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Paul R. Drake

Paul R. Drake, 81, of Eaton, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, following a lengthy illness.

Born Oct. 27, 1918, in Lostcreek Township, Miami County, he was the son of the late Frank F. and Nora O. (Covault) Drake. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Asiatic/Pacific Theater of Operations. He was the owner of Drake Shoe Shoe in Eaton since 1967, and was a former member of the Eaton IOOF.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Keith E. Drake; 12 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Betty L. (Webb) Drake, whom he married Dec. 24, 1946; children and their spouses, Carol L. and Stuart Brooks, Lowell E. and Vicky Drake, Janice L. and Steve Wentzell Jr., all of Eaton, Paula A. and James Proeschel of Camden; grandchildren, Brian, Kelly and Mark Brooks, Robert Drake, Stacy and Adam Wentzell; and great-grandchildren, Izik Paxson and Mason Brooks.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 19, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Jeff Hill officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad or to the Eaton Fire Department.

Mary E. Mason

Mary Elizabeth (Rediger) Mason, 91, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, at BrookHaven Nursing Home in Brookville.

She was born Jan. 25, 1909, and graduated from Lewisburg Union High School in 1928. She received her B.S. from Miami University in 1935, and her master's in 1944. She taught school for 37 years, six years at Lewisburg Elementary, 20 years at Grace A. Greene and 11 years at Bellhaven Elementary, retiring in 1971. Mrs. Mason was a member of the United Church of Christ at Lewisburg for 76 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ada E. (Buehner) Rediger; her husband, Harold Mason; and sisters, Goldie Jeanette, Pearl Rediger and Ada L. Unger.

Survivors include sisters and brothers, Hannah Somers of The Brethren's Home in Greenville, Harry and Hazel Rediger of North Ft. Myers, Fla., John and Janice Rediger of Lewisburg, Donald and Gladys Pelton of Rochester, N.H.; stepsons Mr. and Mrs. Ormond Mason and family, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Mason and family.

Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Eugene and Patricia Kreitzer and family, Ed and Wanda Baumer and family, David and Eunice Unger and family, Dixie Northern and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Rediger and family, Richard Rediger, Tom and Paulette Rediger and family, Larry and Linda Aukerman and family, Dan and Kim Bascom, Drew and Pam Pelton and family; and a close friend, Bob Shiverdecker.

Her body was donated to the Wright State School of Medicine.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Christ, Lewisburg, OH 45338.

Charlotte Azzalina

Charlotte Azzalina, 90, of Eaton, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind. She was a former resident of Phillipsburg, N.J.

Born Dec. 27, 1909, in Manchester, England, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Charlotte Hill. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Phillipsburg, N.J., and had retired from Grant's Department Store in that city.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Azzalina, in December 1949; brothers, Samuel and Albert Hill; and sisters, Esther Atnello, Alice DeGroff and Emma Fretz.

Survivors include a son, Carl Azzalina of Eaton; a daughter, Edna Shade of Marathon, Fla.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Edna Cryan of Phillipsburg, N.J.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 19, at Rupell Funeral Home, Phillipsburg, N.J., followed by burial in St. James Cemetery there. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, was in charge of local arrangements.

H. Vada Phillips

H. Vada Phillips, 86, of Trotwood, died Monday, Feb. 14, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Born Aug. 15, 1913, in Rogersville, Ala., she was the daughter of the late John I. and Sara E. (Brown) Rice. She was a member of the Northridge Church of Christ, and had retired from customer service at Rike's department store.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Armand C. Phillips, whom she married Jan. 16, 1935; children, Lillie Esther Cole and husband Jewell Daniel of Ft. Mitchell, Ala., Glen C. Phillips and wife Cathy of Beavercreek, Rose Marie Petitt and husband George of Eldorado, June D. Ballard of Dayton, Joan B. Olage of Dallas, Texas, and Milton L. Phillips and wife Kathy of Huber Heights; 21 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and a special niece, Mary Helton and husband Reed of California.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 18, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Brad Poe officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Randy Rodgers

Randy Rodgers, 43, of Middletown, died Friday, Feb. 18, at Middletown Regional Hospital after an illness of six months.

