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July 3, 2008



Ed Wiley "Jack" Champe, 86, of Frankfort, died Tuesday, June 24, 2008.

Born Nov. 4, 1921, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Edward Waits and Forrest Wiley Champe. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Midway Christian Church.

Survivors include several cousins, including Rebecca Cannon, Georgetown. A sister, Dorothy Gordon, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, June 27, at Tucker, Yocum and Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Heather McColl. Burial was in the Georgetown Cemetery. Casket bearers were Todd Wiley, Tom Paynter, Steve Brumley, John Barber, Eddie Barber, and Garrett Barber. Honorary bearers were George Frazier, Jim Leer, Corbin Brumley, Bill Arnold Juett, John Hill, and Ben Edward Nutter.



Nancy E. Drury, 89, widow of Orville C. Drury, formerly of Lexington, died Sunday, June 22, 2008, in Sarasota, Fla.

Born in Midway, she was the daughter of the late Everett and Georgia Graves. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Johnnie (Beverly) Drury, Sarasota, Fla.; four grandchildren, Daniel Lee, Johnny Wayne, Jeffrey Todd, and Jon Michael Drury; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, June 27, at W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, Lexington.


Gersch (Nancy, Holly)

Nancy Russell Gersch, 71, and her daughter, Holly Kae-Brangwyn Gersch, 39, died Monday, June 30, 2008, of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Jessamine County.

Born in Kokomo, Ind., Nancy was the daughter of the late Ernest and Adrain Russell. She and her husband had resided in Woodford County for 34 years. Holly was born in Kokomo, Ind., and was a graduate of Sayre School in Lexington. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA in the arts and a BS in chemistry. She obtained a masterís degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan.

Survivors include Nancyís husband and Hollyís father, Wilbert E. Gersch, Versailles; Nancyís three sisters, Elma Anderson, Kokomo, Ind., Phyllis Roosendaal, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Norma Jean Dalla Betta, California.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. A graveside service and interment will be held at a later date at the Jerome Cemetery, Jerome, Ind. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Albert "Whitey" Kahn, 92, of Lexington, widower of Margaret Fleming Kahn, died Sunday, June 29, 2008, at Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Born July 3, 1915 in Valley Forge, Pa., he was the son of the late Max and Eva Sucharoff Cohen. After finishing ninth grade, he left school to work in some of the finest horse farms in the U.S., working his way up from a groom to trainer and stable manager. He became an expert in carriages and equipment, and a successful trainer of hackney ponies, saddlebred horses and thoroughbred race horses. He is a founding member of the Professional Horsemanís Association and a life member of the United Professional Horsemanís Association. He served in the U.S. Army in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. He was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant after completing the final mounted horse cavalry school. He returned to the war as an officer, and continued his service during the rebuilding of Germany and attained the rank of captain. He returned to the horse business at Ward Acres Farm in New Rochelle, N.Y. He left the active training of horses for a career in the sales of horse equipment. While at Millerís Harness Company in New York, he developed the first protective helmet for jockeys. After many years selling horse equipment and fine clothing, his focus was on riding apparel for the show horse industry. He was riding apparel manager for Meyerís in Lexington, and Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. In 1975 he opened his own business, Le Cheval, Ltd., in Lexington. At the age of 80, he took up the art of stained glass and created hundreds of pieces. He was a member of Maxwell Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Cathy (Jon) DePentu, Canton, Mich.; a son, Charlie (Melissa) Kahn, Versailles; and three grandchildren, Maggie DePentu, Tony Kahn, and Lizzie DePentu.

Services will be conducted today, Thursday, July 3, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, 180 East Maxwell Street, Lexington, KY 40508.



Allen B. LaFoe Jr., 83, of Lexington, widower of Kathleen Nicholson LaFoe, died Friday, June 27, 2008.

Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Allen B. and Mary Belle Shouse LaFoe. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries received aboard the USS Wasp.

Survivors include three sons, Gene (Mildred), John (Jerry Anne), and Paul LaFoe; a daughter, Diann L. (Tom) Rose; seven grandchildren; Stephanie (Tommy) Wolfe, Tracy L. (Jarrod Wynn) Rose, Gene Nelson (Mickie Gabbard) LaFoe, Darren (Kris) LaFoe, Courtney Jane (Ron Bowman) Rose, Brittany LaFoe, and Trevor LaFoe; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; his stepmother Elizabeth LaFoe; four sisters, Patricia (James) Ward, Della (Ron) Rose, Teresa Chadwell, and Mary (Bob) Atkins; and two brothers, Brad (Christine) and David (Pam) LaFoe.

