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Betty A. Eames
Betty A. Eames, 83, Sunbury, died Saturday afternoon (July 28, 2001) at Edgewood Manor of Westerville.

She was born in Akron on January 1, 1918 to the late James and Evelyn (Hoernschemeyer) Kloth. She grew up in Glendale and had lived in the Sunbury area for 12 years after moving here from Plano, Texas.

Eames was a member of the Piecekeepers Quilting Club and enjoyed bird watching.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Fred M. Eames, whom she married on August 12, 1948 in Glendale; a son, Marshall (Angeles) Eames of Chicago; a daughter, Leslie (David) Wolford of Sunbury; six grandchildren, Luisa, Briana and Anthony Eames and Jennifer, Jessica and Jacqueline Wolford; and by two brothers, James Kloth of Glendale and Thomas Kloth of Cincinnati.

Eames was preceded in death by three brothers, Dick, Jack and Bob; and one sister, Jane Ann Pence.

Memorial services and interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Rita's School for the Deaf, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com. 

Bessie Edwards
Bessie M. Edwards, 101, Marengo, died Wednesday (June 14, 2000) at Woodside Village Care, Mt. Gilead.

She was born in Delaware County on July 2, 1898, to the late Riley and Elma (Perfect) DeWitt. She was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Delaware and Morrow counties. She worked for the former Kilgore Company during World War II. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and watching horse races.

She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Donald and Jan Edwards of Marengo and Darwin Edwards of Columbus; grandchildren Rick Edwards of Marengo and Dale and Brenda Edwards of Bucyrus; great-grandchildren Cody and Katelyn; and several nephews and nieces, including her special niece, Mrs. Harriet Harmon of Sunbury.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Dean R. Edwards, on September 9, 1973; her brother John DeWitt, and her sister, Esther Boudinot.

Graveside services were held at the Marengo Cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Marengo. 

Edgar Edwards
Edgar Robert "Bob" Edwards, 66, of Troy Township, Delaware, passed away suddenly on Sunday (September 30, 2001) at the Grady Memorial Hospital ER. 

The chairman and CEO of W.E. Monks Co. Engineers was born on March 23, 1935, in George's Run to Edgar E. and Hazel I. (Weaver) Edwards. A 1953 graduate of Columbus East High School, he was a retired Major of the Ohio Air National Guard Reserve, and he served two active duty tours in France and Korea. He was a member of Christian Community Church in Ashley, the American Council of Consulting Engineers, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and a life member of the Reserve Officers Association. 

Surviving are his wife, Joyce L. (Sahr) Edwards; two sons, Robert T. Edwards of Logan and Russell T. Edwards of Delaware; a daughter, Lorri L. Welsh of Cheyenne, Wy.; three brothers, Tom W. Edwards of Canal Winchester, Nathan W. Edwards of Delaware, and Roger G. Edwards of Sunbury; a sister, Joy E. Kraner of Cheyenne, Wy.; seven grandchildren, Benjamin, Hannah, Jacob, Calvin, Jacquelyn, Kyle, and Natalie; and many nieces and nephews. 

Visitation was held at Robinson Funeral Home, Delaware, where funeral services were held with the Rev. Jeff Copley officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heartbeat of Morrow County Crisis Pregnancy Center, c/o Christian Community Church, 2399 E. Ohio 229, Ashley 43003. 

James D. Edwards
James Douglas Edwards, 56, Mount Vernon, died unexpectedly Monday (Jan. 4, 1999) at his home.

He was born Feb. 23, 1942, in Galena to the late Donald D. and Thelma (Kellner) Edwards. He moved to Mount Vernon 10 years ago from the Sunbury area. He was a member of Big Walnut High School Class of 1961 and a veteran of the United States Army. He retired as a maintenance worker from Kline Hydraulics, Columbus. He was an avid deer hunter.

Mr. Edwards is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Stephanie and Michael Williams, Etna, and Sheri and Jeff Crocker, Sunbury; one brother and sister-in-law, Howard Dean and Jan Edwards Cody, Wyo.; and three grandchildren, Rachel, Hannah and Heather Crocker. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Edwards.

