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Miscellaneous Preble County, Ohio Obituaries - 1999

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Gerald G. Dafler

Gerald G. Dafler, 80, of Yuma Drive, London, Ohio, died Tuesday, July 13, in Columbus.

Born June 23, 1919, in Preble County, he was the son of Joseph and Wanda (Unger) Dafler. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, and was former owner of the Viena Motel and also the Sharonview Nursing Home.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Freda Dafler; and a brother, Henry A. Dafler.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Dafler of Lakeland, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and David Green of Grove City, Ohio; two grandchildren, Beth (Keith) Tatman of Amanda, Ohio, and Amy Edmonds of Grove City, Ohio; three great-grandchildren, Kori, Kendyl and Luke.

Also surviving are seven brothers, Joseph Dafler Jr. of Winston Salem, N.C., Dale Dafler of Ingomar, James Eugene Dafler of West Alexandria, Paul Dafler of Lewisburg, John Dafler of New Lebanon, Fred Dafler of Dublin, Ohio, and Kenneth Dafler of Englewood; three sisters, Carolene Sigler of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Samantha Riffel of Lewisburg and Patricia Murray of Huber Heights.

Funeral services were Friday, July 16, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with Pastor Carl Gaston and Pastor Mark Diemer officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Marjean Ruby

Marjean Ruby, 62, of New Paris, died Thursday morning, July 15, at her home following an extended illness.

Born May 3, 1937, in Dayton, she was the daughter of the late John A. and Blondina E. (King) Bradley. She had worked as a beautician at the JCPenney Styling Salon in Richmond, Ind. She attended the Evangel Assembly of God Church in Eaton, and was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post #360 in New Paris.

Survivors include daughters, Brenda Wesler of Marengo, Ind., Linda S. Petry of Eaton and Mary Lou Howard of West Alexandria; son, Walter E. Ruby Jr. of New Paris; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, LaDonna Clark of West Alexandria and JoAnne Bradley of New Paris; and brothers, John R. Bradley of New Paris and Jerry Lee Bradley of Lafayette, Ind.

Funeral services were Monday, July 19, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Paul Wesler officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Greater Darke and Mercer Counties.

Robert J. Puthoff

Robert J. Puthoff, 93, of New Paris, died Friday, July 16, at Heartland of Eaton after an extended illness.

Born Sept. 18, 1905, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of the late John Henry and Clorinda (Trimble) Puthoff. He was a tool maker for International Harvester for 35 years, and retired from the Belden Corporation in 1971.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma (Jaqua) Puthoff, in 1979; a son, Robert L. Puthoff, in 1963; and a daughter, Roberta Puthoff, in 1930.

Survivors include a brother, Harold R. Puthoff of New Paris; a sister, Mildred Shute of Richmond, Ind.; one nephew and one niece.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 22, at Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Emergency Squad, 135 N. Washington St., New Paris, Ohio 45347.

John C. Haas

John Christopher Haas, 27, of 3098 Bath Road, Bath, Ind., died Thursday morning, July 15, from injuries sustained in a tractor accident at his home.

Born Dec. 22, 1971, in Oxford, he had lived in the Bath area all his life. He graduated from Union County High School in 1990 and attended Ball State University. He was employed at IMC, Kitchel, Ind.

Survivors include his wife, Ann (Lucas) Haas; his parents, John H. and Jeanette (Ponder) Haas of Bath, Ind.; father- and mother-in-law, Dale and Regina Lucas of Paulding, Ohio; maternal grandparents, James and Marion Ponder of Bath, Ind.; a sister, Jill (Ronald) Webb of Cincinnati; and a nephew, Jacob Webb of Cincinnati.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, William and Esther Haas.

Funeral Mass was Monday, July 19, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Oxford, followed by burial in Holy Guardian Angel Cemetery, Cedar Grove, Ind. Showalter-Blackwell Funeral Home, Baker Chapel, College Corner, Ohio, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bath Conservation Club, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Kenneth W. Hines

Kenneth W. Hines, 70, of New Lebanon, died Saturday afternoon, July 17, at Hospice of Dayton following a lengthy illness.

Born July 20, 1928, in Lee County, Va., he was the son of the late Harvey Michael and Mary Golden (Bonham) Hines. Mr. Hines served with the U.S. Army from 1946-1948, and retired in 1986 from General Motors after 38 years of service. He was a member of the Brethren Church of New Lebanon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Marion, Ray and Elmer Hines.

Survivors include his wife, Luedine (Simpson) Hines, whom he married Jan. 28, 1950; a daughter, Sandra Summers of New Lebanon; a son, Robert Hines of Beavercreek; grandchildren, Amy Novak, Robyn Laird, Kristy Summers, Brock Hines and Colleen Hines; great-grandchildren, Kayla and Ryan Novak; a brother, Lonas Hines of Nashville, Tenn.; and a sister, Gay Johnson of Goodlettsville, Tenn.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria, with Pastor William Walk officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens.

Helen J. Redman

Helen J. Redman, 78, of Eaton, died Sunday, July 18, at Hospice of Dayton following an extended illness.

