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KELLEY -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 14 January 1926
Mrs. Alice Carlista KELLEY , wife of O. H. KELLEY , passed away at Grant hospital, Columbus, Sunday morning at 7:45, following an operation on Wednesday.  Mrs. KELLEY had been in failing health since October but the past few weeks her condition became critical.
She was the daughter of Lucinda and John BIDDLE and was born Sept. 18, 1857 in Johnson township, being 69 years of age. Her entire life was spent in this locality. When a young girl she united with the M. E. Church of this place.
On Oct. 14 th, 1877, she was united in marriage to O. H. KELLEY and to this union was born one daughter, Mrs. Iva COOPER, who together with the husband survive.
Funeral services were conducted from the home Tuesday at 1:30 with Rev. MATHEWS in charge. Burial was made in Evergreen cemetery, Bert Richeson, undertaker.

KELLY -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 14 Nov 1940, pg 1
Edwin Leon KELLY, 40, was injured fatally, and his step-son, Richard LACEY, 18, was hurt when they were struck by an automobile, while pushing their stalled car, just east of St. Paris, near the Moe BODEY farm, on Route 36, Wednesday night about 9:30.
Carl STENGEL, 24 , of Piqua, driver of the car which struck KELLY and LACEY was questioned by officers of the State Highway Patrol and said he did not see the KELLY car until it was too late to avoid the accident.
KELLY and his wife, Ida, his stepson and step-daughter, Imogene, 12, were enroute to their home on Urbana route 2 after visiting in St. Paris when their car developed mechanical trouble. They turned the machine around and were pushing it back to St. Paris when the accident occurred.
An ambulance arrived within a few minutes after the accident but KELLY died before it reached the hospital. LACEY, who was admitted to the Champaign County Hospital is suffering from a broken leg, shock and abrasions. his condition is reported as good. Mrs. KELLY and her daughter remained in the auto while it was being pushed and were not injured.
KELLY's body was removed to the Bert Richeson funeral home and as yet funeral arrangements are not complete.

KESLER -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 3 April 1890
Mrs. Sophia KESLER died Sunday evening at Wm. BANOM's home, several miles northwest of town, aged 86 years, l month and 4 days. She was the grandmother of John DASH. Funeral at St. John's Lutheran church Tuesday. Rev. SWEINHART officiated. Interment at Spring Grove.

KESSLER -- ST PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thursday, December 14, 1939
Mrs. Alphetta Ann KESSLER , 84, native of Mad River township, died at 4 a.m. Monday at her home in Thackery after an extended illness due to complications of advanced age.
Mrs. KESSLER was the widow of Eli KESSLER and had spent her entire life time in the vicinity of her birth.
Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Lethia COLLINS of St. Paris, and four step-children, who are: Mrs. Agnes MODLIEN, Dayton; Earl KESSLER , St. Paris; Irma TURNER, Dayton and Mrs. Nellie BARNES, Illinois.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Bert Richeson funeral home with Rev. PETERS of Urbana, in charge. Burial was in Hill cemetery, near Thackery.

KESSLER -- ST PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thursday, 18 January 1945
Burial was made in Evergreen cemetery Saturday afternoon of Benjamin Frankllin KESSLER, 64, who died Wednesday in the home of his brother Wilbur KESSLER near Lewistown. He had resided there since 1943 and was a member of the St. Paris Methodist church.
Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Asna HARMON, Dayton and Mrs. Lottie SIFE, Troy; two brothers, Ernest KESSLER of St. Paris and Wilbur KESSLER at whose home he died. He had been ill since June 19.

