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Elmer C. Adams

Elmer Clinton Adams, 83, of Mountain Home, Idaho, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise.

Born Oct. 28, 1914, in Rogersville, Tenn., he was the son of Smith and Delia (Sands) Adams. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Adams was employed at Standard Register Co. in Dayton for 37 years.

He married Esther Paxton on July 19, 1941. In 1972, they moved to Mountain Home and managed Sunset Manor Apartments for 10 years.

Survivors include his wife, Esther; a son and daughter-in-law, James and Bridget Adams of Mountain Home, Idaho; a grandson and his wife, Tony and Connie Adams of Boise, Idaho; granddaughters and their husbands, Linda and Rick VanMeer, Julie and Greg Wierschem of Mountain Home, Idaho; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 10 brothers and sisters.

Graveside services were Saturday, Jan. 31, at Mountain View Cemetery, Mountain Home, Idaho. Summers Funeral Homes, McMurtrey Chapel, Mountain Home, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Idaho State Veterans Home, 320 Collins Road, Boise, Idaho 83702.

Tony Schilling

Tony Schilling, 64, died Saturday, Feb. 28, in Garland, Texas.

Survivors include three sons, Mike, David and Tony; one daughter, Cheryl; grandchildren; one brother, Jerry; and four sisters, Dorothy, Mary Jo, Helen and Rose.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Feb. 4, in Garland, Texas.

Walter H. Pollock

Walter H. Pollock, 88, formerly of Swain Road, Eaton, died Monday, March 2, at Governor Harris Homestead, where he had resided the past three years.

Born March 3, 1909, in Jackson Township (Preble County), he was the son of the late John and Lillian (Thompson) Pollock. A lifelong resident of Preble County, he was a retired Jackson Township farmer, trustee and bus driver with the C.R. Coblentz and Eaton school districts for 33 years.

Mr. Pollock attended the New Hope United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Eaton Senior Citizens, SERS of Ohio, State of Ohio Township Trustees and Clerks Association, and a former member of Washington Grange #2183.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte M. (Stover) Pollock, in 1991; two daughters, Janice Marie Pollock, in 1935, and Donna Jean Pollock, in 1972; a grandson, Michael Keith Pollock, in 1984; and three brothers, Earl, Allen and Ralph Pollock.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Verlin L. and Mabel Pollock, Donald K. and Arthella Pollock, Gordon W. and Becky Pollock, all of Eaton; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Friday, March 6, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad or to the Preble County Cancer Fund.

Mildred M. Bolen

Mildred M. Bolen, 92, of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, March 4, in Lewisburg.

Born June 21, 1905, in Darke County, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Pearl (Apgar) Christian. She had lived in Preble County since she was 16 years old.

She was a 1923 graduate of Monroe High School; and a life member of Wares Chapel United Methodist Church, where she was a charter member of the United Methodist Women.

Her husband, David S. Bolen, whom she married Feb. 28, 1924, died July 2, 1965, after 41 years of marriage.

Survivors include a daughter, Jeanette Hapner of Lewisburg; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and special friends, Jim and Joyce Walker and family.

She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Doris Robbins and Marjorie Meyer; two brothers, Chalmer Christian and Burnett Christian; and two sisters, Martha Trittschuh and Josephine Hofacker.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 7, at Wares Chapel United Methodist Church, West Manchester, with the Rev. Jim Condrey officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wares Chapel United Methodist Church. 

Ruby M. Kitson

Ruby M. Kitson, 75, of 835 Aukerman St., Eaton, died Thursday, March 5, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born May 15, 1922, in Jefferson, Okla., she was the daughter of the late Edison J. and Ola M. (Olbert) Kennedy, and had lived in Preble County since 1946. She graduated in 1952 with a bachelor of science degree from Northwestern State Teachers College in Alva, Okla., and did graduate study at many Ohio schools. She retired after teaching for 32 years in the Eaton City Schools.

She was a member of The Church of Christ since 1950, where she was church treasurer for 25 years, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher and CWW member and officer.