Calling hours and funeral services were held at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury, with the Rev. Dan Taylor officiating. Graveside committal services with military honors were held at Mount Vernon Memorial Park. 

Kathryn Louise Edwards
Kathryn Louise Edwards, 87, of Centerburg, died Tuesday (June 30, 1998) at Heartland of Centerburg.

She was born July 4, 1910, in Franklin County to the late Bert and Emma (Fleming) Walker.

Mrs. Edwards was a homemaker; a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Centerburg; a volunteer with Inter-Church Social Services; and a 1928 graduate of Johnstown-Monroe High School.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Forest L. Edwards; a daughter, Marilyn Abbott; her sisters, Thelma Ashbrook and Emma Jean Drumm; and a brother, Claude Walker.

She is survived by her grandson Ronald Abbott, of Centerburg, and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were at Crouse-Kauber Funeral Home, 225 N. Main Street, Johnstown, where services were held with the Rev. Martha Fisher officiating. 

Betty (Besch) Eley
Betty (Besch) Eley, 74, of Centerburg, died on Sunday (Jan. 18, 1998) at her residence.

She retired from the Nestles Company in Sunbury, and was a member of Centerburg United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, John F. Eley of the home; two step-sons and their wives, Larry and Vikki Eley of Mount Vernon and Ken and Terri Eley of St. Louisville, Ohio; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Odgen Besch of Centerburg and Lewis Besch Jr. of Oklawaha, Fla.; one sister, Mary Harris of Sparta, Ohio; 12 nieces and nephews; and 12 great-nieces and nephews.

Visitation was at the Johnson-Melick-Moreland Funeral Home in Centerburg. Funeral services were held at Centerburg United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Cole officiating. Interment was in Eastview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Centerburg United Methodist Church or Hospice of Knox County, 302 East High Street, Mt. Vernon 43050. 

Mary C. Elzey
Mary C. Elzey, 88, of Delaware died Monday evening June 1 at Delaware Court.

Born on Feb. 6, 1910 in Wapakoneta, Ohio to the late Jacob and Katherine M. (Hammond) Miller. She graduated from the Lucas County Hospital in 1932 as a registered surgical nurse. She worked at the Lucas County Hospital in Toledo. She moved to Delaware in 1936 and was a member of the Rural Chapel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by daughters: Mary Martin of Delaware, Patricia Elzey of Delaware, son and daughter-in-law: Guy and Sandy Elzey of Delaware, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband: James Elzey in 1974, son: James Frederick Elzey in 1966, brothers: Guy Miller and Jack Miller, sister: Ada Miller.

Services for the family were at the Oak Grove Cemetery June 12. Calling hours were not be observed. Arrangements were in care of DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Delaware.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or the Delaware chapter of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association. 

Helen L. Emswiler
Helen L. Emswiler, 87, Westerville, died Sunday (April 8, 2001). She was born July 21, 1913 in Luray, Ohio and was a member of Etna United Methodist Church, Pataskala Senior Citizens, Sew and Blow and the Etna Grange.

She is survived by her three children, Mary Lee (John) Hall of Sunbury, Richard (Mary Lou) Emswiler of Gahanna and Glen (Beverly) Emswiler of Lincoln, Nebraska; four brothers and sisters, Ronald Eyman of Alexandria, Margaret Knepper of Pickerington, Kathleen Barrett of Reynoldsburg and Mary Watson of Pataskala; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Emswiler was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Emswiler; parents, Frank and Golda Eyman; and a brother, William Eyman.

Visitation was Tuesday (April 10, 2001) at Kauber-Miller Funeral Home, Pataskala where services were held Wednesday (April 11, 2001) with the Pastor Ray Kane officiating. Interment was in Pataskala Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to The Kidney Foundation and/or Etna United Methodist Church.

