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Arthur W. Wendel

Arthur William Wendel, 79, of Fort Collins, Colo., died Monday, Jan. 5, at his home.

Born July 17, 1918, near Bath, Ind., he was the son of Frederick A. and Matilda (Beckman) Wendel. He attended school in Camden (Preble County). He was a U.S. Army infantry captain, having served during World War II in Germany and in the Korean War. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Silver Star and Purple Heart.

Mr. Wendel was a sales representative for Van Camp Hardware and Iron in South Bend, Ind., for 28 years. He retired in 1974 and moved to Fort Collins, Colo. He was a ditch rider for the Pleasant Valley and Lake Canal. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1781 and Fort Collins Rockhounds.

Survivors include his wife, Betty (Faber) Wendel, whom he married Dec. 14, 1946, in Oxford; five sons, Robert Wendel of Woodland Park, Colo., Dan Wendel, Roger Wendel and Edward Wendel, all of Fort Collins, Colo., and Mark Wendel of Wellington, Colo.; one daughter, Margaret Mantle of LaSalle, Colo.

Also surviving are four grandchildren; one great-grandson; two brothers, Robert Wendel and Bruce Wendel, both of Richmond, Ind.; two sisters, Helen Huss of Covington, Ky., and Maxine Lynch of Memphis, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Gladys Gotter and Ruby Roach.

A memorial service was held Friday, Jan. 9, at Warren-Bohlender Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Mike Lundgren officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice, to the American Cancer Society, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Charles D. Simon

Charles D. Simon, 80, of Bruce Street, Eaton, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 17, at his home after an extended illness.

Born Jan. 16, 1918, in Newport, Ky., he was the son of William F. and Minnie (Draper) Simon. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and retired in 1972 after 30 years of civil service with the U.S. Government. He had his own dance band prior to World War II and also in the 1950s.

Mr. Simon was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Eaton; National Association of Retired Federal Employees #569; Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton; Bolivar Lodge #82, F&AM; Preble Council #135, Eaton Chapter #22; Preble County 32nd Club; Cincinnati DAV Chapter #1; Middletown Commandery #71; Eaton Kiwanis Club; and Buckeye Sheriff's Association.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Thyra (Heinlein) Simon, in 1993.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Carol Susan Louis of Burlington, N.J.; and two stepsons, John and Robert Hamilton.

Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 19, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with Chaplain Linda K. Jones officiating. Burial was in Somerville Cemetery, Somerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner's Burn Hospital, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45229. 

Frederick J. Nelson

Frederick "Fred" J. Nelson, 81, of Lewisburg-Ozias Road, Lewisburg, died Thursday, Feb. 19, after an extended illness.

Born March 26, 1916, in Catoosa (Morgan County), Tenn., he was the son of Grover F. and Clara A. (Farmer) Nelson. He had lived in Lewisburg since 1951.

Mr. Nelson was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and retired in 1979 from Delco Moraine (GM) after 29 years of service. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Lebanon.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Geneva R. (Bonham) Nelson; sons and daughters-in-law, Howard and JoAnn Nelson of West Alexandria, Michael and Ginny Nelson of Lewisburg; daughters and sons-in-law, Carol Requarth of Lewisburg, Pat and Dan Bowman, Judy and Lee Myers, all of West Alexandria.

Also surviving are grandchildren, Greg and Robbie Childers, Joe, Kevin and Derrick Nelson, Debbie (Kaylor) Childers, Jeff and Kari Bowman, Steve Shiverdecker, Brandy (Shiverdecker) Schindler and Melissa (Nelson) Lewis; and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Archie Farrell Nelson, in 1986; grandsons, Matthew Michael Nelson, in 1981, and Ricky Bowman, in 1981.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 23, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. James Whorton officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Preble County Unit, P.O. Box 203, Eaton, Ohio 45320; or to the First Baptist Church, 335 S. Church St., New Lebanon, Ohio 45345.

Phyllis A. Ditty

Phyllis A. Ditty, 67, of New Paris, died Saturday, Feb. 21, at Wayne Hospital in Greenville after an extended illness.

