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July 28, 2011

Giles D. Loftin
Giles D. Loftin, 71, of Dillsboro, passed away Monday, July 25, 2011 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. He was born September 11, 1939 in Beaufort, North Carolina to William Loftin and Martha Longest Loftin.
Giles spent 22 1/2 years serving his country in the US Coast Guard, winning several medals and commendations for his service during the Vietnam Conflict. Following his retirement he was employed at the US Post Office in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for over ten years.
He married his wife, Faye Murray, who survives, and was devoted to her in every respect. Giles and Faye moved to Dillsboro 16 years ago and Giles immediately became active with the American Legion Post 291 in Dillsboro, serving as Post Commander. In recent years, he was active with his wife, Faye, in maintaining and managing the bar area of the post.
He is survived by three sons, Giles Loftin, Jr. and wife Rochelle of New York, Donald Loftin and wife Xuan of Belleville, Michigan, Robert W. Loftin of Virginia; one stepson Jim and his wife Rita of Tennessee; one stepdaughter, Rhonda and her husband Tim Braun of Cincinnati; 19 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Bill Loftin and one sister, Vera Weatherington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Brian and a daughter, Jamie Loftin.
There will be no funeral service or visitation. For those wishing to make a memorial in Giles memory please consider the Heart Association.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Filter-DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro.

July 21, 2011

Elizabeth Lynn "Beth" Ryan
Elizabeth Lynn "Beth" Ryan, 41, of Milan, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at Dearborn County Hospital, Lawrenceburg. She was born February 24, 1970 in Rocklage, FL, the daughter of Owen Landis (Lanny) Ryan and the late Connie Sue (Frazier) Ryan.
Beth had been an employee of Wal-Mart at Aurora and Cincinnati Bell Telephone Company. She had attended the Cave Hill Church of God.
Survivors include son, Cody Strunk of Milan; daughter Ashton "Nicci" Johnson of Versailles; grandson, Landon Stanley of Versailles; father, Lanny Ryan, Sr. of Milan; brothers, Lanny Ryan, Jr., (Tara) of Milan and Matthew (Crystal) Ryan of Sunman; sister, Karrie (Joe) Baker of Harrison, OH; maternal grandmother, Ruth Frazier of Brandenburg, KY, special friend, Ron Strunk of Milan; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Graveside funeral services will be held Friday, July 22, at 10 a.m. at New Craven Cemetery at Milan with Pastor Pearl Cornett officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot in Craven Cemetery. Memorials may be given to a trust fund for her children and grandson. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, is entrusted with arrangements.

Sara Ellen Cameron
Sara Ellen Cameron, born May 31, 1925 in Greene County, Indiana, and married Grover Cameron who preceded her in death on June 26, 1976. Both of her parents are deceased.
Survivors include her children, Bill (Lynn) Cameron of Zionsville, Terry (Richard) Zinz of Versailles, Kevin (Karen) Cameron of Fort Wayne, and Debra Cameron of Winter Garden, Florida; along with six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Mrs. Cameron was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean. She was a life member of the VFW Post 908 Auxiliary. Private gravesite rites will be officiated by Rev. John Halford at the family’s convenience. Memorials may be sent to Safe Passage, Ripley County Prevent Child Abuse Council, The Ripley County Cancer Society, or the New Marion Cemetery Fund.

Charles David "Chuck" Ashby
Charles David "Chuck" Ashby, 68, of Madison, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2011. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 22, at 1 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison with burial in the Fairmount Cemetery, Madison, by horse drawn procession. Visitation will be today, Thursday, from 4-8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice. Cards are available at the funeral home. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, is handling arrangements. .

Ryan Jacob Doyle

Ryan Jacob Doyle, 18, of Milan, died as a result of a single victim automobile accident on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, on Prattsburg Road north of Milan. Ryan was born March 30, 1993 in Cincinnati, OH, the son of Jesse Doyle and Kellie Lynn (Wood) Doyle.
Ryan was a senior at Milan High School. He loved fishing, hunting and had a passion for cars.
Survivors include his mother, Kellie Doyle of Milan; father, Jesse Doyle of Moores Hill; sisters, Erin, Tricia, Jessica and Allison Doyle all of Milan; maternal grandparents, Barb Murphy of Milan, Mark Wood of Loveland, OH, Mike Strunk of Conrow, TX, and Phillip Murphy of Blanchester, OH; maternal great grandfather, Fred Wood of Amelia, OH; paternal grandmother, Hazel King of Blanchester, OH; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be Saturday, July 23, at 10 a.m. at the Milan Church of Christ with Pastor Shawn McMullen officiating. Burial will follow in New Craven Cemetery, Milan. Visitation will be Friday, July 22, from 6-9 p.m. at the Milan Church of Christ. Memorials may be given to the family. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, is entrusted with arrangements.

