Miscellaneous Harrison County, Indiana Obituaries - 2000

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Roscoe J. Belcher
Roscoe James Belcher, 78, French Lick, died at 2:22 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Memorial Hospital in Jasper.

A native of Orange County, born March 4, 1922, he was the son of the late James and Dora Conrad Belcher.

He was a catering manager for 30 years at French Lick Springs Hotel, a manager for Belcher's Laundry in West Baden and a member of Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church. He was also an Army veteran of World War II.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Brenda Johnson and Mary Agan, and a grandson.

Survivors include his wife, the former Helen J. Land; a son, Jack Belcher of Columbus, Ohio; three daughters, Janie Emmons of Corydon, Margaret Jones of Houston and Rosie Dedrick of French Lick; two sisters, Ida Wolfington of Indianapolis and Elnora Wolfington of French Lick; 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Saturday, June 3, at Chapel-Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home in French Lick with burial in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Father John Hall officiated.

Michael W. Higdon Sr.
Michael Wayne Higdon Sr., 57, New Albany, died Thursday, June 1, at his home at Park View Towers.

A native of Harrison County, he was the son of the late James R. and Lillie M. Duncan Higdon.

He was a former employee of Jeffboat in Jeffersonville, a peace time Air Force veteran and a member of American Legion Post 28 in New Albany.

Survivors include a son, Michael W. Higdon Jr. of Depauw; a daughter, Teresa L. Black of Depauw; four brothers, James R. Higdon Jr. of Muncie, Joseph E. and John Richard Higdon, both of New Albany, and Robert Higdon of New Salisbury; two sisters, Mary E. Barr of New Salisbury and Geraldine Winter of Summerville, S.C.; and two grandchildren.

The funeral was Monday, June 5, at Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey with burial in St. Michael's Cemetery in Bradford. The Rev. D. Scott Johnson officiated. Bernadette Irish was organist.

Pallbearers were John, Jimmy, Mark, Bobby, Jared and William Barr.


Thelma M. Rainbolt
Thelma M. Rainbolt, 73, Leavenworth, formerly of Jeffersonville, died Saturday, June 3, at Norton Hospital in Louisville.

A native of Louisville, born Oct. 21, 1926, she was the daughter of the late William and Lola McCutcheon Johnson.

She was a member of Leavenworth Presbyterian Church DAR Leavenworth Chapter.

Survivors include her husband, Reno L. Rainbolt; and two daughters, Sherry Rainbolt and Jo Archer, both of Leavenworth.

A memorial service was Tuesday, June 6, at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon with a private burial in Leavenworth Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Doug Voyles officiated.




Mary R. Robertson
Mary Rita Sieg Robertson, 75, Depauw, died Saturday, June 3, at her home.

A native of Ramsey, born Jan. 18, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Edward G. and Agnes Gettelfinger Sieg.

She was a homemaker and a member of Spencer Township Homemakers Club, St. Rita's Alter Society and St. Bernard Catholic Church in Frenchtown.

She was preceded in death by William E. Robertson, two sons, George A. and William Lee, a daughter, Marguerite Robertson, and a sister, Theresa Kendall.

Survivors include five sons, James E. Robertson of Ramsey, Philip L., Larry E., Charles P. and State Rep. Paul J. Robertson, all of Depauw; three daughters, Mary Alice McCarty of Quakertown, Pa., Patricia A. Timberlake of Bloomington and Rita K. Cason of Floyds Knobs; four brothers, Wilfred Sr. and Mark Sieg, both of Ramsey, Eugene Sieg of Plymouth and Donald Sieg of Corydon; a sister, Joan Seipel of Lanesville; 25 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 7, after 8 a.m. at Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger and Father Fred Denison will officiate. Music will be provided by the church choir.

Pallbearers will be Mike Cason, and James, Paul, Philip, Larry and Charlie Robertson.

The family suggests memorial gifts to St. Rita's Alter Society or Masses.

Ella M. Walters
Ella Mae Walters, 88, Indianapolis, formerly of Corydon, died Monday, June 5, at her home.

A native of Corydon, born Aug. 18, 1911, she was the daughter of the late Willard and Sarah Roby Wiseman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Walters.

Survivors include a son, James W. Walters of New Palestine; a brother, Claude Wiseman of Cadiz, Ky.; two sisters, Anna Louise Timberlake and M. Edith Wiseman, both of Corydon; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, June 8, after 9 a.m. at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon.

