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Thursday, June 26, 2014

John S. Wisener (June 25, 2014)

John S. Wisener, age 69 of Arcanum, Ohio passed away at 8:08 A.M. Wednesday June 25, 2014 at his residence. He was born January 17, 1945 in Newark, Ohio and the son of the late George and Lillian (Johnson) Wisener.

John retired in 2012 from Authorized Service Inc. of Dayton, Ohio.

He was a amateur radio operator with the call sign KA8GYY, a member and secretary/treasurer of the Treaty City Amateur Radio Club; a member of the Darke County Aero Modelers Association; a board member and Agility Instructor with the Greenville Area Dog Club; a past board member of the Miami Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club and a member of the Dayton Dog Club.

John is survived by his wife Charlotte (Younce) Wisener of Arcanum. They were married February 19, 1966. Also daughters Lisa K. Nandety of Arcanum and Laurie Harris of Florence, Kentucky. Grandchildren Bayley, Asha, Simon and Mila. Sisters Barbara Cain of Eaton, Ohio and Judith Lutz of Bellbrook, Ohio. Also numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held 7:00 P.M. Wednesday July 2, 2014 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Lowell Miller officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be given to the State of the Heart Hospice of Darke County.

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

Karen K. Meier (June 22, 2014)

Karen K. Meier, 70, of Greenville, Ohio lost her seven year battle with cancer on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at State of the Heart Hospice Center in Greenville, Ohio.

She was born August 18, 1943 in Darke County, the daughter of the late James and Dorothy (Harrison) Mills. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Mills.

Karen was very active in 4-H having been an advisor for 50 years with the Silver Hoofs 4-H Club as well as being a key leader for Darke County 4-H horse activities.

She is survived by her husband, of 36 years, Dale A. Meier, whom she had married October 30, 1977; children, Beth (Ramey) Israel of Greenville, Mary (Patrick) Neill of Union City, OH, and Scot Meier of Greenville; grandchildren, Tyrel and Ethan Israel and Hunter Wyatt Meier; brothers and sisters, Carolyn (Wilbur) Petitjean of Versailles, Joyce (Tom) Cline of Union City, IN, Rhonda (Terry) Blankenship of West Alexandria, OH, Billy (Pam) Mills of Richmond, IN, Jim Mills of Hollansburg, and Ron Mills of Hollansburg; and numerous nieces and nephews including special nieces Serena (Terry) Creech and Athena (Steve) Miller.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday June 26, at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. The family request memorial contributions be given to either Cancer Association of Darke County or State of the Heart Hospice.

Condolences maybe left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com

Jennie G. Snyder (June 19, 2014)

Jennie G. Snyder, 93, of Greenville, passed away Thursday afternoon, June 19, 2014 at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville.

She was born May 21, 1921 in Darke County, a daughter of the late Albert and Jennie (Schultz) Sharp . In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph R. Snyder on June 14, 1999 and 18 brothers and sisters.

Jennie had run the L&M Motel since it was purchased in 1960 as well as helping her husband with the Big "G" Bike shop prior to his death.

She is survived by her children, R. Ron Snyder, Connie K. Snyder, and Ric A. Snyder all of Greenville; grandchildren, Shellie (Chet) Walker of Greenville, Debbie Hemmerling of Tucson, Arizona and Lynette (Ken) Lucy of Troy, Ohio; 7 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services will be held 2PM Thursday, June 26, 2014 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 one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

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

M. Evelyn (McMullen) Wilson (June 22, 2014)

M. Evelyn (McMullen) Wilson, 95, of Englewood, Ohio passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at Englewood Manor. Evelyn was born July 11, 1918 in Barton County, Kansas to the late Ben and Minnie (Meade) McMullen.

Evelyn was a housewife and seamstress during her life. She enjoyed bowling, baking and sewing. She always loved time with her family. Evelyn was a 4-H Instructor when her children were younger.

In addition to her parents, Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Wilson; a son, Roy D. Wilson; a daughter, Madeleine Sterner; a grandson, Randy Wilson and several brothers and sisters.

