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Obituary
—Moorman, Esther - DEATH CLAIMS MRS. MOORMAN - Mrs. Esther Moorman died at Samaritan Hospital this morning after a lingering illness. She was the daughter of John and Josephine Leeth Grant, and was born in Champaign County, Ohio February 14, 1908. and moved to Ashland County 20 years ago. She was a member of the United Brethren Church of Paradise Hill. She was married to Oscar Moorman on February 5, 1927, who survives her. She is also survived by two daughters, Dona Isabelle and Dora Irene, and one son, Dick Oscar, all at home; her mother Mrs. Josephine Milligan of Ashland: two brothers and one sister, William and Jacob Grant of Beaverton, Mich., and Mrs. Rachel Holycross of Richwood, Ohio. She was proceeded in death by her father in January 1916. Funeral services will be held at the Gilbert Funeral Home on Monday at 2:30 p.m., Rev E,A. Ewing of Paradise Hill in charge and burial in Ashland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home this evening from 7-9, and Sunday evening from 7-9.
(Ashland Times Gazette 29 December 1945) 
Grant, Esther Irene (I5225)
 
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OBITUARY
—MRS. SARAH BACHTELL FOX, aged 79 years, widow of James B. Fox, of Mount Zion, near Highfield, Md., died in the Frederick County Emergency Hospital, Monday night at 8 o'clock. Her husband died in the same hospital January 16. Both were admitted at the same time.
—Surviving are two daughters and a son, Mrs. J. C. Thompson, Edgemont, Mrs. R. E. Beam, Waynesboro, and Arthur Bachtell, Edgemont. A brother, Samuel Sutter, Illinois, 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive.
—The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 o'clock from the M. L. Creager Funeral Home, Thurmont, with services in the Lutheran Church at Edgemont at 1:30 o'clock in charge of Elder L. J. Flohr. Interment will be made in Stouffer's cemetery, near Greensburg. [The Record Herald Newspaper - Waynesboro, Franklin Co., Pennsylvania - Wednesday, February 9, 1938] 
Suter, Sarah Elizabeth (I5932)
 
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Last Will and Testament of John Benham
—In the name of the Benevolent Father of All:
I, John Benham Senior, of the county of Montgomery and State of Ohio do make and publish this my last will & testament.
—Item 1st - I give and devise to my beloved wife Abigail Benham , in lieu of her dower, the farm on which we now reside, situate in Washington Township Montgomery County, Ohio, containing about fifty acres, during her natural lifetime.
—Also, all the good and chattles belonging to me at the time of my decease, she however selling so much thereof as may be sufficient to pay just debts.
—Item 2nd - I will and devise my grandchildren, being the children of Sarah Hatfield, deceased; Richard Benham, deceased; John Benham, deceased, ten dollars each, to be paid to them by my Executors after the decease of my said wife.
—Item 3rd - After the decease of my said wife, I direct that my said farm be sold by my Executors hereinafter named and the proceeds thereof, together with the proceeds of chattle property that may be unconsumed by my said wife be equally divided amongst my children as follows: Mary Silver, Aaron Benham, Ivens Benham, Samuel Benham, Charlotte Blair, Lydia Meterd, Tildia June Surface, William P. Benham, and Levi Benham, provided any of the above named children should decease before they should receive their shares, then I direct that their share be divided between those that may be living, and that their children be paid ten dollars each as the grandchildren before mentioned.
—I do hereby nominate and appoint David Thatcher and Sydney D. Maxwell, Executors of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing them to sell, and deeds to make and to purchasers for the Real Estate before mention in such manner either private of public sale at any time after the decease of my said wife. I further authorize and impower them to adjust and settle all business of any nature whatsoever. In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this twenty first day of June A.D. 1862.
John Benham (seal)
—Signed sealed and acknowledged by said John Benham as his last will and testament, in our presence, and signed by us at his request in his presence.
W. G. Ewing, Jr.
S. L. Clutch 
Benham, John (I562)
 
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MEMORIES... from Fran Lackey
Born to Harold and Maude Douthett September 15, 1926 in Xenia, Ohio. I grew up during the depression years and lived in the country south of Xenia. My father worded on the railroad, but we had a big garden, chickens, and other farm animals. I ha a dog, Buster, and two pet sheep, Maggie and Jigaboo, which I loved very much. We did not have modern facilities; we had an outside "John", etc. I had two brothers and on sister; they were much older than me and they had all left home.
When I was in the third grade, we moved to town so my father could be closer to his work. I was excited because I could roller-skate and ride my bicycle on the sidewalk, and there were other kids living close by. Things went pretty well until we had a tragedy, my married brother Bud was killed (murdered) when I was twelve years old. It threw the household into terrible turmoil. It, of course, made me very sad. Bud's daughter, my niece Peggy, came to live with us.
I took lessons on the piano in the third grade and the violin, in the fifth grade. I played in the orchestra at Xenia Central from junior high through my senior year. Among the people I became acquainted with in the orchestra, was Bob Lackey. I thought he was great.
My favorite subjects in high school were home economics and music. I worked in the candy department at Kresges through high school. After graduation I got a job in the office at Delco in Dayton. It was during the Christmas season, December 1945, I went to J. C. Penney's to shop. I saw this Marine, whom I recognized as Bob Lackey. We talked for a while and then he said he would "see me around". That very afternoon, I received a phone call and it was Bob and he asked me for a date that night, and I agreed. We saw each other a few times before he had to return back from leave.
I received an engagement ring, Christmas 1946. We were married August 23, 1947. We both went to Athens, Ohio, where Bob was attending Ohio University. I worked as secretary at McBees, Inc. until well after Bob's graduation. Bob worked with the IRS in Athens until March 1951, when we moved to Gary, Indiana. At this time I was pregnant with Dan who was born September 8, 1951. Then I became pregnant with Dave, who was born September 5, 1952. It was a challenging time to say the least.
In April 1953 we left Gary, Indiana (Bob joined Dayton Tire & Rubber Co. in Dayton, Ohio) and returned to the Dayton area. We build a house in Xenia in 1957. This house was small but had a basement which we made into a recreation room. I had always wanted to teach children, so I took courses at Central State in Early childhood and opened a Nursery School in the recreation room, operating nine months out of the year. The school grew to 20 children per day.
In August 1969 Bob was selected to be part of a "startup team" for a new Dayton Tire plant in Oklahoma City. We moved there in October 1969. In the long run for me this was a good move, but in the short-run, it was difficult to leave my private school business. I knew I wanted to continue teaching, so I attended OSU Tech in Oklahoma City and received my certificate to teach in Oklahoma. I taught in various private kindergartens, but mostly at The Village School, where I taught 13 years, until I retired in 1992. In total, upon retirement, I had taught 35 years of kindergarten.
In 1980 I was asked to serve on the OECTA (Oklahoma Early Childhood Teacher's Association) board and have been on this board serving until the present; serving in various offices. Also during my teaching years I was active in volunteer work with church; serving as president and in other offices in the Women's Ministry; children's church, vacation bible school, and singing in the choir; serving as choir secretary.
I enjoyed square dancing for many years, and served with Bob in various offices in Silver Spurs Square Dance Club. Also I am a member of the Gideon Auxiliary, where Bob has been a Gideon for several years.
I have enjoyed my kitchen; cooking and baking, especially cookies and cakes which are my specialty. Family and friends have been very supportive of this hobby!
With all of these activities, none was more important and enjoyable than doing my "grandmothering" duties, helping out when the granddaughters, Simone and Anna were born. Although the girls have lived miles away, I try to keep in touch and send things of interest.
Our family enjoyed camping and traveling together. In later years we have enjoyed traveling, Bob and I, at times to be with our children in the East. We have enjoyed some memorable trips in the west and south. Also we are now members of a local travel club, with which we travel several times a year.
The Lord has been very good to me over the years; especially giving me strength and encouragement to see me through the lymphoma cancer years since 1992 and breast cancer in 2000. I am looking forward to serving others, using my God given talents in this way has brought me great joy! 
Douthett, Frances Aileen (I6801)
 
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MEMORIES...by Robert Ellsworth Lackey
Mary was born to Burt and Jessella Lackey March 1, 1919 in Xenia, Ohio. She graduated from Xenia Central High School in 1937. Upon graduation she became a laboratory technician apprentice at McClelland hospital under Dr. Rayburn McClelland. Mary joined the army in 1945 and served 2-1/2 years as a lab technician. Upon leaving the service she married Don Pipher in 1948. She and Don built a house on Omalee Drive in Xenia. A daughter, Marilyn, was born October 16, 1949. Don died February 1953. Mary worked in a loan company office for a while but, after taking additional medical training, she became a lab technician at the V.A. Hospital in Dayton, Ohio where she worked until her retirement in 1985. 
Lackey, Mary Esther (I6799)
 
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...Barent Van Rotmers (Röttmer) was born in 1591 or 1595 in Osterbruch, Hannover, Preußen, Germany or Otterndorf (about five miles from Altenbruch, also in Hannover). He married Gysje Geesje BARENTSDOTTER in 1611 in Osterbruch, Hannover. Barent died in Europe before 1632 and did not emigrate. 
Van Röttmer, Barent (I11246)
 
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...Gysje (Gissel or Geesie) Geesje Barentsdotter was born in 1591 in Osterbruch, Germany. She was known as Barents and Barentsdr. (Barentsdotter) meaning “daughter of a man named Barent”. At the time Gissel was living on the Schaepensteegje or Sheep Alley in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Geesie’s husband Barent Rottmer is never listed, so it is assumed he died before 1632. After Barent died, she married Pieter Jacobse Van Rynsburgh. They emigrated on the Den Waterhondt which sailed from the Texel on 15 June 1640 and had arrived in New Amsterdam by 25 Oct 1640.
...Pieter Jacobsz Van Rynsburgh was the gunner at Fort Orange. He filed a joint will with Gysje in June 1642 in New Amsterdam. On 12 Apr 1658 Pieter made the first of three payments to the deacons for an adult pall at Fort Orange, so it is likely that Geesjie had died that previous winter or in the spring. Pieter went on to marry Elisabeth d’Honneur.
...Gissel or Geesie Barentsdr. [Barentsdochter] assisted her daughter Annatie Barents Van Rottmer at the signing of banns on 27 March 1632 for her marriage to Albert Andriessen. Annetie was 24 years old. When Annatie’s brother Barent Barents signed his banns at the age of 22, on 21 Apr. 1632 he too was assisted by his mother. At the time Gissel was living on the Schaepensteegje or Sheep Alley in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Geesie’s husband Barent Rottmer is never listed, so it is assumed he died before 1632.
...The passenger list of Den Waterhondt, which sailed from The Texel in June or July 1640 for New Netherland, lists Gijsje Berents, wife of Pieter Jacobsz. Gijsje was charged with board on den Waterhondt in 1640 and credited with 28 days work done by her husband at the home of Arent van Curler. Pieter Jacobsz may have been the “constapel” of Fort Orange, who on 15 April 1652 by order of Johannes Dyckman, tore van Slichtenhorst’s proclamation from the house of Gijsbert Cornelisz, tavern keeper.

1662 . . . Baptismal record transcription from church records by Hoes 81 – March 13. Cornelia, daughter of Eva Bratt and Roleof Swartwout, had as her baptismal sponsors Cornelis Slecht, Jannetje Pels, Willemje Jacobs, and Geesje Barents. Geesje Barents was the child’s maternal great grandmother.

1667 . . . Baptismal sponsor as noted. Child: Cornelia. Reference ID: 81. Bapt. Date: 13 Mar 1667. Parents: Roeloff Swartwout and Eva Swartwout. Sponsors: Cornelis Slecht; Jannetje Pels; Willempje Jacobs; Thomes Loodewycksen and Geesje Barents . Source: Kingston Baptismal Register. 
Barent, Geesje (I11247)
 
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OBITUARY
A GOOD WOMAN
—Passed Away at Xenia, Ohio, After Long Illness.
The following account of the death of a well-known Gallia County, girl is taken from the Xenia Daily Republican of Friday March 27, 1914:
—A beautiful life, full of love and tender devotion to her home and little children, came to a close today in the death of Mrs. Ada Clark Lackey, wife of Dr. Bert L. Lackey, well known dentist, who passed away at her home 20 Home Avenue, twenty minutes after ten, Friday morning. Mrs. Lackey had lain in an unconscious condition for hours preceding the end and death came peacefully and quietly. Cancer, which became apparent November 7 a year ago, was the immediate cause of death and during the weary months when she was confined to her home, Mrs. Lackey displayed a beautiful Christian fortitude bearing her sufferings without a murmur, except for her little ones, from whom death would separate her. Her husband and children have the sympathy of her scores of friends in their great bereavement.
—Ada Clark Lackey was born November 7, 1871, at Raccoon Island, Gallia county, and was a daughter of Hon. Amos Clark, at one time a member of the State Board of Equalization, and a prominent retired farmer, broker and merchant of that place. Mr. Clark died at the Lackey home in this city, June 4, 1912. Her mother passed away when Mrs. Lackey was but three years of age, but a step-mother gave her and her brother and sister all of the tender care of a mother. She survives and lies in Gallipolis, Ohio.
—Mrs. Lackey finished her education at Lebanon National Normal institute and at Ohio Wesleyan university at Delaware, where she took a special art course. For a time she taught penmanship in the public schools of Manchester and in 1891 came to Xenia where she was appointed instructor in penmanship and bookkeeping at the O. S. & S. O. Home, which position she held for nine years. It was here that she met Dr. L. B. Lackey, and their marriage was solemnized September 10, 1902. They went to housekeeping within a short time in a newly built home on Home avenue, where they had lived ever since. Mrs. Lackey leaves her husband and three little children, Clark, Dorothy and Helen, the youngest of whom is only three years of age.
—Mrs. Lackey united with the Clay Chapel Methodist church at Raccoon Island when but 11 years of age, and retained her membership there until she came to Xenia when she joined the First Methodist church. She was a true Christian mother, and the interests of her little family were always first in her mind. She was greatly beloved and admired in her circle of friends.
—Mrs. Lackey's sister, Mrs. J. B. Ewing, had been with her several weeks preceding her death, and with her brother, J. S. Clark who had frequently visited her during her illness was at her bedside when death came. They are the only surviving members of her immediate family.
—Funeral services will be held at the home Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock and will be in charge of the Rev. Charles W. Sullivan, of the First Methodist church. Burial will be made at Woodland cemetery. [Source: Original newspaper clipping: The Gallipolis Bulletin, March 27, 1914] 
Clark, Ada Frances (I6795)
 
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OBITUARY
ABSTRACT Died Nov. 4, 1903. "Coroner Trout this morning held an inquest on the body of Milton LaFetra, who was killed by the electric cars at Willow street yesterday and rendered a verdict in accordance with the facts as given yesterday. The body was prepared for burial at Walker & Brown's undertaking establishment and shipped this afternoon to Glendora, where the funeral services will be held tomorrow. Interment will be at Evergreen cemetery, Los Angeles. Mr. LaFetra was 58 years of age and leaves a wife, son and daughter who will have the sympathy of all in their sad affliction." (Long Beach Evening Tribune 5 NOV 1903) 
LaFetra, Milton Hormell (I9945)
 
