Obituaries


Carl “Bud” Wyatt, 81, Jasper

Carl “Bud” Wyatt, 81, of Jasper, died Sunday (May 20) at his home. He was born in Petersburg May 5, 1937, to Thomas and Berniece (Kirk) Wyatt. He married Brenda Wells November 1, 1963, at Monroe City Presbyterian Church.

Bud was a graduate of Oakland City University. While attending college he worked third shift at Ashby Yards, the New York Central Rail office in Petersburg. After graduation he was offered a position at the railroad, he accepted it and made a career of 34 years working there. During those years he saw the New York Central become Penn Central and then changing again to Conrail before retiring as an assistant trainmaster. He was a member of the Indiana National Guard for six and a half years, was an avid Indiana University basketball and Indianapolis Colts football fan, and enjoyed watching college basketball and football.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Wyatt, Jasper; one daughter, Janine Walters and husbgand Kelly, Leesburg; one son Thomas Wyatt, Jasper; two granddaughters, Karly Noble and husband Wayne, Cincinnati, and Jenna Walters, Colorado Springs, Colorado; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Sharlene Claridge, Petersburg; two nephews, Kent Claridge and wife Tricia, and Phillip Claridge and wife Jody, all of Petersgburg; three nieces, Vickie Neveu and husband Ron, Gilman, Illinois, and Judy McCoy and husband Terry, and Angie (Martin) Dreiman and husband Martin, all of Monroe City.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Rev. Joe Esarey will officiate.

Jim Troesch, 52, Ferdinand

Jim Troesch, 52, of Ferdinand, died Thursday (May 17) at his home. He was born in Jasper March 8, 1966, to Walter and Virlee (Waninger) Troesch. He married Jennifer L. Peters July 16, 1994, at St. Meinrad Catholic Church in St. Meinrad.

Jim was a member of Christ the King Parish-St. Ferdinand Church and the St. Meinrad Knights of Columbus Council 5599. He was a 1984 graduate of Perry Central High School and attended Oakland City University. He was employed at Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Jasper for 23 years. He enjoyed running, playing basketball with his children, attending his childrens’ sporting events, and band competitions. He was an avid Indiana University basketball fan.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer L. Troesch; one daughter, Amy Tresch, who is attending Ball State University; one son, Bryce Troesch; his parents, Walter and Virlee Troesch, St. Meinrad; one brother, Steve Troesch and wife Kathy, St. Meinrad; and one sister, Lisa Shipman and fiancé Brett Kluemper, Dubois.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Kaylee M. Lane, 15, Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Kaylee M. Lane, 15, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, died Thursday (May 17) at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She was born in Jasper March 23, 2003, to Jerald and Michelle (St. Clair) Lane.

Kayee was a freshman at Christian County High School. She was a member of the cross country and track teams and color guard, and was trying out for the cheerleading team. She planned to join the Junior ROTC, as she wanted to be a member of the United States Air Force.

She is survived by her parents, Jerald and Michelle Lane, Hopkinsville; two sisters, Elezabeth Hearn, Hopkinsville, and Nalani Peters, Jasper; three brothers, Duane Lane, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, and Jadon and Toby Lane, both of Hopkinsville; her maternal grandparents, Pamela and Paul St. Clair, Santa Claus; her paternal grandparents, Jerald and Patricia Lane, Kingman, Arizona; three aunts, Gabrielle Burress, Evansville, Kristy Hilgeman, Ferdinand, and Stephani Lane, Jasper; and three uncles, Johnn-Paul St. Clair, Santa Claus, Chad Lane, Ferdinand, and Greg Lane,, Jasper.

Friends may call from 1-6 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home in Jasper with burial following at a later date.

 

Charles F. “Chill” Habig, 83, Jasper

Charles F. “Chill” Habig, 83, of Jasper, died Wednesday (May 16) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Jasper October 13, 1934, to Edward and Dora (Kuper) Habig.

Chill was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of VFFW Post No. 673 and American Legion Post 147 in Jasper. He retired as the president of the Jasper Glove Company. He served on the Bainbridge Township Advisory Board for over 32 years, 28 as president. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and the Jasper Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by one brother, Don Habig and wife Joan, Louisville; one sister, Mary Jane Ryder and husband Bill, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; one granddaughter, Cody Myles; one great-grandson, Eli Myles; his caretaker, Sue Loepker, Jasper; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Betty A. Mehringer, 74, Ireland

Betty A. Mehringer, 74, of Ireland, died Wednesday (May 16) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg September 15, 1943, to Fred and Frances (Mehling) Dilger. She married Kenneth C. Mehringer May 20, 1967, at St. Meinrad Catholic Church. He died April 21, 2017.

Betty retired as laundry manager for the Providence Home in Jasper. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland and its St. Anne’s Society. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Indiana University basketball fan and enjoyed crossword puzzles, Bingo, and fish frys.

