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Rev. Edward H. Volker
The Rev. Edward H. Volker, 82, formerly of 131 S. Franklin St., Eaton, died Friday, Oct. 3, at Franciscan at St. Clare in Cincinnati.
Born July 10, 1915, in Cincinnati, he was the son of Edward T. and Mary (Boelscher) Volker. He was ordained June 7, 1941; served two years as an assistant at Assumption Church, six months as assistant chaplain at St. Mary Hospital, 18 months as assistant chaplain at Good Samaritan Hospital, teacher at Elder High School, two years as assistant at Assumption Church, pastor of Mother of God Church, and coached football, all in Cincinnati.
In June 1947, he became chaplain at Ursuline Mother House & Girls' Boarding School in St. Martin, Ohio; and in 1950, pastor at Holy Ghost Church, Vera Cruz, Ohio. His first use of Black Light was during Christmas 1950. On Oct. 4, 1954, he was a Marian Rally Exec; from 1955-59, assistant pastor of St. Agnes Church in Cincinnati; and founded Agnetian Juniors, the city champs in eighth grade girls' kickball.
Father Volker was pastor at St. Mary's Church in Arnheim, Ohio, from 1959-62; 1960, second Marian Rally at Ursuline Convent in St. Martin, Ohio.
On Jan. 16, 1962, he became pastor at Visitation and St. John's Catholic Church in Eaton and New Paris; and presented his Black Light Christmas decorations of over 35,000 miniature lights and angels for many years. He retired on July 2, 1985.
Survivors include sisters and brother-in-law, Marian Roebel, Betty and Bill Blank, all of Cincinnati; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Betty Volker of Cincinnati; many nieces and nephews; and friends, Joan and John Keller.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Singleton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Visitation Catholic Church, 407 E. Main St., Eaton, with Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the church. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Dorothy J. Eagle
Dorothy J. Eagle, 63, of New Lebanon, died unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 28.
Born Sept. 6, 1934, in Centerville, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Erving Sr. and Emma (Eldridge) Mize. She was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Nelson R. Eagle; two sons, Rick L. Eagle and Eddie N. Eagle, both of New Lebanon; a grandson, Michael Biondie Jr.; and a sister, Arnnie Burnett of South Vienna, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Biondie.
Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 4, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Jerry Barr officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Earl Lane
Earl Lane, 72, of West Elkton, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Middletown Regional Hospital.
Born Oct. 5, 1924, in Preble County, he was the son of Walter and Jessie (Akers) Lane. He was employed as a bricklayer at Armco Steel for 37 years, and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. National Guard.
Survivors include his wife, Mary (Fugett) Lane, whom he married Oct. 23, 1948; three sons, Joseph E. Lane of West Elkton, David E. (Sheri) Lane of Carlisle and Daniel R. (Priscilla) Lane of San Diego, Calif.; five daughters, Sharon E. Blevins of New Paris, Rose Marie Wells of Champaign, Ill., Jackie (Carlos) Morgan of Monroe, Jenne Lane of Sarasota, Fla., and Paula (Mike) Conner of West Elkton.
Also surviving are 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and six sisters, Dorothy Hoskins of Somerville, Marie Cornett of Loogootee, Ind., Regent Chamberlin of Somerville, Laura Taylor, Norma Creekbaum and Brenda Philabaum, all of Middletown.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Wilma Messer and Pauline Shoemaker.
Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 4, at R.C. Nein and Sons-Limber Funeral Home/Willard Moss Jr. Memorial Chapel, Camden, followed by burial in Fairmound Cemetery, West Elkton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown, Ohio 45042.

Lillie M. Paxton
Lillie Mae Paxton, 81, of Morning Sun, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Born Aug. 19, 1916, in Milton, Ind., she was the daughter of Ellsworth and Perl (Robbins) Skiver. She was a graduate of Greensfork High School in Greensfork, Ind. Mrs. Paxton and her husband owned and operated the Morning Sun grocery store for 20 years before retiring in 1974. She was a member of Morning Sun United Presbyterian Church.
Her husband, Lyle Paxton, whom she married March 10, 1937, died in March 1993.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Donald LaVorgna of St. Leonard, Md.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Malcolm and Jean Paxton of Seven Mile, Marvin and Evelyn Mae Paxton of Bellefontaine, David and Marjorie May Paxton of Dayton; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Jeanette Roberts of Morning Sun.
She was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren, April Becker and Amber Paxton; and a brother, Leo Paxton.
Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 4, at Smith and Ogle Funeral Home, Oxford, followed by burial in Beechwood Cemetery, Morning Sun.

June E. Hamby
June Eileen Hamby, 66, of New Lebanon, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Hospice of Dayton.
Born March 1, 1931, in Parkersburg, W. Va., she was the daughter of Hunter Don and Lola Marie (Sager) Heckert.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, John R. Hamby; two daughters and son-in-law, Linda Joann and Ken Elkins of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Joni T. Hamby of Tampa, Fla.; two sons and daughter-in-law, Mark A. and Bonnie Hamby of Durham, N.C., John M. "Matt" Hamby of Bahama, N.C.; sisters and brother-in-law, Vonda Heckert of Vienna, W. Va., Jean (twin sister) and Don Cline of Belpre, Ohio.
Funeral services were Sunday, Oct. 4, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Bart Ellis officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Lowell Ingram
Lowell Ingram, 72, of Farmersville, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Manorcare Healthcare in Miamisburg.
Born May 24, 1925, in Boxley, Ark., he was the son of the late Stanley and Alice (Morgan) Ingram. He had worked in the mailing department at the former McCall Corp. in Dayton.
Mr. Ingram was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran of World War II, having served in the South Pacific Theater of Operations, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in New Lebanon.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Alta (Gulley) Ingram; two sons and daughters-in-law, Lowell M. and Linda Ingram of Eaton, Randall and Christine Ingram of West Alexandria; grandchildren, David, Angela, Matthew, Heather, Ashley, Shayla, Virginia and Laura; great-grandson, Phoenix; a brother and sister-in-law, Doyle and Mary Ingram of Andersonville, Ind.; and a sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Hiram Cole of Boxley, Ark.
Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 3, at Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon, with Pastor James Whorton officiating. Graveside services and burial were at West Point Cemetery, Liberty, Ind.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Rodger G. Petering
Rodger Gerald Petering, 73, of Lewisburg, died Thursday, Oct. 2, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Born Nov. 17, 1923, in Brookville, he was the son of Charles F. and Margaret Louise (Hess) Petering. He was a Harrison Township farmer.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Lee (Middlebrooks) Petering, in 1987; and two brothers, Merle "Pete" Petering, in 1989, and Robert Petering, in 1997.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Carol L. and Jack Pounds of Tipp City, Cheryl L. and Harold Linville of Englewood; grandchildren, Jeff Johnson, Sherri Fusi, Kevin and Nicky Moore; great-grandchildren, Justin and Ryan Johnson and Ashley Moore.
Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 6, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Bryan Palmer-Smith officiating. Burial was in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit or to the American Lung Association.

Steven M. Hall
Steven M. Hall, 31, of West Alexandria, died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 4.
He was born Dec. 16, 1965, in Dayton, was employed at the Delphi-Harrison Radiator Division of GM, and was a member of Masonic Lodge #742 of Vandalia, the Scottish Rite of Dayton, the Miami Valley Drag Racers Association and the NHRA.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl L. (Oiler), whom he married Aug. 13, 1994; his parents, Lonnie and Marianne (Stanton) Hall of Butler Township; a brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Karen Hall of West Alexandria; grandmother, Martha Hall of Butler Township; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Charles and Audra Oiler of Piqua; sisters-in-law, Carol Bergeron and husband Doug of Greenville, Carla Bayman and husband Tony of Piqua; brother-in-law, Mark Oiler and wife Annie of Greenville; 11 nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35 East, West Alexandria, with Pastor Mike Havey officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Home.

Paul E. Phillips
Paul Edward Phillips, 54, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Deming, N.M., after an extended illness. He was a former resident of Preble County.
Born July 15, 1943, he was the son of John and Ruth Phillips.
Survivors include his wife, Marty Phillips; two sons, David Lee Phillips and Gregory Scott Phillips, both of Eaton; one daughter, Mary Alice (Phillips) Puckett of Eaton; three stepsons, Donnie, Kelly and Aaron Benningfield, all of Deming, N.M.; one stepdaughter, Cindy Hassman of Deming, N.M.; four brothers, Jerry, John, Ray and Larry Phillips, all of Brookville; one sister, Sue Maddaford of Brookville; grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sons, Paul Edward Phillips Jr., in 1991, and Brian Keith Phillips, in 1996.
Memorial services were Monday, Oct. 6, in Deming, N.M.

