Richard A Keplinger
Dec. 12, 1928-Oct. 8, 2003
A Celebration of Life service for Richard A. Keplinger, 74, will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Christ Lutheran Church, Heath, with the family receiving visitors following the service.
Keplinger, born in Chicago, Ill., on Dec. 12, 1928, died of complications from cardiac surgery on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003.
Pastor Keplinger graduated from Hamma School of Theology, Springfield, Ohio in 1957, was ordained in the Lutheran Church of America and began serving his first call at Zion Lutheran Church in Stone Creek, Ohio. He continued serving at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Mineral City, Ohio; Bethesda Lutheran Church in Sherrodsville, Ohio; St. James Lutheran, Jewett, Ohio; and Trinity Lutheran Church in Washingtonville, Ohio. He moved to Illinois in 1988 to accept a call to St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Metropolis, Ill. He retired from St. Stephens in 1997 and was currently serving as Interim Pastor for Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cairo, Ill. He served as an Assistant Chaplain in the Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
Pastor Keplinger recently organized a community "Angel Bear" program which gifted 1,200 Russ Bears to children in the southern Illinois communities who experienced anxiety due to losses caused by the tornado damage in May of this year. He wrote the "I Am Your Angel Bear" poem, which was included with each bear given to children.
A memorial service was held at Faith Lutheran Church in Metropolis, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003. Burial was at Faith Lutheran Cemetery.
Richard A. Keplinger is survived by three daughters, Karen and Tom Kaufman of Jeromesville, Marilyn and Roger Yekisa of Heath, and Joy and Curt Elifritz of Metropolis, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the Faith Lutheran Church Bear Fund, which will provide stuffed bears to children affected by crisis or tragedy. Faith Lutheran Church, 3464 Old Marion Road, Metropolis, Ill. 62960.
Irene L. Morrison
June 4, 1922-Oct. 22, 2003
A funeral service for Irene L. Morrison, 81, of Newark, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Newark Chapel of Henderson, Van Atta & Johnston Funeral Service with Pastor Carol Rogers Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Brushy Fork.
Mrs. Morrison, who retired from Licking Memorial Hospital after 20 years of service in the laundry department, died Oct. 21, 2003, at Licking Memorial Hospital. She was born June 4, 1922, in Newark, to the late Dora (Jim) Rine and Mary (Baker) Rine.
She was a member of Mt. Carmel Church, Mt. Carmel Ladies Aid and Licking Valley Lions Club.
Surviving are sons, Larry (Kathie) Morrison and Ray (Mary) Morrison both of Newark; brothers, John (Mary) Rine of Newark, Paul (Charlotte) Rine of Newark, Perry (Maggie) Rine of Killbuck, Louis (Buzzie) Rine of Washington, and Carl Rine of Newark; sisters, Dorothy (Art) Flowers, Bertie (Gail) Hill, Inez (Irvine) Barcus, and Buelah (Ed) Blethen all of Newark; brother-in-law, Denzil (Gladys) Morrison; eight grandchildren, Kristy (Kevin) Siddel, Mandy (Craig) Hays, Tyler (Jennifer) Morrison, Adam, Jennifer and Justin Morrison, Michelle Morrison, and Andrew Morrison; four great-grandchildren, Derek, Nathan and Ryan Siddel, and Madison Hays; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, W. Herman Morrison, who died March, 12, 1988; son, Jerry Morrison, who died April 21, 2000; granddaughter, Amy Irene Morrison who died in 1977; brothers, Robert and Raymond Rine.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home, 59 N. 5th Street.
Joseph W. 'Bill' Malcolm Sr.
Service arrangements are incomplete for Joseph W. "Bill" Malcolm Sr., 56, of Newark, who died Oct. 22, 2003, at his residence.
Henderson, Van Atta & Johnston Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Helen Scovell
Aug. 7, 1913-Oct. 21, 2003
A funeral service for Dorothy Helen Scovell, 90, of Johnstown, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Crouse-Kauber-Sammons Funeral Home, 225 N. Main St., Johnstown, with Dr. J. Brien McGarvey officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Scovell passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, at Northview Senior Living Center, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was born Aug. 7, 1913, in Croton, to the late Jasper and Lizzie (Hueston) Thompson.
As a graduate from Hartford High School, she was valedictorian of the class of 1931. She was retired from the U.S. Post Office in Johnstown, a 67-year member of the Eastern Star 242 Johnstown, a member of the Johnstown United Methodist Church for 54 years and an avid bridge player.
Mrs. Scovell is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Earl L. Scovell.
She is survived by a son, Richard (Terry) Scovell; grandchildren, Steven (Sarah) Scovell of Johnstown, Amy (Kenneth) Buck, Loveland, and Jennifer Murray of Las Vegas, Nev.; great-grandchildren, Sarah Scovell, Samuel Scovell and Bethany Buck; and special niece, Shirley (Marice) Stith of Ithaca, N.Y.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 1984 Coffman Road, Newark Ohio 43055.
