Thelma Mae DeWitt
Thelma Mae DeWitt, 87, of Tampa, Fla., and formerly of the West Mansfield area, died Sunday, May 27, 2001, at the Tampa General Hospital in Tampa.
Mrs. DeWitt was born in Zanesfield on Feb. 8, 1914, a daughter of the late William E. and Fannie Sewell Stanley.
She moved to Florida in 1976, following the 1976 death of her husband, Harold DeWitt. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Gladys Dickinson and Bernice Lash; and a brother, Robert Stanley.
A homemaker, Mrs. DeWitt was an active member of the Christ United Methodist Church in LeHigh Acres, Fla., and was a former member of the West Mansfield United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed assisting with weddings at the Florida church, along with knitting and crocheting.
She is survived by one son, Stanley DeWitt of Dover, Fla.; two granddaughters, Bonnie (Steve) Good of Houston, Texas, and Patricia (Perry) Gage of St. Joe, Ark.; three great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Nellie Stanley of Winter Haven, Fla.
Arthur "Frank" Moon
Arthur "Frank" Moon, 67, of Bellefontaine, passed way at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, May 27, 2001, at Mary Rutan Hospital.
He was born in Bellefontaine on Sept. 13, 1933, a son of Arthur E. and Helen May Rhodes Moon.
Mr. Moon married the former Karen K. Jones on Sept. 5, 1956, and she survives in Bellefontaine.
The U.S. Army veteran retired from Rockwell as a foreman in 1979. He was a member of the Eagles, a lifetime member of the AMVETS and an avid matchbook collector.
Along with his wife, Mr. Moon is survived by one son, John Scott Moon of Bellefontaine; three daughters, Lynn (Jerry) Fitzpatrick and Dee (Keith) Huffman, both of Bellefontaine, and Jill (Jay) Storz of Winter Park, Fla.; two brothers, Fred Moon and Phillip Moon, both of Bellefontaine; three sisters, Betty Riley and Phyllis Moon of Gothersburg, Neb., and Vickie Dodds of Bellefontaine; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold Moon, Charles Moon, and Robert Moon.
Patricia L. Norviel
Patricia L. Norviel, 78, of Bellefontaine, died at 10:41 p.m. Sunday, May 27, 2001, in the emergency room of Mary Rutan Hospital.\
A homemaker, she was born on April 7, 1923, in Waylon, Ky. She was a daughter of the late Charlie and Margaret Turner and was reared at the Junior Home in Tiffin.
Survivors include two daughters, Beverly "Susie" Reed and Connie (Dick) Thomas, both of Bellefontaine; a son, Vic Norviel of Bellefontaine; her friend and former husband, Harrison Norviel of Lewistown; 13 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 11 great-stepgrandchildren; and one great-great-stepgranddaughter.
She also is survived by three sisters, Martie Sizemore of Alabama, Mattie Kenner of Florida and Verlin Kenner of Toledo; and a brother, Glen Turner of Upper Sandusky.
She was preceded in death by a son, Dickie Lee Norviel; two sisters; and five brothers.
Walter J. Sack
Former Bellefontaine resident, Walter J. Sack, 91, of Middletown, died Sunday, May 27, 2001, in his residence.
Born in Adrian, Mich., on Oct. 4, 1909, he was a son of John and Matilda Schwab Sack. He married the former Janet Carroll on March 1, 1944, in Monroe, Mich., and she survives.
Mr. Sack was employed as the manager of JCPenney Co. in Bellefontaine from 1951 until his retirement in 1969.
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. The 1928 graduate of St. Joseph Catholic High School in Michigan, worked for the JCPenney Co. for many years, serving as manager or assistant manager in stores in Adrian and Monroe, Mich., and Norwalk before settling in Bellefontaine.
After coming to the area, he became a civic leader who served on various boards in the area. He was active in the Kiwanis Club for 53 years and was awarded the Legion of Honor on Oct. 7, 1988. In 1999, his name was inscribed on the Table of Honor for outstanding service to the community.
He was a member of BPOElks Lodge 132, Harold Kerr Post of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and the Greater Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce. The Bellefontaine Rotary Club named him Citizen of the Year in 1991.
He served on the Mary Rutan Hospital Board of Trustees for many years and was chairman from 1958 to 1959. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Award by the hospital in 2000.
Mr. Sack was a member of the Bellefontaine Planning Commission and was appointed city treasurer in December 1971 by Mayor William S. Meyer. He also served many years on the board of the Logan County Chapter of the American Red Cross and was active in the United Way campaigns and on many committees for Bellefontaine School issues. He was credited for helping meet emergency clothing needs for less fortunate in the community.
An avid bridge player, he and his wife, Janet were the Bellefontaine Bridge marathon champions.
Along with his wife, Mr. Sack is survived by one son, James Sack of Chicago; one daughter, Mary Anne (Donald) Kelley of Middletown; two brothers, Robert Sack and Raymond (Connie) Sack both of Adrian; William B. McCracken of Wilmington, who resided with the family for many years; five grandchildren, Katie and Sarah Kelley and Robert, Andrew and Jonathan McCracken.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Carolyn Sack and Marie Pfeffer; and two brothers, Edmund and Elmer Sack.
Duane "Dutch" Fetters
Former Lakeview resident, Duane "Dutch" Fetters, 68, of Florida, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27, 2001. Born in Dayton on Jan. 18, 1933, he was a son of the late Carl and Clara Fetters.
Retired from the United Parcel Service after 26 years of service, Mr. Fetters was a life member of Indian Lake Moose Lodge 1533 and the Indian Lake Fraternal Order of Eagles 3615.
He was a charter member of the Indian Lake BPOElks Lodge 2792. Mr. Fetters also was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 722, AMVETS Post 39, American Legion Post 598 and the Shriners of Dayton.
His wife, Donna, survives as does one son, Douglas (Jill) Fetters of Lakeview; one daughter, Duanea (Ted) Daniels of Lakeview; three stepchildren, Michelle (Chris) Cheney, Ron Rude and Debra (Rich) Swihart, all of Springfield; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Dewey (Kaye) Fetters of Lakeview; three sisters, Darlene (Lang) Petersime, DeVona Wells and DeMaris Hollon, all of Dayton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Darwin; and two sisters, Meredith and Donna.
Jeston P. Hunt
Jeston P. "Jess," "J.P." Hunt, 85, of Clearwater, Fla. and formerly of Bellefontaine, died at 6 a.m. Sunday, May 27, 2001, at the Morton Plant East Hospital, Dunedin, Fla.
He was born Feb. 12, 1916, in Lima, a son of the late Earl Livingston and Georgia Mae Jonson Hunt.
On Sept. 26, 1936, he married Helen Marie Gossard, who died Oct. 8, 1999.
Survivors include one son, Dennis E. (Marilyn) Hunt of Bellefontaine; one daughter, Linda (Zachary) Comeaux of New Marshfield; and six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren and one great-stepgrandchild.
Also surviving are one sister, Ellen Irwin of Tampa, Fla.; one brother-in-law; and four sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Josie Clevenger.
Mr. Hunt was the retired chief operating officer of the former HuntŐs Frozen Foods. He served in the Pacific Theatre in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
A member of the First United Methodist Church, Bellefontaine, he also held membership in the Ohio Meat Association, Independent Meat Council of Ohio, Nugget Distributors Cooperative of America, Independent Business Association and the Ohio Cremation and Memorial Society. He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge in Marion and was a 32nd-degree Mason.
Virginia Lee Monroe
Virginia Lee Monroe, 84, of Marion, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at Marion General Hospital following a long illness.
She retired as a machine operator with the International Paper Company of Wooster, where she worked for more than 25 years.
Born in Richwood on April 20, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Leo and Ruth Murphy Rizor.
She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Diane Coleman; and one sister, Thelma Ross.
Survivors include one son, Robert (Marilyn) Ridge of West Mansfield; one daughter, Pat Bauman of Santa Paula, Calif.; five grandchildren, including Debbie Ridge of Marion and Brian Ridge and Ronnie (Susan) Ridge, both of West Mansfield; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Robert (Betty) Rizor of Sebring, Fla.
Frances M. Walters
Frances M. Walters, 77, of Lakeview, died at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2001, in Heartland of Indian Lake Rehab, Lakeview.
Born on Nov. 14, 1923, in Indianapolis, she was a daughter of the late Harry A. and Helen Nau Kafader. She married Toby Walters on Dec. 18, 1943, and he died June 13, 1988.
A homemaker, she is survived by a brother, Harry C. Kafader of Greenfield, Ind.; four nieces, Jean (William) Burton and Kim (Richard) Collum, both of Bellefontaine, Barbara (Steve) Judy of Anaheim Hills, Calif., and Sharon Johnson of Greenfield; a nephew, James M. (Debra K.) Ward of Bellefontaine; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
A sister, Dorothy L. Ward, preceded her in death.
Arthur "Pete" Shirley
Arthur "Pete" Shirley, 85, of Lakeview, died Thursday, May 3, 2001, in Heartland of Indian Lake.
Born in Middletown on March 5, 1916, the World War II Army veteran worked 42 years at Shearman Armco Steel. He was a member of Amvets and Moose Lodge.
He married Ruth Beal on June 7, 1947, and she survives, along with a sister, Betty Peck of Trenton; two brothers, Charles Shirley Jr. and Bill (Regina) Shirley, both of Middletown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Janie Shirley; and sisters, Helen Judge, Ruth Huffman, Mary Haskins, Catherine Brock and Dorothy McPherson.