He had worked in the coke plant of AK Steel for 10 years, was a member of the Living Word Church of Middletown and was involved with the Prison Ministry for several years.

Survivors include his wife, Valerie A. Rodgers; a daughter, Sommer Rodgers of Monroe; a stepson, Andy (Tonya) Meadors of Camden; his mother, Chloie (Harry) Hatfield of Middletown; his mother-in-law, Carol Rader of Camden; and a half brother, David Rodgers of Middletown.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Rodgers.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 21, at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home, Middletown, with the Rev. Randall K. Wheeler officiating. Burial was in Woodside Cemetery, Middletown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society-Butler County Unit, 105 McKnight Drive, Middletown, OH 45044.

Leonard L. Markey

Leonard Lowell Markey, 81, of Eaton, died Friday, Feb. 18, at his home.

Born June 29, 1918, in Monroe Township, Preble County, he was the son of the late Leonard and Estenia (Reinheimer) Markey. He was a 1937 graduate of Monroe High School, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He retired in March 1980 from the U.S. Postal Service after 31 years.

Mr. Markey was a member of The National Rural Letter Carriers Association and served as secretary for the Local Carriers Association. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Eaton.

He was preceded in death by a son, Rodney Markey, in 1955.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Eileen F. (Charles) Markey; sons and daughter-in-law, Ronald L. "Ronnie" Markey, Thomas G. and Sharon Markey, all of Eaton; a daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca L. and Bernard Lehman of West Alexandria; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Thomas H. Maxedon Jr. officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church and/or the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Charles W. Shafer

Charles William Shafer, 65, of Eaton, died Sunday, Feb. 20, at Hospice of Dayton following a lengthy illness.

Born July 29, 1934, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of the late Ralph and Jeanette (Sample) Shafer. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958, worked 21 1/2 years at NCR in Dayton and retired from Weyerhaeuser in Eaton after 23 years. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in West Alexandria.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Beverly, in 1980; and a grandson, Stephen Marcum Vonderhaar.

Survivors include his wife, Ursula (Geiss) Shafer, whom he married Aug. 21, 1983; sons, Kevin Shafer of Eaton and Jeff Shafer of West Alexandria; daughters, Ann Cox, Joy French, Sue Longo, all of Eaton, Donna Rigsby of Cambridge City, Ind., and Fay Marcum of Liberty, Ind.; a son, Mark Quante of Eaton; 18 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Beulah Conrad and Gladys Harrington, both of Dayton.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35 (between West Alexandria and Eaton), West Alexandria, with Pastor J. Herman Bassler officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Heart Association.

Wilbur Stahlheber

Wilbur Stahlheber, 85, of Camden, died Monday, Feb. 21, at his home.

Born May 9, 1914, in Butler County, he was the son of the late William and Alma (Pieper) Stahlheber. He was a self-employed farmer, having farmed in the Preble County area for 65 years. He was a member of the Preble County Farm Bureau.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle (McQueen) Stahlheber, whom he married on July 5, 1941, in Hamilton; and a brother, Vic Stahlheber.

Survivors include one son, Gary Stahlheber and Kathy Weadick of Camden; two sisters, Dorothy Taylor of Camden and Hilda Shumaker of Hamilton; three step-grandchildren, Angela, Mike and Steve Weadick; and one step-great-grandchild, Chase Thompson.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 25, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Lorrene E. Reid

Lorrene E. Reid, 92, formerly of South Washington Street, New Paris, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born Oct. 6, 1907, in New Paris, she was the daughter of the late Everett O. and Susan G. (Baker) Reid. She was a member of the Eastern Star, First Presbyterian Church, and was a charter member of Delta Theta Tau Sorority, all of New Paris.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph W. Reid, in 1995; and a sister, Olive Cox, in 1993.

Survivors include two nieces and two nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 26, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with Richard DeLong officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris. Eastern Star services were conducted just prior to the funeral service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of New Paris.

Doris McWhinney

Doris McWhinney, 96, of Eaton, died Thursday, Feb. 24, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born Dec. 14, 1903, in Wayne County, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Milton and Claudia (Clements) Catey. She was a graduate of Williamsburg High School in Wayne County, Ind. Mrs. McWhinney was a member of the Eaton United Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur McWhinney, on March 24, 1993; sisters, Alice Replogle, Kathryn Meyer, Mildred Holloway and Frances Knight; and a grandson.

