Treva T. Bowers
Treva Tamplin Bowers, 82, of New Paris, died Saturday, Oct. 2, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.
Born June 2, 1917, in Preble County, she was the daughter of the late Deo and Mary (Bucher) Krall. A graduate of Jackson Township High School, she was a former resident of the West Manchester and Punta Gorda, Fla., area.
Mrs. Bowers was former owner and operator of Tamplin's Restaurant in West Manchester, and was a 20-year employee of the Montgomery County Board of Health, retiring in 1979.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lester Tamplin, on June 21, 1972; a grandson, R. Kim Bussard, on June 4, 1997; sisters, Martha Burden and Edna Stemple; and a brother, Everett Krall.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn D. and Ronald Bussard of Eldorado, Barbara J. and Gaynor Petry of New Paris; a sister and brother-in-law, Clarabelle and John Laird of Eaton; five grandchildren, Jeanine Harrison of Greenville, Dawn Mills and Renita Back, both of Eaton, Brent and Erick Petry, both of New Paris; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home, Eldorado, with the Rev. Bryan Rea officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Clara L. Neller
Clara LaFern (Reynolds) Charles Neller, 90, of West Alexandria, died Sunday, Oct. 3, at her home following an extended illness.
She had worked at Rike's department store as an elevator operator, and retired from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ludlow Charles; and two sisters, Irene Singer and Katherine Rhoades.
Survivors include her husband, Carl Neller; children, George I. Charles, Richard Lowell and wife Glenna May Charles, Carlotta and her daughter Tracey Brown, Gary Donald and Clara Elizabeth Neller; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Shiloh Lutheran Church, with Pastor James Lehman officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, 3 Hay Ave., Brookville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit (envelopes will be provided at the funeral home).
Joan W. Stowe
Joan (Woosley) Stowe, 52, died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 2, at Riverside Hospital in Columbus after a sudden illness.
Born Nov. 11, 1946, in Dayton, she was the daughter of Elizabeth "Liz" (Pitsinger) Woosley and the late John "Jack" D. Woosley. She was a graduate of Shawnee High School in Camden, and attended Butler-Hamilton Business College in Hamilton.
Mrs. Stowe was employed by the American Cancer Society from 1981 until the time of her death, in a variety of increasingly responsible positions. She had also held positions with the Greenville (Ohio) City Auditor's Office, Carr & Buchy, CPA in Greenville, and Universal Manufacturing Corporation in Camden.
She served as a member of the Preble Shawnee School Board and the Camden Area Camber of Commerce, chaired the Preble Shawnee Citizens Advisory Committee, co-chaired the Black Walnut Festival in Camden, and served as president of the Darke County Association for Retarded citizens.
Mrs. Stowe was a tireless advocate for disabled citizens, serving as a volunteer in many capacities with the Abilities First Foundation (Doty House). She was recognized for her leadership activities in this area by being named Mother of the Year by Gov. James Rhodes.
She was active in a wide variety of civic and volunteer organizations. She was a member of Camden VFW Post 1577 Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Post 215 Ladies Auxiliary of Eaton, and Camden United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Donald J. Stowe; two sons, Scott J. of Middletown and Jesse R. of Delaware, Ohio; her mother, Liz Woosley of Camden; and a sister, Jackie (Jeff) Deaton of Germantown.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, 249 N. Main St., Camden, with the Rev. Marvin Hocker officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to the Abilities First Foundation (Doty House), 4810 Timber Trail Drive, Middletown, OH 45044.
Charles W. Woltja
Charles W. "Choppy" Woltja, 62, of Eldorado, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born July 28, 1937, in Eaton, he was the son of the late Bernard S. and Helen M. (Myers) Woltja, and had lived in Preble County all his life. He was a graduate of Eaton High School and a member of the Eaton Church of the Brethren. He retired in 1992 as produce manager from Miller's IGA in Eaton after 37 years.
Survivors include his wife, Janet L. (Snyder) Woltja; daughters, Heather Gallant, Stacy Ballengee and husband Jerry, Tracy Gardner and husband Matthew, all of Eldorado; and a granddaughter, Grace Gallant.
Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 8, at the Eaton Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Martin Peacock officiating. Burial was in Wares Chapel Cemetery near West Manchester. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Church of the Brethren.
Ronald E. Hartrum
Ronald E. Hartrum, 53, of Sarasota, Fla., died Sunday, Oct. 3.
He was born in Richmond, Ind., and had lived in Eaton before moving to Sarasota 19 years ago. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.
He was preceded in death by his father, Carl E. Hartrum, in October 1971.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Helen and Ralph Dapalito of Sarasota, Fla.; and two sisters, Joyce Campbell and Joan Jordan, both of Sarasota, Fla.
Funeral services were private.
