Donald Floyd “Cowboy” Kissick, 66, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Sunday, November 22, 2015, at 5:15 a.m. at his home.
Cowboy was born August 7, 1949, in Bloomingsburg, KY to Sterling and Thusia Faulkner Kissick. He moved here from Whitehall, Ohio in 2011.
He was a Vietnam War veteran of the United States Air Force. He retired in 1988 as a staff sergeant after serving 22 years.
Cowboy was preceded in death by a son, Donald Floyd Kissick, Jr. on June 10, 2011 and by five brothers and sisters.
He is survived by a daughter, Anna Marie Kissick of Dayton; a granddaughter, Katie Hynes of Washington Court House; two sisters, Beverly Brinson of Indiana and Betty Clift of Peebles, Ohio and special family friends, Teresa and Joe Garland of Washington Court House.
In keeping with his wishes, cremation took place and there will be no visitation or service.
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 Washington Court House, Ohio.
Martha Jane Ankrom, 83, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Friday, November 20, 2015, at 11:02 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Manor of Washington Court House where she had been residing since September 4, 2015.
Martha was born September 8, 1932, in New Holland, Ohio to James Patterson and Leoma McKee Justice. She was a 1950 graduate of New Holland High School and lived most of her life in the New Holland community before moving to Washington Court House in 2006.
Before her retirement, she was a secretary at the New Holland Elementary School for twenty years.
She had been a member of the New Holland United Methodist Church since the mid-fifties and remained active in church activities until her health no longer permitted. She had sung in the choir, taught Sunday school and served on various committees at the church. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women.
Martha was preceded in death by two brothers, James Justice in 2000, and Nelson B. Justice, Jr. in 2005, and a sister, Mildred Doyle in 1987.
She is survived by her husband, Joe Ankrom whom she married October 7, 1950; four children and their spouses, Larry and Suzann Ankrom of Wilmington, NC, Pat and Deb Ankrom of Dublin, Pam and Greg Ellenberger of Washington Court House and Barry and Bonnie Ankrom of Grove City; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren and three sisters-in-law, Betty Justice of Washington Court House, Mary Ankrom of Chicago and Iris Ankrom of Huntington, WV.
The funeral will be Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the New Holland United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Michael B. Thompson, pastor at the church, officiating. Burial will follow in the New Holland Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Monday from 4-7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 6500 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229 or the New Holland United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Nikki Sheets, 154 East Front Street, New Holland, Ohio 43145.
Judith Ann (Judy) Speakman, 91, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Friday, November 20, 2015, at 6:50 a.m. at Court House Manor where she had been residing since November 16, 2014.
Judy was born November 30, 1923, in Washington Court House to James and Stella Eva Haas Wackman. She was a 1941 graduate of Washington High School and lived most of her life in this community.
She had formerly worked at Patterson Field in Dayton, Ohio as a teletype supervisor. She also had been a clerk at Wackman Iron and Metal and a waitress and cashier at the J & J Restaurant.
Judy was an avid bowler and loved to play euchre.
On December 9, 1954, she married John Mallow Speakman. He preceded her in death on October 26, 1999. She was also preceded by three brothers, James Wackman, Jr., Alex U. Wackman and Jerry Wackman and three sisters, Mildred Irene Wackman, Freda Pitzer and Latrilla (Trilly) Coil.
Judy is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Ben Barker of Clairmont, FL and nieces and nephews, Beverly (Robert) Hamlin of Columbus, Alexis (Paul) Junk of Delaware, Jane Ann (David) Weade of Sunbury, Diana Charalambous of Windermere, FL, Stacie (F.L.) Deskins, Linda (Eric) Havens, Fred (Nancy) Pitzer, Jim (Sue) Pitzer, Larry Coil and special friend, Brenda Mossbarger, all of Washington Court House, David (Shar) Wackman of Reynoldsburg, Dan Pitzer of Bloomingburg, Mark Barker of New Albany and Mike (Devry) Barker of Bellefontaine; a special cousin, Kim (Steve) Bettendorf of Chillicothe and other special friends and neighbors.
A graveside service will be held Monday, November 30, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Washington Cemetery with the Rev. Bruce Morrison, pastor at the Heritage Memorial Church of Christ in Christian Union, 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 a charity of the donor’s choice.
Mr. Eddlemon was born February 1, 1933, in Mount Pleasant, TN to James B. and Bessie Cummins Eddlemon. He had lived in Columbus and Washington C.H. before moving to Bloomingburg in 1971.
He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Eddlemon was a graduate of Franklin University and, before his retirement, was a maintenance superintendent for Kroger’s Bakery in Columbus.
For many years he coached Pony League football and Little League baseball in Washington Court House. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved his grandchildren.
