Miscellaneous Harrison County, Indiana Obituaries - 1999

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James Alexander
A 22-year-old Corydon bowhunter was found dead in his deer stand about midnight Monday, Oct. 4, in Perry County, south of Sulphur.

James Michael (Mike) Alexander apparently died of natural causes while waiting for deer in one of his favorite spots in the woods. He was found by his father, Roger Alexander of Corydon, after Mike failed to come home late Monday night. Roger said he found his son in a sophisticated deerstand, and there were no signs of distress, injury or violence.

Crawford County Coroner Steve Arnold was called to the scene. He, too, said there were no signs of trauma, drug or alcohol use. Arnold requested an autopsy that was performed yesterday at the Louisville Medical Examainer's Office. A pathologist told Arnold yesterday that the cause of death is pending microscopic tests of the heart and lung tissue as well as blood tests.

"Right now," Arnold said, "pending the results of the tests, there is no reason to believe that there was anything besides a natural death."

Roger Alexander said he figured he knew where his son was because Mike had scouted the area Sunday and told his parents that he had seen a buck and several doe. Mike had been a hunter since childhood. "He climbed his first deerstand when he was two," Roger said.

Young Alexander worked construction for Larry Bailey of Palmyra, and had worked that day.

He had studied criminal justice at the University of Louisville for one year and completed work on a two-year associate degree's in conservation law enforcement at Vincennes University. He had dropped out of school to gain more experience before he pursued a career with the Indiana State Police, his father said yesterday.

He was born in Angelina County, Texas, on April 21, 1977 and attended Old Capitol United Methodist Church.

Mike Alexander is survived by his parents, Roger and Lynda Alexander, his sister and brother-in-law, Michelle and Charley Scarber, and his grandmother, Caras Marylea Alexander of Corydon.

Visitation is from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home and after 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7.

The funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Wilfong will officiate. Beth Frank will be the organist.

The famly suggests memorial gifts to Old Capitol United Methodist Church.


Stanley E. Baelz
Stanley E. Baelz, the last Corydon resident to hold the office of town council president before Fred Cammack began his 24-year reign, died Saturday, Oct. 2.

Baelz was elected in 1971 as part of the Citizens Party, an independent movement that won a stunning victory over Republican candidates running in the town board election. The Citizens Party secured five of the six council seats by running on a platform that offered townspeople real solutions to problems instead of just promises to solve problems.

Baelz won the first ward seat. He was then elected town council president, an office he held for four years.

Cammack went through a transition period with Baelz after the 1975 election, and fondly remembers him as "usually having a cigar in his mouth," and being fiscally "frugal."

He recalled that Baelz was easy to work with when he sold property to the town for the new office and a south side reservoir.

"His interest in the community was really strong and he always took the community's interest to heart," Cammack said. "He did a good job and left the town in relatively good shape."

Baelz and his wife, the former Helen Baxley, also owned and operated the Old Elm Restaurant, which was located between Butt Drugs and the present NAPA Auto Parts, on the corner of Chestnut Street and Capitol Avenue. He was Corydon Town Marshal for eight years, until 1962, and then worked for Keller Manufacturing Co. as a ripsaw operator for 14 years.

Baelz's son, William, of Corydon, said his father had a heart attack in 1976, and had heart by-pass surgery in 1985.

"He was doing OK until recently," Baelz said. "He taught me everything. He was a great man, and we'll miss him."

Stanley Baelz was a Marine Veteran of World War II, a member of Corydon Christian Church and the Lanesville Heritage Committee.

Survivors besides his son include a daughter, Shirley Gibson of Corydon, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Visitation is Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon, and Thursday, Oct. 7, after 8 a.m. The funeral is tomorrow at 4 p.m., at the funeral home. The Rev. Neal Kentch will officiate, followed by burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial gifts to his church.


Rev. Gifford W. Berry
The Rev. Gifford W. Berry, 85, Nortonville, Ky, died Monday, Oct. 4, at Hilltop Nursing Home in Kuttawa, Ky.

A native of Hopkins County, Ky., born Feb. 5, 1914, he was the son of the late Louis and Laura Berry.

He was a retired Baptist minister after 55 years of service in western Kentucky and a member of Little Bethel Baptist Association.

Survivors include his wife, Corean Berry; two daughters, Jackie Webb of Grand Rivers, Ky., and Linda Ray of Corydon; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 5 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nortonville First Baptist Church.

The funeral will be Thursday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. at the church with burial in New Salem Cemetery. The Revs. Stanley Crabb, Jeff Hendricks and Earl Mitchell will officiate. Bandy Funeral Home in Nortonville is handling the arrangements.


Catherine C. Crosier
Catherine C. Crosier, 85, Elizabeth, died at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Harrison County Hospital.

Born Dec. 2, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Daisy Nye Lemmon.

