Jean Collier

Jean Matson Collier, 87, of Hanover, Indiana, died Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the River Terrace Health Campus in Madison, Indiana.

She was born March 12, 1932 in Cincinnati, to Maynard Franklin and Elizabeth Irene Yelton Matson. She was raised in Cincinnati and graduated in 1950 from Aurora High School in Aurora, Indiana.

She met former Vevay High School and Hanover College basketball coach John R. Collier at Hanover College in 1950 and they were married in 1952. His coaching career led them to Vevay and Brookville, Indiana and then back to their alma mater, Hanover College, in 1966, where he was named the men’s head basketball coach. They enjoyed many years living on campus and Riverview Drive entertaining countless basketball teams, alumni reunions, supporters, former players and friends. She Loved to entertain and enjoyed opening up their home. They founded the Hanover College Basketball Camp in 1967 which is still serving many young basketball campers 54 years later. She enjoyed being a mom to countless basketball campers while they were away from home, found great joy shopping with friends, Susie and Marni, and enjoyed having beautiful flowers, playing bridge, reading, traveling, cooking, sending greeting cards and her pets. She also took pleasure in being involved with Hanover College Alumni Association, Tri Kappa and was a 50-plus year member of the Hanover Women’s knitting and sewing group. She was a member of Phi Mu Sorority, Hanover United Methodist Church, the Women’s Giving Circle, and was an avid bridge player. She enjoyed her grandchildren whether they were visiting in Hanover or Florida, where she and John retired, and enjoyed wintering in Venice for many years.

Survivors include her sons, John M. Collier of Cincinnati, Steve L. Collier of Fairfield, Ohio and David R. Collier of Madison; and four grandchildren, four great grandchildren and several cousins and other relatives

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 66 years, John Richard Collier, on Nov. 21, 2018.

Funeral services will be 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be private in the Hanover Cemetery in Hanover. Friends may visit from 2 p.m. until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hanover College Student Needs Fund, Hanover United Methodist Church or the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences,

Doyle Duff

Doyle Gene Duff, 70, of Madison, Indiana, died Monday, March 10, 2020, at The Waters of Clifty Falls after a battle with lung cancer.

He was born July 9, 1949, in Letcher County, Kentucky, to Fred and Agnes Combs Duff. He was raised in Hazard, Kentucky, and moved to Beaver Dam, Kentucky, as an adult where he worked and raised his two daughters. He was a coal miner for Green River and Peabody coal companies in Western Kentucky. He enjoyed watching UK basketball and taking his daughters on family vacations. He was a kind, free-spirited person, an avid story teller and loved to tell jokes.

Survivors include two daughters; Gina Ashby of Leitchfield, Kentucky and Shawna Johnson of Madison; four brothers, Lester Duff of Hazard and Cooley Duff, Elvis Duff and Billy Dean Duff, all of Terrell, Texas; two sisters, Hester James of Middletown, Ohio and Della Duff of Terrell; and four grandchildren.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; two brothers, Mike Duff and Benny Duff; and two sisters, Lilli Bell Duff and Betty Sue Duff.

According to his wishes, services will be private.

He gifted his brain to the Harvard Brain Bank to aid the research of schizophrenia, which he suffered from most of his life. Memorial contributions may be made to the Schizophrenia International Research Society.

Alan Ellis

Alan Ellis, 65, of Florence, Indiana, died Monday, March 9, 2020, at Norton Hospital in Louisville. Funeral arrangements and additional information are pending at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service,

“Sue Ann” Essex

Schaene “Sue Ann” Bromwell Essex, 64, of Dillsboro, Indiana, died Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Dillsboro. Arrangements are pending at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, Indiana.

Carol Hackney

Carol Jean Wallace Hackney, 65, of Scottsdale, Arizona and formerly of Madison, Indiana, died Thursday, March 5 , 2020 in Scottsdale.

