MILLERSBURG -- Raymond E. Miller, 80, 5563 County Road 201, drowned Tuesday, May 11, 1999, from a boating accident while fishing on Lake Erie. Services will be Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the Aden R. Miller residence, 5563 County Road 201, Millersburg, with Bishop Joe Mullet officiating. Private burial will be Saturday at the Hochstetler Cemetery, Berlin Township. Arrangements are being handled by Alexander Funeral Home, Millersburg. He was born March 29, 1919 in Holmes County to Eli A. and Sarah J. (Weaver) Miller and married Mary A. Burkholder on Feb. 4, 1941. She survives. Other survivors include children and their spouses, Aden R. and Betty M. Miller, Vernon R. and Linda Miller, Galen R. and Sadie Miller, Sarah and Menno D. Schlabach, Lela and Sam J. Schrock and Ruth Ann and Raymond D. Miller, all of Millersburg and Dora R. Miller of the home; 28 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Eli A.E. (Ada) Miller, and brothers, Aden E. Miller and Eli Miller Jr. and his wife, Anna, all of Millersburg; and a sister-in-law, Ella J. Miller of Millersburg.
SUGARCREEK -- Raymond Gene Harding, 68, 5221 Evans Creek Road, died Thursday, May 20, 1999, at his residence after an extended illness. Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Sugarcreek Free Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dwight Mason officiating. Burial will be at Fiat Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Smith Funeral Home in Sugarcreek. He was born Oct. 24, 1930 in Dover to Guy R. and Christena (Yackey) Harding and married Elizabeth Wieland on May 29, 1955. She survives. Other survivors include children, Mrs. Mark (Betty Jean) Houston of Fresno, Mrs. Dan (Cindy) McCartney of Strasburg, Mrs. Gerald (Jane Rose) Vitale, Mrs. Dave (Judy Ann) Snyder, Ronald Harding and his wife, Loretta and Robert Harding and his wife, Lorraine, all of Sugarcreek; 17 grandchildren; and sisters, Ruth Harding and Mrs. Wilbur (Doris) Stucky, both of New Philadelphia and Mrs. James (Mary) West near Dalton.
HOUSTON -- Lillian Louise (Hurd) Kindsvatter, 92, formerly of Wooster, died Wednesday, May 19, 1999, at Mariner Health Services Care Center in Houston. Services will be held next week in Bradenton, Fla. The family suggests contributions be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 301 N. Market St., Wooster 44691. She had made her home in Wooster for 28 years, while her husband, the Rev. John Kindsvatter was pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Wooster from 1944-71. He died in December of 1990. Survivors include children and their spouses, Elizabeth and Tim Chesbro of Goose Creek, S.C., Charles and Barb Kindsvatter of The Woodlands, Texas, and John and Cheryl Kindsvatter Jr. of Columbus; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Marie Rogers of Medina, N.Y., and Ruth Bailey of Marlton, N.J.; and a brother, Charles Hurd and his wife, Irene, of Wooster.
NASHVILLE -- Bonita E. McClure, 66, 14100 State Route 39, died Wednesday evening, May 19, 1999, at Majora Lane Care Center in Millersburg, after a period of declining health. Services will be Saturday at 7 p.m. at Nashville Church of Christ, with the Rev. Dan Kirtlan officiating. Private family burial will be at Nashville Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call three hours prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Johnston-Schlabach Funeral Home in Shreve. The family suggests contributions be made to Nashville Church of Christ, P.O. Box 414, Nashville; Nashville Fire Department, P.O. Box 370, Nashville 44661; or to Hospice of Holmes County, 931 Wooster Road, Millersburg 44654. She was born Sept. 21, 1932 in Holmes County to George R. and Leona (Anderson) Bower and married Dean R. McClure on March 21, 1957. He survives. Other survivors include sons and their wives, Roger and Sara McClure and Keith and Sue Ann McClure, all of Big Prairie; a grandson; her mother of Millersburg; a brother, Blair Bower and his wife, Chris, of Millersburg; and sisters, Mrs. Jerry (Beatrice) Strouse of Millersburg, Mrs. Dean (Beverly) Giauque of Big Prairie and Mrs. Tom (Barbara) Griffiths of St. Clairsville.
Ruth Ann Burgin
WOOSTER -- Ruth Ann Burgin, 66, 542 Forest Creek Drive, died Sunday, May 16, 1999, at her home. Memorial services will be today (Thursday) at 1 at Parkview Church of Christ, 1912 Burbank Road, Wooster, with the Rev. Gary Pettyjohn officiating. Burial of the cremains will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens, Wooster. Arrangements are being handled by Roberts Funeral Home, Sherwood Chapel, Wooster. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Wayne County, 2525-A Back Orrville Road, Wooster; or to Parkview Church of Christ, 1912 Burbank Road, Wooster 44691. She was born Aug. 24, 1932 in Burlington, Iowa, to Herman and Esther (Trotter) Gutman and married Darold D. Burgin on March 15, 1953. He survives. Other survivors include children, David Burgin and Jennifer Howard, both of Wooster and Timothy Burgin of Dayton; grandchildren, Wade and Tiffany Howard and Sara Ruth Jones; and a sister, Mrs. Frank (Delores) Kiehne of Washington, D.C.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ben Hoover, 92, of Indianapolis, formerly of Shreve, died Tuesday evening, May 18, 1999. Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Bacher Funeral Home in Barberton. Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery in Akron. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Surviving are children, Donald Hoover of New Philadelphia and Carolyn Gaither of Indianapolis; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Shannon Hoover and a sister, Ruth Fowler, both of Wooster. His wife, Clarice Hoover, died previously.
