Miscellaneous Preble County, Ohio Obituaries - 1999

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Dixie M. Gulley

Dixie Mae Gulley, 71, of Lewisburg, died Friday, April 9, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

Born March 23, 1928, in Grayson, Ky., she was the daughter of Lee and Idella (Jarvis) Hall. She was a volunteer for Project Christmas Smiles and Head Start at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lewisburg.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Archie E. Gulley; sons and daughter-in-law, Larry Todd, Archie E. Jr. and Sue Gulley, all of Columbus, and Howard E. Gulley of Lewisburg; a daughter and son-in-law, Glenna J. and Buddy Whited of Hilliard, Ohio; brothers and sisters-in-law, L.D. and Brenda Hall, David and Louella Hall, all of Trotwood.

Also surviving are sisters and brother-in-law, Nina Hall of Wheelersburg, Ohio, Wanda A. and Don Williams of West Chester; a sister-in-law, Jean Gulley of Dayton; seven grandchildren, Ace E. Gulley and Natasha C. Gulley, both of Lewisburg, Andy, Scott and Casey Todd, Paula Sue Gulley and Mike Cole, all of Columbus; several great-grandchildren including Robert Gulley of Lewisburg; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were Monday, April 12, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

George T. Higgs

George T. Higgs, 86, of New Lebanon, died Saturday, April 10, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

Born Sept. 18, 1912, in New Paris, he was the son of the late Jesse W. and Maggie Marie (McClure) Higgs. He was a 1930 graduate of Jefferson Township High School in New Paris. Mr. Higgs retired in 1974 as manager of Hill Floral Products of Dayton after 30 years' employment. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II (1943-1945) and was a POW for over a year. He was a member of American Legion Post #762 of New Lebanon.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, ReEtta M. (Pickens) Higgs; a daughter and son-in-law, Darla J. and John Brohas of Brookville; a brother and sister-in-law, Gilbert and Helen Higgs of Richmond, Ind.; sisters and brother-in-law, Maxine Emrick of New Madison, Doris and Howard Eichhorn of Mt. Dora, Fla.; two grandsons and wives, Brian L. and Deborah Petry, Matthew G. and Dee Petry; and two great-grandchildren, Caleb and Joshua Petry.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, 109 W. Main St., with the Rev. Don Boyer officiating. Burial, with full military graveside honors, will be in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mary D. Wood

Mary Ditmer Wood, 88, formerly of East Somers Street, Eaton, died Saturday, April 10, at Heartland of Eaton.

Born Sept. 15, 1910, in Lewisburg, she was the daughter of Benjamin F. and Nora E. (Dafler) Buehner. She retired from B&M Tavern in 1974. Mrs. Wood attended Eaton Baptist Temple.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roscoe C. Ditmer, in 1975, and Floyd S. Wood, in 1986; a son, Roy Eugene Ditmer, in 1986; brothers, Roy and Charles Buehner; a sister, Eva Fisher; and a great-granddaughter, Carrie Sexton.

Survivors include daughters, Mary Brower of West Alexandria, Shirley Riley of Melbourne, Fla., and Linda Webb of Eaton; sons, Robert Ditmer of Trotwood, Don Ditmer and Kenny Ditmer, both of Eaton; a sister, Beryl Surber of Brookville; brothers, Everett Buehner of Dayton, William Buehner of Franklin and James Buehner of Farmersville; 35 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were Tuesday, April 13, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Baptist Temple.

Walter G. Acton

Walter G. "Shorty" Acton, 85, of 20 E. Elm St., West Alexandria, died Tuesday morning, April 13, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton after an extended illness.

