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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Janet Lewis (September 28, 2009)

Janet (Duzan) Lewis, 85, of Greenville passed away Monday morning, September 28, 2009 at her residence.

She was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, daughter of the late Clarence and Jennie (Lynn) Duzan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. Lewis whom she married May 20, 1950; a brother, Joseph L. Duzan and a sister, Nancy L. Duzan.

Janet graduated Summa Cumlaude from The Ohio State University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Sorority. She then earned a master's degree in education from Miami University in Oxford. She taught Home Economics for Jackson Township School, Liberty Township (Westmont High School) and retired from the Greenville High School.

She was a 50 year member of the First United Methodist Church in Greenville. She was a founding member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Social Sorority, and a member of the Phi Epsilon Omnicron, Phi Delta Phi and Beta Sigma Phi Soroties and the Criterion Club. After retirement, both Paul and her took art lessons and discovered a real love of painting. Janet's love of painting blossomed into a ministry of painting greeting cards to send to family, friends and church members.

Janet is survived by her children Karen L. (Robert) Baker of Beavercreek, OH, Lawrence A. (Marina) Lewis of San Antonio, TX, and Mark E. (Lily) Lewis of Greenville; grandchildren, Rachel, Daniel, Amy, Kelly, Jennifer and Kristin.

Services will be held at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral home in Greenville, Thursday, October 1, at 2:00 p.m, with Rev. Jon Payne officiating. Burial will follow at Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from noon to 2:00 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to The State of the Heart Hospice.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ruth Elizabeth Heath (September 24, 2009)

Ruth Elizabeth (Lonas) Heath, age 101, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at Sterling House of Greenville, where she had lived for three years. She was born March 19, 1908 in Mt. Jackson, Virginia, to the late Luther and Eunice (Sommers) Lonas.

Ruth graduated from Greenville High School in 1925 and was also a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She was an elementary school teacher in Middletown and Greenville, Ohio. She was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Greenville, and was active in numerous organizations including Beta Sigma Phi, Retired Teachers Association, NARFE, Emersonian Club, and Green Thumb Garden Club.

In addition to her parents, Ruth is also preceded in death by her husband, James Heath, in 1992, to whom she married in 1944 in Greenville.

Ruth is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Roberta and Phil Crawford of Greenville; four grandchildren, Kim (Rob) Stigler of Greenville, Justin Crawford of Huber Heights, Erin (Alan) Ayette of Palestine and Margo (Randy) Wheeler of Fishers, Indiana; and ten great grandchildren, Janessa Stigler, Shore Crawford, Seryn Crawford, Sienna Crawford, Alia Ayette, Micah Ayette, Lydia Ayette, Zoe Ayette, Andrew Wheeler and Nicholas Wheeler.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 28, 2009 at 10:30 A.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville, with Rev. Joe Payne officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery in Abbottsville, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that donations be made to First United Methodist Church, State of the Heart Hospice, or the activity fund of Sterling House, all of Greenville.

Laura M. Randall (September 23, 2009)

Laura M. Randall age 89 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 8:15 P.M. on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at Gade Health Care Center in Greenville. Laura was born February 15, 1920 in Greenville, Ohio, to the late Ray & Rosanna (Smith) Wood.

Laura was a nurse’s aid at Gade Health Care Center until retirement. She was a member of the Greenville Eagles Ladies Auxiliary.

In addition to her parents, Laura was also preceded in death by her husband, Jack J. Randall; sons, Jack J. Randall Jr. and Ira J. Randall; daughters, Esther Maloy and Glenna Inman; and grandson, Uriah J. Randall.

Laura is survived by her daughters, Stella Gard of Greenville, Lois Fowble of Greenville, Susan Prosyk of Florida and Laura Mowery of Greenville; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; brother & sister-in-law, Ralph & Linda Wood of Ansonia; and sister, Dorothy Lammott of Greenville.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 28, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Candy Null officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. and Monday from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help offset funeral expenses.

Bobby D. Brumbaugh (September 25, 2009)

Bobby D. Brumbaugh, 61, of Greenville, passed away late Friday evening, September 25, 2009 in the emergency room of Wayne Hospital in Greenville.

He was born in Greenville, son of the late Orville E. and Etoile (Brandt) Brumbaugh. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Gary Brumbaugh, and a sister, Phyllis Black.

Bob worked for Cooper Farms.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Peggy (Gantt) Brumbaugh, whom he married January 22, 1972; children, James Brumbaugh of Hillsboro, Chad Brumbaugh of Union City, OH, and Carrie (Jamie) Enochs of Union City, OH; grandchildren, Sadie Riffle, Kaitlyn and Megan Brumbaugh, Raeanne, Zoe and Jada Enochs; a brother and sister-in-law, Don and Arb Brumbaugh of Greenville; and a sister, Carolyn Brumbaugh of Ansonia; sisters- in-law, Patricia Brumbaugh of Greenville and Pam Brumbaugh of Ansonia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville, Wednesday, September 30 at 7 p.m. Private burial will follow at a later date in the Harris Creek Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Warren P. Wert (September 23, 2009)

Warren P. Wert, 90, of Arcanum, died Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at Kettering Memorial Hospital. Mr. Wert was born, February 17, 1919, in Miami County to the late Roy and Edith (Guston) Wert. Warren was a retired salesperson at the former Roarkes Furniture, Laura. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Pitsburg; a member of the Miami Shelby Choir, and the Lamppost 4 Barbershop Quartet. Warren was preceded in death by his wife M. Doris (Fourman) Wert, who died December 28, 1991, 3 Brothers Carl, Ernie, and Walter and a Sister Martha. He is survived by 2 daughters Diane L. Wert of Union City and Linda Altic and husband Larry of Fayetteville, GA; son Michael Wert and wife Marilyn of Arcanum; a special friend Mary Yount; 4 grandchildren Angela Crews, April Tillman and husband Brett, Chad Wert and wife Neshell, and Scott Wert; great grandchildren Thomas and Daniel Crews, Hannah and Joshua Tillman and Keisha Wert. Funeral Services will be held 2:30 PM Saturday September 26, 2009 at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum with Pastor Craig Fourman officiating. Burial will follow in Mote Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends 1 hour before the service Saturday.

Elma Mae Means (September 20, 2009)

Elma Mae Means, 88, died Sunday Evening September 20, 2009 at Rest Haven, where she has resided the last six years. She was a former resident of Gordon. Elma was born June 23, 1921 in Ontario, Ohio to the late John W. and Flossie (Armstrong) Maglott. She was a Pastor with her husband at the Ithaca Open Bible Church for 22 years. Mrs. Means was preceded in death by her husband Clarence Means who died August 8, 2006, her daughter Nancy Meade, her granddaughter Shelly (Emerick) Stutz, great grandson Lane Meade, 2 sisters and 2 brothers. She is survived by 2 daughters Marlene Hayes and husband Ed of Greenville and Joy Kinnison and husband Jim of Greenville; 2 sons John Means and wife Brenda of Gordon and Tim Means and wife Kay of Arcanum; 14 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; brothers Glenn Maglott of Mansfield, Ohio and James Maglott and wife Joyce of Beavercreek. Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at the Open Bible Church in Ithaca with Rev Harold Ady officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends 1 hour before the service at the church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Ithaca Open Bible Church Carpet Fund. [via Kreitzer Funeral Home]

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Dennis E. Martin (September 22, 2009)


Dennis E. “Denny” Martin age 62 of Greenville, passed away at 12:22 A.M. on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at his residence. Denny was born October 4, 1946 to Glenna (Miller) Martin of Greenville and the late Lowell Everett Martin.

Denny was a longtime barber in Versailles and Greenville for 44 years. He was currently a barber at the Hair Shack in Greenville. Denny was a member of the Greenville Elks; Greenville Moose; and White Springs Golf Course in Greenville. Denny was formerly very active in the Greenville Athletic Boosters and a former baseball coach for the Greenville Little League.

In addition to his father, Denny is also preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Treva Arnold.

