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Thursday, February 26, 2015

James B. Phelan (February 24, 2015)

James B. Phelan age 73, of Versailles, Ohio passed away at 11:53 A.M. on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville. Jim was born September 28, 1941 in Akron, Ohio to the late B.W. & Waneta (Magoteaux) Phelan.

Jim is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carolyn (Baltes) Phelan whom he married June 25, 1966; sons & daughters-in-law, Todd & Marti Phelan of Versailles, Ohio and Brent & Michelle Phelan of West Chester, Ohio; grandchildren, Andrew Phelan & fiancé, Amanda Frederick, Aaron Phelan, Alyssa Phelan, Kaylee Phelan, Anthony Phelan and Molly Phelan; sisters & brother-in-law, Jane Smith of Ft. Myers, Florida, Judith & Larry Grow of Cape Coral, Florida and Anne Cox of Ansonia, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Gene Baltes of Tiffin, Ohio, Joe & Linda Baltes of Florida, New York and Clete & Carolyn Baltes of Nobleboro, Maine; sisters-in-law, Rose Mary Raterman of Ft. Loramie, Ohio, Lou Edna Fullenkamp of Botkins, Ohio, Marlene Bettinger of Coldwater, Ohio, Helen Lovell of El Monte, California and Deb & Paul Eaton of Las Vegas, Nevada; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jim was also preceded in death by brothers-in-law, A.L. Smith, F. Marion Cox, Tom Raterman, Floyd Fullenkamp, LaVerne Bettinger and Bill Lovell; and sister-in-law, Betty Baltes.

Jim began his career with Phelan Insurance Agency in 1962 where he remained active as an insurance professional until his death. Jim was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles; life member of the Versailles Knights of Columbus; and the Versailles Fraternal Order of Eagles. Jim was the 1970 Chairman of the Versailles Poultry Days; the 2013 Poultry Days Honorary Parade Marshal and was co-founder of the area Jaycees in 1965. Jim was Past President of the Versailles Development Association where he was instrumental in bringing the airport to Versailles. In 2008, Jim was named Citizen of the Year by the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce. He was President of the Ohio PIA in 1984; served on the executive committee of ACORD and was chairman and served on the executive committee of AMS Users Group.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, March 2, 2015 at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. Carl Subler celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. and Monday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. An “Irish Wake” will be held on Sunday from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at The Inn of Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lois I. Albright (February 25, 2015)

Lois I. Albright, age 94 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 1:45 A.M. Wednesday February 25, 2015 in the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center Greenville, Ohio. Lois was born August 6, 1920 in Adams County, Ohio and the daughter of the late Christian Job and Orabelle (Hartman) Albright.

She was retired from General Motors of Dayton, Ohio where she had been employed for 40 years. Lois was a member of the Greenville Church of the Brethren, a former member of the Treaty City Quilters Club and a former member of the Alpha Delta Omega Sorority.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters Louella Snell and Effie Brooks.

Lois is survived by Sisters Pauline R. Arnold of Greenville and Liz Rehfeld of Holly, Colorado as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside Memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens with Pastor Ron Sherck officiating.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Greenville Church of the Brethren.

Arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

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

Kenneth Paul Lucy (February 22, 2015)

Kenneth Paul Lucy, age 42, of Troy, Ohio, passed away Sunday morning February 22, 2015 at home in Troy, Ohio. He was born on February 12, 1973 in Fort Riley, Kansas.

He is survived by his wife, Lynette Marie (Snyder) Lucy and his son Cameron Parker Paul Lucy, and daughter Victoria Elyse Lucy in Greenville, Ohio. Also his parents, Laurence J and Jill R. (Garbig) Lucy, and his two brothers Christopher and Scott Lucy who all live in De Tour Village, Michigan. In addition, his paternal grandmother, Rebecca U. Lucy in Greenville, Ohio, and various aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Jesse J. Lucy and maternal grandparents, Bion and Marie L. (Clark) Garbig and infant niece Rebecca Marcella Lucy (Chris’s daughter) and his uncle, Billy L. Garbig.

Ken graduated from Arcanum High School in 1992. He was active in Track and other sports.

He attended ITT Technical Institute in Dayton, Ohio. He was an avid computer enthusiast. He enjoyed online gaming with his son, father and brothers. Ken worked in construction for many years and was excellent at his job. He always had a smile for everyone and would do or help his friends and family anytime they needed him. He was a hard worker and had a great since of humor. He belonged to the Local Carpenters’ Union #136 in Dayton Ohio. He will be sadly missed by his wife, children, parents and brothers as it was such a shock and loss to them all.

There will be a service held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 4:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. There will be a private graveside service held at the convenience of the family. Family will receive friends on Saturday from 2-4 PM at the funeral home prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers it is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the family. 

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

Carl L. Gariety (February 23, 2015)

Carl L. Gariety, age 84, of Russia, Ohio, passed away on Monday, February 23, 2015 at his residence. He was born on August 28, 1930 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Leo & Theresa (Dapore) Gariety.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Esther (Leugers) Gariety of Russia, whom he married on June 2, 1956; sons and daughters in law, Thomas & Dorothy Gariety of Russia, Kenneth & Ann Gariety of Russia and Gregory & Connie Gariety of Russia; daughter and son in law, Deborah & Jeff Wirrig of Bradford; grandchildren, Nicole & Jon Keller, Chad & Amy Gariety, Megan & Doug Knapke, Samantha Gariety and fiancé Derek Sword, Zachary Gariety, Austin, Allison, Audrey and Alana Gariety, Marissa & Brandon Wirrig, Brooke & Aaron Condon, Justin, Jordan, Jacob and Eliza Gariety; great grandchildren, Waylon, Maverick and Archer Keller; sister, MaryEllen Thobe; brothers in law and sisters in law, Iona Gariety and Jack Shipley; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brothers, Paul & Harold Gariety; sister, Joann Shipley and brother in law, Jerry Thobe.

