Jeffrey D. "Jeff" Long
Died: Monday, October 8, 2001
Jeffrey D. "Jeff" Long, 45 of Port St. Lucie, Florida, died Monday, October 8, 2001 at his residence.
He was born March 10, 1956 in Lima, to Donald and Helen (Heffner) Long.
On August 16,1973 he married Denise Wita , who survives in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Other survivors include his mother Helen of Kenton, Step-mother Phyllis Long of Toledo; two sons: Joshua M. (Tara) Long and Aaron J. Long both of Port St. Lucie; two brothers: Donald (Kathy) Long of Lima and Joseph Joe Long of LaFayette; four step-brothers: David (Lou) Eff of Indianapolis, Indiana, Jack (Betty) Eff of Toledo, Sgt. Maj. Richard (Toni) Eff of Dover, Delaware, Timothy Eff of Cleveland; three step-sisters: Linda Severson of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, Sandra (Richard) Danko and Cynthia (Joseph) Zuccarrel, both of Toledo; and two grandchildren.
Mr. Long was a construction supervisor/superintendent for Health Care & Retirement Corp. of America. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, golf, gardening and all sporting events.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday October 12 at the Hanson-Neely Funeral Home in Ada with the Pastor Ronald Briggs officiating. Friends may call 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Thursday and at the Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada prior to the services on Friday. Burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery, Ada.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Martin/St. Lucie, 2030 SE. Ocean Blvd., Staurt, Florida, 34996
Robert Paul Irwin
Died: Saturday, October 6, 2001
Robert Paul Irwin, 55, of Oakwood, OH, died Saturday, October 6, 2001.
He attended Ohio Northern University where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and a graduate of Kent State University. Bob served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a community volunteer and a soccer and baseball coach.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Lynne; two sons: Andrew and Alexander; his mother, Alice Irwin Wood and a sister, Janice Ryan, both of Ada.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Irwin.
Services were held on Tuesday, October 9 at the Routsong Funeral Home of Dayton. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Oakwood Educational Foundation or the Oakwood Athletic Association, 20 Rubicon Road, Dayton, Ohio 45409.
Condolences may be sent to the funeral home via the on-line guest book at www.routsong.com.
Paul F. Eikenbary
Died: Thursday, October 4, 2001
Paul F. Eikenbary, 85, of Bluffton, died Thursday, October 4, 2001 at his residence.
He was born April 1, 1916 in Hardin County to Guy F. and Inez (Reed) Eikenbary. He was raised by his father and stepmother, Mavor (Kindle) Eikenbary.
On September 1, 1940, he married Mary Jane Pratt, who survives in Bluffton.
Other survivors include a son, Larry (Val) Eikenbary of Bluffton; two daughters: Nancy (Norman) Grubb of McComb and Joyce (John) Harris of Bluffton; a sister, Marie (John) Nonnamaker of Elida; eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Pearl Eikenbary and a sister, Pauline Chidister.
Mr. Eikenbary retired from Triplett Corp. in Bluffton in 1983 after 42 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was an avid sportsman and a member of the Bluffton Sportsmen Club. He was an avid Ohio State fan and a graduate of Dola High School.
Services were held Monday, October 8 at Chiles & Sons-Laman Funeral Home Bluffton Chapel with William Herr officiating.
Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Bluffton.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita's Hospice.
Ruth Madeline Wilson
Died: Monday, October 1, 2001
Ruth Madeline Wilson, 84, of Springfield, died Monday, October 1, 2001, in Community Hospital, Springfield.
She was born August 30, 1917 in Ada, to Delmond and Virgil (Crist) McElory.
Mrs. Wilson graduated from Springfield Community Hospital School of Nursing and was a registered nurse at Community Hospital for 30 years.
Survivors include two daughters: Patti Wilson of Springfield and Kay (Paul) Kuss of Phoenix, Ariz.; a son, Thomas F. (Mary Anne) Wilson of Springfield; a niece, Judy Reese of McMillan, Mich.; five grandchildren: Jenny Wilson-Daniels, Jeff Wilson, Jill Wilson-Brown, all of Springfield, and Jason Kuss and Matthew Kuss of Phoenix, Ariz.; three great-grandchildren: Matthew Daniels, Megan Brown and Taylor Brown.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick T. Wilson in 1971, and a sister, Thelma Anspauch.