Survivors include three daughters, Betty Diedrich Arnold of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., Phyllis Diedrich Mohr of Essexville, Mich., and Sara Baker of Eaton; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Josephine Kramer of Lynn, Ind.; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 26, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. James W. Whitley officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Esther M. Fisher

Esther Mildred Fisher, 83, of Camden, Ind., died Thursday afternoon, Feb. 17, at St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center in Lafayette, Ind.

Born Dec. 23, 1916, in Eaton, she was the daughter of Oscar B. and Emma (Leedy) Cabaniss. She was a 1934 graduate of Eaton High School.

On June 15, 1935, she married Carl J. Fisher, and they resided most of their married life on the farm at Brookville, Ohio. After retiring in 1976, the couple moved to Troy. She was preceded in death by her husband on Nov. 7, 1984. She moved to Camden, Ind., in October 1989, where she was a member of the Deer Creek Old German Baptist Church.

She was also preceded in death by a great-grandson; her stepfather, Walter Cabaniss; and a stepbrother, Kenneth Cabaniss.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Carole Fisher of Tipp City; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kay and Gerald Flora of Camden, Marva and Rick Phelps of Brookville; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and a stepbrother, Everett Cabaniss of West Alexandria.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Trostel, Chapman & Christmas Funeral Home, New Carlisle, with Elder Larry Nicodemus and the Home Brethren officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Old German Baptist Cemetery.

Henry P. Robbins

Henry Paul Robbins, 68, of Camden, died Monday, Feb. 21, at his home.

Born Sept. 6, 1931, in Butler County, he was the son of George Dallas and Honor Francis (House) Robbins. He had worked as a farmer in Clay County, Ky., prior to moving to Ohio, and was a member of the American Legion in Camden.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Mildred June Crothers and Iona Robbins.

Survivors include his children, Marilyn Paula Landrum of Elsmere, Ky., Henry Moss Robbins of Florence, Ky., Dallas Delane Robbins of Erlanger, Ky., Sherman Glen Robbins of Hamilton, Johnny A. Robbins and Richard Coy Robbins, both of Camden.

Also surviving are 10 grandchildren; sisters, Gladys Elizabeth Samuels and Edith Grace Sandlin, both of Hamilton, and Vedia Jewel Horn of Middletown; and brothers, Albert Glen Robbins and George Brock Robbins, both of London, Ky., and Arthur Brooks Robbins of Hamilton.

Graveside funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 26, at Preble Memory Gardens West Alexandria. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at Taylor's Grove Baptist Church, 12110 Route 227, Somerville, with Pastor Burl Hogg officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements.

Andrew Popst

Andrew Popst, 86, of Hamilton, died Friday, Feb. 25, in Hamilton.

Born Dec. 28, 1913, in Darrtown, Ohio, he was the son of the late Henry and Adaline (Keppler) Popst. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World War II. He was employed as a millwright at Beckett Paper Company until his retirement in 1979. Mr. Popst was a member of Oxford Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Popst.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Dorothy (Lackey) Popst, whom he married Aug. 15, 1936, in Lawrenceburg, Ind.; a son, Andrew A. (Marty) Popst of Fairfield; and one grandchild.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 29, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, followed by burial in Darrtown Cemetery.

Edward Abner Jr.

Edward Abner Jr., 70, of Lewisburg, died Saturday, Feb. 26, at his home.

Born May 19, 1929, in Perry County, Ky., he was the son of Edward and Cora (Begley) Abner. He was a union carpenter most of his life, and was a member of the Philadelphia Church of God.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeanette Abner, in 1988; a son, David Michael Abner, in 1976; and many brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Helen Abner; two sons, Frank (Pam) Abner of West Alexandria and Joe (Deanne) Abner of Arcanum; two stepsons, Terry (Rhonda) Malott and Jerry Malott, two stepdaughters, Janet (Jerry) Werner and Marilyn (John) Hosbrook, all of Lewisburg; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Willis Abner of Kentucky; and a sister, Elizabeth Oliver of Connersville, Ind.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Bill Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria.

