Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Ruby Earline Wagner (February 23, 2021)

Ruby Earline Wagner, age 89 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 9:08 AM Tuesday February 23, 2021 at the Village Green Healthcare facility in Greenville.  Ruby was born May 2, 1931 in Bradford, Ohio and the daughter of the late Creele Estel Arthur and Susannah (Lavy) Sell.

Ruby was retired from the Rest Haven Nursing Home where she had been employed as the Kitchen Manager/Food Service Supervisor for 25 years.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Eugene Bradford Wagner December 29, 2017.  They were married June 14, 1958.  Also her daughter-in-law Barb Wagner, brothers Lester Sell and Calvin Sell and sisters Martha Miller Emrick and Edith Howell.

Ruby is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Paul & Teresa Wagner of Bradford, Ohio, daughter and son-in-law, Lois & Stephen Britsch of New Lebanon, Ohio; grandchildren, Sarah Britsch and Rachel Britsch; brothers Lee Sell of Modesto, California, Glen (Darlene) Sell of Bradford and Charles Sell of Woodington: foster brother and sister-in-law Edward & Robin Hodge of New York; foster sister Geraldine “Gerry” Hodge of Greenville as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday February 27, 2021 in the Bailey Zechar Funeral Home Versailles, Ohio with Mr. Stephen Britsch officiating.  Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery near Bradford.  The family will receive friends on Friday February 26, 2021 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM in the Versailles funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, it is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the Pilot Dogs, Inc. (Guide dogs for the blind), 625 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, (614) 221-6367, www.pilotdogs.org. Condolences for the family may be sent through www.zecharbailey.com.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

William “Bill” A. Rose (February 15, 2021)

William “Bill” A. Rose, 58, of Ansonia, Ohio, passed away early Monday morning, February 15, 2021 at his home.

Bill was born on October 29, 1962, in Union City, Indiana, to the late Kenneth and Joyce (Coblentz) Rose.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Rose.

Bill was not a complicated person. He had simple tastes and led a simple life. He was creative and artistic. He was a poet and had published a couple books of poetry. He liked drawing and wood working. 

Bill is survived by his sister, Rebecca Rose, of Greenville, Ohio; his uncle Terry Coblentz and his wife, Cindy, of Union City, Ohio; and several cousins.

A memorial graveside service will be held at Lisbon Cemetery at a later date.

Bill’s family has entrusted Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville campus, with his arrangements.

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

I. Marlene McGlinch (February 20, 2021)

I. Marlene McGlinch age 94, of Greenville passed away at 1:16 PM on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at Versailles Rehab & Healthcare Center.

Marlene was born December 19, 1926 in Liberty Township Darke County, Ohio, to the late A. Wade and Vauda (Smith) Harsh.

She retired December of 1988 form Wayne Hospital Greenville where she had been employed as Manager of Materials Management.  She was a life member of the Greenville V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary #7262, serving as President 2 different terms, also served as President of District #3 V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary from 2000-2001, a life member of the Greenville Disabled American Veterans Unit #57 and had served as Commander for 10 years of that unit, a life member of the Greenville American Legion Ladies Auxiliary #140 and a member of the Nashville United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Byford “Bill” McGlinch in 1987; son, Thomas McGlinch; grandson, Kristopher Bercaw; brothers, Donald and James Harsh; and sisters, Juanita Hines, Betty Eve and Vera Warren.

Marlene is survived by her sons & daughters-in-law, Daniel Lee & Deborah McGlinch and James & Mindy McGlinch all of Greenville; daughter & son-in-law, Donna & Fred Foutz of Dunlap, Illinois; daughter-in-law, Susan McGlinch of Naperville, Illinois; grandchildren Quinn McGlinch, Logan McGlinch, Dulcie Bercaw, Dawn (James) Arnett, Amanda McGlinch, Kiersten (Dale) Bowling,  Katey (Jeremy) Beaver, Amy (Terry) Kelley, Deron Foutz and Wesley Foutz; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Marlene’s life will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, February 26, 2021, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Chuck MacKeen officiating.  Burial will be held in the Greenville Township Memorial Garden at the convenience of the family.  The Family will receive friends Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the funeral home. The Greenville V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary will conduct a Memorial Service Friday at 5:45 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be given to the Greenville V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary Relief Fund. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Raymond “Turkey” W. Yinger (February 19, 2021)

Raymond “Turkey” W. Yinger, 77, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away with his family by his side, on Friday, February 19, 2021.

He was born on July 5, 1943, in Hillsdale, Michigan, to the late Irving and Mary (St. John) Yinger. 

In addition to his parents, Raymond was preceded in death by his siblings, Lester “Butch” Yinger, Bob Yinger, and Dick Yinger; his sister-in-law, Barbara Yinger; his brother-in-law, Ron Kaffenberger; his mother-in-law, Rachel Jones; and his father-in-law, George Fourman.

Raymond was a truck driver for over 56 years. He drove for Subler, Continental, and most recently, AL Smith Trucking, until he retired in 2016. Raymond was a clean freak. He loved cleaning his cars and doing yard work. Raymond was a jokester and made it a mission to make others laugh. 

Raymond is survived by his wife, Cynthia (Fourman) Yinger, whom he married on July 18, 1998; his children, Tabitha (Brian) Sager of Arcanum, Shawn (Denise) Fourman of Greenville, Donald (Emily) Fourman of Greenville, Stephanie (Craig) Storer of Greenville, Raymond Yinger, Jr. of Lima, Tina Tucker of Michigan, and Mary Ann West of Lima; his grandchildren, Trevor Fourman, Alexis (Marvin Epperson) Fourman, Brianna (Bryan) Flory, Caitlin Fourman, Brittany (Brandon Ventresco) Grice, and Hailey Sager; his two great grandchildren on the way; his siblings, Russell Yinger, Shirley (Bill) Powers, Sharon (Fred) Demongeot, Howard (Millie) Yinger, and Dawn Kaffenberger; and his sister-in-law, Sharon (Lewis) Frizzell. 

A celebration of Raymond’s life will take place at 11:30 AM on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus with Pastor Don Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Union Cemetery. 

Guests may visit with Raymond’s family on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the funeral home. 

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.

Dana Jo Holzapfel (February 19, 2021)

Dana Jo Holzapfel, age 63, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away peacefully, with her husband by her side, on Friday, February 19, 2021.

She was born on March 16, 1957, in Greenville, Ohio, to Lowell (Bud) and Janice (Krick) House.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Michael James Holzapfel whom she married June 24, 1978; children, Ryan (Betsy) Holzapfel, of Centerville, Ohio, Brad (Holly) Holzapfel of Versailles, Ohio, and Scott Holzapfel of Greenville, Ohio; her grandchildren, Chase, Carson, and Parker Holzapfel, Madelyn, Paige, Carley, Claire, and Josie Holzapfel, Bryson Sharp, Graham, Max, Eli, and Trey Holzapfel. Additionally, she is survived by her brothers, Ty (Lita) House of Greenville, Ohio, and Terry (Kim) House of Arcanum, Ohio, along with many nieces and nephews.

Dana graduated in 1975 from Greenville High School, Greenville, Ohio. After marrying her high school sweetheart, Dana stayed home to raise her three boys. She later worked at Greenville High School as a secretary. She was also a cheerleading advisor. Dana was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter. She was energetic and determined enough to do anything she set her mind to. She fought a long, courageous battle with cancer and kept an upbeat and positive attitude through it all.

In her spare time, she enjoyed many aspects of life. You would find her playing with her grandchildren and attending all of their sporting events, baking, camping, and taking family vacations to the beach. Dana didn't know a stranger and touched the lives of everyone she met. Her sweet smile, spunky attitude, kind spirit, and good sense of humor made her a beloved friend too many. She will be dearly missed by all of her friends and family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Friday February 26, 2021 at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Gary Cloyd officiating.  Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery Ft. Jefferson, Ohio.  The funeral service will be Streamed Live on Zechar Bailey Funeral Home’s Facebook page.  The family will be receiving family and friends on Thursday February 25, 2021 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions for Dana may be given to the Greyson James Steyer Memorial Fund in care of the Darke County Foundation.

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

Lois L. Grice (February 18, 2021)

Lois L. Grice age 87, of Greenville passed away at 1:24 AM on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at Versailles Rehab & Healthcare Center.

