Tuesday, December 31, 2019

John Anthony Floyd (December 29, 2019)

John Anthony Floyd, 34, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 29, 2019, at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

John was born on October 2, 1985 in Greenville to Penny (Liette) Stock, of Greenville, and the late John Charles Ralph Floyd.

In addition to his father, John was preceded in death by his grandparents, Willard Floyd, Sr., George Furlong, Lawrence and Alice Liette; his uncles, Willard Floyd, Jr., and Scott Tye; and his cousins, Eddy Floyd, and Macie Riegle.

It is always difficult to try to describe a person’s life in just a few words, however, John made it easy. John was known by many names; Big John, Uncle Bubby, and Chunk. But he was also known for his many amazing character traits. John was a full-time family best friend. He was the most selfless, caring and giving person you could ever meet. He always put everyone else first in his life. John was a member of the Emmaus Community. He loved to laugh and loved making others laugh. He was an excellent cook, best friend and confidant, and great travel partner. John loved to play cards, bowl, and was a gamer-of-all-trades. He enjoyed sports and rooting for his favorite teams, the Cincinnati Bengals and USC.

John was also a loyal and devoted son, brother, and uncle. He adored his nieces and nephews, and he meant the world to them. He loved his family, his furry best friends, and Jesus. He played a huge part in the lives of all around him and the space he leaves behind will never be filled.

In addition to his mother, John is survived by his stepfather William Stock of Greenville; his sisters, Ashley Davis and her husband, Randall, of New Vienna, Ohio, Malynda Vrazalich and her husband, Michael, of Greenville, Cassandra Stock of Troy, Ohio; and Katelyn Bowman and her husband, Joseph, of Bradford, Ohio; his grandmothers, MaryAnne Furlong of Arcanum, and Kathleen Floyd of Greenville. John also leaves behind six nieces and nephews, Johnathan Floyd, Lyla Davis, Ava Davis, Kali Davis, Michael Andrew Vrazalich, and Madalyn Vrazalich; his God-Mother and aunt, Irene Wirrig and her husband, Tony, of Greenville; special aunt and uncle, Barbi Tye of Troy, and Butch Liette of Sidney, Ohio; his "brother from another mother", Brad Brodrick of Union City, Ohio; his aunts and uncles, Kathy Floyd of New Paris, Bob Floyd and his wife, Becky, of Greenville, Joyce Clopp and her husband, Bill, of Greenville, Ed Floyd and his wife, Chris, of Greenville, Joseph Floyd of Wapakoneta, Jean Anderson and her husband, Jerry, of Greenville, Georgianna Klosterman and her husband, Rich, of Bradford, Tammy Stock of Lynn, Indiana, Kathy Beam and her husband, Rick, of Greenville, and David Furlong and his wife, Pam, of New Paris; and his countless cousins.

A Celebration of John’s life will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 2, 2019 at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Pastor Rick Gutheil officiating.

Guests may visit with John’s family on Thursday, from 4:00 PM until the time of the service at 7:00 PM at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com

Tyler David Elliott (December 28, 2019)

Tyler David Elliott age 30, of Greenville passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2019, at his residence.

Tyler was born September 5, 1989 in Greenville to Sonja (Whipp) Elliott & Rick Brandon of Greenville and Lance & Michelle Elliott of Ansonia. In addition to his parents, Tyler is also survived by his brothers & sister-in-law, Chad & Alissa Elliott of Greenville and Brice Miller of West Alexandria; sisters, Ashley Haines & Keith Lyme of North Star, Erin Houpt & fiancé, Matt Hillberg of Greenville and Cierra Miller of Ansonia; maternal grandmother, Martha Dickey & Ronnie North of Greenville; nieces & nephews, Alex Elliott, Stella Elliott, Halie Haines, Hannah Haines, Ethan Lyme, Addison Houpt and Keegan Hillberg; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Tyler is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, George & Barbara Elliott; maternal grandfather, Doyle Whipp; maternal step grandfather, Robert Dickey; niece, Emma Grace Elliott; and cousins, Zach Elliott and Nathan Howell.

Tyler worked at Francis Manufacturing in Russia.

A celebration of Tyler’s life will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, January 3, 2020, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. The family will receive friends on Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Carolyn J. Brinley (December 30, 2019)

Carolyn J. Brinley, 82, of New Madison, Ohio, passed away early Monday, December 30, 2019, at the State of the Heart Care Center in Greenville, Ohio.

She was born on March 16, 1937, in Greenville to the late Leonard and Jenny (Petry) Hathaway.

In addition to her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by her sister, Joann Whitley; her companion, Jay Moore; and her great grandson, Drew Steinberger.

Carolyn was a 1955 graduate of Westmont High School in Hollansburg. She was a hard-working lady, who did all she could for her family. She spent several years working for Gershuh’s in Greenville, Belden Wire in Richmond, Indiana, and retired from Wayne Hospital. She loved tending to her garden and canning her produce that she raised. She was very talented and enjoyed sewing, quilting, and painting. Most importantly, Carolyn loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren, and friends.

Carolyn is survived by her children, Tim (Darsi) Brinley of New Madison, Barry (Gloria) Brinley of Greenville, Vicki (Tom Nisonger) Steinberger of Greenville, and Debbie (Todd) Frech of New Madison; her grandchildren, Laura Sullivan, Brad Sullivan, Tiara Brinley, Samantha (Clayton) McGlothin, Michelle (Rico Hill) Highfield, Dawn (Josh Freeman) Loy, Tyler (Shenna Dougherty) Brinley, Jennifer (Rob) Weyant, Sean Martin, Philip (Becca) Brinley, Katie Brinley, Kelli (Brandon) Pierce, Kasey (John Short) Frech, Dustin (Danielle) Steinberger, and Andrea (Justin) Myers; her great grandchildren, Taylor and Blayne Highfield, Haley, Jake, and Ethan Loy, Ayla Weyant, Liam Martin, Raylan and Harlan Pierce, Madison, Maddix, Grace, and Hudson Myers; her brother, Phil (Judy) Hathaway, of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Carolyn’s life will take place at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Fort Jefferson.

Guests may visit with Carolyn’s family on Friday, January 3, 2020, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given in memory of Carolyn to State of the Heart Care, 1350 North Broadway St., Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Michael “Mike” Lee Simon (December 25, 2019)

Michael “Mike” Lee Simon, age 64 of Troy, Ohio passed away at 2:14 AM on Christmas Day, December 25, 2019 at Kindred Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. Born in Lawrence, Illinois on February 20, 1955 he was one of 3 children to the late Paul W. Simon & Norma J. (Eagleson) Blesch. Mike was a graduate of Greenville High School, class of 1974. He then went on to graduate from Edison State Community College in 1986 where he earned his associates degree in Human Services. He was a drug & alcohol counselor for various places, including Upper Valley Medical Center (Dittmer Hospital) in Troy, Darke County Recovery Council, Shelby County Counseling Center and was a sponsor in AA. Mike was a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints, Piqua/Troy ward. He enjoyed playing and watching softball games, fishing, working outside, and helping others. His favorite holiday was Christmas. He would dress like Santa and pass out gifts to all the children at the hospitals, and in the neighborhood. He will be deeply missed. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his step-mother Carolyn Simon: step-father Howard Blesch: close friend, and “mentor” Carl Asher.

Survived by his wife, Bridget (Swick) Simon, whom he married on October 10, 2013: children Bradley M. Simon; Shane L. Simon (Sarah); Cory W. Simon (Shay); Justine Simon; Ryan W. Simon: step-daughter Sierra Jackson: grandchildren Sierra, Sebastian, Zade, Helena, Cameron, Kayson, Pierce, Carter: siblings Paul Simon, Jr. (Rita); Diana Simon (Bill): step-siblings Bill, Mark and Sylvia Niswonger: as well as many more family members, neighbors, close friends and “neighborhood grandchildren”.

