Routsong Funeral Home - Kettering Chapel

On first thought, the fact that we are family-owned may not mean much to you. But consider this: Because we have lived here for so long, there is a very good chance that during your time of greatest need, you will be assisted by someone you consider a friend. And, because we are local, you are assured someone from our family will be available to assist you, regardless of the time you call. Like you, we all live here, so we are constantly giving back to the community.

Sometimes a tragedy can change the entire pattern of a man's life. That happened during the Dayton flood of 1913 to Carl T. Routsong, then a rural mailman. He stood at a window in the main post office and watched as the floodwaters washed away his horse and buggy. Without them, Carl could not keep his mail route. Fortunately, his brother-in-law, George Bradford, who had recently started Bradford and Gustin Funeral Home, was in need of extra help. In 1918, when Mr. Gustin retired, Carl entered into a partnership with George Bradford and the firm was founded. Reorganization in 1952 marked the beginning of Routsong Funeral Home and the rest is history!

Death care businesses have traditionally been transferred to successive generations and ours is no exception. Today we are at our third generation of running Routsong Funeral Home and we look forward to a future of continued succession.

In 1918, with the partnership of Bradford and Routsong, the firm was formed. Following a reorganization in 1952, Routsong Funeral Homes has grown to our present size through adherence to our principles, which are to present the options available to families, and to faithfully fulfill their wishes with conscientious service.

Carl T. Routsong was the founder of Routsong Funeral Home. His son, Thomas H. Routsong, joined the firm in 1952, followed by his son, Thomas A. Routsong, in 1979. Mrs. Thomas H. (Martha) Routsong joined the three-generation family-run business when she received her funeral director's license in 1979.

The Routsong Funeral Homes, family and staff, are members of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Montgomery County Funeral Directors Association and the Federated Funeral Directors of America. All these organizations are pledged to serve the public in accordance with prescribed ethical standards.

We are a caring Christian family, and our desire is to continue serving Dayton area families, in their time of need, as we have for over 80 years.


Our Obituaries

Valentina Lazar

September 1, 1969 - August 14, 2017

LAZAR, Valentina, age 47, passed away on August 14, in Washington Township, Ohio. In the small village of Suraia, on a crisp fall day, Sava and Elena Anghelache welcomed their first born. September 1st, 1969, was the perfect day to give birth to a beautiful, brown eyed daughter, Valentina. Her charming smile and usual good disposition have been birth...
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Marjorie Joan Tomashot

April 21, 1928 - August 13, 2017


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Raymond Ray Olfky

October 12, 1946 - August 12, 2017

OLFKY, Raymond Edward, age 70, passed away on 12 August 2017. Ray was born October 12, 1946, to Anthony and Margaret Olfky in Rochester, NY. He graduated from Notre Dame High School, Trenton, NJ in 1964. He received his BA in Economics from Villanova University in 1968 and his MS in Management Science from University of Dayton on 1979. From 1968 until he retired...
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Paul Hezlett

March 19, 1933 - August 11, 2017

HEZLETT, Paul M. Sr, age 84, of Centerville, passed away at St. Leonard’s Health Care Center on August 11, 2017. Paul was born on March 19, 1933 in Boston, MA to Edward and Gertrude Hezlett. He most recently resided in St. Augustine, FL for 25 years. Prior to that he lived in Jacksonville, FL, Enfield, CN, and Woodridge, IL. He was...
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Lorraine H. Moody

September 16, 1926 - August 9, 2017

MOODY, Lorraine H., age 90, of Kettering, passed away on August 9, 2017 at home. Lorraine was born on September 16, 1926 in Hendrum, MN to Oliver and Helen Hagen. She graduated from Moorhead High School in Minnesota. Lorraine was a detailed home decorator and enjoyed spending time in her condos’ in Florida. She was also past President of the Ohio State Alumnee...
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Eleanor Josephine Davis

August 18, 1919 - August 7, 2017

ELEANOR J. Davis, age 97, passed away on August 7th, 2017. Eleanor Josephine was born in Dayton, Ohio on August 18, 1919. She was a lifetime member of St. Adalbert Catholic Church. She was also member of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church. Eleanor worked at Frigidaire and the Rike-Kumbler Company. She was a graduate of Parker Co-Op High School (Patterson Co-Op). Eleanor...
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Margarita Q. Tuss

October 17, 1956 - August 7, 2017

TUSS, Margarita “Maggie” Quintana passed peacefully at home in the arms of her beloved husband, Jim Tuss, after a thirteen year battle with breast cancer. She was predeceased by her mother, Margarita Couceiro in 1984 and her beloved bunny, Nibbles in 2016. Born in Havana, Cuba on 17 October, 1956, her family emigrated to Madrid, Spain in 1969...
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Bruce Kline

August 23, 1944 - August 4, 2017

KLINE, Bruce Edward, 72, loving husband, father, grandfather and founder of Bruce E. Kline Psy.D. and Associates, died on August 4, 2017 at his home in Kettering, OH. Bruce was born August 23, 1944 in Woodstock, IL, to Bruce L. and Kneldrith Kline. He earned an A.A. degree at Central College of McPherson, KS and was married to Linda Wallis in...
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Dixie Wightman

