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Forest W. Gibson (July 29, 2010)

Forest William Gibson, 85, of Greenville and formerly of Ansonia, passed away Thursday afternoon, July 29, 2010 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville.

He was born in Richland Township, Darke County, son of the late Ernest Ira and Bessie Florence (Root) Gibson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Regina Delk.

Forest had retired from Cadillac Gage in Greenville where he had worked for 30 years.He was a veteran of the US Navy having served in WWII. He was a member of the Beamsville Christian Church, the VFW and Stelvideo Grange which he was a past Master.

He is survived by his wife Virginia M. (Fellers) Gibson; children, Forest "Bill" (Cynthia) Gibson, Jr. of Greenville, Rebecca (John, Jr.) Lewis of Arcanum, Robert (Josie) Gibson of Mansfield, OH; son-in-law, Brian (Cindi) Delk of New Madison; 9 grandchildren, Scott (Diana) Gibson, Stacey (Anthony) Alexander, Kristie (Chris) Stump, Jeremy (Angie) Lewis, Rob (fiancee Jen) Gibson, Adam (Hallie) Gibson, Jennifer (Andrew) Carr, Megan (friend Chris) Delk and Alyssa (Scott) Wetzel; 2 step grandchildren, Jeffery (Colleen) Johnson and Kristin (Jeff) Gillis; 6 great grandchildren and expecting one in August; 5 step great grandchildren; sisters, Viola Beaver of Covington, Luella Spain of Zephyrhills, FL and Mary (Sam) Weaver of Mustang, OK; brother-in-law, Hubert (Lucille) Fellers of Greenville; sister-in-law, Francie Barnhardt of Arcanum; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Monday, August 2, at 1 p.m. at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial with full military honors by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 11 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice or the Regina K. Delk Scholarship fund through the Hope Foundation.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com.

Richard A. Eley (July 29, 2010)

Richard ‘Dick’ Alonzo Eley, 89, of New Madison, passed away at his residence to be with the Lord on July 29, 2010. Dick was born on October 16, 1920 at his homestead in New Madison to the late Alonzo and Nancy (Royer) Eley.

Dick was a graduate of New Madison High School in 1938. He was employed by the US Postal Service as a rural mail carrier for Route 1 in New Madison for 28 years. Dick served his country honorably during 1942-1946 in the United States Navy as a Sea-Bee during WWII. He is a member of the Leroy Farst American Legion Post 245 for 63 years, Fort Black Masonic Lodge 415 for 54 years, Darke County Harness Horseman Association, and a lifetime member of United Methodist Church in New Madison. Dick also served as an Assistant Scout Master during 1960-1965 and a little league baseball coach between 1958-1964. He was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Cincinnati Reds and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Robert is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan Irene (Cashman) Eley, whom he married on July 13, 1948; two sons, Robert (Marian) Eley of New Madison, and Dr. Douglas (Jane) Eley of El Paso, Texas; four grandchildren, Brad (Triva) Eley, Scott Eley and special friend Jessica Moss, Jessica Eley and Erin Eley; and a sister, Norma (Jack) Whittaker.

In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by three brothers, Russell, Robert and Donald Eley, and five sisters, Marie Falkner, Edna Wiley, Erma Batty, Evelyn Bowers and Juanita Baker.

The family will receive guests at 1:00 PM on Sunday, August 1, 2010 at the New Madison United Methodist Church with a Masonic service beginning at 1:45. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for 2:00 PM also at the church with the Rev. Steve Hayes being asked to officiate. Burial will be in Greenmound Cemetery with full military honors by the Darke County Honor Guard. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to New Madison Methodist Church.

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

E. Lena Nestor (July 27, 2010)

Mrs. E. Lena Nestor, age 82 of Union City, Ohio passed away at 10:30 P.M. Tuesday July 27, 2010 at the Rest Haven Nursing Home of Greenville, Ohio. Lena was born May 13, 1928 in Parsons (Tucker County) West Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Arch & Lena Gay (Shaffer) Knotts.

Lena had formerly worked at Three Gables Restaurant of Union City. She enjoyed her gardening and playing solitaire.

She is survived by her husband Ira B. Nestor of Union City. They were married May 25, 1946. Also by her sons and daughters in law—Jerry Brown & Cheryl Nestor and Donnie Ray & Diane Nestor all of Greenville. Grandchildren and spouses—Scott (Kelly) Nestor, Michelle (Tony) Mikesell and Sara (Kyle) Tegtmeyer: Great grandchildren—Xavier Tegtmeyer, Hudson Nestor, Danielle Nestor, Katy Nestor, Lydia Mikesell, Myra Mikesell and Kala Mikesell; brother Vinton Shaffer of New Madison, Ohio; sisters—Rosie Detling, Alta Kaugher, and Brenda DeFord all of Greenville as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday July 30, 2010 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with the Rev. Elwood Stuart officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday from 1 P.M. until time of the services in the funeral home.

Grace Wright (July 26, 2010)

Grace Wright age 94 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 4:14 P.M. on Monday, July 26, 2010 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville. Grace was born April 10, 1916 in Rehrersburg, Pennsylvania; to the late Henry H. and Annie L. (Merkey) Frantz.

Grace was a kindergarten teacher for 32 years until she retired in 1982. She taught 5 years in a 1 room school house in Rheems, Pennsylvania. Grace was awarded Educator of the Year for 1982 by the Governor of the State of Maryland. Grace directed the church choir of University Park Church of the Brethren in Maryland for 40 years. She was a Graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. She enjoyed traveling and traveled widely throughout the United States and Europe.

In addition to her parents, Grace is also preceded in death by her husband, Perry S. Wright on June 14, 1989, whom she married June 4, 1939; daughter, Sandra Lynn Parker; sisters, Irene S. Bittinger and Laura S. Pfautz; and brother, Aamon Frantz.

Grace is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanne and Dawes Garrett of Arlington Heights, Illinois, and Linda and Dan Craine of Dayton, Ohio; grandchildren, Michael Garrett, Linnea Garrett, David House, Suzanne House, John House and Christine Parker; and great grandchildren, Benjamin Garrett, Alex Garrett, Lilly Garrett and Sebastian Garrett.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. at the Brethren Retirement Chapel, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Todd Reish officiating. Burial will be in the Frystown Cemetery in Frystown, Pennsylvania at the convenience of the family. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Brethren Retirement Community Chapel in Greenville. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association 644 Linn Street Suite 304 Cincinnati, Ohio 45203. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville.

Opal N. Ganger (July 27, 2010)

Opal N. Ganger, 97, of Greenville, died Tuesday Morning, July 27, 2010 at the Brethren Retirement Community. She was a former resident of Hursh Rd., Arcanum. Mrs. Ganger was born in Montgomery County on May 14, 1913, the daughter of the late Mose J. and Velma (Royer) Eby. She was a member of the Castine Church of the Brethren. Opal was preceded in death by her husband Henry D. Ganger, who died August 31, 1980, Infant son Eldon Ganger, and Brother Leonard Eby and a good and long time friend Katheryn Eyer. She is survived by Daughter Ruth Ann Crowell and husband Larry of Englewood; Sons Arthur Dwaine Ganger and wife Barbara and Dale Ganger and wife Barbara both of Arcanum; seven grand children Randy (Mary) Ganger, Scott (Peggy) Ganger, Robert (Diane) Ferrer, Jeff (Brooke) Crowell, Janelle (Geoff) Dawson, Beth (James) Kessler, and Craig (Miranda) Ganger; 18 Great Grandchildren; 2 Great Great Grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum with Pastor Brian Delk officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends Thursday 5 - 7 PM at the funeral home. Committal service and burial will be held 10:00 AM Friday in Bethel Cemetery Phillipsburg.

