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July 26, 2007

Alois L. Rennekamp
Alois L. Rennekamp, 96, of St. Mary’s, passed away July 24, 2007. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 28, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church. Weigel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jade Lynette Addison
Jade Lynette Addison, 12, of Manchester, passed away on July 21, 2007 at her residence. Funeral services will be on Friday, July 27, at 10 a.m. at the Community United Methodist Church with burial in the St. John’s Cemetery in Hubbells Cor-ner. Arrangements were made by Cook Funeral Home in Sunman.

July 19, 2007

Gerald Gene Powers
Gerald Gene Powers, 69, of Columbus, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2007. He was born in Forest Hill on April 21, 1938, the son of Charles and Mary Olive Powers. He was married to Margaret Lauderdale Powers on July 27, 1981 and she survives.
Other survivors include four daughters, Terri M. Powers, of Versailles, Jean (Don) Duerstock, of Greensburg, Peggy (Patrick) Crawford, of Jacksonville, FL, and Rebecca (Wendell) Cole, of Versailles; grand-children, Cameron Powers, Carson Powers, Kristina Duerstock, Jeffrey Duerstock, Amanda (Lee) Scheel, Aimee (Roger) Cromer, Michael Cole, and Myranda Cole; great grandchildren, Brandon and Brooklyn Cromer; three brothers, Harold (Dorothy) Powers, of WI, Ronald (Gwen) Powers of CA, Jack (Brenda) Powers of Colum-bus; four sisters, Mary Louis Jayne of Southport, Maude Michael of Westport, Jessie Bowers of WV, and Doris (Charles) Parson of Colum-bus.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Charles A., Jimmie, and David Powers; and one sister, Lenna Lenora Kirtman.
Mr. Powers was a member of American Legion Post #24, FOE Aerie 927, Moose Lodge 398, Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine, Order of the Eastern Star, Lois Chapter #147, Greensburg Lodge No. 36, F.&A.M. He was the Parts Pricing Manager for Cummins, Inc. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and spending time with fam-ily and friends. He also de-voted time to the Bartholo-mew County Veterans Color Guard, serving as Com-mander of the Color Guard for many years.
Visitation will be today, Thursday, July 19, from 4-8 p.m. at the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home in Columbus. Funeral services will be on Friday, July 20, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Brian Campbell officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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James Leo Biddle
James Leo Biddle, 71, of Napoleon, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at the Columbus Regional Hospital. He was born on January 5, 1936, in Ripley County, the son of Clyde W. and Elsie Van Devender Biddle (both deceased). He married Sharon Linville on October 28, 1967 and she survives.
Other survivors include three sons, Jay Biddle of Osgood, James Biddle, Jr. of Scottsburg, and Glen Biddle of Greensburg; three daughters, Connie Hauser and Sandy Sizemore, both of Osgood and Penny McCullough of Georgia; one brother, Lester Biddle, of Indianapolis; one sister, Joyce Hall, of Scottsburg; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers and sisters.
Mr. Biddle owned and operated Biddle’s Texaco of Osgood from 1966-1968, Biddle’s Body Shop of Na-poleon from 1969-1979 and Biddle’s Trucking of Napoleon from 1979-1990. He was a past Napoleon Fire Chief.
Visitation is being held today, Thursday, July 19, from 5-8 p.m. at Neal’s Fu-neral Home in Osgood. Fu-neral services will be on Friday, July 20, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Greendale Cemetery in Osgood. Memorials may be given to the family. Arrangements were made by Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood.

Betty F. Pettit
Betty F. Pettit, 77, passed away on Sunday, July 15, at Marion General Hospital, after a brief illness. She was born in Aurora, the daughter of the late Otis "Joe" and Marcella "Sally" (Lacherman) York. She married Donald C. Pettit,
Survivors include son, Dr. Donald (Ileana) Pettit of Pemborke Pines, FL and daughter, Jill (Keith) King of Marion, grandchildren, Chad (Ashley Rogers) Swanner, of Marion, Melissa (Israel Rodriguez) Swanner of Gas City, and Paula and Gaby Pettit of Pembroke Pines, FL and two great grandchildren, Caleb and Kiean Swanner and one step grandchild, Dillon Rodri-guez.
Mrs. Petit was raised in Milan, where she graduated from Milan High School. She was a full-time stay-at-home mom, grandma and great grandma. Raising her children and spoiling her grandchildren were her pas-sions. Once her children were in school she worked part-time at the Ann Shop and at the Indiana License Branch, both in Gas City. Betty was a member of Lak-eview Wesleyan Church and enjoyed doing volunteer work for her church. Funeral services are being held today, Thursday, July 19, at 1 p.m. at the Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Home, in Marion, with Pastor Duane Seitz of-ficiating. Burial will be in the Marion National Ceme-tery. Memorial contribu-tions may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association, 9135 N. Meridian St., Ste.B-4, Indianapolis, Indiana 46209-7109 or the Cancer Services of Grant County, Tower Suites, 305 S. Norton Avenue, Marion, IN 46953. Online condolences may be made at

Clara Williams
Arrangements for Clara Williams are pending at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

Phyllis Ann Bear
Phyllis Ann Bear, 90, of Aurora, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2007, at her residence. Funeral services are being held today, Thursday, July 19, at 11 a.m. at the Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home in Moores Hill. Burial will be Hogan Hill Cemetery.


