Miscellaneous Butler County, Ohio Obituaries

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Margaret Lawson Weatherly
Margaret Lawson Weatherly, 95, of Oxford, died Tuesday morning, May 9, at the Oxford View Nursing Center. She was born Feb. 26, 1905 in Paint Creek, Ky. She was a 20-year member of the Somerville Baptist Church in Somerville. Funeral services were held May 15, at the Kerr Brothers Funeral Home in Lexington, Ky. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery, Lexington. The Smith and Ogle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Alfred Rice 

Alfred Rice, 74, of Darrtown, died 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 May 5, at the Smith and Ogle Funeral Home. Burial was in the Darrtown Cemetery.

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William E. Williams 
William E. Williams, 62, died suddenly May 12, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital. He was born March 12, 1938 in Oxford, the son of Berkeley and Dawson Rose (Woods) Williams. Williams was a 1957 graduate of Talawanda High School which was the first class to graduate from Talwanda. For more than 25 years, Williams was a custodian for the Talawanda City School District, working at Marshall Elementary School and Talawanda High School. Funeral services were held May 16 at the Elm Street Christian Church, Oxford. Smith and Ogle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at the Woodside Cemetery, Oxford. 

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Ora Mae Withrow Ora Mae Withrow 
Ora Mae Withrow, 92, of Camden died Tuesday May 9 at her home. She was born Sept. 24, 1907, in Nicholson, Ky.

She was a foster mother for about 20 years. When her husband was living they sheltered more than 500 people for over 60 years.

Visitation was held at the R.C. Nein and St. Thompson Funeral Home, Camden. Funeral services were held May 13 at the Church of the Nazarene, Eaton with burial at the Somerville Cemetery.

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

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George Hudek 
George Hudek, 85, of Oxford died Tuesday, May 2, at the Oxford View Nursing Center. He was born on May, 1914 in Chicago, Ill.

Hudek was a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago. He also served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. For many years Hudek worked as an Industrial Engineer for AT&T telephone company. He was a longtime member of the Oxford Lions Club.

The family has suggested memorials be made to the Oxford Lions Club, New Eyes for the Needy, Lions International Sight Saving Program, P.O. Box 327, Oxford, Ohio 45056.

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Edna R. Bruns 
Edna R. Bruns, 83, died at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital Thursday, May 11. She was born April 4, 1917 in St. Mary's, Ind.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed square dancing, quilting and playing cards. She was a member of St. Michaels Church, St Catherine Circle, Daughters of Isabella and for more than 20 years served as the leader of the Springfield happy Hustlers 4-H Club.

Cool Funeral Home, Brookville, Ind., was in charge of arrangements. The funeral mass was Monday May 15 at St. Michaels Church, Brookville.

Memorials can be sent to Franklin Co. 4-H Association WATCH Center, Franklin Co. EMS or donor's choice.

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Nierine "Renee" Flint 

Nierine "Renee" Flint, 84, of Oxford died Monday, May 22, at Woodland Country Manor Nursing Home in Somerville. She was born June 21, 1915 in Ashland, Ky. On Aug. 31, 1946 she married James Flint and preceded her death on Nov. 29, 1997.

She was a longtime member of the Darrtown United Methodist Church and served on church council. A celebration of life was held Thursday, May 25, at the Darrtown United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Darrtown Cemetery. The Smith and Ogle Funeral Home, 101 W. Church St., Oxford, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Darrtown United Methodist Church or to the Oxford Senior Citizens.

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Alfred Rice 

Alfred Rice, 74, of Darrtown, died 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 May 5, at the Smith and Ogle Funeral Home. Burial was in the Darrtown Cemetery.

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Florence Kendall Crew 
Florence Kendall Crew died on Friday, May 19, at Oxford View Nursing Center, at the age of 99. She was born Florence Delvin Kendall in 1900 in Indian Territory, in a community later known as Texoma, Okla. She graduated as Salutatorian of her Checotah High School class; was married to Charles John Crew in 1917 and with him raised four children.

Funeral arrangements were with Smith and Ogle Funeral Home in Oxford, on May 22. Burial was in the Oxford Cemetery.

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Jan. J. Franklin 
Jan J. Franklin, 44, died in her home on Thursday May 18. She was born on Feb. 11, 1956 in Middletown. She worked for 15 years as an Investment Adviser for Jan J. Franklin and Associates. She was a member of the Humane Association of Butler County Board of Directors, the American Miniature Horse Association, and the First United Methodist Church.

