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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Loretta (Hammaker) Scandura (March 20, 2016)

Loretta (Hammaker) Scandura, age 59, of Centerburg, Ohio, and formerly of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 12:18 AM at her residence. She was born on April 23, 1956 in Greenville, Ohio, to Anita (Nisonger) Hammaker of North Star, Ohio, and the late Richard Hammaker.

In addition to her mother she is survived by her daughter, Andrea Scandura of Centerburg, Ohio; son, Brian Scandura of California; grandchildren, Antonia, Carmela, Rocky, Kursten, Alec, Kellan and Vincent; siblings, Robert Hammaker, Teresa Peyton, Anthony Hammaker, Angie Kotey, Christopher Hammaker, Richard Hammaker, Matt Hammaker, Stephan Hammaker and Dennis Hammaker; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father she is preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Hammaker.

Loretta loved playing golf and most recently working as a Travel Nurse as a RN.

There will be a Memorial Mass held on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 233 West 3rd St., Greenville, Ohio, with Rev. Fr. John R. White officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio. Family will have a gathering on Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 6-8 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

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

Richard “Tubby” Walls Jr. (March 20, 2016)

Richard “Tubby” Walls Jr., age 91 of Greenville, Ohio and formerly of Ansonia passed away at 4:50 P.M. Sunday March 20, 2016 at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center. Tubby was born August 1, 1924 in Dayton, Ohio and the son of the late Richard and Mollie (Kerns) Walls Sr.

He was retired from Fred Walls and Sons Asphalt Company and a Veteran of W.W. II serving in the U.S. Navy. He also had attended the Ansonia Christian Church, a member of the Greenville Liars Club and formerly had served on the Ansonia Fire Department, Rescue Squad and the City Council. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and cooking his famous Apple Butter.

In addition to his parents, was preceded in death by his wife June (Longfellow) Walls in 1996 and his brother Robert Walls.

He is survived by his daughters and sons in law Susan (Wayne) Harbison and Polly (Bruce) Eley all of Greenville; grandchildren Paula Scheuermann and Kirt Harbison; great granddaughter Kaitlyn Scheuermann; his close friend and dog Jessie as well as 2 nieces and 1 nephew.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday March 24, 2016 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Eric Knight officiating. Burial with Military Honors conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will follow in the Ansonia Cemetery. The family will receive on Wednesday from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the funeral home. The Greenville Liars Club will conduct a Memorial Service Wednesday night at 7:45 PM 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.

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

Richard Lee Cummins (March 20, 2016)

Richard Lee Cummins, 81, of Lewisburg, Ohio, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016, at his residence.

He was born March 9, 1935 in Lewisburg, Ohio, a son of the late Arliss and Lucille (Wright) Cummins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Steffan Cummins

Richard was a member of the Trail Riders Club in Lewisburg, the American Legion in West Alexandria and the VFW in Brookville. He owned and operated Cummins Services and had worked for GTE where he was a supervisor.

He was survived by his wife Ruth (Woolery) Cummins, whom he married on April 1,1955; his sons and daughter- in- law, Allen ”Orange” Cummins of New Paris and Anthony and Karen Cummins of New Madison; a daughter, Amy Futrell of Lewisburg; six grandchildren, Jenny Cummins of New Madison, Nikki and Jesse Johnson of Ravenna, OH, Kelly and Stephen Klosterman of Miamisburg, Jodie Cummins of New Madison, Molly and Terry Gentry of Lewisburg and Cassie Cummins and Taryn Winner of North Carolina; nine great grandchildren; and a sister, Roberta and Ralph Dove.

A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family request in the lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit.

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

Dennis Miles (March 16, 2016)

Dennis Miles, 55, left this world peacefully on March 16, 2016. Born in Greenville, OH on May 4th, 1960 and is the son of Virginia and the late James Miles.

Dennis was an accomplished Blacksmith and Knife smith. His works are in the hands of many around the world, and in several museums and can be seen in the movie “Gangs of New York”. He owned and operated his own business Double Edge Forge. Dennis graduated from Greenville, Class of 1978.

Dennis was a great good friend to many. He was a big man–big body, big mind, big heart, big soul. A curmudgeon who was full of humor, bravery, and unquenchable intelligence, a terrible tease and a multifaceted lover of many things.