Born Jan. 13, 1914, in Eaton, he was the son of John C. and Georgia (Miller) Acton. He was a retired butcher and meat cutter, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Mr. Acton was a member of American Legion Post #215 of Eaton, and attended Eaton Baptist Temple.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Carl M. in 1992, James in 1936, Cloyd V. in 1946 and Raymond J. in 1970; sisters, Virginia Warner in 1993 and Helen Drummond.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Stephanie Acton of Eaton; a stepson, Arlie Pack of Cape Coral, Fla.; daughters and sons-in-law, Christa and Mike Mattox of Cape Coral, Fla., Karen and Dalton Perry of Eaton, Kathy and Gary Lovell of West Field, Ill.; a brother, Robert Acton of Ft. Worth, Texas; a sister, Rosie Busse of Tampa, Fla.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Friday, April 16, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Tommy E. Welch

Tommy Estel Welch, 74, of Jacksboro, Tenn., formerly of West Alexandria, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 7, at Methodist Medical Center Oak Ridge.

He was the last member of his immediate family and was preceded in death by his parents, Alice (Bullock) and Clyde Welch Sr.; brothers, Hugh, Herbert (Cleo), Eukle, Thurman and Clyde Welch Jr.; a sister, Marie Welch; and a son, Tommy Wayne Welch.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Welch; daughters, Arlene Collins of West Alexandria, Phyllis Hunter of Fort Myers, Fla., and Carolyn Vance of Camden; a son, Dell Ray Welch of Jacksboro, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services were Saturday, April 10, at Bakers Forge Cemetery in LaFollette, Tenn. Funeral Directions, Knoxville, Tenn., was in charge of arrangements.

Ethel B. Redmond

Ethel B. Redmond, 63, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, April 13, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born April 21, 1935, in Pennington Gap, Va., she was the daughter of Brownloe and Queen Dell (Woods) Burton. She had lived in the Lewisburg area since 1969, and retired in 1990 from Baxter Health Care in Eaton after 20 years. She was a member of Lewisburg Christian Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernest C. Redmond, in 1986; sisters, Pauline Olson and Edna Prim; and a grandson, Don Redmond.

Survivors include sons, Herman H. Redmond of Trotwood, Don G. Redmond of Lewisburg, Gary L. Redmond of Richmond, Ind., and James A. Redmond of Arcanum; daughters, Tressia A. Webb of Weatherford, Okla., Linda K. Garrett of Arcanum, Mary Martha Redmond of Dayton, Lisa L. Howard of Lewisburg and Angela D. Williams of Richmond, Ind.

Also surviving are brothers, Luther and Boone Burton, both of Virginia; sisters, Rainy Williams, Mary Nichols, Joyce Wynn and Golden White, all of Salem, Ind., Virginia Boggs of Virginia and Iyvone Clark of Indianapolis, Ind.; 20 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 17, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. Les "Butch" Loranzan officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lewisburg Christian Center, 219 N. Commerce St., Lewisburg, Ohio 45338.

John H. Lee

John H. Lee, 88, of 110 North St., West Manchester, died Wednesday, April 14, at Wayne Hospital in Greenville.

A native and lifelong resident of Preble County, he was born Sept. 24, 1910, son of the late Jason E. and Rosa (Hart) Lee. Mr. Lee was a retired farmer and owned the John H. Lee Moving and Trucking business. He was a member of Price's Creek Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include his wife, Jewel M. (Grant) Lee, whom he married Aug. 17, 1935; son and daughter-in-law, Clark E. and Mona Lee of West Manchester; daughter and son-in-law, Judy E. and Jim Miller of West Manchester; six grandsons; one granddaughter; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Floyd Lee of New Paris; a sister, Clara Byers of Greenville; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 17, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester, with the Rev. Raymond E. Rothwell officiating. Burial was in Wares Chapel Cemetery, West Manchester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Central Rescue Squad.

Elmer A. Bruns

Elmer A. Bruns, 86, of Eaton, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 13, at his home.

Born March 19, 1913, in Coldwater, Ohio, he was the son of Frank and Rosa (Wilker) Bruns. He retired in 1985 after 20 years' service as a job setter for Parker Hannifin Corp., and had farmed in Washington Township. He was a member of Visitation Catholic Church, Eaton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Mary Bruns, in 1995; a brother, William Bruns; sisters, Lillian Stammen, Loretta Schweiterman and Norma Geier.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Harold F. and Carol J. Bruns of Eaton, Thomas W. and Lillie M. Bruns of Baldwin, Ga.; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass was Saturday, April 17, at Visitation Catholic Church, with the Rev. Thomas Fitzsimmons officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Visitation was Friday, April 16, at the funeral home, followed by Rosary services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Visitation Catholic Church, Eaton, Ohio 45320.

Robert L. Pennix

Robert L. Pennix, 47, of Greenbush Road, Somerville, died Sunday, April 18, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Born Dec. 2, 1951, in West Liberty (Morgan County), Ky., he was the son of the late Lester and Bonnie (Kennard) Pennix. He had lived in Preble County 29 years. He was a supervisor at Miami Valley Paper Co., where he had worked for 28 years.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Rita J. (Coyle) Pennix; a son, Bobby Pennix; two brothers, James Pennix of Cincinnati and Scott Pennix of Germantown; mother-in-law, Mittie "Ma" Coyle; aunts and uncles.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Charles "Dicky" Pennix; maternal grandparents, Winford and Mary (Williams) Kennard; and paternal grandparents, Smith and Becky Anne (Lykins) Pennix.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at the Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, 1500 Manchester Ave., Middletown, with the Rev. Bobby Hollon officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairmound Cemetery, West Elkton.

Rodney Dunham

Rodney Dunham, 74, of New Paris, died Friday, April 16, at his home.

Born Jan. 19, 1925, in Camden, he was the son of the late Charles Hobart and Elizabeth Marie (Byers) Dunham. He retired in 1978 after 33 years as a master mechanic for Oberle-Jordre Co., Inc. of Richmond, Ind. Mr. Dunham was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served with the 3205th 6th Amphibious Engineers Brigade, and was awarded one Arrowhead and three Bronze Battle Stars.

He was a member of Faith Community Church of God in Richmond, Ind.; American Legion Post #360 of New Paris; Bolivar Lodge #82, F&AM of Eaton; and Scottish Rite of Cincinnati.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Annabelle Norman; brothers, Harold and Kenneth Dunham; and a son-in-law, John E. Horigan.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Juanita (Sherrow) Dunham; sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney L. and Jane Anne Dunham of Eldorado, Charley E. and Candy Dunham of New Paris, Jeffrey A. and Lori Dunham of West Manchester; daughter, Ruth Ann Horigan of Hamilton.

Also surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Norma Dunham of Renfro Valley, Ky.; sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine and Vance Ketron of Eaton; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, April 19, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. Lynn Morey officiating. Burial, with graveside military honors, was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris. Masonic services were held Sunday evening following viewing at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Emergency Squad, New Paris, Ohio 45347; or to Faith Community Church of God, 518 NW "M" St., Richmond, Ind., 47374.

Dorothy G. Toney

Dorothy G. Toney, 84, of 612 Miami Drive, West College Corner, Ind., died Saturday afternoon, April 17, at Oxford View Nursing Center in Oxford.

Born July 2, 1914, in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of William E. Sr. and Frieda F. (Eisselle) Grimm. She graduated from Western High School in Washington, D.C., in 1932. She earned a degree from the Washington School for Secretaries, and was employed by the federal government in the Public Works Administration and then the Department of Labor, where she served as a supervisor for two stenographic pools.

She married attorney William E. Toney in June 1952 and moved to West College Corner. Toney, a Union County native, set up his own law practice in Liberty, Ind., and his wife worked for him. She was a member of the College Corner United Methodist Church, a past member of the College Corner Home Ec Club, the Ohiana Literary Review Club and the McCullough-Hyde Hospital Women's Auxiliary.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen E. and Loraine Toney of Muncie, Ind., James F. and Chris Toney of West College Corner, Ind.; a brother, William E. Grimm Jr. of Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Margaret F. Bodziak of Rockville, Md.; three grandchildren, Matt, Megan and Billy Toney of West College Corner, Ind.; five nieces and two nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1986; her parents; and a brother, Carl E. Grimm, in 1998.