Born Feb. 4, 1921, in Pitsburg, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Simon E. and Sylvia J. (Hofacker) Miller. She had worked many places over the years, including the shirt factory in Eaton, the box factory in Camden, McCall Corp. in Dayton and in the cafeteria at Eaton City Schools.

Mrs. Redman was a member of Eaton Baptist Temple and the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post #8066 of Eaton.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Herbert Redman, in 1957, and Robert Redman, in 1981.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon L. and Corky Conner of Eaton, Amber M. and Robert Booher of O'Fallon, Ill.; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert J. III and Ginger Redman of Eaton; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Lloyd Miller of New Madison; and other relatives.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 20, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Robert W. Mong Sr.

Robert W. Mong Sr., 80, formerly of Eaton, died Sunday, July 18, at the Arbors of Dayton after an extended illness.

Born June 12, 1919, in Greenville, he was the son of the late Roy and Mary (Fitzgerald) Mong. He was a 1937 graduate of Greenville High School and attended Wayne State University in Detroit. He lived in the Eaton area for 35 years before moving to Dayton in the mid-1990s.

During World War II, Mr. Mong served as a master sergeant with the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater. He was a self-employed businessman, worked in home building, mortgage banking and real estate investment. He was appointed a Kentucky Colonel in 1963 by Kentucky Gov. Bert Combs.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty A. (Dwyer) Mong, in 1993.

Survivors include a son, Robert W. Mong Jr. of Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Catherine Mong of Dayton; three grandchildren, Molly Blackshear of Dayton, Eric and Elizabeth Mong of Dallas, Texas; and a brother, John Mong of Dayton.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 23, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St., with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 492, Eaton, Ohio 45320.

Raleigh Fugate

Raleigh "Dale" Fugate, 66, of Medway, Ohio, formerly of Dayton, died unexpectedly Tuesday, July 20, at his home.

Born Jan. 1, 1933, in Napfor, Ky., he was the son of the late Henry and Flaura (Tharpe) Fugate. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, having served as a tank commander with the 72nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armored Division. He was a member of both the VFW and AmVets.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl, Paul, Henry, Charles and Billy Ray Fugate.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Ann (Hobbs) Fugate, whom he married July 2, 1955; a daughter, Gail Hall of Riverside, Ohio; grandchildren, Lisa Castor, Sherry Hall and David Hall, all of Riverside; great-grandchildren, Teia and Christopher Castor; brothers, Grover Fugate of Florida, Herman Fugate of New Lebanon, Hubert Lee Fugate of Eaton and Robert Fugate of Chicago, Ill.; sisters, Mozella Cripps of Eaton, Dora McKenzie of Kentucky and Irene Webb of Brookville; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 24, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Paul Straub officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Bertha Phelps

Bertha Phelps, 96, formerly of West Second Street, West Alexandria, died Thursday, July 22, at Heartland of Eaton.

Born Sept. 26, 1902, she was the daughter of Joshua and Vinnie (Dies) Phelps. She was a former member of the United Church of Christ in Farmersville.

Survivors include a brother, Forrest Phelps of New Lebanon; a sister, Ethel Lynch of Kettering; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ernest Phelps and Roy Phelps.

Funeral services were Friday, July 23, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Lowell Spencer officiating. Burial was in Twin Valley Cemetery on Enterprise Road, West Alexandria.

Dale Peters

Dale Peters, 73, of U.S. 35 East, West Alexandria, died Tuesday, July 20, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

Born July 8, 1926, in New Lebanon, he was the son of Delbert and Leona (Bacon) Peters. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a lifelong farmer and had retired from General Motors after 28 years. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Ingomar; King Hiram Lodge #88, F&AM; and James E. Ryan Post #322.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Betty Peters; a son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Rita Peters of Safety Harbor, Fla.; grandchildren, Cody and Tiffany Peters; nephew, Bill and Karen Bliss of West Alexandria; great-nieces, Melinda McLean and Melissa Cobb; and nephew, Tom Bliss; a sister-in-law, Evadean Coffroad of Dayton; and cousins.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 24, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ingomar, with the Rev. Terri Peterson officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements. Masonic services were conducted Friday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Olivia R. Bales

Olivia R. "Bobbie" Bales, 80, of New Lebanon, died Friday afternoon, July 23.

Born Oct. 4, 1918, in Levy, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Hallie S. and Clemma B. (White) Trimble. She retired in 1982 from Inland-Division of GM, and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star-Brookville Chapter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter M. Bales, on Aug. 3, 1996; brothers, Hallie S. "Red" Trimble Jr. and Allen Trimble; sisters, Anna L. Trimble and Louise Bowers.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Dick and Sharon Smith, Bob and Marie Bales, all of New Lebanon, Doug and Vicki Bales of Brookville; daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie and Harold Shell of Farmersville, Pam Bales, Debbie and Joe Johnson, all of Farmersville; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret E. Riley of Springfield and Pauline Corriell of Lakeland, Fla.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 27, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor James Whorton officiating. Entombment was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Eastern Star services were conducted Monday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Lebanon Rescue Squad.

