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ST PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs., 6 April 1944
Forest M. SAGER, 80, died at the Champaign county hospital Tuesday at 11 p. m. He had been a patient at the hospital for one week.
He was born in Champaign county and has spent his entire life in this county. He was a retired thresher and lived at Tremont City. He is survived by his wife Lora; three brothers, Winfield and Charles of Tremont City and John of Terre Haute; three sisters, Mrs. Lillie HARTMAN, Mrs. Anna PATTISON and Mrs. Anna ZERKLE of Tremont City and several nieces and nephews.
The body was brought to the Ira Frank funeral home and will be taken to the Tremont City Methodist church for services at 3 p. m. Friday. Rev. Daniel UHLMAN of Trinity church, Springfield will officiate. Burial will be in the Tremont Cemetery.

SARVER--Urbana Daily Citizen, Saturday, April 26, 2003, Page A-2
Pauline F (Nicholas) Sarver,77, formerly of St Paris and New Matamoras, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at 12:05 p.m. in Arcadia Acres, Inc, Logan, Ohio. She was born in Champaign County on Jan 6, 1926 the daughter of the late Ottis Carol and Ada (Evilsizor) Nicholas. Mrs Sarver was a 1944 graduate of Westville High School and was a former member of the Keith Cretors Post #148 American Legion Auxillary, St Paris. She had been engaged in farming and in the past was also very active as a 4-H leader. Survivors include two sons, Nicholas (Nicholett) Sarver of St Paris and Richard E Sarver of Logan; four grandchildren, Tiffany (Bill) Grote of Troy, Annette (Jeff) Bowers of St Paris and Jason and Joshua Sarver, both of Columbus, and a great grandson, Michael Bowers of St Paris. In addition to he parents, Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Max Sarver, whom she married on Aug 30, 1944 and passed away on Aug 9, 1967; two sisters, Carolene Whitehead and Kathleen Pence, and one brother, Roderick Nichols. Funeral will be held on Tuesday, April 29th 2003 at 11 a.m. in the Richeson-Wickham and Atkins Funeral Home 216 S Springfield St, St Paris with Rev Douglas Upton of the St Paris United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will take place in Cedar Point Cemetery, Sidney. Visitation for the family and friends will be on Monday, April 28 from 5 - 8 p m in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Pauline's name to either the American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, P O Box 182-39 Dept 013 Columbus, OH or the Cancer Assoc of Champaign County, P O Box 38125, Urbana, OH 43078

(Christiansburg) John Jasper SCHILTZ, 78, of Christiansburg died at 6:30 a.m. Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clyde SCHILTZ, southwest of Casstown, where he was removed Sunday. He had been ill for four weeks with heart disease.
Mr. SCHILTZ was born in Galion County, O., and had lived most of his life in Champaign and Miami counties. Besides His daughter, he leaves four sons, Edward of Troy, Cameron of Bloomingsburg, Dewey of Clifton, and Alonzo of Dayton.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Casstown Lutheran church, in charge of the Rev. Lester SCHLECHTY. Burial will be made in the Casstown Cemetery. The body was taken to the Richeson funeral home in St. Paris where it will remain until time for the funeral.

Schneider, James B. Jr. – Urbana Daily Citizen, Wednesday, 21 April 2010

James B. Schneider, Jr., age 80, of St. Paris passed away at 9:10 p.m. on Monday, April 19, 2010 in his residence.

He was born in Akron, Ohio on June 28, 1929 the son of the late James B. and Odetta R. (Flora) Schneider, Sr. He married Eleanora F. Massie on March 17, 1951 and she survives. A daughter Laura (Paul) Medaugh of Dresden, Ohio and a daughter-in-law Patsi Schneider of Logan, Ohio also survive him. He was a loving grandfather to 5 grandchildren; Joni Medaugh of Zanesville, Angela Medaugh of San Diego, Jessica Medaugh of Dresden, David Schneider of Columbus and Hannah Schneider of Logan. He is also survived by one sister Betty (Paul) Heath of Quincy and one brother Robert (Mildred) Schneider of Urbana. In addition to his parents, a son J. Michael Schneider preceded him in death on December 31, 2009. Jim was a 1947 graduate of Rosewood High School. He went on to Hobart Welding School and became employed by Hobart Corp., Troy where he retired in 1991 with 27 years of service. He was a member of the St. Paris United Methodist Church. Jim served in the Korean war from 1950 to 1952. He was a life member of the Keith Cretors American Legion Post 148, The Philip Grieser VFW Post 7645 both of St. Paris, Society of the 3rd Infantry Division, 15th Infantry Regiment and Korean Veterans. Jim was elected to National Aide-De-Camps from 1994-1995.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Paris United Methodist Church, 208 W. Walnut Street, St. Paris with Pastor Dave Kepple presiding. Burial will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery, St. Paris with military honors by the Veteran’s Elite Tribute Squad of Piqua. Visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield Street, St. Paris, Ohio 43072. Memorial can be made to the St. Paris United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 564, St. Paris, Ohio 43072 or Cancer Assoc. of Champaign County, P. O. Box 38125, Urbana, Ohio 43078. Envelopes will be available in the funeral home.

Scott, Harlan E. - Urbana Daily Citizen, Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Harlan E. Scott, 81, of Urbana passed away in his sleep Sunday, March 4, 2007 in the Wellington Nursing Care Center in Urbana after a brief stay recovering from surgery.

He was born Sept. 8, 1925 at home in the Concord township area the sixth child born to the late Charles Ralph and Emma (Wilkins) Scott.

Harlan was valedictorian of his graduating class at Concord High School. He was a longtime Urbana resident; Harlan was a farmer all his life. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Harlan enjoyed working hard and tractor pulling for fun. He was a two-time OSTPA Puller of the Year and OSTPA Hall of Fame.

He was the 1st Rotary Farmer of the year and a member of the Champaign County Farm Bureau. Harlan was a supporter of 4-H and FFA.

He is survived by his wife, Caroline Wolford, his daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Duane Siegenthaler of Urbana, Cynthia Reeser of Lexington, KY and Cathy Scott-Slayback and Richard Slayback of Fort Wayne, IN; his stepsons, Kenneth (Karen) Wolford and Jeffery Wolford both of Urbana; his grandchildren Jennie Huston-Young of Springfield, Elizabeth Siegenthaler of Toledo, Benjamin Siegenthaler of Columbus, Jessica Scott-Slayback and Leslie Scott-Slayback both of Fort Wayne, IN, his great-grandchildren Izaiah Young and Hannah Kory, his step grandchildren, Alisha Berry of Springfield and Adam Mohler of Urbana, his great-grand-stepchildren, Kylie Stieger and Joshlin Stieger; his sisters, Miriam Shaffner of Urbana and Violet (Levon) Bailey; his brothers, Carleton (Esther) Scott of St. Paris, Richard (Dorothy) Scott of Marysville, Ernest Scott of Urbana and Gail (Joyce) Scott of Marysville, as well as numerous nieces and nephews of several generations.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Betty (Mumma) Scott, his sister, Dorothy Eaton, two infant brothers Lawrence and Max, and four brothers, Charles, Donald, Wayne and William Scott, brothers-in-law, Ralph Shaffner and Robert Eaton, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2007 in the Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2007 in the funeral home with Rev. Robert Kline and Rev. Tom. Amlin. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

Shafer, Phyllis A. Jackson Wick - Urbana Daily Citizen, Friday, 09 February 2007

Phyllis A. Shafer, 68, of DeGraff, died at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at her home.

She was born on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 1938, in Rosewood, the daughter of Lloyd E. and Ruth Alice (Wiant) Jackson.

On March 3, 1973 she married Robert A. Shafer in Quincy and he survives.

She is survived by three daughters, Dawn Dunn, of Bellefontaine, Missy McNutt, of DeGraff and Stephanie (Merle) Orsborne of DeGraff, three sons Gregory (Julie) Wick, of DeGraff, Jeff (Bev) Wick, of Lakeview, and Scott (Marilyn) Wick of Dayton, a sister, Arlene (John) Voke, of Urbana, two brothers, Dewayne (Louise) Jackson, of Brookville, Fla. and Frank (Darlene) Jackson of Concord, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by brothers Donald and Doyle Jackson and sister Ella Coy.

She was a homemaker and worked at the Village Pantry in DeGraff fro more than 20 years. She enjoyed gardening, bowling, cooking and crocheting. She attended Quincy United Methodist Church.

Calling hours will be on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Quincy United Methodist Church. Services will be held at 1 p.m. the same day with Pastor N. Matthew Wright officiating.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Riverside EMS in DeGraff.

Arrangements are being handled by Rexer-Riggin-Madden Funeral Home, DeGraff.

Condolences may be expressed at


SHAFFER --Urbana Daily Citizen, Saturday, February 10, 1906
Death Claims-Absalom SHAFFER, of Terrre Haute, at Ripe Old Age
Absalom SHAFFER. a well known resident of Mad River Township, died in his home in Terre Haute, Friday afternoon at half past four o'clock. His death ws due to old age and an attack of dropsy. He was 83 years of age and has lived in the community where he died. He is survived by two sons and three daughters, his wife having died several years ago. The children are Mrs SWARTZ, Mrs GABEL, and Aaron SHAFFER, of Addison; Munroe and Sarah SHAFFER, who made their home with their father. He was also a grandfather of Ernest SHAFFER and Mrs Arthur GERR, of this city. The funeral will be held from the late home in Terre Haute Sunday afternoon at two o'clock.
Submitted by Sandi Evilsizer Koscak

SHAFFER -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 28 October 1943
Funeral services for Elmer SHAFFER, 72, were held Sunday afternoon at the Terre Haute Methodist church. Burial was in the Terre Haute cemetery in charge of Ira Frank, funeral director.
Mr. SHAFFER, a retired highway employee died Thursday at 4 plm. at his home one mile north of Terre Haute after suffering a heart attack. He fell to the floor of his home about noon. Mrs. SHAFFERwho is an invalid was unable to go to his assistance or to summon help. The body was discovered at 4 p.m. when Mrs. Ruth SHAFFER, a daughter-in-law from Springfield came to the residence.
Survivors include the widow, a son Ross of Springfield; four grandchildren and a sister Mrs. Russell GROVES of Terre Haute.

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth SHAFFER, 76, a native of Terre Haute, died at 10:00 a.m. Friday in the home of her son Ross SHAFFER in Springfield following a long period of illness. her husband had preceded her in death two years ago. She is survived by two brothers William CERCLE, Tremont and James CERCLE, Woodstock, two sisters, Mrs. Emma FULLER of North Hampton and Mrs. Nervia SMITH, Terre Haute; four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday in the Terre Haute methodist church. Burial was made in the Terre Haute cemetery by the Frank Funeral Home.

SHAFFER -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 16 May 1940, pg 1
Mrs. Matilda SHAFFER, 80, widow of George SHAFFER, died at her home northwest of Carysville last Friday morning at 1:15 a.m. Death was attributed to infirmities of advanced age. She is survived by one son, Charles, with whom she lives, and two half sisters, Mrs. Lizzie DORN, Sidney, and Mrs. Margaret STEVESON, Pemberton.
Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Union Chapel and burial was in Carysville cemetery in charge of the Richeson funeral service.

The death of Samuel SHANK occured at 11 o'clock Friday after an illness of nine years from cancer. He was at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lawrence MERRITT of Jackson twp., when he died. He was 73 years of age. Mr. SHANK was a native of this locality and for many years was a resident of St. Paris where he followed the occupation of a carpenter.
In recent years and since his wife died several years ago he had made his home with his daughters, Mrs. MERRITT and Mrs. William NICHOLS, who survive him together with one grandson and three brothers, Henry, William, and John. Mr. SHANK was a skilled workman and always industriously followed his voacation so long as his health permitted.
He was married to Susan KESSLER to which union the above named daughters were born.
The funeral services were conducted from the deceased's home here on Sunday at 2 o'clock, Rev. BUCKMAN of the Methodist church officiating.  Interment took place in Evergreen cemetery with Bert Richeson in charge.

SHANLEY--Urbana Daily Citizen March 16, 1983
DEGRAFF - Karl Sager Shanley, 76, of Route 2, died at 2:25 a.m. today in Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, where he had been a patient for one month. He was born in Champaign County, July 3, 1906, the son of Edwin C. and Anna B. Sager Shanley. He was a farmer and a lifelong member of the Springhills United Presbyterian Church. His first wife, Mary Louise Brunner, died March 12, 1957. He married Ruth Eileen Hoffman Sept. 21, 1959. She is a resident of Indian Lake Manor Nursing Home. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Alan (Marie Diane) Knapp of Forest, Va., and Mrs. Frank (Sue Anne) Boles of Bowlingbrook, Ill.; one son, John Karl of Urbana; one stepson, Floyd Frank of Route 2, DeGraff; four grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Oscar (Helen) Bray of Lynnfield, Mass., and Mrs. Mary Condit of Indianapolis, Ind.; and one brother, Emerson of McCook, Neb. Two sisters are deceased. Services will be held at the church Saturday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Terry K. Phlager officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood-Union Cemetery, DeGraff. The family will receive friends at the Rexer-Riggin-Madden Funeral Home, DeGraff, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from noon until time of the services. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the church.
Submitted by Mike Welty

SHANLEY --Urbana Daily Citizen April 26, 1985
DEGRAFF - Ruth Eileen Shanley, 60, of 8560 Salem-Cemetery Rd., DeGraff, died today at 6:07 a.m. in Green Hills Center, West Liberty. She was a resident at Green Hills for two years and had been ill for about 12 years. She was born in Springhills, Aug. 15, 1924, the daughter of Ernest and Eva (Russell) Hoffman She was married Sept. 21, 1959, to Karl Sager Shanley. He died March 16, 1983. She was a member of the Springhills Presbyterian Church and the United Presbyterian Women of the church. Survivors include one son, Floyd Frank of Springhills; one stepson, John Karl Shanley of Urbana; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Alan (Marie Diane) Knapp of Forest, Va., and Mrs. Frank (Sue Anne) Boles of Bowlingbrook, Ill.; five step-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Melvin (Monabelle) Maddy Maplewood; and two brothers, Kenneth Hoffman of Rosewood and Clyde Hoffman of Sidney. One sister is deceased. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Rexer-Riggin-Madden Funeral home, DeGraff, with the Rev. Terry Phlager officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood-Union Cemetery, DeGraff. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. They suggest memorial contributions be made to the Springhills Presbyterian Church.

