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March 13, 2019

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, March 13, 2019 C-7 OBITUARIES Submit obituaries: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Deadline: 5 p.m. on Monday OBITUARY DEADLINE 5 p.m. Every Monday R AYMOND E. FR ANCE Raymond E. France, 91, of Otwell, passed away at 9:45 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2019, in Northwood Retire- ment Community in Jasper. He was born in Mc- Cutchanville on May 17, 1927, to Ivan and Elnora (Swope) France. He mar- ried Audrey Huftile on Jan- uary 19, 1958, in the Mc- Cutchanville United Meth- odist Church. He was a 1945 graduate of Reitz Memorial High School and a Marine Corp. Veteran. He was a farmer and sheep shearer, and he was a meter reader for the City of Jasper for 25 years. Surviving are his wife, Au- drey France, of Otwell; three daughters, Tamara (Bill) Al- ba, of Blackwood, N.J., Tan- ya (Don) Jackson, of Jas- per, and Kristy (Charles) Chapman, of Wasila, Ark.; three sons, David (Kar- en) France, of Jasper, Kev- in (Lisa) France, of Repub- lic, Mo., and Kerry France, of Otwell; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Lois France, of In- dianapolis; and one brother, Curtis (Ruth) France, of Ma- rine, Ill. Preceding him in death are two sisters, Evelyn Ev- ans and Jean France; and three brothers, James, Law- rence and Robert France. Private services will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.becher- ROBERT EARL BENNET T Robert Earl Bennett, 87, passed away March 7, 2019, at Golden Living Center in Petersburg. He was born on May 31, 1931, in Indianapolis, to Ed- ward and Reba ( Yoder) Ben- nett. He worked for many years at IP&L as a welder. He is survived by his wife, Mary Bennett; son, Rob- ert (Sammy) Bennett, Jr.; daughter, Dolly (Mike) Mel- vin; daughter-in-law, Euge- nia Bennett; grandchildren, Marcia (Robbie) Davis, Brandon (Melissa) Bennett and Dustin (Ashley) Ben- nett; five great-grandchil- dren, Trinity, Chafin, Syd- ney, and Kieleigh Davis, Baron Ritchie and Claris- sa Wiseman; and one great- great-grandchild, Karsyn Snipes. He is preceded in death by his son, Edward E. Ben- nett; a granddaughter, Krys- tal Bennett; his parents; and a great-great-grandchild. Private graveside ser- vices will be held at a later date. Harris Funeral Home is entrusted with care. EVERET T EUGENE VAUGHN Everett Eugene Vaughn, 80, of Otwell, passed away at 8:40 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Daviess Com- munity Hospital in Washing- ton. He was born June 30, 1938, in Huntingburg, to Ho- mer D. and Mary Vaughn; and married Denise C. Clark on July 31, 1993, in Otwell. He was a truck driver, me- chanic and veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by three sons, Rob Greene, of Hunt- ingburg, and Les Schro- eder and A.J. Schroeder, both of Monett, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Denise C. Vaughn, who passed away on January 3, 2011. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg, with Rev. Jeff Crowe officiating. Interment followed at the Otwell Cem- etery. Military graveside rites were conducted by the V.F.W. Post #2366 Memori- al Detail. Visitation was from 9 a.m. until service time on Tues- day at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared online at: www.nassandson. com. MOLLY F. BYRD Molly F. Byrd, 80, of Mon- roe City, passed away at 4:56 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Daviess Communi- ty Hospital. She was born on Novem- ber 24, 1938, in Washing- ton, to Montrel "Tom" and Madge ( Wallace) Biddinger. She attended the Grace Baptist Church and enjoyed quilting, cooking and na- ture. Surviving are her chil- dren, Melonie (Don) Banks, of Washington, Todd ( Ja- nine) Byrd, of Wheatland, and Mitchell (Angela) Byrd, of Monroe City; her grand- children, Nathan ( Jenny) Byrd, Nicholas Byrd, Na- talie Byrd, Sabrina Byrd and Caroline Byrd; her brothers and sisters, Robert Bidding- er, of Bedford, Tommy Joe (Ruby) Biddinger, of Wash- ington, Arthur (Becky) Bid- dinger, of Washington, and John (Debbie) Biddinger, of Missouri; and a brother- in-law, Richard Martin, of Washington. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin Byrd, whom she married on December 14, 1956, and he preceded her on July 27, 2009; and a sis- ter, Mary Jean Martin. Private family services were held. Goodwin-Siev- ers Funeral Home in Wash- ington was honored to serve the family of Molly Byrd. WALDEN R AYE JOHNS It is with great sadness that the family of Walden Raye Johns, known by all as Wally, announces his pass- ing after a brief illness on Friday, March 8, 2019, at the age of 76 years. He was a Winslow native. He was an owner-operator of a coal hauling business and was a proud member of lo- cal union #181 of 35 years as an operating engineer. He was a member of Mason- ic Lodge #450 in Patoka and he proudly served our coun- try in Vietnam for the U.S. Army as APO SF 96238 as a Medic. He had a fond love for dogs and animals of