Mercer County Obits





Gary Lynn Cocanougher, 66, husband of Marvina Peavler Cocanougher, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, in Jessamine County.

Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. on  Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

Visitation 5-8 p.m. today, Thursday,  Aug. 22 at the funeral home.

Arrangements are still being determined.

(HH Thu Aug 22, 2019)



Philip Thrine Harpring,72, of Indianapolis, Indiana, and a frequent visitor to Harrodsburg, died Aug. 13, 2019, at his residence.

Born Dec. 21, 1946, he was the son of Alphons Harpring and Ruth Thrine Harpring.

Harpring earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from Butler University and was a lifetime member of the IU Alumni Association. He taught physical education and coached in Lawrence Township for many years. As a young man he was active in the YMCA, was a gymnast with the American Turners and served in the USMC Reserves. He was also an active member of the Indy Dancers Club until his death.

Harpring is survived by two daughters, Gina (Robert Moore) Harpring of Harrodsburg and Julie (Ian Eschbacher) Harpring of St. Louis, Missouri; one sister, Sharon (David) Poultney, and one brother, Gordon (Nora) Harpring, all of Annandale, Virginia; and grandchildren, William and Claudia Harpring Eschbacher of St. Louis.

The funeral was Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, at Feeney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the YMCA at the Athenaeum, 401 East Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN, 46204.

Paid Obit

(HH Thu Aug 22, 2019)



David Kenneth McDonley Jr., 68, of Salem, Indiana, widower of Linda McDonley, died on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019.

Born Feb. 19, 1951, in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late David and Helen Webb McDonley.

He retired from Louisville MSD and served on the Lake Dreamland Fire Department.

Survivors include: three daughters, Jennifer (Warren) Gravel, Kristie (Chris) Black and Dawn (Tim) Brewer; three sons, Daniel Williams Sr., Jodie (Jaylene) Williams and David McDonley (Amanda); one sister, Gloria (Bill) McDonley Pogue and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Sean Michael McDonley.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals and Receptions (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany). A private burial after cremation will be held at Crown Hill Cemetery in Salem, Indiana.

Visitation 3-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, and on Saturday after 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the WHAS Crusade for Children (520 W. Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY 40202) or to the American Cancer Society (1640 Lyndon Farm Court, Suite 104, Louisville, KY 40223).

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Aug 22, 2019)



Naomi Fern Pittman, 90, widow of Herbert Ransdell and Charles William Pittman, of Salvisa, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at the Harrodsburg Health and Rehabilitation center.

Born May 26, 1929, in Scott County, she was the daughter of the late Fredrick William Honerkamp and the late Maurice Marshall Miller.

She was a member of the Ebenezer Church of Christ, attended Hopewell Baptist Church, was a Kentucky Colonel and had been a member of the Ebenezer Homemakers.

Survivors include: one daughter, Vicki (Bobby) Walters of San Antonio, Texas; one son, William “Bill” Earl Ransdell of Salvisa; one brother, William Henry (Judy) Honerkamp of Lexington; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Irene Burton.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Doug Wesley and Terry Morrison officating. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery in Salvisa.

Pallbearers were Mark Miller, Cliff Iler, Bruce Osbourn, Seth Walters, Jimmy Long and Bobby Ross.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Ebenezer Church Of Christ, 1325 Cummins Ferry Road, Salvisa, KY 40372, or to the Hopewell Baptist Church, 1545 Talmage-Mayo Road, Salvisa, KY 40372.

Ransdell Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Aug 22, 2019)



Elaine Marie Schroeder, 79, wife of Bernard “Jerry” Schroeder died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, at the Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 25, 1939, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Walter Albertz and Dorothy Zimmer Albertz Bissonette.

She was a homemaker and a member of the St. Andrew Catholic Church. Throughout her lifetime, Elaine was a master of serving and volunteering. She was a volunteer for 20 years with the St. Andrew Youth Group, Mercer County Little League Baseball, James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Christian Life Center and served as a Eucharistic Minister, as well as a past secretary of the St. Andrew Catholic Church. She was a recipient of the 2011 Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Award. She enjoyed traveling and she and Jerry have visited all 50 states and many countries. She enjoyed her family and going to all events her grandchildren were involved in.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include: two daughters, Linda (Mike) Hostetter of Lexington and Gail Schroeder of San Rafael, California; two sons, Gary (Tonya) Schroeder of Danville and Michael (Tamme) Schroeder of Harrodsburg; one brother, Denny (Linda) Albertz of Cincinnati; 10 grandchildren, Chase Hostetter, Taylor Schroeder, Tyler Schroeder, Nicholas Hostetter, Mason Schroeder, Matt Schroeder, Katherine Schroeder, Veronica Schroeder, Anastasia Schroeder and Isabella Schroeder; one nephew, Todd Albertz and four nieces, Tricia Houghton, Melissa Migal, Tracy Runyan and Jennifer Garrett.

Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 23, at the St. Andrew Catholic Church with Concelebrants Father Danny Schwendeman and Father Frank Osburg.  Pallbearers will be Chase Hostetter, Nick Hostetter, Tyler Schroeder, Taylor Schroeder, Mason Schroeder and Matt Schroeder.

Visitation today, Thursday, Aug. 22, from 4–8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Friday at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Christian Life Center, 108 S. Main St., Harrodsburg, KY 40330 or the St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1125 Danville Road, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Paid Obit

(HH Thu Aug 22, 2019)



Fred Lee Votaw, 86, of Lancaster, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at the Harrodsburg Health and Rehabilitation.

Born Friday, July 21, 1933 in Lancaster, he was a son of the late Edna Riley Votaw and Coleman Votaw.

He was a United States Army Veteran and factory worker.

Survivors include: two sons, Michael (Judy) Votaw of Danville and Clinton (Melanie) Votaw of Harrodsburg; two daughters, Kathie (Keith) Brim of Senatobia, Mississippi and Kristina Votaw of Anchorage, Alaska; one brother, John C. Votaw; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Virgil Votaw, Billy Wayne Votaw, Jim-my Votaw and two sisters, Ruby Gerlach, Laverne Votaw.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Ramsey-Young Funeral Home. Burial with military rites by the Caswell Saufley Post # 18 was in the Lancaster Ceme-tery.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Aug 22, 2019)