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Monty B. Crain
Monty Blake Crain, 35, of Hamilton, died Thursday, April 3, in Fairview, Tenn.
He was born Dec. 9, 1961, in Hamilton, and graduated from Taft High School there. He had been employed in home construction in Pompano Beach, Fla.
Survivors include his father, Joseph W. Crain of Hamilton; a son, Joshua Scott Crain of Hamilton; two stepchildren, Jamie and Miles Mobley, both of Hamilton; two sisters, Gail Bowling of London, Ky., and Janet (Randy) Strohacker of Eaton.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Pauline (Steele) Crain.
Funeral services were Friday, April 18, at Webb-Noonan Funeral Home, Hamilton, with Pastor Lowell D. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Concord Cemetery.

Bernadine R. Woydziak
Bernadine Rose Mangen Woydziak, 94, formerly of 9995 Conover Road, Versailles, died Tuesday morning, April 15, at Versailles Health Care Center.
Born Aug. 15, 1902, in Burkettsville, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Marguerite (Goubeau) Cordonnier, and had spent her adult life in the Frenchtown and Versailles areas. She was a homemaker and farmed all her adult life.
She was married to LeRoy Mangen on Feb. 1, 1921, and he died April 7, 1936. She then married Joseph Woydziak on April 20, 1948, and he died June 27, 1965.
Survivors include three sons, Donald Mangen of Troy, George Mangen and John Mangen, both of Versailles; four daughters, Audrey Grieshop McEldowney of Rossburg, Ohio, Terentia "Terry" Zumberger of Maplewood, Ohio, Juanita (Robert) Hake of Eaton and Sister Maureen Mangen, CPPS of Hartford City, Ind.
Also surviving are three stepdaughters, Alvera Tucker of Vallejo, Calif., Mary Alice Kramer of Arcanum and Joyce (Wilbert) Luthman of Russia, Ohio; 45 grandchildren; 36 step-grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sister Terentia Cordonnier, CPPS of Dayton.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; six stepchildren; four grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; five brothers; and a great-grandson.
Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, April 19, at St. Denis Catholic Church, Versailles. Burial was in Holy Family Catholic Church Cemetery, Frenchtown, Ohio. Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

Elmer O. Crawford
Elmer O. Crawford, 79, of Eaton, died Tuesday, April 15, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
He was born June 25, 1917, in Swain, Ark. Mr. Crawford was employed as a machinist at Baldwin, Lima, Hamilton, was a bus driver for West Elkton School for many years and was the marshal of West Elkton during the 1950s. He was a member of the West Side Baptist Church in Hamilton.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Ruth (Humphries) Crawford, whom he married Sept. 3, 1936, in Latonia, Ky.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Donald R. and Beatrice Crawford of Middletown, Robert G. and Marilyn Crawford of Somerville, James E. and Madlyn Crawford of Ft. Wright, Ky.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra Gail and William Doran of Camden, Judith Ann and William Rogers of Mary Esther, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Marge Crawford of Hamilton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Odetta and James Grimm, Felda Diesh, Leora and Bob Gill, all of Hamilton, and Jean Crawford of Fairfield; 16 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Rose Ella (Morgan) Crawford; two brothers, Raymond and Wesley Crawford; and two sisters, Helen and Bernice Crawford.
Funeral services were Friday, April 18, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson and the Rev. Ruben Cabinalles officiating. Burial was in Fairmound Cemetery, West Elkton.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Elkton United Methodist Church in West Elkton or to the First Southern Baptist Church in Camden.

Max E. Lee
Max E. Lee, 68, of 4154 Ohio 726, Eldorado, died Wednesday, April 16, at his home after an extended illness.
A native and lifelong resident of Preble County, he was born Nov. 18, 1928, in Monroe Township, the son of Thomas and Golda E. (Wehrley) Lee. He was a Monroe Township farmer and truck driver. Mr. Lee was a member of Price's Creek Church of the Brethren and the National Trail FFA Alumni.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Geneva (Poffenberger) Lee; mother-in-law, Mary Poffenberger of Eldorado; three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Kay Lee of Mogadore, Ohio, Lloyd and Loretta Lee of Eaton, David and Tonya Lee of Eldorado; two sisters, Velma Taylor of New Carlisle and Vera McRoberts of West Manchester; and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, April 19, at Price's Creek Church of the Brethren, West Manchester, with the Rev. David D. Shetler officiating. Burial was in Wares Chapel Cemetery near West Manchester. Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home-Eldorado Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Price's Creek Church of the Brethren, to the Reid Hospital Foundation -- Hospice; or to the North Central EMS.

