Archived Obituaries February 2007
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SARAH GENEVIEVE "JANE" GRAHAM
Sarah Genevieve "Jane" Graham, 103, formerly of Waldo, died early
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at Marion Manor.
A member of Radnor Baptist Church, she had worked for the North Electric
Telephone Company in Mt. Gilead and Galion.
She was born Dec. 23, 1903, in Blanchester, the daughter of the late
Rev. Y. Edwin and Lydia Reed. In 1926 she married Clifford Edward Graham
at Radnor Baptist Church and he died in September 1972. She also was
preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.
She is survived by three daughters, Natalia R. (William) Clunk and
Patricia Agler of Prospect, and Vera J. (Gene) Cooper of Marion; 11
grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren;
and several nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Gehm-Ballinger
Funeral Home, Prospect, with the Rev. David Lippert officiating. Burial
will follow at Waldo Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to the
service, beginning at noon.
Memorial contributions may be made to Project Faith, in care of Prospect
United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 6, Prospect, OH 43342 or to a charity
of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.ballingerfuneralhome.com.

ROBERTA JAYNE SMITH SIMPSON
Roberta Jayne Smith Simpson, 88, of Marysville, died Wednesday morning,
Feb. 28, 2007, at her residence following an extended illness.
She was a 1936 graduate of Marysville High School, and she was retired
from the Marysville Exempted Village School District after 25 years of employment.
A civic minded person, she was a former Cub Scout leader and den mother,
Girl Scout leader, 4-H Club advisor and homeroom mother. She, along with
her husband, was instrumental in starting the Marysville Food Pantry in
1982. Through the years, she devoted many hours as a Memorial Hospital
volunteer. She and her friend Betty Moore started the Thanksgiving Day
Community Dinners about 1993, the first dinner being held at St. John's Lutheran Church.
Recognized by her peers, she was awarded the Elks Distinguished
Citizenship Award in 1988, the Certificate of Recognition Award by the
Marysville Ministerial Association in 1996, the Marysville first Quality
of Life Award in 1996, the Columbus Dispatch Community Service Award in
1999, the Good Apple Award given by Mill Valley Elementary School during
the 2001-2002 school year, was inducted into the Senior Citizen's Hall
of Fame in 2003, and was honored by the Middle School's Retirees in
2003, the Modern Woodmen of America Camp No. 12116 in 2003, and the
Union County Chamber of Commerce Salute of Leaders sponsored by Memorial
Hospital in 2004. She was nominated for the Jefferson Award in 2005.
She was born Oct. 14, 1918, in Marysville, to the late Delmer C. and
Edna B. Grauman Smith. She also was preceded in death by her husband, D.
Richard Simpson, on April 16, 2005. They were married Feb. 23, 1940, in Marysville.
She is survived by their children, Gary (Keitha) Simpson of Marysville,
and Patricia Lysaght of Cincinnati; four granddaughters, Shelley,
Kristan, Shannon and Carrie; a grandson, Jeremy; five
great-grandchildren, Joshua, Levi, Bryce, Sawyer and Christopher; and
brothers, Delmer W. Smith of Marysville, and Donald C. (Viktoria) Smith of Kansas.
Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home. A
private family graveside service will be held Saturday at Oakdale
Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Douglass officiating.
The family prefers memorial contributions be made to the Marysville Food
Pantry in care of the funeral home.


KRISTIN MARIE BUTCHER

Kristin Marie Butcher, 37, of Springfield, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2007,
at Heartland of Urbana from complications associated with a nearly
five-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).
A 1987 graduate of Kenton Ridge High School, she was formerly employed
as a nurse's aid at The Campbell House in Bellefontaine.
She attended Berea Bible Church in Springfield. She enjoyed cooking,
reading and working puzzles. She enjoyed cats and traveling and will be
remembered as an independent woman with a mind of her own who was always
on the go.
She dearly loved her family.
She was born May 12, 1969, in London. She was preceded in death by her
maternal grandparents, Charles and Ruby Byrd Brashears; her paternal
grandparents, Conrad and Donna Call Butcher; and an uncle, Dan Reuwee.
Survivors include her daughter, Sydney Danielle Butcher-Click, 12, of
Springfield; her mother, Wanda (Charles) Brashears Ricketts of South
Vienna; her father, John W. Butcher of London, and his close friend,
Phyllis McFadden; three brothers, John "Greg" (Julie) Butcher of St.
Paris, and Ben Ricketts and Brad Ricketts, each of South Vienna; her
sister, Emily Ricketts of South Vienna; two step-sisters, Catherine
Ricketts of Savannah, Ga., and Annemarie Ricketts of Pittsburgh; two
nieces, Stephanie and Abigail Butcher; four aunts, Janet (Robert)
Espenschied of New Philadelphia, Barbara Reuwee of Liberty, Mo., Carolyn
(Jim) Cullen of Rye, N.H., and Elizabeth Brashears of Marysville; two
uncles, Bob (Sharon) Brashears and Bill Brashears, each of Marysville;
many cousins; and close family friends, Daniel and Sandi Click of Springfield.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Heartland
of Urbana, 741 E. Water St., Urbana, with calling hours held one hour
prior to the service. The Rev. Gary Day will officiate and burial will
take place at Oakdale Cemetery, Marysville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association, Central &
Southern Ohio Chapter, 1170 Old Henderson Road, Suite 221,
Columbus, OH 43220.
Mannasmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed at 
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

RANDY EDWIN ALTIZER

Randy Edwin Altizer, 52, a longtime Marysville resident, died at his
Winter Park, Fla., home on Feb. 22, 2007.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he worked as an HVAC specialist for more
than 20 years.
He loved his wife and family and enjoyed life and the game of golf.
He was born May 7, 1954, in Columbus. He was preceded in death by his
son, Travis. He is survived by his father, Frank Altizer of Gahanna, and
mother, Virginia Sassard of Orlando, Fla.
He also is survived by his wife, Patricia Walker; brothers, Ron Newland
of Hebron, Dennis Altizer and Jim Altizer of Marysville, and Dan Altizer
of Orlando, Fla.; stepchildren, Karen Slayton of Winter Park, Ron Walker
of Fort Lauderdale and Debbie Barnes of Patoka, Ill.; many
grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a great circle of friends.
 Funeral services will be held today at 6 p.m. at the Collison Family
Funeral Home, 3806 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park, Fla. 32792.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or
VITAS Hospice.

HAROLD E. BIDDLE
Harold E. Biddle, 72, of Richwood, died Saturday evening, Feb. 17, 2007,
at Milcrest Nursing Home.
A veteran of the Army, he enjoyed working on model airplanes, was a
talented woodworker, enjoyed repairing furniture and was very interested
in doing genealogy.
He also was an animal lover, treating his dogs as his family.
He was born Sept. 23, 1934, in Richwood, to the late Clyde E. and
Elizabeth Jane Hole Biddle.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Claibourne
Cemetery, with the Rev. Joseph Rhea officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Richwood Civic Center, 235
Grove St., Richwood, OH 43344.
Stofcheck Funeral Home, Richwood, is in charge of arrangements.

