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Norma Mae Utz (October 29, 2009)

Norma Mae Utz age 80 of Versailles passed away at 12:52 A.M. on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at Wayne Hospital in Greenville. Norma was born July 12, 1929 in Mercer County, Ohio, to the late Oscar & Marie (Baker) Schaadt.

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

In addition to her parents, Norma is also preceded in death by her husband, Chalmer Utz; grandson, Kenneth Michael Utz; and sisters, Anna Lee Kohlhorst, Bonnie Martens and Margaret Rismiller.

Norma is survived by her sons, Phil Utz of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, Eddie Utz of Columbus, Ohio, and Chris Utz of Tishomingo, Oklahoma; daughters, Patty Utz of Loraine, Ohio, Vicki Kohne of Lyndon Station, Wisconsin, and Karen Utz of Greenville; 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; and sisters, Rosemary Knapke of Celina and Lois Gross of Troy.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles, Ohio with Pastor Linda Dulin officiating. Burial will follow in Brock Cemetery in Brock, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Versailles United Methodist Church.

David Dwight Runner (October 28, 2009)

Mr. David Dwight Runner, 68, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 6:23 PM at his residence. He was born on November 15, 1940 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late William “Bill” & Violet (Riffle) Runner.

David retired from the Union City Body Company and also worked at the Dayton Daily News for many years. He loved gardening, fishing, hunting and antique tractors.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death his wife, Alice Kay Runner whom he married on June 1, 1962; son, William Dwight “Bud” Runner; son in law, Allan Jay “A.J.” Byram; 1 brother and 2 sisters.

He is survived by his son and daughter in law; Cary & Sherry Runner of Greenville, Ohio, daughter; Roxann Byram of Greenville, Ohio, grandchildren; Kaley Byram and Addison Byram, brother and sister in law; Duard “Doc” & Jean Runner of Greenville, Ohio, sister and brother in law; Martha & John Singleman of Greenville, Ohio, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a service held on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 10:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Doug Krauss officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Friday, October 30, 2009 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be given to the American Heart Association.

Tommy A. Thompson (October 28, 2009)

Tommy A. Thompson, 58, of Greenville, passed away early Wednesday morning, October 28, 2009 at his residence.

He was born in Greenville, son of the late Robert and Delores (Boyer) Thompson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Dixie Beckett.

Tom had worked for several years for Marsh Supermarket/Lo-Bill's in Greenville. He later worked for Fauricua in Troy and part time for 9 months at Eikenberry's Super Value.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Gloria B. (Mayo) Thompson, whom he married September 25, 1971; a daughter, Kyrie R. Thompson of Greenville; a grandson, Ty Alan Thompson of Greenville; brothers, Dwight (Sue) Thompson and Joe (Cheryl) Thompson both of Greenville; a sister, Linda (Kerry) Ungericht of Greenville; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday, October 31 at 11 a.m. at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with the Rev. Chris Barhorst officiating. Burial will follow in the Arlinton Cemetery near Brookville.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 5-8 p.m.

Edythe L. Martin (October 28, 2009)

Edythe L. Martin, 90, of Greenville and formally of Kissimmee Florida, passed away at Wayne Hospital on October 28, 2009. Edythe is the daughter of the late Harry and Nellie (Jordan) Martin.

Edythe is the former owner of the Dairy Freeze in West Manchester, Ohio.

Edythe is preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Ralph Martin; one sister Opal Teaford; two grandsons and one granddaughter.

She is survived by a son, Donald Simpson of Arcanum; one daughter C. Sue Frankman (Richard) of Kissimmee, Florida; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; a step sister, Jane Miller (Richard) and special nieces, Kay Grounds (Bobby) and Connie Manning both of Indiana.

Services will be held in Greenmound Cemetery at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 31, 2009 with the Rev. Richard Frankman being asked to officiate.

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

Robert Longfellow Jr. (October 27, 2009)

Mr. Robert “Longie” Longfellow Jr., 84, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 12:37 PM at his residence. He was born on September 21, 1925 in Union City, Ohio to the late Robert & Clara (St. John) Longfellow Sr.

He was retired from the United States Military and was a member of the Greenville Elks, American Legion and VFW and was a 52 years member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge #143. Longie also loved to paint.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his son, Larry Longfellow and daughter Nan Payne as well as 2 sisters and 1 brother.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian (Altick) Longfellow of Greenville, Ohio, whom he married on August 7, 1970; daughters, Linda McCullough of McKinney, Texas, Cathy Dotson of Anna, Texas, Teressa McGuire of Greenville, Ohio, and Steffanie Baker of Savannah, Georgia; 12 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; sister and brother in law, Kay & Ed Curry of Greenville, Ohio; special niece, Denise O’Dell of Greenville, Ohio, as well as numerous other nieces and nephews. 

There will be a service held on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 1:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Samuel Hoeflich officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Friday, October 30, 2009 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. A full military service will be conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard. A Lodge of Sorrow will also be conducted by the Elks Lodge on Friday at 7:45 PM at the funeral home.

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

Gerald "Smitty" Smith (October 27, 2009)

Gerald ‘Smitty’ Smith, 80, of Greenville passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2009.

He was born in Darke County on January 3, 1929, son of the late David Oscar and Amy (Keever) Smith. Gerald worked for Hansbarger’s as a delivery man and then went to school to become a repair man. Later, Gerald opened his own business “Smitty’s Appliance Repair” which he operated for over 25 years. He loved wood working, spending time with his family and beloved friend, Maggie, his Pomeranian. Gerald loved his country and served honorably with the United States Army in WWII abroad in both Germany and France.

He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Janice (Collins) Smith whom he married on February 1, 1968; three sons, Dan Smith, Joe and Denise Best, and Ronnie and Jeanne Best; two daughters, Bonita and Tom Schlechty, and T.K. and Jeff Reigle; 11 grandchildren, Danny and Lori Smith, Krystal Smith and Ryan Bussell, Jason Best, Casey Best, Natalie and Chris Patterson, Shawn and Alisha Best, Dustin Best, Josh Best and Becky Stoltz, Hayley Buirley and Steve Spencer, Chelsea Buirley, and Haedon Schlechty; and 8 great grandchildren, Juniper Bussell, Landon Patterson, Ryan Best, Maddie Best, Robby Best, Camryn Best, Natalie Best, and Landon Smith.

In addition to his parents, Gerald is preceded in death by a son, Steve Smith; grandson, Shane Smith; three brothers, Keith Smith, Robert Smith and Floyd Smith; and three sisters, Nina Jones, Marge Truston and Bernice Channel.

The visitation will be Friday, October 30, 2009 from 9-11 AM at Storch Braund Funeral Home with the funeral service immediately following with the Rev. Eric Fee being asked to officiate. The Darke County Honor Guard tribute will commence the funeral service at 11:00 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of the Shelter. Services entrusted to Storch Braund Funeral Home, New Madison. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.storchbraundfuneralhome.com.

