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Raymond H. Poos

Raymond H. Poos, 90, of Eaton, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, at his home after an extended illness.

A native and lifelong resident of Eaton, he was born April 4, 1908, the son of the late Henry and Eliza (Cottingham) Poos. He was a retired farmer. Mr. Poos was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Preble County Senior Citizens, Preble County Farm Bureau, Ohio State Plowman Association, and was a former committee member of the ASCS, Eaton.

His first wife, Naomi (Unger) Poos, died in 1950. He then married Edna (Brower) Poos and she died in 1983. A brother, Everett Poos; and a sister, Gertrude Sauer, are also deceased.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol Ward of Richmond, Ind., and Wilma Summers of New Haven, Conn.; two sons, Laurence Poos of Washington, D.C., and Dale Poos of Eaton; two stepdaughters, JoAnn MacKenzie of Surrey, British Columbia, and Melinda Fay of Albuquerque, N.M.; a granddaughter, Emily Summers; three step-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 24, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Brian Dillahunt officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice, c/o Reid Hospital & Health Care Services, Richmond, Ind.; to the Preble County Cancer Society; or to Grace Lutheran Church.

Larry F. Horn

Larry F. Horn, 63, of Eaton, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, at his home after a one-year illness.

Born Jan. 8, 1935, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of the late George W. and Fern M. (Shafer) Horn, and had lived in Eaton all his life. He was a graduate of Eaton High School, and was a retired self-employed painter and paper hanger. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include four sisters, Virginia Koontz, Vera Conrad and Flora Burrows, all of Eaton; and Lorene Henderson of New Lebanon; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Glenna Moistner; and two brothers, Harry Horn and Charles Horn.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 23, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Zion Cemetery near Eaton, where military graveside services were conducted.

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

Sharon K. George

Sharon K. George, 55, of Bridgeport, W. Va., formerly of West Alexandria, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 20, in West Virginia.

Born April 5, 1943, in West Alexandria, she was a 1961 graduate of Lanier High School. She had worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C., for 22 years, and had worked in Clarksburg for the past five years.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harold "Jim" George, in 1974.

Survivors include her mother, Zella (Burnett) George of West Alexandria, a sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and John Neuner of Kettering; three brothers and sister-in-law, Roger and Evelyn George of Richmond, Ind., Gary George of Gratis and Jerry George of Brookville; an aunt, Theresa Stocker of Eaton; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 24, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. David Oligee officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Alexandria Emergency Squad.

Veda H. Hollis

Veda Helen Hollis, 91, of 105 Meadow Lane, Hartford City, Ind., died Tuesday morning, Oct. 20, at Regency Place, Fort Wayne, Ind., after an extended illness.

A native and lifelong resident of Hartford City, she was born Nov. 30, 1906, the daughter of Leander J. and Stella G. (Shellenbarger) Nelson. She graduated from Hartford City High School and in 1926 graduated from Madame Blakers School in Indianapolis (now Butler University).

She began her teaching career in 1927 at William Reed Elementary School in Hartford City, and also taught a year at Roll School and four years at Montpelier Elementary School.

She married Samuel A. Hollis on Nov. 22, 1931, in Niles, Mich., and operated the family business, the Hollis Grocery, in Hartford City. She resumed her teaching career in 1967 at the William Reed Elementary School, retiring in 1972.

Mrs. Hollis was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, Hartford City, and was a member of the Mary-Martha Circle of the church. She was active in the Blackford County Hospital Auxiliary and in 1993 had volunteered over 1,500 hours of service, becoming a patron of the auxiliary that year. She was also a member of the Dolly Cronin Circle of the church, a member and past president of Research Club, and a member of Purity Chapter #126 of the Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Valorie Ann and Warren Colglazier, Helen Kay and Keith Marlatt, all of Fort Wayne, Ind., Carol Lee and Robert Armacost of Eaton; a sister, Esther Reasoner of Fort Myers, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel; her parents, two brothers; James R. and Lawrence E. Nelson; and a sister, Madeline Atkinson.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 24, at Grace United Methodist Church, Hartford City, Ind., with Dr. Norman Glassburn officiating. Burial was in Hartford City Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home, Hartford City, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 312 W. Washington St., Hartford City, Ind.

Robert C. Brush

Robert C. Brush, 68, of 7854 Ohio 726, Eldorado, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the VA Medical Center in Dayton after an extended illness.