Willodene Goodwin (July 25, 2010)

Willodene Goodwin, 93, of New Madison, died Sunday, July 25, 2010 at Brethren Retirement Community where she had resided for a short period of time. Willodene was a resident of Liberty Township. Mrs. Goodwin was born in Glen Karn on August 22, 1916, the daughter of the late Samuel J. Tilden and Blanche (Clark) Hoke. She was a member of Beech Grove Church of the Brethren. Mrs. Goodwin was a former clerical worker for the government. She was preceded in death by her first husband Curly Hines and her second husband Charles "Chuck" Goodwin, sisters Leon Delk, May Melling, Irene Wash, and Marguerite Wagner, and a brother Charles Hoke. Willodene is survived by her foster Brother Lester Vaughn Melling of Ft. Myers, FL; nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM on Friday, July 30, 2010 at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum, with Pastor Randy Devore officiating. Burial will follow in Greenmound Cemetery, New Madison. The family will receive relatives and friends Friday one hour before the time of services at the funeral home.

Robert A. Shroyer (July 25, 2010)

Mr. Robert A. Shroyer, age 82 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Sunday July 25, 2010 at 8:06 AM at Wayne Hospital, Greenville, Ohio. He was born December 17, 1927 in Potsdam, Ohio the son of the late Lloyd J. & Fay (Elleman) Shroyer.

He worked in furniture sales for various employers in the Piqua and Greenville area. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bradford Athletic Hall of Fame, past member of the Piqua Elks.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Brother: Lynn Oscar Shroyer; Sisters: Janis Butler, Joann Ballinger, and Patricia Shaw.

He is survived by his wife: Dorothy Jean (Klipstine) Shroyer of Greenville whom he married November 27, 1948; Children & spouses: Judy & Tom Voiles of Greenville, Janie & Butch Clark of Bradford, Joann & Bob Nelson of Greenville, Janet & Jim Hunt of Greenville, Mike & Sue Shroyer of Greenville; 14 Grandchildren; 20 Great grandchildren; Sister & brother in law: Connie & Robert Hill of Englewood, Ohio; Brother in law: Larry Shaw of Fairview Heights, Ohio; Sisters in law: Evelyn Klipstine of Greenville, Nancy Klipstine of West Milton, Ohio; numerous nieces & nephews.

Services will be held on Thursday July 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Peter Menke officiating. Burial will follow in Gettysburg Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday July 28, 2010 and ½ hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home. It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Bonnie L. Smalley (July 24, 2010)

Bonnie L. Smalley, 61, of Greenville, passed away Saturday morning, July 24, 2010 at Wayne Hospital in Greenville.

She was born January 29, 1949 in Greenville, daughter of the late Martin C. and Fay (Linebaugh) Overholser. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David M. Smalley on March 3, 2006.

She had worked at the former Sheller Globe in Union City prior to retiring from Fram/Allied Signal in Greenville.

Her only survivors are numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Services will be held Saturday, July 31, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Kenneth Oren officiating. Burial will follow in the Abbottsville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to either the Darke County Humane Society or State of the Heart Hospice.

Condolences may be left for the family at http://www.oliverfloyd.com/.

Ruby M. House (July 25, 2010)

Ruby M. (Wolford) House, 95, of Greenville and formerly from New Madison, passed away Sunday, July 25, 2010 at the Brethren Retirement Community. Ruby was born on October 25, 1914, daughter of the late David and Vernie (Miller) Wolford.

Ruby loved working with her husband, hand and hand everyday on their farm. She loved her baby pigs and chickens. Most of all she loved her family, especially her grandkids, great-grandkids and great, great-grandkids. Ruby was a member of Castine Church of the Brethren.

In addition to her parents, Ruby is preceded in death by her husband, John House on August 25, 2006; two sisters, Wilma Wolford and Florence Rust.

Ruby is survived by two sons, Rev. Bill and Sue House of Marion, Indiana and Bob House and special friend, Rebecca Redding of Manchester, Indiana; one daughter, Janice and Lloyd Rogers of Arcanum, Ohio; 9 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and 2 great, great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 from 5 – 8 PM at Braund Funeral Home in New Madison. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 1:00 PM also at the funeral home with Ruby’s son, Rev. Bill House officiating. Burial will follow in the Castine Cemetery.

The family requests memorial contribution be made to the Residents’ Aid Fund at Brethren Retirement Community. Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.storchbraundfuneralhome.com/. Services are entrusted to Braund Funeral Home in New Madison.

Janet L. Nixon (July 24, 2010)

Janet L. Nixon, 78, of Greenville, passed away Saturday morning, July 24, 2010 at her sisters residence in Wayne Lakes.

She was born January 9, 1932, near Bradford, daughter of the late Robert E. and Velma (Eley) Nixon. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her step mother, Ethel Nixon and a brother, Jack L. Nixon.

Janet had worked for several years for Gene Riegle Stables. She was a former member of the Greenville Eagles Auxiliary.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Tom Houdeshell) Nixon-Lyerly of Greenville and Laura (David) Abernathy-Pedigo of Jeffersonville, IN; grandsons, Benjamin Weaver, Christopher Wick, James R. "J.R." Wick and David "Junior" Pedigo, Jr; a sister, Shirley Jones of (Wayne Lakes) Greenville; step brother, Ed (Debra) Clark of Alabama; sister-in-law, Joann Nixon of Greenville; a special nephew, Barry Schott; special friends, Beverly Goubeaux and family; and nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services will be held at the Beamsville Cemetery at a later date.

There will be no public visitation.

James A. Clear (July 20, 2010)

James Allen Clear was born February 1, 1951. Jim's parents are Frank (deceased) and Gladys Mae Clear. Jim has two sisters, Teresa Stetler Clear, Cindi Garrett and husband Colin Garrett as well as a brother Chris Clear and wife Lori.

I, Cathy Clear, married Jim on October 26th, 1970. We have two beautiful daughters, Nicki Sommer married to Justin Sommer and Lacy Clear. We were blessed with three precious granddaughters, Isabelle, Grace and Ivy.

In addition to his family Jim loved spending time outdoors, fishing, landscaping and refurbishing things that others had discarded. He loved sleeping in our little cabin on the lake, being lulled to sleep by crickets and frogs, and awoken by the birds in the morning. He was even known to go to bed at 6PM if it was raining just so he could listen to it. He loved his faithful companions, Barkley, his Rottie and Brody, his Lab, AKA "The Boys".

Jim never knew a stranger. He was the most outgoing, generous and loving man I knew. Our family was greatly blessed to have spent so many fun-filled years with him. He is sorely missed and has left a hole in our hearts that no one else can fill.