Hattie Wynn (October 27, 2009)

Hattie Wynn, age 76 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Tuesday October 27, 2009 at 4:00 AM at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. She was born March 6, 1933 in Whitely County, Kentucky the daughter of the late Isaac Nelson & Lela Mae (Sharp) Teague. She was a homemaker.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Grandson: Kevin Bradley Tolliver; Step Daughter: Trisha Quick; Sisters: Helen Wynn & Francis Rutherford.

She is survived by her husband: John Wynn of Greenville whom she married March 2, 1972; Son: Ronnie Tolliver of Greenville; Daughter: Goldi & John Luebtow of Chatsworth, Ca.;Step Son: John Wynn Jr. of St. leonard, Mass.; Grandchildren & spouse: Courtney A. Tolliver & Lori & John Elson; Great Grandchildren: Jacob Elson & Benjamin Goldsmith; Brothers: Homer Teague of Greenville, Raymond Teague of Summerset, Kentucky, Roy Teague of Greenville; Sisters: Margaret Taylor of Greenville; & Maxine Smith of Greenville.

Services will be held on Friday October 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home with Pastor Denny Paul officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Twp. Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday October 29, 2009 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Lung Association.

Earnest Lee Owens (October 26, 2009)

Earnest Lee Owens age 63 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 5:15 A.M. on Monday, October 26, 2009 at his residence. Earnest was born May 17, 1946 in Eagletown, Oklahoma, to the late Simon & Mable (Wimbley) Owens.

In addition to his parents; Earnest is also preceded in death by his brothers, Clyde and Tommy Owens; and sisters, Etta Mathenia, Shirley Owens and Elesta Owens.

Earnest is survived by his daughter, Annie Enis of Dayton; grandchildren, Brandon & Daphne Enis; brother, Jimmy Owens of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; and sisters, Parthenia & Charles Dillahunty of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Mildred Cherry of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Barbara Owens of Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 30, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Elwood Stuart officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home.

Eugene Griffith (October 26, 2009)

Mr. Eugene “Gene” Griffith, 69, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 10:41 PM at his residence. He was born on December 31, 1939 in Honaker, Virginia to the late Leonard Griffith and Minnie Evelyn (Peck) Shockley.

Gene was a Truck Driver for many years and was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Greenville, Ohio. Gene will be remembered for his kind and loving ways, his wit and his wisdom. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Gene was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Geneva (Maloy) Griffith of Greenville, Ohio whom he married on May 15, 1981, dearly loved daughters, Ashley, Diana and husband Jim, sons, Rick, Mike and wife Lori, Larry and wife Susie, grandchildren, Jason, Melinda, Janette, Rusty and Jesse, great grandchildren, Harley, Kyle, Tyler, Jennifer, Cheyenne, Selena and Angelica, sister, Geneva Hornsby and a brother, Raymond Griffith both of Salisbury, Maryland, close friends, Darla May, Taylor & Logan May, John and Marti Francis and Deb Combs.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 233 West Third Street, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Fr. John R. White celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 from 6-8 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Memorial contributions can be given to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Condolence for the family may be sent to http://www.zecharbailey.com/.

Sadie Glenna Gibboney (October 25, 2009)

Mrs. Sadie Glenna Gibboney, age 85 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Sunday October 25, 2009 at 5:25 AM at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Greenville, Ohio. She was born February 3, 1924 in Dayton, Ohio the daughter of the late Daniel and Ora (White) Stonerock.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Greenville Church of the Brethren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her Husband: James R. Gibboney; Brothers: Leroy, Linden, Charles, Vernon, Kenneth, Arthur, and Daniel Stonerock; Sisters: Dorothy Labig, Lenora Dewey, Rosa Hafener, and Hilda Miller.

She is survived by her Sons and daughters in law: James and Rosalie Gibboney of North Carolina, Jack and Onda Gibboney of Michigan; Daughter and son in law: Darlene and Mike Kiser; Numerous Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, and Great Great Grandchildren; Brother: James Stonerock of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Sisters: Alice Sellers of Columbus, Ohio, and Sue Sleppy of Greenville.

Services will be held on Wednesday October 28, 2009 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Miami Memorial Park, Covington, Ohio. Family will receive friends 1 hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenville Church of the Brethren.

Jacob Gibbel (October 25, 2009)

Jacob Gibbel, 87, of Greenville, died Sunday, October 25, 2009 at Rest Haven. Mr. Gibbel was born in Burkes County, PA on January 4, 1922, the son of the late Jacob D. and Lizzie A. (Hosetter) Gibbel. He was a member of the Palestine Old Brethren Church. He was a retired heavy equipment operator at Miller Brothers. He was the widower of Mary Anna (Brumbaugh) Gibbel who died October 24, 2007, also preceded in death by a brother Rufus Gibbel, 2 sisters Mae Meyers and Amy Kegerries. Jacob is survived by a daughter Dixie Heisey and husband Duane of Pendleton, IN; a son Richard Gibbel and wife Barbara of West Milton; 5 Grandchildren; 11 Great Grandchildren; and 2 Great Great Grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum with Tom Royer officiating. Burial will follow in Mote Cemetery, Pitsburg. The family will receive relatives and friends Wednesday 5 - 8 PM at the funeral home.

Patrick Z. Miller (October 23, 2009)

Patrick Z. Miller age 54 of Union City, Ohio passed away at 10:44 P.M. on Friday, October 23, 2009 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Patrick was born November 25, 1954, in Greenville, Ohio, to Doris Jean (Rentz) Miller of Greenville and the late Marion Z. Miller.

Patrick worked in the maintenance department at Wal-Mart in Greenville. Patrick was a member of the Aero Modelers Association of Greenville.

In addition to his mother, Patrick is survived by his wife, Linda (Hunt) Miller, whom he married August 24, 1974. He is also survived by a son & daughter-in-law, Nathan Z. and Rachel Miller of Muncie, Indiana; daughter, Kristi Miller of Tipp City; grandchildren, Gabriel Z. Miller and Dylan Mayweatherly; mother, Marilyn Hubler of Arcanum; brother, Terry Cox of Greenville; sisters, Cathy Subler of Portland, Indiana, Pam Guy of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Penny Shimomura of Hawaii; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Denny Helton officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Darke County Cancer Association.

Doris A. Moorman-Trick (October 23, 2009)

Doris A. Moorman-Trick, 80, of Greenville, passed away Friday morning, October 23, 2009 at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville.

She was born in North Star, daughter of the late Cletus and Curreta I. (Pepple) Subler. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Parl E. "Junior" Trick, Jr. on January 9, 2007; a brother, Gene Subler and a sister, Wanda Wilson.

Doris was retired from Fram/Allied Signal in Greenville and was also a home health care giver.

She is survived by her children, David (Diane) Diller, Donald (Pam) Moorman, Sheila Whiting, Jerry (Deborah) Bunch and David (Mardi) Moorman; a step daughter, Rhonda Stump; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Max Subler, Maxine Sanders, Phyllis Beam and Sharon Black; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, October 27 at 11 a.m. at the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens with the Fr. John White officiating.

There will be no public visitation. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice.

Daniel J. Yeomans (October 22, 2009)

Mr. Daniel J. Yeomans, age 77 of Greenville and formerly of Arcanum passed away at 11:25 P.M. Thursday October 22, 2009 at Heartland Nursing Home of Greenville, Ohio. Daniel was born December 3, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts.

He was the son of the late Arthur L. and Ethel M. (Reaver) Yeomans Sr.
Daniel retired in 1987 from Delco Products of Dayton where he had been employed for 37 years as an Engineer.

He was a Veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Arcanum Masonic Lodge #295, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton, a Lifetime Member of the Greenville V.F.W., member of the Greenville Eagles and Elks Lodges and was a avid collector of birds and plates.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Ronnie who passed away as a young child, also 2 sisters Delores Locker and Jackie Hernandez.

He is survived by his wife Hazel E. (Hoover) Yeomans of Greenville. They were married August 9, 1952. Also survived by sons and daughters in law—Daniel J. and Linda Yeomans II of Greenville, Jeff D. and Jean Marie Yeomans of Arcanum, and Douglas E. and Eva Yeomans of Greenville. Grandchildren—Jason and Teresa Cheadle, Troy and Nicole Yeomans, Angie Yeomans, April and Charles Raby, Mark and Renee Yeomans, Sheena Marie Yeomans, Kaylee M. Denniston, Ariel and James Maloney. Great Grandchildren—10, brothers and sisters in law—Arthur and Ann Yeomans of Centerville, Ohio and Gerald and Bev Reaver of Billings, Montana. Also numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday October 27, 2009 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with the Rev. Dr. Joe LeMaster officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6 till 8 P.M. in the funeral home. A Masonic Memorial Service will be held at 7:45 P.M. Monday by the Arcanum Masonic Lodge and Full Military Services conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard will be scheduled for Tuesday morning at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Building Fund of the Family of God Ministries, 310 W. South Street Arcanum, Ohio.

Lawrence J. Monnin Jr. (October 21, 2009)

Lawrence J. Monnin Jr. age 38 of New Weston, Ohio passed away at 5:01 P.M. on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at his residence. Lawrence was born May 10, 1971 in Coldwater, Ohio to Vickie (Dross) Monnin of Versailles and the late Lawrence J. Monnin Sr.

Lawrence worked at Buscher Dairy Farm in North Star and also at MCERV in Celina. He was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Osgood. He served on the City Council for New Weston and was secretary of MCERV.

In addition to his father, he is also preceded in death by a daughter, Lorrene Taylor Monnin; grandfathers, John Dross and Thomas Monnin; and great grandmother; Goldie Black.

In addition to his mother, Lawrence is survived by a son, Joseph Monnin of Versailles; brother, Jamie Monnin of Bradford; grandmothers, Kathryn Dross of Yorkshire and Frances Hoelscher of Osgood; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Randy Brown officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joseph Monnin College Fund at Second National Bank in Versailles.

Jeanette Cecil (October 20, 2009)

Jeanette Cecil, 77, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa formerly of Arcanum, died Tuesday, October 20, 2009, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. Jeanette was born October 26, 1931 at home in Hollansburg, to the late Norman "Red" and Edith (Miller) Irelan. Although she only had a high school education, she rose to be the Vice President of Trust at Key Bank in Dayton, OH, retiring in 1996. Jeanette was an avid reader, sometimes reading several books a week. She belonged to several card groups and the Red Hat Society. She loved traveling throughout the United Stated and Europe, especially to visit with her children and grandchildren. In recent years, she volunteered at Mercy Medical Center. Jeanette was preceded in death by her brother Richard Irelan and Sister Shirley Long. She is survived by children, Col. David Sarver and wife Helen of Spokane, WA, Michael Sarver and wife Margi of Newport Coast, CA, and Carol Trask of Cedar Rapids; sister Karen Via of Marathon, WI; and five grandchildren, Robert and Megan Sarver, Michael, Kelly and Ian Trask; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Inurnment at the convenience of the Family in Hollansburg Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.

Orville W. Lavy (October 20, 2009)

Orville Wilbur Lavy, 93, of Arcanum, died Tuesday evening, October 20, 2009 at the Brethren Retirement Community. The 4th son of David & Ida Flora Lavy was born September 2, 1916 in Franklin Twp., Darke County. As a young man he was baptized into the church of his choice, the OGBB Church and remained faithful. On September 8, 1934 he was united in marriage to Opal Irene Metzger of Montgomery Co., the daughter of Charles Wm. Metzger and Huldah Miller. Three children were born to them, Alberta, Delmar, and Dean. Soon after Dean's birth, Opal passed away on January 28, 1950. On November 18, 1950, he married Edna Ruth Landis Jones. Most of his life Daddy was a farmer, but tried his hand in making cabinets, selling Shaklee, and a few other things. Together they liked to travel, fishing, and hunting were his hobbies. He instilled the love of the outdoors and nature to his Grand and Great Grandsons. They shared the joys and sorrows of life till God saw fit to call Mother home on September 25, 2000. Again Daddy was very lonesome, but continued to stay at home until his eyesight began to fail him and then made his home at the Brethren Retirement Community. He made many new friends there quite quickly, telling them all about his life's experiences. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Clarence, infant Brother Virgil (of 9 days), Ezra, and Lester, grandson David Lavy and great grandson Nathan Lavy. Surviving are his daughter Alberta Sarver (husband John) of Arcanum; Sons Delmar (wife Marjorie) of Eltopia, WA and Dean (wife Ginny) of Arcanum; Step sons Gary Jones (wife Janet) of Eldorado and Dean Jones (wife Becky) of Greenville; 7 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 11 great great grandchildren. 5 step grandchildren, 25 step great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM, Friday October 23, 2009 at the Painter Creek Old German Baptist Brethren Church. Burial will follow in Mote Cemetery, Pitsburg, beside his first wife. The family will receive relatives and friends 5 - 8 PM Thursday at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum.

Wanda M. Paul (October 19, 2009)

Mrs. Wanda M. Paul, 72, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Monday, October 19, 2009 at 5:08 AM at her residence. She was born on July 28, 1937 in Pikeville, Ohio, to the late Leonard & Mary (Smith) Bolyard.

Wanda retired from COVSP. She served many years on the Advisory Board of the Local Darke County Community Action Partnership Board plus as a Miami Valley Board Member. She volunteered for many years at the Community Unity. Playing bridge was a favorite pastime. She was also a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, Ohio.

