Friday, July 26, 2002
Claudie J. Miller
Claudie J. Miller. Funeral service will be Saturday July 27, 2002 at 10 a.m. at Lockwood United Methodist Church, 3680 Manchester Rd., Akron, Rev. Rod Grabski officiating. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. Calling hours Friday from 6-9 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton and also one hour prior to service at the church.
D. Robert Ginther
D. Robert Ginther, age 80, lifelong resident of North Canton, passed away Wednesday evening, July 24, 2002, after a long illness. Born in Akron, OH he was a retired C.P.A. A charter member of Northminster Presbyterian Church, a 40+ yr. member of the North Canton Lions Club, and also a member of the North Canton Elks. A veteran of W.W. II, he served his country in the U.S. Army and received the Purple Heart. Survived by his wife, Katherine, to whom he was married 56 yrs.; daughter, Kathy Ginther; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. William and Sharyl Ginther; three grandchildren. A memorial service will be conducted Sunday, July 28, 2002 at 2:30 p.m. by Pastor Richard Scherpenisse at Northminster Church. The family will receive friends following the service and suggest that memorials be made to Northminster Church, 237 W. Maple Street, North Canton, OH 44720.
Dale C. Rosenbery
Dale C. Rosenbery, age 73, of Canton, OH, passed away Wednesday evening in Aultman Hospital following a brief illness. Born in Canton, OH, on December 22, 1928 he was a 1947 graduate of Canton Lincoln High School where he was a member of the 1945 State Championship Football Team. He was a retired employee of Canton Drop Forge, retiring in 1985 after having over 35 years of service. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, was President of the Golden Circle Credit Union Board of Directors, member of Greater Canton Fast Pitch Hall of Fame, Canton Lincoln Alumni Assoc., was an active member of the Mayfield Senior Center and was a member and former officer in the AFL-CIO Council. He was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Mary Rosenbery and a brother, Maurice Rosy Rosenberry. Survivors include his wife, Roberta Rosenbery of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Charles Young of Canton, Denise and Bill DePasquale of Maryland and Claudia and David Binkley of Alaska; his son and daughter-in-law, Curtis and Suzie Rosenbery of Maryland; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral servicers will be conducted Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Reed Funeral Home with Dr. Stanley Wallace officiating. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral hone on Friday evening (tonight) 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
George Spraggs, 86, of Alpharetta, GA., passed away Monday, July 23, 2002. George was formerly from Canton and Haines City, FL. He was a 1933 graduate of Male High School in Louisville, KY. He was a printer by trade having worked for Fawcett Dearing Co. in Louisville, KY., Cuneo Press in Kokomo, IN., Danner Press and the Canton Repository, both in Canton, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, both in Washington, DC and in the Cleveland Plain Dealer in Cleveland, OH. He retired after 17 years working at The Akron Beacon Journal in Akron, OH. George is survived by three sons, Eugene and wife, Alice of Alpharetta, GA., Michael and wife, Lucy of Chantilly, VA., and Daniel and wife, Linda of Lancaster, PA; sister, Mildred Angel of Spencer, VA; and niece, Rita Taylor and husband, Sam of Spencer, VA; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 27, 2002, at 11:00 a.m. at Karlo-Feucht Funeral Home in Canton. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Portsbridge Hospice, 4598 Barclay Drive, Dunwoody, GA 30338.
Joseph D. Plottner
Joseph D. Plottner. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Thomas Bishop as celebrant. Calling hours will be Friday (today) 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Rossi Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been established at National City Bank for his family. Joe Plottner Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 35790, Canton, OH 44735. We love you, Joe.
