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Ruby Barnette
Ruby Feltner Whitis Barnette, 71, of 6450 East Kentucky 70, Eubank, Ky., died Tuesday, Nov. 19, at her home.
Born July 12, 1925, in Langnau, Ky., she was the daughter of the late John and Flora House Feltner. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her husband, Ernest Barnette; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Rhonda Whitis of Camden; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Dexter Mobley of Eubank, Ky., Marty and Mike Myers of Eaton; a sister, Martha Sczewc of Indiana; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, John Barry Whitis; a daughter, Julia Kay Whitis; five brothers, Potter, Carl, Jasper, Woody and Freddie Feltner; and a sister, Mary Case.
Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 22, at the chapel of Morris and Hislope Funeral Home, with Brother Troy Roberts officiating. Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery, Eubank, Ky.

James F. Johnson
James "Jimmy" Finch Johnson, 43, of 61 1/2 S. 15th St., Richmond, Ind., died Tuesday, Nov. 19, at his home.
He was born Aug. 18, 1953, in Richmond, Ind., and had lived there since 1991. He was a reporter for The Graphic Press and the Palladium-Item. He was a graduate of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Springs, Md., and Gilford College in Greensboro, N.C. He had attended Indiana University East.
Mr. Johnson was a musician in several bands in the Washington, D.C., area for 10 years. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Finch Johnson of Richmond, Ind.; three sisters, Mary Anne Walker of Carmel, Ind., Rita Pardieck of Summerville, S.C., and Patricia Johnson of Lancaster, Pa.; one brother, David O. Johnson of Boca Raton, Fla.; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, E. Orville Johnson, in November 1995.
Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 23, at Doan and Mills Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., with Father Todd Riebe officiating. Burial was in Earlham Cemetery, Richmond.
Memorial contributions may be made to Townsend Community Center, 855 N. 12th St., Richmond, Ind. 47374.

Raymond L. Smith
Raymond Lee Smith, 18, of Cambridge City, Ind., died Thursday, Nov. 21, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, following an accident at work.
A native and lifelong resident of New Castle, Ind., he was born July 1, 1978, and attended Lincoln High School in Cambridge City. He was a carpenter and was employed by Newton Construction Company in Cambridge City. He attended Bentonville Christian Church.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, Larry E. and Sandi (Hicks) Smith of New Paris; his mother and stepfather, Sandra L. (Mobley) and Rickie Sherwood Sr. of Cambridge City, Ind.; two sisters, Ginger Marie Marshall of Dublin, Ind., and Misty Dawn Smith of Cambridge City, Ind.; one brother, Larry Leon Smith of Dublin, Ind.
Also surviving are paternal grandparents, Leon and Helen Smith of Connersville, Ind.; maternal grandparents, Minor and Geneva Mobley of Dublin, Ind.; a nephew, Chandler Todd Marshall; three stepbrothers, Shannon Smith of Kankakee, Ill., Rickie Sherwood Jr. and Nicholas Ryan Sherwood, both of Milton, Ind.; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 25, at Marshall Funeral Home, Dublin, Ind., with the Rev. Brian Justice officiating. Burial was in South Lawn Cemetery, Dublin.

Helen T. Garst
Helen T. Garst, 92, formerly of Ridgeville, Ohio, died Friday, Nov. 22, at the Otterbein Home in Lebanon.
Born in Eaton, she was the daughter of Andrew and Ida (Tucker) Weir. She graduated from Ohio State University and was a member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. She had taught fine arts and elementary school in Eaton, Dayton, Kettering and Springboro. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Ridgeville Homemakers and the Retired Teachers Association.
Mrs. Garst was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Garst, in 1975.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Sally Garst of Beavercreek; a daughter, Carol Manspeaker of Salem, Ore.; five grandchildren, Daniel and Joan Garst, Elizabeth, Jennifer and Andrew Manspeaker.
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 25, at Otterbein Home Chapel, Lebanon, followed by burial in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Stubbs-Conner Funeral Home, Waynesville, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Otterbein Home Benevolent Fund, Lebanon.