July 14, 2011

Dennis Lloyd Vanosdol
Dennis Lloyd Vanosdol, 77, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at Gream Care Home in Salem. He was born November 15, 1933 in Cross Plains, the son of Victor Vanosdol and Oma Whitham.
Survivors include one daughter, Vickie L. Pollard of Versailles; one son, Robert (Janet) Vanosdol of Versailles; one sister, Violet (Bill) Kendall of Canaan; two grandchildren, Christopher Pollard and Erica Pollard; one great granddaughter, Lillian Pollard. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Angie Gail Vanosdol, and one brother Albert Vanosdol.
Mr. Vanosdol worked at Reliance for 35 years. He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness. Dennis served in the U.S. Navy in the Korean Conflict.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 16, at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses with Brother Mark Boldery officiating. Vail-Holt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys P. Hyatt
Gladys P. Hyatt, 89, formerly of Pierceville and resident of Ripley Crossing at Milan, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Margaret Mary Hospital at Batesville. She was born August 16, 1921 in Milan, the daughter of Joseph and Liza Faye (Johnson) Moehring. She married James J. Hyatt on May 17, 1941, and he preceded her in death on January 20, 1994.
Mrs. Hyatt had worked as a telephone operator and attended the Pierceville United Methodist Church.
She is survived by sons, Richard (Diane) Hyatt of Sunman and Raymond Hyatt of Milan; daughter, Jo Ann McGuire of Milan; 14 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by sons, James and Harold Hyatt, her parents and several brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be given to the Milan Fire Department or Rescue 30. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, Moores Hill, is entrusted with arrangements.

Lillian Reda Peaslee

Lillian Reda Peaslee, 89, of Versailles, passed away Monday, July 11, 2011 at the Ripley Crossing Health Center in Milan. She was born in Sparta on September 21, 1921 the daughter of Floyd E. and Anna Pearl Taylor. She was married to George W. on March 27, 1940 and he preceded her in death on March 27, 1995.
Other survivors include one son, William Leonard "Bud" of Versailles; one daughter, Georgia (George) Smith of Versailles; two grandchildren, Brian (Tasha) Smith, Stacie (Jeffery) Cherry, both of Versailles; one great-grandson, Trenton Smith; and one sister, Sarah Truitt of Osgood. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers Warren and Melvin Taylor.
Mrs. Peaslee was a member of the Pierceville United Methodist Church and had worked for the Ben Franklin in Milan for several years.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 15 at 10 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles, with Rev. Harris Long and Rev. Jack Bible officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery in Elrod. Visitation will be today, Thursday, from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the Pierceville United Methodist Church, Sparta Cemetery or the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.

July 7, 2011

Robert Earl Burtch
Robert Earl Burtch, 93, of Indianapolis, formerly of Ripley County, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011. He was born February 7, 1918, in Paris Crossing, Indiana, the son of Gurney and Lula (Ward) Burtch.

Mr. Burtch served his country in the Army as a Master Sergeant during WWII. He worked for Indiana Equipment Company for 35 years as a diesel mechanic, retiring in 1980. He attended Southport Heights Christian Church.
Robert is survived by son, Noel (Rhonda) Burtch; sister, Mary Elizabeth Self; grandchildren, Ryan, Austin, Karissa and Danielle Burtch. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gladys Titus Burtch, daughter Millie Joyce Burtch (age 21), sisters Lois Smith, Agatha Carroll, and brother Virgil Carroll.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 6, at Hopewell Baptist Church in Holton with burial in the Holton Cemetery.
Robert will be remembered as a loving father and papaw.
Memorials may be given in Robert’s name to the Holton Cemetery Fund. Services were entrusted to Feeney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary, Indianapolis. Condolences may be offered at

