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Dr. Charles W. Boesenberg

Dr. Charles W. Boesenberg died Tuesday, March 24, at Kaseman Presbyterian Hospice, Albuquerque, N.M., after a long battle with cancer.

He was a graduate of Eaton High School, Ohio University and the Cleveland School of Chiropody, where he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He taught at the Chiropody School for a few years while establishing a practice in Cleveland.

He moved his family and practice to Albuquerque, N.M., in the early 1950s. He retired in 1996 after practicing for 50 years. His last visit to Eaton and Camden was in October 1996.

Survivors include a daughter, Laura (Duane) Curto of Albuquerque, N.M.; Dr. Karl (Dr. Susan) Boesenberg of Anchorage, Alaska; Kurt (Lisa) Boesenberg of Okanogan, Wash.; grandchildren, Amanda Curto, Rachel and Drew Boesenberg, Tarl and Sophia Boesenberg.

Also surviving are a sister, Priscilla (Cecil) Davis of Toledo; a niece, Ann Taylor Bening of Toledo; a nephew, Tom (Teri) Taylor of Toledo; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and several cousins in the Preble County area.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Harriet; his parents, Henry and Lottie Boesenberg; brothers, Emerson, Albert and Richard Boesenberg; a sister, Beulah Taylor; half brothers and sisters, Paul, George, Hilda Nelson and May Cail.

Memorial services were Friday, April 3, at United Central Methodist Church, Albuquerque, N.M.

Treva K. Curtis

Treva K. (Keckler) Curtis, 90, of 2373 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45211, died Wednesday, March 25.

Born Jan. 28, 1908, in Eldorado, she was the daughter of William H. and Theresa Keckler of Eldorado and Eaton.

Survivors include her husband, Gilbert F. Curtis; two daughters, Patricia (William) Long and Kathleen (William) Morris; four grandchildren, Deborah Clarke, Michael Long, Cynthia Vanderkolk and Kimberly Morris; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 28, at Wyoming Baptist Church, Wyoming, Ohio, followed by burial in Otterbein Cemetery (Darke County). Thomas Justin Memorial, Cincinnati, was in charge of arrangements.

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

Samuel A. Hollis

Samuel A. Hollis, 90, of 105 Meadow Lane, Hartford City, Ind., died late Tuesday night, April 14, at Blackford County Hospital there after an extended illness.

Born May 15, 1907, in Berkeley, Calif., he was the son of Arthur C. and Mabel Jane (Gardiner) Hollis. He had resided in Hartford City since childhood, graduated from Hartford City High School, and received his pharmacy degree from the Indianapolis School of Pharmacy (now Butler University). He was a registered pharmacist, retiring in 1981.

Mr. Hollis was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church and had taught Sunday school for many years. He was a member of the Hartford City Rotary Club.

Survivors include his wife, V. Helen (Nelson) Hollis, whom he married Nov. 22, 1931; three daughters, Valorie Ann (Mrs. Warren) Colglazier, H. Kay (Mrs. Keith) Marlatt, both of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Carol Lee (Mrs. Robert) Armacost of Eaton; two sisters, Kathryn (Mrs. Richard) Dee of Minneapolis, Minn., and Elizabeth (Mrs. Herschell) King of Hamilton, Mont.; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Helen Tidd and Aldah Robbins.

Funeral services were Sunday, April 19, at Grace United Methodist Church, Hartford City, Ind., followed by burial in Hartford City Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home, Inc., Hartford City, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 312 N. Washington St., Hartford City, Ind. 47348.

Lucille V. Geeting

Lucille Viola Geeting, 86, formerly of 129 W. Chicago St., Eaton, died Wednesday, April 15, at Heartland of Eaton.

A native and lifelong resident of Preble County, she was born Oct. 20, 1911, the daughter of the late Earl and Emma M. (Kreitzer) Lesh. She had been a member of Grace Lutheran Church since 1936 and a member of the Eaton Grange for more than 50 years.

Her husband, J. Albert Geeting, died Feb. 10, 1984. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Harvey Lesh; and a sister, Ethel Lesh.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Janet L. and Larry Paxson of Eaton; three grandchildren, Celeste Phelps, John Paxson and Christine Cheek; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Orville Lesh of Englewood; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Sunday, April 19, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Jeff Hill officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad, or to Heartland of Eaton, Activities Department, 515 S. Maple St., Eaton, Ohio 45320.
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Leah M. Beckett

Leah Maxine Beckett, 82, of Richmond, Ind., died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 15, at her home.

Born April 11, 1916, in Preble County, she was the daughter of Elmer and Effie (Creech) Bostick. She had lived in Richmond since 1938. Mrs. Beckett was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church and the Richmond Senior Community Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ora Beckett, in 1990; a brother, Elmer Bostick; and a sister, Mary Helen Sizelove.

Survivors include one stepson, Raymond Lloyd Beckett of Fairhaven; two stepdaughters, Irma Fitzharris Coate of Palm Beach, Fla., and Betty Jean McNew of Richmond, Ind.; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Ralph Bostick of Richmond, Ind.; nieces and nephews including Lucille Sheets of Richmond, Ind.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 18, at Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Chapel, Richmond, Ind., followed by burial in Fairhaven Cemetery (Preble County).

Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Presbyterian Church, 310 N. 19th St., Richmond, Ind. 47374.

Shirley A. Warner

Shirley A. Warner, 59, of U.S. 35 West, Eaton, died Wednesday, April 15, at Hospice of Dayton.

She was born April 20, 1938, in Dayton. She was a member of West Alexandria Community Christian Church.

Survivors include her husband, James Warner; one son, Jimmy Warner Jr. of Eaton; six daughters, Candy Balstic of Dayton, Darlene Hammond, Robin Frock, Christina Thomas and Diane Box, all of Eaton, and Rosie Dunn of West Manchester; her mother, Evelyn (Jackson) Walden Bell of New Lebanon; 31 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, John Walden of Arcanum; and one sister, Nancy Brown of Brookville.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Walden.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 18, at West Alexandria Community Christian Church, with the Rev. Doug Bottles officiating. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret A. Strickler

Margaret Amanda Strickler, 83, formerly of West Manchester and New Madison, died Thursday, April 16, at Gade Nursing Home in Greenville.

Born May 30, 1914, in Darke County, she was the daughter of Phares and Emma (Wertenbaker) Longanecker. She was a member of the Ithaca Open Bible Church.

Survivors include four daughters, Phyllis Strickler of Greenville, Joyce Maglott of Jeannette, Pa., Janet Strickler of Eldorado and Patsy Whye of McKeesport, Pa.; one son, Charles Strickler of Castine; a half brother, Benjamin Gallihugh; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Kathryn E. Lipps; and a brother, William Longanecker.

Graveside services were Friday, April 17, at Castine Cemetery, Castine, with the Rev. Tim Means officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Howard C. Becker

Howard C. Becker, 90, of Columbus and formerly of Eaton, died Thursday, April 16, in Columbus.

Born July 26, 1907, in Eaton, he was the son of Charles and Harriet M. (Mitchell) Becker. He was a 1926 graduate of Eaton High School. Mr. Becker was a retired agent for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and had worked for Becker Brothers Construction.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II; a member and past commander of American Legion Post #215, Eaton; and a member of VFW Post #8066, Eaton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence M. (Barnes) Becker, in 1987; a son, Donald Barnes Becker, in 1964; and a sister, Dorothy M. Hamilton, in 1963.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marcia M. and Robert B. Smith of Columbus; grandsons and their spouses, Robert G. and Christy Smith, Douglas J. and Dana Rae Smith, Craig A. and Lori Smith, and Kirk J. Smith, all of Columbus; and great-grandchildren, Kelly, Jason, Justin, Natalie, MaKenzie, Chelsea, Nathan, Dustin and Jennifer.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, with the Rev. Richard Van Tine officiating, followed by military honors by American Legion Post #215. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Reid Hospital Foundation -- Hospice Unit, Richmond, Ind.
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Shelly F. Lamberth Sr.

Shelly F. Lamberth Sr., 73, of 783 Brande Drive (Lakengren), Eaton, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 16, at his home.

He was a 1949 graduate of Ohio State University and a member of Theta Chi Fraternity Alumni there. He was well-known in the Dayton area as a certified kitchen designer and was currently associated with Kitchen Distributors in Springboro.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II; is the commander of CBI; a member of American Legion Post #215 of Eaton; and Elks Lodge #93 in Hamilton. He was an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Eaton and a former member of Grace United Methodist Church in Dayton.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Virginia "Ginny" (Conover) Lamberth; a daughter, Cathy Lamberth of Huntsville, Ala.; sons and daughters-in-law, Shelly Jr. and Jade Lamberth of LaCrosse, Wis., Mark and Cynthia Lamberth of Carmel, Ind.