A memorial service was held Friday, October 5 at Littleton & Rue Funeral Home, Springfield with Pastor Tom Heil of First Lutheran Church officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to The James Cancer Center at Community Hospital, 2615 East High Street, Springfield, OH 45505.
You may express your condolences to the family at www.littletonandrue.com.
G. Kinsey Helser
Died: Sunday, September 30, 2001
G. Kinsey Helser, 84, of Lafayette, died Sunday, September 30, 2001 at Richland Manor Nursing Home, Bluffton.
He was born on March 18, 1917 in Allen County, to George E. and Blanche (Kinsey) Helser, both of whom are deceased.
On June 18, 1939, he married Dorothy M. Hullibarger, who survives.
Other survivors include two sons: Bud (Marilyn) Helser of Harrod and Tom (Connie - deceased) Helser of Harrod; nine grandchildren: Caryl (David) Hilty, Debra Helser, Kurtis (Marti) Helser, Jeffrey (Katie) Helser, Gregory (Vicki) Helser, Todd Helser, Matthew (Amy) Helser, Christy Helser, and Sara Helser; and seven great-grandchildren: Jennifer Blansett, J.J. Blansett, James Hilty, Cole Helser, Jacob Helser, Makinsey Helser and Grace Helser.
Mr. Helser was a dairy farmer. He was a graduate of Lafayette-Jackson High School in 1935. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lafayette, where he was a former church board chairman and Sunday School Superintendent. He was also a member of the Allen County Farm Bureau Council #5, the Allen County Dairy Service Unit and a member of the Allen County Soil & Water Conservation District.
Services were held Wednesday, October 3 at First United Methodist Church of Lafayette with Rev. Mickey Kimball officiating.
Entombment will be in Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lima.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Lafayette.
Ralph L. Marling
Died: Sunday, September 30, 2001
Ralph L. Marling, 94, of Ada, died Sunday, September 30, 2001 at his residence.
He was born November 29, 1906 in Hardin County, to Emi Jacob and Mattie Belle (Barclay) Marling.
On December 25, 1926 he married Vivian D. Baldwin and she died September 30, 1992.
Survivors include one daughter, Reva (Wesley) Clarke of Ada; three grandchildren: David (Tracy) Clarke of Urbana, Martha L. (Curt) Balogh of Frisco, Texas, and Richard J. Clarke of Ada; and three great-grandchildren: Tara Balogh, Brittany Balogh and Sara Jo Clarke.
He was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.
Mr. Marling was a farmer and a carpenter. He was a member of the Harrod United Methodist Church of Harrod.
He had served as mayor of McGuffey and had also served on the Village Council.
Services were held Wednesday, October 3 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada with Dr. Wesley Clarke officiating.
Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada.
Memorial contributions may be made to Harrod United Methodist Church of Harrod and/or Hardin Hospice Care of Kenton.
Marilyn C. Nichols
Died: Tuesday, September 25, 2001
Marilyn C. Nichols, 74, of Spencerville and formerly of Alger, died Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at Roselawn Manor Nursing Home, Spencerville.
She was born December 4, 1926 in Hardin County, to LeRoy John and Violet Marie (Benjamin) Neal, both of whom are deceased.
Her husband, Frank Nichols is also deceased.
Mrs. Nichols was a homemaker and a member of the Hartford Christian Church of Spencerville. She was a former volunteer at the Lima Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lima.
Survivors include one sister, Nancy Dick of Spencerville; seven brothers: LeRoy (Carol) Neal of Lima, Robert (Mary) Neal of Leslie, Mich., Donald J. (Betty) Neal of Wapakoneta, Bill (Carol) Neal of Tampa, Fla., Larry (Judy) Neal of Lima, Ed (Cathy) Neal of Kissimmee, Fla., and Bob Neal of Lima; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Friday, September 28 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Alger, with Rev. Robert J. King officiating.
Burial was in Preston Cemetery, Alger. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Died: Monday, September 24, 2001
Sadie M. Neeley, 84, of Harrod, died Monday, September 24, 2001 at Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima.
She was born August 1, 1917 in Oakhill, West Virginia to Henry Elbert and Myrtle (Burgess) Treadway.