She was born May 15, 1954, to Bob and Nellie Wallace, in Madison. She graduated from Indiana University with a BA in political science in 1977 and spent time living in Indiana, Ohio and California before living the last four years in Scottsdale. She enjoyed providing hospitality to others and serving Christ through serving others and was a loving wife, sister, mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Scottsdale Bible Church and attended the Community Connections Class there.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Ed Hackney, whom she married on July 12, 1975; three children, Jordan Hackney, Drew Hackney, Kendall Udofia; a sister, Robyn Brown; and three grandchildren, a nephew and an uncle

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. MST Friday, March 13, at Scottsdale Bible Church in the Grace Chapel. Visitation is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. MST Thursday at the chapel. Those who would like to share a story or picture of Carol, please send it (along with your name) to

In lieu of flowers online donations may be made to the Colton Cowell Foundation at

Arrangements by Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary and Cemetery in Scottsdale.

Pamela Keeton

Pamela Ison Keeton, 68, of Lexington, Indiana, died Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre.

Rodney Mershall

Rodney Eugene Mershall, 62, of Bedford, Kentucky, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville.

He was born May 4, 1957, in Madison, Indiana, to Bennie and Jean Smith Mershall. He farmed setting, cutting and striping tobacco. He enjoyed being outdoors, walking, fishing and hunting and was an avid Kentucky basketball fan.

Survivors include his daughter, Melinda Mershall of Port Royal, Kentucky; a brother, Bennie Joe Mershall of Bedford; a sister, Vickie Hudson of Milton, Kentucky; and two grandchildren and many other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation was chosen with arrangements by Ransdell Funeral Home & Monuments in Bedford. Online condolences,

Jean Perney

Jean Wilson Perney, 93, of Bloomington, Indiana, died Sunday, March 8, 2020, at her home.

She was born June 4, 1926, in Madison, Indiana, to Dale and Lola Phillips Wilson. She graduated cum laude from Hanover College in 1948 and received her Master of Science in Christian Ministries from Butler University in 1967. She took graduate courses in social work and mental retardation at IUPUI and dedicated her life to service first as Director of Christian Education at First Baptist Bloomington from 1948 to 1952 and First Baptist Madison, Wisconsin in 1958. She was Director of Community Outreach at Woodruff Place Baptist in Indianapolis from 1961 to 1968 and from 1969 until her retirement in 1992 she held various titles eventually serving as manager of community support services for the Marion County Association for Retarded Citizens.

Her community activities included organizing the Senior Citizens Club in 1961 and the Inter-group Friendship Women’s Club to promote interracial understanding in 1962. She taught a Seminar in Practical Christianity from 1970 to 1975, was a member of the Corrections Task Force with P.A.C.E. from 1975 to 1980, and a member of the state board of Indiana Association of Guardians. She was a founder of Habitat for Humanities in Indianapolis, a founder of Congregation of the Covenants and active in Church of the Savior in Indianapolis, University Baptist and First United of Bloomington. In her retirement she published genealogy books.

Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Diane “Patty” Perney and her son, David Perney, both of Bloomington; and four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Warren Perney and a sister, June Strauss.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 15, at Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home in Bloomington. Graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Fishers, Indiana. Visitation is Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given to Habitat for Humanities. Online condolence,

Lillie Sutherland

Lillie June Sutherland, 79, of Carrollton, Kentucky, died Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Signature Healthcare in Carrollton.

She was born Sept. 5, 1940, in Carroll County, Kentucky, to Henry and Ollie Elizabeth Smith Garrett. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Carrollton and a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, James “Jimmy” Sutherland; a daughter, Debra Cayton of Carrollton; two sons, Jeff Sutherland and Greg Sutherland, both of Carrollton; two sisters, Dorothy Ford of La Grange, Kentucky, and Hazel Fox of Bedford, Kentucky; two brothers, Raymond Garrett of Carrollton and Ross Garrett of Mulberry, Florida; and three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Richard Garrett, Earl Garrett and Russell Garrett; and a grandchild.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton. Burial will be at the Cayton Family Cemetery near Carrollton. Visitation is 11 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial gifts may take the form of contributions to Norton Cancer Institute, attention Renato V. LaRocca, in care of the funeral home. Arrangements by Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home.