There will be private graveside services for Mike, burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Fort Jefferson, Ohio. There is a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, January 4, 2019 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at Staunton Grange- 1530 N. Market St, Troy, Ohio 45373- Memorial contributions may be made to the Miami County Recovery Council; Lincoln Community Center; or the Franklin House, Family Abuse Shelter. Arrangements entrusted to the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Online memories at www.zecharbailey.com.

Doris Ann Subler (December 29 2019)

Doris Ann Subler, age 75, passed away on Sunday December 29 2019 at her home. Doris was born April 23, 1944, in Brock Ohio, to the late Clarence (Pete) & Geraldine (Kissinger) Bubeck of Brock, Ohio. She is survived by her son Lonnie Subler of Greenville, Ohio. One grandson, Desmond and wife Amy and their family Damien, Lilly Ann, Peyton. Her family survives her: Brother Bob Bubeck and wife Dorothy of North Star and their family Rock and Ted of Montana, Larry and Rob of North Star. Brother Jack Bubeck of Greenville and his family Rick Bubeck (Beck) of Covington, Diane Bubeck of Versailles, Jeff Bubeck of Ansonia. Sister Linda Billenstein of Ansonia and her family Tim Billenstein (Shannon), Emma, Ava of Versailles. Jody Billenstein of Ansonia, Staci Boyd (Dennis) of Greenville.

Doris was a thirty-four-year member of the Versailles Eagles. She worked thirty-nine years at Copeland Corporation in Sidney, Ohio. Before Copeland, she worked at the Versailles Poultry producers in Versailles, Ohio. There will be a private memorial for the immediate family at Greenlawn Cemetery Versailles, Ohio with Pastor Todd Reish officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, Doris requests memorial contributions be made to the Cancer Association of Darke County in Doris's memory.

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

Anita Sue Miller (December 26, 2019)

Anita Sue Miller, 76, of Ansonia, Ohio, passed away early Thursday morning, December 26, 2019 at State of the Heart Care Center in Greenville, Ohio.

She was born on July 28, 1943, in Greenville.

Anita can be described in just a few words: loving, caring, and sharing. She was a caregiver and enjoyed caring for her family. She loved good company and sharing coffee with friends and family. And she adored her grandchildren and was very proud of them.

Anita is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert Miller, whom she married June 8, 1967; her children, Scott Hall of Gratis, Ohio, Steve Hall and his wife Annette, of Greenville, and Robin Miller of Ansonia; her grandchildren, Jeremy Hall and his wife Sarah, of Greenville, Tyler Hall of Gratis, Adam Hall, Aaron Hall and his wife Sami, Dylan Elifritz, and Stephen Elifritz, all of Ansonia; and her brother, Tom Lawrence and his wife Elaine, of Tipp City, Ohio.

There will be no public services for Anita. Her family request memorial donation be given to State of the Heart Care, 1350 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331

Anita’s family has entrusted Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with the arrangements.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Mickey N. Poling (December 20, 2019)

Mickey N. Poling, 70, of Hollansburg, Ohio, passed away on Friday, December 20, 2019, at the State of the Heart Care Center in Greenville, Ohio.

He was born on May 26, 1949, in Wayne County, Indiana, to the late Sherwood and Ruth (Vietor) Poling.

Mickey graduated in 1968 from Westmont High School in Hollansburg. He spent over 43 years working for Whirlpool in Greenville until he retired in June 2014. Mickey loved to travel the United States on his Honda Gold Wing. From California to Florida, you never knew where his next trip would take him. When he was not riding his bike, you could find him at the Union City Country Club playing golf with his friends. Mickey also enjoyed watching NASCAR, and he even went to several races around the country on his Gold Wing. Mickey was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge #329 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #2177, both in Greenville. He also enjoyed going to the American Legion, Post 140, also in Greenville.

Mickey is survived by his sons, Scott Poling and his wife, Leah, Jason Poling and his wife, Dawn, and Kory Poling, all of Hollansburg; his grandchildren, Zachary and Elizabeth Poling and Hunter and Aubrey Poling; and his sisters, Joan Moore and her husband, Harold “Buck”, of Hollansburg, and Connie Sherk and her husband, Sam, of Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

A celebration of Mickey’s life will take place at 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 28, 2019, at Tribute Funeral Homes, New Madison Campus. Burial will follow in Hollansburg Cemetery.

Guests may visit with Mickey’s family on Friday, December 27, 2019 at the funeral home in New Madison from 5:00 PM until 6:45 PM. A Lodge of Sorrow, conducted by the Greenville Moose Lodge, will take place at 6:45 PM on Friday.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Joyce Ann Ruebush (December 23, 2019)

Joyce Ann Ruebush, 92, of Eaton, Ohio, passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019, at her son's home in Camden, Ohio.

She was born on December 8, 1927, in Montgomery County, Ohio to the late George and Nellie (Shiveler) Jay.

In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ruebush; and her two sisters and four brothers.

Joyce was a 1946 graduate of Miamisburg High School. She spent a majority of her life as a homemaker and loved tending to her family. In her free time, Joyce embraced her artist skills as a painter. She also liked to read, tend to her garden, clean, and mow her grass. Joyce also was a member of the Eaton Baptist Temple.

Joyce is survived by her sons, Mike Ruebush of Eaton and Russ Ruebush and his wife, Kathy, of Camden; her grandsons, Jason Ruebush and his wife, Taffie, Jeff Ruebush, both of Eaton, Ryan Ruebush of Camden, Joshua Ruebush and his wife, Julie, and C. Will Ruebush and his wife, Kajsa, both of Eaton; her great grandchildren, Rylee and Charlee Ruebush, Emerson, Ian, and Easton Ruebush, Sterling, Atley, and Emery Ruebush, and Daisy, Emmett, and Sawyer Ruebush; and her sister, Jean Michael of Greenville.

A celebration of Joyce's life will take place at 2:00 PM on Thursday, December 26, 2019, at Tribute Funeral Homes, New Madison Campus with Pastor Lowell Spencer officiating. Burial will follow in Greenmound Cemetery in New Madison.

Guests may visit with her family on Thursday, from 12:00 PM until the time of service at 2:00 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given in memory of Joyce to the Eaton Baptist Temple, 416 E. Decatur Street, Eaton, Ohio 45320.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Wilma Mae (Staudt) Graves (December 22, 2019)

Wilma Mae (Staudt) Graves, age 89, of Versailles, Ohio and formerly of Covington, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 5:30 PM at the Versailles Health Care Center. She was born on April 26, 1930 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Otis & Ida (Nixon) Staudt.

She is survived by her daughter and caregiver Janet Etter of Covington, Ohio; daughter in law Marianne Etter of Covington, Ohio; grandchildren, Ross Etter, Grace Meyer, Paul Etter, Amanda Turner, and Sarah Bullis; great grandchildren, Chase and Jake Meyer, Lilly, Sandy and Joann; In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, James F. “Jim” Graves on February 2, 2013 whom she married on November 23, 1979; daughter Sandy Etter; son John Etter; sister, Betty Abshire.

Wilma worked at Sellman’s in Covington; she loved to cook, fish, gardening, and go to auctions with Jim. She and Jim loved to take care of her grandchildren. She was a great storyteller.

There will be a private service held at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles Ohio with Pastor Ed Ellis officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles, Ohio.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the Miami County Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Deborah Susan Simons (December 21, 2019)

Deborah Susan Simons, age 65 of Greenville, Ohio passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 3:45 PM at the Rest Haven Nursing Home, Greenville, Ohio. Born in Brookville, Ohio on June 27, 1954 she was one of 4 children to the late John & Dorothy (Mills) Haupt. Deb previously worked for Bradford Production Paint Company in Bradford, Ohio and in her free time enjoyed playing bingo, and spending time with family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents.

Survived by her husband of 18 years, Roger Simons: siblings Ronald Haupt, Jerry Haupt, Delores Crichfield: nephews Michael Pultz, Todd & Lisa Pultz: friends Tony Brandt: as well as a grand- niece and nephew, additional family members and friends, and the Kenworthy Family.

Friends may call on the family on Friday, December 27, 2019 from 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Funeral service to follow at 12 with Pastor Chris Cobb presiding. Burial at Greenville Union Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio. Online sympathies www.zecharbailey.com.