Jim left this world at 5:19 PM on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010.

As I face the days ahead without him and trials come Jim's oft-repeated words will echo in my mind, "It ain't nothin' but a thing".

A "Celebration Of Life" is being held for Jim on Friday, July 23rd at 5:00. It will be held at the park in Fort Jefferson which is located on Weaver's-Ft. Jefferson Road off of 121.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.storchbraundfuneralhome.com. Services are entrusted to Storch Braund Funeral Home in New Madison. A memorial fund has been set up in Jim's name at Second National Bank in lieu of flowers or gifts.

Eleanor Kimball (July 20, 2010)

Eleanor Kimball went to heaven on July 20, 2010. Formerly of Greenville, Ohio, Eleanor resided at The Palms of St Lucie West in Port St Lucie, Florida. She was born on April 13, 1923, to Roy and Mary Brooks in Columbus, Ohio. Eleanor served as a Marine in World II. She is survived by her family who will dearly miss her. Her nieces include Mrs. John (Laura) Klosterman, Port St Lucie, Florida, and Mrs. Todd (Jennifer) Powell, Fairburn, Georgia. She is also survived by her great nieces Ana Grace and Isabella and her great nephew Diego, who were so very special to her. Eleanor is preceded in death by her son, Rob, her parents, and her brothers, Bob and Bruce.

Eleanor loves Jesus and her desire was that all would come to know Him as their Savior. She attended Sunlight Community Church in Port St Lucie.

Eleanor was cared for recently by Treasure Coast Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Treasure Coast Hospice or Sunlight Community Church.

Services will be held at a later date at The Palms with Pastor Scott VanderPloeg officiating.

Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home and Aycock Funeral Home have been entrusted with the services.

Tearel Dean Hinkle (July 19, 2010)

Mr. Tearel Dean Hinkle, 68, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Monday, July 19, 2010 at 11:20 PM at Sidney Care Center, Sidney, Ohio. He was born on November 8, 1941 in Barbourville, Kentucky to the late Robert & Edna (Yeager) Hinkle.

Tearel retired from Coate Brother Construction after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and Eagles.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Edna Hinkle as well as several brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his daughters, Jeanette Royer and Tina Fourman; son and daughter in law, T. Duane & Patti Hinkle all of Greenville, Ohio; grandchildren, Tracy (Steve) Bailey, Scott Kitchen and Steven Mittermann; great grandchildren, Kaylyn & Parker Bailey; twin sister, Jearel Piper of Sidney, Ohio as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be no service. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville. It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice.

Mildred I. Labig (July 18, 2010)

Mrs. Mildred I. (Winn) Labig, age 88 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Sunday July 18, 2010 at 2:20 AM at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Greenville, Ohio. She was born August 28, 1921 in Greenville, Ohio the daughter of the late Richard & Edith (Ramsey) Winn. She was the secretary at E.U.M. Church for 22 years. She was a member of E.U.M. Church, a very active member of Greenville Area Senior Citizens, and she was a 1939 graduate of Greenville Senior High.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Step Father: Harold G. Feierstein; Husband of 68 years Stanley Richard Labig whom passed away May 5, 2010; Son: James Richard Labig; Step Brother: Eugene Feierstein.

She is survived by her Sons: John Labig of Greenville, Joel Labig of Colville, Washington; Sister & brother in law: Marjorie & Joe Almonrode of Saratoga, Indiana; Step Brothers & sister in law: Richard Feierstein of Troy, Ohio, Vernon & Barb Feierstein of Jacksonville, Florida; and numerous nieces & nephews.

Services will be held on Monday July 26, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. John McRoberts & Pastor Sylvia McKibben officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday July 25, 2010 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.

Blair H. Grote (July 17, 2010)

Mr. Blair H. Grote, age 48 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Saturday July 17, 2010 at his residence. He was born September 17, 1961 in Greenville, Ohio the son of George & Nancy (Beveridge) Grote of Ansonia. He was a machine operator at Whirlpool for almost 27 years.

He is survived by his parents; Children: Brooks M. Grote of Piqua, Ohio, Amber Grote of Greenville, Cameo & Jordan Grote-Kayler of Greenville; Grandson: Brooks M. Grote Jr.; Brothers: Blaine Grote of Greenville, Craig A. Grote of Union City; Sister: Ruth Ann Merriman of Fort Wayne, Indiana; & numerous nieces & nephews.

Services will be held on Saturday July 24, 2010 at 1:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Fred Herron officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday July 24, 2010 at the funeral home.

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

Connie J. Stephan-Fetzer (July 17, 2010)

Connie J. Stephan- Fetzer, 49 of Belding, MI, formally of Lynn, IN passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 17, 2010 at her residence.

She was born January 28, 1961 in Greenville, Ohio, daughter of Frederick W. Stephan of Winchester, IN and the late Ethel (Wilson) Stephan.

Connie worked as a para professional at the Belding Area Schools Ellis Elementary.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, James I. Fetzer, whom she married on August 14, 1982; children, Elizabeth M. Fetzer, Sarah V. Fetzer and Aaron J. Fetzer all of Belding, MI; brother, Ronald W. (Jackie) Stephan of Lynn, IN; sister, Carol A. (Mike) Denton of Lynn,IN; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 24, at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home, 1000 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH. Burial will follow in the Spartanburg Cemetery in Spartanburg, IN.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. The family requests that the memorial contributions be given to the American Heart Association.

Diane L. Wert (July 20, 2010)

Miss Diane L. Wert, 60, of Greenville, died Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at The Brethren Retirement Community. Miss Wert was born in Greenville on February 8, 1950, the daughter of the late Warren and Doris (Fourman) Wert. Diane attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Pitsburg. She was part of the first group of students at Anthony Wayne School and had worked for Wayne Industries. Diane is survived by a Sister Linda Altick and husband Larry of Fayetteville, Georgia; Brother Michael Wert and wife Marilyn of Arcanum and Nieces and Nephews. Graveside Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, July 24, 2010 at Mote Cemetery, Pitsburg with Pastor Craig Fourman officiating. The Family suggests memorial contributions to Wayne Industries, 5844 Jaysville-St. John Road Greenville, OH 45331.

Orpha Troutwine (July 17, 2010)

Orpha Troutwine age 88 of Arcanum, Ohio, passed away at 2:14 P.M. on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Oakley House in Greenville. Orpha was born May 17, 1922 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Harman C. & Opal F. (Poling) Tegtmeyer.

Orpha was a homemaker. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Pitsburg.

In addition to her parents, Orpha is also preceded in death by her husband, Loren “Shorty” Troutwine on June 13, 1997, whom she married May 20, 1944; great grandson, Corey Troutwine; brothers, Elmer, Carl and Cary Tegtmeyer; and a sister, Esther Tegtmeyer.

Orpha is survived by a son & daughter-in-law, Tom L. & Barbara Troutwine of Arcanum; daughter & son-in-law, Connie & Dave Gilmore of Rossburg; grandchildren, Caleena & Steve Hesler, Claudette & Danny Diceanu, Misty & Randy Flory, Danyelle Cool, Brad & Dea Troutwine, Todd & Malisa Troutwine and Kelly & Jerrod Hill; 25 great grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Ann Tegtmeyer of Greenville and Francis Barnhardt of Arcanum.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville, with Pastor Haldon Robarge officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery in Darke County. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Darke County.

