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John C. Davis
John Calvin Davis, 75, of Camden, died early Tuesday morning, March 18, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Born March 11, 1922, in Bond, Ky., he was the son of Robert and Bessie (Steele) Davis. He was a former employee of the U.S. Forestry Service as a sign maker, and a former employee of Square D in Oxford, retiring Dec. 31, 1984, after 11 years of service.
Mr. Davis was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the Camden Church of God, where he formerly served on the pastor's council, and a member of the Disabled American Veterans of Camden.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Thelma (Hillard) Davis, whom he married March 20, 1942, in Moores Creek, Ky.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Sharon Davis of Camden, Tony and Cindy Davis of Washington, D.C., Wendell and Janice Davis of Eaton; three daughters and sons-in-law, Lowana and Bill Wyatt of London, Ky., Joyce and James C. Nelson, Debra and David Wilder, all of Camden.
Also surviving are 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Lester Davis of Connersville, Ind.; and three sisters, Emma Howard, Rebecca Carter and Mae Gaines, all of East Bernstadt, Ky.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wes Davis; and a sister, Sophia Berry.
Funeral services were Friday, March 21, at the Camden Church of God, with the Rev. Marvin Hocker officiating. R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.

Annabelle M. Doty
Annabelle Mae Doty, 89, formerly of Camden, died Tuesday, March 18, at Heartland of Eaton.
Born Aug. 28, 1907, in Fairhaven, she was the daughter of James and Bessie (Halderman) Beckett. She married Edward Z. Doty in 1926 in Eaton. Together they operated a local restaurant, Doty's Lunch, from 1948 to 1950.
She was a member of the Camden United Methodist Church for 56 years, and a member of Rebekah Lodge.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Pauline and Frank Mato of Middletown; two grandsons, Joe Mato of Eaton and Eddie Doty of Reno, Nev.; three granddaughters, Ann, Paula and Debbie Doty; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Chester Doty; three sisters; and three brothers.
Funeral services were Friday, March 21, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Jackie Marshall officiating. Burial was in Fairhaven Cemetery, Fairhaven.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Camden United Methodist Church.

Harriet L. Furnas
Harriet L. Furnas, 84, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, died Tuesday, March 18, at the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mt. Vernon. She was a former resident of the Eaton area, having resided at Lakengren from 1974 to 1990.
Born July 25, 1912, in Van Wert County, she was the daughter of the late Perry J. and Mabel (Wright) Allen. She was a graduate of Ridge High School in Van Wert County, and was a retired secretary from St. Regis Paper Company in Troy.
She was a member of Sugar Valley United Methodist Church in Eaton, and a member of Order of Eastern Star, Sharon Chapter, West Milton.
She married Roger Furnas on May 27, 1938, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 1996. Her parents and a sister are also deceased.
Survivors include one daughter, Sheila M. Carity of Troy; two sons, Walter A. Furnas of Delaware, Ohio, and James B. Furnas of Xenia; one sister, Agnes McKeddie of Kingman, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were Saturday, March 22, at Bridges-Stocker Funeral Home, Covington, with the Rev. Steve Malanowski officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Covington.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Ohio Eastern Star Home, 1451 E. Gambier Road, Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050.