Lois was born June 17, 1933, in Little Hocking, Ohio, to the late Edmund & Beatrice (Peckens) Dufur. In addition to her parents, Lois was also preceded in death by her husband, William Edward Grice II; sons, Ray W. Grice and William E. “Bill” Grice III; daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Dyer; granddaughter, Billie Jo Kress; brothers, Edmund & George Dufur; and sister, Ruth Hart.

Lois is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Ed & Susan Grice of Bradford; daughter, Diana C. Louk of Greenville; daughter-in-law, Sharon Grice of Greenville; 11 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; close friend, Sandra Hawes of Greenville; and 4 nieces.

Lois worked at Neff Lettering in Greenville for 23 years. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed working outside in her yard.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 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 Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation P.O. Box 871847 Kansas City, MO 64187. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Dr. David L. Snyder (February 18, 2021)

Dr. David L. Snyder age 72, of Greenville passed away at 7:17 AM on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville. 

Dr. Snyder was born December 14, 1948, in Greenville to the late Thomas L. & Regina (House) Snyder. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Christine K. (Hart) Snyder on February 26, 2015, whom he married June 15, 1974.

Dr. Snyder is survived by his children, Daniel & Melissa Snyder of New Madison and John Snyder & Leah Lehman of Chicago, Illinois; grandchildren, Christopher Snyder and Elizabeth Snyder; brothers & sisters-in-law, Joe & Patty Snyder of Union City, Ohio and Rick & Trudy Snyder of New Madison; and sister, Nancy Snyder of Greenville.

Dr. Snyder along with his wife, Christine owned and operated Edgetown Veterinary Clinic in Greenville for 29 years.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, February 22, 2021, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Bill Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in Greenmound Cemetery in New Madison. The family will receive friends on Monday from 12:00 to 2:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Baptist Church 115 W 5th St, Greenville, OH 45331. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Yvonne Wages (February 14, 2021)

Yvonne Wages, 93, of New Madison, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021, at The Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, Ohio. 

She was born May 24, 1927 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Rev. Benjamin and Treva (Longenecker) Timmons. 

In addition to her parents, Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Coleman Wages, whom she married on October 16, 1954; her son, Benjamin Wages; her sisters, Madeline Apwisch, and Juanita Harnish; her brothers-in-law, Lou Apwisch, Bill Harnish, and John Young; as well as her sister-in-law, Phyllis Timmons. 

Yvonne was one of eight children and a 1945 graduate of New Madison High School. She was a homemaker and enjoyed tending the garden. She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, and playing board games, especially Scrabble. She taught Sunday School at her church, Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren, for more than 50 years.  She also volunteered as a poll worker for the Harrison Township election board.

She is survived by her son Doug (Sue) Wages of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; her daughter, Angela (George) Hunt of Beaumont, Texas; her grandchildren, Shannon (Andy) Riley of Woodburn, Indiana, Tim (Beth) Wages of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Nicole (Josh) Lovoi of Houston, Texas, and Brian (Ginny) Hunt of Wylie, Texas. Yvonne also leaves behind 10 great grandchildren; her sisters, Phoebe Young, and Mary (Robert) Neher; her brothers, Dr. Daniel Timmons, Robert (Joan)Timmons, Rev. Glenn (Linda) Timmons; her daughter-in-law, Lisa Allen of Miamisburg, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Yvonne’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at Tribute Funeral Homes, New Madison Campus, with Pastor Tony Price officiating. Burial will follow in Greenmound Cemetery in New Madison. 

Yvonne’s family will be receiving guests on Wednesday, from 1:00 PM until the time of the service at 2:00 PM at the funeral home.

Due to the COVID pandemic, the family is requesting that guests wear masks and practice social distancing.

The family expresses its heartfelt thanks to the staff of Rosewood 4, at The Brethren Retirement Community, for the loving care they gave to Yvonne during her time there. The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the Brethren Retirement Community Resident Aid Fund, 750 Chestnut St. Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Online condolences may be shared with Yvonne’s family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Terry Lee Cassel (February 16, 2021)

Terry Lee Cassel peacefully went home, to be with the Lord, Tuesday, February 16, 2021. His parents, Virgil Sylvester and Serena Elizabeth Cassel, having passed before him, joined in the heavenly celebration. 

Also preceded him in death was his brother, Jerry (Shirley) Cassel, and father-in-law, Ralph Mumaw.

Born in Greenville, January 1, 1949, he lived a full life enjoying boating, traveling with great friends, and hosting lasagna parties with his wife Linda (Mumaw), whom he married May 31, 1985.  After earning his Organ Performance Degree from Taylor University in 1971, he taught in the Cambridge City School system. He also enjoyed working alongside his father in the family business, Cassel Insurance Agency, and later branched out with his own firm, Bradford-Greenville Insurance. He returned to his teaching roots in the early 1990’s directing the Valley View Show Choir and teaching general music to junior/senior high school classes.

There was not a day that went by that he did not enjoy his profession of music - teaching and performing.  He spent most of his life filling the sanctuaries of local churches with traditional organ music. He was abundantly, musically talented. It was a joy for him to perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during a Christmas Spectacular.  For many years, he played Christmas concerts, directed The Oratorio Society, Handel’s Messiah, and numerous dinner theater programs in the community.

Surviving in love are his wife, Linda; son, Ben and Tracey (Rauch) Cassel; daughter, Betsy and Aaron Ward; step-daughters Heather Ingle, Christina and Ryan Hurley, and Angela and Jason Willis; grandchildren, Brett and Kate Cassel; Carter, Ryan and Brady Ward; Emma, Kale and Caitlyn Ingle; Brayden and Ethan Hurley; mother-in-law, Jane Mumaw; brother-in-law, Terry and Joyce Mumaw; and sister-in-law, Lois Cassel-Miller.

His family will be receiving guests on Sunday, February 21, 2021, from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM at EUM Church, Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331. A celebration of his life will follow at the church starting at 6:00ish, with Pastors Rev. Dr. Jeff Harper and Rev. Don Smith. 

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

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

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

Thelma Jane (T.J.) Brown (February 13, 2021)

Thelma Jane (T.J.) Brown, of Marco Island, Florida, died at the age of 95 on February 13, 2021.  T.J. was born in the quaint farming town of Lewisburg, Ohio, on August 30, 1925; she was the daughter to the late Herb and Cleda (Ryder) Miller.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her

Brothers Loren Miller, Robert Miller, Ramon Miller and Roland Miller.

She is survived by her sisters Dorothy Sommer of Vandalia, OH, Marilyn Hittle of Greenville, OH, and Brother Dale Miller (Dorothy) of Frostproof, FL.  To carry on her legacy are three children- Gary Brown of Greenville, OH, Judy Brown of Fairborn, OH, and Ned Brown(Deb) of Arcanum, OH, six grandchildren-  Nichole Brown Collins(Chad) of Fleming Island, FL, Hilary Deemer of Dayton, OH, Ryan Brown(Stacie) of Morrow, OH, Travis Brown(Richelle) of Bloomington, IN, Tracy Layne(Brian) of Arcanum, OH, and Tyler Landis of Columbus, OH, ten great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

T.J. retired as an educator and administrator after serving for 31 years. She was an inspiration to many, showing that with hard work and dedication dreams could be achieved.  In 1985, she retired to her dream home of Marco Island, Florida, her “piece of heaven,” where she lived full-time for nearly 35 years.  She stayed active with volunteering even after retirement; she started the first Great Books reading club in Marco Island and was a founding member of the Marco Island Historical Society.  Besides her family, her other loves included education, gardening, cooking, fishing, boating, reading and traveling.  She loved life, beauty in nature and helping others. 

Per her request, memorial services will not be held, and Cremation will be followed by a Celebration of Life at a later date, including a small remembrance on Marco Island.  In lieu of flowers, please donate in T.J.’s memory to the Marco Island Historical Society, 180 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island, FL  34145.

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

Larry J. Francis (February 16, 2021)

Larry J. Francis, age 65 of Union City, Ohio passed away Tuesday February 16, 2021 peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones.  Larry was born August 1, 1955 in Greenville, Ohio and the son of Carl A. Francis of Union City, Ohio and the late Anna Marie (Barton) Francis. 

