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Dustin Arahood
Dustin James Allen Arahood, 64 days, infant son of Daniel L. Arahood and Jennifer A. Berry of 197 Norseman Drive, Eaton, died Monday, Aug. 18, at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati.
He was born June 16 at Oxford.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Joshua R. Berry; two sisters, Whitney N. Berry and Britney L. Fritts; paternal grandparents, Paul L. Sr. and Janice A. Arahood of Eaton; maternal grandparents, James H. and Phyllis E. Koontz of Alexandria, Ind.; paternal great-grandmother, Mildred Davis of Duff, Tenn., and Emma Arahood of Dayton; paternal great-great-grandmother, Lydia Jones of Williamsburg, Ky.; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 22, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Craig Crace officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Joan E. Petry
Joan E. Petry, 59, of Eaton, died unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 18, in Eaton.
Born June 28, 1938, in Preble County, she was the daughter of Paul W. and Mildred E. (Henderson) Frech. She was employed at Parker Hannifin in Eaton, and was a member of the Eaton First Church of God.
Survivors include her husband, Paul W. Petry, whom she married May 18, 1957; daughters and sons-in-law, Vivian Joan and Charles Floyd, Susan Diane and Earl House, all of Eaton; son and daughter-in-law, Eddie Paul Leon and Kellie Petry of Alabama; grandchildren, Brandt and Jarod Earles, Hali and Keagan Floyd, Serena, Earl M. and Brian P. House.
Also surviving are her mother, Mildred E. Frech of New Madison; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth and Douglas Filbrun, Mary and DeWayne Howell, all of New Madison; brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Wanda Frech of New Paris, Joseph and Saundra Frech, Daniel and Karen Frech, Mark and Jamie Frech, all of New Madison.
She was preceded in death by her father; and a brother, James Frech.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Eaton First Church of God, with Pastor Jerry Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Wares Chapel Cemetery near West Manchester. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Ruby G. Crouse
Ruby Genevieve Crouse, 92, of Vicki Drive, Camden, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after a six-month illness.
Born April 23, 1905, in Camden, she was the daughter of the late James F. and Sylvia L. (Piper) Patterson, and had lived in Camden most of her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll P. Crouse, on May 17, 1975; a son, James Eugene Snowden; a daughter, Bonnie Brower; two brothers, Donald Patterson and Carl Patterson; and a sister, Eunice Myers.
Survivors include 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 22, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Kenneth Harbaum officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.

William L. Spencer
William L. Spencer, 71, of 105 Sherry Lane, Lewisburg, died unexpectedly of heart failure Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Fairplay, Colo.
Born Aug. 8, 1926, he was the son of Frank and Elva (Fox) Spencer. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and retired in 1981 as a commercial artist from General Motors Delco in Dayton. The last 12 years of his life were devoted to the art of building mountain dulcimers and performing traditional folk music as well as songs of his own.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Eileen (Bishop) Spencer; a son, Thomas E. Spencer of Beavercreek; daughters, Willa L. McMinn of Parker, Colo., and Deborah L. Rendon of Pueblo, Colo.; a sister, Ann Weatherford of San Antonio, Texas; three grandchildren, Heather and Sean McMinn and Tonya R. Blake; and a great-grandson, Nathan Blake.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Frank, James, Robert, Burl and John Spencer.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, 411 N. Commerce St., with the Rev. Allen T. Ross officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Fund -- Preble County Unit or to the American Diabetes Association.

Arthur K. Larkey
Arthur K. Larkey, 94, of Camden, Tenn., formerly of the Preble County area, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, at his home.
He was a member of the Pentecostal Church in Camden, Ohio.
Survivors include three daughters, Jewell Bertsch and Lucille Rodeffer, both of Camden, Tenn., and Elois Johnson of St. Albans, W. Va.; one sister, Nancy Larkey of Camden, Tenn.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were Monday, Aug. 25, at Fairmount Cemetery in Camden, Ohio. Arrangements were by R.C. Nein and Sons-Limber Funeral Home, Camden.