Katie A. Brubaker
Katie Ann Brubaker, 46, of Enterprise Road near Gratis, West Alexandria, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, at her home.
Born Feb. 19, 1953, in Chardon, Ohio, she was the daughter of Daniel and Emma (Miller) Beachey. She was a member of the Christian Assembly of God Church in Middletown.
Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Tom Brubaker; two sons, Anthony Brubaker and Daniel Brubaker, both at home; two daughters, Alisa Brubaker and Shekinah Brubaker, both at home; three brothers, Josiah Beachey of Linn Grove, Ind., Henry Beachey of Geneva, Ind., and William Beachey of Berne, Ind.; three sisters, Ella Yoder of Berne, Ind., Lydia Royer of Eaton and Fannie Miller of Salem, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Johnny Beachey, in 1942, and Jacob Beachey, in 1952; and a sister-in-law, Arvilla Beachey, in 1997.
Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 8, at the Christian Assembly of God Church near Middletown, with the Rev. Don F. Dohm officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
Cecelia B. Howard
Cecelia Brook Howard, infant daughter of Greg N. and Elizabeth A. (Wolf) Howard of Eaton, was stillborn at 12:10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Hospital, Fairborn.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandmother, Cindy Wolf of Eaton; paternal grandparents, Kathy and Rob Ashley of Eaton, and Greg Howard of Dayton; maternal great-grandparents, Roberta Dearth, and Bert and Paula Wolf, all of Eaton; paternal great-grandparents, Gerald and Malvery Howard of Eaton, and Wilmer Coots of New York.
Graveside services were Saturday, Oct. 9, at Preble Memory Gardens Cemetery, West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.
Verla M. Echstenkamper
Verla M. Echstenkamper, 76, of 717 Kayler Road, Eaton, died Friday, Oct. 8, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born Jan. 26, 1923, in Athens, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Ruth (Hillard) Collins. She was a former employee of Hart Manufacturing, Eaton.
Survivors include her husband, Earl R. Echstenkamper; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary R. and Donna Echstenkamper of Palm Harbor, Fla.; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy and Steve Favorite of Eaton, Ruthanne and Dave Lincoln of Naples, Fla.; four grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Dean Collins of Jacksonville, Ohio, and Terry Collins of Athens, Ohio; nieces and nephews.
Private services were held at the convenience of the family. There was no public calling. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 7560 McEwen Road, Dayton, OH 45459.
Troy I. Williams
Troy I. "Toy" Williams, 43, of Piqua, died unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 8, in Jackson County, Ohio.
He was born May 29, 1956, in Dayton. He worked 19 years in the food service department of NCR, and was a member of the UAW.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hollie Williams; and a sister, Sue Adamson.
Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Marie (Wehner) Williams, whom he married June 23, 1975; daughters and sons-in-law, Desireť Renee (Williams) and Scott Krites of Piqua, Erica and Jim Bowden of New Carlisle; a son and daughter-in-law, Jarod Isaac and Mandy Williams of Englewood; mother, Dorothy (Meeks) Williams of Dayton.
Also surviving are sisters and brothers-in-law, Delores and Clinton Curry of Englewood, Maudie and John Trimble of Enon, Sharon Bleil and Larry Connell of Eaton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hollie and Terry Williams of Dayton, Paul Douglas and Nina Williams of Maryland, Gary and Marlene Williams of New York, Mike and Cindy Williams of Vandalia.
Other survivors include his mother-in-law, Rose Ann Wehner of Englewood; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Susan Williams of Dayton, Clarence Paul Wehner and wife Joann of Houston, Texas, Tim Wehner and wife Wendy of Deland, Fla., Mike Wehner and wife Pat of Goldsboro, N.C., Ray Wehner of Dayton, Marie Amburgey and husband James of Mallie, Ky., and Vicki Wehner of Dayton; and numerous other relatives.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Jim Valekis officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.
Kathryn O. Jordan
Kathryn O. Jordan, 82, died Saturday, Oct. 9, at Friends Fellowship Community in Richmond, Ind., following a short illness. She had lived at Friends Fellowship Community for three years, but had resided in Preble County most of her life.
Born Dec. 25, 1916, in Brookville, Ind., she was the daughter of Rome and Mary (Lang) Peters. She was a 1934 graduate of Boston High School and was a registered nurse, having graduated from Reid Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in the class of 1938. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Delta Theta Tau Sorority of New Paris.
Survivors include one daughter, Jayne Pinho of Tampa, Fla.; three sons, Jack Jordan of Eaton, Jeffrey Jordan and Phillip P. Jordan, both of Richmond, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip G. Jordan, on Oct. 17, 1994; and four brothers, Carl, Ray, Al and Eugene Peters.
Liturgy of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Oct. 12, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, New Paris, with Father Todd Riebe officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.
Memorial contributions may be made to Reid Hospital Foundation for the Hospice Program.