Services were conducted Monday, June 30, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road. Burial was in Evergreen Memory Gardens. Casket bearers were Paul, Gene, John, Darren, and Gene Nelson LaFoe and Tom Rose. Honorary bearers were Chase Kain, Brad and David LaFoe, Ron Rose, and Gayle Tipton.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Cardinal Hill Hospital, 2050 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 40504.



Lucy Jane Duffy Leaming, 84, of Indianapolis, Ind., widow of Robert S. Leaming, died Sunday, June 29, 2008, at Millerís Senior Living, Indianapolis.

Born Jan. 28, 1924, in Midway, she was the daughter of the late Thomas F. and Gertrude Duffy. She was a graduate and valedictorian of Midway High School and lived in Valparaiso, Ind., from 1948 to 2003. She was employed at Continental Diamond Fiber during her early years in Valparaiso, and by Valparaiso High School from 1970 to 1975. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, where she was active in the Altar and Rosary Society, and was a volunteer at St. Agnes Alzheimerís Center. She was a member of PEO, Church Women United, and the board of directors of Whispering Pines Nursing Home, where she founded and published the residentsí newsletter for many years.

Survivors include two daughters, Carole (Jeff) Hoffman, Overland Park, Kan., and JoAnne (Denny) Palmer, Poplar Grove, Ill.; a son, Dr. Eric (Dr. Rosalind) Leaming, Indianapolis, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Michael Hoffman, Kathleen (Austin) Wagner, Michael, Whitney, and Nick Leaming, Jordan (Alecia) Alton, and Jonathan Smith; six siblings, Bridget Rigdon, Virginia (John) Talbot, Florence (Frank) Mathias, JoAnne (Francis) Cornett, Paul (Alice) Duffy, and Larry (Sato) Duffy; and 40 nieces and nephews. A sister, Margaret Cosko; three brothers, Thomas F. Duffy Jr., Edward Duffy, and Herbert Duffy; two nieces, Diedre Cosko and Margaret Rigdon; and two nephews, William Cosko Jr. and Bruce Poznak, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, July 3, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 1855 W. Harrison Boulevard, Valparaiso, Ind., by the Rev. Joseph Pawlowski. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso. Dykes Funeral Home, 2305 N. Campbell Street, Valparaiso, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church, Valparaiso, Ind.



William Michael "Mike" Martin, 57, husband of Susan Kitchen Martin, died Tuesday, July 1, 2008, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Camp Lejeune, N.C., he was the son of the late Bill and Pat C. Martin, formerly of Versailles and Danville. He was a graduate of Boyle County High School and had attended Kentucky State University. He was a retired farmer, having farmed for 24 years at Stonewall Farm for the late Bell Kitchen, his mother-in-law. A past president of the Woodford County Fair Board, he had also been active as a member and past president of the Kentucky Simmental Cattle Association, and was a past board member of the Kentucky Livestock Association. He had worked for Kentucky Utilities for 15 years.

In addition to his wife of 36 years, he is survived by a son, J. J. (Sara) Martin, Versailles; three granddaughters, Shelby Martin, Cassie Martin, and Ann-Sophie Martin; a grandson, J. B. Martin; a brother, Joe Martin (Mary), New Albany, Ind.; and a sister, Elizabeth "Tom" (Harold) Harmon, Danville. A son, Ben Martin, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Michael Cabell. Interment will follow at the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be James Kay, Wade Patterson, Matt Hogan, Tony Gadoolee, Ryan Davidson, Travis Manley, Roy Coyle, Sean Carroll, and Ryan "Pike" Lakarosky. Honorary bearers will be Billy McIntyre, Jay Wiglesworth, Kevin Cummins, Danny Ockerman, John Kay, James "Flea" Kay, Alan Nichols, Sherman Green, Tommy Rankin, Tom Gilkison, Chad Brown, David Dotson, Jeremy Dotson, Dr. Henry Allen, Bruce Manley, Jack Hall, Jerry Constantine, and James R. "Dad" Cox. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, July 3, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to DARE of Woodford County or to a favorite charity.

