Miscellaneous Butler County, Ohio Obituaries


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John Dome
John Dome, 83, administrator emeritus and former associate professor of geography at Miami University and founder and director of the university's audiovisual department, died Sunday, Jan. 10, from heart failure at his home in Oxford. Dome was a 1936 graduate of Miami who began his career in aviation. 

Dome returned to Miami in 1945 to become an assistant professor of aeronautics. 

He taught photography classes as well, and instituted Miami's audiovisual service in 1949. 

Dome served on Oxford City Council and the Oxford Planning Commission and was a member and past president of Oxford Rotary Club. 

Dome was preceded in death by his wife, Grace. No service or visitation is planned. 

The Smith & Ogle Funeral Home, Oxford, was in charge of arrangements. 

Memorials may be sent to the John E. Dome and Grace C. Dome Memorial Endowment Fund of the Oxford Community Foundation, 52 Park Place East, Oxford, OH, 45056.


Ivan Lawson
Ivan Delano Lawson, 60, died Jan. 13, 1999, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born July 15, 1938, in Big Woods, Ky., to Jessee and Verona Lawson. He graduated from Middletown High School in 1956 and from Miami University in 1960.

He married Phyllis Cox on Aug. 27, 1960 in Middletown. He worked at AK Steel Corporation in Middletown for 29-1/2 years. He lived in Camden. Services for Ivan Lawson were held Saturday at Camden United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jackie Marshall officiating. Burial was in the Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, of Camden, was in charge of the arrangements.


Janet L. Scherer
Janet L. (Ramey) Scherer, 65, of Liberty, Ind., died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999 at Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Ind., following a lengthy illness. She was born March 3, 1933 in Union County, Ind.

She retired in 1997 after 28 years as a cook at Union County High School. Prior to that, she had worked at Philco in Connersville, Ind.

She married James C. Scherer in Liberty, Ind. on Jan. 22, 1954.

Services were held Monday, Jan. 18 at Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, in Liberty, Ind. The Rev. Bruce Ross of the Glen Este Church of Christ in Cincinnati officiated. Burial was in the Sims Cemetery, Franklin County, Ind.

Contributions may be made at the chapel to the Sims Cemetery or the Glen Este Church of Christ.


Mildred M. Tharp 
Mildred M. Tharp, 80, of Oxford, Ohio, died at her home early Wednesday morning.

Tharp was born March 10, 1918 in Mt. Carmel, Ind. She graduated from Springfield High School, Townsport, Ind., with the class of 1937. 

In 1943, she married Glenn Tharp of Cincinnati, Ohio. Later, they moved to Oxford where they farmed for many years. 

Services were held Saturday, January 16, 1999 at 10 am at the Smith and Ogle Funeral Home in Oxford with Rev. Larry Tharp presiding. 

Burial was in the Springdale Cemetery, Ripley, Ohio.


Dorothy L. Kitts 
Dorothy L. Kitts, 56, of Oxford, died at University Hospital in Cincinnati on January 12, 1999.

Kitts was born February 22, 1942 in Wolfe County, Kentucky. On March 27, 1970, she married Donald Kitts in Powell County, Kentucky. Later, they moved to Oxford and she became an employee at Miami University where she was a printing technician for 29 years.

Visitation was held on Thursday, January 14, 1999 at the Smith and Ogle Funeral Home in Oxford.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations be made to Harold Lansaw, 15153 Viney Street, West College Corner, Ind., 47003.


Eleanor H. Dodds 
Eleanor H. Dodds, 87, of Hamilton, died Jan. 15, 1999 at her residence.

She was born Aug. 23, 1911 in Hanover Township. She graduated from Hanover High School in 1930 and graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.

In Oxford, she worked for Dr. Stafford for eight years and then with Dr. Dick for eight years and was a nurse for Western College and then at Westover Retirement Community for 11 years, where she retired in 1983.

Services were held Monday at the Webb Noonan Funeral Home, Hamilton, with Pastor Rich Stuhmer officiating. Burial was in the Oxford Cemetery.

Family suggests memorials to the McGonigle-Millville United Methodist Church, 2370 Lanes Mill Rd., Hamilton, 45013.


Mina Lamm 
Mina Lamm, 91, of Eaton, Ohio, passed away Saturday, January 16, 1999 at Heartland Nursing Home in Eaton. She was born on June 27, 1907 in Lafayette, Ind. She married Chester A. Lamm on April 19, 1924.

Private services will be held at the R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, 249 N. Main Street, Camden, Ohio at the convenience of the family. Burial is to follow in the Fairmount Cemetery.


Nellie Marcum 
Nellie Marcum, 74, died Monday, Jan. 18, at the Oxford View Nursing Center, following a lengthy illness. She was born March 6, 1924, in Manchester, Ky.

She was employed by Miami University and retired from there after many years of service.

Services were Friday, Jan. 22, at the Britton Funeral Home, Manchester, Ky. Burial was in the Marcum Cemetery, Manchester, Ky.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Oxford Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.


David L. Lydy 
David Lee Lydy, 62, died suddenly on Monday, Jan. 11, 1999. He was born April 27, 1936 in Elwood, Ind.

He retired from Procter and Gamble after 29 years of service and was a member of the Oxford United Methodist Church.

Services were held Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Oxford United Methodist Church, with burial in the Oxford Cemetery. Arrangements were made with the Smith and Ogle Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Oxford United Methodist Children's Church School.


Obituaries for the Week of
February 4, 1999

Ruby Vietor
Ruby Vietor, 86, of Liberty, Ind., died in the early morning hours on Thursday, January 28, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Born December 28, 1912 in Wayne County, Ind., Ruby was a past member of the Eastern Star.

She was employed by the Dunlapsville Grade School and the Union County High and Elementary Schools as a cook. She retired in 1972 after more than 25 years of service.

Private funeral services will be conducted at the convenience of the family at the Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind. Burial will take place in Dunlapsville Cemetery, Union County, Ind. There was no public calling.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Foundation for the Dunlapsville Cemetery.


Thomas J. Cobbe
Miami professor of botany emeritus, Thomas J. Cobbe, 80, died of cancer early Saturday at Garden Manor Retirement Center. He was born in Cincinnati, July 18, 1918, received his bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and his doctorate from the University of Michigan.

He came to Miami as an instructor in 1957, advanced the next year to assistant professor, and in 1968 to associate professor. Cobbe retired in 1984.

Memorial services are set at Miami University's Sesqui-centennial Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. Smith & Ogle Funeral Home, Oxford is handling arrangements.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Cincinnati Art Museum.


Dennis E. Naken
Dennis E. Naken, 64, of Punta Gorda Isles, died January 31. Born September 25, 1934 in Detroit, Dennis was a mechanical engineer with the Square "D" Company and was a member of Punta Gorda Elks.

The service and burial will be decided at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Southwest Florida, 5955 Band Blvd. Sarasota, Florida 34238.

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