Mercer County Obituaries



Note: Obituaries listed below indicating they did not appear in

the Harrodsburg Herald are due to the fact that out-of-town funeral homes,

particularly those in Lexington and Danville,

have become very lax in

sending the information to the local paper.



"And now, mourn not, for a good, fulfilling life,

we are stepping through the garden gate

 into the next adventure."





     Ada Bruce Gash went to be with her Lord on Friday, September 15, 2017, while a resident of Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles.

     She was one of 7 children born to the late John Dudley and Corinne Sweeny Gash on December 3, 1933 in the Kirkwood area of Mercer County Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Home Economics and began her teaching career in Mercer County, then on to New Richmond, Ohio before finishing up her 32 year career in Fairborn, Ohio. Upon retirement she returned home to Salvisa and resided with her sisters on Sugar Street. Instilled with a love of teaching she spent the next 10 years as a substitute teacher in Anderson and Mercer Counties.

     She is survived by: her sisters, Joy annd Mary Alice Gash, of Salvisa, Martha Jean Hahn, of Louisville; brothers, John D. (Miki) Gash, of San Jose, CA, Jim (Joyce) Gash, of Harrodsburg; aunt, Blanche Sweeny, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; nieces and nephews, Doug (Kaye) Hahn, Lexington, Lesa Hahn (Donnie) Long, Louisville, Steve (Terry) Cosby, Bowling Green, Martha Lynn Cosby, Salvisa, Ashley Gash (Steve) Johnson, Los Angeles, CA, Jamie Gash (Reb) Butler, Versailles, John (Lisa) Gash III, Lodi, CA, and Tami Gash (Dave) Kim, Greenbrea CA. In addition her extended family included, several great nieces and nephews, as well as a great-great nephew.

     Like her mother and sisters, she was skilled in hand crafting items for her nieces and nephews and always wanted to make sure each new arrival to the family had a hand knitted sweater and Christmas stocking. She particularly enjoyed the extended family gathering at Christmas where she would give out her favorite peanut brittle candy while playing cards with her sisters, nieces and nephews. Before her illness she was very active in, and a member of, Salvisa Baptist Church.

     In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Lou Gash Cosby; two brothers-in-law, Charles H. Cosby and William Bryant Hahn; and a niece Jeanne Hahn Cooney.

     Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Gash Memorial Chapel in Lawrenceburg with a visitation on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. and resuming on Wednesday prior to the funeral.

     A celebration of a life lived with humor, honor, and dignity will be held at Gash Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with burial thereafter in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. 

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy be sent to Bluegrass Navigators (Hospice), 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601 or Kirkwood Baptist Church, 1955 Kirkwood Road, Salvisa, KY 40372, or the Corinne Gash Memorial Scholarship Fund, in c/o James Gash, 535 McCroskey Road, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.



     Steven Lee Kestler, age 62, husband of Melinda Combs Kestler, of Harrodsburg, and son of Don and Wilma (Truax) Kestler of Burgin, died Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Lexington Baptist Health Hospital in Lexington.

     Steven was born January 1, 1955 in Salina, KS.

     He was a graduate of Hamburg High School in Hamburg, NY, received his BA degree from Kennedy Western University in Cheyenne, Wyoming, was a Recruiter for Kestler Associates, a US Yoshukai Black Belt, a member of the Intercity Personnel Association in Appleton, Wisconsin, a great fan of the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University and was a member of the Carpenter’s Christian Church in Harrodsburg.

     Survivors, other than his wife and parents, include: two sons, Christian Lee Kestler and Ethan Daniel Kestler, both of Harrodsburg; one sister, Shauna (Roy) Burger of Burgin; three nieces, Carli Combs and Meghan Combs, both of Whitesburg, and Dawn (Lewis) Sexton of Burgin; one nephew, Shawn (Kristin) Burger of Burgin; his mother-in-law, Pat Combs and his grandmother-in-law, Rina Freeman both of Whitesburg; one brother-in-law, David (Tammie) Combs of Whitesburg.

     Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 19, at the Carpenter's Christian Church with Bro. John Kesel and Bro. Greg Warren officiating. Burial will be in Burgin Memorial Gardens.

     Pallbearers will be Shawn Lewis, Lewis Sexton, David Combs, Roy Burger, Shinji Matsuda, Dennis Berry, and Bobby Gray. Honorary bearers are Cooper Sexton, Reed Sexton, Emma Kate Sexton, S.J. Burger, Ashlynn Burger and Jake Burger.

     Visitation will be Monday, September 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Carpenter’s Christian Church and Tuesday, September 19, from 12 noon until the time of service at the church.

     Arrangements by the Sims Funeral Services.

     Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at



     Lois T. Frederick, 90, of Harrodsburg, widow of David Frederick, died Wednesday at the Willows, Harrodsburg.

     Born April 8, 1927, in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Carl Thomas and Clara Mae Elliott Taylor.

     She retired as an LPN at Haggin Hospital, and was a member of The Carpenters Christian Church.

     Lois is survived by: one daughter, Rita Diane (Tom) Shewmaker of China Grove, NC; and one son, David Brent (Lilly) Frederick of Harrodsburg; one brother, Donald Burton (Mary Elizabeth) Taylor of Salt Lake City, UT; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

     Lois was preceded in death by her sister, Kathryn Lake, two brothers, Carl K. Taylor, and Dudley Dale Taylor.

     Funeral service will be held Friday, September 15, at 11 a.m. at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Greg Warren and John Kesel officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg.

     Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday, September 14 at the funeral chapel.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 



     Jeanette Champion Cole, 80, wife of Rolling Morris Cole, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 in Lawrenceburg.

     Born in Harrodsburg, Mrs. Cole is preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Grace James Champion and two grandsons, David and Christopher Cole.  She was formerly a member of the Salvisa Baptist Church and Homemakers and served as their chorus accompanist. She also attended the Goshen Baptist Church.  She was a wonderful seamstress and spent many hours a day sewing for her daughters and granddaughters.  She also enjoyed playing her piano for family and friends and could be heard by neighbors throughout the neighborhood of Ripyville.

     Survivors, in addition to her husband, include: one sister, Jane Norman; eight children, Bruce (Carolyn) Cole, Marsha (James “Carky” McCarthy) Phillips, Bill (Pam) Cole, Gary (Lisa) Cole, Danny (Teresa) Cole, Donald (Rhonda) Cole, Barbara Walker and Mary (Mike) Fields; 25 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

     Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Webb and Bro. Fred Knickerbocker officiating.  Burial is in the Sand Spring Cemetery. 

     Visitation, today, Thursday, Sept. 14 from 5-8 p.m.

     The grandsons will serve as pallbearers.  

     Memorials contributions are suggested to Bluegrass Hospice Care, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to

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     Dorothy Masters Collins, 94, of Salvisa, formerly of Richmond, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

     Born Feb. 9, 1923, in Madison, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Josephine Perkins Masters.

     She retired from Westinghouse and was member of the Richmond First Church of the Nazarene.

     Survivors include: one son, Wesley Logan (Josephine) Collins; one daughter, Sharon (Linville) Case; one sister, Jo Bell Masters; six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by one daughter, Janice Marie Hawkins and three sisters, Marie Uttinger, Mildred Masters and Mabel Williams.

     Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home in Richmond with Pastor Steve Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery.

     Visitation Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

     Pallbearers will be Steve Strong, Gary Deaton, Pascal Warmouth, Ray Warmouth, David Fahringer and Colman Sadler.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to

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     Julia Ann Dean, 70, of Alexandria, Virg., formerly of Harrodsburg, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at her home. 

     Born May 21, 1947, in Harrodsburg, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Alma Louise Isham Dean.

