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Ralph L. Reece
Ralph L. Reece, 75, of Eaton, died Wednesday, May 7, at Berkley Square Health Care Facility in Hamilton.
Born Sept. 15, 1921, in Somerville, he was the son of James Newton and Nancy Louise (Wilson) Reece. He was employed at General Motors for four years and retired from NCR after 20 years of service. Mr. Reece was a member of the Somerville Pentecostal Church, Germantown Blue Lodge, and Boliver Lodge #82, F&AM.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Florence (Hanschell) Reece; four sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Donna Reece of Hamilton, Ralph and Patty Reece of West Alexandria, Donnie and Diane Reece of Carbon Hill, Ala., John and Cathy Reece of Sonia, Ga.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joe Reece of Camden and Bill Reece of Dayton; and two sisters, Mary Richards of Melbourne, Fla., and Elizabeth Craig of Eaton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronald Lee Reece; a granddaughter, Lynn Reece; two sisters, Susan and Ellen; and two brothers, Ernest and Bob Reece.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 10, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Riley Parker officiating. Burial was in Hickory Flats Cemetery, Seven Mile.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Somerville Pentecostal Church or to the Camden Church of God.

Carolyn S. Ebersole
Carolyn S. Ebersole, 58, of Wikel Road, Eldorado, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 7, at her home.
Born Oct. 28, 1938, in West Alexandria, she was the daughter of Claude Martin and Ruth Mae (Rurode) Paxson.
Survivors include her husband, David Ebersole, whom she married Oct. 16, 1959; sons and daughters-in-law, Allan and Denise Ebersole, Brian and Becky Ebersole, and Dean Ebersole, all of Eldorado; two brothers, Gordon Paxson of Trotwood and Larry Paxson of Eaton; two sisters, Phyllis Humphrey of Dayton and Anita Railsback of Fountain City, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Louise Paxson of Eaton; six grandchildren, Melinda Deeter, Justin Washington, Eric Washington, Ashley, Kami and Ryan Ebersole; and one great-grandson, Logan Deeter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Dale E. Paxson, in 1993; and a granddaughter, Stacy Lynn Ebersole, in 1986.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 10, at Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home, Eldorado, with the Rev. Brian Dillahunt officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to North Central Rescue or to the Eldorado Fire Department.

Denver K. Rice
Denver K. "Denny" Rice, 32, of Hamilton, died Wednesday, May 7.
Born Oct. 25, 1964, in Richmond, Ky., he was the son of Denver and Kay Rice. He was a 1984 graduate of Preble Shawnee High School and had been employed as a chemical operator at Nease Chemical in Harrison, Ohio, since 1988.
Survivors include his wife of seven years, Susan (Denney) Rice; children, Rachel Christine Rice and Austin Denver Rice, both at home; his parents, Denver and Kay Rice of Camden; three sisters, Chandra Peak and husband Wendell, Tawny Eby, Shawn Stringfield and husband Jeff, all of Camden.
Also surviving are his grandmothers, Ruby Rice and Goldie Cline, both of Camden; great-grandmother, Ruth Mahaffey of West Union; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Reva Denney of Ross; two brothers-in-law, James (Mary) Denney and Jeff (Dawn) Denney, all of Okeana; two aunts, Lois Evans of Camden and Pamela Hauck of Hillsboro; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Cecil Rice and Joe Cline.
Funeral services were Monday, May 12, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Bobby Hollon officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Dr. William E. Upchurch
Dr. William E. Upchurch, 62, of 8097 Indiana 38, Greens Fork, Ind., died Thursday, May 8, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., of an apparent heart attack.
Born June 9, 1934, in Stop, Ky., he was the son of Leslie and Essie Bell Upchurch. He moved to New Castle, Ind., in 1941. After receiving his degree from Kansas State's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1959, he established the Greens Fork Veterinary Hospital and had practiced there for 38 years. He also operated a veterinary clinic in Eaton several years ago.
Survivors include his wife Nancy Upchurch; three sons, David Upchurch of North Webster, Ind., Steven Upchurch of Dallas, Texas, and Jeffrey Upchurch of New Castle, Ind.; a daughter, Beth Schauss of Greens Fork, Ind.; five grandchildren; five sisters; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 10, at Hagerstown First United Methodist Church in Hagerstown, Ind., followed by burial in Brick Cemetery. Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Purdue Foundation School of Veterinary Medicine Development Fund, Dean's Office, West Lafayette, Ind. 47907; to Hagerstown First United Methodist Church; Centerville Christian Church; or to a favorite charity.

