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Walter A. Henne
Walter A. Henne, 84, formerly of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Canterbury Care Center in New Lebanon after an extended illness.
Born Dec. 27, 1911, in Eaton, he was the son of the late John and Hannah (Williams) Henne, and had lived in Preble County most of his life. He had worked at Dayton Tire & Rubber Co. in Dayton. He later became a jeweler and optician and was the owner and operator of Henne Jewelers in Lewisburg for 35 years. He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church, Lewisburg.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Jewell R. (Cole) Henne; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Robert Bash of Lewisburg, Joyce and David Stebbins of Farmersville; a stepson and his wife, Robert and Elke Melling of New Paris; two stepdaughters and their husbands, Sherry and Ron Sowder of Franklin, Brenda and Richard Stultz of New Lebanon.
Also surviving are six grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 16 stepgreat-grandchildren; one sister, Ida Clark of Eaton; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Richard Henne; a stepgrandson, Wesley Melling; one brother and one sister.
Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 7, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Raymond E. Rothwell officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Delmer Elliott
Delmer Elliott, 72, of Camden, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Born Jan. 21, 1924, in Lincoln County, Ky., he was the son of Virgil and Effie May (Crump) Elliott. He was employed as a machinist with Hamilton Tool in Hamilton for 25 years, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Faye (Fugate) Elliott, whom he married Jan. 20, 1950; one daughter, Donna Rogers of Eaton; seven sons, Allen (Wilma) Elliott of Middletown, Terry (Gail) Elliott of West Alexandria, Rick (Julie) Elliott of Cincinnati, William (Virginia) Elliott of Dayton, James (Sandy) Elliott of Eaton, David Randal Elliott of Charlotte, N.C., Ken (Kellie) Elliott of Eaton; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy Carpenter of Camden.
Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 30, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Arvil Dean officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Dorothy C. Landis
Dorothy C. Landis, 93, of Brookville, died Tuesday evening, Dec. 3, at Grace Brethren Village in Englewood after an extended illness.
Born Sept. 13, 1903, in Gratis (Preble County), she was the daughter of Enos and Bertha (Brubaker) Eikenberry.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Landis, in 1976; a brother, Milford Eikenberry; a sister, Alice Miller; and one great-grandchild.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Esther Catherine and Ramon Denlinger of Tipp City, Lois E. Denlinger of Arcanum, and Loveda M. and David Balsbaugh of Brookville; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
A prayer service was held Saturday morning, Dec. 7, at Kindred-Barnes Funeral Home, Englewood, followed by funeral services at Salem Old German Baptist Brethren Church, Clayton, with the Home Brethren officiating. Burial was in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens near Brookville.

Lydia K. Drayer
Lydia K. Drayer, 92, of Miamisburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Born Oct. 17, 1904, in Preble County, she was the daughter of Charles and Margaret (Somers) McGee, and had lived in the Dayton area most of her life. She was a member of the Advance Club of Miamisburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, William B. Drayer, in August 1986.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, William B. Drayer Jr. of Johnson City, Tenn., James C. and Jacqueline Drayer of New Lebanon, John P. and Ann Drayer of Centerville, Ohio; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia L. and Kenneth Bornhorst of Kettering; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Two brothers, John and Joseph McGee; and four sisters, Grace Morris, Isabelle Geis, Loretta Eggers and Charlotte McGee, are also deceased.
Funeral Mass was Friday, Dec. 6, at Visitation Catholic Church, Eaton, with the Rev. Ralph Lawrence 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 St. Vincent Hotel, 212 W. Fifth St., Dayton, Ohio 45402.

Claude Thomas
Claude Thomas, 73, of Fairhaven, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening, Dec. 3, at his home.
Born Dec. 3, 1923, in Menifee County, Ky., he was the son of John Henry and Effie (Bashford) Thomas. He attended Ohio State Agricultural School and taught agriculture education at Dixon High School. He farmed in Preble County for many years, and retired from Morman Manufacturing Company in 1979.
Mr. Thomas was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, was a member of Fairhaven Community Church and an elder of the church, a member of the Gideons and the National Rifle Association.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Mary Louise (Lybrook) Thomas; a son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Jennifer Thomas of Camden; two daughters and sons-in-law, Evelyn and Francis Panzer of Tampa, Fla., and Verna and Mike Faulkner of Wilmington; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Orville and Audrey Thomas.
Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 7, at Fairhaven Community Church, with the Rev. Carl Smith officiating. Burial was in Fairhaven Cemetery. R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.