Donald Silver

Donald "Jack" Silver, 58, of Springboro, formerly of Eaton, died Saturday, July 24, at Sycamore Medical Center in Miamisburg after a sudden illness.

Born Nov. 29, 1940, in Eaton, he was the son of the late Maurice C. Sr. and Betty L. (Cottrell) Silver.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Maury C. Silver, in 1998.

Survivors include brothers, Michael Silver of Eaton, Gary Silver of Springboro and Danny Silver of Orange Park, Fla.; and a sister, Penny Silver of Eaton.

Memorial services will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Georgianna Singer

Georgianna Singer, 87, of Lewisburg, died Saturday, July 24, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton after an extended illness.

Born Oct. 10, 1911, in Lewisburg, she was the daughter of Charles E. and Hallie Amanda (Cloyd) Singer. She was a graduate of Lewisburg High School and Miami University in 1923. She retired in 1973 after 40 years as a school teacher in public education, with 12 years at Lewisburg schools and 28 years at Jane Adams Elementary School in Dayton.

She attended Memorial United Methodist Church, was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, the Lewisburg Book Club, a life member of the Preble County Retired Teachers Association and the Lewisburg Historical Society.

Survivors include first cousins, Donald Singer of San Mateo, Calif., Lewis Singer of Lodi, Calif., and Carolyn Ball of Alta Loma, Calif.; and numerous other cousins.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 27, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. Jon Thomas officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brown Memorial Library, or to the Lewisburg Historical Society.

Robert C. Gardner

Robert C. Gardner, 76, formerly of Orchard Street, West Manchester, died Saturday, July 24, at Gade Nursing Home in Greenville.

Born Feb. 4, 1923, in Preble County, he was the son of John and Alice (Borgwardt) Gardner. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, and retired from Brookbank Chevrolet in Richmond, Ind., after 18 years.

Survivors include a son, Alton Gardner of Eaton; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two brothers, John Gardner Jr. of Eaton and William Gardner of West Alexandria; a sister, Helen Titcombe of Eaton; a stepdaughter, Juanita Craycraft of Eaton; nieces and nephews; and close friends, Joe and Glenna Martin of Greenville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irttie Marie Gardner, in 1987.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 27, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. David Ireton officiating. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery.

Marvin McGriff

Marvin McGriff, 81, of West Manchester, died Sunday, July 25, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after a sudden illness.

Born July 20, 1918, in Darke County, he was the son of the late Blair Burdette and Shearl B. (Poppaw) McGriff, and had lived in West Manchester most of his life. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was a retired carpenter.

Mr. McGriff was past commander of American Legion Post #665, West Manchester; past Preble County American Legion commander; past member of VFW Post #4161, Arcanum; past member of AmVets #726, Eldorado; and a present member of American Legion Post #245, New Madison.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Verena G. (Grauman) McGriff, on July 3, 1987; two brothers, Burdette "Mac" McGriff and Deo "Doc" McGriff.

Survivors include a son, Terry McGriff of Tucson, Ariz.; daughters, Melanie Bright of Tucson, Ariz., and Sandra Scheerens of Medina, Ohio; granddaughter, Megan Bright; brother, Belford P. McGriff of Greenville; a sister, Darlene Sinck of Eaton; nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were Tuesday, July 27, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Castine Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, or to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit.

Darrel L. Buckingham

Darrel L. "Tony" Buckingham, 69, of Centerville, Ohio, died Sunday, July 25.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran. After retiring as a residential contractor, he pursued his interest in farming. He was a member of Parents Without Partners for over 20 years and participated in the Senior Olympics for 10 years. He was an avid volleyball player all his life.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Gibson; and two brothers, Emerson and Dale Buckingham.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and Jim Stuart; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Liz Buckingham of Idaho; four grandchildren, Ashley, Josh, Kathryn and Jimmy; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Marceil and Jay Gibson of Florida; two brothers and sister-in-law, Lowell Buckingham, Bob and Nancy Buckingham; and a sister-in-law, Jane Buckingham.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at Westbrock Funeral Home, 5980 Bigger Road, Centerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tony Buckingham Memorial Fund, c/o Kettering Parks Foundation, 3600 Shroyer Road, Kettering, Ohio 45429. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Virginia M. Faris

Virginia M. Faris, 84, of Morning Sun, died early Tuesday morning, July 27, at Oxford View Nursing Center.

Born Nov. 13, 1914, in Miamitown, Ohio, she was the daughter of Harry and Phyllis (Baughman) Kupfer. On Oct. 21, 1938, she married Wilson Faris in Miamitown, and shortly after they moved to the Morning Sun area.

In 1968, Mrs. Faris became the first employee of Hueston Woods Lodge, where she worked as a banquet supervisor for 28 years. She was a longtime member of the Morning Sun United Presbyterian Church, and was a recent active member of the Senior Citizens of Oxford.

In addition to her husband, Wilson, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Earl George; a grandson and his wife, Kurt and Shelly George; and two great-children, Mandy and Steven.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 29, at Smith & Ogle Funeral Home, 101 W. Church St., Oxford. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the funeral services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Morning Sun United Presbyterian Church, Ohio 177, Morning Sun, Ohio.


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