John Birch

John Douglas Birch, 30, of Vevay, Indiana and formerly of Jacksonburg, Ohio, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in a truck accident on S.R. 56 at the Clifty Falls State Park south entrance just west of Madison, Indiana.

He was born Aug. 10, 1989, in Trenton, Ohio, to John A. and Pamela Douglas Birch. He grew up in Jacksonburg and graduated from Edgewood High School in 2008 where he competed in football and wrestling. After high school, he attended Miami University until transferring to Sinclair Community College to become a machinist like his father.

He had worked for MTR Martco in Middletown, Ohio, for several years and previously had worked at Dormans in Warsaw, Kentucky. He was currently employed at Clifty Engineering & Tool as a machinist specializing in programming. He enjoyed being outdoors, hiking with his dog and riding his side-by-side, but most of all spending time with his friends and workout buddies at Mad City Crossfit in Madison. He was quick to form friendships and lend encouragement and lived by the motto “Don’t talk about it, be about it.” He attended the Vevay Assembly Church in Vevay, Indiana.

Survivors include his parents of Vevay; his brothers, Kaleb Birch of Columbus, Ohio, and Luke Birch of Vevay; his sister, Molly Birch of Vevay; his maternal grandmother Barbara Douglas of Vevay; his maternal grandfather, Wendle Wayne Douglas of Chipley, Florida; his paternal grandparents, Ronald and Dora Birch of Trenton, Ohio, and two nieces, three aunts and an uncle.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at the Towne Boulevard Church of God in Franklin, Ohio. Interment will follow in the Collinsville Cemetery in Oxford, Ohio.

Visitation was Sunday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison followed by a memorial service. Additional visitations will be held at the church in Ohio from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and from 11 a.m. until time of service Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the John Birch Memorial Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Beverly Boldery

Beverly A. Boldery, 81, of Bedford, Kentucky, died Nov. 30, 2019, at Baptist Health, La Grange in La Grange, Kentucky. Arrangements and additional information are pending at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service or at www.lytlewelty.com

Joseph Bucceri

Joseph O. Bucceri, 67, of Madison, Indiana, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. Arrangements and additional information are pending at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service or at www.lytlewelty.com

Rita Craigmyle

Rita Jean Ralston Craigmyle, 69, of Vevay, Indiana, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana.

She was born Feb. 11, 1950, in Jefferson County, Indiana, to William Howard and Thelma Mae Bush Ralston. She grew up in Madison, Indiana, and was a 1968 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. She worked early in life at Grote Industries and then with the Madison State Hospital as a psychiatric attendant, from which she retired after 34 years. She was a devoted mother, loving grandma and sister. She found great enjoyment being with her grandchildren, working in her flowers, traveling, watching and feeding the birds — especially cardinals and hummingbirds. She was an avid IU basketball fan and enjoyed NASCAR.

She is survived by one daughter, Tammy Gray of Vevay; three grandchildren, Tanner Gray, Taylor Gray and Treyton Gray; her nieces and nephews, Robin C. Ball, Garry W. Ralston, Bryan Ralston, and Troy Ralston, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Bobby W. Ralston and William D. Ralston.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Dec.5, 2019, at 7 p.m., at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be private in the Springdale Cemetery in Madison.

Visitation will be Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Inpatient Facility. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

William Ford Jr.

William N. “Bill” Ford Jr., 84, of Madison, Indiana, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville.

He was born July 5, 1935, in Madison to William Nathan Sr. and Mary E. Bott Ford. He was proud of his Irish heritage and that his family had settled in Jefferson County in 1809 and he was a fifth-generation resident. He grew up in Jefferson County where he was a 1953 graduate of North Madison High School. He then received a bachelor of science in accounting from Indiana University Southeast in 1970. In 1965 he married Frieda Carol Fordyce in Borden, Indiana. He retired in 2000 after a 44-year career with the Indiana Kentucky Electric Corporation in Madison as a accounting supervisor. He also enjoyed farming and teaching part-time at Ivy Tech. He had an auctioneer’s license and dabbled a bit in that trade. He served two terms on the Southwestern School Corporation Board, was on the Jefferson County Farm Bureau Board, was a member of the Madison Genealogy Society, the Jefferson County Historical Society, Madison Jaycees, Historic Hoosier Hills, Resource Conservation and Development, and Historic Madison Inc. He was a near lifelong board member of the Neavill’s Grove Old Settler’s Meetings and often its historian.

He was involved in politics and was a devoted Democrat. He received the Spencer Schnaitter Award at the 2019 Annual Democrat Dinner. He enjoyed driving his 1968 Cadillac Convertible in the Madison Regatta Parade. He was a member of the Hanover Baptist Church and attended the Madison Presbyterian Church as well. After the death of his wife, Frieda, in 1996 and after a number of years, he met his companion, Joan McFadden, and they had enjoyed the last 10 years together. They enjoyed wintering in Vero Beach, Florida, and attending the First Presbyterian Church there. He enjoyed attending the Men’s Fellowship and volunteering at Second Chance and the Habitat ReStore. His hobbies included reading, traveling, history, Euchre and socializing with friends and family. He always had a smile on his face and never met a stranger. If there was a need you often found him helping to make sure that need was met.

