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Opal E. Taylor
Opal E. Taylor, 90, of Lewisburg, died Monday, March 30, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton after an extended illness.
Born Dec. 8, 1906, in Crescent City, Ill., she was the daughter of Hiram and Margaret C. (Lowery) Crouch. She had lived in Lewisburg prior to becoming a resident at Canterbury Care Center in New Lebanon.
Survivors include one son, Richard L. Taylor of New Albany, Ind.; one daughter, Judith Broyles of LaFollette, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers; and two sons, Robert and Donald Taylor.
Graveside services were Thursday, April 3, at Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Lorraine Stelts
Lorraine Stelts, 79, of Eaton, died Wednesday, April 2, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind. She was a former resident of New Lebanon.
Born Nov. 6, 1917, in St. Paul, Minn., she was the daughter of Myer Paul and Kathryn (Dooney) Spiess. She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in New Lebanon.
Survivors include her husband, Donald L. Stelts; two sons, Jack and Jimmy Stelts; two daughters, Donna Steger and Maureen Stelts; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, April 5, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with the Rev. William M. O'Dell officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ, 1830 W. Main St., New Lebanon, Ohio 45345.

Jerry E. Nichols Sr.
Jerry E. Nichols Sr., 82, of West Alexandria, died Wednesday, April 2.
He retired in 1980 from the Bricklayers Local #22 after 33 years of service as a brick mason.
Mr. Nichols was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise (Scalise) Nichols, in 1979.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry E. Jr. and Dorothy Nichols of West Alexandria; two granddaughters, Kimberly Lightcap of Brookville and Connie Armold of Jacksonville, Ark.; a great-grandson, Christopher Scott Lightcap; and two sisters, Mary Ellen Gush and Geraldine Larkins, both of Pennsylvania.
Graveside services were Saturday, April 5, at Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. Dalton Funeral Home, Germantown, was in charge of arrangements.

Sarah L. Shiverdecker
Sarah L. Shiverdecker, 90, of Eaton, died Thursday, April 3, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born Oct. 1, 1906, in Fruitdale, Ala., she was the daughter of the late George M. and Sarah (Annon) Haller, and had lived in Preble County most of her life.
Her husband, James H. Shiverdecker, died Nov. 1, 1992. Four sisters and four brothers are also deceased.
Survivors include nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Saturday, April 5, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Raymond Rothwell officiating. Burial was in Pyrmont Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Emma S. Wilhelm
Emma S. Wilhelm, 94, of Lima, died Friday, April 4, at Lima Health and Rehab.
Born June 12, 1902, in Dayton, she was the daughter of Elias and Emaline S. (Stump) Burkhead. She was a homemaker and former cook at Acres Restaurant in Lewisburg, and a past member of Orioles Lima Lodge #173.
Survivors include one son, Ralph L. (Fae) Byrne Sr. of Lima; four daughters, Betty L. Bell of Brookville, Lavina Jean (Dick) Reese of Blanchester, Hattie C. Raymond and Coral (Dick) Woodruff, both of Lima; one sister, Mabel Martin of Florida; 34 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; and 44 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, David F. Byrne and Roy Byrne; one daughter, Ruth Cass; and two sisters, Myrtle Huddle and Martha Christman.
Funeral services were Tuesday, April 8, at Chiles and Sons-Laman Wayne Street Chapel, Lima, with the Rev. Dawna Boyes officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.

James Cooper
James Cooper, 81, of Westbrook Road, Brookville, died unexpectedly Friday, April 4, at his home.
Born April 13, 1915, in Preble County, he was the son of George and Bertha (Gilbert) Cooper. He was retired from Paul Manufacturing in Lewisburg, and had also worked previously for General Motors and NCR. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Ingomar.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Ann Cooper of West Alexandria, David and Ellanore Cooper of Sealy, Texas; one daughter, Cristal Cooper of Kettering; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one brother, Charles M. Cooper of Eaton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Henrietta, in 1990; a brother, Lawrence Cooper; and a sister, Catherine Thomas.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, at St. John Lutheran Church, Enterprise Road, Ingomar, followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church.