Robert L. Marker
Robert L. Marker, 69, of 52 N. Main St., West Alexandria, died unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 23, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Born Aug. 22, 1927, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of Walter and Carrie (Wysong) Marker. He had retired from the West Alexandria Post Office after 27 years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a member of James E. Ryan Post #322 American Legion, a member of the First Brethren Church in West Alexandria, and a past member of the Ohio State Patrol Auxiliary.
His wife, Betty Jane Marker, preceded him in death in 1995.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, R. Dwain and Sandra Marker, Rick and Linda Marker, all of West Alexandria; three daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Fran Naudascher, Robin and Chic McKinney, all of West Alexandria, Regina and Derek Crase of Clay City, Ky.
Also surviving are 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lowell Marker of West Alexandria and Charles Marker of Lewisburg; and a special friend, Janious Hart of New Paris.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Gene, James and Lloyd Marker.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the First Brethren Church, with the Rev. David Oligee officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Alexandria Emergency Squad.

Leonard Marker
Leonard Marker, 92, of 142 N. Main St., Camden, died Saturday morning, Nov. 23, at his home following a lengthy illness.
Born July 18, 1904, in Eaton, he was the son of Washington and Carrie (Campbell) Marker, and had lived most of his life in Richmond, Ind. He had worked for Thompson Dairy Co. as a pick-up man from the dairy farms and also at the plant, worked seven years for the Indiana State Highway Department out of Centerville, Ind., and helped his son on the farm for many years. He was a member of the Liberty (Ind.) Church of Christ for many years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary J. (Anderson) Marker, in 1988; a daughter, Janice M. Bailey Zumbrun; one sister and two brothers.
Survivors include three daughters, Betty L. Kenney of Richmond, Ind., Phyllis A. Lackey of Camden and Donna M. Branson of Richmond, Ind.; a son, Kenneth A. Marker of Liberty, Ind.; two stepdaughters, Carol Jacobs Steen of Fountaintown, Ind., and Shirley Jacobs Clark of Indianapolis, Ind.; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Showalter-Blackwell, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind., with Brent Avery of Oklahoma City, Okla., officiating. Burial was in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, Boston, Ind.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Church of Christ, Liberty, Ind.

Maurice Schmidt
Maurice "Bud" Schmidt, 69, of 8621 Reeve Road, Camden, died unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 23, at his home.
Born June 2, 1927, in Cincinnati, he was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (May) Schmidt. He was employed with George E. Fern Decorators in Cincinnati for over 30 years.
Survivors include his wife, Jane (Buchert) Schmidt, whom he married Oct. 22, 1949; four sons, Joe (Pam) Schmidt of Morning Sun, Buddy (Marian) Schmidt, Fred (Becky) Schmidt and Tom Schmidt, all of Camden; three daughters, Lenna (Tom) McKee of Eaton, Sandy (David) Kalnai of Trenton and Laurie Schmidt of Camden.
Also surviving are 17 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, David Schmidt of Cincinnati and Garhart Schmidt of Camden; four sisters, Lucille Burger of Camden, Shirley Muring and Alvera Enverle, both of Cincinnati, and Mary Davis of Florida.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Schmidt and Joseph Schmidt; and three sisters, Martha Burwinkel, Deloris Bross and Elizabeth Sherlock.
Funeral Mass was Tuesday, Nov. 26, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Camden, with Father Monig officiating. R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Camden-Somers Township Fire Department or to the Camden Emergency Squad.

Hortense Rich
Hortense (Robbins) Rich, 74, of Camden, died Sunday, Nov. 24, at Mercy Hospital in Hamilton.
Born April 25, 1922, she was the daughter of Garrett and Mabel (Warren) Robbins. She was a 24-year member of the First Southern Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Curtis Rich, whom she married Nov. 27, 1948; four daughters, Barbara Lotti of Michigan, Jean (Gene) Scott of Arden, N.C., Patricia J. Shiverdecker of Camden and Janet (David) Back of Middletown; four sons, Kirby E. (Deline) Rich of Oceanside, Calif., Ernest (Lu Ann) Rich of Fairfield, Donald Rich of Camden and Eugene (Teresa) Rich of Eaton.
Also surviving are 27 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; three brothers, Earl Robbins, Dewey Robbins and Junior Robbins; and four sisters, Lucy Roberts, Ruth McGinnis, Christine Sloane and Imogene Schaffer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Stanley and Buddy Rich; three brothers, Gerald, Clifford and Lonnie Robbins; and one sister, Norma Sykes.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the First Southern Baptist Church, Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery, Hamilton. R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, will be in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati at Mercy Hospital, Hamilton, or to the First Southern Baptist Church, Camden.

