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James A. Simpson

James A. Simpson, 81, of Eaton died Monday, Oct. 28 at Hospice of Dayton.He was a graduate of the Fine Arts Academy of Chicago and studied voice for two years under Oscar Siegel. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he was a bugler and entertained troops with his singing and was a member of the V.F.W. and Disabled American Veterans. He was preceded in death by his first wife Hetty and son Timothy. Survivors include his wife Ona Maxine; sons Allen Land of Porter, Texas and Richard Land of New Carlisle; brother Paul of Milebrae, Calif.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton. Barclay Funeral Home, Kettering was in charge of arrangements.

Nettie Mae Davis

Nettie Mae Davis, 97, of 515. S. Maple St., Eaton, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Heartland of Eaton. Born Sept. 28, 1899 in Eaton, she was the daughter of Irvin E. and Dora A. (Carico) Davis. She retired from the Excello Corp. and General Motors. She was preceded in death by brothers, Charles E. and Stanley Russell Davis, both in 1975; sisters, Helen Clifton in 1974, Mildred Rothert in 1975 and Alice Darnell in 1978. Survivors include nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in Mound Hill Union Cemetery in Eaton with the Rev. Mike McGuire officiating. Barnes Funeral Home in Eaton was in charge of arrangements.

Russell Cook

Russell Cook, 62, of Paint Road, New Paris, died Thursday, Oct. 31, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind. Born May 21, 1934 in Ready, Ky., he was the son of John Tilford and Minnie Irene (Elder) Cook. He had worked for Frank Miller Lumber in Union City, Ind. and Elmer Rader in Greensfork, Ind. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Bonnie Lou (Hayes) Cook; sons and daughters-in-law, Russell Joseph and Sue Cook of Lynn, Ind., Christopher Cook and Jimmie Ray Cook, both of Belmond, Iowa, John E. and Julie Cook of St. Petersburg, Fla., Jackson D. Cook of Richmond, Ind., and Marty J. Cook of New Paris; daughters and sons-in-law, Hope R. and Mike Baker of New Paris, Ruth P. and Bill Apple of St. Petersburg, Fla., Serena D. and Chris Short of Richmond, Ind.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jess Cook of Cynthiana, Ky., Bill and Connie Cook of New Paris, Chester and Vida Cook of Richmond, Ind., Roger and Betty Cook of Union City, Ind.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nova and Sam Wilker of Ansonia, Lorene and Lupus Vasquez of Texas, Ageline and Eugene Hardin of Brownsville, Ky., Daisy and Randy Shepherd of Richmond, Ind., Cathrine and Warren Childers of Kentucky; 36 granchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 4 at the Barnes Funeral Home, Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria with the Rev. Gilmer Smith officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens.

Nancy L. Tucker

Nancy L. Tucker, 59, of 5865 Lewisburg-Ozias Road, Lewisburg, died Friday, Nov. 1 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. Born Nov. 12, 1936 in Dayton, she was the daughter of Richard S. and Wilma Geraldine (Albert) Douglass. A 1954 graduate of the Lewisburg Union High School, she has worked as a postal clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Brookville. She was a lifelong member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lewisburg; member of the Delta Theta Tau Sorority in Lewisburg; First Dan in the United States Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation. Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Joey R. Tucker; daughter and son-in-law, Ann T. and Doug Langenbrunner of Dallas, Texas; and her father, Richard S. Douglass of Lewisburg. She was preceded in death by her mother, Wilma Douglass, in 1966 and by her son, Christian Douglass Tucker in 1991. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lewisburg with the Rev. James Lehman officiating. Burial was in the Roselawn Cemetery in Lewisburg. Barnes Funeral Home in Lewisburg was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chris Tucker Scholarship Fund, c/o First National Bank of Southwestern Ohio, P.O. Box 9, Lewisburg, Ohio 45338; or to the Chris Tucker Memorial Scholarship Fund, University of Toledo College of Law, 2801 W. Bancroft St., Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390.

Lu Keplinger

Lu (Stephens) Keplinger, 88, formerly of Eaton, died Sept. 28 in La Mesa, Calif. Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Huss and Georgia Hoover, both of San Diego, Calif.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held Thursday, Oct. 3 in La Mesa.