Peter J. Schmitz
Peter J. "Jerry" Schmitz, 64, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, March 18, at his home following a two-year illness.
Born Jan. 30, 1933, in Miamisburg, he was the son of the late Henry L. and Catherine C. (Wagner) Schmitz, and had lived in Preble County since 1969. He was retired from Schmitz Plumbing in Miamisburg. Mr. Schmitz was a veteran of the Korean War, a member of Visitation Catholic Church in Eaton, a volunteer fireman for the City of Miamisburg and a 4-H advisor.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie M. (Vincent) Schmitz; three daughters, Kathleen and Buff Anspaugh, Madeline Schmitz and Jeanette Schmitz; two sons, William Schmitz and Patrick Schmitz; four grandchildren, Blake, Alicia, Katie and Anna-Marie.
Also surviving are two brothers and sisters-in-law, Francis and Florine Schmitz, Gene and Betty Schmitz; godparents, Helen and Bill Joly Sr.; mother- and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Vincent; sisters- and brothers-in-law; nieces, nephews and cousins.
A sister, Dolores Schmitz, is deceased.
Funeral Mass was Saturday, March 22, at Visitation Catholic Church, Eaton, with the Rev. Ralph J. Lawrence, the Rev. David Vincent and the Rev. Charles Caserta officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth E. Knox
Kenneth Edward Knox, 44, of Morning Sun, died Tuesday, March 18.
He was born Aug. 27, 1952, in Hamilton, and had worked at Butler Landmark for 15 years. Mr. Knox was a member of the Amateur Radio Club of Oxford and was known as AA8KW on the airways; and was a member of the Lighthouse of God in New Miami.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah (Adams) Knox, whom he married Aug. 8, 1981; four sons, Kevin and wife Kelly Knox, Brady Knox, all of Hamilton, Scott Jordan of Camden and Michael Knox of Morning Sun; one daughter, Kristy Jordan of Germantown; three grandchildren, Joshua Dunaway, Jonathan Jordan and Desirae Jordan, all of Camden.
Also surviving are his father, Kenneth Knox of Hamilton; mother- and father-in-law, Harold L. and Ruby Adams of Somerville; two sisters, Brenda Pritt and Teresa Powell, both of Hamilton; brothers-in-law, Darrell L. and wife Tonya Adams of Morning Sun, Douglass E. and wife Gae Adams of Camden, Dennis Adams of Somerville, William J. and wife Angela Adams of College Corner; nieces and nephews, great-niece and great-nephew.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Eleanor (Buttery) Knox; maternal grandparents, Ed and Ida Buttery; paternal grandparents, Pleasant and Agnus Knox; and a niece, Chasity Turner.
Funeral services were Saturday, March 22, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Paul Williams and the Rev. Gary Witt officiating. Burial was in Beechwood Cemetery near Morning Sun.

Ruby M. Russelo
Ruby M. Russelo, 90, of 1614 E. Main St., Eaton, died Tuesday, March 18, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.
Born Oct. 16, 1906, in West Elkton, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Thomas. She had been a bookkeeper at Harold's Auto Parts Store in Eaton, which she had owned with her husband. In 1960, the couple moved to Tarpon Springs, Fla., where they owned and operated Sun Marina. She returned to Eaton in March 1995.
Mrs. Russelo was a former member of the Eaton Business and Professional Women's Club and Pythian Sisters in Eaton. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tarpon Springs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Russelo, on July 10, 1977; a son, Gordon Russelo; and a brother, Roy Thomas.
Survivors include a son, Gene Russelo of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; a daughter, Betty Moore of Eaton; seven granddaughters; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Edith Wates of Somerville; numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and burial were Saturday, March 22, at Fairmound Cemetery, West Elkton. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.

John E. Showalter
John E. Showalter, 49, of Dayton, died Tuesday, March 18.
He was born Dec. 16, 1947, in Richmond, Ind.
Survivors include his mother, Evelyn (Kasten) Showalter of Eaton; his wife, Janice (Derringer) Showalter of Florida; one daughter, Chandra Showalter of Greenville, Tenn.; one brother, Eric Showalter of Eaton; one sister, Debra Johns of Westerville, Ohio; and a half sister, Judy Palomar of Connersville, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his father, Orville Showalter; a daughter, Michele; and a sister, Penelope.
Memorial services were Friday, March 21, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating.

Joseph F. Dush
Joseph F. Dush, 81, of Willard, Ohio, died Sunday, March 16, of a heart attack while visiting his daughter in Florida.
Born Aug. 28, 1915, in Licking County, Ohio, he was the son of the late Frank and Ada Dush. He was a 1939 graduate of the Ohio State College of Law, and had been active in the practice of law in Willard since 1947. He was a former city solicitor in Willard and at times, served as city solicitor for Plymouth, Greenwich and Monroeville. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Willard.
Survivors include three children, Carole Schloemer of Eaton, Connie Hollinger of New Port Richey, Fla., and Tom Shone of Glasgow, Ky.; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Dush of Wooster; and two sisters, Mary Cox of Columbus and Martha Millican of Alexandria, Ind.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the First Presbyterian Church, Willard, with the Rev. S. Shane Nanney in charge. Secor Funeral Home, Willard, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 124 W. Maple St., Willard, Ohio.