She is survived by one son, Brian K. Mehringer, Ireland; one daughter, Amy J. Eger and husband Brian, Evansville; two grandchildren, Jarod and Lauren Eger; one brother, James Dilger and wife Linda, St. Meinrad; and sister-in-law Linda Underhill and husband Johnny, Ferdinand.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Dilger.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Mary’s St. Anne’s Society will pray a rosary at 3:45 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, Southern Indiana Special Olympics, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Douglas L. Lukemeyer, 75, Jasper

Douglas L. Lukemeyer, 75, of Jasper, died Tuesday (May 15) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He was born in Evansville October 7, 1942, to George and Freida (Lowell) Lukemeyer. He married Alice Dupps October 21, 1967, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Doug was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in combat with the 25th Infantry Division in the Vietnam War. He was a member of VFW Post No. 673 and American Legion Post No. 147 in Jasper.He was a real estate broker and owned and operated Coldwell Banker Lukemeyer Realty for over 25 years before joining F.C. Tucker in Jasper. Prior to his real estate career he worked for Siebert’s Clothing in Jasper for over 18 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and its Holy Name Society. He was a member of the Optimist and Kiwanis Clubs in Jasper and was actively involved in Junior Achievement for many years. He was a past president of Jasper High School Basketball Club. He was one of the founders and past president of the Jasper R.C. Flyers Club and enjoyed building and flying model airplanes. He was an avid Indianapolis Colts and Indiana University basketball fan, loved animals, and enjoyed fishing, working outdoors, gardening, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Lukemeyer; one daughter, Surviving are his wife, Alice Lukemeyer of Jasper, one daughter, Kim Jaent, Jasper; two sons, Steven Lukemeyer and wife Anita, Jasper, and Bryan Lukemeyer, Greenwood; six grandchildren, Maria and Adam Jaent, and Noah, Nate, Abigail, and Ashley Lukemeyer; and one brother, John Lukemeyer and wife Terry, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Sue Chappell.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Funeral Home in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 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. Saturday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

Frank E. Schmitt, 85, Ireland

Frank E. Schmitt, 85, of Ireland, died Tuesday (May 15) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Ireland February 19, 1933, to Alfred and Elizabeth (Renner) Schmitt. He married Mary Lou Schulte February 18, 1954, in Kundek Hall of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. She died February 15, 2016.

Frank was a graduate of Ireland High School, a United States Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict, and a lifetime dairy farmer. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, the Ireland Knights of Columbus, and VFW Post No. 673. He enjoyed watching sports and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by three sons, Dean Schmitt and wife Jill, Jasper, and Wayne (Geri) Schmitt and wife Geri and Greg Schmitt and wife Kathy, all of Ireland; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ann Stetter, Jasper; and two brothers, Pat Schmitt and Mike Schmitt and wife Carol, all of Ireland.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Church. The Ireland K of C will conduct a memorial service at 8:45 a.m. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Church building fund or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

Martin J. “Marty” Olinger, 62

Martin J. “Marty” Olinger, 62, formerly of Ferdinand, died February 17 in Barstow, California.

Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ferdinand Church in Ferdinand followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Benedict, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, or to a favorite charity.

 

Gerald “Jerry” Bartley, 79, Jasper

Gerald “Jerry” Bartley, 79, of Jasper, died Sunday (May 13) at The Timbers of Jasper. He was born in Ireland April 14, 1939, to Lawrence and Catherine (Weidenbenner) Bartley. He married Rosie Seger January 14, 1960, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Jerry owned and operated Bartley and Company Feed Mill in Ferdinand and also owned Bartley’s Hearing Aid Center in Jasper. He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper and a member of the St. Meinrad Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed golf, helping people, and spending time with his family, especially being papaw and grandpa for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rosie Bartley; two daughters, Denise Merkley and husband Frank, St. Anthony, and Debbie Hagemeyer and husband Jeff, Ferdinand; one son, Kenny Bartley, Jasper; 10 grandchildren, Jason and Landon Hoffman, Nick and Nathan Merkley, Lauren Freed, Lindsay Allen, Leigha Arnold, Katie Wilson, and Jessica and Natalie Bartley; and 14 great-grandchildren, Raegan Baker, Lawson, Leland, Sawyer, and Lynley Hoffman, Claire, Cadence, Kaylee, and Benjamin Merkley, Sophia and Millie Mae Allen, Ethan Arnold, Charlotte Freed, and Anza Rose Wilson.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Robert “Bob” Bartley.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at Precious Blood Church. The St. Meinrad Knights of Columbus will conduct a memorial service at 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Precious Blood Church with burial following in St. Ferdinand Cemetery.

Mary Ann “Annie” Hoppenjans, 78, Ferdinand

Mary Ann “Annie” Hoppenjans, 78, of Ferdinand, died Friday (May 11) at her home. She was born in Ferdinand June 1, 1939, to Alois and Henrietta (Durchholz) Oser. She married Donald Hoppenjans June 10, 1961, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church.

Annie retired as secretary after 35 years working for the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation. She was a lifelong member of St. Ferdinand Parish. She enjoyed bowling, traveling, and playing cards, especially weekly card games with her sisters. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren participate in sporting activities. and was active in playing softball for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Hoppenjans; three daughters, Karen Hughes and husband Michael, Lamar, and Linda Altman and husband Bill and Beth Rickelman and husband Benny, all of Ferdinand; five grandchildren, Kyle Hughes and wife Holly, Megan Hughes, Kyla and Blake Altman, and Luke Rickelman; three great-grandchildren, Claire, Mya, and Lainey Hughes; and three sisters,  Janet Werne and husband Dennis and Nancy Laake and husband John, all of Ferdinand, and Elaine Brames and husband Ernie, Saint Anthony.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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