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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Betty Jean (Warner) Linquist (December 30, 2011)

Betty Jean (Warner) Linquist, age 90, of Troy, Ohio, and formerly of Arcanum, Ohio, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2011 at 5:10 AM at Covington Care Center in Covington, Ohio. She was born on December 21, 1921 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Millard and Ruby (West) Warner.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 57 years Darrel H. Linquist; brothers and sisters in law, Carl & Edith Warner, Chalmer & Imo Jean Warner, and Kenneth Warner; and son in law, Larry Welker.

She is survived by her daughter and son in law, Phyllis Welker Mead and husband Adrain Mead of Bradford, Ohio; grandsons, Brad Welker of Lexington, KY and Ty (Amy) Welker of Troy, Ohio; great grandchildren, Jake Welker, Jordan Welker, Jessie Welker, Maggie Welker, and Luke Welker; brother and sister in law, Noel J. “Jim” & Ruth Warner of Knoxville, TN; sister in law, Betty Warner of Greenville, Ohio; as well as many nieces, nephews and good friends.

She was a member of the West Grove United Church of Christ where she was very active, a Sunday school teacher, and sang in the choir. Recently she attended Pleasant Hill United Church of Christ. She enjoyed working on the farm with Darrel, working in her garden, many crafts, and was especially known for her black raspberry pies. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and especially enjoyed her great grandchildren. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

There will be a service held on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Craig Showalter and Pastor Terry Haworth co-officiating. Burial will follow in the Miami Memorial Park in Covington, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Monday, January 2, 2012 from 5-7 PM at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Betty Lou Garland (December 28, 2011)

Betty Lou Garland, age 71 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Wednesday December 28, 2011 at 4:05 AM at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. She was born September 15, 1940 in Greenville, Ohio the daughter of the late Winnora (Mendenhall) Rowand.

She is survived by her Husband: Earl Garland of Greenville whom she married April 25, 1958; Sons & daughters in law: Tim & Tammy Garland of Greenville, Jim Garland of Greenville, Kim & Patti Garland of Greenville, Tom Garland of Greenville; Daughters & sons in law: Tammy & Randy Elliott of Arcanum, Pam Garland of Greenville; Grandchildren: Corey Garland of Wisconsin, Ryan Garland of Wisconsin, Matthew Garland of Greenville, Misty Elliott of Tipp City, Kristy Elliott of Greenville, Dusty Elliott of Toledo, Kody Garland of Greenville, Jeremy Garland of Greenville, Kandis Garland of Greenville; Great Grandchildren: Ayden Hackney of Greenville, Lainee Hackney of Greenville, Danica Garland of Wisconsin, Lillian Garland of Wisconsin, Julian Garland of Wisconsin, Kaylynn Garland of Greenville; Sister: Myrtle Rowand of Greenville.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Heartland Hospice.

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


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Treva Jean Arnett (December 23, 2011)

Treva Jean Arnett age 88 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 3:26 A.M. on Friday, December 23, 2011 at Troy Care & Rehabilitation Center in Troy. Treva was born February 18, 1923 in Bradford, Ohio, to the late Daniel & Ethel (Elson) Brewer.

Treva is survived by her daughter & son-in-law, Carole & James Otten of Xenia; grandsons, Allan & Jodi Otten of Troy and Tim & Amanda Otten of Kettering; and great grandchildren, Abigail Otten & Elijah Otten of Troy and Jack Otten & Cole Otten of Kettering.

In addition to her parents, Treva is also preceded in death by her husband, John Arnett on October 5, 1962 whom she married on November 8, 1952; brother, Jack Brewer; and a sister, Pauline Marshall.

Treva was a homemaker and also worked for 28 years at General Athletic in Greenville.

A funeral service will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Joe Soley officiating. Burial will follow in Stelvideo Cemetery in Darke County. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 12:30 to 2:30 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to Acclaim Hospice 7887 Washington Village Drive Dayton, Ohio 45459 or the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com


Norma M. Wetzel-Neuman (December 22, 2011)

Norma M. Wetzel-Neuman, 74, of Greenville, passed away Thursday evening, December 22, 2011 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.

She was born November 6, 1937 in Greenville, daughter of the late Grover Keihl and Orpha (Ward) Keihl-Elson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert W. "Al" Neuman on April 24, 2002 and her mother, Linda Keihl in 2005.

