Dorothy R. Koch
Died: Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Dorothy R. Koch, 87, of Wilmington, died Tuesday (Dec. 9, 2003) at Cape May Retirement Village in Wilmington. Her husband, Walter A. Koch, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Koch was born June 5, 1916, in Highland County, daughter of the late Christian L. and Minnie May Jones Redkey. A graduate of Greenfield McClain High School, she was a member of the Hillsboro First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Sara Kathryn Redkey of Hillsboro; seven nieces and nephews, Georgia M. Chaney of Wilmington, Maxine Cramton of Columbus, James Cramton of Martinsville, Marilyn (Lou) Bitar of Philadelphia, Pa., Loren (Linda) Redkey of Hillsboro, Rita (Bob) Jones of Hyannis, Mass. and Jayne (Ford) Halter of Hamilton; 12 great-nieces and great-nephews; and seven great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, James Edwin Redkey, Robert Wayne Redkey, William J. “Bill” Redkey and Christian L. Redkey; and two sisters, Margaret A. McConnaughey and Kathryn R. Cramton.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Clinton County, 61 E. Main St., Wilmington, 45177. HOPE MILLER-THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME, Hillsboro, is handling arrangements.
Dora Lee Tanner Brittingham
Died: Monday, December 08, 2003
Dora Lee Tanner Brittingham, 73, of Sabina, was called home to be with her Lord Monday (Dec. 8, 2003) at her residence. Her husband, Leonard Brittingham, survives.
Mrs. Brittingham was born March 13, 1930, in Spencer, W.Va., daughter of the late Roy Edward and Caroline Blosser Tanner.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by four children, Robert Bassett of Sabina, Janet Frausto of Sabina, Larry Goff of Sabina and Harley (Sonny) Goff of Kentucky; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Rosa (Bill) Johnston of Jeffersonville; two brothers, John (Joy) Tanner of Jeffersonville and Ross (Beulah) Tanner of Sabina; two stepbrothers, John and Larry Campbell of Jeffersonville; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at LITTLETON FUNERAL HOME, 104 N. Jackson St., Sabina, with burial in the Sabina Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until time of the services Friday at the funeral home.
Shirley A. Valentine
Died: Monday, December 08, 2003
Shirley A. Valentine, 67, of Patriot, formerly of New Holland, died Monday (Dec. 8, 2003) at Highland District Hospital, Hillsboro. Her husband, Austin Allen “John” Valentine, died in 1979.
Mrs. Valentine was born Nov. 5, 1936, in Proctorville, daughter of William and Mary Ellen Black Roose Knight. She was retired as general manager of the Deer Creek Country Trader. She was a 1954 graduate of Proctorville High School where she was valedictorian.
She is survived by two daughters, Clare Ann (Robert) Goldsberry of Clarksburg and Mary Ellen (Robert) Bowers of New Holland; a son, Charles “Bud” Eastes of New Vienna; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Knight of Minot, N.D.; and very special friends, Chuck and Sharon Selman of Patriot.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Florence.
Following cremation, there will be a graveside burial service at a later date in the New Holland Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of LITTLETON FUNERAL HOME, 104 N. Jackson St., Sabina.
Joseph K. Sears
Died: Monday, December 29, 2003
Joseph K. Sears, 83, of Columbus, died Monday (Dec. 29, 2003) at Riverside Hospital. His wife, Dorothy N. Ragen Sears, survives. They were married Sept. 10, 1947.
Mr. Sears was born Oct. 25, 1920, in Sabina, son of the late Jesse L. and Harriet Hawke Sears. He was retired from the Columbus Police Department and was past president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 9 in Columbus. He was a 1939 graduate of Sabina High School and served in the Army Air Force during World War II.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Sue (Gary) Sowers; two sons, Joe (Julienne) Sears and Richard K. (Mary) Sears; five grandchildren, Kristin, Megan, Craig, Anne and Scott; and a brother-in-law, John W. Ragen.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Karl H. Sears.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at LITTLETON FUNERAL HOME, 104 N. Jackson St., Sabina, with burial in the Sabina Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at SCHOEDINGER FUNERAL HOME, 5554 Karl Road, Columbus, and from 12:30 p.m. until time of the services Saturday at LITTLETON FUNERAL HOME.