Rosie Pearson (Rosanna) (December 19, 2019)

Rosie Pearson (Rosanna), age 63, passed away on December 19, 2019 at 3:30 pm at Versailles Health Care Center. She was born on August 6, 1956 to the late Albert & Lidwina Bergman of St. Henry, OH. On August 15, 1975 she married Michael Pearson, who preceded her in death on November 19, 2019. She is survived by her son Brian & friend Crystal and her sons Dylan and Noah of Versailles; son Adam & wife Kim and their family Vera, Vince and Annie of Versailles; daughter Mindy McCutchins & husband Sanchez and their family Bailey, Blaire and Brinley Rose of Sidney.

She is survived by her family, Melody Bergman of Celina, Pat and Arnie Clune of Minster, Dennis Bergman of Coldwater, Tom and Charlene Bergman of Greenville, Paul and Shirley Bergman of Reynoldsburg, Charles and Sue Bergman of Englewood FL, Harold and Jean Bergman of Minster, Doris and Michael Schultz of St. Henry, Louis and Mary Bergman of Greenville, Karen and Don Luthman of Maderia. In-laws Nancy and Pete Hemer of Greenville, Sandy and Mike McClurg of Versailles, Linda Renstchler of Lancing TN, Godmother Imelda Puthoff and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her mother & father-in-law Harry and Mildred Pearson, brother Kenneth Bergman, nephew Kurt Bergman and in-laws Sandra Bergman, JoAnn Bergman, Carol Bundschuh, and Judy and Doug Baker.

Rosie graduated from St. Henry High School in 1974. She was a Versailles Tiger fan, very involved in all activities and sports that her children participated in. Outside the home she worked in customer service and office administration earning certifications in the insurance and logistics field. She loved working outside attending to her flowers and garden. She and her husband were honored to have received "Garden of the Month" given by the Versailles Garden Club. She was able to experience the love of her husband, the respect of her devoted and caring children and the ultimate gift of being "Grammy" to her grandchildren. She was a faithful daughter and daughter-in-law to their parents in their time of need. The family would like to thank everyone for their support and care during her illness.

A celebration of Rosie’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Gary Oser officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to State of the Heart Care in Rosie’s memory. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Ronald Lee "Ronnie" Brumbaugh (December 17, 2019)

Ronald Lee "Ronnie" Brumbaugh, 78, of Arcanum, Ohio, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

Ronnie was born on September 20, 1941, in Miami County, Ohio, to the late David L. and Mary (Wackler) Brumbaugh.

Ronnie enjoyed being a farmer and everything that came with it. He raised pigs, and owned and raced Standardbred horses with his brother. He always had a vegetable garden and loved tending to it. Most of all, Ronnie loved his family; his wife, his daughters and his grandchildren. He enjoyed being involved with his family and watching his grandsons play sports. He is already truly and deeply missed.

Ronnie is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda "Lynn" (Wogomon) Brumbaugh, whom he married on February 6, 1968; his daughters, Alychia Ann Wright and her husband, Matthew, of Arcanum, and Anicca Alee Schmidt and her husband, Thomas, of Orient, Ohio; his grandchildren, Hannah Clements and her husband, Craig, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kendall Wright, and Karson Wright, both of Arcanum; his sister, Judy Warner and her husband, Dean, of Fayetteville, Georgia; and his brothers, David Brumbaugh and his wife, Chris, of Arcanum, Marvin Brumbaugh and his fiancé, Kay, of Englewood, Ohio, and Mark Brumbaugh and his wife, Terri, of Arcanum.

A Memorial Service for Ronnie will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, December 30, 2019, at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Pastor Dan Kuhbander officiating. Burial will follow in Abbotsville Cemetery.

Ronnie's family will be receiving guests on Monday, from 11:00 AM until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given in Ronnie's honor to State of the Heart Care, 1350 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Online condolences may be shared with Ronnie's family by visiting www.tribtuefuneralhomes.com.

Robert A. Matthieu (December 17, 2019)

Robert A. Matthieu age 78, of Versailles passed away at 12:20 AM on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at Stillwater Nursing & Rehab in Covington.

Robert was born September 28, 1941, in Darke County to the late Marion J. & Marjorie K. (Miller) Matthieu. In addition to his parents, Robert was also preceded in death by his sister, Juanita Goubeaux.

Robert is survived by his children, David L. & Tracy Matthieu of Bradford, Kelly G. Matthieu of Minster, Bobbi J. & William Allen of Piqua and Michael A. & Julia Matthieu of Versailles; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Robert retired from Francis Manufacturing in Russia with over 20 years of service. He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Versailles and Celina. Robert was an avid fisherman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 21, 2019, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Hospice in Sidney. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Mahlon Gordon Shellhaas (December 13, 2019)

Mahlon Gordon Shellhaas age 84, of Greenville passed away at 6:35 AM on Friday, December 13, 2019, at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.

Mahlon was born July 29, 1935, in Greenville to the late Mahlon F. & Mercedes D. (Sparks) Shellhaas. In addition to his parents, Mahlon was also preceded in death by a son, John Shellhaas; and a brother, Michael Shellhaas.

Mahlon is survived by his wife, Barbara L. (Allread) Shellhaas whom he married July 27, 1956; sons, Gordon K. Shellhaas of Bradenton, Florida and Brian K. Shellhaas of Denver, Colorado; grandchildren, Jason K. & Danielle Shellhaas and Joshua M. & Ashly Shellhaas; step grandchildren, Eric & Christy Garland, Dustin Garland and Zachary & Shelby Garland; great-grandchildren, Mahlon G. Shellhaas, Eli James Shellhaas, Norah Sue Shellhaas and Lia Shellhaas; step great-grandchildren, Mylah Garland, Laynah Garland and River Garland; brother & sister-in-law, Doug & Karen Shellhaas of Ansonia; sister & brother-in-law, Meredeth & Jerry Burkett of Hollansburg; sister-in-law, Lorraine Shellhaas of Tyler, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mahlon was a machine repairman and machinist at GM and NCR in Dayton. He was a member of Painter Creek Church of the Brethren and the Greenville Moose Lodge.

Services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Painter Creek Church of the Brethren in Mahlon’s memory. Arrangements have been entrusted to Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Diana M. Class (December 13, 2019)

Diana M. Class age 76, of Greenville passed away at 6:44 PM on Friday, December 13, 2019, at Reid Health in Richmond, Indiana.

Diana was born April 8, 1943, in Greenville to the late Lester M. & Gertrude (Voke) Dispennette. In addition to her parents, Diana is also preceded in death by her husband, Robert K. “Bob” Class on August 22, 2015, whom she married February 4, 1965; and a grandson, Greyson James Steyer.

Diana is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Dan & Jeri Class of Greenville; daughter & son-in-law, Mindy & Matt Steyer of Greenville; grandchildren, Hunter Class, Gibson Steyer and Grady Steyer; step grandchildren, Shawn Custer and Katie Custer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Diana retired from Ansonia Elementary School where she taught 2nd grade.

Private services with burial following in Greenville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Darke County Humane Society 7053 State Route 49 N., Greenville, OH 45331 in Diana’s memory. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Mary Ruth Page (December 13, 2019)

Mary Ruth Page age 78, of Union City, Indiana, passed away at 6:55 AM on Friday, December 13, 2019, at her residence.

Ruth was born May 24, 1941, in Clinton, Tennessee, to the late Virgil W. & Mary Louise (Jennings) Brittle. In addition to her parents, Ruth was also preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Sue Young; infant children, Dale, Timothy and Debby Page; and a brother, Glenn Brittle.

Ruth is survived by her husband of 61 years, Dale A. Page whom she married August 30, 1958; children, Danny & Ginny Page of Union City, Indiana, Tess Plessinger of Island Lake, Illinois and Wendy McGuire of Dayton; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Ruth was a Darke County Humane Society Officer for 18 years. She was a member of the Dawn Community Church and Greenville Moose Lodge where she served as a Senior Regent and cooked. Ruth loved camping, fishing, animals and most of all her family.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 20, 2019, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Elvin Shumaker officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Richard A. “Dick” Martin (December 12, 2019)

Richard A. “Dick” Martin age 78, of Greenville passed away at 10:25 AM on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville.

Dick was born January 1, 1941, in Darke County to the late Lowell & Glenna (Miller) Martin. In addition to his parents, Dick was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jean (Gasper) Martin on October 12, 2015, whom he married December 31, 1960; and a brother, Dennis Martin.

Dick is survived by his children, Tory & Denise Martin of Greenville, Jeff Martin of Greenville and Tracey & Lisa Martin of Greenville; grandchildren, Chelsea & John Whirledge, Tyler & Vanessa Martin, Chrissy Martin, Kelly Martin and Kimmy Martin; a great-grandchild, Jayden Martin and one expected; sister, Marilyn Warrick of Greenville; sisters-in-law, Gloria Martin of Greenville, Linda Sink of Greenville and Debbie Browder of Troy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick was a 1959 Graduate of Greenville High School. Dick served in the U.S. Navy from 1959-1963. He retired from Corning Glass where he worked in the mold shop for 30 years. Dick was a member of the Greenville American Legion Post#140 and actively served on the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. He was a State Registered Track and Field Official for over 20 years. He was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church in Greenville.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, December 16, 2019, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor John Whirledge officiating. Burial will follow in Newcomer Cemetery in Franklin Township. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the funeral home. Full military honors will be conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dayton Children’s Hospital NICU. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Gary L. Bolin (December 9, 2019)

Gary L. Bolin, age 68 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 7:52 PM Monday December 9, 2019 in the Miami Valley Hospital Dayton, Ohio. Gary was born December 7, 1951 in Union City, Indiana and the son of June (Timmons) Bevans of Greenville and the late James Bolin.

He retired in 2014 from the Beauty Systems Group of Greenville, enjoyed watching college and NFL football, and was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan. Gary was known by all as the ultimate jokester and always left you with a big smile on your face.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother Kenny Bolin November 2017

Gary is survived by his wife Kay L. (Beisner) “Hine” Bolin of Greenville. They were married March 26, 1995. Also children Josh J. (Carly) Bolin of Versailles, Patrick M. Hine of Cincinnati and Heather L. (Josh) Stith of Greenville; grandchildren Jacob Bolin, Gavin Bolin, Leland Bolin, Nadia Bolin, Emma Stith and Kylee Stith; brothers Mikel Bolin and Jim (Tammy) Bolin all of Greenville; sisters Cathy (Mike) Wright of Union City, Ohio and Chris (Jerry) Nestor of Greenville; sister-in-law Martha Hine of Texas as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday December 17, 2019 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Todd Reish officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday December 16,2019 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the American Heart Association.

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

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Fred Edward Matix (December 15, 2019)

Fred Edward Matix, age 77 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on the afternoon of Sunday December 15, 2019 at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center Greenville, Ohio. Fred was born August 1, 1942 in Hamilton, Ohio and the son of the late Charles Matix and Erma (Dittman) Matix-McCreary.

He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in education. He went on to teach and coach first at North Judson High School in North Central Indiana followed by Jimtown High School also in Indiana before moving to Greenville in 1976. Fred served as a coach, teacher, athletic director, school board member, and mentor in the Greenville City School system from 1976-2019. Fred also was an official’s assigner for the OHSAA.

Fred is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Joyce (McCashland) Matix of Greenville: two children, Brian (Julie) Matix of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Jana (Dennis) Kiser of Greenville; and was a very proud grandfather of Christian Matix, Emma Matix, Landen Kiser and Evan Kiser. Also survived by his sister Ruth Ann Cowling of Indiana, many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, friends and his very loyal dog Ellie whom he loved very much.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday December 21, 2019 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Gary Oser officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 AM until time of the services in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to Greenville Senior High School Athletic Department.

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

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Ted J. Trittschuh (December 11, 2019)

Ted J. Trittschuh, 78, of Ansonia, Ohio, passed away on December 11, 2019, at Kindred Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

He was born on August 19, 1941, in Darke County, Ohio to the late Lloyd and Carol (Schlecty) Trittschuh.

In addition to his parents, Ted was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Todd Walls; and his granddaughter, Rebecca Trittschuh.

Ted was a 1960 graduate of Ansonia High School. He worked as a supervisor of logistics for BASF in Greenville for over 26 years until he retired in 2000. When Ted was not working, he enjoyed spending time at Long Lake in Indiana, where he and his family had a cottage for over 30 years. He had many friends in the area and cherished the time he spent there with his family. Ted also enjoyed garden tractors and tinkering with them. He and a group of tractor friends would travel to garden tractor shows all over and loved to share his passion with others.

Ted was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Willowdell, Ohio until it closed in the spring of 2019. He then joined the Trinity Lutheran Church in Versailles, Ohio where he currently attended. He was also an active member of the Ansonia Masonic Lodge until it closed and continued his membership with the Gettysburg lodge. Ted was proud of his family and took great delight in the joys that he shared with them.

Ted is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan (Whittington) Trittschuh; his children, Kim Klipstine and her husband, Bill, of Versailles, Diana Walls of Ansonia, and Matt Trittschuh and his wife, Jennifer, of Arcanum, Ohio; his grandchildren, Kate Brewer and her husband, Clint, of Dublin, Ohio, Ben Klipstine and his wife, Nicole, of Westerville, Ohio, Pete Scharf of Columbus, Joe Scharf of Cincinnati, Chris Scharf of Kettering, Ohio, Beth Trittschuh of West Carrollton, Ohio, and Mary and John Trittschuh, both of Arcanum; his brother, Tom Trittschuh and his wife, Marilyn, of Arcanum; and his numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Ted’s life will take place at 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 204 East Wood Street, Versailles, Ohio 45380 with Pastor Michael Althauser officiating. Burial will follow in Ansonia Cemetery in Ansonia.

Guests may visit with Ted’s family on Friday, December 13, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, and again on Saturday from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM at the church.

Memorial contributions may be given, in memory of Ted, to the Hahn-Hufford Center of Hope, 1306 Garbry Road, Piqua, Ohio 45356.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Glenna M. Dispennette (December 9, 2019)

Glenna M. Dispennette, 79, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Monday, December 9, 2019, at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville.

She was born on August 3, 1940, in Henton, Kentucky, to Glenn and Nellie (Gillispie) Perkins.

Glenna served honorably in The United States Army. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Dispennette; her parents; her great grandson, Jacob Magoto; her brothers, Harry and John Gillispie and George and John Perkins; and her sister, Marie Denaro.

Glenna is survived by her children, Rhonda (Mike) Magoto, and Keith (Debbie) Dispennette, all of Greenville; her grandchildren, Jamie Magoto, Shannon (Paul) Wright, Jessica (Josh) Addis, Sean (Laci) Henninger, Trey Koons, Justin Dispennette, Taylor (Abbey) Dispennette, Tabby Dispennette, and Colton and Braydon Osmer; her great grandchildren, Paige Magoto, Chase and James Wright, Colton, Caidyin, and Camdym Addis, Nova Henninger, Kason Baker, Ryllie and Abriella Koons, Alana and Faye Lynn Dispennette, Oliva and Owen Dispennette, and Kamdyn Dispennette; her brother-in-law, Joe (Roseann) Dispennette; her sisters-in-law, Jerri Dispennette, Jan Cook, Joni (Steve) Burelison, and Jovette (Brian) Meyers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Glenna’s life will take place at 10:30 AM on Monday, December 16, 2019, at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Rev. Eric Fee officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in Miami Memorial Park near Covington, Ohio.

Guests may visit with Glenna’s family on Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM at the funeral home.

The family request that everyone dresses in causal attire.

Memorial contributions may be given, in memory of Glenna, to the Cancer Association of Darke County, P.O. Box 781, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Online condolences may be share with Glenna’s family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Jeanette Viola Mills (December 9, 2019)

Jeanette Viola Mills, 92, of Hollansburg, Ohio, passed away on December 9, 2019, at Greenville Health and Rehab in Greenville, Ohio.

