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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Katlynn Marie “Katy” Nestor (December 21, 2015)

Katlynn Marie “Katy” Nestor age 13, of Pitsburg, Ohio passed away at 7:53 P.M. on Monday, December 21, 2015. Katy was born December 27, 2001 in Greenville, Ohio to Kelly Hiatt & Christopher Thornton of Pitsburg and Scott Nestor & April Walker of Pitsburg.

In addition to her parents, Katy is survived by her siblings, Danielle Nestor of Pitsburg and Jordynn Thornton of Pitsburg; paternal grandparents, Jerry & Cheryl Nestor of Greenville; maternal grandparents, Carmelisa & Terry Miles of Hollansburg, Curt & April Hiatt of Palestine and Carol & Gary Nichols of New Paris; maternal great-grandmothers, Dorothy Hiatt of Palestine and Emily Tuco of Hollansburg; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Katy was preceded in death by her brother, Hudson Scott Nestor; paternal grandparents, Ira & Lena Nestor and Naomi Flatter; and maternal great-grandfathers, John Tuco and Duane Hiatt.

Katy was an 8th grader at Franklin Monroe Middle School. Katy loved playing soccer and was active in cheerleading and choir. She loved horseback riding, snow skiing and shopping.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Castine Church of the Brethren Life Center 624 US 127 South Arcanum with Pastor Greg Hyre officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Castine Life Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Save the Elephants Wildlife Conservation Network 209 Mississippi Street San Francisco, CA 94107. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Hudson Scott Nestor (December 21, 2015)

Hudson Scott Nestor age 17, of Pitsburg, Ohio passed away at 7:53 P.M. on Monday, December 21, 2015. Hudson was born July 14, 1998 in Dayton, Ohio to Heather (Rinehart) Hines & fiancé, Scott Howell of Pitsburg and Scott Nestor & April Walker of Pitsburg.

In addition to his parents, Hudson is also survived by his siblings, Danielle Nestor of Pitsburg, Kaden Spirito of Pitsburg, Gage Wackler of Pitsburg and Adalynn Hines of Pitsburg; paternal grandparents, Jerry & Cheryl Nestor of Greenville; maternal grandparents, Dan & Connie Rinehart of Greenville; maternal great-grandmother, Virginia Fourman of New Madison; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Hudson was also preceded in death by a sister, Katlynn Marie “Katy” Nestor; paternal great-grandparents, Ira & Lena Nestor and Naomi Flatter; and maternal great-grandparents, Jesse Fourman and John & Jean Rinehart.

Hudson was a junior at Franklin Monroe High School and attended Edison State Community College where he was a freshman. Hudson enjoyed playing soccer and baseball. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt, fish, snow board, snow ski and boating. Hudson also enjoyed cars and working on them. Hudson worked for Yeah Man Trucking in Greenville.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Castine Church of the Brethren Life Center 624 U.S. 127 South Arcanum with Pastor Greg Hyre officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Castine Life Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Junior Diabetes Research Foundation 70 Birch Alley Suite 240 Beavercreek, OH 45440. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Mrs. Lois E. Higgins (December 21, 2015)

Mrs. Lois E. Higgins, 70, of Greenville, passed away Monday, December 21, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

She was born on May 15, 1945, in Seco. KY, a daughter of the late Ralph Watson and Irene (Ashley) Pigg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her 7 brothers and sisters.

Lois was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and loved being a grandma. She was a great cook, pet lover, and enjoyed putting out a garden every year. She was a member of Triumphant Christian Center, and very involved with her church and church activities.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Wayne Higgins whom she married on May 16, 1970; children, Gary (Beth) Higgins of Greenville, Franklin (Stephanie) Higgins of Richmond, TX, Shane (Tess) Higgins of West Milton, OH, David Higgins of Greenville; grandchildren, Erica Greer, Vincent Higgins, Daylon Poston, Danielle Poston, ,Dustin Higgins, Corey Higgins, Ian Higgins, KC Higgins, Becca Higgins; great grandchildren, Hayden, Alexis, Natiley, Logan, Kinlee, Isaac, Wesley, Steven; sister, Helen Davis of Orange Park, FL; sister-in-law, Kay Pigg of Winchester, IN; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 AM, on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at Triumphant Christian Center 1129 South Towne Court, Greenville, OH with Rev. Sam Shilot officiating. Graveside services will be held 11 AM, on Monday, December 28, 2015 at Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends may visit prior to the service from 10-11 AM also at the church. Family request memorial contributions be given to American Diabetes Association and Cancer Association of Darke County. Services has been entrusted to Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville.

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

Mr. William “Bill” Andrew Price, Sr (December 21, 2015)

Mr. William “Bill” Andrew Price, Sr., 79, Greenville, Ohio, passed away Monday, December 21, 2015 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville.

He was born on November 6, 1936, in Mannington, WV, to the late Norman and Ethel Floyd) Price. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in by his wife, Ethel (Hillberry) Price; son, William Price, Jr.; grandson, Rustly Lee Price; brother, David Price; sisters, Norma Teat and Maxine Deem.

Bill was retired from Sheller Globe were he had worked for sixteen years. He enjoyed playing his guitar, mowing his grass and taking walks.

He is survived by his children, Darla (Claude) Cross of Rossburg; Richard (Anna) Price, Marlene Price and Larry Price of Ansonia; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren with number 13 on the way; sisters Pauline Baker, Mildred (Pete) Jones, Lyvon Parks all of Greenville, Marie Bunger of Arcanum.

A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 11 AM at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Ron Isom officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Cemetery.

The family and friends may visit prior to the service from 9-11 AM also at the funeral home.

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

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com

John J. Kitten (December 7, 2015)

John J. Kitten, 87, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on December 7, 2015 in Greenville, Ohio. All services will be private.

Services entrusted to Oliver Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Online condolences may be given at oliverfloyd.com.

Dorothy I. (Whittaker) Sullenbarger (December, 19, 2015)

Dorothy I. (Whittaker) Sullenbarger, 97, of Greenville, Ohio passed away peacefully on December, 19, 2015 at The Village Green in Greenville. Dorothy was born on February 17, 1918 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Russell and Iva (Anthony) Whittaker.

Dorothy loved quilting, feeding stray animals and most of all spending time with family.

In addition to her parents, Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, George Sullenbarger; a daughter, Evelyn Wilson; a granddaughter, Janice Sullenbarger; brothers and sisters, Marie Garbig, Elnora Marshall, Emma Frederick, Chalmer Whittaker, Gerald Whittaker, Don Whittaker and Everett (Jack) Whittaker.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Jim and Michelle Sullenbarger of Florida, Dan and Donna Sullenbarger of Union City, Ohio, and Reda Sullenbarger of Greenville; grandchildren, Vicki and Jeff Ward of Canada, Bill and Tina Long of Canada, Lynnette Long of Oklahoma, Julie and Danny Brickler of Greenville, Kathy and Chris Moore of Union City, Indiana, Mike Sullenbarger, Kelli Sullenbarger of Union City, Indiana and Brandon Sullenbarger of Greenville; great grandchildren, Matt, Lacey, Cole, Clint, Taylor, Audrey and Blake; brother and sisters, Jim Whittaker of Eaton, Vera Marshall of Greenville, and Nola Coning of Greenville as well as many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Oliver Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Eric Fee officiating. Family and Friends may visit prior to the service from 12 - 1 PM also at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Greenville Twp. Cemetery. Family request memorial contributions be given to the Darke County Humane Society or donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com. Services entrusted to Oliver Floyd Funeral Home.

Constance “Connie” Mary Ecklar (nee Huffman) (December 18, 2015)

Constance “Connie” Mary Ecklar (nee Huffman), of the Dayton area, passed away on Friday December 18, 2015 at 4:32 PM at her residence following an extended illness.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years William T. Ecklar.

Connie was born in Springfield, Ohio on February 18, 1933, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Audrey (nee Johnson) Huffman. A 1951 graduate of Julienne High School, she was inducted into the CJ Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983. She received a BA in Math and Physics in 1956 from the University of Dayton, followed by an MA from Miami University in 1961. Additionally, she received an MA from the University of Dayton in Applied Mathematics in 1986. A long-time educator, she taught at various schools, including Sinclair Community College, The Hillel Academy, and Eastern Kentucky University. Her loves included being a season ticket holder for UD Basketball, and following the Cincinnati Reds. She also participated in numerous Senior Olympic events, including softball, badminton and volleyball. She was active in coaching softball at various levels for many years in the Greenville area. She was a member and lector at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Dayton, as well as St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville.

