Obituaries

GREINER, Carolyn Jean (Babe) Went to be with her Lord and her husband Don on November 12, 2017.

Friends and family can pay their respects on Friday from 5:00PM until 8:00PM at the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. A celebration of her life will be held at 10:00AM Saturday in the Hillside Avenue Church of God. Burial will follow in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Hillside Avenue Church of God or Church of God Campgrounds, 3251 West National Road, Springfield, Ohio 45504.

Anna Mildred Croushore Assini, 89, of Springfield, Ohio, passed away Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Brookdale Assisted Living.

She was born July 26, 1928, in Jeannette, the daughter of Francis and Hazel (Dietz) Croushore. Mrs. Assini was a member of Emery Chapel United Methodist Church, the Odd Fellows Fidelia Rebekah Lodge No. 12 and the Grandmothers Club. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, word search puzzles and watching the Game Show Network, but her greatest love was spending time with her grandkids. Survivors include seven loving children, Karen Assini, of Delaware, Ohio, Diana Amidon, of Springfield, Linda Arnold, of Enon, Ohio, Michael (Lani) Assini, of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Toni Koogler, Jeffrey Assini and Amy Assini, all of Springfield; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Audrey (Paul) Lauffer, of Jeannette, several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Zelma Lira, of Springfield. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Joseph Assini, on Feb. 13, 1998, and five siblings.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME, Springfield. Fidelia Rebekah services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home with the Rev. David Girberts officiating. Entombment will follow in Rose Hill Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fidelia Rebekah Lodge No. 12, c/o 13 1/2 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield, OH 45502.

Sharon A. “Dusty” Woodard, 70, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in her home.

She was born April 5, 1947 in Springfield, the daughter of Clyde and Joann (Blue) Woodard. Dusty had worked at Ohio Edison for a time, and then she ran a horse-boarding ranch. She had been involved in her neighborhood watch program, and she enjoyed breeding poodles. Survivors include her father, Clyde Woodard; children, Cindy Stock, Mike Wiener, Max Woodard, Kelly Mitchell, and Adam Woodard; seven grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; and an aunt, Virginia Woodard. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Woodard on August 5, 2017; a daughter, Leann; and her mother.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

HARPER, Hazel E. 106, of Springfield, passed away November 13, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00PM Sunday in the Plattsburg United Methodist Church. Friends may visit with the family from 2:00PM until the time of the services in the church. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boiling Springs Baptist Church, 3170 Boiling Springs Road, Murphy, NC 28906. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

ETTER, Florence W. 98, of Springfield, formerly of Dayton, passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 at Oakwood Village.

She was born October 12, 1919 in New Lebanon, Ohio, the daughter of the late Charles and Viola (Whipp) Hartzell. Survivors include three daughters, Shirley (Phil) Young, Donna (Joe) Parisi, Nancy (Henry) Gudorf; 7 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marcus W. Etter in March of 1980; daughter, Linda Stephens; an infant son; and grandson, William Larson. Florence had worked at Frigidaire and later as a volunteer at Kettering Hospital for 20 years. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and she will be dearly missed.

Friends may visit with the family from 1-1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens Chapel, with services starting at 1:30. Burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dayton Hospice or the American Macular Degeneration Foundation. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

E. Melvene Juergens, 97, of Springfield, Ohio passed away on 11/13/2017.

The daughter of Clifford and Bessie (Reinhart) Schumacher, she was born and raised on a dairy farm near Newcomerstown, OH. She often mentioned sweet memories from her childhood, one of her favorites being how she enjoyed the large family Christmas gatherings at her Grandma’s home.  After graduating from high school, she earned both a Bachelor degree, majoring in piano and education, and Master of Education degree from Wittenberg University.  During college summers, she worked on the WWII Norden bombsight motors, built by   the Robbins and Myers Company. Her teaching career included New Carlisle and Springfield Schools, where she taught Music, English and Home Economics at Rockway and Schaeffer Jr. High schools, and was a guidance counselor at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. She enjoyed working with young people.  She was an accomplished pianist and served as organist at Rockway Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Young Women’s Mission, and volunteered as a counselor with the Nehemiah Foundation Jobs & More program.  In addition, she taught piano, gardened, refinished furniture, and enjoyed many sewing projects. She loved to travel, especially camping in the Rocky Mtns. Among her other travels were visits to Europe, Egypt, and Asia, and she was delighted at age 87, to stand on the Great Wall of China.  She was married for 50 years to her beloved husband, Edwin Juergens, co-founder and Concertmaster of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra from 1944-53.  A generous, positive and enthusiastic person, she made it a point to make everyday a good day.  She is survived by her daughter, Lynne Bird (Raymond) of Durham, NC, son, Allen, of Dayton, OH, step-daughter Barbara Lotz of Springfield; grandchildren William Bird, and Frederick Bird, and step-grandchildren Anne Deards, Chris Lotz, Mark Lotz, and Beth Pachman.  Also surviving is her sister, Helen Arth of Redlands, CA.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin, her parents, and her sister Mary Elizabeth McCune.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 1st from 3-5 PM at the Richards, Raff and Dunbar Memorial Home.  Funeral services will be held in the Memorial Home, on Saturday, December 2nd at 10:30 AM with Pastor William Schwochow, with interment to follow at Ferncliff Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rockway Lutheran Church, 3517 W. National Rd., Springfield, OH 45504, or the Springfield Symphony Orchestra at 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield OH 45506, or the Salvation Army. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

Janet E. Binkley, 78, of Springfield passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Southbrook Care Center.

She was born March 22, 1939 in Denton, KY the daughter of Charles and Lorene (Rogers) Bellew. Janet was retired from Krogers on Derr Road and was a member of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church. She is survived by one son Bobby (Martha) Hartman, Jr. of Lake Havasu City, AZ; one daughter Debbie Stultz of Springfield; step daughter Sandra K. Hayes of FL; brother Carl (Phyllis) Bellew of Springfield; sister-in-law Shirley Bellew of South Vienna; three grandchildren Nathan Hartman, Olivia Pinkston and Kyle Stultz; two great granddaughters Lillianna Evelyn Reynolds and Anna Robin Lynn Stultz; several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Roger A. Binkley; daughter Robin Elaine Hartman; two brothers Donald and Gene Bellew.

Visitation will be Thursday from 12 noon – 2 PM. in RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME. The service to honor Janet’s life will be Thursday at 2:00 PM. in the Memorial Home with Rev. Clayton Brooks officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

Joan E. Jamison, 83, of Springfield passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 at Forest Glen Health Campus.

She was born February 1, 1934 in Springfield, the daughter of the late Earl Q. and Hazel M. Thomas. Joan was a long standing member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She was active in many social clubs with friends. Joan devoted her life to her family. She demonstrated this daily by sharing her love of cooking, organizing family events and enjoying the company of her friends. Joan is preceded in death by her husband John W. Jamison and a daughter Jana M. Jamison. She is survived by her son Jeffrey L. Jamison; daughter Joni (Bruce) Osborne; brother Robert (Barbara) Thomas; grandchildren Michael (Jaimee) Webb, Dylan (Stephanie) Jamison, Kerilyn Jamison, Grant Warden and Tyler Warden; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Joan will be Wednesday from 4-6 PM in Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 6:00 PM. Graveside services will be held on Thursday at 10:00 AM in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com

Pyles, Sr., William Tarrence, 63 of Springfield passed away November 9, 2017.

He was born on April 9, 1954 in Springfield, Ohio, the parents of Esco Lamar and Martha Margaret Pyles. Bill worked as a mechanic at Lawson’s Marathon on East Main and retired from Springfield News and Sun as a single copy carrier.  Bill enjoyed motorcycles, working on cars, fishing, and in a room full of people he was the number one person to make you laugh.  But his fondest thing to do was spend time with his family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Bobbie Jo Pyles; sister Betty Lawson; father-in-law Julius Howard and neice Michelle Howard.  Survivors include his wife of 43 years Linda Pyles; children William T. (Lorie) Pyles, Jr., Donald E. (April) Pyles and Allen M. Lara; brothers Jerry Pyles and Tommy (Kellie) Pyles; sisters Nancy Williams and Joyce Brickles; In-laws David (Jodi) Howard, Jimmy (Marty) Howard, Budd (Kathy) Howard,Lucresia Haynes and Brenda Chesshir. grandchildren Cameron, Elyssa, Brandi, Donald, Jr., Chardie, Jada, Bobbie, Shayla and Payslee; great-grandchildren Kailand and Ryleigh; many nieces and nephews; mother-in-law Helen Howard.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4PM and 6-8PM in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME.  Services to honor Bill will be Wednesday at 1:00PM in the Memorial Home with Rev. Orbie Estep officiating.  Burial to follow in Rose Hill Burial Park.  Memorial contributions are requested to Project Woman 525 E Home Road Springfield, Ohio 45503 & National Cancer Society 5555 Frantz Rd Dublin, Oh 43017.  Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

Beverly “Sue” Deering, 73, of New Carlisle passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017.

She was born in Springfield on November 27, 1943. Sue owned and operated Deering Farm Market with her husband Bill. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Bill Deering. Sue is survived by her sons Joe, Dave and Dan Deering; brother John Kitchen; sister Dottie (Gordon) Robinson; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Monday from 5-8 PM in Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home, New Carlisle. The funeral service to honor Sue will be Tuesday at 11:00 AM in the funeral home. The family would like to give a special thank you to Dick & Brenda Deering for helping so much. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

Orville Everette Scott (Scottie) 88, passed November 2, 2017 following a long illness.

Deeply devoted and loving Husband, Father and Grandfather was born October 21, 1929 in Springfield (Clark County) Ohio to Orville M Scott and Stella Winifred (Overhalser) Scott. Scottie married Joan Maurine Clayton on June 11, 1949 in Springfield, Ohio and were blissfully married for 65 years until her passing October 2014.

Scottie grew up in Springfield, Ohio. After completing his public school education, he worked as a Bowling Pin Setter, and a Theater Usher. As a young man he volunteered as a Sea Scout and subsequently became a Boy Scout Leader mentoring his troop and taking them on adventures which included a canoe trip in Canada. He also earned an Honorable Discharge after serving in the Air National Guard during the Korean War.

Scottie’s career as an Auto Parts Manager in the Dayton/Fairborn Ohio area earned many reward trips which took them around the world until his retirement in 1994. Scottie and Joan; his “Bride” then traveled the country in their fifth wheel luxury trailer. They had many lifetime friends, loved to meet new people, joined in local activities and attended church no matter where they traveled. After settling in Zolfo Springs and then Wesley Chapel Florida, he was employed by Advanced Auto Parts as Customer Service and Parts Delivery. He and Joan were active in many church activities including choir and volunteering in the Food Pantry.

 

Scottie is survived by his brother John L Scott of Springfield Ohio. Children Gary W Scott of Dayton Ohio, Gail Lynn Scott of Dayton Ohio, Diane E (Mark) Baker of Land O Lakes Florida and Kirk E (Lorie) Scott of Dayton Ohio. 12 grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren, 2 Great-Great Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

 

Preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Joan M Scott, 1 brother George L Scott and 3 sisters Helen (Richard) L Carnes, Winifred L (Lowell) Bowers and Margaret L Reeves. 

In lieu of flowers and cards, memorial donations may be given Dementia-Alzheimer research.

 

GARRETT (Hawke), Janet L. 63, of Springfield, passed away October 15, 2017.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

DAVIS, Katherine “Kathy” 73, of Springfield, passed away October 13, 2017.

Visitation 6-8 pm Tuesday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am Wednesday at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Burial in Roundhead Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

FERGUSON, Kathryn V. 91, of Springfield, passed away Friday, October 13, 2017 at SRMC.

She was born April 21, 1926 in West Liberty, Ohio, the daughter of Archie and Effiebelle (Downing) Kendle. Mrs. Ferguson was a devout Christian who enjoyed attending various churches. She was a generous supporter of U.S. Veterans and was fond of gardening. Survivors include two children, Todd (Dianna) Ferguson and Kristen (Paul) Lemaster, all of Springfield; three grandchildren, Shawn (Stacy) Ferguson, Nicole (Kevin) Frost, and Crystal (Stephen) Monroe; eight great-grandchildren, Tyler, Kaitlyn, Kelly, Megan, Madison, Aaron, Makenna, and Noah. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Ferguson on March 28, 1988; two grandsons, Jeremy Ferguson and Daniel Lemaster; brother, Merle Kendle; and her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Friends may visit with the family for one hour prior to the services. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park.

FIFE, Jerry L. 75, a lifelong resident of South Charleston, passed away Friday, October 13, 2017 at SRMC.

