Obituaries


James L. “Jim” Weisheit, 68, Haysville

Jim WeisheitJames L. “Jim” Weisheit, 68, of Haysville, died Wednesday (March 22) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Haysville May 18, 1948, to Edward and Katherine (Neukam) Weisheit.

Jim was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville. He enjoyed watching baseball, playing cards, and playing bingo.

He is survived by three sisters, Marie Thimling and Mildred Noble and husband Donald, all of Haysville, and Mable Woolsey and husband Robert, Dale; one brother, Lenus Weisheit and wife Sarah, Jasper; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Vernelda Mauder, and three brothers, Amos, Lester, and Cletus Weisheit.

Friends may call from noon-2 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel. Memorial contributions may be mde to St. Paul’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with burial following in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Haysville. Pastor Karen Husby will officiate.

Ralph Norman, 89, Birdseye

Ralph NormanRalph Norman, 89, of Birdseye, died Wednesday (March 22) at Brookside Village in Jasper. He was born near Eckerty November 3, 1927, to Rubie and Alma (King) Norman. He married to Amzel June Zehr July 3, 1948. She died May 1, 2007.

Ralph worked as an engineer with the state highway department. He enjoyed rabbit hunting and raising cattle.

He is survived by one son, Dave Norman and wife Jane, Birdseye; five half-siblings, Donna Smith, Nellie Newkirk, Charlene Harlan, Fannie Calvert, and Wayne Norman; two grandchildren, Jill Persohn and husband Keith, Schnellville, and Steven Norman and wife Lisa, Owensville; and four great-grandchildren, Carter, Lexi, Dylan, and Brittany.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death one sister, Crystal Cain, and four half-siblings, Patricia Newkirk and Michael Norman and two infant siblings.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com, Funeral services will at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with burial following in Mentor Cemetery near Birdseye. Rev. Albert Madden will officiate.

Eugene M. Gehlhausen, 79, Jasper

Eugene GehlhausenEugene M. Gehlhausen, 79, of Jasper, died Tuesday (March 21) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Ferdinand November 3, 1937, to Jerome “Harry” and Charlotte (Reutman) Gehlhausen. He married Barbara Vonderheide November 15, 1958, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper. She died February 11, 2015.

Eugene was a U.S. Army veteran. He retired from Indiana Desk as a cabinet maker after 40 years of employment, spent many years building and remodeling homes in the area, and also worked part time at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. He was a member of Holy Family Church, St. Anthony American Legion Post No. 493 and its military funeral detail, and the Jasper Knights of Columbus. He was a master carpenter and enjoyed gardening, working outdoors, playing cards, and spending time with grandchildren and family.

He is survived by two daughters, Annette Tuell and husband Brian and Lori Schepers and husband Brennan, all of Jasper; two sons, Scott Gehlhausen and wife Debbie and Patrick Gehlhausen and wife Jane, all of Jasper, eight grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Schulte, Jasper, and Rosie Vitiello, Louisville, Kentucky; and two sisters-in-law, Doris Gehlhausen, Jasper, and Sylvia Gehlhausen, Evansville.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by three sisters, Harriet Fischer, Charlotte “Butsy” Klueh, and Eugenia “Dolly” Durcholz, and three brothers, Jerome, Charlie, and Herb Gehlhausen.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church. Members of Holy Family Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. American Legion Post No. 493 will conduct military graveside rites.

Martha A. Roesner, 75, Holland

Martha RoesnerMartha A. Roesner, 75, of Holland, died Sunday (March 19) her home. She was born in Washington September 10, 1941, to Frank and Alma (Carey) Shawhan. She married Darrell Gene Roesner December 1, 1957, at the Lutheran Church Parsonage in Holland.

Martha worked at the Holland Dairy, Dubois County Daily Herald, Walmart, and Shamrock Printing Press, and was a school bus driver for the Warrick and Dubois County school systems for over 40 years. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Holland and enjoyed crocheting, listening to books on tape, gardening, hunting, fishing, boating, and cooking. She and Darrell were exchange student hosts, and hosted over 20 exchange students from all over the world.

She is survived by her husband, Darrell Roesner; two daughters, Penny Wilhite and husband Randy, Evansville, and Anita Woebkenberg, Ferdinand; three sisters, Carolyn Moore, Jasper, Patty Erwin and husband Ron, Evansville, and Jackie Hasenour and husband David, Ireland; one brother Tony Shawhan, Dale; four grandchildren, Logan Begle and wife Josie, Leitha Majewicz and husband Mark, and Lora and Taylor (T.J.) Woebkenberg; and three great-grandchildren, Jayce, Addison, and Leo.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Doug Begle, and one sister-in-law, Gayla Shawhan.

Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Thursday at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Church. Online condolences may be shared www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 6 p.m. Thursday at St. James Church. Interment will be at a later date. Pastor David Darling will officiate at the service.

Kurt A. Fleck, 52, Lucedale, Mississippi

Kurt A. Fleck, 52, Lucedale, Mississippi, formerly of Jasper, died Saturday (March 18) at Memorial Hospital in Gulf Port, Mississippi. Arrangements are pending at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper.