Larry is survived by his wife of 46 years Janet (Yount) Francis, whom he married August 24, 1974.  Also his children Jamie (Zach) Wisner, Chrissy (Deke) Brim, Jeremy (Krista) Francis and Tonya (Nathan) Riffell; 14 grandchildren Tyler, Daisy, Zoey, Dalton, Brianna, Abbie, Grace, Daxton, Shelby, Braden, Maia, Hunter, Easton, and Paislee.  Also his siblings, Steve (Sandi) Francis, Dale (Kim) Francis, Craig (Lisa) Francis, Jason Francis, Gary (Susie) Francis, Tina (Chaz) Francis and Eddie (Matthew) Anjos as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister Beverly Francis.

Larry graduated from Greenville High School in 1973.  He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Union City, Indiana.  He was known by many for his hard work ethic.  He worked alongside his father Carl up until the time of his death.  He enjoyed fishing, camping, spending time with his grandkids, cutting firewood and ending his days by the wood stove in his shop with his dad.  Larry will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM Saturday February 20, 2021 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church 425 West Hickory Street Union City, Indiana with Father Peter Logsdon as celebrant.  The family will receive friends on Friday February 19, 2021 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.  Father Logsdon will be reciting the Rosary Friday evening at 8:00 PM in the funeral home.

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

Barbara L. Goubeaux (February 14, 2021)

Barbara L. Goubeaux age 94, of Versailles passed away at 10:10 AM on Sunday, February 14, 2021, at her home after a lengthy illness.

Barbara was born May 23, 1926, in Frenchtown, to the late Joseph P. & Margaret (DeMange) Schieltz and daughter-in-law to the late Edward & Emma (Grillot) Goubeaux. In addition to her parents, Barbara was also preceded in death by a son, Doug Goubeaux; son-in-law, Lloyd Turner Jr.; siblings, Rita (Schieltz) Grogean, Ruth (Schieltz) Grogean Kahlig, Edward Schieltz and Virginia Schieltz in infancy; brothers-in-law, Cyril Grogean, Virl Grogean, Al Schulze, Jim Enneking, Ambrose Goubeaux, Lowell Goubeaux and Cecil Goubeaux; sisters-in-law, Matilda (Grogean) Schieltz, Lee (Hansen) Goubeaux, Virginia (Larger) Goubeaux, Mary Lou (Goubeaux) Schulze and Joan (Kucko) Goubeaux.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 70 years, Marvin E. Goubeaux whom she married June 8, 1950; children, Jan Turner of Versailles, Cindy (Goettemoeller) Goubeaux Geise of Coldwater, Kevin & Cheryl (Hehr) Goubeaux of Russia, Mark & Kimberly (Bakota) Goubeaux of Springboro and Melissa & Kaelin Turner of North Carolina; grandchildren, Jason & Jill Turner, Jeremy & Ariana Turner, Jared & Kylie Turner, Jessica & Bryan Eyink, Danielle & Vince Stinnett, Justin & Nicole Goubeaux, Larissa Goubeaux, Matthew & Jenna Goubeaux, Tyler Goubeaux, Erica Goubeaux, Craig & Michaela Goubeaux, Chad Goubeaux and Ayden Turner; great-grandchildren, Emerson Turner, Samuel Turner, Liam Turner, Grant Turner, Henry Turner, Caroline Turner, Lauren Turner, Camille Turner, Brennin Eyink, Connor Eyink, Bailee Eyink, Easton Eyink, Kinslee Eyink, Cohen Eyink, Parker Goubeaux, Owen Goubeaux, Natalie Goubeaux, Alexis Goubeaux, Lillian Goubeaux and 2 expected; sisters-in-law, Virginia (Gasson) Goubeaux of Versailles and Carolyn (Goubeaux) Enneking of Minster; brother-in-law, Dale Goubeaux of Tallmadge; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Barbara was a homemaker. She was an excellent cook, baker, avid daily walker, loved caring for her flowers and playing cards. She was a faithful member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles who attended Mass daily. She was an active member of the Daughters of Isabella in which she held various offices.        

A public Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, February 19, 2021 at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons celebrant. Streaming of the Mass can be found on Zechar Bailey Funeral Homes Facebook page. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery, Versailles. A private visitation will be held. It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care or Darke County Right to Life. A special thank you to the many caregivers who so lovingly provided care during Barbara’s journey to heaven. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Janice Elizabeth Smith (February 12, 2021)

On Friday, February 12, 2021, Janice Elizabeth Smith, a loving wife and mother of four, passed away, at the age of 87, with her son and two daughters by her side.

She was born on August 24, 1933, in Union City, Indiana, to the late Joseph L. and Mabel T. (Foreman) Collins.

In addition to her parents, Janice was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald D. "Smitty" Smith, whom she married on February 1, 1969; her sons, Joe Best on November 1, 2017, and Steve Smith; her sister, Patsy Shiverdecker, her brother, David Collins.

They owned and operated Smitty's Appliance Service in Greenville for over 30 years. 

Janice is survived by her children, Ronnie (Jeanne) Best of St. Paris, Ohio; her daughters, Bonita (Tom) Schlechty of New Madison, Ohio, and T.K. (Jeff) Reigle of Greenville, Ohio, and Dan Smith of Greenville; her daughter-in-law, Denise Best of Arcanum, Ohio. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jason Best of Vandalia, Ohio, Casey Best Helmer of Greenville, Hayley Buirley of Loveland, Ohio, Chelsea (David) Mann of Miamisburg, Ohio, Haedon (Destiney) Schlechty of New Madison, Ohio, Shawn (Alisha) Best of Piqua, Ohio, Dusty (Megan) Best of Springboro, Ohio, and Josh (Becky) Best of St. Paris, and several great grandchildren. Janice will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, and niece Shirley (Darrell) Howard of Greenville.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at Greenmound Cemetery in New Madison.

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

Online condolences may be shared with Janice’s family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Kimberly Jean Magoto (February 10, 2021)

Kimberly Jean Magoto, 56 of Versailles, Ohio passed away on Wednesday February 10, 2021 at 12:00 PM at her residence.  She was born November 19, 1964 in Dayton, Ohio the daughter of the late Phyllis (Jackson) Travis and Frank & Judy Magoto of Versailles.  She was retired from the United States Army.  She was a loving daughter, sister, and aunt and was dedicated to her nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her mother.

She is survived by her father and step mother; her step father:  William Travis of Phoenix, Arizona; her brother:  Michael Magoto of Jacksonville, Indiana; her sisters:  Kristi Magoto of Dayton, Jennifer Temple of Centerville; her step brothers:  Jeff Krznarich of Dayton, Michael Krznarich of Lebanon, Ohio; her step sister:  Stephanie Krznarich of Orient, Ohio; her nieces & nephews:  Samantha & Raymond Magoto, Felicia Fothergill-Hedges, Curtis Fothergill, Kristina Long, Sophia Ivanoff; her step nieces & nephews:  Bradley Krznarich, Katie Krznarich, Kirsten Krznarich, Alex Krznarich, Ashley Krznarich, Haven Krznarich, Houston Krznarich; 3 step great nieces & nephews; 1 great niece; and her loving companion Bella. 

Services will be held Saturday February 20, 2021 at 10:30 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the V.A. Recreation Club.

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

Donovan E. Boyd (February 8, 2021)

Donovan E. Boyd, age 73 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 11:05 AM Monday February 8, 2021 at the Brethren Retirement Community of Greenville.  Donovan was born February 8, 1948 in Dayton, Ohio and the son of the late Walter and Glenna (Deeter) Boyd.

Donovan had lived his entire life in the Palestine area of Darke County.  He was a member of the Oakland Church of the Brethren and had worked many years in the hardware business at stores located in Troy and West Milton. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother David Boyd.

Donovan is survived by his sister Dorothy (Dave) Petersime of Greenville, sister-in-law Phyllis Boyd of Salida, California, nephews Tim Petersime of Hebron, Kentucky and his family Jodi, Hannah, Ian, and Grant; Eric Boyd of Modesto, California and his family Wendy, Levi and Devyn; nieces Amy Floria of Middlebury, Indiana and her family Norm, Austin and Mason and Rita Chin of Cincinnati and her family CJ, Peter and Gabriella.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Friday February 19, 2021 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Brethren Phillip King and Tim Flora co-officiating.  Burial will follow in the Miller Cemetery on Clark Station Road near Palestine.  The family will receive friends on Friday February 19, 2021 from 9:00 AM until time of the services in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to Brethren Retirement Community Resident’s Aid Fund.

A request of the family, due to the pandemic restrictions, everyone please wear mask while in the funeral home, Thank-you very much for your consideration!

