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Dorothy L. Brown

Dorothy L. Brown, 67, of Dayton, died Monday, Sept. 13, at Franciscan Medical Center in Dayton.

A native and lifelong resident of Dayton, she was born Aug. 16, 1932, in Dayton, she was the daughter of the late Karl Y. and Glenna A. (Zimmerman) Werner. She was a dispatcher for the American Red Cross in Dayton. She attended Verona United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wetzel W. Brown, in 1978.

Survivors include a son, Richard K. Brown of Dayton; a daughter, Cindy Brown of California; a brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Sandra Werner of Verona; grandchildren, Kaleena and Andrew Brown; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 16, at Verona United Methodist Church in Verona, with the Rev. William Schilling and the Rev. Doug Criswell officiating. Burial was in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mary T. Jackson

Mary Toler Jackson, 85, of Camden, died Thursday, Sept. 16, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Born Nov. 11, 1913, in Xenia, she was the daughter of the late Francis H. and Esta (Toler) Jackson.

She was preceded in death by six brothers, John Francis, Thomas Leslie Lee, Byron Atherly, James Anderson, Charles William and Hutton Eli Jackson; and three sisters, Rachel Cathern Keehner, Esta May Richardson and Bessie Belle Clark.

Survivors include a daughter, Glenna C. Howard of West Manchester; three grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Kathryn Kiracofe

Kathryn Kiracofe, 92, of Bridgewater, Va., died Monday, Sept. 13.

Born Feb. 16, 1907, in Gratis, she was one of 11 children of James and Vinnie (Eby) Kiracofe. She graduated from Manchester College and Bethany Bible Seminary. She was a missionary in India for 35 years. Much of her life was devoted to adult education and literacy programs in the village communities of Gujarat state.

She moved to Bridgewater Retirement Community after retiring in 1973. At the age of 81, she completed and published the book, "A Dream -- A Reality, Memories of 35 Years in India." Church Women United recognized her with the "Valiant Woman of the Year" award in 1994. She was a member of the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include four sisters, Elizabeth Wampler of Bridgewater, Va., Winifred Loser of Greenville, Martha Nipp of New Castle, Ind., and Lois Gene Holland of Eaton; a sister-in-law, Rose Kiracofe of Eaton; and two brothers-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, and two brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bridgewater Retirement Home, Bridgewater, Va.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Gratis Church of the Brethren.

George H. Swain

George H. Swain, 90, of 4178 Eaton-Gettysburg Road, Eaton, died Friday, Sept. 17, at Hospice of Dayton.

Born June 24, 1909 in Eaton, he was the son of the late John R. and Ollie (Tellis) Swain. He was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church and was a Washington Township trustee for 19 years.

Survivors include his wife, Leota (Wilson) Swain whom he married Aug. 17, 1929; son, John E. Swain of Eaton; daughter, Patricia A. Kelley of Eaton; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd Swain.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, Sept. 21 at Mound Hill Union Cemetery with the Rev. Lisa C. Ellison officiating. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope United Methodist Church, Upshur-Northern Road, Eaton, OH 45320 or Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420.

Fred A. Tobias

Fred A. Tobias, 76, of Eaton, died Friday morning, Sept. 17, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.

Born June 18, 1923 in Dayton, he was the son of late Lester and Susie (Brock) Tobias. He retired from the Parker-Hannifin Co. in Eaton and was a member of the Church of Christ in Eaton. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

He was a member of the American Legion and VFW Posts of Eaton, the American Legion Crawford Post in Illinois, the Bolivar Masonic Lodge of Eaton and Antioch Shrine of Dayton.

Survivors include his wife, Nelda M. (Woodyard) Tobias, whom he married May 2, 1947; daughters and sons-in-law Jacque and Don Craig of Eaton, and Micki and Jim Graves of Summerville, S.C.; grandchildren Mark Boomershine and wife Redah, Mike Boomershine, Marty Boomershine, Naomi Caldwell and Jessica Cortte; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 20, at the Barnes Funeral Home -- Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Church of Christ. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Leona F. Maddox

Leona Francis Maddox, 79, West Elkton, died Friday, Sept. 17, at her residence.

Born Dec. 17, 1919, in Fleming County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late C.M. and Mary Belle Parker. She had lived in the Preble County area since 1949. She worked at Dayton Flexible Products in Eaton and was a member of Grace Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter R. Maddox in 1978; two granddaughters, Gail Lynn Smith and Cheryl Brandenburg; and great-granddaughter Elena Parker McDaniel.

