Thursday, December 17, 2020

Tom E. Rapier (December 16, 2020)

Tom E. Rapier age 49, of Greenville passed away at 11:36 AM on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville.

Tom was born October 17, 1971, in Greenville to the late Marvin & Vicki (Moreland) Rapier. In addition to his parents, Tom was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Danny Rapier.

Tom is survived by his siblings, Kitty (Jeff) Runner of Bradford, Bonnie (Mick) McNutt of Alcoa, Tennessee and Cliff (Doris) Rapier of Greenville; nieces, Kailee Bush, Milea Gober, Jessi Suarez and Morgan Young; nephew, Cody Smith; and numerous cousins.

A graveside service will be held at a later date in Abbottsville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care. Arrangements have been entrusted to Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Hazel L. DuBois (December 13, 2020)

Hazel L. DuBois, age 101 of Arcanum, Ohio passed away at 8:06 AM Sunday December 13, 2020 at her daughter’s home in New Albany, Ohio.  Hazel was born August 9, 1919 in Darke County, Ohio and the daughter of the late Dewey and Edna (North) Carter.

She was a homemaker and worked with her husband Bob on the family farm.  A very active member of the Abbottsville E.U.B. Church where she played the organ and piano for many years.  She was known as a very good cook, making her homemade noodles, writing poetry and loved spending time with all her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Robert “Bob” DuBois March 30, 2008; son Dennis Dubois; brothers Milford Carter, Melvin Carter, Chester Carter and Gene Carter and her sister Helen Thompson.

Hazel is survived by her daughter Barbara Ann Ingram of New Albany, Ohio; granddaughter Angela (Jason) Wood; great grandchildren Brennan Wood and Lauren Wood; step grandson Rodney Ingram, 3 step great grandchildren, 2 step great great grandchildren, brother-in-law Carrol Thompson, sister-in-law Twila Carter as well as numerous nieces and nephew. 

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday December 18, 2020 in the Abbottsville Cemetery near Arcanum, Ohio with Pastor Chris Harris officiating.  Parking will be available in the Abbottsville Church parking lot next to the cemetery.   

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Abbottsville United Methodist Church 4135 Ohio Route 49, Arcanum, Ohio, 45304.

Funeral arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

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

Frederick W. Drees (December 14, 2020)

Frederick W. Drees age 88, of Russia passed away peacefully at 3:10 AM on Monday, December 14, 2020, at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy. 

Fred was born April 22, 1932, in Darke County to the late John & Hildreth (Daniel) Drees. In addition to his parents, Fred was also preceded in death by his wife, Eileen A. (Luthman) Drees on March 12, 2004, whom he married March 18, 1952; son, Jim Drees; daughter, Darlene Drees; grandson, AJ Francis; siblings, Norma & Tom Gaier, Bill & Lois Drees, Louis & Jan Drees and Ruth Drees; and in-laws, Mary Jane Sturwold, Herb Fleckenstein, Paul Richard, Kenny Luthman, Al Luthman, Bobby Luthman, Irene Luthman and Barney Barhorst.

Fred is survived by his children, Diane & Jim Grilliot of Russia, Irene & Mike Murphy of Versailles, Gerry & Lynn Drees of Russia, Dan & Tammy Drees of Versailles, Mark & Cheryl Drees of Russia, Shirley & Allen Francis of Versailles and Mike & Carla Drees of Russia; 32 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; special friend, Miriam Cain; siblings, Ray & Carol Drees of Ft. Loramie and Vernon Drees of Ft. Loramie; and in-laws, Norma Barhorst, Rita Fleckenstein, Ruth Richard, Bill & Joyce Luthman, Nancy Luthman, Larry Luthman, Wilburt Luthman and Carol & Ray Homan.  

Fred served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1951-1955. He retired from BF Goodrich and was an avid farmer. He was a member of St. Remy Catholic Church. He was also instrumental in establishing the Catholic War Veterans Post 661 in Russia where he served as commander for several years. He was a member of the AmVets of Covington and the Eagles of Versailles. Fred enjoyed playing cards, doing metal work in his machine shop, gardening, and all the visits with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 19, 2020, at St. Remy Catholic Church in Russia with Rev. Fr. Martin Fox celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Remy Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Catholic War Veterans Post 661. The family will receive friends on Friday from 3:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Russia Fire Department or the Versailles Emergency Medical Services. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the family ask that all guest wear a face mask and maintain social distancing. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Shirley A. DiRocco (December 14, 2020)

Shirley A. DiRocco, age 90 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 12:40 AM Monday December 14, 2020 at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville.  Shirley was born August 22, 1930 in Montgomery County Ohio and the daughter of the late Frank J. and Fay (Peffly) Stebbins.

