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June 21, 2016 • Obituaries
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Barter Dobson

Barter Dobson, 87, of Milan passed away Saturday June 18, 2016, at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville. Barter was born Wednesday November 7, 1928, in Sunman the son of Marcum and Thelma (Combs) Dobson. After high school, he attended Purdue University and married Mary “Betty” (Huffman) September 21, 1948, and she survives.

Barter was an assistant cashier at the State bank of Milan for 37 years. He was a member of the Milan First Baptist Church, Milan School Board, Milan Housing for the Elderly, Milan Fire Department, Milan Lions Club, and he had served as treasurer of the Town of Milan. Barter received the Lion’s “Melvin Jones Monarch Award,” Patron award by the students council of the Milan High School, and he was the bus driver and timer for the Milan High School Basketball Team 1953-1954. Barter enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling, spending time in Florida during the winter months, loved animals, farming with his family, rabbit hunting with beagles, playing cards with good friends, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Barter is survived by wife, Mary “Betty” Dobson of Milan; sons: Richard (Carol) Dobson of Oldenburg, John Dobson of Milan; daughter, Karen (Terry) Werner of Batavia, Ohio; sister, Mary Lou Whisman, of Naples, Fla.; seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Imogene Dobson, and one great-grandson, Connor Hampson.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday June 22, 2016, at Milan First Baptist Church with Pastor Harris Long officiating. Burial will follow at New Craven Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to SIDS, Milan Fire Dept., or Milan First Baptist Church. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements: 707 S. Main St., Box 243, 47031; 812-654-2141. Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.

Damon J. Webster

Damon J. Webster, 83, of Rexville, passed away at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016. at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born near Vevay in Switzerland County on February 1, 1933. the son of Melvin and Edna Scudder Webster. He was married to Carrie Mildred Meisberger on April 17, 1953. and Millie, his wife of 63 years, survives.

Other survivors include one brother Merrell (Jerri) Webster of Olean; one sister Martha Burress Riley of Osgood, and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Webster was an Army veteran of the Korean War where he served in Germany with the 2nd Infantry Regiment as a driver. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Army of Occupation (Germany) Medal. In civilian life Mr. Webster was a farmer and bricklayer, working for Bruns-Gutzwiller Construction in Batesville. Damon was proud of the many buildings he had worked on, among them being the Aurora School and the Osgood Post Office. On October 4, 1993, while working on his combine, Damon lost his left hand in an accident. Despite this handicap and challenge, he soon resumed his work on the farm. Damon was a 50-year member of the Bricklayers Local and was also a member of the Shelby Christian Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 11 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. David Jolly officiating. Burial was in the Benham Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion.

Memorials may be given to the Shelby Christian Church or the Friendship Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

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Judith McCoy Barnes

Art Advocate, Judith McCoy Barnes, went home June 13, 2016, to be with her Bill following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Born May 17, 1943, in Osgood, to Maurice (Muggins) and Lucille (Wagner) McCoy, Judy spent an idealistic childhood in Osgood where her parents were very active in community and civil events. Her childhood friends, Vicki, Marilyn and Dr. Bob remain close to her to this day.

Judy graduated from Jac-Cen-Del High School in 1961 and entered Ball State Teacher’s College. She graduated from Ball State in 1965 with a degree in elementary education. She taught first and second grades at Forest Park Elementary in Muncie, while working on her master’s degree which she received in 1968. Judy joined the faculty at Ball State Teacher’s College in the placement office, eventually becoming the assistant director, a position she retained until 1989, after her marriage to Bill. Many years later, she returned to Ball State as the Director of Development for the College of Fine Arts. Perhaps the happiest time of Judy’s life was when she met and married the love of her life, William (Bill) Barnes. The two shared 19 fantastic years together until his death in October of 2003. The two were inseparable and spent their time together traveling, entertaining both in their Westwood home as well as their Gulf Shore Blvd. condo in Naples, Fla. There was always a place at the Barnes’ table. The love for the Muncie community was evident in the many organizations they supported over the years.