Paul W. Bowser
Paul W. Bowser, 86, of Marilee Drive, New Lebanon, died unexpectedly Saturday, April 5, at BrookHaven Nursing Home in Brookville.
Born Nov. 5, 1910, he was the son of John and Ida (Wogaman) Bowser. He was a farmer most of his life, and retired in 1972 from the New Lebanon School District, where he was employed as a bus driver. Mr. Bowser was a member of Grace Brethren Church in Brookville.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence Bowser, in 1979; two brothers, Harry Bowser and Charles Bowser; and a sister, Mary Flory.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, T. Marie Bowser of New Lebanon; a stepson, Daniel Seim of New Lebanon; a stepdaughter, Margaret Elaine Dill of New Lebanon; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Tuesday, April 8, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Henry Mallon officiating. Burial was in Sugar Hill Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Geneva W. Hoover
Geneva (Winkle) Hoover, 84, formerly of Camden, died Friday, April 4, at Woodland Country Manor Nusing Home near Somerville.
Born Sept. 5, 1912, in Estill County, Ky., she was the daughter of James Oscar and Edna (Crawford) Winkle. She worked for Delco Products for 28 years before retiring in 1975. Mrs. Hoover was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Camden for many years.
She was married to Charles Hoover on July 7, 1932, in Estill County, Ky.
Survivors include her husband, Charles of Camden; three daughters and sons-in-law, Yolonda and Ray Murphy of Camden, Norma and James Deem of Dayton, Inas and Carl Clark of Hamilton; three sons and daughters-in-law, William and Carolyn Hoover of Troy, Charles and Barbara Hoover of Chicago, Ill., Del C. and Pat Hoover of Eaton; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are four sisters, Lura Fowler of South Irvine, Ky., Mayfra Evans of Winchester, Ky., Edith Anderson of Hamilton and Mary Helen Garrett of Louisville, Ky.; three brothers, Carlo Winkle and Leighton Winkle, both of South Irvine, Ky., and Clay Winkle of Hamilton.
Funeral services were Monday, April 7, at the First Southern Baptist Church, Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson 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 the First Southern Baptist Church Building Fund, 35 N. Liberty St., Camden, Ohio 45311.

Joseph A. Glick
Joseph A. Glick, 51, of Hot Springs, Ark., formerly of Eaton, died Sunday, March 16, at his home.
He was born July 28, 1945, in Richmond, Ind., was a 1963 graduate of Eaton High School and attended Ohio Northern University. He had resided in Arkansas for the past 10 years and was an accountant for Quality Inn Motel.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harry L. Glick, in 1969; and his mother, Ruth W. Glick, in 1996.
Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Lee Ann Glick of Middletown; two sisters, Joanne Bash of Rockford, Ohio, and Kay Jane Houser of Eaton; two nieces, Lori Houser of Norfolk, Va., and Jennifer Bash of Rockford; and one nephew, Mark Bash of Rockford.
Memorial services were held in Hot Springs, Ark. Graveside services were Saturday, March 22, at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Hazel M. Acton
Hazel M. Acton, 70, of Verona, died Sunday, April 6, at her home.
Born Sept. 30, 1926, in Trotwood, she was the daughter of James Howard and Grace Marie (Waller) Guerrant. Mrs. Acton was a legal secretary for Steve Hobbs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph P. Acton, in 1979; and brothers, Junior, Bruce, Robert and Gene Guerrant.
Survivors include a daughter, Diana J. Hamilton of Verona; sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis M. and Linda Acton of Verona, Douglas P. and Debra Acton of Dayton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ethel and Robert Hauck of Bellbrook, Elsie Brammer of Englewood, Shirley and Harry Hobbs of Lewisburg, Wilma Howard of Medway, Doris and Jerry Vukovic of Union; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Tuesday, April 8, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. William Schilling officiating. Burial was in Verona Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Myron B. Cail
Myron B. Cail, 75, of Eaton, died Monday, April 7, at his home.
Born Aug. 18, 1921, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of John Roy and Hazel (Benham) Cail. He was a 1939 Jackson High School graduate and attended Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.
Mr. Cail was a Jackson Township farmer and retired in 1984 from Wayne Works in Richmond, Ind. He was a U.S. Marines veteran of World War II; a life member of American Legion Post 360, New Paris; and Marine Parachute Association.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Dorothy (Stewart) Cail; sons and daughters-in-law, Joe W. Cail, Thomas R. and Ayako Cail, James B. and Tammy Cail, all of Eaton, Jeffrey S. and Kathleen Cail of Cincinnati; a daughter and son-in-law, Marna L. and Kenneth Bloom of Connersville, Ind.
Also surviving are brothers, William R. Cail and John M. Cail, both of Eaton, and Norman Cail of Longmont, Colo.; a sister, Ruth Ann Fisher of Columbia, Ind.; five grandchildren, Stephanie, Beth, Amanda, Jacob and Benjamin Cail; a great-grandson, Austin Cail; nieces nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Ann Cail, in 1957; and two sisters, Carolyn Spahr, in 1990, and Frances C. Campbell, in 1995.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, 109 W. Main St., New Paris, with the Rev. James Sizelove officiating. Burial will be in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Campbellstown United Church of Christ.