Surviving are daughters Jolene (Doug) Esz of Batavia, Ohio and Julia Ecklar of Pittsburgh, PA; son, David Ecklar of New Orleans, LA; seven grandchildren, Nicole (Lou) Smith, Anne (Chris) Keener, Joe and Daniel Schoettelkotte, and Caleb, Ellie and Ethan Walter-Goodspeed; two great-grandchildren, Stephen and Lily Smith; brother Lawrence (Shirley) Huffman; and sisters-in-law, Anne Huffman and Erolyn McCann.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday December 23, 2015 at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church 233 West Third Street Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Fr. John White Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday December 22, 2015 and from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Wednesday December 23, 2015 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice.

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

Lola E. Baker (December 18, 2015)

Lola E. Baker, 99 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Friday December 18, 2015 at 9:45 PM at Heartland of Greenville. She was born September 21, 1916 in Darke County, Ohio the daughter of the late Andrew & Pluma Baker. She retired from Fram after 23 years and was a member of Stelvideo Christian Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Everett L. Baker; grandson: David Peck; sisters: Sylvia Bolin, Trelis Barbeau, Bernice Bailey; brothers: Russell & Virgil Baker.

She is survived by her daughter & son in law: Beverly & Marvin Miller of Greenville; son & daughter in law: Donald R. & Gretchen Baker of Greenville; 5 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren.

Services will be held on Tuesday December 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Doug Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Monday December 21, 2015 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

James R. “Cook” Strobel (December 17, 2015)

James R. “Cook” Strobel, age 92 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 5:30 A.M. Thursday December 17, 2015 at his residence. He was born September 30, 1923 in Darke County Ohio and the son of the late Arthur and Alice (Strobel) Cook.

He was retired from Advanced Micro Devises of California and a Veteran of the US Army serving during W.W. II.

Jim was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church of Greenville, a member of the Greenville V.F.W. and American Legion and enjoyed fishing and playing golf.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons Larry Joe Strobel Sr., Merrian Strobel and Ronnie Strobel; daughter Rhonda Strobel and brothers Bobby and William Cook.

Jim is survived by his wife June A. (Prasuhn) Strobel of Greenville. They were married August 2, 1947. Also daughter Patricia Strobel of Greenville; daughter in law Beatrice Garcia Strobel of Greenville; grandchildren Larry Joe (Myra) Strobel Jr., Daniel Strobel and Alex (Lyndsey) Logan; 7 great grandchildren; sisters Ruth Baker, Kay (Paul) Weiss and Shirley Williams all of Greenville as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 A.M. Monday December 21, 2015 in the St. John Lutheran Church 7418 State Route 121-N. Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Patti Morlock officiating. Burial with Military Honors conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will follow in the St. John Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 10:00 A.M. until time of the the services in the church.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial contributions be given to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas, 66675.

Arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

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

Friday, December 11, 2015

Charles Jerry DePoy (December 8, 2015)

Charles Jerry DePoy, 76, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

He was born January 2, 1939 in Palestine, OH, son of the late Russell E. and Margaret V. (Paul) DePoy. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Janet A. (Crawford) DePoy on February 16, 2002.

Jerry had owned and operated the former Jerry’s Cleaning Service. He was a member of Oakland Church of the Brethren, Preble County Ohio Horseman's Council, Darke County Fish and Game Club, and Moose Lodge in Greenville.

He is survived by children, Jerry (Tina) DePoy, Tamara (Chris) Landis, Mark DePoy; grandchildren, Jerrod (Sarah), Jeremy (Allie) and Jordan DePoy, Christopher (Jessica), Samantha and Callie Landis , Justin and Angelia DePoy,; 9 great grandchildren; a sister, Marilyn Hittle; and his longtime companion, Connie Sinclair.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 19 at the Palestine Cemetery with Pastor Gary Oser officiating.

There will be no public visitation. In lieu of flowers please send donations in Jerry's name to: Preble County OHC, 7629 Hogpath Rd, Greenville, Ohio

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

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

Donald E. Rutter (December 8, 2015)

Donald E. Rutter, age 79 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 12:20 A.M. Tuesday December 8, 2015 at his residence. He was born December 8, 1936 in Mount Carmel, Illinois and the son of the late George A. and Sadie Marie (Beakler) Rutter.

Donald was retired as an insurance agent and a very active member of the Ansonia First Church of God having served in the positions of Treasurer, Elder and on the Church Board of Trustees. He was also a very devoted husband, family man, sports enthusiast and strong in his faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Gail Onyett and her husband Raymond.

Donald is survived by his wife Carol W. (Vaughn) Rutter of Greenville. They were married July 28, 1956. Also by his children Dennis (Teresa) Rutter, David (Dwanna) Rutter all of Greenville and Duane (Jena) Rutter of Monroe, Ohio; grandchildren Austin (Elizabeth) Rutter, Logan Rutter, McKenna Rutter, Katie Batten, LaNelle (Anthony) Tuggle and Adam Bridges; six great grandchildren; in laws Joyce (Myrl) Nisely, Donna (Doug) Leis and Larry Vaughn as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday December 12, 2015 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor David Hackney officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11:00 A.M. until time of the services in the funeral home.

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

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

Jean Stover (December 4, 2015)

Jean Stover age 95, of Versailles, Ohio passed away at 12:10 A.M. on Friday, December 4, 2015 at Versailles Health Care Center. Jean was born September 10, 1920 in Mangum, Oklahoma to the late Thomas Jefferson & Audrey (Ramsey) Gaines.

Jean is survived by her children, Barbara Akina of Versailles and Jeff & Kellie Stover of Dublin; grandchildren, David & Christy (Arnold) Akina, Stacy Stover, Eric & Julie (Pierron) Stover, Miles Stover and Madeleine Stover; and 8 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Jean was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. “Bob” Stover; son, Stanley Stover; brothers, Orville, Bud, Vernon and Garland Gaines; and sister, Nadine Lowe.

Jean met Robert L. (Bob) Stover in her hometown of Oklahoma City in 1942 while he was stationed there, serving in the US Air Force, before deploying to the war in Europe. They fell in love, got married and Jean settled with him in Versailles in 1943. She fell in love with the people and the community of this small Midwestern village and her feelings never changed for her remaining 72 years. Some of her first acquaintances were women in the Coterie Club and many became her longest-lasting and most cherished friends.

After settling in her new home for a few years and having two children, Stanley and Barbara, Jean picked up her scissors and went back to work. Eventually she started her own businesses, one in Versailles and one in Greenville. She was happy and proud to be part of the local business community. Anyone who ever worked for her, was a client, or simply got to know her knew her caring, positive, can-do attitude. She truly loved her work and she liked to have fun while she was at it!

Jean began her working career early in life. At the age of sixteen she went to Beauty School and took her first job as a hair stylist in downtown Oklahoma City when she finished. She loved to talk about riding the trolley car home from work where she’d gulp down half a sandwich while she got dressed to go back downtown for the music and dancing. She danced to live performances of Count Basie, Cab Calloway, the Dorsey Brothers and many more. (My generation would call her a Big Band freak!) She made good and lasting friendships during that time and truly enjoyed her youthful independence. She was always fiercely independent. She was extraordinary in her complete lack of prejudice. I haven’t known another who took anyone and everyone at face value, without judgment. She looked for the best in all people and situations. We will cherish her memory for all of our lives.

A celebration of Jean’s life will held at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Dennis Wheeler officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family request memorial contributions may be made to the Versailles Area Museum, State of the Heart Hospice or Cancer Association of Darke County. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Thelma J. Shade (December 3, 2015)

Thelma J. Shade age 89, a longtime resident of Versailles passed away at 12:15 A.M. on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville. Thelma was born March 28, 1926 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Leo & Ethel (Simon) McEldowney.

Thelma is survived by a son & daughter-in-law, David & Judith (Phlipot) Shade of Los Gatos, California; daughters, Shirley Hablitzel (Matthew) of Panama City, Florida and Alice Shade of Belmont, Ohio; 5 grandchildren; brothers & sisters-in-law, Cletus & Pat McEldowney of Arcanum, John & Joyce McEldowney of Versailles and Jerome “Jerry” McEldowney of St. Marys; sister, Jeanette Monnin of Russia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Thelma was also preceded in death by her husband, Francis Marion Shade on November 8, 1999 whom she married July 28, 1945; sisters, Winifred Davidson, Katherine McClurg, Bertha “Bert” Young and Virginia Weyandt; brothers-in-law, Robert Davidson, Richard McClurg, Bob Weyandt and Dennis Monnin; and sister-in-law, Barb McEldowney.

