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Paul K. Coning
Paul K. Coning, 59, of Celina, formerly of Eaton, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 31 [1997].

Born Dec. 5, 1938, in Wayne County, Ind., he was the son of the late Harry Clifford and Hannah May (Nossett) Coning. He was a retired truck driver for Emerson Electric Co.

Mr. Coning served in the U.S. Army, was a member of American Legion Post 210 of Celina, VFW of Eaton, Eagles Lodge #1291 and Moose Lodge #1473, both of Celina, the Teamsters Union and the South Shore Sportsmans Club of Celina.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Kristine Coning of Richmond, Va., Richard and Cassandra Coning of Trenton; a special friend, Martha Connolly of Celina; grandchildren, Stephanie Renee, Michael Aaron, Michael Scott, Justin Lee, Joshua Richard and Richard Scott Jr.; a sister, Kay Brown of New Paris; two brothers, Joe Coning of Hollansburg and Harold Coning of Fountain City, Ind.; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 3, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, followed by burial in Preble Memory Gardens.

Chastine Craig
Chastine Craig, 95, formerly of Camden, died Tuesday, Dec. 30 [1997], at Oxford View Nursing Center in Oxford.

Born July 13, 1902, in West Elkton, she was the daughter of the late Burgess Dewitt and Ada (Smoyer) Talbert. She attended Spiceland Academy and Earlham College. Mrs. Craig and her husband had owned and operated Superior Hardware. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Eastern Star.

In September 1928, she married George Craig, and he preceded her in death on March 30, 1959. Two daughters, Marilyn Scott and Joan Cotterman, are also deceased.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Earl Dudley of Sacramento, Calif.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services were Saturday, Jan. 3, at Fairmount Cemetery, Camden, with the Rev. William Walthour officiating. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Camden Presbyterian Church. R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home/Willard Moss Jr. Memorial Chapel, Camden, is in charge of arrangements. 

Glenna A. Hapner
Glenna A. (Howard) Hapner, 78, formerly of 412 Park Terrace Drive, Richmond, Ind., died Tuesday, Dec. 30 [1997], at Kennedale, Texas.

Born March 30, 1919, in Germantown, she was the daughter of Clyde E. and Della (Brill) Howard. She moved from Eaton to Richmond in 1948. She was co-owner of the J & H Supermarket, had formerly worked for First National Bank and was the Wayne County deputy assessor.

She was a member of the Richmond Church of the Brethren where she served as deaconess and clerk, and was a former member and past president of Omega Phi Tau Sorority.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Willard "Hap" Hapner, who died April 25, 1987.

Survivors include one daughter, Doris Decker of Mansfield, Texas; two grandsons, Brad and Kevin Thomasson, both of Texas; one great-grandson; and one nephew.

Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 2, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., with the Rev. Clyde Hylton officiating. Burial was in Arlington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Wayne County Unit, 1401 Chester Blvd., Richmond, Ind. 47374.

Nathan Combs Sr.
Nathan Combs Sr., 67, of Moses Road, West Alexandria, died Tuesday, Dec. 30 [1997], at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

Born Feb. 2, 1930, in Clayhole, Ky., he was the son of French and Isabelle (Neace) Combs. He retired from Harrison Radiator in 1980 after 32 years, and was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Korea. He was a member of Grace Brethren Church in Glenwood.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Cynthia M. Combs; two sons and daughters-in-law, Fred and Grace Combs of New Lebanon, Nathan Jr. and Jerri Combs of Clayhole, Ky.; one daughter and son-in-law, Geneva and Gary McKinney of West Alexandria; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are two brothers, Shade Combs of New Lebanon and Bedford Combs of Florida; seven sisters, Genevieve Mott of West Milton, Myrtle Jones of Englewood, Margaret Allen of Dayton, Mary Chaney of Campton, Ky., Maureen Davidson of Jackson, Ky., Maud McVey of Pine, Colo., and Ruby Hardin of Hazard, Ky.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Kay Combs, in 1980; and three sisters, Orpha Lou Combs, Merle Smallwood and Edna Jones.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Harold Paul Combs officiating. A second service was held Friday, Jan. 2, at Deaton Funeral Home, Jackson, Ky. Burial was in McIntosh Cemetery, Clayhole, Ky. 