Hazel M. Pruett
Hazel M. Pruett, 87, formerly of 203 E. Cherry St., New Paris, died unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 6, in Richmond, Ind.
Born July 29, 1908, in Wayne County, Ind., she was the daughter of John Q. and Gertrude (Wilson) Wadsworth, and had lived in New Paris since 1951. She had worked at Avco Corp. in Richmond, and was a member of the New Paris Church of Christ.
Mrs. Pruett was preceded in death by her first husband, Eliphalet M. Killen, in 1952; and her second husband, Frank K. Pruett, in 1989.
Survivors include one son, Bill C. Killen of New Paris; one daughter, Nancy J. Chappel of Camden; a half sister, Helen Richardson of Hagerstown, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 9, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. Don Boyer officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Paris Church of Christ.

Harry B. Keller
Harry B. Keller, 88, of Eaton, died Friday, Dec. 6, at Franciscan Medical Center in Dayton after an extended illness.
A native and lifelong resident of Preble County, he was born Sept. 23, 1908, the son of the late Samuel H. and Ada (Williams) Keller. He was a retired farmer and a member of Campbellstown United Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Louise (Dwire) Keller; a son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Christa Keller of Brookville; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Jim McWhinney of New Paris; five grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Paxton of Camden and Jeannette Parks of Dayton; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Hubert Keller, Floyd Keller, George Keller, Wayne Keller and Darrell "Jack" Keller.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. James C. Sizelove officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad or to the Campbellstown United Church of Christ.

Roscoe Akers
Roscoe Akers, 71, of Sunset Place, Germantown, died Saturday, Dec. 7, in Dayton.
Born Aug. 1, 1925, in Preble County, he was the son of Lloyd and Bessie (Lane) Akers. He retired from River Raine in Dayton. Mr. Akers was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II, having served in the South Pacific. He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Dayton, Masonic Lodge 660 and a member of AASR.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Gloria Akers; a son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Lynne Akers of Bartelsville, Okla.; a grandson, Cash Sanders; three brothers, Maurice Akers of Middletown, Charles Akers of West Alexandria and Ronal Akers of Missouri; and four sisters, Geraldine Storer of Germantown, Margaret Oda of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Lillian Papie of New Lebanon and Joanne Dillon of Eaton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Vernice Akers.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, with the Rev. Larry Rezash officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ, Dayton.

Wanda A. Dawson
Wanda A. Dawson, 79, of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, following a lengthy illness. She formerly resided in New Lebanon.
She attended Slifer's Presbyterian Church near Farmersville.
Mrs. Dawson was preceded in death by her husband, Louie W. Dawson, on Aug. 9, 1996; and by a daughter, Winona Smith.
Survivors include two daughters, Beulah Reel of Lewisburg and Ruby Hood of Arcanum; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Russell Kerschner of West Alexandria; and a sister, Thora Breitlow of Lakeland, Fla.
Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 7, at Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon, with Pastor Doris Arnett officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

George E. Miller Sr.
George E. Miller Sr., 84, of Eaton died Thursday, Nov. 28, at Oxford at the home of his daughter, Janet Wyatt.
Born Dec. 5, 1911, in Covington, Ky., he was the eldest son of Jonas and Lucy (Bowling) Miller. He and his wife had resided in Preble County at 3068 U.S. 127 North since 1974. He was employed by the Eaton Post Office for 10 years as a rural substitute mail carrier until retiring in April 1984. He attended Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Clarabelle (Hoffman) Miller; sons and daughters-in-law, George Jr. and Wilda Miller of Eaton and David and Janet Miller of Oxford; daughters and son-in-law, Carol Works of Shandon, Janet Wyatt of Oxford, Peggy and Dale Wilkinson of New York; 26 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Joseph, Clifford and Jack Miller of northern Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Paul.
A memorial service was held Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Oxford Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens near West Alexandria. Smith and Ogle Funeral Home, Oxford, was in charge of arrangements.

Mary D. Wood
Mary Dee Wood, 79, of Ohio 122, Camden, died Monday, Dec. 9, at Oxford View Nursing Home in Oxford.
Born Feb. 18, 1917, in Kentucky, was the daughter of Omar and Ella (Wilson) Calvert. She was a member of the United First Church of God.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Wood.
Survivors include four daughters, Mary Jo Wilson and Stella Wood, both of Camden, Peggy Elam of Eaton, and Joyce Johnson of Jacksonville, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas Calvert of Atlanta, Ga. and Everett Calvert of Lexington, Ky.; and a sister, Lela Hamilton of Lexington, Ky.
She was also preceded in death by two grandchildren; three brothers, Russell, Roger and Conway Calvert; and two sisters, Mamie Wells and Gracie Mae Calvert.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the United First Church of God in Beechwood, with the Rev. James Profitt officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis...

