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July 7, 2016 • Obituaries
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Geneva L. Myers

Geneva L. Myers, 96, of Milan, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born at Versailles on October 28, 1919, the daughter of Frank and Clara Dilk Wildman. Geneva was born while her father was serving as Ripley County Sheriff and delighted in telling her friends that she was born at the jail and lived there as well! She was married to Donald Myers of Milan on December 26, 1969 and he preceded her in death on April 1, 2015.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Collins J. Wildman, and her sister Opal Wildman. After her father’s term of sheriff ended her family moved back to their farm at Marble Corner in southwestern Ripley County in what is now part of the Jefferson Proving Ground.

Mrs. Myers attended the Marble Corner school and was a 1937 graduate of New Marion High School. She entered Hanover College that fall and graduated from the two year elementary teacher’s program. She taught her first year at the San Jacinto school in Jennings County and spent the next 38 years in the Milan school system, retiring in 1978. In her younger years her family attended the Marble Corner Methodist Church and as a child Geneva had the responsibility along with her mother and sister of ringing the church bell and cleaning the church. Geneva attended the final services at her church on January 3, 1941 before the proving ground took over and recalled a letter from Mrs. Roosevelt being read to the congregation. Geneva was a member of the Milan United Methodist Church, Milan Lions Club, the Ripley County Retired Teachers Association, and had served on the Milan Beautification Committee. She and Donald had also owned and operated Myers TV and Appliance Store in Milan.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 6 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Pam Wooden of the Milan United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Marble Corner Cemetery at Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Marble Corner Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

Kenny Alfred Hill

The community of Osgood lost another familiar and very community service oriented man on Monday, July 4, 2016. Kenneth Alfred Hill, age 64, passed away, with his family by his side, at UC Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kenny was born on June 15, 1952 in Milan, the son of Leonard L. and Juanita (Sommer) Hill. He attended Rising Sun High School and was a graduate of the class 1970. He married Inia M. Bradley on July 4, 1975 and they were blessed with four children.

Kenny worked for 11 years at Gecom and also at The Coca Cola Bottle Company in Aurora for 10 plus years. Kenny was a Charter member of Rescue 69 and Task Unit 1, helping to achieve their standing in the community today. He was also a member of the Osgood Fire Department for many years. Kenny was Cub Master of Pack 640 of Osgood and also Scout Leader of Pack 631 from Milan. He enjoyed fishing and camping. However, he hated to untangle that “fishing line”! Not only did he enjoy catching fish, but he loved to eat them at any restaurant he went to! His favorite past time was shooting his guns, his favorite being “Big Bertha.” He loved listening to his music and had a strong affection for whatever animal was around him. He was passionate about Nascar and was a strong follower of Sterling Marlin and Jamie McMurray. When it came to NHRA, it was all about John Force, as he loved watching John “Light the Candles.” Ken was a veteran who proudly served his country in The United States Army. He was always willing to help out with anything his kids or family needed.

Kenny was proceeded in death by his parents and one son, Steven Douglas. He is survived by wife Inia at home, along with son Nicholas and wife Cassie Hill of Cambridge City; daughter Candice and husband Michael Goddard of Benham, and daughter Cassandra and husband Randy Hornsby of Benham. He is also survived by grandchildren Cheyenne, Cherokee, Shawnee, and Maddison, along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a brother and sister.

Calling hours for family and friends will be held Friday, July 8 at Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood from 4-7 p.m. The funeral service will be held Saturday, July 9 at 10 a.m. with doors opening at the funeral home Saturday at 9 a.m. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Neal’s Funeral Home. Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, is entrusted with arrangements.

Billy Gene Cooper

Billy Gene Cooper, 84, passed away at his residence in Indianapolis on Sunday, July 3, 2016. Born July 24, 1931 in Manchester, to the late Roy Carlisle and Bertha (Mason) Cooper, he was a U.S. army veteran. He retired from Allison Transmission in 1988 after 37 years.

For years Billy served with the Franklin Township Little League, where he enjoyed coaching and socializing. An avid Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Reds fan, he was a regular at Indiana Grand Casino and liked to garden.

