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BRIAN KEITH NICHOLS

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Brian Keith Nichols, 62, of Lancaster, Ohio, died Monday, February 25, 2019, at 12:13 a.m. at his home.  He had been in failing health.

Brian was born January 7, 1957, at Wilmington in Clinton County, Ohio to Roy Roger and Sara Ann (Sally) Hamilton Nichols.  He was a 1975 graduate of Washington Senior High School and received a bachelor’s of art degree from Ohio Christian College.  He lived many years in Chillicothe before moving to Lancaster two years ago.

He was an alcohol and drug rehabilitation counselor.

Brian was a veteran of the United States Army.

He is survived by his mother, Sara (Sally) Hamilton Dews of Chillicothe; a sister, Brenda Monahan of Washington Court House; his former wife, Diana Willett of Chillicothe and a step sister, Deidre (Dee Dews) Justice of Westerville.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or service.

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

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SHIRLEY I. FERNEAU

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Shirley I. Ferneau, 103, of Washington Court House died Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 5:08 a.m. at Court House Manor where she had been residing since September 2017.

Mrs. Ferneau was born January 4, 1916, at Buford in Highland County, Ohio to William and Minnie Moberly Rosselott. She moved to Washington C.H. in 1950 from Greenfield.

She worked at the Greenfield Shoe Factory and National Cash Register for many years and retired, at the age of 70, from the Fayette County Clerk of Courts office.

Her hobbies were reading, crocheting and, for many years, ballroom dancing.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Edwin E. Wolfe and Richard Ferneau; a brother, Joseph H. Rosselott; two sisters, Norma M. Achor and Frances Quigley; three nieces, Mary Frances Quigley, Ruth Ann Derbyshire and Anna Louise Osborn and two nephews, Billy Dale Achor and Kenneth Rosselott.

Mrs. Ferneau is survived by a niece, Deborah (Alan) Hertlein of Lynchburg; two nephews, Leonard (Kim) Rosselott of Wilmington and Billy Gene (Peggy) Rosselott of Lynchburg; great nieces and nephews and several special friends.

In accordance with Mrs. Ferneau’s wishes, her body will be cremated.  There will be no visitation or service.  Burial of the cremains will be at a later date in Buford Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to 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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WILMA MARGENE ASHBAUGH

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Wilma Margene Ashbaugh, 91, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 4:58 p.m. at Court House Manor Nursing Home where she had been a resident since February 10, 2019.

Wilma was born September 9, 1927, in Lebanon, Ohio to William McKinley and Irma Velma Lucas Peacock.  She was a 1945 graduate of Washington High School and lived most of her life in this community except for a short time in Miami, FL.

Before her retirement, she was a 25-year employee of the General Electric Lamp Plant in Circleville.  Following her retirement, she served as a night auditor at the Knights Inn in Washington Court House.  She had also formerly worked at Carpenter’s Hardware in Washington Court House.

Wilma had been a member of the former First Christian Church and currently was attending the State Route 38 Church of Christ.

She enjoyed traveling and going to casinos.  She was an avid reader with Louis L’Amour being her favorite author.

On May 14, 1945, she married Norman Gerald Ashbaugh.  He preceded her in death on November 3, 1992.  She was also preceded by her parents; a son-in-law, Stephen Radabaugh; brother, Arthur L. Peacock; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ralph and Wanda Ashbaugh and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Eleanor and Robert Huff.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Donald Lee and Jacqueline Ashbaugh of Midland, OH; a daughter, Rita Faye Radabaugh of Circleville; five grandchildren, Brian L. (Melissa) Ashbaugh, Brandi (Brian) Deitrich, Tony (Debbie) Earley, Shawn Munyon and Michael (Michelle) Munyon; several great grandchildren including, Summer, Sydnie, Grayson and Connor Munyon, Tyler Earley, Erica and Mason Deitrich; a step granddaughter, Shirley Hummer; two step great grandchildren, Addison and Cameron; a sister, Lois Olds of Wisconsin and a sister-in-law, Patricia Peacock of Virginia Beach, VA.

