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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

Marjorie E. Lyme (November 2, 2015)

Marjorie E. Lyme age 89, of Versailles, Ohio passed away at 5:30 P.M. on Monday, November 2, 2015 at her residence. Marjorie was born November 9, 1925 in Piqua, Ohio to the late John Arthur & Lydia Ellen (McVety) Russell.

Marjorie is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Jim & Bev Lyme of Versailles; daughters & sons-in-law, Nancy & Ron Brewer of Versailles and Linda & John Archey of Gettysburg; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; sister, Margaret Smith of Piqua; brother-in-law, Norman Lyme of Versailles; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Marjorie was also preceded in death by her husband, Richard H. “Red” Lyme on August 15, 2007 whom she married December 24, 1949; brothers, Ed, Joe, Harry, Charles, Harold and Johnny Russell; and sisters, Mildred Hartman, Martha Pence, Pauline Mae Jones, Edith Creager and Mabel White.

Marjorie formerly worked at the Buckeye Overall Factory in Versailles and was a homemaker. Marjorie was a member of Area 2 Shetland Pony Club, American Shetland Pony Club and Western Ohio Pony Breeders Association. A long with her late husband, they owned Willowlawn Stables and showed ponies at the Darke County Fair for over 53 years.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, November 6, 2015 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Gary Snowden officiating. Burial will follow in Beamsville Cemetery in Beamsville. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 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

Luther L. “Squeek” Strobel (November 1, 2015)

Luther L. “Squeek” Strobel age 75, of North Star, Ohio passed away at 5:15 A.M. on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at his residence. Luther was born September 7, 1940 in Gettysburg, Ohio to the late Louis H. & Izora V. (Bashore) Strobel.

Luther is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judy A. (Groff) Strobel whom he married June 27, 1964; daughters & sons-in-law, LeAnn & Chuck Heitkamp of North Star and Amy & John Bey of Versailles; grandchildren, Kate & Jamie Phlipot, Andrew Heitkamp, Kristin Heitkamp, Brian Heitkamp, Hannah Bey and Mitchell Bey; great-granddaughter, Adalae Phlipot; brother, Carl Strobel of Greenville; sisters, Florence Beaver of Beavercreek and Mary Louise Hamilton of Greenville; brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law, Ron & Kay Groff of North Star, John & Jane Groff of North Star, Bob & Jane Groff of St. Louis, Missouri, Peg & Urban Clune of St. Henry, Elaine & Jerry Singer of New Weston, Roger & Sandy Groff of Sharpsburg and Fred & Linda Groff of Versailles; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Luther was also preceded in death by a brother, Lewis “Hank” Strobel; brothers-in-law, Paul Beaver and Eldean Hamilton; and sisters-in-law, Marge Strobel and Betty Strobel.

Luther served in the U.S. Navy. He worked in the maintenance department at New Idea in Coldwater for 34 years. Luther was a member of the USS Toledo CA-133 Association and the National Rifle Association.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at St. Louis Catholic Church in North Star with Rev. Fr. David Zink celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Louis Cemetery in North Star with Military Honors conducted by the North Star Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles and Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 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

Duane Edward Saintignon (October 30, 2015)

Duane Edward Saintignon, 73, of Union City, OH, passed away Friday, October 30, 2015 at his residence.

He was born August 3, 1942, in Greenville, OH, a son of the late Bernard Saintignon and Naomi (Thompson) Reed. In addition to his parents, Duane was preceded in death by his grandson, Cole Saintignon; and two brothers, Melvin and Marion Saintignon.

Duane started his long career as a farmer. He was a prolific entrepreneur owning multiple business. He was an electrician by trade owning Shockney’s and Duane’s Electric. He owned the Whistle Stop in Ansonia, Cole’s Front Street Inn in Greenville, Bartonia Restaurant in Bartonia, IN, and D’s Restaurant in Union City, IN. Duane was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Union City, IN and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his children, Rhonda Saintignon of Union City, IN, Rodney (Danita) Saintignon of Union City, OH, Todd Saintignon of Florence, KY and Derrick Saintignon of Union City, OH; Siblings, Bernard (Rose) Saintignon of Versailles, OH, Donnie (Betty) Saintignon of Greenville, OH, Danny (Mary) Saintignon of Dawn, OH, Kathy Werner of Greenville and Barbara (Larry) Hiatt of Greenville; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, November 5, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Union City, IN with Fr. Christopher Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Church Cemetery in Union City, IN.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7PM, Wednesday, at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville, OH.

Memorials may be made to any charity the donor wishes.

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

Sunday, November 1, 2015

John Paul Kelch (October 29, 2015)

John Paul Kelch age 96, of Greenville and formerly of Ansonia passed away at 8:20 P.M. on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville. John was born October 14, 1919 in Bradford, Ohio to the late Adam & Anna Mae (Boomershine) Kelch.

