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Ray Bastin
Former Middletown resident Ray Bastin, 82, of Cookville, Tenn., passed away Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at Southern Colorado Health Care Systems. He was born in Liberty, Ky., on March 24, 1917, the son of Albert and Molly Bastin, and was a long time Middletown resident. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II. Mr. Bastin was preceded in death by his parents; and a grandson, James Richard Bastin. He is survived by his wife, Anna; two sons, Danny Bastin, and his wife, Sally, of Monroe, and Richard Bastin, and his wife, Virginia, of Cookville, Tenn.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Georgia Wells of Rochester, N.Y.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 218 Honor Guard. Interment will be at Butler County Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Rose L. Becraft
Rose L. Becraft, age 72, of Middletown, died Friday evening, Dec. 17, 1999 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. She was born Feb. 13, 1927 in Menifee County, Ky. the daughter of Oliver Cobb and Amanda (Caldwell) Cobb. Mrs. Becraft was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ida Morningstar Chapter, and the Church of God. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, James A. Becraft; three daughters, Dana Pruitt of Trenton, Charlotte G. (husband, Bill) Mullins of Dayton and Vicki E. Irving of Middletown; a son, James A. (wife, Judy) Becraft Jr. of Carlisle; ten grandchildren, Zeke Irving, Abby Irving, Clay Becraft, Amanda Becraft, Bill and Karen Mullins, Leslie and Francis Young, Elise Mullins and Sonny Pruitt; five great-grandchildren, Ted and Joe Young, Will and Kate Mullins and Haley Pruitt; five sisters, Ruth Cornwell of Kokomo, Ind., Anna (husband, Raymond) Carberry of Middletown, Jean (husband, Dixie) Spencer of Franklin, Wanda (husband, Bill) Melloh of Millington, Tenn., and Fay (husband, Jack) Pigg of Middletown; two brothers, Donald Cobb of Lebanon and Oliver (wife, Josie) Cobb of Clarksville, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Opal Back, Helen Miller and Grace Singleton and two brothers, Willie (Bill) Cobb and Strother Cobb.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home with the Rev. James R. Compton officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at the Mound Cemetery in Monroe.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to Hope House.

Robert A. Bowman
Robert Arnold Bowman, 78, of Monroe, Ohio, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at Mount Pleasant Village. He was born in Piqua, Ohio, on March 27, 1921, and had lived in this area since 1928. He was an Air Corps veteran of World War II. Mr. Bowman had worked as a salesman at Crystal Tissue. Then he worked for the Bowman Garden Store for 13 years and for the Natorp Garden Store in Cincinnati for seven years. He then retired because of Parkinson's Disease. He graduated from Middletown High School in 1939. He attended Penn State University and graduated from Ohio State in 1949. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and American Legion. Mr. Bowman received his 50-year pin from the Masonic Lodge several years ago. He belonged to Jefferson Lodge 90 and Valley of Dayton Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Nell Bowman; and two brothers, Fred and Roger Bowman. He leaves his wife of 49 years, Patrice A. Bowman; three daughters, Patti Parker, and her husband, Dale, of Baltimore, Md., Suzanne Francis, and husband, Robert, of Middletown, and Robin Wenzel, and husband, Richard, of Middletown; 10 grandchildren, Tim, Amy, Chris, Mike and Kim Parker, Corey and Mike Francis and Leah, Adam and Kelly Wenzel; two sisters, Ginny Elliot of Houston, Texas, and Carole Gross of San Antonio, Texas.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Thursday at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, with the Rev. John Keeny officiating. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 218 Honor Guard.The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Middletown Parkinson's Support Group, First United Methodist Church; or Mount Pleasant Retirement Village, in care of the Life Care Fund.

Naomi K. Brewer
TRENTON-Mrs. Naomi Kaye Brewer went to join her loved ones in Heaven, Friday morning, Dec. 17, 1999. She will be sadly missed by all. She was born on Dec. 9, 1938, in Ashland, Ky., and was a resident of Trenton for the past 30 years. She was a member of the Edgewood Baptist Church. Mrs. Brewer also belonged to the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge 330. She had formerly worked for McGee's Markets, King-Kwik and the Cambridge Inn. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Kelly Brewer; her daughters, Kelli Spencer of Trenton, and Lori (Rick) Goins, Kristi (Bill) Redd, and Ami (Chuck) Fetzer, all of Middletown; two sons, Jack (Donna) Hickman of Florida and Steven Richter of Alabama; a son-in-law, John Blair of Trenton; granddaughters, Nikki, Julie, Jenny, Kaley and Ami Lee-Anne; grandsons Jason, Andy, Eric, Josh and Alex; two great-grandchildren; and numerous sisters and brothers. She was preceded in death by her parents, Imogene and Harry Jackson of Florida; and her daughter, Sheri Blair of Trenton, who died on Dec. 11.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. Keith Risner officiating. Friends may call from noon until service time Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Butler County Memorial Park.

Chalmer Brown
Chalmer Brown, 86, of 3221 Finley St., died Saturday morning, Dec. 18, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born in West Liberty, Ky., on Nov. 8, 1913, a son of Omer and Jody (Lewis) Brown. He came to this area in 1928, spending most of his youth in Trenton. Mr. Brown worked for the Diamond National Co. and retired in 1975 after 24 years of service. He was a World War II Amy veteran. He belonged to the World Harvest Church of God and was also a member of the Blanchester Masonic Lodge 191 Free & Accepted Masons. He leaves his wife of 54 years, Dorothy (Heflin) Brown; a son, Ronald Brown of Houston, Texas; a sister, Vada (husband George) Trapp of Dayton, Ohio; and a brother, Dennie (wife Betty) Brown of Brooksville, Fla. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Opal Schoonover, Irene Isabell and Gwen Carpenter; a brother, Mervil Brown; and a son, Nelson Lee Brown in 1977.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral, with the Rev. Billy Wilson officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service today at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Woodside Cemetery.

