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Leonard Ihle
Leonard Ihle, 87, of Leesburg, Ohio, formerly of Monroe, died Saturday evening, March 10, 2001, at the Fayette Memorial Hospital in Washington Court House, Ohio. He was born on July 10, 1913, in Irville, Ohio, the son of Waid C. and Myrtis Amelia (Hayman) Ihle. He had retired after 21 years of service from Armco/AK Steel Co. in Middletown. He was a member of the Monroe United Methodist Church. Mr. Ihle is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Bill Hall of Monroe, and Lora and Bill Prater of Hillsboro; four grandchildren, Sue Garland, Angela Benken, Dana Hall, and B. G. Prater; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Amelia Jamison of Mason, Mich., Charlotte Limbert of Kettering, Pauline Doebler of Monroe and Gladyse Vanoy of Newark. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Grace (Evans) Ihle; and two brothers, Eber Joe Ihle and Charles Bruce Ihle.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will at 1 p.m. today, March 13, at the Monroe United Methodist Church. The Revs. William Burley and Stan Smith will officiate. Burial will follow at North Monroe Cemetery. Visitation was Monday, March 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Turner Funeral Home in Leesburg, Ohio.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Monroe United Methodist Church.

Robert Isbell Jr.
Robert Isbell Jr., 63, of Middletown, died Friday, March 9, 2001, in Orlando, Fla. He was born in Middletown, Ohio, on March 10, 1937, and was a lifelong Middletown resident. He was an Army veteran. Mr. Isbell was employed as a plumber at General Motors for 29 years, retiring in 1999. He was a member of the Breiel Boulevard Church of God. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Edith Isbell. Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Barbara (Shockley) Isbell; a daughter, Alisa, and her husband, David Reece, of Franklin; two sons, Robert Jeffery, and his wife, Nancy Isbell, of Waynesville, and Richard Gregory, and his wife, Angela Isbell, of Trenton; six grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; a brother, Herbert, and his wife, Sondra Isbell; five sisters, Lillian, and husband, Robert Rickard, Helen, and husband, Lawrence McMonigle, Clara Phares, Shirley, and husband, Kenny Baldwin, and Sharon Patrick; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, with the Rev. David Colp officiating. Interment will be at Butler County Memorial Park in Trenton. The family will receive friends today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Breiel Boulevard Church of God, 2000 N. Breiel Blvd., Middletown 45042.

Dr. Paul Kennedy
FRANKLIN -- Dr. Paul S. Kennedy, 79, of Franklin, Ohio, passed away Friday, March 9, 2001, at Garden Manor Extended Care Center in Middletown. He was born in Cuttler, Ohio, on July 18, 1921, to Oren B. Kennedy and Alice M. (Vaughn) Kennedy. Dr. Kennedy graduated from Troy High School in Washington County. He then attended Ohio State University School of Optometry, graduating in 1953. He was an optometrist in Franklin from 1953 to 1992. He served his country during World War II as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps. He was a member of the Franklin First United Methodist Church and was named Franklin Citizen of the Year in 1991. He was also a member of the American Optometrist Association, American Pilots Association, American Legion Post 149, Lions Club in Franklin, the Flying Optometrists Association and the Ohio State Alumni Association. He leaves a son, Stephen (Peggy) Kennedy of Middletown; two daughters, Carol Lakes (and friend, Randy Bryant) of Middletown and Margaret (John) Yurewitch of Bonita Springs, Fla.; two sisters, Alice Faye Talley of Columbus, Ohio, and Naomi (Dr. Joseph) Mason of Alliance, Ohio; grandchildren, David Crowe, Stephanie Kennedy, and Jonathan, Kyle and Cory Yurewitch. Dr. Kennedy was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Eileen Walling; and a grandson, Mark Crowe.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are set for 9 a.m. Friday, March 16, at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home, 3805 Roosevelt Blvd., Middletown, with the Rev. Dwayne Tilford officiating. Interment will be in Rockland Cemetery, Rockland, Ohio. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Contributions in Dr. Kennedy's memory may be made to the Lions Eye Research Foundation, 3375 Hoover Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123.

Earnest King Jr.
Earnest King Jr., 59, of Middletown, died Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born on April 14, 1941, in Vancleve, Ky., the son of Earnest King and Golden (Fletcher) King. He worked for Laborers Union Local 534 until his retirement in 1991. Mr. King was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors. He was a member of Eagles Lodge Aerie 528. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 40 years, Phyllis Darlene (Prater) King; two daughters, Kathy A. (Rick) Patrick of Middletown and Kimberly D. (Donnie) Standafer of Trenton; two sons, Kenny (Kimberly) King and Carl (Charlene) King, both of Middletown; his father, Earnest King Sr. of Middletown; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and 11 step-grandchildren; three sisters, Betty Drake, Nevelyn Hembree and Wilma Morris; four brothers, Wilgus, Arnold, Forest and Carl King; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and a brother, Clyde King.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Anderson officiating. Visitation is today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Junior King Benefit, in care of Sam Blevins, P.O. Box 37, Trenton, Ohio 45067.

