Russ Durham

A memorial gathering for Russ E. Durham, 70, of Canaan, Indiana, a retired welding instructor from the Southeastern Career Center in Versailles, will be Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Canaan Volunteer Fire Department in Canaan. Interment will follow at a later date in the Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City, Nebraska.

A final salute will be Saturday, Aug. 31, at 2 p.m. by the Versailles American Legion Post 173 at the firehouse.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Russ E. Durham Scholarship Fund. Cards are available at the funeral centres and online condolences can be made at

Note: A full obituary appeared in the Tuesday, Aug. 27, print editions of The Madison Courier and is online at

Ruth Hunt

Ruth Juanita Koons Hunt, 93, of Florence, Indiana, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, at the Ridgewood Health Campus in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

She was born Jan. 30, 1926, in Patriot, Indiana, to Carroll and Elva Dewitt Koons. She grew up in Patriot where she was a 1945 graduate of Patriot High School. She worked in laundry for Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana, for three years. She was a cashier for Hunt’s Grocery Store in Florence for five years and for a local grocery store in Quercus Grove, Indiana. She also worked for Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. She helped on the family farm and was a wonderful homemaker. She was baptized at the Patriot Baptist Church and attended the Florence Christian Church. She enjoyed quilting, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary Stogsdill, of Florence; three sons, David Hunt and Dennie Hunt, both of Florence and Wayne Hunt of Bennington, Indiana; two sisters, Rebecca Hunt of Florence, and Roberta Young of Madison, Indiana; five brothers, Richard Koons of Warsaw, Kentucky, Randall Koons of North Vernon, Indiana, Rex Koons of Destin, Florida, Robert Koons of Guilford, Indiana, and Renny Koons of Milan, Indiana, seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, J.W. Hunt, and seven brothers, Roy, Ralph, Russell, Reed, Ray, Raymond and Ronnie Koons.

Funeral services will be Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay.

Interment will follow in the Eastview Cemetery, Patriot, Indiana.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ridgewood Health Campus in Lawrenceburg. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at

Jerry Mack

Jerry Kay Mack, 76, of North Vernon, Indiana, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, at River Terrace Health Campus in Madison.

She was born April 20, 1943, in Rushville, Indiana, to Harvey and Thelma Caswell Griffin.

She was a custodian for Jennings County Schools from 1996 until 2005 and a custodian and laundry worker at the North Vernon Nursing Home. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Canaan, Indiana. She enjoyed collecting Coca Cola memorabilia and attending auctions.

She is survived by a daughter, Kathy Perry of Madison, Indiana; her companion, Ricky Dudgeon of North Vernon; two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don Mack, and two sisters, Judith Mae Griffin and Freida Creel.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Service in North Vernon.

Visitation will be Saturday, Aug. 31 from 1 p.m. until time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Dupont Cemetery.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home for expenses.

Sgt. Charles Tice

Sgt. Charles Edward Tice, 45, of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department died Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, after a sudden and devastating battle with cancer.

He was born in Indianapolis Dec. 5, 1974. From a young age, it was obvious he would be someone who helped others, serving for the greater good. He graduated from Madison Consolidated High School in Madison, Indiana, in 1993, Franklin College in 1997, and the Indianapolis Police Department Training Academy in 2003. He began his career with IMPD as a patrol officer in the South district, but soon found his niche in working with larger, citywide teams aimed at reducing violent crime. He served with the proactive Street Level Enforcement Detail, Criminal Interdiction Unit, Neighborhood Resource Unit, Even Response Group, was promoted to Sergeant of the late tac shift for the Southwest District, and served most recently as the Sergeant on the Criminal Interdiction Section and Even Response Group. Tice received several accommodations and awards throughout his 16-year career. More importantly, he earned the friendship and respect of his fellow officers and the community he served. His death leaves an extensive absence in the lives of his extensive family who loved and respected him dearly.

In addition to his brothers and sisters in law enforcement, Tice is survived by his mother, Phoebe Sewell; his father and step-mother John and Susan Tice; two brothers Tim Tice and Ray Tice; one sister, Leann Sewell; a stepsister, Ashleigh Pugh; a stepbrother, Shane Pugh; several aunts, uncles, cousins, a nephew and his significant other, Janie Letourneau.

A visitation and service was held in Indianapolis with burial in Deputy, Indiana. Arrangements were handled by Crown Hill Funeral Home in Indianapolis.