Miscellaneous Butler County, Ohio Obituaries

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Ruth McLeod
A memorial service to honor Ruth McLeod, longtime secretary in Miami's Institute of Environmental Sciences, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church McLeod died Nov. 2 in Hamilton. She was 80.

She is survived by several nieces, a nephew, and other relatives. She asked that her body be donated to science in lieu of funeral services.

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Ashley Megan Mae Smith
Ashley Megan Mae Smith, 8, of Hamilton, died peacefully at her home on October 31, 1999, with her family at her side. She was born on Nov. 26, 1990, in Hamilton. At the age of five months she became the daughter of Elbert and Kathleen (Meyers) Smith. Ashley was a very loving part of their family.

Funeral services were held at Elbert and Kathleen's residence, on Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999. The family suggests memorial contributions in Ashley's memory to be directed to Michael A. Smith, c/o Kathy Smith, 2151 Oxford-Middletown Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45013, or the Star Shine Hospice, c/o Cincinnati's Children's Hospital, Elland and Bethesda Avenues, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229.

The Webb Noonan Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Kenneth Stephen
Kenneth Stephen, 76, of Fairhaven, died on Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999 at his home.

Stephen was born on May 4, 1923 in Butler County, Ohio. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served his country during WWII.

He married Freda Groves on April 25, 1942 in Hamilton, Ohio. He was employed as a truck driver and distributor for Mobil Oil Company until his retirement.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 15, at R.C. Nein & Sons - Thompson Funeral Home, Camden. Burial was in the Somerville Cemetery in Somerville.

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Ruth Sizemore Martin
Ruth Sizemore Martin, 78, 205 Harrison Street, Liberty, Ind. died early Friday morning at her residence. She was born in Leslie County, Ky. She has lived in the Liberty area for over 50 years.

She worked for Kemper Cabinet Co. in Richmond, Ind., from where she retired in 1986. Prior to working for Kemper, she had worked for Capitol Dry Cleaners in Oxford. Her husband Earl died in February of this year.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday Nov. 16, 1999 at Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind. Burial was in West Point Cemetery, Liberty, Ind.

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William E. Hormell
William E. Hormell, 84, of Wilmington, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at the Clinton Memorial Hospital. He was born on Oct. 22, 1915, in Wilmington.

Among survivors is a son, Kenneth (Sandra) Hormell of Oxford.

Services were held Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Fisher-Edgington Funeral Home. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Hospice of Clinton County, 61 E. Main St., Wilmington, Ohio 45177.

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Paul Alexander Smith
Paul Alexander Smith, 72, of Darrtown, died Tuesday Nov. 16, following a battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 15, 1927. He married Genevieve Grabel in Liberty, Ind. on Dec. 23, 1950.

Smith retired as a Butler County Electric Inspector in December, 1988. He continued as the City of Oxford Electric Inspector until October, 1999. Funeral arrangements were pending at Weigel Funeral Home in Hamilton at presstime.

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Arthur K. Jones
Arthur K. Jones, 91, of West Elkton, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born on Dec. 24, 1907.

Jones was a veteran of the United States Army and served in Europe during World War II.

Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 19 at the R.C. Nein and Sons­Thompson Funeral Home. Burial was at the Fairmound Cemetery in West Elkton.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the Gratis Township Life Squad, 4985 Camden West Elkton Road, Somerville, Ohio 45064.

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Diane Renee (Rogers) Matheny

Diane Renee (Rogers) Matheny, 33, of Camden, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at her home after a battle with cancer. She was born on Nov. 27, 1965 in Hamilton, Ohio. She was a life-long resident of Preble County and attended Preble Shawnee Schools.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 19, at the Camden First Church of God. Burial was at the Fairmount Cemetery in West Elkton.

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Beverly J. Wertz

Beverly J. Wertz, 53, of Oxford, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999 at McCullough-Hyde Hospital.

Wertz was the mother of Matt Wertz, a sophomore at Talawanda High School. Funeral Services were held on Nov. 19 at the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home. Burial was at Butler County Memorial Park.

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Gwendolyn (Gwen) Jenkins Duffey

Gwendolyn (Gwen) Jenkins Duffey, 83, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C., after a brief illness. She was born on May 19, 1916, in Shandon, Ohio. 

Duffey grew up in Oxford where she went to McGuffey School. She attended Miami University in Oxford and graduated with honors in English. She served as editor at the University of North Carolina Press for 40 years.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made in Duffey's name to the Shandon Congregational United Church of Christ, POB 45, Shandon, Ohio 45063.

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Arnold Vincent Pettit

Arnold Vincent Pettit, 72, of Fairhaven, Ohio, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford. He was born on Nov. 7, 1927 in Middletown, Ohio. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Pettit also owned and operated Dot's Grocery Store in Middletown during the 1970s, and was employed as a welder at Square D in Middletown until his retirement in 1981.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at the R.C. Nein & Sons­Thompson Funeral Home. Burial was at the Fairhaven Cemetery in Fairhaven.