An on-line memorial is located at kaubermiller.plan4ever.com 

Margaret Evans
Margaret Evans, 88, Delaware, died Sunday, February 11, 2001 at her residence. She was born February 1, 1913 in Delaware to Hubert and Lena (Vaught) Rider.

Evans was a member of Stratford St. Paul's UMC, Sunbury Riding Club, Delaware Riding Club and worked the election polls for the Delaware County Board of Elections.

She is survived by a daughter, Marilyn (Carroll) Fogle of Plain City; two sons, Mel (Sue) Evans of Prospect and Dallas (Carol) Evans of Sunbury; one brother, Hurleigh Rider of Delaware; one sister, Dorothy Patrick; and four grandchildren.

Visitation was at Bennett Brown Rodman Funeral Home in Delaware. Funeral services were held with the Rev. George Reed officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Centrum @ Willowbrook Skilled Nursing Facility, 100 Willowbrook Way, Delaware 43015. 

Emma Evarts
Emma Louise Mantor Evarts, 78, Sunbury, died Saturday (Dec. 4, 1999) at Morning View Care Center.

Mrs. Evarts, a loving wife of 60 years, was born May 23, 1921, near Galena to the late Harry and Goldie (Fuller) Mantor.

She was raised on the Nip and Tuck Farm, near Galena. At the age of 2, her mother passed away and she was cared for by Mrs. Davis until her father remarried in 1932. She attended and was baptized at Galena United Methodist Church.

A former member of the G&T Club and the Zoar Rebecca Lodge, she graduated from Galena High School in 1939, where she was a cheerleader for the basketball team.

She and her husband owned many properties throughout the county, including Grand Acres Standard Breed Horse Farm, Galena, where they made their home for 40 years. She had been employed at Mae Mahon's Restaurant, Kroger, the State of Ohio Department of Taxation, Elmhurst Rest Home and L&K Restaurant. She enjoyed fishing in the Hoover Reservoir and visiting friends.

Surviving are her husband, Paul; a son, Ronald; and other relatives, neighbors and friends.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Edgar; and her stepmother, Myrtle Perfect.

Calling hours and funeral service were held at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury with the Revs. Stacy Evans and L. Wayne Booth officiating. Burial was in Galena Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Jeffrey Falk
Jeffrey Alan Falk, 43, Gahanna, died Friday (March 9, 2001) at the Ohio State University Medical Center.

He was a medical records coder for the OSU Medical Center, a Boy Scout of America volunteer, and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Surviving are his wife, Sharman Linnabary; five children, Justin Linnabary and Jessica, Jordan, Jonathan and Jay Falk; his parents, June and Richard Warren of Columbus and Richard and Rosalee Falk of Galena; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Pam Falk and Jason and Deanna Falk, all of Columbus; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Melody and Darryl Inscho of Kilbourne and Lindsay Falk of Galena; several nieces and nephews; special friend Dan Lucas; and many other friends.

Visitation was held at Moreland Funeral Home, Westerville, where services were held with the Rev. Bud Leskovac officiating. Interment was in Blendon Central Cemetery.

A special thank-you goes to Roland and Sharon Stills, Mike and Therese Sciarroni and Ron and Lori Lewis for their resuscitation efforts; to his family at the OSU Medical Center Information Management; and to the CICU staff, 8 West Rhodes Hall, for their love and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the attention of Karen at OSU Heart Hospital, Office of Medical Center Development, 1375 Perry St., 5th Floor, Columbus 43201.

Clara V. Farley
Clara V. Farley, 89, Sunbury, died early Friday morning (September 14, 2001) at St. Ann's Hospital in Westerville.

She was born on July 8, 1912 in Lincoln County, West Virginia, to the late Robert and Minnie Bellany Jordan. A Sunbury resident since 1950, Farley was formerly employed at Kilgore Manufacturing, Townley-Main IGA and as a nursing assistant.

Clara enjoyed red birds and quilting.

She is survived by two daughters, Odella Smith of Sunbury and Bina (Robert) Boudinot of Greer, South Carolina; a son, Boyd Farley of Sunbury; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Milton Jordan of Sardinia, Ohio; and a sister, Dora Williams of Interlaken, Florida.