     She was a retired Lt. Colonel in the US Army and was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

     Survivors include: A Special Friend & Caregiver, Dorothy Barry of Alexandria, Virg. and several Cousins.

     Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel.  Burial with military rites will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel.

     Pallbearers will be Bill Wickliffe, Keith Batterton, Mike Matherly, Danny Matherly, Larry Royalty and Ronald Ashford. 

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of one’s choice.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

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     Stuart Powell, 89, of Boyle County died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

     Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the First Christian Church of Danville with Reverend Joey Pusateri, Dr. Mickey Anders and Brother Odis Clark officiating. Burial was in Bellevue Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Stuart Powell Cadet Squadron c/o Nick Bart, 2529 Mitchellsburg Road. Danville, KY 40422 or the Aviation Museum of Lexington at 4029 Airport Road, Lexington, KY 40510.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

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     Walter D. Reynolds, 86, of Flemingsburg, husband of Bettye Boone Reynolds, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Baptist Health Lexington.

     Born Oct. 23, 1930, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Arthur Delbert II and Rosa Brown Reynolds.

     He was a retired employee of the Department of Agriculture, worked in auto sales, cemetery sales, J.C. Penny’s garden center and Reynolds Nursery and Landscaping, was a member of the Kentucky National Guard and was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church in Salvisa.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: one son, Wess (Betsy) Reynolds of Berea; one daughter, Zondra Shannon of Berea; one daughter, Nora (Jason) Hale of Gallatin, Tenn.; one brother, Harold (Faye) Reynolds of Harrodsburg; one sister-in -law, Lona Reynolds of Harrodsburg; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Boone-Nickell Funeral Home in Flemingsburg with Reverend Doug Wesley and Reverend Larry Brown officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park.

     Pallbearers were Lucas Reynolds, Mark Shannon, Paul Shannon, Barry Sloas, Jason Planck, Jimmy Gibson, Allen Stone and Michael Shannon. Honorary Pallbearers were Nelson Cline and Rodney Thompson.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Cancer Care Club, P.O. Box 189, Flemingsburg, KY 41041.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to

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     Marjorie Ann Smith, 84, widow of Harold Smith, of Stanford, Ill., died Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at Heartland Health Care, Normal, Ill.

     Born June 9, 1933, in Bondville, she was the daughter of the late Sydney and Jean Morgan Norton.

     She worked for the Admiral Co. and Eureka Williams, was a member of the Machinists Lodge 1000.

     Survivors include: one sister, Shirley Claunch of Harrodsburg; four sons, Gary Smith, Kevin Smith, Michael Smith, Steven (Kimberley) Smith; one daughter, Pamela (Robert M.) Boitnott all of Stanford; five grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

     She is preceded in death by one brother Vernelle Norton.

     Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 1, at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington, Ill. with Pastor Steve Evans officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Stanford, Ill.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or Heartland Health Care.

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     Marion “Lee” Storey, 59, died Monday Sept. 4, 2017.

     Born Aug. 28, 1958, he was the son of Bill and Faye Roundtree Storey.

     Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Salvisa.

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     Alford H. VanArsdall, 77, of Harrodsburg, widow of Kathryn Glasscock, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2017, at the UK Medical Center.

     Born Nov. 23, 1939, in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late Alford W. and Dorothy (Darnell) VanArsdall.

     He was a retired welder for Matthews Conveyor and a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Karen (Jason) Walton of Nicholasville; one son, Mark Wayne (Donna) VanArsdall of Bossier City, La.; two sisters, Trudy (Carroll) Montgomery and Rita (Gary) Herring both of Harrodsburg; six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

     Graveside services were held Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg with Reverend Lynn Releford officiating.

     Pallbearers were Terry Montgomery, Johnny Montgomery, Michael Montgomery, Eddie Jenkins, Tad Kite, Jerry Carney, Ronnie Goodpaster II, Joshua VanArsdall and Dakota Walton.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Fellowship Baptist Church, 502 Ada Drive, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

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