Obituaries


Rae Inez Bell, 79, Huntingburg

Rae Inez BellRae Inez Bell, 79, of Huntingburg, died Thursday (April 20) at The Waters of Huntingburg. She was born in Wenatchee, Washington, January 21, 1938, to Roy and Grace (Tipton) Webster.

Rae was a housekeeper at Oakland City University for many years before becoming a C.N.A. at Memorial Hospital and various nursing homes. She was a member of the Red Hat Society Club, Angel Missions, and First Church of the Nazarene of Huntingburg.

She is survived by one son, William D. “Bill” Bell and wife Valerie, Smiley, Texas; two daughters, Shirley A. Bell, Winslow, and Nina M. Mathias and husband David Wayne, Huntingburg; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, one sister, Joni Rodgers, of Fort Branch.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Memorial contributions can be made to the Activities Department at The Waters of Huntingburg. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Kenny C. Mehringer, 72, Ireland

Kenny MehringerKenny C. Mehringer, 72, of Ireland, died Friday (April 21) at the Heritage Center in Evansville. He was born in Jasper February 27, 1945, to Leo W. and Mary (Goeppner) Mehringer. She died May 20, 1967.

Kenny was a retired cabinet maker and a farmer. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland and was a past grand knight of the Ireland Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed fishing, going to the casino, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Mehringer; one son, Brian K. Mehringer, Ireland; one daughter, Amy J. Eger and husband Brian, Evansville; two grandchildren, Jarod and Lauren; and one sister, Linda Underhill and husband Johnny, Ferdinand.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Ireland Knights of Columbus will have a memorial service at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be to St. Mary Church or to The Arc of Evansville. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Stephen Travis Smith, 37, Huntingburg

Stephen Travis SmithStephen Travis Smith, 37, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday (April 19) at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. He was born July 6, 1979, in Lafayette, to Stephen and Donna (Albertson) Smith. He married Crystal Schwartz October 8, 2016.

Travis worked as a millwright for the Millwrights Local Union No. 1076. He was a Purdue University and Chicago Cubs fan, enjoyed music, and loved spending time with his children.

He is survived by his wife, Crystal Smith; two daughters, two daughters, Olivia and Alexis Smith; one stepdaughter, Adalynn Schwartz; his mother, Donna Smith-Parks, Huntingburg; his father and stepmother, Stephen Smith and wife Laura, Wingate; one brother, Dustin and wife Carrie, Waynetown; his grandmother, Louise Albertson, Huntingburg; and nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Sunday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Deacon Jim Webb officiating. Burial Tuesday afternoon in Boswell Cemetery following graveside committal services at 2 p.m.

Ambrose H. Schwenk, 72, Jasper

Ambrose SchwenkAmbrose H. Schwenk, 72, of Jasper, died Wednesday (April 19) at his home. He was born in Jasper March 5, 1945, to Jerome and Magdalen (Reker) Schwenk. He married Jane Block April 27, 1968, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Ambrose was an Indiana Army National Guard veteran and a member of American
Legion Post 147 in Jasper. He was a 1963 graduate of Ireland High School and a member of St. Joseph Church. He was an avid fan of Indiana University sports, the Cincinnati Reds, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Indiana Pacers. He loved gardening, golf, fishing, and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Schwenk; one son, Brian Schwenk, Jasper; two
sisters, Pat Sternberg, Jasper, and Carol Walters and husband Joe, Indianapolis; two brothers, Brother Flavian Schwenk, OSB, St. Meinrad, and Fred Schwenk and wife Joyce, Washington.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Catherine “Katie” Schwenk.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, the Lange-Fuhs
Cancer Center, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

Roberta C. McGovren, 99, Jasper

Roberta McGovrenRoberta C. McGovren, 99, of Jasper, died Wednesday (April 19) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Jasper June 19, 1917, to Robert J. and Josephine  (Schmitt) Fuhs. She married Joseph J. McGovren June 7, 1941, at St. Joseph
Catholic Church in Jasper. He died May 23, 2000.

Roberta operated Roberta’s Beauty Shop before her marriage. She was a licensed
insurance agent and worked at R. J. Fuhs Agency for more than 50 years before retiring at the age of 96. She was a member of St. Joseph Church and its St. Anne’s Society, the Jasper Circle of the Daughters of Isabella, the American Legion Post 147 Auxiliary, and the VFW Post 673 Auxiliary. She was a volunteer at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, enjoyed watching Indiana University basketball, and doing word search puzzles. She was previously active in the Dubois County Mental Health Association and was an excellent seamstress. Roberta and her husband were Friends of Bill W and touched many lives through their involvement with Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon. They attended AA conventions all across the United States.

She is survived by two sons, Jim McGovren and wife Linda and John McGovren and wife Susan, all of Jasper; one grandson, Matt McGovren and wife Kelly, New York City; and one granddaughter, Shea Fleck and husband Brad, Indianapolis.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Michael McGovren, and one daughter, Maureen McGovren.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Celebration of Life Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with burial following at a later date in Fairview Cemtery.