Farley was preceded in death by her husband, Oather Farley, in 1963; eight brothers, a sister, Addie Miller; and a half-sister, Wuaghaletta Young.

Visitation was Sunday (September 16, 2001) at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury, where funeral services were held Monday (September 17, 2001) with Pastor Wayne Booth officiating. Interment was in Fairview Memorial Park, Delaware.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Genoa Baptist Church.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

 

Shirley Faust
Shirley A. Faust, age 56 of Delaware, died on Friday (July 28, 2000) evening at Riverside Hospital.

She was born in Sunbury to the late Saul Bradley and Ruby (Sparkman) Bradley, who survives in Delaware. She was a registered nurse having worked at Community Medical Center in Marion.

She is survived by sons and daughter-in-law Harold Bradley of Cardington and Robert and Shirron Young of Delaware; daughters and son-in-law Pamela Young and Diane and Matt Dixon all of Cardington; six grandchildren; brothers Paul and Saul Jr. of Marion; sisters Saundra Winter of Marion, Lora Ruh of South Carolina and Julia Bradley of Delaware.

She was preceded in death by her brother Arzanas "Bob" Bradley and sisters Wilma Meek and Patricia Bradley.

Graveside funeral services were held at the South Webster Cemetery, South Webster. Arrangements were in care of the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Marengo.

Gary L. Feasel
Gary L. Feasel, 53, Sunbury, died unexpectedly Wednesday (March 29, 2000) at his home.

He was born May 20, 1946, in Sunbury to late Howard and Ethel M. (Johnson) Feasel.

He was a 1964 graduate of Big Walnut High School, a U.S. Army veteran and a retired janitor for the former Amana Plant, Delaware. He was a member of Condit Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed collecting antiques and glassware.

He is survived by seven brothers, Paul, Kilbourne, Lawarence, Delaware, Roger, Detroit, Mich., Leland, Marysville, Robert, Gahanna, Roland, West Virginia, and his twin brother, Terry, Sunbury; and three sisters, Edith Sarver, Delaware, Margery McGrady, Fredericktown, and Norma Jean Feasel, Delaware.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry L. Feasel Sr. in 1993, and Herman in 1989; and one sister, Pauline Young in 1998.

Calling hours were held at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury. Funeral services were held at Condit Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Carol Weiss officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Trenton Cemetery.

Memorical contribtions may be made to his church.

Ralph Feasel
Ralph J. Feasel, 88, of Sunbury, died late Thursday evening (July 20, 2000) at St. Ann's Hospital, Westerville.

He was born on October, 17, 1911, in Sunbury to the late Perry and Mary (Smith) Feasel. He was a lifelong farmer and area resident. He was a member of the Delaware County Farm Bureau, a former member of the Harlem Township Grange, and a member of the Johnstown and Sunbury Eagles. He enjoyed attending the Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug, as well as hunting and fishing.

He is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Toni of Colorado Springs, Colo., Donald and Carol of Canal Winchester, Ralph Jr. and Suzanne of Dublin, and John W. and Brenda of Lithopolis; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth Fuller of Croton; and longtime friend Marjorie Garrabrant of New Albany.

He was preceded in death by his wife Helen in 1967; five brothers Clifton, Wayne, Emmett, Clarence and Dalton; and seven sisters Mazy, Francis, Ina, Mable, Eunice, Elsie and Mildred.

Visitation was held at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury, where funeral services were held with the Rev. Maurice White officiating. Interment was at the Fancher Cemetery near Westerville.

Mary Feist
Mary Ann Feist, 67, Perrysburg, died Monday (June 28, 1999) in St. Luke's Hospital, Maumee.

She was born in Stony Ridge on March 25, 1932, to Orville and Dorothy (Schiermyer) Nollenberger. She married Richard G. Feist in Stony Ridge on May 3, 1952, and he survives.