Orpha M. Labadie
Mrs. Orpha Mabel Labadie, 88, of West Chester, Ohio, passed away Monday, March 5, 2001, at Hillandale Nursing Home. She was born on July 11, 1912, in Campton, Ky. She was married on June 28, 1947, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Harold Labadie, who survives her. She enjoyed traveling. She is survived by her husband, Harold; a son, Glenn, and his wife, Helen Fields, of Monroe; three brothers and three sisters; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 9, 2001, at Kowalk Funeral Home, Rose Hill Chapel, 2565 Princeton Road, Hamilton, with the Rev. Wallace Marshall officiating. Burial will follow in Union Township Cemetery in West Chester. Friends may visit from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Hazel Mann
Hazel Mann, 72, of Middletown, died Saturday, March 10, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born Feb. 25, 1929, in Cincinnati to Flotus and Dolores (Holmes) Coffey. Mrs. Mann was a member of Stratford Heights Church of God for 44 years and was also secretary/treasurer of the women's ministries at the church. She also enjoyed needlework and sewing. She is survived by her husband, William R. Mann; three sons, Steven R. (Jill) Mann of Momence, Ill., David W. (Parma) Mann of Middletown and Phillip R. Mann of Hamilton; two daughters, Catherine S. (Garry) Turner of Monroe and Jennifer J. Mann of Middletown. She is also survived by her brother, Jon Coffey; three sisters, Ruth Bellamy, Pauline Jones and Connie Bunch. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, June Reed.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 14 at the Stratford Heights Church of God, 4419 Nelson Road, with the Rev. Walter D. Watkins officiating. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
MEMORIALS: Memorial donations may be made to the Stratford Heights Church of God, Women in Ministries Program. Arrangements by Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home.

Lawrence L. Miller
Lawrence L. Miller, 73, of Middletown, died Friday, March 9, 2001. He was born in Germantown, Ohio, on Sept. 1, 1927, a son of Alfred and Catherine Miller, and lived in this area most of his life. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Mr. Miller was formerly employed as a railroad engineer at Armco Steel Co. He retired from Armco in 1985 after 37 years of service. He was a member of the Monroe United Methodist Church and was a Cub Master for Pack 942 in Liberty Township for 11 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Bessie Stalls and Ruby Prater; and three brothers, Joe, Richard and Edgar Miller. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Betty Ann (Howell) Miller; three sons, Mike, and his wife, Peggy Miller, of Hamilton, Terry, and his wife, Lisa Miller of Lewistown, Ohio, and Greg, and wife, Patty Miller, of Bellefontaine, Ohio; three daughters, Debbie, and husband, Don Even, of Middletown, Melinda, and husband, Terry Henderson, of Edison, Ohio, and Kim King of Monroe; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Loretta Allen, Ethel Richardson, Laura Evans, Josephine Bowers, Lucille Richardson, Arlene Morris, and Ora Jean Jones; and a brother, Frank Miller.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service is set for 5 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home in Middletown, with Pastor Stanley D. Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday prior to the service at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Monroe United Methodist Church, 206 East Ave., Monroe 45050; or Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown 45044.

Wilma L. Miller
Mrs. Wilma Louise Miller, 62, of 516 Baltimore St., Middletown, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born on Oct. 12, 1938, in Franklin, Ohio, the daughter of Harry F. and Helen L. (Huff) Weaver. Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Howard. She is survived by her husband of 13 years, Henry; three sons, Frank Knott and Jay Danrom II, both of Middletown, and Adam Knott of Liberty, Ind.; four daughters, Sonja Branham of Hamilton, Kathy and Candy Knott, both of Middletown, and Lisa Middleton of Franklin; five brothers, Jim and John Weaver, both of Franklin, George Weaver of Carlisle, Butch Weaver of West Carrollton and Pete Weaver; five sisters, Sue Knott, Bert McKinney and Ruby Gabbard, all of Franklin, Rosetta Curtis of Carlisle and Cathy Ingledue of Lima; and 17 grandchildren, Michelle, Jenny, Trista, Mike, Kyle, Tiffany, Kayla, Joe, Karri, Becky, Katie, Karla, Toni, Karina, Matt, Austin and Stormy.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, at Eaton-Anderson & Unglesby Funeral Home, 1357 E. Second St., Franklin, with the Rev. Vernon Risner officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodhill Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Miller family, 516 Baltimore St., Middletown 45044.

Raymond Mullins
Raymond Mullins, 89, formerly of Hamilton, currently residing in Garden Manor Nursing Home, died there Friday, March 9, 2001. He was born in Jackson, Ky., on May 29, 1911, the son of James and Charlene (Farmer) Mullins and was a graduate of Hamilton High School. Mr. Mullins served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen in 1986. He was a milk salesman for Wehr and Meyer Dairy and later worked in maintenance at Hamilton City Schools. He was a member of the American Legion. Survivors include a son, William, and wife Susan Mullins, of Dublin; a daughter, Judith Mullins of Louisville, Ky.; a stepson, Moody Davis of Rogersville, Texas; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Mullins of Austin, Texas, and Stephen Davis and Lisa Sherman, both of California.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Proeschel-Crawford-Zettler Funeral Home, 547 Main St., Hamilton, with the Rev. Larry De Lozier officiating, followed by burial in Rosehill Burial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Conley Muncy
Conley "Buddy" Muncy, 61, of Middletown, died Wednesday, March 7, 2001. He was born in Hazard, Ky., on June 8, 1939, and lived in the Middletown area since 1953. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Nettie Muncy. Among his survivors are a brother, Jim Muncy, and his wife, Bonnie, of Middletown; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to Careview Home Health Care, 4214 Grand Ave., Middletown 45044.

Jeremy Neargarder
FRANKLIN -- Jeremy John Neargarder, 23, of 47 Highridge Court, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2001. He was born on Nov. 19, 1977, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Timothy Neargarder and Vicky (Barker) Wallace. Jeremy was a graduate of Madison High School and was employed by Minteq. He is survived by his father, Timothy Neargarder, and wife, Robyn, of Farmersville, and his mother, Vickie (Barker) Wallace, and husband, Randy, of Middletown; his wife, Faith (Fritzsche) Neargarder; a daughter, Brittaney, at home; brothers, Randy Wallace Jr. of Middletown, and Tyler and Jared Neargarder, both of Farmersville; a sister, Crystal Wallace of Middletown; grandparents, Robert and Mary Neargarder of Farmersville; grandfather, Ancil Barker of Kentucky; grandmother, Patty Anderson of Kentucky and Herbert and Arlene Wallace of Middletown; special aunt and uncle, Sue and Darvin Wells of West Liberty, Ky.; and a host of family members.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Springboro Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Northcutt officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Eaton-Anderson & Unglesby Funeral Home, 1357 E. Second St., Franklin. Burial will be in Woodhill Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jeremy John Neargarder Trust, Community National Bank, 78 W. Central Ave., Springboro, Ohio 45066.

