Velma D. Brown
Velma D. (Miller) Brown, 88, of West Alexandria, died Tuesday, July 4, in Bradenton, Fla., while visiting family.
Born June 15, 1912, in Brookville, she was the daughter of Owen Sr. and Blanche (Snider) Miller.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Brown; her parents; five brothers, William H. Miller, Robert D. Miller, Darrell L. Miller, Dennis A. Miller and Joy Miller; and a sister, Dorothea A. Pilarski.
Survivors include two sisters, Vera L. Habekost of Bradenton, Fla., and Earla Mae Giehl of Dayton; two brothers, Owen Miller Jr. of West Alexandria and Jack Miller of Lady Lake, Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Monday, July 10, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Daniel Snider officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Alexandria Rescue Squad, or to the American Lung Association.
Shellie S. Smith
Shellie S. Smith, 101, of Camden, died Wednesday, July 5, at Oxford View Nursing Center in Oxford.
Born June 13, 1899, in Leslie County, Ky., he was the son of Frank and Amanda (Simpson) Smith. He was employed as a pipefitter for Local #162 for 60 years, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1922 until 1925 with the H.Q. Special Troops at Fort Sam Houston in Houston, Texas.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Barney, James, Omas, Miller and Joe Smith; and three sisters, Dora Brock, Dallie Morgan and Ellen Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine (Stamper) Smith, whom he married in October 1968 in Covington, Ky.; three stepchildren, Jack (Pat) Richardson of Camden, Gary (Teresa) Richardson of Dayton and Margaret Jordan of Trenton; nine step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Private memorial services were held at the convenience of the family. R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.
Grover V. Price
Grover Virgil Price, 87, of Friendship Village, formerly of Englewood, died Wednesday, July 5.
He was a licensed real estate broker and was owner of G.V. Price Realty. Mr. Price was formerly employed as a foreman at Inland Manufacturing and was a longtime farmer in the Englewood and Lewisburg areas. He was a member of the Basore Road Grace Brethren Church.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Mary Price of Tipp City; daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Jon Warner of Hillsboro, Sharon and Lynn Gorrell of Sanford, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Irma Price of Union, Betty Price of Sharpsburg, Md., and Myrle Hall of Dayton; a former son-in-law, David Moreton II of Longwood, Fla.
Also surviving are grandchildren and spouses, Mary Elizabeth and Michael Hall of Fairborn, Ruth Marie Price of Tipp City, Shelby and Donna Warner of Ripley, Melissa and John Gillespie of Winchester, David III and Torrie Moreton of Atlanta, Ga., and Tyler Moreton of Longwood, Fla.; eight great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth May (Sheets) Price; parents, John Virgil and Lula Emma (Thompson) Price; brothers, Charles, Carl, Fred and James Price; and a sister, Beatrice Phelps.
Funeral services were Saturday, July 8, at Kindred Funeral Home, Englewood, with Pastor Brian White officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dayton Christian Schools.
Donald E. Robinson Sr.
Donald E. Robinson Sr., 72, of New Paris, died Thursday, July 6, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
He was born April 16, 1928, in Richmond, Ind., and served as a Seaman 1st Class in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Robinson had worked as a salesman for 47 years with Medco, which is York Casket Company of Richmond, Ind. He was a member of American Legion Post #360 of New Paris.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Henry Robinson; his wife, Jane M. (Jones) Robinson, in 1995; a son, Donald E. Robinson Jr., in 1993; and a grandson, Jeffrey Joe Puckett, in 1998.
Survivors include his wife of four years, Monnett (Stanley) Robinson; mother, Anna (Chasteen) Robinson of New Paris; daughters and sons-in-law, Connie Jo Voiles and Cindy L. Tucker, both of Richmond, Ind., Linda S. and Doug Batten of New Paris, Gloria Jean and Terry Arnold of Richmond, Ind., Sheila D. and Otis Harmon of Covington, Va.
Also surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Robert E. and Sharon Robinson of New Paris; sisters and brother-in-law, Juanita Shaver and Genevieve Cox, both of Richmond, Ind., Marlene and Ron Delk of New Paris, Wyona Robinson of Indianapolis, Ind.
