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May 1, 2008

 

Czerwinski

Edmund Karl Czerwinski, 92, of Lexington, husband of Mary F. Czerwinski, died Wednesday, April 23, 2008.

Born March 6, 1916, in Bogota, N.J., he served with the U.S. Army in World War II as a staff sergeant with the 141st Ordinance Battalion. He retired as a manager with IBM in 1976. He enjoyed playing golf and traveling. He was a member of Walnut Hill Church in Lexington.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Joanne (Tom) Blanck, Lexington; two stepdaughters Carolyn (Frank) Snipp, Versailles, and Connie (Bob) Campbell, Summerville, S.C.; three grandchildren, Heather (Tony) Varda, Louisville, and Zach Campbell and Brooke Campbell, Summerville, S.C.; two great-grandchildren, Reid and Theron Varda; a brother, Charles "Joe" (Elsie) Czerwinski, Englewood, Fla.; and a niece, and nephew. His first wife, Joan Czerwinski, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 26, at W. R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, by the Rev. Michael Ward. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Walnut Hill Church, 575 Walnut Hill Road, Lexington, KY 40515, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40503.

 

Duddy

John A. Duddy, 85, of Versailles, husband of Mary Ann Duddy, died Monday, April 28, 2008, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., he was the son of the late John Aaron Sr. and Ruth Parrish Duddy. He was a retired 32-year sales management employee of I. B. M. He served during World War II in the U. S. Navy. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama, was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and was a Kentucky Colonel. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Jane Duddy, Versailles, Jennifer (Michael) Gill, Denver, Colo., Mary Tyler (Klaus) Bleisch, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Ann (David) Accetta, Queens, N.Y.; two sons, John (Lucy) Duddy III, New York, N.Y., and Michael (Elisabeth Martin) Duddy, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren. A sister, Ruth Duddy Porter, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 2, at the Versailles United Methodist Church by the Rev. David Brannen. Burial will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Paul Afdahl, Tom Riddle, Mike Gill, Klaus Bleisch, David Accetta, and Kelley Hutcherson. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, May 1, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Hospice Care Center, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or to St. Andrew’s Church Building Fund, 161 N. Locust Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

Guest book at www.Blackburnandward.com.

 

Jolly

Bonnie Burke Rogers Jolly, 72, of Lawrenceburg, wife of Rollin O. Jolly, died Friday, April 25, 2008, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born Nov. 14, 1935, in Garrard County, she was the daughter of the late Julia Palmer and Harvey Rogers. She was a former waitress at Marshall’s Restaurant and Broadway Dinner House in Lawrenceburg. She was a member of the Lancaster Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband of 52 years, she is survived by a daughter, Becky Anglin (Billy), Lawrenceburg; a son, Mike Jolly, Lawrenceburg; two grandchildren, Taylor Nicole Jolly and Tori Layne Jolly, Georgetown; a sister, Eleanor Edwards, Versailles; and a brother, J. Lee (Ruth) Rogers, Lancaster.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 29, at the Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home by Dr. Bob Ehr. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

 

Jones

Clyde Jones, 83, formerly of Midway, widower of Carolyn Montgomery Jones, died Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at East Bay Nursing Center in Largo, Fla.

Born in Midway, he was the son of the late Escher and Ethel Wise Jones. He raised his family in Midway before moving to Perryville in 1982, and then to Clearwater, Fla., in 1990. During World War II, he served with the 36th Infantry Division (Texas National Guard). In the European Theatre, he was wounded in France and received a Purple Heart along with the Bronze Star. After the war he remained in Germany to participate in the Marshall Plan. He was a Kentucky Colonel and retired from the federal government having worked for the VA Medical System on Leestown Road in Lexington. He spent several years employed with the Kentucky Department of Parks at Perryville Battlefield and Whitehall State Shrine. Along with his father and two brothers, James and Leo, he was also a tobacco farmer in Woodford County. He was a member of Midway Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Gary Clyde Jones (Janet), Lexington; two daughters, Beverly Ann (Rick) Moss, Largo, Fla., and Teresa Carol (Bob) James, Lake City, Fla.; six grandchildren, Aaron (Sarah) Fletcher, Steven (Deniece) Moss, David (Kristen) Moss, Taylor Jones, Amanda James, and Daniel James; and five great-grandchildren, Madison and Cooper Moss, Cameron and Garrett Moss, and Sylvia Fletcher. A sister, Edna Yeary; and his brothers, James and Leo Jones, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, April 28, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Aaron Fletcher, Steven and David Moss, Taylor Jones, Daniel James, Richard Jones, Lloyd Jones, and Johnny Jones.

Guest book at www.Blackburnandward.com.

 

Neal

Helen M. Searcy Neal, 83, of Versailles, widow of Leonard W. Neal, died Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Taylor and Mattie Flora Searcy. She was retired from Texas Instruments and was a member of Mt. Edwin Methodist Church in Nonesuch.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda (Paul) Downey, Versailles; a son, Leonard (Deenie) Neal, Versailles; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A son, Randall Neal; a sister, Roberta Lewis; and a brother, Shirley Searcy, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 26, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Steve Payton. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Guest book at www.Blackburnandward.com.

 

Nipper

Gary Lee Nipper, 60, of Lexington, husband of Anna Coy Nipper, died Tuesday, April 22, 2008.

Born April 3, 1948, he was the son of the late William Floyd Nipper and Etta Mae Newland Nipper. He was in the security business most of his adult life. He also worked at Overbrook Farm and Gainsborough Farm. He retired as director of security at Turfland Mall, and from Dunbar Armored Car. He served at one time as a volunteer firefighter.

