Harold W. James Sr.
Harold W. James Sr., 66, of Scheyhing Road, Lewisburg, died Tuesday, May 12, 1998, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton after a lawn mower/auto accident on Georgetown-Verona Road in Preble County.
Born April 30, 1932, in Preble County, he was the son of Hugh A. and Freda P. (Maeder) James. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, retired in 1980 from General Motors (Harrison Radiator) after 30 years, and worked from 1986 to 1996 for Shastar of Eaton.
Mr. James was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lewisburg; IUE #801; Fraternal Order of Eagles #2202, Eaton; Libanus Lodge #80, F&AM, Lewisburg; Royal Arch Masons, Palmyra Chapter #235, Brookville; and Eastern Star Ideal Chapter #293, Lewisburg.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Idella Jean (Taylor) James, in 1995; and a sister, Martha Britton, in 1997.
Survivors include his wife, Mary C. (Sleppy) Anthony James; a son and daughter-in-law, Harold W. Jr. and Regina James of Lewisburg; a daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Daryl Foster of Lewisburg; stepsons, Rickey Anthony of Fletcher and B. Michael Anthony of Los Angeles, Calif.; stepdaughters, Paulette J. Rediger of Lewisburg and Mary E. Woof of Lafayette, Ind.
Also surviving are a brother, Junior A. James of Lewisburg; sisters, Helen Glander of West Manchester, Margaret Studebaker, Dorothy White and Eileen Beane, all of Eaton, and Betty Heindl of Lewisburg; grandchildren, Michelle and Daniel Foster, Kyle and Trent James; seven step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lewisburg, with the Rev. James N. Lehman officiating. Burial, with military graveside services, was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit or to Trinity Lutheran Church.
Edna L. Adams
Edna L. Adams, 74, of Eaton, formerly of West Manchester, died Tuesday, May 12, 1998, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.
Born April 7, 1924, in Stanford, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Alva and Myrtle (Mullins) Padgett, and had lived in Preble County most of her life. She had been a janitor at Dayton Flexible Corp., retiring in 1986 after 19 years.
Survivors include one daughter, Ann Fugate of West Alexandria; one son, Landis Eldridge of West Manchester; two grandsons, Joseph Fugate and David Fugate; a step-granddaughter, Tracy Tackett; a half sister, Marie Cress of Stanford, Ky.; a half brother, Leman Padgett of Stanford, Ky.; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Roy Wayne Eldridge; two brothers, Sherman Padgett and Alva Padgett; and a half brother, Raymond Padgett.
Funeral services were Thursday, May 14, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester, with the Rev. Sherman L. Padgett officiating. Burial was in Twin Creek Chapel Cemetery, West Manchester.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 1373 Grandview Ave., Suite 200, Columbus, Ohio 43212; or to the American Diabetes Association, 8899 Brookside Ave., Suite 102, West Chester, Ohio 45069.
Nathaniel L. Derby
Nathaniel L. Derby, 87, of South Main Street, West Alexandria, died Thursday, May 14, 1998, at Franciscan Medical Center in Dayton.
Born Dec. 7, 1910, he was the son of Louis and Amalia (Mund) Derby. He was a graduate of West Alexandria High School and the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Derby retired in 1975 from Champion International as an electrical engineer after 47 years. He participated in numerous civic projects, and was a member of King Hiram Lodge #88, F&AM.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Elaine Vivian Derby; a son and daughter-in-law, Nathaniel II and Anita Derby of Muscatine, Iowa; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Jerald Jacobsen of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; a granddaughter, Elisabeth Derby of San Francisco, Calif.; grandsons, Nathaniel Derby III of Santa Monica, Calif., Jerald Jacobsen II of Birmingham, Ala., and Eric Jacobsen of Dallas, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Eugene M. Derby.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at St. John's United Church of Christ, West Alexandria, with Pastor Ron Dafler officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria. Burial will be in the Cemetery of Spring Grove, Cincinnati.
L. Robert Straw
L. Robert Straw, 75, of Eaton, died Friday, May 15, 1998, at his home after a nine-month illness.
A native and lifelong resident of Eaton, he was born Aug. 3, 1922, the son of the late Charles A. and Levina (McBride) Straw. He was retired from Inland Division of General Motors, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Straw was a member of Eagles Lodge Aerie #2202, VFW Post #8066 and American Legion Post #215, all of Eaton.
His wife, Anna Marie (Burns) Straw, died May 14, 1984. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Harry Straw, Raymond Straw, Ralph Straw and Fred Straw; and a sister, Cretus Hagen.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and John Melling of Eaton, Betsy and Robert Czupryna of Uxbridge, Mass.; a son, Charles Straw of Chula Vista, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Scott Melling, Kurt Melling, Jenna Stigleman, Sean Straw, Katie Czupryna, Robert Czupryna and Kara Czupryna; five great-grandchildren, Trisa, Casey, Kyle, Melissa and Joshua; and two step-great-grandchildren, Ann Marie and Joshua.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Glen E. Fisher officiating. Burial, with military graveside services, will be in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.
Gregrey V. Pennington
Gregrey Vernon Pennington, 27, of High Street, New Paris, died Saturday morning, May 16, 1998, as a result of an auto accident on Winnerline and Eaton-Gettysburg roads in Preble County.