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

Avesta M. Fritz (February 10, 2021)

Avesta M. Fritz age 89, of Union City, Ohio passed away at 2:16 AM on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at Village Green Healthcare Center in Greenville.

Avesta was born June 9, 1931, in Darke County to the late Albert & Florence (Lamb) Grim. In addition to her parents, Avesta was also preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd F. Fritz on January 3, 2014, whom she married July 10, 1955; grandson, Steven Daniel Fritz; brother, Harry Grim; and sister, Sarah Carter.

Avesta is survived by her children, Franklin Fritz of Ansonia, Kenneth & Sherri Fritz of Winchester, Indiana, Gary S. Fritz of Modoc, Indiana, and Pamela Harmeson of Union City, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Martha Warvel of Greenville, Betty Routzong of Greenville and Eileen Drew of Georgia; sister-in-law, Barbara Grim of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Avesta worked at A.O. Smith (Westinghouse) in Union City, Indiana for 19 years and retired from G.T.I. in Greenville. She attended Trinity Wesleyan Church in Greenville.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Drew Bush officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends on Wednesday 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.

Patricia Ann Showalter (February 7, 2021)

Patricia Ann Showalter, age 89 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 4:00 PM Sunday February 7, 2021 at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville. Patricia was born December 18, 1931 in Darke County and the daughter of the late Robert and Grace (Brumbaugh) Applegate.

During her earlier years, Patricia had been employed as a payroll clerk for the former CW Fry Construction Company and the Darke County United Way Fund. 

She married Glenn P. Showalter of Greenville on June 27, 1953. 

She was a past active member of Pleasant View Missionary Church, serving in the choir and teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for decades. 

Patricia and Glenn later wintered in Florida, and she was active in the North Shore Missionary Church in Ft. Myers, Florida. Patricia later joined the Greenville Missionary Church where she sang in the choir and volunteered with Darke County Youth for Christ. 

After being in the Brethren Home for a short post-surgery rehabilitation stay in 2014, at age 82 she started a regular visiting program for local nursing home residents.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Glenn P. Showalter, her son G. Marc Showalter and sisters Mary Shields and Winifred Netzley. 

Patricia is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Amy Renae Showalter and Randy Boyer of Cincinnati, daughter-in-law Angela Showalter of Columbus, grandsons 

Alex James Miller and Paxton Glenn Showalter, both of Columbus as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 13, 2021,  from 10:00 AM until time of  Funeral Services at 11:00 A.M. in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Gary Oser officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. 

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice www.stateoftheheartcare.org or Pet Partners www.petpartners.org

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


William O. Albritton Jr. (February 5, 2021)

William O. Albritton Jr. age 67, of Versailles passed away at 4:33 AM on Friday, February 5, 2021, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

William was born April 8, 1953, in Greenville to the late William & Phyllis (Knight) Albritton Sr.

William is survived by his wife, Pauline (Baker) Albritton whom he married December 16, 1972; children, Stacy Albritton-Salmon of Troy and Chad Albritton of Versailles; grandchildren, Kirra Albritton of Sidney, Deshay Parkmond of Troy and Addison Salmon of Troy; brothers & sister-in-law, Chris Albritton of Utah, Brad Albritton of California and Jeff & Becky Albritton of Greenville; sisters, Sherri Clark of Cleveland and Jane Swieterman of Sarasota, Florida; sisters-in-law, Wanda Baker of Celina and Carolyn Fields of Union City, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

William graduated from Versailles High School with the Class of 1971. William enjoyed working on computers and golfing. He loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren. He was always laughing and known for his big heart.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, February 8, 2021, at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. A private funeral service will be held with burial to follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Lewis Francis Glick (February 4, 2021)

Lewis Francis Glick, age 75 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 10:13 PM Thursday February 4, 2021 at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville.  Lewis was born December 3, 1945 in Miami County, Ohio and the son of Rita E. (Bulcher) Glick of Greenville and the late Ralph E. Glick.

He had been employed for many years in the tool and die department of Fram Corporation of Greenville as well as employed with Markwith Tool Company.  Lewis was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army from 1965 until 1967.  He was an active member of the Trinity Wesleyan Church of Greenville, had taught and shared the word of God through Bible Study Classes and in general loved to share the love of Jesus with everyone he had the pleasure to be in contact with.  Over the years, he enjoyed camping at Cozy Campgrounds at Grand Lake St. Mary’s and giving golf cart rides to fellow campers, spending time in his garage building birdhouses and helping his friends with many different projects.  Lewis had also served as a volunteer for Youth for Christ.

Lewis was preceded in death by his father Ralph and Sisters Irene Spencer and Sharon Swabb.

Survivors in addition to his mother is his wife Mary Jane (Coblentz) Glick of Greenville.  They were married May 18, 1968.    Also children Catherine (Tim) Ellis of Greenville, Benjamin Glick of Englewood, Ohio and Jennifer (Dr. Josh) Horn of West Union, Ohio; grandchildren Nolan Ellis, Noah Ellis, David Glick, Emma Glick, Noah Horn and Elizabeth Horn; sisters Karen (Bill) Stump of Greenville and Patricia Valentine of Greenville; brother Richard Glick of Greenville as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Lewis’s Life will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday February 13, 2021 in the Trinity Wesleyan Church 1400 East Main Street Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Drew Bush officiating.  The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:00 AM until time of the service in the Church.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the State of the Heart Care 1350 N. Broadway or the Trinity Wesleyan Church 1400 East Main Street, both of Greenville, Ohio, 45331.

Funeral arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

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

Romanus “Russ” D. Monnin (February 3, 2021)

Romanus “Russ” D. Monnin, 82, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at his home with his family by his side, on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, from complications of congestive heart failure.

He was born on January 14, 1939, in Russia, Ohio, to the late Wilbert and Matilda (Sherman) Monnin. 

In addition to his parents, Russ was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie (Koverman) Monnin, whom he married on August 4, 1962. 

He is also preceded in death by his infant sister, Mary Monnin; his brothers, Audrey Monnin and Merle (Kathleen) Monnin; his mother and father-in-laws, Cletus and Angeline Koverman; his brother-in-law, Gerald “Jerry” Koverman; and his sister-in-law, Deborah Koverman.

Russ served his country honorably in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959. He returned home and began a 30-plus year career as a bridge builder for Frantz Brothers in Sidney. Russ was an active member with the VFW Post 6557 in Pleasant Hill. Russ was a devoted Catholic and was strong in his faith. 

He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandchildren. In his free time, Russ preferred to be outdoors, hunting and fishing. He developed an interest in primitive camping, known as, mountain man camping. He enjoyed woodworking and leather work. Russ was known as “Whittler” by many of his mountain man friends. 

Russ is survived by his children, Robert (Maria) Monnin of Tipp City, Ohio, David (Tammy) Monnin of Greenville, Amanda Hill of Greenville, and Laura (Jeff) Gower of Versailles, Ohio; his 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; his sister, Irene (Eugene) Berning, of St. Patrick, Ohio; his sisters-in-law, Mary Monnin of McCartyville, Ohio, and Kathleen (Nicholas) Wenning of South Carolina; his brothers-in-law, Daniel Koverman, and Steven (Rebecca) Koverman, all of New Bremen, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 233 W. Third Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331, with Father David Doseck as celebrant. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in Miami Memorial Park in Covington. 

The Monnin family will be receiving guests on Monday, February 8, 2021 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM and again on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, 1000 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675. 

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

Noreen C. Deming (February 3, 2021)

Noreen C. Deming, 96, of Wayne Lakes, Ohio, formerly of Sarasota, Florida, passed away at her home on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

She was born on July 17, 1924, in Rochester, New York, to the late Nathan and Gladys (Fletcher) Conrow.

In addition to her parents, Noreen was preceded in death by her husband, Melville Deming in 2015, whom she married August 21, 1943; her brothers, Harry and Elwood Conrow.

Noreen was a devoted woman and caregiver. She took her love of helping people and applied it as an LPN for 25 years before retiring. She was a woman of strong of faith. She could grow anything with roots. She enjoyed sewing, the color red and cardinals.