Public graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. (Indiana time) Wednesday, april 21, at College Corner Cemetery, West College Corner, Ind., with the Rev. Ed Scherer-Berry officiating. There will be no public visitation. Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cincinnati Association for the Blind.

Truman Leisure

Truman Leisure, 75, of North Fort Myers, Fla., and Fairhaven died Monday, April 19, in North Fort Myers.

Born April 14, 1924, in Elwood, Ind., he was the son of John Aubrey and Beulah (Elmore) Leisure. He was a Preble County area farmer and carpenter, and was also employed at Miami University for 10 years. Mr. Leisure was a member of Fairhaven Community Church and the Dayton Emmaus Community.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta (Hays) Leisure, whom he married Jan. 2, 1943, in Fairhaven; and a brother, Howard Leisure.

Survivors include Tommae Lu Leisure of North Fort Myers, Fla.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy Kaye and Darrell Tolley of Camden, Deborah Ann and Donald Taylor of Arcanum; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Kay Leisure of Jacksonville, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Leisure of Celina; and a sister, Shirley Keller of Dayton.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 24, at Fairhaven Community Church, with the Rev. John Crutchfield officiating. Burial was in Fairhaven Cemetery. R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice and Pallative Care, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, Fla. 33908; or to Fairhaven Community Church, 6585 Israel-Somers Road, Camden, Ohio 45311.

Daniel L. Shank

Daniel L. Shank, 59, of West Alexandria, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, April 18, at his home.

Born Feb. 14, 1940, in Dayton, he was the son of Walter and Ruth (Priser) Shank. He retired from Integrity Manufacturing Co. of Dayton. Mr. Shank was a member of the Eaton-North Congregation of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda S. (Turner) Shank, whom he married Jan. 18, 1965; sons and daughter-in-law, Daniel L.N. and Lisa Shank of West Alexandria, Corbet L. Shank and Carter L.P. Shank, both of Eaton; grandchildren, Kyleigh Shank and B.J. Shank; his mother, Ruth Shank of Eaton; sister, Karen Spitler of Eaton; brothers, Charles Shank, Pete Shank and Mike Shank, all of Eaton.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter, in 1994.

Memorial services were Saturday, April 24, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Brother Doug Fordyce officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton-North Congregation Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses World Wide Fund.

Lenora M. Moore

Lenora Mae Moore, 86, of College Corner, Ind., died Tuesday, April 20, in Riley, Ohio.

Born May 27, 1912, in Morgan County, Ky., she was the daughter of John and Isabelle (Brown) Pettitt. She was a member of Westgate Church of God in Oxford.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clarence Moore, in 1953; her second husband, Edward Shackelford, in 1978; a son, Charles Moore, in 1988; a daughter, June Helton, in 1998; four sisters; three brothers; and three grandchildren.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and Lewis Tomlin of Laurel, Ind., Phyllis and William Hardy of Cynthiana, Ky., Sylvia and Howard Weatherly of Eaton, Carol and Patrick Norris of Lawton, Okla; a son and daughter-in-law, Wilbur and Doris Moore of Huntington, W. Va.; 21 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were Friday, April 23, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Clarence Brannon officiating. Burial was in Concord Cemetery in Dixon Township, near Eaton.

Gordon Brillhart

Gordon Brillhart, 84, of Lutheran Drive, Eaton, died Tuesday morning, April 20, at Greenbriar Nursing Center.

