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WILLIAM EUGENE "BILL" FINLEY

William Eugene “Bill” Finley, 85, of Hillsboro, Ohio died Monday, February 24, 2014, at 10 a.m. at his residence following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Finley was born July 31,1928, in Newport, Kentucky to William Rexford and Molly Baxter Finley.  He moved to Hillsboro 15 years ago from Goshen.

Before his retirement he was an assembly line worker for General Motors in Dayton.  He also pastored several churches.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

Mr. Finley was preceded in death by two brothers, Don and Bob Finley.

He is survived by his wife, the former Juanita Lee, whom he married January 21, 1956; five children, Michael Finley of Chicago, Kathy Baumann and her husband, John, of New Holland, Terry Finley of Newport, KY, Matthew Finley and his wife, Melissa, of Morrow, OH and Kevin Finley and his wife, Veronica, of Milford, OH; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren and another due in July and three sisters, Eleanor Guilkey of Newport, Faye Martin of Montgomery and Audrey Losey of Newport.

The funeral will be Friday, February 28, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Pastor Jay Lucas, minister at the Grace Community Church, officiating. Burial will follow in New Holland Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette County, Inc., 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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JERRY LEE ELY

Jerry Lee Ely, 63, of Staunton, Ohio died Sunday, February 9, 2014, at 9:36 a.m. at his residence.  He had been ill ten years.

Jerry was born February 3, 1951, in Greenfield, Ohio to John Howard and Elsie Lucille Meredith Ely.  He was a 1970 graduate of Miami Trace High School where he played football and baseball.  He lived most of his life in the Staunton community.

He was a farmer for the Waddle brothers for many years and served on the Concord-Green Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Jerry was a member of the Staunton United Methodist Church and had formerly played on the church softball league.  He mowed and took care of the baseball fields in Staunton.

He was preceded in death his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Jean Kitchen and his best friend, Eddie Ivers.

Jerry is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Sue Kitchen whom he married March 7, 1970; a son and daughter-in-law, J.T. and Jessica Ely and a daughter and son-in-law, Dee and Jeremy Coates, all of Staunton; five grandchildren, Zoe, Lexis and Sebastian Ely and Corey and Clayton Coates; a brother, John Ely of Samantha; five sisters, Viv Losey and her husband, Terry, of California, Joanna Fisher and her husband, Bob, of New Vienna, Hazel Downing of Sardinia, Mary Ellen Jugert of Colorado and Sue Mick of South Salem, his Kitchen and Gentry in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.  The family extends its special thanks to Jim Garland, Nancy Ivers, Kirk Stuckey, Dick Coates and members of the Concord-Green Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Staunton United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Staunton United Methodist Church with Matt Anders officiating.   A time of food and fellow will immediately follow in the fellowship hall of the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Staunton United Methodist Church, c/o Nancy Ivers, 2855 Worthington Road-SW, Washington C.H., Ohio  43160.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington C.H.

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DORIS R. DOUGLASS

Doris R. Douglass, 85, of Landen, Ohio died Sunday, February 2, 2014, at 9 p.m. at the West Chester Medical Center where she had been admitted earlier in the day following a sudden illness.

Mrs. Douglass was born April 15, 1928, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Emil and Helen Dierken Becker. She was a 1946 graduate of Western Hills High School and a 1949 graduate of the Christ Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati.  She moved to Washington Court House in 1950 from Cincinnati and lived in Washington Court House until moving to Landen in 1990.

She was a registered nurse and was head surgical nurse at Fayette County Memorial Hospital from its opening in 1950 until 1961.  She was the county tuberculosis nurse and school nurse at the Fayette County Department of Health from 1966 until her retirement in 1990.

She was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Washington Court House, and had been a member of the Washington Lioness Club; the Fayette County Commission on Aging and the Fayette County Professional Nurses Association.

Mrs. Douglass was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Douglass on September 8, 1980.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Scott E. and Marla Douglass and three grandchildren, Andrew, Craig and Emily Douglass, all of Landen and a cousin, Bonita Becker of Cincinnati.

