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Obituaries November 23, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 November 2016 00:00

JEAN RAE KNUDTSON, 78
RALPH C. SOSH, 85
JOHN W. TERRELL, 76
ELLEN (HISLE) BLACKMAN, 74
FREDERICK BLAINE NEUHAUSER, JR., 79
FLORENCE L. BARRETT, 82
DALE KELLY HOTTLE, 75
JUDY SPURLOCK, 71
SANDRA S. WHITEHEAD, 68
ROBERT L. CROSS, 66
PATRICIA ANN POFF, 79
GLENDEN LEE SPIVEY, 74
DELLA MAE BEACH, 80
NAOMI RUTH (RIGSBY) EVANS, 87
DAVID THOMAS “TOMMY” GARRIOTT, 76
KYLE DUANE MAGGARD, 70
JERRY REECE MITCHELL, SR., 75
NAOMI RUTH (RIGSBY) EVANS, 87
CHARLES MICKEY COCHRAN, 67
EARLE H “SKIP” UDELL, JR., 67
PHYLLIS JEAN BARKER, 73
JESS F. HELSEL, 91
JAMES E. CROSS, 59


JEAN RAE KNUDTSON, 78, of Charlestown, died Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Hosparus Inpatient Care Center in Louisville, following a lengthy battle with cancer.
She was born on February 26, 1938 in Chester, South Dakota to Lester and Bernice Bloker. Early in her childhood they moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota where they farmed. She was a graduate of Grand Forks High School, and the University of North Dakota. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in New Albany, where she taught many years at the school, and played the organ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Ardys Enright.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry Knudtson of Charlestown; daughter, Kjersti Milliner (Nick) of Charlestown; son, Joel Knudtson of Newburg, IN; sisters, Aileen Layon (Eli) of El Centro, CA, Jeanette Cantrell (Jack) of Bakersfield, CA; granddaughter, Andrea Milliner of Sellersburg; great-grandson, Cayden Milliner of Sellersburg.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 1 pm at the Grace Lutheran Church, 1787 Klerner Lane in New Albany, IN 47150. Visitation will begin on Thursday after 9 am at the church with a private burial at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison.
Grayson Funeral Home in Charlestown handling the arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to Grace Lutheran School at 1787 Klerner Lane New Albany, IN 47150
Online condolences can be sent to www.graysonfuneralhome.com


RALPH C. SOSH, 85, Salem, died Saturday, November 12, 2016 in Mitchell.
He was born October 9, 1931 in Hardinsburg, Kentucky the son of Noah and Goldie Lucas Sosh. He was a retired construction worker.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Hatfield Sosh; a son, David Sosh and his parents.
He is survived by a son, Curt Sosh (April) of Salem; a daughter, Rhonda Renfro (Gary) of Jeffersonville; three step-sons, Darrell, Mike and George Boone all of Mitchell; a step-daughter, Jennifer Farley of Mitchell; a brother, Noah Sosh of Taswell, Lorene Grims of Louisville; nine grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be Monday, November 21 from 4-8 PM at Weathers Funeral Home. There will be no services.


JOHN W. TERRELL, 76, Leavenworth, formerly of Scottsburg, died Monday, November 14, 2016, at his home near Leavenworth.
He was born September 15, 1940, in Greensburg, to the late Calvin and Dora Milligan Terrell. He was a retired supervisor at the PSI Gallagher Plant in New Albany, Indiana, was a member of the Henryville Christian Community Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Mary Margaret; and 4 infant siblings.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Charlotte Ann Ledford Terrell; his daughter, Cynthia Christine “Cyndi” Kemp (Mike) of Leavenworth; his granddaughter, Dora Glover (Matthew Robertson) of Leavenworth; his step-grandson, Larry Coakley; his great-granddaughter, Serenity Christine Glover; his step-great-grandchildren, Hunter, Annie and Remington Coakley; his brothers, Calvin Jr. and Jerry; and his sisters, Sue Ann, Phyllis, Carmen and Pamela.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2016, at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon. Harold White will officiate. Burial will be in Leavenworth Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Mike, Denny and Bobby Kemp, Matt Robertson, Alonso Rivas, Charles Adkins and Larry Coakley.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to Susan G. Komen cancer research.