all kinds. He had several dogs during his life that provided significant roles of comfort and happiness. He will be lovingly re- membered by his wife of 33 years, Sharon Kaye Johns; his daughters, Andrea De- nise Taborn and Christi- na Ruth Nolan; grandchil- dren, Karissa Ann Taborn, Payton Richard Taborn and Kaylee Rayeann Chambers; great-grandchildren, Addi- syn Kayanne and Haven Leigh; brother, Dewey; sis- ters, Sylvia Wheeler and Toni Summers, of Peters- burg; and first-born niece, Kelly Raye, which includes eight nieces and nephews; plus eight great-nieces and nephews. Proceeding him in death were his parents, Leotas and Lena Johns; brother, Jerry; and sister Evelyn. Family and friends are in- vited to a celebration of his life from noon until 3 p.m. CDT/1-4 p.m. EDT on Sat- urday, March 16, 2019, at Hephzibah Littles Church at 553 West County Road 150 South, Petersburg. The family is asking for memorial contributions in his honor to be sent to: Sol- dier Dogs for Independence, PO Box 6895, Evansville, IN 47719, www.soldierdogs. org. MARY ROSE FAITH Mary Rose Faith, 68, of Vincennes, passed away March 10, 2019, at Good Sa- maritan Hospital. Born October 1, 1950, in Washington, she was the daughter of Ira Curtis and Mary (Howard) Chesser. She was the first woman to graduate from Oakland City College in the welding program. She worked at the railway in Washington and had also worked in the En- vironmental Services De- partment at Good Samari- tan Hospital in Vincennes. She is survived by her children, Tony ( Jodie) Faith, of Evansville, and Angela Sue Maxfield, of Winslow; her sisters, Darcy Chesser, of Winslow, and Fay Lynn Schulte, of Cedar Rapids, Io- wa; ten grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Her parents; sister, Me- lissa Jane Wilhite; and her brother, Steve Chesser, pre- ceded her in death. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Goodwin Funer- al Home. Burial will follow in Walnut Hills Cemetery in Petersburg. Visitation will be from noon until service time on Thursday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family through AREA HAPPENINGS Free Clothing Bank - Oak Grove Church in Oak- land City offers a free clothing bank each Tuesday 9 - 11 a.m. (Oakland City time) for everyone. They carry new and used clothing. Location is on Morton Street, just past Chuckles. Come to the gymnasium door locat- ed at the back of the church. Celebrate Recovery Program – Meets every Sunday night from 5 to 7 p.m. at 207 Lafayette St. in Winslow. For more information, call Krystal Breeding 812-582-2562. Women's Cancer Support Group - The Lange- Fuhs Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center offers a support group for women who have had cancer of any type or are currently undergoing can- cer treatment. Sessions are the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center Conference Room, located at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center's Dorbett Street entrance. For more information about the "Women's Support Group," visit and click on "Classes & Events," or call The Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center at 812-996 -7488. Winslow Alcoholics Anonymous – will meet ev- ery Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Call 812-789 -8535 for location of the meeting. Al-Anon meeting – Meetings are each Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., located at 424 W. 7th St. in Jasper. For more information, call 812-887-0349. Narcotic Anonymous – Every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at River of Life Fellowship Church. Odd Fellows IOOF Pacific Lodge #175 meeting - the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. All area members are encouraged to attend. Otwell Ruritan - will have its monthly meetings the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Pike Lodge #121 F&AM regular stated meeting - the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. All ar- ea Masons are invited to attend. Jefferson Township Community Center of Otwell - will have its monthly meetings the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. All members are urged to attend. "Creating Hope" For Cancer Patients - Memori- al Hospital and Health Care Center is offering Creat- ing Hope® sessions on the first and second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. These sessions are de- signed for cancer patients, their families and caregivers. Art materials and an instructional book are available at each session. No previous art experience is needed. Creating Hope® sessions are free and are held in the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center Conference Room located at the Dorbett Street entrance of Memorial Hospital, 800 West 9th Street in Jasper. For more information about this class, visit Memo- rial Hospital's website at and click on "Classes & Events," or call The Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center at 812-996 -7488. "Your Health and Diabetes" Education, Jasper – Discovering the