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August 25, 2011

Edna E. Eckstein
Edna E. Eckstein, 87, of Sunman, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at Margaret Mary Community Hospital, Batesville. She was born October 11, 1923 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Edward and Mary (Ihle) Lipps. She married Charles A. Eckstein on February 23, 1946, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and he preceded her in death on October 8, 1972.
Survivors include daughters, Kathleen (Mike) Bender and Rita (Dale) Jacobs, both of Sunman; sons, Charles B. (Arlene) Eckstein, Henry (Kathy) Eckstein, Len (Marcia) Eckstein, Kenneth (Mary Lou) Eckstein, Thomas (Michele) Eckstein, Frank (Margie) Eckstein, Jeff (Amie) Eckstein, all of Sunman and Fred (Kathy) Eckstein of Sevierville, Tennessee; 24 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren; sisters, Henrietta Grosjean, Frieda Knolle, Betty Eisen, Mary Heister, Agnes Ludwig; and brothers, Charles Lipps and Ed Lipps.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant daughter Helen Rose Eckstein, sister Eleanor Heidi, brothers Leo Lipps and Bernie Lipps.
Mrs. Eckstein was a member of the St. Nicholas Church in Sunman and a former member of St. Dominic Church in Delhi, Ohio.
Funeral mass was held Saturday, August 20, at St. Nicholas Church with Rev. Frank Eckstein officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be given to the masses, St. Nicholas School, or Sunman Rescue 20. Cook Funeral Home, Sunman, was entrusted with arrangements.

Etta Mae Loudin
Etta Mae Loudin, 89, of Lawrenceburg, passed away Monday, August 22, 2011 at the Waters of Dillsboro. She was born on October 10, 1921 in Dry Ridge, KY, the daughter of Harlin Clark and Nettie Bilter Clark. She married Melford Loudin and he preceded her in death in December of 1978.
Etta was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving is her son, Robert Glen Woods (Janice) of Newport Richey, FL; and daughter, Anna Mae Marcus of Cincinnati, OH; four grandchildren, Cindy Bastin, Greg Smith, Lisa Bishop, and Mike Woods.
The family will have a private service for Etta at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Filter-DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro.

John A. Zeiser
John A. Zeiser, 74, of Sunman, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2011 at Three Rivers Nursing Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born June 13, 1937 in Cincinnati, the son of Elmer and Marie Mayhaus Zeiser.
Survivors include sisters, Ruth (Thomas) Reif of Cincinnati, Joan Pessler of Cincinnati, Kathleen (Edward) Reynolds) of Edgewood, KY, and Virginia (Robert) Stewart of Walton, KY; sister-in-law Ellen Zeiser of Cincinnati; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marie Stoffel, brother David Zeiser, and brother-in-law Dale Pressler.
Mr. Zeiser was the founder of Zeiser Construction Company of Price Hill in 1978 and was the CEO for over 30 years. He served with the US Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserves. John was a member of the St. Nicholas Church in Sunman. He was a 1955 graduate of Elder High School and was the recipient of the Elder & Altiora Award in 1998 and the Elder Spirit Award in 2001.
Visitation is being held today, Thursday, from 4-8 p.m. at Cook Funeral Home, Sunman, with prayers at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be held Friday, August 26, at St. Nicholas Church in St. Nicholas, IN, starting at 10 a.m. Father Bryan Reif, nephew of John, will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Elder High School, 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205. Cook Funeral Home, Sunman, is entrusted with arrangements. Visit to leave online condolences for the family.

Arthur Colburn Burns
Arthur Colburn Burns, 81, of Sunman, passed away Monday, August 22, 2011. Visitation will be held Friday, August 26, from 4-7 p.m. at Cook Funeral Home, Sunman. Funeral services will be held Saturday at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery, Sunman. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice. Cook Funeral Home, Sunman, is in charge of arrangements. Visit to leave online condolences for the family.

