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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ronald C. “Hermie” Delk (December 28, 2014)

Ronald C. “Hermie” Delk, 76, of Greenville, passed away Sunday December 28, 2014 at his residence.

He was born July 27, 1938, in Darke County, Ohio, a son of the late Irvin and Martha (Noggle) Delk.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Delk.

Ron was a veteran of the United States Army where he served with the 101st airborne division “Screaming Eagles”.

His is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary K. (Bruner) Delk, whom he married July 5, 1960; 3 children, Timothy (Jennifer) Moore of Delaware, Ohio, Kelly (David) Stull and Susan (Denny) Ruble, both of Greenville, Ohio; 6 grandchildren, Marcus Moore, Amanda Rider, Benjamin and Zachary Stull, Alexandra and Molly Ruble; 3 great grandchildren, Collin and Allison Moore, and Finley Rider; 4 brothers and sisters, Carol Lutz, Joann McKee and Cathy (George) Bashore, all of Greenville, Ohio, and Gary Delk of Washington State.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contribution may be made to the State of the Heart Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331

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

Winifred Jean Voiles (December 27, 2014)

Winifred Jean Voiles age 91, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 9:50 P.M. on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at her residence. Winifred was born August 1, 1923 in Greenville, Ohio to the late Fred & Wilma (Doty) Spence.

Winifred is survived by her husband, Edgar Ray Voiles whom she married March 25, 1945; son & daughter-in-law, Jerry & Susan Voiles of Arcanum, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Judy Voiles of Greenville; grandchildren, Matthew, Mandy, Missy & Troy; and great-grandchildren, Emily, Brody, Brecken, T.J., Phoebe, Payton and Gavin.

In addition to her parents, Winifred was also preceded in death by her son, Tom Hull Voiles on March 23, 2013; and sisters, Helen Pierce and Dorothy Detmer.

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

Doyle E. Burns (December 28, 2014)

Doyle L. Burns, 81 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Sunday December 28, 2014 at 11:47 AM at Reid Hospital, Richmond, Indiana.  He was born February 28, 1933 in New Madison, Ohio the son of the late George E. & Leola Mae (Lawrence) Burns.  He worked at Neff Lettering for 40 years and was a member of the Greenville Moose Lodge.

He is preceded in death by his parents; & his daughter & son in law:  Cindy & Mike Studabaker.

He is survived by his wife:  Jeannette (Marshall) Burns of Greenville; his children:  Barbara J. Burns of Greenville, Sharon Robbins of Hollansburg, Dennis Burns of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Susan Hutzell of Falls Church, Virginia; grandchildren:  Justin Burns, Lisa Hawley, C.J. Robbins, Cathy Whittaker, Scott Studabaker, Kristin Studabaker, Allison Wines, Nicholas Hutzell, & Deanna Smedlund; 7 great grandchildren; numerous cousins & close friends.

Services will be held on Wednesday December 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Venus officiating.  Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.

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

Steven D. Eadler (December 26, 2014)

Steven D. Eadler, 65, of New Madison, passed away on December 26, 2014 at his residence. Steve was born on July 28, 1949 in Richmond, Indiana to the late Forest and Evelyn (Dalrymple) Eadler.

Steve was a 1967 graduate of New Madison High School. He served as mayor of New Madison for 13 years. Steve was on the New Madison Village Council for 10 years and was very active in many community activities. He was on the New Madison Fourth of July Committee, New Madison Christmas Light Committee, and helped with the Tri-Village Backpack Program. Steve was a member and actively involved at New Madison United Methodist Church. Steve had also served as Past President of the Darke County Mayors Association.

In addition to his parents, Steve is preceded in death by a sister and brother in law, Carole and Larry Koons.

Steve is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lisa (Fields) Eadler; two daughters and son in law, Michelle Griffith of Pendleton, Indiana and Jaime and Jason Yelton of Centerville, Ohio; four grandchildren, Garrett and Colyn Griffith, Trinity Yelton and Logan Martin; two brothers and sister in law, Tom Eadler of New Madison, and Dave and Robin Eadler of New Madison; a sister and brother in law, Mary Beth and Patrick Ryan of Tipp City; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM at New Madison United Methodist Church with Rev. Carol Duffield officiating. Friends and guests may visit the family on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM also at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Madison Christmas Lights, New Madison Fourth of July Committee or to New Madison United Methodist Church.

The family is being served by Braund Pope Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com.

Harold Allen Simons (December 27, 2014)

Harold Allen Simons, age 74, of Union City, Ohio passed away at 4:52 P.M. on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at his residence. Harold was born February 28, 1940 in Versailles, Ohio to the late Roy & Elizabeth (McGreevy) Simons.

Harold is survived by his wife of 44 years, Linda (Laine) Simons whom he married July 18, 1970; sons & daughters-in-law, Roy & Angie Simons of Union City, Ohio, Allen & Uni Simons of Milford, Indiana, Kevin Simons of Cromwell, Indiana and Johnny & Cari Simons of Greenville, Ohio; daughters & sons-in-law, Melissa & Tim Lear of Gettysburg, Ohio and Jodie & Dave Gibson of Hollansburg, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters & brother-in-law, Barbara & Paul Wiford of Centerville, Ohio, Helen Gerlach of Dayton, Ohio and Carol Shrayer of Sidney, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Harold was also preceded in death by 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

Harold retired from Anchor Hocking in 2002 with 33 years of service. He was a member of the Versailles Eagles for many years.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, January 2, 2015 at Zechar Bailey funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Matthew O’Shell officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens in Darke County. The family will receive friends on Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Jerome B. “Jerry” Brown (December 26, 2014)

Jerome B. “Jerry” Brown age 77, of Versailles, Ohio passed away at 2:48 A.M. on Friday, December 26, 2014 at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana. Jerry was born November 12, 1937 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Arden E. & Florence M. (Petitjean) Brown.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Carol A. (Deaton) Brown whom he married March 10, 1959; sons & daughters-in-law, Robert A. Brown of Versailles, Gary M. & Linda Brown of Versailles, David S. & Peggy Brown of Albany and Jeff R. & Carrie Brown of Versailles; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and brothers & sister-in-law, Bro. Jude Brown of Celina, Gene & Johanna Brown of Versailles and Nelson Brown of Greenville.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Pamela Brown; and brother, Lowell Brown.

Jerry served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Jerry retired from General Motors after 32 years of service. He was a Golden Eagle member of the Versailles Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2347 and member of the Covington AmVets.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Bailey Zechar Funeral home in Versailles with Rev. Fr. James Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles with Military Honors conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Darke County. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Clement O. “Clem” Eckstein (December 26, 2014)

Clement O. “Clem” Eckstein age 81, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 2:33 P.M. on Friday, December 26, 2014 at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville. Clem was born July 14, 1933 in Wendelin, Ohio to the late Clement R. & Teresa (Rammel) Eckstein.

Clem is survived by his wife, Eileen (Schmidt) Eckstein whom he married October 3, 1959; children, Dominic Eckstein & friend, Sharon Vogel of Greenville, Lisa & Larry Reigle of Tallahassee, Florida, Dennis Eckstein of Greenville and Rita & Michael Yarwick of Huber Heights; grandchildren, Courtney DiMaio, Brianna Gaffey, Erica Jones, Kailey Kurz, Brealyn Eckstein, Brandon Eckstein, Caitlyn Eckstein, Sophia Yarwick and Alaina Yarwick; great grandchildren, Keelia Gaffey, Layton Higgins and Madelyn Jones; brothers & sisters-in-law, Clarence & Alberta Eckstein of St. Marys and Eugene & Joan Eckstein of Coldwater; sisters & brothers-in-law, Cleophia Brunswick of Coldwater, Hilda & Clete Niekamp of New Bremen, Irene Mowen of New Bremen and Teresa & Bill Bowersock of Spencerville; sister-in-law & brothers-in-law, Virginia Walterbusch of Celina, Charles & Vera Schmidt of Coldwater, Ivo & Roseann Schmidt of Coldwater, Virgil & Velma Schmidt of Chickasaw, Paul & Janet Schmidt of Goshen, Ohio and Urban & Sandy Schmidt of Goshen, Ohio; special friends, the Mike & Sherri Jones Family of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Clem was also preceded in death by sons, Charles & Marvin Eckstein; daughter, Karen Eckstein; daughter-in-law, Cathy Eckstein; brothers, Lee & Herman Eckstein; sisters, Margie Benanzer & Imelda Keller; and father-in-law & mother-in-law, Henry & Leona Schmidt.