KESSLER -- ST PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thursday, September 22, 1932
Benjamin KESSLER, who was born near St. Paris seventy-nine years ago, passed away at his home on Dow Street, Tippecanoe City Tuesday morning, September 13, 1932.
Funeral services were held at his late residence Thursday afternoon with Rev. A. M. DIXON of Troy officiating. Burial was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Tippecanoe City.
Mr. KESSLER was married to Miss Ida BRIGGS on April 2, 1876. He was the father of seven children. Mrs. KESSLER and six children survive. They are Mrs. George DAVIS, Mrs. Clinton SHERMAN, William and Covert of Tippecanoe City; Leroy of Troy, and Mrs. John CAMPTON, Piqua, Clarence, the oldest of the family passed away a number of years ago.
Mr. KESSLER was a stationary engineer and for a number of years was engineer at the municipal plant. He had been retired due to failing health.
Those attending the funeral from this community were Mr. and Mrs. Clem, Charles MCINTURF and family, Mrs. Verda YERS, Miss Marabelle KESSLER, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob WEATHERHEAD, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. WHITE, Mrs. Charles DAVIS, A. J. DAVIS, Howard DAVIS, Walter WEATHERHEAD, Mrs. William WALBORN, Mrs. Hatter HARVEY and son, Mrs. Martha BROKAW and Miss Letitia BRIGGS.

KESSLER -- ST. PARIS ERA-DISPATCH, Thurs. March 11, 1887
A son of Henry KESSLER, of Port Jefferson, O., was brought to St. Paris to day for burial. Aged 18.

KESSLER -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 30 December 1937
Funeral services for Mrs. Ida KESSLER, 79, who died Friday at her home on Dow street in Tippecanoe City, following an illness of several years, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday from the late residence with Rev. A. M. DIXON of the First Baptist church in Troy in charge. Burial was made in Maple Hill cemetery.
The deceased was a former St. Paris resident, being the daughter of the late Samuel B. and Mary A. BRIGGS, but for more than 40 years had made her home in Tippecanoe City.
Mrs. KESSLERwas a member of the Macabees Order and leaves six children to mourn her loss. The three daughters are: Mrs. Stella CRAMPTON of Piqua, Mrs. George DAVIS and Mrs. Clinton SHERMAN of Tippecanoe City. The three sons are LeRoy of Piqua, William and Covert of Tippecanoe City. She also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Martha BROKAW and Mrs. Letitia BRIGGS of St. Paris and Mrs. Chloe WEATHERHEAD of Lena, also eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

At the home one mile north of Concord church on April 29th, occured the death of little Eula, daughter of Thomas and Mary KESSLER . The child's death was caused by spinal menengitis. She was born in Concord township and was eight years old at death. Rev. BRIGGS, Of Westville officiated at the funeral which took place at Concord church, May lst. Burial was made at Concord church cemetery.

Mrs. Mary W. WILSON KESSLER , wife of A. A. KESSLER , formerly of Christiansburg, died suddenly Thursday morning of a heart attack at the home of her sister Mrs. W. E. CURTIS in Troy. Funeral services were held Monday at 2:00 p. m. at the Curtis residence in Troy.
Mr. and Mrs. KESSLER had lived in Christiansburg unti last July, when they moved to Celina route five. Mrs. KESSLER was a guest of her sister at the time of her death.
Besides the husband and sister, the survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Vera ULLERY of Christiansburg, Mrs. Anvenel STANTON of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; three sisters, Mrs. Verle CURTIS, Mrs. Verda SHIPLEY and Mrs. Hazel SWEGERT, all of Troy; three brothers, W. R. WILSON of Casstown and Guy and Ralph of Troy.

KESSLER -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 15 April 1926
Mrs. Mary Kathrine KESSLER, 73 years of age, passed away at her home on Lynn street, Tuesday, at 12 o'clock. Mrs. KESSLER was paralyzed two years ago and has been confined to her home and her bed a greater part of this time. Tuesday just after eating her dinner she had an attack of the heart which caused her death.
She is the last of her family, being the daughter of George and Katherine BRIDELSTETTER. Besides the parents, three sisters have preceded her in death.
She was united in marriage with John KESSLER, Aug, 10th, 1875. They were the parents of two daughters, Mrs. John HARMON and Mrs. Frank SISE of Troy, and three sons, Frank and Wilber of Dayton, and Earnest who lives at home. Two grandchildren also survive. Mr. KESSLER died seven years ago.
Funeral services were conducted from the home at 2 o'clock this afternoon with Rev. B. A. MORGAN in charge. Burial was made in Evergreen cemetery by Bert Richeson, funeral director.