In addition to his mother, Denny is survived by his wife, Gloria (Arnold) Martin, whom he married December 19, 1970. He is also survived by his son, Scott Martin of Greenville; daughter & son-in-law, Julie & Mark Eldridge of Greenville; grandchildren, Jarod Sharp, Ryan, Lucas, Logan, and Landon Eldridge, and Taylor Martin; brother & sister-in-law, Richard & Mary Martin of Greenville; sister, Marilyn Warrick of Greenville; father-in-law, Lowell Arnold of Greenville; aunt, Marjorie Caron of Indianapolis, Indiana; sister-in-law & brother-in-law, Marilyn & Randy Smith of Columbia, South Carolina; and numerous nieces & nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Peter Menke officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery (New Section). The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenville Athletic Boosters or Greenville Citizens Baseball League.

Roscoe "Charles" Smallwood (September 21, 2009)


Roscoe “Charles” Smallwood, 85, of New Paris passed away on September 21, 2009. Charles was born on April 24, 1924 in Bellepoint, Kentucky to the late Milard and Lona (Spicer) Smallwood.

Charles worked as a heavy equipment operator for over 40 years and was a member of Local UAW 103. He was a hard worker and loved crane operating/

In addition to his parents, Charles is preceded in death by his three siblings, Victor Smallwood, Alvin Smallwood and Violet Barnes.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Doris (Knox) Smallwood and four sons; Steve and Kathy of New Paris, Randy and Mary of Richmond, Rick and Denise of Richmond, and Kevin and Andrea of New Paris; 9 grandchildren, Lisa (Rick) Wright, Amy Smallwood, Lore (Cary) Bishop, Mark (Kelly) Smallwood, Melissa (Tom) O’Neal, Michael Smallwood, Stayce (Adam) Cline, Brian (Nicole) Smallwood, and Courtney Smallwood; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with Rev. Pam Weaver being asked to officiate. Burial will follow in the Springlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Paris United Methodist Food Pantry.

Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.storchbraundfuneralhome.com/. Services are entrusted to Storch Braund Funeral Home in New Madison.

Miriam Irene Brown (September 21, 2009)

Miriam Irene Brown, age 85 of Arcanum, Ohio passed away peacefully on Monday September 21, 2009 at Wayne Hospital where she had been a patient for five days. She was born October 18, 1923 to Willis & Mae (Longanecker) Wandle. She married Gerald I. Brown on February 9, 1946. He passed away September 13, 2006.

Miriam graduated from Monroe Central High School with the class of 1942. After graduation she worked for Darke County ASC Office. Miriam began her career with Arcanum Butler School in 1965.

Mrs. Brown was a life long member and Deacon of the Castine Church of the Brethren. She devoted most of her church life to Woman’s Fellowship and teaching in the children’s department. Her main concern in life was helping others.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Husband; & Sister: Mildred Miller.

She is survived by her Daughter & son in law: Dianna & Gary Wagner of Greenville; Son: Nelson Brown; 5 Granddaughters & spouses: Alyssa & Gary Duvall of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Rachael & Tim Stebbins of Lewisburg, West Virginia, Abby & Brad Houdashelt, Kayla & Joe Price, & Leandra Brown of Columbus; Great Grandchildren: Madison Duvall, Jaden & Elias Houdashelt, & Jackson Price; Nieces: Gloria Miller, & Ramona Felton.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Greg Hyre officiating. Burial will follow in Castine Cemetery, Castine, Ohio. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Department at Castine Church of the Brethren.

John C. Henderson (September 20, 2009)

Mr. John C. “J.C.” Henderson, age 93 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Sunday September 20, 2009 at Heartland of Greenville. He was born April 5, 1916 in Miami County, Ohio, the son of the late Boyd & Lola (Longnecker) Henderson.

He worked for General Motors for 40 years retiring March 29, 1980. He served in the United States Navy in World War II serving in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1946. He is a member of the Greenville Church of the Brethren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Brothers: Homer, Harold, & Forrest Henderson; Sister: Lucille O’Neil.

He is survived by his wife: Virginia C. (Shuttleworth) Henderson of Greenville; Son & daughter in law: Dan & Nancy Henderson of St. Paris, Ohio; Daughter & son in law: Carol & Keith Yount of Union, Ohio; Grandchildren: Gina Roberts, Ty Yount, Lori Clark, & Christian Henderson; Great Grandchildren: Morgan Roberts, Jocelynn Clark, & Eavy Clark.

Services will be held on Wednesday September 23, 2009 at 10:30 AM at Greenville Church of the Brethren 421 Central Avenue, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Ron Sherck officiating. Burial will follow in Mote Cemetery, Pitsburg, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday September 22, 2009 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio and 1 hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church. Veterans Graveside Services are being conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Greenville Church of the Brethren Family Aid Fund.

Roxane A. Reed (September 21, 2009)

Roxane A. Reed, age 50 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Monday September 21, 2009 at 3:00 AM at the Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville, Ohio. She was born September 7, 1959 in Greenville, Ohio the daughter of Robert Edward & Dixie Jean (Wentworth) Jones of Greenville. She worked as a bank teller for Second National Bank.

She was a member of Greenville Grace Church, she was Miss Annie Oakley 1977, Past committee member for the Annie Oakley committee, she was the 1st female member of the Jaycees, She was a longtime Brownie and Girl Scout Leader, She and Dave were both Active in Big Brothers & Big Sisters, She served on the Downtown Greenville Business Association, and she worked on the Board of Elections.

She is preceded in death by Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, & Nephews.

She is survived by her parents; her husband: David Reed of Greenville whom she married on August 5, 1978; Sister: Kathy Cain of Fort Recovery, Ohio; Brothers & sister in law: David Jones of Greenville, Robbie & Sherry Jones of Arcanum; numerous, nieces & nephews.

Services will be held on Thursday September 24, 2009 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Danny Wright officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery, Darke County, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday September 23, 2009 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Darke County.

Dorothy M. Bunger (September 20, 2009)

Dorothy M. Bunger, 90, of Greenville, died Sunday Evening, September 20, 2009 at Heartland. She was born November 25, 1919 in Darke County to the late Lester and Carrie (Strait) Overholser. Dorothy was a homemaker and Mother. She was a member of the Christian & Missionary Church, Greenville. Dorothy was preceded in death by Brothers Jack and Bob Overholser and infant Sister Doris Overholser. She is survived by her daughter Kathy Hamilton of Greenville; 2 granddaughters Teresa Bell and husband Todd of Loganville, GA and Melissa Ditty of Dacula, GA; Sisters Lavona Riegle and husband Delbert and Betty Dicky both of Greenville. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 AM Saturday September 26, 2009 at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum with Pastor Doug Klinsing officiating. Burial will follow in Ithaca Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends 6 - 8 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

H. Jean Shepherd (September 7, 1927 - September 18, 2009)

H. Jean (Lantz) Shepherd, 82, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Friday, September 18, 2009 at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. She was born on September 7, 1927 in Greenville, Ohio to the late Martin Jerome “Rome” & Francis (Hough) Lantz.

She was a School Teacher in the Greenville City Schools. A member of the Greenville Church of the Nazarene where she was missionary chair person, Past President of the Retired Teachers Association. She loved Gardening and her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by; husband, Wilbur L. “Bill” Shepherd; brothers, Lowell and David Lantz.

She is survived by; sons, Bruce Shepherd and wife Kathy of Portage, Ohio and Mark Shepherd and Partner Ron Kolb of Atlanta, GA; daughter, Claudia Shepherd of Greenville; grandchildren, Joshua Shepherd, Lance Shepherd, Alisha Shepherd, Jerome Eberwein, Adam (Erin) Eberwein; great grandchildren, Jackson and Titus Eberwein; brothers and sisters in law; John & Jean Lantz of Centerville, Ohio and Steve & Francia Lantz of Rincon, Puerto Rico; sister and sister & brother in law, Mary Ann & Chip Caldwell of Greenville; close and devoted foster son, Jason Williams II as well as several special nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 10:30 AM at the Greenville Church of the Nazarene, 7584 St. Rt. 118, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Wayne Thomas and Rev Tom Davis officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to help with funeral expenses. Condolence for the family may be sent to http://www.zecharbailey.com/.

