Kathryn Wellman, 84, of Enterprise Road, West Alexandria, died Monday, March 1, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Eaton.
Born Oct. 26, 1914, in Kentucky, she was the daughter of Eli and Olive (Young) Mitchell.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Georgia Wellman of Tavaras, Fla., Ronald and Bonnie Wellman of Englewood, Mike and Jackie Wellman of West Alexandria; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Graham Land of Atlanta, Ga., Pamela and Angelo D'Amico of Brunswick, Ga.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bernice Lane of Kettering and Olive Mathers of Adamstown, Md.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Wellman; three brothers, Carlyle H. Mitchell, Eli Milton Mitchell and Douglas E. Mitchell; and a sister, Mildred Mitchell.
Funeral services were Friday, March 5, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. J. Herman officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Charles E. Lock
Charles Edward Lock, 88, of Lewisburg, died Friday, March 5, at Heartland of Eaton.
Born June 23, 1910, in Harrison Township (Preble County), he was the son of the late Samuel Edward and Georgia Etta (Brock) Lock. He was a 1928 graduate of Lewisburg Union High School. He retired in 1975 as the owner/operator of Lock's Hardware in Lewisburg; was a former member of the Preble County Board of Elections and chairman of the Democratic Party; past councilman and mayor of Lewisburg; and served as the air raid warden for Lewisburg during World War II.
Mr. Lock was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Libanus Lodge #80, Ideal Chapter #293 of the Order of Eastern Star, and a charter member of the Lewisburg Lions Club, all of Lewisburg; Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton and IOOF of Gratis.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude (Iler) Lock, in 1994; and a son-in-law, Harold Chrismer, in 1989.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis Jean and Harold Rogers of Troy; grandchildren and spouses, Scott W. and Pat Chrismer of Lewisburg, Mark E. and Beth Chrismer of St. Peters, Mo., and Lisa K. Chrismer of Punta Gorda, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Rashonda, Rachael, Lindsay, Dylan and Megan Chrismer.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date by Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, 411 N. Commerce St.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church of Lewisburg, or to Hospice of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.
Earl D. McClure
Earl D. McClure, 89, of 4974 Esteb Road, Richmond, Ind., died Sunday, March 7, at Reid Hospital.
Born Nov. 28, 1909, in Preble County, he was the son of John A. and Della (Raper) McClure. He was a graduate of Campbellstown High School, and had lived and farmed most of his life in Wayne County, Ind.
He was a longtime member of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, where he had been a deacon, elder, Sunday school teacher and formerly served on the board of sessions. He also formerly served as a director of Elkhorn Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary O. McClure, in 1994; a son, Robert E. McClure, in 1993; and two brothers.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Margaret Mendenhall of Lewisburg; one son, William R. McClure of Richmond, Ind.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Russell McClure of Richmond, Ind.; nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Eileen McConkey of Richmond, Ind.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond, Ind., with the Rev. Donald MacPherson officiating. Burial will be in Elkhorn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1004 N. "A" St., Richmond, Ind., 47374.
Doris H. Devine
Doris H. Devine, 93, formerly of Lee Road, New Paris, died Sunday, March 7, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Born April 21, 1905, in Winchester, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Harry G. and Mary (Reynolds) Hickman. She was a 1924 graduate of McKinley High School in Randolph County, Ind., a 1928 graduate of Ball State in Muncie, and received her master's degree in 1938.
She retired in 1968 after 40 years as a school teacher, having taught in Parker, Muncie and Hagerstown, Ind. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in New Paris, Indiana Retired Teachers and AARP.
Survivors include a stepson, Dale A. Devine of West Liberty, Ohio; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William G. Devine, in 1968; a son, James Robert Murphy, in 1994; sisters, Florence Hickman and Bertha Hickman; and a foster brother, Oscar Barnes.
Graveside funeral services were Monday, March 8, in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris, with Pastor Tim Smith officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, to the Preble County Cancer Fund, or to Reid Hospital Foundation-Hospice Unit.
Rose A. Yother
Rose Ann (Pitsinger) Yother, 67, of Cincinnati, died Wednesday, Feb. 17.
She was past president of VFW Ladies Auxiliary District 4, VFW Ladies Auxiliary #3744, Hamilton County VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary #69. She attended the Living Word Missionary Baptist Church in Cincinnati.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hershel Yother; three brothers; and three sisters.
Survivors include a son, Charlie (Shelby) McKinney of Cincinnati; a stepdaughter, Darlene Comberger of Cincinnati; a stepson, John Dean (Terry) Yother of Cincinnati; three sisters, Dorothy (Bill) Walter of Moses Lake, Wash., Liz Woosley of Camden and Norma Jean Gambill of Miami, Fla.; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and other relatives.
Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 19, at Vorhis Funeral Home, Lockland, Ohio.
John W. Nuse Sr.
