Obituaries


Martin Luther “Luke” Byers, Jr., 86, Huntingburg

Martin Luther “Luke” Byers, Jr., 86, of Huntingburg, died Thursday (April 27) at North Park Nursing Center in Evansville. He was born in Huntingburg September 4, 1930, to Martin Luther Byers, Sr. and Verga (Wood) Byers.

Martin was a driver for UPS, a member of Huntingburg VFW Post #2366 and Jasper Legion, and played in the Holland semi-pro baseball league.

He is survived by two daughters, Shari (James) Case and husband James, and Christi Byers, all of Evansville; one son, Luke Alan (SeeBee) Byers and wife SeeBee, San Jose, California; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Delores Byers.

There will be no public visitation. A private graveside service was held on Friday at Fairmount Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the VFW 2366 memorial detail.  Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Shirley S. Nicholson, 80, Jasper

Shirley NicholsonShirley S. Nicholson, 80, of Jasper, died Wednesday (April 26) at the Timbers in Jasper. She was born in Pike County February 24, 1937, to Raymond and Pearl (Pride) Padgett. She married Milton Nicholson October 22, 1960. He died July 1, 2008.

After working many years she retired from Masterbrand. She enjoyed watching Jeff Gordon, NASCAR racing, the Price is Right, and working on word search puzzle books.

She is survived by one daughter, Vicki Malvitz and husband Walter, Jasper; one son, Kevin Nicholson and companion Marsha, Jasper; two sisters; Vera Leighty and Karen Bennett and husband Curly; five brothers, Robert Pride and wife Shirley, Gary Pride and wife Sue, Steven Pride and wife Mary Ann, Bill Pride and wife Laura, and Ferrell Pride; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Mark Nicholson.

A burial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

Virginia “Jeanie” Schroeder, 88, Jasper

Jeanie SchroederVirginia “Jeanie” Schroeder, 88, of Jasper, died Wednesday (April 26) at her home. She was born in Perry County October 25, 1928, to Edwin and Viola (Wilmes) Bartley. She married Clarence Schroeder October 19, 1948, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Jeanie was a homemaker and a charter member of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with friends and family.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence Schroeder; three daughters, Karen

Weyer and husband Rich, Brenda Scraper and husband Larry, and Ann Schneider and husband Bob, all of Jasper; one son, Mark Schroeder and wife Marlene, Jasper; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Doris Schmitt, Jasper; and her caregiver, Dorothy Hunt.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Valada Klem, and one brother, Larry Bartley.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Precious Blood Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Paul E. Allen, 64, Jasper

Obit picPaul E. Allen, 64, of Jasper, died Wednesday (February 15) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Washington December 1, 1952, to Thomas Jefferson and Delores (Harder) Allen.

Paul was a 1971 graduate of Barr-Reeve High School. He was a United States Air Force veteran, serving during the Vietnam War era.He was a truck driver for Boyd Trucking for several years, enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on cars, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his mother, Delores Allen, Jasper; four daughters, Melissa Allen, Washington, April Harp and husband Nick, Amber Sutton and husband Travis, and Loretta Allen, all of Jasper; 18 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; one sister, Janet Doscher and husband Kevin, Cannelburg; two brothers, Lonnie Allen and wife Carolyn, Washington, and Terry Allen and wife Pamela, Jasper.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Jefferson Allen, one son, Timothy Allen, and one granddaughter, Audra Bath.

A graveside service for Paul E. Allen will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethany Cemetery in Washington. American Legion Post No. 121 will conduct military graveside rites.

Arthur “Junie” Buechler, 62, Vincennes

Junie BuehlerArthur “Junie” Buechler, 62, of Vincennes, died Sunday (April 23) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Jasper September 21, 1954, to Arthur and Minnie (Fischer) Buechler.

Junie was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church, St. Celestine Campus.

He is survived by two sisters, Kathy Sivori and husband James, and Mary Fleck and husband Wilfred, all of Huntingburg; one brother, Jim Buechler and wife Janet, Celestiine; and sister-in-law Ruth Buechler, Huntingburg.

