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August 11, 2015 • Obituaries
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Timothy “Scott” Brattain

Timothy “Scott” Brattain, loving superhero to many, died peacefully at the age of 41 on July 30, 2015, at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC after complications from a liver transplant, his ultimate Kryptonite.

Scott married his very own Lois Lane, better known as Jan Martin, on October 10, 2009, in Peoria, IL. Jan Brattain and their four-legged child, Gridley, of Apex, NC survive; along with Scott’s parents Robbie and Danny Evans of Osgood, and Mahlon and Kathy Brattain of Westport. He is also survived by siblings: Tammy (Todd) Borgman (Batesville); Robert (Angie) Evans (Cross Plains); Jane (Randy) Hammons (Madison); Sara (Clay) Campbell (Fishers); Chase (Dawn) Brattain (Westport); and his father and mother-in-law Mike and Julie Martin of Warsaw. In addition, Scott’s nieces and nephews were his beloved Justice League.

Scott graduated from Jac-Cen-Del High School in Osgood and attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Scott was an avid collector of comic books, superhero memorabilia and an aficionado of pop culture. His love of KISS, old-school country music and bad TV shows was legendary, but nothing defined Scott as much as his love of comics. He put his powers to good use working at ACME Comics and Ultimate Comics. His legion of super-friends knew that he would do anything for those he loved of which there were many. He was gifted in his ability to fix almost anything and was actually ‘that guy’ who you could call on to help with the tasks everyone else avoided. Scott was known for his entertaining stories, which will be greatly missed by all.

A celebration of Scott’s life will be held in Osgood on Saturday, August 15 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Neal’s Funeral Home, 306 S Walnut St, Osgood, IN 47037. The memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. We encourage those in attendance to wear their favorite comic shirt or apparel in Scott’s memory. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Carolina Donor Services, Attn: Kirk Mizelle, 909 E Arlington Blvd, Greenville, NC 27858; or Caring Bridge at It goes without saying that Scott would want the big reveal – yes, his secret identity was indeed Superman (sorry Clark Kent). Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, is entrusted with arrangements.

Joseph F. Giesting

Joseph F. Giesting, 89, of Batesville, died Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. Born March 31, 1926 in Franklin County, he is the son of Catherine (Nee: Harpring) and Joseph H. Giesting. He married Anna Mae Lux October 20, 1951 at Sacred Heart Church in Indianapolis and she preceded him in death November 24, 1990. On March 12, 1994 he married Rita Raver at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg.

Joe served in the Navy during World War II and after the service he would come back home to farm. He was a member of the New Salem Lions Club, the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271. Joe was fortunate that his passion and his job were one in same. He loved farming. Other interests included American history, playing pinochle and poker as well as Louie L’Amour and Zane Grey cowboy novels. Baseball was Joe’s second passion. He played baseball and fast pitch softball into his 40’s before hanging up his cleats and was a avid lifelong Reds fan. He had a weakness for pie and watermelon and while he hated interstates, he enjoyed taking rides in the country. The more crooked and remote the road, the better.

Joe is survived by his wife Rita; daughters Mary Pollman of Nashville, Tennessee, Elizabeth Giesting of Honolulu, Hawaii, Janet Lewis of Cary, North Carolina, Julie Giesting of Indianapolis; stepdaughters Lisa Struewing of Batesville, Sandra Cameron of Lansing, Michigan; sons Tom Giesting of Rushville, Indiana, Donald Giesting of Minnetonka, Minnesota; stepson Jeffrey Grieshop of Batesville; sisters Pauline Gillman of Harrison, Ohio, Cleopha Hirt of Batesville, Rosemary Stercz of Cincinnati; 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. In addition to his wife Anna Mae and his parents, he is also preceded in death by stepson Tim Grieshop; sister Edna Sidell and brothers Leonard, Frank, John, Virgil and Arnold Giesting.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 10 with Rev. Jeremy Gries officiating and burial in Calvary Cemetery. The family requests memorials to St. Mary’s Church or Holy Family Capital Improvement Fund.

Perry “Ed” Martin

Perry “Ed” Martin, 72, of Madison, died Saturday, August 8, 2015. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hanover, visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at the church with burial to follow at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, is handling arrangements.

Leah Augusta Backen

Leah Augusta Backen, 104, of Napoleon, passed away Sunday, August 9, 2015 at Aspen Place Nursing Home in Greensburg. She was born October 10, 1910 in Sibley, IL. She was the daughter of the late William and Martha Meyer Thielbar. Leah married Albert Backen in June of 1944 and he preceded her in death in March of 1980.

Leah began working at Marshall Fields in Chicago, IL in 1930 and remained there until her retirement in June of 1974. Leah was a devout Lutheran and attended St. John’s Lutheran Church in Napoleon where she was a member of the church council and secretary for many years.

Survivors include nephew Larry G. (Barbara) Fonseth, Sr. of Fountaintown, IN; and great-nephew Larry G. (Christy), Jr. of Illinois. She was preceded in death by one sister, Marthenia Florence Thielbar Fonseth in 1976.

Funeral services will be held all in one day, Thursday, August 13 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Napoleon. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, with funeral services immediately following. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, is entrusted with arrangements.

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