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Sarah L. McKinney

Sarah L. McKinney, 80, of Somerville, died Thursday, April 29, at Willow Knoll Nursing Center.

Born May 21, 1918, in Danville, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Mathie Hillard. She had resided in the Somerville community for 53 years, and was a member of Grace Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Clifford L. McKinney; a daughter, Norma Lee George of Oxford; two sons and daughters-in-law, the Rev. John Nolanand Cathy McKinney of Lima, James Gary and Judy McKinney of Middletown; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Luther Hillard of Monroe and Cecil Hillard of Tampa, Fla.; and a sister, Marie McWhorter of Danville, Ky.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Ben, James, Chester and Ted Hillard; and four sisters, Polly King, Lilly Mae Black, Christine Casey and Irene King.

Funeral services were Monday, May 3, at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, Middletown, with the Rev. Howard Sears officiating. Burial was in Woodside Cemetery.

Samuel E. Kesling

Samuel E. Kesling, 80, of Eaton, died Wednesday, April 28, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.

Born May 8, 1918, in Eaton, he was the son of the late Samuel and Myrtle (Goldsmith) Kesling, and had lived in Preble County most of his life. He was a 1937 graduate of Eaton High School. He retired from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Mr. Kesling attended Grace Lutheran Church and was a member of Bolivar Lodge #82, F&AM of Eaton; Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton; Odd Fellows Lodge #30 of Eaton.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth (Mann) Kesling; a sister, Ruth Renner; and a granddaughter.

Survivors include his wife, Carrie M. (Byrne) Kesling; a daughter, Myrna Humphreys of St. Paris; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a stepdaughter, Graceann E. Rix of Dayton; a stepson Cecil R. Allbright of Dayton; six step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 1, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Brian Dillahunt officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Masonic services were conducted Friday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Phyllis L. Quinn

Phyllis L. Quinn, 76, of East 2nd St., West Alexandria, died Tuesday, April 27, at Hospice of Dayton.

Born March 8, 1923, in West Alexandria, she was the daughter of Jacob and Carrie (Waggoner) Suggs. She was a 1941 graduate of West Alexandria High School. She had retired from Rike's (Lazarus) department store after 25 years.

Mrs. Quinn was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Women of the Church, Dorcas Circle and a lifetime member of James E. Ryan Post #322 Ladies Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James, in 1997; and her parents.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Robert Carico of Eaton; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Debbie Quinn of West Alexandria; three grandchildren, James Lacey Quinn of Texas, Robert Arlo Quinn of West Alexandria and Kathryn Kaylene Carico of Eaton; a great-grandson; and two brothers, Ray Suggs and Robert "Chink" Suggs, both of West Alexandria.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 1, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Daniel Snider officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Bill E. Brown

Bill Eugene Brown, 53, of Camden, died Tuesday, April 27, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Ind.

Born March 31, 1946, in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of the Rev. Earl and Hazel (Riddle) Brown. He was educated in the New Miami schools. Mr. Brown worked for Diebold Safe Company for 23 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of Camden Lodge #159, F&AM; Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton; and was a U.S. Navy peacetime veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Connie (Pettus) Brown, whom he married April 19, 1986, in Camden; five children, Emory Brown, Tim (Ann) Brown, William Brown and Joshua Brown, all of Camden, and Cristie Brown of Florida; two grandchildren, Heather and Megan Brown; two sisters, Dorothy (Quentin) Fields of Fairfield and Gail (Coleman) Williams of Trenton; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, William Robert, Earl Jr. and James E. Brown.

Funeral services were Friday, April 30, at Webb Noonan Funeral Home, Hamilton, with the Rev. Curtis Davidson officiating. Masonic services and Scottish Rite Ring Services were conducted Friday during visitation at the funeral home. Burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park.

Suetta P. Mullendore

Suetta P. Mullendore, 76, of South Cherry Street, Eaton, died Sunday, May 2, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

Born Aug. 12, 1922, in Butler County, she was the daughter of Arthur and Blanche (Wilson) McIntosh.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emerson Mullendore, in 1994; a sister, Thelma Slusser; three brothers, John, Raymond and Harry McIntosh; and an infant sister.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Debbie Mullendore of Eaton; a daughter, Judy Henson of Eaton; a grandson, Michael Henson of Eaton; a brother, James William McIntosh of Germantown; a sisters, Dorothy Ettel of Germantown.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis.

Helen G. Bishop

Helen G. Bishop, 89, of Gilmore Avenue, Eaton, died Sunday, May 2, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born March 12, 1910, in Eaton, she was the daughter of the late Clarence L. and Pauline (Cohee) Meeks. She was a 1928 graduate of Eaton High School and attended Miami Jacobs Business College.

