Arnold V. Pettit
Arnold Vincent Pettit, 72, of Fairhaven, died Sunday, Nov. 21, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Born Nov. 7, 1927, in Middletown, he was the son of the late Orville G. and Lilly (Brewer) Pettit. He attended Maple Park School in Middletown. Mr. Pettit was a U.S. Army veteran. He owned and operated Dot's Grocery Store in Middletown during the 1970s, and was then was employed as a welder at Square D in Middletown until his retirement in 1981.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (King) Pettit, whom he married May 8, 1946, in Middletown; two sons, Vincent (Janice) Pettit of Bradenton, Fla., and Steven (Marjorie) Pettit of Eaton; two daughters, Arnita (Doug) Wood of Richmond, Ind., and Rebecca Best of Fairhaven; three sisters, Viola Fadner of Middletown, Christine (Chuck) Riggs and Dorla (James) Whitford, all of Bradenton, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 23, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with Virgil Harris officiating. Burial was in Fairhaven Cemetery.
Oliver Coleman, 81, of Dayton, died Saturday morning, Nov. 6, at his home.
Born Nov. 1, 1918, in Carmen, Ky., he was the son of John H. and Elizabeth (Bentley) Coleman. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. Coleman had worked at Frigidaire in Dayton, 22 years at Gray's Sunoco Station on Salem Avenue in Dayton, and was a parking attendant at Sinclair Community College.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Eunis Charles, in 1997.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Theda L. (Francis) Coleman; a son and daughter-in-law, Norman S. "Steve" and Sue Coleman of Brookville; a daughter and son-in-law, Miriam and Richard Mader of Tomahawk, Wis.; a brother, Leon Coleman of Glenn Burnie, Md.; a sister, Irene Roberts of Lexington, Ky.; two granddaughters, Tonya Leach and Melissa Kamke; four great-grandchildren, Gina Leach, John Tyler Leach, Heather and Haley.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the House of Prayer, Beavercreek, followed by burial in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Fund.
Lowell E. Miller
Lowell E. Miller, 72, of Oxford-Gettysburg Road, Eaton, died Sunday morning, Nov. 7, at his home after a short illness.
Born April 6, 1927, in Monroe Township (Preble County), he was the son of Ward R. and Blanche E. (Martin) Miller. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II, and retired in 1989 after 15 years at Joseph Hill Company in Richmond, Ind. He worked at Lewisburg Container from 1994 to 1999 as a security officer. Mr. Miller was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses-South Unit of Eaton.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Mary P. (Berry) Miller; two sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne L. and Linda Miller of Fairfield, Jerry D. and Penny Miller of New Paris; a daughter and son-in-law, Robin L. and Bill Huston of Blanchester; two brothers, Gerald Miller of Newark and Kenneth Miller of Spiceland, Ind.; a sister and brother-in-law, Cloma and John Chasteen of New Paris; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Brother Mark Hoffman officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens. A memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 13, at Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses, Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses-South Unit of Eaton, or to Hospice of Dayton.
Irma E. Breitenbecher
Irma E. Breitenbecher, 87, of Dayton and formerly of Somerville, died Monday, Nov. 1, at Kettering Medical Center in Kettering.
Born Sept. 25, 1912, near West Middletown (Butler County), she was the daughter of the late Garce and Emma (Divers) Billet. She was the first woman mayor of Somerville and served in that capacity for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett L. Breitenbecher; and a son, Jake Breitenbecher.
Survivors include a son, Mike Davis of Hamilton; a brother, Bill Billett of West Middletown; a sister, Edith Stonger of Post Town; and three grandchildren.
Graveside services were Monday, Nov. 8, at Somerville Cemetery in Somerville. R.C. Nein and Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.
Keith E. Storer
Keith E. Storer, 72, of New Lebanon, died Tuesday, Nov. 9.
Born May 29, 1927, in Preble County, he was the son of Charles and Carrie (Roof) Storer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, a farmer, and retired from Inland (GM) with 25 years of service. He later worked part-time for Kramer & Kramer Auctioneers for several years. Mr. Storer was a member of the Salem Church of God.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; a sister, Florence Wehrley; and two brothers, Harold and George Storer.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Dona; a daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Chris Cordonnier of Kettering; a son and daughter-in-law, Kent E. and Leslie Storer of Harlingen, Texas; two grandsons, Andrew and Bradley; sisters and brothers-in-law, Elinor and Carl Somers, Jane Smith, Lois and Dale Baughman; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hugh and Joyce Storer, Paul and Josephine Storer, Loren and Eunice Storer; Stan and Vangie Storer.
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 15, at Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon, with the Rev. Rolland Daniels and the Rev. Austin Sowers officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Church of God, to Harvest Bazaar, or to the American Cancer Society.
James V. Wallace
James V. Wallace, 71, of New Paris, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, at his winter home in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Born May 11, 1928, he was the son of the late Virgil and Letha Wallace. He was retired from Dayton Reliable Tool.