Kenneth E. Napier
Kenneth Earl Napier, 47, of 104 East Ave., Eaton, died Friday, May 9, at Kettering Medical Center in Kettering.
Born Feb. 19, 1950, in Dayton, he was the son of Robert E. and Dorothy D. (Ball) Napier. He was a 25-year employee at General Motors Moraine Truck and Bus plant, a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Eaton and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam conflict.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Napier, in 1995; and a brother, Ronnie Napier, in 1945.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Anna Marie (Smith) Napier; two daughters, Beth A. and Angie K. Napier, both at home; his mother, Dorothy D. Napier of Eaton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bennie and Kitty Napier of Templeton, Mass, Ricky and Nina Napier of Eaton, Robert Napier of West Alexandria, Keith and Janet Napier of Ashville, Ohio; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were Monday, May 12, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Dr. Phillip D. Malone officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens with full military services provided by American Legion Post #215 of Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Fund-Preble County Unit, P.O. Box 32, Eaton, Ohio 45320; or to Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown, Ohio 45044.

Virginia S. Weaver
Virginia S. Weaver, 78, of Eaton, died Friday, May 9, at Kettering Medical Center in Kettering..
She was a member of SGI-USA and was currently working for Meals for the Elderly through SCOPE in Preble County.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward A. Weaver, in 1962.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Edward A. and Yuko M. Weaver of Centerville, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Edward H., Michelle Y. and Eric M. Weaver, all of Centerville, Ohio.
Funeral services were Sunday, May 11, at Routsong Funeral Home, Kettering.

Nellie I. Creech
Nellie I. Creech, 85, of Ohio 503 South, West Alexandria, died Saturday, May 10, at Westview Acres Care Center in Eaton.
Born June 28, 1911, in Morning Sun, she was the daughter of Clinton and Lola (Williams) Phenis. She had been employed by Gratis Township for many years as a cemetery caretaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Creech, in 1975.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Creech of Centerville, Ind., and Walter "Ozzie" Creech of Lewisburg; two daughters, Vera Creech of Gratis and Mary "Pug" Weadick of Eaton; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Helen McClain; two brothers, Cecil Phenis and Dale Phenis; a sister, Stella Crowell; and two great-grandsons.
Funeral services were Tuesday, May 13, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, with the Rev. Robert French officiating. Burial was in Fairmound Cemetery, West Elkton.

Dorothy E. Brubaker
Dorothy Elizabeth Brubaker, 89, of 118 S. Franklin St., Eaton, died Saturday, May 10, at Governor Harris Homestead after a short illness.
Born July 2, 1907, in Eaton, she was the daughter of the late Charles E. and Dora E. (Fadler) Michael. She was a graduate of Eaton High School and Miami Jacobs Business College, and attended Miami University.
She married Orville Joseph Brubaker on March 4, 1929 in St. Petersburg, Fla. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1979 at the Bradenton (Fla.) United Church of Christ.
Mrs. Brubaker was a member of Eaton United Church of Christ, Sigma Kappa Sorority, Eastern Star, Alpha Garden Club, past regent and 36-year member of Commodore Preble Chapter DAR, and Omicron Sigma Sorority since 1925.
Survivors include her husband, Orville Brubaker; son and daughter-in-law, Herman M. and Joan B. Brubaker of Eaton; daughter and son-in-law, Margery and Stewart Prakel of Versailles; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Michael.
Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. James W. Whitley officiating. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton United Church of Christ or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Nannie B. North
Nannie B. North, 77, of Eaton, died Saturday, May 10, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Born March 1, 1920, in Hyden, Ky., she was the daughter of Tom and Ella Begley. She retired in 1984 after teaching first grade for 25 years with the Wayne Township School District. She had lived in Wayne Township, Huber Heights, for 23 years and was a U.S. Army World War II WAC.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Harold North, in 1967; a son, James T. North, in 1981; and one sister.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen D. and Mary Ellen North of Eaton, Ronald and Sondra North of Greenville, Greg S. North of Dayton and Sidney D. Norris of New Paris; six grandchildren; and a sister, Stella Lewis of North Carolina.
Funeral services were Monday, May 12, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad or to the Alzheimer's Association, Miami Valley Chapter, 3797 Summit Glen Drive #G100, Dayton, Ohio 45449.