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OBITUARY
Aged Geneva Woman Taken By Death
— Mrs. Marion Buckey, 89, of Geneva died Thursday morning at the Adams County Memorial hospital. Death was due to a fractured hip and complications which she suffered several weeks ago.
—Surviving are the following children, Harvey of Dayton, O.; Mrs. Bertha Weaver, Geneva; Mrs. Pearl Grace, Vicksburg, Mich., and Gilbert LeRoy of Geneva. Also thirteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren survive.
Mr. Buckey preceded her in death last May. Two children are also deceased.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 o’clock Sunday. Burial in Riverside cemetery. (Berne Witness, Adams County, Indiana, Friday, September 14, 1945) 
Kelly, Mary Elizabeth (I4012)
 
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OBITUARY
AGED LADY DIES AT WEST MILTON
Mrs. Cynthia Ann Beck, aged 94 years, 6 months and 10 days, died at the home of her son, F. C. Beck of West Milton, Tuesday afternoon at four o'clock. Death followed a prolonged illness.
One daughter and three sons survive. They are Mrs. Allie Lions, of Anna; W.E. Beck of Port Jefferson: W. H. Beck of Kessler and F. C. Beck of West Milton. Also two sisters, Mrs. Jane Trammel of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Mary Buckey of Geneva, Ind., sixteen grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services wil be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the M.E. Church, Port Jefferson in charge of Rev. Robertson. Interment Glen Cemetery. (Newspaper: Wednesday September 2, 1931) 
Kelly, Cynthia Ann (I2066)
 
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Apple Valley resident of seven years, Ruby Lois Leeth, 80, died on Aug. 19, 2005, of a long-term illness. Born in Batesville, Miss., Ruby lived in the Victor Valley for 20 out of her 51 years in California. Ruby was a wonderful cook and made the best lasagna. Ruby has 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roger and Irene Johnson; and her son, Anthony Costanza, Jr. Ruby is survived by her husband, Walter Leeth of Apple Valley; daughters, Phyllis Ternus of Hesperia, and Mary Scott of Tuscon, Ariz.; step-daughters, Micki Leeth of Burbank, Calif., and Karen Poncedeleon of Georgia; step-son, Jeff Leeth of Kuwait; brothers, Richard and Roger Johnson, both of Mississippi; sisters, Ann Burchfield, Jessie Parke, and Betty McIver, all of Mississippi. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, 24000 Waalew Road in Apple Valley. Gill Plancentia will be officiating. Sunset Hills Mortuary is handling the arrangements. 
Johnson, Ruby L. (I63)
 
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OBITUARY
At eleven o'clock on Sunday night, Oct. 30th, Mrs. Lucinda Harlan, relict of Judge Justin Harlan, quietly and peacefully crossed the "Dark River". She had been in feeble health for some time but did not take to her bed till Saturday, Oct. 22nd. From that time on she was conscious but little of the time, and despite all that love and skill could do, her system, worn and wearied by the tolls and burdens of four-score years, gradually grew weaker till the end came. Mrs. Harlan was the daughter of David and Sarah Hogue, and was born in the old fort at Vincennes, Oct. 4, 1812, her father being one of the soldiers of the garrison, and her mother, with many other women of the surrounding country, being there for safety. Her parents moved to Union Prairie in 1814 and here she grew up to womanhood and was married to Mr. Harlan March 4, 1832. the young couple began housekeeping in Darwin, then the county seat. When the court house was changed to Marshall the family moved here and this has ever since been her home. Nine children were the fruits of this marriage; all but one who died in infancy, being still living and with one exception making their homes in Marshall. Her husband died in 1879 and since then the aged mother has been cared for by her children with tender solicitude.
Mrs. Harlan had long been a faithful and consistent member of the Presbyterian church and pursued her way through life with an unfaltering faith in the merciful love of her Redeemer.
The funeral took place today at 10 .a.m. from the family residence, Rev. C. F. Wilson in charge. A large concourse of friends and relatives followed the remains to their last resting place beside those of her husband in the Marshall Cemetery.
Source: Marshall Herald, Wednesday Eve., November 2, 1892, pg 1 
Hogue, Lucinda (I8511)
 
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OBITUARY
Bear —At his residence, near Conrad's Store, Rockingham county, Va., on Tuesday, the 27th ult.. Col. Jacob Bear, father of Prof. Henry A. Bear, of the D. D. B. Institution of this place, aged 75 years. He had been a consistent and exemplary member ofthe Methodist church for fifty years. His remains were interred at Eik Run Church on last Thursday. (Staunton Spectator, 6 March 1877) 
Bear, Jacob (I10799)
 
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OBITUARY
Carey Bogan, age 70 of 100 S. Washington Street, West Milton died Saturday evening at his home. He is survived by a son, Dave Bogan of West Milton; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Libby) Hawse of North Carolina; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Joseph (Janet) Goines of Troy; a sister, Doris Scammahorn of Cedarville; a brother Ralph Bogan of Xenia. He as a member of the West Milton Eagles #3621 and retired in 1970 from Coate Burial Vault Company. Funeral services will be 2:oo PM Wednesday at Hale-Sarver Funeral Home, Rev. Dorlan Bales officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 PM Tuesday with the Eagle service being held at 7 PM. (Dayton Daily News) 
Bogan, Carey Pentzler (I9730)
 
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OBITUARY
Clifford Hormell
HORMELL, CLIFFORD, 81, of Sorrento, died Sunday, March 13, 2005. He was born in New Burlington, OH and moved to Central Florida in 1972 from OH. Mr. Hormell was a Methodist and a Veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Korean War. He was a retired farmer and served as a School Bus Driver for 27 years, both in Clinton County, OH. Additionally, he was retired from Coca Cola Company. Mr. Hormell is survived by his wife of 60 years, Frances; two sons, Kevin (Jennifer) of Kissimmee, and Darrell (Tara) of Maitland; two daughters, Karen (Howard) Martin of Deltona, and Yvonne (James) Schatzel of Lebanon, OH; a sister, Jeanette Webb of Tavares; 10 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. A brother, Harry and a sister, Louise Collett, predeceased him. Graveside services will be held from Lakeside Memory Gardens of Eustis at 11AM Thursday. Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors, 326 E. Orange Avenue, Eustis. (352) 357-4193. [Published in the Orlando Sentinel on March 15, 2005] 
Hormell, Clifford Jr. (I6709)
 
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OBITUARY
Death Calls Well Known Retired Farmer
Martin L. Gates
Dies at His Home Today After Long Illness
Martin L. Gates passed away at noon today at his home on East Monument Ave. in Pleasant Hill at the age of 74 years. Mr. Gates has been suffering for some time from complications of diseases. He is well known having lived his entire life in this vicinity, and was an active member of the Congregational Christian Church in Pleasant Hill. Besides the widow, the deceased is survived by a daughter Mrs. Mary Robins of Mentor, two sons Dr. G.R. Gates of Bedford Mass. and J. A. Gates of Newport, Oregon. (Stillwater Valley News, 11 Oct 1932,
Gates, Martin Luther (I5395)
 
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OBITUARY
Evelyn Honeyman daughter of Harold and Mary (Flory) Spitler, dawn 12 March 1918 sunset 26 May 2008, late of Laura, passed in the Brethren Retirement Community.

She is survived by her son Gale, granddaughters Mary (Chris) Landis and Sue Pitman, great grandchildren Katey and Matthew Landis, sisters Ruth (Wesley) Speicher and Donna (Marvin) Curtis. The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 31, 2008 from 10:00 - 1:00 PM at the Potsdam Church of the Brethren. There will be a service held on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 1:00 PM at Potsdam Church of the Brethren, 22 East Cross St., Potsdam, Ohio with the Pastor Bob Kurtz officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Ludlow Cemetery beside her husband Noel and son Elwood. Arrangements have been entrusted to Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Brethren Heritage Center or the Potsdam Church of the Brethren. 
Spitler, Evelyn Irene (I4710)
 
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OBITUARY
FINE, Marjorie Jean (Cress) age 86 of West Milton, OH, passed away Sunday, November 7, 2010. Marjorie was born May 28, 1924 in Miami County, OH, daughter of the late George and Margaret (Honeyman) Cress. Mrs. Fine is survived by 2 sons, Jeffrey and Gregory Fine; granddaughter, Heather (Josh) Maxey; 2 great-grandsons, Chase and Howard Maxey; sister, Carolyn DeHart; sister in-law, Marie Fine; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Fine and sister, Mary Poling. A private Graveside Service will be held at Riverside Cemetery, West Milton, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County or to a charity of one's choice, in Marjorie's memory. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Upper Valley Medical Center PCU, for their loving and compassionate care of Marjorie. (Published in Dayton Daily News on Nov. 9, 2010) 
Cress, Marjorie Jean (I2072)
 
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OBITUARY
FLOYD SPICER DEPARTS LIFE
—Floyd S. Spicer, the son of Elymas and Frances Spicer was born May 30, 1884 in Providence Township, Lucas County, Ohio, and passed away February 6, 1963 at the Ardis Convalescent Home at the age of 78 years.
—Mr. Spicer spent his youth in Lucas County and in 1907 moved to Clare where he followed the carpenter trade until his retirement, moving to Farwell in 1959.
—In November 1919, he was united in marriage to Myrtle Wall at Mt. Pleasant and to this union was born 16 children, three having preceded him in death.
—Surviving are the widow Myrtle, eight sons, Edward and Lawrence of Glare, William of Flint, John and Raymond of Coleman, Donald and Robert of Farwell, Jerry of Fort Bliss, Texas; five daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Gingery, Mrs. Janice Tomaski of Clare, Mrs. Doris Zuker of Beal City, Mrs. Lucille Bole of Farwell and Jean at home. His sisters are Mrs. Rose Athey, Mrs. Adeline Cleveland and Mrs. Nell Heiser all of Clare, also a brother Carl of Clare and twenty-seven grandchildren, many other relatives and friends.
—Funeral services were from the Coker Funeral Home in Farwell, Saturday, February 9, 1963 at 2;00 p.m. with Elders Hobart Beavers and Leo Higgins officiating. Burial was in Cherry Grove Cemetery. (The Clare Sentinel, p. 8 - Clare, MI - 14 February 1963) 
Spicer, Floyd (I6113)
 
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OBITUARY
HAWKE, Dorothy J. (Dottie) died September 29, 2007 at Otterbein Retirement Community in Lebanon, Ohio. Dottie was born in Kingman, Ohio on October 19, 1913 to the late David and Nell Anderson. Dottie received her Bachelor of Education Degree from Wilmington College and her Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Miami University. After marrying Donald Hawke in 1936, the couple resided in Waynesville, Ohio. They were very active in St. Mary's Episcopal Church and in community volunteerism. Dottie taught at Waynesville Elementary before becoming Elementary Supervisor of the Warren County Schools. Dottie retired from the education profession in 1983 but never retired from promoting the importance of reading. Dottie and Don enjoyed traveling, golfing, playing bridge, and making hand-dipped chocolates for family and friends. At Otterbein, Dottie shared her love of books by reading to visually handicapped residents. Dottie was preceded in death by Donald, her beloved husband of 64 years, and her nephews, James and Richard Weltz. She leaves to honor her memory a nephew: Donald (Connie) Weltz; nieces: Ann (Robert) Hunter; Jane Weltz; Nancy Weltz; their families; goddaughter, Sally Brooks; cousin, Jeanette Web; and many friends. A memorial service will be held at Otterbein Lebanon United Methodist Church, 585 North State Route 741, Lebanon, Ohio 45036 on Sunday, October 14, 2007 at 1:30 PM. Stubbs-Conner Funeral Home, Waynesville is serving the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dottie's memory may be made to the Otterbein Retirement Community at the above address or to Evercare Hospice, 9050 Centre Pointe, Suite 400, West Chester, Ohio 45069.

Published in Dayton Daily News on Oct. 2, 2007 
Anderson, Dorothy Jean (I6826)
 
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OBITUARY
Honeyman, Dorothea A.
HONEYMAN, Dorothea A. age 89, of West Milton, passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2010 at Covington Care Center. She was born in Potsdam, Ohio on February 6, 1921 to Ira and Naomi Sylvia Wright Seeker. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lloyd Honeyman, daughter Linda Caddy, and sisters Erma Snell and Maxine Menier. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Robert and Gloria Honeyman-Ludlow Falls and Larry and Patty Honeyman-South Hampton, MA, 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was a member of Potsdam Church of the Brethren and Sparkling Lites Grandmother Club of Ludlow Falls. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2010 at Potsdam Church of the Brethren, 22 E. Cross St., Potsdam. Pastor Robert Kurtz will officiate with burial to follow at Old Ludlow Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday, June 30 from 4-7 p.m. at Hale-Sarver Funeral Home, 284 N. Miami St., West Milton. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. (Published in the Dayton Daily News from 6/27/2010 - 6/29/2010) 
Seeker, Dorthea Anna (I4808)
 
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Jack R. Stahler, 74, of Rushsylvania, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011, at The Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus. He was born Feb 20, 1937, in Lakeview to the late Homer and Nellie Hone Stahler. He also was preceded in death by three brothers Darrell, Richard and Junior.

Mr. Stahler was retired from Super Foods, and enjoyed riding horses and mules, go carts, motorcycles and racing cars and he was well known for truck pulling Other hobbies included going to the One Stop every morning for coffee, and watching his grandchildren play sports.

Survivors include his wife Janice M; sons, Jack Jr. (Stacey) Stahler and Chad (Amy) Stahler; a daughter, Sandy (Larry) McKirahan; grandchildren including Brittany, Jayme and Landon McKirahan and Trenton, Danika, Trey, Jensen, Keaghan and Mia Stahler; sister, Nora (Lloyd) Ferguson; and brother, Dan (Joann) Stahler.

Calling is from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Jennings Farley Funeral Home, 5591 S. U.S. Route 68, West Liberty, where funeral services begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to Ross Heart Center c/o The Ohio State University 452 W. 10th Ave Columbus OH 43210-1240. (Source: Created on Saturday, 02 April 2011 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF) 
Stahler, Jack Russell (I2318)
 
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JUDGE LEETH
Passes Away After Long Illness.
...Judge Darius Leeth of the Probate court of this county answered the death summons Wednesday morning at 3 a. m., after a long illness from consumption.
...He was born in Pike county April 28th., 1846 and was therefore 57 years, 10 months and 23 days old at the time of his death. He grew to manhood in his native county but later he removed to Logan county where he was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Wren. They came to Paulding county about 30 years ago and have since resided here. He leaves a wife and a large family of grown children to mourn his decease.
...Judge Leeth was a resident of Harrison township for many years where he held positions of trust repeatedly, always with fairness and fidelity. In 1893 he was favored by the Republican party with the nomination for probate judge and was elected by a large majority. Defeated for his second term by the narrow margin of 19 votes, his party again honored him with the nomination in 1899 and he was triumphantly elected and again re-elected in 1902. At the time of his death he was serving his third term in that important office with honesty, fidelity and popularity with the people.
...Judge Leeth was an honest, honorable, upright man. Voluminous could be written of his splendid character and exemplary life as a citizen without overdoing the subject. Judge Leeth's spiritual character is best illustrated by this brief paragraph kindly handed to us by his pastor:
..."Judge Leeth for a number of years was skeptical in regard to Christianity. Confused by the sects of Christendom and the various creeds, he had abandoned hope of understanding religious matters and had concluded that God did not require an open profession of men. But in 1896 under the preaching of Victor W. Dorris he was led to see that 'God calls all men everywhere to repent and turn to God.' Accordingly on Dec., 16th., of that year he was baptised in Christ by G. B. Townsend. He has been for a number of years a deacon in the Church of Christ in Paulding and died as he expressed himself, without fear, but sorry that he could not do more good in the world."
...The funeral will occur on Friday afternoon under the auspices of Widow's Son Lodge F. & A. M. Of which he was devoted member, from the Christian church, its pastor Rev. Chas. Darsie officiating and his remains will be interred in Live Oak Cemetery.
...The family have the true sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement. (Paulding Democrat, March 24, 1904, page 7)

