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Robert J. Spradlin II, 33, Columbus, formerly of McGuffey, died April 22, 1999 at Heartland of Indian Lake. He was born June 26, 1965 in Kenton, to Robert J. and Wilma (Adkins) Spradlin. His father, Robert J. and stepmother, Anna Spradlin survive in McGuffey. His mother, Wilma and stepfather, Elliott Prater, survive in Alger. Survivors also include his grandparents, Frank and Emma Spradlin of McGuffey; stepgrandparents, Clifford and Josephine Burd of Kenton; one brother, John M. Spradlin of Bellefontaine; one stepbrother, Brian (Billy) Sallee of McGuffey; four stepsisters, Lorna (Tom) Jones of Moorehead, Ky., Kim (Orin) Holliday of Orlando, Fla., Teresa (Steve) Leigh of Brunswick, and Melissa Prater of Findlay; many friends from the Columbus area; and aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wiley and Sarah Adkins; and stepgrandparents, Russell and Daisy Spencer. Mr. Spradlin was a counselor for the Ohio AIDS Coalition in Columbus. Services were held April 24 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Alger, with the Rev. James Massey officiating. Burial was in McDonald-Fairview Cemetery, Kenton. Memorial contributions may be made to Hardin Hospice Care of Hardin Home Health Care.

Charles "Chuck" Kahler Jr., 74, Kenton, died April 22, 1999, following a one vehicle accident in rural Hardin County. He was born May 31, 1924 in Hardin County to Charles Sr. and Corolene (Highslip) Kahler. On Aug. 24, 1962, he married Jeraldine Preston, and she survives in Kenton. Survivors also include one brother, Kenneth "Kenny" (Betty) Kahler of Dola; one sister, Dorothy Krause of Newton, Kansas; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Eldred, Ernest and Don Kahler. Mr. Kahler was a rural letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 34 years. He was also a farmer. He was a member of the Kenton Moose Lodge #428, the American Legion Post #185 of Ada, VFW Post #3816 of Dunkirk, Hardin County Farm Bureau, and a life member of the DAV Hardin County Chapter #46. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, serving in the European Theater and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a graduate of Dola High School. Services were held April 26 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada with Pastor Ron Briggs officiating. Burial was in Dola Cemetery. Special grave side Military services were conducted by VFW Post 9381. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Hardin County of Ada, Ohio Division or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Donald Eugene "Gene" Smith, 63, Harrod, died April 19, 1999 at Hardin Memorial Hospital, Kenton. He was born Jan. 28, 1935, in Campton, Ky., to Nickie and Nancy Beverly Smith. On June 5, 1993, he married Geneva Parker, who survives. Survivors also include three sons, Jethro Smith of Lima and Donald Ray Smith and Harley Smith, both of Campton, Ky.; three daughters, Janie Smith and Jeanie Smith, both of Campton, Ky., and Vera (Tony) Childs of Lima; two stepsons, Bill (Nancy) Martin and David Ray (JoAnn) Martin, both of Belle Center; a stepdaughter, Julie (Richard) Arnett of Harrod; four brothers, Vernon Smith and Arthur Smith, both of Lima, Ernest Smith of Harrod and Ova Smith of McGuffey; a sister, Winnie Hadix of Benton, Ky.; 13 grandchildren, 13 stepgrandchildren and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ola Smith and Luther Glenn Smith. Mr. Smith retired from Flexible Sewer Tool. He was a member of Deliverance Tabernacle of Lima. He was an Army veteran service in France. Services were held April 23 at Siferd Westwood Chapel, with Brother Brown officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery, with military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1275. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Donald W. Hatcher, 76, Dunkirk, died April 20, 1999 at Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus. He was born June 10, 1922, in Hardin County to Daniel and Maude (Reams) Hatcher. On Dec. 25, 1946, he married Grace Patterson, who survives. Survivors also include a son, Richard of Forest; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Lace, Ted, Carl, Lem, Ralph, Joe and Silas; and five sisters, Tresa, Ethel Roberts, Ruth Wenner, Clara Hites and Florence Dyer. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Blanchard River Church of Christ of Dunkirk. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in Europe. He was a member of Kenton American Legion Post 198. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blanchard River Church of Christ.

