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|George E. Gaines
George E. Gaines, 83, Moab, Utah, and formerly of Westerville, passed away Thursday (July 12, 2001) in Moab.
Retired from Rockwell International, Gaines was a Army Air Corp veteran of World War II and a member of the VFW and American Legion. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corp.
Gaines was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian.
He is survived by his children, George (Mindy) Gaines, Jim (Debbie) Gaines, Gary Gaines, Michele (Jerry) Sorrell and Sean Gaines; by his grandchildren, Elizabeth, Tiffany, George, Lindsey, Jeremy, Jimmie and Ashley; and by many numerous family members.
Visitation was at Hill Funeral Home, Westerville where services were held. Interment was in Pioneer Cemetery.
Marjorie J. (Brown) Gallagher
She was a graduate of Rawson High School and a 1947 graduate of Ohio Northern University, Ada. She was a registered pharmacist and had been employed with pharmacies and hospitals in Findlay, Michigan and Worthington. She retired from Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus.
She was preceded in death in July 1998 by her husband, Robert W. Gallagher.
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Steven Rigsby, Sunbury; one son, Roger Gallagher, Pickerington; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Dr. Richard Grundy and Emily and James Karch; four grandchildren, Stephanie and Brian Rigsby and Kelly and Wayne Gallagher; one step-grandson and step-granddaughter-in-law, David and Anna Rigsby; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services were held at Powell United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lou Williams officiating. Private interment was held in Trenton Township Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were handled by Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Chapel, Worthington.
Memorials contributions may be made to Hospice at Grady Memorial Hospital, 561 W. Central St. Delaware 43015.
He was born on April 5, 1947, in Flatwoods, Ky., to the late Eddie Gallion and Lucy (Hardy) Jolly, who survives in Cardington.
Mr. Gallion graduated from Sunbury High School in 1965 and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He had worked at Honda of America in material service for 13 years. He had also worked 15 years with Hagglunds Denison Corp. in Delaware. He also had operated Al's Snowmobile Shop for 20 years and was an avid snowmobiler.
He is survived by wife, Carol Lynn Beam, whom he married on Dec. 21, 1984; one daughter, Tish Walker, Lancaster; two sisters, Sharon Edwards, Cardington, and Diane Pallos, Millersport; and two grandchildren.
Calling hours were at Gompf Funeral Home, Cardington. Funeral services were held with the Rev. Ben Gregory officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.
She was born Nov. 30, 1917, in Columbus to the late L.D. and Marguerite (Davis) Sutfin. She moved to the Marengo area 16 years ago from Columbus.
A homemaker, she was a member of Sacred Hearts Catholic Church, Cardington, and enjoyed her grandchildren and gardening.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Louis; four sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Dixie Gall, Galena; Albert and Sandy Gall, Lewis Center, Willaim and Karen Gall, Centerburg, and Leo and Joyce Gall, Columbus; five daughters and three sons-in-law, Theresa Willard, Marengo, Marguerite and Orville Henderson, Watkinsville, Ga., Mary and John Badger, Bloomingburg, and Rita Bolton and Bridget and Ron Cook, all of Worthington; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Gall, North Lewisburg; and 31 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Louis Jr. and James; two brothers, Louis and Francis Sutfin; and one sister, Ella West.
A rosary was recited and calling hours held at the Gall family residence, Marengo. A funeral Mass was held at Sacred Hearts with the Rev. Charles Foeller officiating. Interment was in Marengo Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Marengo.
Inez M. Gangier
She was born on May 29, 1932 in Detroit, Mich., to the late William and Inez (VanDecar) Beal. She moved to Sunbury in 1976 from Westerville. She worked over 20 years as a sales associate for the Northland Sears store. She enjoyed horses and all types of animals.
She is survived by her husband Lawrence; son Mike Gangnier of Sunbury; daughters and son-in-law Gail Kirk of Columbus and Michele and Tom Ridenour of Oswego, Ill.; and grandchildren Jill and Tommy Ridenour.
She was preceded in death by three brothers.
Funeral services were at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury. Graveside services were at Galena Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice at Riverside, 3535 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH, 43214.
Margaret L. Garee
Garee was preceded in death by here parents and a sister, Bertha Garee. She is survived by Dick and Marsha Garee of Centerburg and their children, Gina Garee of Sunbury, Rich Garee of Centerburg and his family Angela and Nickolas Garee, and many friends.
Visitation was at Moreland Funeral Home, Westerville. Visitation and services were held at the Sunbury United Methodist Church. Pastor Brian Smith officiated. Interment was in Sunbury Memorial Park.
Friends may contribute to the Sunbury United Methodist Church in Margaret's memory.
He was born in Harlem Township on June 19, 1926, to the late Albert and Ethel (McElwee) Garee.
He was retired from the street department with the Village of Sunbury.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty (Barcus) Garee, whom he married Aug. 9, 1947; two daughters and one son-in-law, Diane Ross and Dawn and Ron Lucas, all of Sunbury; a brother and sister-in-law, Shelly and Esther Garee, Sunbury; two sisters-in-law Betty Garee, Sunbury, and Harriet Garee of Florida; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Bruce William; a daughter, Brenda Lee; and two brothers, Kenneth and Paul.