She was born on January 5, 1927, in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Eli M. and Flora Mae (Studebaker) Smith.

In addition to her parents, Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Edgar Mills, whom she married on December 24, 1942; her infant daughter, Betty Jo Mills; and her sisters, Sylvia DeBruler, and Alice Kaiser.

Jeanette was a talented seamstress and loved to sew. She enjoyed crocheting and playing cards with friends and family. She loved to cook and bake and will forever be remembered for her pickled eggs and famous pecan pie. Jeanette had few needs in life. She only needed her family to be happy. She loved to spend time with her grandsons and great granddaughters. Nothing brought a smile to her face more than being with them. She was the foundation on which her family was built, and her absence will be felt everyday.

Jeanette is survived by her daughter, Sandy Hollinger and her husband, Jerry, of Hollansburg, Ohio; her grandsons, Johnathan Hollinger and his wife, Amber, of Greenville, and Cody Hollinger of Hollansburg; and her great granddaughters, Harley and Olivia Hollinger.

Private services will be held at the convenience of Jeanette’s family. Burial will follow in Greenmound Cemetery in New Madison, Ohio.

Jeanette’s family has entrusted Tribute Funeral Homes, New Madison Campus, with the arrangements.

Jeanette’s family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Greenville Health and Rehab for all the love and care they gave. They truly went above and beyond.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Ronnie Lee Fourman (December 9, 2019)

Ronnie Lee Fourman, 78 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Monday December 9, 2019 at 8:26 PM at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy, Ohio. He was November 12, 1941 in Laura, Ohio the son of the late Paul & Marcella (Buckingham) Fourman. He served his country in the United State Army in the first Infantry in the Vietnam War. He retired from Hobart Brothers in Troy where he had worked as a welder.

He was a member of the Arcanum American Legion. He was an avid hunter and fisher, he loved woodworking, camping, the Cincinnati Bengals, & The Ohio State Buckeyes; he loved his family and loved watching his grandchildren’s sports.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers: Larry, Eddie, & Gene Fourman; his sister: Joyce Wissman.

He is survived by his wife: Carol (Gambill) Fourman of Greenville; his son & daughter in law: Timothy Lee & Stephanie Fourman of Greenville; his daughter & son in law: Nikole & Andrew Young of Bradford; his grandchildren: Cassi Mead, Keaton Mead, Asher Fourman, Caleb & Ryan Kolb, & Alec Young; his brother: Kenny Fourman of Paulding, Ohio; his sister: Bette Curry of Greenville.

Services will be held on Friday December 13, 2019 at 3:30 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Dan Scalf officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 PM until 3:30 PM on Friday at the funeral home. Veteran’s services will be conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Arcanum American Legion.

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

Ruthanna N. Riegle (December 9, 2019)

Ruthanna N. Riegle, age 92 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 2:30 AM Monday December 9, 2019 at the Rest Haven Nursing Home. Ruthanna was born May 14, 1927 in Darke County Ohio and the daughter of the late Clarence and Helen (Routzong) Morris.

She was retired having been employed for 30 years at General Athletic Company and 15 years at Fram Corporation, both of Greenville.

Ruthanna was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ of Greenville.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Alvin “Junior” Riegle.

Ruthanna is survived by special friends Frank and Betty (Byrd) Marchal of Bradford and Alex Marchal of Medina.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday December 12, 2019 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Doug Klinsing officiating. Burial will follow in the Abbottsville Cemetery. There will be a reception of friends 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday 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

Glen W. Schoenleben (December 8, 2019)

Glen W. Schoenleben long time resident of Greenville, Ohio died peacefully on December 8, 2019 at the Brethren Community Retirement Home in Greenville, Ohio at the age of 90. He is survived by his brother, Bud Schoenleben of Celina, and two Grandsons Adam Eichenauer of Hawaii and Alan Eichenauer of the Virgin Islands.

Glen was born April 30, 1929, the son of William and Marie (Young) Schoenleben who both proceeded him in death. He married Phyllis (the love of his life) on December 24, 1947 whom passed away in 2016 and they were married nearly 69 years .

Glen owned and operated Idding Auto Glass in Greenville for several years. He enjoyed automobiles, old engines, restoring old Wheel Horse Tractors, small engine repair, and traveling in his RV. He and Phyllis had one child Sharon (Eichenauer) Schoenleben who proceeded him in death in 2014, he also is preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Schoenleben and his sister, Ruth Mosier.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Wednesday December 11, 2019 in the First United Methodist Church 202 West Fourth Street Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Barbara Pope officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fort Jefferson, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Wednesday December 11, 2019 from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

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

Lois Ann Clippinger Rhoades (December 7, 2019)

Lois Ann Clippinger Rhoades, age 89 of Greenville, Ohio passed away Saturday December 7, 2019 at the Brethren Retirement Community of Greenville. Lois was born August 12, 1930 in Johnson City, Tennessee and the daughter of the late John A. and Helen Florence (Wilson) Wallace.

Lois was devoted to her family and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, fishing, boating and band concerts in the park.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands Dr. Richard Vance Clippinger and Franklin G. Rhoades. Also her granddaughter Rachel McGlinch and her son Donald Clippinger.

Lois is survived by her children and their spouses: Suzanne Clippinger (Richard) Osborne of Albertville, AL., Sara Clippinger (Jeff) Yosick of Taylors, SC., and Patricia Clippinger (Steve) McGlinch of Greenville; grandchildren Nichole Harris, Eric Harris, Ashley Yosick Couse, Dylan Yosick, Tyler Yosick, Lindsey McGlinch, Aiden Clippinger and Frances Clippinger; great grandchildren Ally Harris, Ethan Harris, Luna Yosick, Everett Yosick, Amina Couse, Sterling Garrett-Harris and Nicholas Garrett-Harris; brother-in-law William (Carolyn) Clippinger of Evansville, IN, and niece Holly Hatchett of Nashville, TN.

The family would like to thank all her kind neighbors that have helped her over these past few years and those who cared for her during her time at the Village Green and the Brethren Retirement Community.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday December 13, 2019 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Todd Reish officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family would like Memorial Contributions be given to the Brethren Home Resident’s Aid Fund.

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

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Barry B. Wegman (December 1, 2019)

Barry B. Wegman, age 68 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 5:12 PM Sunday December 1, 2019 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Columbus, Ohio. Barry was born December 13, 1950 in Toledo, Ohio and the son of the late Luther H. and Dorothy J. (Valentine) Wegman.

He was a Veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force and retired in 2017 for ConAgra Foods in Troy, Ohio. He also had been employed as a Substitute Teacher in several of the schools in the Darke County area. Barry was a graduate of Lake High School and received his BS Degree from Bowling Green State University. He was an avid sports official in the Ohio and Indiana area, primarily officiating on the high school level in football, basketball, softball, baseball, track and volleyball. Also had some officiating experience on the collegiate level and assisted with the Special Olympics.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Marcia DiGuglielmo.

Barry is survived by his special partner Kristine K. Moore of Greenville, bother and sister-in-law Allan & Pam Wegman of Woodville, Ohio, sister and brother-in-law Diane & Bill Jaeck of Venice, Florida and 5 nieces.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday December 11, 2019 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with burial scheduled for 2:00 PM in the Dayton National VA Cemetery 4400 W. Third Street Dayton, Ohio. They family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the American Heart Association.

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

James L. Stelle (November 27, 2019)

James L. Stelle, 84, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.

He was born on February 11, 1935, in Connersville, Indiana, to the late Crayton and Mary (Bicknel) Stelle.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his sisters, Nedra Richardson and Janice Stelle.

James was a simple man who loved to travel. He served his county honorably in the United States Military and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Liberty, Indiana.

He is survived by his nieces, Amy Harris of New Madison, Ohio and Lisa Rines of Portland, Indiana; and his nephew, Jon Richardson of Lynn, Indiana.

Per James’ wishes, there will be no public services.

