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Debra Lynn Baker (February 21, 2012)

Debra Lynn Baker, 54, of Greenville, passed away at her residence on February 21, 2012. Debra was born in Dayton, Ohio the daughter of the late David and Nancy (Fraley) Baker on March 22, 1957.

In addition to her parents, Debra is preceded in death by a brother, William and a sister Penny.

She is survived by two sons, Brian Patton of Greenville and Levi Branson of New Tazewell, TN; a daughter, Rebecca Branson of Tazewell, TN; 8 grandchildren; three brothers, Mickey Blanchford, Jimmy Blanchford and Johnny Blanchford; two sisters Wanda Jenkins and Becky Stover

Services will be held at the convenience of the family

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

Melissa Lee Brown (February 4, 2012)

Melissa Lee Brown, 34, of Greenville, passed away unexpectedly on February 4, 2012 at her residence. Melissa was born in Dayton, Ohio on August 22, 1977 to Linda Hall and the late David Brown.

Debra was a very caring person who loved to spend time with family laughing and making others laugh. She loved anything that had to do with monkeys, fairies and Shrooms. The family would like Melissa remembered for her very caring and giving personality.

In addition to her father, Melissa is preceded in death by Mildred Stewart, Billy Stewart and Oliver Hall.

In addition to her mother, Melissa is survived by her son Darvon Brown; daughter, Rhiannion Brown; two sisters, Carrie Hall and Hannah Hall; three brothers, Shane Hall, Matthew Hall and half brother, Jeff Hall Jr..

A service was held at the convenience of the family in Greenmound Cemetery.

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

Marvin Eugene “Bud” Breeding (February 26, 2012)

Marvin Eugene “Bud” Breeding passed away on February 26, 2012 at Mercy Western Hills of Cincinnati where he had been recovering from heart surgery.

Marvin was born on June 11, 1947 to the late Robert and Williema (Wilson) Breeding in Dayton, Ohio. A graduate of Belmont High School, Marvin served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. He married Gretchen (Bowers) in 1967; she preceded him in death in 2008.

Mr. Breeding held several careers in his life including a sales representative for VPP of Versailles and most recently the proprietor of Choices Gifts Plus.

Bud was an active musician and artist, involved in numerous community theatres and directed for several local theatre groups as well. He was also an excellent painter and drawer which he did as a past time for many years. A noted area soloist, Bud sang for many different groups throughout the area and even recorded a CD in 2008.

He was a member of the P.P. Minister Team of Columbus, and Towne & Country Players. He was a former member of the Darke County Civic Theatre, The Richmond Civic Theatre, and the former Whitewater Opera Company and the Miami Shelby Men’s Chorus.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Versailles and sang in the church choir.

He is survived by a son, Ryland L. Breeding of Richmond, Virginia a step mother, Helen Breeding of Dayton, and numerous cousins and friends.

The family will receive friends at Trinity Lutheran Church at the corner of Steffen and Wood Street in Versailles on Saturday March 3, 2012 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM with a Memorial Service at 11:00 AM with Pastor Robert Akins presiding. Interment will be in the family plot in New Carlisle at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Organ Restoration Fund of Trinity or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Jack E. Lecklider (February 26, 2012)

Jack E. Lecklider, 76, of Greenville (Wayne Lakes), passed away Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

He was born May 24, 1935 in Darke County, son of the late Bert Emerson and Thelma Mae (Neff) Lecklider. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Dean Lecklider.

Jack had worked at Hobart Corporation in Troy. He was a veteran of the Army and was an avid fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon E. (McCullough) whom he married June 30, 1972; children, Tammy (William) Huwer of Versailles, Tracy Sease of Arcanum, Todd Lecklider of Union City, Ohio; grandchildren, Chelsey Sease, Benjamin Sease, Brandon Archey, Tanner Huwer; a sister, Phyllis (James) Bixler of Greenville; and a brother Dennis (Judy) Lecklider of Lewisburg.

Services with full military honors by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Eric Knight officiating. Burial will follow in the Teegarden Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be given to the Teegarden Church.

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

Edward L. “Ed” Thompson (February 25, 2012)

Edward L. “Ed” Thompson, 56, of Greenville, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning, February 25, 2012 at the emergency room of Wayne Healthcare in Greenville.

He was born May 14, 1955 in Greenville, son of Catherine (Alley) Thompson of Greenville and the late Lester Thompson. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a niece, Stephanie Utley.

Ed worked at Fram in Greenville. Prior to that he had worked for Integrity Ambulance and Greif. He was a member of the Sons of the Legion, Moose, and Eagles lodges.

He was an avid golfer, bowler, horseshoe pitcher, and card player.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sherri R.(Kochersperger) whom he married August 30, 1986; a daughter, Stacie (Justin ) Male of Greenville; sons, Luke (fiancée, Megan) Thompson, of Greenville, and Ryan Thompson of Dayton; grandchildren, Dominick, Peyton, and Jonathan; sisters, Carolyn (David) Hoskins of Phillipsburg, Cindy Spahr of Ellettsville, IN, and Dianna (Robin) Randall of Lehigh Acres, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 29 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. with the Moose Lodge of Sorrow at 7:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be given to the Sons of the Legion.

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

William M. “Bill” Burton (February 25, 2012)

William M. “Bill” Burton, age 78, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 2:40 P.M. on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville surrounded by his family. Bill was born January 22, 1934 in Nancy, Kentucky, to the late Sylvester & Clarcie (Wood) Burton.

Bill is survived by his wife, Ann (Back) Burton whom he married June 27, 1987; sons & daughters-in-law, David & Desirae Burton of Raleigh, North Carolina and Billy & Marsha Burton of Huber Heights, Ohio; daughter & son-in-law, Ellen & Brett Milby of Lebanon, Ohio; step son & step daughter-in-law, William & Karen Conley of Oak Harbor, Washington; step daughters & step sons-in-law, Goldie & Pat Hoch of New Madison, Ohio, Zelda Riffell & Scott Morris of Eldorado, Missouri and Teresa & John Osterday of Arcanum, Ohio; 17 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; and a brother & sister-in-law, Ronald D. & Barb Burton of Sidney, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, Bill is also preceded in death by a step son, James Conley; grandson, Kyle Conley; brother, Junior Burton and a nephew, Christopher “Butch” Burton.

Bill served in the U.S. Army. He retired in 1998 from Brownbridge in Troy with 16 years of service and formerly worked at Aerovent in Piqua for 16 years. Bill formerly served as a Cub Scout Leader for Troop #343 in Covington.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville with Rev. Dr. Fred Bernhard officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Full Military Honors will be conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com


Richard L. Miller (February 24, 2012)

Richard "Rick" L. Miller, 52, of New Madison, passed away on February 24, 2012 at Reid Hospital in Richmond. Rick was born in Greenville on May 17, 1959 to Melvin Miller and the late Martha (Sell) Emrick-Miller.

Rick is a 1977 graduate of Tri Village High School. He loved being in nature, enjoyed photography, music, fishing, sports and was an avid mushroom hunter. Rick worked at Creative Cabinets as a cabinet maker for several years. He served his country honorably in the United States Navy. Rick helped remodel the log cabin at Shawnee Prairie Reserve and visited there often.

In addition to his father, Rick is survived by his wife Cheryl (Blair) Miller; step father, Dick Emrick; four daughters, Chasity Shumaker of Greenville, Jessica Miller of New Madison, Ashley and husband Jamison Lovett of New Madison and Michelle and husband Eric Koontz of New Madison; two step daughters Danielle Bailey and Brittney Bailey; two step sons, Chad Clevenger and Derrick Clevenger; nine grandchildren, Madeline, Audrey, Kolten, Aiden, Hailey, Nataleigh, Ellaina, Hayli and Isaak; two brothers, Don and wife Nancy Miller of New Madison and Steve and wife Connie Miller of Greenville and one sister, Sue Miller of Colorado.

In addition to his mother, Rick is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Katelyn Shumaker.

There will be a Celebration of Rick's Life at 5 PM on March 10, 2012 at the Shawnee Prairie Reserve in Greenville. The family will receive friends from 3 - 5 PM. The family request the dress for the celebration be casual as Rick was a casual man. Memorial Contributions may be given to the Shawnee Prairie reserve or the Darke County Cancer Society in honor of Rick's life.

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

Carol E. (Young) Flatter Jameson (February 21, 2012)

Carol E. (Young) Flatter Jameson, age 74, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 2:55 P.M. on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at LifeCare Hospitals of Dayton. Carol was born March 8, 1937 in Richmond, Indiana, to the late Eugene & Belle (Runner) Young.

Carol is survived by her sons & daughters-in-law, Bruce & Kelly (Hinkle) Flatter of Greenville and Ben & Jayne (Eubank) Flatter of Greenville; step daughters, Deanna (Jameson) Young of Greenville and Brenda (Jameson) Flora of Darke County; 4 grandsons, 3 great grandchildren and 4 step grandchildren; brother & sister-in-law, Dwight & Roxie Young of Woodington; sister, Kay Huffman of Dublin, Georgia; and extended family, Terry & Teresa Elson of Greenville, Lisa Downey of Greenville and Dave Elson of Greenville.

In addition to her parents, Carol is also preceded in death by her 1st husband, Russell Flatter; 2nd husband, Gary Jameson; and brother, Charles Young.

Carol was employed at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Greenville for 33 years where she was head cook and kitchen manager.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville with Pastor Jeff Harper officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Lawn Cemetery in New Paris. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

James R. Schafer (February 21, 2012)

James R. Schafer, age 72 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 10:40 P.M. Tuesday February 21, 2012 at the Brethren Retirement Center Greenville, Ohio. Jim was born May 15, 1939 in Greenville, Ohio and the son of the late Edward “Joe” and Esther (Blumenstock) Schafer.

Jim retired in December of 1996 from Chrysler Air Temp of Dayton, Ohio. He had started his career there in December of 1966. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed his motorcycle, carpenter work and watching NASCAR racing.

Jim is survived by his daughters and sons in law Kristi and Pat Studer of Ankeny, Iowa and Jami and Rusty Bookout of Katy, Texas. Grandchildren Nichole (Ben) Barr, Dustin Studer, Ashlee Bookout and Amanda Bookout. Great grandchildren Tyler and Alex Barr. His brother and sister in law Jack and Pat Schafer of West Milton, one nephew and one niece.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday February 25, 2012 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Alan K. Knoke officiating. Burial will follow in the Abbottsville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until time of the services in the funeral home.

