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September 1, 2015 • Obituaries
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Wilma M. Hughes

Wilma M. Hughes, 81, of Versailles, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015 at her home. She was born near Osgood on June 12, 1934, the daughter of Paul and Norma Pendergast Black. She was married to William Hughes on May 16, 1953 and he survives.

Other survivors include one son, William J. Hughes of Noblesville; one daughter, Dianna (Fred) Swinney of Holton; four grandchildren, JD (Liz) Swinney of Clarksville, Tennessee and JD is currently serving with the US Army in Afghanistan, Adam Swinney of Seattle, Washington, Ryan Hughes of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Jonathan (Heather) Hughes of Noblesville; four great grandchildren Amelia Mae Swinney, Nolan, Ainsley, and Huxley Hughes; one brother Melvin (Mary Lee) Black of Delaware; four sisters Geneva Kennedy of Versailles, Joyce Demetriades of New Haven, Shirla Jones of Napoleon, and Emma Lee Beagle of Carmel. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Roy, Paul, Kenneth, William, and Wayne Black, and her sisters Gladys Black, Berta Jean Menchhofer, and Mary Sanders.

Mrs. Hughes was a 1952 graduate of Versailles High School. She was a homemaker and a former employee of the Ripley County Farm Bureau in Osgood, Rice’s Grocery in Osgood, Reliance Electric, and had worked as a cook at the Versailles Elementary School. Her main occupation was being mom, grandma, and assisting Bill on the farm as tractor and combine driver. Wilma was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church where she served as a deaconess. She was also a member of the Versailles Lions Club and served as a volunteer with the Big Oaks Conservation Society.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4-9 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Baptist Church or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

Barry G. Schmaltz

Barry G. Schmaltz, 65, of Versailles, passed away at 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at his home. He was born at Milan on November 16, 1949, the son of Clarence and Olive VanVolkenburgh Schmaltz. He was married to Debbie Meisberger on August 29, 1970 and his wife of 45 years survives. Other survivors include one daughter Crystal (Alan) Welch of Versailles; two sons Shannon (Stacey) Schmaltz, and Keith (Beth) Schmaltz both of Versailles; grandchildren Autumn, Ethan, Haley, and Anna Schmaltz, and Lily and Cory Welch; two brothers Bill (Patricia) Schmaltz of Osgood, and Robert Schmaltz of Madisonville, Kentucky; also his mother-in-law Erlene Meisberger of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law Junior Meisberger, his sister Shirley Summers, and his brother Ralph Schmaltz.

Mr. Schmaltz attended Holton High School and upon its closure he was a 1970 graduate of South Ripley High School. He retired in 2001 after 30 years with Cummins in Columbus and was a former assistant manager of the JayC store in Osgood. He also had owned Schmaltz’s Tune-up and Welding which he operated from his home. Barry was a member of the Holton Christian Church where he served as an elder and was a former member of the Holton Fire Department. Barry’s love was muscle cars, drag racing, yard sales, his church, and his family.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, August 30 at the Holton Christian Church with Bro. Bob McCreary officiating. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Holton Christian Church or the Hospice of Jennings County in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

Kendall Vernon Gunter

Kendall Vernon Gunter, 74, of Batesville, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 1 at 11 a.m. at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville. Burial will be in the Adams Church Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Adams Lutheran Church Cemetery. Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, is entrusted with arrangements.

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