Other survivors are a stepson and daughter-in-law, Bobby Lenn and Kathy Simmons of Texas; stepdaughters and sons-in-law, Jammie Anette and Ken Knight of Oklahoma, Christina Earline and Bo Shautou of Texas; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, July 8, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. Doug Morgan officiating. Burial, with full military graveside services by the Preble County Honor Guard, was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.
Mary E. Hill
Mary E. Hill, 79, of Eaton, died Friday, July 7, at Heartland of Eaton.
Born Sept. 26, 1920, in College Corner, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Lillian (Trumbo) Hill. She had lived in Preble County all her life. Mrs. Hill retired from Parker Hannifin Corp., and was on the advisory committee which helped start the Eaton Emergency Squad in 1973.
She is survived by a special friend, Diana R. Tipton of New Lebanon.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 12, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, 226 W. Main St., Eaton, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Burial will be in College Corner Cemetery, College Corner, Ind. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to services on Wednesday.
Dorothy Lee, 90, of Seven Mile, died Friday, July 7, at her home.
Born July 6, 1910, she was the daughter of Ira and Ollie (Hardin) Pottenger. She married Webb Lee in 1931. She was a member of West Elkton United Methodist Church and the Walama Club of Seven Mile.
Survivors include a son, Laurence (Mitzie) Lee; a daughter, Vera Boice; 10 grandchildren, Bruce Lee, John Lee, Robin Sizemore, Tom Newton, Tracy Hughes, Becky Singleton, Brian Lee, Tim Boice, Susan Nichols and Shannon Morphis; 22 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Mark (Virginia) Pottenger; four sisters, Lucile Sauer, Ruth Wheeler, Evelyn (Robert) Klenk and Laverne Tharp; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Webb Lee, in 1979; a son, Robert Lee; and a sister, Glyde Wilcox.
Funeral services were Tuesday, July 11, with the Rev. Ruben Cabanillas officiating. Burial was in Collinsville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, West Elkton, OH 45070.
Juanita L. Stinson
Juanita L. Stinson, 71, of 5650 W. 100 S-90, Huntington, Ind., died Sunday, July 9, at Meadowvale Care Center.
Born Aug. 26, 1928, in Waynedale, Ind., she was the daughter of Edward and Selma (Graft) Coleman. She was a 1946 graduate of Elmhurst High School. She was employed in health care, was N.A. activity director at Ossian Health Care, Christian Care Center, and a volunteer at the Christian Care Retirement Center. She was a member of the First United Church of Christ.
She married Herbert E. Martin on April 8, 1951, in Waynedale, Ind., and he died March 13, 1993. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tracy Hoopingarner; and two brothers, Charles Coleman and Robert Coleman.
Survivors include her husband, Max Stinson, whom she married Aug. 27, 1994, in Yoder, Ind.; two sons, Stephen Martin of New York, N.Y., and David Martin of Eaton; two daughters, Jeanne (Terry) Hoopingarner of Huntington, Ind., and Diane Landrie of Van Wert; nine grandchildren; six sisters, Veta Elliott of Philadelphia, Pa., Mildred Ruhlen of Spring, Texas, Lucille (Carl) Smith of New Haven, Ind., Doris Haven of Tehacapie, Calif., Martha (Donald) Mayers of Ft. Wayne, Ind. and Bonnie (William) Kitchings of Morrow, Ga.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. (Indiana time) Wednesday, July 12, at Goodwin Memorial Chapel, Bluffton, Ind., with the Revs. Neil Wilson and Sylvester Martin officiating. Burial will be in Hoverstock Cemetery, Zanesville, Ind.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Church of Christ Bread of Life or Outreach Program.
William D. Nixon
Memorial services for William D. Nixon, 69, who died Wednesday, June 21, in Poquoson, Va., will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at West Elkton United Methodist Church.
He graduated from West Elkton High School in 1948 and played basketball for the school when the team won the 1948 Preble County basketball championship.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Nancy; a daughter and her husband, Valerie Nixon and Larry of Columbus; a son and his wife, Mark Nixon and Sandy of Poquoson, Va.; a daughter and her husband, Leanne and Scott of Silver Spring, Md.; four grandchildren, Darcy, Amanda, Caitlin and Eric; a brother, Chuck and wife Ginny of Middletown; two sisters, Rosemarie Sheley of Middletown, Ruthann Hartbarger and husband Ronnie of West Elkton; nine nieces and nephews; two aunts, Helen Stansell of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Ruby Billett of Franklin.