Alvis D. Patton
Alvis D. Patton, 55, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Miamisburg.
Born Aug. 31, 1941, in Dayton, he was the son of Vernon and Vera (Miller) Patton. He was employed by Hamm Lumber in Gratis.
Survivors include three sisters, Myrna Hensley of Gratis, Sharon Azbill and Beverly Tester, both of Miamisburg; one brother, Vurlin Patton of Campton, Ky.; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 13, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery Gratis.

Roy Jordan
Roy Jordan, 90, of Jordan Road, West Alexandria, died Thursday, Dec. 12, at Westview Acres Care Center in Eaton.
Born July 11, 1906, in Twin Township, he was the son of Orion and Ollie (Shellenbarger) Jordan. He was a farmer all his life, and a member of Shiloh Lutheran Church, Lewisburg.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Mary Jordan; a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Bill Ruebush of West Alexandria; a son, Steven Jordan of West Alexandria; three granddaughters, Kristina, Amber and Tammie Ruebush, all of West Alexandria; two brothers, Earl Jordan of Eaton and Jesse Jordan of Circleville; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 14, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Kenneth Vetter officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria.

Richard I. Poock
Richard I. Poock, 74, of Lewisburg, died Sunday, Dec. 8, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton after a brief illness.
He was retired as an electrician for IBEW #82, served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and worked for the CCC prior to his Navy service. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Brookville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, in 1986.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Poock of Lewisburg and Richard Poock of Union; a daughter, Linda McIntosh of Ludlow Falls; grandchildren, Corinna McIntosh, Brittany and Bradley Poock; and one sister, Sue Keefer of Trotwood.
Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 13, at the First United Methodist Church, Brookville, with the Rev. Keith R. Eipper officiating. Burial was in Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery. Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, Brookville, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Brookville.

Robert E. Slusser
Robert E. Slusser, 74, of Eldorado, died Monday, Dec. 9, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-law, Ronnie E. and Darlene Slusser of Dayton, and Geneo R. Slusser of Brookville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda K. and Harold Commons of Eldorado, Diane J. and Wayne Evans of Camden, Roxann E. and Pete Howard of Eldorado; 21 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Florence Terlinda of Pittsburgh, Calif.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Tony F. Baker.
Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 14, at Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, Brookville, with the Rev. Marvin Hocker officiating. Burial was in Arlington Cemetery, Brookville.

Vernon D. McQueen
Vernon D. McQueen, 69, of Waynesville Road, Waynesville, died Saturday, Dec. 14, at Lebanon Health Care Center, where he had been a resident for the past two and a half years.
Born Feb. 14, 1927, in Jackson County, Ky., he was the son of John W. and Sudie (Collinsworth) McQueen. He had lived in the Waynesville area for the past 12 years. Mr. McQueen retired in 1969 after 21 years with the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He had worked for Reynolds & Reynolds in Dayton, and was a missionary for six years prior to his illness. He was a member of Lebanon Baptist Temple.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Eula (Hellard) McQueen; one son, John T. McQueen of Bowersville, Ga.; one daughter, Stephanie J. Gresham of Dayton; three brothers, Hardin B. Collins, Lawrence J. "Jimmy" McQueen, both of Moraine, and Vivian McQueen of Cheyenne, Wyo.; three sisters, Helen Smitt of Cherino, Texas, Nora Lawson of Richmond, Ky., and Dora Minter of Irvin, Ky.; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Dr. Allen Jones and Evangelist Richard Drummond officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fellowship Tract League, South Lebanon, Ohio.

Carrie Bianci
Carrie Bianci, 89, of Parkway Avenue, Dayton, died Saturday, Dec. 14, at Mercy Siena Woods Nursing Home.
Born Dec. 13, 1907, in Preble County, she was the daughter of Charles and Della (Creager) Baker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel, in 1978; two brothers, Jess Baker and Harry C. Baker; and one sister, Dorothea James Burtner.
Survivors include two nieces and one nephew.
Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Dr. James Altenbaumer officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Siena Woods Foundation, Dayton, Ohio.

