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Barbara C. Taylor

A memorial service for Barbara Jean (Crowell) Taylor, 59, who died May 1 in Winterhaven, Fla., will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at the Eaton Church of the Brethren, 1407 N. Barron St.

Estrid B. Welsh

Estrid (Bloom) Welsh, 78, of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., formerly of Eaton, died Saturday, June 12, at her home.

Born March 9, 1921, in Springfield, she was the daughter of John and Vonnie Bloom. She had been employed as a clerk in the Perrysburg (Ohio) Municipal Court, and retired in 1978. She was a member of Palm Springs Presbyterian Church and the Perrysburg Methodist Church in Perrysburg.

She married William M. Welsh on May 28, 1942, in Eaton, and he preceded her in death in 1983.

Survivors include three daughters, Susan J. Gilders of Bowling Green, Lynne E. Cordova of Santa Clara, Calif., Carol A. Amendola of Santa Rosa, Calif.; a son, William J. Welsh of Salt Lake City, Utah; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial services will be held in Perrysburg, Ohio, and in November at Sky Valley Park, Calif. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Suite C, 2995 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84115.

Susan M. Zarecky

Susan (Mittlestadter) Zarecky, 54, of Middletown, died Saturday, June 12, at Middletown Hospital.

Born April 3, 1945, in Dayton, she was the daughter of Bayman and Evelyn Mittlestadter. She had worked the last 10 years for Poff Plastics in Monroe.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gregory T. Zarecky, in 1993; and her father, in 1960.

Survivors include a daughter, Misty Zarecky of Middletown; two sons and daughter-in-law, Gregory Zarecky of Middletown, Michael and Tara Zarecky of Carlisle; four grandchildren, Dustin, Thomas, Gage and Anthony; a sister, Deborah Norman of Camden; a brother and sister-in-law, David and Eileen Middestetter of Oakwood; her mother and stepfather, Evelyn and Robert Leas of Eaton.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 15, at Breitenback Funeral Home, Middletown, followed by burial in Woodside Cemetery, Middletown.

Bette M. Thompson

Bette M. Thompson, 78, of Dayton, died Monday morning, June 14, at Hospice of Dayton.

Born Oct. 9, 1920, in Dayton, she was the daughter of Jay and Hazel (Smith) Thompson. She was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theater. She had worked for over 30 years in the accounting office at Delco Air/General Motors.

Mrs. Thompson was a member of American Legion Post #215 of Eaton; Beavercreek VFW Post #8312, the Inland Retirees' Club, and was a 25-year member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem.

Survivors include a sister, Neveda Tipton of Eaton; a brother, James Thompson of Beavercreek; a nephew, Wayne Tipton of Eaton; a niece, Connie Christian of Camden; two great-nieces, Christina Tipton of Eaton and Jessica Christian of Camden; a great-nephew, Andrew Tipton of Eaton; several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside serves were at Woodside Cemetery, Middletown, with the Rev. Thomas Mellott officiating. American Legion Post #218 Color Guard provided military honors.

Margaret R. Helsley

Margaret Ruth Helsley, 60, of Somerville, died Tuesday, June 15.

Born Dec. 14, 1938, in Sparta, Ky., she was the daughter of William P. and Hazel (Wheeler) Newton. She was a member of Women of the Moose Chapter 183 in Middletown, Camden American Legion #377 and the Ladies Auxiliary of Eagles #528 of Middletown.

She married Charles Young on Feb. 20, 1954, in Liberty, Ind., and four daughters were born to the couple. She later married Lester Helsley in Somerville.

Survivors include her daughters, Carol (Jerry) Mason of Middletown, Ruth Ann (Denny) Felblinger, Betty (Troy) Wagers, Teresa Osborne and Ronnie Abrams, all of Somerville; her mother, Hazel Newton of Somerville; two brothers, Eugene Newton of Somerville and Earl (Ruby) Newton of Louisville, Ky.; a sister, Mary Rich of Somerville; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father on Nov. 11, 1986.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 19, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with Pastor James Mullins officiating. Burial was in Somerville Cemetery, Somerville.

Dorothy M. Broderick

Dorothy M. (Nichols) Broderick, 70, of New Paris, died Tuesday, June 15, at her home.

Born May 4, 1929, in Richmond, Ind., she was the daughter of Russell and Ida (Houser) Miles. She was a member, past president and treasurer of the American Legion Auxiliary in New Paris.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Dale Broderick, in 1984.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Mona and Richard Venton of Richmond, Ind.; a stepson and wife, John C. and Teresa Broderick of New Paris; a sister, Myra E. Combs of Richmond, Ind.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were Friday, June 18, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society-Preble County Unit, P.O. Box 203, Eaton, Ohio 45320; or to Hospice of Darke County, 122 W. Martz St., Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Leo A. Wilt

Leo A. Wilt, 79, formerly of Eldorado, died early Friday morning, June 18, at the Brethren's Home in Greenville, where he had resided for the past three years.

Born Jan. 16, 1920, in Darke County, he was the son of Roy Edward and Dola Frances (McDowell) Wilt. On June 28, 1941, he married Frances L. Fletcher, who preceded him in death on Dec. 30, 1992. They were residents of Eldorado for over 50 years.

Mr. Wilt was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, having served in several foreign countries. He worked for over 35 years with Sunbeam Bakery, Eldorado. Following his retirement, he was employed at Truck Stops of America near Eaton. He was a member of the VFW and DAV of Greenville.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ed Wilt; and three sisters, Merlie Eubank, Hallie Petry and Helen Woodall.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Wilt of Eldorado, Connie Boyer and husband David of New Paris; two sons, Edward Wilt and wife Pam of Eaton, and Terry Wilt of Dayton; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Wanda Williamson and Blanche Bright, both of Greenville.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 22, at Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home, Eldorado, with Pastors Mary Sue Rosenberger and Michael Hodson officiating. Burial was in Greenmound Cemetery, New Madison.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Richmond, Ind.

Harry Gibbins

Harry Gibbins, 77, of Israel-Somers Road, Camden, died Friday, June 18, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Born Nov. 11, 1921, in Preble County, he was the son of Harry C. and Bertha (Nunning) Gibbins. He was a retired Israel Township farmer; a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in College Corner, Ohio, and a past church trustee; and a member of Preble County Farm Bureau Advisory Council #12.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert P. Gibbins, in 1991, and Charles R. "Pat" Gibbins, in 1998.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Martha (Whitesell) Gibbins; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Dianna K. Gibbins of Monroe; daughters and sons-in-law, Marcia and Raymond Beckett of Miamisburg, Marilyn and Bill Kramer of Springboro; a brother, Thomas Gibbins of Eaton; two sisters, Jane Poos and Betty Gibbins, both of Eaton; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were Monday, June 21, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Robert K. Foster officiating. Burial was in Fairhaven Cemetery, Fairhaven.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church in College Corner, or to VITAS of Cincinnati Hospice.

Dan L. Mansfield Sr.

Dan L. Mansfield Sr., 47, of Englewood, died Saturday, June 19, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

He was employed as a master mechanic with AT&T. He was a member of Englewood United Methodist Church; past master of West Alexandria King Hiram Lodge #88, F&AM; a member of the Scottish Rite of Dayton and the SAL of Randolph Post 707.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Jan (Deaton) Mansfield; a son, Danny L. Mansfield II of Englewood; a daughter, Tiffany K. Mansfield of Englewood; his parents, Chuck Sr. and Betty (Stiffler) Mansfield of West Alexandria.

Also surviving are two sisters, Diana (Mark) Lindloff of West Alexandria and Becky (Curt) Brubaker of Eaton; a brother, Chuck (Lisa) Mansfield Jr. of Springfield; mother-in-law, Carole Deaton of Dayton; a brother-in-law, Mike (Cathy) Deaton of Dayton; nephews, Mark, Clint, Brett, Travis, Drew and Trent; and nieces, Melissa and Stephanie; and best friends, Phil and Jackie Williams of Clayton.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Englewood United Methodist Church, 107 N. Walnut St., Englewood, with the Rev. Robert Klingel and Pastor Ron Dafler officiating. Masonic services were conducted Tuesday evening following viewing at the funeral home. Burial will be in Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery. Kindred Funeral Home, Englewood, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Unverferth House in Columbus.

Beulah I. Turner

Beulah I. Turner, 86, a former Preble County and Dayton resident, died Monday, June 21, at Trinity Community of Beavercreek.

Born April 26, 1913, in West Manchester, she was the daughter of the late John and Opal (Kirkhoff) Waldren. She was a retired house supervisor from Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. She attended the West Manchester United Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Keith K. Turner; three daughters, Phyllis Kahn of Lynden, Wash., Sandra Knodel of Shelby Township, Mich., and Marcia Newhouse of Dayton; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 24, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, 226 W. Main St., Eaton, with the Rev. Paul E. Chastain officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45420.

James F. Mendenhall

James F. Mendenhall, 61, formerly of New Paris, died Monday morning, June 21, at Heartland of Eaton.

Born May 6, 1938, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of Ivel C. and Gennette (Kayler) Mendenhall. He was a 1956 Jackson High School graduate and had been a custodian for C.R. Coblentz Local School District for 15 years.

Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn K. and Clem J. Pemberton of Winfield, W. Va.; one niece and two nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St., Eaton, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Burial will be in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris. The family will receive friends from 1 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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

Fern F. Clemons

Fern F. Clemons, 92, of Eaton-Gettysburg Road, Eaton, died Tuesday, June 22, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born Feb. 13, 1907, in Bluford, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Della (Redburn) Halbrooks, and had lived in Preble County since 1979. She was a former employee of Mt. Vernon Garment Co. in Mt. Vernon, Ill., and a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church in Bluford, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gale W. Clemons, on Dec. 15, 1983; a grandson; and brothers, Harold K. Halbrooks and Ross Halbrooks.

Survivors include two daughters, Geraldine Payne and Jean Lipscomb, both of Eaton; three grandchildren; three great-grandsons; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Graveside services were Saturday, June 26, at Bethel Memorial Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Ill. Hughey Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon, Ill., was in charge of arrangements. Local arrangements were handled by Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton.

Donald E. Dennull

Donald E. "Tiny" Dennull, 64, of Brookville, died unexpectedly Thursday, June 24.

He retired in 1992 as a semi truck driver from General Motors Wisconsin Boulevard Plant after 32 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Victoria (Bergman) Weaver; sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Mary Jo Dennull, Dale and Melinda Dennull, all of Eaton, Douglas and Kathy Dennull of Fremont, Ohio; daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Jim Myers of South Carolina, Chris and Scott Dickey of Brookville.

Also surviving are brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Marjean Dennull of Dayton, Thomas and Muriel Dennull of Massachusetts; sisters-in-law, Mabel Dennull of Lewisburg, Patricia Pyle of Brookville and Arlene Dinsmore of Indiana; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol J. (Libecap) Dennull; his parents, Michael and Myrel (Douglas) Dennull; and a brother, Edward "JR" Dennull.

Funeral services were Monday, June 28, at Kindred Funeral Home, Englewood, followed by burial in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation, or to the Dayton Area Heart Fund.

Marjorie J. Burch

Marjorie J. Burch, 76, of Eaton, died Thursday, June 24, at Greenbriar Nursing Center.

A native and lifelong resident of Preble County, she was born April 2, 1923, the daughter of the late Orla and Dola (Brown) Fudge. She was the retired co-owner of Burch Realty in Eaton.

Her husband, Howard A. Burch, died May 15, 1986.

Survivors include a son, Gary Burch of Grass Lake, Mich.; a daughter and son-in-law, Marta and Curt Smith of Eaton; a granddaughter, Diana Smith; a sister, Janice Lantis of New Lebanon; nieces and nephews; and an aunt, Opal Rinehart of Eaton.

Private family graveside services were held at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, with the Rev. James C. Sizelove officiating. There was no public calling. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Mary Alice Storer

Mary Alice Storer, 89, of 750 Chestnut St., Greenville, died Thursday, June 24, at The Brethren's Home in Greenville after an extended illness.

Born Oct. 24, 1909, in Carlos, Ind., she was the daughter of Harry and Iva (Porter) Shook. She was a 1932 graduate of Manchester College and had been an elementary school teacher for over 30 years in Preble and Darke County schools. Mrs. Storer was a member of the Eaton Church of the Brethren and the Retired Teachers Association.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold D. Storer, in 1980; a son, Marvin Storer, in 1959; and four brothers, William, Edward, Harold and Kenneth Shook.

Survivors include a son, Lowell D. Storer of Hillsboro; two daughters, Ruth Anne Heeter of West Alexandria and Janice McKee Rieman of Christiansburg, Va.; a brother, John Shook of Richmond, Ind.; two sisters, Edrie Smith of Eaton and Phyllis Townsend of Greenville; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday, June 28, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Greg A. Hyre officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Alice E. Pierson

Alice E. Pierson, 91, of Huber Heights, formerly of Fairhaven, died Thursday, June 24, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.

Born Nov. 7, 1907, in Fairhaven, she was the daughter of Mort and Bessie (Simpson) Doty. She married Oren Pierson on Dec. 23, 1928, in Campbellstown. Mrs. Pierson attended the Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church in Dayton and was a member of Fairhaven United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oren Pierson; one son, James Dwight Pierson; and four brothers, Chester, Ralph, Ed and Roy Doty.

Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Pierson of Richmond, Ind.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Sheila Pierson of Fairhaven, Oren Robert and Debbie Pierson of Enon; a family friend, Sharon Huth of Richmond, Ind.; a sister, Florence Moss of Eaton; a daughter-in-law, Faye Pierson of Huber Heights; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday, June 28, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden with the Rev. Lillian Gillispie officiating. Burial was in Fairhaven Cemetery, Fairhaven.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fairhaven United Methodist Church, 7818 Ohio 177, Camden, Ohio 45311.

