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Robert W. Barnes

Robert Woodrow Barnes, 86, of Eaton, died Saturday, Dec. 18, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.

Born April 4, 1913, in Gnadenhutten (Tuscarawas County), Ohio, he was the son of the late L.P. and Amelia (Miller) Barnes. He was the former owner/operator of the family-owned Barnes Funeral Homes, Inc.

Mr. Barnes received his Ohio Funeral Directors license in 1933 and had been active in the business for 66 years. He was a member of the Ohio Embalmers Association, and Ohio and National Funeral Directors Associations. He was a 1931 graduate of Eaton High School and a 1932 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Embalming.

He served as a corporal in the 147th Infantry Ohio National Guard from 1930-1940; was a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association as a registered official in football and basketball from 1933 to 1953, and had refereed many high school games in the Miami Valley.

Mr. Barnes joined the Eaton Volunteer Firemen in 1947, and retired as captain in December 1982. Of his 35 1/2 years with the fire department, he served 33 1/2 years as secretary/treasurer.

He was a 53-year member of the Eaton Lions Club, where he served as secretary (1948-1953), president (1955-1956), zone chairman (1950-1951), Key member in 1951, Advanced Key member in 1964, life member in 1990 and Melvin Jones Fellow in 1994.

He was a charter and life member of Fraternal Order of Eagles - Aerie #2202, Eaton; a member of Bolivar Lodge #82, F&AM, Eaton; Order of Eastern Star - Gleaners Chapter #182, West Alexandria; was a life member of Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton; a member of The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio #22, Eaton; and a member of St. Paul Methodist Church in Eaton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marydale (Fuhrman-Ryman) Barnes, in 1994; brothers, Edward Cecil Barnes in 1918, Paul Francis Barnes in 1960, and Walter Miller Barnes in 1991; sisters, Florence May Becker in 1987, Grace Louise Hogan in 1989 and Mary Ann Phares in 1999.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Robert C. and Sharon J. Barnes, Bruce L. and Rayna E. Barnes, all of Eaton; grandchildren, Brian R. and Erin M. Barnes, Stephen A. and Lori R. Barnes, all of Lewisburg, Michael H. Barnes of Eaton, William W. Barnes of Fairfield and Julie A. Barnes of Eaton; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Christina, Logan and Lorin Barnes, all of Lewisburg; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St., with the Rev. Thomas H. Maxedon Jr. and the Rev. Richard VanTine officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Eaton Lions Club and Masonic services were conducted Tuesday evening following visitation at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Fire Division, 328 N. Maple St., Eaton, OH 45320; to the Eaton Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 33, Eaton, OH 45320; or to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 120 N. Maple St., Eaton, OH 45320.

Helen Clevenger

Helen Clevenger, 76, of Camden, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Kettering Memorial Hospital in Kettering.

Born Feb. 6, 1923, in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late William and Lura (Darragh) Graham. She graduated from Gratis High School, and was employed at Miami University for 28 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Louis Clevenger, in 1995; her parents; one brother, Robert Graham; and one granddaughter, Laurie Jo Gray.

Survivors include four daughters, Connie Sue (Doug) Hubbard of Clermont, Fla.; Mary Jo (Bob) Abraham of Kissimmee, Fla., Patty (Jim) Sparks of Centerville, Ohio, and Karen Gray of Camden; one son, Jeff (Tina) Clevenger of Tulsa, Okla.; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Marie Harrison of Laramie, Wyo.; several nieces, nephews and other family members.

Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 23, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Jackie Marshall officiating. There was no public visitation.

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

Keith K. Turner

Keith K. Turner, 88, formerly of West Manchester, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Trinity Community of Beavercreek after an extended illness.

Born Oct. 15, 1911, in Miami County, he was the son of the late Lynn and Anna Belle (Kessler) Turner, and had lived in Preble County most of his life. He retired from Sheffield/Bendix. Mr. Turner attended the West Manchester United Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah I. (Waldren) Turner, on June 21; brothers, Fremont Turner, Bruce Turner and Larry Turner.