Evelyn is survived by her son, Paul D. Wilson of Dayton; grandchildren, Stephen Wilson, Darryl Sterner, Vaughn Sterner, Tonya Rahrig, Chad Wilson and Jonathon Wilson; fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison with Rev. Tony Price officiating. Friends and family may visit from 12:00 - 2:00 PM prior to the service. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. The family request memorial contributions be given to Evercare Hospice of Dayton Ohio.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Rick McMiller (June 19, 2014)

On June 19, 2014, our hearts were broken as Rick, a devoted husband and adoring father, passed from this life on to the next.  Born on July 12, 1950, to Richard and Betty McMiller, he later married Darla McMiller in June of 1969.  He was proud to be a retired ironworker and member of Locals #290 (Dayton) and #481 (Dallas), but felt his greatest accomplishment was the family he built.  The unwavering love he had for his wife and two daughters was only rivaled by his feelings for the five grandchildren that followed.  Our family would like to thank the countless nurses and doctors at Coldwater Hospital and Good Samaritan Dayton, for their tireless efforts, which along with the grace of God, allowed Rick to defy the odds many times.  We will forever be grateful for the care he received and the compassion they showed to all of us.  He is survived by his wife, Darla; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Greg Garfield, daughter and son-in-law Carmen McMiller and Damon Walker; grandchildren Wyatt, Ellie and Lucy Garfield and Jesse and Joey Walker.  In addition, he is survived by his parents; by his siblings, Bob and Kathy McMiller and Scott and Julie McMiller; by sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law; as well as by several nieces and nephews and many good friends.  He was preceded by his brother Tom McMiller.  In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request donations be made to the American Heart Association.  As morning was his favorite time of day, you are invited to visit with our family at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville, Ohio on Saturday, June 28th from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., with a memorial speech in his honor beginning at 10:15.

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

John D. Weaver (June 22, 2014)

John D. Weaver age 88, of Versailles, Ohio passed away at 1:55 A.M. on Sunday, June 22, 2014. John was born March 31, 1926 in Dayton, Ohio to the late George & Audrey (Mills) Weaver.

John is survived by his wife, Marybel (Schlecty) Weaver whom he married June 8, 1947; son & daughter-in-law, Tim & Kristin Weaver of Versailles; daughters & son-in-law, Jill Brown of Houston, Texas and Beth & Clayton Watkins of Wheaton, Illinois; and grandchildren, Alex Weaver, Molly Weaver, Tim Weaver, Sam Brown, John Brown, William Watkins and Olivia Watkins.

In addition to his parents, John was also preceded in death by his daughter, Collette S. Weaver on April 11, 2014.

John was a graduate of Versailles High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy after graduation and served in the South Pacific on the USS Hornet, seventh fleet during WW II. After his service he enrolled at Miami University. He graduated in three years and played football for the Miami Redskins. John was a three-year letterman and an all- conference player. He was a member of the 1948 championship Sun Bowl team. His teammates included: Paul Dietzel, Ara Parseghian, John Pont and Bo Schembechler. He was inducted into the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame. He played professional football for the New York Bulldogs as an offensive lineman before returning to Versailles to join Weaver Brothers. He retired as Chairman of the Board of the company. John loved his family, his business, employees and associates, his community and gardening. John was a lifetime member of the Versailles Christian Church. John was a longtime member of the Versailles Lion’s Club and received his 55-year-pin. He was a member of the Versailles VFW, the Masonic Lodge and the Antioch Temple. He was a founding member of Versailles Poultry Days and served as a past chairman of Poultry Days and honorary Poultry Days Parade Marshall in 2004. He was a citizen-of-the-year and a member of Versailles Village Council. John was a board member of U.S. Bank and Bank One. He served on the boards of the Ohio Poultry Association and United Egg Producers. He served two terms on the American Egg Board and was inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Versailles Christian Church 105 West Ward Street Versailles with Pastor Dennis Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles with Military Honors conducted by the Versailles Veterans’ Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles and Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the church. A Masonic Lodge of Sorrow will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday at the funeral home conducted by the Versailles Masonic Lodge #290 F &AM. If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Versailles Area Foundation Fund. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Phyllis M. Cole (June 19, 2014)

Phyllis M. Cole age 85, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 4:34 P.M. on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville. Phyllis was born August 19, 1928 in Arcanum, Ohio to the late Otis L. & Grace M. (Miller) DeWeese.

Phyllis is survived by her husband of over 65 years, Robert J. Cole whom she married September 12, 1948; children, Susan Hohler of Greenville, Alan & Pamela Cole of Greenville, Michael & Beth Cole of Vero Beach, Florida and Jeffrey & Carol Cole of Monroe, Ohio; 9 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Phyllis formerly worked at Lehman Paint Store for 5 years and Lowell Brothers Paint Store for 6 years. Phyllis retired on January 1, 1994 from Greenville National Bank with 24 years of service where she was managing the Real Estate Department. Phyllis was a former member of Fort Greenville Order of Eastern Star and a former advisor to the Rainbow Girls. Phyllis enjoyed quilting, sewing, and boating. Phyllis loved her family, gardening, roses and was a great cook.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Gary Oser officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Rest Haven Nursing Home Activities Fund. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Shirley Kay Lamb Wantz (June 20, 2014)

Shirley Kay Lamb Wantz of Greenville, Ohio passed away Friday, June 20, 2014. She was born in Winchester, Indiana to the late John R. & Mildred (Howell) Lamb.

Shirley had worked as a secretary and office manager and was co-owner of Bill’s Electric Motor Service.

Shirley is survived by her husband, William F. Wantz whom she married October 8, 1960; son, William Alan (Asumi) Wantz; daughter, Jennifer D. Wantz; grandsons, Tyler & Adam Carles; sister, Virginia (Bill) Rank; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Shirley is also preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Lamb.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery New Section. Memorial contributions may be made to the Darke County Park District. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Leon Harshbarger (June 18th, 2014)

On June 18th, 2014 Leon Harshbarger transitioned from earth to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Leon was born and raised in Greenville, Ohio. He graduated from Greenville High School, earned an associate degree from Edison State College and then attended both the University of Dayton and Wright State University from where he earned a B.A. in Communication.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Berlin and Evelyn (Myers) Harshbarger.

Born with cerebral palsy and legally blind, Leon spent his lifetime in a wheelchair. Physical limitations were only a slight impediment to his life. He enjoyed fishing with his dad at Lake Erie. Being an avid sports fan, he attended many Red's ballgames and Bengal's football games. He also attended a Final Four weekend. He never turned down an opportunity to eat out. For several years he volunteered at Joni and Friends Family Retreats. Leon was a Ham Radio Operator and was a 23 year member of the Treaty City Amateur Radio Association. He served
25 years on the Greenville Transit Advisory Committee, and was a past Deacon and Sunday School teacher at Bible Fellowship Church.

Leon was most proud of completing college. Everything he learned was by memory or one letter at a time, piecing those letters into words and then words into sentences. Everything was time consuming, difficult and accomplished.

Leon faced the terminal diagnosis of esophageal cancer with a unique courage. His goal was to stay in his home. He had some physically challenging days, but with the support of his friends and Hospice, the goal was met.

Leon will be missed. His friendships were strong and enduring. He taught us that life is sometimes unfair, but trials can be overcome by patience, courage and faith.

Funeral Services will be held at Bible Fellowship Church, 7757 Greenville-Celina Road, Greenville, Ohio at 5:30pm Tuesday June 24th. Leon requested that a Pizza party be held in his honor following the service. Graveside services will be at Memorial Gardens, 8677 Ohio 118, Greenville, Ohio at 9:00am Wednesday, June 25th.

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

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

Naomi M. Wulber (June 15, 2014)

Naomi M. Wulber, age 92, of Centerville, Ohio, and formerly of Tipp City and Yorkshire, passed away on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 6:00 AM at Bethany Lutheran Village in Centerville, Ohio. She was born on May 16, 1922 in Yorkshire, Ohio, to the late Arthur & Edna (Trittschuh) Ehlers.

She is survived by her sons and daughters in law, John & Cheryl Wulber of Oakwood, Ohio, and Keith & Susan Wulber of Naples, Florida; daughter and son in law, Lois & Loring Wandless of Waco, Texas; grandchildren, Brooke (Timothy) Fadel, Brian (April) Wulber, Meredith Moore, Lauren Moore, Steven Wulber, Michael Wulber and Kathryn Wulber; great grandchildren, Charles Fadel, Samuel Fadel, Benjamin Fadel, Fletcher Wulber and Crosby Wulber; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth E. Wulber whom she married on May 13, 1945.
She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Tipp City, Ohio, and for many years when living in Willowdell area, she was an active member of the Willowdell St. Paul Lutheran Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher and sang in the choir. She was a homemaker and managed the family dairy farm.

There will be a service held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church, 14 W. Walnut Street, Tipp City, Ohio, with Rev. Bob Ashburn officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Saturday from 11:00-1:00 at church. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be given to Zion Lutheran Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Willowdell, Hospice of Dayton or Grace Works Lutheran Services.

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

Paul E. Fannon Sr. (June 16, 2014)

Paul E. Fannon Sr., 85 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Monday June 16, 2014 at 10:27 PM at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. He was born January 22, 1929 in Barbourville, Kentucky the son of the late Roy & Mossie (Goley) Fannon. He retired from Delco Products. He served in the United States Army in the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W.

He is preceded in death by his parents; step granddaughter: Sarah Hime; brother: Silas Fannon; sister: Mae Ely.

