John Birch

John Douglas Birch, 30, of Vevay, Indiana, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in a car accident on S.R. 56 west of the south entrance to Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana.

He was employed with Clifty Engineering and Tool Company in Madison and a member of Mad City Crossfit in Madison. He is survived by his parents, John and Pam Birch of Vevay, Indiana.

Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison with the funeral services at 7 p.m. that day.

A complete obituary will be published at a later date.



Martha Boaz

Martha Jane Morris Boaz, 88, of Lexington, Indiana, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.

She was born Dec. 15, 1930, to Walter T. Morris and Lillian Marshall Morris. She married Condon “Bud” Boaz Jr. and worked at King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Marble Hill Power Plant, and Conn Organ Manufacturing Co. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, sewing, spending time with her family and her beloved cats.

Survivors include two daughters, Denise Chatham and Diane Boaz Ramsey, grandson Travis A. Chatham, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her two brothers, Dale C. Morris and John Morris.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 at Love Funeral Home in Palmyra, Indiana, with burial in the Palmyra Cemetery there. Visitation will be from noon to time of service Sunday.



Sarah Gierzynski

Sarah Elisabeth Gierzynski, 78, of Columbus, Indiana, formerly of North Vernon, Indiana, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility in Columbus.

She was born April 30, 1941, in Indianapolis, to Joseph O. Carson II and Mary Elisabeth Pickler Carson. She married Terrance “Terry” Gierzynski in 1993. She was a 1958 graduate of North Vernon High School and a 1962 graduate of Indiana University Bloomington where she received master’s and doctorate degrees in piano performance. She spent many years teaching music to many students. Over the years, she taught at Madison Music Center and played piano for many churches and events. She formerly owned and operated North Vernon Musical Arts Studio, taught music appreciation at Ivy Tech College for several years and played piano at Hanover College.

She was a former member of St. Mary’s Church in North Vernon and played piano for Faith Lutheran Church in Columbus, was a former member and piano player for North Vernon Presbyterian and North Vernon Methodist Churches; played piano for Jennings County Schools, First Christian Disciples of Christ in Madison and Vancouver, Washington; and was a former member of Jennings County Players and Wednesday Research Club. In her free time, she enjoyed playing piano, music, attending church, sewing and traveling.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Hugh Partridge of North Vernon; a daughter, Elisabeth Hegmann of Columbus; and three grandchildren, all of North Vernon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Benjamin Baker and John Hegmann; and a sister, Olga Pelance.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in North Vernon. Family and friends may call at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Service in North Vernon from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in the Vernon Cemetery in Vernon.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the Jennings County Community Foundation.



Junior Grimes

Junior Lee Grimes, 86, of Madison, Indiana, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 at Majestic Care in North Vernon, Indiana.

He was born June 5, 1933, in Madison to Logan and Lena Hart Grimes. He worked at Campbells Restaurant, the U.S. Post Office and Sandstone Industries.

Survivors include his caregivers, Roger and Myrtle Smith, and his friends at Point of Grace Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and the foster parents who raised him, Edgar and Elizabeth Holwager.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec, 3, 2019, at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Vail Chapel, on Madison’s hilltop with interment to follow in Sharon Hill Cemetery in Hanover, Indiana.

Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.



Donald Lyon

Melanie Lyon


Donald Keith Lyon, 81, of Walkerton, Indiana, and formerly of Madison, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at the Miller’s Merry Manor-Walkerton in Walkerton.

He was born Dec. 8, 1937, in Canaan, Indiana, to Glenn and Mamie A. Cutshall Lyon. He grew up in the Canaan Community and was a 1955 graduate of Central High School on Rykers Ridge. He was inducted into the U.S. Army Feb.11, 1961, in Madison and rose to the rate of sargent, serving in Company C Second Battalion at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was honorably discharged Aug. 10, 1961, at Fort Leonard Wood and remained in the reserves until Sept. 6, 1966. He was married in 1965 to Melanie Sue Canfield. They lived in Madison and he worked for the Indiana Kentucky Electric Corporation as a unit supervisor, retiring after 37 years in 2000. He enjoyed travel, Bingo, bowling, working in his yard, gardening, Atlanta Braves baseball, IU basketball and farming.

After the death of his wife on March 27, 2016, he moved to northern Indiana to be near family.

Melanie Lyon, 70, died from respiratory failure Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, at Kindred Hospital of Northern Indiana in Mishawaka.

She was born April 19, 1945, to John Harrison and Ines Lavaughn Clegg Canfield. She graduated from Madison Consolidated High School in 1963. She was a lifetime homemaker and wonderful housewife and mother. She also worked as a teacher’s aide at Rykers’ Ridge Elementary School. She helped with student organizations and was a member of the PTA when her children were in school. She enjoyed being with her family, taking many family vacations through the years and loved reading, going to Bingo nights and taking care of her dogs.

Donald and Melanie are survived by a son, Darrin Keith Lyon of Plymouth, Indiana; daughters Amanda Clegg Lyon of New York City and Sarah Brooke Lyon of San Francisco, and three grandsons.

He is also survived by a brother, Gary W. Lyon of Madison and a sister, Vicki L. Jones of Milton, Kentucky.

She is also survived by sisters, LaDonna Rue and Nancy Crozier, both of Florida; a brother, David Canfield of Madison, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brothers, Gale L. Lyon and Dennis E. “Denny” Lyon; and sisters, Marjorie Copeland, Fern Jones and Mary Gahafer.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, John A. Canfield, Barbara A. Shipley, Gerald A. “Jerry” Canfield, Betty J. Hockensmith and Ronnie Canfield.

