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Miscellaneous Preble County, Ohio Obituaries - 1997

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Sheila Z. Nelson
Sheila Z. Nelson, 42, of 47 E. Dayton St., West Alexandria, died unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 30, at her home.
Born Jan. 2, 1955, in Madison, W. Va., she was the daughter of Jerry W. and Janice S. (Collins) Spears. She was a 1973 graduate of Twin Valley South High School and received an associate degree in business administration at Sinclair Community College.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry W. Spears, in February 1992.
Survivors include her mother, Janice S. Overton of West Alexandria; three brothers, Mark A. Spears of Lexington, Ky., Tim Spears of Columbus and Dave I. Spears of West Alexandria; two sisters, Patricia A. Ehlers of Brookville and Sharon K. Blankenship of Eaton; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 7, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Harold P. Combs officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Alexandria Emergency Squad.

Glenn K. Wise Jr.
Glenn K. Wise Jr. 83, of DeLand, Fla., formerly of Eaton, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, in DeLand.
He retired from Dayton Tire and Rubber Co. with 27 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, in 1982; and an infant daughter.
Survivors include three sons, Robert K. Wise of Port Orange, Fla., Frank P. Wise and James G. Wise, both of DeLand, Fla.; three daughters, Betty Cain and Frances Patrick, both of Mountain Home, Ariz., and Jean Patterson of Richmond, Ind.; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy Davenport of North Carolina.
Graveside services were Monday, Feb. 10, at Clayton Cemetery in Clayton. Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, Brookville, was in charge of arrangements.

Donald A. Heath
Donald A. Heath, 66, of 8327 Freed Road, New Paris, died Thursday evening, Feb. 6, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after a short illness.
Born March 22, 1930, in Richmond (Wayne County), Ind., he was the son of Emil R. and Mable Mae (Brooks) Heath. He had lived in New Paris since 1954, and retired from Alcoa of Richmond in 1983 after 30 years of service.
Mr. Heath was a member of the 25-Year Club of Alcoa; the Alcoa Retirees Club, of which he was a past treasurer for 10 years; a veteran of the Korean War; a member of VFW Post 1108 of Richmond; and a charter member of VFW Post 10381 of New Paris.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Rosa A. (Brock) Heath; a son, Emil Heath of Centerville, Ind.; two daughters, Gail Wigger of West Manchester and Judy Carmony of Wooster; a brother, William Heath of Richmond, Ind.
Also surviving are two sisters, June Pierson of Richmond, Ind., and Delores Feaselman of Troy; a half sister, Sheila Mullins of Richmond, Ind.; four grandchildren, Christy and Deanna Wigger of West Manchester, Clint and Sam Carmony of Wooster.
Graveside services were Monday, Feb. 10, at Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris, with Paul Branson officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the NorthwestEmergency Squad.

Charles H. Pelle Jr.
Charles H. Pelle Jr., 86, of 108 E. Cherry St., New Paris, died Monday, Feb. 3, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton after a short illness.
Born Nov. 20, 1910, in Alexandria, Ky., he was the son of Charles H. Sr. and Catherine (Binkley) Pelle. He was a graduate of Eaton High School, and had lived in New Paris since 1987 where he moved from Richmond, Ind. He retired in 1974 from the Johns-Manville Corp. after 32 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II; and a member of American Legion Post 360 in New Paris.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Florence "Pat" (Paddack) Pelle; two sisters, Mildred Izor of Eaton and Katherine Monahan of El Paso, Texas; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by five sisters.
Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 7, at Riggle-Waltermann Mortuary, Richmond, Ind., with Donald Boyer officiating. Burial was in Elkhorn Cemetery near Richmond.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Paris Northwest Emergency Squad, New Paris, Ohio 45347.