He is survived by his wife: Rita (Curtner) Fannon of Greenville; sons & daughter in law: Paul E. Fannon Jr. of Dayton, Ohio, David L. & Isabel Fannon of Kettering, Ohio; step sons & daughters in law: Steven & Pam Ungericht of Minnesota, William E. & Sateasch Hime of Wisconsin; 7 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; brother: George Fannon of Dayton, Ohio; sisters: Pearl Dalton of Dayton, Ohio, Ida Price of Bellbrook, Ohio, Fayetta Helton of Tennessee; & numerous nieces & nephews.

Services will be held on Friday June 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Terry Terrell officiating. Burial will follow in Gettysburg Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday June 19, 2014 at the funeral home. Veteran’s graveside services will be conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

John C. Brumbaugh (June 16, 2014)

John C. Brumbaugh, 83 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Monday June 16, 2014 at 11:27 AM at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. He was born July 4, 1930 in Greenville, Ohio the son of the late Jesse K. & Edna (Dickes) Brumbaugh.

Since his retirement he was active in the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard and volunteered at Darke County Parks.

He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the C.I.C.( Counter Intelligence Corp) for the U.S. Army; He was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church of Greenville; member /Past Commander of the V.F.W.; member of the American Legion, Elks Lodge all of Greenville; he was a Graduate of Greenville High School; University of Michigan; University of Cincinnati College of Law; member/past Master of Greenville Masonic Lodge; past President of Greenville Bar Association; past President of Greenville Board of Realtors; Realtor of the Year in 1986; he was the 1st Chairman of the Administrative Board of the EUM Church; 1975-1976 he was Meet Director for National YMCA Swimming and Diving Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Brother: Philip D. Brumbaugh; Daughter: Jean B. Kelly.

He is survived by his wife: Vanis (Lephart) Brumbaugh of Greenville whom he married June 23, 1956; son: Steven (Melissa) Brumbaugh of Burlingame, California; daughter: Ann (Ed) Lantis of Cicero, Indiana; son in law: Bill Kelly of Greenville; grandchildren: Karen (Ron) K’ Miller, Kristin Manning, Rowdy Lantis, Sam Brumbaugh, Sarah Brumbaugh; great grandchildren: Chamber & Connor Manning, Jackson & Ava K’Miller; & numerous nieces & nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Monday June 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. John McRoberts and Pastor Sylvia McKibben officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday June 22, 2014 at the funeral home. Veteran’s graveside services will be conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Greenville Veteran’s honor Guard or the Darke County Parks.

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

Monday, June 16, 2014

Lawrence R. “Rafe” Elson (June 10, 2014)

Lawrence R. “Rafe” Elson, age 77, of Greenville, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 9:39 PM at Wayne HealthCare, Greenville, Ohio. He was born on August 24, 1936 in Greenville, Ohio, to the late Thomas & Mina (Cool) Elson.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years Lois (Hofacker) Elson of Greenville, Ohio; daughters and son in law, Angela & Paul Kemme of West Chester, Ohio, and Cindy Elson of London, Ohio; grandchildren, Meredith Supe, Aaron Kemme, Olivia Kemme, Catherine Kemme and Caroline Kemme Baker; brothers, Erie Elson of Ft. Recovery, Ohio, and Russell Elson of Greenville; sister, Betty Hittle of Celina, Ohio; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his daughter, Sheryl Ann Elson; son in law, Terry Supe; brothers, John, Perry and Marion Elson; and sister Esther Elson.

Lawrence retired from Dayton Power and Light Company.

There will be a service held on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 2:30 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Arnold Wynn officiating. Burial will follow in the Abbottsville Cemetery, Darke County, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Monday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions are given to the Darke County Humane Society. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Aubrey A. Flory (June 12, 2014)

Aubrey A. Flory age 96, went home to be with the Lord on June 12, 2014. She was born in Maury County, Tennessee, March 1, 1918, to Arthur and Ivy Etta (Lunn) Cole.

Aubrey was married for 50 years to Russell W. Flory who preceded her in death in 1990. Surviving are their three children, Nancy Doseck (Jim), Carol Voigt and Larry Flory (Connie). Grandchildren Lori Trosper (Bruce), Janelle Cross (Steve), Jamie Doseck (Bonnie), Robert E. Voigt (Elizabeth), Shelly Flory and Angie Flory. Great Grandchildren Tyler and Jennifer Greer, Bethany and Brittany Doseck, Joe and Sam Cross, and Connor Voigt. And 2 Great-Great Grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters Martha (Polly) Burgess of Savannah, Tennessee, and Shelia West of Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Preceding her in death were 3 brothers Harlan, Elgan, and Thomas Cole, and sister Edith Shelton all of Columbia, Tennessee, and son-in-law Robert Voigt.

Aubrey and her husband were foster parents to numerous children including Kelli (Kelly) Holdeman of Greenville. She also babysat for many babies whom she enjoyed teaching Christian Songs.

