Archived Obituaries September 2007
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DAVID D. BALLARD
David D. Ballard, 48, of Marysville, died unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007.
An associate of Honda of America for almost 25 years, his main joy was
spending time with his family.
In past years, he enjoyed Little League coaching, tournament fishing,
snowmobiling and playing baseball and golf. He was an avid fan of the
Cleveland Browns and Indians. He also liked working on the farm with his father.
He was born Aug. 1, 1959, in Columbus, and was predeceased by his
grandmother, Ruth E. Ballard.
He is survived by his wife, April A. Ballard, of Marysville; his
children, Angela Lewis, David "Wes" (Stephanie) Ballard, Dewey, Daniel
and Abbygayle Ballard, Tina Pyles and Dale "Bud" Pyles Jr., all of
Marysville; four grandchildren, Justin, Aaron and Ashley Lewis and Chloe
Ballard; his parents, David L. and Marilyn J. Ballard of Marysville; two
sisters, Sheila (Herman) Richardson of Mt. Victory, and Korina Cormany
of Marysville; a niece, Sara Edwards, and a nephew, Josh Edwards, both
of Marysville; two special aunts, Polly Lantz and Faye Graham, both of
Columbus; and his father- and mother-in-law, Oakley and Glenna Estep of Marysville.
At the deceased's request, there will be no calling hours. The family
will conduct private graveside services.
Underwood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ballard Children's Trust Fund.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

STACY L. JOHNSON
Stacy L. Johnson, 69, of Valley City, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, in
Middleburg Heights.
He was a golf course superintendent and retired from Mack Industries. He
was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, Ohio Wood
Carving Association and the Elks.
He enjoyed bird hunting, fishing, sitting on his front porch and riding
his scooter to the Valley City VFW.
He was born Dec. 12, 1937, in Franklin County, to the late Ralph and
Hattie Dixon Johnson.
He is survived by his sons, Douglas Johnson and Brook (Melissa) Johnson;
daughter, Kimberly Johnson; brothers, Gene (Ginny) Johnson, Walter
Johnson and Steven Johnson; grandchildren, Kelly Sopiecha and Kyle
Johnson; and great-grandchildren, Joey and Lilly Martovitz.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on
Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Carlson Funeral Homes &
Cremation Services, 1642 Pearl Road, Brunswick. Graveside services will
be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Valley City.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.carlsonfuneralhomes.com.

DAVID MICHAEL KLEINMAN
David Michael Kleinman, 52, of Columbus, died unexpectedly Friday, Sept.
28, 2007, at his residence.
A 1973 graduate of Northland High School, he attended Akron University.
He was the former owner of the Toll House Inn and was employed at the
Stoney River Restaurant.
An avid chess player, he was an exceptional chef and a Dallas Cowboy fan.
He was born May 6, 1955, in Columbus, and was preceded in death by his
father, Albert Kleinman.
He is survived by his mother, Martha Montese Kleinman; a sister Terri
(Ron) Figliolo; a brother, John (Wanda) Kleinman; nephews, Brian Whatley
and Scott (Jennifer) Whatley; aunts Elizabeth Roehrer and Mary Jo
Zimmerman; special friends, Capt. Jim Schieser and Bob Schieser; and
numerous cousins and other dear friends.
Friends may call today at the John Quint Treboni Funeral Home, 1177 W.
Fifth Ave., Columbus, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service to be held
at 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, 893 Hamlet St., Columbus, with the Rev. William
A. Metzger as celebrant. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery,
9571 N. High St., Lewis Center, Ohio.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.johnquint.com.

MARTHA JANE SOUTHARD ASMAN

Martha Jane Southard Asman, 100, of Indian Lake, formerly a longtime
resident of Marysville, died peacefully Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at
Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, with her family at her side after a short illness.
She was employed as an elementary school teacher for 10 years with
Marysville Schools and supported her husband in the operation of Asman's Rexall Drug Store.
A loving and devoted mother and homemaker, she was very involved in the
lives of her children and their activities. She grew up attending
Marysville First United Methodist Church and later attended Trinity Lutheran Church.
She was a 1925 graduate of Marysville High School, where she played
basketball, and she received her teaching certificate from Ypsilanti
Normal School, now Eastern Michigan University.
She played the violin and enjoyed knitting, playing bridge and
solitaire, working crossword puzzles, and Lawrence Welk.  She possessed
a terrific memory and a special ability to never know a stranger.
Affectionately known as "Nana," she was a wonderful storyteller with a
terrific sense of humor who blessed her family with many years of countless memories.
She was born March 17, 1907, in Marysville, to the late Burl and Minnie
Turner Southard. She married William Asman on Sept. 7, 1929, and he
preceded her in death on April 23, 1969. She also was preceded in death
by two daughters, Barbara Brandt and Sally Swanson; two sons-in-law,
Larry Easton and Art Brandt; two sisters, Mary Huffman and Dorothy
Massey; and two brothers, John and Charles Southard.
Survivors include her children, Susan Easton of Worthington, Mary Ann
(Fernando) Garcia of Marysville, William (Linda) Asman of Belle Center,
and Nancy (Thomas) Prudell of Jacksonville, Ore.; a son-in-law, Charles
"Rusty" Swanson of Indian Lake; 20 grandchildren; 31
great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Mannasmith Funeral
Home, where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Rev.
Ken Daft will officiate and burial will take place at Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Logan Acres Nursing Home, 2739
County Road 91, Bellefontaine, OH 43311 or in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.
Pallbearers will be Jay Nichols, Jon Nichols, Greg Asman, Mike Asman,
David Swanson and Mike Swanson. Honorary pallbearers will be Fernando
Garcia, Charles Swanson and Jeremy Plank.

BERNARD E. BLEVINS
Bernard E. Blevins, 74, of Donnelsville, formerly of Woodstock, died
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at Miami Valley Hospital Dayton.
He served his country in the United States Marine Corps.
He worked for several years for Clemens Construction building grain
elevators, and he retired from Marysville Steel Fabricators.
He liked shooting pool and was learning to play corn hole. He enjoyed
watching his grandchildren play ball.
He was born June 17, 1933, in Greenup, Ky., the son of the late Martin
Van Buren and Dorothy Gilliam Blevins. He married his late wife,
Marcella "Annie" Moffitt, on Sept. 23, 1961. He also was predeceased by
his brothers, J. B., Henry and James Blevins, and his sister, Frances M. Carter.
He is survived by his daughter, Brenda Blevins of Donnelsville and her
special friend, Ron Cantrell; his son, Bernard A. "Pete" (Jenny) Blevins
of Chillicothe; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his
brothers, Glen Blevins and Keith Blevins, both of South Webster; his
sisters, Dee Nelson of Kuna, Idaho, Judy Woodall of Loveland, Colo., and
Bonnie Blevins of Boise, Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews of several generations.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday from 4:30 to
6:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Freewill Baptist Church, 332 W. Bennett St.
Woodstock. Funeral services will follow at 6:30 p.m., with the Rev. Don Hix officiating.
Arrangements are in charge of Skillman, McDonald & Vernon Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg.

DAVID MICHAEL KLEINMAN
David Michael Kleinman, 52, of Columbus, died unexpectedly Friday, Sept.
28, 2007, at his residence.
A 1973 graduate of Northland High School, he attended Akron University.
He was the former owner of the Toll House Inn and was employed at the
Stoney River Restaurant.
An avid chess player, he was an exceptional chef and a Dallas Cowboy fan.
He was born May 6, 1955, in Columbus, and was preceded in death by his
father, Albert Kleinman.
He is survived by his mother, Martha Montese Kleinman; a sister Terri
(Ron) Figliolo; a brother, John (Wanda) Kleinman; nephews, Brian Whatley
and Scott (Jennifer) Whatley; aunts Elizabeth Roehrer and Mary Jo
Zimmerman; special friends, Capt. Jim Schieser and Bob Schieser; and
numerous cousins and other dear friends.
Friends may call Tuesday at the John Quint Treboni Funeral Home, 1177 W.
Fifth Ave., Columbus, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service to be held
at 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, 893 Hamlet St., Columbus, with the Rev. William
A. Metzger as celebrant. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery,
9571 N. High St., Lewis Center, Ohio.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.johnquint.com.

