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Jacob M. Prescott

Jacob Michael Prescott, infant son of Kevin and Francis Nichole (Christian) Prescott of Morning Sun, died Sunday, May 10, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are grandparents, Michael and Kathy Prescott of Morning Sun, Kent and Mary Christian of Hamilton; great-grandparents, Edward Prescott of Hamilton, Dale and Dorothy Christian of Somerville, and Mary Richardson of Camden; one aunt, Kelly (Jason) Brandner of Fairfield; and one uncle, Josh Christian of Hamilton.

Graveside services were Thursday, May 14, at Fairmount Cemetery, Camden. R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber/Willard Moss Jr. Memorial Chapel, Camden, was in charge of services.

Matthew S. Pence

Matthew S. Pence, 20, of Euphemia-Castine Road, Lewisburg, died Sunday, May 10, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton after a car accident on Ohio 503 in Preble County.

He was employed by Garwood Home Improvement in Lewisburg.

He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas J. Pence, in 1983.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Christal and Howard Kuhn of Lewisburg; paternal grandparents, Rayburn and Sandra Pence of Eaton; maternal grandparents, John S. Jr. and Georgianna Harris of Lewisburg; a brother, Jeffrey D. Pence of Lewisburg; a sister, Ashley M. Deeter of Lewisburg; stepsisters, Heidi Kuhn and Jessica Lindskog, both of Columbus; aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were Friday, May 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lewisburg, with the Rev. James N. Lehman officiating. Burial was in Twin Creek Chapel Cemetery, West Manchester. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Russell H. Wheeler

Russell Hamilton Wheeler, 86, of Otterbein Retirement Center, Lebanon, a longtime resident of Farmersville, died Monday, May 11, after a long illness.

He was a dairy farmer in Farmersville for many years and was retired from Borden's Dairy after 20 years of service. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Farmersville, and a member of Farmersville Lodge No. 482, F&AM.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Thelma; children, Arlene (Bob) Emrick, Sydney (Michael) Howard, Ron (Madonna Smiley) Weaver, all of Farmersville, Judy Buehner of Eaton and Pattie Lakes of West Carrollton; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one brother, Clarence (Dorothy) Wheeler of Eaton; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Leona; his parents, Albert and Rosa Wheeler; brothers, Herbert and Walter Wheeler; and a sister, Blanch Weist.

A memorial service was held Saturday, May 16, at the Otterbein Home, Lebanon. Rogers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Otterbein Lebanon Retirement Home, Ohio 741, Lebanon, Ohio 45036.

Harold W. James Sr.

Harold W. James Sr., 66, of Scheyhing Road, Lewisburg, died Tuesday, May 12, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton after a lawn mower/auto accident on Georgetown-Verona Road in Preble County.

Born April 30, 1932, in Preble County, he was the son of Hugh A. and Freda P. (Maeder) James. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, retired in 1980 from General Motors (Harrison Radiator) after 30 years, and worked from 1986 to 1996 for Shastar of Eaton.

Mr. James was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lewisburg; IUE #801; Fraternal Order of Eagles #2202, Eaton; Libanus Lodge #80, F&AM, Lewisburg; Royal Arch Masons, Palmyra Chapter #235, Brookville; and Eastern Star Ideal Chapter #293, Lewisburg.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Idella Jean (Taylor) James, in 1995; and a sister, Martha Britton, in 1997.

Survivors include his wife, Mary C. (Sleppy) Anthony James; a son and daughter-in-law, Harold W. Jr. and Regina James of Lewisburg; a daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Daryl Foster of Lewisburg; stepsons, Rickey Anthony of Fletcher and B. Michael Anthony of Los Angeles, Calif.; stepdaughters, Paulette J. Rediger of Lewisburg and Mary E. Woof of Lafayette, Ind.

Also surviving are a brother, Junior A. James of Lewisburg; sisters, Helen Glander of West Manchester, Margaret Studebaker, Dorothy White and Eileen Beane, all of Eaton, and Betty Heindl of Lewisburg; grandchildren, Michelle and Daniel Foster, Kyle and Trent James; seven step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lewisburg, with the Rev. James N. Lehman officiating. Burial, with military graveside services, was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit or to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Edna L. Adams

Edna L. Adams, 74, of Eaton, formerly of West Manchester, died Tuesday, May 12, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.

