Dessie Esarey Simpson, 91, passed away on Jan. 15.

Dessie was born to John and Emma Esarey, April 3, 1925 at Branchville.

She attended Branchville School and then attended Selvin School in Selvin.

She was a nanny for her niece for several years.

She worked at The Evansville State Hospital from 1944 to 1945.

Dessie was united in marriage to Ernest Simpson Oct. 5, 1946. She enjoyed raising their family and working on the farm.

Dessie was a member of Heilman Mt. Olive General Baptist Church, where she taught Bible School, Sunday School and Youth Group for many years.

Dessie made many quilts for family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years and five months, Ernest; son, Terry Dean; grandson, Timothy Neal Higgs; her parents; brothers Don and Dale Esarey and sisters Dorothy Blackford and Dora Esarey.

Surviving her are daughters Tonya (Phil) Higgs of Tennyson, Ind. and Tammy (Andy) Smith of Heilman, Indiana; grandchildren Gary (Amanda) Higgs, Emily (Travis) Turpen, David (Shanna) Smith, Daniel (Amber) Smith; great-grandchildren Hailey and Wyatt Higgs, Titus and Emma Smith, Brendan Turpen, Luke Smith and another due in July; several nieces and nephews; and Sherry Smith, whom she loved like another daughter.

We would like to thank Heart to Heart Hospice, Sara, Hunter, Dianne and Pastor Jerry for the love they showed Mom.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 19 at Mt. Olive General Baptist Church in Heilman.

Burial will follow in Garrison Chapel Cemetery near Heilman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heilman Mt. Olive Church.

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Pamela (Smith) Canary, 56, died Monday, Jan. 16 at Deaconess Gateway.

She is survived by children, Jeremiah Jason Mayo and Jamie Lee Canary; fiancé, Robert Racey; three grandchildren; sister, Kathy Barnes; brothers, Peter Smith and Scotty Smith.

There will be no services. The body will be cremated.

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Orville Jacob "Bud" Huber, son of the late William Adolph and Louise Marie Rosenkranz Huber, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15 at Cypress Grove Rehabilitation Center.

He was born April 30, 1924 in Evansville, and grew up loving family with four brothers and one sister.

He attended Caze Elementary School and Benjamin Bosse High School. He was drafted to the U.S. Army to serve in the European Theater during WWII in December of his senior year of high school. He was presented an early diploma for service to our country.

He was a surgical technician at Camp Grant in England and was very proud of his service. While on leave, he met his soon to be wife, Irene Mildred Kuhr, on a blind date. They fell in love and were soon married. Together, they built a strong family, with bud always remaining a devoted husband, father, grandfather and lover of all things sweet.

His happy marriage continued for 62 years and they enjoyed traveling and square-dancing with friends for many years. Everyone who knew Bud knew him as a kind and generous man who lived his Christian faith.

After an honorable discharge from the Army, he had a long and distinguished career with the U.S. Postal Service for over 30 years. While at the post office, Bud received a commendation from the government for developing the Central Mark-Up System.

After Irene's death, Bud met and married June C. Warkins, adding her three sons and their wives, and their children and grandchildren to the blended family.

Bud was preceded in death by his mother and father; his wife of 62 years, Irene; his eldest daughter, Carol Ann; brothers, Marvin, George, William "Wee Wee," and John; and sister, Elaine Huber Edwards.

He is survived by his wife of eight years, June C. Watkins Huber; son, Donnie (Patti), daughters, Debbie Schoenbaechler (Jay), Lisa Glick (Brian); 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Jeff and Rhonda, Jack and Edna and Scott and Karen Watkins; along with many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 19 at Alexander Newburgh Chapel officiated by Brian Glick with entombment in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The Vanderburgh County Retired Veterans Memorial Club conducted military services at the cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of a donation to the Alzheimer's Association.

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Lowen Douglas Ambrose, infant son, passed away Monday, Jan. 18 at The Women's Hospital in Newburgh. Lowen is survived by his parents, Blake and Desi Ambrose; brother Ezekiel Taylor; grandparents, Anthony Taylor, Tammy Smith, Dianna and Michael Miley and Keith Boarman; and great grand-parents, Doug and Anna Taylor and Sue and James Robey all of Boonville.

Graveside service for the immediate family was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Boonville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Koehler Funeral Home to help with expenses.

Condolences and any special remembrance may be made online at

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