John is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Herron of Greenville; grandson, Tim & Angela Herron of Arcanum; great-grandchildren, Adam Herron and Stephanie Herron; sister, Wanda Brewer of Ansonia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, John was also preceded in death by his wife, Doris M. (Miller) Kelch on August 20, 2005 whom he married June 21, 1947; son-in-law, John Herron; sister, Dorothy Kelch; and brother, Lloyd Kelch.

John served in the U.S. Army during WWII and received the Bronze Star Medal. John retired from Ansonia Lumber Yard and formerly worked at Moody’s Auto Sales in Ansonia. He was a member of the Ansonia American Legion, Greenville V.F.W. and Greenville Elks. John was a Volunteer Fireman for the Ansonia Volunteer Fire Department.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Zechar Bailey funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Lowell Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles with Military Honors conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Verl Eloise (Richman) Caughran (October 29, 2015)

Verl Eloise (Richman) Caughran, 96, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away early Thursday, October 29, 2015, at her residence.

She was born October 3, 1919, in Daleville, IN, a daughter of the late Cary and Elsie (Ballinger) Richman.

In addition to her parents, Verl was preceded in death by her sister, Harriet Richman, and her brother, Melvin D. “Bud” Richman.

Verl graduated from Daleville Indiana High School. Afterwards, she attended Ball State university where she was awarded a bachelors degree. She taught music near Union City, IN and in Daleville, IN. She also worked as a clerk on the Maxwell Airforce Base in Alabama.

She is survived by her husband of 74 years, Roy W. Caughran, whom she married October 18, 1941; a daughter, Carol (Raymond) Marion of Covington, OH; 2 grandchildren, Michael (Angela) Marion of Covington, OH and Michelle (Christopher) Kannel of Montpelier, OH; 6 great grandchildren, Corey, Bradley and Ian Marion and Olivia, Dexter and Emily Kannel and Baby Marion on the way.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Daryl Lloyd “Jesse Owen” Plessinger (October 28, 2015)

Daryl Lloyd “Jesse Owen” Plessinger age 64, of Versailles, Ohio passed away at 1:01 P.M. on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville. Daryl was born September 6, 1951 in Greenville, Ohio to the late Lloyd A. & Virginia P. (Westerman) Plessinger.

Daryl is survived by his wife of 43 years, Diane E. (Schlater) Plessinger whom he married July 10, 1972; sons & daughters-in-law, Jesse & Heather Plessinger of Cincinnati and Joshua & Emily Plessinger of Versailles; adopted son, Donald Brogaard of Coldwater; grandchildren, Cayley & William Sietz, Joshua M.C. Plessinger, Jessa Plessinger, Maria Plessinger, Joseph Plessinger, Desiree Brogaard and Dalton Brogaard; great-grandchild, Aaliyah; brothers & sisters-in-law, David & Alberta Plessinger of Greenville and Duane & Cyndie Plessinger of Brookville; sister, Diane J. Plessinger of Versailles; and sister-in-law, Sharon Plessinger of Versailles.

In addition to his parents, Daryl was also preceded in death by a brother, Dennis Plessinger.

Daryl retired from Apex in Piqua in 2014. He loved to work and attend Auctions.

A celebration of Daryl’s life will be announced at a later date closer to spring. Memorial contributions may be made State of the Heart Hospice 1350 N. Broadway Greenville, OH 45331 or the Cancer Association of Darke County P.O. Box 781 Greenville, OH 45331. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Christopher Lewis Ford (October 28, 2015)

Christopher Lewis Ford age 52, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 9:15 A.M. on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at his residence. Christopher was born November 18, 1962 at Pasadena, California to the late James Lewis & Ramona Marie (Sesher) Ford.

Christopher is survived by his wife, Shirley A. (Yoder) Ford whom he married February 13, 2004; step father, Don Grimes of Tipton, Indiana; step children, Delbert Jr. & Jami Yount of Versailles, Pamela & Ken Brewer of Greenville, Sheryl Yount of Greenville and Rick Yount of Greenville; step-grandson, Eric Yount of Richmond, Indiana; dog, Babe; and special friends, Tim Spurlock of Greenville, Dan Hittle Jr. of Greenville and Mike & Suzi Brown of Greenville.

In addition to his parents, Christopher was also preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Elder Lindsey Neal officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Fort Jefferson. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Betty Mikesell-McCullough (October 26, 2015)

Betty Mikesell-McCullough, 89, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away, Monday evening, October 26, 2015 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.

She was born December 30, 1925, in Darke County, a daughter of the late William and Forest (Briner) Ellis. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her first husband, Max Mikesell who passed away in March, 1970 after 20 years of marriage; her second husband, Vernon McCullough, who passed away in May, 1999 after 26 years of marriage; and her brother, Ralph Ellis.

