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June 19, 2018 • Obituaries
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Brian Scott Collins

Take a moment to pause and make someone smile, Brian Scott Collins, age 58, of Osgood did that every minute of his life. On the evening of Sunday June 10, 2018, heaven decided it needed that humor at another location. Scott was born on October 28, 1959 the son of Algar and Margaret (Bolt) in Dearborn County, Indiana. He grew up outside of Osgood along with his brother and sister, and enjoyed life early to its fullest.

He was a proud graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School Class of 1978, and shortly after graduation he started his work career trimming trees and then working at UPS. This is also the time frame he met his today, his tomorrow, and lifelong partner Roxanna Hilderbrand. Life would see them move to Jupiter, Florida and start their ventures into the business world. They built and had ownership in seven oil lube stores around the Florida area. After 13 years in Florida, they decided to sell their interest in those business and return home to family. Scott ventured into the gas station business building the Delaware BP and then also purchasing the BP in Milan, and after selling these he remained active in the business field building an auto repair facility outside of Milan. Scott and Roxanna also decided to travel the United States and delivered campers to numerous states.

Scott was well known for his role in “Hoosier Daddy”, a band that played at various local venues. This band was known for highlighting several benefits, this was Scott Collins, and he enjoyed giving and helping. He not only financially supported, he dedicated hours to helping others. He was a member of Abate and of the Milan Legion. Brian was also a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.

He loved western movies and was able to tell you the name of every actor, it was a way to challenge you. One of his favorite pastimes was to listen to Rush Limbaugh, and if you wanted to spark a conversation, he would quickly share his insight.

Scott will be deeply missed by his wife Roxanna, daughters Amber Johnson of Milan and April (Justin) Jordan also of Milan, father Algar Collins of Osgood, sisters Jacquey (Tim) Osborne of Osgood and Rachel Mitzi Collins of Madison, along with grandchildren Chloe, Layla, Trenton, and Daisy, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by mother Margaret, brother Andy, and brother-in-law Bobby Hauser.

Family and friends are asked to gather at Hopewell Church on June 23 for a Celebration of Life at 1:30 p.m., doors will be open at 11:00 a.m. until time of service to allow you to pay your respects to Scott and his family. Memorials may be given to the family, donor’s choice, or Hopewell Baptist Church in care of the Neal’s Funeral Home.


Janet A. Hewitt

Janet A. Hewitt, 59, of Versailles passed away at 12:20 a.m., Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville. She was born at Margaret Mary Hospital on May 29, 1959, the daughter of Robert and Partha Lou Benham Bradford. She was married to Dennis Hewitt on March 4, 1989 and he survives.

Other survivors include one daughter Amber (Chad) Asche of Osgood; one son Jared (Erica) Hewitt of Versailles; two sisters, Barbara (Eddie) Smith of Cross Plains, and Diane (Mark) Jeffries of Olean; one brother David (Lynette) Swingle of Versailles; also her mother-in-law Mabel Hewitt of Frankfort. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Hewitt was a 1977 graduate of South Ripley High School and was also a graduate of Ivy Tech. She was employed with Kelly’s in Versailles where she enjoyed meeting the public as a cashier. She was also a former employee of Ripley Publishing in Versailles. Janet was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean.

A celebration of Janet’s life will be held on Monday, June 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.


Brenda Jean Utter

Take a moment to imagine the joy that Jesus brought to our sister in Christ and the glorious glow upon her face the second Jesus opened his arms to welcome her home. Heaven called one of its angels home on Friday, June 15, 2018. Brenda Jean Utter, 68, of Osgood passed away surrounded by her family. Brenda was born on January 11, 1950 at the former Milan Hospital. Brenda was the daughter of Harley and Eula Mae (Miller) Utter. In earlier years, she grew up with her brother Monte in Dillsboro, but later saw them move to New Richmond, Ohio. Brenda attended school there until returning to the Mud Pike area and finishing high school at Jac-Cen-Del. She was a graduate of the class of 1968.

After high school, Brenda entered the work force and spent the next 40 years working for Delta Faucet in Greensburg. Her work friends were like family to her and it enabled her to be able to provide for herself along with her daughter, Dena.

Brenda was a strong woman of faith, being a 40-plus-year member of Osgood First Baptist Church. A unique fact is Brenda would begin her day with a cup of coffee, caramel creamer, 2 tablespoons of sugar, an ink pen and a piece of paper. She would then write a letter to God and daily scriptures. She even copied the Bible. Unbeknownst to all, she was a real life Santa Claus as every year she would take her bonus check from work, call the school and ask what children could use a shining light. This is the person she was; the epitome of a caring Christian who made sure others had a small portion of the blessings which she had received.

Her greatest joy was her family; daughter, Dena, and grandchildren Lauren and Grant. She took pride in their accomplishments and her priority was to insure they were provided for in all ways.

She will be deeply missed by daughter, Dena Utter Lochard of Osgood; grandchildren, Lauren Lochard of Osgood, Grant Lochard of Versailles, along with brother, Monte (Debbie) Utter of Dillsboro. Brenda was preceded in death by her parents along with sister-in-law Charlotte (Gayheart) Utter.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on June 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the Osgood First Baptist Church, with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made out to the family in care of Neal’s Funeral Home.


Jaclyn Renee Begley

Jaclyn Renee Begley, 39, of Lawrenceburg passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at her home. She was born in Columbus, Ohio on May 29, 1979, the daughter of Charles Begley and Stephanie McMahan. Survivors include her father Charles Begley of Lawrenceburg; mother Stephanie Hampton of Bell Buckle, Tennessee; son Christopher Begley, and daughter Ciarra Williams both of Hamilton, Ohio; two brothers Charles David (Maegan) Begley of Osgood, and James Michael Begley of Versailles, along with several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her son Matthew Willman, and her grandparents Jerry and Carol McMahan and David and Clara Begley.

Ms. Begley was a 1997 graduate of Murfreesboro, Tennessee High School. She was employed with her father at Ever Dry Waterproofing in Fairfield, Ohio where she worked in warranty renewal and internet postings.

Funeral services for Jaclyn will be held on Thursday, June 21 at 1 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Terry Unthank officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.


Enid M. Lyford

Enid M. (Griffiths) Lyford, 98, of Milan and formerly of England passed away at her home on Saturday June 16, 2018.
Services will be at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be given to the Diabetes Association or Multiple Sclerosis. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home of Milan is entrusted with arrangements. You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence for the family.


Shirley JoAnn Lindsay Wehner

Shirley JoAnn “Jo” Lindsay Wehner, 84, of Madison passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 16 at the First Baptist Church in Madison with burial in the Grandview Memorial Gardens. Morgan and Nay Funeral Center was in charge of the arrangements.


Elmer L. Pruss

Elmer L. Pruss of Farmers Retreat passed away June 13, 2018 in Fort Pierce, Florida. Arrangements are pending at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home in Dillsboro.

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