John W. Nuse Sr., 86, of West Alexandria, died Monday, March 8, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton after a brief illness.
Born Nov. 21, 1912, in Castine, he was the son of the late Harry and Ruth (Shoemaker) Nuse, and had lived in Preble County most of his life. He was a retired truck driver from Steiner Sand and Gravel, West Alexandria. Mr. Nuse was a member of Eaton Grange #2250; and the Ohio Horseman's Council, Preble County Chapter.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice (Comer) Nuse, whom he married Oct. 31, 1937; two sons, Jack W. Nuse of Greenville and Fred Nuse of Eaton; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Dale Nuse and Roscoe Nuse; and two sisters, Martha Marker and Betty Parks.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 11, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, 226 W. Main St., Eaton, with the Rev. Greg A. Hyre officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Alexandria Emergency Squad, 8 Marty Lane, West Alexandria, Ohio 45381.
Annabelle A. Vaniman
Annabelle A. Vaniman, 83, formerly of East Main Street, Eaton, died Monday, March 29, at Vancrest Healthcare Center.
Born June 13, 1915, in Winchester, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Burley H. and Alice (Pegg) Arnett.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Vaniman, in 1979; and a sister, Esther Waters, in 1998.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Jill Vaniman of Eldorado; a daughter, Nancy Hudson of Eaton; a brother, Tom Arnett of New Madison; sisters, Josephine Young of Danville, Ill., Mary Jane Mills and Margaret "Peg" Schneider, both of South Bend, Ind., Sarah Clements of Williamsburg, Ind.; grandchildren, Rick Hudson of Eaton, Robin Roberts of Eldorado; former step-grandchildren, Tiana White and David White, both of Eldorado; former step-grandchildren, Tom Hicks and Samantha "Janie" Hollingsworth, both of Eaton.
Funeral services were Friday, April 2, at Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home, Eldorado, with the Rev. Kathryn Hawbaker and Pastor Tara McDonald-Tiner officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Rebecca A. Driver
Rebecca Ann Driver, infant daughter of Angela K. (Arnold) and Kevin E. Driver of Eaton, died three hours after birth on Tuesday, March 30.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by maternal grandparents, Randy and Jackie Arnold of West Alexandria; paternal grandparents, Anne S. Driver of Camden and Don Driver of Columbus; maternal great-grandparents, Charles Arnold of Eaton, Kenneth and Bobbie Coomer of Lanesville, Ind.; numerous aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by paternal great-grandparents, Sam and Vergie Driver, and Paul and Irene Bilger; maternal great-grandparents, Alonzo Jones and Margaret Arnold; and an uncle, Joseph Scott Driver.
Funeral services were Thursday, April 1, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Doug Bottles officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.
Lucille Portwood, 90, formerly of 4810 U.S. 35 West, Eaton, died Wednesday, March 31, at Vancrest Heathcare Center.
Born May 3, 1908, in Bristol, Va., she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Effie (McMurray) Godsey and had lived in Preble County most of her life. She was a member of Camden Pentecostal Church, and was a retired press operator from Alcoa Aluminum Co., Richmond, Ind.
Survivors include one daughter, Joyce Martin of New Paris; two sons, Robert L. Newman of St. Paris and Francis K. Newman of Page, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Glenna Wood of Camden; and one brother, Carl Witters of Yuma, Calif.; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Cecil A. Newman; two brothers, Sylvester Godsey and Gerald Witters; and a sister, Elsie Bake.
Funeral services were Tuesday, April 6, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Michael Gadd officiating. Burial was in Wares Chapel Cemetery, West Manchester.
Richard L. Hickman
Richard L. Hickman, 62, of Camden, died Thursday, April 1.
Born July 15, 1936, in Camden, he was the son of Robert and Elva (Shockey) Hickman. He was employed as a mechanic at Kyger Motors in Oxford until his retirement.
Survivors include one son, Robert Hickman; three daughters, Dee (Mike) Kelley, Gina (Aaron) Melling and Tonya Nichole Hickman, all of Eaton; one brother, Dale Hickman of Oxford; one sister, Donna Mae Wright of Camden; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Terry Hickman; and thee brothers, Wilbur, Carl and Gene Hickman.
Funeral services were Tuesday, April 6, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.
Charles A. Flowers
Pastor Charles A. Flowers, 79, of Camden, died Thursday, April 1, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Born Dec. 26, 1919, in Camden, he was the son of Nial and Katie Mae (McLaughlin) Flowers. He served the Brethren Church for 61 years, with his most recent pastorate at Clearbrook Grace Brethren Church in Roanoke, Va. He and his wife most recently attended Glenwood Grace Brethren Church, where he ministered the previous Sunday evening.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine (Sterzenbach) Flowers, whom he married Sept. 28, 1940, in Newport, Ky.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Cindy Stewart of Beavercreek, Charles A. II and Becky Flowers of Lake Odessa, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday, April 5, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Harold Combs officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.