Obituaries


Kenneth L. Schepers, 83, Huntingburg

Kenny SchepersKenneth L. Schepers, 83, of Huntingburg, died Friday (July 29) the Waters of Huntingburg. He was born in Jasper May 14, 1933, to Johnny and Alvena (Nordhoff) Schepers. He married Dorothy Eckert September 13, 1958, at St. Celestine Catholic Church. She died November 8, 2010.

Kenny retired from Aristokraft Cabinets in Ferdinand. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and served during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg and enjoyed woodworking, playing cards, and reading.

He is survived by one daughter, Tammy Sorrels and husband Jimmie, Huntingburg; two grandchildren, and two sisters, Rose Lampert and husband Hilary, Celestine, and Ruth Ann Boyer, Haysville.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one sister, Martha Schepers, and one brother, Gene Schepers.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Celestine Church or to a favorite charity. Online Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery. American Legion Post No. 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

Eleuterio (Lito) Contreras, 67, Birdseye

Contreras useEleuterio (Lito) Contreras, 67, of Birdseye, died Thursday (July 21), July 21 at his home. He was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, December 24, 1948, Eleuterio and Zulema (Flores) Contreras. He married Jackie Hollands January 12, 1996, in Taos, New Mexico

Eleuterio was retired from the United States Forest Service. He was a wildlands firefighter for 35 years and served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972 with the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie; one daughter, Zulema Contreras; three brothers, Marcos Contreras, Summit, Illinois, Joe Contreras, Montebello, California, and Tim Contreras, Wichita Falls, Texas; four sisters, Elizabeth Rangel, Irving, Texas, Maria Rabara, Cordovia, Tennessee, Sara Aleman Siebenberg, Flagstaff, Arizona, and Ester Ball, Grapevine, Texas.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by seven siblings. A celebration of life will take place at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Birdseye Masons Lodge. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

Fern L. Barchet, 92, Holland

Fern BarchetFern L. (Buse) Barchet, 92, of Holland, died Monday (July 25) in Huntingburg at the home of her son. She was born in Heilman, Indiana, October 18, 1923, to William John and Della Mae (Stephens) Bruce.

Fern was a homemaker and worked as a restaurant cook. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Holland and the Evansville Fraternal Order of Eagles. She was a graduate of Selvin High School, enjoyed quilting, and was an avid Indiana University sports fan.

She is survived by four sons, Ervin Buse and wife Becky, Terre Haute, Bill Buse and companion Margaret Medcalf, Huntingburg, Bob Buse and wife Shirlene, Lynnville, and Jeff Buse and wife Kathy, Santa Claus; two daughters, Barbara Siders and husband Layden, Levelland, Texas, and Lena Giles and husband Fred, Holland; son-in-law Roger Barnes, Evansville; 18 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her second husband, Art Barchet, who died December 15, 1978, one daughter, Linda Barnes, one brother, Forest Bruce, one sisters, Evelyn Taylor, one granddaughter, Kimberly Barnes, and one great-grandson, Matthew Barnes.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. (EDT) Thursday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg, and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at St. James Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. James Church or Heart to Heart Hospice. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor David Darling will officiate at the service.

Dan S. Kieffner, 54, Jasper

Dan KieffnerDan S. Kieffner, 54, of Jasper, died Sunday (July 24) at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville after a 14 year battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma leukemia. He was born in Jasper January 11, 1962, to Richard and Marjorie (Trimble) Kieffner and was raised by Richard and Carol (Prechtel) Kieffner. He married Gloria Osgatharp June 23, 1984 in Terre Haute.