Samuel J. Schiml
Samuel J. Schiml, 88, formerly of West Alexandria, died Saturday morning, Dec. 14, at Maria Joseph Living Care Center in Dayton, where he had been a resident since February 1994.
Born Oct. 31, 1908, in Dayton, he was the son of Michael Lawrence and Edith (Helmig) Schiml. He was a 1925 graduate of Stivers High School in Dayton, and worked for Dayton Power and Light Co. for 43 years, retiring in 1970 as vice-president and comptroller. He was a member of Visitation Catholic Church in Eaton and the Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mayno M. Schiml, in October 1995; two sons, Norbert and Daniel Schiml; a grandson, Austin Lee Schiml; a brother, Michael Schiml; and a sister, Alma Grossman.
Survivors include four sons, Bernard L. Schiml of Dayton, Joseph E. Schiml, Samuel L. Schiml and Frederick A. Schiml, all of West Alexandria; four daughters, Donna M. Loeber of Farmington, N.M., Susan J. Schiml and Jeannine C. Kenney, both of Indianapolis, Ind., and Barbara C. Baker of Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
Also surviving are three brothers, Thomas, James and William Schiml; three sisters, Dorothy, Julia and Patricia; 13 grandchildren, Joan, Patricia, Ann, Teresa, Loretta, Kimberley, Angela, John, Stephen, Anthony, Andrew, Laura and Marie; and three great-grandchildren, Andi, Lauren and Luke.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Visitation Catholic Church, Eaton, with the Rev. Ralph Lawrence officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Maria Joseph Living Care Center, Dayton.

Clarence E. Shuler
Clarence E. Shuler, 75, of Hollansburg Road, New Paris, died unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 15, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born April 22, 1921, in Tennessee, he was the son of Daniel S. and Lillie Mae (Harris) Shuler. He moved to New Paris in 1960. Mr. Shuler retired in 1983 from Beldon Corporation in Richmond after more than 30 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the First Baptist Church of New Paris.
Survivors include his wife, Irene Shuler; two sons, the Rev. Bill Shuler of Miamisburg and Randy Shuler of Richmond, Ind.; one daughter, Fern Guenther of New Paris; one brother, Wilson Shuler of Cedar Creek, Mo.; one sister, Louise Newman of Richmond, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. David J. Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Emergency Squad.

Jean R. Swihart
Jean R. Swihart, 73, of 451 N. Main St., Eldorado, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, at his home.
Born Oct. 14, 1923, in Eldorado, he was the son of Raymond and Edith (Null) Swihart. He was the Eldorado postmaster from 1953-1981 and had worked previously at Johns Manville in Richmond, Ind. He was a member of the BPO Elks Lodge, Richmond, Ind.; a U.S. Marines veteran; Amvets Post 726, Eldorado; American Legion, West Manchester; National League of Postmasters; and a former member of the Eldorado Fire Department.
Survivors include his wife, June (Stayton) Swihart; three daughters, Luana Swihart, Roxann Miller and Kathy Miller, all of Eldorado; a son, Kurt Swihart of New Paris; three sisters, Dorothy Johnson of Naples, Fla., Betty Wigginton of Richmond, Ind., and Barbara Fisher of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Harold Swihart of Eldorado; grandchildren, Kari Jo Lee, Kendra and Kortney Swihart, Chad, Brady and Trent Miller; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Richie; and a brother, Charles Swihart.
Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 14, at Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home, Eldorado with the Rev. Kathryn Hawbaker officiating. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery at Eldorado.
Memorial contributions may be made to Reid Hospital Foundation, Hospice Unit, 1401 Chester Blvd., Richmond, Ind. 47374.

Kathleen I. Reckers
Kathleen Imogene Reckers, 78, of 302 New Paris Ave., New Paris, died Monday, Dec. 16, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born Oct. 24, 1918, in Washington, Ind., she was the daughter of Joseph Patrick and Alma M. (Alberti) Mattingly. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and St. Ann's Sodality, New Paris.
Mrs. Reckers was preceded in death by her husband, John William Milburn Reckers, in 1956; and a sister, Margaret Mattingly.
Survivors include six daughters, Janice K. Harris, Ruth Ann Bass and Carolyn Ann Mansfield, all of New Paris, Judy Ann Smith of Spring Grove, Va., Margaret Sue Reckers of Gratis, Sue Marie Hinshaw of Tipp City and Marilyn Sue Burgoon of Richmond Ind.; three sons, John "Jack" William Reckers of Tucson, Ariz., Robert Joseph Reckers of Fountain City, Ind., and Thomas Leo Reckers of Richmond, Ind.
Also surviving are four brothers, Harold, Richard, Gene and Don Mattingly, all of Washington, Ind.; two sisters, Eleanor Sturgeon of Washington, Ind., and Shirley Bunte of Bruceville, Ind.; 24 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at St. John's Catholic Church, New Paris, with the Rev. Ralph Lawrence officiating. Burial will be in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, 109 W. Main St., New Paris, with a Rosary service at 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Emergency Squad, New Paris.