Lauretta Hoskins
Lauretta Hoskins, 94, formerly of Sidney and Eaton, and more recently a resident of the Dorothy Love Retirement Community in Sidney, died Thursday, March 20.
Born July 21, 1902, in Lena, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Bessie (Garver) Davis. She had been employed as a secretary for Hoskins Automotive of Eaton. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #182, West Alexandria; a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Eaton and previously the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church of Piqua.
She married Frederic Hoskins on Oct. 16, 1915, in Waukegan, Ill., and he preceded her in death on April 1, 1994. A daughter, Louise Schneider, and a brother are also deceased.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Marcia Hoskins of Eaton; daughters and son-in-law, Anne and Alan Kaiser of Piqua, Joyce Cowan of Cottonwood, Calif., and Sue Kaduk of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a son-in-law, Rudy Schneider of Piqua; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Sunday, March 23, at Jamieson and Yannucci Funeral Home, Piqua, with the Rev. Fred Lacuesta officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery there.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Life Care Fund of Dorothy Love Retirement Community, 3003 W. Cisco Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365, or to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 125, Eaton, Ohio 45320.

Sally L. Ashcraft
Sally Louise (Hartman) Ashcraft, 67, of 634 Humphrey, Birmingham, Mich., formerly of Somerville, died Thursday, March 20.
Born Sept. 3, 1929, in Somerville, she was the daughter of George and Elnora (Powell) Hartman. She was married to Emmanuel Ashcraft on Nov. 6, 1946, in Hamilton, and he preceded her in death.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Terry Ashcraft of Birmingham, Mich.; a daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Glenn Groves of Birmingham, Mich.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Delores Hartman, James and Nadine Hartman, all of Somerville; a sister and brother-in-law, Dolly and John Sandlin.
Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden.

Ishamel D. Hall
Ishamel Darrell Hall, 57, of East Cherry Street, New Paris, died Thursday, March 20, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind.
He was born April 15, 1939, in Ligon, Ky. He had been employed at Wayne Works in Richmond, Ind. Mr. Hall was a member of Clarence Teaford Post #360 American Legion of New Paris, Amvets #726 of Eldorado and the Masonic Lodge of New Paris.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Timothy Hall and Kenneth Hall.
Survivors include his mother, Judy K. (Hall) Wood of New Paris; father and stepmother, Delmer and Mattie Frances Hall of Nicholasville, Ky.; two sons, James D. Hall of New Paris and Joseph E. Hall of Richmond, Ind.; a brother, Denver R. Hall of Lexington, Ky.; two half brothers, Rayburn Hall and Has Hall, both of Nicholasville, Ky.; a half sister, Lavern, and stepsister, Sandy, both of Nicholasville, Ky.; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, March 22, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. Don Boyer officiating. Burial was in Willow Grove Cemetery, Fountain City, Ind.

Virginia L. Lyons
Virginia L. Lyons, 84, of Richmond, Ind., formerly of Preble County, died Friday, March 21, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born July 4, 1912, in Stone, Ky., she was the daughter of Robert and DeLora (Keith) Rader. She attended the Full Gospel Temple in Eaton.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Robert C. and Barbara Brush of Eldorado, Fred and Donna Kay Brush of Richmond, Ind.; a brother, Broadus Rader of Pearcy, Ark.; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Lyons, in 1979; a son, Dallas Brush; grandchildren, Shelia, Michael, Johnny and Thomas Brush; great-grandchild, Alicia Brooks; sisters, Daisy Sandlin and Mattie Payne; and brothers, Bascome, Roscoe, Everett, William and C. Elmer Rader.
Funeral services were Tuesday, March 25, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Raymond Rothwell officiating. Burial was in Wares Chapel Cemetery, West Manchester.

Beulah A. Fritz
Beulah A. Fritz, 90, of Dayton, died Sunday, March 23, at Franciscan Medical Center in Dayton.
Born Dec. 10, 1906, in Cincinnati, she was the daughter of Eldon Earl and Pearl (Keeran) Wingate. She was a graduate of Otterbein College, and was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Oakwood. She had been a resident of Bethany Lutheran Village since 1984.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Dwight J. Fritz, in 1982.
Survivors include a son, Douglas J. Fritz of San Francisco, Calif.; a sister and brother-in-law, Martha Ellen and Dr. George Biggs of Dublin, Ohio; and two nephews, Joseph Eldon Biggs of Foster City, Calif., and George Earl Biggs of Grove City, Ohio.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 155 E. Thurston Blvd., Oakwood, with Pastors Robert A. Willauer and Robert Browning officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. The family will receive friends from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Church of Our Savior or to Bethany Lutheran Village.