Clem was a graduate of the University of Dayton with a B.S. Degree in Education. Clem retired from Greenville High School where he taught for 19 years and Darke County Weight & Measures where he worked for 9 years. Clem was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville. He was a 3rd Degree life member of the Knights of Columbus Greenville Council 1796 where he was a former Grand Knight. He was also a 4th Degree Knight of the Assembly of St. Gasper De Buffalo where he was a former Navigator. Clem was also a member of the Greenville Eagles where he was a Golden Eagle.

Clem was a man with a big heart, who generously gave of himself and touched many lives.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church 233 West Third Street in Greenville with Rev. Fr. John White celebrant. Burial will follow in Miami Memorial Park in Covington. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Wednesday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. A rosary service will be conducted by the 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus at 5:30 P.M. and a 4th Degree Honor Guard Presentation at 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church New Roof Fund. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Jewell Louise Puterbaugh (December 25, 2014)

Jewell Louise Puterbaugh, 88, of Arcanum, Ohio, passed away December 25, 2014 surrounded by her family.

She was born May 28, 1926 in Covington, Ohio, a daughter of the late Tracy and Fae (Fourman) McMaken.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Edgar Nolan Puterbaugh, whom she married Dec. 11th. 1948; brother, Tom McMaken, and sister Jeanne Bridges.

Jewell is survived by her children, Jeff (Susan) Puterbaugh of Arcanum, Eddie (Judy) Puterbaugh of Arcanum, Chris Puterbaugh on Nashville, Ohio, Steve (Dana) Puterbaugh of New Madison, Ohio and Donna (Pat) King of Florida; a special niece, Barb Wolfe of Bradford; brother Rich (Pat) McMaken of Covington, Ohio and Pat Anderson of Bradford, Ohio; Jim (Polly) McMaken of Covington, Ohio, and numerous grandchildren and step grandchildren, great grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will follow in the Abbottsville, Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45420.

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

Dorothy May Rismiller (December 25, 2014)

Dorothy May Rismiller, 92, of Greenville, formerly of Versailles, passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Rest Haven in Greenivlle.

She was born February 6, 1922, in Coldwater, Ohio. A daughter of the late Fred and Fern (Warren) Fullroth.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Homer A. F. Rismiller, whom she married March 21, 1943; Children, Patricia Louise and David Arthur Rismiller; brothers, Edgar, Leonard H. and John Fullroth; sisters Mary Rike, and Martha E. Kanaus.

Dorothy was a member of the St. Pauls Lutheran Church in North Star. As a farmer’s wife her whole life, she ran the family farm. She was not afraid to work the farm, milk the cows and pay the bills. She was a devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by her children, Emma Weyrick of Greenville, Jerry L. (Nancy) Rismiller of Greenville, Steven H. Rismiller of Versailles, Michael (Millie) Rismiller of Versailles and Gail (Jerry) Lunsford of Batavia, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be held 1pm Monday, December 29, 2014 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in North Star, Ohio. Burial will follow in the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends on Monday from 11am until the time of service at the church.

Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

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

Ralph E. Hileman Sr. (December 25th, 2014)

Ralph E. Hileman Sr., 83 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on December 25th.  He was born April 23, 1931 in New Madison, Ohio to Charles Hileman Sr. & Lucille Anderson.

Ralph served in the US Army from m1950 to 1953 in the Korean War and the Army Reserves until 1960.

Ralph was a retired truck driver and loved spending his time with his family and friends, playing bingo and talking trucks.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife Norma (Hawkey), an infant daughter Linda in 1951, a grandson Scotty Niswonger in 1982, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

Left to cherish his memory are his children Vickie (Jerry) Crawford of Greenville, Ralph (Vicky) Hileman Jr. of New Madison, Betty (Bret) Brant of West Manchester, and David (Kelly) Hileman of Arcanum, 9 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandsons, sister:  Marguerite Glunt of Greenville and several nieces & nephews, his little Chihuahua Buttons, his coffee buddies & the girls at Back In Time restaurant.

Services will be held on Tuesday December 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Eric Fee officiating.  Burial will follow in Greenmound Cemetery, New Madison, Ohio.  Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday December 29, 2014 at the funeral home.  Veteran’s services will be conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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

Torrance Ashlyn Symone Nichols (December 25, 2014)

Infant Torrance Ashlyn Symone Nichols, 3 days of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Thursday December 25, 2014 at 12:40 AM at Wayne Healthcare. She was born December 22, 2014 in Greenville, Ohio the daughter of Andrea Nichols of Greenville, & Wayland Block of Troy.

She is survived by her parents; brother: Terence Nichols; several ½ brothers & sisters; maternal grandparents: Shirley & Ivan Nichols; paternal grandparents: Claudia & Tom Block; several aunts, uncles, & cousins.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday January 3, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Greenville Cemetery Baby land. Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday January 2, 2015 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to The United Way of Darke County.

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

Harold Arthur Weese (December 23, 2014)

Harold Arthur Weese age 75, of Greenville, Ohio went to be with Jesus at 10:40 P.M. on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at his residence with his loving family at his side. Harold was born April 1, 1939 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Arthur E. & Catherine (Wagner) Weese.

Harold is survived by his wife, Lois B. (Raines) Weese whom he married June 12, 1959; children, Pam & David Furlong of New Paris, Scott & Rhonda Weese of Greenville and Kim & Dave McMahan of New Madison; grandchildren, Briana Weese & fiancé, Dylan Meyers, Jacob Furlong, Natasha McMahan, Tristin McMahan and Rylee McMahan; great-grandson, Kysan Weese; nieces & nephews, Kathy Bowen, Sharon Bishop, Tim Weese, Barbara Wacker, Craig Hoblit and Donnie Hoblit; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by his brothers, Dale Weese and Jim O’Brian; and sister, Jean Hoblit.

Harold was a member of the Greenview Calvary Tabernacle in Dayton where he was very active. Harold was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed woodworking, camping, antique cars, and traveling to Pigeon Forge and Israel. Harold retired from Cadillac Gage in Greenville with 24 years of service as a machine operator.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, December 29, 2014 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Tim Livingston and Jim Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow in the new section of Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. and Monday from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Maude Ellen Butts (December 23, 2014)

Maude Ellen Butts, 96, went to be with the Lord at 11:25 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at the Village Green Healthcare Center in Greenville. Maude was born December 30, 1917 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Harley Earl & Julia Ann (Bixler) Marker.

Maude was preceded in death by her husband Raymond O. Butts to whom she had been married for 67 years; and four daughters Carolyn, Jane, and Marilyn Butts and Elaine Smith.
Maude is survived by daughters, Dorothy A. Beck of Troy, Billie Raye (Carl) Hess of Yoder, Indiana; son, Ray E. "Dean" (Susan) Butts of Greenville, son-in-law Jack Smith of Piqua; ten grandchildren, Rev. Stephen (Amy) Anthony, of Toledo, Ronald (Deb) Anthony, of Piqua, Tricia (Marty) Sutter of Marysville, Stephanie (Scott) Snell of Greenville, Denea (Brian) Collier of Toledo, Alisa (Stuart) Beisner of Versailles, Ryan (Kurstin) Butts of Ballwin, Missouri, and Gary (Brenda) Hess, Linda (Gary) Hitzeman and Dean (Laurel) Hess all of Indiana; twelve great-grandchildren and thirteen great-great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Mowery of West Carrollton; brothers, Otha Marker and Russel "Ike" Marker both of Greenville; and many nieces and nephews.

Maude was an active member of Christian Missionary Alliance Church of Greenville where she was a Sunday School Teacher, Deaconess and choir member. Maude retired from Neff Lettering after being a supervisor for 30 years. Maude was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She enjoyed reading and working crossword puzzles.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Stephen Anthony officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery in Darke County. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Missionary Alliance Church of Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Evelyn Emma Hall (December 23, 2014)

Evelyn Emma Hall “Grandma” age 97, of Greenville passed away peacefully with her family at her side at 3:29 A.M. on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Village Green Healthcare Center in Greenville. Evelyn was born January 3, 1917 in Darke County to the late Alonzo & Dora (Hunt) Holsopple.