Mildred I. Paxton
Mildred I. (Keller) Paxton, 82, of Camden, died Wednesday, April 16, at her home.
Born May 23, 1914, in Butler County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Ada (Williams) Keller.
She married James L. Paxton on July 25, 1952, and he preceded her in death.
Survivors include one son, Rowland D. Mann of Trenton; three daughters, Jane Heiger of Centerville, Ohio, Barbara Elleman of Cincinnati and Joyce Schaffer of Torrence, Calif.; one sister, Ada Parks of Dayton; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and three step-great-grandchildren.
Six brothers, Hubert, Harry, Floyd, George, Wayne and Darrell Keller are also deceased.
Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Jackie Marshall officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Camden Emergency Squad.

Callie Durham
Callie Durham, 67, of Madison Township, Dayton, died Friday morning, April 18, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton after an extended illness.
Born Dec. 20, 1929, in Keith (Harlan County), Ky., she was the daughter of Cleveland and Mary (Farley) Muncy. She had lived in Madison Township since 1951.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Larry "Ken" Durham; two sons, Larry D. Durham and James E. Durham, both of Trotwood; two daughters, Lora Durham and Connie Oliver, both of Trotwood; four sisters, Janie Arthur of Harlan, Ky., Lorene Muncy of Wallins, Ky., Killie Wilson of Loyall, Ky., and Rosie Marlow of Grays Knob, Ky.; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Willard Muncy, in 1971, and Henry Muncy, in 1996.
Funeral services were Monday, April 21, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, followed by burial in Preble Memory Gardens.

Helen C. Woods
Helen C. Woods, 88, of 115 Vine St., Eaton, died Thursday morning, May 1, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after an extended illness.
Born Dec. 29, 1908, in Cincinnati, she was the daughter of Frank and Carrie (Kummerling) Wallborn. She was a member of Visitation Catholic Church of Eaton, St. Ann's Sodality and the Eaton Senior Citizens Club.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, William H. Woods Sr.; two sons, William H. Woods Jr. of Lewisburg and Brother Kenneth Woods of Sparta, N.C.; one daughter, Mary L. Moon of Orlando, Fla.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Osborn, in 1973; and a son, Richard E. Woods, in 1967.
Funeral Mass was Monday, May 5, at Visitation Catholic Church, Eaton, with the Rev. Ralph Lawrence officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Dayton. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Angeline Knutson
Angeline Knutson, 80, of Franklin, died Thursday, May 1, at her home.
Born March 26, 1917, in Bellefontaine, she was the daughter of Wilber and Edna (Morey) Winship. She was a 1934 graduate of Franklin High School, and studied at Miami University and Iowa State, receiving her doctorate in economics.
She taught school in Lockland and Georgetown from 1940-1942; was employed by the Census Bureau and Bureau of Motor Vehicles for eight years; worked as the Chautauqua correspondent for the Middletown Journal and Franklin Chronicle; was chief records keeper for the City of Franklin and secretary to City Manager Bernard Eicholz and food stamp vendor, retiring in 1981, then began working for Joint Emergency Medical Services until March 1997.
Mrs. Knutson was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Franklin, United Methodist Women, Our Mother's Tongue, 60 Plus or Minus Club and Otterbein Home Auxiliary. She was co-honorary parade marshal in 1994, and a voting poll worker for 35 years.
Her husband, Roy Knutson, whom she married in 1942, preceded her in death in July 1981.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Randi and David Lambert of Hillsdale, Mich., Marguerite and Dow Ulrich of West Alexandria; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Karen Knutson of Franklin; brother and sister-in-law, Frederick and JoAnn Winship of New York City; grandchildren, Jennifer Lambert of Atlanta, Ga., Beth Lambert of Farmington Hills, Mich., Sara, Lori and Roy Ulrich of West Alexandria.
Funeral services were Monday, May 5, at Unglesby-Anderson Funeral Home, Franklin, with the Rev. Dale Lykins officiating. Burial was in Woodhill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Franklin United Methodist Church, South Main and West Third Street, Franklin.

Maxine G. McMurray
Maxine G. McMurray, 70, of New Lebanon, died Friday, May 2, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Born May 10, 1926, in Scott County, Va., she was the daughter of Coy M. and Cora Susie McMurray. She retired in 1985 after 17 years with Dayton Flexible in Eaton, and had lived in New Lebanon since 1954.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit P. McMurray in 1983; a daughter, Charlotte Ann McMurray in 1960; brothers, Ralph McMurray in 1994 and Ivan McMurray in 1996; two infant sisters and two infant brothers.
Survivors include four brothers: Kyle McMurray of Mendota, Va., Jack McMurray and Wornie J. McMurray, both of Kingsport, Tenn., and Cecil McMurray of New Lebanon; a sister, Dorsey Wright of Hiltons, Va.; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Sunday, May 4, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Arvil Dean officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.

