Oliver G. Foote
Oliver G. Foote, 96, of Jackson Center, died at 11:25 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2003, at his home. The Lima native was born Feb. 28, 1907, a son of the late William Delbert and Clara Young Foote.
On Feb. 23, 1933, he married Iva L. Helmlinger. She died Jan. 29, 1990.
He retired from the Wapakoneta Machine Shop and also was a house painter his entire life.
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and Lodge 458 F&AM, both in Jackson Center.
Survivors include four daughters, Shirley Partington, Betty Jenkins, Judy (Chet) Sosby, all of Jackson Center, and Cheryl Swaney of Anna; one son, Marvin (Joyce) Foote of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; 13 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.
Donna Marie Smithson
Donna Marie Smithson, 72, of Turkeyfoot, Lakeview, died at 2:44 a.m. Sunday, July 14, 2002, at Heartland of Indian Lake.
She was born in Tyndell on Dec. 15, 1929, a daughter of the late John and Iva Roberts Johnson.
She was married to Marston "Slim" Smithson and he preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 1993. One son, Gary Lee Foglesong; five sisters; and four brothers also preceded her in death.
She is survived by three sons, John (Valerie) Smithson of Springfield, William Cupps of Columbus and Stuart Cupps of Coshocton; four daughters, Marsha A. (Richard) Griffin of Lakeview, Patty (Ben) Blackson of Florida and Carol (Howard) Cognion and Debbie (Nick) Davis, both of Coshocton; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are three brothers, Harold Johnson of Zanesville, James (Linda) Johnson of Mt. Gilead and Robert Johnson of Coshocton; and two sisters, Janice (Jim) Blain of West Jefferson and Evelyn Johnson of Coshocton.
A life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3333 Auxiliary, she was retired from United Technologies after 35 years of service and worked at Coshocton Memorial Hospital as a dietitian.
George Junior 'Jug' Burton
George Junior "Jug" Burton, 76, of Russells Point, died at 11:03 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, in the Lima Convalescent Home in Lima.
He was born in Dayton on Sept. 26, 1926, a son of the late George Hiram and Myrtle Ellen Clark Burton. Three brothers, Phillip, Paul L. and Jerry Burton, also preceded him in death.
On Dec. 27, 1947, he married the former Minnie Thomas and she survives, along with two daughters, Nancy Hower of Lima and Linda (Bill) Overs of Roundhead; one son, Bill (Sherry) Burton of Russells Point; and seven grandchildren.
In 1991, he retired as a machinist at Ford Motor Company in Lima after 34 years of service.
A Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Doyle R. Miller AMVETS Post 39 in Lakeview, was a former member of the Chicago White Sox minor league baseball team and coached youth baseball for many years.
Bonita Lyndell Alspaugh Culp
Former Indian Lake area resident Bonita Lyndell Alspaugh Culp, 61, of Phoenix, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, in the Gardner Home in Phoenix.
She was born in Miles City, Mont., on June 6, 1941, a daughter of the late Harold and Julia Krone Monroe.
On Dec. 20, 1958, she married Richard Merrett Alspaugh in Russells Point and he preceded her in death Oct. 15, 1982. In August 1984, she married Harold Culp and he preceded her in death in 1995.
Three sisters, Erma Jean Auske, Linda Early and Judy Bea Monroe; and one stepdaughter, Linda Culp, also preceded her in death.
She is survived by one daughter, Katherine M. Alspaugh of Houston, Texas; five sons, Richard L. (Sue) Alspaugh of Kettering, Daniel E. (Julie) Alspaugh of Hilliard, James L. (Debbie) Alspaugh of New Hampshire, Robert M. Alspaugh of Huntsville and Thomas S. Alspaugh of Lakeview; one stepson, Robert Culp of Tucson, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four sisters, Shirley (Wayne) Prettie of West Minster, Colo., Roberta Monroe of Janesville, Wisc., Betty Jo Monroe of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Edith (Tom) Hickey of Bellefontaine; and two brothers, George Monroe of Mansfield and Russell Monroe of Lakeview.
