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Darrel L. Buckingham

Memorial services for Darrel L. "Tony" Buckingham, 69, of Centerville, Ohio, who died Sunday, July 25, will be at 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.

Harry L. Davis

Harry L. "Bud" Davis, 87, of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, July 28, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

Born May 18, 1912, in Lafayette, Ind., he was the son of the late Harry L. Sr. and Katherine (May) Davis. He retired in 1969 from Frigidaire Corp. after 30 years.

Mr. Davis was a life member of the Lewisburg Lions Club, attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Lewisburg and many functions with the Preble County Senior Citizens.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence A. (Imes) Davis, in 1982; and a sister, Geneivie Plummer.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Lowell and Gale Davis of York, Pa.; grandchildren, Brad and Kathy Davis of Baltimore, Md., and Tamara Maracotta of Reisterstown, Md.; and great-grandchildren, Hunter Davis and Alaina Maracotta.

Funeral services were Friday, July 30, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. James N. Lehman and the Rev. Thomas Fitzsimmons officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit.

Elmer Hill

Elmer Hill, 77, of Eaton, died Friday, July 30, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

Born May 13, 1922, in Owsley, Ky., he was the son of the late Frank and Lucy (Cole) Hill. He retired in 1984 from General Motors in Dayton after 30 years, and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Hill, in 1928.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Pastor Fred and Joyce Hill of Eaton; and nephews.

Graveside services and burial were Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, with Pastor Fred Hill officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Nellie M. Burdge

Nellie M. Hoffman Burdge, 95, died Saturday, July 31, at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton.

Born Sept. 8, 1903, in Montgomery County, she was the daughter of Ryle and Katie (Schraub) Leslie. She was a member of the Collinsville Presbyterian Church and a 75-year member of the Collinsville Grange.

She married Albert Hoffman in September 1923 in Butler County, and he preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Edna Mae and Roscoe Benge of Collinsville; a son, Elmer Hoffman of Collinsville; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 3, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, followed by burial in Collinsville Cemetery.

Jean Lloyd

Jean Lloyd, 56, of New Lebanon, died Monday morning, Aug. 2, at Franciscan Medical Center in Dayton, following a sudden illness.

Born Dec. 29, 1942, in Mt. Zion, Ky., she was the daughter of Oscar and Faye (Cornelius) Wise.

Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Mitchel Lloyd; sons, Mitch Lloyd and wife, Teresa, and their children, Tisha, Jonathan and Alicia, all of West Alexandria, Tom Lloyd of Dallas, Texas, Gary Lloyd and wife, Lori, and their children, Mannon and Garyn, all of Eaton (Lakengren); her parents, Oscar and Fay Wise of New Lebanon; and sister, Joan Schafer of Huber Heights.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Denver Wise; and father-in-law, Howard Lloyd.

Private funeral services will be held for the immediate and extended family and beloved intimate friends at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria. Pastor Merle Abrams will officiate. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Visitation will take place one hour prior to services.

John W. Alvey Sr.

John W. Alvey Sr., 90, of 1928 U.S. 127 North, Eaton, died Thursday, Aug. 5.

Born Nov. 17, 1909, in Cottage Grove, Ind., he was the son of Clifford and Icie (Cory) Alvey, and had lived in the Richmond and Preble County areas all his life. He retired from Avco where he worked as a toolmaker for 33 years. Mr. Alvey was a member of the Moose and Eagles lodges.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Letha Alvey; two sons, John Alvey Jr. and Phillip Alvey, both of Richmond, Ind.; six daughters, Esther Mock and Edna Pittman, both of Winchester, Ind., Carolyn Schwab, Bonnie Kenworthy, Ruth Hasket and Phyllis Hildebrand, all of Richmond, Ind.

Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Eunice Kompinski of Sylva, N.C., and Gladys Sinks of Eaton; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Maxine Stanton and Pearl Gulley, both of Liberty, Ind., and Mary Martha Shepler of Hagerstown, Ind.; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Roy Alvey, Eugene Alvey and Hershel Alvey; and two sisters, Irene Nash and Charlotte Watkins.

Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 9, at Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Chapel, Richmond, Ind., followed by burial in Earlham Cemetery, Richmond.

