Marjorie E. Roth
Marjorie Ellen Roth, 76, formerly of Fudge Avenue, Eaton, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 1997, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born Nov. 17, 1921, in Campbellstown, she was the daughter of the late Walter and May Louise (Boesenberg) Cail, and had lived in Preble County most of her life. She had been a clerk at Northedge Pharmacy in Eaton, and was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in West Alexandria.
Her husband, Edward "Jack" C. Roth, died Feb. 3, 1989. She was also preceded in death by a son, James L. Roth; and a brother, Richard Cail.
Survivors include two grandsons, Stephen Roth of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Jeffrey Roth of Georgia; a granddaughter, Leslie Roth of Georgia; two brothers, James Cail of Camden and Walter Edwin Cail of Eaton; nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles; and a good friend, Betty Shepherd of Richmond, Ind.
Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 22, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Greg A. Hyre officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Lutheran Church or to the American Heart Association.
Laura M. Felty
Laura M. Landwehr Felty, 97, formerly of 2734 South "C" Place, Richmond, Ind., died Friday morning, Nov. 21, 1997, at the Golden Rule Nursing Center.
Born Aug. 25, 1900, in Meigs County, Ohio, she was the daughter of Aaron and Dora (Hartman) Dixon, and had been a Richmond resident most of her life. She was a former member of the Pentecostal Church of God in Somerville.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl Landwehr, in 1965; and her second husband, Gilbert Felty, in 1977.
Survivors include a sister, Ruby E. Bright of Richmond, Ind.; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Sunday, Nov. 23, at Doan and Mills Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., with Father Todd Riebe officiating. Entombment was in Lutherania Cemetery.
R. Troy Christopher
R. Troy Christopher, 27, of 2009 Franklin St., Melbourne, Fla., died Tuesday morning, Nov. 18, 1997, in Brevard County, Fla., of injuries he received in an automobile accident.
Born Oct. 19, 1970, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of Ronald R. and Ronda (Snoddy) Christopher. He was a 1989 graduate of Richmond High School, where he played both basketball and baseball, was a member of the RHS Madrigal Singers and a member of the National Honor Society. He had attended Miami University, Oxford.
A resident of Richmond most of his life, he had lived in Florida since 1993. He was a musician and singer with the band, "Shades of Gray."
Survivors include his parents; two brothers, Lt. j.g. Ryan T. Christopher of Yigo, Guam, and Eric R. Christopher of Richmond; maternal grandparents, Rose and Bill Hopkins of Richmond; aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Rosella and Raymond Christopher; and maternal grandfather, William Snoddy.
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 24, at Doan and Mills Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., with the Rev. Robert Hunt officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Richmond High School Scholarship Fund.
Barbara J. Wheeler
Barbara J. Wheeler, 74, of Eaton, died Friday, Nov. 21, 1997, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born June 10, 1923, in Richmond, she was the daughter of Roger A. and Eva P. (Matson) Tibbot. She was a 1941 graduate of Morton High School, a member of the 41 Club of Richmond, Rachel Rebekah Lodge and American Legion Auxiliary, both of Eaton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter R. Wheeler, in 1989; and two brothers, Paul E. Tibbot, in 1918, and Donald R. Tibbot, in 1981.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, John W. and Laura Wheeler of Winamac, Ind., William R. and Linda Wheeler of Eaton; a daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Charles Moore of Eaton; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 24, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery, New Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 33, Eaton.
Arnett E. Gardner
Arnett E. Gardner, 65, of West Alexandria, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Born Aug. 7, 1932, in Gratis, she was the daughter of Charles and Lucille (Hager) Miller.
Survivors include her husband of 28 years, William E. Gardner; a son and daughter-in-law, William C. and Kim Gardner of West Alexandria; a brother, Robert L. Miller of Eaton; her mother, Lucille Johnson of Somerville; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Randall Johnson; a sister, Doris Adams; and a brother, Ronnie Miller.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Daniel Snider officiating. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements.
Cecil H. Turpin
Cecil H. Turpin, 87, of Ohio 503, Camden, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.