Aubrey and Russell were farmers for most of their married lives. She taught her children and grandchildren how to care for the cows, pigs, and chickens. Gardening was also an important part of her life. She was the owner/operator of Audrey’s Beauty Shop after completing beauty school, which she was very proud. Aubrey, also known to many as Audrey, was active in church throughout her life. Over the years church families included Savona, Weaver’s Station, Ft. Jefferson Methodist, and Bible Fellowship.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday June 14, 2014 at 2:30 PM at Oak Grove Cemetery Fort Jefferson, Ohio with Rev. Doug Baker officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice 1350 North Broadway Greenville, Ohio 45331.

The family wishes to thank the Oakley House and State of the Heart Hospice staff for their care and support of Aubrey.

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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Virginia Pauline “Ginny” Housman (June 8, 2014)

Virginia Pauline “Ginny” Housman, age 83, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on June 8, 2014 at 4:18 AM at Hospice of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. She was born in Celina, Ohio to Fred Delbert and Gladys Julia (Bolton) Behm on September 12, 1930.

She attended Fairmont High School in Dayton, Ohio. She married Jack Housman on August 12, 1950, being a devoted wife of 64 years. She retired from Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

She is survived by her husband, Jack, their four children, Pamela Yeager, Robert Housman, Mark Housman, and Cynthia Housman, five grandchildren, Scott Mallory, Jess Mallory, Parker Housman, Dexter Housman and Darci Housman, four great grandchildren, Ethan and Kate Mallory, Margot and Reece Mallory. She is also survived by two loving daughters- in-law-Kathleen Housman and Grace Housman.

Virginia was an accomplished pianist. She taught piano, played the church organ, composed her own music, and then later served her community by bringing her talents to nursing facilities in the Darke County area. She was passionate about genealogy and Indian lore, and loved her tenure as a volunteer at Garst Museum in Greenville. Virginia always lovingly put her family first. We will miss and never forget her.

There will be a prayer service held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Randall Washburn officiating. A graveside service will immediately follow in the Palestine Cemetery, Palestine, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Friday, June 13, 2014 from 5-8 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers it is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions are given to Garst Museum or Hospice of Dayton.

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

June E. Wentworth (June 9, 2014)

June E. Wentworth, 91, of Greenville, passed away early Monday morning, June 9, 2014 at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center.

She was born June 7, 1923 in Darke County, a daughter of the late Ballinger B. and Grace Ethel (Gray) Turner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Dale Wentworth on February 10, 1986; a son, Melvin, Jr.; sisters, Anna Mary Taylor, Ruth Schaar, Alta Peters, Alice Wentworth, and Mildred Hocker; and brothers, Wayne and Russell Turner.

June was retired from Lewisburg Container. She was a member of the Rossburg United Methodist Church, the Greenville Eagles Auxiliary, and a life member of the Greenville VFW Auxiliary.

She is survived by her children, Ron (Jill) Wentworth of Suttons Bay, MI, Allen (Judi) Wentworth of Gulf Port, MS, Sandy (Dick) Sexton of Greenville, Linda (Kanny) Schlotterbeck of Lewisburg, and Steve Wentworth of Jacksonville Beach, FL; 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, sisters, Dorothy Boyd of Greenville, Virginia Gilmore of Versailles, and Norma Rammel of Greenville; brothers, Junior (Phyllis) Turner of Ansonia, and Robert (Nadine) Turner of Rossburg; a sister-in-law, Janet Turner and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor John Monroe officiating. Burial will follow in the Brock Cemetery.

There will be no public visitation.

The family requests that memorial contributions given to the Rossburg United Methodist Church, PO Box 128, Rossburg, OH 45362 and State of the Heart Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway St., Greenville, OH 45331

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

Edythe “Edy” Morris (June 8, 2014)

Edythe “Edy” Morris age 93, a native of and lifelong resident of Darke County passed away at 4:48 P.M. on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at her residence. Edy was born October 24, 1920 in Darke County, to the late Leonard & Ethel (Anderson) Besecker.

Edy is survived by her sons & daughters-in-law, Dan B. & Jill R. Morris of Arcanum, Scott E. & Zelda Morris of Eldorado Springs, Missouri and Bill & Ruth Hopper of Arizona; grandchildren, Len & Marci Morris, Carmen & Trent Yantes, April & Steve Miller, Clay & Corina Morris, Denise Tomm and Renee & Scott Uttech; great-grandchildren, Caleb Morris, Graham Morris, Ellie Morris, Heather Morris, Ryan Morris, Logan Yantes, Rick Gehret, Wade Gehret, Holly Gehret, Joshua Hopper and Hannah Tomm; sister, Reva “Sis” Crose of Greenville; and 33 nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Edy is also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Morris; brothers, Delver “Bub” Besecker, Verl “Butz” Besecker and Denver “Sonny” Besecker.

