Obituaries


Alex Snedeker, 20, Jasper

742_0000175084Alex Snedeker, 20, of Jasper, died Wednesday (November 26) in a fire at his home. He was born in Indianapolis July 17, 1994, to Mark and Cheryl (Gehlhausen) Snedeker.

Alex was a graduate of Penn Foster High School. He enjoyed fishing and playing video games.

He is survived by his parents, Mark and Cheryl Snedeker, Jasper; and several aunts and uncles.

His companion, Linsey Parsely, and her son, Robert Parsely, also died in his home fire. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Betty Gehlhausen, and his paternal grandparents, Donald Snedeker and Jean Gruppo.

Services at 11 a.m. Monday at Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Mariah Hill with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to Mary Help of Christians Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Lawrence J. “Larry” Backer, 77, Jasper

Larry BackerLawrence J. “Larry” Backer, 77, of Jasper, died Monday at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born September 9, 1937, in Evansville to Dr. Henry G. and Frances (McLaughlin) Backer. He married Mary Ellen Schneider August 21, 1965, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Larry retired after 32 years as a teacher of chemistry, biology and math at Holland and Southridge high schools. He was a member of St. Joseph Church and Ferdinand American Legion Post No. 124. He was a member of the first graduating class of St. Ferdinand High School, where he was a member of the basketball and baseball teams. He enjoyed playing sheepshead, gardening, hunting, fishing, reading, traveling, and spending time with his friends, family, and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Backer; one son, Steven Backer and wife Marcella, Jasper; three daughters, Dr. Emily Backer and husband Dr. Timothy Gatewood, Kokomo, and Clare Bies and Elizabeth Bcker, both of Jasper; eight grandchildren, Ellen, Christopher, and Tristan Backer; Thomas and Grace Gatewood, Ingrid and Samuel Bies, and Hayden Biggs; three sisters, Sister Phyllis Backer, Medical Missionary Sisters, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mary Jo Uebelhor, Jasper, and Margaret Backer, Ferdinand; four brothers, Dr. George (Pete) Backer and wife Dr. Barbara Backer, LaPorte, Henry (Hank) Backer, Ferdinand, Thomas Backer and wife Pam, Erlanger, Kentucky, and Dr. Joseph Backer and wife Lucia, McLean, Virginia.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Susan Hasenour, and three brothers, John, David and Patrick Backer.

Services at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church in Jasper. Burial will be held at a later date. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dubois County Museum, Anderson Woods, or the Angelman Syndrome Foundation. Condolences may be made online at www.becherkluesner.com.

Eleanor P. “Ellie” Eckert, 88, Jasper

Eleanor Eckert Eleanor P. “Ellie” Eckert, 88, of Jasper, died Monday at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born December 22, 1925, in Schnellville to John and Barbara (Fritz) Schuch. She married Adolph (Bill) Eckert July 22, 1947, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville, He died October 11, 2004.

Eleanor and her husband operated Eckert’s Tavern in Jasper until 1987. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the St. Ann’s Society, Daughter of Isabella, and the VFW Auxiliary to Post #673 in Jasper along with other service organizations.

She is survived by one daughter, Marilyn Jane Brooks and husband Jeff, Kennilworth, Illinois; three sons, Leonard Eckert and wife Peggy, Jasper, Jon Eckert and wife Barbara, Louisville, and Tom Eckert and wife Becky, Evansville; and seven grandchildren

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, James “Gus” Eckert, one granddaughter, Yvette Michelle Eckert. four brothers, Isadore, Victor, Theodore, and Leo Schuch, and three sisters, Leona Berg, Delphine Schnell, and Mary Rose Ankenbrock.

Services at 11 a.m. Saturday, at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. A rosary led by the D of I and St. Ann Society at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity.

Theodore D. (Ted) Boeglin, 18, Jasper

Ted BoeglinTheodore D. (Ted) Boeglin, 18, of Jasper, died Sunday (November 23, 2014) from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident northeast of Jasper. He was born July 29, 1996, in Jasper to David L. and Mary Sue (Fleck) Boeglin.

Ted was a senior attending Jasper High School, where he was a member of the Motor Sports Club and the Business and Professional Association. He attended the Pike County Precision Machining classes and was a member of the Machining Club. He was a former member of the JHS wrestling and football teams and the JHS band. He was member of the Dubois County 4-H Club, and was president of the Millennium Club and past president of the Hoppers Rabbit Club. He was a Junior Leader and was well known for his public speaking skills and rabbit breeding. He enjoyed fishing, camping, pet animals, and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his parents, Mary Sue and David L. Boeglin; one sister, Adi-Marie P. Harper and husband Addison, Jasper; one brother, Leo A.(L.B.) Boeglin and wife Kari, Winnemucca, Nevada; grandparents Leo H. and Phyllis C. Boeglin, Santa Claus; one niece, Adeline Harper and one future niece or nephew.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Adeline and Aloysius (Ollie) Fleck and his dog Alvin.

Services at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial Contributions may be made to St Joseph Church or to the 4-H Fund, in care of the Dubois County Community Foundation. Condolences may be made online at www.becherkluesner.com.

 

Francis T. “Boops” Kraus, 88, Ferdinand

Boops2Francis T. “Boops” Kraus, 88, of Ferdinand, died Friday (November 21) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born June 21, 1926 in Ferdinand to Frank Martin Kraus and Clara (Metzger) Kraus. He married Rosina “Tiny” Rohlman May 11, 1948, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville. She died March 1, 2003.

