Obituaries April 18, 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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HAROLD LEWIS ALLEN, SR., 68, Seymour, died Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Columbus Regional Hospital.
He was born in Austin, on January 21, 1950, to the late Leonard and Lila (Mosley) Allen. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Ivy Hill Baptist Church. He was a member of the Army and Army National Guard, having served in Company C, 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry during the Vietnam War before being honorably discharged in July 1975. On August 21, 2000, he married Sherry L. Rutan, she survives. He spent his career in facilities maintenance before retiring from Aisin, USA in May 2016.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry Allen; children, Harold L. “Peanut” Allen, Jr.; James D. (Hannah) Allen and Matthew C. (Samantha) Allen; grandchildren, Elijah Allen, Lilah Allen and Norah Allen; brother, James (Lynn) Allen; sisters, Rosemary (Clayton) White, JoAnn Wilson and Juanita Amos; father-in-law, Marvin Rutan; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Michelle Robbins; and mother-in-law, Linda Rutan.
Funeral services will be at Voss & Sons Funeral Service on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 11 am with Rev. Mike Shuler officiating. Burial will follow at Garland Brook Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour. Family and friends may call at Voss & Sons Funeral Service on Thursday from 4-8 pm and on Friday from 9 am until time of service.
Memorials may be written to Sherry Allen for grandchildren’s educational expenses, in care of Voss & Sons Funeral Service.
Online condolences may be given on the funeral home website at

VIRGINIA V. BAYNES, 90, New Albany, died Monday, April 9, 2018 at her home.
She was born December 31, 1927 in Washington County, the daughter of Lotus and Mabel Davis Cauble. She was a homemaker, retired Park Manager for Haines City, Florida and a former daycare assistant for Over the Moon Kiddie Care. She was a member of Westview Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Baynes; two sisters, Ivalou Starr and Frances Myers and a granddaughter, Amber Baynes and her parents.
She is survived by two sons, Troy Baynes of Jeffersonville and Robbie Baynes of Salem; a daughter, Cathy Baynes of New Albany; two brothers, Harold Cauble of Memphis and Robert Cauble of Smithville, Kentucky; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
There will be no funeral services. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-6 PM at Weathers Funeral Home. Burial will be private in Crown Hill Cemetery.

NORMAN B. SMITH, 80, Otisco, died Monday April 9, 2018 at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville.
He was born July 13, 1937 in Nelson County, KY to Ernest A. and Mary Brown Smith. He was a member of the Blazing Star Masonic Lodge #226 in Charlestown, retired electrician with the I.B.E.W. Union Local #369, member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis and enjoyed collecting antique cars and tractors.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Nancy L. Hamm and a brother Harold Smith; daughter-in-law, Theresa Armstrong Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Kieran Medley Smith; sons, Gary W. Smith (Gwen) of Henryville and Bryan T. Smith of Willisburg, KY; daughter, Sharon L. Neal of Otisco; brother, Keith Smith of Jeffersonville; sister, Wilma Nelson of Jeffersonville; grandchildren, Emily Johnson (Tim), Craig Smith, Brad Neal (Casey), Jason Neal, Stephen Neal, Brandon Smith and Jordan Smith (Hannah); great grandchildren, Larissa, Layne, Cooper, Katie, Liam and Miles.
In accordance with his wishes cremation was chosen and a Celebration of Life Services will be held at a later date.
Grayson Funeral Home in Charlestown is handling the arrangements.

IVAN V. SKELTON, SR., 95, Salem, died Monday, April 9, 2018.
Born June 23, 1922 in Salem, he was the son of the late Thorton and Marie (Wright) Skelton. He was a member of the Blue River Baptist Church, had been a life resident of Washington County and was a former member of the Indiana National Guard. On November 27, 1947, he married Betty L. (Vittitow) Skelton, who died July 2, 2012.
Survivors include his son, Jeffrey Skelton; two daughters, Catherine (Mike) Daugherty and Linda (Mike) Lilly; two sisters, June Motsinger and Barbara Rose; one brother, Everett Skelton and four grandchildren, Andrew Daugherty, Michael (Kristi) Lilly, Sarah and Elizabeth Lilly.
He was preceded in death by one son, Ivan V. Skelton Jr.; one granddaughter, Amy Marie Daugherty and two brothers, Glen and Cleo Skelton.
Funeral service will be at 2 pm Saturday at Dawalt Funeral Home with Mike Motsinger officiating. Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12-2 pm Saturday.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society C/O Jeanette Nolan 945 North Rush Creek Road Salem, 47167 or the Charity of your choice.