The funeral was held on Monday, May 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Middletown. Arrangements were made by Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home. Memorials can be sent to the Humane Association of Butler County, 5225 Hamilton Trenton Road, Trenton, Ohio 45267 or to the First United Methodist Church, 120 S. Broad Street, Middletown, Ohio 45055.

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Martha E. Keller 
Martha E. Keller, 86, of Camden, died Monday, May 22, at Oxford View Nursing Center in Oxford. Keller was born in Dixon Township, Ohio Aug. 26, 1913. She married Mark Keller on Nov. 10, 1932 in Newport Ky. He preceded her death. 

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Camden.

The R.C. Nein & Sons- Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, was in charge ofarrangements. Funeral services were Thursday, May 25, at the funeral home. Burial was in the Somerville Cemetery in Somerville.

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Ella Mae Huston 

Ella Mae Huston, 59, died May 25, at the Oxford View Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 1, 1940, in Newark, Ohio. She married E. Allan Huston in 1972 at the College Corner Presbyterian Church and they enjoyed 29 years together. He preceded her death on May 7.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 31, at the First Christian Church, Oxford. Smith and Ogle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in the College Corner Cemetery, Union County, Ind. 

The family has suggested that memorials be made to the Ella M. Huston Memorial Fund in care of Tina Bach, 3770 Pamajera drive, Oxford, Ohio 45056.

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Irene Gath 
Irene Gath, of Centerville, Ohio, 93, died May 16. She was a former resident of Oxford and Hamilton, born in Verona, Ohio and a graduate of Verona High School.

She earned bachelors and masters of art degrees at Miami University. She was a teacher and principal of James Monroe Elementary School in Hamilton.

Private funeral services were held with burial at Oxford Cemetery. The family is being served by Routsong Funeral Home, Dayton.

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Essie Ollis 
Essie Ollis, 92, of Somerville, died on Friday, May 26, at Garden Manor Nursing Home, in Middletown. She was born July 25, 1907 in North Cove, N.C. She married Kelsey Ollis in Shell Creek, Tenn. He preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 30, at the R.C. Nein and Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. Burial was in Somerville Cemetery.

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Ivory Conrad 
Ivory Conrad, 73, died early Tuesday morning, May 30, at her residence in Fairfield. She was born Jan. 5, 1927 in Jackson County, Ky. She married Gerald S. Conrad on March 16, 1946 in Hamilton. He preceded her in death on June 2, 1989. For many years, she worked in food service around the area, including the Oxford Bowling Lanes and Oxford Country Club. Most recently, she was a cafeteria worker for the Talawanda City School District, retiring in 1995.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 2, at the Smith & Ogle Funeral Home.

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H. Bunker Wright 
H. Bunker Wright, 93, a longtime professor of English at Miami University and former dean of its Graduate School, died Monday, May 29.

Wright joined Miami's faculty in 1938 and retired in 1974 after a 36-year career as a professor and administrator. 

Born March 26, 1907, in Woodstock, Ill., Wright earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and continued on its English faculty through 1938 while acquiring his master's and doctorate degrees there.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at Miami's Sesquicentennial Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Miami University Friends of the Library to benefit special collections or to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital.

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Howard W. Brinker 
Howard W. Brinker, 60, died Saturday, May 27 in Marion, Ind. He was born in Elsmere, Ky. After graduating from Hamilton High School, he attended several universities (Ohio University, General Motors Institute and Purdue University). A resident of Hamilton from 1941-1987, he relocated to Marion, Ind., in early 1988. He was involved in judo, football and target shooting. He owned his own construction company and built custom homes for several years. For 35 years, he was an employee of General Motors.

An entombment service was held on May 31 in the Rose Hill Cemetery Chapel, Hamilton. Memorials may be made to Grant County Cancer Society or the Marion General Hospital Hospice.

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Elmer N. Cottingim 
Elmer N. Cottingim, 83, of Eaton, died Friday, June 2, at his home in Eaton. He was born March 26, 1917 in London, Ky. and lived in Preble County most of his life. He was a retired farmer and he also a livestock hauler and cattle buyer. He was owner of the former L&C Meat Market in Eaton and he attended Camden High School. 

