Obituaries September 27, 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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PAUL HARMON HELT, 58, Seymour, died at I. U. Medical Center on Friday, September 15, 2017 in Indianapolis.
He was born in Seymour, on October 4, 1958, the son of the late Scoville Helt and Dorothy Montgomery Helt, Seymour. He was a member of Reddington Christian Church and retired after 27 years with Valeo-Sylvania of Seymour.
On February 21, 1994, he married Emma Bao.
He is survived by his mother; wife; four children, Traci Ann Helt (Aaron Cox), Suzanne Toppe (Louie Falzone), Alexandra Helt and Peyton Helt; six grandchildren, Lillian, Braiden, Gavin, Taylor, Sydney, and Maddy; two brothers, David (Gail) Helt and Mark (Laura) Helt; one niece, Samantha and two nephews, Brad and Scott.
He is preceded in death by his Father.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, September 20, 1:30 p.m., at Voss & Sons Funeral Service, with Rev. Bill Weaver officiating. Family and friends may call at Voss & Sons Funeral Service on Wednesday after 11 a.m. until time of service. Burial will follow at Reddington Cemetery.
Memorial contribution may be designated for the Reddington Christian Church or charity of choice through the Voss & Sons Funeral Service.
Online condolences may be given on the funeral home website at

JARED WAYNE VEST, 24, Sellersburg, died Sunday, September 17, 2017.
He was born on July 18, 1993 to Kevin and Lona (Meredith) Vest in Clark Co. He was a Marine Veteran, a welder, and member of the Northside Christian Church.
He is survived by his father, Kevin Vest of Sellersburg; mother, Lona Vest of Sellersburg; brother, Steven Vest (Janeen) of Charlestown; grandparents, Wanda Vest of Charlestown and Barbara Meredith of Sellersburg; girlfriend, Amanda Mansfield of Sellersburg; nephew, Ethan Vest; niece, Peyton Vest.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11:30 am at the Grayson Funeral Home in Charlestown, with burial in the Charlestown Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Wednesday from 12-8 pm, and after 9 am on Thursday.
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KYLIE ANNE KIRETA, 23, Franklin, died Sunday, September 17, 2017, at her apartment in Cincinnati, Ohio.
She was born April 5, 1994 in Crown Point the daughter of Andrew G. "Andy" Kireta, Jr. formerly of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and Melissa Kay "Missy" King Kireta formerly of Hanover. She was a 2016 graduate of Purdue University with a degree in movement and sports science. She was currently in grad school at Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio pursuing her degree of doctorate of physical therapy. She had participated in the Dance Marathon to support Riley Hospital, held membership in the Delta Gamma Sorority, Grace United Methodist Church and attended Emmanuel Church of Greenwood. During her college summer breaks she had worked for Franklin Parks and Recreation and for the past year before grad school she worked for Hayden Physical Therapy in Greenwood.
She is survived by her parents, Andy and Missy Kireta of Franklin; her sister, Madison Kathleen "Madi" Kireta of Franklin; her paternal grandparents, Andy Sr. and Linda Kireta of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; her great-grandma, Fae Kireta of Enhaut, Pennsylvania; her aunts and uncles, Jennifer and Bill Hensler of Kent, Trina and Christian Hanson of Madison, Rocky King of Hanover, Melissa and Greg Gonville of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Jennifer and Todd Yeakel of Newville, Pennsylvania, Katelyn and Tyler Craig of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and numerous other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Delbert O. King and Kathleen Whitaker King, her paternal great-grandfather, Charles Kireta, and her paternal great-grandparents, Earl and Goldie Alleman.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, September 22, 2017, at 2 pm, by Pastor Andy Kinsey at the Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 East Adams Drive in Franklin. Friends may call Thursday from 2-8 p.m. and Friday from noon until the time of service at the Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 East Adams Drive in Franklin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin Youth Foundation "Cross Country" or the Kylie Anne Kireta Fund to benefit others.

