EARL KLECKNER SR.
Earl Leroy Kleckner Sr., 80, Coldstream Drive, Danville, husband of Nancy Hoffman Kleckner, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at Danville Center for Health and Rehabilitation.
Born Feb. 18, 1924 in New Castle, PA, he was the son of the late Stephen John and Elizabeth Amelia Knoblock Kleckner.
He was purchasing agent for General Fireproofing Co., Youngstown, OH, purchasing director for National Casket Co., Lancaster, and owner of Elk Associates, Independent Rep. Firm from 1973 to 1995. He was an Army veteran having served as a private in the 97th Artillery Division during WWII, a Scottish Rite 32nd degree Mason, a member of Mahoning Masonic Lodge, Youngstown, was active in Boy Scouts and Little League baseball in Youngstown. He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, was a 1945 graduate of New Castle High School and of Youngstown State University in 1952 and was an avid fisherman and hunter.
In addition to his wife, survivors include: two daughters, Nancy Lee (Clarence) Camden of Burgin and Amy Lee (Robert D.) Thomas of Georgetown, OH; three sons, Earl Lee (Trudy) Kleckner and David Lee (Bonnie) Kleckner, both of Danville, and Bill Lee (Teresa) Kleckner of Richmond; two sisters, Emmy Lou Drake of Palo Alto, CA and Mary Alice Iaconi of San Francisco, CA; 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Jon Lee Kleckner.
The funeral was held Saturday, Nov. 13 at Stith Funeral Home in Danville. Burial was in Bellevue Cemetery.
A Masonic service was held Friday at the funeral home.
The family requests memorials be made to the Disabled American Veterans.
Doris Soper Foster Lyen, 92, of Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation, died Saturday, November 13, 2004.
Born Sept. 28, 1912, in Nicholasville, she was the daughter of the late Leighton M. and Ida L. Sanders Soper. She was a homemaker, a member of First Christian Church, Ephraim McDowell Hospital Auxiliary and a Red Cross volunteer.
Survivors include: one son, Thomas A. Foster, Danville; one stepdaughter, Betty Lyen Pryse, Richmond; one brother, William T. Soper, Frederick, MD; a sister, Eudell Wade, Nicholasville; and two grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 16, at Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, by the Rev. William Curwood.
Visitation will be after noon Tuesday at Stith Funeral Home.
Memorials may go to Heritage Hospice.
(This obit was not included in the Nov 18)
Donald O'Neal “Rat” Tyler, 74, Salvisa, husband of Betty Brock Tyler, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.
Born March 12, 1930 in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Herman and Rushie Lee Bottoms Tyler.
He had a partnership with his son as a brick layer and then retired after 42 years, was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of the Salvisa United Methodist Church, enjoyed fishing and was a recycling enthusiast.
In addition to his wife, survivors include: one son, Donnie (Vickie) Tyler of Salvisa; two daughters, Linda (Bobby) Hardin of Mercer County and Donna (Ernie) Bostic of Anderson County; two sisters, Betty Murphy of Lexington and Mary Devine of Harrodsburg; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Curtis and J.C. Tyler; one sister, Sally Ann Hourigan, and one grandson, Dwayne Stumph.
The funeral was held Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Wiley officiating. Burial was in Kirkwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mike, Rudy, Chuck and Dennis Tyler, Larry Devine and Louis Sea.
Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren Angela, Jason and David Tyler and Daniel Stumph.
Memorial contributions may be made to Salvisa United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 126, Salvisa, KY 40372.
Vina Ellen Underwood, 85, Chenault Bridge Road, Danville, widow of Clay Underwood, died Nov. 10, 2004 in Harrodsburg.
Born Oct. 30, 1919 in Mercer County, she was a daughter of the late Adam Silas and Eva Burton Cannada.
She was a homemaker and a member of Indian Hills Christian Church.
Survivors include: two daughters, Eva (Donald) Logue of Harrodsburg and Judy (Wayne) Reinsmith of Salvisa; four sons, Marcus (Rosemary) Underwood and Donald (Judy) Underwood, both of Danville, Ernest (Joyce) Underwood of Harrodsburg and Ben Underwood of Lancaster; one brother, Marvin Cannada of Harrodsburg; one sister, Lucille Black of Poland, IN; 13 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Bobby Underwood, and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held Saturday, Nov. 13 at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home in Danville with Bro. Odis Clark officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Lawrence, Sonny, Robert, Douglas, Darrell and Chris Underwood and Jared Reinsmith.
Honorary pallbearers were Shannon Curtis, Janie Robbins, Donna Prewitt, Cindy Long, Julie Honaker and Mary Eva Hagen.
Contributions are suggested to Gideon’s International or the Indian Hills Christian Church Building Fund.
