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(ELIZABETH) ANN BRIGGS

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(Elizabeth) Ann Briggs, 72, of New Holland, Ohio died Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 11:32 a.m. at Mount Carmel West in Columbus where she had been a patient two weeks.

Ann was born October 30, 1946, in Columbus, Ohio to Robert E. and Lora Mae Yahn Smith.  She lived her early life in Staunton; was a 1965 graduate of Miami Trace High School and moved to New Holland in 1976.

She was a graduate of the Ohio State School of Cosmetology and formerly was a beautician. She later was a deli worker at several grocery stores.

Ann was a member of the New Holland Church of Christ.

On May 12, 1973, she married Billy Joe Briggs.  He preceded in death on April 14, 2015.  She was also preceded by her parents and a sister, Elaine Smith.

She is survived by two sons, Robert “Bobby” Briggs and his friend, Becky Sheets, and Joseph “Joey” Briggs and his wife, Debbie, all of New Holland; a granddaughter, Rachael Briggs; three great grandchildren, Adalynn, Layton and Natalee; special cousins, William and Theresa McCune, Janey and David Sprouse, Pam Preston and Sandy Yahn and their families, and close friends, Madeline Wolfe and Paul and Carol Minshall.

Cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the New Holland Church of Christ with Richard A. Matthews, former pastor at the church, officiating.  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.

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

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MARTHA DAYLE (MARTY) WICKENSIMER

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Martha Dayle (Marty) Wickensimer, 71, of Washington Court House, Ohio went to be with her Lord on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 12:22 p.m. at Kettering Medical Center where she was surrounded by her family.  She had been a patient there since March 10.

Marty was born December 1, 1947, at Reesville in Clinton, Ohio to Charles Dale and Betty King Bean.  She was a 1965 graduate Sabina High School, the last graduating class in Sabina.  She lived most of her life in Clinton and Fayette Counties.

She was a graduate of the Ohio State School of Cosmetology and was a beautician for several years.   She had also worked at Foster-Haines and Saks Fifth Avenue at Tanger Outlets.

Marty was a loyal member of the Grace United Methodist Church where she was a circle member; faithfully served on the Caring for the Church committee; Altar Guild and numerous other committees.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Marty is survived by her husband, Mell R. Wickensimer whom she married March 26, 1966; two children, Mark Wickensimer and Mindi Wickensimer, of Washington Court House; three grandchildren, Deana Ison; Hunter Hamilton and Macy Jones; a sister and brother-in-law, Sandy and Jim Armstrong of Washington Court House; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ronald Terry and Betty Wickensimer of Sebring, FL and Paul and Karis Wickensimer of Greenville, SC.

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 29, 2019, at 5 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church with the Revs. Joe and Tina Fox, pastors at the church, officiating.  Private burial of the cremains will be in the Washington Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church Thursday from 4-7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 301 E. Market Street or 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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JAMIE LYNN WHALEY

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Jamie Lynn Whaley, 50, of Washington Court House died Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 3:55 p.m. shortly after arrival at Fayette County Memorial Hospital.

Jamie was born July 20, 1968, in Fayette County, Ohio to Paul and Bonnie Wolfe Whaley and was a lifelong resident of this community.

She worked in delivery services and food preparation.

Jamie attended Heritage Memorial Church of Christ in Christian Union.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Kelly Whaley.

Jamie is survived by two sons, Holden Andrew Whaley and Dallas Matthew Whaley; three grandchildren; a brother, Paul Whaley and a sister, Paula Merritt, all of Washington Court House.

As a tissue donor, she became a hero to others.

Cremation took place and burial of the cremains will be at a later date in Washington Cemetery.

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

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CHARLES BYRON LUTZ, JR.

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Charles Byron Lutz, Jr., 75, of Lockbourne, Ohio, formerly of Washington Court House, died Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 1:27 a.m. at the Select Specialty Hospital in Columbus, Ohio where he had been a patient since March 1.

Charles was born April 23, 1943, in East Liverpool, Ohio to Charles Byron and Virginia Clarice Dearth Lutz.  He was a 1961 graduate of Washington High School.

He formerly was a truck driver for Wilson Freight and had also worked for Cox Concessions at the Columbus Zoo. 

