Miscellaneous Preble County, Ohio Obituaries - 1998

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Betty Ballinger

Betty Ballinger, 59, of Camden, died Friday June 5.

Born Aug. 11, 1938, in Estel County, Ky., she was the daughter of Matthew and Buford (Tipton) Newton. She worked for Miami University for 16 years.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis Ballinger, whom she married March 1, 1954, in Liberty, Ind.; a son, Terry (Erica) Ballinger of Camden; and four brothers, Tom (Elizabeth) Newton, Ralph (Betty Jo) Newton, of Cleves; Robert Newton of Brookville, Ind., Dale (Cheryl) Newton of Araiba, Ga.; and 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 Tuesday, June 9, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Riley Parker officiating. Burial was in Somerville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 11117 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242, or Vitas Hospice, 1132 W. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240.

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; four sisters, Dorothy Schutt, Ann Kiamy, Doris Pierce and Joyce Nisius; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Nelson Gilbert.

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

Chloe W. Smith

Chloe W. Smith, 92, of Dayton, a former resident of Eaton, died Monday, June 8, at Heartland of Kettering.

She was born Oct. 17, 1905, in Perkins, W. Va. She was retired from Chrysler Airtemp after 18 years' service. She was a member of the Eaton United Church of Christ and the Eaton Grange.

Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Evelyn and Murl Williams, Dorothy Foster, all of Chillicothe, and Annabelle Daring of Dayton; sisters and brother-in-law, Ruth Powell of Cincinnati, Elsie and James Geeting of Eaton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Clarence and Mary Bayne, Lloyd Bayne, all of Dayton, Robert and Katie Bayne of Celina.

Also surviving are grandsons and spouses, David and Shirley Williams, James and Vickie Foster, and Jon Foster, all of Chillicothe, and Ronald Daring of Seattle, Wash.; granddaughters and spouses, Linda Sue and Steve Beeler, Kathy and Richard Liebe, all of Chillicothe, Anita and Rob Fogle of Delaware, Ohio.

Other survivors are 10 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; three stepchildren, Joe and wife Phyllis Smith of Fairfield, Lucille and husband Wayne Shelley of Brookville, and Christ Smith of Richmond, Ind.; four step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Amos Smith, in 1991; three sisters, Garnet Lewis, Myrtle Light and Isa Roth; one brother, George Bayne; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were Thursday, June 11, at Westbrock Funeral Home, Kettering, followed by burial in Woodland Cemetery.

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

Ruthann Apple

Ruthann Apple, 69, of 303 Crescent Drive, Lewisburg, died Thursday, June 11, at Harborside Healthcare in New Lebanon after an extended illness.

Born Aug. 5, 1928, in Dayton, she was the daughter of Paul J. and Susan V. (Kinsey) Fink. She had lived in Preble County since the early 1940s.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Corvin Apple; a son, Robert P. Apple of Lewisburg; a daughter, Lori Ann Stevens of Indiana; a brother, Ronald Fink of New Madison; and a sister, Sharon Mann of Eaton.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Fink.

Funeral services were Monday, June 15, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery near Brookville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit.

Jean W. Poe

Jean W. Poe, 79, of Court House Square Apartments, Towson, Md., died Friday, June 12, after a sudden illness.

A native of Roanoke, Va., she was a 1936 graduate of Jefferson High School, a 1940 graduate of Farmvilla State Teachers College (now Longwood College) with a B.A. degree, a 1968 graduate of Miami University with an M.Ed., and did additional post-graduate work at Columbia University in New York.

She was a retired teacher of Spanish and English, and had taught at Shawnee High School in Camden and at Eaton High School.

She was a longtime elder in the Presbyterian Church, and became a member of Towson United Methodist Church after moving to Baltimore in the mid-1980s.

Mrs. Poe loved the theatre and the arts, and was a volunteer and participant in the activities of the Baltimore County Senior Box Office. Her life was dedicated to the love of learning and the education of children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elias Dodson Poe Jr.