The funeral will be Friday, March 1, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Steve D. Henderson officiating.  Burial will follow in the Good Hope Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, P.O. Box 10086, Toledo, Ohio  43633-0086 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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NORMA RUTH VANCE

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On Monday, February 25, 2019 at 1:45am, Norma Ruth (Kidd) Vance, age 96, passed away in her sleep at Court House Manor, Washington Court House, Ohio.          She was born July 24, 1922 to James and Roxie (Raines) Kidd in Tuttle, Oklahoma and was a life-long member of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was loved for her lively sense of humor and her homemade biscuits and breads, which were a favorite treat to her family. Norma loved rose gardening, painting, giraffes, cats, ducks, playing card games, having pizza parties, and traveling in the southwest United States. She had formerly worked on farms, greenhouses, and as a waitress, but her main vocation was, as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, to help people learn about the Bible in the

 full time door-to-door ministry throughout the deep South and Ohio. She inspired many others to greater faith in the Bible and our Creator with her ministry. Norma doted on both her sons, playing baseball with them when they were young. She loved her large family and many friends, writing countless letters to all through the years.

She is survived by her son, Jimmie (Genevieve) Bryant of Bourneville, Ohio; five grandchildren, Jerry (Rebecca) Bryant of Sacramento, California, Lea Centracchio of Washington Court House, Ohio, Vanessa Lyn of Ohio, Neal (Rael) Bryant of Berea, Ohio, and Suzanne (Paul) Vana of Cleveland, Ohio; four great-grandchildren, Jacob (Ashley) Bryant of Sacramento, California, Raechel (Jeremy) Langley of Sacramento, California, Maeve and Camden Vana of Cleveland, Ohio; four great-great grandchildren; two half sisters, Patrici

A memorial service is tentatively scheduled be held on Saturday, March 9 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Washington Court House, Ohio. Rick Justice, an elder with the WCH congregation, will be giving the memorial talk.a (Kidd) Halter and Jean (Kidd) Powell; four half-brothers, James Kidd Jr, Larry (Madeline) Kidd, Bill (Haiti) Kidd, Kenneth (Patricia) Kidd; and many nieces/nephews and –great nieces/nephews. She was preceded in death by four husbands, Ray L. Bryant, James Armstrong, Cecil Lambright, and Henry Vance; full brothers, William Coy and Miles Hugh Kidd; half-sisters, Roberta (McLellan) Kidd and Sylvia (Kidd) Wittenberg; half-brothers Harry McLellan, Bobby and Timothy Kidd; and her son, Charles Wayne Bryant.

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

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ROBERT JOSEPH (BOB) SNIDER

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Robert Joseph Snider, 77, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 3:47 p.m. at Mount Carmel West in Columbus where he had been a patient since February 4.

Bob was born October 28, 1941, in New York, New York to Joseph Albert and Mary Grace Beasley Snider.  He moved to Somerset, Ohio at an early age and was a graduate of Holy Trinity High School in Somerset.  He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio University and moved to Washington Court House in 1970.

He was a certified public accountant and co-owner and treasurer of Greenfield Research, Inc.

Bob was a member of St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church; the Washington Shrine Club and was a life member of Washington Lodge #129 of the Fraternal Order of Elks and Paul H. Hughey Post #25 of the American Legion.  He served as treasurer of the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce for 25 years.  He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in Germany and Korea.  Bob was an avid golfer.

He is survived by his wife, the former Renee Ann Socie, whom he married June 20, 1970; a daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Matthew Phillippi of Mason, Ohio; four grandchildren, Max, Andrew, Dylan and Benjamin Phillippi; two brothers; a sister;  three brothers-in-law and their wives and several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.

A memorial mass will be held Monday, March 4, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Sean Dooley, parochial vicar administrator at the church, officiating.

Friends may call at Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Sunday from 3-6 p.m. where an Elks service will be held Sunday at 6 p.m.

