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Miscellaneous Preble County, Ohio Obituaries - 1997

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Carl E. Reckers 
Carl E. Reckers, 64, of West Alexandria, died Wednesday, Nov. 19. 
Born Sept. 29, 1933, in Cincinnati, he was the son of the late Harry E. and Clara C. (Ebken) Reckers. He worked for 30 years as a watchmaker for the Wm. Rife Co. Jewelers of Oakwood, and had served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958. 
Mr. Reckers had been a member of the West Alexandria Emergency Squad since 1980, and had served as its chief from 1986-1991. He was instrumental in the development of the emergency squad building. He was a member of Visitation Catholic Church in Eaton and the West Alexandria Lions Club. 
Survivors include his wife, Carol Ann (Tabben) Reckers, whom he married Oct. 8, 1955; children and their spouses, Linda Carol and Rick Marker of West Alexandria, Laura Jean and Lloyd Gerhardt of Union, Ky., Lisa Marie and Rick Wackerman of West Alexandria, C. Edward and Traci Reckers of West Alexandria. 
Also surviving are grandchildren, Joshua Reynolds, Robbie and Brett Marker, Austin Gerhardt, Daniel and Scott Wackerman, Falon, Skylar and Abbie Reckers; brother and sister-in-law, George A. and Kathleen Reckers of El Cajon, Calif.; mother-in-law, Audrey Tabben of Covington, Ky.; and numerous other relatives. 
He was preceded in death by a sister, Emma L. Reckers. 
Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Nov. 24, at Visitation Catholic Church, Eaton, with Father Thomas Fitzsimmons 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 West Alexandria Emergency Squad or to the West Alexandria Lions Club. 

Marjorie L. Robison 
Marjorie L. Robison, 74, of Orchard Street, Lewisburg, died Monday, Nov. 17, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. 
Born May 25, 1923, in Castine (Darke County), she was the daughter of Frank T. and Grace (Shepherd) Huston. She was a 1941 graduate of Lewisburg High School, and was a clerk at Freedman's Department Store in Lewisburg for 30 years. She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. 
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Paul W. Robison; a daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and William Walton of Lewisburg; four sisters, Helen Morris, Maxine Eley and Dola Muth, all of Lewisburg, and Glenna Rankin of Camden; grandchildren, Todd and Heather Walton, and Ty Walton; and a great-granddaughter, Madison Walton. 
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Carol Ann Robison, in 1944, and Karen Sue Robison, in 1947; and a son, James P. Robison, in 1959. 
Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 20, at Calvary United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Justis officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, Lewisburg. 

Marjorie E. Roth 
Marjorie Ellen Roth, 76, formerly of Fudge Avenue, Eaton, died Thursday, Nov. 20, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind. 
Born Nov. 17, 1921, in Campbellstown, she was the daughter of the late Walter and May Louise (Boesenberg) Cail, and had lived in Preble County most of her life. She had been a clerk at Northedge Pharmacy in Eaton, and was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in West Alexandria. 
Her husband, Edward "Jack" C. Roth, died Feb. 3, 1989. She was also preceded in death by a son, James L. Roth; and a brother, Richard Cail. 
Survivors include two grandsons, Stephen Roth of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Jeffrey Roth of Georgia; a granddaughter, Leslie Roth of Georgia; two brothers, James Cail of Camden and Walter Edwin Cail of Eaton; nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles; and a good friend, Betty Shepherd of Richmond, Ind. 
Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 22, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Greg A. Hyre officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Lutheran Church or to the American Heart Association. 

Laura M. Felty 
Laura M. Landwehr Felty, 97, formerly of 2734 South "C" Place, Richmond, Ind., died Friday morning, Nov. 21, at the Golden Rule Nursing Center. 
Born Aug. 25, 1900, in Meigs County, Ohio, she was the daughter of Aaron and Dora (Hartman) Dixon, and had been a Richmond resident most of her life. She was a former member of the Pentecostal Church of God in Somerville. 
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl Landwehr, in 1965; and her second husband, Gilbert Felty, in 1977. 
Survivors include a sister, Ruby E. Bright of Richmond, Ind.; nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were Sunday, Nov. 23, at Doan and Mills Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., with Father Todd Riebe officiating. Entombment was in Lutherania Cemetery. 

