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Helen M. Raper 
Helen Marie Raper, 86, of 1126 West Florence-Campbellstown Road, Eaton, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, at her home. 
Born Sept. 18, 1910, in Richmond, Ind., she was the daughter of Thomas and Lulu (Rechter) Murphy, and had lived in this area all her life. She was a former employee of Knollenberg's Department Store and the Holiday Inn. 
Survivors include two daughters, Lois J. Fitzwater and June A. Rexrode, both of Eaton; one son, Jay C. Raper of New Paris; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bradford Raper, in 1951; a grandson, Brad Fitzwater; and three brothers, Jim, Oliver and Wilbur Murphy. 
Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 21, at Doan and Mills Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., with the Rev. James C. Sizelove and the Rev. David J. Garman officiating. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Reid Hospital Foundation for the Hospice program, or to the Campbellstown United Church of Christ. 

John S. Pounds 
John Steven "Steve" Pounds, 41, of Leinbach Road, New Paris, died unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 17, at his home. 
Born March 1, 1955, in Dayton, he was a 1973 graduate of Trotwood Madison High School. He had been employed at Carpenter Bus Manufacturing in Richmond, Ind., for the past year and a half. He was a member of the Sons of Legion at New Paris and the UAW of Richmond, Ind. 
Survivors include his wife, Lisa I. (Brunty) Pounds of Union, Ohio; his mother, Betty J. (Hedrick) Pounds of New Paris; maternal grandfather, John H. Hedrick of Dayton; a son, Luke John Pounds of Union; two stepsons, Lee and Brody Edwards of Union; and a friend, Deborah Smith of New Paris. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Conrad A. Pounds, in 1995. 
Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-Village Rescue Squad, New Madison. 

Alverta F. McVeigh 
Alverta F. McVeigh, 86, of Eaton, formerly of Camden, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., following an extended illness. 
A native and lifelong resident of Preble County, she was born Feb. 7, 1911, the daughter of the late Omar and Barbara (Driver) McKee. She was retired from Miami University in Oxford, and was a Cancer Society worker. She was a member of Camden United Methodist Church, Rebekah Lodge, Preble County Senior Citizens and a former member of Eagles Lodge Aerie #2202 Auxiliary of Eaton. 
Mrs. McVeigh was best known for her active lifestyle. She took part in many programs at the Preble County Council on Aging; was the second SCOPE Preble County Meals for the Elderly Senior Queen; and represented SCOPE well in local events, the Preble County Fair, including the Pork Festival, local luncheons, etc. 
Her husband, James W. McVeigh, died in 1966. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Irene Bass. 
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Helen Jane and Richard G. Davis of Eaton; two sisters, Viola Daughtery of Lawrenceburg, Ind., and Nellie Lair of Richmond, Ind.; nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 21, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Jerry Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden. 

Clarence E. Hook 
Clarence E. Hook, 84, of 14233 Shiloh Court, Hudson, Fla., formerly of U.S. 127 North, Eaton, died Thursday, Feb. 20, at his home in Florida. 
Born April 24, 1912, in Preble County, he was the son of the late Joseph C. and Rosa M. (Wall) Hook. He was a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hudson, Fla., and a former member of Greenbush United Methodist Church in Somerville. 
Survivors include his wife, Mano C. (O'Neal) Hook; one son, James C. Hook of Denton, Texas; one daughter, Joan L. Haslup of Beavercreek; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Hurd; two brothers; and three sisters. 
Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 24, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with Dr. Phillip D. Malone officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Preble County Cancer Society. 

Dora B. Cross 
Dora Booher Cross, 91, of 114 Cox Road, Bristol, Va., died Sunday, Feb. 23, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. 
She was a lifelong resident of Scott County, Va., and had been a member of Boohers Chapel United Methodist Church since 1927. She was the widow of Guy Cross. 
Survivors include one daughter, Beulah Camper of Bristol, Va.; three sons, Lloyd R. Cross of Camden, Albert "Todge"Cross of Blountville, Tenn., and Randy Cross of Bristol, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Edna Cross; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by a son, James Howard Cross; and a granddaughter, Linda Sue Camper. 
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Boohers Chapel United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Richie Neese, the Rev. Roger Ball and the Rev. Sam Haynes officating. Burial will be in Boohers Cemetery. Oakley-Cook Funeral Home, Bristol, Tenn., is in charge of arrangements. 
Memorial contributions may be sent to Boohers Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Mary Lynn Salyer, Route 3, Bristol, Va. 24201. 

Walter A. Hartman 
Walter A. Hartman, 84, of 12008 Ohio 122, Camden, died Monday, Feb. 24, in Bradenton, Fla. He was a well-known auctioneer and realtor in the Preble County area. 
Funeral services are pending. 
 