Anna B. Gibson
Anna B. Gibson, 80, of West Alexandria, died unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 3, at her home. She was a former resident of Dayton.
Born July 21, 1917, in Bass County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Loellen (Neil) Barnes. She retired from Delco Chassis Division of GM, and was a life member of VFW Auxiliary #9927 of Kettering.
Survivors include grandsons, Mike Gibson and wife Melinda, and Greg Gibson, all of West Alexandria; five grandchildren; a sister, Lucille Norris of Cincinnati; and a brother, Clay Barnes of Kentucky.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35 East, West Alexandria. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Miami Valley Memory Gardens.

Edith F. Bowers
Edith F. Bowers, 88, formerly of Jackson Township, Eaton, died Monday, Oct. 6, at Governor Harris Homestead, where she had been a resident since September 1993.
Born Jan. 10, 1909, in Preble County, she was the daughter of Doctor Franklin and Elizabeth M. (Stover) Ashworth. She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of New Paris and the Gettysburg Community Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Marshall Bowers, in 1986; and two sisters, Alice Mearle Black, in 1968, and Maude Ellen Guckian, in 1992.
Survivors include two daughters, Janice Carol McDivitt of Fountain City, Ind., and Joyce Elaine Gerhardt of Eaton; a brother, Paul Wilson Ashworth of New Paris; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with Dr. William P. Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Viola M. Pitsinger
Viola M. Pitsinger, 88, formerly of North Franklin Street, Eaton, died Sunday, Oct. 5, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She had been in failing health for several months.
Born Oct. 3, 1909, in Ross County, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Elmer E. and Ruie (Harris) Sheets, and had lived in Preble County most of her life. She was a member of the Church of Christ in London, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Riley P. Pitsinger, in 1980; three brothers; and four sisters.
Survivors include two daughters, Rhuie I. Curtis of Camden and Rosemary Cornett of Eaton; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Vernon Hornsby officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday at the funeral home.

William W. Hiestand
William Welsh Hiestand, 71, of Eaton, died Saturday, Oct. 11, at his home after an 11-month illness.
Born May 8, 1926, in Eaton, he was the son of the late William H. and Viola (Welsh) Hiestand. He had been in banking since 1948. In 1950, he joined Preble County National Bank, now known as Star Bank, Preble County. He had served as president, chairman of the board and chief executive officer until his retirement in 1991. Upon his retirement, he retained his position on the bank's board of directors and continued to serve on various board committees until 1996.
Mr. Hiestand was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a member of First Presbyterian Church, past president of Eaton Rotary Club and the Eaton Chamber of Commerce, and was a member and past president of the Eaton Country Club.
A 1948 graduate of Miami University with a degree in business, he served on the university's Business Advisory Council. He was past chairman of the annexation committee of the City of Eaton, and past chairman of the Eaton United Way campaign.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie (St. Clair) Hiestand, whom he married March 19, 1949, at St. Albans Church in Cleveland Heights; a son, Jeff Hiestand of Cincinnati; two daughters, Janet (Dave) Sikora and Leslie (Bob) Renner, both of Eaton; grandchildren, Erin Hiestand, Holly Hiestand, Lindsay Sikora, Brooke Sikora, Brad Sikora, Katie Sikora, Ryan Clark and Whitney Renner; one sister, Barbara Evans of Eaton; one brother, Allen Hiestand of Eaton; nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at First Presbyterian Church, Eaton, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Preble County, P.O. Box 72, Eaton, Ohio 45320, or to Reid Hospital & Health Care Services, c/o Cancer Care, Richmond, Ind. 47374.

