Miscellaneous Preble County, Ohio Obituaries - 1998

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Robert Crelin

Robert "C" Crelin, 52, of 7166 U.S. 40, New Paris, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, Oct. 29, after a minivan and truck accident at U.S. 35 and Oxford-Gettysburg Road.

Born Aug. 2, 1946, in Long Branch, N.J., he was the son of John Q. and Harriett (Frago) Crelin. He was owner and operator of Crelin Carry Out in Eaton and was a salesman for Fred First Ford in Richmond for 16 years.

From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Crelin was the varsity softball coach for National Trail High School. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and had received the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Jefferson Township Boosters Club and St. John's Catholic Church, both of New Paris.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Janet (Jordan) Crelin; a daughter, Jessica M. Crelin of New Paris; a son, Robert T. Mincieli of Long Branch, N.J.; his mother, Harriett M. Crelin of Long Branch, N.J.; a brother, John Q. Crelin of Long Branch, N.J.; two sisters, Theresa Buteau of Forked River, N.J., and Patricia Hennesy of Long Branch, N.J.; father- and mother-in-law, Jim and Helen Jordan of New Paris; a niece, Tracey Ross of New Paris; and two grandchildren, Dominic and Arianna Mincieli.

Funeral Mass was Monday, Nov. 2, at Visitation Catholic Church, Eaton, with the Rev. Thomas Fitzsimmons officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Fund -- Preble County Unit, or to the Northwest Emergency Squad.

Teresa Hensley

Teresa Hensley, 79, 305 Wayne Ave., Eaton, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Heartland of Eaton after an extended illness.

Born April 1, 1919, in London, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Stephen Douglas and Fannie (Hammons) Jones, and had lived in Preble County most of her life. She was a retired nurses' aide, and was a member of the Preble County Senior Citizens.

Survivors include three brothers, Earl Jones of Lakeland, Fla., Galen Jones of Richmond, Ind., and Alva Jones of Florida; nieces and nephews.

Her husband, James Hensley, died Oct. 5, 1986. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, June Darlene Hensley; two sisters, Ethel Graff and Cleda Mae McCormick; and a brother, Herman Jones.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 30, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Helen K. Davis

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

Born July 14, 1916, in Richmond, Ind., she was the daughter of the late William and Ella (Niewoehner) Daniels, and had lived in Preble County most of her life. She was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church, was a member of VFW Auxiliary Post 1108 of Richmond, Ind., and Eagles Auxiliary Aerie #2202 of Eaton.

Survivors include a son, Dan Quinn of Eaton; three daughters, Patricia Taylor, Carolyn Francis and Judy Richison, all of Eaton; three stepsons, Gary Milligan of Churubusco, Ind., Jim Davis of Richmond, Ind., and Phil Davis of Flower Mound, Texas; a stepdaughter, Rose Jensen of Richmond, Ind.

Also surviving are 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; five sisters, Rosella Schankel and June Bunting, both of Eaton, Emma Jean Coulter of Dayton, Doris Koeller of Brookville and Hazel Dubois of Albuquerque, N.M.; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husband, James Ross Juday, in 1948; husband, William Nelson Quinn, in 1955; and husband, Earl D. Davis, in 1997; a sister, Viola Woltja Geeting; and two brothers, Vernon Daniels and Raymond Daniels.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 30, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Suzanne Dillahunt officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

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

Theodore Rohlfing

Theodore Rohlfing, 85, of Ukiah, Calif., formerly of Preble County, died Monday, Oct. 26, in Ukiah.

He was born Jan. 29, 1913, in Taylorville, Ill. He had been a Pan Am Airlines flight engineer before retiring. He was a member of the Ukiah Prop Busters Radio Controlled Airplanes, Ukiah Elks Club, Pan Am Flight Engineers Association, and was a member of the Ukiah First Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Rohlfing, in 1993; and a daughter, Gaeyle Ann Melvin.

Survivors include a daughter, Rochelle Brengmen of San Jose, Calif.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a cousin; and a niece.

Graveside services were Monday, Nov. 2, at Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Betty J. Layne

Betty J. Layne, 42, of West Carrollton, died Friday, Oct. 30, at her home.

She was preceded in death by her father, Orville L. Arahood.

Survivors include her mother, Emma Arahood; her husband, David Layne; a son, David A. Layne Jr.; stepdaughters, Sherri Langhman and Amy Kapinus; brothers and sisters, Paul and Janis Arahood, Shirley and Frank Wood, Dianna and Larry Davis, Ronald and Kate Arahood, Cathy and Jack Hagan; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 2, at Barclay Funeral Home, Kettering, with the Rev. Ron Pauley officiating.

Stanley A. Webb

Stanley A. Webb, 91, of 1601 S. 14th St., Richmond, Ind., died Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Reid Hospital.

