Don Allen

Donald W. “Don” Allen, 90, of Vevay died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Norton Women and Children’s Hospital in Louisville.

He was born Oct. 12, 1928, in a farmhouse on Plum Creek Road in Switzerland County, the oldest son of Alva Clarence and Geraldine Wiley Allen. He was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1946 graduate of Vevay High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army March 28, 1951, in Indianapolis and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class on March 18, 1952, at Camp Carson, Colorado. He worked for the Madison Proving Ground in Madison and for the Switzerland County Soil & Water District for several years. On Nov. 3, 1969, he became a member of Switzerland Lodge #122 F&AM. On Dec. 6, 1969, he earned his 32nd degree through the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite — an arm of the Masonic Lodge. He received the prestigious 33rd Masonic degree Sept. 23, 1997, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At that time, he was one of only 24 Masons from Indiana to earn the degree; only one in 10,000 Masons receive this degree worldwide. He was also the only Mason in Switzerland County to receive this prestigious degree. He served as past master of Switzerland Lodge #122 F&AM and is a member of Murat Shine and the Southeastern Scottish Rite Club. For nearly 10 years, he served as the 10th district chairman of the Scottish Rite Valley, covering Switzerland, Ohio, Dearborn, Franklin, Ripley, and Decatur counties. He is also an honorary member of Florence Masonic Lodge #27 and was also an honorary member of Bennington Lodge #257 F&AM before it merged with the Switzerland Masonic Lodge #122 F&AM. In February 1995, he joined the Versailles chapter of York Rite and Royal Arch Masons. He was also a member of Mt. Sterling Baptist Church in Mt. Sterling, Indiana, and the Vevay American Legion Post #185.

Survivors include one son, Stephen D. Allen of Vevay; two stepsons, Marty Hankins of Vevay and William “Bill” Hankins of Panama City Beach, Florida; one brother, Harold Allen of Sun City, California; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Jean Lowe Allen; one son, Mark Wayne Allen; his parents; one sister, Wilma Jean Brown; his stepmother, Helen Jean Ragsdale; one stepdaughter, Linda Siefert; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

There will be Masonic services at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Burial with full military rites will be conducted by Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Vevay Cemetery in Vevay.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church or Switzerland Masonic Lodge #122 F&AM. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at haskellandmorrison.com

Patricia Kunze

Patricia Ann Graus Kunze, 72, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

She was born Nov. 17, 1946. She grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Broad Ripple High School, then studied at Florida College and the University of South Florida. She devoted her life to her religious beliefs.

She is survived by her husband Thomas “Tom,” whom she married in 1971; one daughter, Kelley; one son, Josh; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Graus.

Services will be at noon Friday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre.

A committal ceremony will be private at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent at morgan-nay.com

Mattie Stamper

Mattie Stamper, 88, of Hanover died Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at Thornton Terrace.

She was born March 20, 1930, in Hazard, Kentucky, to Joe Whitaker and Callie Gambil Whitaker. She was a homemaker and a farmer. She was a member of Old Regular Baptist Church, Valley Settlement, Deputy, Indiana. She loved to quilt, sew, garden, crochet, make ceramics, bluegrass music and spend time with her family and friends.

She is survived by two sons, Kenneth Spencer of Madison and Charlie Spencer of Lexington, Indiana; one daughter, Oredas Burdick of Madison; one brother, Jessie Whitaker of Hazard; one sister, Loretta Daniels of Hazard; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charlie Spencer; her second husband, Wick Stamper; three sisters, Ida Blythe, Viola Williams and May Stidham; four brothers, Lee, L.D., Jack and Shade Whitaker; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Buchanan Funeral Home in Austin, Indiana. Burial will follow New Providence Cemetery in Austin.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday after 9 a.m. until the service.

Online condolences can be sent at buchananfuneralhome.net