Survivors include three daughters, Phyllis Kahn of Lyden, Wash., Sandra Knodel of Shelby Township, Mich., and Marcia Newhouse of Dayton; four grandchildren; a brother, Dudley Turner of West Manchester; two sisters, Phoebe Stayton of Sidney and Joan Zuzola of Lewisburg; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, 226 W. Main St., Eaton. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home.

Klaus H. Friedrich

Klaus H. Friedrich, 58, of Eaton, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 22, following a lengthy illness.

Born Jan. 5, 1941, in Frankfurt, Germany, he was the son of the late George and Katie (Handel) Friedrich. He was self-employed for 15 years in the construction trades in the Eaton area.

Survivors include his children, Krista M. Barnett of Eaton, Linda Lee Granger of Alaska and Klaus Dieter Friedrich of Germany; grandchildren, Christopher A. Davis and Dustin M. Barnett of Eaton, four grandchildren in Alaska and four grandchildren in Germany; and two sisters, Evelyn Hartbarger of Franklin and Erika Pironti of Germany.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 27, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, followed by burial in Preble Memory Gardens.

Roy Keaton

Roy Keaton, 82, of Fairhaven, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, at his home.

Born Oct. 15, 1917, in Brookville, Ind., he was the son of William and Anna (Johnson) Keaton. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II. Mr. Keaton was employed at Miami University as a construction laborer until his retirement, and had also been employed by Sheely Construction and the City of Hamilton. He attended Fairhaven Community Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby (Deason) Keaton, whom he married Dec. 31, 1938, in Newport, Ky.; two brothers, George Keaton and George Horstman; and three sisters, Jessie Stewart, Ruby Thompson and Daisy Dealy.

Survivors include five daughters, Barbara (William) Moreland of Camden, Ruby (Charles) Tucker of Richmond, Ind., Terry (Jim) Stephen of Liberty, Ind., Phyllis Ingram of Fairhaven and Carolyn (Sam) Cash of Liberty, Ind.; two sisters, Elizabeth Bley of Edna, Texas, and Cora Smith of Hamilton; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Evelyn Parks.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 27, at Fairhaven Community Church in Fairhaven, with the Rev. John Crutchfield officiating. Burial was in Fairhaven Cemetery. R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.

Alfred Ferrie

Alfred Ferrie, 72, of Mary Kay Drive, Gratis, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Heartland of Eaton.

Born July 22, 1927, in Taunton, Mass., he was the son of Manuel and Mary (Carvalho) Ferrie. He retired from Aacco Company in Torrence, Calif., where he was a supervisor of aircraft castings.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian O. Ferrie, in 1990; and 20 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a son, Michael Ferrie of California; three daughters, Debra Kimberlin of Gratis, Robin Ferrie of Los Angeles, Calif., and Susan Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial services were Tuesday, Dec. 28, at the convenience of the family. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Raymond Ashworth

Raymond "Pete" Ashworth, 82, of Jordan Road, West Alexandria, died Thursday, Dec. 23, at Hospice of Dayton.

Born May 13, 1917, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of Raymond and Maude (Kaucher) Ashinger. He retired from Inland Manufacturing in 1982 after 43 years and was a member of the Inland Retirees Club.

Mr. Ashworth was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of James E. Ryan Post #322 American Legion and Post #8066 VFW. He was a former square dancer in the Lewisburg Promenaders, and was a member of the West Alexandria Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Ruth Ashinger; a daughter and son-in-law, Ronda and P. Kent Richison of New Lebanon; and a grandson, Samuel Richison.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 27, at the West Alexandria Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Philip Dell officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Helen M. Woodbury

Helen M. Woodbury, 90, of Eaton, died Friday morning, Dec. 24, at Heartland of Eaton after an extended illness.

Born Oct. 11, 1909, in Hamilton County, she was the daughter of the late William E. and Ida A. (Weihmeiar) Meyer. She had formerly lived in Dayton, and moved to Alden, Mich., in 1972 and to Eaton in 1993. She was the financial secretary at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Dayton for 17 years.