She was a life member of the Ohio Education Association and Preble County Retired Teachers; past treasurer and charter member of Delta Omega Sorority; former board member of the Preble County Council on Aging; and in 1984, she and her husband received the Outstanding Citizen Award of Preble County.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Harold Kitson; daughters and son-in-law, Kay Carey of Sabina, Carol and Bernie Bondanza of West Seneca, N.Y.; son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Cheryl Kitson of Westerville; seven grandchildren and spouses, Rhonda and Robert Horn, Leslie Carey, Heather and Don Roy, Erinn and Chris Kallay, Joshua Fruhlinger, Kristi Carey and Shannon Kitson; five step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are three sisters, Hazel Boland and Phyllis Newman, both of Wichita, Kan., and Gladys Olson of Enid, Okla.; a brother, Alfred Kennedy of Enid, Okla.; many nieces and nephews, including a special niece and nephew, Florence and Dale Wysong of Eaton.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, George Kennedy and Floyd Kennedy; and two sisters, Clara Ward and Dorthy Yewell.

Funeral services were Sunday, March 8, at The Church of Christ, Eaton, 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.

Marjorie E. Hall

Marjorie E. Hall, 74, of West Manchester, died Friday, March 6, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.

Born May 22, 1923, in Brookville, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Hazel (Studebaker) Tamplin, and had lived in Preble County most of her life. She was a former telephone operator for General Telephone Company and a former waitress. She was a member of the Eaton Senior Citizens and Eagles Lodge Auxiliary Aerie #2202 of Eaton.

Survivors include a son, Randy Hall of Richmond, Ind.; two daughters, Sharon Kelley and Cheryl McKown, both of Lewisburg; a daughter-in-law, J. Sue Hall of West Manchester; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Tamplin of West Alexandria; three sisters, Maxine Johnson of Columbus, Wilma Evarts of Austin, Texas, and Geneva Walters of Eaton; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ricky L. Hall; and her former husband, Emerson Hall.

Funeral services were Monday, March 9, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester, with the Rev. George W. Pennington officiating. Burial was in Wares Chapel Cemetery, West Manchester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Preble County Cancer Society.

Doris M. Nelson

Doris Mae Nelson, 68, of Camden, formerly of Richmond, Ind., died Friday, March 6, in Richmond.

Born Dec. 31, 1929, in Dawn, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Marion Joyce and Mary Opal (Shade) Marker. She had attended Jackson High School. Mrs. Nelson retired in 1982 after 19 years as a nursing assistant at Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Ind., at which time her name was Doris Kabel.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Russell D. Newton, in 1955; and a nephew, Mark Stump.

Survivors include her husband, Harold R. Nelson; three daughters, Rita Jones and Pam Wagner, both of Richmond, Ind., and Sherry Bryant of Arizona; three stepdaughters, Darlene Bell of Brookville, Donna Allen of Goldsboro, N.C., and Diane Taylor of Ads, Tenn.

Also surviving are three grandchildren, several step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Gary Marker of Union City, Ohio, Harold Marker of Greenville and Dick Marker of Port Clinton; a sister, Wanda Stump of Union City, Ind.; an aunt, Elma Couchot of Sidney; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were Monday, March 9, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Greg F. Jackson officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Modoc, Ind.

Clifton E. White

Clifton Earl White, 68, of Wolf Road, West Alexandria, died Saturday, March 7, at his home.

Born April 4, 1929, in Quality, Ky., he was the son of Arville and Nettie (Arnold) White. Mr. White retired from Ruth Berry Pump Co. and had previously worked for 35 years for Tait Manufacturing, both in Dayton. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Jerlene White; three sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Nancy White, Garry and Brenda White, Rick and Kathy White, all of Eaton; a daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Dave Roark of New Lebanon.

Also surviving are nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Carl White of Evansville, Ind., and Junior White of Dunmor, Ky.; three sisters, Ruth Proctor of Morgantown, Ky., Gertie Kirby of Quality, Ky., and Pearl Proctor of West Alexandria.

Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. 

Margery Dunwoodie

Margery Dunwoodie, 81, formerly of West Alexandria, died Saturday, March 7, in Magnolia, Texas.