John William Disney
John William Disney, 50, of Guilford, passed away Monday, July 4, 2011 at the IU Medical Center, Indianapolis. He was born January 14, 1961 in Lawrenceburg, the son of William and Mary Jo (Wells) Disney.
Survivors include a beloved of 21 years, Sandy Billingsley; parents, William and Mary Jo Disney of Sunman; sons, Shane (Becky) Billingsley of Westport and Charlie (Lori) Billingsley of Moores Hill; sisters, Jennie (Jerry) Maune of St. Leon, Joan (Greg) Butler of Troy, OH, Rhonda (Hugh) Hoskins of Farmers Retreat, Marcia (Len) Eckstein of Sunman, Jackie Disney of Greensburg, Denise (Mike) Disney of Osgood, Robin (Mick) Braunagel of Milan and Dawn (Robert) Disney of Milan; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Debbie Wilhelm.
John was an auto body technician.
Visitation will be held Sunday, July 10, from 3-6 p.m. at the Kenneth Diver Post #337 American Legion in Sunman. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 6 p.m. Memorials may be given to the family. Cook Funeral Home, Sunman, was entrusted with arrangements.

Jay C. Hensley
Jay C. Hensley, 90, of Versailles passed away Friday, July 1, 2011 at his home. He was born at Kings Mountain in Pendleton County, Kentucky on May 17, 1921 the son of John C. and Della Wall Hensley. He was married to Freeda Cain on September 3, 1940 and his wife of 70 years survives.
Other survivors include two sons Carl (Harriet) Hensley of Greensburg and Larry (Vicky) Hensley of Versailles; one daughter Kay (Jim) Steele of Ossian; 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; four brothers Mitchell (Laurie) Hensley of Greenwood, William (Susan) Hensley of Greenfield, John (Janet) Hensley of Rising Sun, and Donald (Louise) Hensley of Fishers; three sisters Glenda (Steve) Ashcraft of Aurora, Wanda Bennett of Fishers, and Gloria Murray of Greenwood. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Gayle.
Mr. Hensley was a WWII veteran. He was a 40-year employee of Seagrams and had also been a shoe cobbler for 35 years. Jay was a member of the Shelby Christian Church.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 5 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Randy Thieman and David Jolly officiating. Burial was in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Memorials may be given to the Shelby Christian Church in care of the funeral home.

Richard Lee Giltner
Richard Lee Giltner, 79, of Osgood, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2011. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, July 5 at Lakeview Assembly of God Church in Indianapolis. Memorials may be given to the Margaret Mary Hospice in care of Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, who was in charge of arrangements.

Bobby G. Johnson
Bobby G. Johnson, 68, of Dillsboro, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Funeral services are being held Friday, July 8, at Markland Funeral Home, Rising Sun, at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Aurora. Visitation is being held today, Thursday, from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society. Markland Funeral Home, Rising Sun, is entrusted with arrangements.

David O. Spencer
David O. Spencer, 85, of Hicks Ridge, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He was born near Canaan on November 11, 1925, the son of Harry and Doris Brinson Spencer. He was married to Ruby Huttsell on May 10, 1947 and she survives.
Other survivors include one son, Jerry Spencer of Hicks Ridge; four daughters, Karen (Phillip) LeGrand of Mary Esther, FL, P. Michelle Spencer-Spradling of Brooklyn, NY, Jane Spencer-Pierce of Salem, and Ann Spencer-King of Versailles; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Evelyn Green, and his brother Alton Spencer, who was killed in France during WWII.
Mr. Spencer was a 1943 graduate of Central High School in Madison. He was an Army veteran of WWII, where he served with the 19th Combat Infantry and participated in the liberation of the Philippines. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal with one bronze star, Philippine Liberation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the Meritorious Unit Award.
David was a lifelong farmer and in 1966 he received the Greener Pastures Award through the ASCS. He was a member of the former Hicks Ridge Baptist Church and attended the Shelby Christian Church and was also a member of the Brown Township American Legion and the Versailles Masonic Lodge. David served on the board of directors for the Friendship State Bank for 31 years.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles, with Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery with military rites by the Brown Township American Legion. Visitation will be Saturday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Shelby Christian Church or the Benham Cemetery in care of the funeral home.