Evelyn is survived by her daughter & son-in-law, Lois J. & Wilbur Hoblit of Greenville; son, Larry K. Hall & special friend, Kelly of Kettering; grandchildren, Wayne Hoblit, Elaine & Junior Cotterman, Scott & Sherry Hall and Steve & Annette Hall; great-grandsons, Brian, Erick, Jeremy, Adam, Tyler & Aaron; brother, Ronnie Holsopple of Greenville; sister, Betty Vietor of Greenville; and the love of her life, her dog, Snuggles.

In addition to her parents, Evelyn was also preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Hall on July 25, 2006 whom she married August 30, 1934; grandson, Todd Hoblit; and sister, Arlene Holsopple.

Evelyn was a member of the Greenville Eagles Ladies Auxiliary and the Greenville Moose. She loved fishing, playing cards, dancing and traveling, especially to Hawaii.

There will be no public services. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Abbottsville Cemetery in Darke County. Memorial contributions may be made to the Darke County Humane Society 7053 State Route 49 North Greenville, Ohio 45331. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Martha Mong (December 22, 2014)

Martha Mong age 96, of Columbus, Ohio and formerly of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 1:25 A.M. on Monday, December 22, 2014 at Willow Brook Christian Communities in Columbus, Ohio. Martha was born December 15, 1918 in Greenville, Ohio to the late Richard & Hazel (Barry) Mannix.

Martha is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Dennis & Paula Mong of Columbus; daughters & son-in-law, Gloria Brubaker of Powell and Barbara & Gary Hill of Pitsburg; grandchildren, David & Jeniffer Brubaker, Stephanie & Joe Humenay, Christine & Rusty Chapman, Molly & Brian Ring, Brian Mong, Adam Mong, Kevin Mong and Sarah & Luke Powell; and great-grandchildren, Allie Humenay, Emma Humenay, Connor Humenay, Jack Humenay, Tyson Chapman, Ryan Chapman, Brody Chapman, Landon Ring and Avery Ring.

In addition to her parents, Martha was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Mong; son, D. Robert Mong; brother, Michael Mannix; and sisters, Patricia and Catherine Mannix.

Martha was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville and St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Columbus.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the convenience of the family with Rev. Fr. Ron Haft celebrant. Burial will be in the Greenville Cemetery in Greenville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Willow Brook Foundation 100 Willow Brook Way South Delaware, Ohio 43015 or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

John H. Toops (December 21, 2014)

John H. Toops, 90, of Greenville, formerly of Arcanum, passed away early Sunday morning, December 21, 2014 at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center.

He was born May 9, 1924 in West Alexandria, Ohio , son of the late Andrew and Icy (Bennett) Toops. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Irene (Beasley) Toops who passed away January 29, 2005; and 12 brothers and sisters

John had owned a family business, the Arcanum Bakery, member of the Castine Church of the Brethren, lifetime member of the VFW in Arcanum, and served in the United States Navy during WWII.

He is survived by his children, Gary (Shirley) Toops of Middleburg, FL, Patricia (Terry) Baker of Greenville, Jill (Doug) Rauscher of Arcanum; 6 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren.

Services will be held 10 AM, Saturday, December 27, at the Castine Church of the Brethren, 644 US 127 Arcanum, OH with the Pastor Gary Cloyd officiating. Burial will follow in the Arlington Cemetery near Brookville.

The family will receive friends Friday, from 5 to 7 PM at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville, and again an hour before the service at the Church. In lieu of the flowers memorials be given to State of the Heart Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331

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

Ted Williams (December 21, 2014)

Ted Williams, age 97 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 6:25 P.M. Sunday December 21, 2014 at the Brethren Retirement Community Greenville, Ohio. Ted was born September 11, 1917 in Greenville, Ohio where he lived his entire life and the son of the late J. Lendall and Louise Williams.

He was a veteran of W.W. II serving in the U.S. Army, authored several books, some of which were written when he was in his eighties and had a life-long love affair with golf and was a former Greenville City Champion.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Ondalee (Fisher) Williams July of 1999.

Ted was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by two sons: Ted (Sally) Williams Jr. of Kettering and Joel (Karen) Williams of Centerville; two grandchildren Stacey Shook and Brad Williams, along with four great grandchildren.

Private family services will be held at the convenience of the family in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Chaplain Todd Reish officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery.

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

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

Edith E. Cool (December 22, 2014)

Edith E. Cool age 90, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 6:57 A.M. on Monday, December 22, 2014 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville. Edith was born February 16, 1924 in Ansonia, Ohio to the late Harold E. & Eleanor (Boyd) Schmidt.

Edith is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, T.J. & Betsy Cool of Troy; daughters & sons-in-law, Connie & Charlie Swartz of Mocksville, North Carolina and Carrol & Joe Martino of Greenville; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; brother & sister-in-law, Don & Lynette Schmidt of West Alexander; sister & brother-in-law, Judy & Richard Schmidt of Lewisburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Edith is also preceded in death by her husband, Ray E. Cool on July 9, 1989 whom she married July 18, 1941; son, Thomas R. Cool; sister, Kay Frazee; and brother, Charles Schmidt.

Edith worked at Iddings Hardware in Greenville where she was a sales clerk. Edith was a member of the Greenville Senior Citizens and loved to play bingo.

The family will receive friends on Friday, December 26, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville immediately followed by a graveside service at Greenville Township Memorial Gardens with Rev. Lowell Miller officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Rest Haven Nursing Home or State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Monday, December 22, 2014

Floyd R. Brewer (December 21, 2014)

Floyd R. Brewer, age 82, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 12:20 AM at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Greenville, Ohio. He was born on March 26, 1932 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Robert & Marie (Bowman) Brewer.

He is survived by his children, Elaine Pooler of Springfield, Ohio, Richard (Gayle Cohn) Brewer of Englewood, Ohio, and Tammy (Terry) Curtis of Rossburg, Ohio; 5 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; sister, Judy C. Brewer of Greenville; as well as his dog, Mousey.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Doris J. (Baker) Brewer whom he married on August 21, 1951; and son, Terry Brewer.

Floyd is a member of Stelvideo Christian Church and Darke County Sheriff’s Auxiliary. He worked at the Dairy Maid, American Aggregates, then retiring from the Greenville City School System. He raised Beef Cattle and was a foster parent for 26 years parenting 62 kids. He loved dogs and was a supporter of the Buckeye Sheriff’s Association.

There will be a service held on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Burial will follow in the Stelvideo Cemetery, Stelvideo, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 from 5-8 PM at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the Darke County Humane Society or Gettysburg Rescue Squad.

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

Kevin R. Force (December 14, 2014)

Kevin R. Force, 41 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Sunday December 14, 2014 at his residence. He was born December 16, 1972 in Troy, Ohio, the son of Judy (Smith) Force of Greenville and the late Joseph “Joe” Force.

He worked for L.J. DeWeese.

He is preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his mother: Judy (Smith) Force; his significant other: Maria Bennett; children: Michael Christian Bennett, Bre Bennett, & Bailey Bennett; his brother & sister in law: Todd & Shelly Force; nephew: Chris Force; niece & spouse: Ashley & Jarvis martin; 2 great nephews.

Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday December 19, 2014 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cross-Goldsmith Memorial Fund in care of Greenville National Bank.

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

Monday, December 15, 2014

Theodore Emerson Sprowl (December 14, 2014)

Theodore Emerson Sprowl, 31, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014, at his residence.

He was born on May 17, 1983, in Greenville Ohio, son of Robert Gene Sprowl and Michelle Diane (Richards) Sprowl. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Lester and Peggy Richards, and Leroy Sprowl.

Theodore was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Bradford OH, past poster child for Muscular Dystrophy Association, and he had received the Wright Patt young hero award.