Billy Ray Wells
Died: Sunday, December 28, 2003
Billy Ray Wells, 55, of rural Virginia, Ill., formerly of Blanchester, died Sunday (Dec. 28, 2003) at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Terry Newingham Bettis. They were married May 29, 1993, in Virginia, Ill.
Mr. Wells was born Feb. 21, 1948, in Frenchburg, Ky., son of Opal Bailey Wells of Sabina and the late Willard L. Wells. He was employed by the Bluff Springs Farmers Elevator from 1972 until its recent merger with FS. He remained employed with Sunrise Ag until his death. He served from 1968 to 1972 with the Illinois National Guard. He graduated from Blanchester High School. He was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors. He also enjoyed fishing, camping and attending horse shows with his family.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two daughters, Stephanie Beddingfield of Virginia, Ill., and Jackie (D.J.) Peck of Litchfield, Ill.; a granddaughter, Courtney Beddingfield of Virginia, Ill.; two stepchildren, Tyler and Brooke Bettis of rural Virginia, Ill.; a brother, Lee (Purisima) of Virginia, Ill.; two sisters, Wanda Lou (Robert) Bills of Wilmington and Deanna Wells of Sabina; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Wednesday at MASSIE-BUCHANAN FUNERAL HOME in Virginia, Ill., with burial in Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia, Ill. Visitation was held at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the C-A-V Emergency Medical Technicians or to the family in care of Terry Wells, 6876 Hickory Road, Virginia, Ill. 62691, to establish a trust fund to benefit his granddaughter and stepchildren.
Died: Sunday, December 28, 2003
Ileen Markey, 85, of Wilmington, died Sunday (Dec. 28, 2003) at Clinton Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph.
Mrs. Markey was born Dec. 27, 1918, in Darke County, daughter of Clarence and Bessie Christian. She formerly lived on farms in the Farmersville, Greenville and Dayton areas.
She is survived by two sons, Stan (Jennifer) Markey of Wilmington and Don (Jill) Markey of Clermont, Fla.; a daughter, Jane (Steven) Blue of Paducah, Ky.; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Clarence Christian Jr. of New Carlisle; and a sister, Virginia Cripps of Mission, Texas.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth M. Christian.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at LINDLOFF-ZIMMERMAN FUNERAL HOME, West Alexandria, the Rev. J. Herman Bassler officiating, with burial in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Benjamin C. Houze Sr.
Died: Friday, December 26, 2003
Benjamin C. Houze Sr., 73, of Midland, died Friday (Dec. 26, 2003) at his home. He is survived by his wife, Betty Linda Moore Houze of Midland.
Mr. Houze was born May 7, 1930, in Petersburg, Ky., son of the late Grant J. Houze and Bertha Loniaker.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children, Ben Houze Jr. of Sabina, Allen Houze of Aurora, Ind., Gary Houze of Oklahoma, Pamela Lows of Aurora, Ind., Brenda Robertson of Lawrenceburg, Ind., and Valorie (Bill) Hixson of Midland; two sisters, Hazel Brady and Wilma Louden; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends and neighbors.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.
Services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at TUFTS SCHILDMEYER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 120 W. Main St., Blanchester, 45107, Pastor Larry Sillett officiating, with burial in Jefferson Township Cemetery, Westboro. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Fredrick R. Dunn
Died: Friday, December 26, 2003
Fredrick R. Dunn, 67, of Fayetteville, died Friday (Dec. 26, 2003) at his home. He is survived by his wife, Aurelia “Marty” Dunn of Fayetteville.
Mr. Dunn was born Jan. 8, 1936, in Cincinnati, son of the late Ernest A. Dunn and Ethel Grevey. He was a member of the Fayetteville Fire Department.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Maurenna (Bill) Budai of Mt. Carmel, Gary Dunn of Fayetteville and Fred (Cindi) Dunn of Fayetteville; a brother, Ernest Dunn of Williamsburg; three sisters, Addie Webb, Hazel Nash and Clarrene Mahew, all of California; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Goshen United Methodist Church, Goshen Road, Goshen, Pastor Ken Molter officiating, with burial in St. Martin Cemetery, St. Martin. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5378A Cox-Smith Road, Mason, 45040. Arrangements are under the direction of TUFTS SCHILDMEYER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 120 W. Main St., Blanchester.