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Randal A. Keehner

Randal Alan Keehner, 40, of Eaton, died Wednesday, July 12, at his home.

He was born Oct. 18, 1959, in Hamilton, and graduated from Eaton High School in 1978. He had worked for J & N Products of Eaton.

He was preceded in death by his father, David M. Keehner, in 1987; a brother-in-law, Mel L. Kittle, in 1990; and a special friend and companion, Debra Daniels, in 2000.

Survivors include his mother, Barbara A. (Morrow) Keehner of Hamilton; brothers and sister-in-law, Doug S. and Kim Keehner, and Kenny J. Keehner, all of Eaton; sisters and brother-in-law, Pamela S. and Tom Willsey of Hamilton, and Karen L. Kittle of Eaton; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were Monday, July 17, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown, OH 45044.

William D. Nixon

Memorial services for William D. Nixon, 69, who died Wednesday, June 21, in Poquoson, Va., will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at West Elkton United Methodist Church.

Joseph R. Cira

Joseph R. Cira, 85, of Lima, died Monday, July 10, at Shawnee Manor Nursing Home.

Born Aug. 13, 1914, in Lima, he was the son of the late William and Emma (Seraino) Cira. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II in the Burma-India Theater of Operation, and was retired from the Shawnee Schools maintenance department. He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church and American Legion Post #2995.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert J. and Nancy Cira of Eaton; a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Larry Hatley of Lima; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Cira of Lima; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Louise and Robert Bishop of Lima.

His wife, Pauline (Paradore) Cira, whom he married Aug. 3, 1937, died on Dec. 6, 1999. He was also preceded in death by a brother, William Cira; and a sister, Annette Cira.

Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, July 14, at St. Rose Catholic Church, Lima, with Father Keith McCormack officiating. Burial, with military rites by VFW Post #1275, was in Gethsemani Cemetery, Lima. Hogenkamp-Straub Funeral Home, Lima, was in charge of arrangements.

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

Curtis O. Campbell Sr.

Curtis O. Campbell Sr., 83, died Tuesday, July 11.

Born Nov. 16, 1916, in West Elkton, he was the youngest son of Walter and Flora Mae (Weaver) Campbell. He retired from Champion Paper Company in Middletown after 47 years of service.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Mabel Campbell; a son Curtis (Lucy) Campbell Jr. of Florida; a daughter-in-law, Gale Campbell of Middletown; three granddaughters, Sherry (Bob) Tibbs and Marsha (Scott) Carpenter, both of Middletown, and Debra (Mark) Eve of Arizona.

Also surviving are four great-grandchildren, Randy (Alicia) Robinson, Greg (Lana) Robinson, Brandi Carpenter and Erica Eve; four great-great-grandchildren, Mathew, Taylor, Joey and Austin; one step-great-great-granddaughter, Tosha.

He was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Michael Piersall; a brother, Lucian; and sisters, Mae, Mildred and Opal.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 13, at Camden First Southern Baptist Church, Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. There was no visitation. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis. R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.

Lorene Widner

Lorene Widner, 92, of Wesley Glen Retirement Community, Columbus, formerly of Eaton, died Tuesday, July 11, in Columbus.

Born Feb. 4, 1908, near Eaton, she was the daughter of the late Harvey S. and Elma E. (Deem) Widner. She was a 1928 graduate of Eaton High School and attended Indiana Business College. She had lived in Preble County most of her life, moving to Columbus in 1976.

She retired from National Cash Register Company in Dayton in 1970. She was a member of the Eaton and Twin Valley Grange in Preble County from 1923 to 1976, then transferred to Blendon Grange in Westerville. She was recognized for 76 years of continuous membership in the Grange fraternity.

Miss Widner was a member of the Preble County Historical Society, a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Eaton, and an associate member of the North Broadway Methodist Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley C. Widner, in 1987.

Survivors include cousins.

Graveside services were Friday, July 14, at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, with the Rev. Thomas Maxedon officiating. A memorial service will be held at the Wesley Glen Retirement Community, 5155 N. High St., Columbus, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 21, with the Rev. Leonard Confar officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Edith S. Riggs

Edith (Siler) Locke Riggs, 96, formerly of Lewisburg, died Tuesday afternoon, July 11, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.

Born April 1, 1904, in Topeka, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Leonard Edgar and Mazy (Corwin) Siler. She was a 1922 graduate of Lewisburg High School, worked as a telephone operator for United Telephone Company, and as secretary-treasurer for Lewisburg Container from 1941 until retiring in 1954. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dayton.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Edward Locke, in 1942; her second husband, Lester Riggs, in 1969; a sister, Hilda Dorn, in 1994; a brother, David Siler, in 1986; and a grandson, Todd Wayne Burris, in 1960.

Survivors include a daughter, Jean Ann Thornton of Eaton; a niece, Sharon Borchers of Cincinnati; four grandchildren and spouses, Tom and Beatrice Burris, Diane and Clift Neal, Brenda and Kevin Kesler, and Robin Thornton, all of Lewisburg; 11 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 15, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. Michael Pratt officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit.

Nora V. Shumway

Nora Virginia Shumway, 79, of Eaton, died Wednesday, July 12, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Born Sept. 5, 1920, in Kenton County, Ky., she was the daughter of Ira A. and Edith L. (Cody) Moak. She married Norman W. Shumway on June 28, 1939, in Covington, Ky.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, James A. Moak, Edgar Moak and Floyd Moak; and one sister, Ema Catherine Horn.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Norman J. Shumway; children, Larry A. (Judy) Shumway of Centerville, Ohio, Linda L. (Edwin) Howard of Eaton, Gary A. (Bridgett) Shumway of Douglasville, Ga., Michael Shumway of Fairborn, Sandra S. (Reggie) Jordan, David J. Shumway, Mary Worley, Norma J. Miller and Faith I. (Jared) Vincent, all of Tampa, Fla., Diane (Greg) Golden of Brandon, Fla., Daniel A. (Donna) Shumway of Maryland and Martha L. (Lee) Barbee of Pompay, Fla.; 24 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ina Mae Rouse of Florida and Lois Bloemer of Covington, Ky.

Funeral services were Monday, July 17, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Charles J. Price

Charles Junior Price, 71, of Heartland of Eaton, formerly of Kimmel Road, Eldorado, died Friday, July 14, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born Jan. 25, 1929, in Brookville, he was the son of Charles and Florence (Bucklew) Price. He was a retired farmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Roger Price; and a daughter, Sheila Steinbruegge, in 1992.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Eilene (Howell) Price of Eldorado; daughters and sons-in-law, Gloria and Albert Messmear of Brookville, Charlene and Scott Worley of Eldorado; a son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Barbara Price of Brookville; a sister, Helen Swartz of Brookville; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Tuesday, July 18, at Monroe Cemetery, Eldorado. Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home, Eldorado, was in charge of arrangements.

Alfred E. Combs

Alfred E. "Al" Combs, 57, of New Lebanon, died Friday, July 14.

He retired from GM, where he was a Hy-Lift operator.

He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Combs Sr.; stepfather, Luther Scott; mother, Allie Scott; brother, Stanley Combs Jr.; and infant son, Terry.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Carol Combs; one son, Tony Combs of New Lebanon; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Jim Clevenger of Lewisburg; seven grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Troy and Phyllis Combs of Vandalia; two sisters, Edith Summers of Kettering and Lois Boehringer of Vandalia; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon, followed by burial in Trissel Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the time of services on Wednesday.

Etna C. Markland

Etna Catherine Markland, 83, of Sharpsburg, Ga., formerly of New Lebanon, died Sunday morning, July 16, in Georgia.

Born Jan. 3, 1917, in Mt. Sterling, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Homer and Zelia (Denton) Markland. She retired in 1973 from Delco Products in Dayton after 32 years, and was a member of the New Lebanon Assembly of God Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Lemuel, Lee, Ewell and James Markland; sisters, Erma Worley, Louellen Brown and Bessie Markland.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews, including nephews Ewell W. Markland of Sharpsburg, Ga., and Richard L. Markland of Kettering; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews, including Jason and Justin Markland.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria, with Pastor Christopher J. Boggs officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Sandra K. McDonald

Sandra K. McDonald, 50, of Eaton, died Monday, July 17, at Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus.

She was born May 25, 1950, in Middletown. She had been a counselor for the Guernsey County Mental Health Center in Cambridge, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Ann Soales.

Survivors include her father and mother, Richard M. and Barbara Jo McDonald of Middletown; a son and daughter-in-law, Jason N. and Johnene Adams of Eaton; grandchildren, Tasha Nichole Adams, Jonah Adams and Stormy Brook Adams; brothers, Richard A. McDonald of Richmond, Ind., Jeff S. McDonald of Italy, Chuck DeBolt of Texas; sisters, Patricia Lynn Lagle of Cambridge, Karita J. Pierson of Eaton and Toni Gayle Ulmer of Cincinnati; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 20, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Medical Transport, 127 W. Main St., Eaton, OH 45320.

Cynthia L. Johnson

Cynthia Lynn (Geeding) Johnson, 31, of Worthington, Ohio, died of cancer Monday, July 17, at her home.

She was a former teacher in the Westerville City Schools, and was very active in children's soccer programs and schools.

Survivors include her husband, David; children, Tyler, Kyle and Abigail; parents, Bob and Betty Geeding; brother, Mark Geeding; sister, Shelly Geeding; grandparents, Teresa Hill, and Bob and Mary Geeding; godparents, Bob and Rose Reichert; father- and mother-in-law, Ron and Betty Johnson.

Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, July 21, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Columbus, with Father Rodric DiPietro officiating. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery. Schoedinger Worthington Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions be made to the Stephanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, Office of Development, 300 W. 10th Ave., Suite 519, Columbus, OH 43210; or to the Johnson Children Education Account, c/o Bank One, 17 N. State St., Westerville, OH 43081.