Survivors include a son, Darrell P. Maddox of Camden; two daughters, W. June Smith and husband Richard of West Elkton, and Mary Brandenburg and husband Charles of Middletown; nine grandchildren, Dedra Marie McDaniel, Denise Michelle Hubbard, Dina Markita Maddox, Dennis Elwood Huston, Mark Allen Smith, Michael Wayne Smith, Craig Eliot Brandenburg, Charla Elizabeth Lanier and Chris Eliot Brandenburg; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home in Middletown with Dr. Roger Green, Dr. Howard Sears and the Rev. John Ward officiating. Burial was in Fairmound Cemetery, West Elkton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Middletown Christian School Millenial Vision, PO Box 44777, Middletown, OH 45042.

Matilda E. Jurgens

Matilda E. Jurgens, 92, formerly of New Paris, died Friday, Sept. 17, at Heritage House of Richmond, Ind. where she has resided since April 5, 1994.

Born July 7, 1907, in Richmond, she was the daughter of the late Bernard and Elizabeth (Westendorf) Weiss. She retired in 1972 from Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.; was past president of the PTA of Jefferson Township Schools; member of YMI Auxiliary of Richmond, New Paris Triple L Club, Preble County Democrat Club; past member of Pleasant Hill Community Club; Wayne County Women's Bowling Association; St. Ann's Sodality and St. John's Catholic Church in New Paris.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin C. Jurgens in 1974; a daughter, Deborah Copenhefer in 1987; a grandson and a great grandson; and nine brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Donna Jurgens of New Paris; daughters and son-in-law, Lois J. Mendenhall of Venice, Fla., and Janice A. and Bill Dargie of Richmond, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

A prayer service was held Monday, Sept. 20, at the Barnes Funeral Home, 109 W. Main St., New Paris, followed by the Funeral Mass in St. John's Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas Fitzsimmons officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery in New Paris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Emergency Unit or St. John's Catholic Church in New Paris.

Cheryl L. Pemberton

Cheryl L. Pemberton, 52, of West Alexandria, died Sunday morning, Sept. 19, at her home following a lengthy ill.

Born Aug. 22, 1947, in Hamilton, she was the daughter of William and Frances (Blanton) Pollard. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses -- Eaton North Congregation, and was a voluntary Bible worker for 26 years.

Survivors include her husband, Luther A. Pemberton, whom she married Nov. 23, 1963; daughter Patty Combs of Eaton; sons Doug Pemberton and Darrell Pemberton both of Eaton; five grandchildren; mother, Frances Ireland of Eaton; brothers, Tony Vicena of Camden, Terry Vicena of Quincy, and Ralph Ireland of Celebration, Fla.; sisters, Karen Heidemann of Azle, Texas and Barbie Owen of Dispatanta, Va.; nine nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 229 Wayne Trace Road, Eaton, with Brother Mark Hoffman officiating.

Private burial services for the family will be held Wednesday morning, Sept. 22, at Preble Memory Gardens. Barnes Funeral Home -- Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, are in charge of arrangements.

Amber L. Hodge

Amber L. Hodge, 24, of New Lebanon, died Sunday morning, Sept. 19, as the result of an automobile accident.

Born June 23, 1975 in Dayton, she was the daughter of Rickey E. and Cathy (Allen) Hodge. She was the operations manager at the Alco Department Store in New Lebanon and had attended the Dayton Christian Center.

Survivors include her parents, Cathy and Joe Harris of New Carlisle, and Rickey and Karen Hodge of Laura; sister, Mandy Harris of Dayton; brothers, Joe Harris of Charleston, S.C., Chris Harris of Raleigh, N.C., Zach Hodge and Lee Hodge of Laura; maternal grandparents J.L. and Gladys Allen of Tennessee; paternal grandmothers, Martha Hodge of West Milton and Wanda Harris of Dayton; fiance Mark Toops of New Lebanon; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Barnes Funeral Home -- Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria with Pastor Doris Swartz officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

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

Judy K. Walters

Judy K. Walters, 55, of Rossburg, died Monday, Sept. 20, at Wayne Hospital.

Born Nov. 11, 1943, in Celina, the daughter of John and Pauline (Poppe) Koons of Celina and the late Francis Christian, she was preceded in death by her son, Mark Barnes.

Walters was a retired school teacher, teaching in the St. Henry School system for 4 years and the Ansonia School system for 32 years. She was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church of Greenville and the Darke County Democratic Women.

She is survived by her husband, Tony Walters; daughters and sons-in-law, Brian and Lora Brandon, Arcanum; Bobby and Amy Dalton, Smyrna, Tenn.; step children: Terri Pollack, Columbus; Tim and Mindy Walters, Ansonia; Tony A. Walters, Winchester, Ind.; Susan and Dan Denlinger of Eaton; grandchildren: Joshua, Zachary and Madison Brandon; Haley and Brittany Dalton; step grandchildren: Alyssa and Corey Pollack; Lana and Reese Walters; Jordan Walters; Samantha and Victoria Denlinger; one sister, Mrs. Jeffery (Debra) Tuneberg of Celina and one sister-in-law, Mrs. John (Karen) Burkett of Greenville.