Carl enjoyed farming all his life and retired from General Motors after 33 years. He was a 1949 graduate of Russia High School. He was a member of the United Auto Workers local 696, St. Remy Catholic Church and Russia Catholic War Veterans Post 661. He was a member of United State Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1951-1955.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM at St. Remy Catholic Church, 108 East Main St., Russia, Ohio, with Rev. Fr. Martin Fox celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Remy Catholic Cemetery, Russia, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 4-8 PM and Friday from 9-10 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio. There will be a graveside service military service conducted by the Russia Catholic War Vets.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the donor’s choice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Jay N. Voke Jr. (February 23, 2015)

Jay N. Voke Jr., age 81, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 3:15 PM at the Sterling House, Greenville, Ohio. He was born on January 2, 1934 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Jay N. & Blanche A. (Townsend) Voke Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Naoma (Lenker) Voke of Greenville whom he married on June 1, 1956; daughters and son in law, Gay Voke of London, TN, and Tonya (Voke) & Barry Westfall of Greenville; grandchildren, Ashley (Bubb) Smith, Ben Westfall, Tabetha Westfall, Matt Voke, Kevin Voke, Angel (Fasick) Carter, David Fasick and Zach Coppess; great grandchildren, McKenzie Voke, Kayden Voke, Ostin Manuel, Savannah Voke, Wyatt Voke, Rose Carter, Eva Carter, Jay Carter and Jaxson Fasick; sister and brother in law, Sanda (Voke) & Richard Wion of Greenville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his sons, Kim Voke and Clay Voke; daughter, Lucinda (Voke) Boyer; granddaughter, Jessica Westfall; sister, Joann Toman and step brother, Bill Logan.

Jay retired on January 1, 1986 from Inland Steel Container, Van Leer after 31 years of service. He was a member of the Beech Grove Church of the Brethren and the Ohio National Guard.

There will be a service held on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Gary Cloyd and Pastor Dewayne Heck co-officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice or American Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

George Robert Mikesell (February 1, 2015)

George Robert Mikesell, age 99, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 3:45 PM at the Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville, Ohio. He was born on July 25, 1915 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Bertie A. & Treva E. (Lantz) Mikesell.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Barbara & Philip Hosmer of Colorado Springs, CO, Debbie & Tom Labig of Greenville, Ohio, and Fredrick & Lonna Mikesell of Sylvania, Ohio; grandchildren; Rebecca (Rod) McDaniel, Roberta (Mike) Hagen, Rochelle (Roger) Richards, Jennifer (Brian) Gruber, Kurt (Tiffany) Labig and Beth (Kerby) Wilcox; great grandchildren Michael Hosmer, Nathan Hosmer, Grant Bloom, Alexander Hagen, Kristina Hagen, Christopher McGraw, Kathryn Gruber, Kelsey Gruber, Colin Gruber, Kie Labig, Keely Labig, Kade Labig, Kinsley Labig, Kiersten Wilcox, Kenna Wilcox and Kallie Wilcox; great great grandchildren Noah Hosmer, Lillian Bloom and Matthew Hosmer; brother, John Mikesell of Greenville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death his wife, Kathryn Jane (Myers) Mikesell whom he married on September 3, 1938; sisters, Mary Brown, Dorothy Clapp and Cora Baker; and brothers, James, Jessie, Glen Jay, Richard, Bill and Russell Mikesell.


George retired in 1973 from Dayton Tire & Rubber Company after 32 years. He was a graduate of Hollansburg High School in 1933 and a member of the United States Army serving during WWII. He was also a member of the Hollansburg Christian Church and American Legion Post 708 in Hollansburg. He coached 12 years in Hollansburg Little League Baseball, avid gardener sharing produce with others, loved woodworking and loved helping his neighbors.

There will be a service held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Todd Reish and Joe Hanna co-officiating. Burial will follow in the Hollansburg Cemetery, Hollansburg, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Friday from 12-2 PM at the funeral home. A Graveside Military Service will be conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the American Legion Post 708 or Hollansburg Christian Church. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Ada Lucille Fellers (February 20, 2015)

Ada Lucille Fellers age 76, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 10:03 P.M. on Friday, February 20, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. Ada was born September 15, 1938 in Bradford, Ohio to the late Ray & Grace (Dickey) Schrader.

Ada is survived by her husband, Hubert L. Fellers whom she married June 16, 1962; daughters, Karla Romer of Cincinnati and Cheryl Jones of Greenville; grandchildren, Sarah Jones, Kevin Romer and Heather Jones; great-grandchildren, Brandon Courtney and Valerie Maxwell; and a sister, Thelma Schultz of Versailles.

In addition to her parents, Ada was also preceded in death by a brother, Carl Schrader.

Ada formerly worked at Weaver Brothers in Versailles and was also a former motel manager for the Motel 6 Chain. Ada retired from Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville where she was a nurse’s aide.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Mark Ash officiating. Burial will follow in Miami Memorial Park in Covington. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Rest Haven Nursing Home. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Dorothy H. Vogler (February 21, 2015)

Dorothy H. Vogler, 87, of Ansonia, died at 8:00 AM, Saturday, February 21, 2015, at her home with her sons by her side.

She was born November 11, 1927 near Arcanum, OH. A daughter of the late Stephen Edward & Lulu Francis (Smiley) Commons. In 1947, she married Clarence Vogler in Covington, KY, who preceded her in death in 1993.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 11 brothers & sisters: Mary Dean, William Commons, Ruth Locke, Treva Bidwell, John Commons, Martha Clapp, Margaret Hufnagle, Thomas Commons, Eugene Commons, Gladys Warvel, Fred Commons; In-laws, Ruby Pearson, Robert Vogler, Laveda Kinnison, Damon Vogler, Yvetta Engle and daughter-in-law Joie Vogler-Bussell.

She worked at Fram Corporation for 30.5 years, retiring January 1990. She was a member of the Ansonia United Methodist Church. She & Clarence raised a wide variety of animals, including 50 different types of birds. Dorothy was well known for her beautiful flower gardens and delicious peanut butter fudge. Her hobbies also included crocheting, sewing and various crafts. She was a jolly person with a warm smile and contagious laugh. She had a gift for making those around her feel special. She treasured time with her family.

Dorothy is survived by her two sons, Clarence (Judy)Vogler, Jr. of Lehigh Acres, FL and Rex Vogler of Ansonia; four grandchildren, Kim (Rick) Ware of Versailles, Kelly (Andy) Kunkler of St Henry, Chad Vogler of Naples, FL, Cheri (Kenny) Hallock of Cape Coral, FL; and eight great grandchildren, Richie, Jeffrey & Madison Ware, Abigail & Carolyn Dorothy Kunkler, Kathy Lee, Shelby, Cheyenne & Beau Vogler, Nikki & Nate Hallock, one sister, Marjorie Bishop of Greenville, two sisters-in-law: Karen Shaw of California, Wilma Vogler of Dayton, and numerous nieces & nephews.

