Obituaries


David J. Hawkins, 88, Huntingburg

David HawkinsDavid J. Hawkins, 88, of Huntingburg, died Tuesday (July 11) at The Waters of Huntingburg. He was born in Duff May 22, 1929, to David T. and Myrtle (Bufkins) Hawkins. He married Christina J. Sullivan August 4, 1951, in Jasper.

David was a factory worker and truck driver for D.M.I. He enjoyed deer hunting, spending time with his family, and helping out family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Christina J. Hawkins; two daughters, Paula Braunecker, Ferdinand, and Kathy Braunecker, Santa Claus; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sons, Randy L. Hawkins and David W. Hawkins, and one sister, Katherine Brenner.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Friday and from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with burial following in Mentor Cemetery near Birdseye.

Ruth B. Knies, 86, Celestine

Ruth KniesRuth B. Knies, 86, of Celestine, died Tuesday (July 11) at her home. She was born in Ireland August 26, 1930, to Joseph and Helena (Dupps) Jerger. She married Oscar Knies April 22, 1952, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. He died January 15, 1999.

Ruth was a homemaker and a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Campus and its St. Anne’s Sodality and the Celestine Community Club. She enjoyed praying the rosary, playing cards, reading, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, her caregiver Mary Knies and Dr. Gina Riecker and husband Bryan, all of Celestine; five sons, Duane Knies and wife Tami, Roger Knies and wife Deb, Kevin Knies and wife Sherrie, Dale Knies and wife Robin, and Kelly Knies and wife Jody, all of Celestine; 26 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Joe Jerger and wife Mary Ann, Ireland.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by five sisters, Alice Hochgesang, Joan Glendening, Helen Jerger, Mary Ann Haas, and Mildred Beckman, and three brothers, Harold, John, and Charles Jerger.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Isidore Parish St. Anne’s Sodality will pray the rosary at 1:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Parish 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. Friday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Robert L. Beard, Jr., 76, Jasper

Robert L. Beard, Jr., 76, of Jasper, died Tuesday (July 11) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Jasper April 9, 1941, to Robert L. Sr. and Sally (Beckman) Beard.

Robert retired from Kimball Hospitality after 40 plus years of service. He enjoyed fishing and racing.

He is survived by one son, Randy L. Beard and wife Stacy, Jasper; five grandchildren; one sister, Eileen Musgrave and husband Jerry, Jasper; and one brother, Rick Beard and wife Darlene, Texas.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Ronnie Beard.

Private services were held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Shirley Ann Pfaff, 80, Huntingburg

Shirley PfaffShirley Ann Pfaff, 80, of Huntingburg, died Monday (July 10) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg September 9, 1936, to Odie and Edith E. (Hawkins) Underwood. She married Vincent Pfaff April 14, 1956, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. He died February 6, 1999.

Shirley was a homemaker and worked as a seamstress at Best Chairs. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg and enjoyed family gatherings, fishing, and outings to the casino.

She is survived by two sons, Terry Pfaff and wife Rosanna, Ferdinand, and Jeff Pfaff and wife Linda, Huntingburg; two daughters, Karen Qualters and husband Greg, Eckerty, and Anita Besaw and husband Kent, Jasper; two sisters, Myrna Vance, Iowa, and Joan Pritt, Velpen; seven grandchildren; five step grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by five brothers, Gene, Garrett, and Donald Underwood and two brothers who died in infancy, four sisters, Delores Hegge, Mildred Schaeffer, Pence Layton, and Marjorie Radtke, and one great-granddaughter.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A parish rosary prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the National Kidney Foundation or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in St. Mary’s Cemetery. The funeral mass will be celebrated by Father Ryan Hilderbrand.

Kay Ann Hartke, 63, Stendal

Kay Ann Hartke Kay Ann Hartke, 63, of Stendal, died Monday (July 10) at the Deaconess V.N.A. Charlier Hospice Center in Evansville. She was born in Huntingburg May 7, 1954, to Alva and Joan (Balsmeyer) Leistner. She married Dordon “Duke” Hartke January 22, 1977, at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg. He died January 9, 2007.

Kay worked as a licensed practical nurse. She was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Stendal, was active in the Pike County 4-H Club and the Lockhart Township Community Center; and enjoyed helping family and friends.

She is survived by one daughter, Michelle Conway and husband Eric, Stendal; one son, Brandon Hartke, Stendal; her mother, Joan Leistner, Holland; her mother-in-law, Mary Louise Hartke, Stendal; three brothers, Richard Leistner and wife Charlene, Huntingburg, and Ronnie Leistner and wife Carol and Randy Leistner and wife Bobbie, all of Holland; three sisters, Karen Lubbehusen and husband Mark, Dale, Connie Overbey and husband Mike, Holland, and Susie Peter and husband Rich, Huntingburg; three grandchildren, Avarie, Carson, and Emory; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her father and husband she was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Stendal. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Peters Church with burial following in the church cemetery.  Pastor Ed Wicks will officiate at the service.

Mark J. Berg, 62, Jasper

Mark BergMark J. Berg, 62, of Jasper, died Monday (July 10) at his home. He was born in Jasper February 9, 1955, to James R. and Bettye J. (Pfau) Berg.