PAUL DANIEL MORSE
Paul Daniel Morse, 60, of Marengo, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, as a
result of injuries received in an accident in Union County.
He attended the First Church of God in Ridgeway. He was a U.S. Army
veteran and a member of American Legion Post No. 710 in Marengo, and VFW
Post No. 8736 in Sunbury.
He was a "Rock of Gibraltar," always there and willing to do anything
for anybody. He enjoyed fishing, golf, running and work. He was
described as the "best friend you ever had."
He was born May 28, 1947, in Kenton, to Merl Franklin Morse and Mary
Jane Worbs Morse. His father predeceased him and his mother survives in
Madisonville, Ky.
He also is survived by his loving wife of almost 30 years, Brenda Arndt
Morse, to whom he was married Oct. 15, 1977, in Marengo; a son, Samuel
(Amber) Morse of Marengo; daughters, Jodi Lynn (Rommy) Morse-Talladay of
Columbia Crossroads, Pa., and Marandia May Morse of Marengo, two
grandchildren, Joel and Josiah; a brother, John (Mary Ann) Morse of
Milton, Ind.; and a sister, Mary Ruth (Robert) Blair of Madisonville, KY.
Calling hours will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral
Home, Route 3 at Route 61, Sunbury, and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A
funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., with Pastor Leslie Goodman
officiating. Military services will follow at the funeral home and
burial will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans
Association, Attention: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH
45250-0301.


MARTHA FRANCES RUFFING

Martha Frances Ruffing, 87, of Plain City, died Thursday, Sept. 27,
2007, at Heartland of Marysville.
She was a longtime member of Plain City Presbyterian Church and Plain
City Chapter of DAR. She was one of the founding members of The Ivory
Chandler Circle of Kings Daughters and Sons and received recognition for
50 years of membership.
She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also
enjoyed ceramics, gardening and traveling to Arizona.
She was born Jan. 18, 1920, in Plain City, the daughter of the late
Weldon "Pat" Miller and Grace Marshall Miller-Oyler. She also was
predeceased by her husband, John L. Ruffing, in 1995, and a brother, Tom Miller.
She is survived by her children, Steve (Faye) Ruffing of Marysville, and
Cindy Schumacher of Plain City; her grandchildren, Joe Andrews, Renay
Johnson, Emily (Derrick) Herman and Ryan Ruffing; great-grandchildren,
Alex, Vinnie, Joey, Storm and Holden; and two sisters, Evoleno Cole of
Cincinnati, and Merilyn Strayer of Plain City.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Plain City Presbyterian
Church, 231 E. Main St., Plain City, where the funeral service will be
held Monday at 11 a.m. Pastor Don Hilkerbaumer will officiate. Burial
will be in Forest Grove Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.fergusonfuneralhomeinc.com.

GEORGIA MABEL VANHOOSE GARDNER VENRICH
Georgia Mabel Van Hoose Gardner Venrick, 91, of Unionville Center, died
Friday morning, Sept. 28, 2007, at Heartland of Marysville.
She was a member of Unionville Center United Methodist Church and a
lifetime member of Marysville VFW Post No. 3320 and Ladies Auxiliary No. 3320.
She excelled at everything she did, from being a wife, mother, sister,
grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, friend, and, last but not least, a
fantastic bowler. Her bowling exploits included the Plain City Lanes and
traveling across the country to bowl. She also enjoyed traveling for pleasure.
She always had a hug and a smile for everyone she met.
She was born May 5, 1916, in Mason County, W.Va., to the late Lee and
Ethel Robinson Shively. She also was predeceased by her husbands, Edmund
Gardner and Richard Venrick; a son, Donald Van Hoose; brothers, Kenneth
Shively, Guy Shively and James Shively; sisters, Josephine King and
Nellie Wampler; and a daughter-in-law, Patty Van Hoose.
She is survived by her loving children, Gerald "Gene" (Annie) Van Hoose
and Dale (Barbara) Van Hoose; a daughter-in-law, Donna Van Hoose;
step-children, Donald (Ada) Gardner, Donna (Paul) Gibson, Cary Venrick
and Linda (Jim) Ulmer; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren;
step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Ferguson Funeral Home,
Plain City, where the funeral will be held Monday at 10 a.m. Pastor
Wayne Engle will officiate and burial will take place in Unionville Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Unionville Center United
Methodist Church or St. Joseph Parish Activity Center.
Food and fellowship will be provided at the St. Joseph Parish Activity
Center following burial.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.fergusonfuneralhomeinc.com.

GEORGE D. DHUME

George D. Dhume, 51, of Marysville, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, at
Ohio State University Medical Center.
He was an associate of Dedicated Delivery Services for 17 years, where
he worked as an installer.
One of his greatest joys was his custom "Fat Boy" Harley Davidson and
the fond memories of miles and friends.
He will be sadly missed by his canine buddies, Fred and Dennis.
He was born Dec. 24, 1955, in Columbus, and was predeceased by his
father, Oren G. Dhume, and a brother, Charlie Dhume.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ruby Ann Dhume of Marysville; his
mother, Helen Hummel Dhume of West Jefferson; his children, Cris (Kathi)
Orr of London, Joe (Debi) Dhume of Virginia Beach, Va., Kristy (Adam)
Breneman of South Carolina, Cpl. Michael (Jessie) Ullerich of California
(stationed in Iraq) and Robert (Rosie) Ullerich, Gary Ullerich and
Stephen Ullerich, all of Washington; grandchildren, Ashley, Caleb,
Monica, Morgan, Justin, Heather, Robbie, Robert, Scott and Ryker; a
sister, Mary Dhume of Lancaster; brothers, Jerry Dhume and Lloyd Hummel,
both of West Jefferson, and Jon Mann of Troy; and many other relatives
and special friends, including Jim Breneman of Marysville.
Graveside services will be held Sunday at 5 p.m. at Mt. Herman Cemetery,
with calling hours beginning at 2 p.m. at Underwood Funeral Home. The
procession from the funeral home to the cemetery will form at 4:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made the George Dhume Memorial Fund.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

THOMAS J. STILLINGS
Thomas J. Stillings, 71, died Sept. 15, 2007, at his home in Murrieta,
Calif., due to cancer.
"Tommy Jo," as he was called, grew up in Milford Center and was a
graduate of Union Local High School. He attended Otterbein College in
Westerville, and graduated from Ohio State University, where he earned
both bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics.
In 1960 he was commissioned into the U.S. Navy. He attended Officer
Candidate School and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey,
Calif., where he majored in operations analysis. He served in the Navy
for 10 years and was assigned to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Forrestal.
He received a bronze medal for his leadership in fighting the deadly
fire at sea which occurred aboard the Forrestal in 1967. He was
honorably discharged as Lt. Commander.
In 1970, he began a 20-year career as a mathematician/engineer in the
aerospace field. He worked for NASA and for several aerospace companies
in the Los Angeles area. He retired from Lockeed-Martin, where he had
been employed in the "Skunk Works" and was a member of the SR71
Blackbird Project team.
While working in aerospace he concurrently taught mathematics,
electronics and laser technology at Pasadena Community College.
Following his retirement to Temecula, Calif., he continued to teach
mathematics part time at local community colleges.
A man of many interests, he enjoyed flying ultra-lights and other small
planes; he landscaped and managed the four acres surrounding his and his
wife's home in the Temecula Wine Country; he held an "extra class"
amateur radio license (KG6T) and he enjoyed driving sports cars.
His passion, however was his avocation: Dixieland Music. He played both
tenor banjo and piano with a distinctive "Stillings" style. He founded
or co-founded five Dixieland jazz bands and was a regular member in
several more. He performed with one of these, The Crazy Rhythm Jazz
Band, in the 2005 Elkhart, Ind., Jazz Festival. As a piano-vocal duo he
and his partner, Nannette, entertained local audiences for more than 10 years.
He was born Oct. 2, 1935, in Columbus, to the late Lewis A. "Bill" and
Anna Kaufman Stillings.
He is survived by his wife, Susan; his daughter, Sandra (Chris)
Branuelas, his son, William Brett, and their mother, Gail; and by his
grandchildren, Christopher Branuelas, Victoria Branuelas and Amber Stillings.
Private internment will held in Milford Center.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Educational Fund, AFC
Dixieland Jazz Society, P.O. Box  880387, San Diego, CA 92168.


