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Dennis A. Schaeffer, 79, Ferdinand


 Dennis A. Schaeffer, 79, of Ferdinand, died Thursday (January 11) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Ferdinand February 15, 1938, to Albert and Elizabeth (Krampe) Schaeffer. He married Louise E. Burger November 22, 1962, in Jasper.

Dennis was a retired owner of Key Associates Realty and Auction Company. He was a former school bus driver and an appraiser. He was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and served on its parish council. He was a former township advisor for Cass Township, served on the 4H Council and the St. Henry Quasquicentennial Committee, and was a member of the St. Henry Community Club, Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, where he was a former commander, the Huntingburg VFW No. 2366, and Huntingburg Eagles No. 0758. He enjoyed playing cards, especially Euchre and Sheepshead.

He is survived by his wife, Louise “Lou” Schaeffer; one son, Nick Schaeffer and wife Cassie, St. Henry; two daughters, Shelly Boeglin and husband Ed, Huntingburg, and Melissa Mehringer and husband Kevin, Jasper; three sisters, Anna Mae Pund, Rita Oser and husband Jim, and Alberta Oeding all of Ferdinand; and seven grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Schaeffer.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at St. Henry Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Henry Church or the St. Henry Fire Department. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Henry Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rites.

 

Beatrice F. “Betty” Wahl, 89, Huntingburg

Beatrice F. “Betty” Wahl, 89, of Huntingburg, died Friday (January 12) at The Waters of Huntingburg. She was born in St. Meinrad March 8, 1928, to Harry and Olivia (Bumm) Ruhe.

Betty worked as a cook at the Fiesta Restaurant and the Core Nursing Center She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg and she loved to cook.

She is survived by three daughters, Clara Carter and husband John, Tell City, Rosie Wahl, Huntingburg, and Angie Uebelhor and husband Scott, Ferdinand; one son, Brian Wahl, Huntingburg; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death bgy three children, Conn, Walter “Junior,” and Martha Wahl, and one grandson, Justin Uebelhor.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish rosary prayer vigil, led by Deacon Tom Holsworth, will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Church followed by burial in the church cemetery. The funeral mass will be celebrated by Father Ryan Hilderbrand.

Harold P. Durcholz, 89, Ferdinand

Harold P. Durcholz, 89, of Ferdinand, died Tuesday (January 9) at his home. He was born in Jasper August 26, 1928, to Lawrence Sr. and Hilda (Oeding) Durcholz. He married Virlee Kippenbrock July 4, 1953, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand.

Harold retired from Jasper Office Furniture Company after 45 years of service. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflick and a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 and the Ferdinand VFW. He was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand. He enjoyed gardening, Indiana University basketball and NASCAR Racing.

He is survived by his wife, Virlee; one son, Allen Durcholz, Louisville; three daughters, Mary (William) Dauby and husband William, Ferdinand, Jayne Stewart and husband Gary, Dalton City, Illinois, and Dianne Lee and husband Edward, Washington, DC; seven grandchildren, Brandon and Tyler Stewart, Laurel, Shaina, and Ross Dauby, Brian Sullivan, and Aiden Lee; and three great-grandchildren, Briana Sullivan and Ellie and Dawn Stewart.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter, Ann Lynne, and two brothers, Larry and Robert Durcholz.

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 shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rites.

Robert H.L. “Bob” Huddleston, 95, Holland

Robert H.L. “Bob” Huddleston, 95, of Holland, died Saturday (January 13) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Henry County August 17, 1922, to Clyde and Edith (Warton) Huddleston. He married Emily June Shiflett February 18, 1948, in Waterloo, Illinois. She died in 1978. He married Lottie Grace Hilderbrand November 16, 1987, in Muncie. She died in 2009.

Bob worked as a railroad agent for Norfolk & Western Railway where he retired. He served in the United States Navy and was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Holland, VFW Post #2366, and the Holland American Legion and was a ham radio operator/enthusiast.

He is survived by two daughters, Roberta Meyer and husband David, Holland, and Carol Meyerholtz and husband Gary, Huntingburg; one son, Tom Huddleston, Holland; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchilden; and four great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and two wives, he was preceded in death by five siblings, Peggy Crawford and Tom, Clyde Jr., Gale, and Dale Huddleston.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor David Darling officiating. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home in Dublin, Indiana. Funeral services at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with burial following in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Pershing. A memorial detail will conduct military graveside rites.

