Obituaries


Stephen R. “Steve” Miley, 67, Jasper

Stephen R. “Steve” Miley, 67, of Jasper, died Wednesday, October 16, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Petersburg November 7, 1951, to Claude Sr. and Ruth (Bradfield) Miley. He married Mildred M. Beckman November 7, 1976, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine.

Stephen was a U.S. Army veteran. He worked for Jasper Engines in Jasper and for B&G Tire in Jasper. He was a member of the Celestine Community Club and enjoyed mushroom hunting, fishing, and spending time with riends and family.

Surviving are his wife, Mildred Miley; one daughter, Stephanie Miley, Jasper; one son, Pat Miley and wife Kim, Jasper; two granddaughters, Anna and Cora Miley, all of Jasper; three sistes,Donna Meece and husband Kenny, Oakland City, Reva Cockerham and husband John, Monroe City, and Jane Southwood and husband Don, Petersburg; and one brother, Henry Miley and wife Loretta, Petersburg.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Beulah Howes, and one brother, Claude Miley, Jr.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel. Memorial contributions canbe made to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  American Legion Post 147 will conduct military rites.

Frank J. Schmitt, 94, Huntingburg

Frank J. Schmitt, 94, of Huntingburg, died Monday, October 14, at The Waters of Huntingburg. He was born in Jasper May 19, 1925, to Albert and Katherine (Froelich) Schmitt. He married Ruth Alice Lechner April 15, 1947, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She died August 31, 2013.

Frank was a farmer; a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg, a past director of Patoka Valley Feed in Jasper. He served as a paratrooper in the United States Army and loved playing cards with family and friends.

He is survived by three sons, Daniel Schmitt and wife Sherry, Velpen, Norbert Schmitt and wife Phyllis, Huntingburg, and Lee Ray Schmitt and wife Susie, Washington; three daughters, Mary Beth Vogler and husband Tom, Ireland, Diana Uebelhack and husband Dennis, Otwell, and Kim Davis, Huntingburg; one sister, Gloria Jean Ruhe, Brazil; his caregiver, Emily Gray, Huntingburg; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at  www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Ryan Hilderbrand. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 2366 Memorial Detail.

Julia C. Eversman, 102, Jasper

Julia C. Eversman, 102, of Jasper, died Monday, October 14, at Harcourt Terrace Rehab and Health Care Center in Indianapolis. She was born in Louisville  August 14, 1917, to George and Barbara (Streicher) Gardner. She was the last surviving member of her family. She married Leonard Eversman October 21, 1948. He died June 26, 1996.

Julia was a graduate of Jasper High School. She retired from Kimball International, where she was a secretary for over 25 years. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper and enjoyed crossword puzzles and gardening, especially working in her yard.

She is survived by one daughter, Deborah Klemen and husband John, ndianapolis; two sons, Paul Eversman, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Gregory Eversman and wife Sheilah, Jasper; daughter-in-law Cynthia Eversman, Indianapolis; 10 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Dr. Philip Evansville, two sisters, Bernice Roelle and Mary Lee Brockman, and one brother, Clifford Gardner.

Friends may call from 9-11 Friday morning at Holy Family Church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Dubois County Community Foundation, Holy Family Church, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with entombment following in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.

Joan Hamm, 78, Jasper

Joan Hamm, 78, of Jasper, died Monday, October 14, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Petersburg October 23, 1940, to Frank and Naomi (Smith) Furman. She married Dale W. Hamm December 28, 1956, in Shawneetown, Illinois. He died February 17, 2019.

Joan was a 1958 graduate of Petersburg High School. She retired from Kimball Electronics in Jasper, where she worked for 43 years. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and she loved flowers, bowling, playing cards, riding motorcycles, and spending time with family, friends, and her Pomeranian, Christi Eve.

She is survived by one son, Robert (Geri Loechte) Hamm, Jasper; two grandchildren,  IN, two grandchildren, Courtney (Bill Perry) Hamm, Middlesex, North Carolina, and Derek (Michaela Campbell) Hamm, Flint, Texas; and five great grandchildren, Nolan, Rozlyn, Reagan, Gracie, and Landon.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three sisters, June Chesser, Patricia Charles, and Jerry Lynn Lewis.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with burial following in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Pike County. Pastor Josh Bowers will officiate.

Mary Jane Humbarger, 82, Jasper

Mary Jane Humbarger, 82, of Jasper, died Friday, October 11, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Washington June 1, 1937, to Harold and Zelma (Gordon) Gilliatt. She married Kent L. Humbarger August 31, 1958, in Washington. He died January 2, 2012.

Jane was a graduate of Vincennes University and the Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing. She worked in nursing and volunteered with the American Red Cross as a nurse for blood drives and worked as a nurse for the Dubois County Child Protective Services Team. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper, where she served on various committees. She was a member of the Psi Iota Xi Sorority and enjoyed knitting, crosswords, word search books, reading, and crafts.

She is survived by one daughter, Melissa Jane Humbarger (Nicki Funk), St. Louis, Missouri; one son, Shane Kent Humbarger, Kokomo; one grandson; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dr. H. Gordon Gilliatt, St. Louis, and John R. Gilliatt and wife Maryjane, Mississippi; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Zelma Giliatt.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Redeemer Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Redeemer Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com, Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial following in Oak Grove Cemetery in Washington. Pastor Adam Ruschau will officiate.