On October 5, 1973, she married James Neeley, who died in 1985.
Mrs. Neeley was a homemaker and a member of the High Street Free Will Baptist Church on Reservoir Road in Harrod.
Survivors include several nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by five brothers: Bob Treadway, Gene Treadway, Clayton Treadway, Henry Treadway, Jr., and Bill Treadway; and four sisters: Annie Neeley, Eva Treadway, Luella Scott and Beulah Hunter.
Services will be held on Thursday, September 27 at 1 p.m. at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home in Alger. Rev. James Webb will officiate.
Friends may call on Wednesday, September 26 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home in Alger and before the services on Thursday.
Burial will be in Preston Cemetery, Alger. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Charles E. Kennedy
Died: Saturday, September 22, 2001
Charles E. Kennedy, 63, of Belle Center, died Saturday, September 22, 2001 at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton.
He was born November 28, 1937 in Logan County, to Burl and Bessie (Compton) Kennedy, both of whom are deceased.
On October 9, 1961, he married Shirley Ann Cowan, who survives in Belle Center.
Other survivors include four sons: Charles W. Kennedy of Belle Center, Dennis R. (Tracy) Kennedy of Kenton, Shawn W. Kennedy of Belle Center, and Jerry D. (Geraldine) Cowan of Alger; two daughters: Betty (Ed) Guajardo of Hillsdale, Mich. and Donna (Ed) Fay of Lakeview; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four sisters: Betty Byers of Waynesfield, Mary (Kendall) Ramey of Wolcottville, Ind., Carol (Forrest) Risner of Kenton and Grace (Tom) Lotz of Kenton.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Garland Ray Kennedy; two half-brothers: Earl Kennedy and Clifford Kennedy; and one half-sister, Betty Kennedy.
Mr. Kennedy was a U.S. Army Veteran. Services were held Wednesday, September 26 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Alger, with Rev. Russell Manns officiating.
Burial was in McDonald Fairview Cemetery, Kenton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Died: Tuesday, September 18, 2001
Eloise Cheney, 81, of Kenton and formerly of Ada, died Tuesday, September 18, 2001 at Lima Memorial Hospital, Lima.
She was born November 22, 1919 in Quaker City, Ohio to Charles and Theresa (Gallagher) Knight.
On December 2, 1938 she married Rosslyn Vance Cheney, who died on May 24, 1999.
Survivors include a son, Robert (Judith) Cheney of Adrian, Mich.; a daughter, Suzanne (Alfred) Sawyer of Ada; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Karl Knight; four sisters: Gertrude Conner, Julia Edwards, Eleanor Knight and Helen Thomas.
Mrs. Cheney was a homemaker and former member of the United Methodist Church of Quaker City.
Private family graveside services will be held Thursday, September 20 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada. Rev. Wesley Clark will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Thelma Marie (Bond) Dellefield
Died: Monday, September 17, 2001
Thelma Marie (Bond) Dellefield, 92, a former resident of Amherst, died Monday, September 17, 2001 at Kingston of Vermilion following a brief illness.
Born on November 2, 1908 in Cass, West Virginia, her family moved to Autenberg, Ohio when she was five years old. As a young woman, she moved to Amherst, where she lived until 1991 when she moved to Lorain to live with her daughter.
She received a two-year teaching degree from Kent State University. Mrs. Dellefield was employed as an elementary teacher for the Amherst school system for 36 years, retiring in 1976. She was a member of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, Amherst, and enjoyed traveling and playing bridge.
Survivors include two daughters: Joyce (Larry) Busch of Ada and Sandra Jordan of Lorain; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 22 years, Samuel C. Dellefield in 1959; her parents, Edward Claude and Anna (Berry) Bond; and a brother, Dwight Bond.
Services were held Friday, September 21 at Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst. The Rev. Kent Joy from Park Avenue United Methodist Church officiated.
Burial was in Brownhelm Cemetery, Brownhelm Township.
Died: Saturday, September 15, 2001
Jane Jump, 72, of Ada, died Saturday, September 15, 2001 at Richland Manor Nursing Home, Bluffton.
She was born January 6, 1929 in Hardin County, to Russell and Jenny Woodard, who are both deceased.
She was married to Robert E. Jump, who survives in Ada.
