Jessie E.M. Johnson
Jessie Estella M. Johnson, 83, of Eaton, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at Heartland of Eaton.
Born Jan. 25, 1914, in Huntsville, Ala., she was the daughter of Robert and Christine (Cranshaw) Hamlet. She was a 1935 graduate of Eaton High School, a member of the VFW Auxiliary of Eaton, and was a housekeeper in the area for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell "Jack" Johnson, in 1969; sisters, Ruby Berry and Mary Helen Price; brothers, Oscar Hamlet, Robert Bell Hamlet, Fred E. Hamlet and Henderson Berry; stepsons, James "Bud" Johnson and Russell "Buster" Johnson.
Survivors include a sister, Jennettie Haislip of Brooklyn, N.Y.; sisters-in-law, Edna Hamlet of Richmond, Ind., and Jean Hamlet of Dayton.
Graveside services were Tuesday, March 4, in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, with the Rev. Ron Norris officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association-Preble County Unit.
Lowell L. Holsinger
Lowell L. Holsinger, 69, of Urbana, formerly of Eldorado, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Dayton, after an extended illness.
Born Feb. 24, 1928, in Eldorado, he was the son of the late Frank and Hazel (Petry) Holsinger. He was a life member of the VFW, AmVets, American Legion and DAV, all in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years and was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War.
Survivors include his wife, Rosie M. (Kitchen) Holsinger, whom he married March 26, 1952; a son, Richard L. Holsinger of Greenville, Texas; a grandson, Martin Holsinger; a granddaughter, Margaret Holsinger; two sisters, Donna Knose and June Shipley, both of Eaton; a brother, Harold Holsinger of Urbana; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester, with the Rev. Raymond E. Rothwell officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. Burial will be in Monroe Cemetery, Eldorado, where military graveside services will be conducted.
Robert L. Wright
Robert L. "Bulldog" Wright, 69, of Lewisburg, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at his home.
Born March 25, 1927, in Brookville, he was the son of Leroy James and Margaret Mary (Stump) Wright. He was a 1947 graduate of Lewisburg Union High School, retired in 1990 after 22 years at American Aggregates, was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and member of VFW Post 3288 of Brookville.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Janet R. (Shear) Wright; children, Peggy, Curt, Brent, Melissa, Randall, Denise, Lori and Carl; brothers, Orland J., Waldo, Donald E. and Larry Wright, all of Lewisburg, and Walter F. Wright of Huber Heights; sisters, Lucille Kesler and Georgianna Harris, both of Lewisburg, and Ida Warner of Potsdam; grandchildren, Shana, Tawni, Autumn, Leah, Sara, Aubrey, Erica, Samantha, Timothy, Zachary, Gabrielle and Mike; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg, with the Rev. Al Templeton officiating. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit.
Elaine Fisher, 84, formerly of New Lebanon and West Alexandria, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at Hospice of Dayton.
Born March 15, 1912, in Jeffersonville, Ind., she was the daughter of Hurley and Margaret (Wilson) Malott. She was a member of Plainview Open Bible Church, New Lebanon.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, in 1970; and a son, John Fisher, in 1996.
Survivors include a son, Michael Fisher of Centerville, Ohio; a grandson, John Fisher of West Alexandria; and a daughter-in-law, Sandy Fisher of West Alexandria.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Harold Ady officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Lillian M. Chambers
Lillian M. Chambers, 90, of Trone Road, Eldorado, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at the home of her daughter in Richmond, Ind.
Born Nov. 12, 1906, in Blountville, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Fannie (Wilson) Smith and lived in Preble County most of her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Chambers, on Jan. 26, 1995.
Survivors include one son, Myron E. Chambers of West Manchester; two daughters, Mary Helen Wigger of West Manchester and Martha Jane Schweizer of Richmond, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; two great-great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by four brothers; four sisters; an infant son; and a granddaughter, Billie Sue Reed.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester, with the Rev. Jim Condrey officiating. Burial will be in Wares Chapel Cemetery, West Manchester.
Robert B. Hawley
Robert B. "Bob" Hawley, 85, formerly of Park Avenue, Eaton, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at Heartland of Eaton.
Born Aug. 8, 1911, in Eaton, he was the son of Samuel S. and Bessie (Smith) Hawley. He was a native and lifelong resident of Preble County and a 1929 graduate of West Alexandria High School. He retired in 1976 as a co-owner/operator of Hawley & Hawley, Inc. Building and Plumbing Contractors in Eaton.
