Obituaries


Wesley William Rademacher, 74, Huntingburg

Wesley William Rademacher, 74, of Huntingburg, died Thursday, March 21, at his home. He was born in Huntingburg November 18, 1944, to Herbert and Edith (Wade) Rademacher. He married Connie L. Burgdorf June 17, 1967, at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg.

Wesley worked in sales and security at Yellow Freight in Nashville, Tennessee.  He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, a former active Jaycees Club member, and a diehard University of Kentucky sports and Tennessee Titans fan.

He is survived by his wife, Connie L. Rademacher; two brothers, George Rademacher and wife Terri, Oxford, Florida, and Wade Rademacher and wife Phyllis, Carmel; sister-in-law Ann Rademacher, Huntingburg; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Bradley Allen Rademacher, and one brother, Bob Rademacher.

Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery. Rev. Mark McDaniel and Rev. Tom Wade will officiate at the service.

Adeline V. Mathies, 92, Dubois

Adeline V. Mathies, 92, of Dubois, died Sunday, March 17, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Dubois June 13, 1926, to Henry and Theresia (Mathias) Reker. Her first marriage was to Emil S. Kempf on August 10, 1948, at St. Celestine Catholic Church. He died March 21, 1955. She then married Elmer M. Mathies December 28, 1963. He died January 22, 2005.

Adeline was a homemaker and a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Raphael’s Campus. She taught religion at St. Raphael’s for many years, worked in the chicken houses in Dubois, and also babysat. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo, quilting, setting on her swing outside, and visiting and talking with family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Paulette Schilling and husband Bruce, Jasper, and Sharon Hoffman, French Lick; three sons, Donald Kempf and Michael and Paul Mathies, all of Dubois; three grandchildren, Joshua Kempf, Elizabeth Barretto, and Keyton Hoffman; one step granddaughter, Shalay Lampert; and five great-grandchildren, Jalen Richards, Madeline, Lillian and Colten Kempf, and Keola Barretto.

In addition to her parents and husbands she was preceded in death by one daughter,  Rosemary Kempf, who died in infancy, one  son-in-law, Kurt Hoffman, four sisters, Clarissa Wilson, Emma Reker, Esther Schroering, and Hilda Nordhoff, and four brothers, Carl, Bill, Alois, and Joe Reker.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Isidore Parish or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at at St. Raphael’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Bret A. Horne, 59, Jasper

Bret A. Horne, 59, of Jasper, died Saturday, March 16, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Evansville. He was born in Jasper November 4, 1959, to Lee “Toot” and Perline (Vogler) Horney. He married Sun Kwai Ying (Amy)

Bret was a 1978 graduate of Jasper High School. For the last 20 years, he resided in New York state, working as a manufacturer’s representative.

He is survived by his wife, Sun Kwai “Amy” Ling, Jasper; his parents, Toot and Perline Horney, Jasper; one sister, Kim Lottes and husband Patrick, Jasper; two brothers, Scott (Cindy) Horney and wife City, and Mike Horney, and wife Diann, all of Jasper; three step-children, James, Jack, and Tony DiTuro, nieces and nephews Luke and Matthew Lottes, Al Emily, and God-child Madylin Horney, Nick Baglan, and Mia and Hali Horney.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ben and Blanche Vogler, and his paternal grandparents, Ray and Agnes Horney.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel. In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorial contributions can be made to the Indiana Donor Network (indianadonornetwork.org/foundation) or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.  A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at the funeral home with burial following at a later date. Father Ray Brenner will officiate.

Bernardine C. Schepers, 91, Jasper

Bernardine C. Schepers, 91, of Jasper, died Friday, March 15, at her home. She was born in Jasper to Joseph and Otilla (Kunz) Gramelspacher. She married Linus G. Schepers March 30, 1949. He died July 16, 1996.

Bernardine was a homemaker and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries. She enjoyed playing bingo and going to the casinos, especially Las Vegas, and going to Indianapolis to spend time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by five daughters, Barbara (Steve) Goeppner and husband Steve, Huntingburg, Grace Wagner and husband Kenny, Dale, and Rebecca and Rhonda Schepers and Mary Bradley and husband Pat, all of Jasper; five sons, five sons, Thomas Schepers and wife Sandy, Otwell, Vic Schepers and wife Becky, Holland, and Donald Schepers and wife Marilyn and Ed Schepers, all of Jasper; nine grandchildren,  Jennifer Bailey, Daniel, Tonya, Ethan, Bryor, and Kirby Schepers, Jeremy and Holly Stafford, and Marissa Bradley; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sons, Ronald and Daniel Schepers, one grandson, Garet Schepers, one sister, and six brothers.

Friends may call from noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church, the American Alzheimer’s Association, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m.Monday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Jerald Carl Schwartz, 88, Ft. Wayne

Jerald Carl Schwartz, 88, of Ft. Wayne, died Tuesday, March 12, at his home. He was born in Monon in 1930 to Arthur P. and Mildred N. (Beck) Schwartz. He married Jeanann (Knight) Condrey in 1957.

Jerald grew up in Huntingburg and attended Huntingburg High School where he was class president for four years and a National Merit Scholarship winner. He attended Indiana University where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity (sergeant of arms) and ROTC, played alto saxophone in the Marching 100 band, and graduated with a BS in Business. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953 and was commissioned in the Army Corp of Engineers through 1961. He was on active duty for two years. He was employed by International Business Machines for 23 years, earning numerous company awards. He also worked for a number of other companies, including J. Lynne Associates, his daughter’s landscaping company, until he retired at the age of 87.