Calling hours were at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury. Funeral services were held with the Rev. L. Wayne Booth officiating. Burial followed in the Trenton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Mt. Carmel Hospice, 793 W. State St., Columbus 43222-9988.
Barbara J. Garnes
Born in Newark on Aug. 19, 1934, to the late Leo and Pauline (Lown) Schaller, she was a retired bookkeeper for Mettler Toledo, Worthington. She enjoyed nature, especially bird watching and decorative painting; attended First Baptist Church, Sunbury; and was a member of St. Peter's Singles Again.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Andy, in 1957 and a brother, Jack Schaller.
Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert Neff of Powell and Tom and Julie Neff of Galena; a daughter, Nancy Plante of Westerville; four grandchildren, Shane, Jody, and Jonathon Neff and Ruth Plante; a brother, Don Schaller of Utah; a sister and brother-in-law, Judee and Jim Sheets of Florida; and her companion, Stan Lerner of Columbus.
Visitation was held at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury, where funeral services were held with the Rev. Larry Griffin officiating. Interment was in Berkshire Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Inniswood Garden Society, 940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville 43081.
He had been employed by Honda of America Mfg. and Ranco Inc. He was a member of Big Walnut High School Class of 1957.
A loving and supportive husband and father, Mr. Geddis is survived by his wife, Linda; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Chad Geddis and Rob and Michelle Geddis; his mother-in-law, Flora Davis; and sisters-in-law and caregivers, Phyllis Hoaeae and Janey Baker.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Royce and Marie (Warner) Geddis; and a sister and brother-in-law, Barb and Bob Holly.
Calling hours were held at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury. Funeral services were held with the Rev. Stacey Evans officiating. Interment was at Sunbury Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice at Grady, 561 W. Central Ave., Delaware 43015.
He was born in Condit on Sept. 22, 1916, to the late Jesse T. and Essa M. Jacobus Geddis, and has been an area resident since 1939. A saw operator for HPM Corporation in Mount Gilead until his retirement in 1984, he was a member of the Local 1319 IAW and enjoyed breeding and raising Belgian horses.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Opal Elliot Geddis, who passed away on February 15, 1953; a grandson, John A. Price; a great-granddaughter, Dora Ann Koester; a brother, Merle Geddis; and a brother-in-law, John Elliot.
Surviving are his wife, Norma A. Nolze Geddis, whom he married on August 30, 1954; two daughters and a son-in-law, Rebecca S. and Garry Price of Mount Gilead and Mary J. Inskeep of Cedar Key, Florida; a granddaughter and her husband, Angela D. and Scott Koester; two great-granddaughters, Andrea Norris and Jayna Price; a brother, Rolland Geddis of Sunbury; and a sister, Elizabeth Blakely of Johnsville.
Visitation was held at Craven Funeral Home, Mount Gilead, where funeral services were held with the Rev. Carl Shaffer officiating. Interment was in Rivercliff Cemetery, Mount Gilead.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
She was an account manager for Authorized Data Processing, Columbus. She was a 1978 gradute of Big Walnut High School.
She is survived by her daughter, Whitney Gemperline, Sunbury; her mother, Patricia Jewett, Sunbury; a sister and brother-in-law Debi and Mike Baehr, Blacklick; and a niece and a nephew.
She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Jewett.
Calling hours were at Moreland Funeral Home, Westerville. Funeral services were held with the Rev. Mike Brown officiating. Interment was at Maplewood Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation Central Ohio Chapter, 3740 Ridge Mill Drive, P.O. Box 218182, Columbus 43221-8182.
Bernard R. Gersper Sr.
He was born on April 20, 1919 in Columbus to the late Chalmer and Elizabeth Lorey Gersper. He retired in 1982 after working 42 years for Amco as an electrician.
Gersper is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Mildred F. "Millie" Cline Gersper, whom he married July 2, 1955; a son, Bernard Jr. of Columbus; daughters, Elizabeth Runyan and Bernice Gersper of Columbus; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Paul and Ralph of Columbus, John of Grove City and David of Malta; two sisters, Blanche Hornback and Grace Burkhold of Columbus; and by nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, McGuffey, and by brothers, Lewis and Chalmer.
Calling was at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 West William Street, Delaware where funeral services were with the Rev. Dirk Elliott officiating. Interment was in Sunbury Memorial Park.
He was born on Toms Run near Chapel, West Virginia, on February 6, 1904, to the late Christian L. and Viola (Dennison) Gerwig, and spent most of his life in West Virginia on the Lower Mill Creek and Frametown. He lived in Columbus for 25 years.
After attending Glenville College, he taught all eight grades of school at Frametown (Hope School). He farmed and worked for years as a millwright, electrician, tool-and-die man, jig and fixture man, surveyor, explosives specialist, as the on-the-farm instructor for the World War II Veterans and he cut and sold timber. He worked for North American Aviation and retired from Defense Construction Supply Center in 1978 after 25 years of service.
A member of Hope Church, Frametown, and veteran member of Strange Creek Lodge F&AM, he also attended Linden Baptist Church, Columbus.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Dale (Campbell) Gerwig, on November 10, 1997; his sons, Warren K. Gerwig and Christian Earl Gerwig; and a grandson, Doug Gerwig.
