Obituaries • December 13, 2012

R. Embry Smith, 83, Retired Secretary, Treasurer And Men’s Clothing Buyer For The Rodes Rapier Co.

R. Embry Smith, 83, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Norton Healthcare Brownsboro.

After surviving a massive stroke for 35 years, Embry succumbed to a second stroke.

Embry was a native to Louisville, born Aug. 10, 1929. He graduated from Dublin Boarding School and the University of Virginia.

While in the US Air Force, Embry was stationed in Germany as a meteorologist. He is retired from his family business as secretary, treasurer and men’s clothing buyer for the Rodes Rapier Co. In his younger days he was an avid skier, horsemen and was a very accomplished golfer, winning the club championship at Harmony Landing Country Club. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and a Kentucky Colonel. He attended St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church.

He was the son of the late H. Hanford and Elizabeth Smith. Also preceding him in death were his brothers, H. Hanford Smith Jr. and Lawrence L. Smith.

He is survived by his sons Reed E. Smith Jr. (Lola) of Louisville and Christopher C. Smith ( Marrian) of Las Vegas; his grandchildren Elizabeth S. Privett (Mathew) and William R. Smith (Danielle); four great grandchildren; 11 nieces and nephews; and Angel, his beloved Yorkshire Terrier.

His burial was a private celebration for his family and friends at Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.

A special thanks to the staff of Norton Healthcare Brownsboro for their care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Louisville Alzheimer’s Association, 6100 Dutchman’s Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, Ky., 40205 or the Gilda’s Club of Louisville, 633 Baxter Ave., Louisville, Ky., 40204.

Donald L. Harbst, Co-Founder Of Composite Products, Inc.

Donald L. Harbst, of Louisville, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.

Born in Lewistown, Penn., he was a proud graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point in Long Island, N.Y. As a cadet, he spent a year sailing in the Far East. As a Second Officer, he then sailed with City Services Oil Company on tankers in the South American route.

Working for Goodyear Rubber as a Sales Engineer brought him to Louisville. In 1990, he co-founded Composite Products, Inc., a composite thermoplastics compounding and molding company in Winona, Wis., which continues operations today.

In addition to his love of boating and scuba diving with his sons, he was an avid golfer and a long-time member of Wildwood Country Club. He was also a Kentucky Colonel and a member of Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church.

He married his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Alexander, who survives him. He is also survived by his three children, Tom Harbst (Amy) of Cleveland, Ga.; Dr. Tim Harbst, of LaCrosse, Wis.; and Rosalyn “Roz” Carothers, of Louisville; and five grandchildren, Audrey Harbst, Ben, Morgan and Ryan Harbst, and Lily Carothers.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Pearson’s, 149 Breckinridge Lane, with burial following at Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation was from 4 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Salvation Army or to the Cabbage Patch Settlement House.

James Whitney Barnes, 84, Retired Woodworker For National Homes

James Whitney Barnes, 84, passed away Dec. 4, 2012, at Essex Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

He was a Baptist by faith and retired from National Homes as a woodworker. James was an Army veteran of the Korean War, where he received the Purple Heart.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda (Burton) Barnes.

Survivors include his son, James Kevin Barnes (Patty); granddaughter, Hannah Opal Barnes; and sister, Arvella Gilpin.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Hwy., with burial in Bethany Cemetery. Visitation was held Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Richard “Ric” Geoghegan Jr., 43, Owner and Operator Of The Lighthouse And Steinerts

Richard “Ric” Geoghegan Jr., 43, of Sellersburg, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Norton’s Hosparus Pavilion.

Ric worked as the owner and operator of The Lighthouse and Steinerts, and operator of JR’s Pub.

He also served our country in the U.S. Army during Desert Storm. He will be missed by the many whose lives he touched during his short time on Earth.

He is survived by his loving wife, JoAnn Geoghegan; daughters, Britany and Devon Geoghegan; step-sons, Tyler and Austin Strickland; his father, Richard L. Geoghegan, Sr. (Patti Staley); mother, Paula Rodman; sister, Tiffani Colvin (Tony); brothers Nick and Jacob; niece, Alecia Colvin; nephew, Austin Colvin; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 316 N. Sherwood Ave., Clarksville, Ind., 47129, with burial following in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation was from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Ratterman and Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road.

Nancy Ann “E” Kuenzli Eckert, 77, Retired Third Grade Teacher

Nancy Ann “E” Kuenzli Eckert, 77, of Louisville, went to be with our Lord with her daughters by her side, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.

A native of Bucyrus, Ohio, she retired as a third grade teacher after 37 years from St. Martha’s Catholic School and she was affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

Nancy is survived by her daughters, Kathy Goulooze (David) and Linda Moser (John); brother, James H. Kuenzli (Elizabeth); and grandchildren, Sally, Nick, Jackson and Evan.