Irene Norris
Irene Norris, 93, of Garden Manor Retirement Community, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2001. Irene was a teacher for 20 years with Middletown City Schools before retiring in 1975. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene. She leaves a niece, Betty Barnhart (Robert) of Trenton; great-nephews, Fred Turner and Lyle Barnhart (Joanne), both of Middletown; great-nieces, Lorie Hamel (Rob) of Middletown, Diane Douglas (Roosevelt) of Texas and Joyce Fugate of Florida; and great-great-nieces and nephews, Jennifer and Kristy Douglas and Bill and Brandon Fugate.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at the convenience of the family. Rev. Daniel Justice will officiate. Interment will be in Butler County Memorial Park.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown 45044. Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rudy F. Oaklets
Rudy F. Oaklets, 82, of Hamilton passed away Friday, March 9, 2001, at 7:52 p.m. at Fort Hamilton Hospital. He was born April 30, 1918, in Hamilton and was a lifelong resident. Throughout Butler County and Hamilton, he was a very popular and well-respected teacher, coach and school administrator and had a very positive influence on may who affectionately still call him "coach." In 1938, he graduated from Hamilton High School where he excelled in sports, especially football. He played on the state championship football team and in his senior year was captain and selected on the All-Ohio team to play in the New Year's bowl game in Jacksonville, Fla. He received a football scholarship to Miami University and was selected as the most outstanding freshman player. On June 3, 1942, in St. John Church of Hamilton, he was united in marriage to Irma Schwab, and the couple enjoyed over 58 years of marriage. He was a World War II veteran. During 1944, 1945 and 1946, he served in the Navy in the South Pacific and Philippines and was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, American Area Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the Victory Medal. Following military service, he returned to Miami University to finish his education and graduated on Jan. 31, 1949, with a bachelor of science degree in education. On Aug. 28, 1953, he earned the degree of master of education and further studied with the University of Cincinnati in Europe in 1975. At Miami he was affiliated with honorary fraternities Epsilon Pi Tau and Phi Epsilon Kappa and is a member of the Hughes Society. He coached and taught at Lemon-Monroe High School, Seven Mile High School, New Miami High School and Hamilton Garfield High School where he was also the athletic director and assistant principal. Following his retirement from the school system in 1979, he served as bailiff and clerk of courts for the Hamilton Municipal and Area Courts. On Feb. 15, 1998, he was honored to be inducted into the Hamilton City Schools Athletic Hall of Fame. He participated in and contributed to may community activities, served on the Round Table for the Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement. On Dec. 27, 1982, he was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel. Mr. Oaklets is a life member of the Southwestern Ohio Athletic Association. He is also a lifetime member of the Ohio Retired Teachers and Butler County Retired Teachers associations. He was also interested in sports and enjoyed teaching, loved to be with friends and was very proud of his house and home. He is survived by his devoted wife, Irma, who will miss him dearly; a sister, Francas Messacar of Tempe, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Lenora Okruhlica, Alberta Schwab and Lily Braham, all of Hamilton, and Clara Okruhlica of Lady Lake, Fla. The following nieces and nephews were very special and loved by him, Lois Ann Jacobs of Hamilton, Doris Daniel (Gene) of Philip, S.D., Frank Okruhlica (Debbie) of Lady Lake, Fla., Joe Okruhlica (Maureen) of Louisville, Ky., Jim Leihbeber (Sally) of Arp, Texas, Barbara Wilson of Irvine, Calif., Stephen Okruhlica (Linda) of Whidbey Island, Wash., Cathy Huskey, Bob Shields, Jackie Shields and Sally Ozanne all of Tempe, Ariz., Cathy Hochadel (Joe) of Beavercreek and Carol Taylor (Wayne) of Winchester, Ky. He also leaves a very dear cousin, Hilda Stiehl, and Jan and John Miller of Middletown. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Theresa Leihgeber, and brothers, Frank, Joseph and Stephen Okruhlica.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at the Weigel Funeral Home, 980 N.W. Washington Blvd., Hamilton, with the Rev. Jeff Shanaberger and the Rev. William C. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: If you choose, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First St. John United Church of Christ Church, 412 Front St., Hamilton.

Ray Perry
Ray Perry, 86, of Middletown, passed away at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital where he had been a patient for two days. He was born on May 10, 1914, in West Liberty, Ky. He had lived in the Middletown area for 60 years. Mr. Perry was employed as a line worker at Frigidaire for 29 years, retiring in 1973. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edman and Virgle (Adkins) Perry; a son, Robert Perry in 1980; and three sisters and eight brothers. Survivors include two daughters, Vernell Morningstar of Monroe and Priscilla Hall, and her husband, Roger, of Cold Springs, Ky.; a son, Danny Ray Perry of Alexandria, Ky.; 15 grandchildren, Christi Stricker, Brandi Taylor, Kelly Brulport, Jeremy, Amy, Kyle, Molly, and Raylyn Perry, Steven and David Morningstar, Melinda, Charles and Andrew Hoffman, and Robert and Mark Perry; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Flora Harr of New Boston, Ohio; a good friend, Henen Jolliff of Monroe; and many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visitation will be Monday, March 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Herr-Riggs Funeral Home, 210 S. Main St., Middletown. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Arthur Profitt officiating. Interment will be at North Monroe Cemetery, Monroe, Ohio.