He loved great food and great art, beautiful music, the quiet of the outdoors and a good fire–whether at the forge where he worked his ancient magic or around a campfire with his AMM brothers. A lover too of the poetry of Robert Burns and of Robert W. Service, he was the only man I knew who could quote “The Cremation of Sam McGee” in its entirety. He loved to talk history, gardening, fishing, hunting, making things, recipes, the pups–and Gwen.

He had a soft heart for the helpless and for animals–woe betide anyone who was cruel to small creatures. He had a fondness for dragons and the legends of the Forge, and could talk the Old Ways with the best of them.

He served his country with honor, courage and pride in the 82nd Airborne Division, “jumping out of perfectly good airplanes” as we often said.

He had no patience with hypocrites, liars, cowards or cheats–an honorable and honest man himself, he simply didn’t understand those attitudes, and wasn’t shy about saying so. But if you were fortunate enough to gain his friendship, it was yours for life–many of us treasure that great gift. If Dennis said he had your back, he had your back. Period.

He loved his home and family, his friends, his dogs, and his beloved wife, Gwen. He left a very big curmudgeon-shaped hole in the world and in our hearts. At 55, he left us far too soon.

Dennis is survived by the love of his life, his wife Gwen (Cook) Miles, and his precious dogs, Cait and Bell. His sister Peggy (Karl) Halley and his nephews, Kurtis (Krista) Halley, Nick Halley and Miles Halley. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition, his aunts Margaret Miles, Ella Sue Shannon and Marilyn Sue Shannon, numerous cousins and a host of amazing friends.


The family will have a private celebration of Dennis’s life at a later date. He would love to have his friends and family raise a glass of scotch in his memory.

In lieu of flowers, we are asking that donations be sent to Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville, OH to help with final expenses. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Florence M. (Hoppe) Smith (March 16, 2016)

Florence M. (Hoppe) Smith, 90, of New Madison, Ohio, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2016. She was born on May 4, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to the late Josephine (Moosehof) Hoppe.

Florence worked as a laborer for Top Value Stamps as a packer,

In addition to her parents, Florence is preceded in death by her husband, Pearl Smith; daughter, Sharon Cox; grandsons, Bobby Miller and Christopher Scott; granddaughter, Angie Miller and a great grandson, John Robert.

Florence is survived by two daughters, Janice and husband Thorton Miller and Diane Smith; 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with Rev. Eric Fee officiating. Burial will follow in the Miami Valley Memory Gardens.

The family request in the lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to State of the Heart Hospice, 3150 North Broadway Greenville, Ohio 45331

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

Don Eugene Darding (March 16, 2016)

Don Eugene Darding, 85 of Greenville passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the State of Heart Center in Greenville with family at his side. Don was born on June 25, 1930 in Xenia, Ohio to the late Clarence Lester and Ruth Catherine (Koogler) Darding. The Darding family moved to Darke County in 1948 to their homestead near Bradford, Ohio where they engaged in farming. Don graduated in 1948 from Gettysburg High School where he later served on the school board being involved with the consolidation with Greenville City Schools. On July 12, 1952, he married his wife of 63 years Marjorie Joyce "Dargie" (House) who survives. Together they farmed, raised livestock and sold seed until their retirement. Don is a member of the Oakland Church of the Brethren where he served on several committees and church board as well as a past deacon and enjoyed playing church softball in his earlier years and dartball in his later years. Don enjoyed watching almost every sport especially baseball, basketball and football. Don played shuffleboard with the Darke County shuffleboard team until July, 2015 when he had a stroke and enjoyed playing golf. Don also had served on several other boards such as Darke County Farm Bureau and was employed over the years at Poultry Producers in Versailles, Ohio, Martin's Hatchery in Gettysburg, Ohio and school bus driver for Ansonia and Gettysburg Schools. Don and Marjorie enjoyed traveling and especially liked to visit Holmes County where they met several nice families over the years. Don and Marjorie also enjoyed camping with family and friends, taking a daily golf cart ride on the farm and eating at MCL Cafeteria and the Front Street Inn. Don and Marjorie also wintered in Sebring, Florida for many years where they acquired many close friends.

