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TERRY R. MERRITT

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Terry R. Merritt, 66, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 1:01 p.m. shortly after arrival at the Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe.

Terry was born February 12, 1953, in Columbus, Ohio to Frankie and Virginia Sheridan Merritt.  He was a graduate of Miami Trace High School; the University of Cincinnati and was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was formerly a mechanical engineer and currently owned and operated Beaters Auto Sales.

Terry, who was never married, was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dennis Merritt and two sisters, Sherry Cox and Rita Merritt.

He is survived by five siblings, Michael Merritt and his wife, Jennifer, Frankie Merritt, Jr. and his wife, Evelyn, Steve Merritt and his wife, Sheri, and Margie Sheridan, all of Washington Court House and Wendy Merritt of Cushing, OK.

The funeral will Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Pastor Randy Lee, minister at the Center Christian Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Washington Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 6-8 p.m.

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SHARON C. KELLEY

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Sharon C. Kelley, 73, of Greenfield, Ohio, died Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 8:20 p.m. following a short stay at the Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe.

Sharon was born October 13, 1946, in Greenfield, Ohio to Herbert and Francis Snyder Price.  She was a lifelong Greenfield resident.

Sharon was a former member of the Greenfield Church of Christ.

She loved visiting with her kids, grandkids and all of her family.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Hunter Kelley and two brothers, Joe and Ron Price.

She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Kelley; three children and their spouses, Jennifer and Scott Carter and Richie and Jennifer Kelley, all of Greenfield and Bryan and Rhonda Kelley of Leesburg; three grandchildren, Levi (Kelsey) Carter of Chillicothe, Taylor Carter and Johanna Kelley, both of Greenfield; a great grandson, Ivan Carter of Chillicothe; a brother, Steve Price of Greenfield and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In keeping with her wishes, a private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with Danny Dodds, minister at the Greenfield Church of Christ officiating.  Burial will follow in New Holland Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

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ROSALIE ALICE CARMAN

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Rosalie Alice Carman, 76, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 12:53 p.m. at Court House Manor in Washington Court House where she had been residing since June 7, 2018.

Mrs. Carman was born October 25, 1943, in Brookville, Ohio to Vertie A. and Beulah E. Rodgers Butcher.   She was a member of the first graduating class of Miami Tracie High School and was a long time resident of Greenfield.

She formerly worked in the Ben Franklin department at Bob and Carl’s in Greenfield

Mrs. Carman was a member of the Pisgah-Mount Pleasant Federated Church.  For many years she entered her sewing and cooking projects in the Ross County Fair.  She was twice named Ross County Fair Homemaker of the Year.

On January 7, 1962, she married Harry Lee Carman.  He preceded her in death on August 12, 2008.  She was also preceded by a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Ruth Butcher and a nephew, David Butcher.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Robert Blazer and a grandson, Jeremy Blazer, all of Greenfield; a sister, JoAnn Bloom of Rockford, MN and a niece and three nephews.

The funeral will be Friday, November 15, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Pastor Kevin Hall, minister at  the Greenfield United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Frankfort.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 12 Noon until time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland County Humane Society, P.O. Box 471, 9331 State Route 24, Hillsboro, Ohio  45133.

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LANA LOUISE DURFLINGER

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Lana Louise Durflinger, 76, of Chillicothe, Ohio, formerly of Washington Court House, died Monday, November 4, 2019, at 3:15 a.m. at the Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe where she had been a patient since Friday.

Lana was born August 19, 1943, in Fayette County, Ohio to (Charles) Harold and Wanda Louise Estep Durflinger.  She was a 1961 graduate of New Holland High School and attended Kentucky Christian College (University). She had lived in Lexington, KY from 1964-1994.

She formerly was a claims approver for Medicare and later was a medical assistant.  She then became a senior claims approver for Healthwise HMO in Lexington.

Lana, who was very knowledgeable about the Bible, was a member of the South Side Church of Christ where she had been a Sunday school teacher.  She had previously been a member of the Southland Church of Christ in Lexington, KY where she assisted in the direction of the church’s dramas.  She enjoyed doing crafts of all kinds.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Roger L. Durflinger on August 7, 2018.