Mary L. Armacost
Mary L. Armacost, 94, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Campbellstown, died Thursday, April 3, in Mesa.
Born Jan. 28, 1903, in Preble County, she was the daughter of J. Frank and Mattie Louellen (Gochenour) House. She was a 1920 graduate of Jackson High School and had lived in Preble County nearly all her life.
Mrs. Armacost owned and operated the Armacost Grocery for 18 years in Campbellstown and was the Campbellstown Postmistress for 23 years. She was a member of the Campbellstown United Church of Christ for over 70 years and a Delta Theta Tau Sorority member for over 60 years. She moved to Arizona in 1980.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Amos R. Armacost, in 1971; and two brothers, Walter S. House, in 1976, and Harold V. House, in 1977.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Griffis of Mesa, Ariz.; grandchildren, Linda Gibson, Brenda Spurlock and Randy Griffis; four great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, with the Rev. James Sizelove officiating.
Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Campbellstown United Church of Christ.

Hartsel H. Davidson
Hartsel H. Davidson, 91, died Saturday, April 5, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
He was born Nov. 21, 1905, in Kanawha Head, W. Va. When he was 19 years old, he moved to Akron and worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. for 40 years. He lived in Akron until 1994, when he and his wife of 69 years, Helen, moved to 4966 Monroe-Central Road, Eaton, to live with their daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Delmer Ile.
Mr. Davidson's avocation was beagling and he was a life member of four beagle clubs: Summit, Portage, Pleasant Valley and Mahoning Trumball, and served on all their executive boards for over 55 years. He was widely known as a breeder and competitor, and produced at least four field champions.
In addition to his daughter with whom he lived, he is survived by another daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Charles Philips; seven grandchildren, David (Harriet) Philips, Christine (Gregory) Simolka, Lori (Scott) Riemer, Kim (Jeffrey) Johnson, Brian (Michelle) Phillips, John (Diane) Stock, Anne Philips, Amanda Ile and fiance Scott Suggs; six great-grandchildren, Daniel Simolka, Hannah Philips, Owen Riemer, Michael Simolka, Nathaniel Philips and Mason Riemer.
Funeral services were Tuesday, April 8, at Wares Chapel United Methodist Church, West Manchester. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Preble County Animal Shelter/Humane Society, 722 S. Franklin St., Eaton, Ohio 45320.

Robert P. House Sr.
Robert P. House Sr., 95, of Miami Township, Miamisburg, died Tuesday, April 8, at Sycamore Medical Center, Miamisburg.
Born Feb. 26, 1902, in Eaton, he was the son of Charles and Mae (Frame) House. He was retired from Frigidaire Corp. after 36 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret D. House, on Nov. 12, 1990.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Doris and French Combs of West Alexandria; two sons and daughter-in-law, Dick and Edna House, and Bob House, all of Miamisburg; a sister, Violet Biggs of Camden; six grandchildren, Cindy (Joe) Woerner of Beavercreek, Dan Combs of Shaw Island, Wash., Charlotte (Joe) Taraba of Lexington, Ky., Patty (Dennis) Davis of Camden, Doug (Chris) House of Miamisburg and Julie (Michael) Rado of Centerville, Ohio; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Friday, April 11, at Gebhart-Schmidt-Parramore Funeral Home, Miamisburg, followed by burial in Springboro Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Miami Township Paramedics.