She served as matron of the Preble County Home for five years, and retired as a caseworker for the Preble County Department of Human Services. She was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emerson H. Bishop, in 1960; and a sister, Gladys Morris, in 1949.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Gerald L. and Judy Bishop of Eaton; daughters and sons-in-law, Norma Jean and Norman Kemp, Joyce E. and Leon Moore, all of Eaton; a brother and sister-in-law, Karl and Marguerite Meeks of Eaton; a sister, Doris F. Gephart of Eaton; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, at New Hope United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jeffrey W. Blair officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad, 324 N. Maple St., Eaton, Ohio 45320; or to New Hope United Methodist Church, 3330 Upshur-Northern Road, Eaton, Ohio 45320.

Alan R. Myers

Alan Ray Myers, 19, died Monday, May 3, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton as a result of an automobile accident.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Faith R. "Tyke" and David Crabtree; paternal grandparent, E. Sarver of Eaton; maternal grandparents, Helyn Hickman and Joe Hocker of Florida; a sister, Heather R. Hickman of Eaton; half sisters, Nicki and Melonie Sarver of Eaton; stepsister, Jenifer (Crabtree) Williams of Texas; half brother, Michael Sarver of Eaton; uncles, Michael (Kathy) Patton of California; Spike (Judy) Hickman of North Carolina; nephew, J.D. Willeford of Eaton; and other family members.

He was preceded in death by Alan Ray Sarver, in 1979; and Carl W. "Bud" Hickman, in 1992.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, May 7, at Baker-Hazel Funeral Home, 5555 Philadelphia Drive at North Main Street, Dayton. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at the funeral home.

Wilma R. Wheeler

Wilma R. Wheeler, 86, of 260 N. Main St., Eldorado, and most currently a resident of the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville, died Monday evening, May 3, following a lengthy illness.

Born Sept. 4, 1912, near Eldorado, she was the daughter of Charles and Mae (Allread) Richards. She was a 1930 graduate of Monroe High School, West Manchester, and a member of Eldorado United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Wheeler, whom she married July 4, 1936; two sons, James P. Wheeler of Laurelville, Ohio, and Steven J. Wheeler of Eldorado; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by a brother, Ted Richards; and three sisters, Gladys Long, Lois Schlosser and Mildred Bush.

In the interest that others may learn from her life and her death, she donated her body to the Ohio State University Medical Center. Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home, Eldorado, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Central Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 156, West Manchester, Ohio 45382; or to the Eldorado Fire Department, P.O. Box 10, Eldorado, Ohio 45321.

Richard L. Terhaar

Richard L. Terhaar, 68, formerly of Williamsburg, Ind., died Friday, April 30, at Santa Rosa Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, after a short illness.

Born April 4, 1931, in Harrisburg, Ind., he was the son of Joseph and Ruby (Weaver) Terhaar. He was retired from an air conditioning factory in San Antonio.

Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Wright of Elgin, Okla., and Tonya Hicks of Eaton; a stepdaughter, Tina Wolf of Richmond, Ind.; five brothers, Harry, John and Tony Terhaar, all of Williamsburg, Ind., Joseph Terhaar Jr. of Greensfork, Ind., and George Terhaar of Centerville, Ind.; three sisters, Elsie Terhaar of Williamsburg, Ind., Anna Tornes of Sunbury, Ohio, and Rose Staight of Eaton; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Richard L. Terhaar Jr.; and two brothers, Tom and Lawrence Terhaar.

Funeral services were Friday, May 7, at Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, Fountain City, Ind., with the Rev. Max Knight officiating. Burial was in Dublin Cemetery.

Kevin M.S. Smith

Kevin Matthew Steven "Penguin" Smith, 24, of New Lebanon, died Monday, May 3, as the result of an automobile accident.

He was Sept. 30, 1974, in Dayton, and was a 1992 graduate of Dixie High School in New Lebanon. He had worked for Heidelberg Distributing Company in Dayton as a route sales and delivery driver, and was a member of Teamsters Union Local #957.

Survivors include his parents, Linda F. and Kent Anspaugh of New Lebanon, and Dennis R. and Kathy Smith of West Alexandria; a daughter, Emilee Elizabeth Anne Smith of Dayton; brothers and sisters, Denny R. and wife Janet Smith of Dayton, Heidi Anspaugh of New Lebanon, Jason Smith and Leslie Rupert, both of New Carlisle.

Also surviving are maternal grandparents, Daina and Mary Webb of Dayton, Don and Marian Woolery of New Lebanon, Norm and Loretta Anspaugh of New Carlisle; paternal grandparents, Carl R. and Betty W. Smith of Lewisburg; maternal great-grandmother, Mary Votaw of New Lebanon.