JOANN OVERLY
JoAnn Overly, 58, of Marysville, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 26, 2007.
She was a North Union High School graduate. She was a member of
Marysville First United Methodist Church and a meal volunteer with
Windsor Community Center.
She was retired from Union Rural Electric.
She was born May 31, 1948, in Kenton, to the late Clarence and Wilma Arn
Overly. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Swartz, and a
niece, Julie Ann.
She is survived by a brother-in-law, Jeff (Barb) Swartz of Richwood; a
niece, Jennifer Swartz of Cincinnati; and a nephew, Jerry Swartz of Marion.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ballinger Funeral
Home, Richwood, where funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m.
with the Rev. Richard Teller officiating. Burial will follow in Byhalia Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society (
www.cancer.org).
Condolences to the family may be expressed at
www.ballingerfuneralhome.com.

PAUL RICHARD "DICK" WOLFORD
 Paul Richard "Dick" Wolford, 71, of Marysville, died Sunday, Feb. 25,
2007, at Milcrest Nursing Center, following an extended illness.
A longtime truck driver, he is best remembered as a talented musician
and leader of the popular band, Dick Wolford & The Ramblin' Rangers. He
performed mostly at clubs in the Columbus area but did have the
opportunity to play at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., and in
Branson, Mo., and opened for Charley Pride and Dolly Parton.
He formerly attended the Asbury Methodist Church and had attended
Northwestern Local Schools.
He was a member of Marysville Eagles Aerie No. 3506 and Marysville Moose
Lodge No. 1651.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a fan of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and
Tony Stewart. His greatest enjoyment came from music, playing the guitar
and the accordion, and for his English springer spaniel setter, "Bandit."
He was born Dec. 2, 1935, in Marysville, to the late Ernest and Cecil
Hamilton Wolford. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Earl Leroy
Wolford, Lawrence A. "Jerry" Wolford and Eugene "Gene" Wolford.
Survivors include his three children, Susan (Michael) Barry of
Knoxville, Tenn., Richard L. "Rick" (Becky) Wolford of Marysville, and
Lori (Jeff) Colwell of Bellefontaine; seven grandchildren, Barbie (Tim)
Wilson, Tracey (Leamon) Stanifer, Kristy (Kevin) Hawkins, Amy (Whayne)
Pack, Phil (Heather) Wolford, Danielle (Matt) Kaple and Brandon Colwell;
six great-grandchildren, Jordan and Josh Wilson, Kacey Hawkins, Hannah
Pack, Owen Wolford and Paige Kaple; his nephew whom he considered his
brother, Earl Lee "Pete" (Nancy) Wolford of Virginia; several nieces and
nephews; and a very special friend, Sherry Proffitt of Columbus.
Visitation will be held Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at Mannasmith
Funeral Home. Fred Bowman will officiate the funeral service at 2 p.m.
and burial will take place at Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Loving Care Hospice in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

ROBERT N. "GRANDPA" LINGREL

Robert N. "Grandpa" Lingrel, 92, of West Liberty, formally of Mt.
Victory, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 24, 2007, at Mary Rutan
Hospital, Bellefontaine.
He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and was stationed in
Alaska for four years as an airplane mechanic.
He was a member of Mt. Victory and West Liberty United Methodist
churches, the Hardin County Farm Bureau and Painter Creek Grange.
He was a dedicated, lifelong farmer and an excellent waffle cone maker.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, and his grandchildren were his
pride and joy.
Mr. Lingrel and his brothers were very involved in baseball and
basketball. The Lingrel baseball team won the championship game in 1933
at Byhalia School. They played ball together until the deceased joined
the service in 1942.
He was born Sept. 8, 1914, in Byhalia, the son of the late Vivian and
Lelah Carter Lingrel. He married the love of his life, Martha LaDene
Johnston, on Aug. 29, 1944 and she preceded him in death on May 18,
1994. He also was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Hanna H. Strapp.
He is survived by a daughter, Marena (Ed) Latimer of West Liberty; five
grandchildren, Emily (Jeff) Eckstein of Mt. Victory, Jeremy (Jen) Strapp
of Findlay, Sarah (Rob) Johnson of Hilliard, Jonah (Ginger) Strapp of
DeGraff, and Mary Strapp of Hamilton; 10 great-grandchildren, Jonathan
and Kevin Eckstein, Amanda and Ryan Strapp, Megan and Riley Johnson,
Kelby, Hallie, Joey and Whitney Strapp; a step-granddaughter, Wendy
Latimer of West Liberty; and two brothers, LaMoyne (Alice) Lingrel of
Kenton, and Lauren (Grace) of Mt. Victory.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the
Kauffman-Eichholtz Funeral Home, West Liberty, with Pastors Tim Reeves
and Glen Gault officiating. Burial will be at Hale Cemetery, Mt.
Victory, with full military honors. Calling hours will be today from 2
to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the services on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Victory or West Liberty United
Methodist Church, or to Painter Creek Grange.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.

THETA E. MAYES

Theta E. Mayes, 79, of Milford Center, died peacefully at her home on
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, surrounded by her loved ones.
She was an extraordinary lady who led a loving, giving and compassionate
life. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, collecting dog
memorabilia, listening to country music and spending time with her
grandchildren, who were the light of her life.
She was a bowling enthusiast, and for many years belonged to a league
that traveled nationwide. She will always be remembered for her ornery
personality, her generosity, her wonderful cooking and for being the
best wife, mom, grandmother and friend.
She was born July 25, 1927, in Athens, the daughter of the late Samuel
and Lillie Hudnall Brickles. She also was preceded in death by a
daughter, Kay Bolin; three brothers; and two sisters.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 48 years, Donald R. Mayes;
devoted children, Barbara (John) Townsend of Marysville, Allen (Deanna)
Mayes of Albany, and Donna (Dave) Dicken of New Marshfield; 11 dear
grandchildren; 11 precious great-grandchildren; four
great-great-grandchildren; and a special family friend, Carol Blythe.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Schoedinger Norris
Chapel, 3920 Broadway, Grove City, where funeral services will be held
Monday at 10 am, with Pastor Owen Stotts and Pastor Don Lamb
officiating. Burial will follow at Franklin Hills Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Loving Care Hospice.
Favorite memories of the deceased may be expressed at
www.schoedinger.com.

