Died: Sunday, July 13, 2003
Leslie Purtee, 91, of Wilmington, died Sunday (July 13, 2003) at Clinton Memorial Hospital. His wife, Ethel Dryden Purtee of Wilmington, survives.
Mr. Purtee was born Aug. 11, 1911, in Clinton County, son of Arthur and Maggie Fisher Purtee. He spent his life farming. A 1929 graduate of Wayne High School, he attended Wilmington College. He was a past 60-year member of the Wilmington Eagles lodge.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Arthur (Barbara) Purtee of Wilmington; two daughters, Jane (Dave) Reed of Lapeer, Mich. and Mary Snyder of Wilmington; seven grandchildren, Robin (Dave) Griggs, Mark (Kris) Purtee, Terri (Greg) Spradlin, Deron (Megan) Hackney, Rhonda Wood, Cheryl (Tim) Russell and Mathew (Jennifer) Snyder; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Nellie Poorman of Wilmington.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Nora Francis Purtee.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the LITTLETON FUNERAL HOME, 104 N. Jackson St., Sabina, with burial in the New Antioch Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, 45203.
Virgil E. Hunter
Died: Sunday, July 13, 2003
Virgil E. Hunter, 81, of Wilmington, died 4:05 a.m. Sunday (July 13, 2003) at Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington. His wife, Hilda L. Van Ness Hunter, survives.
Mr. Hunter was born Nov. 9, 1921, in Clinton County, son of the late Charles and Helen Quigley Hunter. He worked at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for two years after World War II in the Intelligence Division. He joined the Wilmington News Journal in 1948 as a reporter. In 1951 he assumed the position of news editor at the Hillsboro Press Gazette. In 1952, Mr. Hunter started at the Dayton Daily News and retired as makeup editor in 1983.
Most of his early life was spent in Clinton County and the Dayton area. Mr. Hunter graduated from New Vienna High School in 1939. Following graduation, he worked for his father as a building contractor for a short time before joining the Army Air Corps in January 1940. He served three years in the European Theater as sergeant major of the 21st Air Depot Group, returning to the states in July 1945. He was honorably discharged from service in September 1945.
Mr. Hunter was a member of the First Christian Church — Disciples of Christ in Wilmington. He also was a member of the Wilmington Masonic Lodge 52. He was a lifetime member of the Alpha VFW Post. He was a member of Dayton Eagles 321 where he was past worthy president and he was a member of the Venice High Twelve Club.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Hunter is survived by three stepdaughters, Jackie (James) Barnett of Lebanon, Patty (Tom) Radank of Edgewood, Ky. and Sharon (Ernie) Dakin of Waynesville; a stepson, Gary (Kathy) Martin of Dayton; a sister, Juanita Suto of Wilmington; 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; and a host of family and friends including a special loved cousin, Jerry (Anna) Kline of Hillsboro.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hunter was preceded in death by a brother, William C. Hunter.
The funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church — Disciples of Christ, 120 Columbus St., Wilmington, the Rev. Donald K. Mertz officiating, with interment in the Valley View Memorial Gardens. Friends may call between 5 and 8 p.m. Tuesday at the REYNOLDS-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 327 N. South St. in Wilmington. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church — Disciples of Christ, 120 Columbus St., Wilmington 45177.
Doris Powell Cook
Died: Saturday, July 12, 2003
Doris Powell Cook, 80, of Greenfield, died 4:47 p.m. Saturday (July 12, 2003) at Edgewood Manor, Greenfield. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Floyd Powell, who died March 21, 1981. She also was preceded in death by her second husband, Robert Cook, who died Feb. 17, 1994.
Mrs. Cook was born Sept. 25, 1922, in Highland County, daughter of the late Carey Benton Hopkins and Maude Mae Whelan Hopkins. She retired from the Greenfield Sundry Store where she worked as a sales clerk. Mrs. Cook was a member of the Greenfield Church of Christ.
Mrs. Cook is survived by three daughters, Lois J. (David) Reynolds of Wilmington, Charlotte (William) Bowman of Greenfield and Jane (David) Knisley of Columbus; a son, Floyd Richard (Joyce) Powell of Washington Court House; five grandchildren, Carrie (Joe) Hete, Mark Reynolds, Tom Powell, Melissa (Brett) Tolle, Heather (Jason) Cunningham; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Edyth Parshall of Hillsboro, Bertha Cooper of Rainsboro and Evelyn Omatis of Smithfield; a brother, Robert Hopkins of Indianapolis, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Manotee Crisenberry and Marcena Losey; and four brothers, Jarrett Hopkins, Harry Hopkins, Irvin Hopkins and Vernon Hopkins.
The funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Greenfield Church of Christ, Pastor Danny Dodds officiating, with interment in the Greenfield Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the church. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Greenfield Church of Christ, P.O. Box 270, Greenfield, 45123, or to the American Cancer Society, Highland County Unit, 1100 Northview Drive, Apt. 7C, Hillsboro, 45133. Arrangements are under the direction of the MURRAY-FETTRO FUNERAL HOME in Greenfield.
Gregory S. Caldwell
Died: Saturday, July 12, 2003
Gregory S. Caldwell, 45, of Beavercreek, died Friday (July 12, 2003). His wife, Tanis Caldwell of Beavercreek, survives.
He was a son of Edith Caldwell and the late William J. Caldwell. Mr. Caldwell was a member of the Mount Zion Church and of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters 2540.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Caldwell is survived by two sons, William (Lorinda) Caldwell of Dayton and James Caldwell of Dayton; two daughters, Martina Caldwell of Dayton and Susan Caldwell of Dayton; his mother, Edith Smith of Beavercreek; five granddaughters, Mariah, Abbagail, Makenzie, Brooklyn and Madisyn; a brother, Mark Caldwell of Florida; and three sisters, Tina Cantrell of Columbus, Velvet Fletcher of Miamisburg and Melody Rothwell of Middletown.
The funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Zion Church, 22 S. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, with interment in the Mount Zion Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Beavercreek FISH, in care of Jan Dice, 1534 Woods Drive, Beavercreek 45432. Arrangements were under the direction of NEWCOMER FARLEY FUNERAL HOME in Kettering.
Helen L. Quallen
Died: Friday, July 11, 2003
Helen L. Quallen, 78, of Blanchester, died Friday afternoon (July 11, 2003) at Continental Manor in Blanchester. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis E. Quallen, on Jan. 27, 1986.
Mrs. Quallen was born Oct. 25, 1924, in Sidney, daughter of the late Clarence and Helen M. Meyer Martz. She had been a school teacher in St. Martin, Fayetteville, Mount Orab and Hamersville schools. Mrs. Quallen graduated in 1942 from Holy Angel High School in Sidney and in 1946 from the College of Mount St. Joseph.
Mrs. Quallen is survived by a son, James (Dorena) Quallen of Wilmington; three daughters, Amy (George) Brown of Cardington, Kathie Martin of Arizona and Annette Quallen of Cincinnati; six grandchildren, Angela (Brad) Woodruff of Lees Creek, Amanda Quallen of Wilmington, Nicole Brown of Columbus, Heather Martin of Florida, Hugh Martin Jr. of Arizona and Sgt. Brandy Martin of Washington, D.C.; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Quallen was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Angela Merici Parish, St. Martin Chapel in St. Martin, the Rev. Ron Cooper serving as celebrant, with interment in the St. Martin Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today with prayer service at 5:30 p.m. at the DAVIS-TURNER FUNERAL HOME, 201 Broadway St. in Lynchburg. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, 45242-8922 or to Continental Manor Nursing Home, 820 E. Center St., Blanchester, 45107.
William Robert Hassertt
Died: Wednesday, August 27, 2003
William Robert Hassertt, 87, of Blanchester, died Wednesday (Aug. 27, 2003) at Continental Manor, Blanchester. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline C. Hassertt.
Mr. Hassertt was born June 5, 1916, in Cincinnati, son of the late Robert Joseph Hassertt and Angie Shelton.
He is survived by a son, Robert (Ruby) Hassertt of Wichita Falls, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Scott of Midland; a brother, Edward Hassertt of Latonia, Ky.; two sisters, Lillian Walker of Navaro and Margaret Clift of Cincinnati; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death a son, Edward John Hassertt, who died in 1995.
Services will be held noon Friday at TUFTS SCHILDMEYER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 120 W. Main St., Blanchester, Pastor Edward J. Hassertt Jr. officiating, with burial in Butler County Memory Garden, Hamilton. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, 45420, or Continental Manor Activities Dept., 820 E. Center St., Blanchester, 45107.
Thomas Junior Sharp
Died: Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Thomas Junior Sharp, 80, of Leesburg, died Wednesday (Aug. 27, 2003) at Clinton Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Mary E. “Susie” Tuttle Sharp. They were married July 1, 1943.
Mr. Sharp was born June 22, 1923, in Lees Creek, son of the late Thomas L. and Ferrie Mae Nunn Sharp. He was a retired farmer, state highway department employee and carpenter. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was a member of the Community Christian Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Connie (Butch) Hooper of Leesburg and Jennie (John Meriweather) Sharp of Washington Court House; a son, Gary (Marsha) Sharp of Chesapeake; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Christine Duncan of Wilmington; and a brother, Max (Carolyn) Sharp of Sabina.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Community Christian Church, with burial in Centerville Cemetery, Lees Creek. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the LITTLETON FUNERAL HOME, 104 N. Jackson St., Sabina. Memorial contributions may be made to the cardiac rehab at Clinton Memorial Hospital, Wilmington.
Olive S. Ertel
Died: Tuesday, August 26, 2003
Olive S. Ertel, 92, of Prairie View Apartments, Wilmington, died 6:50 a.m. Tuesday (April 26, 2003) at Clinton Memorial Hospital following a short illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Ertel, who died in December 1973.
Mrs. Ertel was born March 27, 1911, in Midland, daughter of the late Carl and Sylvia Andrew Johnson. She was a member of the Methodist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Marlene (Donald) Roby of Wilmington; three grandchildren, Donald Eric (Vicki) Roby of Slidell, La., Elizabeth (Larry) Ritt of Wilmington and Alan Roby of Wilmington; and three great-grandchildren, Laurie Ritt, Kelsi (Kevin) Chambers and Nicholas Roby.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Johnson; and two sisters, Helen Pratt and Janet Wieland.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Woodville Cemetery, Gene Williams officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, 101 N. South St., Wilmington, 45177. Arrange-ments are under the direction of REYNOLDS-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 327 N. South St., Wilmington. For more information or to sign the funeral home’s registry of condolences,