Mrs. Woodbury was a member of Belair United Methodist Church at Belair, Mich.; past mother advisor of Rainbow Girls; and past member and worthy matron of Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Levi Woodbury, in 1982; two brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Shirley Woodbury of Eaton; a daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Donald Rabold of Jupiter, Fla.; and a sister, Heneretta Cortney of Cincinnati.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Concord Church Cemetery, Englewood. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, Preble County Chapter, P.O. Box 141, Eaton, OH 45320.

Mildred S. Robison

Mildred S. Robison, 93, of Eaton, died Saturday, Dec. 25, at Heartland of Eaton.

Born March 16, 1906, in Eaton Rapids, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Julius E. and Harriett (Wiseman) Smith. She had been a seamstress and Avon sales representative in the Kansas City, Mo., area before moving to Eaton in 1976.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, William S. Holliday Jr., in 1943; and two brothers, Dale L. Smith and Carl E. Smith.

Survivors include a sister, Lois V. Brown of Eaton; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 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.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Preble County Humane Society, P.O. Box 72, Eaton, OH 45320.

Delbert G. Arthur

Delbert Gene Arthur, 61, of New Paris, died Sunday, Dec. 26, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born Jan. 27, 1938, in Darke County (Harrison Township), he was the son of Robert and Hazel Viola (Rhoades) Arthur. He had lived in the New Paris area all his life, and attended L&M Products in Eaton.

Survivors include his mother, Hazel V. Arthur of New Paris; two brothers and sister-in-law, Stanley and Janet Arthur, and Raymond Arthur, all of New Paris; and a niece, Tina Riegel of Eaton.

Graveside services were Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be mad to L&M Products, 201 E. Lexington Road, Eaton, OH 45320.

Murray A. Phares

Murray A. Phares, 77, of Germantown, died Monday, Dec. 27.

Born June 29, 1922, he was the son of the late Arthur E. and Amanda E. (McCormick) Phares. He retired from Frigidaire Division (Plant #2) of General Motors in 1976 after 30 years of service, and farmed for more than 15 years in the West Elkton area.

Mr. Phares was a former member of the Lions Club International in Beechwood, Ohio, a former Boy Scout committeeman for Germantown Troop #29, and was a social member of the Germantown Eagles #2292. He attended both Good Shepherd and Greenbush United Methodist Churches.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Childs.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mary Lou (Stephen) Phares; a daughter, Jo Ann (Doug) Schmidt of Middletown; two sons, James S. (the Rev. Dawn) Phares of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Jay (Michelle) Phares of Germantown; and six grandchildren, Amber Phares of Santa Rosa, Calif., Hannah Phares of Bettendorf, Iowa, Chelsea and Spencer Schmidt of Middletown, Logan and Emerson Phares of Germantown.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at Dalton Funeral Home, corner of Ohio 4 and Weaver Road, Germantown, with the Rev. Sivaji Subramaniam, the Rev. Gary Wood and the Rev. Dawn Phares officiating. Burial will be in Simonson Chapel Cemetery, Trenton. The family will receive friends from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Germantown Rescue Squad.

Donald E. Yost

Donald E. Yost, 75, of Gratis, died Monday, Dec. 27, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Born July 22, 1924, in Gratis Township, he was the son of Robert Scott and Ruth (Meyer) Yost. He married Uella Roesch on Sept. 29, 1945, at Maxwell Field, Montgomery, Ala. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 20 years, and was engaged in dairy farming for 45 years.

Mr. Yost served on the Preble Landmark Board of Directors for 27 years and the Livestock Producers Board for multiple terms. For more than 10 years, he served as a 4-H advisor.

He also served on the Dairy COBA Board, DHIA Board, Extension Advisory Board, 1st National Bank of Southwestern Ohio Board of Directors, Gratis School Board, and was a charter member of Farm Bureau Council #16. He held various offices at Salem Lutheran Church, West Alexandria, and the State Road United Methodist Church, Germantown, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife, Uella; two sons, Marion Robert (Jennifer) Yost of Silver City, N.M., and Dr. William Michael (Donna) Yost of Orrville, Ohio; one daughter, Maribeth (Daniel) Hays of Camden; and one sister, Marilyn (Harold) Coning of New Lebanon; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be a 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at State Road United Methodist Church, Germantown, with Pastor Gary Wood officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, 249 N. Main St., Camden.


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