Justin Blankenship

Justin Alan Blankenship, 30, of Hanover died Friday, March 22, 2019, in a motorcycle accident on Lanier Drive in Madison.

He was born Dec. 4, 1988, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to Jeffrey Alan Blankenship and Heather Lee Bennett Dunn. He lived in Carrollton from the age of 9 and graduated from Carroll County High School in 2007, where he excelled in all sports. He was a Kentucky All-State football and baseball star. He went on to play college baseball for Campbellsville University and Eastern Kentucky University. He had served two-and-a-half years in the U.S. Marine Corps and had attained the rank of Lance Corporal working in special intelligence. He was trained to be a welder and served in this capacity all of his working career. He had worked as a welder fabricator for Stone’s in Carrollton and as a contractor for North American Stainless. He currently was working with 3-D Metal Works, a contractor for NUCOR Stainless in Ghent, Kentucky. He had lived the past year in Hanover and was attending Faith Lutheran Church in Madison. He loved tinkering and working on cars. He was very mechanical and stayed busy helping others. He loved his sons and enjoyed his time with them. He loved playing golf, baseball, football, riding motorcycles and being with his family and friends.

He is survived by two sons, John Alan Blankenship of Hanover and Jacob Lee Blankenship of Louisville; his father and stepmother, Jeffrey Alan Blankenship and Tina of Carrollton; his mother, Heather Lee Bennett Dunn of Columbus, Ohio; his paternal grandparents, Jack and Sue Blankenship of Nicholasville, Kentucky; his maternal grandmother, Wanda Bennett of Madison; his step-grandparents, Carl and Gloria Rippey of Madison; one brother, Richard Blankenship of Carrollton; one sister, Amber Blankenship of Carrollton; two stepbrothers, Brett Rippey of Cincinnati and Mikel Rippey of Florence, Kentucky; one stepsister, Christen Newby of Florence; and several other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Richard Bennett.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison. Burial will follow in Saint Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery in Hunter’s Bottom in Carroll County, Kentucky.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Justin Blankenship Remembrance Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent at morgan-nay.com

Jonathan Coomer

Jonathan E. Coomer, 45, of Austin, Indiana, died Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Norton’s Hospital in Louisville.

He was born May 31, 1973, in Seymour, Indiana, to Roger D. and Priscilla Helton Coomer. He graduated from Columbus East High School in Columbus, Indiana, in 1990. After graduation he went to work at Toyota Industries, then to Arvin Industries in 1995. In 2008, he left Arvin and went to work for Aisin DriveTrain in Crothersville, Indiana. He then worked in the construction business. In 2016, he worked for Dave Bruce then from 2018 until now for E.T. Masonary in Austin. He was baptized in August 2018. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, fishing, NASCAR and visiting his family and friends.

He is survived by his companion, Hailey Pasley of Austin; one daughter, Alexus White of Austin; one stepson, Clayton Byrd of California; his father and stepmother, Roger D. and Sandy K. Coomer of Seymour; four brothers, Jerry L. Coomer of Columbus, Roger E. Coomer of Hayden, Indiana, Allen M. Ginkins of Madison and Ken Helton of Sedalia, Kentucky; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Buchanan Funeral Home in Austin. Burial will follow in Spurgeon Cemetery in Austin.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Online condolences can be sent at buchananfuneralhome.net

Jennifer Easton

Jennifer Renee Easton, 36, of Carrollton, Kentucky, died Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton.

She was born June 11, 1982, to Harold Randall Easton and Karen Willis Easton. She was a graduate of Carroll County High School. She was a University of Louisville fan and enjoyed coloring and scrapbooking. She was a homemaker and a mom who would do anything for her children.

She is survived by her father, Harold Randall “Randy” Easton of Frankfort, Kentucky; her mother, Karen Willis Easton of Carrollton, two daughters, Jayden Kinman and Kinley Harsin, both of Carrollton, her maternal grandmother, Mary Willis of Carrollton, a brother, Chad Easton of Carrollton, two sisters, Danielle Easton of Louisville, and Brittany Easton of Rising Sun, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Keeley Harsin, her maternal grandfather, George Willis, her paternal grandparents, Harold S. Easton and Ouida Easton.

Funeral services were Monday, March 25, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home. Visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Louis Kleopfer

Louis R. Kleopfer, 83, died Sunday, March 17, 2019, at Hospice of South-Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana.

He was born Sept. 4, 1935, in Lexington, Indiana, to Elmer Seivings Kleopfer and Ethel Craigmyle Kleopfer. He graduated with a bachelor’s in education from Hanover College and continued his education, earning a master’s degree and nearly a doctorate degree. While his primary studies were in education, he held a keen interest in botany and in-depth knowledge of nearly every tree species in the area. He was a respected high school teacher, basketball and cross-country coach, and athletic director during his career. In addition to those full-time positions, he continued with his love of animals and farming, raising cattle, race horses, goats and a variety of crops throughout the years. He was a member of the Lexington Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Joyce Kleopfer; a brother, John Kleopfer; a son, Archie Kleopfer; two daughters Deborah Kleopfer and Lisa Williams; three stepdaughters, Rhonda Thompson, Brenda Plessinger and Tyra Miller, two grandsons; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dale and Kenneth Kleopfer.