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

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


Betty Jean Riffell (February 21, 2012)

Betty Jean Riffell, age 89, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 12:30 P.M. on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at her residence. Betty was born June 20, 1922 in Dayton, Ohio, to the late Lewis C. & Alpha M. (Michael) Potter.

Betty is survived by her husband, Franklin Poling Riffell whom she married June 6, 1942; children, Sharon S. Eastman of Santa Clarita, California, David E. Riffell of Anderson, Missouri, Beth E. Cole of Vero Beach, Florida, Stephen A. Riffell of Piqua and Dwight E. Riffell of Vandalia; 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and a brother, Bobbie Potter of Dayton.

In addition to her parents, Betty is also preceded in death by a son, Ronald L. Riffell; grandsons, Darren Riffell and Brandon Riffell; brothers, Kenneth and Jay Potter; and a sister, Roberta Hoyer.

Betty was a homemaker. She was a member of the Greenville Missionary Church.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Greenville Missionary Church, 1110 North Broadway Greenville with Rev. Gary Oser officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Englewood. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com


Daniel Mason Summers (February 19th, 2012)

Daniel Mason Summers, 57, of San Diego, CA, passed away on February 19th at 1:35 A.M. in Hospice of San Diego-Glenbrook. He had returned to San Diego to receive treatment for cancer. Dan was born on March 25, 1954, in San Diego and remained a lifelong resident until 2007, when he and his wife retired and moved to Union, OH to be near family and friends in Greenville, OH.

Mr. Summers had a 30-year career in public service as an Investigator for the Police Department (10 years) of the City of El Cajon, California and a Senior Code Enforcement Officer (20 years) for the Fire Department of the City of Santee, California. Mr. Summers was a 1972 graduate of Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, CA. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Francis (Ransom) Summers, of El Cajon, CA.

Dan married Pamela (Carpenter) Summers, originally from Greenville, OH, in Lake Tahoe on November 27, 1999. He was a volunteer and an active supporter of a number of charities, including VFW Post 7262, Greenville, OH (Booster Member), the United Way of SD County, the Red Cross, Meals-on-Wheels (delivering meals to homebound seniors) and the Girls Scouts of San Diego/Imperial County Council.

Dan was known by all as an avid rail fan, enjoying trains of all types throughout his lifetime, and taking many train trips across the US and Canada. He was a lifetime member and supporter of the San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park. He also was a fan of commercial aviation, amassing an estimated 3,500 hours as an airline simulation pilot on the computer.

Mr. Summers is survived by his wife, Pamela L. (Carpenter) Summers; his mother-in-law, Irene Carpenter of Greenville; brother-in-law James R. Carpenter and Susie (Shumaker) Carpenter of Dublin, OH; sister-in-law Christina M. (Carpenter) Medrano of Englewood, OH; nephew Jerry C. Harrison of Colorado Springs, CO (US Air Force) and niece Julia C. Harrison of Irvine, CA.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home, 1000 North Broadway Greenville, OH with Rev. Steven Day officiating. Burial will be immediately following at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Greenville, Ohio. The family will provide a luncheon afterwards at 12:30 P.M. at Romer's Catering on 118 E. Main in Greenville.

The family will receive friends on Friday, February 24, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of San Diego.

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

Linda L. Brenner (February 19, 2012)

Linda L. Brenner, 74, of Greenville, passed away early Sunday morning, February 19, 2012 at Heartland of Greenville in the comfort of her daughter's.

She was born January 29, 1938 in Delaware, OH, daughter of the late Ohio Finley and Ethel Mae (Siders) Keaser. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, James W. Brenner on July 7, 2009; and a step daughter, Robin Hunt.

Linda had worked at Fram before owning and operating the Dairy Twin and Ole Dallas Inn in Ansonia. She then had worked at various other restaurants. She was a member of the Women of the Moose where she was a past Senior Regent and had chaired numerous other committees. She had served on the Ohio State Moose Associations Queens Court.

An avid bowler on the Western Ohio Bowling League, she enjoyed traveling to many different bowling tournaments. She was baptized and a member at the Ansonia First church of God and in her later years had attended the EUM Church in Greenville.

She is survived by her daughters, Cindy (Chuck) Fitzgerald of Greenville, Cheryl "Pinky" (Richard) LaFuze, Tonya (fiancee, Bruce Glaze) Beasley of Greenville, and Tammy (Dennis) Cothran of Navarre, Florida; 8 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; sisters, Joan Heffington and Barbara (Robert) Gump both of Greenville; a brother, Charles (Marie) Keaser of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 23 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville, starting with the Women of the Moose Memorial Service. Burial will follow at 9 a.m., Saturday at the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 4-7 p.m. A light lunch will be served at 12 p.m. Thursday at the Wayne Crossing Community Center, 888 Russ Road in Greenville.

The family requests that memorial contributions be given to either the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.

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

Robin J. Shoenleben (February 19, 2012)

Robin J. Shoenleben, 34, of Peebles, OH, passed away late Friday evening, February 19, 2012 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.

She was born February 13, 1978 in South Dakota, daughter of Eldon J. and Shirley A. (Kerns) Shoenleben of Peebles.

Robin was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Nathaniel, Jason, Cindy, Pamela, Jonathon and Kris Shoenleben; a brother-in-law, David Ward; and a sister-in-law; Shannon Shoenleben.