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

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Brethren Retirement Community Resident Aid Fund. Condolences for the family may be expresses through www.zecharbailey.com

Andrea Nicole Clark (December 3, 2015)

Andrea Nicole Clark, 30 of Greenville, Ohio passed away peacefully on Thursday December 3, 2015 at 5:15 PM at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio as the result of a condition she had since birth. She was born July 13, 1985 in Greenville, Ohio the daughter of Barbara (Emerick) & Mike Albright of Greenville and Tod & Joyce Clark of Greenville.

She is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather: Donald Emerick; paternal grandparents: Bob & Eileen Clark.

She is survived by her parents; her siblings: Candice (Clark) & Eric DeBoer of Tucker, Georgia, Chase Albright of Oxford, Ohio, Jacob Clark of Greenville, & Erin Albright of Greenville; niece: Emilie DeBoer; grandparents: Karen & Larry Bingham of Palestine, Gary & Joan Albright of Gettysburg, Leroy & Jean Wellman of Greenville; numerous aunts and uncles.

Services will be held on Tuesday December 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral home, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Doug Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Ithaca Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday December 7, 2015 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to F.A.M.E. (Financial Assistance for Medical Emergencies) or to a college fund for her beloved niece Emilie in care of Greenville National Bank.

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

Dorothy M. Beavins (December 1, 2015)

Dorothy M. Beavins, 100 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Tuesday December 1, 2015 at 8:17 AM at the Brethren Retirement Community. She was born February 26, 1915 in Morocco, Indiana the daughter of the late Harry D. & Bessie E. (Stewart) Brewer.

She attended Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated from Illinois State University. She was a school teacher at Winchester, Illinois Schools from 1936-1949 then she owned White Springs Golf Course from 1950 to 1970, she then was a Realtor at Paul Clark Realty and King Realty from 1972 to 1991. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she was a choir member since 1955; member of the Greenville Music Club since 1951; member of the Choralettes (Singing Group) from 1955-1990; Darke County Writers Club.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her Husband: Lionel E. “Bo” Beavins in 1984; son: Joel Stewart Beavins in 2015; brothers: Maynard “Ted” Brewer & Marion C. Brewer.

She is survived by her grandchildren: Christina Beavins & Kathryn Glunt of Greenville, South Carolina, Karen & Todd Meinsen of Fountain City, Indiana, Joel & Jill Beavins Jr. of Franklin, Indiana, JoAnna Bingham of Greenville, Jeff Beavins of Greenville, & Jenny & Thomas Severance of Greenville; numerous great grandchildren & great great grandchildren.

Services will be held on Friday December 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Angela Meeks officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends 1 hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to Brethren Retirement Community Resident Aid Fund.

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

Emily Mary Subler (December 3, 2015)

Emily Mary Subler age 78, of Frenchtown, Ohio passed away at 10:50 P.M. on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at her daughter’s residence. Emily was born December 20, 1936 in Shelby County, Ohio to the late August & Mary (Herbert) Barhorst.

Emily is survived by her children, Mary Catherine Buckingham of Versailles, Theresa & Terry Haines of Frenchtown, Michael & Bonnie Subler of Yorkshire and Kenneth Subler of Yorkshire; grandchildren, Jennifer & Rhonda Haines-Pruitt, Brian & Ashley Haines, Andrea Haines & Skip Brock, Eric Haines, Allyson Haines, Kelly Buckingham & Josh Gibson , Brianne Buzard, Scott & Anna Subler, Kevin Subler, Alan Subler, Amanda & Craig Dapore and Kenneth Subler, Jr. & fiancée, Sarah Couchot; great-grandchildren, Jacksyn Haines-Pruitt, Landon Haines, Halie Haines, Hannah Haines, Lilyan Brock, Liam Brock, Levi Brock, Eli Haines, Jocelyn Haines and Brooklyn Cook-Subler; brother & sister-in-law, Joseph & Wilma Barhorst of Philothea; sisters & brothers-in-law, Clarissa Brinkman of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Dolores Bruggeman of Maria Stein, Doris Bruggeman of Maria Stein, Marilyn & Ralph Meyer of Coldwater and Martha & Richard Subler of New Bremen; brother-in-law, Carl Braun of Celina, Lavern Schmidt of Montezuma, Ivo Braun of Portland, Indiana; sister-in-law, Chris Barhorst of Russia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Emily was also preceded in death by her husband, John F. “Jack” Subler on November 23, 2010 whom she married September 12, 1959; daughter, Sharon Monnier; great-grandson, Gavin Brock; brothers, Herbert Barhorst and Clarence Barhorst; sisters, Charlene Schmidt, Eloise Braun and Margie Rethman; brothers-in-law, Bill Brinkman, Werner Bruggeman, Virgil Bruggeman and Ed Rethman; and sisters-in-law, Jean Braun and Shirley Barhorst.

Emily was a homemaker and formerly worked at Winners in Osgood. Emily was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Frenchtown where she was also a member of St. Ann’s Sodality.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Frenchtown with Rev. Fr. James Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery in Frenchtown. 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 Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Tyray E. Grice (November 30, 2015)

Tyray E. Grice, age 39 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 2:50 A.M. Monday November 30, 2015 at his residence. He was born November 2, 1976 in Piqua, Ohio and the son of Ronald G. Cook and Connie S. (Grice) Blum, both of Greenville.

Tyray was a mechanic having been employed at the Camden Tire Service Camden, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Robert Grice.

Survivors in addition to his parents would be children Tyler Grice, Kameron Grice, Kally Grice, Blake Grice and Shelby O’Neil Grice; brother Daniel J. Cook Collins, GA.; step brother Michael Blum of Hampton, VA.; sister Amba Cook of Greenville; half-sister Jennifer Leann Cook of Greenville; maternal grandmother Norma Grice of Greenville; fiancé Brandy Lavy of Greenville and uncles Joey Grice and Robert Grice Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday December 4, 2015 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Friday 1 hour prior to the services in the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions may be given to Tyray’s family.

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

Howard E. Hemmerly (November 27, 2015)

Howard E. Hemmerly, age 87, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Friday, November 27, 2015 at 1:58 PM at Reid Hospital, Richmond, Indiana. He was born on October 16, 1928 in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, to the late Ralph D. & LaVerna (McCutcheon) Hemmerly.

He is survived by his sisters, Dorothy I. Workman of Boulder City, Nevada and Maureen H. McCabe of Greenville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brothers, Ralph J. Hemmerly & David M. Hemmerly and sister, Barbara J. Fisher.

Howard was a member of the United States Army serving in the Korean Conflict during 1950-1952. He taught at Sharon Elementary in Columbus from 1955-1962 before moving to Arizona and teaching in Tucson from 1962-1971. He also taught in private schools in California before moving back to the Greenville area in 1986 where he continued teaching as a substitute teacher in Greenville and other Darke County schools and then retiring in 1992 at the age of 62. Howard was a freelance artist and was a carpenter. He enjoyed wood carving and sign printing. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he sang in the church choir and was also a member of the American Legion.

There will be a service held on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Margaret Sammons officiating. There will be a private burial held at a later date in the Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A full military service will be conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

R. Dale Riffle (November 29, 2015)

R. Dale Riffle, age 87, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 6:20 AM at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Greenville, Ohio. He was born on March 19, 1928 in Ansonia, Ohio, to the late Ronald H. “Steenie” & Edna (Rolfe) Riffle.

Dale is survived by his children, Sharon (Gary) Deeter of Greenville, Scott (Cindy) Riffle of Greenville, Rebecca (Larry) Garrison of Greenville, Rock (Tammie) Riffle of Greenville and Doug (Carol) Riffle of Greenville; grandchildren, Stephanie Shafer, Stacey (Kyle) Hetman, Scott Garrison, Sara (Harold) Kinnison, Josh (Ashley) Riffle, Justin Riffle and Lisa (Denny) Moore; 16 great grandchildren; siblings, Ruby (Junior) Coby of Greenville and Linda Smith Wood of Ansonia; brother in law, Leon Stump of Ft. Recovery; sister in law, Kay Riffle of Ansonia; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia A. (Gower) Riffle whom he married on June 22, 1946; daughter, Sondra Riffle; grandson, Ryan Riffle; sisters, Marjorie Byram, Mildred Lanich, Doris Mikesell and Jean Stump; brothers, Ronnie Riffle and James Riffle.