Elliot William Ley, 17, Marietta, died April 16, 1999, near Dover. He was born Jan. 6, 1982, in Marietta, to Gregory S. and Tammy Smith Ley. His father survives in Lore City and his mother survives in Marietta. Survivors also include his stepmother, Karen Preston Ley of Lore City; a brother, Christopher of Cambridge; a half brother, Nicholas of Lore City; his paternal grandmother, Jean Ley of Marietta; and stepgrandparents, Don and Shirley Preston of Ada. Services were held April 19, in Marietta.

Harrison I. "Harry" Eversole, 82, McGuffey, died May 3, 1999, in Kenton. He was born March 28, 1917 in Columbus Grove to Daniel and Elsie (Steele) Eversole. On June 20, 1940, he married Cecelia M. Bensman and she died Aug. 3, 1968. On Oct. 11, 1984, he married Bonnie McIntosh Allen and she survives in McGuffey. Survivors include one son, Michael G. Eversole of Lima; one stepson, Eugene (JoAnn) Conley of LaPorte, Ind.; two daughters, Roseanne (Don) Roop of Wapakoneta and Nancy (Larry) Youtsey of Van Wert; four stepdaughters, Betty Manns of Fort Wayne, Ind., Maxine (Roger) Britzke and Letha Shaffne, both of LaPorte, Ind., and Ann (Derek) Brown of McGuffey; one brother, Dan (Betty) Eversole of Findlay; four sisters, Mary Jane Mertz of Cridersville, Rose Ellen (Dale) Valentine of Gardenville, Nev., Delores Cardone of Nesconset, N.Y. and Dorothy Fairburn of Adrian, Mich.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Hubert and Dwight Eversole; and a sister, Billie Springer. Mr. Eversole was a retired electrician and assembler at Clark Equipment Company. He retired in 1978 after working for 37 years. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp veteran having served in World War II. He was a member of AMVETS Post 94 of Kenton, an Ohio life member of the American Legion Post 9381 of Ada and the American Legion Post of Kenton, and a member of the Eagles Lodge #2163 of Kenton. Services will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 6 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, with the Rev. Russell Manns and the Rev. James Holbrook officiating. Burial will be in Gethsemani Cemetery, Lima. Friends may call Wednesday from 2­4 and 6­8 p.m. and until time of services at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home in Ada on Thursday. Graveside military services will be held by AMVETS Post 94 of Kenton. Memorials may be made to Hardin Hospice Care of Kenton.

Gerald R. Fleming, 83, Ada, died May 1, 1999 at his residence in Ada. He was born Feb. 14, 1916, in Allen County to John and Bertha (Binkley) Fleming. On June 5, 1938 he married Dorothy J. Smith and she died May 10, 1979. He is survived by his fiancée, Mable Crawford, of Ada. Survivors also include two sons, Robert (Linny) Fleming of Harrod and Gary (Linda) Fleming of Ada; three daughters, Helen (Howard) Umphress and Maxine (Karlton) Plaugher, both of Ada, and Judy (Jay) Reynolds of Findlay; one brother, Lester (Evelyn) Fleming of Lafayette; four sisters, Elsie (Wayne) Rader of Lima, Gladys (Charles) Wagner of Findlay, Betty (Richard) Hawk of Harrod and Jean (Dan) Holyoak of Moab, Utah; 18 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Walter, Guy Ralph and Clarence Fleming; and four sisters, Mabel Fleming, Dorothy Lambert, Helen Fleming and Edith Stager. Mr. Fleming was a life long farmer. He was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church of Ada, where he was a past member of the church council and a member of the Adult Sunday School class. He was a life member of the Liberty Grange of Ada, the Farm Bureau of Hardin County and the Hardees Farmers Breakfast Club. He was past president and member of the Farmers and Merchants Picnic Board. He was a 1934 graduate of Lafayette-Jackson High School and was still involved with his classmates. Services were held this morning, May 5 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Ada, with the Rev. Julianne D. Smith and Pastor Dale Byers officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada. Memorial contributions may be made to Hardin County Hospice and/or St. Mark Lutheran Church of Ada.

