Archived Obituaries February 2005


HARLOND S. HAYS SR.
Harlond S. Hays Sr., 78, of Marysville died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, at
Memorial Hospital of Union County following complications from surgery.
A former truck driver, he retired in 1991 after 11 years in maintenance
at Union Manor Nursing Center. He was a former employee of the Ohio
Grain Company in Marysville and the Ohio Orchard in Milford Center. He
was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in China during World
War II, and was a member of VFW Post 3320. He enjoyed bluegrass, old
country and gospel music. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather
and great-grandfather and enjoyed camping and traveling in his motor
home with his family.
He was born March 3, 1926, in Portsmouth to the late Rev. Calvin J. and
Martha Stone Hays and was predeceased by three sons, Calvin John Hays,
Harold Eugene Hays and Timothy Hays; a sister, Susanna McKinley; and on
Nov. 27, 2004, by his wife of 58 years, Annabelle Bright Hays.
He is survived by a daughter, Barbara (Michael) McCoy of Marysville;
four sons, Harlond (Tawni) Hays Jr. of West Mansfield and Darrell (Nan)
Hays, Ova Hayden Hays and Daniel (Joanne) Hays of Marysville; seven
grandchildren, John Michael (Elaine) Hays of New California, Tracy
(James) Erwin, Kevin and Kelly McCoy and Darrin Hays of Marysville,
Shannon (Linda) Hays of Grove City and Danielle (Kevin) Leon of
Hilliard; four great-grandchildren, Macy and Hayden Henault, Caleb Erwin
and Calvin Hunter Hays; numerous step-grandchildren and
step-great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Susan Hays of Marysville; a
brother-in-law, Vern (Jan) Bright of Marysville; three sisters-in-law,
Mary (Jack) Walker of Indiana, Lucille Bright of Marysville and Norma
Bright of Pharisburg; an aunt, Martha Hay of Columbus; many nieces and
nephews; and his dog, Buster.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Underwood
Funeral Home. The Rev. Jon Mountjoy will officiate and burial will be at
Oakdale Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Union County
Military Funeral Honor Guard. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Cancer Society,
P.O. Box 557, Marysville; the Central Ohio Breathing Association, 1520
Old Henderson Road, Columbus OH 43220; or in memory of Annabelle Hays,
to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, c/o James
Development Office, 300 W. 10th Ave., B-13-4-459, Columbus OH 43210.
Condolences may be sent to www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.


JOHN W. "JACK" BOYHAN
John W. "Jack" Boyhan, 78, of Marion died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at
his home.
He built and operated the New Place Drive Thru on the corner of West
Center and Leader streets in Marion. He served his country in the Marine
Corps, fighting in Japan during World War II. He was an active and
dedicated member of the Richwood Church of Christ where he served as a
deacon. He was a man of many interests. He was a private airplane pilot,
played the organ and in recent years was learning to play the dulcimer.
He enjoyed traveling and for several years he and his wife took trips in
their RV with an RV club. They also volunteered for Mobile Meals.
He was born April 3, 1925, in Columbus to the late Thomas and Roberta
Collins Boyhan and was predeceased by a son, Rob Boyhan.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, M. Rita Neiswander Boyhan whom
he married June 2, 1948, at Sacred Heart Church in Columbus; children,
Thomas Lige Boyhan of Holly Springs, Miss., Kathy Laughbaum, Becky
Dutton and John (Diana) Boyhan of Marion and Teea (Dan) Linn of Bucyrus;
nine grandchildren, Patrick Boyhan of Anthem, Ariz., Brian Gilmore of
Columbus, Todd (Alene) Gilmore of Kemp, Texas, Tobi (Isabel) Fleming of
Flagstaff, Ariz., and Maryellen Dutton, Jamie (Cory) Stout, Daniel and
Christopher Boyhan and Janette Fleming of Marion; five
great-grandchildren, Dalton Fleming, Zack and Myranda Gilmore, Michelle
Fleming and Seth Stout; and many dear friends with whom he enjoyed
spending time.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Richwood Church
of Christ where the Rev. Scot Gorsuch will officiate and veteran
services will be conducted. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at
the Stofcheck Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mobile Meals program, 326 S.
Prospect St., Marion, OH 43302.

ROBERT E. REESE SR.
Robert E. Reese Sr., 79, of Richwood died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at
Marion General Hospital.
He was retired from the O.M. Scott Company after 30 years of service in
the mailing department. He was a member of the Richwood First Baptist
Church, Scott's 30-Year Club and the Richwood Civic Center. He enjoyed
fishing, camping, hunting, playing euchre with his wife, Grace, and
visiting with people.
He was born Feb. 23, 1925, in Bellefontaine to the late Perry and
Flossie Nickell Reese and was predeceased by a son, Robert E. Reese Jr.;
three brothers; and a sister. He married Grace L. Dailey April 15, 1945,
in Marysville and she died Nov. 28, 1995.
He is survived by three children, Judy Nickel and Fred Reese of Richwood
and James J. Reese of Des Moines, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 11
great-grandchildren; and a sister, Blanche Isham of Dayton.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Stofcheck
Funeral Home in Richwood. The Rev. Jerry Bentley will officiate and
burial will be at the Claibourne Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8
p.m. Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Richwood First Baptist Church,
101 E. Ottawa St., Richwood OH 43344.

LUCILLE GRAY SHAVER
Lucille Gray Shaver, 83, of West Mansfield died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005,
at The Gables at Green Pastures following an extended illness.
A loving mother and homemaker, she was a minister's wife who faithfully
served the Lord and supported her husband in his calling. She was a
member of the Old Union Church of Christ. She was a 1940 graduate of
Rupert High School and after graduation worked for two years as
secretary to the principal at the school, then as assistant manager of
the W.W. Mack Company until her marriage. She enjoyed reading and flower
gardening and especially enjoyed spending time at home and being
surrounded by her family.
She was born Sept. 10, 1921, in Rainelle, W.Va., to the late Frank and
Zona Hedrick Hoke. She married Ralph R. Shaver Dec. 3, 1945, in
Lewisburg, W.Va., and he died Jan. 30, 2002.
She is survived by a daughter, Sharon (Harold) Dilley of Gallipolis; two
grandchildren, Greg (Julie) Dilley and Amy (Jason) Dulgar; four
great-grandchildren, Jacob, Andrew and Hannah Dilley and Jaydon Dulgar;
two sisters, Arlene (Herb) Anthony of Dayton and Gladys Swathwood of
Vandalia; and her church family.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Old Union Church
of Christ. Dennis Faulkner and Fred Bowman will officiate and burial
will be at the church cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday at the Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home in West
Mansfield.

JAMES R. HAINES
James R. Haines, 75, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Marysville, died
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at Hospice House South in Fort Myers.
He was an agent with Monumental Life Insurance Company and also managed
Standard Oil stations in Marysville and Upper Arlington. He was an avid
golfer and was a member of BPO Elks Lodge 1130 and Loyal Order of the
Moose Lodge 1651. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He was born March 5, 1929, in Delaware to the late Robert and Estella
Courter Haines.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, M. June Foley Haines; three
daughters, Sharon Haines of Canton, Sandy Haines of Powell and Lori
Freshwater of Marysville; two granddaughters, Lindsey and Megan
Freshwater of Marysville; a sister-in-law, Joann (James) Edwards of
Florida; and a brother-in-law, Tom (Grace) Foley of California.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Underwood
Funeral Home. The Rev. John M. Groat will officiate and private burial
will be held at Oakdale Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 3 and 5 to
7 p.m. Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park
Circle, Fort Myers, Fla. 33908.
Condolences may be sent to www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.