Sharon A. Mackie
Sharon Ann Mackie, 61, of Spacht Road, Eaton, died Tuesday, Dec. 30 [1997], at Sycamore Medical Center in Miamisburg.

Born Sept. 26, 1936, in Spencer, Ind., she was the daughter of Overlin and Pearl (Hopper) Jackson.

Survivors include her husband of 10 years, Harold D. Mackie; stepfather, Harold Seymour of Spencer, Ind.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Murinna and Danny Sparks of Spencer, Ind., Cheryl and Donald Emminger of Crawfordsville, Ind.; a son and daughter-in-law, William V. and Teresa Frye of Spencer, Ind.

Also surviving are three stepdaughters, Patricia Mackie and Sandra Kay Mackie, both of Lexington, Ky., and Peggy Sue Mackie of Eaton; two stepsons, Duane Eddy Mackie of Lexington, Ky., and Timothy Jason Mackie of Eaton; four grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Craig Allen Frye, in 1981.

Funeral services and burial were held at the convenience of the family. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Earl W. Marker
Earl W. Marker, 80, of Eaton, died Wednesday, Dec. 31 [1997], at his home following an extended illness.

Born Aug. 10, 1917, in Eaton, he was the son of Walter C. and Veva J. (Stephen) Marker. He graduated from Eaton High School in 1937, then worked at Apple Manufacturing in Dayton, Campbell's Dry Goods and the Boston Store, both in Eaton. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

After the service, Mr. Marker returned to Eaton to work at the Boston Store. He was employed by that organization for 48 years, in Eaton, Greenville and Union City, Ind., retiring in 1989 when the Boston Store went out of business.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Dorothy L. (Davis) Marker; two daughters and son-in-law, Deanne L. and James Whittaker, and Sandra G. Marker, all of Eaton; a grandson and his wife, Ronald E. II and Diane Rodeffer and her daughter, Danielle Plyly of Camden.

Also surviving are a step-grandson, Rusty Whittaker of Versailles; two step-granddaughters, Robin Thomas and Cathy Robison of Greenville; 11 step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a sister, Alice M. (Marker) Beane of Colorado; a niece and several nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 3, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Lowell Spencer officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad or to the Preble County Cancer Society. 

Zenobia E. Crouse
Zenobia Edith Crouse, 79, of Columbus, formerly of Preble County, died Wednesday, Dec. 31 [1997], in Columbus.

Born Aug. 24, 1918, in Dayton, she was the daughter of the late Irvin Edgar and Pearl Alice (Petry) Wehrly.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Wilma Crouse of Gratis; two daughters, Joan Nice of Columbus and Carolyn Zimmerman of Trotwood; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Russell Wehrly of Dayton; and two sisters, Doris King of Miamisburg and Garnet Jakab of Dayton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl F. Crouse, on Nov. 20, 1991; a son, Carl F. Crouse Jr., in 1940; two brothers, Paul and Byron Wehrly; and one sister, Opal Baltes.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 3, at Rosehill Road Church of God, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 5, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Lowell Lay officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Columbus.

Mary Jo Wright
Mary Jo Wright, 51, of Miami, Fla., formerly of Lewisburg, died Sunday, Dec. 28 [1997], at Baptist Hospital in Miami.

She was born Nov. 17, 1946, in Dayton, was a 1964 graduate of Twin Valley North High School and had an associate degree in banking from Sinclair Community College. Prior to moving to Florida, she worked for People's Banking in Lewisburg for 16 years.

She had lived in Florida for 17 years and was a vice-president for the Commercial Bank of Florida. She was a member of Delta Theta Tau Sorority and Calvary Methodist Church of Lewisburg.