Miriam Howe Wilson Darlington, 78, of Niles, formerly of Ada, died April 29, 1999 at her residence from complications of severe pneumonia. She was born Dec. 6, 1920 in Cambridge, Mass. to the Rev. Arthur E. and Louise Spear Wilson. She married Dr. Oscar G. Darlington on Dec. 31, 1938. He is a retired dean of Liberal Arts at Ohio Northern University. Survivors include seven daughters, Helen Scalzi of Fort Lyon, Colo., Dawn Tallman of Champion, Phoebe Reed of Kenton, Lynette DePaoli of Verona, Italy, Eunice Hutson of Macomb, Ill, Emily-Jane Stuart of San Antonio, Texas and Bernice Brady of Saugerties, N.Y.; two sons, Mahlon Darlington of Ames, Iowa and Pastor Gerbert Darlington of Lima; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Phoebe Wilson; and one grandson. Mrs. Darlington was the owner and operator of Darlington's Bridal Shop in Niles since 1988. Her education included being home taught by her parents and attending Radnor High School in Wayne, Pa. She graduated in 1938 from Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pa. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Niles, a member of the D.A.R., The Research Club, The Gideons International Auxiliary and was a Republican precinct poll worker. She was a concert pianist and composer and wrote extensively for national Parenting Magazines. Services were held May 3 at the First Presbyterian Church in Niles. Burial was in Niles City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Trent Hutson Memorial Scholarship Fund through the funeral home: Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home, 126 W. Park Ave., Niles, Ohio 44446.

Mildred Avinell (Speer) Skidmore, 87, Lowell, Mich., formerly of Ada, died May 2, 1999. She was born in 1912 in Ada, to Chester and Hester (Tressel) Speer. She and her spouse of 62 years, Claude Ferman Skidmore, graduated together from Ohio Northern University in Ada, in 1932. They lived in Marysville and Findlay during the 40's, where she served in many church and civic capacities, including president of the Women's Parliament and frequently playing and accompanying on the piano. The Skidmores lived in Toledo from 1952 to 1957, and were very active in the Monroe Street Methodist Church. For the next 32 years, they lived in Okemos, Mich., followed by four years in Dallas, Texas, and seven in Lowell, Mich. Mrs. Skidmore retired professionally in 1958 as an elementary school teacher and spent the balance of her life in service to her family, community and church. Initially active in the Okemos Community Church, she has been a member since 1969 of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), serving in many capacities there, principally in the Relief Society. Survivors include her daughter, Lois Joyner of Toledo; a son, Bruce Skidmore of Lowell, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and one son, Ben. A short graveside service and interment will be held Wednesday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ada.

Susan Hackworth, 74, Ada, died May 1, 1999 at her residence in Ada. She was born Dec. 14, 1924 in Prestonsburg, Ky., to James and Nan (Minnix) Harmon. On Feb. 5, 1946, she married Ernest Hackworth, and he survives in Ada. Survivors also include two daughters, Diane (Gary) Spradlin of Lima and Vicki (Anthony) Wolke of Ada; two grandsons, Matthew (Donna) Spradlin of Ada and Jason (Jennifer) Wolke of Lima; one granddaughter, Jennifer (Bruce) Fisher of Ada; two sisters, Leona Burke of Warsaw, Ind. and Edith (Frank) Frey of Columbia City, Ind.; four great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Nathan Spradlin; and five brothers, Bill, Leonard, Clyde, Bennie and Jim Henry Harmon. Mrs. Hackworth was retired from Hal and Jeans Restaurant in Ada, where she was a cook for 15 years. She was a member of the Lafayette Missionary Baptist Church, and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ada Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9381. Services were held May 4 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, with the Rev. Tim Douglas and the Rev. Ellis Puckett officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada. A VFW Ladies Auxiliary Memorial service was held at the funeral home on May 3. Memorial contributions may be made to Hardin Hospice Care of Kenton.

Benjamin F. Guyton, 73, of Dialton, died May 3, 1999 at his residence. He was born Nov. 13, 1925 in Ada, to Fred and Viola (Snyder) Guyton. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth E. Guyton; three sons, Michael (Linda) Guyton of Kentucky, Jerry (Deanna) Guyton and Daniel (Brenda) Guyton, both of Springfield; one daughter, Nancy (Gary) Hobson of Springfield; 10 grandchildren; one brother, Raymond Guyton of Ada; three sisters, Ruth Guyton of Ada, Dorothy Rowe of New York, and Betty Montague of Florida. He was preceded in death by a son, Leo. Mr. Guyton was a retired machinist from Eagle Tool in Springfield. He was a resident of Dialton the past 38 years. Services will be held Thursday, May 6 at 1 p.m. in the Trostel, Chapman and Christmas Funeral Home in New Carlisle, with Pastor Jim Fannin officiating. Burial will be in Newsom Cemetery, St. Paris. Friends may call Wednesday from 6­8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mercy Hospice, Springfield.

