Miscellaneous Harrison County, Indiana Obituaries - 1999

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JoEllyn Beane
JoEllyn (Jody) Beane, 34, Virden, Ill., died at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Illinois.

A native of Springfield, Ill., born Dec. 7, 1964. She was an administrative assistant and a member of St. Patrick's Church in Girard, Ill., and a 1983 graduate of Virden High School.

Survivors include her husband, John K. Beane; her father and stepmother, Gerald F. (Bud) and Judith Knudson of Girard; her mother, Mary Jo Knudson of Girard; two brothers, Daniel E. Knudson of College Station, Texas, and David m. Knudson of Thayer, Ill.; three sisters, Kathryn L. Edwards of Corydon, and Beth M. Smith and Kristin L. Boster, both of Girard; two stepsisters, Lisa Kiel of Girard and Jennifer Noggle of Raleigh, N.C.; and her grandmother, Mary E. Baltby of Carlinville.

A Mass was held Saturday, Feb. 13, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Farmersville, Ill., with burial in Virden Cemetery. Fathers Alan McIntosh and John Spreen officiated. Donna Krager was organist. Lauren Edwards and Johna Keene were vocalists. Calvert and Ferry Funeral Home in Virden handled the arrangements.

Pallbearers were Trooper Chris Tracy, Lt. William Dial, Mst. Sgt. Scott Abbott, Sgt. Kevin Volker, Mst. Sgt. Brian Hollo and Sgt. Brad Carnduff.


Cecelia Breeden
Cecelia E. (Pat) Collins Breeden, 84, Gainesville, Fla., formerly of New Albany, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Alachua General Hospital.

She was a native of Evansville, born May 6, 1914, a homemaker and a Presbyterian. She retired in 1979 from Belk Lindsey as a seamstress and fabric department manager.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Cephus Breeden, formerly Leavenworth.

Survivors include nieces and nephews including Frank Laurenzo and his wife, Joanie, of Orange Lake, Fla., who cared for her.

A graveside service was Saturday, Jan. 16, Forest Meadows Memorial Park Central in Gainesville. The Rev. Jane McKown officiated. Forest Meadows Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

The family suggests memorial gifts to the Hospice of North Central Florida, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, Fla. 32606.


Clifford Brown
Clifford N. (Bud) Brown, 70, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Indian Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corydon.

A native of Mauckport, born Oct. 16, 1928, he was the son of the late August and Hester Hardin Brown.

He was a retired self-employed carpenter, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and an Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include a brother, Neal Brown of New Salisbury; and a sister, Olive D. Nicholson of New Albany.

Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 18, from 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 19, after 8 a.m. at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon.

The Rosary will be prayed at the funeral home at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Father Mauro Rodas will be the celebrant with music by the Resurrection Choir. Burial will be in the New Amsterdan Cemetery.

The family requests expressions of sympathy to St. Joseph Catholic Church.


Leonard E. Coats
Leonard E. Coats, 64, Pekin, died Friday, Feb. 12, at 6:45 a.m. at his home.

A native of Pekin, born April 8, 1934, he was the son of the late Dempsey and Easter Hoke Coats.

He was a retired self-employed carpenter and a member of Sugar Creek Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by two sons, four brothers and a sister.

Survivors include his wife, the former Kathryn M. Hamilton; a son, Bryan L. Coats of Palmyra; a daughter, Regina S. Warren of Palmyra; a brother, Nobe Coats of Borden; a sister, Nellie Blankenbaker of Florida; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Monday, Feb. 15, at Dawalt Funeral Home in Salem with burial in Cavetown Cemetery in Campbellsburg. Brother Jeff Weinsheimer officiated.


Robert D. Collins
Robert Donald Collins, 67, English, died Thursday, Feb. 11, at his home.

A native of Crawford County, born Jan. 12, 1932, he was the son of the late Herman E. and Eunice Vernon Collins.

He was a retired field engineer for Unisys Corp.; an Army veteran; and a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, English Ward.

Survivors include his wife, the former Vicki Engleman; three sons, Robert Dale Collins of English, John Wesley Collins III of Geneseo, Ill., and Jayme Clinton Collins of Marengo; two daughters, Deborah Handley of Poultney, Vt., and Suzanne Mathis of Madison; and 13 grandchildren.

The funeral was Saturday, Feb. 13, at Dillman-Green Funeral Home in Marengo with burial in El Bethel Cemetery near Marengo. John Harvey officiated.


Annis A. Daubs
Annis A. Conrad Daubs, 79, Georgetown, died at 5:35 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany.