Anthony H. Denu, Jr., 87, Dubois

Tony DenuAnthony H. Denu, Jr., 87, of Dubois, died Tuesday (April 18) at Walnut Creek Care Facility in Evansville. He was born in Dubois November 27, 1929, to Anthony Sr. and Cecelia (Hentrup) Denu. He married Marie Giesler May 8, 1951, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

Junior was a 1947 graduate of Dubois High School, a lifelong farmer, and a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church – St. Raphael Campus in Dubois. He was a past president of the County Council, a member of the Young Democrats and served as their district treasurer, the Dubois Jaycees, the Community Club of Dubois, the Executive Furniture Board of Directors, the 4-H Council, the board of directors of the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, Knights of Columbus, Dubois County Park Board, and was awarded the Young Farmer of the Year Award in 1961. He enjoyed community work and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Denu; two daughters, Charlotte Seger and husband Keith and Janet Abbey and husband Jon, all of Evansville; three sons, Duane Denu and wife Rosemarie, Mark Denu and wife Ann, and Kevin Denu and wife Andrea, all of Dubois; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Hilmar Denu and wife Rosemary, Dubois.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three half-sisters, Matilda Sullivan, Evelyn Bauer, and Leona Howell, and seven half-brothers, Leo J., Albert, Emil, and Gilbert Denu and Odillo, Ralph, and Joe Terwiske.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Catholic Church, the Dubois County Community Foundation -Urban and June Giesler – Brookside Nursing Fund, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Raphael’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

James F. Lueken, 83, Ferdinand

James LuekenJames F. Lueken, 83, of Ferdinand, died Monday (April 17) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born in Ferdinand August 30, 1933, to Joseph F. & Olivia P. (Nord) Lueken. He married Bernadette “Daisy” Sitzman May 6, 1954, in the St. Meinrad Archabbey Church. She died November 20, 2016.

James was a co-owner of the Lueken Lumber Company and owner of Custom Decks and Specialty. He was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand and its St. Joseph Sodality. He was a former member of the church finance Committee, a member of the Indiana National Guard, Jasper No.1949, Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, and the Ferdinand Jaycees. He was a past president of Ferdinand Investment Corporation, and the Ferdinand Community Center.

He is survived by one son, Jonathan Lueken, Ferdinand; one daughter, Kristine Braunecker and husband Brian, Ferdinand; three grandsons. Benjamin and Noah Braunecker and Zachary Lueken; two sisters, Barbara Schaefer and husband Jim, Wadesville, and Mary Jo Tretter and husband Dennis, Fort Wayne; two sisters-in-law, Nita Lueken, Ferdinand, and Loraine Lueken, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ferdinand Church. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ferdinand Church followed by military graveside rites in the church cemetery.

Kenneth R. Hochgesang, 72, Jasper

Kenny HochgesangKenneth R. Hochgesang, 72, of Jasper, died Friday (April 14) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. He was born in Washington September 9, 1944, to Martin J. and Louise (Bachman) Hochgesang.

Kenneth retired from Crop Production Services in Jasper and also worked for Jasper Plant Foods. He was a member of the Ireland Knights of Columbus and enjoyed farming, driving tractors, and visiting with friends.

He is survived by two sisters, Emma Hochgesang-Noffsinger and husband Tom, Cornelia, Georgia, and Monica Hochgesang-Roy, Chandler; two brothers, Larry Hochgesang and Mike Hochgesang and wife Pat, all of Jasper; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by t5wo sisters, Mary Rodriguez and Martha A. Hochgesang, and one brother, Charles Hochgesang.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland with burial following in the church cemetery.

Pauline Keller, 77, Dubois

Pauline KellerPauline Keller, 77, of Dubois, died Friday (April 14) at her home. She was born in Greenwood December 6, 1939, to Malcolm and Bertha (Lane) McDowell. She married Ralph H. Keller June 3, 1958, in Greenwood. He died January 16, 1991.

Pauline retired from Northwood Retirement Community Center in Jasper and was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville. She was previously a member of the Emanuel Hill Church at Dubois. She loved her pet kittens and gardening.

She is survived by one son, John Keller and partner Melanie Alles, Newburgh; one daughter, Deborah Vonderschmitt and husband Mark, Louisville; grandchildren Benjamin Kendrick and partner Celeste Quire, Timothy Vonderschmitt and wife Kayla, and Kaitlin Harris and husband Tyler; and one great-granddaughter, Adelaide Vonderschmitt.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Bleemel, and one brother, David McDowell.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dubois County Humane society. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with burial following in Emanuel Hill Church Cemetery at Dubois.

Otto J. Kress, 95, Jasper

Otto KressOtto J. Kress, 95, of Jasper, died Friday (April 14) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Jasper May 15, 1921, to Michael and Rosalia (Berger) Kress. He married Mary L. Bockelman February 7, 1942, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She died January 7, 2016.

Otto was a U.S. Army veteran and served in World War II. He was a member of VFW Post No. 673, and a member and past commander of American Legion Post No. 147. He was also a member of St. Joseph Church, a co-owner of Hoosierland Insurance Agency and retired from the agency in 1984 and was a partner in the Knies and Kress Tile Company.

He is survived by two daughters, Kaye Kress and Jane Seidl and husband Ken, all of Jasper; daughter-in-law, Aggie Kress and husband John, Jasper; two sons, William “Bill” Kress and wife Michelle and Mark “Marty” Kress, all of Jasper; 16 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by two sons, Joseph and John Kress, two daughters, Marilyn and Barbara Kress, two great-grandchildren, Sawyer Beckman and Kasen Goepfrich, one sister, Claudine Linville, and five brothers, Bernard, Robert, Hubert, Edwin, and Thomas Kress.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. The American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites.