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Miscellaneous Preble County, Ohio Obituaries - 1999

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Kathy Brubaker

Kathy Brubaker, 46, of Eaton, died Monday, May 10, at her home.

Born Dec. 1, 1952, in Hamilton, she was the daughter of William T. and Barbara (Austin) Price. She was a home health aide and cared for the elderly for many years.

Survivors include her three children, William T. Schleiger of Fairhaven, Michelle L. Schleiger and Renee Brubaker, both of West Alexandria; Dennis Brubaker; and her grandchildren, Robert and Austin Hansford.

Funeral services were Friday, May 14, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. Burial was in Fairhaven Cemetery.

Ruby Crowell

Ruby Crowell, 90, formerly of West Dayton Street, West Alexandria, died Monday, May 10, in Versailles, Mo.

Born Jan. 26, 1909, in Ohio, she was the daughter of James and Rosa Bell (Richards) Howell. She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in West Alexandria.

Survivors include a daughter, Rosanna (Robert) Shaffer of Gravois Mills, Mo.; three step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dorsie Crowell in 1980; a daughter, Carrie; two sisters, Carrie Smith and Olive Howell; and two brothers, Foster Howell and Clifford Howell.

Funeral services were Friday, May 14, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. J. Herman Bassler officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Edward P. Smith

Edward P. Smith, 72, of 33 Sauer Drive, New Paris, died Wednesday, May 12, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after an extended illness. He had been a resident of Greenbriar Nursing Center for the past 10 months.

Born June 6, 1926, in Connersville, Ind., he was the son of Edward and Rhonda (Alderson) Smith. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Smith retired in 1989 as the garage manager and diesel mechanic at State Line Truck Stop after 21 years of service. He had been maintenance manager of the New Paris Apartments prior to his illness.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Joan Parsley and Mary Porter.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Gloria J. (Reynolds) Smith; a daughter, Tina M. Smith of Eldorado; a son, Michael W. Smith of New Paris; a sister, Phyllis DeHaven of Connersville, Ind.; five brothers, John Smith of Louisiana, Raymond Smith of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Jim Smith of Texas, Bill Smith of Augusta, Ga., and Gene Smith of Union City, Ind.; half sisters, Audrey Wright and Naoma Sell, both of Richmond, Ind.; and a grandson, Adam C. Evans of Eldorado.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 15, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. Gilmer Smith officiating.

Mary M. Childers

Mary M. (Spencer) Childers, 84, formerly of Lewisburg, died Thursday afternoon, May 13, at Walnut Creek Nursing Center in Kettering after an extended illness.

Born Feb. 18, 1915, in Fillmore (Lee County), Ky., she was the daughter of Strong J. and Ila Dell (Marshall) Spencer. She had lived in Preble County since 1947.

Mrs. Childers was one of the original founders of the Preble County SCOPE Program and worked for SCOPE for several years. She attended Living Waters Worship Center, and was a former member of Lewisburg Baptist Church and a Sunday school teacher.

She was preceded in death by her former husband, Porter Childers, in 1981; a son, Fred Childers, in 1997; sisters, Alice Thorpe and Daisy Mae Spencer; and brothers, John W., Paul J., Sheridan and Bedford Spencer.

Survivors include four sons, Glenn Childers of West Alexandria, Lonnie Childers of Clayton, Herbert Childers of Huber Heights and Gary Childers of Kettering; three daughters, Joyce Hoff of Beavercreek, Faye McManama of South Whitley, Ind., and Rebecca Glenn of West Manchester.

Also surviving are two brothers, Donald Spencer and Samuel Spencer, both of Cincinnati; three sisters, Ivy Wills of Michigan, Madaline Barrett of Walled Lake, Mich., and Ina Faye Lang of Cincinnati; 26 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday, May 17, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

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

Marjorie F. White

Marjorie Ferris White, 68, of Camden, died Thursday, May 13, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Born June 6, 1930, in Somers Township (Preble County), she was the daughter of Forrest W. and Jessie L. (Douglass) Ferris. She was a graduate of Camden High School. She was a teacher in the Dayton Public School system for 33 years, retiring in 1989.

Mrs. White was a member of Camden United Methodist Church, NEA, OEA, president and member of the Preble Shawnee Board of Education, a member of the Camden Area Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Black Walnut Festival, past president of the Preble County Council on Aging, and was actively involved in the Camden Area Historical Preservation Project.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, John "Jack" White, whom she married Sept. 2, 1951, at Camden United Methodist Church in Camden; three children, Allen Keith White of Santa Rosa, Calif., Barbara Kaycee of Littleton, Colo., and Todd Kenneth White of Cincinnati; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Also surviving are three brothers, Kenneth (Dorothy) Ferris of Kennesaw, Ga., Gail (Judy) Ferris of Hamilton, Donald (Jackie) Ferries of Fairfield; and three sisters, June (Glenn) Fisher of Villa Park, Ill., Jetta Ferris of Camden and Carol (Gale) Edwards of Walnut Creek, Calif.

Funeral services were Monday, May 17, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Jackie Marshall officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Town Hall Restoration Project, P.O. Box 8, Camden, Ohio 45311, or to Camden United Methodist Church, 100 S. Lafayette St., Camden, Ohio 45311.

Eleanor L. West

Eleanor L. "Cookie" West, 58, 320 E. Main St., Hagerstown, Ind. died Monday, May 3, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind. after a long illness.

Born Nov. 13, 1940 in Middletown she was the daughter of James Ray and Faye Renfro Estes and had lived in Hagerstown since 1984 when she moved there from Eaton.

The 1958 graduate of Middletown High School was formerly a manager of Mahoney's Tru Value Hardware Store in Hagerstown and had served as an emergency medical technician with Culberson Ambulance Service.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, James West; two sons, Richard R. West of Chula Vista, Calif., and Ronald E. West of Eaton; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Robert J. Dennis of Powell, Tenn., and Dean Estes of Grand Rapids, Mich.; one sister, Billie Rae Christy of Winston-Salem, N.C., nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 8, at Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown with the Rev. Philip Mahoney officiating. Burial was in West Lawn Cemetery in Hagerstown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Herman K. Taylor

Herman K. Taylor, 85, of Eaton, died Saturday evening, May 15, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born April 1, 1914 in Oxford, he was the son of the late James E. and Lou (Statzer) Taylor. A 1934 graduate of the Johnsville-New Lebanon High School, he moved to Preble county in 1948. He retired from Frigidaire Corp. of Dayton in 1973 after 30 years employment; he was a member of the 25 year club at Frigidaire; and a member of the United Church of Christ in Eaton.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Juanita A. (Mendenhall) Taylor; son and daughter-in-law, Glen A. and Barbara A. Taylor of Sylvania.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Fred Taylor in 1997, six sisters, Nellie Taylor in 1914, Emma Taylor in 1922, Mary Elmore in 1979, Ruth Hartshorn in 1983, Elizabeth "Betty" Ketron in 1987 and Mattie Fay Barber in 1994.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 18, at Barnes Funeral Home, Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria with the Rev. Jay Whitley officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency, 324 N. Maple St., Eaton, Ohio 45320 or the United Church of Christ, 213 W. Decatur St., Eaton, Ohio 45320.

Stella Tabor

Stella Tabor, 82, of West Dayton St., West Alexandria, died Saturday, May 15 in Dayton.

Born April 23, 1917 in Tennessee, she was the daughter of Jackson and Edna (Neal) Blaylock.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Willis Tabor; four sons, Delbert Tabor (Joann) and Curt (Kim) of West Alexandria, Elbert Tabor (Wanda) of Dayton and Allen Tabor (Janet) of Eaton; four daughters. Linda Tabor and Rose Armstrong, (Stanley) of Eaton, Loretta Barrett of West Alexandria and Sue Kerlin (Pete) of Jacksonville, Fla.; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are a brother, Shirley Blaylock and two sisters, Carrie Harp and Leona Harp.

She was preceded in death by a son, Anderson Tabor; two daughters Janet Tabor and Maureen Vencil; and two grandsons, Joe McMurray and Bryan Tabor.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 18, at the Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home in West Alexandria with the Rev. Fred Hill officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.

June D. Robinson

June D. Robinson, 79, of New Paris, died Saturday, May 15 at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind. after a short illness.