Michael D. Kelly
Michael D. Kelly, 55, of 6700 W. Duneview, Ludington, Mich., formerly of West Alexandria, died Sunday, March 23, at his home after a brief illness.
Born Nov. 11, 1941, in Middletown, he was the son of Mark and Isabel (Brewer) Kelly. He graduated from Lanier High School and attended the University of Dayton. Mr. Kelly was a chemist for EG&G Mound Laboratories of Miamisburg, retiring in August 1992 and moving to Ludington in 1993.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Camden, the Mason County Fin and Feather Club, and was a former scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 107 in West Alexandria. He was a member of several hunting and trapping associations, was a hunting and trapping instructor and a former member of the Twin Valley Rod and Gun Club.
Survivors include his wife, Mary E. (Jordan) Kelly, whom he married May 1, 1964, in West Alexandria; a son and daughter-in-law, Chris P. and Debra K. Kelly of Eaton; two grandsons, Bryon K. Kelly and Brett J. Kelly, also of Eaton; several aunts and one uncle of Ohio.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Tim Kelly, in 1984.
Memorial services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the Masonic Lodge, 106 S. Main St., Camden. Dorrell Funeral Home, Ludington, Mich., is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Lodge of Camden, or to the Miami Valley Boy Scouts of America.

Robert A. Kirker
Robert A. Kirker, 68, of 285 Ohio 726, Eaton, died Monday, March 24, at his home after an extended illness.
Born Nov. 20, 1928, in West Union, Ohio, he was the son of the late William J. and Pearl Kirker. He had lived in Preble County for the past 30 years, and was a retired trooper from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Mr. Kirker was a 1946 graduate of West Union High School, a 1961 graduate of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in Columbus, a member of Full Gospel Temple, Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship, Retired Ohio State Highway Patrol Association and Ohio Troopers Association.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann (Caplinger) Kirker; a son, Randy A. Kirker of Tucson, Ariz.; four brothers, Milford Kirker, Orlie Kirker, Ralph Kirker, all of West Union, and John Kirker of Dayton; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert A. Kirker, who died at birth; two brothers, Everett Kirker and Ermine Kirker; and two sisters, Edith Mullens and Mildred Baldridge.
Funeral services were Friday, March 28, at Full Gospel Temple, Eaton, with the Rev. Raymond E. Rothwell officiating. Burial was in West Union (Ohio) Cemetery. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Miami Valley Hospital, Dialysis Unit, 1 Wyoming St., Dayton, Ohio 45409.

Harold E. Beane
Harold E. Beane, 81, of 301 Evergreen Drive, Eaton, died Monday, March 24, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.
Born Aug. 31, 1915, in Eaton, he was the son of Samuel W. and Ida Mae (Samuels) Beane. He retired in 1979 from Eaton City Schools. Mr. Beane was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, and a member of the Church of Christ in Eaton.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Nola M. (Nienke) Beane; a son and daughter-in-law, Lynn E. and LuJean Beane of Eaton; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Richard Waymire of Eaton; two sisters, Helen Erisman of Eaton and Mary McQueen of Rushville, Ind.; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one great-great-grandson; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant in 1951; brothers, James, Glenn, Gordon and Robert Beane; and sisters, Cecil Puterbaugh, Margaret Freeman and Zelma Williams.
Funeral services were Thursday, March 27, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Jeff Nickell officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad or to the American Heart Fund, Preble County Unit.

