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The Versailles Republican

January 8, 2015 • Obituaries

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January 8, 2015

Anna Mae Bowers Hull

Anna Mae Bowers Hull, 84, of Milan, passed away Monday, January 5, 2015, at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born January 17, 1930 in Rushville to Lester and Floy (Mills) Bowers.

She worked for over 30 years for Bovards Funeral Home. She was a member of Milan United Methodist Church, Milan United Methodist Women, and the Rebekah Lodge. Anna Mae will be remembered for her love for her family and friends. She enjoyed baking cakes and decorating them and making candy and cookies for all at Christmas time.

Anna Mae is survived by her devoted husband Alvin Hull; children Duane Blessing of Indianapolis, Debbie (David) Trotter of Marysville, Tim Blessing of Indianapolis, and Dennis (Becky) Blessing of Plymouth, Michigan; step-children Marilyn (Dennis) Hadler of Greensburg, and Darrell (Gracie) Hull and Lloyd (Barb) Hull both of Columbus; grandchildren: Tyler, Dustin Blessing, Anna, Sarah Trotter, Mamie Blessing, step-grandchildren: Stacey, Michelle, Christine, Jennifer, Cameron, great grandchildren Kaylee, Lucas, Emma and Jase and several step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Walter Bowers and Harold Bowers.

Funeral services will be Friday, January 9 at 11 a.m. at the Milan United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Hopewell Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the Milan United Methodist Women or the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the funeral home.

Eugene Alvin Oster

Eugene Alvin Oster passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Loveland, Colorado. He was born on November 25, 1938, in Versailles, to Albert and Roxanna Oster.

He is survived by his children Allyson Rodahl of Ft. Collins, Colorado, and husband Dean; Carmen Turrill of Redwood Valley, California, and husband Mark; and Stephen Oster of Morristown, Indiana, and wife Hannah; and grandchildren: Chance, Jacob, Taylor, Schuyler, Abigail, Jax, Lily and Emma.

Gene was a kind, quiet and thoughtful man who loved to read, study, and research his many and varied interests. He was lifelong learner, copious note taker and devourer of knowledge, having graduated with a BA in 1961 from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and with an MA in 1993 from Ball State University in Muncie.

He was a creative handyman who tinkered with problems until an efficient solution was found and implemented. He encouraged his children to pursue education and appreciate the joy of nature. He enjoyed hiking, especially in Estes Park, Colorado. He also devoured chocolate in all forms but was especially fond of peanut M&Ms and chocolate pie.
Family gathered in Estes Park to memorialize Gene and share memories. No other services are planned.

Harold Lee Galliher

Harold Lee Galliher, 77 of Commiskey, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 10, at the Tea Creek Baptist Church in Jennings County with the Rev. Richard Burcham officiating. Friends may call at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services on Friday, January 9, from 4-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the Tea Creek Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Tea Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Tea Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Association or Paris Crossing Alumni Association. You are welcome to leave the family a message of condolence at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, North Vernon, is in charge of arrangements.

Alberta Miller

Alberta Miller, 82, of Versailles, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Dayton, Ohio on November 10, 1932 the daughter of George and Virgie Schock Seals. She was married to Elmer Miller on February 16, 1952 and he preceded her in death on July 4, 1997.

Survivors include one son Donald G. (Deborah) Miller of Knoxville, Tennessee; one daughter Brenda (John) Busek of Dillsboro; two grandchildren Tami Gordon of Osgood, and Elizabeth (Darren) Heppner of Sunman; three brothers Rev. Robert (Shirley) Seals of Portland, Oregon, Jerry (Dottie) Seals of Greensburg, and Bill (Carol) Seals of Versailles; two sisters Bernice Fisk of Benson, Arizona, and Janet (Fred) Peters of Batesville. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Buck Seals.

Mrs. Miller was a 1950 graduate of Versailles High School. She was employed with US Shoe in Osgood for several years and taught cake decorating at the Southeastern Career Center. She enjoyed the fellowship of her family and friends and volunteering at local nursing homes. She had baked professionally, making several wedding and special occasion cakes. Alberta was known as a prayer warrior, and was a long time member of the Cedar Creek Community Church.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 10 at 11 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Community Church with Alberta’s brother Rev. Robert Seals officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery at Elrod. Visitation will be Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Cave Hill Christian Academy or the Bridge of Hope Building Fund in care of the funeral home.

Marilyn K. Johnston

Marilyn K. (née Ryle) Johnston was born on the December 13, 1938, in the family home in Dearborn County, to Edward E. Ryle and Dorothy Mae (née Van Sickle) Ryle. On the of June 29, 1957, she was married to James A. Johnston at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Dillsboro, and they had four children. She passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015, after a lengthy illness, at her home in Dillsboro, at the age of 76.

Marilyn was baptized and confirmed in the Christian Faith on the March 22, 1959 at Trinity by the late Rev. Dean Greunke. Marilyn attended worship services at Trinity.

Survivors include husband, Jim of Dillsboro; children, Rick (Vanessa) Johnston of Mahomet, IL, Rhonda (Randy) Hunt of Dillsboro, Randal (Barbara) Johnston of Centerville, OH and Rhea Dawn (John) Miller of Milan; six grandchildren, Joshua Hunt, Brianna (Blake) Johnston-Witsman, Hilary (Jake) Hunt-Drone, Jeremy Hunt, Emma Miller and Evan Miller; and one great-grandson Bennett Witsman; three sisters, Sharlene (Kenny) Barlow of Marshall, NC, Sharon Davies of Greensburg, IN and Pamela (Mark) Ginder of Dillsboro; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by both her mother (1996) and father (1999); her sister Nancy Ryle-Clayton (2011); and her brother Lucian “Sonny” Ryle (2011).

Marilyn served those around her as wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She also served her neighbors as a hair-dresser, secretary at both a law-firm and bank, and most recently as Trinity’s office secretary until her retirement in December 2008. She enjoyed crocheting doilies, reading, working crossword puzzles, gardening, canning, camping with her family, spending time with her sisters and in recent years wintering in Florida with Jim.

The visitation for Marilyn will be Fri., January 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 12854 Central Ave in Dillsboro, from 4-8 p.m. The funeral service will be Sat., January 10, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, with her Pastor, Rev Richard Kolaskey officiating. She will be laid to rest at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church or to Hospice of Dearborn County. The DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro is in charge of arrangements.

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