Don is preceded in death by two sisters, Genevieve Darding and Josephine Darding Miller. Also by brother in laws, Dr. Lee Miller, Morris Stewart, William House, Ned Rhoades, and Robert Christian. Don is survived by sister in law Carole Miller of Tennessee, sister Ida Mae (Stewart) and Dan Meeks of Greenville, Naoma House of Greenville and Sue (Rhoades) Christian of Versailles. Don is also survived by two daughters and son in law, Diane (Darding) Huffman of Greenville, and Peggy (Darding) and Stirling "Bo" Overholser of Bradford; three grandchildren Mindy (Huffman) and Jason Stebbins of Greenville, Lydia (Overholser) and Jeremy Brenner of Greenville, and Aaron and Lindsey (Wolf) Overholser of Bradford; five greatgrandchildren Gabriella and Caleigh Stebbins, Landon and Lena Brenner, and Brody Overholser.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday March 26, 2016 at the Oakland Church of the Brethren 8058 Horatio-Harris Creek Road Bradford, Ohio with Pastors John Sgro and Dr. Fred Bernhard co-officiating. There will be a Gathering of Family and Friends immediately after the service. Private burial was held in the Oakland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be given to State of the Heart Hospice or the Oakland Church of the Brethren.

Arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

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

Jack Lee Munn (March 17, 2016)

Jack Lee Munn, 80, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away early Thursday morning, March 17, 2016, at Rest Haven Nursing Home.

He was born June 25, 1935 in North Star, Ohio, a son of the late Clifford and Gladys Munn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Rosella Munn; a daughter, Brenda Munn; and a brother, Dean Munn.

Jack was a 1953 graduate of Ansonia High School then worked and retired from Corning Glass. He was an avid sports fan with a passion for open wheel auto racing and loved music.

He was survived by his wife Lela Munn; his children, Mick (Kim) Munn of Miamisburg, OH, Rhonda (Chris) Muhlenkamp of Carmel, IN, Lori (John) Spencer of Farmersville, OH; step children, Steve (Joanna) Beasley, Bill (Chris) Beasley of Versailles, Gary (Deb) Beasley of Greenville; 7 grandchildren; 6 step grandchildren; 1 great grandchild and another great grandchild on the way; and 11 step great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Oliver-Floyd Funeral home in Greenville, with Rev. Robert Akins officiating. Burial will follow in Brock Cemetery.

The family will receive guests at the funeral home Monday from 5 PM to 7 PM.

The family request in the lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to State of the Heart Hospice, 3150 North Broadway Greenville, Ohio 45331

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

Bonnie Jean Salyers (March 16, 2016)

Bonnie Jean Salyers, age 69, of Rossburg, OH, passed away, Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Mercer Health in Coldwater, OH.

She was born Friday, August 9, 1946 in Union City, OH, a daughter of the late Harold Cochran and Martha Kuhnle. In addition to her parents Bonnie was preceded in death by her Step Father, Paul Kuhnle and sister, Karen Harkcom.

Bonnie retired from Fram in 2000 after 26 years of service. She was a very active with Eastern Star and was a member for over 45 years. Bonnie loved her family and loved her toy poodle Tika. She had her own vocabulary and dictionary full of Bonnieisms.

Bonnie is survived by her Husband of 24 years, Jerry Salyers, whom she married August 17, 1991; her children, Eddie Cline of PA, Kathy Cline of Rossburg, OH, Jesse (Stacy) Cline of Rossburg, OH, Beth (Dan) Turner of Ansonia, OH; step children, Wendy (Pete) Yang of Columbus, OH, and Dustin Salyers, CO; grandchildren, Dylan (Sara Sutherland) Bubeck of Greenville, OH, Derek (Emily Schlarman) Bubeck, Rossburg, OH, Kamden Yang of Columbus, OH, Bradyn Yang of Columbus, OH, Jamison Yang of Columbus, OH, Kenton Turner of Ansonia, OH; Aaron Bower of Cleveland, OH; and a great grand child, Harper Bubeck of Greenville, OH; sisters, Linda (Dallas) Maier of Celina, OH, Wanda (Kim) Armold of Union City, OH, and Carol O'Connor of Greenville, OH; and a brother Lyle "Bud" Cochran of Union City, OH

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, March 21, 2016 at Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Ron Hoeksema officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends my visit Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM at Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville,OH. There will be Eastern Star Memorial Service immediately following the visitation at 5:30 PM.

Memorial contributions by be made to Eastern Star Celina Chapter.

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

Harry L. Ward (March 14, 2016)

Harry L. Ward, 100, of Greenville, OH, passed away, Monday, March 14, 2016 at his residence. He was born on January 20, 1916 in Darke County, Ohio, a son of the late William and Nina (Kesler) Ward.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lessel Joyce (Tuthill) Ward; son -in-law, Terry Dale; 2 brothers and 3 sisters

Harry was a toolmaker at Knowls in Richmond with 30 years plus. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and was a very hard worker.