Born Oct. 1, 1930, in Camden, she was the daughter of William and Ollie (Hensley) Peters. She was a cook at several local truck stops for over 20 years.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, LaVerne F. Ditty; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert A. and Scherie Peters of New Madison, James E. and Patty Ditty of New Madison and Frank W. Ditty of Richmond, Ind.; daughters, Marilyn A. Ditty and friend Steve Schmidt of New Paris, and Linda S. Woodyard of New Madison; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Ed Peters of California; nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Joe, Lester, Robert, James and Ernest Peters; and three sisters, Betty Puckett, Helen Peters and Pauline Cole.

Funeral services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-Village Rescue Unit, New Madison, Ohio. 

Charles R. Gregg

Charles R. Gregg, 71, of Pleasant Valley Road, died unexpectedly Wednesday evening, Feb. 18, at the Adena Regional Medical Center.

Born Jan. 18, 1927, in Eldorado, he was the son of the late Hugh E. and Debbie A. (Shoe) Gregg. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and had retired in 1989 from the Mead Corp. after 43 years.

Mr. Gregg was a member of the First Christian Church, UPIU Local 731, American legion Post 757, Mead Retirees Club and was a lieutenant in the Union Township Volunteer Fire Department, of which he had been a member for 35 years.

Survivors include his wife, Betty M. (Dudley) Gregg, whom he married Jan. 18, 1947; a daughter, Robin L. Snow of Columbus; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael L. and Karen L. Gregg of Chillicothe; six grandchildren, Michel Grooms, Jeremy Gregg, Shawn Snow, Charles Snow, Carrie Feltner and Eli Dennewitz; two great-grandchildren, Sydney Grooms and Emylee Grooms.

Also surviving are sisters and brothers-in-law, Juanita and Delbert Weaver of Castine, Betty and Robert Meador of Frankfort, Ind., Goldie and Howard Montgomery of Greenville, JoAnn and Kenneth Deisher of Lewisburg; a sister, Katherine Baker of Plant City, Fla.; a brother and sister-in-law, Lester and Ila Gregg of Dayton; a brother, Hugh Gregg of Smyrna, Ga.; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Baldwin; an infant sister, Olive; and brothers, Walter and George Gregg.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 21, at Ware Funeral Home, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial, with military graveside rites by the Ross County Veterans' Firing Squad, was in Springbank Cemetery.

Bertha E. Bowman

Bertha E. Bowman, 91, formerly of West Manchester, died Friday, Feb. 20, at Gade Nursing Home in Greenville.

Born April 20, 1906, in Darke County, she was the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (Garber) Coning, and had lived in Preble County most of her life. She was a member of Price's Creek Old German Baptist Church.

Her husband, Orville R. Bowman, died Feb. 16, 1990.

Survivors include a daughter, Vivian E. Boone of Union City, Ohio; a son and daughter-in-law, Karl L. and Ruth Ellen Bowman of Eldorado; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; a sister-in-law, Clara Coning of Eldorado; nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Minnie Kimmel and Grace Coning; three brothers, Raymond Coning, William Coning and Russell Coning; and a son-in-law, James Boone.

Funeral services were Sunday, Feb. 22, at Price's Creek Old German Baptist Church, Eldorado, followed by burial in the church cemetery. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester, was in charge of arrangements. 

Estella G. Rowe

Estella G. Rowe, 88, formerly of East Main Street, Eaton, died Sunday, Feb. 22, at Governor Harris Homestead.

Born July 8, 1909, in Montgomery County, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Lena (Parks) Smith. She was a retired beautician, and a former member of the Pythian Sisters.

Her husband, Lester E. Rowe, died Jan. 6, 1987.

Survivors include a son, Charles Cohee of Dayton; a daughter, Anita Boyke of Streamwood, Ill.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Baker of Vandalia and Margaret Davis of Fairborn; nieces and nephews.

A brother, Robert Smith, is deceased.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, 226 W. Main St., Eaton, with the Rev. Suzanne Dillahunt officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home.

David Kirkpatrick

David Kirkpatrick, 36, of Camden, died unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 23, in Eaton.

He was born Oct. 11, 1961, in Dayton, and was a graduate of Preble Shawnee High School in Camden. On Feb. 21, 1981, he married Diane Cope at Visitation Catholic Church in Eaton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Diane, on Feb. 4; and his father, James Kirkpatrick.

