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John R. Hickle
John R. Hickle, 65, of U.S. 40 East, Lewisburg, died unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 9, at his home.
Born April 3, 1931, in Maysville, Ky., he was the son of Carl and Margaret (Howell) Hickle. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and had retired from Dayton Walther in 1984 after 28 years. He was a member of the Lewisburg Promenaders.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Shirley Hickle; two sons, Wade Hickle of West Carrollton and Jeff Hickle of Eaton; one daughter, Teresa Freeman of Arcanum; five grandchildren; four sisters, Edna Myers of Manchester, Ky., Peggy O'Cull of Maysville, Ky., Brenda Tyree of West Virginia and Ann Curtis of Indiana; four brothers, Carl Hickle Jr. of Farmersville, William Douglas Hickle and Henry Hickle, both of Indiana, and Jimmy Hickle of Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Nellie Hamilton and Betty Hedges.
Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 13, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Mike Millum officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.

William E. Purnhagen
William E. Purnhagen, 93, of Engle Road, West Alexandria, died Thursday, Jan. 9, at Canterbury Care Center in New Lebanon.
Born April 27, 1903, in Preble County, he was the son of John and Elizabeth (Roselius) Purnhagen. Mr. Purnhagen retired from Harrison Radiator. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, West Alexandria.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel, in 1982; a sister, Catherine Holman; and two brothers, Clarence Purnhagen and Fred Purnhagen.
Survivors include a niece and nephew.
Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 11, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. J. Herman Bassler officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Helen L. Barnhiser
Helen L. Barnhiser, 89, of Williamson Boulevard, Daytona Beach, Fla., died Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Indigo Manor Nursing Home in Daytona Beach.
Born March 11, 1907, in Osmond, Neb., she was a longtime resident of Camden before moving to Florida in 1950. She was a retired registered nurse, and attended the Methodist Church.
Her husband, Dr. Von Barnhiser, preceded her in death in 1958.
Survivors include one brother, Robert W. Roberts of Westlake Village, Calif.; and two sisters, Irma Bacon of Inglewood, Calif., and Jean Zingg of Long Beach, Calif.
Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. Funeral arrangements were by Haigh-Black Funeral Home, Daytona Beach, Fla., with local arrangements by Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel.

Michael A. Stephen
Michael A. Stephen, 35, of South Franklin Street, Eaton, was found dead Monday, Jan. 6, at his home.
Born Oct. 30, 1961, in Wayne County, Ind., he was the son of the late Elmer W. and Ruth E. (Wood) Stephen. He was a 1980 graduate of Eaton High School and had been employed at Henny Penny Corporation in Eaton.
Survivors include one sister, Joyce E. Cashner of West Milton; four uncles; one aunt; and numerous cousins.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association, 184 Salem Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45406.

Marie L. Jessee
Marie L. (Robinson) Jessee, 83, of Lewisburg, died unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 9.
She was an active member of the Lewisburg First Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David C. Jessee, in 1996; a son, Gary D. Jessee; her parents, Jack and Jennie (Allen) Robinson; brothers, Walter, James, Elihue, John and William Robinson; and sisters, Elizabeth Hester and Sue Hubbard.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Doris Elaine and John Calhoun of Dayton, Portia K. and Robert Hammond of Brookville; a son and daughter-in-law, Conrad G. and Roseanne Jessee of Kettering; two brothers, Jack Robinson of Middletown and Thomas Robinson of Kentucky; three sisters, Dora L. Smith of Richmond, Ind., Evelyn Lakes of Jamestown and Louise Good of Springboro; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 13, at Kindred-Barnes Funeral Funeral, Englewood, with the Rev. George Pennington and the Rev. Larry Fourman officiating. Burial was in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg First Missionary Baptist Church, 608 N. Commerce St., Lewisburg, Ohio 45338.