Surviving are his sons, Leland H. Gerwig of Long Beach, California, and Brian D. Gerwig of Sunbury; five grandchildren, Christy Young, Lisa Slyman, Brad Gerwig, Todd Gerwig and Melody Snow; his great-grandchildren, Nick and Grace Slyman, Joe and Ashlee Slyman, Tracy Loucks, Joanne Jacobson and Holly Kornegay; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Richard Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, West Virginia, with Pastor Mark Gerwig officiating. Interment was in Frederick Gerwig Memorial Cemetery on Toms Run.
Local arrangements are in the care of DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury, and condolences may be expressed at <www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.>.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 39 West Winter Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015.
She was born in Johnson County, Ky., on May 27, 1913, to the late Ollie and Mary Ellen (Cheek) Cantrell. She was a member of the Sunbury Wesleyan Church and enjoyed quilting and babysitting children.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, R. Roger and Beatrice of Gastonia, N.C, the Rev. Don and Ann of Marion, Ind., and Nel and Linda of Sunbury; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Dewey and Virginia Cantrell of Columbus and Raymond and Phyllis Cantrell of Hopesound, Fla.; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Irene and Charles Love and Flora Hubbell, all of Sunbury, and Ernestine and George Jaeckel of Los Altos, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. Glenn, on Aug. 7, 1990, and five brothers, Ora, Ersell, Estill, Wayne and Burl.
Visitation was at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, where services were held with the Rev. Gerald Davis officiating. Burial followed in Sunbury Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sunbury Wesleyan Church.
Sandra Jo Gibson
She was born August 29, 1959 in Marion to Herman and Helen (Jackson) Feasel. Her mother survives in Magnetic Springs.
On July 8, 1978 at the Pharisburg United Methodist Church, she married Calvin Gibson and he survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Angela Gibson, and two sons, Christopher and Bobby Gibson, all of Richwood; one brother, Mike Feasel of Richwood; her mother and father-in-law, Clifford and Starling Gibson of Richwood; aunts and uncles; many cousins; and a special friend, Reverend Donna Morley.
Gibson was a member of the Pharisburg United Methodist Church, had worked at the Gooseberry Patch and Buehler's Food Market in Delaware; and had worked for the child support services in Union County.
She was active with the "Canine Kids" 4-H Club, she helped train pilot dogs, was an explorer with the Boy Scouts, she and her husband maintained records at the Claibourne Cemetery, and she was active in the Richwood Baseball for Boys.
Funeral services were held at the Pharisburg UMC with the Reverend Debbie Nance and the Reverend Donna Morley officiating. Visitation was at the Stofcheck Funeral Home in Richwood. Burial was in Broadway Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Stofcheck Funeral Home, P.O. Box 122, Richwood, Ohio 43344.
She was born in South Bend, Indiana, on December 15, 1969, to Gary and Charlene (Kern) Gilbert of Sunbury. She was a 1988 graduate of Big Walnut High School and a 1996 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Nursing as a registered nurse.
A member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, she was a past director of the Delaware County ARC Summer Day Camp, assistant troop leader for the Girl Scouts of America, a 17-year volunteer at St. Ann's Hospital, and she was active with the Delaware County Special Olympics.
Along with her parents, she is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Michelle and Anthony Geddas of Delaware and Abigail Gilbert of the home; two brothers, Aaron and Austin Gilbert of the home; grandparents John and Virginia Gilbert of Clyde and Charles and Alfreda Kern of Reynoldsburg; aunts and uncles Colleen and Donal Hiltbrunner, Corinne and Richard Frye, Christine and Michael Dixon, Julie and Kenneth Kern, Joan and Lanny Gilbert, and Penny and Gary Davenport; and her godfather, Jack Morehart.
She was preceded in death by her godmother, Marlene Winters.
Visitation was held at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury, where prayer services were later held. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John Neumann Catholic Church with Father James Walter as celebrant. Interment followed in Sunbury Memorial Park.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
She was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, on October 2, 1946, to Charles and Alfreda (Kohne) Kern, who survive in Reynoldsburg. She was a 25-year Sunbury resident after moving from South Bend, Indiana, and was a social worker and court-appointed special advocate for Delaware County. She was a foster parent to over 20 children.
Also surviving are her husband of 33 years, Gary W. Gilbert, whom she married on June 8, 1968, in Bellevue; two sons, Aaron and Austin of the home; two daughters and a son-in-law, Michelle and Anthony Geddis of Delaware and Abigail of the home; a granddaughter, Gabrielle; a brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Julia Kern of Pickerington; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Corrine and Richard Frye of Pinehurst, North Carolina, Christine and Mike Dixon of Pinehurst, North Carolina, and Colleen and Donnal Hiltbrunner of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and her in-laws, John and Virginia Gilbert of Clyde.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Allison, on June 23, 2001.
Visitation and a prayer service were held at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Sunbury, with Father James Walter as celebrant.
Interment followed in Sunbury Memorial Park.
Condolences may be expressed at <www.snyderfuneralhome.com>.
Elizabeth A. "Betty" Giles
Giles was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer K.
She is survived by a daughter, Judy (Eddie) Dick of Centerburg; six grandchildren, Steve Dick, Hugh Dick, Matt (Staci) Dick, Tim Dick, Gina Oswalt and Eric Clarke; 11 great-grandchildren, Steve Waggoner, Josh Clarke, Justin and Jeremy Dick, Cheyene Dick, Clare, Heidi and Hunter Clark, Alaina, and Ashley and Alan Oswalt; a sister, Helen (Willard) Koebel, nieces and nephews.