A native of Harrison County, born Dec. 15, 1919, she was the daughter of the late George and Margaret Keller Conrad. She was a member of Indian Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Edward Daubs; two sons, Richard Denny of Georgetown and Robert R. Denny of Lake Wales, Fla; a daughter, Betty Phelps of Georgetown; a stepson, John Daubs of Charlestown; two stepdaughters, Barbara Froedge of Jeffersonville and Sue Humes of Decatur, Ill.; a brother, Elmer Conrad of Greenville; a sister, Ethel Sanders of Greenville; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Georgetown with burial in Wolfe Cemetery in Georgetown. The Rev. Herman Brown officiated.

Pallbearers were David and Shawn Denny, Randy Phelps, Jerry Froedge, Chuck Martin and D. Humes.


John E. Dillman
John E. Dillman, 74, English, died Monday, Feb. 8, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Louisville.

A native of Crawford County, born July 11, 1924, he was the son of the late Elmer and Elizabeth Schultz Dillman.

He was a cattle farmer and former owner of the old Dillman Garage. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Riddle United Methodist Church, English VFW Post 6160, and Milltown American Legion Post 332.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Patience Jewell Dillman.

Survivors include his wife, the former Evelyn Wiseman; a daughter, Barbara Jones of English; a grandchild and a great-grandchild.

The funeral was Friday, Feb. 12, at Dillman-Green Funeral Home in Marengo with burial in Riddle Cemetery near English. The Rev. Gilbert Duley officiated.

Military rites were performed at the grave site by Milltown American Legion Post 332.


Eddie Gabhart
Eddie Ray Gabhart, 43, Russellville, Ark., formerly of Marengo, died Sunday, Feb. 14, after a tree fell on him at his cabin near Clinton, Ark.

He was born March 26, 1955, the son of the late Henry E. Gabhart and Mary Gabhart Bennett. He was employed as a tree trimmer.

He was preceded in death by a brother, John William Gabhart.

Survivors include his wife, Yong Song Gabhart; a daughter, Lisa Smith of Russelville; two brothers, Henry E. Gabhart Jr. of Marengo and Robert Jenkins of Birdseye; two sisters, Janis Kasserman of Reidsville, N.C., and Roberta Toby of Marengo; and a stepsister, Marie McSweeny of Russellville.

A graveside service was Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Rock Springs Cemetery in Hector, Ark.


Phillip J. Hart
Phillip J. Hart, 66, Georgetown, died Thursday, Feb. 11, at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany.

He was a native of Kentucky, a retired teacher and former wrestling coach at the old Lafayette Elementary School in Floyds Knobs, an agent for Schuler Realty and a Navy veteran.

He was founder of the Lincoln-Thom Wrestling Club and Little Highlander Football League, a former scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 15 - Trinity United Methodist Church, a volunteer for Floyd County 4-H and a member of Depauw Masonic Lodge 338 F & AM.

Survivors include two sons, Michael P. Hart of Georgetown and Kenneth J. Hart of Shenandoah, W. Va.; a daughter, Christi L. Hart of Oxford, N.C.; and three brothers, Jerry Hart of Georgetown, and Ronnie and George Hart, both of Redondo Beach, Calif.

The funeral was Monday, Feb. 15, at Seabrook Dieckmann & Naville Funeral Home in New Albany with entombment in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park Mausoleum.

The family suggests memorial gifts to the Floyd County 4-H.


Floyd E. Hicks
Floyd E. Hicks, 82, Corydon, died at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at his home.

He was a native of Boone County, a retired employee of the Indiana State Highway Dept., a farmer, a woodworking craftsman and a member of the Lanesville Heritage Committee.

Survivors include his wife, the former Marguerite Whiteman; three daughters, Shirley McKim of Corydon, Bonnie Abraham of Louisville and Joyce Hicks of Scottsburg; four brothers, Paul Hicks of Indianapolis, Charles and Dorris Hicks, both of Lebanon and Delmar Hicks of Greencastle; and four grandchildren.

The funeral was Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Porter Funeral Home in Jamestown with burial in IOOF Cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Cantrell officiated. Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon handled the arrangements.

The family suggests memorial gifts to the Hospice of Southern Indiana.


Robert L. House
Robert L. House, 71, Elizabeth, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Harrison County Hospital.

A native of Logan County, Ill., he was a retired control code analyst for the old Hoechst Celanese Co. in Louisville, an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, the former Barbara Anne Lucas; a son, Mickey House of Elizabeth; two brothers, Warner House of Palmyra and Charles House of Georgetown; one sister, Esther Hunt of Greenville; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be after 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Love Funeral Home in Palmyra.

The funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with burial in the Martinsburg Cemetery.


Edward Hubert
Edward L. Hubert, 75, Lanesville, died early Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Indian Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corydon.