John E. Michael

John E. "Booge" Michael, 91, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Born May 3, 1908, in Staunton, Va., he was the son of the late Hescott J. and Daisy F. (Shull) Michael. He was self-employed in plumbing and heating for many years. Mr. Michael was a member of the Camden Masonic Lodge, and a former chief of the Camden Fire Department, having served 25 years.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Edna (Creach) Michael, whom he married Oct. 28, 1930, in Camden; two brothers, Charles (Berdyne) Michael and Darrell (Lois) Michael, of Camden; three sisters, Jean (Lloyd) Cross of Camden, Kathleen White of Lake Wales, Fla., and Rose Mae King of Fort Myers, Fla.; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 7, 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 Camden Emergency Squad, 20 1/2 N. Liberty St., Camden, Ohio 45311; or to the Camden Somers Township Fire Department, P.O. Box 154, Camden, Ohio 45311.

Frances Hoskins

Frances Hoskins, 85, formerly of Pleasant Valley Road, Camden, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Eaton.

Born Aug. 28, 1913, in Gary County, Ky., she was the daughter of Thomas and Iva (Hardin) Hume.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Hoskins, in 1989.

Survivors include a daughter, Wanda Flowers of Camden; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several brothers and sisters.

Graveside services were Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Veterans Administration Center, Dayton. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Mary H. Horine

Mary H. Horine, 81, of Eaton, died Sunday, Aug. 8, at Hospice of Dayton after an extended illness.

Born Dec. 2, 1917, in Dayton, she was the daughter of the late Hal and Pauline (Deering) McRill. She worked for Miller's Super Market for over 40 years and also for the Bi-Rite Store, both in Eaton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond F. Horine, in 1980; a brother, Arthur A. McRill; and sisters, Vera Krall, Marvel Penniwitt and Mildred McRill.

Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Diane Buckley of Bradenton, Fla., Rebecca R. and Charles Pitsinger of Eaton; a sister, Lucille Gallman of Middletown, Pa.; grandchildren, Beth A. (Edwin) Dianic, Amy J. (James) Moore and Darrell R. Pitsinger; great-grandchildren, Emily B. and Madelyn G. Moore and Courtney L. Pitsinger.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, P.O. Box 3509, Dayton, Ohio 45401-3509.

Mabel I. Breeding

Mabel I. (Hale) Breeding, 76, of Farmersville, died Tuesday, Aug., 10 at Sycamore Medical Center in Miamisburg.

Born Sept. 12, 1922, she was the daughter of Claude A. and Stella M. (Egleston) Hale. She was a member of the Farmersville United Methodist Church, Germantown Senior Citizens, and both the Germantown and Farmersville Historical Society, and served as a volunteer at Miami Valley Hospital for 16 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank H. Breeding Sr., in 1983; and a son, Gary Breeding, in 1953.

Survivors include four daughters, Dixie (Elbert) Lynch of Carlisle, Linda (Charles) DeBord of Somerville, Marsha (D.R.) Coffman and Wilma Breeding, all of Farmersville; two sons, Frank H. Breeding Jr. of Farmersville and Norman Breeding of Germantown.

Also surviving are 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Inez Worrell Ernst of Germantown; two brothers, Orville "Wayne" (Barbara) Hale of West Alexandria and Clyde (Betty) Hale of Eaton.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 14, at Dalton Funeral Home, Germantown, with Pastor Ted Grotsky officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Farmersville Rescue Squad.

Michael L. Jones

Michael Levi Jones, 18, of Union, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, as the result of a traffic accident.

He was a member of the Northmont High School class of 2000, and attended Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Terri (Dunlap) and Tom Stafford of Union; his father, Terry Jones and fiancee, Karen Adkins of Eaton; maternal grandmother, Ruth Dunlap; paternal grandmother, Darlene Jones; step-grandparents, Tom and Pat Stafford; a brother, Shawn (Amanda) Jones of Florida; a half sister, Amber Jones; girlfriend, Jennifer Arledge; a special friend, Kenny Phillips; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Robert Dunlap and Robert Jones.

Graveside services were Monday, Aug. 16, at Concord Cemetery near Eaton. Kindred Funeral Home, Englewood, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Delmar C. Maxel

Delmar C. Maxel, 79, of Eldorado, died Saturday, Aug. 14, at Wayne Hospital in Greenville after a sudden illness.

Born Nov. 10, 1919, in Preble County, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Estella Maxel. He was a retired State Highway worker, and was a member of the Castine Church of the Brethren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Minnie Silvers and Ruth Overholtz; and five brothers, Edgar, Ervin, William, Raymond and Everett Maxel.

Survivors include his wife, Viola P. (Gardiner) Maxel; two sisters, Frances Krintzline of Eaton and Martha Loy of Lewisburg; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home, 311 N. Main St., Eldorado, with the Rev. Calvin Cheek officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria. The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Freda Bowser

Freda Bowser, 73, of West Alexandria, died Sunday, Aug. 15, in Dayton.