Leland Robert Rutherford
Judge Leland Robert Rutherford, age 90, of New Gambier Road, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure on Wednesday evening, July 24, 2002, at the hospital in Mt. Vernon. He was surrounded by his family. Judge Rutherford was born February 12, 1912, the son of Herbert Lincoln and Elsie Burdett Rutherford. He was reared on a farm on Hall Road Dover, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County, later named Columbia Road, State Route 252, Westlake, Ohio. In June 1930 he graduated from Dover High School, in June 1935, he received his Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor degrees from The Ohio State University College of Law, and was admitted to practice as Attorney and Counselor at Law. After law school, he secured employment by General Motors Acceptance Corporation. On May 29, 1936, he married Gladys Freeland of Elyria, Ohio, and in 1940, moved to Mt. Gilead, Morrow County, Ohio, to practice law and serve part time as Assistant Prosecutor. Judge Rutherford was elected to three, six-year terms on Common Pleas Court and four, six-year terms on the Ohio 5th District court of Appeals. From January 1, 1945, to January 6, 1961, he was Judge of the Common Pleas Court of Morrow County, Mt. Gilead, Ohio. During the last five of these 16 years, the Morrow County Common Pleas, Probate and Juvenile Courts were combined. The courthouse was open on Saturday mornings, at which times motions and uncontested matters were cleared and assignment dates were set for trial of all other pending matters. During the 11 years prior to combination of the courts, many days remained open, for which days the Supreme Court provided assignments for Judge Rutherford. The number of assignments to hear cases in other counties rapidly increased to as many as 150 days in a single year. From January 6, 1961 to July 31, 1981, he served as judge on the three judge, Ohio 5th District Court of Appeals, comprised of 15 counties - Knox, Morrow, Stark, Ashland, Richland, Holmes, Coshocton, Tuscarawas, Guernsey, Muskingham, Licking, Delaware, Fairfield, Perry, and Morgan - with a total district population of approximately 1,250,000. In 1961, the family moved to Mt. Vernon, Knox County. During the 20 years of service on the Appellate Court, he served for 10 years as presiding judge of the 5th District and one year as president of the 11 Appellate Court districts. He retired from the Court of Appeals on July 31, 1981. Including cases heard on assignments, between January 1, 1945 and July 31, 1981. Judge Rutherford heard cases in more than one half of the counties in Ohio and all eleven Court of Appeals districts. Further by fill-in assignments, he heard cases in the Ohio Supreme Court during the terms of Chief Justices Carl B. Weygandt, Kingsley A. Taft, C. William O'Neill and Frank Celebrezze. Concerning his responsibilities as a judge he wrote: The importance of a trial, including the duties of the attorneys and the judge, is to provide for each party involved a fair trial and just judgment, which is in accordance with the law and the constitution. It is not the lives of the attorneys or the judge, but the lives of the parties concerned, which have been altered by the circumstances and become altered by the judgment rendered. Judge Rutherford was a member of the First Baptist Church of Loudenville, Ohio, and had been a member of the First Baptist Churches of Mt. Vernon and Mt. Gilead. He was a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Mt. Vernon Kiwanis Club. In April 1997, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Gladys Rutherford. He was also preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Hazel Stoll and Doris Christian. He is survived by their three daughters, Mrs. Walter (Nancy) Hull of Dublin, Ohio, Mrs. Robert (LaVonne) Kahrl of Hudson, Ohio, Mrs. Timothy (Rhonda) Miller of Reston, Virginia; and their son and daughter-in-law, Dr. James and Barbara Rutherford of New Albany, Ohio; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Clyde Rutherford of Thornton, Colorado. Friends may call Sunday, July 28th., from 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. The funeral service will be conducted Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon, Ohio. The Reverend James Odhe will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Gambier, Ohio. This obituary and guest registry are online at:
Lucille Downerd. Friends may call Friday 7-9 p.m. in the Northminster Presbyterian Church, Trubee Hall. A White Shrine Service will be held Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Eastern Star Service will be Friday 6:45 p.m. in the church. Funeral Services will be Saturday 11 a.m. in the church with Rev. Richard Scherpenisse officiating. Friends may call 1 hour prior to services 10-11 a.m. A graveside committal service will be Saturday afternoon in Sunset View Cemetery, Londonderry. Memorials may be made to the church, 237 W. Maple St., North Canton, OH 44720.
Ralph Risner, age 84, of Canton, OH, passed away Thursday morning in the Hennis Care Centre in Bolivar following an extended illness. Born in Salyersville, KY, on March 11, 1918, he was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army and receiving the Purple Heart and the POW Medal. He was a retired ironworker for Ironworkers Local #550. He was a life member of the DAV and a member of the Sandy Valley Church of God. Survivors include his wife, Anna Mae Risner of Bolivar, OH; four sons, Charles Risner of Canton, David Risner of Magnolia, OH, Paul Risner of Virginia and Lennie Risner of East Sparta, OH; six daughters, Gloria Whitmer of Bolivar, OH, Carol Alborn of Canton, Donna Campbell of Mason, MI, Sharon Tapp of Wildwood, FL, Ruth Long of Wildwood, FL and Joy Risner of Thomaston, GA; two sisters, Sally Marshall of Plainwell, MI and Thelma Hackworth of Dansville, MI; 27 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. in the Reed Funeral Home with Rev. Clifford Hughes and Rev. David Rodweller officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and one hour before services on Monday, from 10-11 a.m.