Margaret L. Hopkins
Margaret L. Hopkins, 76, formerly of Hanna Avenue, Dayton, died Friday, Jan. 10, at Heartland of Eaton.
Born Feb. 12, 1920, in Springfield, she was the daughter of Joseph and Lula E. (Leyes) Clayton. She retired in 1982 after 28 years at Inland in Dayton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Flem J. Hopkins Sr., in 1994; a great-grandson, Marcus Lee Freshour, in 1988; and two step-granddaughters, Susette and Tina Hopkins.
Survivors include two sons, Richard Clayton of West Alexandria and Thomas E. Hopkins of Orrville; a daughter, Lori Stoner of Dayton; two stepsons, Flem J. Hopkins Jr. and David Hopkins of Florida; a stepdaughter, Sharon Faye Walters of California; a half sister, Virginia Morrell of Houston, Texas; a half brother, Edward Devena of Houston, Texas; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 13, at Barnes Funeral Home- Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Jerry Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association of the Miami Valley.

Kenneth J. Taylor
Kenneth J. Taylor, 66, of New Market-Banta Road, Lewisburg, died Friday, Jan. 10, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Born Oct. 24, 1930, in Letcher County, Ky., he was the son of Walter and Letitia (Meade) Taylor. He had been in typewriter sales and repairs and had been a Preble County resident for the past 35 years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lewisburg.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Birdie (Wilson) Taylor; sons and daughter-in-law, Kenneth C. and Linda Taylor of Brookville and Norman K. Taylor of Eaton; two daughters, Kay Ennis and Sandra Nuse, both of Lewisburg; a brother, Archie Taylor of Huachuca City, Ariz.; a sister, Velma Childs of Spring Valley, Calif.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Alta Mae, Gladys and Ruth Taylor; and five brothers, Henry, John, Curtis, Daniel and William T. Taylor.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. James Lehman officiating. Entombment was in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lewisburg Emergency Unit.

