Miscellaneous Butler County, Ohio Obituaries

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Willadene Rominger Gorrell
Willadene (Billie) Rominger Gorrell died Thursday, April 29, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, after a lengthy illness. A native of Berea, Kentucky, she was a dedicated educator with over 30 years service in Oxford and Troy, Ohio, and Swathmore, Pennsylvania.

Services were held in Berea, Kentucky, at the Berea Cemetery Tuesday, May 4, and a memorial service at Pittsboro United Methodist Church, Pittsboro, North Carolina, Saturday, May 8.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Duke Family Support Program, Attn: Edna Ballard, Box 3600, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, 27710.

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Walter Allen Parker
Walter Allen Parker, 63, of Pella, Iowa, died May 3, 1999 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. of complications with heart disease. He was born on January 17, 1936 in Jones County, Miss.

Parker served in the U.S. Army before he married Peggy Moore in College Corner, Ohio on December 10, 1960. He retired from Diamond Power Specialty Co. in 1992 because of bad health. They lived in College Corner from 1960 until 1974 when they moved to Chattanooga, Tenn. and then to Pella in 1995.

Funeral services were held Friday at Memory Chapel Funeral Home in Laurel, Miss. with a graveside service Saturday at the Chattanooga Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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William Wray
William Howard Wray, 77, a resident of Severna Park for the past 41 years, died of renal failure March 27 at his home. Born and raised in Oxford, he was a graduate of Miami University and received a bachelor of arts degree in English.

He served in the Army during World War II in England with the 751st Engineer Parts Supply Command.

Wray was employed as a research analyst for the National Security Agency for a number of years, retiring in 1974.

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis at a time to be announced. Burial was private.

Arrangements are by Barranco and Sons Severna Park Funeral Home.

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Berta Geigner
Berta (Betty) Geigner, 94, died Friday, May 7, 1999 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. A native of Germany, she was a former resident of Camden and resided in Dayton for the past 17 years with the Anna Weizman-Shellman family.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, May 11 in the Fairmount Cemetery in Camden.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart or Cancer associations.

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Marjory Warren
Marjory Warren, 98, a resident of Brandywine Adult Home in Briarcliff Manor, died Friday, April 30, 1999. She was born in Owego, N.Y. on July 21, 1900.

She married William D. Warren in Owego on July 19, 1924. She moved with him to Ada, Okla. and later to Oxford, where they lived on South College Ave. and Silvoor Lane.

In Oxford, she was office manager for the national headquarters of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

She later lived with her sister Constance Hastings in Wilton, Conn. and Southbury, Conn.

A private memorial service was held.

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Paul M. Vail
Paul M. Vail, 89, of Oxford, died Monday, May 10, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 13, 1909, in Benton, Wisc.

His teaching career began in a small two-room school in Benton.

Subsequently, he taught at Dubuque University and Washington and Jefferson College, before joining the department of economics at Miami University in 1943 as a specialist in labor economics. He retired in 1978.

A member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, he was also active in the Oxford Chapter of the NAACP and supported the founding and ongoing work of Planned Parenthood of Butler County.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 13, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Smith & Ogle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Planned Parenthood or to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

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G. B. Ward
Dr. G. B. Ward, 77, died April 30, 1999 in Oxford. He was born on October 14, 1921 in Oxford. He attended Miami University before World War II interrupted his studies. He was a member of the 8th Air Force, 381st Bomber Group, Triangle L, and was based in England.

After the war he returned to Ohio and completed his studies at The Ohio State University where he received his D.V.M. from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Over the years Ward had small and large animal practices in Denver, Colorado; Brookville, Indiana; Madison, Indiana; Hagerstown, Indiana, and Englewood, Ohio.

His remains were returned to his family farm on May 5, 1999. His children officiated at his service on Monday, May 3, at the Smith and Ogle Funeral Home.

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Kathy Brubaker
Kathy Brubaker, 46, of Eaton, died Monday, May 10, 1999 at her home. She was born Dec. 1, 1952 in Hamilton. She was a home health aide and cared for the elderly for many years.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 14 at the R.C. Nein & Sons - Thompson Funeral Home in Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. Burial was in the Fairhaven Cemetery, Fairhaven, Ohio.