Jayne Allread (December 14, 1926 - September 18, 2009)

Jayne Allread entered her eternal home September 18, 2009 at 12:15 AM. Her Lord and Savior met her with open arms and accepted her into the Kingdom of Heaven. Jayne passed away peacefully at the home of her loving and devoted daughter and son in law, Becky and Ken Moore. Becky, Ken and Special granddaughters Amanda, Kara and Joy and son, Larry were present for Jayne’s final journey.

Jayne was born December 14, 1926 to the late Blaine and Gertrude Smith. She was preceded in death by loving husband Howard Allread on May 4, 1990 and great granddaughter Addison Jayne Wenger on July 1, 2005. Jayne’s seven brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death.

Jayne is survived by daughter and son in law, Becky and Ken Moore, of Greenville, Granddaughter, Amanda Moore-Rasool, of Greenville, Kara (Moore) and Scott Wenger, of West Liberty, OH, and Joy (Moore) and Nathan Anderson, of Findlay, OH, special great grandchildren, Alex Rasool, Landon Wenger, Emma Wenger, Estella Wenger, Lucy Wenger and Griffin Anderson.

Son, Terry Allread and wife Dana, of Greenville, grandson, Nick and Krickett Allread, of Castine, step grandsons, Frank Lines, Craig Via, and Joshua Via, great grandsons, Brandon Allread, Kaden McCoy and Lucas Allread.

Son, Larry Allread and wife Debbie of Ocala, Florida, grandson Corey Allread.

Son Paul Douglas Allread and wife Tuang (Nit) of Tampa, Florida.

Son Craig Allread, of Greenville, granddaughters, Kimberly (Allread) and Chris Kermeen, Melinda (Allread) Saylor, David Allread, great grandchildren, Alexis Kermeen, Meghan Kermeen, Adam Kermeen, Krysten Blumenstock.

Also survived by sister by heart and best friend, Mary Wade of Greenville and her beagle, Lizzie.

Jayne was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Greenville where she had taught sunday school for many years touching many children’s hearts with God’s love. She had volunteered many years with the Darke County American Red Cross and served on the Board of Directors. Jayne and Mabel Bailey ran the Disaster Services for the blizzard of 1978 and the Darke County Home Fire. She also was a poll Worker for the Election Board for many years. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.

Jayne fought a courageous battle with breast cancer and lung cancer the past two and half years. Her faith sustained her. She fought the battle and won the victory. She will be remembered by those who knew her best for her love of God, love of family, sense of humor, her generosity and her willingness to help other individuals. Jesus loves you, this I know. For the Bible tells me so. Come to Jesus and live. Love you always and forever.

There will be a service held on Monday, September 21, 2009 at 10:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville with Pastor Joe Payne officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Sunday, September 20, 2009 from 2-5 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Darke County Cancer Association or to the First United Methodist Church to be used for the children’s programs. Condolences for the family may be sent to http://www.zecharbailey.com/.

Carles R. Seger (December 16, 1956 - September 17, 2009)

Mr. Charles R. “Chuck” Seger, 52, of Versailles, Ohio passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2009 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. He was born on December 16, 1956 in Sidney, Ohio to the late Elmer & Florence (Wolfrum) Seger.

Charles was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in North Star, Ohio.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by; wife, Diane Seger whom he married on August 14, 1976; brothers, Jim Seger, Bob Seger and Arthur Seger; sisters, Mary Platfoot, Marie Bey and Norma Grisez.

He is survived by; sons and daughter in law, Michael & Sara Seger of Versailles, Ohio and Adam Seger of Greenville; grandson, Noah Seger; brothers and sisters in law, Raymond & Marlene Seger of Covington, Ohio and John & Barb Seger of Fort Loramie, Ohio; sisters in law, Phyllis Seger of Sidney, Ohio and Naomi Seger of Michigan; brothers in law, Roger Bey of Fort Loramie, Ohio and Norman Grisez of Piqua, Ohio as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a service held on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 10:30 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church, North Star, Ohio with Pastor Laura Shreffler officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery, North Star, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Monday, September 21, 2009 from 4-8 PM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or to the Donor’s Choice. Condolences for the family may be sent to http://www.zecharbailey.com/.

John A. Penny (April 4, 1919 - September 16, 2009)


Mr. John A. Penny, 90, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 11:10 PM at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. He was born on April 4, 1919 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Roy O. Penny and Forrest (Coppock) Penny Hissong.

John retired in 1976 from General Motors after 30 years. He was a member of the United States Army serving in WWII. He was a member of the Community Chapel in Bradford, Ohio, American Legion, VFW and Moose in Greenville and the Piqua Leisure Club, as well as the Jr. Order United American Mechanics and also a Big Brother to several boys.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by; brother, Herman L. Penny; foster son, Robert Williams.
He is survived by; wife, Maya (Wurster) Penny of Greenville whom he married on February 8, 1948; 16 Foster children; 1 nieces and 1 niece on Maya’s side; half brother, Jack Routzong of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

There will be a service held on Monday, September 21, 2009 at 2:30 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Dan Whisner officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will conduct a full military service. A letter from the family.

The Every Day Hero’s in Our Lives.

Usually when we think of a hero we think of someone who is strong, death-defying, and almost super natural when it comes to bravery. Although there are a few real hero’s out there that are somewhat like those attributes, more often than not the real hero’s in this world are the everyday people who live right next door to us…the people who are mild-mannered, who reach out to others in a much less conspicuous way, who basically go unnoticed by most of the world because they don’t receive and medals of honor or public recognition, they are the people who touch the lives of those around them and give of themselves asking for nothing in return. I’d like to share a story about a couple of those “hero’s” we have right here in our little community, who unfortunately we lost one of them just recently. Their names are John and Maya Penny and live here among us in this little town of Greenville, Ohio and have been the hero’s not only to myself, but also to many other young lives who they have touched with their kindness and never ending selfless giving. I hope my story that I share with you about my hero’s will inspire you to recognize them as well as other hero’s that pass quietly amongst our lives constantly giving of themselves and their lives.

Last evening I sat in the intensive care unit with Maya as we watched John slowly pass away, my heart broke as I stood and watched this tender woman talk with her husband as she said her last “goodbye’s” to him after over sixty one years of marriage. John wasn’t the typical person who we may think of as a “hero”, in fact he was a small, frail, mild- mannered man who most would think would be the last man who would be made of hero material, yet this man had more to share than one would ever know and was never one to brag about himself so please let me do some of the bragging for him (as well as for his wife, Maya). My story will be brief because even though I was one of the many lives that was blessed to be touched by the lives of John and Maya Penny, as I said, they were never ones to brag about themselves so my account of their lives is regretfully limited but I would like to share with you the few things I do know that are more than enough to make them both hero’s in my book.

John grew up in a children’s home in Dayton Ohio and later joined the army and fought during World War Two, he fought in several of the battles during the war such as the battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He met his wife Maya who grew up in Germany and they ended up living here in Greenville where they basically lived the rest of their lives and where Maya still resides. They never had any children of their own but throughout their lives they took in many foster children (sixteen to be exact over the years along with a couple of their nieces) and gave them a home, most of which were the older, more rebellious kids no one else really wanted to take in….trust me, I know this because I was one of them and after bouncing around in several foster homes before I wound up living with John and Maya I saw just how much a lot of the so called “foster parents” were in it only for the check they received from the government for taking us in…I think I counted one time over twenty moves during my teen years from foster home to foster home prior to living with John and Maya and many of the times the story went “ we are not receiving the check we were supposed to get so we’re sorry…(which made you feel that was about how valuable you were….a government check) and sometimes it was that the homes were only “temporary foster homes” not set up for long term arrangements. Most of these places made you feel pretty much like you were only a guest in their home and nothing truly belonged to you, not even the space that was supposed to be your sleeping area. But that was not the case with John and Maya, they not only opened up their home but their lives as well and anyone who was blessed enough to land in their home found a home where they were treated as if we were one of their own…yet John and Maya never had any of their own children, we were their kids. They took us camping, to their vacation home on Cumberland Lake, as well as to their property at Indian Lake. We spent several evenings a week sometimes just shooting pool around the pool table they kept in their “dining room” for all of us boys. We were never left out of family outings and were always included in things they were involved in (such as company picnics, church, etc). We also always had someone who stood up for us if we got into any trouble with the local youth courts, Maya was the feisty one of the two and spent many times going to court to fight for us kids if she felt we were being picked on by the police or judicial system just because we had long hair and were maybe not the “model kids” our society accepted. Please don’t get me wrong, Maya never condoned any of the things that we did that were wrong (in fact at times we would call her “Hitler” behind her back because we felt she ran such a tight ship, and partially because she spoke with a sharp German accent), but she would jump up in a heart beat and stand up for us if she felt we were being wrongly persecuted. You didn’t argue with Maya, it was always going to be a losing battle, but as an adult now I look back and am grateful that Maya won those battles and realize that she was only looking out for our best interest.