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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JAMES D. (JIM) POLK

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James D. (Jim) Polk, 80, of Tucson, AZ, formerly of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at his home.

He was born in November 6, 1938, in Clinton County, Ohio to Sampson T. and Esta C. Storer Polk.  He was a 1956 graduate of Simon Kenton High School.

While in high school, he excelled in all sports.  As a senior, he led the county in scoring in basketball by averaging 23 points a game–which was before the three point play came into existence.  He was selected to play in the Clinton/Warren County All Star Game.  In addition to his basketball skills, he pitched his high school baseball team to the district tournament while losing only one game his senior year.  He went on to the Cincinnati Reds tryout camp.  He also ran the mile and a half in track.  After graduation, he played independent basketball and fast pitch and slow pitch softball.  He was an avid bowler, maintaining a high average and won many tournaments.  He later took up golf and became a nearly scratch handicap golfer in a very short time.  He won the Washington Country Club championship three times and also had two holes in one.

He served in the U.S. Army and attained the rank of Sergeant E-5.  Following basic training, he was stationed at Fort Carson, CO with the 5th Division where he was chief of the Fire Direction Center and he later became an instructor.

Jim was a prominent realtor in the Washington Court House community for over 40 years and he and his wife, Ann, started the business known as Polk Real Estate.

In his 40 years of service to the community, he served two terms as president of the Fayette County Board of Realtors and also had been a member and was past president of the Washington Lions Club.  He served on the boards of directors of the Chamber of Commerce and the Fayette County Life Squad.  For his efforts in the construction of the life squad building, he was awarded a life membership into the Life Squad.  He was instrumental in starting the Fayette County Home Show and was a community leader for the downtown merchants while serving in advertising sales at the Record-Herald for eight years.  He had been active in the Little League and Babe Ruth baseball programs and served as a coach in both leagues.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Alan; brother, Wayne and his precious dog, Daisy.

Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Ann Ducey.  Also surviving are four children, Debbie (Keith) Turvy of Van Wert, OH, Diane (Bill Powell) Cain of Tucson, Christa Polk of Cordova, TN and Dr. J. D. (Ferne) Polk of Spotsylvania, VA; six grandchildren, Brad Cain, Bethany Hammons, Scott Marshall, Travis Turvy, Tyler Polk and Trevor Polk; four great grandsons; two great granddaughters and a sister, Vivian Probasco of Wilmington, OH.

Cremation has taken place in Arizona.

A memorial service will be held Monday, March 4, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House, OH with the Rev. Jon R. Silveous, pastor at the Good Hope United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial of the cremains will follow in Washington Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Monday, March 4, 2019, from noon until time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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LINDA LOU STEPHENSON

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Linda Lou Stephenson, 82, of McCordsville, IN, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 12:50 p.m. shortly after arrival at Community Hospital North in Indianapolis, IN.  She had been in failing health.

Linda was born September 9, 1936, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Frank Melvin and Florence Mabel Yeoman Brown. She was a 1954 graduate of Washington High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from The Ohio State University in 1958.  She formerly lived in Mt. Gilead and had moved to Indiana last October from Washington Court House.

She was a registered nurse with her nursing career spanning over 35 years.

Linda was member of the First Presbyterian Church in Washington Court House.  She loved nursing and helping other people; going to flea markets and craft shows and her Ohio State Buckeyes.

After graduating college, she married her high school sweetheart, Larry Ronald Stephenson on July 26, 1958.  They enjoyed 55 years together before his death on March 2, 2014.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, James Purcell.

Linda is survived a daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Michael Vandall; a granddaughter, Emily Vandall, all of McCordsville, IN; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Joanne Stephenson of Middletown, Ohio; a sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Alvin Dorn of Washington Court House; two sisters-in-law, W. Sue Kuehne and her husband, Robert, of Okemos, MI and Lynda Purcell of Inverness, FL; close friends, Barbara Vandall and Taylor Harrington and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be Monday, February 25, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with the Rev. Gray Marshall, pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Washington Court House, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Highlawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home two hours prior to the service on Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 3747 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio  44115.