John J. Stover Sr.
John J. Stover Sr., 87, of U.S. 35 West, Eaton, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born Aug. 31, 1909, in Preble County, he was the son of Ross P. and Bessie E. (Duke) Stover. He was a retired Preble County Sheriff, serving from 1960 to 1972.
Mr. Stover was a member of the Republican National Committee, Seniors Coalition/United Seniors Association, a member of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, IOOF of Eaton and a member of the Eaton Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Mildred E. Stover; two sons, James C. and John J. Stover Jr., both of Eaton; two daughters, Grace Davis of West Alexandria and Bonnie J. Mowen of Eaton; a foster son, William D. Hilbert of Florida.
Also surviving are two sisters, Mildred Gall of Tipp City and Ruth Gallager of Watertown, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ross Stover Jr. in 1992; and four grandchildren, Kevin L. Mowen in 1957, John Alvin Stover in 1959, Matthew L., Mark L. and Luke L. Davis in 1963.
Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 21, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer and the Rev. John Bredwell officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Raymond M. Boling
Raymond M. Boling, 84, of Gina Drive, Eaton, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the VA Medical Center Hospital in Dayton.
Born Dec. 4, 1912, in Hamilton, he was the son of James W. and Anna E. (Ashbrook) Boling. He was a self-employed contractor, a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, a member of the BPO Elks Lodge #1250 of Red Bluff, Calif., California State Sheriff's Association, Tehama County (Calif.) Honorary Deputy Sheriff.
Survivors include one brother, Norman V. Boling of Alaska; four sisters, Imogene Craig of Columbia, Texas, Buelah J. "Peg" Hall of Globe, Ariz., Janis L. Michael and Eda "Edith" Mikesell, both of Eaton; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Galley (Finewska) Boling, in 1983; four brothers, Paul K. Boling in 1910, George B. Boling in 1993, Clem H. Boling in 1923, Wallace E. Boling in 1953; and three sisters, Ruby L. Boling in 1916, Leslie N. McGill in 1943 and Lula M. Kalbfleisch in 1985.
Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Clarence E. Aukerman
Clarence E. Aukerman, 82, of Lincoln Street, Eaton, died Thursday, Dec. 19, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.
Born Aug. 25, 1914, in Eaton, he was the son of George and Bertha (Miller) Aukerman. He retired in 1985 after 44 years at General Motors. He was a member of the GM 25-Year Club, and a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Eaton. Mr. Aukerman served as scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop #59 for 40 years.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary E. (Guiler) Aukerman; two sons and daughters-in-law, Eugene T. and Carol Aukerman, Larry A. and Linda Aukerman, all of Eaton; two brothers, Ralph and Lloyd Aukerman, both of Eaton; one sister, Vashsti Kabler of Tucson, Ariz.; and five grandchildren, William Joseph, Jonathan Brian, Larry Andrew, Lisa Marie and Luke Bradley Aukerman.
Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 23, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Eaton, with Dr. Phillip D. Malone and the Rev. Kelly Brown 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 St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Kathryn J. Coleman
Kathryn J. Coleman, 81, of Eaton, died Thursday, Dec. 19, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton after an extended illness.
Born Jan. 19, 1915, in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late William E. and Ethel M. (Hinkle) Schul. She had lived in Preble County since 1942. Mrs. Coleman was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and a former member of the Eaton Business and Professional Women's Club.
Her husband, Thomas Coleman, died Jan. 30, 1975.
Survivors include a sister, Luella Euler of Middletown; a niece, Eileen G. Boren of Bokeelia, Fla.; a nephew, William C. Baird of Middletown; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Mildred Rempe, Esther Schul and Elizabeth Schul; and a brother, Eugene Schul.
Memorial services were Saturday, Dec. 21, 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 Grace Lutheran Church.

