Obituaries • January 10, 2013

John Vernon “Mack” McReynolds, 89, Retired Partner With Deloitte

John Vernon “Mack” McReynolds, 89, of Louisville, Ky., and Naples, Fla., died  Jan. 2, 2013. He was retired partner with Deloitte & Touche and a World War II US navy veteran. He was a charter member of St. Mark United Methodist Church and Hurstbourne Country Club, as well as a member of Royal Wood Golf & Country Club in Naples.

He is survived by his wife, Letha Baumgartner McReynolds; son, Scott McReynolds (Linda), Cincinnati; daughter, Lynn McReynolds (Bert Carp), Annapolis, Md.; and five step-grandchildren.

His Funeral Service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane, with burial following in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday.

Memorials may go to Hosparus of Louisville, P.O. Box 35425, Louisville, Ky., 40232-9892; or St. Mark United Methodist Church, 4611 Lowe Road, Louisville, Ky., 40220.

Bernard “Bud” Backert, 86, Retired Insurance Agent For Life Investors Insurance Co.

Bernard “Bud” Backert, 86, of Louisville, died on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Norton Suburban Hospital.

Bud was a Navy World War II veteran, a retired insurance agent for Life Investors Insurance Co., a retired supervisor for the former Tastee Bread Company and worked in the maintenance shop for L & N Railroad.

Bud was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church and was an avid Cardinal fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anna Marie Backert; and sister, Joan Backert Hines.

Bud is survived by his wife, the former Carmel Spayd; son, Tony Backert (Sherrie); grandchildren, Rachel and Colin Backert; nephew, Philip “Pip” Hines (Suzanne); and his beloved grand-dogs, Rossi and Rocky.

His funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3521 Goldsmith Lane. Visitation was from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road, with burial in St. Michael Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Cerebral Palsy School of Louisville Foundation, 1520 Baxter Ave., Louisville, Ky., 40205.

Nannie Leigh (Macy) Armbruster, 88, Retired From Bacons Department Store

Nannie Leigh (Macy) Armbruster, 88, entered into heaven on Jan. 1, 2013, at Sts. Mary &Elizabeth Hospital.

She was a member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church and retired from Bacons from the sales department.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Chester Armbruster Jr.; brothers, Morris and Wilbur Macy; and sisters, Anna Potts and Virginia Basham.

Survivors include her loving daughters, Patricia Cox and Donna Catlett (Kenny); grandchildren, Scott Catlett (Anissa) and Melissa Carnell (Shane); seven great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; sisters, Mary Jo Peace and Ethel Scott (Garvin); niece, Joyce Rodgers; and several other nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Highway, with burial following in Louisville Memorial Gardens, West. Visitation was Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may go to www.owenfuneralhome.com.

Charles C. “Charlie” Kirkpatrick Jr., 78, Retired Inspector From Louisville Water Company

Charles C. “Charlie” Kirkpatrick Jr., 78, of Louisville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Baptist Hospital East.

Charlie had retired from Louisville Water Company as an inspector after 35 years of service and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Eleanora Gilkey Kirkpatrick and a sister, Dorothy Lile.

Survivors include his sons, Danny Kirkpatrick (Marion), Greg Kirkpatrick and Kenny Kirkpatrick; daughters, Cindi Kirkpatrick, Kris Payne (Mike) and Connie Kirkpatrick; sister, Norma Sullivan; 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

His funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 3926 Poplar Level Road, with burial following in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road.

Donations may be made to Kosair Children’s Hospital in his memory. Online condolences may be sent to www.ratterman.com.

Viola “Bernice” Klemenz, 85, Loving Wife And Mother

Viola “Bernice” Klemenz, 85, passed away Dec. 31, 2012.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia Jane; and son, Gary Keith.

Bernice leaves behind to cherish her memory her loving husband of 67 years, Joseph Klemenz; children, Larry Klemenz (Gail), Anita Rouark (Dale), Melody Aschbacher (David) and Heather Harter (Brian); grandchildren, Tiffany Thieneman (Nic), Brandon Klemenz and April Harter; and three beautiful great grandchildren, Megan, Ethan and Loran Thieneman.

A service honoring the life of Bernice was held Saturday at noon at Evergreen Funeral Home. Visitation was held Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Please leave your condolences for the family at www.evergreen-louisville.com.

Kenneth Haller Mccrocklin, 87, Retired General Surgeon

Kenneth Haller Mccrocklin, 87, was liberated from this life on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.

