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Penelope G. Sowry

Penelope G. Sowry, 72, of Eaton, died Friday, May 5, at her residence. Born July 7, 1927 in Cherry Valley, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Mabel (Moschell) Sowry. She had worked at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the clerical department, was a housekeeper for the Central House in Eaton and had lived in the Eaton area for the past 40 years.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Greta A. McDaniel and Belva E. Cartwright; and two brothers, Donald H. and James M. Sowry.

Survivors include a sister, Mabel I. MacDougall of Brownsburg, Ind.; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family.

Barnes Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.

Edna M. Bellaw

Edna M. (Stowe) Bellaw, 88, formerly of 3109 Grand Ave., Middletown, died Monday morning, May 8, at the Willow Knoll Retirement Community where she had been a resident for three years.

She was born May 22, 1913 at Berea, Ky. and had lived in Middletown for 70 years. She had been employed at one time at the P. Lorrilard Co. in Middletown. She was a homemaker; a member of the St. Paul's United Church of Christ and the Sewing Circle, Women's Guild and the Winmore Class at the church. She was also a member of the Middletown Senior Citizens and Prosser Chapter 367, Order of Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, John J. Bellaw in 1968: her parents, D. Arthur and Jennie (Ledford) Stowe; brothers, Paul, Ivan and Raymond Stowe; sisters, Billie Stowe, Mona Barrett, Elsa Keller and Reba Dwyer.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Stephen Croake of Middletown; sons and daughter-in-law, Gary J. and Linda Monroe of Monroe and Robert A. Bellaw of Kokomo, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Brad Uhl of Middletown; Elizabeth Uhl-Goodwin and husband Mark of Louisville,Ky.; Todd and Eric Bellaw of Kokomo, Ind.; Ryan Bellaw of San Antonio, Texas; Jennifer and Lindsay Bellaw of Monroe.

Funeral services were Thursday, May 11, at 11 a.m. at the Herr-Riggs Funeral Home in Middletown, with the Rev. Susan Thompson officiating. Burial was in North Monroe Cemetery, Monroe.

Ora M. Withrow

Ora Mae Withrow, 92, of Camden, died Tuesday, May 9, at her home.

Born Sept. 24, 1907, in Nicholson, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Harry L. and Betty Ann (Byrd) Hageman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Edwin Withrow , whom she married, Aug. 26, 1923 and who died Nov. 16, 1984 after they had been married 60 years. He was a self-employed farmer and they both farmed most of their lives.

When Mrs. Withrow was in her 80s, she was elected as an honorary chapter farmer for the Preble Shawnee FFA. She was a foster mother for about 20 years. She and her husband sheltered over 500 people in a period of 60 years. She was active in church for 50 years.

Survivors include two sons, Gerald Edwin Withrow and Albert Earl Withrow; daughter, Anna Lee Duffie; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Alice Hageman of Riverside, Calif. and Helen Jackson of Eaton; two nieces and two nephews.

Surviving also is her best friend, Margaret Heidman, 93, of Fort Thomas Ky., whom she knew since she was 15 years old.

She was also preceded in death by her four brothers, Ray Hageman, Walter Hageman, Harry Hageman and Elmer "Ned" Hageman.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 13, at the Church of the Nazarene in Eaton. Burial was in Somerville Cemetery. R.C. Nein and Son-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.

Paul G. Houser

Paul Gene Houser, 70, of New Paris, died Tuesday, May 9, at Oakridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Richmond, Ind.

Born March 2, 1930 in Eaton, he was the son of the late Norman J. and Louise (Rust) House. He was a 1948 graduate of Dixon High School and a Dixon Township farmer. He retired as division manager of Sears in Richmond, Ind.

He was a member of Fellowship Lodge 106 F&AM and Chapter 310 Order of Eastern Star, both of New Paris; Antioch Temple of Dayton; Optimist Club of Richmond, Ind.; and St. Paul United Methodist Church, New Paris; was an honorary Kentucky Colonel; and Sears Retirees.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Marilyn M. (Evans) House; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Lee Houser of Columbus, Jeffrey E. and Teresa Dye of Paulding;, Matthew A. and Teresa Dye of Florence, Ky.; daughters and son-in-law, Catherine and Ken Reid of Fountain City, Ind. and Paul Cramer of Atlanta, Ga.

Also surviving are four grandchildren, Allison Russ, Josh Rader, Mary Jessica Cramer and Jacob Dye; brother and sister-in-law, James Terry and Amy Houser of Sun City, Ariz.; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Pete Ridgeway of Huntington, Ind.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen V. House in 1999 and Mabel L. Smith in 2000; and grandson, Nathaniel Gene Dye in 1999.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 13, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in New Paris, with the Rev. Gary L. Green officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery in New Paris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul United Methodist Church, 301 E. Main St., New Paris, OH 45347.

Russel G. Howell

Russel G. Howell, 92, of Rockford, died Thursday, May 11, at his residence.

Born Sept. 2, 1907, in West Manchester, he was the son of Orville and Jesse (Fellers) Howell. He married Helen Owens in 1932, who preceded him in death in 1942. He then married Clara Belle Stover on Dec. 24, 1942.

He worked at New Idea in Coldwater for 20 years and was also a farmer. He was a member of Shanes Lodge 377 F&AM, Scottish Rite Antioch Temple, Dayton; Mercer County Farm Bureau Association; the Rockford Presbyterian Church and was a former Dublin Township Trustee for 20 years.

He is survived wife, Clara Belle; four sons, Joe Allen Howell and Thomas G. Howell of Convoy, Ralph F. Howell of Cape Coral, Fla. and Larry O. Howell of Rockford; one brother, Paul Howell of Sun City, Ariz., two sisters, Ethel Johnson of Versailles and Anna May Agler of Eldorado; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by two sisters Inez Roll and Grace Howell.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 15, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford with the Rev. Karen Long officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rockford Presbyterian Church or to the Mercer County Visiting Nurses.

Samuel H. Via Sr.

Samuel H. Via Sr., 92, of Gratis, died Friday, May 12 at Heartland of Eaton.

He was born on July 4, 1907, in Gladstone, Va. He was an Army veteran. He had worked for McGraw Construction in Middletown for many years. He was a member of the Wesleyan Church of Fairfield.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Gladys Via; three sons and daughters-in-law, Ralph and June Via of Eaton, Charles and Pat Via of Franklin and David and Joyce Via of Gratis; daughter, Wanda Via of Gratis; a daughter-in-law, Patsy Via of Brookville; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Samuel H. Via Jr. in 1986 and a great-grandson, Brian N. Via in 1985.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May, 16, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Gratis with the Rev. Stanley Booher officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.

Chester F. Ross

Chester F. Ross, 88, of Arcanum, died Friday, May 12 at his residence.

Born Jan. 12, 1912 in Winchester, Ind., he was the son of the late Glenn D. and Minnie Mae (Crawford) Ross. He was a 1931 graduate of Jefferson High School in New Paris; a farmer in the New Paris area; meat cutter at A&P Grocery in Richmond, Ind.; member of the Abbottsville United Methodist Church. He have lived in the Arcanum area since January 1990.

Survivors include is wife of 65 years, Gladys M. (Hobbs) Ross; son and daughter-in-law, Linda L. and Robert Good of West Manchester; brother, Phillip Ross of New Paris; sister, Martha Brisley of Dayton; two grandchildren, Robin (Marcus) Medrano and Craig (Becky) Ross; one great-granddaughter, Abby Ross; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Esther Pitcher and Mary Osborne; and two brothers, Ival Ross and Loyal Ross.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 16 at Barnes Funeral Home in New Paris, with the Rev. Russell Christman and the Rev. Kris Lawson officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery in New Paris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arcanum Rescue Squad or Abbottsville United Methodist Church at Arcanum.

Owen S. Unger

Owen S. Unger, 87, of Lewisburg, died Sunday, May 14, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, after a short illness.

Born Nov. 3, 1912, in Twin Township, Preble County, he was the son of the late John and Ruth (Stiver) Unger. He was a graduate of West Alexandria High School. He retired in 1979 as a machine operator for General Motors after 27 years of service and was a Preble County farmer.

He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran; past commander and member of the DAV 104; VFW 975 and American Legion Post 213 all in Lewisburg; and a member of Calvary United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Harley, Herman and Roy Unger; and five sisters, Iva and Lucy Unger, Ruth Buckingham, Nellie Slusser and Hazel Leslie.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth (Young) Unger; daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and Larry Smith of Enon, and Rebecca and Gary Grant of Brandenburg, Ky.; three grandsons and spouses, Rick and Amy Smith, Jon and Mary Grant and Tom Grant.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 17, at 1:30 p.m. at Barnes Funeral Home, 411 N. Commerce St., Lewisburg, with the Rev. Michael Pratt officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery in West Alexandria, with full military honors by the Preble County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit, PO Box 388, Lewisburg, OH 45338, or Calvary United Methodist Church, 208 W. Dayton St., Lewisburg, OH 45338.

John Stubblefield

John Stubblefield, 69, of Lewisburg, died Saturday, May 20, in Brookville, Ind.

