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ROBERT ERLEY FORTIER

Robert Erley Fortier, 96, of Dayton, Ohio died Monday, June 9, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. at Lincoln Park Manor in Kettering where he had been a resident the past month.

Mr. Fortier was born November 1, 1917, at New Martinsburg in Fayette County, Ohio to Joe Elbert and Flossie Marie Patton Fortier.  He was a 1935 graduate of Washington High School and moved to Fairborn in 1960 from Washington Court House and then to Dayton in 1965.

He retired in 1979 as a model shop foreman at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton where he had worked 37 years.

Mr. Fortier was a member of the Fairborn United Methodist Church; was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of Paul H. Hughey Post #25 of the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Stella Alice Montgomery on March 4, 2005; by a son, Donald Fortier on Aug. 23, 1986, who was Deputy National Security Advisor during the Reagan Administration.

Mr. Fortier is survived by a son, Thomas J. Fortier of Dayton; a daughter-in-law, Allison Fortier of Chevy Chase, MD and two grandchildren, Graham Fortier of Washington, D.C. and Merrill Fortier, of Boston.

The funeral will be Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington C.H. with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Washington Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from noon until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, Ohio  45420.

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ROBERT D. RIFE

Robert D. Rife, 77, of Washington Court House, Ohio went to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 4:57 p.m. at The Ohio State University Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital where he had been a patient the past month.

Bob was born May 7, 1937, in Highland County, Ohio to Donald and Ludene Darlington Rife, both of whom preceded him in death.

He was a 1955 graduate of Leesburg High School and lived most of his life in Fayette County where he was a retired farmer.

Bob was a member and elder of the Gathering Place Church.  He loved to restore antique tractors and cars had been a member of the Tired Iron Antique Tractor Club.  He was a former member and past president of the Fayette County Catllefeeders Association.

He was a lifelong Christian and loved God, his family and especially his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife, the former Edna Mae Hoppes whom he married June 5, 1962; four children and their spouses, Mark Rife and his wife, Karin, of Washington Court House, Anita Grissom and her husband, Joey, of Concord, NC, Michael Rife and Trina Eddy of Washington Court House, Sarah Miller and her husband, Myron, of Madison Mills; thirteengrandchildren, Marissa, Allison and Gretchen Rife, Lindsey (Josh) Davis, Kacey, Emily, Hannah and Jacob Grissom, Jordan, Jennica and Jessalyn Rife, Sydner Miller and Charlotte Jacobs;  a sister, Donna Lou Smallridge of New Vienna; a nephew, Donnie Smallridge and his wife, Jenny, and Marsha King, all of New Vienna.

The funeral will be Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Community Church in Washington Court House with John Pfeiffer, pastor at the Gathering Place Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Good Hope Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Grace Community Church Monday from 5-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gathering Place Church Building Fund, 120 West Court Street, Suite 4, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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

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DAVID ROSS LEE

David Ross Lee, 73, of Washington Court House, formerly of Logan, Ohio died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 2:51 a.m. at Signature HealthCARE of Fayette County where he had been residing five years.

Mr. Lee was born July 23, 1940, in Columbus, Ohio to Luther and Susie Lee.  He had formerly lived in Kirkersville, Wellston and Logan before moving to this community.

He was a retired antique dealer.

Mr. Lee was preceded in death by his wife, the former Lois Williams, and several siblings.

He is survived by his children, Brian Lee and his wife, Sue, of Lancaster, Rhonda Willetts and her husband, Tim, of Kissimmee, FL and Julia Severson and her husband, Paul, of Geneva, NY; 13 grandchildren; several great grandchildren and two brothers, Fred Lee and his wife, Dixie, and Sam Lee, all of Logan.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Morris Cemetery in Logan, Ohio.

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

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PATRICIA EILEEN EUBANKS

Patricia Eileen Eubanks, 87, of Washington Court House died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. at the Court House Manor Nursing Home where she had been a resident since June 15, 2011.

Mrs. Eubanks was born February 15, 1927, in Delaware, Ohio to John and Margaret Cryder Long.  She was a 1945 graduate of Washington High School and lived most of her life in this community.

She had worked at Montgomery Ward from 1947 to 1985 and then at Sugar Creek Packing Company from 1985 until her retirement in 1996.