Ruth Ann Hynes, 86, Jasper

Ruth HynesRuth Ann Hynes, 86, of Jasper, died Wednesday (March 15) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Campus in Jasper. She was born in Jasper August 7, 1930, to Felix and Frances (Bohro) Kunkel. She married Thomas Hynes August 28 1954, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

After working at Memorial Hospital for a short time, Ruth was employed by Dr. Edward Ploetner. In the early 1970s Ruth and her husband opened “Adventures in Travel”- Jasper’s first travel agency. Her last employment was as a receptionist for the Dodson Accounting Office. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church and was involved in the church commissions, including volunteering her time reading at mass. She expressed herself through painting landscapes, she hunted game with her father, and enjoyed quilting and crocheting. She enjoyed tennis, golf, and bowling and watching Indiana University and Indiana Pacers basketball games.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Hynes; three sons, Jim Hynes and wife Lori, Indianapolis, David Hynes and wife Carla, Evansville, and Dan Hynes and wife Amy, Cuzco; two daughters, Lynn Freyre-Montero and husband Omar, Indianapolis, and Lisa Hynes, Stamford, Connecticut; one brother, Alan Kunkel and wife Brenda, Jasper; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Jim Kunkel.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The Daughters of Isabella will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Donald S. Lannan, 92, Loogootee

Donald LannanDonald S. Lannan, 92, of Loogootee, died Tuesday (March 14), 2017 at his home. He was born in Loogootee June 23, 1924, to Leo and Nora (Brown) Lannan.

Donald was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Loogootee, a former commander of the VFW, and a member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion. He entered the United States Army in March of 1943 and became a Private First Class 779th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion Battery D. He served in World War II and was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, and Victory Medal World War II. He was formally the owner of Don’s Cleaners in Shoals and also worked at NSA Crane as a boiler operations specialist.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Norma Lannan; two sons, Ronald Lannan, Franklin, and Michael Lannan and wife Mary, Gurnee, Illinois; one daughter, Rhonda Laakso and husband John, Montell, Wisconsin; five grandsons, Ryan Lannan and wife Susy, Jarrod Lannan and wife Weijun, Tyler Lannan and wife Cassandra, and Nicholas and Jaymes Lannan; two granddaughters, Romy Kissel and husband Scott and Arianna Lannan; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Lannan and wife Reva, and Marion Francis Lannan, Jasper; and several nieces and nephews.

In additional to his parents Donald was preceded in death by sisters Martha Seger, Rosemary Bonifer, and Pearl Atkins, and brothers Glenn, James Edward, Harold, George, Robert, Eugene, and Virgil Lannan.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Online condolences can be made at www.blakefuneralhomes.com. A Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker, at 10 am Saturday at St. John Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Wilma L. Neukam, 92, Jasper

Wilma NeukamWilma L. Neukam, 92, of Jasper, died Wednesday (March 15) at Brookside Village in Jasper. She was born in Harbison Township July 3, 1924, to Leslie and Mattie (Meyer) Freyberger. She married Willis John Neukam October 8, 1955, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville. He died December 29,1989.

Wilma retired from Jasper Laundry and Cleaners. She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Crossroads in Dubois. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, crocheting, watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, and seeing her grandkids and great-grandkids.

She is survived by two sons, Charles Burk and wife Linda and Duane Neukam, all of Jasper; one son-in-law, Charles Denton, Jasper; one sister, Helena Thomas, Columbus; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter, Deborah Denton, and one sister, Leona Giesler.

Friends may call from 9:30-11 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Church or to the wishes of the family. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Walter William “Bill” Stutz, 89, Evansville

Walter Stutz picWalter William “Bill” Stutz, 89, died Monday (March 13) at River Pointe Health Campus in Evansville. He was born in Terre Haute November 1, 1927, to Walter Carl and Louise (Kern) Stutz. He married Lois Price June 21, 1952, at the Old Union Christian Church.

Walter worked in the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corporation for 36 years. He started as a teacher and guidance counselor. He was principal from 1962 to 1969 when he became superintendent until he retired in 1991. He attended Crossroads Christian Church in Newburgh and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lois Price; two sons, Mark Stutz and wife Kathy, Vincennes, and Phillip Stutz and wife Mackenzie, Madison, Wisconsin; two daughters, Jane Jones and husband Larry, Newport News Virginia, and Ann Smith and husband John, Evansville; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Juanita Hunter, Logansport.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Raubuck.

Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Holders Funeral Home in Owensville. Memorials may be made to the Saulmon Cemetery, c/o Box Straw, P.O. Box 206, Poseyville, IN, 47633. Funeral services at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with Tom Ellsworth officiating. Burial will follow in Saulmon Cemetery with military graveside services conducted by the retired military veterans.

Virlee C. Burger, 88, Ferdinand

Virlee BurgerVirlee C. Burger, 88, of Ferdinand, died Monday (March 13) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. She was born in Ferdinand to John and Isabelle (Altmeyer) Schreiner. She married Bob Burger, Sr. April 20, 1948, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church.

Virlee was a lifelong member of St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Anne’s Sodality. She retired as a school custodian, and enjoyed playing cards, games, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Burger, Sr.; one son, Terry (Marla) Burger and wife Maria, Ferdinand; two daughters, Connie Lueken and husband Tom and and Donna Trafton, all of Ferdinand; daughter-in-law Ruth Burger, Ferdinand; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one son, Bob Burger, Jr., one son-in-law, Gary Trafton, one great-grandson, Abram Burger, and one brother, Hubert Weyerbacher.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery.