Obituaries


(Cousin)

RUSSELL, Eva I. (Tewksbury), 79, of 366 East High Street, died suddenly in her residence at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, August 19, 1989.

She was born on July 19, 1910 in Meigs County, Ohio the daughter of Claten and Clista (REEVES) TEWKSBURY and had been a Springfield resident since 1925. Mrs. RUSSELL was formerly employed by the Crowell-Collier Company and the Tot Shop.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs.Mildred SCHILLER of Springfield; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James N. RUSSELL on April 10, 1968 and a brother, William C. TEWKSBURY in 1969.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the AUSTIN RICHARDS AND RAFF MEMORIAL HOME. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday in the memorial home. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.


(My 6th Grade Teacher at Grayhill School 1948-1949)

BOTKIN, Elden A. 82, of North Hampton died Monday, December 28, 1992, at 10:25 p.m. in Mercy Medical Center, Springfield.

He was born June 19, 1910 in Pike Township, Clark County, the son of Leedom and Sarah BRUNER BOTKIN. He was a graduate of Wittenberg University and spent 40 years as a Teacher-Principal in Tipp City, Medway and Springfield Schools, retiring in 1970 as principal from Bushnell Elementary. Elden was a longtime member of Asbury United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School for over 50 years, was a choir member for 45 years and held many other various positions. He was a member of Beech Grove Grange, North Hampton Lions Club and a Pike Township Trustee for 28 years. Elden served as a volunteer at Mercy Medical Center.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth (FUNDERBURG) BOTKIN; a daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Michael HAINES of Keene, New Hampshire; son and daughter-in law, Bill and Rita BOTKIN of North Hampton; five grandchildren, Geoffrey HAINES, Jennifer and husband Mark GUEST, Kristen HAINES, Julie BOTKIN, Jonathan BOTKIN; great-grandson, Gregory Michael GUEST; brother, Homer BOTKIN of Springfield. Preceded in death by his first wife Ruth SCHINDLER Botkin; his parents; two sisters; and three brothers.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, January 3, 1993, at 3 p.m. in Asbury United Methodist Church with Pastor L. Stephen Hayes officiating. Private graveside services will be held at the family's convenience. Memorial contributions may be made to Asbury United Methodist Memorial Education Fund. The family is being served by the Trostel, Chapman & Christmas Funeral Home.


(Mother of my Friend and Friend of my Mother)

CLARK, Margaret Angeline (Woernley) (nee HOPE) 82, died Thursday, June 10,1999.

She was born March 7, 1917, in Detroit. A homemaker, she was a 13-year resident of Las Vegas.

She is survived by her sons, John Woernley of Las Vegas and David Woernley of Los Angeles; daughter, Janice Moloney of West Hills, Calif.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Burial is private. Bunkers Eden Vale Mortuary handled arrangements. Saturday, June 12, 1999 Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal


(Friend in USAF in Japan)

BRADSHAW Buel E., 63, died on August 27, 2000 at home after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on July 14, 1937 in Heber Springs, Arkansas to Rev. Beauford and Melba Bradshaw, who preceded him in death. Buel grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and after graduating high school in 1955 he joined the Air Force. During his service of 20 years he traveled the globe, and then retired in July 1976 at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City. After retirement, he worked for two hospitals in safety and security, and patient relations. After retiring for a second time, he was finally able to enjoy his favorite passion, photography. Buel took pictures for several local high schools, the University of Oklahoma, Jim Thorpe Association, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and many other organizations and charities. Buel is survived by his wife, Vicki; children, Rose Wilson, Cathy Bird and her husband Steve, John Bradshaw, Melissa Dowling, and Ryan Dowling; grandchildren, Rachel and Seth Wilson and Shane and Brett Bird; and sister, Jereta Bane. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Steven Blake Owens Memorial Fund at the OU Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, or the Jim Thorpe Association. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 29, 2000 at 6:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church of Norman, 211 W. Comanche. Interment will be at the Oak Ridge Memorial Park in Tennessee.


(Sister)

STEWART, Elizabeth "Betty" (Cox), 82, 333 North St., Apt. 126, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at 10:10 a.m. at Wilson Memorial Hospital.

She was born Oct. 1, 1919, in Springfield, the daughter of Cecil and Ina Cox Reeves.

She married Robert Stewart on Oct. 8, 1940.

Mrs. Stewart is survived by three daughters, Linda Wade of Port Jefferson, Mary Jane Laws of St. Marys and Betty Hatfield of La Follette, Tenn.; two sisters, Ruth Chaney of Springfield and Dorothy Laippiel of California; a brother, Bud Reeves of California; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, son Robert and daughter Barbara.

Mrs. Stewart was a housewife. She was also a member of the Sidney Eagles.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Adams Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kenneth Ellis officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Quincy.

Calling hours will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.


(First Grade Teacher at Grayhill School 1943-1944)

L. Ilene Johnson, Springfield, OH, died July 2, 2002.

A retired school teacher, she taught for two years at Mingo School, five years at Cable and 37 years at Grayhill School. She was a member of Fifth Lutheran Church and several professional organizations.

A niece, a great-niece and three great-nephews survive. A sister, Christine M. Johnson, preceded her in death.


("Red" Friend in USAF in Japan)

ASSON, CLIFFORD A. Age 63, of West Mifflin, on August 2, 2003. Clifford was retired from the water treatment dept. at US Steel Irvin Works and an Air Force Veteran; beloved husband of Rosemarie (Eastman) Asson; son of Margaret Asson of West Mifflin, and the late Clifford Asson; father of Christine Asson at home, and Sandra (David) Tartler of West Mifflin; grandfather of Emily and Haley Tartler; brother of Joyce (Bernie) Herrmann of West Mifflin, and Janice (Wesley) Staszak of Whitaker. Visitation Mon. 2-4 & 7-9 pm at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300 www.maloy-schleiferfuneralhome.com°°°°°°where Funeral Service with Military Honors will be held on Tues. at 11 am. Memorial contributions may be made to the Spina Bifida Assn.


(Sister)

LAIPPLE, Dorothy May (Cox), 86 died Aug 9, 2004

Born in Springfield April 6, 1918 Daughter of Cecil E. and Ina Shank Cox. Preceded by parents, first husband Jack Woods, and sister Betty. Survivors include husband Jacob (Jack), of 35 years, daughter Julia, two grand children and several great-grand children, sister Ruth Chaney and brother Bud Reeves, several nieces and nephews.

No Services - Body to be cremated.


(Sister)

WAGNER, Dorothy Kathleen (Reeves), 78 died Aug 12, 2004

Born in Springfield April 25, 1926 Daughter of Dewitt and Zetta (Dean) Reeves. Preceded by parents and sister Edna. Survivors include Husband Robert Wagner, of 55 years, Brothers Raymond and Bud, and one sister Opal Whalen, several nieces and nephews.

Services will be Saturday at 11 AM - Burial in Ferncliff Cemetery.


(Sister of childhood friend, Nicky Jackson)

HINEY, Helen Mae (Gansheimer)

Helen passed away unexpectedly on January 19, 2005 in her residence at age 88 years. She was born August 20, 1916 in Chillicothe, Ohio, the daughter of Lewis and Maude "Betty" (Grow) Gansheimer.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lester; three brothers, Robert and Lewis Gansheimer and Nickolas Jackson; and one sister Louise Davis. Helen is survived by two sons, Stephen and Sean Hiney and daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Jon Doughty of Springfield. She had a close and loving relationship with her four grandchildren, Shannon Harper, Alex, Katharine and Noah Doughty and her special great-granddaughter, Thea Harper. She is also survived by a special brother-in-law Paul Davis of Lakeview, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Her individuality, unselfishness, love and support will be greatly missed by her family, long-time friends and neighbors. She loved her home, the outdoors and doing for others. She maintained independence until her passing. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2005 from 1-2 p.m. in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. Officiating: Dr. Ronald Smith and Dr. Ken Kettlewell. In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution may be made to Interfaith Hospitality of Springfield, Ohio Published in the Springfield News-Sun from 1/21/2005 - 1/22/2005.


(Brother of Carol McKee on Seever St)

McKEE, James R. "Jim" passed peacefully Tuesday in his home with family by his side.

He was preceded in death by his parents James Russell "Ray" and Elizabeth Ann "Betty" (Ross) as well as brother-in-law Reid Kitchen. Survived by his wife Maxine McKee (Kitchen) and son Todd M. of Enon; Son James Robert "Bob", daughter-in-law Terri (Turvy), and grandson James Ryan of Texas. His sister Carol Stephens (McKee) and husband Kenneth of Enon, brother and sister-in-laws Helen and Bart Ford, Donna and Murray Bennett, Dorothy and John King, Peta and Joe DeLorenzis, Cheryl and Dennis Byrne, and Wendy Kitchen of Canada. Countless Nieces, Nephews in the US and Canada along with many dear friends.

Jim graduated from Greenon High School, and the Springfield School of Business, and attended Wittenberg University. Jim worked at Antioch University for 32 years as Director of Human Resources, most recently retiring after 10 years from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati as Director of Human Resources. He was a charter member of the Ohio Chapter of CUPA, (College and University Professional Association), serving 77 different Ohio institutions. Jim was active in his Church, Mary Help of Christians, Fairborn assisting as Eucharistic Minister for several years.

Funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, February 18, 2005 in Mary Help of Christians Parish, Fairborn, with Father Charles Lang celebrant. Burial will follow the mass in Enon Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday in ADKINS FUNERAL HOME, Enon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Hospice of Community Hospital or Mad River Township Fire and EMS Department.

Published in the Springfield News-Sun on 2/17/2005.


(Husband of Carol McKee)

STEVENS, Kenneth "Herk" born May 27, 1930, the son of Ray Stevens and Bessy Freeze Stevens, passed away in peace in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family and friends at 2:45 a.m. March 6, 2005 following a brief illness.

Herk worked 25 years for Springfield Laundry, 10 years for Wilson Motor Freight and retired from Fraternal Order of Eagles 397. He was a long time member of Eagles 397, Moose 536, the Union Club and was the senior member of the Green Valley Country Club. He leaves to cherish his love and memory, his devoted and loving wife of 35 years, Carol McKee Stevens, a son Carl and daughter Karen. He leaves behind two special devoted sons, Skip and Pati Kunkle, Scott and Keely Kunkle, grandchildren, Zak and Holly Crosthwaite, Joshua Moore, Shay Kunkle, Jessica and Rob Neville, Trey Kunkle and Amber, Nikki Kunkle and Quention Kunkle. Great-Grandchildren, Cloe, Mackenzie and Kyler, three other grandchildren, brothers, Don and Dena Stevens, and Bob Stevens, sisters-in-law Maxine McKee and Shirley Stevens, several nieces and nephews, four special friends and golf buddies, Gerald and Sandy Conley, Neil and Connie Bales, Don and Julie Lucht and Don and Carol Sanes, special private duty nurse Cheryl Wagner and families.

He was preceded in death by brothers Charles "Tom" Stevens, Russell Stevens, brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Betty Stevens, sisters, Thelma Betts and Fern Metzger, mother and father-in-law, Betty and Ray McKee, and a brother-in-law, Jim McKee. At Herk's request there will be no viewing. There will be a graveside service held in Enon Cemetery March 10, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. for the family and friends. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Enon Squad and Fire Department or Mercy Hospice. Adkins Funeral Home, Enon is assisting Herk's family with his final wishes.

Published in the Springfield News-Sun from 3/8/2005 - 3/9/2005.


(Grayhill grade school friend)

HAIR, William Ray "Bill" 68 of Monroe, Tennessee passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at the Livingston Regional Hospital.

Bill Hair was born in Springfield, Ohio on May 6, 1936 to the late William Hair and Gladys Weaver Hair. He was retired from International Truck and Engine Corporation.

Bill is survived by his wife, Nellie Hair of Monroe, Tennessee; mother, Gladys Hair of Caddo Mills, Texas; two daughters, Connie Cain and husband Paul of Cedarville, Ohio, Pam Wilkersham and husband John of Xenia, Ohio; two sisters, Juanita Lunch and husband Dale of Springfield, Ohio, Alice Perfator of Caddo Mills, Texas; step daughter, Cindy Bolin of Monroe, Tennessee; step son, Eddie Bolin and wife Kelli of Byrdstown, Tennessee; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three step grandchildren; several nieces, friends and relatives.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at the Chapel of Byrdstown Crestlawn Funeral Home with Bro. Rick Cross and Bro. Junior Denney officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Overton County, Tennessee. The family is being served by the Byrdstown Crestlawn Funeral Home, Byrdstown, Tennessee.

Published in the Springfield News-Sun on 4/8/2005.


(Daughter of school and childhood friend, Alfred Bean)

BEAN, Candace C. 49, of Cincinnati, died unexpectedly May 10, 2005 in her residence.

She was born in Springfield on January 27, 1956 the daughter of Alfred C. and Luanne C. (Kneisley) Bean. Candace was a 1975 graduate of Northeastern High School and the University of Toledo Law School. Survivors include her father Al (Henrietta) Bean of Springfield; two sisters, Barbara and Rebecca Bean, both of Columbus; two uncles, Roger (Janice) Kneisley of Jacksonville, North Carolina and Phil Kneisley of Springfield; and several cousins. Her mother preceded her in death in 2003.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the High Street United Methodist Church with Reverend Paul Price officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity. The LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME is serving the family. You may express condolences to the family at www.littletonandrue.com

Published in the Springfield News-Sun on 5/15/2005.


(School Mate in Elementary School)

BENNETT, Robert Lee "Tex" Sr. 69, of Springfield passed away at 4 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2005 in Mercy Medical Center.

He was born June 4, 1935 in Springfield the son of Orlando and Margaret (Poling) Bennett. Mr. Bennett was a member of the Moose and was retired from Super Value Warehouse in Xenia. Survivors include his wife of 37 1/2 years, Doris (Brown) Bennett; son, Robert Bennett Jr. and friend, Carmen of Springfield; step daughter, Janice (James) Smith of Ackworth, Georgia; four step grandchildren, Michael, Thomas and Sarah Roberts and James Smith; two sisters, Betty Lou Kline and Margaret E. (Dennis) Barnes all of Springfield and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents two sisters, Pollyann Bennett and Joan Phillip and three brothers, Jerry E., Richard and Jack Bennett.

Friends may call in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME from 5 until 8 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Ed Dungan officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Mr. Bennett's family.

Published in the Springfield News-Sun from 6/3/2005 - 6/4/2005.


(Husband of 4th grade teacher (Martha Sendelbach)

HARRIS, Robert F. 84, of Springfield, died Thursday, July 28, 2005 in Miami Valley Hospital.

He was born September 30, 1920 in Springfield, Ohio, the son of Robert F. and Francis (Garey) Harris. He served his country with the United States Army during World War II in the Battle of the Bulge. Robert worked in Quality Control with Civil Service at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for thirty-five years. He was a lifetime member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served as treasurer for many years. Survivors include his wife of fifty-eight years, Martha (Sendelbach) Harris; daughter, Nancy Weiss of Springfield; son and daughter-in-law, John and Jane Harris of Findlay, Ohio; brother, Richard Harris of South Windsor, Connecticut; four grandchildren, Janelle (Jason) Gilbert of Columbus, Jessica (Christopher) Rice of Findlay, Ohio, Julie Harris of Findlay, Ohio and Joe (Nancy) Weiss of South Vienna; nieces and nephews, Kaye Hensler, Susan Kasheta, Tom Harris, Jerry Harris, and James Harris. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Nancy Joanne Harris and Alice Byerley; brother, Roger Harris; son-in-law, Joe Weiss.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2005 in the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME, where funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., with Rev. Richard McDaniel, officiating. Burial will be in New Carlisle Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the donor's favorite charity. You may express condolences to the family at www.littletonandrue.com

Published in the Springfield News-Sun from 7/29/2005 - 7/30/2005.


(Sister of Junior High School Classmate (Wilma Schmid)

LANTER, Martha L. (Schmid) 78, of Springfield died Monday morning, August 8, 2005 in the Ohio Masonic Home.

She was born in Springfield on June 30, 1927 the daughter of the late Edward and Evelyn (Temple) Schmid. Martha retired as an operator from Ohio Bell Telephone Company after 39 years of service. She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. Post 1031 Women's Auxiliary, Union Club, past president of the Springfield Shrine Widow's Club, REACT Club, Rose City Grandmothers Club, Elderly United, Telephone Pioneers of America, and was an advisor for Junior Girls Veterans of Foreign Wars 1031. Survivors include her four children and spouses, Linda and Mickey Booth of Springfield, Ralph E. Lanter and his fiance', Sharon Maliff of Columbus, Bob E. and Judy Lanter of Springfield, and Steven S. and Theresa Lanter of South Vienna; a sister, Wilma (Jack) Selnick of London; a brother, Robert A. (Vickie) Schmid of Springfield; nine grandchildren, Lori, Bobby, Charlie, Brooke, Mandy, Shane, Brian, Nicole, and Christi; 12 great grandchildren, Caleb, Chelsea, Kegan, Brayden, Colton, Devin, Daisha, Shane, Ceaira, Matthew, Gage, and Amanda; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph S. Lanter in 1987; two sisters, Doris E. Lane and Mildred Henson; a brother, John Schmid; and a granddaughter, Carla Kimmel. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday in the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME. Eagle services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Rev. Dr. Keith Rhoden officiating. Burial will be in Ferncliff Cemetery. You may express condolences to the family at www.littletonandrue.com.

Published in the Springfield News-Sun from 8/9/2005 - 8/10/2005.


(Niece)

Linda L. Wade, 64, 17940 Mason Road, Port Jefferson, died of natural causes Monday, Aug. 22, 2005, at 5:30 a.m. at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

She was born March 31, 1941, in Quincy, the daughter of the late Robert E. Stewart Sr. and Elizabeth Cox Stewart. She married Don Wade Sr. Dec. 15, 1957, and he survives.

She also is survived by their three children, Richard Jr. and Rhonda Wade of Sidney, Timothy Wade of Sidney and Mike and Cheryl Wade of Anna; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Jane and Glen Laws of New Bremen and Betty Hatfield of Lafollette, Tenn. One brother and one sister preceded her in death.

Mrs. Wade was active on the Port Jefferson Homecoming Committee, Democratic Central Committee, helped start the Port Jefferson Rescue Squad and was a member of the Eastern Star of Port Jefferson.

She attended Northtowne Church of God in Sidney and was employed at Wilson Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, with the Rev. Kenneth Ellis officiating. Burial will be at Glen Cemetery in Port Jefferson. Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

There will be an Eastern Star memorial service Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice in Linda's memory. All arrangements were entrusted to the friendly staff of Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road.

Published in the Sidney Daily News 8/23/2005.


(School Classmate at Grayhill Elementary and sister of good friend)

LINKENHOKER, Beverly Jean 69, of Springfield, died peacefully Wednesday morning, December 13, 2006 in her residence following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Chillicothe, Ohio on August 11, 1937 the daughter of the late John Jones and Elma (Seymour) Whitman. Bev retired from Mercy Medical Center Laboratory after 15 years of service. She was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church, the Pilot Club, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and Rainbow Table. She had many special friends and memories from years spent at Lakewood Swim Club. The family wishes to thank Bev's many friends and staff at Mercy Medical Center Laboratory and the James Cancer Center at The Ohio State University especially Drs. David Cohn and Richard Gordon for their dedicated care during her illness.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Jack Linkenhoker; two daughters, Beth Chaney of Independence, Kansas and Melissa (Jim) Blackmore of Bristol, Virginia; three granddaughters, Chelsea Chaney and Caroline and Gracyn Blackmore; brother, Jerry (Sherry) Jones of Parker, Texas; sister, June (Charles) Boatman of Houston, Texas; five nieces and nephews; and special friends, Mayme and Joe Huff and Marty and Ed Szempruch.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday in the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in St. Raphael Church with Fr. Dennis Caylor celebrant. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthur G. James Cancer Center in memory of Beverly J. Linkenhoker, 300 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43210. You may express condolences to the family at www.littletonandrue.com.

Published in the Springfield News-Sun from 12/16/2006 - 12/17/2006.


(Father of childhood friends, circa 1951-52))

MILLER, Kenneth H. 92, of South Vienna, died peacefully in his sleep at his residence on Wednesday morning, February 28, 2007.

He was born in Vincenns, Indiana on December 18, 1914, the son of Charles A. and Ada B. (Hopkins) Miller. He moved to Ohio in 1920 and settled in Springfield where he was a tool and die maker for twenty years. He served his country in World War II and later retired from the Air National Guard after thirty three years. He owned and operated Millers Tax and Bookkeeping Service for thirty years. He was on the South Vienna Town Council for eighteen years, served as an EMS on the Harmony Township Fire Department. He and his wife owned and operated Miller's Foster Care Home for twenty five years. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8673.

He served as treasurer for the South Vienna Corn Festival for fifteen years. He loved his family and enjoyed cooking.

He is survived by his very loving wife of seventy one years, Donnabelle (Kunkle) and two sons and two daughters-in-law, Raymond and Mary Miller of Homosassa, Florida and John and Jacqueline Miller of South Vienna. His grandchildren include Mary Heunen, John Miller II, Mickey Miller, Jo Reane Miller, Martin Miller, Tim Miller, Steve Miller, Tami Nolan, Charlene Hoovler and Jamie Wheeler, fifteen great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren, a sister, Edna Mae (Forrest) Speirs, he had two special foster sons, John Roden and Gary Eisneudle and two special friends, Toni Keller and Pat Sullivan.

He attended the United Church of South Vienna. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Melvin Miller.

Family will receive friends Saturday, March 3, 2007 at 12 Noon until the time of service at 2 p.m. in the JACKSON LYTLE & WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, 2425 North Limestone Street, Springfield, Ohio, with Pastor Scott Grisswold officiating. There will be no Graveside service. Memorial contributions may be made to Harmony Township EMS at 11000 East National Road, South Vienna, Ohio 45369.

Published in the Springfield News-Sun on 3/2/2007.


(Mother of School Classmates at Grayhill Elementary)

ROSS, H. Virginia 93, of Springfield, died Monday evening, February 26, 2007 in Community Hospital. Born in Springfield, Ohio on December 12, 1913, she was the daughter of John and F. Belle (Clauer) Yost.

On September 20, 1933 she married Robert Ross Sr., and together they founded the Ross Abattoir in Springfield in 1940 where she served as the corporate secretary-treasurer for over 40 years. She was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Springfield Country Club, GODA Club, and volunteered at Mercy Medical Center.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Chris Conrad of Springfield; three sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Dianne Ross Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri, Richard and Rosann Ross of Coral Springs, Florida and Randall and Kay Ross of Washburn, Wisconsin; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; special caregivers, Shirley Balles, Mary Ann Beaver, Joann Hart, and Joy Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert in 1988; two sisters, Alice Griffin and Miriam Murphy; and a grandson, David Ross.

A celebration of Virginia's life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2007 in Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Daniel M. Powell officiating. The family will receive friends at the Springfield Country Club immediately following the service. A private committal service will be held in Ferncliff Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1801 St. Paris Pike, Springfield, Ohio 45504. You may express condolences to the family at www.littletonandrue.com.

Published in the Springfield News-Sun from 2/28/2007 - 3/1/2007.


(Husband of School Classmate at Grayhill Elementary and brother-in-law of good friend)

LINKENHOKER, John W. "Jack" 77, of Springfield, died Monday morning, January 28, 2008.

He was born in Springfield on August 25, 1930 the son of William and Helen (Barrett) Linkenhoker.

Following graduation from Catholic Central High School, he served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After working for the Springfield Fire Division for many years, Jack retired as a building contractor. Following his retirement, he worked at Sears for several years. He was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church and V.F.W. Post 1031.

Survivors include his two daughters, Beth Chaney of Independence, Kansas and Melissa (Jim) Blackmore of Bristol, Virginia; three granddaughters, Chelsea Chaney and Caroline and Gracyn Blackmore; and a brother, Jim Linkenhoker of Springfield.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Beverly J. (Jones) Linkenhoker in 2006 and his parents.

A celebration of Jack's life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday in the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME with Deacon Norm Horstman officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday.

Memorial contributions in Jack's memory may be made to the Clark County Public Library, P.O. Box 1080, Springfield, Ohio 45501.

Published in the Springfield News-Sun on 1/29/2008 & 2/1/2008.


(Sister of Paul Green who was one one of the children who died on the train trestle in May of 1944)

ERTER, Beverley A. 74, of Springfield, died Tuesday, March 4, 2008 in Community Hospital.

She was born June 23, 1933 in Springfield, Ohio, the daughter of Floyd and Edna (Flora) Green. She was a loving and supporting wife to her husband Donald Erter for fifty-four years. She was also a devoted mother and grandmother. She will be remembered for her kind loving spirit and always being a peacemaker. She was retired from Robbins and Myers and a member of the Robbins and Myers Social Club. She was also a member of the VFW Auxillary and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Champion Aerie.

Survivors include her loving husband Donald Erter; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Jerry Garrison; grandson, Isaac Garrison; granddaughter, Abigail Garrison; brother Daniel Green; many cherished cousins, nephews, nieces, in-laws, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Paul (P.W.), Charles (Charley), Donald (Donny) and Robert (Bob).

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday March 10, 2008 in the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. with Pastor Dan Fiorini, officiating. Burial will be in Ferncliff Cemetery. You may express condolences to the family at www.littletonandrue.com

Published in the Springfield News-Sun from 3/6/2008 - 3/9/2008.


(Sister of childhood friend Dollie Woodruff)

ERSKINE, Della Jane (Woodruff) 78, left this world March 8, 2008 in Mercy Medical Center to meet those who have gone before her.

She was born August 6, 1929 in Wellston, Ohio to Chester George and Mildred (Wilson) Woodruff. She worked for many years at Hart's Family Center and retired from Sears in 2002. She had many friends and was a former member of the Eagles, Moose, Union and Machinists Clubs. Della was preceded in death by her husband Earnest Erskine; brother Donald 'Woody' Woodruff and her parents. She leaves to cherish her memory her five children James (Martha) Erskine and Richard (Pam) Erskine of Springfield, George Erskine of Columbus, Ohio, Beth Anoles (and life partner Harold Reynolds) of Richwood, Ohio, and Laura (Kenny) Wheeler of Catawba; her five grandchildren Tiffany( Jamie) Payne, Stephany Ratliff, Jeremy Phillips and Ryan (Natalie) Erskine, all of Springfield, Phillip Wheeler of Catawba and Leigh Ann Erskine of Columbus; nine great grandchildren Brandon, Raven, Andi, Josh, Jeffrey, Jayvin, Cole, Chase and Zach; a sister Dollie (Woodruff) DeHaven and niece Dixie (Glen) Davis of Huber Heights; numerous great nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff of 4 South for their compassion and a special thanks to neighbors Dick and Corrine Smith and family for all their concern, support and friendship over the years. Friends may call Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:00 AM. in the Memorial Home. Interment will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Della loved life and her light will continue to shine on in her family and friends. Bye Mom-Love You. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.richardsraffanddunbar.com

Published in the Springfield News-Sun from 3/10/2008 - 3/11/2008.


(Family Friend)

CLARK, Edna Ruth (Hanna) 76, died Tuesday morning, March 25, 2008, Edna currently of Voorhees, NJ. was born in Audubon, NJ on March 16, 1932.

Beloved wife for 37 years of Stewart A. Clark, dear daughter of the late Robert & Edna Hanna. Devoted sister of the late Flora Hilton, John "Jack" Hanna, Edward Hanna, Elsie Bartling, and Stanley Hanna, Sr. Loving aunt of Sharon Eastright, Patty Boltz, Linda Goulburn, Kathy Giambri, Edward Hanna, Stanley Hanna, Jr., and the late Jack Heake. Also survived by many great nieces & nephews.

Edna loved animals, playing cards, decorating for Christmas, and her family.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing on Friday 9 -11 am at the Emmanuel UMC Church, 21 E. Cedar Ave., Haddon Twp., NJ. Funeral service to follow at 11 am. Interment Fernwood Cemetery, Philadelphia., PA. Arrangements by HANNA FUNERAL HOME, Haddon Hts.(856) 854-3863.

Courier-Post, Cherry Hill, NY - Publication date: 3/26/08


(Brother)

Raymond Day Reeves, 90, 213 Deardorf Avenue in Springfield, died of natural causes Monday, May 19, 2008 in his home.

He was born August 9, 1917 in Harrisonville, Ohio the son of DeWitt Talmadge and Zetta Adesta (Dean) Reeves. Mr. Reeves served in the United States Army during WWII and had been employed by United Cardboard and Carton, Pinkerton Security, Schaefer's Bakery and retired from Springfield Center.

He was a member of the First Pentecostal Church of God and was an avid fisherman. He is survived by one sister Opal Neola Whalen of Springfield; one brother George William "Bud" Reeves of Las Vegas, Nevada; several nieces and nephews including Lowell "Scott" Brammer of Springfield; and his caregiver of 23 years Denise (Ernesto) Macias of South Vienna. He was preceded in death by his wife Emily "Peggy" Reeves on February 7, 2003; three sisters Effie Reeves, Edna I. "Connie" Chaney and Dorothy Wagner. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 24 at 11:00 am in the Richards, Raff & Dunbar Memorial Home with Pastor Barney Riffle officiating. The family will receive visitors in the Memorial Home from 10-11 am Saturday. Burial will be in Ferncliff Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

Published in the Springfield News-Sun on 5/22/2008.


(Sister-in-law of childhood friend)

BEAN, Marcella Faye (Grimm) 88, of Springfield, went on her walk with Jesus Thursday evening, September 4, 2008 in Mercy St. John's Center. She was born in Champaign County on January 20, 1920 the daughter of Norris and Ida Jordan.

She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Home Rd. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Susan Grimm of Springfield and Jack and Barbara Grimm of St. Paris; a sister, Barbara (Raymond) VanHoose of Westville; four grandchildren, Gary (Melissa) Grimm Jr., Robin (Carl) Flaugher, Jack (Anne) Grimm Jr., and Todd, (Monica) Grimm; eight great grandchildren, Travis, Courtney, Whitney, Chad, Derek, Mackenzie, Madison, and Braden; a sister-in-law, Joyce Roberts of Urbana; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Paul Grimm; second husband, Elwood Bean; two sisters, Colleen Kuhns and Vicki Smith; and three brothers, Glen, Raymond and Bill Roberts.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 3-5 p.m. Sunday in the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday in the High Street Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Dene Anstine and Pastor Bret Layton officiating. Burial will be in Myers Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Welfare League or Community Mercy Hospice.

Published in the Springfield News-Sun from 9/6/2008 - 9/7/2008


(Cousin)

SHANK, G. Howard age 67, of Kettering, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at Miami Valley Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Vera Shank; and sister, Carolyn Hughes. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Diana "Sweet Dee"; much loved children, Lisa and husband Chris Sackett, Rich and wife Kim Shank, Beth and husband Tim Suttles, Joel and wife Carla Shank, Chris and wife Jenny Shank, Jeremy "Scooter" Shank; 12 beautiful grandchildren; sister, Pat Piper; other cherished family members, and a multitude of friends.

He retired from Sears after 31 years, and served in the US Army and National Guard. His various talents included stained glass art, wood working, and was a computer wiz. There was nothing he couldnt fix, and was always available to anyone who needed help. He was fun loving and enjoyed teasing those he loved. An active member of Gracepoint Community Church, he was a born again Christian, and is now in the presence of his loving Savior.

Visitation will be 6-8PM Thursday, December 4, 2008 at Newcomer Funeral Home, 3380 Dayton-Xenia Rd. Funeral services will be 9AM Friday, December 5, 2008 at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Miami Valley Memory Gardens.

Published in the Dayton Daily News on 12/4/2008


(Cousin)

SCHILLER, Mildred L. 97, of Springfield passed away peacefully in the Ohio Masonic Home, while surrounded by her family on Thursday, March 5, 2009.

She was born November 14, 1911 in Albany, Ohio the daughter of William Clayton and Clista (Reeves) Tewksbury. Mrs. Schiller retired as a cook from Possum School and was a longtime member of the Green Hedges Garden Club, but more than anything, she was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother who remained deeply invested in the daily lives of her family right up to the end of her life.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law Rick and Leah Schiller of New Carlisle, Dave and Tammy Schiller of Springfield; five grandchildren Nicole (Jeff) Rains, Rick F. Schiller II, Susan R. (Greg) Elliott, Matthew D. Schiller and Megan E. Schiller, all of Springfield; five great grandchildren Brandy Rains, Alexis Schiller, Brooke Schiller, Devon Nourse and "Memaws little buddy" Kobe Nourse; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Everett F. Schiller; brother William Tewksbury and sister Eva Russell.

Friends may call Sunday from 5-8 PM. in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME. Funeral services will be held Monday at 9:00 AM. in the Memorial Home with Pastor Eric Mounts officiating. Entombment will be in Rose Hill Mausoleum. The family would like to express their great appreciation to the staff of the Ohio Masonic Home for the loving care given to Mildred during her final journey. Memorial contributions may be made to in Mrs. Schillers name to the Ohio Masonic Home, P.O. Box 120, Springfield, Ohio 45501. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.richardsraffanddunbar.com

Published in the Springfield News-Sun from 3/6/2009 - 3/8/2009


(Childhood Friend)

The Womacks Family owned a grocery store at 1233 W Pleasant Street

WOMACKS, Rev. Jack L. 72, of Springfield, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 8, 2009. He was born in Springfield on December 27, 1936 the son of the late Clifford and Mildred (Coffman) Womacks.

Jack served as a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for 29 years. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey and his sister, Joyce Ganshiemer.

His survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years, Nancy A. (McCombs) Womacks; two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Sherrie Womacks of Springfield and TSgt. Scott and May Womacks stationed in Tokyo, Japan; four grandchildren, Megan, Michael, Jedd, and Sean; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Rev. Clifford and Deanne Womacks and James and Jackie Womacks, all of Springfield; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday in the High St. Church of the Nazarene. A celebration of Jack's life will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Bret Layton officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Nazarene Missions International, c/o High St. Church of the Nazarene, 1625 E. High St., Springfield, Ohio 45505.

The LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME is serving the family. You may express condolences to the family at www.littletonandrue.com

Published in the Springfield News-Sun from 3/9/2009 - 3/11/2009


(Aunt of Catherine Thompson Reeves)

HENDERSON, Gloria (Hodgkins) also known as Glo, Nan, and Nanner, died from a sudden illness on August 18th 2009. She was 79 years old.

Gloria, was born in 1930 in New York City, to Jack and Betty Hodgkins and was the youngest of four children. Gloria married James Vesce in 1949, and moved to California where she raised four children. In 1968, the family moved to Dallas, Texas and it was here that Gloria found her career in the insurance field working for Dick Foster and Associates.

In 1979, she remarried and became Gloria Henderson. She retired in 1991 and moved to Fillmore, California. Gloria made many friends along the way in life, but she especially loved being with her family. She also enjoyed reading, old movies and bridge. She was a member of the Fillmore Ebell Club was able to play bridge in her retirement to her hearts content.

Gloria is survived by her four children, Denise Hovivian of North Hills, Nancy Janes of Ventura, California, James Vesce of Charlotte, North Carolina and Thomas Vesce of Boston, Massachusetts; her sisters Betty MacFarlane of Lumberton, Texas, Phyllis Thompson of Bellingham, Washington, brother Jack Hodgkins of Oregon; her 12 grandchildren, two great-grandaughters and numerous nieces and nephews. She was greatly loved and will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations made in her name to the American Heart Association.

Published in the Fillmore Gazette August 2009


(Friend)

CUMMINGS, LEWIS B., 69 of Paso Robles passed away on Oct. 6, 2009 with his loving family at his side. Louie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Wanda; daughters Victoria Carminati (Tony), Kimberly Guzzard (Brad), son Lewis (Buddy) Cummings III; sisters Nancy Frew (Lloyd), Victoria Schummer (Joe), Carolyn Allen; brother-in-law Gene Norwood; grand children Andrew, Alexis and Kristina Guzzard, Lewis and Travis Cummings, Amanda Carminati, Amy Castaniero (Rob), great granddaughter Lily Lynn Castaniero; nieces and nephews Julie Angeloni, Erica Schummer, Greg Norwood, Joanna Rojas and their families.

Lewis touched the hearts of so many people throughout his life with special friends Marilyn Baron, Phyllis Johnson, Jeanetta Wood, Linda Jones, Darryl & Millie Drum, Martha Teague, Barb Lewin, and Debbie LaCasto. A special thank you to Dr. Gregg Ellison who has cared for Louie and Wanda as their physician and great friend for more than 30 years. Louie especially loved Dr. Ellison's nurse Tina. Thank you to Dr. Michael Wiechmann and Dr. Jack Heaslet for their care and concern for Louie's health and happiness. Lewis was born in October 13, 1939 in Los Angeles to Lewis and Carmela Mary Cummings. He married his high school sweetheart Wanda on November 14, 1956. After living in Newhall, Cailf. for many years, they moved to Paso Robles in 1980. He worked for the California Highway Patrol as an inspector on the truck scales until his retirement in 1998. Louie's sense of humor was the common bond that drew people to him. He enjoyed taking Wanda out for a good hamburger, sometimes two days in a row. He'd hit the Saturday morning yard sales, often bringing home a trinket for Wanda or tools for his collection. He restored furniture and kept busy with projects around the home and garden.

A private family ceremony was held on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Moonstone Beach in Cambria; a place Louie loved so much. It was a perfect, beautiful day to honor the rich life of Louie Cummings. He was a great man and will be forever missed by all that knew and loved him.

Services and arrangements under the direction of Chapel of the Roses Mortuary and Crematory.

Published in the Paso Robles Press 10/11/2009


(Childhood Friend)

Rich and "the Connor Kids" lived on the corner of Dayton Ave & Mulberry St

CONNOR, Richard G. 72, of Springfield, died October 13, 2009 in his residence. He was born on April 23, 1937 in Springfield, the son of William Dunham and Helen K. (Hypes) Connor, Sr.

Richard had worked for the Greenon School District as a teacher. But his passion was working with plants and gardening in which he took great pride. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.

His survivors include three sisters Orchid E. (Pat) Thompson of Mesa, Arizona, Eunice D. (Charles) Bronkar of Urbana, and Rebecca L. Bright of Council Bluff, Iowa, two brothers William D. (Ruth Ann) Connor of The Village, Florida and Stephen E. (Drena) Connor of Fairborn, numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial with be in Ebersole Cemetery, New Lebanon. Memorial contributions are requested to the Clark County Extension Office 4400 Gateway Blvd Springfield, Ohio 45502. RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.richardsraffanddunbar.com

Published in the Springfield News-Sun from 10/17/2009 - 10/18/2009


(Friend)

LEFKOWITZ, LeRoy, 68 of San Marcos, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

Beloved friend, LeRoy Mark Lefkowitz, the son of Bertha and Louis Lefkowitz left us suddenly on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at his home in The Villages, Florida at the age of 68. Born August 5, 1941, he was raised in Los Angeles, attending Crescent Heights Grammar, Louis Pasteur Jr. and Hamilton High school where he was a member of the football, track and baseball teams where he met and became life-long friends with those who met him.

Following high school, he served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps. By the age of 30, using his natural gifts, he founded a national office supply company that he ran until his early retirement. In retirement, he became an avid golfer, softball, table tennis and pickleball player, always demanding perfection from himself, while gently encouraging others.

LeRoy was one-of-a-kind who touched everyone's heart and soul in one way or another. He lived his life in a full and complete manner and made it an effort to maintain the relationships he developed over the years.

He lived his life in an intense manner, sharing his passions and ideas on a daily basis. He always made an effort to maintain the relationships he cherished over the years. He will be sorely missed and loved by so many. LeRoy is survived by the many friends who loved him. A Celebration of Life will take place on Wednesday, May 26 at 6 p.m., at the home of Audrey and Mike Phillips, 6611 Lago Lindo in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 92067 and a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 11, 2010 at Rancho Park in West Los Angeles, California

In lieu of flowers, the LeRoy Lefkowitz Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established for students with academic and athletic challenges. Contributions should be made payable to the Torrey Pines H.S. Foundation LeRoy Lefkowitz Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 2489, Del Mar, Calif. 92014.


(Brother of good friend)

John "Jerry" Jones, 67, went to be with his lord and savior on Tuesday July 6, 2010 following a long and courageous battle with Carcinoid cancer. Jerry was born April 30, 1943 in Springfield, Ohio. Early in his life, even with his older sisters Beverly and June Ann watching over him, Jerry learned to be self-reliant. He graduated from Springfield North High School where he played football and ran track. After graduating high school, Jerry majored in engineering at The Ohio State University, where he became a lifelong Buckeye fan.

Following Ohio State, Jerry worked in the heat-treating department at Fisher Body in Columbus, Ohio, where he developed a wealth of knowledge that would enhance his career in pipe hardening and induction heat treating of metals. Jerry was employed by Pillar Corporation and ABP Induction, where he established himself as an international expert on pipe hardening and the sales of induction heating equipment.

Jerry embraced all things that involved his sons, whether it be serving on PTA boards, working at a school book fair, coaching little league teams, or serving as president of the Plano East Quarterback Club. Jerry was a charter member of the Parker Volunteer Fire Department, served on the Parker Planning and Zoning Commission, and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Plano.

Jerry was passionate about Ohio State "Buckeye" football and basketball. He also enjoyed traveling to Santa Fe, going to church at FUMC, and his job and the people he worked with. Jerry enjoyed his model trains, eating spaghetti at Napolis, his family, traveling to Carcinoid cancer conferences with other "noids," and his faithful dogs, Gigi, Baby, and Lulu Pink, who were constant companions during his illness.

In 2002 Jerry was diagnosed with Carcinoid cancer, a rare and often misdiagnosed disease. He was relentless in improving his understanding of the disease that had stricken him. He was a charter member of the Carcinoid Cancer Support Group of Texas. Because of his desire to help others stricken with the disease, Jerry participated in multiple clinical trials, one resulting in an FDA-approved drug for kidney cancer.

He was a zebra among horses.

Jerry is survived by his devoted wife of 40 years, Sherry; son Christopher and spouse Sara of Keller; granddaughter Avery Rose; son Nicholas and spouse Tammi of Rockwall; and sister June Ann Boatman of Houston.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Elma Whitman and John Jones, and sister Beverly Linkenhoker.

Jerry's life will be celebrated at a memorial service and inurnment at First United Methodist Church in Plano. The memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2010 with Pastor Gary Mueller leading the celebration. A reception at the church will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a scholarship in remembrance of Jerry at New Mexico Military Institute. Donations can be sent to New Mexico Military Institute Memorial fund in care of John "Jerry" Jones.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Carcinoid Cancer Texas Support Group.


(Babysitter & Friend)

KAFFENBARGER, Ellen L. 78, of New Carlisle, Ohio passed away Thursday December 2, 2010. She was born May 26, 1932 in Springfield, Ohio the daughter of the late Elmer & Mary (Wilson) Kimball.

She was a Enon Lioness and Enon Keenagers. She volunteered at Interfaith Hospitality Network. She is survived by her children; Anna Gordon of Columbus, Thomas (Debbie) Curtis of Springfield, Susan (Timothy) Howard of Enon, Barbara (David) Katalinic of Columbus; daughter-in-law, Becky Young of Springfield; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren;

brothers, Russell (Nancy) Kimball of Florida, Joseph (Sue) Kimball of St. Paris; sisters, Betty Collingsworth of West Liberty, Patricia (Frank) Gladich of California, Roberta Heinz of Mentor; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husbands, Leo Young and Everett Kaffenbarger; two sons, Eddie Young and Jack Curtis.

Visitation will be 2-5 PM Sunday December 5, 2010 at the TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, New Carlisle, Ohio. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Doug DaFoe officiating. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to DayView Care Center, 1885 Dayton-Lakeview Rd., New Carlisle, Ohio 45344. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.trostelchapman.com

Published in the Springfield News-Sun 12/3/10 - 12/4/10


(Sister)

WHALEN, Opal N. 88, of Springfield died Tuesday, December 28, 2010 in the Springfield Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Meigs County, Ohio on February 21, 1922, the daughter Dewitt and Zetta Reeves.

Opal had worked thirteen years in the pastry shop of Schaefer's Bakery. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband John E. Whalen; brother Raymond Reeves; and sisters Dorothy Wagner, Effie Reeves, and Edna Chaney. She is survived by one son Lowell F. (Deborah) Brammer of Springfield; three step daughters Diana, Cynthia, and Tamera; half brother Bud Reeves of Phoenix, AZ; grandson Jai Brammer; granddaughter Melissa (Thomas)Lenox; several step grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; special friends Kennetha Morris, Kendra Dill, and Lynette Dewitt.

Services will be Monday, January 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME with Dave Augustus officiating. Family and friends may call one hour prior to services. Burial to follow in Ferncliff Cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested to the Springfield Paramedic Fund or the American Diabetes Association . Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.richardsraffanddunbar.com

Published in the Springfield News-Sun from 12/31/2010 - 1/2/2011


(Friend and Neighbor)

SCHNOPP, Alexander Mathias was born on August 10, 1977 to Wanda (Maynard) and Kurt Schnopp.

He departed this life on Wednesday, December 29th, 2011 in the Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborn facility from injuries received in a car accident shortly before midnight on December 28th at 84th Street and Thomas Road in Phoenix, Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his loving grandfather, Jim Mullen of Beavercreek, grandparents in Germany, Ludwig and Emilie Hub, dear aunts, Dorothy Ratliff of Raccoon, Kentucky and Tante Maria (Pheffermann) Hummel of Frankfurt, Germany, and uncle James Ancil Maynard of Dayton, Ohio.

Alex is survived by his loving and supportive family: parents, Wanda Schnopp of Beavercreek, Ohio and Kurt Schnopp (and Bea Ramsey) of Enon, Ohio; his sister, Nicole, and her husband, Daniel; his brother, Stefan; his niece, Indigo Elise; grandmother, Martha (May) Mullen; his aunt and uncle, Margaret (Maynard) and Bob Stone, and their son, Christopher; his Tante and Onkel, Dorit (Hummel) and Antoni Spengler of Bonn, Germany, and their children, Mona and Michael; his uncle, Arthur Maynard of Raccoon, Kentucky; the Ramsey family: Mark, Scott, Tim, and their children and grandchildren; numerous other cousins and relatives; and many, many, many dear friends.

Alex was a graduate of Beavercreek High School (class of 1995). He attended The Ohio State University before graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, the world's premier culinary college, in Hyde Park, New York in 2002. He worked as a chef for Classics and the Blue-Point Grille in Cleveland, Ohio, the Ritz-Carlton in the Grand Caymans, and Mary Elaine's at the Phoenician Resort, the Boulders Resort, and lastly, Amuse Bouche in Phoenix, Arizona. Let us all learn from the time we shared with Alex's kind and generous soul to emulate his love of people and life.

Family and friends will gather for the viewing on Wednesday, January 5th from 5-8 p.m. at Tobias Funeral Home in Beavercreek. Tobias is located at 3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio 45432 (phone: 937-427-1361). A celebration of Alex's life will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Tobias Funeral Home. Burial will immediately follow the ceremony, and friends are also welcome to join us at Mount Zion Park in Beavercreek. We will fellowship afterwards at 1134 Richfield Center Drive. In loving memory of Alex, and in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in honor of Alexander Schnopp to his Alma Mater, The Culinary Institute of America. The Culinary Institute of America Attention: Rachel Johnson, Assistant to the Vice President for Advancement (Re: Alexander Schnopp Memorial) 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499, Or contact Rachel Johnson, Assistant to the Vice President for Advancement, at 845-451-1211 or ra_johns@culinary.edu.

Published in the Springfield News-Sun 1/4/2011


(Brother-in-law)

WAGNER, Robert L. "Bobby" 85, of Springfield died unexpectedly on February 22, 2011 in his residence. He was born in Springfield, Ohio on June 22, 1925, the son of Adam J. and Minnie G. Wagner.

Bobby served his country in the US Air Corp during WW II and retired from SPECO. One of his greatest enjoyments was when he took the Honor Flight to the WW II monument in Washington DC. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Dorothy Wagner; brothers Francis and Burnett Wagner; and sister Betty J. Wagner. Survivors include two nieces and one nephew.

Services will be Sunday at 2:00 PM in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME with Rev. Orbie Estep officiating. Family and friends may call one hour prior to services. Graveside services will be held Monday at 1:00 PM in Ferncliff Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to Honor Flight. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com

Published in the Springfield News-Sun 2/25/2011 - 2/26/2011


(Father of Friend and Neighbor)

SCHNOPP, Kurt 68, of Enon died April 21, 2011 at 11:20 pm. He was born on November 18th 1942 in Frankfurt, Germany to Paula (Pfeffermann) and Conrad Schnopp.

After his parents' deaths during the war, he was raised by his loving aunt ("mutti") Emilie (Pfeffermann) and her husband Ludwig Hub. He departed this life on April 21st surrounded by family at home after a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by his son, Alexander Schnopp (age 33), last December, his parents and adopted parents, and his Tante Maria (Pfeffermann) Hummel of Frankfurt, Germany.

Kurt is survived by his loving family: his children, Stefan Kurt Schnopp and Emilie Nicole Schnopp-Wyatt, their mother and Kurt's dear friend, Wanda Schnopp, son-in law Daniel Schnopp-Wyatt, and granddaughter Indigo Elise Schnopp-Wyatt; his sister Dorit (Hummel) Spengler, her husband, Toni Spengler, and their children Mona and Michael; companion, Ola Bea Ramsey, and her sons, Mark Ramsey, Scott Ramsey, and Tim Ramsey, grandchildren, Brody Ramsey, Samantha Ramsey, Erica Ramsey, Bethanie Ramsey, Chelsea Buckley, and Alexis Buckley, and great-grandchildren, Natalie and Caliegh Dunn; best friend since childhood Winfred Roeder, his wife Irene and their daughter Patricia; and many dear friends.

Kurt apprenticed as a Typographerin Germany and then, following his sister Dorit, immigrated to the United States in 1963. He married Wanda (Maynard) in 1967 and started their family. Kurt was employed at Craftsman Type in Dayton from 1963 to 1984. In 1984, he started his own business in Enon as an Insurance Agent with Farmers Insurance-he was still running this agency at the time of his death. He met Ola Bea Ramsey, beloved companion until his death, in 1988.

Family and friends will gather for the viewing on Monday, April 25thfrom 6-8 p.m. at TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-BEAVERCREEK CHAPEL. Tobias is located at 3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio 45432 (phone: 937-427-1361). A celebration of Kurt's life will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at TobiasFuneral Home. Condolences can be given to the family at www.tobiasfunerlahome.com

Published in the Springfield News-Sun on 4/24/2011


(Husband of Friend)

BOATMAN, Charles Lee 74, of Houston, TX passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2011. Survived by his wife June Anne (Jones) Boatman Visitation 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2011. Graveside service 10 a.m., Monday, March 21, 2011. Klein Memorial Park.

Published in Houston Chronicle on March 20, 2011


(Cousin)

SHANK, Ross Edward "Ed" 76, passed away August 7, 2011 in his home. A native of Springfield, OH, he was the son of the late Clinton and Garnet Shank. He retired from the United States Navy as a Photographer after 26 years of service. He also retired from the Virginia Beach Public Schools as a Teacher.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge. Ed was predeceased by his wife, Carolyn E. Shank and is survived by his daughter, Margaret E. Shank, his son-in-law, Derald E. Jones, both of Va. Beach, five grandchildren, William, Jessica, Ariel, Ashlynn and Daniel, two nieces a nephew and a sister in-law.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 6 PM at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home Lynnhaven Chapel. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service and at his residence following the service. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com

Published in the Springfield News-Sun on 8/11/2011


(Nephew)

Married to my Niece

Donald R. "Catfish" Wade Sr., 78, of 17940 Mason Road, passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at 10:12 p.m. at Wilson Memorial Hospital.

He was born on June 4, 1933, in Shelby County, the son of the late Raleigh and Muriel (Garrett) Wade. On Dec. 15, 1957, he married Linda L. Stewart who preceded him in death on Aug. 22, 2005.

Donald is survived by sons, Richard (Rhonda) Wade, of Sidney, Tim Wade, of Sidney and Mike (Cheryl) Wade, of Anna; grandchildren, Chris (Megan) Allen, Bryan Wade, Samantha Wade, Zachary Wade; great-grandson, Logan Allen; and sisters, Jean Ann Wita, of Sidney and Jane Wood, of Sidney.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Linda, one brother and one sister.

Donald proudly served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. He served on the Admiral's staff in the 6th Fleet. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Port Jefferson. He was also a member of the Stoke's Lodge #305 of Port Jefferson where he served as Past Master. He also was a member of Sidney American Legion Post 217, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4239, Eastern Star 543 of Port Jefferson, York Rite of Sidney, Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton, Hi-Twelve Club of Sidney, Shriner's Antioch Temple, Shelby County Deer Hunters Association and a Kentucky Colonel. Donald and his wife, Linda, were instrumental in starting the Port Jefferson Rescue Squad. He was also very involved in Special Olympics.

He was employed by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department from 1983 to 2000 where he was instrumental in turning many young people's lives in the right direction. He also worked at General Highway and Copeland Corporation. Donald loved fishing, was an avid sports fan of high school events, loved the Cleveland Browns and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was known for his many pranks on his friends. He loved his chihuahua, Minnie, and will be sadly missed by his family and all that knew him.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at noon at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, with the Rev. Dave Clem officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Cemetery, Port Jefferson with full military service by American Legion Post 217.

Family and friends may call on Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. and Eastern Star service at 7:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Special Olympics in Donald's memory. All funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.theadamsfuneralhome.com.


(Friend)

SHOPE, Robert E. 77, of Springfield passed away Thursday, February 23, 2012 in the Springfield Regional Medical Center.

He was born February 17, 1935 in Springhill, Ohio, the son of Earl A. Shope and Marie F. (Bettis) Shope-McGinnis. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served our country proudly in the Korean War. He was employed by Cooper Energy Services for 32 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of the Northside Baptist Church. Survivors include his two sons, Robert Earl and Glenn (Joyce) Shope; one daughter, Deborah (Mike) Farmer all of Springfield; two brothers, Richard E. Shope of Miamisburg, Ohio and Thomas E. Shope of Urbana, Ohio; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and a special cousin, Linda (Leo) Arledge.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ray and James Shope; one sister, Carol Carpenter and two grandsons, Robby and Bobby Shope. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2012 from 2-5 p.m. in the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor David Hill of Northside Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Ferncliff Cemetery with military honors. You may express condolences to the family at www.littletonandrue.com


(Brother-in-law)

CHANEY, William S. 89, of Springfield, died Thursday April 12, 2012 in Eaglewood Care Center.

Bill was born August 23, 1922 in Lees Creek, Ohio, the son of William Starling and Jennie Florence (Swisshelm) Chaney. He was a June 1940 graduate of Springfield South High School. He served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Bill was stationed with the Eighth Air Force at Great Ashfield, Suffolk, England. He served in the 385th BG as a 1st Lieutenant and pilot of the B-17. On his 33rd mission, he was shot down over Poland. He was listed as MIA, later confirmed as a POW in Kiev Russia. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He retired in 1985 from the Springfield News and Sun after thirty-five years. He was a life member of the VFW Post 1031.

Bill is survived by his wife of sixty-nine years, Ruth (Cox) Chaney; son, Richard L. Chaney of Independence, Kansas; daughter and son-in-law, Anne and James W. Reed of Gahanna, Ohio; granddaughters, Ashley Anne (Brian) Gefvert and Sarah Nicole Reed of Gahanna, Ohio and Chelsea Elizabeth Chaney of Independence, Kansas; step-grandson Jason Reed of Hawaii; step-granddaughter, Tobi Dawson and a great-granddaughter Abigail Dawson of Yellow Springs. He leaves to mourn his death Kenneth H. Long and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an aunt Martha Fuller and an uncle Robert Swisshelm. A celebration of Bill's life will be held Saturday April 21, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the VFW Post 1031, 1237 E. Main Street, Springfield, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Moorefield Township Fire Department, 1616 Moorefield Road, Springfield, Ohio 45503 or the Epilepsy Foundation of Central Ohio, 17 South High Street, Suite 1000, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

The family is being served by LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME. You may express condolences to the family at www.littletonandrue.com


(Grade School Friend's Mother)

PENDLETON, Virginia Jane (Boomhower) 95, died on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Elmwood of Fremont. She will now rest without pain until she is called by her Lord and Savior at His coming.

Virginia was born on December 23, 1916 in Battle Creek, MI to Jessie Long and Louis Boomhower. She attended Nazareth Academy in Kalamazoo, MI. She lived in Jackson, MI, Springfield, OH and Cincinnati, OH where she graduated from Withrow High School. She married her high school sweetheart, William (Bill) Howard Pendleton on June 20, 1936 and they were married for 69 years. She was a beautician when they lived in Springfield, OH and in her 40's became an LPN nurse in Charleston, WV where her husband had transferred from Columbia Gas Company. She participated in many activities such as Garden Club, Hospital Auxiliary, a Christian Mission group, PTA. When they retired to Lakeland, FL, she was very involved in activities at Carpenters and she played the piano at Elmwood Assisted Living for her pleasure and many residents who would come and listen. Music was in her genes as her father was a professional violinist and she played piano from a very young age.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband on August 11, 2005; parents, and her stepfather, Carl Pershing, son-in-law, Rev. R. Ervin Walther on September 21, 2006. She is survived by one daughter Virginia "Penny" Walther; grandsons Timothy Walther of Dundee, MI and Mark (Lisa) Walther of Fremont; and six great-grandchildren, Tony, Tarah, and Truman, Jordan, Stephanie and Kayleigh Walther.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 (her wedding anniversary) at 10:30 a.m. at Herman-Kinn-Karlovetz Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 900 North St., Fremont, OH 43420 with visitation with the family at 9:30 and luncheon to follow at St. John's Lutheran Church, 212 N. Clover St. Pastor Joseph Lees will officiate. Virginia will be cremated according to her wishes and buried in Vale Cemetery, Springfield, OH with her husband and other family members. We thank the kind and professional caretakers, nurses, cooks and activities directors at Elmwood Assisted Living of Fremont for their compassionate, loving care. God has given them special understanding and patience in their vocation as a gift to their residents. Memorials may be given to St. John's Lutheran Church, 212 N. Clover St., Fremont, OH or Elmwood Assisted Living of Fremont, 1545 Fangboner Rd., Fremont, OH 43420. Online condolences may be made by visiting: www.hermankinn.com

Published in Springfield News-Sun on June 19, 2012


(ex-Mother-in-Law)

THOMPSON, Phyllis (Hodgkins) 85, entered into rest Sept. 9th, 2012 in Bellingham, WA. She was born in New York City, NY on Aug. 15th 1927, the daughter of the late John Melvin and Sarah Elizabeth (Beachler) Hodgkins. She lived in Canoga Park, CA for 40 years before retiring in Bellingham, WA in 1994.

She was preceeded in death by her husband Clarence Gilmore ("Gil") Thompson, Jr. in 1982. She is survived by her daughters Catherine Reeves of Pasadena CA, Karyn (Mark) Zaslow of Blaine WA and Clair (Ken) Will of Bellingham WA. Also surving her are grandchildren Geoff Smith of San Antonio TX, Jennifer (Chuck) Burtzloff of Hidden Hills CA, April (Jason) Gain of Auburn WA, Adam (Nancy) Reeves of Burbank CA, Nathan (Jessica) Zaslow of Renton WA, Evan (Stephanie) Zaslow of Palmdale CA, Melissa Will of Bellevue WA, Aimee Will of Seattle WA, ten great-grandchildren, brother Jack Hodgkins of Florence OR, sister Betty MacFarlane of Beaumont TX , sister-in-law Peggy Droze of Mt. Pleasant SC and many nieces and nephews.

The family is being served by JERNS FUNERAL CHAPEL, Bellingham WA (jernsfuneralchapel.net) Funeral Mass will be held Friday, September 21, 2012, 10 AM, at ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER Catholic Church, 19855 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA, with committal following at OAKWOOD MEMORIAL PARK in Chatsworth CA. LORENZEN MORTUARY Reseda Directors (818) 343-4677.

A celebration of life will be held in October 2012, date to be determined, at VILLAGE AT CORDATA in Bellingham, Washington.

Published in Bellingham Herald from September 11 to September 20, 2012


(Friend)

Frances “Fran” H Fisher, 73, of Pocatello, Idaho passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2012, peacefully at Caring Hearts Assisted Living.

She was born on February 23, 1939, in Rexburg, ID, to Hugh and Renee Robison. She was raised in Idaho Falls and attended Idaho Falls High School. She also attended Utah State University in Logan, Ut.

Fran worked in retail at Blocks Department Store, Bon Marche, and Macy’s in Pocatello, specializing in cosmetics. She had a loyal following of customers requesting her expertise.

She was a member of Zonta and ABWA for many years. Fran held various leadership positions in both organizations. She was honored as Business Woman of the Year.

Fran married R. Brent Pond, and together they had 3 children: Richard, Janet, and Susan. After Fran and Brent parted ways, she married Leon G. Fisher where she added step-daughter Cindy to the mix. They enjoyed many years of entertaining in Island Park at their cabin. Leon passed away 16 years ago.

She is survived by her son Richard Pond of St. George, UT; daughter Janet (Robert Collins) Hughes of Pocatello; daughter Susan (James) Ryan of Pocatello; step-daughter Cindy (Tom) Hepworth of Pocatello; sister Elaine (Mick) Ohman of Idaho Falls; sister Jane (Brad) Erwin of Sandy, UT; brother Jack (Dianne) Robison of Pocatello; grandchildren Amber, Zachary, Annette, Rachel, and Eric; and several nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leon, her brother Hugh Robison, and her nephew Michael Robison.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave.

The family wishes to express a special thanks to Alliance Home Health and Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society.


(Friend)

SCHUMMER, Joseph George (Josef-Georg Schummer), 77, born into this world October 25th 1935 in Batschka Palanka, Yugoslavia, was delivered into the hands of our Lord in the early morning hours of December 1, 2012 with his wife Vikki and daughter Erica at his side. He was a devoted husband and father, successful businessman and friend to many.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 6th at Lambert Funeral Home in Roseville from 4:15 - 6:00 pm with a Rosary at 6:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at St Rose Catholic Church in Roseville, Friday, December 7th 2012 at 11:00 AM with a reception to follow at the family home. Joe will be laid to rest, with Military Honors, at Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks, CA Saturday, December 8th at 1:00 PM.

Published in The Sacramento Bee on Dec. 5, 2012


(Friend & Lodge Brother)


May 20, 1934 - March 26, 2013

Ronald Lloyd Minnick 78, retired USAF veteran, passed away peacefully at his home on March 26, 2013 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Beloved husband of Carol, daughter Bonnie Ann Foy, stepchildren; Sheila Barkhouse, Donna Hebb, Lorie Myra, Bill Myra, Larry Skelton, Marty Skelton, Cheri Foltynewlicz, Barb Cheatham, Bonnie Carter and many numerous loving grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ron was a faithful member of the Shriners, Masons and the Eastern Star.

A visitation will be held at 12:00pm on Monday, April 1, 2013 with funeral services to begin at 1:00pm at Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary 200 W. Beardsley Rd. Phoenix, AZ with burial with military honors to follow.

Please visit www.phoenixmemorialmortuary.com to leave online condolences for his family.


(Childhood Friend)

Billie J. Preston, 76 of Springfield, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013. Billie was preceded in death by his parents John and Abbie Maye Preston, his wife of 25 years Virda, brother Mike, sisters Janet and Marilyn, son Gregory, and grandson Jushua.

Billie is survived by five children, Brian (Shirley) Preston, Jim (Michele) Preston, Russell (Ellen) Beedy, James Beedy, Karen "Beth" Beedy, 13 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, brother Gary (Ruby) Preston, and by his extended family and many good friends.

He was a beloved father and grandfather who will be greatly missed. Billie was a great outdoorsman who enjoyed camping and fishing and teaching his grandchildren who he called his "little fishing buddies" how to fish. He was a Navy Veteran serving his country proudly from 1956-1961. Billie was retired from Vernay Laboratory after 30 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America,(Tecumseh Council), Springfield, OH in Billie’s memory.


(Friend of over 60 years)

Janice Claire Moloney 74, passed away in the early morning of August 22, 2013 at her home in Henderson, NV with her husband, Dick, by her side.

Janice was born in Canton, Ohio on August 27, 1938 to Ralph and Margaret Woernley. She was the middle child, with a younger and older brother. Janice graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1956. After high school, she went to work as a secretary for Marquardt, an aerospace company. This is where she met her future husband.

Jan and Dick were married on May 30, 1957, after a three-week courtship. They bought a house in Canoga Park, where they raised four children. Janice was a stay at home mother, where she enjoyed taking care of her family. She rejoined the workforce in the mid 70s, working for Sav-On Drugs and Leslie's Pool Supplies. Eight years ago, Janice and Dick relocated to Henderson, NV with their beloved dog, Bogie.

A few weeks ago, Janice was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. She says, "If you look up in the sky and see the largest cloud, this is where I'll be, reunited with my father."

To all the friends and family who've passed through Janice's life, she would like to thank each and every one of you. You've made her life full of love and happiness, which will never be forgotten.

Janice is survived by the love of her life Richard (Dick), with whom she just celebrated their 56th anniversary. 4 children, Laura (Ray) Rice, Kathy (Bryan) Fernow, Bob Moloney, Elizabeth (Joe) Moloney. 6 grandchildren, Kristin (Jason) Rice, Melissa (Casey) Armour, Troy Jr., Taylor, Elissa and Justin Thomas. 1 great granddaughter, Rylie Armour. 2 brothers, John (Rosalie) and David (Patti Murphy) Woernley.

Janice will be going home to Lompoc, CA as this was her final wish.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Janice's name to ASPCA.

Memorial Service, Saturday, August 31, 2013, 11:00am - 12:30pm Gates, Kingsley & Gates Praiswater Mortuary, 6909 Canoga Ave, Canoga Park, CA. 91303


(Friend and Trail Rider Member)

TUCKER, Richard Dale, 75, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014.

Rick was born July 8, 1938, in Amarillo to W.W. “Red” Tucker and Leta Nell Tucker. He served in the Army and Air Force for 12 years. Rick was a member of the Trail Riders of the West and known as "Texas Red".

Survivors include his wife, Julie; his daughters, April Holbrook, Kim Tredway, Traci Ross and Tami Noel; his sons, Rick Tucker, John Tucker, Travis Tucker and Tim Ogburn; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Published in the Amarillo Globe-News, Jan. 17, 2014


(Dear Friend of Ruth and Mine)

LOY, Doris Marie 79, of Springfield left this world on Friday April 4, 2014 at 12:15pm. She was born on May 2, 1934 in Springfield, the daughter of the late Chester and Marie (Smith) Ferryman.

Doris had retired from Honeywell. She loved going to the YMCA and was a member of the Union Club and the Moose. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Lewis "Louie" Loy.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory two daughters and son-in-laws, Carla and Don Elton of Springfield and Elaine and Jeff Zirkle of Urbana; two grandsons, D.L. and Daniel Kaufman; special great grandbabies, who Doris dearly loved and always kept candy in her pockets for; and many wonderful friends, including Ruth Chaney and Perk Markley.

Doris will be sadly missed and loved by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm Monday in the chapel at Rose Hill Burial Park. Friends may visit with the family from 1:30pm until the services begin. Entombment will follow. In lieu of flowers, family and friends may donate to the or other charity of donor's choice. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

Published in Springfield News-Sun on Apr. 6, 2014


(Old Friend, Brother Mason & Co-Worker)

BOYD, Robert 90, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 7, 2014. He passed away peacefully with his daughter, Sheena Ulrich, and granddaughter, Veronica Greco, by his side. He was 90 years old.

Robert was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Robert and Mary McKinley Boyd, on May 28, 1923, and was the oldest of six children. In 1947 he married "his Jeanie" and together they had two daughters.

In 1960 the family moved from Scotland to the San Fernando Valley where they lived for many years. They then moved to Simi Valley, Hemet, and finally to Tehachapi, in 2004, to be close to their daughter Sheena. Robert was a member of the Hemet Valley Masonic Lodge and The Al Malaikah Shrine in Los Angeles.

Preceding Robert in death was his beloved Jeanie. He is survived by two daughters; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. He is also survivoed by his sister, Cathy Cooper of Simi Valley.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Calvary Church in West Hills and Pastor John C. Powell was preside.

Masonic Memorial and Funeral Services are to be conducted at Oakwood Memorial Cemetery, Chatsworth CA on Monday, April 28th by the Hollywood Lodge #355 of Tarzana, CA.

Arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.


(Connie's Cousin and My Good Friend)

SYDOW, Charlene Louise 74, of Laguna Woods, CA passed away Monday, April 28, 2014. She was born August 1, 1939, the daughter of Al and Lillian Tucker.


(Old Friend, Classmate at Snyder Park Jr High School)

PAUL EDWARD WAUGH 78, passed away Monday morning, July 14, 2014 at his home after fighting cancer for a number of years.

He was born February 24, 1936 in Springfield, Ohio to Lola (Tingley) and Jesse Waugh. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Carolyn (Augustus), their three children Todd, Tammy and son-in-law Chad (Goodwin) and Theresa, his sister, Avaleene (Fay) Wilshaw, and several beloved grandchildren nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Burnetta (Burt) Bowman, Mary Duffey, Alice McWilliams, Richard (Dick) Waugh, Harold (Hank) Waugh, Orville (Gene) Waugh, Norma Cosby and Ralph Waugh.

Paul served in the United States Air Force and received an honorable discharge in 1957. He worked for a number of years in the Auto Service Industry in Springfield before moving to Whittier, CA to pursue a dream career and serve as a City Manager for numerous departments. Mrs. Ann Marie-Hayashi was a beloved friend and partner throughout his career in Whittier and whose friendship he and wife Carolyn truly cherished.

Paul loved to travel, making lifelong friends throughout his journeys. He got the opportunity to fulfill one of his boyhood dreams of adventure, traveling much of the route that Lewis & Clark took. He also loved rooting for his Ohio State Buckeyes and Cincinnati Reds. He served his country, family & friends with dignity, grace & honor - truly living life for all it was worth. We celebrate his passing into God's hands and thank the Lord for the time we all got to spend with him while he was with us. The family sends special thanks to the wonderful, amazing staff at the Springfield Regional Cancer Center and Dr. Filix Kencana for his gifts of life and compassion.

A gathering of family and friends will be Friday from 5-8PM in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME. A service to honor Paul will be Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 2:30PM in the Memorial Home with Rev. Orbie Estep officiating. Burial to follow in Ferncliff Cemetery & Arboretum. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

Published in Springfield News-Sun on Jul. 14, 2014


(Old Friend)

NUSSBAUM, Roy Sam, 69, of Agoura Hills, California passed away on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, he was born September 13, 1945. Roy is survived by his loving wife, Beth; three daughters; Jennifer (Scott) Kindseth, Pam (Dave) Tracy and daughter Christa Haberman. Roy is also survived by his siblings; brother Larry (Judi) Nussbaum, sister Jill (Don) Platt; grandchildren; Sammy, Lucy, Keaton and Kennedy.

Officiant for Roy's services will be Rabbi Morton A. Wallack. Services will be held Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Groman Eden Mortuary in the Groman Eden Chapel. Burial will follow at Eden Memorial Park.

Arrangements under the direction of Groman Eden Mortuary, Mission Hills, CA.