Born May 1, 1926, she was the daughter of John and Ida (Ehler) Habekost. She was a graduate of Miami University, majoring in music and math. Mrs. Bowser taught at Northmont schools for 16 years, and was a church organist most of her life at many area churches. She was a member of Gleaners Chapter #182, OES; and Salem Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, William Bowser; a son, John (Helen) Bowser of Virginia; two daughters, Diane (Jack) Walker of West Alexandria and Barbara Bowser of Centerville, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl Habekost and Stanley Habekost.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Salem Lutheran Church, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Daniel Snider and the Rev. J. Herman Bassler officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph R. Dafler Jr.

Joseph R. Dafler Jr., 83, of 2945 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, N.C., and formerly of Eaton and Bradenton, Fla., died Friday, Aug. 13, at his home in North Carolina.

Born Aug. 25, 1915, in Lanier Township (Preble County), he was the son of the late Joseph R. Sr. and Wanda (Unger) Dafler. He graduated from Lanier Township School in 1933, after which he served in the CCC and was stationed in Idaho where he spent a great deal of time fighting forest fires.

During World War II, he achieved the rank of captain in the Army Signal Corps. He retired from Dayton Power and Light Co. in the early 1970s, where he served as regional manger at the Coldwater and Eaton offices. He had served as clerk/treasurer of Lanier Township, and had been a member of the Lanier Township School Board.

Mr. Dafler was a member of Rotary International, where he served as president while in the Eaton chapter. He was active in the Lutheran church, having served as Sunday school superintendent at Grace Lutheran Church in Eaton and congregational president and treasurer at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Bradenton, Fla.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and Gerald Dafler.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia (Handley) Dafler, whom he married Dec. 3, 1942; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra D. and William M. Hildebolt of Winston-Salem, N.C., Ann D. and John B. Exline of Gahanna, Ohio; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard J. and Christy B. Dafler of Covington, La.

Also surviving are grandchildren, William and Daphne Hildebolt of New York, N.Y., Joseph Hildebolt of Winston-Salem, N.C., Amy Dafler Meaux of Austin, Texas, Adam, Elizabeth, Katherine and Andrew Exline of Gahanna, Ohio; a great-granddaughter, Hannah Hildebolt of New York, N.Y.

Other survivors are brothers and sisters-in-law, Dale and Catherine Dafler of Ingomar, James and Marjorie Dafler of West Alexandria, Fred and Joanne Dafler of Dublin, Ohio, John and Kay Dafler of Englewood, Paul Dafler of Lewisburg.

Also, sisters and brothers-in-law, Carolene and Hugh Sigler of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Samantha and William Riffel of Lewisburg, Patricia and Kevin Murray of Huber Heights; nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at the First Presbyterian Church, 123 W. Decatur St., Eaton, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. The family will receive friends in the social room at the church after the service. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis, at the convenience of the family. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association-Preble County Unit, P.O. Box 32, Eaton, Ohio 45320, or to one's favorite charity.

Margaret Bindewald

Margaret Bindewald, 90, of Fairfield, formerly of Eaton, died Sunday, Aug. 15, in Fairfield.

Born July 17, 1909, in Oggerheim, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Ludwig and Margaret (Mess) Hock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hans Bindewald, in 1987; two sisters; and one brother.

Survivors include a son, Herman H. Bindewald of Trenton; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

Marcia A. Kwolek

Marcia A. (Shover) Kwolek, 64, of Fairborn, died Sunday, Aug. 15, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Born Jan. 7, 1935, in Brookville, she was the daughter of Hobart D. "Butch" and Idella Mae (Haupt) Shover. She was a 1953 graduate of Monroe Township High School. She had worked at Frigidaire Corp. in Dayton, was co-owner/operator of Pastime Lanes and Restaurant in Dayton and family-owned Moto-Photo in Beavercreek.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1996.

Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Bob Kwolek; a son and daughter-in-law, Robby and Jenny Kwolek of Dayton; a grandson, Cory Kwolek; and her mother, Idella Mae Shover of Eldorado.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at the United Methodist Church, North Main Street, Eldorado, with Pastor Barbara Dungan officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday in the church social room following the service. Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home, Eldorado, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Miami Valley Health Foundation, Intensive Care Unit, 31 Wyoming St., Dayton, Ohio 45409-2753.

