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Gerald E. Baker

Gerald Edward "Jerry" Baker, 37, of East Washington Street, New Madison, died Monday evening, Dec. 28, after a one-car accident on Holtzmuller Road in Preble County near Eldorado.

He was born Feb. 2, 1961, in Asheville, N.C. He was owner and operator of Baker's Home Improvement in New Madison.

Survivors include his parents, Gerald L. and Doris J. (Reece) Baker of Nicholasville, Ky.; maternal grandparents, Shad and Benda Reece of Sand Gap, Ky.; one son, Gerald Dustin Baker of New Madison; two daughters, Natasha A. Baker and Candace Nicole Baker, both of New Madison; one sister, Diana K. Turner of Nicholasville, Ky.; three nephews; three nieces; cousins, including Jack Baker; and an uncle.

He was preceded in death by a brother, W. Steve Baker, in 1987.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 2, at Justis Memorial Funeral Home, McKee, Ky., with the Rev. Woodrow Woods officiating. Burial was in See Cemetery, Three Links, Ky. Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel was in charge of local arrangements.

Earl D. Hecathorn

Earl D. Hecathorn, 77, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton.

Born June 23, 1921, in Harrison Township (Preble County), he was the son of the late Raymond Wilson and Isa "Icy" Mae (Wiles) Hecathorn. He was a 1940 graduate of Monroe Township High School in Darke County, and retired from farming in 1966 in Sterling, Ill., where he owned and operated a dairy farm. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Mr. Hecathorn had lived in Preble County since 1966.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Reva I. (Utz) Hecathorn; daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela K. and Louis Becker of Lewisburg, Deborah J. and Kenneth Blount of Monroe, Wis.; brothers, Robert Hecathorn of Salome, Ariz., Chester Hecathorn of Sandwich, Ill., Dewain F. Hecathorn of Woosung, Ill.; grandchildren, Andrew E., Philip A. and John R. Blount, Kevin R. and Paula J. Becker.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Dean Hecathorn, in 1947.

Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 31, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with Pastor Henry Mallon officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Darke County or Veterans Affairs Hospice Unit.

Harold E. Newkirk

Harold E. Newkirk, 80, of Eaton, died Wednesday, Dec. 30 , at Vancrest Health Care Center in Eaton.

Born Jan. 14, 1918, in Dixon Township (Preble County), he was the son of the late Eugene Arthur and Myrtle Bell (Shaffer) Newkirk. He was a retired general contractor, and served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. He was a VFW life member, American Legion Post #215 life member, and a member of FOE #2202, all of Eaton.

Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Rebecca L. Newkirk Beam of Eaton, Carole J. and Danny Mann of Eaton, Jill A. Newkirk of California; sons, Kevin H. Newkirk of California, Todd E. Newkirk of Oregon and Kent M. Newkirk of Miamisburg; stepdaughters, Kathy Fudge Atwell of Miamisburg and Debbie Fudge of Whittaker, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Reynolds McCullough; a brother, Joseph C. Newkirk; and a granddaughter, Julie S. Stockslager.

Memorial services were Saturday, Jan. 2, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Merle L. Johnson

Merle L. Johnson, 75, of West Alexandria, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.

Born Feb. 14, 1923, in Marion County, Ala., she was the daughter of the late John F. and Lillie (Harbin) Miles. She had been a Preble County resident since 1952, and was a member of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Johnson, on Aug. 4, 1998; brothers, Jim and Donald Miles; and sisters, Margaret Hickman and Jennabell Weeks.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Billy F. and Sue Johnson of West Alexandria, Robert L. and Pat Johnson of Eaton; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Robert Miles and Junior Miles, both of Winfield, Ala.

Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 4, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Arthur Hudgel

Arthur Hudgel, 64, of Eaton, formerly of the Lewisburg and Verona area, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born July 12, 1934, in Verona, he was the son of the late Arthur and Bessie (Hartman) Hudgel. He had worked for Charles Elliott as a farm hand and had farmed in Darke County. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Eaton.

Survivors include a brother, George Hudgel of Lewisburg; a sister, Esterline Heitzman of Dayton; a special friend, Winnie Essig of Eaton; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Wilbur, Ellis, Walter, Bill and Harry Hudgel; and sisters, Mary Shepherd and Martha Hudgel.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. Fred Hill officiating. Burial was in Verona Cemetery, Verona.