Dale retired in 1990 from the U.S. Post Office as a City Carrier for 30 years before working part time at K-Mart in Greenville and Greenville National Bank. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Greenville, Greenville Masonic Lodge #143, Post Office Advisory Committee and the National Association Retired Federal Employees. He was a founder with his wife Pat of the Ansonia Swinging 8’s Square Dance Club and had been a Square Dance Caller for 30 years. He was inducted into the Square Dance Hall of Fame and was a Kentucky Colonel.

There will be a service held on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 at 2:30 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Todd Reish and Pastor Angela Meeks co-officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 from 2-8 PM at the funeral home. There will be a Masonic Memorial Service conducted by the Greenville Masonic Lodge #143 on Wednesday at 7:45 PM at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice or Brethren Retirement Community Resident Aid Fund. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Mary Ann Armstrong (November 26, 2015)

Mary Ann Armstrong, 92, of Greenville, OH, passed away Thursday, November 26, 2015.

She was born January 4, 1923, in Mercer County, OH, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Lena (Wagner) Schmitz. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Lloyd Armstrong; brother Vincent and sister-in-law Peggy Schmitz, and brother Hubert Schmitz.

Mary Ann was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville and was very active in her community. She was very active in the church and was the Librarian at St. Mary's School and was on the St. Mary's Parish Council. She was also in the Rosary Alter Society and the Widowed Persons. She was a Girl Scout troop leader and volunteered at the Darke County Soil and Water and the Darke County Parks Districts. Mary Ann loved nature and the outdoors and was an avid gardener.

She is survived by her children, Diann Manning and Lee Armstrong, both of Greenville and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Lewis of Union City, IN; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30AM Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville with Fr. White officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Church Cemetery in Greenville.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5 - 7PM at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville where there will be a prayer service at 4:45PM.

The family request the memorial contributions be given to the State of the Heart Hospice

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

Maxine Joan (Coon) Hays (November 27, 2015)

Maxine Joan (Coon) Hays, 81, of Hollansburg, Ohio, passed away on November 27, 2015 at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana. Maxine was born September 8, 1934 in Jennings County, Indiana to the late William and Minnie (Hatfield) Coon.

Maxine was a homemaker during her life. She was a graduate of North Vernon High School and a lifelong member of the St. Paul Episcopal Church in Greenville. Maxine loved spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, Maxine is preceded in death by a son, Michael Hays; grandson, Christopher Gene Wilt; brother, George Coon and a sister, Mary Wheeler. Special friends Howard & Ruth Mary O'Dell, Nancy Dill.

Maxine is survived by her husband of 49 years, Carl Hays; daughters, Carla Jo (Dan) Mintkenbaugh and Catherine Minnie Hays both of Hollansburg; grandchildren, Brooke Mintkenbaugh, Shelby Mintkenbaugh, Hannah Hays, Stephen Hays and Ashley Hays; great grandchildren, Hadley Hays and Jayvyn Hays; brothers, William Coon of Richmond and Clyde Coon of Hagerstown; a sister, Bertha Coon of North Vernon; and special friends MaryAnn Webb, George O'Dell, and Larry O'Dell and their families.

Friends may visit Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 6 - 8 PM at Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison. A celebration of life service will be held on December 2, 2015, 1 PM also at the funeral home with Rev. Eric Fee officiating. Burial will follow in the Hollansburg Cemetery. Family request memorial contributions be given to the St. Paul Episcopal Church in Greenville.

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

William J. Baltes, Jr. (November 27, 2015)

William J. Baltes, Jr. age 88, of Versailles, Ohio passed away at 2:30 P.M. on Friday, November 27, 2015 at Versailles Health Care Center. William was born April 13, 1927 in Darke County to the late William J. & Clara (Bey) Baltes, Sr.

William is survived by his children, Alice & Joseph DeMange of Russia, Edie & Jeff Bergman of Ft. Loramie, Barbara & Kenneth Mertz of Versailles, Bernice & Larry Helman of Sidney, Gerald & Polly Baltes of Versailles and Marvin & Nichole Baltes of Versailles; grandchildren, Benjamin & Kristen DeMange, Karen & Jerry Mertz, Gregory & Ashley Mertz, Christina & Doug Watson, Jennifer Mertz, Anthony & Niki Helman, Eric Helman, Sarah & Jason Tuente, Joshua Baltes, Joshua Bulcher, Quincy Baltes and Stuart Baltes; great-grandchildren, Kathryn Mertz, Veronica Mertz, Harley Mertz, Audrey DeMange, Bella DeMange, Owen Helman, Myles Helman, Emory Tuente, Drew Tuente, one expected great-grandchild, Glenn Mertz, Tinica Mertz, Markese Mertz, Marsean Mertz and Tiana Mertz; step great-grandchildren, Brooke Watson and Bryce Watson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ann & Arthur Bergman of Anna and Patricia & Norman Magoto of Centerville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, William was also preceded in death by his wife, Rita Catherine (Kemper) Baltes on November 10, 2008 whom he married June 25, 1952; grandson, Nicholas DeMange; brothers & sisters-in-law, Paul & Esther Baltes and Peter & Rose Baltes; and sisters & brothers-in-law, Rose Baltes, Margaret Jane & William O’Bryan and Mary & James Trentman.

William was a tool maker at NCR in Dayton until they closed and retired from Marwill in Ft. Loramie. He was also a life-long farmer. William was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Frenchtown where he served as an usher and lector. He was also a member of St. Denis K of C, Council 1756 where he was Past Grand Knight from 1971-1972 and a Trustee for 3 years; and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2347 of Versailles where he was Past President, Past Worthy President, Chaplain, Trustee and helped deliver fish to the shut-ins during Lent.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Frenchtown with Rev. Fr. James Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery in Frenchtown. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Wednesday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. A Knights of Columbus prayer service will be held at 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday 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

Bernard W “Jr.” Class Jr. (November 25, 2015)

Bernard W “Jr.” Class Jr., age 80, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 1:28 AM at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center, Greenville, Ohio. He was born on December 24, 1934 in Miami County, Ohio, to the late Bernard W. & Verda (Wright) Class Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years Carol (Kaughers) Class of Greenville, Ohio, whom he married on June 4, 1960; son and daughter in law, Brian & Patty Class of Greenville; grandchildren, Sarah Harter, Ryan Class, Rachel Class and Kyle Harter; great grandchildren, Hunter, Summer and Jacob Harter; brothers and sisters in law, Roger & Marjorie Class of Greenville and David & Sandy Class of Marysville, OH; sisters and brother in law, Linda Anderson of Florida and Phyllis & Jim Holsinger of Covington, OH; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his daughter, Sue (Class) Hollinger; brother, Robert K. “Bob” Class; sisters and brothers in law, Helen & Delbert Stephan, Jean Class and Ray Anderson; step father, Harvey Paulus.

He enjoyed camping, fishing, bowling and working on lawnmowers.

There will be a service held on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Sylvia McKibben officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, 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 be given to State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wavelene (Olwine) Woodall (November 24, 2015)

Wavelene (Olwine) Woodall, 93, of Greenville peacefully went to be with her Lord on November 24, 2015. Wavelene was born on November 18, 1922 in Gettysburg, Ohio to the late Arthur and Bessie (Marker) Olwine.

Wavelene enjoyed crocheting, reading, painting and playing cards. She also loved to write poems to her grandkids. She enjoyed spending time with family above all. She served in the U.S. Navy.

In addition to her parents, Wavelene is preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Herman, and Billy Olwine, a sister Roberta Seals, great grandson, John Warner and great granddaughter, Lulu Grace Snyder.

Wavelene is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, David and Kathy King of Greenville, Don and Diane Woodall of Jacksonville, Florida and Greg and Teddy Woodall of Troy; grandchildren, Shelly and Pat Warner of Arcanum, Michael King of Greenville, Jeremy and Heidi Woodall of Oregon, Ben and Kelly Woodall of Georgia, Cami and Jason Snyder of Greenville, Zach and Sarah Woodall of South Carolina, Wesley Woodall serving in Kuwait, Jeff and Chelsea Woodall of South Carolina, Jennifer and Nathan Scott of South Carolina, Scott Woodall of Florida and Dusty and Elizabeth Woodall of Florida; 28 great grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth (Olwine) Hoggatt of Greenville.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM at EUM Church, 1451 Sater Street in Greenville with Rev. Eric Fee officiating. Burial will follow at Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may visit prior to the service on Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 9 - 11 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice.