Born June 7, 1919 in Franklin County, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Martha (Reynolds) Meyer. Formerly of Henry County, Ind., she has lived in Preble County since 1961.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Odette Robinson; a daughter, Elaine K. Robinson of New Paris; a brother, Warren Meyer of Brookville, Ind., nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a son, M. Dale Robinson in 1974; two sisters, Ethel Dieckmann and Edna Mills; two brothers, Lowell "Jack" Meyer and Paul "Pete" Meyer.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 19, at 11 a.m. (Ohio Time) at Barnes Funeral Home, 109 W. Main St., New Paris with the Rev. J. Mark Hinshaw officiating. Burial will be in Springlawn Cemetery in New Paris. The family will receive friends on Wednesday one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Preble County Unit, P.O. Box 203, Eaton, Ohio 45320.

Maxie C. Cook

Maxie C. Cook, 81, Woodside Drive, West Alexandria, died Monday morning, May 17, at her residence after an extended illness.

Born Aug. 9, 1917 in Dongola (Letcher County), Ky., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Lora (Hale) Gant.

She was a member of the Eaton Baptist Temple since 1963. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer cook in 1988; stepfather, Lloyd Miller; brother, Maynard Gant; half brother, Archie Miller; granddaughter, Karen Cope, Great-grandson, Bernard Eugene Tyree III.

Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Lena Cook of Dayton, Denver Cook of West Milton, Kendall and Janet Cook and Wayne and Linda Cook, all of Eaton; seven daughters and sons-in-law, Merita and William Cope of Richmond, Ky., Emily and Dan Hartzell of Lancaster, Calif., Delora Sue and Mike Sampson of Aptos, Calif., Judy C. Cook and friend Carl Wysong and Julia K. and Steve DeHart all of West Alexandria, Teresa and Gary Garwood and Kathy and Ed Johnson, all of Eaton.

Also five half brothers, Orville Miller, John Miller and Donald Miller all of West Virginia, James Miller of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Edison Miller of Florida; 28 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, nephews nieces and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 20,at 10:30 a.m. at Eaton Baptist Temple, 416 E. Decatur St., Eaton, with the Rev. Lowell Spencer officiating. Burial will be in the Sugar Grove Cemetery at West Alexandria. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 19 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Barnes Funeral Home, 220 E. MaIn St., Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Baptist Temple or the Gideon's International.

Sandra D. Stegall

Sandra D. Stegall, 52, of Orangeburg Road, New Paris, died unexpectedly Monday, May 17, at her home.

Born Aug. 26, 1946, in Richmond, Ind., she was the daughter of Delbert and Alma (Morris) Ward. She was a 1964 graduate of Jefferson High School and was the owner, CEO and president of Straight Status, Inc. of New Castle, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Earl Stegall, in December 1997.

Survivors include her parents, Delbert and Alma Ward of New Paris; a son, Jason C. Stegall of New Paris; a daughter, Lori L. Stegall of New Paris; three sisters, Deanna K. Finnan of California, Sharen L. Moore and Karen L. Ward, both of New Paris; a sister-in-law, Carlene Stegall of Richmond, Ind.; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services were Friday, May 21, at Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris, with the Rev. Kathryn Hawbaker and the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. There was no public calling. Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest Emergency Squad.

Kenneth M. Beasley

Kenneth Mann Beasley, 80, of Eaton, died Wednesday, May 19, at Vancrest Health Care Center.

A native and lifelong resident of Eaton, he was born Oct. 8, 1918, son of the late Raymond W. and Lena M. (Mann) Beasley. He was a retired farmer and caretaker of Fort St. Clair Park in Eaton where he worked for 25 1/2 years. Mr. Beasley was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the European Bulge. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, Martha M. (Smith) Beasley, whom he married Dec. 29, 2943; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jerry Brown of Eaton; a granddaughter, Renee Brown; and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Lee Beasley.

Funeral services were Friday, May 21, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Brian Dillahunt officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or to Hospice of Middletown.

Steven P. Cunningham

Steven Paul Cunningham, 52, of Camden, died Friday, May 21, at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

He was born Oct. 11, 1946, in Cincinnati. He was a graduate of Miami University, holding a master's degree in accounting. Mr. Cunningham was president and director of internal auditoring at CHA Health in Lexington, Ky. He was also a member of the Plymouth Church of Christ in Cleveland, and a member of the Masons.

