Robert L. Wehrley
Robert L. Wehrley, 79, of 334 S. 27th St., Richmond, Ind., died Tuesday morning, Feb. 24, 1998, at Reid Hospital.
Born Aug. 18, 1918, in Eaton, he was the son of Harry and Ruby (Bowers) Wehrley, and had lived in the Eaton and Richmond areas all his life. He was a 1938 graduate of Lanier High School. He spent 17 years with International harvester, and retired in 1984 after 28 years as service manager of plastics at National Automatic Tool Co.
Mr. Wehrley was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he served as head usher for many years; Harry Ray Post #65 of the American Legion; Natco 25-Year Club; and Elks Lodge, where he was Elk of the Year for 1985-86.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served in Europe and Japan and received a Bronze Star.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Wehrley, whom he married Aug. 31, 1940; one son, Dale Wehrley of Houston, Texas; one grandson; one sister, Dorotha Smith of Eaton; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one sister.
Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 27, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, Richmond, Ind., with the Rev. Glenn McGuire officiating. Burial, with military rites conducted by the Wayne County Veterans Council, will be in Glenhaven Memorial Gardens, Richmond.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Richmond, Ind.
Frances S. Pritt
Frances (Stubblefield) Pritt, 60, of Floyd Street, Lewisburg, died Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 25, 1998, at Hospice of Dayton after a short illness.
Born July 7, 1937, in London, Ky., she was the daughter of Chester A. and Nancy (Raleigh) Stubblefield. She retired in 1993 after 23 years of service with General Motors-Moraine Assembly. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher and church trustee.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Lee Pritt, in May 1997; a brother, John C. Stubblefield, in 1942; a sister, Freda Shell, in 1996; and a brother-in-law, Virgil Hall, in 1971.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Donnie L. and Pam Day of Lewisburg, Larry W. and Valerie Day of Richmond, Ind., Rick K. and Beth Day of Kettering; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
Also surviving are sisters and brothers-in-law, Cleta and Rodney Haas of Beavercreek, Elizabeth Hall of New Lebanon, Mattie and James Jones of Englewood, Alice and William Grable of Kettering, Susanna and Charles Harris of Harrison, Faye and Michael League of Eaton; a brother and sister-in-law, Chester and Marjorie Stubblefield of Richmond, Ind.; and a brother-in-law, Bentley Shell of West Alexandria.
Funeral services were Monday, March 2, at Faith Baptist Church, Lewisburg, with the Rev. Wesley Stiver officiating. Burial was in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton and/or to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit.
Leroy E. Stubbs
Leroy E. Stubbs, 70, of Camden died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, at Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati.
He was born April 21, 1927, in Butler County. He married Bessie (Henson) Mitchell on Dec. 23, 1972, in Somerville.
Survivors include his wife, Bessie Stubbs; four sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Pam Stubbs of Streetsboro, Ohio, Charles and Colleen Mitchell of Seven Mile, Fred and Wendy Mitchell, Marty and Christina Mitchell, all of Camden; three daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and George Imes of Las Vegas, Nev., Ruby and George Webb of Somerville, Jeanette and Kenny Bates of Camden; 19 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Stubbs, in 1979.
Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 28, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home/Willard Moss Jr. Memorial Chapel, Camden, with the Rev. Carl Maze and the Rev. Oscar Hughes officiating. Burial was in Somerville Cemetery, Somerville.
Robert Ramsey, 73, of Dayton died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998.
Born Nov. 10, 1924, in Deese, Ky., he was the son of the late Samuel H. and Mary (Williams) Ramsey. He retired in 1985 as a die caster from Yoder Industries. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was a longtime member of Faith Chapel Church in Farmersville.
Survivors include his wife, Eunice (Hensley) Ramsey, whom he married April 23, 1946; sons, Kenneth W. Ramsey and wife Dorothy of Winchester, Jeffery Ramsey and Samuel David Ramsey, both of Dayton; grandchildren, Shannon Ramsey, David Robert Ramsey, Kenneth Ramsey Jr., Jessica Ramsey and Sammie Jo Ramsey; four great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are brothers, Dean Ramsey of Florida, Sherman Gabbard of Franklin, Johnny Gabbard and Carl Gabbard, both of Kentucky; sisters, Wanda Caldwell and Bobbie Jewel Buress, both of Franklin, Laure Jean Harris and Edna Ramsey, both of Kentucky; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ellen Lawson; a brother-in-law, Eugene Lawson; and stepfather, Dave Gabbard.
Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 27, at Faith Chapel, Farmersville, with Pastors J. Todd Smith, Don Trusty and Doug Criswell officiating. Burial was 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 church.
Chris G. Rallis
Chris Gustav Rallis, 37, of Delaware Crossing, Eaton, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998, at his home.
Born Oct. 28, 1960, in Denver, Colo., he was the son of Lee and Helbe (Eick) Rallis. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.
Survivors include three daughters, Dena Rallis, Alexandra Rallis and Shana Rallis, all of Denver, Colo.; his father, Lee Rallis of Denver, Colo.; and his mother, Helbe (Eick) Rallis; and other family members.
Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 20, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with Father Stratton Dorozenski officiating.
Howard A. Wysong Sr.
Howard A. Wysong Sr., 89, formerly of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, at Brookhaven Nursing and Care Center in Brookville.