Born June 12, 1930, in West Alexandria, he was the son of Thomas and Virginia (Rader) Brush. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and had been a truck driver for Market Sales and Rose City Transportation, both of New Paris. He had been a member of the Eagles Lodge #2202 in Eaton.

He was preceded in death by sons, Thomas M. Brush in 1986, Mike and John Brush; a daughter, Sheila Brush; and a brother, Dallas Brush.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Barbara (Bradshaw) Brush; three sons, Roderick Brush of Eldorado, Ray E. Harris of Jamestown, Ohio, and Joseph A. Harris of Huber Heights; daughters, Christina Smith of Armagosa Valley, Nev., Joanne McClure and Donna Deel, both of Dayton; Linda M. Simms of Sugar Land, Texas, and Judith Shaffer of Aurora, Colo.; a brother, Freddie Brush of Richmond, Ind.; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 23, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Raymond Rothwell and the Rev. Don Dohm officiating. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery, Eldorado, with Preble County Veterans Honor Guard services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VA Hospice Fund, VA Medical Center, 4100 W. Third St., Dayton, Ohio 45428-9907.

Wilma Slough

Wilma Slough, 86, of Gratis, died Thursday, Oct. 22, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born Sept. 11, 1912, in Middletown, she was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Barnhart) Clevenger. She was a homemaker, and was an avid bowler.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert Slough; a brother, Lewis Clevenger; and a grandchild.

Survivors include two sons, James Slough of Germantown and Charles Slough of Gratis; two daughters, Shirley Johnson of Centerville, Ohio, and Marian Knight of Dayton; two sisters, Barbra Crist of Middletown and Wyona Sillett of Cincinnati; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Monday, Oct. 26, at Fairview Cemetery, Gratis, with the Rev. Harlan Sorenson officiating. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, was in charge of arrangements.

Thelma A. Brewer

Thelma A. Brewer, 83, of Camden, died Thursday, Oct. 22, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Born March 5, 1915, in Harriman, Tenn., she was the daughter of Walter and Bertha May (Spencer) Ashley.

She married Jacob L. Brewer on Dec. 6, 1928, in Stanton, Ky., and he preceded her in death on Jan. 16, 1974.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and James Raney of Somerville; a son, Augustus E. Brewer of San Diego, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 24, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, followed by burial in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Lloyd U. Hemmelgarn

Lloyd U. Hemmelgarn, 67, of New Paris, died Thursday, Oct. 22, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.

He was born May 4, 1931, in St. Henry, Ohio, the son of Urban T. "Butch" and Dorothy M. (Piekenbrock) Hemmelgarn. He retired in 1975 after serving 24 years with the U.S. Army. He was a member of Clarence Teaford Post #360 American Legion and St. John's Catholic Church, both in New Paris.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Nancy J. (Mueller) Hemmelgarn; his mother, Dorothy Dean of Richmond, Ind.; daughters and sons-in-law, Tina Marie and Kris Cook, Nancy Lee and Frank Henemyre, all of New Paris, Carol Ann and Wes Marshall, Mary E. Hemmelgarn and friend, Joey Wickett, all of Richmond, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Joan Hemmelgarn of Eaton; a sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Norbert Schutte of Eaton; a brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Dee Hemmelgarn of Richmond, Ind.; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marie Ann Hemmelgarn, in 1958; a son, Lloyd U. Hemmelgarn Jr., in 1965; his father, in 1973; and a brother, Dale F. Hemmelgarn, in 1985.

A prayer service preceded Funeral Mass on Monday, Oct. 26, at St. John's Catholic Church in New Paris, with the Rev. Thomas Fitzsimmons officiating. Burial, with military services, was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris. Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Parkinson Foundation of Southwest Ohio, 325 N. Third St., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.

Mary A. Hullinger

Mary Anna (Webb) Hullinger, 74, of 7800 Washington Ave., Evansville, Ind., died Thursday, Oct. 22, after suffering a stroke.

She was born in Eaton on July 14, 1924. She was a member of Lady Lions and Eastern Star.

Mrs. Hullinger was preceded in death by her husband, Frank D. Hullinger; and a brother, Howard Webb.