Ruth E. O'Dell
Ruth E. O'Dell, 67, of Troy, and formerly of Preble County, died Tuesday, April 8, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
Born April 11, 1929, in Pontiac, Mich., she was the daughter of Job and Mae (McGrath) Thomas. She had worked at Baxter Healthcare in Eaton, and was a member of Bridgeview Baptist Church in Castine, where she was the church organist.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, William D. O'Dell; a daughter, Marie Conner of Troy; a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Janet O'Dell of Union; two sisters, Lucille Hardy of West Bloomfield, Mich., and Anna Raymond of Pontiac, Mich.; a sister-in-law, Carol Thomas of Clarkston, Mich.; four grandchildren, Lori, Bill and Jamie Conner, all of Troy, and Zachary O'Dell of Union; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Thomas and Roy Thomas.
Funeral services were Thursday, April 10, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Bryan Rea officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bridgeview Baptist Church, 4811 Ohio 722, Castine, Ohio.

Charles G. Steck
Charles G. Steck, 81, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, April 8, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Born Aug. 16, 1915, in Wengerlawn (Montgomery County), he was the son of Charles E. and Claudia V. (Weaver) Steck. He retired in 1977 after 28 years at Inland Manufacturing in Dayton. Mr. Steck was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the VFW.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Veda H. (Cabaniss) Steck; two sons and daughter-in-law, Raymond E. and Georgia Steck of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Ricky D. Steck of Eden Prairie, Minn.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Phyllis and Orville Crowe of Arcanum, Becky and William Smith of Lewisburg; a brother and sister-in-law, Cleo and Elsie Steck of Brookville; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gaylor V. Steck, in 1909, and Adrian Steck, in 1983; and a sister, Marjorie D. Kesler, in 1975.
Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family, with the Rev. James Castello officiating. Entombment was in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Kathryn E. Lake
Kathryn E. Lake, 81, of Germantown, died Wednesday, April 9, at Hospice of Dayton.
Born July 5, 1915, she was the daughter of the late John and Eva Blankenship. She retired from Frigidaire in 1970 after 26 years of service, and was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Doris and John Hunter of Germantown; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald Eugene and Shirley Lake of West Alexandria; a son-in-law, Richard Egan of Germantown.
Also surviving are eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson, Caleb Hunter; five sisters, Mary Bryant, Frances McCloskey, Gladys Stanfield, Mabel Hart, all of Celina, and Mildred Jackson of Dayton; and a brother, John Blankenship of Celina.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lake, in 1980; a daughter, Phyllis Egan, in November 1996; four sisters, Charlotte Edwards, Shirley Huffman, Phoebe Rasor and Edna Phelps; and two brothers, Paul and Robert Blankenship.
Funeral services were Saturday, April 12, at Dalton Funeral Home, Germantown, with Pastor Del Harper officiating. Burial was in Germantown Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Germantown Rescue Squad or to Hospice of Dayton.