Visitation and Funeral Mass were held Wednesday morning (April 4, 2001) at St. John Neuman Church, 9633 Ohio 37 East, Sunbury.
Interment was in Eastview Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Johnson-Melick-Moreland Funeral Home, Centerburg.
Preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bob Gale, her sisters Marie King and Mary Gale, and a daughter, Lorena, at infancy. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Tommy; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Debbie Hartley of Warsaw, Oh., David and Glorean Gilkerson of Centerburg, and Ken and Kelly Gilkerson of Cardington; daughters and sons-in-law Loretta and Darol Gilkerson and Pam and Ed Lafferty, all of Columbus; 14 grandchildren; one great grandon; and sister Clorabelle Capehart of Columbus.
Funeral services were held in Ashley, with her son Thomas Hartley officiating. Contributions may be made to the Marengo Volunteer Fire Department and Squad Unit.
Tommy V. Gilkerson
He was born on July 2, 1936 in Micco, West Virginia. A U.S. Army veteran, he was greenskeeper for the New Albany County Club. Gilkerson moved to Sunbury 29 years ago from Columbus.
Gilkerson was a member of Marysville Freewill Baptist Church and the Fraternal Order of Police. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and woodworking. Gilkerson loved to sing and was a member of the Mount Olive Quartet, Columbus. He was a former member of Fargo Wesleyan Church.
He loved his family and was a terrific father and grandfather.
Gilkerson is survived by his wife, Faye (Stapleton); sons David (Glorean) of Centerburg, Thomas (Debbie) of Warsaw and Kenny (Kelly) of Marengo; daughters Loretta (Darol) Gilkerson of Columbus and Pamela (Edward) Lafferty of Obetz; step-son Brian (Alexia) Gilkerson of Indiana; step-daughters Kristy (Bert) Ervin of St. Louis, Missouri and Charlotte (Dan) McCullough of Middlestown; 15 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; brothers Dallas (Freda), Doug (Donna) and Darol (Loretta) of Columbus and Roger (Candy) of Middleburg; sisters Wilda (Clifford) Birt, Joann Mounts, Nancy Marquez, Carol (Fred) Francis of Columbus; and an aunt, Mary Birt of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois L. Gale in 1998, a daughter Lorena Mae in 1964 and a sister Charlotte Bing in 2000.
Visitation was at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury where services were held. Interment in Marlboro Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of Marysville Freewill Baptist Church.
Condolences may be listed at Snyderfuneralhomes.com.
She was born on Feb. 26, 1911, in Presque Isle County, Michigan, to the late John and Mary (Rogers) Buscher.
Helen spent the majority of her life in the Melvindale, Michigan area before moving to Holiday. She was a member of the Eastern Star, a Girl Scout leader and secretary for the Tanglewood Mobile Home Village. She enjoyed her hobby of computers.
Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, James and Bonnie Gillis of Galena and Harold Gillis of Marengo; a daughter, Charlotte Hyatt of Taylor, Michigan; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Cheryle Thrams.
Visitation was held at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Marengo, where funeral services were also held with the Reverend Alice Deffinger officiating. Graveside committal services were held at Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock, Michigan.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bennington Glenn Activity Center, 825 Ohio 61, Marengo 43334.
Barbara R. Goodrich
She was born Sept. 13, 1921 in Galena to the late Harold W. and Edith S. (Gorsuch) Roof. She graduated from Galena High School. Mrs. Goodrich was a homemaker and had worked as the manager of the former Sunbury Dime Store. She was a member of Galena United Methodist Church, G & T Club of Galena, and the 50-50 Club.
She is survivd by loving family, including daughter and sons-in-law Beverly and Paul Zistl of Galena, and Elizabeth and Richard Thornton of Lewis Center; sons and daughters-in-law Steve of Union City, Tenn., James and Patricia of Upper Arlington, and John and Victoria of Westerville; 12 grandchildren, Ben and Courtney Clouse, Andrea and Curstiss Bennett, Cassie Zistl, Matt, Ty, and Clay Goodrich, Stephanie and David Goodrich, and Danny and Kelsey Thornton; great-granddaughter Emily Bennett; a sister, Judith L. Roof, of Galena; her brothers, William H. Roof of Orlando, Fla. and John M. Roof, of Galena; special niece Lori Roof, and other nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 433 years, Walter I Goodrich on Aug. 29, 1989; a sister, M. Lorraine Crowl, on July 4, 1975; and grandson Michael Zistl.
Funeral services were held at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, at Ohio routes 3 and 61 in Sunbury, the Rev. Stacy A. Evans officiating. Interment was in Galena Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Galena UMC, P.O. Box 3308, Galena, OH 43021.
Grace attended Sunbury School and graduated from Croton High School. She retired from The Borden Company after 30-plus years of service. Grace was an avid camper and reader and she loved to travel.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert I. and Corinthia E. Denton; two brothers, Robert I. Jr. and James Denton; and by her husband, James F. Grace.
Grace is survived by her son, Larry A. Clayton; daughter, Mary Patricia "Pat" (Gary) Bauer; sister, Barbara L. Johnson of Sunbury; step-daughter, Barbara Jean Foltz of Findlay and family; grandchildren, James R. and Corinthia S. "Carriy" Clayton; numerous great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many loving friends.