Survivors include her parents, Orlan James and Bertha Marcella (Burris) Wright of Lewisburg; a brother, Darrell Wright of Centerville, Ohio; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 5, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. David Justis officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society -- Preble County Unit. 

Wilbur W. Wright
Wilbur W. "Mike" Wright, 76, of Eaton, died Wednesday, Dec. 31 [1997], at his home following an extended illness.

Born June 21, 1921, in Preble County, he was the son of Mathew and Mary (Frisco) Wright. He retired in 1982 from public service in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and early in 1997 after 14 years as an employee of Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home in Eaton.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater, where he received the Purple Heart and the Croix de Guerre. He was a member of VFW Post #1577 of Camden and American Legion Post #322 of West Alexandria.

Survivors include his companion of four years, Hazel Jones of Eaton; a special niece, Norma Jean Thompson of Camden; two brothers, Conley Wright of West Manchester and Bob Wright of Harrisburg, Va.; three sisters, Norma Berman of Richmond, Ind., Mary Stover and Bea Montgomery, both of Eaton; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and two sisters.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Jan. 4, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Fred Hill officiating. Inurnment will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad or to Hospice of Middletown.

Richard Longnecker
Richard Longnecker, 80, of Lewisburg and Bradenton, Fla., died Friday, Jan. 2, at BrookHaven Nursing and Care Center in Brookville.

Born Jan. 19, 1917, in Lewisburg, he was the son of John A. and Marie (Dewitt) Longnecker. He was a 1935 graduate of Lewisburg High School, and a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was agent and owner of Longnecker Insurance Agency in Eaton for more than 30 years.

Mr. Longnecker was a board member and past board president of Buckeye State Mutual Insurance Company in Celina, a member of Paul Sodders Post #213 American Legion of Lewisburg, Libanus Lodge #80 F&AM of Lewisburg, Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton, and Calvary United Methodist Church in Lewisburg.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth Marlene (Fleagle) Longnecker; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and James Adams of Pontiac, Ill.; four grandchildren, Gene Andrew Jordan Jr., Amy Elizabeth Lamermayer, Andrea Eva Robertson and Angela Maria Jordan; and one great-grandchild, Blake Robertson.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Longnecker Jordan, in 1993; and a brother, James Longnecker.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Calvary United Methodist Church, Lewisburg, with the Rev. David Justis officiating. Burial, with military honors, was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. A Masonic service was conducted on Monday following viewing. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association -- Preble County Unit, P.O. Box 32, Eaton, Ohio 45320, or to the American Diabetes Association, 8899 Brookside Road, Suite #2, West Chester, Ohio 45071. 

Ruby G. McGuire
Ruby G. McGuire, 85, of 402 S. Spring St., New Paris, died Friday, Jan. 2, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after a recent illness.

Born Jan. 18, 1912, in Conway, Ky., she was the daughter of Granville and Allie Mae (Laswell) Cox, and had lived most of her life in New Paris. She was retired from the Belden Corporation and the C.R. Coblentz School District. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Snyder, Ky.

Survivors include one daughter, Geraldine Ray of New Paris; three sons, William K. McGuire of Maryville, Tenn., Elwood McGuire of Carrollton, Ga., and Larry Joe McGuire of New Paris; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Ray Cox of Anderson, Ind.; two sisters, Irene Mullins of Richmond, Ind., and Betty J. Hoke of Oceanside, Calif.; a half brother, Harold Cox of Richmond, Ind.; a stepsister, Almedia Britton of Phoenix, Ariz.; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover L. McGuire, in 1962; a daughter, Genevieve McGuire, in 1962; and a son, Lewis D. McGuire, in 1995.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., with the Rev. Reggie Osborne officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Fire and Ambulance District, 135 N. Washington St., New Paris, Ohio 45347; or to the First Baptist Church, 6751 Ohio 320, New Paris, Ohio 45347.

