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SHAWNA JO NICOLE VASSAR

Shawna Jo Nicole Vassar, 21, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 9:23 p.m. as the result of an automobile accident in Bloomingburg.

Shawna was born May 6, 1999, in Hillsboro, Ohio to Shawn Patrick and Marnita Darlene Trent Vassar.  She was a graduate of Miami Trace High School and a lifelong resident of this community

She was a stocker at Phantom Fireworks near Bloomingburg.

Shawna was preceded in death by her mother on October 4, 2011, and her maternal grandparents, Arnold and Joann Cain Trent.

She is survived by her father, Shawn Patrick Vassar, a sister, Ashley Telles of Pancoastburg; niece and nephew, Aubrey-Ana and Aiden; her paternal grandparents, Larry Vassar of Portsmouth and Patricia Bihl of Wheelersburg, Ohio; aunts and uncles, Larry Vassar, Jr. of Washington Court House, Robert (Annette) Vassar of Columbus, Steve (Lori) Vassar and Scott (Tricia) Vassar, all of Wheelersburg and several cousins.

There will be no funeral service.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Friday, July 10, 2020, from 4-8 p.m.

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JAMES LEE LAYNE

James Lee Layne, 86, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Sunday, July 5, 2020, at 6:53 a.m. at his residence.

He was born June 20, 1934, in Columbus, Ohio to James Theodore and Thelma Mae Korbel Layne.  He moved to Washington Court House in 1996, from London, Ohio.

Before his retirement, he was a construction contract manager.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict.

James was preceded in death by two children, James Stephen Layne in 2005, and Teresa Layne in 2011.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jeri Lynn Maust whom he married November 13, 1988; four children, Elizabeth (Corey Taylor) Layne of Washington Court House, Lydia (James) Horning of Bloomingburg, Janice (Michael) Christy of Delaware, OH and Mark (Dawn) Layne of Columbus; six grandchildren, Nicholas and Sarah Layne, Maegan and Amber Shaw, Penelope Taylor and Gabrielle Layne; four great grandchildren, Justin, Christian, Everleigh and Aidan; five siblings, Jerry Layne, Rita Mills, Casey (Kristi) Bazewick, Carol (Michael) Barber and Carrie Hoy and several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service, with complete military honors, will be held in the Washington Cemetery.

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

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MARY CATHARINE TILLIS

Mary Catharine Tillis, 94, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 1:15 a.m. at Court House Manor Nursing Home where she had been residing since August 13, 2019.

Mrs. Tillis was born May 13, 1926, in Fayette County, Ohio to Daniel Webster and Stella Frances Reed Kingery.  She was a graduate of Wayne High School in Good Hope and was a lifelong resident of this community.

She liked to travel, fish and go to auctions.

On June 14, 1947, she married Robert Franklin Tillis.  He preceded her in death on November 24, 2007.   She was also preceded by a son-in-law, Clifford Grove; three brothers, Kenneth, Oscar and Pearl Kingery and six sisters, Ethel “Peggy” Johnson, Florence Kirk, Virginia Howard, Gladys Mills, Mildred Keller and Betty Kingery and a sister-in-law, Doris Bentley.

She is survived by a daughter, Frances E. Grove of Good Hope; a step-son, Mark Grove and his wife, Laura, of Washington Court House; three step grandchildren; several step great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Thursday, July 2, 2020, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Jack Thompson officiating.  Burial will follow in the Highlawn Cemetery.

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

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

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MARJORIE ANN RUTHERFORD YOUNKER

Marjorie Ann Rutherford Younker, 68, of Chillicothe, Ohio died Sunday, June 28, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. at Signature HealthCARE of Chillicothe where she had been residing since September 25, 2019.

Marjorie was born January 29, 1952, in Greenfield, Ohio to Lawrence Asa and Lema Maude Carpenter Elkins.  She was a 1972 graduate of Miami Trace High School and lived most of her life in Pickaway, Fayette and Highland Counties.

Before her retirement, she had been an aide at the Columbus Developmental Center for 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Younker in 2015.  Her first husband, Roger Leon Rutherford, preceded her in death in 1991.  She was also preceded by three brothers, Lawrence, Jack and Ralph Elkins and a sister, Pauline Freeman.

Marjorie is survived by two sons, Michael Rutherford of Grove City and Roger A. Rutherford and his wife, Cassie, of Kingston; three grandchildren, Victoria, Mackayla and Caitlin Rutherford and a brother, Robert Elkins of Hillsboro.

Cremation will take place.

A graveside service will be held at a later date in the New Holland Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland.

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(HAROLD) ALVIN DORN

(Harold) Alvin Dorn, 83, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 9 p.m. at The Opal of North Naples Memory Care Facility where he had been residing since January 31.

Alvin was born August 20, 1936, at Midway in Madison County, Ohio.  He was a 1954 graduate of Midway High School and attended The Ohio State University.  He moved to Washington Court House from Madison County in 1961.  He had spent winters in Naples, FL since 1995.

Before his retirement, he was a lineman for the Dayton Power and Light Company.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church; a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a past master of the former Lenore Lodge in Sedalia.  He was currently a member of Jeffersonville Lodge F & AM #468; 32nd Degree Masons, Valley of Columbus; Aladdin Temple Shrine; Washington Shrine Club and Washington Court House Lodge #129 of the Fraternal Order of Elks.  He was a United States Navy veteran and served at Guantanamo Bay.  Alvin enjoyed family vacations, playing golf and OSU football and basketball.

On February 26, 1961, he married the former Wilma Jo Brown.  She preceded him in death on December 2, 2019.  He was also preceded by his parents, a sister, Claudine Williams on November 4, 2015, and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Linda and Larry Stephenson.

Alvin is survived by a daughter, Jill Wight of Naples, FL; a brother-in-law, Harold Burt Williams; his beloved granddog, Margeaux and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements for a memorial service are being completed and will be announced later by the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, 1379 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio  43215 or online at alz.org.

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BILLY JACK JUSTICE

Billy Jack Justice, 85, of Apache Junction, AZ died Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at the Banner Baywood Medical Center  in Mesa, AZ.

Mr. Justice was born February 3, 1935, in Grayson, KY to David Wilson and Audrey Elliott Justice.  He had formerly lived in Fayette County, Ohio in the Pancoastburg community before moving to Michigan.  He had lived in Arizona since 1984.

Before his retirement he was a heavy equipment operator.  He was a social member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was preceded in death by two wives, Rosalee Justice and Marilyn Justice; two brothers, Gary and Jimmy Justice and three infant siblings.

He is survived by a grandson, Ronnie Justice of Zanesville, OH; four sisters, Dorothy (Tom) Fullen of Washington Court House, Marie Gruber of Newark, OH, Sue (Jim Pinkerman) Caulley of Grove City and Lou Cohagen of Washington Court House and a brother, John David Justice of Mount Sterling, Ohio.

Cremation has taken place in Arizona.

Arrangements for a graveside service and burial of the cremains in New Holland Cemetery are being completed and will be announced by the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home.

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WILMA JANE COULTER

Wilma Jane Coulter, 73, of Washington Court House, Ohio went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 9:36 p.m. at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus where she had been a patient June 16.

Wilma was born May 13, 1947, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Thurman and Charlotte Agnes Goldsberry Coulter.  She was a 1965 graduate of Washington Senior High School and lived all of her life in this community.

She was a banker and had worked for area banks including Merchant’s National Bank for 27 years before her retirement in 2016.

Wilma was a member of the Grace Community Church.  She served many years on the board of directors of Hospice of Fayette County, Inc. and was one of the founding members of Habitat for Humanity in Washington Court House.  Above all, Wilma was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Lorie and Bob Mustain; a son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Alicia Stritenberger; three grandchildren, Darion and Cam Stritenberger and Grant Mustain; a brother and sister-in-law, Mervin and Connie Coulter all of Washington Court House and a sister, Rosemary Anders, of Columbus.

Friends and family may call at the Grace Community Church on Monday, June 29, 2020, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at which time a private family service will take place with Pastor Jay Lucas, minister at the church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Washington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 North Oakland Avenue, the Grace Community Church, 525 Glenn Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

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LAWRENCE W. BURRIS, O.D. (Update)

A celebration of the life Lawrence Walker Burris, O.D., 96, of Washington Court House, will be held Saturday, June 27, 2020, at 4 p.m. at the Burris residence, 9870 Madison Road-NE.  Dr. Robert Burris will deliver the eulogy in memory of his brother.

Dr. Burris died Friday, April 3, 2020, at 9:10 a.m. at his residence.  He was born May 24, 1923, in Columbus, Ohio to William LeRoy and Florine Walker Burris.  He was a graduate of Washington High School and The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

Before his retirement, he was a long time optometrist in Washington Court House.

Dr. Burris was a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.  He was member of Paul H. Hughey Post #25 of the American Legion and the Koffee Klatch at the legion.  He was an avid stamp collector and a member of the Columbus Philatelic Club.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carol, and by two brothers, Dr. Norman Burris and Frank Burris and his wife, Eleanor.