Judy was the co-founder and founding president of the Muncie Arts Center, now Cornerstone Center for the Arts, and still remained on its board and its biggest advocate. She served on the YOC Foundation Board and the board of “Beyond I Can.” She was a past member of the Muncie Symphony League Board and the Chairman of Sak’s 20th Fashion Show, past president of Delta Rho Kappa Kappa Kappa, as well as past president of the Gamma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa. She also served on the founding board of Meals on Wheels, a Tri Kappa initiative. Judy has held memberships in the Ball Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Red Cross, Riley Jones Club, Rotary Club, where she was a Paul Harris Fellow, and the Delaware Country Club. In addition, Judy was a member of the Columbia Club, the Conservation Club, and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was awarded a VIVA, as well as an Indiana Arts Award for her commitment to the arts community. When not working in the arts, Judy loved to cook, read, do needlepoint, and volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

Judy is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Ann McCoy; two nephews, Gary (Mary) McCoy and William (Annette) McCoy; her stepchildren, William (Kathy) Barnes, John (Lucy) Barnes, David (Fran) Barnes, and Anne Barnes; eight grandchildren, and close friend, Fred Reese. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William (Bill) Barnes, and her brother, Jerry McCoy.

A celebration of Judy’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 1, 2016, at High Street United Methodist Church with Pastor Charlotte Overmyer and Rev. Dr. Ronald Naylor officiating. Friends may call at High Street United Methodist Church on Friday, July 1, 2016, from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Center for the Arts, 520 E. Main Street, Muncie, IN 47305. Online condolences may be directed to the family at

Velma Stickelman

Early Wednesday morning, June 15, 2016, at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood, Holton lost a very prominent and loved lady, Velma Stickelman, age 86. She was born January 6, 1930, in Holton to the parents of Virgil E. and Anna Bell Grinstead Beach. On March 21, 1951, she married her beloved Samuel W. Stickelman, and they were happily married for nearly 55 years before he preceded her in death on November 25, 2005.

In Velma’s early years, she first began working as a bookkeeper for Jefferson Proving Grounds from 1950 to 1952. Later she began working for Neal’s Ford Garage in Osgood as a bookkeeper and remained with them up to the 1970s. Following this employment, from the late 1970s through the middle 1980s, she worked for Muscatatuck State Hospital, Butlerville.

Baptized at the age of 12, she became a member of Holton Christian Church. Over the years in the church, she played the piano, was Sunday school teacher, was a member of the “Mother’s Class,” and certainly helped with many church meals! She was a member of the Ripley County Democrats, Ripley County “Red Hatter’s,” and Napoleon VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and she was always involved for many years helping with the Holton alumni. Velma loved Holton! She served as the town clerk from 1986 to the early 2000s when she finally retired. She was instrumental in developing the Community Center. One thing that she was very proud of, when she served as clerk, she personally received $5,000.00 from the state of Indiana as an award for keeping perfect records! She took this money, not for herself, but paid for putting in the basketball court at the town park! People loved her and respected her, and if Holton would have had a mayor, she most certainly would have been selected.

Survivors include daughter Cynthia Stickelman Melton, Holton; granddaughter Rachael (Bob) Curl, Holton; grandson Samuel (Amy) Melton, Lawrenceburg; and great-grandchildren Samantha and Hayden Curl, and Carter and Elizabeth Melton. She was preceded in death by one brother, Leslie Beach.

Visitation was held Friday, June 17 at Neal’s. The funeral was held Saturday, June 18, at the Holton Christian Church, and burial followed at Holton Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Holton Fire Department, “Catch a Dream” Manderley Health Care Center, or Holton Christian Church Youth Group.
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Evelina Mae “Evie” (Sebree) Rassman

Evelina Mae “Evie” (Sebree) Rassman, age 68, of Rexville, formerly of Vevay, died at 3:30 a.m., Thursday, June 16, 2016, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Madison. Funeral services were held Monday, June 20, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay, with burial in the Grandview Memorial Cemetery.

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