He was born September 21, 1942 in South Solon, Ohio, the son of James D. and Genevieve O. (Taylor) Fife. Jerry had retired from Navistar after 43 years of service as a Stationary Steam Engineer. His family started the South Charleston Greenhouse, and he was involved in Fife’s Farm Markets during his entire life. He was a Firefighter/EMT for over 20 years with the South Charleston Fire Company and a former councilman of the South Charleston Village Commission. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Pauline (Raypole) Fife; three children, Gayla L. Skinner of Springfield, Daren L. Fife of S. Charleston, Jeffery L. Fife of Springfield; six grandchildren, Andrew (Christina) Skinner, Springfield, Emily (Jacob) Holt, Taylor Fife, Jacob Fife, Eric Fife, all of S. Charleston, and Peyton Fife, Gahanna, OH; two great-grandsons, Troy and Owen Skinner; sister, Betty Johnson, S. Charleston; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sister, Janice Brown; brothers-in-law, Carroll Johnson and Clifton Brown; and his parents.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm Wednesday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Thursday in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park.

PERKINS, Andrew Joseph 64, of Springfield, passed away October 3, 2017.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 am Wednesday in St. Bernard Catholic Church. Friends may visit with Andrew’s family for one hour prior to the services in the church. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

BINEGAR, Helen Louise 97, of Springfield, passed away October 6, 2017. Visitation 5-8 pm Wednesday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services 2 pm Thursday in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Ferncliff Cemetery.

ROLLINS Sr., Michael Shane 41, of Springfield, passed away of an overdose of heroin Saturday, September 30, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA.

He was born May 28, 1976 in Springfield, the son of Roger and Barbara (Yinger) Rollins. Michael was the co-founder of Gemini Reliance and was very active in recovery. He had been employed at McKinley Hall for several years. He enjoyed motorcycles and especially riding his Harley. Survivors include his wife; Ashley Rollins, three children; Sadie Young, Lily Haley, and Michael Rollins Jr. all of Springfield, siblings; Gerald Rapp, Bellefontaine, Dennis (Mary) Rapp, Lorinda (Jeff) Myers, Decinda “Suki” Harris, Charles Rollins Sr. (Crista Mills) all of Springfield, Roger (Jackie) Rollins, Jamey (Vanessa) Rollins, Sherri (Shane) Mathews, Teresa (Danny) Deiner, Jeff Rollins, and Misti (Roger) Sprinkle all of Bellefontaine, many nieces and nephews and special friend; Amanda Crace, Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial gathering will be held from 2-4 pm Sunday, October 15, 2017 in the UAW Local 402 Hall, 3671 Urbana Rd., Springfield, OH 45502. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

JAMES L. RUCKER, 86, of New Carlisle, Ohio passed away Monday, October 16, 2017.

He was born May 7, 1931 in Christiansburg, Ohio the son of the late Irvin & Margaret (Snyder) Rucker.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, he worked for Dick Brothers Construction and later he and his brother, Victor, opened together a business of building and remodeling.  He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Evelyn Rucker; a daughter, Michelene (Rick) Nowak; grandchildren, Emily & Lewis Rucker; three step grandchildren, Connie, David, Robert Nowak; two brothers, Mike & Mark Rucker; a sister, Marta Stalder; other relatives and friends.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Anthony Rucker; two brothers Victor & Wayne Rucker; a sister, Anna Wolfenbarger.

Visitation will be 11-12 noon Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, New Carlisle, Ohio with funeral services at 12 noon in the funeral home.  Burial will be in Upper Honey Creek Cemetery.

Sophia A. Shaffer, 80, of New Carlisle went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

She was born March 3, 1937 in Garrett, KY, the daughter of the late Ellis and Dorothy Scott. Sophia was a member of the Full Gospel Pentecostal Church, Springfield. She is preceded in death by her husband Dane; brothers Jimmy and Rush Scott; and a sister Nora Wooten. She is survived by her daughter Mary Elizabeth Edwards; step-son Eugene Shaffer; step-daughter Victoria Shaffer; sisters Margie (Owen) Burrows and Dora (Elmer) Steinbarger; brothers Lotsie , Richard and Charles Scott; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Monday from 10-11 AM in the Full Gospel Pentecostal Church, 2500 Fowler Rd., Springfield, OH 45502, with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 AM in the Church.

Robert W. Spahn, 76, of New Carlisle, OH passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

He was born May 17, 1941 in Canton, IL, the son of the late Ralph Spahn and Virginia Spahn Vaughn. Bob retired from Navistar. He enjoyed fishing with his friends and was an accomplished woodworker. Bob is preceded in death by his wife Laquita; son Christopher Adam Spahn; and daughter Wendy Mae Spahn. He is survived by his sons Robert W. (Tina) Spahn, Jr. and Anthony J. Spahn; brothers George (Vickie) Spahn, John (Judy) Spahn and Joe (Teddy) Spahn; sister Martha (Richard) Reiter; friend and caretaker Joyce Bent; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service to honor Bob will be Saturday at 5:00 PM in TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, New Carlisle, OH, Pastor Jody Mutter officiating.

Sheila A. Campbell, 83, of Medway, passed away October 10, 2017.

She was born June 20, 1934, in the Parish of St. Andrew, Jamaica West Indies, the daughter of the late Llewellyn and Myra Cruchley. Sheila graduated from Immaculate Conception High School, Constant Spring, Jamaica in 1951 and came to the U.S.A. for college, graduating from Regis College, Weston MA in June 1957 and Syracuse University Graduate School in June 1959, returned home and migrated back to the U.S.A. in April 1963, settling in Medway with her husband Conrad whom she married in January of 1963 at Holy Cross Church, Half-Way-Tree Jamaica with her cousin Denis J. Cruchley SJ officiating. She joined Sacred Heart Catholic Church and went on to join the faculty of Mad River Local Schools, Riverside, where she taught at Mad River Jr. High from 1968-1977 then transferred to Stebbins High School until her retirement in 1994. Sheila was a life member of NEA-R; OEA-R; WOEA-R; ORTA and MRREO. She also joined Delta Kappa International Society, Delta Kappa Chapter in 1980. Sheila was proudly sworn as a U.S. citizen in Dayton, OH on February 21, 1975. She is survived by her husband of 54 years Conrad; sisters Dr. Helen M. Jones and Mary Patricia (Richard) Bonitto; brother Richard G. (Marie) Cruchley; nephews Paul O. (Susan) Jones, Jr. MD, Richard H. (Tracy) Cruchley and Philip Bonitto; nieces Elizabeth Denlinger, Susan (Joe) Keough, Sarah Jones, Nicole (Michael) Long, Jacqueline Bonitto, Joanne (Robert) Schwartz; several great-nephews and nieces; very dear friends and neighbors Ernie and Nancy Hutson and family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. Visitation will be Friday from 9-10:45 AM in Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home, New Carlisle. A mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 11:00 AM in Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

Eleanor L. Clifford, 91, of Springfield passed away Monday, October 9, 2017 in the Ohio Masonic Home.

She was born June 20, 1926 in Catlettsburg, KY the daughter of Roy and Ethel (Bishop) Hines, raised her family in Springfield, and retired to North Carolina, where she was a member of the Old Shallotte Baptist Church. Eleanor is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law Ray and Bonnie Clark of Springfield, Steve and Amy Hiles-Maynard of Miami, FL, and Mark and Lisa Clifford of Raleigh, NC; a sister Juanita Jones of North Carolina; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Clifford; son Robert Clark; brother Kenneth Hines; and grandson Ian Maynard.

Eleanor will be interred in Brooks Cemetery, Ocean Isle, NC. A Celebration of Eleanor’s life will be held at a time to be announced.  Memorial contributions are requested to Ohio Hospices.   The family is being served by RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME.

Richard Roland Hoffman, 82, of New Carlisle passed away September 10, 2017 at Miami Valley Hospital.

Richard was born in Dayton, Ohio on January 13, 1935, the second son of Ruskin and Ellen (Drake) Hoffman. Richard worked for 20 years at NCR in Dayton then after it closed, worked at Delco Products in Kettering for 20 years from which he retired. For 25 years he served as a volunteer on the Kettering Fire Department, assigned to Firehouses 1 and 5. Richard was a member of McKendree United Methodist Church, he enjoyed feeding birds, painting, and following the Reds, Bengals, and Buckeyes. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Robert. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 61 years Annette (Glore) Hoffman, children Amy (James) Leighty of New Carlisle, Bonnie (Robert) Brandenburg of Troy, and Rick (Kelley) Hoffman of Tipp City; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Richard was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He brought a smile to many he knew and will be missed. The family wishes to thank the staff at Dayview Nursing Home for the love and care he and Annette have received for the past 4 years.

Services to celebrate his life will be Wednesday at 1:00 PM in TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, with Rev. James Leighty officiating. A gathering of friends will begin at 11:00 AM in the funeral home. Burial to follow in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.

Williams, Homer “Jim” Hudson passed away September 8, 2017 at the age of 103 in the Friends Care Center, Yellow Springs, were he was their oldest resident.

Homer was born March 14, 1914 in Yellow Springs, the son of Pearl and Lizzie (Funk) Williams.  Homer served in the US Navy in the South Pacific on an L.S.T.  He retired as a mechanic from White Motors in Springfield.  Homer was well known for his keen sense of humor.  When asked how he felt having reached the age of 103, Homer would reply that he didn’t feel a day over 100.  He had a love of open wheel racing and enjoyed his family and their many visits to spend time with him at Friends.  Homer was preceded in death by his wife; Vernous in 1996; son Richard; grandson Brian Hale; four brothers; two sisters; and special friend Genny Beery.  Survived by his children  Bea (Jim) Allen, Larry (Toney) Williams, Curtis (Debi Segrest-Adams) Williams, Charlene Livers; grandchildren Kim, Jamie, Jerrad, Jason, Mandee and Aaron; and numerous great and great-great grandchildren and many other family and friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-8PM in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME.  Services to honor Homer will be Wednesday at 10:00AM in the Memorial Home.  Burial to follow in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.

Roberta C. Reno, 76, of Springfield passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017 in Whispering Pines.

She was born December 17, 1940 in Pittsburg, PA the daughter of Ralph Reno, Sr. and Ella May (Hanke) Reno Ritenour. Roberta had been a resident of Whispering Pines for over thirty years and was employed at Creative Learning Workshop for many years. She is survived by the Staff and residents of Whispering Pines, whom had become her family.

The service to honor Roberta’s life will be Wednesday at 1:00 PM. in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Ferncliff Cemetery.

Linda Sue Applegate, 60, of Dayton passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017.

She was born June 9, 1957 in Hazard, KY, the daughter of the late Russell J. and Juanita Moore. She is preceded in death by her grandson Austin Applegate. Linda is survived by her sons Nick Applegate, Derek (Jennifer) Applegate and Christopher Applegate; boyfriend Bradley Bryan; sisters Vada and Grace; grandchildren Colton, Rylee, Kyra, Tyrees, Bryan and Jordan Applegate, and Destiny Sladewski, Courtney Floyd and Bethany McCurry.

Arrangements are pending with Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home.

Mary Lou Lynch, 90, of Springfield passed away Monday, September 4, 2017 in her home.

She was born June 22, 1927 in Clark County the daughter of Herbert and Ruth (Pierce) McFarland. Mary had worked at Greater Springfield Day Care and the Mueller Center. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Pythian Sisters, Red Star Lodge. She is survived by her children Starley and Michael Lynch, and Deborah Robinson, all of Springfield; sister Ruth Pedersen; six grandchildren Tison (Sueanne), Travis, Tara (Greg), Cory, Danny and Wade; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mary is preceded in death by her parents; husband Ralph Lynch and brother Jerry McFarland.

At Mary’s request, there will be no services. The family is being served by RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

Pullin, Goldie Elizabeth, 94 of Dayton passed away September 3, 2017 in the Miami Valley Hospital.

She was born in Clifton, Ohio on June 18, 1923, the daughter of George and Carrie Grindle.  In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, needlepoint, dancing, board and card games, croquet, crocheting and playing and singing with her guitar.  Goldie was preceded in death by her parents; husband Keith; seven brothers and three sisters.  Survivors include her sons Donald A. (Fay) Pullin, Thomas O. (Cheryl) Pullin and David R. Pullin; brother Marvin Grindle; sister Eula Saylar; grandchildren Crystal (Robert) Penneywitt, Keith (Candy) Pullin, Angela (Mike) McCaffary and Rebecca Pullin; great-grandchildren Angel, Joel, Marissa, Angela and Baylen; great-great grandchild Axton.