ALBERT SPEAKMAN
Albert Speakman, 65, of Marysville died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, at
Riverside Methodist Hospital following an extended illness.
He was formerly a mechanic with Gruman Flexible of Delaware and had also
been employed with GI Plastek. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and tinkering
with cars and especially treasured his moments with his family.
He was born Aug. 3, 1939, in Marysville to the late Fred and Sophie
Riteh Speakman and was predeceased by a sister, Penny Teele.
He is survived by his wife of almost 20 years, Patti Nelson Speakman
whom he married April 19, 1985; two daughters, Lori (Travis) Eason of
Tuskegee, Ala., and Lisa (Larry) Brown of Delaware; three sons, David
Speakman of Chillicothe and Eric Jordan and Jonathan Jordan of
Marysville; eight grandchildren, Ashley, Brittany and Ciera Eason, Larry
Brown Jr., Kara, Ryan and Kyle Speakman and Brynn Jordan; a brother,
Bill Speakman of Springfield; a sister, Mabel Govorcin of San Pedro,
Calif.; his mother and father-in-law, Wetzell and Ailene Nelson of
Bellefontaine; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and
nephews.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life will be held
from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the community room at Windsor Manor North,
300 Windmill Drive.
The Mannasmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


MARILYN M. WILGUS
Marilyn M. Wilgus, 72, of Bellefontaine died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb.
20, 2005, in the emergency room at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine.

She retired in February 2002 from the Goslee & Goslee Law Office after a
30-year career as a legal secretary. She was a 1951 graduate of Robinson
High School in Robinson, Ill., and was a longtime member of the American
Legion Auxiliary. She was an avid bowler and treasured the friends she
made on the lanes as much as she enjoyed the sport. She was inducted
into the Bowling Hall of Fame in 1997. She and her husband owned and
raced harness horses for many years and she loved all types of animals.
She will be remembered as a wonderful woman and a loving wife, mother,
grandmother and friend.
She was born Feb. 7, 1933, in Robinson, Ill., to the late George and
Bertha Nickell Brotherton.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Wilson L. Wilgus, to whom
she was married Dec. 31, 1966, in Bellefontaine; a son, Rick (Teresa)
Tracy of Indianapolis; a daughter, Sheryl Tracy of Springville, Ind.;
two stepdaughters, Jackie (Dave) Heiert of Crestview, Ky., and Rexanne
Forsythe of Dola; seven grandchildren; a great-grandson; a
sister-in-law, Grace (Don) Lytle of West Liberty; and many friends.
At the request of the deceased, no services will be held and burial will
take place at a later date. A gathering of family and friends will be
held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger
Funeral Home in West Mansfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Ohio Parkinson
Society, 1380 Dublin Road, Box 16126, Columbus Ohio 43216-6126, or in
care of the funeral home.

MAXINE SMITH FIRESTINE
Maxine Smith Firestine, 78, of Elyria, formerly of the Allen Center
area, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005. She was the wife of Dwight Firestine,
formerly of the Raymond area. The body was cremated and no services are
scheduled.

MARILYN JEAN "SARGE" MILLER
Marilyn Jean "Sarge" Miller, 63, of North Lewisburg died Saturday, Feb.
19, 2005, in the intensive care unit at Memorial Hospital of Union
County following an extended illness.
A devoted homemaker, she was a longtime babysitter for many families in
the North Lewisburg community. She enjoyed sewing on a daily basis and
made infant quilts for two generations worth of children she watched.
She was a proud member of the North Lewisburg EMS for more than 15 years
and earned her nickname from her co-workers for her assertive yet
lovable personality.
She enjoyed entertaining family and friends at her home beside her pool
and especially enjoyed her Tuesday evening get-togethers with
girlfriends. She was a one-of-a-kind woman who spoke her mind and
enjoyed interacting with people. She was dearly loved by her family and
friends.
She was born Oct. 21, 1941, in Urbana to the late Howard Francis and
Wilma Leota McAdams Spain Sr. and was predeceased by a sister, Judy
Hall, and a brother, Howard Francis "Tommy" Spain Jr. She married Paul
Miller March 5, 1960, and he died July 1, 1996.
She is survived by three daughters, Wilma "Willie" (Gary) Trees of
Raymond, Diana (Tim) Maxhimer of North Lewisburg and Polly Robb and her
fiance, James Craft of Woodstock; a son, William Edward "Billy" Miller
of Marysville; eight grandchildren, Todd Trees, Chad Trees, Kyle Trees
and his fiancee, Tiffany Foos, Whitney Miller, Tommy Miller, Tyler
Miller, Chris Maxhimer and Brittney Maxhimer; a sister, Elaine (Harlow)
Chapman of North Lewisburg; two sisters-in-law, Carol Spain of
Bellefontaine and Sue Miller of Marysville; three special friends, Linda
(Steve) Carter, Theresa (Rick) Louden and Becky (Bill) Baker of North
Lewisburg; many nieces and nephews; and many friends and neighbors.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Mannasmith
Funeral Home. The Revs. Frank Summerfield and Carl "Skeeter" Spain will
officiate and burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in North Lewisburg.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Champaign County
Fire Department and EMS.


JAMES D. MUMMEY JR.
James D. Mummey Jr., 77, of Marion died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at
Doctor's Hospital West in Columbus.
He retired in 1991 from H.P.M. in Mount Gilead where he worked as a
rigger for 28 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II
and was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 162 and V.F.W. Post
3313. He was also a member of Moose Lodge 889 and Eagles Aerie 337. He
was a resident of Marion for most of his life.
He was born June 26, 1927, in Plain City to the late James D. and Mabel
Smith Mummey and was predeceased by two brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Marcella H. Keller Mummey whom he married
July 3, 1973, in Marion; a daughter, Bonnie (Douglas) Beery of Marion; a
son, Roger (Mary) Mummey of Tennessee; a stepdaughter, Linda (Cliff)
Roush of Prospect; three stepsons, Stan (Dianna) Crabtree of Prospect
and Greg (Linda) Crabtree and Dan (Deb) Crabtree of Marion; 12
grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Paul Mummey of
Marysville.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Boyd Funeral
Home, 122 W. Columbia St., Marion, and burial will be at the Marion
Cemetery where military rites will be conducted by the Marion County
United Veterans Council. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
today.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


JAMES J. WARD
James J. Ward, 77, of Columbus died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at
Riverside Methodist Hospital.
He was a meat cutter with Kroger and many years ago was the owner and
operator of Ward's Locker in Claibourne. A veteran of World War II, he
served with the Merchant Marines.
He was born Oct. 3, 1927, in Gallia County to the late James Nelson and
Thelma Rose Ward and was predeceased by a sister, Imogene Spaulding.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Darlene Snitcher Ward of
Columbus, two daughters, Linda Somerlot of Atlanta and Sheila (Jack)
Grams of Minneapolis; five grandchildren, Travis, Kiersten, Keili,
Jarrid and Jessica; three great-grandsons, Zachary, Cain and Joseph; a
brother, Robert (Gaylee) Ward of Marysville; twos sisters, Betty Barton
of Spokane, Wash., and Bea Woods of Rutland; a brother-in-law, Al (Barb)
Snitcher of Ashtabula; a sister-in-law, Linda (Robert) Dube of Athens,
Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
At the request of the deceased, no services or calling hours will be
observed. The family requests the omission of flowers.
Arrangements are being handled by the Underwood Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.