Norma was retired from Hobart Corp. in Greenville. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 360 in New Paris and a life member of the AmVets in Eldorado.

She is survived by her children, Robert (Patricia) Fritz of Greenville, Jeannie Fritz-Compton of Greenville, David C. (Sheryll) Wetzel of New Madison, Sandra (Wetzel) and Lawrence Clements of Sevierville, TN, Tonja (Wetzel) and Michael Plankenhorn of New Paris, Trudy (Wetzel) and Ron Eastland of Greenville, Linda Wetzel of Phoenix, AZ and Robert D. (Peggy) Wetzel of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, Eric, Heather, Brian, Matthew, Patrick, Angela, Eric D., Megan, Mandy, Lawrence, Victoria and Isaac; 13 great-grandchildren, sister, Wanda Williams of Galveston, TX, brothers, James Smith of Union City, OH and Raymond Smith of Greenville, special nieces and nephews and her loving nephew/caregiver, Alan.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 27 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Gary Oser officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 12 till 2 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice.

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

Harold E. "Butch" Metzcar (December 25, 2011)

Harold E. "Butch" Metzcar, 65, of Ansonia, passed away Sunday morning December 25, 2011 at his residence.

He was born October 19, 1946 in Greenville, son of the late Paul and Virginia (Rickert) Metzcar.

Butch was retired from Miami Industries in Piqua, where he had worked for 17 years. He was a member of the Webster United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Charlotte (Shimp) Metzcar whom he married November 2, 1968; a son, Kevin Metzcar of Ansonia; and a special niece, Susan Robertson of Greenville; brothers-in-law, Jerry Rue of Union City, IN, and Steve Bidwell of Greenville; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no services. Memorial contributions may be given to offset final expenses.

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

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

Friday, December 23, 2011

Carl J. Bey (December 21, 2011)

Carl J. Bey age 82 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 9:44 P.M. on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Carl was born May 26, 1929 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Clarence D. & Ursina (Gigandet) Bey.

Carl is survived by his wife, Donna Lou (Gower) Bey, whom he married June 27, 1953; sons & daughter-in-law, Dennis & Mary Jo Bey of Troy and Douglas Bey of Chesapeake, Virginia; grandchildren, B.J. Bey and Andrea Bey; brothers & sister-in-law, Jerome & Loretta Bey of Versailles and Wilmer Bey of Versailles; and sisters & brothers-in-law, Thelma & Mark Jutte of Ft. Recovery and Marlene & Les McCullough of Greenville.

In addition to his parents, Carl is also preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Lennartz; and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Bey.

Carl served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked at Carl Subler Trucking as a maintenance supervisor for 30 years. Carl also worked at Munson Transportation; retired from Heartland Express in 1996 and then later worked at Eugene Meyer Trucking. Carl was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles. He was a Golden Eagle member of the Versailles Eagles Aerie 2347. Carl was an avid hunter, he especially enjoyed deer hunting.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Fr. John White officiating. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard or St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com


Jack Darrell Hemp (December 21, 2011)

Jack Darrell Hemp age 77 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 12:27 P.M. on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Gade Health Care Center in Greenville. Jack was born September 10, 1934 in Clay Township, Montgomery County, Ohio, to the late Eldon & Zaida (Busch) Hemp.

Jack is survived by his wife, Rosalie (Stewart) Hemp; sister & brother-in-law, Zaida & Richard Morgan of Urbana; and a sister-in-law, Marcia Stewart of Dayton.

Jack was a graduate of Brookville High School and a Ham radio operator W8JNH since 1952. Jack was employed at Ledex before entering the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Knox. Jack was a First Aide Instructor with the Red Cross/Civil Defense, Box 21 Rescue volunteer, employed for 30 years with Montgomery County Sheriffs Department and Health Department. Jack was a life member of Brookville Historical Society, long time Harley owner, member of the Cardinals and Blue Knights.

There will be no services. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Betty J. Craddock (December 19, 2011)

Betty J. Craddock, age 71 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Monday December 19, 2011 at 2:45 PM at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. She was born November 11, 1940 in Apache, Oklahoma, the daughter of the late Cleon & Naomi (Devine) Jones. She was a homemaker.

She is preceded in death by her parents, & brother: Tom Jones.

She is survived by her husband: Onis Craddock of Greenville; Daughters: Nona Kennedy of Gettysburg, Ohio, Verna Garland of Greenville, Linda Smith of Greenville, Rhonda Kolling of Greenville, Karla Garber of Gettysburg, Trica Felty of Lincoln, Nebraska; 12 Grandchildren; 7 Great Grandchildren; Brothers: Donas Jones of Duncan, Oklahoma, Ronnie Jones of Lawton, Oklahoma; Sister: Lavada Marlett of Anadarko, Oklahoma; Numerous nieces & nephews.

Services will be held on Thursday December 22, 2011 at 3:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Burial will follow in Gettysburg Cemetery, Gettysburg, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help defray funeral expenses.

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


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Jacob Michael Magoto (December 16, 2011)

Jacob Michael Magoto, 2 1/2 year old son of Jamie M. and Amanda S. (Gillespie) Magoto of Greenville, passed away Friday, December 16, 2011 in the Republic of Panama.

Jacob was born July 29, 2009. He was a member of the Greenville Missionary Church where he attended with his family.

Jacob won over the hearts of all he came in touch with. He was blessed with the most loving and caring family and friends.

In addition to his parents he is survived by his brothers and sisters, Tyler, Victoria, and Aubrey Landis all at home and Paige Magoto of Japan; his grandparents, Mike (Rhonda) Magoto of Greenville, Mary Dixon of Arcanum, Jay (Mandy) Gillespie of Sidney, Pamela Gillespie and Dawn Capps of Greenville, and Hazel Mercer of Greenville; great grandmothers, Lova Clark of Greenville, Emma Carpenter, and Georgia Gillespie both of New Carlisle; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, December 23 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home, 1000 N. Broadway, Greenville, with Pastor Gary Oser. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, from 3-8 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Center for Neurological Development, 78 W. Main St., Burkettsville, OH 45310.

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

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Margery Ellen Henninger (December 17, 2011)

Margery Ellen Henninger, age 89, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 7:45 AM at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville, Ohio. She was born on January 10, 1922 in Oxford, Michigan, to the late George & Maude (Brown) Tryon.

She is survived by her sons and daughters in law, Barry & Wanda Henninger of Arcanum, Randy Henninger of Laura, Kevin & Cindy Henninger of Greenville, & Brent & Mary Kay Henninger of Arcanum; daughters and sons in law, Bethany & Ramon Gonzalez of Greenville, Cheryl & Jim Erbaugh of Greenville, Melanie & Greg Perry of Arcanum, Jan & Tom Cyphers of Greenville, and Charlotte Sherman of Greenville; 33 grandchildren; 65 great grandchildren; 12 great great grandchildren; sister, Hala Wright of Greenville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Joe Henninger; grandsons, Matthew Mancillas, Ramon “Tani” Gonzalez, and Jared M. Finton; brothers, Victor, Robert, Blair, and Richard Tryon.

Margery retired from the Darke County Employment Office in 1982 and then from Corning Glass in 1992. She also worked at the Darke County Council Rural Services. She attended Alma College in Michigan and then went to Edison State in Piqua. She is a member of the Ft. Jefferson United Methodist Church, Toast Masters, and Women’s Society. Margery also was a volunteer for State of the Heart Hospice.

There will be a service held on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Mark Lemar officiating. There will be no burial. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home as well as one hour prior to the service.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com


Glenn W. Hammaker (December 8, 2011)

Glenn W. Hammaker, 69, of Greenville, passed away December 8, 2011 at his residence.

He was born August 10, 1942 in Dayton, son of the late William Walter and Rose Ann (Pickett) Hammaker. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Robert Hammaker.

Glenn worked as a handy man for several years. He was a veteran of the US Army having served during Vietnam.

He is survived by his children, Guy (Donna) Hammaker of Ansonia, Robin L. Hammaker of Greenville, and Gary (Carmen) Hammaker of Ft. Recovery; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; brothers, David (Angelic) Hammaker of Florida, and Carl Hammaker of Texas; two sisters, Bonnie Theibeau and Linda Bruns both of Greenville; good friends, Tom (Kathy) Brinkman of Greenville; and his best friend from childhood, Donald Sanders of Troy.

Gravesides services with full military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, at the Dayton National Cemetery, in Dayton, OH.

There will be no public visitation. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be given to help off set final expenses.

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

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

G. Eileen Mendenhall (December 15, 2011)

G. Eileen Mendenhall, age 92, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 5:15 PM at the Versailles Health Care Center in Versailles, Ohio. She was born on January 8, 1919 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Herman & Mary Agnes (Schilling) Althoff.

Eileen is survived by her sons and daughters in law, Bill L. & Marilyn Mendenhall of Ludlow Falls, Ohio, and Tom & Janet Mendenhall of Versailles, Ohio; daughter and son in law, Sue & Ted Edmiston of Piqua, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; sisters and brother in law, Ruby Kuckherman, Kathleen Detrick, and Betty & Harold Rhoades all of Troy, Ohio; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Eileen was a homemaker and a member of the Versailles Christian Church. She loved traveling, playing cards, fishing, making quilts, flower gardening and most of all her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Dwight Mendenhall whom she married on January 7, 1939; son Larry Mendenhall; sisters, Ruth Oliver, Phyllis Althoff, and Evelyn Earhart.

There will be a service held on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM at Versailles Christian Church, 105 West Ward St., Versailles, Ohio, with Pastor Dennis Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Monday, December 19, 2011 from 5-8 PM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio, as well as one hour prior to the service at church.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the Versailles Christian Church. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Waldon “Moon” Spillers (December 13, 2011)

Waldon “Moon” Spillers age 84 of Versailles, Ohio, passed away at 7:30 A.M. on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at his residence. Moon was born September 26, 1927 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Sherman & Clissie (Harman) Spillers.

Moon is survived by his wife, Ida (Cain) Spillers whom he married December 24, 1947; children, Connie Spillers Fogt of Greenville, David Spillers of Versailles and Eileen Spillers Cox & husband, Chris of Greenville; grandchildren, Paula Fogt Knecht, Angela Fogt, Andrea Cox & Chance Cox; great grandchildren, Kalyn Krupke, Brendyn Fogt and Loren Sharp; great great granddaughter, Adalynn Fogt; and sister, Margaret Ditmer of Arkansas.

Moon was formerly a truck mechanic in the Darke County Community and later became the manager of the Darke County Airport. Moon served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church, EAA Chapter 109 and Warbirds of America.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Rick Gutheil officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Versailles United Methodist Church. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Byron Herbert “Barney” Roll (December 11, 2011)

Byron Herbert “Barney” Roll, 74, of Bellefontaine, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, OH.

He was born on May 3, 1937, in Brown Township, Darke County, OH, a son of the late Herbert Ellsworth and Sarah Esther (Martin) Roll. He attended school in Ansonia, OH. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Nevin and Gerald M. Roll, and a sister, Roberta Davis.

Barney is survived by his wife, Darlene Ann (Kramer) Roll, whom he married on June 18, 1998, at Camp Bethany Brethren Church Camp near Nashville, Holmes County, OH. He is also survived by daughters, Janie L. (Denny) Overley of Celina, OH and Kay A. Roll of Knoxville, TN; sons, John H. (Chan Stroman) Roll of Madison, WI, and David B. (Melissa) Roll of Leipsic, OH. In addition, he is survived by grandchildren, Jessamyn, James and Veronica Roll, all of Madison, WI, and Katie and Sarah Overley of Celina, OH. A sister, Carolyn Brandon, of Celina, OH, a brother, Dwight (Barbara) Roll, of Punta Gorda, FL, sister-in-law, Dola Roll, of Greenville, OH, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dan (Vicki) Kramer, of Delphos, OH are also surviving along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was retired from CenturyLink (Formerly United Telephone Company of Ohio and associated companies), where he worked for more than 37 years. He was a member of the Stony Creek Church of the Brethren near DeGraff, OH, Lions Clubs International, Ohio Lions District 13-E, Waynesfield Lions Club, Lions International Pin Trading Club, Ohio Lions Pin Traders Club, Fellowship of Brethren Genealogists, National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors, Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association, Greenville Elks Lodge and was a former member of the Versailles Lions Club and the West Liberty Lions Club. He served in the Ohio National Guard, was a former member of the Rossburg, Ohio Volunteer Fire Department and served a term as the Rossburg Village Mayor.