Dan earned his bachelor and master degrees in electrical engineering from Rose Hulman University in Terre Haute and his doctorate in business and administration from North Central University. He worked for 32 years at Crane Naval Base and was a member of Redemption Christian Church in Jasper, where he served as an elder and was active with the youth ministry. He enjoyed reading, traveling, fishing, working in his garden, and working toward his goal of attending a game in every major league baseball stadium.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Kieffner; two sons, Gregory Kieffner and fiancé Heather Ferguson, and Andrew Kieffner and wife Jade, all of Jasper; two sisters, Diana Hurt and husband Scott, Evansville, and Katrina Buse and husband Scott, Jasper; one brother, Gary Kieffner, Texas; two half-sisters, Anne Keneipp, Virginia, and Julie Throop, Birdseye; one half-brother, Charlie Bowman, Georgia; “honorary” grandchildren, Hayden, Carrigan, and Harrison Heathco; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Redemption Christian Church in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to Redemption Christian Church or to a favorite charity. Online Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial following in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Haysville.

Bobby Jerome “Bob” Fenneman, 83, Holland

Bobby FennemanBobby Jerome “Bob” Fenneman, 83, of Holland, died Saturday (July 23) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Holland January 29, 1933, to Arthur Adolph and Mary Gertrude (Kielblock) Fenneman. He married Mary Louise Tanner June 2, 1956, in Tell City.

Bob was a truck driver for Holland Dairy for 38 and and half years. He was a member of the Holland United Methodist Church, was a 50 year member and past master of Dubois County Masonic Lodge No. 520 F&AM, and Scottish Rite Valley of Evansville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. After his retirement, Bob and his wife created over 200 quilt tops yearly and gave them to St. James Lutheran Church for the wider Lutheran world relief efforts.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Fenneman; one daughter, Carol Simpson and husband Mark, Ellicott City, Maryland; two brothers, Glen Fenneman and wife Stuart Ann, Lee, Florida, and Jerry “Butch” Fenneman and wife Ruth, Holland; two sisters, Jean Fehribach and husband Bernie, Poseyville, and Jan Schneider and husband Jerry,  Holland, and two granddaughters, Chelsea Czekalski, Grafton, Massachusetts,
and Heather Simpson, Columbia, Maryland.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A Masonic vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with burial following in Holland Methodist Cemetery. Rev. Keith Chanley will officiate.

Thomas E. Hohler, 86, Ireland

Thomas HohlerThomas E. Hohler, 86, of Ireland, died Friday (July 22) at Brookside Village in Jasper. He was born in Ireland December 4, 1929, to Robert and Anna (Mehringer) Hohler.

Thomas worked for Phillips 66 and Sunoco bulk plants for 52 years. He was a U. S. Army veteran and served during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Jasper VFW Post No. 673, American Legion Post No.147, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, and the Jasper Council of the Knights of Columbus. He was the statistician for the Ireland Spuds and served as the mayor of Ireland for a day. He enjoyed reading, listening to big band music, playing cards, and good conversation.

He is survived by eight cousins, Betty Schwinghamer, St. Henry, Charles Mehringer and wife Bob Ann, Connecticut, Frances Stamm and husband John and Margie Jahn, all of Jasper, Linda Underhill and husband Johnny, Bristow, and Gene Mehringer and wife Dianne, Helen Giesler and husband Edward, and Kenneth Mehringer and wife Betty, all of Ireland.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church with burial follow in the church cemetery. American Legion Post No. 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

Kathleen V. Troesch, 84, Ferdinand

Kathleen TroeschKathleen V. Troesch, 84, of Ferdinand, died Friday (July 22) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. She was born in Schnellville October 23, 1931, to John and Mary (Brames) Brosmer. She married Othmar H. Troesch April 11, 1970, at Sacred Heart Of Jesus Catholic Church in Schnellville.

Kathleen was a co-owner of OT Trucking Company and worked at the OT junction service station. She was a member of St. Meinrad parish. She enjoyed gardening, music shows, and being with family & friends.

