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Allen L. Franklin

Allen L. Franklin, 84, of Holton, passed away at 5:15 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. He was born near Holton on March 26, 1932, the son of Floyd and Ida Barricklow Franklin. He was married to Louella Hutchinson on April 20, 1960 and his wife of 56 years survives.

Other survivors include one son, Russell (Beverly) Meredith of White Plains, Kentucky; three daughters, Gladys (Johnny) Gee of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Patty Higgins of Nashville, Tennessee, and Freda (Ray) Toops of Osgood; one stepson, Jim (Susie) Collins of Versailles; one stepdaughter, Carolyn Collins of Holton; eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, one stepgrandchild, and one stepgreat grandchild; two brothers, Gene (Shirley) Franklin and Frank (Myrtie) Franklin both of Holton; three sisters, Leota Conover and Eva Mae Wagoner both of Holton, and Rowena (Robert) Sanders of Murray, Kentucky ; sister-in-law, Henrietta Franklin of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Ben.

Mr. Franklin was a 1950 graduate of Holton High School. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and for his military service Allen received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and the U. N. Service Medal. Allen was a farmer and was a former employee of the Ford Plant in North Vernon. He retired in 1987 after 25 years with Cummins Engine in Columbus. He served two terms on the Ripley County Council and was a Democrat precinct committeeman in Otter Creek Township. Allen was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church and had served with the Holton Fire Department of which he was currently an honorary member.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 19 at 11 a.m. at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Ty Choate officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Monday from 4-8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10 a.m. until time of services Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be given to Operation Christmas Child through the Hopewell Baptist Church or the Holton Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

Carolee Palmer

Carolee Palmer, 85, of Lilly, Kentucky, formerly of Indianapolis, passed away at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Community Hospital East in Indianapolis. She was born near Holton on June 21, 1930, the daughter of Siebert and Edith Fox Laswell. She was married to Warren Palmer on July 19, 1947, and he preceded her in death on March 13, 1992.

Survivors include two daughters, Toni (E. C.) Burkhart of Lilly, Kentucky, and Sheryl (Stanley) Uffelman of Sanford, Florida; 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren; one sister, Judy (Bill) Fields of Greensburg. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sons, Donald and Michael Palmer, and her sister, Nadine Cramer.

Mrs. Palmer was a 1947 graduate of Osgood High School. She was a former employee of Thompson Industries and also worked as a receptionist at the Greensburg YMCA. Carolee was a member of the Brookville Road Community Church in Indianapolis.

A celebration of Carolee’s life was held on Saturday, April 16 at the Brookville Road Community Church with Pastor John Fields officiating. Carolee’s wishes were to be cremated and burial will follow at a later date at the Tanglewood Cemetery at Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Indy Love Train in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

Mary Jane Fuchs

Mary Jane Fuchs, 94, formerly of Dover, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2016. Visitation will be Saturday, April 23 at All Saints Parish, Dover Campus, from 10 to 11 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to All Saints Parish or to the St. Leon American Legion Post #464. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Mary Jane Fuchs.

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