Fred J. Dove, 51, of New Holland, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. at his home. His death was sudden and unexpected.
He was born October 15, 1963, in Springfield, Ohio to Dewey L. and Phyllis A. Sheerin Dove. He grew up in South Vienna, was a 1983 graduate of Northeastern High School and had lived many years in New Holland.
Fred was a mason with Holloway, Henderson and Martin Masonry Construction in Pickerington.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Chuck and David Dove.
Fred is survived by his wife, the former Bev R. Waxler; four children, David Dove and Amanda Dove, Tiffany Whitten and Michael Chad Jewell; two grandchildren, Makayla and Rubee; a brother and sister-in-law, Rob and Cindy Dove of Urbana; an uncle, Tim Sheerin of Springfield and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Somerford Township Cemetery in Madison County. Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland.
Friends may call at the funeral home in New Holland Tuesday from 4-7 p.m.
James “Jim” Merwood Cunningham, 78, of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at his home.
He was born December 29, 1936, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Harry and Emily Mickle Cunningham.
Jim was a graduate of Washington High School, the Blue Lion Class of 1954. Upon graduation, he played football for Ohio University and then transferred to Wilmington College, continuing his football career and obtaining a bachelor’s degree in agriculture.
On August 21, 1961, he married the former Portia Brownell. He and Portia established their farming homestead on U.S. Route 62-N in 1961. Farming was always a part of his life. He collaborated on many farming ventures, the most notorious of which was with The Ohio State University Ration Evaluation Program for a new feeding system to aid in cutting costs and maintaining top quality livestock. Ohio State had Jim present his analysis to its livestock school, calling it “Haylage.” He had been a member of the Farm Bureau where he enhanced, shared and swapped farming ideas.
A proud era of Jim’s life was serving his country as a member of the Air Force National Guard. He served in the 121th Tactical Fighter Wing as a mechanic and was with that unit from 1961-1962 while stationed in France during the Berlin Crisis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Portia (Brownell) Cunningham; a sister, Harriett (Cunningham) Foor and two first cousins.
Jim is survived by his children, Elizabeth (Mark) Cunningham-Morrow, Cynthia (Monte) McCoy and James B. Cunningham; five grandchildren, Brooke Morrow, Christopher Morrow, Larson Cunningham, McKenzie Cunningham and Orland Cunningham; a nephew, Ronald Foor; his very dear coffee hour friends and especially close friend, Julie Schwartz. He was loved by many cousins and close personal friends.
He was a friend and mentor to many. His smile and joking nature attracted others to want to know him. As stated by one of Jim’s friends, “I truly believe all of us are here for a reason and some of us are just plain and simply unforgettable and irreplaceable. Jim Cunningham was one of the BEST men I have ever met. He taught many of us (young and old) more about life and farming knowledge than we could have learned in any textbook.”
Friends may call Tuesday, May 26, 2015, from 4-8 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Street, Washington Court House, Ohio. A private graveside service will be held Wednesday in the Washington Cemetery under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial contributions be made to the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1430 Columbus Avenue or Hospice of Fayette County, Inc., 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160 as a thank you for the wonderful care and support provided to Jim Cunningham, a loving father, cousin and friend.
A NOTE FROM MARK:
Thanks again to the many, many, many of you who have reached out with prayers, cards, food, text messages, phone calls and words of encouragement and solace during what has been a rough last couple of days. Please know that Lisa’s entire family shares my gratitude for your overwhelming kindness. Many have inquired as to a memorial service for Lisa, and it will be held Thursday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church located at 405 South Street in Greenfield, Ohio. It was the church she grew up attending and the church in which we were married, so it seemed fitting to celebrate her radiant life there.
Lisa K. Rea, N.A.P.N.D., 56, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Monday, May 18, 2015. Her death was sudden and unexpected.