DONALD W. BURNS

Donald W. Burns, 76, of Marysville, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, at
Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, with his loving family at his
side after a three-week illness.
A lifelong farmer, he was a well known milk hauler in the area and owned
and operated Burns Transfer with his sons.
He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Delaware, and formerly
attended St. John's Lutheran Church, Marysville. He graduated from
Chuckery-Darby High School in 1948.
He was instrumental in establishing the Touchdown Club at Fairbanks High
School and served as its president. Along with his wife and others, he
helped start the lamb cook-off at the Union County Fair.
He was a longtime advisor with the Darby Junior Livestock 4-H Club and
found great enjoyment operating JoyDon Newfoundlands with his wife,
raising Newfoundland dogs.
He was a regular member of the "Herschel's Clan," meeting regularly for
coffee and considered his time there as being "at the office."
He enjoyed the companionship of his Shih Tzu, "Bobo" and especially
enjoyed attending his grandchildren's games and events. A devoted
husband and great father, he was a source of tremendous pride for his
family and was affectionately known as "Boom Paw" by his grandchildren.
He was born June 27, 1930, on his family's farm near Marysville, to the
late William and Amelia Koerner Burns. He also was preceded in death by
an infant sister.
Survivors include his loving wife of more than 52 years, Joyce Rausch
Burns, to whom he was married May 2, 1954, at St. John's Lutheran
Church; his five children, Doug (Cheryl) Burns of Ostrander, Gordy
(Dawn) Burns, Lori (Wes) Leeper and Amy (Dan) Fry, all of Marysville,
and Cindy (Moe) Robins of Plain City; 10 grandchildren, Ben (Shawna)
Burns, Andrea and Erin Burns, Chelsea and Logan Burns, Stacey and Nate
Robins; Mandi (Clint) Crago, and Nick and Shae Leeper; his sister, Betty
Stillings of Marysville; his sister-in-law, Jane Howard of Marysville;
several nieces and nephews; and his buddies at Herschel's.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Mannasmith
Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St.
Mark's Lutheran Church, Delaware. The Rev. Bruce Quatman will officiate
and burial will take place at Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church or the
Union County Fair Board for capital improvements. Cards will be
available at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

PATRICIA LAVERNE "PATTY" HATMAKER
Patricia Laverne "Patty" Hatmaker, 65, of Marysville, died Sunday, Feb.
18, 2007, at a Columbus hospital, surrounded by her loving family after
a short illness.
A true Christian who dedicated her life to God, she loved her family and
devoted herself to its happiness. A homemaker, she raised six children
and enjoyed cooking, baking, crocheting and watercolor painting. She
also enjoyed feeding and watching the birds and reading and studying the Bible.
She listened to a variety of music styles and liked to travel to Holmes
County "Amish Country." She was a supporter of Joyce Meyers Ministries
and the Messianic Jewish society. In recent years, she home studied with
the Institute of Children's Literature.
She was a veteran of the U.S. Navy where she served as a nurse at
Bethesda Hospital and in Jacksonville, Fla.
She was born July 26, 1941 in Greensburg, Pa., to the late Thomas and
Patricia Laverne McCartney Kunkle. She also was predeceased by a son,
David Scott Hatmaker in 1997; two uncles, Jim McCartney and Al Sadovoy;
and an aunt, Mary Lou Rahl.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Oscar T. Hatmaker, whom she
married Sept. 9, 1972, in Newark; five children, Kathy Rider, Sherry
(Clair) Story and Tim Hatmaker, all of Marysville, and Tim's girlfriend,
Candyce Povoli, of Hilliard, Mark (Lidian) Hatmaker of West Liberty, and
DeAnna (Marvin) Franklin of Phoenix; 14 grandchildren, David, Rebecca,
Shawna, Michael, Hannah, Kyle, Derick, Mitchell, Candice, Olivia,
Nicole, Jordan, Tommy and Karline; six great-grandchildren;
brothers-in-law, Charles (Waunita) Hatmaker, Carl (Pat) Hatmaker and
Howard (Linda) Hatmaker; sisters-in-law, Ann Hatmaker, Brenda Skeens,
Shirley Smith and Linda (Vincent) Nicolau; many nieces and nephews; a
special friend who she loved as a "daughter," Lisa Demick of Marion;
aunts and uncles, Connie Sadovoy, Pat Belford, Robert Rahl and Jack
(Norma) McCartney; many cousins, including Bobby Rahl; and close and
loving friends, including Jenny Iapalucci and Lynda Bugh.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday
at Underwood Funeral Home where the family will receive friends
beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

LEON  M. MILLER
Leon M. Miller, 72, of Plain City, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 20, 2007,
at Milcrest Nursing Center, Marysville.
He accepted Christ as his Savior in 1960 and attended Haven Fellowship
Church, Plain City, for the past 25 years.
He was a "jack of all trades" and enjoyed helping others and staying
busy with his passion of woodworking.
He was born Nov. 28, 1934, in Plain City, to the late Melvin J. Miller
(1984) and Alberta Whitmer Miller (January 2007).
He is survived by daughters, Lonita (Norm) Mast of Uniontown, and Linda
(Ken) Yutzy of  Marysville; grandchildren, Morgan, Evan, Kraig and Drew
Yutzy, and Ethan and Lillie Mast; brothers, Joe (Susie) Miller and
Johnny (Ruth) Miller of Plain City; sister, Louise (Leon) Troyer of
Plain City; and an aunt, Minerva Yutzy of Plain City.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at United Bethel Mennonite
Church, 11342 Lafayette-Plain City Road. The family will receive friends
today from 6 to 8 p.m. and  Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at
Haven Fellowship Church, 7730 Converse Huff Road. Pastor Lonnie Beachy
will officiate. Burial will be at Haven Fellowship Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Loving Care Hospice, P.O. Box 445,
London, OH 43140 or the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC.org).
Arrangements are being handled by Ferguson Funeral Home, Plain City.
Visit
www.fergusonfuneralhomeinc.com to sign the guest book or share a
special memory.

DEBORAH SULLIVAN SPARKS
Deborah Sullivan Sparks, 41, of Marysville, died Tuesday morning, Feb.
20, 2007, at her residence surrounded by her loving family after a
courageous eight-year battle with colon cancer.
She attended Cornerstone Church of Christ in Christian Union. She was a
wonderful and loving mother to Matthew. She enjoyed crafts as well as
cross stitching.
She was very dedicated to the Colon Cancer Alliance. Through her
illness, she organized conferences from her home.
She was born Jan. 7, 1966, in Marysville. She was predeceased by her
father, James Sullivan, in 1997, and a brother, Mark Sullivan, in 1990.
She is survived by her loving husband of 19 years, George Thomas "Tom"
Sparks to whom she was married June 7, 1987, at Cornerstone Church of
Christ in Christian Union by the Rev. Paul Burgett; a son, Matthew; her
mother and stepfather, Louise Crisp Atkin and David Atkin of Columbus;
brothers, Scott (Karen) Sullivan of Marysville, and Anthony (Rachel)
Sullivan of Galloway; a stepmother, Francis Sullivan of West Jefferson;
her father- and mother-in-law, George and Rosemary (Blevins) Sparks of
Plain City; a sister-in-law, Pam (Bill) May of Marysville; numerous
nieces and nephews; and especially faithful family companion, Willie.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cornerstone Church
of Christ in Christian Union, Plain City, with Pastor Phil Conrad
officiating. Burial will be in Forest Grove Cemetery. The family will
receive friends Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Ferguson Funeral
Home, Plain City.
Memorial contributions may be made to Colon Cancer Alliance, 5411 N.
University Drive, Suite 202, Coral Springs, Fla. 33067.
A tribute to the deceased may be viewed at CCAlliance.org. Visit
www.fergusonfuneralhome.com to sign the guest book or share a special memory.

JAMES E. WEESE
James E. Weese, 75, of Unionville Center, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 20,
2007, at Heartland of Marysville following an extended illness.
He was retired from Hagglunds-Dennison in Marysville.
He was a former member of BPOE No. 1130 and longtime member of the U.S.
Trotting Association. He enjoyed training and driving horses for harness racing.
He was born March 31, 1931, in Pickaway County, to the late Carl B. and
Blanche Henry Weese.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Janice R. Edwards,
whom he married April 25, 1953, in Mechanicsburg; their sons, James D.
(Theresa) Weese of Unionville Center, and Robert E. (Wanda) Weese of
Marysville; five grandchildren, Billy M. Weese, Tara J. (Joseph)
Renicker, Kimberly (Genaro) Munos, Kori Weese and Kyle Weese; five
great-grandchildren, Christopher, Joseph, Cameron, Tatum and Roman; and
sisters, Ethel McAfee of South Solon, and Phyllis (Jim) Chapman of Springfield.
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 Unionville Center Cemetery.

BETTY JANE COTTON SHEARER BROWN
Betty Jane Cotton Shearer Brown, 79, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, at
the Sunbridge Care Center in Paradise, Calif.
She was a graduate of Marysville High School and Western Union School.
In 1946, she married William Shearer, who died in 1949. She raised their
son, William "Billy" Otway Shearer, in Marysville until 1952, when they
moved to Springfield, Mo. Mother and son often returned to Marysville so
Billy could play with his cousins on the Richard and Dorothy Cotton farm
and visit his aunt Marilyn Shearer, grandmother Elizabeth Shearer, and
great-aunt Willella Shearer Kennedy.
She married Richard Brown in 1961 and they moved to California in 1984
so Mrs. Brown could be near her son and grandson, Zachary Otway Shearer.
She enjoyed walking in the pinewoods of her Magalia home and laughing
with her family. Any small child, joke well played, or good shopping
bargain would spark the twinkle in her eye.
She was born Nov. 29, 1927, in Marysville, to the late Shearley Hugh and
Fleeta Lucille Lockwood Cotton. She also was preceded in death by her
first husband, William Otway Shearer; her second husband, Richard Manley
Brown; and her brothers, Jim Cotton, John Cotton and Richard Cotton.
She is survived by her son; grandson; and daughter-in-law, Solveig
Shearer; her sisters, Mary Cotton Praether of Henrietta, Texas, and
Shirley Ann Cotton Ryan of Mulvane, Kan., her sisters-in-law, Marilyn
Shearer and Dorothy Cotton of Marysville; and her best friend Naomi
Wilson of Grove City.
A memorial service is planned for the spring when the tulips Mrs. Brown
enjoyed will be in bloom.



JOHN JAMES RILEY

John James Riley, 78, of Marysville, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007, at
Heartland of Marysville following an extended illness.
He retired from Memorial Hospital of Union County in 1991 and was
formerly employed with St. Ann's Hospital, Doctors North and the Med
Center, near Doctor's Hospital.
He was a 1947 graduate of Magnolia High School in New Martinsville,
W.Va., and was a graduate of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia,
where he received a degree in X-ray technology.
He served in the U.S. Navy from Dec. 6, 1946, to Oct. 28, 1949, and was
a member of American Legion Post No. 79 and the American Radio Relay
League (ARRL) with the call letters K8TNE.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting, operating his ham radio, and vacationing
at Myrtle Beach, where he searched for shark's teeth. His greatest joy
came from time spent with his wife and family.
He was born Dec. 8, 1928, in Paden City, W.Va., to the late Harry M. and
Eva Mae Hindman Riley. He also was preceded in death by an infant
brother, Harry Orlando Riley, and two sisters, Ruthann Yeakle and Elsie Helena Turner.
He is survived by his wife of more than 16 years, Diana L. Riley, to
whom he was married July 6, 1990, in Marysville by Judge Richard
Parrott; two daughters, Jennifer Michelle (Randy) Faler of Cincinnati,
and Kimberly (Robert "Bo") Orahood of Marysville; three sons, Donald
(Megan) Edwards of Richwood, Jimmie (Kelly) Edwards of Raymond, and
Nathan (Shelly) Edwards of Marysville; 10 grandchildren, Mallory and
Michael Faler, Sara and Josh Edwards, Kayla Orahood, Corey, Marcus, and
Brett Stone, Joshua Carte, and Michelle Peake; several brothers-in-law
and sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Mannasmith Funeral Home.
Chaplain John Bradley of Heartland Hospice will officiate and burial
with military honors conducted by the Union County Honor Guard will take
place at Union Township Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 5-8 p.m.
at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.


VIRGINIA IRENE AUGENSTEIN

Virginia Irene Augenstein, 93, formerly of Ostrander and the Carriage
Court Assisted Living in Marysville, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, at
Heartland of Marysville.
She was a lifetime resident of Delaware County and resided mostly in the
Ostrander and Radnor areas.
Known as "Sally," Mrs. Augenstein was a seamstress, candle maker and
homemaker. She was a member, elder, trustee, deacon and a Sunday school
teacher at Ostrander Presbyterian Church. She was a 4-H advisor, a
member of  Millcreek Garden Club, Pythian Sisters, Ostrander Business
Association, Ostrander Senior Citizens, Order of Eastern Star, Grange
and Farm Bureau.
She and her husband, Arthur, were the Grange Couple of the Year in 1992.
She was the Ostrander Senior Citizens Queen in 1986 and they were the
Ostrander Senior Citizens King and Queen in 1993.
She was born in Delaware County on July 12, 1913, to the late Cryder and
Mary Parsons Hardin. She also was predeceased by her husband, Arthur
Gerald Augenstein; a son, Larry Augenstein; and four brothers, Marvin,
Ralph, Kenneth and Edward.
She is survived by her son, Ronald (Nancy) Augenstein of Marysville;
daughter, Jeannie (Douglas) Plant of Dallas; grandchildren, Jeffrey
Augenstein, Kathy Jo (Pete) Browning, Cheryl (Thomas) Hill, Terri
(Butch) Belville, Bradley J. Standridge, Elizabeth Standridge and Trent
and Shad Augenstein and their mother Connie; great-grandchildren, Ashley
and Adam Taylor, Christina, Tiffanie and Eric Hill, Jessica and Pete
Browning and Laura (Jerry) Linscott; a great-great-grandchild, Katan
Linscott; three sisters, Margaret Taylor, Dorothy Pinney and Evelyn
(Hugh) Clark, all of Columbus; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home,
Delaware, where the funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. with
the Rev. Mike Norris and the Rev. John Groat officiating. Burial will be
at Fairview Cemetery in Ostrander. A gathering will follow at Ostrander
Presbyterian Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ostrander Presbyterian Church, 117
W. North St., Ostrander, OH 43061.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.robinsonfuneralhomeinc.com

LAWRENCE "LARRY" COLBERT, DPM

Lawrence "Larry" Colbert, DPM, 63, of Marysville, formerly of Atlanta,
and Charleston, Ill., died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, at the Ohio State
University Medical Center after an extended illness.
A doctor of podiatry medicine, he practiced for almost 30 years in
Illinois. During his retirement, he enjoyed car sales while living in Atlanta.
An avid reader, his former interests included skiing and golfing.
He was a graduate of University Heights High School, where he was a
member of Beta Alpha Tau fraternity and The Ohio State University, where
he was a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.
He was born March 1, 1943, in Cleveland, to the late Arnold and Naomi
Henkin Colbert. He also was predeceased by a daughter, Stacey B.
Colbert; a stepmother, Elizabeth Colbert; and a stepsister, Frances Davis.
He is survived by a daughter, Danielle (Bryan) Nusbaum of Marysville; a
brother, Dr. Gerald (Linda) Colbert of Dublin; his friend and former
wife, Ronna Colbert of Scottsdale, Ariz.; his stepmother, Esther Colbert
of University Heights; his grandchildren, Robert, Stephanie, Anthony,
Ariel and Zachary Nusbaum; nieces, Terri Levine, Jennifer Colbert and
Kathy (Duffy) Oleberg; nephews, Michael Colbert and Scott (Elaine) Huff;
a stepsister, Susie (Mark) Presand of Texas; a step-brother-in-law, Rick
Davis of Chicago; former sister-in-law, Gail (Sam) Schwartz of Columbus;
a cousin, Leonard (Phyllis) Schlessinger of California; and special
friends, Merrill and Judy Greenstein of New York.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Underwood Funeral
Home. Private services will be held at a later time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community
Center of Greater Columbus, 1125 College Ave., Columbus, OH 43209.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

POLLY MAE NICHOLS RUNYONS
Polly Mae Nichols Runyons, 73, of Marysville, died Thursday, Feb. 15,
2007, at her home surrounded by family after an extended illness.
She was a former associate of Memorial Hospital of Union County and the
Marysville school system.
Of the Baptist faith and a former member of the Lovely Free Will Baptist
Church in Lovely, Ky., she enjoyed gardening and quilting.
She was born April 16, 1933, in Kermit, W.Va., to the late James
Franklin and Gladys Williamson Nichols. She also was predeceased by her
husband, Jessie Runyons; two sons, Jimmy and Bobby Runyons; a daughter,
Anna Mae Runyons; four brothers, Jack, Homer, Roy Lee and John Nichols;
and a twin sister, Martha Ann Porter.
She is survived by a daughter, Cora Johnson of Marysville; two sons,
Earl Runyons of Beauty, Ky., and Ray (Brenda) Runyons of Wadsworth; two
sisters, Irene (George) Strebel of Irvine, Calif., and Mary Carter of
Inez, Ky.; four brothers, Danny (Lynn) Nichols and Jim (Sandy) Nichols,
both of San Francisco, William "Bill" (Virginia) Nichols of Plain City,
and Grant (Lucille) Nichols of Morehead, Ky.; 12 grandchildren; 12
great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Underwood Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oakdale Cemetery.
The Rev. Jerry McQueen will officiate.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

CHARLES E. WHITNEY
Charles E. Whitney, 89, of West Mansfield, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007,
in the comfort of his own home with his family at his side after an extended illness.
 A lifelong farmer, Mr. Whitney served as a teacher of agriculture, math
and sciences from the 1940s to the 1960s, spending most of his career in
Champaign County.
He was the owner of Ridgeway Lumber & Supply during the 1970s and was
the builder of many rural buildings in Hardin, Logan and surrounding counties.
He was a passionate tree farmer and nursery man and produced Christmas
trees, ornamental shrubs and gladiolas in Ohio, and Medjool dates in California.
An Eagle Scout, he was a graduate of Ravenna High School, attended Case
Western Reserve, and received a bachelor of science degree in
agriculture from Ohio State University in 1941, and a master's in
education from OSU in February, 1956.
He was a 39-year member of West Mansfield United Methodist Church and
was a past member of the Ohio Christmas Tree Growers Council, the Ohio
Tree Farmers Association and the Ohio Teachers Association.
As an FFA advisor, Mr. Whitney was proud to have coached many national
award winning livestock judging teams and the 1955 and 1956 National FFA
Debate Team Champions. An intelligent and beloved man, he was a source
of tremendous pride for his family.
 He was born April 26, 1917, in Freedom Township in Portage County, to
the late Miles E. and Frances Eckert Whitney. He also was preceded in
death by his sister, Isabelle Hoffman.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 66 years, Elizabeth Potee Whitney,
to whom he was married Sept. 15, 1940, in West Mansfield; his son, John
(Gloria) Whitney of Gilbert, Ariz.; three daughters, Judy Kathary of
Urbana, Jean Newell of Palmdale, Calif., and Joyce (James) Ross of
Kenton; 10 grandchildren, Eric (Carmen) Riddle of Dublin, Preston
(Kerri) Whitney of Little Rock, Ark., Kyle Whitney of Destin, Fla.,
Moriah (Atilla) Kardas of Jupiter, Fla., Kristine (John) Hoover of
Bowling Green, Kathryn (Rahgu) Ramiah of Euclid, Geoffrey Newell and
Kimberly Newell each of Palmdale, Calif., Brandy Ross of Columbus, and
Rebecca (Travis) Mayse of Kenton; and 10 great-grandchildren.
 Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at
Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield. The Rev. David
Wilson will officiate and burial will take place at York Cemetery, York
Center. Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to
the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Universal Hospice, P.O. Box 550,
Bellefontaine, OH 43311 or in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

RETIRED LT. COL. LYNDON G.C. CHAPPELL

Retired Lt. Col. Lyndon G. C. Chappell, 64, of Nashville, died Monday,
Feb. 12, 2007.
A graduate of Peabody College, he served in the U.S. Air Force, formerly
taught at Peabody Demonstration School (now University School of
Nashville) and served and worked for the Tennessee Air National Guard.
He was PER-Elks Lodge No. 72 and a member of the Retired Technicians'
Association of the Tennessee Air National Guard.
He was born in Prospect, the son of the late Guy McKinley and Helen
Williams Chappell, and brother of the late Guy Monty Chappell.
He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Joan Ragsdale Chappell; a
daughter, Emily (Dan) Pierle; a son, Benjamin; a granddaughter, Elise
Pierle; a sister, Jennifer Koons; and six nieces and nephews.
Private family services will be held at Brentwood Roesch-Patton Funeral
Home, 9010 Church St. E., Brentwood, Tenn., with the Rev. Ron Lowery
officiating.

AMER JUDAH "JUDY" DODGE
Amer Judah "Judy" Dodge, 85, of Marysville, died Tuesday afternoon, Feb.
13, 2007, at the Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown.
He was a former funeral director and longtime dog warden for Union County.
He was a member of New California Presbyterian Church, Palestine Lodge
No. 158 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, Aladdin Temple Shrine
and the Union County Shrine Club. He also was a lifetime member of VFW
Post No. 3320.
He was an Army veteran of World War II where he achieved the rank of
technical sergeant and served as a drill instructor and teacher Manual
of Arms, the 45 pistol and revolver. He was selected from his outfit to
go to Fort Custer, Mich., to serve with the Criminal Investigation
Division of China, Burma, and India. He was then selected to be a part
of the War Crimes Commission in Singapore but chose to come back home to
the United States.
He was born March 18, 1921, in Marysville, to the late Homer and Lucille
Dodge. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Dodge; a sister,
Virginia Hein; a son, Michael Dodge; and daughter, Colleen Higley.
He is survived by his loving children, Scott Dodge of Delaware, and
Kathleen Dodge of Reynoldsburg; three brothers, Joe (Karen) Dodge of
Marysville, Jim Dodge and Richard (Gloria) Dodge of Powell; and several
nephews and nieces.
Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home
where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev.
Linda McClannahan officiating. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to New California Presbyterian Church
in care of the funeral home.

MINERVA J. STEELE SCHERTZER
Minerva J. Steele Schertzer, 76, of the Marysville area, died
unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, at Doctors Hospital in Columbus.
She was a 1948 graduate of Broadway School. She enjoyed fishing,
camping, crafting and spending time with friends and grandchildren. She
was a farm wife, excellent cook, mother, and grandmother.
She was born Feb. 19, 1930, in Watkins, to the late Charles and Minnie
Enyart Steele. She was one of 14 children. She married Paul Schertzer on
Oct. 30, 1950, and he preceded her in death on March 23, 2006.
Survivors include daughters, Debbie (Jeff) Fruth of Westerville, and
Paula (Kevin) Lawler and Tina (Dennis) Pack of Marysville; sons, Dennis
(Shirley) Schertzer and Chuck Schertzer of Marysville; grandchildren,
Leah and Amanda Fruth, Zach, Amy, Lindsay and Crystal Lawler, Katelyn
Pack, Shannon Young and her fiancé Marty Gale, Shawn (Jackie) Schertzer,
Shelly Schertzer and Jennifer and Joe Schertzer; seven
great-grandchildren, Jacob and Olivia Young, Amanda and Mathew Schertzer
and Dakota, Taylor and Jamie Jones; two brothers, John (Jeanner) Steele
of Columbus, and George (Sue) Steele of Warren, Mich.; sisters-in-law,
Allyne Burnside of Greenville, S.C., and Beatrice Steele of Marion; a
brother-in-law, John Schertzer of Marysville; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home
where funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Tim
Waggoner officiating. Burial will be next to Mrs. Schertzer's husband of
55 years in the Broadway Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.


HAZEL M. RIGDON

Hazel M. Rigdon, 98, of Circleville, and a former 70-year resident of
Wayne, Mich., died Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, at the Logan Elm Nursing Home in Circleville.
A loving homemaker, she was a devoted wife and mother and served as a
longtime baby-sitter for several children throughout the years.
She was a 1928 graduate of Milford Center High School.
She was born Feb. 16, 1908, in London, to the late Edward and Ida Mae
Jester Lee. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles
Rigdon; a daughter, Beverly Rigdon; three sisters, Marjorie Culp, Alice
Henry, and Kathryn Harris; and two brothers, Donald Lee and Gene Lee.
Survivors include two brothers, Wilson "Bud" (Ruth) Lee of Columbus, and
Raymond (Rosemary) Lee of Urbana; a sister, Emily (Pat) Patterson of
Panama City Beach, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
The Rev. Jack Marcum will officiate private family services on Wednesday
at Mannasmith Funeral Home, and interment will take place at Union
Township Cemetery, Milford Center.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

DANA RAY HUTCHINS

Dana Ray Hutchins, 61, of Tunnell Hill, Ga., formerly of the West
Mansfield area, died unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, in Lagrange, Ga.
He was employed as a truck driver with Rosedale Transport in Dalton,
Ga., for the past six years and formerly was employed with Rockwell
International in Marysville. He delivered the Columbus Dispatch newspaper.
He was a graduate of Byhalia-York High School and attended Newberry
Baptist Church in Crandall, Ga. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and
was a motorcycle enthusiast. He liked to dance and enjoyed dogs. He
especially enjoyed taking his poodle, "Baby" on semitrailer rides.
He was born Nov. 22, 1945, in West Mansfield, to the late Linley Mead
and Nina Fern Eastman Hutchins. He also was preceded in death by a
brother, Donald Hutchins, and a nephew, Kenneth Hutchins.
Survivors include a daughter, Sue Ann Hutchins of Bellefontaine; a
special friend, Marsha Clark, of Tunnell Hill; two brothers, Keith
(Jeannie) Hutchins of Crandall, and Kay (Celia) Hutchins of Brownsville,
Texas; a sister, Bonnie (Dick) Taylor of Athens, Ala.; three nephews,
Randy (Becky) Hutchins, Allen (Debra) Hutchins and Paul (Reclin)
Hutchins; and three nieces, Velvet (Kelly) Jackson, Valerie (Mike)
Mabrey and Angie (Ed) Lucas.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at
Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield, where funeral
services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Donald Moceri
officiating. Burial will take place next to his mother at Byhalia Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

ANTHONY WAYNE "TONY" LANE

Anthony Wayne "Tony" Lane, 48, of Marysville and formerly of Belpre,
died unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, at Riverside Methodist
Hospital, Columbus.
He was a nursing assistant and formerly worked at The Arbors at
Hilliard. A sportsman, he enjoyed deer hunting and shooting at the range.
He was born July 27, 1958, in Parkersburg, W.Va., and was predeceased by
his father, Donald C. Lane.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Beverly M. Geyer Lane; four
children, James (Megan) Carroll of Hilliard, Amber (Harold) Longs of
Columbus, and Nesa Carroll and Stephanie Lane of Marysville; nine
grandchildren; his mother, JoAnne Richards Bradley of Belpre; and a
brother, Timmie Lane, of Belpre.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Underwood Funeral
Home where the family will receive friends after the service.
Condolences may be sent to
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

MARY L. MAPES

Mary L. Mapes, 82, of Unionville Center, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, at
Heartland of Marysville.
A homemaker and loving mother of nine, she retired in 1999 as a
substitute postmaster for Unionville Center after 20 years. A servant of
honor, faith and charity, she was a lifetime member of St. Joseph
Catholic Church in Plain City, where she prayed the Holy Rosary daily
and attended Eucharistic Adoration every week. Whenever neighbors and
friends suffered trouble or a loss, she dropped everything to deliver
meals and assist as needed.
She graduated from Chuckery-Darby High School in 1942 and Columbus
School of Business in 1943. She and her husband, Leland, raised their
children on the family farm in Unionville Center.
She was born Oct. 23, 1924, in Amlin, to the late Raymond and Bertha
Daley Latham. She also was predeceased by three brothers, Edward, Thomas
and Robert Latham; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Leland O. Mapes, whom she
married May 8, 1944, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church rectory in Milford
Center; nine children, Sharon (Michael) Arata of California, Becky
(Earl) Birchfield of Marysville, Larry (Sharon) Mapes of Mechanicsburg,
Steven (Becky) Mapes, Mary Beth (Brian) Rausch and John (Mona) Mapes of
Milford Center, Linda Mapes of Westerville, Pam (Charles) Cook of
Richwood, and Lisa (Jeff) Cook of Springfield; 19 grandchildren, Mark
Birchfield, Stacy Phillips, Stephanie Fairchild, Jennifer Luke, Brian
and Justin Rausch, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Beth Pattengale, Laura
Schmidt, Heather Wolford, Jason Murrah, Sherri-Ann Burchette, Amanda and
Adam Mapes, and Ryan, Brandon, Nathan, Chrissy and Nicholas Cook; 24
great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Robert (Thelma) Mapes of Florida;
a close friend whom she considered a "daughter," Mary Jane Ward of
Unionville Center; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Calling hours will be Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Underwood Funeral Home,
where the Holy Rosary will be recited following a prayer service at 8
p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 1 p.m. at
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Plain City, with the Rev. Patrick Toner as
celebrant. A luncheon will be held after the funeral mass in the church.
Graveside services will follow at 4 p.m. at Unionville Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Building Fund, 670 W.
Main St., Plain City, OH 43064.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

GENE R. MCCLAIN
Gene R. McClain, 70, of Marysville, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, at
Memorial Hospital of Union County.
A truck driver, he was a former associate of Yellow Freight and Roadway
transport companies. In recent years, he worked as a security guard at
local businesses.
He was a graduate of Aquinas High School in Columbus and was a veteran
of the U.S. Navy, having served with the Seabees stationed in Guam.
He enjoyed the Cincinnati Bengals, fishing, cookouts and Bluegrass music.
He was born Dec., 8, 1936, at Grant Hospital in Columbus. He was
predeceased by his father, Raymond L. McClain; his mother and
stepfather, Marie Cahill and Robert Robison; a son, Douglas Kelton
McClain; a stepson, Mark A. Cooper; and his mother-in-law, Anna M. Shuler.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Beverly Ann Boggs Cooper
McClain, whom he married May 24, 1980; his children, Kathleen Mary
McClain Cordial of Indiana, Kevin Michael McClain of Grove City, Timothy
Cooper and his fiancé, Crystal, both of Springfield, Carmen (Rick)
Shuler of North Lewisburg, and Keith Cooper of Marysville; 19
grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Sandy Gonzalez of Mt.
Vernon; a sister-in-law, Diana (Ron) Shuler of Marysville; two
brothers-in-law, Jerry (Jill) Boggs of London, and Don (Rose) Boggs of
Arizona; an uncle, Raymond Cahill of Columbus; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at Underwood Funeral
Home where calling hours will begin at 3 p.m. The Rev. Larry Wagner will
officiate and graveside services with military honors will be held
Sunday at 1 p.m. at Somerford Township Cemetery near London.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com

WANDA LUCILLE OCHS

Wanda Lucille Ochs of Columbus, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007.
She was a retired employee of the State of Ohio Industrial Commission.
She was a member of Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, Clintonville
Woman's Club and Barber Roselea Senior Center.
She was born in Union County in 1908. She was predeceased by her
husband, Frederick.
She is survived by loving nieces and nephews, including great-nieces and
-nephews and one great-great-nephew, and many devoted friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. at Clinton
Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Ave. Pastor Ralph Wolfe will
officiate. Inurnment will be at Glen Rest Memorial Estates.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church or the Clintonville Woman's Club.
Arrangements are being handled by Southwick-Good & Fortkamp Funeral Chapel.
Condolences may be sent to
www.southwickfuneral.com.

BETTY J. LAHUGH CLAAR

Betty J. LaHugh Claar, 80, of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Marysville, died
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, at the Hope Hospice Center in Ft. Myers.
She had primarily been a resident of Ft. Myers for the past 18 years.
She had held the position of postmaster at the Marysville, Belle Center,
Casstown and Dayton post offices before her retirement.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a former employee of the
Scott Company in Marysville. She was a member and teacher of a quilting
club in Ft. Myers.
She was born June 6, 1926, in Rushville, Ill., to the late Alvin and
Bernice Toland. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ellen Ford.
She is survived by her husband, G.W. Claar of Marysville; daughters,
Sandy Betts and Vicki Hays, both of Florida; three grandchildren; and
one great-grandchild.
A graveside memorial service will be held at Oakdale Cemetery at a later date.
Ingram Funeral Home is completing arrangements.

HENRY LARK NELSON
Henry Lark Nelson, 86, of Cardington, died Sunday afternoon, Feb. 4,
2007, at the Morrow Manor Nursing Home in Chesterville.
A veteran of the Army during World War II, he had worked at Sims
Fertilizer Plant in Mt. Gilead for 20 years.
He was a lifetime member of the N.R.A. An avid hunter, especially coon
hunting, he attended the Kenton Coon Trials for more than 40 years.
He was born Aug. 31, 1920, in Portsmouth, to the late Boone and Luemma
Williams Nelson. He was first married to Audrey Marie Malone on May 15,
1946, and she died July 9, 1960. He also was predeceased by a son, Roger
Nelson; a brother, Merlin Nelson; and three sisters, Sarah Perrin, Mary
Daniels and Norma Smith.
Surviving are three sons, John (Cindy) Nelson of Marengo, Raymond
(Brenda) Nelson of Cardington, and Luke (Sherri) Nelson of New
Bloomington, two daughters, Betty (Raymond) Burton of Forest, and
Melissa Nelson of Marengo; his second wife, Rose West of Mt. Gilead; 21
grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; a
brother, George Nelson of Otway; and two sisters, Marie Fuson of Winter
Park, Fla., and Cindy Speakman of Richwood.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stofcheck Funeral
Home, Richwood, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m.
Burial will be at Byhalia Cemetery, where veteran graveside services
will be conducted by Richwood area veterans.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association,
471 E. Broad St., Suite 1630, Columbus, OH 43215 and/or the Disabled
American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

DAVID ALLEN WORSTELL
David Allen Worstell, 32, of Roanoke, Va., and formerly of Marysville,
died unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007.
He loved his large family and enjoyed times when they all could be
together. He especially enjoyed Sunday night bowling with his daughters
and was always ready to challenge someone to a lively game of RISK. He
will be remembered mostly for his goofy grin and the ability to bring
joy and laughter to those around him.
He considered his daughters his greatest accomplishment.
He was born March 1, 1974, at Doctor's West Hospital, Columbus. He was
preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Lucretia Worstell and
Sylvia Popham.
He is survived by his father, Jim (Pat) Worstell of Florida; his mother,
Faye (Bud) Thompson of North Lewisburg; his wife, Tiffany; two
daughters, Taylor, 7, and Madison, 4; his siblings, Donna Lawson of
Marysville, Canda (Mark) Hilton of Georgia, Lucretia Cueny of Michigan,
Kim (Dave) Carr, Jim (Lisa) Worstell and Becca (Rod) Fortner, all of
North Carolina, and Chuck (Karen) Worstell of Ohio; stepbrothers and a
stepsister, Tony (Charlene) Dangerfield and Chris (Missy) Dangerfield of
Florida, Carl Dangerfield, James (Ashlee) Dangerfield and Trish (Wes)
Smith of North Carolina; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, in Roanoke.
The immediate family and a few close friends gathered in the chapel of
the Oakey Funeral Home for a service of scripture, prayer and Mr.
Worstell's favorite music. Poems were written and read by family
members, and those in attendance were asked to write a brief thought or
prayer on strips of brightly colored construction paper to be added to a
paper chain that the deceased and his daughters had been working on for weeks.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Richwood Bank of Marysville,
where a fund has been set up to help with his children's education.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
DavidWorstell_memorials@hotmail.com.

WILLIAM THOMAS "BILL" ALSOP

William Thomas "Bill" Alsop, 83, of North Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of
Marysville, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, with his family by his side at
Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, Fla.
A veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as a sergeant during World
War II, he retired in 1976 from General Industries after 25 years as plant manager.
He was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and a member
of the Marysville Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No.
1130, Loyal Order of Moose No. 1651, Eagles Lodge Aerie 3506 and
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3320.
He was an avid fan of University of Kentucky basketball and Cincinnati
Reds baseball. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was born June 19, 1923, in Georgetown, Ky., where he was a high
school graduate, to the late Jess and Erma Etter Alsop. He also was
predeceased by a brother, Earl Alsop, and close friends, Walter "Bud"
McCarty, Bill Stuart, Ebe Henson and Leon Nicol.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Lee "Sandy" Ryan Alsop, whom he
married June 22, 1957 in Anderson, Ind.; two sons, Dan Alsop of Cortez,
Colo., and Brad (Jill Kramer) Alsop of Marysville; a daughter, Kelly
(Steve) Bump of Marysville; three grandchildren, Taylor Bump and Karly
and Grace Alsop; a brother-in-law, Michael Dean (Sandra) Ryan of
Richmond, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Laura Mae Alsop of Georgetown, Ky.;
many nephews and nieces, including Robert Earl Alsop, Corey Ryan, Dan
Ryan, Melinda Alsop and Kim Ryan Bradley; and many special friends,
including Clarence Henson and Larry "Butch" Anderson of Marysville, and
R. B. Clark of Michigan.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Underwood Funeral
Home, where the family will receive visitors beginning at 4 p.m. The
Rev. Jack Heino will officiate and an Elks Lodge memorial service will
be held following the funeral. Burial will be held at a later date at Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran
Church, 12809 Route 736, Marysville, OH 43040; Memorial Hospital of
Union County, 500 London Ave., Marysville; or Hope Hospice, 2430
Diplomat Parkway, Cape Coral, FL 33901.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

MARY E. DRISCOLL
Mary E. Driscoll, 66, of Columbus, died Saturday Feb. 3, 2007, at her residence.
She is survived by children, Elizabeth (Paul) Newsome, Katie (Jeff
Boals) Capozella, Patty (Scott Einsele) McIntyre and Sean, Brendan and
Terry Driscoll; grandchildren, Patrick, Jacob and Molly Newsome, Aaron
and Noah Capozella, Tadhg McIntyre, Dalton and Klarise Driscoll and
Megan Driscoll; and good friends Marjorie Jarbeaux and June (Kay) Lee.
Calling hours will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 to 11
a.m. at Egan-Ryan Funeral Home, 403 E. Broad St., Columbus, where the
funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Carmel Hospice, 793 W. State
St., Columbus, OH 43222.

ROBERT R. MCCLARY
Robert R. McClary, 68, of Marysville, died early Sunday morning, Feb. 4,
2007, at Grady Memorial Hospital in Delaware.
He lived most of his life in the Powell community and was a Navy veteran
and a computer operator and systems analyst for Landmark. He also held a
real estate license and sold for the Alt Company.
In his retirement, he worked as a parts clerk for Crestview Cadillac. He
enjoyed woodworking and computer challenges.
He was born April 9, 1938, in Columbus, to the late Robert L. and Grave
Robison McClary.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dorothy; two sons, Robert Jr. of
Spokane, Wash., and Bill (Mary) of Magnetic Springs; two grandchildren,
Jessica and Colin McClary; a sister, Donna (John) Cox of Apple Valley,
Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Rodman Neeper Funeral
Home, 1510 W. William St., Delaware, where funeral services will follow at 6 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice at Grady, 561 W. Central
Ave., Delaware, OH 43015.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
www.RodmanNeeperFuneralhom.com.

DOROTHY A. PAYNE
Dorothy A. Payne, 73, of Claibourne, died Friday afternoon, Feb. 2,
2007, at The Gables at Green Pastures in Marysville, where she had made
her home the last 4 1/2 years.
A 1952 graduate of Marion Harding High School, she was a member of
Claibourne United Methodist Church and the Richwood Tops Group.
She spent the majority of her adult life creating a warm and inviting
home for her family. She will be deeply missed.
She was born May 9, 1933, in Marion, to the late Arthur Earl and Ida Mae
Mason Lessig. On Nov. 17, 1952, she married Joseph P. Payne Sr. They
celebrated 50 years of marriage just before he died on Nov. 27, 2002.
She also was predeceased by a brother, Harold Lessig, and two sisters,
Gladys L. Clark and Marjorie M. Lessig.
She is survived by two sons, Joseph P. Payne Jr. of Schamburg, Ill., and
Larry J. (Janet) Payne of Richwood; grandchildren, Brandi Payne, Joseph
P. Payne III and Jessica Payne; a step-granddaughter, Janette D.
Blevins; great-grandchildren, Kayla Nicole and Jeremiah Joe Payne; and
brothers, Gerold R. (Betty) Lessig of Salt Lake City, and Richard E.
(Carol) Lessig of Marion.
Calling hours will be today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Stofcheck Funeral Home,
Richwood, where funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Burial
will be at Claibourne Cemetery. Pastor Danny Grose will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Loving Care Hospice at 113 S. Main
St., Marysville, OH 43040 and/or the National Parkinson Foundation at
1501 NW Ninth Ave., Miami, FL 33136-1494

 

 

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