Lana, who was never married, is survived by her sister, Rebecca Ruschel; a foster brother, Nicholas O’Dierno; several nieces and nephews and her many church friends, including Teresa Combs and June Milstead.

The funeral will be Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the South Side Church of Christ with Danny Dodds, minister at the Greenfield Church of Christ, officiating.  Barry Petitt and Todd Maurer, ministers at South Side Church, will also assist with the service.  Burial will follow in the New Holland Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. Thursday until time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the South Side Church of Christ, 921 South Fayette Street or the Fayette Regional Humane Society, 153 South Main Street, Suite 3, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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

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GLEN WARREN VERNON

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Glen Warren Vernon, 83, of Atlanta, Ohio died Friday, November 1, 2019, at 2:40 p.m. at his home.

He was born May 13, 1936, in Holmes County, Ohio to Wilbur Charles and Catherine Tomkins Vernon.  He was a graduate of Bloomingburg High School and had lived the past 50 years in the Atlanta community.

Before his retirement, he had worked 17 years at the Robertson Fence Company in Mt. Sterling and had also worked at the glove factory in Mt. Sterling.

Glen was a member of the Atlanta United Methodist Church and enjoyed working at its fish fries.

On August 6, 1960, he married the former Peggy Ann Nelson. She preceded him in death on Oct. 2, 2010.

Glen is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Robin Vernon, and Rob and Rhonda Vernon, all of Atlanta; four grandchildren, Josh and Elizabeth Burnheimer, Felicia (Alphonso) Rice and Evan Vernon; six great-grandchildren, Logan Jeffers, Laura Burnheimer, Bryce Jeffers, Gabriella Vernon, Aaliyah Rice and Alphonso Rice, Jr.; two brothers, his twin, Gene Vernon and his wife, Helen, of Washington C.H. and Raymond Vernon of Atlanta; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Alfred and Helen Nelson of Palm Bay, Florida and his best friend, Donna Evans of Atlanta.

The funeral will be Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with the Reverend Phillip B. Collie, Sr., minister at the Second Baptist Church in Washington C.H., officiating. Burial will follow in the Bloomingburg Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home in New Holland Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 N. Oakland Ave., Washington C.H., Ohio 43160 or the Atlanta United Methodist Church, c/o Jaime Heath, 24960 Moler Road, Williamsport, Ohio  43164.

Glen’s family would like to give special thanks to Cynthia and Phillip Collie, Emma Blair and Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County for the  exceptional and loving care they provided.

 

 

MARVIN LEROY ARNOLD

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Marvin Leroy Arnold, 80, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at 4 a.m. at his home.  He had been in failing health the past two years.

Marvin was born March 3, 1939, in Fayette County, Ohio to Everette and Helen Self Arnold.  He was a 1957 graduate of Jeffersonville High School and was a lifelong resident of this community.

He retired as a foreman from Armco/Steelox after 40 years of service.

Marvin was a member of the First Baptist Church where he had served as an usher and trustee.  He was a member of the International Rodeo Association; the Southern Ohio Calf Roping Association and the American Quarter Horse Association.  Calf roping, quarter horses and the Ohio State Buckeyes, especially OSU football, were his favorite activities.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Mary Arnold.

Marvin is survived by his wife, the former Carole Annette Stienmetz whom he married April 12, 1959; a daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Kevin Girton of Washington Court House; two grandchildren, Mark Girton of San Diego, CA and Hannah Girton of Columbus, OH; a sister and brother-in-law, Rebecca (Arnold) and William Lindsley of South Carolina; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Sunny Steinmetz of Boca Raton, FL; several nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and his caregivers, Johanna Miller, Joanie and Joe Price and Kristin Price.