Noreen is survived by her children, Wayne Deming and his wife, Kay, of Nokomis, Florida, Linda Page of Sarasota, Shirley Harter and her husband, Dave, of Wayne Lakes, Ohio, and Esther Becker and her husband, Hal, of North Port, Florida; her grandchildren, Michael Deming, and his wife, Wendy, Brian Deming and his wife, Dea, Ryan Page, Michele Bunger and her partner, Adam Royer, Rachel Duncan, Stacey Zawalski and her husband, Matt, Matt Harter and his wife, Wanda, Justin Becker, Heather Yago and her husband, Rob, and Andrew. She is also survived by her great grandchildren, Emily, Nathan, Casey, Ethan, Willow, Markus, Collin, Alex, Alivia, Randall, Kaylee, Ashlyn, Jake, Josiah, Jansen, Gavin, Brooke, Andrew, Gracee, Heiress, and Reign.

Services will be held at a later date in Sarasota.

Noreen’s family has entrusted Tribute Funeral Homes with her final arrangements.

Online condolences may be shared with Noreen’s family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Deborah “Debbie” Reigle (February 1, 2021)

Deborah “Debbie” Reigle, 67, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2021, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. 

She was born on July 26, 1953, in Milford, Ohio, to the late Rolf and Norma (Howell) Dority. 

In addition to her parents, Debbie was preceded in death by her siblings, Gregg Dority and Denise Dority. 

Debbie was a 1971 graduate of Greenville High School. She spent over 20 years working for Corning in Greenville. In her free time, Debbie enjoyed reading books, listening to music, and playing trivia.

Debbie is survived by her daughter, Mollie Reigle of Greenville; and her nephew, Adam Dority and his wife, Jescinda, of Daytona Beach, Florida.

There will be no services for Debbie at this time. 

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

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be given to the Darke County Humane Society, 7053 OH-49, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

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

Daniel Richard “Dan” Canan (February 3, 2021)

Daniel Richard “Dan” Canan, 62 passed away at 6:03 AM Wednesday February 3, 2021 after five months of declining health.

Dan was born to the late Dick L. and Mary Lou (Myers) Canan in Greenville, Ohio on March 1, 1958.  He was a 1977 graduate of Greenville Senior High.  Dan retired from Fram where he worked for 32 years and was known as “Danny”.

Dan enjoyed fishing, RC airplanes, camping (especially at Kentucky Horse Park), old westerns and movies; he also enjoyed 60’s, 70’s, and early 80’s rock music and tinkering in the garage.

Dan is preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents:  Sam and Mary Myers, and William and Mabel Canan; and his beloved cats: Smokey, Juelette, Brooks, Cleo, Marcelle, & Wheezer.

Dan is survived by his wife of 31 years:  Melissa J. (Howard) Canan whom he married July 1, 1989 and she referred to him as Sherlock; his brother in law:  Mark Howard; cousins:  Scott, Bobby, and Mary Kathryn Myers, Nancy Smith, Cathy Chadeayne, and many other cousins; and his beloved cat: Lex; and special friends:  Eileen Eckstein, Ron and Mary Bonfigleo, and Dave and Jan Mcclanahan.

Services will be held on Tuesday February 9, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Deacon Tom Graber officiating.  Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fort Jefferson, Ohio.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Monday February 8, 2021 at the funeral home.  Vigil and Liturgy Prayers will be held on Monday at 4:45 PM.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital or the Shriners Hospital.

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

Caryn Michelle Lilly (February 2, 2021)

Caryn Michelle Lilly, 43, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 2:15 P.M. on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at the State of the Heart Care Center in Greenville.

She was born on September 28, 1977, in Dayton, Ohio, to Mr. Charles E. Lilly and Ms. Ina J. Lilly.

Caryn was a 1996 graduate of Greenville High School. Over the years, Caryn traveled all over the world with her family. She loved going to new places. Caryn also was an avid shopper and was known throughout town for her love of shopping.

In addition to her mother and father, Caryn is survived by her sister, Jennifer Anne Borch of Brookfield, Wisconsin; her grandparents, Barbara and Carl Bricker of Greenville; her aunt and uncle, Pam and Frank Griffin, of Fairborn, Ohio; her niece and nephew, Samara and Keller Borch of Brookfield; and her cousins, Eric Griffin of Fairborn, and Becky and Jason Owen of Fairborn.

At this time there are no services scheduled for Caryn.

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

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

Denver “Denny” Anthony (February 1, 2021)

Denver “Denny” Anthony, 73 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Monday February 1, 2021 at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio.  Denny was born in 1947 in Greenville, Ohio the son of Bob Anthony of Greenville and the late Dorothy (Kuhnle) Anthony.  He graduated from Greenville High School in 1965.  Denny married Diane McKibben of Arcanum on November 1, 1975.

He worked for Anthony Cycle Center for many years; then he worked for John Deere until he retired in 2008. He enjoyed his family and friends and he was loved and cherished and his family was blessed to have such a wonderful man in their lives.  His hobbies were tending to his yard and gardening, Nascar Racing, watching OSU games, search puzzles.  In his early years he raced professional motorcycles with AMA; he also officiated AMA motorcross races.

He is preceded in death by his mother: Dorothy; brothers:  Charlie and Steven (Pee Wee) Anthony; sister in law:  Helen Anthony; mother & father in law:  Lloyd & Alice McKibben; sister & brother in law:  Judy & Marvin Brodrick; brother in law:  Homer Brewer.

He is survived by his wife: Diane Anthony of Greenville; his father Bob Anthony; his daughters & sons in law:  Tammy & Bobby Salmon of Fayetteville, N.C., Barbara & Brent Fisher of Englewood, Ohio; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; brother & sister in law:  Mike & Joanne Anthony; sister:  Susie Anthony; sisters in law:  Mary Brewer, & Barbara Anthony; and numerous nieces & nephews.

Services will be held on Friday February 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Sylvia McKibben officiating.  Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Friday at the funeral home.  The family request that anyone who attends to please wear a mask.  Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Association of Darke County, 1111 Sweitzer Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Denny will be greatly missed by his family and friends and anyone who knew him.

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

Donald Eugene "Don" Kepler (January 31, 2021)

Donald Eugene "Don" Kepler, 92, of Pitsburg, Ohio, passed away of natural causes, on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 3:45 PM at his home.

Don was born in Pitsburg December 31, 1928, to the late Merl and Kathryn (Condon) Kepler.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by infant great-granddaughters, Stella Rose and Kendyll Dale Williams.

Don is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 70 years, Ruth (Blumenstock) Kepler, whom he married, September 9, 1950; his son, David (Dixie) Kepler of Pitsburg; his daughters, Beth Schrodi of Pitsburg, and Barbara (Duane) Denlinger of Farmersville, Ohio; his grandchildren, Ryan Kepler, Christina Ray and Tyler Schrodi, Leighanne Williams, Heather Schreyer and Vanessa Silvers. Don is also survived by his great grandchildren, James and Marcus Ray, Harper and Avery Schrodi, Nolan and Landon Williams, Wyatt and Luke Schreyer, and Brock Silvers; his brother, James (Jeanne) Kepler of Pitsburg; a niece, Melinda Meyers; a nephew, Mike Kepler; and many cousins and friends.

Don was a 1946 graduate of Monroe High School in Pitsburg. He was a former member of the Franklin-Monroe School Board and he served as clerk-treasure as well as a firefighter for the Village of Pitsburg. Many years ago Don and others were instrumental in forming the Pitsburg Little League. Don was a member of the AASR Masonic Valley of Dayton 32nd degree and a 60+ year member of Arcanum Masonic Lodge. He was a former member of Antioch Shrine Club of Dayton and the Darke County Shrine Club. He was a 41-year member of the Pitsburg Lions Club and was Governor of District 13-E, and Council Chairman for the State of Ohio Lions Clubs. Don was also a member of the Potsdam Church of the Brethren.

Due to the COVID pandemic, Don's family will be having a private memorial service, including a Lions memorial service, on Thursday, February 4, 2021, which will be available to be viewed remotely on our Facebook page, facebook.com/tributefuneralhomes, starting at 10:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Pitsburg Lions Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 93, Pitsburg, Ohio 45358.

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

Monday, February 1, 2021

Dennis Leon Sides (January 28, 2021)

Dennis Leon Sides, 75, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

He was born on November 25, 1945, in Dayton, to the late Lester and Martha (Rurode) Sides.

In addition to his parents, Dennis was preceded in death by his son, Mark Sides; his daughter, Paula Lewis; his grandson, Evan Sides; and his siblings, Charles, Donald, and Keith Sides, and Verna Cook.