He is survived by his parents; step dad, Scott Wages; step mom, Amy Sprowl; a brother, Nathaniel Sprowl; step brothers, Shane and Shawn Sprowl; grandmother, Barbara (Richard) Miller; step grandmother, Pam Brooks; special “Adoptive Grandmother”, Christine Swank; numerous aunt, uncles, cousins and friends.

A memorial services will be held at a later date for the convenience of the family. The family request that memorial contributions be given to the Ronald McDonald House, 711 East Livingston Ave., Columbus, Ohio 45205

Arrangements have been entrusted to Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville, Ohio.

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

Harold D. Oda (December 14, 2014)

Harold D. Oda, 78 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Sunday December 14, 2014 at 7:22 AM at Cypress Pointe Care Center, Englewood, Ohio. He was born July 12, 1936 in Darke County, Ohio the son of the late Joseph C. & Dessie M. (Gentner) Oda. He served in the National Guard and worked at Fort Recovery Industries in the Maintenance Department.

He was a Member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church where he served on church council for 12 years and also St. Paul Lutheran Church; Greenville Eagles.

He is preceded in death by his parents; & his brother: Richard Oda.

He is survived by his children: Joseph Oda of Covington, Ohio, & Danielle M. Oda of Piqua, Ohio; grandchildren: Kyle Oda, Dillon Oda, Presley Oda, & Jacob Sowry; sisters: Mary Rue of Coldwater, Ohio, Dorothy Long of Tampa, Florida.

Services will be held on Friday December 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 131 East Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Peter Menke officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday December 18, 2014 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or Hospice of Dayton.

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

Phillip Darrell Stilts (December 11, 2014)

Phillip Darrell Stilts, November 24, 1937 - December 11, 2014 age 77 years 17 days passed away at 9:43 AM on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at West Chester Hospital in West Chester, Ohio. Phil was born November 24, 1937 in Union City, Ohio to the late Nellie Gertrude (Resor) Stilts.

Phil serviced in the Marine Corp from 1955-1961 and worked at Tate Manufacturing, Shellar Globe, New Idea, & Corning Glass. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Greenville.

Phil is survived by his wife of 51 years Marlene (Schafer) Stilts whom he married June 9, 1963. Their children are Cheryl (Stilts) Peters & husband Jeff Peters of Greenville, Brian & Christine Stilts of West Chester, Ohio; grandchildren are Corey Stilts, Whitley Hartman, Jacob Stilts, Zachary Stilts, Miera Stilts, Brittany Peters, Drake Peters, & Jessica Peters; sisters & brothers in law: Beverly & Dick Key & Sharon Redfern; & numerous nieces & nephews.

Services will be held on Tuesday December 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM at St. John Lutheran Church, 7418 State Route 121 N Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Patti Morelock officiating. Burial will follow in St. John Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends 1 hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.

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

John E. Griesdorn (December 11, 2014)

John E. Griesdorn, 67 of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 11:22 PM at Upper Valley Medical Center. He was born January 16, 1947 in Greenville, Ohio the son of the late Edwin “Jiggs” & Mary Jane (Treon) Griesdorn. He retired From General Motors Department 32 after 32 years.

He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church, Versailles Eagles, & a Social member of The Versailles Vets Club.

He is preceded in death by his parents; & his granddaughter: Taylor Marie Griesdorn.

He is survived by his wife: Marilyn (Ecabert) Griesdorn of Versailles whom he married February 20, 1971; his children & spouses: Sheri & Alec Broadfoot of Powell, Ohio, Brian & Lori (Schlater) Griesdorn of Versailles, Kimberly & Bret Ayers of Coldwater, Eric Griesdorn of Versailles; grandchildren: Maggie, Cameron, & Natalie Broadfoot, Zachary, Katelyn, & A.J. Griesdorn, Emma, Paige, Mason, & Lauren Ayers; brother & sister in law: Robert & Gina Griesdorn of Piqua; & numerous nieces & nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St. Denis Catholic Church 14 E. Wood Street, Versailles, Ohio with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 and from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Wednesday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Versalles Veterans Honor Guard or the Center for Neurological Development, Burkettsville, Ohio.

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

Larry Ray Henry (December 11, 2014)

Larry Ray Henry, 74, of Union City, Ohio, passed away early, Thursday morning at the Union City Care Center in Union City, Ohio.

Services will be at 1 PM Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Braund Pope Funeral Home, Family and friends may visit I hour prior to service.

Family request Memorial contributions be given to Braund Pope Funeral Home.

Byron “Dean” Curtis (December 10, 2014)

Byron “Dean” Curtis, 82 of New Madison, Ohio passed away on Wednesday December 10, 2014 at 12:48 PM at Village Green Care Center, Greenville, Ohio. He was born September 1, 1932 in Pleasant Hill, Ohio the son of the late Roy & Media Curtis. He retired from Fram Corp. after 42 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife: Doris G. Curtis on August 31, 2012; 2 brothers; 7 sisters; & 1 ½ brother.

He is survived by his children & spouses: Marta Curtis of New Madison, Teresa Newbauer of New Madison, Joseph & Valerie Curtis of New Madison, & Raezean & David Johnson of Maryville, Tennessee; 4 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sister: Barbara Trissel of Piqua; & numerous nieces & nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday December 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Palestine Cemetery, Palestine, Ohio. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice.

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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lester E. Ward Jr. (December 10, 2014)

Lester E. Ward Jr., 92 of Versailles, Ohio passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday December 10, 2014 at 6:35 AM. He was born September 17, 1922 in Centerville, Indiana the son of the late Lester E. & Helen Marie (Killen) Ward Sr.

He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II where he was a Prisoner of War and received the Purple Heart. He was a farmer.

He was a member of the Greenville American Legion Post #140, Greenville V.F.W., the American Chianina Association, the Ohio Chianina Association, the Darke County Cattlemen’s Association, & a Board Member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, a Member of the Darke County School Board, a Member of the Montgomery County JVS Board; he received numerous Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Awards; the Who’s Who Award, numerous Herdsman Awards, numerous Government Certificates, & numerous Government Recognitions.

He is preceded in death by his parents; & sister: Mary Cummins.

He is survived by his wife: Marlene N. (Bowman) Ward of Versailles; his children & spouses: Leslie E. & Debra Ward of Versailles, Roger K. & Danna Miller of Beamsville; 5 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; brother & sister in law: Donald & Joann Ward of Richmond, Indiana; sisters & brothers in law: Jeraldine Osborne of Richmond, Indiana, Rozella & Eddie Garrett of Richmond, Indiana, Glenda & John Keller of Richmond, Indiana.

Services will be held on Monday December 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Ted McCurdy officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sunday December 14, 2014 and 1 hour prior to services on Monday at the funeral home. Veterans Graveside Services will be conducted by the Versailles Veterans Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wayne Healthcare Cancer Center or State of the Heart Hospice.

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

John Wendell Spidel (December 3, 2014)

John Wendell Spidel, 77, of Bonita Springs, Florida and Maumee, Ohio passed away on December 3, 2014 at Avow Hospice in Naples, Florida.

John was born in Greenville, Ohio on March 11, 1937. He was Proceeded in death by his parents Sarah (Dohme) and Wilbur D. Spidel; Sisters, Gretchen K. Pequignot and Collette S. Eikenberry; Brothers in law, Nils G. Eikenberry and John R. Lynch.

He is survived by the love of his life, Jane Lynch Spidel, whom he married on September 4, 1960, and lovingly called Janie; cherished children, Daughter, Susan Lynne Spidel and husband Jim Wiginton and Son, Douglas Alan Spidel and wife Mara; his precious grandchildren whom he adored, Jordan Elizabeth Spidel, John Robert Spidel and Jade Elise Spidel; Brothers, George J. Spidel and wife Kathy, David L. Spidel and wife Mariette, and Wilbur D. Spidel II (Sam); Sister in law, Lianne J Spidel; and Brothers in law, Robert H. Pequignot and Don D. Lynch and wife Nadine, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

John graduated in the class of 1955 from Greenville High School. He was quarterback of the undefeated 1954 M.V.L. football team and also played on the 1955 M.V.L. championship basketball team. He was awarded MVP in both sports for his efforts. John also earned All League and All State honors in both football and basketball.