Edy was a former medical secretary and homemaker. She formerly belonged to the Gettysburg Chapter of Eastern Star for over 50 years.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, June 13, 2014 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home with Len Morris officiating. Burial will follow in Newcomers Cemetery in Franklin Township, Darke County. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Ms. Misha Lyn Pugh (June 9, 2014)

Ms. Misha Lyn Pugh, 32, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana passed away on June 9, 2014, at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Misha was born on January 24, 1982 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Daniel and Deborah (White) Pugh of Butler, Indiana.

Misha was a 2004 graduate of Homestead High School. She loved the outdoors and sunshine, along with swinging.

Misha is preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Darlene A. White, paternal grandfather, John E. Pugh, an aunt, Nancy Pugh, two uncles, Gregory W. White, and Carl E. White.

In addition to her parents, Misha is survived by her siblings, two sisters and a brother and their spouses, Caylie(Kevin)Cappelli of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Tsasha(Nicholas) Steffen of St. Joe, Indiana and Benjamin(Amber)Pugh of Auburn, Indiana; paternal grandmother, Janice M. Pugh of Monroeville, Indiana; maternal grandfather, H. Dean White, of Greenville, Ohio; a niece, Caitlin and two nephews, Chandler, and Ryley.

Misha's family would like to give a special thanks to Anthony Wayne Services and Visiting Nurse Hospice Home for helping to take care of Misha.

A celebration of Misha's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Newville Church of Christ, Butler, Indiana, with Pastor Darin Langford and Pastor Todd Steere officiating. Friends and family may visit on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until time of services at 1:00, also at Newville Church of Christ, Butler, Indiana. Memorial Contributions may be made to Braund Pope Funeral Home towards funeral expenses. The family is being served by Braund Pope Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Robert Best (June 7, 2014)

Robert Best, 85, of Greenville passed away on June 7, 2014 at Union City Care Center. Robert was born on March 8, 1928 in Bradford, Ohio to the late Earl Best and Roy and Roma (Anderson) Heffner.

Robert served our country faithfully in the United States Army. He was a member of the Greenville VFW. Robert retired after driving truck 40 years - 20 of those were spent with the Carl Subler Trucking Company. After retiring, he owned and operated B & K Lawn Service. Robert really enjoyed woodworking and even had a workshop in his garage.

In addition to his parents, Robert is preceded in death by two brothers, Lowell Best and Earl Best; a half sister, Mary Crawford; and step grandson, Kevin Banta (2003).

Robert is survived by his wife of 36 years, Betty (Pence) Best of Greenville; two sons and daughters in law, Joe and Denise Best of Arcanum, Ronnie and Jeannie Best of St. Paris, Ohio; two daughters and sons in law, TK and Jeff Riegle of Greenville and Bonita and Tom Schlechty of New Madison; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 2 step daughters, Diana and Steven Banta of Greenville, (who had been his caregiver for the last 10 years) and Cathy Pence of Greenville; 7 step grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside celebration of Robert’s life will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenville Union Cemetery. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Darke County Veterans Honor Guard. The family request memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the American Heart Association.

Services entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com.

Helen L. Markwith (June 3, 2014)

Helen L. Markwith, age 99, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, June 03, 2014 at 9:35 AM at the Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville, Ohio. She was born on March 29, 1915 in Jackson Township, Darke County, Ohio, to the late Raymond & Chleo (Thomas) James.

She is survived by her daughters and sons in law, Shirley & Galen Oswalt of Arcanum, Ohio, Pat & Lowell Randolph of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Barbara & Budd Dancer of DeGraff, Ohio; grandchildren, Lynne (Steven) Myers, Deb (Craig) Dynes, Sheryl (Kelly) Kramer, Michael (Julia) Randolph, Gregory (Alison) Randolph, Jerry Randolph, Amy Gillespie, Duane (Michelle) Dancer, Dina (Pat) Morris and Diane (Lee) Dubois; 26 great grandchildren; 12 great great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Keith Markwith whom she married on September 1, 1935; granddaughter, Dawn Dancer; sister, Merle Blume and brother, Rev. Howard James.

Helen had been employed for 15 years at the former Vietor-Houston Grocery Store in Greenville as well as a homemaker. She also delivered Meals on Wheels for 30 years. She was a member of the 1st Congregational Christian Church of Greenville, Darke County YMCA and Fort Greenville Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

There will be a service held on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Ted McCurdy officiating. Burial will follow at Miami Memorial Park, Covington, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Friday from 12-2 PM at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions are given to State of the Heart Hospice or Brethren Retirement Community Resident Aid Fund.