Savilla Mae Moon, 85, Ada, died May 16, 1999 at Richland Manor Nursing Home in Bluffton. She was born April 21, 1914, in Anderson County, S.C., to John F. and Lillie (Smith-VanAtta) Fricks. On Aug. 1, 1931, she married Alfred W. Moon and he died June 30, 1998. Survivors include one son, Wayne (Linda) Moon of Forest; a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Moon of Marietta, S.C.; two daughters, Shirley Spar and Linda (Robert) Runser, both of Ada; one brother, Ray (Sarah) Fricks of Greenville, S.C.; one sister, Mattie (Willard) VanAtta of Ada; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Moon in 1990; two sisters, Dorothy Stokes and Sarah Pifer; and two brothers, J. C. Fricks and William Fricks. Services in Ada will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, with Pastor Jack Duffy officiating. Friends may call 2­4 p.m. on Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home in Ada. Services in Travelers Rest, S.C., will be held Saturday, May 22 at Howze Mortuary Chapel at 11 a.m. Burial will be held in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Travelers Rest, S.C., with the Rev. Larry Atkins officiating. Friends may call 7­8:30 p.m. on May 21 at Howze Mortuary Chapel in Travelers Rest. Memorials may be made Richland Manor Nursing Home, Bluffton and/or the Alzheimer's Association.

Collins J. "Stack" Stackhouse, 78, Waterville, formerly of Ottawa and Columbus Grove, died May 12, 1999, at his residence. He was born Jan. 1, 1921 in Oley, Pa. to Collins and Lena (Goff) Stackhouse. On April 11, 1947, he married Virginia Ferguson, and she survives in Waterville. Survivors also include one son, Michael Stackhouse of Fairbanks, Alaska; two daughters, Jan (Joe) Schwartz of Toledo and Lynne Stackhouse of Tampa, Fla.; one sister, Beatrice of Ontario, Canada; six grandchildren, including Cara Imm of Ottawa. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Stackhouse in 1978. Mr. Stackhouse taught health, science and physical education in 1946 in the Columbus Grove school system. He also coached football, basketball and baseball. He later became principal and superintendent of Columbus Grove School. He retired as Putnam County Superintendent of Schools, from 1958 to 1980. He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Force veteran. He held life memberships in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ohio Education Association and the National Education Association. He was a member of the State Teachers Retirement System. Mr. Stackhouse was a Hall of Fame inductee at Ohio Northern University, Ada. He graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1946 with a degree in education. He received his master's degree from Columbia University, New York, in 1949. He worked toward his doctoral degree at Bowling Green State University. Services were held May 15 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, with his son, Michael Stackhouse leading the service. Burial was in Candler Cemetery, Ada. Graveside military services were conducted by the Ada VFW Post 9381 of Ada. Memorial contributions may be made to the scholarship fund for the grandchildren.

John "Tom" Richardson, 76, San Rafael, Calif, formerly of Ada, died May 10, 1999. He was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene Richardson. Survivors include a son, Jeffrey Richardson of Santa Rosa, Calif; a daughter, Jill Landerville of Santa Rosa, Calif.; two grandsons, Ryan Richardson and Blair Landerville; and a sister, Gertrude Everhart. He was a member of the F & AM Lodge #334 of Ada. A private memorial service was held. The interment was in Valley Memorial Park.