A celebration of life will take place at Oliver Floyd Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 12 – 1. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions can 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

Shirley Kay (Smith) Leal (February 20, 2015)

Shirley Kay (Smith) Leal age 66, of Union City, Ohio passed away at 11:32 A.M. on Friday, February 20, 2015 at her residence. Shirley was born March 8, 1948 in Pike County, Kentucky to Ruby Edith (Hunt) Smith of Kentucky and the late Okey Smith Sr.

Shirley is survived by her children, Brian & Amber Smith of Greenville, Tracey Enicks & Leon Rogers of Greenville, Jeanna Smith & fiancée, Brian Townsend of Palestine, Joseph Smith of Greenville and Sherril Davidson & Chris Henning of Covington; 20 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; brothers & sister-in-law, Okey Smith Jr. of Kentucky and Terry & Sabrina Smith of Kentucky; sisters & brothers-in-law, Fayetta & Troy Slater of Kentucky, Katrina Jones of Kentucky, Sherri & Allen Hubbard of Kentucky and Sylvia Garret of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father, Shirley was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Brianna Smith; and sisters, Dianna Smith and Roberta Smith.

Shirley retired in 1994 from Gade Health Care Center in Greenville where she was a nurse’s aide. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Greenville.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Jeff Harper officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Marvin H. Cost (February 21, 2015)

Marvin H. Cost age 70, of Ansonia, Ohio passed away at 2:09 A. M. on Saturday, February 21, 2015 in the Dayton VA Center Dayton, Ohio. Marvin was born December 25, 1944 in Piqua, Ohio and the son of the late Richard Alfred and Waunetta Mae (Cavender) Cost.

Marvin formerly was employed at Moody’s Auto Service Station in Ansonia and prior to that had driven truck for Saia Trucking Company in Sidney, Ohio.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, first serving in the US Army then an additional tour of duty with the US Navy. He was a very active member with the Eagles Lodge District 15 of Fairborn, Ohio serving in the capacity of President, Treasurer and Secretary. He was also a member of the Northside Community Fellowship Church of Greenville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Rodney and William Cost.

Marvin is survived by his children Tracie Y. (Rick) Hull of Ansonia, Luke E. (Angie) Cost of Springfield, ILL. and Christina L. Cost of Greenville; grandchildren Travis D. Hull, Sabrina M. Hull, Brandi Foley and Jaimes Foley; brothers Richard (Marsha) Cost of Sidney, Eldon (Julie) Cost, Sidney and Clifford (his partner Gina) Cost of Ft. Loramie; sisters Dorothy (Dave) Lowe of Washington Court House and Freida “Peggy” (Robert) Millitt of Covington, Ohio as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Randy Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. at funeral home. Full Military Honors will be conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to Northside Community Fellowship Church of Greenville.

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

Joel Stewart Beavins (February 18, 2015)

Joel Stewart Beavins, 66 of Greenville made his way to heaven on Wednesday February 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM at the Brethren Retirement Community. He was born December 14, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Dorothy M. (Brewer) Beavins of Greenville and the late Lionel E. “Bo” Beavins.

He was a member of the Darke County United Way Tractor Cruise; & the Steam Threshers Association.

He is preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his mother; his wife: Pamela (Crow) Beavins of Greenville; his children & spouses: 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; step children & spouses: Glen & Patsy Hoff of Greenville, Tamara Oostra & Fiancé Brian Vietor of New Madison, Betsy Kaufhold & Fiancé Mike Campbell of Greenville, Gregory Hoff & Fiancée Jessica Whitaker of Union City, Indiana, Will Tester of Greenville; numerous grandchildren & great grandchildren; & many buddies.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Ron Sherck officiating. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM 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

Monday, February 16, 2015

Cyrus Wayne Upton (February 15, 2015)

Cyrus Wayne Upton, 72, of Mendon, Ohio, passed away February 15, 2015 at Logansport Memorial Hospital, Logansport, IN. He was born December 24, 1942, in Greenville, Ohio, the son of the late Samuel and Celista (Folkerth) Upton.

He graduated in 1960 from Greenville High School and from Otterbein College in 1964. He was an English teacher and coach at Mendon-Union Schools where he taught for thirteen years. He coached Cross Country and girls’ softball. He loved teaching his students and directing class plays. He was a sports writer for the Spencerville Journal News for twenty-seven years. He loved following all of the local sports teams and writing about them.

He loved all sports especially the Cincinnati Reds. He could quote statistics on just about any team. He loved books, movies, especially the classics, musicals, SiFi, and horror movies. He had a special place in his heart for animals, especially cats and dogs, and spent a big part of his life rescuing and caring for stray cats and dogs.

He is survived by his brother, Douglas (Julie) Upton, Logansport, IN; nephews, Stephen (Christa) Upton, Hot Springs, SD, David (Jenny) Upton, Venice, FL, and niece, Tamara (Jared) Smith, Okinawa, Japan; great nephews, Caleb and Nathan Upton; great nieces, Kelsy, Alyssa, and Sarah Upton; godson, Ryan Louth, Mendon, OH; and goddaughter, Carmon Louth, Greenville, SC.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, February 19, at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home, 1000 N. Broadway St., Greenville, OH 45331, with Rev. Bill Koppert officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, February 18 from 5-7 p.m.

The family requests that memorials may be given in Cy’s name to Animal Protection League of Mercer County, PO Box 663, Celina, OH 45862 or online at aplmercer.com, or Open Arms Rescue, 1224 Jill Ave, Celina, OH 45872, or SART Rescue of St. Mary’s, PO Box 146, St. Mary’s, OH 45885.

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

Phyllis J. Harbison (February 13, 2015)

Phyllis J. Harbison, 73 of Arcanum, Ohio passed away on Friday February 13, 2015 at 4:15 PM at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. She was born July 1, 1941 in Greenville, Ohio the daughter of the late Omar R. & Geraldine (Livingston) Robison. She retired from Fram Corp where she worked in the distribution department. She was formerly a member of TWIGS; Garden Club; she was on the Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and was in the Theatre Club.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister: Shirley J. Kreider in 2011; nephew: Bradley Kreider.

She is survived by her husband: David Harbison of Arcanum; sons & daughter in law: Bruce & Cyndi Harbison of Portland, Oregon, Randy Harbison of Urbana; grandchildren: Andrew Harbison, Tiffany Harbison, Mallory Harbison; step grandchildren: Scott Cozy, & Tyler Cozy; niece: Cindy Barga; nephew: Mike Kreider; great niece: Emily Kreider; great nephew: Adam Barga; brother in law & sister in law: Wayne & Susan Harbison of Greenville and their children: Paula Scheuermann, & Kirk Harbison.

A Memorial service will be held on Friday February 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor David Wilson officiating. Family will receive friends 1 hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home.

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

Ruth K. (Rentz) Booher (February 13, 2015)

Ruth K. (Rentz) Booher, one month shy of being 100, of Springfield, Ohio and formerly Dayton, Ohio & Versailles, Ohio passed away at 5:54 A.M. on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Springfield Regional Medical Center after a short illness. Ruth was born March 16, 1915 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Carl W. & Ruth (Stauffer) Rentz.

Ruth is survived by nieces, Carol Jane Apple of Versailles, Ohio, Barbara Gross of Centerville, Ohio and Donaryl Rentz of Mattoon, Illinois; nephews, Steve Booher of Tipp City, Ohio, Larry Rentz of Tiffin, Ohio and Monte Rentz of Kettering, Ohio; and numerous great nieces & great nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was also preceded in death by her husband, Emerson M. Booher on September 7, 1993 whom she married April 14, 1945; brothers, John R. and Donald J. Rentz; and a nephew, Ken Booher.

Ruth worked for Ohio Bell for over 25 years. She owned and operated along with her late husband, Merchant Police and Dayton Electronics Alarm & Signal for over 25 years. Ruth was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Versailles. She was a member of the Hawthorne Chapter No. 119 of Order of Eastern Star in St. Marys, Ohio where she was Past Matron and White Shrine #13 of Dayton, Ohio where she was Past High Priestess.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Robert Akins officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in New Carlisle, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Home 2655 West National Rd. Springfield, Ohio 45504. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Corelyn "Sammie" (Warvel) Mygatt (February 10, 2015)

Corelyn "Sammie" (Warvel) Mygatt, 84, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the State of the Heart Hospice Center in Greenville.

She was born August 9, 1930 in Washington Township, Darke County, the daughter of the late Otis and Julia (Landers) Warvel. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Leonard Warvel in 2005; and a sister, Louree Miller in 1979.

Sammie loved living on the farm with livestock, dogs and riding horses. Her first job after graduating from Greenville High School was with Dancer Case Farm Equipment, then Sellman Hardware, Massey Ferguson, Kennison Garden Equipment, S.S. Shuff and Sons, and Tim's Mower and More. She was a member of Coletown Congregational Christian Church, Greenville Area Dog Club, Eagles Auxiliary, Women of the Moose, and Eastern Star of (Arcanum) New Madison.

She is survived by her sister, Reba (Emerson) Hart of Greenville; niece, Peggy (Gary) Papas of Lexington, South Caroline; nephews, Darrel (Shelly) Miller of Cedar Park, Texas, and Paul Miller of Junction City, Kanas; great niece, Sarah Miller of Cedar Park, Texas.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 16 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Eric Knight officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Coletown Congregational Christian Church, 2876 St Rt 571 W., Greenville, Ohio 45331.

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

William T. “Bill” England (February 10, 2015)

William T. “Bill” England age 73, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 8:03 P.M. on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 in the E.R. at Wayne Healthcare in Greenville. Bill was born July 11, 1941 in Bronx, New York to the late William & Dorothy (Howley) England.

Bill is survived by his loving spouse, Cindy Pike; sons, Bryan & Meghan England of Columbus, Brendan & Cassandra England of Westerville and Cory & Tanya Mikesell of Cincinnati; grandchildren, Claire, Caitlyn and one expected; and step-grandchildren, Braeden, Cailen and Jake.

Bill served in The National Guard. Bill was a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. Bill retired from Ron Garrett Chevrolet in Greenville and had worked in the automotive industry most of his career.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. at the Darke County Nature Center 4267 State Route 502 Greenville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Darke County Park District P.O. Box 801 Greenville, OH 45331 or The Ohio State Alumni Club of Darke County P.O. Box 613 Greenville, OH 45331. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Henrietta Hart (February 11, 2015)

Henrietta Hart died February 11, 2015, at the age of 101. She was born September 27, 1913, in rural Indiana, fourth child of Anna and Henry Bonifas. Henrietta’s father died before her birth. Her mother, the “widow lady” Anna, was left to raise four children well before Social Security. She took in wash, worked in the church, gardened, and did what she could to keep the family intact. Henrietta recalled the terrible week when the four young children hovered over their mother bedridden with influenza during the great flu epidemic.

In 1919 Anna married Henry Wenning, a widower with four children of his own. This marriage would bring three more children to the growing household who settled in Coldwater, Ohio. Henrietta outlived every one of them, all ten brothers and sisters.

A young egg delivery man from Burkettsville, OH, captured her heart. She married Henry Hart in 1933 and they settled on a farm near Versailles, where they raised five children. A true pioneer woman, Henrietta cooked meals from scratch, tended a big vegetable garden, canned its produce, sewed clothing from feed sacks. The depression demanded ingenuity and hard work. In addition to the gardens, she shared in harvesting wild mushrooms, gathering berries, nuts, and wild field greens. She never refused a meal to a “hungry tramp” desperate for food.

Henrietta became a driving force in later years when the Hart Poultry Farm was a thriving enterprise. She learned to diagnose diseases and would not hesitate to dissect a sick chicken to find the cause of death. Her manual dexterity and strength from gathering eggs served her well in recovery from a bad fall. Her doctor had predicted permanent loss of motion in one hand. She was so pleased to prove otherwise!

Henrietta was denied the opportunity to pursue higher education, due to family finances. Nevertheless, she and Henry made sure all their children achieved post-secondary degrees. All report cards were scrutinized carefully at home during the early years.

When the family suffered the tragic loss of daughter-in-law Teresa Bulcher Hart, she became a second mother to son Dan’s four young children, including Cynthia who was seriously impaired from an auto accident. Later Henrietta suffered her own serious injuries from an auto accident that took the life of her husband in 1975. Throughout these setbacks, she kept her determination and resolve. She took great pleasure in her role as grandmother. She loved playing cards, fishing, and travelling. Even in her mid-eighties, she would set a brisk pace for a 4-mile “walk around the block.”

Son Dan, who lived next door, took responsibility for her care and well-being throughout the years after Henry’s death. Cooking, shopping, overseeing finances and orchestrating medical care – he did it all for many years. Near the end, Henrietta’s devoted caretaker and Hospice of Greenville provided invaluable service.

Henrietta will be cherished and remembered as a hard-working, generous, devoted wife, mother and grandmother who upheld traditional family values.

She is survived by five children: Tom (Yvonne) Hart of Waynesville, NC; Dan (Barbara) Hart of Versailles, OH; Jim (Carol) Hart of Bradford, OH; Dale (Dianne) Hart of Rochester, NY; Janet (Vernon) Bulcher of Evansville, IN; 18 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 9 great great grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday February 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM at St. Denis Catholic Church 14 East Wood Street Versailles, Ohio with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 Pm on Friday February 13, 2015 and from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Saturday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice.

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

Richard W. Huff (February 5, 2015)

Richard W. Huff, age 62 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 12:43 P.M. Thursday February 5, 2015 at Grandview Hospital Dayton, Ohio. Richard was born August 19, 1952 in Greenville, Ohio and the son of Joan (Kimmel) Huff of Ansonia and the late Edward Huff.

Richard was an account manager for Alro Steel Corporation of Dayton, Ohio.

He was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church of Greenville, and avid golfer and sports enthusiasts, had attended Wright State University where he played collegian baseball, loved going to the Great Darke County Fair and spending time with his family.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife Tami (Riegle) Huff of Greenville. They were married March 27, 1982. Also sons Trent (Lori) Huff of Powell, Ohio and Travis M. Huff of Los Angles, CA., grandchildren Rachel and Tyler Huff, bother Ed (Denise) Huff of Ansonia, nephew Nicholas and nieces Jenna and Jessica.

Private Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Sylvia McKibben officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday February 9, 2015 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 the Evangelical United Methodist Church Greenville, Ohio.

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

Shirley M. Melling (Feb. 9, 2015)

Shirley M. Melling, age 76, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at 9:37 PM at Heartland of Greenville. She was born on Feb. 6, 1939 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Alvin & Isabelle (Shell) Hittle.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Dick Melling of Greenville whom she married on Jan. 19, 1956; children and their spouses, Richard & Rita Melling Jr. of Fairborn, Ohio, Susan & Jerry Whittaker of Greenville and Roger & Christi Melling of Versailles;

grandchildren, Shawnda Newberry, Billy (Tammy Weyant) Floyd, Angie Floyd, Lindsey Melling and Aaron Melling (Samantha Dilsaver); great grandchildren, Brandi Newberry, Olivia Melling and Sara Weyant; siblings, Bonnie & Raymond Lutz of Greenville, Jill & Tom Miller of Wisconsin and Danny Hittle of Greenville.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her brothers, Tony & Rick Hittle and sister, Mary Ann Jones.

There will be a service held on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 5-7 PM at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice. It is requested by the family that everyone dress casual for the visitation and service.
Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

VINCENT PATERRA (Feb. 2, 2015)

DE PERE, Wis. — Vincent R. Paterra, 52, De Pere, Wisconsin, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 2, 2015, at his home.

He was born Oct. 31, 1962, son to Ronald and Arlene (Richie) Paterra. He graduated from Greenville High School, Greenville, Ohio, where he participated in sports and various activities, received his bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University, and his master's degree from the University of Colorado in Denver. Vincent was a loving father and a supportive, dependable brother. He was a very talented artist and architect with unlimited ability.

Vince was an outdoorsman who liked to fish and cross country ski. He also enjoyed camping, hiking and canoeing.

He is survived by his son, Max; parents, Ronald and Arlene; sister, Rhonda Paterra; two brothers, Victor (Monica) Paterra, and his three children: Victoria, Anthony and Olivia; and Raymond (Dana) Paterra and his son, Nico.

A Celebration of Vince's life will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. at Cotter Funeral Home, 860 N. Webster Ave., De Pere, WI. Friends may visit two hours prior to the service. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cotterfuneralhome.com.

Walter Bingham (February 6, 2015)

Walter Bingham, age 91, of Greenville, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 9:00 PM. He was born on July 25, 1923 in Knox County, Kentucky, to the late Milton L. & Polly (Gray) Bingham.

He is survived by his sons and daughters in law, Larry Bingham of Greenville, Ohio, Scott & Betty Bingham of Greenville, Jack & Debbie Bingham of Greenville, Mike Bingham of Palm City, CA, and Jim Bingham of Greenville; daughters and sons in law, K. Sue Waddell of Greenville, Barbara & Gary Goffinet of Carlisle, Ohio, Darlene & Rick Riffell of Arcanum, Ohio, Sharon & Joe Smith of Greenville and Diana & Jerry Duncan of Rossburg, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Lois J. Bingham whom he married on November 11, 1944; son, Dean Bingham; infant son, Timothy Bingham; granddaughter, Mendy Trissel; great granddaughter, April Peters and all of his siblings.

Walter was a very devoted Christian and was a member of the Piqua Apostolic Church. He was an avid NASCAR fan and was a financial supporter of Israel and St. Jude’s Hospital.

There will be a service held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Dan Hathaway officiating. Burial will follow in the Palestine Cemetery, Palestine, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 5-8 PM at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the Piqua Apostolic Church. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Friday, February 6, 2015

James Edward Petty Sr. (February 5, 2015)

James Edward Petty Sr., 78 of Versailles, Ohio passed away on Thursday February 5, 2015 at 12:38 PM at his residence. He was born March 4, 1936 in Cookeville, Tennessee the son of the late James “Jim” & Lola (Sweargin) Petty. He was retired from Airstream and was an apprentice Auctioneer.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his son: Gary Petty; brother: Kenny Petty; sisters: Imojean Smith, Juanita Long ,& Linda.