John was always the soft spoken man who didn’t demand our respect with brute strength or a large commanding voice, but instead earned our respect with the kindness he showed to us and the loving way he stood next to us even when others probably would not have, even when our own “real” parents would have turned their backs on us or already had. He was a man with a heart made of true gold and a man that any kid knew they could count on if he said he would be there for you.

So this is my story, a story of two everyday people who opened up their lives and shared it with just about every “stray-dog” kid that stepped across their doorway….and we were all made better because of it. As I mentioned earlier during those years I spent time in several foster homes, some of which were very forgettable and some which one tries to forget, but I will never forget or regret the day I stood on the door step of John and Maya Penny’s and consider myself a better person because of it today.

As I sat with Maya Wednesday evening on September 16th 2009 in the intensive care unit at Good Samaritan Hospital and held back the tears trying to be strong for this precious woman as we watched John pass away I felt honored to be the person who was there to try to comfort her as her heart broke as she lost her best friend in this life of over sixty one years. I hope my story not only helps you to remember John Penny and the way his life and his wife’s life touched the lives of so many others but also to remember to always realize who your hero’s are in this life and to try to let them know how much they have meant to you.
Maya still resides here in our little town and even at the age of eighty two she still knits and crochets making afghans to give to disabled veterans among all the other things she has done to give of herself during her life time. So thank you John and Maya for being a part of my life and for showing me that love is really about not seeing what you can receive from something or someone but instead giving of yourself without asking for anything in return.

In closing I like to say that after failing at my own marriage of eighteen years several years ago and every relationship I’ve attempted at since recently I found myself asking God if there really is anything such as true, unconditional love other than His love for us and the love we have for our children, and if so would He please show me that it still exist…He did. The past couple of months were not an easy struggle for John or for Maya as well. John went into the hospital the first time a couple months ago and Maya and I spent every single day for two weeks driving to Dayton and spending our afternoons by John’s side. Afterwards John came home to Greenville and stayed at Rest Haven nursing home for around a month were Maya spent most of her days each day while he was there, then a week and a half ago John became ill again and was taken back to Good Samaritan hospital where Maya spent every single night with him the entire time he was there. I would pick her up and bring her home in the morning so she could freshen up and take her back in the evening when she would stay the remainder of the night into the next day and often times not let me bring her home until the following day. Yesterday I felt it important to try to talk Maya into coming home and spending at least one night in her own bed instead of sleeping in a chair in John’s hospital room ( I couldn’t even get her talked into leaving the room long enough to go down to the hospital cafeteria for a piece of pie), but she did promise me, with reserve, that she would let me bring her home the next day and spend one entire night in her own home and sleep in her bed because I told her that I didn’t think she could see what this was doing to her emotional health and felt she needed to step away from it all for just one night. So I went back home only to get a phone call a little later that John had gone down-hill and was moved to intensive care and would I come back down to the hospital, so off I went. John passed away around 11:20 pm last night and Maya and I sat there until around 1:30 am with our hearts in our hands as we waited there by John’s side until the funeral home came to take him away. My point is, if you recall, I asked God if there was still any such thing as unconditional love between two people anymore and I believe I got my answer last night as I stood there in that hospital room and watched as Maya leaned over John’s bedside with tears in her eyes and in a shaky voice said “Good-bye Johnny, I love you”. Thank you Maya for your never ending example of how we are to live our lives and thank you John for being that soft spoken hero so many of us young men, myself included, needed in our lives.

With Love,
Bob Douds

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Legion or to the VFW.

Allen J. Bernard (September 19, 2009)

Allen J. Bernard, 85, of Greenville, passed away Saturday morning, September 19, 2009 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

He was born in Roswell, NM, son of the late Martha E. (Williford) Bernard. In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty L. Bernard on October 3, 2003; a brother, Robert Bernard and a sister, Edna Strand.

Allen worked as an electrician before becoming a harness horse trainer having worked for several stables including the Gene Riegle Stables in Greenville. He was a veteran of the US Army having served in WWII. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Greenville and the VFW Post in Arcanum.

He is survived by his children, Marilyn M. McFarland of Shelby, NC, James G. Bernard of Amity, ME and Peggy Dorsey of Reno, NV; three granddaughters, Tiffany Slade of Greenville, Wendi Jones of Myrtle Beach, SC and Megan McFarland of Chilie; and 4 great grandchildren, Mackenzie and Alexis Slade, Ally Brannon and Ava Jones.

A memorial service with full military honors by the Arcanum VFW Post will be held Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 7233 St. Rt. 121 N., Greenville, with Pastor Paul Oreck officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Church Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be given to the First Baptist Church. Obituary courtesy of Oliver Floyd Funeral Home.

Jenny L. Ethell (September 18, 2009)

Jenenieve L. "Jenny" Ethell, 92, of Greenville, passed away early Friday morning, September 18, 2009 at Gade Nursing Home in Greenville.

She was born in Columbus, daughter of the late John and Helen (Kyle) Fechner . In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold W. Ethell on March 3, 1989.

A homemaker, Jenny belonged to the EUM church in Greenville, the Alpha Delta Omega Beta Soroity, the Ft. Black Eastern Star, the Wayne Hospital Auxiliary and had worked at the Daily Advocate for 7 years.

She is survived by her children, Ted Ethell of Aurora, CO. and Elaine (Butch) Amspaugh of Greenville; grandchildren, Greg Amspaugh, Doug Amspaugh, Scott Amspaugh and Chris Ethell; great grandchildren, Rachael, Michael, Kellen., Zachary and Alexandra Amspaugh; a sister, Joy Sintobin of Wauseon, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Tuesday, September 22 at 11:30 a.m. at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Mrs. Sylvia McKibben officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 10-11:30 a.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice.

Michael D. Emrick (Died September 19, 2009)

Michael Douglas Emrick, 33, of Pitsburg, died Saturday, September 19th, 2009 in Greenville. Michael was born in Piqua, July 21, 1976. He was employed as a Carpenter at Creative Cabinets, Dayton. Michael was preceded in death by his maternal mother Donna Marie Emrick. He was the husband of Michelle (Acton) Emrick whom he married April 3, 2004. Also surviving are 2 daughters Kylie and Madison; 2 sons William and Brandon; his parents Larry and Georgeanna (Rehmert) Emrick of Ansonia; grandmother Diane Emrick of Troy; 3 sisters Lori Kimmey of Piqua, Sarah Dawson of Sidney; Michelle Oliver and husband Ryan of Versailles; 4 brothers Kent Emrick and wife Candice and Joseph Emrick and wife Beth both of Greenville, Larry Emrick and wife Greta of Troy, and Daniel Dawson of Minster. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 AM Friday, September 25, 2009, at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum, with Pastor James Morehouse officiating. Burial will follow in Miami Memorial Park, Covington. The family will receive relatives and friends 5 to 8 PM Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to defray funeral expenses. Condolences may be sent to KreitzerFuneralHomeInc.com.

Patrick "Pat" A. Rader (January 28, 1943 - September 17, 2009)

Patrick A. "Pat" Rader, 66 , of Arcanum died Thursday, September 17, 2009 at his residence. Pat was born January 28, 1943 in Dayton to the late James Rader and Ruth (Lentz) (Rader) Trout. He was a Van Buren and Neave Township farmer. Pat was a member of the McDonalds South Coffee Club. He is survived by his Brother Nick Rader and wife Sally of Arcanum; nephews Eric (Camilla) Rader and Ryan (Brooke) Rader; great nephew Joshua Rader; 4 great nieces Samantha, Mackenzie, Alex, and Lauren Rader; step sister Margaret Sinkhorn of Arcanum and a special friend Cindy Acres of Franklin. Funeral Services will be held Noon Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum with Pastor Kenny Coleman officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery. The Family will receive relatives and friends 1 hour before the service Wednesday. Memorial Contributions to the charity of the donors choice.