Born June 21, 1970, in Dayton, he was a 1988 graduate of National Trail High School. He was employed at the Red Front Tavern & Drive-Thru in New Paris.
Survivors include his parents, Hysell V. and Billie J. (Rowe) Pennington of New Paris; a brother, Jeffrey H. Pennington of New Paris; a sister, Cynthia Jo Kyle of New Paris; two nieces, Staci and Samantha Kyle; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the First Baptist Church, 6751 Ohio 320, New Paris, with the Rev. Reggie Osborne officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris. Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.
Hobert E. Hollon
Hobert E. Hollon, 76, of West Elkton, died Saturday, May 16, 1998, at his home.
Born Sept. 13, 1921, in Morgan County, Ky., he was the son of Walter and Manda (Morrison) Hollon. He was a resident of Gratis Township most of his life, with the exception of the years he served with the U.S. Army. A veteran of World War II, her served from Aug. 18, 1942, to Dec. 24, 1945, in the Pacific Theatre Operation -- China, Burma and India. A decorated veteran, he received the Purple Heart, Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon with three Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Ribbon. He retired from Armco in July 1974 after 29 years.
Survivors include his wife, Lois (Francis) Hollon, whom he married Sept. 16, 1948; two sons, David Hollon of Middletown, James Lawson and wife Jo of Menifee County, Ky.; three daughters, Kathleen Hollon of Middletown, Nancy Conniff and husband James of Trenton, Donna Moriarty and husband Michael of New York City, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Lt. James Conniff, Kyle Conniff, Sarah Lynn Hollon and Teagan Rose Moriarty; and a half sister, Norma Jean of Middletown.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William Dennis Hollon.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, May 20, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Limber Funeral Home, 249 N. Main St., Camden. Graveside services will follow at Fairmound Cemetery, West Elkton, with the Rev. Rueben Cabanillas officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Elkton United Methodist Church, West Elkton.
William R. Miller
William R. "Billy Dick" Miller, 71, of Gratis, died Sunday, May 17, 1998, at his home.
Born March 10, 1927, in Germantown, he was the son of Bernard W. and Opal (Barnhart) Miller. He was a graduate of Gratis High School and worked for National Cash Register for 28 years. Mr. Miller owned and trained harness horses. He was an Army veteran and a former member of the IOOF in Gratis.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Miller, in 1995; his parents; and a sister, Carol Miller.
Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Vickie Miller of West Alexandria, Pat and Pam Miller of Camden, Randy and Pegg Miller, Billy and Kim Miller, all of Gratis; a daughter, Cheri Miller of Middletown; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Dorothy Miller of Eaton.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, with the Rev. Gordon Jones officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown.
John P. Spencer
John P. Spencer, 78, formerly of New Paris, died Monday, May 18, 1998, at Governor Harris Homestead in Eaton, where he had been a resident for the past 10 years.
Born Oct. 28, 1919, in Harrison Township (Darke County), he was the son of S. Leroy and Ida (Haller) Spencer. He had worked at Wayne Works in Richmond for over 25 years, and retired from Sears in Richmond in 1977 after 13 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in New Paris.
He was preceded n death by his wife, Betty F. (King) Spencer, in 1975; and three brothers.
Survivors include a son, John A. Spencer of New Paris; a daughter, Sherri L. Hoffman of New Paris; four grandchildren, Josh Clayman, Jessica Haufsaas, Heather Taylor and Jamie Spencer; two great-grandchildren, Sidney Clayman and Miranda Haufsaas; and two sisters, Carrie Neff and Hazel McClellan, both of Richmond, Ind.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, 109 W. Main St., with the Rev. Reggie Osborne officiating. Burial will be in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the funeral home.
Price "Paul" McQueen, 70, of West Main Street, New Lebanon, died Monday, May 18, 1998, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dayton.
Born Oct. 25, 1927, in Jackson County, Ky., he was the son of Price and Nancy Ellen (Smith) McQueen. He had retired from General Motors, Inland Division. Mr. McQueen was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion Post #762 in New Lebanon and VFW #3288 in Brookville.
Survivors include two sons, Paul Denny McQueen and David J. McQueen, both of New Lebanon; three daughters, Cheryl J. Bingham of Clinton, Tenn., Julian D. McQueen of Frankfort, Ky., and Dawanna L. Smith of New Lebanon; 10 grandchildren; one brother, Hiram McQueen of Waneta, Ky.; and four sisters, Opal Stevens of Oxford, Hallie Williams of Berea, Ky., Margaret Carr and Jewell Cox, both of West Alexandria.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Conley McQueen and Charlie Minter; and two sisters, Carrie Reece and Cordia Isaacs.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with Pastor J. Todd Smith officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.
Halsie "Mae" Mikesell, 75, of West Alexandria died Monday, May 18, 1998, at Heartland of Beavercreek.
She was born in Michigan, the daughter of Thurmon and Helen Mary (Kessler) Mead. Mrs. Mikesell retired from General Motors, and was a member of Shiloh Lutheran Church.
Her husband, William Mikesell, preceded her in death in 1994.
Survivors include an aunt, Eleanor Rosell; several cousins and nephews.
Funeral services will be Friday, May 22, time to be announced, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria. Burial will be in Twin Valley Cemetery on Enterprise Road, West Alexandria. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, one hour prior to the service.