John P. Laurens
John P. Laurens, 49, of 6329 Todhunter Road, Middletown, died Saturday, May 3, at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Dayton.
He was born Aug. 23, 1947, in Middletown. He was a 1965 graduate of Lemon Monroe High School and a 1969 graduate of Miami University. Mr. Laurens was employed as a technical writer for General Electric in Cincinnati, and was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Kay (Masters) Laurens, a former resident of West Alexandria; a son, Jesse Laurens of Middletown; a daughter, Kelley Laurens of Oxford; his parents, Paul and Joberta (Schultz) Laurens of Middletown; two sisters, Judy DeBoard of Lebanon and Paula Walters of Germantown.
Funeral services were Tuesday, May 6, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Robert French officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.

EmmaLeen Dennis
EmmaLeen "Emma" Dennis, 78, formerly of Camden, died Saturday, May 3, at Woodland Country Manor Nursing Home near Somerville.
Born April 15, 1919, in Richmond, Ky., she was the daughter of Please and Zelma Hufford (Ford) Dennis.
Survivors include two sons, Wallace Conner of Richmond, Ind., and John (Shirley) Conner of Camden; one daughter, Dorothy (Dale) Christian of Somerville; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Virgil Dennis of Irvin, Ky.; and one sister, Laurie Renfro of Richmond, Ky.
She was preceded in death by a son, Buford Conner, in 1966.
Funeral services were Tuesday, May 6, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Riley Parker and the Rev. Bob Hartman officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Virgil L. Pritt
Virgil L. Pritt, 76, of 500 Floyd St., Lewisburg, died Sunday, May 4, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton after an extended illness.
Born Sept. 3, 1920, in Hugheston (Kanawha County), W. Va., he was the son of Wilson M. and Daisy (Proctor) Pritt. He had been a bus driver for Southwestern Bus Lines in Dayton and retired in 1984 from Miami Valley Frame and Wheel. He was a member and trustee of Faith Baptist Church of Lewisburg.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years; Frances (Stubblefield) Pritt; three stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law, Donnie L. and Pam Day, Larry W. and Valerie Day, all of Lewisburg, Rick K. and Beth Day of Kettering; nine step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Sherman Pritt, in 1969.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Faith Baptist Church, 3878 U.S. 40, Lewisburg, with the Rev. Wesley Stiver officiating. Burial will be in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service on Wednesday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit.

Joseph M. Alcorn
Joseph Madison Alcorn, 85, of Camden, died Saturday, March 29, at a hospital in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
He was born June 5, 1911, in Berea, Ky. He had worked a number of years at Parker-Hannifin in Eaton.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mary S. Alcorn; two stepsons, Jack DePew of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., and Donald DePew of Celina; nieces and nephews in Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers.
Burial was in the family cemetery in Kentucky.

Alta V. Raybourn
Alta V. Raybourn, 95, formerly of U.S. 35 East, West Alexandria, died Sunday, May 4, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.
Born May 19, 1901, in Adams County, Ohio, she was the daughter of Manuel and Myrtle (Hilterbran) Shanks.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Raybourn, in 1981.
Survivors include two daughters, Ione Mullins of Miamisburg and Gail Stanton of West Alexandria; two sisters, Edna Mullins of Xenia and June Hilterbran of Peebles; 28 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by four sons, William Raybourn, Don Raybourn, Rudy Raybourn and Berlin Raybourn.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. J. Herman Bassler officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7.

Larry L. Unger
Larry L. Unger, 59, of Brookville, died unexpectedly Friday, May 2, in Knoxville, Tenn., following a stroke.
He was retired from Whirlpool Corporation and was on the Perry Township Zoning Board. He was a member of Pyrmont United Methodist Church, the National Association of Purchasing Management, AAII and the Fort St. Clair Gun Club.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Linda (Early) Unger; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Monica Unger of Cincinnati; a daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Pat Davis of Cincinnati; grandchildren, Jessica and Jenna Davis and Erika Unger, all of Cincinnati.
Also surviving are his father, Emerson Unger of West Alexandria; brothers, Lane Unger of Wilmington and Jon Unger of Brookville; sisters, Lynette Denlinger of New Lebanon and Lisa Heltsley of Brookville; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jane Unger.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Pyrmont United Methodist Church, with Pastors Dale Hatch and Al Slezak officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, Brookville, is in charge of arrangements.
The family requests donations to help establish a trust for the Pyrmont United Methodist Church in his memory.


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