In addition to her parents she was survived by brothers and sisters, Robbie Shoenleben, Sandy Shoenleben, Barbara Knuaff, Teresa Ward, Sarah Shoenleben, Lacey Shoenleben, Christopher Shoenleben, Marcos Shoenleben, Ashlee Shoenleben, Rebecca Shoenleben and Kimberly Shoenleben; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 12 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, at the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

There will be no public visitation.

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

Helen Fae (Sharp) Harter (February 18, 2012)

Helen Fae (Sharp) Harter, age 90 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Saturday February 18, 2012 at 5:13 AM at Wayne Healthcare, Greenville, Ohio. She was born April 11, 1921 in Ansonia, Ohio the daughter of the late Raymond & Maud (Stephens) Sharp. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Greenville, Ohio & the Women’s Guild of the Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Husband: David Harter whom she married February 26, 1941; Sisters: Edna Clark, & Anna Mae Parson; Brothers: Charles, Major, & Dain Sharp.

She is survived by her son: David Harter & Fiancé Betsy of Greenville; grandchildren: Chad Harter, Shannon Harter; 6 great grandchildren; brother: Eugene “Gene” Sharp of Greenville; sister & brother in law: Mary Alice & Norman Redman of Greenville; numerous nieces & nephews.

Services will be held on Thursday February 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor James Vandermark officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday February 22, 2012 and on Thursday 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice or to the donor’s choice.

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

Connie June Flatter (February 16, 2012)

Connie June Flatter, 57, of New Madison, went home to be with the Lord on February 16, 2012 at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana. Connie was born on June 27, 1954 at Wayne Hospital to Bill and Betty Riegle of New Madison.

In addition to her parents, Connie is survived by her husband, Tom; three sons and daughter-in-laws, Derek and Mandy, Aaron and Pam, and Jeremy and Tabitha; a brother, Larry Riegle and friend Lisa Eckstien, a sister-in-law, Nancy Hall; four grandchildren, Landon, Ella, Taylor and Delaney; two nieces, Emily and Jon Kelley and Lara and Jay Hood; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Connie worked as a preschool teacher for EUM Christian Preschool in Greenville for the last 8 years. She wrote the daily curriculum for the students and loved the opportunity to encourage children and their families to grow and develop their relationship with Jesus. She touched the hearts of children everyday.

Connie loved being outdoors, gardening, riding bikes, creating stained glass and traveling. She and Tom were married on June 9, 1973 and were best friends. Their family was definitely the joy of her life.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 6:30 PM at EUM Church Worship Center, 1451 Sater Street in Greenville with the Rev. Jeff Harper being asked to officiate. The family asks in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to EUM Christian Preschool.

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

Lois Irene (Uncapher) Adams (February 15, 2012)

Lois Irene (Uncapher) Adams, age 91 of the Brethren Retirement Community Greenville, Ohio and formerly of St. Marys, Ohio passed away at 2:33 A.M. Wednesday February 15, 2012 at the Brethren Retirement Community. Lois was born October 25, 1920 in Van Wert County and the daughter of the late Elmer Dillon and Mary Elizabeth (Powell) Uncapher.

She was a retired Registered Nurse and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother Bud Uncapher; sisters Thelma Jacks and Maxine Rain; brothers in law Bill Steinecker, Harold Rain and Floyd Jacks.

Lois is survived by her husband Charles William Adams of Greenville. They were married October 15, 1943. Also by her daughter and son in law Susan & Jerry Ellis of Greenville. Grandchildren Tim Ellis and fiancé Catherine (Glick) Deeter and Mary Beth (Ellis) Bozarth. Great grandchildren Johnnie Bozarth, Nolan and Noah Ellis. Sisters Norma Jean Steinecker and Billie Wickham and sister in law Gwen Uncapher.

Memorial Services will be announced at a later date as Lois’s body was donated to Wright State University.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Alzheimer’s of Greater Miami Valley or State of the Heart Hospice of Darke County.

Arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

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

Margaret P. Shiverdecker (February 13, 2012)

Margaret P. Shiverdecker, 81, of Greenville and formerly of Rossburg, passed away Monday afternoon, February 13, 2012 at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville.

She was born October 13, 1930 in Richmond, Indiana, daughter of the late Murl and Bertha I. (Price) Rowe. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard L. Shiverdecker on April 21, 2008.

Margaret was retired from the Darke County Emergency Management Agency. She had also worked for Doctor's Platt and Blickenstaff in Versailles. She was a member of the Ansonia United Methodist Church

She is survived by a daughter, Diana (James) Zumbrink of Rossburg; a son, Dennis (Elizabeth) Shiverdecker of Carmel, IN; grandchildren, Scott (Kitty) Zumbrink, Dawn (Bryan) Muhlenkamp, Merridy (Jason) Toepfer and Lee Shiverdecker; great grandchildren, Kennedy Zumbrink, Brooke and Kelsey Muhlenkamp, and Carson and Reilly Toepfer; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Shiverdecker; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Stuck.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 19 at the Ansonia United Methodist Church with Pastor Fred Herron officiating. Burial will follow in the Brock Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 2-5 p.m. at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to either the Ansonia United Methodist Church, State of the Heart Hospice or the Alzhiemer's's Association.

