Area Obituaries

Kim Anita Barber

Kim Anita Barber, 57 of Washington passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.
She was born December 9th, 1957 to Maurice and Peggy Barber in Washington, Indiana. Kim was a 1975 graduate of Washington High School.
Kim was full of life and had an attitude that people knew not to mess with. If you knew her father, Morris Barber, many said she was the female version of him. She loved to cause a ruckus and made friends with everyone she met. Kim loved music of all genres, especially the blues. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, collecting recipes and travel. She especially loved spending time with her friends and family. She and her companion of twenty years, “Waterbed” enjoyed entertaining and cooking over-the-top meals for their loved ones. 
Kim was preceded in death by her father, Maurice Barber. 
Survivors include her mother, Peggy Barber; sister, Karen Radcliffe (Mark); brother, Kelly Barber; Companion, Patrick Monaghan “Waterbed”; step-sons, Kyle and Eric Mayfield; nephews, TJ and Drew Wirts, Kaden Barber; nieces, Casey Summers, Devin Crouch, Mikala Barber, Cassidy Radcliffe; great niece, Schaeffer Smith; great nephews, JT Wirts, Carter Crouch, Sheppard Smith.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 19, 2014 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Antioch Christian Church, 3007 U.S. 50 Washington, IN 47501. A funeral service will be conducted by Brother Steve Dayton on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 12:00 P.M. also at the church. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Friends for Animals P.O. Box 402 Washington, IN, Bethel Church Cemetery Fund 919 N. State RD 57 Washington, Mt. Gilead Cemetery Fund 6927 S. 100 E. Washington Arrangements entrusted to Gill Funeral Home. You may sign the online guestbook at

Joseph L.Rayman

Joseph L. Rayman, age 94 of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Loogootee Nursing Center. He was born December 4, 1920 to the late Harry and Stella Rayman.

Joseph was an Army veteran and served his county during World War II. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #1114 in Evansville. He retired from Texaco where he was a transport driver. Joseph also was the past president of Marion Outreach. He was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church.

He is survived by daughters, Brenda Loschen and Debbie (Lee) Christmas; son, Larry Rayman; grandchildren, Pam Bond, Belinda Rennie, Angela Delancy, Melissa Loschen, Danny Christmas and Brad Christmas and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Joseph is preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Maurene Loschen; sister, Theresa Willis; brothers, Charles Rayman, Ivan Rayman, Ernie Rayman, Richard Rayman and Nick Rayman; son-in-law, Larry Loschen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker and concelebrant Rev. Joseph Erbacher at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 22, 2014 at St. Martin Catholic Church in Loogootee, IN. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery in Evansville, IN.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 4:00PM until 7:00PM Brocksmith-Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.

Condolences may be made online at

Dorothy Emma O'Brien Hart Acker

On Tuesday December 16, 2014, Dorothy Emma O’Brien Hart Acker went to heaven. She passed peacefully at the Hospice House in Bloomington, Indiana surrounded by family, born on August 5, 1923 to the late Michael and Mary Rose (Moore) O’Brien.  She married Paul Bernard Hart in 1951. Together they had nine children Marianne, Thomas, Michael, James, Patricia Shinness, Marie Reed, Paul K. and twins David and Diane Hart-Dawson. In 1967, Paul Bernard Hart passed away followed by her son Paul K. in 1995.  She married Michael Wayne Acker in 1973 and welcomed three children into her life; David, Deborah Wagler, and James. She was greeted at Heaven’s gate by her parents, her siblings Francis, Thomas, Joseph, Lawrence, Mary, and Harry as well as her first husband and son. She is survived by her husband, eleven children and their spouses, nineteen grandchildren; Brittany, Conrad, Erica, Paul B, Prestin, Phillip, Beth, Ashley, Anna, Katie, Melissa, Miranda, Stevan, Jesse, Jenae, Jennifer, Joshua, Zachary, and Kirsten. Fifteen great grandchildren; Jordan, Emmalynn, Hart, Aria, Taryn, Ethan, Declan, Aidan, Emma, Hazel, Ava, Gabrielle, Willow, Stella, Daniel and her beloved Shih Tzu, Peanut.
She was first a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Dorothy loved being with family and friends, playing cards, shopping, dancing, crafts and collecting angels. She enjoyed visiting homebound.  Mrs. Acker retired from Loogootee Elementary School. She owned and managed a farm her entire life.
Family will receive visitors at Brocksmith-Blake Funeral Home on 300 Church St. in Loogootee, Indiana on Friday, December 19, 2014 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm with the rosary at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial be celebrated by Very Reverend J. Kenneth Walker, Concelebrant Reverend Leo C. Kiesel and Concelebrant Reverend Raymond A. Breener will be held at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 10:00 am in Loogootee at 408 Church St.    She will be interred at St John’s Catholic Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to St. John’s Catholic Church, Bloomington Hospice House, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Daughters of Isabella or your charity of choice.

Larry Asdell

Larry J. "Skid" Asdell, 69, passed away Monday at Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes.
Born Sept. 13, 1945, in Elnora, he was the son of Denis and Lucille (Kranning) Asdell.
A 1963 graduate of Odon High School, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963 to 1966. He retired from Westinghouse/ABB. His hobbies were hunting deer and turkey. He enjoyed attending his granddaughter's various activities and his family.
He is survived by one son, Jeff Asdell of Odon; a granddaughter, Autumn Asdell of Vincennes; and a sister, Cheryl Culp of Elnora.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Donald "Don" Asdel.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gill Funeral Home, with Pastor Chris Miller officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery.
Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Barbara Leistner

 Barbara I. Leistner, 83, died at 4:50 p.m. Monday at Amber Manor Care Center, Petersburg.
Born Sept. 20, 1931, in Daviess County, she was the daughter of Fred and Arlene (Ayers) Willis.
A retired bookkeeper for Leistner Farms, she was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Haysville.
She is survived by a son, Stacy Leistner of New York; two daughters, Janet Graff of Petersburg, and Marsha Leistner of Louisville, Kentucky; a sister, Patsy Brown Irving of Indianapolis; three grandchldren, Andrew Houchins, serving in the the U.S. Air Force in Germany, Jessie Collins of Campbelltown, and Adam Houchins of Newburgh; and five great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Emil Leistner, died in 2004.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Haysville, with Rev. Charla Grieves officiating. Burial will be in Haysville Community Cemetery.
Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Pauls Lutheran Church, 556 W., Haysville, IN 47546.
Arrangements are being made through Harris Funeral Homes.

Jose Marquez

Jose Marquez, 80, of Washington, passed away recently at his home.
He was born Oct. 1, 1934, in Mexico. He was married to Carolyn (Payne) Marquez and she preceded him in death in 2009. He retired as a construction worker.
Jose is survived by a stepson, Gary Dorsey of Washington; a stepdaughter, Brenda Dorsey of Shoals; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shoals Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Arrangements are being made through Queen-Lee Funeral Home.
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