Born June 5, 1930 in Combs, Ky., he was the son of the late John Sr. and Hazel (Wooten) Stubblefield. He retired in 1998 as owner-operator of John's Marathon in Lewisburg; a U.S. Air Force veteran,; member of American Legion 213 -- Paul Sodders Post in Lewisburg; was active in bowling leagues and was an active sponsor of sporting events in Lewisburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Oma J. (Ray) Stubblefield in 1988.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Linda Y. and Randy Taylor; sons and daughter-in-law, Gregory K. "Peck" and Jacqueline Stubblefield, and Jeffrey "Bogey" Stubblefield, all of Lewisburg; brother, Charles Stubblefield of San Antonio, Texas; sisters, Maude Angelini and Sue Couch, both of Combs, Ky.; grandchildren; Lee Ann Brown, Amber Nicole Stubblefield, Matthew and Patrick Taylor; great-grandson, Levi Brown; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 24, at 1 p.m. at the Barnes Funeral Home, 411 N. Commerce St., Lewisburg, with the Rev. George W. Pennington officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery in Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lewisburg Emergency Unit.

Beverly H. House Jr.

Beverly H. "Bud" House Jr., 64, of Eaton, died Monday, May 15, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born on Oct. 21, 1935 in Fairfield Township, Butler County, he was the son of the later Beverly P. and Flora Belle (Conkins) House Sr. He was a 1952 graduate of Hamilton High School. He retired in 1992 from the Ralston-Purina Co. after 33 years of service as a foreman.

He was a member of the Eaton Baptist Temple, and had attended Lindenwald Baptist Church in Hamilton. He was a Hamilton Little League baseball coach for seven years at Joyce Park, Hamilton, and coached the swim team for the YMCA in Fairfield. He was a member of the Elks of Hamilton.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Carolyn A. (Watkins) House; son, Ricky House of Auburn, Calif; daughter, Ronda Rae Allen of West Alexandria; brother, Carl House of Fairfield; sisters, Lorraine Lovell of Florida, Elsie Mae Feltner of Camden, Carolyn Stout of Hamilton and Susan Ford of Knoxville, Tenn; three grandchildren, David, Ashley and Elizabeth Allen; father-in-law, Jess L. Watkins of Hamilton; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Janet and Neil Couch of Fairfield, and brother-in-law, James Watkins of Miamisburg; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Hubert House.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 19, at Barnes Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Raymond L. Webb and the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hamilton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Preble County Unit, PO Box 406, Eaton, OH 45320.

John L. Morelli

John L. Morelli, 73, of Eaton, died Tuesday, May 16, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.

Born Jan. 8, 1927 in Dayton, he was the son of the late William Henry and Mattie Littler Morelli. He retired in 1987 after 36 years as a senior buyer for TRW Globe Motors of Dayton; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; was a member American Legion Post 215 at Eaton; Odd Fellows Lodge 30 at Eaton; Preble County Literacy Coalition; TRW Globe Motors Credit Union Founder and past president; member Eaton Post Office Customer Advisory Board; avid orchid grower and farmer.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Edith R. (Hunsucker) Morelli; daughter, Melissa K. Morelli of Hamilton; son, Ricky J. Morelli of Eaton; cousins.

He was preceded in death by a half brother, Benjamin Newman.

Memorial services were held on Friday, May 19, at the Barnes Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating.

Military honors were provided by the Preble County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad or the Preble County Literacy Coalition.

Mary R. Royer

Mary R. Royer, 70, of Eaton, died Thursday, May 18 at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born Feb. 15, 1930 in Moreland, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Eugene W. and Mamie (Potter) Emery. She retired in 1985 after 30 years at Reid Hospital; was a 1954 graduate of Reid Hospital School of Nursing; member of the RN Club in Richmond; state and national nursing associations; past president of the Richmond chapter; and instructor of Nursing aids programs.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Glenn K. Royer; sister and brother-in-law, Beatrice and Dale Briggs of Goshen, Ind.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dorvin and Bobbi Emery of Modoc, Ind., Weldon and Janet Emery of Rotonda West, Fla.; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Emery in 1946; and a sister, Gaye Peimer in 1949.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 22, at Barnes Funeral Home -- Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria with the Rev. Kathryn Hawbaker and the Rev. Raymond A. Michel officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Judith A. Sizemore

Judith A. Sizemore, 56, of 326 W. Chicago St., Eaton, died Thursday evening, May 18, after a sudden illness.

Born Oct. 22, 1943 in Scioto County, she was the daughter of Thomas and Helen M. (Worthington) Owens. She was an avid bingo player.

Survivors include her husband of 18 years, Dexter Sizemore; three sons, Sean J. McLaughlin of Greenville, Bruce Lute of London, and Wade Lute of Lucasville; three daughters, Christina L. Stewart of Brookville, Helen A. Stewart of Eaton and Barbara Lute of Pomeroy; two stepsons, Rex w. Sizemore of New Paris and Stacy S. Sizemore of Liberty, Ind.; sister, Peggy L. Skaggs of Portsmouth; 18 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 23, at Barnes Funeral -- Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Martin L. Peacock officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Emergency Squad, PO Box 33, Eaton, OH 45320.