July 31, 1947 - August 4, 2017


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Richard Dick Harris

May 20, 1945 - August 3, 2017


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Rickie Lee Mitchell

January 9, 1962 - August 3, 2017

MITCHELL, Rickie Lee “Rick”, age 55, of Dayton, formerly of Trotwood, passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Rick was born on January 9, 1962 in Dayton to George and Betty Mitchell. He attended Trotwood-Madison High School and worked as the Facilities Manager for First Lutheran Church in Dayton for many years. Rick was preceded in death by his...
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Dorothy Jean Sickinger

March 9, 1930 - August 2, 2017

SICKINGER, Dorothy Jean, 87, of Washington Township, Ohio, formerly of Oakwood, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on August 2, 2017. Born March 9, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Margaret Ballew. An only child, she was raised on a farm in Prarie Hill, MO, a community so small that they changed the...
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Teddy Williamson

January 28, 1937 - July 31, 2017

WILLIAMSON, Teddy L., age 80 of Centerville, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017. Teddy was born on January 28, 1937 to James and Etta (Holderman) Williamson in Englewood, OH. He served in the Navy’s 7th Pacific Fleet; had two tours of duty, and traveled to the Philippines, Luzon Island, Okinawa, South China Sea, and the Sea of Japan...
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Loretta Mary Whiston

December 9, 1936 - July 26, 2017

WHISTON, Loretta M., age 80, of Centerville, passed away on July 26, 2017. She was born on December 9, 1936 in Long Island, New York to Walter and Katherine (Valliere) Whiston. Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bro. George Whiston, S.M.; and step-father, Edwin Wells. She was a Marianist Affiliate for many years. A Mass of Christian...
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Alice Elizabeth Mawdsley

May 6, 1931 - July 26, 2017

MAWDSLEY, Alice Elizabeth, age 86, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Alice was born on May 6, 1937 to Marty and Orba Bennett in Clarksville, OH. She worked as a secretary at W.P.A.F.B. until she met her husband, Robert L. Mawdsley. Alice worked for SICSA for over 30 years and volunteered countless hours at The Tenth Life. She was a member of Eastern Star and...
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Mary Dietz

February 16, 1924 - July 26, 2017

DIETZ, Mary (Stamaty), formerly Mary Burns, age 93 of Kettering, died Wednesday July 26, 2017 at Hospice of Dayton. Survived by daughter and caregiver Janice; sister Melachrine “Mel” Murphy (Loren - “Pete”) of Florida; grandsons Scott Diebert, Jeff and Jason Parker; beloved nieces and nephew; grandchildren and many friends. Preceded in death by...
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Richard John Ernst

October 8, 1934 - July 25, 2017

ERNST, Richard (Dick) John (1934 - 2017) died Tuesday, July 25, 2017 after battling a short illness while at Hospice of Dayton. He is survived by his children Jeffrey (Maryellen), Lisa, and Leslie Alford (Robert), and grandson Joseph. Richard was preceded in death by his former wife Susan Ann (nee Carty), brother Robert Ernst, and loving partner Jeannie...
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William Voss Irwin

July 6, 1942 - July 25, 2017

IRWIN, William v. “Bill”, 75, of Bellbrook, passed away on July 25, 2017. He was born July 6, 1942 in Davenport, Iowa. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. No words can express how much Bill will be missed by his family and friends. The family would like to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses, and caregivers at...
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Joy Faye Back

November 12, 1932 - July 22, 2017

BACK, Joy Faye (Haley), age 84, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 22, 2017 from the complications of Cancer at Kettering Hospital. Joy was born on November 12, 1932 to Ted and Fannie Haley in Pathfork, KY. They soon relocated and she grew up in Rose Hill VA, in a Loving Christian home located near Cumberland Gap TN. As a young woman she came to Dayton,...
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Jeff Sloneker

July 4, 1959 - July 22, 2017

SLONEKER, Jeffery Michael, age 58, passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Jeff was born on July 4, 1959 to Roy and Carolyn (Kautz) Sloneker in Hamilton, OH. He graduated from Edgewood high school in Trenton, OH. Jeff attended Miami University (Oxford). Jeff was a partner at BDS Packaging Inc. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Christina (Manzo);...
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Dorothy Cornish

October 4, 1928 - July 22, 2017

CORNISH, Dorothy P., 88, of Beavercreek, OH, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Dorothy was one of twelve children born in Starkville, Ontario Canada to the late Victor and Leona Farrow. As a young woman, she was a skilled bookkeeper and excelled in retail sales. She was an exceptional homemaker and...
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Agnes Wheeler

March 4, 1943 - July 20, 2017

Wheeler, Agnes Therese, age 74, passed away peacefully in the company of family on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Agnes was born March 4, 1943 to Michael and Lucille Hempfling. She grew up on her family farm in Delphos, OH and graduated from Saint John’s High School. She earned her degree in nursing from St. Rita’s Hospital Lima, completed her bachelor...
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Louise Howard

June 16, 1932 - July 18, 2017

HOWARD, Louise M., age 85, of Centerville, OH (currently Denver, CO), passed away Tuesday July 18, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, William M. Howard and parents, Conrad and Sophia Doty. She is survived by one brother, Conrad (Karen) Doty of Groveland, CA; two daughters, Barbara (Dave) Zanini of Denver, CO, Kathy (Marty)...
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Jean Marilyn Hunsaker