She retired in 1990 as an elementary school teacher primarily teaching at the Woodland Heights building of the Greenville School System.  She had also spent time teaching in a few other county schools. Shirley was a very active member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Greenville, numerous educational associations such as the GEA, OEA, NEA and a former member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.  In addition, she was a graduate of Wittenberg University.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband A.A. “Tony” DiRocco in 1983.  Also her brothers Norman Stebbins, Lowell Stebbins and Lee Stebbins.

Shirley is survived by her children Rev. Julianne (Stuart) Smith of Poland, Ohio, Tom DiRocco of Cincinnati and Loralee (Tim) Anderson of East Lake, Ohio; grandchildren Jessica Smith, Sarah (Josh) Dunbar, Brenna Anderson and Payton (Aubrey) Anderson; great grandchildren Brenna Dunbar and Annalia Anderson; brother Gary Stebbins of Ft. Wayne, Indiana as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Friday December 18, 2020 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church 131 East Fourth Street Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Alan Knoke officiating. The Funeral Service will be Live Streamed on Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Facebook Page.  Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church or State of the Heart Care, both in Greenville.

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

Phyllis J. Buckingham (December 13, 2020)

Phyllis J. Buckingham age 79, of Greenville passed away at 4:40 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2020, at her residence after a 2 year battle with colon cancer. 

Phyllis was born April 27, 1941, in Darke County to the late James Shives & Kathryn (Buckingham) Meyer. In addition to her parents, Phyllis was also preceded in death by a sister, Connie Meyer Griffith.

Phyllis is survived by her daughter & son-in-law, Erica & Rodney Hiestand of Sidney; grandchildren, Rachelle Hiestand, Jaidon Hiestand and Tyler Hiestand; great grandchildren, Braydon Hiestand, Faith Hiestand and Nevaeh Hiestand; brothers & sister-in-law, Richard & Maria Meyer of Cambridge City, Indiana and Frank Meyer of Richmond, Indiana; sister, Sandra Ramsey of Richmond, Indiana; and special friends, Cheryl Hughes, Dave & Cherie Trimble and Sharon McGreevey. 

Phyllis was a LPN at the Brethren Retirement Community for 58 years and worked at Western Ohio Podiatric Medical Center in Greenville for 50 years. Phyllis graduated in 1979 from the Dayton School of Nursing. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Greenville since 1949 where she was active in the Alter Guild and Lutheran Christian Women. Phyllis was recognized for 40 years of service at the Brethren Retirement Community and 40 years of service as a Girl Scout Leader while raising her daughter. She assisted her daughter while working on her Gold & Silver Award for Girl Scouts. Phyllis loved spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, baking, quilting, crafts, cross stitching and participating in 5K walks. She collected Precious Moments and Longaberger Baskets. Phyllis enjoyed working outside in her flowerbeds. She enjoyed helping people and her friends called her “Good Hearted Hannah”.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at St. Paul Lutheran Church 131 E. 4th St. Greenville with Pastor Alan Knoke officiating. Burial will follow in Gettysburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville and Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care or the Cancer Association of Darke County. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

William “Bill” Hartzell (December 13, 2020)

William “Bill” Hartzell, age 72 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 6:38 AM Sunday December 13, 2020 in the emergency room of Wayne HealthCare Center in Greenville..  Bill was born July 6, 1948 in Greenville and the son of the late William H. and Isabell (Abernathy) Hartzell.

Bill was retired from Union City Body Company where he had been employed for 37 years.  He was a veteran of the US Army serving from 1969 until 1971.  He was an avid fisherman, loved to trap turtles and tend to his garden.  

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers Donald Hartzell, Pete Hartzell, Chuck Hartzell, Albert Hartzell and Jim Hartzell; Sister Nancy Lucous and 2 infants at birth.

Bill is survived by his wife Iris “Kay” (Sears) Hartzell of Greenville.  They were married in 1997.  Also children Dean Highley of Sidney and Billie Joe Dewalt of Florida; step children Mike Willey and Angie Stewart both of Winchester, Indiana; 5 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, 3 step great grandchildren; brothers John (Georgia) Hartzell of Bradford and Steve (Nancy) Hartzell of Greenville; sisters Mary (Donald) Addis and Delores Thobe all of Greenville as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 6:00 PM Thursday December 17, 2020 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Chaplain Candy Null officiating. There will Military Honors conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard at the funeral home.  The family will receive friends on Thursday from 1:00 PM until time of the services in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to either the Union City, Ohio or the Greenville, Ohio Rescue Squads.

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

David Earl Plessinger (December 9, 2020)

David Earl Plessinger, age 73 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 10:02 PM on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at Reid Hospital, Richmond, Indiana. Born in Greenville on February 27, 1947 to the late Glen B. & Gladys M. (Baughman) Plessinger.  David was a proud United States Army veteran, and had served in the Vietnam War. He worked almost 40 years at Corning Inc. and then retired, and spent 10 years working at Walmart. David enjoyed the outdoors; boating, fishing, and camping; feeding the birds and the ducks at the park. He loved animals, watching the news, as well as Star Trek, Star Gate, and Star Wars movies. He will be deeply missed. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his sister Alma Lou Plessinger.