Forrest Reeves
Forrest "Skip" Reeves, 45, of South Street, West Alexandria, died Thursday, Aug. 21, at his home.
Born Sept. 20, 1951, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of Forrest C. and Audrey (Shelton) Reeves. He was a 1969 graduate of Twin Valley South High School. Mr. Reeves had been employed for over 20 years at Rexarc, Inc. in West Alexandria. He was a member of the Board of Public Affairs, director of the West Alexandria Village Income Tax Department, and a member of the Friends of the Library.
Survivors include his daughter, Brandy Reeves of Dayton; mother and father, Audrey and Joe Gilbert of West Alexandria; two sisters, Laura Reeves of S. Weymouth, Mass., and Alma Kemper of Englewood; and a brother, John Gilbert of Pawleys Island, S.C.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1964.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with Rev. Dr. James Altenbaumer officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Preble County Habitat for Humanity.

Mary C. Steele
Mary Catherine Steele, 83, of 108 Wrenn Ave., New Paris, died Thursday afternoon, Aug. 21, at her home after an extended illness.
Born March 16, 1914, in Brookville (Montgomery County), she was the daughter of William W. "Bill" and Nina Mae (Kessler) Ward. She retired in 1976 from Knollenberg's department store in Richmond, Ind., after 20 years of service.
She was preceded in death by a son, Gary E. Steele, in 1969; and a brother, Harold Ward.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Kenneth E. Steele; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert E. and Jayne Steele of Pickerington, Ohio; three daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley Ann and David Gibson of West Jefferson, Ohio, Carolyn Kay Beightler of Columbus, Joyce Carol and Keith Johnson of Westerville, Ohio.
Also surviving are two sisters, Helen Michael and Ruthanna Oliver, both of Versailles; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Harry L. and Lessel Ward of Greenville, Clarence E. "Shorty" and Martha "Pete" Ward of Michigan; a sister-in-law, Jean Ward of Versailles; six grandchildren, Lori Steele, Carolyn Steele, Rick Beightler, Steve Cochrun, Leslie Cochrun and Kurt Johnson; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 25, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. Don Boyer officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.
Memorial contributions may be made to Reid Hospital Foundation-Hospice Unit.

Margie L. Jarrett
Margie Lucille Jarrett, 74, of Richmond, Ind., died Friday, Aug. 22, at Heritage Regency in Richmond.
Born July 2, 1923, in Centerville, Ind., she was the daughter of Nolan Edward and Maude Ella (Spurlin) Sweet. She was a bookstore clerk in Richmond and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, also in Richmond.
Survivors include brothers and sisters-in-law, Floyd E. and Lorraine Sweet of Fairfield, Ohio, Howard E. and Marlene Sweet of Richmond, Ind.; sister and brother-in-law, Doris J. and Donald "Smitty" Smith of Williamsport, Ohio; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family, with the Rev. George Pennington officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of Richmond, Ind.

Jay W. Kingsley
Jay Worley "J.W." Kingsley, 61, died Sunday, Aug. 17, at his home near Miller, Mo.
A native and lifelong resident of Lawrence County, Mo., he was born Dec. 4, 1935, the son of Jay H. and Mary (Miller) Kingsley. He was a retired grain farmer. Mr. Kingsley was a Korean War veteran and a member of Highland Chapel Free Methodist Church near Miller, Mo.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Charlene (Eikenberry) Kingsley; one daughter, Karen Kingsley of Cincinnati; sons and daughters-in-law, Kiman and Darlene Kingsley, Kevin Kingsley, all of Miller, Mo., Kaleb and Cindy Kingsley, Kaland and Theresa Kingsley, all of Mt. Vernon, Mo.; a brother, Wendell Kingsley of Miller, Mo.; a sister, Mary Lou Holmes of Overland, Park, Kan.; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 20, at Highland Chapel Church, Miller, Mo., followed by burial in Goss Cemetery.