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

Christal June Coppock (February 13, 2012)

Christal June Coppock, age 85 of Arcanum, Ohio passed away at 4:19 A.M. Monday February 13, 2012 in the Kindred Hospital Dayton, Ohio. Christal was born October 27, 1926 in Greenville, Ohio and the daughter of the late John David and Dolly (Marker) Wion.

Christal retired from Fram Corp. of Greenville in 1988 following 33 years of employment.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband J.C. (Jake) Coppock June 29, 1991. They were married March 27, 1943. Also by her sisters Sylvia Armacost and Otha Wion and brothers Isaac Wion and David Wion.

She is survived by her sons and daughters in law Wayne & Mary Coppock of Greenville, Karl Kent and Karen Coppock of Arcanum, daughters Frances Christine Shank of Greenville and Melinda Shahan of Brighton, Michigan. Also survived by ten grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, sister Jane Canan of Wayne Lakes and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday February 17, 2012 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Jim Meredith officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. in the funeral home.

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

Benjamin “Ben” T. Smith (February 11, 2012)

Benjamin “Ben” T. Smith, age 79 of Gettysburg, Ohio passed away on Saturday February 11, 2012 at 3:35 PM at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy, Ohio. He was born August 25, 1932 in Adams Twp. Darke County, Ohio, the son of the late Vern & Mae (Kunkle) Smith. He was a retiree of Hobart Manufacturing where he worked as a machinist; he also served as a volunteer fireman for the Gettysburg Fire Department for several years.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Wife: Catherine “Kate” Smith on January 6, 2011 whom he married March 29, 1952; Brothers: Paul & Ezra Smith; Sister in law: Marilyn Smith.

He is survived by his Daughter & son in law: Sandra & David Hartley of Arcanum, Ohio; Son & daughter in law: Jim & Cindy Smith of Melbourne, Florida; Grandchildren: Talia Barga, McKalee Weidner, Carmen Trippier, Natalie Wolfe, Jill Loughnane, & Brandon Hartley; 10 great grandchildren; Sister in law: Mary Smith of Greenville, Ohio; Brother in law & sister in law: Sam & Mary Kissinger of Arcanum; Sister in law & brother in law: Pat & Adrian Petitjean of Versailles.

Services will be held on Thursday February 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Doug Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Gettysburg Cemetery. Family will receive friends 1 hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to the Cancer Association of Darke County.

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

Hunter Anthony Eby (February 13, 2012)

Hunter Anthony Eby, infant son of Christopher A. and Meagan M. (Cost) Eby of Versailles, was stillborn early Monday morning, February 13, 2012 at Wayne Healthcare in Greenville.

In addition to his parents he was survived by a sister, Hannah Rose Eby; grandparents, Vicki Cost, Scott Cost and Lisa and Arlie Jolly; great grandparents, Judy Cost, Jerry and Bonnie Eby, and Allen Winters; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 18 at the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens with Pastor John Monroe officiaitng.

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

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

Dale Sherrick (February 13, 2012)

Dale Sherrick, age 90, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away at 5:45 A.M. on Monday, February 13, 2012 at Versailles Health Care Center. Dale was born October 10, 1921 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Alonzo & Jenny (Mack) Sherrick.

Dale is survived by 8 nieces and nephews; special friends, Adrian & Pat Petitjean and Virginia Rinderle and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Dale is also preceded in death by his wife, Delores Mae (Knick) Sherrick on December 28, 1999 whom he married August 29, 1953; sisters, Catherine Clark, Ethel Moyer, Dorthy Vietor and an infant sister, Edith Sherrick; and a infant brother.

Dale retired from Hartzell Fan in Piqua where he was a welder for 53 years. Dale still enjoyed welding and playing with his antique car.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles with Rev. Doug Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to donor’s choice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com


David M. Shiverdecker (February 12, 2012)

David M. Shiverdecker, 49, of Greenville, passed away early Sunday morning, February 12, 2012 at his residence.

He was born June 23, 1962 in Greenville, son of the late Michael "Mick" and Arlene E. (Hauberg) Shiverdecker.

Dave was retired from the City of Greenville Street Department where he had worked for 30 years. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Greenville.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Connie (Yohey) Shiverdecker, whom he married March 14, 1992; a daughter, Tracy (Steve) Bailey; step children, Holli Anderson and Nick Anderson; grandchildren, Parker and Kaylyn Bailey, and Kyla and Gavin Gerace; sisters, Debra (and friend, Jane Johnston) Shiverdecker, Cynthia (Cindy) Enicks, and Susan (W. Douglas) Taylor.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 16, at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Eric Fee officiaitng. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-8 p.m.

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

Betty J. Paulus (February 9, 2012)

Betty J. Paulus, age 88 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 10:45 A.M. Thursday February 9, 2012 at Wayne Health Care Center of Greenville. Ohio. She was born May 22, 1923 in Darke County, Ohio and the daughter of the late Russell E. and Weltha M. (Henninger) Townsend.

Betty was a homemaker and a member of the Rossburg United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Noah H. Paulus January 11, 1995. They were married December 27, 1938. Also by a daughter Barbara Ann Trent in 1962; sons in law David Thornhill and Bimmy Schmidt; brothers Warren Townsend as an infant, Lowell Townsend and Galen Townsend; sisters Shirley Laux and Dorothy Murphy.