KESSLER -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. September 29, 1932
Miss Thelma KESSLER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ross KESSLER, died this morning at 3:45 o'clock in Grant Hospital, Columbus. She was taken to the hospital two weeks ago and submitted to an operation for gallbladder and tumor. At no time following this was her condition entirely satisfactory. However, on Wednesday she seemed improved but took worse in the evening and gradually declined. Miss KESSLERhad been subject to attacks of illness during the past year.
During her stay at the hospital her mother was with her constantly, and her father and sister also visited her much of the time. Besides the parents she is survived by one sister, Marabelle, who resides at home.
She was born in St. Paris February 13, 1909, and had always lived here. Her education was gained in the local schools. For about three and a half years she had been employed as a saleslady in the F. C. Batdorf store. An accommodating attitude and cheerful disposition won for herself popularity with the public and her passing is cause for universal sorrow among her many friends.  She had always been active in young people's work in the church. Her friends are numbered by the score, among both young and old alike.
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the parents' home, Rev. W. E. SHRIVER being in charge. Interment will be made in Rosedale Cemetery, south of Carysville, by Bert Ticheson, funeral director.

KIRBY -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 16 April 1942, pg 1
J. Albert KIRBY, 73, a former Champaign county resident and teacher in the district schools, died in Washington, D.C. Saturday afternoon. He had resided in Washington for the past seven years with his daughter, Mrs. D. C. GINNINGS.
He was the author of the Kirby Rythmic Method of Penmanship used in the schools and at one time owned a Piqua business school.
In addition to his daughter he leaves two sons. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:00 P.M. from the Lower Honey Creek church and were conducted by Rev. Cramer and the Spanish American War Veterans of Piqua. burial was in the Lower Honey Creek cemetery.

Kiser, Gertrude Arvesta Pence - Urbana Daily Citizen, Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Gertrude Arvesta Pence Kiser, 89, died Monday April 9, 2007, at her West Liberty residence with her loving husband of 65 years at her side. Born Dec. 16, 1917 in Champaign County, Ohio, she was the daughter of Asa Philander Pence and grace Lillian Foltz.

She was a 1935 graduate of Lawrenceville High School and a 1936 graduate of the Springfield Business College. Prior to her marriage to Wilbur Marvin Kiser, whom she marred on Oct 20, 1941 in Covington, Ky., she worked in home health care and several business offices in Urbana, Springfield and Cincinnati.

She is survived by sons, John Kiser of West Liberty and Howard Kiser of Quincy; daughters, Imogene (Philip) VanVoorhis of Bellefontaine, Annette (Charles) VanVoorhis of Marion, Ruth (Jack) Frazer of Urbana, Phyllis Kiser of West Liberty, Ella (Daniel) Melendrez of London and Mary (Steven) Mortimer of Zanesfield; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; nieces, Betty Foster of Bonita Springs, Fla., and special friends, Jane Thompson of Palmyra of Maine and Ruth Bruiser of Cincinnati, Ohio. She was preceded in death by infant son, Phillip, sisters Delma Ostrowski and Hilda Grant.

An avid reader, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, flower and vegetable gardening, crocheting, quilting, playing her violin, researching family history, writing poetry and short stories and especially enjoyed writing and receiving letters from her many pen pals. She was a song leader and Sunday school teacher for 1966-1983.

She received two Golden Poetry Awards and published a book of her poems.

Services will be Thursday, April 12 at 11 a.m. at the Kauffman- Eichholtz Funeral Home in West Liberty where you may call form 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 on Wednesday, April 11.

The Rev. David Miller will officiate and burial will be at the Spring Grove Cemetery in Champaign County.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Universal Home Health Hospice at 701 S. Main St., Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311.