Submitted by Mike Welty

Mrs. Sam SHEELEY died near the Lewistown reservoir last Thursday of a cancerous tumor, aged 50 years. She was formerly a resident of Jackson tp., and a most estimable lady. Her maiden name was DUDLEY, and she was a second cousin of Mrs. Geo. E. LEWIS. She was the fifth of her family to die inside of a year. Mrs. Geo. E. LEWIS, Jacob GRUBE, Geo. W. BOLLINGER and wife attended the funeral Saturday.

Shepard, Anna Bess Stickley - Urbana Daily Citizen, Tuesday, 17 April 2007

A memorial service was held in Columbia, S. C., for Anna Bess (Stickley) Shepard, 81, formerly of Urbana and West Liberty, who went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, April 4, 2007.

She was born in Urbana and was a 1943 graduate of Westville High School.

He was preceded in death by her father, Harold Stickley Sr., mother Bessie James Stickley, stepmother Grace Licklider Stickley, brother Harold "Junior" Stickley, sister Phyllis Stickley Nemcheck, husband, Donald L. Shepard Sr., son John Shepard, stepdaughter Sherlene Shepard and stepson Donald Shepard Jr.

She is survived by her half sisters Betty Jane Stickley (Marvin) Lutz of Terre Haute, Dolly Stickley (Richard) Pond of St. Paris, her sister-in-law Glenna Pencil (Junior) Stickley, five children, Gary (Kay) Pond of Bellefontaine, Joyce Pond (Lyle) Krueger of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Barbara Pond (Dean) Grow of Springboro, Ohio, David (Catalena) Shepard of Asheville, N.C., and Anita Shepard (James) Wildman of Columbia, S. C.

She is also survived by four stepchildren, Eugene Shepard, William Shepard, Richard Shepard and Sheila Shepard (William) Ramey of Urbana.


Mrs. S. A. SHERMAN, wife of Rev. SHERMAN, died at Memorial Hospital, Piqua, Monday evening. Mrs. SHERMAN had been operated on for appendicitis two weeks before.  She was 58 years of age and besides the husband, she is survived by one son, Durell SHERMAN, of Detroit.
The husband, Rev. S. A. SHERMAN, is pastor of the Lena and Pemberton Baptist churches and lives at the later town. The Shermans lived in St. Paris over 30 years ago when Rev. SHERMAN preached at Myrtle and Mt. Zion churches.
Funeral services were held Wednesday ar 2 p.m. in the Chapel at Milford Center cemetery where she was buried. Rev. Long of Ostrander was in charge of the services.

Shirk, Charles W. – Urbana Daily Citizen, Friday, 26 March 2010

Charles W. Shirk, 94, of Bellefontaine, passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at the Lima Memorial Hospital.

He was born on August 15, 1915 in Champaign County, OH to the late Clarence E. and Glena Blanche (Stanford) Shirk.

On October 9, 1940 he married Shirley Jean Ferryman in West Liberty, OH and she preceded him in death on September 1, 2006. He is also preceded in death by an infant son, Robert Shirk and a brother, Roy Shirk.

Surviving are sons Charles W. (Debra) Shirk of Toledo and Garry W. Shirk of West Chester, OH; two daughters, Connie (Darel) Hurley of DeGraff and Linda (Norman) Thompson of Ada, OH; two brothers, Mak (Jenny) Shirk and Clarence (Marie) Shirk of St. Paris, OH; nine grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Charles retired from Miller Meteor where he worked as a Supervisor and retired 40 years of service. He was a 1935 graduate of Concord High School and was a WWII Navy veteran. A member of the DeGraff United Methodist Church, he was also a member of the Hi-Point See Saw Square Dance Club, Piqua Totem Camping Club, National Hikers & Campers Association and the Senior Citizen Group II.

He also was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan.

Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, March 28th from 2 to 5 at the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine where Pastor Carolyn Christman will conduct a funeral service at 11:00 am on Monday, March 29, 2010. Burial will

Follow in the Huntsville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Putnam County Hospice and condolences to the family may be expressed at:


SHOCKEY -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 11 Dec 1941, pg 1
Elijah Freeman SHOCKEY, 73, farmer living south of Westville, died suddenly Tuesday about 11:30 while enroute to a physician's office after suffering a heart attack while helping shred corn on his brother, John SHOCKEY's farm.
He was a member of a pioneer Champaign County family and had spent most of his life on the farm where he lived at the time of his death and where he was born.
He is survived by two children, Hobart SHOCKEY of Dayton, and Mrs. Susan OELKER of Springfield; the brother, John and a sister, Mrs. Jason BAIR. he also leaves five grandsons, Freeman, Richard, Donald and Robert BROWN and Coleman SHOCKEY, and several nieces and nephews.
The body will be at the residence of his sister, Mrs. BAIR until time for services which will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Humphrey's & Son Funeral Home in Urbana.

SLACK -- Urbana Citizen(?) Saturday, March 12, 1927
Mrs. Annie SLACK, aged 78 years, passed away Thursday night at 9:30 o'clock, at the home of her son Charles SLACK, 3 miles south of St. Paris. Death was the result of complications. Surviving the deceased are one son Charles, at whose home she died; a daughter, Mrs. D. O. BRELSFORD, of Springfield; a brother, Isaac BOLLINGER, of Shelby county.  
Funeral Services will be held from the Slack home, Monday (March 14) at 2:00 o'clock. Burial will be made in the Evergreen cemetery in charge of Bert RICHESON, St. Paris funeral director.
Slack BOLLINGER Death Certificate: #13653 Champaign County Date of Death: Thursday, March 10, 1927
Anna SLACK, widow of Corneluis SLACK, was born 11 August 1848 in Ohio, died 10 March, 1927 (age 78 years, 6 months 29 days) in Jackson Twp., Champaign County. Burial Evergreen Cemetery, St. Paris Ohio 14 March 1927 (Bert Richeson Undertaker). Father: Samuel BOLLINGER born in Ohio (error should be Maryland) Maiden Name of Mother Mary ---- (MILLER) born in Ohio (error should be Maryland). Informant: Chas. Slack, St. Paris, Ohio

Submitted by: Marvel Bollinger Delahaye

SLUSSER -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 16 March 1944
John H. SLUSSER, 84, retired farmer of the St. Paris community died Sunday at 2:10 p.m. at the Loy Rest Home in Springfield where he had been since early last fall. Mr. SLUSSER had been in declining health for several years but had been seriously ill only two weeks.
He is survived by one son, Frank of Springfield; one daughter Mrs. Bertha DAVIS of St. Paris and one brother, Cory of St. Paris route one.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Bert Richeson funeral home with Rev. Samuel FURROW in charge. Burial was in Myrtle Tree cemetery.

