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September 13, 2016 • Obituaries
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James E. Hook

James E. Hook, age 75, of Mount Gilead, died Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. He was born on May 4, 1941 to the late Benjamin and Thelma (Day) Hook.

James served as an Airman First Class in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1963 where he was a radar technician. After his time in the Air Force, James spent 32 years with Columbia Gas where he later retired. James was a man of many gifts as he filed several patents during his time at Columbia Gas. He never met a stranger, and was a fantastic storyteller. In the 1980s James served on the building committee that built the Junior High School for Highland. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing in various leagues. James loved catching up with old friends at the annual campout. He would never miss any of his grandkids events. James also enjoyed watching the local truck and tractor pulls at the county fair. James was fortunate enough to enjoy 20 years of retirement, doing the things he loved. On May 29, 1965 James married Patricia Ketchum in Osgood, who survives in Mount Gilead.

In addition to his wife, James is survived by his children: Andrew (Mitzi) Hook of Galion, Rebecca (Keith) Queener of Cardington, and Christopher (Crystal) Hook of Mount Gilead; 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; siblings: Nancy Bruns of Plainfield, Sarah (Gerald) Webster of Port Orange, FL and Clara Jackman of Columbus; 14 nieces and nephews; sister-in-laws, Carolyn and (Gene) Back and Janet (Nick) Osier both of Bradenton, FL; brother-in-laws, Dan and (Sue) Ketchum of Versailles, and Richard (Carla) Ketchum of Broken Arrow, OK. In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a sister, Marguerite Couvillion and a brother, George Hook.

Funeral services were held Monday, September 5, at the Gompf Funeral Home, Cardington, with Pastor Paul Turner officiating. Burial was in the Glendale Cemetery with full military honors. Those wishing to share a memory of James or to express a condolence to the Hook family may do so by visiting Gompf Funeral Home, in Cardington, was in charge of arrangements.

Ora Acre Alsop

Ora Acre Alsop, 93, of Cross Plains, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the Waters of Dillsboro Manor. She was born near Hazard in Perry County, Kentucky on February 28, 1923, the daughter of Joseph and Mayme Roberts. She was married to Russell Acre and he preceded her in death on December 22, 1970. She later married Porter Alsop and he preceded her in death on March 1, 1995.

Survivors include one son, David Acre of Cross Plains; two stepdaughters, Reca Dennis of Harrison, Ohio and Pam Sandoze of California; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, son, Charles Acre, and her brothers, Willard and David Roberts.

Mrs. Alsop was a former employee of Reliance Electric in Madison and had also worked as a cook at the Silver Bell Nursing Home near Versailles. She enjoyed her family, crocheting, and doing puzzles. Ora was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Dewberry.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 14 at 11 a.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church with Pastor Juan Luna officiating. Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery at Dillsboro. Visitation will also be on Wednesday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

Lois Louise Workman

The Delaware community lost a long time friend and advocate, Lois Louise Workman, age 72. passed away with her family close by early Saturday morning, September 10, 2016 at UC Hospital in Cincinnati. She was born in Batesville on August 21, 1944, the daughter of Wayne and Virginia Roberts.

She was around Delaware her entire life, and loved her community and the Methodist Church. She graduated from Jac-Cen-Del and then married Gerald Workman on August 7, 1965. To this marriage they had two children, daughter Lora and son Michael. Lois loved to read, do crossroad puzzles, and sew. For many years, she enjoyed doing crafts and setting up a various shows throughout the area. Her true passion, though always remained her family, constantly placing them first. She was a life long member of the Delaware United Methodist Church, a member of the Ripley County Homemakers, the Methodist Women’s Association, served as a board member for the Ripley County Historical Society. She had worked for the Ripley County Co-op, was a bookkeeper for Row Farms and retired from bookkeeping at Southeastern Indiana Independent Living Center in Versailles.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gerald in November of 2014, and sister Laura Lou Roberts. She is survived by daughter Lora (Eric) Cole of Vevay, son Michael of Osgood, and her raised and loved like daughters nieces Amy (Brian) McIntosh of Osgood, Dana (Jeremiah) Carson of Sunman, 11 grandchildren, and brothers James ( Pat) Roberts of Delaware, William (Virginia) Roberts of Vevay, John (Marsha) of Rochester, IN, David (Linda) of Jeffersonville, OH.

Services were held on Saturday, September 10 at the Delaware United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers memorials maybe made to the Methodist Church or the Mudpike Cemetery Fund in care of Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood.

Harold A. “Hal” Davis

Harold A. “Hal” Davis, age 72, of Hanover, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2016. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 18, at 2 p.m., at the Hanover Presbyterian Church, 174 East Main Street in Hanover. Memorials may be made to Hal Davis Memorial Fund for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Madison Jefferson County. Cards are available at the funeral home. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, is in charge of arrangements.

Leo Dennis Graves

Leo Dennis Graves, age 63, of Danville, formally of Madison, died on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison.

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