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Miscellaneous Preble County, Ohio Obituaries - 2000

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Stanley A. Coffman

Stanley A. Coffman, 70, of Melbourne, Fla., died Monday, July 24, at his home.

He was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, and moved to Brevard County, Fla., in 1973 from Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. He was a retired Air Force chief master sergeant, and a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, with 27 years of service. After retirement, he worked at Harris as an integrated logistics support manager.

Mr. Coffman was a member of the Harris Retirees Association, Canaveral Lapidary Club, Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club, and the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Alice (Cummings) Coffman, formerly of Lanier Township in Preble County; a son, Stanley Coffman of Atlanta, Ga.; daughters, Susan Payne of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Sarah Lindsay of Cherokee Village, Ark., and Sandra Kreinbrink of Bryant, Texas; a brother, Keith Wolf of Lake Panasofkee, Fla.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 27, at Brownlie and Maxwell Funeral Home, Melbourne, Fla., followed by burial in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4356-B Fortune Place, West Melbourne, FL 32904.

Donald W. Clark

Donald Wayne Clark, 30, of Camden, died Friday, July 28, near Camden.

He was born July 18, 1970, in Hamilton. He was employed by Xerox, and was a member of the band "DDT."

Survivors include his parents, Jack and Doris (Fields) Clark of Camden; brothers and sisters, James Dale (Dawn) Clark, Rebecca Sue (Edward) Black, all of Camden, Steven Lee Clark and Amanda June Clark, at home; two nephews, Joshua Dale and Ethan James Clark; three nieces, Amber Sue, Cassandra Ruth Black and Chiann Clark; and a special friend, Wendy Fryer.

Funeral services were Monday, July 31, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Michael Gadd officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

LaVerne Jordan

LaVerne Jordan, 97, formerly of Gratis, died Saturday, July 29, at Heartland of Eaton.

Born March 19, 1903, in South Lebanon, she was the daughter of Harry and Jenny (Bell) Reddick. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenny Jordan, in 1985; two sons, James and William Jordan; a brother, Louis Reddick; and a sister, Elizabeth Stubbs.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Marjorie Jordan of Eaton, Richard and Paula Jordan of Middletown; two daughters, Vivian Hardy of Eaton and Josephine Taylor of Cambridge, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Delvenia Macy of Germantown.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.

Dr. H. Gene Christman

Dr. H. Gene "Chris" Christman, 68, of Eaton, died Sunday, July 30, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born May 26, 1932, in Mansfield, he was the son of the late Hugh G. and Loree (Marshall) Christman. He was a 1950 graduate of Eaton High School and a member of the 1948 state basketball championship team and the 1950 state runners-up team.

He graduated from Miami University with a B.S. degree and earned his master's and doctorate degrees from Penn State University. He was a professor in the College of Education at the University of Akron for 20 years, retiring in 1990 as professor emeritus. He had taught in the Eaton and Dayton school systems, and was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He had also resided in Wadsworth, Ohio.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce (Jefferson) Christman, whom he married Dec. 25, 1953; a son and daughter-in-law, Kent and Kathryn Christman of Alpharetta, Ga.; a daughter and son-in-law, Kimberlee and Michael Kleshock of Cincinnati; three granddaughters, Jennifer, Amanda and Sara Christman; an aunt, Charlotte Lincoln; and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund, 511 N. Commerce St., Lewisburg OH 45338; to the Living Word Church Building Fund, 250 N. Cassel Road, Vandalia, OH 45377; or to the Preble County Cancer Association.

Dale W. Pitsinger

Dale W. Pitsinger, 66, of New Lebanon, died Monday morning, July 31, at his home following an extended illness.

Born July 18, 1934, in Dayton, he was the son of the late Rife and Frances (Gilbert) Pitsinger. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from January 1953 to January 1961. Mr. Pitsinger retired from Asbestos Workers Union Local #79.

He was a life member of VFW Post #5018, where he served as the post senior vice commander and on the post's Honor Guard; a member of American Legion Post #613; the Germantown Eagles; Farmersville Masonic Lodge #482, F&AM; the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite-Valley of Dayton; and was a member and past president of the Wolf Creek Rod & Gun Club.