The funeral will be Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Washington Court House with the Rev. Joe Current, pastor at the church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Milledgeville-Plymouth Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church from 12 Noon Saturday until time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 301 East East Street, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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

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ERIC ANTHONY WOODROW

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The heavens rejoiced on October 2, 2019, when Eric Anthony Woodrow (Woody) of Jeffersonville, Ohio became our guardian angel forever. Eric left this world at the young age of 53 after a brave and valiant two year fight with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He was surrounded at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio by his loving family and the many who traveled this journey alongside him.

Eric was born on July 22, 1966, in Washington Court House, Ohio. He worked for over 20 years at Mac Tools in Washington Court House in the Office Services Department.  He then went on to work as a Patient Service Technician for Hooks Oxygen and Medical Equipment in Washington Court House where he was beloved and touched the lives of so many patients. Over the remaining years he was blessed with health to share his talents with the Madison Plains Local School District, Stanley Electric in London, Ohio and the Carnegie Public Library in Washington Court House, Ohio.

As an avid sports fanatic, he excelled as a student athlete as a 1984 graduate of Miami Trace High School.  There he loved his years of golf, basketball and baseball. He took his love for sports to make an impact as a coach for over 30 years in the community he grew up in and surrounding areas.  Over the years he coached multiple teams for the Miami Trace girls and boys junior high and varsity high school basketball and baseball programs and was assistant varsity boys coach at Madison Plains High School. Over the years, he was also a coach for the American Legion baseball program in Washington Court House and girls travel fast pitch softball in London, Ohio. His remaining year of health was spent coaching so fittingly with the kids he loved and on the ballfield with his special friend, Daryl Pruitt.

Eric is survived by his beloved parents, Sid and Sondra Merriman Woodrow of Washington Court House; his loving wife of 23 years, Joanne (Bultman) Woodrow of Jeffersonville and his dear sisters, Missi (Brent) Knisley of Washington Court House and Mandy (Chris) Zimmer of Villa Hills, KY. He was a loving stepfather to Amy (Harley) Price of South Solon, Jenny (Jason) Lacure of Jeffersonville and Gary Massie of Wilmington; grandfather to Harley (Makayla) and Payton Price, Logan, Camron and Hannah Lacure and a great grandfather to Harley Price, IV.  He was a proud uncle of Loren, Max, Cash and Presley; He also leaves behind a brother-in-law, John Bultman and many loving uncles, cousins, friends and his most special dog, Geo, whom he loved fiercely.

The funeral will be held Wednesday October 9, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the New Holland Church of Christ Christian Union in New Holland, Ohio with his pastor and friend, the Rev. Larry Doss officiating. Burial will follow at Ferncliff Cemetery in Springfield, Ohio.

Friends and loved ones may visit on Tuesday October 8, 2019, from 4-8 pm at the New Holland Church of Christ Christian Union in New Holland.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the James Cancer Hospital, Hematology Oncology Department, 460 West Tenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210 or Madison Health Cancer Center, 210 North Main Street, London, Ohio  43140.

Please visit www.kirkpatrickfuneralhome.com to leave the family condolences and pay tribute.

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

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SONNY GRAUMLICH

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Stanley M. (Sonny) Graumlich, Jr. quietly slipped away from his journey in this life Wednesday, October 2, 2019.  He was 77, having been born September 14, 1942.

Sonny was proceeded in death by his mother and father, Stanley Graumlich and Mary Alice (Stoddard) Graumlich.  He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Suellen Radabaugh, Stephen, Sidney and Sally Graumlich, nieces and nephews, Brandy, Jon, Jeffrey and Christine as well spouses and children.

Although he came into this world with a different, limited bundle of skills and abilities, through the dedication of his parents he lived a rich and meaningful life.  By living a mainstreamed life, he touched many families.  The family wants to express its deep appreciation to those in the community that reached out to Sonny, lifted him up and added to the meaning and pleasure of his life.

Further, there is a debt of gratitude to his caregivers that were devoted to Sonny over the decades of his life. We shall never be able to repay you for your love, hard work and dedication to Sonny, his parents and his family.  Leading by example, Sonny simply made us all better people.  We are proud of our parents for stepping up to this challenge, we are proud of the community in its part of this accomplishment, we are humbled by the dedication of his caregivers.  All of you leave behind shoes that his brothers and sisters will never be able to fill.  Thank You, Thank you, Thank You!!!!