JANE (DAVIS) SKILLEN, 98, originally from Salem, died on April 10, 2018.
She graduated from Salem High School in 1938 and attended Ball Memorial, where she earned her R.N. She served in the Air Force, stationed at Homestead, Florida, where she met her first husband, Nathan B. Ludwig, from Brooklyn, New York. She was a charter member of Women In Service and is listed on a memorial at Arlington Cemetery.
She was the daughter of John H. and Grace B. Davis of Salem and the mother of Susan Merritt of Scottsdale, Arizona and Kevin Ludwig of Indianapolis. She is also survived by step-children, James Skillen of Middlebury, Martin Conner of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and Robin DeGroff of Warsaw; two grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four siblings, Mary E. Wallace, Lee A. Davis, Gene P. Davis and Paul W. Davis; her three husbands, Nathan B. Ludwig, Lee Conner and Robert Skillen and her parents.
There will be no services.
Memorial donations may be made to Washington County Community Foundation, Rachel Spaulding Davis Touch Tomorrow Fund, P.O. Box 50 Salem, IN 47167.

CAROL ANN SMITH, 74, Austin, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg.
Born July 2, 1943 in Scottsburg, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Elsie (Eldridge) Huckleberry. She was a member of Crothersville Church of the Nazarene.
Survivors include her husband, John D. Smith, Austin; daughter, Robin Smith Coomer, Austin; a son, Steve Smith, Scottsburg; a brother, Charles Huckleberry, Austin and a sister, Mary Mullins, Scottsburg. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Josh Smith, Brittany Smith, Anthony Smith, and Tyler Coomer; three great-grandchildren, Kendyl Boswell, Ember Smith, and Laney Coomer.
She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Morgan Coomer.
Funeral Service will be at 1 pm Friday, April 13, 2018 at Buchanan Funeral Home in Austin, with Sister Mary Bowles officiating. Cremation will follow her services. Visitation will be from 10 am to 1 pm Friday at Buchanan Funeral Home.
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MICHAEL MURPHY, 74, Charlestown, died April 9, 2018 at his residence.
He retired after 35 years as a pharmacist at Rite Aid in Charlestown. He served in the Army for 6 years.
He is survived by his first wife Susan; two children Laura and Jamie; two grandsons; two granddaughters; his current wife, Johanna; two step-daughters, Johanna and Erica; five step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday April 13, 2018 at 1 PM at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Charlestown with burial to follow in Wolfe Cemetery in Georgetown. Visitation will be on Friday at the church beginning at 11 am.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to Father Flanigans Boys Town.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN THOMAS, JR., 62, Norman, died Thursday, April 5, 2018 at his residence.
He was born on March 7, 1956 in Harlan County, Kentucky, the son of the late Benjamin Franklin Thomas Sr. and Elizabeth (Lovett) Thomas. He was a former employee of Berry Material Corp. in Hayden, Indiana and also had worked at Morgan Foods in Austin.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Thomas; his parents, Benjamin, Sr. and Elizabeth Thomas; four brothers, Clifford, Wade, William "Bill" and Ervin Thomas and a sister, Janie Wilhite.
Survivors include three sons, Bradley Dean Thomas and wife Tracy of Norman, Benjamin Franklin Thomas, III and wife Tabby of Seymour and Brian Wayne Thomas of Blocher; two brothers, Lowell Thomas of Lexington and Carl Thomas of Austin; three sisters, Rose Jones, Coella and Patricia Thomas all of Deputy; three grandchildren, Michael, Bradley and Ashley and two great-grandchildren, Liam and Lucas.
Graveside Service will be at noon on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison.
Services were entrusted to Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg.
Online condolences can be left at

ESSIE EUGENE BEELER, SR., 75, New Albany, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Baptist Health Floyd.
He was born on October 15, 1942 to Talbert and Ruth Beeler in Elizabeth. He was a retired auto mechanic for G & G Oil in New Albany.
Survivors include his wife the former Henrietta Ross of New Albany; son, Essie Beeler, Jr. (Teresa) of Marysville; step-son, Larry Clark (Amy) of New Albany; daughters, Kimberly Blevins (Leroy) of New Albany and Juanita Ruedinger (Jerry) of Memphis; brother, Kenny Beeler of Marysville; sisters, Patty Harvey of Jeffersonville, Wilma Stepp of Louisville, Lill Beeler of Otisco and Tootie Cannon of Whitesburg, KY; grandchildren, Sierra Blevins, Spencer Clark, Peyton Clark, Jessica Beeler, Kayla Beeler, Jacob Beeler, Natalie Ruedinger, Josh Ruedinger, Jess Ruedinger, and Nicole Ruedinger; three great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 at noon at the Grayson Funeral Home in Charlestown. Visitation will begin after 10 am on Friday.

