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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.

Sarah E. Danzi
Sarah (Estes) Danzi, 78, formerly of Preble County, died Sunday, Oct. 5, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Born Nov. 15, 1918, in Preble County, she was the daughter of Sidney and Mary (Bailey) Estes.
Survivors include a son, Dennis Dourson; a brother, Anthony Estes of Eaton; and two sisters, Martha Rudorf and Maudie Stillwell, both of Eaton.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary G. Shaffer
Mary Garnett Shaffer, 85, of Pence-Shewman Road, New Paris, died Monday, Oct. 13, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born March 27, 1912, in Nottoway County, Va., she was the daughter of Daniel Franklin and Anna (Shock) Petry. She was raised in the Upper Twin Old Order German Baptist faith and had lived in Preble County most of her life.
Survivors include her husband of 66 1/1 years, John D. Shaffer; sons and daughters-in-law, John Jr. and Lee Anne Shaffer, Allen Shaffer, Don and Dixie Shaffer, Leland and Helen Shaffer, all of New Paris, Loren and Joanie Shaffer of Detour, Mich.; daughter and son-in-law, Wanda L. and Robert J. Smith of New Paris; sisters, Bessie Deaton of Eaton and Lucille Lipps of New Paris; a brother, Daniel Petry of Gratis; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by three brothers; one sister; and a grandson, Randon Lee Shaffer, in 1973.
Funeral services were Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Eaton Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Greg A. Hyre officiating. Burial was in Wares Chapel Cemetery, West Manchester. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to North Central EMS.

Regina M. Fisher
Regina M. Fisher, 76, of Eaton, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Heartland of Eaton.
A native and lifelong resident of Preble County, she was born July 28, 1921, the daughter of the late William B. and Bertha F. (Foutz) Fisher. She retired after 40 years as an auction clerk for Kramer & Kramer Auctioneers. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a sister, Alice J. Fisher of Eaton; and several cousins.
Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 17, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with Dr. Phillip D. Malone officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church or to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Paul E. Heckman
Paul E. Heckman, 82, of Eaton, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Born Jan. 23, 1915, in Lewisburg, he was the son of Abraham L. and Laura May (Everding) Heckman. He retired in 1973 from Sunshine Biscuit Co. in Dayton after 27 years, and was a retired Preble County farmer. He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Zelma V. (Matheny) Heckman; daughters, Lurainia Mae Bosley of Indianapolis, Ind., and Bonnie Lou Hall of West Alexandria; sisters, Mildred Miller of Princess Ann, Md., and Cora Geeting of Florida; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Mary V. Rodeffer and Martha Cochran; brothers, Theodore, Martin, Hiram and William Heckman; and a granddaughter, Amber Lynn Hall.
Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 18, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Greg A. Hyre officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association -- Miami Valley Chapter.

Ray E. Eikenberry
Ray Eugene Eikenberry, 82, of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Westview Acres Care Center in Eaton.
Born Dec. 20, 1914, in Darke County, he was the son of Josiah and Mina (Waitman) Eikenberry. He retired in 1976 after 36 years at Inland in Dayton, was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and POW in Germany. Mr. Eikenberry was a member of VFW Post #975 of Lewisburg, and a member of Potsdam Church of the Brethren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bertha M. (Brown) Eikenberry, in 1978; two brothers, Paul S. Eikenberry and Charles Eikenberry; three infant brothers; and a sister, Ruby Erbaugh.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte H. (Baker) Cahill Eikenberry; a daughter, Dianna Parris of New Paris; sisters, Mary Hamilton of Greenville, Nancy Smith of West Milton and Inis Booher of Florida; brothers, Herb Eikenberry of Union City, Ind., and Michael Eikenberry of Bethesda, Ohio; stepsons, Ronald L. Cahill of Dayton and John P. Cahill of Eaton; stepdaughter, Linda L. Enoch of Alexandria, Va.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 18, at Potsdam Church of the Brethren, Potsdam (Miami County), with the Rev. Robert Kurtz officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit.

Harry J. Henderson
Harry J. Henderson, 51, of West Alexandria, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Hospice of Dayton.
He was born April 19, 1946, in Eaton, was a retired baler at General Motors, and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a former member of the Church of Christ in Eaton.
Survivors include two sons, John of Fairborn and Justin of West Alexandria, his mother, Lorene (Horn) Henderson of New Lebanon; a brother, Anthony of New Lebanon; and three grandchildren, Erica, Nicole and John Jr.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Henderson.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon, with the Rev. Terry Smith officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or to the American Cancer Society.

Emma A. Gilbert
Emma Armenda Gilbert, 83, of West Alexandria, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born Oct. 12, 1914, in Cookeville, Tenn., she was the daughter of Henry and Emma (Madewell) Lee. She retired from Inland General Motors in 1975 after 28 years of service. Mrs. Gilbert was a member of the First Brethren Church of West Alexandria.
Survivors include one son, Orson Madewell Jr. of West Alexandria; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Retta Mae Gray of Fairborn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Gilbert, in 1976; and five brothers, James Lee, Johnson Lee, Harvey Lee, Willie Lee and Payton Lee.
Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 18, at the First Brethren Church, with the Rev. David Oligee officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Phyllis J. Johnson
Phyllis J. Johnson, 55, of New Lebanon, died Friday, Oct. 17, at her home.
She was born Oct. 30, 1941, in Preble County. She had worked as a nurses' aide at Harborside Care Center in New Lebanon for the past eight years.
She was preceded in death on March 24, 1992, by her husband, Richard M. Johnson Sr., whom she married on April 2, 1960; and her father, Russell Lesh, in 1988.
Survivors include a son, Richard M. Johnson Jr. of New Lebanon; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna C. Johnson of Eaton, Christine A. and Ben Esteppe, Rebecca J. and Steve Kobus, and Alicia L. Johnson, all of Dayton; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are her mother, Margaret M. (Garber) Lesh of West Alexandria; brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Sharon Lesh, Robert and Shelley Lesh, all of West Alexandria; sisters and brother-in-law, Shirley and Bob Collins of West Alexandria and Patricia Russell of New Lebanon.
Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 20, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor James Whorton officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Becky L. Gibson
Becky Lynn Gibson, 35, of Eaton, died Thursday, Oct. 16.
She was a member of Landmark Baptist Church.
Survivors include her father, James William Gibson; her mother, Anna L. Gibson of Indianapolis, Ind.; two brothers, James Glenn Gibson and Timothy R. Gibson; one sister, Laura Ann Vawter; and grandfather, Rosevelt Gibson.
Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 20, at Little & Sons Funeral Home, Beech Grove, Ind., followed by burial in Memorial Park Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind. Local arrangements were by Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel.

Earl H. Huffman
Earl H. Huffman, 82, formerly of Middletown, died Thursday, Oct. 16, at his home in Deland, Fla.
Born Jan. 11, 1915, in Germantown, he was the son of the late William and Catherine (Winterhalter) Huffman. He retired from Black Clawson in 1977 after 30 years of service, and was the owner/operator of Skate-More Rec Center in Eaton for many years. He was a prisoner of war during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Geraldine (Rose) Huffman; a daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Don Byrd of Deltona, Fla.; stepchildren whom he raised, Jim (Dorothy) Wise of Largo, Fla., Barbara Morgerson and Ginger (David) Dougherty of Gratis Township; Ronnie (Bonnie) Wells of Gratis; adopted children, Pam (Rod) Brush of New Lebanon and Cheri (Gary) Stepp of Gratis; 20 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Katie Taylor, Edna Huffman, Grace Porter and Laura Lakes; and a granddaughter, Jacqueline Wells.
Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 20, at the Christian Assembly of God, Middletown, with Pastors Donald Dohm and Bruce Powell officiating. Burial was in Fairmound Cemetery, West Elkton. Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Thelma T. Williams
Thelma Tracy Williams, 96, of Davie, Fla., died Thursday, Oct. 16. A former resident of Eaton and Loveland, Ohio, before moving to Ocala, Fla., in 1981, she had resided in Davie for a year and a half.
She was a life member of the Masonic Order of Eastern Star, Loveland Chapter #289.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orval Williams.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary R. Schick of Davie, Fla., and Mildred E. Ramsey of Crystal River, Fla.; three grandchildren, Larry Langenbrunner of Cincinnati, Billie Kay Grate of Davie, Fla., and Robert Perry of Loveland; six great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Tracy of Cincinnati; and a sister, Mary Miller of Loveland.
A memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 20, at Fred Hunter's Cremation Memorial Center, Lauderhill, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice Foundation of America, 777 17th St., Suite 401, Miami Beach, Fla. 33139.

