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Collette A. Hall

Collette A. Hall, 71, of Eaton (New Hope), formerly of Lewisburg and Verona, died Monday, March 27, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born Aug. 5, 1928, in Columbus, she was the daughter of the late Garrett and Helen (Albrech) Bowman. She was a graduate of Lewisburg High School, and retired in 1981 as a key punch operator for E.F. McDonald's in Dayton. She was a member of Verona United Methodist Church in Verona.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Chester Hall; sons and daughters-in-law, Colin and Pam Hall of Brookville, Carter and Carol Hall of Eaton, Chuck and Sandy hall of Pitsburg, Ohio; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and Roger Jenkins of Brookville; grandchildren, Nichole Cross, Kirby Harris, Tobianne Harris, Jason Hall, Christopher Hall, Maria Hall and Janey Brown.

Also surviving are great-grandchildren, Brianna Coss, Alexa Harris, Sara Harris and Maylin Burke; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary and Shirley Bowman of Brookville, David and Barbara Bowman of Eaton; numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were Thursday, March 30, at Verona United Methodist Church, with the Rev. William Schilling officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens at the convenience of the family. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Wilbert Larison

Wilbert Larison, 78, of Eaton, died Monday, March 27, in Sparks, Nev.

Born April 6, 1921, in Hamilton, he was the son of the late Green and Dollie (Wells) Larison. He retired in 1986 from Eaton City Schools as a custodial worker after 32 years of service. He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses and a member of Eagles Lodge #2202, both in Eaton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Joyce Larison, in 1979.

Survivors include four sons, Rex Larison of Kissimmee, Fla., Lex Larison of Eaton, Edwin Baker of West Alexandria and Kim Larison of Sparks, Nev.; brothers, Earl Larison of St. Cloud, Fla., and Gene Larison of Camden; twin sister, Juanita Pindras of Morton Grove, Ill., and Mary Ballinger of Eaton; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were Friday, March 31, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Randy Smith officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens.

Roberta L. Surritt

Roberta L. Surritt, 75, of 205 Ivy Court, Eaton, formerly of 3356 U.S. 127 South, Greenville, died Wednesday, march 29, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born June 2, 1924, in Randolph County, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Walter G. and Olive (Melbourne) Cox.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buford W. "Joe" Surritt, on June 16, 1997; and twin brothers, Gene and Myron Cox.

Survivors include a stepson, Andrew Surritt of Washington Court House; stepdaughters, Ernestine Page of Milford and Roxanna Streeter of Jacksonville, Fla.; seven step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; a first cousin, Mrs. Stanley (Norma Jean) Brubaker of West Alexandria; two nephews and one niece.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 1, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, with Pastor Brian Dillahunt officiating. Burial was in Buena Vista Cemetery, (Randolph County) near Modoc, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American heart Association.

Martha J. Lindsey

Martha Jean Lindsey, 72, formerly of New Paris, died Wednesday, March 29, at Governor Harris Homestead in Eaton, where she had been a resident for the past two years.

Born April 9, 1927, in Montgomery County, she was the daughter of the late Larry Elwood and Bertha Mary (Filby) Wentz. She had lived in the Preble County area most of her life. She was a member of the Lighthouse Assembly of God in Richmond, Ind., and the Wayne County REACT.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Argyle Watts, in 1948; her second husband, Emory R. Lindsey, in 1989; brothers, Elwood Wentz, in 1987, Harold Wentz, in 1997; and sister, Vena Craycraft, in 1999.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald G. and Goldie Watts of Greencastle, Ind., Allen R. Watts of New Paris, Michael L. and Shirley Lindsey of Williamsburg, Ind.; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara A. and Dennis Weinstiger of New Paris, Sue D. and Mike Griffin, Dorothy F. and Mark Davis, all of Richmond, Ind., Teala J. Conway and Kevin Cooper, both of New Paris.

Also surviving are brothers, Richard Wentz of New Paris and Frank Filby of Richmond, Ind.; a sister, Larryetta Wentz of Richmond, Ind.; 21 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 1, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. Ralph M. Holdeman officiating. Burial was in Twin Creek Chapel, West Manchester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Green Acres Rehabilitation Center, P.O. Box 1252, Richmond, IN 47375.

V. Naomi Krisko

V. Naomi Krisko, 81, of West Alexandria, died Wednesday, March 29, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

Born Sept. 8, 1918, in Darke County, she was the daughter of Leroy and Martha (Sensenbaugh) Leiter. She had an associate degree, and had retired from Dayton Chemical in West Alexandria. She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Circle M, Pairs & Spares, Widowed Persons Society and West Alexandria Senior Citizens.