The family has entrusted Tribute Funeral Homes with the final arrangements.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Carolyn J. Irvine (November 27, 2019)

Carolyn J. Irvine, 86, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at Rest Haven in Greenville.

She was born on June 2, 1933, in Braffetsville, Ohio to the late Albert and Katherine (Clark) Hofacker.

In addition to her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by 3 brothers; 1 sister; and 2 grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Kathy Bothast and her husband, Vic Jr., of Union City, Indiana, and Cheryl Clark and her husband, Randy, of Wayne Lakes, Ohio; her 5 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; 1 sister-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service for Carolyn will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Pastor Hershel Fee officiating.

Carolyn's family will be receiving guests on Thursday, from 5:00 PM until the time of the service at 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial, in Union City Cemetery, will be at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences may be shared with Carolyn's family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com

Barbara J. (Keaser) Gump (December 2, 2019)

Barbara J. (Keaser) Gump, 75, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019, at the Oakley Place in Greenville.

She was born on December 20, 1943, in Greenville to the late O.F. and Ethel (Siders) Keaser.

In addition to her parents, Barb was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gump, whom she married on September 5, 1958; her daughter, Kim Gump; her sisters, Joanne Heffington and Linda Brenner; and her brother, Charlie Keaser.

Barb was an outstanding teacher and role model of how to express and show love. She loved to give and receive hugs and kisses. She was a selfless caregiver and always took care of others before herself. Barb loved to play cards and display her holiday decorations. She enjoyed the beauty of flowers and spending time in the garden. Barb loved her family, friends, and her dog, Angel.

Barb was blessed with the family she made at the Oakley Place, where she enjoyed her many friends and received very compassionate and loving care from the entire Oakley staff.

Barb is survived by her sons, Randy Gump and his wife, Mary Ann, of Versailles, Ohio, and Rick Gump and his wife, Lynne, of Greenville; her 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Marie Keaser of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Barb’s life will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Pastor Don Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles.

Guests may visit with Barb’s family on Saturday, from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given, in memory of Barb, to State of the Heart Care, 1350 North Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331 or the American Red Cross.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Lurene D. Monnin (November 30, 2019)

Lurene D. Monnin, of Versailles passed away at 10:41 PM on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at her residence surrounded by her family.

Lurene was born in Darke County to the late Pete & Mildred (McEldowney) Simon. In addition to her parents, Lurene was also preceded in death by her brothers, Bud and Richard Simon; and sister, Judy Seger.

Lurene is survived by her husband, Jerry Monnin whom she married May 22, 1954; children, Karen & Reece Nickol of Piqua and Kent & Tonda Monnin of Troy; grandchildren, Matt & Angie Nickol, Seth & Sarah Nickol, Lee & Roshelle Nickol, Jay & Jenny Nickol, Mark & Emily Monnin, Tricia & Derek Carson, Craig Riley, Christopher Riley and Conor Riley; 11 great-grandchildren; brother & sister-in-law, Dan & Sheryle Simon of Versailles; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Simon of Versailles; brothers-in-law & sister-in-law, Denis Monnin of Versailles, Carl Barlage of Russia and Tom & Linda Monnin of Russia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lurene was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles. She loved traveling and was proud to have traveled in all 50 states. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing poker and spending time with her family. Lurene was a proud blood donor and has donated over 12 gallons of blood. She was the rock of her family and will be forever “29”.

Lurene’s family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all the staff of State of the Heart Care who made it possible for mom to spend her final days at home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, December 6, 2019, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons celebrant. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM and Friday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Private burial will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care or Versailles Emergency Medical Services. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

James “Jim” Lee Richard (December 1, 2019)

James “Jim” Lee Richard, age 75, of Versailles passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton after a short battle with cancer. Jim was born on June 1, 1944 to the late Leroy Richard & the late Dorothy (Yingst) Magnotte. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Chalmers) Richard whom he married on May 29, 1970; daughter Jeffie and her husband Scott Voisard of Russia and their family, Kirstin, Austin, and Emma Erisman, Karissa and Kenzi Voisard; daughter Jodie Bohman of Versailles and her family Lauren Monnin & fiancée Jacob Schlater and Taylor Bohman; and daughter Julie and her husband Matt Magoto of Versailles and their family Lexi, Cameron, and Kayla Magoto.

Jim is also survived by his sisters, Jane Smith of Troy and Kathy McPherson of Washington, Michigan; In-Laws Lisa Richard of Michigan; Bob Chalmers of Greenville; Dave & Ruby Chalmers of Bradford, Tam & Randy Venrick of Greenville, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy Richard & Dorothy Magnotte; step-father Mel Magnotte; father and mother-in-law Robert & Olive Jean Chalmers; brothers John Richard and Fred Richard; and nephew Scott McPherson.

Jim grew up on the Marshal farm in Versailles where he enjoyed many good times with his brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. Jim attended Versailles High School and worked at Champion Paper, Argosy, Ivex, and Weaver Brothers. Jim was an avid Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds fan, and he died at peace knowing the Bengals finally got their first win of the 2019-2020 football season. Jim’s hobbies included fishing, mushroom hunting, making horseradish, working and being outside, watching football and baseball, and spending time with his family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles. Burial will follow at St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Jill Elaine (Rhoades) Witters (November 30, 2019)

Jill Elaine (Rhoades) Witters passed away on November 30. She is survived by husband Keith, daughter Leah Witters, sons Lance Witters and Lucas Witters, daughter-in-law Alyssa Farrell Witters, mother Shirley Rhoades, sisters Tracy Muhlenkamp and Melissa Sagan, brother Dusty Rhoades, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Richard Rhoades.

Per her wishes there will be no services. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

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

Jack Burton Quinn (November 30, 2019)

Jack Burton Quinn, age 79 of Greenville, Ohio passed away peacefully at 6:10 AM on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Unit. Born in Pleasant Hill, OH on March 31, 1940 he was one of 6 children to the late Albert & Lucy (Swartz) Quinn. Jack enjoyed anything that involved working with his hands. He liked to work on cars, garden, woodwork, and raise horses. Jack enjoyed traveling, and riding his motorcycle. He was a loving husband; he and his wife of 59 years, Beverly, were inseparable. He loved spending time with his children, and grandchildren and will be deeply missed. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by siblings Paul Quinn, Ed Quinn, Mabel Wojciechowski.

Survived by his wife, Beverly (Waymire) Quinn, whom he married September 3, 1960: children Brad & Sara Quinn; Christine & Nick Norris; Kimberly & Will (Quinn)- Whitlow; Eric & Amy Quinn: 20 grandchildren: 31 great-grandchildren: brother John & Sharon Quinn: sister Mary Alice Mojciechowski: good friends Tom Allison; Otis & Peg: and his beloved dog “Roxie”.

Friends may call on the family from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Funeral service at 2:00 PM, Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the funeral home with Pastor Donnie Smith presiding. Burial to follow at Greenville Union Cemetery, Greenville, OH. Online sympathies www.zecharbailey.com.

Amanda Marie (Williams) Sowers

Amanda Marie (Williams) Sowers came into the world July 2, 1982, much to her mother’s delight. The doctor was sure she was a boy. Amanda grew into a strong willed, independent child. She loved tormenting her brother. She started her love of piano at age 6, taking lessons for 10 years. She discovered another love, speaking Spanish in high school. She got all A’s. Sometimes when her mom woke her up, she was speaking Spanish! She got to go to Mexico after graduating, a trip she loved. Amanda went to Massage Therapy School, becoming a LMT. Amanda loved to crochet. She made many gifts doing this, including making hats for the babies in the NICU at Children’s Hospital. Her death leaves a void that forever can’t be filled.

Amanda is preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Neva Marie Rantz Studebaker, and her paternal grandparents, Paul Williams and Betty Koffer.

Those left to celebrate her life, but mourn her death are her children Rebecca Renee’ and Elijah David, and their father Matthew. Her mother and Dad “in love”, Toni and Brad Henninger. Her father Dan (Jama) Williams. Her brothers and sisters, to who she was always “Nana”, Scott Williams, Marissa (Chris) Dunn, Rachel Henninger, Liam & Zach Henninger. She is also survived by an abundance of nieces, nephews, uncles, cousins, and family across the nation.