Other survivors include two sons: Wayne (Kathy) Jump of Kenton and Randy Jump of Ada; two daughters: Marlene Jump of Ada and Mary (Doug) Shaw of Ashville; two sisters: Ann Hottman of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Chloe Wagner of Cincinnati; and one step-grandson, Josh.
Mrs. Jump was a school teacher and homemaker.
She was also a partner in farming the family farm. She attended Sugar Grove United Methodist Church in Ada.
She was a graduate of Dunkirk High School and the Ohio Northern University of Ada.
Services were held Wednesday, September 19 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, with Rev. Laura Raypholtz-Clark officiating. Burial will be in McElroy Cemetery, Ada.
Memorial contributions nay be made to St. Rita's Oncology Unit and/or American Cancer Society.
Mabel O. Crawford
Died: Wednesday, September 12, 2001
Mabel O. Crawford, 86, of Ada and formerly of Kenton, died Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at Hardin Hills Health Center, Kenton.
She was born June 24, 1915 in McGuffey to Elmer Earl and Anna Leona (Newland) Lawrence.
On January 13, 1935, she married Howard D. Crawford, who died November 21, 1975.
Mrs. Crawford was a homemaker and a sales clerk for the Ahlenius Clothing Store in Ada and the Vogue Shoppe in Kenton.
She was also a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church in Kenton. She had worked on the Board of Elections.
Survivors include a daughter, Marlene Gossman of Ada; three grandchildren: Terri (Norman) Reams, Jr. of Dola; Michael (Marie) Gossman of Ada; and David Gossman of New Bremen; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers: Melvin and E. Mark Lawrence. Services were held Friday, September 14 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, with chaplain Roger Brown officiating.
Friends may call on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Hanson-Neely Funeral Home in Ada and prior to the services on Friday. Burial will be in Preston Cemetery, Alger.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Died: Wednesday, September 12, 2001
Fred Stoop of Parma Heights, Ohio and formerly of Ada, died Wednesday morning, September 12, 2001 at his home.
He was with the Development department at Ohio Northern University while in Ada. He was an active member of the Ada First Presbyterian Church while in Ada.
He is survived by his wife Shirley; son David of South Carolina; three grandchildren and a sister, Mary. He was preceded in death by a son, Fred.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 22 at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence.
Elsie G. Smith
Died: Monday, September 10, 2001
Elsie G. Smith, 94, of Alger, died Monday, September 10, 2001 at Richland Manor Nursing Home in Bluffton.
She was born December 12, 1906 in Hardin County to Adam Lewis and Effie Matilda (Dearth) Klingler.
On June 1, 1928, she married Carl J. Smith, who died on March 14, 1989.
She was a school teacher and a homemaker. She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ of Ada. She was a graduate of Ada High School and Ohio Northern University.
Survivors include a son, Richard N. Smith of rural Alger; a daughter, Betty Jane Smith of Lima; seven grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jacqueline Hall; two brothers: Ross and Justin Klingler; and four sisters: Lois Wolber, Mildred Montgomery, Margaret Laughrey and Clea Stober.
Services will be held Thursday, September 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home in Ada with Pastor Ron Briggs officiating.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home in Ada and prior to the services on Thursday.
Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Ada.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, Ada.
Gertrude R. Everhart
Died: Saturday, September 8, 2001
Gertrude R. Everhart, 86, of Westerville, passed away Saturday, September 8, 2001.
Born in Ada and a graduate of Ohio Northern University, Mrs. Everhart was a member of Linden Heights United Methodist Church, Linden's Women's Club and The Athletic Club of Columbus.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert A. Everhart, M.D.
She was a devoted wife of 59 years, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Survivors include two daughters: Diane M. (Richard) Kinsey of Columbus and Cheryl E. (John) Cianelli of Westerville; a son, Robert E. (Susan) Everhart of Westerville; ten grandchildren: Randall Weaver; Alyssa, Bryan and Ashley Pennington; Tracy (Ron) Carter; Nicole (Robert) Vinicky; Adam and Melissa Abrom; and Taylor and Kristen Everhart. Great-grandchildren include Zachary, Jordan, Brynn, Christian, Jaedyn and Alayna.
Services were held Tuesday, September 11 in Columbus with interment in Glen Rest Memorial Estates.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice in memory of Mrs. Everhart.