Jerry Nease

Jerry Joe Nease, 68, of Commiskey, Indiana, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at his residence in Paris Crossing, Indiana.

He was born May 1, 1951, in Seymour, Indiana, to Dan and Alpha Johnson Nease. He resided all of his life near Paris Crossing and was a 1969 graduate of North Vernon High School. He farmed all of his life and had retired after a 30-year career with Pilot Industries, formerly Arvin Industries, in North Vernon. He obtained his pilots license and enjoyed flying and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife Alice Marie Johnson Nease of Commiskey; stepsons Greg Feltmann of Mayer, Arizona, and Louis Feltmann of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; stepdaughters Nettie Jo Birkmeyer of Prescott Valley, Arizona, and Anna Sue Houston of Coeur d’Alene; a sister, Sinda Sergent of Paris Crossing, eight grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jim Nease, and a sister, Jeanette Criss.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Coffee Creek Christian Cemetery near Paris Crossing.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Hope Church of God. Cards are available at the funeral homes.

Online condolences may be made at www.morgan-nay.com



Eugene Scudder

Eugene Scudder, 68, of Bennington, Indiana, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at the Community Hospital East in Indianapolis.

He was born Aug. 31, 1951, in Bennington to Harold E. and Juanita P. Swango Scudder. He grew up in Bennington and was a 1970 graduate of Switzerland County High School. He married Mary Lou Hazeldean in June 1976. He worked for 12 years at Morton’s Feed Mill in Pleasant, Indiana, and later as an inspector for Aurora Casket Company, retiring in 2013 after 24 years. He was a member of Markland Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Kelli Brockman of Vevay, Indiana; two sons Kevin Scudder of Van Wert, Ohio, and Allen Scudder of Vevay; three sisters Sharon Chandler of Madison, Indiana, Bonnie Browning of Canaan, Indiana, and Janice Lembach of Elk Grove, California; one brother, Bobby Scudder of Versailles, Indiana, three grandchildren, a great-grandson and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay with interment to follow in the Zion Cemetery, Bennington. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Keeping Pace Cancer Fund c/o CFSCI. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com



Damon Welch

Damon Lee Welch, 66, of Madison, Indiana, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born May 13, 1953, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital to James Lawrence and Virginia Lou Ball Welch. A 1971 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School, he enjoyed the many social, athletic and leadership outlets as a youth. He represented his peers on Student Council, participated in track and cross country, won the honor of prom king his senior year and served as lead singer and guitarist for “The Dutchmen” band.

He was married to Virginia K. “Ginny” Kelly on Aug. 3, 1973, and graduated from the University of Kentucky — a lifelong Kentucky Wildcats fan — with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and as a cadet in the ROTC. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and inducted into the U.S. Air Force Sept. 7, 1975, in Madison. He went on to attain the rank of Captain, serving in the 606th Tactical Control Squadron, meriting the Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon. He was honorably discharged Aug. 6, 1980, at Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina. After the military, he returned to Jefferson County, Indiana, and for nine years was the owner/operator of Damon’s Restaurant on Main Street where he enjoyed the friendships and camaraderie of his many customers. He later worked in the hearing health industry for 20 years.

He then entered public service, serving two terms on Madison City Council — and as a member of the Plan Commission — before running for and being elected mayor in 2012. He was re-elected for a second term in 2016; that term would have ended later this year.

He accomplished much as mayor, including his most-cherished Madison being named a Stellar Community, the new Madison bridge approach, the Tack Factory project and the Cotton Mill endeavor with its ground-breaking ceremony this weekend.

His love for music began as a young teen but definitely evolved into adulthood. Wherever there was music, he was close by. He penned lyrics, played guitar, sang lead and belonged to bands. Local events also frequently featured the mayor and his wife singing “oldies” in a band comprised of friends.

At North Madison Christian Church, where he donated voluminous time and involvement, he served as a Deacon, Elder, Worship Leader and all-around volunteer. Wherever there was a need, he stepped forward. A true community servant and leader, he loved accommodating his hometown. He was a prolific supporter of numerous community charities and projects, such as Life Choices and Ruth Haven. That compassion extended beyond the boundaries of the Ohio River Valley as he and wife Ginny presently help a child in Uganda gain a better education and exposure to life skills. He was a devoted husband, loving dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, son and friend. He was anticipating the birth of another grandson in November and had nicknamed him “Peanut.”

Survivors include his wife and mother; two daughters Gaeli Batts of Madison, and Kirsty Henderson of Huntington Beach, California; one son, Collin Welch of Escondido, California; two brothers, Mike Welch of Madison and Gary Welch of Corydon, Indiana; one sister Frances “Franny” Phillips of Dupont, Indiana, eight grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Arthur Kevin Welch.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at North Madison Christian Church in Madison with interment to follow at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison.

Visitation at the church will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 and from 1 p.m. until the time of service Sunday.

A final salute will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion and the U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Unit with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Madison Christian Church or the Remembrance Fund for Scholarships in honor of Mayor Welch. Cards are available at the funeral homes and the church.

Arrangements are being handled by the staffs of Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres and Lytle Welty Funeral Homes in Madison.

Online condolences can be sent to www.morgan-nay and www.lytlewelty.com



Ronald Wheeler

U.S. Air Force Retired Senior Master Sgt. Ronald Edgar Wheeler, 89, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, formerly of Madison, Indiana, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at his home.

He was born in Madison Feb. 24, l930. to Russell D. and Juanita Marie Callis Wheeler. He grew up in Madison, and graduated from Central High School in 1947. He earned a degree in business from Indiana University. He was inducted into the U.S. Air Force July 13, 1947, and retired Nov. 20, 1989, as a Senior Master Sergeant. He had served during the Occupation of Japan to help clean up from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal on March 6, 1969, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Air Force Medal. He then worked with the Defense Logistics Agency for eight years as a contract specialist in Nashville, Tennessee. During his travels he had lived in Columbus, Indiana at Bakalar AFB, at Wright Patterson AFB, Kokomo, Indiana, and in Hendersonville since 1982. He was a member of the Kokomo Baptist Church and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Columbus. He enjoyed his many trips to his native Madison to visit family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Wilma LaVerne Hatchel Wheeler of Hendersonville; one daughter, Beth Ann Wilson of Kingwood, Texas; one son, Kevin Wheeler of Hendersonville; three granddaughters, four great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers Herschel R. Wheeler, Elmo Wheeler, Clayton Wheeler, Maynard Wheeler and Johnny Wheeler.

Military honors will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion and the U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Unit with interment there.

Visitation is at Morgan and Nay Funeral Centre in Madison from 1 p.m. Monday until the time of service at the cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com