Betty K. Christian
Mrs. Betty Kaye Christian, 62, of 2527 Wilbraham Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at her residence. She was born in Pikeville, Ky., on May 5, 1938, and had worked as a nurse in Pikeville prior to moving to Middletown about 25 years ago. She was a Past Matron of Ida Morningstar Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, the Dayton White Shrine and the Imperial Court, Order of the Amaranth. She is survived by two daughters, Teresa Cummins of Lemont, Ill., and Lisa Elkins of Arden, N.C.; a son, Lewis Christian of Powell, Ohio; eight grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and two sisters, Lavonne Damron of Pikeville, Ky., and Linda Lake of Newark, Ohio. She was preceded in death by a sister, Eula Mae Robinson; her parents, James and Gladys (Sizemore) Ferrell; and her first husband, Kelsey Lee Sturgill.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the J.W. Call Funeral Home in Pikeville, Ky. Visitation will be after 7 p.m. Friday, and after 6 p.m. Saturday. Final interment will be held at the convenience of the family.Local arrangements are by Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.

Attilio Ciarrocchi
Attilio Ciarocchi, 87, formerly of Middletown, died Sunday evening, Dec. 19, 1999, at his home in San Benedetto, Italy. Mr. Ciarrocchi had retired from Armco Steel Co. in 1975 and returned to his native Italy. He is survived by his wife, Gina, of San Benedetto, and his son, John, of Springboro. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Clara.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be held in San Benedetto this week.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be sent to a charity of donor's choice.

Harlan Cole
Harlan Cole, 57, of 506 Moore St., Middletown, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Kettering Memorial Hospital. He was born in Breathitt County, Ky., on May 23, 1942, the son of Jerry and Eliza (Noble) Cole. Mr. Cole was employed by Union Camp for 27 years as a lift truck operator and retired in 1993. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Lillie Turner. Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Barbara (David) Cole; a son, Jonathan T. Cole of Kentucky; three daughters, Joyce Ann Knott, Melissa Mae Cole and Aineta Cole, all of Middletown; two brothers, Richard Cole of Altro, Ky., and James Cole of Morango, Ind.; two sisters, Rosetta Deaton of Hardynsburg, Ind., and Miamie Jean Turner of Altro, Ky.; and eight grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at Eaton-Anderson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Butler County Memorial Park in Trenton. Visitation is today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Sandra J. Couch
FRANKLIN-Sandra Jean Couch, 58, of Franklin, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born on June 17, 1941, in Bowling Green, Ky. Mrs. Couch was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Hutcheson. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Earl Couch; a son, Kevin Couch; two daughters, Kendra Frey and Kandi Mobley; her mother, Frances Hutcheson; a sister, Paula Page; two grandsons, Jacob and Jordan Frey; her mother-in-law, Ethel Couch; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visitation is today, Dec. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Duane Mecklem officiating. Burial will be in Woodhill Cemetery.

Rev. Herlon Curtis Sr.
Rev. Herlon Clay Curtis Sr., 59, of Middletown, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born in Clay City, Ky., on March 2, 1940, to Cobert and Bessie Curtis. Mr. Curtis was employed at Aeronca Inc. as a machinist. He evangelized and played gospel music throughout the tri-state area and attended First Freewill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandchild; and two brothers. Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Shirley M. Curtis; two sons, Anthony W. Curtis, and his wife, Debra, and Clay Curtis Jr.; three daughters, Terri L. Patton, and husband, Larry, Sheila A. Schuder and Sherlene R. Kemp; seven grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bobby Reed officiating. Interment will be at Butler County Memorial Park in Trenton. Friends may call Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

James F. Dennis
MIAMISBURG-James F. Dennis, 70, of Miamisburg, passed away Monday, Dec. 13, 1999. Mr. Dennis was a retired employee of the Packaging Corp. of America with 44 years of service, and a U.S. Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Mary Louise Dennis; a son and daughter-in-law, James F. Dennis Jr. and his wife, Sandra, of Hubbard Lake, Mich.; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Larry D. and Martha Dennis of Middletown and William Dennis of Carlisle; two sisters, Betty Easter and Virginia Eisele, both of Middletown; and a grandson, Phillip Dennis
ARRANGEMENTS: Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no public visitation. Burial will be in Hillgrove Cemetery, with the Rev. Craig E. Showalter officiating.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Dayton Area Heart Association in his memory. Arrangements are in the care of Gebhart-Schmidt-Parramore Funeral Home in Miamisburg.

Zelma P. Dull
GRATIS-Mrs. Zelma P. Dull, 84, of Ada Doty St., passed away Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Greenbrier Nursing Home in Eaton, Ohio. She was born in Preble County on April 24, 1915, to Roy and Sarah (Smith) Mattix. Mrs. Dull was a housewife and a member of the Gratis United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Leroy "Roy" Dull in 1978. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Pauline and John Hall of Middletown; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gorman and Anna Dull and Maurice and Mary Dull, all of Gratis, Ohio; a sister, Ethel Coning of Eaton; a sister-in-law, Mildred Mattix of Hudson, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Spivey and Cecil Meyers; two brothers, Carl and Glen Mattix and twin infant brother and sister, Florence and Lawrence Mattix.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are at 1 p.m. today, Dec. 18, at the Gratis United Methodist Church in Gratis, with the Revs. Jim Condrey and Ted Cano officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis. Friends may call at the church today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MEMORIALS: Memorial donations may be made to the Gratis United Methodist Church.Arrangements are by Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Gratis.