Charles W. Daniel
Charles Winson Daniel, 62, of Dayton, died Saturday, Jan. 11, following an extended illness.
He was formerly of Lewisburg where he served as a village council member, a member of the Lewisburg Lions Club and the Lewisburg Trailriders. He retired after 29 years of service as a bridge maintenance supervisor from the City of Dayton.
Mr. Daniel was a former board member of Preble County SCOPE, founding president of AFSCME Retirees Chapter #1184, served as a state board member of AFSCME State Retirees, was a trustee member of Our Common Heritage, a Kentucky Colonel, founding member of the Building Bridges Retiree-Youth Program, was active in many other community programs, and was a lifelong Democrat.
Survivors include his wife, Lora Ruth (Tackett) Daniel; sons and daughters-in-law, Mitch and Paula Daniel of Lewisburg, Harmon Michael and Shannon Daniel, Charles E. and Sheryl Daniel, all of Dayton, Edoardo De Pauli of Brazil; daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth Roxanne and Tom Ritchie, Patricia and John Nichols, all of Dayton; a brother, Harmon D. Daniels of Circleville; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Modena Dailey of Austin, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Dorothy Jeans Daniels, in 1993; parents, Winson H. and Amanda (Estep) Daniel; brothers, James and John Daniels; sisters, Mildred L. Bennett, Venice Prince and Irene Daniel.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Kindred-Barnes Funeral Home, 400 Union Blvd., Englewood, with the Rev. Larry Nichols and the Rev. Clifton Tipton officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Cordelia L. Davis
Cordelia L. Mann Davis, 92, of 424 E. Main St., Eaton, died Saturday, Jan. 11, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born Sept. 28, 1904, in Scott County, Va., she was the daughter of John A. and Cora Elizabeth (Moore) Green. She was a member of the First Assembly of God in Eaton.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles W. Mann, in 1951; her second husband, Frank O'Dell, in 1962; and third husband, Charles E. Davis, Sr., in 1975.
Survivors include a son, John Mann of Tampa, Fla.; stepdaughters, Martha Arp of Eaton, Carole Bourne of Arcanum, Diane Wyant of Vienna, Austria, Becky Clark of Jackson, Mich.; stepsons, Charles E. Davis Jr. of Camden, Howard Davis of Panama City, Fla., Gerald Davis of Dayton, Richard, Danny and Tommy Davis, all of Eaton, Ronnie Davis of Camden, Ind., and David Michael Davis of Bradford.
Also surviving are a brother, Luther Green of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sisters, Freda Ramsey of South Carolina, Hazel Harr of Ocala, Fla., Nellie Tillett of Huber Heights, Hattie Ellen O'Dell Hartman of Eaton; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephew and cousins.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Charles Mann Jr., in 1929; a daughter, Betty Gluchert, in 1996; a stepdaughter, Berdine Platt, in 1974; sisters, Lorie Green, Maxine Virginia Green, in 1923, Marcella Laws, in 1954, and Berdine Purtee, in 1995.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. John Green officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Opal M. Myers
Opal M. Myers, 86, of Hamilton, died Sunday morning, Jan. 12, at Fort Hamilton-Hughes Memorial Hospital in Hamilton.
Born Nov. 16, 1910, on Myers Road near Germantown, she was the daughter of Orban and Ivy (Chapin) Myers. She was educated in the Butler and Preble County schools. For many years she cared for sick people in their home and also did domestic work. She attended the First Baptist Church of Somerville.
Survivors include a sister, Elsie Myers of Hamilton; two nephews and their wives, William and Millie Truster of Hamilton, Charles and Janet Woltja of Eldorado; great nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Florence Truster Congleton and Helen Woltja.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Webb-Noonan Funeral Home, Ross Avenue at D Street, Hamilton, with the Rev. Kenneth Tye officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Burial will be at the Germantown Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Fred B. Cottingim
Fred B. Cottingim, 93, of Camden, died Sunday, Jan. 12, at Woodland Country Manor near Somerville.
Born June 20, 1903, in Laurel County, Ky., he was the son of John C. and Susie (Moberly) Cottingim. He farmed for many years in the Preble County area and was also employed at the Cincinnati Stockyards for 30 years.
He married Vina Katherine George in June 1926, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 6, 1991.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and John Hocking of Millersburg; grandchildren and their spouses, Lisa and Robert Drew of Hudson, Larry and Marianne Hocking of Avon Lake and Scott Hocking of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; four great-grandchildren; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Leslie and Hazel Cottingim, Russell and Rozella Cottingim, and Elmer and Helen Cottingim; and three sisters, Mabel Monce, Myrtle Michael and Verna Dillion.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Sherman and Ellis Cottingim; and one sister, Carrie Brummett.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at R. C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Harlan Sorensen officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m. prior to services on Wednesday. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Camden Emergency Squad, to the Somerville United Methodist Church or to the Preble County Council on Aging.

Ruth Boggs
Ruth Boggs, 56, of 815 Mariner Cove, Eaton, died Sunday, Jan. 12, at Fort Hamilton-Hughes Hospital in Hamilton after a three-month illness.
Born July 29, 1940, in Elk Valley, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Everett and Ella (Murry) Bridges. She had lived in Eaton for the past nine years.
Mrs. Boggs retired as a district manager from Avon Products, Inc. after 31 years of service. She was a member of Sugar Valley United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Tinsley "Lee" Boggs; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joy and Wayne Snyder of Fairfield, Kathy and Steve Clapp of Eaton; one stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Annette and Randy Ballard of Indianapolis, Ind.; three grandchildren, Jessica Snyder, Morgan and Jordan Clapp.
Also surviving are one step-grandson, Gabriel Ballard; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James B. and Mary Bridges of Virginia Beach, Va.; Everett Jr. and Elizabeth Bridges of Morristown, Tenn.; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Kathern "Kitty" and Richard Miller of Oneida, Tenn.; mother-in-law, Mae Boggs; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Randy Ballard and Pastor Ken Barton officiating. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery in Campbell County, Tenn., with a brief service at Elk Fork Baptist Church in Elk Valley, Tenn., on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. with calling one hour prior to services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Preble County Cancer Society.