Janet K. Hurd (July 16, 2010)

Janet K. Hurd age 63 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 12:48 A.M. on Friday, July 16, 2010 at her residence. Janet was born February 18, 1947 in Darke County, Ohio, to Ruth E. (Olwine) Hoggatt of Greenville and the late Merrill G. Hoggatt.

Janet retired from Fram Corporation at 27 years of service. She was a member of the Family Prayer Center in Greenville.

In addition to her father, Janet is also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Lesley Sewell; grandson, Coty Gilbert; and a sister, Karen Hoggatt.

Janet is survived by her husband, Richard M. Hurd, whom she married July 5, 1984; son, Monty Sewell of New Castle, Indiana; daughters & son-in-law, Karyn & Eric Bruggeman of Minster, Kristie Gaddy & Edward Lewis II of Piqua and Sondra Hurd of Greenville; step children, Sharon (Hurd) & Thomas Ester of Greenville, Tim Hurd of Greenville, Geraldine Hurd of Greenville and Chris Harper of Scott City, Missouri; grandchildren, Stacey Brewer, Stephanie Gilbert, Lauren Burger and Trevor Lewis; great granddaughters, Madison and Kaitlyn Leimbacher; 8 step grandchildren and 5 step great grandchildren; brother, Kenneth Hoggatt of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; and sisters, Barbara Campbell of Fairborn, Kitrina Styer of Kettering and Rita Hoggatt of Cambridge City, Indiana.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 19, 2010 at 10:30 A.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Christopher Barhorst officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Darke County, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Family Prayer Center, 6716 State Route 36 East Greenville, Ohio 45331.

William D. Murphy (July 16, 2010)

Mr. William D. Murphy age 75 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 1:20 P.M. Friday July 16, 2010 at the Brethren Retirement Center of Greenville, Ohio. Bill was born June 20, 1935 in Greenville, Ohio. He was the son of the late Richard and Bernice (Ungericht) Murphy.

Bill was retired from Corning Glass formerly of Greenville. He had been employed there for 30 years and held the position as Fire Chief at the local plant. He was a member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Greenville Elks Lodge, a member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton, the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Greenville, and a V.F.W. Booster Member and had served as a Greenville Minuteman (Fire Auxiliary) for the Greenville Fire Department.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his Step Father—Sidney Horn; a sister—Susanne Hines; and his mother in law—Joan Ross.

Bill is survived by his wife Marcella (Ross) Murphy of Greenville. They were married August 16, 1980. Also by daughters Kimberly Chipman of Austin, Texas and Michelle (Chet) Walker of Greenville; son W. David Murphy of Greenville; grandchildren—Mandi, Angie, Shawn, Noah, Brittni, Shane and Chris; 4 great grandchildren; brother—Richard “Jim” (Francoise) Murphy of Greenville; sister—Pat (Jacque) Durr of Exton, Pa.; father in law—Wayne E. Ross of Greenville; other in laws—Martha and Larry Royer of New Madison, Ted and Diana Ross of Orlando, Fla., Tom Ross of Houston, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private Services will be held at the St. Paul Lutheran Church 131 East Fourth St., Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Peter Menke officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday July 19, 2010 from 4 until 8 P.M. in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio. There will be an Elk’s Lodge of Sorrow held Monday at 7:30 P.M. followed by a Masonic Memorial Service and Scottish Rite Ring Degree Service.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Shriner’s Hospitals or Hospice of Darke County.

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

Lloyd A. Ditty (July 14, 2010)

Lloyd A. Ditty, 85 of Greenville, passed away early Wednesday morning, July 14, 2010 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

He was born October 9, 1924 in Greenville, son of the late Lloyd M. and Mary C. (Witters) Ditty. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi E. (Hittle) Ditty on July 1, 2009; and five brothers, Charles, Robert, Laverne, Aaron and Daniel Ditty.

Lloyd was a veteran of the US Army having served in WWII. He was a retired farmer and had retired from Hobart in Greenville where he had worked for 25 plus years.

He is survived by his children,Shirley (Marion) Price of Rockford, OH,David (and companion, Theresa Brodrick) Ditty of Greenville, Barbara (Donald) Back of New Madison, Duane Ditty of Greenville, Donald (Cindy) Ditty of Greenville, Carol (Todd) Garland of Greenville.

Grandchildren, Kimberly Green, Scott Price, Chad Price, Jeremy Price, Lorraine Holzapel, Michael Mann, Chris Back, Angie Brinley, Jason Ditty, Shawn Ditty, Ashley Bierly, Austin Ditty, Stacy Ward, Christina Hanes, Eric Garland, Joshua Shellhaas, Dustin Garland, Zachary Garland, Donald Hoffman, and Mandy Langdon; 36 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchild.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, July 18 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville With the Rev. Sam Hoeflich officiating. Burial with full military honors by the Darke County Veterans Honor Guard will follow in the Hollansburg Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 2 - 5 p.m. The family request in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be given to the Dialysis Center of Darke County or the Alzhiemer's Association.

Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.oliverfloyd.com/.

John A. Ritz

John A. Ritz, 66, passed away in Tucson, Arizona.


John is preceded in death by his parents Russell C. and Mary (Burkett) Ritz and two sisters, MaryLou Ritz and Marilyn Ritz.

He is survived by a sister, Marcy Jean Newman of Brookville, Ohio.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 10-11 AM at the funeral home with a memorial service immediately following at 11:00 AM. Burial to follow in Greenmound Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.storchbraundfuneralhome.com. Service entrusted to Braund Funeral Home.

Robert H. Floeck, Jr. (July 12, 2010)

Robert H. Floeck, Jr., 79, of Greenville, passed away at his residence on July 12, 2010. Robert was born on October 18, 1930 in Greenville, Ohio to the late Robert H. and Beatrice C. (Baker) Floeck.

Robert worked in construction throughout his life, working 10 years in Alaska on the Alaskan Pipeline. He is also a retired Teamster. Robert served his country honorably and is a four year veteran in the United States Air Force serving as a Staff Sergeant in the Korean Conflict. Robert is a member of the Niles Richards American Legion Post #708 in Hollansburg. In his younger years, Robert enjoyed racing automobiles.

Robert is survived by a sister, Evelyn Fowble of Greenville; good friend, Dick Helman of Greenville; and a special niece, Joanne and husband, Ken Simmons of Greenville; two nieces, Chelsea and Nikki Simmons.

A graveside service with be held on Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 10:00 AM in the Abbottsville Cemetery with a Veteran’s tribute by the Darke County Honor Guard.

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

Pauline E. Miller (July 13, 2010)

Mrs. Pauline E. Miller, age 92 of Ansonia, Ohio passed away at 7:25 A.M. Tuesday July 13, 2010 at the Gade Nursing Home Greenville, Ohio. Pauline was born April 4, 1918 in Jackson Township Darke County, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Basil C. & Mary E. (Beemer) Johnson.