Survivors include one daughter, Stephanie Diane Kirkpatrick of Camden; his mother and stepfather, Evelyn (Morris) and Butch Kearby of Kettering; a brother, Jim (Vicki) Kirkpatrick of Carlisle; a sister, Judy (Charlie) Bush of Germantown; father- and mother-in-law, Mickey and Marilyn Cope of Richmond, Va.; sisters-in-law, Barbara (Brian) Karns of Eaton, Joyce Cope of Richmond, Va., and Kelly (Andrew) Thacker of New Lebanon; a brother-in-law, Mickey (Krista) Cope of Richmond, Va.; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home/Willard Moss Jr. Memorial Chapel, 249 N. Main St., Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 406, Eaton, Ohio 45320.

Walter R. Powers

Walter Robert "Bob" Powers, 76, of Lakengren, Eaton, died Monday, Feb. 23, at his home.

Born Oct. 29, 1921, in Somerset, Ky., he was the son of the late Walter Scott and Lou Verna (Vanover) Powers. He retired in 1982 after 30 years as an electrician with the Inland Division of General Motors in Dayton. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II as a Radioman 1st Class. Mr. Powers was a member of Memorial Baptist Church in Eaton.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Opal M. (Dishman) Powers; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and David Thomas of Urbana, M. Karen Powers-Stubbs and husband Glenn Stubbs of West Elkton, Gail and Gary Mercer of Eaton; four grandchildren, Jeremy and Carrie Stubbs, Amanda and Erin Thomas; and a sister, Virginia Moefield of Georgetown, Ky.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Walton Calvin Powers.

Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 26, at the convenience of the family, with Pastor Vernon Hornsby of the Oxford Church of God officiating. There was no public calling. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Preble County Unit of the American Heart Association.

Robert L. Wehrley

Robert L. Wehrley, 79, of 334 S. 27th St., Richmond, Ind., died Tuesday morning, Feb. 24, at Reid Hospital.

Born Aug. 18, 1918, in Eaton, he was the son of Harry and Ruby (Bowers) Wehrley, and had lived in the Eaton and Richmond areas all his life. He was a 1938 graduate of Lanier High School. He spent 17 years with International harvester, and retired in 1984 after 28 years as service manager of plastics at National Automatic Tool Co.

Mr. Wehrley was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he served as head usher for many years; Harry Ray Post #65 of the American Legion; Natco 25-Year Club; and Elks Lodge, where he was Elk of the Year for 1985-86.

A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served in Europe and Japan and received a Bronze Star.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Wehrley, whom he married Aug. 31, 1940; one son, Dale Wehrley of Houston, Texas; one grandson; one sister, Dorotha Smith of Eaton; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 27, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., with the Rev. Glenn McGuire officiating. Burial, with military rites conducted by the Wayne County Veterans Council, will be in Glenhaven Memorial Gardens, Richmond.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Richmond, Ind.

Frances S. Pritt

Frances (Stubblefield) Pritt, 60, of Floyd Street, Lewisburg, died Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 25, at Hospice of Dayton after a short illness.

Born July 7, 1937, in London, Ky., she was the daughter of Chester A. and Nancy (Raleigh) Stubblefield. She retired in 1993 after 23 years of service with General Motors-Moraine Assembly. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher and church trustee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Lee Pritt, in May 1997; a brother, John C. Stubblefield, in 1942; a sister, Freda Shell, in 1996; and a brother-in-law, Virgil Hall, in 1971.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Donnie L. and Pam Day of Lewisburg, Larry W. and Valerie Day of Richmond, Ind., Rick K. and Beth Day of Kettering; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Also surviving are sisters and brothers-in-law, Cleta and Rodney Haas of Beavercreek, Elizabeth Hall of New Lebanon, Mattie and James Jones of Englewood, Alice and William Grable of Kettering, Susanna and Charles Harris of Harrison, Faye and Michael League of Eaton; a brother and sister-in-law, Chester and Marjorie Stubblefield of Richmond, Ind.; and a brother-in-law, Bentley Shell of West Alexandria.

Funeral services were Monday, March 2, at Faith Baptist Church, Lewisburg, with the Rev. Wesley Stiver officiating. Burial was in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton and/or to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit. 

Leroy E. Stubbs

Leroy E. Stubbs, 70, of Camden died Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati.