Betty was a devout Christian. She had a compassionate and loving sprit which shown through her many years volunteering for hospice and the local cancer society. She was a farmer, and pet lover. She loved her family and enjoyed helping and caring for those in need.

She is survived by her children, Carol Mikesell of Ansonia, OH, Curt (Teresa) Mikesell of Ansonia, OH, Clint Mikesell of Winchester, IN, , Joyce (Bill) Printz of Zanesville, OH, and Sharon Lecklider of Wayne Lakes, OH; grandchildren, Cory (Tonya) Mikesell, Elaine (John) Kuhbander, Jim (Laura) Batten, Scott (Jenifer) Batten, Tammy (Bill) Huwer, Tracy Sease, Anthony (Katherine) Mangen and Kaitlyn (Chris) Fornshil; and numerous great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11AM, Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville, with Pastor Gary Oser officiating. Burial will follow in Ansonia Cemetery.

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

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3797 Summit Glen Dr., G100, Dayton, Ohio 45449 or State of the Heart Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway St., Greenville, Ohio 45331.

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

Elnora Kreitzer (October 26, 2015)

Elnora Kreitzer, age 89, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 4:30 AM at Heartland of Greenville, Greenville, Ohio. She was born on May 26, 1926 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Aldine & Mary (Welbaum) Hawse.

She is survived by her sons, Ronald (Phyllis) Markland of Greenville, Ohio, and Merlin Markland of Greenville, Ohio; grandchildren, Shane Markland, Crystal Markland, Holly Markland, Misty Markland and Megan Finlay; great grandchildren, Jordan Markland, Hannah Worley, Desmond Swartz, Izaac Finlay, Hailey Finlay and Mackenzie Worley; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by first husband, Glen Markland, second husband, Clarence Oda, third husband, Andrew Booher, fourth husband, Leonard Kreitzer; daughter, Linda Sue Markland; son, Donovan Markland; and brothers, Roy, Richard & John Lee Hawse.

Elnora was a member of Stelvideo Christian Church and worked as a factory worker most of her life.

There will be a service held on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Tracy Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Mote Cemetery, Darke County, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Friday, October 30, 2015 from 4-7 PM at the funeral home.

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

Linda M. James (October 23, 2015)

Linda M. James, 71 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Friday October 23, 2015 at 5:46 AM at Kettering Medical Center. She was born April 18, 1944 in Jerome, Michigan the daughter of the late Fred & Mary (Love) Belt. She was a pastry chef at Catering by Michael and a member of the Greenville Moose Lodge.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband: Wayne James; sons: Michael James, Doug James, & Christopher (Niki) James; grandchildren: Britton & Beckett James; sister: Rosetta (Tommy) Tyson; brothers: Fred Belt Jr., William (Ginny) Belt.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday October 31, 2015 at the Greenville Elks Lodge 214 West Third Street, Greenville, Ohio. Private burial will be in Abbottsville Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

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

John “Richard” Hartzell Jr. (October 25, 2015)

John “Richard” Hartzell Jr., age 77 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 1:20 P.M. Sunday October 25, 2015 at his residence. Richard was born November 25, 1937 in Darke County Ohio and the son of the late John Richard and Kathryn (Hittle) Hartzell.

Richard was retired from farming and the former Dairy Maid of Greenville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Priscilla L. (Marshall) Hartzell March 15, 2012. They were married March 19, 1955.

He is survived by his children Rodney (Betty) Hartzell of Greenville, Theresa (Carth) Jones of Bradford, Pam (Brian) Clum of Union City, Ohio and Patty (Brian) Class of Greenville; grandchildren Shawn Jones, Julie Neitzelt, James Jones, Sharon Jones Rostkowski, Rebecca Watson, Richard Clum, Ryan Class and Rachel Class; great grandchildren Katie, Robert, Tonee, Zachary, Ashley, T.J., Adam, Austin, Haylie, Jayden, Conner, Amber, Bryce, Bryanna and Lexie; brothers Elden (Fran) Hartzell of Wauseon, Ohio and Steve (Pam) Hartzell of Rossburg; sisters Janet (Jim) Leis of Rossburg and Marilyn (Tom) Smith of New Madison as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday October 29, 2015 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Steve Shoop officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday 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 the Center for Neurological Development, 78 West Main Street Burkettsville, Ohio, 45310.

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

Evelyn B. (Downing) McLear (October 24, 2015)

Evelyn B. (Downing) McLear, 76, of New Madison, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of October 24, 2015 at State of the Heart Hospice at Wayne Health Care. Evelyn was born on December 22, 1938 in Hollansburg, Ohio to the late Bland and Lova (Payne) Downing.