Betty is survived by daughters and son in law Patricia and Thomas Baker of Greenville, Esther Schmidt and Karen Thornhill both of Greenville. Son and daughter in law David H. and Rose Mary Paulus of Greensboro, Georgia. There are nine grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren; sisters Doris Paulus of New Madison and Jeanie Strawser of Greenville as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday February 11, 2012 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with the Rev. Joe Soley officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9 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.

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


Patsy A. Riffell Thayer (February 8, 2012)

Patsy A. Riffell Thayer, age 83, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 3:45 PM at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, Ohio. She was born on January 1, 1929 in Miami County, Ohio, to the late Harry D. & Eunice E. (Koontz) Waymire.

Patsy worked at Replicap Products for 22 years retiring in 1991 and was also a homemaker. She loved baking pies and making candy.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her first husband, Harry Eugene Riffell; second husband, Darrell Thayer; and sister, Nancy Haworth.

She is survived by her daughter and son in law, Evelyn & Dennis Sebring of Greenville; sons and daughters in law, Dennis Riffell of Greenville, Harold & Holly Riffell of Pensacola, Florida, and Roger & Marlene Riffell of Greenville; grandchildren, Wendy (Brent) Meek, Shad (Liz Hall) Sebring, Nathan (Tonya Fennig) Riffell, Heath (Mary) Riffell, Quenton Riffell, Zach (Meghan) Riffell, Z.J. (Steven) Clark, Mellissa (Donnie) Mansfield, and Josh (Sheena) Riffell; great grandchildren, Marlie Mitchell, Emma and Ali Meek, Joanie Hall, Janelle Sebring, Shelby and Brianna Fennig, Rebecca Riffell, Enrique, C.J., Micah & Ian Flores, Sophie, Zachary, Eli & Olivia Riffell, Faith and Noah Mansfield, Peyton Threewits, Kainin Zigler, and Emily, Blake and Mackenzie Riffell; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a service held on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Dennis Riffell officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens in Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Sunday, February 12, 2012 from 2-5 PM at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the National MS Society, 4440 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 120, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45242, or National Parkinson’s Foundation, 1380 Dublin Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Kathryn Charlotte Baird (February 8, 2012)

Kathryn Charlotte Baird, age 96, of Sarasota, Florida, and formerly of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday February 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota in Sarasota, Florida. She was born on May 25, 1915 in Camden, Ohio, to the late Otto Vernon & Laura (Null) Brown.

Kathryn had been associated with her late husband in the ownership and operations of “Baird Construction Company” in Greenville from 1946-1970 as well as being a homemaker. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Greenville.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Herbert Newton Baird whom she married on August 31, 1935; son, Vernon Kent Baird; brother, Oscar Brown; and sister, Vietta Gangwer.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service held on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM at Spring Lawn Cemetery in New Paris, Ohio, with Pastor David Cummings officiating. There will be no public visitation. 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 the American Heart Association or American Cancer Association. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com


Ella C. Besecker (February 6, 2012)

Ella C. Besecker, age 99 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 7:17 A.M. Monday February 6, 2012 in the Sterling House of Greenville. Ella was born October 29, 1912 in Gettysburg, Ohio and the daughter of the late John and Leanna (Flory) Wade.

She was a homemaker, loved to garden and has been one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1957.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth R. Besecker June 7, 2009. They were married September 27, 1946. She was also preceded in death by nine sisters and brothers: Martha Flory, Mary Kelley, Lydia Bowman, Hannah Wade, Henry Wade, John Wade, Joel Wade, Daniel Wade and David Wade.

Ella is survived by two sons Daniel and wife Marie Besecker of Greenville, Ohio and Stephen Besecker of Florida and one daughter Leanna Green and Husband Pete of Greenville, Ohio. She also has three stepsons Charles and Annabelle Besecker, Ken and Barbara Besecker and Robert and Betty Besecker. There are eight grandchildren; Selena Burk, Daniel Allen Besecker, Julie Dubois, Danita McEldowney, Marisa Wilt, Emily Reier, Rachel Krauth and Jessica Green. Also nine step grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and numerous great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Friday February 10, 2012 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Mr. David Monroe officiating. Burial will follow in the Gettysburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 1:00 P.M. until time of the services.

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 www.zecharbailey.com.


Donald A. Gibson (February 3, 2012)

Donald A. Gibson, 54, of Bradford, passed away Friday evening, February 3, 2012 at Wayne Hospital in Greenville.

He was born June 19, 1957 in Dayton, son of Clifford and Mabel (Morrison) Gibson of Monticello, KY.

He was preceded in death by a son, Adam Gibson on September 27, 2008 and a brother, Darrell Gibson on June 22, 2008.

Don is survived by his children, Caleb (Sarah) Gibson and Emily Gibson; grandchildren, Jaydon and Lauren Gibson; sisters, Marcia Utz and Mary Gibson; brothers, Larry and Mike Gibson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 11, at 11 a.m. at the Oliver- Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to help defray final expenses.

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

Fay E. Smith (February 5, 2012)

Fay E. Smith, age 73 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Sunday February 5, 2012 at 2:27 PM at her residence. She was born September 15, 1938 in Greenville, Ohio the daughter of the late Emerson & Minerva (Fashner) McNutt. She was homemaker and also worked for GTS. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, & the Women of the Moose.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Husband: Boone Smith, Daughter: Minerva Smith; Sisters: Frances Ruth Sutton, Janet Bunger, Mary Clark.

