Katherine A. Combsm Rene J. Dognaux Jr., David L. Jones, Ann Lawson

Katherine A. Combs

Katherine A “Kay” Combs, 79, of Vincennes, died early Friday, July 19, 2019 at Deaconess Heart Hospital in Evansville.

She was born on July 23, 1939 in Vincennes, the daughter of William and Helen (Duesterberg) Rainey. She married Dr. Daniel J. Combs on Oct. 24, 1979, and they made their life together for over 40 years. She was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and physician’s wife. Kay cared about everyone she met, loved to read, do crossword puzzles and play board games. She was a huge Cardinals fan and enjoyed watching all of her grandchildren’s activities as she was their fiercest supporter.

Kay is survived by her husband, Daniel J. Combs, M.D.; her children, Barbara Carman and her husband, Andy, of Columbus, Keith Lindsey and his wife, Cathy, and Mary Letson and her husband, John, both of Vincennes; her step-children, Randy Combs and his wife, Lisa, of Milan, Elizabeth Lee and her husband, Mark, of San Antonio, Texas, and Steve Combs and his wife, Erica, of Vincennes; grandchildren Brent Devers and his wife, Lindsay, of Columbus, and their children, Brooks and Blake, Matthew and his wife, Jessica, and their daughter Lexie of Vincennes, Levi Flory and Lindsey Flory, and Ben Lindsey all of Vincennes; step-grandchildren Cameron and Marisa Combs of Milan, Alex, Daniel, Mackenzie and Samantha Lee of San Antonio, and Ryan Combs, Evan Combs and Claire Combs of Vincennes.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, William “Sandy” Rainey; a grandson, Blake Hanger; and a daughter-in-law, Jennifer Combs.

A gathering to celebrate her life will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St., with Dr. Darrel Bobe officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s charity of choice or the Lincoln High School Art Department. Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home is honored to assist Kay’s family during their time of loss.

Online condolences may be made at www.duesterbergfredrick.com.

Rene J. Dognaux Jr.

Rene J. “Bud” Dognaux Jr., 92, of Vincennes, passed away at 7:01 a.m. on July 18, 2019 at BridgePointe Health Campus.

He was born on Feb. 8, 1927 in Vincennes to Nellie Bastin Dognaux and Rene J. Dognaux Sr. Bud retired from Vincennes University as manager of the Old Post Bookstore. He was previously president of the Blackford Window Glass Co, personnel manager for Essex Wire Corp. and general manager of the Vincennes Water Utility. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in 1945 and the University of Notre Dame in 1948. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of RSVP and the Oaktown and Vincennes Gun Clubs. He and Dorothy received the honor of the Bruté Society award from the St. Francis Xavier Parish. He loved gardening and was proud of his beautiful garden. He was an excellent rifle shooter holding numerous state titles in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky as well as winning a national championship in the expert class in 1952.

He married Dorothy J. Opell Dognaux on Sept. 3, 1948 and they had six children, Kay Zeigler and her husband, Jim, of Vincennes, Dick Dognaux (deceased Jan. 10, 2019) and his wife, Chandra, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, Jeff Dognaux and his wife, Kim, of Indianapolis, Julie Stocker and her husband, Keith, of Lawrenceville, John Dognaux and his wife, Angie, of Jeffersonville and Susan Dognaux and her husband, Derrick Beasley, of Louisville, Kentucky. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren; Jerry Zeigler and his wife, Kara, Jill Williams and her husband Kent, J.D., Dillon, Daniel, James, and Jordon Dognaux, Ryan Dognaux and his wife, Sydnye, Seth Dognaux, Shelby Stocker, Zoe and Vivian Dognaux, and Lola and Tess Beasley; three great-grandchildren, Kade Williams, and Finnigan and Saoirse Dognaux; a brother, Francois “Chuck” Dognaux and his wife, Jan, of Vincennes; a sister-in-law, Norma Phillips of Indianapolis; and a brother-in-law, Don Opell and his wife, Marilyn, of Vincennes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; his son, Richard; and his sisters, Mary Ellen Laakman and Deloris Devine.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 a.m. on Monday at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with Father Tony Ernst officiating. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until the hour of services at the church on Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Educational Foundation, St. Vincent De Paul Society, Generations, or the Vincennes Gun Club or Oaktown Gun Club.

David L. Jones

David L. Jones, 79, of Vincennes, passed away at 3:10 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital.

He was born on Aug. 3, 1939 in Beach Grove, Kentucky, to Luther W. and Eloise L. (Corum) Jones. David worked for McDonald's Corporate in-house as he built many McDonald’s restaurants in Washington and Oregon. When David moved backed to Vincennes, he retired from Vincennes University as a night clerk. A graduate of Lincoln High School, he served in the National Guard and was a member of the Ridgecrest Baptist Church. David enjoyed wood carving and antique cars.