HARVEY F. NAPIER, SR., 90, Scottsburg, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville.
He was born on April 13, 1927 in Manchester, Kentucky, the son of the late John A. Napier and Hannah (Ball) Napier. He was on married Dec. 19, 1964 to Faye (Garrison) Napier. He retired in 1987 as a machinist for the Smithsonian Air Space Museum in Washington D.C. Prior to working at the museum, he worked at the U.S. Navy Yard also in Washington, D.C. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of WW II.
He was preceded in death by a son, John A. Napier; a brother, Bill and two sisters, Sue and Goldie.
Survivors include his wife, Faye (Garrison) Napier; a son, Harvey F. Napier, Jr. of Scottsburg; one niece and two nephews.
Funeral Service will be at 11 am Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Collins Funeral Home with Rev. Raymond Rosebrock officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 pm Friday and after 10 am Saturday. Interment will be in Scottsburg Cemetery in Scottsburg.
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WILLIAM “WILLI” DUNN, 46, Nabb, died Monday, September 18, 2017 at University of Louisville Hospital.
He was born on May 2, 1971 in Jeffersonville, the son of Bobby Dunn and Charlotte Davis Grissom. He worked with Booth Construction framing houses.
Survivors include his Fiancé, Ryan Hill of Nabb; daughters, Tabbatha Dunn of Clarksville, Willow Rayne and Lilly Mae Dunn both of Nabb; sons, Ben Dunn of Clarksville and Alexander Dunn of Sellersburg; mother and step-father, Charlotte and Joe Grissom of Nabb; father and step-mother Bobby and Cheryl Dunn of Charlestown; brothers, Ronnie Dunn of Louisville, and Michael Dunn of Charlestown; sisters, Sara and Megan Dunn both of Charlestown.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 1 P.M. at the Grayson Funeral Home in New Washington with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon on Friday until the time of services.

DONALD RAY SMITH, 55, Scottsburg, died Monday, September 18, 2017.
Born February 24, 1962 in Seymour, he was the son of the late Jessie and Kathleen (Shepherd) Smith.
Survivors include his aunts and uncles, Alice Coulter, Austin, Carolyn Stevens, Austin, Mattie Hines, Little York, Maggie Stagnolia, Austin, Lori Coyler, Columbus, Paul Shepherd, Columbus, Charles Shepherd, Crothersville, Ella Lawson, Austin and Ruby Vires, Vienna. He is also survived by many cousins.
Services will be Private.
Burial will be at Crothersville Cemetery in Crothersville.
Online Condolences can be made at

R.C. STIDHAM, 81, Scottsburg, died Monday, September 18, 2017 at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville.
Born June 30, 1936 in Hazard, KY, he was the son of the late Duddley and Dela (Colwell) Stidham. He was married to Edith Irene (Gayhart) Stidham, who survives.
Survivors include his wife; daughter, Vickie (Mike) Rabon, Bloomington; sons, James Stidham, Scottsburg, Larry (Kathy) Stidham, Scottsburg and Eugene (Pudge) Stidham, Scotsburg; sister, Christine Riley, Austin; brother, Robert Stidham, LaFollette, TN and Eli Stidham, Austin. He is also survived by several grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Dolly Johnson and Molly Farler and brothers, Paul Stidham and Issac Stidham.
Funeral Service will be at 3 pm Friday, September 22, 2017 at The Old Austin Christian Church in Austin with Pastor Keith Stidham officiating. Visitation will be 4-8 pm Thursday and after 10 am Friday at The Old Austin Christian Church. Burial will be at New Providence Cemetery in Austin.
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THELMA LEE VOYLES, 96, died at her home in Palmyra on September 21, 2017.
She was born on August 2, 1921 in Bullitt County, KY, the daughter of John and Sarah Emerson. In 1923, the family moved to Floyd County, in the Greenville/Georgetown area where Thelma grew up. On February 2, 1947, she married Carl N. Voyles of Palmyra and the couple had three sons, John, Jim, and Bob Voyles, who survive her. She served as the organist for Palmyra Baptist Church for 31 years. During her lifetime, Thelma worked at Charlestown Powder plant, Voyles Store in Palmyra as a clerk, Bata Shoe Company in Salem, and M. Fines & Son in New Albany before deciding to retire.
In addition to her three sons, she is survived by one sister, Betty (Ed) Kain of Georgetown, and a brother-in-law, Robert “Bobby” Love, also of Georgetown, as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband of 54 years, her five brothers, Charles, Jesse, Melvin, Irvin, and John Emerson, and her two sisters: Mary Lee Emerson and Emma (Emerson) Love.
Funeral services will be held at Love Funeral Home on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 2-8 pm and on Monday, from 9:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial will follow at Palmyra Cemetery.