diagnosis of diabetes can be over- whelming. Memorial Hospital and Health Care Cen- ter wants to support you in this transition of lifestyle, and sponsors a continuing education group for persons with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or anyone who is interest- ed in learning about the disease. This support group is the third Monday of each month and provides knowledge to help you feel more secure, manage problems, and avoid hospitalization for diabetes-related issues. The next meeting will be Monday, March 18, from 6 -7 p.m. in Memorial Hos- pital's Mary Potter Meeting Room, at 800 West 9th Street in Jasper. For more information, contact Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center's Diabetes Management and Prevention Services at 812-996 -0521. NOA A Weather Radio Programming Drive - Jas- per is hosting a NOA A Weather Radio Programming Drive, which will be at Rural King in Jasper on March 23, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon. During this drive, Du- bois County Emergency Management volunteers will program weather radios free of charge. We want ev- eryone to have the opportunity to get their weather ra- dios programmed. Stendal Flea Market- There will be a Flea Mar- ket in the Community Center at Stendal on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fifty-five tables are rented. There will be food served from the kitchen of the Community Center by the St. Peter's Lutheran Church Group, beginning with break- fast at 7:30 a.m., which will include sweet rolls, sau- sage, biscuits, gravy and drinks. Throughout the day, soup, sandwiches, desserts and drinks will be served. Admission is free, and St. Peter's Lutheran Church is sponsoring this event. Thank You e Family of Lillian Imogene Beck would like to thank the Golden Living Center, Pastor Henry Nelson, Lamb- Basham Funeral Home and all those who showed kindness and love to us during the recent death of our sister. Kathern Wilson & Family Georgia Barrett & Family PEACE of MIND Let our 130 years of experience aid you in your selection of a meaningful memorial. SCHUM MONUMENTS, INC. Dale, Indiana 812-937-4921 Local Representative RONALD WOODS 812-789-2009 ank You! We, the family of Shirley Miley, wish to express our sincere thanks to our relatives, friends and neighbors for their prayers, support and expressions of sym- pathy at the passing of our beloved mother and grandmother. ank you to all who sent floral arrangements, plants, keepsakes, food, sympathy cards and all who paid their respects at the visitation and funeral. ank you to Harris Funeral Home, casketbearers, Pastor Paul and Betty Newton, Asera Care Hospice, Golden Living Center and the ladies of the Free Methodist Church for the dinner following the service. May God bless all of you who helped us through our time of sorrow. Brenda and Curtis Jones, Stuart Generous, Vanessa, Mitch and ea Gusman, Jim and Michelle Miley, Elizabeth and Matt Green, and Alison and Jude Geatches SUZANNE WILLIS Suzanne ( Werner) Willis, 83, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Memorial Hospital. A fter re- ceiving the last Sacrament, she went home to be with our Lord. She died peaceful- ly surrounded by her loved ones. She was born September 11, 1935, in Vincennes, to the late Wood C. and Ada (McAtee) Smith. She graduated from St. Rose Academy in 1953. She was one of the "St. Rose Girls" and was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catho- lic Church for 63 years. Her church was a big part of her life. She was a very devoted Catholic. She enjoyed gardening, making pickles and rel- ish, her "CLB Luncheons," attending her grandkids' school and sporting events, working elections (she proudly represented the Democrat Party), but most of all spending time with her family. She was a loving wife, mother and, above all, grand- mother. She adored her grandkids and great-grand- kids. She was known to ma- ny as "Grandma Sue." She is survived by her hus- band, Jack Willis; son, Jeff (Sue) Werner; daughters, Julie (Larry Eck) Weeks and Mary (Paul) DeMoss; stepdaughter, Deena ( Jeff ) Jackson; grandchildren, Natalie (Luke) McGiffen, Daniel (Sara) Weeks, Eliz- abeth (Nathan Buchanan) DeMoss, Emily ( Josh Lipe- Melton) DeMoss, James ( Jasmine) Werner and Al- ex Werner; step-grandchil- dren, Jayme (Cody) Lane and Joshua (Kylie) Jackson; great-grandchildren, Aidan, Isaac and Leo James McGiff- en, Matilda Weeks and Mika Sigari; step-great-grandchil- dren, Ora, Chance and Colt Lane, and Leighton and Mai- lin Jackson; and many other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Wer- ner; brother; Jack Smith; and sisters; Jean McNeece and Eloise Kimsey. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pe- tersburg. Burial will follow at Walnut Hills Cemetery in Petersburg. Visitation will be from 4- 8 p.m. on Thursday at the church. Rosary will be said at 8 p.m. Harris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Adam Scales (812) 354-8488

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