February 5, 1926 - July 18, 2017

HUNSAKER, Jean Marilyn, age 91 of Kettering, Ohio died on July 18. She was a native to Madison, WI where she attended the University of Wisconsin. She was a member of Fairmont Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, a member of Progressive Mothers Club and a Volunteer at Miami Valley Hospital for 20 years. Jean was a Girl Scout leader in Ironton, Ohio where she and her husband Kay resided for ten...
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Beverly Ann Schill

June 16, 1939 - July 17, 2017

SCHILL, Beverly Ann “Bev”, age 78, of Dayton, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017 at Hospice of Dayton. Bev graduated from Bowling Green University with Honors in 1961 with a degree in education and worked at Good Samaritan Hospital for over 25 years and also at Life Stages. She was a volunteer at the Dayton Dog Training Club and was a judge for numerous...
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Sanjeev Kumar Goel

February 10, 1956 - July 14, 2017

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Goel, 61, of Dayton, Ohio, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2017 at his home. A celebration of life service will be held from 12:00-3:00 pm on Tuesday, July 18 at Cox Arboretum, 6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, OH 45449. Sanjeev was born on Feb 10th, 1956 in Meerut, UP, India to Kamlesh and Parmanand Goel. He had two brothers&...
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Joanne Elizabeth Colberg

June 16, 1934 - July 12, 2017

COLBERG, Joanne E., age 83, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Joanne was born on June 16, 1934 to the late Joseph & Agnes (Tryon) Yohn. She worked at Miami Valley Hospital as a Medical Technologist for 10 years, and helped start the Cytology Lab there. Joanne retired from Pathology Associates after 20 years as a Cytotechnologist. She was a member of the Red Hat...
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Owen Ray Kilburn

November 17, 1929 - July 10, 2017

KILBURN, Owen Ray, age 87, of Riverside, OH, passed away on July 10, 2017. Owen was born on November 17, 1929 in Booneville, KY to Dudley & Daisy (Bowman) Kilburn. He served in the US Army during the Korean War in the 3rd Infantry Div. Owen worked 26 years for Sherwin-Williams and retired after 14 years of service at General Motors Truck & Bus. He attended...
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Kit Johnston Davidson

October 30, 1940 - July 8, 2017

DAVIDSON, Kit J., age 76, of Centerville, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Kit was born on October 30, 1940 in Cincinnati, OH to John and Lucile (McLaughlin) Johnston. She graduated Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Psychology and earned her R.N. from Kettering College of Medical Arts. She worked for Kettering Hospital for over 10 years. Preceded in...
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Aaron Edward Gray

February 18, 1991 - July 7, 2017

GRAY, Aaron Edward, age 26, passed away at his Kettering residence on Friday July 07, 2017. He was born February 18, 1991 in Dayton, Ohio, to William Gray and Janice K. (Gilliam) Lott. Aaron loved cars, family and was a fun spirit with a contagious laugh, he also enjoyed art. He is survived by his mother, Janice K. Lott (Bill); father, William...
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Christopher Douglas Klingensmith

January 13, 1992 - July 4, 2017

KLINGENSMITH, Christopher Douglas, age 25, of Dayton, formerly of Oakwood, passed away on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017. Chris was born on January 13th, 1992 in Milwaukee, WI to Trina B. House and Douglas L. Klingensmith. He graduated from Oakwood High School in 2010 where he excelled in Football and Wrestling. Chris was very involved in the Dayton music scene. ...
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Rose Cameran Nott

May 6, 2002 - July 3, 2017

NOTT, Rose Cameran, age 15, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Rose was born on May 6, 2002 to Chase Nott and Heather Eldering in Columbia, South Carolina. She would have been a sophomore at Franklin HS this fall. Rose was an artistic soul who taught herself to play the piano, and loved strumming her base guitar. She is survived by her mother, father;...
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Gracie Ison

July 18, 1928 - July 2, 2017

ISON, Gracie N., age 88 of Kettering died Sunday, July 2, 2017. Survivors include brother-in-law Roland Nayles; half-sisters Elise Patrick of new Carlisle; Betty Lou Miller and Ruth and Jones of Kentucky. Half-brothers Cooper Noble of Franklin Ohio: Roy & Joe Noble of Kentucky. Funeral services will be held at Routsong funeral home 2100 East Stroop Rd. and Kettering at 12 noon...
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Edward Joseph Regan

November 23, 1922 - July 2, 2017

REGAN, Edward Age 94, passed away at 10 Wilmington Place, formerly of Oakwood, on July 2, after a long and fulfilling life as a loving husband, father of four, and grandfather of seven. Born in 1922 to Edward, Sr., and Grace Regan, Ed grew up on the east side of Dayton and attended St. Anthony Grade School. He graduated from Chaminade High School in...
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Carol Elizabeth Hughes

July 22, 1937 - July 1, 2017

HUGHES, Carol Elizabeth, age 79, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017. Carol was born on July 22, 1937 to John and Alice (Calnan) Meehan in Cincinnati, OH. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati, a member of St. Luke Catholic Church, and was a member of the Jeanne Jugan Society. Carol was a religious education teacher for years and also volunteered...
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Wendell Akers

September 12, 1946 - June 28, 2017

AKERS, Wendell, age 70, passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Wendell was born on September 12, 1946 to Oscar and Annie (Evans) Akers in Grethel, KY. Wendell proudly served in the Army during the Vietnam War and later retired from D.A.P. after 27 years. He loved his grandchildren, working in his yard, classic cars, NASCAR, country music, and...
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Marjorie F. Hauenstein