Arthur Fuchs

Arthur "Pat" Fuchs, 96, of Campbellstown-Crawfordsville Road, New Paris, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Governor Harris Homestead in Eaton after an extended illness.

Born March 17, 1902, in New Haven, Ohio, he was the son of Jacob C. and Anna (Alretzer) Fuchs. He had been a Jackson Township farmer since 1952. Mr. Fuchs was a member of the Campbellstown United Church of Christ; and a 72-year member of Columbia Lodge #44, F&AM of Miamitown, Ohio.

Survivors include a son, Marion A. Fuchs of New Paris; a daughter, Shirley M. Swadner of Eaton; sisters-in-law, Mary Fuchs of Cincinnati and Alma Hillman of Brookville, Ind.; six grandchildren, Barbara Jo Marken, Beverle Jean Hines, Brenda June Kiracofe, Colleen D. Wooden, Krista E. Davis and Trad J. Raper; seven great-grandchildren, Kristen Jo Marken, Erin Lee Marken, Nicole D. Hines, Britney Jean Hines, Alex E. Perez, Keegan M. Wooden and Samuel A. Wooden.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, William Fuchs, Jacob Fuchs Jr., George Fuchs, Albert Fuchs and Richard Fuchs; four sisters, Mary Rungee, Elizabeth Metler, Katherine Fliehman and Hilda Fuchs. His wife, Maye H. (Hutchinson) Fuchs, died in June 1982.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 2, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. James C. Sizelove officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris. Masonic services were conducted Friday at the funeral home following visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Campbellstown United Church of Christ.

Sharon E. Burns

Sharon E. Burns, 54, of West Alexandria, died unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 31.

Born Aug. 17, 1944, in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late Norbert and Lucille (Dragoo) Barga. She was a member of the North Congregation of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Eaton.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, James D. Burns; daughters, Denise Gilreath of Beavercreek, Lora Lawson and husband Michael of West Alexandria; a son, Matthew Burns of West Alexandria; grandchildren, Dylan Burns, Devin Preuss, Kara Lawson and Kaleb Lawson; a brother, Ted Barga of California; sisters, Shirley Stammen of Florida and Susan Gertz of Celina.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with David Salyers officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Vernon C. Lewis

Vernon C. Lewis, 79, of Camden, died Thursday, Dec. 31, at Mercy Hospital in Hamilton.

Born Nov. 8, 1919, in Laurel County, Ky., he was the son of the late James and Victoria (Browning) Lewis. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and was employed as a superintendent at Hamilton Foundry, retiring after 40 years of service. He was an elder at Camden United Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Opal (Begley) Lewis, whom he married May 6, 1955, in Fairfield.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jo Ellen and Keith Cramer of Alexandria, Ind., and Linda and John Leffler of Sterling Heights, Mich.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Naomi Byrd of Clinton, Ill., and Edna Maggard of Hamilton.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 2, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. William Walthour officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Dora O. Larsh

Dora O. Larsh, 93, of Eaton, died Thursday, Dec. 31, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born March 17, 1905, in Eaton, she was the daughter of the late David and Kate (Miles) King, and had lived in Preble County all her life. She was a 1923 graduate of Eaton High School. Mrs. Larsh was a member of Campbellstown United Church of Christ, where she was a Sunday school teacher for kindergarten age youngsters for many years, and a member of the Ladies Aid of the church; and was a member of the Neighbors Sunshine Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Kathryn Larsh of Eaton; a son, Gordon K. Larsh of Richmond, Ind.; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert T. Larsh, on March 13, 1990; two sisters, Mary McFall and Virgie Shields; and a brother, Chester King.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. James C. Sizelove officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Campbellstown United Church of Christ.

Timothy W. Trader

Timothy "Tim" W. Trader, 21, of 502 Lexington Ave., Eaton, died unexpectedly Friday morning, Jan. 1, as a result of an accident near Ross, Ohio.

Born Nov. 30, 1977, in Cincinnati, he was a 1996 graduate of Eaton High School, and was employed with Carlisle Equipment of Dayton.

Survivors include his parents, William R. and Beverly A. (Reece) Trader of Eaton; paternal grandmother, Sylvia Trader of Cincinnati; maternal grandparents, Merritt and Wanda Reece of Eaton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Shelley Trader, Keith and Carrie Trader, and Mark Trader, all of Eaton; two nieces and one nephew.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the First Church of God, Eaton, with the Rev. Jerry Reynolds officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton High School Band.