R. Troy Christopher 
R. Troy Christopher, 27, of 2009 Franklin St., Melbourne, Fla., died Tuesday morning, Nov. 18, in Brevard County, Fla., of injuries he received in an automobile accident. 
Born Oct. 19, 1970, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of Ronald R. and Ronda (Snoddy) Christopher. He was a 1989 graduate of Richmond High School, where he played both basketball and baseball, was a member of the RHS Madrigal Singers and a member of the National Honor Society. He had attended Miami University, Oxford. 
A resident of Richmond most of his life, he had lived in Florida since 1993. He was a musician and singer with the band, "Shades of Gray." 
Survivors include his parents; two brothers, Lt. j.g. Ryan T. Christopher of Yigo, Guam, and Eric R. Christopher of Richmond; maternal grandparents, Rose and Bill Hopkins of Richmond; aunts, uncles and cousins. 
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Rosella and Raymond Christopher; and maternal grandfather, William Snoddy. 
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 24, at Doan and Mills Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., with the Rev. Robert Hunt officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Richmond High School Scholarship Fund. 

Barbara J. Wheeler 
Barbara J. Wheeler, 74, of Eaton, died Friday, Nov. 21, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind. 
Born June 10, 1923, in Richmond, she was the daughter of Roger A. and Eva P. (Matson) Tibbot. She was a 1941 graduate of Morton High School, a member of the 41 Club of Richmond, Rachel Rebekah Lodge and American Legion Auxiliary, both of Eaton. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter R. Wheeler, in 1989; and two brothers, Paul E. Tibbot, in 1918, and Donald R. Tibbot, in 1981. 
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, John W. and Laura Wheeler of Winamac, Ind., William R. and Linda Wheeler of Eaton; a daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Charles Moore of Eaton; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 24, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery, New Hope. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 33, Eaton. 

Arnett E. Gardner 
Arnett E. Gardner, 65, of West Alexandria, died Saturday, Nov. 22, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. 
Born Aug. 7, 1932, in Gratis, she was the daughter of Charles and Lucille (Hager) Miller. 
Survivors include her husband of 28 years, William E. Gardner; a son and daughter-in-law, William C. and Kim Gardner of West Alexandria; a brother, Robert L. Miller of Eaton; her mother, Lucille Johnson of Somerville; nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by a son, Randall Johnson; a sister, Doris Adams; and a brother, Ronnie Miller. 
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Daniel Snider officiating. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements. 

Edwina L. Anderson 
Edwina L. "Winnie" Anderson, 67, of Brookville, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, at her home following an extended illness. 
She was a member of Salem Church of God, Christian Women's Club and the Brookville Ladies Wednesday Morning Bible Study. Her husband, Robert, worked for many years with DP&L in Eaton. 
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Robert; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Debbie Anderson of Greenville, James and Jeannie Anderson of Wayne Lakes; grandchildren, Joy Molinari of Mason, Corby Anderson and Kelsey Anderson, both of Wayne Lakes, and Bryan Faller of Columbus; sister-in-law, Beth Ullery of Columbus; brothers-in-law, William Anderson and Russell Hacker, both of Florida; numerous nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by a brother, the Rev. David E. Ullery; and her parents, Edwin and Ruth (Wolfe) Ullery. 
Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 1, at Salem Church of God, with Pastor Rolland Daniels officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Brookville. Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, Brookville, was in charge of arrangements. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Church of God or to Hospice of Dayton. 