Survivors include his wife, Mamie L. Wallace; three sons, Darrell Wallace of Somerset, Ky., Thomas Wallace of Cincinnati and Paul Wallace of Camden; four daughters, Jeanette Johnson of Orlando, Fla., Pam Long of Eaton, Connie Bagham of Abilene, Texas, and Jackie Wallace of Dayton; three sisters, Marylee Skeans of New Lebanon, Jean Kvet and Betty Rowland, both of Cleveland; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 13, at Rogers Funeral Home, New Lebanon, with Pastor Reggie Osborne officiating. Burial was in Bear Creek Cemetery.
Richard L. Creech Jr.
Richard Lee Creech Jr., infant son of Richard Lee Sr. and Holly Nichole (Boucher) Creech of Fairborn, died shortly after birth Friday morning, Nov. 12, at Kettering Medical Center, Kettering.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are paternal grandparents, Robert A. and Kendra Creech of West Alexandria, and Sandra G. and Danny Suggs of Eaton; maternal grandparents, Marcel J. and Patricia Boucher of Fairborn; paternal great-grandparents, Robert and Janet Creech of West Alexandria, and Richard and Dorothy Settles of Gratis.
Also surviving are maternal great-grandparents, Robert and Joann Gillum of Fairborn; paternal great-great-grandparents, Martha J. Williams of West Alexandria and Mabel A. Creech of Lewisburg; uncles and aunts, Robert D. Creech of West Alexandria, Letitia L. Creech of Eaton, Megan E. Boucher and Jordan D. Boucher, both of Fairborn.
He was preceded in death by his maternal great-great-grandparents, Remi and Anna Boucher.
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 15, at the First Brethren Church, West Alexandria, with Pastor Larry Thomas officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.
Martin L. House
Martin L. House, 74, of South Street, Eaton, died early Saturday evening, Nov. 13, at the Dayton Heart Hospital in Dayton.
Born Nov. 12, 1925, in Camden, he was the son of the late Frank and Rosa (Geeting) House. He was a retired machinist, and a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Ithaca.
Survivors include his wife, Luella (Howard) House, whom he married Oct. 3, 1953; a daughter, Pamela Singer of Greenville; a son, Michael House of Elizabeth City, N.C.; seven grandchildren; a brother, Lloyd House of Hartselle, Ala.; and two sisters, Betty Clark of Vadir, Wash., and Esther Taylor of Eaton.
He was preceded in death by two children, Timothy Patrick House and Kimberly Sue House; two sisters, Margaret House and Mary Jordan; and three brothers, Carl, Pete and Ralph House.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Ithaca, with the Rev. James Castello and the Rev. Jeffrey Blair officiating. Burial of the cremains will follow in Ithaca Cemetery. Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Kenneth Stephen, 76, of Fairhaven, died Saturday, Nov. 13, at his home.
Born May 4, 1923, in Butler County, he was the son of the late Clarence and Ruth (Chapin) Stephen. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was employed as a truck driver and distributor for Mobil Oil Company until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael Stephen; and a brother, Robert Stephen.
Survivors include his wife, Freda (Groves) Stephen, whom he married April 25, 1942, in Hamilton; three sons, Jim (Terry) Stephen of Liberty, Ind., Kenneth "Peanut" (Diane) Stephen of South Charleston, Ohio, Chuck (Dodie) Stephen of Camden; four daughters, Pat (Bill) Roberts of Florence, Ky., Judy (Jerry) Wilson and Cindy (Fred) Wilson, all of Eaton, and Kathy Stephen of Fairfield; 14 grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Fred (Ruth) Stephen of Camden.
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 15, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. John Crutchfield officiating. Burial was in Somerville Cemetery, Somerville.
Clifton J. Bowshier
Clifton J. "Jake" Bowshier, 76, of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Union, Ohio, died Monday, Nov. 8, at Meadowview Life Center in Lakeland.
Born April 16 1923, in Mt. Sterling, Ky., he was the son of the late Clifford Sr. and Delphia M. (Delay) Bowshier. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and retired in 1985 after 30 years with Chrysler Corp., Dayton plant. Mr. Bowshier was a member of the United States Trotting Association.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey L. Bowshier, in 1986; brothers, Cletus, Otis, Robert and Kenneth Bowshier; and a sister, Eileen L. Stanley.
Survivors include his wife, Merrell A. (Middleton) Bowshier; sons, Richard Bowshier of Springfield, M. Kevin Brooks of Denver, Colo., R. Shane Brooks of Knoxville, Tenn., and Sam Harmon of Ohio; a daughter, Michele Brooks of Fairborn; 11 grandchildren; and a brother, Taylor Bowshier of Springfield.
Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 13, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Jerry Carter officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens.
Dorothy L. Brown
Dorothy L. Brown, 67, of Dayton, died Monday, Sept. 13, at Franciscan Medical Center in Dayton.
A native and lifelong resident of Dayton, she was born Aug. 16, 1932, in Dayton, she was the daughter of the late Karl Y. and Glenna A. (Zimmerman) Werner. She was a dispatcher for the American Red Cross in Dayton. She attended Verona United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wetzel W. Brown, in 1978.
Survivors include a son, Richard K. Brown of Dayton; a daughter, Cindy Brown of California; a brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Sandra Werner of Verona; grandchildren, Kaleena and Andrew Brown; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 16, at Verona United Methodist Church in Verona, with the Rev. William Schilling and the Rev. Doug Criswell officiating. Burial was in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.