Chari R. Sauvage (August 10, 1933 - September 16, 2009)

Chari R. Sauvage, 76, of Arcanum, died Wednesday, September 16, 2009, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. Ms Sauvage was born in Darke County August 10, 1933, the daughter of the late Harold and Cathryn (Westfall) Richter. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Arcanum. Chari was a graduate of Monroe High School, and a graduate of the Miami Valley School of Nursing, a 23 year instructor at the School of Nursing, a public Health Nurse, and a nurse for a family physician. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Chari is survived by her brother Larry Richter and wife Dixie of Washington, MI.; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Special thanks to Kurt and Sue Westfall for their help in caring for Chari. Funeral Services will be held at Faith United Methodist Church, Arcanum at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 21, with Rev Tom Hite officiating. Burial will follow in Mote Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends Sunday 3 - 5 PM at the Kreitzer Funeral Home.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

James L. Conley (September 6, 1960 - September 15, 2009)

Mr. James L. “Jim” Conley, 49, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 4:45 AM at Hospice of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. He was born on September 6, 1960 in West Liberty, Kentucky to Mariah Ann & William Burton of Greenville, Ohio and Canus & Gladys Conley of Brookville, Ohio.

James was a carpenter and also worked at Foureman’s Sand and Gravel Inc. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church in Kentucky as well as a Booster Member at the VFW.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents as well as several aunts and uncles.

In addition to his parents he is survived by; daughters, Krista Conley of Troy, Ohio and Jenna Conley of Troy, Ohio; granddaughter, Sophia Conley; brother and sister in law, William & Karen Conley of Oak Harbor, Washington; sisters and brothers in law, Goldie & Pat Hoch of New Madison, Ohio, Zelda Riffell and Scott Morris of Eldorado, Missouri and Teresa & John Osterday of Arcanum, Ohio as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

There will be a service held on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville with Elder Donovan Finch officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Friday, September 18, 2009 from 5-8 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be given to the family to offset any funeral expenses. Condolences for the family may be sent to http://www.zecharbailey.com/.

George W. Hight (February 7, 1920 - September 14, 2009)

George W. Hight age 89 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 1:02 A.M. on Monday, September 14, 2009 in the E.R. at Wayne Hospital in Greenville. George was born February 7, 1920 in Akron, Ohio, to the late Garrett & Verna Hight.

George was a Tool Maker by trade and retired from Cadillac Gage in Warren, Michigan in 1984 as a Manufacturing Manager. He served in the Marine Corp in WWII. George was an avid fisherman, hunter and sportsman who loved Michigan’s north woods. He also was an accomplished wood carver.

In addition to his parents, George is also preceded in death by a son, Daniel Hight.

George is survived by his wife, Christy whom he married September 10, 1985; a daughter, Gail (Rick) Berggren and son, Garrett (Kay) Hight both of Michigan; step daughters, Diana Partin of Tipp City and Cathy (Paul) Mikesell of New Madison; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren; 2 step great granddaughters; and a sister, Norma Persyn of Canton, Michigan.

His wishes were to be cremated. There will be no services. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed to Christy at the house or through http://www.zecharbailey.com/.

Marshall "Bill" Sullenbarger (October 17, 1939 - September 16, 2009)

Marshall “Bill” Sullenbarger, 69, of Braffetsville, passed away on September 16, 2009 at his residence surrounded by his family. Bill was born on October 17, 1939 to the late Vernon and Louise (Marshall) Sullenbarger.

Bill worked for Dana Corporation in Richmond, Indiana for 30 years before retiring. He was a member of the Ft. Black Masonic Lodge # 413, Order of the Eastern Star #336 where he served as Past Patron for 6 terms, American Legion LeRoy Farst post #245, Antioch Shrine and Scottish Rite of Dayton, and the Wayne County Coon Hunters. Bills favorite hobby was bee keeping and producing, packing and selling the honey made by the bees. He loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. Bill also enjoyed mules, coon hunting and antique cars and tractors. Bill was a veteran having served in the United States Army from 1962 – 1965.

Bill is survived by his wife of 44 years, Linda (Price) Sullenbarger; two sons, Mark (Julie) Sullenbarger of Connersville, Indiana and Mike (Tammy) Sullenbarger of Braffetsville, Ohio; five grandchildren, Hunter, Colton and Luke Sullenbarger of Connersville, Indiana also Mason and Chloe Sullenbarger of Braffetsville, Ohio; three brothers, Verle “Duane” Sullenbarger of New Paris, Darrell “Gene” Sullenbarger of New Madison and Vernon “Dale” (Altha) Sullenbarger of Braffetsville; five sisters Doris Jane (David) Moore of New Paris, Donna Hughes of New Paris, Darlene (Bob) Comer of New Madison, Delores (Norman) Scholl of Richmond and Mary (Mike) Wise of Franklin, Ohio, several nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends.

Visitation will be from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2009 at the Cedar Grove Church at 373 Love Road in New Paris with a Masonic Service at 6:45 p.m. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on September 19, 2009 also at the church with Joe Moore being asked to officiate. Burial will follow in the Greenmound Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Reid Hospital Hospice or the Darke County Cancer Society.

Condolences may be sent to the family at storchbraundfuneralhome.com. Services are entrusted to Storch Braund Funeral Home in New Madison.

V. Aileen Sebring (September 14, 2009)

V. Aileen Sebring, 90, of Greenville, passed away Monday morning, September 14, 2009 at Heartland of Greenville.

She was born in Rossburg, daughter of the late Warren and Lydia Margaret "Maggie" (Young) McClurg. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, R. Dwight Sebring on December 16, 2008; brothers and sisters, Paul McClurg, Chelcie McClurg, Helen Coons, Ruth Stoneburner, Hazel Coons, Mary Zumbrink, Chester McClurg, Richard McClurg and Grace Sebring.

A homemaker, Aileen was a member of the former West Grove United Church of Christ and had attended the EUM Church in Greenville.

She is survived by her children, Karen Brown and Dennis (Evelyn) Sebring all of Greenville; grandchildren, Doug, Dan and David (Dani) Brown, Lisa (Patrick) Williams, Wendy (Brent) Meek and Shad Sebring (special friend Liz Hall); great grandchildren, Seth and Karlie Williams, Karina Brown, Marlie Mitchell, Emma Meek, Ali Meek and Joni Hall; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Friday, September 18, at 10 a.m. at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with the Rev. Terry Haworth officiating. Burial will follow in the Miami Memorial Park near Covington, OH.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 5-8 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or Heartland Hospice.

Joanne M. Kaiser (September 13, 2009)

Joanne M. Kaiser, 78, of Greenville and formerly of Rossburg, passed away Sunday morning, September 13, 2009 at Wayne Hospital in Greenville.

She was born in Dayton, daughter of the late William and Lucille (Martin) White. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter Cheryl Kaiser.

A 1949 graduate of Ansonia High School, Joanne had owned and operated the former Bittersweet Flower Shop in St. Henry and had worked later as a nurse's aid at Wayne Hospital. She was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville and as an avid artist had belonged to the Greenville Art Guild.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Donald W. Kaiser whom she married on October 7, 1950; children, Doug (Patricia) Kaiser of Rossburg, Sheila (Greg) Cox of Troy, Bruce (Jane) Kaiser, Scott (Jodi) Kaiser and Todd (Susan) Kaiser all of Greenville; grandchildren, Shellie (Jeremy) Stump, Annette Kaiser, Dan Kaiser, Derek Kaiser, Nathan (Michelle) Cox, David (Christine) Cox, Emily (Nick) Burns, Philip Cox, Adam (Audrey) Kaiser, Eric Kaiser, Andrew ( Holly) McIntosh, Alex McIntosh and Cameron Kaiser; great grandchildren, Ava and Wyatt Stump, Quentin and Corbin Cox, Dominic Burns, Evan and Lillian Kaiser; sisters, Shirley (Nevin) Hiestand of Greenville, Charlene (Ralph) Obringer of Coldwater; and a brother, William (Cherry) White, Jr. of Garland, Maine.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville with the Rev. Fr. John White celebrating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service being offered at 3:45 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Greenville Art Guild.