BRIDGEPORT, Ill. -- Stephen W. Wolford, 50, 404 S. Main St., died Tuesday, April 20, 1999, from an apparent heart attack. Services were held Friday, April 23, at Cunningham Funeral Home, Bridgeport, Ill. Brother Bill Cox officiated. Burial was at Sumner City Cemetery, where military rites were conducted. Surviving are his wife, Nora (Crawford) Wolford of Bridgeport, Ill.; children, Patrick Wolford of Akron, Tina and Katherine Wolford, both of Bridgeport, Ill.; stepchildren, Mike Sommers of Cinnamon Lake, Rick Sommers of West Salem and Angie Sommers of Massillon; several step-grandchildren; brothers, Norman Wolford of Florida, and David Wolford of Canton; and sisters, Anna Fyffe of Bridgeport, Ill., and Betty Lou Wolford of New Mexico.
DALTON -- Larry E. Garn, 52, 15226 Old Lincoln Way E., died Monday, May 17, 1999, at Cleveland Clinic. Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville, with Joe Coe officiating. Burial will be at Reedsburg Cemetery. Friends may call tonight (Thursday) from 7-9 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Wayne County National Bank, for his children's education. He was born Feb. 10, 1947 in Wayne County to Walter and Margaret (Howman) Garn and married Rebecca Coe on April 27, 1977. She survives. Other survivors include children, Anthony and Elizabeth, both of the home; children from a previous marriage, Leonard Garn of Wooster and Lisa Garn of Cleveland; his mother of Wooster; and a sister, Sharon Thomas of Wooster.
MILLERSBURG -- Geneva (Deetz) Nosker, 75, of Millersburg, died Tuesday evening, May 18, 1999, at Legend Care Center in Massillon. Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Home, Millersburg, with the Rev. Dean Donaldson officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Coshocton County. Friends may call two hours prior to the services at the funeral home. She was born Sept. 18, 1923 in Holmes County, Mechanic Township, to Charles C. and Laura Jane (Bechtol) Deetz and married Edward Nosker on Nov. 3, 1953. He died Feb. 21, 1983. Survivors include sisters, Mrs. Francis (Ardis) Emerick of Millersburg, Eileen Lower of Alexandria, Ind., and Dorothy Cutshaw of Surprise, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.
LODI -- Ann M. (Flickinger) Hnizdil, 81, of Lodi, formerly of Chippewa Lake, died Monday, May 17, 1999, at Lodi Community Hospital. Graveside memorial services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mound Hill Cemetery in Seville, with Father Carl Uhler officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Armstrong Funeral Home in Seville. Memorial contributions may be made to Creston Volunteer Fire & Rescue; or to Lodi Emergency Medical Service. Survivors include children and their spouses, Ronald and Sandra Flickinger of Creston, Robert Flickinger of Wooster, Cheryle and Jim Ponying of Seville and Lynn Kehoe of Seabrook, Texas; grandchildren, Kim, Tracy, Kurt, Greg, Chad and Samantha; great-grandchildren, Sean, Taylor and Ashley; and a sister, Coletta Prusha of Parma.
WOOSTER -- Carl G. Arnold, 71, 4331 Hunters Chase Lane, died Wednesday, May 19, 1999, at Wooster Community Hospital. Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Roberts Funeral Home, Sherwood Chapel, Wooster, with the Rev. Claude McComas officiating. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens, where military rites will be conducted. Friends may call Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, Wayne County Branch, P.O. Box 267, Wooster 44691. He was born Jan. 10, 1928 in Wadsworth to Carl G. and Sadie (Almyra) Arnold and married Laurene Snyder on May 16, 1945. They had been married for 54 years and she survives. Other survivors include sons, Mike Arnold of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Corbett Arnold of Kernersville, N.C.; grandsons, Michael and Marc Arnold; and sisters, Marie Booth of Leesburg, Fla., and Lila Belle Mabry of Mount Dora, Fla.
Mary Jane Bloom
GREEN SPRINGS -- Mary Jane Ceko Bloom, 86, 118 N. Broadway, died Monday, May 17, 1999, at Elm Springs Nursing Home in Green Springs. Services will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster, with Father John Mueller officiating. Burial will be at Wooster Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Surviving are children, Jack Ceko of Mount Vernon, Richard Ceko and Carolyn Franks, both of Wooster, and Mrs. Leo (Rose) Smith of Fort Smith, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Isaac Bloom, died previously.