Evelyn taught 4th grade students for 12 years at Tri Village School. She.loved music and played the piano, clarinet, saxophone and organ. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading, and most of all spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband, Barry McLear who passed away on June 23, 2009, and an infant son, Vaughn Scott McLear.

Evelyn is survived by two sons, Benjamin Wesley McLear and Jill Dempsey and Caton Bradley and Teresa Mclear both of New Madison; a daughter, Elizabeth Juliann "Julie" McClear and Steve White of New Madison; a sister, Marilyn L. and Doug Jenkins of Hollansburg; grandchildren, Dagen Chelsie Wayne and William Joseph Wayne White, Wesley Gale and Breanna Jaylyn McLear; step grandchildren, Layton and Cheyenne White and Rick, Olivia, Wyatt and Tyler Dempsey; and 9 great grandchildren.

A celebration of Evelyn's life will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Braund Pope Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Hanna and Rev. Eric Fee officiating. Friends and family may visit from 5-7 PM on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison. Burial will follow in Hollansburg Cemetery.

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

Kenneth D. “Kenny” Dunevant (October 24, 2015)

Kenneth D. “Kenny” Dunevant, 53, of Greenville, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, October 24, 2015 at his residence.

He was born December 14, 1961 in Troy, the son of the late Ward and Delores (Byrd) Dunevant. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Susan A. (Freistuhler) Dunevant, and his step mother, Reola (Coates) Dunevant; and a brother, Ward Dunevant, Jr..

Kenny was a veteran of the US Navy having served from 1980 to 1984. He was a member of the CMA Church in Greenville.

He is survived by his sisters, Cheryl Edwards and Alice Pierce; and nieces nephews, and cousins.

A service with full military honors will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 28, at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. till 11:30 a.m.

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

Betty Baker-Schulze (October 24, 2015)

Betty Baker-Schulze, 91 of Versailles, Ohio passed away on Saturday October 24, 2015 at 4:45 AM at The Brethren Retirement Community. She was born December 17, 1923 in Darke County, Ohio. She worked for 31 years for Buckeye Overall Company. She was a member of Trinity Wesleyan Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; 1st husband: Clarence “Bake” Baker; 2nd husband: Clarence “Pete” Schulze; step daughter: Mary Jane Heath; granddaughter: Teresa (Baker) Heistand; sister: Helen Brown; brothers: Robert & Paul.

She is survived by her children: Rev. Kenneth (Janice) Baker of Greenville, Janet (Ronald) Hollowpeter of Greenville; step son: Michael (Eileen) Schulze of Greenville; 7 grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 4 step great grandchildren; 6 great great grandchildren.

Service will be held on Wednesday October 28, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Elwood Stuart officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday October 27, 2015 and 1 hour prior to services in Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Wesleyan Church Building Fund.

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

Raven Jeanne Burchfield (October 19, 2015)

Baby Raven Jeanne Burchfield was born sleeping on October 19, 2015 to her parents, Geoffery Burchfield and Desiree Barker.

In addition to her parents, Raven is survived by her brother, Axle Burchfield of Greenville; sister, Braylin Burchfield of Greenville; grandparents, John Barker of New Carlisle, Debbie and Gary Kunk Jr. of Greenville and Jill and John King of Greenville.

A service for Baby Raven will be held at 3 PM, November 1, 2015 at Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison, Ohio with Rev. Michael Fisher officiating. Friends and family may visit from 2 - 3 PM also at the funeral home. Family request memorial contributions be given to the Berry Center at Miami Valley Hospital.

Services entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home, New Madison. Online condolences may be sent to braundpope.com.

Robert J. McGlinch (October 24, 2015)

Robert J. McGlinch, 88, of Greenville passed away on October 24, 2015 at 1:40 am at Heartland Nursing Home in Greenville, Ohio.

He was born July 8, 1927 to Robert and Vergie (York) McGlinch in Greenville, Ohio

Robert served in the US Air Force and retired from General Motors in Vandalia, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Lois Jean (Hangen); son, Craig; granddaughter, Rachel McGlinch; great-grandson, Alec Pohlman; sister, Ruth Lucas and brother, Paul McGlinch.

He is survived by his 2nd wife, Jane (Stoner); children, Pamela (John) Cook and Steven (Patti) McGlinch; daughter-in-law, Linda McGlinch; step-daughter, Jennifer (Tim) McKenney; sister, Martha (Galen) Dickey; grandchildren, Stacey (Dan) Pohlman, Katie (Chad) Plieman, Heather (Greg) Zechar, Amy (Chad) Beanblossom, and Lindsey McGlinch; step grandchildren, Brian (Lorie) McKenney and Emily McKenney; nine great-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on Tuesday, October 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Todd Reish officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Association of Darke County.

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