Born April 7, 1924, in Stanford, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Alva and Myrtle (Mullins) Padgett, and had lived in Preble County most of her life. She had been a janitor at Dayton Flexible Corp., retiring in 1986 after 19 years.

Survivors include one daughter, Ann Fugate of West Alexandria; one son, Landis Eldridge of West Manchester; two grandsons, Joseph Fugate and David Fugate; a step-granddaughter, Tracy Tackett; a half sister, Marie Cress of Stanford, Ky.; a half brother, Leman Padgett of Stanford, Ky.; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Roy Wayne Eldridge; two brothers, Sherman Padgett and Alva Padgett; and a half brother, Raymond Padgett.

Funeral services were Thursday, May 14, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester, with the Rev. Sherman L. Padgett officiating. Burial was in Twin Creek Chapel Cemetery, West Manchester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 1373 Grandview Ave., Suite 200, Columbus, Ohio 43212; or to the American Diabetes Association, 8899 Brookside Ave., Suite 102, West Chester, Ohio 45069.

Nathaniel L. Derby

Nathaniel L. Derby, 87, of South Main Street, West Alexandria, died Thursday, May 14, at Franciscan Medical Center in Dayton.

Born Dec. 7, 1910, he was the son of Louis and Amalia (Mund) Derby. He was a graduate of West Alexandria High School and the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Derby retired in 1975 from Champion International as an electrical engineer after 47 years. He participated in numerous civic projects, and was a member of King Hiram Lodge #88, F&AM.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Elaine Vivian Derby; a son and daughter-in-law, Nathaniel II and Anita Derby of Muscatine, Iowa; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Jerald Jacobsen of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; a granddaughter, Elisabeth Derby of San Francisco, Calif.; grandsons, Nathaniel Derby III of Santa Monica, Calif., Jerald Jacobsen II of Birmingham, Ala., and Eric Jacobsen of Dallas, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Eugene M. Derby.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at St. John's United Church of Christ, West Alexandria, with Pastor Ron Dafler officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria. Burial will be in the Cemetery of Spring Grove, Cincinnati.

L. Robert Straw

L. Robert Straw, 75, of Eaton, died Friday, May 15, at his home after a nine-month illness.

A native and lifelong resident of Eaton, he was born Aug. 3, 1922, the son of the late Charles A. and Levina (McBride) Straw. He was retired from Inland Division of General Motors, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Mr. Straw was a member of Eagles Lodge Aerie #2202, VFW Post #8066 and American Legion Post #215, all of Eaton.

His wife, Anna Marie (Burns) Straw, died May 14, 1984. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Harry Straw, Raymond Straw, Ralph Straw and Fred Straw; and a sister, Cretus Hagen.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and John Melling of Eaton, Betsy and Robert Czupryna of Uxbridge, Mass.; a son, Charles Straw of Chula Vista, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Scott Melling, Kurt Melling, Jenna Stigleman, Sean Straw, Katie Czupryna, Robert Czupryna and Kara Czupryna; five great-grandchildren, Trisa, Casey, Kyle, Melissa and Joshua; and two step-great-grandchildren, Ann Marie and Joshua.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Glen E. Fisher officiating. Burial, with military graveside services, will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Gregrey V. Pennington

Gregrey Vernon Pennington, 27, of High Street, New Paris, died Saturday morning, May 16, as a result of an auto accident on Winnerline and Eaton-Gettysburg roads in Preble County.

Born June 21, 1970, in Dayton, he was a 1988 graduate of National Trail High School. He was employed at the Red Front Tavern & Drive-Thru in New Paris.

Survivors include his parents, Hysell V. and Billie J. (Rowe) Pennington of New Paris; a brother, Jeffrey H. Pennington of New Paris; a sister, Cynthia Jo Kyle of New Paris; two nieces, Staci and Samantha Kyle; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the First Baptist Church, 6751 Ohio 320, New Paris, with the Rev. Reggie Osborne officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris. Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

Hobert E. Hollon

Hobert E. Hollon, 76, of West Elkton, died Saturday, May 16, at his home.

Born Sept. 13, 1921, in Morgan County, Ky., he was the son of Walter and Manda (Morrison) Hollon. He was a resident of Gratis Township most of his life, with the exception of the years he served with the U.S. Army. A veteran of World War II, her served from Aug. 18, 1942, to Dec. 24, 1945, in the Pacific Theatre Operation -- China, Burma and India. A decorated veteran, he received the Purple Heart, Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon with three Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Ribbon. He retired from Armco in July 1974 after 29 years.