David Gephart
David Gephart, 89, of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, April 9, at Hospice of Dayton.
Born Jan. 20, 1908, in Harrison Township, Preble County, he was the son of Orange and Opal (Brown) Gebhart. He was a 1926 graduate of Verona High School, and retired in 1970 from Dayton Tire and Rubber Co.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Claude Emerson and Carol Gebhart of Lewisburg; a daughter-in-law, Marie (Focht) Gebhart of Lewisburg; a sister, Helen Unger of Greenville; grandchildren, Ann Horn, Steven Gebhart, Rita Madigan, Todd Gebhart, Vicki Fryman and Scott Gebhart; great-grandchildren, Lukas Madigan, Katelynn and Cynthia Fryman, Ryan, Kyle and Jessica Gebhart; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice E. (Shiverdecker) Gephart, in 1986; a son, David E. "Gene" Gebhart, in 1993; brothers, Ralph Gebhart, in 1931, Holly Gebhart, in 1937, and Oscar Gebhart, in 1971.
Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family, with the Rev. James N. Lehman officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Margaret E. Brown
Margaret E. Wolf Brown, 70, of New Paris, died Tuesday, April 8, at Heartland of Greenville.
Born Feb. 14, 1927, in Warrenton, Va., she was the daughter of Seth and Pearl (Curtis) Schwab. She had been a New Paris resident since 1948. Mrs. Schwab retired in 1989 after 29 years with the C.R. Coblentz School District as secretary in the superintendent's office. She was a member of Delta Theta Tau Sorority in New Paris.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Samuel H. Wolf, in 1959.
Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Ronald P. Brown; a son, Ronald J. Wolf of Wheelersburg, Ohio; a brother, E.C. Schwab of Warrenton, Va.; sisters, Thelma Sturtridge of Warrenton, Va., Hazel Attkisson of Alexandria, Va.; mother, Pearl Schwab of Warrenton, Va.; and grandchildren, Rachele Thomas, Ryan and Tara Wolf.
Funeral services were Friday, April 11, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, followed by burial in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Emergency Squad, New Paris.

Floy B. Rice
Floy B. Rice, 89, of Eaton, formerly a resident of Hamilton, died Wednesday morning, April 9, at Heartland of Eaton.
Born July 7, 1907, in Tuscola, Ill., she was the daughter of Myrtie and Lula (Napier) Cook. She was educated in the Hamilton schools. In the mid-1950s, she owned and operated the Sweden Creme on Pleasant Avenue in Hamilton. She was a charter member and a member for many years of the First Church of God in Hamilton, and later attended the Millville Avenue Church of God. She had resided in Eaton with her daughter since 1991.
She married Gilbert G. Rice on Aug. 23, 1920, in Newport, Ky., and he preceded her in death on March 20, 1971.
Survivors include two daughters, Luella Beard of Eaton and Dorothy Matz and husband Clinton of Chugwater, Wyo.; four grandchildren, Richard (Janet) George of Houston, Texas, Sandra Williams of Anderson, Ind., Robert (Sandie) Holland of West Palm Beach, Fla., Todd (Barbara) Rice of Laramie, Wyo.
Also surviving are six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Paul Cook of Camden and Earl Rice of Bradenton, Fla.; and a sister, Wilma Winner of St. Petersburg, Fla.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Robert Rice; a grandson, Reuben Holland; her parents; a brother, William Cook; and a sister, Jessie Welsh.
Funeral services were Friday, April 11, at Webb/Noonan Funeral Home, Hamilton, with the Rev. Jerry Reynolds of the First Church of God of Eaton officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park, Hamilton.

Herschel E. Hook Sr.
Herschel E. "Hook" Brown Sr., 83, of Eaton, died Wednesday, April 9, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.
Born May 28, 1913, in Dayton, he was the son of Samuel and Ardella (Comer) Brown. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was of the Protestant faith.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie E. Hester; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Alva Brown of Florence Ky., Larry Brown, Lonny and Reba Brown of West Alexandria, Herschel Jr. and Ann Brown of Union, Stanley and Frances Brown of New Lebanon; daughters and sons-in-law, Margie and Danny Cole of St. Cloud, Fla., Brenda and Edgar Jennings of New Lebanon; 21 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Florence Matz of Bradenton, Fla.
Funeral services were Saturday, April 12, at Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon. Burial was in Trissel Cemetery.