Dennis was a hard working and dedicated man. He devoted 26 years to Sheller-Globe as an industrial painter. Following that, he worked for the Body Company for eight years before becoming a cabinet maker. He enjoyed many things; he was an Ohio State Buckeye fan, he loved fishing, horseback riding, wood working and riding his motorcycle. However, all these hobbies were far more enjoyable when shared with his family. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandson. He was a caring and loving person who was always willing to help others.

Dennis is survived by his wife of nearly 42 years, Janice (Mock) Sides, whom he married on February 17, 1979; his children, Todd Sides of Columbus, Ohio, Darrel Sides of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Tony Lewis and his wife, Lynn, of Greenville; his grandchildren, Nathan and his wife, Mai, Jeffrey and his wife, Elizabeth, Melissa and her husband Michael, Mackenzie and her husband, Justin, Brandi, Spencer and his wife, Emilie, Conner, and Lance; and his great grandson Hudson.

A Celebration of Dennis’ life will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville campus with Pastor Sylvia McKibben officiating. Burial will follow in Miami Memorial Park in Covington, Ohio.

His family will be receiving guests on Wednesday, from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at noon at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Darke County, P.O. Box 781, Greenville, Ohio 45331 or the James Cancer Center payable toThe Ohio State University Foundation, P.O. Box 710811 Columbus, OH 43271.

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

Joe R. Armstrong (January 31, 2021)

Joe R. Armstrong, age 93 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 6:04 AM Sunday January 31, 2021 at the Village Green Healthcare Campus of Greenville.  Joe was born August 25, 1927 in Darke County, Ohio and the son of the late Ralph and Blanche (Hittle) Armstrong.

Joe was a Veteran of W.W. II serving in the U.S. Army stationed in the Philippines.  He farmed and raised livestock and always had a collie by his side, which he always named “Lassie”.  He loved working in his woodworking shop making toy farm equipment and looked forward to having Sunday Supper every week with his kids, grandkids and great grandkids.  Joe was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Greenville, enjoyed traveling and belonging to camping clubs.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Bevva L. (Ross) Armstrong August 23, 2013.  They were married October 5, 1948.  Also a daughter-in-law Dawn Armstrong and sister Anne Lee Shuttleworth.

Joe is survived by his children  Bill (Jane Oliver) Armstrong of Greenville and Linda (Robert) Christman of Greenville; grandchildren, Scott (Angie) Armstrong, Ken (Aimee) Armstrong, Mark (Amanda) Armstrong, and Mike (Whitney) Christman; great grandchildren, Allie, Taylor, Jake, Josh, Bella, Lexi and Eli Armstrong, Wyatt Christman, Kate, Ben and Sam Oliver and Kennedi Strawser; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Private Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Todd Reish officiating.  Burial will follow in the Abbottsville Cemetery.  

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the State of the Heart Hospice of Darke County.

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


Barbara (Houdeshell) Skinner (Jan. 24th, 2021)

Our loving Mother Barbara (Houdeshell) Skinner went to be with the lord on Jan. 24th, 2021. She was 73 years young.

She was born on July 14, 1947, in Greenville, Ohio, to the late Donovan Houdeshell and Phyllis (Gibson) Cheadle.

In addition to her parents, Barb was proceeded in death by her husband of nearly 56 years, Richard; her two Brothers, Chester “Chet” Cheadle and Greg Cheadle. All of whom she has dearly missed and will be waiting to greet her in Heaven. 

She is survived by a son, Richard “Rick” and his wife, Kris, and their two children, Katelyn and Kyle; her daughter, Julie Skinner and her son, Brayden. She is also survived by her brothers, Donovan “Don” Houdeshell of Asotin, Washington state, Ronald Houdeshell of Dayton, Ohio; and a sister, Bonnie Rodgers, and husband, Dave, of Dayton; and several nieces and nephews. 

Barb truly loved life and spending time with her family and friends. She loved making and creating things throughout the year that she could share with others. Things such as wonderful meals, ceramics, homemade greeting cards to scrapbooks, anything that she thought would bring joy, beauty, or happiness to someone’s life. But the thing Barb loved the most and she will probably most be remembered for was her love of flowers, herbs, and gardening! She loved sharing her knowledge of herbs, plants with anyone that would listen or take them. She was always giving away a start of a plant or something she grew in her greenhouse. She took her love of gardening to another level as she was a long-time member of the Ladybug Garden Club where she served in many leadership roles over the years.

There are many words we could use to describe Barb’s life, but Faithful Servant would be the most appropriate. Not only was she a wonderful Mom, selflessly serving her family, but she was a faithful servant of Jesus and her church family at Gospel Baptist Church. Barb was always looking for ways to serve others, her friends, and her community.

To say serving others was her lifelong calling is an understatement. This started early in life as she began working as a young teenager waitressing in her Aunt’s corner cafĂ© in Arcanum and continued as a waitress for many years at Schumeth’s restaurant in Greenville, all while raising a family. Her life of service continued for 23 years as she sacrificed, weekends, nights, and holidays to help others as a Deputy 911 Dispatcher at the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. After she retired in 2007 she found herself spending her free time serving as an auctioneer’s assistant and clerk for Mike Baker and Jim Wroda, where she made many more lifelong friends. 

When Barb was not helping others, spending time in flowerbeds, or at an auction, you could find her cheering for one of her grandchildren at a sporting event, or some special event they were involved in. She loved to travel! It did not matter if it was just a Sunday drive to visit friends or one of many family fishing and hunting trips to Canada, Montana and New Mexico, she always enjoyed an adventure! One of her most favorite trips was the two months she and Richard spent driving to Alaska in their truck camper.

Although Barb dedicated her life to helping others, her greatest passion and accomplishment was raising her family. Though only being five feet tall, she was a gentle giant, but she could also be a force to be reckoned with. Barb was, in life as she was in her death, a Fighter and a Survivor! She was a breast cancer survivor of over eight years and a fighter up until she took her last breath. So much so, she earned the nickname “Rocky” from her nurses.

“Mom, you’ve fought the good fight and now your work is done. Fly high with the angels as there is no doubt you’ve earned your wings! Rest easy you beautiful soul.”

A memorial celebration of Barb’s life will be held at Greenville Union Cemetery at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, Barb would love a donation be made on her behalf to: State of the Heart Care, 1350 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331. www.stateoftheheartcare.org

Barb’s family has entrusted Tribute Funeral Homes to handle her final arrangements.

Online condolences can be shared with Barb’s family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

William Franklin “Bill” Davenport (January 26, 2021)

William Franklin “Bill” Davenport went to be the Lord on January 26, 2021, following a courageous battle. Bill was born on May 6, 1956, to William and Barbara (Blade) Davenport in Dayton, Ohio.

Bill attended The Ohio State University, majoring in dairy science. There he met the love of his life, his wife of 43 years, Beth (Deam) Davenport, whom he married on March 4, 1978. They built an active and loving family with their four children: Rachel (Mike) Fearon of Greenville, Nathan (Jennifer) Davenport of Greenville, Nicia (Josh) Hanes of Union City, and Abbey (Chase) Moore of Arcanum. He was beloved by his grandchildren—Madelyn, Seth, and Edee Fearon; Adrina, Brielle, Carleigh, and Gracie Davenport; Harley, Caden, Cole, and Hadley Hanes; and Lilly, Navie, and Toby Moore.

Bill was a dairyman at heart and managed Dalwood Dairy in Wakeman, Ohio, for a number of years. He retired from Harvestland Co-op in 2019 and found enjoyment working at the Graves- Fearon Insurance Agency. Bill adored his wife Beth and his family, with whom he loved spending time at ball games, livestock shows, and fishing trips. He was a lifelong fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds, and he traveled to numerous Big Ten championship games with Beth, their family and friends over the years.

Bill was also devoted to his faith, instilling important values in his family such as hard work, dedication, patience, love, and courage. At the start of his valiant battle with cancer, Bill was introduced to Joshua 1:9: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” He lived this verse to the fullest, and he spent the last years of his life fighting to be with the family and friends he loved.

In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren, Bill is survived by his mother, Barbara; his siblings Dale (Karen) Davenport, Darryl (Bev) Davenport, Robin Burns, Darren (Kara) Davenport, and Krista (Tom) Parker, his brothers- and sisters-in-law, Tom Deam, Michele (Steve) Specht, Steve (Deidre) Deam, and Neil (Jennifer) Deam; and will be dearly missed by his many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Davenport; his grandson Kobe Michael Fearon; his father- and mother-in-law, Dale and Carol Ruth Deam; and his sister-in-law Kathy Deam.