RITTMAN -- Mabel L. Wagner, 89, 84 Ganyard St., died early this morning, May 20, 1999, at Magnolia Care Center in Wadsworth. Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman, with the Rev. Richard A. Lapehn officiating. Burial will be at Rittman Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Milton Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 306, Rittman 44270. She was born June 22, 1909 in Orrville to Arthur and Mary (Musser) Kreakie and married Maynard Wagner. He died in 1980. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Wilmer (Twila) Fox of Wadsworth; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sisters, Doris Bemis of Oregon, and Pearl Dalessandro of Orrville.
NASHVILLE -- Bonita McClure, 66, 14100 State Route 39, died Wednesday, May 19, 1999, at Altercare of Millersburg (now Majora Lane Care Center), after a long period of declining health. Services will be Saturday at 7 p.m. at Nashville Church of Christ, where friends may call three hours prior to the services. The Rev. Dan Kirtlan will officiate. There will be no graveside services. Arrangements are being handled by Johnston-Schlabach Funeral Home in Shreve
WOOSTER -- Mary Elizabeth Smith, 71, 5646 Shreve Road, died Wednesday afternoon, May 19, 1999, at her home. Private services will be held, with Ronny Wood officiating. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Friends may call Friday from 7-9 p.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster. She was born March 20, 1928 in Scioto County and married George J. Smith on May 15, 1941. He survives. Other survivors include children, Mrs. Robert (Marcella) Manges and Patricia Green, both of Wooster, Mrs. Raymond (Lila) Morris of Nashville and Mrs. Tim (Linda) Coulter of Massillon; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Lucille Pritchard and Ethel Moreland, both of Wooster, Dollie Everhart of Wadsworth, Mrs. Homer (Bertha) Rigney and Mrs. Tom (Martha) Bailey, both of Cuyahoga Falls. Brothers, Lewis, Charles, Millard, William, Virgil and George, and sisters, Mildred, Goldie and Noralee, died previously.
DALTON -- Marjorie M. Branson, 77, of Dalton, died Tuesday, May 18, 1999, at Shady Lawn Nursing Home in Dalton. Private family services will be held. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are being handled by Zak-Monbarren Funeral Home in Dalton. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Wayne County, 2525-A Back Orrville Road, Wooster 44691. She was born Sept. 8, 1921 at Knob Hill, Fredericksburg, to Russell and Eleanor (Crisswell) Finley and married James E. Branson on Oct. 27, 1945. He survives. Other survivors include daughters and their spouses, Cynthia and Dallas Falb and Ella Mae and Kirk Laase, all of Dalton, Bonnie Louise Branson of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Judy Rae and Mark Wilkie of Kirtland, N.M.; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, William Finley of Cleveland; and sisters, Maxine Harmon of Virginia, Beverly Fisher of Wooster and Kathryn Thomas of Shreve.
PERRYSVILLE -- Robert Glenn Eggerton, 68, 109 E. Mechanic St., died Monday afternoon, May 17, 1999, at Samaritan Hospital in Ashland. Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Byerly-Lindsey Funeral Home in Loudonville, with the Rev. Lor Breyley officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Perrysville. Friends may call today (Wednesday) from 2-4 and 7-9 at the funeral home. The family requests contributions be made to Hillsdale Athletic Boosters Building Fund, 485 Township Road 1902, Jeromesville 44840; or to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 111 E. 2nd St., Perrysville 44864. He was born Dec. 6, 1930 near Perrysville to Alpha and Dora (Kiner) Eggerton and married Lois J. Kodger on Jan. 7, 1952. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Glenn Alan Eggerton of Ashland; a granddaughter; brothers, Richard Eggerton of Perrysville and Larry Eggerton of Midvale; and a sister, Lida Daubert of Perrysville.
MEDINA -- Viola Morrell, 75, of Wadsworth Road, died Monday, May 17, 1999, at her home. Private services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Medina County. She was born Sept. 9, 1923 in Granger Township to Daniel and Helena (Mohn) Walters and married Kay Morrell on July 14, 1945. He survives. Other survivors include a son, Larry; a granddaughter, Caroline; sisters, Nadine Ruper of North Ridgeville and Ruth Inguaggiato of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
The Rev. John Freed
HARLEYSVILLE, Pa. -- The Rev. John L. Freed, 68, and his wife, Dorothy M. (Martin) Freed, 67, formerly of Harleysville, Pa., died Monday afternoon, May 17, 1999, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near the Ohio/Indiana line. The Rev. John Freed had served as a pastor in Apple Creek. Services will be Saturday at 6 p.m. at Franconia Mennonite Church, Route 113, Franconia, Pa. Private burial will be at Towamencin Mennonite Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 7-9 p.m. at Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, Derstine and Cannon Avenues, Lansdale, Pa. The family suggests contributions be made to Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va. 22802-2462. Survivors include a son, J. Lamar Freed and his wife, Susan M. Moyer and a daughter, Dottie Freed Baumgarten and her husband, Phillip W., all of Philadelphia; and two grandchildren. The Rev. Freed is survived by six brothers and four sisters. A sister died previously. Mrs. Freed is survived by six brothers and four sisters.