Miscellaneous Logan County Ohio Obituaries

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Donna Marie Smithson
Donna Marie Smithson, 72, of Turkeyfoot, Lakeview, died at 2:44 a.m. Sunday, July 14, 2002, at Heartland of Indian Lake.

She was born in Tyndell on Dec. 15, 1929, a daughter of the late John and Iva Roberts Johnson.

She was married to Marston "Slim" Smithson and he preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 1993. One son, Gary Lee Foglesong; five sisters; and four brothers also preceded her in death.

She is survived by three sons, John (Valerie) Smithson of Springfield, William Cupps of Columbus and Stuart Cupps of Coshocton; four daughters, Marsha A. (Richard) Griffin of Lakeview, Patty (Ben) Blackson of Florida and Carol (Howard) Cognion and Debbie (Nick) Davis, both of Coshocton; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are three brothers, Harold Johnson of Zanesville, James (Linda) Johnson of Mt. Gilead and Robert Johnson of Coshocton; and two sisters, Janice (Jim) Blain of West Jefferson and Evelyn Johnson of Coshocton.

A life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3333 Auxiliary, she was retired from United Technologies after 35 years of service and worked at Coshocton Memorial Hospital as a dietitian.

Arthur D. Alloway

Arthur D. Alloway, 90, formerly of 408 Colton Ave., died at 10:15 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2002, at Heartland of Indian Lake.

He was born in Logan County on March 19, 1912, a son of the late Grant and Clara Baggs Alloway.

On Oct. 26, 1938, he married the former Jenny Alta in Logan County. She preceded him in death Nov. 4, 1997.

A member of the First United Presbyterian Church, he was a retired DAB security guard.

He is survived by one son, Larry D. (Nikki) Alloway of Bellefontaine; one daughter, Twila (Ed) Tapp of Bellefontaine; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

One brother, Leister T. Alloway, preceded him in death.
 

Jerry Curtis
Jerry Curtis, 68, of Columbus, died in his residence at 9:05 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2002.

He was born in Columbus on Dec. 13, 1933, a son of Delbert Curtis of Columbus and the late Myrtle Lowery Curtis.

He was a self-employed antique dealer and a Protestant by faith.

Also surviving are his wife, Dixie Craig Curtis; two sons, Gary Curtis of London, Ohio and Jerry Curtis of Bellefontaine; two daughters, Debra Newsome of Dayton and Beverly Chumley of Florida; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother; and two sisters.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
 

Harry E. Taylor
Harry E. Taylor, 85, of St. Paris, passed away at the home of his daughter at 2:40 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2002.

He was born in Scioto County on March 9, 1917, a son of the late Jack and Amanda Cupps Taylor.

On Sept. 11, 1941, he married the former Wanna Irene McIntire and she preceded him in death June 10, 1996.

He worked for the Charles Kite Farms until his retirement in 1979.

He is survived by two sons, Bruce (Sandra) Taylor of Urbana and Marvin Taylor of Defiance; six daughters, Judith (Jack) Copsey of St. Marys, Margaret (Dave) Godwin of Conover, Yvonne Landers of Troy, and Josephine (Kenneth) Gillespie, Mary Maddy and Shirley (Johnie "Bill") Taylor, all of St. Paris; 22 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Opal Louise (Bob) Morgan of Troy.

Four grandchildren, seven brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.
 

Miriam E. Creek

Miriam E. Creek, 82, formerly of Lima, died at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at the Bennington Glen Nursing Home in Marengo.

The Huntsville native was born Oct. 9, 1919, a daughter of the late Harold and Mabel Fullerton Lease.

She graduated from Bellefontaine High School in 1937 and was a licensed practical nurse at Lima Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1978. She was a member of the Sugar Creek Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include two sons, Larry (Carolyn) Creek of Delaware, Ohio and Marvin (Heather) Creek of Apollo Beach, Fla.; one brother, Richard Lease of Mesa, Ariz.; one sister, Lois Dowden of West Liberty; three grandchildren, Brian K. Creek, Troy Mullins and Nicole McNichols; and six great-grandchildren.
 