Eli Young
Eli Young, 88, formerly of Allen Street, Franklin, died Friday, Jan. 2, at Heartland of Eaton.

He was a former power lineman and retired in 1974. He was a World War II veteran, a member of the American Legion, IEBW Union and Westview Church of Christ in Hamilton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie.

Survivors include one brother, Sherman Young of Orlando, Fla.; one sister, Orpha Cornett of Wooton, Ky., a niece, Ruth Stephen of Camden; other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Eaton-Anderson Funeral Home, Franklin, with the Rev. David Stanberry officiating. Burial was in Miami Valley Memory Gardens. 

Martha G. McClure
Martha G. McClure, 85, formerly of Wayne Lakes in Darke County, died Saturday morning, Jan. 3, at Wood Glen Nursing Center in Dayton.

Born Sept. 28, 1912, in Preble County, she was the daughter of George B. and Cora (Lamb) Reid. She was a 1930 graduate of Jackson High School.

Mrs. McClure had been a waitress at the Seven Mile Tavern in Eaton, Elizabeth Parker's Restaurant in Richmond, Ind., The Lampost in New Paris and Gerschuh's in Greenville. She owned and operated the Gate House at Wayne Lakes for several years. She was a member of Eastern Star Chapter #310 in New Paris, and the United Church of Christ at Campbellstown.

Survivors include five grandchildren, Michele, Roxanne and Daniel Christiansen, David and Robin Montgomery; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Avis E. Montgomery, in 1991; two sisters, Erma Runyon and Minnie A. Wehrly; and five brothers, Cecil Reid, Venoman C. "Bud" Reid, Vern Reid, Dan Reid and Lloyd P. "Red" Reid.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St., with the Rev. James Sizelove officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of the Miami Valley, 3797 Summit Glen Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45449.

Beatrice I. Ermlich
Beatrice Imogene Ermlich, 73, died Sunday, Jan. 4, at Highland Hospital in Connellsville, Pa.

Born Sept. 26, 1924, in California, Pa., she was the daughter of Gustav Henry and Beatrice Valeria (Higgins) Ermlich.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Gustav Leo Ermlich, in 1992.

Survivors include nephews.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, 411 N. Commerce St., with the Rev. David Justis officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. 

Claude W. Slingerland
Claude W. Slingerland, 75, of Camden, died early Monday, Jan. 5, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Born Oct. 29, 1922, in Westerlo, N.Y., he was the son of William and Eva (Fancher) Slingerland. He married Charmaine Kinsley in Albany, N.Y., in 1955 and the couple moved to the Oxford area in 1972.

Mr. Slinglerland retired in 1990 after 18 years as custodian in the Health Center at Miami University. He was a member of Wadsworth Masonic Lodge in Albany.

Survivors include his wife, Charmaine; and two sons, Stuart and Douglas Slingerland.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Smith & Ogle Funeral Home, 101 W. Church St., Oxford. There will be no public calling. Burial will be in Darrtown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Camden Emergency Squad.

Kelly D. Silvers
Kelly Douglas Silvers of 228 Eaton Ave., Eaton, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, at his home.

He had been in the pastoral ministry for 30 years, and was currently professor at New Creations Bible College in Richmond, Ind. He had been the senior pastor at New Life Tabernacle in Petersburg, Mich., for over six years, and previously was minister of music and Christian education at the Lebanon United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Susan (Thompson) Silvers; two sons, Timothy and Daniel; a brother, Morgan (Karen); a sister, Nancy; a niece and four nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 12, at New Life Tabernacle, Petersburg, Mich., followed by burial on Tuesday, Jan. 13, in Lebanon, Ohio. Reeb Funeral Home, Michigan, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the children of Haiti at: Mission Possible, P.O. Box 520, Ft. Pierce, Fla. 34954-0520.

Mabel Goodpaster
Mabel Goodpaster, 79, of West Alexandria, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Hospice of Dayton.