Albert H. Rusk

Albert H. Rusk, 89, or Eaton, died Friday, May 19, at Heartland of Eaton.

Born July 9, 1910 in Newcastle, Ind., he was the son of the late George W. and Alice J. (Coleman) Rusk. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired truck driver for Ready-Mix concrete and Asphalt having worked in the Dayton and Columbus area. He was a member of the Full Gospel Temple in Eaton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delsie I. (Crist) Rusk in 1980; one brother, Clarence Rusk in 1993; and one sister, Ethel Martindale in 1997.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, George C. and Jennie Rusk of Eaton; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 23, at Barnes Funeral, Eaton, with the Rev. Raymond Rothwell officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery in West Alexandria with full military honors provided by the Preble County Honor Guard.

Charles L. Mills

Charles L. "Pete" Mills, 78, of Eaton, died Saturday, May 20, at Oxford View Nursing Center, Oxford.

Born Jan. 14, 1921 in West Alexandria, he was the son of the late Stephen E. and Mary L. (Watji) Mills, and lived in Preble County all his life. He was retired from Parker-Hannifin Corp., Eaton; member of Eagles Lodge 2202, Eaton

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Jean (Geeting) Mills in 1963; a daughter, Robena Mills; sisters, Norma Howard and Mary Rager; brother, Bob Mills.

Survivors include a son, Lowell E. "Gene" Mills of Camden; grandson Lowell E. Mills of Eaton; niece, Dorothy Powell.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, May 23 at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton with Pastor Jerry K. Carter officiating. Military graveside services were conducted by the Preble County Honor Guard. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.

Ronald H. Brown

Ronald H. Brown, 85, of New Paris, died Monday, May 22, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born on April 10, 1915 in Preble County, he was the son of the late Herman and Mabel Lucy (Moses) Brown. He was a 1934 Farmersville High School graduate and a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He had lived in Florida from 1990-1998, He retired in 1981 from General Motors and had also worked at NCR in Dayton, and Aeronca of Middletown.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Marilyn D. (Adams) Brown; daughters, Patricia D. Vaughn of Camden; Sandra K. Shafer of West Alexandria; sons, R. Cole Brown of Dayton; Rockne Wayne Brown of Eldorado; Stanley G. Brown of Eaton; Michael A. Brown of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Brian K. Brown of Eaton; brother, Bill Brown of Florida; Helen Marie Rice of Piqua; 17 grandchildren; great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brother, Richard L. Brown and Russell E. Brown.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 25, at 10 a.m. at Barnes Funeral Home -- Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 24, from 5-8 p.m. at the chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Preble County Unit, PO Box 406, Eaton, OH 45320.

Ida May Carter

Ida May Carter, 94, of 104 Short St., New Lebanon, died Saturday, May 20, at Harborside Healthcare in New Lebanon.

Carter was born in Preble County on Oct. 16, 1905 to Aladore and Cora (Riegel) Spitler. She was a housewife most of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, C.G. "Kip" Carter in Nov. 1994.

She is survived by a daughter, Jean Lightner, Farmersville; four grandchildren, Dick (Jane) Lightner, Joyce Staggs, Barb Schuh, Karen (Steve) Hartings; and one great-great granddaughter, Lauren Lightener; 2 sisters-in-law, Pauline Carter, Lebanon, and Josephine Spitler, Crossvile, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Russell Spitler, and two sisters, Ada Opdyke and Eileen Miller, and son-in-law E. R. "Bud" Lightner.

Graveside services will be held at Sugar Grove Cemetery, in West Alexandria, Wednesday, May 24, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ronald Dafler officiating. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home in West Alexandria is in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to New Lebanon Rescue Squad or the organization of the donor's choice.

Ethelmae Heddinger

Ethelmae Heddinger, 76, of Richmond, Ind., and formerly of Eaton, died Monday, May 22 at Reid Hosptial in Richmond, Ind.

Born on Sept. 27, 1923 in Butler County, she was the daughter of the late Gordon Joseph and Ida (Ummel) Beane. She worked at the Eaton Glove Factory in Eaton and with her husband at Gene's Body Shop in New Paris. She was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Richmond and had formerly attended the First Baptist Church in Eaton. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death in 1988 by her husband, Eugene P. Heddinger, and one brother.

Survivors include daughters and son-in-law Barbara and James Delhagen, Centerville, Ind. and Linda L. McGrew, Hillsboro, Oh; brother, Robert Lee Beane of Sebring, Fla., 10 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 25, at 2 p.m. (Ohio time) at Barnes Funeral Home, 220 East Main St., Eaton, with the Rev. Fred Hill and John Maples officiating. Interment will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery in Eaton. Family will receive friends on Thursday, May 25, from 12-2 p.m. (Ohio Time) at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation.


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