Born March 24, 1907, in Eaton, he was the son of Edward and Jane (Huffman) Webb, and had lived in Richmond all his life. He retired from Wayne Works in 1972, and was a member of Central Baptist Church.

Survivors include seven sons, Larry Webb of Cambridge City, Ind., Herbert Webb of Dewey, Ariz., Darlton Webb of Bon Aqua, Tenn., Myron Webb of Weatherford, Okla., Lee Webb and Rick Damrell, both of Richmond, Ind., and Dan Damrell of Virginia.

Also surviving are five daughters, Evelyn Hessley of Geneva, Ohio, Joyce Grays of Ellenton, Fla., Norma Day of West Alexandria, Patricia Smith of Leon, Kan., and Phala Harrison of Richmond, Ind.; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two wives, Edna Webb and Grace Webb Watkins.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Central Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Maples officiating. Burial was in Goshen Cemetery, Richmond, Ind. Jones-Klute-Lamb Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.

Donna P. Winfield

Donna P. Winfield, 90, formerly of East Springfield Street, Dayton, died Saturday morning, Oct. 31, at Heartland of Eaton, where she had been a resident since April.

Born April 6, 1908, in Hardin County, Ohio, she was the daughter of Clifford O. and Elizabeth (Richards) Price.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph J. Winfield, in 1974; four brothers, Perry Price, Ernest Price, Lewis Price and Edison Price; and a sister, Erma Scott.

Survivors include two nieces, Bernice Case and Shirley Ferriell; nine great-nieces and -nephews, Boyd Case, Greg Case, Gliena Case, Juanita Lorig, Clarence Case, Eddie Case, Sandy Keller, Harold Gray and Nancy Joy; 11 great-great-nieces and -nephews; and several great-great-great-nieces and -nephews.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Don Boyer officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria.

Sarah E. Clifton

Sarah Evelyn "Eva" Clifton, 94, of 515 S. Maple St., Eaton, formerly of Richmond, Ind., died Sunday, Nov. 1, at Reid Hospital after a short illness.

Born Sept. 15, 1904, in Maryville, Tenn., she was the daughter of William and Mary (Gregory) Humphrey. She had lived in Richmond from 1936 until moving to Eaton five years ago.

Survivors include one daughter, Hazel Marie Rogers of Richmond, Ind.; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Raines Clifton, in 1968; three sons, Homer L., William "Junior" and Dallas Ray Clifton; three brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., with the Rev. Jeffrey Blair officiating. Burial was in Earlham Cemetery, Richmond, Ind.

Allen Marshall

Allen Marshall, 25, of Greenville, formerly of New Madison, died Saturday evening, Oct. 31, as a result of a car-pedestrian accident in the Bradford/Covington area on U.S. 36.

Born Nov. 28, 1972, in Greenville, he was the son of William and Julie Kay (Townsend) Dafler and Richard and Mary Marshall. He had lived in the Darke County area his entire life.

He was a 1991 graduate of Tri-Village High School, and was a laborer with Baxter Company of Eaton. He attended the New Madison United Methodist Church, and was a member of Loyal Order of the Moose No. 329 of Greenville.

In addition to his parents, who reside in New Madison, survivors include a stepbrother, David Wesley Dafler of West Lafayette, Ind.; three stepsisters, Gina Catherine Dafler of Eaton, Beth Ann Barton of Union City, Ohio, and Jacquelyn Lynn Simons of Greenville; paternal grandmother, Muriel Wolfe of Greenville; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Russell and Hazel Townsend; paternal grandfather, William Fred Marshall; and a stepsister, Michelle Marie Holmes.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, with the Rev. Jim Chronister officiating. The family will receive friends prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenmound Cemetery, New Madison. Storch-Braund Funeral Home, New Madison, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Fund, with envelopes available at the funeral home.

Otis Green Jr.

Otis "Red" Green, 74, of Saratoga, Calif., died Thursday, Oct. 1, at his home.

Born Jan. 6, 1924, in Preble County, he was the son of Otis L. and Elta (Deem) Green. He attened the Eaton schools and graduated from New Paris High School. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Survivors include three children, Claudia, Christine and Steven Green; one sister, Margaruite Christensen of Florida; two half sisters, Pat Freel and Shirley Green; and two half brothers, Gary Green of Cedarville and Richard Green of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Betty Morgan; two brothers, Paul and Bobby Green; and three half brothers, Lester, Lowell and Bill Green.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 10, in San Jose, Calif.

Theresa G. Taylor

Theresa Gay Taylor, 40, of Middletown, died Sunday, Nov. 1, at University Hospital of Cincinnati.

