Obituaries - January 9, 2013
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 10:00 AM
Freddy Bennett, 93, of Aberdeen, Md., formerly of Madison, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Aberdeen, Md.
He was born April 15, 1919, in Madison, the son of Samuel E. and Mary Carolyn Davis Bennett. He grew up in Madison. Following his father's death in 1924, he did odd jobs to support his family. He finished school in the ninth grade and began working full time. He was a baseball player and once hoped to play for the Cincinnati Reds. He served in the Indiana National Guard starting on Dec. 10, 1940, and serving during World War II as a gun mechanic. He was awarded the Good Conduct medal along with other service and campaign honors. His military service was featured in the World War II series produced by the Historic Hartford television program in February 2009. He began his federal career at Jefferson Proving Ground in Dec. 1951, transferring to Aberdeen Proving Ground in 1958, and retiring on April 6, 1979. He was a small arms repair specialist and optical sight specialist. He was active in his church and served as Sunday school superintendent, an ordained deacon and as chair of the deacons for many years. He enjoyed woodworking, telling stories about growing up in Madison, and watching the Baltimore Orioles and college sports. He also enjoyed the newspaper and keeping up with current affairs.
He is survived by six children, Michael Bennett of Aberdeen, Md., Mark Bennett Sr. of Maple Lawn, Md., Chris Bennett Johnson of Poinciana, Fla., Tony Bennett of Churchville, Md., Barry Bennett of Aberdeen, Md. and Catherine Eller of Havre de Grace, Md.; 17 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and many other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Ramona, whom he married in 1947; his parents; and four brothers; Edward Bennett, Wheeler Bennett, Lee Bennett and Harry Bennett.
A committal service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted.
Friends may call today after 4 p.m. at the Tarring Cargo Funeral Home in Aberdeen, Md. and at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Freddy and Ramona B. Bennett Scholarship Fund, c/o Aberdeen Heritage Trust, 60 N. Parke St., Aberdeen, MD 210001, or to the Dennis Holt Scholarship Fund, c/o the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County, 214 E. Main St., Madison, IN 47250.
Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.
Gretta Lee Pratt Bromwell, 86, of Columbus, formerly of Vevay, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Silver Oaks Health Campus.
She was born July 9, 1926, in Madison, the daughter of Charles D. and Lelia M. Allen Pratt. She was raised in Vevay and was a 1944 graduate of Vevay High School. She was united in marriage to John Collier. She was formerly a co-owner of Brad's Furniture Gallery in Columbus and Vevay for 48 years. She was a former office employee at the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay. She was united in marriage to Bradley Bromwell on Aug. 25, 1969. She had resided in Columbus since 1968. She was a member of the New Hope Christian Church in Columbus. She enjoyed traveling.
She is survived by her husband, Bradley Bromwell; one son, Patrick Collier of Vevay; one daughter, Ann Bromwell of Columbus; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Lee Ann Moore; her parents; and one brother, Charles Pratt Jr.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery.
Friends may call at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home in Columbus from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Vevay Church of Christ. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be sent at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Edward Coleman "E. C." Frederick, 97, of Commiskey, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon.
He was born Nov. 19, 1915, in Lincoln County, Ky., the son of Jesse Dye and Lula Florence Gifford Frederick. He graduated as co-valedictorian from McKinney High School in 1934. He spent one year in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Delta, Utah. He worked at Wright Aeronautical in Cincinnati, Ohio during World War II. In 1948, he moved to Indiana and began farming. He retired in 1979 from Cummins Engine Company, after 29 years of service. He was a member of the Commiskey Church of God. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, farming, gardening, hunting, fishing and woodworking. He also enjoyed gospel music, especially southern gospel quartets.
He is survived by four sons, Edward Frederick of Madison, Anthony Frederick of Yankton, S.D., Daryl Frederick of Floral City, Fla. and Jeff Frederick of Commiskey; one daughter, Faye Law of Commiskey; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Corena Graybeal Frederick, whom he married in 1940; his parents; and four sisters, Ella Coffey, Bertha Smith, Catherine Peck and Alma Hermanstofer.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral and Cremation Service in North Vernon. Burial will be in Vernon Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Commiskey Church of God. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences can be sent at www.sawyerfuneralservice.com.
Wilbur Henry "Wib" Heitz, 92, of Madison, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at King's Daughters' Hospital.
He was born Sept. 8, 1920, in Jefferson County, the son of Henry A. and Mildred Kalb Heitz. He resided nearly all of his life in Jefferson County and was a 1937 graduate of North Madison High School. He attended Hanover College for a year. He served in the Navy from May 18, 1944 to Feb. 19, 1946, rising to the rank of aviation electrician's mate second class during World War II. He was employed with the Jefferson Proving Ground from 1941 to 1957. In 1957, as the power plant was being built, he began working as an electronics engineer with the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation. He began classes with the University of Louisville the same year, earning a bachelor of arts degree in physics in 1964. He worked at the power plant until 1974. During that time, he also repaired appliances for the local Firestone store and taught a class in home electrical wiring at the Southeastern Career Center in Versailles. He began working for Hanover College in 1974 and served as superintendent of buildings and grounds until retiring in 1988. He enjoyed the Ohio River and boating with his family. He began membership with the Madison Regatta during the 1963-1964 hydroplane racing season, serving as president of the Madison Regatta in 1973 and as a longtime board member. He was the longest serving member in Regatta history. He served as an official for the Unlimited Hydroplane Circuit for 25 years. He built three different starting clocks for the circuit during his career. He was a lifetime member of the Madison Elks Lodge 524 and the Madison Moose Lodge 765. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Madison, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion and Madison Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1969. He enjoyed dancing with his wife, and listening to big band and popular country music.
He is survived by his wife, Mary A. Monroe Heitz, whom he married Nov. 28, 1941; two daughters, Mary Jacque "Jackie" Hall of Davenport, Iowa and Ann Wisman of Springport; two sons, Norbert William "Bill" Heitz of Mendoza, Argentina and Michael Anthony Heitz of Madison; one sister, Mary Louise Henry of Plainfield; two brothers, Bernard Heitz and Carl Heitz, both of Madison; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Norbert Heitz and Richard Heitz.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion.
Friends may call at the funeral hoem Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. until the service. Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion will host a final salute at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Madison Riverfront Development Project. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.
Deloris Patricia "Pat" Lunsford, 78, of Madison, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Ky.
Funeral arrangements and additional information are pending at Lytle Funeral Chapel.