May 29, 1926 - June 27, 2017

Marjorie Mae Hauenstein, age 91 of Kettering, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 following complications from a stroke. Marjorie was born May 29, 1926 in Auburn, Maine to Frederick and Ellen Ford. The events of her life would prove pivotal in shaping Marjorie into a strong and independent woman, one who persevered against adversity but who often struggled to let...
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Louise Buena Quines

October 12, 1946 - June 25, 2017

QUINES, Louise B., 70, Of Battlecreek, Michigan, passed away on June 25, 2017. Louise was born in Albay, Philippines to Salvador and Corazon (Buena) Quines. She earned her BSN in Nursing from Adventist University of the Philippines and her Masters in Nursing from Andrew’s University in Michigan. She worked as a nurse for over 40 years helping those in both the...
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Bruce Elbert Harrison

July 17, 1940 - June 22, 2017

HARRISON, Bruce Elbert, of Kettering, Ohio, passed away at the age of 76 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. A native of Peoria, Illinois, Bruce attended Peoria High School and graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1965,...
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William G. Hollis

July 4, 1938 - June 22, 2017

HOLLIS, William "Bill" G, age 78, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2017. Bill is survived by his son, Greg (Casie) Hollis; granddaughters; Allison and Rory Hollis, sister-in-law; Beverly Gilewitz, and his other son. He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley A. (Mote) Hollis, mother; Ruth (Fischer) Hollis; father; William A. Hollis. Bill was born on July...
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William Snedden Darling

September 12, 1936 - June 20, 2017

Darling, William S. “Scotty” passed away June 20, 2017 at his home In West Carrollton, OH. Scotty was born in Scotland September 12, 1936 to William and Elizabeth “Ella” who preceded him in death. Remaining family members include: daughter, Heather (Mark) Short; granddaughters, Caroline and Sienna in Virginia; brother, Allan (Elaine) Darling in...
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James Keadey

July 6, 1953 - June 19, 2017

KEADEY, James (Jim) David, age 63, of Kettering passed away on Monday, June 19, 2017 at Kettering Hospital. Jim was born on July 6, 1953 to William and Mary Keadey in Toledo, OH. He graduated from Oakwood High School and from the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in Hyde Park, NY. Jim helped open the Peasant Stock Restaurant in Kettering and later worked at the Peerless Mill Inn as the...
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Alberta Irene Gaeke

July 9, 1922 - June 17, 2017

GAEKE (HECHT), Alberta "Bertie", passed away on June 17, 2017, at age 94. She was preceded in death by her much beloved husband, Carl W.; son, Bill and son-in-law David Frech; her parents, Edward and Clara Amann Hecht; and her brothers, Robert and Alvin. She is survived by 5 children: Sr. Carol Gaeke O.P., Joanne (Larry) Bilderback, Joyce (Paul) Kordik, Susan Frech, John (Deborah) Gaeke and...
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Patricia Leonora Scearce

April 7, 1975 - June 16, 2017

SCEARCE, Patricia Leonora, age 42, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017. Tricia was born in Dayton on April 7, 1975 to Leonard Guy and Sylvia Person. She graduated from Arlington High School in Arlington, TX, and also attended Miami Jacobs College. Tricia worked as a secretary for Adesa, and volunteered at the local homeless shelter. She will always be remembered for her generosity and sense of...
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Vincent Thomas Zimmer

November 3, 1987 - June 16, 2017

ZIMMER, Vincent Thomas, age 29, of Kettering, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017. He was born on November 3, 1987 in Dayton to David and Jennifer Zimmer. Vincent worked at WPAFB for Serco Inc. where he was the Security Engineer. Vincent enjoyed spending time boating, especially on Norris Lake, Lake Cumberland, Brookville Lake, and Caesar Creek Lake which all held a special place in his...
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Josef Otmar

July 26, 1927 - June 13, 2017

OTMAR, Josef, age 89, noted cabinetmaker, escaped communism in Czechoslovakia and pursued liberty on three continents before finding the American Dream in Centerville, Ohio. He passed away peacefully at home on June 13, 2017. Otmar was born July 26, 1927, in Nova Ves nad Popelkou, Czechoslovakia. As a young man seeking freedom from communism, he left home on May 14, 1949, with a few books in...
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Mary Kathleen Walters

February 18, 1942 - June 11, 2017

WALTERS, Mary K., 75, of Dayton, formerly of Huber Heights, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017. She was born to John and Thelma (Crabill) McBreen in Springfield, Ohio. She was a loyal Wife, Mother, and friend, and always took care of the people she loved. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Lonnie Walters. Mary is survived by her children, Julie (John) Kane, Johnny...
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James Walter Looper

May 11, 1911 - June 10, 2017


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James Walter Looper

May 11, 1911 - June 10, 2017


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Frank French Gordnier

February 10, 1928 - June 8, 2017

GORDNIER, Frank F., age 89, of Dayton, OH, formerly of Rochester NY, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Frank was a member of Mason United Methodist Church. He served in the Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1949 and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity of Syracuse. He was a past Master of Unity Lodge #479, Past High Priest of Hiram...
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Betty Jean Koesters