Violet Duncan

Violet Duncan, 84, of West Elkton, died Friday, June 25, at Berkeley Square Health Care.

Born Jan. 2, 1915, in Kentucky, she was the daughter of Ike and Lucy (Barnett) Bowling. She was educated in the Hamilton City Schools. Mrs. Duncan was a member of the First Church of God in Camden.

She married Ernest Duncan in 1953 in Hamilton, and he preceded her in death in May 1971.

Survivors include her children, Carol Wise of College Corner, Ind., Leroy Huff of Somerville, Richard Huff and wife Irene of Rosston, Okla., Earl Huff and wife Judy of Cedar Grove, Fla., Marilyn Meyers of Springboro, David Huff and wife Phyllis of Camden, Denise Haines and husband Danny of Dayton, Barbara Barr and husband Kenny of Fairhaven; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Bowling of Hamilton.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Charles Huff; sisters, Maggie Muncie, Elizabeth Kellum, Rose Wagner and Claudia Bowlin; and brothers, Leonard, Albert and Milford Bowling.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 29, at Rose Hill Burial Mausoleum Chapel, Hamilton, with the Rev. Hearon Carmack officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park. Webb Noonan Funeral Home, Hamilton, was in charge of arrangements.

Mary C. Campbell

Mary C. Campbell, 89, of Eaton, died Sunday, June 27, at Friends Fellowship in Richmond, Ind.

Born Oct. 6, 1909, in Preble County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Juna (Bunger) Horn. She was a grade school teacher at Monroe Central (Preble County) for 17 years, and was very instrumental in establishing the Mental Retardation Program in Preble County.

Mrs. Campbell was a member of the DAR and the Retired Teachers Association. She was a member and formerly very active at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lewisburg, and attended the Eaton United Church of Christ with her husband, Wallace.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Paul O. Shaeffer, in 1964; and her second husband, Wallace E. Campbell, in 1996; a stepson, Keith E. Campbell, in 1972; a sister, S. Elizabeth Hale, in 1962; and a brother, Russell R. Horn, in 1980.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Jane and David Sheets of Richmond, Ind., Elizabeth A. and Dennis Shumaker of West Manchester; a son and daughter-in-law, Paul "Frank" and Joyce Shaeffer of Lewisburg; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lewisburg, with the Rev. James Lehman officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Lewisburg, Ohio 45338, or to L&M Products, Eaton, Ohio 45320.

Phrona M. Jackson

Phrona Mae Jackson, 95 of New Paris, died Sunday, June 27, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton after an extended illness.

Born May 4, 1904, in Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Tillman and Lydia (Dykes) Hensley. She was a member of the Pine Grove Freewill Baptist Church at Baileyton, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buford R. Jackson, in 1970; a son, James T. "J.T." Jackson, in 1997; two grandsons, Stanley Jackson and David Bailey; a great-grandson; sisters, Ada Charlton, Rhonda Hensley and Vernie Reynolds; and a brother, Oscar Hensley.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Mildred Ethel and James Bailey, Georgia Ilene and Doyle Crawford, all of New Paris; sons and daughters-in-law, Roy and Ann Jackson of Millville, Ohio, Billy and Marjorie Jackson of Richmond, Ind., and Betty Jo Jackson of Greenville, Tenn.

Also surviving are a sister, Fannie Ward of Tennessee; two brothers, George Hensley and Willie "Bill" Hensley, both of Tennessee; 17 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 1, at Pine Grove Freewell Baptist Church, Baileyton, Tenn., with the Rev. Wayne Waycaster officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery there. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at Kiser Funeral Home, 401 W. Main St., Greenville, Tenn. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, was in charge of local arrangements, where visitation was held Tuesday evening.

Charles E. Voge

Charles Edward Voge, 54, of Stock Road, West Alexandria, died Sunday, June 27, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Born July 31, 1944, in Dayton, he was the son of H. Albert and Carolyn Lois (Stockslager) Voge. He was a 1962 graduate of West Alexandria High School, and retired from Harrison Radiator in Dayton after 30 years. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, James E. Ryan American Legion Post #322 and the Army National Guard.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Lynn; a son, Eric of West Alexandria; his mother, Lois Voge of West Alexandria; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Helen Voge of West Alexandria; his father-in-law, Charles Schmidt of West Alexandria; nieces, nephews and one great-niece.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Daniel Snider officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlie Voge Scholarship Fund at Twin Valley South High School.


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