Thelma V. Camper
Thelma V. Camper, 87, of Sauer Drive, New Paris, died Saturday morning, Oct. 18, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after a short illness.
Born Oct. 30, 1909, in Preble County, she was the daughter of David C. and Lydia C. (Thompson) Snavely. She had lived in Eaton prior to moving to New Paris in 1978.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George B. Camper, in 1981; a daughter, Juanita G. Guthrie, in 1969; and a sister, Florence C. Hamilton, in 1981.
Survivors include a brother, Robert Snavely of Eaton; a granddaughter; four great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandson.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Margaret L. Brier
Margaret L. Brier, 89, of 4012 Bath Road, Brookville, Ind., died Friday evening, Oct. 17, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, Oxford.
Born, Oct. 13, 1908, in Preble County, she was the daughter of Charles and Emma (Ault) Hays. She was a graduate of College Corner High School and had lived most of her life in the Bath community. She was a member of the Bath United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.
Her husband, Davis Brier, whom she married Sept. 14, 1929, died in 1991. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Guy.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Lewis and Mary Brier of Liberty, Ind., John and Nancy Brier of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and Jack Hewitt of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Helen and Joseph Keohane of Grand Island, N.Y.; a brother, Lewis Hays of Palmetto, Calif.; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Bath United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Malcolm B. Green officiating. Burial was in College Corner Cemetery, West College Corner, Ind. Showalter-Blackwell Funeral Home, Baker Chapel, College Corner, Ohio, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bath United Methodist Church or to the United Methodist Women of the Church.

Jess W. Conley
Jess W. Conley, 83, of New Paris, died Sunday, Oct. 19, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born Aug. 19, 1914, in Lucasville, Ohio, he was the son of Claude and Mima (Burke) Conley. He worked 20 years in the coal mines in Kentucky before moving to this area, and retired from the Richmond State Hospital maintenance department in 1972.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Violet (Young) Conley; a son, Larry J. Conley of New Paris; daughters, Doris Conley and Janelle Steele, both of New Paris; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Nelson.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. Don Boyer officiating. Burial will be in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris. The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Emergency Squad.

Harold E. Coovert
Harold Ellis Coovert, 84, of Largo, Fla., died Friday, Sept. 5, at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., of leukemia.
Born in Eldorado, he moved to Florida from Dayton in 1971. As a young man, he was a chief designer for the Peerless Model Airplane Co. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II.
Mr. Coovert retired as a supervisory engineering draftsman for the U.S. government at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton. He served as a draftsman for the design of armament parts of B-17's during the war and also as draftsman for the Manhattan Project. After moving to Florida, he worked at Honeywell for four years.
He was a nature photographer and for many years produced and presented slide shows on wildflowers.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Sue Timmons-Coovert; three sons, Allen Bruce Coovert of Laurelville, Ohio, Dr. Dale Lee Coovert of Clearwater, Fla., and Gary Arthur Coovert of Dayton; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 12, in Largo, with arrangements by the National Cremation Society.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, 3725 W. Grace St., Tampa, Fla. 33607.

Norma I. Klinger
Norma Irene Klinger, 72, of West Manchester, died Monday, Oct. 20, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton after a five-month illness.
Born April 7, 1925, in Eldorado, she was the daughter of the late William Jacob and Eva L. (Ebersole) Shiverdecker, and had lived in Preble County all her life. She was a former member of the Preble County Horseman's Association.
Survivors include her husband, Richard E. Klinger, whom she married May 11, 1946; three daughters, Marie Wilson of Eaton, Sue Hall and Kathy Leyes, both of West Manchester; three sons, William Klinger of Eaton, Robert Klinger and Ron Klinger, both of West Manchester...

Richard S. Douglass
Richard S. Douglass, 88, formerly of North Main Street, Lewisburg, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after an extended illness.
Born July 13, 1909, in Lewisburg, he was the son of Albert Theodore and Flora A. (Black) Douglass. He a 1928 graduate of Lewisburg Union High School, was co-owner/operator of Stock and Douglass Burial Vaults in Lewisburg, retiring in 1949; a charter member of the Trail Riders of Lewisburg; and was a member of the National Rifle Association.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma G. (Albert) Douglass, in 1966; daughter, Nancy L. Tucker, in 1996; grandson, Christian Douglass Tucker, in 1991; sister, Edna Harry, in 1933; brothers, Owen S. Douglass, in 1938, and Herbert Douglass, in 1965.
Survivors include his son-in-law, Joey R. Tucker of Lewisburg; granddaughter, Ann Tucker Langenbrunner of Dallas, Texas; nephews, Park Harry and Doyle Douglass, both of Lewisburg; nieces, Pam Baker of Lewisburg, Nora James and Alberta Wearley, both of Dayton, and June Sauer of Connecticut.
Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 25, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. James Lehman officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit or to the Lewisburg Trail Riders.