She is survived by her children & spouses: Ruth & Marty Harrison of New Carlisle, Ohio, Carol & Trace Archer of St. Mary’s, Ohio, Mary & Joe Smith of Greenville, Doris Smith of Greenville, Fred Smith of Greenville, Linda & Jeff Judy of Jackson Center, Ohio, Dan & Jamie Smith of Greenville, Don & Emily Smith of Greenville; grandchildren: Nicole & Rob Rebmann, Dusty & Marry Ann Smith, Stacey Smith, Sean Judy, Shane Judy, Brittany Smith, Cory Judy, Tyler Smith, Kelsi Smith, Macey Smith, Matt Smith, Noah Smith, Preston Smith & Jason Spitler; Great Grandchildren: Brandy & Kyle Rebmann, Abby & Savannah Smith, Landon & Carson Smith, Dalton Cockerhan, Kaden Smith; Brother: Raymond McNutt of Greenville; Sister: Sarah Frantz of Quilcene, Washington.

Services will be held on Thursday February 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Tony Stephens officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday February 8, 2012 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to the Make A Wish Foundation through the American Legion.

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


Gladys Irene Johnson (February 5, 2012)

Gladys Irene Johnson, 86, of Greenville, passed away early Sunday morning, February 5, 2012 at Heartland of Greenville.

She was born, November 14, 1925 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, daughter of the late Ira Mills and Thelma (Wright) Hurt. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Mills.

Gladys is survived by her husband, Richard V. Johnson; Children, Lesa (David) Trump of Rossburg, John R. Lam, Jr. of Peachtree City, GA, Dee (Tania) Lam of Bradenton, FL, and Julie Cockrell of New Madison; grandchildren, Tommy Lam of Orlando, FL, Michael Lam of Manhatten, NY, Justin Lam of Denver, CO, Jeremy Cheyne of Union City, OH, Christopher Plessinger of Greenville, Davian Trump of Rossburg, Braxten Trump of Rossburg, and John R. Lam, III of Wilmington, NC.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice.

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

Treva E. Bryson (February 5, 2012)

Treva E. Bryson, 92, of Greenville, passed away early Sunday morning, February 5, 2012 at Heartland of Greenville.

She was born April 2, 1919 in Darke County, daughter of the late William and Della (Downing) Stout. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, David H Bryson, and a son, Donald H. Bryson.

Treva was retired from the former General Athletic in Greenville. She was a member of the Community United Methodist Church near Union City.

She is survived by her daughters, Mary Evelyn Crose of Greenville, and Karen Young of Greenville; 7 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and 4 great great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in the Raper Chapel Cemetery near Union City.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

Don M. Grooms (February 5, 2012)

Don M. Grooms, age 87, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 1:32 A.M. on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville. Don was born July 22, 1924 in Seaman, Ohio, to the late Harry A. & Lucia (Glasgow) Grooms.

Don is survived by his wife, Betty L. (Caraway) Grooms whom he married August 28, 1948; son & daughter-in-law, David & Rosemary Grooms of San Diego, California; daughter, Roxanne Grooms of San Diego, California; grandsons, Justin, Tyler, Logan and Connor Grooms; brother, Wayne G. Grooms of Cleveland and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Don is also preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Lynn Grooms; brother, Gordon Grooms; and a sister, Betty Webb.

Don retired from the Ohio State Highway Patrol where he was a State Trooper with 26 years of service. Don served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Don was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville. He served on the Greenville City Council; served as Safety Director of Greenville and served on several Boards of the community. Don became a member of the Georgetown Masonic Lodge No. 72, Georgetown, Ohio, in 1962 and transferred his membership to Greenville Masonic Lodge No. 143 in 1972. Don was a member of the Greenville Masonic Craft Club and was a Past President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer of the Club; the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton, of which he was a 32nd Degree Mason; Antioch Shrine of Dayton; and the Darke County Shrine Club. Don was also a member of the Liars Club and Greenville Elks Lodge.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 East Fourth Street Greenville with Rev. Dr. John Person officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Cherry Fork Cemetery in Cherry Fork, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Monday, February 6, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville and Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the church. A Masonic memorial service will be conducted by the Greenville Masonic Lodge at 7:45 P.M. on Monday at the funeral home followed by the Scottish Rite Ring Service and Liars Club Service. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital, Brethren Retirement Community Benevolent Fund or State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Goldie P. Strait (February 2, 2012)

Goldie P. Strait age 89, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 11:30 P.M. on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville. Goldie was born July 5, 1922 in Liberty Township, Darke County, Ohio, to the late Clarence & Mary (Owens) Runner.

Goldie is survived by her son, Doug Strait of Palestine; daughters, Susan Yoder of Goshen, Indiana and Cindy Smith of Union City, Indiana; grandchildren, Monica Roth, Mary Chamberlin, Nick Strait and Eric Strait; and 4 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Goldie is also preceded in death by her husband, C. Dale Strait; brothers, Guy “Ted” and Dellis Runner and infant Clyde Runner; and a sister, C. Grace Ketring.

Goldie was a homemaker. She was a member of Palestine Church of Christ.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, February 6, 2012 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville with Rev. Mike Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Palestine Church of Christ. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Ellen M. Shields (February 1, 2012)

Ellen M. Shields age 73, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 10:45 P.M. on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville. Ellen was born May 20, 1938 in Laura, Ohio, to Florence (Sluterbeck) Dietrich of Laura and the late Glen Dietrich.