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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Charles W. ‘Chuck” Swank (June 3, 2014)

Charles W. ‘Chuck” Swank, 71 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Tuesday June 3, 2014 at 6:57 AM at his residence. He was born August 31, 1942 in Darke County, Ohio the son of the late Charles F. & Viola C. (Beyke) Swank. He served in the United States Air Force. He retired from Corning Glass where he worked in the maintenance department. He was a member of the American Legion Post #140 and Greenville Moose Lodge #329.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother: Edward D. Whitesell; sister: Clara A. Edwards.

He is survived by his wife: Cynthia J. (Bartels) Swank of Greenville whom he married September 23, 1967; sons: Lawrence A. Swank of Greenville, Charles F. Swank of Greenville; grandchildren: Michael A. Swank, Natasha J. Swank, Austin T. Swank, Branden T. Swank & Ethan C. Crist all of Greenville; sisters & brothers in law: Margaret A. Floyd of Ansonia, Mary L. & Steve Armstrong of Greenville, Norma J. & Jim Brandenburg of Arkansas, Nellie V. & Jeff Smith of Greenville; and numerous nieces & nephews.

A memorial gathering will be held on Monday June 9, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the American Legion Post #140 325 North Ohio Street, Greenville, Ohio. Veteran’s services will be conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

Mary C. (Burns) Johnson (June 2, 2014)

Mary C. (Burns) Johnson, age 82 of Arcanum, Ohio and formerly of New Madison passed away at 10:30 A.M. Monday June 2, 2014 at the Oakley Place of Greenville, Ohio. She was born April 6, 1932 in Darke County and the daughter of the late Carl and Ruth (Harpest) Howdieshell.

Mary was a homemaker and for many years owned and operated the Fashion Flair Beauty Shop of New Madison and Ithaca.

She attended the Castine Church of the Brethren, enjoyed camping and spending time with family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her Step Father Henry Schlechty; her husband Stanley Leroy Johnson in April of 2014; brothers Marvin and Paul Howdieshell and sister Marjorie Gilbert.

Mary is survived by her children Sherry (Steve) Hubler of Cedarville, Ohio, Kent Burns of Brookville, Ohio, Kris (Shelly) Burns and Kraig D. Burns all of New Madison; step children Michael (Brenda) Johnson of West Manchester and Sandra (Joe) Thomas of Arcanum; 10 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 7 step great grandchildren, half-brothers Keith (Sue) Schlechty of Greenville and Steve Schlechty of Arcanum. Also numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday June 6, 2014 in the Castine Church of the Brethren 624 US Route 127 Castine, Ohio with Pastor Greg Hyre officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenmound Cemetery New Madison. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio and Friday 1/2 hour prior to the services in the church.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice of Darke County or the Oakley Place of Greenville.

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

Monday, June 2, 2014

Douglas L. Walton (May 30, 2014)

Douglas L. Walton, age 72, of Greenville, Ohio, and formerly of Dayton, Ohio, passed away on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Heartland of Greenville. He was born on March 7, 1942 in Dayton, Ohio, to the late Conley Lee Walton & Laura Marie (Chapman) Walton.

He is survived by his sister and brother in law, Margaret E. & Richard E. Rhoades of Greenville; step sisters, Diana and Sharon; niece, Annette M. (Rhoades) Holmes of Cleveland, Ohio; 2 great nieces; 1 great great niece and nephew. Doug is preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Michael S. Rhoades but is also survived by Michael’s wife, Debra Rhoades of Minnesota.

Doug retired from the Dayton School System and was a former member of the Dayton Moose Lodge.

There will be a Graveside Service held on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio, with Chaplain Candy Null 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 are given to Heartland Hospice or Shriners Hospital

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

William L. “Bill” Bradley (June 2, 2014)

William L. “Bill” Bradley, 82, of Greenville, passed away early Monday morning, June 2, 2014, at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville.

He was born August 1, 1931 in Greenville, son of the late Paul A. and Helen (Arnett) Bradley. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Pat Howitt and a brother, Paul Bradley.

Bill had retired from Bank One in Greenville and then from PNC Bank in Englewood. After his retirement he drove cars for Dave Knapp Ford. He was a member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Antioch Shrine, the Darke County Shrine Club, the Greenville Jeepsters, Greenville Moose and Eagles as well as being an avid bowler and Ohio State fan.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marilyn (Kreider) Bradley, whom he married May 16, 1958; a daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Keith Rismiller of Palestine; and several nieces and nephews.