Emily Smail, daughter of Thomas and Anna Johnson, was born in Madison County, Ohio, May 10,1821, died July 22, 1909, aged 88 years, 2 months and 12 days. She was united in marriage to Samuel Smail who preceded her in death 22 years ago last April. This union was blessed with three children, Minerva, William, and James, who survive her. She leaves besides, four grand-children, one sister, and a host of relatives and friend to mourn her departure. She united with the M. E. Church early in life, and was converted to Christ. She never doubted her conversion but clung to her Savior and Redeemer with everlasting faith, and fought the fight and gained the victory over Satan, Sin, and Death. She possessed a Christian spirit, and revealed it to us by the fruits thereof. She always abhorred the wrong, and cherished the right. She has, by her works and daily life, impressed us children with the value and reward of a true and pious life. I sincerely and truly say that if I never gain that blessed reward of the righteous, I can not hold mother in any degree, whatever, for the failure. She was a loyal and confiding wife, a virtuous and loving mother, a sincere friend to neighbors and relatives.
Mother, while our hearts are burdened with sorrow and grief by your departure from us, we also rejoice in the assurance of your inheritance of a future home in thy Redeemer's Kingdom, not to be compared with any earthly home. We feel that what is our loss is heaven's gain. So be it. We fancy we see you rejoicing with your parents, brothers and sisters, and the redeemed in Christ. Mother, you will be in our memory always while time lasts.
Your loving son, William.

SMAIL (20 Jul, 1891)

Again the sworded angel comes into our midst unbidden and with relentless hand lays in death the wife of W.F.M. Smail. Nancy E. Smail, daughter of George C. and Drucilla Keesecker was born in Berkeley County, Va., July 28th, 1859, aged thirty-one years, eleven months and thirty-two days. She was united in marriage to Harry Ford, March 15th 1885. This union was soon broken by the death of her husband. She was again united in marriage to William F. Smail Jan. 22nd, 1890. This union was soon broken by the coming of the death angel to call the loving wife and affectionate mother from her home on earth to her home in heaven, leaving her companion and two children a broken family to mourn her loss. Shortly before her death she realized that she was in its cold embrace. She had stepped into the dark valley but Jesus true to his promise came to shine away the darkness and to enable her to see across the dark river. She felt that she was going to leave us, and called the family to her bed to bid them a last farewell and asked them to meet her in heaven. To her husband she said, "you have been a good husband and never gave me a cross word, but we must part. I want you to promise to meet me." She kissed the little ones and gave them her parting blessing. Her face all aglow with heavenly light gave to that death-bed scene a hallowed influence, causing the friends who were present to feel that they were in the royal presence of Him who is King over death. Her testimony given to the writer, who visited her later yet found her still conscious though fast declining, was to the effect that all was well, that she was going home, that her Savior had come to walk with her through the dark valley. Her dying testimony left no lingering doubt, that while she was numbered with the redeemed in glory, she has donned the white robe and is singing the high praises of her blessed Redeemer. She is safe on the evergreen shore. Ella was a kind and loving wife, affectionate mother, a good neighbor, a sincere friend, a devoted Christian. Her death, which came so unexpected to us, repeats the warning, "be ye also ready for ye know not the hour." Farewell, and may God who has taken you to your reward uphold them who are so sadly bereft.

SMAIL (17 May 1923)
William Francis Marion Smail, son of Sam­uel and Emily Smail, was born March 26, 1853, and died at the home of his son, near Rosewood, Ohio, May 17, 1923, aged 70 years, 1 month and 20 days. He was united In mar­riage to Mrs. Ella Ford, the widow of Harry Ford, deceased. This union was blessed with one son, Leon­ard DeWitt, with whom the deceased was living at the time of his death, and who with his wife and three children, also one brother, James A. and wife, and family, and one step­son, Harry Ford, and many relatives and friends, remain to mourn his departure. His married life was brief, covering a period 18 months. However, his domestic interest centered thereafter in the welfare of the widowed mother, with whom he lived during the remaining days of her life, whose Chris­tian influence had much to do with the mold­ing of his character. Devoted to wife, mother and son, both in affection and in the perform­ance of duties. Having learned of the serious­ness of his illness, the writer called at his home and during his stay conversation turned to religious subjects, and we mentioned the hope of the Christian and the great disap­pointment that awaits those who are unpre­pared and the answer was forthcoming with the assurance that the one thing needful had not been overlooked; that he had taken Christ into his life and that death had no terrors. There were many commendable traits in his life, his friendship was enduring, his faith In Christ identified him with the new Testament church. His activities lined him up with some of the leading moral and political reforms. He was not of a boastful spirit and sought not honors, rather of modest and conservative disposition, possessing a contented mind. His activities in secular affairs were related to agriculture, school teaching and merchandise. His life was a useful one and worthy of credit. He had many friends and few enemies. His life work is ended and while he has gone from us he will continue to live in our memories and our affections. This then our loss is his gain. The last farewell until we meet again.E.M. BAKER.

SMITH -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 18 Dec 1941, pg 8
Cory Lee SMITH was born March 30, 1863, near St. Paris and departed this life at eleven P.M., Dec. 8, 1941 at the home of his daughter, near Millerstown. He was the son of Solomon and Phoebe Dealey SMITH. He was united in marriage to Emma MAGGERT in the year of 1887. To this union were born two children, a son Harley of San Bernardino, California and a daughter, Mrs. Ray BODEY.
There are three grandchildren, Thurman and Richard BODEY and Mrs. Phyllis NICHOLAS and one great grand daughter, Joyce Ann BODEY. He is also survived by two brothers, Albert and Hawley, both of West Liberty, and an number of nieces and nephews.

SMITH -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 17 August 1939
Cory SMITH , 70, died at the Champaign County Hospital at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. He had been a patient there for the past week. Mr. SMITH was born near Rosewood and had made his home in that community all of his life.
He is survived by a brother, E. E. SMITH , of DeGraff, and two sisters, and Mrs. Laura JONES of London, Mrs. Etta KROUT of Belllefontaine. William SMITH of St. Paris is a nephew.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2:00 p.m. from the Ira Frank funeral home and burial will be in Spring Grove cemetery.

SMITH -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 11 Dec 1941, pg 1
Cory Lee SMITH, 78, who lived on St. Paris R. 2, died on Monday of heart attack at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ray BODEY. Mr. SMITH had been ill for two weeks.
The deceased was the son of Solomon SMITH and Phoeba DEALEY and spent his entire life in Adams township. He was survived by his daughter, Mrs. BODEY and son, Harley SMITH, San Bernardino, Calif.; and his two brothers, Hawley SMITH and Albert SMITH of West Liberty.
Funeral services were held this afternoon at the Richeson Funeral Home with Rev. Samuel Furrow in charge. Interment was in the Spring Grove cemetery.

SMITH -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 29 October 1942
Elmer Ellsworth SMITH , 80, whose home was four miles northeast of Rosewood died at 5:45 A. M. Monday in the home of his daughter Mrs. Stella CALLAND, DeGraff route two.  He had been ill since September due to infirmities of advanced age.
In addition to Mrs. CALLAND he is survived by another daughter Mrs. Emerson BAILAR of the Rosewood community and two sisters, Mrs. Etta TROUT, Bellefontaine and Mrs. Laura JONES, Lewistown.
Funeral services were held this afternoon (Thursday) at the Calland home. Burial was in Spring Grove cememtery in charge of Bert Richeson, funeral director.