Janice “Jan” Mehne, 70, Portersville

Janice “Jan” Mehne, 70, of Portersville, died Friday (January 12) at St. Vincent’s Hospital at Evansville. She was born in Jasper March 9, 1947, to Mathew and Helen (Wehr) Eckert. She married Gene Mehne January 2, 1993, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville.

Jan was a sales representative and tech support for Cook Urological in Chicago and retired from Sten’s Corporation in Jasper. She also worked as registered x-ray technician for over 18 years for Welborn Baptist Hospital in Evansville. She was a 1965 graduate of Jasper High School and a graduate of St. John Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, served as a Stephen Minister, and volunteered for many years delivering community meals on Thanksgiving Day. She was a member of the St. Anne Society the Psi Iola Xi Sorority and did volunteer work for Crisis Connection.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Mehne; her mother, Helen Eckert, Jasper; one brother, Charles Eckert and wife Gail, Jasper; four sisters, Phyllis Oeding and husband Kenneth, Ferdinand, Carol Toy and husband Mike, Dale, and Gloria Bueltel and husband Charles and Linda Goeppner and husband Frank, all of Jasper; 15 nieces and nephews, and 32 great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Mathew Eckert, and one brother, Edward J. Eckert.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. A rosary will be prayed at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday by the St. Anne Society at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Philip E. Buecher, 90, Jasper

Philip E. Buecher, 90, of Jasper, died Thursday (January 11) at his home. He was born in Jasper October 30, 1927, to Earle and Ruth (Gasser) Buecher. He married Gloria I. Sermersheim August 7, 1948, at the Lady of the Springs Church in French Lick.

Phil was a graduate of Jasper High School where he received the Distinguished Graduate Award. He attended Culver Military School, was active in scouting, and graduated from Indiana University with a Business Administration degree. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and served as president of the Dubois County I.U. Alumni Association. He served in the U. S. Navy as a Petty Officer 3rd Class in World War II and was awarded the Honor Man of his boot company. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 147 in Jasper.

He was a long time member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Jasper. He retired as a furniture manufacturers representative of Paoli Chair and represented Jasper Desk and Glowin Company, a company he founded. He owned and managed the Stewart Hotel for 35 years, which is still owned and operated as an office rental. He was Postmaster of the Jasper Post Office and served as President of the Southwest National League of Postmasters.

He served on the Jasper School Board for 35 years, 29 as the board president. He presided during the consolidation of the Greater Jasper School Corporation and served as State Officer and Director. In 1994 he received the Outstanding Boardsmanship Award from the Indiana State School Board Association. He served as a state director on the Indiana School Board Association for nine years.

He was a member of the Jasper Park Board during the construction of the Municipal Golf Course, the establishment of the first Park and Recreation director, and served on the Jasper Plan Commission. He was a charter member and officer of the Lions Club, vice-president of the Jasper Jaycees, and a member of the Deutscherverein (German Club). He received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Governor O’Bannon, served on the County Election Board, the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Jasper Rifle Club. Phil and his wife Gloria have actively supported Memorial Hospital in various ways over the years. He enjoyed fishing, golf, bowling, tennis, dancing, reading, and playing cards.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Buecher; two daughters, Sheila L. Buecher, Louisville, and Jayme McComas and husband Rod, Carmel; two grandchildren, Adam Edwards and Leslie Hanna; and two great-grandchildren, Donovan Edwards and Theo Hanna.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Church of Christ. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Church, Precious Blood Catholic Church, the Dubois Community Foundation – Philip and Gloria Buecher Endowment, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Christ with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.  American Legion Post No. 147 will conduct military graveside rites. Rev. Jane Hillman will officiate.

Donald Ray Cooper, 63, Ferdinand

Donald Ray Cooper, 63, of Ferdinand, died Tuesday (January 9) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Huntingburg January 28, 1954, to Delbert and Trancy (Taylor) Cooper.

Donald was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers 181. He enjoyed boating and being with family.

He is survived by one son, Brad Cooper, Ferdinand; one daughter, Alison Cooper, Hilliard, Ohio; and one sister, Mary Schneider and husband Don, Evansville.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Jerry Cooper, and two sisters, Betty Wagner and Joan Wirthwein.

A memorial service will be held at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand Friday, January 19, from 5-8 p.m.