Ray Swank Jr.
Ray Swank Jr., 76, of 5196 Hogpath Road, Greenville, died Friday morning, Feb. 7, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Born Feb. 29, 1920, in Muncie, Ind., he was the son of the late H. Ray Sr. and Loretta (Bunger) Swank. He retired in 1984 as the executive secretary of Preble County Child Welfare and served as superintendent of St. Clair Springs Children's Home. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II; was a member of the Pleasant View Missionary Church of Gettysburg, and had served as deacon of the church.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy M. (Sharp) Swank, whom he married Jan. 4, 1942; a son, the Rev. Thomas L. Swank of Tipp City; three daughters, Mary Alexander of Croswell, Mich., Marti Boyd of Mason, and Miriam Wertz of Mishawaka, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are two brothers, Harry Swank of Longmont, Colo., and the Rev. George Swank of Plymouth, Ind.; three sisters, Kathleen (Rife) Baker, Phyllis North and Barbara Brewer, all of Greenville; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 10, at Pleasant View Missionary Church, Gettysburg, with the Rev. Vic Reffey and the Rev. Richard Studebaker officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fort Jefferson. Zechar Baily Funeral Home, Greenville, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Missionary Church Camp at Ludlow Falls, Ohio.

Elisha C. Harris
Elisha Crit Harris, 80, of Fairhaven, died at his home Sunday, Feb. 9.
Born Aug. 20, 1916, in Clay County, Ky., he was the son of Thomas and Martha (Henson) Harris. He married Effie Root on Jan. 7, 1939. He was employed at Fisher Body for many years as a pressman before retiring in 1977.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Effie (Root) Harris, on July 7, 1963.
Survivors include three sons, William "Bill" Harris of Fairhaven, Anderson (Sherry) Harris of Gainesville, Fla., and Estill Harris of Camden; eight daughters, Anna Lee (Golden) Prater, Princess (Donald) Shollenbarger, Martha (Jerry) Finkbine and Barbara (Robert) Smith, all of Hamilton, Kathleen (Larry) Messer and Janice Roark, all of Oxford, Dorothy Grace Harris of Dayton and Leona Harris of Camden.
Also surviving are 22 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, Hobert and Homer Henson; a sister, Irene (Hubert) Hooker; companion and caregiver, Wanda Richards; good friend, Sherry Harris; brother-in-law, Clarence Root; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Allen, Walter and Clarence Harris; two sisters, Rose Jones and Georgia Caudill; two granddaughters, Joanne Eversole and Samantha Finkbine; and a grandson, Rusty Mayberry.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, 249 N. Main St., Camden, with the Rev. Charlie Petit officiating. Burial will be in Fairhaven Cemetery at Fairhaven.

Beverly S. Coppock
Beverly S. Coppock, 47, of 1404 S. 5th St., Richmond, Ind., formerly of Eaton, died Saturday evening, Feb. 8, at Reid Hospital in Richmond after a short illness.
Born Feb. 17, 1949, in Greenville, she was the daughter of Ray W. and Mildred J. (Green) Coppock. She was a 1967 graduate of Eaton High School and a recent member of the Moose Lodge in Richmond.
Survivors include a sister, Patricia Thompson of Eaton; three nephews; and friend, Lee E. Stonecipher of Richmond, Ind.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St., with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from noon-2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Susie M. Wehrley
Susie M. Wehrley, 84, formerly of East Somers Street, Eaton, died Sunday morning, Feb. 9, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Born Sept. 4, 1912, in Preble County, she was the daughter of William J. and Mary E. (Potterf) Homan. She had attended the Church of God (East Main Street) in Eaton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chalmer W. Wehrley, in 1993; three sisters, Beulah Myer, Annie Hartman and Faye Culver; and two brothers, Jon and Carl Homan.
Survivors include a son, William J. Wehrley of Camden; a daughter, Susanne Borgwardt of Eaton; a sister, Pearl E. Groves of Tampa, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria, with the Rev. William J. Wehrley and the Rev. Marvin Hocker officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday from noon-2 p.m. at the chapel. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Retinitis-Pigmentitis (Blind) or to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Lola H. Wassom
Lola H. Wassom, 83, formerly of Holtzmuller Road, West Manchester, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, at The Brethren's Home in Greenville after an extended illness.
Born April 4, 1913, in Jackson County, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Artford and Avo (Lee) Harris and had lived in Preble County since 1948. She had worked at Clifton Uniform Shirt Co. in Eaton. She was a longtime member of West Manchester United Methodist Church and the ladies auxiliary of the church, and had volunteered at Heartland of Eaton for several years.
Survivors include her husband, Jarvis P. Wassom, a resident of The Brethren's Home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Joel F. and Betty Wassom of West Manchester and Jerry R. and Patti Wassom of Warner Robins, Ga.; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy K. and Joe Fuller of Clio Mich.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Sowl of Salisbury, N.C.; nieces and nephews.
Two sisters, Lee Variglote and Ina Whitson, are deceased.
Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 14, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Kevin Erickson officiating. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery, Eldorado.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Miami Valley Chapter, 3797 Summit Glen Drive, Suite 100, Dayton, Ohio 45449.