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2019, at Lexington Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lexington Cemetery Association, c/o Collins Funeral Home, 465 W. McClain Ave., Scottsburg, Indiana 47170. Online condolences, www.collinsfuneralhome.net

Bonnie Mahoney

Bonnie Jean Andrew Mahoney, 87, of Madison died Saturday, March 23, 2019, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital.

She was born July 6, 1931, in Trimble County, Kentucky, to Elmer E. and Ruby Violet McClure Andrew. She was raised in Trimble County and attended Milton High School. She and her family lived 10 years in Tell City, Indiana, and she worked in the Tell City school system for four years in food service. The family moved back to Jefferson County in 1973 and she worked for 22 years with Madison Consolidated schools, retiring in 1996 as the food service director. She was a faithful member of North Madison Christian Church. She enjoyed directing the flower ministry at church, helping with funeral dinners and women’s fellowship. She found enjoyment in playing cards especially bridge. Visiting the sick, the shut-ins and people at the nursing homes was very important to her, and she faithfully served in that mission all her life. She was also a member of the Hi-Neighbors Home Ec Club. She was an excellent cook, baker, especially her pies, arranging flowers, crocheting and being with her large family. She was awaiting the birth of her 18th great-grandchild.

She is survived by five sons, Ron Mahoney and Patrick Mahoney, both of Indianapolis, David Mahoney of Tell City, Indiana; Darrell Mahoney of Madison, Rick Mahoney of Fishers, Indiana; one daughter, Norma Jean Mahoney of Madison; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Delbert Mahoney; her parents; three sisters, Virginia R. “Jenny” Andrew Johnson, JoAnn Andrew Thevenow Degler Rutherford, and Nancy L. Andrew Michaels; and three brothers, Randall Andrew, Uhel C. Andrew, and James Andrew.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at North Madison Christian Church. Burial will follow in Moffett Cemetery in Milton, Kentucky.

Visitation will be at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the North Madison Christian Church. Cards are available at the funeral homes and the church.

Online condolences can be sent at morgan-nay.com

Mona Shoemaker

Mona Burkhalter Shoemaker, 75, of Markland, Indiana, died Saturday, March 23, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, Kentucky.

She was born Nov. 7, 1943, in Kokomo, Indiana, to Maurice and Mona Walker Burkhalter. She was raised in Corbin, Kentucky, and was a 1962 graduate of the Indiana Academy in Cicero, Indiana. She attended classes at Sullivan College in Louisville for accounting. She attended the Pewee Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church in Pewee Valley, Kentucky. She had lived in Markland, Indiana, since 1997, where she and her husband enjoyed restoring their two story brick home. She was a wonderful homemaker and provided child care for several years.

She is survived by one daughter, Amanda Foster of Alexandria, Kentucky; one sister, Jane Ann Rambert of California; four grandchildren; and three nieces and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Taylor “Bill” Shoemaker; and her parents.

There will be a celebration of life at 4 p.m. Sunday at Pewee Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church in Pewee Valley, Kentucky.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at haskellandmorrison.com

Catherine Wyatt

Catherine “Birdie” Marie Wyatt, 88, died Friday, March 22, 2019.

She was born August 12, 1930, in Goshen, Indiana, the oldest of four daughters, to Murrel and Mary Sanders Lyle, known as Grand Mama and Grand Daddy. Like her father, she passed away from throat cancer in the spring of her 88th year. With deep roots in Oldham County, Kentucky, she was a proud resident of Harrods Creek, Kentucky, where she owned and operated an alterations shop. Her customers weren’t just acquaintances but personal friends with whom she shared life’s joys and challenges. Previous to the opening the shop, she enjoyed several years working and laughing alongside friends at Cissell Manufacturing in Louisville. Upon retirement, she settled on a small farm near her beloved Madison, where she found peace among her antiques, fine china and many collectibles while continuing to sew and socialize at the local Kroger store. She will be remembered for her intelligence, eccentric style, determination, love of shopping, unconventional humor, flair for design, ease of conversation and appreciation of good food. She loved singing in the Prospect Baptist Church choir and playing the piano by ear. She was a sympathetic listener who never gave up on the ones she loved and always chose to see the best in them. She was always the magnet people gravitated to at family reunions for her colorful stories and her genuine joy in hearing about the lives of all she met. Above all she was a survivor who made it through life with dignity and social grace.

She is survived by her children, Shari Wilson of Madison, Gary Purvis of Seabrook, Texas, Ilea Mannering of LaGrange, Kentucky, and Chris Wyatt of Louisville; two sisters, Delores Van Wye and Linda Pritchett, both of Madison; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two children, Debra Conklin and Mark Wyatt; one sister, Margaret Neace; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Vail Chapel.

There will be a graveside service with burial to follow Wednesday in Resthaven Memorial Cemetery in Louisville.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be made at any of the funeral home locations.

Online condolences can be sent at lytlewelty.com