Mary M. Funk, 70, of Mt Gilead, Ohio died Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 9:46 p.m. at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio where she had been a patient the past week.
Mrs. Funk was born February 26, 1946, in Pickaway County, Ohio to Roscoe and Dorothy Payne Bivens. She lived most of her life in Pickaway County and Mt. Gilead where she formerly was a fast food manager.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Joanne Bivens and a brother, Tommy Bivens.
Mrs. Funk is survived by three sons, Robert Funk and his wife, Billie Jo, Matthew Funk, and Andy Funk, all of Mt. Gilead; eight grandchildren; several great grandchildren and two brothers, Paul Bivens and his wife, Sue, of Circleville and Raymond Bivens of Delaware, Ohio.
The funeral will be Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House. Burial will follow in the Springlawn Cemetery in Williamsport.
Friends may call at the funeral home in Washington Court House from 12:00 noon Thursday until time of the service.
Glenn Wilson Kearns, 84, of Washington Court House, died Sunday, March 20, 2016, at 12:58 a.m. at Court House Manor where he had been a resident since October 2, 2010.
He was born October 24, 1931, in Fayette County, Ohio, the son of Mabel Elizabeth Kearns and he was a lifelong resident of this community.
Mr. Kearns was an auto body mechanic and had worked at Kehl Chevrolet in Mount Sterling for many years before his retirement in 1995.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church; was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of Paul H. Hughey Post #25 of the American Legion.
Mr. Kearns was preceded in death by his wife, Charlyne McCowen Kearns on September 16, 2015.
He is survived by four children, Roger Kearns and his fiancée, Kim Morris, of Washington Court House, John Joseph Benjamin of New Vienna, Ohio; Troi A. Penwell and her husband, David, of Washington Court House and Rue Gay Nolan and her husband, Milt, of Clarksville, TN and five grandchildren, Katie Purdin and her husband, Carl, of Hillsboro and Jesse Penwell of Washington Court House, Greg Kearns and Ashley Kearns, both of Austin, TX and Hayden Crocker of Washington Court House.
The funeral will be Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with the Rev. Gray Marshall, pastor at the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Washington Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 5-7 p.m.
Ruby Katherine Huffman, 97, of Washington Court House, died Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at 6:15 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Manor of Washington Court House where she had been residing the past two years.
Mrs. Huffman was born August 23, 1918, in Millersburg, KY to Hubert and Bettie Wood Ormes. She was a graduate of Edward Lee McClain High School in Greenfield then lived most of her life in Washington Court House.
She was a retired legal secretary and had formerly worked for the law firms of Lovell and Woodmansee and Robert Brubaker.
Mrs. Huffman was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and the Fayette County Humane Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Huffman on March 7, 1995; by a half-brother, Roy Ormes and a half-sister, Beatrice Arnold.
Mrs. Huffman is survived a son, John C. Huffman of Columbus.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church with the Rev. Father William DeVille, retired pastor at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbus, officiating.
Burial of the cremains will be at a later date in the Greenfield Cemetery under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette County Humane Society, 153 South Main Street, Suite 3, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.
Robert Dale Kelly, 58, of Columbus, Ohio died Friday, March 11, 2016, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born March 12, 1957, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Richard Whitfield and Virginia Lee Hargrave Kelly. He was a 1975 graduate of Washington Senior High School and had lived in Columbus the past 30 years.
For over 33 years, before his retirement on December 11, 2012, Robert provided technical services expertise in acquisitions and copy cataloging, at the State Library of Ohio,which included work on materials in the Rare Books collection, Rare State of Ohio Documents collection and serials and monographs processing.
Robert was preceded in death by his father on April 27, 1989.
He is survived by his mother, Virginia L. Kelly of Washington Court House; two brothers, Michael Kelly and his wife, Dianna, of Washington Court House and Fred Kelly of Fayetteville, NC and nieces and nephews, Tina, Todd, Tara and Rob.
A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in the Washington 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, or the Fayette County Diabetic Association, P.O. Box 1018, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.
Mrs. Benner was born August 3, 1931, on the Fond Du Lac Indian Reservation in Cloquet, Minnesota and belonged to the Fond Du Lac Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe. She was the daughter of Perry and Harriet (Smith) Smith. She received an associate’s degree from Southern State Community College and moved to Washington Court House in 2003 from Hillsboro.
Before her retirement in 2008, she had been library manager for Southern State Community College.