She was a homemaker, a member of the Ansonia United Methodist Church and the Ansonia Senior Citizens.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband—Raymond P. Miller in 1987. Also by grandchildren Sherry Miller and Terry Miller, great granddaughter Hannah Siefring, daughter in law Judy Miller, brothers—Vernon Johnson, Leonard Johnson and Gene Johnson.

Pauline is survived by sons and daughters in law—Paul E. & Pat Miller of Ft. Wayne, Ind., James R. & Bonnie Miller of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Larry G. & Brenda Miller of Ansonia. Also grandchildren and spouses—Mike (Susan) Miller, Lori Miller, Todd (Deb) Miller, Dawn (Joe) Linder, Kenny (Teresa) Miller, Peggy (Luke) Siefring, Toni Johnson and Michele (Vincent) Janzen. Great grandchildren—Megan, Mark, Amanda, Matthew, Lindsey, Brittany, Courtney, Adam, Mackenzie, Logan, A.J., Brook, Shelby, Madelynne and Justice. Brother and sister in law—Basil & Joan Johnson Jr. of Sarasota, Fla. Also numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday July 17, 2010 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Randy Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Ansonia Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1 P.M. until time of services in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to Hospice of Darke County.

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

Helen Anders-Reeves (July 12, 2010)

Mrs. Helen Onea Anders-Reeves, age 98 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 7:55 P.M. Monday July 12, 2010 at the Brethren Retirement Center of Greenville. Helen was born March 10, 1912 in Randolph County Indiana. She was the daughter of the late Glen and Bessie (Brown) Brown.

Helen retired in 1974 as a Licensed Practical Nurse having worked for more than 10 years at the V.A. Hospital of Ft. Wayne, Ind. She was also a member of the Mount Zion Church in Winchester, Ind.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her lst husband—Paul Anders, 2nd husband—Charles Reeves, daughter Jeannine Fisher May 13, 2010, a brother in infancy, sons in law—Bob Ross and Ted Fisher and brother in law Ed Flora.

Helen is survived by a daughter Betty Ross of Greenville, step daughter and spouse Janet “Jan” & Bob Byrum of Casa Grande, Arizona, grandchildren and spouses Mike & Cathy Ross, Jackie Henn, Robyn & Dean Banter, John & Karen Ross, Brian & Lisa Fisher, Jody & Steve Oberer and Leanne & Scott Goble, step granddaughter Pam Milligan, numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, a sister Leona Flora of Warren, Ind., 1 niece and 1 nephew.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday July 15, 2010 at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Esther Kershaw officiating. Burial will follow in the Lisbon Cemetery Union City, Indiana. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 11 A.M. until time of the services in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to Hospice of Darke County or the Brethren Retirement Community Resident’s Aid Fund.

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

Dr. Harvey B. Hole, Jr. (July 12, 2010)

Dr. Harvey B. Hole Jr., age 85 of Versailles, Ohio, passed away at 8:30 P.M. on Monday, July 12, 2010 at Versailles Health Care Center. Harvey was born April 3, 1925 in Versailles, Ohio, to the late Harvey B. & Carolyn (Wood) Hole Sr.

Harvey graduated from Versailles High School with the Class of 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees during WWII in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands. Harvey graduated from Miami University with a Teaching Degree in 1949 and Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, with a Degree in Dentistry in 1960. Harvey formerly was a Teacher and Coach at Xenia & West Milton High Schools. In 1960 Harvey became a Dentist, working in Versailles until his retirement in 1997 after 37 years of service. Harvey was a member of the Versailles Christian Church, where he served as a Deacon and past official board member. Harvey was a member of the Versailles Lions Club, where he was a Melvin Jones Recipient; Versailles Masonic Lodge #290 F & AM; and was a life member of the Versailles V.F.W. Harvey was a founding member of the Versailles Development Association; Past Chairman of Versailles Poultry Days; Past President of the Versailles & Anthony Wayne School Boards; former Chairman of the Board of Directors at Edison State Community College; and former Director of the Versailles Life Squad.

In addition to his parents, Harvey is also preceded in death by a sister, Betty Jane (Hole) Hupe.

Harvey is survived by his wife, Betty (Shiverdecker) Hole, whom he married August 22, 1947. He is also survived by his sons & daughters-in-law, Tom & Lucy Hole of Russia and H.B. & Brenda Hole III of Versailles; daughter, Becky Jo Hole of Greenville; grandchildren, Christa, Rachel, Daniel, Sarah, Robert & Benjamin; great granddaughter, Kayle Griffin; exchange student daughters, Sabina & Ken Mescher of Versailles and their children, Patrick, Trevor, Gabrianna and Tiana; Ulrika & Arne Anderson of Sweden; and Elke & Martin Siedel of Germany; brother-in-law, Rally Shiverdecker of Greenville; and sister-in-law, Helen Everhart of Greenville.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 16, 2010 at 10:30 A.M. at Versailles Christian Church, 105 West Ward Street, with Pastor Dennis Wheeler officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Thursday July 15, 2010 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Hole Field, Greater Versailles Area Foundation Fund or Versailles Christian Church Memorial Fund.

Oren H. Longfellow (July 10, 2010)

Born: January 29, 1907

Death: July 10, 2010

Place of Death: Brethren Retirement Community

Occupation: Farmer

Organizations: Ft. Jefferson United Methodist Church

Jerry R. Enscoe (July 9, 2010)

Mr. Jerry Ray Enscoe, age 69, of Laura, Ohio, passed away on Friday, July 9, 2010 at 11:15 PM at his residence. He was born on August 7, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Melvin & Hazel (Shephard) Enscoe.

Jerry retired from General Motors and was a Quality Auditor. He was a member of the United Stated Navy and loved to golf.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his sister, Karen Enscoe.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy (Lehmann) Enscoe of Laura, Ohio whom he married on February 27, 1988; daughters and son in law, Terri McHone of Dayton, Ohio and Julie (Jon) Turner of Kettering, Ohio; sons and daughters in law, Tom (Libby) Enscoe of Union, Ohio and Shannon (Kristine) Berry of Dayton, Ohio; grandchildren, Nick Turner, Nicholas Berry, Riley Berry, Erica McHone and Jason McHone; great grandchildren, Shawn McHone, Dominic McHone, and Alexis McHone; brother and sister in law, Frank & Carol Enscoe of Dayton, Ohio; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be no services. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice.

R. Myrl Wilson (July 9, 2010)

R. Myrl Wilson, age 92, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on Friday, July 9, 2010 at 4:08 PM at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. She was born on January 15, 1918 on the Darke County side of Bradford, Ohio to the late Harvey & Pearl (Warner) Laughman.

Myrl was a homemaker and also worked for Piqua Window Cleaning, cleaning offices. She was a member of the Harris Creek Church of the Brethren and the Senior Citizen Organization in Greenville and Ansonia.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her son, Gary Wilson; twin brother, Earl Laughman; other brothers, Lowell, Herbert and Talbert Laughman; sisters, Olive Ditmer and Mary Labig.

