Obituaries – April 22, 2020
Patricia Catherine Kenny, 72, of Madison, Indiana, died April 21, 2020, at the River Terrace Health Campus in Madison. Funeral arrangements and additional information are pending at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service in Madison, www.lytlewelty.com.
Douglas Wayne Kern, 66, of Ghent, Kentucky, died Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at his home in Ghent.
He was born April 21, 1953, to Wilbert Richard Kern and Grace Alline Denny Kern in Cincinnati. He had worked as a machinist most all his life for shops in Ohio. He was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed hunting and fishing, creating crosses out of metal and taking scenic rides on his motorcycle.
Survivors include his wife of Ghent; a son, Douglas William Kern of Indiana; three daughters, Debbie and Casey Kern, both of Ohio, and Karin Kern of Tennessee; three step-daughters, Amy Jones, Sharon Grubb and Cassie Grubb, all of Cincinnati; a sister, Peggy Kern, of Cincinnati; and several grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation was chosen by the family with a private memorial service at a later date organized by the family.
Arrangements by Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton. Online condolences, www.tandyecklerrileyfuneralhome.com.
Charlotte L. Liter, 82, of Deputy, Indiana, died Monday, April 20, 2020, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. Arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, www.morgen-nay.com.
Ronald McCane, 70, of Milton, Kentucky, died Friday, April 17, 2020, at his home.
He was born Sept. 22, 1949, in La Grange, Kentucky, to James Louis and Anna Mae Smith McCane and was the youngest of nine children. He began working at age 15 following the death of his parents and held a variety of jobs. He met his wife while working at US Shoe Company in Madison, Indiana, and later spent many years at Rex Chainbelt/Rexnord/US Filter/Siemens in Madison.
He was also a dedicated public servant, starting as a volunteer firefighter in the Milton Fire Department and eventually becoming chief of the department. He was a founding member of the Trimble County Search and Rescue and was director for a time, served as a state deputy fire Marshall and state fire instructor and as director of Trimble County Emergency Management until his retirement in 2016.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Debbie Welch McCane; a daughter, Anna Hawkins of Carrollton, Kentucky; two sons, Steven McCane of Lexington, Kentucky and Glenn McCane of Denton, Texas; three sisters, Nancy Geyman, Emma Harmon and Janice McCane, all of Bedford; twin brothers, Frank McCane of Bedford and Donald McCane of Milton; and five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Evaline Aldridge; and two brothers, James Eckler McCane and Louis Jr. McCane.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, private services will be held. Interment will be in Bedford Cemetery.
Arrangements by Ransdell Funeral Home, Bedford. Online, www.ransdellfuneral.com.
Beatrice Johnson Pigg, 86, of East Enterprise, Indiana and Charlotte, North Carolina, died Friday, April 17, 2020, at the Norton Hospital in Louisville.
She was born July 9, 1933, in Charlotte, to Sam and Clara Adkins Johnson. She was raised in Charlotte and resided there most of her life. She retired from Owens Illinois Plastic Bottling Company after many years of service, was a Christian and enjoyed gardening and her poodle, Shadow. She moved to Indiana in October 2016 to be near her daughter.
She was married to Cecil Dorton Smith on Dec. 23, 1950 and they had two children. She later married James Eldridge Pigg and they shared several years together until his death.
Survivors include her daughter, Vickie Dianne Smith Kachelmeier, of East Enterprise; her brother, Roland Johnson Sr., of Harrisburg, North Carolina; and two grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Eldridge Pigg, in November 1988; a son, Ricky Floyd Smith, in January 2006; and her sisters, Girleen Ercek, Kathryn McClellan and Carol Johnson.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Charlotte Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum in Charlotte. Entombment will follow in the Charlotte Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum there.
Friends may visit from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hartsell Funeral Home-Harrisburg Chapel in Harrisburg, North Carolina, with COVID-19 crowd restrictions observed.
Memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA for animals. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover or Hartsell Funeral Home-Harrisburg Chapel. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com.
O. Gene Stockdale, 86, of Hanover, Indiana, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at his home in Hanover.
He was born July 26, 1933, in Chelsea, Indiana, to Robert Lowry and Esther Mae Nicholson Stockdale. He was raised in the Chelsea community and graduated from Saluda High School in 1951. He was a basketball star for the Saluda Lions and during his high school years delivered milk for local dairy farmers. He was inducted into the U .S.Army on Dec. 8, 1953, in Louisville, and rose to the rank of Private First Class serving during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 23, 1955 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, receiving the National Defense Service Medal and the Sharpshooter Badge. He returned home to Jefferson County and worked with his father helping on their farm.
He retired from Lorillards Tobacco Corporation in Louisville, where he had worked as a pipe-fitter for 34 years. He enjoyed hard work — it was like a hobby — so he went to work for the Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds where he took care of maintenance until he retired in July 2019. He loved sports, but most of all basketball, especially when IU was playing, and he never missed a Southwestern Rebels Basketball game. He was proud to be honored a a Kentucky Colonel and loved coaching his girls games for many years. He liked playing Euchre and Rook, making furniture in his wood-working shop and restoring old cars like his current project a 1954 Plymouth Plaza. In his younger years he was a drag racing known at area drag strips.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Patsy L. Seel Stockdale of Hanover; his daughters, Pam Klingler of Hanover, Angie White of Madison and Debbie Short of Deputy, Indiana; his sisters, Inez Prewitt of Louisville, Wilma Cox and Anna Mae Roseberry of Charlestown, Indiana, and Mary Rousch of Madison; and two grandchildren, a great grandchild, two step grandchilden, a step great grandchild, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Roy Stockdale, and another brother, Virgil Nolan Stockdale; and a grandson.
Private family services will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre — Hanover Chapel in Hanover, Indiana. Private interment will follow in the New Bethel Cemetery in Chelsea.
Family may visit from 11 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home with COVID-19 crowd restrictions observed.
A final salute will be conducted by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion Honor Guard at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home with full military honors to follow at the graveside.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hanover United Methodist Church-Food Pantry. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com.