Wanda is survived by her husband of 53 years Larry Paul of Greenville, Ohio; daughters and sons in law, Cindy & John Ashworth of Wichita, Kansas, Jennifer & Tim Moore of Delaware, Ohio and Peg & Steve Schultz of Greenville, Ohio; sons and daughters in law, Rodney & Carol Paul of Greenville, Ohio and Greg & Brenda Paul of St. Henry, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sisters and brothers in law, Dee and Randy Crusoe of Troy, Ohio and Judy & Larry Williams of Piqua, Ohio as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 233 West Third St., Greenville, Ohio, with Rev. Fr. John White celebrant. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Ft. Jefferson, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 from 4:30 – 7:30 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

Memorial contributions can be made to either the Darke County Cancer Association or State of the Heart Hospice. Condolence for the family may be sent to http://www.zecharbailey.com/.

Robert L. Schafer (October 18, 2009)

Mr. Robert L. Schafer, age 85 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 12:55 P.M. Sunday October 18, 2009 at the Versailles Health Care Center. Bob was born February 4, l924 in Darke County, son of the late Daniel and Bertha (Dismeier) Schafer.

He was retired from the American Aggregate Corporation formerly of Greenville, Ohio where he had been employed in the bookkeeping department.

He was a veteran of World War II serving in the European African Middle Eastern Theatre with the 9th Division of the U.S. Army and a recipient of 5 Bronze Battle Stars and the Purple Heart. Bob was also a member of the St. John Lutheran Church of Greenville, the Greenville V.F.W. and the D.A.V. Also the Greenville Masonic Lodge, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton and the Greenville Elk’s Lodge.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis Lee (Ware) Schafer August 21, 2004, brothers Harold, Elmer, Herbert and Lawrence. Also a sister Florence Treon.

He is survived by his son and daughter in law—Stephen and Carole Schafer of Greenville. Grandchildren—Daryl and Angelia Schafer-Rehmert of Greenville, Great Grandchildren—Harley, Hailee and Levi Rehmert. Step Grandchildren—Dan and Jenny Light of Arcanum. Step Great Grandchildren—Morgan and Savannah Light, James (Katie) Light, and Andria (Chris) Haworth. Also 2 Step Great Great Grandchildren. A Sister Wilma Baker of Greenville and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday October 22, 2009 at the St. John Lutheran Church 7418 St. Rt. 121-N Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Alan Knoke officiating. Burial will follow in the St. John Church Cemetery where Military Graveside Services will be conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6 till 8 P.M. in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio and on Thursday 1 hour prior to the services in the Church. The Greenville Masonic Lodge will conduct a Masonic Memorial Service on Wednesday at 8 P.M. followed by the Scottish Rite Ring Degree.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be made to the St. John Lutheran Church Building Fund.

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

Arlene A. Miller (October 17, 2009)

Mrs. Arlene A. Miller, 96, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 8:10 AM at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Greenville, Ohio. She was born on August 28, 1913 in Lewisburg, Ohio to the late John and Julia (Custenborder) Schlosser.

Arlene worded at Corning Glass Work for 20 years before retiring in 1977 and was also a homemaker. She was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Greenville and loved flowers.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Ralph E. Miller whom she married on April 11, 1932; sisters, Lydia Hoffman, Alva Disher, Florence Schlosser and Mary Ellen Schlosser; brothers, William, Elmer, Hugh, Everitt, Kenneth, Harold and Russell Schlosser.

She is survived by her son and daughter in law, Rev. Lowell E. and Joyce Miller of Greenville, Ohio; grandchildren, Darolyn (Mark) Peterson, Eugene (Gail) Miller and Joel (Sallie) Miller; great grandchildren, Jennifer (Matt) Polley, Tyler Peterson, Caleb Peterson, Amy Miller, Matthew Nash and Bradley Nash; great great grandchildren, Madison and Logan Polley; sisters in law, Edna Schlosser of Greenville, Ohio and Noma Schlosser of Pitsburg, Ohio; 27 nieces and nephews as well as several great nieces and nephews.

There will be a service held on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 306 Devor Rd., Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Doug Klinsing officiating. Burial will follow in the Harris Creek Cemetery, Bradford, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 12:30 – 2:00 PM at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Condolence for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

Gary L. Daugherty (October 13, 2009)

Gary L. Daugherty, 59, of Arcanum, died Tuesday evening, October 13, 2009 at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. Mr. Daugherty was born in Shelby County on June 21, 1950, the son of the late Ronald G. and Betty J. (Cole) Daugherty who survives. He was employed as a custodian at National Trail Local School District. He is survived by his wife Peggy (Fritz) Daugherty, whom he married August 29, 1978; Daughters Candy Pyles and husband Michael of Arcanum, Erica Daugherty at home, Crystal and Angel, Son Bill; Granddog Minnie; Sister Vicki Marten and husband Kevin of Greenville; Brothers Gale Daugherty and wife Margaret of Ansonia, Robert Daugherty and wife Melody of Arcanum, Larry Daugherty and wife Becky of Union City, Ohio, Rickie Dean Daugherty and wife Ginny of Arcanum, David Daugherty and wife Melodie of Kentucky, and Danny "Dwaine" Daugherty and wife Angie of Lewisburg. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM on Monday, October 19, 2009 at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum with Pastor Dan Kuhbander officiating. Burial will follow in Ithaca Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends Sunday 2 - 5 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a scholarship fund for Gary's child Erica at Greenville National Bank.

Paul Richard Hudson (October 13, 2009)

Paul Richard Hudson, 28, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 7:52 PM at his residence. He was born on February 22, 1981 in Dayton, Ohio to Gary Wayne & Stacy Hudson of Greenville, Ohio and Cathie & William Vaughn of Augusta, Georgia.

Paul worked at Wysong Plastering in Greenville, attended Greenville Grace Brethren Church and loved Golfing.

He is preceded in death by his nephew Logan Anthony Ferryman.

In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Rash) Hudson of Union City, Indiana; sons, Jordan, Ethan and Austin Hudson all live at home, brother and sister in law, Wes & Danielle Isaacs of Piqua, Ohio; sisters and brothers in law, Jenny (Sean) Curry of Dayton, Ohio, Jessica (Andrew) Buzan of Raleigh, North Carolina and Rachael Hudson and Dustin of Eldorado, Ohio; grandparents, Mural & Leveda Hudson of Miamisburg, Ohio, Darrell Adkins of Fairborn, Ohio, Virginia Hopkins of Winter Heaven, Florida, Del & Ann Merrick of Huber Heights, Ohio and Don Wood Sr. of Texas; father and mother in laws, Timothy & Tina Rash of Union City, Indiana and Cheryl & Kevin Wynn of Greenville, Ohio as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, sisters in law and brothers in law.

There will be a service held on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville with Pastor Danny Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Friday, October 16, 2009 from 5-8 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family is setting up a Scholarship Fund for Pauls children at the Second National Bank. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

Dylan Robert Simons (October 11, 2009)

Dylan Robert Simons, 16, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 6:06 PM at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. He was born on July 30, 1993 in Greenville, Ohio to Kennedy Simons of Ft. Loramie, Ohio and Tammy (Moody) Thobe of Greenville, Ohio.