George E. Padgitt 
George E. Padgitt, 84, of West Manchester, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Wayne Hospital in Greenville. 
Born Dec. 21, 1912, in Middletown, he was the son of the late Charles and Lillian (Padgett) Padgitt. He was a retired machine operator from Frigidaire Corp., and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a former deputy sheriff in Franklin County, Ind., and formerly worked at Red 73 Creamery in Union City, Ohio. 
Mr. Padgitt was a member of Wares Chapel United Methodist Church; Fellowship Lodge #106, F&AM of New Paris; and a Preble County 4-H Horse Club advisor. 
Survivors include his wife, Leatha F. (Anthony) Padgitt; a son, Donald Padgitt of South Carolina; a daughter, Cynthia Givens of Bellefontaine; two stepdaughters, Darlene Koontz of Naples, Fla., and Joanne Barker of Laredo, Texas; four stepsons, John H. Bredwell of Eaton, Thomas D. Bredwell of Brookville, Ind., Russell A. Atkinson of Eaton and Eldon Atkinson of Tipp City; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a half sister, Eileen Crelglow of Bradford. 
A stepson, Paul L. Atkinson, is deceased. 
Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 29, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Chapel, West Manchester, with the Rev. John H. Bredwell officiating. Burial was in Wares Chapel Cemetery, West Manchester. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Preble County Heart Association. 

Eleanor M. Howard 
Eleanor M. Howard, 96, of Lakengren Drive, Eaton, died Thursday evening, Nov. 27, at her home. 
Born Aug. 3, 1901, in New York, she was the daughter of Ancil D. and Eliza N. (Sims) Mills. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Eaton. 
Her husband, Albert Thomas Howard, died in 1965. 
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Richard T. and Susan Howard of Eaton; a daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Joseph Nimo of Tampa, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Aileen Dueffert, in 1994; a sister, Adelaide Kipp, in 1967; and two brothers, Charles S. Mills and Richard Foster Mills. 
Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 1, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Phillip D. Malone officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. 
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church. 

John E. Milliken 
John E. "Jack" Milliken, 75, of Stuart, Fla., died Friday, Nov. 21, at his home. 
Born Sept. 26, 1922, in Lorain, Ohio, he was a graduate of Ohio University and of the University of Wisconsin School of Banking. He had been a division manager of sales for Frigidaire Corp. in Dayton, was a former cashier of the New Carlisle National Bank, and later became a partner in the Milliken-Williams Agency in New Carlisle. He retired in 1987. 
Mr. Milliken served in the European Theater of Operations in World War II, where he received the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. 
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis (Scarff) Milliken, whom he married Sept. 1, 1945; a daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Dr. Daryl Woodard of Eaton; a son and daughter-in-law, John C. and Jo Ellen Milliken of Bryan; four grandsons, Dr. Brian Woodard and wife Teresa, Scott Woodard, Greg Milliken and Doug Milliken; and two great-granddaughters, Brittany and Rachel Woodard. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Conrad Milliken and Robert Milliken. 
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the First United Methodist Church, New Carlisle, with the family receiving visitors one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the New Carlisle Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of SE Florida, 2701 N. Australia Ave., P.O. Box 21049, West Palm Beach, Fla., or to the Port Salerno Fire Rescue Station, 4725 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart, Fla. 

George L. Profitt 
George L. Profitt, 81, of West Alexandria, died Tuesday evening, Nov. 25, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton after a short illness. 
Born July 20, 1916, in Vortex, Ky., he was the son of Wilgus B. and Amelia (Bryant) Profitt. He retired in 1977 from GM Delco Products in Dayton, and was U.S. Army veteran of World War II. 
Survivors include two sons, Ronald L. Profitt of West Alexandria and Jessie Bernard Profitt of Dayton; one brother, Robert Profitt of Winchester, Ky.; seven grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie Frances (Young) Profitt, in 1978; six brothers, Morgan, Tom, Bruce, Luther, Ira and Harm Profitt; and three sisters, Lyda Tuttle, America Johnson and Elizabeth Profitt. 
Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Butler County Memorial Park, Hamilton. 

Hazel A. Howard 
Hazel Agnes (Bowman) Howard, 101, formerly of 5925 Camden-Sugar Valley Drive, Camden, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford. 
Survivors include a grandson and his wife, John and Lynn Dane of Centerville, Ohio; a granddaughter and her husband, Vivian and Jerry Cottle of Middletown; and other relatives. 
Graveside services were Saturday, Nov. 29, at Fairmount Cemetery, Camden. R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home, Willard Moss Jr. Memorial Chapel, Camden, was in charge of arrangements. 

