Donor Stories

Lowell Wayne Sullivan

Many people in Switzerland County have contributed to various veterans' causes within the community, but one individual seems to stand above them all for his service. Vevay native, Lowell Wayne Sullivan, is this individual. A standout athlete at Vevay High School, Mr. Sullivan married Rita Brown in 1968. They would be together for over 40 years. He began his military service in 1969 where he was sent to Vietnam. Lowell Wayne was wounded shortly after arrival and he was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery and commitment. Upon returning home, he became a member of the American Legion Post #185, an organization him and his family would dedicate a great deal of their time to serving. Within the American Legion, Lowell Wayne held the positions of Post Commander, District Commander, and Southern Vice Commander before ultimately serving as Commander of the American Legion of Indiana. He is the only Switzerland County citizen to achieve this honor.

Shortly after Lowell Wayne succumbed to cancer, Rita and thier family made the decision to establish a fund in his honor. Titled "Lowell Wayne Sullivan, True to the Red, White, and Blue," this fund allows his family to continue working towards bettering the community that Mr. Sullivan so dearly loved.

Jeanne Konkle

As many people would say, Jeanne never met a stranger. She enjoyed socializing with her family and friends, often hosting large family events. In 1964, she graduated from the Vevay High School and was united in marriage to Butch Konkle shortly after. They would share several years together until her passing in 2015. She valued family and her husband and she owned and operated the Route 56 Campground together. She loved playing volleyball, softball, karate, and dancing. Although she lived in Switzerland County most of her life, she spent many winters in Homosassa, Florida boating and enjoying the sun. Jeanne also worked hard serving her community as President of the Swiss Wine Festival for several years. She took great pleasure in helping people in need, especially during the holidays. She actively participated in the Angel Tree program and at the Jeff-Craig Elementary School where she helped keep supplies stocked for children in need.

After Jeanne's passing, her husband along with family and friends, created the Jeanne and Butch Konkle Fund in her honor. This fund will allow her memory to live on and make a difference in the lives of her community.

Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home

Known for its excellent service and exceptional employees, Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home has been catering to the community and surrounding areas since the 1860's. Upon buying the funeral home in 1988, Rodger and Rodney Nay have done a wonderful job continuing the dedicated legacy that Haskell & Morrison has established over the years. The Nay brothers make each family's experience unique and personal with their genuine passion and amiable manners. Going above and beyond to cater to the needs of families during their time of sorrow is what truly sets Haskell & Morrison apart from the others. Because of their extraordinary efforts and positive feedback from the community, Haskell & Morrison has been able to make additions to the funeral home to better accommodate the families, and provide a more consoling setting. Written in an article on the Haskell & Morrison website, Rodney and Rodger stated, "We insist the families of Switzerland County and beyond deserve a modern facility with the highest level of service. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home will continue its dedication to deliver extraordinary service."

With an obvious passion to give back to the community, the Nay brothers do not just provide excellent funeral home services. They have also created the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home Memorial Scholarship within the Community Foundation. With this scholarship, the Nay brothers wished to honor the memory of Nelson Haskell and Ray Morrison, the first founders of the funeral home. Along with that, they wanted to honor the families they have served. Every year, this scholarship is granted to one female and one male Switzerland County High School senior. This scholarship represents the gratitude that Haskell & Morrison has for this community, by representing those they've served and helping two community members pursue their dream and continue their education.

Roger and Bev Parrott

Roger & Bev Parrott have always been involved with their community. Both of their vocations had them serving the public. Roger retired as the pastor of the Aberdeen United Methodist Church, while Bev retired in 2000 after teaching for 36 years. Because of their love of the Switzerland County community, Roger & Bev decided to establish a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation. Named the Roger & Bev Parrott Scholarship Fund, it will award scholarships to those individuals who are currently in the teaching profession and want to further their education or to those individuals that are pursuing a degree in education for the first time. Roger & Bev stated "We feel strongly about community service and about giving back to our community. We feel that education is the bridge between our youth and the betterment of our community. Because Bev taught in Switzerland County for so many years, it is our hope that we can help a student to train for the teaching profession, hopefully to return to the county to teach."