MARY E. CUNNINGHAM

Mary E. Cunningham, 82, of Raymond, died Monday evening, Sept. 24, 2007,
at her home surrounded by her loving family.
A 1942 graduate of Richwood High School, she was a farmwife who enjoyed
gardening and working with flowers. She also enjoyed cooking.
The most important part of her life was taking care of her family.
She was born Dec. 1, 1924, in Richwood, to the late John Welling and
Hazel Kale Lane. She also was predeceased by four brothers, Ralph,
Kenneth, Clifford and Eugene Lane.
Surviving is her husband, Vernon E. "Gene" Cunningham, whom she married
Oct. 16, 1949, in Prospect; sons, Tim (Debbie) Lane of Raymond, Danny G.
(Pat Coyle) Cunningham of Raymond, John E. (Connie Landon) Cunningham of
Broadway, and Tom L. (Linda) Cunningham of Raymond. Also surviving are
Dennis (Danetta) Babbs of Plain City, who was raised by the Cunninghams,
and who considered Mrs. Cunningham his mother; grandchildren, Trisha
(Mike) Duncan, Todd Lane, Tanya (Dan) Smith, Robbie Eugene (Shannon)
Cunningham, Jamie (Chadd) Honeter and Tommy (Stephanie) Cunningham;
eight great-grandchildren; a brother and sister, Vernon (Geneva) Lane of
Richwood, and Twila Mulligan of Marysville; and a special niece and
caregiver, Shirley Kirkpatrick.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Stofcheck-Ballinger
Funeral Home in Richwood, where friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8
p.m. The Rev. Seeyong Lee will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Loving Care Hospice, 113 S.
Main St., Marysville, OH 43040.

JAMES C. "JIM" REISINGER
 James C. "Jim" Reisinger, 76, of North Lewisburg, died Monday
afternoon, Sept. 24, 2007, at Heartland of Marysville following a brief illness.
He was a retired group leader with The Scotts Company.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Marysville, where he enjoyed
going to church and worshipping his Lord.
He was an Army veteran. In his spare time, he enjoyed listening to
gospel music, hunting, fishing, carving and woodworking, and visiting with people.
He was born Jan. 25, 1931, in Jackson County, to the late Herschel and
Nancy Murphy Reisinger. He also was preceded in death by his brothers,
Lloyd and Virgil Reisinger, and Charles Morse.
He is survived by his wife, the former Sarah E. Kimbler, whom he married
April 9, 1956, in Urbana; their children, Vicki (Lewis) Rogan of Urbana,
James R. (Dixie) Reisinger of York Center, Karen (Frank) Miller of
Milford Center, Larry Reisinger and Tim (Diane) Reisinger of Richwood,
and Joseph (Crystal) Reisinger of Marysville; former daughter-in-law,
Teresa Reisinger of Marysville; 11 grandchildren; 12
great-grandchildren; a sister, Elsie Bradley of Marysville; and many
nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at Ingram
Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. with
the Rev. Peter Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove
Cemetery in North Lewisburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church in care of
the funeral home.



JEANNE LAVERNE DAILEY

Jeanne  Laverne  Dailey, 76, of Milford Center, died Friday, Sept. 21,
2007, at The Gables at Green Pastures.
She graduated from Marysville High School in 1949 and attended the Ohio
State University, where she joined Alpha Lambda Delta in 1951. In 1952,
she joined Beta Gamma Sigma and earned a bachelor of arts degree,
graduating Suma Cum Laude.
In 1954, she graduated Cum Laude with a Juris Doctorate from OSU and in
1955 was acknowledged with the Order of the Coif for outstanding
academic achievement. From 1955 to 1960 she was employed at the Justice
Department in Washington, D.C. In 1961, she received a master's of law
degree from Berkley University in California.
She had been employed by Scotts Lawn Care Co. and Wright Patterson Air
Force Base. She practiced law with her father and twin brother in their
family law practice of Dailey & Dailey from 1960 until 1998. She was a
pioneer as one of the earliest female attorneys in the state of Ohio.
She was a single mother who managed her home and raised her son,
Anthony, while also practicing law, where she helped many people.
She was a diligent reader, often reading more than 300 pages of text per
day, a pleasure she missed when she lost her eyesight due to glaucoma in 1994.
She enjoyed her pets, especially Chow Chow dogs, Persian cats and exotic
birds and fish. She was a great fan of the arts, being an avid antique
and art collector. She also enjoyed music and playing piano.
In her later years, she enjoyed renovating and transforming her Milford
Center farm home to its present appearance. She added buildings, planted
trees and nurtured her love of gardening and landscaping.
Through her later years, she was plagued with diabetes and cancer. She
never complained or allowed it to be a burden to her or her family. She
never indulged in self-pity or wanted sympathy.
She was born Feb. 9, 1931, in Marysville. She was preceded in death by
her parents, John W. Sr. and Undine Gabriel Dailey; a sister, Sarah
Harris; and twin brother, John Dailey Jr. on Sept. 19, 1998.
She is survived by her loving son, Anthony "Tony" B. Dailey of Milford
Center, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian
Church, Marysville. A graveside service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m.
at Oakdale Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed at fergusonfuneralshomeinc.com.

COURTNEY ANNE NIBERT
Courtney Anne Nibert, 22, of Richwood, died Friday evening, Sept. 21,
2007, from injuries suffered in a traffic accident in Delaware County.
She was a 2003 graduate of North Union High School. She enjoyed life,
especially being outdoors and fishing.
She was working at the Union County YMCA in the childcare area. She
enjoyed her job and the children she worked with.
She was born May 21, 1985, at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S. C. Her
father, Larry Nibert, and stepfather, Keith Ellinwood, survive in
Richwood. Her mother, Marta E. Stout Nibert is deceased.
Also surviving are grandparents, Bill and Johna Nibert of Richwood, and
Don and Donna Stout of Bellefontaine; a sister, Brittany (Mark) Hanby of
Columbus, and their children, Lexi and Lincoln; and numerous cousins.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at
Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood, where funeral services will
be held Thursday at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Claibourne Cemetery.
Pastor Joe Rhea will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

MARTA E. NIBERT
Marta E. Nibert, 50, of Richwood, died unexpectedly Sunday morning,
Sept. 23, 2007, at her home.
She was a registered nurse at Grady Memorial Hospital in Delaware. She
enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and animals. She loved her grandchildren
and her family.
She was born Oct. 2, 1956, in Columbus, to Don and Donna Sharf Stout,
who both survive in Bellefontaine. She was preceded in death by her
daughter, Courtney Anne Nibert.
She also is survived by her special friend, Keith Ellinwood, of
Richwood; her previous husband, Larry Nibert of Richwood; a daughter,
Brittany (Mark) Hanby of Columbus; sisters Margo Shipp of Richwood, and
Marilee Stout of Marysville; and grandchildren, Lexi and Lincoln.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at
Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood, where funeral services will
be held Thursday at 11 a.m., with Pastor Joe Rhea officiating. Burial
will follow in Claibourne Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

VIRGINIA ANN "GINNY" NILES
Virginia A. Niles, 76, of Marysville, died Sunday morning, Sept. 23,
2007, at Memorial Hospital of Union County following a short illness.
She retired from the admitting department of Memorial Hospital in 1996.
She was a member of Mary Chapter No. 9 Order Eastern Star and attended
Marysville First United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed collecting stuffed pigs, acrylic and landscape painting, and
playing bridge with the ladies of the Monday afternoon bridge club.
She was born May 3, 1931, in Wartburg, Tenn., to the late Robert W. and
Mary Scott Wheeler. She also was preceded in death by a brother, F.
Scott Wheeler. She was married Oct. 21, 1950, to William C. Niles who
also preceded her in death on Feb. 2, 1997.
A thoughtful and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she is survived
by her children, Loring Brian Niles of Marysville, John Scott Niles and
his special friend Joel Lazarine of Dallas, Valerie (Robert) Iglehart of
Georgetown, Texas, and William C. (Lorrie) Niles of Tooele, Utah; six
grandchildren, Angela Roberts, Matthew (Krysta) Roberts, Jay Iglehart,
Holly (Rich) Creekmore, Kristina Niles and Robert Niles; a brother,
Robert W. (Mary Ann) Wheeler Jr. of Indianapolis; and a sister-in-law,
Edna Wheeler of New Castle, Ind.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home,
where an Eastern Star service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Funeral
services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Macer-Hall Funeral Home, New
Castle, Ind., with the Rev. Tom Schwind officiating. The family will
receive family and friends one hour prior to the funeral service.
Burial will follow at the South Mound Cemetery in New Castle.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in
care of the funeral home.


RACHEL "JEANNE" SCHROTE

Rachel "Jeanne" Schrote, 87, of rural Prospect, died Thursday evening,
Sept. 20, 2007, at the Marion Manor Nursing Home.
She was a 1938 graduate of Agosta High School, a farm wife and a devoted
member of Prospect Street United Methodist Church and its Crusaders
Sunday school class.
She also taught Sunday school for many years and was a member of the
Prospect Gardeners Club and Prospect Senior Citizens.
She enjoyed working with flowers, gardening and watching the birds,
especially hummingbirds and cardinals.
But the true joy of her life was her loving family.
She was born Aug. 8, 1920, in Marion County, to the late George and
Florence Houck Drake. She also was predeceased by three sisters,
Virginia Drake, Kathryn Wood and Vivian Stillings.
Surviving is her husband, Ernest C. Schrote, whom she married at her
parents' home on March 14, 1943, by Rev. Bailey. Also surviving are
their children, Doris (Tom) Ebbert of Galena, Carl (Cindy) Schrote of
Prospect, and Norma (Bob) Eber of Marion; grandchildren, Matthew
(Melissa) Rogers and Christy Rogers; great-grandchildren, Andrew and
Rachel Rogers; and two sisters, Joanne Schwaderer of Marion, and Dorothy
(Dale) Moury of Marion.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Stofcheck-Ballinger
Funeral Home, Richwood, where friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Pastor Joe Miller will officiate, and burial will be at Price Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Prospect Street United
Methodist Church (for youth education) and/or the Prospect Senior Citizens.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

DONNA MARIE COOPER

Donna Marie Cooper, 50, of Marion, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, at the
Ohio State University Medical Center.
She was a 1976 graduate of Elgin High School and was a homemaker.
She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed going to church, taking care of
her cats and listening to all kinds of music.
She was born Nov. 22, 1956, in Charleston, S.C., to Martin Sr. and the
late Frances Jeannette Brinson Cooper. Her father and his wife,
Catherine Cooper, raised her, and they survive in La Rue.
Surviving are her children, Christina Marie (Rodney) Cox of Salem, Va.,
and their children, Rodney II, Ethan, Hannah and Josiah; Amanda
Jeannette (Kevin Daniel) McNamara and their children, Kaitlyn,
Alexander, Madison and Charity of San Antonio, Texas; and Michael Vernon
Sullivan of Marion; and brothers and sisters, Martin (Chris) Cooper Jr.
of LaRue, Michael Cooper of West Mansfield, Ed (Debra) Fridley of
Prospect, Mark (Sally) Fridley of Shelby, Karen Fridley of Marion, and
Rhonda Cooper (Brian) Lane of West Mansfield. Also surviving is her
former husband, Donald Vernon Sullivan of Marion.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Stofcheck-Ballinger
Funeral Home in Richwood, where friends may call from noon until the
time of service. The Rev. Rodney Cox will officiate. Burial will be at
Fairview Cemetery, LaRue.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

BRYAN ALLEN RICE
Bryan Allen Rice, 39, of Heath, formerly of Columbus, died Monday, Sept.
17, 2007, at Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark following recent
medical conditions.
He lost his vision at the age of 7 following complications from a brain
tumor. Throughout his life, he maintained his independence and was known
by friends and relatives as a kind, gentle and intelligent man of
Christian faith.
He enjoyed reading and studying and attended Columbus State Community
College. A graduate of the Ohio State School for the Blind, he was on
the swim team, ran track and participated in Boy Scouts. He enjoyed
music, especially religious songs, attending church and reading his Bible.
He was associated with The Vision Center of Central Ohio and Goodwill Industries.
He was born Nov. 24, 1967, in Columbus, where he lived until the last
five years. He was predeceased by his father, Walter Allen Rice, and two
grandfathers, Charles T. Hodges and Walter Rice.
He is survived by his mother, Sue A. Rice; a brother, Curtis Rice;
grandmothers, JoAnn Hodges and Charlene Rice; aunts and uncles, Christy
and John Delewese, Duane and Teresa Hodges and Arlene Rice Obertance;
two nephews, Daniel and Brandon Rice; and many other relatives,
including a great-aunt, Mary Coleman, and cousins, Matt, Jim and Nick Hodges.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Underwood Funeral Home
where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio State School for the
Blind, 5220 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

MARVIN E. JONES

Marvin E. Jones, 74, of Delaware, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at
Delaware Court Healthcare Center.
He lived most of his lifetime in Delaware County and was employed as an
assembler at Westinghouse.
He was born May 13, 1933, in Concord Township, to Arnold and Grace Mills
Jones. His father is deceased and his mother survives in Delaware. He
also was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy, on July 4, 2000.
He is survived by a daughter, Melinda (Freeman) Troyer of Marysville;
two sons, Mark Jones of Dublin, and Danny (Christy) Jones of Marysville;
seven grandchildren, Adam, Emily and Jacob Jones, Natalie and Brian
Troyer and Danielle and Nicole Jones; one great-grandson, Alex Jones;
two brothers, Ronnie (Josie) Jones of Delaware, and Bobby (Barb) Jones
of Mt. Vernon.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home,
32 W. Winter St., Delaware, where a funeral service will be held
Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Oller Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society
Central Region-DELW, 870 Michigan Ave., Columbus, OH 43215.
Condolences may be expressed online at
www.robinsonfuneralhomeinc.com

WALLACE GEORGE "WALLY" RAUSCH

 Wallace George "Wally" Rausch died Friday evening, Sept. 14, 2007,
after a three-month stay at Carriage Court of Marysville. His devoted
wife Mildred Lombard Rausch, whom he married on Oct. 17, 1943, at the
Plain City Methodist Church, was at his side.
He was a fifth-generation baptized and confirmed member of St. John's
Lutheran Church, served on the school board, and helped maintain, mow
and plow snow on church property in earlier years. In his youth he was a
Boy Scout and 4-H member.  He was an auxiliary highway patrolman, member
of the Scotts 20-Year Club, VFW Post #3320, and American Legion Post #79
and delivered Mobile Meals until a year ago.
He was a 1939 graduate of Chuckery-Darby Rural High School where he
played on the county championship basketball and baseball teams, and was
athletic manager of the F.F.A.  A lifetime farmer, he and his father
operated a Nestle's milk route and raised turkeys and angus cattle on
their farm at Sodom, where he lived since 1937.  He served as a Radar
Man 3rd Class in the U.S. Navy 1944-46, and after celebrating V-J Day in
New York, sailed on the newly-commissioned U.S.S. Providence for its
European Tour and patrol duty in the Mediterranean.  He was a mechanic
at Wagner and Kull's farm implement dealership, and retired from O. M.
Scotts and Sons in 1983 after 23 years in central maintenance.
Always a prankster and full of fun, he never knew a stranger. He played
as hard as he worked and was a master mechanic. He and his wife enjoyed
traveling to Florida for 20 winter vacations. After discovering the
Silver Lake Sand Dunes on Lake Michigan in 1971, he spent 33 years
building dune buggies and driving his restored VW Thing in the dunes. A
photo of one of his buggies appeared in the October 1990 issue of Hot
VWs magazine.  All four generations of the family and many other family
members and friends have joined in the fun.  He grew up hearing the
German song Schnitzelbank and in 1962 drew the pictures and wrote words
on a window blind and led the singing at many bellings and celebrations
throughout the settlement.  In 1990 he led the song during a trip to
Germany and last directed it at his son's wedding in 2005.
He was born March 30, 1921, to the late Walter Martin Rausch and
Charlotte Barbara Susanna nee Fox, their third child, at their home off
what is now known as Scottslawn Road. He was also predeceased by his
sisters Leona (Martin) Krohn and Burnette (Herbert) Scheiderer, and an
infant brother. Also predeceasing him were brother-in-law Jack Lombard
and sister-in-law Patricia Lombard Heflin.
In addition to his wife of nearly 64 years, he is survived by daughters
Nina (David) Boerger, Joy (Larry) Ballard, Wanda DuPuis and son, Doyle
(Barb) Rausch.  He was grandfather to Allison Boerger (Todd) Gorton,
Adam Boerger, Jared (Erin) Archer, Jacob (Katie) Archer, Edward DuPuis,
Jessica DuPuis, and Derrick DuPuis, and great-grandfather to Grace
Gorton, Blake Gorton, and Jaiden Archer.  He was step-grandfather to
Ariana Lowe (Casey) Myers, Trevor Lowe, Michelle Archer (Les) Clayton,
and Teressa Archer (Randy) Snedegar.  He is also survived by
sisters-in-law Colleen Lombard Johnson of Wakeman, and Carole Lombard
Browand, Margate, Fla., brother-in-law Jay Heflin, Plain City, as well
as nieces, nephews and many special friends who survive him.
Calling hours will be held today from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 and
6-8 p.m. at Mannasmith Funeral Home. A Coronation service will be at St.
John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Fair officiating at 11 a.m.
Wednesday.  A Committal service with military honors conducted by the
Union County Honor Guard will take place immediately following at St.
John's cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the St. John's Organ Fund or the Alzheimer's
Association in care of the funeral home.  Condolences may be expressed
at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

N. MAE YATES
N. Mae Yates, 71, of Urbana died Friday, Sept. 14, 2007, at her
residence after several years of failing health.
She was a loving mother and wife.
She was born on Dec. 12, 1935, in Louisa, Ky., the daughter of the late
Elwood and Della "Castle" Sloane.
She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, four brothers and four sisters.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years William R. Yates Sr., her
daughter, Tawna C. (Richard) Brown of Urbana; her step-daughter, Melissa
C. (Kevin) Wurschmidt of Kentucky; her sons, William Raymond Jr.
(Suzanne M.) Yates of Urbana; Tony (Rena) Yates and Michael E. (April
J.) Yates of Richwood; and Charles E. (Melissa L.) Yates of Urbana; 13
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren, a sister, Dolly (Leroy)
Ramey of Urbana, a half-brother, William Sloane of Ontario, Calif.; as
well as, several nieces and nephews.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 11-1 p.m. Tuesday in
the Vernon Funeral Home in Urbana where funeral services will follow
with the Rev. Dale Baker officiating.
Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Mutual.


RUTH MAXINE COLYER

Ruth Maxine Colyer, 85, of Bellefontaine, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007,
at Mary Rutan Hospital.
A homemaker, she graduated from Bellefontaine High School in 1939. She
was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.
She was born Nov. 25, 1921, in Logan County, to the late William D. and
Bernice Mae Parmer Falvey. She also was predeceased by her husbands,
Chester H. Henselman, to whom she was married Aug. 5, 1942, in Monroe,
Mich., and who died Nov. 4, 1943, during combat in Italy, and Lawrence
"Jerry" Colyer, to whom she was married Aug. 17, 1947, in Williamsburg,
Ky., and who died July 15, 2001; a brother, William D. Falvey; and four
sisters, Louise Falvey, Mary June Gallimore, Doris McGhee and Phyllis Jean Falvey.
She is survived by two sons, Tim Colyer of Bellefontaine, and Mike
(Johnna) Colyer of Zanesfield; four daughters, Sandra (Fred) Kysenceder
of Waynesfield, Melinda (Don) Maxwell and Diane "Crickett" (Dave) Vance
of Bellefontaine, and Jeri (Joe) Dionne of Sebring, Fla.; 13
grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Eichholtz Funeral Home
in Bellefontaine, where funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11
a.m., with Deacon Harold Dipple officiating. Burial will be in Calvary
Cemetery, Bellefontaine.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association,
P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, OH 43216-3549.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.

MARY ANN MCNAMEE SWANSON
Mary Ann McNamee Swanson, 61, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007, at
Heartland of Marysville.
She was born Feb. 10, 1946, to the late John and Agnes McNamee. She also
was preceded in death by a brother, Jack McNamee.
She is survived by a daughter, Molly (Jim) Bradshaw of Marysville; a
son, Shawn (Stacey) Swanson of Columbus; three grandchildren, Tyler
Dunlevy and Annie and Thomas Swanson; a sibling, Yvonne (Tom) McNamee;
and a devoted friend, Mark Cochenour.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at Southwick-Good &
Fortkmap Funeral Chapel, 3100 N. High St.,  Columbus, where the family
will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Private family
inurnment will be observed.
The family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or
Heartland Hospice.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.southwickfuneral.com

MARCINE J. YOUNG ALBRECHT

Marcine J. Young Albrecht, 82, of Marysville, formerly of Perrysburg,
died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at The Gables at Green Pastures in Marysville.
A waitress for many years, she also worked as a former credit bureau clerk.
Of the Baptist faith, she also attended Shiloh Chapel in Marysville.
She was a loving caretaker, especially for her mother and brother during
their long-term illnesses.
She was born June 5, 1925, in Lima, to the late Joseph V. and Alta
Moubray Young. She also was predeceased by her brother, Clarence V. Young.
She is survived by her son, Andrew Minet of Toledo; a brother, Norman
(Betty) Young of Colorado; a sister, Josephine Seeburger of Toledo; four
grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and
close family members, including Roni (Ken) DeWees and Renee (Ken) Bliss
of Marysville.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held Thursday at 11:30
a.m. at Shiloh Chapel Evangelical Friends Church. Pastor Ed Vinson will
officiate, and private burial will be held by the family at Ash Grove
Cemetery in Lima. Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Gables at Green Pastures.

ALICE E. MILLER COAKLEY
Alice E. Miller Coakley, 84, formerly of Marysville and Byhalia, died
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at Mayfair Village Nursing Center in Dublin,
after an extended illness.
She retired from the North Union School System as an elementary school
secretary and also was a former associate of the Scott Company.
A member of Marysville First United Methodist Church and a former member
of Byhalia Methodist Church, she was a former member of Memorial
Hospital of Union County Auxiliary Twig 1.
She enjoyed playing Tripoli with friends and was a big Ohio State
University men's and women's basketball fan. She was an avid spectator
during Honda Homecoming where she would watch the bike parade from her
front yard. She enjoyed traveling around the country with friends, her
sisters-in-law and her late daughter, Barbara.
She was born Dec. 27, 1922, in Byhalia, to the late Howard Eston and
Ethel Sherman Miller. She also was predeceased by her husband, Paul W.
Coakley; her daughter, Barbara L. Coakley; three brothers, Edwin, Vic
and Lowell "Peck" Miller; and a sister, Olive Coriell.
She is survived by a son, Ronald (Judy) Coakley of Mt. Vernon; two
grandchildren Seth and Erin; nieces Karen Lutz and Jennifer and Dakota
Jordan; a brother-in-law, Jack Coakley; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Coakley,
Donna Miller, Maxine Purdy, Joanne (Robert) Predmore and Darlene
Ferryman; and other relatives and friends, including a devoted cousin,
Dorothy (Chuck) Campbell of Columbus.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Underwood Funeral
Home where the family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Chaplain Dave Matos will officiate and burial will be at Byhalia Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Odyssey
Health Care (Hospice), 540 Office Center Place, Suite 100, Gahanna, OH 43230.

CHAD ALLEN "KONG" ROWE
Chad Allen "Kong" Rowe, 30, of Marysville, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007,
at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, from injuries
suffered in a motorcycle accident.
He was formerly employed for seven years with Waste Management and most
recently worked through Spherion.
He attended Marysville High School and Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.
He was a seven-year member of the Marysville Long Riders and enjoyed
riding his motorcycle rain or shine.
He was a fan of professional wrestling, and his greatest moments came
when surrounded by his family and friends or riding his motorcycle.
He was born Jan. 16, 1977, in Columbus. He was preceded in death by his
maternal grandmother, Golda Green; maternal great-grandparents, Lawrence
and Virginia Green and Herman and Bertha Connoly; an uncle, Ricky Green;
two great friends, Amanda Sacco and Martin Floyd; and his beloved dog, "Bud."
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Teresa Green Rowe and Dan
Seagraves of Hilliard; his wife of nearly four years, Barb Hickman Rowe
of Marysville; three step-daughters, Samantha, Jessica and Shila
Hotelling; his brother, Mike Rowe of Newark; his sister, Christina
(Jeremy) Hamilton of Marysville; three step-sisters, Tonia (Carl)
Seagraves and Amanda (James) Hardin of Springfield, and Lori (Mike)
Kissling of Bellefontaine; seven nieces; three nephews; numerous aunts,
uncles, cousins, and friends; his best friend, Frank Johnson of Ironton;
and all of his brothers of the Marysville Long Riders.
Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Mannasmith Funeral Home.
Paul Reynolds will officiate, and burial will take place at Broadway
Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral
home. The family encourages all visitors to dress in the manner in which
Chad knew them best.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mannasmith Funeral Home to help
defray funeral expenses.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

L. LOUISE SMITH GIBSON

L. Louise Smith Gibson, 91, of Marysville, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2007,
at The Gables at Green Pastures.
A homemaker, she and her husband were dedicated and hard working at
farming in Madison and Union counties. They took great pride in planting
crops and building houses.
She attended Calvary Baptist Church. She especially enjoyed spending
time with her husband and family wintering 29 years in Sumpter County, Fla.
She also enjoyed crocheting, playing table games and spending time with
her grandchildren.
She was born Oct. 15, 1915, in South Charleston to the late William and
Martha Lower Smith. Her husband, W. A. "Andy" Gibson, to whom she was
married April 6, 1941 in South Solon, died Aug. 27, 2001. She also was
predeceased by her brothers and sisters, Ollie Puckett, Ralph Smith,
Irene Banion, William "Bud" Smith, Blanche Smith, Helen Reisinger, Roger
Smith, Mildred Hamilton, Raymond Smith and Sally Ann Bennett.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara L. G. (Steven) Hayner and
Janet J. (Ermil) Geer, both of Marysville; four grandchildren, Cheri L.
(Brian) Rausch, Michael A. (Lori) Geer, Jason E. (Jody) Geer and Randy
(Chip) Salyer, all of Marysville; six great-grandchildren, Cassandra and
Austin Rausch, Woodrow "Woody," Jared and Joshua Geer and Madison
Salyer; a brother-in-law, Raymond Gibson of Florida; three
sisters-in-law, Pearl Dowler and Joanne Smith, both of Springfield, and
Ella Smith of South Charleston; several nieces and nephews; and her very
dear and loyal friend, Mary Ann Kruse.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Underwood Funeral
Home, where the family will receive friends Monday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Family friend and pastor, Dr. Wayne Guynn, will officiate and burial
will be beside her husband at Greenlawn Cemetery in South Charleston.
Pallbearers will be Steven Hayner, Ermil Geer, Michael Geer, Jason Geer,
Brian Rausch and Austin Rausch. Honorary pall bearers will be Woodrow,
Jared and Joshua Geer.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 17376
Route 347, Marysville, OH 43040.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

ROGER L. HALL
Roger L. Hall, 62, of Marysville, died Saturday afternoon, Sept. 8,
2007, at his residence surrounded by his loving and devoted family after
an extended illness.
He was a route salesman for Entennmans.
He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a longtime and faithful
member of the Living Water Church of God.
After retirement from Entennmans, he worked a short time at Honda of America.
He was born Feb. 11, 1945, in Logan, W.Va., to the late Clyde and Winona
Bennett Hall. He also was preceded in death by two sisters, Peggy
Rodgers and Gladys Mowery.
He was married Dec. 21, 1974, in Columbus, to the former Michelle E.
Perkins who survives. Also surviving are their children, John Joshua
(Jennifer) Hall of Anderson, Ind., Tina L. (Curt) Hacker and Tamara A.
(Robert) Teal of Pickerington; four grandchildren; brothers, Jimmy
(Jeanne) Hall and Jerry (Joyce) Hall; sisters, Gloria Helber, Judy (Kip)
Littleton, Collen (Roger) Sowards, Sherry Badgett and June Harper; and
several nieces, nephews, family members and friends.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Living Waters
Church of God, 10910 U.S. 42 north of New California, with Bishop Jasper
G. Marcum officiating. The Union County Honor Guard will provide military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Hope Riding Stables in
care of the funeral home.


WILLIAM LESTER "BILL" JOHNSON
William Lester "Bill" Johnson, 49, of New Dover, died Thursday, Sept. 9,
2007, at Mt. Carmel St. Ann's Hospital in Westerville.
A farmer and member of New Dover United Methodist Church, he
participated with the Miami Valley Steam Threshers.
He enjoyed fishing and following the speed skating circuit with his
children. He enjoyed animals and supported 4-H. He also was a former
coach for peewee bowling.
He was born Sept. 13, 2007, in Columbus, to the late Lester and Margaret
Bilsing Johnson. He also was predeceased by a grandson, William Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Pam Johnson, whom he married April 9, 1980,
in Lebanon; a daughter, Kathy Burton of Marysville; grandchildren, Larry
and Amber Burton; brothers, Richard Johnson of North Lewisburg, John
(Pat) Johnson and Robert (Debbie) Johnson of Marysville, and Walter
(Cheryl) Johnson of Richwood; two sisters, Sue (John) Carl of Raymond,
and Mary (Elbert) Horsley of Raymond; nieces and nephews, Jennifer
Schwartzkopf, Shannon Woodruff, Stephanie Van Hoose, TKay (Chris)
Scheiderer, Shelley (Charles) Coleman, Lisa Johnson, Ben Johnson, David
(Melissa) Johnson, Frank Johnson, Julie Kay (Chad) Cremeans,
Johnchristian, Zebadiah, Ezekial, Jarisah and Karsi Carl and Gretchen
(Lennie) Larson and Jessie (Jason) Campbell; great-nieces and -nephews,
Lance, Nova, Shana, Shalena, Monica, Keelee, Emily, Kyler, Maddison,
Kris, Sydney, Alex and Caleb; and special friends, Katherine, Kirk and
Amanda Carsten and Tyler Tuller and Brian and Addison Keaveney.
Graveside services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Raymond Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Underwood Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bill Johnson Family Fund.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

HELEN VIRGINIA MOORE
Helen Virginia Moore, 87, of Plain City, died peacefully Thursday
evening at her residence with her two sons at her side after an extended illness.
She was a school bus driver for the Jonathan Alder School District for
more than 22 years.
She was an active member of the Plain City United Methodist Church,
including meal preparation for all the monthly meals, funerals and fellowship.
She and Helen Kaiser donated their time at the Plain City Thrift Store for many years.
She was born Oct. 8, 1919, in Dublin. She was preceded in death by her
husband of 48 years, Earl J. Moore, in 1991; and a daughter-in-law,
Billie Wilson Moore in 2001.
She is survived by her loving sons, Terry Moore and James Moore, both of
Plain City; a granddaughter, Jennifer Moore; and step-grandsons, William
Owensby and Kelly Stockton.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at  Ferguson
Funeral Home, Plain City, where the funeral will be held Monday at 10
a.m. with Pastor Blaine Keene officiating. Burial will be in Jerome Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Plain City United Methodist
Church, 202 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City, OH 43064.
Condolences may be expressed at fergusonfuneralhomeinc.com.

ZELMA JEAN REDINBAUGH
Zelma Jean Redinbaugh, 80, of Sunbury, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at
The Gables at Green Pastures in Marysville after an extended illness.
A graduate and secretary of Sunbury High School class of 1945, she
attended Columbus Business University.
While raising her family she sold Tupperware and offered laundry and
ironing services in her lifelong community of Condit.
She worked for the state of Ohio, Ranco in Delaware, and Green Meadows
Country Inn and Christopher Inn. From 1966 until her retirement in 1996,
she worked as a waitress at the coffee shop and banquet room of the
former Hospitality Inn which became the Harley Hotel of Columbus.
A member of Condit Presbyterian Church, she will be remembered for her
warm smile, kind heart and always seeing the best in everyone.
She was born May 30, 1927, in Condit, to the late Earl Richard and Inah
Hazel Downing Spearman. She also was  preceded in death by
great-granddaughters Oliva Irene West and Kallie Lynn Nicol; sister Nada
Christine Spearman; brother Clell Irvin Spearman; sister-in-law Pearl
Spearman; and nephew Joseph Allen Spearman.
She is survived by her children, Angela (Cecil) Stauffer of Circleville,
Bruce (Jackie) Redinbaugh of Waldo, and Anita (Larry) Nicol of
Marysville; eight grandchildren, April Killen, Elizabeth (Chuck) West,
Chris (Cheri) Nicol, Jenny Nicol, Deanna (Don) Rivard, Debbie (Bill)
Waterman, Pam Edmister and Charles (Michelle) Chriswell, 10
great-grandchildren, Andrew Killen, Keagan Nicol, Allison West, Jacob,
Luke, Ben Waterman, Samuel, Allison, Marisa Chriswell and Joey Edmister;
nieces, Kay Spearman and Betsy (Ken) Augustine; great-nieces, Angie and
Carissa (Mark) Shaffer; and great-nephew Joe Spearman.
Memorial services will be held at a later date with inurnment at Trenton Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Condit Presbyterian Church,
15102 Hartford Road, Sunbury, OH 43074.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

TERRANCE "TERRY" S. WELCH
Terrance "Terry" S. Welch Sr., 57, of Marion, died unexpectedly
Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 5, 2007, at Marion General Hospital.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was retired from the Marion
Correctional Institute as a sergeant after 20 years of employment.
He was a member of American Legion Post 584 in Marion, and enjoyed
racing and camping. But the true joy of his life was his devoted family.
He was born Aug. 28, 1950, in Mansfield, to the late Gaylord S. and
Irene Kimble Welch. He was predeceased by a grandson, Dustin K. Welch.
On June 6, 1970, he married the love of his life Faye Thompson, and she
survives. Also surviving are their children, Angela Marie (Roland)
Glover, Terry Welch Jr., Steven A. (Karrie) Welch and Michelle I.
"Mickey" (Donald) Jones, all of Marion; grandchildren, Mollie,
Cheyeanne, William, Josh, Terry III, Cory, Courtney, Kelsey, Kaylee,
Donald "D.J.," Terra and Amanda; two brothers and one sister, Caril
(Brenda) Welch and David E. Welch, both of Marion, and Maria (Cork)
Roberts of Kentucky.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Stofcheck-Ballinger
Funeral Home in Richwood, where friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Burial will be at Price Cemetery, where there will be veteran graveside services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at stofcheck-ballinger.com.

BEVERLY KENNEDY ZANGER
Beverly Kennedy Zanger, 79, a retired Bowling Green State University
faculty member, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007, at her home in Waikoloa,
Hawaii, where she had lived for the past 11 years.
She joined the BGSU faculty as an assistant professor in the physical
education department in 1968 and retired in 1996. Prior to 1969, she
taught at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio.  She received degrees from
Ohio Northern University, Ada, and BGSU.
She was co-author of three textbooks and authored numerous articles and
presentations. In 1986, she was a guest lecturer at Brighton
Polytechnic-Chelsa School of Human Movement, Brighton, England. In 1990,
she presented at the Rand African University, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mrs. Zanger was a founding member and secretary of the North American
Society for Sport Management. She coached the fencing teams for BGSU and
choreographed fencing scenes for the university and local theaters. She
also enjoyed dancing and swimming.
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Mary Chapter No. 9 in Marysville.
She was born Aug. 15, 1928, in Marysville, to the late Paul and Herssie
Flood Kennedy. Mrs. Zanger's parents lived in Marysville for more than
40 years and raised four daughters. Rachel Kennedy Chrysostom and Polly
Kennedy Widner also preceded her in death. She also was predeceased by
her husband, Robert. They owned the Bar Zee Motel in Clyde, until 1968,
at which time Mr. Zanger returned to his former career as a marine engineer.
She is survived by a daughter, Polly, of Waikoloa, Hawaii; a son, Jack,
of Amarillo, Texas; a sister, Mary Minter of Dover, Delaware; and her
nieces and nephews, Sharon Widner Emrick of Colorado Springs, Colo.,
John Chrysostom of Limossol, Cyprus, Teddy Chrysostom of Miami, Fla.,
Pauls Chrysostom of Charleston, S.C., and Chris Minter, of Pittsburgh.


SYLVIA SPARKS BLEVINS

Sylvia Sparks Blevins, 73, of Plain City, died peacefully Wednesday
morning, Sept. 5, 2007, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus,
surrounded by her loving family.
She was a very active member of the Hayden Enterprise Baptist Church of
Hilliard, especially cooking for the spaghetti dinners and church youth group.
A child of God who lived her life through the eyes of the Lord, she was
known to all of the "children" she took care of over the years as
"Mamaw." She and her husband never turned down the opportunity to help
families in need of a day care sitter.
She was born May 15, 1934, in Mazie, Ky., the daughter of the late Joe
and Maxie Vanover Sparks. She also was predeceased by her beloved
husband of 51 years, Joe "J.T." Blevins, in 2002, and a brother, George M. Sparks.
She is survived by her children, Randy (Connie) Blevins, Calvin (Vicki)
Blevins and Lance (Debbie) Young of Marysville, Doug (Wendi) Blevins of
Plain City, Twana (Tom) Sheridan of Galloway, and Tracy (Jodi) Blevins
of Logan; grandchildren, Shawn, Melissa, Chad, Joel, Jordan, Allison,
Trevor, Chase, Emily, Jerri Young, Vaughn Young and Barbara Flowers;
great-grandchildren, Olivia and Aislynn; a brother, Johnny R. Sparks of
Mechaniscburg; "adopted" sister, Maxine (G.V.) Fairchild of Plain City;
and special friend and sister-in-law, Mary Baboul Sparks.
Calling hours will be Friday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Ferguson
Funeral Home, Plain City. Funeral services will be Saturday at 10 a.m.
at Hayden Enterprise Baptist Church, 6279 Hayden Run Road, Hilliard,
with Pastor William Webb officiating. Burial will be at Forest Grove
Cemetery, Plain City.
The family wishes donors would give blood in the memory of Mrs. Blevins
and her late husband.
Condolences may be sent to fergusonfuneralhomeinc.com.

ALDINE "BUD" WEISS JR.
 Aldine "Bud" Weiss Jr., 85, of Bellefontaine, died Wednesday, Sept. 5,
2007, at Green Hills Care Center in West Liberty.
In 1940, he graduated from Bluffton High School. He was a graduate of
Bluffton College with a bachelor's degree in administration. He received
a master's degree from The Ohio State University, and extra schooling at
Ohio Northern and Kent State universities.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in World War II and was sent overseas
to the Pacific Theater for 3 1/2 years. At the age of 20, he was Master
Sergeant over 350 men. He flew many missions and had to crash land three
times during battles.
He was a school administrator at Ridgeway, Bradford and Botkins, where
he retired. During his tenure he taught science, drove a school bus,
coached seventh and eighth grade basketball and directed school plays.
After retiring from school administration, he served on the Shelby
County School Board and the JVS.
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bellefontaine, and the
VFW and the American Legion.
He was a dedicated, energetic man.
He was born May 30, 1922, in Bluffton, to the late Aldine Sr. and Golda
Morrison Weiss. He also was preceded in death by a son, Kris Alan Weiss,
on Feb. 7, 1996, and a sister, Juanita Zimmerly.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine Mathewson Weiss, of Green Hills Care
Center in West Liberty. They were married July 28, 1951, in Kenton. Also
surviving are four sons, Kerry (Beverly) Weiss of Marysville, Kirk
(Francis) Weiss of Cincinnati, Kent (Mildred) Weiss of Sturgis, Mich.,
and Kim (Peggy) Weiss of Bellefontaine; a daughter, Kathleen (Keith)
LeVan of Bellefontaine,; a brother, Clayton Wiess of Bluffton;
grandchildren, John, Jeremy and Amber of Cincinnati, Matt and Jim of Van
Wert, Lacey of West Liberty, Wayne, Landon, Jessica and Brent of
Bellefontaine, and Katelyn and Ashley of Marysville; and
great-grandchildren, Kaden, Kolen, Keaton, Lilly, Jacob, Jarred, Joshua,
Aiden, Derek and Aaron.
Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Eichholtz
Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where a rosary service will held at 7:30
p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St.
Patrick Catholic Church in Bellefontaine. The Rev. Patrick Sheridan will
officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Bluffton. Military
services will be conducted at the cemetery by the American Legion of Bluffton.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 328
E. Patterson, Bellefontaine, OH 43311 or the Green Hills Activity Fund,
6557 U.S. 68 S., West Liberty, OH 43357.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.

ROBERT J. WENTZ

Robert J. Wentz, 91, a longtime resident of Marysville, formerly of
Milford Center and Salem, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007, at Heartland of Marysville.
A community "shaker and doer," he was a faithful Lions Club member and
Mason and was devoted to Boy Scouting nearly his entire life. He was a
former councilman for the village of Milford Center in the 1950s.
He retired from Eljer Plumbingware in 1978 as chief product design
engineer for product development research.
He and his wife moved to Marysville in 1961. Later, they spent a brief
time with his work in Pittsburgh, and then returned to Marysville upon his retirement.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Marysville, where he
served as elder, trustee and deacon. With a passion for music, he sang
in church choirs for almost 60 years and was a charter member of the Windsor Singers.
A scout leader, Mr. Wentz began boy scouting as a teenager in Salem, and
since 1980, helped with the advancement of scores of scouts attaining
the rank of Eagle Scout. A Silver Beaver recipient, he was also awarded
the prestigious Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award which is given
to scouts who exemplify the Scout Law and Masonic virtues in service to
the scouting program. His involvement included district commissioner,
chairman of the district, district training chairman and advancement
chairman of Union District. He was instrumental in developing the
scouting program in Union County.
A charter member of the Milford Center Lions Club in 1950, he had
perfect attendance as a Lions Club member for more than 50 years. He was
a member, historian and past president of Marysville Lions Club and also
served as district cabinet secretary with the Pennsylvania Lions, was
Lion of the Year in 1975 in Pennsylvania, and was Lion of the Year in
Marysville in 1983. He was also named to the Lions Club International
Hall of Fame. He was a member, past master and education officer of
Palestine Lodge No. 158 F & AM, York Rite, Scottish Rite and Aladdin Shrine.
He was one of the founders of a drafting trade school in Salem, where he
was born June 10, 1916, to the late Arch and Charlotte Bardo Wentz. He
also was predeceased on Sept. 2, 2001, six years to the day, by his
wife, Kathryn Virginia Taylor Wentz, whom he married Oct. 8, 1938, in
Salem; a brother, Charles Wentz; and a nephew, Mitchell Wentz.
He is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (Dan) Scheiderer of Marysville; a
son, Tom (Susan) Wentz of Rancho Cordova, Calif.; four grandchildren,
Daniel D. Scheiderer and Jill (Jeff) Harriman of Marysville, Lt. Col.
Neil (Corrine) Wentz, USAF, of Altus Air Force Base, Okla., and Amy
(Tom) Gousios of Fair Oaks, Calif.; six great-grandchildren, Megan and
Seth Harriman and Christine, Alexis, Cyra Jane and Zoe Renee Wentz; a
sister-in-law, Rita Wentz of Martinsville, Ind.; two nieces, Rebecca
(Bourbon) Ziegler and Dale (Danny) Drake; and a nephew, Robert (Melissa) Taylor.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian
Church of Marysville. The Rev. Dr. Scott L. Strohm and the Rev. John M.
Groat will officiate, and private burial will be held at Oakdale
Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Underwood
Funeral Home where Masonic memorial services will be held following visitation.
The Wentz family requests that memorial contributions may be made to the
music program at First Presbyterian Church of Marysville or to a charity of choice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

CHARLES LLOYD "CHARLIE" STILLINGS

Charles Lloyd "Charlie" Stillings, 79, of Milford Center, died Sunday,
Sept. 2, 2007, at The Gables in Marysville, after a three-year illness.
He was surrounded by his family.
He was a lifelong grain and livestock farmer in Union and Champaign
counties and resided at the home place all but one year of his life.
He was a 1946 graduate of Union Rural High School. He was of the
Methodist faith and was past member of the Milford Center Lions Club.
His mornings consisted of going to Milford Center to visit with and play
euchre with his friends. He and his wife also enjoyed playing cards with
"The Gang" card club.
His favorite vice was eating Hershey Kisses and sharing them with his
grandchildren, family, and friends at the Gables.
He was born Sept. 2, 1928, in Champaign County, to the late Fay and
Ethel Randall Stillings. The last of his family, he also was preceded in
death by his siblings, Thelga McQuiniff, Julia Meek and Donald, Herbert,
and George Stillings. He also was preceded in death by a grandson,
Phillip Ferryman, on Dec. 6, 1998.
A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he is survived by his wife,
the former Jane Bolen, whom he married Feb. 4, 1956, in Columbus; their
son, Lloyd G. (Robin) Stillings of Milford Center; their daughter, Carol
(Rick) Ferryman of Irwin; grandchildren, Christy, Aaron, Abby, Chelsey,
Sarah and Matthew; a great-grandson, Grant; brother- and sister-in-law,
Michael and Janet Bolen of Columbus; many nieces, nephews and cousins;
and lots of good friends.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home,
where funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev.
Ronald Payne officiating. Burial will follow at Milford Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Milford Center United
Methodist Church or The Gables Activity Fund.

BETTY J. "BETZ" WORSTELL
Betty J. "Betz" Worstell, 74, of Marysville, died Saturday, Sept. 1,
2007, at Milcrest Nursing Center following an extended illness.
A 1952 graduate of Marysville High School, she was retired from United
Telephone where she had been employed as an operator and scheduler for 33 years.
She was a member of Marysville First Congregational United Church of
Christ and participated in the Tuesday Morning Bible Study group and met
with the Pioneer Club in Bellefontaine with other retirees from United Telephone.
She enjoyed cats, gardening, and watching television, but her greatest
moments came when surrounded by her husband and family.
She was born May 5, 1933, in Marysville, to Arthur M. and Mary H.
Speicher Bolenbaugh. She was preceded in death by her father; a brother,
Curtis Bolenbaugh; and a brother-in-law, Walter Anderson.
Along with her mother of East Tawas, Mich., survivors include her
husband of nearly 40 years, Donald Worstell, to whom she was married
Feb. 10, 1968, at Marysville First United Methodist Church by the Rev.
John Armentrout; her children, Rusty (Michelle) Worstell of Lebanon,
Tenn., Sandy (Jeff) Garey of Marysville, and Don (Kelly) Worstell of
Prospect; eight grandchildren, Melissa Banfield, William P. Lane II,
Lindsay Cox, Nicolas Worstell, Amanda Worstell, Tyler Worstell, Mallory
Worstell and Michael Garey; five great-grandchildren, Olivia Cox,
Makayla Cox, Jeffrey Garey, Codie Banfield and Holden Banfield; her
sister, Nancy Anderson of Oscoda, Mich.; a niece, Molly Lee, of Mikado;
and two nephews, Thomas (Jackie) Anderson of Oscoda, Mich., and Ted
(Debbie) Anderson of Kalamazoo, Mich.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mannasmith Funeral
Home, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. The Rev.
Richard Flynn will officiate and burial will take place at Oakdale Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

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