Dylan was involved in a youth group in Greenville, he loved being with his friends and admired his younger brother, he loved reading and was also involved in the Boy Scouts. Dylan was very funny and loved to joke around with his friends.

He is preceded in death by his sister Crystal Rinderle; aunt, Patty Ann Simons; and uncle, Dennis Simons.

In addition to his parents he is survived by, brothers, Derek Simons of Greenville and Cameron Caldwell of Greenville; sister, Kasey Simons of Greenville; paternal grandmother, Pricilla Simons of Covington, Ohio; maternal grandparents, Gary & Christine Moody of Lightsville, Ohio; aunts and uncles, Glynn & Marilyn Simons of Bradford, Ohio, Deb Simons of Bradford, Ohio, Lora Kesler of Bradford, Ohio and Terry Moody of Lightsville, Ohio as well as several cousins and friends.

There will be a service held on Friday, October 16, 2009 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Burial will follow in the Teegarden Cemetery, Ansonia, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Thursday, October 15, 2009 from 5-8 PM at the funeral home. Condolence for the family may be sent to http://www.zecharbailey.com/.

Lucille C. Monnin (October 11, 2009)

Lucille C. (Barton) Monnin age 96 of Versailles, passed away at 6:10 A.M. on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville. Lucille was born July 27, 1913 in Frenchtown, Ohio, to the late Joseph & Elizabeth (Matthew) Barton.

Lucille was a homemaker. Lucille formerly worked at Buckeye Overall Company in Versailles for 30 years and General Athletic in Greenville for 7 years. She was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles.

In addition to her parents, Lucille is also preceded in death by her husband, Alfred J. Monnin on March 15, 2003, whom she married August 22, 1933; son, Roger Monnin; brothers, Bernard, Lester, Wilmer and Cletus Barton; and sisters, Catherine Dapore and Anna Marie Francis.

Lucille is survived by her daughters, Theresa Hartzell of Ansonia and Linda Cossa of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren, Tony Cossa, Carl Guillozet, Dan Guillozet, Mike Guillozet, Sheila Miller, Ron Guillozet, Alan Hartzell and Debbie Pollic; 19 great grandchildren and numerous great great grandchildren; brother, Joe Barton of Greenville; and sisters, Loretta Riddle of Greenville and Margaret Wenning of Coldwater.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. David Vincent celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Wednesday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice.

Tampa L. McNutt (October 10, 2009)

Tampa L. McNutt age 59 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 9:45 A.M. on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. Tampa was born February 26, 1950 in Greenville, Ohio, to the late Harry & Mary (Smith) Lines.

Tampa was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, Tampa is also preceded in death by 2 step granddaughters, Robin McNutt and Kimberly Brown; and sister, Pricilla Henning.

Tampa is survived by her husband, Raymond McNutt Sr., whom she married November 9, 1968. She is also survived by a son, Harry V. McNutt of West Carrollton, Ohio; daughter, Raymonda H. (McNutt) Beardall of Seiling, Oklahoma; step sons, Michael Brown of Greenville and Raymond McNutt Jr. of San Antonio, Texas; step daughters, Melissa Brandon of Greenville, Linda Bridges of Union City, Ohio and Starla Bowers of Greenville; granddaughter, Lorilei Beardall; numerous step grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren; sister, Gloria Farmer of Henderson, Nevada; and numerous nieces and nephews .

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. at Greenville Cemetery (Old Section) with Pastor Gary Oser officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Darke County.

Wilma J. Henry (October 9, 2009)

Wilma J. Henry, age 69 of New Weston, Ohio passed away on Friday October 9, 2009 at her residence. She was born January 24, 1940 in Newberry Twp. Miami County, Ohio the daughter of the late Lawrence & Martha Almeda (Wolfe) Stiles.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Senior Citizens card players club, the Darke County Genealogy Society, & the Rosehill Country Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband: James Henry; Sisters: Mary Gamble, & Dorothy Stiles; Brother: James Stiles.

She is survived by her children & spouses: Diana Lynn & Ray McCoy of Celina, David Lewis & Donna Henry of Gatesville, Texas, Bobbie Bloom of Sidney, James Michael & Ndeye Henry of Versailles, Dayna Louise & Steve Back of Ansonia, & Helen Almeda & Sebatstian Cardenas of Greenville; Grandchildren: Cora Butler, Dawn Rodriguez, Travis McCoy, Rebekah McCoy, Deborah McCoy, Kammi Henry, Kassi Henry, Jessica LeLoup, Jane Bloom, Ashley Henry, Mariah Taylor, James Henry Jr., Amanda Diegel, Melinda Back, Steven Back Jr., Elizabeth Cardenas, Sebastian Cardenas Jr., Paula Cardenas; Great Grandchildren: Sean Ayers, Talon Ayers, Mackenzie Diegel, Gunner Diegel, Malcolm Diegel, Chelsea LeLoup, Adrian Cardenas; & numerous nieces & nephews.

Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday October 14, 2009 at 7:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Donald Brode officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in the Dayton Veterans Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flower memorial contributions may be made to Caring Hearts.

Linda L. Ostergaard (October 7, 2009)

Linda L. Ostergaard, 72, of Union City, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 8:45 PM at the Randolph Nursing Home in Winchester, Indiana. She was born on August 9, 1937 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Richard Ganger and Grace Fry. Linda was a self employed tax consultant.

Linda is survived by her husband Dale Ostergaard of Union City, Indiana; daughter, Danielle Oda of Piqua, Ohio; son, Joe Oda of Covington, Ohio; grandchildren, Jacob Sowry, Kyle Oda, Presley Oda and Dylan Oda.

Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2009 from 2-6 PM at 8798 Long Rd., Versailles, Ohio. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Memorial contributions can be made to the Darke County Cancer Association. Condolences for the family may be sent to http://www.zecharbailey.com/.

Isabel Swabb (October 10, 2009)

L. Isabel Swabb, 87, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Isabel was born in West Milton, Ohio on September 3, 1922 to the late Herbert and Cecil Lee. She was a homemaker and enjoyed camping, her pets and spending time with family. Isabel was a member of the Ft. Black Eastern Star and New Madison United Methodist Church.

Isabel is survived by her husband of 62 years, Miles James Swabb whom she married on May 10, 1947; three children, Steven (Carol) Swabb of Castine, Bonnie (Chris) Laux of New Madison and Saundra (Carl) Hoover of New Madison; 7 grandchildren, Shawn (Shelly) Swabb, Dennis Swabb, Shannan (Fred) Marshall and Miles Stump all of New Madison, Danielle Stump of Greenville, Laura Irish (Luke Scowcroft) of Nelson, New Zealand and Brandon Irish of Rantoul, Illinois; 6 great-grandchildren, Nathan Swabb, Michael Marshall, Levi Stump, Erica Borne, Teagan Stump and Elijah Scowcroft; 2 brothers, Robert (Pat) Lee of Ansonia, and George (Christine) Lee of Sanford, Florida; step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, Isabel is preceded in death by two brothers, Charles (Maxine) Lee and Paul David Lee.