Louise Miller Malloy Norton, 75, Lima, died May 14, 1999 at Cape Coral Hospital, Cape Coral, Fla. She was born Oct. 20, 1923, in Lima to Clyde and Corine Wehrkamp Miller. On May 8, 1944, she married Richard E. Malloy, who died July 2, 1981. On May 4, 1985, she married Richard O. Norton, who survives. Survivors also include a son, James D. (Kay) Malloy of Lima; three daughters, Janice A. Malloy of Taveres, Fla., Susan K. (Bennie) Renick of Milton, W.Va., and Mary M. (Richard) Pryer of Ada; three stepsons, Terrence J. (Jody) Norton and Richard J. (Ginger) Norton, both of Lima, and John R. (Dana) Norton of Apple Valley, Minn.; two stepdaughters, Kathleen M. (John) Sherrick and Patricia S. (Anthony) Golding, both of Lima; two brothers, Eugene Miller and Paul Miller, both of Lima; eight grandchildren, 17 stepgrandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mrs. Norton was a homemaker and a member of St. Gerard Catholic Church and its Altar Rosary Society. She was a member of St. Rita's Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1275, Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Auxiliary. Mass of Christian Burial was this morning, May 19 at St. Gerald Catholic Church, with the Rev. Denis Sweeney officiating. Burial was in Gethsemani Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lima Central Catholic Development Fund.

Jo Ann Hindall, 78, Dublin, died May 22, 1999 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. She was a native of Lima and a long time resident of Ada. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. B. Hindall in 1992. Survivors include two sons, Bo (Kathy) Hindall and Mike Hindall, both of Columbus; two daughters, Sue (Paul) Knippenberg and Toni Shartle, both of Louisville, Ky.; eight grandchildren, Patrick (Carey) Hindall, Kristin Hindall, Clare Tyler, Stacey (Philip) Foltz, Brian Knippenberg, Jason Knippenberg, Mindy Shartle, and T. J. Shartle; two great-grandchildren, Carson and Haydon Foltz; one brother, Robert (Murl) Bowman; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 13 at Schoedinger Worthington Chapel, 6699 N. High St., Worthington, where friends will be received one hour prior to the service from 1-2 p.m. A reception will also follow the service. A private interment will be held for the family at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Central Ohio Breathing Society, 1520 Old Henderson Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43220.

June G. Treen, 72, Lima, formerly of Ada, died May 24, 1999 at Lima Manor Nursing Home. She was born May 7, 1927, in Alger, to Nelson and Bonnie (Cochran) Hunnaman. Survivors include three daughters, Diann K. (Tom R. ) Holbrook of Bluffton; Brenda L. (Dean) Hughes of Lima, and Bonnie L. (Tim) Smith of Wichita Falls, Texas; one brother, Carl (Gloria) Hunnaman of Elizabeth, N.J.; one sister, Bea (Johnny) Adkins of Ada; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert (Jim) Treen Jr.; and four brothers, Armon, Dick, Jack and Berlin Hunnaman. Ms. Treen was a homemaker. There will be no visitation and her body will be cremated. Private family graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ada. Memorials may be made to St. Rita's Hospice Care, Lima.

