Norman Brown

Norman D. “Norm” Brown, 94, of Madison, Indiana, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 at River Terrace Health Campus in Madison.

He was born Sept. 5, 1925, in Milton, Kentucky, to Tullie Byron and Maude M. Smitha Brown. He grew up in Trimble County, Kentucky, attending the Milton United Methodist Church, and was a 1943 graduate of Milton High School. After high school he attended the Chicago Tech & Radio School and was then inducted into the U.S. Army March 23, 1945, in Louisville, rising to the rate of technician fourth grade serving in the Army Personnel Center during World War II. He was honorably discharged Nov. 14, 1946 at Camp Beale, California, receiving the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He lived for 41 years in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, later moving to Madison in 1993. He was a technician with WHAS in Louisville from 1963 to 1987 and for 10 years with WAVE-3 TV. He had a deep appreciation for golf and his passion often led him to the course for a 6 a.m. tee time to get his game in for the day by 8 a.m. After retirement, he spent many hours woodworking, using cherry, walnut, or reclaimed wood from the family farm. He had a tenderness for animals and cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His favorite teams were the University of Kentucky and the Cincinnati Reds.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Kaninenberg Brown; a son, Gary Brown of Clarksville, Tennessee; a brother, Robert Brown of Milton; three granddaughters, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William Gayle “Bill” Brown, Joseph M. Brown, Wayne D. Brown and John Byron Brown, and his sister, Betty Jean Brown Smith.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison with interment in Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison.

A final salute was conducted Friday at the funeral home by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion with full military honors at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison & Hanover. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Lisa Courtney-Ramirez

Lisa Ann Courtney-Ramirez, 56, of Mesa, Arizona, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at Hospice of the Valley-Friendship Village, Tempe, Arizona.

She was born Nov. 21, 1962, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, to Gerald Courtney and Sherry Lee Cole Courtney. She lived with her family on her grandparents’ farm until she was 2 when her family moved to Kokomo, Indiana. She attended grade school and high school in Kokomo before attending two years college at Rick’s College in Rexburg, Idaho. She later returned to Indiana and finished registered nurse training at IU-Kokomo. She worked as a nurse for almost 30 years, caring, loving, serving, respecting, and helping, even saving lives due to her unique talent of being aware that there was more to the situation than met the eye. She worked in every department learning all the telemetry and protocol, thus being knowledgeable enough to be able to work wherever she wanted, even being director of nursing at some of the hospitals. She loved animals and had quite a collection of cats, dogs, and horses wherever possible. Her dream of owning her own ranch was in motion when she acquired 40 acres in Prescott Valley, Arizona. She was in the process of working toward that ranch when she fell ill and learned she had a rare terminal cancer that had metastasized. After five months, she died, just three days before her 57th birthday. Her life was short but she really lived. She was a joy and an uplifting spirit wherever she went. She was a hard worker and expected that from others. She had a kind, loving heart, great sense of humor, and almost always a positive attitude. She had fun and she was fun. She was very blessed with a fantastic artistic talent. She has painted in oils, done sculpting, stained glass, ceramics, clay lift, porcelain, and woodworking.

She is survived by her parents; four children; one brother, Randy Courtney; grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins and numerous friends and associates.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Michelle Rene Courtney.

A celebration of life, was held Friday in Mesa. A visitation will be held locally from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, Indiana, with a graveside service to follow in the Vevay Cemetery there.

Memorial contributions may be made to any of the following: East Valley Animal Care and Control, 2630 West Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, Arizona 85201; Arizona Equine Rescue Organization, 34522 North Scottsdale Road No. D7-168, Scottsdale, Arizona 85266; Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, Arizona 85014; or The American Cancer Society, 4550 East Bell Road No. 126, Phoenix, Arizona 85032.

Richardson Funeral Home in Tempe and Haskell-Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay are both handling arrangements.

Jeffrey Ficklin

Jeffrey A. Ficklin, 47, of Madison died Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at his home.

He was born in Madison April 4, 1972, to Donald and Eva Sproessig Ficklin. He was a 1990 graduate of South Ripley High School and was employed with Nucor Steel at Ghent, Kentucky, where he worked in quality control. He was a former employee of Century Tube in Madison, the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, and had worked as a reserve deputy for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. He was a member of the Holton United Methodist Church, a former member of the Indiana National Guard, and had been active in Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Jefferson County. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include two brothers, Tim Ficklin of Rising Sun, Indiana, and Robert Ficklin of Palmyra, Indiana; two nephews Dustin Whiteford and Taylor Ficklin, two nieces Katelynne Whiteford and Sophia Ficklin, and a great-nephew, Dallas Whiteford.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Memorials may be given to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Jefferson County in care of the funeral home.

Jerry Garrett

Jerry Thomas Garrett, 69, of Paris Crossing, Indiana, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 3, 1950, in Seymour, Indiana, to Jessie and Hazel Smith Garrett. He was a pastor at his home church in Paris Crossing and worked for Auto Electric Service in North Vernon, Indiana. He had also worked as an airplane mechanic for the North Vernon Airport and in construction for both Bert Ray and Jack Pettigrew. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, flying and working on airplanes, building sprint cars, hunting, target practice and guns. He found the Lord at age 48 and his passion was the Word of God.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Fitzgerald Garrett; sisters Toni Lee of Columbus, Indiana, and Lynn Foster of Osgood, Indiana; his mother-in-law, Roberta Fitzgerald of Carrollton, Kentucky; a brother-in-law, Carl Glenn Fitzgerald of Carrollton, Kentucky; and a sister-in-law, Karen Rae Snyder of Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Service in North Vernon. Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service Tuesday. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Jennings County.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home for expenses.

