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John H. Cole

John H. "Jay" Cole, 75, of West Alexandria, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, at his home.

Born Sept. 26, 1923, in McKee, Ky., he was the son of Elige and Gracie (Hundley) Cole. He had retired from RTA after 15 years, was a self-employed barber for many years and had worked at Art's Barber Shop for the last 20 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of James E. Ryan Post #322 American Legion in West Alexandria and a member of Faith Chapel Church in Farmersville.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Faye; two sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Diane Cole of Eaton, Dennis and Leah Cole of West Alexandria; two daughters and sons-in-law, Marlene and Doug Crouse, Cheryl and Phil Nolan, all of West Alexandria; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Rudy Cole of Lewisburg, Ben Cole of West Alexandria and Robert Cole of Dayton; and a sister, Marie Staggs of Orlando, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Nicholas Cole; and a sister, Wanda Cole.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 12, at Faith Chapel in Farmersville, with the Rev. Tod J. Smith officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Hazel W. Combs

Hazel W. Combs, 91, formerly of Verona, died Monday, Feb. 8, at Maria Joseph Care Center in Dayton.

Born Jan. 1, 1908, in Louisa, Ky., she was the daughter of Thomas Lee and Nancy Elizabeth (Vance) Wright. She moved to Ohio in 1974. Mrs. Combs was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lewisburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Combs, in 1969; sons, John, Charles and Paul Combs; and a daughter, Ruth Hoffa.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth E. Combs of Verona; two brothers, Reese Wright of Ashland, Ky., and Emmerson Wright of Jacksonville, Fla.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 11, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. George Pennington officiating. Graveside services were in Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa, Ky., on Friday, Feb. 12.

Virginia S. Shilt

Virginia S. Shilt, 98, of Wilmington, Del., died Monday, Feb. 8, at Shipley Manor Nursing Home in Wilmington, Del., after an extended illness.

Born May 10, 1900, in Doddridge County, W. Va., she was the daughter of Johnson B. and Genevra (Bee) Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Noble C. Shilt, in 1992; a daughter, Betty Jane Shilt, in 1984; brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Esther A. Mitchell of Dayton; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were Thursday, Feb. 11, at Ithaca Cemetery in Darke County. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Donald K. Clark

Donald K. Clark, 58, of Nancy, Ky., died unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 11, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Born Oct. 25, 1940, in Eaton, he was the son of Forrest W. and Ida M. (Henne) Clark. He retired in 1995 from General Motors in Vandalia, and was a school bus driver for the Pulaski County (Ky.) Board of Education. He was a member of Eagles Lodge #2202 in Eaton.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley A. Clark; his mother, Ida Clark of Eaton; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffery and Paula Clark of Covington, Tenn., John and Rebecca Clark of Nancy, Ky.; stepson and wife, Jason and Heather Shrout of the U.S. Navy; stepdaughter and husband, Jeanette and Chris Thacker of Christiansburg, Ohio.

Also surviving are brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert W. and LaDonna Clark of West Alexandria, Kenneth E. and Carol Clark of Eaton; sister and brother-in-law, Marcella M. and William Bond of Webster, Ind.; four grandchildren, Anthony, Jessica, Aaron and Ronnie Clark; one uncle and two aunts.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Greg A. Hyre officiating. Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Gardens, Tipp City.

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

Hazel M. Hartman

Hazel M. Hartman, 78, of Camden, died Thursday, Feb. 11, at Oxford View Nursing Home in Oxford.

Born Aug. 9, 1920, in Preble County, she was the daughter of Sherman and Bertha Heckman. She retired from Baxter Glove in Eaton after 16 years. Mrs. Hartman was a member of the Brethren Church of Camden.