A memorial service will be held Friday, February 7, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Deerfield United Methodist Church, 2737 U.S. Routes 22 & 3, Maineville, Ohio 45039 with the Rev. Jackie Marshall, pastor at the church, officiating.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Washington Cemetery with the Rev. Mother Gayle Hansen Browne, vicar at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, officiating.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 733 State Route 41-SW, Washington C.H., OH 43160 or the Christ Hospital School of Nursing, 2139 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio  45219.

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THOMAS JOHN HANCOCK, M.D.

Thomas John Hancock, M.D., 95, of Washington Court House passed away peacefully at his home Friday, January 31, Thomas J. Hancock, M.D.2014, at 6 p.m.

Dr. Hancock was born November 8, 1918, in Marietta, Ohio to Winfield Scott and Ethelyn Simpson Hancock.

He was a 1936 graduate of Marietta High School and a 1940 graduate of Amherst College where he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. He received his medical doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1943.

Dr. Hancock served in the medical corps of the U. S. Army in the European Theatre of Operation during World War II.

Following a five year residency, his time in World War II and one year of practice in Marietta, he opened his surgical practice in Washington Court House on January 1, 1953.  He retired in 1985.

He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery.  He had been a member of the American, Ohio and Fayette County Medical Associations and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honorary Society.

He was a member of the Fayette Bible Church where he and his wife were the last founding members; was a member of Paul H. Hughey Post #25 of the American Legion and he owned and showed American Saddlebred horses and was an avid farrier (blacksmith).

Dr. Hancock was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Stitt and Jane Wilson.

He is survived by his wife, the former Joan Elizabeth Burns, whom he married October 25, 1947; several nieces and nephews and his church family.

The funeral will be Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Fayette Bible Church with the Rev. Tony Garren, pastor at the church, officiating.  A graveside service will be held Friday, February 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Marietta, Ohio.

Friends may call at the Fayette Bible Church Thursday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette Bible Church, 1315 Old U.S. Route 35-NW, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

Arrangements are under the direction of  the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

COLLEEN ANN (BUNNY) JUSTICE

Colleen Ann (Bunny) Justice, 73, of Good Hope, Ohio died Thursday, January 30, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Carmel West in Columbus where she had been a patient since Sunday.  She had been ill four years.

Bunny was born October 5, 1940, in Fayette County, Ohio to Andrew and Helen Snyder Bennett.  She lived most her life in this community.

She had formerly worked at Anderson’s Restaurant, Roe Jewelers, Flolizer and Three Moms Catering.  She also had been a bookkeeper for Greenline Equipment Company.

Bunny was a member of Hebert Chapter #62 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Williamsport and served as Worthy Matron in 1964 and 1965.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Edward and Raymond Bennett; a sister, Barbara Brakeall and a sister-in-law, Jacqueline Justice.

Bunny is survived by her husband, Max W. Justice whom she married June 11, 1964; a son, Dan Justice of Florida; three grandchildren, Nathan Howell of Good Hope and Rachel (Larry) Cornett and Adrianne (Justin) Noggle, all of Clarksville; three great grandchildren, Kenton, Evanne and Arizona Noggle; a brother, Robert (Judy) Bennett of Washington Court House and three sisters-in-law, Joy Bennett of Washington C.H.; Maxine Cordrey of Circleville and Carol Ann Bliss of Chillicothe.

The funeral will be Monday, February 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington C.H. with Andy Bennett officiating.  Burial will follow in the Good Hope Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington C.H. Sunday from 1-3 p.m.

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NED JUNIOR WOLFE

Ned Junior Wolfe, 84, of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away Monday, January 27, 2014, at 1:40 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Manor of Washington Court House where he had been admitted the previous day.

Ned was born October 7, 1929, in Covington, Ohio to Joseph R. and Lenora P. Weaver Wolfe.  He was a 1948 graduate of Covington High School.  He moved to this community in 1958, from Piqua.