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KITE, Ricky Lee – Urbana Daily Citizen, Friday, 29 January 2010

Ricky Lee Kite, 58, of Vinton, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at Holzer Medical Center.

He was born September 13, 1951 in Piqua, Ohio, son of the late Chester E. and Martha Carpenter Kite, who survives him. Rick was a 1969 graduate of Graham Local High School in St. Paris, Ohio and a plumber by trade. He loved fishing and Indian history.

Surviving are his mother, Martha Carpenter Kite of Vinton; a son, Nicky Lee Reed; two sisters, Vicky (Ed) Salyers of Urbana and Mindy (Kevin) Pullins of Gallipolis; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father Chester E. “Smokey” Kite Jr.

The family would like to thank all the doctors and nursing staff on the second floor at Holzer Medical Center for the outstanding care given him.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2010 at the Willis Funeral Home with Pastor Marc Sarrett officiating. Burial will follow in Gallia Baptist Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, January 30, 2010 from 6-8 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Perry Vernon, Scott Vernon, Levi Pullins, Luke Pullins, David Carpenter and Preston Rice.

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KIZER -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. Thursday March 16, 1944
St. Paris relatives have received word of the death of Don F. KIZER , 64, which occurred at Spokane, Wash., February 23. Death was attributed to a heart attack and influenza.
Mr. KIZER was born in St. Paris, being the son of Frank and Mary KIZER . The family located in the west several years ago.
He was a prominent attoryne in Spokance, and was at the time of his death Grand Master of Washington State Masons.
Immediate survivors include a wife and son and one brother Benjamin who is also an attorney. He has several cousins residing in the St. Paris community.

KIZER -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. Thursday June 5, 1919
When the life of Jason KIZER went out to Him who gave it, on Sunday morning at 11 o'clock, Johnson township lost one of its best known and most highly respected citizens. His allotted years of three score and ten had been passed four years ago and most of his life had been spent in the immediate place where he passed away. The exaulted esteem in which he was held is ample tesetimony to the character of his busy life.
The final earthly tribute to Mr. KIZER 's memory was held on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Millerstown Reformed church. Rev. SNYDER of North Hampton delivered the sermon and Rev. J. H. ALBRIGHT and Rev. C. H. LARUE of this place assisted in the services. Interment at Evergreen cemetery St. Paris.
The following history of his life was read at the funeral services: Jason KIZER , an aged and respected citizen of Johnson Township, departed this life Sunday, June 1, 1919, after having been afflicted for some time. Mr. KIZER was born April 2nd, 1845, being past 74 years of age. He was the son of Charles and Hannah Hanback KIZER , being the fourth child of a family of eight children. He was reared on the farm settled by his grandfather, which has been in the name ever since being owned by Mr. KIZER at time of his death.
On April 22, 1869, he was united in Marriage to Miss Ellen MCMORRAN. To this union four sons were born. His wife preceded him in death five years ago, also Asa and Wilbur have passed away in early manhood.  He united with the Reformed church under the pastorate of Rev. Jesse RICHARDS in the year of 1870. He served as Elder of this church and took an active part in church work so long as health permitted.
Mr. KIZER is survived by the step-mother, Mrs. Elizabeth KIZER , three sisters, Mrs. Ellen LAIR of Piqua; Mrs Mary AMMON of Christiansburg; Mrs. Harriett FEASTER of St. Paris; two sons, Charles and David, one grand daughter, Miss Olive KIZER and one grand son, Joseph KIZER , and a niece, Ella MCMORRAN, who was reared by the family from infancy, and a host of relatives and friends.
Mr. KIZER took an active part in politics and was one of Johnson Township's trustees for a period of ten years. He was interested in raising fine stock and was a successful exhibitor of same at county fairs for a number of years. He successfully followed farming as an accupation, and his many experiments placed him in the class of an advance farmer.

