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Billy Lee Schmaltz

A familiar face that literally poured many foundations in the community passed away early Thursday, August 10, 2017 at his home in Osgood. Billy Lee Schmaltz, age 83, was born on January 19, 1934, the son of the late Clarence and Olive (Vonvolkenburg) Schmaltz. He married Patricia Ryan on October 12, 1974, and she still survives at home.

Upon completing high school in Holton, Bill proudly served his country in the United States Army. Once his service to his country was complete, he returned home to run his own businesses. He was dedicated to his businesses, always believing in providing an exceptional product and service. Bill had success early on opening and operating Schmaltz Body Shop in the early 1960’s and running it through the middle 1970’s. In 1968, he also opened Schmaltz Ready Mix Concrete and saw it continue to grow and thrive for the next 40 years. In 1983, he added Laughery Gravel Company in Aurora and Rising Sun, and they continued until his retirement in 2007.

His true passion though came in the need for speed…he began in the early 1950’s drag racing cars. This led into Super Stock Cars with White Lightning being his first! He raced in many different places, some of which were Bristol, TN, Atlanta, GA and Cleves, OH where he broke a track record. After retirement, he and Patricia were able to enjoy traveling to Europe and different places in the US. They were always together. He will be sadly missed by his wife and family.

Survivors include his wife Patricia, daughter Lynn Schmaltz of Versailles, and one brother, Robert Schmaltz of Madisonville, KY. He was preceded in death by one sister, Shirley Summers, and two brothers, Ralph and Barry Schmaltz.

Services were held all in one day, Saturday, August 12 at Neal’s Funeral Home. Burial was at Tanglewood Cemetery near Versailles. Memorials may go to Tanglewood Cemetery. There will be military graveside services by the Osgood American Legion and Napoleon VFW. Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, was in charge of arrangements.

Betty I. Barton

Betty I. Barton, 82, of Milan, passed away Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Ripley Crossing. Betty was born Tuesday, October 16, 1934 in Dearborn County the daughter of Walter and Crystal (Gosney) Hoppmire. She married Estel Barton November 22, 1958 and he preceded her in death February 15, 2015.
She was a member of Pierceville United Methodist Church, and the Ripley County 4-H for almost 40 years. Betty was a homemaker and a caregiver. She enjoyed going to church, going out to eat and spending time with her family.

Betty is survived by son: Donald (Kim) Barton of Milan; daughters: Berna (Roy) Meyer of Batesville, informally adopted daughter: Kim Yount of Ky; sister: June (Olus) Dixon of Milan; six grandchildren, six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Estel Barton and one daughter: Barbara Jean Barton.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 16 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home with Pastor Jack Bible and Pastor Harris Long officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery north of Milan. Visitation will be Tuesday 5-8 p.m. also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Pierceville United Methodist Church, Ripley County 4-H and Milan Food Pantry. Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan is entrusted with arrangements. (812) 654- 2141. 707 South Main St. Box 243 Milan, In 47031.

Edna Walls

Edna Walls, 80, of Batesville, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 15 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, Sunman. Services will begin at 1 p.m. and burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Sunman. Memorial donations can be directed to Batesville Life Squad or to the St. Paul Cemetery Association. 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.

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