Survivors include his wife, Sue A. (Early) Pitsinger, whom he married on May 16, 1953; sons and daughter-in-law, Alan and Becky Pitsinger of Trotwood, and Barry Pitsinger of New Lebanon; daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and John O'Diam of West Alexandria, Annette and Terry McIntosh of Farmersville; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, 3377 U.S. 35 (between West Alexandria and Eaton), West Alexandria, with Chaplain Merrill Games officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the funeral home, where Masonic services will be conducted at 7:45 p.m. and VFW and American Legion services at 8 p.m. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Dennis W. Markley

Dennis W. Markley, 53, of Guy Murray Road, New Paris, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, Ind., after an extended illness.

Born Nov. 2, 1946, in Richmond (Wayne County), Ind., he was a 1964 graduate of Jefferson High School in New Paris, and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He retired this year after 32 years of service with GTE of Richmond as a business zone technician.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, JoAnn (Brumbaugh) Markley; his parents, Warren and Betty (Gray) Markley of New Paris; a daughter, Sarah Miller of Eaton; a son, Travis Markley of Indianapolis, Ind.; a brother, Kevin Markley of Blue Ash; a sister, Nanette Markley of New Paris; and a granddaughter, Grace Miller.

Graveside services, with the Preble County Honor Guard providing full military graveside honors, were Thursday, Aug. 3, at Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris, with Pastor Dewey Hughes officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

Martha S. Nipp

Martha S. (Kiracofe) Nipp, 84, of New Castle, Ind., died Wednesday, Aug. 2, at New Castle Healthcare Center after an extended illness.

Born April 21, 1916, in Gratis, she was the daughter of James and Sarah Lavina (Eby) Kiracofe. She had been employed at Henry County Mental Health and had taught sewing at New Castle High School Adult Education. She was a member of the Sunnyside Church of God and was active in missionary support work for many years.

Mrs. Nipp was a descendent of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and a former member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).

Survivors include a daughter, Rebekah Pruitt of New Castle, Ind.; two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Mary Nipp of Spiceland, Ind., Thomas and Barbara Nipp of New Castle, Ind.; three sisters, Elizabeth Wampler of Bridgewater, Va., Winifred Loser of Greenville and Lois Gene Holland of Eaton; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Nipp, on Aug. 23, 1978; her parents; five sisters, Kathryn, Margaret, Dorothy, Ruth and Miriam; and two brothers, Robert and Edward.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 5, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, New Castle, Ind., with Pastor Donald Curtis officiating. Burial was in South Mound Cemetery there.

Memorial contributions may be made to WMA Missions, Inc., P.O. Box 304, New Castle, IN 47362 for support of foreign ministers and children's work.

Glenna R. Wood

Glenna Ruth (Williamson) Wood, 78, of Camden, died Thursday, Aug. 3, at Fort Hamilton-Hughes Hospital in Hamilton.

Born Feb. 13, 1922 in Dixon Township, she was the daughter of Elmer and Effie (McMurray) Witters. She was employed through the years at numerous jobs and retired in 1993.

Survivors include one daughter, Donna Williamson Loeber of Findlay; a brother, Carl Witters of Yuma, Ariz.; and granddaughter, Krista Sartore of Findlay.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Gerald Witters and Sy Godsey; and two sisters, Lucille Portwood and Elsie Bake.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 5, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Michael Gadd officiating. Burial was at Somerville Cemetery.

Agnes D. Crist

Agnes Dungan Crist, 79, formerly of New Paris, died Friday, Aug. 4, at Heartland of Eaton.

Born Oct. 20, 1920, in Georgetown (Scott County), Ky., she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Harriett Balof. She attended Georgetown School of Nursing; had been a nursing assistant to Dr. James Guthrie in Richmond, Ind.; a telephone operator in New Paris; and owned and operated Agnes' Pantry and Dungan Gift Shop, both of New Paris. She was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church of New Paris.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Petty Dungan, on Sept. 27, 1968; her second husband, Earl Clark Crist, on July 9, 1975, six brothers, Arthur, Charles, William, Ted and Harry Balof, and Joe Abbott; three sisters, Helen Wilson, Isabelle Coleman and Grace Abbott.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Ralph and Shannon Dungan, Robert and Barbara Dungan, all of New Paris; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and James Newman of Vandalia; two stepchildren, Earl Crist Jr. and Cheryl Crist; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 7, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. LaDonna M. Clary officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Emergency Squad, or to St. Paul United Methodist Church, both of New Paris.

