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August 16, 2016 • Obituaries
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Sherman William Lemen

Sherman William Lemen, 100 years and one hundred and one days old, of Osgood was called to be with the Lord on August 12, 2016 at 7:40 a.m. He was born May 3, 1916, south of Osgood on Tanglewood Road on what was known as the J. S. Bilby farm. The son of Chancie William and Naomi (Black) Lemen, he is survived by four children, David William (Jackie) Lemen of Carmel, Steve (Cindi) Lemen of Santa Claus, Martha Lee (Les) Kessens of Osgood, and Larry (Miriam) Lemen of Westfield. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Ellen Hammersley and Phyllis Courtaney. He was preceded in death by his parents and by infant Lemen, Joe Lemen, Albert (Buddy) Lemen, Alberta Fender, Dorothy Ralston, Carl Lemen, Richard Lemen, Chancie Eugene Lemen, Eva Crum and Winnie Hettrick.

He grew up on the 240-acre farm, getting his elementary and high school education in Center Township schools, Osgood from which he graduated on April 26, 1934. He entered Central Normal College in December of 1934. He started teaching in Osgood in 1936 on a two-year license. He taught there until he started serving in WWII. Sherman was called to serve his country in November of 1941. He was honorably discharged in 1945 from Camp Atterbury (Army). He married Margaret Jean Downey on July 27, 1942 in Milan, Indiana. They have four children, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Sherman’s basic training was held in Rucher, Alabama, field training in Tennessee, desert training in California and Arizona. He took sea training in San Louis Obispo, California and was then shipped to Hawaii for jungle training. He saw action in Anwar and Pellieu with the 81st division Artillery 105.5 and 155. He served in communications and was General Beasby’s radio operator. From this combat the 81st was sent to New Caledonia for rest and relaxation, crossing the equator twice. The 81st Division was shipped to Leyte in the Philippines. They were staging for the invasion of the island of Japan. But while there, President Truman authorized the use of the atomic bomb on the Japanese nation. (That probably saved his life!) They landed as occupation forces in Northern Japan in Honshu Province, later being shipped south near Tokyo. From there they were shipped home by the northern route close to Alaska and landed in Seattle, Washington. From there they were shipped to Camp Atterbury for discharge.

Sherman went back to college and earned a B. A degree. After transferring to Butler, he earned a Master’s degree in administration. He served four years as principal at Holton, ten years as principal at Napoleon, and 20 years as superintendent of the Jac-Cen-Del School Corporation. In all, he served 44 years in teaching and administration. He retired on July 1, 1980. Sherman was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church, Osgood. There he served as deacon, Sunday school superintendent, men’s class Sunday school teacher for over 50 years, trustee, young people’s leader, and assisted in the excavation of the church basement. He also served on the Ripley County Farm Bureau board and the Center Township board for a number of years. He was on the Ripley County school reorganization board in the 1960’s. He was a 75+ year member of the Osgood Masons. He also belonged to the Indianapolis Valley of Scottish Rite and the Shriners. He was a charter member of the Osgood Lion’s Club. In 1992 he received the Melvin Jones Award from the Lion’s Club International. He was a life-long member of the American Legion. He served on the Ripley County Retired Teachers and the state organization. He was a charter and 50+ year member of the Osgood Civic Club. Sherman’s favorite pastimes were gardening, playing bridge and euchre, and spending winter in Florida. In 2015, he was named a Sagamore of the Wabash. Rep. Randy Frye presented the award granted from Governor Pence. In 2015 he also received the Ripley County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

Visitation will be from 4-8 on Tuesday, August 16 at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 17 at 10 AM at the First Baptist Church with both Steve Allen and Don Buck officiating. Donations may be made to the Jac-Cen-Del Sherman and Jean Lemen Scholarship, Greendale Cemetery, or donor’s choice. (Written by Sherman Lemen)

William Theodore Van Hook

William Theodore Van Hook, age 84, of Batesville, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville. Born July 27, 1932 in West Terra Haute, he was the son of the late Eugene & Pauline (Dierdorf) Van Hook.

William retired from Schirk’s International in Greensburg, but was fleet maintenance director for Batesville Casket Co. for over 20 years. He was a member of the Ripley County Community Foundation, Social Lodge 86 F&AM Terra Haute, and Scottish Rite Valley of Terra Haute. He served his county in the US Army at the end of Korea. William married Marilyn M. Cook on September 1, 1956.

William is survived by his son Robert Van Hook of Napoleon, and several cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn M. Van Hook in 2007, his daughter Daryl Lea Van Hook and his brothers Lawrence Van Hook and Robert E. Van Hook who died in Korea 1952

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 17, from 5-7 p.m. with masonic services at 7 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville. Services will be Thursday, August 18, at 11 a.m. at Meyers Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Flory officiating. Burial will follow services in the Methodist Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Ripley Co. Community Foundation Van for Veterans c/o Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN 47006. Online condolences at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, is entrusted with arrangements.