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Phillip Lyon Preston, 48, of Frankfort, husband of Tish Chowning Preston, died Thursday, June 26, 2008.

Born in Paintsville, he was the son of Rudell Lyon Preston and the late Charles Preston. He was an administrator for Arts Electric and a member of the Winchester Mason Lodge.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a son, Kenny Mitchell, Frankfort; two grandchildren, Daisy and Jonathan; two sisters, Jessica Preston, Florence, and Celeste Perry, Paintsville; two brothers, Charlie Preston and Chris Preston, both of Florence; and two nieces and two nephews.

Services were conducted Monday, June 30, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by T.J. Wilder.

A fund will be set up for Mr. Prestonís grandchildren.

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Don L. Schultz, 76, of Midway, widower of Marge Schultz, died Thursday, June 26, 2008, at his home.

A retired Rand McNally cartographer, he was an active church member and choir member of Versailles Presbyterian Church since 1968. A volunteer and pheresis donor at the Kentucky Blood Center, he had donated over 4,000 hours since 1996 delivering blood products to local hospitals and hosting donors at the Kentucky Blood Center. An active member of the Cave Run Sailing Association since 1980, he had served as membership chair and quartermaster. The committee boat was named "Mary Margaret" as a tribute to his late wife. He also worked at Keeneland during racing seasons.

Survivors include two daughters, Gerry Baker, Versailles, and Donna Zuccala, Cincinnati, Ohio; a son, Rob Schultz, Florida; and five grandchildren, Nathan and Corey Baker, and Frank, Anthony, and Anna Zuccala. A son, David L. Schultz, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 1, at Versailles Presbyterian Church by Charlie Christensen. Interment will follow at a later date in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were his grandchildren and Jeff Boskev, Robert Goh, and Bud McKinley. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial suggestions include scheduling a blood donation or monetary contribution to the Kentucky Blood Center, 3121 Beaumont Center Circle, Lexington, KY 40513.

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Hazel Ethel Disponette Stratton, 81, of Lawrenceburg, widow of Ambrose Arnold "Ham" Stratton, died Friday, June 27, 2008, at the home of her sister, Geraldine Stratton, in Woodford County.

Born May 13, 1927, in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Mary Frances Riley and David Bradley Disponette. She grew up in Versailles and lived the last 50 years of her life in Lawrenceburg. She was a graduate of Versailles High School, a 30 year employee of Kuhlman Electric in Versailles, a former employee of Barrettís Sewing Factory in Versailles, and a member of the Pinckard Baptist Church in Woodford County.

Survivors include two sisters, Geraldine Stratton (J.B.) and Geneva Thompson (Leroy), both of Woodford County; two nieces, Holly (Brian) Peyton, Lawrenceburg, and Angela Douglas, Lexington; two nephews, John D. (Melody) Stratton, Shelby County, and Gregory Thompson, Versailles; and five great-nieces and nephews, Braden and Cameron Peyton, Lawrenceburg, and Bradley, Jennifer, and Sarah Stratton, Shelby County. A brother, Owen Bradley Disponette, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, June 30, at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Burial was in the Sand Spring Cemetery in Anderson County. Casket bearers were John and Bradley Stratton, Greg Thompson, Brian, Braden, and Cameron Peyton.

Memorials are suggested to Pinckard Baptist Church, 3401 Pinckard Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, or Anderson County Relay For Life, c/o Darla Renner, 1002 Nevins Station Road, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.



Betty J. Wells, widow of Major Jack J. Wells, died Friday, June 27, 2008, in Versailles.

Born Sept. 9, 1927, in New Boston, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late John and Mabel McGraw.

Survivors include a sister, Joyce Shuter, Cincinnati, Ohio; three children, Kathleen Lynnette Dotts, Huntsville, Ala., Ora John Wells, Brevard, N.C., and James B. Wells, Lexington; seven grandchildren, Isaac Jennings Wells, Millicent Wells, Elizabeth Dotts, Matthew Wells, Sarah Dotts, Anna Grace Wells, and Emily Wells.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 1, at St. Johnís Episcopal Church, Versailles. Interment will be at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, July 3, at the Marietta National Cemetery in Marietta, Ga. Clark Funeral Home, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Johnís Episcopal Church Memorial Fund.

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