Dennie A. Miller
Dennie A. Miller, 65, of Vandalia, formerly of West Alexandria, died Thursday, Aug. 28, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
He was born May 11, 1932. He retired in June from Roberds Furniture in Piqua after 14 years.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Betty; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mitch and Tammy Miller of St. Cloud, Fla., Ty and Jodie Miller of Vandalia; one daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Marvin Mullins of West Alexandria; five grandchildren; his mother, Blanche (Snider) Miller of West Alexandria; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Owen "Buz" Jr. and Marietta Miller of West Alexandria, Bill and Ann Miller of New Lebanon, Jack and Betty Miller of Lady Lake, Fla.; three sisters, Velma Brown of West Alexandria, Vera Habekost of Bradenton, Fla., and Earla Mae Giehl of Dayton; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Owen Miller Sr., in 1991; and three brothers, Darrel, Bob and Joy Miller; and a sister, Dottie.
Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 1, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Daniel Snider officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association, 7560 McEwen Road, Dayton.

Ryan E. Straszheim
Ryan Eugene Straszheim, 16, of Brookville, formerly of New Lebanon, died Sunday, Aug. 31, as the result of a traffic accident.
He was a junior at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center where he was enrolled in the electrical engineering program. At Dixie High School he had been active in wrestling, track, football, choir and the band.
Survivors include his mother, Sheila A. Straszheim; father, Ronald E. Straszheim; stepfather, Bill Marr; maternal grandmother, Nancy Johnson; paternal grandmother, Marjorie Smith; paternal grandfather and step-grandmother, Edward and Marylou Straszheim; paternal great-grandmother, Martha Straszheim; step-grandmother, Kathryn Marr; sister, Alisha Straszheim.
Also surviving are stepbrothers, Bill and Chris Marr; aunts and uncles, Sherry and Dale Iles, Terri Nutt, Bonnie and Craig Holsapple, Vollie "Gale" and Jeannie Johnson, Louie and Linda Johnson, Colin and Janet Johnson, Harry C. Johnson, Bobby Ray and Phyllis Johnson, Victor and Jean Johnson, Eric and Teresa Johnson, Doug Johnson, Danny and Francine Straszheim, Michael Straszheim, Brad and Tammy Straszheim; and cousins.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Kindred Funeral Home, 400 Union Blvd., Englewood, with the Rev. Douglas G. Criswell officiating. The family will receive from 5-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Burial will be in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville.

Linda L. Woods
Linda L. Woods, 43, of Dafler Road, West Alexandria, died Sunday, Aug. 31, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.
Born July 13, 1954, she was the daughter of Leon and Margaret (Hopkins) Brock.
Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Rick Woods; three sons and a daughter, Andrew Woods, Richie Woods, Josh Woods and Cassie Woods, all at home; her father and stepmother, Leon and Mary Ellen Brock of West Alexandria; a brother, Darrell Brock of West Alexandria; a sister, Sandy Brown of Dayton; and a granddaughter, Alexis Moser of Brookfield, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her mother in 1978.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Lowell Spencer officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Roy J. Buehner
Roy J. Buehner, 81, of Wayne Trace Road, Camden, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, at his home.
Born Sept. 6, 1915, in Twin Township, he was the son of Benjamin and Nora (Dafler) Buehner. He was a farmer most of his life. Mr. Buehner was a member of the Eden Lodge#30, IOOF Rachel Rebekah Lodge #144, Eaton Grange #2250 and member of the First Brethren Church in Gratis.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth; three sons, Carroll Buehner of Bradenton, Fla., Jackie Buehner of Middletown and Roy Buehner Jr. of Somerville; two daughters, Nancy Reynolds of Castine and Dixie Owen of Eaton; three brothers, Everett Buehner of Kettering, Bill Buehner of Franklin and Jim Buehner of Farmersville; and two sisters, Mary Ditmer Wood of Eaton and Beryl Surber of Brookville; 17 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the First Brethren Church in Gratis, with the Rev. Robert French officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis. Friends may call at the church for visitation from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, and one hour prior to services on Saturday. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Richmond.