She is survived by her husband, Othmar H. Troesch; one daughter, Rachel Fortune and husband Chris, Boonville; one son, Robert Troesch and wife Tracy, Ferdinand; four grandchildren; and one brother, Clarence Brosmer and wife Ruth, Port Charlotte, Florida.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Leo Brosmer; three sisters, Cecelia Stetter, Marie Egler, and her twin Theresa Brosmer, who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 1-7 p.m. Sunday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and after 9 a.m. Monday at St. Meinrad Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Meinrad parish or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Meinrad Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Matthew Wayne Kendall, 16, Huntingburg

Matthew KendallMatthew Wayne Kendall, 16, of Huntingburg, died Friday in Huntingburg. He was born in Jasper December 16, 1999, to Travis Kendall and Shelley Nicholson.

Matthew attended Southridge High School, loved music, and was an Insane Clown Posse fan.

He is survived by his mother, Shelley Nicholson, Huntingburg; two sisters, Trisha and Brittany Kendall, both of Huntingburg; his grandparents, Sharon and Roy Nicholson and Terry Kendall, and Rosemary Runyon, Jasper; great-grandparents, Agnes Lamp, Washington and Esther Kendall, Huntingburg; one nephew, Zayden Kendall, Huntingburg; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Friends may call from noon-4 p.m. Monday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Memorial contributions can be made to assist with burial expenses. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with burial following in Birdseye Cemetery. Pastor Howard Geck will officiate at the service.

Earl H. Knies, 88, Celestine

Earl KniesEarl H. Knies, 88, of Celestine, died Friday (July 22) at Cathedral Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Celestine September 1, 1927, to Anton Sr. and Catherine (Humbert) Knies. He married Delphine Heldman July 9, 1949, at St. Celestine Catholic Church.

Earl was a U.S. Army veteran. He retired from Coastal Corporation, where he worked for 31 years, and was a self-employed mechanic. He was a member of St. Celestine Church, V.F.W. Post No. 673, and the Celestine Community Club. He enjoyed reading, doing puzzles, and spending time with his dog Chico.

He is survived by his wife, Delphine Knies; three daughters, Audrey Haas and husband Cal, Carmel, Valerie Frank, Celestine, and Sarah Kidd and husband Brian, Park Ridge, Illinois; two sons, Stan Knies and wife, Diane and Don Knies and wife, Sharon, all of Jasper; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one step great-granddaughter; four sisters, Shirley Buechler and husband, Robert, Pat Hopf and husband, Jim, and Judy Traylor, all of Celestine, and Virginia Kapp and husband, Jim, Jasper; and two brothers, Cletus Knies and wife Joan, Jasper, and Roman Knies and wife Wanda, Ireland.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Skip Place, one sister, Clara Mae Knies, and five brothers, Eugene, Anthony Jr., Gary, and Elmer Knies, and Leo Knies, who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to Dubois County Humane Society, the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, or to Southern Care Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery. V.F.W. Post No. 673 will conduct military gravesite rights.

Elizabeth “Betty Jo” Salb, 91, Jasper

Betty Jo SalbElizabeth “Betty Jo” Salb, 91, of Jasper, died Friday (July 22) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Jasper August 20, 1924, to O.A. and Agnes “Kirwer” Kremp. She married Earl “Bud” Salb June 13, 1946, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He preceded her in death July 25, 1988.

Betty Jo was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, the St. Ann’s Society, Jasper D of I, O.L.G.A. (Old Ladies Golf Association), and Tri Kappa and Panhellenic sororities. She enjoyed golf, tennis, traveling, walking, and spending her winters in Florida.

She is survived by five daughters, Barbara Gutgsell and husband Bob and Linda Burk and husband Burk, all of Jasper, Pat Hinkle and husband Andy, Columbus, Ohio, and Sara DeMuth and husband Bob, Lexington, Kentucky; two sons, two sons, Greg Salb, Jasper, and Gary Salb and wife Nancy, Ireland; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one sister, Doris Schneider, and infant daughter Carol Margaret Salb.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice, the Alzheimer Association, or to a favorite charity. Online Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s Church in Jasper with entombment following in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.