Obituaries


Victor J. Knies, 89, Jasper

Victor J. Knies, 89, of Jasper, died Tuesday (June 28) at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. He was born in Jasper December 14, 1926, to Joseph and Mayme (Schroering) Knies. He married Monica Mehringer October 20, 1951, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland.

Vic was a 1945 graduate of Jasper High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He retired after more than 35 years in the woodworking industry. He was a Jasper City Council member for 28 years. Knies was on the city council when the recently retired Tom Schmidt first joined the governing body in 1976…

Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz has ordered the City of Jasper flag at City Hall to be lowered to half staff in honor of Knies.

The flag will be lowered at sunrise on Thursday (the day of Knies’ visitation) and remain lowered until his entombment on Friday.

Vic Knies was also a member of the Jasper Board of Public Works for many years. He served on a number of other boards and committees in the community and was active in the Sister Cities Program.

Vic KniesHe and his wife, Monica, were recipients of the Simon Brute Award, he was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Frank O’Bannon in 1999, and the German Heritage Award in 2009. He was a 4th degree member of Knights of Columbus council 1584, a member of American Legion Post No. 147, a past member of the Indiana Regional Planning Commission and served as its treasurer, the  St. Vincent de Paul Society, and was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church, serving in a number of capacities. He enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Monica Knies; two daughters, Barb Bleemel and husband, Bob, Jasper, and Elaine Knies, Greenwood; three sons, Tom Knies, and Jerry Knies and wife Chris, all of Jasper; and Marty Knies and wife Judi, Greenwood; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Greg Knies; one grandson, Scott Bleemel, five sisters, Catherine Betz, Marie Burger, Delphine Ruhe, Florence Kordes, and Loretta Eckert, and seven brothers, Edwin, Henry, Charles, Andrew, Raymond, Oscar, and Donald Knies.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church, the St. Meinrad Archabbey, or to a favorite charity.

Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church with entombment to follow in the Fairview Cemetery mausoleum.

Irma Jean Hasenour, 75, Huntingburg

Irma Hasenour useIrma Jean Hasenour, 75, of Huntingburg, died Saturday (June 25) at her home. She was born in Schnellville March 6, 1941, to Albert and Emma (Schnell) Welp. She married Allen Edward Hasenour May 19, 1962, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville. He died March 20, 2005.

Allen and Irma were lifelong farmers and started Hasenour Organics in 2003. Irma loved spending time with her children, grandkids, and great grandkids, crocheting, baking, and being a homemaker. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and the St. Henry Christian Mothers.

She is survived by two daughters, Sheila and husband Jim, Lamar, and Linda Gehlhausen and husband Duane, Huntingburg; three sons, Chris Hasenour and wife Angie, and Tim Hasenour, all of Huntingburg, and David Hasenour, Ferdinand; three sisters, Mary Catherine Persohn, Jasper, Doris Birk and husband Bill, Brownsburg, and LaVerne Uebelhor and husband Jim, Ferdinand; one brother, Marvin Welp and wife Mary Fae, Schnellville; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Neuhoff, three grandchildren, Brad and Nicole Grass and Curtis Hasenour, and one great-grandchild, Alyse Grass.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Memorial contributions can be made to family wishes. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Henry Catholic Church with burial following in the church cemetery. The funeral mass will be celebrated by Fr. Jack Durchholz.

Michael “Beau” Ladley, 42, Jasper

Beau LadleyMichael “Beau” Ladley, 42, died Thursday (June 23) at his home. He was born in Carmi, Illinois, April 29, 1974, to Thomas Michael and Marsha (Scroggins) Ladley.

Beau was a 1992 graduate Wetumpka High School in Alabama and attended Auburn University. He was a sales associate for Jasper Engines and Transmissions and was an Avid Auburn football fan.

He is survived by his companion, Jodi Richardson; his mother and stepfather, Marsha and Paul Sullivan, Wetumpka, Alabama; one sister, Tiffany Singleton and husband Gary, Wetumpka; one step-brother, Michael Paul Sullivan, Prattville, Alabama; and nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper with burial following at a later date in Carmi. Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center Behavioral Health Services.

James R. Adams, 76, Jasper

James AdamsJames R. Adams, 76, of Jasper, Thursday (June 23) at his home. He was born in Bradley County, Arkansas, July 12, 1939, to Raymond and Barbara (Goodwin) Adams.  He married Sally Jo Sanders March 31, 1987, in Arcadia, Florida.

James retired in 1995 as a maintenance supervisor for Delco Electronics in Kokomo. Je was a Green Beret U.S. Army veteran and served in the Vietnam Conflict. He was a member of Jasper VFW Post No. 673 and Jasper American Legion Post No. 147. He enjoyed running 5k races for charity, participating in martial arts tournaments, gardening, and spending time with his cat Sandy.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Jo Sanders; one sister, Marcile Davis and husband David, Eureka Springs, Arkansas; seven nieces and nephews; and a number of great and great-great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Martha Adams.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Pastor Gerald Fry will officiate. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military gravesite rites.

Douglas Alan Butler, 62, Celestine

Doug ButlerDouglas Alan Butler, 62, of Celestine, died Wednesday (June 22) at his home. He was born in Jasper August 5, 1953, to Melvin and Jenny (Keller) Butler.

Doug was a 1971 graduate of Dubois High School. He worked in construction for many years.