Services will be held Thursday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Chuck Boomhower and Rev. Edward Battiste officiating. Burial will follow in St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at the Oliver Funeral Home, 1000 N. Broadway, Greenville.

Funeral contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church or to a scholarship established in Walters' name through the Hope Foundation.

Lewis H. Ellis

Lewis H. Ellis, 88, formerly of Wesler Road in New Paris, died Monday, Sept. 20, at Mecklenberg Healthcare Center in Charlotte, N.C., following a brief illness.

Born on Feb. 7, 1911, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of Lewis H. and Anna I. (DeArmond) Ellis. He was a WWII U.S. Army Veteran and retired as a Major.

Ellis was a member of Masonic Blue Lodge at New Castle, Ind., S.W.A.C.; Scottish Rite Valley at Indianapolis, Ind.; Manetho Shrine #15 of Richmond, Ind. and Indiana and New Paris United Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by wife, Martha E. Ellis; sister Laura Blackburn; and brothers, John, Harry, Robert and Paul Ellis.

Survivors include a son, Lewis H. Ellis III of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Rhea Hutson of Knightstown, Ind. and a brother, Clarence Ellis of Indianapolis.

Graveside services are to be held Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m., at Springlawn Cemetery in New Paris, with Rev. Gilmer Smith officiating.

Barnes Funeral Home, New Paris, is in charge of arrangements.

Christine Lehrer

Christine (Eisen) Lehrer, 86, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, in Ardmore, Okla.

Born Dec. 14, 1912, in Manhattan, N.Y., she was the daughter of Herman and Barbara Eisen.

Following the death of her husband, William Lehrer, in 1980, she moved to Albuquerque, N.M., with her sister, Anna Meister, and later to Colorado Springs, Colo., with her daughter.

Survivors include her children, Barbara Downs and Martha Stoodley, both of Checotah, Okla., Ilse Lehrer of Ardmore, Okla., Edie Wogaman of Colorado Springs, Colo., Misch Lehrer of Albuquerque, N.M., and Linda Lehrer of Longmont, Colo.; four grandchildren, Rob Wogaman of Denver, Colo., Theresa Cross and Julie Buras, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Michael Wogaman of Hollywood, Calif.; four great-grandchildren; a nephew, Fred Hofmann of Hermitage, Tenn.; and a niece, Mildred Lindsey of Glen Oaks, N.Y.

Minna M. Brutans

Minna Marija Brutans, 89, of 614 S. Washington St., New Paris, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, in New Paris after an extended illness.

Born March 3, 1910, in Engure, Latvia, she was the daughter of Ansis and Jevdokija (Shindrakow) Silins. She came to America as a refugee in 1949 after living in Russia and Germany. She moved to Lafayette, Ind., and raised her family, then moved to New Paris in 1989.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Brutans, in 1981; a son, Valdis Brutans, in 1994; a sister, Anna Silins, in 1996; and a brother, Karlis Silins, in 1998.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Janis and Phyllis Brutans of Lafayette, Ind.; a daughter and son-in-law, Marissa Velta and Clay Huddleston of New Paris; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and friends in Latvia.

Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 24, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. James N. Lehman officiating. Burial was in Floral Park Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind., with Pastor Gunars Lazdins officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Reid Hospital Foundation-Hospice Unit.

Edward L. Copp

Edward L. Copp, 68, of Zionsville, Ind., died Wednesday, Sept. 22, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born July 15, 1931, in West Manchester, he was the son of James V. and Susan (Guenther) Copp. He retired as vice president of Arcadian Corporation in 1990, after 36 years' employment. He was a member of the Zionsville Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly J. Fark, whom he married in Eldorado in 1952; two sons, David E. Copp of Frisco, Texas, and Jonathan L. Copp of Zionsville, Ind.; a daughter, Elizabeth A. Hutchinson of Indianapolis, Ind.; five grandchildren; a brother, Robert Copp of Troy; and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Altendorf of Dayton.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services were Saturday, Sept. 25, at Zionsville Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Bob Jordan and the Rev. Glenn McDonald officiating. There was no public calling. Burial was in Zionsville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zionsville Presbyterian Church, 4775 W. 116th St., Zionsville, IN 46077; or to St. Vincent Hospice, Indianapolis, Ind.