CARRIE KEEVER, 38, Indianapolis, died Monday April 9, 2018 at her Mother's home in Fairland.
She was born in Indianapolis on June 10, 1979, the daughter of Debra Martin and Donn Keever Junior. She was a graduate of Southport High school.
She survived by her father, Donn and step-mother Florence of Indianapolis, and mother, Debra and step-father, Tony of Fairland. She was never married, but is survived by a plethora of siblings to include her brothers; Daniel (wife, Shelle) Keever, of Muskegon, MI, Darrell (wife, Victoria) Martin of Hampstead, NC, Justin Martin, of Fairland, David (wife, Shae) Brown of Indianapolis, Jamie Brown of Indianapolis and Ryan Martin, of Columbus; sisters, Shay (husband, Scott) Speer of Seymour, and Leah (husband, Brian) Gault of N. Vernon; and 15 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Joseph Moorhead and Rose Cooper; paternal grandparents, Donn Keever Sr and Norma Keever; brothers, Donn Keever, III, and Mike Brown; and special friend Jim Thomas.
visitation will be on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 1-3 p.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville. Services will follow at 3 p.m. with Pastor Jon Lucas officiating.
Interment will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Franklin at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, 136 E. Washington St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.
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DONNA JOAN SANDERS HUDSON, 76, Madison, died on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at her home in Madison.
She was born on April 18, 1941 in Bedford, Kentucky. She was the daughter of the late Edward Trimble and Mildred Carol Leach Sanders. She was a 1959 graduate of Madison High School. She had resided in Madison since 1962 and had worked early in life as a switch board operator at the old Madison Telephone Company. For many years she volunteered at area nursing homes until her health failed.
She is survived by her son, Robert Wayne Hudson, Jr. and his wife, Debbie of Sellersburg; her daughters, Leigh Ann Hudson and her spouse, Cheri of Columbus, Nanette Hudson Watkins and her husband, Bryan of Hanover; her loving grandchildren, William Tyler Hudson, Christopher Logan Hudson, Courtney Watkins, Ashley Watkins, Emiley Watkins and Kaley Watkins; her great-grandson, Clayton Backus; her sister, Judy Sanders Groves and her husband, Terry of Madison; her brother, Michael Sanders of Louisville; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bobby Rowlett and her husband of 55 years, Robert Wayne Hudson, Sr.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, April 15, 2018, at 2 p.m., by Rev. Randy Crutchfield at the First Baptist Church, 416 Vine Street in downtown Madison. Interment will follow in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1415 North Gate Road in Madison. Friends may visit Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive Madison and Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the First Baptist Church, 416 Vine Street in downtown Madison.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the RSVP or the DAV Van Fund.

STEFANIE RENE KLEIN, 46, Madison, died on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
She was born December 24, 1971 in New Albany, at Floyd Memorial Hospital. She was the daughter of James D. Klein and Deborah Sue Williams Wilkins. She resided most of her life in the Jeffersonville community. She attended Jeffersonville High School and was on the diving team and was a varsity cheerleader. Stefanie was an excellent gymnast and had won many awards and competitions participating with South Indiana Gymnastics. She had worked for the Veneering Company in New Albany for several years.
She is survived by her mother and her step-father, Deborah and Michael Wilkins of Madison; her father, James D. Klein of Jeffersonville; her daughter, Savannah Durbin of Madison; her sons, Dalton Durbin of Madison, Benjamin Voyles; her sister, Tricia Lowe of Madison; her close friend and caregiver, Glen Yonkovy of Louisville; her great-uncle, Everett "Babe" Williams of Madison; her great-aunts, Pyllis Price of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, JoAnn Goodin and her husband, Howard of Lexington; three nieces and two nephews; several cousins and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Raymond D. and Rachel Giltner Williams and Bernie and Laura Klein.
Memorial services will be conducted Monday, April 16, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., by Pastor Monty L. Mahoney at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison. Friends may visit Monday from 5-7 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of King's Daughters' or the American Lung Association.