Other survivors are uncles and aunts, Phillip Smith of Lewisburg, Doug Smith of Dayton, Charles Palk of Beavercreek, Bordley Palk of New Lebanon, Lori Anspaugh of Dayton, Eric and Bev Anspaugh of Arcanum, Lance and Kitty Anspaugh of Farmersville.

Also, nieces and nephews, Kayla and Kendra Smith, David Smith, Brandon Noe, Jenny, Amber, Sytease, Leslie and Jason Smith; best friend, Bill Buxton of New Lebanon; numerous cousins and other relatives.

Funeral services were Thursday, May 6, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastors Eric Anspaugh and Rod Wentzel officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Mary E. Thompson

Mary E. Thompson, 76, formerly of New Paris, died Monday evening, May 3, at Vancrest Healthcare Center, Eaton, following a lengthy illness.

Born March 1, 1923, in Fountain City, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Earl R. and Nannie B. (Kelley) Ruby. She retired in 1980 from the east side Kmart in Richmond, Ind., after 12 years. She and her husband had been farmers in Jackson Township, Preble County, for 50 years.

She was preceded in death on Oct. 11, 1997, by her husband, C. Leon Thompson, whom she married Sept. 18, 1939; and brother, Donald Ruby.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Ann and John Virag of West Alexandria; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald E. and Kay Thompson of Battleground, Ind.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Walter Ruby of Eldorado and William H. Ruby of Morristown, Tenn.

Funeral services were Friday, May 7, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Lowell Spencer officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Vinie Abner

Vinie Abner, 96, of Eaton, died Wednesday, May 5, at Governor Harris Homestead.

Born Aug. 2, 1902, in Jackson County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Mathew and Laura (McFarland) Spivey.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alson Abner, in 1973; one brother; and four sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Lucille Teeters of Dayton and Zelma Booher of Eaton; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Friday, May 7, 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 Governor Harris Homestead.

Margaret S. Adamson

Margaret Sue Adamson, 54, of Eaton, died Wednesday evening, May 5, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.

Born June 27, 1944, in Paintsville, Ky., she was the daughter of Hollie and Dorothy (Meeks) Williams.

Survivors include her companion of 17 years, Ronald L. Lewis of Eaton; children, Robert Adamson of California, Carol Hunt and husband Rick of Eaton, Tina Collins of Eaton, Tammy Burgess and husband Bart of Trotwood, Michael Adamson of Eaton, Jason Lewis and wife Rose of Germany, Chris Lewis of North Carolina and Misti Adamson of Eaton; 13 grandchildren; her mother, Dorothy Williams of Dayton.

Also surviving are a son-in-law, Dave Burgess of Brookville; brothers and sisters, Delores Curry of Englewood, Maudie Trimble of Enon, Hollie Williams of Dayton, Paul Douglas Williams of Maryland, Gary Williams of New York, Mike Williams of Vandalia, Sharon Bleil of Eaton and Troy Williams of Piqua; uncle, Edgar Kimbler of Union; special friends, Pat, Nancy, Billie, Jean Ann, Connie and Candi; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 8, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Jim Valekis officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Virgie M. McCarley

Virgie M. McCarley, 78, died Monday, April 12, in Lakeside, Ariz.

She was born, reared and attended school in West Alexandria. She married Stanley Renner in 1938 and they lived in Ohio until 1961, when they moved to the Lakeside area. She worked at the McNary Post Office, Wilber's Market, The Homestead Cafe, the election board and for the Arizona MVD.

Survivors include two sons, Paul Renner of Show Low, Ariz., and David Renner of Lakeside, Ariz.; one brother, Jim Suggs of Phoenix, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Stanley Renner, in 1975, and O.C. McCarley, in 1981; a son, Kenneth Renner; and a sister, Gladys Farris.

Funeral services were Thursday, April 15, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Lakeside, Ariz., followed by burial in Lakeside Cemetery. Owens Mortuary, Show Low, Ariz., was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to RTA Hospice.

Laura M. Glunt

Laura Mildred Glunt, 92, of 3823 S. "A" St., Richmond, Ind., died Tuesday, May 4, at Pinehurst Village Nursing Home in Centerville, Ind.

Born Aug. 9, 1906, in Preble County, she was the daughter of William L. and Ethel May (Duffield) Fleisch. She had lived in the Preble County area most of her life, and had resided in Richmond for 11 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in New Paris.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard Glunt, on March 22; and a daughter, Marilyn Walcott.

Survivors include a son, James Glunt of Kansas City, Kan.; a sister, Alice Jean Ashenfelter of Jasper, Ala.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, May 10, at Jones-Klute-Lamb Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., with the Rev. Don Brammer officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.