CHARLES "CHARLIE" BARNES, 67, Scottsburg, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Scott Memorial Hospital.
He was born on June 4, 1950 in Indianapolis, the son of the late Faye (Pruitt) Peterson. He was a former employee of Morgan Foods in Austin and also worked for several area farmers.
Survivors include two sisters, Mary Riley of Lexington and Dianne Turner (Willard, Sr.) of Salem and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service will be at 11 am Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 at Collins Funeral Home with cremation requested following the service. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 am Monday at Collins Funeral Home. Private burial will be at a later date in Scaffold Lick Cemetery near Blocher, Indiana.
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LYN D. RHOTEN, 71, Scottsburg, died Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Hickory Creek of Scottsburg.
He was born on April 24, 1946 in Austin, the son of the late Emory Rhoten and Eliza (Early) Rhoten. He graduated from Scottsburg High School and then earned his Bachelors Degree from Indiana University in Bloomington. After leaving Bloomington, he earned his Masters Degree from Boston University. He retired as an employment consultant for Vincennes University in Vincennes. Prior to working at Vincennes University, he was a social studies teacher at Scottsburg and Columbus North High Schools for many years. He was a member of the Vienna Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Maude Hughbanks and Thelma Hurst and five brothers, Troy, Roy, Echol, Gene and Arthur Rhoten.
Survivors include 13 nieces and nephews and numerous great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews.
Cremation has been entrusted to Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg, Indiana. Internment will be at a later date in Scottsburg Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Vienna Baptist Church c/o Collins Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be made at

CHESTER CARL GREGORY, 77, formerly of Charlestown, died Friday September 22, 2017 at Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany.
He was born on May 27, 1940 in Colo, Ky, the son of James Andrew and Maggie Mae Bray Gregory. He was a truck driver and painter for several years. He was a Unites States Army veteran from 1957-1960 serving with Elvis Presley. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Science Hill, KY.
Survivors include his wife Dorothy (Mitzi) Starr Gregory of Charlestown; daughters Lisa McDonald and companion Tom Hardesty, Donna Dematos (TJ) Sandra Huff all of Charlestown; sons Martin Gregory of Charlestown, Daniel (Cherie) of Marysville, John Gregory (Carrie) Sellersburg; brothers Jimmy Gregory (Linda) of Greencastle, and Jackie Gregory (Meloney) of Somerset, KY; son-in-laws Barry McDonald of Charlestown and Wayne Huff of Columbus; sister-in-laws Charlotte Gregory of Greencastle and Sharon Gregory of Science Hill, KY; grandchildren Jeffrey, Julia, Amelia, Allie, Andrew, Ashley, Anthony, Eric, Ciara, Brandon, Ryan, Amanda, Kurtis, Matthew, Christian, Haylie and Tommy; great-grandchildren, Ross, Isabella, Andrew, Nova, Damien, Carter, Brayden, Jayden, Evan, Lucas, Camden, Zara, Zoey, Liliana, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and -nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son Ronald Allan Gregory, his parents, sister Verla Bumgardner, brothers, Charles, Harold, James Robert Gregory and infant brother Benny.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 2 P.M. at the Grayson Funeral Home in Charlestown. Visitation will be held on Tuesday beginning at 10 A.M. until the time of services.