He is survived by his wife: Donna (Burnside) Petty of Versailles whom he married March 11, 1961 his children & spouses: Pam & Kent Beisner of Greenville, Ed & Angie Petty of Russia, Patty & Chris Jenkinson of Versailles, Richard & Sheryl Petty of Piqua, & Connie & Cindy of Florida; 21 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; brothers & sisters in law: Mitch & Janice Petty, Ron & Sue Petty, Charles & Linda Petty, & Steven Petty; sisters & brothers in law: Lois & Richard Hardesty, Lib Wright, & Donna & Dan Mayo; brother in law: Garnard Smith.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio with Pastor Dennis Wheeler officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Osgood Rescue.

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

Helen Maree. Witwer (February 1, 2015)

Helen Maree. Witwer, age 94 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 10:35 P.M. Sunday February 1, 2015 at the Brethren Retirement Community Greenville, Ohio. She was born April 14, 1920 in Miami County Ohio and the daughter of the late Floyd and Goldie (Martin) Maurer as well as her step father Daniel C. Kniesly.

Helen grew up in the Gettysburg, Ohio area and graduated from GHS in 1938. She married Waldo Emerson Witwer. in 1942 and they were married 67 years. Helen retired in 1986 following 17 years of employment at the Brethren Retirement Community. She was a lifelong member of the Oakland Church of the Brethren Bradford, Ohio where she served in various capacities including being a deacon, Dinner Theater, and cooking for the Old German Baptist Brethren Annual Conferences.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, husband, son in law J.D. Weaver, Brothers Richard Maurer and Floyd Maurer and half-brother Donald Kniesly.

She is survived by her children Fred (Millie) Witwer of Centerville, Ohio, Melvin (Karen) Witwer of Grove City, Ohio, Jane Dawson of Centerville, Ohio, Joyce (Robert) Callaway of Michigan City, Indiana, Janet (David) Julian of Greenville and Daniel (Lynn) Witwer of Greenville; grandchildren Leslie (Kyle) Mayes, Kevin (Danelle) Witwer, Michelle (Troy) Reed, Brian (Lynn) Dawson, Angie (Steve) Rhynard, Jaime (Michelle) Weaver, Jolie (Seth) Larris, Megan (Jody) Sarber, Erin (Scott) Laukhuf, Logan Witwer and Kelly Witwer; great grandchildren Alexandra Mayes, Tyler Mayes, Morgan Reed, Rhiann Reed, Kayla Dawson, Kyle Dawson, Nathan Rhynard, Evan Rhynard, James Weaver, Jenna Weaver, Lilly Larris, Adlai Larris, Emersyn Sarber and Ainsley Sarber, sister in law Beulah Maurer of Greenville, brother in law Leo (Jeanne) Witwer of Greenville and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday February 14, 2015 at the Oakland Church of the Brethren 8058 Horatio Harris Creek Road Bradford, Ohio with Pastors John Sgro and Todd Reish co-officiating. Private graveside service will be held in the Gettysburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday February 14, 2105 from 10:00 A.M. until time of the services in the church.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions are given to Oakland Church of the Brethren or the Resident Aid Fund of the Brethren Retirement Community.

Arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

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

Carole E.(Holsapple) Warth (February 3, 2015)

Carole E.(Holsapple) Warth, 72, of New Paris, Ohio, passed away on February 3, 2015 at Reid Hospital, Richmond, IN. Carole was born on October 5, 1942 in Richmond, Indiana to the late Samuel E. and Geraldine (Anderson) Holsapple.

Carole graduated from Monroe Central High School in 1960. She was a member of the U.S Trotting Association. Carole enjoyed going every year to the Great Darke County Fair. She loved all of her dogs, cats and horses.

Carole is preceded in death by her parents.

Carole is survived by her husband of 46 years, John Warth of New Paris and a sister, Helen M. (Holsapple) Roberts and William Clark of Eldorado.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison, Ohio with Rev. Rick Alvey officiating. Friends may visit on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00p.m. also at the funeral home. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Reid Hospice with donations being accepted at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery.

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

Clarence “Doug” Garland (February 3, 2015)

Clarence “Doug” Garland, age 67 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 12:33 P.M. Tuesday February 3, 2015 in the Kindred Hospital Dayton, Ohio. Doug was born November 3, 1947 in Greenville, Ohio and the son of the late Everett and Lucy (Gray) Garland Sr.

He retired in 2010 from the Union City Body Company (Workhorse) where he had been employed for 40 years. He was a Veteran serving in the U.S. Army and a member of the Greenville American Legion.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Bernice Rehmert.

Doug is survived by his daughters Valinda (Jerry) Hammons of Versailles, Ohio and Christine Francis of Jacksboro, Tennessee; grandchildren Shontee (Abrams) Chalfant, Devin Fryman, Jerry Hammons, Jesse (Amanda) Francis, Leland (Samantha) Francis, Terra (Travis) Kennedy, Brad C. Shaneyfelt and Daniel Francis; 12 great grandchildren; brothers William (Annette) Garland of Pine Island, Florida, Everett (Arlene) Garland, of Greenville and J.T. (Denise) Garland of Greenville; sister Jean (Ronald) Murphy of Greenville and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday February 7, 2015 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Doug Klinsing officiating. Burial will follow in the Miami Memorial Park Covington, Ohio where Military Honors will be conducted by the Versailles Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Friday February 6, 2015 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to either the Wounded Warriors Project or the Autism Society.

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

Paul E. Shepherd (February 03, 2015)

Paul E. Shepherd, age 65, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, February 03, 2015 at 2:29 AM at Wayne HealthCare, Greenville, Ohio. He was born April 4, 1949 in Greenville, Ohio, to the late Edward & Alasta (Goins) Shepherd.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl (Paul) Shepherd of Greenville whom he married on December 19, 1969; sons and daughters in law, William & Lisa Shepherd of Union City, IN, Kevin & Dawn Shepherd of Greenville, Andrew Shepherd of Greenville, Nathan & Melissa Shepherd of Greenville, Adam & Amanda Shepherd of Greenville and Gerald & Chandra Paul of Greenville; daughters and sons in law, Angela & Charles Beisner of Greenville, Christina & Jacob Beckley of Greenville and Debra & David Holland of Texas; 12 grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Paul was retired having worked at the Union City Body Shop and Workhorse in Union City. He was a member of the United States Marines service during the Vietnam War and the Greenville Missionary Church.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brother, David Shepherd.