In addition to her mother, Ellen is survived by her husband, Duane E. Shields whom she married August 16, 1958; son & daughter-in-law, Doug & Susan Shields of Greenville; grandchildren, Marc, Elizabeth and Jason Shields; brothers & sisters-in-law, Ronald & Sue Dietrich of Arcanum and Donald & Mary Jane Dietrich of Greenville; niece, Julie & Mike Maloney of Dayton; and a nephew, Jeff & Tammy Dietrich of Arcanum.

In addition to her father, Ellen is also preceded in death by a nephew, Tom Dietrich.

Ellen began teaching 5th grade at Greenville School in 1958 until her retirement in 1993 with 35 years of service. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelors Degree in 1961 and the University of Arizona with a Masters of Education in 1975. Ellen was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Greenville where she was secretary of the Women of the Church. Ellen was a member of D.A.R.; D.A.V.; Darke County First Families; Farm Bureau; Greenville V.F.W. Post 7262 and Secretary of the Darke County Republicans Club. Ellen was a life member of the Greenville V.F.W. Post 7262 Ladies Auxiliary; Ohio Teachers Association; O.E.A.; Darke County Retired Teachers Association and the Farmers Union.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, February 6, 2012 at St. John Lutheran Church 7814 St. Rt. 121 North Greenville with Pastor Alan Knoke officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery in Darke County. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville and Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brethren Retirement Community or the Darke County Cancer Association. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Harold Netum “Newt” Harris (January 31, 2012)

Harold Netum “Newt” Harris age 95, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 4:30 P.M. on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville. Harold was born February 13, 1916 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late William & Clara (Nash) Harris.

Harold is survived by his sons & daughter-in-law, Thomas L. & Kay Harris of Farmersville, Ohio and William F. Harris of Greenville; grandchildren, Tracy & Bruce Roach of Indianapolis, Indiana and Thomas L. Jr. & Stephanie Harris of Covington; and great grandchildren, James Roach, Victoria Roach, Kyle Harris and Levi Harris.

In addition to his parents, Harold is also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane (Leas) Harris on May 22, 2009 whom he married December 14, 1940; daughter-in-law, Vicki Jo (Brandon) Harris; and a sister, Abby Nelle Dispennette.

Harold worked in the Compliance Office of the Department of Agriculture Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service and Veterinary Services until he retired in 1980 with 25 years of service. Harold graduated from Palestine High School. He was a member of the Greenville Evangelical United Methodist Church and a Life Member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville with Pastor Sylvia McKibben and Pastor Dale Boeger officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Fort Jefferson. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com


Mayrose E. Bedwell (January 31, 2012)

Mayrose E. Bedwell, age 93 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 9:53 A.M. Tuesday January 31, 2012 in the Rest Haven Nursing Home of Greenville. Mayrose was born May 25, 1918 in Greene County, Indiana and the daughter of the late Otto G. and Nellie V. (Mayrose) Steuerwald.

Mayrose was a homemaker and an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Greenville where she had served as a Sunday School Teacher. She was also an avid bridge player participating in several Bridge Clubs and tournaments. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Green Thumb Garden Club, Wayne Hospital Auxiliary, Friends of the Library, Elk’s Ladies Auxiliary, Eastern Star, White Shrine, Indian Guides Volunteer, Camp Fire Girls Volunteer and served on the board of directors, Brownie and Girl Scout Leader and was lovingly involved as a room mother to active booster of the band and drill team activities while her children were in school.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son Jeffrey M. Bedwell; Brothers James Steuerwald, Richard Steuerwald and Jack Steuerwald.

Mayrose is survived by her daughter and son in law Amy and Ed Erisman of Greenville. Sister Rosemary Drabick of Okeechobee, Florida; and sister in law Beverly Steuerwald of Umatilla, Florida. Also nieces and nephews Marsha Crist, J Steuerwald, Paula Thomson, Mark Steuerwald, Karen Steuerwald, Phillip Drabick, Bonnie Wikle, Barbara Medina, Roy Bedwell, Janice Smith, Phyllis Walters, Nancee Jackson, Leslie Bedwell and Linda King.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday February 3, 2012 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Joe Payne officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday one hour prior to the services in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Ladybug Garden Club for the City Beautification Projects.

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


Isaiah Davlynn Thomas Lee Crowe (January 28, 2012)

Isaiah Davlynn Thomas Lee Crowe, infant son of Shaun and Erin (Hawkey) Crowe of Arcanum, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at St. Vincent Women's Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In addition to his parents, Isaiah is survived by his grandparents, Bill and Jenny Hawkey of New Madison; Aunts, Christina and Terry Locke of New Madison, Laura Hall of New Madison, Emily and Tyler Ross of Union City, Ohio, and Nicole Powell of Bradford, Ohio; Uncle Mathew Crowe of Greenville and numerous cousins.

Isaiah is preceded in death by his grandmother, Teresa Ruby.

Shaun and Erin request the presence of family, friends and church family to Cedar Grove Church on Thursday, February 2, 2012 from 6 - 8 PM for a visitation. A graveside service will be held on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM at Abbottsville Cemetery with the Rev. Tony Price being asked to officiate.

The family request memorial contributions be made to the St. Vincent Women's Hospital for the great care the family received during this time of need.

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