Herbert J. Bensman
Herbert J. Bensman, 80, of Huntsville, passed away at 1:58 a.m., Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, in Lima Memorial Hospital.
He was born May 5, 1920, in Defiance County, the son of Henry and Odelia Miller Bensman.
Mr. Bensman married the former Bernadette Roof on June 19, 1941, in Glandorf, and she survives in Huntsville.
A life-long farmer, Mr. Bensman was a member of St. Mary of the Woods Church in Russells Point, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Frank D. Castle Post 1080 and the 151 Club.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Bensman is survived by five sons, Ronald (Cheryl) Bensman of Bellefontaine, Robert Bensman of Chicago, Ill., Dennis (Debbie) Bensman, Gary Bensman and Herbert (Pam) Bensman, all of Bellefontaine; six daughters, Barbara (Garry) Coons of Bellefontaine, Ruth (Larry) Sickles of Belle Center, Jinny (Tom) Gimbel of Huntsville, Linda (Bill) Allen, Donna (Gary) Hesser and Darlene (Phil) Arthur, all of Belle Center; five sisters, Agnes Shadle of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Bernie Houck of Continental, Gerri Houck of Holgate, Hildegard Bensman of Delphos and Gertrude Deaubler of Bellefontaine; 26 grandchildren; and 26 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Susan Gildow and Carol Bensman and two grandchildren.
John R. "Jack" Eifert
John R. "Jack" Eifert, 65, of Bellefontaine, died at 12:34 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, in the emergency room at Mary Rutan Hospital following a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 2, 1936, in Clark County, the son of the late Ralph and Clara Bickel Eifert.
On July 23, 1955, he married the former Marianna Miller and she survives.
Mr. Eifert was a computer programmer for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Fairborn until 1974 when he moved to Indian Lake and began selling real estate with Kronenberger Realty.
He was a 1957 graduate of The Ohio State University.
Along with his wife, Mr. Eifert is survived by two daughters, Kathryn A. (Robert) Groves of Plymouth, Minn. and Karen M. (Michael) Coffee of Bellefontaine; two sons, John R. (Karen) Eifert Jr. of Hamilton and Kenneth M. (Karen) Eifert of Lawrenceville, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; one bother, Ralph D. (Suzanne) Eifert of Sarasota, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Mildred B. Neill Guy Simpson
Mildred B. Neill Guy Simpson, age 84, of Marysville, died Monday, February 26, 2001, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus following a two-year illness.
She was born March 28, 1916, in Jerome Township, Union County, to the late Benjamin Cecil and Ursule Clara Wester Neill. She was a graduate of New California High School.
Mrs. Simpson retired in 1978 from Eljer Plumbingware after 20 years as a machine operator. She was also a kitchen supervisor and cook for Memorial Hospital of Union County when it first opened in the mid-1950s.
She was a longtime member of Allen Center Baptist Church where she served as pianist and organist for 50 years and served as superintendent and clerk. She was a member of the Ladies Aid and the Missionary Society of the church and helped organize Election Day dinners and homecoming celebrations.
She was a community fundraising volunteer for the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society and enjoyed making arts and craft items for church fundraisers.
Mrs. Simpson is survived by a son, Gene Guy of Marysville; four daughters, Eileen Guy of Marysville, Bernice (Cecil) Ross of Kenton, Phyllis (Nigle) Standley of Bellefontaine and Clara (Armond) Shuster of La Rue; stepchildren, Ann Marie (Tony) Myers of Virginia and Ralph (Phyllis) Simpson Jr. of Marysville; 15 grandchildren, Todd Guy, Charla (Rick) Asman, Shawnya (Ken) Bray, Shad (Angie) Guy, Mark Ross, David (Susie) Ross, Joni (Bill) Siler, Jeffrey (Jane) Standley, Pamela (John) Taylor, Gregory (Jennifer) Standley, John (Dawna) Standley, Brannon (Bess) Standley, Kevin Shuster, Karen (Darius) Murphy and Terry Loubert; five stepgrandchildren, Toni Marie Myers, Bill (Lisa) Myers, Connie Simpson, Nancy (Jim) Burrey and Mark Simpson; 40 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dale Neill Sr. of Marysville and Gerald (Gladys) Neill of West Mansfield; special friend, Christine O'Harra of Marysville and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph B. Simpson in 1990; a grandson, Robin Willis Shuster, a granddaughter, Debra Lynn Shuster Loubert and a great-granddaughter, Stephanie Lynn Loubert.
Sampson "Dewey" Williamson
Sampson "Dewey" Williamson, 102, of West Liberty, died at 4:20 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at Green Hills Care Center.
He was born July 6, 1898, in West Liberty, the son of Issac Sampson and Nancy Jane Robinson Williamson.
Mr. Williamson married the former Bertha Loraine Smith on April 25, 1918, in Covington, Ky. She preceded him in death Feb. 18, 1995.
A past mayor of West Liberty, Mr. Williamson still holds the honorary position in the village. He was an employee of Borden's Creamery in Springfield for 23 years and built the first locker plant in West Liberty.
He purchased the Hi-Point swimming pool in Bellefontaine and did construction and carpenter work until his retirement at age 85.
He was a member of the United Church of Christ in West Liberty and the Free and Accepted Masons.