He was a journeyman/pressman for National Cash Register from 1950 until 1972.  He then worked for Hurley Vending and later was a custodian for Washington City School for ten years.

Ned was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church; was a member of the National Rifle Association; had served in the Ohio National Guard and was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Ann Wolfe Aleshire on February 22, 2008; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Wolfe on November 28, 2009; his parents; a brother and sister-in-law, Max and Rachel Wolfe and a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Robert Albin.

Ned is survived by his wife, the former Lois Jean Bausch whom he married November 4, 1950; two sons; Randy Wolfe of Wilmington and Steve Wolfe and his wife, Jessica, of Washington Court House; a son-in-law, Victor J. Aleshire of Washington Court House; seven grandchildren, Miranda Robinson and her husband, D.J., Jessica Wolfe, Lindsey Mark and her husband, Adam, Stephanie Michael, Shelby Wolfe, Ali Oborne and Jordan Wolfe; seven great grandchildren and two nephews, Philip Wolfe of Indiana and William Albin of California.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 30, 2014, at 5 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with the Rev. James A. Kiger, Jr., pastor for Hospice of Fayette Co., Inc.,  officiating.  A time of food and fellowship, at the church, will follow the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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B. MADELINE EBERT

B. Madeline Denen Ebert, 81, of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away peacefully at her home Thursday, January EBERT, B. Madeline23, 2014, at 9:05 a.m. She had been in failing health.

Madeline was born December 1, 1932, in Fayette County, Ohio to Denver and Pernie Lee Clark Denen.  She was a 1950 graduate of Washington High School and lived most of her life in the Washington Court House and New Holland communities.

She was a longtime employee of the First National Bank in Washington Court House and later retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio.  She and her husband, Pete, farmed for many years on the family farm near New Holland.

She was a member of the New Holland United Methodist Church and regularly attended the First Presbyterian Church in Washington Court House.  She was a charter member and a past president of Altrusa International of Washington Court House and had been a member of the Washington Court House Business and Professional Women’s Club.  She was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing cards.

On October 11, 1958, she married Russell S. (Pete) Ebert, Jr.  He preceded her in death on August 24, 2011.  She was also preceded by her parents; a brother, Henry M. Denen; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Denen; sister-in-law and brother-in-Law, Elizabeth (Sis) and Richard Kirkpatrick and brother-in-law, Dr. Ray Eugene Ebert.

She is survived by nephews and nieces, Regina Denen Zollinger and Bruce (Gayle) Denen of Washington Court House, Denise Denen of Grove City, Robert (Angie) Denen of Youngstown, William R. Kirkpatrick and Roger (Diana) Kirkpatrick of Washington Court House, Jan (Doug) Snyder of Meadow Lands, PA, Rob and Dick Ebert of Columbus numerous grand and great grand nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Lilian Ebert of Columbus.

A memorial service will be Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Washington Court House with the Rev. Everett L. Miller, pastor at the church, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette County, Inc., P.O. Box 849, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160 or the Zangmeister Cancer Center, 3100 Plaza Properties Blvd., Columbus, Ohio  43219.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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PAUL C. BRUNNER

Paul Christian Brunner, 85, of Washington Court House, Ohio went to be with the Lord Sunday, January 19, 2014, at 3:09 p.m. at his residence while surrounded by his loving family.  He had been in failing health.

He was born June 30, 1928, in Columbus, Ohio to Foster Allen and Lillian Gladys Peters Brunner. He moved to Washington Court House in 1931 and was a 1948 graduate of Washington High School.  Paul and Joretta lived with Joretta’s parents in 1948-49 before moving into their new home on 416 Albin Avenue in 1949, where they lived until moving to their current residence in 1985.

Paul had many jobs and chores while growing up.  He sold newspapers and magazines, carried in coal, spaded gardens, worked for Alkire’s Bakery and Armbrust Concrete Products.  He was a route salesman for Pennington Bread from 1952 to 1984 and then was an associate of Gusweiler GMC from 1984 until his retirement in 2010.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, had attended the Heritage Memorial Church of Christ in Christian Union and was a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Washington Court House.