 
Leeth, Judge Darius H. (I143)
 
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LAFIE LEETH
1929-1997
OSSIAN, inc. -- Lafie L. Leeth, 67, Ossian, died Saturday, May 31, 1997, at Ossian Health Care.
—He was born July 28, 1929, in New Haven, Ind, the of Lafayette and Olive (Price) Leeth. In 1950, he married Gladys Mankey, who died in 1989. He was a licensed journeyman electrician at Franklin Electric for 43 years, retiring in 1994, and attended St. Luke's United Church of Christ.
—Surviving are two sons, Michael of Markle, Ind. And Terry of Bluffton, Ind., six daughters, Mrs. Stephen (Cynthia) Kosinski of East Hampton, Conn., Mrs. Norman (Karen) Bailey of Geneva, Mrs. Allen (Elaine) Newcomb of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mrs. Loren (Julie) Jackson of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. David (Jennifer) Meadows and Vickie Leeth, both of Bluffton; a sister, Mrs. Donald (Olive) Lee, Paulding; and 15 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
—Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 4, in St. Luke's United Church of Christ with Rev. Jerry Flueckinger officiating. Burial will be in St. Luke's Cemetery. Visitation is from noon until 9 p.m. Today at Goodwin Memorial Chapel, Bluffton, and an hour prior to services at the church.
—Preferred memorials are to St. Luke's United Church of Christ or Wells County Chapter American Cancer Society. 
Leeth, Lafie Leven (I34)
 
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Lawrence E. Beemer St., 78, 40 Vincent Ave., Troy, formerly of Sidney, died Wednesday at 5:13 P.M. at Stouder Memorial Hospital, Troy.
—He was born July 4, 1907, in Shelby County, son of Henry and Della (Engle) Beemer.
—On Dec. 21, 1968, he married the former Ruth Strayer Fergus.
—She survives with two children, Mrs. Peter (Shirley) Antonetti of Lake Elsinor, Calif., and Ed of Troy; three step-children, Frank Fergus, U.S. Navy, Norfolk, Va., Mrs. Mitchell (Loverna) Dilbone of Sidney, and Mrs. Timothy (Martha) Kozul of Troy; three grand-children and eight step great-grandchildren; a brother, Lester of Indianapolis, Ind., and two sisters, Mrs. Cecil (Ruby) Baldauf of Marion, and Mrs. William (Glenna) Jarbor of Reedley, Calif.
—A brother and a sister are deceased.
—Mr. Beemer was a 50-year member of the Bradford Masonic Lodge, a member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton, and a life member of St. Johns Lutheran Church of Sidney. He retired from Chrysler Airtemp in Dayton, and had also been a manager of Kroger Stores.
—Services will be held Tuesday at 10;30 a.m. at the Cromes Funeral Home with the Rev. John Schriber officiating. Burial will be in Pearl Cemetery, Swanders.
—Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. 
Beemer, Lawrence E. (I2064)
 
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Marie A. Leeth
March 19, 1926-Nov. 17, 2004
ELKHART, Ind. Marie A. Leeth, 78, 1617 Brookstone Court, was found dead in her home at 2:16 p.m. Wednesday. She was born March 19, 1926, in Payne, Ohio, to Conrad and Wilhelmina (Zilke) Yearling.
—On June 29, 1946, she married Earl J. Leeth in Payne. He died Sept. 20, 1988, in Elkhart.
She was employed as an insurance agent since 1977. She was owner of Leeth Insurance Agency since 1983.
—She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and enjoyed gardening.
—She is survived by a son, Kenneth E. (Barbara) Leeth, Cassopolis, Mich.; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Edith Durre, Hicksville, Ohio.
—She was preceded in death by her husband, a brother, a sister, two half-sisters and a half-brother.
Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home & Crematory, Elkhart. —The funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Gene Hollingsworth of Grace Lutheran Church officiating.
—Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne, Ohio.
—Memorial contributions may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church. (The Goshen News, Goshen, Indiana, November 20, 2004)

OBITUARY
MARIE A. LEETH March 19, 1926 - Nov. 17, 2004 Friday, November 19, 2004
ELKHART -- Marie A. Leeth, 78, of 1617 Brookstone Court, died at 2:16 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 17, 2004) at home.
—She was born March 19, 1926, in Payne, Ohio, to Conrad and Wilhelmina (Zilke) Yearling. She married Earl J. Leeth on June 29, 1946, in Payne. He died Sept. 20, 1988, in Elkhart.
—She is survived by one son, Kenneth E. (Barbara) Leeth of Cassopolis; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Edith Durre of Hicksville, Ohio.
—Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, one sister, two half-sisters and one half-brother.
—Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home & Crematory, 700 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart, where services will be at 3 p.m. The Rev. Gene Hollingsworth of Grace Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.
—Mrs. Leeth had worked as an insurance agent since 1977. In 1983, she became owner of Leeth Insurance Agency. A member of Grace Lutheran Church, she also enjoyed gardening.
—Memorial contributions may be given to Grace Lutheran Church. (The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, Indiana, November 20, 2004)

OBITUARY
MARIE LEETH
1926-2004
ELKHART, Ind. — Marie A. Leeth, 78, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, in her residence.
—She was born March 16, 1926, in Payne, the daughter of Conrad and Wilhelmina (Zielke) Yearling. On June 29, 1946, she married Earl J. Leeth Jr., who preceded her in death Sept. 20, 1988. She was the owner of Leeth Insurance Agency and a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Elkhart.
—She is survived by a son, Kenneth (Barbara) Leeth of Cassopolis, Mich.; a sister, Edith Durre of Hicksville; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nine nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and nephews and many great-great-nieces and nephews.
—Also preceding her in death were a brother; a sister; two half-sisters; and a half-brother.
—Services were held Monday, Nov. 22, at the St. James Lutheran Church in Payne, with Pastor Joseph Allen officiating. Burial was in the Lehman Cemetery in Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
—Preferred memorials are to St. James Lutheran Church, Payne. (Delphos Daily Herald, Delphos, Ohio, November 27, 2004)
 
Yearling, Marie Ailene (I213)
 
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Miami Union June 15, 1949
Mrs. Esther Honeyman
—Funeral services for Mrs. Esther Honeyman, 50, Laura, sister of George Rice, Casstown, whose death occurred Saturday at the St. Elizabeth hospital in Dayton, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Roy H. Miller Funeral home in West Milton. burial was in the Old Ludlow cemetery—.Mrs. Honeyman was the daughter of the late Louis and Anna Rice and is survived by a son, Noel; two brothers, George and Dorsey, the latter of West Milton, three sisters, Mrs. Ellen Ditmer, Sidney, Mrs. Meda Wellbaum, West Milton and Mrs. Florence Sherer, Dayton. (Source: Miami County, Ohio Genealogical Researchers, , "Obituaries of Miami County Ohio People", Mrs. Esther Honeyman, nee Rice April 2006) 
Rice, Esther Dewene (I4708)
 
