Obituaries


Linda Sue Uppencamp, 70, Winslow

Linda Sue Uppencamp, 70, of Winslow, died Wednesday (February 7) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Cynthiana February 16, 1947, to Paul and Audrey (Krohn) Montgomery. She married Paul Daniel Uppencamp August 10, 1964. He died April 12, 2004.

Linda was a homemaker and a member of The Gospel Center of Petersburg.

She is survived by three sons, Danny Uppencamp, Petersburg, David Uppencamp, Jasper, and Jerry Uppencamp, Petersburg; four daughters, Patty Froman, Lincoln City, Sheila Mosby, Winslow, and Tina Shober and Charmon, Jahn, both of Petersburg; two brothrs, Gene Montgomery, Huntingburg, and Ron Montgomery, Otwell; three sisters, Kathy Hartley, Petersburg, Pam Blanford, Winslow, and Peggy Layman, Ireland; one half-brother, Danny Montgomery; one half-sister, Sandy Burrows; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her step-father, John Uppencamp, four brothers, two grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at The Gospel Center. Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with burial following in Cup Creek Cemetery near Velpen. Pastor Rodney Fretwell will officiate.

Gloria L. O’Brien, 84, Jasper

Gloria L. O’Brien, 84, of Jasper, died Wednesday (February 7) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg March 15, 1933, to Theodore and Zella (Schurz) Bretz. She married Fred J. O’Brien August 13, 1955, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Gloria retired as a clerk for the Jasper City Utilities Office and also worked for Danner’s 3D Store in Jasper. She was a longtime volunteer for Holy Family Catholic School in Jasper and was active in the Holy Family Young Hopefuls 4-H Club. She enjoyed sports, drawing, watching her grandchildren play sports, and spending time with friends and family.

She is survived by her husband, Fred O’Brien; two daughters, Patti O’Brien, Huntingburg, and Liz Milligan and husband Joe, Jasper; three sons, Michael O’Brien and wife Andrea and Steve O’Brien and wife Lisa, all of Jasper, and Jim O’Brien, Lebanon; 11 grandchildren; one step-grandchild, and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call from noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with entombment following in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. Father Don Ackerman will officiate.

Ray Roesner, 82, Vincennes

Ray Roesner, 82, of Vincennes, died Wednesday (February 7) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Holland July 22, 1935, to Edmond and Edna (Werremeyer) Roesner.

Ray was a teacher, coach, and principal at Southridge High School and a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Holland.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Smith Roesner; two daughters, Jennifer Thomas and Donna Gray and husband Tony, all of Huntingburg; one son, Stan Roesner, Jasper; two sisters, Melba Werremeyer and June Seufert, both of Holland; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Janice (Meyer) Roesner, who died October 5, 2005, and an infant son, Jeffery Ray Roesner.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at St. James Church. Online condolences may be chared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. James Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor David Darling will officiate at the service.

Allan F. Harris, 76, Huntingburg

Allan F. Harris, 76, of Huntingburg, died Tuesday (February 6) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Chicago September 7, 1941, to Robert and Mary (McManus) Harris.

Allan was owner of a printing company and recently enjoyed his job as custodian with the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation at Cedar Crest Intermediate. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He is survived by one son, Russ Harris, Aurora, Illinois; two daughters, Megan Griffin, Yorkville, Illinois, and Robin Flory, Gurnee, Illinois; one brother, Brian Harris, St. Petersburg, Florida; two sisters, Janis McArdle, Paradise, California, and Barbara Wilt, Bradenton, Florida; and nine grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Frances Owles.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Craig Taylor officiating.

Gerald Wayne “Jerry” Royer, 67, Indianapolis

Gerald Wayne “Jerry” Royer, 67, of Indianapolis, died Tuesday (February 6) at Cypress Grove Rehabilitation Center in Newburgh. He was born in Huntingburg September 26, 1950, to Homer Lee and Martha Jane (Selby) Royer, Jr.

Jerry was a licensed funeral director, a former Dubois County Coroner; worked for the Ferdinand Police Department and the Marion County Police Department, and was a former Lieutenant of Marion County Sheriff Department. He served in the Army at Worms, Germany in communications and was a Viet Nam veteran and a former member of the Jasper VFW. he was a 32nd degree mason of the Nobels of the Mystic Shrine and loved his canine friends, especially Effie.

He is survived by one sister, Carolyn Sue Kemker and husband Bernard, Jasper; one brother, Thomas Allen Royer and wife Sue; and nieces, a nephew, and friends.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A masonic service is being planned for Thursday evening. Details can be found on Nass and Son website later today. The Marion County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a memorial service Friday morning at the funeral home prior to the church service. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper followed by burial in Enlow Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the VFW Post # 673 Memorial Detail.

Kenneth R. Humbert, 64, Birdseye

Kenneth R. Humbert, 64, of Birdseye, died Monday (February 5) at his home. He was born in Jasper October 12, 1953, to Lawrence and Bernice (Stemle) Humbert. He married Wanda F. Parsons January 6, 1990. She died July 21, 1995. He married Teresa Denning May 17, 1996.