Services will be Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Rev. Dan Scalf and Pastor Toni Henninger officiating. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM-11:00AM. Burial to follow the funeral service at Greenville Union Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio. The family asks that memorial contributions be given to Children’s Medical Center to honor Amanda’s contribution of crocheting hats for the preemies. Online sympathies www.zecharbailey.com.

Leonard J. Goubeaux (November 27th, 2019)

Leonard J. Goubeaux, 81 of Bronston, Kentucky, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 at Shawnee Manor in Lima, Ohio. Born on November 28th, 1937 in Frenchtown, Ohio, he was one of 7 children of the late Cletus “Jack” and Dorothea (Ayette) Goubeaux. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Juli R. Goubeaux; and brothers, Ed (Ruth) Goubeaux and Norbert “Butch” Goubeaux.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Sandee and Ted Detrick of Versailles, Ohio, Greg and Veronica Goubeaux of Versailles, Ohio; his grandchildren, J. Michael Detrick, Harrison Detrick, Jack Detrick, Chase Detrick, Kathy Chavez and Krystal Chavez; siblings, Melva (Gene) Barga, Ivan (Judy) Goubeaux, Wayne (Elaine) Goubeaux, and Diane (Terry) Carter; as well as many nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Versailles High School in 1956, Leonard enlisted in the United States Army, serving his country honorably from 1956-1958. He later pursued his education degree at the Bailey Technical School in St. Louis, Missouri and a career in the trucking industry, Upon his retirement, Leonard was able to fulfill a life long dream of living by the lake. Len loved the water, boating, and sharing that fun with family and friends. He was an avid hunter, who enjoyed working in his yard and watching wildlife from his porch swing. He took pleasure in the simple things, worked hard and taught his children the value of doing your best.

Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM-10:00 AM on Friday, December13, 2019 at the Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 AM at St. Denis Catholic Church, Versailles, Ohio, with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons officiating. Burial to follow at St. Valbert Cemetery, where military honors by the Darke County Honor Guard will be performed.

Grace Evangeline Hinkle (November 26, 2019)

Grace Evangeline Hinkle, age 88 of Gettysburg, Ohio passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Greenville, Ohio. Born on March 31, 1931 in Darke County, Ohio she was one of 6 children to the late Chester R. & Miriam G. (Hall) Riffell. Grace was a member of the Pleasant View Missionary Church, where she served the church faithfully, since the age of 8 years old. She had taught Sunday school, was secretary of the church board, janitor, was very active in Bible study, and was President and Vice-President of the Women’s Missionary group. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Charles J. Hinkle; daughter Joyce Hinkle; brothers Arthur Riffell, Keith Riffell.

Grace is survived by her siblings Janice Trevan, Mary Short, Gene (Phyllis) Riffell; sister-in- laws Mary Riffell, Shirley Riffell; as well as many nieces, nephews and family members.

A service will be held on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Pleasant View Missionary Church, 5231 Gettysburg Pitsburg Rd, Gettysburg, Ohio with Pastor Sean Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Gettysburg Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 12:00- 2:00 PM on Monday at the church. Arrangements entrusted to the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice, or Pleasant View Missionary Church.

Zane Edward Kindley (November 26, 2019)

Zane Edward Kindley, age 56 of Greenville, Ohio passed away peacefully on November 26, 2019 at State of the Heart Hospice in Greenville, surrounded by his loving family. Zane was born on February 6, 1963 to the late Hazel and Earl Kindley. Zane valiantly battled Multiple Myeloma and renal failure for the past two and a half years.

Zane was a 1981 Tri-Village High School graduate. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1985, and his Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1988.

Zane was an attorney and had a deep respect and passion for the law. He spent his entire career helping as well as serving others. He was a leader among men and had the respect and admiration of all who knew him.

Zane worked in Butler County as the Assistant Director of the Butler County CSEA. He served on numerous boards and held multiple leadership roles on the local as well as state level. Prior to that, Zane served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Darke County Department of Human Services.

Zane was a devoted husband, father, and friend. His wife, children and grandchildren were his greatest sources of joy and pride. He was an incredible role model and taught us all how to live a full life of loving and serving others. He was one of “the helpers.” In his last two years, Zane was also given the task of teaching us how to die with dignity, honor, and God’s grace as his guide.

In addition to his parents, Zane was preceded in death by and infant grandchild.

Zane is survived by his beloved wife, Dawn, whom he married on August 3, 1991. They shared 28 years as best friends and partners in every facet of their lives. He is also survived by his precious children, Rachel Shoffstall and her husband, Matthew; Abigail Kindley, and Matthew Kindley, and his grandchildren Kaden, Reegan, and Mason Shoffstall, all of Greenville.

Additional survivors include his sister, Susan (Jeff) Keller of San Diego, CA and brother, Galen (Donna) Kindley of Bend, OR, his father and mother –in-law Ben and Nihla York, brothers and sisters-in-law, Bryan and Yolonda Geis, and Ben and Joelle York, brother-in-law Keith Klinger, and his nephews and nieces, Jordan Geis, Kesla and Holden Klinger, and Alyssa, Olivia, and Hanna York. Zane is also survived by his dearest lifelong friends Joseph Laux, Albert Macre (Zane’s Godfather), Robert Weeks, Jim Combs, and Coleen Beasecker, a special cousin, Kay Reed, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and his devoted dog, Lola.

Zane was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville. He was also a member of the Ohio Bar Association.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Minister Coleen Beasecker as celebrant. Burial will follow at Greenville Union Cemetery in Greenville, OH. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 29, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Cancer Association of Darke County, The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Arthur G James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, or State of the Heart Hospice. Online sympathies www.zecharbailey.com.

Billy Joe Threewits (November 26, 2019)

Billy Joe Threewits, 92, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.

Joe was born on July 27, 1927, in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Byron and Garnet (Nisonger) Threewits.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Robert Lyons.

Joe is survived by his wife of 71 years, Vera (Dickey) Threewits, whom he married on March 6, 1948; his children, Sharon Kaugher and her husband, Ronnie, of Union City, Ohio, Karen Cope and her husband, Don, of Lascassas, Tennessee, Lora Willis and her husband, Mark, of Union City, Ohio, Carl Threewits and his wife, Brenda, of Apopka, Florida, and Teresa Edger of Greenville, Ohio; his 7 grandchildren; his 10 great grandchildren; and countless nieces, and nephews.

A graveside service, with full military honors conducted by the Greenville Honor Guard, will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 29, 2019, at Greenville Union Cemetery.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Virginia I. Smith (November 24, 2019)

Virginia I. Smith age 91, of Versailles passed away at 7:10 PM on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at Brookdale of Greenville.

Virginia was born September 19, 1928, in Versailles to the late Clay & Stella (Cordonnier) Weaver. In addition to her parents Virginia was also preceded in death by her husband, Herman J. Smith on April 20, 2016, whom she married August 20, 1949.

Virginia is survived by her children, Cheryl & John Goubeaux of Versailles, Marcia & Gary Davidson of Versailles and Duane & Georgette Smith of Versailles; grandchildren, Tracy & Neil Ranly, Brian & Ali Hemmelgarn and Jason & Lori Hemmelgarn; step grandchildren, Brian Coppess, Brad Coppess, Jeffrey & Tina Davidson and Lori & Wes Grover; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Mason, Taylor and Colton; step great-grandchildren, Ethan, Kaitlyn, Parker, Landon, Melina, Blake, Khloe and Kaelyn; and a brother & sister-in-law, Ed & Betty Weaver of Versailles.

Virginia was a 1946 graduate of Versailles High School. She was a homemaker. Virginia was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Monday from 3:00 to 7:00 PM and Tuesday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or State of the Heart Care. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Mary F. (McCoy) Gabbard (November 22, 2019)

Mary F. (McCoy) Gabbard, 71, of Portland, Indiana, passed away at her home late Friday, November 22, 2019.