The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Wilfong will officiate. Beth Bostock will be organist.


Pamela J. Wilburn
Pamela J. Alexander Wilburn, Irvine, Calif., died Sunday, June 4, at her home after a long bout with cancer.

A native of Paoli, she was the daughter of Hazel Alexander Prichard of Bedford and the late Charles Alexander.

She was a former sales representative for NOVAWALL for 14 years.

Survivors besides her mother include her husband, Steve Wilburn; a daughter, Suzanne Blackstone of Ohio; several stepchildren; her stepfather, Charles Pritchard of Bedford; a brother, Ronald Alexander of Dallas; two sisters, Linda Manship of Milltown and Sharon Barton of Hernando, Miss.; a grandson and several stepgrandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 10, at 2 p.m. in Irvine. The body will be cremated with the cremains brought to Indiana for a private memorial and burial.

Linda L. Anders
Linda L. Anders, 53, Fredericksburg, died Monday, Aug. 7, at her home.

A native of Louisville, born Nov. 26, 1946, she was the daughter Carrie E. Sizemore Richardson and the late Emerson F. Richardson.

Survivors besides her mother include a son, Kevin Mowery of Dallas; and a sister, Sharon Warren of Louisville.

The funeral was Friday, Aug. 11, at Kemple-Dillman-Hunter Funeral Home in Hardinsburg. The body was cremated. Brother Steve Stroud officiated.


Mary M. Baumgartle
Mary M. Schoen Baumgartle, 86, Elizabeth, died Sunday, Aug. 13, at her home.

A native of Elizabeth, born May 18, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Jacob E. and Anna L. Bryan Schoen.

She retired from M. Fine and Son Co. in New Albany and was a member of Elizabeth United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a sister, Laura Cunningham of Elizabeth.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 17, after 8 a.m. at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon.

The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with burial in Bethesda Cemetery near Elizabeth. The Rev. Stephen Spencer will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Cunningham, Bruce Cunningham, Wesley Smith, Chris Cunningham, Eric Smith and Jeremy Wright. Brian Smith will be an honorary pallbearer.


Ricky L. Cobb Jr.
Ricky L. Cobb Jr., infant, died last Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Orange County Hospital in Paoli.

He was born Aug. 9, the son of Robin A. Cobb of Marengo and the late Ricky Cobb Sr.

Survivors besides his mother include two brothers, Douglas A. and Anthony W. Cobb; three sisters, Sarah Thompson, and Ginnifer and Jessica Cobb, all at home; and grandparents, Homer and Shirley Thompson of New Middletown and Lloyd and Ruth Cobb of Marengo.

A graveside service was Friday, Aug. 11, at Mt. Sterling Cemetery in Crawford County. Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon handled the arrangements.


Gayle Copelin
Gayle Smith Copelin, 80, formerly of Byrneville, died Saturday, Aug. 12, at Independence (Mo.) Regional Medical Center.

She was a native of Newton, Ill., a retired admitting clerk at Jewish Hospital in Louisville and a member of Byrneville RLDS Church.

Survivors include a son, Fred R. Copelin II of Lanesville; two daughters, Mary A. Haerron of Sugar Creek, Mo., and Ruth A. Renfrow of Independence; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 16, after 8 a.m. at Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with burial in Byrneville Cemetery.


Madge Crook
Madge Crook, 91, English, died at 3:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Paoli Convalescent Center.

A native of English, born Jan. 28, 1909, she was the daughter of the late George A. and Vergie O. Denton Temple. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by a son, Howard Crook.

Survivors include Marietta Montgomery, who cared for her.

The funeral was Monday, Aug. 14, at Denbo Funeral Home in English with burial in English Cemetery. The Rev. Bob Kelly officiated.


William W. Denzinger
William Warren Denzinger, 77, Louisville, died Friday, Aug. 11, at his home.

A native of Louisville, he was the son of the late Arthur P. and Margaret Fix Denzinger.

He was a retired estimator for Henry Vogt Machine Co., where he worked 47 years, a coach for the Buechel Baseball Little League, an Army veteran of World War II and a member of Highland American Legion Post 201.

He was preceded in death by a son, William Denzinger.