William H. Royer
William H. Royer, age 90, of Canton, passed away Wednesday evening July 24, 2002 in Manor Care Nursing Home following an extended illness. Born in Canton, OH., on Jan. 25, 1912 to his parents, the late George and Bessie (Markel) Royer, he was retired from Dime Bank where he had worked 22 years as a custodian. He was a 50 year plus member of Greentown Church of God. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death in 1953 by his first wife, Isabell (Martin), and in 1994 by his second wife, Alva (Stark). He is survived by his wife, Leslie (Bennige) Royer of Canton; three brothers, Russell and Roy Royer of Scio, OH., and Robert Royer of St. Albans, WV; two sisters, Bertha Hunt of Bowerston, OH., and Helen Lehman of Yukon, OK. Funeral Services will be held at Greentown Church of God, 3056 Raymond St., Greentown, OH., on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with Rev. Jerry Cain officiating. Burial will be in Greentown Cemetery. Calling hours will be at the church on Saturday from 9-10 a.m.
Andrew Berger, III
Andrew Allen Berger, III, was born on March 23, 1952 and passed away on July 23, 2002 at Aultman Hospital. He was the Owner of Advantage Advertising, CEO and Editor of The Advantage Newspaper. Mr. Berger was employed at Aultman Hospital for over 24 years, and was well respected as a Surgical Assistant. He attended East Tech High School from 1969-1971 and was in the Air Force 1971-1974 following the Air Force Mr. Berger attended Cincinnati University College. He was the beloved husband of Racyna Berger of the home and father of Andrea McDonald of Atlanta, GA. Mr. Berger was born to Andrew Carter Berger and Ailean Berger of Cleveland. Andrew was preceded in death by his father; and his brother, Robert Hereford. Andrew will be sadly missed and mourned by his seven brothers and three sisters, James Berger, Ronald Berger, Theodis Berger, Kenneth Berger all of Cleveland, Anthony Berger of San Francisco, CA, also Tyrone Hereford, John Hereford both of Cleveland; and sisters, Thelia Berger Turner, Thelma Hereford and Sheila Hereford all of Cleveland. He was the loving uncle of many nieces and nephews. Andrew will be mourned by aunts, Aritha Mae Broome, Mae Pearl Boks both of Rochester, NY, Daisy Bell Watson, and Irene Mems both of Lake Butler, FL, Jerrielean Hampton of High Springs, FL, Rosalean Boks of Gainesville, FL, Rosalee Henry and Betty Jean Roberts of Boynton Beach, FL, Elaine McCormic and Odessa Duprey of Atlanta, GA; uncles, Sylvester Allen and James Wesley Boks both of Miami, FL. Mr. Berger was also survived by four step-children, Theresa Johnson, Charlisa Johnson, Jackqueline Ingram, and Charles Cunningham of Cleveland, OH; 13 grandchildren, and host of other relatives friends. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 27th, 2002 at 1 p.m. at Rhoden Memorial Home, 729 Cherry Ave. NE, Canton, OH. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service. Condolences may be sent to and procession will form at 1961 4th St. SE, Canton,OH 44707. Interment in North Lawn Cemetery.
Juanita N. Johnson
Juanita Nellie (Williams) Johnson, age 94, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 23, 2002. Born Sept. 28, 1907 in Talladega, AL. she was a former employee of the Timken Co. Preceded in death by her mother, America Virginia Lynch; seven brothers; six sisters. She was a member of Pentecostal Temple C.O.G.I.C., serving on the Bible Band, Mother's Board, Assistant Women's Day Auxiliary, Flower Committee and volunteer for the Cancer Society. Juanita Nellie leaves to cherish her precious memories, dedicated and devoted companion, Charles D. Williams of the home; daughters, Juanita (William Welch) Lipkins of Dayton, OH, Christine (Frank) Dixon of Canton; sons, Laverne Steel, Ozell Varnadore, both of Canton; grandchildren, Loraine Day of Dayton, OH, Charles (Ronnie) Travis, Montrell (Tonya) Travis, Shirley Turpin, Sidney Varnadore, Carissa Varnadore, all of Canton; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 27, 2002 at 11 a.m. at Pentecostal Temple C.O.G.I.C., 718 Henrietta Ave. NE, Canton, Mother Olee Nucklos, Pastor and Elder Riley Jackson officiating. Interment in Forest Hill Cemetery. Calling hours Saturday one hour before the services at the church 10-11 a.m. Family and friends will be received at 3534 Daleford Ave. NE, Canton, OH 44705.
Carol J. Ripple
Carol J. Ripple (nee Clay), passed away on July 22, 2002, joining her father, Arvin, mother, Jeanette, and sister, Jedidah. She is survived by her husband, Richard; sisters, Judith Klemens and Linda Geier; brothers, Arvin, Robert, Donald, Dennis, Jon, Ronald, Michael; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She served in the U.S. Army for ten years and was in Desert Storm. She was a nurse and was working in the Akron area. A private memorial service will be held for relatives and invited guests only.