A memorial service was held Friday (September 14, 2001) at Schoedinger North Chapel, Columbus. Interment at a later date.
Harold E. "Hoot" Graham
Graham was born in Nelsonville on March 15, 1920 to the late Allen and Mary (Wagstaff) Graham. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a retired inspector for Columbia Gas.
He was a Concord Road resident for 41 years, recently moving to Mount Vernon. He loved motorcycles, sports and traveling.
Graham is survived by son and daughter-in-law David and Angie Graham of Gambier, a granddaughter Danielle and by a sister Libby.
Calling hours were at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury, where services were held with Pastor Merlyn Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Jerome Cemetery.
Born in Finncastle, Va., she was a longtime Westerville resident.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, George and Diana Graham, Sunbury; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Glenn Green, Westerville; and six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Graham; parents, Urah and Willie Nininger; sister, Leliah Cooke; and two brothers, Alvy Nininger and Luther Nininger, an infant.
Visitation was held at Moreland Funeral Home, Westerville with services at the funeral home. Interment was at Otterbein Cemetery.
A graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor's in pharmacy, he retired after 20 years of service as a pharmacist and manager with Walgreens. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the United States Army in five campaigns: Normandy, northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Air Offensive Europe. He was a member of Maize Road Baptist Church; Pythagoras Lodge No. 128 in Parson, W.Va.; Wheeling Chapter No. 1 RAM; and Knights of Templar.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Norma; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Ken Bierkortte; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles R. and Diana Grapes; a brother, Robert W. Grapes; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Naomi Christine Phillips and Dorothy A. Talbott.
Calling hours were held at Schoedinger North Chapel, Columbus. Funeral services were held with the Rev. John Kirby officiating. Interment was in Union Cemetery.
Mary C. Gray
She was born Dec. 14, 1904, in St. Louis to the late George H. and Mary (Bockhaus) Mathis. She had worked in retail slaes at the Sixs-Baers-Fuller Department Store, and was active in the St. Louis Republican Party. She came to Ohio in 1986.
She is survived by daughters Pat Fletcher of Millersburg and Marilyn Hiltner of Kansas City, Mo.; son and daughter-in-law Dennis and Betty Gray of St. Louis; 19 grandchildren, including Daivd Fletcher of Wooster, Linda Chapman of Centerburg, Tony Fletcher of Orrville, Kimberly Clark of Greentown, and Steven Fletcher and Diana Kirkpatrick of Millersburg; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Gray, in 1954; a son, James; daughter Betty; brothers Alexander and William; and four step-sisters.
Funeral services were at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury. Interment was in New St. Marcus Cemetery, St. Louis.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 3380 Tremont Road, Columbus OH 43221.
Lt. Col. William Gregg
He was born and raised near Sunbury and retired from the U.S. Air Force after flying 20,000 hours. He was a distinguished pilot for numerous generals and was the pilot for General MacArthur aboard the "Bataan" to the meeting with President Truman, where MacArthur was relieved of his command.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie; son, Mike; daughter, Mary Anne; brother and sister-in-law, Milton and Virginia Gregg, formerly of Sunbury and now of Bradenton, Fla.; nephews, Ted and Bob Gregg; and a niece, Marilyn DeFranco.
Arrangements were handled by Mount Olivet Funeral Home and Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn.
She was a member of Croton Church of Christ and Seventh Day Adventist Church, Gahanna.
Green is survived by 15 children, Donna Green and Rick (Marion) Green of Croton, Wanda Green and Pam (Dick) Evener of Johnstown, John (Terry) Green of Alexandria, Anna Jean Searles of Bolivar, Tennessee, Sandy (Rich) Moore and Beverly (Randy) Weekly of Hebron, Joyce Evener of Westerville, Beulah Marie (Jim) Stewart) of Galena, Audrey Seymour Horn, Norma Harper, Helen Clark and Carol (John) Martin of Columbus and Pastor Ben (Naomi) Green of Walla Walla, Washington.
She is also survived by 36 grandchildren, Joe Evener , Ernie Seymour, Larry Seymour, Karen Clark, Cindy Thomas, Benita Wright, Bonnie Werth, Gina Mitchell, Bobbi Miller, Dave Stewart, Bob Stewart, Kathy Herald, Jim Stewart, Jeff Stewart, Vicki Williams, Debbie Carmack, Paul Harper, Jim Harper, Lisa Clark, Larry Searles, Susan Lavine, Wanda Searles, Dave Evener, Kelly Tutorow, Paul Maisenbacher Jr., Lori Davis, Kevin Moore, Angie Skinner, Kim Iuvara, Kelsy Gazer, Rick Green, Ryan Green, Jason Green, Jarod Green and Jeremy and Kyle Weekly; 52 great-grandchildren; 28 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Fred N. Green ,who died December 23, 1967, and Arthur Horn, who died May 5, 1926; one granddaughter, Ruth Ann Cumbow; one great-grandson, Danny Blesedell Jr.; one great-great grandson, Joshua Berry; and by brothers and sisters, Louise Steele, Elizabeth Wyatt, Magdelene York, Oma Keene, Linnie Mullins, Daniel, Floyd, Tilda, Dave, Nanny, Harrison, Alexander, Steward, William, Wade, Columbus, Lewis and Jim Wyatt Vance.