There will be a visitation held on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 10:00-12:00 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville. Graveside service will follow in the Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio at 12:30 PM with Pastor Gary Oser officiating. There will be a military graveside service conducted by the Greenville Veterans honor Guard.

It is the wishes of the family that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be given to the funeral home.

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

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

George Robert Mikesell (February 1, 2015)

George Robert Mikesell, age 99, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 3:45 PM at the Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville, Ohio. He was born on July 25, 1915 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Bertie A. & Treva E. (Lantz) Mikesell.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Barbara & Philip Hosmer of Colorado Springs, CO, Debbie & Tom Labig of Greenville, Ohio, and Fredrick & Lonna Mikesell of Sylvania, Ohio; grandchildren; Rebecca (Rod) McDaniel, Roberta (Mike) Hagen, Rochelle (Roger) Richards, Jennifer (Brian) Gruber, Kurt (Tiffany) Labig and Beth (Kerby) Wilcox; great grandchildren Michael Hosmer, Nathan Hosmer, Grant Bloom, Alexander Hagen, Kristina Hagen, Christopher McGraw, Kathryn Gruber, Kelsey Gruber, Colin Gruber, Kie Labig, Keely Labig, Kade Labig, Kinsley Labig, Kiersten Wilcox, Kenna Wilcox and Kallie Wilcox; great great grandchildren Noah Hosmer, Lillian Bloom and Matthew Hosmer; brother, John Mikesell of Greenville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death his wife, Kathryn Jane (Myers) Mikesell whom he married on September 3, 1938; sisters, Mary Brown, Dorothy Clapp and Cora Baker; and brothers, James, Jessie, Glen Jay, Richard, Bill and Russell Mikesell.

George retired in 1973 from Dayton Tire & Rubber Company after 32 years. He was a graduate of Hollansburg High School in 1933 and a member of the United States Army serving during WWI. He was also a member of the Hollansburg Christian Church and American Legion Post 708 in Hollansburg. He coached 12 years in Hollansburg Little League Baseball, avid gardener sharing produce with others, loved woodworking and loved helping his neighbors.

Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the American Legion Post 708 or Hollansburg Christian Church

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


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Linda L. Burnfield (February 2, 2015)

Linda L. Burnfield, 61, of Ansonia, passed away Monday evening, February 2, 2015 at her residence.

She was born March 9, 1953 in Dayton, the daughter of the late Henry and Lois Madge (Shook) Benge. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Phillip Benge.

Linda was retired from Walmart in Greenville.

She is survived by her husband Tim Burnfield, whom she married November 7, 1983; children, John W. Sink, Scott E. Sink, Lisa M. Sink, Earl James Burnfield; Nathan Elliott Burnfield, and Reece Allen Burnfield; 12 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Terry (Cheryl) Benge and Willard “Gene” (Cheryl) Close; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, February 6, at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in the Shook Cemetery near Rossburg.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice.

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

Monday, February 2, 2015

Robert A. "Bob" Curtis (January 31, 2015)

Robert A. "Bob" Curtis, 73, of Ansonia, passed away Saturday evening, January 31, 2015 at his residence.

He was born November 30, 1941 near Greenville on the family farm, son of the late Glen and Eva Elizabeth (Cain) Curtis. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 5 brothers and sisters, Gene and Charles Curtis, Opal Koon, Treva Klipstine, and Shirley Curtis.

A retired farmer, Bob had did some auctioneering. He was a veteran of the US Marine Corps having served in Vietnam. He was a member of the Ansonia American Legion and the Chaplain for the former Ansonia VFW. He was an avid gardener.

Bob is survived by his children, Anna (Richard) Price of Ansonia, Heather Marie Murray of Miamisburg, and Robert Curtis, II of Ansonia; step daughter, Stephanie Gross; grandchildren, Austin, Libby, Kaya, Simon, Preston, Madison, and Victoria; brothers, Arthur (Evelyn) Curtis of Versailles, and Roger (Pat) Curtis of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Bob's Life with full military honors by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 7 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Private burial will take place in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the celebration of life. The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be given to the Darke County Parks for Shawnee Prairie.

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

Elizabeth “Betty” Marie Swartwout (January 31, 2015)

Elizabeth “Betty” Marie Swartwout age 79, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 6:20 P.M. on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Village Green Healthcare Center in Greenville. Betty was born July 4, 1935 in Greenville, Ohio to the late Leonard & Carolyn (Huber) Birt.

Betty is survived by her husband, Ronald Glenn Swartwout whom she married July 4, 1957; son & daughter-in-law, Randall Lee & Debra Swartwout of Eaton; daughters, Barbara Ann Peeples of Greenville and Beverly Pierce of Austin, Texas; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren; brother & sister-in-law, Wesley H. & Kaye Birt of South Carolina; and sister & brother-in-law, Kay & Jack Seiler of Greenville.

Betty formerly worked at Troy Sunshade, Wayne Hospital and Eikenberry’s IGA Foodliners. Betty was very active at the EUM Church in Greenville.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Sylvia McKibben officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 12:30 to 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the EUM Church or State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Virginia L. Shoemaker (January 31, 2015)

Virginia L. Shoemaker age 85, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 6:50 A.M. on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Village Green Healthcare Center in Greenville. Virginia was born March 2, 1929 in Darke County to the late Rubin & Mary K. (Fahnestock) Brewer.

Virginia is survived by a son & daughter-in-law, James & Debbie Shoemaker of Union City, Ohio; grandchildren, Steven Shoemaker and William & Sherry Shoemaker; great-grandchildren, Tyler & Karin Shoemaker, Logan Shoemaker, Grant Shoemaker, Rachel Shoemaker, Hannah Shoemaker and Gracie Shoemaker; step great-great grandson, Logan and one expected great-great grandchild in June.

In addition to her parents, Virginia was also preceded in death by her husband, Harvey L. Shoemaker on December 5, 1998 whom she married June 29, 1946.