She had lived in Mt. Sterling, Ky., before moving to Dayton in 1958. She then resided with her daughter and son-in-law in West Alexandria in 1993.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Goodpaster, in 1987; a son, James Goodpaster, in 1993; and a daughter, Carolyn Goodpaster, in 1986.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Danny Sage of West Alexandria, Connie and Gregg Johnson of Dayton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Carl and Shirley Goodpaster of Brookville, Tony and Judy Goodpaster of Kettering; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mildred Ginter and Bea Ginter.

Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 9, at Morris Sons Funeral Home, Kettering, with the Rev. David Misicka officiating. Burial was in Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton. 

Kay Taylor
Kay (Reeves) Taylor, 46, of Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, at her home.

She was born Dec. 1, 1951, in Akron, and was a 1973 graduate of Miami University. She was a former director of the Preble County Historical Society for eight years, and had more recently worked as a volunteer coordinator for Hospice of Dayton. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Sorority and the Preble County Historical Society.

Survivors include her daughter, Brandy Reeves of Dayton; her mother, Beverly (King) Taylor of Dayton; a brother, Kenneth Taylor of Seattle, Wash.; and a special friend, Jim Hoops of West Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by her father, George Taylor Jr., in 1985.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 10, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Richard Teske officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Lois Couchot
Lois (Medsker) Couchot, 74, of Englewood, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 6.

She was a longtime Englewood area resident and had been an active member of the Englewood United Methodist Church. In addition, she had volunteered for the American Red Cross and the Northmoor Elementary School library reading program.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and David Baughman of Lewisburg, Becky and Dennis Ditmer of Springboro, Bobbie Denlinger of Brookville, Nancy and Mark Harper of Clayton, Mary and Doug Hill of Shawnee, Kan.; sons and daughter-in-law, Michael Couchot of Corpus Christi, Texas, Scott and Linda Couchot of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; numerous grandchildren; and a sister, Peggy Medsker of Kettering.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Robert Couchot, in 1993; and her parents, Raymond and Nondas (Leininger) Medsker.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 10, at Englewood United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Bob Klingel and George Sidwell officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Kindred Funeral Home, Englewood, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Englewood United Methodist Church, 107 N. Walnut St., Englewood, Ohio 45322. 

Gilbert F. Wolfe
Gilbert F. "Bud" Wolfe, 71, of State Line Road, Eaton, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, at his home.

Born Oct. 12, 1926, in Oxford, he was the son of Shirley and Irene (McAdams) Wolfe. He was adopted and raised by his grandparents, John and Mable (Swafford) McAdams. Mr. Wolfe was a retired Union County, Ind., and Preble County farmer; Dixon Township clerk; and a member of Concord United Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Donna J. (Parks) Wolfe; daughter and son-in-law, Claudia W. and Dr. Patrick Anderson of New Paris; son and daughter-in-law, Oran T. and Diane Wolfe of Liberty, Ind.; great aunt, Icerea Swafford Gardner of Liberty, Ind.; grandsons, William Marc Bowers, Stephen Gilbert Wolfe, Matthew David Bowers and Travis Oran Wolfe.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 10, at Concord United Church of Christ, Eaton, with the Rev. Richard Van Tine and the Rev. Dana Hadden officiating. Burial was in Concord Cemetery in Dixon Township. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Reid Hospital Foundation -- Hospice Unit.

James L. Lutz
James L. "Jamie" Lutz, 31, of Sample Drive, West Alexandria, died Thursday, Jan. 8, at Community Hospital East in Indianapolis, Ind.

Born March 10, 1966, in Dayton, he was the son of Dale E. and Mary Ann (Lanthrop) Lutz. He was employed as a cook at T.A. Truckstop, Eaton.

