Ruth Harmon

Ruth Ann Farrell Harmon, 78, of Florence, Indiana, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at her residence.

She was born Sept. 6, 1941, in Jefferson County, Indiana, to Ernest A. and Ruth Jane Harris Farrell and raised in Jefferson County where she attended Madison High School. She had lived in Switzerland County, Indiana, since 1957 and was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed playing Bingo, raising her family and watching the Cincinnati Reds.

Survivors include her husband, Gayle Dean Harmon; a son, Timothy Gayle “Tim” Harmon Sr. of Florence; three daughters, Lisa K. Claypoole, Pam Mays and Debbie Cunningham, all of Florence; two sisters, Mildred Callahan of Vevay, Indiana, and Norma Batts of Madison, Indiana; two brothers, Doug Farrell and Danny Farrell, both of Vevay; and 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Marion Wilson, and three sisters, Alleyne Powell, Marcella Barnett and Linda Skirvin.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay with interment to follow in the Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ruth Ann Farrell Harmon Memorial Fund or HOPPS. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at

James Hilligoss

James Robert “Butch” Hilligoss, 78, of Vevay, Indiana, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.

He was born Nov. 26, 1940, in Lexington, Kentucky, to John Hilligoss and Lucy Florence Kirkendall. He was a 1960 graduate of Vevay High School and inducted into the U.S. Air Force Feb. 14, 1961, in Indianapolis. He served during the Vietnam War. He received the Good Conduct Metal and was honorably discharged with the rank of Airman First Class Feb. 12, 1965, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. He was employed by Hide-Away Farms in Florence, Indiana, for 12 years and by Rexnord in Madison, Indiana, for three years. He was a member of the Florence Church of Christ in Florence.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Jean Pike Hilligoss; three sons James Robert “Bobby” Hilligoss II of Florence, Roger Dale Hilligoss of Rising Sun, Indiana, and Richard Keith Hilligoss of Vevay; one daughter Roxanna Janene Williams of Elkhart, Indiana; two brothers John William Hilligoss of Big Rapids, Michigan and Victor Kirkendall of Haughton, Louisiana, and 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather John Kirkendall; one sister Shirley Peelman, and one brother Joe Kirkendall.

A celebration of life will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at the Switzerland County 4-H Community Building in Vevay with full military rites conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post No. 185 and the Vevay VFW Post No. 5396 at the 4-H Community Building.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at

Donald Reagan

Donald P. Reagan, of Bedford, Kentucky, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at his daughter’s home in Carrollton, Kentucky. Arrangements and additional information are pending at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service or at

Myrtle Smith

Myrtle Louise Copeland Smith, 88, of Washington, Indiana — formerly of Madison, Indiana, and Canaan, Indiana — died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at the Washington Nursing Center.

She was born Feb. 12, 1931, in the Moorefield community of Switzerland County, Indiana, to Steve Sr. and Agnes L. Graham Copeland. She grew up in Switzerland and Jefferson counties and attended schools there. She farmed with her husband near Canaan for many years and worked in the cafeteria at the Jefferson Proving Grounds and for Fashion Cleaners until her 80th birthday. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and playing the piano and was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church near Canaan. After her health began to fail she moved to Washington, where she was cared for by her daughter.

Survivors include three daughters Agnes “Aggie” Geisler of Washington, Penny Leach of Canaan and Wanda Ferrell of Benham, Indiana; five sons, Morgan U. Smith Jr. of Deputy, Indiana, Ronald Smith and Mike Smith, both of Canaan, Samuel Earl Smith of Versailles, Indiana. and Donald Smith of Madison; one brother, George Copeland of Kent, Indiana; one sister, Wanda Ayler of Canaan; and 28-grandchildren, 56-great grandchildren, 7-great great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Morgan Uly Smith Sr.; one daughter, Brenda Smith; six brothers Grover Copeland Sr., Alva D. Copeland, Robert Copeland, Richard Copeland, David “Corky” Copeland and Steve Copeland Jr.; and two sisters, Annabelle Drake and Georgia M. Day.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison with interment to follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Halls Ridge near Canaan.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church for the care of the cemetery. Cards are available at the funeral homes.

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