Survivors include a sister, Ann Watts Strayer of Burleson, Texas; three sons, Elias Dodson "Ed" Poe III of Towson, Md., Richard Benton Poe of Salem, Ore., and Herbert Watts Poe of Lodi, Ohio; four grandchildren, Elias Dodson "Dod" Poe IV of Towson, Md., Michael William Poe, Sarah Elizabeth Poe and Emily Jean Poe, all of Lodi; many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were Tuesday, June 16, in Baltimore, Md.

Virginia E. Ristaneo

Virginia E. Ristaneo, 83, of Middletown, died Sunday evening, June 14, at her home.

Born Dec. 5, 1914, at Lake City, Fla., she had lived most of her life in this area. Mrs. Ristaneo was a homemaker and a member of the Elk Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Jim Ristaneo and Tom Ristaneo, both of Middletown, and Larry Ristaneo of West Alexandria; one daughter, Connie Ristaneo of Camden; eight grandchildren, Tom Jr., Michael, Gregory, Jill, Amy, Kim, Jamie and Lisa; one great-granddaughter, Tara; and one sister, Alice Moorside of Punta Gorda, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Ristaneo, in 1992; parents, Thomas and Sarah (Florence) Fryman; four brothers, Roy, Oscar, Joe and Hilen Fryman; and five sisters, Laura, Hazel, Dora, Edna and Essie.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, at Herr-Riggs Funeral Home, 210 S. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Carvin C. Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Madison Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Madison Township Life Squad, 5655 Mosiman Road, Middletown, Ohio 45042.

Willard B. Landers

Willard B. Landers, 83, of Nitro, W. Va., died Sunday, June 14, at his Walnut Street home in Lewisburg, where he had resided for the past three months.

Born May 24, 1915, in Heizer Creek, W. Va., he was the son of Charlie William and Wilma Mariah (Frame) Landers. He retired in 1978 after 20 years at West Virginia State College in Institute, W. Va., and was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances (Harris) Landers, in 1996; a sister, Mabel Cobb; and a brother, Earl Landers.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Loretta G. and Robert Gaye of Arcanum, Kathleen Faye and Robert Alley of Lewisburg; a sister, Emma Esta Stewart of Nitro, W. Va.; grandchildren, John and Kevin Saunders, Jill Heindl and Rachel Lewis; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Tori and Hunter Saunders; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at Gatens Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, W. Va., with the Rev. Calvin Akers officiating. Burial will be in Schowen Cemetery, Bancroft, W. Va. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel is in charge of local arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Kathleen M. Hopkins

Kathleen Marie Hopkins, 57, of Eustis, Fla., died Tuesday, June 9, at Memorial Hospital-West Volusia in Deland, Fla. She was a former resident of New Lebanon.

Born July 21, 1940, in Farmersville, she moved to Deland, Fla., 25 years ago and was employed at Kmart in Deland.

Survivors include her husband, Roy D. Hopkins; two sons, Joseph E. Flaherty Jr. of Deland, Fla., and Ryan H. Flaherty of Tampa, Fla.; two daughters, K. Marie Brunson of Deland, Fla., and Robin L. Flaherty of North Bend, Wash.; parents, Jacob "Jake" and Eleanora (Shingledecker) Brower Sr. of Deland, Fla.; a sister, Gayle A. Toth of Annandale, Va.; and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Marvin L. Brower, in 1944, and John J. Brower Jr., in 1995.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 18, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, 411 N. Commerce St., with the Rev. Phillip Marxson officiating. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery near Brookville. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 218-A East New York Ave., Deland, Fla. 32724-5554.

Keith L. Personette

Keith L. Personette, 73, of Cambridge City, Ind., died Sunday, June 14, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born Jan. 11, 1925, in East Germantown, Ind., he was the son of Roy and Martha (Clark) Personette. He had lived in Eaton (Preble County), Richmond and Noblesville, Ind., before moving to Cambridge City in 1986.