Mr. Eddlemon was preceded in death by his wife, the former Joan Marie Millay on June 30, 2005; by a son, Tom Eddlemon on July 7, 2008; by a brother, Don Eddlemon and two sisters, Dot Gammons and Helen Eakin.
He is survived by five children, Debbie Eddlemon of Bloomingburg, Mike Eddlemon of Washington Court House, Don Eddlemon and his wife, Wendy, of New Martinsburg, Kenny Eddlemon and his wife, Tanya, of Washington C.H. and Crissy Marcum and her husband, Larry, of Bloomingburg; a daughter-in-law, Laura Eddlemon of Wilmington, Ohio; thirteen grandchildren; three great grandchildren; a sister, Mildred Linville of Akron and a sister-in-law, Harriet Eddlemon of Red Wing, MN.
The funeral will be Friday, November 20, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington C.H. with Mike Henry officiating. Burial will follow in the Bloomingburg Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-7 p.m.
Robert Paul “Bobby” Helfrich, Jr., 72, of Washington Court House died Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 11:50 a.m. at Court House Manor where he had been a patient since November 4.
Bobby was born May 4, 1943, at Grant Hospital in Columbus, Ohio to Robert Paul and Margaret Elizabeth Little Helfrich. He was a 1962 graduate of Washington High School and lived most of his life in this community.
He formerly was a meat cutter at Helfrich Supermarket; had owned and operated Robert’s Drive In and later was co-owner and operator of Helfrich Brothers Quality Meats. He retired from the maintenance department of Washington City Schools.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Rosann Litzinger.
Bobby is survived by his wife, the former Lora L. Althouse; four children, Bryan Helfrich of Panama City, FL, Kari Helfrich of Dublin, Ohio, Julie Baker of Kentucky and Deann Merritt of Louisville; four step children, Lee Wisecup, Sally Gilmore, Angie Ganghoff and Dean Martin; three siblings, Mary Agnes Cox of Grove City, P.R. Marshall and Stanley Helfrich both of Washington Court House; several grandchildren and great grandchildren and a cousin, Michael Helfirch of Washington Court House.
Cremation took place.
Arrangements for a graveside service to be held at Washington Cemetery are being completed and will be announced later by the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette County, Inc., 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.
Bud was born February 8, 1921, in Washington Court House, Ohio the third son of William Clayton and Nellie M. Pearce Miller. He received his education at Cherry Hill Elementary School and was a 1939 graduate of Washington High School.
In July of 1942, he began a military career in the United State Air Force that spanned 24 years. Bud served in the European Theatre of Operation during World War II and later in the Korean Conflict. In each war he completed 66 combat missions that offered air support for major offensives in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, the Ardennes, Central Europe and Korea.
After his discharge from his military obligations, he returned to central Ohio and was employed as a parts manager at Ralph Hickman’s, Meriweather Motor Company and Doug Marine Motors.
He enjoyed the time spent with the many friends he had gained over the years. Golfing, bowling and his “goffering” automotive trips for Marine Motors were his favorite activities. He made his last annual trip to the west coast to visit old military friends and his natural family at the age of 87.
Bud was a member of Washington C.H. Lodge #129 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Fern Alleen Wilson Miller on Jan. 2, 2005, and two brothers, Fred and Harry Miller.
Bud is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and William Brady of Portland, Oregon; five grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; a great great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
An Elk’s service, followed by a memorial service, led by Bud’s grandsons, Andrew and Dean Brady, will be held Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington C.H. Burial of the cremains, with full military honors, will follow in the Highlawn Cemetery with William Brady, Bud’s son-in-law, officiating. Bud’s great grandson, Yeshua Adonai, a Marine Corps veteran, will play “taps” for his great grandfather.
A time of food and fellowship at the Elks Lodge, 277 South Main Street, will immediately follow the graveside service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Lodge #129 scholarship fund, 277 South Main Street, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.
Joanne Lynn Schwart, 64, of Watervliet, New York died Monday, October 19, 2015, at her home.
She was born April 22, 1951, in Columbus, Ohio to Robert Benton and Alice Virginia Wilson Schwart.
Joanne was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Marilyn Ann Naviaux.
She formerly was a specialist in educational funding with the state colleges and universities in New York.
Joanne, who was never married, is survived by a brother, Robert B. Schwart, Jr. of Bryan, Texas and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Cremation took place in New York and burial of the cremains will be at a later date in the Good Hope Cemetery under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.
Stephen Ray McMurray, 67, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at 12:08 a.m. at his home.
Steve was born November 29, 1947, in Hillsboro, Ohio to Everett Ray and Opal Irene Griffith McMurray. He was a 1965 graduate of Hillsboro High School and moved to Washington Court House in 2003, from New Holland.