Survived by his wife of 52 years, Karen (Campbell) Plessinger, whom he married on December 22, 1967: children Michelle & Angela Plessinger; Cristina & Jack Nunn; David Earl Plessinger II; Marcie Bizzell & Dante’ Roque: grandchildren Magen Plessinger; Mason Plessinger; Ethan Plessinger; Caleb Henby; Samantha Bizzell; Anthony Roque: great-grandchildren Kloe; Shelby; Kadence: his fur-babies “Chewy” and “Buddy”: as well as many more friends and family.

Friends may call on the family from 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM on Monday, December 14, 2020 at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Funeral service to follow at 2PM, with military honors conducted by the Greenville Honor Guard. Burial to follow at Greenville Union Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio. Online sympathies www.zecharbailey.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Darke County Humane Society. 

Larry Jacob Oswalt (December 8, 2020)

Larry Jacob Oswalt, 81, of Union City, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at the Union City Care Center.

He was born on November 14, 1939 in Darke County to the late John and Alice (Wilson) Oswalt.

There will be no services for Larry at this time.

Tribute Funeral Homes have been entrusted with his final arrangements.

Online condolences may be shared at www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Lillie M. Perry (December 6, 2020)

Lillie M. Perry, 65, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at Greenville Health and Rehab.

She was born on March 29, 1955, in Greenville to the late Harold Hunt and Mary (Hartshorn) Fetzer.

In addition to her parents, Lillie was preceded in death by her daughters, Tammy Colbert and Janet Back; and her brother, Roger Hunt.

Lillie is survived by her children, Johnny Back and his wife, Lydia, of Columbus, Steven Back II and his wife, Jamie, of Missouri, and Roger Back of Marion, Ohio; her 10 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren; her siblings, Virginia Edwards, Kathy Deeter, Carla Robbins, Roberta Strickler, Valorie Stockstill, Russ Bishop, Terry Hunt, and Yula Hurst.

A private celebration of life service will take place at the convenience of the family. Burial will follow in Mote Cemetery near Pitsburg, Ohio.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to be put towards Lillie’s headstone.

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

Randall “Randy” Lee Kemme (December 7, 2020)

Randall “Randy” Lee Kemme, 81, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, December 7, 2020.

He was born on March 17, 1939, in Greenville to the late Clarence and Geraldine (Bouwman) Kemme. In addition to his parents, Randy was preceded in death by his siblings, Paul Kemme and Joan Haber.

Randy was a 1958 graduate of Greenville High School. He worked for Hobart Brothers in Troy, Ohio until his retirement. Randy was a faithful follower of Christ and an active member of the Christian Missionary Alliance in Greenville. He was a simple man who enjoyed the outdoors. Randy was active and liked to go fishing and walk around town. He was a giving man and loved to help others. In fact, Randy was an active Community Blood Center donor and was even recognized as a 200 Lifetime Donations donor. In his later years, Randy loved to spend the days keeping up with his daily TV shows.

Randy is survived by his sons, Joe Kemme and his wife, Lezli, of Surgatuck, Michigan, and Adam Kemme of Troy; his grandsons, Michael Kemme of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Marc Kemme of Zeeland, Michigan.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, a service will be held at a later date. Burial will take place in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

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

Jack L. Wintrow (December 8, 2020)

Jack L. Wintrow, age 82 of Greenville, Ohio went home to be with the Lord at 12:34 PM Tuesday December 8, 2020 in the emergency room of Wayne Healthcare in Greenville.  Jack was born October 23, 1938 in Darke County and the son of the late Delbert R. and Mary C. (Grill) Wintrow.

Jack was a veteran serving in the US Air Force from 1955 until 1961.  He worked for Shraders Inc. for 22 years and then Yoder Industries of Dayton where he worked in tool and die-casting for 15 years retiring in 2001.  He was an active member and office of the Hickory Grove United Baptist Church of Greenville.

In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by Sisters Helen Pitsenbarger , Barbara Jean Wintrow and Shirley Fitzgerald;  Brothers Steve Wintrow, Ray Wintrow, Paul Wintrow, Bill Wintrow, John Wintrow and Donnie Wintrow.

Jack is survived by his wife Mary Alice (Barnes) Wintrow of Greenville.  They were married November 1, 1963.  Also children Jack (Susan) Wintrow,  David (Michelle) Wintrow, Tammy (J.R.) O’Donnell and Christena (Mike) Griffin; grandchildren Amanda (Joey), Sheldon, Josh, Tommy (Chelsi),  Garrett, Jordon (Karli),  Adam, Dusty (Kayla), Taylor and Morgan; great grandchildren Riley and Brayden  as well as numerous nieces, nephews and others who called him “Papaw Jack”.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday December 12, 2020 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Brother Fred Baker officiating.  Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:00 AM until time of the services in the funeral home.

There will be Military Honors conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard Saturday at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Hickory Grove United Baptist Church of Greenville.

