Obituaries - April 3, 2017
E. Marie Austin
E. Marie Layton Austin, 96, of Madison, and Winter Garden, Fla., died Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Fla. Funeral arrangements and additional information are pending at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre.
George “Bob” Martin, 75, of Greensburg, died Sunday, April 2, 2017, at his residence. He was born Nov. 18, 1941, in New Marion, to Hazel “Slick” and Virginia Robertson Martin. He attended Central School on Ryker’s Ridge. He served in the Indiana National Guard for seven years. He owned and operated Martin & Bowen Trucking. He also drove for Barber Grocery in Madison and delivered the Sunday Indianapolis Star. He was united in marriage to Diana Moreland in 1960. He was later united in marriage to Ann Bowen in 1981. He enjoyed mechanics, gardening, raising animals and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Ann Bowen; three children, Scott Martin, Susan Martin Bruther and Greg Martin; three stepdaughters, Tammi Roberts, Jan Ahmed and Nikki Combs; two sisters, Treva Moreland and Cheryl Geiss; 23 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one infant brother, Richard Ellis Martin. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport. Burial will be in Westport Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Our Hospice. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be sent at www.bassgasper.com.
Ronnie Lee Wilson, 68, of Crothersville, and Jennings County, died Sunday, April 2, 2017, Robley Rex Veterans Medical Center in Louisville, Ky. He was born July 30, 1948, in Seymour, to Melvyn Howard and Loretta Margaret Hauersperger Wilson. He was raised near Four Corners in Jennings County. He was a 1966 graduate of North Vernon High School. He later attended Northern California Junior College. He was in the Air Force from March 30, 1966 to March 29, 1972, serving during the Vietnam War, and rising to the rank of sergeant. He received the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon and several service awards. He worked for the Census Bureau for several years. He last owned a taxi cab company in Kissimmee, Fla. where he resided for 30 years. He was raised in the Catholic faith was a member of the non-denomination Christian church in Florida. He enjoyed reading the Bible and cars. He is survived by four sisters, Sharon K. Wilson of Columbus, Rita Shearer of Madison, Joyce Owings of Madison and Brenda Molloy of Deputy; one brother, Steve Wilson of Crothersville; 11 nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father; his mother; and one brother, Charles Anthony Wilson. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel. Military honors will be conducted by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the cemetery chapel. Burial will be in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the cemetery chapel Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until the service. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Wounded Warriors Project. Contributions can be made at the cemetery chapel or through Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, which is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.
Berneta Peters Wolf, 95, of Madison, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital. She was born Feb. 4, 1922, on Tapp’s Ridge in Switzerland County, to Howard and Mildred Leap Peters. She entered first grade at age four to be with her sister. She helped her father on the farm until graduating from Vevay High School. She lived in Louisville, Ky. and worked at the Louisville Board of Education. She and her husband purchased the Sinclair Service Station at Cragmont and Main streets in downtown Madison. She was employed at the Madison Bank & Trust Co. and several years later at the Jefferson Proving Grounds administration building. She enjoyed preserving historic houses, working in her home, making desserts, tending flower gardens and improving the neighborhood. She also enjoyed nature, adopting homeless cats, spring tulips and flowering trees and time with her family. She is survived by one daughter, Mary Anne W. Imes; one son, Frederick J. Wolf of Madison; one granddaughter; one grandson; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Henry Wolf, whom she married Jan. 17, 1943, and who died Sept. 18, 2015; her father, who died February 21, 1966; her mother, who died March 12, 1926; one sister, Marjorie Peters Croxton Severn, who died Nov. 8, 1992; and her grandparents, John and Ann Rayles Peters, and Joseph Flavius and Ella Mitchell Leap. A private service will be held today at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. Burial will be in Brooksburg Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Madison-Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.