Survivors include his parents, Donna E. Cunningham of Camden, and Richard R. (Betty) Cunningham of Fairfield; two brothers, Richard R. Cunningham of Lancaster, Pa., and Jim (Jenny) Cunningham of Middletown; two sisters, Linda D. Cunningham of Fort Thomas, Ky., and Patti A. Gray of Richmond, Ind.

Funeral services were Monday, May 24, at R. C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral, Camden. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mason.

William Carson

William "Bill" Carson, formerly of the Eaton area, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 16, at his home in Reno, Nev.

Born March 28, 1940, he was the son of Charles and Cecilia Carson. He attended grade school in Eaton. After graduating from Xavier High School in Cincinnati, he enlisted in the Marines. He worked in Eaton before moving to Reno.

Survivors include his wife, Barb; a daughter, Kim Vickers of Alma, Ga.; a son, Jim Smith of Alabama; four grandchildren; a sister, Vera McKee of Richmond, Ind.; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother and sister; and brothers, James and Charles Carson.

Funeral services were in Reno.

Martha F. Roe

Martha F. Roe, 78, formerly of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, May 19, at Hospice of Dayton after an extended illness.

Born Nov. 29, 1920, in Lewisburg, she was the daughter of John S. and Sylvia (Steiner) Skiles. She retired in 1982 as an operator for General Telephone Company of Brookville. Mrs. Roe was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Brookville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Roe, in October 1963; and two brothers, John E. Skiles and Milford Skiles.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Roe-Meeks of Brookville and Marsha Shannon of Eaton; a twin sister, Mary Longnecker of Arcanum; a sister, Jean Anderson of Lake Suzy, Fla.; three grandchildren, Jenni Phillips, Jane Combs and Jon Hoff; and three great-granddaughters.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 22, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. David Justis officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Helen F. Raymer

Helen Frances Raymer, 66, formerly of Eaton, died Aug. 27, 1998, in Scranton, Pa., where she had lived since 1996.

Born Dec. 24, 1931, in Indianapolis, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Raymond J. and Myrtle Mae (Hughley) McDonald. While in Eaton, she was a member of the Eaton Church of the Brethren, and was a member of the Mended Hearts, Inc., Chapter 61 of Dayton.

She was preceded in death on May 24, 1987, by her husband, Russell E. Raymer, whom she married July 25, 1950; and a sister, Margaret Westenhaver.

Survivors include children, Robert G. Raymer of Scranton, Pa., Cammy S. Shuler of Richmond, Ind., Revonna Baldridge and David Raymer, both of Plant City, Fla.; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brothers, Raymond McDonald of Grapevine, Texas., and John McDonald of Horseshoe, N.C.

Graveside memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at Preble Memory Gardens Cemetery, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria, with Pastor Greg Hyre officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements.

James Waller

James Waller, 69, of North Barron Street, Eaton, died unexpectedly Sunday, May 23, at his home.

Born April 24, 1930, in Preble County, he was the son of John and Ruth Marie (Jordan) Waller.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Mary Hittle.

Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Waller of Eaton; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul "Pete" and Joan Waller of West Alexandria; nieces; and cousins.

Graveside services were Tuesday, May 25, at Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Daniel Snider officiating. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Fred E. Bowman

Fred E. Bowman, 73, of Wayne Trace Road, Eaton, died Monday, May 24, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born Sept. 10, 1925, in Roanoke, Va., he was the son of Nathaniel and Ella (Showalter) Bowman. He was the owner and appliance service technician of Bowman Appliances in Eaton for 35 years.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Ruth Bowman; three daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Byron Miller of Waterford, Calif., Betty and Philip Cook of North Manchester, Ind., Mary Jane and John Beery of Athens, Wis.; a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Sally Bowman of Modesto, Calif.; a brother, Herman Bowman of Arcanum; a sister, Evelyn Sink of Rocky Mount, Va.; and 16 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Earl Bowman and J.D. Bowman; and a sister, Elizabeth Bowman.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 28, at the Upper Twin Old German Baptist Church, West Alexandria, with the Home Brethren officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis. The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria. A prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 28, at the funeral home.


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