Mrs. Eubanks was a member of the St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church where she sang in the choir from 1940 until 1964.

She married James D. Eubanks on April 15, 1950.  He preceded her in death on January 27, 1983.  She was also preceded by her parents and two sisters, Theresa Wilson and Mary Catherine Davis.

Mrs. Eubanks is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sherry L. and Patrick A. Denen of Washington Court House; a son and daughter-in-law, James A. and Martha Eubanks of Wheeling, WV; two grandchildren, Joseph J. Denen and his wife, Alica, of Washington Court House and Anne Borselli and her husband, Bill, of Phoenix, AZ and a great granddaughter, Mary Ellen Denen.

The funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church by the Rev. Father Patrick W. Rogers, pastor at the church.   Burial will follow in the St. Colman Catholic Cemetery.  A time of food and fellowship will then follow in the parish hall at St. Colman Church.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette County Commission on Aging, 1179 South Elm Street, or St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church, 219 S. North St., Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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RALPH LESTER KEATON, JR.

Ralph Lester Keaton, Jr., 69, of Mt. Sterling, Ohio died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 4:41 p.m. at Fayette County Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since Saturday.

Mr. Keaton was born October 24, 1944, in Circleville, Ohio to Ralph Lester and Betty Lou Crider Keaton, Sr.  He was a 1964 graduate of Williamsport High School and had perfect attendance through all twelve years of school.

He had been an aide at the Orient State Institute and retired as a maintenance worker from Rickenbacker Air Force Base.  He formerly assisted the George Weidinger family with their farming and dairy operations and had showed dairy cattle in 4-H.

Mr. Keaton loved gardening and the outdoors and was a master gardener.  He was a volunteer at the Mound City Group National Monument in Chillicothe where he was named top volunteer in 2005.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1983 and two brothers, Jody Shawn Keaton in 1991 and Jeffrey Lynn Keaton in 2006.

Mr. Keaton is survived by a son, Dana Randolph “Randy” Keaton of Tacoma, WA; a daughter, Debra Schroeder of Manila, AR; several grandchildren and great grandchildren, his mother, Betty L. Keaton of New Holland; a sister and brother-in-law, Connie and Larry Priest of Powell, Ohio; a niece, Christy Lochbaum, South Bloomfield and special friends, Gary and Traci Woodrow of Mt. Sterling.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the New Holland Cemetery with Richard A. Matthews, minister at the New Holland Church of Christ,  officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland.

The family requests no flowers or food.  Memorial contributions may be made to Fayette County Humane Society, 153 S. Main St., Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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HARRIS PURSELL

Harris Pursell, 83, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 11:55 a.m. at his home following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Pursell was born June 8, 1930, in Washington Court House, Ohio to James Hurst and Verna Backenstoe Pursell.  He was a lifelong resident of this community.

He was a truck driver for different companies before retiring from the transport department of Pennington Bread.

Mr. Pursell attended the New Holland United Methodist Church and was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Purcell and a sister, Jean Hoppes.

Mr. Pursell is survived by his wife, Ivanelle Sollars Pursell whom he married August 15, 1953; a daughter, Teresa Pursell of Columbus; a son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Rhonda Pursell of Washington Court House; three grandchildren, Troy, Trevor and Anita Pursell; special family friend, Deb Nelson of Columbus; a sister, Marjorie Batson of Washington Court House and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Tony Tompkins of the Hardins Creek Friends Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Good Hope Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

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

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LEAH BURRIS MARTINDALE

Leah Burris Martindale, 89, of Washington Court House, died Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 5:45 a.m. at Signature HealthCARE of Fayette County where she had been residing since 2007.

Mrs. Martindale was born July 20, 1924, in Clinton County, Ohio to Walter and Tillie Groves Burris and lived most of her life in this community.

She attended the Heritage Memorial Church of Christ in Christian Union and had been a member of the Fayette County Commission on Aging.

Mrs. Martindale was preceded in death by two husbands, Homer Souther and John Henry Martindale; by two brothers, Donald and James Burris and three sisters, Amanda Trehune, Helen Phillips and Betty DeWeese.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Norman and Sondra Day of Washington Court House; a grandson, Tim Day and his wife, Amanda, and a step great grandson, Alex, all of Springboro and a sister, Kathleen Peters of Englewood, Ohio.