MARY GRACE CONTIZANO
Mary Grace Contizano, 83, of Ostrander died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at
Riverside Methodist Hospital.
She had been a resident of Ostrander since 1957 and was a homemaker, a
member of St. Mary Catholic Church and enjoyed Binco and going out to
breakfast.
She was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Georgesville to the late George and Lee
Anna Sparkman Delce and was predeceased by a granddaughter, Mary Lee
Carter; a sister, Florence; and her husband, Charles Conitzano.
She is survived by two daughters, Anita (Richard) Dove of Springboro and
Wilma (Robert) Carter of Ostrander; two sons, Charles (Kathleen)
Contizano of Marysville and James (Brenda) Contizano of Columbus; eight
grandchildren, Charles and Laura Contizano, Ronald Carter, Susan
Ritchie, Jason and Ryan Dove, Deborah Contizano and Charlie Banfield;
five great-grandchildren; and a half-sister, Grace of Florida.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Rodman Bennett
Brown Funeral Home in Delaware and burial will be at the St. Mary
Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home
where a vigil of prayer service will be held at 8 p.m.
Condolences may be sent to www.bbrfh.com.

JOHN G. LEDLEY
John G. Ledley, 74, of Richwood died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at
Heartland of Marysville.
He was a steelworker at Sycon Corporation and served in the U.S. Army
during the Korean War. He was a member of VFW Post 870 in Richwood.
He was born Oct. 13, 1930, in Hardin County to the late Robert Andrew
and Mildred Fern McFarlin Ledley and was predeceased by a sister, Betty
Ledley. He married Cora Belle Huntsman Oct. 27, 1956, and she died Jan.
13, 2005.
He is survived by his children, Donald (Cynthia) Ledley and Penny (Dave)
Thomas of Marysville, Denny (Lora) Ledley and Leslie (Mike) Bond of
Richwood and Jeff Ledley of Waldo; eight grandchildren; seven
great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert W. Ledley of Marion and Lauren
Ledley of Ridgeway; three sisters, Evelyn Mabery of Richwood, Catherine
Hoffman of DeGraff and Julia Below of Youngstown; and many nieces and
nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Stofcheck Funeral
Home in Richwood. The Rev. Scot Gorsuch will officiate and burial will
be at the Claibourne Cemetery where VFW Post 870 will conduct military
rites. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Association.

MARJORIE COE OHNSMAN
Marjorie Coe Ohnsman, 94, a lifetime resident of Union County and a
descendant of the original pioneering Coe family, died Thursday, Feb.
17, 2005, at The Gables at Green Pastures.
She was an elementary school teacher for almost 30 years, retiring from
the Marysville school system after 16 years and also teaching at Allen
Center, Milford Center, Jerome and Raymond. A 1929 graduate of
Marysville High School, she attended Wooster College and Miami
University and received a cadet teacher certificate. She was a former
member of the Marysville Education Association and often played piano
for school operettas.
She was the oldest living member of the First Presbyterian Church where
she worshipped since 1922, served as elder and deacon and where her
step-grandfather, the Rev. March, served the pulpit. She sang in the
choir, taught Sunday School and was a member of the Presbyterian Women.
She and her late husband, Ellsworth, established the Ole Village on
Milford Avenue, a collection of reconstructed museum log cabins from
throughout the county. She refurbished antiques, caned chairs, worked in
the yard and garden and cared for and read to her grandchildren as they
waited for the morning school bus.
She was a member of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, assisted with
Mobile Meals, volunteered for the American Red Cross and was a former
Cub Scout den mother. She was a member of the Windsor and Community
Seniors, the Windsor Singers, Hannah Emerson Dustin Chapter of the
Daughters of the American Revolution, Fortnightly Club, King's Daughters
and Mary Chapter 9 Order of the Easter Star. She enjoyed a relationship
and correspondence with her second cousin, the former first lady,
Barbara Bush.
She was born Sept. 20, 1910, in Milford Center to the late Charles Henry
and Ida Mae Wood Coe and was predeceased by three sisters, Ruth Moysey,
Mary Wright and Elizabeth Desch. She married Ellsworth Lawrence Ohnsman
Dec. 24, 1935, at the First Presbyterian Church of Marysville and he
died in 1992.
She is survived by a son, E. Lawrence (Judy) Ohnsman of Marysville; a
daughter, Rebecca (James) Harrington of near Martinsburg; seven
grandchildren, David (Ann) Ohnsman, Valerie (Paul) Wetzel, Alan (Tashi)
Ohnsman, Nicole (Thomas E.) Cargill III, George (Rebecca) Gakidis,
Theodore (Jill) Gakidis and Kathryn Coe Harrington; 10
great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Lucas, Jared, Abigail, Andrew, Neko,
Victoria, Nicholas, Oliver and Maya; and two nephews, Charles (Virginia)
Moysey of New California and Herbert (Carolynn) Desch of Chicago.
Funeral services will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the sanctuary at
the First Presbyterian Church where the family will receive friends in
the chapel from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. The Rev. Dr. Tom
Mori will officiate and burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oakdale
Cemetery. A dinner will be provided in Kennedy Hall following the
service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
The Underwood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

PAUL J. SHAW JR.
Paul J. Shaw Jr., 77, of North Lewisburg died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005,
at the Wellington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Sept. 19, 1927, to the late Harrison and Ethel Thomas Shaw
and was predeceased by a daughter, Linda Sue Ward; a son, Robert Shaw;
four brothers; and three sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Gertrude Watts Shaw; two daughters, Mary Ann
Shaw Harashe of Rosebud, Mo., and Paula (Ralph) Wagner of Freemont,
Neb.; four sons, Rick Allen (Carlene) Shaw of Carlisle, Pa., Don Shaw
and Tim R. Shaw of Marysville and Ron (Lisa) Shaw of Jacksonville, N.C.;
12 grandchildren, including Russell (Alisha) Ward of Westerville; two
step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Bessie McKee of
Columbus; two brothers, Harry (Mabel) Shaw of Norwalk and Lester (Ada)
Shaw of Webster, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Skillman, McDonald
and Vernon Funeral Home in Mechanicsburg. Pastor Joe Fittro will
officiate and burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in North Lewisburg.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

JAMES J. WARD
James J. Ward, 77, of Columbus died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at
Riverside Methodist Hospital.
He was a meat cutter with Kroger and was formerly associated with
Warner's Locker in Richwood. A veteran of World War II, he served with
the Merchant Marines.
He was born Oct. 3, 1927, in Gallia County to the late James Nelson and
Thelma Rose Ward and was predeceased by a sister, Imogene Spaulding.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Darlene Snitcher Ward of
Columbus, two daughters, Linda Somerlot of Atlanta and Sheila (Jack)
Grams of Minneapolis; five grandchildren, Travis, Kiersten, Keili,
Jarrid and Jessica; three great-grandsons, Zachary, Cain and Joseph; a
brother, Robert (Gaylee) Ward of Marysville; two sisters, Betty Barton
of Spokane, Wash., and Bea Woods of Rutland; a brother-in-law, Al (Barb)
Snitcher of Ashtabula; a sister-in-law, Linda (Robert) Dube of Athens,
Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
At the request of the deceased, no services or calling hours will be
observed. The family requests the omission of flowers.
Arrangements are being handled by the Underwood Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