Survivors include a son, James Lutz Jr. of West Alexandria; three brothers, Dale Lutz and Mark Lutz, both of West Alexandria, and Michael Lutz of Eaton; his mother, Mary Ann Lutz of West Alexandria; grandmother, Opal Lanthrop of Eaton; grandfather, Wilbur Lutz of Eaton; his ex-wife and friend, Michelle Worley of West Alexandria; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside services were Monday, Jan. 12, at Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. There was no public calling. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements. 

Edward Begley
Edward Begley, 78, of 2982 West Florence-Campbellstown Road, Eaton, died Thursday, Jan. 8, at Henry County Memorial Hospital in New Castle, Ind.

Born March 17, 1919, in Owsley County, Ky., he was the son of Fred and Lullie (Dunn) Begley, and had lived in Preble County for the past 45 years. He was retired from the paint shop at Wayne Corp., Richmond, Ind. Mr. Begley was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of American Legion Post #360, New Paris.

Survivors include his wife, Viola (Stepp) Begley; two daughters, Dorothy Johnson of New Paris and Kathy Ray of Camdenton, Mo.; three grandchildren, Rhonda Ullery, Lonnie Johnson and Ronnie Johnson; six great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are one brother, Mitchel Lynch of Indianapolis, Ind.; five sisters, Jessie Ashcraft of Harrison, Ohio, Junie Gross of Connersville, Ind., Rosie Bell Fike of Irvin, Ky., Lillie Mae Dunn of Richmond, Ind., and Mabel Lee of North Vernon, Ind.; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Lesley Begley.

Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 12, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Howard Addison officiating. Burial, with military graveside services, was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Edwin E. Leas Sr.
Edwin E. Leas Sr., 82, formerly of Monroe Central Road, West Manchester, died Friday, Jan. 9, at The Brethren's Home in Greenville.

Born April 18, 1915, in Darke County, he was the son of the late Richard Hayes and Rosa Mae (Noggle) Leas. He retired in 1981 after 24 years as custodian at the C.R. Coblentz School District. He was previously employed by International Harvester for 25 years until the plant moved from Richmond, Ind., in the 1950s.

Mr. Leas had been a member of Price's Creek Church of the Brethren since 1948, and had held many offices, including deacon, during his membership. He was a member of the Preble County Historical Society; a member of Preble's Little Turtles camping club since 1972, and the club's chaplain from 1972 to 1994. He was also a member of the Slowdowners Camping Club; and a member of the Darke County Ostomy Club.

He served as a 4-H leader for 10 years; was a member of the Senior Citizens' Participants Council for 10 years; Triple L Senior Citizens Club; Preble County Coalition for the Elderly; and Farm Bureau Council #3.

In 1984, he and his wife were chosen Outstanding Seniors of the Year, and the same year, he was also the Senior Citizens' Pork Festival King.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo (Shelley) Leas, whom he married June 27, 1936; two daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Bill Jones of New Paris, Joellen and Lou Driggs of Eaton; one son and daughter-in-law, Edwin Jr. and Fanny Leas of Eaton; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Verna Leas of Richmond, Ind.; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Roy Leas, Guy Leas, Herman Leas, Richard Leas and Eugene Leas; and two sisters, Wealtha Marker and Kathryn Miller.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester, with the Rev. David D. Shetler officiating. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery, Eldorado.

Memorial contributions may be made to Price's Creek Church of the Brethren. 

Maxine McCashland
Maxine McCashland, 88, a former resident of Liberty, Ind., died Friday morning, Jan. 9, at Heritage Regency Nursing Center in Richmond, Ind.

Born June 23, 1909, in Union County, Ind., she was the daughter of Clayton and Elizabeth (Baither) Montgomery. She had lived in Union County all her life until moving to the nursing home.

Mrs. McCashland was a 1927 graduate of Kitchel High School, and a 1930 graduate of the Reid Memorial Hospital School of Nursing with an R.N. degree. Most of her nursing career was spent at Reid Memorial Hospital, Richmond, Ind., where she retired in 1981. She was a member of Liberty Church of Christ in Liberty, Ind.