Survivors include five brothers, William Hubert, Carl R. Hubert and John Hubert, all of Lanesville, Glenn Hubert of Corydon, and Charles Hubert of Elizabeth; and a sister, Clara Knuckles of New Albany.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, and after 8 a.m., Friday, Feb. 19, at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon.

The funeral will be Friday at 1:30 p. m. at the funeral home with burial in Lanesville Cemetery.


George Jennings
George F. Jennings, 62, New Salisbury, died Friday, Feb. 12, at his home.

A native of Danville, Ill., born Aug. 5, 1936, he was the son of Clara B. Jennings of Indianapolis and the late George Finch Jennings.

He was a peacetime Army veteran and a retired driver for Davis Crushed Stone Co. in Depauw.

Survivors besides his mother include his wife, the former Patricia A. McPeak; two sons, Dale F. Jennings of Richmond and Michael B. Jennings of New Salisbury; a daughter, Suzanne Thevenot of Depauw; two brothers, William M. Jennings of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Jerry M. Jennings of Indianapolis; and seven grandchildren.

The funeral was Sunday, Feb. 14, at Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey with burial in Woods Chapel Cemetery. Brother Toney McCutcheon officiated. Sherry L. Binkley was organist.

Pallbearers were Mark Shake, Greg Thevenot, Dale Jennings, Kenny Novack, Ronnie Blocker and Jason Boots.


Sylven J. Naville
Sylven J. Naville, 86, Floyds Knobs, died Thursday morning, Feb. 11, at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany.

He was a native of Floyds Knobs, a retired mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, the owner and operator of the old Albert Naville & Son Berry Market in Floyds Knobs, and a member of the founding board of directors for both the Floyds Knobs Water Co. and the Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Dept. in Floyds Knobs. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of St. Mary of the Knobs Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Jane Sprigler; a son, Carl J. Naville of Floyds Knobs; a daughter, Janice Ann Koetter of Floyds Knobs; a sister, Lucille Gerdeman of Floyds Knobs; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Saturday, Feb. 13, at St. Mary of the Knobs Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Kraft Funeral Service in New Albany handled the arrangements.


Regan O'Connor
Four-year-old Regan Nicole O'Connor of Elizabeth died of acute leukemia Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 10:30 p.m.

Diagnosed with the disease some three years ago, Regan had undergone two bone marrow transplants and had been in remission two years and three months, until little more than a month ago when she again became ill.

She died at home in her sleep.

Flanked by more than 100 flower arrangements and dozens of ceramic angels and cherubs, Regan was laid to rest in a pink silk dress, with a single strand of pearls around her neck. At her side was a tiny colorful rug, woven for her by her seven-year-old brother, Christopher, whom she called "Bubbie," and a snapshot of her favorite horse, Gypsy, the first she had ridden. She clasped a small but stuffed orange toy she called "Bear" in her hands, one she had asked for recently.

During early hospital stays, Regan's parents filled her room with angels. Her story was told in The Corydon Democrat in late 1995, in "A room full of angels."

Regan was born in Corydon on Sept. 21, 1994, the daughter of David and Renea Paschal O'Connor of Elizabeth. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Elizabeth.

"She lived exactly like she was supposed to," said her father, David. "She did everything she wanted to do, and she died a dignified death, at home, just where she wanted to be."

The family has been overwhelmed with the community's response.

"The Lord has given us more help than we deserve," David said. "I could list 1,000 people who have given us so much and done so many things for us.

"She belonged to everybody; not just to us."

Through employees of Beach Mold & Tool Inc. in New Albany, Regan and her family recently spent a few days in Minnesota, visiting relatives on her father's side. "They (Beach Mold & Tool) took care of everything, all the expenses," David said. "She got to meet relatives she had never met."

The company also fulfilled Regan's wish for a waterbed.

Employees at Wal-Mart in Corydon also gave much, David said, including a packet of professional photographs taken about three weeks ago.

He added: "I could go on forever with everything our church has done. Actually, it was all the local churches in Elizabeth and Laconia. It was a joint effort."

A Regan O'Connor memorial fund has been established at Farmers State Bank in Elizabeth to help defray expenses.

Survivors besides her parents include a brother, Christopher O'Connor, at home; grandparents, Jesse and Shirley Paschal, and Gary O'Connor, all of Elizabeth, and Shirley O'Connor of New Albany; and great-grandmothers, Marlys O'Connor of Mapleton, Minn., Hallie Paschal of Elizabeth and Mary Jane Nichols of New Albany.

The funeral was Sunday, Feb. 14, at First Baptist Church with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth. The Revs. Robert Stewart, Bob Parker, Terry McCrary and Steve Parker officiated. The organist was Ann Bostle.

Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon handled arrangements.