Survivors include his children, Barbara (Frank) Worrell, Kathy Abplanalp, Bill (Jennie) Cooper, and John (Shannon McDaniel) Cooper; nine grandchildren, Ross Worrell, Matt Abplanalp, Laura Cooper, Danny Abplanalp, Emily Rose, Jacob Cooper, Kelsie Cooper, Tyler Cooper, Kameron Cooper; three great grandchildren, with one on the way; and sister Rubee Pillow. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years Janet; son Randy and siblings, Garnet, Frieda, Lloyd.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, July 8 at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave, Indianapolis, followed by the funeral at 1:00 p.m. He will be laid to rest at Acton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the The MDS Foundation, Inc, 4573 South Broad St., Suite 150, Yardville, NJ 08620. Online condolences may be made at

Jamie Lynn Shafer-Strimple

Jamie Lynn Shafer-Strimple, 38, of Greensburg, passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2016. She was born on June 6, 1978, the daughter of Cathy Lee and James Walker.

Jamie was a 1996 graduate of Greensburg High School. She was a former member of the Free Methodist Church. On March 11, 2006 she married Anthony William “Tony” Strimple.

Survivors include: husband- Tony Strimple; children- Jacee and Jordan; parents-Cathy and James Walker; brothers- Eric and Phil; stepsisters-Kelee and Krystal; grandparents- Charles and Barbara Lee; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, July 7 at the Greensburg Wesleyan Church from 11:00 am until the time of the service at 12:00 pm. Pastor Phil Bogear will be officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the family. Online condolences can be made to the family at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home, Greensburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Bobby Dean Wilson

Bobby Dean Wilson, 63, of North Vernon, passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2016. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 6 at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon. Burial was in the Vernon Cemetery in Vernon. Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Jennings County High School softball, basketball and baseball programs. A message of condolence can be left for the family at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, North Vernon, was in charge of arrangements.

Steven M. Boyle

Steven M. Boyle, 54 of Milan, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016. Services were held Wednesday, July 6 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan. Memorials may be made to Holman Christian Union Church. Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family. Law-Carr-Moore Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Elma “Mae” Walston

Elma “Mae” Walston, age 84, of Dillsboro, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at the Waters of Dillsboro. Mae was born on July 19, 1931 in Miller Co. Missouri to Ralph Mason Shackelford and Susan Elizabeth Franklin Shackelford. On November 10, 1956 she was united in marriage to Raymond L. “Pete” Walston in Kansas City, Kansas. Shortly after they moved to Indiana. Mae became a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Dillsboro on Sept. 22, 1957.

Mae graduated from Eldon High School in 1949 in Eldon, MO. She worked a short while for Motors Ins. Corp., Kansas City, MO in the 1950s. In 1963 she worked for Farm Burrow Co-op. Mae became the first female town clerk treasurer of Dillsboro in 1965 to 1968. She enjoyed being a homemaker and mother to two daughters. She was a great seamstress and enjoyed traveling to different states with her family each summer. In the 1980’s she worked part time for J&J’s and the employment office in Lawrenceburg before her retirement in 1990.

Mae was preceded in death by her father (1953) her mother (1970) all of her siblings, four brothers and one sister, and her husband (1976). She is survived by her two daughters, Rhonda (Dennis) Shelton of Dillsboro and Tina (Gary) Bright of Fairmount; three grandchildren Brandon Shelton, Lindsay Brandt and Cameron Bright; three great granddaughters Kaitlyn Shelton, Shelby and Ava Brandt, and many nieces and nephews. Her family gives thanks to God for her life and they know they will see her again someday in heaven.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dillsboro with The Rev. Richard Kolaskey officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 8 at DeVries Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery, Dillsboro. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Oakdale Cemetery. DeVries Funeral Home, Dillsboro, is entrusted with arrangements.

Melva Cole

Melva Cole, 89, formerly of Sunman, passed away Friday, July 1, 2016. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, July 8 from 11 a.m. till time of service at 12 noon at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman. Burial will follow in Greendale Cemetery in Lawrenceburg. Memorial donations may be directed to Hospice of Middletown or patient services of Garden Manor. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, Sunman, is in charge of arrangements.

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