Charles was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.  He was an avid Buckeye fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Charles is survived by three daughters, Melissa Moore of Leesburg, FL, Marianne Lutz of Davenport, FL and Jennie Claytor and her husband, Shannon, of St. Cloud, Florida; four grandchildren, Jack Dunlow, Amber Dunlow, Chaz Claytor and Brianna Claytor; four great grandchildren, Abby and Jordan Milyon, Rosalie Claytor and Waylon Jason Enos; a sister, Joyce E. Lutz of Washington Court House and a brother and sister-in-law, John Raymond and Joyce Lutz of Jeffersonville.

The funeral will be Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Springbank United Methodist Church at Yellowbud in Ross County with the Rev. Jame A. Wade, pastor at the church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Springbank Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church immediately prior to the service on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Springbank United Methodist Church, c/o Suzanne Fellenstein, Treasurer, 394 Lutz Road, Williamsport, Ohio  43164.

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

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ROBERT L. (BOB) GILLENWATER

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Robert L. (Bob) Gillenwater, 85, of New Holland, Ohio died Monday, March 18, 2019, at 4:55 p.m. at Doctors Hospital West in Columbus where he had been admitted earlier in the day.

Bob was born April 29, 1933, in Fayette County, Ohio to Clark E. (Lucky) and Eva G. Longerbone Gillenwater.  He was a graduate of Madison Mills High School and  lived most of his life in Madison and Fayette Counties.

He was a retired security guard; a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and loved fishing, particularly at Deer Creek.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Shirley Gillenwater and a great granddaughter.

Bob is survived by his wife, the former Jo Ann Holloway whom he married December 17, 1994; sons, Mike Wood and his wife, Maryann, of Mt. Sterling and John Wood and his wife, Tiffany, of Port Charlotte, FL; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Jeff (Vickie) Holloway of Washington Court House and two sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Bill Arledge) Vititoe of Washington Court House and Nancy (Russell) Keller of Grove City, OH.

The funeral will be Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with the Rev. Michael Hodge, pastor at the Walnut Hill Church of Christ in Christian Union, officiating.  Burial will follow in the New Holland Cemetery.

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

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EDNA IMOGENE BELL WALKER

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Edna Imogene Bell Walker, age 96, died peacefully on Saturday morning, March 16, 2019, at Walnut Crossing Assisted Living in Marysville, OH, where she had resided since January 2018.  She had been in failing health for several years.

She was born December 19, 1922, in Coletown, TN, to the late Otto Pennelton Bell and Mary Ann “Kate” (Harper) Bell.

Edna married Don H. Walker in 1946, and they enjoyed 62 years of marriage until his death on March 13, 2008.  During their marriage, Edna and Don lived in many places as they traveled for Don’s work. Don retired in 1981, and they moved to Washington Court House, OH where their son, Ron, resided. Edna lived in Washington Court House until 2011, when she moved with her son, Ron and his wife Linda, to share their new home in Marysville, OH.

In addition to her husband and parents, Edna was also preceded in death by one son, E. Jerry Walker, who died December 12, 2017, and by nine siblings.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda (Paul) Ghosh of Charleston, WV; son, Ronald (Linda) Walker of Marysville; grandchildren, Terrie (Alan) Harkless of Hilliard, Kendra (Grant) Reveal of Etna, Trudi White of Texas, Mitch (Rose) Saunders of Canal Winchester; Mike (Lisa) Walker of Johnsville, Don (Jennifer) Walker of West Liberty, WV and Sara (Rob) Meriweather and their sons, Jackson and Austin, of Plain City; 18 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, as well as countless friends.

Edna was actively involved in the local YMCA (Silver Sneakers program) and at her church during her years in Marysville.

She enjoyed her friends and the special staff at Walnut Crossing Assisted Living, where she will be missed.

A gifted quilter and wonderful cook, Edna spent her life loving and serving others. She made many beautiful quilts, most of which she gave away to family and friends. Edna was a woman of strong faith and she shared her gifts and talents in many capacities during her years in Washington Court House, where she was a member of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. She joined the congregation of Jerome United Methodist Church in Plain City, OH, in 2011, where she served and worshiped faithfully until her death.

Edna will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She had a great joy for life and she shared that joy with everyone around her. Her infectious smile and her frequent acts of kindness impacted many people.