The funeral will be Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Judy Chapel in Washington Cemetery. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fayette Regional Humane Society, 153 South Main Street, Suite 3, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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V. DAVID KEATON

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V. David Keaton, 65, of Washington Court House, Ohio, died Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at 9:44 p.m. shortly after arrival at Fayette County Memorial Hospital. His death was sudden and unexpected.

David was born March 17, 1954, in Washington Court House to Veryl Gesta and Dema Ann Puffinbarger Keaton.  He lived his younger life in New Holland and was a 1972 graduate of Miami Trace High School.  He then spent his adult life in Washington Court House.

He was a heavy equipment operator from 1972 until his retirement in 2015, having worked for Dineen and George J. Igel Company.

David was a member of Bloomingburg Lodge F. & A.M. #449; Aladdin Temple Shrine in Columbus and was a longtime member of Local #18 of the International Union of Operating Engineers in Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

David is survived by his wife, the former Teena Marie Riley whom he married July 25, 1987; three sons, D. Heath Keaton of Sabina, Anthony Keaton and Adam Keaton, both of Columbus; a step-son, Dustin Gulley and his wife, Michelle, of Washington Court House; four grandchildren, Gavin, Brooklyn and Mitchell Keaton and Harmony Gay; a brother and sister-in-law, Timothy and Rhonda Keaton of New Holland; a sister and brother-in-law, Bethany and Steven Hiles of Kinston, NC and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be held Monday, October 7, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Pastor John Pfeifer, minister at the Gathering Place Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Washington Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Sunday from 2-6 p.m. where a Masonic service, which is open to the public, will be held Sunday at 6 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1430 Columbus Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160 for the emergency department renovation project.

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ELECTA JANE “LECKY” KUESTERS

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It is with great sadness that the family of Electa “Lecky” Jane Kuesters announces her passing after a lengthy battle with cancer on Friday, September 27, 2019, at the age of 73 years.

Lecky was born to the late Robert Lee and Betty Brock Brubaker on April 12, 1946, in Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Washington Senior High School in 1964, and received a bachelor’s degree from George Peabody University. Lecky married Eckhard “Eck” Kuesters on March 25, 1972, and they lived in Maryland for thirty-five years before relocating to Virginia and then Florida in 2016. Lecky spent several years as a special education teacher in elementary schools and as a volunteer for support and advocacy services. She was a lover of the natural world and hard work, and could often be found tending to a sprawling garden, saddling up a horse, or clearing a trail. Above all, Lecky was fiercely loyal and devoted to her family, particularly her grandchildren, who were her greatest joy and with whom she shared a special bond. Lecky was an extraordinary wife, mother, and Grammy.  Her bright light will remain in our hearts forever.

Lecky was preceded in death by her father in 1991, mother in 1993, and a sister Susannah “Susie” Lyons in 2019. She will be forever remembered by her loving husband and daughters, Kathryn “Katie” Kuesters Huyck (Michael), Elizabeth Kuesters Sullivan (John), and Phoebe Kuesters McCutchan (Micah); five beloved grandchildren, Garrett Brock and Emilia Jane Huyck, Claire Elizabeth and Charles Fenner Sullivan, and Avery Jane McCutchan; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Gail Brubaker and Robert and Jeannette Brubaker; a sister, Melissa Brubaker; brother-in-law William Eugene Lyons, Jr.; sister-in-law, Suzann Kuesters; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Werner and Maureen Kuesters and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.

A funeral service in memory of Lecky will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Judy Chapel in Washington Cemetery,1741 Washington Avenue, Washington Court House, OH 43160 with the Rev. Father Warren Huestis, rector at All Saints Church, officiating.

Burial of the cremains will immediately follow in the family plot at Washington Cemetery.  A reception will follow.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home, 554 Washington Avenue, Washington Court House, OH 43160, Friday, October 4, 2019, from 4-7 p.m.

 

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