Lelah M. Agler
Lelah M. Agler, 73, of Eaton, died Wednesday, April 9.
Born June 23, 1923, in Darke County, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Carrie (Brown) Haller, and had lived in Preble County most of her life. She was an admitting clerk at Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Ind., from 1964 to 1976. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post #665 of West Manchester and attended the First Presbyterian Church in Eaton.
Survivors include her husband, Lowell C. Agler; a son, Ted C. Agler of Nashville, Tenn.; daughters and son-in-law, Judy A. and Earl Smith of Eaton, and Barbara A. Agler of St. Louis, Mo.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Shaeffer of Tipp City, Betty Rohrer of Trotwood and Carolyn Dearth of Fairfield Glade, Tenn.; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Saturday, April 12, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery, Eldorado.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad, to the First Presbyterian Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Margaret J. Greiner
Margaret Jo (Thompson) Greiner, 69, of 385 Bernard Road, Apt. 156, New Vienna, Ohio, died Thursday morning, April 10, at Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington.
Born Feb. 13, 1928, in Wilmington, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Pheobe Marie (Oberlin) Thompson. She worked for many years as a bus driver and also as a cook for the Eaton City Schools. She was a member of Concord Baptist Church in Akron, Ala.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven Allen and Kathleen Greiner of Tennessee, John Nicholas and Maryann Greiner of Hillsboro; daughters and son-in-law, Karen Jo Greiner of Wilmington, Constance Sue and John T. White of California; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Virginia and Harold Cooper of Wilmington, Anna Mary and Lee Sola of Illinois; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Thompson; and a sister, Della Shephard.
Graveside services were Monday, April 14, at Blanchester IOOF Cemetery, with Pastor Dan Ferrell officiating. There was no public calling. Fisher Funeral Home, Wilmington, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fisher Funeral Home, 97 W. Locust St., Wilmington, Ohio 45177.

James P. Kendel Jr.
James Patrick Kendel Jr., 31, of Lewisburg, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, April 8, at his home.
Survivors include his father and wife, James Sr. and Judy Kendel of Dayton; mother and husband, Rebecca and Steve Pugh of Williamsburg, Ind.; maternal grandparents, Anne and Russell Montgomery of Brookville; sisters, Deborah Yurkowski of Brookville and Traci Murphy of Dayton; stepbrother, Steven Pugh of Williamsburg, Ind.; a niece; many aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Daniel and Effie Kendel.
Funeral services were Saturday, April 12, at Rogers Funeral Home, Trotwood, followed by burial in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alcohol Abuse Treatment Centers.

Thomas E. Roberts
Thomas E. Roberts, 52, formerly of Gratis, died Thursday, April 10, at Fayette County Hospital in Washington Court House.
Born Nov. 7, 1944, in Knoxville, Tenn., he was the son of Charles Eugene and Ruth (Renfro) Roberts.
Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Julie Roberts of Eaton; an aunt, Clara Foreman of Gratis; and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and an uncle, Harold Foreman, who was his guardian.
Funeral services were Tuesday, April 15, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.

Dallas G. Fultz
Dallas Gene Fultz, 46, of Dafler Road, West Alexandria, died Thursday, April 10, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Born April 2, 1951, in Dayton, he was a graduate of Twin Valley South High School. He was employed by the Public Works Division of the City of Eaton, where he was named "Employee of the Year" in 1996.
He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Fultz, in 1993.
Survivors include his mother, Clarabelle (Hendrickson) Fultz of West Alexandria; a daughter, Lindsey Kay Fultz, a son, Darren Gene Fultz, and a stepdaughter, Angie Lynn Stoner, all of Brookville; aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Alexandria Emergency Squad.

Minnie Day
Minnie Day, 88, of 400 Ada Doty St., Gratis, died Thursday, April 10, at her home.
Born March 9, 1909, in Lee County, Ky., she was the daughter of Logan and Vina (Miller) Toler. She had been a homemaker most of her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse, in 1985; a son, James Willard Day, in 1927; and a daughter, Mavis McCloud, in 1983.
Survivors include five daughters, Lillian Zimmerman of Germantown, Christina Cheatle of Dayton, Emma Short of Middletown, Wilma Wilson and Virginia Rigsby, both of Gratis; a brother, Harrison Toler of Gratis; two sisters, Lillian Perdue of Kettering and Gail Lawson of Middletown; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were Monday, April 14, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, with the Rev. Walter Miller officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.

Ricky L. Stidham
Ricky L. Stidham, 37, of 6067 Ivy Lane, West Alexandria, died Thursday, April 10, as a result of an automobile accident.
Born Sept. 25, 1959, in Dayton, he was the son of Orville and Gwendolyn (Massengill) Stidham. He had attended Twin Valley South High School, and had served in the U.S. Army. He was employed as a factory worker with A.D.M. Animal and Health Nutrition Co. in Lewisburg.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, in 1995.
Funeral services were Tuesday, April 15, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.