She was born on August 6, 1948, in Dean, Kentucky, to the late George Smallwood McCoy and Julie May (Runyons) McCoy.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her daughter, Tanya (Rich) Smith; her grandson, Garion Smith; and her siblings, Alma Johnson, Goldie Hankins, James McCoy, Dee McCoy, Woodrow McCoy, and Hazel Felix.

Mary worked for Westinghouse in Union City for 15 years until it closed. She then helped her husband with his Cushman Motor scooter business for many years. Mary was active in the Vintage Motor Bike Club and the VHL Alliance. She loved traveling and spending time outdoors. Mary also enjoyed antiques and being with her family and friends.

Mary is survived by her husband, Ray L. Gabbard, whom she married on February 2, 1985; her daughter, Melissa Laux and her husband, Jevon, of Lewisburg, Ohio; her grandchildren, Colten and Meridith Laux; her sisters, Margaret Riddle and Lois Hoggatt; her step children, Kim Gabbard and his wife, Melinda, of Portland, Rick Gabbard and his wife, Pam, of Winchester, Indiana, Dessie Brackman and her husband, Paul, of Portland, Brandy Gabbard and his wife, Judy, of Laingsburg, Michigan, Jeannie Grosch and her husband, Gary, of Greenville, Ohio, and Todd Gabbard and his wife, Lisa, of Tekoa, Washington; her many step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, and step great-great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mary's life will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at Pleasant Hill Church, 9945 N 800 E, Union City, IN 47390, with Pastor Bruce Brian officiating. Entombment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery across from the church.

Guests may visit with Mary’s family on Friday, November 29, 2019, from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Tribute Funeral Homes, 1000 North Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331 and again on Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Jay County Cancer Society, 101 S. Meridian Street, Portland, Indiana, 47371.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Lowell Eugene Carter (November 20, 2019)

Lowell Eugene Carter age 99, of Greenville passed away at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.

Lowell was born November 17, 1920, in Darke County to the late Charles & Maggie (Fisher) Carter. In addition to his parents, Lowell is also preceded in death by his daughter, Arlene Fullroth; and sister, Alice Carothers.

Lowell is survived by his children, Larry & Jean Carter of Galena, Barbara & John Schlimmer of Arizona, Gloria & Ed Ault of Greenville, Loretta & John Coppess of Mason and Terry & Diane Carter of Ninety Six, South Carolina; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren.

Lowell served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a retired dairy farmer.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Todd Reish officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brethren Retirement Community Resident Aid Fund. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Michael E. Pearson (November 19, 2019)

Michael E. Pearson age 66, of Versailles passed away at 5:07 AM on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. He was born on January 23, 1953, to the late Harry & Mildred (Gibbons) Pearson. Michael is survived by his wife, Rosanna “Rosie” (Bergman) Pearson whom he married on August 15, 1975; his son, Brian & friend Crystal and her son's, Dylan and Noah of Versailles; son, Adam & wife Kim and their family, Vera, Vince and Annie of Versailles; and daughter, Mindy McCutchins & husband Sanchez and
their family, Bailey, Blaire and Brinley Rose of Sidney.

Mike is survived by his family, Nancy and Pete Hemer of Greenville, Sandy and Mike McClurg of Versailles, Linda Renstchler of Lancing TN; In-Laws, Melody Bergman of Celina, Pat and Arnie Clune of Minster, Dennis Bergman of Coldwater, Tom and Charlene Bergman of Greenville, Paul and Shirley Bergman of Reynoldsburg, Charles and Sue Bergman of Englewood FL, Harold and Jean Bergman of Minster, Doris and Michael Schultz of St. Henry, Louis and Mary Bergman of Greenville, Karen and Don Luthman of Maderia; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, father & mother-in-law, Albert & Lidwina Bergman; sisters Judy Baker and Carol Bundschuh, nephew Kurt Bergman; and in-laws, Sandra Bergman, JoAnn Bergman, and Doug Baker.

Mike graduated from Versailles High School in 1971. He served as a mechanic and repair serviceman for most of his career. He and wife Rosie owned and operated a truck and automotive repair shop which attributed to many of Mike’s hobbies. Mike was involved in Drag Car Racing, Go-Kart Racing and the restoration of older cars. He always had a passion for old, fast and loud muscle cars. Mike served many years as a little league baseball coach for his sons and served many years as a Volunteer EMT for the Versailles Life Squad. In June of this year, Mike retired from Dickman Supply as an Electrical Supply delivery person. In recent years as free time permitted, Mike spent much time in the boat on Lake Loramie getting snagged on brush, losing jigs, untangling line, forgetting to pull anchor, all in search of that wall mount bluegill. Children and Grandchildren’s events were also a highlight of Michael’s schedule whether it was at the parks or at home, he was always in attendance. Mike always enjoyed the presence of family and grandchildren with his wife Rosie.

A celebration of Michael’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Gary Oser officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Hershel “Wayne” Blanken (November 18, 2019)

Hershel “Wayne” Blanken, 68, of Hollansburg, Ohio, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2019, at his residence.

He was born on April 2, 1951, in Rody, Virginia, to the late William L. and Liza (Louis) Blanken.

In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by his brothers, Billy Joe Blanken, Donald “Pete” Blanken, and Jerry Blanken; his sister, Faye Webb, Vickey Flannery, and Irene Blanken; and his son, Michael Blanken.

Wayne spent over 30 years as an over-the-road trucker until he retired in 1999 from F.A.S.T Trucking. He enjoyed going to dirt track races with his brother-in-law, Curt Flannery, to watch Shon, Curt's son, race. Wayne always enjoyed spending time with his grandbabies. He loved to be around them because no matter how bad he felt, he would say they made him feel better. He would like to sit and watch the news every day and then watch NASCAR on Sundays. Wayne also enjoyed watching Gunsmoke and Bonanza.

Before Wayne got sick, he would always sit outside during the summer and enjoyed watching the first snowfall when winter came. He would always go out of his way to help others. He never expected anything in return as long as it was helping someone in need.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Roadcap) Blanken, whom he married in 1971; his children, Chris Blanken and his wife, Rachel, of Greenville, Willie Blanken of Appalachia, Virginia, Dewayne Blanken of Duffield, Virginia, and Lance Parsons and his wife, Tara, of Lynn, Indiana; his 12 grandchildren; his 3 great grandchildren; and his siblings, David Blanken and his wife, Elaine, of Springfield, Ohio, Mickey Blanken and his wife, Linda, of Chillicothe, Ohio, Alan Blanken and his wife, Janice, of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and Matilyn Collier and her husband, Doug, of Nashville, Tennessee; his brother-in-law, Curtis Flannery of Church Hill, Tennessee; and his sister-in-law, Wanita Blanken of Big Stone Gap.

A Celebration of Wayne’s life will be at 12 noon of Monday, November 25, 2019, at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Pastor Curtis Flannery officiating. Burial, with full military honors provided by the Greenville Honor Guard, will follow in Hollansburg Cemetery.

Guests may visit with Wayne’s family on Sunday, November 24, 2019, from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Susan Faith Gray (November 19, 2019)

Susan Faith Gray, 85, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on November 19, 2019.

Susan was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Robert M. Gray, and her parents, Besse (Byard) and George Gutermuth, and her sister, Betty Lou Gutermuth McVay. Survivors are her brother, William Gutermuth, of Union City, Indiana, and two daughters, Jeanne Gray Keller, Springfield, MO, and Mary Gray Kinnison, Greenville, OH. Also surviving are her Granddaughter, Amelia Keller Meier, and Great-Granddaughter, Ellie Faith Meier, also of Springfield, MO. Susan will be greatly missed by her close extended family and strong network of friends made along her journey.

Throughout her life, Susan devoted herself to nature and history, teaching and encouraging others along the way to protect, preserve and respect the natural world around us. In later years, Susan was instrumental in the creation and organization of the Darke County Park District serving as one of the founding commissioners. As president of the Treaty of Greene Ville Bicentennial Commission, she was influential in promoting the history of this area.

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Association of Darke County, or the Darke County Park District.

Services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, OH. Online condolences www.zecharbailey.com.