Elsie J. Keller
Elsie J. Keller, 86, of Eaton, died Sunday morning, March 14, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.
Born May 1, 1912, in Berea, Ky., she was the daughter of Arthur and Jennie (Ledford) Stowe. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, and had attended Wares Chapel EUB, Camden and Antioch United Methodist churches.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hubert F. Keller, in 1982; sisters, Mona Barnet, Billie Lee Stowe and Reba Dwyer; and brothers, Paul Stowe, Ivan Stowe and Ray Stowe.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Dean F. and Carol Keller of Eaton; granddaughters, Deanna Ditmer and Dawn Herrman; great-granddaughters, Danielle and Darci Ditmer; and a sister, Edna Bellaw of Middletown.
At the request of the family, there will be no public visitation. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Preble County Cancer Fund.
Edward J. Dennull
Edward J. Dennull, 71, of Verona Road, Lewisburg, died Friday evening, March 12, at Coral Springs. Fla.
Born Jan. 30, 1928, in West Salem, Ill., he was the son of Michael E. and Myrel (Douglas) Dennull. He served in the U.S. Navy, was a carpenter with the Carpenters Union in Hamilton, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a Sunday school teacher.
He was a member of the Preble County Cancer Society and state chairman in 1994, a member of the Preble County Grange, and member and past president of the Laryngectomy Club of Ohio for 22 years.
He was preceded in death by a son, Cpl. Michael E. Dennull, in 1969 in Vietnam.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mabel (Ringnell) Dennull; sons and daughters-in-law, Ernest and Sarah Dennull of West Alexandria, Danny and Anna Dennull of Germany; daughters and sons-in-law, Ellen and Howard Bradford of Hamilton, Debby and Dave Landis of Lewisburg, Becky and Gerry Fleming of Coral Springs, Fla.
Also surviving are brothers, Richard Dennull of Dayton, Don Dennull of Brookville and Tom Dennull of South Dartmouth, Mass.; nine grandchildren, Timmy Bradford, Teresa Clinard, Joe Barr, Biffy Barr, Brett Landis, Neaka V. Horigan, Heather, Ricky and Danielle Dennull; and two great-grandchildren, Corey Bradford and Sabrina Clinard.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 18, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 511 N. Commerce St., Lewisburg, with the Rev. James N. Lehman officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, 411 N. Commerce St. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Brookville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society-Preble County Unit, or to Trinity Lutheran Church.
Kathy Brubaker, 46, of Eaton, died Monday, May 10, at her home.
Born Dec. 1, 1952, in Hamilton, she was the daughter of William T. and Barbara (Austin) Price. She was a home health aide and cared for the elderly for many years.
Survivors include her three children, William T. Schleiger of Fairhaven, Michelle L. Schleiger and Renee Brubaker, both of West Alexandria; Dennis Brubaker; and her grandchildren, Robert and Austin Hansford.
Funeral services were Friday, May 14, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. Burial was in Fairhaven Cemetery.
Ruby Crowell, 90, formerly of West Dayton Street, West Alexandria, died Monday, May 10, in Versailles, Mo.
Born Jan. 26, 1909, in Ohio, she was the daughter of James and Rosa Bell (Richards) Howell. She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in West Alexandria.
Survivors include a daughter, Rosanna (Robert) Shaffer of Gravois Mills, Mo.; three step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dorsie Crowell in 1980; a daughter, Carrie; two sisters, Carrie Smith and Olive Howell; and two brothers, Foster Howell and Clifford Howell.
Funeral services were Friday, May 14, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. J. Herman Bassler officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Edward P. Smith
Edward P. Smith, 72, of 33 Sauer Drive, New Paris, died Wednesday, May 12, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after an extended illness. He had been a resident of Greenbriar Nursing Center for the past 10 months.
Born June 6, 1926, in Connersville, Ind., he was the son of Edward and Rhonda (Alderson) Smith. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Smith retired in 1989 as the garage manager and diesel mechanic at State Line Truck Stop after 21 years of service. He had been maintenance manager of the New Paris Apartments prior to his illness.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Joan Parsley and Mary Porter.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Gloria J. (Reynolds) Smith; a daughter, Tina M. Smith of Eldorado; a son, Michael W. Smith of New Paris; a sister, Phyllis DeHaven of Connersville, Ind.; five brothers, John Smith of Louisiana, Raymond Smith of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Jim Smith of Texas, Bill Smith of Augusta, Ga., and Gene Smith of Union City, Ind.; half sisters, Audrey Wright and Naoma Sell, both of Richmond, Ind.; and a grandson, Adam C. Evans of Eldorado.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 15, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. Gilmer Smith officiating.
Mary M. Childers
Mary M. (Spencer) Childers, 84, formerly of Lewisburg, died Thursday afternoon, May 13, at Walnut Creek Nursing Center in Kettering after an extended illness.
Born Feb. 18, 1915, in Fillmore (Lee County), Ky., she was the daughter of Strong J. and Ila Dell (Marshall) Spencer. She had lived in Preble County since 1947.
Mrs. Childers was one of the original founders of the Preble County SCOPE Program and worked for SCOPE for several years. She attended Living Waters Worship Center, and was a former member of Lewisburg Baptist Church and a Sunday school teacher.