She was a homemaker.
Elizabeth Anne Tyson
Elizabeth Anne Tyson, 79, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs.
She was born in Bellefontaine on Oct. 16, 1923, a daughter of the late Frank and Edna Eckert Shirk. Her husband, Jack Lewis Tyson also preceded her in death.
Survivors include one daughter, Susan (Timo) Tyson-Estrada of Beline, N.M.; two sons, Mark and Noreen Landis-Tyson of Colorado Springs and J. Scott and Anita Medina-Tyson of Kenilworth, Ill.; three grandchildren, Claire Connor Landis-Tyson, Gabrielle Tyson and Sheridan Tyson; and one brother, William E. (Peg) Shirk of Lakeview.
She was a homemaker.
Dorothy L. Ward
Dorothy L. Ward, 78, of Bellefontaine and formerly of Franklin, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at Heartland of Bellefontaine.
She was born in Bellefontaine on Dec. 11, 1924, a daughter of the late Raymond and Pearl Pickering Focht. Also preceding her in death were her husband, Ernest; five brothers, Raymond Jr., Leonard, Russell, Eugene and Charles Focht; and two sisters, Naomi Lopez and Alice Buch.
She is survived by two sisters, Ruth M. Watkins and Edna L. Cornwell, both of Bellefontaine.
Richard Allen Workman
Beloved husband and father Richard Allen Workman, 50, of 9045 W. State Route 47, DeGraff, went home to be with the Lord at 8:53 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, from his residence.
He was born in Charleston, W.Va., on June 6, 1952, a son of Mary Jane Gibson Workman, who survives in Hammond, Ind., and the late Bobie Workman.
On Feb. 14, 1991, he married the former Renee Piunti in Crown Point, Ind., and she survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Jason Allen Workman of DeGraff and Robert Allen Workman of Muncie, Ind.; one daughter, Amanda Renee Workman of DeGraff; two brothers, Randall Scott Workman and Michael Workman, both of Hammond; and several grandchildren.
He was a piano tuner/technician.
Farrol 'Fiddlen' E. Waltz Sr.
Farrol "Fiddlen" E. Waltz Sr., 68, of Bellefontaine, died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2002, in Mary Rutan Hospital.
He was born in Lima on Feb. 4, 1934, a son of Forest Waltz, who survives in Lima, and the late Nancy Elizabeth Martin Waltz.
On Feb. 16, 1990, he married the former Beth K. Organ in Bellefontaine and she survives.
He also is survived by a son, Farrol W. Waltz Jr. of Lima; three daughters, Yvonne (Johnny) Williams of Kosse, Texas, and Nancy Costilla and Delores (Pete) Crab, both of Grosbeck, Texas; two stepdaughters, Marlea (Doug) Taylor and Jeannie McIntire, both of Bellefontaine; 21 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Cleta Yvonne Blue of Lima.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Forrest Allen Waltz; and one grandchild.
He was a welder and truck driver and was employed by Bens Construction and Crisenbery Excavating in Lima.
He was a member of the Wapakoneta Eagles Lodge and was a 1952 graduate of Lima Shawnee High School.
He and his wife played country and blue grass music in Nashville and made several records.
Miriam E. Creek
Miriam E. Creek, 82, formerly of Lima, died at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at the Bennington Glen Nursing Home in Marengo.
The Huntsville native was born Oct. 9, 1919, a daughter of the late Harold and Mabel Fullerton Lease.
She graduated from Bellefontaine High School in 1937 and was a licensed practical nurse at Lima Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1978. She was a member of the Sugar Creek Church of the Brethren.
Survivors include two sons, Larry (Carolyn) Creek of Delaware, Ohio and Marvin (Heather) Creek of Apollo Beach, Fla.; one brother, Richard Lease of Mesa, Ariz.; one sister, Lois Dowden of West Liberty; three grandchildren, Brian K. Creek, Troy Mullins and Nicole McNichols; and six great-grandchildren.