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Paul Elden McGillem
Paul Elden McGillem, 36, of Richmond died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1997, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 20, 1961, in Richmond, the son of Elden J. and June Reynolds McGillem.
A lifelong resident of Richmond, he graduated from Richmond High School and was employed by Mercurio's Pizza in Richmond. He loved music and enjoyed playing the guitar.
Survivors include his parents of Richmond; two half brothers, Darl of Connersville and Randall McGillem of Dallas; a half sister, Susan of Jacksonburg; maternal grandmother, Burnette Spurgeon of Richmond; an aunt, an uncle and cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. John Wilson Friday at 2 p.m. at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, where friends may call Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Dale Cemetery. Miller Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

James C. Cantrell Sr.
James C. Cantrell Sr., 70, of Liberty died Monday, July 6, 1998, at University Hospital in Indianapolis after a long illness.
He was born Nov. 12, 1927, to Albert and Odessa Mullins Cantrell in Ashcamp, Ky.
He owned and operated Cantrell Carpet Service in Liberty for many years. He lived in the Liberty area since 1950 and before that in Kentucky. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren and traveling. 
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Ratliff Cantrell; seven sons, James C., Tommy K., Robert D., David and Eric, all of Liberty, Charles G. of Everton and Roger L. Cantrell of Raleigh, N.C.; two brothers, Jasper of Liberty and Leonard Cantrell of Warrenville, S.C.; a sister, Gladys Sykes of Belleville, Mich.; and 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Perry Cantrell. 
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Showalter-Blackwell Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel in Liberty with the Rev. Ken Myers, pastor of Maple Grove Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in West Point Cemetery in Liberty. Friends may call Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Wanda L. Chapman
Wanda L. Chapman, 71, 709 W. 8th St., Connersville, died Monday, July 6, 1998, at Fayette Memorial Hospital.
She was born March 6, 1927, in Connersville, the daughter of Herschel and Velma Morgan Jackson, both of whom preceded her in death. 
She was a member of Connersville Baptist Temple and was employed by Design & Manufacturing for 7 1/2 years, retiring in 1983. 
Survivors include her husband, George E. Chapman, whom she married May 26, 1969, in Waukegan, Ill.; two daughters, Mrs. William D. (Sandra) McKinley of Connersville and Mrs. Larry (Deborah) Reed of Richmond; a son, David M. Chapman of Connersville; a stepson, Jody M. Chapman of Knollwood, S.C.; a sister, Sarah Jo McKinley of Connersville; and four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, James Michael McCarrell; and a great-granddaughter, Jessica May Chapman. 
Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Connersville Baptist Temple with Dr. E.G. Robertson officiating. Burial will be in Springersville Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Urban-Winkler Funeral Home.

Eugene "Genie" Dirkhising
Eugene "Genie" Dirkhising, 44, of Batesville died Tuesday, July 7, 1998, at his residence.
He was born May 2, 1954, in Batesville to Raymond and Martha Buckler Dirkhising. 
He was a member of St. Mary's of the Rock Catholic Church. 
Survivors include his mother of Batesville; four sisters, Dorothy Robinson and Martha Harnishfager of Brookville, Ida Miller of Batesville and Patricia Berg of Janesville, Wis.; three brothers, Dennis of Batesville, Daniel of Lawrenceburg and Raymond L. Dirkhising of Brookville. 
He was preceded in death by his father. 
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's of the Rock Church with the Rev. Humbert Moster officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cook Funeral Home in Brookville, where rosary services will be conducted at 7 p.m. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Right-to-Life or Association of Retarded Citizens.

James David Lay
James David Lay, 77, 2321 S. Indiana 121, Connersville, died Wednesday, July 8, 1998, at Fayette Memorial Hospital, where he was a patient for four weeks. He had been in failing health for two years.
He was born Aug. 12, 1920, in Jellico, Tenn., the son of Mont Zella and Maggie E. Lynch Lay, both of whom preceded him in death. 
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942-45 in northern France and Rhineland. He was employed by Ford Electronics & Refrigeration Corp. for 32 years before retiring in 1982. He also owned a small farm and orchard. 
Survivors include his wife, Virginia D. Angel Lay, whom he married Dec. 13, 1941, in Blue Ridge, Ga.; two daughters, Mrs. Earl (Maggie E. Lay) Wyatt of Cincinnati and Mrs. Barry (Josia Faye Lay) Sibul of Fort Collins, Colo.; two sons and a daughter-in-law, David O. Lay of Connersville and Randy B. and Connie Lay of Arlington; a sister, Ollie Lay Honeycutt of Oneida, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Tania and Lisa Lay of Connersville, Suzette Sibul of Fort Collins, Colo., Karen Hodde of Dayton and Mike Wyatt of Cincinnati; two stepgrandchildren, Shaun and Shanna Tanskley of Arlington; and seven great-grandchildren, Tiffany and Devon Sheppard, Cierra Hoag, Matthew and Andrea Hodde, Ashley and Eryn Wyatt. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, James Gary Lay; three brothers, Morton, Milton and Timothy Lay; and a sister, Retha Lay Morgan. 
Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Urban-Winkler Funeral Home with the Rev. Ronnie Steele officiating. Burial will be in Dale Cemetery, where military services will be conducted by the Fayette County Veterans Council. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
Memorial contributions may be made at the funeral home to the American Cancer Society for bone marrow research.