Mary K. Minor
Mary K. Minor, 86, of 328 W. Chicago St., Eaton, died Monday, Nov. 25, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born Oct. 4, 1910, in Blaunville, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late John and Sally (Smith) Hensley, and had lived in Preble County since 1960. She was a member of the First Church of God.
Survivors include her husband, Robert K. Minor; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jack Miller of Eaton; a grandson, Jeff Wysong; a granddaughter, Angela Adkins; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Ida Brenner of Richmond, Ind.; a brother, Cecil Hensley of Trenton, Mich.; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Charles Haney officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Herman S. Plunkett
Herman S. Plunkett, 90, of Eaton, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born Dec. 1, 1905, in Roanoke County, Va., he was the son of John and Molly (Johns) Plunkett. He attended Manchester and Wittenberg colleges, and had lived in Eaton since 1949. He was founder and owner/operator of Plunkett Plumbing in Eaton. Mr. Plunkett was an active member of the Eaton Church of the Brethren and was a member of the Eaton Lions Club from 1953-1973. He and his wife spent the winter months in Florida.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Fern (Brubaker) Plunkett; a son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Barbara Plunkett of Eaton; a daughter and son-in-law, Norma and Rolf Theen of Lafayette, Ind.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Eaton Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Craig H. Smith and the Rev. Martin Peacock officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Church of the Brethren.

Darrell L. Taylor
Darrell L. Taylor, 65, of 698 Lakengren Drive, Eaton, died Thursday, Nov. 28, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
He was born May 24, 1931, in Frankfort (Ross County), Ohio. He retired in 1993 after 22 years at Newco Frebco Co., Dayton, and was the Preble County plumbing inspector from 1995 to the present. Mr. Taylor was a member of the Plumber and Pipe Fitters Local #162 of Dayton, was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean conflict, a member of American Legion Post #215 of Eaton, VFW Post of Ada, and a member of the Eagles Lodge in Eaton.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Patricia S. "Pat" (Bowers) Taylor; his parents, Clarence and Evelyn Taylor of Eaton; three sons, Gordon L. Reynolds of Columbus Grove, Robert L. Reynolds of Elida and Michael Taylor of Eaton; two daughters, Claudia Bolinger of Carroll and Patti Sizemore of Beavercreek; one sister, Deloris Henson of Beavercreek; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Dannie Taylor.
Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 2, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Raymond Rothwell officiating. Graveside services and burial were Monday afternoon at St. Matthews Lutheran Church Cemetery, Cridersville, Ohio. The Eagles Lodge, American Legion and VFW conducted memorial services Sunday evening, Dec. 1, at the funeral home.

Fern A. Ochs
Fern Alice Ochs, 89, formerly of Eaton and Oakwood, died Thursday, Nov. 28, at Wood Glen Nursing Center in Springboro.
Born June 21, 1907, in Preble County, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Iva (Renner) Weaver. She was a graduate of Lewisburg-Union High School and attended Miami Jacobs College. She had worked at Frigidaire before going to work at City Loan in Dayton.
Her husband, Charles J. Ochs, died in 1970.
Survivors include one sister, Bernice Simmers of South Carolina; two nephews, Edwin J. Green of South Carolina and James L. Sims of Columbus; a niece, Kathleen Driesen of Kettering; two great-nephews, Scott and Mitchel Green; two great-great-nieces; one great-great-nephew; and cousins.
Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 30, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. James W. Whitley officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

John H. Fisher
John Hurley Fisher, 58, of West Alexandria, died Friday, Nov. 29, at his home.
Born Nov. 4, 1938, in Dayton, he was the son of Charles E "Pete" and Rella Elaine (Malott) Fisher. He was a 1956 graduate of Lanier High School, and retired in 1991 from Chapel Electric in Dayton. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of IBEW #82 Local Union of Dayton.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Sandy A. (Marks) Fisher; his mother, Rella Elaine Fisher of New Lebanon; his father- and mother-in-law, Joe Marks of Albany, Ky., and Chelsea Marks of Brookville; a son and daughter-in-law, John "John Boy" and Debbie A. Fisher of West Alexandria.
Also surviving are a brother, Mike Fisher of Centerville, Ohio; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Betty (Marks) Mattingly of Miamisburg, Glenna (Marks) and Pete Tucker of Eaton; a brother-in-law, Doug Marks of Lewisburg; nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Georgia Painter of Eaton, and special nephew and wife, Bill and Janette Schlotterbeck of West Alexandria.
Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 2, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Harold Ady officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown, Ohio 45044.