Karl Shaffer
Karl Shaffer, 72, of Denlinger Road, Dayton, died at his home.
Born May 7, 1924, in Eaton, he was the son of Edward and Laura (Davis) Shaffer. He had retired from the National Cash Register Co., and was a U.S. Marines veteran.
Survivors include two brothers, Edward Shaffer of Dayton and Lloyd Shaffer of New Carlisle; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Edna Medlar and Velma Lee.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria, with the Rev. David Douthett officiating. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements.

Jeanette Smith
Jeanette Smith, 73, of 6501 Germantown Road, Lot 271, Middletown, died Monday afternoon, Jan. 13, at her home.
Born April 21, 1923, in Buckhorn, Ky., she had lived in the Middletown area since 1986. She was a homemaker, and a member of Morris Fork Presbyterian Church, Morris Fork, Ky.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Smith, in 1995; a daughter, Shirley Ann Smith; a brother, Mentz Turner; and two sisters, Geneva Grace and Jean Burger.
Survivors include one son, Robert Clinton Smith of Middletown; two daughters, Sharon Kay Amburgey of Franklin and Tammy Gale Brown of Camden; seven grandchildren, Shauna, Andrea, Jonavie, Daniel, Crystal, Kaysi and Natalie; and one great-grandson, Kevin.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, 1500 Manchester Ave., Middletown, with the Rev. Bobby Hollon officiating. Burial will be in Butler County Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the funeral home.

Robert Moysey
Robert Moysey, 74, formerly of Eaton, died Monday, Jan. 13, in Bradenton, Fla., after an extended illness.
Born June 28, 1922, in Sandusky, he was the son of Glenn and Ruth (Coe) Moysey. He had previously owned Bob Moysey's Dry Cleaners in Eaton, had been a deputy registrar and worked many years for the Ohio License Bureau, was a former Eaton City council member and former mayor of Eaton.
Mr. Moysey was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a member of American Legion Post 215 of Eaton, a former commander of Eaton VFW Post 8066 and a former commander of a VFW Post in Florida.
Survivors include a son, Robert Moysey of Oxford, Miss.; two daughters, Jone Simpson and Jill Davis, both of Eaton; one granddaughter; three stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Moysey of Sarasota, Fla., and Glenn Moysey Jr. of Eaton; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Walt Moysey.
Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 17, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Wayne Morrison officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

James E. Watson
James E. Watson, 81, of Eaton, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.
Born June 1, 1915, in Delaware County, Ind., he had lived in Grant County most of his life. He was a self-employed farmer for 40 years, retiring in 1993. Mr. Watson had worked in sales for the wholesale grocery business for 24 years, and also worked as manager of McMann & Lieb Wholesale Grocery Company.
He was a 52-year member of #105 F&AM Samaritan Lodge and the Ft. Wayne Scottish Rite. He was a former member of the First United Methodist Church in Marion, Ind.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sue E. and Richard Burmann of Eaton; a son and daughter-in-law, Lori and James E. Watson of Walnut Grove, Calif.; two sisters, Lois Brough of Marion, Ind., and Phyllis Hays of Converse, Ind.; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 17, at Raven Funeral Home, Marion, Ind., with the Rev. Glen Traver officiating. Burial was in Grant Memorial Park, Marion, Ind.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grant County Humane Society, 2768 E. Tulip Drive, Marion, Ind. 46952; or in memory of his late wife, Nelle, to the Alzheimer's Association, 9135 N. Meridian Suite B-4, Indianapolis, Ind. 46260.

Frank Booso
Frank Booso, 87, of Rockridge Road, Lewisburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Canterbury Care Center in New Lebanon.
Born Oct. 5, 1909, in Marathon, Ohio, he was the son of Minard R. and Rebecca Kate (Christie) Booso. He moved to Lewisburg in 1948, and was a retired Harrison Township farmer.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret (Weiss) Booso, in 1993; 10 brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Iris Booso of Germantown, John and Nellie Booso, Donald and Betty Booso, all of Lewisburg; and Charles Booso of Dayton; daughters, Betty Fleming of Dayton and Mary Hargis of Lewisburg; a brother, Glenn Booso of Miamisburg; 18 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 18, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. James Lehman officiating. Burial was in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association -- Preble County Unit.