James T. Jackson
James Tillman "J.T." Jackson, 67, of Pine Grove, Tenn., died Sunday evening, Aug. 31, while visiting at the home of his son in New Paris.
He was retired from Eastman Chemical Company, and was a member of the Pine Grove Freewill Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo Jackson; sons and daughters-in-law, L.B. Jackson of Union Temple, Tenn., James T. Jr. and Cindy Jackson, Doug and Lisa Jackson, all of New Paris, Marty and Shirley Jackson of Pine Grove, Tenn.; his mother, Phronia Jackson of New Paris; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ilene and Cliff Crawford, Ethel and Jay Bailey, all of New Paris; brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy and Ann Jackson of Millville, Ohio, Billy and Margie Jackson of Richmond, Ind.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bufford Jackson.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Pine Grove Freewill Baptist Church, with the Revs. Rob Ward, Lester Morelock, Wayne Waycaster and Orval Dolan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Jeffers Mortuary, Greeneville, Tenn., was in charge of arrangements.

Than M. Steiner
Than M. Steiner, 83, of 406 S. Franklin St., Eaton, died Monday, Sept. 1, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after an extended illness.
Born July 14, 1914, in Montgomery County, he was the son of John M. and Edna (Collins) Steiner. He moved to Preble County in 1923. He was a retired truck driver, a veteran of World War II and attended the Eaton Church of God.
Survivors include three sisters, Delores Corbin of Mendon, Loretta Roe of Washington Court House and Francis Morris of Bradenton, Fla.; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Martina Hillyard.
Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 5, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria. Burial, with full military services, was in Preble Memory Gardens.

Mitchell Merriman
Mitchell Merriman, 81, of 105 S. Main St., West Elkton, died Monday evening, Sept. 1, at Middletown Regional Hospital in Middletown.
Born Jan. 14, 1916, in Lincoln County, Ky., he was the son of Jeremy and Sarah (Hewlitt) Merriman. Mr. Merriman worked at Armco for 32 years, retiring in 1974. He had also worked at A&P and Reedy's groceries in Middletown, then worked at Camden IGA until 1988. He was a member of West Elkton United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel (Bunch) Merriman, whom he married July 31, 1937; eight children, Gerald (Linda) Merriman of Oxford, Wayne Merriman of Richton Park, Ill., Ronnie (Patsy) Merriman and Phyliss (David) Huff, all of Camden, Larry (Jean) Merriman of Hartsville, S.C., Jerry (Sharon) Merriman and Karen (Wallace) Brewer, all of Somerville, and Sharon Taulbee of Eaton.
Also surviving are 32 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild; one brother, James (Jean) Merriman of Middletown; and three sisters, Hallie (Jesse) Tuggle of Middletown, Elizbeth and Kathryn of Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Carol Faye; one brother, Robert; and two sisters, Erma and Minerva.
Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 4, at West Elkton United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ruben Cabanillas officiating. Burial was in Fairmound Cemetery, West Elkton. R.C. Nein and Sons-Limber Funeral Home/Willard Moss Jr. Memorial Chapel, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Elkton United Methodist Church or to the Gratis Emergency Squad.

Mildred M. Mikesell
Mildred M. Mikesell, 83, of Oak Harbor, Ohio, died Saturday, Aug. 16, at St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, Ohio.
Born June 19, 1914, in Eaton, she was the daughter of the late Clement W. and Alva (Fisher) Bostwick. She was a homemaker and part owner and operator of the Kitchen and Bath Showcase in Fremont, Ohio.
On April 5, 1933, she married Dale M. Mikesell in Eaton and he preceded her in death.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marcia and Peter Goddard of Oak Harbor, Ohio; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Private funeral services will be conducted at a later date with burial in southern Ohio. Robinson-Henn-Brossia Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, Ohio, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Boniface School Library, 215 Oak St., Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449.