Dee currently was an active and dedicated volunteer with My Sister’s House and had been since 2008. She had formerly served as secretary/treasurer and on the board of directors. She was a member of St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Chester M. Porterfield, Wendell E. Bradley and James J. Benner; a son, Robert L. Porterfield; two brothers, Richard Smith and Perry Smith, Jr. and a sister, Joan Shaw.
Dee is survived by three children, Scott Pittack and his spouse, Terrence Brown, of Overland Park, KS, John Porterfield of Cincinnati and Catherine Voorhees of Washington Court House; a daughter-in-law, Susan Porterfield of Guyton, GA; five grandchildren, Fonda K. Porterfield, Robert M. Porterfield, Lindsey Broyles, Carly Porterfield and Kyle Porterfield; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; numerous step children, step grandchildren and step great great grandchildren; a brother, Thomas Smith of Fargo, ND; a sister, Marge Ellison of Englewood, FL and her beloved cat, Blondie.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 12:00 Noon at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with tributes to be offered by family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to My Sister’s House, 408 East Court Street, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.
Carolyn was born September 23, 1955, in Hart County, Kentucky to Cecil and Ruth Peterson Williams, both of whom preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Wright State University. She moved to Washington Court House in 1999 from Madisonville, KY.
Carolyn attended Heritage Memorial Church of Christ in Christ Union.
She formerly had been an agent with the Western & Southern Life Insurance Company.
Carolyn is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Benjamin W. and Amy Nichols of Louisville, KY; a grandson, Elijah Nichols; a sister and brother-in-law, Rebecca and Michael Stoops of Lake Zurich, IL and three brothers, Jim Williams of Florida, Jon Williams and his wife, Sharon, of Munfordville, KY and Joe Williams and his wife, Gwen, of Horse Cave, KY.
A graveside service will be held Friday, March 11, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Washington Cemetery with the Rev. Joe Duvall, former pastor at Heritage Memorial Church, officiating. Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.
There will be no calling hours.
Jane was born September 9, 1915, in Fayette Co., Ohio to Ward Lincoln and Grace Elizabeth Morgan Wilt. She was a 1934 graduate of Jeffersonville High School and received a bachelor’s degree in education from Wilmington College. She was a lifetime resident of Fayette County.
She was a retired elementary teacher, having taught in the public schools for 38 years, thirty of which were with first-graders.
Jane was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and was leader of the Rebekah Circle #2 of the United Methodist Women. She worked in the church kitchen and was instrumental in planning and serving the annual Lenten luncheons. She also assisted with wedding receptions and the many meals served by the Grace Women. She formerly was head communion steward and attendance pin coordinator. She was a member of the Aldersgate Sunday school class; had taught Sunday school; helped in pre-K and kindergarten during worship services and, along with her late husband, had served as UMYF coordinator. She was a longtime volunteer and past president of the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and for many years co-chaired their annual bazaar and was still helping with the bazaar sewing and craft making. She was a member of Alpha Delta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and had been a 4-H leader for many years. In 2011, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award and was declared a Hometown Hero by the American Red Cross in Fayette County.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Harold H. Foster in 1993; by a son-in-law, John Reinwald in 1996, and two great grandchildren, Daniel Rohrer and Brittany Backenstoe.
She is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Jane Matson and Carolyn Reinwald, both of Washington Court House; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Gordon of St. Petersburg, FL and Scott Backenstoe of Washington Court House and his friend, Tammy Connally; two great grandchildren, Kayla and Alyssa Backenstoe; a great great granddaughter, London Maiden; a brother, Alan Wilt and two sisters, Maxine Warner and Gladys Shoemaker, all of Washington Court House.
The funeral will be Friday, March 4, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Milledgeville-Plymouth Cemetery.
Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. Friday until time of the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Street, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.
Ellis Ervin Miller passed away peacefully at home on February 26, 2016, after a long struggle with prostate cancer and its aftereffects. Dinah and his dog, Evie, were at his side.
Ellis was born September 19, 1933, in Fayette County, Ohio to Ervin Parrett and (Alice) Elizabeth Ellis Miller. He was a 1951 graduate of Washington High School and earned Masters degrees from The Ohio State University and Wright State University. Ellis was a United States Army veteran.
For most of his career he was a high school English teacher with the Kettering Schools.
Ellis was an active member of the Fairmont Presbyterian Church in Kettering; and was well known at First Presbyterian Church of Washington Court House where he first met his future wife.