Ralph E. Hardy
Ralph Edward Hardy, 76, of Ansonia, died Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Born Jan. 19, 1920, in Camden, he was the son of Charles and Melva Hardy.
Survivors include one brother, Harry Hardy of Dayton; three sisters, Mary Cressell of Eaton, Opal Hardy of Somerville and Martha Hanauer of Georgia; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 17, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. There was no visitation. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Lois E. Black
Lois E. Black died Thursday, Jan. 16, at Garden Manor Nursing Home in Middletown.
A native of New Paris, she received her B.S. in education from Miami University. Mrs. Black was employed as a teacher at Jefferson Township School, retiring in 1965.
She married Dale L. Black on June 18, 1925, and he preceded her in death.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert C. and Pat Black of Cincinnati; two grandchildren, Dale W. Black and DeDe Wagner; and three great-grandchildren, Robby and Brandon Black and Lane Wagner.
Funeral services and burial were held at the convenience of the family. Vitt, Stermer and Anderson Funeral Home, Cincinnati, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenhills-Forest Park Kiwanis Foundation, 37 Handel Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45218.

Alfred A. Huffgarden
Alfred A. Huffgarden, 77, of 761 Vinland Drive, Eaton, died Saturday, Jan. 18, at his home.
He was a member of the Salem Church of the Brethren.
Survivors include his wife, Neva E. (Urig) Huffgarden; two sons, Gary Huffgarden of Conover, Ohio and Lonnie Huffgarden of Lewisburg; two daughters, Mrs. David (Judith) Kikendall of Loami, Ill., and Mrs. Roy (Linda) Redick of Fletcher, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; one brother, Victor Huffgarden of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and one sister, Mrs. J.R. (Bernice) Lightner of Trotwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew J. and Ruby V. (Sroufe) Huffgarden; and a sister, Juanita Kieffer.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Hale-Sarver Funeral Home, West Milton, with Pastor Robert Kurtz and Pastor Alvin Cook officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery.

Don Olterman
Don Olterman, 63, of Camden died Thursday, Jan. 16, at the University of Cincinnati Hospital in Cincinnati.
Born March 14, 1933, in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of James and Lillian (Danielson) Olterman. He had lived and farmed in the Camden area since 1973, was a retired ironworker of 40 years, and worked for many years for Cyclone Fence. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene (Ike) Olterman, in 1983.
Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Ken and Deb Olterman, Darryl and Vicky Olterman, Mike and Robin Olterman, all of Camden, and Frank and Kim Olterman of Dewitt, Mich.; and two daughters and sons-in-law, Terry and Mark Wagner of Forest Park, and Darlene and Chris O'Conner of Gratis; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his twin brother, Franklin Olterman of Warren, Mich.
Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 20, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Camden with Father Francis Monnig officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden. R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 7721 N. Main St., Camden, Ohio 45311.

Rosalie S. Bailey
Rosalie S. Bailey, 75, of East South Street, Gratis, died Thursday, Jan. 16, at Sycamore Medical Center in Miamisburg.
Born June 25, 1921 in Jackson, Ky., she was the daughter of Godfrey and Joan (Clemmons) Simms. She was a graduate of Hamilton High School and lived there for many years. Mrs. Bailey had retired from Miami University in 1982 where she had worked in the food service areas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Bailey; her parents; and two brothers, Otis and Orlando Simms.
Survivors include a daughter, Carole Smith of Gratis; a brother, Thomas C. Simms of Hamilton; and a sister, Ogalie Pace of Brooksville, Fla.
Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 20, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.