GLEN MOORE, 81, Scottsburg, died Thursday, April 12, 2018 at his residence.
He was born on July 9, 1936 in Beattyville, Kentucky, the son of the late Everitt and Georgia (Baker) Moore. He graduated from Lee High School in 1952 and then attended Berea College. He was a retired employee of Indiana State Highway Department in Scottsburg and also had worked at Jeff Boat in Jeffersonville. He was a Christian, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the American Legion Post # 234 in Scottsburg.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet (Smith) Moore on May 10, 2017; a brother, Albert Moore and a sister, Betty Boutash.
Survivors include a son, Jeffery Moore and wife Julie of Sullivan, Indiana; a daughter, Lisa Bridgewater and husband John of Scottsburg; a sister, Shirley Moore of New Albany; seven grandchildren, Benjamin Everett Sebastian (Alaine), Alec Branstetter, Jeffrey Moore, Matt and Stephen Bridgewater, Bayli Bridgewater and Erica Moore and five great-grandchildren, Marley Mykal Sebastian, Lincoln Everitt Sebastian, Addison Grace Eldridge, Jordyn and Jaren Moore.
Military Graveside Services will be on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Austin. A Celebration of Glen's Life will be held from 1-5 PM on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the American Legion Post # 234 in Scottsburg. Services were entrusted to Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Legion Post # 234 Ladies Auxiliary c/o Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg.
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HAZEL MARIE (ROBERTS) CLARK, 67, Salem, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018.
She was a member of Acts Full Gospel Church and the First Christian Church of Salem. She was born on January 1, 1951 in Casey Creek, Kentucky to the late Voyd and Bessie Mae (Proffitt) Roberts.
Along with her parents, Hazel was preceded in death by her siblings, Marcalee Johnson, Lucille Benningfield, Edward Roberts, and Betty Decker.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Robert T. Clark, Jr.; children, Terri Fox, Jeanine Clark, Sherri Kerr, Billie Voyles, Robert T. Clark III (April), and Tina Scott (Phillip); 23 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and brother, Chester Roberts (Goldia).
Visitation will be from 5-8 PM on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions – Southern Indiana Chapel (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany). Her Funeral Service will take place at 11 AM on Saturday in the chapel at the funeral home with cremation to follow.
The family requests that contributions in Hazel’s memory be made to the family in care of Robert Clark, Jr.
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PAULA J. ROBISON, 70, Nabb, died Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville.
She was born on April 29, 1947 in Salem, the daughter of the late James Jones and Betty (Jones) Oakley. She graduated from Paoli Junior Senior High School and then earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Indiana University. She was a retired social worker for many different agencies, enjoyed gardening and watching TV in her spare time.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. "Charlie" Robsion; her mother and step-father, Betty and Phillip Oakley; her father, Jim Jones; a brother, William "Ted" Oakley and a step-brother, Larry Jones.
Survivors include her son, Ronald Nadeau, Jr. and wife Bobbie of Laurel, Delaware; two daughters, April Meadows and husband James of Carrolton, Kentucky and Faith Campbell and husband Edward of Columbus, Indiana; two sisters, Karen Forbes of Hawesville, Kentucky and Brenda Grimes of Bedford; a step-sister, Marsha Blackburn of Paoli; a stepson, Chad Robison; 11 grandchildren, Benji, Josh and Taylar Nadeau, Tyler Maness and Ashley Deaton, Cody and Spencer Campbell, Sara Dempsey and Sean Meadows, Elizabeth and Tanner Cheek and 12 great-grandchildren, Gracie, Braylyn and Josie Nadeau, Draven and Wyatt Maness, Carley, Brooklynn and Aubree Deaton, Brantley Campbell, Kayden Schlachter, Gabby Phillips and Kyrra Dempsey.
Funeral Service will be at 1 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg, with Rev. Danny Jackson officiating. Visitation will be from 10 am to 1 pm Tuesday at Collins Funeral Home. Interment will be in Lexington Cemetery.
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NANCY P. MONTGOMERY, 69, Salem, died Thursday April 12, 2018 at the University of Louisville Hospital.
Born on February 17, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Howard Leroy Whitehead & Ruby Jewell (Melton) Whitehead.
She was retired from Tecumseh Products in Salem. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pekin.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Robert Lewis Montgomery of Salem; daughter, Rhonda Danser & husband Mark of Pekin; sister, Barbara Shelton of Kentucky; adopted son, Steve James & wife Tammy of Ohio; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by parents; brother, Barney Branham and a grandson, Matthew Danser.
The funeral service will be at 11 AM Monday at the First Baptist Church in Pekin. Viewing was Sunday at the church, and will be Monday from 10 AM until time of service at the church. Burial will be at Conway Cemetery. Brother Jerry Goodwin will officiate.
Hughes-Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BRENDA KAY DEAN, 54, Charlestown, died Friday, April 13, 2018 at Scott Memorial Hospital.
She was born on March 8, 1964 to Jim and Rella (Barley) Hogue in Clark Co., IN. She was a member of the Charlestown Congregation of The Jehovah’s Witnesses. She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Cody Dean; brother, Rick Hogue.
Survivors include her husband, Gary Dean of Charlestown, IN; son, Chad Dean of Charlestown.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 1 pm at the Grayson Funeral Home in Charlestown. Visitation will begin on Thursday from 2-8 pm, and after 10 am on Friday.

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