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HELEN EMILY JOHNSON

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.

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HENRY EDWARD MEYER

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.

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BILLY JOE BRIGGS

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.

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ROSA MARIE JOHNSON

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.

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GARY L. LONG

Gary L. Long, 70, of Washington Court House, Ohio, passed away, Sunday, April 12, 2015 at his home from cardiac complications.  He had GARY LONG
fought a brave fight with multiple health issues.  He fought a brave battle, stayed strong in his faith, and is now enjoying his eternal reward.

Gary was born to Roy and Ethel Long in 1945.  He attended Miami Trace High School and graduated in 1963. He enlisted in the United States Air Force.   He served in Ubon, Thailand during the Vietnam Conflict.  He was a part of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing in Ubon, Thailand RTAFB, 497 Tact Fighter Squadron, and the 45th MMS from the 305th Bomb Wing from Peru, Indiana BHAFB.  He had worked with Colonel Olds, an F4 fighter pilot.  He retired from Doug Marine Motors.

He was involved in many different organizations.  He was a member of South Side Church of Christ, the Christian Motorcyclist Association, and the Dragin’ Angels Car Club.  He belonged to the American Legion Post 25. He was a lifetime member of the AMVETS and Harley Owners Group (HOG). He was an Aladdin Shriner and a 32nd degree Mason. He was a Master Mason from the Masonic Blue Lodge Bloomingburg #449.  He was a member of the Jeffersonville Eastern Star Chapter 300.  He also has served on the board of the DAV.

Those who knew him knew of his many passions and hobbies.  He was an avid camper and spent many hours enjoying a campfire with his wife.  He was talented with anything mechanical, and enjoyed restoring both cars and motorcycles.  It is his love for motorcycles for which he is best known.  He has ridden in almost every state in the continental US with many of his friends making those journeys with him.  He had a beautiful voice and enjoyed sharing his love of music with others.  He played guitar, sang at church and with a local band for a time, and recorded music in a friend’s studio.    His love for these pursuits was evident to all who knew and loved him.

Most importantly, he will best be remembered for his amazing love, devotion and pride for his family.  Gary leaves behind a legacy of love including his wife of 18 years, Joyce Long.  He had two daughters and a son: Lisa (Corey) Hesson, Gina (BJ) Marine, and Shane (Joan) Begin.  He had one brother, Larry (Toni) Long.  He had several brother-in-laws:  Gary (Tonya) Speakman, Kenny (Bev) Speakman and Bill Speakman.  He had several nieces and nephews: Curt (Karla) Long, Jill (Brett) Wright and Beth Long.  He had many great nieces and nephews.  His pride and joys were his ten grandchildren: Logan and Micah McConnaughey, Sydney, Garren and Blake Walker, Leah and Quinton Marine, Drew and Tyler Begin, and Riley Hesson.  He will now be their guardian angel.

Gary was reunited in Heaven with several loved ones including Roy and Ethel Long, Dale and Pat Ward, Judy Long, and Drew Begin.

The family invites anyone who knew and loved him to a visitation on Friday, April 17, 2015, at South Side Church of Christ from 4-8 p.m.  A Masonic service, which is open to the public, will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at the church.

The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the South Side Church of Christ with Danny Dodds, minister at the Greenfield Church of Christ,
officiating.  Following the service, his family is asking his fellow bikers and car club members to pay tribute to him by being  part of a motorcycle brigade and car procession to Washington Cemetery, to the chapel and fountain area, where full military honors will be bestowed.  Following the military services, cremation will take place.  Burial of the cremains will be at a later date in Washington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dragin’ Angels Car Club Scholarship Fund, c/o Jim Valentine, 261 Hickory Lane, Washington C.H., Ohio  43160; Nationwide Children’s Hospital Cardiac Development Program, 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio  43205 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas  66675.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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JACK DAY

Jack Day, 85, of Grove City, Ohio died Friday, April 10, 2015, at 3:40 p.m. at Emeritus at Pinnacle in Grove City where he had been residing the past three years

Jack was born December 5, 1929, in Fayette County, Ohio near Good Hope to Sam and Lucy Greenwalt Day.  He was 1947 graduate of Wayne High School in Good Hope and was marble champion of Fayette County in 1939, 1940 and 1941.

