Archived Obituaries July 2006


CHRISTINE M. VOLLRATH
Christine M. Vollrath, 87, of Marysville, died Friday, July 28, 2006, in
the ICU at Memorial Hospital of Union County with her husband at her side.
A loving homemaker, she was a devoted wife and mother and adoring grandmother.
She was a lifelong member of St John's Lutheran Church where she was
active with the Ladies Aid, Lutheran Women's Missionary League and her
Bible study group. She was baptized on March 8, 1919, at her home by
Rev. H.C. Keuckle and confirmed on March 20, 1932, at St. John's by Rev.
August Gerken. She was a member of the Senior Mother's Service League,
American Legion Post #79 Auxiliary, VFW Post #3320 Auxiliary and was a
former member of the Circle of Service King's Daughters. Her greatest
joy came from spending time with her family and keeping in touch with
her extended family.
She was born March 6, 1919 near Plain City to the late J. Lewis and
Dorathea Rausch. She lived her entire life in the Plain City and Marysville areas.
Preceding her in death were three sisters and their spouses: Tillie
(Elmer) Schwartzkopf, Nora (Walter) Dellinger, and Martha (Arthur)
Bunsold; and three brothers and their spouses, Ezra (Emma) Rausch,
Gerhard (Minnie) Rausch, and Willis (Christine) Rausch.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Herbert Vollrath, to whom she
was married on Dec. 6, 1942, at St. John's Lutheran Church by Rev.
August Gerken; her daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Harold Sieberth, of
Worthington; her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Judy Vollrath, of
Jackson; two grandchildren, Cara and Brian Sieberth; many nieces,
nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces; great-great
nephews; and her church family.
Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran
Church. The Rev. Jack Heino will officiate and burial will take place at
the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday at Mannasmith Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Ladies Aid or the
Lutheran Women's Missionary League in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

LOUISE B. MAYHEW

Louise B. Mayhew, 83, of Marysville, formerly of Matewan, W.Va., died
Thursday afternoon, July 27, 2006, at The Gables.
She was a retired licensed practical nurse with the Crownsville State
Hospital in Annapolis, Md.
She was born Aug. 9, 1922, in Lawrence County, Tenn., to the late Frank
and Maggie Phillips Bailey. She was married to Francis Mayhew who also
preceded her in death, as did a number of brothers and sisters.
She is survived by a son, Bob (Sheila) Davis of Milford Center; nine
grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren;
and a brother, Huey Ben (Ruth) Bailey of Forest Hills, Ky.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Hatfield Funeral
Chapel in Toler, Ky. Burial will follow at the Mountain View Memory
Gardens at Maher, W.Va.
Memorial contributions may be made to Loving Care Hospice in care of
Ingram Funeral Home which has helped with the arrangements.

JOSHUA CORBIN STEWART
Joshua Corbin Stewart, 15, of Marysville, died Tuesday evening, July 25,
2006, at Memorial Hospital of Union County.
A sophomore at Marysville High School, he was a member of Marysville
First United Methodist Church and was involved in the church Youth Group
and Quake. He enjoyed playing golf and was a part of the MHS tennis
team. As a vocalist, his love of music was best reflected in the jam
sessions that he participated in with his friends.
He was born Dec. 12, 1990, in Columbus, to Kenneth R. and Scarlett A. Gray Stewart.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Scarlett A. and Scott E.
Miller of Marysville; his father and stepmother, Kenneth R. and Tayle C.
Stewart of North Lewisburg; a half-sister, Makayla L. Stewart of North
Lewisburg; a brother, Bryce A. Stewart of the home; stepsisters,
Aleashia and Holly Wood of Marysville; maternal grandparents, Robert and
Mary Gray of Marysville; paternal grandparents, Raymond and Carolyn
Stewart of Groveport, and Frances L. Stewart of Ashville; step-paternal
grandfather, John L. Troutner of Florida; step-paternal grandmother,
Carol Ropp of Cable; and many aunts, uncles and friends.
Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Marysville First
United Methodist Church with the Revs. Carrie Given and Ken Daft
officiating. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Marysville First United Methodist
Church in care of the funeral home.


DENNIS EDWARD BEEKMAN

Dennis Edward Beekman, 53, of Plain City, died suddenly Monday, July 24,
2006, at the Memorial Hospital of Union County emergency room while
battling pancreatic cancer.
A 1970 graduate of Olentangy High School, he worked in maintenance at
Select Sires for more than 10 years. He had a great interest in science
fiction, electronics and  enjoyed exploring the Internet.
He was born Dec. 13, 1952, in Melvin, Ohio. He was preceded in death by
a brother, Roger Beekman in 1979, and a niece, Lori Owens in 2006.
He is survived by his parents, Dennis C. and Anna Lee Robert Beekman of
Springfield; his children, Stephanie Leeka of Plain City, and Melissa
Beekman and her special friend Richard Kirk of Martinsburg;
grandchildren, Travis Kirk, Tiffany Beekman and Jordan Leeka; and a
sister, Ruth Ann (Doug) Lonsway of Springfield.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Ferguson Funeral
Home, Plain City, where the family will receive friends from 9 a.m.
until the time of the service. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery, Marysville.

CAROLYN JOHNSON
Carolyn Johnson, 65, of Marysville, died Tuesday, July 25, 2006, at
Heartland of Marysville.
She was a member of Central United Methodist Church
and was a loving grandmother.
She was born May 16, 1941, in Richwood, to the late Linfred and Helen
Hughes Bumgarner. She also was preceded in death by
a brother, Gerald, and a sister, Margie.
She is survived by her husband, Chuck, whom she married in 1971; two
sons, Mike Johnson and his special friend Cindy Picklesimer of Milford
Center, and Jason (Carolyn) Johnson Sr. of Marion; two grandchildren,
Jason Jr. and Shelby Jane; a brother, Walter Gale (Sue) Bumgarner of
Byhalia; a sister, Rosalie Monroe of Mt. Gilead; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Central United
Methodist Church, Richwood, with the Rev. Fred Cheney officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 6500 Busch
Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at
www.ballingerfuneralhome.com.
Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood, is in charge of arrangements.

VERA BAILEY MEDDLES
Vera Bailey Meddles, 95, of West Mansfield, died after a short illness
Tuesday, July 25, 2006, at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine, with
her daughters at her side after a short illness.
A homemaker, she worked throughout her life at Harding Machine, the
former DeTrola Factory, Nestles and the East Liberty grocery store.
She was a member of the West Mansfield United Methodist Church and was a
longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Harriet Chapter, and
the Logan Peace Makers Quilting Club.  She enjoyed cooking at Camp
Wesley and especially enjoyed quilting and spending time with her family.
She was born March 15, 1911, at Bailey Crossroads near Somersville, to
the late Coy and Clara Knox Bailey. She married Forest Meddles on Aug.
21, 1931, and he preceded her in death on June 15, 1985. She also was
preceded in death by her oldest daughter, Patricia Moore, on April 3,
2000; a son-in-law, Claude Moore; a great-grandson; a
great-great-grandson; a sister, Ruth Fogt; and three brothers, Corwin,
Erwin and Paul Bailey.
Survivors include two daughters, Dixie (Jerry) Alexander of Melbourne,
Fla., and Flo (Tom) Stanley of West Mansfield; seven grandchildren; 13
great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mona
Dally of West Mansfield, and Helen Berhalter of Hamilton; and many
nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger
Funeral Home, West Mansfield. The Rev. David Wilson will officiate and
burial will take place at Highland Memorial Park, West Liberty. Friends
may call from 10 a.m. until noon Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association
or West Mansfield United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

HELEN LUCILLE KENNEDY

Helen Lucille Kennedy, 81, of North Lewisburg, died Sunday, July 23,
2006, at her residence.
A graduate of North Lewisburg High School, she was a
foster parent for 40 children.
She worked for Wright Patterson Air Force Base as an underclerk typist
and then as a clerk for the village of North Lewisburg.
She was a past member of the Maple Acres Garden Club and volunteered at
Memorial Hospital in Marysville for several years. She was a member of
the North Lewisburg United Methodist Church where she was a member of
the United Methodist Women, custodian and financial secretary of the
church. She enjoyed her church and leading others to Christ. She also
enjoyed reading, gardening, and cleaning, but what she cherished most of
all was her family, her home and God.
She was born July 31, 1924, in North Lewisburg, the daughter of the late
Burnham and Bessie Tracy Graham. She also was preceded in death by her
first husband, Curtis Seay; second husband, Paul V. Kennedy;
step-granddaughter Brittany Milroy; three brothers, John "Jack" Vertner,
Garnet Vertner and Thomas Pearl Graham; and two sisters, Ethel Mae
Mountain and Marie Burke.
She is survived by three daughters, Pamela (Curtis) Burton of North
Lewisburg, Tammy (the Rev. Tim) Cremeens of Windsor, N.C., and Paula
Kennedy and her special friend Doug Crawford of Sardina, Ohio; son Tommy
(Gina) Seay of Enon; stepsons, the Rev. Robert D. (Carol) Seay of
Wisconsin, and Rex Kennedy; nine grandchildren, Andrea (Brian) Holland
of Urbana, Melanie (Shawn) Ziegler of Urbana, Miranda (Tom) Bellew of
Springfield, Wyatt (Kathy) Seay of Bellefontaine, Alicia and Abigail
Seay of Enon, and Gabriel, Zoe, and Maggie Cremeens of Windsor, N.C.;
seven great-grandchildren, Evan Ziegler, Jordan, Noah and Elisabeth
Bellew, and Kristina, Macey and Samantha Seay; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Freshwater,
McDonald and Vernon Funeral Home, North Lewisburg. Funeral services will
be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at North Lewisburg United Methodist
Church, with Pastor Kathy Rieff officiating. Burial will follow in Maple
Grove Cemetery, North Lewisburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the North Lewisburg United
Methodist Church 124 E. Maple St., North Lewisburg, OH 43060 or to
Loving Care Hospice, 56 S. Oak St., London, OH 43140.


JOHN FRANKLIN DUFF

John Franklin Duff, 85, of Bellefontaine died Thursday, July 20, 2006,
at The Gables in Marysville.
He was a veteran of the Army during WW II and was a member of the BPEO
#132, the Harold Kerr Post of the American Legion Post #173 and D.A.V.
He was co-owner of A&I Supply Company from 1968 to 1985 and had attended
Bliss Business College in Columbus. He had also worked for Beatty Motor
Sales and the Howard Supply Company.
He was born on Jan. 25, 1921, in Belle Center to Joseph L. and Edna
Flickenger Duff. Both preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death
was his wife, Mary Patricia Dick, whom he married on April 1, 1945.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Duff,
and a sister, Martha Ritchey.
He is survived by: two daughters, Linda (Steve) Davisson of Marysville
and Margaret (Gary) Fergus of Bellefontaine; a son, David (Julie) Duff
of Mosinee, Wis.; two sisters, Anna Mae Prater of Florida and Joan
Zahller of Belle Center; three grandchildren, John and Jeff Fergus and
Shannon Sedgwick; a great-grandchild, Haley Fergus; and a sister-in-law,
Gloria Duff of Belle Center.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Eichholtz
Funeral Home in Bellefontaine with the Rev. William Zeller presiding.
Interment will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Belle Center with the
Logan County Honor Guard conducting military services.
Friends may call Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post #173.

DOROTHY G. "DOTTIE" LAIRD
Dorothy G. "Dottie" Laird, 89, of Columbus and a former resident of
Marysville, died Thursday, July 20, 2006, at Heartland of Marysville
following an extended illness.
A homemaker and a farmer's wife, she and her husband formerly owned
Price Electric Company. She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed
bowling, roller skating and playing cards.
She was born May 19, 1917, in Columbus, to the late Joseph Henry and
Lena Miller Grey. She married Merle Harold Laird on March 12, 1938, in
St. Petersburg, Fla., and he preceded her in death on July 20, 1989.
Survivors include her daughter, Rita Nigh of Sun City, Fla.; two
granddaughters, Susan (David) Schwartz of Canton, Mich. and Toni Burks
of Grove City; six great-grandchildren, Pat, Matt, Brandon and Chelsea
Schwartz, Korrie (Jason) Johnson and Nathan Burks; and several close friends.
Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Mannasmith Funeral Home. The
Rev. Richard Teller will officiate and burial will take place next to
her husband at Oakdale Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 p.m.
until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dave Thomas Foundation for
Adoption in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

GE0RGE  E.  HYLAND
George E. Hyland, 86, of Plain City, formerly of Hilliard, died suddenly
Thursday, July 20, 2006, at Doctor's Hospital West.
He was retired from General Motors as a tool and die maker after 19
years of employment and North American Aviation after 12 years. Earning
the Meritorious Unit Award, he was a World War II Army veteran, serving
as a technical sergeant for the 746th Railraod Operation Battalion in
central Europe and the Rhineland from 1944 to 1946.
He was a member of the Urania Lodge No. 311 F&AM of Plain City and the
Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, Past Commander of the Darby Post No.
3268 of Plain City in which he was actively involved for many years.
He was born Dec. 7, 1919, in Powell to the late George and Ida Marie
Weaver Hyland. Also preceding him in death were his wife, Carol June
McCoy Hyland in 1986; a daughter, Tonya Lee King in 2004; a sister,
Eileen Cooper; and a brother, William "Bill" Hyland.
Survivors include a granddaughter, Patricia Jones of Billings, Mont.;
several great-grandchildren including Andrew King of Marysville; a
sister-in-law, Doris Flowers of Unionville Center; a niece, Marie Ring;
great-nieces, Melissa (Randy) May and Melinda (Jon) Hollingswoth; a
great-nephew, Randy (Tammy) Ring; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces
and great-nephews and cousins; and especially his friends at the VFW.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ferguson
Funeral Home in Plain City, with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. Funeral
service will be at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev.
Dr. Charles E. Stenner officiating. Burial will be in Forest Grove
Cemetery, where military honors will conducted by the VFW Darby Post No.
3268 of Plain City.


HAROLD F. BLANTON

Harold F. Blanton, 59, of Richwood, died Tuesday, July 18, 2006, at the
home of his daughter, April Yates, where he was being cared for.
Mr. Blanton worked as a machinist at Ranco in Delaware, and retired in
1987, after 25 years.
He graduated from Flat Gap High School in Kentucky. An avid trap
shooter, hunter and fisherman, he was close to his grandson, Cody, and
taught him to shoot and fish. He worked on cars with his father-in-law,
Robbie Schmelzer. He was a fan of the Kentucky Wildcats (Big Blue)
basketball team.
His mother said he was the pride and joy and sunshine of their family.
He was born Dec. 7, 1946, in McKenzie Branch, Volga, Ky. His parents
were George Jr. and Betty Segraves Blanton. His father is deceased and
his mother survives in Volga.
He also is survived by two daughters, Jan Wright of Centerburg, and
April (Michael) Yates of Richwood; two grandchildren, Triston Wright and
Cody Yates; and special aunt Doris (Myron) Franklin of Sunbury.
Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stofcheck Funeral Home
in Richwood, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. with
the Rev. Robbie Schmelzer officiating. Burial will be in Claibourne Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice at Grady Memorial
Hospital, Delaware.


ARTHUR J. "ART" HAZELWOOD

Arthur J. "Art" Hazelwood, 75, of Marysville, formerly of Louisville,
Ky., died Monday, July 17, 2006, at The Gables at Green Pastures.
He was an upholsterer and owned and operated his own shop, Quality
Upholstering, on Milford Avenue, until a fire consumed the business
during the mid-1970s. He then continued his trade in Prospect, where he
owned and operated Price's Upholstery.
He was a charter member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 1651 in
Marysville, and a life member of Heart of Ohio Fish and Game Club. He
enjoyed bass fishing and taking fishing trips.
He was of the Southern Baptist faith and was a veteran of the U. S.
Army, having served during the Korean War.
He was born March 9, 1931, in Jeffersonville, Ind., to the late Gilbert
Thomas and Nellie Blyie Hazelwood. He also was predeceased by a sister,
Anna Mae, and four brothers, Curtis, Alvey, Allen and Foster Hazelwood.
He is survived by his wife, Donna M. Holiday Hazelwood, whom he married
Nov. 11, 1953, in Indiana; a son, Gilbert "Gil" Hazelwood of Marysville;
two sisters, Gertrude Crank and Dorothy Hyatt, both of Kentucky; two
brothers, Raymond (Demis) Hazelwood and Jackie (Martha) Hazelwood, both
of Kentucky; many nieces and nephews, including Linda (Pete) Alderigi of
West Mansfield; and his pet cat, Tigee.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Underwood Funeral
Home, where a Moose Lodge memorial service will be held at 8 p.m.
Interment will be held later at Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Moose Charities or Loving Care Hospice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

BETTY J. WYKOFF
Betty J. Wykoff, 83, of Marysville and Broadway, died Monday, July 17,
2006, at Memorial Hospital of Union County after an extended illness.
She was a longtime member of Raymond United Methodist Church.
She was born March 31, 1923, in East Liberty, to the late James and
Dessie Kramer Davis. She married J. Kenneth Wykoff on Oct. 4, 1949, in
Newport, Ky., and he preceded her in death on Sept. 4, 1974. She also
was preceded in death by nine brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by children Cathy (Sam) Henry of Marysville, Ruth (Kim)
Florkowski of Zanesfield, and Ron (Kathy) Wykoff of Lancaster; six
grandchildren, Jason Henry, Jennifer Henry, Nick (Nichole) Florkowski,
Sara (Seth) Barlow, Scott (Kelly) Jacobs and Courtney Wykoff; four
great-grandchildren, Mathew, Trenton, Dylan and Mackenzie; four sisters,
Mary Gebhart of Tucson, Ariz., Flora DiMattio of Novelty, Cecelia Pack
of Urbana, and Peggy (Vernon) Wood of Milford Center; two brothers,
Carroll Davis of Gahanna, and Kramer (Mabel) Davis of London;
sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Virginia Davis of North Lewisburg,
Virginia Davis of Richwood, and Glenn (Peg) Wykoff and Dorothy Williams
of Marysville; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home
where funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev.
James Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Ohio Diabetes
Association or the Memorial Hospital Mobile Meals Program in care of the
funeral home.


BURTON "LEROY" HARMON

Burton "LeRoy" Harmon, 64, of West Mansfield, died Sunday, July 16,
2006, at Mt. Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, after a seven-year illness.
He was formerly a cook and worked at L & K restaurants in New California
and Bucyrus, the Plaza Inn in Mt. Victory and at The Homecoming
Restaurant in Bellefontaine. He was also a former employee of Bucyrus
Community Hospital.
He had a special interest in unusual breed chickens, showing them at
fairs throughout Ohio, including the Ohio National competition in
Columbus, and at events in other states. He enjoyed vegetable and
flowers gardening and tending to his houseplants.
During his illness, when the weather permitted, he enjoyed going outside
and bird watching and filling bird feeders. He was a proud and loving
grandfather of 10 grandchildren.
He was born Sept. 16, 1941, in Marion County, and was predeceased by his
father, Burton Harmon; his step-father, Clay Tilton; and two nephews,
Josh Harmon and Jack Shark.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Foos Harmon, whom he married June 25,
1978, at Community United Methodist Church in York Center; his mother,
Armilda Baker Tilton; four children, Eddie Harmon of Cleveland, Connie
(Charles) Horning of Georgia, Thomas Harmon of Kentucky, and Stephanie
Smith and her fiancÚ, D.J. Ward of Marysville; 10 grandchildren, Charles
Jr., Joseph, Rebecca, William, Cherylann, Thomas Jr., Aaron, Gladys,
Glenna and Wade; three sisters, Marvina Shark and Marsha Kay Harmon of
LaRue, and Marlene (Ralph) Stidham of Arkansas; a sister-in-law, Jane
Grose of West Mansfield; two brothers-in-law, Mike (Cathy) Foos of
Indiana and Joe (Susie) Foos of Massachusetts; many nieces and nephews;
and special friends who helped with many duties and favors during his
illness, Judy and "Wally" Eastman and family of West Mansfield.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Underwood
Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at
Community United Methodist Church in York Center with the Rev. Glenn
Althouse officiating. Burial will be at York Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Memorial Meals at Memorial Hospital of Union County.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

SAM S. HENNIGH

Sam S. Hennigh, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Oreland, Pa., died
unexpectedly Tuesday Dec. 27, 2005, on his 56th birthday, at the Bay
Pines VA Hospital, Bay Pines, Fla.
He was baptized and attended Plain City United Methodist Church. He was
a 1967 Fairbanks High School graduate and a 1969 graduate of the
Louisville Electronic School of Technology. He was a U.S. Army veteran
during the Vietnam War (1971-1973).
He was preceded in death by his father, John D. Hennigh, in 2002.
He is survived by his mother, Jeanne I. Asman Hennigh of Ft. Myers,
Fla.; his wife, Anne Freeman Hennigh; a son, Brent Hennigh of
Pennsylvania; two aunts, Mary  (Charles) Drakoulakos of Plantation,
Fla., and Rose Marie "Rink" Pendleton of Ft. Myers, Fla.; uncles, Donald
Asman of Greenville, Ohio, and Dale Asman of Marysville; great-aunts,
Lillian Croft of Oregon, and Josephine Wulff and Irene Coleman, both of
Marysville; and many cousins.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ferguson Funeral
Home, Plain City, where a Celebration of Life service will be held
Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Charles E. Stenner officiating.
Memorial contributions may be sent to a hospice of the donor's choice or
Plain City United Methodist Church, 202 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City, OH 43064.

ROBERT L. PICKLESIMON
Robert L. Picklesimon, 73, of Irwin, died Saturday, July 15, 2006, at
Heartland of Marysville.
He was a plumber by trade and worked for Kaufman Plumbing and Heating in
Milford Center and also worked for Brewer Plumbing and Heating in
London. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army. He very much
appreciated his caregivers at Heartland of Marysville.
He was born July 15, 1933, in Bradley County, Tenn., to the late Luther
and Sara Webb Picklesimon. He also was predeceased by two sisters,
Juanita Blackwell and Edna Jones.
He is survived by a daughter, Deena Newell of Milford Center; a son,
Robert (Caren) Picklesimon of Fresno, Calif.; grandchildren, Joey, Jenny
and Jerry Newell and Robert (Erica), Jeremy, Timothy and Eric
Picklesimon; great-grandchildren, Carsen Newell and Bradley Picklesimon;
sisters, Lovern (Doug) Kitchen of Tennessee, Shelba (Lawrence) McMillion
of Georgia, and Doris Lawn of Massachusetts; a brother, Jim (Beverly)
Picklesimon of Marysville; a brother-in-law, Clyde Blackwell of
Unionville Center; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special friend,
Shirley Kirkpatrick of Richwood.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Unionville
Center Cemetery with the Rev. Fred Cheney officiating. There will be no
calling hours.
Stofcheck Funeral Home, Richwood, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

DONNA  LEE  TREES
Donna Lee Trees, 55, of Plain City, died Sunday, July 16, 2006, after a
battle with cancer.
A 1968 graduate of Jonathan Alder High School, she was employed for 19
years at L&J Fasteners. She was a member of Living Waters Church of God.
She was born Sept. 12, 1950, in San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of
George D. and Marjorie Ann Binkley Edwards. Her mother died in 1994. She
also was preceded in death by her former husband, Rick Trees in 1991; a
brother, Bill Edwards in 1995; and her stepfather, Marvin Binkley, in 2004.
She is survived by her father, George D. (Marzelle) Edwards of
Nashville, Tenn.; a daughter, Buffi (Pat) Novotney of Marysville;
grandchildren, Ashley and Ryan Novotney; a sister Gloria J. (Charles)
Calle of Plain City; her loving mother-in-law, Eulah Trees of
Westerville; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends and a
loving church family.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Ferguson
Funeral Home, Plain City, where funeral services will be held Wednesday
at 10 a.m. with Pastor Jasper G. Marcum officiating. Burial will be in
Plumwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Carmel Hospice, 793 W. State
St., Columbus, OH 43222-9988.


GENE F. BAUMAN

Gene F. Bauman, 65, of Marysville, formerly of Delaware, died Saturday, July
8, 2006, at Doctors Hospital West.
He was a former associate of NEX Transport. A devoted husband, father and
grandpa, he enjoyed playing golf. He was a graduate of Frank B. Willis High
School in Delaware.
He was born April 11, 1941, in Delaware, to the late Glenn and Louise Rife
Bauman and was also predeceased by his step-father, Kenneth VanBrimmer, and
two grandsons, Brandon Wade and Stephen Decker.
He is survived by his wife, Madelyn Hoover Bauman, whom he married Dec. 23,
1988; his children, Kathy (Mark) Troilo of Sunbury, Amy Clark of Delaware,
Mike (Tammy) Bauman of Magnetic Springs, Phil (Beth) Bauman of Delaware, and
Doug (Angie) Bauman of Marysville; his step-children, Tony (Debbie) Pyers of
West Mansfield, Valerie (Scott) Ramey of Marysville, Natalie Coleman of
Hilliard, and Keith (Krista) Salyer of Richwood; 28 grandchildren, one
great-grandson; two brothers, Frank (Teri) Bauman of Delaware, and Marion
Bauman of Washington; a step-brother, Kenny VanBrimmer of Columbus; three
step-sisters Sandy (Richard) Mitchell of Ostrander, and Sherry Dunn and
Denise Random, both of Columbus; his mother-in-law, Vivian Hoover of
Byhalia; a sister-in-law, Janet Lewis of Marysville; two brothers-in-law,
Wendell Hoover of Byhalia, and Rick (Marie) Hoover of LaRue; and many
nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Hillcrest
Mobile Home Park community room, 223 Northcrest Drive, Marysville. The
family will receive friends one hour prior to and following the service.
Underwood Funeral Home, Marysville, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Ohio Lung Association or
American Heart Association.

GLADYS REE KERNS
Gladys Ree Kerns, 83, of Bellefontaine, died Thursday, July 13, 2006, at
Heartland of Bellefontaine following an extended illness.
She was a former resident of the Cincinnati area where she worked as a
housekeeper for several families. A graduate of West Mansfield High School,
she was a member of the West Mansfield Church of Christ and was a former
member of the Hope Circle of Kings Daughters.
She was born Nov. 21, 1922, in York Center, to the late Charles and Elsie
Brelsford Kerns. Their last surviving child, she also was preceded in death
by three sisters, Opal Tallman, Frances Gorden and Doris Cotner; and five
brothers, Frank Kerns, Ivan Kerns, Kenneth Kerns, Bill Kerns, and Fred
Kerns, DVM.
Survivors include three sisters-in-law, Ellen Kerns of West Mansfield, Gwen
Kerns of Lancaster, and Solveig Kerns of California; and several nieces,
nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at
Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield. A nephew, David
Kerns, will officiate and burial will take place at Rushsylvania Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service at
the funeral home. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland of Bellefontaine in care of
the funeral home. 
Condolences may be expressed at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

BILLY R. STEPHENS JR.
Billy R. Stephens Jr., 38, of Lakeview and formerly of Alger, died
Sunday, July 9, 2006, in Cancun, Mexico, as a result of a traffic accident.
He worked for Honda Engineering as a purchasing buyer and agent for 19
years. He was a 1985 graduate of Upper Scioto Valley High School, where
he played football.
He was a member of the Indian Lake Moose Lodge No. 1533. He was an avid
fisherman all his life and enjoyed hunting mushrooms with his dad,
brother and cousin Jason. He was a huge Ohio State University football
fan. He also enjoyed NASCAR and sprint cars and motorcycle racing; he
spent many weekends at the Eldora Speedway.
He enjoyed being outdoors with his family and friends. He especially
enjoyed spending time with his nephews, Blake and Drew. He leaves behind
numerous well loved family members and friends.
He was born Aug. 22, 1967, in Lawrenceburg, Ind., to Bill R. and Pearl
F. Sexton Stephens. His mother preceded him in death and his father
survives in Alger.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Lori Patton, to whom he was
married Sept. 17, 2005, and who survives in Lakeview. He also is
survived by a brother, Daryl (Amy) Stephens of Lakeview; his mother- and
father-in-law, Marcie and Steve Patton of Richwood; a sister-in-law,
Sara (Josh) Barton of Dayton; a brother-in-law, Tyler Patton of
Richwood; and two nephews, Blake and Andrew Stephens of Lakeview.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Church of God
at the Cross Roads, 775 Thayer Road, Lima, with the Rev. Doug Adams and
Pastor Scot Gorsuch officiating. Burial will be at Preston Cemetery,
Alger. Calling hours will be Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at
Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, 311 E. Lima Ave., Ada, and one hour prior to
the service at the church on Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be sent to
hansonneely@wcoil.com.

CHARLES  "FRANK"  VANOVER

Charles "Frank" Vanover, 71, of Plain City, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006,
at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
He was a United States Army veteran.
He was born June 25, 1935, in Morgan County, Ky., to the late Floyd
Elliott and Gertrude Ferguson Vanover. He also was predeceased by a son,
Mark Allen Vanover, in 1980, and a brother, Lloyd N. Vanover, in 1986.
He is survived by a granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Vanover of Columbus;
and brothers, Homer (Sherry) Vanover of Plain City, and Roby (Lizzie)
Vanover of Marysville.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ferguson Funeral
Home, Plain City, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10
a.m. with pastors Larry Burchett and Jerry Sparks officiating. Burial
will be at Forest Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vanover Family.


MARY P. GRAUMAN VANATTA

Mary P. Grauman Vanatta, 54, of Columbus and formerly of Marysville,
died Monday morning, July 10, 2006, at the Whetstone Garden and Care
Center after an extended illness.
She was a former employee of Memorial Hospital of Union County and
Meijer Inc. She enjoyed playing bingo, shopping and fishing. She was a
former member of VFW Post No. 3320 Auxiliary.
She was born June 27, 1952, in Marysville, to the late William F. and
Dorothy M. Storer Grauman. She was married June 4, 1990, to Walter E.
Vanatta in South Bend, Ind. He also preceded her in death on Aug. 10, 1998.
She is survived by a sister, Frankie S. Rausch of Marysville; brothers,
Charles R. Grauman of Marysville, and William A. Biggerstaff of Bolton,
Mo.; stepdaughters, Midge Tucker and Peggy Sullivan, both of Marysville,
Martha (Harry) Levan of Graysville, Ohio, and Wilma (Ed) Miller of North
Lewisburg; a stepson, Steve (Jean) Vanatta of Marysville; five nephews;
one niece; and many step-nieces and -nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Ingram Funeral Home
with the Rev. Richard Teller officiating. Burial will follow at Oakdale
Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

WILLIAM A. HEDGES

William A. Hedges, 67, of Johnstown, died Friday, July 7, 2006, at Mount
Carmel East Hospital, Columbus.
He was a 1956 graduate of Prospect High School, a retired electrician, a
49-year member of the I.B.E.W. Local No. 683 and a member of the  Church
of the Ascension in Johnstown, Avery Lodge F & AM No. 493, Scottish Rite
Valley of Columbus, Aladdin Shrine, Aladdin Shrine Band, O.E.S. Level
Chapter No. 109 and Columbus Historical Society.
He was predeceased by his father, Fred J. Hedges, his mother, Ruby L.
Clements Hedges and a brother, Dan Hedges.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Deanna Tobey Hedges; a son, John
D. (Karen) Hedges of Pataskala; a daughter, Janice A. (Bruce) Fennig of
Chandler, Ariz.; granddaughters, Paige and Paulette Fennig; a brother,
Lyle J.  (Linda) Hedges of Mesa, Ariz.; and sister-in-law and
brother-in-law, Phyllis and Ken Phelps of Morrisonville, N.Y.
Memorial services will take place Wednesday at noon at the Church of the
Ascension Catholic Church in Johnstown, with the Rev. J.L. Reichert officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital
for Children at 3229 Burnet Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45229-3096 and/or the
Columbus Zoo, P.O. Box 400, Powell, OH 43065.
Stofcheck Funeral Home in Richwood is handling arrangements.


CHRISTY L. STEPHENS NEUBAUER

Christy L. Stephens Neubauer, 53, of Marysville, formerly of Hilliard,
died Friday, July 7, 2006 at Milcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
in Marysville. She battled Huntington's Disease for the past six years.
She was a former coordinator and team leader in the paint department at
Honda of America. She was a 1971 graduate of Hilliard High School and
enjoyed softball during her younger years. She was very devoted to her
family and enjoyed the outdoors, but because of her debilitating
illness, she was unable to truly enjoy the things that made her most happy.
She was born Feb. 25, 1953, in Franklin County, the daughter of the late
Christ Offenberger and Mary Nibling Ebelberger. She also was predeceased
by a son, Joseph Neubauer on Aug. 12, 2005.
She is survived by a daughter, Stacie Neubauer of Marysville; four
grandchildren, Zac Peterson and Madison, Macee and Myah Neubauer; her
stepfather, Tony Ebelberger, and her step-grandmother, Marie Ebelberger,
both of Reynoldsburg; a sister, Brenda (Bill) Higginbotham of Columbus;
a brother, Dennis (Lisa) Stephens of Kentucky; nieces and nephews, Derek
and Michael Stephens and Marilyn, Lee and Nelson Higginbotham; other
relatives and friends, including, Sheri Ropp, Sundee Neubauer, Jim and
Linda Love, the Bee family; and her former husband, Reid W. Neubauer.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Underwood Funeral
Home, where visitation will begin at 4 p.m. The Rev. Paul Dowdy will
officiate and burial will be at a later date at Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Huntington's Disease Society of
America, 505 Eighth Ave., Suite 902, New York, N.Y. 10018.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
condolences@underwoodfuneralhome.com. or www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.


GEORGE H. FRIERMOOD

George H. Friermood, 73, of Mt. Victory, died Thursday, July 6, 2006, at
Heartland of Marysville.
A farmer, he was a member of the former Mt. Pleasant Church of God.
He was born Nov. 16, 1932, at Mt. Victory, to the late John and Marie
Phelps Friermood.
He is survived by his wife, Joan McCullough Friermood, whom he married
Aug. 10, 1951, in Richmond, Ind.; two sons, Duane (Carol) Friermood and
Dwight (Roxanne) Friermood of Mt. Victory; a daughter, Denise (Kenny)
Stout of Raymond; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two
sisters, Mary Alice Dyer of Belle Center, and Blanche Fillinger of Richwood.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Price Funeral Home, 123
N. Main St., Mt. Victory, where funeral services will be held Monday at
11 a.m. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hardin County Heart
Association or Arthritis Foundation.

EDWARD L. CENCULA
Edward L. Cencula, 69, of Mentor, died Thursday, June 29, 2006, at
Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights.
He was an U.S. Army veteran and a member of Mentor-on-the-Lake AMVETS
Post 109. He enjoyed playing golf.
Mr. Cencula retired from Ford Motor Company in Walton Hills where he was
a forklift operator for 32 years. For the past five years, he was a
delivery driver for The News-Herald.
He was born July 4, 1936, in St. Clairsville. He lived in Wickliffe and
in Mentor for the past 29 years. He was preceded in death by his wife,
Norma Parrish Cencula; parents, Michael Frederick and Mary Catherine
Ziemba Cencula; and brothers, Joe, Michael and Stephen Cencula.
Surviving are his wife of 16 years, Dolores Yance Cencula; a daughter,
Kim Cencula of Painesville Township; stepsons, James Mullins of Miami,
Fla., Brian (Pat) McCloskey of Concord Township and Keith (Leilani)
McCloskey of Painesville Township; a stepdaughter, Debbie (Steve)
Ribinskas of Mentor; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters,
Dolores (Edward) Swider of Painesville Township, Liz (Gene) Young of
Chardon, and Rosemary (Bernie) Lancione of Columbus; brothers, Paul
(Evelyn) Cencula of Cuyahoga Falls, Richard (Lila) Cencula of
Marysville, and Bill (Carol) Cencula of Lakeland, Tenn.; sisters-in-law,
Joan Cencula of Columbia, Md., and Linda Cencula of Birmingham, Ala.;
and many nieces and nephews, including Anne (Darrell) Breneman of
Marysville, and Jill (Chris) Rogers of Wauseon.
A funeral mass was held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Mentor,
and interment was at Knollwood Cemetery in Mayfield Heights.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program - F, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis,
TN 38105-1905.
Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family locally.


ANNETTE M. HUTCHINS

Annette M. Hutchins, 55, of Milford Center and formerly of Plain City,
died Thursday, July 6, 2006, at her home.
She worked as a cook at Sells Middle School in Dublin.
She was a devoted and active member at the Living Waters Church of God
where she served as the clerk and worked with women's ministries. She
was also very involved with the Plain City Steam Threshers for which she
baked many of her famous pies.
She was born Aug. 3, 1950, in Columbus, to the late Larry and Grace
Lindsey Shirey. She also was predeceased by a brother, Roy O'Hara; a
half brother, Bill Ingram; and a sister-in-law, Caroline Hutchins.
She is survived by her husband, Sam Hutchins, whom she married Aug. 31,
1968; her children, Sam (Julie) Hutchins II of Ostrander, and Candie
(Scott) Peck of Centerburg; three grandchildren, Kayla, Kari and
Garrett; a brother, Jacque (Charis) Shirey of Marysville; a half sister,
Carolyn (Forrest) Jones of Warrensburg; and a sister-in-law, Kathy
O'Hara of Marysville.
Calling hours will be Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ferguson Funeral
Home, Plain City. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at
Living Waters Church of God, 10910 Route 42N, Marysville, with Pastor
Jasper G. Marcum officiating. Burial will be in Jerome Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Living Waters Church of God.

ERNEST G. "ERNIE" MASTERS
Ernest G. "Ernie" Masters, 74, of Marysville, died Wednesday evening,
July 5, 2006, at his residence in the presence of his family which he
loved dearly and was proud of. He died peacefully after a courageous
battle with lung cancer.
He was a heating and cooling engineer at the Williamson Company in
Cincinnati for 38 years, after which he worked 12 years as a semi
driver, retiring from Clark Trucking in Marysville.
He was a Navy veteran from 1949 to 1953, serving on the USS Philippine
Sea. He also was a life member of VFW Post No. 3320 in Marysville.
Known as "Cap," "Pappy" and "Ern" by his family, he was a true fisherman
at heart.  Some of the best moments in his life included fishing trips
to Canada with his family.
The greatest joy of his life was coming to know the Lord. He was a
member of First Baptist Church.
He also was known for his fried fish and famous baked beans. He enjoyed
cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cincinnati Reds and NASCAR's
Jeff Gordon.
He often enjoyed entertaining his 16 grandchildren by singing and
playing the guitar for them. He also was happy to have four
great-grandchildren and one on the way. His family will miss all of the
talks around the kitchen table and story telling that only "Cap" could
do best.
He was born May 27, 1932, in Felicity, Ohio, to the late John and
Delilah Carrol Masters. He also was preceded in death by a sister,
Florine Epperson.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Joyce Brandenburg
Masters, to whom he was married Oct. 31, 1953. He also is survived by
their children, Steve (Karen) Masters of Marysville, Ron (Teri) Masters
of Ronan, Mont., Cathy Masters Leibold of Lehigh Acres, Fla., Ken (Gigi)
Masters of Rexburg, Idaho, and Mike (Melissa) Masters of Danville, Ind.;
16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, James (Jo) Masters
of Tampa, Fla., John (Dot) Masters of Fairfield, Herb (Melody) Masters
of Golden Valley, Ariz., Les (Schar) Masters of Henderson, Nev., and
Fred (Anna) Masters of Las Vegas; sisters-in-law, Cheryl (Scott)
Phillips and Pam (Denny) Davidson of Neville, Ohio; brothers-in-law,
Gary (Marilyn) Brandenburg and Randy (Judy) Brandenburg of Felicity, and
Wayne (Carol) Brandenburg of Fayetteville, N.C.
 Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church
with the Revs. Peter Miller and Peter Hamilton officiating. Burial with
military honors will follow at 3 p.m. at  Felicity Cemetery next to his
mother and father.
Memorial contributions may be made to Loving Care Hospice in care of the
funeral home.

HOMER W. RITTENHOUSE
 Homer W. Rittenhouse, 85, of Mansfield, died Saturday, July 1, 2006, at his home.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving tours in
Iceland and Greenland. He retired from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
in 1974 as a civilian employee.
He was a member of Mansfield Free Will Baptist Church. His hobbies
included gardening and canning what he had grown, going to auctions and
collecting whatever he could get into the house.
He was born April 10, 1921 in Waverly, to the late Leroy and Bertha
Rittenhouse. He also was preceded in death by his first wife, Minnie
Rittenhouse; three infant children; two grandchildren; one
great-grandchild; one brother, Lugnstle Rittenhouse; and one sister,
Blanche Saunders.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Smith Rittenhouse, whom he wed Nov. 16,
1993; five sons, Dale (Carol) Rittenhouse and Dan Zornes of Mansfield,
Rodney (Phyllis) Rittenhouse of Urbana, and Ellis (Connie) Rittenhouse
and Duane (Annette) Rittenhouse of Woodstock; six daughters, Lois (Dick)
Ewing and Alena Kurtz of Mansfield, Armilla (Richard) Burden of
Russell's Point, Lucille (James) Coleman of Bellefontaine, Shelia
(Dennis) Herron of North Lewisburg, and Darol (Lester) Blevins of
Middletown; 33 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; two
great-great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Ethel Witten of Washington
C.H., Edna Pollard of Jeffersonville, Ellen Evans of Canada, and Jane
Ward, Kay Kalley, Ruby Rittenhouse and Mary Moats, all of Circleville;
and one brother, Mike Rittenhouse.
Calling hours will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Herlihy-Tinsman Funeral
Home, 173 Park Ave. West, Mansfield. Funeral services will be held
Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Mansfield Free Will Baptist Church with the
Revs. Floyd Estep and John Vollmer officiating. Burial will follow in Lantz Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to MedCentral Hospice.


CATHERINE SOUTHARD HOWARD

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate the life of Catherine
Southard Howard, 96, of Milford Center, who died April 4, 2006, will be
held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Milford Center United Methodist Church with
the Rev. Ronald Payne officiating. A time of fellowship in the church
fellowship hall will follow the services. Arrangements are being
completed by Ingram Funeral Home.

GERALDINE "GERRY" HUNTER
Geraldine "Gerry" Hunter, 70, of North Lewisburg, formerly of Woodstock,
died Sunday, July 2, 2006, at her residence.
She supported the Clarence R. Hunter Food Drive.
She was born Aug. 17, 1935, in Pineville, Ky., the daughter of the late
Joseph and Allie Elliott Ellis. She also was preceded in death by her
husband, Clarence R. Hunter.
She is survived by her son, Clifford (Terrie) Hunter of Woodstock; her
daughters, Debbie (Daniel) Woodruff of North Lewisburg, and Brenda (Ron)
Place of Tennessee; her grandchildren, Devin Woodruff (Bruce McFadden)
of Columbus, Dylon Woodruff of North Lewisburg, Angie Hunter (Brandon
Fox) of Huber Heights and Mandy Johnson, Becky Place and Ronnie Place
Jr. of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a great-granddaughter, Julia Kay; and her
brother and sister, Robert (Louise) Ellis and Nellie Ellis, both of Corbin, Ky.
A gathering of family and friends will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the
Freshwater, McDonald & Vernon Funeral Home, North Lewisburg, where
funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Kathy
Reiff officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, North Lewisburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clarence R. Hunter Food Drive
in care of Triad High School, 7920 Brush Lake Road, North Lewisburg,
Ohio 43060.

HOMER W. RITTENHOUSE
 Homer W. Rittenhouse, 85, of Mansfield, died Saturday, July 1, 2006, at his home.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving tours in
Iceland and Greenland. He retired from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
in 1974 as a civilian employee.
He was a member of Mansfield Free Will Baptist Church. His hobbies
included gardening and canning what he had grown, going to auctions and
collecting whatever he could get into the house.
He was born April 10, 1921 in Waverly, to the late Leroy and Bertha
Rittenhouse. He also was preceded in death by his first wife, Minnie
Rittenhouse; three infant children; two grandchildren; one
great-grandchild; one brother, Lugnstle Rittenhouse; and one sister, Blanche Saunders.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Smith Rittenhouse, whom he wed Nov. 16,
1993; five sons, Dale (Carol) Rittenhouse and Dan Zornes of Mansfield,
Rodney (Phyllis) Rittenhouse of Urbana, and Ellis (Connie) Rittenhouse
and Duane (Annette) Rittenhouse of Woodstock; six daughters, Lois (Dick)
Ewing and Alena Kurtz of Mansfield, Armilla (Richard) Burden of
Russell's Point, Lucille (James) Coleman of Bellefontaine, Shelia
(Dennis) Herron of North Lewisburg, and Darol (Lester) Blevins of
Middletown; 33 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; two
great-great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Ethel Witten of Washington
C.H., Edna Pollard of Jeffersonville, Ellen Evans of Canada, and Jane
Ward, Kay Kalley, Ruby Rittenhouse and Mary Moats, all of Circleville;
and one brother, Mike Rittenhouse.
Calling hours will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Herlihy-Tinsman Funeral
Home, 173 Park Ave. West, Mansfield. Funeral services will be held
Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Mansfield Free Will Baptist Church with the
Revs. Floyd Estep and John Vollmer officiating. Burial will follow in Lantz Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to MedCentral Hospice.


H. MAXINE CLARK TAYLOR

H. Maxine Clark Taylor, 71, of Marysville, formerly of Plain City, died
Sunday, July 2, 2006, at her home following a courageous battle with cancer.
She retired from Ranco in Plain City after 38 years. She was a member of
Trinity Chapel in Milford Center.
A devoted member of Blue Star Mothers of America, Union County Chapter
No. 41, she was also affiliated with the American Legion and was a life
member of the Plain City VFW Post. She was a member of the Eagles Lodge
in Bellefontaine and the Moose Lodge in Marysville.
She dedicated many hours to "Warm Up America" and helped crochet and
quilt blankets for nursing homes, the American Red Cross, churches, food
pantries, the Pregnancy Care Center and the health department.
She was a 1953 graduate of Canaan High School in Plain City.
She was born March 6, 1935, in Union County, to the late Charles Thomas
and Lizzie Jane Patrick Clark. She was also predeceased by a son, Andy
"Pete" Taylor in 2000; three sisters, Mary Lee Keene, Delores Louise
Campbell and Imogene Yvonne Howell; and a brother, George Richard Clark.
She is survived by two sons, Brad (Mary) Taylor of West Mansfield, and
Randy Taylor of Cardington; a daughter, Candy Lou Taylor of Marysville;
her former husband, John Bradley "Windy" Taylor of West Jefferson; a
sister, Jane Clark of Plain City; eight grandchildren; five
great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Art and
Helen Arnold, Marie Schilling and longtime friend, Doreen.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Underwood Funeral Home
where a Blue Star Mothers memorial tribute will be held at 4:30 p.m. and
funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Bob
Flint officiating. Burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery beside her son.
Memorial contributions may be made to Union County Loving Care Hospice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

FLOYD J. WOOD
Floyd J. Wood, 75, of Milford Center, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 2,
2006, at Doctors Hospital West after a brief illness.
He was a retired truck driver after 20 years of employment with Direct
Services. He formerly owned his own trucking and blacktop business in Delaware.
He had volunteered at Union County Memorial Hospital since 1997. He was
an Army veteran of the Korean War.
He was born Oct. 20, 1930, in Union County, to Floyd M. and Lyda L.
Herron Wood. He was preceded in death by his father; brothers, Gene and
Kenneth; and a granddaughter, Tara Everetts.
He is survived by his mother of Marysville; a daughter, Cherri (Dan)
Pounds of Marysville; a son Larry Everetts of Delaware; grandchildren,
David Wood and Holly Everetts; brothers, Don (Joan) Wood of
Mechanicsburg, and Ernie (Linda) Wood of Spring Hill, Fla.; sisters, Ann
(Paul) Gobel of Plain City, and Pauline Castle of Newark; and many
nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Ingram Funeral
Home with the Rev. Steven Wood officiating. Burial will follow at
Milford Center Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the
service.

TERESA  ARLENE  WRIGHT
Teresa Arlene Wright, 53, of North Lewisburg, died Sunday, July 2, 2006,
at Grant Medical Center, Columbus.
She was active at the Friends of North Lewisburg Library Committee and
Middletown Church of God.
She was born Jan. 10, 1953, in Marysville. She was preceded in death by
her father, Walter Corwin Wilson in 1994. Her mother, Ruth Cunningham
Wilson, survives in Ostrander.
She also is survived by her children, Thomas Eugene Wright and Robert
Corwin Wright; a brother, James W. (Barb) Wilson of Westerville; a
sister, Jeanette Calaski of Marysville; and a good friend, Elizabeth
"Libby" Stidam of Indian Lake.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ferguson Funeral Home,
Plain City. Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at
Forest Grove Cemetery.