Joshua R. Creech

Joshua R. Creech, 15, of Gratis, died Sunday, Jan. 3, at Children's Medical Center in Dayton.

Born April 8, 1983, he was a sophomore at Preble Shawnee High School, where he was active in the high school choir and drama club. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in New Lebanon.

Survivors include his mother, Connie Creech of Gratis; his father, Randall Creech of Cincinnati; a brother, Jonah Creech of Gratis; maternal grandparents, Henry and Alena Powell of Kettering; maternal great-grandmother, Hazel Powell of Ervin Ky.; paternal great-grandmother, Will Mae Gibbs of Franklin; stepmother, Dawn Creech; stepbrother, Stephen Watson; a half brother, Jeremy Creech and a half sister, Erica Creech.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lewis and Christine Stuart, and Wendell Gibbs.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, with the Rev. Jim Whorton officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Medical Center Cancer Fund.

Stanley Cooper

Stanley Cooper, 89, of Gratis, died Monday, Jan. 4, at Sycamore Medical Center in Miamisburg.

Born June 16, 1909, in Campbellstown, he was the son of Charles and Daisy (House) Cooper. He was in the grocery business years ago and retired from Rexarc, Inc. in 1974 after 23 years. He had served on the Gratis Village Council, Gratis Fire Department, and was president of the Gratis Street Market.

Mr. Cooper was a member of Gratis Eden Odd Fellows Lodge #147; a member of King Hiram #88, F&AM; Scottish Rite Dayton; Antioch Shrine; Preble County Shrine Club and past president of Antioch Photo Unit.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Ruby Cooper; a son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Dorothy Cooper of Gratis; two daughters, Phyllis Monroe and Delores Duncil, both of Eaton; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a niece, Lu Jeane Beane of Eaton.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Freeda Landis; and two sons-in-law, Paul Duncil and Edward Monroe.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, with the Rev. Robert French officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the funeral home, where Odd Fellow services will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Lillie F. Grimes

Lillie F. Grimes, 52, of 80 U.S. 40 East, Lewisburg, died Friday, Jan. 1, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton of injuries from an auto-pedestrian accident in Preble County.

She had worked in the dietary department at Richmond State Hospital in Richmond, Ind, and was caretaker of the Sandman Apartments.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Grimes, in July 1998.

Survivors include a daughter, Tammy L. Jenkins of Eldorado; a son, Troy E. Grimes of Greencastle, Ind.; two sisters-in-law, Stella J. Grimes and Cora M. Dulaney, both of Cincinnati; three grandchildren, Tabatha K. Jenkins, Dustin J. Grimes and Natasha Nicole Evans; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St., with the Rev. Sam Shilot officiating. The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m., just prior to services, on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.

James P. Finley

James P. Finley, 85, of Eaton, died Monday, Jan. 4, at Fayette County Memorial Hospital in Washington Court House, Ohio.

Born June 23, 1913, in Buffalo, Ohio, he was the son of Charles Harrison and Helen (Stevens) Finley. He retired in 1990 from Golden Giant Steel Buildings in Kenton, and had formerly worked for Caterpillar of Cincinnati. He was a member of Eaton Baptist Temple.

Survivors include his former wife, Judy Finley of Eaton; sons, Dave and James Finley, both of Eaton; a daughter, Leasa Ludy of Eaton; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Knight.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association -- Miami Valley Chapter, 3797 Sumit Glenn Drive #G100, Dayton, Ohio 45449.

Thomas T. Daly

Thomas T. Daly, 69, of Lewisburg, died Sunday, Jan. 3, at Hospice of Dayton following an extended illness.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War; and was a member of VFW Post 3288 and American Legion Post 289, both of Brookville.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Lynn Daly; daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and Joseph Roesle of Clayton, Penny and Marion Alexander of Englewood; a son and daughter-in-law, Tom and JiIl Daly of Lewisburg; grandchildren, Heather Shingledecker, Joseph Roesle IV, James Alexander, Jeremy Alexander, Thomas Daly and Jessica Daly; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty DeMerle of Lewisburg, Joan (Ed) Cook of Jacksonburg; a brother, Bill (Betty) Daly of Huber Heights; numerous nieces and nephews.