Arthur B. Shaw
Arthur Brower Shaw, 87, formerly of Aukerman Street, Eaton, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton after an extended illness.
Born Nov. 15, 1909, in Fairhaven (Preble County), he was the son of Walter Lee and Vera Ethel (Brower) Shaw. He was a 1928 graduate of Camden High School. Mr. Shaw retired Dec. 31, 1978, as the "meter man" for the Eaton Police Department, worked for the state of Ohio as a supervisor at the I-70 truck weigh station and was also employed at Barnes Funeral Homes, Inc.
He had farmed in Gasper and Dixon townships for many years and was owner/operator of Shaw Seed Service for over 40 years, was a Gasper Township Trustee from 1944 to 1951, a member of Dixon Township Grange, Preble County Farm Bureau Discussion Group and a member of Concord United Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Reba May (Charles) Shaw; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon J. and Robert C. Barnes of Eaton; grandchildren and spouses, Brian R. and Erin M. Barnes of Lewisburg, Stephen A. and Lori R. Barnes of Brookville; great-grandchildren, Matthew B. and Christina D. Barnes, both of Lewisburg, and Logan P. Barnes of Brookville; and cousins.
Funeral services were Sunday, Oct. 26, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Richard Van Tine officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 33, Eaton, Ohio 45320, or to Concord United Church of Christ, 2225 Concord-Fairhaven Road, Eaton, Ohio 45320.

Vivian S. Brokamp
Vivian S. Brokamp, 68, of South Franklin Street, Eaton, died Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Hospice of Dayton.
Born Nov. 18, 1928, in Preble County, she was the daughter of Jason and Ruth (Poffenbarger) Silver. She was a 1946 Eaton High School graduate, and retired in 1991 from Stearns Textile in Eaton.
Survivors include her husband of 26 years, Robert C. Brokamp; daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Robert Williams of Lake Placid, Fla., Barbara Buckley of Bradenton, Fla., Peggy and Ron Klinger of West Manchester, Gail and Jeff Pieratt of Eaton, and Janice Locke of Wisconsin; brothers, Charles Silver of Fairborn and Ronald Silver of Eaton; three sisters, Wilma Roof of Miamisburg, Ruthanna Hayslett of Eaton and Lois Jean Whalen of Springboro; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Cartwright, Phoebe Hamm and June Goodwin; and two brothers, Devon and Maurice Silver.
Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 25, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Loveta C. Cox
Loveta Clegg Cox, 92, of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. She had been a resident at Maria Joseph in Dayton since November 1992.
Born Dec. 29, 1904, in Richmond, Ind., she was the daughter of Charles and Lola (Marling) McKee. She had attended Verona United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dewey Clegg, in 1954; her second husband, Walter Cox, in 1970; a daughter, Betty Clegg; and one grandson.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Leonard Dake of Arcanum, and Merciede and Dale Trent of Florida; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 24, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. William Schilling officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Verona United Methodist Church.

Roy E. Smith
Roy E. Smith, 84, of 127 Woodland Drive, Eaton, died Saturday, Oct. 25, at Hospice of Dayton after failing health in the past year.
Born July 2, 1913, in Farmersville, he was the son of Marion F. and Daisy (May) Smith. He was a 1931 graduate of Farmersville High School. He owned Smith Chevrolet Sales in Farmersville from 1946 to 1960, Roy Smith Chevrolet in Eaton from 1960 to 1967, and retired in 1982 from the State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles accounting department after 15 years.
Mr. Smith was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in World War II from 1943 to 1945, had served on the Farmersville Village Council, was a 50-year member and past master of Masonic Lodge #482, F&AM in Farmersville, a 50-year member of Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton, was a past president of the Eaton Rotary Club,
a member of the Eaton United Church of Christ, Eaton Planning Committee and American Legion Post 215 of Eaton.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Phyllis I. (Hoffman) Smith; a daughter, Sue Ann Smith of Eaton; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert R. and Barb Smith of Eaton; and a sister, Ethel Smith of Fairborn.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Mark and Russell Smith; and two sisters, Klonda Dixon and Mary Moler.
Graveside services were Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, with the Rev. Jay Whitley officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, P.O. Box 3509, Dayton, Ohio 45401-3509, or to the Eaton United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 323, Eaton, Ohio 45320.