He was a devoted husband to Callirrhoe Nakos McCrocklin; a loving father to his children, Sophia Margaret McCrocklin (William Isaacson) and George Stephen McCrocklin (Claudia); a wonderful brother to his sister, Mary Joyce Eibeck; and a proud grandfather to Mariah Louise and Ethan Eric McCrocklin as well as Nicholas John and Christopher Walter Isaacson.

Dr. McCrocklin was a retired general surgeon (1960-1993) and a Captain, USAF, as a surgeon and hospital commander in Thule, Greenland (1954-56).

He had a kind and gentle spirit that touched all who knew him. We will forever remember his big smile and warm heart.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2012, in St. Luke’s Chapel at the Episcopal Church Home (Lyndon Lane Entrance).

Anna Blanch “Bum Bum” Nicoulin, 89, Member Of Good Shepherd Catholic Church And Church Of Our Lady

Anna Blanch “Bum Bum” Nicoulin, 89, of Louisville, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Norton Pavilion.

She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and had been a long-time member of Church of Our Lady. She loved her church picnics and church bingos. She was “the best Nanny in the World.”

She is predeceased by her loving husband of 65 years, Louis Xavier “Bus” Nicoulin.

She is survived by her children, Connie Cockeril (Don), James Nicoulin (Beth), Sharon Vornholt (Gene) and Mary Lou Warren; her brother, John Paul Whitty (Ann) of Raymond, Miss.; eight grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 3511 Rudd Ave., with burial in Louisville Memorial Gardens West. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ratterman Grand Chapels, 4832 Cane Run Road (Terry Road and the Greenbelt).

Robert Campbell Wingate, 92, Founder And Owner Of RC Wingate And Ford CPA Firm

Robert Campbell Wingate, 92, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at The Episcopal Church Home.

Born in Greenville, Miss., he was the son of the late Ney E. and Annie (Campbell) Wingate. He served as SG in the U.S. Air Force during World War II then earned his MBA from Northwestern University, after which he founded and owned RC Wingate and Ford CPA Firm. As an active member of his community, he served as president of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, director at the Bank of Commerce-Greenwood, the longtime treasurer and instigator at the Greenwood Investment Club, an officer with the Greenwood Country Club and a trustee with the Howell Foundation. He was a member of the Church of the Nativity, where he served in the vestry. Known for his passion of the outdoors and routinely walking, he was also an avid reader, accomplished fisherman and golf and tennis club champion. Despite accomplishing so much in his 92 years, he always had time to bless those around him with his unique humor and wit as a husband and as a loving and devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to all.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Ball Wingate.

He is survived by his daughter, Ann Wingate Cross (Joe); grandchildren, Brittany Miles (Kurt), Jonathan Cross (Caia) and Jared Cross; his great grandson and little buddy, Jackson Cross; stepdaughter, Lynda Alsop Bain (Frank); grandchildren, Lacy Hilbrich (Lucas), Elizabeth Goodman (Chad) and Robert “Bo” Bain (Mandy); and six great grandchildren, Anna Jane, Ally, Charlie, Emerson, Abby and Hunter.

Memorial services celebrating his life were held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, 6710 Wolf Pen Branch Road, Harrods Creek, Ky., 40027. The Wingate-Cross Family invited his friends to join them at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Greenville Cemetery, 1000 S. Main St., Greenville, Miss., for the inurnment. Friends and family gathered from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the home of Joe and Ann Wingate Cross. Pearson’s Funeral Directors, 149 Breckenridge Lane, was entrusted with the arrangements.

Donations of sympathy are suggested to the Home of the Innocents, 1100 E. Market St., Louisville, Ky., 40206.

John Joseph Schutz Jr., 94, Recipient Of The Purple Heart Medal

John Joseph Schutz Jr., 94, passed away on Jan. 1, 2013.

A member of the nation’s “Greatest Generation,” he served our country proudly as a U.S. Marine communications chief in World War II and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a 57-year congregant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in New Albany., Ind.

John was born on Jan. 2, 1918, in Louisville, to the late John J., Sr., and Therese M. (Wachenthaler) Schutz. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Ursula (Russell) Schutz and siblings, Marcella, Vernon, Clarance and Albert Schutz.

He is survived by his four children, Sara Schutz, Jeanne Brashear (Amos), Ivar “Izzy” Zzyznius, and David Schutz (Linda); brother, Eugene Schutz (Betty); nine grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Doris and Margaret Schutz.