Mrs. Feist was a homemaker and member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Stony Ridge.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Larry Facemyer, Sunbury; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a daughter, Cynthia Wechtel.

Calling hours were at Marsh Funeral Home, Luckey. Funeral services were at the funeral home. Interment was at Troy Township Cemetery, Luckey.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the church or one of the donor's choice.

 

Edna Fiant
Edna E. Fiant, 86, Delaware, died Thursday afternoon (April 1, 1999) at Grady Memorial Hospital.

She was born Sept. 25, 1912, in Delaware Township, to John Richards and Margaret (Payner) Richards. She was a longtime Delaware resident.

Mrs. Fiant, a 1932 Delaware High School graduate, was a member of Zion United Church of Christ. She was was the office manager for Fiant Heating & Plumbing Co., which she and her husband operated since the early 1950s.

Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, L. Sue Jones and Marilyn and Robert Vernon, all of Delaware; a son, David Fiant, Saginaw, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Wesley, died in 1996. She also was preceded in death by four sisters and a brother.

Visiting hours were at Bennett Brown Rodman Funeral Home, where a funeral service was held with the Rev. Lynn Ramey and Dan Bill officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church, 51 W. Central Ave., Delaware, or the American Cancer Society, 253 E. Church St., Marion 43302-3807. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Keith Fields
Keith Fields, 78, Delaware, died Tuesday (April 11, 2000) at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

He was born in LaRue on Nov. 30, 1921, to the late Samuel Wilton and Ethel (Ledley) Fields.

He was a member of Grace Brethern Church in Worthington and a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in agriculture. He taught for 25 years at Olentangy Schools before retiring in 1978. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and Reserves for 28, retired in 1981 at the rank of colonel. He served during World War II and the Korean War

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Helen J. (Root) Fields, whom he married on May 5, 1946; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Mark P., Delaware and Thomas Keith and Amy, Sunbury; a daughter, Susan Fields, Sunbury; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Paul and Dorothy, LaRue, Lawrence, LaRue, and Lester, Phoenix, Ariz.; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Damon Leffler.

Calling hours were held at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Delaware. Funeral services were held with the Rev. Richard VanGorden officiating. Burial, with military graveside services, followed at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Worthington.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 65 S. Front St., Columbus 43215.

 

Allan G. Fisher
Allan G. Fisher, 93, Sunbury, died Thursday (Dec. 31, 1998) at his home.

He was born in Trenton Township on Sept. 12, 1905, to the late George and Lottie (Moessner) Fisher. He was a lifelong Sunbury resident and lifelong member of the Farm Bureau. He was a member of Little Walnut Grange and was a retired farmer and mechanical engineer with 22 years of experience at Ohio State University.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Merwin.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Helen (Rider) Fisher; three sons and two daughters-in-law, James R. and Elladine, Palm City, Fla., Ron and Susie, Johnstown, and Jeff of Sunbury; two daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and Tom Maguire, Columbus, and Ruth Ann and Bob Brown, Tampa, Fla.; and 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Visitation and funeral services were held at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury, with the Rev. Carol Weiss officiating. Interment followed in Trenton Cemetery.

John D. Fisher
John D. Fisher, 81, of Delaware, died Sunday afternoon (Feb. 15, 1998) at Wintersong Nursing Village following a long illness.

He was born Feb. 16, 1916, in Mason County, W. Va., to the late David and Myrtle (Jordan) Fisher. He spent most of his life in the Delaware area.

He was a retired timber buyer for the Union Fork and Hoe Co., and as an electrivcian for the Lake Erie Electric Co. of Lorain.

He was a World War II Army veteran. He received a Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge, three Bronze Stars, the EAME Campaign Ribbon, and the American Defense Ribbon. He was a life member of the Disabled Veterans, V.F.W. Post No. 3297, and AMVETS.