Barney enjoyed traveling along with his wife and other family members or friends. He visited all 50 states and some foreign countries. He played Santa Claus at various events in the northern Darke County, OH area for many years. Barney had a sense of family roots and liked to dig into family histories. He also enjoyed military history, particularly the Civil War and World War II eras. He was known for his wealth of information about Brethren history and to give classes on Brethren history at Brethren churches in the Logan County, Ohio area. He was currently serving on the Fellowship Committee at Stony Creek Church of the Brethren. From 2000-2001, Barney served as Ohio Lions District 13-E District Governor and had previously served at the club and zone levels as well. He also served on the Ohio Lions Sight & Hearing/Pilot Dogs Committee for several years and was currently serving as District 13-E Pin Chairman and Recycled Eyeglass Collection Chairman. Barney was proud to report that he had delivered more than 250,000 pairs of recycled eyeglasses to Lions International Eyeglass Recycling in Indiana in the past few years. Barney enjoyed Lions “pin swaps” and attended several around the eastern United States each year. In addition, he was an avid milk bottle collector. He liked to hunt, fish and trap and had a particular fondness for trapping snapping turtles, mostly at Fletcher Pond, MI, where he trapped nearly 2,000 pounds of turtles. On Friday evenings during high school football season, Barney and his wife would travel the western portion of the state, supporting MAC high school football teams in what was affectionately called “The Roll Family Game of the Week”. In recent years, he received the most pleasure from being with family and friends and took particular delight in his grandchildren’s activities.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 17th at the Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville, OH 45331 with Pastor Wayne Downing and Pastor Lynn Mercer officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Abbottsville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Friday, December 16th from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, OH.

The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Stony Creek Church of the Brethren or Ohio Lions Sight & Hearing projects. In addition, a collection box for recycled eyeglasses will be available at the funeral home.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at: www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com

Guy L. Pearce (December 11, 2011)

Guy L. Pearce, 93, of Ithaca, passed away peacefully at his home with his loving family at his side on Sunday, December 11, 2011. He was born on November 2, 1918 to the late Joseph and Carrie (Jordan) Pearce.

Guy attended a one room school house in Savona, Butler Middle School, and was a graduate of New Madison Schools in 1936. Guy worked for GM and was a farmer for over 30 years. He later worked for the New Madison Grocery as a bagger in his retirement. Guy enjoyed spending time with family and loved to go out and cut wood. He was a member of the Family of God Ministries in Arcanum. One of Guy's greatest accomplishments was living by his faith.

In addition to his parents, Guy is preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn E. (Marshall) Pearce; a son, Gary Eugene Pearce; a son-in-law, Ron Drew; three brothers, Dewitt, Leo (Runt) and Joseph (Joe Bags); three half brother, Roland (Pete) Byron (Shorty) and Kenneth (Kenny) Pearce.

Guy is survived by his wife, Adith (Fugate) Pearce, whom he married on July 10, 2004; two daughters, LaDonna and Jim Jones of Lincoln, California and Lois Drew of New Madison; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Pearce; ten grandchildren, Penny Jones-Hagenbuch, Timothy and Suzzane Jones, Robby and Pamela Jones, Guy Barry Drew, Dawn and Jack Shepard, Bambi and Maury Burton, David and Jody Pearce, Debbie Pearce, Brenda Pearce-Earls and Karen and Kelly Hunt; one step grandchild Mike and Collen Blankenship; one step great grandchild Derick Blankenship; a brothers, George and Mary Ellen Pearce; and a sister, Virginia Ann and Robert Grim.

The family will receive guests on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 10:00 - 12:00 PM at Braund Funeral Home in New Madison. A Celebration of Life service will immediately follow at 12:00 PM with the Rev. Joe LeMaster being asked to officiate. Burial will follow in Greenmound Cemetery

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

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sharon R. Sharp (December 8, 2011)

Sharon R. Sharp, age 52 of Briarwood Village, Coldwater, Ohio and formerly of Union City, Ohio, passed away on Thursday December 8, 2011 at 1:36 PM at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay, Ohio. She was born March 29, 1959 in Augsburg, Germany the daughter of the late Thomas Joseph & Cleo Alma (Creider) Griffith. Prior to living in the nursing homes she lived in Union City for 2 years having moved there from the Pikeville area. She was a member of Beamsville Christian Church, a graduate of Greenville High School class of 1977, a graduate of Edison State College. A member of the Greenville Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary. She worked Marsh Supermarket in Greenville for 17 years, and later she worked as a secretary at Rumpke Waste Inc. She had been in failing health since an automobile accident in 1996.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents & her parents.