Patricia Ann Pfaff
Patricia Ann Pfaff, 70, of Monroe, died Monday, March 5, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born on March 4, 1931, in Apollo, Pa., the daughter of George and Gem Shoemaker. Mrs. Pfaff worked as a manager at Elder-Beerman and Zondervan Family Book Store. She taught Bible studies and was a born-again Christian. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Raymond Pfaff; three daughters, Amy (Robert) Dorn of Fort Worth, Texas, Polly (Dion) Hale of Monroe, and Sarah (Michael) Dow of Benbrook, Texas; two sons, Chris (Christie) Pfaff of Kingwood, Texas, and Michael (Susan) Pfaff of Shaker Heights, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Riffer of Vandergrift, Pa.; and a brother, George Shoemaker of Vandergrift, Pa. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the Mound Cemetery in Monroe. Arrangements are being handled by Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Olvin Risner
Olvin Risner, 88, of Middletown, died Monday, March 5, 2001, at Willow Knoll Nursing Home. He was born on April 7, 1912, in Hindman, Ky., the son of Proctor Risner and Susan (Hale) Risner. Mr. Risner was an avid Cincinnati Reds baseball fan and a member of Grace Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marie (Patrick) Risner; three daughters, Virginia (Charles) Nixon of Middletown, Diana (Frederick) Krause of Middletown and Cassie (Darrell) White of Tampa, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Martha Fox of Virginia. Mr. Risner was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and four brothers.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. Roger Green officiating. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be at North Monroe Cemetery in Monroe.

Arnold Romans
Arnold Romans, 72, of Middletown, died Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born in Middletown on June 8, 1928, and was a lifelong Middletown resident. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Mr. Romans was formerly employed as district sales manager at Black-Clawson. He retired with 51 years service. He was a member of Wildwood Golf Course and belonged to American Legion Post 218. He was also a member of the 1946 Middletown High School state basketball championship team. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Arthur, Estil, Willard and Walter Romans. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Phyllis Romans; a daughter, Judy Bond (Richard) of Mansfield, Ohio; a son, Robert Romans (Donna) of Middletown; five grandchildren; and two brothers, Harlan and Ernest Romans, both of Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Woodside Cemetery Chapel. There will be no visitation. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Romans memory may be made to Abilities First, 4710 Timber Trail Drive, Middletown 45044; or Hope House, 34 S. Main St., Middletown 45042. Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Pauline Russelo
Mrs. Pauline Russelo, 83, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Washington Courthouse, died at her Florida residence on Tuesday, March 6, 2001 She is survived by her husband of 63 years, William B. Russelo. She is also survived by a son, William B. (Kitty) Russelo Jr., of Charlotte, N.C.; two daughters, Karen (Vince) Pomante of Westerville, Ohio, and Paula (Robert) Entrekin of Coshocton, Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Russelo of Westerville; four sisters, Mitzie (John) Welling of Middletown, Ann (Dick) White of Trenton, Ruth (Tom) Olson of Muskegon, Mich., and Dorothy (Jim) Tincher of Middletown; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Anna (Kossa) Stahl; a son, Jerry Lee Russelo; and three sisters, Irene Hutchinson, Helen Buehl and Teresa Opesky.
ARRANGEMENTS: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Church of Holy Family Parish. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. Arrangements are by Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home, 3905 Roosevelt Blvd. and Bonita Drive.

Kenduall B. Shaffer
Kenduall B. Shaffer, 90, of 8513 Keister Road, Middletown, died Sunday, March 11, 2001, at Garden Manor Retirement Village. A native of St. George, W. Va., he was the son of Capbell and Olive (Hovater) Shaffer. He retired from Crystal Tissue in Middletown after 49 years and the last eight as assistant superintendent of the machine room. Kenduall was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Middletown for 61 years. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen; three daughters, Joan (Dell) McGill of Charlotte, N.C., Mary (Ron) Turner, and Sandra (Marc) Thompson of Middletown; and a daughter-in-law, Doris Shaffer of Middletown. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, James, in June 2000.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Eaton-Anderson & Unglesby Funeral Home, 1357 E. Second St., Franklin. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Springboro Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 700 S. Marshall Road, Middletown 45044.

Clarence E. Taylor
Clarence E. Taylor, 80, of Middletown, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2001. He was born on Dec. 22, 1921. He is survived and will be sadly missed by his wife, Dorothy E. Taylor; a daughter, Mary M. Case; a sister Bea J. Withers; three granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.
ARRANGEMENTS: At his request, there will no services.

Charles West
Charles A. West Sr., 85, of Garden Manor Extended Care Center, died Sunday, March 11, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born July 30, 1915, in Brown County, Ohio, and had lived in the area since 1945. Mr. West was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was the owner and operator of Ralston-West Petroleum Service Co. for 32 years and retired in 1979. He was a member of the Christ Community Church of Kettering and the American Legion Post 218 of Middletown. He was a former member of the Jaycees and Sertoma. Mr. West was a graduate of Russellville High School and attended the Maryville College of Maryville, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen West in June 1999; three brothers, Ernest, Joe and John West; three sisters, Lucy Fall, Carrie DuErmit and Mary Liggett and parents, Oscar A. and Sarah (Pickerill) West. Mr. West is survived by three sons, Charles West Jr. of Trenton, Robert L. West of Virginia Beach, Va., and Edward W. West of Tulsa Okla.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home with the Rev. Walter Brent officiating. Burial will be at Liberty Chapel Cemetery, Russellville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, March 13, at the funeral home.

Douglas D. Adams
Douglas D. Adams, 38, of Middletown, died March 4, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was a Middletown native and lifelong resident. He was born here on Dec. 6, 1962. Mr. Adams was employed as a mechanic at Wildwood Golf Course for 10 years. He loved cats and had four cats of his own for which he cared. He was preceded in death by his father, James D. Adams, in September, 2000; and his grandfathers, Asa Lindon and Raymond Adams. Survivors include his wife of nine years, Patty (Gamble) Adams of Middletown; his mother, Gladys "Sue" Marshall (William) of Middletown; a brother, Mike Adams (Wendy) of Trenton; a sister, Melinda Robinson (David) of Middletown; two stepdaughters, Tina Spicer of Germantown and Gina Spicer of Trenton; grandmothers Gladys Adams of Middletown and Calla Williams of Campton, Ky.; two nieces, Jaimi Adams and Candace Robinson; and two nephews, Max Robinson and Andy Bush.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, with Pastor Frank Curtis officiating. Interment will be at Butler County Memorial Park. Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Adoption Center, Inc., P.O. Box 684, Middletown 45042.