Born Oct. 27, 1914, in Preble County, he was the son of Marshall M. and Mary Ann (James) Brillhart. He was a 1934 graduate of Lanier High School. Mr. Brillhart was a Lanier Township farmer, retiring in 1977; a Lanier and Twin Valley South School bus driver; and a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church of Eaton.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Irene (Coffman) Brillhart; a son, Gary L. Brillhart of Carlisle; a daughter and son-in-law, Kay L. and Bill Snead of Sharonville; three grandchildren, Michael Lee Brillhart of Clearwater, Fla., Michele Stacy of Franklin and William Snead II of Sharonville; one great-grandson, Michael Stacy; and cousins.

Funeral services were Friday, April 23, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with Elder Russell Eller officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 120 N. Maple St., Eaton, Ohio 45320; or to the American Diabetic Association, 8899 Brookside Road, Suite #2, West Chester, Ohio 45069.

Ruth M. Strausburg

Ruth M. Strausburg, 95, formerly of Jordan Road, West Alexandria, died Wednesday, April 21, at Vancrest Healthcare Center in Eaton following a lengthy illness.

Born Jan. 19, 1904, in West Carrollton, she was the daughter of the late John and Katie (Hoke) Long. She was a charter member of the Brookville Church of the Nazarene.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herschel L. Strausburg, on Feb. 9, 1982; and two sisters, Mary Stage and Ethel Woodruff.

Survivors include children and their families, Dorothy and Wes Crain of Tulsa, Okla., Howard and Frances Strausburg of West Alexandria, Ina and Henry Benbow of Greenville.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 24, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Anna L. Counsil

Anna L. Counsil, 79, of 3255 East Avenue R, Palmdale, Calif., died Tuesday evening, April 20, at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster, Calif.

Born April 30, 1919, in Preble County, she was the daughter of the late George and Ida (Phillips) Glick, and had resided in the California area for the past 37 years. She retired from Mrs. Wagner's Kitchen and as a nurse in the California area. She was a former member of the Fort Black Eastern Star Lodge #336 of New Madison, of which she was a past worthy matron.

Survivors include two sons, Billie Kimmel of New Madison and Roy Kimmel of Eldorado; a stepson, Richard Counsil of LaCresenta, Calif.; and a stepdaughter, Shirley VanLasa of Laguna Niguel, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Counsil, whom she married in 1963; a sister, Helen Duerr; a twin sister, Catherine Troutwine; and a brother, Harry Glick.

Visitation and burial were in California. A local memorial service was held Sunday, April 25, at the Eaton Church of Christ.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Fund.

A. Marie Garber

A. Marie Garber, 93, formerly of New Paris, died Friday, April 23, at Heartland of Eaton.

Born Oct. 3, 1905, in Preble County, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Lillie (Fudge) Miller, and had lived in the county most of her life. She was a member of Eldorado United Methodist Church for many years.

Mrs. Garber was preceded in death by her husband, Dwight L. Garber, on Sept. 9, 1990; a son, Norman Garber; four grandchildren; and a stepbrother, Russell Miller.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and John Shyrigh of New Lebanon; a son and daughter-in-law, Rex and Janice Garber of Farmersville; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Garber of Cincinnati.

Funeral services were Tuesday, April 27, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Walter M. O'Dell officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eldorado United Methodist Church.

Mabel C. Spraker

Mabel C. Spraker, 81, of 221 S. Maple Ave., Warsaw, Ind., died Saturday, April 17, in Warsaw.

Born Feb. 28, 1918, in Greensfork, Ind., she was the daughter of Carl and Jessie (Mull) Martin. She moved from Eaton to Warsaw in 1994. Mrs. Spraker was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Lester Spraker, whom she married Jan. 27, 1937, in Lynn, Ind.; a daughter, Kay Beam of Warsaw, Ind.; three grandchildren; four great-granchildren; three sisters, Sarah Brown and Mary Kaucher, both of Richmond, Ind., and Mildred Martin of Greensfork, Ind.; six brothers, Clyde and Howard, both of Richmond, Ind., Carl Jr. of Hagerstown, Ind., Guy and Kermit, both of Greensfork, Ind., and Paul of Farmersville; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four brothers.