Services to honor Goldie will be Saturday at 2:00PM in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME with Pastor J. Michael Elliott officiating.  Gathering of friends and family will be from 1:00PM until time of services.  Burial to follow in Rose Hill Burial Park.  Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com

BAUGH, Mildred L. 75, of Springfield, passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Ohio Masonic Home.

She was born July 4, 1942 in Springfield to the late Harry and Dorothy (Gassett) Willmeth. Mildred had been a volunteer for the fire department in Tremont City and enjoyed spending time outdoors. Survivors include her ex-husband and dear friend, Gary Baugh of Springfield; six children, Barbara (Jason) Smith of Springfield, Trisha (Joe) Navarro of Orange City, Iowa, Kathy (Mike) Sanderson, Maggie Miller, Paula Cain, and Gary Baugh, all of Springfield; 19 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Harry “Cook” Willmeth and Bob Willmeth. Mildred’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs of the Masonic Home and Hospice of Miami Valley for their wonderful care.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

BROWN (Long), Jo Ann “Was gathered up to her people” (gen.25:8) on September 6, 2017 while surrounded by those who loved her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her husband Norman LeRoy Brown and her parents Melvin and Phoebe Long. She is survived by her children; Deborah (Arnold) Johnson, Gary (Susan) Brown and John (Julia) Brown, her grandchildren; Joe (Sarina) Johnson, Andy Johnson, Dan (Amanda) Johnson, Julie Johnson, Eric (Martha) Brown, Kelli (Kyle) Waldron, Brian (Audrey) Brown, Heather (Jason) Dalzell and Nicole (Ben) Haws, 25 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, her brothers and sisters; Jack Long, Jerry Long, Nancy (Ron) Turner, Rosemary (Tom) Bowling and Cheryl Harris and numerous nieces and nephews and many many friends. Mom’s greatest joy was sharing the love of Jesus with her family, and ours was being able to sit with her and listen to her stories. Mom’s love was given to all unconditionally. Though we will miss her always, we also share her joy of going home. She was a devoted member of Trinity Missionary Church.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 6:00PM until 8:00PM Monday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services will be held at Trinity Missionary Church, 3525 E. National Rd., Springfield, OH 45505 at 11:00AM Tuesday with Pastor Rich Warren officiating. Additional visitation will be held for one hour prior to the services in the church. Burial will be in Fletcher Chapel Cemetery.

MITCH, Cleo C. 87, died September 2, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm Sunday at the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Friends may visit with the family from 1-2 pm.

ELIAS (McCarthy), Sarah Sarah’s smiling Irish Eyes comfortably and peacefully passed away on September 4, 2017 in her home in Springfield with her family and her beloved dog Molly by her side.

Sarah was born on January 27, 1937 in Belfast, Ireland to the late Elizabeth and William McCarthy. Sarah was preceded in death by her husband, the only love of her life, Richard Allen Elias in 1996; brothers, Hugh McCarthy, William McCarthy, and Gerard McCarthy. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret (Derek) Little; nephew and his wife whom she considered a son and daughter-in-law, Terry (Jody) Miller; siblings, (Wee Baby Brother) Patrick (Marie) McCarthy, Theresa O’Neil, Maureen Sloan; sister-in-law, Barbara Gray; grandchildren, whom gave her a reason to live every day, Jeremy Miller, Justin Miller, Tristan Little; and her beloved companions, Molly and Baby. Sarah was an avid Bingo player for over 50 years. Known by many, she will be remembered as the “Lil Feisty Irish Woman” who lived on Gerald Drive, always doing things her way. Fly high with the Angels until we see each other again.

A private service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

RUSSELL, Tina Lynn 40, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 in her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born February 3, 1977 in Springfield, the daughter of John Elmer and Rita Mae (Brakeall) Russell. Tina attended the Good Samaritan Outreach Church and enjoyed taking care of her nephews. She had been employed at TACH Industries. Everyone she knew loved her dearly and she loved them also. Survivors include her mother; Rita Mae Russell, Springfield, two sisters; Delana Brakeall (Carl Canning), New York and Krystal Russell (Jackie Devoe) Springfield, her loving companion for many years; Steven Byers, her best friend; Denise Bell, Knoxville TN and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her father.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at 6:00PM Saturday, September 9 at 825 Olive Street, Springfield, Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

KAFFENBARGER, Michael L. 47, of Springfield, passed away September 1, 2017.

Visitation 5-8 pm Wednesday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services 2 pm Thursday in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Vale Cemetery.

KELLY, John James Ronald 34, of Springfield, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017.

He was born February 19, 1983 in Springfield, the son of John D. and Jacqueline (Ulery) Kelly. Little John was an avid fisherman who loved to be outdoors, and he enjoyed tattooing. Survivors include his father; six children, James, John Jr., Paige, Michael, Devon, and Kayson; one granddaughter, Audrey; six siblings, Brittany (Douglas) Riggle, Brooke Kelly (Jared Martin), Lucian Kelly (Whitney Fowler), Dakota Kelly, Jake (Miyah) Kelly, and Jacqueline Kelly, all of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

BRICKMAN, Gary L. “Gus” 75, of Springfield, passed away August 27, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Carl Lee Hutchins officiating. Burial will follow in Vale Cemetery.

SMITH, Adam Richard 32, of Springfield, lost his battle with PTSD on August 22, 2017.

He was born August 6, 1985 the son of Sandra (Journell) Smith and the late Charles E. Smith. Survivors include his brother; Bruce E. Smith (Ashton), three half sisters; several aunts, uncles, niece, nephews and cousins. A memorial celebration will be held at 5:00PM Saturday, September 2nd at his mother’s home.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Contributions may be made to ptsdusa.org, Donate Life America, or any other Veteran’s charity of your choice.

GLANCY, Gail L. 66, of Springfield, passed away August 22, 2017.

Visitation 5-8 p.m. Friday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Ferncliff Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to ALS Association.

WOODARD, William E. “Bill”, a.k.a. “Bear” 72, of Springfield, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017 in his home.

He was born August 31, 1944 in Greenwich, Connecticut, the son of Andrew and Hanny (Ruttkamp) Wiener. Bill had worked in various jobs in car dealership, including auto mechanic and body shop manager. He enjoyed cars and loved riding Harley’s, and he had started his neighborhood watch program. Survivors include his loving wife of 40 years, Sharon Woodard; his mother, Hanny Wiener; children, Cindy Stock, Mike Wiener, Max Woodard, Kelly Mitchell, and Adam Woodard; seven grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; and siblings, Andy, Bob, Pam, and Gail. He was preceded in death by his father. Bill had a beautiful heart and would do anything for anybody. He will be dearly missed. He is leaving a void that will not be filled. The family wishes to thank everybody who has expressed their sympathy, love, and devotion for Bill.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

BREAKALL, George Kinney 66, of Springfield, passed away August 20, 2017.

He was born February 17, 1951 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Everett and Catherine (Collette) Breakall. Mr. Breakall was a member of the Eagles and enjoyed building model cars. He had been employed at Matai USA. Survivors include three children; Serenity “The Renster” Hesson, Missouri, Morris (Cassie) Hesson, Springfield and Johniva Breakall, Louisiana, two grandchildren; Heavenly and Addie, siblings; Hazel Owens, Kentucky, Reah Breakall, Ohio and Garnet McWhorter, Springfield, close friends; Kimberly Breakall, Kenny and Teresa, Jerry Little, Brenda McKinney, Brenda Parrett and many other friends, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers; Arthur, John, Ronnie and Billy Breakall, sisters; Juanita Halderman and Elsie Orrender, two half sisters, one half brother and his parents.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2:00PM until 4:00PM Saturday, August 26 at the Shawnee Place Apartments, 102 East Main Street, Springfield. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

CLARENCE E. “JUNIOR” CHRISTIAN, JR., Age 90, of New Carlisle, passed peacefully Thursday, August  24, 2017 surrounded by family.

Born to Clarence E. Christian, Sr. & Bessie Jane (Friend) Christian on April 12, 1927 in Dayton, Ohio.  Married to Peggy Reaver on September 25, 1948.  Junior worked for 60+ years as a heavy equipment operator.  Starting out with his father until leaving for the Army in 1945.  He was stationed in Italy.  After returning from the service in 1947 he again worked with his father until 1952 when he went out on his own.  He worked extensively on many projects in Dayton, Springfield, Tipp City & New Carlisle areas.  From clearing sites, digging basements, clearing fencerows, & etc.  He loved pushing dirt.  He was especially prized in creating many ponds in the area.  In 1962 Junior developed Country Haven Mobile Home Court near Medway.  Also in Medway, he started C&M Ready Mix Co.  One of Junior’s most favorite hobbies was his love for steam, owning 8-9 steam engines over his lifetime all perfectly restored.  He was a member of the original Darke County Steam Threshers Assoc, Greenville, Ohio.  Tascawarus Valley Steam Threshers Assoc., Dover, Ohio and Mad River Valley Steam Threshers Assoc., Urbana, Ohio.  Junior’s prized engine was a 110 Case fully restored with son-in-law, Greg Thomas.  In 1985, the 110 Case was trucked to 5 shows, 4 in the states & one in Canada.  He and his wife, Peggy made many dear friends in the Steam Family Circuit.  He was also a member of the Nation Pike Assoc.  in Brownsville, PA featuring antique heavy equipment.  Among other pieces here he showed and operated a CAT dozer fondly named “Felix”.  Along with this show again came many new wonderful friends.  He was also part of the Flying Angels Club at the New Carlisle Airport.  Junior is survived by his loving wife, Peggy of nearly 69 years; a son, Rodney & wife, Pam; a daughter, Nancy & husband, Greg Thomas; grandsons, Christian Thomas & wife Shannon; Matt Wilkerson & wife, Jennifer; great grandchildren, Gage & Chloee Thomas, William Cameron & Taylor Wilkerson.  Special friend, Eliza Hershberger; extended family & dear friends.  Preceded in death by his parents, one brother & two sisters.   A very special thanks to caregivers, Kate, Keri & Kortney and also Campassus Hospice.

Visitation will be 5-8 PM Monday, August 28, 2017 at the TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, New Carlisle, Ohio.  Funeral services will be at 1 PM Tuesday in the funeral home.  Burial will be in New Carlisle Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

Clyde Wesley Pinney, age 87 went to be with our Lord on August 23, 2017.

He was a resident of the Springfield Masonic Community in Springfield, Ohio. Clyde is survived by his brother Glen Pinney (Linda) of Waverly, Ohio; sister Diana Bohner of Washington; daughter, Carolyn (James) Brannan of Brentwood, California; Gary (Dory) Pinney of Springfield, Ohio; and Randy (Linda) Pinney of Texas City, Texas; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a magnitude of friends. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elnora Winifred (Ross) Pinney (2015); daughter, Sharon (1956); father and mother, Clement and Vona (Moore) Pinney; sister, Edith Plummer Smith, and many other family members and friends. Clyde was born on February 21, 1930 to parents Clement and Vona Pinney. He grew up in Vinton County Ohio, near Lake Hope, where he attended Hope School and graduated from Zaleski High School; there he met his future wife, Elnora Ross. They were married for 68 years before her death. They lived in Dayton, Ohio for many years where Clyde was an operating engineer for over 40 years. In 1973, he became a member of the John Cissna Masonic Lodge. Upon retirement, he and Elnora moved back to Lake Hope, Ohio, where it all began. There he was a Brown Township Trustee for many years, served as President of the MRDD board, was active with Rails and Trails, and served as the Historian for Hope School, the one-room school house he attended as a child. Clyde was a Christian, a loving, hardworking husband and father, and was respected and loved by his many friends and family. The family would like to thank his long-time friends of McArthur and Zaleski, Ohio; his new friends of Springfield; the entire staff at the Springfield Masonic Community for their loving care; Chaplain Vincent for his spiritual and emotional support; and Community Mercy Hospice of Springfield. Thank you to Richards, Raff and Dunbar Memorial Home in Springfield and Garrett-Cardaras Funeral Home in McArthur, Ohio for funeral arrangements, and a special thank you to Orbie Estep for his services.

The funeral is scheduled for Tuesday at Garrett-Cardaras Funeral Home in McArthur, Ohio. Visitation will be from 12 until 2 PM. followed by the service. He will be laid to rest at Keeton Cemetery at Lake Hope, Ohio directly after the service. In lieu of flowers, at Clyde’s request, please make donations to Community Mercy Hospice, 1343 N. Fountain Blvd. Springfield, Ohio 45504.

Rosemaree Coon, 83, of St. Paris, passed away surrounded by her family Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

She was born September 17, 1933 in Clark County, OH, the daughter of the late Harry F. and Rosetta Bagford. Rosemaree attended First Baptist Church, St. Paris. Rosemaree enjoyed spending time with her family and was an active supporter of the Graham High School Dancin’ Band from Falcon Land. She is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth in 2015; son Bryan Coon in 2016; brothers John Michael and James Bagford; sister Betty Jane Smith. Rosemaree is survived by her children Sandy, Sheree and Gerry (Nancy) Coon; grandchildren Alex, Sarah, Shelby, Jodi, Kelsey and  Sydney Coon, Bryce (Tasha), Ely (Sydney) and Layne Markley; great-granddaughter Elyse Markley; daughter-in-law Mary Jane Markley; special niece and nephew Mary and Alan Bagford; numerous other family members and friends.

A funeral service to honor Rosemaree will be Saturday at 12:00 PM in Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

Runyan, Ronald E., 67 of Springfield passed away August 20, 2017.

He was born in Springfield, Ohio on February 14, 1950, the son of Waldo and Rose Runyan.  He served his country in the US Navy during the Vietnam War.  Ron retired as a Union Steward with 30 years of service from Navistar.  He was a proud member of Local 402, VFW Post 1031 Life Member and AMVets 25.  Ron was preceded in death by his parents; wife Rosie; brother Waldo “Larry”.  Survivors include his wife Angela (Routzahn) Runyan; daughters Kimberly & Richard Hoberty and Veronica & Todd Keyser; step children Stephanie & Bryan LaPlant, Brian & Tracy McKnight and Jamie & Laura Arnold; sisters Sue & David White, Diane & Curtis Fuller and Karol Wolfe; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8PM in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME with VFW Post 1031 memorial service will be at 7:45PM.  Services to honor Ron will be Wednesday at 1:00PM in the Memorial Home with Pastor Walter Mock officiating.  Burial to follow in Fletcher Chapel Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project
PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.  Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

William R. Bray, 65, of New Carlisle, passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017 after a long battle with cancer.

He was born October 2, 1951 in Carlisle, OH, the son of the late Clayton Bray and Shirley Howell. Bill loved to ride his Harley with his brothers. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines serving in Vietnam. Bill enjoyed cooking for his family and was a talented barber and bricklayer. He is survived by his wife of 12 years Elizabeth; son Billy Bray; daughters Angela (Rodney) Griffin and Nikki (Michael) Paxton; step-son Jim (Mindy) Spicer; step-daughter Janice Johnson; brothers David (Sharon) Bray and Donnie (Cary) Bray; sisters Wilma (Jim) Kriebel and Sula Debord; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; special niece Telisha Morris; several nieces, nephews and many friends. Bill is preceded in death by his parents; step-father Jack Howell; brothers Doyle and Danny Bray; sisters Cheryl Shake and LouEllen Newport; and son Mikey Bray.

Arrangements have been entrusted to TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME. A memorial will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

Robert Henry Van Dyne, 67, of Dayton, passed away Saturday, August 19, 2017.

He was born October 6, 1949 in Sabina, OH, the son of the late Thoburn G. and Dorothy E. Van Dyne. Robert was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during Vietnam. He later retired from Navistar. Most importantly Robert was a Christian, attending several churches throughout his life. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister Dolores Lee; and sister-in-law Jo Van Dyne. Robert is survived by his sisters Dorletta (Steve) Grant and Dorletha (John) Kendig; brothers Buddy (Patricia) Van Dyne and Oakley Van Dyne; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 PM in Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home. A funeral service to honor Robert will be Wednesday at 12:30 PM in the funeral home with burial following in Dayton National Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

WALLACE GLEN REID 87, of New Carlisle, Ohio passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

He was born July 24, 1930 in Clark County, Ohio the son of the late William W., Sr. & Orpha (Lawson) Reid.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and retired from Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  He is survived by his children, Debra L. Reid Walters, Pamela K. Reid & Michael V. Reid; 2 step daughters, Connie Patrick & Sherry Hook; grandchildren; William Webb, Michael Watson, Corinna Arthur, Charity Walters, Samantha Holbrook Lockard; thirteen great grandchildren; nieces & nephews; other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by a brother, William W. “Bill” Reid, Jr.

Graveside services will be at 1 PM Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the New Carlisle Cemetery with military honors.  Memento’s may be placed in the grave following the services.  A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Elm Valley Fishing Club following the services for a time of sharing and food.  Arrangements by the TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, New Carlisle, Ohio.

GLADYS HOBBS 88, of New Carlisle, Ohio passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

She was born September 17, 1928 in Coeburn, Virginia.  She is survived by her children, Robert Hobbs, James (Barbara) Hobbs, Margaret (Edward) Holloway, Wayne (Terry) Hobbs; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 2 great great-grandchildren; a brother, Hershel Edwards; a sister, June Fields; other relatives and friends.  She is preceded in death by her husband, George Hobbs; a daughter, Betty Ann Hobbs; and a  brother, Vernon Jackson; a sister, Bertha Odle.

Visitation will be 10-11 AM Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, New Carlisle, Ohio with funeral services at 11 AM in the funeral home.  Burial will be in New Carlisle Cemetery.

RONALD TED BRIDDELL 86, formerly of New Carlisle, Ohio passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017 in Barnesville, Ohio.

He was born September 27, 1930 in Dayton, Ohio the son of the late William & Mary (Mayes) Briddell.  He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired pressman.  He is survived by two sons, Jeffery (Janet) Briddell, Eric (Mindy) Briddell; grandchildren, Abigail, Andrew, Bryana, Brandi, Megan & TJ; great grandchildren; two brothers, Danny & William Briddell; other relatives and friends.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Briddell; and a son, Steven Briddell; and a brother, Danny Briddell.

Arrangements by the TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, New Carlisle, Ohio.  Expression of sympathy may be sent to www.trostelchapman.com

Sally L. Dennis, 76, of Springfield passed away Thursday, August 3, 2017 surrounded by her family, after an extended illness.

She was born December 27, 1940 in Columbus, OH the daughter of William Torrence and Alta May (Young) Garlough. Sally was a graduate of Greenon High School and retired from the Speedway Store at Fairfield Commons. Sally was a member of Fidelia #12 Rebekah Lodge and was Past President of the Ohio Rebekah Assembly. She also had held many offices at the local level and served as a volunteer at the Ohio Pythian Home and the IOOF Home. Sally is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law Michael D. and Angela Dennis of Anna, OH, and Timothy (Darien) Dennis of Aurora, IL, and Christopher T. Dennis of Springfield; seven grandchildren Ryan Saba, Shaun “Cameron,” Kristen, Braydon, Ryan, Kyle and Tyler Dennis; one great grandson Parker Dennis. She is preceded in death by her husband Clare Frederick Dennis in 1988. Visitation will be Friday from 6 – 8 PM. in RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME with Rebekah’s Lodge services at 7:45 PM.

The service to honor Sally’s life will be Saturday at 10:00 AM. in the Memorial Home with burial to follow in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

Maria J. Lewis, 75, formerly of Dayton passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 in Vancrest of New Carlisle.

She was born May 22, 1941 in Manheim, Germany, the daughter of the late Emil and Katherine Zimmerman. Maria is preceded in death by her husband Robert Lewis, Sr.; daughter Ilona Pinkston; and grandson Jeremy Pinkston. She is survived by her sons Doug (Melissa) Hobbs and Robert Lewis, Jr.; grandchildren Joshua (Mandy) Hobbs, Jacob Hobbs, Matthew Hobbs, Daniel Pinkston, Olivia Pinkston, Robert Lewis III and Emil Lewis. Maria’s wishes were to be cremated with private services held by her family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

BRADLEY, II, Keith Roger 45, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at SRMC.

He was born June 7, 1972 in Springfield, the son of Keith R. and Wanda Jane (Brown) Bradley. Keith had worked at Spradlin Bros. Welding, and he enjoyed playing in pool leagues. Survivors include his life partner, JoAnna Downs of Springfield; father and step-mother, Keith R. and Ruby Bradley of Gallipolis, OH; son, Kyle Kinnison; step-children, Steven Kinnison, Christopher Kinnison, and Breanna Downs; sisters, Kimberly (Steve) Fallen, Kathryn (Tim) Baughman, Tami (Leon) Christman; step-siblings, Kimmy Hatfield (Craig Dockum), Kelly Hatfield (Amanda Loges), and Zachary Hatfield; wife, Alisha (Cline) Bradley; niece, Sierra Stewart (Donnie Beaty) and their 5 children; nephews, Timmy Baughman and his 2 children, Christopher Baughman and his 2 children, Cody Baughman and his 1 daughter, and Rusty McKinster, all of Springfield. He was preceded in death by his mother and nephew, Scott Stewart.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday from 3-5 pm at the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

TOMLIN, Eric R. 52, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at SRMC.

He was born November 20, 1964 in Springfield, the son of Mason and Julia (Deatley) Tomlin. Eric had worked as an LPN at Heartland of Springfield. Survivors include his partner, Richard Muncy of Springfield, and special friends, Bill Hevener and Ericka Schell. He was preceded in death by his father and beloved mother; sister, Janice Tomlin; and brother, Gary Tomlin.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

LAWHUN, Ricky Dale 61, of Springfield went to be with our Lord on July 20, 2017 after an extended illness.

A time of celebration will be held at the Fowler Road Church on August 5, 2017 at 1:00PM. Friends and family can come to share memories that they have with each other, and a meal together. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the church or the Ohio Hospice in Rick’s memory. Following are the addresses: Fowler Road CCCU, 2805 Fowler Road, Springfield, OH 45502 and Ohio Community Mercy Hospice, 100 W. McCreight Avenue, Suite 400, Springfield OH 45504.

Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

KUHN, Charles Edward “Bear” 39, of Springfield, passed away Thursday, August 3, 2017 at the Ohio State University Medical Center.

He was born December 30, 1977 in London, Ohio. Bear is survived by his father, Charles Eugene Kuhn; sons, Aaron Matthew Kuhn and Colton James Kuhn; brother, Rodney McHenry; sister, Theresa Carpenter; nieces, Ashley Lichtle and Jessica Carpenter; and nephew, Elijah Carpenter. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia (McHenry) Willoughby.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

ELLEBRUCK, Thomas Edward 48, of S. Vienna, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017 in his home.

He was born May 4, 1969 in Springfield, the son of Ed and Pat Ellebruck. Tom was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother, Pat; his brother, Tim; nieces, Brandi and Alyssa; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. During his life Tom was blessed by the loving staff of TAC Industries, two very special caregivers, Tonya and Ella, who loved him very much, and all of the employees at Hospice. Tom’s father was waiting for him in Heaven, where he is now made whole with our Lord.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to TAC Industries at 2160 Old Selma Rd., Springfield, OH 45505.

Luranca (Louie) Renee’ Merchant, 53 passed away in her home after a heroic battle with Breast Cancer.

Born 3/3/63, in Springfield, Ohio and adopted by her loving parents Daniel and Hazel Parks of Springfield, Luranca was the embodiment of kindness and hospitalities. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Her beautiful nurturing spirit garnered affection from all who knew her. Luranca worked 25 years as the family business bookkeeper, for Joseph’s Shoes and Code U Inc.. She also proudly worked as a server at Sapori Grill and Cecil and Lime Café. Luranca is survived by her husband of 36 years, Dennis J. Merchant, 5 children; Miranda Thompson, Marc Merchant, Spencer and his wife Tiffany Merchant, Alexis Merchant, and Zoie Merchant, and 12 grandchildren.

Visitation will be Tuesday June 27th from 5 – 7 PM. with memorial service immediately following at RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME, located at 838 E. High St., Springfield, Ohio. Committal services will be held in the Chapel at Rose Hill Burial Park Wednesday at 11:00 AM. The family has established a memorial fund at Security National Bank the “Luranca R. Merchant Memorial Fund” to help with funeral expenses. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

Howard Wesley Holland, Sr., 78, of Springfield passed away  June 16, 2017 in his home.

He was a very special and unforgettable man, whose loss will leave a huge hole in our hearts, but he gave us many wonderful memories. Howard was born June 6, 1939 to George and Ruth (Lookabaugh) Holland. He did masonry work and carpentry his whole life, loved his work, and was the best. As a young boy, Howard worked with his granddad, from whom he learned so much, and told so many stories about. He cherished him dearly, as he did his entire family that he felt so blessed to have. A very special and unique man, there’ll never be another like him. Howard was the eldest of ten kids; he will be greatly missed by four brothers including Joseph (Sylvia) to whom he was especially close, Steve, Jim (Sue) and Tim (Joyce); four sisters Diane, Georgia, Hope (Bob), and Julie (Roger); three sons from his first wife Wayne (Sherry), Todd (Ann) and Eric; his present wife of fifteen years, Kimberly (Evans) Holland, and their three kids Ashley (Henry), Kasey and Matthew; ten grandchildren Justin, Joshua, Jerod, Jacob, Erika, Nicholas, Andy, KaseyJo, JohnnyLee, and baby Andrew; nine great grandkids. He dearly missed his son-in-law Henry Tessier of Alabama that he couldn’t see much in recent years. Howard was also close to some special friends who were more like family, Jeff McKenney, Dick Meeks, Cory Buntin(like a son) and Tammy Peck(like a daughter); brother-in-law Mike Evans, and many more family, friends and co-workers, especially Jason Crause. He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister Kathleen; son Howard Wesley Holland, Jr., and his first wife Patricia. Howard had the opportunity to help write this obituary, and select the music and pictures he cherished.

At his request, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to his family or to the charity of your choice. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00PM until time of services in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME.  The service to honor Howard’s life will be at Tuesday at 7:00PM in the Memorial Home.  Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

Gladys Regina Forshey, 69, of Springfield passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017 in SRMC.

She was born February 25, 1948 in Springfield the daughter of Walter E. and Gladys M. (Mitchem) Palmer. Mrs. Forshey was an avid Elvis fan and Bingo player, and she deeply loved her children and grandchildren. She is survived by four daughters Barbara A. (Steve) Call, Julia L. (Joe) Forshey, Melinda (Robert) Smith and Loretta L. (Daniel) Forshey, all of Springfield; a brother Theodore Palmer; sisters Judith Pillars, Shirley Brown and Jessie Baker; twelve grandchildren Leslye (Ron) Markey, Jaymie (Todd) Fain,Lindsey (Shawn) Paul, Keith (Carla) Coberly, Kyle (Chelsea) Coberly, Nastassia (Joe) Fultz, Nakitta (Jonathan) Carpenter, Joshua Forshey, Stephanie Ervin, Niyah Fletcher, Caedyn Fletcher and Remington Forshey; eighteen great grandchildren Brooke, Breanna, Sophie, Riley, Keith, Jr., Robert, Douglas, Ashlynn, Breydan, Carter, Adalynn, Nazaya, Noah, Jean, Natalie, Caleb, Alden and Todd, Jr.; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; her husband James A. Forshey in 2006; sisters Joyce Foster, Betty Palmer, Bessie Palmer, Rose Palmer and Hazel Hayner; brothers  John, William, Ace, Edward, James, Louis, Walter and George Palmer.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 PM. in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME with Pastor Rick Clos officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Gladys’s memory to the American Cancer Society or to the American Heart Association. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

JAN A. VAN GORDER 64, of Springfield, Ohio passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at home.

He was born September 16, 1952 in Chardon, Ohio, the son of the late Herbert & Martha (Reiter) VanGorder and brother of Sharyn (Alan) Chesser. He was many things to many people in his lifetime, but always an enthusiast for a wry joke, a lighthearted approach, and an encouraging word. Among the abilities that graced his life with joy were golfing, scouting, fishing, and music.  He was always planning the next golf scramble or trip to the Trent River in Canada, where many a fish story reigns as legend. Music enhanced his life in the form of piano, trumpet, and barbershop harmony with the Miami-Shelby Melody Men Chorus. His years of employment at Northwestern Local Schools and at the Clark County Educational Service Center allowed him to create an atmosphere whereby kids were encouraged to celebrate their successes, and to overcome the roadblocks that rose to try to define them as less than they were created to be. His favorite event of the year has long been the Jan Van Gorder Scholar Reception at Northwestern High School, where he proudly celebrated the student academic excellence that was his heart’s desire. His coworkers remember him as a man of wisdom and integrity, ready with comic relief or a quick secret gift in the tough times, and as someone whose practical jokes may arise at any moment to color the “normal” days with a smile. Jan’s life was defined by his Christian faith, lived out in principle and in action. He studied and served at Asbury United Methodist Church in North Hampton, Ohio during his vital years, and found great joy among his friends at Southgate Baptist Church after the auto accident that confined him to a wheelchair for the past 22 years. His family has grown strong and faithful as a result of his love, his unflagging determination to overcome, his high expectations for himself and others, and his gracious example of one who believes in God’s purpose and calling, no matter the circumstances. Jan and wife, Pat, just celebrated 40 years of marriage, defined by the love of Jesus Christ and the strength that only faith can provide. His investment in the lives of others has been returned in decades of willing helping hearts surrounding the couple with the blessing of unwavering friendship. Their children, Bethany (Greg) Morris, Josh VanGorder, and  Rachel (David) Jensen have been a source of great pride as they pursued careers in education that have used their God-given gifts and enhanced the lives of the learners they touch. Their eight grandchildren, Michael, Madelyn & Anna Morris, Joel & Carson VanGorder, and  Isaac, Abrielle & Isabelle Jensen hold the promise of a legacy that continues to reach beyond and carry forth the strong principles and faith of their grandfather.

Please plan to join us for a celebration of Jan’s life at a later date. In Jan’s honor, donations may be sent to the Jan Van Gorder Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Huntington National Bank, 2961 Derr Rd, Springfield OH, 45503. Arrangements by the TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, New Carlisle, Ohio.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.trostelchapman.com

JERALD “JERRY” FREE 80, formerly of New Carlisle, Ohio passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in Springfield.

He was born March 16, 1937 in Springfield, Ohio the son of the late Joseph & Charlotte (Barnhart) Free.  Jerry served in the Air National Guard for three years.  He retired from Tecumseh School District.  He also worked for Ohio Edison, Wade Walsh, Hopkins Chevy Olds, Mershon’s World of Cars and Jeff Wyler, Springfield.   He was an avid car enthusiast owning and driving 73 cars in his lifetime.  He is survived by his wife of   53 years, Cherryl Free; children, Doug & Patty Free, Shawn & Tanya Free; three three grandchildren, Zachary Hess, Sydney & Taylor Free; other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be 5-8 PM  Monday, June 26, 2017 at the TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, New Carlisle, Ohio.  Funeral services will be 11 AM Tuesday in the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Donnelsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society.

Robert (Bob) Lee Kaffenbarger 75, of New Carlisle, passed to eternal peace in his home on June 22.

He was born March 16, 1942 in Springfield to Lloyd and Esther (Grieser) Kaffenbarger. He enjoyed life as a successful grain and livestock farmer for more than 50 years. Bob graduated from Northwestern High School in 1960 and was active in Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the Young Farmers of America (YFA). He attended The Ohio State University. He was a 4-H member, and was a 4-H advisor for 20 years, a Clark County Fair Board member and president for 12 years, Clark County Scramble chairman for many years, and served as Pike Township Trustee for 28 years. He and Marjorie enjoyed time with their children, grandchildren, and being active in and supporting 4-H activities and the Clark County Fair for many years. He, together with Marjorie, was a member of the North Hampton Community Church. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marjorie (Knaup) Kaffenbarger, daughters Sherry (Chris) Eppers, of Highlands Ranch, CO; Debbie (Sean) Hart of West Chester, OH, and son Greg (Brenda) Kaffenbarger, of New Carlisle, grandchildren Grant and Dean Kaffenbarger and Hayden and McKenna Eppers, mother-in-law Amy Knaup of Springfield, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Al & Katie Knaup of Columbus, sister-in-law Pat Sothard of Springfield, many cousins, aunts, uncles, as well as close friends. He was also fortunate to call Gene & Marilyn Farrell, MaryLou Eppers and Jim Hart family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Robert Kaffenbarger to the T-cell Lymphoma Research Fund (fund # 312238) at the James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218-3112, or online at www.giveto.osu.edu , the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.jdrf.org, Pike Township Fire & EMS, 8440 Troy Road, New Carlisle, 45344, and Hospice of the Miami Valley at www.hospiceofthemiamivalley.org.

Visitation will be held 5 from 8 PM Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, 507 Jefferson Street, New Carlisle.   Services to honor Bob’s life will be held 10:30 AM Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Jim Welch officiating.  Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.

John F. Payne, Sr., 55, of Tipp City passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017.

He was born September 8, 1961 in Berea, KY, the son of Bill and Bonnie Payne. John was a driver for Pence Milk Transport and was a member of Mt. Olive Lodge #226 F&AM, Christiansburg. He was an avid outdoorsman, loving both hunting and fishing. John was a tinkerer who loved spending time with his family. He is preceded in death by his mother. John is survived by his wife of 28 years Margaret; his father Bill; daughters Tammy (Mark) Brewer, Christina (Bob) Riggs and Melinda (Tim) Mueller; son John F. Payne, Jr.; sister Kathy (Glen) Holder; grandchildren James, Sam, Austin, Nathan, Mark, Chelsea and Dominic; niece Kira Johnson; nephew Connor Holder; and great-nephew Elijah Johnson.

A gathering of family and friends will be Thursday from 6-7 PM in the TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, New Carlisle, with a memorial service beginning at 7:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

Pastor Raymond Lee Jones, 89, of New Carlisle went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Sunday, June 25, 2017.

He was born April 21, 1928 in Campbellsville, KY, the son of the late Garfield and Nancy Jones. Ray dedicated his life to ministry, founding many area churches including Medway Christian Church, Northside Christian Church in Springfield and Lake Avenue Christian Church in New Carlisle. His longest tenure was at First Christian Church of Huber Heights from 1978-1993. In his retirement he continued to minister, volunteering at Hospice of Dayton for 12 years, often serving over 1,000 hours annually, and the Life Enrichment Center of Dayton where he offered spiritual guidance to those in need. Ray also enjoyed flying remote control airplanes, woodworking, eating pie and ice cream, and visiting with his family. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife of 57 years, Mary Helen. Ray is survived by his children Stephen (Gina) Jones, Linda (Sterling) Stone, Philip (Sandra) Jones, Carol (Bob) Hill and Daniel (Gena) Jones; sister Shirley (Gordon) Jones; 13 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. As a “fisher of men” his goal was to go to Heaven and take as many people with him as possible.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or the Life Enrichment Center of Dayton. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3-6 PM in Restoration Park Church, 55 Restoration Park Dr., Medway, OH 45341. A memorial service to honor Pastor Raymond will be Thursday at 6:00 PM in the Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

Payne, Larry Lee, 56 of Springfield died June 26, 2017.

He was born in Springfield, Ohio on March 7, 1961, the son of Donald and Helen Payne.  Larry enjoyed fishing but most especially spending time with his children and grandchildren.  Preceded in death by his father; 3 brothers Roy E., Michael R. and Richard A. Payne; unborn son and maternal and paternal grandparents.  Survivors include his mother Helen (Lefty) Payne; children Katherine Anne (Stoddard) Payne-Johnson, Bryon Lee (Jessica Scott) Payne, Jessica Lynne Payne, John Diehl and Amanda Lynn (Johnny) Payne; brother William (Doreen) Payne; sister Helen (Earl) Pierce; fifteen grandchildren; several nieces and nephew including Jason Fuller.

Visitation Saturday 9:30AM RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME with Pastor Costy Saba officiating.  Graveside services 11:30AM Saturday Ferncliff Cemetery.

Everett “Dean” Hurt, 57, of New Carlisle passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

He was born in Ft. Leonardwood, MO, the son of Ronald D. and Janice Hurt. Dean enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren, especially watching them play ball.  He is survived by his parents; wife of 34 years Barbara; daughters Megan (Chris) Franer and Heather (Shawn) Williams; brothers Mark (Linda Judy) Hurt and Kenny (Maria Algren) Hurt; sister Sharon (Chip) Schmidt; grandchildren Kai, Connor and Kinslee; shotgun rider Sassy; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday from 5-8 PM in TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services to honor Dean will be Saturday at 10:00 AM in the funeral home. Dean received a kidney transplant in 2005 and would urge anyone to consider the lifesaving gift of organ donation.  Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

RICE, Alesia D. 50, of Springfield, passed away June 3, 2017 in Ohio State University Hospital.

She was born December 25, 1966 in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Erma May Rice. Survivors include her loving companion of many years; Johnny Gonzales, four children; Ronnie Rain Spitler, Springfield, Travis (Christy) Vanover, South Charleston, Josefa Ramirez and J. D. Ramirez, Texas, numerous grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter; Cierra Spitler and her parents.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00PM Friday in Rose Hill Burial Park with Pastor Joel Augustus officiating. Burial will follow. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

RUPERT, William V. “Billy” 27, passed away June 5, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday in the RiverSong Church, 3660 Springfield Jamestown Road, Springfield 45502 with Pastor Jim Britton officiating.

Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the services in the church. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Celebrating Recovery House c/o RiverSong Church. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

WILLIAMS, Robert Scott “Scotty Bob” 34, of Springfield, unexpectedly passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017.

He was born June 10, 1982 in Springfield, the son of Robert Williams (deceased) and Nancy (Lovell) Williams. He had two brothers, Dustin Williams and Jordan (Taylor) Miller, and two sisters, Tiffany Williams and Amberlyn Williams, was the grandson of Bob and Betty Lovell and Paul and Martha Williams (deceased), nephew of Lisa Williams, Cena (Kevin) Corbitt, Darrin Williams, and Duane Lovell, significant other of Kelly Brown, and he was a loving uncle to his nieces and nephews. Scotty Bob was loved by many and never knew a stranger. He lived to make those around him laugh. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan whose other hobbies included music, playing guitar and fishing. The world just doesn’t seem right without him in it. Until we meet again, we love you always.

A celebration of life service will take place at 7:00 p.m. Monday in the Greater Life Apostolic Church, 200 Snyder Street, Springfield, with Pastor Paul Dowdy officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 6-7 p.m. Arrangements by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

WORTHINGTON, William “Pat” 66, of Springfield, passed away June 11, 2017 in Oakwood Village.

He was born October 26, 1950 in Springfield, the son of William R. Worthington and Patricia (Payne) (Worthington) Richard. Pat drove a semi for a living and was a member of the Union Club and Eagles. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and playing cards with friends at the Union Club and American Legion in Mechanicsburg. Pat proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by dad John Richard and father Bill and brother Terry Worthington. He is survived by Life Love April Spier, son Cody Worthington, daughter Valerie Santiago, grandchildren Jordan, Hailey, Kaine, Kristopher and Kylnn, mother Patricia Richard, siblings Guy (Judy) Worthington, Gail (Brenda) Pape, Valerie Wilson, Cindy Deutcher, Rick Worthington, Darren Worthington, Debbie Lyall and Tina Bolger and numerous nieces and nephews.

Times for visitation and services have been changed to 6:00PM until 7:30PM Friday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services will be held at 7:30PM Friday with Deacon Earl Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Ferncliff Cemetery.

BREWER, Johnnie 70, of Springfield, passed away June 9, 2017. Funeral services 2 p.m. Wednesday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Visitation 12-2 p.m. Burial in Rose Hill Burial Park.

ROACH, Joyce I. 53, of Springfield, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017 at SRMC.

She was born November 13, 1963 in Springfield, the daughter of Eugene and Genevieve (Peters) Smith. Mrs. Roach had worked in hotel housekeeping, and she enjoyed sitting on her front porch visiting with family and neighbors. Survivors include six children, Brian Smith, Ted Hennis, Jr., Joshua Hennis (Ashley Lambert), Lena Roach, Derek Roach, Springfield, and Marshall White, Plumwood, OH; two grandchildren, Shellie and Joshua Hennis II; numerous adopted grandchildren; siblings, Jack (Alice) Peters, Washington Court House, Benny Smith, Roger Smith, David Smith, Judy Porter, and Sheila (Mike) McGath, Springfield; mother-in-law, Debbie Roach; dear friends, Char Stoll, Arlene Green, and Terry McCormick; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, William Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Rick Smith officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 1-2 p.m. Burial will follow in Myers Cemetery.

NEVE, Ph.D., Herbert T. 86, of Centerville, passed away June 12, 2017 in Hospice of Dayton.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday in First Lutheran Church, Springfield. Visitation will be observed for one hour prior to the services. Burial will follow in Ferncliff Cemetery.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Memorial Fund of First Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1328, Springfield, OH 45501 or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

McGOVERN, Linda Lucille 69, of Springfield, passed away June 14, 2017 in Springfield Regional Medical Center.

She was born April 12, 1948 in Portsmouth, Ohio, the daughter of Donald and Frieda (Meadows) Barnes. Linda enjoyed reading and truly loved spending time with her grand children. Survivors include five children; Donald Miller, Dana Weldy, Paula (Michael) Alexander, Springfield and Suzanne Torres, PA, eleven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren with another on the way and sister; Joyce McPhearson, Tremont City. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held from 6:00PM until 8:00PM Monday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services will be held at 8:00PM with Ken “Barron” Seelig officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Linda’s family.

ROSE (Pigg), Wanda Coleen “Sis” 58, of Springfield, passed away June 15, 2017 in Springfield Regional Medical Center.

She was born February 19, 1959 in Miles City, Montana, the daughter of Homer Pigg and Helen (Legge) Sweitzer. Sis enjoyed watching television but her greatest love was spending time with her loving grand children. She is survived by her significant other; Terry Gonzalez, her mother; Helen Sweitzer, two children; Shanda Wade and Jason Wade, Springfield, two grandchildren; Nykell Wade and Evieauna Wade, siblings; Kenny Pigg, Jeff Pigg, Springfield, Rhonda Thompson, Kentucky and Adrian (Terry) Sweitzer, Springfield and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister; Leslie Leos and her father.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

CAVINS, Nicholas Wayne 57, of Springfield passed away June 15, 2017

Memorial services will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday in the Vineyard Church of Northridge with Pastor Neil Haney officiating. Friends may visit with the family for one hour prior to the services. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME

MERKLE, Robert G. 87, of Springfield, passed away June 18, 2017 in Miami Valley Hospital.

He was born April 10, 1930 in Springfield, the son of Walter Robert and Dorothy “Elizabeth” Merkle. Mr. Merkle enjoyed reading the newspaper and watching the news on television. His greatest passion was caring for the handicapped. He was a retired enginer from Wright Patterson Air Force Base and was a Veteran of the United States Navy serving during the Korean War. Survivors include a sister-in-law; Mabel Merkel, Wilmington, OH, two nephews; Ronald (Karen) Merkle, Wilmington, OH and Ray (Lisa) Merkle, Springfield, great nephews; Kyle (Kristin) Merkle, Tyler (Rachael) Merkle, Austin Merkle and Joshua Merkle and special friend; Debra Baker, Springfield. He was preceded in death by a brother; Arthur Merkle and his parents.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00AM Saturday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME with Robert’s nephew Ronald Merkle officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio.

WHITE, Jennifer Lynn 58, of Springfield, passed away June 22, 2017 in her residence.

She was born July 20, 1958 in Beaufort, South Carolina, the daughter of Harold E. Horner and Nancy Garringer. Jennifer attended Northridge United Methodist Church where she enjoyed playing in the bell choir. Survivors include her mother; Nancy (James) Garringer, her father; Harold E. (Alice) Horner, two daughters; Angela (Benjamin) Babian and Brook (Rodney) Glenn all of Springfield, three grandchildren; Nathan Plotner, Katie Plotner and Emerson Babian, two brothers; Dale Horner (Doug), Dayton, and Todd (Katherine) Baldridge, Springfield, two sisters; Jill (Mike) Lloyd and Cindy (Rick) Holbrook, Springfield and several nieces and nephews.

At Jennifer’s request, private services will be held. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Northridge United Methodist Church in Jennifer’s memory. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

Sharitz, Marilyn E., 54 of Springfield died May 20, 2017 in the Southbrook Care Center.

She was born in Springfield, Ohio on December 10, 1962, the daughter of Harold and Louise Sharitz.  She was preceded in death by her parents.  Marilyn was known for her kindness.  Survivors include her sister Carolyn Sharitz; companion Jody Clifford; many nieces, nephews, cousins and Aunts Rachael and Birdie.

Services to honor Marilyn will be Thursday at 2:30 in the Chapel of Rose Hill Burial Park with visitation at 2:00PM.  RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME.   Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

Robert (Bob) Murray Slone, 79, of Springfield, Ohio passed away Sunday May 21, 2017.

Bob was born August 20, 1937 in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, son of the late Hasel James Slone and Goldie Mabel (Murray) Slone. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Wilma M. (Johnson) Slone; daughter Debbie (Sam) Winters of Summerfield, North Carolina; granddaughters Nicole Lynne (Tim) Carey of Cary, NC and Stephanie Michelle Winters of Greensboro, NC; great grandchildren Hudson, Elam, Avenell and Tessa Carey ; brothers Carl (Joyce) Slone and Marvin Slone all of Waverly, Ohio; Jim Slone of Webster, Kentucky; Harold (Rosi) Slone of Campbell, California; Steve (Cecelia) Slone of Chillicothe, Ohio; sister-in-Law Diane Slone of Portsmouth, Ohio; brother-in-law Keith (Bonnie) Johnson of Springfield, Ohio; and many special nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bob is preceded in death by his sister Eula Hastings and brother Stan Slone.

Mr. Slone proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1960, and retired from AT&T after 32 years of service. He enjoyed spending time with family playing card games, traveling, watching all sports and attending harness horse races with his brother-in-law buddy Keith for more than 50 years.

Visitation will be held at RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME Thursday May 25 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Dave Augustus officiating and burial to follow at Ferncliff Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to OSUCCC – The James, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, Ohio 43218-3112 or The American Cancer Society. The family wishes to thank Dr. Bertino and the entire staff at The James for their loving care the past 14 months and the staff of Forest Glen over the past two weeks. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

Patricia A. Toler Schaefer Kittles, 86, formerly of Clark County, passed peacefully on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

She was born March 8, 1931, the daughter of the late Vernon H. and Lois (Strouse) Toler. Patricia had worked at a number of local retail stores, was a member of the Red Hats and was owner/operator of Baird House B&B in Ripley, OH. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Harold Schaefer; husband Glenn Kittles; and sister Jackie E. Fugett. Patricia is survived by her son Hal D. Schaefer; daughters Cindy (Ed) Allen, Joy (Kevin) Legge and Pam (Phil) Sigler; brother William (Jackie) Toler; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends will be Friday from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home with graveside services immediately following in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

Norma J. Kohli, 90, formerly of Springfield passed away May 26, 2017 in Cincinnati, OH.

Private services were entrusted to RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME with burial in Ferncliff Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Norma’s name to the Urbana, Springfield or Cincinnati SPCA; the Ohio Alley Cat Rescue and Spay/Neuter Clinic, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH; the American Diabetes Association or to the charity of your choice. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

Dorothy Louise Tracy, 86, of Murfreesboro, TN, formerly of New Carlisle passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017.

She was born in Marion, OH on January 7, 1931, the daughter of the late Clarence L. and Ethel A. (Saunders) Rutledge. Dorothy retired from General Tire. She is preceded in death by her husband Donald Tracy; brother Damon; sisters Ruth and Judy. Dorothy is survived by her sons Mike (Barbara) Tracy and John “Pat” (Cindi) Tracy; sister Ruby; sisters-in-law Jean and Rebecca; grandchildren Jason, Celeste, Lisa and James “Jesse”; great-grandchildren Jacob, Jordan, Piper, Khloe, Aubrey and Lexi; several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held in New Carlisle Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

Teresa Lynn Baker, 53, of Springfield, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

She was born August 1, 1963 in Springfield, the daughter of the late Ernest R. Baker and Mary Lou Allen. Teresa is preceded in death by a granddaughter Kelsey Lynn Hensley. She is survived by her sons Tim (Cindy) Hensley and Jeff Hensley, Jr.; life partner Pat Gatewood II; step-sons Chris Hensley and Tony Hensley; brother; Deon Baker; sisters Mary Armstrong, Denise Forgette, Vickie Baker and Shanna Baker; step-brother Pat Gatewood III; step-sister Corina Davidson; grandchildren Alexis, Aubrey and Tyson Hensley; niece Kjersty; great-niece Kaylyn.

Private services will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Richards, Raff & Dunbar Memorial Home. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

Thomas Stonerock, 91, of Springfield passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

He was born July 7, 1925 in Ross County, OH the son of John Wesley and Ethel (Simpson) Stonerock. Tom was the owner/operator of Tom’s Auto Service for over twenty years, then joined his son David in the founding and operation of Stonerock Corporation, until his retirement in 1997. Tom was a member of East High Street Church of Christ. He is survived by four children Roger (Mary) Stonerock of Buffalo, MO, David (Peggy) Stonerock and Gregory (Theresa) Stonerock of Springfield, and Michele Stonerock of Columbus, OH; three grandchildren Debbie (David) Cotrel, Richard Stonerock and Kellie (Mark) Coe; numerous great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his wife Gladys Stonerock in 2008; grandson Tony Stonerock, and great granddaughter Ashley Stonerock.

Visitation will be Friday from 5-8 PM. in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME. The service to honor Tom’s life will be Saturday at 10:00 AM. in the Memorial Home with Phil Grear officiating. Burial to follow in Rose Hill Burial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the East High Street Church of Christ. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

John D. Kendall, 34, of Park Layne passed away Thursday, June 1, 2017.

He was born March 31, 1983, the son of James L. Kendall and Tina R. Sizemore. John was a 2002 graduate of Tecumseh High School. He enjoyed watching and coaching his son Brock play football and baseball. John had a smile that would light up a room and a personality that matched. He was a loving and caring father, son and brother. He is preceded in death by his father James L. Kendall. John is survived by his mother and father Tina and Ed Sizemore; son Brock D. Kendall; sister Jamie Kendall Hayes; nephew Drew Hayes; grandparents Betty and Gene Sizemore; numerous other family members and friends.

A funeral service will be held Monday at 12:30 PM in the Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow in Byron Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

Rev. Stephen D. Steinmetz, 69, of Springfield peacefully went to be with the Lord Thursday, June 1, 2017.

He was born August 15, 1947 in Springfield the son of the late Carroll and Ruth Jeanne (Bost) Steinmetz. Steve proudly served in the United States Army including a tour of duty in Viet Nam, and was retired from Navistar-International. He was the former Pastor of Middle Urbana Missionary Baptist Church in Springfield and Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin, OH. Steve was currently a member of Springfield Missionary Baptist Church, where he taught the Women’s Sunday School Class. He read his Bible every day and loved to go fishing. He is survived by three children Kimberly (Noel) Lopez of Springfield, Stephanie Fisher of Davenport, FL, and Rev. Dave (Jill) Steinmetz of Urbana; the mother of their children Anna Y. Steinmetz; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday from 5 – 8 PM. in RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME. The service to honor Steve’s life will be Tuesday at 10:00 AM. in Springfield Missionary Baptist Church with his son Rev. Dave Steinmetz and Rev. Orbie Estep officiating. Burial will follow in Ferncliff Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Steve’s name to Springfield Missionary Baptist Church, 2650 Hilldale Rd., Springfield, OH 45505. Expressions of sympathy may be made to www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

RAY, Michael Wayne 54, of Springfield, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017 in Springfield Regional Medical Center.

He was born July 10, 1962 in Springfield, the son of Lester “Tracy” and Ida May (Linebaugh) Ray. Mr. Ray enjoyed darts, playing pool, cars and fishing. He had been employed at Electric Eel. Survivors include his loving wife; Christina (Buck) Ray, his parents of Springfield, four children; Traci Nicole Emmons, Kristin Michelle (James) Abston, Brandon Michael Ray, all of Springfield and David (Ashleigh) Powers Jr,, Leadville, Colorado, six grandchildren; Grace Abigail Emmons, Aiden James Abston, Camden Michael Abston, Parker Christian Abston, Nathaniel Powers and Kaidyn Lane Powers, siblings; Peggy (Danny) Smith, Troy, OH, Lester “Chip” Ray and Richard (Laura) Ray, Springfield, several nieces, nephews, cousins and very good friend; Andrew Emmons, Springfield. He was preceded in death by a nephew; Thomas James Walters and a cousin; Gary Ray.

Visitation will be held from 5:00PM until 8:00PM Friday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services will be held at 8:00PM.

SMITH, Sr., Lawrence “Eddie” 73, of Springfield, passed away May 27, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Visitation one hour prior. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mr. Smith’s family.

HARRIS Sr., Rodger Steven 73, of Springfield, passed away May 29, 2017 in Springfield Regional Medical Center.

He was born January 1, 1944 in Springfield, the son of John F. and Edna Mae (Stewart) Harris Sr. Mr. Harris enjoyed Nascar racing and fishing. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy and was retired from Johns Manville. Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years; Charlene (Collins) Harris, two children; Shellie S. (Randy) Current and Rodger S. Harris Jr. all of Springfield, four grandchildren; Jacob Harris, Bailey (Chanse) Daily, Madison Current and Devin Current, siblings; John F. (Joyce) Harris Jr. Florida, Sandy (Timothy) Dugan, Springfield, Donna Dunn, Florida and Kim Harris, Springfield and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Gene Kelly officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the services. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park.

LEWIS, Donna Jean 82, of Springfield, passed away May 27, 2017. Funeral services 11 a.m. Friday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Visitation one hour prior. Burial in Enon Cemetery.

BROWN, Steven Dale Of Springfield, passed away May 31, 2017 in his home.

He was born November 16, 1979 in Springfield, the son of Gary R. and Deborah (Davis) Brown. Mr. Brown enjoyed cooking, playing the guitar and all things about horticulture. He is survived by his loving mother; Deborah Brown, two brothers; Gary Brown Jr. and Ian Brown, all of Springfield, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by a daughter; Zoe Brown, a brother; Chad Brown and his father.

Visitation will be held from 6:00PM until 8:00PM Monday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Private graveside services will be held in Newcomers Cemetery with Pastor Rick Clos officiating. Burial will follow.

LEE, Mary K. 91, of Springfield, passed away June 2, 2017. Private services will be held. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

JEWELL, Rhonda Ranae 49, of Urbana, passed away June 3, 2017 in Miami Valley Hospital.

She was born September 17, 1967 in Springfield, the daughter of Sterling and Mary (Salyer) Douglas. Rhonda attended the Church of Christ in Christian Union in Urbana and was a member of the Harley Club Hog Chapter in Dayton. She enjoyed motorcycling and shopping but most of all she loved spending time with her loving family especially her grandchildren. Survivors include her loving companion of 14 years; Danny Reay, Urbana, her mother Mary Douglas, Urbana, children; Dustin Jewell (Fianc?e Sarah Banks), Springfield, Joshua Jewell, Enon, Lacey Jewell, Urbana, Dustin Reay, Texas and Danielle (Dustin) Hindel, Hawaii, grandchildren; Makena, Kaelyn, Cameron, Keegan, Cameron, Kennedy, Austin and Allison, brother; Sterling (Janie) Douglas Jr. St. Paris, nephew; Aaron Rutherford, nieces; Jessica Rutherford and Jessica Douglas, and special friends; Lance Jewell, Missi Ackley-Looney and Debbie Miller-Althouse. She was preceded in death by her father.

Visitation will be held from 5:00PM until 8:00PM Thursday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services will be held at 8:00 PM with Pastor Mike Grable officiating.

REYNOLDS, Francis Lee 78, of Springfield, passed away June 2, 2017.

He was born October 7, 1938 in Cincinnati, the son of Loay Alice Reynolds. Francis was a devoted Cincinnati Reds fan and had been employed at Tach Industries for 30 plus years. During his employment he received a special commendation from the Governor’s office for his outstanding performance. He was also employed at Self Reliance Day Hab. Survivors include one sister; Rosalee Dubois, Georgia, special friends; Bruce Scherer, James Salyer and Mandy and all of the dedicated care givers at Flora’s Group Home. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Thursday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Rick Clos officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the services. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

Milton Gibson, 54, of New Carlisle, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017. He was born November 28, 1962 in Chillicothe, OH, the son of the late Robert E. and Alice E. Gibson.

Milton enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is preceded in death by his parents; significant other Karen Martin; and numerous siblings. Milt is survived by his son Brian Gibson; step-daughter Wendy Martin; brothers Dwight, Chester and Winfred Gibson; sisters Rvena Perkins, Liz Potts and Erma Hill; grandchildren Kayron Martin, Skylar and Jack Gibson; numerous other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Friday from 9:30-10:30 AM in Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home, with a funeral service beginning at 10:30 AM. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

Davis, Debra “Debby” Age 60 of Union, OH (formally of Vandalia) passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 at The Hospice of Dayton after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born on November 2, 1956 in Dayton, OH to the late Ishmael and Patsy Lee Jones. Debby is a 1974 graduate of Tecumseh High School.

She worked for 17 years at PriMed of Vandalia where she truly cherished the patients and loved her coworkers dearly. Debby’s favorite past times were boating on Lake Cumberland and spending time in Colorado. She is preceded in death by her parents and beloved dog, Phoebe.  She is survived by her loving husband, Doug Davis; daughters Denise Sluterbeck (Brian Papa)  of New York City, and Dayna Sluterbeck of Dayton; brother John (Regina) Jones of New Carlisle, nephews Michael and Matthew, niece Julia, and several other loving relatives and friends.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Wednesday, May 17 from 5:00-8:00pm at TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME (507 West Jefferson Street, New Carlisle, OH). Funeral service will be held Thursday May 18 at 11:00am at Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery. In memory of Debby, contributions may be made to The Hospice of Dayton or Susan G. Komen Foundation. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

Deborah M. Mossbarger, 65, of Springfield, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Springfield Regional Medical Center. She was born May 8, 1952 in Springfield, the daughter of the late Charles T. and Kathy Banzhof.

Debbie retired as a nurses aide from the Ohio Masonic Home. She is preceded in death by her sister Joy Huff. Debbie is survived by her husband Paul; daughters Krystal Mossbarger and Paula Vance; brothers Bob Ayers and Eddie Cornelison; sisters Jacki LaPois and Diane Combs; and grandson Darias Rinehart.

Debbie’s request was that no services will be held. Arrangements have been entrusted to TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

Dennis C. Frisch, 73, of New Carlisle, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 at Forest Glen Health Campus. He was born December 18, 1943, in Fort Wayne, IN, the son of the late Wilson W. and Alma (Mathias) Frisch.

Dennis retired from International Harvester/Navistar and enjoyed golfing in his retirement. He is preceded in death by his brother Tom Frisch and sister-in-law Brenda Frisch. Dennis is survived by his sons Nicholas and Christopher Frisch; brothers Dave (Judy) Frisch, Mark Frisch and John (Brenda) Frisch; grandchildren Abigail, Cameron and Nadia; and numerous nieces and nephew.

At Dennis’ request burial of ashes and services will be at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

Mary L. Kibby, 68, of Springfield passed away unexpectedly Monday, May 8, 2017. She was born December 14, 1948 in Springfield the daughter of Thomas H. and Jula Eileen (Pollock) Elliott.

Mary was a 1968 graduate of Northeastern High School and had been employed at the Market At The Ridge (formerly Howard’s IGA) for the past twenty-eight years. She was a life member of VFW Post 1031 Auxiliary, member of the Elks, enjoyed doing yardwork and trips to the casino, and loved spending time with her grandkids. Mary is survived by her husband of thirty-six years, Jack A. Kibby; three children Amy (Martin) Mitchell and Jack J. (Karen) Kibby of Springfield, and Jamie (Stephan) Ulbrich of Dayton; brothers Ed and Allen Elliott of Springfield; sister Doris (Leon) Spradlin of Springfield; five grandchildren Brooke and Megan Kibby, Emily Moore, Ardyn and Lily Mitchell; her mother-in-law Phila Kibby of Winterhaven, FL; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Patricia Jenkins.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5-8 PM. in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME. The service to honor Mary’s life will be Friday at 10:00 AM. in the Memorial Home with Rev. Scott Griswold officiating. Burial to follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

Darlene Bush, 81, of Park Layne, passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Oakwood Village.

She was born November 25, 1935 in Greenup, KY, the daughter of the late John and Pearl (Nichols) Melvin. Darlene is preceded in death by her husband Harlen Bush. She is survived by her sons Danny (Lisa) Bush, Terry (Sally) Bush, Donnie (Kathy) Bush and Jeff Bush; granddaughters Lily and Madison; and grandsons Kelly, Tanner, Josh and Kyle.

No Services will be held. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.

Virginia E. Denman;  Born June 17, 1936 in Saranac Lake, NY went to be with the Lord on May 4, 2017.

Virginia was proceeded in death by her parents George J. Bean and Wanda G. Beane and her husband, Robert H. Denman Sr. Virginia was the mother of George J. (Katrina) Denman of Lebanon, OH, Robert H. (Jody) Denman Jr. of Bessemer, N.C., Barbara (Edgar) Griffith of Troy, OH, Mary-Anne Mowery of West Milton, OH, Cathleen (James) Rogers of Springfield, OH and Anna (Rick) Brownlee of Tipp City, OH. Virginia had 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.   Her passion included family, deep faith, gardening and caring for her beloved Champ.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at 1 PM Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Church of Christ, 6460 S. County Rd, 25A, Tipp City. Private family services will be held at the National Cemetery at the Dayton V.A.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to the Cure Starts Now or the Hospice of Miami Valley.  Family was served by TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, New Carlisle, Ohio.

Sandra M. Shank  It is with great sadness that the family of Sandra M. Shank announces her passing, on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the age of 54. Sandy was born in Springfield Ohio; she spent some years after high school in both Arizona and Georgia.

She loved animals, especially her dog Megan. Later in life, Sandy spent some time volunteering at SICSA Pet Adoption Center. Sandy will be lovingly remembered by her parents, Larry and Barbara; brother Jeff Shank and Becky; sisters Julie (Tim) Pruitt, and Cyndi (Drew) Holland. She is survived by nieces and nephews Zach, Katie, Sam, Molly, Jessi, Corinn, Rachel, Josh and great niece Kaelin. A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens Chapel, 8200 W. National Rd. New Carlisle, OH with Rev. Andrew Wright officiating. The family is being served by RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME.