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

Esther P. Woodworth (December 8, 2020)

Esther P. Woodworth, age 80 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 9:41 AM Tuesday December 8, 2020 at the Kettering Medical Center Kettering, Ohio.  Esther was born March 10, 1940 in Ada, Ohio and the daughter of the late Ralph and Edna (Welty) Fleming.

Esther retired in 2001 from the Versailles School System where she taught high school history, psychology and sociology.  She was a member of the Living Waters Ministries Community Church of Versailles where she taught Sunday school and served on the Worship Team.  She was a 1961 graduate of Ohio Northern University with a BS in Education, a member of the Darke County Retired Teachers Association and loved playing the piano, reading and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James R. (Woody) Woodworth June 21, 2018.  They were married June 24, 1961.  Also a brother Wayne Fleming.

Esther is survived by her children Stephen (Rhonda) Woodworth of Louisville, KY and David (Karen) Woodworth of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren Jason, Sarah (Scott) Peace, Brittany, Rachael, Leah and Amanda; great grandson Rowan Peace; brother Norman (Deryl) Fleming of Ada, Ohio as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A Private Celebration of Esther’s life will be held at 12:00 PM Wednesday December 16, 2020              in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Kelly Moody officiating.  Burial will follow in the Abbottsville Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until time of the services in the funeral home.  The family request and require that mask usage and social distancing be practiced at the funeral home and Esther’s Celebration of Life service will be Live Streamed on Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Facebook page. 

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to Living Waters Ministries Community Church.

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

Rosanne Owens (December 7, 2020)

Rosanne Owens, age 60 of Greenville, Ohio and formerly of Oakhurst, NJ passed away 6:55 PM Monday December 7, 2020 at the Miami Valley Hospital Dayton, Ohio.  Rosanne was born February 8, 1960 in Newark, NJ and the daughter of the late Michael Cesare and Marie (Maglione) “DeSantis” Avallone as well as her stepfather Frank DeSantis.

Rosanne was employed as a professional assistant at the Adams Physical Therapy Services of Winchester, Indiana and had been employed for 19 years in the same capacity at Professional Orthopedic Associates of Tinton Falls, NJ.   Also with her husband Mel, was very active in the United States Trotters Association.

Rosanne is survived by her husband Mel Owens of Greenville.  They were married May 31, 2008.  Also her children Michael (Jacki) Bruno of Tinton Falls, NJ and Nicole (Robert) Roselle of Greenville; grandchildren Bobby Roselle, Gianna Roselle, Tyler Bruno, Joey Bruno and Julia Bruno; brother Michael (Maria) Avallone of Ormond Beach, Florida; sister Angela Beane of Ormond Beach, Florida; half-brother Cesare Avallone of Sandusky, Ohio; half-sister Melissa (Steven) Zyskowski of Atlantic Highlands, NJ as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

As a request of the family there will be no funeral services planned at this time.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to Rosanne’s grandchildren in her memory.

Funeral arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio

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

Dr. William J. Williams, PhD (December 6, 2020)

Dr. William J. Williams, PhD, passed away in his home in Arcanum, Ohio, on December 6, 2020 with his family by his side.

He was born on May 9, 1935 in Rio Grande, Ohio, to the late David H. and Thelma L. (Lackey) Williams, joining a family of Welsh farmers and infamous storytellers.

After graduating from Rio Grande College (University), he went on to complete a BEE from The Ohio State University and worked as a research engineer for Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus. It was in Columbus where he met his wife, Carol F. Gibson, whom he was with for 59 years. Early on, they moved to Iowa, where he completed an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Iowa. In the early 60's, they moved to Ann Arbor, MI where he completed an MS in Physiology at the University of Michigan (1966), joined the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and then became a Professor by 1974 at U of M. Bill's career in electrical, computer, and bioengineering took him across the country and eventually across the globe, having taught at universities in Singapore, Australia, France, and England, collaborating with scientists around the world, developing patents, and writing hundreds of publications and textbooks. He was a visiting scientist in Physiology at Johns Hopkins University and truly enjoyed his research on whale and dolphin communication at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Bill had significant interest in time-frequency distributions and applications in nonstationary signal analysis, as well as a true passion for biological problems within the theory and application of signal processing and communication techniques. He retired from U of M just to start a business, Quantum Signal, with his previous student, colleague, and dear friend, Mitch Rohdes. This business joined Ford Motor Company in 2019. It would be impossible to fully capture the depth of his career with these brief words.