Graveside services were held in Warsaw, Ind.

Florence N. Hoblit

Florence Newbauer Hoblit, 84, of Camden, died Wednesday, April 21, at the Suites of Greenbriar in Eaton.

Born Jan. 20, 1915, in Darke County, she was the daughter of Charles Ozro and Lizzie Marie (Brown) Everding. She married Raymond Newbauer on March 6, 1937, in Darke County, and later married Harold Hoblit in July 1975 in Montgomery County.

She was formerly employed by the Preble County Board of Mental Retardation, and had taught in several different school systems. She was a member of Camden United Methodist Church, Natural Foods Association, Greenpeace, a 4-H advisor, IFYE and United Methodist Women.

Survivors include daughters, Joyce (Jonathon) Crissinger of Star City, Ind., and Rita (Ray) Dill of Camden; a son, Douglas (Alicia) Newbauer of Tucker, Ga.; stepchildren, Dennis (JoAnne) Hoblit of Haines City, Fla., Charles (Elaine) Hoblit of Westminster, S.C., Ron (Becky) Hoblit of West Milton and Marilyn (Richard) Root of Winterhaven, Fla.; a sister, Iva Gant of Richmond, Ind.; 17 grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; 26 step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Ray Newbauer in 1963 and Harold Hoblit in 1996; brother, Hubert Paul; sister, Anna Catherine; one great-granddaughter; and two great-great-granchildren.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at Camden United Methodist Church, 100 S. Lafayette St., Camden, with Pastors Jackie Marshall and Gary Wood officiating. R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Camden United Methodist Church for the furtherance of handicap accessibility.

Georgia L. Mowell

Georgia Lois Mowell, 74, of Louisville, Ky., formerly of West Alexandria, died Sunday, April 25, at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville.

Born Oct. 19, 1924, she was the daughter of George and Ocie (Shipman) Sharp. Mrs. Mowell was a retired school bus driver from Twin Valley South High School, and was a member of the Gospel Assembly Church in Cincinnati. She had lived in Louisville for the past two years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, in 1994; a brother, James Sharp; and three sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas C. Mowell of Cincinnati, Kenneth E. Mowell of West Alexandria and Karl L. Mowell of Louisville, Ky.; six grandchildren; and a brother, Kenneth Sharp of Gary, Ind.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Larry Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.

James L. Eby

James Lee Eby, 54, of New Paris, died Sunday morning, April 25, in Richmond, Ind.

He was employed at the L&M Workshop in Eaton for over 20 years, and attended Grace Brethren Church in Glenwood.

Survivors include his parents, Dareld and Martha (Erisman) Eby of Eaton; brothers, Gerald of Lewisburg, Ronald of Eaton, Richard (Henritta) of Germantown; sisters, Sharon (George) Shell of Germantown, Linda (Ronald) Barnhart of Brookville; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 29, at Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon, with Pastor Doris Arnett officiating. Burial will be in Holp Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Springs Care Center, 7739 U.S. 40, New Paris, Ohio 45347.

Douglas H. Staley

Douglas H. Staley, 73, of Camden, died Monday, April 26, at Woodland Country Manor near Somerville.

Born May 11, 1924, in Middletown, he was the son of Douglas C. and Minnie O. (Gividen) Staley. He was a graduate of Purdue University; was a U.S. Army veteran; and retired from Armco Steel in 1990, where he was a quality control supervisor, after 38 years of service. He was a member of the Church of Christ on Laurel Avenue in Hamilton.