Ova J. Lawson
Ova J. Lawson, 54, of 130 N. Maple St., Eldorado, died Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, at his home.
Born Aug. 4, 1943, in Blanchester (Clinton County), Ohio, the son of the late Ova M. and Jennie Alice (Peck) Lawson. He had been an auctioneer for over 20 years, and was well-known in the Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky auction house circuit. He was owner of the State Line Auction in Eldorado, and was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Shirley (Parrett) Lawson; a son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Denise Lawson of Brookville; two brothers, Garvin Lawson of New Paris and Orville Lawson of Lewisburg; a sister, Alta Schaffer of Eaton; five grandchildren; three stepchildren; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 13, at Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home-Eldorado Chapel, with the Rev. Gilmer Smith officiating. Burial was in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville.

William H. Miller
William H. Miller, 83, of New Lebanon, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Born March 3, 1914, he was the son of Owen and Blanche (Snider) Miller. He retired from Rike Kumler Co. after 32 years of service. Mr. Miller was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II; a member of American Legion Post #322 of West Alexandria; a member of King Hiram Lodge #88 of West Alexandria; and Antioch Shrine, Scottish Rite of Dayton.
Survivors include his wife, Ann K. Miller; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Sherry Miller of Lake Oswego, Ore.; his mother, Blanche Miller of West Alexandria; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Owen "Buz" Jr. and Marietta Miller of West Alexandria, 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 Beavercreek; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Betty Miller of Vandalia.
He was preceded in death by his father; four brothers, Darrel, Bob, Joy and Dennie Miller; and a sister, Dottie.
Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 13, at St. Peters Lutheran Church, New Lebanon, with the Rev. Robert V. Neeb officiating. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peters Lutheran Church, New Lebanon.

Martha F. Pease
Martha F. Pease, 102, formerly of Brookville, died Saturday afternoon, Oct. 11, at Harborside Nursing Center in New Lebanon, where she had been a resident for the past seven years.
Born Sept. 18, 1895, in Montgomery County, she was the daughter of George and Emma F. (Martin) Brooks. She had lived in the Brookville area since 1954, and was a member of the Brookville Church of the Brethren.
Her husband, Russel D. Pease, died in November 1967.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Alberta and Bill Neptune of Farmersville; sons and daughters-in-law, Alvin and Irene Pease of Middletown, Ind., Virgil and Ruth Pease of Pinellas Park, Fla., Herman Pease of Eaton, Donald and Joan Pease of Farmersville; 26 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son and daughter-in-law, Vernon Pease, in 1979, and Louise Pease, in 1984; a daughter and son-in-law, Evelyn Evans, in 1996, and Glenn Evans, in 1994; brothers, the Rev. Harlan Brooks, Esta Brooks, Granville Brooks and Ira Brooks; and a sister, Velma Karns.
Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. George W. Pennington officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-noon on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brookville Church of the Brethren.

C. Leon Thompson
C. Leon Thompson, 80, formerly of New Paris, died Saturday, Oct. 11, at Westview Acres Care Center in Eaton.
Born April 23, 1917, in Eldorado, he was the son of the late Charles F. and Clara M. (Eyer) Thompson. He retired in 1983 from the maintenance department at Earlham College after 18 years of service, and had also worked as a farmer in Preble County and Jackson Township for 50 years.
Survivors include his wife, Mary E. (Ruby) Thompson, whom he married Sept. 9, 1939; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Ann and John Virag of West Alexandria; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald E. and Kay Thompson of Battleground, Ind.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Orla and Ralph Thompson; and three sisters, Hazel Emmel, Martha Moore and Mildred Sherman.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35 East, West Alexandria, followed by burial in Preble Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Edith J. Stienecker
Edith Jean (Wright) Stienecker, 65, of Beavercreek died Wednesday evening, Oct. 1, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
Born Oct. 5, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Harry Lorimar and Ruth (McCreary) Wright. A graduate of Miami University, she taught first grade at Parkwood Elementary School for 26 years, and volunteered at Kettering Medical Center, Safety Kids, Loos School and the Contact Crisis Phone Line.
She was a member of Sugar Creek United Presbyterian Church, a member of the Beavercreek Lioness Club and the Presbyterian Women's Group.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Edgar William Stienecker; and a brother, Harold Wright.
Survivors include two daughters, Cathy Stienecker of Cleveland and Nancy Schumacher of Oakwood; one son, Carl Stienecker; grandchildren, Erin, Sarah and Trevor Schumacher and Emily Stienecker; sisters, Betty Young, Dorothy Foskuhl, Mary Monson, Margaret Butler and Helen Gambrell; brothers, Ralph Wright and Stanley Wright; sister-in-law, Louise Phillips; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 6, at Morning Sun United Presbyterian Church, Morning Sun, with the Rev. Julia K. Whaff officiating. Burial was in Beechwood Cemetery. Tobias Funeral Home, Beavercreek Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Women's Association of Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church or to Parkwood Elementary School.