Mr. Hawley was a Boy Scout leader for Troop 78 in Eaton for several years, was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Eaton, a charter member of the Community Improvement Corporation in Eaton, a member of the Eaton Area Chamber of Commerce and served on the Airstream International Executive Committee.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary M. (Trace) Hawley, in 1988.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce R. and Elaine Hawley of Eaton, Edward A. and Kimberly Hawley of Centerville, Ohio; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Arnold Asher of Camden; a sister, Virginia G. Wanner of Davenport, Fla.; a brother, Wilbur E. "Pete" Hawley of Eaton; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Elaine Y. Hawley, in 1947; brothers, James Custin Hawley, Harold Roger Hawley, Sr., Lloyd D. Hawley, Clifford M. Hawley, Lucien Thurman Hawley; sisters, Estella May Hawley, Priscilla Leah McDaniel, Ruth Haven Young, Helen Louise Miller and Berenice L. McKee.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the First Presbyterian Church, 123 W. Decatur St., Eaton, with the Rev. Wayne D. Morrison officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to services. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association-Miami Valley Chapter, 3797 Summit Glen Drive, #G100, Dayton, Ohio 45449.
Florence Plummer, 100, formerly of 405 Hillcrest Drive, Eaton, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.
Born March 15, 1896, in Hamilton, she was the daughter of the late James and Minnie (Parks) Johnson and had lived in Preble County most of her life. She was member of the Eaton United Church of Christ and Alpha Garden Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Plummer, on June 18, 1979; and a brother, Gordon Johnson.
Surviving are nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. James W. Whitley officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Helen M. Raper
Helen Marie Raper, 86, of 1126 West Florence-Campbellstown Road, Eaton, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1997, at her home.
Born Sept. 18, 1910, in Richmond, Ind., she was the daughter of Thomas and Lulu (Rechter) Murphy, and had lived in this area all her life. She was a former employee of Knollenberg's Department Store and the Holiday Inn.
Survivors include two daughters, Lois J. Fitzwater and June A. Rexrode, both of Eaton; one son, Jay C. Raper of New Paris; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bradford Raper, in 1951; a grandson, Brad Fitzwater; and three brothers, Jim, Oliver and Wilbur Murphy.
Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 21, at Doan and Mills Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., with the Rev. James C. Sizelove and the Rev. David J. Garman officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Reid Hospital Foundation for the Hospice program, or to the Campbellstown United Church of Christ.
John S. Pounds
John Steven "Steve" Pounds, 41, of Leinbach Road, New Paris, died unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at his home.
Born March 1, 1955, in Dayton, he was a 1973 graduate of Trotwood Madison High School. He had been employed at Carpenter Bus Manufacturing in Richmond, Ind., for the past year and a half. He was a member of the Sons of Legion at New Paris and the UAW of Richmond, Ind.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa I. (Brunty) Pounds of Union, Ohio; his mother, Betty J. (Hedrick) Pounds of New Paris; maternal grandfather, John H. Hedrick of Dayton; a son, Luke John Pounds of Union; two stepsons, Lee and Brody Edwards of Union; and a friend, Deborah Smith of New Paris.
He was preceded in death by his father, Conrad A. Pounds, in 1995.
Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-Village Rescue Squad, New Madison.
Alverta F. McVeigh
Alverta F. McVeigh, 86, of Eaton, formerly of Camden, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1997, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., following an extended illness.
A native and lifelong resident of Preble County, she was born Feb. 7, 1911, the daughter of the late Omar and Barbara (Driver) McKee. She was retired from Miami University in Oxford, and was a Cancer Society worker. She was a member of Camden United Methodist Church, Rebekah Lodge, Preble County Senior Citizens and a former member of Eagles Lodge Aerie #2202 Auxiliary of Eaton.
Mrs. McVeigh was best known for her active lifestyle. She took part in many programs at the Preble County Council on Aging; was the second SCOPE Preble County Meals for the Elderly Senior Queen; and represented SCOPE well in local events, the Preble County Fair, including the Pork Festival, local luncheons, etc.
Her husband, James W. McVeigh, died in 1966. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Irene Bass.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Helen Jane and Richard G. Davis of Eaton; two sisters, Viola Daughtery of Lawrenceburg, Ind., and Nellie Lair of Richmond, Ind.; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 21, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Jerry Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.