ELLEN (HISLE) BLACKMAN, 74, New Albany, died Friday, November 11, 2016.
She was born on February 12, 1942 to the late Clarence & Leona (Griffin) Hisle.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Alan Blackman; and her daughter, Donna Edwards.
She is survived by her son, Ronald Blackman (Susan); brother, Joseph Hisle (Rebecca); sisters, Pauline Moran & Hilda King; grandchildren, Elizabeth Harris (Joshua), Ron Blackman, Steven Blackman, & Jessica Blackman; great-granddaughter, Olivia Harris.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 AM on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Newcomer Funeral Home (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany, IN). Her Funeral Service will be at 11 AM immediately following visitation in the chapel at the funeral home.


FREDERICK BLAINE NEUHAUSER, JR., 79, Scottsburg, died Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at in Lake Iola Assisted Living.
He was born on December 2, 1936 in Scott County, the son of the late Frederick Blaine Neuhauser Sr. and Dodie (Pangburn) Neuhauser. He graduated from Austin High School in 1955, was a retired machinist and gunsmith and also a former Financial Manager for the old Vest Home Center in Scottsburg. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the National Rifle Association, American Legion Post #234, Scott County VFW Post #6582, Moose Family Center #2324 and an Honorary Kentucky Colonel.
Survivors include two daughters, Kelly Neuhauser of Scottsburg and Shannon Blackerby and her husband John of Henderson, Nevada; a son, Blaine Neuhauser and his wife Linda of Floyds Knobs; a sister, Sandy Mayfield and her husband Gary of Austin; four grandchildren, Mikal Weatherholt (Gabrielle), Ashley Coffman (Chandler), Emily and Noah Neuhauser and two nephews, Chuck and Dan Mayfield.
Funeral Service will be at 9:30 am Friday, November 18, 2016 at Collins Funeral Home with burial in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Thursday and after 9 am Friday.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cat Adoption Center of the Humane Society of Scott County c/o Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg.
Online condolences can be left at www.collinsfuneralhome.net.


FLORENCE L. BARRETT, 82, Austin, died Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg.
She was born October 9, 1934 in Breathitt Co., KY, she was the daughter of the late Arkansas Turner and Dora (Turner) Turner. She was a retired employee of Morgan Foods in Austin and a member of the Solid Rock Community Church Scottsburg.
She married Russell "Bob" Barrett on October 1, 1954 who survives.
Additional survivors include her daughters, Joyce (Scott) Sedam, Charlestown, Dora (Mike) Jackson, Austin; brothers, Troy (Paulene) Turner, Indianapolis, Truman (Nancy) Turner, Newport, Ky., Alvin Turner, Owenton, Ky.; sisters, Nancy (Zeke) Riley, Georgetown, Ky., Julie (Hent) Riley, Georgetown, Ky., Laura (Robert) Riley, Stomping Ground, Ky., Roetta (Ollie) Mullins, Austin and Evelee (Robert) Reynolds, Michigan. She is also survived by five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Barrett and an Infant son; three brothers, Alford, Leanord and Delmer Turner and one sister, Lena Mae Fox.
Funeral Service will be at 2 pm Friday, November 18, 2016 at Solid Rock Community Church in Scottsburg with Rev. Mike Shuler & Rev. Paul Jones Jr. officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 8 pm Thursday and Noon to 2 pm Friday at Solid Rock Community Church. Burial will be at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Austin.
Online Condolences can be made at www.buchananfuneralhome.net.


DALE KELLY HOTTLE, 75, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Salem Crossing.
He was born July 17, 1941, the son of Herbert W. and Lydia Glenn Tyler Hottle. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Salem. He was a graduate of Indiana University with a Master’s Degree in secondary education. He taught English at Paoli High School and was a charter member of Orange County Players and Washington County Actors Community Theatre, having directed and starred in numerous productions over the years. He completed seminary at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a degree in music. He was a former youth minister and choir director for several churches in the area. He spent many years as a correspondent for the Salem Leader/Democrat.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Hottle; two sisters, Wanda Williams and Rhodella Martin and his parents.
He is survived by his nephew, Larry Martin of Little York and his niece, Rhonda Back of Boonville.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 AM at Weathers Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Hancock Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 9-11 AM.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Salem.