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Charles E. Bethge
Charles E. Bethge, 80, died Friday, Dec. 3 at the Hillcrest Estates Nursing Home in Liberty, Ind. He was born on March 11, 1919 in Liberty, Ind. On March 3, 1978, he married Elviera Ross in Muncie, Ind.

He was a World War II Army veteran and worked for Philco Ford Aerospace program as a National Security Agent in Frankfort, Germany.

Private graveside services were conducted at the West Point Cemetery in Liberty at the convenience of the family. The Rev. Fred Cox of Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church will officiate.

There will be no public visitation and Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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Paul F. Brunner
Paul F. Brunner, 87, of Oxford died in the late afternoon on Thursday, Dec. 2 at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 4, 1912.

On Jan. 1, 1936 he married Blanche Louise Bradbury at St. Stephen's Church in Hamilton. She preceded him in death on Jan. 3, 1987. 

In 1945 they moved to Oxford and he began working as a meat cutter at Hornung's Meat Market. In 1948 he began working at the Buckeye Foodlocker where he later became co-owner until selling his share in 1963. After leaving the grocery business he began working as a dining hall manager for Miami University until he retired in 1987.

Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Dec. 6 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Oxford.

The family has suggested that memorials be made to the St. Mary's Cemetery Maintenance Fund or the Oxford Life Squad.

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Geneva C. Dunn
Geneva C. Dunn, 82, of Citrus Hills, Fla., died Nov. 17 at the Life Care Center in Lecanto, Fla. She was born on June 23, 1917. She had lived most of her life in College Corner before moving to Florida two years ago. She had worked as a beautician for a number of years and for the Pults Insurance Agency in College Corner.

Cremation was at the Charles E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, Fla. and a memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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Naomi Ruth Helsley
Naomi Ruth Helsley, 63, of Eaton, Ohio, died Saturday, Dec. 4 at her home. She was born on Dec. 25, 1935 in Somerville, Ohio.

Services were held Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the Somerville Pentecostal Church with the Revs. Riley Parker and Don McMurch officiating. Burial was at the Somerville Cemetery and R.C. Nein & Sons­Thompson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Elsie Anna Imhoff
Elsie Anna Imhoff, 87, of Oxford, died Sunday, Dec. 5 at the Golden Years Nursing Home at 9:40 p.m. On April 8, 1933 she married Donald H. Imhoff in Ross, Ohio. He preceded her in death on Oct. 9, 1970.

She had been employed as a seamstress at Capitol Dry Cleaning for 14 years and continued to sew at home.

Services were held Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the Webb Noonan Funeral Home in Ross, with ministers Dan Knisley, Ray S. Jones and Keith Wooley officiating. Burial was at the Rose Hill Burial Park. 

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Jean F. Bower
Jean F. Bower, 74, of Oxford, died on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 12:30 a.m. at Berkeley Square. She was born on March 5, 1925 in Patriot, Ind. She was a graduate of Springfield Township High School. 

On Sept. 25, 1948, she married Leland R. Bower. She served for 25 years as the church board sectary for the Eaton Road and the Tri-County Church of the Nazarene. At the time of her death she was active as a Missionary Counsel Member. Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 14 at the Tri County Church of the Nazarene. 

Burial will be at Rose Hill Burial Park. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made on Jean's behalf to either the Colonial Foundation, 100 Berkeley Drive, Hamilton, Ohio 45013or the Tri County Church of the Nazarene, 4778 Tylersville Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45011.

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Grace M. Glasgow
Grace M. Glasgow, of Miamisburg, Ohio, died Sunday morning, Dec. 12. She was born in Glen Ellyn, Ill. She was a 1941 graduate of Miami University, with a major in secretarial studies.

Following graduation she began her career with the U.S. State Department with whom she worked until her retirement in 1963. Following her retirement she moved to Oxford and became an active member of the community. Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Oxford Presbyterian Church.

Burial was at the Oxford Cemetery. The Smith and Ogle Funeral Home was in charge of the services. Memorials in her memory may be made to the Oxford Presbyterian Church.

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William Junior Redd
William Junior Redd, 72, died at his residence on Sunday, Dec. 12. he was born on March 12, 1927. On June 19, 1971 he married Georgia R. Smith. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

For 32 years he worked at Philco Ford, retiring in 1978. A lifetime resident of Union County, he also drove for the Union County Transit in Liberty, Ind., for nine years. Services were held at the Brownsville United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Burial was at Christian Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Heart Association or the Brownsville United Methodist Church.

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Edith M. Wates
Edith M. Wates, 88, of Somerville, died Monday, Dec. 13 at the Westover Retirement Community in Hamilton, Ohio.

She was born on May 5, 1911. On April 4, 1931, she married Raymond Wates. Services were held Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Somerville United Methodist Church in Somerville.

Burial was at Fairmound Cemetery in West Elkton. The family suggests memorials be made to the Westover Retirement Community, 855 Stahlheber Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45013; or the Somerville United Methodist Church; or to the Vitas Hospice, 1132 W. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242.