He was born April 21, 1927, in Butler County. He married Bessie (Henson) Mitchell on Dec. 23, 1972, in Somerville.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie Stubbs; four sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Pam Stubbs of Streetsboro, Ohio, Charles and Colleen Mitchell of Seven Mile, Fred and Wendy Mitchell, Marty and Christina Mitchell, all of Camden; three daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and George Imes of Las Vegas, Nev., Ruby and George Webb of Somerville, Jeanette and Kenny Bates of Camden; 19 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Stubbs, in 1979.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 28, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home/Willard Moss Jr. Memorial Chapel, Camden, with the Rev. Carl Maze and the Rev. Oscar Hughes officiating. Burial was in Somerville Cemetery, Somerville.

Robert Ramsey

Robert Ramsey, 73, of Dayton died Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Born Nov. 10, 1924, in Deese, Ky., he was the son of the late Samuel H. and Mary (Williams) Ramsey. He retired in 1985 as a die caster from Yoder Industries. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was a longtime member of Faith Chapel Church in Farmersville.

Survivors include his wife, Eunice (Hensley) Ramsey, whom he married April 23, 1946; sons, Kenneth W. Ramsey and wife Dorothy of Winchester, Jeffery Ramsey and Samuel David Ramsey, both of Dayton; grandchildren, Shannon Ramsey, David Robert Ramsey, Kenneth Ramsey Jr., Jessica Ramsey and Sammie Jo Ramsey; four great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are brothers, Dean Ramsey of Florida, Sherman Gabbard of Franklin, Johnny Gabbard and Carl Gabbard, both of Kentucky; sisters, Wanda Caldwell and Bobbie Jewel Buress, both of Franklin, Laure Jean Harris and Edna Ramsey, both of Kentucky; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ellen Lawson; a brother-in-law, Eugene Lawson; and stepfather, Dave Gabbard.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 27, at Faith Chapel, Farmersville, with Pastors J. Todd Smith, Don Trusty and Doug Criswell officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Chris G. Rallis

Chris Gustav Rallis, 37, of Delaware Crossing, Eaton, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 15, at his home.

Born Oct. 28, 1960, in Denver, Colo., he was the son of Lee and Helbe (Eick) Rallis. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

Survivors include three daughters, Dena Rallis, Alexandra Rallis and Shana Rallis, all of Denver, Colo.; his father, Lee Rallis of Denver, Colo.; and his mother, Helbe (Eick) Rallis; and other family members.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 20, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with Father Stratton Dorozenski officiating.

Howard A. Wysong Sr.

Howard A. Wysong Sr., 89, formerly of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Brookhaven Nursing and Care Center in Brookville.

Born May 4, 1908, in Perry Township (Montgomery County), he was the son of the late Edward A. and Elizabeth V. (Eck) Wysong. A retired Preble County farmer, he had lived in the Lewisburg area since 1938. He was a member of Providence Lutheran Church near Brookville and a life member of the Twin Valley Rod and Gun Club.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Adria Pearl (Shell) Wysong; son and daughter-in-law, Howard A. Jr. and Rose Wysong of Valparaiso, Ind.; daughters and sons-in-law, Dorine and Harold Carroll of Lewisburg, Evelyn and Jack Pelphrey of Springfield, Dolores and Bill Eisenmenger of Ft. Myers, Fla.

Also surviving are 14 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Dorothy Curtin of Houston, Texas; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Herbert, Hanford and Herschel Wysong; a sister, Catherine Kesling; and a grandson, Ronald Gerdes.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 28, at Providence Lutheran Church, Brookville, with the Rev. Robert I. Halsey officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Lutheran Church. 

Margaret A. Powell

Margaret (Adams) Powell of Camden died Thursday, Feb. 26.

Born Sept. 16, 1919, she was the daughter of William H. and Katherine (Walton) Adams.

She was married to W. Berkley Powell on July 7, 1936.

She farmed and was an avid gardener until losing her sight.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Mary Lou Powell of Camden; five grandchildren, Joanna (Jerry) Sayres of Brookville, Ind., Terry Wayne (Tammy) Powell of Harrison, Ind., Patty (Danny) Smith of Bath, Ind., Chris G. Lamb of Baytown, Texas, and Carol L. Miller of Camden; seven great-grandchildren, Jason Sayres, Audrey, Joe and Angela Powell, Brandy Miller, Tyler and Dusty Lamb.