Martha J. Railsback 
Martha J. Railsback, 83, of 5790 Denlinger Road, Trotwood, formerly of Eaton, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Friendship Village in Trotwood, where she had resided since July 1989. 
Born Jan. 26, 1914, in Richmond, Ind., she was the daughter of Charles Edward and Mary W. (Webb) Price. She was a 1932 graduate of Morton High School in Richmond and had attended Ball State Teachers College in Muncie, Ind. She had taught at Dixon and Eaton City Schools, and retired from teaching after 35 years. 
Mrs. Railsback was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Eaton and the Preble County Retired Teachers Association. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Ross Railsback, in 1995; and a son, Thomas Webb Railsback, in 1985. 
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, David E. and Sue S. Railsback of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; and two grandchildren, David E. Railsback of Columbus and Blythe L. Railsback of Adelanto, Calif. 
Graveside services were conducted at the convenience of the family at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 123 W. Decatur St., Eaton 

Walter A. Hartman 
Walter A. Hartman, 84, of Camden, died Monday afternoon, Feb. 24, at Columbia Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Fla., where he had been a patient for four days. 
He was born Aug. 28, 1912, in Middletown, and was a lifetime resident of this area. He had been an auctioneer for 47 years and had been in the real estate business from 1957 to the present. He retired in 1966 as a roll grinder from Armco in Middletown after 34 years of service. 
Mr. Hartman was a member of Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Church, past president of the Ohio Auctioneers Association (1972), a member of the National Auctioneers Association, Antioch Shriners, Masonic Lodge in Middletown and Camden, Elks Lodge #257 of Middletown, IOOF of Gratis, and was a Kentucky Colonel. He was an avid sportsman and especially enjoyed hunting. 
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ruby Hartman; one son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Peggy Hartman of Middletown; four grandchildren, Janice Hartman and Lori Hartman, both of Middletown, Julie Hartman of Trenton and Bill (Dawn) Hartman of Lebanon. 
Also surviving are three great-grandchildren, Jon Hartman of Trenton, Amy Morgan of Middletown and Allison Hartman of Lebanon; two sisters, Della Cunningham of Middletown and Mary I. Brown of Hillsboro; and one aunt, Mary Schatz of Middletown. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ada (Shannon) Hartman; and one brother, Howard Hartman. 
Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 28, at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, Middletown, with the Rev. Daniel Graham officiating. Burial was in Fairmound Cemetery, West Elkton. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Crippled Children and Burns Institute, Cincinnati, or to a charity of the donor's choice. 

William H. Davis 
William H. Davis, 65, of Dayton, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. 
Born Jan. 17, 1932, in Careyville (Knox County), Ky., he was the son of John T. and Lura (Pridemore) Davis. He retired in 1993 from the Dayton Daily News and was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. 
He was preceded in death by two infant sons; 11 brothers and sisters. 
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Rachel May (Hepner) Davis, formerly of the Lewisburg area; three daughters, Sherry Darlene Shouse of Piqua, Linda Jean Murphy of Dayton and Terri Ann Clark of New Lebanon. 
Also surviving are six stepchildren, Judy Lynn Pennington of Miamisburg, Jay Lewayne Philpot of Cincinnati, Lon Edward Philpot of Greenville, Jerald Lee Philpot, Jerry Dale Philpot and David Leroy Philpot, all of Dayton; one brother, Harvey L. Davis of Cincinnati; six grandchildren; 25 stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 

Stanley Morrow 
Stanley "Mike" Morrow, 78, formerly of Camden, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Oxford View Nursing Home in Oxford, where he had resided for six years. 
Born July 5, 1918, in Preble County, he was the son of Clyde and Winifred (Austin) Morrow. He attended Camden schools and was a self-employed farmer in the Preble County area for many years. 
He married Jane C. Fisher in 1939 in Liberty, Ind., and she preceded him in death on May 15, 1976. 
Survivors include five children, Georgeanna Morrow of Camden, Marjorie (Gene) Pohlschneider of Piqua, James C. (Elaine) Morrow of Camden, John (AnnMarie) Morrow of Oxford and Jeffrey Morrow of Camden; four grandchildren, Jim D. (Beth) Morrow of Somerville, Brent, Chris and Stacey Smith, all of Piqua; five great-grandchildren, Savannah, Alan James and Michael Morrow, and Ryan and Michelle Smith; and two sisters, Helen Morris of Cincinnati and Florence Snowden of Camden. 
Funeral services were Saturday, March 1, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Pro-Seniors, 105 E. 4th St., Suite 1715, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; or to National Stroke, 8480 E. Orchard St., Suite 1000, Englewood, Colo. 80111-5015. 