Myron 'Edith' Miller
Myron "Edith" Miller, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 19, at Woodland Manor in Somerville, where she resided. She was a former Camden area resident.
She was born in Port Union, Ohio, the daughter of John and Viola (Snider) Vosseler. She was a graduate of West Chester High School and attended Hamilton Business College. She was a member of Fairhaven United Methodist Church.
She married Alex Miller in Port Union on Aug. 24, 1933, and he preceded her in death in 1974.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and George Seals of Camden; four grandchildren, Dianne Skerl of Madison, Ohio, David Seals and William Seals, both of Camden, and Kathy Lake of Hamilton; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, Hubert Batchelder of Monroe.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Harry Miller, in 1959; and a sister, Irene Purdy.
Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 21, at Weigel Funeral Home, Hamilton, with Pastor Kenneth Barton officiating. Burial was in Brookside Cemetery, West Chester.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203.

Karen S. Tamplin
Karen S. Tamplin, 42, of Front Street, Lewisburg, died Thursday, Dec. 19, of injuries received in an auto/truck accident on Nov. 18 in Preble County.
Born Nov. 6, 1954, in Dalton, Ga., she was the daughter of William and Geneva (Creech) Adams. She had lived in Preble County for the past 21 years and was employed with Hometown Health Care in Eaton. She was a member of the Full Gospel Temple of Eaton.
Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Robert E. Tamplin; a daughter, Deanna C. Tamplin of Lewisburg; two sons, Robert W. and Jason L. Tamplin, both of Greenville; two brothers, Gary Estes of Carlisle and Larry Adams of Tacoma, Wash.; three sisters, Beverly Davis of Eaton, Jackie McDaniel of Lewisburg and Tammie Sanders of Gordon; and one grandson, Robert Blake.
Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 23, at the Full Gospel Temple, Eaton, with the Rev. Raymond Rothwell officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Full Gospel Temple.

Walter D. Ash
Walter D. Ash, 76, of Rose Boulevard, Camden, died Friday, Dec. 20, at Ft. Hamilton-Hughes Hospital in Hamilton.
Born Sept. 26, 1920, in Hamilton, he was the son of Willis E. and Julia (True) Ash. He was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Hamilton, and was a sales rep for Truck Stops of America. Mr. Ash was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of the American Legion in Dayton and the FOE in Germantown.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Venius (Hayes) Ash; a son, Michael D. Ash of Camden; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Ash of Alvarado, Texas; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Art, Paul and Russ Ash; and a sister, Marge Terry.
Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 23, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating.

Paul E. Loser
Paul E. Loser, 78, of 1648 U.S. 127 North, Eaton, died Sunday, Dec. 22, at his home following a brief illness.
Born Feb. 9, 1918, in Eaton, he was the son of the late Harry and Daisy (Wysong) Loser. He was a retired custodian and bus driver for Eaton City Schools, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Loser was a member of the Eaton Church of the Brethren, a charter member of VFW Post 8066 of Eaton, and a member of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees.
Survivors include his wife, Shelia Ann (Yost) Loser; daughters and sons-in-law, Janie and Gary Washington, Wendy Cain, all of Eaton, Vicki and Richard Brown of Sedalia, Mo., Marlene and Pat Davis of Bowling Green, Ohio; a son, Michael Loser of Columbus; nine grandchildren; and two brothers, Harold Loser of Wheeling, Ind., and Everett Loser of Matthews, Ind.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Russell Loser; and a sister, Alice Yoder.
Memorial services were Tuesday, Dec. 24, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Greg A. Hyre officiating. Burial services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Orville E. Anderson
Orville Edward "Andy" Anderson, 71, of Hamilton, died Thursday, Dec. 19, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.
Born April 1, 1925, in Green Hall, Ky., he was the son of Jesse and Emily (Sexton) Anderson. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 through 1946. Mr. Anderson was formerly a plant manager for Magna-Tek in Blytheville, Ark., retiring in 1989, and was formerly employed at Parker Hannifin in Eaton. He was a member of the F&AM, Shriners and the Scottish Rite.
In 1957, he married Louisa Barton, who preceded him in death in 1988.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, David Michael and Beth Anderson of Kissimmee, Fla., and Donald and Chris Stamper of Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters and son-in-law, Linda and Curtis Perry of Hamilton, and JoAnn Woltz of Phoenix, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Jesse and Sally Anderson of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Pauline and Robert Powell, Lelia Elliott, Margaret and Edward Combs, all of West Alexandria; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; and a grandson, Alex Anderson.
Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 23, at Brown Dawson Funeral Home, Hamilton, with the Rev. Fred Hill, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Eaton, officiating. Burial was in Millville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


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