Visitations were at Crouse-Kauber-Sammons Funeral Home, Johnstown, and at Alexandria Baptist Church, Alexandria where services were held with the Rev. Mickey McManus officiating. Interment was in Maple Wood Cemetery, New Albany.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Licking County Aging Program, Inc., 745 East Main Street, Newark Ohio (43055); Hospice of Central Ohio, 1435-B West Main Street, Newark, Ohio (43055-9630); or to the Hartford Volunteer Fire Department, 2 North High Street, Croton, Ohio (43013).
An online memorial is located at crousekaubersammons.plan4ever.com.
Kurt W. Griffin
Kurt graduated from Westerville South High School in 1973. He was employed by Griffin Insurance Agency of Dublin.
He is survived by his parents, Bill and Wilma Griffin of Westerville; two brothers, Mark (Bridget) of Bristol, Indiana, and Bart (Daphne) of Columbus; one sister, Lori Lyon of Sunbury; and by several nieces and nephews who loved their "Uncle Kurt."
Kurt was a member of Central College Presbyterian Church and a member of the "Sons of the American Legion" which he helped establish at Post 239 in Worthington.
Memorial services were held Saturday, January 5, 2002 at the Central College Presbyterian Church Chapel, Westerville with Dr. Richard Ellsworth officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Christopher Reeves Paralysis Foundation, 50 Morris Avenue, Springfield, New Jersey 07081.
Arrangements were by the Moreland Funeral Home, Westerville.
C. Neilson Griffith
He was born Sept. 18, 1916, in Berlin Township, to Mary Harter (Neilson) Griffith and Floyd Griffith. A Berlin High School alumnus, he graduated from Ohio State University in 1938 with a bachelor of science in agricultural education. He was a recipient of the OSU College of Agriculture Centennial Award for Distinguished Service and a Centennial Award from the OSU Department of Agricultural Education. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity, Gamma Sigma Delta honorary agriculture society and Kappa Kappa Psi honorary music fraternity.
He retired in 1981 as vice president of the Landmark Farmers Cooperative in Columbus. During his 23 years with the organization, he made nearly 1,600 speeches, heard by thousands of people. Mr. Griffith was assistant to the Ohio Director of Agriculture from 1955-56. He received the Cooperative Educational Award from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation of America, an honorary Farmers Degree from the Future Farmers of America and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster Award.
He was an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Delaware, belonged to the Ohio State University Presidents Club, OSU Alumni Association, Delaware Rotary Club, and the Benjamin Franklin Chapter SAR. Mr. Griffith served on the Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan association board of directors.
Mr. Griffith's Masonic honors included the Legion of Honor of the DeMolay and the coveted Honorary 33rd degree of the Supreme Council Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. He was elected Most Illustrious Grand Master, Royal and Select Masons of Ohio. He was past master of Hiram Lodge No. 18 F&AM; Delaware chapter 54 RAM; past master of the Sidney Moore Council No. 84; and member of the Marion Commandry No. 36, George L. Behrens No. 504 Eastern Star, and Aladdin Shrine Temple. He was grand master of the Grand Council of Ohio 1970-1971, and past commander-in-chief of the Scioto Consistory, Scottish Rite, Valley of Columbus, and Red Cross of Constantine.
In 1994, he received the Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary International through the local Rotary Club for humanitarian efforts. In September 1999, he received a Hiram Masonic Lodge Community Recognition Award.
Mr. Griffith is survived by his wife of 61 years, Geraldine M. Griffith; three daughters and sons-in-law, Claudia and Jay McDaniel of Milford, Debbie and Tom Albright of Westerville and Georgia and Van Shirey of Powell; six grandchildren; a sister, Pauline Marty of Cincinnati; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Floyd.
Visiting hours were at Robinson Funeral Home, where a Masonic service were held. Funeral services were at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Paul Randall officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Ohio Parkinsons Association, Redding Road, Columbus; the United Parkinson Foundation, 360 W. Superior St., Chicago 60610; or First Presbyterian Church, 73 W. Winter St., Delaware 43015.
Donovan D. Griffith
He was born on August 12, 1933 in Marshallville, Ohio to Karl and Roberta (Williams) Griffith. He lived in Marion for 20 years before moving to the Sunbury area in 1991. Donovan was the plant manager for the former Marion Power Shovel and Marion Dresser Company.
He was a member of the Sunbury United Methodist Church, past president and charter member of the Sertoma Club, member of American Foundryman Society and a sponsor for Marion Junior Achievement.
Donovan was an avid golfer who enjoyed the outdoors, wildlife, bird watching, wood carving and collecting duck decoys.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Louise (Smucker) Griffith; two sons, Michael (Renee) Griffith of Westerville and Daniel (Brenda) Griffith of Sunbury; a daughter, Kelly (David) Hensel of Pickerington; six grandchildren; his mother, Roberta Griffith of Orrville; a brother, Max Griffith of Marshallville; and two sisters, Bertie L. Beliczky of Wickliffe and Karla Hershberger of Wooster.
Donovan was preceded in death by his father, Karl Griffith.
Funeral services were held at Sunbury United Methodist Church with the Reverend Brian Smith officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the services. Graveside committal services was in Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville.