Survivors include his wife, Lois (Francis) Hollon, whom he married Sept. 16, 1948; two sons, David Hollon of Middletown, James Lawson and wife Jo of Menifee County, Ky.; three daughters, Kathleen Hollon of Middletown, Nancy Conniff and husband James of Trenton, Donna Moriarty and husband Michael of New York City, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Lt. James Conniff, Kyle Conniff, Sarah Lynn Hollon and Teagan Rose Moriarty; and a half sister, Norma Jean of Middletown.

He was preceded in death by a brother, William Dennis Hollon.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, May 20, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home, 249 N. Main St., Camden. Graveside services will follow at Fairmound Cemetery, West Elkton, with the Rev. Rueben Cabanillas officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Elkton United Methodist Church, West Elkton.

William R. Miller

William R. "Billy Dick" Miller, 71, of Gratis, died Sunday, May 17, at his home.

Born March 10, 1927, in Germantown, he was the son of Bernard W. and Opal (Barnhart) Miller. He was a graduate of Gratis High School and worked for National Cash Register for 28 years. Mr. Miller owned and trained harness horses. He was an Army veteran and a former member of the IOOF in Gratis.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Miller, in 1995; his parents; and a sister, Carol Miller.

Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Vickie Miller of West Alexandria, Pat and Pam Miller of Camden, Randy and Pegg Miller, Billy and Kim Miller, all of Gratis; a daughter, Cheri Miller of Middletown; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Dorothy Miller of Eaton.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, with the Rev. Gordon Jones officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown.

John P. Spencer

John P. Spencer, 78, formerly of New Paris, died Monday, May 18, at Governor Harris Homestead in Eaton, where he had been a resident for the past 10 years.

Born Oct. 28, 1919, in Harrison Township (Darke County), he was the son of S. Leroy and Ida (Haller) Spencer. He had worked at Wayne Works in Richmond for over 25 years, and retired from Sears in Richmond in 1977 after 13 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in New Paris.

He was preceded n death by his wife, Betty F. (King) Spencer, in 1975; and three brothers.

Survivors include a son, John A. Spencer of New Paris; a daughter, Sherri L. Hoffman of New Paris; four grandchildren, Josh Clayman, Jessica Haufsaas, Heather Taylor and Jamie Spencer; two great-grandchildren, Sidney Clayman and Miranda Haufsaas; and two sisters, Carrie Neff and Hazel McClellan, both of Richmond, Ind.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, 109 W. Main St., with the Rev. Reggie Osborne officiating. Burial will be in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the funeral home.

Price McQueen

Price "Paul" McQueen, 70, of West Main Street, New Lebanon, died Monday, May 18, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dayton.

Born Oct. 25, 1927, in Jackson County, Ky., he was the son of Price and Nancy Ellen (Smith) McQueen. He had retired from General Motors, Inland Division. Mr. McQueen was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion Post #762 in New Lebanon and VFW #3288 in Brookville.

Survivors include two sons, Paul Denny McQueen and David J. McQueen, both of New Lebanon; three daughters, Cheryl J. Bingham of Clinton, Tenn., Julian D. McQueen of Frankfort, Ky., and Dawanna L. Smith of New Lebanon; 10 grandchildren; one brother, Hiram McQueen of Waneta, Ky.; and four sisters, Opal Stevens of Oxford, Hallie Williams of Berea, Ky., Margaret Carr and Jewell Cox, both of West Alexandria.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Conley McQueen and Charlie Minter; and two sisters, Carrie Reece and Cordia Isaacs.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with Pastor J. Todd Smith officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Halsie Mikesell

Halsie "Mae" Mikesell, 75, of West Alexandria died Monday, May 18, at Heartland of Beavercreek.

She was born in Michigan, the daughter of Thurmon and Helen Mary (Kessler) Mead. Mrs. Mikesell retired from General Motors, and was a member of Shiloh Lutheran Church.

Her husband, William Mikesell, preceded her in death in 1994.

Survivors include an aunt, Eleanor Rosell; several cousins and nephews.

Funeral services will be Friday, May 22, time to be announced, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria. Burial will be in Twin Valley Cemetery on Enterprise Road, West Alexandria. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, one hour prior to the service.

Vernon R. Root

The Rev. Vernon Richard Root, 65, of Big Cabin, Okla. died Wednesday, May 20 in Joplin, Mo.