Survivors include two sons, James (Teresa) Krisko of Beavercreek and Kenneth (Lynne) Krisko of Huber Heights; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Krisko, in 1984; and three sisters, Mary Brown, Treva Besecker and Vera Dieringer.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 1, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Daniel Snider officiating. Burial was in Zion Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Lutheran Church, West Alexandria, OH 45381.

Maurice D. Walker

Maurice D. Walker, 67, of Eaton (Lakengren), died Thursday, March 30, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born March 27, 1933, in Tiline, Ky., he was the son of Jesse and Mina (Ward) Walker. He graduated from Murray State University with a bachelor of science degree and from Miami University with a master's degree. He served in the U.S. Army Security Agency for two and a half years.

Mr. Walker was a school teacher and principal at Gratis High School, then taught business at Preble Shawnee High School until retiring in 1993 with 35 years of service. He was elected as Gratis Township clerk for two terms and was currently serving as a Gasper Township trustee.

He was a member of the Gratis Lions Club for over 30 years, a member of the Preble County Historical Society, Preble County Retired Teachers Association, and the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Preble County.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Nancy; three children, Jesse (Lori) Walker of Eaton, Julie (Greg) Anslinger and Jana Agee of Middletown; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces and nephews; two brothers, Carroll (Marion) Walker of Tiline, Ky., and Gary (Zina) Walker of Gratis.

Funeral services were Sunday, April 2, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, with Pastor Randy Smith officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.

Eunice Ramsey

Eunice Ramsey, 73, of Dayton, died Wednesday, March 29.

Born June 16, 1926, in Island Creek, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Amos and Luvada (Byrd) Hensley. She worked for 25 years as a waitress in the Dayton area, most recently at the Colony Club. She was a member of Faith Chapel Church in Farmersville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ramsey, on Feb. 24, 1998; three brothers; and one sister.

Survivors include sons, Kenneth W. and wife Dorothy Ramsey of Winchester, Ohio, Jeffrey Ramsey and Samuel David Ramsey, both of Dayton; grandchildren, Kenneth Jr., Shannon, David, Jessica and Sammie Jo; six great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are a brother, Clyde Hensley of London, Ky.; sisters, Mae of Covington, Ky., and Dessie of Cincinnati; sisters-in-law, Wanda Caldwell, Bobbie Jewell Buress, Laurie Harris, Edna Ramsey, Phyllis Ramsey, Ann Gabbard and Barb Gabbard; brothers-in-law, Dean Ramsey, Sherman Gabbard and Johnny Gabbard; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 1, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastors Douglas Criswell and Todd Smith officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Society, or to the Lung Association.

Delores D. Good

Delores D. Good, 65, of West Alexandria, died Friday, March 31.

Born Sept. 16, 1934, in Dayton, she was the daughter of Robert and Mary (Yount) Hough. She was a member of the Eaton First Church of God; Gleaners Chapter #182, Order of the Eastern Star of West Alexandria; and was a founding member of West Alexandria Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don I. Good, on Sept. 10, 1995; and fathers, Robert Hough and Virgil J. Kuntz.

Survivors include children, Steven R. (Joyce) Libecap, Mari A. (Robert) McKinney and Jayna D. (Jeffrey) Koeller, all of West Alexandria, and Barry J. (Marlene) Libecap of Eaton; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; mother, Mary E. Kuntz of Dayton; brother, Robert L. Hough of Brookville; sister, Judith A. (Doug) Landes of Brookville; and numerous other relatives.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35 (between West Alexandria and Eaton), West Alexandria, with Pastor Jerry Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton First Church of God, or to the West Alexandria EMS.

Dorothy M. Koch

Dorothy M. Koch, 86, of Heartland of Indian Lake, formerly of West Alexandria, died Sunday afternoon April 2, at the nursing home.

Born Feb. 4, 1914, in Celina, she was the daughter of Clinton M. and Anna E. (Stroh) Smith. She was a county nurse with the Preble County Health Department, and prior to that, was matron of the Auglaize County Home. Mrs. Koch was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Wapakoneta; and was a 50-year member of Gleaners Chapter #182, Order of the Eastern Star, West Alexandria.

On Aug. 17, 1935, she married Edwin E. Koch, and he died Oct. 4, 1996.

Survivors include two sons, Edwin E. (Hilda) Koch Jr. of Lakeview and Myron E. (Janet) Koch of Tiffin; two daughters, Bertha A. (William) Cunningham of Tampa, Fla., and Marilyn (Richard) Stelzer of Avon Lake; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Leona Bobb of Wapakoneta.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Lehetta Gufason.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 7, at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Elaine Mikesell officiating. Burial of the cremains will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta. An Eastern Star memorial service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Order of the Eastern Star, Gleaners Chapter #182, West Alexandria, OH 45381.

Kermit B. Penland

Kermit B. Penland, 94, formerly of New Paris, died Friday, March 31, at Heartland of Eaton, where he had been a resident since 1995.

Born March 11, 1906, in Jefferson Township (Preble County), he was the son of the late Marcellus and Stella Mae (Bailey) Penland. He was a 1926 graduate of Jefferson High School, and a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

Mr. Penland retired from Wayne Works in Richmond, Ind., and served as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service in New Paris. He owned a small farm where he grew sunflower seeds. He was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in New Paris, and a member of the Rock Club.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Coblentz) Penland, in 1998; a brother, Pearl Loraine Penland, in 1992; and a sister, Lou Reva Miller.

Survivors include two nieces, Becky Carlson of Asheville, N.C., and Joyce S. Cashner of West Milton; and a special friend, Geraldine Ray Pence of New Paris.

Funeral services were Monday, April 3, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris, with full military honors provided by the Preble County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Emergency Unit, 135 N. Washington St., New Paris, OH 45347.

Robert W. Diehl

Robert W. "Bob" Diehl, 86, of West Alexandria, died Friday, March 31.

Born Nov. 8, 1913, in Madison Township, he was the son of the late Ira M. and Laura (Swagart) Diehl. He was retired from Rexarc in West Alexandria, was a member of the West Alexandria Kiwanis Club and the Bear Creek Church of the Brethren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Florence; two brothers, Lester and Everett Diehl; and a grandson, Brian Weimer.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Keith Weimer of Hollansburg; two granddaughters, Lauree Kempton and husband Brian of Galien, Mich., Mary Weimer of Indianapolis, Ind.; a grandson, Darrell Weimer and wife Tangela of New Madison; three great-grandchildren, Austin and Paul Kempton and Rochelle Weimer; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the Bear Creek Church of the Brethren, with Pastor Ron Wenzel officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church. Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund at the Bear Creek Church of the Brethren.

Lura M. Cripe

Lura Mae Cripe, 94, of Eaton, died Tuesday morning, April 4, at her home.

Born June 4, 1905, in Quinter, Kan., she had lived in Eaton for the past 57 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ora, in 1993; and daughter, Beulah Petry, in 1997.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Harvey and Dolores Cripe of West Milton, Paul and Louise Cripe of Springfield, Ora J. and Juanita Cripe of Camden; daughters and sons-in-law, Leanna and Donovan Riley of Eaton, Miriam and Cliff Sharritt of Brookville; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial will be at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at press time, and the family asks persons to call the funeral home for times of viewing and services.

Kristopher Myers

Kristopher Myers, 20, of Eaton, formerly of Hamilton, died early Thursday morning, March 23, as the result of a car accident.

Born Aug. 29, 1979, in Hamilton, he attended the Fairfield schools and had been an avid baseball player at North End when he was younger. He was employed as a roofer for Tri-County Roofing.

Survivors include his son, Austin Myers of Fairfield; his mother, Penny (Jones) Fields and her husband, Ira "Fuzzy" Fields of Eaton and formerly of Hamilton; his father, Keith Myers and wife, Sherry of Hamilton; one brother, Kory Myers of Eaton and formerly of Hamilton; two sisters, Kateland and Sabrina Fields, both of Eaton and formerly of Hamilton.

Also surviving are two stepbrothers, Travis and Derek Steele; grandparents, Ralph Jones and the late Dovie Jones, Madeline Fields, Sam and Louise Myers; great-grandparents, Earl and Janet Jones; aunt, Peggy Breedlove and fiancee, Tim Weidner; uncles, Greg (Sheree Lynn) Myers and Dave (Katie) Myers; cousins, Rodney, Ryan and Rusty Breedlove; numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.

Gary L. Daugherty

Gary Lee Daugherty, 19, of West Alexandria, died Wednesday, April 5.

He was a 1999 graduate of Twin Valley South High School, and was employed by Green Tokai in Brookville.

Survivors include his parents, Gary W. and Pamela S. (King) Daugherty of West Alexandria; two brothers, Eric and Matthew; a sister, Ashlee; paternal grandmother, Wanda Daugherty of Huber Heights; maternal grandparents, JB and Virginia King of New Lebanon.

Also surviving are aunts and uncles, Dan and Sheri (King) Neaves of New Lebanon, Tim and Robin (King) Davenport, Dale and Beverly Daugherty, all of Brookville, Steve Daugherty of Dayton, Floyd Daugherty and Darryl Daugherty, both of Huber Heights; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Hershel Daugherty.

Funeral services were Monday, April 10, at Grace Baptist Church, Dayton, with Pastor Doug Criswell officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, 142 Olive Road, Dayton.

Richard L. Denius

Richard Leroy Denius, 66, of New Lebanon, died Friday, March 24, at his home.

He graduated from Lanier High School in 1951, and worked at General Motors in Moraine for 48 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Evelyn (Priser) Denius; and sister, Helen Jean Miller.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Bette (Ellison) Denius; sons and spouses, Jeffrey and Melissa of Michigan, Ted and Beverly of Lewisburg, Phillip and friend Jeanette Rodeffer of New Lebanon; a daughter, Angela and spouse Barry Willis of Dayton; mother-in-law, Gladys Ellison; four grandchildren, Matthew, Michael, Richard and Summer; two sisters and their spouses, Nancy and Wally Ensbrenner of Erie, Pa., Barbara and Carl Homgren of Batavia, Ill.; special friend, Joan Faber of Eaton; and other relatives.

Funeral services were Wednesday, March 29, at Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon, with the Rev. William Walk and the Rev. Robert Caplinger officiating. Burial was in Trissel Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, or to the New Lebanon Brethren Church.

Linda K. King

Linda Kay King, 55, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, April 4, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

She was born April 13, 1944, in Fleming, Ky. She had worked at T.R.W. Lucas Ledex, where she was a team leader.

She was preceded in, death by her husband, Jack E. King, in 1988; and a daughter, Diane Kay King, in 1990.

Survivors include a son, Jack Adrian King of Xenia; parents, James D. and Cora (Bentley) Mullins of Dayton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret A. and David Schenck of Arcanum, Karen E. Mullins of Dayton, Donna J. and Gary Dursch of Farmersville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jesse J. and Debbie Mullins of Germantown, David W. and Debora Mullins of Englewood; three grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 8, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, followed by burial in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit, P.O. Box 388, Lewisburg, OH 45338.

John H. Shoemaker

John H. "Hank" Shoemaker, 64, of Eaton (Lakengren), died Tuesday, April 4, at University Hospital in Cincinnati.

Born March 16, 1936, in Harlan, Ky., he was the son of the late Bill and Ethel (Gibson) Shoemaker. He retired in 1994 as a service representative for Plastics Machinery Technology, Inc. and had also worked for NATCO, both in Richmond, Ind. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Auburn, Ohio.

Mr. Shoemaker was an avid fisherman.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Carol S. (Adams) Shoemaker; sons, Brian Shoemaker and Kelly Shoemaker, both of Dayton; a daughter and son-in-law, Deanna and Bill Smith of Richmond, Ind.; sisters, Zella of Millville, Ohio, Ruth, Faye and Shannon, all of Kentucky.

Also surviving are brothers, Charles of Millville, Ohio, Herbert, Jim, Bentley and Elmer, all of Kentucky; grandchildren, Guiseppe Shoemaker, Michelle Hammond, Jeremy Hammond, J.J. Hammond and Joshua Smith; great-granddaughter, Britlyn Hammond; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 8, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Dr. Rick Rhodus officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Lura M. Cripe

Lura Mae Cripe, 94, of Eaton, died Tuesday morning, April 4, at her home.

Born June 4, 1905, in Quinter, Kan., she was the daughter of the late Walter and Lydia (Flory) Jamison. She had lived in Eaton for the past 57 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ora A. Cripe, on Oct. 1, 1993; and daughter, Beulah Mae Petree, in 1997; grandson, John Edward Cripe; sisters, Martha Jamison, Marie Steinbring and Edna Denlinger; and brothers, Ben, Charlie and Ezra Jamison.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Harvey W. and Dolores Cripe of West Milton, Perry Paul and Louise Cripe of Springfield, Ora Jr. and Juanita Cripe of Camden; daughters and sons-in-law, Leanna and Donovan Riley of Eaton, Miriam and Cliff Sharritt of Brookville; 21 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Anna Jamison of Quinter, Kan., Merle and Ethel Jamison of LaPell, Ind., Houston and Rosalee Jamison of Quinter, Kan.; son-in-law, Robert Petree of St. Mary's Idaho; and caregiver, Rhonda Johnson of Eaton.