Arrangements were in care of DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Frances E. Griffith
She was born on Dec. 12, 1917 in Richlands, Va. to the late C.T. and Marie (Blankenship) Underwood. The homemaker moved to the Sparta/Marengo area in 1950.
Griffith is survived by sons Fred (Geneva) Griffith and James T. (Connie) Griffith of Marengo; four grandchildren Julie Long, James A. and Jon Griffith and Justina Keckler; great-grandchildren Danny and Ashley Long, But Allen Hamilton, Cassandra Griffith and Rachel Keckler.
She was preceded in death by her husband Herman Griffith in 1978, a son Robert H. Griffith in 1941, brothers Carson T. and Gordon Underwood; and by sisters Ercille Hall and Irene Anderson.
Visitation was at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Marengo, where services followed with the Elder Durward Edwards officiating.
Graveside services were held at the Hankins Cemetery, Richlands, Va.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Extended Care Unit of Morrow County Hospital.
Glenn Harold "Griff" Griffith
Griffith, who was born May 17, 1918 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of Education in 1940 and a Masters Degree in Agriculture in 1946 from The Ohio State University.
He began his teaching career in Central Ohio, which spanned 10 years, in various communities, including Bloom-Carroll, Harlem, Johnstown, New Albany, Reynoldsburg, Sunbury and Westerville where he taught until his retirement in 1973.
Griffith is survived by his wife, Ruth, of the home; three daughters, Harriett Ann Deamer (Dr. Richard) of Ventura, California, Rhoda Kay Hall (Ken) of Woodbridge, Virginia, Mary Lee Irwin (Mike) of Kingwood, Texas; a stepdaughter, Pamela Zimmerman Presley; a daughter-in-law, Diana Westfall (Mike); a stepson, Mike Zimmerman (Eileen); 10 grandchildren, Krista Hall Dawson (Jerry), Kellie Deamer, Glenn Hall (Cathy), Julie Deamer (Euen Macdonald), Mindy Griffith (Jason Urban), Gary Hall (Laura), Laura Kettell (Andrew), Heidi Thomas, Jessica Lee Irwin and Matthew Irwin; two great-grandchildren, Rachael Ann Dawson and Drew Dawson; a sister, LaVerne Griffith Roberts; a brother-in-law, Dr. James McOwen; two nieces, Dr. Janice Spagnola (Dr. Nick) and Amy Roberts Miller; a nephew, Scott Roberts; four grandnieces, Rhiannon Roberts, Hanna Roberts, Amanda Miller and Madelyn Miller; step-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Mabel (McOwen) Griffith; a son, Lowell Griffith; and his parents, Rhoda and Austin Griffith.
Griffith was a past president and an active member of the Westerville Lions Club and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Westerville where he served as Head of Session, Elder and Deacon. He was a member of American Legion Post #171.
Visitation was at Hill Funeral Home, Westerville, and Sat the First Presbyterian Church, Westerville, where services were held with the Reverend Mark Gauen officiating. Interment was in Blendon Central Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to the McOwen-Griffith Scholarship Fund at the First Presbyterian Church and the Westerville Lions Club.
He was born in Galena on Dec. 31, 1927, to the late Earl Gordon and Mary Elizabeth (Nelson) Griffith. A lifelong area resident, he was a member of First Baptist Church, Sunbury. An avid reader, he was very mechanically inclined and had a tremendous capacity for remembering facts.
Surviving are three brothers and sisters-in-law, Earl B. and Betty Griffith of Sunbury, Floyd and Ginny Griffith of Columbus, and William and Joan Griffith of Pataskala; a sister, Olive A. Griffith of Westerville; four nieces and husbands, Kathlee and Tim Moats, Cynthia and Tim Crouch, Diana and Bruce Nixon, and Velda and Mike Wise; and seven nephews and wives, Daniel and Rita, Kevin and Rebecca, Clinton, Paul and Rhonda, Richard and Marsha, John, and William and Cindy Griffith.
The family would like to thank the kind, caring staff at Willowbrook and special friend Elizabeth Ellis.
Visitation was held at DeVore-Synder Funeral Home, Sunbury, prior to the funeral services officiated by the Rev. Larry Griffin. Burial was in Sunbury Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Centrum at Willowbrook, 100 Willowbrook Way S., Delaware 43015 or to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 394, Sunbury 43074.
Lavinia M. Griffith
She was born in Berlin Township on Dec. 6, 1911, to the late Eber and Edna (Snyder) Sherman. She was a lifelong area resident and a homemaker. She was a 1930 graduate of Berlin High School, a member of the Galena United Methodist Church, Galena Advance Club, and the G & T Club.
Mrs. Griffith was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Donald D. Griffith, on Nov. 7, 1994.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Donna May and Glenn Hale of Galena; grandsons Hardy and Howard Hale, and Dan Hale and his wife Stephanie; great-grandchildren Hannah and Noah Hale; brother Ralph A, Sherman of Galena; sister-in-law Hazel Sherman of Galena; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury, the Rev. Stacy A. Evans officiating. Interment was in Cheshire Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Galena United Methodist Church, 109 Harrison St., Galena OH 43021; or Community Library, 44 Burrer Drive, P.O. Box 29, Sunbury OH 43074.