Millard Boggs
Millard Boggs, 84, of 2310 S. Sutphin St., died Friday morning, March 2, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born in Elliott County, Ky., on May 15, 1916, and had lived in this area since 1945. He worked for Armco Steel Co. for 33 years, retiring in 1978 as a truck driver. Mr. Boggs was a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist faith. He is survived by his wife, Freda Mae Wagner Boggs; two daughters, Rozetta Boggs Lewis (Douglas H.), and Pamela Lee Boggs, both of Middletown; grandchildren Douglas E. Lewis (Sherry Sparks), Shawn A. Lewis, Adam W. Lewis (Kasey Theiss), Andrea Lynn Lewis and Ernie Boggs (Shannon); great-grandchildren Sierra Anne Kirby, Elijah Nathaniel Kirby, Baylee Nicole Sparks, Chyloe Montgomery Boggs, Matthieux Anthony Boggs, Tyler Sparks, Brandon Lewis and Morgan Lewis; and a brother, Logan Hardy of China, Mich.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with Pastor Steve Duff officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park in Trenton. American Legion Post 218 Honor Guard will provide military honors at the graveside.

Beatrice Bowen
Beatrice "Bea" Bowen, 88, of Fullerton, Calif., died Friday, March 2, 2001, in Fullerton, following an extended illness. She was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on Sept. 1, 1912. She was employed in the medical training field as a director at the Nurses Training Institute. Surviving are her husband of 52 years, Orville Robert Bowen; a daughter, Shirley Harrison and her husband, John of Franklin; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Eaton-Anderson-Unglesby Funeral Home, 1357 E. Second St., Franklin, with the Rev. Greg Cundiff officiating. Burial will be in Dale Cemetery in Connersville, Ind. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Victor M. Cappa
Victor M. Cappa, 71, a 30-year businessman in the Rossmoyne/Deer Park area, died Saturday, March 3, 2001. He was a beloved husband of Pauline (Esposito); loving father of Vicki Casciato (Tony), John Cappa and Jim Cappa; dear grandfather to Tony, Anissa, Michael, Jamie, John and Eric; brother to Betty Re, Mary Mosby and John Cappa. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at St. Saviour Church, Plainfield and Myrtle streets, Cincinnati. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the church. If desired, memorials may be made to Vita's Hospice or St. Saviour Church, 4118 Myrtle St., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236. Arrangements are being handled by Thomas-Justin Memorial.

Pearl Chapman
Mrs. Pearl Chapman, 87, of Middletown, passed away Friday, March 2, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born on Nov. 28, 1913, in Wolfe County, Ky. Mrs. Chapman was a retired practical nurse and a homemaker. She was member of the Eastern Star, Ida Morningstar Chapter, and Grace Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Orphis Chapman; a son, Lloyd (Shirley); three granddaughters, Christa Hall of Trenton, Abbie Amaya (Luis) of Monroe and Angie Fryman (Shawn) of Trenton; and four grandsons, Cole, Alex, Nicholas and Nathaniel. Mrs. Chapman was preceded in death by her parents, James and Rosellen (Brashears) Madden, four brothers and five sisters.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with Dr. Howard Sears officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Woodside Cemetery.

James K. Cockerham
CARLISLE -- James K. Cockerham, 55, of Carlisle, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Hospice of Dayton. He was employed at BCI Boxboard Corp., in Franklin. Cockerham was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Ida Cockerham, and two sisters, Edna and Maggie. He is survived by his wife, Maudie; two brothers, Earl of Middletown and Arthur (A.C.) of Carlisle; and five sisters, Gladys Stamper and Anna Lou Tyree, both of Campton, Ky., Gertude Trimble of Gratis, Opal Kessler of Kettering and Faye Pence of Carlisle. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: He was a member of Community Jesus Church, 5309 Tinch Lane, off Dayton-Oxford Road, Franklin, where funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Henry Neace and the Rev. Frank Kelly officiating. Burial will follow at Mound Cemetery in Monroe. The family will receive friends starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
MEMORIALS: Flowers may be sent to the church or memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton. Arrangements are in care of Sanner Funeral Home in West Carrollton.

Beulah M. Davidson
Mrs. Beulah M. Davidson, 66, of 1719 Manchester Ave., went to be with the Lord on Saturday morning, March. 3, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born in Pekin, Ky., Jan. 8, 1935, the daughter of Wendell and Izora (Ferguson) Manning, and had lived in Middletown since 1977, following the death of her husband. She formerly worked as a nurse's aide. She is survived by a daughter, Sheila Ryan of Waynesville; five sons, Robert E. Davidson Jr. of Westland, Mich., Richard Lee Davidson of Middletown, Mark A. Davidson of Bleeker, Ala., Bruce M. Davidson of Morehead, Ky., and Michael Davidson of Middletown; 22 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Mildred Williams of Middletown; and two brothers, Woodford Manning of Middletown and Cecil Manning of Frenchburg, Ky. She was preceded in death by a daughter in infancy, Tonya Jo, and by her husband, Robert E. Davidson in 1976.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at House of Prayer, 728 Forest Ave., Franklin, where funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. by Pastor Roger Mullins. Mrs. Davidson will then be taken to Ft. Benning, Ga., for graveside services and burial beside her husband, on Wednesday, at Ft. Benning Post Cemetery. Arrangements are by Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.