Eugene E. Thompson
Eugene E. Thompson, 79, of Camden, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Born April 3, 1917, in Butler County, he was the son of Edward and Sadie (Newton) Thompson.
Survivors include two sons, Larry Thompson of West Alexandria and Roger Thompson of Camden; one daughter, Shirley (John) VanEs of Las Vegas, Nev.; a daughter-in-law, Norma Thompson; two sisters, Elizabeth Armstrong of Camden and Martha Benner of Eaton; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; two sons, Eugene and James Thompson; his parents; a brother, Otis Thompson; and sister, Mary Day.
Private funeral services were Friday, Feb. 14, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, followed by burial in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden. There was no visitation.

Elizabeth J. Arthur
Elizabeth Jane Arthur, 85, of 290 Prairie Ave., Wilmington, died Thursday, Jan. 2, at Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington.
Memorial services were Saturday, Feb. 15, at First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, Wilmington. Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, Wilmington, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, 120 Columbus St., Wilmington, Ohio 45177; to the American Heart Association-Clinton County Branch, 101 N. South St., Wilmington, Ohio 45177; or to a favorite charity.
Eva M. Hoffman
Eva Mae Hoffman, 79, of Alpena, Mich., formerly of Lewisburg, died Thursday, Feb. 13, at Tendercare in Alpena after a short illness.
Born Aug. 27, 1917, in Eaton, she was the daughter of Calvin L. and Hazel (Sauer) Hoffman, She was a graduate of Monroe Township High School and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lewisburg. She moved to Alpena in 1975.
Survivors include one sister, Mildred Newman of Alpena, Mich.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, followed by burial in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

David W. Olendorf Sr.
David W. Olendorf Sr., 85, of Arcanum, formerly of Brookville, died Friday, Feb. 14, at his home following a brief illness.
Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-law, David W. Olendorf Jr. of New Paris and Paul W. and Dana Olendorf of Pikeville, Tenn.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Davena and Jim Lightcap of Pikeville, Tenn., and Betty and Gene Schultz of Greenville; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 17, at Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, Brookville, with Pastor Joseph G. Soley officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Brookville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Darke County Shrine Club/Shriner's Hospital Fund.