Helen F. Thompson
Helen F. Thompson, 71, formerly of U.S. 35 West, Eaton, died Wednesday, March 26, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Born Sept. 28, 1925, in Batesville, Ind., she was the daughter of John and Letha (Wolf) Sizemore. She retired from Baxter Laboratories in Eaton in 1988.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Thompson, in 1990; and a brother, Chester Sizemore.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Lois Thompson of West Alexandria, Arthur and Maxine Thompson of Richmond, Ind.; a daughter and son-in-law, H. Judy Thompson and Ken Bailey of Dayton; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Friday, March 28, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Virgil R. Ross
Virgil R. Ross, 85, of West Third Street, Dayton, and formerly of Lewisburg, died Thursday, March 27, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Born May 20, 1911, in Booneville, Ky., he was the son of Hampton and Fannie (Couch) Ross. He was the owner of the Midway Motel and Restaurant, J & R Motel and Restaurant in Lewisburg and Linda's Family Inn in Dayton. He was a member of the All Gospel Church of God in Trotwood, where he served as a deacon.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Wanda (Combs) Ross; daughters and son-in-law, Linda (Ross) and Russell Matheny of Lewisburg, Norma Jean of Florida and Erma of Middletown; a son, Don Ross of Middletown; a sister, Elizabeth Birch of Booneville, Ky.
Also surviving are grandchildren and spouse, Ricky and Melissa Banks of Lewisburg, James Banks of West Alexandria, Paul Doughman III and fiancee´Kissy Littleton of Trotwood; nine great-grandchildren; seven nieces and one nephew.
Funeral services were Monday, March 31, at the All Gospel Church of God, Trotwood, with Brother Ralph Stacy officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

George E. Cline
George Edward Cline, 61, of Hamilton, and formerly of Camden, died unexpectedly at his home Thursday night, March 27, after a heart attack.
Born Feb. 25, 1936, near Camden, he was the son of George and Etta (Anderson) Cline. He was a 1954 graduate of Camden High School, where he was an honor student, president of his class, a star basketball player and a member of the high school band. He was also a member of the Camden United Methodist Church and its choir, and was a Boy Scout. He was an employee of the Hamilton Waterworks Supply Company in Hamilton.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine; a sister, Mildred Crawford of Camden; a stepdaughter and her husband, Cindy and Rex Dabblett of Springfield, Mo.; also a son-in-law and granddaughter, Mark and Dagney Olson of Eugene Ore.; two nieces, Marietta McClothin and Deb Baubel; a nephew, John Laudahn; and an aunt, Frances Andrew of Dayton.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Oleta Witter and Lois Fogt; a stepdaughter, Margie Olson; and a brother-in-law, James Crawford.
Funeral services were Tuesday, April 1, at Colligan Funeral Home, Hamilton. Burial was in Hamilton.

Verna A. Guiler
Verna A. Guiler, 83, of Eaton, died Friday, March 28, at Heartland of Eaton after an extended illness.
Born April 9, 1913, in Rockingham County, Va., she was the daughter of George and Cora (Long) Rexrode, and had lived in Preble County most of her life. She was a member of the Eaton Church of the Brethren.
Survivors include her husband, Vernon A. Guiler, whom she married Jully 18, 1931; one son, Dean Guiler of Jacksonville, Fla.; one daughter, Carole Haack of Hesperia, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Edna Jones of Harrisonburg, Va., and Jorga Crawford of Lewisville, Ind.; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Keith Guiler; a daughter, Phyllis Carroll; five brothers, Earl, Frank, Oliver, Otho and Glen Rexrode; and two sisters, Elsie Cupp and Nona Wigger.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Greg A. Hyre officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

Richard Cottrell
Richard Cottrell, 65, of Trotwood, died Wednesday, March 26.
He retired in 1990 after many years at Mead Corporation. At an early age, he became a member of Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton, where he served as assistant finance secretary and steward.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Clara (Elkins) Cottrell; two sons, Steven and Mark A. Cottrell; a grandson, Mark A. Cottrell Jr.; a sister, Mary Cartwright; a daughter-in-law, Shari Cottrell; three brothers, John, Cleophus and Clifford Greenwood; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Richard Cottrell Sr.; mother, Mary Greenwood; grandmother, Hattie Cottrell; and brother, Freddie Lee Greenwood.
Graveside services were Monday, March 31, at Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria, with Pastor B.L. Peterson officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Kathryn I. Holsapple
Kathryn I. Holsapple, 73, of 42 Birch St., Castine, died Friday, March 28, at her home after an extended illness.
Born Jan. 22, 1924, in Darke County, she was the daughter of the late George and Rebecca (Schaffer) Lipps, and had lived in Preble County most of her life. She was a retired factory worker from J.V. Products in Gordon, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Carl Longanecker; and her second husband, Fred Holsapple.
Survivors include three sons, Butch Longanecker of Centerville, Ind., Bill Longanecker of New Paris and Richard Longanecker of Hillsdale, Wis.; four daughters, Pat Cook and Carole Ebersole, both of Eldorado, June Hines of Eaton and Emma Batdorf of Louisville, Ky..
Also surviving are 31 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, Fred Lipps of Wayne Lakes, Ohio; four sisters, Marcella Henn of West Sonora, Betty Reyna of Greenville, Gladys Saylor and Ida Saylor, both of Palestine, Ohio; nieces and nephews.
A daughter, Linda Darlene Johnson; and three brothers, Ted Lipps, Wilson Lipps and Lester Lipps, are also deceased.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Roadway Community Church, U.S. 40, Gettysburg (near National Trail High School), with the Rev. Bill Longanecker and the Rev. Richard Longanecker officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from noon-2 p.m. prior to services on Wednesday. Burial will be in Ithaca Cemetery. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, is in charge of arrangements.