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

Betty Jo Reamer (November 22, 2015)

Betty Jo Reamer, 76, of Greenville Ohio, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at Reid Hospital. She was born on March 22, 1939 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Tom and Gladys(Lucille)Neuman.

Betty was a member of the EUM Church in Greenville and she loved spending time shopping.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Charles Ethal Bernard, second husband, Kenny Marley and a brother, Irvin Neuman.

Betty is survived by her husband of 24 years, Gerry Reamer of Greenville; son and daughter in law, Tim and Nancy Bernard of Amelia, Ohio; two daughters and sons in law, Patty and Kelly Boram of Arcanum and Cris and Steve Hoffestter of Indiana; numerous grandchildren; several great grandchildren; one brother, Tom Neuman of Ripley, Ohio; one sister, Shirley and Johnny Schaffer of Florida.

A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, November 27, 2015 at 1 P.M. at the EUM church, downtown campus at Wayne and Devor streets. Memorial contributions may be made to Braund Pope Funeral Home.

Arrangements are entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com

Doug R. Sleppy (November 21, 2015)

Doug R. Sleppy age 47 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 8:35 P.M. Saturday November 21, 2015 at his residence.  He was born November 12, 1968 in Greenville, Ohio and the son of Charles D. and Diana (Hosbrook) Sleppy of Greenville.

Doug enjoyed fishing, was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Jimmie Johnson Racing and had received his Associates Degree in Art from the University of Findlay.

Survivors in addition to his parents would be his daughter Dez L. Sleppy of Greenville; sisters Cheryl Jennings of Cincinnati and Amy L. Brown of Greenville; Maternal Grandmother Theresa Hosbrook and Paternal Grandmother Avo L. Sleppy both of Greenville as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Friday November 27, 2015 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Tony Stephens officiating.  The family will receive friends on Friday from 1:00 P.M. until time of the services in the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions may be given to the family to assist with expenses.

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

Phyllis Jeanne Shelley Wetzel (November 20, 2015)

Phyllis Jeanne Shelley Wetzel age 81, of Arcanum, Ohio passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, November 20, 2015. Phyllis was born April 3, 1934 in Darke County to the late Clarence & Zelma (Miller) Shelley.

Phyllis is survived by her husband of 62 years, Duane Wetzel; sons & daughters-in-law, Alan & Linda Wetzel of Arcanum and Galen & Marilyn Wetzel of Arcanum; grandchildren, Lori & Justin Palmer, Christi Wetzel, Zane & Courtney Wetzel, Kelly & Dan Fourman, Mara Wetzel and Vance Wetzel, great-grandchildren, Titus, Elsie, Ava and Jonah; sister, Louise Mack of Carmel, Indiana; and brother, Eldean Shelley of Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.

In addition to her parents, Phyllis was also preceded in death by a sister, Glenna Harshbarger; and brother, Byron Shelley.

Phyllis attended Arcanum High School and Comptometer Business School. She worked at Delco and once married became a homemaker on the farm. Phyllis loved God and her husband with all her heart. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren were very special to her. She loved cooking, quilting and gardening. She was a member of Castine Church of the Brethren where she served as a Sunday school teacher of all ages, Chair of Women’s Fellowship, Deacon and prayer circle. She was a past board member and Women’s Committee member of the Darke County Farm Bureau.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Pitsburg Church of the Brethren 8376 Pitsburg Laura Road Arcanum with Pastor Ken Oren officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Ft. Jefferson. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville and Wednesday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Douglas D. Thornhill (November 17, 2015)

Douglas D. Thornhill, 69, of Rossburg, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday evening, November 17, 2015 in the emergency room of Wayne Healthcare in Greenville.

He was born June 18, 1946, in Greenville, a son of the late George K. and Mary E. (Marker) Thornhill. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, George William Thornhill.

Doug was a veteran of the US Marine Corps having served in Vietnam. He had worked at the former Union City Body Co, drove truck for his father, and farmed. He was a longtime member of the Rossburg Fire Department. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill American Legion, the DAV, and numerous tractor and gas engine groups. He was also a member of the Union City Body Company Retirees.

Doug is survived by his wife, Cheryl (Angi) Thornhill; sons, Daniel Thornhill and Matthew Thornhill; step sons, Steven (Tracy) Kingsley and David (Jamie) Kingsley; a grandson, Andrew Yost; sister, Mary Jane (Gail Dean) Edwards; brothers, Larry (Judy) Thornhill and Gregory (Roxie) Thornhill; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services with full military honors will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, November 21, at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Gerald Steele officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery (new part).

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be given to the Rossburg Fire Department, the Ansonia Rescue, or the DAV.

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

Marybel Weaver (November 16, 2015)

Marybel Weaver age 88, of Versailles, Ohio passed away on November 16, 2015 peacefully at her home. Marybel was born July 17, 1927 in Willowdell, Ohio to the late Cleo Clyde & Nellie Bernice (Christian) Schlecty.

Marybel is survived by 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. Grandchildren are: Alexander John Weaver, Molly Elizabeth Weaver, Timothy William Weaver, Samuel Foster Brown, John Foster Brown, William Clayton Watkins and Olivia Marybeth Watkins. Brother & sister-in-law Norman & Rochelle Schlecty of Yorkshire and many nieces and nephews also survive her.

In addition to her parents, Marybel was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-seven years, John D. Weaver, her daughter Collette S. Weaver, and son-in-law Foster Edward Brown. Brothers Dale, Paul and Raymond Schlecty, and sisters: Elsie Grilliot, Carol Trittschuh, Mabel Cain and Leona Dickey all preceded her in death. Brothers-in-law Robert Grilliot, Lloyd Trittschuh, George Cain, Harold Dickey and sisters-in-law Imogene Schlecty, Juanita Schlecty and Margie Schlecty also preceded her in death.

Marybel graduated from Versailles High School in 1945 and enjoyed helping the committee plan class reunions. She graduated from Miami Jacobs Business College and worked at Waco Glider Factory in Piqua. Marybel was born, raised, and lived most of her life in Darke County. She only left the area while her husband, John, attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and while John played a year of professional football for the New York Bulldogs. She was a pie baker who enjoyed nature and the outdoors and embraced her rural roots. She traipsed through many woods questing for mushrooms and enjoyed wild birds and flowers. She shared her love of nature with her children and grandchildren. Marybel was always on the lookout for praying mantis, caterpillars, or cocoons, and shared the wonder of butterflies and moths with family and friends. Marybel enjoyed raising perennials - especially peonies, and she studied Americana and historic buildings and barns. She was a long-time member of Versailles Christian Church and its Philathea Class. She was an avid fan of high school, college, and professional sports and supported Versailles and Miami University athletics.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on St. Peters Road in Versailles with Pastor Laura Shreffler officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Friends of Hole Field or Save Our Monarchs.org. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Theodate Johnson Rose (November 15, 2015)

Theodate Johnson Rose, age 89 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 7:45 P.M. Sunday November 15, 2015 after a fall eight days prior. She was born on August 27, 1926 in Swampscott, MA. and daughter of the late Thomas and Katherine (Gilbert) Johnson. Theodate lived in New York, New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida and Ohio with her late husband Philip F. Rose who passed away October 23, 2011.

Theodate was a buyer for Lord & Taylor, Arnold Constable and RH Macy in New York City. She was active in many civic organizations including a Cub Scout Den Mother, Newtown, CT. Garden Club, Council on Aging and Riversite Theatre of Vero Beach, FL.

In addition to her parents, and husband she was preceded in death by a grandson Morgan Thomas Rose and sisters Patricia Morgan and Katherine Wolfe.

Theodate is survived by son Thomas P. Rose of Key West and his daughter Alison (Brian) Hagerman of Bozeman, MT; son Paul (Loraine) Rose of Greenville and their children Andrea (Brendan) Weigand of Phillipsburg, Ohio, Thomas (Katherine) Rose of St. Louis, MO and four great grandchildren Benjamin and Eva Weigand and Brinley and Wyatt Hagerman. Also her brother Thomas Johnson III of Brookline, MA.