Ellis had a keen eye for beauty and took great pleasure in all forms of art and music; and he instilled this appreciation in his family. He loved to travel and to experience other cultures, food and people. He shared his passions as a lifelong volunteer, serving as Docent Emeritus at the Dayton Art Institute and in roles with the Kettering Sister Cities program. Ellis was a reliable friend and an influential mentor to many. He derived great pleasure from deep one on one conversations, especially if he had his dog at his side. His affection for his family and his pride in their accomplishments were apparent to all.
Ellis was preceded in death by his parents and his beautiful sister Margaret (Peg) Weber.
Ellis is survived by his wife Dinah, nee Davis, whom he married December 27, 1956; four children, Sarah Jones and her husband, Steve, of LaGrange Park, IL and their children, Christopher and Elizabeth; David Miller and his wife, Caroline, of Old Saybrook, CT and their daughters, Emily and McKenzie; Howard Miller and his wife, Debbie, of Kettering, OH and their children, Ian Brittain-Mynes, Hannah and Olivia; and Joseph Miller and his wife, Denise Domian, of Milwaukee, WI and their daughter, Chloe. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Jo Langdon and E. Jane Davis, both of Washington Court House, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families including Mike Weber and Stephanie Weber of Maitland, FL.
A memorial service will be held on Friday March 4 at 11:00 am at Fairmont Presbyterian Church in Kettering, and a graveside service will be held at Washington Cemetery on Saturday March 5 at 11:00 am.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, Fairmont Presbyterian Church in Kettering, or First Presbyterian Church of Washington Court House.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.
The family expresses its deepest gratitude to the compassionate caregivers who provided such important support and assistance in the last several months of Ellis’ life.
Ted D. G. Boldman, 81, of Springfield, Ohio died Friday, February 26, 2016, after a brief stay at Oakwood Village in Springfield. He passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer with family by his side.
Mr. Boldman was extremely appreciative of the tremendous assistance he received from many caregivers, and often expressed his gratitude in handwritten, personal letters to those who cared for him. He was known as a kind and loving person who always strived to make others know how valued they were.
He was born August 17, 1934, in Fayette County, Ohio to John Mathies and Mary Eva Graham Boldman. He was a 1953 graduate of Bloomingburg High School and received a bachelor’s degree in education from Wilmington College. He also did graduate work at the University of Dayton and Wright State University.
Of the 33 years he taught, 31 years was in the Springfield City Schools teaching history and health. He taught for two years in Ross County, and during his career he was also a coach. He retired in 1991.
Mr. Boldman was a member of the Bloomingburg United Methodist Church and served in the Air Force Reserves from 1959 to 1965.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucille Allison and Violet Rosalie Boldman, and three brothers, Gerald Ellis Boldman, Johnny Boldman and Ora J. Boldman.
He is survived by his wife, the former Patty A. Noble whom he married September 27, 1957; two daughters, Robin Boldman Trevas and her husband, Dan, and Lori Boldman and her partner, Sara Ernest, of Columbus; a sister, Polly Stevens of Bloomingburg; three brothers, Robert Boldman of Good Hope, William Boldman of Wilmington and Thomas Boldman of Springfield, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at 1:30 p.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 Washington Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home two hours prior to the service on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Evelyn Theresa Yenger, 80, of Washington C.H. died Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 3:01 a.m. shortly after arrival at Fayette County Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Yenger was born Oct. 3, 1935, at Osborn in Greene County, Ohio to Francis Raymond and Dorothy Mary Randall Pitstick. She moved to Washington C.H. in 1992 from Florida.
She was a retired condominium salesperson.
Mrs. Yenger was a member of St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Richard Yenger in 1992; by seven brothers and three sisters.
Mrs. Yenger is survived by two sons, Richard Lee Yenger and his wife, Terri, of Bloomingburg and Stephen Francis Yenger of Boston; a daughter, Tina Brooke of Kapolei, Hawaii; five grandchildren, Ryan, Kevin, Brooke and Daniel Yenger and Carrie Shepard; three great grandchildren, Cole and Hensley Yenger and Amara Shepard; a brother, Francis R. Pitstick, Jr. of St. Cloud, Florida; two sisters, Dorothy Pitstick of SC, and Kathy Pitstick of Circleville and special friends, Dottie, Nell and Ruth.
In keeping with her wishes, her body was cremated and there will be no funeral or visitation.
Private burial of the cremains will be in the New Silvercreek Cemetery in Jamestown.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette Co., Inc., 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House