Also surviving are a sister, Pauline Waldrop of Washington Township (Montgomery County); a brother and sister-in-law, Charles H. and Jean Lamberth of Eclectic, Ala.; grandchildren, Holly and Scott Barrett of Madison, Wis., Heather M. and Wesley S. Lamberth of LaCrosse, Wis., Nate J., Gabe P. and Alex F. Lamberth of Carmel, Ind.; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sherman and Evelyn Lamberth; and a brother, Sherman Lamberth Jr.

Funeral services were Monday, April 20, at Tobias Funeral Home, Far Hills Chapel, Kettering, with Dr. Phillip D. Malone and the Rev. Kelly Brown officiating. Burial was in Miami Valley Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to St. Paul United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

Robert L. Craig

Robert L. Craig, 64, of Eaton, died Saturday, April 18, at Hospice of Dayton.

Born Feb. 1, 1934, in Eaton, he was the son of the late Carl F. and Ocie (Thompson) Craig. He retired as a supervisor from Parker Hannifin Corporation after 37 years.

Mr. Craig was a member of the Eaton Church of the Brethren; Bolivar Masonic Lodge #82, F&AM of Eaton; the Dayton Model A Ford Club; and was an avid bowler.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine (Carman) Craig, whom he married Oct. 15, 1977; daughters, Angel Craig of Phoenix, Ariz., and Robin Craig; stepsons, Terry Emrick of Indianapolis, Ind., and Jerry Emrick of Lewisburg; stepdaughters, Karen Grimes of Cincinnati and Debbie Petry of Eaton; two grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Ruby Moysey of Eaton, Vera Kisling of Florida and Carol Oldfather of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by a son, Arthur A. Craig, in 1976; a brother, Lloyd Craig; sisters, Martha Watson, Anna Mary Poland, Doris Schleiger, Verna Mae Craig and Betty Jean Craig.

Funeral services were Tuesday, April 21, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Greg Hyre and Marion Noll officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Church of the Brethren or to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Virginia N. Arbuckle

Virginia N. Arbuckle, 68, formerly of East Main Street, Verona, died Sunday morning, April 19, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton after an extended illness.

Born April 5, 1930, in Harlan County, Ky., she was the daughter of Robert L. and Martha (Collins) Shepherd. She had lived in Verona since 1973 and had served as a council member on the Verona Village Council. She was a member of Verona United Methodist Church.

In 1992, she wrote "Original Poetry by Virginia Arbuckle."

Survivors include four sons, Robert C. Combs of Portland, Ore., Bill G. Combs of Indian Lake, George H. Combs of Verona and John M. Arbuckle of Camden; six daughters, Ann Crye of West Manchester, Marty M. Brunson of Land of Lakes, Fla., Judy G. Plaugher, Lydia C. Michael and Patricia L. Pierson, all of Eaton, and Daisy D. Hawkins of Dayton; 22 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; stepmother, Sarah Jane Shepherd of Clarksville, Tenn.; and a brother, Robert L. Shepherd Jr. of Quincy, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert L. Shepherd, in 1997; a sister, Dorothy Moore, in 1988; and a brother, Billy Wayne Shepherd, in 1977.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Verona United Methodist Church, 206 S. State St., Verona, with the Rev. Bill Schilling officiating. Entombment will be at Royal Oak Mausoleum near Brookville. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Verona United Methodist Church.

Maynard L. Miller

Maynard L. Miller, 79, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, April 21, at Heartland of Eaton.

Born Dec. 29, 1918, in Dayton, he was the son of John A. and Esther May (Siler) Miller. He was a 1936 graduate of Lewisburg Union High School; a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II; a member of Paul Sodders Post #213 American Legion; Libanus Lodge #80, F&AM; and a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, all of Lewisburg.

Mr. Miller retired from Chrysler Corp. in Dayton, and worked at Penn Terra Golf Course in Lewisburg.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Charlotte M. (Hay) Miller; a daughter and son-in-law, Sally L. and David Norvell of Lewisburg; grandson and his wife, Troy A. and Kim A. Norvell of Lewisburg; great-grandchildren, Brittiney, Katelin and Kyle; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Cory A. Norvell, in 1970; and a brother, Gaylard E. "Bud" Miller, in 1995.

