Obituaries


Lucille J. Schilling, 93, Jasper

Lucille J. Schilling, 93, of Jasper, died  Saturday, August 1, at the home of a daughter. She was born in Siberia July 1, 1927, to Louis and Angela (Boeglin) Hulsman. She married Alfred Schilling November 26, 1946, in Siberia. He died December 1, 1986.

Lucille was a 1944 graduate of the Academy of the Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. She was a homemaker and retired from Siebert’s in Jasper, where she worked in retail sales for over 20 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, the St. Anne’s Society, the Daughters of Isabella, and the original Home Demonstration Club. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed spending time with her family.
She is survived by three daughters, Dana Hoffman and husband Alan, and Myra Schuetter and husband Wayne, all of Jasper, and Alane Ploetner and husband Wayne, Schnellville; three grandchildren, Lori Mehringer and husband Todd, Jill Kelly and husband Jason, and Mark Hoffman and wife Nicki; 11 great-grandchildren, Kyle, Nathan, and Brandon Mehringer, Ella, Jack, Samuel, Ryan, and Kate Kelly, and Audrey, Abe, and Charlotte Hoffman.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two brothers, Linus and Richard Hulsman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Richard J. Fischer, 74, Jasper

Richard J. Fischer, 74, of Jasper, died Wednesday, July 29, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Huntingburg July 27, 1946, to Victor and Lucille (Doshier) Fischer.

Richard did kitchen help locally and loved country music, karaoke, and playing bingo.

He is survived by four sisters, Ruth Houchin, Pryor, Oklahoma, Susie  Stenftenagel and husband Mike, Jasper, Cathy Bright and husband Jack, English, and Edith Hickman and husband Danny, Paoli; three brothers, John Fischer, Needles, California, Charles Fischer and wife Vonnie, Fargo, North Dakota, and Bob Fischer and wife Barb, Velpen;  and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four sisters, Mildred Hoevener, Mary Fischer, Delores Strotman, and Marcella King.

Private family services will be held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Homes in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Charles Health Campus. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Funeral Service For Al and Betty Dickman

A Celebration of Life for Al and Betty Dickman, formerly of Dubois, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 1, at St. Peter’s UCC in Dubois followed by a graveside service and burial of ashes in St. Peter’s Cemetery.  A visitation will be held at the church from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.  Masks will be required.

Melissa L. Phillips, 60, Dale

Melissa L. Philipps, 60, of Dale, died Monday, July 27. She was born in Evansville August 25, 1959, to Bill Montgomery Sr. and Carolyn (St. Clair) Purviance. She married Dennis L. Philipps July 22, 1988, at Lake Cumberland, Tennessee.

Melissa enjoyed camping, planting flowers, and being with friends. She was an Auxiliary Member of Dale American Legion Post 444.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Dennis Philipps; one daughter, Sarah Mick and husband John, Gentryville; one step-daughter, Julie Dicus, Dale; one step-son, David Roush and wife Chris, Ireland; her mother and step-father, Jim and Carolyn Purviance, Dale; two brothers, Jim Purviance and Bill Montgomery, both of Boonville; two sisters, Sandy Springstun and husband Mark and Patty Wilkins and husband Greg, all of Dale; five grandchildren, Olivia, Ireland, Dakota, Kelsie, and Tyler.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Montgomery, Sr. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to Chemo Buddies at 3700 Bellemeade Avenue Suite 118, Evansville, IN 47714. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

John E. Eckerle, MD, 95, Louisville

John E. Eckerle, MD, 95, of Louisville, died Thursday, July 23. He was born in Jasper to Anton J. and Rosina Fink Eckerle.