As a final act of selfless giving, Edna donated her body to The Ohio State University.

A celebration of Edna’s life will be held on Saturday April 6, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., with lunch to follow, at Jerome United Methodist Church, 10531 Jerome Road, Plain City, OH 43064, with the Reverend David Bridgman and the Reverend Donna Montgomery officiating. During this time of sharing stories and memories of Edna, the family would like to see pictures of quilts that Edna made and gave to people over the years. Please take a picture to share or carry the quilt to the celebration. For those who cannot attend, pictures may be emailed to info@jeromechurch.org. Please include information about the quilt and the recipient(s).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jerome United Methodist Church in Edna’s memory.

Arrangements were made by Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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GLADYS L. SHOEMAKER

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Gladys L. Shoemaker, 101, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Monday, March 11, 2019, at 8:03 a.m. at Court House Manor where she had been residing since December 2016.

Mrs. Shoemaker was born July 9, 1917, at Milledgeville in Fayette County, Ohio to Ward Lincoln and Grace Elizabeth Morgan Wilt.  She was a graduate of Jeffersonville High School and received a bachelor’s degree in education from Wilmington College.  She was a lifelong resident of this community.

She began her teaching career at Sedalia in Madison County, then taught at Good Hope and later at the Washington Middle School and Washington High School.

Mrs. Shoemaker was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Alpha Delta chapter of Ohio State Organization of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.  She was an avid reader.

On May 31, 1944, she married Joseph Harold Shoemaker.  He preceded her in death on February 1, 2007.  She was also preceded by a sister, Jane Foster in 2016, and a brother, Alan Wilt in 2018.

She is survived by two daughters, Jo Hodous of Cincinnati and Julie Beth McGuff and her husband, Patrick, of Columbus, three grandchildren, Rory Hodous and his wife, Sarah, of Mason, OH, Katlin McGuff and her husband, David Fortunato, of Cincinnati and Kelsey McGuff of Westerville; a sister, Maxine Warner of Washington Court House and several nieces and nephews and great and great great nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Thursday, March 14, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with the Rev. Gray Marshall, pastor at the First Presbyterian Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Milledgeville-Plymouth Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Carnegie Public Library, 127 South North Street, Washington C.H., Ohio  43160.

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FRIEDA E. CRAIG

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Frieda E. Craig, 96, of Jeffersonville, Ohio, died Sunday, March 10, 2019, at 6:16 a.m. at Carriage Court Assisted Living where she had been residing since December 2017.

Frieda was born July 25, 1922, in Madison County, Ohio to Warren and Grace Fultz Young.  She was the last surviving member of the Wayne High School class of 1940, in Good Hope.  She lived most of her life in Fayette County.

She formerly been lunch room supervisor at Miami Trace High School.

Frieda was a member of the Spring Grove United Methodist Church.  She had been a member of the Washington Court House Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; the former Pythian Sisters in Jeffersonville and was a longtime precinct judge for the Fayette County Board of Elections.  She had been a 4-H advisor and loved quilting.

On August 24, 1940, she married Richard Delwin Craig.  He preceded her in death on October 7, 1996.  She was also preceded by a son-in-law, Michael Cunningham in 2006, and a half sister, Janet Cline.

She is survived by four children, Marsha and John Smith of Columbus; Theodore D. Craig and his wife, Judith, and Pam Cunningham, all of Washington Court House, and David W. Craig of Jeffersonville; five grandchildren, Teddy Craig and Bradley D. Craig and his wife, Maggie of Washington Court House, Brian Craig and his wife, Christina, of Fayetteville, Ohio, Jason E. Cunningham and Darren P. Cunningham, both of Grove City, Ohio; five great grandchildren, Audrey, Kaylee, Garrett, Kelby and Owen Craig and nieces and nephew, June Steiner, Jane Rohlfing and Tommy Cline.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the Fairview Cemetery in Jeffersonville with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church and the Rev. Paul K. Zimmerman, retired United Methodist minister, officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

There will be no visitation.

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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RAY HENRY JINKS

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Ray Henry Jinks, 87, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 7:19 p.m. at Kettering Medical Center where he had been a patient the past week.

Ray was born August 17, 1931, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Ira Wayne and Opal Lavada Johnson Jinks.  He was a 1949 graduate of Washington High School and was a lifelong resident of this community.