Virginia retired from Fram Corporation in Greenville. She formerly attended the Stelvideo Christian Church.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor David Hackney officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Stelvideo Christian Church. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Glenn Omar & Elizabeth Caroline “Betty” Seman (January 29, 2015)

Glenn Omar & Elizabeth Caroline “Betty” Seman of Greenville, Ohio, married for 53 years, passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Rest Haven Nursing Home just 5 hours apart. Elizabeth was born on September 25, 1913 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Daniel & Lottie (Cable) Dohme. Glenn was born on February 18, 1927 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Melvin & Virla (Sebring) Seman.

They were married on July 20, 1961 and are survived by daughter and son in law, Judy & Pete Vredenburg of Tijeras, NM; son and daughter in law, Gary & Lisa Brown of Rutherfordton, North Carolina; grandchildren, Amanda (Donnie) Parris of Lyman, South Carolina, Collin Brown of Forest City, North Carolina, Leah (Josh) Jones of Shelby, North Carolina, Mark (Rae Ann) Beyerl of Pensacola, Florida, and Kurt Beyerl of Menominee Falls, Wisconsin; 14 great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their appreciation to Ted and Karen Nealeigh for their continued support and help throughout the years.

Both were preceded in death by their parents as well as Betty’s siblings, Denver Dohme, Herbert Dohme and Ellen Nealeigh.

They were members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Greenville where Elizabeth was a lifelong member. They were the owners and operators of the Copper Kettle Print Ship in Greenville, Big G Bike shop in Greenville and Excel Printing Plant in Crystal River, Florida. Elizabeth was also a commercial artist and worked for Booth Furniture in Dayton and 9 years at Neff Lettering in Greenville. Glenn also worked at the skating rink in Greenville and was a model train enthusiast. Betty loved gardening, flowers and was a doll collector.

Glenn was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force as a Staff Sergeant.

There will be a memorial service held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Peter Menke officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. There will be a Military Service conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard at the funeral home in honor of Glenn’s service.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church or State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Golda I. Matthieu (January 22, 2015)

Golda I. Matthieu, 99 of Versailles, Ohio passed away on Thursday January 22, 2015 at Versailles Health Care Center, Versailles, Ohio. She was born May 31, 1915 in Darke County, Ohio the daughter of the late John Rue & Iva (Fosnaugh) Rue Gasson. She retired from the Versailles Medical Center where she had worked as a Medical Assistant. She was a member of the Versailles Methodist Church and former Sunday School Secretary/Treasurer.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Joseph Matthieu; brothers: William, Basil, Robert, Richard, Lester, & Gerald Rue; sisters: Alma Gasson, & Hazel Matthieu; ½ brothers: Herman, Bobby, & John Gasson; step daughter: Florence Hardenbrook, step sons: Edson Sr., Leonard, & Henry Matthieu.

She is survived by her children & spouse: June & Harry Moody of Rossburg, Paul Matthieu of Englewood, & Joanne Darner of Dayton; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren & great great grandchildren.

Services will be held on Tuesday January 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio with Pastor Sylvia McKibben officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday January 26, 2015 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Versailles Methodist Church.

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

Connie Irene Young (January 19, 2015)

Connie Irene Young age 68, of Montezuma and formerly of Greenville passed away on Monday, January 19, 2015, at Avon Park, Florida. She was born June 28, 1946 in Darke County, Ohio the daughter of the late Gerald & Gertrude Martin. She worked at Fram Corporation.

She is survived by her children & spouses, Melissa & Robert Fraley of Ansonia, Amy Herrera, Winchester, Indiana, Jamie & Carrie Enochs of Montezuma and Jason Enochs of Boston, Massachusetts; grandchildren, Amanda & Jon Hall, Ashley & Robby Moody, Aaron Fraley, Chelsie Enochs, Jett Enochs, Hahn Enochs, Sarae Enochs, Raeann Enochs, Zoe Enochs and Jada Enochs; great-grandchildren, Alexa Fraley, Faith Nealis and Atalie Moody; sister-in-law, Bonita Martin of Greenville; and husband, George Young and family.

She is preceded in death by her parents; 2nd husband, Joseph Baker; and brother, Gary Martin.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Ron Hoeksema officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

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

Ruth Lucille Sponaugle (January 30, 2015)

Ruth Lucille Sponaugle age 87, of Bradford, Ohio passed away at 4:05 A.M. on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Covington Care Center. Ruth was born July 9, 1927 in Miami County, Ohio to the late Chester & Iva (Divens) Ross.

Ruth is survived by her children, Jeannie & Cliff York of Greenville, Samuel A. & Julie Sponaugle of Bradford, Steve & Karen Sponaugle of Bradford and Mary Lou Ball of Troy; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and a sister & brother-in-law, Vesta & Tony Bundy of Covington.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was also preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Roscoe Sponaugle; brother, Carl Ross; and sister, Pauline Crown.

Ruth was a farm wife; she helped her husband milk cows. She had also worked for 20 years at Neff Lettering in Greenville. She was a member of the Freedom Life Church in Winchester, Indiana.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Jeff Bullard. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery in Darke County. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:00 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

Roger Dale Moyer (January 28, 2015)

Roger Dale Moyer, age 69, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:52 AM at Reid Hospital, Richmond, IN. He was born on June 17, 1945 in Neave Township, Ohio, to the late Charles Clyde & Ethel Marie (Sherrick) Moyer.

Roger is survived by his wife Bonita (Gasper) Moyer of Greenville, Ohio, whom he married on August 14, 1965; daughter and son in law, Kimberly & Brent Fourman of New Paris, Ohio; son, Lonnie Moyer of Greenville; grandchildren, Kyle & Kaitlin Fourman and Sean Moyer; brothers in law and sisters in law, Connie & Gary Bruner of Greenville, Chuck & Donna Gasper of Greenville and Jeff & Darlena Ringley of York, PA; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Roger was retired and worked for Tate Manufacturing in Gettysburg, Ohio, American Air Lines, Emery World Wide and UPS all in Vandalia, Ohio. He was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeye’s and Cleveland Browns. He enjoyed NASCAR and especially Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. He was a Graduate of Greenville High School Class of 1963 and a member of the Fort Jefferson United Methodist Church. Roger was extremely patriotic and loved animals but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brother, Donald Moyer and sisters, Shirley Riegle and Phyllis Shuttleworth.

There will be a service held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Ft. Jefferson United Methodist Church, 3856 Church St., Ft. Jefferson, Ohio, with Pastor Doug Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Ft. Jefferson, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the American Diabetes Association or donor’s choice. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com