Survivors include her husband, Lewis Hartman, whom she married May 18, 1947, in Covington, Ky.; two daughters, Dianna Hartman of Fairfield and Donna Riddell of Eaton; two sons, Tom Hartman of Camden and Jim Hartman of Oxford; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Lloyd Heckman; and two sisters, Ethel Rader and Evelyn Gabbard.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 15, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Fred Hill officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Phyllis E. Hyatt

Phyllis E. "Polly" Hyatt, 63, of Ohio 503, Lewisburg, died Thursday afternoon, Feb. 11, at her home after an extended illness.

Born Jan. 15, 1936, in Brookville, she was the daughter of Wesley M. and Elizabeth (Moody) Strausbaugh. She had been a resident of the Lewisburg area since 1972, and was a member of the United Commercial Travelers Ladies Club of Dayton.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Joann Highley, in 1989; and a brother, John Strausbaugh, in 1997.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Paul D. Hyatt; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Randy Miller of Lewisburg, Jean and Paul Gardner of Mowrystown, Ohio; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Paula Hyatt of Brookville; a brother, Richard Strausbaugh of Dayton; five grandchildren, Erica and Elizabeth Gardner, Danielle, Cassandra and Christina Hyatt; and a lifelong friend, Wilda Eversole of Dayton.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 15, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. Mike Millard officiating. Burial was in Forrest Hills Cemetery, Tipp City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit.

Gerald E. White

Gerald E. "Whitey" White, 79, of Richmond, Ind., died Friday, Feb. 12, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born Aug. 13, 1919, in Center Township, Wayne County, Ind., he was the son of Elbert E. and Esther (Dunn) White. He had worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Wayne Dairy, and retired in 1982 from Johnson Sheet Metal in Richmond. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, a member of the Northside Church of Christ in Richmond, and a member of the Circus Fans Association of America.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Pauline (Thornburg) White; sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald E. and Mildred White of Arley, Ala., David O. and Lynn White of New Paris; a brother, Leon White of Albany, Ind.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, 109 W. Main St., with the Rev. Dale Canull officiating. Burial will be in College Corner Cemetery, College Corner, Ind.

Gladys M. Craig

Gladys Mae Craig, 72, formerly of New Paris, died Friday, Feb. 12, at Heritage Regency in Richmond, Ind.

Born Feb. 13, 1926, in Kokomo, Ind., she was the daughter of Boston and Martha (Phillips) Shelton. She had lived in New Paris for the past 25 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. Craig, in 1998; and a sister, Ethel Hudson, in 1959.

Survivors include her father, Boston Shelton of Richmond, Ind.; daughters, Wanda Gabbard of Richmond, Ind., and daughter Marie; stepdaughter, Carol Ann Downing of Fayetteville, N.C.; stepson, Robert J. Craig of State College, Pa.; brothers, Lonnie Shelton of Rochester, Ind., Robert Shelton, Bentley Shelton and Harold Shelton, all of Richmond, Ind.; sisters, Louise Mellinger of Middleville, Mich., Shirley Hazelwander and Stella Davis, both of Richmond, Ind.; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; one aunt; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with Pastor Chuck McMahan officiating. Graveside services and burial were in Glen Cove Cemetery, Knightstown, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ravinia Park Baptist Church, 3015 S. "B" St., Richmond, Ind. 47374.

Geneve C. Rust

Geneve C. Rust, 87, formerly of Preble and Darke counties, died Friday, Feb. 12, at The Brethren's Home in Greenville.

Born Sept. 23, 1911, in Eaton, she was the daughter of the late Melvin and Hannah (Deaton) Rust. She was a member of the Eaton Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include four sisters, Fern Brestel of Mason, Louise Blickenstaff of Greenville, Margaret Ann Jestice of Lebanon and Maxine Ashbaugh of Richmond, Ind.; nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Dr. Cecil F. Rust and the Rev. Glenn C. Rust.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, 226 W. Main St., Eaton, with the Rev. Greg A. Hyre officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Resident Aid Fund, c/o The Brethren's Home, 750 Chestnut St., Greenville, Ohio 45331.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at The Brethren's Home.

F. Marie Welch

F. Marie Dees Welch, 87, of 215 W. High St., Liberty, Ind., died Friday morning, Feb. 12, at Hillcrest Estates Nursing Home in Liberty.