Lisa was born December 4, 1958, in Oxford, Ohio to Fred and Marilyn Allen Raike. She was a 1977 graduate of Edward Lee McClain High School in Greenfield; a 1984 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned a doctor of naturopathy degree from Central States College of Health Sciences in 2007.
She was a sales representative for the Bunge Limited International Food Company as well as Fleetwood Homes, Inc. before owning and operating, with her husband, Armadillo Homes, Inc. of Killeen, Texas from 1994 to 2000.
Since 2010, she had been a Native American Practitioner, Naturopathic Doctor, with an office in Washington Court House.
Lisa is survived by her parents, both of whom live in Greenfield; her husband, Mark Rea, of Washington Court House; a step-daughter, Dr. Jessica (David) Ross of Columbus; three brothers, David Raike of Wailea, Hawaii, Steven (Sandy) Raike of Clive, Iowa and Brian Raike of Greenfield; brothers-in-law, William (Lynn) Rea of Rainsboro, Ohio and Robert (Elizabeth) Rea of Washington Court House and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 4, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 405 South Street, Greenfield, Ohio with Joe B. Stewart officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.
Poppy Laurie Girton, 64, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Monday, May 18, 2015, at 1:59 a.m. at Court House Manor where she had been a patient since May 8. She had been ill since December.
Poppy was born April 18, 1951, in Columbus, Ohio to B. Dustin and Martha Edna Poppe Girton. She was a 1969 graduate of Washington Senior High School; graduated summa cum laude in 1973 from The Ohio State University, with a bachelor’s of arts degree with a dual major in anthropology and psychology and earned a Master of Library Science and Information Science from Kent State University in 2002.
She was a member of the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees from 1988-1997 and served several terms as president of the board. In 1997, she was hired as a public services assistant at the library and later was named as head of adult services before becoming library director in 2009, the position she currently held. She was appointed by the Fayette County Commissioners to serve on the Fayette County Law Library Resource Board.
Poppy was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church; the American Association of University Women; she loved all animals and was a member of the Fayette County Humane Society. She thoroughly enjoyed knitting and was a member of the Tuesday Night Knitting Club in Greenfield. She had served as volunteer librarian for Hospice of Fayette County, Inc. and had been a member of the Washington Court House Lioness Club. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa at The Ohio State University.
She was preceded in death by her father in 2008 and her mother in 2003.
She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Tammy Girton of Washington Court House; niece and nephew, Hannah Girton of Washington Court House and Mark Girton of San Diego; a cousin, Jeffrey Harper, his wife, Beth, and their children, Heidi, Kirsten and Gavin and the late Garrett Harper; other dear relatives and many special and dedicated friends.
A memorial service will be held Friday, May 22, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe Current, pastor at the church, officiating. Burial of the cremains will follow in the Milledgeville-Plymouth Cemetery.
Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette County, Inc., 222 West Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.
Barry Gene Knapp, 59, of New Holland, Ohio died Monday, May 11, 2015, at his home. His death was sudden and unexpected.
Barry was born February 21, 1956, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Howard Dean (Bud) and Wilda Marie Funk Knapp and lived most of his life in New Holland.
He formerly was a construction contractor.
Barry was preceded in death by his father in 2006; his mother in 2013; and two brothers, Roger Knapp in 1971, and Ivan Knapp in 2013.
He is survived by a daughter, Kerie Olley of London, Ohio and her fiancée, Kevin Robertson, two sons, James Roger (J.R.) Knapp and his wife, Brady, and Barry Gene (B.J.) Knapp, Jr., and his wife, Rhonda, all of Washington Court House; four grandchildren, Corey and Corbin Olley and Ethan and Peyton Knapp; a brother, Howard (Butch) Knapp, Jr. of New Holland and two sisters, Cherri L. Puckett of New Holland and Tina M. Knapp of Omaha, NE.
The funeral will be Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 4 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with the Rev. Larry Doss, pastor at the New Holland Church of Christ in Christian Union, officiating. Cremation will follow the service and burial of the cremains will be at a later date in New Holland Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 p.m. Thursday until time of the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.