Visitation was from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Newcomer Funeral Home, 3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany, with a rosary recited at 4 p.m. Friday. His funeral service took place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with burial following at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in New Albany. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hosparus – the Community Hospice of Southern Indiana, 624 E. Market St., New Albany, Ind., 47150. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.newcomerindiana.com.

Rev. Thomas Pittman, 88, Former Deacon And Pastor

Rev Thomas Pittman, 88, passed away Dec. 29, 2012 at Audubon Hospital.

He was a member of Shively Baptist Church and a former deacon, interim pastor at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Simpsonville, Ky., Navy veteran of World War II, a graduate of Boyce Bible College of 1991 and member of Shawnee Masonic Lodge No. 830.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Patsy Ruth (Terrell) Pittman; daughter, Judith Brown; son, Michael Pittman (Sherry); and six grandchildren.

His funeral service was held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Highway, with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation was held at the funeral home Friday from 2 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may go to www.owenfuneralhome.com.

Sarah Spalding Abell, 90, Member Of Both Holy Family And St. Bernadette Parishes

Sarah Spalding Abell, 90, born March 31, 1922, in Lebanon, Ky., died Dec. 31, 2012, at Oaklawn Nursing and Rehab. She was a member of both Holy Family and St. Bernadette parishes, and was preceded in death by her husband, George H. Abell Sr.; parents, William and Mary Acquin Spalding; six siblings; and one son-in-law.

Survivors include a brother, Joseph M. Spalding; two sisters, Sr. Rita Spalding SCN and Mary Acquin Schneider; children, Damian Abell (Linda), Mary Burke Stephens (Rick), Sally Williams (Terry), George Abell (Debbie), Julia Berger Carothers (Robert), Bill Abell (Michelle), Joe Abell (Ronni), Martha Osborne, Donna Jackson (David), Vincent Abell (Marla), Theresa Melhorn (Bob), Carolyn Breit (Larry), Rita McCubbin (Perry), Laura Shaw (Chris) and Joyce Abell; 26 grandchildren, Angela, Michael, Sarah, Hilary, Kevin, Marty, Adam, Jason, David Andrew, Aaron, Kristen, Kerri, Kimberly, George, Burke, Lucy, Ellie, Christopher, Cody, Bradley, Leah, Abbey, Clayton, Jeffrey, Taylor and Sydney; and 17 great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Holy Family Church, 3926 Poplar Level Road. Burial was private. Visitation was from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ratterman and Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, 8588 Potter Park Dr., Suite 500, Sarasota, Fla., 34238; or to one’s charity of choice.

Paul A. Semones, 81, Retired Supervisor At Standard Gravure

Paul A. Semones, 81, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at his home. He was a native of Louisville, a retired supervisor at Standard Gravure, and a Navy veteran. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and Sacred Heart Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Adelheid R. “Heidi” Semones; parents, Theodore R. and Helena L. Semones; brother, Charles J. Semones; and granddaughter, Grace Semones.

Paul is survived by his son, Anthony J. (Julie) Semones of Jeffersonville, Ind.; daughters, Maria M. (Alan) Shepard of Georgetown, Ind., Ruth A. Semones of Baroda, Mich., Helen L. (Steve) Epstein of Atlanta, Ga., Therese M. (Matt) Hladney of Brackenridge, Penn., and Margrith M. (Dana) Troutman of San Marcos, Calif.; brother, Theodore R. Semones Jr. of Louisville; sister, Joan Landrum of New Albany, Ind.; and 11 grandchildren.

His funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Church with burial following in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at E.M. Coots’ Sons Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy my be made to Sacred Heart Church.

James R. Miles Jr., 80, Retired Truck Driver For Local 89

James R. Miles Jr., 80, passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. He was a retired truck driver for Local 89. He was a Marine veteran of the Korean War and a lifetime member of the VFW Post 5421 and The American Legion 220.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Simpson; his father, James R. Miles Sr.; and his brother, Thomas J. Miles.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Yunt; his children Jim Miles (Diane), Tim Miles and Dina Miles; stepson, Steve Halberg (Christy); eight grandchildren; one great grandson; sisters, Betty Buckner and Judy Graham (Ken); brothers, Chuck Simpson and Tony Simpson (Mary); and numerous friends.

O. D. White & Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. A wake service was held on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

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