He was preceded in death by one sister Rosie Knies, and two brothers, Harold and Charles Buechler.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Celestine Church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Dubois County Special Olympics or to St. Celestine Church. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Esther E. Boeglin, 92, Ferdinand

Esther BoeglinEsther E. Boeglin, 92, of Ferdinand died Saturday (April 22) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Ferdinand September 10, 1924, to Louis and Theresia (Weyer) Durcholz. She married Ralph A. Boeglin April 29, 1950, at St. Ferdinand Church. He died August 15, 1979.

Esther was a member of Christ the King, St. Ferdinand Parish. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and flowers, canning, farming, and crocheting.

She is survived by one son, Erwin (Doretha) Boeglin and wife Doretha, Ferdinand; two daughters, Darlene A. Boeglin and Marilyn Welp, both of Ferdinand; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one brother, Marinus Durcholz, and one grandson, Michael Boeglin.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and from after 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ferdinand Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Rick J. Denton, 59, Holland

Rick DentonRick J. Denton, 59, of Holland, died Friday (April 21) at the Deaconess V.N.A. Charlier Hospice Center in Evansville. He was born in Huntingburg February 16, 1958, and was raised by Jack and Dixie (Seufert) Denton.

Rick worked as a carpenter and enjoyed being in the outdoors hunting and fishing.

He is survived by one son, Jeremiah J. Denton, Schnellville; his mother, Dixie Denton, Huntingburg; three siblings, Shawn Denton, Newburgh, Jack Denton, Jr., Charleston, South Carolina, and Sandy Stillwell, Holland; his companion, Nancy Durcholz, Velpen; and two grandchildren, Charlotte Lisa Denton and Bear Alexander Denton, both of Schnellville.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Denton, who died October 6, 2009; and one sister, Pam Blair.

Private services will take place at a later date. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nassandson.com.

Noel Rodriguez Garduno, 27, Huntingburg

Noel Rodriguez Garduno, 27, of Huntingburg, died  Wednesday (April 19) at his home. He was born in Mecklenburg, North Carolina, August 3, 1989, to Marciano Jaimes Rodriguez and Irais Garduno Rios.

Noel was employed at Farbest Foods and enjoyed spending time with his daughter.

He is survived by his father, Marciano Jaimes Rodriguez; his mother and stepfather, Irais Garduno Rios and Valentin Rosales Sr.; his infant daughter, Kamari Garduno; one brother, Valentin Rosales, Jr., Apopka, Florida; and one sister, Lisabeth Rosales, Bowling Green, Florida.

Visitation was held April 20 at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Cremation took place following the visitation. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Olive I. Whitten, 99, Huntingburg

Olive I. Whitten, 99, of Huntingburg, died Tuesday (April 18) at Hamilton Pointe Health and Rehab in Newburgh. She was born in Huntingburg November 17, 1917, to William Hamilton and Merona Ellen (Songer) Cato. She married Ronald Whitten March 12, 1937.

Olive was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by four daughters, Barbara Whitten, Haysville, Rita Bell, Evansville, Karen Curtis and husband Don, LaVaca, Arkansas, and Tonda Fehribach and husband Kevin, Holland; one son, Terry Whitten and wife Carolyn, Huntingburg; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Ronald Whitten, one brother, Roy Cato, and four sisters, Clara Christopher, Laura Rohleder, Mildred Emmons, and Pearl Singer.

There will be no public visitation. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Alexa “Lexi” Layne Mattingly, 16, Holland

Alexa MattinglyAlexa “Lexi” Layne Mattingly, 16, of Holland, died Thursday (April 20) at Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville. She was born in Jasper May 8, 2000, to Gene and Traci (Roberts) Mattingly.

Lexi was a sophomore at Southridge High School, a member of the Southridge basketball and tennis teams, student council, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was also a member of the Holland United Methodist Church, U.M.Y.F., and 4-H Wranglers.

Lexi is survived by her parents, Gene and Traci Mattingly, Holland; one brother, Payton Scott Mattingly; one sister, Ella Grace Mattingly; grandparents, Cheryle and John Daunhauer and Stan and Judy Roberts, all of Holland, and Mrs. Frances Mattingly, Vancleave, Mississippi; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather Frederick Mattingly.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Holland United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions can be made to The Lexi Mattingly Memorial Fund, c/o German American Bank. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday at Holland United Methodist Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor Keith Chanley will officiate at the service.