In lieu of flowers you may make memorial donations in memory of Sandy to the New Carlisle Church of the Brethren, or to the SICSA Pet Adoption Center, 2600 Wilmington Ave. Dayton, OH 45419. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.

CONKLIN, Wilma Jean. 89, of Cedarville, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2017 in Xenia, Ohio.

She was born on January 8, 1928, in Portsmouth, Ohio, the daughter of the late Hescal and Sara (Clark) Cutlip. Wilma married Robert E. Conklin on January 15, 1948 in Portsmouth and he preceded her in death in 2014. Along with her husband, she is preceded by two sisters, Betty (Claude) Fannin and Clarice (Jess) Ramey. Wilma is survived by her children, Jeff and Judy Conklin and Emily and Ken Kaufman;grandchildren, Sara Jean (Brian) Oldham, Justin Kaufman, Ryan Kaufman, Robert “Logan” Conklin, Joshua Conklin and Garrett Conklin; and three great-grandsons.

Wilma was employed at Cedarville College where she retired from in 1980. She and her husband attended Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville and most recently were members of the Dayton Ave. Baptist Church in Xenia. She was a loving wife and wonderful mother, grandma and great-grandma who will live on through the hearts she touched. Private burial will be held at North Cemetery in Cedarville, Ohio.

STICKNEY, David E., 62, of Springfield, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. He was born on September 21, 1954 in Springfield, the son of the late David T. and JoAnn (Byerman) Stickney. David is survived by his brothers, Dean (Vickie) and John; nephews, Michael, Thomas and Eric; great-nephews, Michael, Maddox and Lennon; and special friends, Mike and Patty Brougher. David worked at McKinnon’s  Garden Center and enjoyed landscaping and working in his yard. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements in care of JACKSON LYTLE & LEWIS LIFE CELEBRATION CENTER. Condolences may be expressed at www.jacksonlytle.com.

Mrs. Sarah Ann Reese passed away May 04, 2017, at Elmcroft of Xenia. Sarah was born in Clifton, Ohio, to Isaac and Florence Swigart on December 25, 1928.

Sarah worked at Wright Patterson AFB. She was very dedicated to her work and decided to expand her career and take on the adventure of moving to California to work at Norton AFB. Sarah eventually retired from her life’s work there and moved back home to Clifton where she was very active in the community. Sarah enjoyed her dogs and collected many teddy bears. Christmas was always her favorite time of year, not only because it was her birthday but also because she lived so close to the Christmas wonderland, the Clifton Mill. Sarah was proceeded in death by her late husband Harry Dee Reese, Jr.

Sarah is survived by her sister, Nellie (Larry) Gillaugh, nephews and nieces, Garry (Cynde) Gillaugh, Terry (Becky) Gillaugh, Sharon (Jeff) Ewry, and Cheryl (Richard) Hudgell, cousin, Keith (Barb) Swigart, and many great nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Hospice of Dayton and the staff and community of friends at Elmcroft of Xenia for all of their love, care, and support in Sarah’s final stages of life.
Graveside services will be held at Clifton Cemetery on May 13, 2017, at 10:00 am with the Reverend Anne Horton. Contribution may be made to Hospice of Dayton in Sarah’s memory

Cecil Ruth (Cox) Chaney age 95 of Springfield, Ohio passed away on Friday, April 28th, 2017 at Eaglewood Village. Ruth was born on November 24, 1921 in Springfield, Ohio to the late Cecil E. Cox and Ina Ruth (Shank) (Cox) Reeves.

She was a graduate of Springfield High School class of 1941. She married William S. Chaney on March 27, 1943, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, while he was a cadet in the United States Army Air Force.  She and Bill were married for 69 years. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William S. Chaney; sisters, Betty Stewart, Dorothy Laipple; her step-mother, Naomi Cox; step-brother and sister-in-law, Linwood and Susan Leonard; nieces, Linda Wade, Barbara Conroy; nephew, Robert Stewart; uncle, George Shank; aunts, Zoe Zimmerman and Jean Shank Stewart. She is survived by her son, Richard Chaney; daughter, Ruth Ann (James) Reed; grandchildren, Ashley Reed (Brian) Gefvert, Chelsea Chaney and Sarah Reed; great-grandchild,  Reed Gefvert; step-grandchildren, Jason Reed and Tobi Dawson; step-great grandchild,  Abigail Dawson; brother, George (Bud) Reeves along with many nieces and nephews. Ruth worked at Northridge pharmacy for over thirty years for Albert Powell and later at Katy’s Hallmark. Internment with close family will be held at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers donations will be accepted by Moorefield Township Fire Department, Epilepsy Foundation and The Humane Society Serving Clark County. Arrangements in care of JACKSON LYTLE & LEWIS LIFE CELEBRATION CENTER.

HORNER, June M. (Burns), beloved mother, age 90, born in Springfield on November 28, 1926, went home to our Lord on April 28, 2017. She is survived by two daughters, Diana and Kelvin Evelsizor of Springfield and Paula Lewis of Indiana; two sons, J. Rodney of Springfield and Thomas R. of South Vienna; and two grandchildren, Aaron L. Evelsizor of Columbus and Kelsie R. Evelsizor of Springfield. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, James R. Horner. June retired from WPAFB after 31 years of service. A private graveside service will be held at Ferncliff Cemetery. Arrangements in care of JACKSON LYTLE & LEWIS LIFE CELEBRATION CENTER.

WUNDERLY, Mamie age 97 of Springfield, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from Oakwood Village. She was born on September 12, 1919 to the late John and Eather (Johnson) Brown in Springfield, Ohio. Mamie was a member of First Christian Church. She enjoyed family visiting, reading, word searches and working in the yard. Mamie also cared for several foster children in her younger years and was employed for 10 years at the Masonic Home. In addition to her parents, Mamie is preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Wunderly Sr.; a grandson, Zachary; 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her son, Robert E. (Carolyn) Wunderly Jr.; two daughters, LouAnne (Al) Cunningham of Tennessee and Nancy (Greg) Sturgeon of Kansas; 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with her service beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Jackson Lytle & Lewis Life Celebration Center, Dave Augustus officiating. Burial to follow at Newcomer Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial contributions to be made to the Good Samaritan Outreach Center c/o First Christian Church in Mamie’s honor. Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.jacksonlytle.com

Adrian Scott Roberts was born on May 19, 1975 at Lakenheath Air Force Base in England.  He lived in England for his first 5 years before stays in California, Ohio, and Saudi Arabia eventually settling back in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1981.

Adrian was active in sports during his youth, playing soccer, baseball and football. He loved to swim and ride his bike enjoying tremendous freedom roaming the village of Yellow Springs.  He attended Yellow Springs High School, Greene County Career Center and developed several meaningful friendships that lasted his lifetime.  After graduating from high school he attended Clark State Community College before moving to Cincinnati where he soon began his 19-year career at Formica.

Adrian is preceded in death by his father Theodore B. Roberts. He is survived by his mother Ann P. (White) Roberts, his brother Jonathan W. Roberts (Angela), his children Devon Anthony Roberts (14) and Alexis Roxann Roberts (9), his longtime partner Nichole Thompson, his uncle Bill White and his nephews Jonathan Myles Roberts (18) and Justin Theodore Roberts (15). In addition he leaves many cousins, extended family members and family friends in the US and UK.

He’s remembered as hard working, good-natured and always genuine. He was known for his big smile, great sense of humor and infectious laugh. Adrian was an avid music lover, enthusiastic sports fan and enjoyed time spent with family and friends. He was also a tremendous storyteller and talented writer. He could make anyone laugh with comedic recounts of his own adventures. He was tirelessly devoted to being a good father to Devon and Alexis, loving partner to Nicole and loyal to his closest friends.  Adrian died on April 22, 2017 in Crescent Springs Kentucky at the age of 41.

HADDIX, Frederick E. 86, of South Charleston, passed away on April 19, 2017. He was born on November 21, 1930 the son of Harvey and Nellie Haddix (Greider). Fred was raised by his parents on their farm in South Vienna along with his three brothers. Fred attended Catawba High School graduating in 1949. Fred played basketball his sophomore, junior and senior years and was chosen for the Clark County All-Star Basketball First Team all three years. Fred also excelled as a high school baseball playerand was known as a hard throwing left-handed pitcher who was mound-wise beyond his years. In his senior year, Fred pitched his team into the finals of the Class B Regionals. The Springfield News and Sun reported that baseball scouts focused on Clark County because they wanted to add the name of young Fred Haddix to a professional baseball contract. In 1950 he played professional baseball as a pitcher for the Red Soxs in Marion, Ohio. Fred served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956. He attended spring training in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1957 and later played in Corning, New York. He resigned from baseball in 1958. He spent the next 35 years working for Ohio Edison retiring in 1991. For many years, Fred continued to play amateur baseball while enjoying fishing, hunting, raising and training hunting dogs, and playing golf. Fred is survived by his two daughters, Linda Bernetich and her three children Erika, Chase, and Luke, Lori Haddix and her three children Gregory Hamilton (Erin), Amanda Cydrus (Matthew), and Aaron Miller, his brother and sister-in-law, Benjamin and Ruth Haddix, daughter-in-law Cindy Haddix, grandson Ryan Haddix, and numerous other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Virginia Haddix, his second wife Alice Haddix, his brother Edwin Haddix, his brother Harvey Haddix, and his son Andrew Haddix. All services will be held at JACKSON LYTLE & LEWIS LIFE CELEBRATION CENTER with visitation on Tuesday, April 25th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 26th at 1:00 p.m. with Dave Augustus officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Burial Park. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.jacksonlytle.com.

Holloway, Barbara 79, met her Creator Jesus Christ face to face April 19, 2017. She was surrounded by her family as she took her final breath with her earthly body. Barb is no longer suffering and is rejoicing as she is reunited with her mother and father, Clyde and Dorothy Tope who proceded her in death. The two most important things in Barb’s life were her relationship with Jesus Christ and her family, whom she loved dearly. She is survived by her honey, Richard E Holloway of Harmony. They would have celebrated 56 years of marriage this May. Her Honey, called her the backbone of the family. She leaves behind son John Holloway of Springfield, daughter Beth (Mark) Patterson of Springfield, daughter Betty (Charlie) Diamond of Springfield. She was excited about being a step-mother to Margie Kay Moffett of Urbana, whom she was able to meet in her last year. Barb loved being a mamal and leaves a legacy in her grandchildren. Granddaughter Brandi Farris of Springfield, Granddaughter Laaci (Cole) Miller of Springfield, Granddaughter Chelsea (John) Teat of Kettering, and Grandson Tyler Diamond of Springfield. In June 2016,she wrote In her Bible she would become a great-grandparent, she fought long enough to meet him, Wyatt Miller of Springfield. Special friend of the family Vicky Taylor. Her legacy will live on through her husband, children and grandchildren in many ways, including her delicious cooking/baking skills.
Barbara grew up in Springfield, Ohio and graduated from Springfield High. She attended Maiden Lane Church of God, where she met her husband. She loved Bro Boyer (the pastor at the time). God was the center of the household and in her adult years she began attending Hillside Ave Church of God. She was involved with the children’s ministry, teaching Sunday School, visiting shut-ins, singing in the church choir amongst many other things. Her faith was the most important thing to her and it didn’t matter who you were she made sure to share Jesus with you. You might have often heard her asking “ARE YOU SAVED?” “ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN?” She loved the Lord and was not ashamed of letting anyone know about it. She knew no stranger and she wanted everyone to experience Jesus Christ and have a hope only HE can give.
Barbara enjoyed many different things. Baking was one of her favorite things to do. You might often see her baking pies, cookies, a new recipe she found on the internet, but to many her pumpkin pie, raspberry pie, red velvet cake, oatmeal cookies, and jello with whipped cream at Christmas was her signatures. These will live on through her children and grandchildren. Like many woman she loved her purses and shoes. If she wasn’t in the kitchen you could find her looking for a new purse or a pair of shoes.
A special Thank you to the staff at Kindred Hospice Care who took excellent care of Barbara in her final days, keeping her comfortable and in no pain. A Special Thank you to Frank Lewis and the staff at Jackson Lytle and Lewis Life Celebration Center for making this difficult time a very easy experience.
1 John 5:11-12, And this is the testimony. God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. The one who has the Son has this eternal life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have this eternal life. Barbara would ask you, “ARE YOU SAVED?”
A Memorial Service officiated by Pastor Larry Cook for Barabara will be Saturday April 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM, at Hillside Ave Church of God (2021 Hillside Ave, Springfield, Ohio 45503).

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