Wanda G. Guckian

Wanda Gail Guckian, 48, of 5073 E. Fourteenth Road, Coffeen, Ill., died early Saturday morning, Aug. 7, as the result of a house fire.

Mrs. Guckian was asleep in the home after working the second shift at an area hospital. Passersby saw flames and called 9-1-1, and when firefighters arrived, the house was fully engulfed. Her husband was at work at the time of the fire.

The state fire marshal's office, the sheriff's department and coroner's office personnel are investigating because of the fatality.

Born Dec. 15, 1950, in Springfield, Ill., she was the daughter of Ralph Morris McLaughlin and Ielene (Knoles) Burris.

She married Bruce Guckian on June 6, 1998. Her husband is the son of Don Guckian of Eaton, and attended school in Camden.

Survivors include her husband, Bruce; her mother, Ielene; a son, Tim Mount of Coffeen, Ill.; a stepson, Garrod Guckian of Witt, Ill.; a stepdaughter, Cathy Guckian of Witt, Ill.; a grandson, Dylan Mount; a brother, Ralph McLaughlin of Hillsboro, Ill.; a sister, Janet White of Coffeen, Ill.; a half brother, David Doyen of Fillmore, Ill.; and two half sisters, Beverly Grindley of Coffeen, Ill., and Judy Eichelberger of Litchfield, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her father; and a half sister, Doris Greenwood.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at Toberman Funeral Home, Coffeen, Ill, with the Rev. Tim Woolard officiating.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.

Verlin L. Pollock

Verlin L. Pollock, 62, of Eaton, died Monday, Aug. 16, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born Oct. 14, 1936, in Eaton, he was the son of the late Walter Herman and Charlotte Mildred (Stover) Pollock. He was a 1955 graduate of Jackson High School, and served in the U.S. Army National Guard of Ohio from 1957-1961. He was an over the road truck driver for Emerson Electric, Schneider Tank Lines, Kemper Cabinet and Zumstein, Inc.

Mr. Pollock was a member of American Legion Post #215 and Eagles Lodge #2202, both of Eaton. He enjoyed flying, farming, traveling, mechanics, camping, dancing and horses.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Janice Marie Pollock, in 1935, and Donna Jean Pollock, in 1972; and a nephew, Michael K. Pollock, in 1984.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Mabel M. (Wilson) Pollock; a daughter and son-in-law, Kim A. and Bill Miley of Eaton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald K. and Arthella Pollock, Gordon W. and Becky Pollock, all of Eaton; grandchildren, Troy D., Chad A. and Marica M. Miley; nephews, nieces and cousins.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 21, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Lillian Gillespie officiating. Burial, with military graveside services, was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society-Preble County Unit; or to the Northwest Emergency Squad, New Paris.

James D. Driggs

James D. "Danny" Driggs, 15, of Eaton, died Monday, Aug. 16, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

He was born March 22, 1984, in Greenville. He was working this summer for the Dayton KOA Campgrounds in Brookville, was an active member of the Eaton Church of the Brethren, and would have been a sophomore at Eaton High School this year. His interests included track, basketball, football, band, skateboarding and playing the guitar.

Survivors include his parents, Louis L. and Joellen R. (Leas) Driggs of Eaton; paternal grandmother, Marilyn M. Driggs of Kettering; paternal great-grandmother, Charlotte M. Morris of Kettering; maternal grandmother, Mary Jo Leas of Greenville.

Also surviving are a sister and brother-in-law, Tani J. and Dean Trejo of Charlotte, N.C.; a brother and sister-in-law, Brian M. and MaryAnn Waltz of Cincinnati; a nephew, Braden M. Waltz, and niece, Hannah J. Waltz, both of Cincinnati; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 20, at the Eaton Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Martin Peacock officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Church of the Brethren Youth Fellowship, 1407 N. Barron St., Eaton, Ohio 45320.

James L. Lutz

James Leroy Lutz, 55, of Indianapolis, Ind., died Monday, Aug. 16, in Indianapolis.

Born June 10, 1944, in Preble County, he had worked for D & M Manufacturing in Connersville, Ind. He attended the Connersville Baptist Temple.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred A. (Suman) Lutz, in 1986; a sister, Donna Marie Lutz, in 1952; and a brother, Dale Lutz, in 1995.