He was a son of a farmer who wanted more than farming for Bill's life. Bill definitely succeeded with his wish. Bill and Carol adopted two daughters, Gwen E Williams and Sarah E (Williams) Rock, providing them wonderful lives filled with opportunity, fellowship, adventure, and endless love and support. He was an avid gardener, adored Apple/MacIntosh computers, and was definitely the guy to have on your team in Trivial Pursuit. He spoke a half dozen languages, loved history, and enjoyed traveling. Lifelong friends were made through the University, both with colleagues and students around the world. More friendships were built when Bill and Carol bought a second home in Green Valley, AZ, where Bill was known as "the Mountain Man”. They both loved the sun, fellowship, and adventures out west. They left Ann Arbor and moved to Arcanum, OH, in 2015 following continued decline in health and Bill's battle with dementia. Their daughter, Sarah, and her family lived close by and took over the job as caretaker, which made it possible for them to remain in their home.

Carol died in May 2020, passing away at home in the midst of this pandemic with Bill, her children, and grandchildren by her side. This heartbreak was overwhelming for Bill, challenging him on a daily basis. With the help from Visiting Angels and State of the Heart Care, Bill was able to remain at home until the end of his life. The family is forever grateful for the compassion and care from their staff. Bill leaves behind his sister, Cora Margaret (Peggy) and her husband Roger Baker, as well as his dear great aunt, Margaret Hunter. He has four grandchildren with Sarah and Lewis Rock: Riley, Devin, Shelby, and Brenna. He has two grandchildren with Gwen Williams: Kassandra and Morgan, as well as two great grandchildren, Keegan and Kiera.

Bill leaves behind a wealth of scientific building blocks for the world, a trove of memories for his many friends and colleagues, and countless stories and shared wisdom for his family to treasure forever. With broken but grateful hearts, we say Hwyl fawr ("goodbye" in Welsh).

A celebration of Bill’s life will take place at 12:00 PM, on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus. For everyone’s safety, the service will be for immediate family only. Bill’s service will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/tributefuneralhomes.

Immediate family may gather at the funeral home for a private visitation from 11:00 AM until the start of the service at 12:00 PM.

Bill will be laid to rest with Carol at 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 13, 2020, in the Vega Cemetery in Jackson County Ohio, alongside many of his dear ancestors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Visiting Angels, 15 W. National Rd #1, Englewood, Ohio 45322, or State of the Heart Care, 1350 North Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Online condolences and Hugs-From-Home may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Charles "Chuck" W. Sleppy (December 3, 2020)

Charles "Chuck" W. Sleppy, 75, of Troy, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at the Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County’s Inpatient Unit within Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy.

He was born on May 22, 1945 in Greenville, Ohio, to the late William and Ada (Mayers) Sleppy.

In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy Sleppy; and his dear friend, Shirley Snapp.

Charles was a graduate of Ansonia High School. He spent over 20 years working for Hobart Brothers in Troy. Charles enjoyed steam engines and other related equipment, and he even displayed them from time to time at various steam engines shows. He even had a full Thomas the Train set that he cherished. In his free time, Charles enjoyed reading, especially the magazine "Popular Mechanic", Charles Dickens, and Edger Allan Poe.

Charles is survived by his dear neighbor and caregiver, Kim Romie of Troy.

Per Charles' request, a graveside service, with full military honors conducted by the Greenville Honor Guard, will take place at Gettysburg Cemetery on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM.

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

Memorial contributions may be given to Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County, P.O. Box 502, Troy, Ohio 45373.

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

Jerry Lee Williams (December 6, 2020)

Jerry Lee Williams age 84, of Greenville passed away at 6:38 AM on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville.

Jerry was born April 23, 1936, in Corbin, Kentucky, to the late Raymond & Rhoda (Barton) Williams. In addition to his parents, Jerry was also preceded in death by his daughter, Arta Lee Williams; step daughter, Cindy Downey; brothers, Johnny and Donnie Williams; and sisters, Bernice Buchanan and Janice Parker.

Jerry is survived by his children, Linda & Jerry McQueen of Kentucky, Mary & Carl Emrick of Indiana and Carolyn & Bob Blakeley of Rossburg; step children, Dottie & Bill Lingle, Gloria & Bob Yohey and Chuck & Mary Downey; grandchildren, Miranda & Michael Singleton, Jared & Tabitha McQueen, Augustus McQueen, Marie Blakeley and Randy Blakeley; 8 step grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and 20 step great grandchildren; 2 step great great grandchildren; very special friend, Cindy Sease; brothers, Jimmy of Dayton, Ronnie of Tennessee, Benny of Tennessee, Roger of Tennessee and Danny of Florida; sister, Jacki of Tennessee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jerry did masonry work for over 40 years. He was a member of the Greenville Moose Lodge and enjoyed going to the Jamboree in New Paris. 

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 11, 2020, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Derek Specht officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends on Friday from 12:00 to 2:00 PM 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.

Virginia Claudy (December 28, 1931)

Virginia Claudy of Greenville, Ohio, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 5th, 2020.  She was born on December 28, 1931, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Ronald and LaMoine Ryan of Battle Creek, Michigan.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, Dave of Battle Creek, Michigan and Jim of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

She is survived by five children, Rick (Janell), Bob (Gaye), Mark (Alison), Bruce (Peggy) and Susan (Carey).  Also, she is survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren plus several nieces and nephews.  She was a member of the Greenville CMA church.