He was a retired farmer and had been a supervisor for the Fayette Soil and Water Conservation District.

Ray was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church where he served as an usher; Fayette Lodge F & A.M. #107 and the 32nd Degree Masons, Valley of Columbus.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, the former (Alice) Joyce Crone whom he married June 10,1955; three children, Wayne Alan Jinks, Debra Joyce and David McCoppin and Michael Ray and Heidi Jinks, all of Washington Court House; seven grandchildren, David Jinks, Kevin (Sherry) Jinks, Amy (Chris) Martinez, Stacey Jinks, Stephanie Jinks, John McCoppin and Steven (Katie) McCoppin; one great granddaughter, Kelsey Grace Martinez and a sister and brother-in-law, Luberta and Richard Wolf of Washington Court House.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation took place.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist  Church with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the church, officiating.  A time of food and fellowship in the church’s fellowship hall will follow the service.

Burial will be at a later date in Washington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Street, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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

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JOHN LITTEN

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SMSgt. John M. Litten, 87, of Washington Court House, passed into life eternal Sunday, March 3, 2019, at 5:40 p.m. at his home.

John was born April 3, 1931, in Jockey Hollow near Flushing, Ohio to Carl “Bus” and Mary Elizabeth Clements Litten.

After graduating from Flushing High School in 1949, John joined the United States Air Force in 1951.  His basic training was at Sampson Air Force Base in New York and his aircraft maintenance school was at Shepard AFB in Texas.  His first permanent assignment was to Furstenfeldbruck, Germany with TDYs to Bremen.  There he became a flight engineer.  On returning home in 1955, and reenlisting, he was assigned to Wright Patterson Air Force Base as a flight engineer.  While there he met and, in 1957, married Alma M. Myers.  His next assignment was in 1959 to Ashiya, Japan.  White at Ashiya AFB, John served as dock chief and organized the first C-130 maintenance dock.  This earned him his Airman of the Year award—the first of many accolades.  He then was assigned to Tinker AFB in Oklahoma.  From there he went to Scott AFB in Illinois where he was promoted to T/Sgt and because of his performance there he was awarded the USAF letter of commendation.  In 1964, he was assigned to Ramstein, Germany where he served as NCO in charge of quality control.  He also was on the IG team that inspected other bases in Europe.  He was promoted to Master Sergeant and also received the first of his three USAF commendation medals due to several outstanding achievement.  In 1968, he was assigned to Phu Cat Vietnam, where he was NCO in charge of maintenance control, working directly under the officer in charge.  He was responsible for all of the base maintenance by making sure all of the planes were ready for flight.  He again served on the IG team inspecting bases in Vietnam and Thailand.  Because of his outstand work, he received his second USFA commendation medal.  His final assignment was at Lockbourne AFB where he retired in 1972.  There he earned his third USAF commendation medal.

After retirement John worked at Bank 1 in Circleville.  Then he worked at RCA ten years before he retired again.

John loved traveling.  While serving at Ramstein, John took his family on trips throughout Europe and England.  After retiring from RCA, he and his wife made many trips to Europe and throughout the United States.  John made friends that lasted his lifetime.  He loved God, his family, friends and country.

He was preceded in death by his beloved son, William Lance Litten in 2013; his sister, Phyllis Litten Nichols; two brothers, Kenneth and Arthur Litten and a brother-in-law, Loren Skeen.

John is survived by his wife, the former Alma M.  Myers whom he married May 4, 1957; a daughter, Karen Litten Grim of Salt Lake City, Utah; two grandchildren, Kristina (Ethan) Grim and Alexander Grim; four brothers, Robert David (Beryl) Litten and Albuquerque, NM, Larry (Leona) Litten  and Gerald (Gerry) Litten all of Fairborn, OH and Carl Steven Litten of Phoenix, AZ; three sisters, Vivian Skeen of Canton, Ohio, Sandra (Larry) Gunckel of Greenville, OH and Kathleen Mellott of Lakeland, FL; a brother-in-law, Robert Nichols of TN and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will Friday, March 8, 2019, at 12 Noon at the Warren Funeral Home in Flushing, Ohio with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Rock Hill Cemetery near Flushing.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. and again at the Warren Funeral Home one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160 or Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 460 West Tenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio  43210.

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