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MISS ALMA LEETH
—Funeral services for Miss Alma Leeth, 83, of the Idaho community, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Boyer Funeral Home in Waverly, with Rev. R. G. Humble officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Latham Cemetery. Friends called at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Friday.
—Miss Leeth died at 6:30 a.m. Thursday at the Pike County Hospital, following an extended illness.
—A native of Pike County, she was born on Jan. 16, 1892, a daughter of Orgen and Genavry (Walls) Leeth.
—Her only survivors are one sister, Mrs. Mella Hart of Beaver; and several nieces and nephews.
—In addition to her parents, Miss Leeth was predeceased by five sisters. (Source: Garnet A. Wilson Public Library, Waverly, Pike County, Ohio) 
Leeth, Alma (I1469)
 
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MRS ANNA E HONEYMAN IS STRICKEN VERY SUDDENLY
—Mrs Anna E Honeyman of McKaig avenue died suddenly at about 9 o'clock Thursday morning from an attack of acute indigestion. She lived alone but during the last few days two of her grandchildren, Helen and Louis Frantz, children of Mr and Mrs Bert Frantz of Pleasant Hill, had been visiting her and were in the house when she became ill. The children at once notified the neighbors and Dr J W Means was called. The physician, after giving medical aid, left for another call and during his absence Mrs Honeyman suffered another severe attack and before Dr Means could return she passed away.
—Mrs Honeyman before her marriage was Miss Anna E Smith and was born August 2, 1861, in Monroe township. She was married to David Honeyman thirty-eight years ago and he died three years ago this month—.She is survived by two daughters, Mrs A L Fritz, residing on the farn near Troy, and Mrs Bert Frantz, of Pleasent Hill, four brothers, Estey S. Smith, D A Smith, both of Troy, John Smith of Tippecanoe City and Peter Smith of Vandalia, and three sisters, Mrs J E Gearhart of Troy, Mrs Lillie Rudy of New Carlisle And Mrs William Keller of Tippecanoe City. There are six grandchildren.
—Mrs Honeyman was a member of the First Christian church. The funeral arrangements have not been made.
(Source: Miami County, Ohio Genealogical Researchers, , "Obituaries of Miami County Ohio People", Anna Elizabeth Honeyman, nee Smith April 2006, Troy Daily News 9 September 1920) 
Smith, Anna Elizabeth (I3950)
 
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Mrs. Malvena Bates Mitchell, 62, formerly of West Alexandria and Dayton, died May 6 in Columbus.

Survivors include two daughters, Marcia Shepard of Columbus and Linda Fast of Covington; two sons, David Story of Florida and Mark Heller of Columbus; 14 grandchildren; one sister, Marjorie Thompson of Arcanum; two brothers, Larry Ballard of Gainesville, Fla., and James Bates of McDonough, Ga.

Her mother, Mamie Ballard, died in March.

Graveside services ere May 12, at Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. There was no public calling. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements. 
Bates, Malvena (I12216)
 
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MRS. WALTER T. LEETH
—Mrs. Sadie S. Leeth, 60, of 233 S. Union St., wife of Walter T. Leeth, died at her home at 4 a.m. Thursday following an extended illness.
—Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. George Cassaday, at home; 2 sons, Burl and Hoyt of LaRue; 2 sisters, Mrs. Opal Sargent, San Bernadino, CA and Mrs. Earl Moser, Wren, Ohio; 4 brothers, Isaac Case, Nixon, Ohio; Albert & John Case of near Waynesfield and Wash of 964 St. Johns Ave.; 4 granchildren.
—The body will remain at the Siferd Funeral Home pending completion of arrangements. (Lima News, LIma, Allen County, Ohio, Thursday, April 3, 1947)


FUNERAL SERVICES
—Leeth, Mrs. Walter T. Last rites will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Siferd Funeral Home. Rev. E. J. Penhorwood will officiate and burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. (Lima News, Lima, Allen County, Ohio, Friday, April 4, 1947 page 2) 
Case, Sarah (I5361)
 
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Mrs.Combs was the daughter of Roy and Lois(DeWeese) Honeyman. She is survived by husband, Randy Combs, two daughters and son-in-laws and three grandchildren. She graduated from Tippecanoe High School in 1974 and was a member of the Nashville United Church of Christ; she was a former employee of Hobart Brothers in Troy, Ohio. She resided in West Milton, Ohio. 
Honeyman, Mary Kay (I4069)
 
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Ruble Arvada M, 91, of Kendallville, died Sept. 14 in McCray Hospital. She was born April 21, 1908 in Payne, Ohio to Frank Lewis and Ethel (Leath) Maxwell. On Aug. 21, 1927 in Fort Wayne she married Dale D. Ruble. He died Aug. 21, 1982. A farm wife, she had lived in Kendallville and Noble County most of her life. Surviving are 2 brothers, Gerald of Coesse and Dallas of Columbia City; 3 grandchildren, Darlene Holsinger of Hendersonville, N.C., Cynthia L. Wagner of Middlebury, and Barry Dalton Ruble of Avilla. She was preceded in death by a son, Farold; a grandson, Kevin; 5 brothers, Lester, Lawrence, Norbert, Romey and Harlan; and 2 sisters, Maggie Talmadge and Helen. Graveside services in Monroeville Memorial Cemetery. ~ 9-23-1999 
Maxwell, Arvada M. (I3037)
 
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Ruble Dale D, 80, a Kendallville area resident many years, died Saturday in Strawberry Village Nursing Home, Ligonier. He was born in Ohio Oct. 25, 1901 to Frank A. and Frances (Lothamer) Ruble. On Aug. 27, 1927 he married Arvada M. Maxwell. He was a retired farmer. Surviving are his wife in Kendallville; a sister, Mrs. Orville (Lela) Hoffman of Monroeville; a brother, Romey of Decatur; 3 grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Farold A. in 1969; a grandson, Kevin, in 1978; 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Services today at Marquart Funeral Home, Monroeville. Burial, Monroeville Memorial Cemetery. + 8-21-1982 
Ruble, Dale D. (I3040)
 
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STELLA BELLE WEISENBARGER, 102, Orlando, died Sunday. Born in Miami County, Ohio, she moved to Orlando from Troy, Ohio, in 1945. She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Convenant Presbyterian Church, Orlando. Survivors: son, Robert G., Winter Park; daughter, Gladys Siegel, Clermont; sister, Mary Eidemiller, Orlando; one grandson; one great-grandson; two great- great-grandsons. W. Guy Black Home for Funerals, Orlando. (Published in the Orlando Sentinel July 22, 1987) 
Cress, Stella Belle (I5180)
 
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Troy Daily News 7 September 1917
DAVID HONEYMAN DIES FOLLOWING PARALYSIS
SUSTAINED STROKE OF PARALYSIS FOUR WEEKS AGO
WAS NATIVE AND LIFE LONG RESIDENT OF MIAMI COUNTY
—David Honeyman, of Troy, who with his wife had been spending the summer on his farm, five miles west of this city, died shortly after seven o'clock Thursday evening as the result of a stroke of paralysis which he sustained four weeks ago last Tuesday.
—Mr Honeyman was about 61 years of age and was born and reared in Miami county. He had been living in Troy for several years but spent the summer on his farm.
—He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs Minnie Frantz, of Pleasant Hill, and Mrs Leonard Fritz, of Covington, two sisters, Mrs Cora Fritz and Mrs Ida Grisso, and five brothers, Harvey Honeyman, Hamilton Honeyman, Benjamin Honeyman, Enos Honeyman and George Honeyman.
—The funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the residence on the farm and will be conducted by Rev O P Furnas, with interment in Riverside cemetery. (Source: Miami County, Ohio Genealogical Researchers, , "Obituaries of Miami County Ohio People", Davis Marian Honeyman April 2006) 
Honeyman, Davis Marian (I1072)
 