July 12, 2007

Kerry Curtis Murphy
Kerry Curtis Murphy, 62, of Kings Mountain, passed away Monday, July 2, 2007 at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, KY. Kerry was born Sunday, March 11, 1945 to the late Mike C. and Helene Mae Sears Murphy in Cincinnati, OH.
Kerry was united in marriage on January 30, 1964 to Beverly Reynolds. To this union were born three sons, Michael Kerry (Molly) Murphy of Zionsville, Patrick Curtis (Julie) Murphy of Aurora and Bryon Kelly (Jennifer) Murphy of Huntington. There are six grandchildren, Rachel, Allison, Delaney, Devin, Anna and Luke Murphy.
Kerry worked at Equitable Bag Company in Florence, KY for 21 years, Mashusita in Danville for 4 1/2 years, Oakwood Communities in Somerset for 5 years and lastly worked at Lincoln County Schools retiring June 1 of this year.
Kerry attended Memorial High School playing basketball and baseball and then passed his passion on to his sons. During his career he coached Little League and junior and senior baseball at Milan High School. Kerry was an avid outdoorsman, a UK fan and a member of Kings Mountain Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 6 at the Chapel of Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home in Waynesburg with Rev. Don Scilley officiating.
Burial was in the Pleasant Point Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Lincoln County Athletic Fund, 60 Education Way, Stanford, KY 40484.
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Margaret Delay Bultman
Margaret Delay Bultman passed away on Monday, July 9, 2007 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood, where she had resided for eight years. She was born on September 12, 1912, in Ripley County, the daughter of William B. and Nell De-lay. She married S.L. "Boots" Bultman and he preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, Jim and Marsha Bultman of Osgood; grandsons, Bradley and David Bultman of Osgood; nephew, William Aikins of Durham, NC; great niece, Melissa B. Paty of Nashville, TN; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Mrs. Bultman lived in Os-good for over ninety years. She worked in the Post Of-fice and Farm Bureau as a young woman. She, along with her husband, were co-owners of the Dunbar and Bultman Dairy and the Dairy Barn Restaurant in Osgood and Bultman Blacktopping, Inc. She was a lifelong member of the Osgood United Methodist Church and served as treasurer. She was also a member of Eastern Star and Osgood Versailles Tri Kappa.
Funeral services are being held today, Thursday, July 12 at the Osgood United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Memorials may go to the Osgood United Methodist Church. Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood was in charge of ar-rangements.

Sarah I. Moeller
Sarah I. Moeller, 93, of Hamburg, passed away Sun-day, July 8, 2007. Funeral services are being held today, Thursday, July 12 at St. Anne’s Church in Hamburg. Weigel Funeral Home in Batesville was in charge of arrangements.

Betty J. Davies

Betty J. Davies, age 81, of Dillsboro, died Friday, July 6, 2007 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood, KY. She was born February 13, 1926 in Switzerland County the daughter of John Perkins and Jessie Leep Perkins.
Following high school she attended college for one year to become a nurse’s aide. In 1941 she married Denver F. Davies and he preceded her in death on August 1, 2000. Betty was employed for several years at the Franklin Masonic Home as a nurse’s aide. She was an active member of Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship. She was known as a caregiver and a helping person to anyone who asked for her help.
She is survived by one son, Denver (Carol) Lynn Davies of Dillsboro; seven grandchildren, John, Daren, Brett, Belinda, Terri, Bonnie and Sheana; and one brother, John Perkins. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Denver, and one son, John Franklin Davies.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 9, at Ulrich-Filter-DeVries Funeral Home for close friends and family only. Interment followed at St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery in Olean. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.


July 5, 2007

Bennie Thomas, Jr.
Bennie Thomas, Jr., 79, of New Point, passed away on Monday, July 2, 2007, at Kindred Hospital in Greenwood. He was born in 1928 in Whitesburg, KY. Fu-neral services are being held on Friday, July 6, at 11 a.m. at the New Point Christian Church. Burial will be in the Rossburg Cemetery in New Point. Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville was in charge of arrangements.

Esther G. Benning
Esther G. Benning, 99, of Farmers Retreat, died Sunday, July 1, 2007, at the Waters of Dillsboro Manor. She was born on February 12, 1908 in Caesar Creek Township, the daughter of William and Anna Hueseman Grelle. She married Harland Benning in 1942 and he preceded her in death in 1998.
Survivors include two sons, Dean William Benning and Richard Allen (Vera) Benning, both of Farmers Retreat; 6 grandchildren, Heather Ann Benning Rump, Michael Lawhorn, Beth Weaver, Pamela Davies, Amy Fryman, and Kimberly Wesemann; 11 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.
Mrs. Benning was a retired secretary for Johnson Electric in Cincinnati and retired from IRS.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 6, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmers Retreat. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at Ulrich-Filter-DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro. Memorials may be given to Alzheimer’s Foundation or to Friendship Fire Department.