Dessie Mae Deck
Mrs. Dessie Mae Deck, 72, of Middletown, died here Saturday, March 3, 2001. A Middletown native, she was born on Dec. 25, 1928, and was a lifelong resident. Mrs. Deck was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Pattie Marie Spagnola; her parents, Leonard and Ora Martin; brothers Donnie, Fredley, Cletis, James and Franklin D. Martin; and a sister, Sandra Fields. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Bobbie L. Deck; a son, Clarence David, and his wife, Ann Ward, of Lawton, Okla.; daughters Dessie Mae Bowlin of Cincinnati and Thelma Mae Sorrell of Lebanon, Tenn.; a brother, Jesse, and his wife, Jean Martin, of Middletown; sisters Katherine Marie, and husband, James Perkins, Martha, and husband, James Schenck, and Rena, and husband Noah Wise, all of Middletown; an aunt, Florence Irons of Middletown; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, with the Rev. C. Nolan Phillips officiating. Interment will be in Butler County Memorial Park. Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown 45044.

Anna M. Gentry
Anna M. Gentry, 73, of Middletown, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born Aug. 10, 1927, in Middletown and was a lifetime resident in the community. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. Gentry in April 1990. She is survived by a son, John A. and wife, Tina Gentry of Middletown; three grandchildren, John A. (Monica Roden) Gentry Jr., James A. (Andee Land) Gentry and Ginger A. Gentry; a great-granddaughter, Morgan Rachelle Gentry; a brother, John Winkle of Middletown; a sister, Bertha McClain of Middletown; and many nieces, nephews and loved ones.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Disposition will be at Woodside Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: Donations may be made to Louella Thompson Feed the Hungry Fund. Arrangements are by Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home.

Mary Hanser
Mary Gailey Hanser, 81, of 6153 Decker Road, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born in Middletown July 6, 1919, the daughter of Alexander and B. Susan (Moser) Gailey and worked for more than 27 years in the accounting department at Aeronca. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She is survived by two nephews, Jim Gailey of Cincinnati and Doug Gailey of Dunedin, Fla., and many other relatives and friends. Her parents preceded her in death, as did her brothers, George and James, and her sister-in-law, Eugenie Adams Gailey.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with Pastor C. Roland Marcus officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home. Entombment will follow in Woodside Mausoleum.

Rollie Jackson
Rollie Jackson, 89, of Wellington, Ky., passed away Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Edgewood Estate Nursing Home in Frenchburg, Ky., after an extended illness. He was born Feb. 12, 1912, in Magoffin County, Ky., son of the late Menifee and Rose Arnett Jackson. He was a member of Korea Church of God in Wellington, and a retired farmer and construction worker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Lou Lawson Jackson, and one daughter, Mary Setters. Surviving are four daughters, Princess and Ben Setters and Shannon and Carl Hartgrove of Mt. Sterling, Ky., Barbara Lansdale of Middletown, and Nancy and Carl Nickell of Frenchburg; two sons, Tom and Betty Jackson of Middletown, and John and Lee Jackson of Wellington; two sisters, Judy Dickerson of Cincinnati and Nancy Blankenship of Campton, Ky.; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Menifee Home for Funerals in Frenchburg, Ky., with the Rev. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in Back Cemetery in Wellington. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Patricia M. Jayne
Patricia M. Jayne, 72, of Morris Plains, N.J., formerly of Mendham, N.J., and Middletown, Ohio, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, N.J. She was born in Chicago, Ill., on June 10, 1928, to the late George E. Mellon and Marvel L. Piper. She was a homemaker. Patricia lived for 30 years in Mendham, N.J., and before that, she had resided in Middletown, Ohio. She graduated from Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. Survivors include two daughters, Melanie J. Haviland of Mendham, N.J., and Melissa Smith of Naples, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Timothy and Piper Haviland.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, Morristown Corps, 95 Spring St., Morristown, N.J. (phone 973 539-2700) The William J. Leber Funeral Home, 15 Furnace Road, Chester, N.J., is charge of all arrangements.

Norma Jean Lane
Mrs. Norma Jean Lane, 66, of Middletown, Ohio, died Sunday, March 4, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born on April 3, 1934, in Eaton, Ohio, to the late Carl Lewis and Kathryn R. (Hadding) Morningstar. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Rickey Ray Lane; a granddaughter; a great-grandson; and a brother, Carl Junior Morningstar. Survivors include her husband, Glen Lane; daughters Brenda (Stephen) Michael of West Manchester, Ohio, and Judy (Larry) Maxey of Middletown; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers Harold Lee Morningstar of Troy, Mo., and Dale Leroy Morningstar of New Paris, Ohio; sisters Betty June Back of Greenville, Ohio, and Josephine E. Dear of Ithaca, Ohio; nieces and nephews; and aunts and uncles.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, from the Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, 226 W. Main St., Eaton, Ohio, with the Rev. William M. Zinc officiating. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria, Ohio. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home on Wednesday.