Survivors include two sons, Scott Hullinger of Evansville, Ind., and Charles Howard Hullinger of Lexington, Ky.; two daughters, Lynn Dee Austin of Peru, Ind., and Tana Louise Hullinger of Lakeville, Ind.; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services were held at Catabwa Island Cemetery, with the Rev. Ram Pal officiating. Alexander East Chapel, Evansville, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Bruce W. Baty

Bruce W. Baty, 70, of West Alexandria, died Saturday, Oct. 24, at his home.

Born Dec. 8, 1927, in Norwalk, Conn., he was the son of Bruce and Harriet (Buffington) Baty. He was a self-employed entrepreneur and had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. A pilot for over 40 years, he was co-founder of Women in Aviation Intl., was an active member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, a member of the Quiet Birdmen, and was an air show announcer for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy J. (Russell) Baty, whom he married March 22, 1980; a daughter, Jeanine Adams of Hialeah, Fla.; eight grandchildren; his mother, Harriet Warden of Vestal, N.Y.; a sister, Jean Simmons of Vestal, N.Y.; and a brother, Roger Warden of Loveland, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his father; and two daughters, Pam and Deborah Baty.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria. The family will receive friends from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Women in Aviation Intl./Bruce Baty Memorial Fund, c/o Bank One, 1311 N. Barron St., Eaton.

Constance A. Cook

Constance A. Cook, 58, of New Paris, died Saturday, Oct. 24.

Born Jan. 12, 1940, in Wayne County, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Wilbur Homer and Alice Anna May (Christ) Toney. She was a member of the Gospel Baptist Church in New Paris.

Survivors include her husband, Willie Cook, whom she married Nov. 7, 1959; sons, Wilbur Anthony Holley of Orient, Ohio, and Willie Tifford Cook of Somerset, Ky.; daughters, Rebecca May Pippin of Richmond, Ind., Tonya Fay Spalding of West Alexandria, Kimberley Irene Knotts of Toledo, Constance Anna Guisinger of New Paris, Patsy Ellen Knotts of Toledo and Freda Espero of Richmond, Ind.; 20 grandchildren; brothers, Jack Toney of Richmond, Ind., and Walter Toney of California; sisters, Betty Hunt of Richmond, Ind., Jane Raider of Richmond, Ind., and Donna Jean Bozarth of Texas.

She was preceded in death by granddaughters, Andrea Michelle Cook and Stephanie Marie Knotts; and a sister, Carolyn Riddle.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Gilmer Smith officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens.

Harold Bailey

Harold Bailey, 59, of 1027 N. 550 East, Brownsville, Ind., died Friday evening, Oct. 23, at Fayette Memorial Hospital in Connersville.

Born May 28, 1939, at Blackey, Ky., he was the son of Jesse and Dovie (Large) Bailey. He had lived in Brownsville since 1986, moving there from North Vernon, Ind. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Milestone Paving Company for about the past 20 years.

Survivors include his wife, Judy (Wines Puckett) Bailey, whom he married Aug. 31, 1997; two sons, Joey L. Bailey of Brownsville, Ind., and Shane Bailey of Lexington, Ky.; a daughter, Carrlee Bailey of Richmond, Ind.; four stepsons, Willie Puckett of Vandalia, Larry Puckett of Camden, David Puckett and Joe Puckett, both of Eaton; a stepdaughter, Melissa Puckett of Camden; three sisters, Nora Sponaugle of Londonville, N.Y., Maudie Dussault of Clifton Park, N.Y., and Joyce Farmer of North Vernon, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Showalter-Blackwell Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind., with the Rev. Ernie Wells officiating. Burial will be in West Point Cemetery, Liberty, Ind.

Veta A. Ball

Veta A. Ball, 78, of Eaton, died Sunday, Oct. 25, at her home.

Born April 25, 1920, in Lexington, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Murtie (Horn) Ensminger, and had lived in Eaton most of her life. She had been a bookkeeper at Spring Brothers Department Store and did alterations at Moysey Brothers Clothing Store. She was a member of the Eaton Church of the Brethren.

Her husband, Floyd L. Ball, died Sept. 13, 1976. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Sylvia Jean Ensminger and Pauline Birt.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert E. and Sandy Ball of Eaton; a daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Paul Land of Eaton; two granddaughters, Kimberly Ashman and Kristine Hilleary; two grandsons, James Ball and Derek Land; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, 226 W. Main St., Eaton, with the Rev. Martin L. Peacock officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Wilma J. Gadd

Wilma J. Gadd, 53, of Camden, died Sunday, Oct. 25, at her home.