She is survived by her daughters and sons in law, Lula Mae & Mark Warner of Pleasant Hill, OH, Carol & Andrew Bollheimer of Ansonia, OH and W. Jean & Fred Ellison of Piqua, OH; 9 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 25 great great grandchildren; sister, Treva Shimp of Versailles, OH; sisters in law, Helen Witt of Versailles, and Jessie Laughman of Covington, OH; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a service held on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio with Pastor Steve Zimbleman officiating. Burial will follow in the Miami Memorial Park, Covington, OH. Family will receive friends 2 hours prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be given to the charity of your choice.

Eva M. Hartzell (July 9, 2010)

Eva Mae Hartzell, age 99 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Friday, July 9, 2010 at 9:03 PM at the Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville, Ohio. She was born on February 15, 1911 in Sparta, Ohio to the late Charles “Charlie” Clinton & Mary Cenora (Chase) Easterday.

Eva worked as a school teacher. She was a member of the First Congregational Christian Church, NARFE, Retired Teachers Association, Smithsonian Club, Queen Bees at the BRC. Eva also sang in the choir at the BRC and attended the council meetings. She sang duets with Mrs. Grote.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Hartzell; daughter, Nola Mae Hartzell; sister & brother in law, Alta Bell & Emmett Lewis Stump.

She is survived by her daughter and son in law, Mary Jane & Gary E. Crumrine of Greenville, OH; son and daughter in law, Daniel & Emily Hartzell of Lancaster, CA; grandchildren, Gary L. & Cheryl Crumrine, Daniel C. & Cindy Hartzell, Nola Mae Crumrine, Laura & John Salsido III and Kimberly Hartzell; great grandchildren, Kari Crumrine, Sharon Ward, Serena Salsido, Audrey Salsido and Matthew Salsido; nephew, Wib Stump; great nephews, Kyle Stump and Kent (Debbie) Stump.

There will be a service held on Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM at the First Congregational Christian Church, 115 West 5th Street, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Doug Krauss, Pastor Todd Reish, Pastor Bob Bitner, and Pastor Joe Soley officiating. Burial will be in the Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, OH at the convenience of the family. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 from 5-7 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville as well as one half hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Gideon Society.

Frieda Hartzell (July 9, 2010)

Frieda Hartzell, 104, of Greenville, passed away early Friday morning, July 9, 2010 at her residence.

She was born October 29, 1905 in Greenville Township, Darke County, daughter of the late Frank and Matilda (Grote) Rismiller. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, David John Hartzell on July 4, 1974; a brother, Elva Rismiller; and a sister, Norma Campbell.

Frieda was a retired school teacher having taught for Darke County School's and retiring from Ansonia Local School. She was a lifetime member of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Greenville and a member of the Ohio Retired Teacher's Association and a lifetime member of the Greenville VFW Post 7262 Auxil iary.

She is survived by her son, Alan David Hartzell of Greenville; sister, Edna Marie Engelken of Greenville; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, at the St. John Lutheran Church, Greenville with the Rev. Alan Knoke officiating. Burial will follow in the St. John's Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church Tuesday from 1 p.m. till 2 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the St. John's Lutheran Church, the American Heart Association or the Cancer Association of Darke County.

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

Ernest D. Drake (July 8, 2010)

Ernest D. Drake, 92, of Greenville and formerly of Ansonia, passed away Thursday evening, July 8, 2010 at Heartland of Greenville.

He was born in Patterson Township, Darke County son of the late Elmer and Opal (Sanders) Drake. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary B. (Jenkinson) Drake on December 1, 2008; a son-in-law, Edward Flory; and brothers, Homer, Walter,Linn and infant Robert Drake.

Ernest in his early years was a farmer and an employee of Ansonia Lumber Company. In 1959 the family moved to Ansonia. Ernest was employed by Ansonia Local Schools for many years as a Custodian and School Bus Driver. He also worked for Tom Haworth Construction, and the Darke County Highway Department where he retired.

He was one of the original group of Fire Fighters for Rossburg and also the Ansonia Fire and Rescue for many years. He was a member of Rossburg United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his daughters, Darlene Flory of Arcanum and Dinah (Jerry) Worley of Canton, MI; grandchildren, Michael (Gwen) Flory, Debbie (Bill) Metzner, Jason (Jackie) Worley, Justin (Lesley) Worley, Carey (John) Travis, Abbey (Johnny) Sanchez; great grandchildren, Emma and Sara Flory, Amber Metzner, Noah and Ryan Worley, Anna and Lila Sanchez, Megan Travis; and brother, Wayne Drake of California.

Services will be held at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville Monday, July 12, 2010 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Harvey Koch and nephew Ronnie Drake officiating. Burial will follow in the Teegarden Cemetery near Ansonia.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday, from 2-4 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Ansonia Fire or Rescue.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com.

Virgie P. St. John (July 7, 2010)

Virgie P. St. John, of Union City, OH, passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 7, 2010, at the Union City Care Center.

She was born April 15, 1913 in Montgomery County, Ohio, daughter of the late John and Amanda (McFarland) Kline. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Albert St. John; brothers, Richard, Russell and Elmer Kline; and sisters Ada Eaton, Lucille Ferguson and Ruby Fitzpatrick.

Virgie was an electrical worker with Crown in New Bremen and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Union City.

She is survived by her sons, Donald St. John of Union City, IN and Robert St. John of Talent, OR; grandchildren, Russell St. John and Joyce Bicknell; and great grandchildren, Kyle Rush, Justin, Corey, Jon and Jacob Draughn.

Services will be held Wednesday, July 14, at 11 a.m. at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Paul Murdock officiating. Burial will follow in the Miami Memorial Park near Covington, OH.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 9:30-11 a.m.

Condolences may be left for the family a http://www.oliverfloyd.com/.

Robert Rinehart (July 5, 2010)

Robert Rinehart, 73, of Arcanum, died Monday July 5, 2010, at the Brethren Retirement Community. Bob had been in failing health. He was born, Sept 14, 1936 in Montgomery County to the late Stanley and Helen (Thomas) Rinehart. He was a well known southern Darke County farmer and a member of the Farm Bureau. Robert was a U.S. Army veteran. Survived by his niece, Donna Jean Rinehart and husband Douglas Ferguson of Florida. nephews, Joe Rinehart and wife Phyllis, Thomas Rinehart and wife Kristina and Edwin Rinehart all of Arcanum, Darel Rinehart and wife Tracey of Florida. Private family funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Thursday July 8, 2010 at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, with Rev Tim Lehman officiating. Burial will follow in Mote Cemetery, Pitsburg. A public visitation will be 6-8 PM Wednesday at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum. Condolences may be sent to www.KreitzerFuneralHomeInc.com.

Terry J. Borgerding (July 5, 2010)

Terry J. Borgerding, 55, of Greenville, passed away unexpectedly Monday afternoon, July 5, 2010, of natural causes at his residence.

He was born February 12, 1955 in Greenville, son of Marilyn (George) Borgerding of New Weston and the late Richard Borgerding .

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a brother, Ed Borgerding.

