Leola Brinson

Leola Maxine Dennis Brinson, 91, of Benham, Indiana, died Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Jewel House in Madison, Indiana. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, Indiana.

David Chamness

David Allen Chamness, 58, of Madison, Indiana, died Thursday, June 4, 2020, at his home in Madison.

He was born Dec. 1, 1961, in Scottsburg, Indiana, to Orian Maurice and Carol Alice Copple Chamness. He was raised in Lexington and attended the Lexington Christian Church. He was a 1980 graduate of Scottsburg High School.

He was inducted into the U.S. Air Force on Nov. 13, 1980, in Louisville, and served basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He rose to the rank of Sergeant and served during the Panama and Persian Gulf Era with the 43rd MMS at Anderson AFB Guam and worked with the Munitions Systems (AMMO) 461 USAF. He was honorably discharged on Aug.15, 1991, from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, receiving the Air Force Training Ribbon, the Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the NCO PME Graduate Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon, the Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

He was married in Las Vegas and lived there for 15 years working in maintenance for an apartment complex. He and his wife moved to Madison in 2005, and he worked for Orschlein Farm & Home and then for Anderson Sales and Service. He was very involved with the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion in Madison and had served as Sergeant at Arms and was a member of the Honor Guard the past two years. He also served as a Vice Ride Director with the Legion Riders. He enjoyed painting, woodworking, riding his motorcycle, fishing, gardening and watching NASCAR.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Lynda Margaret Deverson Chamness, of Madison; his sons, DJ Chamness of Guam, Terrence Chamness of Florida and Aaron Chamness of Madison; a step-daughter, Amy Bruso of Derby, Kansas; his sister, Vicki Reed of Henryville, Indiana; his brother, John Maurice Chamness of Charlestown, Indiana; and 12 grandchildren, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters, Karla Eskridge and Michelle Cissell.

Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 8, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Friends may visit from 4 p.m. until time of services Monday at the funeral.

A final salute and military honors will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion with a final memorial ride with the Legion Riders.

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

Robert Kernen

Robert M. “Bob” Kernen, 89, of Madison, Indiana, died Friday, June 5, 2020, at the Hickory Creek of Madison in Madison.

He was born on Dec. 19, 1930, in Madison, Indiana, to Joseph C. and Sarah Davis Kernen. He grew up in the Canaan, Indiana, area until age 11 and lived the rest of his life in the Madison community. He was a 1949 graduate of North Madison High School and attended insurance school and took many classes for the insurance business over the course of his career. He had worked at the House of Flowers from age 17-20, then began a career in funeral service working at Lytle Mortuary from 1951 to 1959 before going into the insurance business. He had worked at the McCauley Agency from 1988 to 1993. He had also worked as a Prudential agent and representative for securities and insurance for 29 years before retiring in 1988. After retiring, he worked at Vail-Holt Funeral Home-Hanover Chapel for several years and then for the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre for 12 and one half years. He attended First Baptist Church and enjoyed mowing his grass, fishing, hunting and playing golf.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 69 years, June Ann Ireland Kernen, of Madison; his daughter, Debra “Debbie” A. Kernen, of Treasure Island, Florida; his sons, Jeff R. Kernen and Richard B. Kernen, both of Madison; and seven grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, a nephew and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his half-brother, Harold R. Kyle; his half-sisters, Norma Winifred Kyle and Nelda Elizabeth Kyle Cox; and his stepmother, Mary Marcella Johann Kernen.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Fairmount Cemetery in Madison. Friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Madison. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com.

Caroline McCauley

Caroline M. Lynch McCauley, 90, of Madison, Indiana, died Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the home of her daughter in Madison. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, www.morgan-nay.com.