Mr. Fisher is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lola (Rodenfels) Fisher; brothers and sisters-in-law Mark and Edna Fisher of Sunbury, Paul and Jean Fisher of Mount Gilead; sisters and brothers-in-law Sylvia and Robert Hartsook of Galena, and Delphia and Bill Barr of Columbus; sisters-in-law Mary Ellen Fisher of Sunbury and Madaline Fisher of Statesville, N.C.; nephew Dan Corl of Centerburg and several other nieces and nephews; and special friends Tom and Donna Petrill of Delaware. He was preceded in death by four brothers.

There will be no calling hours or services. Following cremation, his ashes were bured in Cheshire Cemetery. Arrangements were care of the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Delaware.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Delaware County, 561 W. Central Ave., Delaware OH 43015.

John D. Fisher
John D. Fisher, 81, of Delaware, died Sunday afternoon (Feb. 15, 1998) at Wintersong Nursing Village following a long illness.

He was born Feb. 16, 1916, in Mason County, W. Va., to the late David and Myrtle (Jordan) Fisher. He spent most of his life in the Delaware area.

He was a retired timber buyer for the Union Fork and Hoe Co., and as an electrivcian for the Lake Erie Electric Co. of Lorain.

He was a World War II Army veteran. He received a Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge, three Bronze Stars, the EAME Campaign Ribbon, and the American Defense Ribbon. He was a life member of the Disabled Veterans, V.F.W. Post No. 3297, and AMVETS.

Mr. Fisher is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lola (Rodenfels) Fisher; brothers and sisters-in-law Mark and Edna Fisher of Sunbury, Paul and Jean Fisher of Mount Gilead; sisters and brothers-in-law Sylvia and Robert Hartsook of Galena, and Delphia and Bill Barr of Columbus; sisters-in-law Mary Ellen Fisher of Sunbury and Madaline Fisher of Statesville, N.C.; nephew Dan Corl of Centerburg and several other nieces and nephews; and special friends Tom and Donna Petrill of Delaware. He was preceded in death by four brothers.

There will be no calling hours or services. Following cremation, his ashes were bured in Cheshire Cemetery. Arrangements were care of the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Delaware.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Delaware County, 561 W. Central Ave., Delaware OH 43015.

Patsy Fitch
Patsy R. Helton Fitch, 51, of Delaware, died early Tuesday morning (July 25, 2000) at the Arbors of Delaware.

She was born on Jan. 29, 1949, in Tazewell, Va., to the late Joe R. and Rawsie B. (Price) Helton and moved to Delaware from Virginia in 1970. She formerly worked as a cook for Delaware Country Club. She attended Living Waters Church of God near Marysville, and loved cake decorating and crocheting.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph "Gene" Helton in 1991.

Surviving are her husband, Anthony Fitch, whom she married on July 19, 1997; a daughter and son-in-law, Beverly Christine and Brian Routt of Hilliard; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Julie Ann Helton of Cardington; three grandchildren; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Otis Leonard and Mildred Helton of Delaware and Henry "Denton" and Brenda Helton of Marysville.

Visitation was at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury, where funeral services were held with the Rev. Jack Marcum officiating. Burial followed in Bloomfield Cemetery near Sparta.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Arthur James Cancer Hospital, c/o OSU, 2500 Kenny Rd., Columbus 43210-9983.

Margaret L. Fling
Margaret L. Fling, 90, Ashley, died Saturday (October 27, 2001) afternoon at her residence.

She was born in Danville on November 5, 1910 to the late Everett and Agnes (Behm) Bonnette. She was an active founding member and Pastor with the White Lily Chapel in Ashley. She loved painting, sewing, ceramics and reading.

Pastor Fling is survived by her two sons, Paul (Pamela) Fling of Howard, Colorado, and Robert (Linda) Ireland of Tucson, Arizona; by 18 grandchildren; and by 18 great-grandchildren. A brother, Pete Bonnette, survives in Florida.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Wilber N. Fling, on July 25, 2001; three sons, George, Donald and Richard Ireland; two brothers; and by one sister.

Memorial services were held at the White Lily Chapel in Ashley with Reverend Jeffry Acker officiating. No calling hours were observed. Private burial was in Ashley Cemetery.