KITE -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 6 March 1919
The death of Mrs. Isabelle KITE occurred at the home of her son, McClellan KITE of Payne, Ohio, on Monday. Pneumonia following influenza caused her death. Several other members of the family are in a critical condition with the same disease. The body was brought to the home of her sister, Mrs. Geo. SMITH, east of town, Tuesday evening and burial took place Wednesday at Myrtletree cemetery.
Mrs. KITE 's maiden name was OFFENBACHER, having been born east of St. Paris about 75 years ago. She had been a widow for almost 45 years.
Seven sons survive her. They are Baker of Michigan; McClelland, of Payne, Ohio; Elmer of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Alby, Marion and Claude of Alberta, Canada, and Guy of Fort Wayne, Ind. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. G. W. SMITH and Mrs. Louisa TAYLOR.
Beautiful floral offerings were sent by the Elks lodge of Ft. Wayne, of which her son, Guy, is a high offical. This token of high esteem and kindness of the fraternity is greatly appreciated by the family.

KIZER -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 16 March 1944
St. Paris relatives here received word of the death of Don F. KIZER, 64, which occurred at Spokane, Wash., February 23. Death was attributed to a heart attack and influenza.
Mr. KIZER was born in St. Paris, being the sone of Frank and Mary KIZER. The family located in the west several years ago. He was a prominent attorney in Spokane, and was at the time of his death Grand Master of Washington State Masons.
Immediate survivors include a wife and son and a brother Benjamin who is also an attorney. He has several cousins residing in the St. Paris community.

KNICK -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs., May 22, 1947
Following a brief illness from a heart condition, Mrs. Julia Anne KNICK, 72, of St. Paris, rural route two, died at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Walter GRAY in Casstown, Sunday at 10:30 a. m.
Mrs. KNICKwas a native of Springfield, Ohio, the daughter of Josieh and Emily BOSER. Her husband, George W. KNICK died in 1918. She was a member of the Casstown Methodist Church.
She made her home with her only child, Leonard KNICK, living east of St. Paris. Besides the son, she is survived by one grandson, Donald of St. Paris; two granddaughters, Mrs. Jack STOCKTON, Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Paul BARGER, Thackery, Ohio; and five great grandchildren.
The body was taken to the Richeson--Wickham funeral home in St. Paris, where it remained until services at 2 p. m. Tuesday in the Lutheran Church of Casstown. Services were conducted by the Rev. Ross HURLEY, pastor of the St. Paris Methodist Church. Burial was made in Casstown Cemetery.

KNULL -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 20 Nov 1941, pg 1
Funeral services for Edward R. KNULL, 73, were held Monday at 2 P.M. from his late residence in Urbana.
Mr. KNULL a native of St. Paris and well known in this community passed away Friday at 1 P.M. after being ill for many weeks with heart disease. He was born April 18, 1868 in St. Paris and had lived in Urbana for the pat 38 years.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Marilla KNULL; a sister, Mrs. Nettie KNULL, St. Paris; a son, Edward S. KNULL, Urbana, and three daughters, Mrs. Henry HENS, Urbana, Mrs. Ray COOPER, Springfield, and Mrs. C. K. FOUGHT, Perrysburg.

KNISLEY -- SPRINGFIELD NEWS-SUN, Sunday, Feb. 11, 1973
Mechanicsburg--Catherine Lee KNISLEY , four month old daughter of Sam and Martha KNOX KNISLEY of Mechanicsburg, Route 2, died at 9:15 p.m. Friday in the Children's Hospital, Columbus. The infant had been ill since birth.
She was born Oct. 1, 1972, in Urbana. Survivors include a brother, Christopher, age 3; a half-sister, Mrs. Sandy COX of Mechanicsburg; the paternal grandmother, Mrs. Effie KNISLEY of London; the maternal grandfather, Ancel (Tim) KNOX of Mechanicsburg, and two foster children of Mr. and Mrs. KNISLEY, Pam and James KNOX.
Her body was taken to the Skillman Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg, where friends may call Sunday afternoon and evening. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the funeral home in charge of Rev. Ralph GRAY. Burial will be in the McConkey Cemetery, Catawba.

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