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The Versailles Republican

November 6, 2014 • Obituaries

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November 6, 2014

Marvin A. Duerstock

Marvin A. Duerstock, 74, of Guilford, passed away Tuesday  evening, November 4, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospital following a long illness.  He was the son of Lawrence Duerstock and Catherine Menkedick  Duerstock.

Marvin Duerstock dedicated over 40 years of his life serving public education in the State of Indiana. He worked tirelessly to ensure that future generations of Hoosier students would be given the opportunity to receive a quality education. Education for him was more than a career choice but a vocation. 

Marvin Duerstock grew up on a small farm in Millhousen in southeastern Indiana, the youngest of nine siblings. He was the first one in his family able to attend college. Having lost both of his parents at an early age, Marvin had to support himself throughout college with various jobs.  Because of his personal struggles, he chose to major in education to help others reach their academic potential. Of particular note Mr. Duerstock initiated and was the driving force behind the “Dollars for Scholars” scholarship fund to assisting seniors to attend college. He also established an academic conference mirroring the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference that provides academic team competition between regional high schools.  This extramural academic conference places academic achievement on equal standing with athletics, thus promoting educational excellence in students and schools.

Mr. Duerstock started his career in education teaching mathematics and business at Ben Davis and South Wayne Jr./Sr. High Schools in Indianapolis where he also taught  education courses for Indiana University and IUPUI. In 1978 he was asked to be the first associate principal of the newly built South Dearborn High School in Aurora. Three years later he became principal and served in that capacity until 1998.  By the end of his tenure, graduation rates were over 90%, higher than the state average. Since the school’s inception, Marvin helped define the educational culture of South Dearborn that still remains today. He was initiated into the South Dearborn Academic and Career Hall of Fame in 2011  He is recognized statewide as an admired and dedicated administrator. He served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Association of Secondary School Principals. As testament to Marvin’s legacy many in the faculty today at South Dearborn High School and other county schools were hired by him, including the current and previous principals. Because of this history of dedication to education, Mr. Duerstock was conferred the title of Distinguished Hoosier in 2007. After retiring as principal, he returned to his teaching roots and taught mathematics at Ivy Tech State College and was able to devote more time to community activities.  He was on the Board of Directors for the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Dearborn Community Foundation, president of the Dearborn and Ohio Counties Habitat for Humanities, a member of  St. Mary’s Church council, and was a board member and rental manager of Aurora Community Housing for low income seniors.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Sabra Carmack Duerstock; three sons: Scott (Yun Gee Park) Duerstock of Tucson, AZ; Greg (Maribeth Witt) Duerstock of Kentucky; and Dr. Brad (Li Hwa Chong) Duerstock of Lafayette; a sister, Helen Tebbe of Orlando, FL; a brother, Cyril Duerstock of Napoleon; six grandchildren: Han, Mack, Baek, Emma, Jakob, and Yiwen Duerstock; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and two sisters.

The Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s  Catholic Church in Aurora, with Fr. Steve Donahue as Celebrant. Friends may meet his family on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 from 4:30 until 8:30 p.m. at  St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery at Millhousen. Memorials may be given to Dollars for Scholars. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro

Robert A. Simmons

Robert A. Simmons, 71, of New Marion, passed away Sunday, November 2, 2014, at the University Hospital in Louisville. He was born in Madison on January 7, 1943, the son of Robert D. and Lorraine Duval Simmons

He was married to Elaine Grow on October 22, 1982 and she survives. Other survivors include one son, James R. Simmons of New Marion; two daughters, Susan (Steve) Whitham of Canaan, and Sandra (Grant) Brown on Olean; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren; two brothers, James (Mary) Simmons of Lamb, and Thomas Simmons of Madison; one sister, Sharon Bliton of Madison. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his son Kenneth Simmons.

Mr. Simmons was a 1961 graduate of Madison High School. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War where served with the 20th Naval Construction Regiment. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He worked in supervision for US Shoe for 39 years in plants in Madison, Vevay, and Osgood, and also had farmed with his father operating a dairy farm as well as raising tobacco.
Mr. Simmons was a member of the Brooksburg Baptist Church, the Vevay VFW, and the American Legion.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 5 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Dennis Werner of the Solid Rock Bible Fellowship Church in Napoleon officiating. Burial was in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Napoleon with military graveside rites by the Osgood American Legion. Memorials may be given to the Vevay VFW post in care of the funeral home. Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles was in charge of arrangements.

David M. Rayner

David M. Rayner, 63, of Milan, passed away Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Manderley Health Care at Osgood. David was born Thursday, January 11, 1951 in Milan, the son of Floyd M. and Betty (Bultman) Rayner.

David was a member of the Baptist faith, a 1969 graduate of Milan High School and attended Indiana State University. He served a short time as a park ranger with the National Parks Services in both the Smokey Mountains and Mammoth Cave. He later developed interest in web designing, developing web sites for the Town of Osgood, Damm Theatre, Milan Auto Sales, Ripley County EMA and Health Dept., LEPC, and Osgood Text and Wire to name a few. He was an internet consultant for Midwest A&D in Whittier, CA and Storm 2K Hurricane Tracking Center in Houston, TX. He was also owner of Fallsky Weather Site and was the voice you heard for over 20 years on the weather scanner, tracking and reporting weather and storms. He was known as “Mr. Weatherman”.

Dave leaves behind his loving family, parents Floyd and Betty Rayner of Milan; sister Joellen Rayner of Moores Hill; niece Jessica Brown and great nephew Joshua Samuel Brown; and many friends from Facebook, and internet connections near and far around the world.

Funeral services for David will be Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, with Rev. Harris Long and Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will follow in Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Rescue 30. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, is entrusted with David’s arrangements; 707 S. Main St. Box 243, 47031—812-654-2141. Go to to leave an online condolence message to David’s family.

Joan Winters

Joan Winters, 84, of Milan, passed away Monday, November 3, 2014 at UC Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. Joan was born Friday, January 31, 1930 in Milan, the daughter of Wilbert “Mack” and Caroline (Caplinger) Ashcraft. She married LeVon Winters on Saturday, May 22, 1954, and he survives.

Joan was a cheerleader and a 1948 valedictorian for Milan High School. She belonged to St. Paul Lutheran Church in which she taught Sunday and Bible school for many years. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother spending most of her time cooking and traveling with family and friends. Joan was involved in the community in many ways such as Board of Ripley County Cancer Society and working with Robinson-Swales Migrate Program in Sunman. Joan loved reading and spending time in the winter months in Estero, Florida. She worked at the Milan Furniture Factory for seven years and was co-owner of Winters Insurance from 1957- 1991.

Joan is survived by her husband, LeVon Winters of Milan; daughter-in-law, Lee Winters of Loveland, OH; brother, Charles (Ruth) Ashcraft of Versailles; two grandchildren, Jacob Winters and Madison Winters; and two nieces and two nephews. Joan was preceded in death by daughter: Jody Karst; son: Todd Winters; son-in-law: Bill Karst; and one brother Robert Ashcraft.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home with Pastor Susan Socha and Pastor Harris Long officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5-8 p.m. also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in her memory to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Margaret Mary Hospice. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, is entrusted with arrangements. 707 South Main Street Box 243 Milan, IN 47031; 812-654-2141. Go to to leave an online condolence message.

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