Michael Brent Campbell, 67, of Washington Court House, Ohio, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, went to be with the Lord on Monday morning, May 11, 2015. His death was sudden and unexpected.
Michael was born February 14, 1948, in Columbus, Ohio to Harry Henkle and Kathryn Jane Fults Campbell, both of whom preceded him in death.
He was a 1966 graduate of Miami Trace High School and received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from The Ohio State University in 1970. He also held a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Dayton.
Michael was a lifelong farmer and felt most at home while working the ground and bringing in a harvest. For many years he assisted with the Carman Family farms. He was a respected member of the agriculture community in Fayette County.
He was a longtime educator and administrator for the Miami Trace Local School District and also had been a supervisor at Airborne Express in Wilmington, Ohio.
In 1970, he joined the Ohio National Guard and spent the next six years serving his country. He later rejoined the service, this time as a member of the United Sates Air Force Reserve. He retired as a Senior Master Sergeant in 2008. During his years of service, Michael served in the 40th MAPS Division at Rickenbacker Air Force Base and in the 87th Aerial Post Squadron at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He served two tours of stateside active duty during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served six months overseas in Kyrgyzstan in support of the War in Afghanistan.
Michael was a lifelong member of the Sugar Creek Baptist Church and served the Lord in any way he could, including church deacon, Sunday school teacher and member of the choir. He was a past member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Washington Court House and a past member of the Washington Lions Club. He had served on the board of directors of Fayette Progressive Industries.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Paula McNabb, whom he married August 14, 1971. He was a loving and patient father to his two daughters, Michelle Campbell of Washington Court House and Stephanie (Joseph) Chizmar of Boardman, OH. He will be missed dearly by his six adoring grandchildren, Craig, Connor and Caleb Campbell and Zachary, Noah and Abigail Chizmar. He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Campbell and her partner, Karen Taylor of Columbus; sisters-in-law, Patty (Marvin) Heinberger of Mansfield, Carol Hankins of Lexington and Janet (Mark) Workman of Washington Court House; nieces and nephews, Jeff (Bonnie) Graska, David (Lisa) Dowler, Amy (Kaleb) Snavely, Lucas Workman and Sarah Taylor; several great nieces and nephews; dear cousin, Pam Rhoads and countless other family members and dear friends.
The funeral will be Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with the Rev. C. Bobby Joyce, pastor at the Sugar Creek Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Sugar Creek Baptist Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Wednesday from 4-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, and to honor Michael’s dedication to education and commitment to his grandchildren, memorial contributions may be made to the Campbell Education Fund, c/o US Bank, 1220 Columbus Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.
Helen Emily Johnson, 81, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. at her home.
Mrs. Johnson was born October 22, 1933, in Washington Court House to Bruce and Hazel Denney Hidy. She was a graduate of Washington High School and a lifelong resident of this community.
Before her retirement, she had been a payroll clerk at Armco for 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Eugene Campbell in 1967; by her second husband, Ronald Johnson in 1977, and a brother, Dale Hidy.
Mrs. Johnson is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Dianna Campbell of Washington Court House; a granddaughter, Nicona Kay Gamm and her husband, Chris, of Loveland, Ohio; a step grandson, Mark Grooms and his wife, Lorrell, of Hillsboro; a great grandson, Dillon Gamm; two step great grandchildren, Ethan and Brayden Grooms; her twin brother, Howard Hidy and his wife, Joe Ann, of Washington Court House and a sister, Evelyn Wilson of Panama City, FL.
A graveside service will be held Friday, April 24, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Highlawn Cemetery with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette County Humane Society, 153 South Main Street, Suite 3, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160 or the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.
Henry Edward Meyer, 94, of Bloomingburg, Ohio died Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 12:49 a.m. at the Liberty Nursing Center of Jamestown where he had been residing six months.