Terry was a carpenter with H.A. Dorsten General Contractors in Minster.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jodee (Bailey) Borgerding, whom he married April 15, 1985; his sons, Kyle Hicks, Travis Borgerding and Caleb Borgerding all of Greenville; brothers and sisters, Diane (Jeff) Hill of Bradford, Karen (Bill) Black of Phoenix, AZ, Tim (Dawn) Borgerding of Georgia, Pam Borgerding of Greenville, Chuck (Brenda) Borgerding of New Weston, Chris (Kathy) Borgerding of St. Henry and Bruce (Darlene Woods) Borgerding of West Milton; mother-in-law, Letha Bailey of Portland IN; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Thursday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Wayne Ward officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 3-7 p.m. with a prayer service being offered at 3 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com.

Leo F. Barga (July 1, 2010)

Mr. Leo Francis Barga, age 75 of Versailles, Ohio passed away on Thursday July 1, 2010 at 1:56 PM at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy, Ohio. He was born October 1, 1934 in Darke County, Ohio the son of the late Louis & Eleanor (Goubeaux) Barga.

He worked for 47 years in construction for various employers currently for Eagle Bridge. He was member of St. Denis Catholic Church, Versailles Eagles & he loved his family and being outdoors.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Grandson: Doug Condon; Granddaughter: Mandy Barga in infancy; Brothers: Norbert, Martin, Paul, & Noah Barga; Sisters: Cecilia Gasson, Agnes Kissinger, Lucy Petijean, Beatrice Barga, & Clara Subler.

He is survived by his wife: Janice Ann (Brumbaugh) Barga of Versailles whom he married October 19, 1957; children & spouses: Kimberly & Randy Condon of Versailles, Jeffrey & Georgianna Barga of Versailles, Terry & Lisa Barga of Versailles, Lori & Mike Turpen of Versailles, Jill & Bob Nieport of Versailles; 11 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; Brothers: Bernard Barga of Versailles, Basil Barga of Versailles, Vitalus Barga of Greenville, Mark Barga of Bradford; Sisters: Rita Borland of Sidney, Iva Wion of Greenville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday July 5, 2010 at 10:30 AM at St. Denis Catholic Church, Versailles, Ohio with Rev. Fr. David Vincent Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 2:00 to 7:00 PM on Sunday July 4, 2010 and from 9:00 to 10:00 AM on Monday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Versailles Emergency Medical Services.

Iona M. Ford (June 30, 2010)

Mrs. Iona Marie Ford, age 71 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 1:45 AM Wednesday June 30, 2010 at Gade Nursing Home of Greenville. Iona was born January 19, 1939 in Pennville (Jay County) Indiana. She was the daughter of the late Gerald and Olive (Linn) Rinard.

Iona was retired, having worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Reid Hospital of Richmond. She was also a Lifetime member of the Tri-State Tractor and Engine Assoc.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son Rodney Ford, an infant daughter Martha Lee Ford and sisters Patsy Rinard and Jean Boram.

Iona is survived by her husband Francis Eugene “Gene” Ford of Greenville. They were married October 6, 1956. Also survived by daughters and sons in law—Linda & Nevin Miller of New Madison, Kay & Ron Klosterman of Greenville, Paddy & Rex Cox of Greenville, Jane & Craig Weitbrecht of Kokomo, Ind. and Jackie & Kent Lephart of Arcanum. Son Michael Ford & Cheryle Blankenship of New Madison. Grandchildren & spouses—Dion & Karen Plessinger, Lonnie & Tammy Miller, Shawn Plessinger, Tricia Smith, Luann & Jim Mann, Tracy Canada, Chris & Mary Ann Ford, Lougena & Nathan Mancillas, Jason Ford, Nicole & Jason Taylor, Nathan Ford, Eliza Weitbrecht, Tanner Lephart, Victoria Weitbrecht and Megan Nims. Great Grandchildren—Kaylin Cates, Trever Mann, Alyshia Plessinger, Abby Plessinger, Ashtin Plessinger, Amanda Plessinger, Kelsi Mancillas, Tani Mancillas, Zane Mancillas, Khloe Nims, Sami Miller, Rachel Miller, Marcus Plessinger, Vahn Plessinger, Alexis Ford, Ryan Ford, Jerod Ford, Chelsea Ford, Bailey Ford, Carson Taylor and Brody Taylor. Great Great Grandchild—Ian Plessinger. A brother and sister in law Gerald & Kay Rinard of Texas, Sister Dee Dee Shumaker and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday July 7, 2010 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Mr. Eric Laux officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery Ft. Jefferson, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Tuesday July 6, 2010 from 5 till 8 PM in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions are given to Reid Hospital in Memory of Iona.

Roy W. Ditty (July 2, 2010)

Roy “Bill” W. Ditty, 69, of New Madison, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 2, 2010. Bill was born in Darke County on February 5, 1941 to the late Robert W. and Martha W. (Wyne) Ditty.

Bill was a strong Christian man who loved the Lord. He was an excellent singer and especially loved to sing gospel music. He mostly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Cory and Levi. Bill loved and lived for hunting deer and would spend all his spare time doing so. His CB handle was “The great white deer hunter”. Bill worked on the assembly line for Chrysler Corp. in Dayton, Ohio for many years.

In addition to his parents, Bill is preceded in death by his sister, Patty Goodin.

Bill is survived by his wife, Shirley Ditty of New Madison; a step-daughter and husband, Jennifer and Matt Woods of Washington Courthouse; and two grandchildren, Cory and Levi Woods.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 5, 2010 at 10:00 AM in the Palestine Cemetery in Palestine, Ohio with the Rev. Eric Fee being asked to officiate. The family asks that memorial contributions be given to the Alzheimers Association or the donor’s choice in memory of Bill.

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

Wanda J. Williamson (July 1, 2010)

Wanda J. Williamson, 87, of Greenville, passed away late Thursday evening, July 1, 2010 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville.

She was born in Darke County on July 22, 1922, daughter of the late Roy E. and Dola F. (McDowell) Wilt.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Richard Williamson; a son Gary Williamson; brothers Leo and Ed Wilt; and sisters Merle Eubank, Hallie Petry, Helen Woodall and Blanche Bright.

She was owner and operator of Williamson's Used Furniture Store in Greenville, Ohio

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will held Tuesday, July 6 at 3 p.m. at the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

There will be no public visitation.

Condolences may be left for the family a http://www.oliverfloyd.com/.

Dorothy E. Boerger (June 30, 2010)

Dorothy E. Boerger, 83, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday evening, June 30, 2010 at her residence.

She was born December 8, 1926 in Minster, OH, daughter of the late August and Katherine (Bergman) Kalkhoff. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Boerger on July 26, 1995; 2 great granddaughters; and a sister, Rogene Peltier.

Dorothy had helped her husband with the family business and was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville.

She is survived by her children, David (Judy) Boerger of Ft. Wayne, Ted (Sue) Boerger of Bradenton, FL, Frank (Jane) Boerger of Tallahassee, FL, Dr. Chris Boerger of Liberty Township, OH, Jeff (Linda) Boerger of Piedmont, SC, Diane (Richard) Birt of Ansonia and Kimberly (Robert, Jr.) Graham of Beavercreek; grandchildren, Katie (Brent) Jeffries, Matthew Boerger, Julie (Steven) Hart, Bryan (Jeannie) Birt, Jeremy (Lisa) Boerger, Bill (Amber) Boerger, Andrew (Amanda) Boerger, Anne (David) Kelly, Daniel Boerger, Zack Boerger, Libby Boerger, Emma Ricketts, Ellen Ricketts, Erin Ricketts, Nate Graham, Miranda Graham, Alex Graham and Abby Graham; and 16 great grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, July 5 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, Sunday from 2-6 p.m. with a prayer service being offered at 1:45 p.m.