Mr. Personette had worked at Crosley/Avco for 32 years, and retired from Schwitzer Corporation in Indianapolis. He was a member of the Cambridge City Town Board and the Cambridge City Christian Church where he served on the church board and as trustee. He was past president of Avco Management Club and past president of the Cambridge City Evening Kiwanis Club.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary (McGuire) Personette; two sons, Michael Personette of Chicago, Ill., and Rodney Personette of Camden; two daughters, Marilyn Murphy of Lexington, Ky., and Madelaine Personette of Connersville, Ind.; one sister, Martha Chamness of Cambridge City, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline Showalter and Thelma Clifton; and a brother, Joseph Personette.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at Cambridge City Christian Church, with Randall Massie officiating. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until service time on Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Cambridge City, Ind. Waskom-Howard-Fisher Capital Hill Chapel, Cambridge City, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Evening Kiwanis Key Club Scholarship, c/o Wayne Bank & Trust Company, Cambridge City, Ind.

LaVerne W. Cotty

LaVerne William Cotty, 83, of 4108 Lisa Lane, Middletown, died Wednesday, June 17, at Middletown Regional Hospital.

Born Dec. 28, 1914, in Middletown, he was the son of William C. and Florence (Martin) Cotty. He was self-employed as an interior/exterior designer. Mr. Cotty was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, a member of the VFW, and a member of Faith United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Karyl and Enrique Zuniga of Middletown; a brother and sister-in-law, Glenn M. and Wilma Lou Cotty of Slidell, La.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian (Harris) Cotty, in 1982.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 20, at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, Middletown. Burial, with military honors by American Legion Post 218 Color Guard, was in Butler County Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 4541 Dixie Highway, Middletown, Ohio 45042.

Theodore E. Gillette

Theodore Earl Gillette, 64, of West Alexandria, died Wednesday, June 17, at his home.

Born May 14, 1934, in Georgetown, Ohio, he was the son of the late Theodore Russell and Stella Mae (Kirk) Gillette. He was employed in engineering sales for Globe Industries and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Sue; a son and daughter-in-law, Theodore Earl II and Karen Gillette of Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Rachelle Sue Gillette and Yoshiko Miller, both of West Alexandria; a stepson and daughter-in-law, John Edward and Sharon Sorrell of Salt Spring Island, Canada; a granddaughter, Zoe Gillette; a step-granddaughter, Meadow Rose Sorrell; a brother, Dr. Carl Gillette of Niles, Ohio; and three sisters, Bonnie Milliken of Adrian, Mich., Carolyn Reichardt of Orange County, Calif., and Patricia Rulli of Cincinnati.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 20, at Cahall Funeral Home, Georgetown, Ohio, with the Rev. Dennis Rackliff officiating. There was no visitation. Burial was in the family cemetery in Martha, Ky.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Glenn D. Troutwine

Glenn D. Troutwine, 85, of McCool Road, Greenville, died early Monday evening, June 15, at Heartland of Greenville after an extended illness.

Born March 18, 1913, in Monroe Township (Darke County), he was the son of the late Ray and Eva (Weimer) Troutwine. He was a well-known retired Preble County farmer, having farmed from 1944 to 1975, and was also a retired employee of McCall's in Dayton.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Violet L. (Booker) Troutwine; a son and daughter-in-law, Glen Jr. and Lydia Troutwine of Lewisburg; eight daughters and sons-in-laws, Betty and Richard Robbins of Englewood, Genevieve and Gene Ditmer of West Milton, Susan and Barry Mobley of Eaton, Gloria and Don Rich of Arcanum, Madonna and Ronald Dearing of Greenville, Carol and Daniel Summers of Arcanum, Pam and Mike Chellis of West Manchester, Rebecca and George Brandon of Arcanum; 30 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Inez Brumbaugh of Brookville and Treva Burns of Covington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather; three children, James R. Troutwine, David F. Troutwine and Edith Marie Streich; and two grandchildren, Richard D. Robbins and LaDena Bowling.

Funeral services were Thursday, June 18, at Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum, with the Rev. Tim Means officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Ruthmary B. Swank

Ruthmary Beane Fourman Swank, 76, of Pinellas Park, Fla., died Tuesday afternoon, June 16, at Largo Medical Center after a brief illness. She was a former resident of New Lebanon.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Dana and Randy Rayburn of Pinellas Park, Fla.; two sons, Donald N. Fourman of Farmersville and the Rev. Daryl G. Fourman of Crooksville, Ohio; one stepdaughter, Sharon Sirridge of Missouri; two stepsons and daughters-in-law, Phil and Debbie Swank of Eaton, Robert and Pat Swank of Lewisburg; one grandson, Joshua Rayburn of Pinellas Park, Fla.; several step-grandchildren; three half sisters; a half brother; and a sister-in-law, Fern Fourman of the Dayton area.