Marjorie K. Neeley, 62, Harrod, died May 21, 1999 at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. She was born May 7, 1937, in Van Wert County to Elijah O. and Mildred Eva (Hartzog) Barker. On July 22, 1954, she married Dan Neely Sr., and he survives in Harrod. Survivors also include two sons, Dan (Allis) Neeley Jr. and Jerry Neeley, both of Harrod; three daughters, Sandy (Marvin) Weaver of Lima, and Diana (Jeffery) Smith and Delaree (Bruce) Basil, both of Harrod; four brothers, Bob (Penny) Barker, Harry Barker and Sherman Barker, all of Van Wert, and Roger (Lorie) Barker of Middlepoint; two sisters, Helen Doyle of Harrod and Dorothy (Bob) Webb of Lima; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Barker. Mrs. Neeley was a homemaker. Services were held May 24 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home in Alger, with the Rev. James Webb officiating. Burial was in Preston Cemetery, Alger. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Glenn E. McCleary, 72, Lafayette, died May 19, 1999 at his residence. He was born April 21, 1927 in Ada to Elic R. and Laura E. (Fox) McCleary. On Sept. 3, 1950, he married Mary Lou Gossard and she survives in Lafayette. Survivors also include two sons, Ronald E. (Della) McCleary of Fort Wayne, Ind., and John A. (Nancy) McCleary of Evansville, Ind.; one daughter, Barbara A. McCleary of Cincinnati; a caregiver, Shirley Wendell of Cincinnati; two sisters, Golda M. (Maynard) Yeasting of Elmore, and Mary Louise (Robert) Troyer of Elida; and four grandchildren, Heather M., Sandi J. and Bradley D. McCleary of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Grant S. McCleary of Evansville, Ind. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ralph H., Ray I. and Rush F. McCleary. Mr. McCleary was a farmer, carpenter and worked as a technician for Proctor and Gamble Manufacturing in Lima, for over 22 years. He retired in 1990. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the 114th A.G.F. Band in Bamberg, Germany. He was a member of the Lafayette United Methodist Church where he served in many capacities, including soloist in the church. He was a graduate of Lafayette-Jackson High School, where he was active in music. He was a life member of VFW Post 9381, Ada, and a long time member of the Jackson Grange #341 and Allen County Farm Bureau Council #5. Services were held May 22 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, with the Rev. David Gossard officiating. Burial was in Lafayette Cemetery. Graveside military services were conducted by VFW Post 9381 of Ada. Memorial contributions may be made by St. Rita's Hospice Care of Lima, the American Cancer Society (Allen County Unit) or Lafayette United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Ross Vance Cheney, 94, Ada, formerly of Flint, Mich., died May 24, 1999 at the Emergency Room at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born March 22, 1905, in Youngstown, to Charles and Goldie (Laver) Cheney. On Dec. 2, 1938, he married Eloise Knight, and she survives in Ada. Survivors also include one son, Robert (Judith) Cheney of Adrian, Mich.; one daughter, Suzanne Sawyer of Ada; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mr. Cheney was a retired music teacher, teaching for over 30 years. He taught music in the Clio area schools in Clio, Mich. During his teaching career he taught band, orchestra and vocal music. He also was a church choir director for several years. He had also worked as a security guard for General Motors in Plant Protection. Private family graveside services will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ada on Thursday, May 27 with the Rev. Scott R. Johnson officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

A. M. (Dick) Lloyd, Jr., 83, North Baltimore, died May 26, 1999 at his residence. He was born Dec. 18, 1915 in Bowling Green to Andrew M. and Blanche Leora (Wilcox) Lloyd, Sr. On Feb. 6, 1937, he married Jean E. Scott, and she died Oct. 25, 1986. Survivors include a son, A. M. (Dick) Lloyd III of Morehead, N.C.; a daughter, Becky L. (Jon B.) Hiester of Ada; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, William Lloyd of West Unity, Thomas Lloyd of North Baltimore and Jerry Lloyd of Ramona , Calif.; and one sister, Bonnie (Donald) Waaland of Findlay. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Juanita Leech; a brother, Dr. Edwin Lloyd; and a sister, Marjorie Gillespie. Mr. Lloyd was retired in 1978 as an accountant for Midwest Stamping and Manufacturing Company, Bowling Green. He formerly worked for Lloyd Coal and Ice Company, North Baltimore. He most recently had worked at Smith-Crates Funeral Home, North Baltimore. He was a member of Norcest Presbyterian Church of Findlay, serving as a long time elder of the church. He served on numerous committees of the Maumee Valley Presbytery. Mr. Lloyd served 40 years as Clerk for Henry Township, Wood county, and was a former Scout Master of Troop 315, North Baltimore, where he also was District Commissioner of the Boy Scouts and was awarded the Silver Beaver of scouting. He also served on Wood County Park Board. Mr. Lloyd was a member of the 50 Year Club of North Baltimore High School. Services were held May 30 at Smith-Crates Funeral Home, North Baltimore, with the Rev. Ben Borsay officiating. Burial was in New Maplewood Cemetery, North Baltimore. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Baltimore Public Library and/or to the American Cancer Society.