William A. Hand

William A. Hand, 84, formerly of Georgetown-Verona Road, Lewisburg, died Sunday, Nov. 3, at Riverside Hospital in Columbus. Born June 22, 1912 in Grand Rapids, Mich, he was the son of Harry and Clara (Austin) Hand. He retired in 1977 after 22 years with the Ohio Division of food, Dairy and Drugs; was a graduate of Penn State with a BA in agriculture and member of the Alumni Association; a World War II Army veteran; member of the V.F.W.-Brookville Memorial Post and American Legion, West Alexandria; Hilliard Happiness Entertainers; member of the Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church, Hilliard. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen M. Hand in 1986 and a son, William H. Hand in 1969. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Gary A. and Christine Hand of Dublin, and two grandchildren, Gary and Ryan Hand. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 11: a.m. at the Barnes Funeral Home, 411 N. Commerce St., Lewisburg, with the Rev. Max Williams officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. Family will receive friends on Wednesday one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church.

William F. Dannecker

William F. Dannecker, 87, of 3105 Shadow Hill Road, Middletown, died Monday, Nov. 4 at Willow Knoll Convalescent Center. He was born Dec. 8, 1908 in Cincinnati. He retired from Armco Steel Corp. in 1970 after 37 years of service as a metallurgical engineer. He was also the owner-operator of Danny's Train Shop for 40 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Middletown YMCA, Model Railroad Association and Alpha Lambda Tau Fraternity at the University of Kentucky and was also a Boy Scouts of America leader. Survivors include his wife, Alice C. Dannecker; one daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Hal Yoder of Eaton; one son and daughter-in-law, William C. and Jean Dannecker of Palm City, Fla.; grandchildren, Debby and Doug Bryant of Hamilton, Bob and Christina Yoder of Eaton, Chris and Jennifer Dannecker, and Kelly Dannecker all of Daytona Beach, Fla. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, Middletown with the Rev. John Keeny officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from noon until time for the service. Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 120 S. Broad St., Middletown, Ohio 45044 or the American Heart Association, 105 McKnight Drive, Middletown, Ohio 45044.

Hubert L. Lake Sr.

Hubert L. "Herb" Lake Sr., 62, of 404 Lexington Road, Eaton, died Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 12, at Hospice of Dayton after an extended illness.

Born Feb. 19, 1934, in Charleston, W. Va., he was the son of Lanta N. and Ethel (Dean) Lake. He served with the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1962, and retired in 1991 from Inland Manufacturing after 39 years of service. He was a member of Trinity Broadcasting and attended the Eaton Church of the Nazarene

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Mary L. Lake; three sons and daughters-in-law, William D. and Lena Patterson of Middletown, Charles E. and Laura Patterson of Greenfield, Ohio, Hubert L. Jr. and Rita Lake of Eaton; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda L. and Michael Johns of Middletown, Susan M. and Danny Fields, Rita K. and Hubert Lake, all of Eaton.

Also surviving are two brothers, Everett Lake of Arab, Ala., and Dewey Lake of Napier, W. Va.; one sister, Jean Casto of McWhorter, W. Va.; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Millard Dean, in 1979; and two brothers, Edward Lake and Larry "Junior" Lake.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 16, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Harold E. Horton officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or to the Eaton Church of the Nazarene.
Quiller Baker

Quiller Baker, 67, of Camden, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Born June 25, 1929, in Foxtown, Ky., he was the son of Reese and Mary (Isaac) Baker. He was employed by Don S. Cisle Contractors as a master mechanic for 45 years, retiring in 1994.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Elinor (Spicer) Baker, whom he married Nov. 8, 1952, in Richmond, Ind.; son and daughter-in-law, Rod and Karen Baker of Camden; daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Mike Campbell, Mary Jordan, all of Camden, Donna and Pat Phelan of New Lebanon, Paula and John Burkhead of West Elkton.

Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Mandi and Chad Baker, Mike, Cyndi and Sammi Campbell, Robert and Laura Jordan, April, Amy and Sean Phelan, Jordan and Justin Burkhead; four great-grandchildren; one brother, the Rev. Willard Baker of Hamilton; and two sisters, Byrtle King and Myrtle Allen, both of Hamilton.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 15, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, followed by burial in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Leslie Ramsey Sr.

Leslie Ramsey Sr., 72, of Eaton, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Hospice of Dayton.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was a member of Union Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include his wife, Bethel Ramsey; a son and daughter-in-law, Leslie Jr. and Sharon Ramsey of Brookville; grandchildren, Brian and Robyn Ramsey of Springboro, Lesley and Craig Ray of West Manchester; great-grandchildren; his mother, Lula Ramsey of McKee, Ky.; brothers, Elwood Ramsey and Rudolph Ramsey, both of McKee, Ky.; and sister, Freda Mae Bowlen of McKee, Ky.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willie; and sister, Joyce.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 15, at Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, Brookville, with Pastor Clifford A. Hurst officiating. Burial was in Arlington Cemetery, Brookville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.
Jane Etta McFarland

Jane Etta (Clark) McFarland, 78, of Lewisburg, died Thursday, Nov. 14, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton after an extended illness.