Pallbearers were Tom and Tony Dennison, John Kuchenbrod and Jody Parker.


Harold J. Oster
Harold J. Oster, 63, Floyds Knobs, died Sunday morning, Feb. 14, at Green Valley Care Center in New Albany.

He was a retired employee of Paramount Plywood Products in New Albany, a former employee of the old Hoosier Panel Co. in New Albany and a member of St. Mary's of the Knobs Catholic Church.

Survivors include his mother, Alvena M. Oster of New Albany; a brother, Bob Oster of Floyds Knobs; and two sisters, Rita Smith and Dorothy Henehan, both of New Albany.

The funeral was Tuesday, Feb. 16, at St. Mary Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Kraft Funeral Service in New Albany handled the arrangements.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Providence Retirement Home or the Leukemia Society of America.


Reginald Payne
Reginald H. Payne, 82, London, England, died Thursday, Feb. 11, at University Hospital in Louisville.

A native of Seergreen Buckingham, Shireman England, born March 4, 1916, he was the son of the late Frank and Miriam Saunders Payne. He was a butcher.

Survivors include a son, Brian Payne of Corydon; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Monday, Feb. 15, at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon with burial in Otterbein Cemetery near Mauckport. The Rev. Barbara Planck officiated.


Perry Satterfield
Perry I. Satterfield, 70, Corydon, died Sunday, Feb. 14, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville.

A native of Crawford County, born July 8, 1928, he was the son of the late Jeff and Mary Willis Satterfield.

He retired from Wilson Meat Packing Co. in Logansport and was an Army/Air Force veteran, where he served as a military policeman.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Lloyd Howard, and Frederick and Paul Satterfield, and two sisters, Goldie Howard and Maudie Sturgeon.

Survivors include two daughters, Shelly Quinn of Columbia, S.C., and Sherry Hall of Tipton, Iowa; three sisters, Francis Gourd of Albuquerque, N.M., Ruby Trinkle of Bloomington and Iva Balmer of Marengo; and three grandchildren.

The funeral was Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Dillman Green Funeral Home in Marengo with burial in Mt. Sterling Cemetery near English. The Rev. Ron Walker officiated.


Howard O. Singleton
Howard O. (Windy) Singleton, 70, Butler, Pa., formerly of Corydon, died at 8:58 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Butler Memorial Hospital.

A native of Mauckport, born Dec. 29, 1928, he was the son of the late Oscar Hall and Lucy Booth Singleton.

He was self-employed in the poultry hatchery industry and retired in 1992 from Central Tractor. He was a 1946 graduate of Corydon High School and was a member and past president of Pennsylvanians for Human Life.

He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy Carroll; a son, Chris Singleton of Denver; two daughters, Rebecca Cascino of Butler and Mary Lou Singleton of Albuquerque, N.M.; a brother, Maurice Singleton of Columbus, Ohio; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was Saturday, Feb. 13, at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church with burial in Calvary Cemetery. The Rev. Father James Salberg officiated. Thompson-Miller Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Pennsylvanians for Human Life, P.O. Box 93, Butler, PA 16003 or to Covenant House, Times Square Station, Box 731, New York, NY 10108-0731.


Barry D. Willis
Barry David Willis, 38, formerly of New Albany, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, in North Royalton, Ohio.

A native of New Albany, he was the son of Lamont and Norma Willis of New Salisbury.

He was a self-employed computer software engineer and a Lutheran.

Survivors besides his parents include two brothers, Mark R. Willis of West Allis, Wis., and Kirk A. Willis of Middletown, Wis.; and a sister, Sandra K. Willis of St. Louis Park, Minn.

The funeral was Saturday, Feb. 13, at Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery in Floyds Knobs. Brother Roy McClain officiated. Fern McClain was organist.

Pallbearers were Barry D. Willis, Tim Snook, Greg Willis, Greg Sobeck, Eric Pauls, Gil Patterson and Dave Stevens.


Anna G. Withers
Anna Gladys Withers, 68, Laconia, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Norton Hospital in Louisville.

A native of Laconia, born Dec. 29, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Creston and Goldie Gerdon McKim.

She was a member of Eastern Star Old Capitol Chapter and the Eagles Arie 2794 Ladies Auxiliary, both of Corydon.

Survivors include her husband, James K. Withers Sr.; two sons, James K. Withers Jr. of Laconia and Rick Withers of Lanesville; a daughter, Diana Sue Hagey of Lebanon, Pa.; a brother, Dello McKim of Denver; a sister, Loretta Rissler of New Albany; and six grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 19, after 8 a.m. at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon.

The funeral will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home with burial in Central Cemetery. The Rev. Lanny Amy will officiate.


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