Alvin "Al" Back, 69, of Dayton, died Saturday, July 8, after suffering a heart attack while working in his garden.
Born Jan. 19, 1931, in Breathitt County, Ky., he was the son of Cleveland and Eunice (Clemons) Back. He was a veteran of the Korean War, and retired from Dayton Power & Light in 1992 after 18 years of service. He was a member of Salem Church of God in Clayton, Miamisburg American Legion Post #165 and the DP&L Retirees Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, James Back.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Carol Sue (Salyer) Back; a daughter, Karen (Larry) Lovell of Bellbrook; a son, Gregory of Lexington, Ky.; two grandchildren, Nathan and Stephanie Lovell of Bellbrook; three sisters, Janice Back of Gratis, Dorothy (Gene) Donson of Eaton and Aileen (Eddie) Garrett of Middletown; two brothers, Clyde Back of Gratis and Arlie (Wanda) Back of Middletown.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 13, at Dalton Funeral Home, corner of Ohio 4 and Weaver Road, Germantown, with Pastor Austin E. Sowers officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Poasttown, Ohio. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the funeral home.
Randal A. Keehner
Randal Alan Keehner, 40, of Eaton, died Wednesday, July 12, at his home.
He was born Oct. 18, 1959, in Hamilton, and graduated from Eaton High School in 1978. He had worked for J & N Products of Eaton.
He was preceded in death by his father, David M. Keehner, in 1987; a brother-in-law, Mel L. Kittle, in 1990; and a special friend and companion, Debra Daniels, in 2000.
Survivors include his mother, Barbara A. (Morrow) Keehner of Hamilton; brothers and sister-in-law, Doug S. and Kim Keehner, and Kenny J. Keehner, all of Eaton; sisters and brother-in-law, Pamela S. and Tom Willsey of Hamilton, and Karen L. Kittle of Eaton; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were Monday, July 17, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown, OH 45044.
William D. Nixon
Memorial services for William D. Nixon, 69, who died Wednesday, June 21, in Poquoson, Va., will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at West Elkton United Methodist Church.
Joseph R. Cira
Joseph R. Cira, 85, of Lima, died Monday, July 10, at Shawnee Manor Nursing Home.
Born Aug. 13, 1914, in Lima, he was the son of the late William and Emma (Seraino) Cira. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II in the Burma-India Theater of Operation, and was retired from the Shawnee Schools maintenance department. He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church and American Legion Post #2995.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert J. and Nancy Cira of Eaton; a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Larry Hatley of Lima; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Cira of Lima; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Louise and Robert Bishop of Lima.
His wife, Pauline (Paradore) Cira, whom he married Aug. 3, 1937, died on Dec. 6, 1999. He was also preceded in death by a brother, William Cira; and a sister, Annette Cira.
Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, July 14, at St. Rose Catholic Church, Lima, with Father Keith McCormack officiating. Burial, with military rites by VFW Post #1275, was in Gethsemani Cemetery, Lima. Hogenkamp-Straub Funeral Home, Lima, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Curtis O. Campbell Sr.
Curtis O. Campbell Sr., 83, died Tuesday, July 11.
Born Nov. 16, 1916, in West Elkton, he was the youngest son of Walter and Flora Mae (Weaver) Campbell. He retired from Champion Paper Company in Middletown after 47 years of service.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Mabel Campbell; a son Curtis (Lucy) Campbell Jr. of Florida; a daughter-in-law, Gale Campbell of Middletown; three granddaughters, Sherry (Bob) Tibbs and Marsha (Scott) Carpenter, both of Middletown, and Debra (Mark) Eve of Arizona.
Also surviving are four great-grandchildren, Randy (Alicia) Robinson, Greg (Lana) Robinson, Brandi Carpenter and Erica Eve; four great-great-grandchildren, Mathew, Taylor, Joey and Austin; one step-great-great-granddaughter, Tosha.