MARGARET JANE BUCHANAN, 79, Austin, died Friday, September 22, 2017 at The Waters of Scottsburg.
Born October 11, 1937 in St. Mary's, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Albert Nalley Sr. and Mary Jane (Hardesty) Nalley. On July 25, 1959, she married James A. Buchanan, who died June 4, 2009. She was a retired Registered Nurse. Throughout her life, she worked at St. Vincent's Hospital, Indianapolis; Scott County and Schneck Memorial Hospitals as well as being the 1st school nurse for the Austin School System. She was a member of American Martyrs Catholic Church where she served on the Parish Council and was a Eucharistic minister. She was the co-owner of Buchanan Funeral Home with her late husband as well as a 20-year member of the Psi Iota Xi Sorority in Austin.
Survivors include her children, Janie (Keith) Alexander, Austin, Tom (Misty) Buchanan, Carrolton, Kentucky, J.D. (Terri) Buchanan, Austin, and Jerry Buchanan, Austin; Siblings, James (Susie) Nalley, Pensacola, Florida and Kathy (Larry) Nalley-Schembra, Indianapolis. She is also survived by six grandchildren. Allison, Michael, Daniel, Cassidy, Cameron, and Rylie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Buchanan; Siblings, Thomas Nalley, Jr., Jerry Nalley, Betty Nalley, Dick Nalley, and Georgia Nalley.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 am Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Scottsburg with Father Don Buchanan officiating. Visitation will be 3-8 pm Monday at Buchanan Funeral Home. Burial will be at Austin Cemetery in Austin.
Memorial Contributions may be given to the American Diabetes Association and the Austin Beautification Committee in care of the funeral home.
Online Condolences can be made at

JERRY A. MAUDLIN, 76, Pekin, died Thursday, September 21, 2017 at his home.
He was born April 18, 1941 in Washington County, the son of James Maudlin and Emma Grace Lamb Maudlin Wineinger. He was a member of the Pekin Church of Christ, East Washington Lions Club and was involved in various community organizations. He received his professional engineer license in 1973 and was a retired mechanical engineer for Vogt Power International.
He is survived by his wife: Sharron Fisher Maudlin of Pekin. They were married November 18, 1961. He is also survived by two sons, Timothy Maudlin (Mary Beth) of Pekin and Mark Maudlin (Lynn) of Pekin; a daughter, Rhonda Higginbotham (Trent) of Pekin; five grandchildren, Amber, Courtney, Logan, Jonathan, and Andrew.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 AM at Weathers Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4-8 PM and Tuesday from 9AM-time of service.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lions Club International Eye Bank

DAVID BROWN, 67, Crystal Lake, Ill., died August 16, 2017.
He was born November 28, 1950 in Washington county, the son of Gilbert and Margaret Elliott Brown. After graduation from Salem High School in 1969, he went on to graduate from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1973 with a degree in physics. He went to work for American Air in Louisville. In the 1980s he moved to Illinois to become a project manager with Comustion Aur and later went to work for ABB Brown as a sales representative. After retirement he wrote self-help books.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Richards of Crystal Lake and nephew Ryan Chanley of Jeffersonville.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marjo Brown Smith.
His ashes will be scattered.

LUCILLE LEAH (RUST) THOMPSON, 85, Cortland, died Saturday, September 23, 2017, in Seymour at Lutheran Community Home.
Born October 17, 1931 in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Henry and Minnie (Mellencamp) Rust.
On February 27, 1954 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Borchers, she married Allen Thompson, who preceded her in death on March 21, 2014. She graduated Cortland High School in 1949 furthered her education with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Indiana University. She was an elementary school teacher for 37 years. She was a member of the retired Teachers Association, on the 4-H council, was a 4-H leader, and Farm Bureau member for over 50 years.
She is survived by her children, Dana (Mark) Henley, and Brian (Karla) Thompson; grandchildren, Leah (John) Watson, Janelle (Jacob) Griffin, Ben (Kayla) Thompson, and Tyler (Tiffany) Downing; great grandchildren: Annabelle, Abigail and Brooklyn Watson, Trent Downing, Mark and August Griffin, Harper Thompson; Sister: Thelma (Oscar) Goecker, and Linda (Leon) Seitz, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 60 years Allen, her sister, Norma Ruth Schneider, and brother in law, George Schneider.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 26 at 11 a.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, Borchers, with Rev. Stephen Wood officiating, assisted by intern, Christie Beckmann. Burial will take place at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery Borchers. Family and friends may call at Voss & Sons Funeral Service on Monday from 4-8 p.m. and from the church on Tuesday after 10 a.m. until time of service.
Condolences may be sent to the family through Voss Funeral Service.
Memorials may be written to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Borchers, The Lutheran Hour, or donor’s choice through Voss Funeral Service, Seymour.
A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home Website at