Born Feb. 26, 1911, in Wayne County, Ind., she was the daughter of Thomas J.T. and Nellie (Hoover) Adams. She had lived most of her life in Union County, Ind. During World War II, she worked at Crosleys and at Brocks Grocery in Liberty, Ind., as a clerk. She was a cook at the Liberty Restaurant and at Park Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Welch was a member of Rebekah Lodge in Liberty, Ind.

Survivors include her husband, Glen Welch; a son, Raymond L. Dees of Eaton; two daughters, Mary F. Morgan and Edna Mae Marling, both of Liberty, Ind.; a half brother, Jessie Adams of Penntown, Ind.; a sister, Catherine Albers of Hollansburg; a half sister, Patricia Seale of Greensburg, Ind.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Homer Dees, in 1974; her parents; a sister, Ruby Vietor; three half brothers; and two half sisters.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind., with Pastor Nancy Nelson officiating. Burial was in West Point Cemetery, Liberty, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Friends Meeting, Union County, Ind.

Earl Martin

Earl Martin, 72, of 205 Harrison St., Liberty, Ind., died Saturday morning, Feb. 13, at Fayette Memorial Hospital in Connersville, Ind.

Born Aug. 12, 1926, in Clay County, Ky., he was the son of Levi and Fannie (Rogers) Martin. He had lived in the Union County area for 50 years and prior to that in Kentucky. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1986 as a sergeant first class. Mr. Martin was a member of American Legion Post #122 and VFW Post #1472, both of Liberty, Ind.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth (Sizemore) Martin, whom he married May 5, 1962, in Connersville, Ind.; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Diane Martin of Liberty, Ind.; a daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Jeff Baker of Morning Sun; three stepdaughters and son-in-law, Shirley Cook of Hamilton, Avon Purtlebaugh of Liberty, Ind., Joan and Wayne Beshears of West Alexandria.

Also surviving are two brothers, Forrester Martin of Connersville, Ind., and Tommy Martin of Oxford; four sisters, Lily Bowling of Oneida, Ky., Flossie Barger of Berea, Ky., Cora Abner of Hamilton and Cola Buttree of Oxford; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Marvin Martin; and two brothers, Festus Martin and Elbert Martin.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind. The Rev. Jessie Martin, cousin of the deceased, of Brutus, Ky., will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the funeral home. Burial will be in West Point Cemetery, Liberty, Ind., with military graveside rites by the American Legion Post and VFW Post of Liberty, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fayette Memorial Hospital Hospice, Connersville, Ind.

Geloria G. Grimme

Geloria G. Grimme, 53, of Gratis, died Sunday morning, Feb. 14, at her home.

Born April 27, 1945, in West Liberty, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Beecher and Kathleen (Bishop) Patrick. She worked 16 years as a rural route carrier for the Middletown Journal newspaper. Mrs. Grimme was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gratis; and a member of OES Chapter 433 of Camden, having served as worthy matron in 1976.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Keith E. Grimme; a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Craig Brandt of Gratis; a son, Kevin Grimme, at home; grandchildren, Amber and Justin Brandt; brothers and sisters-in-law, Roger and Frances Patrick of Gratis, Rex and Marilyn Patrick of Germantown, Ronald and Judy Patrick of Holiday Island, Ark.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Hearon Carmack officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown.

Roland Bloom

A memorial service for Roland Bloom, 72, of Evans, Ga., who died Friday, Feb. 5, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Arlington United Methodist Church, Brookville. The Rev. Joseph Payne will officiate.

Mr. Bloom was a native of Brookville and a graduate of Brookville High School. He had attended Ohio State University and Miami Jacobs College. He was a retired business owner in Sterling Heights, Mich., and had been supervisor of Public Finance Corp. in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana for 25 years.