Kenneth worked at Dubois REC for 30 years and later owned Deerview Camp. He was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Catholic Church, the U.S. Army National Guard, the Jasper Moose, and the Celestine Community Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Humbert; two daughters, Kris Kendall and husband Phil and Kelli Faulkenberg, all of Jasper; two sons, Cody Humbert and wife Holly, Celestine, and Corey Humbert and wife Lori, Jasper; one step-daughter, April Smith and husband Brian, Jasper; two step-sons, Shane Fawks and wife Angie, Haysville, and Shawn Fawks, Huntingburg; 10 grandchildren, his mother, Bernice Humbert, Jasper, one brother, Glenn Humbert and wife Cheryl, Jasper; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father and first wife he was preceded in death by one brother, Marvin Humbert.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at St. Celestine Church. 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 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Franklin H. “Tiger” Becher, 81, Ferdinand

Franklin H. “Tiger” Becher, 81, of Ferdinand, died Sunday (February 4) at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville. He was born in Ferdinand November 3, 1936, to Othmar and Susan (Seger) Becher. He married Jeanette Blume August 22, 1959, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Tiger was the former owner of Becher Plumbing and Heating. He was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church, and its St. Joseph’s Sodality. He was also a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 and St. Meinrad Knights of Columbus No. 5599. He was a retired Ferdinand volunteer fireman, was a scorekeeper at Forest Park basketball games for 20 years, and a long time Forest Park band booster. He served in the U.S. Army for three years and was self-employed in plumbing, heating, and roof work for over 40 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and had what many called the best kept garden in Ferdinand. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Becher; four daughters, Beth Bumm and husband Ronnie, Huffman Mill, Joyce Scherzer and husband Gary, Perry County, and Mary Sue Olinger and husband Kevin and Linda Wendholt and husband Donny, all of St. Anthony; four sons, Dean Becher and wife Mary, Steve Becher and wife Chris, Phillip Becher and wife Amy, and Christopher Becher and wife Kasey, all of Ferdinand; 23 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruthie Durlauf, Ferdinand; and two brothers, Tom Becher, Topeka, Kansas, and Charles Becher, Paris, Illinois.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Ann Potter and Cyrilla Lueken, one brother, Joe Becher, and three infant grandchildren.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial and military graveside rites by Ferdinand Legion Post 124 following in the church cemetery.

Morina C. Schaefer, 93, Ferdinand

Morina C. Schaefer, 93, of Ferdinand, died Saturday (February 3) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Mariah Hill May 10, 1924, to Frank and Mary (Lemmer) Miller. She married Robert B. Schaefer April 26, 1943, at Mary Help Of Christians Church in Mariah Hill. He died September 7, 2005.

Morina was a member of St. Meinrad Parish and its Ladies Sodality and St. Elizabeth Society and Ferdnand Senior Citizens. She was a homemaker and helped her husband on the farm. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, cooking, and playing cards.

She is survived by one daughter, LaVerne Gogel and husband Randy, Mariah Hill; two sons, Dennis Schaefer and wife Kathy, Middletown, Ohio, and Kevin Schaefer and wife Sheryl, St. Meinrad; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Vernita Sitzman-Nies, Mariah Hill.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Wayne Schaefer, one daughter, Erlene Cooper, one grandson, Todd Werne, and her twin sister, Adaline Fischer.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. (CST) Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at St. Meinrad Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Meinrad Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.

 

 

Karen L. Hilgeman, 66, Huntingburg

Karen L. Hilgeman, 66, of Huntingburg, died Monday (January 29) at her home. She was born in Schuylkill Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania June 23, 1951, to Carl and Angella Margaret “Peggy” (McLean) Hilgeman.

Karen was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg and at K-Mart in Jasper. She was a skilled knitter; enjoyed music and dancing, and love spending time with her cousins’ children.

She is survived by her uncle and aunt, Harold and Janice Hilgeman, Jasper; caregivers Toni and Stan Sollman and John and Becky Fenneman, all of Huntingburg; a number of cousins and their families; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

There will be no public visitation. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mayo Cemetery in Duff. Father Ryan Hilderbrand will officiate at the service. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Cletus A. Merkel, 84, Jasper

Cletus A. Merkel, 84, of Jasper, died Saturday (February 3) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Jasper November 28, 1933, to Leo and Anna (Seger) Merkel. He married Mildred C. Blessinger July 28, 1956, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Cletus served in the Indiana Army National Guard. He retired from the Jasper Cabinet Company after 40 years of service and later worked part time for Jasper Rubber Products. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid sports fan, especially a Notre Dame football, New York Yankee baseball, and Jasper Wildcat sports fan. He enjoyed bird watching and country and bluegrass music.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred “Millie” Merkel; four daughters, Brenda Dotterweich and husband Bill and Rhonda Collins and husband Mike, all of Jasper, Nanette Seng and husband Tom, Dubois, and Annette Kern and husband Jerry, Schnellville; four sons, Michael Merkel and wife Vicky, Jasper, Kurt Merkel and wife Darlene, Birdseye, Ronald Merkel and wife Wendy, Plano, Texas, and Scott Merkel and wife Becky, Hendersonville, Tennessee; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Rosie Preusz, Jasper, and Marie Leistner, Evansville.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one grandson, Nathan Merkel, one sister, Virginia Schroering, and two brothers, Sylvester and Linus Merkel.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, Holy Trinity Catholic Schools, Jasper Baseball Boosters, 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. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.