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June 10, 2014 • Obituaries

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June 10, 2014

James Preston Conaway

James Preston Conaway, 89, of Dillsboro, passed away late Saturday evening, June 7, 2014 at Mercy West Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born in Clay Township in Dearborn County on October 15, 1924, to Fleetwood B. Conaway and Rachael Eggleston Conaway.

Preston graduated from Dillsboro High School in 1942. In 1943 he joined the US Army, serving during WWII until 1946. In February of 1946 he was united in marriage to Ellen E. Quackenbush and she passed away in 2009. He was employed almost 40 years at Stedmans Foundry and Machine Co. Preston loved to serve people who needed his help. He volunteered at Ross Manor almost daily helping to push residents in wheelchairs for meals, and served senior citizens for the sheriff’s department in putting up signs in their homes for safety. For this service he was given an honorary membership with the department. He also loved animals and helped volunteer at Dr. Moore’s office helping as a vet assistant for many years. Preston also loved helping out at the Dillsboro Food Pantry.

Preston was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ellen, in 2009. He missed her very much, and spoke of her every day since her passing.

He is survived by his two sons, Robert Preston (Bretta) Conaway, and Edward Lee Conaway, both of Granbury, Texas; two grandchildren, Beth Parker, and Karen Conaway; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Norm Lee Conaway, of Eustis, Fla.

Funeral services for Preston will be Saturday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro. Military rites will follow the service by the Dillsboro American Legion. Friends may meet his family at the funeral home on Friday, June 13, where the Hopewell Masonic Lodge #80, of which he was a member, will hold Masonic services at 7:30 p.m. Visitation at the funeral home will be Friday from 5-8 p.m.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation will follow the funeral service and his remains will be interred in Oakdale Cemetery next to his wife, Ellen. Memorials may be given to the Dillsboro Food Pantry or to the Heart Association. DeVries Funeral Home, Dillsboro, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Margaret Bowling

Mary Margaret Bowling, 80, of North Vernon, passed away on Friday, May 30, 2014. Funeral services were held Friday, June 6, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in North Vernon. Burial was in the Vernon Cemetery in Vernon. Memorials may be made through the funeral home to St. Mary’s School or donor’s choice. Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon was in charge of arrangements.

Alvin F. Stolzfus

Alvin F. Stolzfus, 70, of Rexville, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014. Funeral services were held Monday, June 9, at the Jesse Stoltzfus residence, Versailles. Interment was at Ridge View Cemetery Old Order Amish on 800 South in Rexville. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay, was in charge of arrangements.

Norman G. Dresselhaus

Norman G. Dresselhaus, 88, of Friendship, passed away Friday, June 6, 2014, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He was born at Friendship on May 18, 1926, the son of George and Mayme Reamer Dresselhaus. He was married to Viola Kuhlman on May 26, 1951, and his wife of 63 years survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Rick (Christine) Dresselhaus of Lanesville, and Robert (Cindy) Dresselhaus of Yuma, Arizona; six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild; one sister, Marcella Scudder of Greenwood; sister-in-law, Joyce Dresselhaus of Cincinnati. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Dale and Howard Dresselhaus.

Mr. Dresselhaus was a 1944 graduate of Cross Plains High School and was a member of the Wildcats 1942 Sectional championship team. He was a veteran of WWII where he served as a Tech Sergeant with the Army in Central Europe. He received the WWII Victory Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with one Bronze Star, two Overseas Service Bars, Army Occupation of Germany Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and was a rifle expert. In civilian life, Norman worked for Stegemoller Electric, Plumbing, and Heating in Friendship and retired from the Jefferson Proving Ground where he worked as a heating and cooling technician. He was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church at Farmers Retreat where he served as a trustee and also taught Sunday school. He was also a member of the Brown Township American Legion.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at the St. John Lutheran Church at Farmers Retreat with Pastor Gary Wickert officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Brown Township American Legion. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10 a.m. until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department or St. John Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.

Janice Wetzler

Janice Wetzler, 89, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014. She was born in Sunman to the late Thomas and Glenna Wetzler. Janice was a fifth-grade school teacher, teaching 42 years in the Beech Grove School System. She is survived by her sister Marilyn Acra; nephew Tom Acra; nieces Cherie Ison and Beth Redwine; and friend June Wolfe.

Graveside services were held Saturday, June 7 at St. Paul Cemetery Sunman. Memorials may be made to the Servants Heart of Indiana; Little & Sons Funeral Home Beech Grove Chapel, Beech Grove, was in charge of arrangements.

Leslie G. Jackman, Sr.

Leslie G. Jackman, Sr., 71, of Columbus, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at his home. He was born in Barren County, Ky., on April 16, 1943, the son of John Woodson and Ruth Eugenia Oller Jackman. He married Clara Hook on April 13, 1964 and she survives.

Other survivors include son, Leslie G. (Denice and her son Trey) Jackman Jr. of Columbus; sisters, Bessie Sue Phelps of Bowling Green, Ky.; Dolly Lundy of Bowling Green, Ky. and Judy (Joe) Bryant of Frankfort, Ky. and a granddaughter, Tabatha Jackman of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, William Woodson Jackman, James Edward Jackman and Jody Bohannon, sisters, Irena Jackman, Janie Jackman and Aline Ballard.

Mr. Jackman retired from ArvinMeritor in Franklin in 2004 where he had worked for 19 years and was formerly employed at Stadler Packing Company for 14 years. He attended Memorial Baptist Church and was baptized in 2013 in a church in Kentucky. He enjoyed being outdoors at his land in Brown County and spending time with his granddaughter.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 9 at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home, Columbus, with Cheri Grizzard officiating. Entombment will be at Garland Brook Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Online condolences may be sent to the Jackman family and a video tribute may be viewed at

Lorena L. Kratzer

Lorena L. Kratzer, 89, of Plainfield, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Services were held Saturday, June 7, with burial at Saint Paul Cemetery, Sunman. The family requests memorial donations to a charity of choice. To sign the online guestbook or leave a personal condolence for the family, please visit Cook Funeral Home, Sunman, was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Evelyn Folsom

Mary Evelyn Folsom, 94, of Versailles, was born November 5, 1919, in Denver, Colorado. She died Monday, June 9, 2014, at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood.

She was the daughter of the late, Jay Hascon and Beulah Beals Stainton. Mary first married Charley Noel, who preceded her in death, and later married Kenneth Folsom, who also preceded her in death.

She was blessed with four children. She had worked at Muscatatuck State Hospital of Butlerville as a nursing aide supervisor for 19 years. Mary’s greatest enjoyment in life was her family. Her family stated, “she loved dancing, being together with her family and just loving life! She also spent time reading, crocheting and enjoying her flowers."

Survivors include sons Edwin Earl (Beverly) Noel of Lawrenceburg and Charles Noel of Versailles; daughter Betty Ann St. John of Versailles, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Margaret Brison.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 11 at Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, from 4-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 12, at the funeral home at 10 a.m.; doors open at 9 a.m. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society c/o funeral home. Burial will be in the Grandview Cemetery near Madison. Arrangements are being handled by Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood;


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