Donna M. Bowman

Donna M. (Isaacs) Bowman, 82, of West Alexandria, died Saturday, Feb. 26, at Sycamore Medical Center in Miamisburg.

A native of Hamilton, she was born April 11, 1917, the daughter of the late Andrew and Dowthula (Webb) Isaacs. She was a member of the First Church of God in Germantown. She and her husband farmed in the Germantown and Gratis area for over 48 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Omer Bowman, in 1995; a son, Troy Bowman, in 1987; and two brothers, Donald and Ronald Isaacs.

Survivors include three grandchildren, Debbie (David) Buschur of West Alexandria, Trovia (Tom) Pogue of Riverside, and Jennifer (Dave) Bennett of Miamisburg; five great-grandchildren; an adopted daughter, Sarah Green-Baumann of Seven Mile and her family; special relatives, Davy and Lisa Bowman of Huber Heights and Patsy Bowman of Riverside.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, at the First Church of God, 760 Farmersville Pike, Germantown, with Pastors Tim Woodward and Ricky King officiating. Burial will be in Germantown Cemetery. Dalton Funeral Home, Germantown, is in charge of arrangements.

Gerald K. Medearis

Gerald K. Medearis, 88, of East Somers Street, Eaton, died Sunday, Feb. 27, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Born May 30, 1911, in Centerville, Ind., he was the son of the late Everett Carl and Celesta L. (Pike) Medearis. He was a 1929 Centerville High School graduate. He moved to Eaton from Centerville in 1955 and lived in Greenville from 1968-1991. He was employed by Wayne Dairy for over 30 years and retired from the State of Ohio.

Mr. Medearis was a member of Moose Lodge #329 of Greenville: Fraternal Order of Eagles of Eaton; and past member of Eaton Boosters Club and Eaton Kiwanis Club. He was one of the initial organizers of the Eaton Little League and Eaton Horseshoe Pitch League.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna (Burkhart) Medearis, in 1991; two brothers, Denver and Everett Medearis; and a sister, Betty Lafuse.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, David and Faye Medearis of Huber Heights, Kem B. and Emily Medearis of Eaton, Terry Moelk of Anderson, Ind.; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Don DeBerti of Billings, Mont.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St., with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at Crown Hill Cemetery, Centerville, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Emergency Squad.

Muriel J. Thomas

Muriel J. Thomas, 71, of Eaton, died Saturday, Feb. 26, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

Born May 29, 1928, in Bloomington, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Oakley and Lola (Hendricks) Tripp. She was employed as a secretary at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn until her retirement after 20 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delton Thomas, whom she married on June 1, 1946; a sister, Ellen Dalrymple; and a grandchild, Wayne Eugene Kinder.

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Kinder of Eaton; a sister, Mary Whitehead of Dayton; and a grandson, Tommy Kinder.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, 249 N. Main St., Camden. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.

Arden Beagle Sr.

Arden "Lee" Beagle Sr., 80, of Fredricksburg, Va., died Sunday, Feb. 27, at Mary Washington Hospital after a long illness.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Louise (Truslow) Beagle; a son and five daughters, all of Virginia; and another daughter, Shirley Lindloff and husband David of West Alexandria.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, in Falmouth, Va.

Emma Helton

Emma Helton, 76, formerly of Dayton, died Saturday, Feb. 26, in Port Charlotte, Fla. She had lived in Port Charlotte since Feb. 1, 1987, and in Arcadia, Fla., for the past four years.

Born Oct. 22, 1923, in Drift, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Dale H. and Gracie (Lyons) Bevins. She was a retired assembly line inspector for the General Motors Vandalia plant, and a member of Tri-City Baptist Church in Harbor Heights (Port Charlotte), Fla.

She was preceded in death by a stepson, Eddie D. Helton; one brother; and one sister.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Ed E. Helton; daughters and sons-in-law, Constance J. and Franklin Enicks of St. Marys, La Donna S. and Joe Boerger of Dayton; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Marline and Ronnie League of Lewisburg; a stepson, Willie J. Helton of Eaton; a sister, Jewell Charles of Georgia; a brother, Paul Bevins of Columbus; one stepbrother; three stepsisters; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, 411 N. Commerce St., followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery, Brookville. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.


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