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The Versailles Republican

February 19, 2015 • Obituaries

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February 19, 2015

Estel F. Barton

Estel F. Barton, 84, of Pierceville (Milan), passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015 at his home. Estel was born Saturday, August 30, 1930 in Sunman, the son of Jesse and Augusta (Reinhart) Barton. Estel married Betty (Hoppmire) Barton November 22, 1958 and she survives.

He was over a 50-year member of the Pierceville United Methodist Church and also was a treasurer and a trustee for many years for the church. Estel loved to be around people making them laugh. He was a 4-H leader for over 40 years having club meetings in their home and he was the swine supervisor tenant. Estel was involved in many activities such as the Milan council of churches Christmas project, the food pantry in Milan. He loved to be outdoors: fishing, hunting, farming, but he loved to spend time with his family.

Estel is survived by wife Betty Barton of Pierceville; son Donald (Kim) Barton of Milan; daughter Berna (Roy) Meyer of Batesville; informally adopted daughter Kim Elkings of KY; brother Willard “Bill” Barton of Corsica, South Dakota; six grandchildren: Crystal (Reuel) Lawburgh, Jen Meyer, Kaity Barton, Melissa, Nichole Meyer, Sondra Yount; three great-grandchildren, Ally Blevins, Nora Lawburgh, Charlotte Lawburgh. Estel was preceded in death by parents Jesse and Augusta Barton, daughter: Barbara Jean Barton, three brothers: Roy H., Ray, Robert J. Barton.

Funeral services will be Friday, February 20, at 11 a.m. at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan with Pastor Jack Bible and Pastor Harris Long officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery north of Milan. Visitation will be Thursday, February 19, from 4-8 p.m. also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Pierceville United Methodist Church, Food Pantry Building Fund, Ripley County 4-H. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, is entrusted with arrangements; 707 S. Main St. Box 243, Milan, IN 47031—(812)654-2141. Go to to leave an online condolence message.

Jo Bishop

Jo Bishop, 70, of Osgood, passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Hot Spot in Breathitt County, Kentucky on January 14, 1945, the daughter of A. W. and Hattie Elam Hamilton.

Survivors include two daughters: Barbie Schmidt of Versailles, and Kathy Lovins of Greenwood; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; one brother Johnny Hamilton of Holton; one sister, Mildred (Harley) Roark of Holton. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Donald Hamilton, Sr., and Danny Hamilton, Sr., and her nieces Lisa McConnell and Janet Roark.

Ms. Bishop was a 1963 graduate of Milan High School. She had formerly worked as a CNA at the Milan Health Care Center and retired in 2010 after working 15 years as a cook at the Ripley County Jail. Jo enjoyed her grandchildren, doing good cooking, and listening to good music.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 21 at 11 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bob McCreary of the Holton Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Otter Creek Cemetery at Nebraska. Visitation will be Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be made to the Ripley County FOP’s Shop With a Cop program in care of the funeral home.

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