There will be no services or receiving of friends.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests Memorial Contributions be given to Brookdale Hospice of Greenville, Ohio.

Funeral arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

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

Lois E. Ary (November 15, 2015)

Lois E. Ary, age 91 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 2:20 P.M. Sunday November 15, 2015 at her residence in Greenville.  She was born October 14, 1924 in Stelvideo Ohio and the daughter of the late Noah and Erma (Kiehl) Brewer.

She was retired as a Hair Stylists, as an owner/operator having shops primarily in the Greenville and Piqua areas.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother Dave Brewer.

Lois is survived by her husband Rollin H. Ary of Greenville.  They were married January 5, 1946.  Also daughter Cheryl (John) Sillman of Piqua;  sons Maurice E. (Becky) Ary of Piqua and Patrick J. (Darlene) Ary of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren Karen (Brian),  Kevin (Helena),  Jennifer (Brian), Jeremiah (Dorielle), Rebecca (Mike) and Simeon (Laurie),  great grandchildren Jarrett, Conner, Emma, Caraline, Madison, Lila, Caraline, Jude, Margaret and Adalyn; brother Emerson (Barbara) Brewer of Greenville as well as numerous nieces  and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Thursday November 19, 2015 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Phillip Dell officiating.  Burial will follow in the Miami Memorial Park Cemetery Covington, Ohio.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.  in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice of Darke County or the Harris Creek Church.

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

Joseph Edward Barton (November 14, 2015)

Joseph Edward Barton, 91, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away Saturday evening, November 14, 2015 at Wayne Health Care in Greenville.

He was born January 30, 1924 in Darke County, Ohio, a son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Matthew) Barton. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Peggy Monnier; brothers, Cletus, Lester, Bernard and Wilmer Barton; and his sisters, Loretta Riddle, Marie Francis, Catherine Dapore and Lucile Monnin.

Joe was a United States Army veteran and bravely served his country during WWII. He retired from General Motors in 1976 after 30 years of dedicated service. He loved his family and enjoyed helping those in need. He loved working with his hands and kept himself busy with projects around the house.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Eloise (Gates) Barton, whom he married July 29, 1953; children, JoAnne (Alexander) Monnier of Greenville, Ohio, and Joseph (Elly Turner) Barton of Greenville, Ohio; five grandchildren, Don and Mike Monnier both of Greenville, Ohio, Robert Barton on Centerville, Indiana, Krystal Washington of New Madison, Ohio and Melissa Barton; seven great grandchildren; and a sister, Margaret Wenning of St. Henry, Ohio.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30AM Thursday, November 19, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville with Fr. White officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in St. Mary’s Church Cemetery in Greenville.

The family will receive friends at Wednesday from 5PM to 7PM at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville where there will be a prayer service at 4:45PM.

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

Rex Allen Nickell (November 13, 2015)

Rex Allen Nickell, 60 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Friday November 13, 2015 at 8:30 PM at his residence. Rex was born April 21, 1955 in Dayton, Ohio and the son of Mary (Center) Barnt of Vandalia, Ohio and the late Eugene Nickell.

He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and had been employed at Klockner Pentaplast of Greenville.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a son Timothy Nickell

Rex’s survivors, in addition to his mother are his wife Wannetta Gaye (Applegate) Nickell of Greenville to whom he was married October 24, 1978; children Angie Nickell of Winchester, Indiana and Rick (Abbie) Nickell of Oakdale, Conn.; grandchildren: Justin, Brent, Mark, and Juliette Nickell, Paige Fisher and Drake Gigandet; great grandchildren: Jairya Nickell, Arianna Nickell, and soon to be great grandson Xzavier Fisher; sister: Dianne (Steve) Williams, Huber Heights; brothers: Dan (Bobbie) Nickell, & Larry (Missy) Hunt all of Greenville as well as numerous nieces & nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday November 18, 2015 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Bill Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Tuesday November 17, 2015 at the funeral home. The Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will conduct full military honors on Wednesday at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the Gospel Baptist Church of Greenville or State of the Heart Hospice.

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

George A. Oswalt (November 13, 2015)

George A. Oswalt, 85, of Arcanum, Ohio, passed away Friday evening, November 13, 2015 at Oakley Place in Greenville.

He was born January 11, 1930 in Darke County/Mercer County, Ohio, a son of the late Roy and Iva (Wyan) Oswalt.

George was a lifelong farmer and especially loved tending to his hogs. He enjoyed tinkering with machinery, liked to build and loved to read. When he couldn’t farm anymore, George took to gardening and had a spring garden every year.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne C. (Oda) Oswalt; children, Dianna (Gilbert) Jay, Pamela (Mark) Oswalt, Barbara Sue Oswalt, and Ricky Lee (Brenda) Oswalt all of Arcanum, Ohio; five grandchildren, Tanya (Blain) Coby of Greenville, Ohio, Angela (Nick) Morelli of Columbus, Ohio, Bethanie (Dustin) Shepherd of Troy, Ohio, Brittasha (JJ) Thompson of Covington, Ohio and Kayle Oswalt of Arcanum, Ohio; two great grandchildren, Jayla Coby and AJ Morelli; two step great grandchildren, Cayden and Noah Shepherd; a brother, Galen (Shirley) Oswalt of Arcanum, Ohio, and a sister, Illah (Jim) Sink of Ansonia, Ohio.

Services will be held at 1PM Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the Pitsburg Church of the Brethren located at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Rd, Arcanum, Ohio, with Pastor Ken Oren Officiating. Burial will follow in Mote Cemetery in Pitsburg, Ohio

The family will receive friends at the church Wednesday from 11AM to 1PM.

Memorials may be made to State of the Heart Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway St., Greenville, Ohio 45331

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

Ann Elaine Garland (November 13, 2015)

Ann Elaine Garland, 70 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Friday November 13, 2015 at 4:00 PM at her residence. She was born May 11, 1945 in Dayton, Ohio the daughter of the late Donald Westfall & Helen (Ullery) & Leonard Flack. She was an STNA and a factory worker. She was a member of the First Heavy Metal Church of Christ.

She is preceded in death by her parents and step father.

She is survived by her children & spouse: Trisha & Jeff Feitshans of Greenville; Chad Garland of Colorado; grandchildren: Travis Baker of Ansonia, Amber (Dustin) Ruther of Indiana, Jayce Feitshans of Greenville; 3 great grandchildren; brothers & sisters & spouses: Jeannie & Leon Spencer of Kentucky, Barbara & Jim Wentworth of Greenville; Dennis & Cindy Westfall of Louisiana, Wesley & Rose Westfall of Greenville; numerous nieces & nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday November 17, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home. Private family burial will take place at a later date at Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice.

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

Leah Jean Dinkins (November 10, 2015)

Leah Jean Dinkins, 77, of Harrison Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Hospice of Cincinnati. She was born on April 30, 1938 in Hollansburg, Ohio to the late Mac Rexrode and Beatrice Withrow.

Leah enjoyed spending time with her family.

Leah is preceded in death by her parents.

Leah is survived by her husband of 52 years, William Dinkins of Harrison, Ohio; son and daughter in law, Jeffery D. and his wife Reda Dinkins of Ansonia; three daughters and sons in law, Kim Schledewitz of Omaha, Nebraska, Darcy Dinkins and Jeremy Watkins of Harrison, Ohio and Teresa and Jason Null of Lawrenceburg, IN; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one brother and sister in law, Ronnie and Nancy Rexrode of New Madison.

A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 12 P.M. at Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison, Ohio. Burial will be in Greenmound Cemetery. Family and Friends may visit from 11A.M. until the time of services at 12 P.M. also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Diabetes Association.

Arrangements are entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com

Lowell Eugene Hoff (November 8, 2015)

Lowell Eugene Hoff, age 88 of Arcanum, Ohio passed away at 10:05 P.M. Sunday November 8, 2015 at the Wayne Healthcare Center Greenville, Ohio. Lowell was born February 25, 1927 in Preble County Ohio and the son of the late Carl and Goldie (Scheiding) Hoff.

He was a Veteran serving in the U.S. Army and retired from Benchmark Construction of Brookville, Ohio.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by children Franklin Hoff, Lowell Hoff Jr. and Phyllis Winn; brothers Jack Hoff, Carl Hoff Jr. and Jimmy Hoff; sisters Carolyn East and infant Barbara Jean Hoff.