February 27, 1929 - June 8, 2017

KOESTERS, Betty Jean (Bondurant), age 88, of Kettering, formerly of Vandalia and Dayton, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Betty was a member of St. Anthony Church for over 50 years and a longtime resident of Grand Court/Brookdale of Kettering. She was a member of the Council 500 Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxillary, Nu Iota Kappa Sorority, and the Carlisle Avenue Card Club. Betty retired...
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Sarah Renee Vesey

May 21, 1988 - June 7, 2017

Vesey, Sarah Renee, age 29, of Kettering, passed away on June 7, 2017. Sarah graduated from Beavercreek High School in 2006, and earned her Associates Degree in interior design at Sinclair. She served as an Ambassador for Children's Medical Center. She was co-creator of Discheadz, an at home hobby turned into a small business for which she was very proud. She also worked at the Cheesecake...
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Barbara Ann Barnes

October 28, 1931 - June 7, 2017

BARNES, Barbara Ann, age 85, of Centerville, passed away on June 7, 2017 at Hospice of Dayton. She was born in Dayton, OH to the late Raymond & Mattie (Mitchell) Renner. Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Eugene Barnes, along with her brothers: Raymond; Allen Renner and sister Thelma O'Donnel. She is survived by her sons: Tim (Missy) Everman and H. Joel Everman,...
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William H. Donahue

October 9, 1934 - June 6, 2017

Dr. William Hayes Donahue couldn't walk into a restaurant, supermarket or sporting event without hearing "Doc!" shouted from across the room and receiving a firm hand shake. He'd operated on them once, twice — maybe even three times. He'd shown them the ropes years ago when they received their first, white lab coat and blue scrubs. He'd offered a helping hand when things were difficult or...
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John Edward Springer Mohr

April 15, 1952 - June 2, 2017

MOHR, John Edward Springer age 65 of Centerville passed away on Friday, June 2, in Dayton, Ohio, after an inspiring battle against cancer. John was a 1970 graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School (Tiffin, Ohio) and received a bachelor's degree in political science from Miami University, Oxford, in 1974. He continued his education at Indiana University Bloomington where he earned his Juris...
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Vivian Jean Goode

February 13, 1931 - June 1, 2017

GOODE, Vivian Jean, age 86, was born February 13, 1931 in Centerville, OH to Jesse and Kathryn Nosset Hibberd. She married John "Jack" Huntsberger and Les Goode, who preceded her in death. Vivian graduated from Centerville high school in 1949 and University of Dayton in 1973. She retired from Stephen Bell Elementry in 1987. Vivian loved her family, playing cards, bowling, and telling jokes....
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Dr.William McKay Sherk

December 16, 1931 - May 31, 2017

SHERK, William McKay, age 85, of Kettering, passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Known for his charm, humor and twinkling, blue eyes, Bill was born December 16, 1931 in Dayton, OH to physician Edgar A. and Willa (McKay) Sherk. A 1949 graduate of Oakwood H.S.. He took his intellect to Ohio Wesleyan (B.S. '53; Sigma Phi Epsilon) after which he took a 3, 500-mile, two-month road trip around the...
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Dorothy Fox

August 27, 1919 - May 31, 2017


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Klaus Werner Otten

August 3, 1929 - May 29, 2017

OTTEN, Klaus Werner, age 87, of Xenia, passed away on Monday, May 29, 2017. He was born on August 3, 1929, in Stuttgart, Germany, to Wilhelm and Johanna (Lohss) Otten. Klaus was preceded in death by his wife, Anna, and his parents. He is survived by his sister, Hildegard (Michael) Lindsay; nephew, Michael (Elizabeth) Lindsay and their son Quentin; and many dear neighbors and friends. Klaus...
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Petronella Bishop

July 5, 1935 - May 28, 2017

BISHOP, Petronella "Pat" (Kruijk), age 81, of Bellbrook, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Pat was born on July 5, 1935, in the Netherlands to Dirk and Geertruida (Smit) Kruijk. She retired from Elder-Beerman after 40 years of service and also worked for Ed Smith Flowers. Pat was a devoted wife, gracious mother, attentive grandmother, loving sister, and loyal friend. She will be...
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William Dininger Lockwood

May 30, 1934 - May 27, 2017

LOCKWOOD, William D., of Oakwood passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the age of 82. He was born in Chicago in 1934 to Chalmer and Mary Lockwood. The family moved to Dayton during his childhood where he was raised. Bill Lockwood was a prominent Dayton-based Civil Engineer, entrepreneur and mentor. His passion for innovation and the ability to develop new technologies and bring them to...
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Janet Kay Holder

August 19, 1943 - May 25, 2017

HOLDER, Janet Kay, age 73, of Washington Twp, passed away peacefully at home on May 25, 2017, with her beloved dog Pippa by her side. She was born on August 19, 1943 in Rolla, Missouri to Hubert and Jessie (Geers) Perkins. Janet graduated from Rolla High School, attended Missouri State University, and graduated with a Master's degree in Education from Wright State University. She retired as a...
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Jeanine Walengar

May 24, 2017 - May 24, 2017

OSBORN, Jeanine (Walengar) of Centerville, OH peacefully passed on May 19, 2017. She taught in Johnson County, KY and in Indiana. She also was supervisor of Food Services in Fairborn City Schools. Jeanine was predeceased by her parents James Harrison and Neva (Evans) Osborn and brothers James Howard and Wendell. She is survived by her sister-in-law Mary Ellen (Ison) Osborn and nieces and...
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Timothy Jason Horne