Howard Berry

Howard Berry, 86, of Camden, died Saturday, July 22, at his home.

Born Nov. 4, 1913, in San Angelo, Texas, he was the son of the late George Elan and May (Bynum) Berry. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served from 1942 until 1945. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a roofer at Valley Sheet Metal Company.

Survivors include his wife, Henrietta (Salyer) Berry, whom he married Aug. 19, 1960, in Parrish, Ky.; two sons, Steven Ray Berry and Wilton Lee Berry, both of Oklahoma; one brother, Lymon E. Berry of California; one sister, Bell Berry of California; 15 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Private funeral services were Monday, July 24, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, followed by burial in Butler County Memorial Park.

Preston Back

Preston Back, 85, of Eaton (Lakengren), formerly of Middletown and Deltona, Fla., died Sunday morning, July 23, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.

Born Jan. 1, 1915, in Morgan County, Ky., he was the son of the late Winfield Scott and Emma Lou (Richardson) Back, and spent his childhood in Menifee County, Ky. He had served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and had worked, along with his sons, as a self-employed carpenter.

Mr. Back was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Camden; and a former member of Grace Baptist Church of Middletown, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, choir member and member of the Building Committee. He was also a former member of Deltona Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, choir member and member of the Church School Board.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Back; sisters, Bethel Baker, Ida Craft, Addie Robinson, Imogene Whitt and Corda Wilson; and a son-in-law, John Wood Sr.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Elizabeth (Avery) Back, whom he married Nov. 21, 1936; children and their spouses, Roberta and Earl O'Banion, Loretta and James Roberts, Bonnie (Wood) and Gary Weisenbarger, all of Eaton, Richard and Wanda Back of Camden, Harvey Scott and Linda Back of Camden, Sandra and Robert Williams of Trenton; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward Back of Middletown; sisters, Ladeska Howard of Middletown and Florence Downing of Trenton.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 27, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35 (between West Alexandria and Eaton), West Alexandria, with Pastors Greg Jackson and Dr. Howard Sears officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Funds of the First Southern Baptist Church of Camden, or to Grace Baptist Church of Middletown.

Joanne L. Walsh

Joanne L. Walsh, 70, of Eaton, died Thursday, July 20, at her home.

Born July 14, 1930, in Dayton, she was the daughter of the late Charles R. and Berniece (Stumpf) Faulkner.

She was a 1948 graduate of Julienne High School in Dayton, and graduated in 1954 from the University of Dayton with a B.A. degree with honors. Mrs. Walsh was a member of Alpha Sigma Tau, an academic honor society, Visitation Catholic Church in Eaton, St. Ann's Sodality and Right to Life of Preble County.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Robert H. Walsh; sons and daughters-in-law, Christopher R. and Deborah K. Walsh, Paul G. and Linda A. Walsh, Matthew J. and Cindy H. Walsh, all of Columbus, Michael D. and Karan K. Walsh of Lebanon; daughter and son-in-law, Theresa A. and Jason A. Jones of Columbus; eight grandchildren, Catherine, Andrew, Bradley, Collin, Shannon, David, Margaret Walsh and Alex Jones.

Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, July 24, at Visitation Catholic Church, Eaton, with the Rev. J. Thomas Fitzsimmons officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Right to Life of Preble County, P.O. Box 201, Eaton, OH 45320; to Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown, OH 45044; or to the Eaton Emergency Squad, 324 N. Maple St., Eaton, OH 45320.

Norma A. Boomershine

Norma Adkins Boomershine, 76, of Lenoir City, Tenn., formerly of Farmersville, died Friday, July 21, in Knoxville, Tenn.

Mrs. Boomershine was a member of Community Baptist Church in Lenoir City and a former member of the First Baptist Church in Farmersville. She was retired from General Motors, Harrison Radiator Division in Dayton.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Chester Boomershine and Raymond Hester; her parents, Norman Lee and Leoda (Barker) Adkins; and a brother, Chester Lee Adkins.

Survivors include her children and spouses, Gary Lee and Linda Boomershine of Germantown, Diana and Tom Sanders of Eaton, Norma Jean and Cecil Sanders of Kingston, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Tom Vorhis and the Rev. Dustin Vorhis officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.

Evelyn E. Brown

Evelyn Eunice Brown, 89, of Lewisburg, died Monday, July 24, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.

She was retired from McCall's Manufacturing, and was a member of Verona United Methodist Church and the Ladies Missionary Society of the church.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 69 years, Glenn C. Brown; sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald G. and Joan Brown of Charlotte, N.C., Francis L. and Doris Brown of Lewisburg; daughter and son-in-law, Connie M. and Dick Smith of Corpus Christi, Texas; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip A. and Jennie (Haddix) Hoffman; sisters, Daisy May Hoffman, Orpha May Hoffman, Mary Helen Hunt and Treva Ruth Carmony; a brother, Gilbert E. Hoffman; and a half brother, Roy Haddix.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 27, at Kindred Funeral Home, 400 Union Blvd., Englewood, with Pastor William Schilling officiating. Burial will be in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.


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