She was preceded in death by her former husband, Porter Childers, in 1981; a son, Fred Childers, in 1997; sisters, Alice Thorpe and Daisy Mae Spencer; and brothers, John W., Paul J., Sheridan and Bedford Spencer.
Survivors include four sons, Glenn Childers of West Alexandria, Lonnie Childers of Clayton, Herbert Childers of Huber Heights and Gary Childers of Kettering; three daughters, Joyce Hoff of Beavercreek, Faye McManama of South Whitley, Ind., and Rebecca Glenn of West Manchester.
Also surviving are two brothers, Donald Spencer and Samuel Spencer, both of Cincinnati; three sisters, Ivy Wills of Michigan, Madaline Barrett of Walled Lake, Mich., and Ina Faye Lang of Cincinnati; 26 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday, May 17, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Miami Valley Chapter, 3797 Summit Glen Drive #G100, Dayton, Ohio 45449.
Marjorie F. White
Marjorie Ferris White, 68, of Camden, died Thursday, May 13, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
Born June 6, 1930, in Somers Township (Preble County), she was the daughter of Forrest W. and Jessie L. (Douglass) Ferris. She was a graduate of Camden High School. She was a teacher in the Dayton Public School system for 33 years, retiring in 1989.
Mrs. White was a member of Camden United Methodist Church, NEA, OEA, president and member of the Preble Shawnee Board of Education, a member of the Camden Area Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Black Walnut Festival, past president of the Preble County Council on Aging, and was actively involved in the Camden Area Historical Preservation Project.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, John "Jack" White, whom she married Sept. 2, 1951, at Camden United Methodist Church in Camden; three children, Allen Keith White of Santa Rosa, Calif., Barbara Kaycee of Littleton, Colo., and Todd Kenneth White of Cincinnati; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
Also surviving are three brothers, Kenneth (Dorothy) Ferris of Kennesaw, Ga., Gail (Judy) Ferris of Hamilton, Donald (Jackie) Ferries of Fairfield; and three sisters, June (Glenn) Fisher of Villa Park, Ill., Jetta Ferris of Camden and Carol (Gale) Edwards of Walnut Creek, Calif.
Funeral services were Monday, May 17, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Jackie Marshall officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Town Hall Restoration Project, P.O. Box 8, Camden, Ohio 45311, or to Camden United Methodist Church, 100 S. Lafayette St., Camden, Ohio 45311.
Eleanor L. West
Eleanor L. "Cookie" West, 58, 320 E. Main St., Hagerstown, Ind. died Monday, May 3, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind. after a long illness.
Born Nov. 13, 1940 in Middletown she was the daughter of James Ray and Faye Renfro Estes and had lived in Hagerstown since 1984 when she moved there from Eaton.
The 1958 graduate of Middletown High School was formerly a manager of Mahoney's Tru Value Hardware Store in Hagerstown and had served as an emergency medical technician with Culberson Ambulance Service.
Survivors include her husband of 41 years, James West; two sons, Richard R. West of Chula Vista, Calif., and Ronald E. West of Eaton; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Robert J. Dennis of Powell, Tenn., and Dean Estes of Grand Rapids, Mich.; one sister, Billie Rae Christy of Winston-Salem, N.C., nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 8, at Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown with the Rev. Philip Mahoney officiating. Burial was in West Lawn Cemetery in Hagerstown.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Herman K. Taylor
Herman K. Taylor, 85, of Eaton, died Saturday evening, May 15, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born April 1, 1914 in Oxford, he was the son of the late James E. and Lou (Statzer) Taylor. A 1934 graduate of the Johnsville-New Lebanon High School, he moved to Preble county in 1948. He retired from Frigidaire Corp. of Dayton in 1973 after 30 years employment; he was a member of the 25 year club at Frigidaire; and a member of the United Church of Christ in Eaton.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Juanita A. (Mendenhall) Taylor; son and daughter-in-law, Glen A. and Barbara A. Taylor of Sylvania.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Fred Taylor in 1997, six sisters, Nellie Taylor in 1914, Emma Taylor in 1922, Mary Elmore in 1979, Ruth Hartshorn in 1983, Elizabeth "Betty" Ketron in 1987 and Mattie Fay Barber in 1994.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 18, at Barnes Funeral Home, Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria with the Rev. Jay Whitley officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency, 324 N. Maple St., Eaton, Ohio 45320 or the United Church of Christ, 213 W. Decatur St., Eaton, Ohio 45320.
Stella Tabor, 82, of West Dayton St., West Alexandria, died Saturday, May 15 in Dayton.
Born April 23, 1917 in Tennessee, she was the daughter of Jackson and Edna (Neal) Blaylock.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Willis Tabor; four sons, Delbert Tabor (Joann) and Curt (Kim) of West Alexandria, Elbert Tabor (Wanda) of Dayton and Allen Tabor (Janet) of Eaton; four daughters. Linda Tabor and Rose Armstrong, (Stanley) of Eaton, Loretta Barrett of West Alexandria and Sue Kerlin (Pete) of Jacksonville, Fla.; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are a brother, Shirley Blaylock and two sisters, Carrie Harp and Leona Harp.
She was preceded in death by a son, Anderson Tabor; two daughters Janet Tabor and Maureen Vencil; and two grandsons, Joe McMurray and Bryan Tabor.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 18, at the Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home in West Alexandria with the Rev. Fred Hill officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.