She is survived by her son & daughter in law: Benjamin L. & Sarah Sharp of Coldwater, Ohio.

Services will be held on Monday December 12, 2011 at 10:30 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio with Pastor Steve Short officiating. Burial will follow in Stelvideo Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday December 11, 2011 at the funeral home.

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

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Richard W. Shepherd (December 7, 2011)

Richard W. Shepherd, 89, of Union City, Ohio, passed away early Wednesday morning, December 7, 2011, at the Union City Care Center.

He was born May 10, 1922 in Darke County, son of the late, Grover and Flo (Lundry) Shepherd. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Delma M. (Rodeheffer) Shepherd on February 9, 2005; brothers, Ralph and Lowell Shepherd; and a sister Dorothy Riegle-Wade.

Richard was retired from Union City Mold. He was a veteran of the US Army having served in WWII.

He is survived by a brother, Thomas (Saundra) Shepherd of Ansonia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services with full military honors by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 10 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in the Ansonia Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 9:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

George M. Wiles (December 6, 2011)

George M. Wiles, 85, of Englewood, passed away Tuesday morning, December 6, 2011, at his residence.

He was born March 12, 1926 in West Alexandria, OH, son of the late George F. and Mildred Virginia (Miley) Wiles. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Wayne Wiles; and a sister, Jane Marker.

George was a retired First Sergeant from the US Marine Corps, having served for 24 years. He was a survivor of the Chosin Reservoir battle in North Korea. After his military retirement George served as a deputy sheriff for the Palm Beach County Florida Sheriff’s Department. He had also served as a police officer for Royal Palm, Florida. He later worked as a locksmith in the Englewood area.

He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, DAV, Marine Corps League, AmVets, the Korean War Memorial Association, and the Chosin Few.

He is survived by his wife Ruth E. (Sayers) Wiles; a daughter, Dianna (Rodney) Kightlinger of Tuscon, AZ; a grandson, David A. Patterson of Washington, D.C.; and a brother Gerald Wiles of Bradford.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 10, at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home , 1000 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH, with Chaplain Steve Wetterhan officiating. Burial with full military honors by the US Marine Corps will follow in the Ansonia Cemetery near Ansonia, OH.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 1 till 2 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to Hospice of Dayton.

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

Maureen Saum (December 4, 2011)

Maureen Saum, 70, of Greenville, passed away Sunday morning, December 4, 2011 at Heartland of Greenville.

She was born May 31, 1941 in Skagness, England, daughter of the late Jerimiah Joseph and Marjorie Mary (Clark) Lyons. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Saum; a daughter-in-law Beth Snyder; and a brother, Donavan A. Lyons.
A homemaker, Maureen was a member of the Greenville Women of the Moose.

She is survived by her daughters, Carmen (Jim) Dumas and Carol (Jason) Kunkle both of Greenville; a son, Steven Snyder of Greenville; grandchildren, Heather Skidmore of Cincinnati, Austin Root of Greenville; Cameron Kunkle of Greenville; Stephanie Dayal of San Jose, CA, Stephen Dumas of Greenville, Elizabeth Dumas of Greenville, and Joseph Snyder of Greenville; sisters, Christina (Keith) Brown of Yorkshire, England, and Kathleen Taylor of Nottingham, England; and brothers, Gerald Lyons of Yorkshire, England, and Jefferey Lyons, of South Africa.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 8, at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Fr. John White officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Ft. Jefferson.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. They requests that memorial contributions be given to Heartland Hospice.

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

Agnes B. Francis (December 5, 2011)

Agnes B. Francis age 93, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away at 11:35 A.M. on Monday, December 5, 2011 at Versailles Health Care Center. Agnes was born July 14, 1918 in Shelby County, Ohio, to the late John & Anna (Gaier) Aselage.