Philip W. 'Phil' Linn
A funeral service for Philip W. "Phil" Linn, 76, of Jacksontown, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Heath Chapel of Henderson, Van Atta & Johnston Funeral Service. Burial will follow in Jacksontown Cemetery, where military honors will be observed.
Mr. Linn died Oct. 22, 2003, at the Selma Markowitz Care Center of Hospice of Central Ohio.
Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, at the funeral home, 1249 Hebron Road.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 1984 Coffman Road, Suite A, Newark.
Gladys (Miller) Applegate
Oct. 22, 2003
A funeral service for Gladys (Miller) Applegate, 95, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church, 1480 Zettler Road, Columbus, with the Rev. John Wallace officiating. Interment will follow in Glen Rest Cemetery, Reynoldsburg.
Mrs. Applegate died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at The Manor of Whitehall. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and Christ United Methodist Women. She was employed by the ColumbusArmy Depot during World War II, and was a precinct election worker for 32 years.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Louse and Charles Adams of Atlanta, Ga., and Irene and Kenneth Campbell of Villanova, Pa.; grandchildren, Kenrick (Lois) Campbell of Yardley, Pa., Carla Campbell, MD (Ronald Ross MD) of Jenkintown, Pa., Douglas Campbell (Janie Bingham) of Winooski, Vt., and Steven Applegate Adams (Phoebe Thorpe MD) of Atlanta, Ga.; six great-grandchildren; special friend, Theodore Petzinger of Bexley and family; brother-in-law, James Thompson of Gahanna; sister-in-law, Elsie (Applegate) Brown of Cape Coral, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lenn and Louie (Hartsock) Miller of Johnstown; husband, Harry E. Applegate, in May of 1968; and siblings, Gail, Reed, Chester, Retta (Miller) Greenwood, Grace (Miller) Shaub and Lela (Miller) Thompson.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Evans Funeral Home, 4171 E. Livingston Ave, Columbus, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church.
Beulah 'Dee' Pate
Sept. 20, 1920-Oct. 23, 2003
A funeral service for Beulah "Dee" Pate, 83, of Bucyrus, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home, Bucyrus, with Rev. Kenneth Lance officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Pate died Thursday at Bucyrus Community Hospital after an extended illness. She was born Sept. 20, 1920, in Sallisaw, Okla., to the late Elmer J. and Eula Grace (Payne) Stephens.
She was married May 26, 1940 to Roy Pate, who survives.
Mrs. Pate was a homemaker and moved to Bucyrus in 1996 from Heath, Ohio. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Heath and a member of the Blooming Buckeye Square Dancers in Newark.
Mrs. Pate is also survived by two daughters, Carol Ann Beach and husband Ed of Bucyrus, Anita Jean Robinson of Columbus; two grandchildren Roy Edward Keckler of Galena Mo., Carla Jean Williams of Denver, Colo.; and two great-grandchildren. She is survived by two brothers, Neal Stephens of Fort Worth, Texas, Bill J. Stephens of Lonegrove, Okla.; and three sisters, Kay Lovejoy of Frederick, Okla., Betty Baker of Floydada, Texas, and Mary Vallejo of Hurst, Texas.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Opal Butler and Patricia Stephens; and three brothers, Dale, Kenneth and Michael.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
The family suggests memorials to Home Care Matters-Hospice through the funeral home.
Kevin R. Gray Sr.
Oct. 9, 1931-Oct. 23, 2003
A funeral service for Kevin R. Gray Sr., 72, of Hebron, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Kirkersville Chapel of Henderson, Van Atta & Johnston Funeral Service, with the Rev. Tom Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Jacksontown Cemetery, where military honors will be observed.
Mr. Gray, a graduate of Central High School, died Oct. 23, 2003, at the Selma Markowitz Care Center operated by Hospice of Central Ohio. He was born Oct. 9, 1931, in Columbus, to the late Charles Mancel and Mary Mabel (Roby) Gray.
Mr. Gray served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. He retired from DeVry University, where he worked as a professor for 28 years. Mr. Gray was also a member of the Thornport Amvets.
Surviving are his sons and daughters-in-law, Kent Richard (Tari) Gray of Thornville, and Kevin Roby Jr. (Marta) Gray of Westerville; grandchildren, Bryce, Brandon, Garrett, Rex, Monica and Maria; sister, Velvia "Peg" Charlotta of Arizona; brother, Corrin Gray of Arizona; and special friends, Patty Bottegal, Lib Tyson, Debbie and David Hupp.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Armond, Mancel and Dallas Gray.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, 285 E. Main St., Kirkersville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 1984 Coffman Road, Suite A, Newark, Ohio 43055.