He was a corrections officer at the Chillicothe Correctional Institute for 18 years before his retirement on November 29, 2012.
Steve was preceded in death by his father in February 2015.
He is survived by his wife, the former Barbara Kay Davis whom he married May 9, 1989; two sons and daughters-in-law, Craig and Elizabeth Jones of Washington Court House and Jason and Tanya Jones of Hocking County, Ohio; his mother, Opal Irene McMurray of Hillsboro; five grandchildren whom he thoroughly enjoyed, Cody Jones and his wife, Lucy, Wyatt Jones, Peyton Jones, Arianna Jones and Alainia Jones; a great granddaughter, Sapphire Jones; a brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Jackie McMurray and a sister and brother-in-law, Marsha and Keith Sonner, all of Hillsboro.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, October 31, 2015, at 11 a.m. in New Holland 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.
Fred Leo DiDomenico, 93, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2015, in his home while surrounded by his loving family.
He was born August 8, 1922, in Holloway, Ohio to Giovanni and Celeste DiVincenzo Di Domenico. He along, with his five brothers and sisters, from an early age worked their farm and learned English together at school.
He graduated high school in 1940 and entered The Ohio State University.
Fred joined the Marine Corps in October 1942, and gallantly served 36 months in the South Pacific, receiving a silver star for his service.
After the war, he returned to OSU where he met his first wife, Ruth.
He coached football and taught health for 12 years, touching the lives of many young men and women. He ended his teaching and coaching career in Washington Court House, a community he truly loved.
Fred served on the Washington City School Board of Education for sixteen years and was also the board’s representative for the Great Oak Joint Vocations School for eight years. In 1993, he was general chairman and worked tirelessly raising money to build a new stadium at Gardner Park. Organizing the games and entertaining the youth at every gathering was a natural act for him. Serving his community brought him great satisfaction. “Giving Back” was his philosophy, being an eternal optimist was his gift.
In 1960, he entered the insurance business and spent the next 20 years with New York Life. He mixed New York Life and football by having pony league teams named the Nylies and Dividends. In 1980, he was appointed to managerial duties for Union Center Life Insurance Company and in 1988, he and his wife, Doris, and two partners formed a financial planning corporation in Washington Court House.
He was a member and past president of the Washington Rotary Club and had served as chairman of the board of the local Chamber of Commerce.
Creating gardens, sprouting seeds in his garage, lovingly planting them in the perfectly tiled soil and tending them consistently was one of his greatest passions. Taking care of his body, staying healthy and fit, working out and role modeling this as he aged was another of his passions. Dancing with Doris brought him great joy. Finally, at the age of 76, meeting his family in Capistrello, Italy and staying connected with them made him extremely happy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters and two brothers; his son, John Michael and a step-son, Todd Mancini.
Fred is survived by his wife, Doris; daughter, Debby DiDomenico and her husband, Bob Matson; two grandchildren, Corina and Tony; three step children, Debbie (Dan) Garrett, Brent (Becky) Mancini and Marlene (Bruce Fraser) Mancini; seven step grandchildren; ten step great grandchildren and many DiDomenico/DiVencenzo cousins, nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, October 18, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church with Todd Maurer, minister at the church, officiating.
Immediately following the service, a time of fellowship and refreshment will be held in the events center at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette County, 222 North Oakland Avenue or the Crossroads Christian Church, 175 Halliday Way Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.
Sharon Kay Funk, 62, of New Holland, Ohio died Sunday, October 11, 2015, at 10:48 p.m. at her home.
Sharon was born February 7, 1953, in Morgan County, KY to James Carl and Lula Faye Law Keeton. Except for 15 years in Florida, she lived most of her life in the New Holland community.
She was an accounting clerk for BakerHostetler Law Offices in Columbus, Ohio.
Sharon was preceded in death by a son, Larry Galen Funk, Jr. on October 11, 2003, and by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Larry G. Funk whom she married January 18, 1971; two daughters, Theresa Funk and her fiancée, John Riley, of Winston Salem, NC and Becky Tietboehl and boyfriend, Junior Martinez, of Royal Palm Beach, FL; five grandchildren, Tiffany Losi, Kyle Jones, Kelsey Tietboehl, Logan Shiltz and McKenna McFadden; two great grandchildren, Hunter and Kaidance Losi; eleven siblings, Merve (Tara) Keeton, Anthony (Angie) Keeton, Michael (Angie) Keeton, Rich Keeton, Jack Keeton, Judy Funk, Linda (Tony) Jones, Betty (Tim) Strahler, Emma (Lloyd) Arledge, Dovie Keeton and Carla Keeton; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and her beloved dog, Prissy.
The funeral will be held Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with the Rev. Michael Hodge officiating. Burial will follow in the New Holland Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland Wednesday from 4-8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 6500 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229.