He enlisted in the Navy in August 1947, and graduated from Navy electronics school in December 1947.  He then served on the U.S.S. Norton Sound until his discharge in February 1950.

Jack retired from Ohio Edison in Springfield, Ohio in 1987.

He and Harriett Lee lived in Springfield 37 years where they attended Central United Methodist Church.  After retiring they returned to Harriett Lee’s home place near Good Hope where they resided until 1996, when they moved to Washington C.H.  In 2010 they moved to Grove City to be nearer family.

He was a member of the Good Hope United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed small bore rifle shooting with his father and later was a trap shooter.  He won the Grand American Vandalia Handicap in 1978.  He was a former member of the Clark County Sportsman Club.  Following retirement, he became an avid golfer and had been a member of the Washington Country Club.  Jack loved finishing furniture, carving and the outdoors.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bobby Day and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Dorcas Holdren.

He is survived by his wife, the former Harriett Lee Holdren whom he married September 14, 1949; four children, Cathy Wilson of Springfield, Ohio, Jenny (Bill Bond) Day of Grove City,  Patrick (Cindy) Day of Morgan Hill, CA and Sue (Kirk) Hamilton, of Grove City; seven grandchildren, Amy Day, Julie Beliveau, Sarah Hewitson, Lisa Wilson, Sam Hamilton, Kyle Hamilton, Kelsley Hamilton; four great grandchildren, Cameron, Alexandra and Benjamin Hewitson and Charlie Hamilton; a sister and brother-in-law, Lenoir and Everett Taylor of Washington C. H.; a nephew, Bill (Debbie) Taylor of Washington C.H. and a niece, Cheri Wireman of Winchester, KY.

The funeral will be Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Good Hope United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jon R. Silveous, pastor at the church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Good Hope Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington C.H. Friday, April 17, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Hope United Methodist Church, c/o Penny Johnson, 4652 Miami Trace Road-SW, Washington C.H., Ohio  43160 or Gentiva Hospice, 540 Officenter Place, Suite 100, Gahanna, Ohio  43230.

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CLAUDETTE M. WITHERSPOON

Claudette M. Witherspoon, 79, of Washington Court House, died Monday, April 6, 2015, at 11:30 p.m. at The Ohio State University Wexner CLAUDETTE WITHERSPOONMedical Center where she had been a patient since March 22.

Claudette was born July 13, 1935, in Harriman, Tennessee to Walter and Mae Melton Gunter.  She had lived in Hanford, CA and then Gallatin, TN before returning to Washington Court House in 2013.

She had formerly been an usher at The Grand Ole Opry and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Washington Court House.

Claudette was preceded in death by her husband, Wiley Victor Witherspoon, Jr., on July 21, 2013; a grandson, Anthony Scott “Tony” Witherspoon on December 31, 2013; her parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Edna and Wilbur Wilson and family pet peek-a-poo, Suzie Nakia.

She is survived by three children, Wiley Witherspoon III, and his wife, Melodie, of Richland, WA; Beverly Anderson and her husband, Mike, of Visalia, CA and Alan S. “Butch” Witherspoon and his fiancé, Jodi Kelley, of Washington Court House; five grandchildren, Dena Smith and her husband, Darren, Cameron Anderson, Tracie Russell and her husband, David, Gene Witherspoon and Dirk Witherspoon; a great granddaughter, Julia Smith; a  brother, Robert Gunter of Dayton and two sisters, Doris Crager and her husband, Robert, of Washington Court House and Dorothy Haddix.

