sharon and Mary; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Clay Leatherbury; his mother, Mary Catherine Pickett Leatherbury; his wife, Sue Donna Manns Leatherbury, who died on March 5th, 2011; his daughter, Gina Leatherbury Thompson, who died on September 16th, 2015; the mother of his children, Norminia Leatherbury, who died on March 19th, 2014; and his brothers: Donnie, Herschel, and George Leatherbury.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, January 8th, 2018, at 6 p.m., at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment was in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Monday, January 8th, at the funeral home.

Full military honors were conducted by Jefferson Post #9 Honor Guard of the American Legion on Tuesday, January 9th, at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Charles Leatherbury Memorial Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.





James Simmons

James E. "Jimmy" Simmons, age 78, of Vevay, passed away on Friday, January 5th, 2018 at King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison.

Jimmy was born on January 31st, 1939 in Henry County, Kentucky, the son of Robert D. and Lorraine (Duvall) Simmons.

Jimmy worked for many years for U.S. Shoe Corporation until 2002; and retired from Pilot Industries in North Vernon as a machine operator.

On June 2nd, 1960, he was united in marriage to Mary A. Jewell at the Brooksburg Baptist Church.

He was a member of Union Baptist Church in Lamb, where he a former moderator and currently assistant moderator; the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club; the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1969; Jefferson Post #9 American Legion, where he was a former member of the Honor Guard; and the Madison Moose Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, especially in Canada, and traveling with family to the Smokey Mountains. He also played Santa Claus for many years at his church and other events and private homes.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Mary; one brother, Carroll "Tommy" Simmons of Madison; cousins Mary and Bill Jewell of Vevay; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bobby Simmons; one sister, Sharon Bliton; and one nephew.

Reverend Michael Barnes conducted funeral services on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 at the Lytle Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Vail Chapel, 117 Holt Drive, Madison, Indiana; and interment followed in Grandview Memorial Gardens.

Friends and family were invited to call on Tuesday, January 9th and on Wednesday prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Union Baptist Church. Contributions may be made at any of the Lytle Funeral Homes & Cremation Service locations.





Eric Graham

Eric Christopher Graham, 36, of Quercus Grove, passed away at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at his residence.

Eric was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 2nd, 1981, the son of Linda (Duncan) Reber and Bruce Graham. He was a graduate of William Henry Harrison High School, Class of 2000.

Eric formerly worked for Homeland Security. Eric was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ. He was also a member of the NRA and active in the NF Tumor Foundation. Eric was a true outdoors man. He loved to hunt, fish, and see what he could find with his metal detector. Eric was also a kind and gentle soul who loved helping people whenever he could. He was a loving son and brother who will be deeply missed.

Eric is survived by his mother, Linda Reber, of Fort Thomas, Kentucky; by his father, Bruce Graham, of Quercus Grove; by his brother Glenn Graham (Naomi Schuck), of St. Leon, Indiana; by his grandmother, Joyce Helen Duncan, of Covington, Kentucky (formerly of West Harrison, Ohio); by his uncle, Tom Duncan (Terry Forst), of Santa Maria, California; by aunt, Joyce Bruno (Nick), of Salem, New Jersey; by aunt Jennifer Banks (Dean), of Nashville, Tennessee; and by cousins: Jon, Lynn, Tim, Paul, and Abby. He is also survived by his pet dog and companion "Crissy."

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 12th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Brother Greg Matthew officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, January 11th, from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

Memorial Donations may be made to the NF Tumor Foundation or Dearborn County Hospice. Cards are available at the funeral home.





Harold Sims

Harold R. Sims, age 93, of Vevay, passed away at 11:25 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

Harold was the first son of a southern preacher. He was born September 27th, 1924 to Alfred E. Sims and Grace (Firebaugh) Sims during their ministry in Chester, West Virginia. Harold and his brothers, Earl and Ralph and his sister, Margaret grew up in Charlottesville and New Port News, Virginia and Eustis, Florida.