Survivors include his wife, Viola (Williston) Staley, whom he married Aug. 31, 1952, in Hamilton; two sons, Daniel Staley and Dave Staley, both of Camden; three daughters, Velma (Richard) Harrington of Gulfport, Miss., Linda Staley of Camden and Anna (Garry) Oliver of Alavaton, Ky.; six grandchildren; one brother, Ray Staley of Somerville; and three sisters, Eunice Sandgren of Kenewick, Wash., Clema Jo (Arthur Jr.) Atkinson of Grand Terrace, Calif., and Mildred (James) Spitler of Enon.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 30, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, 249 N. Main St., Camden, with the Rev. Charles Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Butler County Memorial Park, Trenton. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the funeral home.

Raymond Faucett

Raymond Faucett, 90, of 13 River Court, Richmond, Ind., died unexpectedly Monday, April 26, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born Feb. 2, 1909, in Connersville, Ind., he was the son of Alva and Mabel Belle (Decker) Faucett. He was a farmer in Ohio and Indiana; was a timber buyer for Mitchell Veneer of Greensburg, Ind.; worked for Crosley Corp./Avco Corp., International Harvester and Wayne Corp., all of Richmond, Ind. He was a faith healer for several years, and was a member of the Richmond Church of the Brethren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Dale Faucett, in 1934; and two sisters, Eva Pottenger and Helen Stevens.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Harriet Elvira (Lilly) Faucett; five sons, Robert C. Faucett of Economy, Ind., Dwain L. Faucett of Lancaster, Pa., Joseph O. Faucett of Virginia, Harry R. Faucett and David E. Faucett, both of Richmond, Ind.

Also surviving are six daughters, Margaret A. Buroker and Donna M. Walcott, both of Richmond, Ind., Esther L. Lang of Centerville, Ind., Carolyn L. Harris of Dunlap, Tenn., Janet S. Roark of Ocala, Fla., and Naomi R. Vance of Fountain City, Ind.; a sister, Ada Langevin of Richmond, Ind.; 34 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. (Ohio time) Thursday, April 29, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St., with the Rev. Clyde Hylton officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. (Ohio time) Wednesday, April 28, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Richmond Church of the Brethren, or to any favorite charity.

Ernest C. Green

Ernest C. (E. German) Green, formerly of Eaton, died Wednesday, April 21.

He was the son of Miller H. Sr. and Elfrieda S. (Eidenberg) Green. He was a veteran of the U.S. armed services.

Survivors include two nieces, Susan M. Green and Catherine F. Green; a cousin, Helga and Evart Van der Meer of the Netherlands; an uncle and aunt, Hans and Gertrude Schmidt of Germany.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at Baker-Hazel Funeral Home, 5555 Philadelpha Drive at North Main Street, Dayton, with Father Jim Schutte officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Preble County Fine Arts Center, Eaton, Ohio 45320; or to the Visiting Nurses Association of Montgomery County.

Steven R. Michael

Steven Russell Michael, 63, of Camden, died Tuesday, April 27, at his home after a two-year illness.

Born May 3, 1935, in Preble County, he was the son of Hubert and Florence (Gault) Michael. He retired in 1998 from Delphi (Harrison) in Moraine City after 29 years. Mr. Michael was a U.S. Army veteran, a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of George M. Verity Lodge in Middletown and a life member of the American Rifle Association. He was an antique dealer, horseman, hunter, fisherman and camper.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Hubert Michael.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Michael; six sons, Stephen Jr. (Brenda) Michael of West Manchester, Jack (Kay) Michael of New Paris, Bruce (Lydia) Michael and Pete (Donna) Michael of Eaton, Ronald (Manuela) Michael, Steve (Peggy) Kelso of Lawrenceville, Ga.

Also surviving are three daughters, Dianne (Daryl) Baker of West Manchester, Tonya (Raymond) Martin of El Paso, Texas, Karen (John) Busteed of Camden; four brothers, Dean (Connie) Michael of Camden, Paul (Beth) Michael of Eaton, Jack (Iretta) Michael of Indiana, Danny (Mary) Michael of New Madison; a sister, Sue (Sonny) Hileman of Camden; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services are pending at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden.


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