He was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Michael Piersall; a brother, Lucian; and sisters, Mae, Mildred and Opal.
Funeral services were Thursday, July 13, at Camden First Southern Baptist Church, Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. There was no visitation. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis. R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, was in charge of arrangements.
Lorene Widner, 92, of Wesley Glen Retirement Community, Columbus, formerly of Eaton, died Tuesday, July 11, in Columbus.
Born Feb. 4, 1908, near Eaton, she was the daughter of the late Harvey S. and Elma E. (Deem) Widner. She was a 1928 graduate of Eaton High School and attended Indiana Business College. She had lived in Preble County most of her life, moving to Columbus in 1976.
She retired from National Cash Register Company in Dayton in 1970. She was a member of the Eaton and Twin Valley Grange in Preble County from 1923 to 1976, then transferred to Blendon Grange in Westerville. She was recognized for 76 years of continuous membership in the Grange fraternity.
Miss Widner was a member of the Preble County Historical Society, a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Eaton, and an associate member of the North Broadway Methodist Church in Columbus.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley C. Widner, in 1987.
Survivors include cousins.
Graveside services were Friday, July 14, at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, with the Rev. Thomas Maxedon officiating. A memorial service will be held at the Wesley Glen Retirement Community, 5155 N. High St., Columbus, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 21, with the Rev. Leonard Confar officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Edith S. Riggs
Edith (Siler) Locke Riggs, 96, formerly of Lewisburg, died Tuesday afternoon, July 11, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.
Born April 1, 1904, in Topeka, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Leonard Edgar and Mazy (Corwin) Siler. She was a 1922 graduate of Lewisburg High School, worked as a telephone operator for United Telephone Company, and as secretary-treasurer for Lewisburg Container from 1941 until retiring in 1954. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dayton.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Edward Locke, in 1942; her second husband, Lester Riggs, in 1969; a sister, Hilda Dorn, in 1994; a brother, David Siler, in 1986; and a grandson, Todd Wayne Burris, in 1960.
Survivors include a daughter, Jean Ann Thornton of Eaton; a niece, Sharon Borchers of Cincinnati; four grandchildren and spouses, Tom and Beatrice Burris, Diane and Clift Neal, Brenda and Kevin Kesler, and Robin Thornton, all of Lewisburg; 11 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, July 15, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. Michael Pratt officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit.
Nora V. Shumway
Nora Virginia Shumway, 79, of Eaton, died Wednesday, July 12, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Born Sept. 5, 1920, in Kenton County, Ky., she was the daughter of Ira A. and Edith L. (Cody) Moak. She married Norman W. Shumway on June 28, 1939, in Covington, Ky.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, James A. Moak, Edgar Moak and Floyd Moak; and one sister, Ema Catherine Horn.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Norman J. Shumway; children, Larry A. (Judy) Shumway of Centerville, Ohio, Linda L. (Edwin) Howard of Eaton, Gary A. (Bridgett) Shumway of Douglasville, Ga., Michael Shumway of Fairborn, Sandra S. (Reggie) Jordan, David J. Shumway, Mary Worley, Norma J. Miller and Faith I. (Jared) Vincent, all of Tampa, Fla., Diane (Greg) Golden of Brandon, Fla., Daniel A. (Donna) Shumway of Maryland and Martha L. (Lee) Barbee of Pompay, Fla.; 24 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ina Mae Rouse of Florida and Lois Bloemer of Covington, Ky.
Funeral services were Monday, July 17, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with the Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.
Charles J. Price
Charles Junior Price, 71, of Heartland of Eaton, formerly of Kimmel Road, Eldorado, died Friday, July 14, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born Jan. 25, 1929, in Brookville, he was the son of Charles and Florence (Bucklew) Price. He was a retired farmer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Roger Price; and a daughter, Sheila Steinbruegge, in 1992.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Eilene (Howell) Price of Eldorado; daughters and sons-in-law, Gloria and Albert Messmear of Brookville, Charlene and Scott Worley of Eldorado; a son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Barbara Price of Brookville; a sister, Helen Swartz of Brookville; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were Tuesday, July 18, at Monroe Cemetery, Eldorado. Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home, Eldorado, was in charge of arrangements.