Obituaries - November 26, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 10:00 AM
Larry Michael Brawner, 74, of Canaan, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 4, 1939, in Madison, to Cecil and Mildred Ringwald Brawner. He was raised in the Canaan community and was a 1957 graduate of Central High School. He began his career in law enforcement with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, where he was employed for two years and 10 months. He then joined the Madison Police Department serving 22 years and two months as an officer, retiring in November 1987 as the assistant police chief. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, farming and horses. He was a member of the Father Rielh Council 934 of the Knights of Columbus, the Fraternal Order of Police Stacks of Power Lodge 128. He also enjoyed helping children. He was a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, formerly Saint Anthony Catholic Church in China.
He is survived by two sons, Mike Brawner of Madison and David Brawner of Canaan; one daughter, Missy Demaree of Canaan; his companion, Marlene Green of Madison; one sister, Carolyn Brawner; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Gray Brawner, whom he married July 3, 1959, and who died Aug. 16, 1993; his father, who died Nov. 17, 1982; and his mother, who died Dec. 30, 2006.
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. at the St. Patrick Catholic Chapel. Burial will be in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in China.
Friends may call at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. The rosary will be said at 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The Fraternal Order of Police will hold a service at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Fraternal Order of Police Stacks of Power Lodge 128. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.
Doris Jean Hammers Clanney, 63, of Jeffersonville, formerly of Madison, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.
She was born Nov. 6, 1950, in Tuscumbia, Ala. She was a member of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1832. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Neal Clanney; two children, Vanessa Duncan and Marci Bounds; her mother, Jean Aline Holland Roye; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Newcomer Funeral Home in New Albany. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the service.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Kosairs Children's Hospital, 231 East Chestnut, Louisville, KY 40202.
Online condolences can be sent at www.newcomerkentuckiana.com.
Dora Eleanor Kibble, 68, of Rising Sun, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Rising Sun.
She was born June 6, 1945, in Centerville, Tenn., to Charles W. and Dorothy Louise Garrett Kibble. She was raised and attended school in Centerville, Tenn. She was employed early in life in the Dietary Department with the Muscatatuck Developmental Center in Butlerville for several years. She then worked for the Dairy Queen in Rising Sun. She retired from the Woodland Hills Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg. She had resided the past 13 years in Rising Sun and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rising Sun. She enjoyed being with her family, word puzzles books, playing cards and watching the Bengals.
She is survived by four daughters, Lynn Gibson of Florence, Jessica Riedman of Osgood, Jenny Calvert of Shelbyville, Ky., and Debbie Knight of North Vernon; three sons, Earl Hopper of Osgood, Jacob Bladen of North Vernon and Josh Bladen of Napoleon; one sister, Linda Herin of Florida; two brothers, Larry Kibble of Pennsylvania and Charles Kibble of Alabama; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by one son, Gabriel Isaac Bladen; her parents; and one grandson.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from noon until the service.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to a charity of the donor's choice. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences can be sent at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Marcella L. Sullivan Modisett, 96, of Madison, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at her residence.
Funeral arrangements and additional information are pending at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre.
Robert "Bob" Charles Norris, 67, of Atlanta, Ga., died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.
He was born Oct. 4, 1946. He served as a Marine in the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Janice L. Norris; four sons, Tim Watson, Lance Watson, Dwayne Norris and Kyle Norris; one sister, Donna Keating of Madison; 11 grandchildren; one aunt; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at H.M. Patterson & Son, Oglethorpe Hill Chapel in Atlanta, Ga. Burial will be in Georgia Memorial Park.
Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 11 a.m. until the service.
Online condolences can be sent at www.hmpatterson-funeral.com.
Harold Sams, 88, of Shumway, Ill., formerly of Madison, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 8, 1925, in Paint Lick, Ky., to Robert H. and Sallie Bolton Sams. He served in the Army Air Corps as a radar technician for the 15th Air Force from Jan. 15, 1944, to May 10, 1946, during World War II. He graduated from Hanover High School in 1947. He was employed for the Pennsylvania, Penn Central and later the Conrail Railroad as a signal-maintainer from 1949 until his retirement in 1985. He belonged to the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalman. He was a 50-plus year, 32nd degree Master Mason and a member of Greenland Masonic Lodge 665 in Beecher City, Ill. He was a deacon and an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Effingham, Ill. He volunteered with Effingham County FISH Organization and was involved with a group focused on restocking bass fish into Lake Sara. He enjoyed caring for his fruit trees, planting a large garden each year, fishing and flying his radio-controlled air planes with the RC Flyers Club. He also enjoyed spending time with his coffee buddies.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Lou Wells Sams, whom he married May 9, 1949; three children, Leslie Sams, Donna Kutcher and Dan Sams, all of Effingham, Ill.; one sister, Pauline Hensler of Hanover; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one second cousin; and many other relatives.
He was preceded in death by one son, Alan Sams; his parents; one sister, Geneva Cook; and one great-great nephew.
The funeral service will follow a Masonic service conducted by Greenland Lodge 655 at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Effingham, Ill. Burial will be in Arborcrest Memorial Park, Effingham, Ill. Military honors will be conducted graveside.
Friends may call at the church Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Central Illinois Honor Flight, 712 East Jefferson, Effingham, IL 62401 or Effingham American Legion 120.
Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences can be sent at www.johnsonandsonsfh.com.
Bernard F. Sommer, 91, of Madison, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at his residence.
He was born March 6, 1922, in Madison, to Gustav Sr. and Rose Ann Geyman Sommer. He resided all of his life in Jefferson County and was a 1941 graduate of North Madison High School. He served in the Army during World War II. He worked as an apprentice under Edward Hoffmann and soon became the owner of Sommer Masonry. He retired in 1988 after many years of restoring and brick laying. He was a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church; a 50-year member of the International Union of Brick Layers and Allied Craft Workers of Indiana and Kentucky Local 4; and the Knights of Columbus Lodge. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed yard work, being outdoors, computer card games, the beach and Indiana University basketball.
He is survived by his wife, Clara Mae Hoffmann Sommer, whom he married April 12, 1947; three daughters, Judy Sommer of Louisville, Ky., Connie Wolf of Madison and Cindy Long of Hanover; one son, Mike Sommer of Madison; one sister, Pauline "Polly" Whalen of Durango, Colo.; four grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by one son, Bernard Joseph Sommer, who died in 1948; his parents; three brothers, Gustav Sommer Jr., Herman Sommer and Raymond Sommer; and two sisters, Mary Elizabeth "Toots" Williams and Frances Yancey.
The funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Patrick Catholic Chapel. Burial will be in the St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion.
Friends may call at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Friends of Shawe and Pope John. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.
Terri Spenneberg, 59, of Vevay, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral arrangements and additional information are pending at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay.