Miscellaneous Butler County, Ohio Obituaries

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Jane L. Rees 
Jane L. Rees, professor emerita of home economics and consumer sciences at Miami University, died Monday, April 10, at the Schroder Manor nursing home in Hamilton. She was 76.

Rees, who retired in 1988 after 30 years at Miami 26 of them as chair of home economics received Miami's prestigious Benjamin Harrison Medallion in 1985. She was founder of the Child Studies Laboratory and the first director of Miami's Family and Child Studies Center. Under her leadership, home economics grew from a single program with fewer than 70 majors to a department with nearly 600 undergraduate majors, five undergraduate programs and two master's level programs.

Memorial service arrangements will be announced at a later date. 

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Ryan Boyd Larson Adryan 
Ryan Boyd Larson Adryan, son of Ann Larson and Chris Adryan, was born and died Sunday, April 9.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oxford Community Foundation in the name of Ryan Boyd Larson Adryan or to the McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital OB Ward in his memory.

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Blanche J. Bond DeShon 

The Rev. Blanche J. Bond DeShon, 90, of Oxford, died Wednesday, April 12, at the residence of her daughter. She was born Oct. 30, 1909, in Chicago, Ill.

She was a graduate of the Pilgrim Holiness Bible College in Frankfort, Ind., and was a member of the Wesleyan Church in Satellite Beach, Fla. She was a Pilgrim Holiness Minister and served churches in College Corner, Hope, Fairmount, Hartsville and Loogootee, Ind.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 15, at the Trinity Holiness Church in College Corner, Ind., with the Rev. Arthur Walters officiating. Burial was in College Corner Cemetery. Urban-Winkler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Jacquelyn Sandridge 
Private services for Jacquelyn Sandridge were held from the Smith & Ogle Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Foster officiating. She died Monday, April 17. She was a native of Butler County and former resident of Oxford.

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Alta "Bea" Robbins 
Alta "Bea" Robbins, 80, died early Wednesday morning, April 12, at the Oxford View Nursing Center. She was born on May 11, 1919.

She was married to Jim Robbins for 43 years and he preceded her in death in 1995. She worked at Miami University for more than 19 years as a food service assistant, retiring in 1981.

Funeral services were held April 14. Burial was in the Darrtown Cemetery in Darrtown. Smith & Ogle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The family has suggested that memorials be made to the Darrtown United Methodist Church, 4309 Walnut St., Oxford.

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Jewelle Conner 
Jewelle Conner, 77, of 4842 Pottershop Rd., Abington, Ind. died Thursday afternoon, April 13, at Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Ind. She was born in London, Ky. on Nov. 4, 1922. She lived in Abington for the past two years after coming back to the area from Rio Vista, Calif. She was a member of the Liberty Church of Christ.

Graveside services were held at West Point Cemetery, Liberty, Ind. at Saturday with Rev. Pat Hackathron of Batavia, Ohio presiding.

The family has asked that contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Diabetes Foundation.

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John B. Mahany 
John B. Mahany, 82, of Oxford, died early Monday morning, April 24, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born Oct. 25, 1917 in Paris, Ky.

He graduated from Holmes High School in Covington, Ky. with the class of 1935. He attended Xavier University where he studied business and accounting.

During WWII, Mahany served as a Captain of the Air Corp of the United States Army from 1942 to November 1945. While in the Air Corp he taught navigation and served as a navigator on a B-24 combat crew.

On August 5, 1944, he married Hazel Grimes in Falmouth, Ky.

In 1946, he bought Stephenson Ice and Coal and moved his family to Oxford. Shortly afterward, he became the assistant basketball coach for Miami University under head coaches John Brickles and Bill Rohr.

Funeral services were held April 27, at Miami University's Sesquicentennial Chapel. Smith & Ogle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The family has suggested that memorials be made to the McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, 110 N. Poplar St., Oxford, Ohio 45056 or to The Maple Knoll Home Health Care, 6727 Contreras Road, Oxford, Ohio 45056. 

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Kenneth L Evans 
Ryan Boyd Larson Adryan, son of Ann Larson and Chris Adryan, was born and died Sunday, April 9.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oxford Community Foundation in the name of Ryan Boyd Larson Adryan or to the McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital OB Ward in his memory.

Kenneth L. Evans, 57, of Connersville, Ind., died at 8:45 p.m., Monday, April 18, at Reid Hospital, 

Richmond, Ind. where he had been a patient for five weeks. He had been in failing health since last June.

He was born Oct. 1, 1942, in Connersville, Ind. He was employed with the City of Connersville Utilities Department, a former supervisor with Ford Electronics and Refrigeration and had been employed as a Tool & Die Maker with Design & Manufacturing.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 22, at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Connersville. Burial was made in Dale Cemetery. A visitation was held at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home last Friday.

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Rose E. Sanford 
Rose E. Sanford, 88, of Liberty, Ind. died early Wednesday morning, April 19, at McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford. She was born on Feb. 9, 1912 in Oxford.

She had lived all her life in the Union County area.

She graduated from Miami University in 1933. She taught school for 12 years in Fairhaven, Ohio, Hamilton County, Ohio, Clifton, Ind. and College Corner.

At Mrs. Sanford's request, her body was donated to the Indiana Anatomical Board for medical study. The family had a visitation followed by a memorial service at the Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church or to the Friendship Place Adult Daycare in her memory. Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind., is in charge of all the arrangements.

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Helen Nelson 
Helen (Marguerite Hawkins Day) Nelson, 92, of Oxford, died early Wednesday morning, April 19, at the Oxford View Nursing Center. She was born April 4, 1908 in New Richmond, Ohio.

She was a long-time resident of Oxford and a member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church. Nelson was also an active member of the Des Fleurs Flower Club. On Sept. 19, 1966 she married L. Warren Nelson in Bombay, India.

A memorial service was held at the Oxford Presbyterian Church. The Smith & Ogle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in the Oxford Cemetery. 

The family has suggested donations be made to the Oxford Presbyterian Church, 101 N. Main St., Oxford. 

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Ralph Scott Boggs 
Ralph Scott Boggs, 91, of Brownsville, Ind., died early Monday morning, May 1, at Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Ind. He was born on Oct. 17, 1908 in Brownsville, Ind. 

He worked for the Indiana State Employment Service as manager of the Connersville branch office retiring in 1979 after 30 years of service. He married Dorothy R. Wines on Aug. 17, 1940.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday, May 4, at the Brownsville United Methodist Church in Brownsville, Ind. Burial was in the Church cemetery. Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

A memorial service was also held by the Brownsville Lodge. Contributions may be made to the Brownsville United Methodist Church.

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Brenton Hoyt Smith 
Brenton Hoyt Smith, a former professor of History at Miami University, died April 23, 2000 at his residence in Oxford. He was 74. He was born May 1, 1925, in Orange, N.J. 

He married Helen Blair Graves of Roanoke, Va., June 16, 1955. He began teaching at Miami in 1961 and retired in 1994. His wife, who taught at Western College for Women and at Miami University, died March 14, 1990.

A memorial service was held at Holy Trinity on Wednesday, April 26. Smith & Ogle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Anglican Church of St. Andrew and St. Margaret of Scotland, 1607 DeWitt Ave., Alexandria, Va., 22301.

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Arthur Newman, Jr. 
Arthur Newman Jr., 69, of Hamilton, died at his home, Saturday, April 29. He was born on April 13, 1931 in Union County, Penn.

In 1951, he entered the United States Army Medical Corps, serving in both the Korea War and Vietnam War. He retired as a Staff Sergeant in 1971, He married Patsy Boatright on Dec. 17, 1960 at the Oxford Presbyterian Church. After his retirement from the Army he was employed as an operating room technician at Fort Hamilton Hospital for 23 years, retiring in 1993.

Funeral services were held May 3 at the Smith & Ogle Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Oxford Cemetery. The family has suggested that memorials be made to the Dialysis Specialists of Fairfield, Inc., 5100 Sandy Lane, Fairfield, Ohio 45014 or to the American Diabetes Association, 937 N. High St., Worthington, Ohio 43085.

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June C. Miller 
June C. Miller, 79, of Liberty, Ind., died Saturday evening, April 29, at Hillcrest Estates Nursing Home in Liberty, Ind., following a lengthy illness. She was born in Hamilton, on June 30, 1920.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 3, at the Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind. Burial followed in the College Corner Cemetery, West College Corner, Ind.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Brownsville United Methodist Church.

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Charles I. Weinstiger 
Charles I. Weinstiger, 64, of Union Township died on Saturday, April 29, at McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford. Weinstiger was born on March 11, 1936 in Dayton. He was employed as a body repairman from 1952 until 1986. He retired from Cedar Chevrolet in Lebanon, Ohio.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 1, immediately following a visitation, at the R.C. Nein & Sons Thompson Funeral Home in Camden. Burial followed in the Fairmount Cemetery in Camden.

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Laura Bargers 
Laura Barger, 75, of Oxford, died early Saturday morning, May 6, at the Oxford View Nursing Center. She was born on Nov. 20, 1924 in Clay County, Ky.

In 1940 she married Mose Goins in Clay County, Ky., and they operated a furniture store for several years. He preceded her in death in 1964. In 1957, they moved to Oxford, and she began working at Miami University as a food service assistant. She retired from Miami in 1968 after 10 years of service.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 10, at the Oxford Pentecostal Church, Oxford-Millville Rd., Oxford. Smith and Ogle Funeral Home, Oxford, was in charge of arrangements. 

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Faye Pierson 
Faye Pierson, 69, of Huber Heights, died on Monday, May 8, at the Spring Mead Nursing Center in Tipp City, Ohio.

Pierson was born Sept. 6, 1930 in Hamilton. She married Dwight Pierson on Jan. 21, 1950.

The family requests no flowers but memorial contributions may be made to the Huber Heights FISH Children's Christmas Fund, 6131 Ansbury Drive, Huber Heights, in her memory.

R.C. Nein and Sons Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.

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Arlene Kay Jenkins 
Arlene Kay Jenkins, 59, formerly of Liberty, Ind., died Friday afternoon May 5, at the Heritage House Nursing Home, Connersville, Ind. She had been in failing health for the past six months.

She was born on May 21, 1940 in Connersville.

She resided the last 13 years at Brooks House in Franklin County and worked at the W.A.T.C.H. Center in Brookville, Ind.

Funeral services were held at the Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind., on Tuesday May 9. Burial followed in Everton Cemetery, Fayette County, Ind. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics in her memory at the funeral home.

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David Tyler Heckman 
David Tyler Heckman, three months old, of 219 E. Seminary St., Liberty, Ind., died at his residence early Thursday morning, May 4. He had been ill since birth.

He was born on Jan. 22, in Cincinnati, the son of David W. and Latisha N. Hensley Heckman.

Funeral services were conducted at the Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind., on Monday, May 8.

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Earl E. Derickson 
Earl E. Derickson, 100, of Bath, Ind., died at his residence on Wednesday, May 3, at 5:15 p.m. He was born on Oct. 4, 1899. 

A lifelong farmer, he was also employed by the Butler County Farm Bureau Co-op, the Beckett Paper Company, the Bendix Corporation, and retired from the Hamilton Tool Company.

Funeral services were held at the Faith United Church of Christ, 1877 Millville Avenue. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Faith United Church of Christ.

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Alfred Rice 
Alfred Rice, 74, of Darrtown, died late Tuesday evening, May 2, at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton. He was born on Feb. 13, 1926, in Hamilton.

On June 1, 1944 he married Evelyn Hileman of Oxford. Rice worked as a mechanic at various auto shops throughout his lifetime. He retired in 1991 from Miami University after working for 10 years in their automotive repair department.

Funeral services were held Friday May 5, at the Smith and Ogle Funeral Home. Burial was in the Darrtown Cemetery.

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E. Allen Huston 
E. Allen Huston, 57, of Oxford, died Monday, May 7, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. He was born march 7, 1943in Connersville, Ind.

He married Ella Garrabrant in 1971. He worked for 23 years in the physical facilities department at Miami University before retiring in 1997.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 12, at the First Christian Church. Smith & Ogle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in College Corner Cemetery, Union County, Ind.

The family suggests memorials be made to the E. Allen Huston Memorial Fund, in care of Tina Bach, 3770 Pamajera Drive, Oxford 45056.


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