August 18, 2011

Thelma Mae Slater
Thelma Mae Slater, age 97, a former resident of Moores Hill and Dillsboro, passed away Friday, August 5, 2011 in Puyallup, Washington. She was born April 11, 1914 on her parents farm, James and Florence (Rumsey) Cross, of Holman Ridge.
Mrs. Slater graduated from Moores Hill High School in 1932, and received her teaching certificate from Hanover College. Thelma then began her teaching career in Givan’s one room school house and later taught elementary school in Moores Hill, where she eventually retired.
Thelma and her husband, Lloyd were active members of the Moores Hill Baptist Church, and worked with others in the community for the preservation of Carnegie Hall. She enjoyed traveling on her yearly trips to Florida and visiting her sons and their families. An avid gardener and lover of flowers, she could not imagine a home without flowers.
Thelma was a volunteer with RSVP and active in the Indiana State Retired Teachers Association.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Lloyd Slater, after 57 years of marriage, and by her daughter, Janice, and her sisters Gladys Ulrich and Mildred Beatty.
Survivors include her sons, James and John (wife Charlene), and grandchildren Jason and Marion, all of Puyallup, Washington.
Thelma will be missed by her family and friends, and will be remembered as a loving and caring person who was always willing to help others.
Family and friends are invited to the Filter-DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. for a time of sharing memories, with a memorial service to follow. The family asks that memorials be given to Carnegie Hall in her memory.

Victoria Lynn McKinley
Victoria Lynn McKinley, 54, of Moores Hill, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2011 at her home. She was born October 5, 1956 in Milan, the daughter of Lester and Mabel Marie (Griffin) Beggs.
Victoria worked as a Certified Nurses Aid at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora and she was very active for many years in the Moores Hill Life Squad.
Survivors include her son, Matthew Miles of Moores Hill; brothers, Bob Beggs of Aurora and Bill Beggs of North Vernon.
Funeral services are being held today, Thursday, at 11 a.m. at the Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, Moores Hill, with Father Stephen Donahue officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Moores Hill. Visitation will also be Thursday from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the Moores Hill Life Squad. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

August 4, 2011

Mabel Irene Long
Mabel Irene Long, age 103, a long time resident of Dillsboro, passed away Monday evening, August 8, 2011 at the Waters of Dillsboro, Ross Manor. Mabel was born at home in Lawrenceburg, on Jan 20, 1908 to Charles Trester and Mary Edith Calhoun Trester.
When Mabel was 8 months of age, her mother passed away, and Albert and Katie Johnson became her foster parents. After only two years, Albert Johnson passed away, and again Mabel had to unite with new parents. Albert’s father and mother, John and Alice Johnson stepped in and raised Mabel.
Mabel started her education at a one-room school house named St. Martin School. She graduated from the 8th grade at Van Horn at Yorkville, and attended high school at New Alsace in a one-room building with 9 students in it. Tri Kappa Sorority of Lawrenceburg loaned her the money to attend Ball State College and became a teacher. She taught first grade at Dillsboro in 1928 for three years, before going to Indianapolis, where she taught for four years at Fleming Garden School. She then returned to college and graduated from Indiana Univ.
In 1934 she married Dale Long, and they were the proud parents of three children: Kay, Mike, and Steven. Mabel and Dale eventually purchased a farm outside of Dillsboro, where they resided until 1968, when they moved to Dillsboro. Mabel retired in 1973 with 26 years of teaching experience. In 1986 her husband, Dale, passed away.
Mabel was named outstanding teacher in Indiana in 1973; outstanding citizen of Dillsboro in 1996, and in subsequent years, Senior Queen and Grand Marshall of the Dillsboro Homecoming. She was active in Phi Beta Psi Sorority, United Methodist Women, Dearborn County Retired Teachers Association- where she was a former President, Girl Scouts, Home EC Club, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Internationally Yours, 4-H Leader, Eastern Star, White Shrine, and DAR. Mabel was a long time active member of Dillsboro United Methodist Church.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Steven Long, and a granddaughter, Lisa Raffignone, and a half sister, Pearl Seymour.
She is survived by her son, Mike (Laverne) Long, of Pennville; her daughter, Kay (Lowell) Raffignone, of Dillsboro; and a daughter-in-law, Della Speer, of Los Angeles; five grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
The funeral service to celebrate the life of Mabel Long will be Friday, August 12, at 11:00 a.m. at Filter-DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro, with Pastor Jann Heseman officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery in Aurora. Friends may meet her family at the funeral home on Thursday, August 11, from 5-8 p.m.
Memorials may be given to United Methodist Women or to Hillforest in Aurora. Filter-DeVries Funeral Home, Dillsboro, is entrusted with arrangements.