John followed his father’s footsteps to The University of Michigan where he received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and his M.B.A. While at Michigan, John continued to excel in athletics earning his numerals in freshman basketball and lettering 3 years in football. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and Druids Honorary Society. John remained an “M Man” all of his life and was a loyal member of The University of Michigan Letter winners M Club and the Victors Club.

Following graduation, John served in the United States Marine Corp Reserves for 6 years.

John started his business career with Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan and was later transferred to Boston. He then moved to New York City and spent 3 years there. John returned home to Greenville, Ohio in 1966 and began his nearly 30 year career with American Aggregates Corporation. He retired in 1993 as Vice President of Administration and was a member of the Board of Directors.

John sat on the Greenville City Board of Education and the board of the Darke County YMCA, serving both organizations as a member and President. He was also a member of the Greenville Toastmasters.

John was a life long member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church. He served on the Church council as a member and President and was a key member of the evangelism committee. He was also instrumental in the formation of the St Paul’s Lutheran Church endowment fund.

John was a loving son, husband, father, brother and grandfather, a loyal friend, an exemplary citizen, a faithful member to his church, an honest man and a true gentleman. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Services for John will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, December 13, 2014 in St Paul’s Lutheran Church 131 East Fourth Street Greenville, Ohio. Pastor Peter B. Menke will preside and graveside burial will immediately follow in Greenville Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. on Friday, December 12 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio and on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until time of the services in the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to The John W. Spidel Memorial Fund for football safety equipment C/O Greenville City Schools, St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 West Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331 or St Paul’s Lutheran Church.

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

Richard C. “Dick” Francis (December 7, 2014)

Richard C. “Dick” Francis, age 70, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM at his residence. He was born on January 5, 1944 in Greenville, Ohio, to the late Carl & Amelia (Simon) Francis.

He is survived by his wife, Carol (Mescher) Francis of Versailles, Ohio, whom he married on July 25, 1992; son and daughter in law, Jeff & Angie Francis of Versailles; daughters and sons in law, Julie & Matt Traver of Findlay, Ohio, and Carrie & Ken Schoen of Ft. Recovery, Ohio; grandchildren, Ethan, Owen, Ava, Ella and Nora Schoen, Anne Traver, Kelsey, Ross and Collin Francis; mother in law, Sally Mescher of Versailles; brother, John Francis of Athens, Ohio; sisters and brother in law, Linda & James Davidson of Versailles and Connie Droesch of Versailles; as well as extended family members of the Wehrkamp, Mescher and Francis families.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife, Jane Francis; daughters, Laurie Ann Francis and Allyson Mescher; brother, Lawrence “Larry” Francis; infant sister, Mary Rose Francis; sister in law, Jan Francis; brother in law, Ralph Droesch; father and mother in law, Ernest “Slim” & Mary Jean Wehrkamp; and father in law, Ralph Mescher.

Dick worked as the Part’s Manager at Willowdell Sales as well as part time at Lefeld Implement. He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church and an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid sports fan especially watching his kids and grandkids play. He enjoyed playing softball, played baseball for the Western Ohio League, he enjoyed watching the Reds and loved yard work.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St. Denis Catholic Church, Versailles, Ohio, with Rev. Fr. Ron Haft celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Louis Catholic Church Cemetery, North Star, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 2-8 PM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio, as well as from 9-10 Thursday at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio, 45331. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Jeanne Withrow Barr (December 6, 2014)

Jeanne Withrow Barr, age 89 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 8:10 P.M. Saturday December 6, 2014 at the Village Green Nursing Home Greenville, Ohio. Jeanne was born April 14, 1925 in Darke County, Ohio and the daughter of the late Harold A. & Olive (Dull) Withrow.

Jeanne retired in 1972 as the former co-owner with her husband John of the Greenville Machine & Tool Company.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Greenville, a former member of the Greenville V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary of Greenville, was the former Music Director at the Nashville Methodist Church and had been Soloist for the Girls Glee Club in Dayton. Jeanne especially enjoyed spending time with her family and watching sporting events.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John A. Barr February 14, 2003; grandchildren Shannon Renee Barr and Joseph C. Sink; son in law Larry Sink; brother Harold (Beatrice) Withrow Jr.; sisters Helen W. (Hayward) Geddes and Martha L. (Harold) Deeter,; brothers in law Jacob W. (Mary Louise) Barr, Forrest (Juanita) Barr and Lawrence E. (Evelyn) Barr.

Jeanne is survived by her children Marilyn A. “Becky” (Larry) Ellis of Greenville, Cindy L. Sink of Rossburg, Joseph W. (Tracy) Barr of New Madison, John M. (Diana) Barr of Lewisburg and Elisa B. (Gary) Besecker of Greenville; 16 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; brother in law Robert M. (Phyllis) Barr of Jamestown and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday December 12, 2014 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Chaplain Candi Null officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenmound Cemetery New Madison, Ohio.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. in the funeral home.

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

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

John E. Nickol (December 6, 2014)

John E. Nickol, age 81, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:50 AM at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. He was born on July 30, 1933 in Versailles, Ohio, to the late Edwin H. & Mary A. (Printz) Nickol.

He is survived by his wife Ramona June (Lanich) Nickol of Versailles, Ohio whom he married on June 15, 1953; daughters, Penny (Doug) Zirkle of St. Paris, Ohio, and Johna (Chuck) Hemmelgarn of North Star, Ohio; sons, Kelly Nickol of Versailles and Larry (Rocky) Nickol of Indianapolis, Indiana; grandchildren, Ashley (Gina) Zirkle, Lee (Denise) Hemmelgarn, Lindsay (Michael) Costlow, Jay (Kendra) Hemmelgarn and Beau (Gina) Hemmelgarn; great grandchildren, Teagan, Anna, Mason, Julia, Naomi, Desmond, Ian and Alex; brothers & sisters in law, Fred (Iris) Nickol of Versailles, Ramon (Rosie) Nickol of Versailles, Van (Marie) Nickol of Tucson, Arizona, and Peggy Nickol of Tucson, Arizona; sisters and brother in law, Miriam (Ed) Paulus of Norman, Oklahoma, and Myrna Gigandet of Versailles; sister in law, Hazel Nickol of Versailles; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his infant daughter, Wendy Kay Nickol; brothers, Edwin and Neil Nickol; infant sister, Margie Nickol; brothers in law, Delaine Gehle and Norman Gigandet.

John was a member of the United States Army. John was a Memorial Craftsman and a member of the Eagles in Versailles, Versailles United Methodist Church, Vets Club, Amateur Trap Shooting Association and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He was the president of the Greenlawn Cemetery Board for 40 years and loved to hunt and fish.

There will be a service held on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio, with Pastor Chuck MacKeen officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Monday, December 8, 2014 from 4-8 PM at the funeral home as well as one hour prior to the service.

It is the wishes of the family that the memorial contributions are given to the Darke County Humane Society or the Versailles Emergency Medical Services.

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

Julie Edsall (December 5, 2014)

Julie Edsall, age 51, of Gettysburg, Ohio, passed away on Friday, December 5, 2014 at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. She was born on June 29, 1963 in Alton, Illinois, to Norma (Juergensen) Arnetz of Dayton, Ohio, and the late Delbert Edsall.

She is survived by her son and daughter in law, Tyler & Megan Algeo of Maryland; daughter, Angelica Algeo of Maryland; grandchildren, Logan & Chloe Algeo and Brycen & Kacyn Skidmore; siblings, Sara, Katie, Dana, Roger, Mary, Nancee, Regan, Joe and John; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father she is preceded in death by her son, Billy Joe Skidmore and brother, David Edsall.

There will be a service held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Burial will follow in the Gettysburg Cemetery, Gettysburg, Ohio. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions are given the Darke County Humane Society or Community Unity.

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

Pearl Esther King (December 5, 2014)

Pearl Esther King, age 91, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 3:00 PM at the Oakley House, Greenville, Ohio. She was born on August 13, 1923 in Phillipsburg, Ohio, to the late Lee & Ada (Miller) Garber.