He was survived by this daughters, Nina (Steve) French of Greenville and Marty Dale of Sidney, OH; grandchildren, Jamey and Cheyenna French of Las Vegas, Nevada and Ashley Dale of Charlotte, NC; great grandchild, Cameran Dale also of Charlotte, NC.

A private Celebration of Life will be held at the convenience of the family with Rev. Eric Fee officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenmound cemetery, New Madison, Ohio. Family request memorial contributions be given to the Brethren Retirement Community Residence Aid Fund.

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

Clarabel Rife (March 11, 2016)

Clarabel Rife, 95, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away March 11, 2016 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.

Clarabel was born December 17, 1920 in Darke County, Ohio, a daughter of the late Russel and Stella (Rhodes) Alspaugh. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Rife; her sister, Berniece Reck; and her brother, Berlyn Alspaugh.

Clarabel lived her faith. She was a member of the Oakland Church of the Brethren and was very active in her church life. She was an avid traveler, loved animals and all things related to nature. She was known as a giver and friend to anyone she met.

Clarabel is survived by her children, Doug (Kyle) Rife of Cincinnati, Ohio and Sharon (Ted) Shapiro of St. Clements, Ontario; five grandchildren, Rachel (Jeff) Hudson, Ryan (Hailey Walsh) Shapiro, Katie (Nick Moore) Rife, Abby Rife and Kimberly Rife. Clarabel was very active at the BRC and will be missed by all her friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2PM Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the BRC Chapel with Rev. Todd Reish officiating.

The family will be receiving guests on Saturday, from 1PM until the time of service at 2PM.

Burial will take place at the Gettysburg Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

The family requests memorial contributions be given to either the Heifer Project at www.heifer.com or the Resident Aid Fund at the BRC.

Arrangements are entrusted to Oliver Floyd Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.oliverfloyd.com.

Craig S. Gokcen (March 12, 2016)

Craig S. Gokcen, 45 a 26 year resident of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Saturday March 12, 2016 at 10:06 AM at his residence. He was born August 15, 1970 in Trenton, New Jersey the son of Cem & Joan (Edwards) Gokcen of Greenville. He worked at Norcold. He was on his high school track team and drama club; he graduated from Carl Sandburg College.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents: Howard & Helen Edwards, & Jale & Cemil Gokcen.

He is survived by his parents; his brother & sister in law: Dr. Eric & Corinne Gokcen; nephew: Curtis; niece: Erika; and numerous aunts, uncles & cousins.

Private services will be held at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Rev. Terry Haworth officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Darke County Animal Shelter.

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

Mary Helen Mangen (March 12, 2016)

Mary Helen Mangen, 80 of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on Saturday March 12, 2016 at 5:00 AM at the Versailles Health Care Center, Versailles, Ohio. She was born March 30, 1935 in Potlatch, Idaho, the daughter of the late Wilford Lewis & Josephine (Bulcher) Marchel. She was a housewife and a member of St. Denis Catholic Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband: Albert Mangen of Verailles; sons: Mark Mangen of Wiltshire, Ohio, Alex Mangen of Greenville, & Eric Mangen of Fletcher, Ohio; daughter: Lisa Mangen of Cleveland, Ohio; 13 grandchildren & numerous great grandchildren.

There will be no services. Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio.

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

Gloria J. Glass (March 14, 2016)

Gloria J. Glass age 54, of Arcanum, Ohio passed away at 2:10 A.M. on Monday, March 14, 2016 at LifeCare Hospital of Dayton in Miamisburg. Gloria was born February 18, 1962 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Max & Effie (McCoy) Sloane.

Gloria is survived by her husband, Larry Glass whom she married June 7, 1980; children, Michael Glass, Justin Glass, James Glass, Tina Glass, Audri Glass, David Glass, Susan Glass, Marcus Glass, Quin Glass and Ali Glass; grandchildren, Kenzie and Colton; brother, Daniel Perry of Florida; and sister, Maxine Weimer of Iowa.

In addition to her parents, Gloria was also preceded in death by a son, Anthony Glass.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Bill Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Newcomer Cemetery in Darke County. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Darke County Humane Society. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Friday, March 11, 2016

Ted Grote (March 9, 2016)

Ted Grote, 87, of Greenville, OH passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville, OH.

He was born February 15, 1929 in Ohio, a son of the late Carl and Gladys Grote. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Leila Grote; a sister, Margaret Myers.