Frances M. Saladin
Frances M. Saladin, 77, of 253 Wayne Trace Road, Eaton, died Saturday afternoon, Feb. 15, at Westview Acres Care Center in Eaton.
Born Jan. 29, 1920, in Chattanooga, Tenn., she was the daughter of James G. and Mary E. (House) Truitt. She had lived in New Lebanon before moving to Eaton in 1973. She retired in 1990 from the Eaton Police Department after 10 years of service as a clerk.
Mrs. Saladin was a member and past matron of Eastern Star Chapter #155 of Farmersville, a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church, past mother advisor of Rainbow Girls -- Farmersville Assembly #131.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Julia A. and William B. Withrow of Eaton; a son and daughter-in-law, Paul E. and Vickie Saladin of Germantown, Md.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Glen Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Eastern Star services were conducted following visitation Tuesday evening at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Martha C. Smith
Martha C. Smith, 78, formerly of Huber Heights, died Saturday, Feb. 15, in Richmond, Ind.
Born Feb. 1, 1919, in Springfield, she was the daughter of Albert and Zeda (Marshall) Finney. She retired in 1985 from the Clark County school system after 30 years as a teacher.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Smith.
Survivors include two daughters, Zeda Downing of Savannah, Ga., and Stephania Jenks of Kingwood, Texas; grandchildren, Shelley Metz of Eaton, Chad Chadwell of Savannah, Ga., and Joseph Jenks of Kingwood, Texas; and a great-grandson, Nathaniel Metz of Eaton.
Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, is in charge of arrangements.

Alice M. Klinger
Alice M. Klinger, 43, of 307 N. Main St., West Manchester, died Saturday, Feb. 15, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton after a brief illness.
She was born Jan 20, 1954, in Dayton. Mrs. Klinger was a teacher for 20 years, with 16 of those years at C.R. Coblentz Middle School. She attended Wares Chapel United Methodist Church; was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Delta Omega, Ohio; was a West Manchester Community Swimming Pool board member; and a Cancer Support Group member.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Klinger, whom she married June 20, 1982; her parents, Ralph and Virginia (Bennett) Clark of Arcanum; grandmother, Minnie Clark of Greenville; a daughter, Kelli Klinger of West Manchester; a son, Russell "Rusty" Klinger of West Manchester; two sisters, Shirley Clark and Connie Montgomery, both of Crooksville, Ohio; two brothers, Richard Clark of Arcanum and William Bennett of Statesboro, Ga.; nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester, with the Rev. Jim Condrey officiating. Burial will be in Wares Chapel Cemetery, West Manchester.

Edith Moran
Edith Moran, 79, of West Fifth Street, Dayton, died Sunday, Feb. 16, at Stouder Hospital in Troy after a short illness.
Born Sept. 13, 1917, in Eaton, she was the daughter of Clarence and Pearl V. (Thomas) Hartrum. She moved to Dayton in 1960, and was a member of the Dayton Senior Citizens.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Phyllis Turner, in 1987.
Survivors include a son, Harold A. "Butch" Moran of West Milton; two
sisters, Clara Noble of Tacoma, Wash., and Myrtle Holmes of Portsmouth, Va.; a brother, Marion Hartrum of Dayton; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St., with the Rev. Richard Van Tine officiating. The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

C. Robert Cochran
C. Robert Cochran, 82, of 2086 Scheyhing Road, Lewisburg, died Monday evening, Feb. 17, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.
Born Aug. 10, 1914, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of Charles L. and Clara (Gochenour) Cochran, and had lived in Preble County most of his life.
He was an accountant with his own tax service, retired in 1979 from H.F. Hawkins & Sons of Brookville, and was a farmer in Preble County. During the 1970s, he served on Twin Valley District School Board; was the youngest charter member of the Eaton Church of the Brethren, serving on many committees of the church; and was a Preble County 4-H advisor.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha E. Cochran, in 1996; a son, Mark Cochran, in 1954; and two sisters, Mildred Holland, in 1943, and Marguerite Holly, in 1994.
Survivors includes two sons, Gary Cochran of Farmersville and Jon Cochran of Round Lake, N.Y.; three daughters, Sonya Molique of Prescott, Ariz., Beth Brumbaugh of Eaton and Robin Smith of Lewisburg; two sisters, Mary Cahalane of Eaton and Glenna Long of Scottsdale, Ariz.; 17 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Eaton Church of the Brethren, 1407 N. Barron St., Eaton, with the Rev. Greg A. Hyre officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, Feb. 21, from 5-7 p.m. at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St., and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Church of the Brethren.


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