Sally Kay Preble
Sally Kay Preble, 74, of Indianapolis, passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville. She was born on February 8, 1937 to Frank and Kathleen (Blair) Creswell in Kansas City, Missouri.
Sally attended Miami University (1955-1958) and later earned her Associate Degree in Applied Business from Shawnee State Community College in 1983. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa (National Honor Fraternity) and was on the Dean's list every quarter, graduating with High Honors. She had also been a member of the Milan School Board and Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She enjoyed traveling, reading, antiques, sports and community activities.
She is survived by sons, Richard B. Preble of Jacksonville, NC and William P. Preble of Noblesville; daughter, Kathleen C. Powers of Alpharetta, GA; and grandchildren, Madison B. Preble and Jilian Riley Preble of Jacksonville, NC, grandchildren, Michael P. Preble, David C. Preble and Matthew T. Preble of Noblesville, and Emily C. Powers and Caitlin E. Powers of Alpharetta, GA.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph D. Preble whom she married on February 28, 1958; and son, David B. Preble.
A memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield Road in Noblesville, with visitation beginning at 4:00 p.m. prior to the service. Rev. David D. Pappas and Father Martin Peter will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to National Foundation for Cancer Research, 4600 East West Highway, Suite 525, Bethesda, MD, 20814. Online condolences can be given at Randall & Roberts Funeral Home, Noblesville, is entrusted with arrangements.

Lorna Gail Wren
Lorna Gail Wren, 74, of Terre Haute, formerly of Versailles, passed away Monday, August 8, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. She was born April 3, 1939, in Kewanee, IL, the daughter of Ronald Boyd and Marilyn Willard Boyd.
Lorna was a homemaker, a 25-year member of the American Legion in Terre Haute and Versailles. She enjoyed homemade crafts and loved to play bingo.
Surviving are beloved pet, Tilly; three sons, Ron Wren of Cincinnati, OH, Jon Wren (Sandra) of Quincy, IL, and David Wren of Brazil, IN; two daughters, Debbie Taylor of Savannah, GA and Cindy Wren of Terre Haute; sister, Loretta Fae Coziahr of Pekin, IL; grandchildren, Trent Wren, Bryan Wren, Laura Wren, Ryan Davis, Denise Gecik, Douglas Aurthor, Adam Dalton and Jacob DeLoach; great grandchildren, Nathaniel Wren, Melanie Wren, Devin Davis, Arianna Davis, Eric Davis, Koren Davis, Samuel Gecik and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Doris Nordstrom of Escondido, CA, and husband Earl Wren, who passed away December 25, 2002.
Services were held Wednesday, August 10, at Greiner Funeral Home in Terre Haute, with Rev. Fred Harrison officiating. Burial was in the Mud Pike Baptist Church Cemetery, Versailles, with Rev. David Blazier officiating. Online condolences may be made at