Joint funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

A final salute by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with full military honors to follow at the graveside. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s charity of choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com



Elizabeth Myatt

Elizabeth Wall Myatt, 91, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at the Masonic Homes in Louisville.

She was born March 29, 1928, to James and Alice Wagoner Wall in Brooks, Kentucky.

She was a member of the Rob Morris Eastern Star Chapter in LaGrange, Kentucky, and Hickory Grove United Methodist Church in Bedford, Kentucky. She loved taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved to cook for her family. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, sewing, working Jigsaw puzzles, rescuing and refurbishing cabbage patch dolls, and above all she could do anything with a roll of Duct tape.

Survivors include her children, Edward Myatt Jr. of Woodbury, Minnesota; Vicky Beall of Warsaw, Kentucky, and Danny Myatt of Glendale, Arizona; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, friends and Eastern Star brothers and sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Edward Glendale Myatt; brothers, Ed Ross, George Wall, James Leo Wall and Buck Wall, and sisters, Sis Hazelwood, Amy Lou Wooten and Irene Rutledge.

Cremation was chosen with a memorial and celebration of life to be scheduled for the Spring of 2020. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Masonic Home or Hosparus of Louisville.



Frank Pike

Frank Dee Pike, 86, of Vevay, Indiana, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

He was born July 6, 1933, in Russellville, Kentucky, to Hiram Pike and Fannie Penrod Pike Bennett. He grew up in Russellville where he attended school. He was employed by Morrow Tobacco Warehouse in Madison, Indiana, and for Kentuckiana Tobacco Warehouse in Carrollton, Kentucky. He was also employed at the Charlestown Ammunition Plant in Charlestown, Indiana, and owned and operated a fertilizer business in Center Square, Indiana. In 2002, he earned the Silver Star Farm Award from the Switzerland County Soil & Water Conservation District. He farmed all of his life, raising cattle, dairy, tobacco and hay. In 2009, he grew a 64-pound watermelon that he was so proud of. He enjoyed hunting, going to AJ’s Diner and socializing with his friends.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Hedges Pike of Vevay; sons Franklin Dee Pike of Erlanger, Kentucky, William “Billy” Lee Pike of Bennington, Indiana, and David Gardner Pike of East Enterprise, Indiana; a step-daughter, Karen Downing of Sterling, Kansas; a step-son, Michael Saunders of Sellersburg, Indiana; eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a half-brother, William “Bill” Hardin of Hammond, Indiana; a half-sister, Evelyn Steel of Birmingham, Alabama; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Lilly Mae Frey, Erma Moreland and Mary Renfro, and brother Happy Chandler Pike.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery there.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Animal Shelter. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com



Mary Stapp

Mary Pearl Bayne Stapp, 83, of Madison, Indiana, formerly of Houston, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Norton Hospital in Louisville.

She was born June 13, 1936, in Trimble County, Kentucky to Wilford C. Sr. and Elizabeth C. “Lizzie” Chandler Bayne. She grew up in Trimble County, graduating in 1954 from Milton High School. She went to work for Shell Oil Company in Indianapolis where she met and married Clyde Necy Stapp. They traveled worldwide and were longtime members of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Houston. She resided in Houston until the death of her husband when she returned to Madison. She always enjoyed her many visits home to Trimble County and Madison.

She is survived by two sons, Gregory Stapp and Douglas Stapp, six grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sisters Bonita “Bonnie” Bayne Shelton and Beryl L. Bayne Maddox, and brothers, Wilford C. Bayne Jr. and David Rodney Bayne.

Funeral services will be 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Entombment will follow at noon Sunday at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Columbarium in Madison.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com



Gene Warman

R. Gene Warman, 81, of Hanover, Indiana, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.

He was born May 21, 1938. in Clark County, Indiana, to Ralph and Laverne Giltner Warman. He grew up in Paynesville, Indiana, and graduated from Saluda High School in 1956. He joined the U.S. Army and rose to the rank of sergeant. He remained in the reserves and was honorably discharged March 31, 1969. He married Mary Ann Creech and lived in Kent, Indiana, attending Kent Christian Church where he served as a deacon for many years. He retired from Indiana Kentucky Electric Corporation in 1998 as unit supervisor after 21 years. He moved to Hanover and joined First Christian Church of Hanover and later transferred membership to North Madison Christian Church. His love for gardening allowed him to share produce with family and friends. He loved feeding and watching birds — especially hummingbirds and finches — and enjoyed attending the Saluda Alumni Association.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years; daughter Teresa Compton of New Washington, Indiana; sisters, Patricia “Pat” Wisman of Madison and Susie Kindoll of Clarksville, Indiana; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father Rowin Noe.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre-Hanover Chapel in Hanover, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Kent Cemetery.

Friends may visit Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

A final salute will be conducted Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion with full military honors to follow at the graveside.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Madison Christian Church. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Hanover and Madison. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com



Wilma Wheeler

Wilma LaVerne Hatchel Wheeler, 87, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at her home.

She was born Feb. 28, 1932, in Lexington, Indiana, to Roy C. and Udora Amos Hatchel. She graduated from Madison High School in 1950. She retired from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training after 37. She was a member of Kokomo First Baptist Church and Eastern Star in Columbus, Indiana. She moved to Hendersonville in 1982 but always enjoyed coming home to Madison to visit family and friends. She loved shopping, looking at houses — her Realtor hobby — and being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother.

Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” Ann Wilson of Kingwood, Texas; a son, Kevin Wheeler of Hendersonville; and three granddaughter, four great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 67 years, SMS Ronald Edgar Wheeler, USAF (RET), her brother Charles “Eddie” Hatchel, and a grandson David T. Wilson Jr.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel in Madison. Interment will follow in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery there. Friends may visit from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.