Survivors include one son, James E. McCashland of Liberty, Ind.; one daughter, Ann A. Hart of Eaton; one brother, Willard Montgomery of Liberty, Ind.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett C. McCashland, in 1991; and two brothers, Robert Montgomery and Ralph Montgomery.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Showalter-Blackwell Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind., followed by burial in West Point Cemetery, Liberty, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Church of Christ.

Robert H. Earich
Robert H. "Bob" Earich, 44, of West Alexandria, died unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 10.

Born April 18, 1953, in Dayton, he was the son of Emmett E. and Mary (Phillips) Earich. He was employed by the B.F. Goodrich Co. in Troy for the past seven years, and had previously worked for GM at the Inland Products and Delco Moraine plants. He attended the First Baptist Church of Farmersville.

Survivors include his wife, Cherea R. (Knore) Earich, whom he married May 20, 1972; two sons, Jed C. and Jason D. Earich, both of West Alexandria, mother, Mary Hartley and husband Frank of Miamisburg; brothers and sisters, Sandy Gary and husband Fred of New Madison, Pam Houck and husband Jim of Farmersville, Richard Earich and wife Denise of West Carrollton, Cheryl Phillips and husband Mark of Miamisburg.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria, with Pastor Tom Vorhis officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens Cemetery, West Alexandria. 

Evon Welborn
Evon Welborn, 92, a resident of Greenbriar Nursing Center, Eaton, died Sunday, Jan. 11.

Born Sept. 11, 1905, in Hancock County, Ind., she was the daughter of Fred and Elmina (Newlan) Gates.

She was married to James Welborn on July 28, 1923, in Indianapolis, Ind. He preceded her in death Sept. 29, 1976.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and William Bowers of Eaton, Corrine and Melvin Price of Middletown; two sons and daughters-in-law, James B. and Juanita Welborn of Tyner, Ky., Jerry T. and Jane Welborn of Bath, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles Gates of Indianapolis, Ind.; two sisters, Kathleen Martin of Indianapolis, Ind., and Helen Tuttle of Conroe, Texas; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Herbert, Harvey and Eugene Gates.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 13, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home/Willard Moss Jr. Memorial Chapel, Camden, with the Rev. Malcolm Greene officiating. Burial was in Collinsville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a church of the donor's choice.

Wylie D. Hoff
Wylie D. Hoff, 49, of 223 E. Maple St., West Manchester, formerly of Lewisburg, died unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 1, at his home.

Born Aug. 7, 1948, in Dayton, he had lived at Shawen Acres and was adopted in 1957 by Robert E. and Sylvia J. (Trittschuh) Hoff. He attended Millersburg Military Institute in Kentucky and Lewisburg High School. He was employed by Don Colville Construction and J. & D. Construction, both of Lewisburg.

Mr. Hoff was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, having served from 1967 to 1968. He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church of Lewisburg and the church choir director, a member of VFW Post 975 and the American Legion.

Survivors include his mother, Sylvia Jane Hoff of Lewisburg; a brother and sister-in-law, Willard E. "Bill" and Gloria Hoff of Springboro; two nieces, Patricia and Stephanie Hoff of Springboro; one nephew, Greg Hoff of Albuquerque, N.M.; and other family.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, 411 N. Commerce St., with the Rev. Jon Thomas and the Rev. David Justis officiating. Burial, with full military services, will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit or to Memorial United Methodist Church. 

Virginia Brubaker
Virginia Brubaker, 72, of Dayton, originally from Eaton, died unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 10.

She was a member of Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church, and was active at the Hithergreen Senior Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Brubaker; and her sister, Kay Freeman.

Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-law, Mark Brubaker, and Michael and Sue Brubaker; and one grandson, J.R. Brubaker.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Routsong Funeral Home, 81 N. Main St., Centerville, Ohio, with the Rev. Julia Wharff officiating. Burial will be in Twin Valley Cemetery, Gratis. The family will receive friends from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church Fire Restoration Fund.


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