Survivors include his father, Wilbur D. Lutz of Eaton; a daughter, Tina Marie Graves of Indianapolis, Ind.; sons, David Leroy and Wilbur Rowe Lutz, both of Indianapolis, Ind.; sisters, Shirley Karns and Alberta Lanthrope, both of Eaton, Delores Vaughn of Richmond, Ind., and Sandra Cravins of West Union, Ohio; brothers, Glen Lutz and Harry Lutz, both of Eaton; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 20, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Harold P. Combs officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Sandra K. Fourman

Sandra K. Fourman, 52, of New Lebanon, died unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 16.

She was born Nov. 11, 1946, in Paintsville, Ky. She retired from Standard Abrasives, Inc. after 16 years of service and worked part-time at Quilt-N-Things, both in Brookville. She was a member of the Silver Thimbles Guild in Brookville and the West Alexandria Senior Citizens Club.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mollie M. Selvage, on Sept. 22, 1993; an uncle, Harry Selvage; and an aunt, Bessie Fairchild.

Survivors include an aunt, Maxie "Marie" Webb of West Alexandria; an uncle, Robert L. Selvage of New Lebanon; and a host of cousins.

Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 20, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Entombment was in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brookville Rescue Squad, or to the Heart Fund.

Alice E. Rager

Alice E. Rager, 81, formerly of Eaton, died Friday morning, Aug. 20, at the Butler County Care Facility in Hamilton. She had suffered a stroke on July 17.

Born June 3, 1918, in Middletown, she was the daughter of John E. and Laverna D. (Sommers) Rager. She enjoyed the last 5 1/2 years at the Butler County Care Facility, where she made many friends.

Prior to moving to Middletown in 1989, she, along with her brother and family, were dairy farmers on Ozias Road in Eaton. She had been active in the Eaton Senior Citizens.

Survivors include two brothers, Archie Rager and wife Grace of Hamilton, John Rager and wife Margorie of Gratis; two sisters, Nellie Hosier of Wilmington, Florence Lanier and husband Milton of Zolfo Springs, Fla.; sister-in-law, Doris Jean Rager of Franklin; numerous nieces and nephews; and a devoted niece, Janet Streit, with whom she spent many happy hours.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Ethel Ashmore and Mary Bennett; and two brothers, Alfred and Harold Rager.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 24, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Jack Lawson officiating. Entombment was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Butler County Care Facility, 1800 Princeton Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45011.

Ruth M. Lowman

Ruth Marie Lowman, 76, of Eaton, died Friday, Aug. 20, at her home.

Born May 11, 1923, near Lewisburg (Preble County), she was the daughter of the late John Walter and Edna Marie (Mann) Buckley. She was a member of the Eaton Church of the Visitation, St. Ann's Sodality, a life member of the DESA Auxiliary and a life member of MASA.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Joseph L. Lowman; sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce G. and Dawn E. Lowman of Huber Heights, John R. and Carolyn M. Lowman, James R. and Rebecca A. Lowman, all of Eaton, Michael J. and Kimberley A. Lowman of Vandalia.

Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, Steven T. and Sharon T. Lowman, John W. (Michelle) Lowman, Timothy A. Lowman, Lori M. Lowman, Christina Ann Marie (Brian) Baker, Theresa A. (Darrin) Kisling, James W. Lowman, Michele L. (Phillip) Frech, Amy J. (Aaron) Rike, Natasha L. (David) Baker, Michael J. Lowman II and Nathan C. Lowman.

Other survivors are two step-grandchildren, Jeff L. and Christina R. Fisher; eight great-grandchildren, Dustin Lowman, Justin and Ashlee Baker, Scottie Williams, Victoria Lowman, Caleb A. Kisling, Austin and Shelby Frech; two step-great-grandchildren, Chelsea Frech and Jessica Kisling.

Funeral Mass was Tuesday, Aug. 24, at the Eaton Church of the Visitation, with the Rev. Thomas Fitzsimmons officiating. A Rosary service was conducted Monday evening following visitation at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown; to the American Cancer Society-Preble County Unit; or to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Alma M. Cunningham

Alma M. Cunningham, 97, of Collinsville, died Saturday, Aug. 21, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She had made her home with her daughter and son-in-law for the last 10 years.

Born Aug. 13, 1902, on a farm east of Seven Mile, she was the daughter of the late Chris and Cora (Phares) Stock. She attended Nine Mile Schools, Seven Mile School and later graduated from Hamilton High School. She was employed by the Talawanda School District as a cafeteria worker at Collinsville Elementary School until her retirement in 1968.

Mrs. Cunningham was a member of Collinsville Presbyterian Church, Collinsville Grange, Watama Club, Pythian Sisters of Seven Mile and the Modern Housewives Club.