Survivors include a son, Phil Denzinger of English; a brother, Arthur K. Denzinger of Mt. Washington, Ky.; a daughter-in-law, Becky Denzinger, who cared for him; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Monday, Aug. 14, at Ratterman Funeral Home in Louisville with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery.


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The Rev. Paul A. Dodge
The Rev. Paul A. Dodge, 86, Cincinnati, formerly of Corydon, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

He ministered in churches in Kentucky and Indiana including Corydon Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Jean Alice Able.

Survivors include a daughter, Paula Enderle of Dayton, Ohio; and a granddaughter.

The funeral was Friday, Aug. 11, at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Neil Kentch officiated.

Masonic rites were performed at the gravesite.


Janet G. Knight
Janet Gay Knight, 52, English, died at 7:03 p.m., Friday, Aug. 11, at Memorial Hospital in Jasper.

A native of New Albany, born March 4, 1948, he was the son of the late William Woodrow and Vivian Nash Knight.

She attended Crawford County schools; was a homemaker and participated in a homemakers club.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Lonna Knight.

Survivors include two brothers, Bill Knight of Pana, Ill., and Larry Knight of Orleans; two sisters, Donna Jones of Middletown, Ill., and Olive Andry of Eckerty; and her grandmother, Opal Nash of English, whom she lived with for several years.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 1 p.m. (slow time) at Mifflin Community Church.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. (slow time) at Mifflin Community Church with burial in Mifflin Cemetery. The Rev. Tilden Jones will officiate. Denbo Funeral Home in English is handling the arrangements.


Virginia L. Linne
Virginia L. Dukes Linne, 74, New Albany, died Saturday, Aug. 12, at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany.

She was a native of Harrison County.

Survivors include two sons, William Linne of New Albany and Douglas Linne of Jeffersonville; a daughter, Shelia Linne-Brown of New Albany; four brothers, James E., William, John and Butch Dukes, all of Milltown; five sisters, Roberta Barnwell, Norma Bright and Lula Mae VanWinkle, all of Milltown, Dorothy Clark of Bradenton, Fla., and Carmen Dukes of Atlanta; 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 1 p.m. at Kraft Funeral Service in New Albany with burial in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park.

The family suggests memorial gifts to the American Cancer Society.


Melvin McCutcheon
Melvin (Mac) McCutcheon, 79, Pershing, died Thursday, Aug. 10, at Reid Hospital in Richmond.

A native of Leavenworth, born June 2, 1921, he was the son of the late Sam and Lula McCutcheon.

He owned and operated the Tradewinds Truck Stop in Richmond from 1957 to 1982, and also owned and operated Mac & Son Citgo in Pershing. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Korea and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 169 in Cambridge City, and served on the Zion Lutheran Cemetery Board.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former MayOma Bennett; a daughter, Jayne Collins, a brother, Jesse McCutcheon, and nine half brothers and sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Jack McCutcheon of Bentonville and David McCutcheon of Centerville; two daughters, Jeanne Gumm of Pershing and Jeri McCutcheon of Cambridge City; and seven grandchildren.

The funeral was Monday, Aug. 14, at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home in Dublin with burial in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Pershing. The Rev. Jerry Crouse officiated.

Military rites were conducted at the gravesite by American Legion Post 169.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Zion Lutheran Cemetery.


Clyde D. Miller
Clyde D. Miller, 76, Depauw, died Monday, Aug. 14, at the Veteran's Medical Center in Louisville.

A native of Milltown, born July 6, 1924, he was the son of the late Sherman Andrew and Sarah Elizabeth Judd Miller.

He owned and operated Miller Welding and was a farmer and former school bus driver for Milltown School and Crawford County School Corp. He was a former member of the Milltown Town Board and Milltown School Board.

Survivors include his wife, Lenore Miller; two sons, Victor Miller of Depauw and Troy Miller of Floyds Knobs; a daughter, Sheree Poe of Milltown; three stepdaughters, Charlotte Ketchum of Independence, Mo., Janice Doherty of Shawnee, Kan., and Karen Richardson of Blue Springs, Mo.; 13 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brown-Newkirk Funeral Home in Milltown.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with burial in Milltown Cemetery. Brother Rick Utz will officiate.

The family suggests memorial gifts to the American Lung Association in care of the funeral home.


Brian K. Milton
Brian Keith Milton, 34, Jeffersonville, died Saturday, Aug. 12, at Jewish Hospital following an illness.