A celebration of Bill’s life will take place at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, February 1, 2021 at EUM Church, Worship Center, 1451 Sater Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331, with Pastor Jeff Harper officiating. Burial will follow in Newcomer Cemetery.

For those who would like to join remotely, the service will be streamed at https://eumchurch.online.church/. Please select the “Video Archive” tab.

Guests may visit with Bill’s family on Sunday, January 31, 2021, at EUM Church, Worship Center, from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.

Contributions in Bill’s honor can be made to State of the Heart Care, 1350 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio, 45331, or the Cancer Association of Darke County, P.O. Box 781, Greenville, Ohio, 45331.

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

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

Wilbur Marcus Petitjean (January 28, 2021)

Wilbur Marcus Petitjean age 78, of Versailles passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at his home.

Wilbur was born November 9, 1942, in Versailles to the late Joseph A. & Lucy G. (Barga) Petitjean. In addition to his parents, Wilbur was also preceded in death by infant son, Joseph Raymond Petitjean; and brothers, Delbert, Joseph L. and Adrian F. Petitjean.

Wilbur is survived by his wife of 43 years, Caroline M. (Mills) Petitjean whom he married May 2, 1977; sons & daughters-in-law, Jacob Petitjean & Megan Coffman of Wapakoneta, John & Sarah Petitjean of Versailles, Shawn & Heather Petitjean of Versailles and Shannon & Shannon Petitjean of Versailles; grandchildren, Kaleb, JJ, Ashley, Abby, Dale, Jarrod, Kyle, Christopher, Faithlynn and Charlotte Petitjean; brother & sister-in-law, Charlie & Pam Petitjean of Versailles; brothers-in-law, Jim Mills of Hollansburg, Ron Mills of Hollansburg and Thomas Cline of Union City, Indiana; sister-in-law, Patricia Petitjean of Versailles; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Wilbur graduated from Versailles High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962-1964 following High School. Wilbur farmed and retired from Edwin F. Nickol Monuments in Versailles with over 40 years of service. He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles; Knights of Columbus Council #1756 of Versailles; Versailles Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Versailles American Legion. Wilbur was a loving, caring, hardworking man willing to help anyone in need. He loved vacationing at St. Pete Beach, Florida and in the Caribbean with his wife. Wilbur was an avid Tigerball sports fan and longtime Versailles Athletic Booster supporter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, February 1, 2021, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 and Monday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Full military honors will be conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.


Denise Lynne Weyrick (January 20, 2021)

Denise Lynne Weyrick, 61, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at her home.

She was born on July 29, 1959, in Greenville, to Carol Jane (Booher) Apple of Versailles, Ohio, and the late Harold R. Apple.

In addition to her father, Denise was preceded in death by her brother, Christopher Apple, and her father-in-law, Eugene Weyrick.

Denise cherished her family, and they were the center of her life. She was truly the cornerstone of her family and was a listening ear for people to come to. Denise loved the Lord and enjoyed sharing His testimony to others, especially with her family and Bible Study group. Denise loved to garden, and she enjoyed the beauties of nature and flowers. She was an avid reader. It was not uncommon for her to start a book in the morning and have it finished before bed. Her joyful personality and contagious and unique laughter will be forever missed.

In addition to her mother, Denise is survived by her husband of 40 years, Michael Weyrick, whom she married on May 16, 1980; her children, Janell Weyrick of Greenville, Laura Weyrick of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Bryant Weyrick of Denver, Colorado; her siblings, Richard “Rick” Apple and his wife, Michele of Versailles, Jill Kuntzman and her husband, Tom, of Columbus, and Beth Subler and her husband, Scott, of Versailles; her sisters-in-law, Candace Apple of Versailles, and Sharon Harris of Huber Heights, Ohio; and her mother-in-law, Emma Weyrick, of Greenville.

A celebration of Denise’s life will take place later this spring, which was her favorite time of the year.

Denise will be buried at Greenville Union Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages others to do an act of kindness in memory of Denise.

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

George W. “Junior” Neff (January 24, 2021)

George W. “Junior” Neff, 84, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021, at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.

Junior was born on February 28, 1936, in West Manchester, Ohio, to the late William and Dora (Deaton) Neff.

In addition to his parents, Junior was preceded in death by his brothers, Harold (Marie) Neff, Carl (Normalee) Neff, and Donald Neff.

Junior owned and operated Neff Brothers Construction for near 35 years, where he built and remodeled several homes and buildings. Junior owned a 172 Cessna airplane and he loved to take his family and friends around on trips and especially to places to eat, known as “Restaurant Airports”. Junior liked to go fishing and would often take fishing trips to Canada and Florida with his buddies.

He was an avid horseshoe pitcher in the Darke County Horseshoe Club and was a member of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association. He competed in many tournaments around the country. Junior was one of the four members that founded and created the Greenville Area Dog Club. He was also a member of the Greenville Gold Wing Club and a lifetime member of the NRA. After retirement, Junior was an avid mower. He loved to keep his lawn clean and things neat. He also enjoyed square dancing with the Swinging 8’s in Ansonia, Ohio. Junior was a big collector of dice.

Junior is survived by his wife 61 years, Thelma (Fisher) Neff; whom he married on September 27, 1959; his son, Brian (Patty) Neff of Celina, Ohio; his granddaughters, Mandy (Matt) Rismiller and Megan (Kyle) Shuff, all of Greenville; his great grandchildren, Mason and Maven Rismiller, and Lillian and Henry Shuff; his sister-in-law, Gladys Neff of Greenville; his nieces and nephews, Connie Clark, Steve (Ruth Ann) Neff, Carla (Gary) Hummel, Paul (Vickie) Neff, Sarah (Perry) Graves, Dean (Jody) Neff, Dian (Eric) Bulcher, Beth (Dennis) Wells, and Kelly (Janel) Byrum; and numerous great nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

A celebration of Junior’s life will take place at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 30, 2021, at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Pastor Tony Price officiating. Burial will follow in. Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

Guests may visit with Junior’s family on Saturday from 12:00 P.M. until 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given to State of the Heart Care, 1350 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio, or the donor’s choice.

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

David S. Gantt (January 26, 2021)

David S. Gantt age 81, of Greenville passed away at 2:44 PM on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at his residence.

David was born August 17, 1939, in Darke County to the late Murray & Ethel (Hess) Gantt. In addition to his parents, David was also preceded in death by a grandson, Christopher Gantt; sister, Joan Clack; and brother, Richard Gantt.

David is survived by his sons & daughter-in-law, Kirk Gantt of Bradford, David & Cindy Gantt of Bradford, Todd Gantt of Greenville and Mark Gantt of Bradford; daughters & sons-in-law, Wendy & Gary Canan of Bradford and Sarah & Bob Daugherty of Bradford; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers & sisters-in-law, Jack Gantt of California, Gene & Shirley Gantt of Piqua, Bob & jenny Gantt of Vandalia, Frank Gantt of Pitsburg, Bill & Jane Gantt of Greenville and Johnny & Scott Gantt of Dayton; sisters & brothers-in-law, Miriam & Doug Minnich of Bradford, Arlene & Earl Manning of Bradford and Peggy Brumbaugh of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

David served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W. in Union City, Indiana, and the Amvets.

A celebrations of David’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are entrusted to Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Vanessa J. Paris (January 25, 2021)

Vanessa J. Paris age 67, of Ansonia passed away at 9:39 AM on Monday, January 25, 2021, at her residence.

Vanessa was born July 20, 1953, in Shelbyville, Indiana, to the late Robert “Bob” & Frances “Lucille” (Russell) Hoffman. In addition to her parents, Vanessa was also preceded in death by her husband, S. Dave Paris on March 3, 2002, whom she married January 31, 1970; brother, Keith Grover; sister-in-law, Juanita Casey; and brothers-in-law, Ron Paris and Art Francis.

Vanessa is survived by her children, Mike Paris of Ansonia, James Robert Paris of Ansonia, April Staver of Ansonia and John “J.T.” & Jaclyn Paris of Ansonia; grandchildren, Brandi Paris, Miranda Roberts, Paige Roberts, Seth & Leann Weagant, Chelsy & Kyle Paris, Dillon Paris, Christion & Jessica Paris, Nicholas Paris, Sydney Staver, Brianna Paris, Johnathon Paris, Brianna Smith, Makayla Pitman, Paige Pitman and Madison Pitman; 18 great-grandchildren; brothers & sister-in-law, Bruce Miller of Warsaw, Indiana, Terry & Patricia Miller of Warsaw, Indiana, Jon Cloud of Florida and Mark Grover of Richmond, Indiana; brother-in-law, Rick Elson of Greenville; sisters-in-law, Linda Grover of Richmond, Indiana, Debbie Francis of Versailles, Judy & Darrell Coby of Greenville and Marsha Paris of Ansonia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Vanessa formerly worked at Stanley in Covington for 17 years and formerly owned the Annie Oakley Restaurant.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 30, 2021, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Chaplain Jacque Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Ansonia Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday 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.