Billy Cheek, 30, 2541 Maywood Road, Stanford, husband of Christy Joann Carter Cheek, originally from Harrodsburg, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004 at the Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington after an illness.
Born Oct. 16, 1974 in Danville, he was a son of James and Sandra Kaye Hornsby Cheek of Stanford.
He was a farmer, a member of the Highland Area Station 8 Fire Department, and a member of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his wife, survivors include: one son, Jacob Harlow, and one daughter, Karringan Harlow, both of Stanford; three brothers, James Cheek and Louis Cheek, both of Florida, and Bobby (Tina) Cheek of Stanford; two sisters, Mary (Edward) Warmouth and Joyce (Eddie) Padgett, both of Stanford, and four nephews.
The funeral was conducted Sunday, Nov. 21 at the Hedgeville Baptist Church in Danville with Rev. Lester Tirey officiating. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery in Lincoln County.
Pallbearers were Troy and Troy Creg Gingrass, Danny Glass, Roger Pullum, Kyle Cupp, Chris Cross and Billy Miller.
Arrangements were handled by the Ransdell Funeral Chapel.
ROBERT GREGORY SR.
Robert Cecil Gregory Sr., 81, Moreland Avenue, husband of Ruth Jones Gregory, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004.
Born Sept. 19, 1923 in Clay County, he was the son of the late Samuel and Laura Gregory.
He retired as an electrical specialist from Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, CA. He served in the United States Army becoming a decorated first sergeant of Company “F” 60th infantry at age 19 and was honorably discharged on April 27, 1947. He enjoyed friends, family, and life.
In addition to his wife, survivors include: one daughter, Norma Gregory of Los Angeles, CA; one son, William Gregory of Montague, CA; three sisters; one aunt; 10 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Robert Cecil Gregory, II.
The funeral was conducted Sunday, Nov. 21 at the Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home with Rev. Michael West officiating. A graveside service was held Monday, Nov. 22 at the Manchester Memorial Gardens in Manchester.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville, KY 40423.
Orville Russell Lister, 57, Catlett Lane, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004 at his residence.
Born June 3, 1947 in Mercer County, he was a son of Lula Turpin Lister of Shelbyville and the late Edgar Lister.
Survivors include: one sister, Joyce Messer of Shelbyville and four brothers, Conder Lister of Junction City and Carter Lister, Danny Lister and Elwood Lister, all of Harrodsburg.
The funeral was held Friday, Nov. 19 at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home in Danville with Rev. Buddy Turpin officiating. Burial was in the Junction City Cemetery.
Marie Sallee McRay, 95, Castle Heights, widow of Homer Sallee and A. D. McRay, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004 at the Bradford Square Health Care Center in Frankfort.
Born Aug. 21, 1909 in Mercer County, she was a daughter of the late Roscoe Colvin and Iva Corn Long.
She was a retired seamstress at Cricketeer Manufacturing Company, a member of the Mercer County Senior Citizens and of the Fellowship Baptist Church.
Survivors include: one son, Norman Sallee of Frankfort; one stepson, Arthur B. McRay of Springfield; three sisters, Virginia Emmetsberger, Lula Belle Elder and Dorothy McIntosh, all of Louisville; five grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Maurice J. Sallee and one daughter, Ramah Joyce Sallee.
The funeral was conducted Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Rev. Everett Hawkins officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Douglas, Kevin and Norman Sallee, Paul Votaw, Willie B. Horn and Maurice Long.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.
Virgie Watts Peavler, 75, Tabler Avenue, wife of William Peavler, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004 at her home after a long illness.
Born Nov. 26, 1928 in Cincinnati, OH, she was a daughter of the late T.R. and Easter Patrick Watts.
She was a cook at Stone Manor Restaurant for over 23 years and a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church.
In addition to her husband, survivors include: five sons, Edward “Catfish” Peavler, Hubert “Pud” Peavler, Robert “Shorty” Peavler, David “Pee Wee” Peavler, all of Harrodsburg, and Audrey Dale “Peck” Peavler of Lawrenceburg; one daughter, Geraldine Jones Vetters of Danville; three brothers, Leslie Watts of Walton, Billy Luther Watts of Harrodsburg and David Watts of Lawrenceburg; two sisters, Mildred Lewis and Patricia Phillips, both of Harrodsburg; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one son, John Willie Peavler; three brothers, Joe Watts, Allan Watts and Frank Watts, and one sister, Lucille Frances Murphy.
The funeral was conducted Sunday, Nov. 21 at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Kenneth Meredith officiating. Burial was in the Peter Cemetery at Mackville.
Pallbearers were Lesley Watts Jr., William Luther Watts Jr., Lawrence, Kevin, Alvin Rose, and Keith Watts.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville, KY 40423.