Kenneth E. Lutz
Kenneth E. Lutz, 61, of D'lberville, Miss., died Sunday, July 5, 1998, in Biloxi, Miss.
He was born in Connersville, where he lived until 1979. He was a resident of D'lberville since 1991. 
He was a U.S. Navy veteran. 
Survivors include his wife, Jean Lutz; two daughters, Rosemarie Hammond and Heather Beale, both of D'lberville; a son, Jeffrey Lutz of D'lberville; two brothers, Tom of Connersville and David Lutz of Hespiria, Calif.; and six grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Greita Lutz. 
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home on Howard Avenue in Biloxi. Burial will be in Biloxi National Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Fred V. Marshall Sr.
Fred V. Marshall Sr., 74, of Brookville died Monday, July 6, 1998, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 30, 1923, in Franklin County to Andrew and Pauline Peters Marshall, both of whom preceded him in death. 
He lived most of his life in Franklin County and was a member of the Logan Creek Pentecostal Church. He was a member of the U.S. Army during World War II and retired from Philco Ford in Connersville. 
Survivors include his wife, Mazie Fabush Marshall, whom he married Dec. 29, 1952; three daughters, Pauline Slater of Brookville and Carol Dickie and Penny Strunk, both of Connersville; six sons, Tom, Fred Jr., Mike, Daniel and Randy, all of Brookville, and Harvey Marshall of Columbus, Ind.; a brother, Henry Marshall of Laurel; five sisters, Margaret Pumphrey of Connersville, Nora Mae Stidham of Dayton, Ohio, Ollie Cole of Hamilton, Ohio, Annie Yarbarough of Springfield, Mo., and Imogene Stidham of St. Louis; and 19 grandchildren. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters and a great-grandson. 
Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Logan Creek Pentecostal Church in West Harrison, Ind., with the Revs. Harold Davidson and Dale Davidson officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Bernard Hurst Post No. 77 of the American Legion. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home.

Albert W. "Bert" Rodgers
Albert W. "Bert" Rodgers, 57, of the Columbia community, died Sunday, July 5, 1998, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 31, 1940, in Vevay to Albert W. and Cecilia Rodgers, both of whom preceded him in death. 
He graduated from high school in Vevay and was affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Following two tours of duty with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, he returned to Florida, where he was employed on shrimp boats. He was employed at Design & Manufacturing and its successors for 17 years. 
He was a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau Association, a former member of the Moose Lodge No. 1160 and an avid outdoorsman and fisherman. 
Survivors include his wife, the former Judy C. Isaacs, whom he married July 3, 1972, in Texas; two children, Brian W. and Brandy L. Rodgers, both of Connersville; and his father and mother-in-law, Frank and Elberta Isaacs of Connersville. 
Graveside services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Dale Cemetery with the Rev. William Lewellen of the Temple of God Church in Richmond officiating. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Fayette County Veterans Council. There will be no public visitation. 
Showalter-Blackwell Funeral Home, Myers Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ralph O. Singer
Ralph O. Singer, of Brookville died Tuesday, July 7, 1998, at Brookville Healthcare Center following a brief illness.
He was born Oct. 3, 1925, in St. Leon to Albert and Pauline Telker Singer, both of whom preceded him in death. 
He retired from Owens-Corning after 40 years and served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1945. 
He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Brookville Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. 
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Geiling Singer, whom he married June 28, 1947, at St. Michael Church in Brookville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Leonard Kolter, Mary and Terry Shepard and Patty and Gordon Meyer; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Douglas and Julie Singer, Greg and Debbie Singer, and Jim Singer; a sister, Viola Kaiser of Cedar Grove; a brother, Walter Singer of West Harrison; and 14 grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren and nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church with Msgr. Louis Schumacher officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery with military graveside services conducted by Bernard Hurst Post 77 American Legion. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cook Funeral Home in Brookville, where rosary services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice.

Helen G. Smith
Helen G. Smith, 71, of Waterloo Road, Connersville, died Sunday, July 5, 1998, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Apparently in good health, her death was unexpected.
She was born Oct. 21, 1926, in Celina, Ohio, one of five children of Peter and Iola Kanorr Linn. 
A 1945 graduate of Harrisburg High School, she was employed at McQuay-Norris from 1945 to 1947. 
She was married to James W. Smith on Aug. 23, 1946, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church by the Rev. Paul Erney and they lived in Connersville since that time. 
She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. 
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Mrs. James (Joan) Snyder of Connersville and Mrs. Garrett (Judy) Crumpton of Hurdle Mills, N.C.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Kathy Smith of Connersville and Dwight D. and Annette Smith of Milton; a sister and two brothers, Carolyn Sue Harrison and James R. Linn, both of Connersville, and Norman Duane Linn of Indianapolis; and seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother, Alvin Wayne Linn; and two grandchildren, Brooke and Blake Smith. 
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Miller Funeral Home with Bishop Dan Parker officiating. Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Dale Cemetery.