Born Nov. 1, 1932 in Camden, he was the son of Homer and Alice (Hines) Root. He was a 1950 graduate of Camden High School and also a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Okla. He was an auctioneer, a mechanic at Green Country Ford and had been the service manager for A&M Chevrolet and C.R. Moore Motor Co.

He was a pastor at Maybell Baptist Church and Narcissa Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Melvi (Clifford) Root of Big Cabin, Okla., whom he married on June 28, 1953; nine children, Donald Vernon Root Sr., Earnest Homer (Pete) Root, James Allen Root, all of Vinita, Okla., Kathy Sue Black of Oswego, Kan., Vernon Root Jr. of Welch, Okla., Crystal Lee Pleasant of Mannford, Okla., Melvie Jane Martin of Chelsea, Okla., Christopher Gerald Centers of Lakemont Shores, Okla., and Levi Kendall Root of Big Cabin, Okla.; three sisters, Mary Cupp, Alice Ballinger and Alberta Nelson, all of Camden; 24 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and 20 foster children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ernest Root, one sister, Clara Stevenson; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 23, at the First Baptist Church in Big Cabin. Burial was in Big Cabin Cemetery. Luginbuel Funeral Home of Vinita was in charge of arrangements.

Chester R. Gilbert

Chester R. (Chet) Gilbert, 78, of Beltsville, Md. died Monday, May 25.

Born Feb. 21, 1920 in West Alexandria, he was the son of Arthur and Ruth (Hamilton) Gilbert.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (Flouton) Gilbert; sisters, Dorothy Schutt, Ann Kiamy, Doris Pierce, Joyce Nisius; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at Emmanuel United Methodist, May 28. Burial was in Columbia Memorial Park, Columbia Md.

Mary K. Horine

Mary Kathryn Horine, 81, of Little League Drive, Eaton, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, June 3, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born Jan. 28, 1917 in Preble County, she was the daughter of Perry and Mary (Thompson) Wright. She was a 1935 Camden High School graduate and worked at Hooks Drug Store in Richmond and retired in 1997 as a cook for the Preble County Sheriff's Department. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary; VFW Auxiliary; Rebecca Lodge of Eaton; served on the Preble County Senior Citizen's Board.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Dwight L. Horine; niece, Mary Louise Schmid of Richmond, Ind.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Fredrick Wright and Clayton Wright.

Funeral services were Friday, June 5 at Barnes Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Emergency Squad.

Ruth E. Wright

Ruth E. Wright, 77, of Cincinnati, formerly of West Alexandria, died Thursday, June 4 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati.

Born August 27, 1920, she was the daughter of Franklin and Desi (Wright) Wright. She was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati School of Nursing and was a registered nurse for 50 years. She was on the chief nursing staff of the cardiac research program.

Survivors include a niece, Bonnie Salmans Albers of Cincinnati, and three nephews, Paul Wright of Eaton, David Wright of West Alexandria, and Robert Hamm of Arizona.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul Wright and Muriel Wright; and a sister, Mary E. Wright Salmans.

Graveside services were held Monday, June 8, at Fairview Cemetery in West Alexandria, with the Rev. J. Herman Bassler officiating. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Ballinger

Betty Ballinger, 59, of Camden, died Friday June t.

Born Aug. 11, 1938 in Estle County, Ky., she was the daughter of Matthew and Buford (Tipton) Newton. On March 1, 1954, she married Dennis Ballinger in Liberty, Ind. She worked for Miami University for 16 years.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Dennis Ballinger; a son, Terry (Erica) of Camden; and four brothers, Tom (Elizabeth) Newton, Ralph (Betty Jo) Newton, both of Cleves; Robert Newton of Brookville, Ind., Dale (Cheryl) Newton of Araiba, Ga.; one sister, Bonnie Young of Camden.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Tracy and Belvery Newton; and one sister, Zula Francis.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 9, at the R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home, Camden with the Rev. Riley Parker officiating. Burial was in the Somerville Cemetery, Somerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 11117 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242, or Vitas Hospice, 1121 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240.

Jerry L. Koeller

Jerry L. Koeller, 60, Lewisburg, died Saturday, June 6, at Kettering Memorial Hospital, Dayton.