Rosemary Flack
Mrs. Rosemary Flack, 81, of 6501 Germantown Road, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at her residence. She was born on Oct. 27, 1918, in Lewis County, Ky., the daughter of Andrew Thoroughman and Ida (Latham) Thoroughman. She was a member of the Yankee Road First Church of God. Mrs. Flack is survived by a daughter, Joyce (husband Richard) Brown of Middletown; two sons, Donald (wife Cora) Flack and Ronnie (wife Patty) Flack all of Middletown; nine grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Flack in 1997; five sisters; two brothers; and a great-great-grandson, Jesse Cox.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. Rodney Williams officiating. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Justin C. Fligor
Justin Cole Fligor, infant son of Gary R. and Jacqueline (Sikorski) Fligor of Middletown, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. In addition to his parents, survivors include a brother, Austin Bryce Fligor; paternal grandparents, Richard D. and MaryLou Fligor of Eaton; paternal great-grandmother, Verna D. Fligor of Eaton; maternal grandparents, Charles E. and Carol Ann Sikorski of Cincinnati; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
ARRANGEMENTS: Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20, in Mound Hill Union Cemetery in Eaton, Ohio, with the Rev. Thomas J. Fitzsimmons officiating.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Heal Program at Middletown Regional Hospital, 105 McKnight Drive, Middletown 45044-4898. Arrangements were entrusted to Barnes Funeral Home, 220 E. Main St., Eaton. Justin was with us for just a short time, but he has touched our hearts forever.

Charles Hatton
Charles Hatton, 82, of 3124 Rufus St., died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at Willow Knoll Convalescent Center. He was born in Mount Sterling, Ky., on Aug. 3, 1917, and was an Army veteran of World War II. Mr. Hatton worked for many years as a paper trimmer at the Harding-Jones Paper Co. He retired in 1979. He is survived by a son, Charlie Price of California; a half brother, Bill Hatton of Mount Sterling, Ky.; and by his companion of 22 years, Olive Lawson of Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Butler County Memorial Park. Visitation is today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Foye Hayes
Foye Hayes, age 77, of Franklin, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999 at Sycamore Medical Center. He was born in McKee, Ky. on March 9, 1922 the son of Charlie and Ella (Baker) Hayes. He was employed by Dayton Walther Corp. for 31 years as an inspector retiring in 1974. He also retired from Centerville Schools. Mr. Hayes was a charter member of the Moraine Heights Baptist Church. Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Denmon Hayes; six sisters, Charlcy Shifflet, Bridgett, Augy and Thelma Hayes, Doris Angel and Flossie Roberts. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Vadna (Morris) Hayes; a son, Bill Hayes and wife Diana of Springboro; a daughter, Vergetta and husband Paul Roark of Sharps Chapel, Tenn.; five sisters, Jerry Shambaugh of Xenia, Georgia Hunley of London, Ky., Venius Ashe of Eaton, and Ada Jones and Ivory Conrad, both of Fairfield; five grandchildren, Travis and Billy Shane Roark, Christi Lynn Henderson, Billy Brett Hayes and Dawn Marie Gridley and seven great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999 at 11 a.m. at Unglesby-Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Travis Hudson officiating. Burial will be at Miami Valley Memory Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Melissa M. Hunt
Melissa M. Hunt, 21, of Garby Road, Piqua, and a former lifelong resident of Greenville, Ohio, passed away Saturday evening, Dec. 18, 1999, in the emergency room of Wayne Hospital in Greenville. She was born on May 3, 1978, in Greenville, the daughter of Thomas R. "Tucker" Hunt III of Greenville and Mrs. Russell (Terri H. Willey) Ashby of Greenville. Ms. Hunt was a 1996 graduate of Greenville Senior High School. She was an advertising account representative for Thompson Newspapers, Franklin Chronicle Division, and a waitress for the Versailles Inn in Versailles, Ohio. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville. In addition to her parents, she was survived by a son, Tre' Shawn James Hester, at home; two brothers, Thomas R. Hunt IV and David Hunt; a sister, Crystal Hunt; her stepmother, Danielle Hunt, all of Greenville; and a special friend, Jamie Hester.
ARRANGEMENTS: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church on W. 3rd St., Greenville. Entombment will follow in St. Mary's Church Cemetery. Friends may call today at the Oliver Funeral Home, 1000 N. Broadway, Greenville, from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. A prayer service will be offered at 5 p.m.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Children's Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Jeanette J. Kendall
Jeanette J. Kendall, beloved mother and grandmother, of Trinity Place Apartments, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital at the age of 85. She had been recovering at Willow Knoll Retirement Community since surgery in May. She was born in Akron, Ohio, on Aug. 24, 1914, and served in the Women's Army Corps at Fort Knox, Ky., during World War II. Following the war, she spent the rest of her working years as a secretary in Dayton. After retiring in 1976 from the Defense Electronics Supply Center in Dayton, she moved to Middletown and spent many years volunteering in Sister Louise Ann Rossi's classroom at John XXIII Elementary School. Always interested in the arts, she was a strong supporter of the Middletown Symphony, the Sorg Opera Company and Middfest International. Survivors include a daughter, Jeri Rossi of Middletown; a granddaughter, Nicola Rossi of College Corner; a grandson, Tony Rossi of Middletown; a sister, Betty Kendall, and a nephew, Ray Smith, both of Visalia, Calif.; and a great-niece, Lynn Smith of Reno, Nev. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Anna Kendall; and a sister, Marjorie.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, with a funeral service at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the home. She will be buried at Woodside Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to John XXIII School or to Arts in Middletown.