The funeral will be Monday, April 13, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington C.H. with Joy Stanforth, pastor at the Waterloo Church of Christ in Christian Union, officiating.  Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Joaquin Valley, 1830 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA  93301 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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KEITH RUSSELL KLONTZ

Keith Russell Klontz, 20, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at his residence.

Keith was born January 17, 1995, in Columbus, Ohio to Kevin Ryan and Tracie Lynn Rogers Klontz.  He was a 2013 graduate of Miami Trace High School and lived most of his life in Washington Court House and Xenia.  He worked at the McDonald’s on Leesburg Avenue.

He was a member of the Xenia United Methodist Church and attended Grace United Methodist Church in Washington Court House.  He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion.

Keith was preceded in death by his father on March 7, 2011; by his paternal grandmother, Natalie M. Klontz and his maternal grandparents, Frances Rogers and Ralph Rogers.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Tracie and Brian Millington; a brother, Kenneth Ryan Klontz and a sister, Elizabeth Franks, all of Xenia; his paternal grandfather, Russell Klontz of Washington Court House and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

The funeral will be Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with the Rev. Becky Klontz Barnard, director of family life at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Milledgeville-Plymouth Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice or to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.

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RANDAL GLEN GEESLING

Randal G. Geesling, 51, of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away peacefully Thursday, March 26, 2015, at his residence.

Randy was born December 20, 1963, in Fayette County, Ohio to Glen R. “Butch” and Rhona Lee Weller Geesling.  He was a 1982 graduate of Miami Trace High School where he was a member of the FFA.  He was a lifelong resident of this community where he was involved in farming with his father.

He was a member of Washington Court House Lodge #129 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks. He loved farming, tractor and truck pulls, motorcycles (Harley’s), traveling and life in general.

He was preceded in death by his dad on August 27, 2013; by his paternal grandparents, Roy and Margery Albright Geesling and his maternal grandparents, Charles F. and Mary Alice Ferguson Weller.

Randy is survived by his mother, Rhona Geesling of Washington Court House; a sister, Tamera Geesling and her husband, Thomas Roehrig, of Centerville, Ohio and uncles, an aunt and several cousins and friends.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the St. Colman Catholic Cemetery with the Rev. Father Patrick W. Rogers, minister at St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic 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 Miami Trace FFA Scholarship Fund, c/o Miami Trace High School, 3836 State Route 41-NW or the Fayette County Food Pantry, c/o First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 217, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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DOROTHY CARMAN

Dorothy E. Carman, 99, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at 10:37 p.m. at Court House Manor where she had been residing since March 2014.

Mrs. Carman was born August 1, 1915, in Mount Sterling, Ohio to Fred and Ella Miller Crone.

Before her retirement she was a receptionist at the Huntington National Bank in Washington Court House.

From 1976 to 1996, she resided in Florida where she adored the sun and loved to walk on the beach and collect shells.

Mrs. Carman was formerly a volunteer with the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; had been a member of the Washington Club and helped in the restoration of the Judy Chapel in Washington Cemetery.

She was an avid bridge player and OSU fan.  In her earlier years she loved to bowl. Tennis was her passion in life and she played tennis until her mid-eighties.  She always watched all of the tennis tournaments that were on television.

Mrs. Carman was preceded in death by husband, Robert Scott Carman in 1988; by a son, F. Scott Carman in 2002, and four sisters, Betty Grim, Lois Shipley, Helen Crone and Claribel Backenstoe.

She is survived by a daughter, Camilla Carman of Dayton; a daughter-in-law, Lee Carman of Sidney, Ohio; four grandchildren, Kari Hinkle of Brookville, Ohio, Brett Hinkle of Denver, CO, Robert Carman and his wife, Amy, of Versailles, Ohio and Melissa Rice and her husband, Mike, of Sidney; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be Monday, March 30, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Washington Cemetery with Gary Gepfrey officiating   Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

There will be no calling hours.

A gathering of friends and family will be held at the Old Schoolhouse at the Fayette County fairgrounds immediately following the graveside service.

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