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September 18, 2018 • Obituaries
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Merrell E. Webster

Merrell E. Webster, 72, of Versailles passed away at 12:40 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018 at his home. He was born at home on Plum Creek near Vevay in Switzerland County on December 11, 1945, the son of Melvin and Edna Scudder Webster. He was married to Jeraldine Otte on September 16, 1965 and his wife of 53 years survives.

Other survivors include one son Michael (Sally) Webster of Versailles; one daughter Marsha (Tad) Brinson of Versailles; six grandchildren Erin (Jay) Hooten of Versailles, Sarah (Kevin) Swinney of Versailles, Emily (Levi) Speer of Holton, Jacob Brinson of Holton, Kelsey Brinson of Cleves, Ohio, and Abby Brinson of Versailles; four great-grandchildren; one sister Martha Riley of Madison; sister-in-law Millie Webster of Osgood and brother-in-law Tom Riley of Osgood.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Damon Webster. Mr. Webster was a 1965 graduate of Cross Plains High School. Merrell played for the Wildcats basketball team and was named to the Ripley County All-Star team his senior year. He was a former employee of Cummins Engine in Columbus, Bruns-Gutzwiller Construction in Batesville, and had also worked for Berry Materials in Versailles.

Merrell also drove a bus for the South Ripley Schools and served four years on the South Ripley School Board, but his main occupation was being a farmer. He enjoyed rabbit hunting as well as fishing and was an avid fan of the Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and the Kentucky Wildcats. Merrell served six years with the US Army Reserves and was also a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 19 at 11 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Randy Thieman, minister of the Versailles Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery at Olean. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Cemetery in care of the funeral home.


Nelson E. Elliott

Nelson E. Elliott 80, of Aurora, passed away Saturday September 15, 2018 in Lawrenceburg. He was born May 28, 1938 in Cincinnati, OH, son of the late Aaron Elliott and Miriam (Hann) Elliott.

Nelson graduated from Lawrenceburg High in 1956, He inherited the “Hi-Liters” Dance and Show Band in 1955, attended Hanover College from 1956-1960, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Nelson was employed at numerous community schools such as Dillsboro Public School (Band and Choir Director), Batesville High School (Band and Choir Director, & Assistant Football Coach), Moores Hill Public Schools (Principal of Grades K - 12).

From 1977 - 1984, he was operating partner of Ewing’s Produce & Nursery, Aurora and Green Thumb Garden Center, Dillsboro. He received Indiana Auctioneers License, and started “Nelson Elliott Auction Team”. He was on the on-air and sales staff of WSCH Radio Station. He was a real estate broker for Town & Country and started the Atlas Land Service Appraisal Company in 1991. Nelson enjoyed his time as a tv host on Media 6 Cable Television “Hoosier Kaleidoscope” for eight years. He was a member of the board of directors Southeastern Indiana Musicians Hall of Fame, and was inducted as a member of the Hall of Fame in 2004 Nelson was on the Board of Southeastern Indiana Board of Realtors.

Nelson was the past master of ceremonies/announcer for Versailles Pumpkin Show, Aurora Farmers Fair, Milan Fourth of July Parade, Aurora Firecracker Festival, Aurora Thunder On The River Regatta, Lawrenceburg Fall Festival, Lawrenceburg Music on the River (10 years), HiddenValley Lake Memorial Day Services, Dillsboro Homecoming, Dearborn 4-H and Community Fairs.

Nelson celebrated 52 years of Bugling military funerals (1955-2007). He played taps for Military Funerals, Memorial Day, Veterans Day programs, 225th Anniversary Celebration of the Revolution of Lochry Massacre at Aurora Cemetery. In recognition of his Patriotism and faithful tribute to the veterans, Nelson was awarded Honorary Lifetime member of Korean War Veterans of America (1999), Aurora American Legion Post #209, Aurora Veterans of Foreign Wars #5312, Vietnam Veterans of America #71, Dillsboro American Legion, Post #292, Moores Hill American Legion, Post #231,
Nelson’s contributions to not only the veterans, but to everyone in the community has left a great impact. His gifts and talents blessed many and he will be greatly missed.

Nelson is survived by his loving spouse of 58 years Marcia Elliott (Ewing); son, Paul Elliott (Teresa White) of Aurora; daughter, Melody (Jeff) Schornick of Batesville; sister, Marilyn Sue Perry; grandchildren, Jake Schornick, Elizabeth Schornick, Jackie Schornick, Aaron (Alex) Elliott, and Nathan Elliott; great granddaughter, Alaina Schornick; aunt Lois Elliott Parker of Greendale. He was preceded in death by father, Aaron Elliott; mother, Miriam Hann Elliott, brother, Richard Elliott.

Friends will be received Wednesday, September 19, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Carnegie Hall, Moores Hill. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora. Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.

Contributions may be made to Carnegie Hall or Local Color Guard Squads. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.


Eugene Henry Fields

Eugene Henry Fields, 81, of Dillsboro passed away Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Woodland Hills at Lawrenceburg. Arrangements are pending at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home.


John Allen Orem


John Allen Orem, age 53 of Milan, passed away Monday, September 10, 2018 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville.

Visitation on Friday, September 21, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by funeral services at 12:30 p.m. all at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Batesville Ward.

Meyers Funeral Home handling arrangements.

Algar Collins


A familiar face of the Delaware community passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018 surrounded by his family.

Algar Collins was born on March 6, 1936 in Knot County Kentucky, the son of the late Arthur and Rachel (Young) Collins. He grew up in Kentucky along with his three brothers and sisters. Algar learned early on the value of working and providing, he left school early and went home to work the farm. Along with his father they grew produce and took it to local markets and sold the product, this provided enough savings for him to eventually purchase a farm from his parents.

Algar loved every aspect of farming and nature. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting mushrooms and gathered a great deal of ginseng over the years. His family had moved to the Ripley County area and he met Margaret (Bolt) and the two of them raised a family on Old Milan Versailles Pike, outside of Delaware. They were blessed with four children, Scott, Andy, Jacquey, and Rachel.

Algar spent 40 plus years working at Union Furniture in Batesville starting there when he was only 14. He oversaw sanding and finishing of the furniture and provided training to others.

Algar is survived by his daughters Jacquey (Tim) Osborne of Osgood and Rachel (William Littrell) of Madison, also daughter-in-law Roxanna Collins of Osgood, along with nine grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Margaret (Bolt) Collins, both sons Andy and Scott Collins, brothers Clarence, Elwood, and James, and sister Shirly Crowell, along with significant other Alene Lemarr.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 15, at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Burial followed at Little Memory. Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood was entrusted with the arrangements. www.nealsfuneralhome.net




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