James Brooks

James Kirby Brooks, 83, of Versailles, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Woodland Hills in Lawrenceburg.

He was born Dec. 13, 1929, near Canaan, to James and Ethel Miller Brooks. He was a retired truck driver. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam War. He was a member of the Versailles Church of Christ, Napoleon Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Versailles American Legion.

He is survived by one daughter, Jackie Meadows of Greensburg; two sisters, Elizabeth Whitham of Madison and Elsie Freudenstein of Charlotte, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Curtis Whitham; and three sisters, Edna Mae Collier, Doris Brooks and Virginia Brinson.

A graveside service and burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion.

Friends may call at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Versailles Church of Christ. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent at www.skfuneralhome.com.



Ernestine New

Ernestine New, 85, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover.

Funeral arrangements and additional information are pending at Grayson Funeral Home in Hanover.



Earl O'Day

Earl Edwin O'Day, 93, of Rising Sun, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born Jan. 31, 1920, in Switzerland County, to Everett C. and Hazel Rayls O'Day. He was raised in Switzerland County, where he attended school. He served in the Navy from May 9, 1944 to Jan. 14, 1946, rising to the rank of Motor Machinist Mate 3rd Class, serving during the World War II. He received several medals. He resided the past 25 years in Rising Sun. He retired after 30 years of service as an operator with Seagram's Distillery in Lawrenceburg. He owned and operated O'Day Excavating in Lawrenceburg for 10 years. He was a member of the Rising Sun Post 59 of the American Legion and the Lawrenceburg Eagles. He enjoyed restoring antique cars and his motorcycle.

He is survived by his wife, Leitha Mae Busse O'Day, whom he married Sept. 5, 1984; one son, Jerry O'Day of Spring Hill, Fla.; one step son, Bret Martin of Lawrenceburg; two step daughters, Renee Cole and Ynez Taylor, both of Rising Sun; one half sister, Jean Adkins of Versailles; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his step mother, Juanita O'Day.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Vevay Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by Rising Sun Post 59 of the American Legion.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the First United Church of Christ in Rising Sun or to a charity of the donor's choice. Contribution cards are available at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, which is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences can be sent at www.haskellandmorrison.com.