March 3, 1979 - May 23, 2017

HORNE, Timothy Jason, age 38, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Jason was born on March 3, 1979 in Tampa, FL. He was a 1997 graduate of Miamisburg High School and attended Sinclair Community College. Jason was a dedicated General Manager of EO Burgers in Beavercreek where he took pride in mentoring his employees with a listening ear and a kind heart. It was obvious to everyone who knew him...
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Charles Chilcoat

January 4, 1938 - May 20, 2017

CHILCOAT, Charles Park, age 79, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017. He proudly served his country in the Army and Navy for 26 years, retiring from the Army Reserves with the rank of Sergeant Major. Charles also worked for NCR, retiring in 2000. After retirement Charles became a member of American Legion Post 49 and VFW Post 9927. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles H. and H....
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Jeanine Walengar

December 31, 1933 - May 19, 2017

OSBORN, Jeanine (Walengar) of Centerville, OH peacefully passed on May 19, 2017. She taught in Johnson County, KY and in Indiana. She also was supervisor of Food Services in Fairborn City Schools. Jeanine was predeceased by her parents James Harrison and Neva (Evans) Osborn and brothers James Howard and Wendell. She is survived by her sister-in-law Mary Ellen (Ison) Osborn and nieces and nephews...
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Helen Forth

May 2, 1925 - May 15, 2017

FORTH, Helen Louise, age 92, of Kettering, passed away on Monday May 15, 2017. Helen was born in Dayton to Arthur and Bertha (Peltz) Pester on May 2, 1925. She was a devoted Mother, Wife, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, and was the true hub of her family. She loved nature, enjoyed reading, and loved to entertain family and friends. She and her husband Bob loved traveling across the country on...
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Robert Zajovits

November 27, 1955 - May 14, 2017

ZAJOVITS, Robert (Bob), Age 61, of Kettering, passed away on May 14, 2017. Bob was born November 27, 1955. He graduated from Fairmont West High School in 1973. From day one, Bob had an avid love of anything cars and racing. From Nascar to drag racing and funny cars, his love of speed led him to the auto race tracks where he began drag racing and learned to perfect his talent. Many days were...
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Donald Woodward Hanes

November 22, 1923 - May 13, 2017

HANES, Donald Woodward, age 93, of Dayton, passed away May 13, 2017 at home. Donald was born November 22, 1923 in Beavercreek to Jacob & Minnie Hanes. He was very proud of his time served in the Army Air Corp during WWII in the 410th Bomb group where he flew 65 missions in an A-20. Donald worked for many years at Chrysler Airtemp and then later retired at Tait Pump. He loved golfing, fishing,...
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French Truman McCoy

January 27, 1933 - May 12, 2017

MCCOY, French T., age 84, of Centerville passed away Friday, May 12, 2017. French was born on January 27, 1933 in Marlinton, WV to Bruce and Anna McCoy. He received his associate degree from Youngstown University. French owned Dayton Metal Door for 25 years and a consultant with Southern Ohio Supply for 14 years. He was a member of Far Hills Lodge 784, Scottish Rite, Antioch Shrine, Fairmont...
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William Douglas Bloebaum, Jr.

December 24, 1939 - May 11, 2017

BLOEBAUM, William Douglas Jr, "Bill", age 77, of Dayton, Ohio, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017. Bill was born in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1939 to William Douglas "Doug" and Lida Boone Bloebaum. He graduated from Redlands High School (California) in 1958, received his BS in Chemical Engineering from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962, and his MBA from Stanford University in 1964....
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Ruth Ramona Lentz

August 14, 1932 - May 10, 2017

LENTZ, Ruth Ramona Rolwing, age 84, died Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Beavercreek Ohio. She was born on August 14, 1932 in St. Louis Missouri and grew up in Cairo, IL where she was a graduate of St. Joseph High School. Ruth graduated with a nursing degree from Baptist College in Memphis Tennessee. She married her high school sweetheart on June 4, 1955, in San Clemente California, where Don...
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Marilyn Clare Berger

March 12, 1927 - May 9, 2017

BERGER, Marilyn Clare, age 90, of Riverside, passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. She was born on March 12, 1927 in Cincinnati, OH to the late William and Mary (McCoy) Goddard. Marilyn graduated from Our Lady of the Angels High School in Cincinnati and attended St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and the University of Dayton. She was a member of St. Helen's Catholic Church in Riverside where she...
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Shirley Teague Teague-Kiss

May 9, 2017 - May 9, 2017

TEAGUE-KISS, Shirley, age 67, of Dayton, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017. She was born on October 8, 1949 in Dayton to Joseph and Irene (Kolb) Kiss. Shirley graduated from Julienne High School in 1969. She was an owner and served as a waitress at Hickory BBQ Restaurant for 49 years. Shirley was the life of the party, always laughing and sharing practical jokes. She loved travelling, especially...
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R. Franklin LeFevre

August 10, 1935 - May 7, 2017

LeFEVRE, R. Franklin, age 81, passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017. He graduated from Trotwood Madison High School and Miami University of Ohio. He was employed 30 years as a music teacher for Dayton Public Schools. He is survived by his wife Alice; son, Michael; daughter, Robyn; brother-in-law, George Maurer; granddaughter, Emma; grandsons, Dylan, Sam, & Dan. The family will receive friends...
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Bettie Johnson