James Odell Roettger, Sr., 86, Huntingburg

James Odell Roettger, Sr., 86, of Huntingburg, died Saturday, October 12, at The Waters of Huntingburg. He was born in Stendal December 14, 1932, to Justus Henry John Roettger and Mary Bernice (Norric) Roettger Eckert. She died January 25, 2016.

James grew up in Stendal where he attended St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He then lived in Tell City for 27 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.

He is survived by three sons, James “Jim” Roettger, Jr. and his wife Sharon, Stendal, Mark Roettger and wife Debbie, Huntingburg, and Scott Roettger and wife Fran, Dubois; one daughter, Kimberly Chandler and husband Jeff, Dubois;  two half-brothers, Mike Eckert, Ireland, and Roger Eckert, Stendal; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by two sons, Steven and Jeffrey Roettger, one daughter, Trina Cooper, and two sisters, Carol Astrike and Lola Philpot.

Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Peter’s Church. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with burial following in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Stendal. Pastor Ed Wicks will officiate at the service.

Eli Peyton Mathies, 3 months, Huntingburg

Eli Peyton Mathies, 3 months, died Thursday, October 10, in Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Jasper July 9, 2019, to Nick and Andrea (Prusz) Mathies.

Eli is survived by his parents, Nick and Andrea Mathies, Huntingburg; two brothers, Evan and Ian Mathies, both at home; his grandparents, Don and Sara Prusz, Holland, and Kevin and Beth Mathies, Huntingburg; his great-grandparents; Melba Prusz, Holland, Shirley Reese, Huntingburg, and Dorothy Mathies, Jasper; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A private graveside service will be held at St. James Lutheran West Cemetery in Holland. Pastor David Darling will officiate. Nass and Son Funeral home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.

JoAnne Balsmeyer, 82, Holland

JoAnne Balsmeyer, 82, of Holland, died Thursday, October 10, at The Waters of Huntingburg. She was born in Evansville May 30, 1937, to Walter Pat and Ava (Stewart) Leroy. She married Eugene Ray Balsmeyer May 15, 1960, at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg.

JoAnne worked as a clerk at the Holland Medical Clinic. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Holland and enjoyed watching sports and reading.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene Ray Balsmeyer; one daughter, Cindy Broeker and husband Ron, Huntingburg; two sons, Mark Balsmeyer and wife Jane, Jasper, and Brian Balsmeyer and wife Laura, Seymour; one brother, Michael Leroy, Mitchell; two sisters, Patricia Sickbert and husband David, Huntingburg, and Diana Clark and husband Stephen, Dale; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by five siblings, Robert, Steven, and Jan Leroy, Eugene Poe, and Barbara Seneff, and one grandson, Trevor Andrew Balsmeyer.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Paul cemetery fund. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m.Thursday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor Debbie Roe will officiate at the service.

John C. Summers, 85, Jasper

John C. Summers, 85, of Jasper, died Thursday, October 10, in St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Loogootee March 1, 1934, to John T. and Mary O. (Patterson) Summers. He married Jeannine Parker May 22, 1954, at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois.

John was a United States Air Force veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was an electrical engineer for 32 years for Crane Naval Depot, was a consultant for the Science Application International Corp. (SAIC) for eight years, and was a consultant for and retired from EG&G. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, American Legion Post 147 the Naval Activity Retired Federal Association (NAFRA), and the Jasper Flying Club (JRC). He enjoyed travelling with his wife, reading, playing golf, fishing, and spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannine Summers; one daughter, Denise Summers, Jasper; one son, Douglas (Kenda) Summers and wife Kenda, Franklin; five grandchildren, Spenser, Brittany, Lindsey, Shaina, and Griffin; and one brother, Thomas Summers and wife Becky, Loogootee.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four sisters, Patricia Bowling, Mary Louise Yarnell, Janet Jones, and Judy Summers; and one brother, Kenneth Summers.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church with burial following in Enlow City Cemetery in Jasper. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

David Ray Roach, 63, Jasper

David Ray Roach, 63, of Jasper, died Wednesday, October 9, at Indiana University Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Seymour August 9, 1956, to Erwin and Dolores (McGary) Roach. He married Carol Stemle June 18, 1976, at St. Joseph Chapel, in Jasper.

David was a graduate of Jasper High School where he played football and competed in wrestling. He was an avid golfer and was active in Boy Scouts. He worked for the telephone company for 35 years and retired from Frontier Communication in 2012. He worked in the Ruxer Golf Course pro shop in Jasper for the past five years.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Roach; one daughter, Renae Roberts and husband Dustin, Penang, Malaysia; two grandchildren, Gabrel and Marshall; his mother, Dolores Roach, Jasper; one sister, Belinda Carter and husband Jeff, Dimondale, Michigan; and one brother, John Roach and wife Nancy, Jasper.

He was preceded in death by his father, Erwin Leroy Roach, and one niece, Rachael Nicole Roach.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at the Jasper Church of the Nazarene. Memorial contributions can be made to Dalat International School, Penang  Malaysia. Online condolences can be shared at  www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church with entombment following in Fairview Cemetery. Rev Darrell Wineinger and Rev. Michael Suits will officiate.