She is survived by her sons and daughter in law, Philip J. & Rebecca King of Greenville and Kenneth E. King of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Jill Flory, Deborah Flora and Jordan King; great grandchildren, Emma Flory, Renae Flora, Tucker Flora, Larke Flory and Becca Flory; sisters and brother in law, Treva & George Flora of Brookville, Gladys & Merle Benedict of Greenville, Wilma & Everett Brubaker of Brookville and Betty & Harvey Bowman of Brookville; sister in law, Helen Garber of Union, Ohio; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas L. King whom she married on May 18, 1941; grandson, Bradley King; daughter in law, Donna King; brother, Richard Garber; and sisters, Margaret Lesh and Mable Flora.

Pearl was a homemaker and a member of the Old German Baptist Church.

There will be a service held on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Miller Grove Old German Baptist Church near Palestine, Ohio, with the Home Brethren officiating. Burial will follow in the Miller Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Monday, December 8, 2014 from 3-5 PM and 6-8 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

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

Friday, December 5, 2014

William E. “Bill” Fletcher (December 4, 2014)

William E. “Bill” Fletcher age 69, of Glasgow, Kentucky and formerly of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 7:25 A.M. on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at his residence. Bill was born October 16, 1945 in Greenville, Ohio to the late Herman A. & Frances Jane (Brinley) Fletcher Sr.

Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carolyn Jo (Garbig) Fletcher whom he married January 11, 1964; son, Brett Alan Fletcher of Glasgow, Kentucky; grandchildren, Brian Fletcher of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Mike Crampton of North Ridgeville, Ohio and John Crampton of Middleburg Heights, Ohio; brothers & sisters-in-law, Herman A. & Valerie Fletcher Jr. of North Ridgeville, Ohio, Richard & Evelyn Fletcher of Greenville, Ohio and David Fletcher of Greenville, Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Bill is also preceded in death by a daughter, Krystal Fletcher; and half-brothers, Ralph Mikesell and Bill Petry.

Bill was a field sales engineer for BR Retreading in Glasgow, Kentucky. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Berea, Ohio.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Sylvia McKibben officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery in Darke County, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. A Lodge of Sorrow will be conducted by the Greenville Elks Lodge at 5:15 P.M. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner Hospital for Children Burn Care 3229 Burnet Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45229-3095 or Barren River Animal Welfare Association P.O. Box 171 Glasgow, Kentucky 42141. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Holli L. Anderson (December 2, 2014)

Holli L. Anderson, age 31, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7:58 PM at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center, Greenville, Ohio. She was born on January 23, 1983 in Greenville, Ohio, to Tony Anderson and Connie (Yohey) Shiverdecker both of Greenville.

In addition to her parents she is survived by children, Kyla & Gavin Gerace of Greenville; brother, Nick Anderson of Greenville; sister and brother in law, Tracy & Steve Bailey of Greenville; niece and nephew, Parker and Kaylyn Bailey; grandmothers, Alice Anderson and Shirley Yohey both of Greenville; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her grandfathers, Dave Anderson and Robert “Gene” Yohey; and step father, Dave Shiverdecker.

Holli was studying cosmetology and business at Miami Jacobs Career College and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Eagles in Greenville. She was a graduate of Greenville High School class of 2002. She loved cooking, outdoors and movies. She was a very loving and devoted mother and will be missed.

There will be a visitation held on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 4-8 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family with a burial following in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Greenville, Ohio. There will be a celebration of life service held at a later date.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the Darke County Cancer Association or State of the Heart Hospice.

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

Richard V. Johnson (December 3, 2014)

Richard V. Johnson, 78, of Greenville, OH, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Heartland of Greenville.

He was born January 31, 1936 in Ft. Recovery OH, son of the late Floyd and Eva (Wright) T Johnson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys I. (Mills) Johnson who passed away February 5, 2012; brother, Jim Johnson.

Richard had worked at Fram of Greenville for over 30 years when he retired in 1985, and he also was a farmer.

He is survived by his children, Lesa (David) Trump of Rossburg and Julie Cockrell of New Madison; stepsons, John R. Lam, Jr. of Peachtree City, GA Tommy Dee (Tania) Lam of Bradenton, FL; grandchildren, Tommy Lam, Michael Lam, Justin, Lam, Jeremy Cheyne, Christopher Plessinger, Davian Trump, Braxten Trump and John R. Lam III; sisters, Janis (Adonis) Maxwell of FL and Jeanne (John) Horn of West Union; and a sister-in-law Connie Johnson of Coldwater.

Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, December 6 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville,OH. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, December 5 from 6 to 8 PM. The family request that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice.

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

Hiram M. "Junior", Kohli Jr. (November 28, 2014)

Hiram M. "Junior", Kohli Jr., 88, of Greenville, OH passed away Friday, November 28, 2014 at Heartland of Greenville.

He was born October 11, 1926 in Pandora, Ohio, a son of the late Hiram M. and Sarah Jane (Wenger) Kohli.

Junior had previous owned Ohio Northern Egg Company in Huntington, WV, and had served in the Army. He gave the opening Swiss invocation's for Swiss Days in Berne, IN and Swiss invocations Scripture reading yearly for Swiss Days and Bluffton College.

He is survived by his wife, Rosanna M. (Sprunger) Kohli whom he married on January 16, 1948; sons, K. David (Jean) Kohli of Ft. Wayne, IN and Kreg (Barbara) Kohli of Greenville; grandchildren, Dr. Marc (Lisa) Kohli, Cheryl (Phil) Ealing, Zachary (Lauren) Kohli and Josh (Veronica) Kohli; great grandchildren, Anna Ealing, Samantha Ealing and Aubrey Ealing; and a brother, Eugene (Marcele) Kohli.

Private services and burial at the Greenville Cemetery will be held at the conveniences of the family. The family request that memorial contributions be given to Senior Service Man in the care of John Schmidt, 1311 Sugar Maple Drive, Greenville, OH.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville, OH.

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

Mary Ellen (Bloomfield) Woodruff (November 30, 2014)

Mary Ellen (Bloomfield) Woodruff, 71 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Sunday November 30, 2014 at 11:40 PM at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. She was born April 14, 1943 in Lima, Ohio the daughter of the late Ottis & Hattie Mae (Watson) Bloomfield. She worked as a Nurse’s Aide at the Union City Hospital and also worked at Fram. She was a member of the First Congregational Church; she loved doing crafts, playing video games and traveling.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband: David E. Woodruff on July 27, 2012 whom she married July 1, 1961; her sister: Barbara Ann (Bloomfield) Swafford.

She is survived by her children: David E. Woodruff of Rossburg, Eugene E. Woodruff of Sidney, Kathryn Flatter of Cincinnati, Nannette K. Spahr of Greenville; grandchildren: Jenny, Eric, Ryan, Austin, Savannah, Jerry, Justin, & Nick; 3 great grandchildren; Beloved best friend: Peppe; & several good friends.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday December 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Ted McCurdy officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fort Jefferson, Ohio. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Christian Church or Dayton Heart Hospital.

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

Monday, December 1, 2014

T. Robert (Bob) Bennett (November 28th, 2014)

T. Robert (Bob) Bennett, 87, passed away November 28th, 2014 in his home surrounded by family.

Bob was born on April 6, 1927 in Braffetsville, Ohio, to George V. and Velma I. Bennett.

He attended New Madison School and graduated in 1945. He then served in the United States Navy from April 1945 to July 1946 before returning to Ohio and farming.

Bob loved to share his stories with those around him. Often these stories revolved around growing up, fishing trips or life lessons.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Sara (Moore) Bennett of New Paris, Ohio; his daughter Judy (Bennett) Webber of Eaton, Ohio; grandchildren Jennifer (Case) Clemens (Shane Clemens) of Pickerington, Ohio and Sara (Webber) Wagner (Nathan Wagner) of Hilliard, Ohio; Great Grandchildren Maddison, Nikki, Faith, Colt Clemens and Lillian and Avery Wagner; and sister Pauline (Bennett) Emerick.

He is preceded in death by sister Maxine Bennett and daughters Lucinda and Becky.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, December 2nd, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home located at 1499 North Broadway Street, Greenville, OH.

A private service will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd with interment at Greenmound Cemetery.

To pay tribute to Bob’s life perform a random act of kindness (big or small) for a friend, neighbor, or stranger. Memorial donations can be made to Tri-Village Rescue Services.