Born Dec. 25, 1917, in Putnam County, Tenn., she was the daughter of John W. and Sarah E. (Stamps) Clark. She had worked at Delco Products from 1940 to 1946. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge, Calvary United Methodist Church of Lewisburg and the Delco Ladies Gang.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Drexel Ford McFarland, on Oct. 1; and a half brother, Doyle Clark.

Survivors include a son, Steve McFarland of Lewisburg; a daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Nicholas Drayer of Lugoff, S.C.; brothers and sister-in-law, Carl Clifford Clark, and Raymond and Juanita Clark, all of Dayton; cousins, Violet Barnett and Zelamay Milligan; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 18, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. David Justis officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Fund.

Lavonne Craig

Lavonne Craig, 58, of 202 Gilmore Ave., Eaton, died Thursday, Nov. 14, at Hospice Inpatient Unit in Dayton.

Born Nov. 15, 1937, in Eaton, she was the daughter of Earl and Katie (McCarty ) Jones.

Survivors include her husband, Leroy Craig, whom she married on Jan. 20, 1954, in New Hope; two sons, David Craig and Gregory Craig, both of Eaton; a daughter, Alesia Saylor of College Corner; four brothers, Donald Jones of San Carlos, Fla., Carl Jones of Eaton, Robert Jones of Middletown and Ralph Jones of Hamilton; three sisters, Laura May Fugate of Eaton, Eveline Brookshire of Dayton and Charlene Studebaker of Lewisburg; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lloyd Jones and Jerry Jones.

Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 18, at R. C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Todd Carmack officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery.
Randy Marshall

Randy Marshall, 32, of West Alexandria, died Wednesday, Nov. 13.

He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Marshall, in 1991.

Survivors include his mother, Gladys Marshall; a son, Andrew Cole Marshall; a brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Nancy Marshall; a sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Don Procuniar; nieces and nephew; aunts and uncles; and friend, Mimi Hartley.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 16, at Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon, with the Rev. Bobbie Predmore officiating. Burial was in Twin Valley Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Dorotha M. Bernheisel

Dorotha M. Bernheisel, 80, of New Lebanon, died Thursday morning, Nov. 14.

She was the daughter of the late John and Lurty (Gilmer) Miller. Mrs. Bernheisel had retired in 1971 from McCall's in Dayton, and was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Weldon A. Paxson, in 1970, and Russel Bernheisel, on Sept. 12; and two sisters, Ruby Flory and Naomi Neubauer.

Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Patsy Via of Brookville, Susan and Duayne Sewell of West Alexandria; a son and daughter-in-law, Doyle J. and Darlene Thomas of Vandalia; grandchildren, Linda and Tim Newell, Mike Via, Tim and Kyna Via, Laurie Jo Via, Matt and Pixie Via, Amy Sewell, Jeni and David Guehring, Eric and Cindy Thomas, Scott Thomas, Marc and Mindi Thomas; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers, Roy Miller and John Miller, both of Dayton; and a sister, Hannah Woodie of Dayton.

Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 18, at Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon, with Pastor Robert Neeb officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Bonnie B. Brower

Bonnie B. Brower, 70, of Ohio 725, Camden, died Saturday, Nov. 16, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.

Born Oct. 10, 1926, in Preble County, she was the daughter of Charles H. and Ruby G. (Patterson) Snowden. She had worked for IBM and Almaden Winery in California prior to returning to Preble County in 1986.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Worley Jr., in 1963; and a brother, James Eugene Snowden, in 1969.

Survivors include her mother, Ruby G. Crouse of Camden; a daughter, Debbie A. Crafton of Carthage, Tenn.; five sons, Tim Worley of Athens, Ga., Martin Worley of Corning, Calif., Scott Worley of San Jose, Calif., Andy Worley of Fresno, Calif., and Ron Brower of Camden; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria, with Chaplain David Garman officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Reid Foundation -- Hospice Unit.
Ruby Smith

Ruby Smith, 63, of 124 Elm St., West Elkton, died of cancer Friday, Nov. 15, at her home.

She was born May 17, 1933, in Cuthin, Ky. She retired from Avon in 1993.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Earl Smith; four sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Sherry Smith, Danny and Cheryl Smith, Barry and Katy Smith, Chris and Scarlet Smith, all of West Elkton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy and Stan Woods of West Elkton, Lisa and Eric Kershner of Campaign, Ill.