Davy L. Palmer
Davy L. Palmer, 66, of West Alexandria, died Friday, March 28, at the home of his daughter in Hillsdale, Mich.
Born Sept. 21, 1930, in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of the late Perry Mathew and Ethel Jane Palmer. He had lived in Preble County since 1977. Mr. Palmer was a retired sheet metal worker and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Sheet Metal Workers, Springfield, Ill., Local #117; and Sheet Metal Workers, Dayton Local.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary E. (Shearer) Palmer, on Jan. 25; a brother, Jack Palmer; and two grandsons.
Survivors include four daughters, Davie Lee Cloyds of Hillsdale, Mich., Linda Gill and Patricia Bacon, both of Westland, Mich., and April Lolley of Detroit, Mich.; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, Olen Palmer of Lady Lake, Fla.; nine nephews and five nieces.
Funeral services were Tuesday, April 1, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, following by burial in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Alexandria Emergency Squad or to Hospice of Hillsdale, Mich. 49242.

Harold E. Early
Harold Eugene Early, 67, of 224 Baltimore St., Middletown, died Friday, March 28, at Sycamore Medical Center in Miamisburg.
Born April 26, 1929, in Preble County, he was the son of Ralph and Irene (Roberts) Early. He was an engineer for the Dupps Company in Germantown. Mr. Early was a member of Shiloh Lutheran Church, and was past president of the Germantown Eagles Lodge.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Lillie D. (Wilson) Early; a daughter and son-in-law, Sheila Jo and Randy Scott McFarland of Middletown; sons and daughter-in-law, Larry Eugene and Jill Early of Port William, Ohio, and Jerry Lane Early of Middletown.
Also surviving are four grandchildren, Sherry Jo Henderson, Shannon Douglas Rupp, Sarah Marie Savoir and Brandon Lee Early; three great-grandchildren, Mercy Savoir, Alicia Savoir and Cameron Jay Henderson; two sisters, Helen L. McCoy and Donna May Bellar, both of West Alexandria; and a brother, Curtis Early of West Alexandria.
Memorial services were Tuesday, April 1, at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, Middletown, with the Rev. Randy Wallace officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown, Ohio 45044.

Kenneth A. Richards
Kenneth A. Richards, 82, formerly of Lewisburg, died Sunday, March 30, at the Brethren's Home in Greenville.
Born July 18, 1914, in Eldorado, he was the son of Earl and Ethel (Burrows) Richards. He was a 1933 graduate of Monroe Central High School. He retired in 1977 after 33 years at Wayne Works in Richmond, Ind., and was a former member of the IOOF.
Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Dolores J. and George Pigg of Gordon, Ohio, and Rhonda L. Rawlins of West Alexandria; sons and daughter-in-law, Darryl J. and Joanne Richards of West Alexandria and Dennis R. Richards of Greenville.
Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Mary Richards of Eldorado, Jeanette Richards of Covington, Ohio, Aileen Browne of Hollansburg, Burnette Spurgeon of Richmond, Ind., Mildred Atkins of Tennessee and Marion Skiles of Eaton; nine grandchildren; and 10-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Timothy Means officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Darke County, 122 W. Martz St., Greenville, Ohio 45331.


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