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Marjorie White
Marjorie Ferris White, 68, of Camden, died Thursday, May 13, 1999 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. She was born June 6, 1930 in Somers Township. She was a graduate of Camden High School and Miami University. She married John K. White on Sept. 2, 1951.

She was a teacher in the Dayton Public School System for 33 years, retiring in 1989.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 17 at the R.C. Nein & Sons Funeral Home in Camden, with the Rev. Jackie Marshall officiating. Burial followed in Fairmount Cemetery in Camden.

Memorials may be made to the Town Hall Restoration Project, P.O. Box 8, Camden, Ohio 45311, or to the Camden United Methodist Church, 100 S. Lafayette St., Camden, Ohio 45311.

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Paul Applegate
Paul "Jack" Applegate, 84, of Brookville, Ind., died Thursday, May 13, 1999 at his residence.

He was born June 8, 1914 in Springfield Township, Franklin County, Ind. He married Louise Vaughn on April 8, 1950 in Cincinnati.

He was a lifetime farmer in the Springfield area and an Air Force veteran of WWI, having served as an aircraft mechanic.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 17 at Cook Funeral Home in Brookville, Ind., with the Rev. Wilson Ridenour officiating. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Luther McWhorter
Luther McWhorter, 90, of Hamilton, died Sunday, May 16, 1999 at the University Hospital of Cincinnati. He was born April 15, 1909 in Jackson County, Ky.

On June 24, 1933 he married Sadie D. Lewis in Liberty, Ind. They celebrated 65 years of marriage. He was employed by Diamond International Corporation of Middletown for 42 years and he farmed all his life.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 19, at the Webb Noonan Funeral Home, Hamilton, with the Rev. Michael J. Holmes officiating. Burial followed in the Butler County Memorial Park.

The family suggests memorials to the Westside Baptist Church Youth Program, 154 Gordon Ave., Hamilton, Ohio 45013.

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Miriam Atherton
Miriam Deeter Atherton, 90, of Crosby Township, Ohio, died May 18, 1999 at her residence.

She was born April 19, 1909 in Bradford, Ohio. She graduated from Bradford High School, received her bachelor's degree from Miami University, and her master's degree from Ohio State University.

Funeral services were held May 21 at Charles C. Young Funeral Home of Hamilton. Burial was in Venice Cemetery.

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Charles D. Hurst
Charles D. Hurst, 42, of Richmond, Ind., was found dead in a wooded area in Richmond. His death is under investigation by the Wayne County Coroner's Office.

He was born March 19, 1957. He served in the United States National Guard.

He lived all his life in the Union County area. He attended the Bible Believers Church, Dunlapsville, Ind. He has worked at Wayne Works, Richmond.

There was no public service. Burial was in West Point Cemetery, Liberty, Ind. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette Memorial Hospital Union County Ambulance in his memory.

Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel in Liberty is in charge of arrangements.

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Steven Cunningham
Steven Paul Cunningham, 52, of Camden, died Friday, May 21, 1999 at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. He was born October 11, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a graduate of Miami University.

Funeral services were held Monday at the R.C. Nein and Sons-Thompson Funeral Home in Camden. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mason, Ohio.

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Mary Hein
Mary McCoy Hein, 96, of Hamilton, died Friday, May 21, 1999. She was born September 10, 1902 in Oxford. She graduated from Oxford Public High School in 1919 and from Miami University's Teacher's College in 1921.

She taught for three years at Reily and Monroe. Because of he health, she went to Miami Jacobs Business College and worked in their offices in Oxford for four years.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 25, in the Proeschel-Crawford-Zettler Funeral Home.

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Richard Leas
Richard K. Leas, 53, of Connersville, Ind., died Saturday, May 22, 1999 at his home.

He was born Jan. 5, 1946 in Richmond, Ind.

Mr. Leas was a long time member of the Presbyterian Church. He is a Navy veteran and a member and past commander of the American Legion Post #1.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 27, at Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind. Burial will follow in West Point Cemetery, in Liberty.

Contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.

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Allene W. Deese
Allene W. Deese, 70, of Lake Worth, Fla., died Friday, May 21, 1999. She was born in Zion, Pa. and moved to Lake Worth in 1944.

Services were held Wednesday at the Memory Gardens Chapel in Lake Worth, Fla. Burial followed in Palm Beach Memorial Park in Lantana.


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