He is survived by two sons, Jeremy Butler and wife Amanda, Dale, and Jason Butler, Jasper; his mother, Jenny Butler, Celestine; two sisters, Joyce Linne, Dubois, and Theresa Lampert and husband Mark, Huntingburg; three brothers, Morris Ray Butler, Dubois, Michael Butler, Jasper, and Mark Butler, Clayton; and four grandchildren, Timothy, Tyler, Tessa, and Damian.

He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Butler.

Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with burial following at a later date.  Fr. Eugene Schmitt will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family.

Austin Matthews, Jr., 69, Rockport

Austin MatthewsAustin Matthews, Jr., 69, of Rockport, died Tuesday (June 21) at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. He was born in Jasper April 18, 1947, to Austin, Sr. and Barbara (Haas) Matthews. He married Alfrieda Elmer July 1, 1972, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Austin was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Vietnam conflict. He was also stationed in German. He retired from Laborers Union No. 561 in Evansville. He was a past manager of the St. Meinrad American Legion, the St. Meinrad Knights of Columbus, the Santa Claus American Legion, and the Twinkle Inn in Jasper. He owned the Double A restaurant in Mariah Hill and worked in a number of area furniture factories. He was a member of the Tell City Knights of Columbus, the Spencer County Memorial Forest Association, and the Jasper American Legion Post No. 147. He enjoyed fishing, meat processing, playing cards, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Alfrieda Matthews, Rockport; one daughter, JoEllen Wassmer and husband Jeff, Evansville; two grandchildren, Kelsey and James Wassmer; two sisters, Diane Mc Allister, Louisville, and Patty Cacioppo and husband Richard, Omaha, Nebraska; five brothers, Robert Matthews and wife Barbara, Ferdinand, Richard Matthews, Florida, Kenneth Matthews and wife Mary, Greenwood, Paul Matthews, Florida, and Mark Matthews, Jasper; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Holst and Brenda Wolf, and one brother, John Matthews.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner  Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to the wishes of the family. Online Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church in Jasper with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. American Legion Post No. 147 will conduct military gravesite rites.

Douglas Alan Butler, 62, Celestine

Douglas Alan Butler, 62, of Celestine, died Wednesday (June 22) at his home. Arrangements are pending at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper.

Marsha L. Witt, 57, Jasper

Marsha WittMarsha L. Witt, 57, of Jasper, died Tuesday (June 21) at her home. She was born January 24, 1959, to Earl and Doris (Hopkins) Witt.

Marsha was a 1977 graduate of Barr-Reeve High School and a graduate of the LPN program at Vincennes University. Marsha was employed at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper, where she worked in the medical records department for 34 years. She was an LPN for over 38 years, and enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, and being with family.

She is survived by four sisters, Thelma and Virginia Witt and Peggy Carrico, all of Jasper, and Wilma Watters and companion Terri Duvall, Casey, Illinois; two brothers, David Witt, Triangle, Virginia, and Donald Witt and wife Phyllis, Shoals; three nieces, Robin Piper and husband Bill, Missy Pierce, and Kortni Brown (her Goddaughter) and husband, Cody; two nephews, Jim Witt and wife Heather and Lonnie Hill; great-nieces and nephews Casey and Clayton Blair, Michael, Eli and Evan Witt, Micah Pierce, and Lexi, Zander, and Nathaniel Hill; and several other nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Linda Hill, and two brothers, Bill and Johnny Raymond Witt.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Northside Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family.

Online Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Dorothy Mae Egg, 85, Jasper

Dorothy Mae Egg, 85, of Jasper, died Monday (June 20) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg April 20, 1931, to Leslie and Hazel (Winkler) Harlow. She married Virgil Egg October 15, 1949, in Jasper. He died February 27, 1992.

Dorothy was a 1949 graduate of Huntingburg High School. She worked at Sears for eight years, and retired from Old National Bank where she worked for 26 years. She was a charter member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper, enjoyed going to casinos and shopping, and she loved dogs.

She is survived by one daughter, Vicky Egg, Jasper; one son, Mike Egg and wife Jan, Jasper; three grandchildren, Melissa Hargett, and Melanie, and Matthew Egg; five great-grandchildren; Ayla, Rylan, and Aubrey Hargett, and Kyah and Haven Egg; one sister, Marian Prior and husband, Paul, New Castle; and one brother, William Harlow and wife Jean, Brownsburg.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three sisters, Phyllis Dameron, Mildred Meloski, and Ramona Harlow, who died in infancy; and two brothers, Bob and Ronald Harlow.

There will be no visitation. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Willis W. Nigg, 87, Jasper

Willis NiggWillis W. Nigg, 87, of Jasper, died Monday (June 20 at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Dubois September 23, 1928, to David and Catherine (Kalb) Nigg. He married Annetta Buchta November 5, 1949, at St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Dubois Crossroads.

Willis was a farmer and retired in the construction industry. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper. He enjoyed growing roses, woodworking, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Annetta Nigg; two sons, Don Nigg and wife Connie and Gene Nigg and wife Rhonda, all of Jasper; four grandchildren, Michele Roelle, Kimberly and Adam Nigg, and Wendi Lindauer; and four great-grandchildren, Anthony and Lillie Roelle, and Ethan and Silas Nigg.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one grandson, Jeffrey Nigg, one sister; Evelyn Goller, and six brothers, Henry, Philmore, Elmer, Martin, Leander, and Edgar Nigg.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 1 p.m. Thursday at the church followed by burial in the Haysville Community Cemetery.