JUDY SPURLOCK, 71, Campbellsburg, died Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 1:50 am, in Schneck Medical Center Seymour.
Born January 29, 1945 in Appalachia, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Worley and Bonnie (Caldwell) Fisher. She was a homemaker, attended the Pentacostal Church and had been a resident of Washington County since 1969, formerly of Florida.
She married May 19, 1962 to Peter Spurlock, who survives. Also surviving are: 3 Sons: Timothy (Debra) Spurlock, Greencastle, Indiana, David (Rebecca) Spurlock and Anthony (Sharon) Spurlock, Indianapolis; 2 Sisters: Martha Moore, Seymour and Retha Shockley, Indianapolis; 1 Brother: Charles Fisher, Clarksville, Tennessee; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Ginger Spurlock and one grandson.
Graveside Service will be at 2 pm Friday at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements by Dawalt Funeral Home.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 11454. Alexandria, Virginia 22312.


SANDRA S. WHITEHEAD, 68, Seymour, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at Schneck Medical Center surrounded by her family.
She was born August 9, 1948, in Seymour, the daughter of the late Herbert Kenneth and Ruth “Dolly” (Stewart) Smith. She married Marvin Lee Whitehead in August of 2002, and he preceded her October 13, 2003. She was a member of First Christian Church in Scottsburg. She worked over 30 years as a CNA.
She is survived by her sons, Russell (Jessica) Edwards, Bradley Stout, Robert Stout and Brien (Rhonda) Stout; grandchildren, Erin Edwards, Cora Edwards, Leah Edwards, Dallas Stout, Kaleb Allman, Zack Stout, Amanda Muncy, Aaron Jones, Katie Stout and Breanna Stout; great-grandchildren, Aiden Jones, Jaylyn Muncy, Josie Campbell and Jesslyn Muncy; and siblings, Linda Smith, Kristy Smith and Herb (Kim) Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Marvin.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Voss Chapel with Rev. Brien Stout officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Friends and family may call at Voss Chapel on Friday from 5 to 7 pm and Saturday after 9 am until time of service.
Memorial checks may be written to the American Cancer Society through Voss & Sons Funeral and Crematory Service, Seymour.
A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home website at www.vossfuneralservice.com.


ROBERT L. CROSS, 66, Seymour, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in New Castle.
He was born on June 8, 1950 in Seymour, the son of Flemon R. Cross and Anna M. (Gilham) Cross. He was a fork lift driver for Seymour Manufacturing and a member of the Cornerstone Community Church in Seymour.
He was preceded in death by his father and three brothers, David Wayne, Ronald E., and Danny J. Cross.
Survivors include his mother, Anna M. Cross of Seymour; a step-daughter, Misty Dawn Thompson-Duckwall of Greenville; three brothers, Melvin R. Cross and his wife Marlene and James E. Cross all of Seymour and Roger D. Cross of Blocher; four sisters, Marilyn A. Nowling of Seymour, Brenda K. Cross of Blocher, Donna M. Clark and her husband John of Versailles and Charlene Brothers of Clarksville and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service will be at 1 pm Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg with burial in Emmanuel Baptist Cemetery near Blocher. Visitation will be from 11 am to 1 pm Saturday.
Online condolences may be left at www.collinsfuneralhome.net.


PATRICIA ANN POFF, 79, Vallonia, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.
She had been ill for two weeks. She was a retired Typesetter and had worked in Chicago. In recent years, her great-niece, Amy Edick came to live with her and they took care of each other.
She was born on June 12, 1937 in Jackson County, to the late John R. Beck and Audrey O. Brewer Beck Thompson.
Survivors include, nieces and nephews; Jeffery Holloway, Shannon Guinn, Kimberly Williams, Tina Robison, Janet Beniot, Linda Persinger, Ann Roy, Michael Kruczek, Don Mathis, and Patty Forister; numerous great- and great-great nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Richard & Jerry Beck and sisters, Emma Lee Kruczek Mathis, Wanda Beck, Megan Holloway and Shirley Brasfield.
A graveside service will take place at a later date at the Vallonia Cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.Johnsonfh.net