She was dearly loved by the staff and former students of St. Martha Catholic School and many others, too numerous to list.

Her funeral service was held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road. Visitation was held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Highlands.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hand in Hand Ministries or Community Catholic Center.

Wesley Baron Krueger, 20, Junior At The University Of Louisville

Wesley Baron Krueger, 20, of Louisville passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at his home.

He was a junior at the University of Louisville, a Governor’s Scholar, National Merit Finalist, achieved a perfect SAT score and academic awards too numerous to list. He was also a loving brother, devoted son and a caring, loyal friend.

He is survived by his parents, Bruce J. Krueger and Dr. Ellen Cowley Krueger; sister, Claire L. Krueger; aunts and uncles, Barbara Johnson (Mike), Steve Johnson, Bill Cowley Jr. (Mary), Ann Wells (Darrell), Tom Cowley, John Cowley and Jim Cowley (Jennifer); and 26 cousins to whom he brought wit, kindness, humor and friendship. It was a privilege just to have known him.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pearson Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, with visitation prior to the service from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Private entombment followed at Cave Hill Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in lieu of flowers to The Healing Place, 1020 W. Market St., Louisville, Ky., or to the American Heart Association, Louisville Division, 240 Whittington Pkwy., Louisville, Ky., 40222.

Roy Rash Ramsey II, 87, Forge Operator At The International Harvester Company

Roy Rash Ramsey II, 87, of Ellwood City, Penn., died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, while under the care of the Ellwood City Hospital.

Roy was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Louisville, Ky. He was the son of the late Roy Ramsey and Dollie (Piland) Ramsey. Roy was known as a quiet and easy going man. He loved reading books, golfing and watching Kentucky Basketball. Roy cherished the time he spent with his family, but he also enjoyed time spent by himself. For 30 years of his life, he worked as a Forge Operator at the International Harvester Company (now known as Navistar). Roy proudly served his country as a World War II Veteran, who honorably served in the Army Air Corp. 316th Troop Carrier Group and 628th Air Warning Squad.

In addition to his parents, Roy was preceded in death by his first wife, Sarah L. Henry; his second wife, Dorothy Yeager; and a sister, Louise Johnson.

Roy leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife, Patricia Ann Ramsey of Louisville, Ky.; two daughters, Joy Higley and her husband, Rick of Ellwood City, Penn., and Desolee Faye Ramsey; one son, Roy Rash Ramsey III and his wife, Rosemary of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; his step-children, Charles Steitz, Mary “Kathy” Katherine Harlow and her husband, Mike, Teresa McDonough and her husband, Matt, Kenneth Steitz and his wife, Kris and Mildred Huebner; six grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren.

Services for Roy were held privately by the family. Funeral services were entrusted to the Boylan Funeral Home, Inc., 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, Penn., 16063.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Roy’s honor to the World War II Memorial Fund, PO Box 96766, Washington D.C., 20090-6766.

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Rhoda Haun Tallant, 92, Writer And Substitute Teacher

Rhoda Haun Tallant, 92, passed away Dec. 2, 2012, in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.

Mrs. Tallant was born in Gatliff, Ky. Her father, Edward Haun, was a school teacher and a country preacher. She lived in Kentucky and Tennessee before graduating from Harriman Hight School in Harriman, Tenn. She attended Carson Newman College, where she met her future husband of 48 years, Harold Tallant. With her husband, she attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Mrs. Tallant was a wonderful pastor’s wife. She taught the Bible throughout her marriage for various children and youth age groups. She also was an accomplished writer, having authored a book on “The Highview Baptist Story” and articles for five different Baptist magazines. She was a dedicated substitute teacher for the Louisville School system.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Harold D. Tallant; parents, Edward Haun and Ida Florence Hill Haun; children, John David Tallant and Sylvia Ann Tallant; and sisters, Naomi Bridges and Bonnie Giles.

She is survived by her children, Marilynn Friel (Billie) and Dr. Harold D. Tallant, Jr. (Ann); and grandchildren, Christa Friel, Laura Friel, Daniel Friel and Amanda Tallant.

A celebration of Rhoda’s life was held Dec. 6, 2012, at Highview Baptist Church Chapel, 7111 Fegenbush Lane in Louisville, Ky., with Rev. Billie Friel officiating. Visitation was from noon to 2 p.m. with the funeral following at 2 p.m. The burial was held at A.R. Dyke Cemetery in London, Ky., Dec. 7, 2012, at 10 a.m. Arrangements were under the direction of Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Road.