There will be no public service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to State of the Heart Care at 1350 N. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Arrangements have been entrusted to Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Mark Willard Wagner (November 29, 2020)

Mark Willard Wagner, age 79, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 in Broadview Heights, Ohio where he had resided for several years after a lengthy illness.  Mark was born on January 13, 1941 in Greenville, Ohio.  He was the loving son of Mark Willard Wagner Sr. and Eva Eloise (Eikenberry) Wagner.  Mark graduated from Greenville High School and attended Manchester College.  A member of the Church of the Brethren, he was in the Brethren Volunteer Service from 1963-1965 in the College of Agriculture at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.  There he met and married the late Vivian Gail McSwain of Albemarle, North Carolina on December 27, 1964.  Mark and Vivian came back to his beloved family farm where he farmed for the next several decades.

Mark was joyful and saw the humor in everything.  He loved to laugh and was not afraid to get people laughing at his own expense.  He was an entertaining Euchre player, loved farming and being outdoors, collecting tractors, traveling, and, most especially, enjoying his grandchildren. 

Mark is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kristin Wagner Sweeney and Peter Henry Sweeney of Shaker Heights, Ohio; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly Wagner Biglow, M.D., and Michael Kenneth Biglow, Sr., of Brecksville, Ohio; grandsons Wyatt Henry Sweeney, John “Jack” Mark Sweeney, Michael Kenneth Biglow, Jr., and granddaughter Allison Grace Biglow; brother and sister-in-law, Gary Lynn Wagner and Dianna Kay Wagner of Greenville Ohio; sisters-in-law Janice McSwain Simmons of Hickory, North Carolina and Mary Margaret McSwain of Wilmington, North Carolina;  and several nieces and a nephew. 

A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Dr. Fred Bernhard officiating.  Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. A  Memorial Service for family and friends will be held next summer when the service can be held safely and as an outdoor event.  

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Greenville Public Library or the Darke County Park District would be greatly appreciated.  

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

Marilyn Annabeth “Annie” (Welch) St. Myers (November 29, 2020)

Marilyn Annabeth “Annie” (Welch) St. Myers joined Jesus on November 29, 2020, and after 92 years of waiting for her. We believe He was delighted to welcome Annie. He gifted her with a keen sense of humor and a colorful vocabulary; today she is likely having a good laugh and game of cards with Jesus and loved ones who went to Heaven ahead of her.

Annie was born on November 19, 1928, in Randolph County, Indiana, to the late Rhoda and Paul Welch. On May 5, 1945, she ran away to Covington, Kentucky to marry Dale St. Myers, and despite her parents' reservations, Dale and Annie farmed, grew a thriving business, and raised a family together. He preceded her in death on December 27, 2001. Her son Patrick St. Myers also passed before her, as well as her sister, Helen Cunningham and her brothers, Wilmer Welch, Lloyd Welch, and Eldon Welch, who was her twin.

She is survived by her sister, Joyce Hurley, and daughters Diana (Don) Frazier and Connie Bright. Also remembering her today are ten grandchildren: Scott (Tonya) Frazier, Angie (Scott) Crawford, Robin (Micky) James, Stephanie (Kevin) Balogh, Sarah (Justin) Evans, Darrick (Hettie) Hueber, Christina (Roger) Bowersock, Joe (Lora) Hueber, Sherry (Sammy) Keen and Kerry (Stephanie) Zumbrun. Together they gave her 25 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren. Annie is also survived by her special friend, Gene Byrum. They shared a love of cards, casinos, and yard sales and Annie’s later years were made brighter by the time she spent with Gene.

For her grandchildren, memories of Grandma Annie will always be centered on long weekends at Lake Erie where summer fun and candy, soda pop, and ice cream - were plentiful. Sunday dinners were a reliable tradition and featured some of the best mashed potatoes you would ever eat. And cards! To be sure, if you were at Grandma Annie’s for very long, the cards would come out. Grandma never gave ground in a good card game, even if you were a beloved great grandchild of six or seven. If you ever beat her, it was because you were good or lucky!

Annie was a life-long member of Bartonia Methodist Church and until having a stroke 4 years ago, was a faithful helper at their weekly soup kitchen. Her easy smile made people there feel welcomed, valued, and loved. Annie was also a hospice volunteer, bringing her kindness and warm smile to Greenville families during a tough time when they needed it most.

A private celebration of Annie’s life will take place at the convenience of her family. Annie will be entombed at a later date in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

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

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

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

John F. Wehneman (November 30, 2020)

John F. Wehneman age 79, of Versailles passed away at 5:15 PM on Monday, November 30, 2020, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville.

John was born December 4, 1940, in Darke County to the late Everett & Esther (Worch) Wehneman. 

John is survived by his twin sister, Mary E. Wehneman of Greenville.