A graveside service will be held Friday, May 16, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Washington Cemetery with the Rev. DeVon Davis, chaplain for Signature HealthCARE of Fayette County, officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

There will be no calling hours.

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MARTHA ELLEN JOBE

Martha Ellen Jobe, 90, of Washington Court House, Ohio  died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 4:20 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Manor of Washington Court House where she had been a resident since March.

Mrs. Jobe was born September 25, 1923, at New Holland in Pickaway Co. to Clarence Edgar and Emma Mae Kimmey Brown. She lived most of her life in New Holland where she was a 1941 graduate of New Holland High School. She moved to Washington Court House in 1994.

She had formerly worked at the Jackson Glove Factory in Washington Court House and later at the General Electric Lamp Plant in Circleville.

Mrs. Jobe was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Jobe, on February 11, 2009; by three brothers, James A., Harold E. and Clarence E. Brown, Jr. and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Dinkler.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley Ann and Jack Moats; a grandson, J.G. Moats and his wife, Brooke; three great grandchildren, Drew, Mia and Allie Moats, all of Washington Court House; two sisters-in-law, Ann Brown of Washington Court House and Lucille Jobe of Chillicothe, and dear friends, Mary Ellen Horney of Washington Court House and Dorothy Weidinger, of Dayton.

The funeral will be Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with Richard A. Matthews, minister at the New Holland Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will follow in the New Holland Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland from 11 a.m. Wednesday until time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette Co., Inc., 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington C.H., Ohio  43160.

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MONA LOUISE MERSHON

Mona Louise Mershon, 91, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at her home.MONA L. MERSHON

She was born June 29, 1922, in Greenfield, Ohio to Leslie and Mary Hockenburger Post.  She was a graduate of Edward Lee McClain High School in Greenfield and attended Columbus Business School.

Mona formerly was an administrative assistant at the Hartman Theater in Columbus and, for many years, was office manager for her husband at Fayette Auto Parts.

She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church; was a charter member and past president of Altrusa International of Washington Court House and was a member and regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mona was preceded in death by three sisters, Maxine Pollard, Vivian Scott and Wynona Wickensimer and a son-in-law, Larry Lehman.

She is survived by her husband, Gail W. Mershon whom she married October 17, 1942; a daughter, Karen Lehman of Canal Winchester; a son, Barry Mershon of Maxton, NC; two grandchildren, Laura Lehman of Columbus and Scott Lehman of Fort Myers, FL and a great grandson, Leo Jenkins of Columbus.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington C.H. with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.

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

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PAUL LEWIS COTTRILL

Paul Lewis Cottrill, 87, of Washington C.H. died Monday, May 5, 2014, at 10:45 p.m. at Fayette County Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since Saturday.

Mr. Cottrill was born March 7, 1927, to Roy Fulton and Clara Mae French Cottrill in the home where he currently resided.  He was a 1945 graduate of Washington High School and a lifelong resident of this community.

He was a retired farmer and worked for the Ohio Department of Transportation for 31 years, four years of which he was County Superintendent.  He retired January 1, 1988.

Mr. Cottrill was a member of the Jeffersonville Church of Christ where he had been a Sunday school teacher, deacon and chairman of the board of directors.  He was also a member of the Jeffersonville Lodge #428, F. & A.M.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Dorothy June Hurtt; a daughter-in-law, Mary Cottrill and a brother, Kenneth Cottrill, all in 2007, and a sister, Janice Jones in 1993.

Mr. Cottrill is survived by three children, James Cottrill of Alliance, OH, Larry Cottrill and his wife, Rosalind, of Washington Court House and Kathy Hollingsworth and her husband, Joe, of Jamestown; four grandchildren, Valerie Braden of Washington Court House, Thomas Cottrill and his wife, Myra, of Alliance, Ethan and Patrick Hollingsworth of Jamestown; four great grandchildren, Austin, Addie and Samuel Braden and James F. Cottrill and a brother, Ralph Cottrill of Sunbury.

The funeral will be Friday, May 9, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington C.H.   Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Jeffersonville.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Church of Christ, 83 N. Main St., Jeffersonville, OH 43128.

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