Dr. John was a member of the Roman Catholic Church. In his early years he was an altar boy and Master of Ceremony under Father Roman and sang in the eight voice men’s and boys’ choir under the direction of Frank J. “Prof” Leopker, longtime organist at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He was a 1942 graduate of Jasper High School, a charter member of the school band and orchestra playing the French horn. He was also a member of the Jasper Municipal (City) Band under the direction of Leo Durlauf and the Haysville Band. During World War II he served as a German interpreter in the POW camps in America and was an administrative NCO. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal of Honor for his meritorious service. He was a 1949 graduate and lifelong supporter of Purdue University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree, was active in student government, and was a member of the military marching band. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine in 1958 from the University of Louisville and did his hospital residency at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

He served as medical director at Reynolds Metal Company in Louisville. During that time he was instrumental in organizing the first Governor’s Conference on Occupational Health and Safety in the state of Kentucky. For this effort he was awarded a membership in the Royal Order of Kentucky Colonels. He also served on the Kentucky Governor’s Council on Alcoholism in Industry. Other medical endeavors included surgical thoracic assistant, Silvercrest Hospital in New Albany, and staff physician at Dupont Chemical Company and General Electric Appliance Park. He established a primary care office of medicine in Louisville, a solo practice he sustained in excess of 30 years. During this time he served on the executive committee of St. Anthony Hospital in Louisville. He was also a member of the medical staffs of Kentucky Baptist, Highland Baptist, Baptist East, and Suburban Hospitals, all in Louisville.

Dr. John was an avid family genealogist, searching for his family ancestral home. After many years of research and with the help of Jasper Library Librarian Lillian Doane, he found his great-grandfather John George Eckerle’s citizenship application to the U.S., which stated his place of birth as Pfaffenweiler, in the Duchee of Baden Germany. In 1978 he traveled to Pfaffenweiler and with the help of Luise Eichhorn discovered he was the first direct descendant of the 11 families which had traveled from Pfaffenweiler to Jasper in 1847 to return to their home village.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, M. Margaret Davis Eckerle; two daughters, Diane Eckerle and Judy E. Quinlan and husband Tom; three sons, John D. Eckerle and wife Sheila Lee, Bruce T. Eckerle and wife Kim, and his heart-adopted son, Charles Bacigalupi; seven grandchildren, Jennifer M. Kessler (Kelly), Nathan F. Johnson (Lauren Gawthrop), Claire Quinlan, Colleen Quinlan and fiancé Jon Olsen, Trey Quinlan and wife Giselle, and Christin and Catherine Eckerle; and a number of nieces and nephews and their families.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Rita Hahn (Gene), Dora Schmitt (Bandy), and Joan Schipp (Rich), four brothers, Herb Eckerle (Martha), Arnie Eckerle (Irene), Bernard Eckerle (Leona), and Richard Eckerle (Romeldia), three nephews, Charles Eckerle (Godchild) and Gerald and Kenneth Hahn, and one niece, Janice Eckerle Kaye.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church in Jasper with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites. Masks and social distancing guidelines will be required in church. Because of virus restrictions, there will be no visitation before the church service. In lieu of flowers or gifts memorial donations can be made to the St. Joseph Church Maintenance Fund, Eternal Word Television Network, specifying daily Mass Broadcasts, 5817 Old Leeds Rd., Irondale, AL 35210, Jasper VFW Post 673, or to your favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Karen Rose Sermersheim, 77, Jasper

Karen Rose Sermersheim, 77, of Jasper, died Monday, July 27, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Jasper February 27, 1943, to Wilfred “Betts” and Josepha R. (Gutgsell) Sermersheim.

Karen was a 1961 graduate of Jasper High School and attended St. Benedict College and Vincennes University Jasper Campus. She worked in the offices of Aristokraft in Jasper for 12 years, moved to Hickory, North Carolina, and worked for King Hickory Furniture in the data order entry and invoicing departments for 32 years and part time in the deli of Lowe’s Foods in Hickory. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and enjoyed crossword puzzles, oil painting, and watching the St. Louis Cardinals and the PGA. She was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels in Hickory for seven years and loved all animals, especially her cats.

She is survived by one sister, Jane (Karen Andry) Sermersheim, Griffin; one brother, Scott Sermersheim and wife Rosemary, Taylorsville, North Carolina;  brothers-in-law Gerald Otto and wife Barbara, Jasper, and Kenneth Klein and wife Roseann, Kernersville, North Carolina; nephews Chris Otto and wife Jayme, Jasper, Todd Klein, Hickory, NC, and Ethan Sermershiem, Boone, NC; nieces Colonel Keriann Klein, Gainesville, Virginia, and Emily Sermersheim, Winston-Salem, NC; and eight great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters, Diana Klein and Janet Otto.