Paul was preceded in death by his father in 1951; his mother in 1975; a brother, Foster Allen Brunner, Jr. in 1946, a sister, Frances Lowther in 1993, and a devoted son-in-law, Joseph Ries in 2001.

He is survived by his wife, the former Joretta Hope Armbrust whom he married September 4, 1948, in Newport, KY; four daughters and their spouses, Julia Brunner Ries D’Sidocky, and her husband, Richard, of Ravenna, Linda Brunner Wells and her husband, Gene, of Mt. Gilead, Susan Brunner Mitchell and her husband, Jon, of Washington Court House and Nancy Brunner of Reynoldsburg; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey (Ronda) Ries, Dennis (Tawny)  Mitchell, Michael (Jessica) Mitchell, Brian (Lindsay) Mitchell, Cassandra Mitchell, Dr. Hamilton (Tashana) Wells, Bethany (Michael) Wells Pratt and Elizabeth Wells and ten great grandchildren.

The funeral will be Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Washington Court House with the Rev. Joe Current, pastor at the church, and the Rev. Joe Duvall, former pastor at the Heritage Memorial Church of Christ in Christian Union, officiating.  Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Wednesday from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette County, Inc., P.O. Box 849, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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ELEANOR RITENOUR

Eleanor Robinson Ritenour, 99, of Sierra Vista, AZ died Monday, January 13, 2014, at Mountain View Gardens Apartments in Sierra Vista, AZ where she had been living since moving from Belleview, FL in 2009.

Mrs. Ritenour was born July 12, 1914, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Dr. William E. and Lena L. Kouns Robinson.  She resided in Pittsburgh for 40 years.  She moved to in Florida in 1989 and resided there until moving to Arizona in 2009.

She was a member of the Ocklawaha (FL) United Methodist Church and Chartiers Chapter #97 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Canonsburg, PA.  She was a caring and loving wife, mother and friend.

Mrs. Ritenour was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Ritenour on November 18, 2006; a granddaughter, Sherri Kaleida and two brothers, William K. and Charles H. Robinson.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Janice Ritenour, Jr. of Charlottesville, VA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Woodson Tucker of Hereford, AZ and Sueann and Richard Kaleida of Clifton, TN; six grandchildren, Tricia Hertz, of West Chester, OH, Susan Barker of Charlottesville, VA, Diane Blake, of Phenix City, AL, Carolyn Stewart of Defiance, OH, Woodson C. Tucker, IV of Los Cruces, NM and  Timothy Kaleida of Belleview, FL. and ten great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Friday, January 24, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the Fairview Cemetery at Jeffersonville 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 C.H.

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ROBERT MICHAEL "MIKE" WOODS

Robert Michael “Mike” Woods, 67, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 7 a.m. at Fayette County Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since Thursday.

He was born October 21, 1946, at Atlanta in Pickaway County, Ohio to Robert George and Doris Dean Woods.  He was a 1966 graduate of Washington Senior High School and lived most of his life in Fayette and Ross Counties.

Mike formerly was an aide at the Orient State Institute and later worked at Versa Company in Mount Sterling. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and had served in the U. S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his father on September 30, 1985.

Mike is survived by his wife, the former Barbara E. Stroup whom he married November 6, 1999; three children, Clifford Woods of Brooksville, KY; Gwen Poplin and her husband, Mark, of Bloomingburg and Cynthia Woods of Brooksville, KY; a step-son, Jon Edwards of Washington Court House; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; his mother, Doris Woods of Washington Court House; a sister, Jill Finney; two nieces, Angela Rembis and Lisa Alloway, all of Kenton, Ohio and his beloved pet dog, Ginger.

Arrangements for a graveside service, to be held in New Holland Cemetery, are being completed and will be announced by the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

There will be no calling hours.

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