Lowell is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Glenna L. (Valentine) Hoff of Arcanum. Also children Carl L. Hoff of Fayetteville, NC, Judy L. Kellar of Sarasota, FL, Mary L. Guthrie of Muncie, IN, Donna and Ken Smith of Greenville, Joy and Jeff Pritchard of Piqua and Paul Foureman of Toledo; blessed with many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; brothers Jacob A. (Maxine) Hoff of Fayetteville, NC, Donald E. (Joyce) Hoff of Beavercreek and Douglas A. Hoff and special friend Joyce Harter of Union City, Ohio; sisters Marilyn Wehrley of Greenville and Wanda Wolfe of North Ft. Myers, FL; sister in law Jeanne Hoff of West Manchester and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 P.M. Friday November 13, 2015 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Tim Livingston officiating. Burial will follow in the Abbottsville Cemetery where Military Graveside Services will be conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. 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

Deborah Leigh (Lane) Vanzant (November 9, 2015)

Deborah Leigh (Lane) Vanzant, 62, of New Paris, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, November 9, 2015. Debbie was born on September 18, 1953 to the late James and Lois Lane.

Debbie is survived by her husband, Steve Vanzant; four children, Ben (and Rachel) Armentrout of Pensacola Florida, Kelly (and Ben) Woodall of Rome Georgia, Shane Vanzant of New Paris, Ohio and Jacob (and Megan) Fisher of New Paris Ohio; grandchildren, Chelsea and Chris Armentrout, Izzy and Harrison Woodall, and Autumn Fisher; two sisters, Cindy (and Michael) Boles, and Jamie (and Randy) George; a mother-in-law, Hazel Vanzant; a sister-in-law, Joanele (and Charlie) Hoce, and their families.

Debbie loved Jesus most of all in her life. She loved all He created - every crazy stray animal that stepped foot on their farm was almost instantly taken in and loved, and there were many!
Debbie loved nature - traveling to see it, walking in it, and found pure joy in a beautiful sunset or sunrise. Gazing at the stars at night with her children and grandchildren made her so happy. She never took for granted the beauty God gave us in this world. She loved farming and living on the farm. Debbie had a green thumb and knew how to make everything she touched beautiful. She loved her family extravagantly, and all her children and grandchildren thought they were her “favorite”.

Debbie was part of the Bible Study Fellowship in Richmond, Indiana. It was a gift to her to study God’s word with her friends. Debbie worked for the USDA’s Farm Service Agency for 25 plus years. She loved her co-workers, and all the farmers she was privileged to serve. Debbie served on numerous boards over the years, and taught Sunday School frequently. She enjoyed serving her community.

Debbie loved well - it was her gift to this world. She had a “smile ministry” which is her legacy. It’s simple - smile at people wherever you go, showing love to others even when you might not feel like it. She would say “you just never know what people are going through, or how you will impact them with a simple smile.” Her motto was to “kill them with kindness” Romans 12:20. Debbie blessed this earth for 62 years, and her legacy will live on in the people that loved her deeply.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Christ United Church in Richmond, Indiana. The family will receive guests and friends on Friday, November 13th from 4-8 PM also at the church. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Breast Cancer and Novel Therapies, James Office of Development, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, Ohio 43218 in honor of Debbie with donations being accepted at the services.

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

Mary Louise Davidson (November 10, 2015)

Mary Louise Davidson, 101 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Tuesday November 10, 2015 at 7:30 AM at her residence. She was born July 24, 1914 in Darke County, Ohio the daughter of the late Alfred & Meril (Jacob) Smith. She was a homemaker.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Roy W. Davidson in 1991; brothers: Joe & Edgar Smith; sisters: Dorothy Swallow, & Camille Smith.

She is survived by her daughter & son in law: Betty Louise & Ken Via of Greenville; grandchildren: Linda Mueller, Ruby Lazar; great grandchildren: Elizabeth, Hillary, & Matt, Jennifer, Nichole, Nathaniel, & Mark; great great grandchildren: Myra, & Anthony; numerous nieces & nephews.

Services will be held on Friday November 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM at EUM Church 111 Devor Street, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Sylvia McKibben officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends 1 hour prior to services on Friday at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to EUM Church of State of the Heart Hospice.

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

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Beulah J. Fine (November 7, 2015)

Beulah J. Fine, age 97, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 2:51 AM at Wayne HealthCare, Greenville, Ohio. She was born on November 8, 1917 in Versailles, Ohio, to the late Charles & May (Telfer) Rahm.

She is survived by her son & daughter in law: David & Cheryl Fine of Arcanum; daughters & sons in law: Diane & Cliff Sickles of Norton Shores, Michigan, Deborah & Tom Wilson of Grandview, Missouri; grandchildren & spouses: Michelle & Kevin Flory, Jeremy & Tiffany Fine, Andrea & Scott Drier, Natalie Wilson, Erica & Byron Wheeler, Valerie Wilson; great grandchildren: Grant & Lauren Flory, Tessa & Addison Fine, Julia & Christopher Drier; numerous nieces & nephews.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Waldo Lee Fine whom she married on June 15, 1946; brother, Robert Rahm; and nephew, Michael Rahm.

Beulah was a lifetime member of Webster United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher, Choir Director for over 45 years and played the piano for over 70 years. Also a member of the Eastern Star, Wayne Grange and was known for her good baking and card playing. Up until 3 years ago Beulah volunteered at the Versailles Health Care Center since the day it was open. She also volunteered at the Versailles Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels and she was a Board Member for the Fleur-De-Lis.

Services will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio with Pastor David Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Miami Memorial Park, Covington, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 and 1 hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Webster United Methodist Church. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Monday, November 9, 2015

Kimberely Renee (Baker) Arnold (October 31, 2015)

Kimberely Renee (Baker) Arnold, 52, of Piqua, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Hospice of Miami County. She was born on January 6, 1963 in Dayton, Ohio to Clifton Baker of Dayton and the late Phyllis (Adams) Baker.

Kimberely enjoyed spending time with her family. She was always willing to help someone in need.

In addition to her mother, Kimberely is preceded in death by a son, Eric Baker.

Kimberely is survived by her son, Anthony and wife, Jeanna Shroyer of Sidney, Ohio; daughter, Denise and husband, Casey Karns of Gettysburg, Ohio; grandchildren, Jayson Karns, Dylan Karns, Laurali Karns, Carter Hess, Caitlynn Shroyer and Cora Shroyer; brother, Timothy and wife Karen Baker of West Virginia; sisters, Pamela and husband Denver Basham of Covington, Debbie and Doug Williams of North Carolina and Susan and Steven Smith of South Carolina.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015; at 2 P.M. at Miami Memorial Park Covington, Ohio with Rev. Rick Mowery . Family and Friends may visit from 12-1p.m. at Braund Pope funeral home in New Madison, Ohio.

Arrangements are entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com

Douglas R. Baker (November 4, 2015)

Douglas R. Baker, 72, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday evening, November 4, 2015, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

He was born November 3, 1943 in Greenville, the son of the late Robert G. and Leora Irene (Riggleman) Baker.

An avid golfer, Doug had worked at Dayton Tire and Rubber for 17 years, and retired from Corning in Greenville. He had attended the Greenville Missionary Church.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judith M. (Pearson) Baker, whom he married May 11, 1963; a daughter, Cheryl (Jeff) Gibson of Alexandria, VA; a son, Scott (Sherry) Baker of Arcanum; grandchildren, Katie Johnston, Amanda Baker, Justin Baker, Jeff Gibson, and Kristen Gibson; and a sister, Rhonda Baker of Phoenix, AZ.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 7, at the Greenville Missionary Church with Pastor Gary Oser officiating. Burial will follow in the Abbottsville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church Saturday from 9:30 till time of services at 11 a.m.

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

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

Murray F. Ritz (November 3, 2015)

Murray F. Ritz, 89, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at his home on the family farm in Greenville. He was born March 22, 1926 in Dayton, Ohio and the son of the late Harry & Edna (Cable) Ritz.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Irene Marie (Stephens) Ritz and his sister Delores K. Robbins of Dunnellon, FL.

Murray lived life to its fullest. He had a strong Christian faith; a kind, patient and giving spirit and was an inspiration to many. He was a member of the Stelvideo Christian Church where he was a deacon and held many positions within the church over the years. He was a 1944 graduate of Jackson Schools. Murray served in the Army/Air Corp during World War II and was blessed to be a part of the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in 2012. Murray enjoyed music and played in the Army band as well as several local bands. He was a farmer and self-employed painter and wallpaper hanger. He was also a talented woodworker. Murray liked to share his love for home-made ice cream with his family and friends.

