April has been a tough time for those in Ohio County with several deaths of well known residents.
Last week's tragic death of two year old twins
Jocelyn Nicole and Shaylyn Lee Spurlock in Aurora on April 8 was sad
including Ohio County relatives. (See adjacent story).
An American Flag was draped from a fire truck
outside of the Olive Branch Baptist Church where Harry Althoff, 81, was a
deacon.He died Tuesday, April 8.
Just a week earlier the community of Bear Branch remembered the 40th anniversary of the April 3, 1974 tornado which devastated
In his words (in a story on the 30th anniversary) Althoff said, “we survived.”
That survival was largely due to Althoff. He and partner (the late) Howard Weismann operated A&W Milling for 44 years after
Althoff had started the business in 1954 with his father-in-law Everatt Oatman.
He was a charter member of the Bear Branch
Volunteer Fire Department, from 1969 to present, where he was the
current and longtime
fire chief. He was a former reserve deputy for Ohio County
Sheriff’s Department, from 1970 to 1982. Harry served on the building
committee for Ohio County Elementary Middle School. He was a
member of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association and
the Farmers Mutual Aid Society, for 20 years.Â
He was so revered that nearly every year when
there was a vote for the Volunteer of the Year for the Bear Branch Fire
and honored during either 9-11 festivities or recently Take Back
the Night (drug awareness), Harry Althoff was the recipient.
So humble, Althoff would shy away from accepting the award.
A firemen service was conducted by the Indiana
Volunteer Firefighters Association & the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire
Friday, April 11 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Olive Branch Cemetery, Olive Branch Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Bear Branch
Volunteer Fire Department Endowment Fund % Community Foundation of Ohio County.
Earlier in the week, funeral services were held for Vernon Lee “Sox” Murray, 84,Â who passed away Sunday, April 6.
A Switzerland County native, he attended Cass Union Grade School and Rising Sun High School.
Sox was also a member of the carpenter’s union and had worked in construction. He had worked on many local bridges and the
His memorial donations may be made to the Cass Union Scholarship Fund or charity of donor’s choice.
Louis William Rumsey, 86,Â passed away on Saturday, April 5. HeÂ was a graduate of Moores Hill High School, Class of 1946 and
also received an engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Louis (like Sox) worked at Seagrams Distillery in Lawrenceburg and also owned Rumsey Realty for 25 years.
He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve for five years and was a member of the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge, the Indianapolis Scottish
Rite and the Dillsboro Shriners Club. Louis was also a faithful member of the Rising Sun United Methodist Church. Â Â
Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun United Methodist Church.
George D. “Kitchen George” Feustel, 59, of Aurora passed away Friday, April 11.
He worked as a flooring specialist for Lowes Hardware since December of 2010. He was the owner/operator of Ohio Valley Kitchens
for 36-37 years, earning him the nickname of “Kitchen George.”
George was an Aurora Lions Club member since 1987, member of Farmers Fair Board since 1988 and a former member of the Gideon’s
Friends will be received 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Rising Sun Church of Christ, 430 Fifth Street, Rising
Sun. Services will be held at the church, Friday, April 18 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. McDonald Jackson official
Contributions may be made to the Aurora Lions Club for Relay for Life or Gideon’s International.