LAWRENCE "LARRY" SMITH
Lawrence "Larry" Smith, 53, a lifetime resident of Marysville, died
Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at his home with his longtime companion and his
sister at his side after a courageous fight against cancer.
He was a former employee of the packaging department of Alpha Container
and had been employed with The Scotts Company. He was a veteran of the
U.S. Army and was very proud of his service in Vietnam and the
brotherhood that was formed with his fellow soldiers. He was a lifetime
member of VFW Post 3320 and had previously been its commander for five
consecutive years. He was a graduate of Marysville High School and a
member of Marysville Eagles Aerie 3506, Marysville Loyal Order of Moose
1651. He was a former member of the VFW softball team and an avid NASCAR
fan and he enjoyed bowling, especially with the Eagles team, shooting
pool, throwing darts, golfing, fishing and hunting. He deeply loved his
family.
He was born Jan. 2, 1952, in Marysville to John and Helen Mummey Smith
and was predeceased by his mother on Dec. 15, 2001; and two brothers,
Virgil Webb Jr. and Daniel Smith.
He is survived by his father of Marysville; his companion, Janis Warner
of Marysville; a daughter, Shannon "Nikki" (Brian) Channell of Delaware;
a son, Jason M. Smith of Columbus; four grandchildren, Christian,
Hunter, Brandon and Brian; two sisters, Ruth (John Henry) King and Cindy
Smith of Marysville; a brother, John Robert Smith of Marysville;
numerous friends; and his brotherhood of veterans.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Mannasmith
Funeral Home. The Rev. Richard Flynn will officiate and burial will be
at Oakdale Cemetery where the Union County Honor Guard will conduct
military honors. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral
home where a VFW memorial service will be held at 8 p.m., followed by an
Eagles service.
Memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 3320 or Loving Care
Hospice in care of the funeral home.

HAROLD EUGENE FANCEY
Harold Eugene Fancey, 79, a lifetime resident of Marysville died
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, at The Gables at Green Pastures.
A devoted husband, father, father-in-law and grandpa, he was a former
foreman for Ray Lewis and Son and an associate of Eljer Plumbingware and
the Davis Chair Company. He was a member of the Marysville Free Will
Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War
II in the Pacific Theater. He was a 1942 graduate of Marysville High
School and a member of VFW Post 3320. He was a member of the Heart of
Ohio Fish and Game Association, enjoyed deer hunting and was an avid
fisherman who enjoyed summers with his family at East Harbor on Lake
Erie. He was known by his close friends and fishing buddies as "Punk."
He was born June 23, 1925, in Marysville at the King's Daughters
Hospital on Court Street to the late Omer and Hazel Wood Fancey and was
predeceased by a granddaughter, Mariah Haish.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Irma Jean King Fancey whom he
married Aug. 5, 1951, at the Pharisburg United Methodist Church; three
sons, Charles (Linda) Fancey of China, Texas, and Lynn (Shar) Fancey and
Dan (Gretchen) Fancey of Marysville; six grandchildren, Christen
(Dallas) Meyers, Jennifer (Terry) Haish and Sara, Katie, Jon and Aaron
Fancey; five great-grandchildren, Carolynn, Christopher, Charles,
Carissa and Kristopher; two sisters, Evelyn (Herb) Burger of Florida and
Joan Robertson of Marysville; four brothers-in-law, Bernard Robinson of
Marysville, Omar (Clara) King of Richwood, Mel (Jo) King of Orient and
Clyde (Betty) King of Lewisville; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Marysville Free
Will Baptist Church. The Rev. Jon Mountjoy will officiate and burial
will be at Oakdale Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the
Union County Military Funeral Honor Guard. Friends may call from 2 to 4
and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Underwood Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Charles, Lynn and Dan Fancey, Ed Jerew, Dallas
Meyers and Aaron Fancey.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
Condolences may be sent to www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

WILLIAM D. "WILBUR" LASHLEY JR.
William D. "Wilbur" Lashley Jr., 56, of Branson, Mo., died Monday, Feb.
14, 2005, at the Skaggs Community Health Center.
He worked as a cable installer and repairman in Orlando, Fla., then for
a bus tour company in Missouri from which he retired. He moved to the
Branson area from Arizona 20 years ago. He was a member of Grace Family
Church and AARP. He had been a member of the former band, The Inclines.
He was born Sept. 3, 1948, in Columbus to the late William and Marjorie
Alexander Lashley Sr.
He is survived by two sons, William (Jennifer) Lashley III of
Springfield, Mo., and Brent (Antoinette) Lashley of Branson; a brother,
Fred (Carrie) Lashley of Pine, Ariz.; two sisters, Denise Lashley and
Debbie (K.C.) Vining of Marysville; seven grandchildren; eight nieces
and nephews, Brittany (Jay) Hayes of Fort Collins, Colo., Curry Lashley
of Laramie, Wyo., Croy Lashley of Pine, Ariz., Robert (Kerry) Houston of
North Lewisburg, Daniel (Jessica) Houston and Brian (Lynette) Lowe of
Marysville, Jody (Bart) Stephens of Raymond and Marlaina (Andy)
Freisthler of Lebanon; and 11 great-nieces and -nephews.
The body was cremated under the direction of the Snapp-Bearden Funeral
Home in Branson and funeral services were held today at Grace Family
Church in Branson. Burial will be held at a later date in Marysville.
Cards may be sent to the family at 139 Timber Trail, Branson, Mo. 65616.

COLIN F. "COTTIE" THOMPSON
Colin F. "Cottie" Thompson, 82, of Marysville died Wednesday, Feb. 16,
2005, in the emergency room at Memorial Hospital of Union County.
He was retired as a custodian for the Jonathan Alder School District and
Youman's Grain Elevator. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World
War II, serving in the 394th Infantry, 99th Infantry Division, and was
stationed in the Rhineland where he earned a Bronze Star. He was a past
member of the Plain City Presbyterian Church and Plain City VFW Darby
Post 3268.
He was born July 12, 1922, in Plain City to the late Charles L. and
Ethel DeLeon Thompson and was predeceased by a son, Terry Thompson in
1979; two brothers, Harold Thompson in 1997 and "Starry" Thompson; and
his wife, Jean L. Fenner Thompson in 1998.
He is survived by a son, Gary (Elesa) Thompson of Marysville; two
daughters, Helen (Bill) Hunt of Texas and Kathy (Boyd) Lenord of
Virginia; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Roger
Thompson; and a sister, Carrie Jean Williams.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Ferguson Funeral
Home in Plain City. The Rev. Dr. Tom Mori will officiate and burial will
be at Forest Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

CHARLES W. GIBSON
Charles W. Gibson, 79, of Marysville died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, at
Memorial Hospital after an extended illness with his family at his side.