Condolences may be left for the family at http://www.oliverfloyd.com/.

Dr. Jerry Lee Zell

Dr. Jerry Lee Zell 68 of Greenville went to be with our Lord and Savior at Rest Haven Nursing Home after a short illness. He was born November 14, 1941. Jerry is survived by his wife of 49 years Rosemary (Spitler) Zell of Greenville, 2 daughters, Teresa Unthank and husband Robert Unthank of West Manchester, Deb Summers of Greenville, 5 grandchildren Jonathan, Brittany, Jake, Unthank of West Manchester, Daulton, Kate Summers of Greenville, 2 sisters Rosemary Kramer and husband Carl of Arcanum, Diane Rose and husband Dennis of Huber Heights, 1 brother Charles Zell and wife Kelly. His parents and one brother preceded him in death. Jerry has been a preacher for 45 years, during his time of ministries he pastored 6 churches and started 2 Christian Schools. He went on 2 mission trips to Jamaica, and the Philippines. He also ran 5 Honolulu Marathons from age 55-60. His grandchilren were the love of his life. He enjoyed life and had a smile in everything he did. Services will be July 10 at 10:00 am at the Lighthouse Christian Center of Greenville Ohio. Family will receive visitors 1 hour before service starts. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice. Services entrusted to Storch Braund Funeral Home of New Madison. Condolences may be sent to the family at storchbraundfuneralhome.com.

Jean Christian (June 29, 2010)

Jean Christian, age 80 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 6:05 A.M. Tuesday June 29, 2010 at the Brethren Retirement Center Greenville, Ohio. Jean was born November 29, 1929 in Greenville, Ohio where she was a life long resident. She was the daughter of the late Clarence R. & Catharine F. (Brown) Taylor.

Jean retired in 1996 from her position as a secretary at the Greenville Senior High School where she had been employed since 1967. She was a member of the First United Congregational Christian Church of Greenville, a member of the Greenville High School Class of 1947, a active volunteer for Hospice of Darke County, the Darke County Visitor’s Bureau and also a volunteer in the “Reader’s Program” for the Greenville Elementary Schools. Jean also was a member of one of the local Bridge Clubs.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter Ann F. Lewis in 1991 and a sister Janis Taylor.

She is survived by a son and daughter in law David A. & Kate Christian of Dayton, Ohio, daughter Amy M. Christian of Merryville, La., grandchildren Jeremy Dillman, Shawn Lewis, Bobby Lewis, Christina Heikkila, Cory Zillman and Debra Booker. Also eight great grandchildren, brother & sister in law Daniel E. & Claire Taylor of Miamisburg and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday July 2, 2010 at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Don Myers officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 9 A.M. until 11 A.M. in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to Hospice of Darke County.

Lester G. McKinney (June 29, 2010)

Lester G. McKinney age 99 of Sidney, Ohio, passed away at 10:20 A.M. on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at Fair Haven Shelby County Home in Sidney. Lester was born January 26, 1911 in Houston, Ohio, to the late Charles E. & Clara J. (Mader) McKinney.

Lester was a lifetime farmer; substitute mail carrier for 9 years in the Russia-Houston area; and worked for 20 years in the Agricultural Stabilization & Conservation Service Office in Sidney. Lester served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Lester was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Versailles. He was a Loramie Township Trustee for 16 years.

In addition to his parents, Lester is also preceded in death by his wife, Erma Mae (Wintringham) McKinney on January 14, 1996, whom he married January 18, 1941; and twin brother, Chester McKinney on August 17, 1998.

Lester is survived by a daughter & son-in-law, Ruth & Elmer Trapp of Sidney; grandchildren, Dawn & Steve Frasure of Sidney, Dale E. Schutte & wife Missy of Sidney, Donna & Ham Cole of Anna and Ronda Schutte of Sidney; 8 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren; and a sister, Martha Routson of Sidney.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 1:00 P.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Keith Falk officiating. Burial will follow in Houston Cemetery in Houston. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Saturday from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Versailles.

Mark Allan Mong (June 27, 2010)

Mark Allan Mong, 63, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 6:30 AM at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. He was born on August 18, 1946 in Greenville, Ohio to the late Ted & Marjorie (Long) Mong Sr.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 2, 2010 at 10:00 AM at the First Congregational Christian Church, 115 West Fifth Street, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Joe Soley officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

Gladys I. Harmeson (June 29, 2010)

Gladys I. Harmeson, 96, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday evening, June 29, 2010 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.

She was born in Darke County on December 17, 1913, daughter of the late Albert and Cora (Skeggs) Kaffenberger. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her step mother, Maacha Kaffenberger; a sister, Myrtle Bennett; and brothers, Harry, James, Clyde and Robert Kaffenberger.

A homemaker, Gladys was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Ft. Recovery.

She is survived by her husband of 77 years, W. Kennon Harmeson; a daughter, Shirley (Don) Slyder of Ansonia; a son, James (Sue) Harmeson of Rossburg; grandchildren, James Slyder, Thomas (Kathy) Slyder, Lynn (Kent) James, Kimberly (Jeff Wieser) Harmeson, Jeff Harmeson, Jason (Dannette) Harmeson and Justin (Tara) Harmeson; 12 great grandchildren; a great great granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. The family wishes to give their deepest thanks to her special caregivers, Shirley Lavy, Charlotte Cline and the staff at the Brethren Retirement Community.

Services will be held Saturday, July 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Ft. Recovery with Pastors Chuck Boomhower and Paul Young co-officiating. Burial will follow in the Springhill Cemetery near Ft. Recovery.

The family will receive friends at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville, Friday from 5-7 p.m. The family requests memorial contributions be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Brethren Retirement Community - Resident Aid Fund or State of the Heart Hospice.

Ora I. Marshall (June 29, 2010)

Ora I. Marshall, 81, of Union City, Ohio, passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 29, 2010 at his residence.

He was born in Greenville, Ohio on September 3, 1928, son of the late Charles and Goldie (Heller) Marshall. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Ralph Marshall; sisters, Irene Petry and Marie Ottman-Craig.

He was retired from the Union City Body Company in 1990 were he worked for 26 years, and served on the Union City, OH Police Department as an officer.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois E. (Richards) Marshall who he married on December 20, 1947; a son, John (Jana) Marshall of Union City, Ohio; a daughter, Susan (Howard) Sowers of Greenville; grandchildren, Justin (Angie) Marshall, Jeremy Marshall, Jamie (Dustin) Bennett, Amber (Jack) Boze; great grandchildren, Tevin Marshall and Jacob Brandon Boze; nieces, Carmen Mangas, Rita Peters, Roberta (Jim) Rady, Jeanette Petry, Kathleen (Dennis) Walker and Marilyn Gray; and a cousin, Erlabelle Petry.

Services will be held Tuesday, July 6, at 10:30 a.m.at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Pleasant Hill, Ohio.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 5-7 p.m.