A VFW service will be held at noon Thursday, Jan. 7, at Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, Brookville, followed by burial in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of services on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

C. Harold Kitson

C. Harold Kitson, 83, of Eaton, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born June 25, 1915, in Pleasant Hill, Ohio, he was the son of the late Martin W. and Clara C. (Buckingham) Kitson, and had lived in Preble County since 1930. He was a retired factory worker from NCR, a retired custodian from the Eaton schools, and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Mr. Kitson was a member of The Church of Christ, Eaton, where he served as a board member, elder and deacon; was a charter member of the Eaton Optimist Club and was Optimist of the Year in 1983. He was a former board member of the Preble County Council on Aging, and was a volunteer driver for meals and doctor appointments.

In 1984, he and his wife received the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Preble County Council on Aging.

Survivors include a two daughters and son-in-law, Kay Carey of Sabina, Ohio, andCarol and Bernie Bondanza of West Seneca, N.Y.; a son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Cheryl Kitson of Westerville, Ohio; seven grandchildren and spouses, Rhonda and Robb Horn, Kristi Carey, Heather and Don Roy, Shannon Kitson, Joshua Fruhlinger, Leslie and Steve Spach, Errin and Chris Kallay.

Also surviving are five step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Thelma Crane of New Paris; a brother, Max Kitson of Gainesville, Fla.; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby May (Kennedy) Kitson, on March 5, 1998; brothers, Lester Kitson, Lowell Kitson and Don Kitson; and two sisters, Ethel Wright and an infant sister.

Funeral services were Sunday, Jan. 10, at The Church of Christ, with the Rev. Jeff Hill officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Church of Christ Memorial Fund, 725 U.S. 35 West, Eaton, Ohio 45320.

Jasper R. Sorrell

Jasper R. Sorrell, 81, of 120 N. 20th St., Richmond, Ind., died Thursday, Jan. 7, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind. He was a former resident of Eaton.

Born June 9, 1917, in Dillsboro, Ind., he was the son of the late Marion and Delphia (Wells) Sorrell, and had lived in Eaton most of his life. He was a retired Preble County farmer, had retired from Richmond Block Company in Richmond, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Norma Sorrell of Richmond, Ind.; a daughter and son-in-law, Dixie and George Cremeans of El Paso, Texas; a stepson and daughter-in-law, Forrest and Norma Jones of Bedford, Texas; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Audrey Stevens of Atlanta, Ga.; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn L. (Wolfe) Sorrell, on May 23, 1998; and four brothers, Cecil Sorrell, Roy Sorrell, Chester Sorrell and Willis Sorrell.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, 226 W. Main St., Eaton, with the Rev. Raymond E. Rothwell officiating. The family will receive friends from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairhaven Cemetery.

Lowell C. Hobbs

Lowell C. Hobbs, 83, of 2001 U.S. 27 South, Richmond, Ind., died Thursday, Jan. 7, at Reid Hospital.

Born May 9, 1915, in Franklin County, Ind., he was the son of Charles Tracey and Laura (Gwinnup) Hobbs and had lived in Richmond since 1958. He retired from Parker Hannifin Corp. in Eaton in 1980. Mr. Hobbs was a member of Central Christian Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Betty L. Major of Cambridge City, Ind., Sharon J. Smith of Elkhart, Ind., and Patricia S. Gard of Richmond, Ind.; three sons, Stanley L. Hobbs and Paul E. Hobbs, both of Richmond, Ind., and Donald L. Hobbs of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances V. Hobbs, in 1995; a sister, Mae A. Ryan; a brother, Roy V. Hobbs; and a great-grandson, Forest Andrew Hobbs.

Funeral services were Sunday, Jan. 10, at Central Christian Church, Richmond, Ind., with the Rev. Sky Allen and the Rev. John P. Wilson officiating. Burial was in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Doan & Mills Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Central Christian Church, 4511 National Road West, Richmond, Ind. 47374.

Rayburn H. Webb

Rayburn H. Webb, 79, of Camden, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Born Aug. 2, 1919, in Estill County, Ky., he was the son of Jesse and Bertha (Hendricks) Webb. He was employed for 20 years as a supervisor in trucking and moving at Miami University. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a World War II Purple Heart recipient.