John W. Howell
John W. Howell, 67, of Cambridge City died Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, at Pinehurst Valley Nursing Center in Centerville following an extended illness.
He was born March 11, 1923, in Manchester, Ky., the son of Levi and Alzy Bundy Howell. He lived in Cambridge City for three years.
He was a retired construction worker for National Concrete Products of Plymouth, Mich. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Germany and Alaska and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of South Lyon, Mich.
Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Diana Servello Howell; three daughters, Desiree and Danielle Howell, both at home, and Betty Monk of Plymouth, Mich.; a stepdaughter, Guanna McGowan of Detroit; a stepson, Gerald Servello of Walled Lake, Mich.; five brothers and four sisters-in-law, Earl and Iona Howell of Dublin, A.T. and Louise Howell of Richmond, Burton and Hilda Howell of Indianapolis, B.R. and Helen Howell of London, Ky., and Vernon Howell of London, Ky.; and five grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mary Madgeline Miller, and a brother, P.J. Howell.
Memorial services will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home in Dublin with Pastor Jim Slaven officiating.

Robert C. King
Robert C. King, 88, of 2711 Virginia Ave., Connersville, died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, at Fayette Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 26, 1910, in Little Falls, Wash., the son of Samuel and Jane Little King.
He was a retired car salesman and farmer. He was employed for many years at the former Hillman Brothers Ford in Brookville and later opened his own used car dealership in Brookville. He moved from Brookville to Connersville in 1986. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Harrison, Ohio, and had attended Calvary Baptist Church. 
Survivors include his wife, Cleo C. Baker King, whom he married Jan. 2, 1931; a sister, Elsie Haas of Harrison, Ohio; and one grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Robert C. King Jr. in 1976; and five brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville with the Rev. Malcolm Greene officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery in Brookville. Friends may call Thursday from noon until the time of service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

Linda Ruth Ricks
Linda Ruth Ricks, 60, of Winter Haven, Fla., died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at her residence.
She was born Feb. 21, 1939, in Fayette County, the daughter of George Heber and Mildred Hobson Oldham.
She was married on Sept. 2, 1962, to the Rev. Carl A. Ricks, who survives.
She was a graduate of Alquina High School, Asbury College and Indiana University-South Bend. She was an elementary school teacher and also taught at Ancilla Junior College in Plymouth, Ind. She taught two years in Budapest, Hungary, as a missionary teacher for O.M.S. International.
She was a member of United Methodist Temple in Lakeland, Fla.; and a director of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Simone R. Ricks-Jones of Lake in the Hills, Ill., and Sharon R. Langford of Temperance, Mich.; a son, Stephen A. Ricks of Indianapolis; two sisters, Naomi Kaminski of, Squim, Wash., and Eleanor Frazier of Winter Haven, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church in Washington, Ind., with the Rev. Valarie Foughty-Killion officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Gill Funeral Home in Washington, and Thursday after 12:30 p.m. at the church.

Mary Lucile Strohmier
Mary Lucile Strohmier, 77, of Brookville died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at Oxford View Nursing Home in Oxford, Ohio.
She was born Aug. 23, 1922, in Franklin County, the daughter of Elmer and Florence VanAusdal Suhre.
She lived most of her life in Franklin County and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Whitcomb Friendly Neighbors Home Ec Club.
On Jan. 10, 1946, she married Dale Strohmier, who survives.
In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Karen Strohmier of Indianapolis and Joyce Hokey of Brookville; four sons, Richard Strohmier, Gary Strohmier and Daryl Strohmier, all of Brookville, and Brian Strohmier of South Bend; a brother, Robert Suhre of West Harrison; and 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a stepmother, Alma Suhre.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville with the Rev. Gary W. Anderson, pastor of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice or Franklin County EMS.

Bonnie Jane Bergen
LAUREL - Bonnie Jane Bergen, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 15, 2003, in the emergency room of F a y e t t e M e m o r i a l Hospital. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Urban-Winkler Funeral Home with David Jordan of Laurel Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Lick Creek Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Herbert C. Brewer
LAUREL - Herbert C. Brewer, 74, of Stipps Hill Road in Laurel died Sunday, June 15, 2003, at Mercy-Franciscan Medical Center-Western Hills Campus in Cincinnati. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Cook Funeral Home in Brookville with Pastor Gene Million of Gortner Memorial Church of the Nazarene in Connersville officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville. Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, where Masonic memorial services will be conducted.

Vera Lavon Eckler
LIBERTY - Vera Lavon Eckler,91, of Liberty, died Saturday, June 14, 2003, at McCullough- Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Ohio. Private funeral services will be conducted at the convenience of the family at Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel in Liberty with her brother-in-law, Garold Hampton, officiating. Burial will be in Dale Cemetery in Connersville. There will be no public calling.


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