Kathleen S. Sleppy (September 12, 2009)

Kathleen S. "Kathy" Sleppy, 56, of Troy, passed away Saturday morning, September 12, 2009 at her residence.

She was born in Greenville, daughter of the late Nelson and Thelma (Wentworth) Riegle. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Marie.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Charles "Chuck" Sleppy.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, September 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Gettysburg Cemetery, Gettysburg, OH with Chaplain Richard Dunbar officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home, 1000 N. Broadway, Greenville on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Raymond U. Depweg (September 11, 2009)

Raymond U. "Ray" Depweg, 85, of Greenville and formerly of Rossburg, passed away Friday evening, September 11, 2009 at Wayne Hospital in Greenville.

He was born in Chickasaw, OH, son of the late Francis and Catherine (Bruns) Depweg. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary C. "Eileen" (Kaiser) Depweg; a brother, Charlie and a sister Doris.

Ray and his wife Eileen owned and operated the former Depweg's Grocery in Rossburg. He was a veteran of the US Army having served during WWII. He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville.

Ray had served in many capacities for the village of Rossburg including but not limited to serving as Fire Chief for the Rossburg Fire Department for several years.

He is survived by his children, Gary (Pam Depweg of Osgood and Ellen (Bruce) Hetzler of Greenville; grandchildren, Holly (Dave) Guillozet, Eric Depweg, Ashlee, Alexa and Aireca Hetzler; great grandchildren, Dylan, Anthony and Trevor Guillozet; a brother, Wilford Depweg; and two sisters, Viola Strukamp and Edna Wimmers.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, September 14, at 11 a.m. at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville with Rev. Fr. John White celebrating. Bural will follow in the St. Mary's Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville, Sunday September 13, from 2-6 p.m with Prayers being offered at 1:45 p.m.

Kenneth "Gene" Garber (October 2, 1927 - September 12, 2009)


Kenneth E. "Gene" Garber, 81, of Arcanum, died Saturday, September 12, 2009 at his residence. Mr. Garber was born in Butler Township, Darke County on October 2, 1927, the son of the late John and Ida (Noggle) Garber. He was a member of Castine Church of the Brethren. Gene was a retired salesperson at Grubbs Supply and Duellman Electric, Greenville. He was a U S Army veteran of WWII. Mr Garber was preceded in death by sister Edith Hans, and brothers Robert and William Garber. Gene is survived by his wife Lena "Connie" (Crawford) Garber, whom he married May 15, 1949; Son Nathan Garber and wife Beverly; granddaughter Dawn Garber, grandson Chad Garber and wife Anne; sisters Mildred Mount of Hamilton; and Ruth Shafer of West Manchester. Memorial Services will be held 1:30 PM Thursday, September 17, 2009 at the Castine Church of the Brethren with Pastor Greg Hyre officiating. There will be no public viewing. Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorial contributions to Castine Church of the Brethren.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Oma M. Lehman (December 13, 1908 - September 13, 2009)

Oma M. Lehman age 100 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 4:20 A.M. on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at the Oakley House in Greenville. Oma was born December 13, 1908 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Daniel B. & Alice (Cassel) Martin.

Oma was a homemaker. She was also a retired school teacher. She taught in the Greenville School District and Butler School District for 39 years. Oma graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor Degree in Education.

In addition to her parents, Oma is also preceded in death by her husband, Forrest Lehman on May 28, 1994.

There will be no services. Burial will be in Harris Creek Cemetery in Bradford. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville.

Lois Irene Niswonger (January 7, 1926 - September 11, 2009)

Lois Irene Niswonger, 83, of Arcanum, died Friday evening, September 11, 2009 at Wayne Hospital, Greenville. She had been in failing health. Mrs. Niswonger was born in Wayne County, IN on January 7, 1926, the daughter of the late Raymond and Grace (Jackson) Thompson. Irene was retired from Delco Products, Dayton. She was preceded in death by brothers Norman, Darrell and Charles Thompson and sister Marie Druley. Irene is survived by her husband Harry Niswonger whom she married September 11, 1943; daughters Nedra Hedgecoth of Englewood and Meta Jane Landis and husband Larry of Greenville; sons Larry Niswonger and wife Elizabeth of Kodak, TN and Jim Niswonger of Englewood; 7 Grandchildren; 1 Step Grandson; 8 Great Grandchildren and 1 Step Great Grandson. Private memorial services will be at Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum, with Rev Paul Chastain officiating. Interment will be at convenience of the Family in Abbottsville Cemetery. Family suggests memorial contributions to Diabetes Association of Dayton, 2555 S Dixie, Suite 112, Dayton, Ohio 45409.

Mildred E. Wemmer (June 24, 1918 - September 10, 2009)

Mildred E Wemmer, 91, of Somerset, Indiana, formerly of Castine and Donnelsville died Thursday evening, September 10, 2009 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Mrs. Wemmer was born in Darke County on June 24, 1918, the daughter of the late Marley M. and Opal (Hofacker) McGlothin. She was a longtime Post Mistress for the village of Castine. Mildred was a former member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church and a member of the Wesleyan Church. Mrs. Wemmer was preceded in death by her first husband Lee Shelton who died in 1957 and her second husband Bill Wemmer who died in 2003. Also preceded in death by 2 brothers Duane and Lowell McGlothin and sister Lucille Oda. She is survived by her son Lowell L. Shelton and wife Glenna of Somerset, IN; Step-son William Wemmer and wife Mary of Donnelsville; stepdaughter Mary Watkins and husband William of West Manchester; grandchildren Chad Shelton, Christy Prater and husband Jeremy and Cara Taylor and husband Darrin; great grandchildren Kaylee and Colby Prater; 4 Step Grandchildren; and sister Ruthanna Frontz of Lebanon. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at Family of God Ministries, Arcanum with Rev Don Avore officiating. Burial will follow in Ithaca Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends Monday 5 - 8 PM at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Grace V. Miller-Wannemacher (August 30, 1913 - September 9, 2009)

Grace V. Miller-Wannemacher age 96 of Greenville, passed away at 11:05 P.M. on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at Wayne Hospital in Greenville. Grace was born August 30, 1913 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Albert & Jenny (Schulte) Sharp.

Grace was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, Grace is also preceded in death by her 1st husband, Nelson Miller; 2nd husband, Ferd Wannemacher; sons, Leon, Glenn and Vernon Miller; grandson, Bruce Miller; 7 brothers and 10 sisters.

Grace is survived by a son & daughter-in-law, Richard & Wilma Miller of Rossburg; daughter, Imogene Michael of New Weston; 15 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and sister, Jenny Snyder of Greenville.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 10:30 A.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Joe Soley officiating. Burial will follow in North Grove Cemetery in Celina. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:00 to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home.

Robert L. Niswonger, Sr. (December 7, 1917 - September 9, 2009)


Mr. Robert L. Niswonger Sr. age 91 of Greenville, Ohio and formerly of Palestine, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday September 9, 2009 at 9:55 PM at Wayne Hospital, Greenville, Ohio. He was born December 7, 1917 in Darke County, Ohio the son of the late Ezra & Virgil (Hamilton) Niswonger.

He worked for Shraders in Greenville and was a Veteran of the United States Army serving in World War II. He was a life member of Palestine Church of Christ where he served as Deacon and as a Sunday School Teacher.

He is preceded in death by his parents & Brother: Kenny Niswonger.

He is survived by his Wife: Agnes C. (Carpenter) Niswonger of Greenville whom he married December 29, 1944; Sons & daughters in law: Robert & Mary Niswonger Jr. of Troy, Gary & Ok Chu Niswonger of California; Daughter: Carol Niswonger of Greenville; Grandchildren & spouses: Ted & Valerie Niswonger of Hilliard, Ohio, Shelley & John Arnett of Louisville, Kentucky, Jeannette Niswonger of California; Sister: Mildred Haworth of Greenville; Sister in law: Barbara Niswonger of Greenville; and numerous nieces & nephews.