Ernest Lakes
FRANKLIN-Ernest Isaacs "Ike" Lakes, 86, formerly of Fifth Street, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at Garden Manor Convalescent Center in Middletown. He was born in White Oak, Ky., on Nov. 15, 1913, the son of Betsy and Sid Lakes. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. Lakes was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7596 in Franklin, the Russell McElfresh Post 149 American Legion in Franklin, and Disabled American Veterans Post 131 in Middletown. He attended Community Baptist Church in Franklin. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jewell Estridge, his second wife, Ina Mae Richardson, and his third wife, Lillie Lake, in 1997; a son, Mervin Lakes; a stepson and stepdaughter, John Cramer and June Fox. Surviving are two daughters, Charlotte Reece of Dayton, and Angel Cooper Myers, and her husband, Jeff, of Middletown; three stepsons, Howard Cramer of Franklin, Bud Cramer of Washington and Harvey Cramer of Mississippi; three stepdaughters, Jowanna Mentz and Lillie Lawson, both of Franklin, and Nellie Kirk of Mississippi; eight grandchildren, Lan Ly, Andrew, Diane, Terry, Debbie, Stephani, Brandy Wolfe and Brandon Cooper; 10 great-grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; and a brother, Sidney Lakes of Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, at Unglesby-Anderson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dwayne Harvey officiating. Burial will be in Dayton National Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Hazel Lambert
Mrs. Hazel Shearer Lambert, 77, of Middletown, went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born on Oct. 20, 1920, to Huston and Martha (Terry) Sparks. Mrs. Lambert lived her life as a homemaker and enjoyed quilt making and gardening. She is survived by her daughter, Luana (husband Blaine) Deaton; two sons, Clifford (wife Carol) Shearer and Allen (wife Darlene) Shearer, all of Middletown; a sister, Della Mae (husband Bert) McLemore of Richmond, Ind.; three brothers, Charles (wife Elsie) Sparks of Richmond, Ind., Homer (wife Oma) and James (wife Janet) Sparks of Michigan; seven grandchildren, Tina and Kevin Shearer, Becky Shearer Baker, Allen Shearer II and LaRonda Deaton, all of Middletown, and LaTonya (husband Tim) Brunner and Alane Shearer of Trenton; six great-grandchildren, Megan Shearer of Middletown, and Taylor Standifer, Jordyn Standifer, Sierra Brunner, Tyler Brunner and Damian Stanford of Trenton; and a special friend, Harold Rose. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Montford Shearer; her second husband, Donald Lambert; a daughter, Imogene Shearer; two sisters, Anna Pearl Sams and Thelma Sparks; and two brothers, Roy and Cecil Sparks.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with Brother Chris Tannreuther and Rev. James Anderson officiating. Burial will be at Woodside Cemetery. Visitation is today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Dave Lamphier
James David "Dave" Lamphier, 80, of Middletown, passed away Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Bethesda North Hospital in Montgomery, Ohio. He was born in Middletown on June 18, 1919, to Omer and Bertha (Etter) Lamphier. Mr. Lamphier retired from Diamond National. He was a member of Holy Family Parish, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 2, American Legion Post 218, Middletown Elks Lodge 257, and past president and current member of the Calvary Cemetery Board. He was also a Butler County special deputy sheriff, a Kentucky Colonel, member of the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association, and honorary corporal of the City of Middletown Division of Police. He attended virtually every City of Middletown commission meeting. Mr. Lamphier was an Army veteran. American Legion Post 218 Honor Guard will provide graveside military services. Survivors include his wife, Dora; a son, Michael D. (Lynette D.) Lamphier of Tampa, Fla.; a daughter, Elizabeth M. Edgington of Augusta, Kansas; a sister, Sister Mariah Michael Lamphier, S.C., of Delhi Township, Ohio; and six grandchildren, Elizabeth L. Smith, William J., Anthony M. and Thomas D. Lamphier, and Zachary D. and Sarah L. Nelson. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Paul, John, Omer and Charles Lamphier; and two sisters, Mildred Hall and Ruth Busenlechner.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Trinity Church of Holy Family Parish, with Father John Civllle as celebrant. Interment will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Madison Township. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Burns Hospital, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45229.

Robert J. Meadows
Robert Jerry Meadows, 63, of Middletown, was set free from dependence on oxygen on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, in the comfort of his home, with his wife by his side. He was born on Dec. 2, 1936, in Middletown, Ohio, and had lived here all of his life. He served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Meadows had been employed at Harrison Radiator for 20 years and then was a mechanic for Myers Poured Concrete Walls for five years. He tinkered with repairing lawn mowers and enjoyed sitting on the front porch with his wife, Jennifer, drinking coffee. Mr. Meadows was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Miami Valley Post 3809, American Legion Post 218 and the Loyal Order of Moose 501. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Elsie (Raney) Meadows; and a daughter, JoAnn Williams. Surviving are his wife of 13 years, Jennifer; three sons, David Meadows, and his wife, Rhonda, Jerry Wayne Meadows, and Matthew Beatty, and his wife, LaTonya, all of Middletown; two daughters, Shirley "Murphey" Charles of Middletown and Anita Charles of Beattyville, Ky.; nine grandchildren, Jesse, Briana, Brittany, Benjamin, Matthew, Summer, David, Sarah and Amy Jo; a great-grandson; and two brothers, Donald L. Meadows Sr., and his wife, Bonnie, and Doyle Meadows, and his wife, Beverly, all of Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today at Herr-Riggs Funeral Home, 210 S. Main St., Middletown. The Rev. David Wilhoit will officiate. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery with graveside military services conducted by the Honor Guard of American Legion Post 218. Visitation was Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

James F. Middleton
FRANKLIN-James F. Middleton, 74, of 7458 Martz-Paullin Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at Grandview Hospital. He was born in Harlan, Ky., on Oct. 17, 1925, the son of James and Minnie Middleton. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Middleton was employed as a job setter for Angel Manufacturing in Dayton, retiring in 1969. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Mary, in 1991; and a sister, Katie Hansford. Surviving are a son, Russell Middleton of Franklin; four daughters, Eileen Abrams of Middletown, Carolyn Wade of Indiana, Judy Powell of Franklin and Diana Downie of North Carolina; a brother, Stanley Middleton of Franklin; a sister, Almeddie Howard of Middletown; 22 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at the House of Prayer on Forest Avenue in Franklin. The Revs. Roger Mullins and Lonnie Mitchell will officiate. Burial will be in Woodhill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Eaton-Anderson Funeral Home.