Jack W. Groseclose
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Amy (Atwood) Groseclose; sons Michael D. (Carol) of Westerville, C. Dennis (Kathy) of Florida, Jack G. of New Albany and Jeffrey L. (Terrie) of Sunbury; grandchildren Dennis, Chad, Dan, Jennifer, Kim, Eric, Joe, Matt, Laura and Abby; great-grandchildren Cole and Grant; sister Dottie Barrett of Maryland; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
A retired Colonel with the U.S. Army, Groseclose received a Bronze Star during World War II. Groseclose was a former principal and coach in the Westerville Schools and a former member of the Big Walnut School Board.
Groseclose was a member of the Harlem Road United Methodist Church in Galena and a member of the Westerville Rotary Club.
He was a graduate of Otterbein College where he was a member of the Varsity "O" Club and a charter member of the Otterbein "O" Club Foundation.
Groseclose was a member of the Caledonia Lodge #416 F & AM, New Albany; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Columbus; and the Aladdin Shrine Temple and Achbar Grotto Club of Columbus.
President of the Columbus District Golf Association, he was a member of the York Golf Club and the D.S.C.C. Golf Club.
Visitation was held at the Moreland Funeral Home, Westerville. Funeral services were held at Harlem Road United Methodist Church, Galena, with the Rev. Bud Leskovac officiating. Interment was at Fancher Cemetery.
Friends may contribute to the American Cancer Society, Franklin County Unit, 900 Michigan Avenue, Columbus (43215-1165).
Lisa A. Gross
She was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Gibson; father Frank Gibson and grandfather Floyd Gibson.
Lisa is survived and deeply missed by her husband of 16 years, Steve Gross; daughters, Melissa and Alexa; brother, Eric (Diane) Gibson of Westerville; grandmother, Alice Gibson; uncles and aunts, Richard and Charlotte Clark, Ruthann and David White, Edward and Sandy Clark, Greg and Sue Gibson, Jeff and Beverly Gibson, Martha Gibson and Evelyn Gibson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carl and Imogene Gross; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cathy Wisecup, Peggy Gross and Bill Gross; nieces and nephews, Brian Wisecup, Jennifer Searles, Arron Gross, Julie Gross, Randy Gross; and many other relatives and friends.
Lisa was a 1980 graduate of Westerville North High School and a 1984 graduate of Otterbein College. She co-owned Electro-Tenna with her brother Eric.
Lisa enjoyed helping out at her daughters' school (Hanby Elementary) with such activities as Junior Achievement, Book In the Bag and other activities.
Visitation was at Moreland Funeral Home, Westerville. The funeral service was held at Central College Presbyterian Church, Westerville with the Dr. Richard Ellsworth officiating. Interment was in Blendon Central Cemetery.
Friends, of they wish, may contribute to the Leukemia Society of America, Central Ohio Chapter, 145 North High Street, Suite 1200, Columbus 43215 or to the Susan G. Koman Foundation, Occidental Tower, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 370, Dallas, Texas 75244.
Kyle A. Grumney
Kyle was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Vernon A. Davis, and maternal grandmother, Francis Henry.
Along with his parents, survivors include his brothers, Michael, Brandon, and Jared of the home; his maternal grandmother, Sandra Davis of Mt. Vernon; his paternal grandparents, Carolyn Grumney of Westerville and Richard Grumney of Florida; his maternal great-grandfathers, Donald Henry and Charles (Nedra) Davis; his paternal great-grandparents, Robert and Sylvia Hartsook of Galena; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. at Mt. Liberty Cemetery with the Rev. Fred Albrecht officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Kyle's memory to First Federal Savings and Loan Association, P.O. Box 278, Centerburg 43011.
She was a member of S.F.I. Auxiliary.
Elena was preceded in death by her parents, Luigi and Filomena Castionetti, and a stepson, Ralph Guglielmi.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Eugene Guglielmi; four children, Marie (Michael) Jones, Patricia (Martin) Connors, Rita (Gary) Miller and Eugene (Darcy) Guglielmi; a stepdaughter, Marlene (David) Hughes; 17 grandchildren, Brian, Ruth, Erin, Rachael, Joey, LeeAnn, Anthony, Shawn, Frankie, Brittany, Nicholas, Lucy, Lori, Brad, Cindy, Eric and Jason; 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Carlos Castionetti of Naples, Italy.
Visitation was at the John Quint & Sons Funeral Home, Columbus. Funeral Mass was was held at St. James the Less Catholic Church. Columbus Father Richard Nieberding, Celebrant. Entombment was in St. Joseph Cemetery.
John W. Gunder
He was born in Bellbrook, Ohio, on Aug. 19, 1917 to the late Christian and Hazel (Sailor) Gunder. A veteran of World War II, he was a member of Delaware Church of the Nazarene. He was also the past commander of the Disabled Veterans 10th District and Sunbury American Legion Post No. 457, and was the present commander of the Sunbury VFW Post No. 8736.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Sheryl and Charles Specht of Sunbury; two sons and a daughter-in-law, John David Gunder of Los Angeles, Calif., and Kevin and Susan Gunder of Columbus; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a brother, Darrell Gunder of Manchester, Ga.; and a sister, Adra Coats of Troy.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred L. (Gladman) Gunder on Aug. 14, 1997; two brothers; and two sisters.
Visitation was held Sunday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Delaware, where services were held with the Rev. Kevin Seymour officiating. Interment was in Green Mound Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Church of the Nazarene building fund.