Dr. Burris is survived by his wife, the former Rosanne Dawson Anderson, whom he married December 18, 1987; four step children, Doug Anderson and his wife, Roxanna, of Pickaway County, Tony Anderson and his wife, Jo, of Fayette County, Lyn Brackens of Washington Court House and Jenny Wilson of Weatherford, TX; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Robert and Nancy Burris, of Defiance, Ohio and a sister-in-law, Lee Burris of Colorado.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a private graveside service, with complete military honors, was held Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 10 a.m. at the Washington Cemetery.  Burial was under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

Memorial contributions may be made to Paul H. Hughey Post #25 of the American Legion, 1240 Clinton Avenue; Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 North Oakland Avenue Washington C. H., Ohio 43160 or the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio  43205.

BEATRICE “BEA” LEMASTER SALYERS

Beatrice “Bea” Lemaster Salyers, 86, of Circleville, formerly of New Holland, Ohio went to be with her Lord on Monday, June 15, 2020, at 1:52 p.m. at her home.

Bea was born May 10, 1934, in Johnson County, KY to Becken and Erie McKenzie Lemaster.  She lived most of her life in New Holland before moving to Circleville in April 2006.

She was retired from Calmar in Washington Court House and had also worked many years for Dinklers in New Holland and Jeffersonville.

Bea was a member of the Alder Chapel United Baptist Church in West Jefferson.  She, along with her husband, enjoyed gardening, canning food, making crafts and spending time with her family.

On February 18, 1949, she married Esley Etchel “Shorty” Salyers.  He preceded her in death on August 1, 2006.  She was also preceded by two brothers, Shelby and Jr. Lemaster; a sister, Emma Jean Lemaster King and sons-in-law, Nick Stonerock and Mark Mills.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Rebecca Salyers of Walhonding Ohio; three daughters, Ruby Yates of Circleville, Kathy Brown and her husband, Jeff, of Greenfield and Bonnie Salyers of Circleville; three grandchildren, Jaime Heath and her husband, Lance, of Williamsport, Tasha Brown Smith of Grove City and Tyler Brown of Washington Court House; three great granddaughters, Ava and Ellie Heath and Vera Smith and a brother and sister-in-law, Bobby Jo and Nancy Lemaster of Lancaster.

The funeral will be Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 1 p.m. at the New Holland Church of Christ In Christian Union with Arvil Murray and Charles Smith officiating.  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 Alder Chapel United Baptist Church, 8320 Morgan Road, West Jefferson, Ohio  43162.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland.

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LARRY L. SPECK

Larry L. Speck, 72, of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away of liver cancer on May 17, 2020, at the Lakeland Regional Hospital in Lakeland, FL with his family by his side.  His death was sudden and unexpected.

Larry was born August 31, 1947, in Ironton, Ohio to Lawrence and Pearl Spencer Speck.  He was a 1965 graduate of Dawson Bryant High School in Coal Grove and attended Ohio University at the Ironton branch for two and one-half years.

He had worked as an apprentice machinist for the C & O Railroad in Russell, KY before moving to Washington Court House in 1972.  He then was a maintenance man at Johnson Controls in Greenfield and later was promoted to maintenance foreman.  He retired in March 2009.  He currently was employed as a part-time AAA driving instructor, a job he thoroughly enjoyed.

He was a member of the McNair Memorial Presbyterian Church; a member and past master of Jeffersonville Lodge F & AM #468; member and past worthy patron of Jefferson Chapter #300 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Jeffersonville and had also served as worthy patron at Royal Chapter and Chillicothe Chapter; was a  32nd Degree Mason, Valley of Columbus; a member of North Star Shrine and Fayette Mark Lodge #4.  Larry was active in the Boy Scouts of America and had attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  Had had been an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Washington Court House.  He was an avid bass fisherman and fished in many bass tournaments but enjoyed all kinds of fishing.  He was a member of the Anglers Club of Washington Court House.  Larry loved the outdoors and being a “snowbird” the past 11 years.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Susan L. Holt Speck; a son, Jamey L. Speck of Washington Court House; a brother, Dick (Debbie) Speck of Plant City, FL; a brother-in-law, Lawrence (Patti) Holt of Columbus, OH and several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.

A Masonic service, followed by an Eastern Star service, will be held Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 7 p.m. at the Jeffersonville Masonic Lodge.  Larry’s friend and former pastor, the Rev. Steve Watters, will offer personal comments.

Friends may call at the Jeffersonville Masonic Lodge from 5 p.m. Thursday until time of the memorial service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Masonic Lodge or Jefferson Chapter of OES, P.O. Box 1, Jeffersonville, Ohio  43128.