Willard E. Kelley 
Willard E. Kelley, 86, of Camden, died Monday evening, Feb. 24, at Governor Harris Homestead in Eaton. 
Born March 31, 1910, in Butler County, he was the son of Joseph and Lucy (Pallman) Kelley. He had been employed as a bridge foreman with the Preble County Highway Department for 15 years, and had served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. 
Survivors include two daughters and son-in-law, Doris and Gibby Saylor, and Norma Pettus, all of Camden; three sons and daughter-in-law, Donald Kelley of Garden Grove, Calif., Gerald Kelley of Middletown, Steve and Amy Kelley of Centerville, Ohio. 
Also surviving are 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Martha Wirtley of Seven Mile; and one brother, Herbert Kelley of Middletown. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, in 1982; a sister, Edna Hoffman; and three brothers, Clarence, Frank and Harry Kelley. 
Funeral services were Monday, March 3, at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, Middletown, with the Rev. Jacqueline Smith officiating. Burial was in Fairmound Cemetery, West Elkton, with American Legion Post #218 Color Guard providing military honors. 

Houston E. Bundy 
Houston Edward "Ed" Bundy, 65, of Enterprise Road, West Alexandria, died Thursday, Feb. 27, at his home. 
Born June 28, 1931, in Dayton, he was the son of Houston Davis and Mary Kathryn (Zwiesler) Bundy. He was a self-employed motorcycle repairman since 1966, was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, and was a member of the Dayton Family Campers. 
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Joanne (Finn) Bundy; his mother, Mary K. Bundy of Brookville; sons and daughter-in-law, Steven E. and Charee Bundy of West Manchester and Terry D. Bundy of West Alexandria; daughters, Cheri Y. Bundy of Columbus and Christine M. Perkins of West Alexandria. 
Also surviving are a sister and brother-in-law, Jeanie E. and Frank White of Lee, Fla.; grandchildren, Terry "T.J." Perkins and April N. Bogart, both of West Alexandria, Steven Erik and Justin Wade Bundy, both of West Manchester; nieces, nephews and cousins. 
He was preceded in death by a brother, Billie Bundy, in 1934. 
Funeral services were Monday, March 3, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Mark Gardner officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Alexandria Emergency Squad, to the American Cancer Society-Preble County Unit, or to the American heart Association-Preble County Unit. 

Mary L. Riley 
Mary Louise (Taylor) Riley, 64, formerly of Eaton, died Sunday, Feb. 23, at her home in Bradenton, Fla., where she had resided since 1968. 
Born Aug. 13, 1932, in Indiana, she was the daughter of Charles and Nannie (Smith) Taylor. 
Survivors include her husband, Ralph, whom she married Sept. 2, 1949; four daughters, Sandra West of Camden, Sharon Pawelkop, Sheryl McKee and Susan Riley of Bradenton, Fla.; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; several nieces and nephews; and two sisters, Margaret Lindsey of Eaton and Roberta Gilbert of Las Vegas, Nev. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Russell, in 1983; and a sister, Sylvia Shafer, in 1965. 
Funeral services will be held at the family's convenience in Bradenton, Fla. 

Jessie E.M. Johnson 
Jessie Estella M. Johnson, 83, of Eaton, died Thursday, Feb. 27, at Heartland of Eaton. 
Born Jan. 25, 1914, in Huntsville, Ala., she was the daughter of Robert and Christine (Cranshaw) Hamlet. She was a 1935 graduate of Eaton High School, a member of the VFW Auxiliary of Eaton, and was a housekeeper in the area for many years. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell "Jack" Johnson, in 1969; sisters, Ruby Berry and Mary Helen Price; brothers, Oscar Hamlet, Robert Bell Hamlet, Fred E. Hamlet and Henderson Berry; stepsons, James "Bud" Johnson and Russell "Buster" Johnson. 
Survivors include a sister, Jennettie Haislip of Brooklyn, N.Y.; sisters-in-law, Edna Hamlet of Richmond, Ind., and Jean Hamlet of Dayton. 
Graveside services were Tuesday, March 4, in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, with the Rev. Ron Norris officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association-Preble County Unit. 

Lowell L. Holsinger 
Lowell L. Holsinger, 69, of Urbana, formerly of Eldorado, died Saturday, March 1, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Dayton, after an extended illness. 
Born Feb. 24, 1928, in Eldorado, he was the son of the late Frank and Hazel (Petry) Holsinger. He was a life member of the VFW, AmVets, American Legion and DAV, all in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years and was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. 
Survivors include his wife, Rosie M. (Kitchen) Holsinger, whom he married March 26, 1952; a son, Richard L. Holsinger of Greenville, Texas; a grandson, Martin Holsinger; a granddaughter, Margaret Holsinger; two sisters, Donna Knose and June Shipley, both of Eaton; a brother, Harold Holsinger of Urbana; nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester, with the Rev. Raymond E. Rothwell officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. Burial will be in Monroe Cemetery, Eldorado, where military graveside services will be conducted. 