Survivors include his wife, Carol (Anderson) Webb, whom he married Aug. 2, 1965, in Oxford; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Joe Antrim of Liberty, Ind., Martha and Darrell Newkirk of Eaton; three sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Laurie Webb of Orlando, Fla., Steven and Ramona Webb of Tampa, Fla., Michael and Lila Webb of Hamilton; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Lloyd Webb of Fruitland Park, Fla.; two sisters, Hallie Smith of Camden and Mable Crew of Trussville, Ala.; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by a son, Gerald Webb; a grandson, Michael Maddock; and two brothers, Mason and Earl Webb.

A private graveside service was held at the convenience of the family. R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.

Earl P. Stanley

Earl P. "Jack" Stanley, 71, of Oxford, died Saturday, Jan. 2, at his home.

Born May 4, 1927, in Bainbridge, Ohio, he was the son of Ernest and Ina Jane (Stethem) Stanley. He was employed by the National Lead Company for 36 years, retiring in 1988, and was a Somers Township trustee for 20 years. Mr. Stanley was a founding member of the Camden VFW, a member of the American Legion in Camden, was a Mason and a Kentucky Colonel. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Prudy (Back) Stanley, whom he married March 10, 1951, in Dayton; two daughters and son-in-law, Debra Stanley, Kathleen and Mark Crispin, all of Oxford; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ernest and Sheila Stanley of Rogers, Ark., Earl L. and Debra Stanley of Somerville.

Also surviving are 10 granddaughters, Melissa, Stacey, Heather, Elizabeth, Clara, Amanda, Kathy, Kelly, Dawn and Tiffany; one grandson, Eric; four great-grandchildren, Alexa, Meghan, Misty Dawn and Chad; and one brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Lucille Stanley of Waverly, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Floyd and Lloyd.

Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 7, at Smith & Ogle Funeral Home, Oxford, with Evangelist Gary Super officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

James L. Ballard

James L. Ballard, 61, of Trotwood, died unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 4.

Born Nov. 2, 1937, in Miamisburg, he was the son of Clifford and Mary (Puckett) Ballard. He had served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1963, and worked as a toolmaker at Jackson Tool Enterprise in Clayton.

Survivors include his wife, Edith Louise (Call) Ballard, whom he married July 19, 1958; a son, James E. Ballard of New Carlisle; a daughter, Patricia Robin Holly of Michigan; grandchildren, Ashley Marie Ballard, Michael Fox, Brandy Marie Holly and James William Holly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Verna Mae Fagan.

Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 8, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Mark Fent officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Garrett Davis

Garrett "Johnny" Davis, 78, of Burbank Avenue, Middletown, formerly of Lewisburg, died Thursday, Jan. 7, at his home after a sudden illness.

Born Oct. 29, 1920, in Menifee County, Ky., he was the son of John and Esta (Trimble) Davis.

He retired in 1977 as a truck driver for Consolidated Freight of Dayton. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred (Fraley) Davis, in 1978; a brother, Warren Davis; and a sister, Georgia Ferguson, in 1998.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Davis and John Davis, both of Lewisburg; a brother, Garner Davis of Florida; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Monday, Jan. 11, at Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg, with the Rev. David Justis officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

A. Keith Vance

A. Keith Vance, 65, of Gratis, died Thursday, Jan. 7, at Middletown Regional Hospital in Middletown.

Born July 29, 1933, in Eaton, he was the son of the late Donald and Juanita (Smith) Vance, and had lived in Preble County most of his life. He retired in 1989 after 36 years in operations and maintenance for DESC, Dayton.

Survivors include his wife, Helen L. (Steele) Vance, whom he married in December 1952; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael K. and Linda Vance of Trenton; a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda K. and Marty Zavakos of Huber Heights; three grandchildren; a brother, Bill Vance of Gratis; a sister, Karen Paxson of Belle Center, Ohio; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 11, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Robert Shannon officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.

Margaret Jellison

Margaret Jellison, 94, formerly of Ohio 503 North, West Alexandria, died Friday, Jan. 8, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.

Born March 16, 1904, in Brookville, she was the daughter of John and Nellie Berst. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Jellison was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, and a longtime member of Harvest Chapter #564, Order of Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Herbert Jellison, in 1992; her parents; and a sister, Helen Berst.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Jack and Joyce Jellison of Indianapolis, Ind., James and Shirley Jellison of West Alexandria; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Dan Sims of Tucson, Ariz.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Harriet Peters of Kettering.

Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 11, at Salem Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Daniel Snider officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Lutheran Church.

Bonnie Larrison

Bonnie Larrison, 66, of Morning Sun, died Friday, Jan. 8, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.