HELEN GENEVA ZAHARIAS, 99, died August 4, 2017.
She born to the late Claude and Minnie Weatherford. She was a graduate of Hanover High School and the New Albany Business College. She worked as a legal secretary from 1936 to 1945 in the Elsby Building in New Albany for Stotsenberg, Weathers, Minton, Phillips, and Cody. She married Pete Zaharias on June 3, 1942; and they had three daughters, Ann Avery (Roger), Mary Lynn Watson (Dennis), and Kay Preston (Steve).
She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Ethel Reed and Mary Heazlitt, and her husband, Pete.
She has nine grandchildren, Heather Swift Avery-Nordell, Rachel Avery, Casey Watson, Alexis Bullock, Rebecca Lee, Elizabeth Avery-Mamer, Neil Preston, Greg Preston, and Brent Preston, and six great grandchildren, Brookelyn and Kate Bullock, Calvin Lee, Sky Kaufman, Hayden Preston, and Genevieve Helen Mamer.
A memorial service will be held on October 7, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in New Albany.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to the New Albany Public Library Youth Department (80 West Spring Street, New Albany, IN 47150) or Trinity United Methodist church (2796 Charlestown Road, New Albany, 47150) in lieu of flowers.

DUSTIN ERIC HATFIELD, 38, Salem, died Sept. 21, 2017.
Born Oct 11 1979. Married Jan 9, 2010. He was a US Army Veteran.
He is survived by his wife Patricia Hatfield, Father Mike Mercer, brother Chad (Vicky) Hatfield, sister, Melissa Hatfield; sons, Michael, Shawn & Ryan Durham; two nieces, Bailey and Olivia Hatfield; three nephews, Brady and Sam Hatfield, Kane Shock; five grandchildren, Courtney, Riley, Peyton, Brayln, & Myla Durham; two great-grandchildren, Levi and Cami Durham.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Becky O'Hare and brother, Bryan Hatfield.
Funeral Service will be at 1 pm Thursday at Dawalt Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4-8 pm Wednesday and after 9 am Thursday.
Memorial Contributions to: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 120 Wall Street, 29th Floor New York, NY 10005.

LEE RALPH COTTONGIM, 91, Salem, died September 24, 2017 at Baptist Health Floyd.
He was born February 18, 1927 in Clay County, Kentucky, the son of Minnie Brown and Joseph Cottongim. On July 26, 1944 he entered into the military where he served in WW II in the European Theater in the U.S. Army were he rose to the rank of Supply Sergeant. He was discharged from Camp Atterbury, June 24, 1946. In 1948, he came to Washington County to help his uncle farm where he met Dorothy Louise Winslow. On December 23, 1950, they were married by Esten Martin. They were married 64 years before Dorothy passed in 2016. He farmed and installed farm equipment with his father-in-law, Ralph Winslow. He was a member of the Canton Christian Church of Salem since 1973, where he had served on the board of trustees. He helped organize the East Washington Water Corp. with Reed Howell, was a 4-H Leader of the Victory Farmers and Farmeretts in the late 60’s.
He is survived by two daughter, Sara Cottongim (David) Day of Salem and Clara Cottongim of Corydon; three sons, Terry (Nancy) Cottongim, Kent (Terri) Cottongim and Larry (Sandy) Cottongim all of Salem; two sisters, Lucy Amburgey and Lila Gentry of Lexington, Kentucky; one brother, Leon Cottongim of Rockville, Indiana; nine grandkids, Tiffany Cottongim Hoke, R. Keith (Susan) Day, Shaun Cottongim, Damon Day, Raven and Katelynn Cottongim all of Salem, Brian (Anna) Hoyt of CA, Allisyn Gilstrap Timberlake of CT, Kyle Gilstrap of NY and five great-grandchildren; Haley, Easton, Bree, Adalyn and Starling.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers; Lewis Cottongim, Luther Cottongim, Leonard Cottongim and Lyle Cottongim.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday and after 9 a.m. Friday at Dawalt Funeral Home. The funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery in Salem.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Canton Christian Church 1352 North Canton Road, Salem, Indiana, 47167 or to the Washington County 4-H Council, 806 Martinsburg Rd., Suite 104, Salem, IN 47167-4601.

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