Vernon P. Sherman
Vernon Pearl Sherman, 52, of 530 Parkview Drive, Eldorado, died of a heart attack Friday, Jan. 17, at his home.
Born Oct. 5, 1944, in Hardin County, Ohio, he was the son of the late Jacob and Hannah (Born) Sherman, and had lived in Preble County since 1969.
Mr. Sherman held a B.S. degree in criminal justice from Indiana University; was a law enforcement teacher at Miami Valley Career Technology Center; a former Ohio State patrolman stationed at the OSP Eaton Post; and was a U.S. Air Force veteran of Vietnam. He was a member of the Eaton Church of the Brethren where he was a member of the Pathfinders' Sunday school class.
Survivors include his wife, Beatrice L. (Laird) Sherman, whom he married June 3, 1967; two sons, Michael E. Sherman of Oceanside, Calif., and Steven P. Sherman of Eaton; two daughters, Margaret B. Sherman of Oceanside, Calif., and Clara E. Johnson of Eaton; three grandsons, Alex, Ryan and Vernon Sherman.
Also surviving are four brothers, Lester Sherman, Ralph Sherman, Dale Sherman and Jacob Sherman, all of Kenton, Ohio; three sisters, Mae Louise Scheiderer of Kenton, Rosa Nell Rader of Forest, Ohio, and Marian Jean Lyle of Alger, Ohio; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Sherman and Carl Sherman; and a sister, Ida Lou Sherman.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Eaton Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Craig H. Smith and the Rev. Greg A. Hyre officiating. Burial was in Wares Chapel Cemetery, West Manchester, where graveside military services were conducted. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Eaton Church of the Brethren.

Kathryn D. Lindsey
Kathryn D. Lindsey, 74, of Eaton, died Saturday, Jan. 18, at BrookHaven Nursing Center in Brookville after an extended illness.
Born Sept. 25, 1922, in Eldorado, she was the daughter of the late Kelch and Zelma (Goodwin) Duffield, and had lived in Preble County all her life. She was a graduate of Miami Jacobs Business College and was a secretary at Inland Mfg., Dayton, for 37 years. Mrs. Lindsey was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Eaton, and the Inland Retirees' Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles L. Lindsey Jr., on Nov. 1, 1992.
Survivors include three sisters, Louise Stockslager of Lewisburg, Martha Shell of Arcanum and Beverly Ayers of Laredo, Texas; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or to the First Presbyterian Church.

Dale E. Buckingham
Dale E. Buckingham, 76, of Buckingham Lane, West Alexandria, died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 17, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Born Feb. 13, 1920, he was the son of Mardo and Barbara (Harry) Buckingham. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a former Twin Township Trustee for 32 years. Mr. Buckingham was a member of the Church of the Brethren, where he had held many offices; was a former Kiwanis member; and a lifetime member of the Horseshoe Club in Darke County,
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Jane Buckingham; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Cheryl Buckingham of Centerville, Ohio, and Del and Lisa Buckingham of West Chester, Ohio; a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Tom Copp of Greenville; two grandchildren, Kelly Copp and Martin Buckingham; three brothers, Lowell Buckingham of Oakwood, Darrel "Tony" Buckingham of Centerville and Robert Buckingham of Trotwood; and one sister, Mary Marceil Gibson of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Emerson Buckingham; and a sister, Betty Gibson.
Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 20, at the West Alexandria Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Matthew Fike officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Alexandria Rescue Squad or to the Church of the Brethren.

Peter W. Smith
Peter W. Smith, 48, of Salem Road, Lewisburg, died Sunday, Jan. 19, at Hospice of Dayton.
Born May 7, 1948, in Troy, he was the son of Arthur E. and Anna M. (Wray) Smith. He had lived in Preble County since 1986, and was an area manager for 27 years with the Five Rivers Metroparks in Montgomery County. Mr. Smith was a 1967 graduate of Tipp City High School, a member of the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association; American Farm Land Trust; Nature Conservation; Ohio FFA; was a Vietnam War veteran; and a member of Memorial United Methodist Church in Lewisburg.
Survivors include his wife, Susan (Whitaker) Smith; a son, Payton W. Smith of Lewisburg; daughters, Julia L. and Anna M. Smith, both of Lewisburg; and two sisters, Arlene W. Furlong and Christine W. Perkins, both of Troy.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Memorial United Methodist Church, Lewisburg, with the Rev. John Thomas officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Five Rivers Metroparks, 1375 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45414.