Private family services were held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to the Dubois County Humane Society, the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, or to the wishes of the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Jessica F. Harker, 72, Bloomington

Jessica F. Harker, 72, of Bloomington, died Monday, July 27, at Northwood Good Samaritan Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg November 22, 1947, to Thomas and Mollie (Chism) Fowler. She married Joel D. Harker March 7, 1969, at Trinity United Church of Christ. He died April 22, 1970.

Jessica was a 1965 graduate of Ireland High School and received a bachelor’s degree at the University of Evansville in mechanical engineering. She retired from Crane as a mechanical engineer. She was a member of Ireland Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) and was an avid collector of lobster memorabilia.

She is survived by one son, Kent Harker and wife Jennifer, Jasper; three sisters-in-law, Karen Nordhoff, Jasper, Alice Harker, Newburgh, and Rosie (Fowler) Nichols, Franklin, Kentucky; three nieces; and five nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Lee Fowler, and one sister-in-law, Anne Harker.

A private memorial service will be held in Fairview Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Ireland Historical Society or Shiloh United Methodist Church. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Joseph R. “Joe” Reuber, 70, Jasper

Joseph R. “Joe” Reuber, 70, of Jasper, died Friday, July 24, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Washington February 16, 1950, to Robert and Katherine (Turk) Reuber. His first marriage was to Phyllis Foster. She died in 2006. He married Becky Borrell Dunn December 22, 2010, in Deming, New Mexico.

Joe was a 1968 graduate of Jasper High School. He was a master sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967 to 1988, serving during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Iwakuni, Japan, El Toro, California, Cubi Point, Philippines, Perris Island, South Carolina, Cherry Point, North Carolina, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and Beaufort, South Carolina. He worked in aviation ground support and was a C-130 inflight engineer for inflight refueling and a production control chief, quality assurance chief, drill instructor, individual material readiness list (IMRL) chief, and an aircraft support equipment chief. After retiring from the Marine Corps he worked in property management in Laguna Hills, California, with Irvine Property Management. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, American Legion Post 147, and the Marine Corps League. He enjoyed RVing and four wheeling and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Becky Reuber; one son, Joe Reuber Jr., Post Falls, Idaho; one daughter, Nicole Reuber, Boise, Idaho; two step-daughters, Courtney Thewes and husband Duane, Celestine, and Libby Nehmer, Jasper; two step-sons, Phillip Dunn and wife Amanda, Huntingburg, and  Warren Dunn and wife Amanda, Schnellville; 19 grandchildren; one sister, Sara Reuber; and two brothers, Clint Reuber and wife Stacy, Jasper, and Mike Reuber and wife Pat, Wadesvile.

In addition to his parents and first wife he was preceded in death by one sister, Diane Reuber.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to the wishes of the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

Santos Palencia Martinez, 59, Jasper

Santos Palencia Martinez, 59, of Jasper, died Wednesday, July 22, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Metapan, El Salvador November 2, 1960, to Jesus and Dominga (Martinez) de Palencia.

Santos was employed at Jasper Engines and Transmissions as an inspector.

He is survived by three daughters, Patricia Quinteros, Silver Springs, Maryland, Yesica Rodriguez Morales, California, and Daisy Carolina Palencia, El Salvador; and one son, Tony Palencia, Manchester, New Hampshire.

Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. No memorial services will be held at this time. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Linus Hassfurther, 88, Ferdinand

Linus Hassfurther, 88, of Ferdinand, died Friday, July 24, at his home. He was born in Ferdinand January 21, 1932, to Lawrence and Amelia (Dilger) Hassfurther. He married Darlene Hasenour May 3, 1955, in Celestine.

Linus was a lifelong farmer.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Hassfurther; two daughters, Sheila Fleck and husband Cliff, Jasper and Cindy Hassfurther, Ferdinand; three sons, Russell Hassfurther and wife Tina, and Bill and Andy Hassfurther, all of Ferdinand;  three brothers, Sylvester “Nessy” Hassfurther and wife Debby, Pat Hassfurther and wife Donna, and Tom Hassfurther and wife Charlotte, all of Ferdinand; one sister, Martha Hulsman, Birdseye; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Tony Hassfurther.five brothers, Edgar, Norman, Albert, Joe, and David Hassfurther, and two sisters, Dorothy Oeding and Ruth Gish.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church  with burial following in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rites.