Howard Crank
Howard Crank, 83, of 2281 Richmond-Palestine Road, New Madison, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, at his home after an extended illness.
Born July 24, 1914, in Garrett County, Ky., he was the son of George T. and Jennie Lou (Montgomery) Crank. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and retired in 1977 from Dayton Press, McCall Corp. after 31 years of service. Mr. Crank was a member of Eaton Baptist Temple and UCT -- United Commercial Travels Association of Dayton.
Survivors include his wife, Florence Mabel (Taylor) Crank; three sons, Irvin E. Crank of Newcomerstown, Harold L. Crank of Richmond, Ind., and Howard B. Crank of Hephzibah, Ga.; two daughters, Carolyn Patricia Yadloski of Parachute, Colo., and Janet Wiegand of New Madison.
Also surviving are four brothers, Halla Crank of Modoc, Ind., Floyd Crank of Victorville, Calif., Herbert Crank of Florida and John Crank of Eaton; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 6, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer and the Rev. Tim Smith officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Baptist Temple.

Edward D. Gray
Edward D. Gray, 49, of Kewanna, Ind., died Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester, Ind.
Born July 2, 1948, in Hamilton, he was the son of Thomas and Ethel (Johnson) Gray. He was employed by Federal Mogal and was a member of the Sons of the American Legion of Camden.
Survivors include his wife, Phyliss (Smith) Gray, whom he married June 16, 1972; two children, Kelly (David) Montine of Logansport, Ind., and Michelle (Nicki) Gray of Kewanna, Ind.; one grandchild, Coral Montine of Logansport, Ind.; three brothers, Thomas J. Gray Jr. and Charles W. Gray, both of Kewanna, Ind., and Bob Gray of Logansport, Ind.; and one sister, Reba Jean Silvers of Camden.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Carl Gray; and a brother-in-law, James Silvers.
Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 6, at R.C. Nein and Sons-Limber Funeral Home/Willard Moss Jr. Memorial Chapel, Camden. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Dimple P. Carpenter
Dimple P. Carpenter, 68, 115 E. Eidson St., Eaton, died Saturday, Sept. 6, at Reid Hospital, Richmond, Ind.
Born Nov. 5, 1928 in Hardinsburg, Ky., she was the daughter of Richard L. and Mabel D. Reynolds Hayes, and had lived most of her life in Richmond. She was a cook for the Richmond Community School system.
Survivors include four daughters, Sharon Sparks of Richmond, Ind., Cindy Amburn of Memphis, Tenn, Pam Wiley of New Paris and JoAnn Barker of Eaton; five sons, Michael McClanahan and David McClanahan of New Paris, Howard E. McClanahan and Johnny Allen Duncan of Richmond, Ind. and Eddie Duncan of Lynn, Ind.; 20 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Robert Jean Lewis of West Alexandria; nieces nephews.
She was preceded in death by one son Robert Lee McClanahan and two sisters, Margerie DeWitt and Alberta Powell.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Doan & Mills Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind. with Pastor Robert Wahlen officiating.

Anthony J. Garber
Anthony Joseph Garber, infant son of Bruce E. and Heather R. (Lehmkuhl) Garber of Pyrmont died at birth on Monday, Sept. 8.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his twin sister, Brittany Jo Garber; maternal grandfather, Robert Lehmkuhl of Milford; paternal grandparents, Joseph R. and Karen Garber of Brookville; maternal great-grandparents, Thomas and Gladys Boring of West Chester; paternal great-grandparents, Earl and Edna Garber of Brookville; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Karla Lehmkuhl.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. at the Price's Creek Cemetery near Eldorado, with the Home Brethren officiating. Kindred Funeral Home, Englewood, are in charge of arrangements.


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