The visitation will be on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 from 5-7 PM at Storch Braund Funeral Home with an Eastern Star memorial service beginning at 6:45 PM. The funeral service will be Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 10:30 AM also at the funeral home with Rev. Richard Kasunic being asked to officiate. Burial will immediately follow in Greenmound Cemetery, New Madison, Ohio. Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.storchbraundfuneralhome.com/ and memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-Village Rescue.

Services entrusted to Storch Braund Funeral Home, New Madison, Ohio.

Alice W. Foland (October 11, 2009)

Alice W. Foland, 87, of Ithaca, went to the arms of Jesus Sunday, October 11, 2009. Mrs. Foland was born in Darke County on January 24, 1922, the daughter of the late John and Cora Jane (Bradley) Smith. She was a member of the former Grace Baptist Church, Phillipsburg. She was a Homemaker and Mother. Alice was preceded in death by her husband Walter M. Foland, who died June 22, 1985, infant son Ronnie, grandson Joshua Clark, 4 sisters and 3 brothers. Mrs. Foland is survived by Daughters Sandy Rice and husband Randy of Arcanum, Peggy Clark and husband Dan of Greenville, Lyla "Kim" McCoy of Ithaca, Dana Clark and husband Gary of Ithaca; Sons Jack Foland and wife Mary of Gordon, Elwood Foland and wife Diana of Bowling Green, KY, Richard Foland and Dennis Foland both of Gordon; 22 Grandchildren; Numerous Great and Great Great Grandchildren. Graveside Funeral Services will be held Noon, Wednesday October 14, 2009 at Ithaca Cemetery, with Pastor Louis Reindel officiating. There will be no public viewing. The Family suggests memorial contributions to Cancer Association of Darke County, 209 East Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331. [Kreitzer Funeral Home]

Delbert N. Barga (October 7, 2009)

Delbert N. Barga, 95, of Versailles, passed away early Wednesday morning, October 7, 2009 at the Wayne Hospital in Greenville.

He was born in Frenchtown, son of the late Peter John and Laura Catherine (York) Barga. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter, Janet Kay Barga in 1957; brothers and sister, Marie Werling, Stella Rinderlery, Ralph Barga, Ruth Paulus, Kenneth Barga, Caroline Carey, Manford "Jim" Barga, Norbert Barga, Paul Barga, Kathleen Starrett, Noah Barga, Zita Leonhard, Patrick Barga and Marcellus Barga.

A retired licensed livestock dealer and farmer, Delbert was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Frenchtown and had attended the Country Church of Rose Hill.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Bessie (Myers) Barga; a brother, Anthony of Sidney; sisters, Mary Lou Wright and Annabelle Hall both of Sidney; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday, October 10, at 11:30 a.m. at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with the Pastor Linda Dulin officiating. Burial will follow in the Teegarden Cemetery near Ansonia.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 9:30 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to Country Church of Rose Hill.

C.A. "Brownie" Brown (October 6, 2009)

C.A. "Brownie" Brown, 88, of Bellbrook, Ohio and formerly of Hillsboro, passed away Tuesday morning, October 6, 2009 at the Bellbrook Rehabilitation Center.

He was born in Arcanum, son of the late Wesley and Judy (Conaway) Brown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Wesley Brown and sisters, Mabel Brown, Clara Shaw and Etta Yoder.

A veteran of the US Army, 161st Parachute Engineer Company"Brownie" had served during WWII in Southern Phillippines, Luzon and New Guinea. He was retired from NCR in Dayton and was well known for his service and handyman work.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, June E. (Miller) whom he married on February 25, 1946; children, Joyce A. Page of Hillsboro, Janice K. Qualls of Bellbook, James N. Brown of Washington Courthouse and John W. Brown of West Carrollton; 4 grandchildren, Natalie K. Herdman, William J. Briggs, Justin C. Brown and Joshua L. Brown; and great grandchildren, Sam Herdman, Ben Herdman, Ocyrus X. Brown, Ewon I. Brown and Steven Briggs.

Services with full military honors will be held Friday, October 9, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home , 1000 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH. Burial will follow in the Ansonia Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 1 - 2 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to Cross Roads Hospice, 8087 Washington Village Dr. Bldg A. Suite 120, Dayton, OH 45458.

Russell E. Bucholtz (October 6, 2009)


Mr. Russell E. Bucholtz, age 86 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Tuesday October 6, 2009 at 5:02 AM at the Brethren Retirement Community. He was born March 17, 1923 in Darke County, Ohio the son of the late Barney E. & Forest Mae (Small) Bucholtz.

He was a farmer and served in World War II in the Army Air Corp. He was a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church where he served as an Elder, on the Board, on the Building Committee, & as Treasurer.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Son: Jim Bucholtz; Grandson: Ted Harpest; Brother: Carl Bucholtz; & an infant sister.

He is survived by his Wife: L. Marie (Brooks) Bucholtz of Greenville whom he married on May 18, 1947; Sons & daughter in law: Ron & Karen Bucholtz of Greenville, & Tim Bucholtz of Arcanum; Daughter & son in law: Sharon & Fred Harpest of Greenville; Grandchildren & spouse: Ned Bucholtz, Ben Bucholtz, Lyndie & Nathan Sabin, Karie Harpest, & Kaci Harpest; Great Grandchildren: Austin, & Twins Adrienne & Abrielle Sabin; Sister & brother in law: Lorene & Berlin Kauffman; Sister in law: Dolores Bucholtz.

Services will be held on Friday October 9, 2009 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Doug Klinsing officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday October 8, 2009 at the funeral home. Veterans Services will be conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard on Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church.

Naomi T. Francis (October 4, 2009)

Naomi T. Francis age 95 of Russia, Ohio, passed away at 11:15 A.M. on Sunday, October 4, 2009 at her residence after a brief illness. Naomi was born October 15, 1913 in Russia, Ohio.

Naomi was a member of St. Remy Catholic Church in Russia. Naomi enjoyed nature, gardening, painting and her grandchildren.

Naomi is preceded in death by her husband, Louis H. Francis and sister, LaVera “Toots” Pleiman.

Naomi is survived by her daughters & sons-in-law, Dorothy (Dot) & Louis Simon and Angela & Richard Condon; grandchildren, Denise Simon, Marla Simon Boone, Elise Simon, Amy Simon, Dan Condon, Sheri Condon Mayo and Jeff Condon; four great grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Remy Catholic Church in Russia, with Rev. Fr. Frank Amberger celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Remy Cemetery in Russia. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. and Wednesday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to Miami County Hospice, P.O. Box 502 Troy, Ohio 45373.