GLENDEN LEE SPIVEY, 74, Scottsburg, died Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Norton's Hospital in Louisville.
He was born June 11, 1942 in Sandy Gap, Kentucky, and was the son of the late Pete Spivey and Elizabeth (Collins) Spivey. He was a retired construction worker.
Survivors include sons, Charles Kelley, Scottsburg, Michael Spivey, Scottsburg, Steven Thomas, Crothersville and Bobby Reynolds; daughters, Tina Honey, Brownsburg, Mary Howard, Scottsburg; a brother, James Spivey, Washington State and several grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Dennis Spivey and a sister, Nina Faye Smallwood.
Direct Cremation was chosen there were no services or visitation.
Online Condolences can be made at www.buchananfuneralhome.net.


DELLA MAE BEACH, 80, of Jeffersonville, IN passed away on Thursday Nov. 17, 2016 at her home.
She was born on September 27, 1936 in New Washington, to Leslie and Evelyn Laswell Long.
Survivors include her daughters, Carla Alexander (Jerry) of Shepherdsville, KY., Bonnie Gardner, Trinia Beach and Deisa Porter all of Jeffersonville; son, Leslie Beach (Connie) of Hanover; brother, Sam Long (Mary) of Lexington; grandchildren, Danny Lee, Glenda Strohmier, Rebecca Tooley and Chris Porter and seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Monday Nov. 21, 2016 at Grayson Funeral Home in New Washington with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 1-7 pm and again on Monday after 9 am.
Online condolences may be made at www.graysonfuneralhome.com.


NAOMI RUTH (RIGSBY) EVANS, 87, died Friday, November 18, 2016 at her home.
She was born in Central Barren, on August 14, 1929 to Comer Brown and Maelinda Jane (Hendrich) Rigsby. She was formerly a manager of KFC, healthcare provider, and was a cashier at Walmart.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Comer and Maelinda (Hendrich) Rigsby.
She is survived by one son, Paul A. Evans of New Salisbury; three daughters, Marcia Owens of New Salisbury, Roxanne Bucciero of Fort Lauderdale and Ruth Whitaker of Boynton Beach, FL.
The family has chosen a private graveside service.


DAVID THOMAS “TOMMY” GARRIOTT, 76, Scottsburg, died on Thursday, the 17 of November, 2016 at his residence.
He was born on August 19,1940 in Scottsburg, the son of the late David F and Eleanor Jean (Polly) Garriott. He graduated from Scottsburg High School in 1958. He was a retired employee of Cummins Engine Corporation at the Columbus and Seymour Plants. He was also an accomplished and generational cattle rancher. He was a member of the American Maine-Anjou Association, past President of the Indiana Maine-Anjou Association and a cattle judge for most of the County Fairs in the State of Indiana.
He was married on Sept. 25th 1982 to Denise (Vissing) Garriott, who survives. In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Bert Garriott and his wife Tina of Seymour and Crede Garriott of Scottsburg; two sisters, Lois Anne Garriott-Runyan of Florida and Nina Garriott-Vehslage of Brownstown; three grandsons, Seth, Samuel and Cole Garriott and two great-grandchildren, Callie Renea and Kyson Blaine Garriott.
Cremation was requested and entrusted to Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg.
A Celebration of Tommy’s Life Service will be held from 1-5 PM on November 20th at the Collins Family Center in Scottsburg, Indiana.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Clark, Washington and Scott County 4-H c/o Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg.
Online condolences can be left at www.collinsfuneralhome.net


KYLE DUANE MAGGARD, 70, Phoenix, Arizona died Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Hospice of the Valley Eckstein Center. 
He was born on July 29, 1946 in Hazard, Kentucky to Samuel Curtis Maggard and Nell Beatrice Maggard.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine (Platek) Maggard, his children Bonita Jo Hayth (St. Louis, MO), Scot Duane Maggard (Louisville), three grandchildren Tyler Kyle Hayth, Nathan Samuel Maggard, Julianne Elizabeth Maggard; his older sister, Sharon Jane Davenport (Charlestown), his brother from another mother Steve Fey, and six nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and his younger sister, Shoma Diana (Maggard) McBride.
The family will be having a Celebration of Life on Sunday, November 20, 2016, beginning at 1 pm. It will be held at Fatso's Pizza, 3131 E Thunderbird Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032.
The family requests that expression of sympathy be made in a donation in his honor to Hospice of the Valley (Eckstein Center), 1510 E Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85014.