Born June 25, 1937 in Lewisburg, he was the son of the late Herbert and Hannah (Etzler) Koeller. He was a 1956 graduate of the Lewisburg High School; he served in the U.S. Army; was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lewisburg; he had been a drivers license examiner in Dayton; worked in the tool room at Skiles Body Shop and had been a carrier for the Dayton Daily News.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathi L. (Dunham) Koeller in 1984; two brothers, John E. Koeller in 1972 and James R. Koeller in 1982.

Survivors include three daughters, Teresa L. and husband Kenneth Hartman, Melissa L. Koeller and friend Ann Steele, all of Brookville, Nancy L. Koeller of Rock Hill, S.C.; brother, Jack W. Koeller of Lewisburg; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Koeller of Findlay; three grandchildren, David Fasick, Kenny and Jenni Hartman, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 9, at the Barnes Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with the Rev. James Lehman officiating. Burial was in the Roselawn Cemetery in Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit.

Bernard L. Bollheimer

Bernard L. "Butch" Bollheimer, 78, of East Mechanic Street, Eaton, died Sunday, June 7, at Heartland of Eaton.

Born June 12, 1919 in Dayton, he was the son of William and Anna (Baker) Bollheimer. He retired in 1977 after 15 years with Select Tool and Die in Dayton; U.S. Air Force veteran; member of American Legion Post #215, Eaton; member and past president and vice president of South Shores Sportsman Club; member of Full Gospel Temple in Eaton; race car owner and parts maker for race cars.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Catherine E. "Kitty" (Taylor) Bollheimer; sons, Edward L. Bollheimer of Orlando, Fla., Ronald E. Bollheimer of Dayton; brothers and sister-in-law, Ralph Bollheimer of Brownsville, Texas, Bert and Nancy Heuerman of Orlando, Fla.; sisters and brother-in-law, Helene Beck of Fort Myers, Fla. and Gladys and Benny Benson, Chesapeake, Bay, Va.; grandsons, Brad A. and David Bollheimer, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 11 a.m. at Full Gospel Temple, 4745 U.S. 127 N., Eaton, with the Rev. Raymond Rothwell officiating. Burial will be in the Dayton National Cemetery. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service. Barnes Funeral Home, Eaton, are in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Full Gospel Temple or Eaton Emergency Squad.

June B. Asher

June B Asher, 82, of West Alexandria, died Sunday, June 7.

Born June 15, 1915 in Hector, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Luther and Belva Bowling. She retired in 1973 from the Inland Products Division of General Motors following 18 years of service. She was a member of Farmersville First Baptist Church, and along with her husband James, owned and operated Asher Fishing Lakes for over 10 years.

She was preceded in death by husbands Earl Wagers Sr. in 1940, and James Asher on Oct. 15, 1985; brothers Dennis Bowling, Shafter Bowling and his wife Cecil, and Sullivan Bowling.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law Earl and Natalie Wagers of New Lebanon; grandchildren Regina Wintermute of New Lebanon and James Wagers of Brookville, six great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Curt and Bill bowling of Salem Ind., Charlie and Bessie Bowling, and Marvin and Ruby Bowling, all of Manchester, Ky.; sisters-in-law Nancy Bowling of Indiana and Lillie of Mt. Oreb.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, June at the Barnes Funeral Home-Preble /Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria, with Pastor James Whorton presiding. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of New Lebanon.

Irma L. Crist

Irma L. Crist, 86, of 7625 Salem Road, Liberty, Ind., died Sunday evening, June 7, at Oxford View Nursing Home.

Born Aug. 14, 1911 in Preble County, she was the daughter of William and Edith Lyons Matix. She has lived in the Union County area all of her life.

Survivors include a son, Robert L. Crist of, Liberty, Ind.; a daughter, Joan Bealty of Hamilton; a sister, Helen Miller of Eaton; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Clyde, Russell, Glenn and Omer Matix.

Funeral services at the convenience of the family, with the Rev. Dana Hadden, pastor of Hannas Creek Christian Church in Union County officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery in Eaton. Showalter-Blackwell Funeral, Baker-Fosdick Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County EMS Unit.

Ernest E. Moore

Ernest Eldon Moore, 91, of 117 High St., New Paris, died Monday morning, June 8 at his residence after an extended illness.