Ted attended Fenn College majoring in economics, then worked for a local hospital as a credit manager. He started his own business, Grote Photography, on North Broadway in Greenville, Ohio and retired in 2014. Ted was in the Coast Guard from 1954-1958 and then in the reserves for 2 years.

Ted is survived by a sister-in-law, Mary Dierks of Toledo, Ohio and numerous nieces and friends.

A Celebration of Life, with full military honors by the Greenville Honor Guard will be held at 2 PM, Monday, March 14, 2016 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor David Cummings officiating. Burial will follow at the Greenville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 1pm to 2pm. The family would like memorials to be given to The State of the Heart Hospice.

Condolences for the family had be made by www.oliverfloyd.com.

Maurice Longfellow (March 10, 2016)

Maurice Longfellow, age 88 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 2:13 A.M. Thursday March 10, 2016 at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville. He was born February 14, 1928 in Wayne County, Indiana and the son of the late Fred and Tacy (Powell) Longfellow.

He was retired from Mengel’s Triangle Pacific Cabinet Company of Union City, Indiana and a Veteran of W.W. II stationed in the Philippines while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He was also a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, Moose and Eagles Lodges all of Greenville and enjoyed fishing, camping and water skiing.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter in law Keitha Longfellow; sisters Pauline Lacy, Catherine Johnson, Cleona Willis and Ailene Cotter; brothers Everett Longfellow, Wilson Longfellow, Howard Pursley, Bob Longfellow, Kenneth Powell and Don Longfellow.

Maurice is survived by his wife Rosie J. (Thomas) Longfellow of Greenville. They were married October 11, 1945. Also sons Terry M. (Raine) Longfellow of Greenville and Dan (Vicki) Longfellow of New Madison; grandchildren Chad Longfellow, Lisa (Bill) Toomey, Tara (Nick) Crafton, Ben (Julie) Longfellow and Eric (Ady) Longfellow; great grandchildren Clay, Illyana, Maddy, Gavyn, Sam and Ellie Longfellow, Hali Bevins, Brina and Wade Toomey, Maddie Doss, Gunner, Aivrey, Hayden, Skylar and Shelby Crafton; sisters Doris Brandon and Phyllis Baludshun both of Greenville as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday March 14, 2016 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Chaplain Rogers Durham officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. in the funeral home. There will be full Military Honors conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard on Monday 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.

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

Blanch Emma Lease (March 8, 2016)

Blanch Emma Lease, 102 of Plain City and formerly of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 10:15 PM at her residence. She was born August 27, 1913 in Toledo, Ohio and is the oldest of 7 children of Edward & Dorothy (Dodd) Wessling. She was a graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. Blanch’s experience in both the hospital and school environment attributed to her decision to go back to school and she acquired a certificate in Public Health from the University of Michigan. After meeting her husband Gilbert, she moved to Greenville and served as co-owner and partner of Lease Farm Equipment, where she and her husband operated the farm equipment store for nearly 40 years. Her career also included working for the Darke County Health Department as well as nursing home experience caring for the elderly. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Greenville Business Professional Women, and active in Mercy Alumni School of Nursing.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gilbert Lease; son, Jerry Lease; siblings, Jerry Edward Wessling, Gladys Marie Wessling, Edward Richard Wessling Jr., Roland Clarence Wessling and Patricia Ruth Wessling. She is survived by her daughter and son in law, Linda and Don Franklin of Plain City, Ohio; grandchildren Ashley A. Franklin & Scott D. Franklin of Columbus, Ohio and brother Robert Wessling of Ansonia, Ohio.

Services will be held on Saturday March 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 131 East Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio and will be officiated by Pastor Peter Menke. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

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

Jonathan L. Schutz (March 8, 2016)

Jonathan L. Schutz, age 63, passed away at 2:40 PM Tuesday March 8, 2016 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Piqua Ohio. He was born on April 8, 1952 to Caroline (Stephan) Schutz of Piqua, Ohio and the late Carl Schutz.

In addition to his mother, 2 brothers and 1 sister, David and Karen Schutz, Versailles, Mark and Linda Schutz, Willowdell and Ruth Schutz, Cincinnati, survive him. Also nephews Wes Schutz, Ashley and Danielle Schutz, Ryan Schutz and Chelsea Kolling, Jason and Janice Schutz, and Nathan and Carla Schutz, great nephews and nieces, Austin and Ethin Schutz, Raylynn and Philomena Schutz, Emory and Evan Schutz and Morgan Schutz.