SMITH -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 25 Sep 1947
Mrs. Emma Frances SMITH, 72, wife of Elmer SMITH of St. Paris Route 2, died Friday enroute to Memorial Hospital, Piqua, following a heart attack.
Survivors besides the husband are two daughters, Mrs. Lome MUSSELMAN and Mrs. Jeanette GOLDSTEIN, both of Los Angles; two sons, Logan St. Paris, route 2, and Clyde, Covington, O.: two sisters, Mrs. Joe BERRY and Mrs. Frank ROBBINS, both of St. Paris: a brother, J.H. GUMPERT, Fletcher; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday in the Richeson-Wickham funeral home here. The Rev. Rex. G. Van Court, pastor of the Baptist church officated and burial was in Spring Grove cemetery at Millerstown.

SMITH -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 25 May 1944
Mrs. Flora SMITH has received word of the death of her brother-in-law, Foster SMITH , 60, which occurred Wednesday, May 10th, at his home in Toledo.
Immediate survivors include his widow Minnie and a son Foster, Jr., also of  Toledo.
Mr. SMITH was well known locally being the sone of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Y. SMITH who came to St. Paris with his parents when a small child and grew to manhood here.

SMITH -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs., 9 January 1930
An automobile accident caused the death of Herman SMITH , Sunday afternoon about 1:30 o'clock when the Ford roadster in which they were riding skidded and overturned at the foot of the Millerstown hill, pinning both men beneath it.
No one witnessed the accident and just what caused it probably will be never know, and it is not posititively known which of the brohters was at the wheel. The wrecked car was found by Mrs. Anna KNULL, son, William and daughter, Mary Catherine, of Millerstown. They immediately summoned aid. When the car was lifted, Herman was found to be dead and Clyde was unconscious.
After Coroner D. David MOORE had been called to the scene of the accident the body of Herman was removed to the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer SMITH , residing about a mile south of where the accident occurred and Clyde was brought to the office of Dr. J. F. HAMSHER. He was found to have suffered cuts and bruises and a disruption at the base of the skull which has caused him to remain in a parital state of coma since the accident. When rational he states that re remembers nothing of the accident and was not appraised of his brother's death until Wednesday.
Coroner MOORE stated that a broken neck caused Herman's death. For about four years the young man had been in poor health caused by a disease of the liver which had brought on complications. He was operated uponn a number of times, but this brought only temporary relief.
During his long sickness he maintained a cheerful disposition and hopeful attitude, never complaining of his condition. For sometime he had worked with his father on the farm.  
Herman SMITH was born on the farm September 27, 1905. He was educated in the Johnson township and St. Paris schools, having graduated from the local high school in the class of 1923. He had attained the age of 24 years.
Besides the parents he is survuved by two brothers, Logan of Toledo; Clyde of Covington, Ohio and two sisters, Mrs. Ernest MUSSELMAN of St. Paris and Miss Jeannette, student in the Jewish hospital, Cincinnati.
The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the St. Paris Baptist church, Rev. J. W. POORMAN being in charge. Interment was made in Spring Grove cemetery by Bert Richeson, funeral director.

Smith, Hugh J. – Urbana Daily Citizen, Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Hugh J. Smith, 88, of Urbana died at 2:40 A.M. Thursday, 11 March 2010 in the Wellington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Urbana. He was born April 8, 1921 in Westville, a son of Raymond and Mary Ethel (Johnson) Smith.

Hugh retired from Smith Farm Equipment, which he owned for 55 years. He enjoyed farming and had a love for tractors. He was a member of Westville United Methodist church, served in the US Army and was a WWII veteran. He was a member of American Legion Pearce-Kerns Post 120 in Urbana and Knights of Pythias in Westville.

Survivors include his children, Elizabeth Granger of Ocala, FL, Sharon Shafer of Atlanta, GA, Teresa Shulte and her husband Gary of Mason, Hugh “Rusty” Smith of Westville, Mary Susan Gregg of Westville, 5 grandchildren, Laura Ryan and her husband Tom, Andrea and Katherine Shafer, Sara Madden and her husband Ira and Gary Shulte IV, great grandchildren, Cayleigh and Christen Ryan, Sophia and Isabella Madden and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alice Smith on October 13, 2002, his parents, a brother, Earl L. Smith and a sister, Rhea Mae Clyburn.

The family will receive friends 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Thursday, March 18, 2010 in the Walter & Smith Funeral Home, 642 S. Main Street, Urbana. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 19, 2010 in the Westville United Methodist Church, 76 N. SR 560, Westville with Rev. Dr. Peter J. Bellini officiating. Burial will follow in Nettle Creek Cemetery.

Military honors will be provided by members of the US Army and American Legion Pearce-Kerns Post 120.


SMITH -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 26 June 1924
Joseph B. SMITH , who died at Memorial hospital, Piqua, Monday morning at 8:15 o'clock, was buried yesterday on his 79th birthday. He was taken to the hospital Wednesday of last week, hoping to have life prolonged by the amputation of his right leg. The operation was performed on Friday. His left leg had been amputated July 28, 1923 on account of improper circulation caused from a wound received in battle.
Mr. SMITH was born in Page county, Virginia, June 25, 1845. He came to Ohio with his parents, James and Kathryn SMITH and located at Millerstown where he spent the remainder of his life excepting the time he was in the U. S. Military service and the last three years that he lived in St. Paris.
He enlisted in Co. C., 12th Ohio Cavalry at Urbana under Captain HUNTER and served through the Civil War. His horse was shot from under him and he was wounded at the battle of Kenesaw Mountain.
On September 6, 1877, he was united in marriage to Eliza Jane NICHOLES; who proceeded him in death 12 years ago. The surviving children are: Cory M. SMITH of Hamilton, Laura OODY of Urbana; Wilbur SMITH , R. R. D. 4, St. Paris; George Lee SMITH of Millerstown and Neva, who provided a good home and cared for her father. One sister, Mrs. Nancy SAGER of Tremont and one brother, Henry SMITH of this place survive together with eleven grandchildren.
Mr. SMITH was a member of the Millerstown Baptist church. Until he retired, he always followed the occupation of a farmer.
The funeral services were conducted from the Myrtle Tree church on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Samuel FURROW was in charge and was assisted by several other ministers. Interment was in charge of Lowell Jones, Undertaker and was made in Myrtle Tree cemetery.

SMITH -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 21 Aug 1941, pg 1
Funeral services for Mrs. Lenna SMITH, 69, will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Thackery Lutheran church with Rev. George F. Dittmar, pastor of the church in charge. Burial will be in Ferncliff cemetery at Springfield.
mrs. SMITH passed away Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. at her home in Thackery from a heart ailment. She is survived by her husband, Elmer SMITH, two daughters, Mrs. Clarence BILLHIMER and Mrs. Harry DIBERT, both of Thackery and one brother, Frank WELCHAUS of Springfield.

SMITH -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 15 April 1926
Wilbur J. SMITH , who suffered a stroke of paralysis while driving his machine on Tuesday of last week, died last night without ever regaining consciousness. He died at the Luther BEATTY home south of town where he was first taken after his misfortune.
The funeral services will be held from the St. Paris Baptist church, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. Samuel FURROW of Springfield. Burial will be made in Spring Grove cemetery with Bert Richeson, undertaker, in charge.
Mr. SMITH was the son of Joseph and Eliza Jane SMITH and was born east of St. Paris, October 14, 1891. He had always lived in this locality and followed the occupation of farming. He was married to Hazel APPLEGATE April 14, 1914. To this union was born three children, Richard, Charles and Marie. Two sisters, Mrs. Laura MOODEY of Urbana, and Mrs. Francis FURGESON of Millerstown, also survive together with two brothers, Cory SMITH of Hamilton, and George of Millerstown. Three sisters and two brothers are dead.

Smith, Wilbur Wells “Smitty” – Urbana Daily Citizen, Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Wilbur Wells “Smitty” Smith, age 88 of Saint Paris passed away at 6:49 a.m. on Sunday, October 10, 2010 in Mercy Memorial Hospital, Urbana.

He was born in Omaha, Nebraska on November 9, 1921, a son of the late Harley Burton and Edith Ethel (Wears) Smith. He married Esther M. Clem on February 6, 1940 and she preceded him in death on February 7, 2004.

Together they raised three children, two of whom survive: Son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Donna Smith of Saint Paris and Judith O’Harra of Urbana. Smithy is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Smith of Urbana, six grandchildren, Bradley (Desiree) Smith of Dayton, Brian Smith of Bellingham, Washington, Ronda England (Dino DeLeon) of West Mansfield, Scot (Karen) Lingrell of Carrollton, Georgia, Michael Lingrell (Lynnetta Tevis) of Bellefontaine, and Damon (Sherry) Smith of Kingscreek, and six great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Michael Smith, three sisters, Alma Furrow, Ruby McDonald, and Opal Fenton, and one brother, Walter Burton Smith.

Mr. Smith retired in 1986. He was formerly employed by Piqua Wheel and Furrow’s Dairy of Piqua. He also was the owner of Smith’s Auto and Truck Repair of Saint Paris. He was a 50-year member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge #344 of Saint Paris. He loved hunting and fishing and was a member of the Champaign County Bass Club. He also enjoyed camping.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield Street, Saint Paris with Reverend John Ware of the Urbana Church of the Nazarene presiding. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery, St. Paris. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p. m. in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Johnson-St. Paris Fire District, P. O. Box 648, Saint Paris, Ohio 43072 or to the charity of your choice.


SNIDER -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 11 Dec 1941, pg 1
Mrs. Mary E. SNIDER, 75 of Springfield, died Tuesday at her home. She was discovered by her son, Emmett who went for a visit at her home. Funeral services were held in Springfield this afternoon in charge of Rev. C. A. Rowand.
Mrs. SNIDER was survived by five brothers and two sisters. Two brothers of this vicinity are Mr. Clifford BALLENTINE, St. Paris, Alpha BALENTINE, St. Paris, R. 2 and Mrs. Rose BAKER, a sister.

Spencer, Jon M. – Urbana Daily Citizen, Saturday, 10 July 2010

Jon M. Spencer, 41, of West Liberty, passed away Thursday, July 8, 2010. He was born on November 1, 1968 in Piqua, Ohio to Dorothy J. Nill Spencer and the late James E. Spencer. On February 19, 2004 he married the former Michelle King and she survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Brandy Spencer of Piqua and Ashlie Spencer of West Liberty; two sons, Jon Spencer, Jr. of Piqua and Justin A. Headley of west Liberty; three sisters, Sharon (Timothy) Fisher of Fletcher, Shirley (Tom) Hoey and Saundra (Damian) Francis, both of St. Paris; a brother Leroy (Elizabeth) Spencer of Thackery; and several nieces and nephews.

A member of the Teamsters Union, he worked as a Flex Operator for Orbis in Urbana. He also attended the South Union Mennonite Church in West Liberty.

A funeral service will be conducted on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kauffman-Eichholtz Funeral Home in West Liberty. The family will receive friends from 9 – 11 a.m. on Monday prior to the funeral. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in West Liberty. Memorial contributions may be made to South Union Mennonite Church.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Kauffman-Eichholtz Funeral Home in West Liberty. Condolences may be expressed at

Spurgeon, Robert E. “Bob” – Urbana Daily Citizen, Thursday, 4 March 2010

Robert E. “Bob” Spurgeon, aged 65, of St. Paris passed away unexpectedly at 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 in his residence.

He was born in Piqua on August 5, 1944, the only child of the late Floyd and Mary (Dodson) Spurgeon.

He is survived by his fiancé, Sandy Whitmore of St. Paris, and her family; a daughter Melissa Ann Whitmore-Oberg and her husband, Philip of Seattle, WA, a granddaughter, Jocylynn Isabella Oberg, mother, Barbara Bell of Springfield, sister, Cheryl Bell-Cunningham of Centerville, and a brother Thomas (Joni) Frey, of Springfield. Bob is also survived by several cousins, and his beloved dog, Scooter.

Bob was a 1962 graduate of Graham High School and he was an avid supporter of Graham High School Athletics. He retired from Jim Foreman’s as an auto parts manager after 32 years of service. Currently, he was a truck driver for Smail’s Trucking. Bob was a member of the Westville K of P and the Urbana Moose. A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in Spring Grove Cemetery, N. Heck Hill Road, St. Paris with his cousin, Reverend Craig Siebert presiding. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at the Urbana Moose Lodge, 634 Mosgrove, Urbana, Ohio from 1:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, following the graveside service. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial donations in Bob’s name be given to P. A. W. S. Animal Shelter, 1535 W. U.S. Rt. 36, Urbana, Ohio 43078. Envelopes will be available at the graveside service and at the Moose Lodge, Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, St. Paris is serving the family.


SPURGUR Urbana Daily Citizen August 15 or 16th 1995
Frances E. Spurgur, 77, 225 Freeman Avenue, Urbana, died at 5 a.m., Wed Aug. 16, 1995 in her residence. She was born on Aug 17, 1917 in Champaign Co. the daughter of Jesse and Lydia (Taylor) Evilsizor. She was a member of Lagonda Avenue United Methodist church, Springfield. She is survived by eight nieces and nephews; and one brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Martha F. Evilsizor, Urbana. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Spurgur, a sister, Beatrice Kohn, and 2 brothers, Donald and Loren Evilsizor. Friends may call from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, in the Walter-Schoedinger Funeral Home, Urbana. The funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery.


Stabler, Willis William – Urbana Daily Citizen, 1 January 2008 – Graduated from Harrison-Adams Highschool, Class of 1960

Willis William Stabler, 65, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007. A resident of Lexington, SC for 37 years, he was born in Sidney, Ohio, and was a U. S. Army veteran and was a manager with Safety Kleen Corporation prior to retirement. Willis dearly loved his wife, children and grandchildren. His favorite pastimes included watching the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Clemson Tigers play football. He especially loved card games with his friends in Lexington, but also enjoyed visits to Ohio to see his many loved ones.

Surviving are his wife, Renate Ursula Stabler of Lexington, SC; sons, Steven U. Stabler (Peggy) of Stanfield, NC, and J. Willis (Celeste) Stabler of Lexington, SC; daughter, Nicole Stabler Bickley (Sease) of Lexington, SC; and six grandchildren, Zachary Tennis Stabler, Alexandrya Dale Stabler, Madalyn Anne Stabler, Abigail Jaye Stabler, Marley Ashton Bickley and Cole Willis Bickley. He was pre-deceased by a sister, Teresa Lee Stabler.