D. Russel Lee
Prominent Butler County educator and civic leader D. Russel Lee died on Sunday, March 4, 2001. He was born in Racine, Ohio, on June 1, 1915, the third child of the late Dale and Lillian Hobstetter Lee. From the time he was seven years old until he reached early adulthood, he did farm work, driving a team of horses to deliver milk twice a day to dairy customers. He graduated from Racine High School in 1933. The first person in his family to attend college, Lee received his baccalaureate degree in agriculture from Ohio State University in 1939 and took a teaching job at Union Township High School that same year. In 1944, he became district superintendent and managed a series of consolidations that led to the opening of Lakota High School in 1959. In 1964 he was named superintendent of Butler County Schools, a position he held until his retirement in 1979. As County Superintendent, he was instrumental in establishing a vocational high school that bears his name, the D. Russel Lee Career Center. " I worked hard on it, very hard, for 10-12 years," he once said. "I was just obsessed with what it could do for the kids in Butler County." In addition to his work as an educator, Lee served for 10 years as a trustee of Fort Hamilton-Hughes Memorial Hospital, including a 3-year stint as president as well as chair of the building committee during a major construction project. He also served on seven other hospital board committees. Lee and his family were among the founding members of Faith Community United Methodist Church in West Chester where he twice served as chair of the building committee for major construction projects. He also served as chair of the Ohio Automobile Club (AAA). Other board memberships include Junior Achievement, Blue Cross of Southwest Ohio Advisory Committee, United Way, the Butler County Heart Association, the Butler County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and the Butler County Tuberculosis Association. He was also a 50-year Mason. Looking back on his long years of community service, Lee commented, "I like to tend to business. If you make a commitment to do something, you should uphold that commitment." He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Helen (Sharp) Lee, formerly of Huntington, W. Va.; by two sisters, Rose Clarke of El Campo, Texas, and Norma Tassian of Kenwood, Ohio; by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Dr. Charles Lee of Cincinnati and Dr. David Lee and Laura Harper Lee, of Bowling Green, Ky.; and by a granddaughter, Harper Lee, also of Bowling Green.
ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial services will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2001, at 7 p.m. at the Faith Community United Methodist Church, 8210 Cox Road, West Chester, Ohio, with the Rev. David Bridgman officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Webb-Noonan Funeral Home, Ross Avenue at "D" Street in Hamilton. Committal services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Rose Hill Mausoleum Chapel and entombment will follow.
MEMORIALS: Memorials may be directed to the BCJVSD Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund, 3603 Hamilton-Middletown Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45011.

Lawrence A. Luff
Lawrence Allen Luff, Larry, to most former co-workers, Allen, to his wife, Dorothy, and relatives, "Big Al" to his children and their friends, died Thursday, March 1, 2001, at the age of 76. He was a resident of Hamilton. Born in Middletown, Ohio, in 1924, to Lonnie and Elizabeth (Berry) Luff, Allen was a member of Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation." He grew up during the Depression, graduated from high school in 1942 and immediately entered military service becoming an Army aviator flying multi-engine aircraft in Africa and Asia. After the war, in 1946, Allen sought employment with Armco Steel where he stayed as an accountant until his retirement 40 years later. In 1947, he married Dorothy Wellinghoff of Hamilton, Ohio. They had eight children together, six boys, Phil (JoAnn), Steven (Ruth), Larry (Barb), Michael (Karen), David (Lucy), and Jeff (Linda); and two girls, Kathy (Bob Appenzeller) and Eileen, all of whom they managed to put through Catholic schools, and all of whom "turned out all right," no mean achievement considering the era, the worry and the trouble some caused. There were difficult times and times of little money which they weathered without complaint. After retirement, Al and Dorothy were able to travel extensively, a dream willingly postponed and finally realized. More than this though, what made Allen happiest were the rewards of a large, grown family, too much to do, too many to be involved with, too much of everything, all of which kept him sharp, involved and happy. We all, Dorothy, his children, eighteen grandchildren, his sister, Audrey Sparrow and numerous nieces and nephews, survive him and we all miss him very much.
ARRANGEMENTS: Prayers will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the Zettler Funeral Home, 2646 Pleasant Ave., Hamilton, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. in St. Julie Billiart Church in Hamilton. Burial will be in St. Stephen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in the funeral home.

Hazel L. McCain
Mrs. Hazel Lucille McCain, 87, of Middletown, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Willow Knoll Retirement Community. Hazel was born in Middletown on Aug. 14, 1913, to Seburn and Edith (Neuner) Post. She graduated from Middletown High School in 1932. She was a member of Holy Family Parish, Holy Trinity Church, where she was active with the Ladies Society and volunteered at the church and at Bishop Fenwick High School. Her loving generous spirit touched the lives of everyone blessed to know her. Hazel is survived by her devoted husband of 65 years, Thomas A. McCain; her children, Thomas W. (Linda) McCain of Versailles, Ind., John M. (Debbie) McCain of Middletown, Sue Ann (David) Day of Davie, Fla., and Theresa (Mike) Housh of Middletown; her 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, James and Albert Post; and her sisters, Mary Post and Florence Thomas.
ARRANGEMENTS: Mass of Christian Burial will be at Holy Trinity Church of Holy Family Parish at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, with Monsignor Metzger as celebrant. Visitation is today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home, 3805 Roosevelt Blvd., at Bonita. Interment will be at Butler County Memorial Park.
MEMORIALS: Memorial donations may be made to the Ladies Society of Holy Family Parish, 201 Clark St., Middletown 45042; or Cobblestone Community Church Youth Fund, 1100 E. Ohio 122, Lebanon, Ohio 45036.

Goldie M. Mogle
Goldie M. (Peck) Mogle, 68, of New Madison, Ohio, died Sunday, March 4, 2001, at Wayne Hospital in Greenville, Ohio. She was born on Aug. 22, 1932, in Menifee County, Ky., to Louis Sterling Peck and Julia Ann (Staton) Peck. Survivors include two brothers, James and William Peck; four half-brothers, Michael, Asa, Robert and Jeffery Peck; four sisters, Mary May, Florence Centers, Edna Vore and Flora (Dellas) Richardson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Louis and Charles Peck.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home, 3805 Roosevelt Blvd., Middletown. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery in Middletown. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations toward funeral expenses.

Marjorie E. Nickell
Mrs. Marjorie Evelyn Nickell, 71, of Middletown, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 4, 2001, at Willow Knoll Nursing Home. She was born in Hamilton, Ohio, on Oct. 25, 1928, and was a lifelong resident of the Middletown area. Mrs. Nickell was employed as a technician at Middletown Regional Hospital for 10 years before retiring in 1980. She was a member of New Beginnings Church in Springboro and a volunteer with the Madison Township Rescue Squad. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Ethel (Bower) Higgins; and a sister, Marion Ingram. Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Benny B. Nickell Sr.; four daughters, Vickie (Joseph) Wright of Middletown, Cindy Nickell of Carlisle, Denise (Richard) Lykins of Middletown and Juquita (Brian) Cornett of Franklin; a son, Benny Nickell Jr. of Trenton; five grandchildren, Chris Fitzpatrick, Jason Evans, Justin Nicholson, Erika Newton and Heather Cornett; two great-grandchildren, Raven and Tristen Newton; a brother, Oscar (June) Higgins Jr. of Carlisle; and a sister, Donna Riggs of Trenton.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, with Pastor Bruce Cornett officiating. Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be at Elk Creek Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: Contributions in Mrs. Nickell's name may be made to Vitas Hospice of Cincinnati, 1132 W. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240.