In addition to his wife of 40 years, he is survived by a son, Gary William Nipper; a daughter, Jennifer Ann Nipper; a special granddaughter, Savannah Faith Nipper, Owen County; a sister, Barbara (Demmy) Casta, Seaford, Del.; and two brothers, David (Pat) Nipper, Sadieville, and Keith Nipper, Versailles; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. A brother, James Floyd Nipper, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, April 25, at Hill-N-Dale Christian Church, by Bro. Phil Roberts. Care Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

 

Rush

Mary Esther Elkins Rush, 99, of Bedford, widow of Milton Rush, died Sunday, April 20, 2008, in Versailles.

Born April 25, 1908, in Monessen, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Willard L. Elkins and Marguerite Baker Elkins. Her family moved to Marion, Ind., and she graduated from Marion High School in 1926 and from DePauw University. She worked for an insurance company in Detroit, Mich., and joined the U.S. Marine Corps, rising to the rank of major. After her marriage, she settled with her husband in Trimble County. She enjoyed trees, flowers, and vegetables, and kept up with politics and current events on C-SPAN.

Survivors include a daughter, Betsy (Charles) Liston, Bedford; a grandson, Jeff Liston; and a great-grandson, Traevin. Three brothers and a sister are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, April 24, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles. Ransdell Funeral Home, Bedford, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Speer

Kenneth L. Speer, 78, of Lexington, husband of Elaine McClure Speer, died Friday, April 25, 2008, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born Aug. 22, 1929, in Rhea, Okla., he was the son of the late Clarence Debs and Irene Speer. He attended Rhea country school and Leedey High School. The family moved to Taloga, Okla., in 1945 where he graduated from high school in 1946. He went on to attend Oklahoma A&M from 1946 to 1948. He was a Korean War Veteran. Upon returning from the service he enrolled in Southwestern State University in Weatherford, Okla., where he completed his BS degree. After graduating he was employed by the Cowden Manufacturing Company and served as plant manager of the Morehead Plant, later manager of the Mt. Sterling plant, and finally division manager of Cowden Plants in Eastern Kentucky. In 1979, he and a partner formed a company, TOCOCO, Inc. which operated plants in Midway and Wilmore. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, where he served as a director of adult Sunday school department since 1973 and several terms on the finance committee. He was the construction coordinator of the church’s Habitat Ministry, helping build 15 Habitat houses. He was nominated as hero of the year for the American Red Cross because of his work with Habitat.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Douglas K. Speer; two granddaughters, Cassidy Leigh Speer and Emily Taylor Speer; a brother, Ronnie Speer; two sisters, Karen (Alan) Riffle and Gayle Acton; and his stepmother, Retta Speer. A son, Gregory K. Speer; and a grandson, Cody McClure Speer, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 29, at Immanuel Baptist Church by Dr. Greg Loscalzo. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to Immanuel Baptist Church Habitat Fund, 3100 Tates Creek Rd., Lexington, KY 40502.

 

Treon

Don Earl Treon, 77, of Versailles, widower of Mary Margaret Bobbitt Treon, died Tuesday, April 20, 2008, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Raised in Mt. Vernon, he was the son of the late Marion and Mona Gail Howard Treon. A Baptist, he was a graduate of the Mt. Vernon High School. He served in the U. S. Navy and was an active member of the American Legion Post #67. He was retired from General Cable in Lawrenceburg and had worked for International Paper for several years.

Survivors include a son, Don Treon II (Kim), Versailles; a brother, Elwood Treon, Murray; a niece, Brenda Hines; a nephew, Bruce Treon; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 30, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Chaplain Ron Mitchell of the American Legion. Interment with military honors was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bill Warren, Don Richerson, John McKinney, Paula McGowan, Tom Vanderpool, and Steve Kring. Honorary bearers were Jim Bond, John Saylor, Bill McGowan, Roger Hale, and the officers of American Legion Post #67.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or to the "Special Bucket Fund" at American Legion Post #67, 138 S. Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

Turner

John M. Turner 45, of Frankfort, husband of Lillie A. Turner, died Saturday, April 26, 2008.

Born Dec. 24, 1962, in Indianapolis, Ind., he was the son of Joyce Turner of Frankfort and the late Andy Turner. He was a 20-year employee of Toyota Motor Manufacturing and a member of Holly Hill Church of Christ.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two daughters, Jessica Turner and Laura Turner Cloyd, Frankfort; a grandson, Landon Cloyd, Frankfort; and a sister, Linda Turner, Frankfort. A brother, Bobby Turner, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 30, at Clark Funeral Home, Frankfort, by the Rev. W. Tom Hall and the Rev. Bryan Dill. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Don Ray Croley, Joshua Cloyd, Kevin Green, John Green, Eddie Green, and Brian Green.

Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

Willis

Edna Earl Vance Willis, 94, widow of Jerome Edward Willis, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late George Samuel and Letha Wise Vance. She was a graduate of the Versailles High School and a retired employee of Walgreens on Main Street in Lexington. A Presbyterian, she was a member of the former Griers Creek Presbyterian Church, where she was baptized.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews. Three sisters, Josephine Vance Bailey, Bertha Dozier Fugate, Viola Vance Baker; six brothers, Henry Vance, Sylvester Vance, Stephen Vance, George Vance, Roy Vance, and James Vance, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. Friends may call after noon Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford County Senior Citizens Center, 285 Beasley Road, Versailles, KY 40383.

Guest book at www.Blackburnandward.com.


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