Graveside service, with military honors, will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at Woodridge Memorial Park, 138 Corley Mill Road, Lexington, South Carolina, with Reverend Leon Rawl officiating. Visitation will be immediately before the funeral from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Woodridge Funeral Home. The family will receive friends after the service at the home of Nicky Bickley, 1674 Pisgah Church Road, Lexington, SC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Palmetto Health South Carolina Cancer Center, Richland Medical Park, Columbia, SC 29203. Online condolences may be sent to The family has entrusted Woodridge Funeral Home with the arrangements.

Stanley, Janice M. Chevalier – Urbana Daily Citizen, 12 October 2007

Janice M. Stanley, aged 69, of Saint Paris, Ohio and formerly of Gallipolis passed away at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007 in the Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy.

Janice was born on Dec. 14, 1937 in Gallipolis. She was the daughter of the late Cleo Chevalier and Mary Margaret (Fraley) Chevalier who survives in St. Paris.

Janice married William F. Stanley on Aug. 21, 1955 and he also survives in St. Paris.

Janice was the mother of five children, four of whom survive: Keith (Sandra) Stanley of Orlando, Fla., LuAnne (Mark) Meade of Springfield, Ohio, Darrell L. (Laura) Stanley of New Bern, N. C. and Wayne (Debbie) Stanley of St. Paris. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. A step-brother, David (Christa) Chevalier of Vermont and two brothers, Larry Chevalier of Toledo and Charles Chevalier of Murfreesboro, Tenn., also survive.

In addition to her father, daughter Sheryl Lynn Stanley and one stepbrother Bill Chevalier preceded her in death.

Janice was formerly employed by Drackett Corporation of Urbana.

A memorial funeral service will be held on Monday, Oct. 15, 2007 in the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield St., St. Paris, Ohio at noon with the Rev. Rick Klos presiding. Burial will follow in Rosedale Cemetery near Rosewood, Ohio. There will be a time of visitation from 10 a.m. until the services at noon in the funeral home on Monday. Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Janice.


STAYMAN -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 3 Jan 1929, pg 1
The death of James E. STAYMAN occurred at the old Stayman hoe - four miles north of Rosewood at 3:30 Saturday morning. Five weeks prior to his death, Mr. STAYMAN had undergone an operation at Grant Hospital, Columbus, where it was found that he was suffering with cancer of the liver.
He was born on the farm where he died 57 years ago and for twenty years was a school teacher in Adams township and St. Paris Grain Company in 1916. In February 1919 he bought a half interest in an elevator in La Rue, OH. A few years ago he sold his interests there and bought an elevator at Fama and moved to Rockford near that place. here he resided until taken ill.
He was married to Ada NEAL from which union one daughter, Miss Margaret, a nurse at Grant hospital, survives together with the wife. Four brothers, Dennis at whose home he died; Alva of an Urbana R.R., Clyde of St. Paris and Arthur of Connecticut, and two sisters, Mrs. Thomas SPEECE of Rosewood, and Ida, at whose home he died.
Mr. STAYMAN was a member of the Rockford M.E. church and of the Knights of Pythas lodge at Quincy.
Funeral services were held from the home where he died, Monday afternoon at two o'clock in charge of Rev. Petry of Hamilton. Burial followed in the DeGraff cemetery.



St. Paris woman killed in head-on crash – Urbana Daily Citizen, Tuesday, 6 November 2007

St. Paris – A head-on collision on U. S. Route 36 at 9:10 a.m. on Sunday killed a St. Paris woman and sent another driver to the hospital.

Bertha Steinberger, age 96 of St. Paris, was traveling eastbound on U. S. Route 36 when her 1989 Chevrolet Corsica struck a 1997 Honda Accord driven by 20-year-old Derik S. Barnhart of Urbana.

Steinberger was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where she was later pronounced dead. Barnhart was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy where he was treated and released.

The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Marysville post.

This is the sixth fatal crash in Champaign County in 2007.

[Later reports said that Barnhart was traveling west on State Route 36 while Bertha was traveling east on the same road and was turning right into the church parking lot located on the north side of State Route 36.]





Steinberger, Bertha E. – Urbana Daily Citizen, Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Bertha E. Steinberger, age 96, of Saint Paris, Ohio passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2007 in Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. Bertha was born on August 6, 1911 in Mad River Township, Champaign County, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late C. Willard and Anna Belle (Zea) Steinberger. The last member of her immediate family, Bertha is survived by seven nieces and nephews: Robert W. and Ellen Steinberger of Des Moines, Iowa, Louanna Steinberger Calland of West Liberty, JoAnna Steinberger Bryan of Great Falls, VA, John and Shirley Steinberger Jr. of Saint Paris, Tom and JoAnn Steinberger of Springboro, Ohio, John and Linda Larmee, of Saint Paris, and William and Deborah Yandle of Springfield. Numerous great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters: Dolly Steinberger Fullerton, Susan Steinberger Mohr, Ruth Steinberger Yandle, Alice Steinberger, Mary Steinberger; and her brothers: John J. Steinberger, Peter G. Steinberger and James A. Steinberger. Bertha was a lifelong member of the Myrtle Tree Baptist Church, St. Paris joining in 1918. A 1928 graduate of Westville High School, Bertha also received an Associate’s Degree from Urbana Junior College and a Bachelors Degree from Wittenberg University. A retired teacher of 33 years, Bertha taught at Westville School and the Urbana City Schools. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2007 form 11:00 a.m. in the Myrtle Tree Baptist Church, 7020 St. Rt. 36, St. Paris, Ohio with Reverend Mike Parr and Reverend Clifford Kissinger presiding. Burial will follow in Myrtle Tree Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield St., St. Paris, Ohio. Contributions in memory of Bert6ha may be made to Myrtle Tree Baptist Church, 7020 W. Highway 36, Saint Paris, Ohio 43072. Envelopes will be available in the funeral home.


 STEPHENS -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 14 Nov 1940, pg 1
John M. STEPHENS, 87, died Monday at 10 P.m. at the Lehman nursing home, north of Troy, where he had been a patient for six weeks.
Deceased was a native of Christiansburg where he had spent most of his life following the painter's trade. He leaves two sons, J. W. STEPHENS, Christiansburg, and Hobart STEPHENS, Tipp City. He also leaves one brother, A. L. STEPHENS, Christiansburg. His wife died three years ago. Funeral services were held this morning (Thursday at 10 o'clock. Burial was in Honey Creek cemetery.

STEVENS -- ST PARIS ERA-DISPATCH, Thurs., 10 June 1887
Frank STEVENS died near Waverly, Kan., Sunday morning at the age of 35 years. He was sick for a long time, and was buried there on Monday. He left a wife and two children, and many relatives here. He was a brother of Hamilton STEVENS and a son-in-law of Elias Beatty, of Jackson tp.

Prudence, the wife of M. O. STEVENS, living six miles south of St. Paris, died from the effects of cancer July 24 at 10 o'clock p.m. She had been ill since late last year.
Mrs. STEVENS was the daughter of James and Elizabeth BECK and was born in Jackson township July 1, 1862 She spent her entire life in the vicinity of St. Paris.
Her marriage to M. O. STEVENS was blessed by the birth of a son, Marley, who survives together with the husband. Two sisters and three brothers are also living. They are: Mrs. W. D. JENKINS, Miss Maria BECK, Charles, John and James BECK.
Mrs. STEVENS was a member of the Newson Chapel church and was held in high esteem by every one who know her.
The funeral services were held the home Sunday afternoon at two o'clock. Burial took place in Newson cemetery.

