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Arnold Walter Rump

Arnold Walter Rump, 91, died on Sunday, October 25, 2015 in Dillsboro. Arnold was born on October 23, 1924 in Dillsboro, to Walter and Hilda (Licking) Rump who preceded him in death. Arnold was a lifelong resident of Dillsboro. He was born on North Street. He had four siblings: Marilyn (the late Harold) Eades of Yuma, AZ, Marion (Don) Black of Dillsboro, the late Donald (the late Sonya) Rump of Virginia Beach, VA and the late Dorthea “Dot” (Marvin) Bernhart of Jeffersonville.

Arnold graduated from Dillsboro High School in 1942 and served our country in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1946. He married the late Evelyn (Shelton) Rump in 1946 and they had 3 children: Sandy Weiss of Dillsboro, Larry (Cherie Harmeyer) Rump of Dillsboro, and Doug (Linda Grinstead) Rump of Versailles. He also had six grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

After returning from the military, he worked for his father, the late Walter Rump in his construction company and later for James Macy Construction in Greendale. In the late 1960s, Arnold and his brother-in-law, Jesse Shelton, started their own construction company Shelton & Rump. They built numerous homes in Dillsboro and the surrounding area. Arnold retired early in 1986 to care for his wife, Evelyn. After her death, he enjoyed spending time and traveling with his companion of 19 years, Winnie Sidebottom. They traveled all around the United States and to her native country of England.
Arnold volunteered his time and construction skills over the years to many individuals and organizations in the community of Dillsboro. He was a life member of American Legion Post #292 Dillsboro and the Milan VFW.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29 from 5-8 p.m. at the Dillsboro United Methodist Church. A celebration of life service will be Friday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. at the church with Pastor Mona Safley officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, or the Dillsboro United Methodist Church. DeVries Funeral Home, Dillsboro, is in charge of arrangements.

Richard A. Bennett

Richard A. Bennett, 64, of Chandler, Arizona, and formerly of Moores Hill, passed away Monday, October 19, 2015 at his residence. Richard was born Sunday, August 19, 1951 in Milan, the son of Wilford and Dorothy (Blanken) Bennett. He married Marilyn (Honeyman) Bennett July 24, 1971 and she survives.

Richard served his country in the US Army during the Viet Nam conflict. He was a member of St. Mary’s Basha Catholic Church and a lifetime member of VFW Post 7401 both in Chandler, Arizona. Richard worked as a maintenance foreman for Norfolk and Southern Railroad. He lived and breathed railroading. After retiring from the railroad he started his own business, Richard’s Maintenance and Repair. His family said he was a hard worker and had a heart of gold. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. When he was not working he like to watch Nascar.

Richard is survived by his wife Marilyn Bennett of Chandler; sons Richard Keith (Jullie) Bennett of Franklin, Tennessee; Ronald David (Ron Crandell) of Manassas, Virginia; grandchildren David (Kenndra) Bennett of Arizona and Katie Lynn Bennett of Tennessee; great grandson: Ethann Bennett; mother Dorothy Bennett of Moores Hill; sister Helen (Jerome) Laker of Batesville; aunt Mary Mann of Milan; Max his beloved dachshund, and several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. Richard was preceded in death by his father Wilford Bennett and his dog Tinker.

Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 26 at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, Moores Hill, with Father Frank Eckstein officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery in Moores Hill. Military rites were performed by the Milan VFW Post #6234. Memorials may be made in his memory to either Dachshund Rescue or Homeless Veterans through the funeral home. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, Moores Hill was entrusted with arrangements. Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, 16717 Manchester Street, PO Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032- 812-744-3280.

Claudine Rowe

Claudine Rowe, 68, Seymour, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at St. Vincent Jennings with her family by her side. Born January 1, 1947, in Cookeville, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Clyde West and Jewell Ray Koonce. In October 30, 1972, in Virginia, she married Ellis Rowe who passed away June 18, 2014.

Claudine was a member of Dabney Baptist Church. She was retired from Valeo Sylvania. Claudine enjoyed canning and watching sports but her greatest enjoyment came from being with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Timothy Rowe, Rhonda (Roger) Stratton, and Matthew (Jennifer) Rowe; grandchildren: Josh and Jacob Rowe, Kaitlynn Rowe, and Emmett Stratton; and sisters Judy Anderson and Betty Edwards. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

Funeral services were held at Voss Chapel on Saturday, October 24 with Rev. Michael Miller officiating. Burial followed at Riverview Cemetery. Memorials may be written to Trinity Lutheran High School. A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home website at Funeral Home, Seymour, was entrusted with arrangements.

Mary E. Whitham

Mary E. Whitham, 94, of Waynesville, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at the Quaker Heights Care Community in Waynesville. She was born in Brown Township near Benham on May 5, 1921 the daughter of Clyde and Susie Leatherbury Whitham.

Survivors include one daughter Linda (Ron) Hardin of Centerville, Ohio; two grandchildren Heather (Phil) Miller of Vandalia, Ohio and Heidi (Christian) Tharp of Dublin, Ohio; two great grandchildren Joe Miller and Kylie Tharp; one brother Robert Whitham of Madison. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Frank, Earl, Gary, Willis, Bill, and Harvey Whitham, and her sisters Dorothy Whitham, Faye Buchtman, Marcella Howell, and Leo Whitham.

Ms. Whitham was a 1939 graduate of Cross Plains High School. She was a former employee of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton and also of the Dayton State Hospital. She had also done private duty nursing and assisted many of her family members when they were ill. Mary moved from the Ripley County area at a young age, but the farm near Benham was always home to her. She adored her granddaughters and enjoyed taking trips with them to Opryland and Disney World.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, October 29 at 1 p.m. at the Benham Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Benham Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles.

Barbara E. Fitzsimmons

Barbara E. Fitzsimmons, 88, Versailles, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born on April 1, 1927 in Pamona, California, the daughter of Oscar and Mildred Perry Flentge. She was married to Raymond Fitzsimmons on June 12, 1947 and her husband of 68 years survives.

Other survivors include four sons Rev. Bruce (Sara) Fitzsimmons of Versailles, Raymond Jr. (Zoie) of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Galen (Becky) of Indianapolis, and Dean (Martha) of Kansas City, Missouri; one daughter Freda (Gary) Warinner of Alton, Illinois; 21 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother Don Flentge, and her sisters Lois Lowry, Leora Spotswood, Beth McLain, and Carol Cross.

Mrs. Fitzsimmons graduated high school at age 16 and attended the Arizona Bible Institute and also the Columbia, South Carolina Bible College. She retired from the Texas Medical Foundation in Austin where she worked as a secretary, but her main objective in life was being a mother and a pastor’s wife. She was also an accomplished pianist and taught piano to many young people and also had the privilege one time to accompany George Beverly Shea. Barbara was a member of the Washington Baptist Church in Elrod where she served as a Sunday school teacher and church pianist.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 26 at the Washington Baptist Church with Pastor Brian Dempsey officiating. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, October 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the Roachdale Cemetery in Roachdale, Indiana. Memorials may be given to the Washington Baptist Church missionary fund in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles.

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