NORTH LAWRENCE -- Grace E. Lawrence, 84, formerly of Alabama Ave., NW, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at the Laurels of Massillon, after a lingering illness.
Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Chapel of the Cross United Methodist Church near North Lawrence, with the Rev. Lynda K. Masters officiating. Burial will be at Newman Creek Cemetery.
Friends may call Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at Auble Funeral Home in Orrville, or one hour prior to the services at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Chapel of the Cross United Methodist Church, 14411 Orrville St., NW, North Lawrence 44666.
She was born Sept. 8, 1918, in North Lawrence, to Ralph E. and Florence E. (Huff) Horst and married John A. Lawrence on Sept. 3, 1940 in North Lawrence. He died May 25, 2000.
She was a 1936 graduate of Massillon Washington High School and with her husband, was co-owner of Lawrence Hardware from 1950-89. She was also a former bookkeeper at Pontiac Car Dealership in Canton and a homemaker.
She was a member of Chapel of the Cross United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Willing Workers Sunday School class and held numerous positions in the church. A member of North Lawrence Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary and was a charter member and past president of the former Rainbow Garden Club.
Surviving are children, Dolores A. Lawrence of Alliance, Gary L. (Esther) Lawrence of Dalton, Jack R. (Eileen) Lawrence of North Lawrence and Duane A. Lawrence of Wadsworth; three grandchildren; and brothers, Richard A. (Helen) Horst of North Lawrence and R. Kenneth (Hope) Horst of Ithaca, N.Y.
In addition to her husband, a brother, Donald F. Horst, died in 1997.
WOOSTER -- Ira Glen Lanham, 77, of Wooster, died Thursday morning, Feb. 13, 2003, at his home.
Memorial services will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster, where the family will receive friends following the service.
Those who wish may make contributions to American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, P.O. Box 182039, Dept. 013, Columbus 43218-2039; or to Wayne County Humane Society, 1161 Mechanicsburg Road, P.O. Box 266, Wooster 44691.
He was born Oct. 10, 1925, in Charleston, W.Va., to Ira and Helen (Bennett) Lanham and married Sylvia Morgan. She died in 1997.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard the USS Dauphin in the Pacific Theater and retired from the Central Exterminating Co. as district manager. After retirement, he worked part-time for Federated Auto Parts.
He was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Wooster Moose Lodge, Wooster Elks Lodge, Ebenezer Lodge 33 F&AM and Loudonville American Legion.
Surviving are children, Christine (John) Gordon of Novi, Mich., Michael (Jody) Lanham and Tracy Renner, both of Wooster; eight grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and half-brothers, Bobby and Johnny Fyfe, both of California.
WOOSTER -- Betty Jayne Schoolcraft, 77, of Wooster, formerly of Marshallville, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at Wooster Community Hospital.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster, with her son, David Lee Masters officiating. Burial will be at East Chippewa Cemetery.
Friends may call one hour prior to the services.
Those who wish may make contributions to Wayne County Department of Children's Services, 2534 Burbank Road, Wooster 44691.
She was born July 26, 1925, in Rittman to Ferdinand W. and Myrtle (Kaser) Stoll.
She was a homemaker and had worked at the Department of Human Services as a family service aide and a licensed practical nurse.
Surviving are children, David (Beverly) Masters of Orrville, Rebecca Masters Fletcher and her husband, Ronald, and Kellie (Mike) Davisson, all of Wooster and Susan Masters Nunn and her husband, Philip of Atlanta, Ga.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Martha Grunder of Wooster and Ada Oder of Crestline; and brothers, Ross Stoll of North Lawrence and Carl Stoll of Marshallville.
Her husband, Fredie Henry Schoolcraft, died Feb. 24, 1975. They were married on May 17, 1971. Sisters, Cora Leitner, Esta Coyle, Ellen Cailett, Kathryn Stoll and a brother, Bud Stoll, also died previously.
DALTON -- Donald R. Shinn, 46, of Dalton, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at his home.
Services will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at Zak-Monbarren Funeral Home in Dalton, with Pastor John Long officiating.
Friends may call two hours prior to the services at the funeral home.
He was born Aug. 6, 1956, in Orrville to Warner and Barbara (McKnight) Shinn.
He had made his home in Dalton all of his life. and was an owner/operator, self-employed truck driver.
He was a former member of the Dalton Fire Department for 20 years.
Surviving are his mother of Dalton; a brother, Ronald (Leta) Shinn of Dalton; sisters, Janet (Michael) Schwab of Brewster and Kathy (George) Gregorich of Dundee; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His father died previously.
WOOSTER -- Maxine M. Smith, 89, of Wooster, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at her residence.
Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Roberts Funeral Home, Sherwood Chapel, Wooster, with the Rev. O.J. Thompson officiating. Entombment will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.
Friends may call Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Meals On Wheels, 241 S. Bever St., Wooster 44691.
She was born Jan. 28, 1914, in Elyria to Harrison Earl and Hazel (Hauensten) Hoff and married Gordon Smith on July 5, 1941. He died Feb. 15, 1988.
She worked at the former Mann's Laundry and attended First Church of God on Akron Road.
Surviving are sons, Terry (Linda) Smith of Wooster and Robert (Judy) Smith of Huntington Beach, Calif.; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Evelyn Braucher of Wooster.
In addition to her husband, sisters, Pauline Wade and Hazel K. Hoff and a brother, Walter E. Hoff, died previously.
Thomas Donham Jr.
LODI -- Thomas Glenn Donham Jr., 62, of Lodi, passed away Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at his home after a lengthy illness.
Services will be Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Burr Funeral Home, 116 South St., (state Route 44, 500 feet from Route 6, Chardon Square), Chardon, where friends may call from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon. Pastor Ray Mullet will officiate.
Local calling hours will be Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Wadsworth-Rittman, 102 Main St., Suite 304, Wadsworth 44281.
He was born Aug. 6, 1940, in Harrisburg, Ill., to Thomas and Betty (Irvin) Donham and married Patricia Simunich on May 1, 1960. She survives.
He was a graduate of Euclid High School and had made his home in Ashtabula and Hartsgrove. He was a former operator of Donham's American Gas Station in Euclid and was an independent truck driver for 30 years.
He enjoyed restoring cars, attending car and air shows and was a former small aircraft pilot.
Surviving in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Kelly Rogers of Orwell; grandchildren, Brandi, Tiffiny and Daniel; an uncle, Doyle Irvin of Lodi; and cousins, Patty Reiner and Cathy Bartok, both of New Jersey, John Norton of Connecticut, Barbara Garrett of Greenville and Peggy Osborne of Lawton, Okla.
His parents died previously.
WOOSTER -- Leva Z. Clark, 97, 117 Palmer St., Wooster, formerly of Shreve, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at Wooster Community Hospital.
A Celebration of Life service will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Roberts Funeral Home, Sherwood Chapel, with Pastor Bob Mitchell and the Rev. Charles Abney officiating. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.
Friends may call Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
She was born Dec. 1, 1905, in Aberdeen, Ky., to John A. and Martha (Daugherty) Beasley and married Cecil C. Clark on June 26, 1924. He died in 1979.
She was a homemaker and learned to read by reading the Bible. She loved spending time with her family.
She was a member of Westwood Baptist Church.
Surviving are children, Virginia Edwards, Wendell (Joan) Clark, Betty (William) Daugherty, Linda (Bob) Mitchell, David (Theresa) Clark, Roger (Linda) Clark and Michael (Joni) Clark; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, a daughter and son-in-law, Wilma and Robert Jarvis, a son-in-law, Jewell Edwards, a great-grandson, Nathan Daugherty, her parents, brothers, Clones, Otis and Robert, and sisters, Effie and Mary, died previously.
HUNTINGTON -- Dorothy M. (Dieterich) McMillan, 79, of Huntington, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at Allen Medical Center in Oberlin.
She was the mother of Walter McMillan of Rittman.
Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Norton Funeral Home in Wellington. Burial will be at Huntington Township Cemetery.
Friends may call Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Lorain County Ambulance in Wellington.
She was born April 25, 1923, in Huntington and was raised by David and Florence (Laborie) Dieterich McClaflin. She married Jordan McMillan. He died in 1989.
She was a 1942 graduate of Wellington High School and had made her home in Huntington all of her life. She was a cook at Wellington Community Hospital for several years and served as a dispatcher for the Rittman and Wellington police departments for several years.
She was a fancy rabbit breeder for many years and a foster parent to more than 20 children. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, reading and crocheting.
She was a member of United Church of Huntington, Ladies Aid Society of the church and Wellington American Legion Auxiliary.
Surviving in addition to her son, are children, Olva Dungan and David McMillan, both of Huntington; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Ruth Santora of Cincinnati and Alice Parris of North Carolina.