Harold Thomas

Harold Ernest “Ike” Thomas, 90, of Madison, Indiana and formerly of Versailles, Indiana, died Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born Sept. 28, 1929, in Cross Plains, Indiana, to Ernest William Fredrick and Edna Klusman Thomas. He was raised in Ripley County and was a 1948 graduate of Cross Plains High School where he played basketball. He was inducted into the U.S. Air Force in Indianapolis on Feb. 26, 1952, and rose to the rate of staff sergeant serving in the 3545th ABGRU ATC in camera repair and photography during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 25, 1956 at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, receiving the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He returned home to Ripley County and began a career as manager of Halcomb Home Center in Versailles from 1963 through 1998. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Olean, Indiana, and had served on the church council. He then worked from 1988 until he retired on Dec. 31, 1994 as manager at Greensburg Lumber in Greensburg, Indiana. He was very patriotic and a member of the Leora Weare-Versailles American Legion Post No. 173.

He was married in 1952 to Glendora Burman in Dewberry, Indiana, and they had two children. He was then married in 1970 to Betty Juanita Linkmeyer until her death on March 26, 1998 and they had a son. He was last married on Jan. 24, 1999 to Joy Klineline Brown and they settled in Madison and became members of Resurrection Lutheran Church and he served on the Church Council.

Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Joy Klineline Brown of Madison; sons, Rick D. Thomas of Windermere, Florida and David A. Thomas of Versailles; a daughter, Sandra L. Zaccagnini of Orlando, Florida; his step daughters, Vickey Grace of West Port, Kentucky and Janie Werner of Milan, Indiana; his step sons, John Werner of Madison and Mike Werner of Vero Beach, Florida; a sister, Doris Droege of Olean; and seven grandchildren, two step grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two step great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 28 years, Betty Juanita Linkmeyer Thomas.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Madison. Interment will follow in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Olean. Friends may visit Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Military honors will be conducted at the graveside by the Leore Weare-Versailles American Legion Post No. 173.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery at Olean. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences,

Rev. Logan Whalen

The Rev. Logan Dean Whalen, 84, of Columbia, South Carolina, died Monday, March 9, 2020, at his home.

He was born Sept. 26, 1935, in Cynthiana, Kentucky, to Logan M. and Hazel Wright Whalen. He was a 1956 graduate of Asbury College and a 1961 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1963 and served five years in the United Methodist Kentucky Conference and 39 years in the United Methodist Florida Conference. Always preferring to serve in smaller churches, in Kentucky he pastored churches in Danville, Stone, Martin and Maytown. In Florida he served congregations in Sarasota, Reddick, Tampa, Pinetta, Cherry Lake, Greenville, Bunnell, Leisure City, Redland, Cross City, Greensboro, Boynton Beach, Canal Point, Shady Hills and Mayo.

He was well traveled, having visited 49 U.S. states and 21 foreign countries, and was proud to be an honorary Kentucky Colonel. He was an avid fisherman and sportsman, a strong believer in the importance of community, a dedicated member of Rotary International having attained Paul Harris Fellow distinction and was recognized as a Florida Master Gardener, a hunter safety instructor and a huge advocate of education and travel.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Reynolds Whalen; a daughter, Autum Whalen Singleton of Miramar, Florida; three sons, Logan E. Whalen of Norman, Oklahoma and John Whalen and Ralph Whalen, both of Columbia; and 12 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Worthville Cemetery in Worthville, Kentucky. A reception will be held at the Worthville Baptist Church immediately following the service.

Arrangements by Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton. Online condolences,