Dolores A. Ruggles
Dolores A. Ruggles, 69, of Milan, passed away Monday, August 8, 2011, at the Inpatient Facility of Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana. Dolores was born Sunday, September 21, 1941 in Union City, the daughter of Doyle and Eva (Lumpkin) Pratt. She married Robert Ruggles on December 31, 1961 and he survives.
Mrs. Ruggles graduated from Union City High School and Purdue University majoring in home economics. She was a homemaker and a member of the Pierceville United Methodist Church. Dolores enjoyed cooking, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving are husband, Robert Ruggles of Milan; daughters, Marsha (Michael) Raab of Milan, Julie (Tom) Swegman of Greensburg, Nancy (Marty) Porter, Sr. of Milan; grandchildren, Racheal and Chris Padgett, RJ and Ryan Raab, Micah, Courtney, and Marty Jr. Porter; and great grandchildren, Noah and Kylah Porter. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Lyons.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 12, at 11 a.m. at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, with Chaplain Jason Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery at Dillsboro. Visitation will be today, Thursday, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Pierceville United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, is entrusted with arrangements.

Robert Louis Damm
Robert Louis Damm, 77, of Osgood, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at Margaret Mary Community Hospital, Batesville. He was born November 21, 1933 in Osgood, the son of Joseph Theodore and Viola Marie Volz Damm.
He married Judith Kay Zion on June 18, 1960 and she survives. Other survivors include his daughter, Angela “Jill” and husband Richard Craig of North Vernon, two sons: David and wife Robin and Andy and wife Betsy Damm, all of Zionsville. He leaves five grandchildren: Mitchell, Stephen, Dominik and Daniel Damm and Sydney Craig.
Mr. Damm graduated from Osgood High School in 1951 and Xavier University of Cincinnati, OH, in 1955. He was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church of Osgood and a past member of the Osgood Lions Club.
He served in the US Army in Counter/Intelligence.
Mr. Damm started teaching at Milan High School in 1959. In 1963 he was a Psychomotrist in Carthage and had worked with Seata in Madison. He was the past director of the Education Psychology Division for the State of Indiana in the early 1970’s. He had worked for Muscatatuck State Hospital as a Clinical Psychologist retiring around 2000.
He and his wife, Judy, owned and operated Bob & Judy's Damm Good Pizza & Donuts in Osgood in the early 1960’s.
Mr. Damms family founded the Damm Theater in 1914 in Osgood and Bob and his wife, Judy, were the last family members to operate the Damm Theatre before it was taken over by The Gilmore and Golda Reynolds Foundation.
He loved Xavier basketball, hunting, fishing, gardening and Polka dancing.
Visitation will be held Friday, August 12 from 5-8 p.m. at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, Osgood, with burial in the St. John’s Cemetery, Osgood.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Church or the donor’s choice.
Arrangements were made by Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood.

August 4, 2011

Earl McFarland
Earl McFarland, 88, of Milan, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. He was born August 29, 1922 in Rock Hold, Kentucky, the son of James and Sarah (Taylor) McFarland. He married Mary (Reuter) McFarland on January 15, 2000 and she survives.

Earl worked at H.P. Deushers Foundry for 31 years and he was a member of the United Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved flee marketing.
Survivors include wife, Mary McFarland of Milan; sons, Arthur (Carolyn) McFarland of South Lebanon, OH, Clarence (Joyce) McFarland of Hamilton, OH, and Glennis (Gwin) McFarland of Oxford, OH; daughters, Maxine (David) Jones of Williamsburg, KY, Mabel (Nick) Couch of Brookville, Donna (Larry) Bittner of Brookville, Betty (Steve) Martin of Hamilton, OH; sister, Geneva Ferris of Xenia, OH; 22 grandchildren; 60 great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wives, Retha Cupp McFarland and Georgia Bass McFarland; sons Fred and James McFarland; and daughters, Martha Colleen and Dorothy Mae McFarland.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 5, at 8 p.m. at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, with visitation from 5-8 p.m. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 6, at 1 p.m. at the Ryans Cemetery new Williamsburg, KY. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, is entrusted with arrangements.