Born April 1, 1916, she was the daughter of Ora and Luvella (Zinck) Arnett.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Dunwoodie, in 1988; and a sister, Evelyn Shiverdecker.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, James Dunwoodie of Magnolia, Texas, Robert and Ruby Dunwoodie of Dayton, Ronald and Patricia Dunwoodie of Eaton, Richard and Sherry Dunwoodie of West Alexandria; daughters and son-in-law, Barbara and Alva Jones of Texas, Patricia Hollabaugh of Mississippi, and Linda Lewis of Magnolia, Texas.

Also surviving are 25 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Albert Arnett of Kettering; four sisters, Irene Nichols of Urbana, Mildred O'Connel of West Chester, Florence Horak of Texas and Lova Norris of Huber Heights.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with burial in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at the funeral home.

Robert N. Ray

Robert N. Ray, 67, of New Paris, died Sunday morning, March 8, at his home after an extended illness.

Born Nov. 9, 1930, in Jefferson Township (Preble County), he was the son of the late Harley Ottis and Kathryn Anna (Nelson) Ray. He was a lifelong resident of the New Paris area and a 1948 graduate of Jefferson High School.

Mr. Ray was a former Jefferson Township farmer and retired in 1982 as a self-employed building contractor. He attended the First Baptist Church in New Paris.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Geraldine (McGuire) Ray; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert M. and Debra Ray, Vaughn M. and Deborah Ray, all of New Paris; a sister, Helen E. Rowe of Eaton; a brother, Paul E. Ray of New Paris; four grandchildren, Brandon Alan, Jamie Lyn, Beth Ann and Jim Ray; two step-grandchildren, Angie and Heather McClanahan; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James Michael Ray, in 1982.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, at the First Baptist Church, 6751 Ohio 320, New Paris, with the Rev. Reggie Osborne officiating. Burial will be in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, 109 W. Main St.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Reid Hospital Foundation -- Hospice Fund, or to the First Baptist Church of New Paris.

Evelyn Hollingsworth

Evelyn Hollingsworth, 75, of West Alexandria, died Saturday, March 7, at her home.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Isaac Hollingsworth; two daughters, Linda and husband Jack Marcum, and Brenda Honesty; one son, Afton Sumner; a granddaughter, Teresa and husband Scott Thomas; two grandsons, Trenton and wife Kim Ross, Carl and wife Lisa Marcum.

Also surviving are three great-grandchildren, Chelsea Ross, Heather and Hannah Thomas; four sisters, Opal Sumner, Dema Baber, Goldie Chancy and Thelma Amburgy; and one brother, Herman Chaney.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Arpp & Root Funeral Home, Germantown, with Pastor Tim Woodward officiating. Burial will be in Germantown Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Russell E. Falknor

Russell E. "Rusty" Falknor, 41, of 304 S. Walnut St., Castine, died Monday, Feb. 9, from the results of a fire at his home.

Born Dec. 30, 1956, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of Richard and Dorothy M. (Reed) Falknor, and had lived in Castine all his life. He was employed at Dekalb Tekamp Company, and was formerly employed at Mid State Container, Brookville.

Survivors include his mother, Dorothy M. Falknor of Greenville; two sisters, Janet M. Dershem of Greenville and Terrie L. Hofacker of New Paris; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Graveside services were Friday, Feb. 13, at Castine Cemetery, Castine with the Rev. Eric C. Anspaugh officiating. Girton-Schmidt Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester, was in charge of arrangements.

Jasmine L. Osborne

Jasmine Leann Osborne, infant daughter of April Collins and Alex Osborne, died shortly after birth on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the University of Cincinnati Hospital.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her twin sister, Summer Dawn Osborne of Camden; maternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Lisa and Mike Rogers of Camden; maternal grandfather, Steve Collins of Fairhaven; and paternal grandparents, Bob and Helen Osborne of College Corner.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 16, at the First Church of God, Camden, with the Rev. Bobby Hollon officiating. Burial was in Oxford Cemetery, Oxford. R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home/Willard Moss Jr. Memorial Chapel, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions and other correspondence are suggested to April Collins, 90 Maple Grove, Camden, Ohio 45311. 

Marjorie Stebbins

Marjorie Stebbins, 92, of Farmersville-West Alexandria Road, Farmersville, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Longview, Texas.