JERRY REECE MITCHELL, SR., 75, Charlestown, died Thursday, November 17, 2016 at his home.
He was born on May 2, 1941 to Clarence and Novella (Johnson) Mitchell in Scottsville, KY. He was a retired maintenance mechanic for St. Catherine Regional Hospital.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Read, Dean, Bill, and Doug; sister, Novice.
Survivors include his wife the former Rita Bruner of Charlestown; sons, J.R. Mitchell (Robyn) of Charlestown, Jeff Mitchell of Charlestown and Troy Mitchell (Kami) of Sellersburg; sister, Reba Lonas of Scottsville, KY; grandchildren, Eryn, Jessica, and Hannah; great-grandson, Trayton.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 2 pm at the Grayson Funeral Home in Charlestown, with burial to follow in the Charlestown Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Sunday from 1-8 pm, and after 9 am on Monday.
Online condolence can be sent to www.graysonfuneralhome.com


NAOMI RUTH (RIGSBY) EVANS, 87, New Salisbury, died Friday, November 18, 2016 at her home.
She was born in Central Barren, on August 14, 1929 to Comer Brown and Maelinda Jane (Hendrich) Rigsby. She was formerly a manager of KFC, healthcare provider, and was a cashier at Walmart.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Comer and Maelinda (Hendrich) Rigsby.
She is survived by one son, Paul A. Evans of New Salisbury; three daughters, Marcia Owens of New Salisbury, Roxanne Bucciero of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Ruth Whitaker of Boynton Beach, FL; six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
The family has chosen a private graveside service.


CHARLES MICKEY COCHRAN, 67, Marysville, died Thursday November 17, 2016 at Norton Hospital in Louisville.
He was born October 21, 1949 in Dayton, OH to George and Sally Craigmyle Cochran. He is a retired river boat pilot for the Nugent Sand Co.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Cochran of Marysville; sons, George Cochran of Scottsburg, Robert Cochran of Louisville, Steven Cochran of Marysville; brother, David Cochran of Bethlehem, IN; grandkids, Katherine Alida Cochran and Nichole Paige Cochran.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Hobert and Eugene Cochran.
Funeral Service will be held at 2 pm Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the Grayson Funeral Home in New Washington, with burial to follow in Crown Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday from 3-8 pm and again on Tuesday after 9am until time of service.


EARLE H “SKIP” UDELL, JR., 67, Little York, died November 17 2016 in Salem.
He was born June 3, 1949 in Akron, Ohio, the son of Earle H Udell & Annamary Begley Udell. He retired as a supervisor with Kimball. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Salem and Western Hills Country Club in Salem.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Jane Udell and a sister, Suzanne Udell, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Services were Monday, November 21, 2016 at Stewart & Hoagland Funeral Home. Burial followed at Little York Cemetery. Dan Jackson officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Little York Cemetery c/o Stewart & Hoagland Funeral Home, 80 N 1st St., Scottsburg IN 47170.
Online condolences may be left at www.stewart-hoaglandfuneralfuneralhome.com


PHYLLIS JEAN BARKER, 73, Scottsburg, died November 17, 2016, Scottsburg.
She was born July 13, 1943 in Scottsburg, the daughter of Leo Hall & Ruby Bowling Hall. She was a homemaker and a retired CNA. She was a member of the Franklin Church of Christ in Franklin.
She is surviced by her husband, Edward W Barker, Scottsburg; sons, William Darrin Barker, Greenwood; daughters, Tracy Barker-Brooks (Patrick Brooks), Indianapolis and Carey L Hilton, Austin; a brother, William Hall; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Russell Edward Barker; daughter, Mikki Barker Wright; brothers, Michael Hall, Jerry Hall, Roger Hall.
Services were Monday, November 21, 2016 at Stewart & Hoagland Funeral Home. Burial followed at Sodom Cemetery in Underwood with Dan McDonald officiating.
Online condolences may be left at www.stewart-hoaglandfuneralfuneralhome.com