Kevin Ray Rue (October 3, 2009)

Kevin Ray Rue, 49, of Versailles, Ohio passed away on Sat., October 3, 2009 at 6:55 AM at his residence. He was born on December 18, 1959 in Miami County, Ohio to his father John Allen Rue of Covington, Ohio and his special friend Pam Davis and his late mother Frankie Francis (Loften) Voisard and step father Cyril Voisard of Bradford, Ohio.

Kevin worked at the Foundry in Russia, Ohio. He was a member of the United States Army, he loves Cleveland Browns football and NASCAR.

In addition to his mother he is preceded in death by his nephew Joshua Rue.

He is survived by; sons, Christopher Rue of Gettysburg, Ohio, Jeremy Rue of Greenville, Ohio and Nick Neil of Greenville, Ohio; daughter, Shawna Rue of Versailles, Ohio; grandchildren, Abbegail Rue, Aaron Bowlin, Destiny Bowlin and Brianna Hanmaker; special friend, Alice Craig of Versailles, Ohio; brothers, Vaughn Rue of Greenville, Ohio and Shawn Rue of Covington, Ohio; sister, Johnetta Rodrigues of Indianapolis, Indiana; grandmother, Dorothea Wilma Schellenberg of Piqua, Ohio; half brother, Gregory Kuykendall of Versailles, Ohio; half sisters, Sheila Sanders and Connie Sanders both of Bradford, Ohio; step brothers, Pat Voisard of Versailles, Ohio, Allan Voisard of Versailles, Ohio, and Brian Voisard of Van Wert, Ohio; half sister, Cathy Baltes of Versailles, Ohio, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a service held on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 10:30 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio. Burial will follow in the Brock Cemetery, Brock, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Monday, October 5, 2009 from 4-8 PM at the funeral home. There will be a Military Graveside Service conducted by the Versailles Veterans Honor Guard.

Sylvia Utz (October 5, 2009)

Sylvia Utz, 110, of Greenville, died early Monday morning, October 5, 2009 at the Brethren Retirement Community. Mrs. Utz was a former resident of Oakes Rd., Pitsburg and N. Main St., Arcanum. Mrs. Utz was born in Franklin Township, Darke County on March 9, 1899, the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Clara Belle (Newcomer) Booker. She was a Homemaker and Mother. Sylvia was a member of Pitsburg Church of the Brethren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 83 years Harley Utz, who died November 12, 2001, her son Emerson Utz, 2 grandchildren Tom Brown and Virginia Baxter, 2 brothers Harless and Willis Booker, and 2 sisters Delcie Kress and Viola Myers. Sylvia is survived by her daughter Doris Jean Brown of Phoenix, Arizona; son Harley Utz, Jr. and wife Rosemary of Minden, Nevada; 3 grandsons Steven A. Utz and wife Christy of Dayton, Byron Utz and wife Marcia of Arcanum, and Eric Utz of Greenville; 7 Great Grandchildren and 8 Great Great Grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 AM on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum with Pastor Ty Pyles officiating. Burial will follow in Mote Cemetery Pitsburg. The family will receive relatives and friends Friday 5 - 7 PM at the funeral home.

Daisy E. O'Neal Trisler (October 2, 2009)

Mrs. Daisy E. Trisler, 90, originally from Watertown, South Dakota, and longtime resident of Vandalia, Ohio; Tucson, Arizona; and Greenville, Ohio. Daisy passed away on Friday, October 2, 2009 at 9:35 AM at the Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville, Ohio. She was born on April 9, 1919 in Watertown, South Dakota to the late Andrew and Nellie (Gunnison) O'Neal.

She was a housewife and loved to travel; taking care of her home and loved being with her family.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by 6 siblings.

She is survived by husband, Robert A. Trisler of Greenville, Ohio; son and daughter in law Don & Catherine Trisler of Massachusetts; daughter and son in law Connie & Roger Brocious of Greenville, Ohio; grandchildren Molly Trisler, Jeff & April Brocious, Gus & Angie Brocious; 3 great granddaughters; 5 great grandsons; brother and sister in law Jim & Leona Oneal of Minnesota; step sister Peggy McKeand of Florida as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a service held on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 10:30 AM at the Brethren Retirement Community Chapel, 750 Chestnut St., Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Bob Bitner officiating. Burial will follow in the Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio. Family will have a gathering at 10:00 AM in the chapel before the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Brethren Retirement Community Resident Aid Fund or to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Condolences for the family be sent to http://www.zecharbailey.com/.

Dorothy M. Stachler (October 1, 2009)

Mrs. Dorothy M. Stachler, age 92 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 11:50 P.M. Thursday October 1, 2009 at the Versailles Health Care Center. She was born May 16, 1917 in Philothea, Mercer County, Ohio. The daughter of the late William & Elizabeth (Stucke) Ahrns.

She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Greenville and the Rosary Altar Society of the Church. Dorothy also enjoyed putting crossword puzzles together.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband—Edmund T. Stachler in October 1, 1983. They were married February 4, 1937. Also by her son—David Stachler May 1, 1955. Two Grandsons—David Joseph Droesch and Duston Stachler, Three sisters and Three brothers are also deceased.

Dorothy is survived by 6 sons and 2 daughters—Dolores (Stachler) & Dale Droesch of Coldwater, Donald & Patricia Stachler of Philothea, Dennis & Phyllis Stachler of Burkettsville, Darrell & Patricia Stachler of Liberty Township, Dianna (Stachler) Hemmelgarn of Versailles, Dale Stachler of Greenville, Duane & Debra Stachler of Mt. Clemens, Michigan and Daniel Stachler of Arcanum. 29 Grandchildren, 60 Great Grandchildren and 3 Great Great Grandchildren. Her sister—Ruth (Ahrns) Schoenlien of St. Henry as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday October 6, 2009 in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Father John R. White officiating. Entombment will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Garden Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 4 till 8 P.M. on Monday at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville. A Prayer Service will be held at 3:30 P.M. Monday in the Funeral Home.

Billy Turner (September 29, 2009)

Willie L. “Billy” Turner age 32 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 9:21 P.M. on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 in the E.R. at Wayne Hospital. Billy was born May 19, 1977 in Greenville, Ohio, to Tollie & Teresa (Bone) Turner of Greenville.

Billy was a 1997 Graduate of Versailles High School.

Billy is preceded in death by a brother, Cory Allen Turner; paternal grandparents, Willie & Alfreda Turner; maternal great grandparents, Manson & Delores Jacoby, Herbert Maze and Robert Shuck; paternal great grandparents, Roscoe & Mae Turner and Minnie & Roy Batt.

In addition to his parents, Billy is also survived by his maternal grandparents, Joan Robertson of Florida and Glen & Mary Ellen Bone of Silver Lake, Indiana; maternal great grandmother, Leveda Shuck of Florida; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A special thank you to Cheryl D., Cheryl H., Leesa, Shanda and all the staff at Wayne Hospital.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor David Hackney officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Friday from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Condolences for the family may be expressed through http://www.zecharbailey.com/.