Born in Dayton, she was the daughter of Albert and Cora (Smith) Heller. She had resided in Texas for the past five years. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren in West Alexandria, where she served as deacon and organist.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Stebbins, in 1988; a daughter, Nancy; and a daughter-in-law, Joi Stebbins.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Arthur Fortney of West Alexandria; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Joyce Stebbins of Farmersville, Richard and Kim Stebbins of Longview, Texas; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Church of the Brethren, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Matthew Fike officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church memorial fund.

Martha I. Spivey

Martha I. Spivey, 74, of Eaton, died Wednesday evening, Feb. 11, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton after an extended illness.

Born Feb. 18, 1923, in Preble County, where she lived most of her life, she was the daughter of Roy and Sarah (Smith) Mattix.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward H. Spivey, in September 1988; and a son, Jim Baker, in 1994.

Survivors include one son, Donald Baker of Eaton; two sisters, Ethel Coning of Eaton and Zelma Dull of Gratis; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 14, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Jeff Hill officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad. 

Bernie Coleman

Bernie Coleman, 87, of Knoxville, Tenn., formerly of Eaton, died Thursday, Feb. 12, in Knoxville after a brief illness.

While living in Eaton, he was owner of Northedge Laundromat, and a member of the Barron Street Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Coleman.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa (Freeman) Coleman; a daughter, Phillis Coleman Steele of Eaton; four sons, Ron Coleman, Dwight Coleman, Tracey Coleman, all of Eaton, and Gary Coleman of Clinton, Mont.; three stepdaughters, Jean Manley and Elaine Newberry, both of Knoxville, Tenn., and Ann Lee of Nashville, Tenn.; a stepson, Tom Freeman of San Antonio, Texas.

Also surviving are four sisters, Margaret Kincer of Knoxville, Tenn., Iva Condra of Rogersville, Tenn., Florence Neal of Marysville, Tenn., and Evelyn Elmore of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a brother, E.C. Coleman of Rockwood, Tenn.; 20 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and an uncle, Carl Coleman of Knoxville, Tenn.

Funeral services were Sunday, Feb. 15, at Highland Memorial Funeral Home, Knoxville, Tenn., followed by burial in Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Arthur Hoskins

Arthur Hoskins, 81, of Camden-West Elkton Road, Somerville, died Sunday, Feb. 15, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.

Born June 30, 1916, in Montana, he was the son of John and Ollie (Hopkins) Hoskins. He retired in 1976 from Armco Steel in Middletown after 34 years.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Hoskins; four sons, Robert Hoskins of Middletown, John Hoskins and Wayne Hoskins, both of West Elkton, and Darrel Hoskins of Eaton; three daughters, Phyllis Gabbard of West Elkton, Beverly Brannon of Eaton and Betty Robbins of Middletown; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ella Behymer of Mason.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Mildred Hoskins; two brothers, Elisha Hoskins and Columbus Hoskins; and a sister, Mildred Schilling.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, followed by burial in Fairmound Cemetery, West Elkton. 

Dick E. Arnett

Dick E. Arnett, 61, of Oxford-Gettysburg Road, Eaton, died Monday, Feb. 16, at his home.

Born Sept. 13, 1936, in Eldorado, he was the son of George A.C. and Eva Jane (Studebaker) Arnett. He had lived in Preble County all his life and was a 1954 graduate of Monroe High School. Mr. Arnett retired in May 1988 after 32 years at Armacost Elevator in Eaton. He was a member of Moose Lodge #329 of Greenville.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Ethel Mae (Richards) Arnett; three sons, Kevin E. Arnett of Brookville, Dickey E. Arnett Jr. of West Manchester and Scott E. Arnett of New Paris; three daughters, Holli S. Davis of Eaton, Cindy L. Phillips of Jamestown, N.Y., and Deanna J. Begley of Germantown; a brother, Esta J.W. Arnett of Twin Lakes, Mich.; a sister, June D. Lawrence of New Paris; and 16 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Brodrick, in 1985.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St., with the Rev. Bryan Rea officiating. Burial will be in Ithaca Cemetery, Ithaca. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the funeral home, where Moose Lodge services will be conducted at 7:45 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad or to Bridgeview Baptist Church of Castine, 4811 Ohio 722, West Manchester, Ohio 45382.


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