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Miscellaneous Preble County, Ohio Obituaries - 1998

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George M. Schoettinger 

George M. Schoettinger, 80, of Englewood, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Sept. 2. 

He retired from DCA Food Industries, where he had worked as a sales representative. He was a member of Concord United Methodist Church in Englewood, was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of Lafayette Masonic Lodge in Cincinnati. 

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Marian (Hahn) Schoettinger; sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Karen Schoettinger of Eaton, Jim and Laurie Schoettinger of Englewood; grandchildren, Matt, Mike, Lindsey and Scott Schoettinger; brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank and Marilyn Schoettinger, Robert and Virginia Schoettinger. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank O. and Grace (Studebaker) Schoettinger. 

Funeral services were Sunday, Sept. 6, at Kindred Funeral Home, Englewood, with the Rev. George Hubbell officiating. Burial was held privately at the Concord Church Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dayton Area Heart Association, or to the Concord United Methodist Church Remembrance Fund, Englewood. 

Ruth B. Neff 

Ruth B. Neff, 90, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton. 

Born Feb. 19, 1908, she was the daughter of John G. and Estelle Bandtel. She was a graduate of Camden High School and Miami University. She taught for 40 years in elementary schools in Camden and Eaton until her retirement in 1969. 

Mrs. Neff was an active member of Camden United Methodist Church, a member of the Eleanor I. Jones Archives and the Preble County Historical Society. 

She married Harry E. Neff in 1942, and he preceded her in death in April 1987. For several years, the couple taught many children of the community to swim. 

Surviving is one sister, Edna B. Johnson of Billings, Mont. 

Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 5, at Camden United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jackie Marshall officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden. R.C. Nein & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., Camden, was in charge of arrangements. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Camden United Methodist Church, 100 S. Lafayette St., Camden, Ohio 45311. 

Vallory J. Kingsley 

Vallory J. Kingsley, 84, of Crossville, Tenn., died Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. She was a former resident of West Alexandria. 

Born June 20, 1914, in Dayton, she was the daughter of Lamar and Martha (Roha) Dorcas. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Kingsley, in 1984; a brother, Lee Dorcas; and a sister, Marjorie Dorcas. 

Survivors include seven sons, Lewis Kingsley, Kim Kingsley, Marshall Kingsley and David Kingsley, all of Somerset, Ky., Robert Kingsley of Washington, Stanley Kingsley of West Alexandria and John Kingsley of Baltimore, Md.; two daughters, Sharon Pierce of Biloxi, Miss., and Rosalie Swafford of Crossville, Tenn.; 29 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a sister, Donna Gieler of Ft. Worth, Texas; and a brother, Sam Dorcas of Atlanta, Ga. 

Funeral services were Sunday, Sept. 6, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Lowell Spencer officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. 

Robert C. Statzer 

Robert Carl Statzer, 90, of Schertz, Texas, died Friday, Sept. 4. He was a former resident of Campbellstown, and had resided in Schertz for five years. 

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Nida Statzer; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert A. and Suzy Statzer of Schertz, Texas; grandchildren, Bill Statzer, Krista Mann, Brent Statzer, Kimberly Larsen and Dax Melton; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Milard Statzer of Bristol, Tenn.; and a sister, Nancy Retha Ketron of Granbury, Texas. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North, 3401 Cherry Ridge Drive, San Antonio, Texas, with Pastor Henry Biar officiating. Entombment will be private. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the funeral home. 

Lou Ann Lair 

Lou Ann Lair, 61, of Eaton, died Friday, Sept. 4, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton following a lengthy illness. 

Born Aug. 10, 1937, in Richmond, Ind., she was the daughter of the late John and Louise (Burgess) Ellis. 

Survivors include her husband, Carl E. Lair, whom she married Aug. 4, 1962; children, Christopher E. Lair and wife Amy of Richmond, Ind., Mary J. Lair of Richmond, Ind., Steven R. Lair and wife Rene of Eaton; a grandson, Craig Lair; step-grandchildren, Angie Shewman, Erica and Courtney Weber; two step-great-grandchildren. 

Also surviving are brothers, Frank Ellis of Virginia, Vern Ellis of Quincy, Ohio, Vaughn Ellis of Plain City, Ohio, George Ellis of Richmond, Texas, Paul Ellis of Richmond, Ind., and Bill Ellis of Crawfordsville, Ind.; and sisters, Mary Ellis, Janet Hathaway, Jane Johnson and Cecelia Spicer, all of Richmond, Ind. 

She was preceded in death by a brother, John Ellis; and a sister, Una Zigler. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35 East, West Alexandria, with her son, Steven Lair, and Pastor Raymond Rothwell officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 

James A. Bishop 

James Andrew Bishop, 44, of Cincinnati died Saturday, Sept. 5, of Lou Gehrig's disease. 