Keith Hebner

Keith Lynn Hebner, 70, of Hanover, Indiana, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana.

He was born Dec. 11, 1948 in Madison, Indiana, to Paul Jackson and Eliza Jane Justice Hebner. He resided most of his life in Jefferson County and attended school there.

He was inducted into the United States Army on Feb. 11, 1969 in Madison and rose to the rate of Specialist 4 serving in the First Battalion, 67th Armor, 2nd Armored Division of the 4th U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked as a Recon Specialist and was an expert rifleman and first class gunner in tank weapons. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 11, 1971 from Fort Hood, Texas, receiving the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars. He remained in the reserves until he was discharged on Feb. 10, 1975.

He was married to Cornelia Lynn Schirmer on July 13, 2001 at the Broadway Fountain in Madison. He had worked at Arvin Sango in Madison and later at Craig Toyota in maintenance and detail for nearly 20 years until his retirement in 2016. He was raised in the First Baptist Church in downtown Madison and had attended Madison Assembly of God Church as well. He held life memberships in the Madison VFW Post No. 1969 and the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion. He enjoyed the outdoors, socializing, animals and listening to music.

Survivors include his father-in-law, George Schirmer of Madison; a niece, Anna Marie, and three other nieces and nephews, several cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Cornelia Lynn “Connie” Schirmer; a sister, Marie Goins; a brother-in-law, Ernie Goins, and his mother-in-law, Zelma “Zel” Ann Nighbert Schirmer.

Funeral services will be Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at 11 a.m., at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre-Hanover Chapel in Hanover, Indiana. Interment will follow in the New Bethel Cemetery near Chelsea, Indiana. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

A final salute will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Monday by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion at the funeral home with full military honors to follow at the cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter or the New Bethel Cemetery Association. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Hanover and Madison. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

William Jenner

William Edward Jenner, 77, of Madison, Indiana, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at King’s Daughters’ Health in Madison.

Biographical information is being complied by the family and will be available later.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Hanover Cemetery at Logan Point Drive in Hanover, Indiana.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday from noon until the time of service at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. The Western Fire Company No. 3 will conduct a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jenner Family Endowment through the Madison-Jefferson County Community Foundation, Madison Cubs Baseball or Western Fire Company No. 3. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison & Hanover. Online condolences cam be made by visiting www.morgan-nay.com.

Arrangements and other information will be announced by Morgan & Nay Funeral Center in Madison at www.morgan-nay.com

Stelma Johnson

Stelma Johnson, 95, of Ghent, Kentucky, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at her residence.

She was born Feb. 29, 1924, in Ethridge, Kentucky, to Addison and Harriet Fields Bladen. She was a housewife and had retired from Grote Industries in Madison, Indiana, after 17 years.

She was a member of the Jordan Baptist Church in Sanders, Kentucky. On her farm she loved to work in her garden, most recently this summer. She was an avid bird watcher and loved to hike. She also loved to play Scrabble and Yahtzee.

She is survived by two daughters; Linda Lee Swihart of Pendleton, Kentucky, and Debra Jean Jiles of Ghent, Kentucky, a stepson; Charles “Buck” Johnson of Carrollton, Kentucky; a brother, Frank Bladen of Ghent, Kentucky; and seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Lee Johnson; one daughter, Rita Jo Barr; three sisters, Edna Bladen, Ruth Hamilton and Della Miller, and four brothers, John, Herb, Ronald and Charles Bladen.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton. Burial was in the Ghent Masonic Cemetery in Ghent.

Memorial gifts may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

Kenneth Sellers

Kenneth Sellers, 59, of Commiskey, Indiana, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana. Arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover at www.morgan-nay.com

Brenda Murphy-Sigmon

Brenda Lee Murphy-Sigmon, 48, of Fairview, Indiana, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at her home in Fairview.

She was born Oct. 13, 1971, in Putnam, Connecticut, to Darrell Wayne Murphy Sr. and Wanda Ruth Hershman Murphy. She grew up in Sterling, Connecticut, where she was a 1989 graduate of Sterling High School. She completed her associates degree in accounting from Ivy Tech in 2001 and was an employee of Multiple Machining in Dillsboro, Indiana, for 13 years. She was also an accountant for Belterra Casino & Resort in Florence, Indiana, for two years. She enjoyed bird-watching, gardening, reading Stephen King novels and her dogs.

Survivors include her daughter, Amanda Estell Davis of Fairview; a brother, Darrell Murphy Jr. of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dennis Lynn “Denny” Sigmon, and a sister, Debra Murphy.

There will be no services at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brenda Lee Murphy-Sigmon Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, Indiana. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com

Bernice Tomlinson


Bernice E. Tomlinson, 91, of Carrollton, Kentucky, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at the Signature Healthcare of Carrollton. Arrangements will be announced by the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton.