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Charles J. Cruze
Charles J. Cruze, 69, of West Dayton Street, West Alexandria, died Tuesday, June 17, at Hospice of Dayton.
Born July 11, 1927, he was the son of Charles Marion and Mary Alice (Medliam) Cruze. He was a graduate of West Alexandria High School. Mr. Cruze retired from Karlton Envelope in West Carrollton in 1990 after 32 years, was a former member of the Germantown Rescue Squad for 30 years, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty, in 1983; and his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Dolly Cruze; a son, Marvin Cruze of Germantown; eight stepchildren, Londa Day, Gene Marker, David Marker, Donna Nelson, Diane Day, Rebecca Montgomery, all of West Alexandria, Audrey Scott of Lakewood, Colo., and Darla Blankenship of Lewisburg.
Also surviving are 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five sisters, Lidia Belle Shillenburg of Lewisburg, Betty Lou Eagle of New Lebanon, Virginia Miller of West Alexandria, Ethel Mae Cruze of Dayton and Dorothy Ellen Shepherd of Phoenix, Ariz.
Graveside services were Friday, June 20, at Germantown Cemetery, with the Rev. Doug Bottles officiating. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Germantown Rescue Squad or to Hospice of Dayton.

G. Marcella Hickernell
G. Marcella (Thompson) Hickernell, 84, a resident of Wadsworth, Ohio, for the past 40 years, died Wednesday, June 18.
She was born in Dayton and was the former owner of Marcella's Beauty Shoppe in Dayton. She was active in Omicron Sigma Sorority and was a 50-year member of Gleaners Chapter #182, OES, West Alexandria. She was a leader in the Camp Fire Girls and the Methodist Youth Fellowship in Hillsdale, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger; and daughters, Louise Elaine Hickernell and Patricia Ann Donese.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Beth; a daughter, Linda Saffles; grandchildren, Nicole Saffles, Robin Turner, Rachel Weekley, Steve Hickernell, Deb DeLuca and Doug Donese; five great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Nesbitt.
Graveside services were Saturday, June 21, at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, with Pastor John T. Powell officiating. Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral Home, Wadsworth, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Reimer Road Baptist Christian School Building Fund, 1055 Reimer Road, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281.

Brunette L. Moss
Brunette Lovely Moss, 100, formerly of Dixon Township and Preble County Line Road, died Saturday, June 21, at Heartland of Eaton after an extended illness.
Born Oct. 19, 1896, in Morgan County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Dora (Christian) Sexton and had lived in Preble County most of her life. She had been a factory worker for Williams Furniture Factory in Richmond, Ind.
Her first husband, Robert Lovely, died in 1950; and her second husband, Willard Moss, died in 1966.
Survivors include five daughters, Essie Lovely Hettinger, Ruth Gross and Mary Rieker, all of Eaton, Bessie Hartman of Richmond, Ind., and Quencetta Ross of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one son, Robert Lovely of Jupiter, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a sister, Ora Cook of Franklin; nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Julia Peters; two brothers, David Sexton and Cody Sexton; and two sisters, Ethel Hettinger and Naomi Miller.
Funeral services were Tuesday, June 24, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. James W. Whitley officiating. Burial was in Concord Cemetery near Eaton.

Victor R. Hurley
Victor R. Hurley, 67, formerly of Somerville, died Sunday, June 22, at Westover Retirement Village where he was a resident. He had previously resided at Schroder Manor for 6 1/2 years.
Born Dec. 29, 1929, in New Miami (Butler County), he was the son of John and Bessie (Thomas) Hurley. He graduated from West Elkton High School in 1947. He was a supervisor at Fisher Body of Hamilton for 35 years, retiring in 1985, and had also farmed in the Butler County area for many years. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947-1951. Mr. Hurley was a 4-H leader for eight years and a member of Moose Lodge #36 since 1964.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Arlene Hurley of Somerville; one son, Carl Wayne Hurley of Somerville; one daughter, Cindy Lewis of Darrtown; four grandchildren, Eric, Sean and John Hurley and Nichole Lewis; one great-grandchild, Erin Marshall.
Also surviving are one sister, Jo (Robert) Hall of McGonigle; a half brother, Glen (Bonnie) Moore of Germantown, three half sisters, Cleo (Paul) Tiernan of Hamilton, Sylvia (Lloyd) Brown and Gladys Moore, both of Fresno, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a half brother, Carl; a half sister, Thelma; and son-in-law, J.G. Lewis.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home, 249 N. Main St., Camden, with the Rev. William C. Brantingham officiating. The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. just prior to services on Wednesday. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 3797 Summit Glen Drive, Dayton, Ohio.

Bessie Michael
Bessie Michael, 102, formerly of Glenada Court, New Lebanon, died Monday, June 23, at Canterbury Care Center in New Lebanon.
Born Sept. 25, 1894, she was the daughter of David and Molly (Blosser) Bowman. She was a member of the Liberty United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Michael was preceded in death by her husband, H. Roy Michael, in 1956.
Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-law, Lloyd and Alvina Michael of Dayton, and Edison Michael of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Margie and Carl Fuls of Brookville; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Osa Foster of New Lebanon.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Ruby Lindsey, in 1987; a granddaughter, Janet Michael; three sisters and two brothers.
Funeral services were Friday, June 27, at Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon, with a grandson, the Rev. Michael Lindsey of Seymour, Ind., officiating. Burial was in Trissel Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty United Methodist Church.

Glen E. Miller
Glen E. Miller, 63, of Englewood, died Tuesday, June 24, following an extended illness.
He was involved in residential development with G&K Investments, was a former partner of F&M Contractors, and a member of the Salem Old German Baptist Brethren Church.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice I. (Miller); a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Myra Miller of West Milton; a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Gale Shoup of Vandalia; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Eldon Denlinger of Englewood; brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Bonnie Miller of Clayton; grandchildren, Justin and Lance Miller, Mindy, Brandon, Casey and Kelley Shoup.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel P. and Alice (Eikenberry) Miller.
A prayer service was held Sunday, June 29, at Kindred Funeral Home, Englewood, followed by services at the Salem Old German Baptist Brethren Church, with the Home Brethren officiating. Burial was in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville.

James H. Crye Sr.
James H. Crye Sr., 53, of West Manchester, died Tuesday, June 24, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton.
He was born Oct. 29, 1943, in Marysville, Tenn. He was a truck driver for 30 years with Slay Transportation in Liberty, Ind., and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Mr. Crye was a member of the American Legion in New Paris and of Faith Tabernacle in Greenville.
Survivors include his wife, Ann (Combs) Crye; his father, Joe R. Crye of New Paris; four daughters, Jeanna Cooper of St. Petersburg, Fla., Dawn Troutwine of Columbus, Vicky Strohacker and Jamie Crye, both of West Manchester; two sons, James H. Crye Jr. of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Raymond Steck of West Manchester.
Also surviving are two brothers, Bob L. Crye and Larry O. Crye, both of New Paris; two sisters, Lona M. Street and Doris J. Darnell, both of Richmond, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; a special aunt, Elizabeth McDonald of Richmond, Ind.; and a special uncle, Maynard Crye of Marysville, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Hilda B. (Williams) Crye, in 1994; and a brother, Joe Crye Jr.
Funeral services were Saturday, June 28, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. Kevin E. Erickson officiating. Burial, with full military graveside services, was in Goshen Cemetery
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society-Preble County Unit.

Mary Evelyn James
Mary Evelyn James of Lewisburg died Thursday, June 26, at Greenwood Manor in Xenia.
Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of Everett and Louise M. (Hunter) Horlacher. She retired from Frigidaire in Dayton after 32 years, and was a member of the First United Church of Christ in Lewisburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick W. James, in 1988; and a brother, John Horlacher, in 1995.
Survivors include a daughter, Judy Barnheiser of Lebanon; and two granddaughters, Beth Barnheiser of New Port Beach, Calif., and Amy Barnheiser of Loveland.
Funeral services were Monday, June 30, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. Michael McDonald officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

George D. Davisson
George D. Davisson, 79, of Lewisburg, died Thursday, June 26, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Born March 15, 1918, in West Manchester, he was the son of Frank F. and Oma Davisson. He retired in 1982 after 31 years at Federated Department Stores, had served on the Lewisburg Village Council and was zoning commissioner for several years.
Mr. Davisson was a 50-year member and past master of Libanus Lodge #80, F&AM; a 50-year member of Palmyra Chapter Royal Arch Masons; past patron of Ideal Chapter #293, OES; a 50-year member of Valley of Dayton, Scottish Rite; Antioch Temple of Dayton; and a past president of the Preble County Shrine Club. He was a longtime trustee chairman of Calvary United Methodist Church in Lewisburg, and had participated in a barbershop quartet in his earlier years.
Survivors include his wife, Berniece (Hoff) Davisson; two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Bonnie Davisson of Union, Doug and Jane Davisson of Orlando, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, George F. Davisson, in 1962.
Funeral services were Monday, June 30, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. David O. Justis officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. Masonic and Scottish Rite services were conducted Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit or to Calvary United Methodist Church.

Edith Runk
Edith Runk, 79, of Gambier, Ohio, died Saturday, June 28, at her home following an extended illness.
Born May 24, 1918, in Burnside, Ky., she was the daughter of Harvey and Nannie (Blankenship) McKinney. She and her late husband had owned and operated the Eaton Flower and Cradle Shop. She moved to Gambier in 1993.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Runk; and her parents.
Survivors include two sons, E. Dean Runk of Norton Shores, Mich., and Robert D. Runk of Gambier; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The family will hold private services at a later date. Dowds Snyder Funeral Home, Gambier, was in charge of arrangements.

Samuel H. Schaffer
Samuel H. Schaffer, 77, of West Alexandria, died Monday, June 30, at Hospice of Dayton.
Born Nov. 5, 1919, in Logan County, Ohio, he was the son of Louis P. and Julia F. (Wilson) Schaffer. He was a retired security guard for the Masonic Temple in Dayton and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Wanda F. (Proffit) Schaffer; five sons, Sam Schaffer of Trotwood, Wayne H. Schaffer of Bremen, Ind., Michael L. Schaffer of Hanover, Pa., Paul F. Schaffer of New Lebanon and Mark Schaffer of Eldorado; two daughters, Alice F. Lutz and Ann K. Shumaker, both of West Alexandria; a brother, Ora Schaffer of Dayton; a sister, Myrtle Armstrong of Edon, Ohio; 20 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Percy Miller officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the chapel.

Edna White
Edna White, 99, of Camden, died Monday, June 30, at Woodland Country Manor near Somerville.
Born Nov. 27, 1897, she was the daughter of the late George and Emma Jane (Ballinger) Miller, and was a lifelong resident of Israel Township.
Her husband, Lerton C. White, whom she married on Feb. 24, 1914, died in 1959. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Della White.
Survivors include two sons, Burdette White and wife Pauline of Eaton, and Harold White of Camden; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at R.C. Nein and Sons-Limber Funeral Home, 249 N. Main St., Camden, with the Rev. Ken Barton officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Camden Emergency Squad.

Byron R. Heavenridge
Byron R. "Barney" Heavenridge, 75, of 3442 Concord-Fairhaven Road, Eaton, died Wednesday, July 2, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after a short illness.
Born Sept. 1, 1921, in Camden, he was the son of Lester and Myrtle (Morrow) Heavenridge, and had lived in Centerville, Ind., and Abington, Ind., most of his life before moving to Preble County in November 1996.
He formerly worked at Richmond Casket Co., Abscold Corp. and retired from Sanyo Corp. A carpenter, he had worked on the restoration of the Gaar Mansion.
Mr. Heavenridge was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a former member of the Diamond L Saddle Club, Wayne County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol and Indio Friends Camping Club. He attended Concord United Church of Christ near Eaton.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Heavenridge; a daughter, Jennifer Kircher of Eaton; a son, James Heavenridge of Eaton; two stepsons, Robert Wilson of Eaton and James Smith of Nashville, Tenn.; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Sunday, July 6, at Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Chapel, Richmond, Ind., with the Rev. Richard Van Tine officiating. Burial was in Abington Cemetery, Abington, Ind.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1401 Chester Blvd., Richmond, Ind. 47374.

Mabel L. Hoffman
Mabel L. (Boomershine) Hoffman, 73, of Tavernier, Fla., died Friday, June 6, at South Miami Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer.
A native of Camden, she was born Sept. 29, 1923, the daughter of Samuel and Mae Boomershine. She was a 1941 graduate of Camden High School. She moved to the Florida Keys in the mid-1970s from Deale, Md. While in Maryland, she worked for the U.S. government, including in the Pentagon.
Mrs. Hoffman was active in Burton Memorial United Methodist Church, the Plantation Shores Homeowners' Association, the Republican Party of Monroe County, the Key Largo Civic Club and the Florida Keys Land and Sea Trust.
Survivors include four cousins, Cecil Welsh, Mary Jane Anson, Iris Jones and William D. Koons.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Col. John S. Hoffman; her parents; and four cousins.
Funeral services were Monday, June 9, in Tavernier, with burial at Palms Woodland Park, Naranja, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to Burton Memorial United Methodist Church Organ Fund, P.O. Box 246, Tavernier, Fla. 33070, or to Hospice of the Florida Keys/Visiting Nurse Association, 92001 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, Fla. 33070.

John W. Koenig
John W. Koenig, 78, formerly of West Alexandria, died Tuesday, July 1, at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Fla.
Born Nov. 27, 1918, in Otway, Ohio, he was the son of William H. and Lucy J. (Wagner) Koenig. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and retired from the Regional Transit Corp. (RTA) in Dayton. He moved to Florida in 1978, where he was a member of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church and the Orlando Horseshoe Pitchers' Association.
Survivors include his wife, Louise (Murfin) Koenig; three sons, William E. Koenig of Dayton, James E. Koenig of West Alexandria and John R. Koenig of Lewisburg; a daughter, Brenda S. Miller of Lyndon, Mich.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are three brothers, Charles Koenig of Dublin, Ohio, Joseph Koenig of Columbus and Lawrence Koenig of Sellersburg, Ind.; three sisters, Alice Martin of Orlando, Fla., Alma Jones of Centerburg, Ohio, and Ruth Sibley of Ocala, Fla.
Funeral services were Saturday, July 5, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating.

Virginia B. Whalen
Virginia B. Whalen, 77, of New Paris, died Wednesday, July 2, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after an extended illness.
Born May 29, 1920, in Cincinnati, she was the daughter of Victor and Addie Ambrose Young. She was a member of the Second English Lutheran Church in Richmond, Ind.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, James A. Whalen; sons and daughters-in-law, James V. and Betty Whalen of Broken Arrow, Okla., Larry D. and Pat Whalen of New Paris; daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn R. and Bill Petty of Hamilton, Ronda R. and Michael Strouse of New Paris; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Goldie Bruns of Alexandria, Ky.
Funeral services were Monday, July 7, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Gilmer Smith and the Rev. Keith Whalen officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Bethel Ramsey
Bethel Ramsey, 73, of Eaton, died Thursday, July 3, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.
She was a member of Union Pentecostal Church.
Mrs. Ramsey was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Ramsey Sr.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Leslie Jr. and Sharon Ramsey of Brookville; grandchildren, Brian and Robyn Ramsey of Springboro, Lesley and Craig Ray of West Manchester; great-grandchildren, Tyler Ramsey, Loran Ramsey and David Graham; brothers, Russell Hundley of Springhill, Fla., and Gene Hundley of Cleburne, Texas; sisters, Phina Bright of Monterey, Tenn., and Betty Hundley of Arcanum.
Funeral services were Monday, July 7, at Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, Brookville, with the Rev. Clifford Hurst officiating. Burial was in Arlington Cemetery, Brookville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Nelson O. Foster
Nelson Orville Foster, 66, of Eaton, formerly of Dayton, died Sunday, July 13, at the VA Medical Center in Dayton.
He was preceded in death by his father, Nelson Foster.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Foster of Lucasville, Ohio; a sister, Rosemary Turner of London, Ky.; two brothers, James Foster of Lucasville and Richard Foster.
Private services were conducted at the convenience of the family. Tobias Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Martha J. Knabe
Martha J. Knabe, 50, of Deland Drive, Eaton, died Monday, July 14, at Hospice of Dayton after an extended illness.
Born Feb. 7, 1947, in Dayton, she graduated from Eaton High School in 1965 and from the Reid School of Nursing in Richmond, Ind., in 1967. She was a proof operator at Twin Valley Bank in West Alexandria, and a member of the Philadelphia Church of God in Dayton.
Survivors include her mother, Helen B. (Matix) Miller of Eaton; her birth mother, Margaret Coy of Dayton; sons and daughter-in-law, John A. and Katie Knabe of Kettering and Joshua A. Knabe of Eaton; her former husband, Lowell Knabe of Eaton; a grandson, Codie Knabe.
Also surviving are sisters, Janet E. Hancock of Richmond, Ind., Donna Guntle of New Lebanon and Charlene Snowden of Beavercreek; brothers, Ronald Coy of Bellefontaine and Raymond Coy of Clayton.
She was preceded in death by her father, Lester Paul Miller; her birth father, Upton Coy; a brother, Harold Coy; and a sister, Sharon McCracken.
Funeral services were Friday, July 18, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Ron Smith officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, P.O. Box 3509, Dayton, Ohio 45401-3509.

Rachel A. Flora
Rachel Ardell Deaton Shank Flora, 79, died at her home Tuesday, July 15.
Born July 10, 1918, in Preble County, she was the daughter of Newton and Emma Deaton. She was a 1927 Eaton High School graduate and earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education at Manchester College in 1940. She taught two years full-time and substituted in Camden schools for several years. She was a member of the Camden Philomathean Club, Glenwood Grace Brethren Church and the Middletown Parkinson's Support Group.
She married Earl Shank in 1942 and the couple owned and operated Shank's Variety Store in Camden until 1971.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1970; and an infant daughter, Ester Jane, in 1944.
Survivors include her husband, Orville Flora, whom she married in 1971; a son and daughter-in-law, James and Emily Shank of Eaton; a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Larry Colclasure of Middletown; six stepchildren, Naomi Tapalman of Eaton, Gordon and Janet Flora of Camden, Carol and Jim Thoraldson of Mishawaka, Ind., Kenneth and Carol Flora of Franklin, Roger and Judy Flora of Placentia, Calif., and Charles and Sue Flora of Eaton; 17 step-grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Friday, July 18, at the Eaton Church of the Brethren, followed by burial in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden. R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Middletown Parkinson's Support Group, Attn.: Pat Bowman, 210 Mount Pleasant Place, Monroe, Ohio 45050; or to the Camden Historical Society.

Edna F. Fulton
Edna F. (Barclay) Fulton, 91, of Ohio 503, Lewisburg, died Thursday morning, July 17, at Heartland of Eaton after an extended illness. She had resided at Heartland since March 1994.
Born Sept. 21, 1905, at Carmichaels, Pa., she was the daughter of John P. and Ann (Stevenson) Barclay. She retired from Ewalt Stolger Dry Cleaning.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Delphene and Harvey Gray Sr. of Lewisburg; a sister, Ruth Long of Iowa; brother-in-law and wife, Bill and Cy Fulton of Belle Center, Ohio; three grandsons; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and one niece.
She was preceded in death by three brothers; two sisters; a son, Charles Fulton, in 1948; and her husband, Donald A. Fulton, in 1981.
Graveside services were Saturday, July 19, at Fairview Cemetery, Belle Center. There was no public calling. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Arno T. Springer Sr.
Arno T. Springer Sr., 83, of Swishers Mill Road, West Manchester, died Friday morning, July 18, at Heartland of Eaton after an extended illness.
Born Jan. 15, 1914, in Bradford (Miami County), Ohio, he was the son of Joseph and Cora Mae (Kuhnle) Springer. He worked for General Motors in Dayton for 33 years before retiring in January 1975. He was a member of Frigidaire Local 801.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary M. (Lux) Springer; six daughters, Lyonne Ward of Piqua, Betty Dysinger of Covington, Ohio, Jean Bousman of New Paris, Connie Springer, at home, Mary Fall of Milton, Fla., and Patty Steele of New Paris.
Also surviving are five sons, Arno Springer Jr. of Eldorado, Joe Springer of New Paris, Ernie Springer of Piqua, Dan Springer of Richmond, Ind., and John Springer of Centerville, Ind.; 24 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Zeno Springer, in 1988.
Funeral services were Monday, July 21, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. Dane Driver officiating. Burial was in Wares Chapel Cemetery near West Manchester.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Miami Valley Chapter, The Laurelwood, 3797 Summit Glen Drive #G100, Dayton, Ohio 45449.

John A. Jennens
John Allen Jennens, 81, of 201 Southeast Pkwy., Richmond, Ind., died Monday, July 14, at Heritage Regency after a lengthy illness.
Born March 14, 1916, in Muncie, Ind., he was the son of John Allen and Ethel (Thomas) Jennens, and had lived in Richmond since 1980, moving from Brookville, Ohio. He was a retired employee of Lau Brothers, Inc. (Phillips Industries) in Dayton, and was former treasurer of General Tire & Rubber Company in Wabash, Ind.
He was a 1933 graduate of Muncie Central High School and a 1984 graduate of Indiana University with a degree in public and environmental affairs.
Mr. Jennens was a member of West Richmond Friends Meeting in Richmond, Ind. He was treasurer of Indiana Yearly Meeting and a member of Friends United Meeting. He was a board member of the Society Preservation and Use of Resources, and was a trustee of Earlham College for 10 years.
He was a former board member of Friends Fellowship Community, had served on the Brookville town council, and had served as a board member of Brookhaven Nursing facility in Brookville.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen A. Blake Jennens, whom he married March 8, 1980; one son, John A. Jennens of Toledo; three daughters, Jane Silven of Dallas, Texas, Julie Schermerhorn of Madras, India., and Jill Blankenship of Las Vegas, Nev.
Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Roberta Gongwer of Acton, Mass., and Ruthanna Moore of Tipp City; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; a half brother, Davy L. Winkle of Columbus; a half sister, Berdina Grove of Parker City, Ind.; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Jewel Gibson.
Funeral services were Saturday, July 18, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., with Josh Brown and Tom Mullen officiating. Burial was in Beech Grove Cemetery at Muncie, Ind. There was no public calling.
Memorial contributions may be made to SPUR, Hayes Arboretum, 801 Elks Country Club Road, Richmond, Ind.; to the Wayne County Cancer Society, Jenkins Hall, 1401 Chester Blvd., Richmond, Ind.; or to West Richmond Friends Meeting, 609 W. Main St., Richmond, Ind.

Eva M. Stephens
Eva M. Stephens, 93, of Lewisburg, died Saturday, July 19, at Hospice of Dayton after a brief illness.
Born Feb. 25, 1904, in Preble County, she was the daughter of the late John N. and Ida (Cummings) Pence, and had lived in Lewisburg most of her life. She attended Memorial United Methodist Church in Lewisburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh L. Stephens, in 1977; a son, Donald R. Stephens; two brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Wilma Stephens of Clayton; a daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Tony Sayre of Winchester, Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Doris Stephens of Eaton; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were Tuesday, July 22, at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, with the Rev. Jon A. Thomas officiating. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45420.
Beverly Davis
Beverly Davis, 48, of Maple Street, Eaton, died unexpectedly Monday, July 21, at her home.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria.


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