Survivors include her husband, James E. Crosier; four sons, Carlton Crosier, Allen Crosier and Roger Crosier, all of Elizabeth, and Bobby J. Crosier of Linton; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral is Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon followed with burial at Dunkard Cemetery near Laconia.

Pallbearers will be Charles, Jerry and Gary Crosier, Burl Hoke, Jesse Paschal, Kenneth Gehlbach and David Davidson.


John A. Finn
John A. Finn, 66, Muncie, formerly of Harrison County, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, at his home.

A native of Phillipsburg, Ky., he was the son of the late David Ewing and Donna Esther Whitlock Finn.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, and a 1958 graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and labor economics.

He owned and operated Finn Enterprises and developed Finnlandia, Cedar Apartments and other development projects. He was a member of College Avenue United Methodist Church and Wilbur A. Full Masonic Lodge 744 F&AM.

He was preceded in death by is wife, Audrey M. Malone Finn.

Survivors include two sons, John David Finn of Muncie and Thomas Ray Finn of North Aurora, Ill.; his companion, Mary McGhee; four brothers, Dennis P. Finn of Annapolis, Md., Gerald P. Finn of New Albany, Jim S. Finn of Georgetown and Earl Finn of Clarksville; four sisters, Mary G. Finn of Chicago, Carol Mae Hurst of New Salisbury, Margie Johnson of Rockwood, Tenn., and Patricia Hunter of Knoxville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren.

The funeral was Saturday, Oct. 2, at College Avenue United Methodist Church. The Meeks Mortuary in Muncie handled the arrangements.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Ball State University Foundation, Account 3956, Audrey Malone Finn Scholarship Fund, in care of Ball State University.


Paul P. Fluhr
Paul P. Fluhr, 75, died Saturday, Oct. 2, at 2:45 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany.

A native of Jefferson County, Ky., he was a retired truck driver for Keller Manufacturing Co. Inc. and an Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, the former Addie Sensabaugh; five daughters, Wilma Humphrey of Corydon, Dorothy Plum of Petersburg, Va.; Alene Leach of Grove City, Ohio, Shirley Fluhr of Columbus, Ohio, and Paula Trent of Wolf Creek, Ky.; four brothers, John Fluhr of Fordsville, and Richard, Raymond and Joseph Fluhr, all of Louisville; six sisters, Clara Jupin, Ruby Schneider, Eva Marshall, Patsy Anderson and Mary Crawford, all of Louisville, and Connie Hunt of West Point, Ky.; 17 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Corydon.


Elmer L. Fravel
Elmer L. Fravel, 91, died Friday, Oct. 1, at Christian Health Care Center in Louisville.

He was retired from Louisville Gas & Electric Co. after 45 years of service, was a former president of LG&E's Credit Union, and was a trustee, greeter and usher and St. Paul Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Virginia Richardson; a son, Dr. William Fravel of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Jo Ann Shore of Melvern, Pa.; two sisters, Eileen Martin of Corydon and Donnie Rambow of Washington; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

There is a memorial service Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. at St. Paul Methodist Church followed by a private burial at Cave Hill Cemetery. Highlands Funeral Home in Kentucky handled the arrangements.

The family suggests memorial gifts to the church's building fund.


Della A. Funk
Della Amy Funk, 88, Sunnyside, Wash., died Monday, Sept. 27, in Sunnyside.

A native of Harrison County, born Jan. 18, 1911, she was the daughter of the late Lafe and Elsie Cline Amy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Funk, four sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include three sons, Noble, Wayne and Lynn Funk, all of Washington; two daughters, Marilyn Hullibarger and Regina Williams, both of Washington; a brother, John Amy of Nacogdoches, Texas; eight sisters, Ambrosia Hughes, Audrey Gehlbach and Jean Sieg, all of Corydon, Inez Russell of Carmel, Alice Harvey of Danville, Mary Ann Gustin of Indianapolis, Corinne Pankaskie of Kennewick, Wash., and Lorraine Nichols of Rockport.

The funeral was Friday, Oct. 1, at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside followed by burial in Sunnyside.


Olive L. Green
Olive L. Dillman Green, 79, New Albany, died Saturday, Oct. 2, at 10:45 p.m. at Green Valley Care Center in New Albany.

She was a former employee of the old Indiana Army Ammunition Plant in Charlestown and was a member of Marengo Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Burl Dillman.

Survivors include her husband, Garland Green; three daughters, Sandra Beauchemin of Corydon, and Fayne Korb and Elaine Carroll, both of New Albany; a sister, Laverne Borowka of New Albany; a brother, Clarence Dillman of Spencer; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Dillman-Green Funeral Home in Marengo with burial in the Marengo Cemetery. The Rev. Bruce Hawkins officiated.


