DEATH NOTICES: Tuesday, April 10, 2018


He was born December 3, 1935, in Ridgely, Tennessee, to Barney and Pauline James Riggs. She married Howard J. Adams on August 5, 1942, in Wayland, Missouri. James and his wife Betty moved to Kentucky Lake after retirement to enjoy fishing and gardening. She received her early education in Banner County schools in Harrisburg, graduating from Banner County High School.

Violet "Vi" Mae Mescher, age 95, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family.

McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, Tennessee, is in charge of arrangements. She met Buddy (Murray) Rippe while he was stationed in Kentucky.

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Bernice was born September 17, 1909, in Lake City, Iowa, to Charles and Hazle Bauman.

He was a well-known farrier in this region. She grew up with eight brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Curtis of Champaign; two children, Michael A. Curtis and Deborah A. Curtis, both of Champaign; five grandchildren; brother, Edgar Curtis of Springfield; and two sisters, Lola Bryant and Nora McCurly, both of Springfield. There will be no public service.

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Memorials may be made to the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas or the Scottish Rite Children's Hospital.

For additional details, please contact the Sippel Funeral Home in New Holstein at (920) 898-4300 or visit

Funeral services for Ray Culp, 90, of Belton will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, at the Dossman Funeral Home Chapel.

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