Clarence H. Worth
Clarence H. Worth, 85, of Germantown, formerly of Camden, died Thursday, May 8.
Born Jan. 30, 1912, in Clay County, Ind., he was the son of the late Clarence A. and Myrtle (Sills) Worth. He retired from Frigidaire in 1973 after 29 years of service and was a member of the Friend Road Pentecostal Church.
Mr. Worth was preceded in death by two sons, Ronald Worth, in 1951, and Donald Lee Worth, in 1996; and a sister, Goldie, in 1979.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Bernice P. (Gabbard) Worth; daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Donald Clerk, Emma Hendrickson, all of Indiana, Rhonda Jo and Kenneth Warner of Miamisburg; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Jean Worth of Indiana and Timothy Worth of West Manchester; a daughter-in-law, Marjorie Worth of Indiana; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two nieces; and three cousins.
Funeral services were Tuesday, May 13, at Dalton Funeral Home, Germantown, with Pastor Merle Abrams officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Germantown Rescue Squad.

Howard L. Pentecost
Howard L. Pentecost, 49, of Cincinnati, formerly of New Paris, died Saturday, May 10.
He was a 1970 graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in education. He was the owner of the L.T.D. Mobile Glass Co. in Cincinnati; a member of Ivy Hills Country Club and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
Survivors include his wife, Patti A. (Hicks) Pentecost; children, Nicholas M. and Leslie A. Pentecost; sisters, Carole L. Stevens of Fortville, Ind., and Brenda K. Wendt of Knox, Ind.; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth E. and G. Zane Pentecost.
Funeral services were Monday, May 12, at T. P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Cincinnati. Burial was in Pierce Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society of America.

Robert N. Williamson
Robert N. Williamson, 70, formerly of Preble County, died Tuesday, May 13, in Clearwater, Fla.
Born Oct. 10, 1926, in New Paris, he was the son of the late Clarence and Mary (Short) Williamson. He had lived in Clearwater since 1977. Mr. Williamson was a retired machinist from NCR, Dayton, and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He attended Grace Lutheran Church in Clearwater and was a member of American Legion Post #665, West Manchester.
Survivors include his wife, Irene L. (Rurode) Williamson, whom he married in 1951; five sisters, Floriene Alfir of Dayton, Maxine Williamson of Greenville, Norma Richardson of Ansonia, Virginia Burch of West Manchester and Dorothy Marcy of Cane Junction, Ore.; two brothers, Thomas Williamson of West Manchester and James Williamson of West Carrollton; nieces and nephews.
A brother, Lowell Williamson, is deceased.
Funeral services were Monday, May 19, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Brian Dillahunt officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Foundation, Lou Gehrig Disease.

Fannie E. Aker
Fannie E. Aker, 102, of Eaton, died Thursday, May 15, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.
Born Sept. 10, 1894, in New Paris, she was the daughter of Marcus and Martha Jane (Clark) Penland. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Eaton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard T. Aker, in 1971; and a son, Wendell Aker, in 1996.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and Donald Stone of Eaton; a daughter-in-law, Zoann Aker of Eaton; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were Monday, May 19, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with Dr. Phillip Malone officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church or to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

E. Regina Rector
E. Regina "Jean" (Wysong) Rector, 78, of 21 Horizon Drive, Ithaca, N.Y., died Thursday, May 1, after a valiant effort to overcome double handicaps of blindness and sarcoidosis lung disease.
Born Feb. 21, 1919, in Eaton, she was the youngest daughter of Frank and Bertha Wysong. She was a 1937 graduate of Eaton High School, and graduated from Miami University in 1941 with a bachelor's degree in education.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, David Rector; daughter, Rebecca of Troy N.Y.; a son, Douglas of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; two grandchildren; niece and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; and one brother.
Memorial services were Monday, May 5, in Ithaca, N.Y.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Betty M. Shisler
Betty M. Shisler, 60, of Lewisburg, died Friday, May 16, at Hospice of Dayton.
Born Dec. 3, 1936, in Anthrus (Campbell County), Tenn., she was the daughter of Paul and Nola (Archer) Ferguson. She was a cook for Tri-County North School in Lewisburg. Mrs. Shisler was a member of the TOPS Club in Brookville; FISH Organization; Right to Life, Eaton Chapter; Crestview Baptist Church in Trotwood; and was a 4-H leader in Preble County.
Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Charles L. Shisler; a son, Charles Shisler II of Greenville; daughters, Cheryl Brewer of West Milton, Sharon Marks and Karen Marcum, both of Lewisburg, and Amanda Gebhart of West Alexandria; brothers, James Ferguson and David Ferguson, both of Arcanum, and Dan Ferguson of Union City; sisters, Sue Moore of Arcanum, Paulette Bender of Dayton and Jackie Ogles of West Alexandria; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday, May 19, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. Michael Christian and the Rev. Don Bender officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or to Preble County Habitat for Humanity.

Edna M. DiFederico
Edna M. "Billie" DiFederico, 84, of 206 DiFederico Drive, New Paris, died Saturday morning, May 17, at her home after an extended illness.
Born April 16, 1913, in Greenup County, Ky., she was the daughter of Charles and Mary (Woodruff) Dillow. She co-owner and operator of DiFederico's Lampost in New Paris with her husband, Joe DiFederico, who died in 1992. She was a member of the Ampcioa Society.
Survivors include two sisters, Betty Phillips of Holmes Beach, Fla., and Alma France of Richmond, Ind.; one brother, Cecil Dillow of Clarksville, Ohio; nieces, nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Beryl Marie Wrona and Thelma Perkins; and two brothers, Raymond and Don Dillow.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, 109 W. Main St., with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Richmond, Ind.
Memorial contributions may be made to Reid Hospital Foundation-Hospice or to the Northwest Emergency Squad.

Gordon B. Little
Gordon B. Little, 87, formerly of 6270 Sugar Valley Drive, Camden, died Sunday, May 18, at the Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.
Born May 21, 1910, in Hamilton, he was the son of John and Bertha (Harbaum) Little. He worked for the B&O Railroad for 13 years, then at Opekasit Farm Supply, retiring in 1956.
He married Dorothy Browning on June 28, 1930, in Hamilton, and she preceded him in death Jan. 23, 1970.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Vernal and Dixie Little of Camden; daughters and son-in-law, Willa and Russell Feltner of Lewisburg and Helen Little of Anchorage, Alaska; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by three sons, John, Virgil and Wallace Little; and three daughters, Maxine, Bernice and Dr. Bertha Little.
Funeral services were Tuesday, May 20, at R. C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, Camden, followed by burial in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Cleo M.K. Thomson
Cleo Merle Kelley Thomson, 84, died Sunday morning, May 18, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Born Feb. 22, 1913, in Hymera, Ind., she was the daughter of Edward and Grace (Waldrop) Kelley. She graduated from Hymera High School in 1931. She worked many years as a telephone operator and in the later years worked as a clerk for the water department in Hymera before retiring.
She married Henry W. Thomson on Sept. 9, 1933, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 1963.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Bill Foreman of Edinburgh, Ind.; a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. James and Bunny Thomson of Oxford; seven grandchildren, Billy and Bruce Foremen, Dedra Tackett, Derek, Darcy, Danelle and Dustin Thomson; six great-grandchildren, Spencer Tackett, Kacy Thomson, Matthew Wyman Foreman, Mary Elizabeth Foreman, Courtney A. Foreman and Kelley Reed Foreman; a sister, Mrs. LaVern "Thelma" Trump of Hymera, Ind.; and one nephew and wife, Larry and Phyllis Trump of Speedway, Ind.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, at McHugh and Mattox Funeral Home, Hymera, Ind. Burial will be in the K of P Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hymera Volunteer Fire Department, Hymera, Ind. 47855.

Jack S. VunCannon
Jack Steven VunCannon, 21, of Arcanum, died Tuesday, May 13, at his home.
Born June 18, 1975, he was a junior at Bowling Green State University majoring in music education. He was a member of the BGSU Marching and Concert Bands, alumni secretary of Bowling Green State University Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, and attended Phillipsburg Missionary Church.
Survivors include his parents, Jack W. and Carolyn Sue VunCannon of Arcanum; paternal grandparents, Jesse and Doris VunCannon of Independence, Mo., formerly of Eaton where they owned and operated Van's Super Service; aunts, Francis Rose of West Milton, Joan Sloan of Phoenix, Ariz.; an uncle, Barry and Joan VunCannon of Independence, Mo.; and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Elmer and Katherine Rose; and an uncle, Wayne Rose.
Funeral services were Friday, May 16, at Tobias Funeral Home, Beavercreek Chapel, with Pastor Charles Short officiating. Burial was in Woodside Cemetery, Middletown.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts, Moore Musical Art Center, Bowling Green State University.


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