William Kaag

William C. “Bill” Kaag, 88, of Shelbyville, Kentucky and formerly of Madison, Indiana, died Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Hosparus Inpatient Unit of Norton Pavilion in Louisville.

He was born May 13, 1931, in Jefferson County, Indiana, to Henry Jacob and Ruth Mildred Gasaway Kaag. He was raised in Jefferson County as a member of the Sharon Hill Presbyterian Church about a mile from the family farm and graduated from Hanover High School in 1949 where he was valedictorian of his class and the point guard for the Hanover Bulldogs basketball team his senior year. Determined to go to college, he worked to save money and graduated from Hanover College in 1953. He majored in chemistry and went to work at the Jefferson Proving Ground as a chemist.

In 1955, he joined the U.S. Navy and studied for his master’s degree in meteorology at the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, California. During his 20 year naval career, he served throughout the U.S. and overseas, including a year on board the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany deployed off the coast of Vietnam. He was honorably discharged after serving two terms in Vietnam on July 31, 1975 at Norfolk, Virginia. He received the Vietnam Service Medal with Two Bronze Battle Stars, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation Medal, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with Date Bar, and the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross). He retired after 21 years of service with the U.S. Navy as a meteorologist and oceanographer and his last duty was served in Iceland.

He had married Betty Lou Bucchino in Honolulu on April 8, 1957 and they had three children. He completed his master’s of education from Memphis State University and returned to Jefferson County where he worked as a math teacher at Southwestern High School in Hanover, served as a real estate broker, and later as a computer programmer for the Courier-Journal newspaper in Louisville. He and his wife bought the family farm from his mother and he enjoyed raising soybeans, corn and beef cattle. He was a proud and faithful member of the Schmidlap Masonic Lodge No. 408 F. & A.M., Murat Shrine and Scottish Rite. He was a member of Kent United Methodist Church where he had served as treasurer and also served on the Kent Water Board for many years. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, making syrup from his own maple trees, raising a large garden, where he grew his famous tomatoes. He loved sports, especially IU basketball, and being with his family. He and his wife moved to Shelbyville to be near their daughter and attended the Centenary United Methodist Church there.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years; a son, William “Greg” Kaag of Stafford, Virginia; his daughters, Deborah “Debbie” Schappert of Chesapeake, Virginia and Kathryn “Kathy” Woods of Bagdad, Kentucky; and five grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Robert Kaag, and his sisters, Dorothy Gray and Norma Nichols.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Friends may visit from 11 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

A final salute will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, by Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion and the Great Lakes United States Naval Ceremonial Unit at the funeral home with Military Honors to follow at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kent United Methodist Church, the Schmidlap Masonic Lodge No. 407 F. & A.M. or Hosparus. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Kenneth Lail

Kenneth “Ken” Ray Lail, 81, of Bristol, Indiana, died Thursday, March 12, 2020, at his home in Bristol.

He was born Dec. 15, 1938, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Larkin Sr. and Elizabeth Holmes Lail. A graduate of Henry Clay High School there, he attended the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. He married Linda Jane Bell of Trimble County and they lived there for several years while he served as a Kentucky State Police Trooper. After leaving law enforcement in 1964, he joined Grote Manufacturing in Madison, Indiana, before moving to Elkhart, Indiana, in 1971. In Elkhart, he held numerous management positions in the recreational vehicle industry until 1980 when he and his wife co-owned and partnered in Keyline Sales and Linken Inc. He was also president of Lail Realty LLC and a former member of the Rotary and Elks clubs.

He cherished being an Kentucky Colonel and the humorous questions that sometimes innocently arose since most of his northern friends and colleagues knew nothing about the honorary title.They often asked him if he knew Colonel Sanders. Although a high handicapper, he enjoyed playing golf and held membership at various country clubs, including Christiana Creek and Elcona near Elkhart and the Classics at Lely Resort in Naples, Florida. He had played baseball and basketball in his youth and coached Little League baseball and followed a variety of sports. He loved the beaches of Naples, Marco Island and Gulf Shores, and the outdoors. He loved to fish whether on the banks of the Ohio River, creeks of Kentucky, lakes of the south or the ocean.

He is survived by five children, Denise Crafton of Hanover, Indiana, Joy Bray of Wasilla, Alaska, Brian Lail of Elkhart, John Lail of Bright, Indiana and Leslie Lail Futterknecht of Bristol; a brother, Marion Lail of Lexington; and 12 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 54 years; his daughter, Jody; and his brother, Larkin Lail Jr.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow at Moffett Cemetery in Milton, Kentucky. Friends may visit from noon until time of services Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or the Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury Institute. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Merle Smith Jr.

Merle Smith Jr., 61, of Turners Station in Carroll County, Kentucky, died Saturday, March 14, 2020, at his residence.

He was born on March 12, 1959, in San Pedro, California, to Merle Smith Sr. and Alberta Marie Eby Smith. He was president of Smith Tool and Fabrication in English, Kentucky, where here was a machinist. He was a member of the English Baptist Church and in his spare time enjoyed fishing, playing video games, nature and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his father; his wife, Yolanda Popp Smith, of Turners Station; a daughter, Kristian Elizabeth Stone of Turners Station; a son, Travis Smith of Turners Station; a sister, Diane Marie Hahn of Metamora, Ohio; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother; a brother, Tony Lee Smith, and a grandchild, Gauge Chrisman Brock.

Due to current Centers for Disease Control guidelines to combat the coronavirus, funeral Services and visitation will be private at the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton, Kentucky. Burial will be in the English Cemetery near Carrollton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the Smith Family in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements entrusted to Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home.

Arthur Scully

Arthur Wayne “Art” Scully, 47, of Deputy, Indiana, died Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts.

He was born Oct. 19, 1972, in Madison, Indiana, to Ray and Marilyn Louise Smith Scully. He was raised in Deputy and was a 1991 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. He began his working career in the foundry business at Golden Foundry in Columbus, Indiana. He later worked 17 years at North Vernon Industrial Company in the Melt Shop and as a supervisor. He had worked the past two and a half years with Industrial Demolition as an operator and was currently working in Massachusetts at the time of his death. He enjoyed learning to play the guitar, being with his family and playing video games.

He had married Stacy Runge in 1995 and had a son. He later married Rebecca “Becky” Weaver in 2001 and they had two daughters and a son.

Survivors include his parents, of Deputy, Indiana; his daughters, Briana Scully and Raeanne Scully, both of La Grange, Kentucky; his son, Phillip Wayne Scully of La Grange, Kentucky; a brother, Doug Scully of Deputy; and several aunts and uncles, great aunts and a great uncle and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his son, Hunter Ray Scully, in 1996, his grandparents and five aunts and an uncle.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Lick Branch Cemetery in Deputy. Friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the funeral home.

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