Stockwell, Adelaide Clair Heath - Urbana Daily Citizen, Monday, 26 February 2007

Adelaide Clair Stockwell, 91, of Mechanicsburg passed away, Saturday, February 24, 2007 in her residence.

She was born January 3, 1915 in Concord Township, Champaign County the daughter of the late Harry G. Heath & Edith (Campbell) Kemp.

Adelaide attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. She was an avid collector of dolls, an artist and she loved African violets. She was known as the Goat Lady and raised birds & Chihuahua.

Adelaide is survived by her daughter, Reta (Elden) Smith of Mechanicsburg; her sons, James (Allie) Clark of Bellview, Florida, Daniel (Phyllis) Clark, Gene Clark & Danny Jim Stockwell all of Mechanicsburg; 17 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; her brother, Garner (Emma) Heath of Pennsylvania; her sister, Winifred Neer of Mechanicsburg, numerous nieces and nephews of several generations and two very special friends Judy Mayo & Juanita Lattimer.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Herbert Stockwell.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2007 in the Skillman, McDonald & Vernon Funeral Home, with Gary Wellmeier officiating; where friends may call 1 hour prior to services.

Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery Mechanicsburg.






Stonerock, Florence “Becky” L. Buck – Urbana Daily Citizen, Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Florence “Becky” L. Stonerock, age 79, of Urbana and formerly of Rosewood, passed away at 6:20 a.m. on Monday, October 15, 2007.

Becky was born on May 3, 1928 in Rosewood, the daughter of the late Reuel and Hazel (Zerkle) Buck.

She married James Dale Stonerock on September 2, 1950 and her preceded her in death on November 7, 1999.

Together, they raised three children who survive: Brett (Sonya) Stonerock of St. Paris, Cynthia “Cindy” Stonerock of Urbana, and Susan Stonerock of Urbana. She was also a loving grandmother to three grandchildren: Bryan (Sharon) Stonerock of London, Ohio, Jamie Stonerock of Dayton and Holly George of Urbana. She was the proud great-grandmother to Abigail, Sarah and Nathan all of London. Becky is also survived by one sister, Roberta (Raymond) Magato of Quincy and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband, two brothers preceded her in death; Carroll and Robert Buck. Becky was a member of the Myrtle Tree Baptist Church, St. Paris. She graduated in 1946 from Rosewood High School. In 1990 she retired from Drackett in Urbana. For thirty years she was self-employed beautician in Rosewood, and more recently she worked at WalMart in Urbana. She was a member of Chapter 530 Order of Eastern Star, Urbana and attended New Moorefield United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. in Myrtle Tree Baptist Church, 7020 W. Highway 36, St. Paris with Pastors Floyd Dallas and Buddie Tuttle presiding. Burial will follow in Rosedale Cemetery, N. St. Rt. 235, Conover. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield St., St. Paris. Chapter 530 of Urbana will hold Eastern Star services during the visitation at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chapter 530 Order of Eastern Star or to the Myrtle Tree Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available in the funeral home

Stover, Emilie A. Kunz – Urbana Daily Citizen, Saturday, 27 October 2007

Emilie A. Stover, age 85, of St. Paris passed away at 11:49 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2007 in Mercy Hospital, Urbana. Emilie was born on March 1, 1922 in Metz, France, the daughter of the late Johann and Katrin (Villman) Kunz. She is survived by three children and their spouse: Griselda and Gary Conn, Clint and Carol Stover, all of St. Paris, and Gene and Debbie Stover of Bellefontaine. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Nick (Michelle) Stover, Tim (Lori) Purk, and Donnie Conn all of St. Paris, Betsy (Chad) Lough, of Springfield, Holly Conn of Ada, Ohio, Jennifer (Chris) Vance of New Carlisle, and T. J. Baker of Bellefontaine; and nine great grandchildren: Kalie and Tyler Purk, Faith, Gaven and William Stover, Jordan Conn, Laci and Rhett Lough, and Troy Vance. Emilie attended the St. Paris First Church of God and formerly served as a home health aid. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 12:00 p.m. in the St. Paris First Church of God, 122 Walnut Street, St. Paris, with Pastors Larry Messick and Richard Keeran presiding. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held two hours prior to the funeral ceremony in the church, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paris First Church of God Building Fund, P. O. Box 543, St. Paris, Ohio 43072. Envelopes will be available in the church.


Mrs. J. E. STRAUB, 70, died at Memorial hospital Piqua, Wednesday at 6:00 P. M. She had been in failing health for some time and was taken to the hospital Saturday after suffering a severe heart attack at her home southeast of St. Paris.
Mrs. STRAUB was a member of the St. Paris Baptist church, The Home Circle and Class 7.
In addition to her husband she leaves one son, Clifford STRAUB, St. Paris; two grandchildren, Mrs. Harold STRAUB, Springfield and Jack STRAUB, Ft. Hayes; one sister, Mrs. Glendora PENCE, ST. Paris and three brothers, J. Emory KITE, R. M. KITE and F. F. KITE all of the St. Paris community.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 3:30 P.M. at the Ira Frank funeral home with Rev. A. O. LONG in charge.

Sullenberger, Mary – Urbana Daily Citizen, 11 September 2007

Mary Sullenberger, age 49, of Enon and formerly of Christiansburg, passed away Saturday, September 8, 2007 in Ohio State University Hospital. She was born on October 29, 1957 in Troy, Ohio the daughter of Samuel D. & Doris Jean (Minnich) Sullenberger.

She was a 1976 graduate of Graham High School who liked to draw and write stories, a member of the Christiansburg United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.

She was a former member of the Christiansburg Fire Department as an EMT. She was a former dispatcher for the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Troy Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. She also worked for David’s Greenhouse in Christiansburg. She currently worked at Speedway Head-quarters in Security and Customer Service.

She is survived by her daughter Sarah Sullenberger, brothers Lawrence (Sheila) Sullenberger of Williamsport, OH, Mike (Maxine) Sullenberger of Christiansburg, Sam (Effie) Sullenberger of West Liberty, and Paul (Elaine) Sullenberger of Piqua, 10 nieces and nephews Dale Sullenberger, David (Susan) Sullenberger, Todd (Diane) Sullenberger, Debbie (Richard) Robinson, Daniel Sullenberger, Jean Ellen Sullenberger, Angie (Trent) Zerkle, Nichole Cordell, Eric (Rachel) Sullenberger and Lori Sullenberger, 13 great nieces and nephews, and 2 great-great niece and nephew.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Norman, and sister Theresa Kriete.

A gathering of friends will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. in the Christiansburg United Methodist Church, at the corner of 3rd and Monroe Streets, Christiansburg with a celebration of Mary’s life to be held at 8:00 p.m. with Pastor David Joe May of the Soaring Higher Christian Center, Xenia, Ohio officiating. Burial will be held in Casstown Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s memory to Sarah’s College Scholarship Fund c/o First Central National Bank, 2 East Pike St., Box 286, Christiansburg, Ohio 45389.

Services are entrusted to the Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana, Ohio.


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