David A. McCloud
David A. McCloud, 30, of Eaton, died Saturday, April 12, at his home.
Born July 9, 1966, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of Clarence D. Jr. and Frances Maridene (Laird) McCloud. He was a 1984 graduate of Eaton High School, and had worked as a cabinet maker at Precision Wood Products near Camden for the past seven years. He was a member of the Eaton Country Club and attended the Eaton Church of the Brethren.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1992.
Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Cynthia L. "Cindy" (Warner) McCloud; one son, Eric Z. McCloud, at home; mother and stepfather, F. Maridene and Melvin E. James of Eldorado; father- and mother-in-law, Charles P. and Norma L. Warner of West Alexandria.
Also surviving are brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary L. and Kathy McCloud of Tennessee, Jim D. and Dianne McCloud of Eaton, Terry F. and Tammy McCloud of Greenville, Richard D. and Betsy McCloud of Eaton; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Eaton Church of the Brethren, 1407 N. Barron St., Eaton, with the Rev. Craig Smith officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends from 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday at the church. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eric Z. McCloud Fund, c/o Eaton National Bank and Trust, 110 W. Main St., Eaton, Ohio 45320.

Fannie L. Booker
Fannie L. Booker, 72, of Sun City Center, Fla., formerly of Dayton, died Thursday, April 10, at her home.
A native of Wilmore, Ky., she had been a Bay area resident for three years, moving there from Dayton. She was a member of the Wimauma Church of God and was a volunteer at Mary Martha House.
Survivors include her husband, Carlton Almand; a son, Barry Goforth of West Alexandria; a stepson, Charles Booker of Dayton; daughters, Millie L. Webber of Nancy, Ky., and Rose A. Rike of Lewisburg; brothers, Luther Corman of Lexington, Ky., and Shannon Corman of Stanford, Ky.; sisters, Elnora Mills of Wilmore, Ky., and Grace Smith of Somerset, Ky.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday, April 14, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Ron Smith officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Mary Jo Gunn
Mary Josephine (Hayslett) Gunn, 62, of Dayton died Friday, April 11, after a lengthy illness.
Born Dec. 8, 1934, in Eaton, she was the daughter of Ralph and Mary Hayslett. She was a registered nurse, having graduated from the Miami Valley Hospital School of Nursing. She was employed for 24 years at Bethany Lutheran Village, including eight years as director of nursing. She was an active member of Epiphany Lutheran Church and shared a special fellowship with Father Isaac Ebeigbe of St. Charles Borromeo in Kettering.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Thomas W. Gunn; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Jo and Jim Godfrey, Cathy Jo and Mike Hart; a son, Thomas J. Gunn; four grandchildren, Patrick and Christopher Godfrey, and Kristen and Sarah Hart; a brother, Mike Hayslett of Germantown; and two sisters, Emma Plockeman of Wild Rose, Wis., and Nancy Loy of Colorado Springs, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Julia Simms; mother-in-law, Maggie Gunn; and brother-in-law, John Gunn.
Funeral services were Tuesday, April 15, at Epiphany Lutheran Church, with Father Isaac Ebeigbe and the Rev. Larry Hoffsis officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made made to the American Cancer Society or to Lutheran Social Services.

Allene Wehrley
Allene Wehrley, 69, of Columbus, and formerly Preble County, died Saturday, April 12, in Columbus.
Born June 2, 1927, in Irvine, Ky., she was the daughter of Everett and Lofa (Watson) Brookshire. She was retired, and attended Valley View Methodist Church in Columbus.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Johnson, in 1994.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley Jean and Gary Reames of Pickerington, Ohio, Linda Sue and Marshall Lowery of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; sons, Steven Darrell Johnson of London, Ohio, David William Johnson and Mark Allen Johnson, both of Columbus; brothers, Jim Brookshire of Dayton and Bill Brookshire of Eaton; a sister, Eleanor McManus of Oregon; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35 West, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday at the chapel.


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