William J. Wilson Jr.
William J. Wilson Jr., 85, of New Lebanon, died Sunday, Oct. 12, at Harborside Care Center in New Lebanon. He was a former resident of Cleveland.
Born March 31, 1912, in Cleveland, he was the son of the late William J. Sr. and Sarah E. (Calvert) Wilson. He retired as a bus driver from the Brecksville (Ohio) Board of Education, had worked at Thompson Products and also sold Stanley Home Products.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Margaret (Preg) Wilson, whom he married Aug. 1, 1945; daughters and sons-in-law, Viola Glandorf of Cincinnati, Margaret "Peggy" and Robert Forbush of Cleveland, Elizabeth "Betty" and Rick McNinch of New Lebanon; a son and daughter-in-law, William Joseph and Sharon Wilson of Cleveland; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Eleanor and Everett Allen, and Jean Hall, all of Cleveland.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Geogge.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35 East, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Father Fitzsimmons officiating. Burial will be in Knollwood Cemetery, Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Maynard A. Gross
Maynard Alan Gross, 47, of New Paris died Sunday, Oct. 12, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born June 26, 1950, in Cincinnati, he was the son of France and Berdie (Stewart) Gross. He was employed at Travel Center of America in Eaton.
Survivors include two brothers, Lee Gross of Milford and Billie Gross of Eaton; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Frankie and Maynard Berry, Myrtle and Robert Green, all of Cincinnati, Julidta and William Hauser of Eaton, Charlene and Larry King of Camden; and his girlfriend, Carla Flack of New Paris.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, George and Polly Gross, Yuli and Mollie Stewart; and a brother, Ronald Gross.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 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 Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Mary G. Shaffer
Mary G. Shaffer, 85, of Pence-Shewman Road, Eldorado, died Monday, Oct. 13, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel.

Mae Reeder
Mae Reeder, 76, of Eaton, died Saturday, Oct. 11, in Richmond, Ind.
Born May 27, 1921, in Middlesboro, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Dock and Laura Howerton. She was a member of the Eaton Church of God.
Survivors include children, June Reeder, Laura and Arnold Hunt, Jerry and Pat Reeder, all of Eaton, Carol and John Mustard of West Carrollton; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, Matt Howerton, Maynard Howerton and Patt Howerton, all of Middletown, and David Howerton of Dayton; sisters, Georgia Clinard of New Lebanon and Dolly Marcus of Middlesboro, Ky.; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Richard Reeder.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon, with Pastor Irene Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Dr. Howard W. Heywood
Dr. Howard Wyatt Heywood, 82, of Oakwood, died Saturday, Oct. 11.
Born in Dayton, he was the only child of Frank and Laura (Wyatt) Heywood, both descendants of pioneer Preble County families. He graduated from Stivers High School, Ohio Wesleyan University and Northwestern University Medical School, and also studied at the Mayo Clinic.
He served three years as a flight surgeon in the 9th Air Force during World War II in the North African Desert Campaign, D-Day landings and the Battle of the Bulge.
Returning to Dayton in 1945, he practiced as a family physician in downtown Dayton for 35 years, retiring in 1980. He was a member of Fairmont Presbyterian Church, the American Medical Society, the Montgomery County Medical Society and was a charter member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Jane; two daughters and sons-in-law, Laura Jane and James Swaim of Centerville, Ohio, Sarah and Joe Kennedy of Torch Lake, Mich.; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Sara Heywood of Sheridan, Wyo.; two grandsons, Christopher and Andrew Overholser; two step-grandsons, Steven Swaim and Benjamin Fordahl.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 3705 Far Hills Ave., Kettering, with the Rev. Robert Wade officiating. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service. Routsong Funeral Home, Oakwood, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.


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