Matthew L. Hahn (January 14, 2021)

Matthew L. Hahn, age 48 of Cincinnati, Ohio and Naples, Florida passed away Thursday January 14, 2021 at the Avow Hospice in Naples, Florida.  Matthew was born September 14, 1972 in Greenville, Ohio and the son of Richard L. and Gloria (Stump) Hahn of Bradford, Ohio.

Matthew was a 1991 graduate of Greenville Senior High School Greenville, Ohio and received his BA Degree in Business Administration from the University of Dayton in 1995.  During his sophomore year at UD, he proudly served as “Rudy Flyer” the college mascot at all the basketball and football games.  In 2008, he founded Hahn Promotions, which he operated from both Cincinnati and Naples.  He loved spending time at the beach in Florida watching the sunset, and traveling with his wife Paula.  Matthew had a smile that would light up the room.

Survivors in addition to his parents are his wife of 15 years Paula J. (McKinney) Hahn; brother Mark Hahn of Fairview Park, Ohio; step-children Matthew (Dawn) Nicely of Cincinnati and their children Everlee, Wade and Makaylah; Hailey Nicely (Travis Kemp) of Cincinnati and children Riley and Delilah; half-sister Cindy Kegley of Bethel, Ohio; nieces Madison Hahn, Melissa Hall, and Julie Thompson as well as nephew Turner Hahn. 

A Celebration of Matthew’s Life will be held at the convenience of the family.

Local arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

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

Janet Mary Gigandet (January 25, 2021)

Janet Mary Gigandet, age 68 of Versailles, Ohio passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Monday, January 25, 2021 at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. Born in Coldwater, Ohio on August 5, 1952 she was one of two children to the late William Charles “Chub” & Clara (Sutter) Paulus. Jan was a Versailles High School Graduate, class of 1970. She was a member of the Versailles American Legion, and Eagles Ladies Auxiliary. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother Jeffery Paulus.

Survived by her husband of 49 years, Ralph Gigandet, Jr. whom she married March 27, 1971: children Chris (Sandy) Gigandet; Keri (Charen) Kingrey; Susan (Aaron) Bergman: grandchildren Mandi (Curtis) Reigle; Katelyn Kingrey; Lindsey (Mitch) Stucke; Kyle and Tyler Gigandet; Ayden, Lane and Stella Bergman: great-grandchildren Isabella and Matthew Reigle; Clara, Caroline and Levi Stucke.

Jan was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. After working at Whiteford Foods and then the Village of Versailles for nearly 20 years, she became a fulltime babysitter for all of her grandchildren and, in recent years, also helped care for her great-grandchildren. You could always find her supporting them at a school sporting event or activity. Her sweet smile, witty sarcasm and kind spirit made her a beloved friend to many. She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 29, 2021 at St. Denis Catholic Church, Versailles, Ohio at 10:30 AM. Burial to take place at a later date, at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements entrusted to Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to Versailles Emergency Medical Services. www.baileyzechar.com.

Naomi L. Jones (January 17, 2021)

Naomi L. Jones, age 97 of Greenville, Ohio went to meet the Lord on Sunday January 17, 2021 at the home of her granddaughter Mary Alyson Brunson Jones in Orlando, Florida.  Naomi was born March 8, 1923 in Lafayette, Alabama and the daughter of the late Columbus and Naomi (Glaze) Smith.

She worked throughout her life as a midwife and farmer.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband R.J. Jones and son-in-law Alfred Eugene Brunson.

Naomi is survived by her daughter, Annie Mae Jones-Brunson; five grandchildren, Attorney Dwayne Keith (Beth) Jones, Naomi Kimberly (Gregory) Fair, Mary Alyson Brunson Jones, Norman Anthony (Jody Pruett) Brunson and Joseph Andrew (Gloria) Brunson; several great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren, including her great granddaughter, Elizabeth Brunson; great great grandsons, Marcus Johnson and Corey Johnson who loved her more than anything. Naomi also had many good friends and neighbors.  She not only cared for many but also was loved by many more.  She will be missed and thought of but never forgotten.

A funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Ron Isom officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery Greenville, Ohio.  The family will receive friends on Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

Mildred V. (Melling) McGriff Dilyerd (January 23, 2021)

Mildred V. (Melling) McGriff Dilyerd, 92, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.

She was born on October 24, 1928, in Savona, Ohio, to the late Roy and Lorene (Brandon) Melling.

In addition to her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by her first husband, Riley McGriff; her second husband, Earl Dilyerd; her brothers, Roy Melling, Jr., and Donald Melling; and her sisters, Betty Lou Melling, Lucille Greer, and Helen Snyder.

Mildred loved her family. They were the world to her, and she loved to care for them. From Sunday dinners to family reunions, Mildred loved cooking for her family and would often prepare enough food for the entire neighborhood. She, and her husband, Riley, owned McGriff’s Radio and TV Sales and Service in Castine, Ohio, for many years. She worked alongside Riley for nearly 20 years as a TV technician.

Mildred enjoyed gardening and would often can her produce. She also liked to go mushroom hunting with her husband and siblings. In Mildred’s free time, she enjoyed sewing. In fact, while she was at the BRC, she had two sewing machines in her room with a supply cabinet filled with materials. Also, at the BRC Mildred was an avid bingo player. She rarely missed a game of bingo with her friends.

Mildred is survived by her daughters, Linda (Hugh) Alderson of Englewood, Ohio, and Bonnie (Willie) Schuch of Willis, Texas; her grandchildren, Amy Hill of Englewood, and Ryan (Heather) Hill of Greenville; her great grandchildren, Wesley, Breanna, Rylee, Ashley, Mariah, Zalynn, and Easton; her great-great grandchildren, Nevaeh, Alan, Ava, and Zaydan; her siblings, Bobby Melling of Greenville, Dick Melling of Greenville, Galen Melling of Greenville, Larry (Jill) Melling of Bradford, and Louise Hileman of Greenville; her sister-in-law, Joyce Melling; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mildred’s life will take place at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Tribute Funeral Homes, with Pastor Coleen Beasecker officiating. Burial will follow in Castine Cemetery.

Guests may visit with her family on Wednesday from 1:00 P.M. until the time of service at 2:00 P.M.

Memorial contributions may be given to the donor’s choice.

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

David C. Baerwald (January 22, 2021)

David C. Baerwald, 56 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Friday January 22, 2021 at 11:22 AM at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio.  He was born July 11, 1964 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, the son of Lorraine (Neitzel) Baerwald of Horicon, Wisconsin and the late Chuck Baerwald.  He worked as a Service Maintenance Technician at GTI in Greenville.  He served his country in the United States Army.

David was first and foremost devoted to his family and friends whether they were distant or close in relationship to him.  He was generous with his time and money which included a sassy sense of humor.  He sought to be supportive, and continuously looking for ways to help those around him.  He was a proud Green Bay Packer fan who spent years collecting memorabilia who had a signature voice message when you didn’t answer your phone.

He is preceded in death by his father; and his wife:  Tracy L. (Royer) Baerwald on April 15, 2017 whom he married July 7, 2001.

He is survived by his mother; his children & spouses:  Justin Baerwald of Greenville, Tara & Michael Ginger of Greenville, Jesse Baerwald & Mary Gibson of Greenville, Amber & Adam Duncan of Greenville, & Olivia Baerwald of Greenville; his grandchildren:  Paige Hart, Levi Kolb, Audrey Duncan, Aiden Duncan, & Evie Baerwald; his brother & sister in law:  Ken & Betty Baerwald of Elkhorn, Wisconsin; his sisters:  Sharon Weber of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Sandra Baerwald of Portland, Oregon; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew and friends.  

Services will be held on Thursday January 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Todd Reish officiating.  Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Wednesday January 27, at the funeral home.  Veterans services will be conducted on Thursday at the funeral home by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard.  Memorial contributions may be made to The Cancer Association of Darke County.

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