In addition to her husband, a sister, Helen Unangst and brothers, Leonard and William McClaflin, Floyd and Archie Dieterich, died previously.
SPRINGFIELD -- James R. Murphy, 80, of Springfield, formerly of Wooster, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at Community Hospital.
Memorial services will be Monday at 7 p.m. at Conroy Funeral Home, 1660 E. High St., Springfield, where friends will be received two hours prior to services. The Rev. Stuart Rammes will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Regional Cancer Treatment Center in Springfield.
He was born Nov. 14, 1922, in New Concord to Kenneth E. and Martha (Manning) Murphy and received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Ohio Northern University.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the 78th Infantry Division at the Battle of the Bulge and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He retired as a Lt. Col. from the Army Reserves, after 20 years of service.
He was a registered surveyor and professional engineer, having worked for 11 years as the regional director for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and was president and owner of Engineering Associates in Wooster.
He was a member and president elect of Ohio Society of Professional Engineers.
Surviving are his companion, Irene Goda, with whom he had made his home; children, James and Craig Murphy, both of Columbus, Michael Murphy of Canal Winchester, Martin Murphy of New Albany, Kristina Murphy of Germany, and Brian Murphy of Mount Sterling; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Nancy Brannick of Springfield; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A brother, Kenneth T. Murphy, died previously.
ORRVILLE -- Robert A. "Bob" Nichols, 74, 422 Danvers Court, formerly of 914 Magnolia Lane, died Thursday evening, Feb. 13, 2003, at his residence after a one-month illness.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 2 p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Orrville, with Father Ronald J. Turek officiating. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville.
Friends may call Sunday from 7-9 p.m. at Auble Funeral Home in Orrville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Wayne County, 2525-A Back Orrville Road, Wooster 44691; or to Orrville Salvation Army, 332 W. High St., Orrville 44667.
Bob was born Sept. 12, 1928, in Bernie, Mo., to Floy L. and L. Ruth (Enke) Nichols and married Julia "Charlene" Schrock on Jan. 16, 1954, in St. Louis, Mo. She survives.
He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1946-49 and graduated from The University of Missouri-Rolla in 1957, with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.
He moved to Orrville from Springfield, Ill., in 1975 and worked for the City of Orrville for 20 years, retiring in 1994 as the director of Municipal Utilities.
Bob was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, the Exchange Club, Orrville Knights of Columbus, Sigma Nu Fraternity and was an honorary member of Ohio Municipal Electric Association. He enjoyed all sports and played basketball in college and the Air Force. He especially enjoyed playing golf and horseshoes.
Surviving in addition to his wife, are a son, Bruce Nichols and his fiancee, Suzanne Burton of Cuyahoga Falls and daughters, Ruth Ann Nichols of Champaign, Ill., Barbara (Steve) Alleman and Julia (Arturo) Menchaca, both of Orrville; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Nichols of Orrville; and grandchildren, Chelsea Alleman, Michael Nichols, Jesus Menchaca, Andrea Menchaca and Danielle Menchaca.
He was preceded in death by sons, Robert Allen Nichols and R. Andrew "Andy" Nichols, a brother, Courtney Nichols and a sister, Tina Tate.
WILMOT -- John R. Spidle, 61, of Wilmot, died Thursday afternoon, Feb. 13, 2003, at Doctors Hospital in Massillon.
Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Spidell Funeral Home in Brewster, with the Rev. Joe Wright officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Wilmot.
Friends may call Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wilmot Fire & Rescue Association, P.O. Box 178, Wilmot 44689.
He was born Dec. 20, 1941, in Canton to J. Robert and Betty E. (Young) Spidle and was married to Virginia G. (Bair) Spidle for 39 years. She survives.
He was a graduate of Beach City High School, Kent State University and The University of Akron, School of Law. He had lived most of his life in Wilmot, and retired in 2001 from The Hoover Co., after 32 years of service.
Surviving in addition to his wife, are children, Kevin (Pam) Spidle of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Leslie (Pete) Grove of Massillon; six grandchildren; his mother, Betty Spidle Reed of Navarre; a sister, Janet (Michael) Roberts of Lewisburg, Pa.; a brother, Jim (Kara) Spidle of Columbus; a stepsister, Linda Swaisgood of Helena; and a stepbrother, Larry Reed of Whitehouse.
His father and stepfather, Dale Reed, died previously.