JESS F. HELSEL, 91, Salem, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2016 at his residence.
Born December 22, 1924 in Deerfield, Ohio, he was the son of the late Jesse A and Alice Agnes (Bruey) Helsel.
He arrived in Salem, Washington County in June 1951. His assignment by then employer, Wel-Met, Inc. Of Kent Ohio, was to oversee the building of a manufacturing plant on West Market Street in Salem. This was the start of the Powder Metallurgy in Washington County, which today provides approximately 900 jobs for the county.
Through the small start, 20 people, and through a series of expansions, a decision was made in 1968 to build another plant located off Beck’s Mill Road. Helsel served as President of the company through a series of mergers to include building the first powder metallurgy operation in Mexico in 1957. During the late 60s, plants were operated in Hagerstown, Indiana, Angola, Indiana, St. Thomas, Ontario and a joint venture in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
In 1974, Helsel acquired a small, struggling plant in Indianapolis and in 1976 relocated it in Campbellsburg, Indiana where it continues as Net Shape.
A believer in community involvement, Helsel has served several terms as a past Director of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and as it’s President. In 1997, he was chosen as the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. He served two terms as Washington County Councilman. He was a charter member of the Washington County Economic Growth Partnership board of Directors and served as its President. He assisted in the formation of the Salem Enterprise Zone and served on it’s board for several years.
On the State scene, he served as President and Director of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, President and Director of the Indiana Manufacturers Association, and the Indiana Small Business Council. He was selected by then governor Robert D. Orr to accompany the Governor on an extended tour to China and South Korea to study the automotive industry there and determine how Indiana could enter into that market.
Helsel was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Ed Whitcomb in 1971 and was named a Sagamore of the Wabash again in 1988 by Governor Robert Orr. In 2007, Governor Mitch Daniels awarded Helsel the Distinguished Hoosier Award.
Helsel served nine years on the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees and two terms as it’s President. From a sponsor of early science fairs at West Washington to his years of involvement with Ivy Tech, Helsel has always encouraged better education and learning for all associates. Many Washington County residents owe their degree to his company’s Tuition Aid Program.
Helsel was married to Barbara Ebert Helsel for 63 years before her demise in 2010. They raised three children, Perter, Jessica and Leslie.
They enjoyed their rural like while raising kids, Appaloosa horses, Scottish Highland Cattle and other critters, too numerous to mention.
Survivors include two daughters, Jessica Jane (Don) Craig, Omaha, Nebraska and Leslie Gilstrap, Salem; eight grandchildren and eight-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Holly Beth Helsel and one son, Peter F. Helsel and three brothers.
Funeral Service will be at 1 pm Tuesday at Dawalt Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Monday and 9 am until the time of the service on Tuesday.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Washington County Humane Society / Salem Animal Shelter 204 Joseph Street Salem, Indiana 47167.


JAMES E. CROSS, 59, Seymour, died Monday, November 21, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.
He was born on April 17, 1957 in Greensburg, the son of Flemon R. Cross and Anna M. (Gilham) Cross. He was a former laborer at Home Products International in Seymour, a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Assemblies of God and Teen Challenge of America.
He was preceded in death by his father; a son, James Ryan and four brothers, David Wayne, Ronald E., Danny J. and Robert L. Cross.
Survivors include his mother, Anna M. Cross of Seymour; two brothers, Melvin R. Cross and his wife Marlene of Seymour and Roger D. Cross of Blocher; four sisters, Marilyn A. Nowling of Seymour, Brenda K. Cross of Blocher, Donna M. Clark and her husband John of Versailles and Charlene Brothers of Clarksville and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service will be at 1 pm Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at Collins Funeral Home with burial in Emmanuel Baptist Cemetery in Blocher. Visitation will be from 10 am to 1 pm Wednesday at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg.
Online condolences can be left at www.collinsfuneralhome.net.

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