Also surviving are four brothers, John Adams of Miamisburg, Ray Adams of North Carolina, Charles Adams of Morning Sun and Harold (Ruby) Adams of Somerville; six sisters, Hazel Hall of Somerville, Lottie Marshall of Franklin, Emma Johnson of Oxford, Virginia Dorothy Wehr of Liberty, Ind., Lorene (Tom) Depew of Camden, Louise (James) Knoblock of New Caney, Texas; a sister-in-law, Treva Adams of Camden; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years; Berkley Powell; her parents; two brothers, Bob Adams and Bill Adams; and a sister, Mary Ann Plaugher.

Funeral services were Monday, March 2, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home/Willard Moss Jr. Memorial Chapel, Camden, with the Rev. Riley Parker and the Rev. Bob Hartman officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Ralph H. Eikenberry

Ralph "Petey" H. Eikenberry, 90, of Harrison Street, Gratis, died Thursday, Feb. 26, in Germantown.

Born Sept. 7, 1907, he was the son of Laurell and Ovia (Morningstar) Eikenberry. He was a painter most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen.

Survivors include a son, Roscoe Eikenberry of Dayton; a daughter, Delia Beams of Arcanum; and one grandchild.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 28, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, with the Rev. Harlan Sorensen officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.

Robert E. Watt

Robert E. Watt, 85, of Washington Street, Eaton, died Thursday, Feb. 26, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton after an extended illness.

Born March 6, 1912, in Connersville, Ind., he was the son of Ernest and Daisy D. (Archey) Watt. He was retired from farming, electrical construction and police work. He was recognized by the Preble County Special Deputies for his dedication of service and community involvement for over 45 years. He had been a patrolman for the Eaton Police Department, bailiff of Eaton Municipal Court and Preble County Humane Officer.

Mr. Watt was a graduate of BCI Police School; was a Preble County 4-H leader; a private air pilot since the 1930s; and owner and operator of Preble Sales and Service of Eaton. He was a member of the Eaton United Church of Christ; Order of Eastern Star, Gleaners Chapter #182 of West Alexandria; and Masonic Lodge #82, F&AM of Eaton.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha A. (Love) Watt, in 1990; a brother, Marvel Watt, in 1986; and sisters, Sylvia R. Swartz, in 1994, and Erna Mathis, in 1996.

Survivors include his wife, Martha (Spak) Kalish Watt; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert E. and Janice M. Watt of Eaton, Doyle E. and Christa Watt of O'Fallon, Ill.; daughters and sons-in-law, Rachel and Jimmie Chamness, Patricia and Glenn Fisher, all of Eaton, Roberta D. and Donald E. Hartley of West Alexandria, Sara M. Browning of Eaton; a sister, Helen Sorrell of Indianapolis, Ind.; 22 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 3, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with Pastor John Walker officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Masonic services were conducted Monday evening following viewing.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Esther M. Curnutt

Esther M. Curnutt, 94, of Eaton, formerly of Salem Bend Drive, Dayton, died Friday, Feb. 27, at her home.

Born June 25, 1903, in Gratis, she was the daughter of Calvin and Nancy Jane (Brubaker) Baker. She was a nurses' aide and seamstress at Elder-Johnson in Dayton. Mrs. Curnutt was a member of the Lower Twin Old German Baptist Brethren Church.

Survivors include two daughters, C. Jane Eikenberry of Eaton and Cloretta F. Winkler of Dayton; eight grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers.

A prayer service was held Monday, March 2, at the residence, followed by the funeral at the Lower Twin Old German Baptist Brethren Church, Camden, with the Home Brethren officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, was in charge of arrangements. 

Esther N. Noe

Esther N. (Tuvell) Noe, 97, of Friendship Village, Dayton, died Friday, Feb. 27, at her home.

Born Dec. 29, 1900, she was the daughter of Jacob and Annie (Early) Cotterman. She retired in 1961 from the Montgomery County Home, where she was the superintendent. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Ingomar for over 50 years.

Her husband, Clark Noe, is deceased.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Melvin and Marjorie Tuvell of Baton Rouge, La., Robert and Marilyn Tuvell of Las Vegas, Nev.; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Leonard Tuvell, in 1986; six sisters, Mary Landis, Lydia House, Catherine Eby, Clara Spidel, Stella Heavilin and Bertha Duncan; and a brother, John Cotterman.