He was a member of St Paul Lutheran Church in Willowdell where he served as Parish Council president. Jonathan was a heavy equipment mechanic and formerly worked at Willowdell Sales, Lefelds, and most recently Droesch Farm Service. He was a long time member of the Versailles Council of Churches.

Funeral services will be Friday March 11, 2016 at 10:30 am at St Paul Lutheran Church, Willowdell, Ohio, with Pastor Laura Shreffler officiating. Family will receive friends at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles on Thursday March 10, 2016 from 4-8 PM and again from 9:30 - 10:30 AM Friday at the church.

The family requests in lieu of flowers donations are made to St Paul Lutheran Church in Willowdell.

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

Paul Dale Reed (March 8, 2016)

A soldier died today. Paul Dale Reed, born on September 27, 1921 passed away, surrounded by the love of his family, on March 8, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Helen (Burk); his mother and beloved step-father, Dora (Elson) and William Sellman; brothers, Jesse and Raymond Reed; sister, Marie (Reed) Unger; great-granddaughter, Erica Baker; and cherished niece, Norma Barga.

He is survived by daughters Shelly Acker, Greenville, Ohio and Pam & Mike Schmidt of Miamisburg, Ohio; grandchildren, Melissa Baker, Christina Couch, Tara Powell and Ryan Paul Acker; great grandchildren, Jason, Gregory, Logan, Nolan, Bailey, Emily, Olivia and Lucas; great great grandsons, Thaddeus, Greyson, Alexi and Cabe; favorite nephew, Raymond Reed and special niece Mildred Harrison; also survived by Albert Acker with whom he shared many adventures.

Paul was a proud veteran of WWII having served our country in 5 European campaigns. He was awarded several medals including a prestigious Silver Star. Paul worked at General Motors for 42 years before retiring in 1983. He was a member of the VFW and was an avid fisherman. After his wife’s death in 2012, he enjoyed playing Euchre with other seniors twice a week but most of all he enjoyed playing Euchre and spending time with his family.

There will be a service held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Elwood Stuart officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Friday, March 11, 2016 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. There will be a Full Military Honors conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the State of the Heart Care. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Patricia Peabody (March 5, 2016)

Patricia Peabody, age 72, of Greenville, OH, passed away, Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Village Green Healthcare Center in Greenville.

She was born November 4, 1943 in Dayton, Ohio.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 11, 2016 at Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Elwood Stuart officiating.

Family and friends may visit Friday, March 11, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville, OH.

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

Carol Hisey (March 6, 2016)

Carol Hisey, 73, of Ansonia, Ohio passed away March 6, 2016 at Kettering Medical Center. Carol was born in Dayton, Ohio on August 25, 1942 to the late Arthur and Elma Jeanette (Ire) Gilpin.

Carol enjoyed mowing, gardening and loved animals.

In addition to her parents, Carol is preceded in death by her brother Ralph Gilpin and her sisters, Betty Jennings, Thelma Smith, Doris Current and Eoline Whitehair.

Carol is survived by her husband, Don Hisey, whom she married of January 5, 1963, son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Jeanne Hisey of Seattle; daughter, Tracy Beaver and Shawna Scantland of Ansonia; six grandchildren, Peter and Daphne Hisey of Seattle, Hannah and Aaron Richardson of Seattle, Jeremy Beaver of Ansonia, Angee and Jere Sowers of Atlanta, Amanda Beaver of South Carolina, and Shawn Beaver of TN; seven great grandchildren, Eva Lynn, Vladimir, and Viktor Hisey, Harris Jane Richardson, Naomi and Kaydence Sowers, and Preston Vititoe.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the family farm on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 1:00 PM.
The family requests memorial contributions be given to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are entrusted to Oliver Floyd Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.oliverfloyd.com.

David Michael “Mike” Wood (March 4, 2016)

David Michael “Mike” Wood age 62, of Arcanum, Ohio passed away at 12:40 P.M. on Friday, March 4, 2016 at his residence. Mike was born August 21, 1953 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Medgitt Koontz & Garnett Arlene (Bartram) Wood I.