Arrangements were in care of the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury.

Memorial contributions may be made to the White Lily Chapel, 20 South Main Street, Ashley, Ohio 43303.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

Max R. Fling
Max R. Fling, 49, Johnstown, died Wednesday (March 17, 1999). He had been battling cancer for some time.

Mr. Fling was pastor of Peachblow United Methodist Church, a member of Sunbury-Galena Rotary Club and a realtor for over 25 years.

A true family man, Mr. Fling is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Janelle (Martin) Fling, whom he married Jan. 3, 1969; two sons, Nathan and Zach, and one daughter, Tiffany, all at home; two special sons, Shannon Moore and Nathan Stein; his parents, William E., Sr., and Ruth (Fravel) Fling; three brothers and three sisters-in-law, William, Jr., and Ruth, Don and Sue and Allen and Pam; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Arlene Netzorg and Donna and Glenn Evans, all Johnstown; 20 nieces and nephews; and many aunts and uncles.

Calling hours were held at Peachblow UMC, Lewis Center. Funeral services were at New Hope United Methodist Church, Galena, with the Rev. Stacy Evans officiating. Burial followed in Fancher Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, 100 W. Clarendon, Suite 2200, Phoenix, Ariz. 85013.

Robert F. Fling
Robert F. Fling, 90, Centerburg, passed away Wednesday (February 21, 2001) at home. He was born in Hocking County on September 15, 1910 to Clifford and Dora Fling.

Fling was a retired school bus driver for 36 years, a substitute mail carrier for 26 years and former owner of the Marathon Station in Centerburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, two brothers, a son Forest Roger Fling and a grandson Robert M. Fling.

Fling is survived by his wife, Opal Walker Fling; two sons, Kenneth of Zanesville and Richard of Florida; five daughters, Jeanette Updike, Linda (Gordon) Houck and Phyllis (Jim) Sipes of Centerburg, Ruth (Jack) Welker of Mount Vernon and Maxine (Clyde) Neighbarger of Utica; 20 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson; a sister, Dora Grove of Westerville; two brothers, William Fling of Johnstown and Raymond Fling of Westerville; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was at Johnson-Melick-Moreland Funeral Home, Centerburg, where services were held with Evangelist Fred Albrecht officiating. Interment was in Eastview Cemetery, Centerburg. Friends, if they wish may contribute to Hospice of Knox County or to The Central Ohio Fire District, Centerburg 43011.

Ruth Fling
H. Ruth Fling, 82, Johnstown, died Wednesday (April 5, 2000) at Kobacker House, Columbus.

She was born in Harlem Township on Oct. 8, 1917, to the late Floyd and Caroline (Budd) Fravel.

A lifelong resident of the area and a member of New Hope United Methodist Church, Ruth also attended Peachblow United Methodist Church. Her many activities included volunteering for religious education, the United Way, the American Cancer Society and collecting for the Harlem Township Fire Department at its inception.

Surviving are her husband of 63 years, William "Bill" E. Fling Sr., whom she married on Oct. 23, 1936; three sons and daughters-in-law, William Jr. and Ruth, Don and Sue and Allen and Pam, all of Johnstown; a daughter-in-law, Janelle Fling, Johnstown; two daughters and a son-in-law, Arlene Netzorg and Donna and Glenn Evans, all of Johnstown; a brother, Walter Fravel, Galena; a sister, Esther Fravel, Galena; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives; and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by a son, Max R. Fling on March 17, 1999; a daughter, Florence Fling on April 27, 1956; four brothers, Richard, David, Jim and Allen; and one sister, Emma Miesse.

Calling hours were held at New Hope UMC, Galena. Funeral services were held with the Rev. Stacy Evans officiating. Interment followed in Fancher Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Hope UMC or Peachblow UMC.

Wilber N. Fling
Wilber N. Fling, 94, Ashley, died Wednesday (July 25, 2001) at his residence.

He was born in Lancaster on May 1, 1907 to the late John and Mary (Burch) Fling. He retired from Denison Engineering in 1969 as a foreman with 30 years of service.