He is survived by two sons, William Fredric “Fred” Ford of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Robert Michael “Bob” Ford of Madison; his companion of 10 years, Joan McFadden of Madison; his granddaughter, Poppy Memphis Ford and her mother, Adrienne Ford; his sisters-in-laws, Melody Jane Sizemore of New Albany, Indiana, and Sue Fordyce of Joliet, Illinois; two nieces and a nephew; several great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 31 years, Frieda Carol Fordyce Ford, and his brother-in-law, Jerry Fordyce.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Martinsburg Cemetery in Pekin, Indiana.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Frieda and Bill Ford Memorial Endowment of the Ivy Tech Foundation or the American Cancer Society. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Foster Helm

Foster Blanton Helm, 83, of Milton, Kentucky, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville.

He was born in Carroll County, Kentucky, April 24, 1936 to James T. and Hattie B. Walters Helm. He was a Baptist and farmed throughout most of his life. He retired as a drill press operator with Williamson Heater Factory, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War achieving the rank of SP5 and was a member of the Major Samuel Woodfill American Legion Post No. 9 in Madison, Indiana. He enjoyed going to country music venues and auctions around the area.

Survivors include a daughter, Darlyne Martin of Milton; and four grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Loetta Helm; three sisters, Fannie E. Foster, Cora Catherine Ward and Nannie Frances Helm, and two brothers, James S. Helm and Bennie Helm.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton, Kentucky. Burial was in the Ghent Masonic Cemetery in Ghent, Kentucky.

Online condolences may be made at www.tandyecklerrileyfuneralhome.com

Golden Hyman

Golden Delano Blakeman Scrogham Hyman, 86, of Hanover, Indiana, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover.

She was born Jan. 19, 1933, in Glasgow, Kentucky, to Eugene Pellen and Martha Elizabeth Fish Blakeman. She grew up in Metcalfe County, Kentucky, and attended school there. She married Joseph C. Scrogham Sr. in 1950 in Clarksville, Indiana. She had resided in Jefferson County for the past 55 years and was a member of the Hanover Baptist Church in Hanover. She was later married to Thomas W. Hyman. She had worked for Hanover College for 14 years in housekeeping and also as a cook at the Hanover Nursing Center for several years. She was a devoted wife, loving mom and grandma. She enjoyed quilting, shopping, being with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Faye Green Freeman of Canaan, Indiana and Sharron King of Hanover; two sons, Joseph C. Scrogham of Simpsonville, Kentucky, and Kenneth O. Scrogham of Lexington, Indiana; one brother, James P. Blakeman of Elkhart, Indiana; 12 grandchildren; 22-great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives, and many close friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas W. Hyman in 2001, one daughter, Elizabeth A. LaMaster, her parents; one brother, Tom B. Hayes, and two sisters, Myrtle Taylor Blakeman Clark, and Agnes Jean Blakeman Walker Rhea, and a step-daughter, Candy Sellers.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at 4 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre-Hanover Chapel, in Hanover. Interment will follow in the Kent Cemetery in Kent, Indiana.

Visitation will be Thursday from noon until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Tracey Johnston

Tracey Fisher Johnston, 58, formerly of Madison, Indiana, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee, Florida. Arrangements and other information are pending at Stewart & Hoagland Funeral Home, Scottsburg, Indiana.

George Ramsey

George Edward “Eddie” Ramsey, 55, of Madison, Indiana, formerly of Center Square, Indiana, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at his residence in Madison, Indiana.

He was born Jan. 28, 1964, in Anderson, Indiana, to George Dewey Ramsey Jr. and Mary Carolyn Marshall Ramsey. He grew up in Center Square and was a 1982 graduate of Switzerland County High School. He graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in 2017 with an associate’s degree in general studies. He was currently studying psychology at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana, to obtain his bachelor’s degree, which was to be completed in December 2019. He had been employed as a direct support professional for ResCare in Madison since May 2019. He had been general manager for Subway for the past four years. He also had been a cook for Key West Shrimp House, The Downtowner and The Red Pepper in Madison for several years. He was a former CNA for Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana, for several years and a former restaurant manager for Pilot Flying J for several years. He enjoyed all sports, especially University of Kentucky basketball, Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds.

He is survived by two sisters, Kim Fornash of Hanover, Indiana, and Tanya Pike of Bennington, Indiana; four nieces, Krystal Baringhaus, Stacey Earl, Amanda Krall and Sydney Sefton; four nephews, Matt Earl, Will Pike, Eric Fornash and Aaron Fornash; six great-nieces, and six great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Terri Wright.

A celebration of life will be Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at 7 p.m., at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the George Edward “Eddie” Ramsey Memorial Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com

James Turner Jr.

James C. Turner Jr., 79, of Milton, Kentucky, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison, Indiana. Arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.