Mr. Meyer was born August 23, 1920, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Henry Edward and Anna M. Schlensker Meyer. He was a commercial greenhouse grower and farmer in Cincinnati before moving to Fayette County in 1980 where he farmed full time.
He was a sergeant in the Army Air Force and served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
Mr. Meyer was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen Elizabeth Ohlmansiek Meyer on October 4, 2013; his parents; a sister, Martha Glos, and a daughter-in-law, Ruth A. Meyer.
He is survived by a son, Barry E. Meyer of Bloomingburg; three grandchildren, Susan Goldie and her husband, Ryan, of New London, Missouri, Kevin Meyer and his wife, Jenny, of Bloomingburg and Beth Meyer, of South Solon and four great grandchildren, Allison and Silas Goldie and Henry and Wyatt Meyer.
The funeral will be Monday, April 20 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with the Rev. James A. Kiger, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Bloomingburg Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette Co., Inc., 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.
Billy Joe Briggs, 77, of New Holland, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 12:35 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Manor of Washington Court House where he had been residing since July 31, 2014.
Billy was born December 1, 1937, in Chillicothe, Ohio to Betsy Briggs Metzger. He was reared by his grandfather, Strawder Briggs, great aunt, Lillie Briggs and aunt, Wilma McCune, all of whom preceded him in death. He was a lifelong resident of the New Holland community where he attended New Holland schools and was a member of the New Holland Church of Christ.
Before his retirement in 1995, he had served 22 years as a mechanic for the Miami Trace Local School District. In his early adult life he had farmed and also had worked at LeElla Lanes in Washington Court House.
In his spare time, Billy enjoyed playing his harmonica and guitar. Although he never learned how to read music, Billy had the unique ability to listen to a song and be able to play it on his instrument. He was always fascinated with learning what made things operate and was always tinkering with anything that had an engine. He was truly a gentle soul and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who was in need. He especially enjoyed assisting Madeline Wolfe with her farm and donkeys. He will be greatly missed by his family and unnumbered friends.
He is survived by his wife, the former (Elizabeth) Ann Smith, whom he married May 12, 1973; two sons, Robert “Bobby” Briggs of New Holland and Joseph “Joe” Briggs and his wife, Debra, of Lawtey, FL; a granddaughter, Rachael (Greg Foster) Briggs-Foster of Washington Court House; two great grandchildren, Addylynn and Layton Foster and special cousins, William and Theresa McCune, Janey and David Sprouse and Pam Preston and their families.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the New Holland Church of Christ with Richard A. Matthews, minister at the church, officiating. Cremation will follow the service and burial of the cremains will be at a later date in the New Holland Cemetery.
A time of food and fellowship will follow the service at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette County, Inc., 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland.
Rosa Marie Johnson, 74, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 9:22 a.m. at Carriage Court Assisted Living where she had been residing since January 3, 2013.
Mrs. Johnson was born September 28, 1940, in Logan, WV to Delbert and Ethel Vernatter Toppins. She lived most of her life in this community.
She had been a waitress at the Courtview Restaurant and later a supervisor at Garner’s Truck Stop. She then returned to the Courtview where she was a cashier and ran the lottery.
She was preceded by her husband, Kenneth Johnson in 1985; by an infant son, Harry Delbert Allen and a brother, Ralph Toppins in 1964.
Mrs. Johnson is survived by a daughter, Rosetta L. Russell of Washington Court House; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Lou Anne Fields of Calera, OK; five grandchildren, Tamela Campbell of Washington Court House, Jessica Hall and her husband, Alex, of Grove City, Harmony Dunlap and her husband, James, of Antlers, OK, Lori Taylor of Durant, OK and Kurt Morris of Calera, OK; four great grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Vergil and Barbara Toppins of Grove City and a special friend, Latricia Robinson of Washington Court House.
The funeral will be Friday, April 17, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Danny Dodds, minister at the Greenfield Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will follow in the New Holland Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Thursday from 5-8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 6500 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229.