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

Constance “Connie” Ann (Grubb) Miller (November 26, 2014)

Constance “Connie” Ann (Grubb) Miller age 64, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 4:45 P.M. on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at her residence after a 4 year illness. Connie was born January 5, 1950 in Piqua, Ohio to the late William Lee & Ruby (David) Grubb. Connie is also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas “Tom” A. Miller on December 25, 1984; sister, Wanda “Wendy” L. Wilson; and a brother, William B. Grubb.

Connie formerly worked for the City of Greenville Income Tax Office, retiring in 2006 after 30 years of service and later worked for 2 years at Big Hill GMAC Real Estate in Greenville. She became a licensed wedding officiant in 2009, performing many weddings throughout the area, which she greatly enjoyed, until her health started declining. Mrs. Miller was a 1968 graduate of Bradford High School, where she was active in band (flute), cheerleading, chorus and the National Honor Society. She was a former member of the Irish Setter Club of America and she and her late husband, Tom showed Irish Setters in “obedience”, winning many tittles with Rusty and Lady. Connie also had two other beloved Irish Setters in her life, Rudy and Morgan. In addition to her dogs, Connie also had 3 cats, Miss Kitty, Ebony and Olivia. Miss Kitty also preceded her in death. She dearly loved animals and had previously been an instructor with the Greenville Area Dog Club where she also was Treasurer for 8 years.

Connie never missed watching an Ohio State football game on TV and was able to attend a home game with her niece, Kim Wilson. Connie was also a member of the Nashville United Methodist Church in Greenville.

Connie is survived by her son, Christopher “Chris” Miller of Greenville; sister-in-law, Scherrie Grubb of Huber Heights; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; her cats, Ebony and Olivia; grandcats, Electra and Precious; her good friend, Shirley Jay; and companion, Wayne Hartman.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Charles MacKeen and State of the Heart Hospice Chaplain Jacque Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery (New Section). The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home. It was Connie’s wish that memorial contributions be made to State of the Heart Hospice, Nashville United Methodist Church, the Irish Setter Club of America Rescue Fund or The Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Virginia Mae (Baumgardner) Baker (November 26, 2014)

Virginia Mae (Baumgardner) Baker, age 85, of Ansonia, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Rest Haven in Greenville.

She was born October 16, 1929 in Darke County, a daughter of the late Melvin and Geraldine (Gunckel) Baumgardner.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John Baumgardner; and a grandson, Gary Carlin.

Virginia devoted her life to her family. She was a caring wife, loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening and playing cards with family and friends.

Virginia is survived by her husband, of 67 years, Ervin Baker whom she married August 16, 1947; 4 daughters, Barbara (Rodney) Teaford of Greenville, Linda (Joe) Magoto of Greenville, Joyce (Laurence) Carlin of Portland, IN and Terri (Kevin) Schlechty of Greenville; 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. She is also survived by 3 sisters, Boots Breaden of Greenville, Mary Whittington of Ansonia and Kay Camacho of Versailles; 1 brother, Ron Baumgardner of Greenville, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be held 11AM Monday, December 1, 2014, at the Oliver Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in the Abbottsville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 5 – 7PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.

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

Ellie “Tootsie” (Smith) Keaser (November 26, 2014)

Ellie “Tootsie” (Smith) Keaser, 50, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday morning, November 26, 2014 at State of the Heart Hospice Care Unit in Greenville.

She was born November 26, 1964 in Chicago, IL, a daughter of Sam and Ella (Profitt) Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jeffrey T. “Jeff” Keaser who passed away October 31, 2014.

Ellie had worked in several doctor’s offices as a receptionist, and was a caregiver to numerous family members and friend’s children. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She gave love to all that she came in contact with.

She is survived by her parents, Sam and Ella Smith; children, Shawn Zerkle, Elizabeth Zerkle and Molly (Joe) Hool; granddaughter, Ashling Hool; brothers and sisters, Tina Harbison, Sam (Emily) Smith, Jr., and Kelly Smith; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles E. and Marie C. Keaser; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Terry (Marge) Keaser, Susan (Mike) Treadway, Darlene (Greg) Grubb, and Allen (Nancy) Keaser; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Services will be held 10:30 AM, Thursday, December 4 at Greenville Grace Brethren Church, 4805 St. Rt. 49 S, Greenville with Pastor Danny Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the church, Wednesday, December 3, from 5 to 7 PM. In the lieu of flowers memorial contributions be given to the Cancer Association of Darke County, P.O. Box 781, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

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

Sydney Ellen Howard (November 25, 2014)

HOWARD, Sydney Ellen, age 74, a resident of Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville, OH, formerly of Farmersville, OH died on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. She was the third daughter of Russell and Leona Wheeler born on March 18, 1940. She came to realize the blessing of being a step-daughter of Thelma Wheeler. She was a 1958 graduate of Farmersville High School and became a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church the same year. On August 22, 1959, she married her high-school sweetheart Michael Howard, and to this union, two children were born. She retired from Valley View Schools as the secretary to the Superintendent, Herschel Cornn. She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother Thelma Wheeler, step-sister and brother-in-law Pattie and Raymond Lakes, and sister-in-law Ann Weaver. She is survived by her devoted husband of 55 years, Mike, of Greenville. She also leaves her much loved son Mark (Sue) of Brookville, OH and daughter Michaelle (John) of West Milton, OH, 7 very special grandchildren, Jessica, Emily, Morgan Howard and Lauren (Jeremy) Smith, Alyssa, Logan Lightcap, and Stephanie (Darrin) Crawford, 2 great grandchildren, Jared and Charleigh Crawford, 2 sisters, Arlene (Bob) Emrick and Judy Buehner, stepbrother Ron (Madonna Smiley) Weaver, a sister and brother-in-law Connie and Monte Rieger and many nieces and nephews. There will be a service held on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 282 S. Broadway, Farmersville, OH, with Pastor Larry Lindstrom officiating. Burial will follow in the Monroe Cemetery, Preble County, OH. Family will receive friends on Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 2-5 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, 1499 North Broadway, Greenville, OH. If so desired, memorial gifts may be given to the Resident Aide Fund, Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, OH 45331.
Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Ronald L. “Ron” Rice (November 24, 2014)

Ronald L. “Ron” Rice, 65, of Greenville, passed away late Monday afternoon, November 24, 2014, at the Village Green Health Care Center in Greenville.

He was born October 16, 1949, in Dayton, Ohio, a son of Robert L. Rice of Greenville and the late Vina Opal (Hill) Rice.

In addition to his mother, Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ann (Dininger) Rice.

He had owned and operated the former Darke County Radiator in Greenville and later had driven truck for Clopay.

He is survived by his sons, Kirk (Nicole) Rice of Greenville, and Scott (Amy) Rice of Rossburg; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Amber), Jordan, Sara, Hanna, and Nathanael; and a great grandson, Zander.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, November 30, at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Ron Isom officiating. Private burial will take place at a later date in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Greenville.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 3 p.m. until the time of services at 4 p.m.. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to Heartland Hospice.

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

Norma Leona (Burnside) Blair (November 24, 2014)

Norma Leona (Burnside) Blair, 91, of Greenville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 24, 2014. She was born on October 4, 1923, the 11th of 12 children in Montgomery County, Ohio to the late Martin William and Alma Yount (Smith) Burnside.

Norma was a great woman of God. She was a farmer's wife and a wonderful mother. She even made her children's clothes when they were young.

In addition to her parents, Norma is preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Blair; 8 sisters and 3 brothers.

Norma is survived by three sons, Danny and Linda Blair, Timothy and Vickie Blair and Jonathan Blair; a daughter, Pauline and Gary Miller; grandchildren, Tammy Smith, Shannon and Scott Clark, Benjamin Miller, Matthew Miller, Heather and Dustin Fourman, Amanda and Jason Brewer, Lauren and Dustin Bales and Kristen Blair; a brother-in-law, Gail Blair, and 15 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Grace Brethren Community Church, 3110 US Rt 35 East, West Alexandria, Ohio with the Rev. Eric Fee and Rev. Sorrell officiating. Family and Friends may visit on Friday, November 28, 2014 from 5-8 PM at Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison. The family request memorial contributions are donated to State of the Heart Hospice or Grace Brethren Community Church in West Alexandria with donations being accepted at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Bear Creek Hill Grove Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.