Services with a Masonic Memorial Service and Scottish Rite Ring Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 5, at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor David Cummings. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services on Thursday. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Shriner’s Children Hospitals.

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

Roland O. Erisman (May 31, 2014)

Roland O. Erisman, age 85, of Greenville, Ohio, left this earth on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 3:28 PM at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Greenville, Ohio. He was the son of Foster and Mildred Erisman who preceded him in death.

He was a lifelong member of the Stelvideo Christian Church, a member of the Gettysburg Masonic Lodge No. 477 over 60 years, and a 1947 graduate of Gettysburg High School. He spent most of his life farming.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Jean Erisman whom he married in April of 1959. Also surviving are his sons; Douglas Erisman, Edward Erisman and wife Amy, Eric Ray Erisman and wife Marybeth and Chris Erisman and wife Felicia all of Greenville; 6 grandchildren and their spouses, Tom Erisman and wife Jamie, Tim Erisman, Dustin Erisman and wife Marissia, Jessica Erisman Jay and husband Justin, Tyler James Erisman and Marykate Erisman Bonfiglio and husband Tony; 3 great grandchildren, Emma Erisman, Lailante Erisman and Jacob Allen Jay; 1 step great grandson, Brennen Seifering.

There will be a Lodge of Sorrow conducted by the Gettysburg Masonic Lodge on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM with a service immediately following at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Vernon Rodeffer officiating. Burial will follow in the Gettysburg Cemetery, Gettysburg, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 9-11 AM at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions are given to the Stelvideo Christian Church or Gideon’s.

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

Ernest G. Myers (May 30, 2014)

Ernest G. Myers, 96, passed away May 30, 2014 at the Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville, Ohio, where he had resided since 2011. He was born in Marysville, Ohio, June 8, 1917 to Benjamin and Kathryn (Weidman) Myers.

He purchased the local Ford dealership in 1955 and operated the Ernie Myers Ford-Lincoln-Mercury dealership until 1992 after which he started Ernie Myers Auto Sales on Wagner Avenue at Rhoades and concluded his years in car sales by moving his business to Martin and Ohio Streets until he retired in 2011. Prior to moving to Greenville, he was general manager of Ross Motors in Middletown, Ohio. He also served on the Ohio State Highway Patrol and was employed by Scotts Seed Company in Marysville, and Nestles Milk Company in Marysville and Sunbury, Ohio. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and served at the Great Lakes Training Center and in the San Francisco area. He graduated from Marysville High School in 1935 and attended Bliss Business College in Columbus, Ohio. He also graduated from the Ohio Highway Patrol Academy in 1941 and Ford Motor Merchandising School in 1948.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the American Legion, Elks Lodge 1139, Darke County YMCA, Greenville Rotary Club, Darke County Shrine Club, Greenville Country Club and the Ohio State University Presidents Club and Alumni Association. He was also a 70 year member of Greenville Masonic Lodge No. 143 of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio and a 59-year member of both the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Ohio.

Ernie devoted much of his time supporting community organizations. He was one of the original founders of the Darke County YMCA and was co-chairman of the fundraising and building committee for Phases I and II. He also served as YMCA president as well as president of the following organizations: United Way of Darke County, Greenville Rotary Club, Ohio Auto Dealers Association, and Greenville Rotary Club. In addition, he served as Darke County Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America.

He enjoyed raising funds for many schools and organizations in the Greenville area and also served as chairman of fundraising drives that helped build a residential clubhouse, a parsonage and two church sanctuaries in Homosassa and Crystal River, Florida.

Past recognitions include the 2001 Veterans of Foreign Wars Outstanding Citizenship Award and the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award in 1987. The Darke County Chamber of Commerce presented him an award in 1982 for outstanding achievement in citizenship and contributions to the community.

He married Helen Compton, also of Marysville, on April 4, 1943. Helen passed away April 7, 2002. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Taylor of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Margaret Myers of Marysville, and two brothers, Ronald Myers of Xenia, Ohio and Ervin Myers of Crestline, Ohio. He is survived by a niece, Ruth (Bob) Ridgway of Xenia, Ohio, nephews Richard Myers of Xenia, Ohio, Max (Linda) Myers of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, and Gene (Diane) McMahon of Marysville, Ohio, and his daughter, Melanie Myers of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Visitation at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville, Ohio, will be Tuesday, June 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, June 4 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery in Marysville, Ohio, at 2 p.m.

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the following: First United Methodist Church and YMCA, both in Greenville, Ohio, Cancer Association of Darke County, Ohio, the Brethren Home Resident Aid fund or any other non-profit organization.

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