Richard A. Graham

Richard A. Graham, 60, of Eaton, died Thursday, Sept. 23, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Born Dec. 24, 1938, in Camden, he was the son of the late Robert and Anna (Ross) Graham. He retired from the City of Eaton Water and Wastewater Division in 1994, and was currently working at the NAPA Auto Parts Store in Eaton. Mr. Graham served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1962, and was a member of American Legion Post #322 of West Alexandria.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Doris Graham; and brothers, Donald and Scott Graham.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn (Cohee) Graham, whom he married July 26, 1958; daughters, Lori Ann Love and fiance, Steve Singleton of Pineola, N.C., Tamara Lynn Marker and husband Thomas of Eaton, and Annette Michele Smith and husband Timothy of Eaton; grandchildren, Glenn Marker, Rebecca Love, Tom Marker Jr., Travis Marker, Tiffany Marker, Sarah Smith and Katie Smith.

Also surviving are great-grandchildren, Kenzi and Dylan Futrell; six step-grandchildren of North Carolina; a brother, Charles (Betty) Graham of Washington Court House; a sister-in-law, Doris (Granville) Shepherd of Columbus, Ind.; brothers-in-law, Wilbur Ferris of Camden and Stephen (and the late Margery) Wentzell of Eaton.

Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 27, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastors Harold Horton and Jackie Marshall officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

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

Pauline Moran

Pauline Markey King Moran, a longtime resident of Lewisburg, West Alexandria and St. Petersburg, Fla., died recently.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold King and George Moran; and brothers, Francis and Lewis Markey.

Survivors include nieces, Marilyn (Markey) Radell of Mill Valley, Calif., and Sally (Markey) Brown of Tucson, Ariz.; and a nephew, Robert Markey of Dublin, Ohio.

Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Dorothy J. Gray

Dorothy J. Gray, 68, of Camden, died Thursday, Sept. 23.

Born Aug. 10, 1931, in Hamilton, she was the daughter of Harvey and Helen (McDonald) Douglas. She was formerly employed at Harvey's Restaurant, a family-owned and operated business in Camden.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Helen Douglas; a son-in-law, Rick Mondello; and an infant granddaughter, Lori Jo.

Survivors include three sons, Robert (Judy) Gray of Michigan, Michael Gray of Camden and Donald (Andrea) Gray of Farmersville; two daughters, Barbara (Michael) Lynskey of Trenton and Janice Mondello of Camden.

Also surviving are three brothers, Charles Douglas of Sebastian, Fla., Donald and James Douglas, both of Camden; one sister, Mary Kindle of Arlington, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Jamie, Brian, Ryan, Jeremy, Leigh, Christopher, Jason and Corey; and one great-grandchild, Caitlyn; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Sunday, Sept. 26, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, followed by burial in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Richard W. Wall

Richard William "Dick" Wall, 50, of Camden, died Friday, Sept. 24, in Camden.

Born Sept. 29, 1948, in Hamilton, he was the son of Robert B. and Mae (Caudill) Wall. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and had been employed at Barnets Mill in Camden and at Miami University.

Survivors include Alex Wall, Melinda Wall, his mother, Mae Wall, all of Camden; a brother, Robert (Carol Ann) Phillips of New Lebanon; four sisters, Ginger Bittinger, Jeaniene Dusky and Kris (Daryl) Osborne, all of Camden, and Ann (Ned) O'Dell of Hamilton.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Fairmount Cemetery, Camden, with the Rev. Jackie Marshall officiating. R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, is in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie Boomershine

Marjorie Boomershine, 74, of Morgan's Point Resort, Belton, Texas, died Friday, Sept. 24.

Born June 20, 1925, in Kokomo, Ind., she was the daughter of John and Marie (Sexton) Caffery. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Temple, Texas, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Belton Golden Agers.

Survivors include her husband, Daniel G. Boomershine, whom she married Jan. 10, 1947, in Richmond, Ind.; four daughters, Barbara Kirchner of Aiken, S.C., Peggy Zimmerman and Kathy Lamb, both of Belton, Texas, and Cherry Boomershine of Temple, Texas; one son, Robert L. Boomershine of Little River, Texas; one brother, Fred Caffery of Prescott, Ariz.; one sister, Betty Godman of Camp Verde, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 27, at Dossman Funeral Home Chapel, Belton, Texas, with Pastor Frank Jenkins officiating. Burial was in North Belton Cemetery.

Bayard Hamblin

Bayard Hamblin, 83, died Saturday, Sept. 25, at Woodland Country Manor near Somerville.

Born July 2, 1916, in Clay County, Ky., he was the son of James and Laura (Hudson) Hamblin. He married Sallie Treadway on July 2, 1938, in McKee, Ky.

Mr. Hamblin was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was employed as a punch press operator at General Motors until his retirement. He was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church and of the Free Masons.

Survivors include two sons, James Hamblin of Somerville and David (Debra) Hamblin of Georgetown, Ky.; one brother, Arthur Hamblin of Hamilton; one sister, Ora Koetter of Miamisburg; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 28, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. Burial was in Fairmound Cemetery, West Elkton.


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