Mike is survived by his wife, Cynthia “Cindy” (Moore) Wood whom he married July 7, 2009; son, David M. Wood II of Fairborn; step-children, John E. Diffendal of Dayton, Steven W. Diffendal of Kettering, Nicholas M. Getzinger of Fairborn, Jason C. Zielinski of Baltimore, Maryland, Jessica A. Zielinski or Maryville, Missouri and Jennifer D. Sullivan of Bradford; numerous grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brothers, James L. Wood of Camden, Donald E. Wood of Conroe, Texas, Joseph H. Wood of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Robert R. Wood of Sylacauga, Alabama and Paul D. Wood of Vandalia; sisters, Betty M. Carter of Dayton and Janet P. Madison of Florida; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mike was also preceded in death by a daughter, Vanessa Nicole Wood; grandson, Austin Michael Wood; brothers, Medgitt K. Wood Jr., Albert Wood, Franklin D. Wood and twins, Floyd and Lloyd Wood; and sister, Joyce A. Wood.

Mike was a truck driver for Ryder Integrated Logistics in Dayton. He was a member of Victory Church in Tipp City.

A celebration of Mike’s life will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Victory Church 4645 South County Road 25-A in Tipp City with Pastor Andy Warren officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00 P.M. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made in Mike’s memory to Victory Church 4645 South County Rd. 25-A Tipp City, OH 45371. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Vivian Elizabeth Boone (March 4, 2016)

Vivian Elizabeth Boone age 87, of Union City, Ohio passed away at 7:00 A.M. on Friday, March 4, 2016 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville where she resided for the last 6 years. Vivian was born October 21, 1928 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Orville & Bertha (Coning) Bowman.

Vivian is survived by her daughters & son-in-law, Sondra & Michael Miller and Ronda Boone; grandson & granddaughter-in-law, Jeff & Katie Miller; granddaughters & grandsons-in-law, Julie & Loren Brubaker and Jennifer & Trent Wray; 12 great-grandchildren; brother & sister-in-law, Karl & Ruth Ellen Bowman.

In addition to her parents, Vivian was also preceded in death by her husband, James H. Boone on April 28, 1986 whom she married November 29, 1947.

She was on the farm for 61 years as a homemaker and assisted her late husband in farming and dairy duties. Her love for gardening can be seen on the farm today. Vivian was a long time member of Shady Grove German Baptist Church near Union City, Ohio.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, March 7, 2016 at Shady Grove German Baptist Church near Union City, Ohio. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Elsie A. Stentzel (March 4, 2016)

Elsie A. Stentzel age 87, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 7:50 P.M. on Friday, March 4, 2016 at Kindred Hospital in Dayton. Elsie was born April 12, 1928 in Greenville, Ohio to the late William & Alma (Fullroth) Rieman.

Elsie is survived by her husband, Richard H. Stentzel whom she married October 20, 1951; son, Dr. Stephen R. Stentzel of Greenville, Ohio; daughter, Kathryn D. Shafer of Avon, Ohio; grandchildren, Jennifer & Jon Nettles, Monica Armstrong & Teri Howell and Nicole Armstrong; and great-grandchildren, Kylie Nettles and Alex Nettles.

Elsie retired from the Darke County Courthouse with 50 years of service. She started in the Recorders Office and later served 3 terms as Clerk of Courts. Elsie was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Greenville where she served for a number of years on the church Evangelism Committee and called on shut-ins up until the age of 80. She was also a member of the Darke County Republican Women’s Club and Greenville Business and Professional Women’s Club where she received Woman of the Year.

In addition to her parents, Elsie was also preceded in death by a brother, Russell Rieman.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, March 11, 2016 at St. Paul Lutheran Church 131 East Fourth Street in Greenville with Pastor Peter Menke officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Fort Jefferson. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville and Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Alice Ann Hine (March 4, 2016)

Alice Ann Hine age 90, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 3:00 A.M. on Friday, March 4, 2016 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville. Alice was born June 4, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Ernest & Doris (Martin) Lovejoy.

Alice is survived by her children, Henry Hine of Greenville and Martha Hine of Chicago, Illinois; daughter-in-law, Kay (Beisner) Bolin of Greenville; grandchildren, Patrick Hine and Heather Hine; and brother, Charles Lovejoy of Mars Hill, North Carolina.

In addition to her parents, Alice was also preceded in death by her husband, Manford D. Hine on November 23, 2008 whom she married September 27, 1947; son, Michael Hine; and sister, Sally Hudson.

Alice had done substitute teaching and worked as a volunteer at State of the Heart Hospice. She was a member of St. Paul Episcopal Church in Greenville and the Church Altar Guild.