Daniel H. Pelfrey
Daniel H. Pelfrey, 86, of Middletown, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at his residence. The Powell County, Ky., native was born on Sept. 5, 1913, and lived in the Middletown area for 59 years. Mr. Pelfrey was a patrolman for the Middletown City Police Department for 24 years before retiring in 1970. He had also worked as the assistant manager of the Middletown Sportsman's Club for 12 years. He was a Sportsman's Club member and belonged to the Fraternal Order of Police. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Morgan and Dora Mae (Spencer) Pelfrey. Among his survivors are his wife of 64 years, Zona N. Pelfrey; a son, Billy Neal Pelfrey, and his wife, Sandy, of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren, Michael, Scotty and Billy Pelfrey, all of Houston; two great-grandchildren, Shawnna Pelfrey and Casey Pelfrey, both of Houston; three sisters, Melvy Back of West Elkton, Ohio, and Daisey Creech and Blanche, both of Kentucky; three brothers, Fred Pelfrey of Ray, Ohio, and Shelvy and Daily Pelfrey, both of Campton, Ky.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, with honor guard services performed by the Middletown Police Department. Interment will be at Butler County Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Gladys P. Raney
FRANKLIN-Mrs. Gladys P. Raney, 83, of Fatio Road, DeLand, Fla., formerly of Franklin, passed away Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at her residence in Florida. She was born in Frenchburg, Ky., and had lived in Franklin, Ohio, before moving to DeLand in 1970. She was homemaker. Mrs. Raney was a volunteer in Volusia County, Fla., schools for several years. She loved to work in the library. She is survived by three daughters, Dr. Janet Raney of DeLand, Fla., Dr. Verla R. Blair of Bloomington Springs, Tenn., and Lois R. Frank of DeLand; a sister, Sally Evers of Franklin, Ohio; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her remains were cremated. There will be no visitation or services.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to Southwestern Middle School Media Center, 605 W. New Hampshire Ave., DeLand, Fla. 32720.The Lankford Funeral Home in DeLand, Fla., handled arrangements.

Undeen Sweeney Riley
Undeen Sweeney Riley, age 97, of Middletown, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999 at the Heartland of Oak Ridge Nursing Home in Miamisburg. She was born Aug. 15, 1902 in Roebuck, S.C. the sixth child of Belton and Luvenia Sweeney. At the early age of ten, she united with the Foster Chapel Church. After moving to Middletown, she united with New Era Baptist Church. Upon leaving there, she united with the Second Baptist Church where she worked on the Usher Board, Missionary Society, Nurses Guild and the Pastor's Aide Club. She was a member of the Esther Chapter 5 Order of the Eastern Star for 46 years, serving as the Worthy Matron, Associate Matron, and Trustee as well as other offices. Mrs. Riley was a member of the Matron and Patrons Administrative Council and served as the Matron of this for three years. She was a member of Naomi Court 29, Heroines of Jericho, and a Past Grand Officer. She was also a member of Minne Ha Ha Temple 263, Daughters of Elks for 44 years serving as Assistant and Vice Daughter Ruler, Dt. Ruler and Chaplain. She was also affiliated with several other social clubs. Mrs. Riley worked with the Margaret Ann Stevens family for over 45 years. She leaves to mourn two grandchildren, Marquita and JoAnn Nichols both of Middletown; five great-grandchildren, Scott, Glenn and Neal Powell, Clifton R. Snow and Aaron Nichols; a niece, Mildred Alexander of Middletown; a grand niece, Rebecca (husband, William Henry) Hudson of Middletown; a grand nephew, Charles Ferguson of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, who passed on Sept. 25, 1964; her son, Onese, who died in 1974, and her grandson, Onese, who died in 1996.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be Tuesday at 12 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church with the Rev. N. L. Cooper officiating. Burial will be at Woodside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home with O.E.S. service and Minne Ha Ha services at 7 p.m.

Suzanne M. Rossi
Mrs. Suzanne M. Rossi, 72, of Middletown, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. She was born in Middletown on Aug. 14, 1927, to Raymond and Norine (Scully) Welsh. Mrs. Rossi was a member of Holy Family Parish, Holy Trinity Church, and the Sons of Italy. Survivors include a son, Louis A. Rossi of Middletown; two daughters, Mary Sue (Darrell) Brandenburg and Antoinette M. (Michael) Lolli, both of Middletown; two brothers, James (Peg) Welsh and Robert (Betty) Welsh, both of Middletown; four grandchildren, Mark (Kim) Longworth, Steven (Rose) Longworth and Daniel and Alexandra Lolli; and three great-grandchildren, Brandon, Nathan and Rebecca Longworth. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis A. Rossi Sr.; her parents, Raymond and Norine Welsh; a daughter, Gloria Ann Rossi; a sister, Rita Jackson; and four brothers, Charles (Chuck), Joseph, Raymond and Tom Welsh.
ARRANGEMENTS: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Church of Holy Family Parish, with Father John Civille as celebrant. There will be no visitation. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Dream Factory, Inc., 11 S. Main St., Suite 301, Middletown 45044. Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Aileen Slusher
TRENTON-Mrs. Aileen Slusher, 77, of Trenton, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born in Paint Lick, Ky., on Feb. 26, 1922, the daughter of Charles and Mary (Burton) Gillen. She lived here for 55 years and was a homemaker. Mrs. Slusher was affiliated with the Miltonville Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Earl "Buck" and Robert "Bud" Gillen. Surviving are her husband of 54 years, John Vernon Slusher; a son, Terry Slusher, and his wife, Carolyn, of Trenton; three grandchildren, Allen Slusher of Hamilton, Michael Slusher of Tennessee and Terri Lynn Slusher of Trenton; and four great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Monday at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, with the Rev. Eric Brazelton officiating. Interment will be at Butler County Memorial Park. Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 105 McKnight Drive, Middletown 45044.