She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Ginger, Shelly and Ashley Smtih, Brandi and Candice Woods, Danny, Bradley and Josh Smith, Zach and Hannah Smith, and Morgan Smith; five sisters, Lola Day of Stanford, Ky., Bertha Boggs of Camden, Faye Bach of Eaton, Betty Edwards of Berea, Ky., and Edith Cassidy of Camden; and a sister-in-law, Erma Lewis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Boone and Belle Lewis; a brother, Corbett Lewis; and a sister, Eva See.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 19, at R. C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Paul Pennington officiating. Burial was in Fairmound Cemetery, West Elkton.

Dorothy M. Moland

Dorothy Mae Moland, 69, of 4916 Roosevelt Ave., Middletown, died Sunday, Nov. 17, at Barbara Parke Care Center.

A native and lifetime resident of Middletown, she was born Jan. 20, 1927, the daughter of the late William and Mary O'Neill. She was a homemaker and a member of Central Baptist Church for more than 25 years where she had taught Sunday School for over 10 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Moland Jr., in 1994.

Survivors include a son, David M. Moland of Gratis; five daughters, Karen Huffman of Slaughters, Ky., Kathy Watkins of Versailles, Ky., Monica Elkins of Gratis, Lanna L. Baker and Jonive Moland, both of Middletown; one brother, Lee O'Neill of Middletown; two sisters, Elnora Wall and Brenda Baker, both of Middletown; one stepsister, Kimberly O'Neill of Middletown.

Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Melissa Pike, Michelle Graham and Shannon Robinson, all of Versailles, Ky., Larry Elkins II, David Brandon Moland, Kelli Moland and Matthew Moland, all of Gratis, Heather Pergrem and Nicole Rose, both of Middletown; and four great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, John O'Neill, Bob O'Neill, Kenny O'Neill and William O'Neill Jr.; and two sisters, Kathleen Wolfenburger and Margaret Jackson.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Joseph R. Baker Funeral Home, Middletown, with the Rev. Harold Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.

Memorial contributions may be made to Barbara Parke Care Center, Middletown.

Martha E. Watts

Martha E. Watts, 85, formerly of Campbellstown-Crawfordsville Road, Eaton, died Monday, Nov. 18, at Greenbriar Nursing Center after an extended illness.

A native and lifelong resident of Preble County, she was born Nov. 25, 1910, the daughter of the late Charles Franklin and Lulu Belle (Wilkin) Miller. She was a member of the Campbellstown United Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence I. Watts, on Jan. 3, 1983.

Survivors include a stepgranddaughter, Carita Davison of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Marjorie McConkey; a brother, Carl Miller; and a sister, Dorothy Miller.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. James C. Sizelove officiating. Burial will be in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home.

Allmon E. Bradley

Allmon E. Bradley, 81, of West Alexandria, died Monday, Nov. 18, at Heartland of Eaton.

Born June 10, 1915, he was the son of John and Dorothy (Clauss) Bradley. He retired in 1968 from Kuhn's Bros. Foundry.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nelle Bradley, in 1994.

Survivors include four sons, Almon "Bud" Bradley and William Bradley, both of Eaton, Russell Bradley and Donald Bradley, both of West Alexandria; four daughters, Marilyn Wigger of Union, Sandy Logan of Hendersonville, Tenn., Kathy Sandlen of West Alexandria and Sherry Davis of Eaton; 27 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, William and Jack Bradley; and three sisters, Mary Bradley, Elnora Coldiron and Dorothy Marcum.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the First Brethren Church, West Alexandria, with the Rev. David Oligee officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, and one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown or to Joy Ministries in Lewisburg.
James H. Brinegar

James H. Brinegar, 70, of Deer Run, Camden, died Monday, Nov. 18, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Born Feb. 28, 1926, in Irvine, Ky., he was the son of the late Millard and Sarah Brinegar. He was employed at Square D in Oxford as a press operator, retiring in 1988.

Survivors include his wife, Mima Lucille (Seely) Brinegar, whom he married Aug. 14, 1977, in Hamilton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Linda Brinegar, Randy and Kathy Brinegar, all of Fairfield; one daughter, Darlene Brinegar of Mason.

Also surviving are two stepsons, Darrell Sealy of Hamilton and Brian Sealy of Camden; stepdaughters and sons-in-law, Eileen and Bill Wyatt of Oxford, Debbie and Alfred Keith, Renita McElravey, Laverne and Winford Colwell, Sherry and Junior Gabbard, all of Hamilton, Evelyn and Martin Parman of Camden.

Other survivors include a brother, Harve Brinegar; two sisters, Cathryn of Irvine, Ky., and Callie Garrett of Spiceland, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Pauline Brinegar of Irvine, Ky.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 17 stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bob Brinegar.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Mike Gadd officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden. The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20.


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