October 2, 1922 - May 4, 2017

JOHNSON, Bettie, age 94, formerly of Centerville, OH passed away on May 4, 2017 in Estill, SC. Bettie was born on October 2, 1922 to Walter & Elsie Miller. She loved to bake, entertain, but most of all her heart was in raising her family. Early in her life she worked for her father at Linden Tool and Dye. She volunteered for many activities at her children's schools in Centerville. She had a...
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Winifred Lorane Risner

October 13, 1935 - April 27, 2017

RISNER, Winifred Lorane, "Winnie", age 81, of Centerville, Ohio, passed away on April 27, 2017 at Hospice of Butler and Warren Counties in Middletown, Ohio. Winnie was born in New Lebanon, OH October 13, 1935, to the late Ola Mae and Harvey Landis and was the youngest of seven children. She attended Jefferson High School and graduated in 1953. Later in life, she attended Miami University in...
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James C. Holverstott

May 19, 1928 - April 26, 2017

HOLVERSTOTT, James C. ("Jim"), age 88 of Dayton, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Jim was born in Dayton on May 19, 1928 to James and Miriam Holverstott. Jim was preceded in death by Katherine his beloved wife of 48 years, and is survived by his daughters; Mary, Jean (John), and Margaret. Jim was raised in Xenia, OH where he graduated from St. Brigid High School. Jim enlisted in...
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Shirley B. Toomey

December 27, 1944 - April 26, 2017

TOOMEY, Shirley B., age 72, formerly of Kettering passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Shirley was born on December 27, 1944 to Samuel and Mary Hill in Kentucky. She enjoyed movies and gardening in her yard. Shirley was an excellent cook and put her talents to work! Shirley was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of almost 54 years, Henry A. Toomey; sons,...
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Peggy Anna Morrow

January 29, 1937 - April 25, 2017

MORROW, Peggy Anna, age 80, of Dayton, passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. She attended Roosevelt and Fairborn High Schools and retired from Rike's Department Store. Peggy was a talented artist who loved painting, drawing, and writing poetry. Preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Pearl Brooks; brothers, Paul, Zane and John; sisters, Martha, Velta, and Patricia. Peggy is survived...
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Joyce Elaine Lindon

April 3, 1941 - April 25, 2017

LINDON, Joyce Elaine Heinrich Nagel, age 76, of Centerville lost her battle with ovarian cancer Tuesday, April 25, 2017. She passed peacefully at Hospice of Dayton. She was born April 3, 1941 to the late Maurice Joseph Heinrich and Mary Agnes Cogan Heinrich. Joyce always put her family first and loved spending time with them. She truly enjoyed working in the yard & planting flowers. Her biggest...
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Jeanne A. Amato

February 22, 1926 - April 24, 2017

AMATO, Jeanne Ann, age 91, formerly Jeanne Ann Rankin, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017, at her home in Kettering, Ohio. The eldest child of Gertrude (Miller) and Harold Rankin, Jeanne was born February 22, 1926, in Springfield, Ohio. Jeanne graduated from Catholic Central High in 1944. She earned her R.N. from Sinclair Community College in 1983. At age 57, Jeanne started her career as...
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Walter Hollis Boles

October 6, 1926 - April 24, 2017

BOLES, Walter Hollis, age 90, of Dayton, OH, formally of Fentress Co., TN went home to be with the Lord Monday, April 24, 2017 surrounded by his family. Walter was born October 6, 1926 to Oakley Bradford Boles and Parsada Robins. He was a member of Mt. Union Missionary Baptist Church in Clark Range, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lydia Boles Cooper. He is survived by his...
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James Rader Wey

December 21, 1927 - April 23, 2017

WEY, James Rader, of Kettering, OH, died peacefully at his home on April 23, surrounded by his family. Jim was born in Lynch, KY, December 21, 1927, the son of Howard Lee Wey and Minta Rader Wey. Jim graduated in 1945 from Berea High School, Berea, KY. After some time in the Navy, Jim worked as a draftsman in Dayton where he met and married Anne. Jim went on to obtain a degree in mechanical...
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Harriet Davis Phelps

September 27, 1954 - April 19, 2017

PHELPS, Harriet Davis, 62, of Miami Township, passed away on April 19, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Harriet was born in New Bedford, MA. The daughter of Dr. Bernard G. Davis and Helen W. Davis, she attended Dartmouth High School and the University of Vermont. A proud U.S. Air Force wife, she and her family shared 24 years of military adventure in Duluth, MN; Sacramento, CA; Newbury,...
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Leona Ruth Sowder

December 14, 1917 - April 18, 2017

SOWDER, Leona Breitenstrater, age 99, formerly of Oakwood passed away Tuesday, April 18 at Bethany Village. She was preceded in death by spouses Raymond Rahn and Everett Sowder and by her dear friend Dr. Edward Austin and by her five sisters, Florence, Marie, Margaret, Rosie and Louise and her brother Joe. She is survived by her nephew David Kennett (Susan), great nephew John Kennett (Mary Kay),...
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Jill Rosset

June 5, 1951 - April 17, 2017

ROSSET, Jill Suzanne MD. Age 65 of Dayton passed away on April 17, 2017 following a brief illness. Dr. Rosset was born on June 5, 1951. She is predeceased by her parents, Ruth and Donald Rosset and survived by her loving husband John A. Fleishman, MD, devoted daughter, Madisen Rosset Ziesemer, son-in-law Kevin Ziesemer, and sister Anne Rosset, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, and...
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Sandra Lee Groves