Kara B. Kitterman
Kara Brandi Kitterman, 20-week stillborn infant of Terry and Paula Kitterman of Birdseye, was pronounced dead at 7:08 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Alexander Russell.

Survivors besides her parents include grandparents, Hugo and Martha Kitterman of Birdseye and Wayne and Donna Russell of Dale; and great-grandparents, Cecilia Miller of Ireland, Ind., and Pauline Perkins of Cold Water, Mich.

A graveside service was held Friday, Oct. 1, at Birdseye Cemetery. The Rev. Albert Madden officiated. Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg handled the arrangements.


Lucille Lawrence
Lucille Lawrence, 79, Birdseye, died Sunday, Oct. 3, at 3:05 p.m. at St. Joseph's Hospital in Huntingburg of congestive heart failure.

A native of Birdseye, born June 17, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Catherine McCormick Chumbley. She was a homemaker and attended the Community Chapel in Eckerty.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan Lawrence; four brothers, Bill, Joe, John and Charles Chumbley, and two sisters, Lola Deel and Goldie Chumbley.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Lee Atkins of Birdseye; three sons, Donald Lawrence of Ferdinand, James Lawrence of Birdseye and Charles Lawrence of Oakland City; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial in the Birdseye Cemetery. Brother Gene Rickard officiated.


Delores Laws
Delores Laws, 59, Marengo, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 1:09 a.m. at her home.

A native of Marengo, born July 7, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Everett and Chloa Pirtle Manship.

She was a former nurse's aid for Paoli Nursing Home and a member of Paoli Wesleyan Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles E. Jones; a brother, Kenneth Manship, and a sister, Charlotte Faye Manship

Survivors include her husband, William Laws Jr.; three sons, Danny Jones of Marengo, Tommy Jones of Leavenworth and Hank Jones of Hardinsburg; seven stepsons, Roger, David and Glen Laws, all of Marengo, Gale and Bill Laws, both of Hardinsburg, Steve Laws of French Lick and Larry Laws of Indianapolis; three stepdaughters, Janet, Brenda and Linda Laws, all of Marengo; four brothers, Stanley Manship of Madison, Randall and Rex Manship, both of Paoli, and Alan Manship of Hardinsburg; three sisters, Gracie Schmidt of Galena, Sherry Wright of Orleans and Connie Zehr of English; six grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Thursday, Sept. 30, at Paoli Wesleyan Church with burial in Valeene Cemetery. Brother Steve Lock officiated.

McAdams Mortuary in Paoli was in charge of arrangements.


Geneva Martin
Geneva W. Martin, 84, New Albany, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, at her home.

A native of Elizabeth, born Sept. 8, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Nellie Jenkins Brock.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph R. Martin; three sons, William Divine of New Albany, Carl E. Divine of New Salisbury and Robert Divine of Georgetown; three daughters, Deloris Harvey of Edmonton, Ky., Lillian Conlee of Elizabeth and Roberta Kruer of Floyds Knobs; a stepson, Joseph H. Martin of Virginia; two brothers, Harvey Brock of Clarksville and Eugene Brock of Elizabeth; a sister, Doris Mallory of Elizabeth; 27 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Saturday, Oct. 2, at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Georgetown with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery at Elizabeth. The Rev. Larry Joyce officiated.

Pallbearers were Andy Kruer, Robert Ott, John Charles Herley, Mike Crump, Dennis Lyons and Roger Dyer.

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


Virginia Quillen
Virginia L. Quillen, 61, Salem, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 3:50 p.m. at Washington County Memorial Hospital in Salem.

A native of Salem, born Aug. 13, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Pearl Whitman Mahuron.

She was a former employee of Meadow View Health Care Center in Salem.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Morris.

Survivors include four sons, Rick Morris of Pekin, Rodney Morris of St. Louis, Mo., Trell Bowling of Campbellsburg and Buzz Bowling of Salem; four daughters, Tina Lee and Lorrie Sullivan, both of Salem, Paula McNally of Dubuque, Iowa, and Georgetta Bogard of Portland, Ore.; a half sister, Opal Baisdon of Palmyra; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Friday, Oct. 1, at Dawalt Funeral Home with burial in Olive Branch Cemetery in Pekin.


Alice Shireman
Alice K. Wheat Shireman, 91, New Albany, died Monday, Oct. 4, at Rolling Hills Healthcare Center in New Albany.

A native of Corydon, born June 16, 1908, she was the daughter of the late John and Emma Conrad Wheat.

She was a former employee of the old Armour Creamery in New Albany and a member of Columbus Moose Lodge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry A. Shireman.

Survivors include a son, William L. Shireman of Floyds Knobs; three grandsons, Dennis Shireman of New Albany, David Shireman of Georgetown and Douglas Shireman, of Floyds Knobs, all whom cared for her; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Seabrook Dieckmann & Naville Funeral Home.