Irene B. Valant
Irene B. Valant, 90, of U.S. 35 North, Richmond, Ind., died Friday morning, Nov. 29, at Pinehurst Nursing Home in Centerville, Ind., after an extended illness.
Born May 31, 1906, in West Hartlepool, England, she was the daughter of John and Isabelle Jenny. She had lived in the Richmond area since 1994 and had also lived in Tucson, Ariz. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Her husband, Joseph B. Valant, died in 1964.
Survivors include three sons, Jay N. Valant of Richmond, Ind., Laurence B. Valant of Golden, Colo., and Edwin J. Valant of Tucson, Ariz.; four grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family with burial in Webster Cemetery, Webster, Ind. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Jeanne S. Gardner
Jeanne Sedella Gardner, 41, of 304 Elmwood Drive, Eaton, died Saturday, Nov. 30, at her home after an extended illness.
Born Sept. 3, 1955, in Dayton, she had lived in Eaton all her life. She was a 1973 graduate of Eaton High School, and was a member of Evangel Assembly of God.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne R. Gardner; her mother, Vicie Lee (Fluty) Albert of Eaton; a son, Jonathan R. Gardner, at home; two daughters, Bethany S. Gardner and Rachel E. Gardner, both at home; one sister, Virginia L. Wenning of Eaton; nieces and nephews.
Her father, Byron R. Albert, died Oct. 6, 1991.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Evangel Assembly of God, 216 S. Cherry St., Eaton, with the Rev. Charles K. Smith officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Evangel Assembly of God.

Ruby G. McCarty
Ruby G. McCarty, 88, formerly of West Eaton Pike, New Paris, died Saturday evening, Nov. 30, at Greenbriar Nursing Center, where she had been a resident since September 1991.
Born Oct. 10, 1908, in Jackson Township (Preble County), she was the daughter of Jerry and Pearl (Cail) McCarty. She was a 1926 graduate of Jackson High School and a 1931 graduate of Reid Hospital School of Nursing. She had been the head nurse of Reid Memorial Hospital nursery and obstetrics for 42 years, retiring in 1973.
Survivors include nieces; nephews; great-nieces and -nephews; and great-great-nieces and -nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth E. McCarty, in 1992; and four brothers, Glenn, Earl, Kenneth and Howard McCarty.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, 109 W. Main St., New Paris, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Burial will be in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Reid Hospital Foundation -- Nursery.

Deborah N. Via
Deborah (Nein) Via, 40, of Somerville, died Saturday, Nov. 30, at Middletown Regional Hospital in Middletown.
Born Oct. 20, 1956, in Hamilton, she was the daughter of William and Betty (Humphrey) Nein. She graduated from Preble Shawnee High School in 1974 and Miami University in 1978. She was employed as manager of Star Bank (Breiel Boulevard) in Middletown. Mrs. Via was a member of Delta Zeta at Miami University.
Survivors include her husband, Rodney Via, whom she married Sept. 23, 1978; a daughter, Leslie Via, at home; a son, Clint Via, at home; her father and stepmother, William and Wilma Nein of Miamisburg; a sister and brother-in-law, Vickie and Michael Miller of West Alexandria; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Mary Nein of Woodland Park, Colo.
She is also survived by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ralph and June Via of Lakengren; four brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ralph Jr. and Theresa Via, Greg and Rhonda Via, Brian and Jeanne Via, all of Camden, Andy and Tisha Via of Germantown; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Nein, on March 23, 1989; and a nephew, Nicky Via.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 3, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Warren McCready officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 105 McKnight Drive, Middletown, Ohio 45044.


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