Mr. Bloom was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II. He was a member of Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church in Augusta, Ga.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; a daughter, Jennifer of Marietta, Ga.; three brothers, Kenneth Bloom of Upland, Calif., Charles Bloom of Marion and Chester Bloom of Brookville; and three sisters, Miriam Miller of Lincoln, Neb., Evelyn Bowser and Margaret Hartman, both of Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arlington United Methodist Church, Brookville, Ohio 45309, or to St. Joseph Hospice, Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, Ga.

Dorothy E. Barnett

Dorothy E. Barnett, 63, of Lewisburg, died Sunday, Feb. 14, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

Born Oct. 22, 1935, in Middlesboro, Ky., she was the daughter of Isam and Nellie (Fultz) Lambert.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Lambert.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Earl E. Barnett; daughters and sons-in-law, J'Wanda and Brian Sprague of Rush, Ky., Geron L. and Bob Long of Lewisburg, Regina D. and Kipp Galbraith of West Chester, Vicky L. and Gregg Schutte of Union.

Also surviving are brothers and sister-in-law, Don Lambert of Fort Knox, Ky., Kenneth and Mattie Lambert of Melbourne, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law, Bernice and Bill Bowman of West Carrollton; grandchildren, Mark, Seth and Robin Boyer, John Day, Eric Long, Angela and husband Ryan Shoe, Tyler and Troy Galbraith, Jeffrey Smith and Taylor Ison.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, 411 N. Commerce St., with the Rev. George Pennington officiating. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit or to the American Lung Association.

R. Alden Weaver

R. Alden Weaver, 82, of Lewisburg, died Monday, Feb. 15, at his home.

Born July 24, 1916, in Verona, he was the son of Daniel and Ada (Frazee) Weaver. He was a 1934 graduate of Lewisburg Union High School; and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in China, Burma, India from 1942-1946.

Mr. Weaver retired in 1988 as a farm owner/operator, and had showed hogs for over 50 years at the Ohio State Fair. He served as a Harrison Township Trustee from 1970-1990, was a past member of the Preble County Fair Board, and a member of the State of Ohio Duroc Association.

He was a member of VFW Post 975, American Legion Post at Lewisburg, Lewisburg Lions Club, Trinity Lutheran Church of Lewisburg, and was a 65-year member of Twin Valley Grange.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Ann Weaver, in 1951.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Helen I. (Millikin) Weaver; daughter and son-in-law, Susan A. and Mark Grady of Brookville; a brother, Glenn Weaver of Lewisburg; and grandchildren, Kristen and Emily Grady.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, 411 N. Commerce St., with the Rev. James N. Lehman officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the funeral home. Burial, with military honors, will be held in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit.

Margery I. Wentzell

Margery I. Wentzell, 66, of 1004 N. Barron St., Eaton, died Monday, Feb. 15, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after an extended illness.

A native and lifelong resident of Preble County, she was born Aug. 30, 1932, the daughter of Glenn and Mildred (Ferris) Cohee. She was real estate manager for Wentzell Realty, Inc. of Eaton, and had been a Dayton newspaper counselor from 1964 to 1974. She was a member of the Eaton Church of Christ, Dayton Area Board of Realtors and Preble County Republican Women.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, W. Stephen Wentzell; a son and daughter-in-law, Steve Jr. and Janice Wentzell of Eaton; daughters and son-in-law, Lisa Wion of Piqua, Terri and David Wilson of Eaton; two sisters, Carolyn Graham of Eaton and Doris Shepherd of Columbus, Ind.; a brother, Wilbur Ferris of Gratis; seven grandchildren, Michelle Davis, Stacy, Adam and Tara Wentzell, Doug Crowe, Christopher Lott and Natalte Wion; and one great-grandchild, Breonna Gayhart.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Church of Christ, 725 U.S. 35 West, Eaton, with the Rev. Jeff Hill officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St., and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Fund - Preble County Unit.

Berlin E. Garwood

Berlin E. "Bud" Garwood, 77, of Lewisburg, died Monday, Feb. 15, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton after a two-month illness.