The funeral will be Thursday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with burial in Lanesville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Grace Lutheran Church.


Nona E. Simpson
Nona E. Simpson, 89, St. Matthews, Ky., died Friday, Oct. 1, at 9:55 a.m. at St. Matthews Manor in Louisville.

A native of Magnolia, born Oct. 18, 1909, she was the daughter of David Pink McCutcheon and Leona Bell Pleasant.

She was a retired seamstress of the old Cover Co. in Michigan.

Survivors include a daughter, Nona Jean Graham of St. Matthews; a sister, Tracie Jean Kerstiens of New Albany; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Saturday, Oct. 2, at Brown-Newkirk Funeral Home in Milltown followed with burial in Shafer Ridge Cemetery. Father Mauro Rodas officiated.


Mildred Smitley
Mildred Faye Smitley, 82, Greenville, died Friday, Oct. 1, at 10 p.m. at the home of her son, Dennis Smitley of Sellersburg.

The former Mildred Faye Crecelius, she was a native of Riddle, born Aug. 22, 1917, the daughter of the late William and Della Odel Crecelius.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen D. Smitley.

Survivors besides her son include another son, Donald Smitley of Floyd Knobs, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Love Funeral Home in Palmyra with burial in the Greenville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Hospice of Southern Indiana.


Phyllis A. Struble
Phyllis A. Struble, 58, New Albany, died at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville.

A native of New Albany, born May 8, 1941, she was the daughter of Mildred Cooper Ferree of Clarksville and the late Walter Ferree.

She was employed as a customer service representative for Indiana Gas Co.

Survivors besides her mother include her husband, Larry Struble; a son, Mark Struble of Floyds Knobs; a daughter, Marsha Schmidt of New Albany; a brother, Alan Ferree of Elizabeth; three sisters, Elaine DuRand of Crestwood, Ky., Margie Ferree of Madison and Karen Settle of Burlington, N.C., and two grandchildren.

The funeral was Friday, Oct. 1, at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Georgetown with burial in Edwardsville Cemetery. The Rev. Elvis North officiated.

Pallbearers were Cecil and Kevin Trobaugh, Ron Neely, Elden DuRand, Robert Stults and Denny Popp.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Hospice of Southern Indiana.


Ruth E. Taylor
Ruth E. Taylor, 82, Brook, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7:15 a.m. at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook.

A native of Crandall, born Dec. 19, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Cort and Bertha Munzer Emily.

She was a sales clerk at Witch Hazel Factory in Brook, Hershman-Weston Variety Store and Montgomery's Drug Store at Brook.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Taylor, four brothers, Ivan, Homer, Herman and Louis Emily, and three sisters, Hazel E. Smith, Goldie Emily Danruther and Gertie E. Stevens.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was Thursday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. at Gerts Funeral Home in Brook with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Richard E. Gerts officiated.

The family suggests memorial gifts to charity of choice.


Burnell Totten
Burnell Totten, 89, of Monticello, died Sept. 19.

He was a native of Milltown.

Survivors include two daughters, Vivian and Flora Mae; a son, Harry Totten; one sister, Helen Jones, and two brothers, Matthew Totten of Milltown and Paul Totten.


Dennis Trinkle
Dennis Trinkle, 78, Paoli, died Friday, Oct. 1, at 6:05 p.m. at the Bedford Medical Center.

A native of English, born April 14, 1921, he was the son of the late John and Maudie Longest Trinkle.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, a retired operator of several service stations, and owner of Denny and Ivans Sunoco for 26 years in Valeene, and attended Christian Missionary Church of New Salisbury.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Evelyn Piatt; a son, Carrell Trinkle; a daughter, Marilyn Farmer; four brothers, Carrell, Escoe, Clifford (Bert) and Glenn Trinkle, and three sisters, Ermal Smith, Eunice Holaday and Kate Hanger.

Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Wyman of Marengo and Betty Patton of Paoli; two sons, Ray and Gene Trinkle, both of Paoli; two sisters, Fern and Grace Free, both of Paoli; two brothers, Porter Tinkle of Anderson and Elza Trinkle of Polk City, Fla.; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Monday, Oct. 4, at McAdams Mortuary in Paoli with burial in the Paoli Community Cemetery. Brother Morris Larimore officiated.


Ruth A. Turley
Ruth A. Keller Turley, 92, died Friday, Oct. 1, at 6:10 a.m. at Indian Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corydon.

Born March 14, 1907, she was the daughter of the late George and Mahala Lasley Keller. She was a member of Perseverance Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Imogene Keller of Corydon, who cared for her.

The funeral was Sunday, Oct. 3, at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon with burial in Perseverance Chapel Cemetery. The Rev. Dennis Brinkworth officiated.


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