He was a retired construction worker. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of
World War II and a longtime member of VFW Post 3320, FOE 3506, Linden
Eagles Lodge and Moose Lodge 1130. He was a member of Local 18 of the
Ohio Operating Engineers. A loving father and grandfather, he was active
with his daughters in their early years with horses and 4-H and in later
years was a caring grandfather. He was known as an avid card player and
story teller.
He was born Oct. 27, 1925, in Columbus to the late Preston and Helen B.
Addy Gibson and was predeceased by his stepfather, Harold Ray, a
daughter, Deborah Gibson Page and a grandson, Matthew Page. He married
Dorothy M. Houston Oct. 8, 1949, in Columbus and she died May 29, 1997.
He is survived by a daughter, Donna D. (Doug) Webb of Marysville; five
grandchildren, Jennifer M. (Eric) Zoldak, Brett M. (Christina) Tossey,
Aaron D. (Amber Ansley) Keighley, Cortney R. Webb and Shannon N. (Kris)
Penhorwood; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jack D. Gibson of
Utica.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral
Home with the officers of VFW Post 3320 and the Union County Honor Guard
officiating. Burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery at a later date. Friends
may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Cancer Society or
Loving Care Hospice in care of the funeral home.


PAUL RUTAN
Paul Rutan, 43, of North Lewisburg died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at
Memorial Hospital of Union County.
He was employed at the Northeast Champaign County Fire District where he
started on his 18th birthday in 1979 and by the village of North
Lewisburg. He graduated from Triad High School in 1981. He enjoyed
playing volleyball, working on old cars, hunting, fishing and camping
and was a true outdoorsman.
He was born Nov. 26, 1961, in Marysville to Lester V. and Donna M.
Bailey Rutan and was predeceased by his father and his father-in-law,
Robert Phelps.
He is survived by his mother of Woodstock; his wife of 15 years, Linda
K. (Phelps) Rutan; one daughter, Ashley; two sons, Adam and Alex; a
sister, Larisa (Bob) Peterman of Marysville; a brother, Glen (Jolinn)
Rutan of Raymond; his mother-in-law, Arlene Phelps of North Lewisburg;
brothers- and sisters-in-law, Pam and Dan Spain, Gary and Stephanie
Phelps, Dennis Phelps, Sharon and Larry Longberry, Alicia and Carl Davis
and Doug and Amelia Phelps of North Lewisburg and Judy Jackson, Steven
Phelps and Connie of Bellefontaine; several aunts, uncles, nieces,
nephews and cousins; and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the North Lewisburg
United Methodist Church. The Rev. Kathy Reiff will officiate and burial
will be at Maple Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8
p.m. Friday at the church. The Northeast Champaign County Fire District
will conduct fireman honors and serve as pallbearers.
Memorial contributions may be made to any Citizens National Bank for an
education fund for the deceased's children.
The Freshwater, McDonald & Vernon Funeral Home in North Lewisburg is in
charge of arrangements.

HAROLD EUGENE FANCEY
Harold Eugene Fancey, 79, a lifetime resident of Marysville died
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, at The Gables at Green Pastures.
A devoted husband, father, father-in-law and grandpa, he was a former
foreman for Ray Lewis and Son and an associate of Eljer Plumbingware and
the Davis Chair Company. He was a member of the Marysville Free Will
Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War
II in the Pacific Theater. He was a 1942 graduate of Marysville High
School and a member of VFW Post 3320. He was a member of the Heart of
Ohio Fish and Game Association, enjoyed deer hunting and was an avid
fisherman who enjoyed summers with his family at East Harbor on Lake
Erie. He was known by his close friends and fishing buddies as "Punk."
He was born June 23, 1925, in Marysville at the King's Daughters
Hospital on Court Street to the late Omer and Hazel Wood Fancey and was
predeceased by a granddaughter, Mariah Haish.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Irma Jean King Fancey whom he
married Aug. 5, 1951, at the Pharisburg United Methodist Church; three
sons, Charles (Linda) Fancey of China, Texas, Lynn (Shar) Fancey of
Delaware and Dan (Gretchen) Fancey of Marysville; six grandchildren,
Christen (Dallas) Meyers, Jennifer (Terry) Haish and Sara, Katie, Jon
and Aaron Fancey; five great-grandchildren, Carolynn, Christopher,
Charles, Carissa and Kristopher; two sisters, Evelyn (Herb) Burger of
Florida and Joan Robertson of Marysville; four brothers-in-law, Bernard
Robinson of Marysville, Omar (Clara) King of Richwood, Mel (Jo) King of
Orient and Clyde (Betty) King of Lewisville; and many nieces and
nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Marysville Free
Will Baptist Church. The Rev. Jon Mountjoy will officiate and burial
will be at Oakdale Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the
Union County Military Funeral Honor Guard. Friends may call from 2 to 4
and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Underwood Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Charles, Lynn and Dan Fancey, Ed Jerew, Dallas
Meyers and Aaron Fancey.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
Condolences may be sent to www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

HARLES D. HATFIELD
Charles W. Hatfield, 74, of Fostoria died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at St.
Catherine's Care Center in Fostoria surrounded by his family.
He retired in 1995 from Union Carbide Corporation where he worked in the
skilled trades for more than 30 years. He was a 1948 graduate of Jackson
Liberty High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was a former Cub Scout leader and a volunteer at the Fostoria Soup
Kitchen and Food Pantry.
He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Fostoria where he
was a former church board member, Sunday School teacher and member of
the choir and was very active as a church groundskeeper. His church and
God were a very important part of his life. He was an ambassador to God.

He was born May 28, 1930, in rural Fostoria to the late Alfred Raymond
and Mabel Ellen Smiley Hatfield and was predeceased by two brothers,
Harold and Donald Hatfield; and two sisters, Patty and Lulabelle
Hatfield. He married Betty Dee Painter Oct. 7, 1950, in Fort Wayne,
Ind., and she died Jan. 6, 2002.
He is survived by three sons, Jeffrey (Jane) Hatfield of Marysville and
Timothy (Jamie) Hatfield and Gregory (Sandy) Hatfield of Fostoria; four
brothers, Neil Hatfield of Columbus, Leonard Hatfield of Arcadia,
Raymond Hatfield Jr. of West Virginia and the Rev. Larry Hatfield of
Helena; three sisters, Dorothy Armstrong of Shreve, Betty Hawk of Bascom
and Linda Clayburn of Fostoria; 10 grandchildren, four of whom are in
the military; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Church
of the Nazarene in Fostoria. Pastor Bernie Dickson will officiate and
burial will be at Knollcrest Gardens near Arcadia. Friends may call from
2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home,
301 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church or the American Cancer
Society.
Condolences may be sent to www.hffh.net.

JOHN DUDIAK
John Dudiak, 93, of Marysville died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at
Heartland of Marysville after an extended illness.
He was retired from the U.S. Air Force and had served as an electrician
at Wright-Patterson and Newark Air Force bases. He was a member of Our
Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and had lived in St. Petersburg, Fla.,
for 15 years. He enjoyed playing pool and fishing and was a HAM radio
operator.
He was born Sept. 27, 1911, in Fairmont, W.Va., to the late Adam and
Sofa Kubas Dudiak and was predeceased by a brother, Frank Dudiak; a
sister, Annie Kovall.
He is survived by a daughter, Jackie Baker of Marysville; two
grandchildren, Jacob and Danielle; two sisters, Mary Raymond and Sophi
Schelosky of Fairmont; and several nieces and nephews.
Following cremation, a private committal service will be held Friday at
Mount Calvary Cemetery in Manonga, W.Va. The Mannasmith Funeral Home is
in charge of local arrangements.


LUTRELLE W. "LUT" RAUSCH
Lutrelle W. "Lut" Rausch, 82, of Marysville died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005,
in the comfort of his home with his wife at his side following a serious
one-month illness.
A lifelong farmer, he was retired from ITE Imperial, formerly Bulldog
Electric. In his early years he worked with Bunsold Plumbing and upon
his retirement he was happily employed for more than 15 years with
McAuliffe's Hardware. He was an active and faithful lifetime member of
St. John's Lutheran Church and its choir and played on the church
dartball team for many years. He was generous with his time and happy to
serve his church in any capacity.
He was a graduate of Chuckery Darby High School. He and his wife were
longtime volunteers with the Mobile Meals program and he accumulated
3,291 hours in his 19 years of volunteer service. He was a talented and
capable man and an accomplished woodworker who made several pieces of
beautiful furniture for his wife and family to enjoy. He found great
enjoyment in fishing and golfing but his greatest moments came when he
was surrounded by the love of his family.
He was born May 13, 1922, at home in Darby Township to the late Philip
J. "P.J." and Minnie Dasher Rausch.
He is survived by his wife of more than 61 years, Hulda Bunsold Rausch
to whom he was married June 20, 1943, at St. John's Lutheran Church by
the Rev. August Gerken; three daughters, Patricia (Gary) Martin of
Marysville, Janice (Ralph) Carle of Canal Winchester and Cindy Rausch
and her fiance, Tom Conrath, of North Ridgeville; two sons, Lowell (Dee)
Rausch of Kiawah Island, S.C., and Dwayne (Marsha) Rausch of Marysville;
seven grandchildren, Chris (Lisa) Carle, Chris (Debbie) Ledley, Jason
(Laura) Ledley, Jennifer and Jonathan Carle and Justin and Brittany
Rausch; three step-grandchildren, Karen (Robert) McPhail, Belinda
(Scott) Decker and Alan (Winnie) Salter; five great-grandchildren, Cole
and Corbin Ledley, Codee and Cameron Carle and Jordyn Ledley; seven
step-great-grandchildren, Aileen and Amanda Salter, Kelsi and Tyler
Wade, Molly and Emma McPhail and Bethany Decker; a brother, Lloyd O.
(Marilyn) Rausch of Marysville; several nephews; and his church family.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's
Lutheran Church. The Rev. Thomas S. Hackett will officiate and burial
will be at the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8
p.m. Tuesday at the Mannasmith Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church Organ
Fund, Mobile Meals or Loving Care Hospice.

LARRY LEE MARKIN
Larry Lee Markin, 62, of Richwood died early Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at
Marion General Hospital.
He was retired from Whirlpool where he was employed for 36 years. He was
a 28-year member of York McKendree United Methodist Church where he had
served on the administrative board. He was an avid model train
enthusiast and photographer.
He was born Jan. 16, 1943, in Somersville to the late Ernest W. and
Ethel Egger Markin and was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Markin; a
sister, Ernestine Stump; and a half-brother, Jackie Stump.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Bliss Markin whom he married July 10,
1976; two half-brothers, David Stump of Woodbridge, Va., and Dick Stump
of Santa Rosa, Calif.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws, Jewell
Markin, Emerson and Carolyn Bliss, Robert G. and Louise Bliss and Lewis
and Wilma Bliss Oller; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and
cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the York McKendree
United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dale S. Rexroth will officiate and
burial will be at the York Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7
to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Ballinger Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church or Heart of Ohio
Dialysis Center, 1730 Marion Waldo Road, Marion OH 43302.
Condolences may be sent to www.ballingerfuneralhome.com.


FRED J. ORR
Fred J. Orr, 81, of Milford Center died peacefully Thursday, Feb. 10,
2005, at Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family after an extended
illness.
He was a retired professional truck driver for more than 20 years with
B&L Truck Lines and in retirement worked as a school bus driver for the
Fairbanks school district. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran
Church, the Marysville Moose Lodge and the Teamsters. A Navy veteran of
World War II, he was a member of VFW Post 4499, American Legion Post 79
and the 40 et 8. He was an avid fisherman and spent many summers fishing
with friends in Canada. With his wife, he delivered for the mobile meals
program at Memorial Hospital.
He was born July 17, 1923, in Rittman to the late Fred W. and Ilo Mohler
Orr and was predeceased by a son, Rick; a daughter, Ann; a sister, Joan;
and a brother, Robert.
He is survived by his wife, Erna Bunsold Gefeke Orr whom he married June
21, 1982; three daughters, Barbara J. (Robert) Snodgres and Phyllis A.
(Philip) Schoenman of Marysville and Cheryl L. (Tad) Jurgens of West
Monroe, La.; a son, John J. (Conni) Gefeke of Marysville; seven
grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and
a brother-in-law, Joe Davis.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran
Church. The Rev. Thomas Hackett will officiate and burial will be at the
church cemetery where full military honors will be conducted by the
Union County Honor Guard. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at
the Ingram Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church, Memorial Hospital
mobile meals or the Union Township EMS in care of the funeral home.

JUDITH ANN MCKINLEY
Judith Ann McKinley, 70, of Hilliard died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at
her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was retired from Fisher Guide and was a 25-year member of the United
Auto Workers. She was "The number one Buckeye fan."
She was born May 3, 1934, in Jerome Township to the late Fred L. and
Lulu Middlesworth Guy and was predeceased by a brother, Bernard Guy; a
sister, Genell Bowman; and in 1960 by her first husband, Kenneth Joe
McKinley.
She is survived by her loving husband, James Timmons whom she married
Nov. 28, 1989; children, Vickie (John) Lewis, Keith (Joni) McKinley,
Mark (Teresa) McKinley, Jeannette (Steven) Brofford, Beth (Paul) Hazel,
Terry (Rosie) Timmons, James (Claudia) Timmons, Carolyn (Gary) Sity and
Sean (Kim) Timmons; grandchildren, Brady (Amy) Lewis, Brean Lewis,
Damion (Christine) Manns, Eric (Tracie) Manns, Dennis McKinley, Mandi
(Craig) Dyer, Bryan, Zachary and Kevin Wilcox, Stephanie (Scott),
Tiffanie and Brittanie (Chuck) Brofford, Morgan Anderson, David, Danny
and Krista Hazel, Stephanie and Jeffrey Timmons, Scott Callahan, Lisa
(Rick) Simpson and Shane Timmons; great-grandchildren, Hayleigh Lewis,
Calista and Kambree Manns, Andy, Brianna and Chase Manns, Alexis Timmons
and Cody and Riley Simpson; four sisters, Genese McEvoy, Donna Jean
Elsom, Winifred Grenell and LuAn Boerger; numerous nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends; and Mount Carmel Hospice nurses Beth, Sue, Lori,
Betty and Donna.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Plain City
Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Don Hilkerbaumer will officiate and burial
will be at Forest Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m.
Sunday at the Ferguson Funeral Home in Plain City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Carmel
Hospice, 793 W. State St., Columbus, OH 43222-9988.

WILLIAM F. WELCH
William F. Welch, 65, of Marysville died Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at his
home.
He was a member of the Marysville Eagles Lodge Aerie 3506 and Moose
Lodge 1651.
He was born Nov. 29, 1939, in Madison County to the late William H. and
Ruth L. Green Welch and was predeceased by a brother, Robert A. Welch.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughters, Veda Welch (Martin Hubble)
of Charlotte, N.C., and Vonda Welch (Jeff Jackson) of Heath; a son,
William J. (Lisa) Welch of Charlotte, N.C.; a stepson, Tod (Karen)
Kokensparger of Twinsburg; a stepdaughter, Lori K. (David) Long of
Olmstead Township; grandchildren, Natalie and Nadine Napper, Thaddeus
and Elijah Hubble, William and Danielle Welch, Nicholas Kokensparger and
Henry and Emerson Long; a half-brother, James Welch of London; extended
family, Clarence Green, Donna Kepelinger and Paul Green.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Christ Chapel at
Proctor Camp and Conference Center. Pastor Jerry McQueen will officiate
and burial will be at the Range Township Cemetery in Sedalia. Friends
may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Eberle-Fisher
Funeral Home, 103 N. Main St., London where Eagles Lodge services will
be conducted at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Loving Care Hospice or the
American Cancer Society of Union County. Envelopes will be available at
the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.

FLOYD "UNCLE JOE" AUSTIN
Floyd "Uncle Joe" Austin, 85, of Marysville died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005,
at The Gables at Green Pastures after an extended illness.
He was a longtime employee of U-CO Industries and a member of the former
Faith Baptist Temple. He was a special man and beloved resident at The
Gables and will be missed by his family and co-workers.
He was born April 11, 1919, in Marysville to the late Charles and Nellie
Mary Ellen Graves Austin and was predeceased by three brothers, Claude
Austin, Chet Austin and Harry Austin; and two sisters, Evelyn Buggs and
Luella Armstrong.
He is survived by a sister, Esther Smith of Marysville; two nieces,
Linda Smith and Mary Ellen Smith of Marysville; a nephew, David (Cheryl)
Smith of Marysville; a great-niece, Jamie Smith; a great-nephew, Cody
Smith; his many friends and co-workers; and his caregivers at The
Gables.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mannasmith
Funeral Home. Robyn Kaetzel, a nurse for the deceased at The Gables,
will officiate and burial will be at the Raymond Cemetery. Friends may
call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to U-CO Industries in care of the
funeral home.


KATHLEEN ELAINE BLACKBURN
Kathleen Elaine Blackburn, 44, of Richwood died Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, at
Riverside Methodist Hospital after an eight-month battle with cancer.
She was a bus driver for the Elgin Local School District and a member of
Faith Bible Fellowship Church.
She was born May 4, 1960, in Marion to William and Phyllis Fox Beltz and
they survive in Prospect. She is also survived by her husband, Douglas
Blackburn whom she married Oct. 13, 1978; a daughter, Sarah (Chad)
Redman of Ashley; a son, Reuben Blackburn of Richwood; a grandson,
Justin Redman; an aunt, Jan Bailey of Port Clinton; her mother-in-law,
Viola Blackburn of Richwood; two brothers, Vernon (Stacy) Beltz of
Richwood and Phillip (Deb) Beltz of Prospect; and numerous nieces and
nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Ballinger
Funeral Home in Richwood. The Rev. Brad Burrell will officiate and
burial will be at the Byhalia Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8
p.m. today.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O.
Box 102454, Atlanta, Ga. 30368.
Condolences may be sent to www.ballingerfuneralhome.com.


WILLIAM F. "BILL" LEIBOLD
William F. "Bill" Leibold, 80, of Marysville died Wednesday, Feb. 2,
2005, at home.
He farmed his entire life in Union County. He graduated from LaRue High
School and attended Bradley University. He was a member of the First
United Methodist Church, Palestine Lodge 158 F&AM, American Legion Post
79 and the 40 et 8. He served as clerk of Taylor Township for many
years, was a former Auxiliary Highway Patrolman and spent several years
as a 4-H advisor for the Lucky Leesburg Livestock Club. After training
with the 10th Mountain Division, U.S. Army, he served in Italy as a
medic in World War II.
He was born July 5, 1924, in Union County to the late John and Ethel
(Dodge) Leibold and was predeceased by a brother.
He is survived by his wife of more than 52 years, Bernice G. Parrott
Leibold whom he married Oct. 9, 1952, in Cleveland at the residence of
the Rev. Harold Parrott; three sons, Gwynn (Dianne) Schultz of Hilliard,
Mark Leibold of Marysville and Craig (Hang) Leibold of Houston, Texas;
six grandchildren, Winifred Hix, Frederick Schultz, Gretchen Schultz,
Jared Leibold, Alison Leibold and Paxton Leibold; three
great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dean Leibold of Marion and James
(Ruth) Leibold of Richwood; and a sister, Dorothy Allen of Canal
Winchester.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Ingram Funeral
Home with the Rev. Richard Teller officiating. Friends may call from 2
to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County 4-H Foundation in
care of the funeral home.

GRACIE TAYLOR SMITH
Gracie Taylor Smith, 61, of Hillsboro died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, with
her family at her side at the Laurels of Hillsboro following an extended
illness.
A loving homemaker, she was a devoted wife and mother and very proud
grandmother. She was a State Tested Nursing Assistant and was employed
with the Laurels of Hillsboro. She also worked more than 10 years with
the Highland County Job Training Program. She attended the Greater Life
Assembly in Hillsboro. Her greatest joy in life came from spending time
with her family, especially at family cookouts or fishing at Rocky Fork
Lake. She crocheted many items and each of her children and
grandchildren received a keepsake of her work. She was deeply loved and
will be sadly missed by all of her family and friends.
She was born Jan. 3, 1944, in Salyersville, Ky., to Roy and Eva Caudill
Francis and was predeceased by her father; her first husband, Arnold
Taylor in 1969; a son, David Arnold Taylor; and a sister, Delpha Helen
Francis.
She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Eva and Charles Gillem of
Hillsboro; her husband of nearly 33 years, William H. "Bill" Smith whom
she married May 22, 1972, at the Amlin Lutheran Church; five sons, Tim
(Peggy) Taylor of Columbus, Lawrence "Eddie" (Patty) Taylor, Bryan Keith
Taylor and Leroy "Preston" (Ann) Taylor of Hillsboro and Thomas
(NaNette) Taylor of Marysville; 13 grandchildren; one special
great-grandchild; two brothers, Thomas (Martha) Francis of Plain City
and David (Janet) Francis of McConnelsville; six sisters, Marylene
(Bill) May of Plain City, Magalene (Walter) Taylor of Jerome, Naomi
(Pearl) Mootispaw of Greenfield, Kathren (Phil) Ward of South Salem,
Patty (Ted) Long of Washington C.H. and Jean (Eddie) Groves of
Hillsboro; her mother- and father-in-law, Esther and Richard Gaither of
Dublin; a sister-in-law, Arlene (Ed) Peterson of Russell, Pa.; two
brothers-in-law, Charles Smith of Hillsboro and Rick (Sandy) Gaither of
Groveport; many nieces and nephews; and countless friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mannasmith Funeral
Home. The Rev. Kurt Mootispaw, nephew of the deceased, will officiate
and burial will be at the Unionville Center Cemetery. Friends may call
from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Feed the Children in care of the
funeral home.