Funeral services were Friday, April 7, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Greg Hyre officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton EMS.

James E. Hager

James E. Hager, 83, of Eaton (Lakengren), formerly of New Paris, died Thursday morning, April 6, at Hospice of Dayton.

Born Dec. 22, 1916, in Menifee County, Ky., he was the son of the late Benjamin and Nannie (Jones) Hager. He came to Preble County in 1947, moved to New Paris in 1984 and then to Lakengren in June 1999.

He retired from General Motors-Harrison Radiator on May 28, 1976, after 27 years; and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theater of Operations. He was a member of American Legion Post #215 of Eaton.

Survivors include his wife, Opal D. (Elam) Hager, whom he married July 16, 1937; son and daughter-in-law, Beryl and Elizabeth Hager of Eaton; grandsons, Michael Hager of Eaton and Kevin Hager of New Paris; great-grandchildren, Shelby, Allison, Britney, Lindsay, Kayla and Kelsey; brothers, Wesley Hager of Farmersville and Winford Hager of Xenia; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, April 10, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial, with military graveside services by the Preble County Honor Guard, was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

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

Karen M. Dearth

Karen Marie Dearth, 33, of Muncie, Ind., died unexpectedly Thursday, March 30.

Born May 13, 1966, in Brookville, she had spent most of her life in Lewisburg. She was a 1984 graduate and honor student of Tri-County North High School, where she was active in and an All-Star in all school sports. She had also been a member of the Patches girls' softball team at Phillipsburg.

She attended Capital University in Columbus and Bluffton College in Bluffton, Ohio, where she was involved in basketball and softball. She was employed at Bartlett Corp. in Muncie, and played on the company's women's softball team.

Survivors include her mother, Juanita Dearth of Eaton; a sister and brother-in-law, Deborah and Johnathon Salisbury of Newburgh, Ind.; and special friends, Peggy Perrine of Eaton and Susan Mills of Brookville.

Graveside services were Thursday, April 6, at Watkins' Cemetery, Natural Bridge, Ky., with Peggy Perrine giving the eulogy and Deborah Salisbury the prayer. Herald and Stewart Funeral Home, Mt. Sterling, Ky., was in charge of arrangements.

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

James C. Eck

James C. "Jim" Eck, 74, of New Lebanon, died Tuesday, April 4.

Born Aug. 7, 1925, in Dayton, he was the son of the late John and Opal (Stoner) Eck. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and a 1950 graduate of Ashland College. Mr. Eck was former owner of Carter Oil Company, a founding member of the New Lebanon Lions Club and a member of AL #762. He was a 67-year member of the Brethren Church, New Lebanon, where he served as treasurer for 30 years.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Wanda; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Evelyn of Edgewood, Ky., Jeff and Melanie of New Lebanon, Joel and Robyn of Eaton; six grandchildren, Kelly and husband Matt Windham, Stacy and husband Zach Pickens, Jimmy, Jennifer, Emily and Molly Eck; two great-grandchildren, Catlin and Cody Windham; a brother-in-law, Bruce Carter and wife Laura of Bradenton, Fla.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 8, at the Brethren Church, New Lebanon, with Pastor William Walk officiating. Burial was in Trissel Cemetery. Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brethren Church, New Lebanon.

Charles M. Hiatt Jr.

Charles M. Hiatt Jr., 78, of Eaton, died Saturday, April 8, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Born Sept. 25, 1921, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of the late Charles M. and Irene (Bettenbroke) Hiatt, and had lived in Preble County most of his life. He was a graduate of Earlham College, Richmond, Ind., and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He retired after 36 years as a pharmaceutical salesman with Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company.

Mr. Hiatt was a member of the Eaton United Church of Christ; Bolivar Lodge #82, F&AM; Eaton Chapter #22 Royal Arch Masons; Preble Council #135 Royal & Select Masons; Scottish Rite, Valley of Cincinnati.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Mary Elizabeth Wiggans.