The family is being served by Braund Pope Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com.

Iris Mae Gray (November 24, 2014)

Iris Mae Gray, age 91 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 8:48 P.M. Monday November 24, 2014 at Rest Haven Nursing Home Greenville, Ohio. She was born June 6, 1923 in Fort Jefferson, Ohio and the daughter of the late James Virgil & Bessie E. (Parker) Hicks.

Iris was retired as a nurse’s aide for the Brethren Retirement Community and a member of the Triumphant Christian Center of Greenville.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband George F. Gray; a daughter Georgia Kissinger; son Neal Gray and several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her daughter Sherry (Carlos) Rodriguez of Greenville; son Harry Gray of Union City, Indiana; 13 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; great great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday November 28, 2014 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Arnold Norton officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday from 1:00 P.M. until time of the services in the funeral home.

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

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ethel M. Murphy (November 23, 2014)

Ethel M. Murphy, 90, of Greenville and formerly of Glendale, NY, passed away Sunday morning, November 23, 2014 at the Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy.

Services will take place in New York with burial to follow in the Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale Long Island, New York.

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

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

Virginia L. “Ginny” Wandle (November 23, 2014)

Virginia L. “Ginny” Wandle, 95, of Greenville, passed away early Sunday morning, November 23, 2014 at the Village Green Healthcare Center in Greenville.

She was born April 23, 1919 in Darke County, daughter of the late Joseph L. and Maude R. (Hartman) Hart. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband’s, George “Tex” Erney; and Oren Wandle; a daughter, Dorothy Ward: 3 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Robert, Dale, and Wayne Hart; and 6 sisters, Blanche Bateman, Ruby Stickleman, Gladys Thompson, Lucille Stickleman, Dorothy Denson, and Annabelle Sidle.

A homemaker, Ginny was retired from the former Royal Garment in Ansonia. She was a member of the Greenville Missionary Church.

She is survived by her children, Larry (Rebecca) Baker of Ansonia, Sue (Wayne) Detling of Greenville, Carl (Joyce) Baker of Arcanum, and Robert Baker of DeGraff, OH; 16 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; and 13 great great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville, with Pastor Gary Oser officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 5-8 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway St., Greenville, OH 45331.

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

Gladys E. “Peg” Rhoades (November 22, 2014)

Gladys E. “Peg” Rhoades, 94 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Saturday November 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM at the Brethren Retirement Community. She was born March 25, 1920 in Darke County, Ohio the daughter of the late Denzil & Mary Jane (Baker) Spencer. She was a homemaker; a graduate of Palestine High School; and a member of the Women of the Moose.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Lowell Rhoades on August 29, 1984; brother: Ray Spencer; sister: Helen Farmer.

She is survived by her children & spouses: Keith & Mel Rhoades, Tom & Jennifer Rhoades, Jane & Bill Oliver; grandchildren: Kris Rhoades, Amanda & Danny Brockman, Melissa Powell & Bobby Hymes, Chad & Erin Oliver, Heath & Hilary Oliver, ; great grandchildren: Megan Wasner, Alivia Dwire, Rylee Powell, Ryder Hymes, Sam Oliver, Ben Oliver, Kate Oliver, Alyssa Brockman, Tabatha & Dusty Reynolds, Rebecca Brockman, Samantha Brockman; great great grandchildren: Trystan, Dustin, & Ashlyn Reynolds.

Services will be held on Friday November 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Carol Duffield officiating. Burial will follow Greenmound Cemetery, New Madison, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to New Madison United Methodist Church.

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

Garry Lynn Ungericht (November 22, 2014)

Garry Lynn Ungericht, 62 of Ansonia, Ohio passed away on Saturday November 22, 2014 at 7:13 AM at Wayne Healthcare. He was born July 28, 1952 in Greenville, Ohio the son of the late Earl & Vivian (Snyder) Ungericht. He was retired and had worked at Shellar Globe (Hardy Division) and Pax Steel. He was a member of the Union City American Legion. He enjoyed card playing, collecting key chains and bottle openers, & working jigsaw puzzles.

He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; sister: Sherry Ungericht Prasuhn; in laws: Ronald Borger, Mary Jane Borger Creamer, Pauline Borger Kaiser, Phyllis Borger Honeycutt, & Bill Borger.

He is survived by his wife: Carol Borger Ungericht of Ansonia whom he married March 31, 1979; sons: Joseph (Kristy) Ungericht of Union City, Dustin (Ashley) Ungericht of Sidney; granddaughter: Skylar Grace Ungericht; step grandsons: Cody McCowen, & Dillon McCowen; brother: Terry Ungericht of Ansonia; sisters: Connie Marker of Greenville, Brenda (Jerry) Riffell of Ansonia; half-sister: Christi Ungericht Bailey of Greenville; in laws: Ray Prasuhn of Rossburg, Kenny Borger of Bethel, Alice (Bob) Uhlenhake of St. Henry, Paul (Betty) Borger of St. Henry, Charles Borger of New Weston, Dorothy (Dan) Harrod of Celina, Rita Borger of New Weston, Ronald Creamer of Union City; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews and great great nieces & nephews.

Services will be held on Wednesday November 26, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Terry Haworth officiating. Family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday November 25, 2014 and 1 hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

Treva A. Supinger (November 20, 2014)

Treva A. Supinger, 90 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Thursday November 20, 2014 at 10:48 PM. She was born August 9, 1924 the daughter of the late Orville & Goldie (Harman) Shumaker. She was a homemaker and a member of Greenville Missionary Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Jonas R. “Joe” Supinger on June 27, 2009; sisters: Catherine Small, Henrietta Shadoan; brothers: George Menger, Robert Menger, Leon Shumaker, & Glen Shumaker.

She is survived by her children & spouses: Sonja & Dan Coppess of Greenville, Larry & Jeanette Supinger of Greenville, Onda & Jack Gibboney of Michigan; grandchildren: Jackie Francis, Monty & Jennifer Coppess, Michelle & David Hiestand, Don Shuff, Lon Arnett, Tammy & Ted Royster, Tassy & David Miller, L. Joe & Ruth Supinger, Amanda & Dan Miller; great grandchildren: Shayton & Ian Supinger, Ryan Minniear, Ashlynn, Julia, Grace, & Trenton Coppess, Zachary Coppess, Dallas Arnett, Brook Filby, Ashley & Cassandra Stock, & Charlie Miller; numerous nieces & nephews.

Services will be held on Tuesday November 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Greenville Missionary Church, 1110 North Broadway with Rev. Gary Oser officiating. Burial will follow in Castine Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday November 24, 2014 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to Greenville Missionary Church Building Fund or American Heart Association.

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

Bob L. Mikesell (November 19, 2014)

Bob L. Mikesell, 83 Greenville, Ohio passed away on Wednesday November 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center, Greenville, Ohio. He was born February 16, 1931 in Union City, Indiana the son of the late: Lovelle (Hindsley) Mikesell & Ira & Zelma (Thornburg) Mikesell. He was a farmer and a member of Oakland Church of the Brethren; he worked with disaster services for the church.

He is preceded in death by his parents & step mother; his wife: Juanita M. (Prether) Mikesell on April 29, 2014 whom he married December 28, 1952; brother in law: Charles Prether.

He is survived by his children: Marjalie & Robert Schaaf of Greenville, Paul & Cathy Mikesell of New Madison, Bruce & Terri Mikesell of New Madison, & Kent & Dawn Mikesell of New Paris; numerous grandchildren & great grandchildren; sister: Linda Lauderdale & Ken Myers of Portland, Oregon; brother in law: Bob & Lucy Prether of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister in law: Edie Prether of Greenville, Ohio.

A celebration of life service will be held at 5:00 PM on Sunday December 7, 2014 at the Brethren Retirement Community Chapel 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Dr. Fred Bernhard and Pastor Todd Reish officiating. Family will receive friends from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday December 7, 2014 at the Brethren Retirement Community Chapel. A private graveside will be held at the convenience of the family in Greenmound Cemetery in New Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brethren Retirement Community Resident Aid Fund or Oakland Church of the Brethren. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

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