Services will be held on Saturday September 12, 2009 at 2:00 PM at Palestine Church of Christ 209 Lynn St. Palestine, Ohio with Rev. Mike Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday September 11, 2009 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio and 1 hour prior to services on Saturday at the church. Veterans Graveside services will be conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Palestine Church of Christ or the Brethren Retirement Community Resident Aid Fund.

Katrine Mary Soliday (September 2, 1915 - September 7, 2009)

Katrine Mary “Kay” (Keever) Soliday, age 94 of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio passed away on Monday September 7, 2009. She was born September 2, 1915 the daughter of the late William Horace “Jack” and Mary (Renz) Keever. She was a 1933 graduate of Greenville High School.

Her last employment was with Pilcher Realty Company in Cuyahoga Falls.

Kay enjoyed her music and was an accomplished pianist and organist. She was the organist at Skateland on N. Wayne St. which later became the Palais Garden.

She is preceded in death by her parents & her husband: Robert Soliday.

She is survived by her daughter & son in law: Pamela & Harold Hamilton of Cuyahoga Falls; Sisters & brothers in law: Anna Marie & Robert L. Jones of Beverly Hills, Florida, Elsa Pence of Homosassa, Florida, Jeanne & John Powell of Greenville, Ohio.

Graveside services will be held on Monday September 14, 2009 at 2:00 PM at Greenville Cemetery old section with Pastor Samuel Hoeflich officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

George A. Downing (April 29, 1951 - September 8, 2009)


George A. Downing, 58, of New Paris, Ohio passed away on September 8, 2009 at the Heartland of Eaton.

George is survived by his wife, Ladonna (Burnett) Downing; one daughter, Marti (Mike) Wynn; one son, George (Amber0 Downing Jr.; six grandchildren; three brothers, Kent(Elaine) Downing, Robert Downing Jr. and Tim Downing; and one sister Barbara Jane Elliott.

In addition to his parents Gearge is preceeded in death by a sister Linda K. Downing.

Funeral services will be held at the convienance of the family. Services entrusted to Storch Braund Funeral Home.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Joseph M. Berger (April 24, 1919 - September 5, 2009)

Mr. Joseph M. “Joe” Berger, 90, of Versailles, Ohio passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 11:12 PM at the Versailles Health Care Center, Versailles, Ohio. He was born on April 24, 1919 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Eugene and Cora (Treon) Berger.

Joe was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church, Versailles, Ohio and was well known for repairing and selling bicycles in the area. He retired from General Motors, was also the owner and operator of Berger Shoe Store for 15 years and was an avid Reds fan.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by; wife, Luella J. (Bulcher) Berger on Dec. 27, 2002 whom he married on Nov. 25, 1939; son, Kenneth Berger; 3 infant’s at birth; grandson, Jason Berger; brothers, Hubert, Bernard, Francis and Lucine Berger; sisters, Maribelle Rice, Lucille Bruns, Evelyn Loxley and Dortha Jean Martino; half brother, Bobby Berger; step sister, June Parin.

He is survived by; daughters and sons in law, Joan & Carl Langenkamp of Yorkshire, Ohio, Shirley & Leroy Cordonnier of Versailles and Marilyn & Denis Petitjean of Centerville, Ohio; daughter in law, Debbie Berger of Beavercreek, Ohio; grandchildren, Michael Langenkamp, Mark Cordonnier, Steve Cordonnier, Deb Barga, Kevin Cordonnier, Chanda Brown, Shane Petitjean, Carrie Johnson, Michael Berger and Lori Valerius; 19 great grandchildren; 5 step great grandchildren; 2 step great great grandchildren; half brother, Ed Berger of Dayton, Ohio; half sister, Janet Pitsenbarger of Versailles as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 10:30 AM at St. Denis Catholic Church, Versailles, Ohio with Rev. Fr. David Vincent celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Valbert Cemetery, Versailles, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 from 5-8 PM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio.

Memorial contributions can be made to the State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

Betty L.Buemi (March 18, 1924 - September 5, 2009)

Mrs. Betty L. Buemi, 85, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 10:45 AM at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Greenville, Ohio. She was born on March 18, 1924 in Darke County, Ohio to the late George E. & Murtle A. (Spillers) Canan. She was a housewife.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Charles T. Buemi Sr. in 1990 whom she married on October 24, 1945 as well as several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by; son and daughter in law, Charles Tom & Danette Buemi Jr. of Greenville; daughter and son in law, Connie & Paul Hodson of Greenville; grandchildren, Tamera Mendenhall, Tisha Smith, Travis Buemi and Tyson Buemi; great grandchildren, Ashley Julian, Sierra Mendenhall, Rachel Mendenhall and Paul Smith as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be an open house at Connie’s house at 528 Union St., Greenville, Ohio on Saturday, September 12, 2009 from 1-3 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Nancy Isabel Parker (July 21, 1944 - September 5, 2009)

Nancy Isabel Parker (Nee) Arens, age 65 of Piqua, Ohio passed away Saturday, September 5, 2009 at her residence. She was born July 21, 1944 in Greenville, Ohio, daughter of Belva Opal Arens Teaford of Greenville and the late William R. “Bill” Arens, the Greenville area Santa.
She is survived by her mother, husband Arthur B. Parker Jr. of Piqua, son & daughter in law Arthur B. Parker III “Artie” & Jessica, daughter & son in law Mary Belva & Shaun, grandchildren Jenna Lynn, Corryn Sue and Twins Julia Isabel & Jack Parker.

Nancy was a retired teacher in the Hardin-Houston and the Piqua City School Districts. She was a member of the Piqua Church of Christ, the National Education Association, the Ohio Education Association, the University of Miami, the University of Dayton, the Past President of Greenville Alumni, the American Association of University Women and the Ohio Federation of Republican Women.

Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 10:30 A.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home 1499 North Broadway in Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Travis Mowell Officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, September 7, 2009 from 4:00 P.M. till 6:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Hospice of Miami County. Condolence for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Cecil C. Shaw (September 4, 2009)

Cecil C. Shaw, 97, of Ansonia, passed away early Friday morning, September 4, 2009 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.

He was born in Woodington, son of the late Louis C. and Georgia (Brown) Shaw. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Alice (Sholley) Shaw on December 21, 2001; a son Stephen C. Shaw; 2 grandsons, Scottie and Steven Martin, a granddaughter, Sharon Runner; sisters, Helen Cross and Donna Brooks; and brothers, Jerry and Robert Shaw.

Cecil was a 1930 graduate of Ansonia High School. He was a retired farmer as well as an assistant mail carrier and retired from the State of Ohio as a Technical Bridge Engineer. He was a longtime member of the Ansonia United Methodist Church, the Brown Township Grange and had served on the Ansonia School Board as president. His greatest joys were family get togethers, farming, church activities and singing.

He is survived by 4 daughters, Chris (Jim) McNally of Springboro, Patricia Copeland of Middletown, Janet (Jack) runner of Camino, CA, and Diana (friend Troy Green) Haney of Ansonia; daughter-in-law, Linda Shaw of Arizona; grandchildren, Mike Runner, Jeff (Sallie) Runner, Greg (Renee) Runner, Chad Copeland, Kyle (Carol) Copeland, Lance Copeland, Ted (Joni) Robinson, Michelle (Mike) Alt, Stephanie (Randy) Mestemaker, Angie (Aaron) Clingerman, Matt (Michele) Shaw, Josh Shaw, Nathan Shaw and Dawn (Dennis) Roberts; 7 step grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; 1 step great great grandchild.

Services will be Held Wednesday, September 9, at 10:30 a.m. at the Ansonia United Methodist Church with the Revs. Peggy Cromer and Mary Sandberg co-officiating. Burial will follow in the Ansonia Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to either the Ansonia United Methodist Church or State of the Heart Hospice.