She married Homer Cunningham on March 29, 1923, in Hamilton, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 10, 1971.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Jane Gorman; and son-in-law, Tom Gorman.

Survivors include a daughter, Treva (Emerson) Fall of Collinsville; a sister, Florence Wintersteen of Seven Mile; two grandchildren, Jerry (Jody) Fall and Carla (Mike) Buell of Hamilton; six great-grandchildren, Jerry and Greg Fall, Kathy Bartos, Michelle Fall, Amber and Joey Buell; five great-great-grandchildren, Taylor, Madison, Morgan, Kalli and Gabriella.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Bob Clark officiating. Burial will be in Collinsville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Collinsville Presbyterian Church, 509 Hamilton-Eaton Road, P.O. Box 59, Collinsville, Ohio 45004-0059; or to the Seven Mile Life Squad, 201 High St., Seven Mile, Ohio 45062.

Martha A. Dye

Martha A. Dye, 69, of Eaton, died Sunday, Aug. 22, at the family's summer home in Bay View, Mich.

Born March 29, 1930, in Columbus, she was the daughter of the late Oliver J. and Mary Althea (Kintz) Ritzert. She was a 1948 graduate of Julienne High School in Dayton, and a 1972 graduate of Miami University in Oxford with a bachelor's degree in education.

Mrs. Dye was a member of Visitation Catholic Church, Eaton; a founding member of the Eaton Area Arts Council; a principal founder of the Preble County Historical Society; a member of the Richmond Heritage Club; and a longtime member of the Eaton Current Events Club.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, John V. Dye Jr.; a son, John Martin Dye of San Rafael, Calif.; daughters, Mary Dye of Oak Park, Ill., and Susanne Dye Rose of Brighton, Mich.; three grandchildren; sisters, Rita Griffin of Englewood and Mary Hope Miller of Eaton; a brother, John Ritzert of Kettering; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Ritzert.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at Visitation Catholic Church, Eaton, with Father J. Thomas Fitzsimmons officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, 226 W. Main St., Eaton, with a Rosary service recited at 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Preble County Historical Society.

Bonnie S. Wright

Bonnie S. Wright, 6, of 10893 Ohio 177, College Corner, Ohio, died Friday, Aug. 13, at her home after a lengthy illness.

Born July 9, 1993, in Oxford, she was the daughter of John S. and Melissa J. (Richard) Wright. She attended Morning Sun Presbyterian Church in Morning Sun.

Survivors include her parents; a sister, Claire E. Wright, at home; a brother, Seth O. Wright, at home; maternal grandparents, Joe Richard of Trenton and Karen Taylor of Hamilton; and paternal grandparents, Stanley and Helen Wright of College Corner, Ohio.

Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 16, at Morning Sun Presbyterian Church, followed by burial in Beechwood Cemetery, Morning Sun. Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, College Corner, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Hospital Medical Center for Brain Tumor Research Fund, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45229.

Robert Stoner

Robert Stoner, 60, of Quaker Trace Road, West Alexandria, died Sunday, Aug. 22, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Born Jan. 18, 1939, in Dayton, he was the son of Walter and Ethel Marie (Schindler) Stoner. He was retired, and had worked as a machine operator for Dayton Walther Co. Mr. Stoner was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Judith (Keaton) Stoner; three sons, Robert Stoner of New Paris, David Stoner of Eaton and Donald Stoner of Milford; a daughter, Judith Pickard of Middletown; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; a brother, Walter Stoner of Richmond, Ind.; and a sister, Norma Koeller of Eaton.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ricky, in 1991; a grandson, Joseph, in 1992; and a sister, Martha Allison.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Alvin Cook officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Yvonne C. Copeland

Yvonne C. Copeland, 52, of 9328 Garden St., Jacksonville, Fla., died Sunday, Aug. 8, at her home.

She was born April 5, 1947, in Hamilton.

Survivors include her husband, Teddy R. Copeland, whom she married in 1989 in Jacksonville, Fla.; her parents, Robert C. and Mary Kathryn (Wetja) Crouse of Hamilton; a sister, Diane (Al) Morris of Monroe; two aunts, Betty Lou Crouse of Eaton and Evelyn (Roger) George of Richmond, Ind.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Jeff Crouse, and a sister, Debra Crouse, both in 1996; grandparents, Harry and Marjorie Wetja, Porter and Hazel Crouse; and an uncle, Darrell James Crouse.

A private memorial graveside service will be held in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Dennis Miller officiating. Brown-Dawson Funeral Home, Hamilton, is in charge of arrangements.


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