Annabelle Eubank 
Annabelle Eubank, 73, of Celina, formerly of West Alexandria, died Sunday, Nov. 30, at Kettering Memorial Hospital in Kettering. 
Born Oct. 28, 1924, in Preble County, she was the daughter of Robert and Leona (Waltz) Coleman. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Ingomar. 
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Clifford Eubank; a daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Jack Roberts of Huber Heights; a daughter, Mary Lee Scott of Huber Heights; a sister, Roberta Travis of West Alexandria; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Robert Coleman. 
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Larry Kettlehake officiating. The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. 

Rosalie F. Rosfeld 
Rosalie F. Rosfeld, 59, of South Central Avenue, West Alexandria, died Monday, Dec. 1, at Hospice of Dayton. 
Born Oct. 20, 1938, in Batesville, Ind., she was the daughter of Percy and Ann (Sherwood) Robinson. She was a member of the New Lebanon Assembly of God Church. 
Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Harold Rosfeld; three sons, Anthony H. Rosfeld of West Alexandria, Vincent A. Rosfeld and wife Julie of Medway, and Nathanael Rosfeld, at home; one daughter Erin Weimer and husband Mark of Eaton; six grandchildren; a brother, Fred Robinson of Brookville, Ind.; a sister, Jane Hollenbach of Brookville, Ind.; nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Kelvin Lott officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Alexandria Emergency Squad. 

Winnifred D. Collins 
Winnifred D. Collins, 83, of West Alexandria, died Monday, Dec. 1, at Hospice of Dayton after a short illness. 
Born May 27, 1914, in New Paris, she was the daughter of Harvey and Alcie (Baumgardner) Conrad. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in West Alexandria, Chapter #310 OES in New Paris, Preble County Historical Society and the Delta Theta Tau Sorority in New Paris. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Collins, in 1992. 
Survivors include four daughters, Sally Fudge, Jane Lightner and husband Richard, all of West Alexandria, Sue Rose of Tampa, Fla., and Linda Collins of West Carrollton; eight grandchildren, Melinda Nickell of West Alexandria, Andy Fudge of Dayton, Mike Rose and wife Dea of Orlando, Fla., Matt Rose of Tampa, Fla., Scott Lightner and wife Martha of Bellbrook, Jeff Lightner of West Alexandria, Dan Collins of Tampa, Fla., and Jenny Collins of Dayton. 
Also surviving are two great-grandchildren, Jesse Nickell of West Alexandria and Travis Rose of Orlando, Fla.; a niece, Libby Sampsell of Dayton; and a sister, Martha Loch of Dayton. 
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with Pastor Ron Dafler officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, to St. John's United Church of Christ or to the Preble County Historical Society. 

Evan L. Croy 
Evan L. Croy, 84, of 5201 College Corner Pike, Oxford, died early Tuesday morning, Dec. 2, at his home. 
Born Sept. 28, 1913, in Advance, Mo., he was the son of Colonel Fred and Minnie I. (Taylor) Croy. He had lived in the Oxford area since 1949. Mr. Croy was employed by National Lead of Ohio for 18 years, retiring in 1978. He was a member and deacon of Talawanda Baptist Church in Oxford, a member of the Oxford Masonic Lodge and the Oxford Senior Citizens. 
Survivors include five sons, Fred E. Croy of Camden, Donel R. Croy of Englewood, Kenneth L. Croy of North Augusta, S.C., Michael E. Croy of Hamilton and Terry D. Croy of Garland, Texas; three sisters, Jewell Reimler of Advance, Mo., Betty Cato of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Clara Walker of Oxford; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie M. Croy, who died May 24, 1993; a brother, Rex Croy; and a sister, Pauline Knight. 
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Showalter-Blackwell Funeral Home, Baker Chapel, College Corner, Ohio, with the Rev. Thomas A. Fenton officiating. Burial will be in College Corner Cemetery, West College Corner, Ind. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the funeral home. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Talawanda Baptist Church. 


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