Lillian Smith
OXFORD-Mrs. Lillian Smith, 67, of Oxford, Ohio, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 19, 1999, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was born on Nov. 7, 1932, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Edwin and Ruth (Eddy) Richmond. In 1983, she married James Smith of Mason, Ohio. Mrs. Smith was an executive secretary at Miami Carey Co. until they closed in 1986. In addition, she was a loving and caring mother to her children, grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is survived by her husband, James A. Smith of Oxford; a son, Fred Weddington, and his wife, Jayne, of Columbus; two daughters, Annette Reckart, and husband, Gary, of Trenton, Ohio, and Saundra Tolley, and husband, Don, of Hamilton; stepchildren, Mark Smith and wife, Kimberly, of Covington, Ky., James Smith of Somerset, Ky., Michelle Selsor, and husband, Eric, of Middletown, and Jane Lewis, and husband, Lester, of Waco, Ky.; 10 grandchildren; and three sisters, Alice Ernest, Ruth Morrison, and husband, Oscar, and Annette Durham, all of Cincinnati; and a brother, Edwin Richmond, and wife, Dodi, of San Raphael, Calif.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, at Smith & Ogle Funeral Home, 101 W. Church St., Oxford, Ohio. Burial will be in Darrtown Cemetery.

Richard W. Strahle
FRANKLIN-Richard W. Strahle, 57, of Franklin, Ohio, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at his residence. The Decatur, Ill., native was born on Nov. 22, 1942, and had lived here for 15 years. Mr. Strahle was employed as a supervisor and worked at Chrysler Corp. for 30 years before retiring in 1995. Through the darkness of the night came God's Heavenly Light. Richard will be with Him tonight. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Strahle; two sisters, Marjorie and Linda Strahle; and his beloved granddaughter, Jamie Britt. Surviving are his wife of 20 years, Martha; a grandson, Jacob Maus; his mother, Evelyn Strahle of Decatur, Ill.; a stepdaughter, Jalonna Carpenter, and her husband, Tony, of Russellville, Ark.; three stepsons, Michael Britt, and wife, Debbie, of Indianapolis, Ind., Kenneth Britt of Middletown and Anthony Britt of Indianapolis; three step grandchildren, Chelsea, Christina and Cole Britt; two brothers, Ralph Strahle, and wife, Minnie, of Mount Zion, Ill., and Jerry Strahle, and wife, Ronda, of Decatur, Ill.; and a nephew, Drew Strahle.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday at Woodside Cemetery graveside in Middletown, with the Rev. James Anderson officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Hunter Little League Baseball Association.

Leona P. Taylor
Leona P. Taylor, 96, of Middletown, passed away Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Garden Manor Retirement Village. She was born in Frenchburg, Ky., on Oct. 24, 1903, but lived here most of her life. Leona was formerly employed as a bookkeeper at Sorg Paper Co. She is survived by a brother, Arnold Taylor of Middletown; and numerous nieces and nephews. A sister, Inez Conner, preceded her in death.
ARRANGEMENTS: There will be no visitation. A funeral service will be conducted at Woodside Cemetery Chapel at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 20.Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Otis Tekakis
Otis K. Tekakis, 84, passed away Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born on the Greek island of Crete in the village of Vathi and served for the Greek National Army. He came to Middletown in 1937.Otis was a well-respected businessman. He was part owner of Lindon's GMC as well as the owner of several other downtown Middletown investments. As part owner and manager, Otis is best known for his leadership at the Liberty Restaurant, which has been a Middletown landmark since 1925. For over 60 years he faithfully prepared the special family recipe of the famous Liberty Chili, which has now been passed down to the next generation. The people who know him best are the regular customers of the restaurant. He was dedicated to his businesses, but always had time for his family. He was also an avid golfer, sportsman and gardener. He was affectionately known as "Uncle Otis." He was loved and respected by his nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews whom he helped raise and educate. The closest to him know he was an honest man who helped anyone in need. As one of the quiet leaders downtown, he had contributed to many charities and benevolent endeavors, never seeking recognition or headlines. His public service organizations include: honorary member of the Liberty Round Table, Chamber of Commerce, American Hellenic Educational and Progress Association (AHEPE) and a lifetime member of the Middletown Sportman's Club. He was preceded in death by his parents, Constantine and Maria (Georgilas) Tekakis and a sister, Krystallia (Tekakis) and husband John Pantel. He is survived by a sister, Irene (Tekakis) Valen of Middletown; nieces and nephews, Judge Anthony and Carol Valen of Middletown, Despina (Valen) and Jim Sakelos of Cincinnati, Irene (Pantel) and George Cavalaris of Florida, Nick Pantel of Cincinnati, and Gus and Betty Pantel of Puerto Rico; first cousins, Eleni (Nikoloudakis) and Aris Kopsidas of Rockville, Md., and Chrisanthy (Tekakis) Christie of Miami, Fla.; greatnieces and greatnephews, Irene (Valen) and Anthony Zalants of Middletown, Angela (Valen) and Tom Retzios of Middletown, Connie (Valen) and Tom Hodson of West Chester, Gus and Kelly Valen of Middletown, John and Kathy Sakelos of Cincinnati, Mary (Sakelos) Barnhart of Colorado, Irene (Sakelos) Sylvester of Cincinnati, Nick Sakelos of Cincinnati, John and Susan Cavalaris of Fairfield, Alice (Cavalaris) and Mike Larkin of Florida, John, Chris, and Alex Pantel of Cincinnati and Sophia Pantel of Pureto Rico; and 17 loving great-great nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visitation is today, Dec. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, with AHEPA memorial services at 6:30 p.m. and church services at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church with Father Christos Christakis officiating. Interment will be in the Woodside Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church at 2500 Grand Ave., Middletown, Ohio 45044. Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home.

Pamela L. Wells
Pamela L. Wells, 46, of 1021 Hughes St., Middletown, passed away Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born in Middletown, Ohio, on March 10, 1953. She is survived by a son, Chris Wells of Ft. Wright, Ky.; a daughter, Lindsay Wells of Middletown; her mother, Betty Sweet of Franklin; her father, Gerald Springfield of Orlando, Fla.; three brothers, Alan Springfield of Carlisle, Anthony Neace of Hamilton and Wyatt Neace of Cincinnati; and two sisters, Cynthia Arvidson of Castle Rock, Colo., and Robin Larison of Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Woodhill Cemetery. Arrangements are by Eaton-Anderson Funeral Home.