EVELYN L. HISEY
Evelyn L. Hisey, 86, formerly of Columbus died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005,
at the Spring Meadows Care Center in Woodstock after enduring a long and
courageous fight against Alzheimer's disease.
She retired as a benefits supervisor with Nationwide Insurance after
enjoying a 44-year career that spanned from 1937-1981. She was a former
member of the Indianola Church of Christ and had served as secretary for
the bible school and the missionary group for many years.
She graduated from Raymond High School in 1936 and attended Bliss
Business College. She possessed a very caring heart and will be
remembered as a truly loving person.
She was born April 8, 1918, in Broadway to the late Howard and Nannie
Newlove Hisey. She was preceded in death by a brother, George Hisey, a
half-brother, Meredith Hanby, and a nephew, John Hisey.
Survivors include: two sisters-in-law: Miriam (Dewey) Hisey Shirk of
Richwood and Irene Hanby of Marion; six nieces and nephews, Jean (Steve)
Rees of Ostrander and their children, Kim and Stephany; Robert (Terry)
Hisey of Hebron and their children, Jeremy, Tara, Ryanne, and Brooke;
Nancy Rider; Sue Meadows; Bob Hanby and Jim Hanby; and several other
family members and friends.
Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Mannasmith Funeral Home in
Marysville. The Rev. Donald W. Hix will officiate and burial will take
place at Broadway Cemetery.
Friends and family may call from Noon until the time of the service on
Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in
care of the funeral home.

 

PAUL E. KINGHAM
Paul E. Kingham, 82, of Milford Center, affectionately know as "Paulie"
by his family, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at the OSU Medical Center
with his family at his side following a short illness.
He was product engineer with Eljer's for more than 30 years and was a
member of the Milford Center United Methodist Church. He graduated from
Troy High School and attended Sinclair College. He was a veteran of
World War II, serving as an officers' cook in the U.S. Navy. He was a
terrific bowler in his younger years and was fascinated with flying and
airplanes.
Upon his retirement, he traveled with his young grandson to many golf
tournaments throughout the state and country and later enjoyed watching
his grandson compete at the collegiate level. He was extremely proud of
his grandsons' accomplishments and considered his family his greatest
blessing. A loving husband and a fine man, he will be remembered as a
wonderful and devoted father and grandfather.
He was born Dec. 2, 1922, in Troy to the late Walter and Fern Brelsford
Kingham and was predeceased by three brothers, Willard, Marvin and Bob
Kingham; and two sisters, Dorothy Cline and Elfreda Kingham. He married
Mary Catherine Johnson Dec. 25, 1941, in Troy and she died Sept. 28,
1998.
He is survived by a son, Jerry (Deborah) Kingham of Columbus; a
daughter, Pam (Don) Snyder of Milford Center; five grandsons, Rick
(Sandy) Kingham, Trace Kingham, Jeremy (Shelly) Kingham, Jason (Jenny)
Kingham and Ed (Jody) Snyder; three great-grandchildren, Jackie, Justin
and Elisabeth; two sisters-in-law, Betty Kingham of Troy and Helen
Palmer of Marysville; a brother-in-law, Howard Johnson of Mount Gilead;
many nieces and nephews; numerous friends and neighbors; and his church
family.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Milford
Center United Methodist Church. The Rev. James Christy will officiate
and burial with military honors conducted by the Union County Honor
Guard will be at the Union Township Cemetery in Milford Center. Friends
may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Mannasmith Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation in care of
the funeral home.

VIOLA LORENE LECRONE
Viola Lorene LeCrone, 84, of Franklin, W.Va., died Tuesday, Feb. 1,
2005, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg, W.Va.
She had been head of the kitchen at the Ohio Reformatory for Women and
was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Ohio Rebekah Lodge.
She was born Nov. 1, 1920, in Union County to the late Clarence and Lela
Overfield Fletcher and was predeceased by a daughter, Janice Lanier, and
two sisters, Shirley Taylor and Helen Frideveaux. She married Lawrence
LeCrone July 7, 1937, in Franklin County and he died in 1958.
She is survived by two sons, David (Carrie) LeCrone of Franklin, W.Va.,
and Larry LeCrone of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Pamela
(Lanny) Neff of Bellefontaine and Patricia (Jim) Koehler of Springfield;
20 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; four
great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Stena Owen of Magnetic Springs
and Margaret (Theodore) Channel of Plain City; and two brothers, Gene
(Martha) Fletcher of Middleburg and Ralph (Lillian) Fletcher of
Pittsboro, Ind.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Middleburg
United Methodist Church. The Rev. Mebane McMahon will officiate and
burial will be at the Middleburg Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9
p.m. Friday at the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine. A Rebekah
memorial service will be held at the church.

ANN R. DAUGHERTY
Ann R. Daugherty, 68, of Richwood died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at
Memorial Hospital of Union County after a 15-month illness.
She was a mammographer at the Smith Clinic in Delaware and Marion. She
had been a very active member of the Richwood First United Methodist
Church for 40 years.
She was born July 10, 1936, in Kenton to the late George Lowell and
Georgia Eileen Evans Robinson and was predeceased by a son, Jon Lowell
Daugherty.
She is survived by her husband, William Daugherty whom she married June
3, 1956; two daughters, Paula (Larry) Moore of Richwood and Debi (Jerry)
Allison of Land O' Lakes, Fla.; a son, Scot Daugherty of Kenton; a
daughter-in-law, Donna (Kevin) Stegner of Delaware; nine grandchildren,
Matt, Mike and Mark Moore, James and Margret Seymore, Caroline Allison,
Samantha Steinmetz, Caine Daugherty and Adam Daugherty Stegner; two
step-grandchildren, Megan and Matt Stegner; a sister, Jane (Gary) Kuckel
of Estero, Fla., and a brother, Joseph (Sharon) Robinson of Pinehurst,
N.C.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Richwood First
United Methodist Church with the Rev. Joseph Rhea officiating. Friends
may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Loving Care
Hospice, 113 S. Main St., Marysville, or the Susan G. Koman Breast
Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309, or
www.koman.org.
Arrangements are being handled by the Ballinger Funeral Home in
Richwood. Condolences may be sent to www.ballingerfuneralhome.com.

HARRY "JAKE" PAVER JR.
Harry "Jake" Paver Jr., 77, of Marysville died unexpectedly Monday, Jan.
31, 2005, in the intensive care unit at Memorial Hospital of Union
County with his loved ones at his side.
He was a boiler operator at Nestle for nearly 45 years. He graduated
from Allen Center High School in 1945 and was a former member of the
Marysville Moose Lodge 1651. He enjoyed camping and fishing at Lake Erie
and Indian Lake and had been an active bowler with the Nestle League and
Sunset League in Bellefontaine. His family was a source of tremendous
pride and he enjoyed being involved in the lives of his children and
grandchildren.
He was born Oct. 31, 1927, in Allen Center to the late Harry and Lela
Overacker Paver Sr. and was predeceased by a great-granddaughter,
Elizabeth Noble; and two sisters, Ruth Rider and Clara Mae Ford.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of more than 54 years,
Phyllis Smith Paver whom he married June 26, 1950, at the home of the
Rev. Forsythe in Broadway; two sons, Don (Linda) Paver of Raymond and
Larry (Linda) Paver of Marysville; five grandchildren, Rusty (Michelle)
Paver, Ben Paver, Bruce (Jody) Paver, Amber (Josh) Noble and Larry
(Traci) Paver; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Charles Paver of
Marysville, Ted (Delores) Paver of Hartford City, Ind., and John (Gwen)
Paver of Amarillo, Texas; a sister, Dolly Gibson of El Paso, Texas; many
nieces and nephews; and numerous friends and neighbors.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Mannasmith
Funeral Home. The Revs. Seeyong Lee and Marty Sheckler will officiate
and burial will be at the Raymond Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4
and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in
care of the funeral home.