Miles J. Manning
Miles J. Manning, 83, of East Main Street, New Lebanon, died Monday, Jan. 20, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton after a brief illness.
Born April 9, 1913, in Ezel, Ky., he was the son of Charles B. and Clara (Havens) Manning. He moved to New Lebanon in 1963, and attended Faith Chapel in Farmersville.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Irene (Craft) Manning; three sons and daughter-in-law, Ron and Jane Manning of Brookville, Randall Manning of Englewood and Wade Manning of New Lebanon; one daughter, Naomi M. Perrill of Missouri; one brother, Arlo Manning of Dan, Ky.; one sister, Mae Rich of Monroe, Ohio; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one grandson; a brother, Chester Manning; and a sister, Alice Mays.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family of Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35 East, West Alexandria, followed by burial in Preble Memory Gardens.

Druscilla A. Hamilton
Druscilla A. Hamilton, 81, a resident of Shiloh Springs Care Center, Trotwood, and a former resident of Eldorado, died late Sunday evening, Jan. 19, following a lengthy illness.
Born Oct. 25, 1915, in New Bremen, she was the daughter of Irvin A. and Mahalia (Luedeke) Fark. For many years, she and her husband were owners of the Eldorado Creamery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Hamilton; and a brother, David Fark.
Survivors include two sisters, Beverly Copp of Indianapolis, Ind., and Dorothy L. Haupt of Trotwood; four nieces and five nephews.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home-Eldorado Chapel, with the Rev. Kathryn Hawbaker and the Rev. Raymond A. Michel officiating. Burial will be in Wares Chapel Cemetery near West Manchester. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eldorado Unitarian-Universalist Church.

William H. Griffey
William Hubert Griffey, 64, of Ohio 122, Somerville, died Monday, Jan. 20, at Barbara Parks Nursing Home in Middletown.
Born on April 24, 1932, in Frenchburg, Ky., he was the son of William and Lula (Rainey) Griffey. He was a U.S. Marine veteran, served two tours in Korea, and received the Purple Heart. He had been retired from Crystal Tissue in Middletown.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Ada (Back) Griffey; three sons, Steven Lee Griffey of Monroe, Wayne Griffey of Somerville, and Brian Griffey of Middletown; one daughter, Jennifer Griffey of Somerville; two grandchildren, Joshua Allen Griffey and Rachel Nicole Griffey, both of Granite Falls, N.C.; and a brother, Charles Griffey of Franklin.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Edgar Griffey, and three sisters, Opal Ginter, Adeline Hope Webb and Bonita Reed.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, with the Rev. Jack Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Fairmound Cemetery, West Elkton. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Ray Sauer
Ray Sauer, 89, of U.S. 35 East, West Alexandria, died Monday, Jan. 20, at Washington Manor Nursing Home in Dayton.
Born May 14, 1907, in Preble County, he was the son of Irvin and Lucy (Pontius) Sauer. He was a graduate of Ohio State University with both bachelor of science and master of science degrees. He was a lifelong farmer and resident of West Alexandria, and a member of St. John United Church of Christ in West Alexandria.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret Sauer; two daughters and sons-in-law, Emily and Frank Scott of Kettering, and Kathy and John Benavides of Perrysburg, Ohio; one son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Carol Sauer of Janesville, Wis.; three grandchildren, Emily Marie Benavides of Perrysburg, Scott and Brian Sauer, both of Janesville, Wis.; two brothers, Hugh Sauer of West Alexandria and Herb Sauer of Columbia, Mo.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Dr. James Altenbaumer officiating. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John United Church of Christ, 20 E. South St., West Alexandria.


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