Born May 6, 1921, in Pyrmont, he was the son of the late Rollie J. and Armilda (Bailey) Garwood, and had lived in Lewisburg most of his life. He was a graduate of Lewisburg High School, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and retired in 1986 from Baxter Travenol Corp., Eaton, after 19 years. He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Survivors include three sons, Tom A. Garwood and Gordon D. Garwood, both of Lewisburg, and Jack Garwood of Arcanum; one daughter, Mildred L. McKee of Eaton; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris L. (Shafer) Garwood, on Aug. 19, 1987; a daughter, Carol Garwood; two brothers, Robert Garwood and Joy Garwood; and a sister, Muriel Mehaffey.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, 226 W. Main St., Eaton, with Charles E. Shank officiating. Family and friends may call one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pyrmont Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 229 Wayne Trace Road, Eaton.

Norene C. Crowe

Norene C. Crowe, 83, of Vandalia, died Monday, Feb. 15, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Born Aug. 14, 1915, in White Hall, Ky., she was the daughter of Anderson and Ella (Young) Collins.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Arthur, Wilfred, Lucion and Marcus Collins; and a sister, Victoria Blankenship.

Survivors include a son, Russell L. Crowe of Huber Heights; a daughter, Judy Opp of Vandalia; sisters, Lucinda Fraley and Jean Walker, both of Lewisburg, Davis Lakes of Dayton and Mary Potts of Wayne Lakes; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg, with Linda Davis officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, 411 N. Commerce St., is in charge of arrangements.

Anne Ingram

Anne Ingram, 86, died Friday, Feb. 19, in Melbourne, Fla., where she had resided for the past four years. She was a former resident of Eaton.

Born March 4, 1912, in Middletown, she was the daughter of Albert and Stella Brown.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandy Jenkins of Palm Bay, Fla., and Joyce Harrell of Melbourne, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Clay Ingram, in 1971; a son, Larry Ingram, in 1993; one sister; and one brother.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Breitenbach, McCoy and Leffler Funeral Home, Middletown.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Wing, West Melbourne Healthcare Center, 2125 W. New Haven Ave., W. Melbourne, Fla. 32904.

Marilyn L. Keller

Marilyn L. Keller, 70, formerly of East Wadsworth Street, Eaton, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Lewisburg after an extended illness.

A native and lifelong resident of Preble County, she was born Nov. 22, 1928, the daughter of the late Donald and Dorothy (Doughtery) Teaford. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Pat and Del Hoover of Eaton, Rhonda and Rick Sheley of Brookville; five grandchildren, DeLana Earley, Monica Newkirk, Stacey Hoover, Tara Sheley and Nathan Sheley; one great-grandson, Nick Earley; two brothers, Ernest Teaford and James Teaford, both of Eaton; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell S. "Jack" Keller, on July 14, 1995.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 20, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Thomas H. Maxedon Jr. officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 120 N. Maple St., Eaton, Ohio 45320.

Frank Shellhorn

Frank Shellhorn, 78, of New Paris, died Thursday, Feb. 18, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind.

Born Sept. 2, 1920, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of Walter Peck and Nova Shellhorn. He had lived in New Paris for the past 37 years. Mr. Shellhorn retired in 1982 as a heavy equipment operator, and had worked 20 years with DECCA Records. He was a member of Local 1047 and the New Paris Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Judith Kay Hensley, in 1995.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Sally Elaine (Wright) Shellhorn; daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon Ann and Wayne Doan, Deborah Sue and Danny Zurwell, all of New Paris; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 22, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. Don Boyer officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Paris Church of Christ.

Virgil Creech Jr.

Virgil Creech, Jr., 65, of Richmond, Ind., died Thursday, Feb. 11, at Reid Hospital after a long illness.

