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Miscellaneous Preble County, Ohio Obituaries - 1999

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Pearl Bowman

Pearl Bowman, 80, of West Elkton, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Woodland Country Manor near Somerville.

Born June 14, 1919, in Fairhaven, she was the daughter of the late Glen and Ruby Baker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Milburn "Dutch" Bowman, whom she married on Oct. 23, 1937, in Richmond, Ind.; one daughter, Margaret Ann Bowman; three brothers, David, Frank and Elmer Baker; and one sister, Marie Wert.

Survivors include her children, Joyce (Bruce) Smith of Cincinnati, Jo An (Charles) Howard of West Elkton, Vivian (Nick) Bowling of Florida, Bessie (Donald) Carroll of Camden, Ruby (Joe) Sorrell of Texas, Glen (Margaret) Bowman of Texas and Elmer (Mary) Bowman of Middletown; one sister, Iva Mae (Kenny) Howser of South Bend, Ind.; 23 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 28, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.

Mary R. Brower

Mary Rebecca Brower, 93, formerly of Eaton and more recently a resident of Villas of BrookHaven, Brookville, died Saturday evening, Aug. 28, at Bethany Lutheran Village in Dayton.

Born Feb. 12, 1906, in Gratis Township (Preble County), she was the daughter of the late William Barklow and Agnes Jane (Eikenberry) Francis, the descendant of two pioneer Preble County families. She was a 1924 graduate of Camden High School, and attended Miami University and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Mrs. Brower had been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of American Colonists and the First Presbyterian Church of Eaton.

Her husband of 54 years, Frederick "Fred" Lowe Brower, died in 1982. During their marriage, they resided in Dayton, Clayton and Eaton.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Frederick F. and Mary Jane Brower of Oxford, Daniel C. and Phyllis Brower of Dayton, William R. and Rosetta Brower of Centerville, Ohio; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Evangeline Sohngen of Hamilton; a brother, Richard Eikenberry Francis of Cincinnati; and two nieces.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, at the First Presbyterian Church, 123 W. Decatur St., Eaton, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 123 W. Decatur St., Eaton, Ohio 45320.

Charles I. Elmore

Charles I. Elmore, 85, of Hagerstown, Ind., formerly of Lewisburg, died Sunday, Aug. 29, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

He was a retired die maker from Color Box Company, and was a member of Arlington United Methodist Church near Brookville.

Survivors include two sons, Charles (Cindy) Elmore of Hagerstown, Ind., and Richard Elmore of Richmond, Ind.; a daughter, Patricia Ann (Keith) Gales of Wisconsin; a brother, William Elmore of Florida; a son-in-law, Jesse Reese of Lewisburg, 10 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Danny and Carla Stamper of Greensfork, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Belcher) Elmore; and a daughter, Judy Reese.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at Kindred Funeral Home, 400 Union Blvd., Englewood, with Pastor John Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

Leo G. Cardone

Leo George Cardone, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., died Saturday, Aug. 21, at his home.

He was the son of Pete and Nora Cardone, and a graduate of Eaton High School and the College of Engineering at Ohio State University. His professional career was devoted entirely to the Space Industry and the research and development of its necessary technology. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; sons, Mark, Bruce, Danny and Damon; grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and sisters, Helen, Irene and Anna.

Carl V. Garrett

Carl Victor Garrett, 75, of Eaton, died Sunday, Aug. 29.

Born Aug. 2, 1924, in Eaton, he was the son of the late Ernest Carl and Grace (Barnhart) Garrett. He was a 1943 graduate of Lanier High School. Mr. Garrett was a farmer and a retired machine operator from Parker Hannifin Corp. He was a member of the Eaton Church of the Brethren and the Preble County Senior Citizen Club.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha E. (Ludy) Garrett, on Sept. 17, 1996; and two sisters, Helen Woodruff and Julia Pence.

Survivors include three sons, Glen Garrett and Wayne Garrett, both of Eaton, and Dean Garrett of West Alexandria; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Dorothy Reichard of Eaton; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Eaton Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Greg A. Hyre officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, 226 W. Main St., Eaton, and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

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

B. Agnes Horner

Bertha Agnes Horner, 84, of New Paris, formerly of Braffetsville, died early Monday morning, Aug. 30, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.

Born June 18, 1915, in the Braffetsville area, she was the daughter of Charles Caleb and Ona Anna (Hill) Wiley, and had lived in the local area all her life. She was a homemaker and a member of Price's Creek Church of the Brethren in West Manchester.

Mrs. Horner was a member of Commodore Preble Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Eaton; an organizing member of DAR Cameo Society for the state of Ohio; an avid genealogy historian; and a former Girl Scout, Brownie and 4-H advisor for Preble County.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Jones of Braffetsville and Janice Shock of Eaton; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald W Horner, on Dec. 6, 1997; and two brothers, Ora Franklin Wiley and Marshall James Wiley.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at Storch-Braund Funeral Home, New Madison, with Pastor John Glassock officiating. Burial will be in Greenmound Cemetery, New Madison. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home.

