In Memory of REMC Personnel
Ralph Draper, 1946-2018
Ralph Dwane Draper, 71, of French Lick, Indiana, entered into eternal rest on November 13th, 2018 at IU Health Paoli Hospital in Paoli, Indiana. He was born on December 8th, 1946 in Herrin, Illinois to Ralph M. and Esther L. Draper. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents. He was a United States Army Veteran in the Vietnam war and a member of the French Lick American Legion Post 76, Orleans Masonic Lodge F & AM #153 and Loyal Order of Moose. He retired as an Operations Manager at Orange County REMC, had worked for Cinergy and was a member of I.B.E.W. Local 1393.
Ralph is survived by: Two sons, Tim Austin (Jennifer) of Orleans, Indiana and Chris Austin (Sharron) of Paoli, Indiana, one daughter, Alison Harper of Oakland City, Indiana and five grandchildren.
Danny L. Arnold, 1949-2018
Danny Lee Arnold of Bedford, Indiana passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 29th, at his home. Danny was born on March 7, 1949 in Sullivan Indiana to parents, the late Russell Arnold, Jr. and Shirley (Barrow) Humphrey. The family moved to Bloomington in 1957. Danny graduated from Bloomington High School, Class of 1967. He attended General Motors Institute and Franklin College before obtaining his B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan. He served seven years in The United States Army Reserves leaving with an honorable discharge of Staff Sergeant.
Dan retired from Orange County REMC after working 42 years in the utility business. Though modest of his accomplishments, he was proud to be the first person elected to the board of Cooperatives Federal Credit Union, serving six years as president of Co-op FCU, serving 10 years on the National standing committee representing a four-state area, as well as being chosen to represent the industry at an off-peak energy symposium. One of his proudest moments was watching his youngest daughter graduate from Air Force Basic Training as an honor graduate and seeing her commissioned as an officer one year later. Danny loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and he even hiked in and out of the Grand Canyon with his brother Mike. He enjoyed cooking, especially being “The Grill Master” for his family and friends gatherings. When not outdoors, you could find him reading one of his Steven King novels or working a crossword puzzle. He loved being the Official “Unofficial” score keeper for his grandsons’ baseball games and tournaments. He enjoyed most all sporting events and remained loyal to his beloved IU Football teams. He was a member of the American Legion, Burton Woolery Post 18, NRA and A.B.A.T.E.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Tina (Beard) Arnold, daughter Stephanie (Bo) Railey of Brownsburg, stepdaughter Lesle (Todd) Payne of Bloomfield, stepson Steven (Shannon) Webb of Bloomington, and brother Mikel (Sharon) Arnold of Johnston, Iowa. Danny was proud to have nine grandchildren, Justin, Dusty and Eli Hollingsworth, Cooper and Ty Webb, Cole, Lillie, Sadie and Clay Railey. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, son Mikel Steven Arnold and stepfather John D. Humphrey.
(James) Mark Williams, 1952-2016
James Mark Williams, 64, of Orleans, passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 8, 2016 at 9:01 AM. He was born on May 12, 1952 in Bedford, Indiana, the son of Larry Lee and Barbara Rose (McCart) Williams. Williams retired from Orange County REMC after 37 years of employment as a lineman. He was an active member and past master of the Orleans Masonic Lodge 153, the Bonds Chapel United Methodist Church and the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by his wife, Terri Williams of Orleans; three daughters, Bonnie Pendley of Orleans, Hillary (Toby) Campbell of French Lick, Faith Ann (Jordan) Edwards of West Baden; six grandchildren, Brianne Isom, Mikayla Campbell, Emma Lee Campbell, Austin Edwards, Hayden Pendley and Ethan Edwards; one great grandson, Jack Isom; one brother, Michael P. Williams (Sherry) of Orleans; one sister, Molly Rose Baker (Brian) of Orleans. He was preceded in death by his parents. The funeral was held Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 11:00 AM at Bonds Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Rob Martindale officiating.
Brent Minton, 1979-2012
On Oct. 2, at approximately 7:55 a.m., Brent Minton, a 33-year-old employee of Orange County REMC, was fatally injured in an accident as he loaded a utility pole onto a truck at the electric cooperative’s headquarters. The pole slipped out of the rigging, struck Minton and killed him instantly.
Minton was a journeyman lineman and worked at Orange County REMC for 12 years. He lived in Orleans and was a graduate of Paoli Jr./Sr. High School. Minton also served as an elder at the Dogwood Community Church in Paoli. He was an amazing example of what an employee, husband, father, son and Christian should be. Brent left a legacy of true love and humor. He is survived by his wife, Crystal; two children, Benjamin and Miley; parents Richard and Dinah Minton; and sister Kasie Lewellyn. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 5, at Dogwood Community Church. The officiating pastor was Anthony Moore.
Justin Moon, 1986-2008
Orange County REMC employee Justin Moon was fatally injured in a non-work related auto accident at 9:18 on March 8. Justin and his wife Autumn (Buchanan) Moon were traveling on U.S. 150 east of Paoli when the accident happened. Another vehicle struck a deer, which was sent through the windshield of Moon’s vehicle. Justin suffered brain injuries and was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he was later removed from life support. Autumn suffered minor injuries in the crash.
His parents are Denny and Tammy (Webster) Moon and sisters are Misty Ross of Paoli and Jenny Hall of Virginia. He was hired at Orange County REMC as a member services technician in August of 2006. He was enrolled in the Hoosier Energy meter technician program. Justin was a very friendly young man who made everyone around him laugh. He was a wonderful person who would do anything asked of him. He will be sadly missed by his friends and co-workers at the REMC as well as anyone who met him. Justin was 21 years old and a 2005 Paoli High School graduate.
Bert Holsaple, 1931-2009
Bert E. Holsapple, 77, Orleans, died March 18 at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky.
Bert was born Sept. 24, 1931, in Orange County, to his parents, Claud and Allie (Baker) Holsapple. He married Ruth (Springer) Holsapple on April 23, 1955, and she survives. He graduated from Orleans High School with the class of 1950 and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Bert was a member of the Orange County REMC board of directors, representing District 3 since 1970. This district includes all of Northeast Township in Orange County and Bono Township in Lawrence County.
Bert was a farmer, a member of the Lost River Baptist Church, Claysville, where he served as a deacon; and the Rob Morris Masonic Lodge in Campbellsburg. He was a former member of the Orleans Community School Board and Farm Credit Services of Mid-America’s Board of Directors. He received the “2004 Master Farmer Award” and was selected by the Orleans FFA as the “Honorary Chapter Farmer.”
Surviving with his wife, Ruth, are two sons and their wives, Robert and Sheryl Holsapple and Ronald and Jamie Holsapple, all of Orleans; one brother, Daryl Holsapple of Orleans; four sisters, Verneice Lindley, Leaveta Collier, Viola Warriner, and Jeanette Whalin, all of Orleans; and five grandchildren, Justin, Laura, Jenna, Whitney and Michael, all of Orleans. Funeral services were at the Lost River Baptist Church in Claysville. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Orleans.