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VANCE, MRS. PHILLIP - The funeral of Mrs. Phillip Vance, one of Troy's most respected and loved women, was held last Thursday afternoon from the residence on South Plum street. Rev. Beery, pastor of the First Methodist church of which she had been an active member, officiated. Mrs. Vance, whose maiden name was Jennie Funk, was born in Troy Jan. 28, 1853, and had lived here all her life. In 1881 she was united in marriage with Phillip Vance, who with one sister survives her. She had a kindly, helpful disposition and will be missed by many. She had been ill for many months but endured her sufferings bravely. Interment was made in Riverside cemetery. (Miami Union - November 3, 1910) 
Funk, Jennie (I4609)
 
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W. VIRL LEETH
—W. Virl Leeth, 56, a farmer of LaRue RR 1, died at 10:50 p.m. Thursday in San Antonia Hospital in Kenton. He had been ill 11 years.
—Born Aug 22, 1907, in Van Wert County, he was the son of Walter and Sarah Case Leeth. A LaRue area resident 24 years, he came here from Waynesfield.
—Surviving are his widow Mrs. Fanny Sproul Leeth; a son, Lester of Marseilles; a brother Hoyt of LaRue, RR 1, and a sister, Mrs. Cleo Staley of Lima.
—Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. in Ford Funeral Home in LaRue. Rev. Verlin Dearbaugh will officiate. Burial will be in LaRue Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7:30 tonight. (The Marion Star, Marion, Ohio; Friday, July 31, 1964 page 22) 
Leeth, Washington Virl (I5363)
 
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WM. H. UHLENHAKE DIES IN FT WAYNE
—William H. Uhlenhake, age 79, former resident of Hamilton, died at his home, Fort Wayne, Ind., Sunday afternoon.
—Mr. Uhlenhake's, first Wife Addie Uhlenhake, died 15, years ago. He married Mrs. Irene Cook, also of Hamilton, who survives, with one foster daughter, Miss Peggy Cook, and two daughters, Mrs. Joseph Schellenbach, and Mrs. George Heuschen, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, all of Fort Wayne.
—Funeral Services were held Tuesday afternoon at Crescent Avenue Evangelical Church with internment in Lindenwood, Cemetery, Fort Wayne. 
Uhlenhake, William Henry (I4833)
 
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—..Nathaniel C. HORMELL, aged 78 years, lifelong resident of California (Pa) and one of the founders of the Phillipsburg First Christian Church, died at his home in Third Street, California, at 1:15 a. m. yesterday, Sunday April 6, 1941. He had been in ill health for five months.
—..Mr. Hormell was born in California on October 15, 1863 and was one of ten children of Jacob Hormell and Minerva LILY Hormell. He spent his boyhood on a farm and later worked for the Lilly Coal Company, and after that was a stationary engineer for sixteen years at California State teachers College. He has been retired for the past seven years.
—..Surviving the deceased are three sons, Bert, William and Roy, all of California; one daughter, Mrs Ruth HUTSON and one stepdaughter Mrs, Albert WESSELL of California; two brothers William of Coal Center and Ellis, of Washington, Pa., and one sister Mrs. Mary MOFFITT, of Charleroi, who recently observed her 91st birthday anniversary.
—..He assisted in organizing the Phillipsburgh Christian Church and since its inception was a devoted member. [Source: Email dated November 29, 2001 from: Phyllis Tolleson] 
Hormell, Nathaniel C. (I7035)
 
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—Desa Irene "Dessie" Buerkle, 96, formerly of Ottawa, Payne, and Findlay, died at 10:50 p.m., Monday, October 20, 1997, in St. Francis Home, where she had resided since 1990.
—She was born in Payne, OH, September 22, 1901, the daughter of William and Mary Jane (Shelley) Buerkle. She had never married.
—Several nieces and nephews survived.
—The last of 15 children, she retired in 1983, as a self-employed music teacher, after more than 25 years of teaching piano and guitar lessons in Ottawa and Tiffin. Prior to teaching music, Miss Buerkle had been an art teacher in Chicago, IL, and during the early 1920's, she was employed as a registered nurse for 6 years.
—She received a degree in liberal arts from St. Francis College, Joliet, IL, in 1938; received her bachelor of fine arts degree from the Chicago Art Institute in 1945 and later studied music at Heidelberg College.
—The author of two books, "Miniatures," was published in 1984 by the Hubbard Publishing Co. of Defiance. The subject matter of this book was taken from her experiences as a music teacher. Her second book, "Seventeen Story Birch" was published in 1986 by Haefling Publishing Co. of Tiffin. This book was about her family history and background.
—She also was the author of many poems and received numerous Golden and Silver Poet awards for her poetry from World of Poetry, Inc., Sacramento, CA. She wrote the "Book of Poems" and it was published in 1991 by Dell Printing Co. of Tiffin and "Once Upon a Farm" in 1996 by Hubbard Printing Co.
—Miss Buerkle was a former member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Findlay, and a member of the Ohio Teacher's Association, National Guild of Piano Teachers, and the Catholic Ladies of Columbia.
—A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 23, 1997, in St. Francis Home Chapel with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was in St. Francis Convent Cemetery.
—Arrangements were under the direction of the Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home of Findlay. 
Buerkle, Desa Irene (I5203)
 
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—Gail B. Leeth, 94, formerly of LaRue, died Sunday September 17, 1995 at Marion General Hospital.
—Born Jan. 30, 1901, in Waynesfield, she was the daughter of the late John and Pearl (Van Schoyck) Newland.
—On Jan. 20, 1923, she married Hoyt C. Leeth. He died June 21. 1979.
A homemaker, she was a member of the LaRue United Methodist Church and the LaRue Senior Citizens.
—She is survived by two sons. Hoyt Leeth Jr., Marseilles, Charles Leeth, Marion; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Mary) Hoover, LaRue; eight grandchildren, 17 greatgrandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
The funeral is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Stofcheck Funeral Home with the Revs. James Mason and Joanne Powers officiating.
—Burial is in LaRue Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
—Memorial contributions may be made to LaRue United Methodist Church. 
Newland, Gayle Beatrice (I5524)
 
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—Gerald Lee Maxwell, 88, of Union Township, Whitley County, died at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted a week ago.
—He was born August 16, 1925 in Fort Wayne, Indiana a son of Franklin and Ethel (Leath) Maxwell. His formative years were spent in Auburn. He graduated from Auburn High School.
—Prior to WWII he worked for the Coca-Cola warehouse in Fort Wayne and the Kroger warehouse. On June 17, 1944 he entered the U.S. Army. He served on a B17 Flying Fortress as a ball turret gunner. His group was supplanted by the B29 Super Fortress that eventually ended the war against Japan with the dropping of the atomic bomb. He was honorably discharged April 4, 1946.
—On May 21, 1946 he was united in marriage to Ruth A. Igney. They have always made their home in Union Township. Mrs. Maxwell died December 10, 2009.
—He worked for over 30 years as an Electronic Technician for ITT, Fort Wayne. He was a member of the International Union of Electrical Radio and Machine Workers.
—A 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge 189, he was a past Worshipful Master, a Worthy Patron of the Order of Eastern Star, an Associate Guardian of Job's Daughters and 10 year Girl Scout Leader. He provided maintenance services for the area Girl Scout camp during the summer.
—He was a 60 year member of the Coesse United Methodist Church. He served as a Lay Leader and the Sunday School Superintendant.
—He enjoyed traveling and was a member of the Carriage Travel Club. They traveled extensively throughout the United States. An accomplished carpenter, he enjoyed woodworking building furniture and crafts.
—He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Maxwell of Columbia City.
—A Masonic service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with Rev. Robert Priest and Kevin Ousley conducting the funeral service immediately following. Burial will be in the Union Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the service Sunday, at the funeral home. 
Maxwell, Gerald Lee (I3029)
 