Ralph H. Creager

Ralph H. Creager, 80, of Kettering, died Monday, Aug. 30, at Bethany Lutheran Village in Dayton.

Born Sept. 22, 1918, in Preble County, he was the son of the late Edward C. and Nora (Baker) Creager. He graduated from Eaton High School. As a young man, he worked at E. J. Godshall Photography and was manager of the Warren Store, both formerly on North Barron Street in Eaton.

He attended Sinclair College in Dayton and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., the Dayton Art Institute and The Old Mill Art School in Elizabethtown, N.Y. He was a renowned local artist, instructor of art and owner of The Artist, an art store and gallery in Centerville, Ohio.

Mr. Creager was a former member of the Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors, and a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Don, Earl, Joe and Ray Creager; a sister, Norma Swain; and a grandson, David Strader.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Wilma; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Ann and Don Harlow of Brookville, Sue Strader of Kettering, Carol and Jim Click of Beaver, Ohio; a son and daughter-in-law, Mitch and Charlene Creager of Lexington, Ky.; a sister, Irene Lawson of Eaton; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 2, at Routsong Funeral Home, Kettering, with Pastor Thomas D. Porchaska officiating. Burial was in Phillipsburg Cemetery.

Effie L. Henson

Effie Lou Henson, 79, formerly of Germantown, died Friday, Sept. 3, at the Barbara Parke Care Center in Middletown, where she had been a resident since 1993.

Born Jan. 5, 1920, in Mt. Olivet, Ky., she was the daughter of the late William Herbert and Dora Alice (Robinson) Gough. She was a member of the First Church of Christ in Franklin.

Survivors include five daughters, Elaine (Earnest) Mastin of Franklin, Linda (Joe) Douthett of Punta Gorda, Fla., Ina (Luke) Miller of New Lebanon, Sue (Mike) Mathews of Middletown and Fay (Larry) Hester of Jacksonville, Fla.; a son, Danny Dale (Toni) Henson of Mt. Sterling, Ky.; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Velma Gough of Paris, Ky.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Marvin "Willie" Henson, in 1994; and two sons, William Herbert Henson, in 1939, and Don Henson, in 1990.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Joseph Douthett officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Fund.

Joseph M. Stover

Joseph Marion Stover, 89, of Loxley, Ala., died Friday, Sept. 3, at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Ala.

A native of Eaton, he was born Sept. 6, 1909, to the late Harry and Bertha Stover.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Anna (Shiver) Stover; a daughter, Judy Bishop of Pensacola, Fla.; a grandson, Joey Bishop of Milton, Fla.; and stepdaughters, Barbara Lovell of Loxley, Ala., Beverly Jeffers and family of Greenville.

A visitation was held Saturday, Sept. 4 at Mack Funeral Home, Robertsdale, Ala. Graveside services were Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, with the Rev. Brian Dillahunt officiating. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of local arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Loxley Presbyterian Church, 14494 County Road 66, Loxley, Ala. 36551.

Alice L. Hileman

Alice L. Hileman, 94, of Dayton, died Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Born June 11, 1905, in Farmersville, she was the daughter of Ed and Cora (Reichert) Stockslager. She retired from York Supply Co. and West Side Lumber Co. as an accounting clerk. She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church for over 60 years, and a longtime volunteer at Bethany Lutheran Village.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde D. Hileman.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Ann Jane Hileman of Toledo; a sister, Irma Coffelt of Bemidji, Minn.; grandchildren, Lorri (Brock) Veidenheimer of Lake Forest, Ill., and Douglas (Leah) Hileman of Toledo; great-grandchildren, Scott, Paige and Jillian Veidenheimer and Madeline Hileman; and step-great-grandchildren, Matt and Lane Smith.

Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 10, at Baker-Hazel Funeral Home, Dayton, followed by burial in Twin Valley Cemetery, Gratis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Music Fund at Hope Lutheran Church, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

James R. Stringfield

James R. Stringfield, 60, of Lewisburg, died at his home.

Born Feb. 18, 1939, in Tennessee, he was the son of the late Gather H. and Zora (Human) Stringfield. He was employed at Lewisburg Container, and was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of American Legion Post #665 of West Manchester and the West Manchester Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Cora Jones, in 1977.

Survivors include brothers and sisters-in-law, William L. and Norma Stringfield of Dayton, G. Wiley and Janet Stringfield of Lewisburg; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services, with military honors, were conducted Monday, Sept. 13, at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, New Carlisle, with the Rev. Douglass Criswell officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Everett H. Mikesell

Everett H. "Mike" Mikesell, 95, of Eaton, died Sunday morning, Sept. 12, at Vancrest Healthcare Center in Eaton.

Born May 27, 1904, in German Township in Montgomery County, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Della (Cooper) Mikesell. He retired as a race horse trainer.

He was preceded in death by three wives, Gertrude, Daisy and Geneva; and two brothers, Willard and Bernard Mikesell.

Survivors include his wife, Veva Alice (Darrah) Mikesell; and several stepchildren.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Jerry Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association-Preble County Unit, P.O. Box 32, Eaton, OH 45320.


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