Barbara J. Taylor

Barbara Jean (Crowell) Taylor, 59, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 1, at Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, Fla., after suffering multiple strokes and a fatal heart attack on April 30.

She was born June 18, 1939, on Ketterman Road in Preble County. She attended Lanier School until her sophomore year, and graduated from Belle Center High School in 1957. She attended the Eaton Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include a daughter, V. Jacquie Taylor of Winter Haven, Fla.; her mother, Kathryn Crowell of West Alexandria; a brother, Paul Crowell of Spring Lake, Mich.; a sister, Nancy Muncy of Eaton; aunts, uncles, cousins; three nieces and one nephew.

She was preceded ind eath by a daughter, Jeannie Marie, in 1965; and her father, Forrest E. Crowell, in 1986.

Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Mariah N. Lawson

Mariah Nicole Lawson, infant daughter of Michael E. Lawson and Leanna N. Robinson, died Thursday, May 6. She was born Tuesday, May 4.

Survivors include her parents, both of Dayton; grandparents, David Rose, Monetta Rose and Karen Robinson, all of Dayton; aunts and uncles, Cindy Robinson and husband Danny, Herbert "Bub" Robinson and wife Tina, Candy Settle, Melanie Barnett and husband Fred, Thomas Lawson and wife Jamie, and William Warren, all of Dayton; numerous cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Randy G. Lawson, in 1995.

Funeral services were Monday, May 10, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Peter Bellini officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mariah, c/o Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Dr. Bruce H. Ewald

Dr. Bruce H. Ewald, 65, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., died Thursday, May 6, at his home. He had moved to Arizona in 1998 from Long Valley, N.J.

Born Sept. 12, 1933, in New York, N.Y., he was the son of Harold E. and Dora (Hansen) Ewald. He was a 1957 Iowa State DVM graduate and received his master's degree in 1964. Dr. Ewald was a veterinarian in pharmaceutical research, retiring in 1997 from Novartis of New Jersey.

He was a past elder of the Presbyterian Church of New York, a member of Phi Gamma Delta, American Veterinarian Medical Association, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, Association of Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, Incurably Ill for Animal Research, New Jersey American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, National Association of Biomedical Research, New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research, Scientist Center for Animal Welfare, and The Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Carolyn (Alford) Ewald; two sons and daughter-in-law, David A. Ewald of Bedminster, N.J., Mark C. and Kerri Ewald of Naperville, Ill.; and his mother, Dora Ewald of Bronxville, N.Y.

Graveside services were Tuesday, May 11, at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower, Phoenix, Ariz., 85014; or to Mayo Clinic of Scottsdale, 13400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, Ariz. 85259.

Estle T. Thacker Sr.

Estle T. Thacker Sr., 78, of Ohio 726, Eldorado, died Saturday morning, May 8, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., following a short illness.

Born Oct. 21, 1920, in Cynthiana, Ky., he was the son of John S. and Lena Victoria (Spence) Thacker. He married Addie Guthrie on April 15, 1938, and they have been residents of Preble County for 47 years. He was a World War II veteran, having served in Germany. Mr. Thacker retired from NCR in 1969.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Ed and Orville.

Survivors include his wife, Addie; two daughters, Norma Pope of Eldorado and Dianna Lewis of Eaton; a son, Estle T. Thacker Jr. of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Tony Pope, Tammy Delloposta, Estle T. Thacker III, Ronda O'Hair, Dianna Elam, Jeffery Thacker and Melissa McKee; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Tuesday, May 11, at Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home, Eldorado, with the Rev. Mike Gray officiating. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery near Eldorado.

Berta Geigner

Berta "Betty" Geigner, 94, died Friday, May 7, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

A native of Germany, she was a former resident of Camden, and had resided in Dayton for the past 17 years with the Anna Weizman-Shellman family, and since January at Heartland of Beavercreek.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Geigner.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews in New England and Germany; and faithful friends, Vada Eaglin, Wade Smith and the Eugen Stiefelmayer family in the Dayton area.

Graveside services were Tuesday, May 11, at Fairmount Cemetery, Camden. R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart of Cancer Association.

James H. Shafer

James H. Shafer, 78, formerly of West Alexandria, died Monday, May 10, in Eaton.

Born April 18, 1921, in Preble County, he was the son of Roscoe and Hazel (Eby) Shafer. He was a 1939 graduate of West Alexandria High School. Mr. Shafer was an owner, trainer and driver of Standard Bred horses.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Steven Shafer and wife Jeanne of Eaton; two daughters, Rita Roberts and husband David of West Alexandria, Carol McWhinney and husband Chris of Dayton; eight grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Shafer; and a sister, Mary Ellen Smith.

Private funeral services will be held. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, Eaton.


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