Mike McClure

Mr. Mike McClure had a lasting impact on the lives of students at Switzerland County as a result of his devotion to education. After obtaining degrees from both Purdue and Indiana University, Mr. McClure began teaching at Switzerland County High School where he would remain his entire life. He enjoyed golf and coached for both high school teams. Mike was a man of strong faith as well. He was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ along with his wife, Pam. He also led the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter at SCHS. The Mike McClure Memorial Scholarship was established shortly after his passing in order to assist a student that had participated in FCA in their postsecondary education. As a result of this fund, Mr. McClure continues to have an influence on the youth of the community even after he is gone.

Jack Sullivan

Jack Sullivan was a true beacon of service and leadership in Switzerland County for a vast number of years. He spent the majority of his time in the community, only leaving to serve our country in World War II and to attain his pharmaceutical degree from Purdue University. Jack ran his family's pharmacy, which served the residents of Vevay for over seventy years. Aside from being a successful businessman, Mr. Sullivan was extremely active in the Kiwanis Club. After serving in every office available in his local chapter, he became Governor of the Indiana District of Kiwanis. His dedication to service and community development did not stop there. Jack Sullivan was a founding member of the Paul Ogle Foundation and served on the board of the organization for nearly thirty years. He continued his service in his later years by serving multiple other organizations within the county. Jack Sullivan passed away on Thanksgiving Day 2008 at the age of ninety.

Upon Jack's passing his family and friends were eager to honor his memory in a way that he would be proud of. So naturally they chose to create a fund that would reverberate throughout the community in a positive and effective way. This led to the creation of the Jack Sullivan Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is pursuing a degree in pharmacy or a related medical field. This gift will help a student achieve the same academic status that Mr. Sullivan achieved, enabling them in their academic pursuit so that they can one day help others the way Jack Sullivan did for Switzerland County.

Lynn Bear

Lynn Bear was a true Switzerland County native, having spent his entire life here. It was his love of the county that enabled his family to decide to memorialize him by doing something that would benefit his community.

Lynn graduated from Switzerland County High School and was employed as a painter and insulator for the majority of his working years. He enjoyed old cars, working in his yard, boating, and working on his classic 1968 Corvette, which won him many cars show awards.

In 2000, Lynn suffered a massive heart attack and died at the young age of 49, leaving behind his wife, Vicki, and two sons - Allan & Todd. Because Allan worked at the local funeral home, he had a close relationship with the Community Foundation and knew that memorial gifts were sometimes directed to the Foundation. This knowledge led the family to establish a fund in Lynn's memory called the Lynn Bear Memorial Fund. Memorial gifts were directed to the fund so that many friends and family members were a part of creating the fund.

The fund allows Lynn's immediate family to decide each year which charitable programs and projects in Switzerland County they want to fund. Since they were the ones that knew Lynn best, it allows them to honor him and also do good in the county that he so dearly loved.

Nelson & Dorothy Burley

Nelson Burley believed that everybody should have the opportunity to get a proper education. His wife, Dorothy, said that he always stressed to their three children the importance of getting an education. Because of his persistence and their hard work, they all went on to become successful adults. Nelson himself worked hard throughout his life, as he was a World War II marine veteran and retired from the Jefferson Proving Grounds and farming. When Nelson died in 2000, Dorothy established a scholarship fund in his name at the Community Foundation. She and her children thought that the scholarship would honor Nelson and something he believed strongly in, which was education.  When Dorothy passed away in 2011, her children decided to establish a scholarship in her memory also.  Because Dorothy was a nurse for many years and was very passionate about public health, the scholarship will assist those students going into medical professions such as nursing, physical therapy, and speech therapy.