Rev. Charles Woodson
Rev. Charles Ray Woodson, 76, of Monroe, Ohio, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at Montgomery Health Care. He was the loving husband of Charlotte (Schwem) Woodson, since Feb. 23, 1946; dear father of Shirley Ann (Jim) Graham, Ray (Sheri) Woodson, Barb (Dr. John) Collins, and Marilynn (Jim) Graves; and caring grandfather of eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amy Rebecca Collins; and a sister, Shirley Ann Woodson. Rev. Woodson was a graduate of Kalamazoo College in 1945 and also a graduate of the Crozier Theological Seminary in 1948. Rev. Woodson was employed by American Baptist Churches, USA, until his retirement in September of 1988 after 42 years of service. He has been active in Rotary Club, serving as president in Lake County, Ill; Boy Scouts of American Advisory Council; president, Lake County Ministerial Council; member of general board of American Baptist Churches; chaplain, Victory Memorial Hospital; chairman, Lake County Service for counseling and marriage; and author and lecturer of curriculum material for American Baptist Churches, USA. Since retirement to Ohio, Rev. Woodson was infant pastor at Wyoming Baptist Church and the Mount Washington Baptist Church.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Montgomery Community Baptist Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, Ohio, where friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.
MEMORIALS: The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to The American Baptist Assembly, Greenlake, Wis. Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home in Loveland is caring for the family.

Clara Bell Akers
Clara Bell Akers, 90, of 320 Turner Drive, Lebanon, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at the Hospice of Dayton. She was born Oct. 7, 1909, in Franklin, Ohio, the daughter of Charles and Edith (Bishop) Zinck. She had previously worked for Miami Oxford Paper Co. She attended both the Red Lion Methodist Church and Ridgeville Community Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wiley F. Akers in 1974. She is survived by her son, William L. Akers of Springboro; a daughter, Martha J. Kendrick of Lebanon; brother, Raymond Zinck, of Moraine; sister Mary Ruble of Middletown; nine grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the Unglesby-Anderson Funeral Home, with the Rev. William L. Akers officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, 45420

Adele Anson
Mrs. Adele Anson, 67, of Lebanon, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at the Otterbein-Lebanon Retirement Community. She was born in Middletown on Aug. 13, 1932, to Clarence and Elizabeth Schlayer. Mrs. Anson was employed as a teller for local First National Bank in Middletown. She had also worked at a local travel agency. She was a member of the Sweet Adeline Chorus in Louisville, Ky. She leaves a son, Chuck Anson, and his wife, Cindy, of Avon, Ohio; a daughter, Jenny Anson of Wellington, Fla.; two grandchildren, Sam and Carly Anson, both of Avon; a sister, June Bowen of Costa Mesa, Calif.; and a brother, Bob Schlayer of Lake Worth, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Anson in 1980; and her parents.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at New Antioch Cemetery, New Antioch, Ohio. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Otterbein Home Belevolent Care Fund, 585 Ohio 741, Lebanon, Ohio 45036; or the Alzheimer's Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203.

Alpha Sheryl Blair
Alpha Sheryl "Sheri" Blair, born June 13, 1961, in Middletown, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999. She was a member of Edgewood Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, John; daughter Kaley and son Eric, both at home; her mother and father, Kelly and Kaye Brewer of Trenton; sisters Lori (Rick) Goins of Middletown, Kristi (Bill) Redd of Middletown, Kelli Spencer of Trenton, Beverly (Merlin) Dean of Tulsa, Okla., and Ami (Chuck) Fetzer of Middletown; brothers Steven Richter of Alabama and Jack (Donna) Hickman of New Port Richey, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with Pastor Keith Risner officiating. Friends may call from noon until time of services Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Butler County Memorial Park.

Florence E. Brown
Florence E. Brown, 66, of Middletown, Fla., formerly of Hamilton, passed away at the Orange Park Medical Center in Florida on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at 5:31 a.m. She was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, on March 11, 1933, the daughter of Charles and Mahala (Coleman) Dillon. Florence was employed doing embroidery for Clark Sporting Goods, Bridges Sportswear and various other companies. She was a member of the Moose Lodge 2020, Chapter 1495 in Jacksonville, Fla., and she loved to play bingo. She is survived by five sons, William C. Sears of Ormond By The Sea, Fla., Brett A. Sears and Karl W. Brown, both of Middleburg, Fla., and David M. Sears, and his wife, Cathy, and Steven A. Brown, both of Hamilton; two daughters, Carol L. Wetzel, and her husband, Richard, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Traci J. Stubblefield, and her husband, Phillip, of Trenton; one sister, Betty J. McDaniel, and her husband, Tom; her nieces, Carla Boggess; a nephew, William Reese, all of Middleburg, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents; great-granddaughter, Heather; a nephew, Douglas; and son-in-law, Walter L. Spaulding Jr.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held at the Brown-Dawson Funeral Home, 1350 Millville Ave., Hamilton, on Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at 10 a.m. with Ricky L. Bunger officiating. Burial will follow at the Sunset Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio at 1 p.m. Visitation will be held Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Janet Chamberlain Combs
Mrs. Janet A. Chamberlain Combs, 65, of Xenia, Ohio, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at Miami Valley Hospital. She was born in Middletown on Nov. 14, 1934, the daughter of Okey Elmer Jackson and Willa (Swiger) Jackson. Mrs. Combs was a former member of the Rainbow Girls, a current member of the Order of Eastern Star, Prosser Chapter 367, and was a 53-year member of the First Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of seven years, Charles W. Combs; a daughter, Cindy L. (husband Terry) Akers of Franklin; a son, David L. (wife Lisa) Chamberlain of Franklin; her mother, Willa Jackson of Middletown; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; and two sisters, Margaret A. (husband Paul) Cole of Shelbyville, Ind., and Willa Catherine (husband Richard) Jones of Grand Rapids, Mich.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. C. Roland Marcus officiating. Burial will be in Butler County Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Robert H. Eaton
Robert H. Eaton, 95, of Liberty Township, died at the Birchwood Care Center at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999. He was born in St. Clair Township on June 27, 1904. He was the son of William E. and Lenora (Hoffman) Eaton. He married Ethel Mae Wintersteen on March 20, 1929, in Dayton, Ohio. He was a proprietor and an automobile mechanic, drove a school bus for Liberty Township and worked as a machinist for the Interprise Machine Shop in Hamilton where he retired in 1969. After retirement Mr. Eaton repaired lawn mowers at his home and did general home repair in the Liberty Township area. He was a member of the Pioneer Family of Butler County. He was an original member of the Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Ethel Mae Eaton; a daughter, Dorothy Muncy, and son-in-law, Gene, of West Chester; two grandsons, Harold Gene Muncy Jr., and his wife, Susan, of Baltimore, Md., and Robert J. Muncy of Cincinnati; one great-grandson, Michael Muncy of Baltimore, Mid.; a brother, John Eaton of Hamilton; and a sister, Lucille Follmer of Eaton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, George Eaton.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held at Webb-Noonan Funeral Home, Ross Avenue at South D Street, Hamilton, at 10 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Joe B. Muncy officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorials be made to the Liberty Township Fire Department.