A native and lifelong resident of Richmond, he was born April 12, 1933, the son of Virgil Sr. and Anna V. (Revalee) Creech. He was a graduate of Richmond High School and attended Moorehead State College at Moorehead, Ky. He retired in 1991 after 32 years as a machine operator at Alcoa, and had served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Mr. Creech was a former member of the Richmond Evening Optimist Club. He had coached City Tackle Football, Gray-Y and Little League baseball, and had been a part-time referee with the Eastern Indiana Officials Association.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Marlene Creech; a daughter, Valerie Creech, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Virgil III and Lisa Creech of Richmond, Ind.; two grandchildren, Hannah and Jacob Creech, and another expected in July; a brother, Walter Creech of San Antonio, Texas; a sister, Wilma Sasser of Connersville, Ind.; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 15, at Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Chapel, Richmond, Ind., with the Rev. Jack Wallace officiating. Burial was in Earlham Cemetery, Richmond.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation, American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Vernon R. Chrismer

Vernon R. Chrismer, 66, formerly of Preble County, died Saturday, Feb. 20.

Born Oct. 2, 1932, in Hamilton, he was the son of the late Vernon G. and Marie (Truster) Chrismer. He retired in 1994 after 20 years as a salesman for Scott Towel, and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Chrismer was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church, Indiana Sheriff's Association, and was a former member of the American Legion in Aurora, Ind.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Ann (Geeting) Chrismer; two brothers, Von Eugene Chrismer of Brownsville, Texas, and Darrel Lee Chrismer of Lexington, Ky.; nieces and nephews.

Burial will be held at the convenience of the family in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Southeastern Indiana Hospice, 370 Bielby Road, Lawrenceburg, Ind. 47026.

Raleigh T. Ferguson

Raleigh T. Ferguson, 88, of West Alexandria, died Sunday morning, Feb. 21.

Born June 5, 1910, in Bluff City, Tenn., he was the son of the late Frank and Jennie (Carrier) Ferguson. He had retired from Frigidaire in Dayton, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Lebanon.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Marguerite (Rurode) Ferguson; daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth E. and Bob Kitchen of Dayton, Dorothy J. and William Mansel of Brookville, Shelby and Eugene Clinger of West Alexandria, Judy L. and Phil Wright of West Alexandria; sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Janet Ferguson of Bowling Green, Ky., R. Thomas and Julie Ferguson of Lakewood, Colo.; 22 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ida Clayman of Bristol, Tenn.; numerous nieces and nephews; and a cousin.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Joe Ann Ferguson; a granddaughter; five sisters; and one brother.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria, with Pastor James Whorton officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.

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

Jeff D. Sparks

Jeff D. Sparks, 82, of Dayton, died Sunday, Feb. 21, at Miami Valley Hospital.

Born March 12, 1916, in Wolf County, Ky., he was the son of the late Fielding and Emma Sparks.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lula, in 1989; and a daughter, Kathleen Shiverdecker, in 1998.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Clyde and Mary Jo Sparks of Eaton, John and Janet Sparks of Washington State; two daughters, JoAnn Patrick and Reba Sparks, both of Dayton; nine grandchildren, Michael, Debra, Steve, TeAnna, Luana, Nancy, Sandra, Eva and Eric; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Westbrook Funeral Home, Wayne Avenue, Dayton. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

William E. Spoonamore

William E. Spoonamore, 83, of New Lebanon, died early Monday morning, Feb. 22, at his home.

Born Oct. 1, 1915, in Garrad County, Ky., he was the son of the late James and Sally (Spears) Spoonamore. He was a retired truck driver for Moraine Materials Sand & Gravel Co., and had also worked as a farmer and construction worker. He was a member of Union Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Sarah Elizabeth (Owens) Spoonamore; daughters, Joyce Adeline Maye of Toledo, Katie Lucille Norman of Trotwood, Patricia Dianna Hollon of Trotwood and Martha Jane Spoonamore of New Lebanon; sons, Barry Lee Spoonamore of New Lebanon, Ricky Eugene Spoonamore of Dayton and William Alvin Spoonamore of West Alexandria; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria, with Pastors James Whort on and Barry Quinlan officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.


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