Francis was a retired wood worker from DMI, where he worked for 50 years. He retired in 1990. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish, Huntingburg V.F.W., and a 69 year member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a lifelong Philadelphia Phillies fan. He enjoyed playing cards, visiting the Ferdinand State Forest with family and friends, and enjoyed his cabin at Yellowbanks.

He is survived by one son, Kenneth Kraus and wife Jan, Evansville; one daughter, Margaret Potter and husband Mark, Ferdinand; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services at 9 a.m. (EST) Tuesday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 7-8:30 AM Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Charles Marsh Campbell, 88, Ferdinand

campbellCharles Marsh Campbell, 88, of Ferdinand, died Friday (November 21) at Brookside Village Senior Living Community in Jasper. He was born in Saginaw, Michigan, March 22, 1926, to Charles Carrol Campbell and Florence Ruff Campbell.

Charles was a member of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church and the St. Joseph Sodality. He held a Master of Fine Arts degree and in 1968 began teaching English and poetry at St. Benedict College and Marian Heights Academy in Ferdinand. He had written poetry since the age of 12 and was the published author of several poetry books. Besides writing poetry, he liked reading the Bible, praying the rosary, and attending Mass daily.

He is survived by four nieces, Nancy Foster, Judy Wallisch, Barbara Campbell, and Susan Faling; and two nephews, Daniel Cambell and Steven Foster.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Services at 1 p.m. (EST) Tuesday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.

Rosemarie E. (Rose) Rebber, Jasper

Rose RebberRosemarie E. (Rose) Rebber, 88 of Jasper, died Wednesday (November 19) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. She was born in Holland March 6, 1926, to Andrew Sr. and Bertha (Ring) Meyer. She married Ralph E. Rebber August 6, 1949, in Holland. He died December 27, 1984.

Rose worked as a bookkeeper for Holland Dairy in Holland and Whirlpool in Evansville. She also worked for and retired from Sears in Jasper as a retail sales clerk. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper and was a founding member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Evansville. She loved studying the bible, spending 14 years in Bible Study Fellowship in Evansville. She enjoyed listening to Elvis Presley and to the Gaither Brothers, and talking family history and politics.

She is survived by two sons, Donald Rebber, Jasper, and Stan Rebber and wife Kathy, Kokomo; one brother, Andrew Meyer, Jr., and wife Vilene, Jasper; and 16 nieces and nephews.

Lou Meyer and Ellen Burns, and two brothers, Kenneth W. and Marvin Meyer.

Services at 3 p.m Sunday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.Rev. Adam Ruschau will officiate. Friends may call from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made online at www.becherkluesner.com.

Gary R. Ross, 74, Ireland

Gary RossGary R. Ross, 74 of Ireland, died Wednesday (November 19) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born April 14, 1940, in Pike County to Andrew Brett and Josephine (Wright) Ross.

Gary worked for Traylor Farms in Pike County for many years. He enjoyed attending the Otwell Ruritan Picnic and tractor pulls.

He is survived by three sisters, Mary L. Armstrong, Agnes J. Ross, and Sylvia Ross, all of Ireland; one brother, Raymond Ross, Washington; one niece; and great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers, all of whom died in infancy.

Services 10 a.m. Saturday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper with burial following in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Pike County. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Ruth H. Klem, 80, Huntingburg

Ruth KlemRuth H. Klem, 80, of Huntingburg, died Monday (November 17) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in St. Marks May 29, 1934, to Theodore and Laura (Striegel) Bieker. She married Victor F. Klem July 29, 1950, in St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony.

Ruth and her husband operated Windell’s Restaurant in Dale for a number of years. She also worked at Gossard’s, Huntingburg Wood Products, Hoosier Desk, GentleCare, and Grandy’s Restaurant. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, cooking, crafting, gardening, and spending time with her family. She loved all animals and was an avid Indiana University basketball fan.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Victor F. Klem; five sons, Victor Klem, Jr. and wife Ann, Mariah Hill, and Richard Klem and wife Sonia, Theodore Klem and wife Gayla, and Douglas and Lawrence Klem, all of Jasper; four daughters, Norma Padgett and husband Jeff, Otwell, and Corma Knebel and husband Gerald, Barbara Eichmiller, Debra Gehlhausen and husband Scott, all of Jasper; two sisters, Marie Mullen, Kyana and Lauretta Prechtel, Santa Claus; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Mary Elizabeth and Laura Rose Klem, who both died in infancy; a son-in-law, George Eichmiller; one brother, Theodore Bieker, Jr., and two sisters, Bernice and Leola Bieker.

Services at 10 a.m. (EST) Friday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in St. Anthony Cemetery in St. Anthony. Rev. Fr. Ryan Hilderbrand will officiate at the funeral. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish rosary prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

Hoyt H. King, 88, Birdseye

Hoyt KingHoyt H. King, 88, of Birdseye, died Monday (November 17) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born October 19, 1926, in Birdseye to Guffy and Opal (Eckert) King. He married Avis Nadine Brown March 1, 1951, in White Cloud, Indiana. She died July 13, 2010.

Hoyt was a retired mechanic. He worked for Olinger Construction Company and Rudolph Paving. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, American Legion, and was a lifetime member of the Birdseye Conservation Club.He served in the United States Army during World War II.

He is survived by two sons, Alan R. King and wife Kathy, Huntingburg, and Brian L. King and wife Donna, Birdseye; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ray and Gene King, and one grandson, Zachary King.

Services at 10 a.m. (EST) Thursday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in the Birdseye Cemetery. Rev. Albert Madden will officiate at the services. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Zach King Memorial Fund. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.nassandson.com.