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June 3, 2014 • Obituaries

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Betty Jean (Aufderheide) Thieman

Betty Jean (Aufderheide) Thieman, 90, of Pleasant, entered this life on Nov. 11, 1923, in Ripley County, the daughter of the late, Frank William and Zella May (Warner) Aufderheide. She was raised in Ripley County and was a 1942 graduate of Cross Plains High School.

Betty was united in marriage on December 2, 1944, in Anniston, Alabama, to Leonard Henry William Thieman and to this union arrived two sons and three daughters to bless their home. Betty and Leonard shared 68 loving years of marriage together until his death on December 6, 2012.

Betty was a former employee for the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, the Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison, and for the Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg. She was also a former employee for the Landwehr Inc. in Versailles for several years. She was a member of the Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Dewberry and the Night Owl’s Home Economics Club of Pleasant. Betty resided in the Pleasant community, since 1944. Betty was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed helping her husband on the family farm. Betty will be remembered for her love of gardening, sewing, reading, working jigsaw puzzles, bowling and bird watching. Betty was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Betty died at 5:15 a.m., Sat., May 31, 2014, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

Betty will be missed by her sons Larry Thieman (Linda) of Pleasant, Mike Thieman (Melisa) of Pleasant; her daughters Peggy Lee Covington of Madison, Victoria L. Burris (Tim) of Lawrenceburg, Teresa R. Libby (Gary) of Fairview; grandchildren Scott, Chris, Lori, Andrea, Matt, Luke, Alicia, Angela, April, Abby, Alex, Gary Jr. and Jeremy; her great-grandchildren Amber, Dustin, Shawn, Isabel, Jackson, Elijah, Tyler, Porter, Kylan, Ellery, Bryson and Evaiah; her great-great-grandchildren Mya, Sophia, Levi, Jocelyn and Luken; her sister-in-laws Phyllis Rueter of Milan, Pat Rueter of Dillsboro; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Frank William and Zella May (Warner) Aufderheide; her loving husband of 68 years Leonard Henry William Thieman, who died December 6, 2012; her grandson Kent Thieman; her sisters Ruth Hehe and Dorothy Roundtree; her brother Cecil Aufderheide; her half-sisters Lena Mae Henchen, Freda Barton and Evelyn James; her half-brothers John Rueter, Owen Rueter and James Rueter.

Funeral services will be held Thurs., June 5 at 11 a.m., by Pastor Richard Wilkie, at the Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Cross Plains (Dewberry). Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call 5-8 p.m., Wed., June 4, 2014, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay, and from 10 a.m. until time of service on Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Paul Cemetery or Macular Degeneration Research. Cards are available at the funeral home and the church. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay, is in charge of arrangements.

Glenn D. Risk

Glenn D. Risk, 93, of Versailles, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born at Benham on December 27, 1920, the son of Glenn and Ida Fuehrer Risk. He was married to Helen Fields on September 11, 1951 and his wife of 62 years survives. Other survivors include his sister-in-law Mrs. Josephine Risk of Indianapolis along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Robert Risk, and his sisters Lois Bryant and Violet Elles.

Mr. Risk was a 1939 graduate of Cross Plains High School. He was an Army veteran of WWII and served with the 80th Division, 106th Infantry, 424th Infantry Anti-Tank Company in Northern France, the Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. T/Sgt. Risk was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroism in action against the enemy in Eastern Belgium on December 16, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge. Other awards received included the American Theatre Ribbon, EAME Theatre Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Service Badge, and the WWII Victory Medal. While serving with the 106th, also known as the “Lion Division,” Mr. Risk drove a tank during battle while also loading and firing the guns by himself, a job usually reserved for three men. In civilian life, Glenn was a trucker having been employed with Huber and Huber, Mayflower, and retired in 1977 from Smith Transfer. He and Helen enjoyed bowling, and for his many years of driving he received the “Million Miles in a Mack Award.” He was a member of the Benham United Methodist Church and was a life member of the Versailles American Legion.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 3, at 1 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Sandy Becker of the Versailles American Legion officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery with military honors by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Versailles American Legion or the Holton Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

Melissa J. Crum

Melissa J. Crum, 48, of Sunman, entered this life on March 10, 1966, in Greensburg and passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014 at her home. Melissa graduated from the Oldenburg Academy in Oldenburg and also from Marion College, Indianapolis. After graduating from college, she taught school at St. Mary’s in Greensburg.

Melissa married Alan Eugene Crum on June 6, 1992. This happy union blessed them with three children. As her children expressed, she was a wonderful mother and a great cook. Side by side for many years, she and her husband Alan ran and operated Crum Farms near Sunman. She loved the farm. Melissa actually helped plant the crops, drive the farm trucks and helped with the raising of turkeys, hogs and cattle. Music was another passion of Melissa and Alan’s. They both belonged to the “Adams Church Boys Plus.” For years, they brought joy and comfort to many people in the Ripley County area and many other places in the state either singing with the group or mostly just by themselves. They did around 80 shows a year. They actually had a group following. She attended church at Adams Lutheran Church near Batesville, where she had been the organist and also a Sunday school teacher. Family, farming and music was her life. Her beautiful smile and spirit will be so deeply missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband Alan Crum of Sunman; father Melvin Billman of Sunman; sons Jeffry and Alex Crum of Sunman; daughter Liddy Marie Crum of Sunman; sisters Annette Reeves of Ragley, LA; Amy Caliendo of Wilmington, DE; Julie Billman of Batesville; sister-in-law: Lori Crum of Ashland, OH; and in-laws Gene and Phyllis Crum of Milan.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 4, at Adams Lutheran Church, Batesville from 3-8 p.m. with funeral services on Thursday, June 5, at the church at 10 a.m. She will lie in state at the church from 9 a.m. until the funeral. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Adams Lutheran Church. Arrangements by: Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood;

Ruth Downey

Ruth Downey, 97, of Versailles, formerly of Milan passed away Friday, May 30, 2014 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born in Greensburg on December 22, 1916, the daughter of Ruby and Ella Martin Brown. She was married to Paul Downey and he preceded her in death in 1976.

Mrs. Downey provided home health care for the elderly in her community. She was a member of the Versailles Eastern Star.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, June 3 at 11 a.m. at the Rising Sun Cemetery with Rev. Mike Cantrell of the Versailles Baptist Church officiating. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles.

Casey Danielle John

Casey Danielle John, 39, of Milan, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 31 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan. Burial was in the New Craven Cemetery South of Milan. Memorials may be given to the family for medical expenses. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements; 812-654-2141, Box 243, 707 S. Main St. Milan, IN 47031. Go to to sign the online guest book.


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