Pauline R. Dickey Castle (September 29, 2009)

Mrs. Pauline R. Dickey Castle, 94, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Tues., Sept. 29, 2009 at 8:00 PM at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville, Ohio. She was born on September 22, 1915 in Darke County, Ohio to the late William & Mabel (Caupp) Parks.

Pauline retired from Fram Corp in Greenville in 1974. She also was an Aid at Wayne Hospital in Greenville. She was a member of the Bible Fellowship Church.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by, first husband William Melvin Dickey, second husband Willard Castle, brothers Floyd, Robert, Donald and Ronald Parks, sisters Gladys Howard, Winifred Lauber, Helen Shahan and Florence Sullenbarger and an infant sister Phyllis Parks.

She is survived by her son and daughter in law, Galen & Martha Dickey of Englewood, Ohio, daughter and son in law, Wanda & Jim Caupp of Greenville, Ohio, grandchildren Gareth Dickey, Gayle Huston, Sharon Bennell, Mel Caupp, Larry Caupp and Steve Caupp, 14 great grandchildren, 17 great great grandchildren, sister in law Nina Collett of Wayne Lakes, Ohio, brother in law Jim Castle as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a private service held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville. Memorial contributions can be made to the State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

Waldo Emerson Witwer (September 29, 2009)

Mr. Waldo Emerson Witwer, 96, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 1:35 AM at the Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville, Ohio. He was born on January 17, 1913 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Harley & Myrtle (Cassel) Witwer.

He attended Gettysburg High School and graduated in 1930. He attended University of Cincinnati and studied electrical engineering. He worked for a short time at Petersime Incubator Factory in Gettysburg and then Hobart Mgf Co. for 36 years as a supervisor of the Motor Department. He was a dedicated and faithful member of the Oakland Church of the Brethren all his life. His passions there were serving others through helping with various church projects including Dinner Theater food preparation, the Watermelon Tent at the Great Darke County Fair, and serving meals at the Old German Baptist Brethren Annual Meetings. He also served as deacon for many years and on the Village of Gettysburg’s Town Council for several years.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son in law J. D. Weaver.

He is survived by wife, Helen (Maurer) Witwer of Greenville, Ohio whom he married on September 11, 1942; children and spouses; Fred and Millie Witwer of Beavercreek, Ohio, Melvin and Karen Witwer of Kettering, Ohio, Jane Dawson of Centerville, Ohio, Joyce and Robert Callaway of Michigan City, IN, Janet and David Julian of Greenville and Daniel and Lynn Witwer of Greenville; grandchildren, Leslie Mayes, Kevin Witwer, Michelle & Troy Reed, Brian & Lynn Dawson, Angie & Steve Rhynard, Jaime & Michelle Weaver, Jolie & Seth Larris, Megan & Jody Sarber, Erin Julian, Logan Witwer and Kelly Witwer; great grandchildren, Tyler Mayes, Morgan Reed, Rhiann Reed, Kayla Dawson, Kyle Dawson, Nathan Rhynard, James Weaver, Jenna Weaver and Lilly Larris; brother and sister in law, Leo & Jeanne Witwer of Greenville, sisters in law, Beulah Maurer of Greenville and Anita Kniesley of Greenville as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a service held on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 10:00 AM at Oakland Church of the Brethren, 8058 Horatio Harris Creek Rd., Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Bill Kidwell officiating. There will be a private graveside service at Gettysburg Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Friday, October 2, 2009 from 5-8 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville as well as a gathering at 9-10 AM at the church on Saturday.

In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Oakland Church of the Brethren or the Resident Aid Fund of the Brethren Retirement Community.

James Hendrix (September 26, 2009)

James “Jimmy” Hendrix, 47, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2009 from 9:03 PM due to an accident in Greenville, Ohio. He was born on November 14, 1961 in Greenville, Ohio to mother and step father, Queen (Hendrix) & Elee Lafayette of Greenville, Ohio and father, O. B. Morrison of Arkansas.

He worked at FPE in New Madison, Ohio and loved to cook.
Jimmy is preceded in death by his sisters, Debra Lafayette and Dorothy Coulter; aunt, Artie Graves.

In addition to his parents he is survived by; devoted mate for 29 years, Geraldine Hurd of Greenville; daughter, Shareece Hendrix of Greenville; brothers and sister in law, David & Tracy Hendrix of Greenville and Charles Coulter of Greenville; life long family member, Charles Jones of Greenville; uncle, Melree Morrison of Arkansas; nieces and nephews, Devin Hendrix, Keisha Hendrix, Regina Coulter, Latosha Stone, Willow Stone and Ashley Breig as well as several other nieces and nephews, other family members, Richard & Janet Hurd, Carolyn Mobbs, Sharon & Thomas Ester, Tim Hurd and Sondra Hurd all of Greenville and Chris Gregg of Missouri.

There will be a service held on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Lyle officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Sunday, October 4, 2009 from 1-3 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the family or Zechar Bailey Funeral Home to offset funeral expenses.

Kevin R. Bruner (October 3, 2009)


Kevin R. Bruner, 39, Greenville, passed away early Saturday morning in Greenville.

He was born in Greenville, son of the late Richard Bruner and Pamela (Tucker) Bruner-Murphy of Hudson, FL.

Kevin was a self employed heavy equipment specialist. He was a 1988 graduate of Greenville High School. He served in The US Air Force having been stationed in Korea. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and Eagles Lodge all of Greenville.

In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife, Teresa (Alexander) Bruner; a daughter, Holly Sue Bruner and a son Kyle Richard Bruner both of Greenville; sisters, Honey Whittington of Kissimmee, FL, and Michelle Eaton of Florida; a brother, Gordon James of New York; step fathers, Richard Murphy and Donald James; an aunt Mary Delk; and numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service with full military honors by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will be held Thursday, October 8 at 11 a.m. at the Abbottsville Cemetery with Rev. Sam Hoeflich officiating.

There will be no public visitation. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Kevin R. Bruner Memorial Fund at Greenville National Bank, for his children.

Services have been entrusted with the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville.

Pauline Hufford (October 1, 2009)

Pauline Hufford, 95, of Greenville, passed away late Thursday evening, October 1, 2009 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.

She was born in Greenville, daughter of the late Charles and Linnie (Brady) Powell. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Hufford on October 4, 2002 and sister, Mildred Mowery.

A Homemaker, Pauline was a member of the First Congregational Christian Church in Greenville and Gideons International.

She is survived by her two daughters, Marilyn Leas and Shirley (Dave) Minsterman both of Greenville; 4 grandchildren, Diana Cronin of Hilliard, Mike Leas of West Liberty, Karla Nealeigh of Union and Julie Hart of Greenville; 9 great grandchildren; and a sister, Isabelle Hufford of St. Mary's.

Services will be held at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville Monday, October 5, at 11:30 a.m, with Rev. Doug Krauss officiating. Burial will follow at Greenville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to The Brethren Retirement Center, Gideons or the First Congregational Christian Church.