Murray loved his family and is survived by his children: Steve (Lorraine) Ritz of Gainesville FL, Chris of Greenville, Kathy (Jon) Perreira of Piqua; Karen (David) Bloomfield of Greenville; and Kim (Craig) Schmidt of Greenville. Grandchildren: Ben (Kelly) Perreira; Abby (Brad) Trostel; Dan Perreira; Nick Schmidt; Jessica Thompson; four great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Gene Robbins; and nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 7th at 4:00 p.m at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville with Pastor Vernon Rodeffer officiating. Family will receive friends prior to the service, from 2-4 p.m. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Stelvideo Christian Church or State of the Heart Hospice.

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

Luke S. Jutte (November 3, 2015)

Luke S. Jutte, age 89, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 2:05 PM at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, Ohio. He was born on July 22, 1926 in Mercer County, Ohio, to the late August & Mary (Moeder) Jutte.

He is survived by his wife Betty (Bernholt) Jutte whom he married on September 27, 1952; children and their spouses, Debra (John) Blakeslee of Delaware, Ohio, Cindy (Tom) Schulze of Russia, Ohio, Steven Jutte of Versailles, Ohio, Diane (Jeff) Staley of Anna, Ohio, Randy (Lori Jo) Jutte of Loveland, Colorado, Pam (Chris) Raffel of Greenville, Ohio, Lori (Doug) Skinner of Houston, Ohio, Doug (Denise) Jutte of Minster, Ohio, and Lynn (Jim) Brant of Loveland, Ohio; grandchildren, Melissa (Eric) Jungers, Melanie (Paul) Lachance, Liza (Zeal) Jagannatha, Jenny (Phil) Pleiman, Matt (Amber) Schulze, Kristy (Tyler) Reed, Craig (Hilary) Schulze, Emmy, Brad and Kimi Staley, Brie Jutte, Katie, Megan and Nicole Raffel, Karen (Andrew) Kane, Scott Skinner, Lauren, Allison and Cassie Jutte, and L.J. and Taylor Brant; 12 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters in law, Paul Jutte of Coldwater, Ohio, Mark & Thelma Jutte of Ft. Recovery, Ohio, Betty Jutte of Ft. Recovery, Ohio, Aloys Jutte of Osgood, Ohio, August & Betty Jutte of St. Henry, Ohio, Zeno Jutte of Ft. Recovery, Ohio, Leonard & Betty Jutte of Rockford, Ohio; brother in law, Lavern Vagedes of Coldwater, Ohio; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brothers and sisters in law, Carl Jutte, Julius Jutte, Rita Jutte and Betty Jutte; sisters and brothers in law, Esther & Bill Keller, Mary & Ed Nieberding, Luella & Delbert Barga, Joan & Joseph Schoenherr, Addy Hess and Helen Vagedes.

Luke was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church. He retired in 1988 from New Idea in Coldwater after 40 years of service. He was a member of the United States Army. His hobbies include spending time with his family.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 10:30 AM at St. Denis Catholic Church, Versailles, Ohio, with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons and Rev. Fr. Rick Nieberding co-celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery, Versailles, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 4 – 8 PM as well as on Saturday form 9-10 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio.

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

Buddy W. Penny Sr. (November 3, 2015)

Buddy W. Penny Sr., age 70 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 3:20 P.M. Tuesday November 3, 2015 at his residence. Buddy was born March 21, 1945 in Piqua, Ohio and the son of the late Aaron and Iva Clare (Shaner) Penny.

He was retired from the Railroad, enjoyed trains, fishing and anything relating to John Wayne.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step daughters Kim Stephan in 1997 and Deborah Crick in 2005; and brother Milford Penny.

Buddy is survived by his wife Norma J. (Calvert) Penny of Greenville. They were married November 5, 1966. Also daughter Theresa Lynn Johnson of Lynn, Indiana; son Buddy W. Penny Jr. of Greenville; step sons Michael Dale Dunevant and Anthony Scott Dunevant both of Greenville; 20 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; brothers William Penny and Teddy Penny both of Bradford and Aaron Ray Penny of Greenville as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at the convenience of the family in the Oak Grove Cemetery Ft. Jefferson, Ohio with Chaplain Candy Null officiating. There will be no visitation.

Funeral Arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

Memorial Contributions may be given to the family.

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

Treva W. Shafer (November 4, 2015)

Treva W. Shafer, 96, of Greenville, Ohio passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at her residence.

She was born July 13, 1919, in Darke County, Ohio, a daughter of the late John Phillip and Mary Olive (Bowers) Schlamb. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, D.R. Shafer on January 11, 2002; a daughter, Deborah Shafer; sisters, Carma Cline, Edna Hetzler and Mary Kathryn Carnahan.

Treva was a devoted, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and generous to all she knew. She was a homemaker, an avid card player especially euchre and a well-known and talented seamstress.

She was survived by a daughter, Janice (Steve) Gibbons of Greenville; grandchildren, Matthew Gibbons of Gettysburg and Bradley (Julie) Gibbons of Versailles; great grandchildren, Allyson, Madison and Taylor; numerous nieces, nephews and friends; and trusted companion, Hunter her labrador retriever.

Services will be held 11 AM, Monday, November 9, 2015 at Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Gary Oser officiating. Burial will follow in the Newcomers Cemetery near Pitsburg, Ohio.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 10 AM till the time of service. The family request the memorials be given to the State of the Heart Hospice.

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

Catherine Studabaker (November 3, 2015)

Catherine Studabaker, age 84, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 8:24 AM at her residence. She was born on May 17, 1931 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Hiram & Maude (Applegate) Fourman.

She is survived by her husband, John Studabaker of Greenville, Ohio, whom she married on September 9, 1951; sons and daughters in law, Ben & Susan Studabaker of Greenville and Dan & Robyn Studabaker of Greenville; daughter and son in law, Bonnie & Bill Scheidel of Huber Heights, Ohio; grandchildren, Scott Studabaker, Kristin Studabaker, Lisa (Jason) Ryan, Jill (Billy) Nold, Greg (Chelsea) Scheidel, Jeff Studabaker, Jena Studabaker, Kyle (Erika) Studabaker and Katie (Jordan Lieb) Studabaker; great grandchildren, Jackson Ryan, Luke Ryan, Mallory Nold and Will Nold; 1 brother; 1 sister; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her son and daughter in law, Michael & Cynthia “Cindy” Studabaker; as well as a few siblings.

Catherine attended Greenville Missionary Church in Greenville and was an avid Buckeye and Bengals fan. She enjoyed cooking and most of all spending time with her family. She retired from Ohio Softwater Company after over 30 years of service.

There will be a service held on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Gary Oser officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 11:30 AM until the time of the service.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the Darke County Cancer Association or Greenville Township Rescue. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Franklin "Pic" Wayne Ditty (November 2, 2015)

Franklin "Pic" Wayne Ditty, 56, of Richmond, Indiana, passed away on Monday, November 2, 2015 at Reid Hopital. He was born on May 21, 1959 in Greenville, Ohio to the late LaVerne and Phyllis (Peters) Ditty.

Pic enjoyed going to auctions and was a collector of fine auction memorabilia. He always made massive "to-do" lists. Most of all, he loved spoiling his dog Pete. He was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Richmond.

In addition to his parents, Franklin is preceded in death by nephews Brandon and Justin Peters.

Franklin is survived by his beloved sidekick Pete; son, Daniel Ditty of Greenville; three daughters and son in law, Shannon and David Wysong of Richmond, Rachelle Ditty and Gabriel Hatfield of Richmond and Karlisa Ditty of Greenville; eight grandchildren, Zachary, Austin, Jacob, Meghan, Chandler, Cameron, Jordan, Kaylynn, Adylynn, and one on the way; two brothers, James "Deacon" Ditty of New Madison and Bobby " Petey" and Scherie Peters of Wayne Lakes; two sisters, Marilyn "Sissy" Ditty and Steve Schmidt of New Madison and Linda Woodyard of New Madison; a special cousin and best friend, Ritchie Steele of West Elkeon.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 1 P.M. at Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison, Ohio. Burial will be in Greenmound Cemetery. Family and Friends may visit from 11A.M. until the time of services at 1P.M. also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Braund Pope Funeral Home.

Arrangements are entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com