John served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from Hague Quality Water in Greenville in 2002 with 42 years of service and was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Versailles, Versailles American Legion and the Gettysburg Masonic Lodge #477 F & AM.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 4, 2020, at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Ippy Mwakabonga officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be held from 12:00 to 2:00 PM on Friday at the funeral home. Full military honors will be conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Versailles. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Clarence L. “Butch” Simons (November 30, 2020)

Clarence L. “Butch” Simons, 72 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Monday November 30, 2020 at 12:00 AM at his residence.  He was born May 22, 1948 in Flemingsburg, Kentucky the son of the late Clarence D. & Trella Marie (Tucker) Simons.

He was an appliance repairman and owned and operated S & S. Appliance Repair; prior to that he worked at Weaver Brothers in Versailles and for Sears for 20 years.

He was a member of the Sons of The American Legion, Greenville; Versailles Eagles; Maysville Kentucky Moose Lodge; he loved to fish, hunt and go boating, plowing and working on tractors; he loved John Deere tractors, UK Basketball, and Ohio State University Football.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his son: Christopher Simons; and his half-brother:  Marvin Simons.

He is survived by his wife:  Jill (Kremer) Simons whom he married April 10, 2000; his son & FiancĂ©e: Joshua & Jamie Simons; his grandchildren:  Kamren & Kolton Simons, Maci, Madison, & Gavinn Simons; great grandchild:  Arya.

A memorial service celebrating Butch’s life will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. 

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


Harold Leo McKnight (November 28, 2020)

Harold Leo McKnight, 94 was born December 26, 1925, to Harley John McKnight and Sophia Irene (Hollinger) McKnight, at home in Adams Township, Darke County, Ohio.

He died unexpectedly Saturday, November 28, 2020 at his home.

He is survived by his wife of seventy years Eileen nee Good, they married in May 1950, children: Belinda (McKnight) Rismiller, Scott McKnight and Colleen McKnight. A sister Virginia (McKnight) Ullery of Ansonia, sister-in-law Myrtle McKnight, grandchildren: Rachel (Denver) Wellman, Morgan (Matthew) Aultman, Sgt. Ian (Tiffany) Rismiller, Emily (Craig) Oliver, Elizabeth (Mike) Knisely, Elijah (Ashley) Oliver and Ethan (Chelsea) Oliver and twenty great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother  Robert McKnight, son-in-law David Rismiller and brother-in-law Jack Ullery.   

He attended Gettysburg School and as a young boy he trapped muskrats and hunted raccoon with a kerosene lantern and went to Canada to work in the wheat fields at the age of 15.

 He was drafted in the U.S. Army and served from September 1944 to June 1946 where he was in the 34th tank battalion 5th Armored Division and were known as Patton’s Ghosts and the Victory Division. The battalion was stopped forty-five miles from Berlin when the war was over in Europe. He was shipped out to Japan but the Atom bomb was dropped and WWII was over.

Before he was drafted he worked at Hartzell and Aero-Products and WACO. After the war he did construction work and some farming, got married, worked  for companies that built Houston Woods Lodge and the Greenville City Building. He and Eileen also built and operated Rustic Hill Market. He also worked as an apartment maintenance man and at Berstrum Air Force Base in Texas. Also, a telephone lineman in Greenville and Arizona.

He is a member of Dawn Community Church and Greenville VFW.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, from 5:00 PM to 8:00PM, with the funeral on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, 1499 North Broadway, Greenville, Ohio. Interment will take place at the Oakland Cemetery.


Donation in lieu of flowers can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or the charity of your choice.  Arrangements entrusted to Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. 

Online condolences at www.zecharbailey.com.

Ronnie “Joe” Spencer (November 26, 2020)

Ronnie “Joe” Spencer, 75, of New Paris, Ohio, passed away during the early hours of Thursday, November 26, 2020, at Reid Health in Richmond, Indiana.

He was born on December 16, 1944 in Greenville, Ohio, to the late Harold and Phyllis (Dill) Spencer.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his brother, Steven Spencer; his sister, Darlene Cook; his sisters-in-law, Debbie Spencer, and Marjorie Hamilton; and his brother-in-law, William Christy.

Joe was a 1963 graduate of Westmont High School. He was a truck driver for many years and spent several years working for Ernst Concrete in Richmond as a concrete truck driver. Joe was a member of the Fellowship Masonic Lodge #106 in New Paris where he was a member of the ancient accepted Scottish Rite and was an 32nd Degree Mason. Joe loved antique tractors and had several himself. He was a member of the Wayne County Antique Tractor Club and the Anthony Wayne Pontiac Car Club.

