FARMER - Larry R. Kelley, 53, died Sunday afternoon at his home following an extended illness.
He was born March 3, 1948, in Wayne County, WVa., the son of James and Clotene (Ellis) Kelley.
In 1965, he married Mary Kay Frank, who survives. He was a self employed truck driver.
Also surviving are a son, Larry II, Montpelier; three daughters, Rhonda Maag, Pandora, Lana Cain, Edgerton, and Kristy Branham, Bryan; four sisters, Lona Davis, Hicksville, Donna Davis and Glenda Sanders, both of Farmer, and Erma Osmun, Stryker; a brother, Jim, Hicksville; and nine grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday (today) in Rice Funeral Home, Bryan, with Rev. Herb Ruggles officiating. Burial will be in Farmer Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the family.
DEFIANCE -- Orville Eugene Fitzsimmons, 47, died on Sunday, July 15, 2001 as the result of an accident.
He was born on June 17, 1954 in Toledo, the son of Lucille (Glick) and Elvin Fitzsimmons. His wife, the former Shari Buntain, survives.
He worked for Center Concrete, Defiance.
He was a member of the Evansport Fox Hunters Club.
Also surviving are four daughters, Micayla and Cassondra, both at home, Sherri, Continental, and Mrs. Lucan (Carrie) Starr, Defiance; two sons, Gene Jr. and William, both of Fort Wayne, IN; one grandchild; two brothers, Elvin Jr. and Lester, both of Hicksville; and two sisters, Donna, Toledo, and Mrs. Ted (Pearl) Schlosser, Hicksville.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his first wife, Karen.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, July 19 at 1 p.m. in Grisler Funeral Home, Stryker, with Rev. Donald Luhring officiating.
Memorials may be made into a trust for his children.
BUTLER, IN -- Charles L. "Roy" Eck, 87, died at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2001 in The Laurels of DeKalb Health Care Center.
He was born on August 4, 1913 in Butler, the son of Fred and Melissa (Worthington) Eck. On December 25, 1934 in Waterloo, IN, he married Pauline Beard, who survives.
He was employed by the Indiana State Highway Department for 22 years in highway maintenance. He had owned Eck's Backhoe Service, Eck's Cigar Store and the Coffee Cup Restaurant, all in Butler. He was a former member of the Butler Police Department and a 20-year member of the Butler Fire Department.
He was a charter member of the Butler Eagles 2733.
Also surviving are one son, Jimmie D. (Glenda), Butler; two daughters, Helen (Gene) Snook, Garrett, IN, and Ruth Teegardin, Butler; one brother, Frank, Hicksville; two sisters, Helen Baughman, Butler, and Mabel Peters, Auburn, IN; one sister-in-law, Lavon, Coldwater, MI; two daughters-in-law, Mary Ann, Butler, and Joann, Buffalo, NY; 23 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Charles and Jerry; three brothers, Jim, Delbert and Russell; three sisters, Myrtle Bellman, Vada Swaim and Wava Nichols; his parents; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services were conducted on Wednesday, July 18 at 1 p.m. in H.E. Johnson & Son Funeral Home, Butler, with Rev. Dennis Leinbach of Butler United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Butler Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Butler Fire Department.
Max Finley Carr
HICKSVILLE - Max Finley Carr, 81, who resided at Hickory Creek of Hicksville, died Sunday, July 22, 2001 at 1:30 a.m. He had been in failing health for some time.
Mr. Carr was born March 27, 1920 in Hicksville, the son of Ralph and Marie (Sunday) Carr. He graduated from Hicksville High School in 1938. He received an undergraduate degree in music from Miami University, Oxford, OH, and his master's from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he also taught at the Henry Street Settlement and the Lennox School. He married Margaret (Heisler) Carr in 1948.
He was a concert pianist and professor of Music, beginning his teaching career at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. He later taught at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AZ, and Wilmington College, Wilmington, OH where he taught for 25 years. After his retirement in 1985 he moved to be with his daughter and her family and devoted his time and talents to his grandchildren and to music ministry in several churches. He returned to Hicksville in 1998.
During World War II he served as a Chaplain's Assistant in the Army in the South Pacific.
He was preceded in death by his parents and seven brothers, Ralph Jr., John, Joseph, Paul, Andrew, William and Jack; and his wife Margaret.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Hale, Defiance; three children, Max Jr. (Karen), Garland, TX, Anne (Keith) Wiedenkeller, Prairie Village, KS, and Jonathan Carr and Margaret Strand of Ocean Springs, MS; two grandchildren; sisters-in-law Mary (Huff) and Naomi (Snodgrass), and many nieces and nephews and their families.
A memorial service was held at the First Presbyterian Church Tuesday, July 24 at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Huber Opera House and Civic Center Fund, Hicksville, or the charity of one's choice.
HICKSVILLE -- Ruth J. Murphy, 72, 200 East Edgerton Street, died at her home at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2001. She had been in failing health for several months.
She was born on March 1, 1929 in Waynesboro, IN, the daughter of Lannie and Lizzie (Kilburn) Griggs. She graduated from Wayne High School in 1946. Her first husband, Frank Fowler, preceded her in death. On March 15, 1969 she was united in marriage with David Murphy in Hicksville.
In 1974 she retired from the Syncro Corp., Hicksville, after many years of service.
She was a member of the Hicksville First Church of Christ.
Surviving are her husband, David; four daughters, Sue Feasby, Antwerp, Kay Powells, Colorado Springs, CO, Deb Stuckey and Melody Mumy, both of Hicksville; three sons, Charles Fowler, Hicksville, Cliff, Phoenix, AZ, and Paul, Fort Wayne, IN; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Marcus Griggs and Robert Griggs, both of Detroit, MI, and David Griggs, Johnson City, TN; and two sisters, Wilma Hickerson, Waynesboro, TN, and Frankie Petrides, Detroit, MI.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Louise Griggs and Eva James; one brother, Paul Griggs; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter.
Memorial services were held at Hicksville First Church of Christ at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 23, with Ken Wellman officiating.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials to Hospice-The Caring Way of Defiance County or the church.