John R. Evans
John R. "Jack" Evans, 76, of Middletown, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born on Feb. 5, 1923, in London, Ohio, the son of Elva Mae (Peck) Evans and Fred Morton Evans. Mr. Evans worked at Armco Steel Co. for a few years in the late 1940's and early 1950's. He was a past president of the Butler Warren County Liquor Association and chairman and treasurer of the Capital Club in Columbus, Ohio. He sponsored fast pitch softball, Knothole baseball and bowling leagues. Mr. Evans was a member of American Legion Post 218, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3809, Elks Lodge 257, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 501 and Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 528. Survivors include his wife, Alleen T. Evans of Middletown; a daughter, Faye C. (Kenneth) Norris of Middletown; a brother, Richard Evans of Peebles, Ohio; two sisters, Ruth Miller of Peebles and Maxine Haines of Xenia; four grandchildren, Douglas (Debbie) Norris, Terri (Larry) Caudill, Jackie (Terry) Yenke and Ken Norris II; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Robert, Eugene and Donald Evans; and two sisters, Mildred Taylor and Betty Wright.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visitation for John R. "Jack" Evans is today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Internment will be at Woodside Cemetery, where a graveside service will be conducted by the American Legion Post 218 Honor Guard. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Basketball Association of Peebles High School, Peebles High School, 25719 Ohio 41, Peebles, Ohio 45660, in care of Charles Moore.

Kathryn E. Freeman
Kathryn Elizabeth Freeman, 88, formerly of Middletown and of Brookville,Ohio, passed away Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999. Mrs. Freeman was preceded in death by her husband, Earl P. Freeman. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Denny Hole of Brookville; three grandchildren, Kimberly Singer, and her husband, William, Kathleen Riesenberg, and husband, Phil, and Dennis Hole; and six great-grandchildren. Kathryn was a former sales clerk many years ago at Rike-Kumler Co.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at Carrigan & Mains Funeral Home, 675 W. Wenger Road, Englewood, with the Rev. Joe Kimbel officiating. Entombment will be at Butler County Memorial Park in Trenton. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

James D. Glaser
Former Middletown resident James David Glaser, 51, of Garland, Texas, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Mesquite Community Hospital in Texas. He was born in Middletown, Ohio, on Feb. 9, 1948, the son of James and Carrie (Zornes) Bullock. James attended school in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from Chagrin Falls (Ohio) High School. He was a career Army veteran. He retired as a chief warrant officer after 20 years of service including two tours of duty in Vietnam where he earned the Purple Heart Medal. He had also been stationed in Japan and Okinawa during his military career. After service, Mr. Glaser was employed as manager of Love's Truck Stop in Lawton, Okla. He was especially fond of art and was very talented at drawing and painting. He is survived by his wife, Akemi (Matsurra) Glaser of Garland, Texas; a daughter, Danielle Ecker, and her husband, Les, of Tulsa, Okla.; three grandsons, James, Leslie and Dominick; his mother, Carrie Trisel of Middletown; two brothers, Raymond Ross of Eaton, Ohio, and Wayne Wagner of Covington, Ky.; two sisters, Elaine Hollon, and her husband, Frank, and Deborah Freeman, all of Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: A service was held at Sparkman Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas, where family and friends attended visitations on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 8-9. His remains were cremated on Friday, Dec. 10.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in his name.

Mariann Ingwersen
Mrs. Mariann Bradt Ingwersen, 102, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in South Dartmouth, Mass. Mariann grew up in DeKalb, Ill. She graduated from the University of Illinois and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She met her husband, John A. Ingwersen, at the University of Illinois. He died in 1952. She and John lived in Middletown, Ohio, where they raised a family of four daughters and two sons. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Mariann later lived in Scottsdale, Ariz., Kennebunk Beach, Me., and the last two years of her life, at the home of her daughter. She was a lifelong gardener and an avid bridge player, bidding and making grand-slams while in her 100's. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Ellsworth and Bertha Glidden Bradt. She is survived by her children, John A. Jr. and Rae Ingwersen of Kennebunkport, Me., Elizabeth and Greer McBratney of South Dartmouth, Mass., Samuel E. and Frances Ingwersen of Columbus, Ohio, Mary Shrake of Scottsdale, Ariz., Joan and Tim Mabon of Kennebunk, Me., Deborah and Ted Dear, of Stonington, Conn; and a brother, Charles Bradt of DeKalb, Ill; 34 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at South Congregational Church, Temple Street, Kennebunkport, Me. The final Committal Service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, at the chapel of Woodside Cemetery. After the service, the family will receive friends at a place to be announced.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Graves Library, Maine Street, Kennebunkport, Me., 04046; Laudholm Trust, POB 1007, Wells, Me. 04090; or a charity of choice in Mariann's memory.


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