Michael L. Miller
Michael L. Miller, 54, of Bellefontaine, died at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at Mary Rutan Hospital.

The son of Lester and Thelma Everly Miller of Huntsville, was born April 24, 1948, in Logan.

He married Barbara Jean Walter on June 3, 1967, in Wharton, and she survives.

Also surviving are one son, Michael L. Miller II of Bellefontaine; three daughters, Michelle L. (Andrew) Allen of DeGraff, Laura Jean (Jason) Rostorfer of Bellefontaine and Bobbie Jo (Darrell) Trittschuh of Marysville; one brother, Steven (Sharon) Miller of Upper Sandusky; two sisters, Sharon K. (Butch) Thomas and Peggy J. ( Rod) Burnside of Huntsville; five grandchildren with another expected.

He was preceded in death by one brother, David Allen.

Employed with the Logan County Engineer's Office in highway maintenance, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was known as the doughnut man at Gretna Brethren Church, Bellefontaine, where he was a member. He was an avid motorcyclist, softball player and golfer. 
 

Albert J. Thompson
Albert J. Thompson, 74, of Bellefontaine, died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at Mary Rutan Hospital.

He was born in Urbana on April 16, 1928, a son of the late Ernest and Elizabeth Helfrich Thompson.

The 1946 graduate of Urbana High School was retired as an auto mechanic.

On Dec. 25, 1948, he married the former Jean Anne Hullinger and she survives, along with one son, James A. (Sara) Thompson of Urbana; two daughters, Deborah (Steven) Davis of Titusville, Fla., and Becky Jo (Robert S.) Dinovo of Snellville, Ga.; two brothers, Tommy (Nancy) Thompson and Robert (Mary) Thompson, both of Urbana; and nine grandchildren, Rendy Dinovo Matthews, Heather Dinovo, Emily Dinovo, Shane (Laura) Davis, Thad and Cory Davis, and Patrick, Charlie and Isabelle Thompson.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Patrick Thompson; and two sisters, Dorothy Watson and Justine Richards.
 

Robert Maxwell 'Max' Skidmore Sr. 
Robert Maxwell "Max" Skidmore Sr., 85, died in his Lakeland, Fla., home Wednesday, July 24, 2002, following a lengthy illness.

He was born Feb. 28, 1917, a son of Sumner Byron Skidmore and Letha Mae Shrigley. 

He graduated from Concord Schools in Champaign County and grew up on the family farm there.

On March 20, 1937, he married the former Alice Fern Barger and she survives in Lakeland, Fla.

Along with his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert (Juanita) Maxwell Jr. of Lakeland, Fla.; two daughters, Shirley Jean (Stephen) Leach of Jeffersonville and Janet Lee (David) Townsend of Savannah Lakes, S.C.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-stepgrandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Also surviving are a sister-in-law, Amy (Neer) Skidmore; and two nephews, Stephen and Timothy Skidmore, both of Bellefontaine.

A brother, former Logan County Sheriff DeWeese Skidmore, preceded him in death in 1979.

He worked for the Farm Bureau Association, a job that took him and his family to South Charleston, where he managed the facility. There, he co-founded a volunteer fire department that continues to serve the area.

He was an active member of the South Charleston Presbyterian Church and a United States Navy veteran of World War II. He had been in business for himself for the past 20 years.
 

Corrine Gayle Gentry

Corrine Gayle Gentry, 53, of Bellefontaine, died at 1:07 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2002, at Mary Rutan Hospital.

She was born in Toledo on March 18, 1949, a daughter of the late James Arthur and Cora Mae Johnson.

On May 6, 1992, she married Sammie Gentry and he survives, along with daughter, Felicia Renee (Alfonso) Singleton of Toledo; two brothers, James A. Johnson Jr. and Leonard M. Johnson, both of Toledo; one sister, Joan Snow of Toledo; and four stepbrothers, Jermaine, James, David and Thomas McGee, all of Toledo.

The homemaker attended Lima Technical College, where she studied nursing and accounting.


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