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—Gladys A. Leeth, 62, Bluffton, sister of a Decatur man, died of heart problems at 12:25 a.m. today at Wells Community Hospital.
She was born in Adams County on September 5, 1927 to Harvey Mankey and Emma Roth. She worked at Arby's in Bluffton and was a member of the St. Luke's United Church of Christ.
—She married Lafie L. Leeth in 1950; he survives. Also surviving are a brother, Dale Mankey of rural Decatur; two sons; six daughters; and nine grandchildren.
—Services are Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Luke's United Church of Christ. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visiting hours are 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel and one hour before services at the church Thursday. Memorials are to the Women's Guild of the church.
(Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; December 19, 1989) 
Mankey, Gladys Annabelle (I188)
 
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—ISAAC NEWTON MILLIGAN, 72, of 415 West 10th Street, Ashland, a former Ontario resident, died Sunday at his home following an illness of several months.
—Mr. Milligan, who was born in Monroe Township, September 8, 1865, made his home in Ontario a number of years, moved to Ashland two years ago.
—He is survived by his wife, Josephine; two daughters, Mrs. Ethel Heston of Lexington and Mrs. Nora Shrader of Ontario; five sons, Harvey and Nathaniel of near Mansfield, Bryon of Galion, Frederick of Mansfield and Ivan of Lucas; three brothers; Willard of Lucas, Howard of Perrysville and Bert of Ontario; two sisters, Mrs. Cora Krabill of Mansfield and Mrs. Andrew Shafer of Alta, 40 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
—Mr. Milligan was a member of the Ontario Community Church.
—The body was removed to the Finefrock Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in charge of Rev R.A. Hall of Ontario Community Church. Burial will be in the Ontario Cemetery.
(Mansfield News Journal: 14 February 1938, p. 1) 
Milligan, Isaac Newton (I229)
 
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—James E. Leeth, 80 year old retired Pike Co. farmer of Lucasville Rt. 1, died at 2:35 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 in the Pike County Hospital after an illness of three months.
—Born in Pike County on April 11, 1883 at Idaho, he was a son of Samuel & Oranetta (Reeves) Leeth.
—His wife, the former Bessie Waldren, died in May 1963. He was also preceded in death by one brother & four sisters.
—Surviving are two sons, Fred Leeth of South Charleston, O., and Benjamin Leeth of Springfield and four grandchildren.
—Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Botkin Funeral Home and burial followed in Gardner Cemetery near Morgantown.
The Waverly Watchman, 30 Thurs. 30 Jan. 1964 
Leeth, James E. (I2504)
 
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—Leeth--My days are like a shadow that declineth: He weakened my strength. He shortened by my days: but Thou O Lord shall endure forever, for Thou are the same, and Thy years shall have no end. But like the shadow has been the passing away of our loved one.
—Dennis Leeth, son of Leslie and Rebecca Parker Leeth, who was born at Morgantown, Ohio, September 20, 1905, departed this life October 6, 1945, at the age of 40 years and 16 days.
—In 1928 he was united in marriage to Ona Crabtree. Three daughters were born to this union. one dying in infancy. In 1934 he was again united in marriage to Harriett Smith, to which union 5 children were born.
—He leaves the loving wife, 4 daughters, Geraldine, Marvine, Flora May, and Sheila, 3 sons, Leslie, Charles David and Adrian; 2 borthers, Kenneth of Spargursville route 1; Carl of Bainbridge route 2; 2 sisters, Mrs. Daisy Grooms, Bainbridge route 2; Mrs. Jeanne Walls, Spargursville route 1; one half-sister, Flossie Leeth, Spargursville route 1; and step-mother, Mrs. Carrie Leeth, Bainbridge route.
—He was a devoted husband, a loving father, a loyal friend and neighbor. No task was too hard to do for his loved ones, all his time and efforts were for the happiness and comfort of his dear ones.

A wonderful stream is the River Time
As it runs through the vale of tears,
With a faultless rythym, a musical rhyme
And a broader sweep and a surge sublime,
As it blends with the ocean of years.

There's a magical isle up the River Time,
Where the softest of songs are plaing;
There's a cloudless sky, and a tropical clime
And a tune as sweet as a vesper chime
And the Junes with the roses are straying.

There are hands that are waved at this beautiful shore:
When the mist has lifted in air
And we sometimes hear through the restless roar
Sweet voices heard in the days gone before,
When the wind down the river was fair.

And remembered for always is this blessed isle,
All the days of our life till its night
And when our evening glows with its beautiful smile,
And our eyes are closing in last slumber
While that wonderful isle comes in sight.
(Source: Garnet A. Wilson Public Library, Waverly, Pike County, Ohio) 
Leeth, Dennis (I1508)
 
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—Mrs. Margaret P. Foster, aged 86 years, died Saturday night in St. Mary’s
hospital, after being confined to her bed only seven days, although she had been in failing health for several months. Her death was due to old age rather than to any specific ailment. Mrs. Foster had been a resident of Macon county for almost 60 years, coming to Illinois from Ohio with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Price, when a young woman, in 1858.
—Margaret Price was born near Hamilton, Ohio, Dec. 7, 1831, and when her parents came to Illinois they made their home in South Wheatland Township, near what now is the village of Elwin. Margaret Foster was married to David B. Foster April 10, 1860, and he died in Decatur in 1871 and soon after that she removed to Elwin, where she made her home until 1897, when she returned to Decatur, where she has since made her home. Mrs. Foster was a woman of wonderful vitality and until within recent months had not shown any of the signs of breaking
physical strength such as might be expected in one of her age. Nearly all of the members of her father’s family lived to be 80 years of age or nearly so.
—She leaves two daughters, Miss Etta M. Foster and Mrs. Chester Cox, both of Decatur, and a brother, Jacob R. Price, of Decatur, and Mrs. Mary E. Hopkins of Charleston, and three grandchildren, Arthur F. Connard of Savannah, Ga., Mrs. J. R. Buckler of Elwin and Miss May Connard, Red Cross nurse now in London, England, en route to France.
—From the day of her girlhood Mrs. Foster had been a member of the Untied Brethren church and it may be of interest to the members of that church in Decatur to know that her mother’s brother, William Rhinehart, was the first editor of the Religious Telescope, the church publication.
—The body was removed to the undertaking rooms of Monson & Wilcox to be prepared for burial and the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel of that firm Monday morning at 9:30 o’clock. The burial will be in Mt. Gilead cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 o’clock. (Decatur Herald – October 21, 1917) 
Price, Margaret P. (I10840)
 
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OBITUARY
—Myrtle Spicer Death Mourned Mrs. Myrtle Spicer passed away suddenly May 24, near Lonoke Arkansas, at the age of 64.
—She was born March 27, 1903, the daughter of Frank and Cora Leeth Wahl, in Paulding County Ohio. In November 1919 she was united in marriage to Floyd Spicer at Mt. Pleasant and had lived in Farwell since 1959. Her husband and three children preceded her in death.
—Surviving are eight sons Edward of Clare, William of Flint, Ray and John of Coleman, Don of Richmond, Robert and Larry, Farwell, and Jerry of Flint.
—Five daughters, Mrs. Elmer (Dorothy) Gingery, Mrs. Edward (Janice) Tomaski, Clare, Mrs. Edward (Doris) Zuker, Beal City, Mrs. Gary (Lucille) Bole, Farwell, Mrs. Larry (Jean) Bole, California; 40 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren.
—Three brothers, Edward Wahl, Bradenton Florida, Homer Wahl, Lavonia and Dale Wahl, Brighton, and one sister Mrs. John Bravender of Flint, and many other relatives and friends.
—Funeral services were held Saturday, May 27 from the Coker Funeral Home at 2 p.m. with Elder Hobart Beavers and Leo Higgins officiating with burial in Cherry Grove Cemetery. (The Clare Sentinel, p. 8 - Clare, MI - 8 June 1967) 
Wahl, Myrtle (I879)
 

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