Magdalene Hedrick, 83, of Somersville, died peacefully late Monday
evening, Aug. 21, 2006, at her home.
She was a dedicated member of the Somersville Evangelical Friends
Church, where she served as trustee from 1992 to 2000, and president of
the Ladies Aid from 1991 to 2002.
She was a firm believer in "family" and was the strength and rock that
held them together. She was an inspiration to all the lives she touched;
not only was she a mother and "nanny," but she also was a dear friend.
A wonderful homemaker, her hobbies included sewing, reading, being
outdoors, crocheting, find-a-word puzzles, taking rides and shopping for bargains.
She worked for a short time as a nurse's aide at Mercy Hospital in
Columbus. She also had served as treasurer of the P.T.A. at Darbydale
Elementary and was room mother at the Harrisburg Elementary.
She was born a coal miner's daughter on July 20, 1923, in Wellston, to
the late Alfred Jr. and Nellie Summers Clark. On March 4, 1940, in
Columbus, she married Basil Edward Hedrick Sr., and he died Sept. 25,
1998. She also was predeceased by two brothers, five sisters and one great-grandson.
Surviving are her devoted children, Jacqueline J. (Bob) Johnson of
Somersville, Basil E. (Holly) Hedrick Jr. of Plain City, and Allen L.
(Diane) Hedrick Sr. of London; a sister, Frances M. McIntosh of Florida;
eight grandchildren, James E. Walters, Tamara LeMaster, Mary Maynard,
Brady Hedrick, Allen Hedrick Jr., Paul Hedrick, Nicole Lowery and
Christian Hensley; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stofcheck Funeral Home
in Richwood. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the
Somersville Friends Church, with the Rev. George Freer officiating.
Burial will be in York Cemetery,
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
NORMAN LEVERN WILKERSON
Norman LeVern Wilkerson, 83, of Kenton, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006,
at Hardin Memorial Hospital.
A World War II Army veteran, he was a self-employed milk hauler for 21
years. He then hauled steel for Kenton Structural for 21 years.
He was born July 15, 1923, in Hardin County, to the late Edward and Ives
Harper Wilkerson. He also was predeceased by a granddaughter, Jill
Martin; three brothers, Lowell, Carl and William Wilkerson; and a
sister, Phyllis Bender.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred Long of Kenton, to whom he was
married Aug. 10, 1942; two sons, Roy (Margaret) Wilkerson of Marysville,
and Freddy (Joyce) Wilkerson of Kenton; three daughters, Linda (Lynn)
Overly of Lima, and Charlene Richardson and Susan (Ronald) Robinson of
Kenton; 11 grandchildren, Joe, Jan and Josh Wilkerson, all of
Marysville, Don and Darrin Overly, both of Bellefontaine, Brad and Keith
Wilkerson, Kelli Bostelman and Rhonda Haudenschield of Kenton, Tommy
Hastings of Ft. Bragg, N.C., and Robby Robinson of Dunkirk; 12
great-grandchildren; and one brother, Dean (Sue) Wilkerson of Arlington.
Calling hours will be Saturday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Price
Funeral Home, 123 N. Main St., Kenton, where funeral services will be
held Sunday at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Scott Johnson officiating. Burial
will be at Otterbein Cemetery, with military graveside rites provided by
AMVETS Post No. 1994.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hardin County Area Heart &
MABLE B. MONTGOMERY
Mable B. Montgomery, 95, of Marion, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, at
Marion General Hospital.
She was a member of New Bloomington United Methodist Church. She was a
cook for nine years with the former Tecumseh Products Co. of Marion, and
worked at one time for three years at Eaton Corp. She also helped her
husband with farming for many years.
She was best known by everyone as a loving homemaker who found great joy
in and with her family.
She was born Jan. 20, 1911, in Waldo, to the late Robert and Lula Carens
Park. She also was predeceased by her husband, LeRoy Montgomery, to whom
she was married in March 1930 in Marion, and who died in Marion in 1957;
five brothers, Harold, Wilbur, Clyde, Warren and Raymond Park; two
sisters, Florence Weaver and Mildred Donaugh; and two grandchildren.
She is survived by three daughters, Clara Mae (Glenn) Lucas and Gladys
Joan (William) Arnt of Marion, and Betty Louise (Drew) Adams of North
Lewisburg, formerly of Marysville; two sons, George (Pamela) Montgomery
of Garrettsville, Ohio, and Larry (Gladys) Montgomery of Marion; 22
grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; several
great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Alice Cottrell of Harpster,
Pauline Hotelling and Margaret Hotelling of Upper Sandusky, and
Katheline (Jack) Landon of Cuyahoga Falls; a brother, Darrell Park of
Upper Sandusky; three sisters-in-law, Vera Park, Betty Park and Donna
Park; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Boyd Funeral, 122 W.
Columbia St., Marion. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m.
at New Bloomington United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ronald Douglas
and Pastor Harry Burchell officiating. Burial will be in Agosta Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
MERLIN P. OBER
Merlin P. Ober, 42, of Woodstock, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, at the
Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus.
He was a 1981 graduate of Triad High School. He managed his own lawn
care and landscaping business.
As a youth, he attended Jenkins Chapel Community Church. He was active
with 4-H as an advisor and enjoyed hunting.
He loved following and being involved with his daughter's and his
niece's and nephew's sports. He officiated softball and baseball games.
He was born Sept. 27, 1963, in Urbana, the son of Melby P. and Loudene
Linton Ober. He was preceded in death by his mother, and recently a
close uncle, Homer Ober. His father, of Cable, survives.
He also is survived by his daughter, Emily Mae Ober, and her mother,
Mary Christine of Ostrander; his brothers and sisters, Louanne M. (Bill)
Russell of North Lewisburg, Melby Phillip Ober, Mark M. (Brenda L.)
Ober, M. Douglas (Carmen) Ober, and Marvin A. (Sandra S.) Ober of Cable,
and Bonnie (Kurt) Mowery of Urbana; several other relatives, including
aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, two great-nephews, Brenden and Cameron;
and a host of friends, including Gary and Stephanie Betts of North Lewisburg.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday from 2 to 4 and
6 to 8 p.m. at the Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana, where funeral services
will be held Friday at 11 a.m., with Pastor Tom Amlin officiating.
Burial will follow in the Jenkins Chapel Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be his brothers, Melby, Mark, Doug and
Marvin; his brother-in-law, Bill Russell; his nephews, Wade Ober, Andrew
Jenkins and Shane Ober; and his special friend, Gary Betts.
Memorial contributions may made to a college fund for his daughter
through Citizens National Bank. Send to Vernon Funeral Home, 235 Miami
St., Urbana, Ohio 43078.
HAZEL MAE YOUNG
Hazel Mae Young, 89, of Radnor, died early Tuesday morning, Aug. 22,
2006, at The Arbors at Delaware.
A 1935 graduate of Radnor High School, she was a homemaker, a dedicated
member of the Richwood Church of Christ and a member of its Ladies Aid
Society, and a member of the Grandmother's Club in Delaware.
She was born April 7, 1917, in Radnor, to the late Walter Scott and
Orpha Jane Darling Fryman. On Aug. 31, 1936, in Greenup, Ky., she
married Berlin "Bud" Young, and he died Nov. 3, 1994. She also was
predeceased by two grandchildren; four brothers, Austin, Fred, Robert
and Richard Fryman; and four sisters, Opal Riegel, Anna Koloff, Helen
Young and an infant sister.
Surviving are her daughter and son, Wilma Rolfe of Delaware, and Russell
(Sherry) Young of Radnor; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stofcheck Funeral
Home, Richwood. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the
Richwood Church of Christ, with the Rev. Scot Gorsuch officiating.
Burial will be in the Shoup (Thompson Township) Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Richwood Church of Christ Building
Fund, 29063 Sivey Road, Richwood, OH 43344.
RICK L. KAVANAGH
Rick L. Kavanagh, 46, of Marysville, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, at the
Ohio State University Ross Heart Hospital, Columbus, after a lengthy heart illness.
He graduated from Ridgemont High School in Ridgeway in 1978 and lived in
the area all his life. He was brought up in Ridgeway United Methodist
Church and was a born again Christian looking forward to the healing of heaven.
He worked as a quality engineer coordinator for Honda of America, East
Liberty plant, for 24 years.
The Ridgemont community will remember him as a baseball coach for
several years. He also was an avid hunter. During his school years he
participated in basketball, baseball and was an active member of Future
Farmers of America. He started showing sheep as a young man and
continued working with sheep through his children and their fair projects.
He was born Jan. 15, 1960, in Kenton, to Wesley and Betty Boerger
Kavanagh, who survive in Ridgeway. He was predeceased by his
grandparents, Elmer and Alice Kavanagh and Sinclair and Grace Boerger.
He is survived by his wife, Denise Smith, of Marysville; his children,
Derek Kavanagh of Kenton, Samantha Kavanagh of Columbus, Deanna Burton
of Oletha, Colo., and Dennis (Nicole) Hendershot of Yale, Mich.; a
granddaughter, Carly; a sister, Sherry (Mike) Poeppelman of West
Mansfield; a brother, Keith Kavanagh of Ridgeway; and numerous aunts,
uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Price
Funeral Home, Mt. Victory, where funeral services will be held Thursday
at 11 a.m., with Pastor Dick Teller officiating. Burial will be at
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hardin County Sheep
CONSTANCE "LIZ" RAMEY
Constance "Liz" Ramey, 88, of Marysville, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, at
Memorial Hospital in Marysville.
She was retired from Galt Ocean Mile Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
She was born Nov. 17, 1917, in Mt. Liberty, to the late Ida Belle and
Warren Morton. She also was predeceased by her husband, John A. Ramey,
to whom she was married Aug. 2, 1935, in Maysville, Ky.; a son, Thomas
Ramey; and grandchildren Steve and Debbie.
She is survived by her children, Betty Ann (Scotty) Black of Marysville,
John R. (Marla) Ramey of Middleburg, Mary (Brian) Miller of Margate,
Fla., and Joyce (Richard) Collett of Marysville; 20 grandchildren; 38
great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law,
Gertrude Ramey of Centerburg; a brother-in-law, Art (Frieda) Ramey of
Centerburg; and nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. at
Johnson-Melick-Moreland Funeral Home, Centerburg, where funeral services
will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Bloomfield Cemetery.
DANIEL CARL SPAIN
Daniel Carl Spain, 61, of North Lewisburg, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2006,
at Heartland of Bellefontaine after an extended illness.
He was a truck driver for many years with Connolly Construction and
Badger Excavating and had operated heavy equipment with Chapman Excavating.
He was a loyal member of Marysville Moose Lodge No. 1651 and the
Marysville Eagles Aerie No. 3506.
He enjoyed NASCAR racing and racer Bill Elliott, the Cleveland Browns,
and country music. He believed in standing up for what you believe in,
protecting your family, and working hard. He enjoyed life and will be
remembered for his ornery ways and having fun.
He was born Feb. 4, 1945, at White Cross Hospital in Columbus, to the
late Carl and Luella Jaggers Spain. He also was preceded in death by his
father-in-law, Robert Phelps; three sisters, Doris Edwards, Ruth Turner,
and Wilma Mannasmith; four brothers-in-law, Gene Turner, Glen
Mannasmith, Denver Cremeans and Paul Rutan; two nieces, Stacey Guy and
Maddy Phelps; and a great-nephew, Jake Phelps.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pam Phelps Spain, to whom he was
married April 5, 1971; two sons, Chad (Heather) Spain of North
Lewisburg, and Benjamin Spain of Dublin, and his fiancée, Jennifer
Fogle; five grandchildren, Dustin, Justin, Austin, Rylee and Carly;
three sisters, Rieta (Ernie) Baumgarner, Arlene Cremeans and Judy
Jackson, all of Marysville; his mother-in-law, Arlene Phelps of North
Lewisburg; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gary (Steph)
Phelps, Dennis Phelps, Chris Phelps, Sharon (Larry) Longberry, Linda
Rutan, Alicia (Carl) Davis, and Doug (Amelia) Phelps, all of North
Lewisburg; Judy Jackson and Steve Phelps and his close friend, Connie
Stanford, all of Bellefontaine; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at
Mannasmith Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held Thursday at
11 a.m. with the Rev. Kathy Reiff officiating. Burial will take place at
Maple Grove Cemetery, North Lewisburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the
American Diabetes Association in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.
Eloise Shaw, 80, of Peoria, died Friday afternoon, Aug. 18, 2006, at
her residence after an extended illness.
She was retired from the medical records department of Memorial Hospital
and was a former employee of First National Bank.
She was a longtime member of Raymond United Methodist Church and an avid
doll collector. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
She was born Feb. 22, 1926, in rural Logan County, to the late Gale and
Eva Hoover Hogue. She was married Dec. 31, 1946, in West Mansfield, to
Orrin H. Shaw Jr., who preceded her in death Aug. 9, 1995.
She is survived by her sons, Paul D. Shaw of Marysville, and Alan H.
(Teresa) Shaw of Raymond; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Rosemary (Jim) Russell of Raymond, and Evadine (Dick)
Francis of Marysville; and a brother- and sister-in-law, Jim and Kathy
Shaw of Marysville.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home
where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with the
Rev. Seeyong Lee officiating. Burial will follow at York Center
Cemetery, where the deceased will be buried next to her husband.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Raymond United Methodist
Church in care of the funeral home.
LEXIE L. AMBROSE
Lexie L. Ambrose, 73, of Marysville, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at
She was retired from Huber Manufacturing. She was a member of the
Women's Auxiliary of the Moose and enjoyed bingo.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She was born and grew up in Jenkins, Ky. She is the daughter of the late
Frank and Leitha Ray Tackett. She also was predeceased by a son, James
E. Hall Jr., and three brothers, Grant, Billey and Arnold.
She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Richard Ambrose; children
Phyllis (Erni) Deel of Richwood, Pam Williams of Washington, and Peggy
Bedoni of Lakeview; two stepchildren, Dana and Tracey Napper of Marion;
grandchildren, Tonya, Stephine, Little Lexie and William; three
great-grandchildren, Ashton, who was the sunshine of her life, Taylor
and Tyler; eight brothers and sisters, Dorsey, Sue, Patricia, Mary,
James, Grayson, Thurman and Jack; and a very special sister-in-law, Pam
Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Gunder/Hall & Folk
Funeral Directors, 347 W. Center St., Marion, where funeral services
will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Joe Kirby officiating.
Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marion.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at GunderHallFolk@aol.com.
WILMA ESTHER OVERLY
Wilma Esther Overly, 89, of Kenton, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, at the
Kenton Nursing & Rehab Center.
She graduated from Dunkirk High School. A homemaker and farmer's wife,
she was an active member of the Byhalia United Methodist Church United
She was born July 2, 1917, at Dunkirk, to the late Lowell and Minnie
Kurt Arn. On Jan. 15, 1946, she married Clarence Eber Overly, and he
died June 29, 1991. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet
Louise Swartz; a granddaughter, Julia Ann Swartz; three brothers, Ralph
Arn, Clyde Arn and Clayton Arn; and a sister, Mary Willeke.
She is survived by a daughter, JoAnn Overly of Marysville; a son-in-law,
Jeff (Barb) Swartz of Richwood; grandchildren, Jennifer Swartz of
Cincinnati, and Jerry Swartz of Marion; and a sister, Evelyn Rensing of Kenton.
Calling hours will be Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Price Funeral Home,
225 W. Taylor St., Mt. Victory, where funeral services will be held
Sunday at 2 p.m. with Pastor Joseph Rhea officiating. Burial will be in
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the
American Cancer Society.
DONNA M. DOTY
Donna M. Doty, 65, of Marysville, formerly of Delaware, died Wednesday,
Aug. 16, 2006, at Heartland of Marysville after a courageous and hard
fought battle against cancer.
She was a longtime, dedicated employee of Raytheon, formerly Greenwood
Range and Sunray Stoves, of Delaware for 28 years. For the last 10 years
she had been employed in the jewelry department at the Marysville Wal-Mart.
She was a 1959 graduate of Gideon High School in Gideon, Mo. She enjoyed
reading and spending time with her grandchildren and attending their sporting events.
She will be remembered as a strong-willed, independent woman who was
willing to speak her mind, and as a loyal friend.
She was born April 11, 1941, in Gideon, Mo., to the late William Roy and
Lavey Imogene Barker Adams. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Howard "Tiny" Doty; a brother, W.R. Adams; and a sister-in-law, Wanda Adams.
Survivors include three sons, Terry "T-Bone" Stout and his girlfriend,
Cathy Lewis, of Mechanicsburg, Dennis (Darlene) Stout of Zanesfield, and
Officer Keith Stout of Sunbury; her daughter, Karla (Darren) Wygle of
Raymond; seven grandchildren, Roger Stout, Jennifer Stout, Darren Wygle
Jr., Joshua Wygle, Asa Stout, James Robert Stambaugh and Ann Marie
Stout; two sisters, Shirley (Charles) Ogden of Fairview Heights, Ill.,
and Janice Wilkerson of Memphis, Tenn.; two brothers, Larry (Shirley)
Adams of Houston, Texas, and Bobby (Beverly) Adams of Malden, Mo.;
several nieces and nephews; and many friends and co-workers.
Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mannasmith Funeral
Home, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m., with the
Rev. John J. Bradley, chaplain at Heartland Hospice, officiating. Burial
will take place at Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in
care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.
STEPHEN RAY SMITH
Stephen Ray Smith, 53, of Delaware, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, at his residence.
He was retired from Goodyear Rubber & Tire Co. and enjoyed fishing and
Cleveland Browns Football. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Delaware.
He was born Jan. 11, 1953, in Delaware, to Charles Ray Smith and Grace
Doyle Smith. He was preceded in death by his father, and his mother
survives in Ostrander.
He also is survived by his fiancee, Brenda Palmer of Delaware; a son,
Chris (Cassie) Smith of Marysville; a daughter, Renee (Jeremy) Payne of
Marysville; two granddaughters, Zoe Griffith and Kennedy Smith; a
brother, Chuck Jerew of Richwood; a sister, Norma Smith of Ostrander;
and nephews Charlie (Michelle) Jerew and Taylor Jerew, both of Richwood.
Calling hours will be Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Rodman Neeper Funeral
Home, 1510 W. William St., Delaware, where funeral services will be held
at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jim Black officiating. Interment will follow in
Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware, with the Delaware County Veterans
Association providing military honors.
Condolences may be expressed at www.RodmanNeeper.com.
DALE OLIVER BYMASTER
Dale Oliver Bymaster, 64, of Marysville, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2006, at
Doctors Hospital in Columbus.
He was employed as a maintenance supervisor for nearly 20 years with the
Fairbanks School District and was held in very high regard by all of the
staff and students for his dedication and love of Fairbanks.
He served in the United States Air Force and was a very capable handy
man. He enjoyed fishing, and his greatest enjoyment came from time spent
with his family and time spent in the halls at Fairbanks Schools.
He was born Sept. 6, 1941, in Springfield, to the late Donald and Ann
Plum Bymaster. He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Diana
Newhart, on March 8, 2006, and his step-father, Fay Conley.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 38 years, Sharon Canter Bymaster,
to whom he was married Oct. 24, 1968, in Springfield; a son, Darrin
(Jennifer) Bymaster of Marysville; a daughter, Devina "Tootie" (Michael)
Dowler of Marysville; a step-daughter, Cheryl Compton of Bradenton,
Fla.; six grandchildren; Jason Newhart and his fiancée, Kaley Nicholas,
Lee Newhart, Mathew (Jerrica) Newhart, Dylan Bymaster and Derek
and DariLogan; five great-grandchildren, Desteny, Isaiah, Landon and Aidan
Newhart, and Taylor Jones; his sister, Donna (William) Smith of Springfield;
and his Fairbanks family.
Services will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Mannasmith Funeral Home.
Paul Reynolds will officiate and burial will take place at a later date.
Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the
service on Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairbanks Athletic Boosters in
care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.
MEDRITH M. CRAIG
Medrith M. Craig, 93, of Mt. Victory, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2006,
at the Kenton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
She graduated from Mt. Victory High School where she also played
basketball. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse, retiring from
Hardin Memorial Hospital.
She was a member of the First Christian Church, Hardin County Farm
Bureau and the Ohio State Nurses Association.
Noted for her peach and apple pies and homemade cookies, she also
enjoyed gardening and living at her farm, where she was a hard-working
farm wife, planting gardens and helping her husband with farm duties in
addition to her professional work. She was recently honored as the
oldest living member in attendance at the Mt. Victory-Dudley Alumni Association.
She was born Feb. 26, 1913, in Mt. Victory, to the late Samuel and Lena
Moore Hare. She married Thomas Ralph Craig on Oct. 21, 1934, and he
preceded her in death on May 26, 1995. She also was predeceased by a
son, Dr. Steven D. Craig, on Dec. 1, 1994; a sister and brother-in-law,
Cleta and Lonnie McWhorter; and a brother and sister-in-law, Conard and Gladys Hare.
She is survived by a daughter, Rebecca S. Craig of Kenton; a sister,
Geraldine (Ledson) Bailey of Kenton; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at
Schindewolf Stevens Stout Funeral Home, Kenton, where funeral services
will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. William Koppert and
Pastor Brad Ellis officiating. Burial will be in Hale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church Roof
Replacement Fund and/or the First United Methodist Church God's Garden
Fund or Music Fund.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GILBERT M. "GIL" GYNN
Gilbert M. "Gil" Gynn, 72, of Dublin, died unexpectedly Sunday morning,
Aug. 13, 2006, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
He was retired as a research chemist for Ashland Chemical.
A graduate of the Ohio State University, he was an alumni member of 50
years as well as an avid Buckeye fan. He was a former employee of
Battelle Memorial Institute and had served in the U.S. Army.
He loved his family and was always a true gentleman. He enjoyed fishing,
gardening and was an avid reader of historical biographies.
He was born April 14, 1934, in Akron, to the late Percy and Jeanette Mackey Gynn.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Nancy Hall Gynn; their children,
Steven Gynn of Iowa, Susan (Richard) Morgan of Dublin, and Thomas
(Karen) Gynn and Andrew (Debra) Gynn of Florida; four grandchildren,
Jennifer Gynn, Nathan, and Annie Morgan and Nicholas Gynn; a sister,
Audrey (Harry) Dawsey of Ashtabula; a sister- and brother-in-law,
Barbara and Dean Younker of Florida; and nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home,
where funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev.
Mo Dunn officiating. Burial will follow at Claibourne Cemetery in Richwood.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or
the Marysville Public Library in care of the funeral home.
MARY ELIZABETH MCMAHON
Mary Elizabeth McMahon, 92, of Marysville, died Friday morning, Aug. 11,
2006, at The Gables following an extended illness.
She was a longtime employee of the Union County Federal Savings and Loan
Co. and with her husband, operated the McMahon Packing Co.
She was a lifetime member of Marysville First United Methodist Church, a
former member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a 1931 graduate of
Marysville High School.
She was born Nov. 20, 1913, in Columbus, to the late Ernest F. and Mina
Bowersmith Compton. She was married March 11, 1934, to Lee W. McMahon,
and he preceded her in death in January 1988. She also was predeceased
by a sister, Helen Faye Myers, in April 2002.
She is survived by her son, Gene (Diane) McMahon of Marysville; two
granddaughters, Laura (Jeff) Chervenak of Mt. Gilead, and Leanne (Mike)
Wood of Marysville; four great-grandchildren, Tyler, Daryn, Nicholas and
Morgan; a brother-in-law, Ernie Myers of Greenville; and a niece,
Melanie Myers of Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home. A
graveside service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Oakdale Cemetery
with the Rev. Richard Teller officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Cancer Society in
care of the funeral home.
LINDA KAREN WILDS BOTKINS HEMINGER
Linda Karen Wilds Botkins Heminger, 61, of Richwood, died Thursday
evening, Aug. 10, 2006, at Memorial Hospital in Marysville.
She had worked for the last six years in housekeeping at Memorial
Hospital in Marysville.
She enjoyed playing and coaching softball, was an avid bowler for many
years and had quite a collection of Holstein cow collectibles.
The true joy of her life was her family.
She was born Oct. 30, 1944, in Ironton, to the late Joseph and Florida
Ferguson Wilds. She was first married to William Botkins in 1966, and he
died in 1972. She was then married to Gary Heminger, and he survives in New Vienna.
She also is survived by her devoted children, Candy Botkins, Bambi
(fiancé Scott Chopin) and Jason (Lisa) Heminger, all of Richwood, Mike
(fiancée Mary Beth Jones) Botkins of Woodstock, and Cindy (Brad) Minter
of Raymond; her five loving grandchildren, Kyle and Logan Krebehenne,
Tiffany Minter, Will Welch and Riley Heminger; her sister and brothers,
Gail Colley of Coal Grove, Edward (Glenna) Wilds of Richwood, and Ronnie
(Sue) Wilds of Raymond; and her "adopted daughter," Tracy Large.
Calling hours will be Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stofcheck Funeral Home
in Richwood, where funeral services will follow at 8 p.m., with Pastor
Dale Baker officiating. Burial will take place at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to North Union Softball for Girls, in
care of Stofcheck Funeral Home, P.O. Box 122, Richwood, OH 43344.
CHARLES RAY SESSOR
Charles Ray Sessor, 81, of Newark, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006, at
Heath Nursing Care Center.
Mr. Sessor, a World War II veteran, retired from Rockwell as a
supervisor for 33 years. He was on the 1943 Newark High School
basketball State Championship team.
Mr. Sessor was active with AA since 1975. He was a member of the Neal
Avenue United Methodist Church, American Legion Post No. 85, and the
Mason Blazing Star No. 286 in North Lewisburg.
He served on the Union County Board of Alcoholism for six years and the
Union County Cancer Board for one year. Mr. Sessor was a volunteer for
Red Cross for four years and NOVA for two years.
He was a lifelong sports enthusiast and an avid Ohio State University
fan. He helped start the Mound City Little League and the Newark
Pony and Colt leagues.
He was born March 21, 1925, in Newark, to the late George and Bernice
Cross Sessor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by
his first wife of 50 years, Joan Walters Sessor; two brothers, Russell
and Richard Sessor; and a sister, Jane.
He is survived by his wife, Patty Wood Sessor of Newark; daughters,
Grace Ann (Robert) Mohler and Chris Lala of Marysville, and Nancy
(Robert) Richardson of Newark; a son, Craig (Linda) Sessor of Heath; 10
grandchildren, Brandon, Jenny, Craig, Marcie, Lisa, Angie, Bobby, Erin,
John and Chris; 11 great-grandchildren; a half-brother, Robert Sessor of
Florida; a step-mother, Emma Sessor of Tampa, Fla.; and a half-sister, Linda of Florida.
Friends may call Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. at Neal Avenue United Methodist
Church. A memorial service will follow at 4 p.m., with the Rev. John Harra officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Neal Avenue United Methodist
Church, 12 Neal Ave., Newark, OH 43055.
The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta Funeral and Cremation Service,
59 N. Fifth St., is assisting the family with the arrangements.
An online guest book and memorial is available at
GENE F. BAUMAN
Memorial services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Hillcrest Mobile
Home Park community room, 223 Northcrest Drive, for Gene F. Bauman, 65,
of Marysville, formerly of Delaware, who died Saturday, July 8, 2006, at
Doctors Hospital West. He is survived by his wife, Madelyn Hoover
Bauman, and many other relatives. Underwood Funeral Home is assisting
the family with arrangements.
NAOMI RUTH BRAITHWAITE
Naomi Ruth Braithwaite, 67, of Richwood, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006,
with her family at her side at Riverside Methodist Hospital after a
A devoted and loving homemaker and farmer's wife, she was a wonderful
mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a member of the
She possessed a wonderful sense of humor and considered herself a
domestic goddess and a professional shopper. She enjoyed cooking and
treasured her family and her life on her farm.
She was born Aug. 23, 1938, in Columbus, to the late Arthur John and
Hazel Mae Hood Miller. She also was preceded in death by a grandson,
Kyle Thompson; two brothers, Arthur Miller and Charles Miller; and a
brother-in-law, Bob Hinton.
Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Jack Braithwaite, to whom she
was married Feb. 8, 1958, in Columbus, by the Rev. Jasper Dean; a son,
Jack (Carrie) Braithwaite of Richwood; three daughters, Kelly Elizabeth
(Darrell) Martin of Richwood, Tracy (Butch) Thompson of Broadway, and
Genie (Patrick) Goodwin of Marysville; five grandchildren, Zach
Braithwaite, Betsy (J.T.) Trouten, Megan Coffey, and J.P and Jackie
Goodwin; three great-grandchildren, Dexter Bryce Coffey and Faith
Elizabeth and Noah John Trouten; five sisters, Jane Hinton of
Indianapolis, Thelma (Dutch) Scrader of Columbus, Margaret (Roger)
Ballinger of North Carolina, and Rhetta Miller and Eloise (Dick) Bowman,
each of Marysville; a brother, Eddie (Mary) Miller of Florida; and
several nieces and nephews.
Elder Lynn Zell will officiate a Celebration of Life service Monday at
11 a.m. at Broadway Cemetery, Broadway. No calling hours will be
observed. Friends and family are invited to the home of Butch and Tracy
Thompson, 18853 Broad St., Broadway, immediately after the services to
remember and celebrate Mrs. Braithwaite's life.
Mannasmith Funeral Home is serving the family.
Condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.
NANCY ANN BURCHETT
Nancy Ann Burchett, 44, formerly of Marysville, died Tuesday morning,
Aug. 8, 2006, at her residence in Unionville Center.
A 1979 Marysville High School graduate, she had worked for Care Works of
Columbus and Ohio State Life Insurance Co. of Columbus for many years.
She was extremely proud of her children and enjoyed volunteering for
them with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Special Olympics, Cancer
Society Relay for Life, and Marysville High School Band Boosters. She
had a special talent in sewing items for her children.
She was born Aug. 16, 1961, in Marysville.
She is survived by husband, William Gary Burchett, whom she married July
25, 1987, at her parents' home; children Tabitha Marie Burchett and
Zechariah Gary "Zak" Burchett of Marysville; parents, Harold E. and
Betty L. Stump Shockey of Marysville; grandmother, Ola Simpson of
Delaware; sister, Terri Shockey Bowen of Marysville; brother, Tom
(Angela) Shockey of Milford Center; nephew, Jason Parkison of
Marysville; sister-in-law, Carolyn (Danny) Wilson of Unionville Center;
and nephews and nieces, Derek (Chanda) Wilson of Richwood, and Casey,
Kayla and William Wilson of Unionville Center.
Calling hours will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ferguson Funeral Home,
Plain City, where the funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. with
Pastor Jerry McQueen officiating. Burial will be in Darby Township
Cemetery, Plain City.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Burchett family in care of the
EULAH MAE TREES
Eulah Mae Trees, 90, of Columbus, died Monday morning Aug. 7, 2006, at
Edgewood Manor of Westerville.
She was a member of the Huber Ridge Christian Union Church of
Westerville. She was an insurer for Grange Mutual Insurance.
She was born June 30, 1916, in Plain City, to the late Junie and Birdie
Mae Hefner Jordan. She also was predeceased by her husband, Ralph R.
Trees in 1996; a son, Ralph "Rick" Trees in 1991; brothers Kenneth W.
Jordan in 1992, and Harry "Whitey" Jordan in 1972; a daughter-in-law,
Donna Lee Trees in 2006; a step-brother, Bill Kelley; a nephew, James
Jordan; and a brother-in-law, Lester Thomas in 2005.
She is survived by a sister, Ruby Thomas of Marysville; nieces, Susan
(Robin) Clay and Margaret (Jerry) Jarrett of Plain City; nephews, Junie
(Beverly) Thomas of Westerville, and Terry (Judy) Jordan of Illinois;
sisters-in-law, Doris Jordan Eddy of Marysville, and Mary (Tom) Dillion
of Plain City; a step-granddaughter, Buffie (Pat) Novotney of
Marysville; and step-great-grandchildren, Ashley Novotney and Ryan
Calling hours will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ferguson Funeral
Home, Plain City, where the funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. with
Pastors Bob Chroninger and Bob Simpson officiating. Burial will be at
Forest Grove Cemetery, Plain City.
Gypsy Chandler, 94, of Woodstock, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, in
Woodstock, following a lengthy illness. She was surrounded by her loving
family in the home of Joseph and Vicky Jeter.
She was an elementary school teacher in Champaign County. She taught at
Cable, Graham and retired from Mechanicsburg Elementary Schools.
She was a member of Trinity Chapel Church in Milford Center.
She was born Sept. 25, 1911, in Lawrence County, Ky., the daughter of
the late Charles Borders and Della Hannah Johnson. She also was preceded
in death by her husband, Ervin Chandler; four brothers, John, Otis,
Otto, and Junior Johnson; and a sister-in-law, Yvonne Johnson.
She is survived by her sister, Anna Jeter of Woodstock; her brothers,
H.K. Johnson of Minerva, and Bill (Lou) Johnson of Marrietta;
sisters-in-law Irene Johnson of Minerva, and Goldie Johnson of Kentucky;
and several nieces and nephews.
A gathering of family and friends will be held today from 5 to 8 p.m. at
the Skillman, McDonald & Vernon Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg, where
funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Steve Wood
officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Mutual.
Memorial contributions may be made to Loving Care Hospice, 113 S. Main
St., Marysville, OH 43040 or to the Alzheimer's Association, 3797 Summit
Glen Drive, Suite G100, Dayton, Ohio 45449.
ANTHONY CRAIG BARKER
Anthony Craig Barker, 49, of East Liberty, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006.
He graduated from Triad High School in 1975 and was an avid Ohio State
University fan. He was a talented musician and devoted much of his life
to the music business.
He was born May 8, 1957, in Jamestown, Ohio, the youngest of three
children born to Herald and Martha Donohoe Barker. He was preceded in
death by his father, and his mother survives in East Liberty.
He also is survived by his wife of 18 years, Amy Aitchison Barker; a
brother, Herald W. Barker of St. Paris; a sister, Luana Slemmons of
Bellefontaine; his father- and mother-in-law, Bill and Sue Aitchison;
brothers- and sisters-in-law, T.J. (David) Adams, Mike (Tuwana)
Aitchison, Rick (Marikay) Aitchison, and Kathy (Jim) Hostetler; several
nieces and nephews; and his two best friends, his dogs Leo and Louie.
Mr. Barker was an organ donor.
Calling hours will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Freshwater,
McDonald & Vernon Funeral Home, North Lewisburg, where funeral services
will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Dale George officiating.
Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, North Lewisburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society.
After the services, the family is inviting everyone to Seth Slemmons'
residence, 8189 Route 287, West Liberty, for a time of fellowship.
ALICE MAY BENNETT CHAPMAN
Alice May Bennett Chapman, 85, of Marysville, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2006,
at the Gables at Green Pastures.
She was a former bookkeeper for Marysville Automotive, Davidson Plumbing
and Heating, and her son's business, Ron Chapman Excavating Company.
A member of Pottersburg United Methodist Church since 1952, she served
as treasurer for many years. She was a former volunteer for Memorial
Hospital of Union County Mobile Meals and for Grady Memorial Hospital
hospice. She was a past member of Mizpah Circle of Kings Daughters.
Quite physically active, especially during her retirement years, she
enjoyed fishing and traveling to Canada on fishing trips with her
husband. She took up golf at the age of 70 and enjoyed bowling, playing
cards and reading.
She will be especially remembered for her generous spirit, grace and
dignity. Her most outstanding attribute was her love and dedication to
her immediate and extended family.
She was born Dec. 3, 1920, in Indianapolis, Ind., to the late Fred and
Lottie Kipker Bennett. She also was predeceased by her husband of 50
years, Richard A. Chapman in 1988, whom she married July 23, 1937; a
brother, Fritz Bennett; and a granddaughter, Barbie Jones.
She is survived by her children, Sandy (Tom) Young of Ft. Myers, Fla.,
Ron (Carolyn) Chapman of Marysville, Judy (Bill) Wical and Becky (Gene)
Drumm of Bellefontaine, and Dee (Roger) Shumway of Raymond; 17
grandchildren, Vicky (Mike) Petty, Julie (Eric) Caughenbaugh, Jane
(Troy) Frazier, Dina (Rick) Saulters, Kim (Tim) Moore, Kristi (Jerry)
Eads, Kevin (Rhonda) Chapman, Keith (Tonia) Chapman, Debbie (Bob) Day,
Pam (David) Bobb, Jeff (Jamie) Wical, Melanie Lehman, Jill (Darrin)
Miller, Mark (Nicki) Shumway, Rob (Cindy) Drumm, Chris (Kea) Drumm and
John Drumm; 51 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; three
sisters-in-law, Betty Switzer and Billie Wahlfeldt, both of Danville,
Ill., and Carol Bennett, of Wilson, N.Y.; and three nephews and five nieces.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Underwood Funeral Home,
where funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. Burial will be at
Oakdale Cemetery beside her husband and granddaughter.
Memorial contributions may be made to her favorite charities, National
Multiple Sclerosis Society or Union County Relay for Life. Envelopes
will be available at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
MARGARET A. SMITH
Margaret A. Smith, 74, formerly of Claibourne, died unexpectedly
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006, at Memorial Hospital of Union County.
She was a homemaker who attended Claibourne Advent Christian Church. She
was a voracious reader and a prolific gardener. She was a loving person
who often cared for her elderly neighbors and who will be sadly missed
by those who knew and loved her.
She was born Aug. 28, 1931, in Council, Va., to the late John and Bessie
Bostic Wilson. On March 4, 1954, she married Lester Smith, who died Feb.
23, 2002. She also was predeceased by two sisters.
She is survived by a son, Gary (Correl) Smith of Centerburg; three
daughters, Debra (Michael) Virden of Beaver Creek, Leslie Dianna Mack of
Bucyrus, and Ronda Hisle of Marysville; 10 grandchildren; seven
great-grandchildren; four brothers, John Wilson Jr. of Colonial Heights,
Va.; James Wilson of Chesapeake, Va., and Robert Wilson and Donald
Wilson of Council, Va.; three sisters, Luanna Watts of Albany, N.Y.,
Betty Mills of Mt. Vernon, and Lois Johnson of Council, Va.; two
sisters-in-law, Lois Mullins of Marion, and Emma Smith of Clintwood,
Va.; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ballinger Funeral Home,
Richwood, where funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m., with
the Rev. Dan Grose officiating. Burial will be in Maskill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Richwood-North Union Public Library.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at
ALBERT OTIS "AL," "ODIE" CLAPHAM
Albert Otis "Al," "Odie" Clapham, 80, of Marion, died Wednesday, Aug. 2,
2006, at Heartland of Marysville, after an extended illness.
He graduated from Dover Rural High School, class of 1943. He enlisted in
the United States Army in 1950 and served through 1956. He retired from
Tecumseh Products after 41 years.
He was a loyal member of the Moose Lodge, American Legion Post No. 584
and Eagles Lodge.
Mr. Clapham was born Sept. 8, 1925, in New Dover, to the late Clarence
and Nellie Draper Clapham. He married Madelyn "Mickie" Clapham on July
16, 1960, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 8, 1990. He also was
preceded in death by brothers Dana and Herman Clapham; sister Doris
Morris; stepson Michael Simpson; stepdaughter Deb Large; and nephew
Surviving are two daughters, Kathy (Gary) Williams and Brande (Thomas)
Lally of Marion; two stepdaughters, Joni Simpson of Plain City, and
Carleen (Bob) Mackey of Marysville; three sisters, Judy (Jack) Wood of
Milford Center, Lela Clapham of Marysville, and Alice Clapham of Marion;
grandchildren Christopher Goodwin, Michael (Tabby) Goodwin, Shannon
(Kevin) Tilley, Shelly Large, Ramie Large, Sherry (Dave) Martin, Shane
Brey, Jeramie (Jill) Brey, Morgan Brey, Jamie (Krista) Brey, Tyler Litz
and Bobbi (John) Salyers; great-grandchildren, Brock Tilley, Daniel
Martin, Dillian Martin, Asch Tilley, Tyler Dorfe, Joshua Wallace,
Kevlynn Tilley, Jeremiah Middleton II, Alyson Middleton, Conar Goodwin,
Colton Goodwin, Tyler Goodwin, Trinity Brey, Avery Brey, Alexis Brey,
Haley Brey, Logan Brey, Phoenix Brey, Gwyneth Brey, Jade Brey and
Madelyn Marie Brey; two nephews, Butch (Betty) Wood of Raymond, and
Larry Morris of Marysville; and two nieces, Debbie Wood of Marysville,
and Karen (Wes) Wood of Rushylvania.
Calling hours will be today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Gunder/Hall &
Folk Funeral Directors, 347 W. Center St., Marion, where funeral
services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St.
Condolences may be expressed at GunderHallFolk@aol.com
CAROLYN L. DAGUE
Carolyn L. Dague, 58, of Marysville, died Thursday afternoon, Aug. 3,
2006, at her home surrounded by her family after an extended illness.
She was a STNA at Heartland of Marysville, with 19 years of employment.
A longtime New Dover area resident, she attended New Dover United
She was born Jan. 13, 1948, in Marysville, to the late Willard O. Levan
Sr. and Maude E. Harper Levan. She was married to Thomas S. Dague who
preceded her in death on May 27, 1990. She also was predeceased by two sisters.
She is survived by children Thomas "Andy" Dague and special friend
Christy Smith, Robert "Matt" (Paula) Dague, and Steven "Chris" (Krista)
Dague, all of Marysville, and Kathryn "Kate" Dague and special friend
Mack Shupe of Kentucky; 18 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren;
brothers Harry (Martha) Levan of Graysville, and Willard Levan II and
Millard Levan, both of Marysville; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home
where funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Revs. Leo
Cunningham and Carol Tong officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice in care of the
ANNA MARIE WHITNEY
Anna Marie Whitney, 62, of Marysville, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, at
A resident of Marysville and Magnetic Springs for the past eight years,
she spent her younger years in Delaware, before moving to Texas.
Most proud of her son, she was known for her big heart and kind nature.
She gave to a fault. Stubborn in nature, a Ward family trait, she cared
for all animals, especially cats. She collected things such as dolphins,
Indians, and eagles. She also enjoyed word searches and playing cards.
She was born April 25, 1944, in Mt. Sterling, to the late Herman and
Wilma Ward. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Betty L. Stidam,
and a brother, Paul Ward.
She is survived by her son, Charles (Jeannie) Frebert of Delaware;
step-grandsons, John (Trisha) Henson of Delaware, and Scott Henson
(fiancee, Alex Wilder); sisters, Linda Ward of Jeffersonville, Lily
(Dale) Heironimus of Springfield, Velma (Scott) Cyrus of Pickerington,
and Della (Roy) Hedrick of Dalton, Ga.; brothers, Freddy Ward of Dalton,
Ga., Donald Ward of Conroe, Texas, Ronald (Debra) Ward of Delaware,
James Ward of Port Clinton, and Jackie Ward of McKeesport, Pa.
Calling hours will be Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral
Home, 75 W. William St., Delaware, where funeral services will follow
Saturday at 3 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help with the expenses.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com