She was born July 31, 1958, in Hamilton, and was educated in the Fairfield Schools. She attended the East Hamilton Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Ken J. Taylor; her father, Glenn Slusher of Trenton; two daughters, Danelle and Elizabeth Stephenson, both of Trenton; a granddaughter, Laura Stephenson of Trenton; a brother, Glendon Slusher of Fairfield; two sisters, Peggy McManus of Charlotte, N.C., and Annette Mayleben of Trenton; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Wilma Jean (Owens) Slusher, in 1995.

Funeral services will be at noon Thursday, Nov. 5, at Webb Noonan Funeral Home, Hamilton, with Pastor Keith E. Risner officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Butler County Memorial Park.

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth "Betty" (Fox) Smith, 78, of La Jolla, Cal., died Wednesday, Oct. 28, after an extended illness.

The widow of Colonel William K. Smith, U.S. Air Force, she is survived by one son, Arthur B. Lyon III, Albuquerque, N.M.; a brother, G. Craig Fox, Desert Palm, Cal.; a sister, Barbara Fox Brown, Eaton; and a grandaughter, Christina Parlapiano of Albuquerque, N.M.

Smith was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and moved to Orlando, Fla., as a small child. Following graduation from Orlando High School, Smith was a Chi Omega at the University of Tennessee, where she met and married Arthur B. Lyon, Jr.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheiner's Association in the donor's area.

Evelyn Foust

Evelyn Anna "Bobbie" Foust, 75, of 75 County Road 355, New Paris, died Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Green Briar Nursing Center in Eaton.

Born Jan. 21, 1923, in Union City, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Harry B. and Inez (Stump) Freidline. She was a 1941 Morton High School graduate in Richmond, Ind. She retired in 1988 from the IRS after 10 years of service as a Tax Payer Service representative, and was a member of Preble County Council on Aging and Altrusa Club of Richmond.

She was preceded in death by sisters Mary Dean Jackson in 1996 and Edna Mae Hawkins in 1997.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Wan O. Foust; sons Michael S. Foust, of Kissimmee, Fla. and Shawn D. Foust, of Moraga, Calif.; a daughter, Cynthia Jo Foust of New Paris; brother, Eldon H. Freidline of Los Alamos, N.M.; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral service were held on Friday, Nov. 6 at Barnes Funeral Home, New Paris. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.

Charlene Voge

Charlene Voge, 78, West Alexandria, died Thursday, Nov. 5, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.

Born Mar. 11, 1920 in New Holland to Clark and Donna (Smith) Orihood, she retired in 1974 from TRW (Globe Industries) in Dayton. She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church and Salem Women of the Church.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Lawrence Voge; seven children, Roger Shuttleworth of Dayton; Carolyn Lawson of Miamisburg; Jim Stockslager, Eaton; James Voge, Newark; Sylvia Schaeffer, Brookville and Don Voge, Bloomington; 25 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, and a cousin, Jewell Morsa, West Carrollton.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Jo McKee in 1979, and by a sister, Janice Johnson.

Services were Saturday, Nov. 7 at Salem Lutheran Church, West Alexandria with Rev. Daniel Snider officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. Arrangements were handled by Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria.

Donations may be made to the West Alexandria Rescue Squad or Hospice of Middletown.

Robert Downing Sr.

Robert Downing Sr., 38 of Hagerstown, Ind., died Sunday, Nov. 1 as the result of an automobile accident.

He was born Jan. 10, 1960, in Dayton, to Richard and Martha (Carnes) Downing.

Survivors include his wife, Nicole; six children, Amanda, New Paris; Robert Jr., New Paris; Miranda, New Paris; Bobby Jo, Richmond, Ind.; Harley, Milton, Ind.; Skyler, Hagerstown, Ind.; a sister, Donna Whistler of Junction City, Kansas; three brothers, Richard Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.; Louis of Miamisburg and Terry of Junction City, Kansas.

Services were held Nov. 4, at Marshall and Erlewein Funeral Home in Dublin, Ind., with Rev. Fletcher Callahan officiating.

James Gibbs

James William Gibbs, 62, West Alexandria, died suddenly, Friday, Nov. 6.

He was born Dec. 8, 1935, in Covington, Ky., a son of the late Henry William and Ada (Epperson) Gibbs. He served in the United States Army from 1957-59. A member of the Inland Retirees, he retired in 1988 after 30 years with the Inland Division of GM-Vandalia Plant. An active member and Deacon of the First Brethren Church of West Alexandria, he was cofounder and cook for the Church's Men's Prayer Breakfast, was a member of Senior Citizens of the Church and participated in the Friday Night Church Fellowship Bowling League.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lawrence Wayne and Johnnie Gibbs.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Marilyn L. (Rader) Gibbs, daughter and son-in-law Kendra and Bob Creech of West Alexandria; son and daughter-in-law Todd and Karen Gibbs of New Paris; grandchildren Rick, Tish, Bobby, Kayla and Kelsey Creech and Bobby and Nikki Gierzak; brothers Warren Gibbs, Dale Gibbs and Charles Gibbs of Eaton; sisters Etta Melton of Imperial Beach, Calif. and Mary Wogoman of Eaton; step-mother Julie Gibbs of San Antonio Texas; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the First Brethren Church of West Alexandria, with Pastor David Oligee officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens.