Born Oct. 1, 1932, in Miamisburg, she was the daughter of Oliver Kincer and Mary Jones. She was a member of Fairhaven United Methodist Church, Fairhaven United Methodist Women, Lakengren Bridge Club and Senior Citizens of Oxford.

Survivors include her husband, Eugene Larrison, whom she married July 6, 1951, in Fairhaven; one daughter, Karen Larrison of Hamilton; three sons, Kevin (Christy) Larrison of Cincinnati, Greg Larrison of Mount Healthy and John (Jackie) Larrison of DeKalb, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Jesse, Amanda, Cassidy, Kelly, Corey, Casey, Heather and Carl.

Also surviving are two brothers, Marion (Vivian) Kincer of Camden and Clifford (Karen) Jones of Miamisburg; three sisters, Wanda (Gary) Moore of Springboro, Kay ( Ken) Johnson of Eau Claire, Wis., and Treva (Randall) Whitlock of West Chester, Ohio; many nieces, nephews and ther relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Harry Jones; and one brother, Monroe Kincer.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, 249 N. Main St., Camden, with the Rev. George Pettit officiating. Burial will be in Butler County Memorial Park, Trenton.

Wilbur A. Hake

Wilbur A. Hake, 91, of Vancrest Health Care Center, 1320 Eaton-Gettysburg Road, Eaton, died Saturday morning, Jan. 9, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton after an extended illness.

Born June 16, 1907, in Hamilton, he was the son of William C. and Clara (Ashbrook) Hake. He was a member of the Church of the Visitation in Eaton.

Survivors include nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert "Buddy" Hake, in 1925, Fred W. Hake, in 1978, and Andrew Hake, in 1995; and two sisters, Florence J. Hake, in 1991, and Henrietta Koger, in 1992.

Funeral Mass was Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Visitation Catholic Church, with the Rev. Thomas Fitzsimmons officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mary E. Jordan

Mary E. "Betty" Jordan, 82, formerly of Richmond-Palestine Road and Sauer Drive, New Paris, died Sunday evening, Jan. 10, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after an extended illness.

Born Oct. 29, 1916, in Preble County, she was the daughter of George C. and Bernice (Horner) Wolf. She had been a resident of Darke County most of her life and was a legal secretary for attorneys in Richmond. She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of New Paris, and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Preble County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark J. Jordan Sr., in 1992; a son, Mark J. "Jerry" Jordan Jr., in 1996; and two brothers, Samuel Wolf and John S. Wolf.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Gerry Prokupek of Worthington, Ohio; two sisters, Dorothy Welsh of Dayton and Margaret Greene of Atlanta, Ga.; two grandsons, Mark J. Jordan III and Kane A. Jordan; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, 109 W. Main St., with the Rev. Michael Evans officiating. The family will receive friends from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest Emergency Squad of New Paris, or to Reid Hospital Foundation.

Edith H. Stockdale

Edith H. Stockdale, 91, of New Lebanon, formerly of Zanesville, died Saturday, Jan. 9, at Heartland of Eaton Nursing Center in Eaton.

Born Aug. 8, 1907, in Guernsey County, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late A.W. and Dora (Daugherty) Rogers. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crooksville, Ohio.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Jack Evans of New Lebanon; grandchildren, Jaclyn McPherson of Lewisburg, Steven Evans of New Lebanon, Douglas Evans of Brookville, Glenn Stockdale and Gwen Stockdale, both of Louisiana; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Edward Stockdale; a son, George Stockdale; and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family, followed by burial in Crooksville Cemetery, Crooksville, Ohio. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements.

Julianne A. Roberts

Julianne Anson Roberts, 49, of Eaton, died Monday, Jan. 11, at her home.

Born Nov. 10, 1949, in Dayton, she had lived in Preble County most of her life. She was a 1968 graduate of Eaton High School, and a U.S. Army veteran. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Eaton.

Survivors include her husband, Fredrick Richard Roberts; her parents, Merle E. and Mary Jane (Welsh) Anson of Eaton; two sisters, Rebecca Mann of Eaton and Amy Ryan of Columbus; one brother, Thomas W. Anson of Seattle, Wash.; and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, 226 W. Main St., Eaton, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Preble County Counseling Center, 225 N. Barron St., Eaton, Ohio 45320, or to St. Paul United Methodist Church.


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