Funeral services were Friday, April 24, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. David Justis officiating. Burial, with military graveside services, was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Julia R. Hill

Julia Ruth Hill, 91, formerly of 8959 Camden-College Corner Road, College Corner, Ohio, died Tuesday afternoon, April 21, at Hillcrest Estates Nursing Home in Liberty, Ind.

Born Nov. 7, 1906, in Winthrop, Iowa, she was the daughter of Jacob and Alice (Ferguson) DeGreif. She graduated from College Corner High School in 1925 and was a lifetime resident of the College Corner area. She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in College Corner, a member of the church's Women's Group, a member of the Chattering Stitchers of College Corner since 1929.

She married Herbert A. Hill on Sept. 13, 1929, and he preceded her in death on May 27, 1996. Her parents; and a brother, Lee DeGreif, are also deceased.

Survivors include a son, Gilbert L. Hill of College Corner, Ohio; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Hope Bennett of Grand Rapids, Mich.; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Friday, April 24, at Showalter-Blackwell Funeral Home, Baker Chapel, College Corner, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, College Corner, Ohio, or to the College Corner Fire Department.

Charles Collins

Charles Collins, 68, of Gordon, died Tuesday, April 21, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton after an extended illness.

Born March 25, 1930, in Lexington, Ky., he was the son of George and Bessie (Bently) Collins. He was a Korean War veteran and had retired in 1978 from Falcon Coal Company after 20 years of service.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Portemont and Elaine Smith, both of Gordon; two sons, David Collins and Gary Collins, both of Lewisburg; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Edna Shiverdecker of West Alexandria, Mary Rike of Lewisburg and Alice Denny of Bradford; nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville, with the Rev. Bill Schilling officiating. Entombment will be in Royal Oak Mausoleum. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, 411 N. Commerce St., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of Ohio, 7560 McEwen Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459.

Sarah A. Howard

Sarah Ann Howard, daughter of Max A. and Julie D. Howard of 124 S. Beech St., Eaton, was stillborn Saturday, April 25, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her paternal grandmother, Deloris J. Howard of Eaton; maternal grandparents, Neal and Nancy Amstutz of Eaton; and a sister, Lauren Elizabeth Howard, at home.

Graveside services were Tuesday, April 28, at Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Greg A. Hyre officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Church of the Brethren.

Dorothy Jordan

Dorothy Jordan, 80, of North Aukerman Street, Eaton, died Sunday, April 26, at Greenbriar Nursing Center.

Born June 18, 1917, she was the daughter of Ward and Ellen (Bliss) DeVilbiss. She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in West Alexandria.

Survivors include her husband, Earl Jordan; three daughters, Mary Kelly of Eaton, Lillian Moore and husband Ray of West Milton, Earla Donaldson and husband Tom of West Alexandria; one son, Jim Jordan and wife Sharon of Eaton; one brother, Alfred DeVilbiss of West Alexandria; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Tim Kelly, in 1984; and two brothers, Cletus "Bill" DeVilbiss and Kenneth DeVilbiss.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Daniel Snider and the Rev. J. Herman Bassler officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Lutheran Church, or to the Preble County Cancer Society.

Alvera V. Fink

Alvera V. Fink, 78, of Brookville, died Monday, April 27, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Englewood.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Alice Jane and Thomas Brown of New Madison; a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth Lee and Shirley Fink of New Madison; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a brother, Al and Wilma Bruns of Celina; a sister, Stella Wennning of Eaton; brothers-in-law, Gerald and wife Leota Fink, Elmer and wife Dorothy Fink, all of Celina; sisters-in-law, Ruth Fink of St. Mary's, Irene Fink of Lima, Lois and husband Bill Magoto of Versailles.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cllarence; a son, Clarence Fink Jr.; granddaughter, Rebecca Brown; brothers, Clarence and Werner Bruns; sisters, Marcella Dorsten and Shirley Walton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 30, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Englewood, with Father Todd Grogan officiating. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery, Brookville. The family will receive freinds from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, Brookville, and from 9 a.m. until a prayer service at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brookville Rescue Squad.


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