Thomas L. Smull, 82, Alexandria, Va., formerly of Ada, died May 31, 1999 at Woodbine Rehabilitation and Health Center in Alexandria. He was born Aug. 4, 1916, in Ada to Thomas Jefferson and Cora (Kemp) Smull. He is survived by his wife, Ruth H. Smull of Alexandria, Va. Survivors also include one stepson, Hank Hoover of Alexandria, Va.; one daughter, Sharon Hinckley of La Jolla, Calif.; one stepdaughter, Susan Zsoldos of Yorktown, Va.; one sister, Miriam Parkhill of Ada; one grandchild; and three stepgrandchildren. Mr. Smull was an engineer and administrator for NACA and NASA from 1939 to 1974. He lived in Alexandria since 1963. Mr. Smull earned a B.A. degree from Ohio Northern University in 1937 and two B.A. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1939, one in mechanical engineering and a second in aeronautical engineering. In 1949 he was awarded a Sc.D. in aeronautical engineering from Ohio Northern University. Throughout his career, MR. Smull served on numerous administrative and technical committees and authored numerous articles and papers on aeronautical and space subjects. He holds memberships in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and the American Association of Public Administration. From 1964-1970 he was on the Board of Trustees of Ohio Northern University. He was also a member of the University Club, the West River Sailing Club and Belle Haven Country Club. Services will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 4 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, with the Rev. Patrick Allen officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday. Memorials may be made to Ohio Northern University in Ada.

Nelson H. Lauless, 78, Lima, died May 29, 1999, at his residence. He was born June 29, 1920 in Greensburg, Penn. to Wilbur and Ruth (Dull) Hlad Lauless, both deceased. On June 24, 1945, he married Dorothy C. "Dottye" Jenkins and she survives. Survivors also include two daughters, Victoria "Vickye" Lauless and Pamela "Pam" Lauless, both of Lima; and a half-brother, Robert Hlad of Byesville. He was preceded in death by a brother, Wilbur Lauless. Mr. Lauless retired in 1979 after 33 years from the Lima City Schools as a teacher, football and tennis coach. After retiring, he was a courier for the Lima Auto Mall. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and was their past treasurer. He graduated from Martins Ferry High school in 1939 and from Ohio Northern University in 1946 with a physical education degree. He graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1943 with a masters in education. He was a member of the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII serving 2 1/2 years in European Theater of Operations in Southern France, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe and Air Offensive Europe. He was awarded the European african-Middle eastern Theater ribbon with one Bronze Star and one silver Star, a Good Conduct medal and a Sharp Shooter medal. He was a a Life Member of the following organizations: Optimist International, National Education Association, Ohio Tennis Coaches Association, Ohio Driver & Safety Education Association, Disabled American Veterans, Ohio Northern University Alumni Association, Ohio Northern N-Mens Association, Ohio Retired Teachers Association, allen County Teachers Association, American Association of Retired Persons, American Legion and Elks Lodge #54. He volunteered at the Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center and a member of Westgate Neighborhood Association. He was inducted into the Ohio Northern University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. Nelson and four other Ohio coaches founded and organized the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association. Nelson was the third person to be inducted into the Ohio Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame in 1972. In 1955, his team was Runner-up State Tennis Doubles champions and he was named Coach of the Year. In 1966, his team won the State Tennis Doubles Championship and he was, again, Coach of the Year. In 1967, he coached the Runner-up in the State Tennis Singles match. Services were held today at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. William E. Croy Jr. officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum, where military services were conducted by V.F.W. Post 1275 of Lima. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or St. Rita's Hospice. Funeral arrangements were handled by Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home.

John Alan Jett, 49, Lima, died May 29, 1999, at his residence. He was born February 7, 1950 in Lima to Vernie & Margaret D. (Binkley) Jett, who survive in Lima. On October 2, 1976, he married Roxie Evans, who survives. Survivors also include two sons, Lance Corporal David Jett of 29 Palms, Calif. and Pvt. Michael Jett of Lima; five brothers, Tom (Sue) Hefner of Spencerville, Larry (Carol) Hefner of Harrod, Mike (Pat) Hefner of Columbus, Ralph (Bethany) Hefner of Bowling Green and Clayton Jett of Columbia, Tenn.; two sisters, Diane (Richard) Connor and Patsy (Jim) McKee, both of Lima. He was preceded in death by one brother, Everett Jett. Mr. Jett was a carpenter with R.J. Stone Co. and was previously self-employed as a carpenter. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War with 82nd Airborne Medivac unit, a member of Lafayette Congregational Christian Church, where he taught sunday school and he was on the Board of Trustees there. He was also a member of the zoning committee for Jackson Township. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 3 at Congregational Christian Church, Lafayette, with the Rev. Robert Brown officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery with military rites by VFW #1275. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita's Hospice and/or Lafayette Congregational Christian Church. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Chiles & Sons - Laman, Lewis Chapel.


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