Lloyd T. Walston

Lloyd T. Walston, Commander of American Legion Post 292, age 72, passed away Friday, August 12, 2016, at his home in Dillsboro. Lloyd was born on June 9, 1944 to Floyd and Anna Mae (Redfern) Walston in Dearborn County. After high school he went into the navy.

Lloyd enjoyed his family and never knew a stranger. Lloyd was of the Presbyterian faith and was in the Dillsboro American legion #292, lifetime member of the Trappers Association and Fur Trading Association, Muzzle Loaders Association, and Dillsboro Masonic member. He dealt with Civil War items, enjoyed traveling and visiting friends.

Lloyd was preceded in death by both parents, his twin brother Floyd “Hoss” Walston and brother Stan Walston. He leaves behind his daughter, Karalyn (Michael) Smith of Rising Sun; two granddaughters, Brittnay (Terry) Smith of Sunman and Michaela Smith of Rising Sun; his love Linda (Bovard) Frederick of Rising Sun; one brother-in-law who he felt like was his own son, Rich (Lisa) Arnoldy of Bennington; their children, Heather (Teng) Moua of Wisconsin, their daughter Emery Moua of Wisconsin, Tabitha Arnoldy and Brandon Arnoldy of Bennington; also one stepdaughter, Leslie (Zach) Allen of Greendale; three stepgrandchildren, Kylie, Cole, and Lucus of Greendale. Also leaves behind one brother Charles ( Sue) Walston of Aurora; three nieces, Melissa (Troy) Weaver of Madison, Krista Walston of East Enterprise and Kimberly Walston of Highland Heights, KY; two nephews, Shawn Walston of Aurora and Jacob Walston of Sunman; four great nieces, Courtney Addisen, Ivey, and Bella; two great nephews, Travis and Noah.

Funeral service for Lloyd will be Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. at the DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro with Chaplin Tom Fehrman officiating. He will be laid to rest in Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro with full military rites provided by American Legion Post 292. Friends may meet the family on Tuesday, Aug. 16, form 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Legion post 292 in Dillsboro. DeVries Funeral Home, Dillsboro, is entrusted with arrangements.

Elsie L. Voegele

Elsie L. Voegele, 87, of Frankfort, and formerly of Milan, passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2016. Funeral mass was held Monday, August 15 at St. Charles Catholic Church, Milan. Burial followed in St. Charles Catholic Cemetery at Milan. Memorials may be given to the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CDLS) Foundation through the funeral home. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements. 707 S. Main St., Box 243 Milan, 47031 (812)654-2141. Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.

Robert “Bob” Harmon

Robert “Bob” Harmon, age 62, of North Vernon, formerly of Madison, died on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. Funeral services were held Friday, August 12 at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison. Interment followed in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Foundation. Cards are available at the funeral home. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, was in charge of arrangements.

John Pearl Little

John Pearl Little passed away at Ripley Crossing Rehabilitation Center on Friday, August 12, 2016. John was born on December 12, 1924 in Hamilton, Ohio to his father, Pearl Little and mother, Elizabeth Little

He graduated from Hamilton High School before serving in the Army (36 Calvary) as a Sergeant/Tank Commander in the European Theatre from 1942 to 1945. There, John received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. John worked at Champion Paper from 1945 to 1947. He then began a career with General Motors at the Fisher Body Plant in Hamilton, Ohio, in 1947 as a tool and die trainee. He finished out his career with General Motors by being promoted to superintendent of manufacturing in 1977 were he retained that position until he retired in 1980 with 33 years of continuous service. John served as the Captain of the Sheriff’s Mount Patrol (Butler County, Ohio) from 1968 to 1973. He went on to be a bank director at the Versailles Bank from 1975 to 1980 and moved on to the title of County Commissioner of District 3 for multiple terms. During John’s life he was a proud and devoted member of the Masonic Lodge in Hamilton Ohio, Scottish Rite of Cincinnati, Ohio and also the Shriners. He was also a member of the NRA.

John was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Little in 1943; son, Thomas Wayne Little in 1973; father, Pearl Little in 1974; wife, Jackie Little in 1998; and son, John Stephen Little in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Marian Little; sister, Gerrie Jones; son, Joe Little; granddaughter, Heather Ball; great grandchildren, Brandon Ball, Bailey Ball, Abby Ball; and nine stepchildren and their children. John also leaves behind many friends and acquaintances from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Florida.

Visitation will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16 at Webb Noonan Kidd Funeral Home, 240 Ross Avenue in Hamilton, Ohio. Funeral Services will immediately follow at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home with Pastor Mike Botts officiating. Interment to follow in Rose Hill Burial Park. Condolences may be left for the family at Webb Noonan Kidd Funeral Home, Hamilton, OH, is entrusted with arrangements.

Harold A. “Hal” Davis

Harold A. “Hal” Davis, age 72, formerly of Hanover, died on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. Arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison.

Betty Koester

Betty Koester, 93, of Batesville, passed away Friday, August 12, 2016. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. at St. John United Church of Christ, Batesville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, is in charge of arrangements.

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