April 21, 1937 - April 16, 2017

GROVES, Sandra Lee, "Sandy" (Wimmers) of Kettering, beloved and devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away Sunday April 16, 2017 at Lincoln Park Manor. Sandy graduated from Stivers High School in 1955 and eventually retired from MotoPhoto in 2000. She was a long-time active member of Belmont United Methodist Church serving in Joy Circle and Homebuilders. She was also...
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Thelma Pearl O'Donnel

July 5, 1925 - April 13, 2017

O'DONNEL, Thelma Pearl (Renner), age 91, of Washington Township passed away on April 13, 2017 at Hospice of Dayton. Thelma was born in Dayton, Ohio on July 5, 1925. She attended Roosevelt High School in Dayton. Thelma worked in school transportation most of her working career. She was Transportation Supervisor for Centerville School District from 1966 until her retirement in 1987. Thelma was...
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Jack T. Wheeler

February 28, 1929 - April 12, 2017

WHEELER, Jack T., age 88, born to Henry and Bessie (Johnson) Wheeler on February 28, 1929 went home to be with the lord on April 12, 2017. He was born in Dayton, Ohio and went on to attend the University of Cincinnati. He retired from NCR after 25 years as the director of distribution. Jack was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Kettering. He was a longtime member of NCR country...
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Brunhilde Elizabeth Reger

October 22, 1924 - April 12, 2017

REGER, Brunhilde E. (Junginger) "Miss Hilde", age 92, of Kettering, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. She was born in Göppingen, Germany on October 22, 1924 to Albert and Anna Junginger. Brunhilde is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Reger; her parents; sister, Marianne Junginger; also, enduring friend Alice Rasor. Nanny, as we called her, is survived by her daughter, Hilda...
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Mary L. Church

February 18, 1927 - April 11, 2017

CHURCH, Mary (Webb), age 90 of Kettering, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2017. Mary is survived by her son, Michael (Carol) Webb, of Kettering; daughter, Rebecca Mirsky, of Lake Worth, FL, and her beloved dog Bo. The family is grateful to the staff of Oak Creek Terrace for giving Mary the best quality of life possible during her final five years and to Dayton Hospice for helping her...
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Kimberly L. Shull

April 5, 1957 - April 9, 2017

SHULL, Kimberly Lora, age 60, passed away April 9, 2017. Kimberly was born on April 5, 1957 to William and Marilyn (Webster) Shull. Kimberly worked as a nurse's aid for several years. She enjoyed watching old westerns and comedies. She was preceded in death by her parents. Kimberly is survived by Kris Karas, Bill (Tammy) Shull, Brenda (Larry) Bradshaw; sister, Lisa (Tom) Thomas; nieces,...
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Marilyn Etoile Fanning

July 18, 1922 - April 9, 2017

FANNING, Marilyn (Baker), age 94, of Centerville, passed away April 9, 2017. She was a 1940 graduate of Roosevelt High School and also a graduate of Miami Jacobs College. A Charter member and Past President of American Legion Auxiliary 675. Preceded in death by her loving husband Lawrence Fanning of 57 years. Survived by her daughters, Sandra Voight of Huber Heights, Kathy (Gene) Koons of...
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Lawrence V. O'Neal

October 3, 1937 - April 8, 2017

O'NEAL, Lawrence V. "Larry", age 79, of Centerville, passed away on Saturday, April 08, 2017. Larry was born on October 3, 1937 in Dayton to the late Elmer and Phyllis (Hoog) O'Neal. He graduated from Chaminade High School, class of 1955. Larry attended the University of Dayton for his undergrad and graduated with his Master's degree. He retired from Redicon Corp. in 1999 after 24 years and was...
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Brad Gabriel Roberts

June 21, 1975 - April 6, 2017

ROBERTS, Brad Gabriel, age 41, formerly of Centerville, OH passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017. He was a 1993 graduate of Centerville High School and attended the University of Tennessee where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Business from Wright State University. After graduation he worked for Bearing Point at Wright Patterson...
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Victor Hobden

April 6, 1928 - April 5, 2017

HOBDEN, Victor Norman, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Victor was born April 6, 1928 in Swampscott, Massachusetts to Wilfrid and Edith (Beacock) Hobden. He attended Tufts University on scholarship and received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering before being drafted into the Army. Following his service he worked for General Electric for 33 years. Later he worked for Leece-Neville...
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Donna M. Flavin

December 26, 1924 - April 4, 2017


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Janet T. Schaum

April 10, 1930 - April 3, 2017

SCHAUM, Janet T., age 86, of Kettering, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 3, 2017. She was born on April 10, 1930 in Troy, OH to Harley and Madelene (Cox) Thompson. Janet graduated from Troy High School in 1948 and worked at WPAFB for over 27 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, and stillborn daughters, Stephanie and Melissa. Janet is survived by her daughters, Libby ...
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Albert V. Barbadora

December 11, 1929 - April 2, 2017

BARBADORA, Albert V. "Al", age 87, of Kettering, passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Hospice of Dayton. Al was born in Winchendon, MA on December 11, 1929 to the late Luigi and Maria (Bartolucci) Barbadora. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Al graduated from the University of Massachusetts. He retired from the Avionics lab at WPAFB after 35 years. Al was a long...
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