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 6, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home and were officiated by the Rev. Robert K. Foster. Burial was at Fairmount Cemetery in Camden.

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Mary S. Wedding Lucas 
Mary S. Wedding Lucas, 90, former Liberty, Ind., resident, died Sunday, May 21, at Heritage Manor in Shelbyville, Ind. She was widely known in Republican circles. She had served as personal Secretary to Gov. Harold W. Handley.

Lucas was the owner and publisher of the Liberty Harold Newspaper in Liberty, Ind., from 1935-91. Her husband, John Randolph Wedding was publisher until his death in 1935.

Private graveside services were May 24, in West Point Cemetery in Liberty, Ind. Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind., was in charge of the services. Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

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Violet Sue Wisinger 
Violet Sue Wisinger, 71, died June 2, at Woodland Country Manor Nursing home in Somerville. She was born on Jan. 26, 1929 in Garfield, N.J. She married Clifford Wisinger and he preceded her in death on May 23, 1995.

Wisinger lived in Saddle Brook, N. J., before moving to Ohio in 1976.

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

In lieu of flowers,the family has suggested that memorials be made to Woodland Country Manor Nursing Home, 4166 Somerville Road, Somerville, Ohio 45064.

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David A. Caldwell 
David A. Caldwell, 68, of Cincinnati, died Friday, June 2, at University Hospital of cancer.

An attorney in the firm of Wood and Lamping, he loved the outdoors, and pursued a love of printing and flying as his hobbies.

He grew up in Hillsboro, Ohio, and his family moved to Oxford in 1942, where he graduated from McGuffey High School and then Miami University in 1954.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 5, at the Hodapp Funeral Home, in Cincinnati with burial in the Oak Hills Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made to the Barrett Cancer Center, 234 Goodman Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45267.

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Evelyn Farmer 
Evelyn Farmer, 80, of Oxford, died at Fort Hamilton Hospital, Saturday, June 3, at 1:26 p.m. She was born Jan. 6, 1920 in Manchester, Ky. She was a member of the Oxford Pentecostal Church. 

She married Arnold Farmer in 1987 in Oxford and he preceded her in death in 1995. Funeral services were at the Oxford Pentecostal Church, Wednesday, officiated by the Rev. Floyd Carpenter and Brother Albert Phillips. Burial was at the Oxford Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Oxford Pentecostal Church.

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E. Ruby Franklin 
E. Ruby Franklin, 78, formerly of Liberty, Ind., and recently residing in Morrow, Ohio, died Tuesday, May 30, at the Bethesda Hospital-Warren County, Lebanon.

She was born on Aug. 11, 1921 in Laurel County, Ky.

She moved from Bainbridge, Ohio, to Liberty, Ind., in 1983. A former Sunday School teacher, she was a member of the Oxford Baptist Church and was attending the Morrow Baptist Church.

Funeral services were conducted at the Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind., on Saturday, June 3. Her burial followed in West Point Cemetery, Liberty, Ind. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Oxford Baptist Church New Sign Fund.

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Ronald Eugene 'Bo' Sharp 
Ronald Eugene "Bo" Sharp, 42, of Middletown, died Saturday, June 3, in Oxford. He was born June 29, 1957 in Oxford. He attended Talawanda High School and while in junior high he was a member of the basketball team. He was loved by many and touched the hearts of those who knew him.

A memorial service was held on Friday, June 9, at the First Baptist Church. Smith and Ogle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

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Charles 'Buddy' Schiefer 
Charles "Buddy" Schiefer, 69, died Saturday, June 3, at the Day Springs Miami Valley Nursing home in Fairborn, Ohio. He was born July 25, 1930 in Elizabeth, N.J.

He was a retired New Jersey State Police Officer, retiring in 1967 after 12 years of service.

Graveside services were held Thursday, June 8, at St. Gertrude Cemetery in Colonia, N.J. The Smith and Ogle Funeral Home of Oxford, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorials be made to the St, Vincent DePaul Society or to the Children's Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45229.

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Marjorie E. Williams 
Marjorie E. Williams, 95, of Lafayette, Ind., died on Friday May 26, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lafayette, Ind. She was a former resident of Union County, Ind., and was a part-time art teacher at Brownsville School.

Public graveside services were held on Friday, June 2, at the Brownsville Methodist Church Cemetery in Brownsville, Ind. Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel of Liberty, Ind. was in charge of arrangements.


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