Kathryn L. Pickett
Kathryn L. Pickett, 83, of Eaton, died Saturday, Oct. 25, at Hospice of Dayton.
Born May 26, 1914, in Ambridge, Pa., she was the daughter of Stephen and Pauline (Lyszack) Homziak. She retired in 1971 from Alco in Pittsburgh, Pa., and retired in 1981 as owner/operator of the Gin Mill, West Alexandria. She was a member of VFW Auxiliary #8066 of Eaton.
Survivors include her husband of 26 years, Anthony V. Pickett; a son, Dr. Peter A. Sambol of Eaton; a brother, Walter Homziak of Ambridge, Pa.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Victor Homziak; and a sister, Helen Maydack.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Saint Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church, 2382 Kennedy Ave., Dayton, with Father Ted Bobosh officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth R. Adkins
Kenneth Ray Adkins, 41, of Hawley Mills Road, New Paris, died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon, Oct. 25, at his home.
Born Sept. 30, 1956, in Montgomery County, he was the son of Bobby Ray and Reva (Rose) Adkins. He was a 1973 graduate of Trotwood Madison High School and was the trucking foreman for MPH Crane of Franklin.
Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Susan Elaine (Myers) Adkins; his mother, Reva Adkins of New Lebanon; three sons, Jesse L. Adkins, James K. Adkins and Jerry W. Adkins, all of New Paris; a daughter, Michelle R. Adkins of West Alexandria.
Also surviving are a brother, Michael L. Adkins of Eaton; four sisters, Donna K. Exman of Medway, Lois A. Gudger of West Alexandria, Patricia L. Peters of New Paris and Rita L. White of Eaton; daughter-in-law, Tracy R. Grody; son-in-law, William C. Washington; two grandchildren, Austin W. Adkins and Breanna E. Washington; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

M. Abbie Geeding
M. Abbie Geeding, 91, of North Cherry Street, Eaton, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, Oct. 26, at Governor Harris Homestead, where she had been a resident for the past year.
Born Nov. 23, 1905, in Dixon Township (Preble County), she was the daughter of Levi T. and Martha Susan (Gillingham) Shoemaker. She was a 1923 graduate of Dixon High School, and a member of the Campbellstown United Church of Christ and the Alpha Garden Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Geeding, in September 1973; and two sisters, Elsie Dunlap and Esther S. Shoemaker.
Survivors include one son, Floyd C. Geeding of Eaton; two grandchildren, Jeffrey C. Geeding and Joy S. Barrett; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Campbellstown United Church of Christ, West Florence-Campbellstown Road, Campbellstown, with the Rev. James Sizelove officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Campbellstown United Church of Christ.

Harry J. Henderson
Harry J. Henderson, 51, of West Alexandria, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Hospice of Dayton.
He was born April 19, 1946, in Eaton, was a retired baler at General Motors, and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a former member of the Church of Christ in Eaton.
Survivors include two sons, John of Fairborn and Justin of West Alexandria, his mother, Lorene (Horn) Henderson of New Lebanon; a brother, Anthony of New Lebanon; and three grandchildren, Erica, Nicole and John Jr.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Henderson; and a brother, Charles Henderson.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon, with the Rev. Terry Smith officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or to the American Cancer Society.

James Profitt Jr.
James Profitt Jr., 44, of Camden, died Thursday, Oct. 16, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Born June 7, 1953, in Whitesburg, Ky., he was the son of Oscar and Bertha (Honeycutt) Profitt.
Survivors include his wife, Joan (Carter) Profitt; three daughters, Rosemary, April and Eva Turner, all at home; his mother, Bertha Profitt of Virginia; brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Brenda Profitt of Eaton, Ernest and Mary Jane Profitt, Charles and Amanda Profitt, all of Wise, Va.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sylvia and Larry Carter, Audra and William Grant, Minnie McCall, Bertha and William Branham, all of Wise, Va.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 20, at Baker Funeral Home, Pound, Va., followed by burial in Hensley-Addington Cemetery, Wise, Va.

Virginia R. Riley
Virginia Ruth Riley, 83, of Eaton, died Monday, Oct. 27, at Westview Acres Care Center in Eaton.
Born Oct. 23, 1914, in Beech Grove, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Doa Anna (Harter) and James Develbliss.
She married Orville Henry (O.H.) Riley on Dec. 18, 1980, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 1990.
Survivors include seven nephews, Harold Riley of Clayton, Ralph Riley of Bradenton, Fla., Donovan Riley and Warren Riley, both of Eaton, Emerson Riley of Tennessee, Larry Riley of Farmersville and John Develbliss of Germantown; five nieces, Lena Bradshaw of New Paris, Nancy (Paul) Rodeffer of West Alexandria, Thelma Lawson of Port Jefferson, Ohio, Mary Peck of Germantown and Dorathy Pease of West Carrollton.
She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Clara Faye Riley and Mae Nicholas; two brothers, Sam Guy and Irvin Ray Develbliss; and a niece, Glenna Jacobs.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home/Willard Moss Jr. Memorial Chapel, 249 N. Main St., Camden. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday just prior to services.


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