Born Oct. 14, 1906 in Randolph County, Ind., he was the son of Charles F. and Laura Ann (Bradford) Moore. He retired in 1971 from Avdo Corp. in Richmond, Ind. after 24 years of service.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Barbara Jean (Tucker) Moore; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Ladonna Tucker, Allan and Mary Kay Moore all of New Paris, Lewis and Barbara Moore of Waukesha, Wis.; seven daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn Cooper of New Paris, Darla and Steven Henderson of Centerville, Ind., Cheryl and William Hooks of Caryville, Tenn., Joyce and John Sheard of Eaton, Shelby and Tommy Vinsant of Jacksboro, Tenn., Rozan and Junior Tucker of Smyrna, Tenn., Janet Graham of Indianapolis, Ind.; sister, Lela Wonetta Ridge of Nobelsville, Ind.; brother, Bradford Moore of Owensville, Mo. 28 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ernest E. Moore Jr.; daughter, Marilyn Lou Moore in 1950; granddaughter, Connie Faye Tucker in 1953; brothers, Edward Moore and Chester Moore.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 11 at 11 a.m. at Barnes Funeral Home, 109 W. Main St., New Paris, with the Rev. Wayne Morrison officiating. Burial will be in Fountain Park Cemetery at Winchester, Ind. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 10 from 6-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest Emergency Squad or Northwest Fire Department.

Walter R. Pickett

Walter Ray Pickett, 90, of New Paris-Hillsboro Road, New Paris, died Monday, June 8 at Oakridge Nursing Home in Richmond, Ind.

Born Sept. 16, 1907 in Howard County, Ind., he was the son of John Henry and Harriet Sena (Passwater) Pickett. He was a retired farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite (Baker) Pickett in 1986; and a brother, Charles Norval Pickett in 1996.

Survivors include a son, Robert E. Pickett; a daughter, Connie I. Ford, both of New Paris; a brother, R. Wayne Pickett of Ypsilanti, Mich., 20 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 10, at 2 p.m., at the Barnes Funeral Home, 109 W. Main St., New Paris, with the Rev. Don Boyer, officiating. Burial will be in Springlawn Cemetery in New Paris. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, noon- 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Emergency Squad or American Lung Association.

Robert W. Smith

Robert W. Smith, 59, of Deer Run, Camden, died unexpectedly, Monday, June 8.

Born July 10, 1938 in Terre Haute, Ind., he was the son of the late James and Ruth (Porter) Smith. He was retired. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1959 and was a member of the James E., Ryan Post #322 of the American Legion in West Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife, Helen F. (Schilling) whom he married in October 1959; daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Chris Miley of Eaton and Linda and Bill Hurst of Englewood; son Robert Smith and his fiancee Sandy Miller of West Alexandria; grandchildren James Othersen Jr., Shawn Miley, Brandie Othersen, Shannon Miley, Ashley Hurst, William Hurst Jr.; sisters, Carol Wright of Eaton, Phyllis Gray of Logansport, Ind., June Sullivan of Columbus and Jackie Lane of Escadillo, Calif; brother Don Smith of Rockport, Texas.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 11, at the Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel-3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria with Father Mark Hoying officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens.

Mida L. Wilson

A memorial service for Mida L. Wilson will be held Sunday, June 14, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Camden. The Mass will be at 2 p.m. followed by graveside services at Fairview Cemetery in West Alexandria at approximately 3 p.m. There will be an open house at 148 Frederick Drive, Eaton, where the family will greet and visit with people who would like to come and show their respect

Survivors include her husband, Clarence; son Richard; and a daughter Peggy.

Mrs. Wilson was a 52-year resident of Preble County before moving to Avon Park, Fla. She worked as cook at Lanier School for 17 years where her husband, Clarence, was a school-bus driver. They both were 4-H advisors for many years in the county.

Jeanette A. Kem

Jeanette A. Kem, 92, of Englewood, died following a lengthy illness on Saturday, May 30 at the Grace Brethren Village in Englewood.

Born May 10, 1906 in Dayton, she was the daughter of the late John H. and Bessie V. (Troupe) Marsh. She was a longtime member of the Concord United Methodist Church of Englewood.

She was preceded in death by husbands Roy A. Alexander in 1949 and Carl C. Kem in 1987; and brother, John E. Marsh.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Joy and Dale Sherman of Farmersville; granddaughter Annette Eakes and great-granddaughter Adrian Eakes, both of Farmersville; sisters, Verona Roberts and Betty Raab, both of Dayton.

A memorial service for Mrs. Kem will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, June 15, at the Concord United Methodist Church, 1123 S. Main St., Englewood, with Pastors George and Nan Hubbell officiating.

Burial is in Arlington Cemetery, Brookville. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Clayton EMS or Grace Brethren Village.


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