Survivors include his wife, Beatrice B. "Billie" (Gounah) Hiatt, whom he married June 16, 1946; a son, William Thomas Hiatt of Eaton; a daughter, Sharon L. Wenning of St. Paul, Minn.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Schultz and Margaret Lee, both of Richmond, Ind.; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Tuesday, April 11, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. James W. Whitley officiating. Burial, with military graveside services by the Preble County Honor Guard, was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Masonic services were conducted at the funeral home following visitation on Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton United Church of Christ, or to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Kathryn I. Michael

Kathryn I. Michael, 80, of West Manchester, died Saturday, April 8, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born July 8, 1919, in West Manchester, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Laura (Geeting) Laird. She was a graduate of Monroe High School, and a member of the West Manchester United Church of Christ. She and her husband were former owners of Michael Funeral Home in West Manchester.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon L. Michael, on Aug. 2, 1978; a sister, Charlotte Heeter; brothers, Everett, Glenn, Roy "Dick" and Herbert Laird.

Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl K. Jeffries of West Manchester; a son, the Rev. Ned A. Michael of West Liberty; three grandchildren, Teresa K. Jeffries, Shane A. Michael and Cameron L. Michael; sisters, Eva and Mildred Laird of West Manchester.

Graveside services were Monday, April 10, at Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg, with the Rev. David A. Ireton officiating. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Manchester United Church of Christ, 114 W. Orchard St., West Manchester, OH 45382.

Irene C. Flora

Irene C. Flora, 72, of Eaton, died Saturday, April 8, at her home.

Born Dec. 19, 1927, in Rice Lake, Wis., she was the daughter of the late Alexander James and Eva Bly (Fuller) Abbott. She retired in 1984 from Dayton Flexible Products in Eaton, and had worked as an LPN at Heartland of Eaton, Cedar Springs Care Center in New Paris and Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton. She was a member of the First Church of God in Eaton.

She was preceded in death by a son, Gordon A. Flora, in 1954; and a sister, Fern Beatrice Abbott, in 1972.

Survivors include her former husband, Gordon E. Flora of Camden; a son, Jonathan W. Flora of Studio City, Calif.; a daughter, Diana Lynn Vieux of Eaton; a brother, Hollis D. Abbott of Sacramento, Calif.; twin sister, Ilene C. Boardman of Sun City, Ariz.; and grandchildren, Charity Nicole and Summer Cherish Vieux, both of Eaton.

Memorial services will be at 5 p.m. Friday, April 14, at the First Church of God, 1360 E. Lexington Road, Eaton, with the Rev. Jerry Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. The family will receive friends in the social room at the church following services. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of God, 1360 E. Lexington Road, Eaton, OH 45320, or to World Gospel Mission, Marion, IN 46952-0948.

Timothy A. Mohrmeyer

Timothy Allen Mohrmeyer, 42, formerly of New Paris, died in Tempe, Ariz.

Born June 14, 1957, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of Charles Edwin and Janice Kay (Reckers) Mohrmeyer Sr. He was a 1975 graduate of National Trial High School, a U.S. Army veteran, had worked for Coca-Cola in Tempe, Ariz., and was doing home computing and mailing work.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Charles E. and Leona E. (Metzcar) Mohrmeyer Sr. of New Madison; his mother, Janice Harris of Richmond, Ind.; brothers, Charles E. Mohrmeyer Jr. of Lakeside, Calif., and Paul E. Mohrmeyer of Greenville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Pam J. and Rick VanWinkle of New Paris, Janet K. Mohrmeyer, Sharon A. and Jeff Sizemore, all of Eaton.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris, with the Rev. James Chronister officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Ivan L. LaVallee

The Rev. Ivan L. LaVallee, 68, of Lima, died Sunday, April 2, at his home.

Born Aug. 2, 1931, in Shirley, Ind., he was the son of Henry and Lula (Wisehart) LaVallee. He was a 1953 graduate of Minnesota Bible College, and had been a member and pastor of Rousculp Church of Christ in Cridersville for 31 years. He had also ministered at churches in Stilesville, Ind., Eaton and Belle Center. He was a bus driver for Perry, Bath and Allen East schools.

Survivors include his wife, Janet M. (Davisson) LaVallee, whom he married July 4, 1952; three sons, David H. (Patricia) LaVallee of Wapakoneta, Alan L. (Kelly) LaVallee of Lima and Timothy C. (Connie) LaVallee of Lebanon; two daughters, Jane Ann (Wynn) Reese of Harrod and Anita (Jonathon) Hughes of Dickinson, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wesley and Paul LaVallee.

Funeral services were Thursday, April 6, at Rousculp Church of Christ in Cridersville, with the Revs. Mark Vernick and Leland Quay officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery. Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rousculp Church of Christ.


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