Gladys M. Felty

Gladys M. Felty, 87, of 3800 South"A" St., Richmond, Ind., died Friday, Aug. 4, at Reid Hospital after a long illness.

Born May 14, 1913, in Eaton, she was the daughter of Lewis and May (Mastern) Emerick, and had lived in the Eaton and Richmond areas all her life. She was the last charter member of Oak Park Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Felty, in 1978; her parents; a great-grandson; and a brother, Ray Emerick.

Survivors include one son, the Rev. Dale Felty of Richmond, Ind.; three daughters, Vera Puterbaugh and Shirley Mooney of Richmond, Ind. and Darlene Cross of Centerville, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 7, at the Oak Park Church of God, Richmond, Ind., with the Rev. Ross Moslander and the Rev. Robert Johnson officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.

Paul S. Goings

Paul S. Goings, 86, of New Lebanon, died Saturday morning, Aug. 5, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton following a brief illness.

Born March 17, 1914, in Bradford, he was the son of the late Charles Edward and Mary Jane (Fox) Goings. He retired from Inland Division of General Motors, and was a member of the Eversole Church of the Brethren in New Lebanon.

He was preceded in death on May 1, 1985, by his wife, Mary C. (Diehl) Goings, whom he married June 2, 1957; and a brother, Robert L. Goings.

Survivors include a brother, Vernon Goings, of New Carlisle.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the Eversole Church of the Brethren, New Lebanon, with Pastor Mark Bowman officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

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

Earl T. Lafuze

Earl T. Lafuze, 82, of 4799 Ohio 122, Boston, Ind., died Sunday, Aug. 6, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind.

Born Jan. 8, 1918, in Union County, Ind., he was the son of Emmett and Laura (Tappen) Lafuze. He graduated from Kitchel High School in 1935. He enlisted in the U.S. Army/Air Force in October 1942 and received pilot training at Cuero, Waco and San Antonio, Texas.

After receiving wings from Brooks Field, the crew was gathered together and trained at Pyote, Texas, in B-17's. The crew flew to England and had 47 night missions over Europe, after which he received an Air Medal with five bronze stars.

Upon his discharge, Mr. Lafuze began farming in Union County. He married Betty (Medearis) on Feb. 14, 1946, and they moved to Wayne County in 1956. She preceded him in death on July 13, 1976.

He enjoyed a trip with Professor Hadley to nine countries in Europe and Africa in 1974, and another to Japan, China, Hong Kong and Honolulu in 1979. He continued to farm in Wayne County until his retirement in 1978.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Alice (Lafuze) Scamahorn, in 1997.

Survivors include his wife, J. Jeanette (Shafer) Lafuze, whom he married in May 1981; a son, Brian Lafuze of Boston, Ind.; a daughter, Marcia Thomas of Liberty, Ind.; five grandchildren; a stepson, Steve Shafer of Eaton; stepdaughters, Rita Roberts of West Alexandria and Carol McWhinney of Dayton; and eight step-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond, Ind. Private family services will be held later with the Rev. Thomas H. Maxedon Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Elkhorn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 120 N. Maple St., Eaton, OH 45320; or to the United Parkinson Foundation, Chicago, IL.

Harold E. Eikenberry

Harold E. Eikenberry, 95, formerly of Eaton, died Thursday, Aug. 3, in Nappanee, Ind., where he currently resided.

Born Nov. 21, 1904, in Preble County, he was the son of Ervin and Stella (Brower) Eikenberry. He had been a farmer most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Eikenberry; his second wife, Genevieve Eikenberry; and a brother, Carlton Eikenberry.

Survivors include a daughter and her companion, Betty and Robert Lee Meador of Frankfort, Ind.; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and their companions; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 7, at the Upper Twin Old German Baptist Church, West Alexandria. Prayer services were held Monday morning at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria.


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