She was preceded in death by her adoptive parents, Dr. Carle W. and Mabel (Pence) Beane; her birth mother, Nellie Cummings; her first husband, Carl Fourman, who died in June 1985; and her second husband, Carle Swank, who died in November 1995.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Largo, Fla., with the Rev. Christopher Schmidt officiating. Goebel Funeral Home, Crooksville, Ohio, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 1950 Arlington Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43228.

Alvina C. Holloway

Alvina C. Holloway, 66, of 408 S. Washington St., New Paris, died Friday morning, June 19, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after a sudden illness.

Born May 31, 1932, in Jasper, Tenn., she was the daughter of Ernest and Mary (Rector) Casteel. She had lived in New Paris since 1951, and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Joe D. Holloway Sr.; three daughters, JoAnn Johnson of Richmond, Ind., Peggy Williams of Northport, Ala., and Patricia Woodall of New Paris; one son, Joe D. Holloway Jr. of Richmond, Ind.; one sister, Susie Moree of Jasper, Tenn.; four brothers, Tex Casteel and Sam Casteel, both of Jasper, Tenn., Orville Casteel of Eaton and Johnny Casteel of New Paris; and three grandchildren, Heather and Holly Woodall and Kara Holloway.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Nannie Freeman, in 1990; and a brother, Tommy Casteel, in 1994.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 23, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. Don Boyer officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.

Carolyn S. Hawk

Carolyn S. Hawk, 44, of McGuire Drive, Camden, died Friday afternoon, June 19, at Hospice of Dayton after an extended illness.

Born Jan. 3, 1954, in Oneida (Scott County), Tenn., she had lived in Preble County since 1981.

Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Gerald D. Hawk; her mother, Esther E. (Burress) Jeffers of Eaton; a brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Jennie Jeffers of Eaton; and a nephew, Cody D. Jeffers.

She was preceded in death by her father, Loy C. Jeffers, in 1985.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 23, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Trissel Cemetery near New Lebanon.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Reva Warren

Reva Warren, 73, of West Alexandria, died Friday, June 19, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

Born Feb. 25, 1925, in Hazard, Ky., she was the daughter of Bill and Sarah (Couch) Couch.

Survivors include three sons, Bill, Don and Clifford Sowers; two daughters, Deb Sowers and Cathy Warren; a sister, Kathleen Miller of West Alexandria; two brothers, Colman and Hargis Couch of Busy, Ky.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bluford B. Warren, in 1982; four sisters, Victorie Baker, Imagene Caldwell, America Gose Lamm and Lois Jean Caldwell; and a brother, Waldon Couch.

Funeral services were Sunday evening, June 21, at the family residence, followed by burial on Monday, June 22, in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Regina C. Teach

Regina C. "Jean" Teach, 90, of 728 N. Wayne St., Piqua, died Sunday afternoon, June 21, at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, Calif.

Born Jan. 8, 1908, in Eaton, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Mary Etta (Hines) Weadick. She was a 1927 graduate of Eaton High School and attended the Dayton Business College. Mrs. Teach was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and its Altar Society. She was a past member of the Piqua Players and the Piqua Catholic School Mothers Club.

She married Joseph C. Teach on July 17, 1934, in Eaton. He preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 1995.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph C. Teach of Piqua and Ted N. Teach of Huntington Beach, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Earyle (Nancy) Woodard of LaJolla, Calif.; nine grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and a brother, Daniel Weadick of Eaton.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 26, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Piqua, with the Rev. Father Francis Keferl as the celebrant. Burial will follow in Miami Memorial Park Cemetery, Covington. The family will receive friends from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, Piqua, where a prayer service will be held at 5 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Church, 528 Broadway, Piqua, Ohio 45356.


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