Martha A. Shell (June 10, 1924 - September 4, 2009)

Martha A. Shell, 85, of Arcanum, died Friday morning, September 4, 2009 at Wayne Hospital, Greenville. Mrs. Shell was born in Preble County on June 10, 1924, the daughter of the late Kelch and Zelma (Goodwin) Duffield. She was a lifetime member of Gordon United Methodist Church. Martha was a Homemaker and a Mother. Mrs. Shell was preceded in death by her husband Richard (Dick) Shell who died September 13, 2008. She is survived by daughters Nancy Foureman of Durham, NC and Sandra Davis of Penfield, NY; Grandchildren Jason Foureman and Krista Davis; Great Grandchildren Nora Foureman and Matilda Foureman; Sisters Beverly Ayers of Arlington, TX and Louise Stockslager of Lewisburg. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 AM on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at the Gordon United Methodist Church, Gordon with Pastor John Gilmore officiating. Burial will follow in Ithaca Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends Monday 3 - 5 PM at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum. The Family suggests memorial contributions to Gordon United Methodist Church, 311 East St., Gordon, Ohio 45304

Friday, September 4, 2009

William J. Riegle (December 20, 1934 - September 3, 2009)

Mr. William J. “Bill” Riegle, 74, of Minster, Ohio passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 7:43 AM at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. He was born on December 20, 1934 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Robert & Geneva (McGriff) Riegle.

He worked as the Maintenance Manager for Carillon House in Kettering, Ohio.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his son Douglas Lee Riegle.

He is survived by; wife, Rita (Gessler) Riegle of Minster, Ohio whom he married on December 31, 1954; daughter and son in law, Sheryl & Wayne Lavy of Greenville; sons and daughter in law, Mark & Ramona Riegle of Greenville, Richard Riegle of Irving, Texas and Thomas Riegle of Arcanum, Ohio; grandchildren, Janell (Jason) Ross, Nick (Elly) Lavy, Doubys Wyoming, Robert Riegle, Chelsea Riegle, Jessica (Travis) Qualls and Justin Riegle; 8 great grandchildren; sister and brother in law, Janice & Dwane Hansbarger of Kettering, Ohio; brothers in law and sisters in law, Karen & Don Newbauer of Greenville and Glenn & Charlotte Gessler of North Carolina as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a service held on Monday, September 7, 2009 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville with Pastor Paul Chastain officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Ft. Jefferson, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Sunday, September 6, 2009 from 1-3 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Ohio Wildlife Fund at Wildlife Central Office, 2045 Morse Rd., Bldg. G-1, Columbus, Ohio 43229. Condolence for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Hazel A. Wolverton (April 4, 1919 - September 2, 2009)

Hazel A. Wolverton age 90 of Versailles, Ohio, passed away at 11:10 A.M. on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at Versailles Health Care Center. Hazel was born April 4, 1919 in Willowdell, Ohio, to the late Edwin and Ida (Deeter) Stiefel.

Hazel was a homemaker. She was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, Hazel is also preceded in death by a husband, Paul V. Wolverton on September 19, 1991, whom she married May 14, 1950; a son, Wayne Wolverton in infancy; a brother, Wilbur E. Stiefel and sisters, Florence Stiefel and Mary Huber.

Hazel is survived by her sons, Gary Wolverton of Sidney and Don Wolverton of Dayton.

There will be no services. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles.

Helen E. Flory (July 18, 1920 - September 1, 2009)


Mrs. Helen E. Flory, 89, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 8:55 PM at Koester Pavilion in Troy, Ohio. She was born on July 18, 1920 in New Madison, Ohio to the late Orlando and Ola (Michael) Shumaker.

Helen worked at Hobart Manufacturing Company in Greenville and was a member of the Bible Fellowship Church. She was also the owner of Flory’s Necchi Sewing Center.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by; husband, LaVern Flory whom she married on September 17, 1937; sisters, Crescent Welbaum and Fern Shumaker; brothers, Orville Shumaker, Merrill Shumaker and Paul Shumaker; great great granddaughter, Gracie Kessler.

She is survived by; daughters and son in law, Patricia Bankson of Piqua, Ohio and Connie and Ronald Holsapple of Greenville, Ohio; 6 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren; sister in law, Audrey Flory of Greenville, Ohio as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a service held on Friday, September 4, 2009 at 1:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Rob Kensinger officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Ft. Jefferson, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Thursday, September 3, 2009 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Bible Fellowship Church or to the Donor’s Choice. Condolence for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

Reuben L. Hecht (January 19, 1925 - September 1, 2009)

Reuben L. Hecht age 84 of Versailles, Ohio, passed away peacefully at his residence surrounded by his family at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 1, 2009. Reuben was born January 19, 1925 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Louie and Anna (Althoff) Hecht.

Reuben was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Willowdell. Reuben served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Philippines and Japan. He was a member of the Osgood American Legion Post #588. Reuben was a farmer, school bus driver, worked at Monarch for 5 years and retired from Crown after 20 years of employment. Reuben was a loving husband; father; grandfather and great grandfather. He loved traveling and living in the woods on the farm where he was born.

Reuben is survived by his wife, Mary of 61 years; daughter, Connie (Michael) Tomcik of Alamo, California; sons, Jerry (Mary Jo) Hecht of Versailles, Michael (Karen) Hecht of Celina and Phil (Mai) Hecht of Alpharetta, Georgia; grandchildren, Kendra and Devin Tomcik, Chris (Kim) Hecht, Nicci (Kurt) Keiser, Nathan (Kelli) Hecht, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan (Andrea) Hecht, Suzy (Josh) Schilling and Kathy Hecht; and 12 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 9464 Foote Rd. (Willowdell) Yorkshire, with Pastor Laura L. Shreffler officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery, Willowdell. The family will receive friends on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles and Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the church. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Osgood American Legion Post #588. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Willowdell.

Melvin E. Aukerman (October 10, 1922 - September 1, 2009)

Mr. Melvin E. Aukerman, 86, of Gettysburg, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 12:48 PM at Wayne Hospital, Greenville, Ohio. He was born on October 10, 1922 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Ira & Clara (Spitler) Aukerman.

Melvin worked at Hobart Brothers for 46½ years retiring in 1988. He was a member of the Jehovah Witness.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by; brothers, Ivan Aukerman and Harold Aukerman and a sister Doris June Brashear.

He is survived by; wife, Phyllis J. (Bryson) Aukerman of Gettysburg, Ohio whom he married on June 24, 1950; sons and daughters in law, Scott & Mary Aukerman of Texas and Philip & Wendy Aukerman of Gettysburg, Ohio; daughters and son in law, Tamara & Robert Fraley of Arcanum, Ohio, Beth Aukerman of Gettysburg, Ohio and Camilla Aukerman of Zanesfield, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a service held on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 1:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Mr. Lindsey Neal speaking. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Greenville. Family will receive friends on Friday, September 4, 2009 from 5-8 PM at the funeral home.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Everett E. "Bud" Stegall (August 15, 1931 - September 1, 2009)

Mr. Everett E. “Bud” Stegall, age 78 formerly of 6489 Heller Road, Greenville, Ohio passed away at 12:30 A.M. Tuesday September 1, 2009 at the Heartland Nursing Home of Greenville. Bud was born August 15, 1931 in New Paris, Ohio. He was the son of the late Clarence and Olive (Reeg) Stegall.

Bud was retired from Stegall Contractors of Greenville and was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a member of the First Congregational Christian Church of Greenville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: Mrs. Betty J. (Turner) Stegall October 7, 2007. Also by his sister Clarise McFaddin.

Bud is survived by his sons and daughter in law—Mike & Rose Stegall of Greenville and Dan Stegall of Troy. Grandchildren—Katie Fenstermaker and Emily Jasenski. Great Grandchildren—Samantha, Matthew and Chloe Fenstermaker and Liam and Charley Jasenski. Brother—Tom Stegall of Wayne Lakes, Sisters—Phyllis Alsop of Richmond, Indiana and Jo Ann Hoover of Wayne Lakes. As well as numerous Nieces and Nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with the Pastor Peter Menke officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery Ft. Jefferson with Veteran’s Services conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. There will be no public visitation.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Greenville Township Fire Department or the Greenville V.F.W.