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The Versailles Republican

July 9, 2015 • Obituaries

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Richard Bernard Kappes

Richard Bernard Kappes, 72, of Osgood, was born May 23, 1943, in Covington, Kentucky. He was the son of the late Raymond Bernard and Ethel Freel Kappes. He would have been married 52 years on August 3 to Judy Mae Peace as they were united on August 3, 1963 in Osgood at St. John’s Catholic Church. To this union were born two sons and two daughters. He entered heaven on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 and is driving a “big tractor” in the sky!

He was a past 41 year employee of Cummins Engine Company in Columbus where he retired in 2003. He was also involved in farming most of his life.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Mae Peace Kappes of Osgood; sons: Robert John and Richard Allen Kappes of Osgood; daughters: Lisa Doreen (Randy) Sizemore of Holton and Julie Anne Kappes of Osgood; four grandchildren Eric and Miranda Wall and Dakota Sizemore and Patience Kappes; and one great grandchild, Layton Wall; brothers: Norman (Connie) Kappes of Osgood, Frank (Debbie) Kappes of Fairview, John (Teresa) Kappes of Versailles; sisters: Edna Yagami of Richmond, KY, Carolyn (Wesley) Bradley of Osgood, Velma (Jerry) Armstrong of Rising Sun, Martha (Jeff) Peaslee of Versailles, Rosemary (Rick) Hooten of Osgood, Regina (Doug) West of Versailles, Debra Schmitt of Osgood, Christina (Alvin) Hoff of Sunman; sister-in-laws: Judy Kappes of Bennington, Kathy Kappes of Greendale; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers: Louis, Martin, Alvin and Stephen Kappes.

Funeral services were held all in one day, Monday, July 6 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Osgood with private burial services. Memorials may be given to the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, was in charge of arrangements.

Juanita Evelyn Gerster

Juanita Evelyn Gerster, 92, of Indianapolis, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2015. She was born on December 30, 1922, to Edstal and Mabel Gulley in their home near Dillsboro. After Mabel’s untimely death, Juanita, age 15 months, was raised by her grandparents, Harry and Elizabeth Stoops. Their family farm was her home until she married Francis Warren Gerster on August 3, 1946.

Warren and Juanita made their home and raised their family in the Dillsboro area near the Gerster and Stoops families. Juanita retired from Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana in 1983. She moved to Indianapolis in 1992. She attended the Old Bethel Methodist Church in Indianapolis, and was active in the Women’s Circle. One of her joys was creating crafts for the annual Christmas Bazaar at the church. She was known for her beautiful embroidery work.

Francis Warren preceded her in death on January 2, 1981. Also, her three sisters Dorothy Sedam, Opal Bovard, and Pauline Rock, one brother, Woodrow Gulley, and son-in-law Gerald Brunning preceded her in death. She leaves three children, Darlene, Bill, and Sue Ann (Jerry) Haffner, grandson, Brian (Kelly) Gerster and two great-granddaughters, Macey and Lesley, sister-in-law, Marge Gulley all of Indianapolis.

Donations in her memory may be made to The Old Bethel Methodist Church Food Pantry in Indianapolis, Premier Hospice or to a charity of a personal choice. Flanner and Buchanan – Washington Park East, Indianapolis, is handling arrangements.

Lucy Myree Bryant

Lucy Myree Bryant, 91, of Milan, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at University Hospital in Cincinnati. Lucy was born Wednesday, January 2, 1924 in Honeybee, Kentucky, the daughter of Hartle and Flora (Perry) Bryant. She married Doyal Bryant October 9, 1951 and he preceded her in death April 9, 2014.

Lucy worked in the Milan High School Cafeteria for 22 years, and was a former member of the Milan Town Board. She was a longtime member of the Milan First Baptist Church. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, crouching, quilting, and family time.

Lucy is survived by sons Charles Bryant of Milan, Andrew Bryant of Versailles, Darrell Bryant and Harold Bryant both of Bloomington, daughters Betty Henschen of Hanover and Glenda Raisor of Milan, sister Dora Sumner, ten grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by two brothers, three sisters, husband Doyle and her parents.

Local visitation for Lucy will be 5-7 p.m., Friday, July 10 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, and 1-3 p.m., Saturday, July 11 at McCreary County Funeral Home at Whitley City, Kentucky. Services will be at 3 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow Higginbotham Cemetery at Whitley City. Memorials may be made to Milan First Baptist Church or Higginbotham Cemetery. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements, 707 S. Main St. Milan, 47031 812-654-2141. Go to to sign the online register book.

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