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Donald O. Smith
Donald O. Smith, 74, of Liberty, Ind., died Sunday evening, Dec. 12 at the residence of his cousin, Lowell Burwell. He was born on Nov. 23, 1925.

He was a veteran of World War II and served on the minesweeper Raven in Normandy. For most of his life he worked as a truck driver, but also served as a police officer for several years in Ohio.

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

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M. Katherine Price
M. Katherine Price, 91, professor emerita of health and physical education at Miami University, died Saturday, Dec. 18, at Mount Pleasant Retirement Village in Monroe. 

Price taught high school Latin and physical education for 15 years in Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Ind., before joining Miami's faculty in 1944. She was acting chair of the physical education department from 1965-67. She retired after 30 years in 1974. 

Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Smith and Ogle Funeral Home in Oxford. 

Services were held Wednesday at the Oxford Presbyterian Church. 

Memorials may be made to Oxford Presbyterian Church, 101 N. Main St., Oxford, Ohio 45056.

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Lillian Smith
Lillian Smith, 67, of Oxford, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 19, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital. She was born Nov. 7, 1932 in Cincinnati. In 1983, she married James Smith, of Mason. 

She was an executive secretary of Miami Carey until they closed in 1986. In addition, she was a loving and caring mother to her children, grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service was held Thursday, Dec. 23, at the Smith & Ogle Funeral Home, Oxford. 

Burial was in the Darrtown Cemetery.

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Irene Francis Ashley
Irene Francis Ashley, 76, of 166 W. Contreras Pike, Liberty, Ind., died early Saturday morning, Dec. 18, at her residence following a lengthy illness. She was born Jan. 14, 1923 in Shelbyville, Ind. 

She lived in the Union County area since 1949, moving there from Franklin County, Ind. She had been a member of St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Liberty since that time. 

She married Walter F. Ashley on Aug. 19, 1945. She was manager of the Union County License Branch from 1960-1969. She worked at Oxford Hardware Store in Oxford and at the Liberty Department Store, Liberty, Ind. 

Mass of Christian Burial was conducted at St. Bridget's Church, Liberty, Thursday, Dec. 23. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery, Liberty. 

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to Reid Hospital Hospice in her memory.

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Ann Elizabeth Keller
Ann Elizabeth Van Voorhis Keller, 73, died Thursday, Dec. 16. 

She was a native of Oxford, graduated from Miami University and was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. 

Services will be held Monday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. in the Cedars of Lebanon Chapel in Spring Grove Mausoleum, Cincinnati. 

John Deitloff Funeral Centre is in charge of arrangements.

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Blanche E. Stang
Blanche E. Stang, 78, died at 11:33 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at University Hospital, Cincinnati. 

She was born Dec. 11, 1921, in Hamilton. She married Earl Stang and was employed at the Ohio Casualty Insurance Company from 1967-1886, retiring as an underwriter. 

Prayer services were conducted Friday, Dec. 17, at the Colligan Funeral Home, Hamilton, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Church. Burial was in Darrtown Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to a charity of the donor's choice. 

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Inez Pentecost 
Inez Pentecost, 83, of 5256 Pentecost Road, Liberty, Ind., died Monday evening, Dec. 13, at the Golden Rule Nursing Home, Richmond, Ind. 

She was born Sept. 18, 1916 in Sandy hook, Ky. She had lived in the Union County area since 1946 and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Loyal Chapter, Richmond, Ind. She worked at Belden Corporation as a factory worker and at Richmond Supply as a bookkeeper. She also worked for ARA Food Service as a hostess where she retired in the early 1980s. 

Funeral services were conducted at the Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker Chapel, College Corner, Ohio, on Saturday, Dec. 18. Burial followed in College Corner Cemetery, W. College Corner, Ind. 

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Association. 

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Leota Stephens
Leota Stephens, 84, formerly of 614 W. High St., Liberty, Ind., died early Wednesday, Dec.15, at Golden Rule Nursing Home, Richmond, Ind. 

She was born on Sept.17,1915 in Franklin County, Ind. 

She was a member of the Jehovah's Witness Congregation, in Oxford. She had lived for 33 years in Liberty, Ind. and was a lifetime resident of the Union County area. 

There is no public visitation and graveside services will be held later following cremation at the Dale Cemetery, Connersville, Ind. Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty,

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C. Donald Shoemaker
C. Donald Shoemaker, 70, of Oxford, died early Saturday morning, Dec. 18 at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital. He was born on Nov. 8, 1929 in Addyston, Ohio. 

He served in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II. On July 11, 1953, he married Frances Hann and they moved to the Oxford-Hamilton area in 1955. 

He was employed by Master Mix and Peoria Feed Mills. Later, he worked as a carpenter and then was employed by Miami University Physical Facilities Department from 1981 until he retired in 1994. 

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Smith & Ogle Funeral Home, Oxford, was in charge of arrangements.


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