He graduated from Atlanta Christian College and attended Cincinnati Bible Seminary. During World War II, when he registered, he was told to finish his degree and sign up as a Chaplain. The war was concluding when he graduated. He was recruited to go to Japan as a missionary. Although he had other plans, he concluded that if his Eustis High School friends had given their lives in the Pacific theater that he would go for a different reason. Only after his decision did he learn that years before, his father wanted to go to Japan as a missionary and couldn't. He had been praying that one of his children or grandchildren would be a missionary.

In November of 1947, Harold and his bride, Lois Lutton from Pittsburgh, sailed to Japan. They had to take food and supplies for a year with them to the war-torn country. All five children: Hope, Sylvia, Jonathan, Robert and Daniel were born in Japan. They served in the greater Tokyo area until 1997. When they retired the churches in Nakano and Mejirodai had self-supporting ministries.

They moved to Tavares, Florida for retirement and enjoyed their church in Eustis. Lois Sims passed during a trip back to Japan in September of 2001. Harold lived in Florida until May of 2008, when he moved to Mt. Healthy Christian Home in Cincinnati, Ohio. When he needed nursing care, he moved to Swiss Villa on April 1st, 2010 where Sylvia was employed. Harold was known for his smile and will be missed by his loving family and friends.

Harold will be missed by his daughters: Hope Schmidt and her husband Thomas of Kendallville, Indiana and Sylvia Byars and her husband, Ken, of Florence, Indiana; by his sons, Jonathan Sims and his wife Verla of Troy, Ohio; Robert Sims and his wife Helen of Shelbyville, Indiana; and Daniel Sims and his wife Jeannie of Lake Forest, California.

He will also be greatly missed by his 13-grandchildren: Rebecca, Melinda, Heidi, Wendy, Rachel, Josh, Suzanne, Benjamin, Joel, Amanda, Joanna, Lara and Michelle; his 23 great-grandchildren: Jason, Adam, Kendra, Blake, Derek, Ayda, Garrett, Wyatt, Isaiah, Samuel, Levi, Aaron, Abigail, Kassie, Nathan, Lexie, Bella, Jake, Jessie, Luke, Brooklyn, Quinn, Ezra and Frances expected to arrive in May; by his sister, Margaret Cunningham of Pennsylvania; his sisters-in-law: Norma Fowkes of Erwin, Pennsylvania and Willa Sims of Mason, Ohio; his several nieces, nephews and many friends across America and in Japan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred E. and Grace (Firebaugh) Sims; by his wife, Lois (Lutton) Sims, who passed away in September of 2001; and his brothers: Earl and Ralph Sims. 

Friends may call on the family from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, January 14th, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. A Celebration of Harold's life will take place at a later date in the Spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mission of your choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.





Jean Dettenwanger

Jean Katherine Dettenwanger, age 75, of Bear Branch, Indiana, passed away at 7:53 a.m. on Friday, January 5th, 2018, at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Jean entered this life on October 3rd, 1942, in Cairo, Illinois, the loving daughter of the late George Francis and Jean Katherine (Patton) Dettenwanger. She was raised in New Carlisle, Ohio and was a 1960 graduate of the Catholic Central High School in Springfield, Ohio.

In 1964, Jean received her Bachelor's Degree from Mt. St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jean received her Master's Degree in Education in 1967 from University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jean was a former Teacher for St. Jude Elementary School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jean retired from the Cincinnati Public Schools in 1997, after 33 years of service.

She was a member of the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay. Jean was proud of building her log cabin in 1977. Jean enjoyed arts and crafts, reading and sailing on Lake Erie.

Jean is survived by her brothers, George Dettenwanger and his wife: Carol of Fairfield, Ohio and Father Dennis Dettenwanger of Cincinnati, Ohio; her sister, Judith Ebbeler of Cincinnati, Ohio; and her several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George Francis and Jean Katherine (Patton) Dettenwanger.

Funeral Mass will be conducted on Saturday, January 13st, 2018, at 2 p.m., by Father Dennis Dettenwanger at the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church, 513 North Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

Friends may call from noon until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 13th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dearborn County Hospital. Cards are available at the funeral home.





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