Born Aug. 30, 1945, in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late Rev. John and Carrie (Blevins) Faulkner.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Gadd, whom she married July 19, 1968; a son, Kevin of Camden; a daughter, Kim, at home; three brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Carolyn Faulkner, Elmer and Wanda Faulkner, John and Peggy Faulkner, all of Middletown; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Delores and John Frey of Cincinnati, Jenny and Jennings Lansaw of Middletown.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, 249 N. Main St., Camden, with the Rev. James Setser officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Alberta M. West

Alberta Mae (Johnson) Snyder West, 90, formerly of South Main Street, Lewisburg, died Sunday, Oct. 25, at Heartland of Eaton after an extended illness.

Born Feb. 6, 1908, in Montgomery County, she was the daughter of Clarence G. Sr. and Carrie E. (Isenbarger) Johnson. She had lived in the Lewisburg and Brookville areas most of her life. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lewisburg.

Survivors include a sister, Hazel I. Erisman of Dayton; a brother and sister-in-law, Clarence G. Jr. and Louise Johnson of Kettering; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harvey R. Johnson and Howard L. Johnson; her first husband, Samuel W. Snyder, in 1957; and her second husband, F. Orent West, in 1977.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. George Pennington officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Betty M. McGuire

Betty Marie McGuire, 78, of West Mechanic Street, Eaton, died Monday, Oct. 26, at her home.

She was born Oct. 5, 1920, in Dayton.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Ora Lewis McGuire; three sons, Kenneth McGuire and Kord Lee McGuire, both of West Alexandria, and Kim McGuire of Eaton; three daughters, Karen Schomburg of Dayton, Kathy Evans of West Alexandria and Kris Smith of Aurora, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; her mother, Ruth (Orndorf) Grant of Lima; a sister, Geneva Shellabarger of Lima; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Grant; and two brothers, Bill Grant and Albert T. Grant.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Curt Johnson officiating. Following the graveside service, a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 3613 Winston Lane, West Alexandria. Lindoff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown, or to Hospice of Dayton.

George H. Emley

George H. Emley, 72, of New Lebanon, formerly of Germantown, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Hospice of Dayton.

Born Sept. 26, 1926, he was the son of Clarence A. and Mary M. Emley. He was a chief deputy registrar for the State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and most recently retired from the Preble County Council on Aging.

Mr. Emley was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of the First Baptist Church of New Lebanon. He was also a charter member and past president of the Germantown Lions Club, past superintendent of Sunday school at Wesley United Methodist Church, a former Boy Scout leader for the Germantown troop and was also very active with youth sports.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy E. (Hittle) Emley; two daughters, Lorna (Michael) Smith of Middletown and Jennifer (Stephen) Halron of Green Bay, Wis.; a son, Scott (Cathy) Emley of Germantown; two stepdaughters, Robin (Bob) Staggs of Florida and Laura (Keith) Landis of Brookville.

Also survivng are two stepsons, Tony (Kerri) Rike of Florida and Scott (Leila) Rike of Brookville; 17 grandchildren; two brothers, John (Joanne) Emley of Alabama and Benjamin "Tim" (Phyllis) Emley of Germantown; two sisters, Lorna (Dan Jr.) Anslinger of Chico, Calif., and Mary Martha Emley of Germantown; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Clarence "Bud" Emley.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the First Baptist Church of New Lebanon, 335 S. Church St., New Lebanon, with Pastor Terry Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m., just prior to services, on Friday at the church. Burial will be in Germantown Cemetery. Dalton Funeral Home, Germantown, is in charge of arrangements.

Harold D. Grubb Jr.

Harold Dean Grubb Jr., 30, of North Factory Road, West Alexandria, died Monday, Oct. 19, as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born April 17, 1968, in Dayton, and was a 1986 graduate of Twin Valley South High School. He was employed as a brick mason.

Survivors include his parents, Donna L. (Stewart) and Harold Dean Grubb Sr. of West Alexandria; a daughter, Heather Lynn Cline of Eaton; maternal grandmother, Gladys Stewart of Barboursville, Ky.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 23, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, followed by burial in Preble Memory Gardens.

Helen K. Davis

Helen K. Davis, 82, of Eaton, died Monday, Oct. 26, at Greenbriar Nursing Center.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton.


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