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RICHARD B. (RICK) STINSON

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Richard B. (Rick) Stinson, 73, of Grove City, OH and Bradenton, FL, formerly of New Holland and Washington Court House, OH died Monday, February 11, 2019, at 9:16 a.m. at Tidewell Bradenton Hospice House in Bradenton, FL.

Rick was born April 9, 1945, in Columbus, Ohio to Byron Briggs and Mary Ellen Asher Stinson.  He was a 1963 graduate of Miami Trace High School and received a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from The Ohio State University.

Rick was a 27-year veteran and Lieutenant Colonel with the United State Air Force Reserves and served as squadron commander of the 40th Mobile Aerial Port Squadron.

He had been manager of the Washington Court House area operations for Dayton Power and Light Company and later was president of Fayette Fire and Safety Equipment.

As a successful business owner and community leader, he was involved with the Washington Lions Club; Order of the Symposiarchs; Washington Country Club; the Community Improvement Corporation; Washington Court House Athletic Boosters; the Fayette County Chapter of The Ohio State University Alumni Association; Junior Achievement of Fayette County; Fayette County Commission on Aging; Fayette County Chamber of Commerce; Fayette County Zoning Appeals and the United Way of Fayette County.  Most recently he served as a member of the board of directors of the Mount Vernon Condo Association in Bradenton, FL.

On December 4, 1971, he married the former Cinda Lou Kelly.  She preceded him in death on May 26, 2008.

Rick is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Ericka and Keith Gehres and a granddaughter, Addison Gehres, all of West Lafayette, IN; his mother, Mary Ellen Schwart of New Holland and friend, Marci Butler of Bradenton, FL.

A graveside service, with complete military honors, will be held Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the New Holland Cemetery.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

A celebration of life service is planned for March in Bradenton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Fayette Co. Chapter of The OSU Alumni Association, c/o Pat Gall, Scholarship Chairperson, 1102 Genevieve Drive, Washington C.H., Ohio  43160 or www.giveto.osu.edu, Fund Number 313004.

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SHARON KAY LYNCH

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Sharon Kay Lynch, 72, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 10:51 a.m. at Fayette County Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient two days.  She had been in failing health.

Sharon was born October 28, 1946, in Fayette County, Ohio to Harold and Amy Moore Ramey.  She was a graduate of Edward Lee McClain High School in Greenfield and lived most of her life in this community.

She had formerly been a sales clerk at K-Mart and Big Bear and had also worked at Domino’s and the YMCA.

She is survived by her husband, Ernest Lewis Lynch, Jr.;  three children, Ernest L. Lynch, III and his wife, Kathleen, of Ft. Myers, TX, Loretta Dryden and Phoebe Bradshaw, both of Washington Court House; three grandchildren, Blake Bradshaw, Cheyanne Bradshaw and Michael John Lynch and a brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Rajean Ramey of Xenia.

The funeral will be Monday, February 11, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.  Burial will follow in the Sabina Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

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SHIRLEY RUTH POPE

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Shirley Ruth Pope, 70, of New Holland, Ohio died Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 9:55 a.m. at her home.  She had been ill since October.

Shirley was born November 20, 1948, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Clarence and Alberta Hogue Yenke.  She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Ohio University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Xavier University.

She had formerly served with Vista in southern Ohio.

Before her retirement in 2010, she was the director of the correctional institution inspection committee for the State of Ohio prison system.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Kenny Yenke.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald E. Pope whom she married May 21, 1976; a daughter and son-in-law, Tiffany and Ben Adler of Gig Harbor, WA; two grandchildren, Kailee and Braeden Adler; a brother, Roger Yenke and three sisters, Jacqueline Nead, G. Anne Spaeth and her husband, Dave, and Kimberly Long and her husband, Chuck, all of Cincinnati.

In keeping with her request, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or service.

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

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

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