Robert L. Wright 
Robert L. "Bulldog" Wright, 69, of Lewisburg, died Saturday, March 1, at his home. 
Born March 25, 1927, in Brookville, he was the son of Leroy James and Margaret Mary (Stump) Wright. He was a 1947 graduate of Lewisburg Union High School, retired in 1990 after 22 years at American Aggregates, was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and member of VFW Post 3288 of Brookville. 
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Janet R. (Shear) Wright; children, Peggy, Curt, Brent, Melissa, Randall, Denise, Lori and Carl; brothers, Orland J., Waldo, Donald E. and Larry Wright, all of Lewisburg, and Walter F. Wright of Huber Heights; sisters, Lucille Kesler and Georgianna Harris, both of Lewisburg, and Ida Warner of Potsdam; grandchildren, Shana, Tawni, Autumn, Leah, Sara, Aubrey, Erica, Samantha, Timothy, Zachary, Gabrielle and Mike; nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg, with the Rev. Al Templeton officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit. 

Elaine Fisher 
Elaine Fisher, 84, formerly of New Lebanon and West Alexandria, died Saturday, March 1, at Hospice of Dayton. 
Born March 15, 1912, in Jeffersonville, Ind., she was the daughter of Hurley and Margaret (Wilson) Malott. She was a member of Plainview Open Bible Church, New Lebanon. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, in 1970; and a son, John Fisher, in 1996. 
Survivors include a son, Michael Fisher of Centerville, Ohio; a grandson, John Fisher of West Alexandria; and a daughter-in-law, Sandy Fisher of West Alexandria. 
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Harold Ady officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria. 

Lillian M. Chambers 
Lillian M. Chambers, 90, of Trone Road, Eldorado, died Saturday, March 1, at the home of her daughter in Richmond, Ind. 
Born Nov. 12, 1906, in Blountville, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Fannie (Wilson) Smith and lived in Preble County most of her life. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Chambers, on Jan. 26, 1995. 
Survivors include one son, Myron E. Chambers of West Manchester; two daughters, Mary Helen Wigger of West Manchester and Martha Jane Schweizer of Richmond, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; two great-great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 
She was also preceded in death by four brothers; four sisters; an infant son; and a granddaughter, Billie Sue Reed. 
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester, with the Rev. Jim Condrey officiating. Burial will be in Wares Chapel Cemetery, West Manchester. 

Robert B. Hawley 
Robert B. "Bob" Hawley, 85, formerly of Park Avenue, Eaton, died Sunday, March 2, at Heartland of Eaton. 
Born Aug. 8, 1911, in Eaton, he was the son of Samuel S. and Bessie (Smith) Hawley. He was a native and lifelong resident of Preble County and a 1929 graduate of West Alexandria High School. He retired in 1976 as a co-owner/operator of Hawley & Hawley, Inc. Building and Plumbing Contractors in Eaton. 
Mr. Hawley was a Boy Scout leader for Troop 78 in Eaton for several years, was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Eaton, a charter member of the Community Improvement Corporation in Eaton, a member of the Eaton Area Chamber of Commerce and served on the Airstream International Executive Committee. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary M. (Trace) Hawley, in 1988. 
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce R. and Elaine Hawley of Eaton, Edward A. and Kimberly Hawley of Centerville, Ohio; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Arnold Asher of Camden; a sister, Virginia G. Wanner of Davenport, Fla.; a brother, Wilbur E. "Pete" Hawley of Eaton; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. 
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Elaine Y. Hawley, in 1947; brothers, James Custin Hawley, Harold Roger Hawley, Sr., Lloyd D. Hawley, Clifford M. Hawley, Lucien Thurman Hawley; sisters, Estella May Hawley, Priscilla Leah McDaniel, Ruth Haven Young, Helen Louise Miller and Berenice L. McKee. 
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the First Presbyterian Church, 123 W. Decatur St., Eaton, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to services. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association-Miami Valley Chapter, 3797 Summit Glen Drive, #G100, Dayton, Ohio 45449. 

Florence Plummer 
Florence Plummer, 100, formerly of 405 Hillcrest Drive, Eaton, died Sunday, March 2, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton. 
Born March 15, 1896, in Hamilton, she was the daughter of the late James and Minnie (Parks) Johnson and had lived in Preble County most of her life. She was member of the Eaton United Church of Christ and Alpha Garden Club. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Plummer, on June 18, 1979; and a brother, Gordon Johnson. 
Surviving are nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. James W. Whitley officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.


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