He was a native of New Albany and an Eagle Scout with Troop 104 in New Albany.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Sr. and Loretta Heaston Milton.

Survivors include his wife, Kelli Milton; two daughters, Ashley and Cheyenne Milton, both of Jeffersonville; three brothers, William Milton Jr. of Florida, Kevin Milton of Milltown and Phillip Milton of Hawaii; and two sisters, Mary Gahlinger of New Albany and Cheryl Sargent of Pekin.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Kraft/Royse Generations Funeral Home in New Albany.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Henryville.


Tina Purcell
Tina Purcell, 32, Leopold, died at 8:31 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at St. Mary Medical Center in Evansville of multiple organ failure.

A native of Tell City, born March 13, 1968, she was the daughter of the late Willard P. and Myrtle Wheatley James.

She was employed at Aristokraft in Ferdinand and was a 1987 graduate of Perry Central High School.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Cheryl Redden and Karen Etienne.

Survivors include her husband, Steven Purcell, formerly of Alton; a son, Nicholas Purcell, at home; two daughters, Brandi and Diamond Purcell, both at home; two sisters, Earlene Preher of Mt. Pleasant and Eletta Bryant of Antioch, Tenn.; and seven brothers, Joseph and Ronald James, both of Branchville, Larry D. and Randy James, both of Mt. Pleasant, Paul James of New Port, and Kenny and Kevin James, both of Leopold.

The funeral was Thursday, Aug. 10, at Huber Funeral Home in Tell City with burial in Flower Point Cemetery in Alton.


Donald Rice
Donald (Gene) Rice, 64, Lanesville, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Norton Hospital in Louisville.

He was a native of Falls of the Rough, Ky.; a retired tool and die maker for Anson Stamping Co. in Louisville; and a member of Parkway Southern Baptist Church in New Albany and Masonic Lodge in Fordsville, Ky.

Survivors include his wife, the former Shirley Redding; a son, David Rice of Louisville; three daughters, Vickie McDaniel and Debra Burden, both of Akron, Ohio, and Fawn Rankin of Guston, Ky.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A Masonic service was held Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Georgetown Masonic Lodge.

The funeral was Friday, Aug. 11, at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Georgetown with burial in Macedonia Cemetery at Falls of the Rough, Ky.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Parkway Baptist Church.


Barbara Sappenfield
Barbara Morris Sappenfield, 55, Floyds Knobs, died at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Norton Hospital in Louisville.

A native of Calvin, Va., born May 14, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Elmer H. and Mary Mabel Parsons Morris.

She was a former employee of Home Interiors, a self-employed home interior decorator for 20 years and a member of Evangel Christian Life Center.

Survivors include her husband, Michael L. Sappenfield; two daughters, Marnie F. Shallers of Georgetown and Gina L. Sappenfield of Floyds Knobs; five brothers, James Morris of English, Billy Joe Morris of Jasper, Johnny E. Morris of Georgetown, Thomas V. Morris of Carlisle, Ohio, and Robert H. Morris of New Salisbury; four sisters, Vivian Rudolph of Palmyra, Katherine Setser of Celestine, Brenda G. Slone of Columbus and Judy B. Charles of Depauw; and two grandchildren.

The funeral was Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Love Funeral Home in Palmyra with burial in Palmyra Cemetery. Brother Paul Moore officiated.

Pallbearers were David Rudolph, Richard Morris, Jamie Polk, Creed Hobbs, Michael Setser and Larry Barnes.


Herman J. Spath
Herman J. (Pop) Spath, 94, formerly of Elizabeth, died Sunday, Aug. 6, at Baptist Hospital East.

A native of Elizabeth, born Aug. 27, 1906, he was the founder of Auto Electric Service Co., a member of Transfiguration of Our Lord Catholic Church in Louisville and Knights of Columbus. He was a former member St. Joseph Orphanage Society and St. Leonard Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Spath.

Survivors include three sons, William J., Herman (Bud) and Donald F. Spath; a daughter, Rose Mary Kithcart; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Transfiguration of Our Lord Catholic Church with burial in St. Michael Cemetery in Louisville. Ratterman Funeral Home on Lexington Road in Louisville handled the arrangements.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Mt. Saint Francis Retreat Center, Mt. Saint Francis, IN 47146 or to Mass of the Air, 508 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville, KY 40207.


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