Fling was a resident of Ashley for 56 years after moving to the area from Marengo. He was a founding and active member of White Lily Chapel in Ashley. He enjoyed gardening, church, reading and making jewelry.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret L. (Bonnette) Fling whom he married June 6, 1941, in Delaware; by a son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Pamela Fling of Howard, Colorado; a stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Robert and Linda Ireland of Tucson, Arizona; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Fling was preceded in death by three stepsons, George, Donald and Richard Ireland, two brothers and one sister.

Memorial services were held at White Lily Chapel, Ashley with the Reverend Jeffry Acker officiating. No calling hours were observed. Private interment was at Ashley Union Cemetery. Arrangements were in care of DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury.

Memorial contributions may be made to White Lily Chapel, 20 South Main Street, Ashley, Ohio 43303.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

James Fravel
James L. Fravel, 79, Westerville, died Sunday (Oct. 24, 1999) at St. Ann's Hospital.

Retired from McNally Lumber Co. and formerly employed by Teachout Sash & Door Co., Columbus, Mr. Fravel was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 335th Army Engineers. He was a member of American Legion Young Budd Post 171, Westerville, and New Hope Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Frances E. Fravel; two sons and a daughter-in-law, James F. and Janet Fravel, Whitehall, and John Fravel, Westerville; a brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Millie Fravel, Galena; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Esther Fravel, Galena, and Ruth and William Fling Sr., Johnstown; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Carrie Fravel; three brothers, Allen, David and Richard; and a sister, Emma Miesse.

Calling hours were held at Moreland Funeral Home, Westerville. Funeral services were held with the Rev. Stacy Evans officiating. Interment was in Maplewood Cemetery.

Richard Fravel
Richard Fravel, 78, of Westerville, died Wednesday (March 25, 1998) at St. Ann's Hospital.

He was a retired mechanic for the Westerville City Schools and a charter member of the New Hope United Methodist Church in Harlem. As a veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division in WWII, he received the Purple Heart, Silver Star and Bronze Star. He was also a member of the American Legion Young-Budd Post No. 171 and Disabled American Veterans.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elinor Fravel; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Vicky Fravel; grandsons Craigh and Ian Fravel, all of Westerville; sisters Esther Fravel of Galena and Ruth Fling of Johnstown; brothers Walter of Galena and James of Westerville; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Caroline Fravel; a sister, Emma Miesse; brothers Allen and David Fravel; and two infant daughters and two infant sons.

Services were held at the Moreland Funeral Home, where the Rev. Max Fling officiated. Interment was in Fancher Cemetery.

Helen Freeman
Helen E. Freeman, 88, of Delaware died Wednesday afternoon (Nov.4, 1998) at Arbors N.H.

She was born on Sept. 2, 1910 in Brown Township to Leo and Edith (Pettet) Roof. She was the clerk for Brown Township from 1944 to1975, and was a farm wife. She was a life-long Delaware County resident and member of the Kilbourne United Methodist Church, Kilbourne Child Study Club, Big Run Farm Bureau Council, and a graduate of Brown High School.

Mrs. Freeman is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Robert Fuller of Delaware; son and daughter-in-law, James and Barbara Freeman D.D.S. of Dayton; five grandchildren and their spouses, Cindy and Paul Parker, Julie Freeman, Jill and Jeremiah Allen, Dr. Ray and Karen Fuller, and Randall and Sharon Fuller; three great-grandchildren Tyler Allen, Kenneth Fuller, and Sarah Parker; and two sisters-in-law, Ersel Roof of Delaware and Evelyn Freeman of Powell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Kenneth on Jan. 13, 1994; and one brother, Walter Roof.

Visitation was held at the Bennett-Brown-Rodman Funeral Home in Delaware, where funeral services were held with the Rev. Donna VanTrees officiating.

Contributions may be made to the Kilbourne United Methodist Church, 5591 Ohio 521, Kilbourne, OH, 43032.


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