Funeral services were Monday, March 2, at St. John's Lutheran Church, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Larry Kettlehake officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Bennie A. Parker

Bennie A. Parker, 70, of Eaton, died Friday, Feb. 27.

Born Aug. 4, 1927, in Jackson County, Ky., he was the son of Fred and Pearl (Henry) Parker. He was employed as a meat packer at Kohls Meat Market and was assistant chief of police in Dayton, Ky., for 14 years. Mr. Parker was a U.S. Army veteran, having served with the 729th Army Air Corps. He was a member of the Camden Church of God and the Camden VFW.

He married Alberta Barker on Sept. 3, 1947, in Newport, Ky.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Phillip Murphy of Camden; a son and daughter-in-law, Bennie A. Jr. and Linda Parker of Cincinnati; a brother, Robert Parker of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a sister, Marge Neiheisel of Cincinnati; two grandchildren, Holly Dunbar and Lisa Peddicord; and one great-grandchild, Glen Spudock.

He was preceded in death by his wife; a daughter, Ethel Darlene Parker; his parents; a brother, Walter Parker; and two sisters, Gladys Brashear and Ruby McIntosh.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 3, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home/Willard Moss Jr. Memorial Chapel, Camden, with the Rev. Marvin Hocker officiating. Burial, with military rites, was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Donald E. Brower

Donald Eugene Brower, 72, of New Paris, died Saturday, Feb. 28, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born Sept. 25, 1925, in West Alexandria, he was the son of Wilbur and Irma (Pelle) Brower. He was a 1943 graduate of West Alexandria High School. Mr. Brower retired as owner-operator of Bud Reid's Garage in New Paris. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was a former member of the New Paris Fire Department and New Paris Village Council and a former C.R. Coblentz transportation supervisor. He was a member of American Legion Clarence Teaford Post #360; Fellowship Lodge #106, F&AM; Antioch Shrine and Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton; and the New Paris Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Barbara J. (Reid) Brower; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles Christopher and Jean Brower of New Paris; two half brothers, Charles D. Crouse and Richard A. Crouse, both of West Alexandria; two aunts, Honey Izor of Eaton and Kathryn Monahan of Texas; and two grandchildren, Andrea Lynn and Kevin Christopher Brower.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 3, 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 the New Paris Church of Christ or to the Northwest Emergency Squad.

Earl E. Rinck

Earl E. Rinck, 91, of Eaton died Saturday, Feb. 28, at Greenbriar Nursing Center.

Born Nov. 21, 1906, in West Alexandria, he was the son of the late Charles A. and Dena (Sauer) Rinck. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Engineering, where he was a member of Tri-Angle Engineering Fraternity. He retired after 27 years as an engineer from Rexarc in West Alexandria.

Mr. Rinck was a ham radio operator. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church and King Hiram Lodge #88, F&AM, both of West Alexandria, and a former member of the Dayton Engineering Club.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia L. (Gephart) Rinck, whom he married July 12, 1934; a sister, Edna C. Moore of Lexington, Ky.; a nephew, Escum L. Moore of Lexington, Ky.; and a niece, Carolyn Hounshell of Lexington, Ky.

Graveside services were Monday, March 2, at Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Daniel Snider officiating. There was no public calling. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Lutheran Church, West Alexandria. 

Mary M. Kasserman

Mary Myrtle Kasserman, 81, of Lewisburg, died Saturday morning, Feb. 28, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton after an extended illness.

Born June 24, 1916, in Middletown, she was the daughter of Redwine and Bertha (Shephard) Hogg. A 1936 graduate of Monroe High School, she had lived in Preble County most of her life where she was a homemaker and farmer.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Charles Ralph Kasserman; a son and daughter-in-law, Karl W. and Sandra R. Kasserman of Cincinnati; daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Ted Rike of Lewisburg, Linda and Mark Morris of Reynoldsburg, Brenda and Joseph Ochmanski of Brook Park, Ohio; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a special cousin, Lennox Hogg of Arcanum.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley Hogg; three sisters; Thelma Shuff, Esther Flora and Marjorie Snyder; and a daughter, Joyce E. Brown, in December 1988.


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