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Harold Black

Harold Black, 77, of Pensacola, Florida, formerly of Cincinnati, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the West Florida Hospital in Pensacola. He was born near Pleasant in Switzerland County on January 8, 1937, the son of Ernst and Margaret Harper Black. He was married to Judith Lester on August 23, 1958 and his wife of 57 years survives.

Other survivors include one son, Jeffery (Lori) Black of Cadiz, Kentucky; two daughters, Debra (John) Weale of Columbus, Ohio, and Teresa (Mike) Varner of Pensacola; five grandchildren; four brothers, Dilver Thayer of Lake City, Florida, David (Rita) Black of Cincinnati, Richard (Mary) Black of Cross Plains, and Roger (Terry) Black of Ft. Wayne; two sisters, Phyllis (Harold) Taylor of Cincinnati, and Marilyn (Jerry) Wisher of Covington, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Black was a 1957 graduate of Cross Plains High School and a 1962 graduate of Ball State University where received his BS degree in education. He was a 10-year veteran of the US Air Force during the Vietnam Era where he rose to the rank of Captain. During his stay in the Air Force he was stationed in Enid, Oklahoma, Amarillo, Texas, the United Kingdom, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco. For his service Harold received the National Defense Service Medal, USAF Outstanding Unit Award, and the USAF Longevity Service Award.

In civilian life Harold worked for 25 years as a supervisor for Avon Manufacturing in Springdale, Ohio. He also worked as a purchasing manager for Cincinnati Machine Tool Services from 1996 to 2001 and from 2008 to 2009 worked for the Kentucky State Park Service as a campground director. He retired from Merchant Security in 2013.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at 1 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Jerry Brooks of the Benham United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery with military graveside services by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Versailles American Legion in care of the funeral home.

Jerry L. Shelton

Jerry L. Shelton, 77, of Elrod, passed away at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born at Milan on September 2, 1938, the son of Frank Leroy and Mildred Mae Johnson Shelton.

Survivors include two sons, Andy Shelton of Osgood and Mark (Lupe) Shelton of Vacaville, California; one daughter, Polly (Tony) Woods of North Vernon; four grandchildren; one brother, William (Mary) Shelton of Osgood; three sisters, Judy (William) Jackson of Greendale, Ethel Herrin of Lynn, and Connie Shelton of Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Rita Mae Shelton.

Mr. Shelton was a 1956 graduate of Milan High School. He was employed with Schenleys in Lawrenceburg for 29 years and retired from Fernald Feed Materials Production Center near Harrison, Ohio. Jerry had attended the Washington Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 12 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Michael Cammack of the Bethany Baptist Church in Osgood officiating. Burial was in the Washington Cemetery at Elrod. Memorials may be given to the Washington Cemetery or the Activities Fund of the Manderley Health Care Center in care of the funeral home.

Patrick Tranquill

Patrick L. Tranquill, 34, of Milan, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Services were held Saturday March 12 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan. Go to to leave an online condolence message. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, was entrusted with arrangements, 707 South Main Street Box 243, Milan, IN 47031. (812) 654-2141.

Ruth L. Holtegel

Ruth L. Holtegel, age 87, of Dillsboro, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Waters of Dillsboro, Ross Manor. Ruth was born on October 6, 1928 in Guilford, the daughter of Richard and Florence (Gipson) Collier. She graduated from Guilford High School in 1946, and on January 11, 1948 she was united in marriage to Norman Holtegel.

Ruth was a hard worker; she sewed her own clothes, did crafts and needlepoint, and loved re-decorating her home. She was an avid baseball and basketball fan, and followed the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. Her children and grandchildren were a very special gift to her, and she did anything she could for them. An immaculate dresser, she always looked impeccable and was what anyone would call a “classy lady.” Ruth was a long time member of Dillsboro United Methodist Church, and was very active in church activities for several years. Her husband, Norman Holtegel, who passed away in 2009, owned a service station business in Dillsboro for many years, and she kept the books for the business until it closed.

Besides her husband, Norman, Ruth was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Dawne and Reagan Heller. Surviving is her son, Bradley Holtegel of Dillsboro; three daughters, Becky (Mike) Heller of Aurora, Bonnie (Nick) Kretler of Fountaintown, and Brenda Kellenberger of Urbana, OH; two brothers, John Collier of Hanover, and Bob Collier of Versailles; eight grandchildren, four step grandchildren; six great grandchildren, and 14 step great grandchildren.

The funeral service for Ruth will be Wednesday, March 16, at 11:30 a.m. at Dillsboro United Methodist Church, with her pastor, Rev. Mona Safley officiating. She will be laid to rest in Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro next to her husband, Norman. Friends may meet her family on Tuesday, March 15 from 5-8 p.m. at DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro. For a more lasting memorial, friends are asked to consider the United Methodist Women’s group at Dillsboro United Methodist Church or the Oakdale Cemetery Trust Fund. DeVries Funeral Home, Dillsboro, is entrusted with arrangements.

Theo (Bakes) Ralston

Mrs. Theo (Bakes) Ralston, age 103, of Ryker’s Ridge in Madison, formerly of Scott’s Ridge in Jefferson County, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2016. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive Madison & Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay.

Patrick Mulroy

Patrick Mulroy, 83, of Milan, passed away Friday, March 11, 2016. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 15 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Osgood. Burial will follow in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Osgood. Memorials may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Go to to leave an online condolence message. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, is entrusted with arrangements, Box 243, (812) 654-2141.

Karen E. Goris

Karen E. Goris, 62, of Versailles, passed away at 10 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2015 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. She was born at Scottsburg on January 13, 1954, the daughter of Glenford and Ramona Butters Jenkins.

Survivors include one daughter, Heather Goris of Indianapolis; brothers, Norman Jenkins of North Pole, Alaska, Dennis Jenkins of Austin, and David Jenkins (Karen) of Underwood; sisters, Betty Rosengarn (Leroy) of Charlestown, Dorothy Shepherd of Lexington, and Wanda Poggel (Robert) Scottsburg. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Thomas Jenkins.

After growing up on a farm in Scott County, Ms. Goris was a 1972 graduate of Scottsburg High School and received her associates degree in horticulture from Vincennes University in 1974. Karen moved to Versailles in 1981 and was a member of the Tyson United Methodist Church in Versailles where she has worked as church secretary for over 20 years. At the church she also participated in committee work, Bible study, and fund raising, but her favorite part of church was helping with VBS. She had also worked in the cafeteria at South Ripley High School for 20 years.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at 10 a.m. at the Tyson United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Dixon officiating. Burial will be in the Crown Hill Cemetery at New Washington. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of services Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Tyson United Methodist Church accessibility fund in care of Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles.

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