Joe is survived by his wife of 44 years, Martha (Christy) Spencer, whom he married on October 23, 1976; his son, David Spencer and his wife, April, of Connersville, Indiana; his grandson, Justin Spencer and his wife, Chen Heimin, of Chicago, Illinois; his siblings, Jerry Spencer and his wife, Maxine, of Hagerstown, Indiana, Jim Spencer and his wife, Karen, of Hollansburg, Ohio, David Spencer and his wife, Rosie, of New Paris, Randy Spencer of Richmond, and Janice Balthis of Richmond; his brother-in-law, Gus Cook, of New Paris; his sister in law, Janet Richardson of Richmond; and several nieces and nephews.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, a private family visitation and service will take place at Tribute Funeral Homes, New Madison Campus. Joe will be laid to rest in Greenmound Cemetery in New Madison at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be given to LifeSpring Church, 5600 US Highway 27 North, Richmond, Indiana, 47374, or New Paris Masonic Lodge #106, 116 S. Washington Street, New Paris, Ohio 45347.

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

Myron Jay Damewood (November 25, 2020)

Myron Jay Damewood, a husband, father, and minister, of Union City, Ohio, died unexpectedly on November 25, 2020, due to complications with coronavirus.

Myron is survived by his wife, Kristena (Reier) Damewood; his 6 children, Micah, Kasey, Sheldon, Quinton, McKenzie, Seanna and their spouses; his sister, Talena and her spouse; and his 3 grandchildren.

Myron was born September 27, 1959, in Randolph County, Indiana, to Lane Damewood and the late Marilyn (Law) Damewood. He married Kristena on October 5th, 1979 and spent 41 wonderful years together. He was a devoted father for over 35 years. He was also known by many through his sales profession in the automotive part's industry. But above all, Myron was known for his love for God as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, where he attended at the Kingdom Hall in Greenville, Ohio.

Myron loved spending time with family, enjoying the outdoors, having campfires with loved ones, and working with his hands. He was privileged to be an integral part of all of his children’s lives. His wife will always remember the emotional support and loving demeanor he displayed. He enjoyed helping others and sharing his faith with many he came in contact with. He will deeply be missed and remembered by his family, friends, congregation, and all who knew him.

A private memorial service for family and close friends will be held on Saturday, December 5th, 2020.

Donations and condolences may be sent to 7723 East St. Rd. 32 Union City, IN 47390.

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

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

David E. Horne (November 14, 2020)

David E. Horne age 84, of Greenville passed away at 4:05 PM on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at his residence.

David was born October 24, 1936, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, to the late William & Mildred Virginia (Lavenue) Horne. In addition to his parents, David was also preceded in death by a son, David L. Horne; brothers, William and John Horne; and a sister, Jackie Horne.

David is survived by his daughters, Sheila Horne of Greenville and Cynthia “Cindy” Horne of Greenville; grandchildren, Clayton Bowling, Matthew Donachy, Jesse Donachy, Sarah Donachy, Kristen Hayes, Julie Horne, Jacinda Pierce, Jessica Chasteen and Jenna Horne; numerous great-grandchildren; and brother, Jim Horne of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

David served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a retired truck driver for ABF.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Dale Boeger officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:00 to 10:30 AM at the funeral home. A graveside service will follow on Thursday at 2:00 PM in the Donnelsville Cemetery in Donnelsville. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Penny (Wyan) Hensel (November 25, 2020)

Penny (Wyan) Hensel, age 50 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 3:21 PM Wednesday November 25, 2020 at the Greenville Health & Rehab Center.  Penny was born November 3, 1970 in Piqua, Ohio and the daughter of the late Raymond and Patricia (Smith) Wyan.

Penny loved spending time with her family particularly her grandchildren and her many years of marriage with husband Craig.

She is survived by her husband Craig A. Hensel of Greenville; children Matt Starns of New Madison, Ashly Starns of Celina, Justin Starns and Terry Starns Jr, both of Greenville; step children Amber Benton of Concord, Michigan, Sumer Hensel of Union City, Ohio and Cheyenne Hensel of Darke County; eight grandchildren; brother John Wyan of Bradford; sister Suzanne Hawes of Bradford, numerous nieces and nephews and her dog Corky.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday December 2, 2020 at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home with burial following in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 1:00 PM until time of the services in the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions may be given to the family to help with funeral expenses.

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

Norma E. Hemmelgarn (November 24, 2020)

Norma E. Hemmelgarn age 90, of Versailles passed away at 10:35 PM on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at her residence. 

Norma was born March 20, 1930, in Shelby County to the late Julius & Ruth (Henry) Gaier. In addition to her parents, Norma was also preceded in death by her husband, Gerald F. “Jerry” Hemmelgarn on August 9, 2019, whom she married June 27, 1951; son, Larry Hemmelgarn; and daughter-in-law, Leetta Hemmelgarn. 

Norma is survived by her children, Mike Hemmelgarn of Versailles, Rose & Don Lucas of Versailles, Tom & Sonya Hemmelgarn of Dayton and Margie Mayhew & fiancĂ©, Mark Siegel of Versailles; daughter-in-law, Dana Hemmelgarn of Tennessee; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Esther Bensman of Ft. Loramie; brother, Ralph Gaier of Ft. Loramie; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

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

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons celebrant. The family will not be receiving friends at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.