Agnes is survived by her sons & daughters-in-law, Ralph & Beverly Francis of Bellbrook and Richard & Sherry Francis of Versailles; 7 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren; sisters, Viola Dietz of Botkins, Esther Dietz of Botkins, Clarissa Barhorst of Russia and Dorothy Poeppelman of Sidney; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Agnes is also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Francis Sr. on June 17, 2000; brothers, Henry, Paul & Bernard Aselage; and sisters, Josephine Doseck, Marie Francis and Hilda Poeppelman.

Agnes was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, December 9, 2011 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 Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Friday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to Versailles Emergency Medical Services. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Monday, December 5, 2011

Doris S. Cerny (December 2, 2011)

Doris S. Cerny age 85 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 2:15 P.M. on Friday, December 2, 2011 at her residence. Doris was born December 24, 1925 in Newport, Nebraska, to the late Edward E. & Nellie (Christensan) Stolcpart.

Doris is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Daryl D. Cerny whom she married May 23, 1951; sons & daughters-in-law, Neil & Diane Cerny of Pearland, Texas and David & Julie Cerny of Crawfordsville, Indiana; grandchildren, B.J. & Shelly Terry, Christopher & Shannon Cerny, Jamie & Jason Rozenkranz, Jason Cerny, Jared Wilson, Jeff & Alecia Terry, Melissa & Carlos Ramirez and Robert & Toni Wilson; 9 great grandchildren; sisters, Fern Nolles of Clayton, Oklahoma and Gladys Sybrant of Bassett, Nebraska; and a cousin, Lloyd Stolcpart of Bassett, Nebraska.

Doris was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Greenville, where she was formerly a Sunday School Teacher. She was also formerly a den mother for the Cub Scouts and was formerly a member of the Greenville School System PTA.

An informal celebration of Doris’s life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor John Nunnally officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice or a Hospice Organization in your area. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Billy Duane Murphy (December 4, 2011)

Billy Duane Murphy, age 69 of Greenville, Ohio and formerly of Portland, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 3:39 A.M. at Hospice of Dayton. He was born August 2, 1942 in Farmland, Indiana, the son of the late Worley & Lillie (Foster) Murphy. He worked for United Telephone, Sprint & CenturyLink. He served in the National Guard, Portland, Indiana; he was a 1961 graduate of Ward-Jackson High School, Saratoga, Indiana; and he attended St. John Lutheran Church, Greenville, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, Billy is also preceded in death by a brother, James Murphy; and a sister, Karen Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Ann (Heidegger) Murphy of Greenville; daughter & son in law, Delana & Dennis Jutte of Fort Recovery, Ohio; son & daughter in law, Alan & Misty Murphy of Castine, Ohio; grandchildren, Zachary Murphy, Jordan Murphy, Chris Hunley, Zachery Hunley, Erica Jutte, Ethan Jutte and Evan Jutte; great grandchild, Natalie Murphy; brothers & sisters in law, Emmett & Barbara Murphy of Celina, Ohio and George Leroy Murphy of Zephyrhills, Florida; sisters & brothers in law, Neva Roy of Zephyrhills, Florida, Dorothy & Norman Fenton of Winchester, Indiana, Patsy & Tom Sommer of Deerfield, Indiana, Treadesa & Larry Jackson of Portland, Indiana and Ireda Mullen of Montgomery, Alabama; and several nieces & nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 10:30 A.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Alan Knoke officiating. Burial will follow in Weimer Cemetery, Saratoga, Indiana. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to the American Diabetes Association.

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

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ava Sophia Atkins (November 30, 2011)

Ava Sophia Atkins, infant daughter of Richard Atkins and Jennifer Downing, passed away unexpectedly at home. Ava was born on September 17, 2011.

In addition to her parents, Ava is survived by her grandparents, Tim and Lucy Downing of New Madison and Martha Atkins of Dayton; uncles, Mike Atkins of Dayton and Clint Downing of Lima; great-uncles, Bob Downing of Greenville and Kent Downing of Akron.

She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Bernard Atkins.

Services will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Braund Funeral Home in New Madison with the Rev. Eric Fee being asked to officiate. Burial will follow in Greenmound Cemetery.

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