A memorial service will be held this summer at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Greenville. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Episcopal Church 201 South Broadway Greenville, OH 45331 or State of the Heart Hospice 1350 North Broadway 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

Allegra “Lee” Schlotterbeck (February 27, 2016)

Allegra “Lee” Schlotterbeck passed away February 27, 2016 at Rest Haven Care Center in Greenville.  She was born February 16, 1930 to Tinsley and Thelma Walters.

Lee was a real estate broker for many years and an avid bridge player.  She was a member of Delta Theta Tau Sorority and the Order of Eastern Star of Lewisburg, Ohio.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Lenore Mariipou and sister in law Janice Walters.

Lee is survived by her husband, Robert Schlotterbeck; her children Tanya (Eric) Brand, Matt (Lana) Mitchell; siblings Kenneth Walters, Millicent (Linford) Houck and Arthur Walters; step children Christel (Richard) Brooks, Seth (Bob) Schlotterbeck, Mark Schlotterbeck, Stuart Schlotterbeck; grandchildren Jessica (Chris) Leonard, Alexis (Mike) Truckenmiller, Zachary and Roman Mitchell, Lindsey (Adam) Wisher and Casey Lorenzen; step grandchildren Claire (Rob) Williams, Seth Schlotterbeck, Hannah (Sebastian) Ponce, Markus Schlotterbeck, Esther Schlotterbeck and Alice Harris; great grandchild John Truckenmiller and Nora Wisher; step great grandchildren Ash and Leo Williams; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be a memorial service held at the convenience of the family at a later time.  Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Delores J. “Dee” Baker (February 29, 2016)

Delores J. “Dee” Baker age 71, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 11:15 A.M. on Monday, February 29, 2016 at her residence. Delores was born July 12, 1944 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Albert & Opal (Bowser) Holloway.

Delores is survived by her husband, Wayne E. Baker whom she married July 30, 1963; children, Donald & Kristen Baker of Milford, Kristina Baker of Cincinnati and Scott & Kimberly Baker of Greenfield, Indiana; grandchildren, Alexis & Josh Stewart, Lyndsay & Taylor Horky, Brittany & Jesse Clouse, Kameron Baker, Kyle Hall, Ashleigh Baker, Nicholas Baker & Mollie Baker; 2 great-grandchildren; sisters & brothers-in-law, Debe & Fred Campbell of Englewood and Donna & Larry Miller of Huber Heights; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Delores was also preceded in death by a son, Michael Baker; and brothers, Robert and William Holloway.

Delores was a homemaker. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses-South Congregation in Greenville. Delores was a former volunteer at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville and she formerly coached softball for the Greenville Girls Softball Association.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 P.M. on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Brother John O’Brien officiating. A private graveside service will be held at Palestine Cemetery in Palestine. The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 19 from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice or the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses-South Congregation 6688 Ludy Road Greenville, OH 45331. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Larry Joe Royer (February 26, 2016)

Larry Joe Royer, age 68, of New Madison, Ohio, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 3:45 PM at his residence. He was born on March 8, 1947 in New Madison, Ohio, to the late Dewey L. & Helen (Yount) Royer.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Martha (Ross) Royer of New Madison, Ohio, whom he married on January 29, 1966; children and their spouses, Richard E. & Jo Lynn Royer of New Madison, Scott A. & Pennie Royer of Greenville and Tammie J. & Chris Fry of Wayne Lakes; grandchildren, Samantha (Jessie) Tittle, Chelsey (Kyle) Fledderjohn, Tyler Royer and fiancée Mallory, Justin Royer and Logan, Alex Massie, Tucker Royer, Nathan & Leah Fry, Monica Jones and Colleen Fry; 2 great grandchildren on the way; father in law, Wayne E. Ross of Greenville; brother, Pat Royer of Arizona; sister and brother in law, Gretchen & Don Baker of Greenville; brothers in law and sisters in law, Tom Ross and his wife Connie and family, Ted Ross and his wife Diana and family and Marcella Murphy and late husband Bill and family; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his mother in law, Catherine Joan Ross.

Larry retired from Darke County Ditch as a Maintenance Supervisor and also was a farmer. He was a Chairman of the Tri Village Rescue and a Butler Township Trustee for 33 years. He was a member of the Issue 2 Committee and was publicity involved with many things. He was a great husband and father and will be deeply missed by many.

There will be a service held on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Doug Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Ft. Jefferson, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 4-8 PM at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to Tri Village Rescue. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com