Surviving are his wife, Peggy (Sproat) Jones, who he married on March 25, 1967; his mother, Eloise (Corum) Jones of Vincennes; his children, Susan Elliott of Seattle, Shelly Lischke and her husband, Jason, of Seattle, Jennifer Lee of Wheatland, and Jerry Jones and his wife, Becky, of Monroe City; nine grandchildren, Christopher Lee, Mollie Bilskie, Katie Bishop, Maisie Stafford, Tifty Courtney, Elsabet Lischke, Corban Lischke, Riddick Lischke, and Violet Lischke; nine great-grandchildren; and his four sisters, Jane Ivers of Greencastle, Sharon Weiler of Vincennes, Janet Finke of Shawnee, Kansas, and Monica Boyles of Oak Brook, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with Walker Hatton officiating. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the hour of services today at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.

Ann Lawson

Ann “Oma” Lawson, 75, of West Lafayette, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at IU Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

She was born on Dec. 2, 1943 in Hyden, Kentucky, to Boyd and Ellen (Begley) Caldwell. She was blessed to have been welcomed into the home of her beloved Aunt Rose (Begley) Baker and Uncle Taylor G. Baker in Manchester, Kentucky, where she grew up and was much loved. Ann attended Oneida Baptist Institute and then graduated from Clay County High School in 1960 at the age of 16. She attended Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky. There she met her future husband, Homer Lawson, and they eloped after three months on Dec. 19, 1962 in Hindman, Kentucky. They were blessed by the birth of their only child, Teresa Rosann in 1964.

They began teaching in Bucyrus, Ohio, with 60 college credits and they returned every summer to Cumberland College to complete their bachelor degrees in 1969. Ann was a lifelong teacher both in the classroom and to anyone who knew her. They moved to Scott County to teach and immediately began pursuing their master's degrees at Indiana University Southeast, completing them in 1972. After Homer finished his doctorate at Indiana University Bloomington in 1973, the family moved to Vincennes where they made their home until 1988. Over her career, Ann taught in Sulphur Springs, Ohio, Vincennes schools, Saudi Arabia, Madison and the North Knox School Corp. Once they became grandparents they retired and moved to Lake County, Illinois, to be near Teresa and their twin granddaughters, Emily Rosann Lawson Hufnagel and Rachel Clare Lawson Hufnagel. While Ann was an incredible teacher and a devoted mother, she was born to be the consummate loving grandmother. She was known as Oma to every child and adult whom she met from the moment she became a grandparent. She attended every single sporting event and worked selling tickets and serving in the concession stand for the vast majority of the twins’ games. As one of the girls’ former principals said, she was the embodiment and definition of what a grandmother should be.

Ann’s hobbies were playing cards, reading, playing golf (even winning a trophy!), traveling to Civil War battlefields with her daughter, and watching IU basketball!

Ann is survived by her daughter, Teresa Lawson Hufnagel and her husband, John of West Lafayette, who was Ann’s best friend, confidante, caregiver, and constant companion; John helped with her care in the last 10 years of her life and was her golfing and euchre partner as well. Oma is also survived by her beloved twin granddaughters who were her roommates, her partners-in-crime, and whom she loved more than life itself.

Ann was a lifelong Christian and her faith was a very important part of who she was. Ann was the oldest of five siblings, three of whom survive her, Sarah Baker and her husband, Bob, of North Port, Florida, Robert Caldwell of Hope, and Richard Caldwell and his wife, Pam, of New Albany.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Dr. Homer Lawson; her in-laws, Finley and Effie (Hubbard) Lawson of Manchester; her brother, Gary Caldwell of Scottsburg; and her cherished Aunt Rose and Uncle Taylor Baker of Manchester.

Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday at Soller-Baker Funeral Home in Lafayette, with services at 3 p.m. performed by Chaplain Randall Adams who was her friend and surrogate son. The family will further celebrate Ann’s life in her hometown of Manchester at Britton Funeral Home with visitation from 4-8 p.m. CDT on Monday and 1-2 p.m. CDT on Tuesday. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. CDT on Tuesday at Manchester Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Bolin officiating. Burial will be in the Morgan-Begley Cemetery in Hyden, Kentucky.


Pace, Judith K., died July 14. Services: 2 p.m. today at Jessen Funeral Home in Whiteland. Visitation: 11 a.m. until the hour of services today at the funeral home. Memorials: Shriners Children's Hospital.

Robbins, Peggy Diane, died July 16. Services: 1 p.m. today at Fredrick and Son McClure Utt Funeral Home, Bicknell Chapel, 109 E. Sixth St. Burial: Bicknell Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the hour of services today at the funeral home. Condolences: www.fredrickandson.com.

Simpson, Nolan E., died July 16. Services: 1:30 p.m. CDT on Tuesday at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton: Burial: Mauck Cemetery near Owensville. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. CDT on Monday at the funeral home. Colvin Funeral Home is honored to serve the Simpson family. Condolences: www.colvinfuneralhome.com.

Vaughn, Wilma Jean, died July 14. Services: 11 a.m. today at Memorial Park Cemetery. Condolences: www.fredrickandson.com.

Wilson, Shirley Ann, died July 17. Services: 11 a.m. on today at Oaktown Cemetery. Visitation: 10-10:45 a.m. today at Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home, Oaktown Chapel, 100 W. Main St. Condolences: www.fredrickandson.com.


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