Joan Nitterhouse
TRENTON -- Joan Nitterhouse, 67, of Trenton, died Friday, March 2, 2001, in Middletown. She was born in Middletown on April 10, 1933, and was a lifelong resident of the Middletown area. Ms. Nitterhouse retired from her job as a secretary at Armco Research in 1981 after 30 years of service. She was a member of the Jacksonburg United Methodist Church and a lover of music. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Dorothy Nitterhouse; and a nephew, Steven Smith. Survivors include two sisters, Evelyn Smith (Alda) of Hamilton and Charlotte Swarts of Middletown; and three nephews, James Smith of Hamilton, Kevin Knapp of Trenton and Kelly Knapp of Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 5, at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, 1500 Manchester Ave., Middletown, with the Rev. Jeffery A. Motter officiating. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Jacksonburg United Methodist Church, 4654 Middletown-Oxford Road, Middletown 45042.

John W. Petry
TRENTON -- John Wayne Petry, 44, of 6346 Trenton-Franklin Road, died Friday, March 2, 2001, at his residence. He was born in Middletown Dec. 14, 1956, a son of Gerald and Shirley (Tipton) Petry. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Shirley Conn; his father, Gerald L. Petry; a sister, Vicki Moreland; and a brother, Jerry Lee Petry (wife, Julie), all of Middletown; a brother, Todd Petry (wife, Carla) of Lewisburg; his grandmother, Mrs. Ethel Tipton of Trenton; and several nieces and nephews. His brother, Scott, preceded him in death last year.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will 11 a.m. Tuesday at Woodside Cemetery Chapel, with Pastor Dan Noel officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to services Tuesday at the chapel. Arrangements are by Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.

Albert W. Scheidt
Albert W. Scheidt, 94, of Monroe, formerly of Middletown and Cincinnati, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Mount Pleasant Retirement Community. He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Schinkal Scheidt. He is survived by two daughters, Sandra Arnett, and her husband, Matt, of Boston, Mass., and Sharon Hamilton, and her husband, Walter, of Middletown; four grandchildren, Sara Henry, and her husband, Jon, of Hampden, Me., Michael Arnett, and his wife, Joanne, of Clifton Park, N.Y., Bryan Hamilton of Middletown, and Molly Hamilton of Dublin; two great-grandchildren, Andrew and Jordan Henry of Hampden, Me.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Eden Alternative Fund, 225 Britton Lane, Monroe, Ohio 45050. This fund is for the nursing home pets that brought so much enjoyment to Albert during his residence at Mount Pleasant. Arrangements are by Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home.

Rodney D. Wade
SPRINGBORO -- Rodney D. Wade, 37, of 75 Carey Drive, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2001, at his residence. He was born on Oct. 4, 1963, in Middletown, Ohio, the son of Bill and Sue (Poff) Wade. He was employed at Vincent Metals. Mr. Wade was a member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Association for 12 years. He was a soccer coach in Springboro where he graduated from High School in 1982. He is survived by his parents, Bill and Sue Wade of Springboro; a brother, Jeffrey, and his wife, Melissa Wade, of Springboro; a nephew, Zach Wade, and a niece, Lacey Wade, both of Springboro; and a Little Brother from the Big Brothers Association, Jeff Smith, of West Carrollton.
ARRANGEMENTS: Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Springboro Cemetery, with the Rev. Delbert Dawes officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by Eaton-Anderson & Unglesby Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, 184 Salem Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45406.

Gary Ray Wells
Gary Ray Wells, 62, of Monroe, died Sunday, March 4, 2001, in Lake Placid, Fla. He was born on Oct. 7, 1938, in Middletown, the son of Lee Wells and Verna (Bailey) Wells. Mr. Wells had worked and retired as a truck driver for Dickerson Distributing and was a part-time police officer for the Village of Monroe for 18 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Eagles Lodge. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Bene) Wells; a daughter, Janice (John) Souders of Monroe; two sons, Gary S. (Debbie) Wells of Lebanon and David Wells of Hamilton; five grandchildren, Ryan Burgess, Brooke Wells, and John, Justin and Jaclyn Souders; four brothers, Harold (Peggy) Wells of Florida, Dick Wells of Georgia, Bobby (Carol) Wells of Franklin and Ron (Lynn) Wells of Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Wells, and his parents.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. Randy Brooks officiating. Friends may call from noon until service time on Friday. Burial will follow in Woodside Cemetery. The Honor Guard of American Legion Post 218 will provide military honors at the graveside.

Stanley Whisman
Stanley Whisman, 79, of Middletown, died here Friday, March 2, 2001. He was born in Campton, Ky., on Feb. 22, 1922, and had lived in the Middletown area for 55 years. Mr. Whisman served in the Army during World War II. He retired from his job as a construction worker from B.D. Morgan Co. in 1984. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda L. Whisman in 1994; his parents, Sam and Maranda Whisman; brothers Jim, Orville and Jay Whisman; and a sister, Zeola Dunahoo. He leaves a daughter, Wanda G. Sheley of Middletown; a grandson, Chad Sheley (Suzanne) of Greensboro, N.C.; a great-grandson, Ryan Sheley of Greensboro; a sister, Lucille Bailey (Ray) of Middletown; and a brother, Austin Whisman of Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Monday, March 5, at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home. The Rev. Howard Sears will officiate. Interment will be in Elk Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Contributions in Mr. Whisman's name may be made to Grace Baptist Church, P.O. Box 44777, Middletown 45044, or a charity of donor's choice.


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