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Richard “Rick” Allen Fields

Richard “Rick” Allen Fields, 66, died on October 13, 2015, in Lawrenceburg. Rick is survived by his wife, Mary, Dillsboro; his brother, Steven Fields (Rosemary), of Houston, Texas; his daughter, Erin Snider (Ryan), of Alexandria, Virginia; his daughter, Ashley Hileman (Derek), of Indianapolis; six delightful grandchildren, Isaac, Ophelia, Elise, Emmanuelle, Grant, and Nathalie; an aunt, two uncles and a host of wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins.

Rick was born on November 11, 1948, in Columbus, to parents Boyd and Mary (Carr) Fields who preceded him in death. He graduated from Butler University in 1970 with a degree in business administration. While at Butler, Rick was a charter member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. In 1974 Rick graduated from the University of Louisville with a Master of Science Degree in Community Development. Rick entered the Indiana National Guard in 1970. He continued his service in the Army Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1985 as a captain in the Medical Service Corps.

Early in his professional life, Rick served as the business manager at Jackson County Schneck Memorial Hospital. He was the assistant administrator for Region XI Comprehensive Health Planning Council and later the executive director for Region XI Development Commission. He also co-owned, operated and sold a 7-Up distributorship in Southeastern Indiana. In 1977 Rick and his wife built and opened Dillsboro IGA. Rick, along with Mary, have owned and operated the store for 38 years. During these years, he owned, operated and sold an additional grocery store in Versailles.

Rick was devoted to the town of Dillsboro and to serving others. At the time of his death, Rick was serving as an elected official on the town board of Dillsboro. In former years, he served on the first advisory council for Dearborn County Solid Waste Management District. He volunteered with South Dearborn High School Dollars for Scholars, served on the Dearborn Community Foundation finance and investment committee, and was treasurer for the Dearborn County Republican party for two years. He was a member of the Jaycees and the Dillsboro Civic Club. Rick joyfully served 35 years as the Frog Jumping Commissioner for the annual Dillsboro Homecoming Festival.

Rick married Mary Schmidt in 1971. He was a great family man and a loving father. He enjoyed assistant coaching his daughters’ softball teams, fishing with his grandchildren, reminiscing and playing euchre with family, and laughing with friends. He was known for his sense of humor, kindness, hard work and devotion.

A celebration of life service is scheduled for Saturday, October 24 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on North Street in Dillsboro. The service is at 3 p.m. Brian Murray will officiate. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Rick’s life. The family would like to thank the many friends for their support, help, generosity, and prayers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Dearborn Community Foundation. Please note “Fields Family Memorial Fund” and post to: Dearborn Community Foundation, Fields Family Memorial Fund, 322 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025.

Pastor Ronald “Ron” Mundy

Pastor Ronald “Ron” Mundy, 69, Madison, passed away Friday, October 16, 2015. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 21 at 1 p.m. at the Hanover Baptist Church, 151 West Main Street in Hanover. Burial will be in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 20 from 5-7 p.m. at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, and Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the Hanover Baptist Church, Hanover. Memorials may be given to the Gideon’s Memorial Bibles or the Hanover Baptist Church, contribution cards are available at the funeral home. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Carl Joseph Hallgarth

Carl Joseph Hallgarth, 54, Moores Hill, passed away Friday, October 16, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 20 at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday 5-7 p.m. Memorials may be made to the donors choice. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, Moores Hill, is entrusted with arrangements. PO Box 156, 16717 Manchester St., 47032; 812-744-3280. Go to to leave an online condolence message.

Clarence Emmett “Ace” Fryman

Clarence Emmett “Ace” Fryman, 88, Dillsboro, passed away Thursday, October 15, 2015. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, is serving the family.

Irene Lucille Jackson

Irene Lucille Jackson, 96, Dillsboro, passed away Saturday afternoon, October 17, 2015 peacefully at the Waters of Dillsboro with her family at her side. Irene was born on August 23, 1919 in Dillsboro to Janis and Katherine (Ochs) Eaglin. She was forced to leave school in the eighth grade to help her father in his grocery store. On September 12, 1936 she was united in marriage to Wilmer Jackson, and they were the parents of four sons, Denver, Donald, Russell, and Bobby Dale.

Irene loved to bake and cook, and she absolutely loved her flower garden. She sent cards to all her friends for any occasion, and they in turn sent her several cards. She saved all of them, and has many boxes of greeting cards in her home. She was a wonderful stay-at-home mom and grandmother. Irene knew heartache in her life; she lost many relatives in death to various causes.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sons, Donald, Russell, and Bobby Dale Jackson; two grandchildren; Russell Jackson and Robin Jackson, two brothers, Russell Eaglin and Lester Eaglin; and two sisters, Marcella Hudson and Ruth Berry. Her husband, Wilmer Jackson, preceded her in death in May of 1995.

She is survived by her son and his wife, Denver and Linda Jackson, Aurora; six grandchildren; Daryl Wayne Jackson, Darrin McQueen, Terry Jackson, Gary Jackson, Dianna Petty, and Roxanne Jackson; 15 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Irene will be Friday, October 23 at 11 a.m. at DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro, with Pastor Tom Fehrman officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Oakdale Cemetery. Friends may meet her family at DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro Thursday, October 22, from 5-8 p.m. Memorials in her memory may be given to Oakdale Cemetery. DeVries Funeral Home, Dillsboro, is entrusted with arrangements.

Larry Gene Leons

Larry Gene Leons, 74, Lawrenceburg, passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2015. He was born September 15, 1941 in Anderson, the son of the late Harry and Beatrice (Smith) Leons.

Larry was a veteran of the US Navy. He was a member of the Canaan Masonic Lodge where he held several positions including Worshipful Master. He was a former manager of the Friendship Tavern, owned a scuba diving company in Ft. Lauderdale and had his pilots license to operate large ships. He worked at SEI Data.

Survivors include his father, Harry Leons of Anderson; significant other, Marty Landsiedel of Lawrenceburg; daughter, Kim Rexford of Sarasota, FL; brother, Mike Leons of Friendship; four grandchildren; and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his mother, Beatrice Louise Leons.
Services are going to be at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice. Fitch-Denney Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, is in charge of arrangements. Visit

Grace Lucille Bixler

Grace Lucille Bixler, 74, Gosport, passed away at 12:17 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at her son’s house in Milan. She was born at Indianapolis on February 28, 1941, the daughter of Robert and Jeanette Imhausen. She was married to David Leon on September 29, 1959 and he survives.

Other survivors include two sons Charles (Fran) Bixler of Milan and Don (Andrea) Bixler of Spencer; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Bob Imhausen and two sisters; Peggy Bohall and Mary Sodrell.

Grace was a former employee of the Gosport Nursing Home and Highway 67 Convenient Store. Mrs. Bixler was a member of the Owen Valley Homemakers. Her hobbies included cooking, quilting and making crafts.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 17 at the West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home, Spencer, Indiana. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Arnold B. Mohr

Arnold B. Mohr, 71, Versailles, formerly of Batesville, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Visitation will be Saturday, October 24 from 1 p.m. until time of memorial service at 3 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville. Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, is entrusted with arrangements.

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