Mark retired from Kimball Hospitality in Jasper. He was an avid fisherman and movie buff, enjoyed grilling, and was a Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan.

He is survived by his father, James R. Berg, Jasper; three sisters, Shelley Otto (Jeryl Luegers) and Lisa Siebert and husband John, all of Jasper, and Melanie “Mem” Berg (Maureen McCune), Greenwood; two brothers, Mike Berg, Island Lake, Illinois, and Marty Berg (Joey Mateo), San Francisco, California; and nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bettye Berg.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to a favorite charity. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery at a later date.

Rebecca A. “Becky” Dunlap, 64, Huntingburg

Rebecca DunlapRebecca A. “Becky” Dunlap, 64, of Huntingburg, died Thursday (July 6) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Indianapolis September 8, 1952, to Donald and Elizabeth (Edwards) Dunlap. She married Dennis Howell September 20, 1979.

Becky was a social worker for Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Huntingburg. She enjoyed paper crafts and scrap booking and was an avid reader.

She is survived by her husband Dennis Dunlap, Huntingburg; her mother, Elizabeth Dunlap, Greenwood; two daughters, Allison (Brian) Wagner and husband Brian and Amanda Klem, all of Jasper; six grandchildren, Jeremiah Mundy, Fort Drum, New York, Kiersten, Mackenzie, and Lily Wagner, and Colin and Connor Klem, all of Jasper; one great-grandchild, Laney;  Also survived by five siblings, Terri and Don Dunlap and Joanna Daffron, Greenwood, David Dunlap, California, and Sarah Dunlap, Indianapolis; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate the life of Becky Dunlap will be held at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Dean E. Schuler, 60, Moody, Alabama

Dean SchulerDean E. Schuler, 60, of Moody, Alabama, died Sunday (July 2) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Huntingburg July 30, 1956, to Louis F. and Bonnie H. (Andry) Schuler. He married Beth Chapman May 23, 1996, in Jasper.

Dean was a group leader at Hubble Power Systems in Alabama. He enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing, grilling, making deer summer sausage, and spending time with his family and friends. He was an organ donor through the Indiana Organ Procurement Association.

He is survived by his wife, Beth Schuler; two daughters, Stacey Allen,  Vincennes, and Kayla Schuler-Best, French Lick; one brother, Roger Schuler and wife Kathy, Deatsville, Alabama; one sister, Mary Sue “Suzy” Hollis, Clarksville; his mother-in-law, Minnie Guthrie, Campbellsburg;  brother-in-law Don “Fred” Chapman, Jasper; father-in-law William “Bill” Chapman, Peterson, Alabama; and 15 nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Anna Louisa Schuler, and his step father-in-law, Floyd Guthrie.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday at the Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 7 p.m.Thursday at the funeral home. Deacon James King and Todd Maki will officiate. Scattering of cremains will take place at a later date.

Phyllis C. Boeglin, 78, Santa Claus

Phyllis BoeglinPhyllis C. Boeglin, 78, of Santa Claus, died Saturday (July 1) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. She was born in Evansville July 10, 1938, to Samuel R. and Lillian (Angermeier) Cutteridge. She married Leo H. Boeglin August 23, 1958, at St. James Catholic Church in Haubstadt.

Phyllis retired from the Abbey Press in St. Meinrad. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, the Jasper German Club, and Psi Iota Psi. She enjoyed playing cards, especially Bridge, crossword puzzles, reading, crafting, sewing, shopping, and collecting.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Leo H. Boeglin; one daughter, Patricia Boeglin, Evansville; two sons, Edward Boeglin and wife Shelly, Huntingburg, and David Boeglin and wife Mary Sue, Jasper; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Jo Barrett, Evansville; one brother, Samuel Cutteridge and wife Susie, Eddyville, Kentucky; several nieces and nephews; and one aunt, Marge Hassler, Evansville.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Sharon Schmitt, one brother-in-law, David Barrett, and one grandson, Ted Boeglin.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at St. Henry Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Henry Church, Dubois County 4-H, or to the Jasper Kiwanis Club. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Diane M. Knies, 73, Schnellville

Diane KressDiane M. Knies, 73, of Schnellville, died Friday (June 30) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. She was born in Schnellville October 27, 1943, to Hilbert and Antionette (Prechtel) Knies.

Diane was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – Sacred Heart Campus. She loved playing bingo and listening to classic country music (Kitty Wells was her favorite).

She is survived by two sisters, Janice Erny and husband James, Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Marilyn Allen and husband Gerald, Milan; two brothers, Steve Knies and wife Mary, Boonville, and Lonnie Knies, Owensboro, Kentucky; nieces and nephews Kimberly Erny Wood, Lafayette, Kevin Erny and wife Catherine, Jefferson City, Missouri, Kristin Erny Meyer and husband Mike, Port St. Lucie, Florida, Karmin Erny Goeppner and husband Glen, Ireland, Jeff Allen and wife Bobbi, Maineville, Ohio, Jason Allen, St. Pete Beach, Florida, and Zachary Knies and wife Angie and Travis Knies, all of Boonville; one uncle,  Ernest Prechtel, Birdseye; one aunt, Lauretta Prechtel, Santa Claus; 24 great nieces and nephews; and eight great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hilbert and Antionette Knies.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.