Born May 4, 1908, in Perry Township (Montgomery County), he was the son of the late Edward A. and Elizabeth V. (Eck) Wysong. A retired Preble County farmer, he had lived in the Lewisburg area since 1938. He was a member of Providence Lutheran Church near Brookville and a life member of the Twin Valley Rod and Gun Club.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Adria Pearl (Shell) Wysong; son and daughter-in-law, Howard A. Jr. and Rose Wysong of Valparaiso, Ind.; daughters and sons-in-law, Dorine and Harold Carroll of Lewisburg, Evelyn and Jack Pelphrey of Springfield, Dolores and Bill Eisenmenger of Ft. Myers, Fla.
Also surviving are 14 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Dorothy Curtin of Houston, Texas; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Herbert, Hanford and Herschel Wysong; a sister, Catherine Kesling; and a grandson, Ronald Gerdes.
Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 28, at Providence Lutheran Church, Brookville, with the Rev. Robert I. Halsey officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Lutheran Church.
Margaret A. Powell
Margaret (Adams) Powell of Camden died Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998.
Born Sept. 16, 1919, she was the daughter of William H. and Katherine (Walton) Adams.
She was married to W. Berkley Powell on July 7, 1936.
She farmed and was an avid gardener until losing her sight.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Mary Lou Powell of Camden; five grandchildren, Joanna (Jerry) Sayres of Brookville, Ind., Terry Wayne (Tammy) Powell of Harrison, Ind., Patty (Danny) Smith of Bath, Ind., Chris G. Lamb of Baytown, Texas, and Carol L. Miller of Camden; seven great-grandchildren, Jason Sayres, Audrey, Joe and Angela Powell, Brandy Miller, Tyler and Dusty Lamb.
Also surviving are four brothers, John Adams of Miamisburg, Ray Adams of North Carolina, Charles Adams of Morning Sun and Harold (Ruby) Adams of Somerville; six sisters, Hazel Hall of Somerville, Lottie Marshall of Franklin, Emma Johnson of Oxford, Virginia Dorothy Wehr of Liberty, Ind., Lorene (Tom) Depew of Camden, Louise (James) Knoblock of New Caney, Texas; a sister-in-law, Treva Adams of Camden; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years; Berkley Powell; her parents; two brothers, Bob Adams and Bill Adams; and a sister, Mary Ann Plaugher.
Funeral services were Monday, March 2, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home/Willard Moss Jr. Memorial Chapel, Camden, with the Rev. Riley Parker and the Rev. Bob Hartman officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.
Ralph H. Eikenberry
Ralph "Petey" H. Eikenberry, 90, of Harrison Street, Gratis, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, in Germantown.
Born Sept. 7, 1907, he was the son of Laurell and Ovia (Morningstar) Eikenberry. He was a painter most of his life.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen.
Survivors include a son, Roscoe Eikenberry of Dayton; a daughter, Delia Beams of Arcanum; and one grandchild.
Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 28, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, with the Rev. Harlan Sorensen officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.
Robert E. Watt
Robert E. Watt, 85, of Washington Street, Eaton, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton after an extended illness.
Born March 6, 1912, in Connersville, Ind., he was the son of Ernest and Daisy D. (Archey) Watt. He was retired from farming, electrical construction and police work. He was recognized by the Preble County Special Deputies for his dedication of service and community involvement for over 45 years. He had been a patrolman for the Eaton Police Department, bailiff of Eaton Municipal Court and Preble County Humane Officer.
Mr. Watt was a graduate of BCI Police School; was a Preble County 4-H leader; a private air pilot since the 1930s; and owner and operator of Preble Sales and Service of Eaton. He was a member of the Eaton United Church of Christ; Order of Eastern Star, Gleaners Chapter #182 of West Alexandria; and Masonic Lodge #82, F&AM of Eaton.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha A. (Love) Watt, in 1990; a brother, Marvel Watt, in 1986; and sisters, Sylvia R. Swartz, in 1994, and Erna Mathis, in 1996.
Survivors include his wife, Martha (Spak) Kalish Watt; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert E. and Janice M. Watt of Eaton, Doyle E. and Christa Watt of O'Fallon, Ill.; daughters and sons-in-law, Rachel and Jimmie Chamness, Patricia and Glenn Fisher, all of Eaton, Roberta D. and Donald E. Hartley of West Alexandria, Sara M. Browning of Eaton; a sister, Helen Sorrell of Indianapolis, Ind.; 22 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were Tuesday, March 3, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with Pastor John Walker officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Masonic services were conducted Monday evening following viewing.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.
Esther M. Curnutt
Esther M. Curnutt, 94, of Eaton, formerly of Salem Bend Drive, Dayton, died Friday, Feb. 27, 1998, at her home.
Born June 25, 1903, in Gratis, she was the daughter of Calvin and Nancy Jane (Brubaker) Baker. She was a nurses' aide and seamstress at Elder-Johnson in Dayton. Mrs. Curnutt was a member of the Lower Twin Old German Baptist Brethren Church.
Survivors include two daughters, C. Jane Eikenberry of Eaton and Cloretta F. Winkler of Dayton; eight grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers.
A prayer service was held Monday, March 2, at the residence, followed by the funeral at the Lower Twin Old German Baptist Brethren Church, Camden, with the Home Brethren officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis. Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.