Karl Shaffer, 72, of Denlinger Road, Dayton, died at his home Nov. 15, 1996.
Born May 7, 1924, in Eaton, he was the son of Edward and Laura (Davis) Shaffer. He had retired from the National Cash Register Co., and was a U.S. Marines veteran.
Survivors include two brothers, Edward Shaffer of Dayton and Lloyd Shaffer of New Carlisle; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Edna Medlar and Velma Lee.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria, with the Rev. David Douthett officiating. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements.
Jeanette Smith, 73, of 6501 Germantown Road, Lot 271, Middletown, died Monday afternoon, Jan. 13, 1997, at her home.
Born April 21, 1923, in Buckhorn, Ky., she had lived in the Middletown area since 1986. She was a homemaker, and a member of Morris Fork Presbyterian Church, Morris Fork, Ky.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Smith, in 1995; a daughter, Shirley Ann Smith; a brother, Mentz Turner; and two sisters, Geneva Grace and Jean Burger.
Survivors include one son, Robert Clinton Smith of Middletown; two daughters, Sharon Kay Amburgey of Franklin and Tammy Gale Brown of Camden; seven grandchildren, Shauna, Andrea, Jonavie, Daniel, Crystal, Kaysi and Natalie; and one great-grandson, Kevin.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, 1500 Manchester Ave., Middletown, with the Rev. Bobby Hollon officiating. Burial will be in Butler County Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the funeral home.
Warren H. Markey
Warren H. Markey, 85, formerly of Anthony Road, Farmersville, died Monday, Jan. 27, 1997, at Cottingham Retirement Home in Sharonville.
Born Aug. 9, 1911, in Clay Township, he was the son of Leedy and Florence (Eby) Markey. He was a 1929 graduate of Farmersville High School, a lifelong farmer and a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
Survivors include two nephews, Donald Markey of Clermont, Fla., and Stanley Markey of Lynchburg, Ohio; and one niece, Jane Carol Blue of Paducah, Ky.
Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 31, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Dr. James Altenbaumer officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Edith V. Duke
Edith V. Duke, 90, of Ohio 122 West, Eaton, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1997, at Heartland of Eaton.
Born Dec. 12, 1906, in Preble County, she was the daughter of Grant and Bertha (Beam) Larsh. She was a 1924 graduate of Jackson High School and had attended Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Eaton and an honorary member of Omicron Sigma Sorority.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Leonard L. Duke; a son, Dr. Tom Duke of St. Paul, Minn.; a daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Nelson Hardin of Eaton; granddaughters, Jone D. Rauschenbach, Carol A. Perry, Julia E. Wood, Karen E. Duke and Laura Duke; great-grandchildren, Joel and Jay Rauschenbach, Madison and Mark Wood.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Delbert T. Larsh, in 1990, and Herbert Alvin Larsh, in 1957; and two sisters, Gladys McCoy Kain and Freda Kunz, both in 1975.
Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 31, at Grace Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Brian and the Rev. Suzanne Dillahunt officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church.
Esther L. Dearth
Esther L. (McDivitt) Dearth, 75, of 247 Old Brownsville Road, Liberty, Ind., died Thursday, Jan. 23, 1997, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.
Born Nov. 14, 1921, in Campbellstown, she was the daughter of Emmitt and Mary (Parks) McDivitt. She had lived in Liberty for 49 years, and in Kitchel previous to that. She graduated from Kitchel High School in 1939, and worked at Ford Electronics and Refrigeration in Connersville for 30 years, retiring in 1985.
Survivors include her husband, Donald E. Dearth Sr., whom she married Aug. 17, 1945; three sons, Donald E. Dearth Jr. of Connersville, Ind., Dale E. Dearth and Danny E. Dearth, both of Liberty, Ind.; one daughter, Deborah E. Matix of Lewis Center, Ohio; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are four brothers, Virgil McDivitt of Fountain City, Ind., Everett McDivitt of Eaton, Paul McDivitt of Glenwood, Ind., and Keith McDivitt of Pershing, Ind.; six sisters, Hazel Daffler of Liberty, Ind., Mabel Sandlin of Camden, Mary Lou Cavins of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ruth Ann Loy of Dade City, Fla., Barbara Shelly of New Paris and Ruby Hackenbracht of Eaton; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers.
Funeral services were Sunday, Jan. 26, at Showalter-Blackwell, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind., followed by burial in Glen Haven Memorial Garden, Boston, Ind.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
E. Louise Myers
E. Louise Myers, 88, of East Oak Street, West Alexandria, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Born Aug. 4, 1909, in Montgomery County, she was the daughter of Herbert and Bessie (Rust) Gilbert.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Paul Myers; a son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Maggie Myers of Blue Eye, Mo.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and Aubrey Cooper of Aberdeen, Md., Dona and Art Geeting of New Lebanon, and Joyce and Dan Deeter of West Alexandria; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by five sisters, Ruth Hensley, Rachael Mowen, Helen Dimibath, Mabel Barrere and Mary Esther Gilbert; and two brothers, Robert Gilbert and Paul Gilbert.
Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 3, at the Church of the Nazarene, Eaton, with the Rev. Harold Horton officiating. Burial was in Trissel Cemetery, New Lebanon. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.
Doris V. Grobe
Doris V. Grobe, 93, of 401 N. Main St., West Manchester, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 1997, at Gade Nursing Center in Greenville after an extended illness.
Born Oct. 19, 1903, in North Baltimore, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Nina (Harman) Reese, and had lived in Preble County since 1937. She was a member of Twin Creek Chapel United Methodist Church, West Manchester.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lewis Wooton, in 1956; her second husband, Arthur Grobe, in 1993; a sister, Virginia Keith; a brother; and a great-grandson, Joshua Wilson.
Survivors include a stepdaughter, Betty Spiegel of Benton, Ariz.; a stepson, Harold Wooton of Elizabeth City, N.C.; a foster daughter, Rosie Lipscomb of Bowman, S.C.; a foster son, Fred Gillum of Lenoir, N.C.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Alice Mulholland of North Baltimore, Ohio; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 3, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester, with the Rev. Fred C. Isch officiating. Burial was in Twin Creek Chapel Cemetery, West Manchester.
Samuel D. Groves
Samuel Douglas Groves, 73, of Puyallup, Wash., died Thursday, Jan. 23.
Born May 11, 1923, in Seven Mile, he was the son of Samuel L. and Edith (Root) Groves. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, was a truck driver, was owner and operator of Groves' Oil Distributing Co., and had worked for Snyder and Son Oil Distributors in Sumner, Wash. He retired in 1985.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Sue Groves; a son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Becky Groves of Graham, Wash.; a daughter and son-in-law, Constance and Randy Osborn of Camden; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Betty Groves of Camden, and Herbert and Peggy Groves of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; three sisters and brother-in-law, Freda and Kenny Stephen, and May Sams, all of Camden, and Ruth Stevens of Oxford; and five grandchildren.
Memorial services were Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Hill Funeral Home Chapel, Puyallup, Wash., with the Rev. Mark Heimlich officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Puyallup.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 120 Tacoma Ave. North, Tacoma, Wash. 98403, or to the American Cancer Society, 1551 Broadway, Suite #200, Tacoma, Wash. 98402.
Emma L. Shumate-Harney
Emma L. Shumate-Harney, 89, of Kettering died Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997, at Kettering Memorial Hospital.
Born Dec. 16, 1907, in Fleming County, Ky., she was the daughter of T. Hadin and Bertha Shumate.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Goebel Harney, in 1982; and sons, Herman Harney, in 1987, and Tom Harney, in 1994.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Wanda Harney of New Paris; eight grandchildren, including Cindy Benson of New Paris and Debbie Letner of Eaton; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Vada Kerns of Kentucky; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 30, at Schlientz and Moore Funeral Home, Dayton, followed by burial in Memorial Park.
Helen L. Petry
Helen L. Petry, 80, of 6756 Crawfordsville-Campbellstown Road, Eaton, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 1997, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
A native and lifelong resident of Preble County, she was born Oct. 10, 1916, the daughter of the late John M. and Agnes (McBride) Watts. She was a 1938 graduate of Earlham College, Richmond, Ind., taught school at Palestine, Ohio, in 1938, 1939 and 1940, and later taught at Jackson Township High School. She retired from the alteration department at JCPenney after 25 years.
She was a member of the Campbellstown United Church of Christ, past president of International RSES Auxiliary, a 4-H leader for 30 years, and a member of Preble County Farm Bureau Council 14.
Survivors include her husband, Willis E. Petry, whom she married June 2, 1940; three sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald B. and Diana Petry of Riverside, Kendal A. and Ann Petry of Hilliard, and John M. and Cheryl Petry of Kettering; six grandchildren, Todd, Shawn, Aimee, Leanna, John C. and Allison Petry; and nieces.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Paul N. Watts.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Campbellstown United Church of Christ, with the Rev. James C. Sizelove officiating. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.
Memorial contributions may be made to Campbellstown United Church of Christ or to Adult Day Care Center of Richmond, 2727 E. Main St., Richmond, Ind. 47374, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Carl A. Cass
Carl Allen Cass, 59, formerly of Camden, died unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 31, 1997, in Bradenton, Fla., where he had resided since 1983.
He was born Feb. 24, 1937, in Camden, where he was raised. He had worked at NCR in Dayton for 16 years, and also at H.A. Jones in Dayton. After moving to Florida, he was employed at Alcan Products in Bradenton.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Cass; his mother, Kathryn Cass of Eaton; two daughters, Pamela Cass-Feix and Sondra Cass-Walton, both of Eaton; one son, Steven Cass-Walton of Eaton; three stepchildren, David Menser, Ronda Benson and Paul Menser, all of Clearwater, Fla.; two brothers, Darrell "Buddy" Cass of Lafayette, Colo., and William Cass of Eaton; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; many aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, William L. Cass; a daughter, Mary Kay Kay Cass; and a son, Randy "Scott" Cass.
At his request, no memorial services were held.