Mildred K. Hemmerlein, 83, Haysville

Mildred K. Hemmerlein, 83, of Haysville, died Tuesday (January 9) at The Timbers of Jasper. She was born in Dubois August 2, 1934, to Edward and Eva (Baer) Breitwieser. She married Harold T. Hemmerlein June 10, 1958, at the Emmanuel Hill Church in Dubois.

Mildred was a homemaker. She served as secretary at Christ Lutheran Church and was caretaker for Community Cemetery in Haysville for many years. Was was is a member Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville and the Haysville Ruritan Club.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Hemmerlein; one daughter, Stephanie Breeden and husband Jeremy, Haysville; one granddaughter, Katherine Breeden; one grandson Joshua Breeden; and one brother, Edwin L. Breitwieser(Jeremy) Breeden, Haysville, IN.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by four sisters, Helena Goller, Genevieve Seitz, Selma Neukam, and Mary Lou Breitweiser who died in infancy, and one brother, Raymond Breitwieser, who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran or Emmanuel Hill Church. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church with burial following in the Haysville Community Cemetery. Rev. Timothy KJraemer will officiate.

Charles L. Schuck, 90, Jasper

Charles L. Schuck, 90, of Jasper, died Monday (January 8) at Brookside Village in Jasper. He was born in Jasper May 15, 1927, to Ralph and Frances (Becher) Schuck. He married Laverne Stroud June 2, 1949.

Charlie was a 1945 graduate of Jasper High School, a United States Navy veteran, and managed the Sears store in Jasper for over 30 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, Jasper Knights of Columbus, and American Legion Post #147. He sang in the choirs at Holy Family and St. Joseph Church and in a barbershop quartet. He was a Stephen Minister and volunteered at the Dubois County Museum. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, painting, singing, travelling, gardening, and sailing.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Laverne Schuck; two daughters, Carol Apple and husband Phil, Demotte, and Kathy Nuckols and husband Terry, Caneyville, Kentucky; two sons, Jerry Schuck and wife Germaine, Jasper, and Tom Schuck and wife Sandy, Lawrenceville, Georgia; daughter-in-law Linda Schuck, Belmont, Michigan; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, John Schuck, and two sisters, Mary Tevebaugh and Betty Wineinger.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. St. Joseph Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, Southern Care Hospice, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery mausoleum. American Legion Post #147 will conduct military graveside rights.

Edward H. Oser, 89, Ferdinand

Edward H. Oser, 89, of Ferdinand, died Sunday (January 7) at his home. He was born in Ferdinand June 7, 1928, to Edward and Margaret (Nord) Oser. He was raised by John Mohr, Sr. and Augusta (Oser) Mohr. He married Francille Krampe November 11, 1947, in Ferdinand. She died December 19, 1969. He married Martha Hedinger Lee September 3, 1977, in St. Meinrad.

Edward was retired from Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand. He was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church. He was a member of the Sons of American Legion Post 124 and a 30 year member of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Departmen. He enjoyed traveling and spending time visiting with family.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Oser; six sons, Gary Oser and wife Louann, St. Anthony, Mark Oser and wife Joann, Ferdinand,  Glenn Oser and wife Carol and Donald Lee, all of Boonville, Robert “Sonny” Lee, Lamar, and David Lee, St. Meinrad; two daughters, June Berg and husband Tom, St. Anthony, and Becky Hasenour and husband Bill, Ferdinand; six brothers, John Mohr, Jr. and wife Marge, Ron Mohr and wife Doris, and Paul Mohr and wife Becky, all of Ferdinand, Dick Mohr and wife Elaine and George Oser and wife Henriette, all of Mariah Hill, and Leroy Oser and wife Marlene, Siberia; six sisters, Vita Voegerl and husband Kenny and Frances “Bootsie” Brinkman and husband Jerome, all of Ferdinand,  Dolly Harris and husband Jim and Rita Buechlein, all of Huntingburg, Virginia Hubert and husband Sheldon, Tell City, and Rosemary Downing, Russelville, Ohio; 12 grandchildren, David Nord, Jeff Berg, Melissa Knust, Jill Schipp, Christine Oser Ginn, Laura Greemore, Brandy Gansman, Amanda Winternheimer, Jennifer Clark, and Laura, Denise, and Elizabeth Lee; and 18 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and his wife Francille, he was preceded in death by one son in infancy, Donald Oser; five brothers, Bob and Bill Mohr and Jim, Bob, and Walter Oser, and three sisters, Henrietta Bartell, Margie Martin, and Dolores Carnahan.

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