Obituaries for the Week of January 29th, 2019: James Caudill, Larry Fair, Sue Guelda, Gerald Johnson Jr., Joyce Norris, Frank Schmidt

January 29, 2019


James Caudill

James Earl Caudill, 79, of Dupont, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at Greenwood Healthcare in Greenwood. He was born Jan. 9, 1940 in Roxanna, Kentucky, to Corbett and Betty Jane (Ison) Caudill. He married Carolyn (Crouch) Caudill on Dec. 16, 1961 in Beech Grove. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1959 and went on to work as a lifelong farmer. He was a Kentucky Colonel and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.

He is survived by his wife; his son, Earl Warren Caudill of Dupont; three daughters, Kim Caudill of Clayton, Michele Byram of Dupont, and Stacy Graham of North Vernon; a brother, Warnell Caudill of Dupont; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Willie and Amon Caudill; and three sisters, Maelean Lee, Devenee Whitaker and Maudell Griffith.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation service in North Vernon. Burial was in the Dupont Cemetery.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to cover expenses.

Larry Fair

Larry William Fair, 66, of Lapeer, Michigan, formerly of Vevay, Indiana, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at his residence. Arrangements are pending at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay.

Sue Guelda

Sue Ellen Guelda, 73, of Carrollton, Kentucky, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at Norton’s Hospital in Louisville.

She was born Sept. 19, 1945, in New Albany, Indiana, to Walter B. and Mabel Lucille (Elmore) Beyl. She was a member of English Christian Church and the Outreach Librarian for the Carroll County Public Library. She had previously worked in the Human Resources Department for Werner Ladder Co. and was a former E.M.T. She loved the water and swimming, cooking, reading, Hoosier basketball, the Alabama Crimson Tide, connecting with people, her cat Romeo, her son’s dog, Duchess.

Survivors include two sons, Scott Smith and Jeff Keithley both of Carrollton; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at English Christian Church. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday at the church.

Memorial gifts may take the form of contributions to the Carroll County Public Library, 136 Court St, Carrollton, Kentucky 41008 or to English Christian Church, 2076 Highway 227, Carrollton, Kentucky 41008. Envelopes will be available from the funeral home.

Arrangements are being coordinated by Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at:

Gerald Johnson Jr.

Gerald R. Johnson Jr., veteran business leader and lifelong champion for Hanover College, died in Hanover, Indiana, on Jan. 22, 2019. He had just turned 72.

He was the retired co-founder, chairman and CEO of Mercantile Bank Corporation of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and more recently, the retired executive director of Hanover College’s Business Scholars Program. He was born in Lima, Ohio, on Jan. 20, 1947. His father (and grandfather and great-grandfather) were all Presbyterian pastors, but he pursued a different professional path. He became the first member of his family to build a highly successful career in banking and finance, beginning as a management trainee at what was then Indiana National Bank in Indianapolis, then moving on to greater opportunities in St. Paul, Minnesota, and later in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There, he co-founded Michigan’s third largest bank, attracting over $3 billion in capital assets and ringing the opening bell at the NASDAQ on the day the bank went public in October 1997. He was a 1969 honors graduate of Hanover College, where he majored in English and theology. He continued to serve the college for many years as a trustee, leader of the Business Scholars Program and the Leverett Career Center, mentor for many students, and substantial contributor to Hanover’s mission as well as to students needing help to meet financial challenges. He was serving as a Hanover trustee at the time of his death. It was at Hanover where he met the love of his life, Betsy Milligan Johnson — first, when the two attended Hanover as students, and then again nearly 40 years later when both were involved in serving the college community. They were married on April 26, 2008, the date that marked the beginning of the happiest and most fulfilling days of his all-too-brief life. He was an active participant and leading citizen every place he lived, serving on a wide range of community and non-profit boards in Grand Rapids and in Hanover. He also served his country in the Indiana Army National Guard as secretary for the Commanding General of the 38th Infantry Division and mustering out after six years with the rank of staff sergeant.

He is survived by his wife, Betsy, of Hanover; by his brother, David Lawther Johnson, Indianapolis; his niece, Catherine Nobles Johnson, Falls Church, Virginia; Betsy’s children, Andrew Smithka of Zionsville, Indiana, and Chris Smithka of Madison, Wisconsin; and Betsy’s five grandchildren. He is also remembered, warmly and gratefully, by the countless friends, colleagues, students and community members whose lives he touched and made better by knowing over the course of many years. He was charismatic and kind, a generous and genuine servant leader. His legacy of service, stewardship and hope will continue to guide all of us who already miss him greatly.

Visitation will be on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hanover Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service will follow from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the “Jerry Johnson Student Needs Fund” at Hanover College, or to The Nature Conservancy of Indiana.

Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre-Hanover Chapel is in charge of services. Cards are available at the church or the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent to

Joyce Norris

Joyce (Faber) Harsin Norris, 78, of Warsaw, Kentucky, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at the Gallatin Nursing and Rehab Center in Warsaw.

She was born August 6, 1940, in Cincinnati, to Joseph Faber and Charlotte Henrietta (Kroeger) Faber Eckhardt. She had retired from Gallatin Steel where she worked in the sales department. She was of the Presbyterian faith.

She is survived by her husband, Paul G. Norris of Warsaw; her son, Alan Harsin of Carrollton, Kentucky; a stepson, Chris Norris of Livingston, Alabama; and a step-daughter, Tina Fleming of Livingston, Alabama; two grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be on Friday, Feb. 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Gallatin County Animal Shelter or Donor’s Choice in care of the funeral home.

Frank Schmidt

Frank Robert “Bob” Schmidt Jr., 82, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 at Pretty Pond Manor ALF, Zephyrhills, Florida, after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Madison, Indiana Nov. 8, 1936 to Frank Robert Schmidt Sr. and Lillian Clara Taylor Schmidt Miller, both of Madison. He was a graduate of Madison High School, Class of 1954, and attended Purdue University where he studied Aeronautical Engineering. He worked for Indiana Kentucky Electric Corporation in Madison, before moving his family to Florida in 1970. There he continued his employment with Brunswick Corporation, Walt Disney World and finally Tampa Electric Company, retiring in January, 1997.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois Ann Joyce Schmidt; a daughter, Cindy Snow; two sons Todd and Steve; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service was Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request donations be made to Gulfside Hospice and Palliative Care, Pasco County, Florida