Arrangements were handled by Barnes Funeral Home, Eaton. Contributions may be made to the First Brethren Church Memorial Fund.

Ethel Bennett

Ethel Louise Bennett, 82, Eaton, died Friday, Nov. 6 at Reid Hospital as a result of a short illness.

Born Sept. 9, 1916 in Fairfield, Ind., she was the daughter of Lenard and Edna (Cromwell) Veal. She lived in Richmond, Ind., for more than 30 years before moving to Eaton. She was a member of the New Hope United Methodist Church in New Hope.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Bennett, in 1977.

She is survived by one son, Greg Bennett, Indianapolis, Ind.; three daughters, Sandy Lang, London, Karen Alcorn, New Paris, and Becky Rogers, New Hope; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles Veal, Richmond, Ind.

Private graveside services were held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were handled by Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Jeffrey Blair officiating. Burial was in Lutherania Cemetery, Richmond, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope United Methodist Church, 3330 Upsher-Northern Rd., Eaton.

Luther Maddox

Luther T. Maddox, 80, Middletown, died Thursday, Nov. 5, at Middletown Regional Hospital, Middletown.

Born Aug. 15, 1918 in Grayson, Ky., he was the son of Matt and LaRue (Issacs) Maddox. He was educated in the Butler County Schools, and was a farmer in the Butler County area for more than 50 years before retiring in 1994. He married Betty Jane Burns in 1939.

He was a member of Butler County Landmark, Butler County Farm Bureau, Holstein-Friesian Association and Butler County Dairy Council.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Jane, Middletown, children Carol Jane (Richard) Giffen, Trenton, and Tom Maddox, Middletown; six grandchildren, Heather (Greg) Whitesele, Julie Maddox, David Maddox, Michael (Melissa) Giffen, Melanie Giffen and Stephanie Giffen; three great-grandchildren, Brittany, Paige and Cody; two sisters, Nola Wilson, Florida, and Betty Arnold, Hamilton; three brothers, Sherman Maddox, Arizona, Chilt Maddox, Cincinnati, John Maddox, South Carolina.

Services were held Monday, Nov. 9 at the Paul R. Young Funeral Home, Hamilton, with the Pastor Paul R. Young officiating. Burial was in Butler County Memorial Park.

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Paul Beaver

Paul G. Beaver, 73, Eaton, died Monday, Nov. 2, at Oakridge Rehab and Specialty Care Center, Richmond, Ind., after an extended illness.

Born July 30, 1925 to the late Isaac and Anna (Trittschuh) Beaver, he was reared by his late aunt and uncle, Gustov and Evelyn Trittschuh, Bradford. He was a WWII veteran who served with the United States Marine Corp in the Southern Pacific, retired from General Motors, Central Office, after 38 years. He worked with the Lakengren Water Authority for 8 years.

An active member of Grace Lutheran Church, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph E. Beaver and a sister, Evylin M. (Beaver) Skiba.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Florence E. (Strobel) Beaver; a son, CWO4 Joyce B. (Mila) Beaver, stationed in Oak Harbor Washington; a daughter, Cheryl D. (Ben) Barnett of Beavercreek; a brother, Lester (Viola) Beaver of Covington; five grandchildren, Michelle L. Beaver, Yakima, Wa., Schuyler and Justin Beaver, Oak Harbor, Wa., Eric and Kyle Barnett, Beavercreek; one great-grandaughter, Kaitlynn Marie Beaver, Yakima, Wa.

A memorial service will be held Nov. 14, at 10:30 a.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, 111 Lutheran Dr., Eaton. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be given to the Paul Beaver Memorial at Grace Lutheran Church.

Arlene Isler

Arlene R. Isler of Okeana died Thursday, Nov. 5.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Robert P. Isler; daughters Kathryn Isler Goos, Eaton, Carolyn Jean (Stephen) Dawkins, Dallas, Texas, Diane (Brian) Miller, Cincinnati, Maria (Andrew) Smith, Chicago, Ill.; two grandchildren, Alexander Douglas Dawkins and Natalie Isler Miller; siblings, Yvonne Duer, Ellen, William, Allen, and James Arias.

Services were held Monday, Nov. 9, at the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Shandon. Arrangements were handled by the Webb Noonan Funeral Home, Hamilton.

The family requests memorial contributions be directed to the St. Vincent DePaul Society in care of The St. Aloysius Catholic Church, P.O. Box 95, Shandon, Ohio 45063.


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