He is survived by one son, Jeffrey Schwartz; three daughters, Kathy Priem and husband Gary, Judy Nastally and husband Ron Furniss, and Amy Zieles and husband Michael; five grandchildren, Ian Nastally and wife Brigitte, Anastasia and Garrison Priem, and Mitchell and Sean Zieles; two brothers, Stanley and Arnold Schwartz; and one sister, Ruth Esarey and husband Alan.

Friends may call from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A Celebration of Life service begins at 3 p.m. at the funeral home followed by burial in Fairmount Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 2366 memorial detail. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.

William L. “Bill” Eckstein, 80, Jasper

William L. “Bill” Eckstein, 80, of Jasper, died Monday, March 11, at his home. He was born in Jasper April 12, 1938, to Bernard and Rose (Nolan) Eckstein. He married Barbara Kieser January 6, 1983, in Tennessee.

Bill was a U.S. Army veteran serving on active duty from October 1955 to October 1959, and in the Reserves from October 1959 to October 1961. He was a professional mechanic in Connecticut and at Bob Luegers Motors in Jasper and a commercial truck driver, hauling steel, produce, and cargo for over 40 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and American Legion Post 147. Bill enjoyed driving his truck, working on cars, and spending time with his family, grandchildren, and his dog, Holly.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbi Eckstein; two daughters, Victoria and Elizabeth Eckstein, both of East Hartford, Connecticut; one son, Jonathan Eckstein, Jasper; one step-daughter, Mary Petrakovitz, Houston, Texas; one step-son, Forest Kieser and wife Angie, Jasper; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara “Genie” Isom, Greenwood, and Irma Gudorf, Jasper; and one brother, Thomas “Butch” Eckstein and wife Joann, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and George “Buddy” Eckstein, and four sisters, Mildred “Millie” Stemle, Connie Sue “Susie” Egbert, Ruth Keller-Smith, and Joan Wolf.

Private services will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Earl E. “Brewster” Klueh, 83, Ferdinand

Earl E. “Brewster” Klueh, 83, of Ferdinand, died Saturday, March 9, at his home. He was born in Ferdinand January 5, 1936, to Rupert and Emma (Hollinden) Klueh. He married Judy Meyer July 4th, 1963, at Mariah Hill.

Brewster worked as a grocer for 52 years. He worked at Schreiner and Verkamp IGA, Verkamp Red and White, and Holiday Foods. He was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church. He was a Cincinnati Reds, Indiana Hoosiers, and Indianapolis Colts fan and  was a charter member of the Ferdinand Jaycees and the Ferdinand Community Center.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Klueh; two daughters, Susan (Rodney) Blume and husband Rodney, St. Anthony, and Sandy Dold and husband Joe, Chalmers; two sisters, Joan Verkamp and Doretha Wahl and husband Jim, all of Ferdinand; and five grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Klueh, and a brother in infancy, Rupert Jr.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions can be made to Christ the King Parish. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

John A. Erny, 72, Ireland

John A. Erny, 72, of Ireland, died Saturday, March 9. He was born in Jasper December 5, 1946 to Aloysius “Woody” and Martina “Teeny” (Mendel) Erny. He married Sharon Leinenbach  April 23, 1966, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland.

John was an independent manufacture sales representative and a member of Jasper Outdoor Outdoor Recreation. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He enjoyed coaching his children in youth sports. He was a Notre Dame fan and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Erny; one daughter, Shannon Jahn and husband David “Butch” Jahn; two sons, Jayme Erny, Ireland, and Brayden Erny and wife Jillian, Jasper; seven grandchildren, Meranda, Shelby, Crew, Hampton, and Hays Erny, and Boone and Ian Jahn; and three brothers, Gerald “Jerry” Erny and Melvin “Bud” Erny and wife Kathy, all of Vincennes, and James Erny and wife Janice, Port St. Lucie, Florida.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Judy Erny.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research  Foundation, Jasper Outdoor Recreation, or St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial  will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in Shiloh Cemetery.

Hubert B. “Hubie” Merkley, 88, Portersville

Hubert B. “Hubie” Merkley, 88, of Portersville, died Saturday, March 10, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Siberia June 21, 1930, to Frank B and Laura K (Schepers) Merkley. He had two marriages. He married Margaret Ann Schenetzke June 26, 1952. She died April 22, 1992. He married Clara E. Rodenhouse September 26, 1992. She died January 7, 2017.

Hubie was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of American Legion Post 147 and VFW Post 673. He retired from J.H. Rudolph Asphalt  Company after 28 years of service and enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and taking his dog for a drive.

He is survived by four daughters, Pam Merkley, Celestine, Sara Bailey and JoAnn Oser and fiancé Ron Uppencamp, all of Huntingburg, and Nancy Merkley, St. Anthony;  four sons, Randy Merkley and wife Kathy, St. Anthony, Dennis Merkley, Huntingburg, Darrell Merkley, Birdseye, and Hubert Merkley Jr.; five step children, Diana Seger, Pat Wininger, Linda Fuhrman, and Larry and Gary Bouillon; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Linda Atkins, Birdseye.

In addition to his parents and two wives he was preceded in death by one son, Roger Allen Merkley, and one sister, Hilda Schepers.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to the wishes of the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

Everett Eugene Vaughn, 80, Otwell

Everett Eugene Vaughn, 80, of Otwell, died Friday, March 8, at Daviess Community Hospital in Washington. He was born in Huntingburg June 30, 1938, to Homer D. and Mary Vaughn. He married Denise C. Clark July 31, 1993, in Otwell. She died January 3,m 2011.

Everett was a truck driver, mechanic, and veteran of the United States Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

He is survived by three sons, Rob Greene, Huntingburg, and Les and A.J. Schroeder, both of Monett, Missouri; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Rev. Jeff Crowe officiating. Burial will follow in Otwell Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 2366 memorial detail.