Mr. Williamson is survived by two sons, Benjamin D. (Jane) Williamson of Edwardsburg, Mich. and James E. (Ginny) Williamson of Deming, N.M.; two daughters, Clara (John) Young and Eloise Ann Williamson, both of Springfield; 18 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Mildred Dachenbach and Marie Stocker; two brothers and two sisters.
Camille L. Burns
Camille L. Burns, 83, formerly of 160 Lakewood Drive, died at 2:55 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, in Heartland of Bellefontaine.
She was born Aug. 17, 1917, in Bellefontaine, the daughter of Earl Emerson and Nellie H. Hawkins Burns.
A 1935 graduate of Bellefontaine High School, Miss Burns was a homemaker and former member of the Bellefontaine Methodist Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary.
She is survived by two nephews, Michael (Cathy) Burns of Columbus and Chris (Cathy) Burns of Aiken, S.C.; two nieces, Vicki (Fred) Thomas of Bellefontaine and Jody (Larry) Godwin of DeGraff; eight great nieces and nephews; and 10 great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Burns; and one great-great niece.
Dorothy Notestine Parke
Dorothy Notestine Parke, 96, a resident of Wesley Glen Nursing Facility, Columbus and formerly of Bellefontaine, died at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, at the residence.
Mrs. Parke was born Oct. 13, 1904, in Middleburg, the daughter of the late John and Emma Koch.
In 1922, she married Robert J. Notestine Sr. who preceded her in death in February 1970. She then married Donald Parke and he died in 1995.
She is survived by one son, Robert J. Notestine Jr. of Bellefontaine; one daughter, Sandra J. (Paul) Watkins of Worthington; six grandchildren, Robert J. (Melissa) Notestine III of Nashville, Tenn., Timothy L. (Kathleen) Notestine of Bellefontaine, Mark A. (Margaret) Notestine of Worthington, Wendy A. Watkins and Susan A. Watkins of Columbus, and Robert Watkins of Albuquerque, N.M.; six great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews; one sister, Mildred Hostetler of Zanesfield; and two sisters-in-law, Blanche (Joe) Wade of West Liberty and Mary (Harold) Notestine of Bellefontaine.
She was preceded in death by one son, Richard K. Notestine; two sisters; and one brother.
Mrs. Parke was associated with her husband in several businesses during her lifetime, including the Auburn Avenue Market, Logan Newsstand, R.J. Notestine and Son Five and Dime Store in West Liberty and Bob's Cut Drug Store in Bellefontaine. She was also employed at Dee's Department Store and the Singer Sewing Center in Bellefontaine.
Dorothy Parke was very loving and generous person and was known to give financial and personal assistance to many individuals during her lifetime. She was a member of the First Christian Church.
Ernestine Eleanor Davis
Ernestine Eleanor Davis, 92, of Bellefontaine, died at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, at Grant Hospital in Columbus.
She was born March 8, 1908, in West Mansfield to the late John Fremont and Martha Alice Chevis Day.
She married William G. Davis in Rushsylvania June 6, 1934. He preceded her in death in 1971.
Mrs. Davis retired from Tri-County Senior Center as a cook after 17 years. She was a member of the Grace AME Church in Bellefontaine, Eastern Star and attended her 74th class reunion at Benjamin Logan in 2000.
Mrs. Davis is survived by a daughter, Ruth R. Scales of Bellefontaine; four grandchildren, Tomita (Phelton) Woods of Columbus, Von Regan Davis of Toledo, Franlene (Rodney) Hampton of Columbus and Damon Brown of Columbus; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Elder Paul H. Blair
Elder Paul H. Blair, 70, of Dola, died at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, at Spectrum Comprehensive Care Inc. Hospital in Lima.
He was born Jan. 16, 1931, in Barnetts Creek, Ky., the son of Johnny B. and Rosie Colvin Blair.
He married the former Shelby J. Ward on Dec. 29, 1958, and she survives in Dola.
Mr. Blair was an Elder at the Stoney Ridge United Baptist Church of Carey. He retired from Ford Motor Company in Lima in 1989 after 30 years of service as an assembler.
He was a member of the United Auto Workers Local Union 1219 of Lima and was a United States Army veteran who served during the Korean Conflict.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Blair is survived by one son, Paul OĠNeil (Kimberly) Blair of Ada; one daughter, Katie Lorraina (Keith) Cornell of Bellefontaine; one brother, Wayne B. (Maxine) Blair of Barnetts Creek; one sister, Maxie (Grant) Powers of Salyersville, Ky.; five grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Webb; and four brothers, Curtis, Granville, Grady and Bayless Blair.
Virginia Lipinski, 83, a resident of Tecumseh Island, Huntsville, died at 5:34 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, at Mary Rutan Hospital.
Born in Dayton on Nov. 27, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Fred Waymack and Lela Mitchell Waymack York.
She and her husband Joseph J. Lipinski celebrated 65 years of marriage. They were married Aug. 5, 1935.
A former employee of the Tri-County Community Action Commission in Bellefontaine, she and her husband formerly owned and operated Lawnview Gardens in Dayton, which was later known as Joe's Bar.
Mrs. Lipinski was a graduate of Stivers High School, Dayton.
Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Mary Jo) Taylor of Dayton; two sons, Steve Lipinski of Bellefontaine and Joseph F. (Lynn) Lipinski of North Richland Hills, Texas; and one sister, Mrs. Charles (Miriam) Faulkner of Dayton.