Born Feb. 24, 1910, in Estel County, Ky., he was the son of John and Louse (Johnson) Turpin. He was a graduate of Lanier High School and had retired from National Cash Register Co. in Dayton. He was a member of West Alexandria Masonic Lodge #88.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Stella Turpin; two sons and daughter-in-law, Robert and Loretta Turpin of Eaton, and John Turpin of Hollister, Calif.; a daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Gorman Dull of Gratis; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Gertrude Brubaker of Leesburg, Fla.
He was preceded in death by a brother, George Turpin; and a sister, Ora Mae Roark.
Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 20, at the First Brethren Church, Gratis, with the Rev. Robert French officiating. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
Lawrence R. Beneke
Lawrence R. Beneke, 82, of Doe Run Court, Beavercreek, formerly of West Alexandria, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1997, at Wood Glen Nursing Center.
Born Aug. 6, 1916, in Dayton, he was the son of Deitrich and Mary (Wigger) Beneke. He was a graduate of Dixie High School and had attended Miami Jacobs College. He was employed at General Motors for 40 years, retiring in 1976.
Mr. Beneke was a former member of the West Alexandria Board of Education, Preble County Board of Education, Preble County Historical Society and an active member of St. John's United Church of Christ. He was instrumental in the development of the West Alexandria Public Library. He believed in the importance of community and accomplished much with his quiet leadership. He was a former member of the West Alexandria Kiwanis Club.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Martha (Rinehart) Beneke; two sons and daughter-in-law, Larry and Diane Beneke of Centerville, Ohio, and Gordon R. Beneke of Springfield; a grandson, Aaron Beneke and wife Rochelle of Kettering; a great-grandson, Austin Beneke of Kettering; a sister, Ruth Stevenson of Brookville; and a special friend of the family, Stephen Brownlee of Springfield.
Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 19, at St. John's United Church of Christ, West Alexandria, with Pastor Ron Dafler officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Miami Valley Alzheimer's Association.
Blondena E. Bradley
Blondena E. Bradley, 81, of 118 E. Main St., New Paris, died Friday, Dec. 19, 1997, at her home.
Born Jan. 25, 1916, in Richmond, Ind., she was the daughter of John and Ollie (Sewell) King.
Survivors include three daughters, Marjean Ruby and Joanne Bradley, both of New Paris, and LaDonna Clark of West Alexandria; two sons, Jack Bradley of New Paris and Jerry Bradley of Lafayette, Ind.; 15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Bradley, in 1990; and four brothers, Chester Sewell, Johnney King, Robert King and Russell King.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. Luke Frazer and the Rev. Mark Wesler officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.
Harry H. Smith
Harry H. Smith, 72, of 57 N. Lafayette St., Camden, died Saturday morning, Dec. 20, 1997, at his home.
Born Aug. 16, 1925, in West College Corner, Ind., he was the son of Charles C. and Florence B. (Napier) Smith. He was a machine operator at Square D in Oxford for 21 years, retiring in 1990. He served in the U.S. Navy, and received an honorable discharge Jan. 5, 1946.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary V. (Swindell) Smith, on Nov. 29, 1983.
Survivors include two daughters, Victoria Swindell and Harriett B. Smith of Camden; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Marylin Smith of West Chester; two granddaughters, Rachel M. Conrad and Heidi E. Swindell; two great-granddaughters; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 23, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home/Willard Moss Jr. Memorial Chapel, Camden, with the Rev. Marvin Hocker officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami Valley, 930 Laurel Ave., Hamilton, Ohio 45011.
Virginia M. Cunningham
Virginia M. Cunningham, 81, of 11367 Morrison-Mikesell Road, New Paris, died Saturday morning, Dec. 20, 1997, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Born Dec. 3, 1916, in Rossville, Ga., she was the daughter of Thomas Agustus and Johnnie Ethel (Copelan) Morgan. She retired in 1996 from Scotty's Lumber Co. in St. Petersburg, Fla., and had lived in New Paris since April of this year.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence P. Cunningham; eight brothers and sisters.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Earl Flora of New Paris; a son, Joel E. Elliott of St. Petersburg, Fla.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Emergency Squad.