Survivors include his wife, Patricia M. (Brinkerhoff) Bishop; daughter, Jana Marie Bishop; son, Craig Joseph Bishop; a sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Phil Bodle; nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4991 Cleves Warsaw, Cincinnati. R.C. Nein & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., Camden, is in charge of arrangements. Private burial will take place in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden. 

Memorial contributions may be made to The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, 21021 Ventura Blvd., Suite 321, Woodland Hills, Calif. 91364, or to Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242. 

Mayfra L. Smith 

Mayfra L. Smith, 82, of East Lexington Road, Eaton, died Sunday morning, Sept. 6, at Hospice of Dayton. 

Born April 6, 1916, in Hamilton, she was the daughter of the late Sherman and Rosa A. (Barker) Lynch. She was a 1935 graduate of Eaton High School, and retired in 1981 from Chrismer Insurance Agency in Eaton after more than 20 years of service. She was a member of Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses of Eaton. 

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Raymond D. Smith; a son and daughter-in-law, Donald E. and Elizabeth A. Smith of Eaton; a daughter and son-in-law, Janet E. and William A. Klinger of Eaton; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, James E. Lynch of Eaton; and a sister, Gladys Wohlford of Eaton. 

She was preceded in death by a brother, William H. "Pat" Lynch, in 1974; a sister, Thelma White, in 1993; and a stepbrother, Garland Witt. 

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St., Eaton, with David Salyers officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, P.O. Box 3509, Dayton, Ohio 45401-3509. 

Barbara M. Leeds 

Barbara M. Leeds, 52, died Monday, Sept. 7, in Gratis. 

Born Aug. 16, 1946, in Hamilton, she was the daughter of Stanley E. and Reatha (Hendrix) Leeds. 

Survivors include one brother, Zane Leeds of Eaton; three sisters, Frances Smith of Sarasota, Fla., Linda Lisneck of Charlotte, N.C., and Judith Sheley of Trenton. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Gordon Leeds and Don Leeds; and a sister, Elizabeth Taylor. 

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at R.C. Nein & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., 249 N. Main St., Camden. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Somerville Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Concepts Group Home, 115 High St., Gratis, Ohio 45330. 

Bill G. Stahr 

Bill G. Stahr, 70, of 15 Northeana Drive, St. Marys, Ohio, died early Wednesday morning, Sept. 9, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys. 

Born March 9, 1928, in Ripley, W. Va., he was the son of Lewis and Frances (Harpold) Stahr. He retired as marketing and sales manager of Dayton Coatings and Chemicals, and was the owner of Stahr Video Productions in St. Marys. 

He had served as president of the Auglaize-Mercer County Convention and Visitors' Bureau, was a member of the Professional Videographers Association and past president of the Polyurethane Manufacturers Association. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in West Alexandria and the Valley of Dayton Shrine. 

Survivors include his wife, Elene J. (Pappas) Stahr, whom he married Oct. 30, 1976; one son, David G. (Linda) Stahr of Arnold, Md.; two daughters, Dedra (Charles L.) Chinn of West Carrollton and Susan (Allan) Thompson of Springboro; four granddaughters, Robin (Robert) Reidy of Kettering, Erin Thompson of Springboro, Amanda Stahr and Margaret Stahr, both of Arnold, Md. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 12, at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, followed by graveside services at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Auglaize County Unit, c/o of Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys, Ohio. 

Roger W. Reedy 

Roger Wayne Reedy, 51, of Lexington, Ky., former of the Dayton and Trotwood area, died Sunday, Sept. 6, in Dayton. 

He was born March 26, 1947, in Harlan, Ky. 

Survivors include two daughters, Ronda Tipton of Morehead, Ky., and Renee Reedy of Lexington, Ky.; his wife, Nadine Reedy of Knoxville, Tenn.; a stepson, David Brannon of Lexington, Ky.; a stepdaughter, Lisa Potter of Lexington, Ky.; four grandchildren; his father, Roger Reedy of Morehead, Ky.; two brothers, Danny Reedy of Corbin, Ky., and Johnny Reedy of Dayton; and two sisters, Debbie Shroder of New Carlisle and Sheila Godsey of Corbin, Ky. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Izela (Roberts) Reedy, in 1978. 

Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 10, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with Dr. Pat Murray officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria. 

Ruby B. Flory 

Ruby B. Flory, 82, of West South Street, Arcanum, died Monday evening, Sept. 7, at her home. 

Born Nov. 29, 1915, in Eaton, she was the daughter of the late Harvey and Edna (Bender) Bell. 

Survivors include two daughters, Doris Chatterton of Centerville and Becky Ramirez of Bradford; five sons, Donnie Flory of Ludlow Falls, Scott Worley of Eaton, Edward Flory and James Flory, both of Arcanum, and Joe Flory of West Manchester; 18 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Scott Worley, in September 1935; her second husband, Ray Flory, in January 1969; a son, Robert Flory; a grandson, Rodney Flory; two brothers, Hubert and Stanley Bell; and a sister, Ruth Coleman. 

Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 10, at Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum, with the Rev. Paul Chastain officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. 

Alice Morningstar 

Alice Morningstar, 86, of 7753 Gayle Drive, Carlisle, died Monday evening, Sept. 7, at her home. 

Born Nov. 8, 1911, she was the daughter of William Edward and Nellie V. (Wambolt) Johnstone. During World War II, she worked as a track walker at Armco Steel Co. 

Survivors include a daughter, Lois Jewell of Franklin; five sons, Charles (Marilynn) Morningstar, with whom she resided, Adrian (Elizabeth) Morningstar of Germantown, Gilbert (Ann) Morningstar of Franklin, William (Gabriela) Morningstar of Middletown and Aaron (Dee Dee) Morningstar of Council Grove, Kan.; 31 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles, in 1963; her parents; a son, James Edward; a daughter, Madonna Taylor; and two grandsons, Steve and Robert Byron Morningstar. 

Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 10, at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, Middletown, with the Rev. Delbert Dawes officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown, Ohio 45044. 

Andrew Allen 

Andrew "Jack" Allen, 70, of 194 W. Lakengren Drive, Eaton, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, at his home. 

Born April 7, 1928, in Seco (Letcher County), Ky., he was the son of the late William Edgar and Martha (Osbourne) Allen. He retired from the C.T.L. Distribution Center in Mulberry, Fla., where he was a chemical delivery truck driver. Mr. Allen was a member of Masonic Lodge #243, F&AM in Mountain City, Tenn.; American Legion Post #72 in Mulberry, Fla.; and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. 

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Betty J. (Wills) Allen; sons and daughter-in-law, Michael Wayne Allen of Minnesota, Kenneth Darrell Allen of Florida, Jack Edward and Linda Sue Allen of Mulberry, Fla.; daughters and sons-in-law, Marjorie Ann and Chuck Togon of Minnesota, Karen Sue and Thomas Stacey of Fredericktown, Ohio, Sandra Lynn and Edward Platz, Donna Marie and Richard Bower, all of Florida. 

Also surviving are 19 grandchildren; sisters, Marjorie (Emory) Fenner of Mountain City, Tenn., and Juanita Robinson of Kingsport, Tenn.; a brother, Thomas Darrell Allen of Knottingham, Pa.; a half brother, Billie Allen of Mountain City, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by a sister, Eunice Allen; two half brothers, Stelson and Howard Allen; and one grandson. 

Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 12, at Henson Funeral Home, Mountain City, Tenn., with the Rev. Howard Estep officiating. Masonic graveside services and burial were in Phillippi Cemetery, Mountain City, Tenn. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of local arrangements. 
 

Brett M. Cantrell 

Brent Michael Cantrell, 28, of Lewisburg, died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 12. 

He was a graduate of Tri-County North High School, and had been employed as a job setter for the past seven years at K & B Mold in Brookville. 

Survivors include his parents, Kermit M. "Mitch" and Loretta M. (Baker) Cantrell; paternal grandmother, Geraldine Cantrell of Virginia; maternal grandparents, Bill and Dolly Baker of Virginia; two brothers, Matthew and Brian Cantrell of Lewisburg; and a sister, Carrie Cantrell of Lewisburg. 

Funeral services and entombment will be private. Kindred Funeral Home, Englewood, is in charge of arrangements. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Life Connection of Ohio, 1100 S. Main St., Suite 204, Dayton, Ohio 45409. 

Mervin McKee 

Mervin McKee, 68, of East Carlton Road, West Alexandria, died Saturday, Sept. 12, at his home. 

Born Jan. 25, 1930, in West Manchester, he was the son of Clarence and Sadie (Poffenberger) McKee. He retired from the West Alexandria Post Office after 27 years, was a farmer and a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of James E. Ryan Post #322 American Legion, Twin Valley Rod and Gun Club, was an NRA member and an ATA member. 

Survivors include sisters and brother-in-law, Mary and Edward Bergeron of Columbia, S.C., and Vera Bruns of West Alexandria; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lowell McKee, Donald and Margie McKee, Loren and Donna McKee, all of West Alexandria, Merrill and Alice McKee of New Lebanon, Raymond and Jane McKee of Corning, Ohio, Virgil and Barb McKee of Columbus, Larry and Millie McKee of Eaton; nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister-in-law, Caroline McKee. 

Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Brian Dillahunt officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown, or to the West Alexandria EMS. 

Loraine C. Swihart 

Loraine C. Swihart, 71, of North Ft. Myers, Fla., died Friday, Sept. 11. 

She was born at St. Marys, Ohio. She was the former owner of the Central House in Eaton. Mrs. Swihart moved to Florida from Eaton in 1976, and to Ft. Myers in 1983. 

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Jacci and Craig Steffen of North Ft. Myers, Fla.; a granddaughter, Amelia; and a niece, Kim Carlson. 

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Ft. Myers, Fla. 33907. Entombment will be in Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.


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