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JOHN WILLARD SWAYNE

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John Willard Swayne, 76, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 4:44 a.m. at the Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe where he had been a patient two weeks.

John was born November 26, 1940, in Greenfield, Ohio to John Franklin and Myrtle Jane Eubanks Swayne.  He was a 1958 graduate of Washington High School and had lived in Greenfield before returning to Washington Court House in 2002.

He was a scheduler at Armco for 36 years and then worked at New Sabina Industries.

John was a member of the Greenfield Church of Christ and served aboard the U.S.S. Essex while in the United States Navy.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward, Leroy and Hugh Swayne and a sister, Lena Fenner.

John is survived by his wife, the former Connie Jean Bobb whom he married March 1, 2002; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Dawn Swayne of Washington Court House and John E. and Melissa Swayne of West Union, OH; three grandchildren, Tyler Joseph Cook and his girlfriend, Jordon Anderson and her daughter, Zoei, Kaleigh Swayne and Madison Swayne; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Flo Swayne of Springfield, OH and Paul and Dorothy Swayne of Delaware, OH; a sister, Betty Leslein of Georgia; special friends who were like family, Gary, Heather, Jacob and Hannah Rose and Marvin and Debbie Carr, David and Jeanne Carr and Malinda Carr and his special pet cat, Blackie.

The funeral will be Friday, February 10, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Danny Dodds and Richie Martin officiating.  Burial will follow in Highlawn Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Adena Hospice, 2077 Western Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio  45601.

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BETTY R. DAVIS

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Betty R. Davis, 92, of Washington Court House, Ohio  died Friday, February 3, 2017, at 8 a.m. at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus following a brief illness.

Betty was born May 12, 1924, in Brown County, Ohio to Cass T. and Eva Catherine List Rhoten.  She lived most of her life in Fayette County and Washington Court House.

She was a seamstress and had formerly been manager of Monique Fabrics.   She had also worked at Bee-In-Stitches and Homespun Creations.

Betty was a member of St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church; the Court House Quilters and was a longtime volunteer with the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Myrl and Donald Rhoten.

Betty is survived by a daughter, Jean Ann Davis of Washington Court House; two nephews, Ronnie and Mike (Nancy) Rhoten of Brown County, Ohio and special friends, Marie, Jeff, and Brendan Fetters of Washington Court House.

The funeral mass will be celebrated Friday, February 10, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church by the Reverend Father Jan C. Sullivan, former pastor at the church.  Burial will follow in St. Colman Catholic Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church from 9:30 a.m. Friday, February 10, 2017, until time of the service at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, 219 South North Street, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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

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LORIE MERRITT ARMBRUST

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Lorie Merritt Armbrust, 94, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 7:02 p.m. at Court House Manor where she had been a resident since July 28, 2016.

Mrs. Armbrust was born May 13, 1922, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Joseph H. and Gladys L. Brown Merritt.  She was the salutatorian of the 1940 graduating class at Washington High School and attended Wilmington College.

As a member of the Future Teachers of America in high school, Lorie tutored grade school children in arithmetic.  She went on to a career in teaching music, girls’ chorus, seventh and eighth grade math and high school business math.  Later, she served as Fayette County Recorder for 22 years.  As an Ohio Recorders’ Association member, she held each of the offices, including a term as President.  She and her husband, Norman, worked as a team at the Fayette County Children’s Home, Norman as Superintendent and Lorie as Matron.

She was an active member of the McNair Memorial Presbyterian Church where she had been an elder, a long-time choir director, church pianist and Sunday school teacher.  She organized and was the first president of the Washington Court House Kiwaniannes; was a charter member of the Fayette County Choral Society and had served on the board of Habitat for Humanity.  She was a past president of the Washington Court House Business and Professional Women’s Club and currently was a member of Altrusa International of which she was the first treasurer of the Washington Court House chapter.  She was inducted into the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 2012, and was honored as a Hometown Hero by the American Red Cross in Fayette County, also in 2012.  Music was an important of her life.  She was an accomplished pianist and vocalist as well as an excellent cook and seamstress.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman A. Armbrust on August 10, 2016; by a brother, Marvin J. Merritt; a sister and brother-in-law, Alice Jean and Roy E. Noon; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Harold and Rosemary Armbrust and a brother-in-law, Edwin Thompson.

Mrs. Armbrust is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and David Ellen of Nine Miles Falls, WA; two sons, Greg Armbrust and his wife, Lillian, of Stockton, CA and Gary Armbrust of Washington Court House; three grandchildren, Heather Uribe, Adam (Danyel) Ellen and Scott Grayson; five great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Carol Merritt of Middleton, OH and Rebecca J. Thompson of Washington Court House and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with the Rev. Steven A. Watters, pastor at the McNair Memorial Presbyterian Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Washington Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Monday from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the McNair Memorial Presbyterian Church, c/o Susan Speck, 219 East Circle Avenue; Altrusa Club of Washington Court House Foundation ,P.O. Box 253, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160 or the American Red Cross, 995 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio  43205.

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STEVEN ALLEN NEVILLE CLAWSON

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Steven Allen Neville Clawson, 33, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at his home.

Steven was born September 24, 1983, in Columbus, Ohio to David Lyle and Penny Louise Neville Clawson.  He was a 2002 graduate of Washington Senior High School and lived most of his life in this community where he was a carpenter.

He is survived by his mother and step father, Penny and Jerry Smith; his father and step mother, David and Deborah Clawson; a daughter, Marley Marie Clawson, all of
Washington Court House; a brother and sister-in-law, Johnathan and Ashley Clawson of Columbus; a sister and brother-in-law, Laura and Victor Linsten of New Holland, nieces and nephews, Logan, Lilly and Levi Clawson, Lea and Heather Wing and the mother of his daughter, Janelle Bailey of Washington Court House.

A private memorial service will be held at the Anchor Baptist with church pastor Jeremy Griffith officiating.  Burial of the cremains will be at a later date in New Holland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Clawson family, c/o Penny Smith, 94 Jamison Road-NW, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.

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

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RAYMOND EDWARD SWORD

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Raymond Edward Sword, 67, of London, Ohio died Friday, January 27, 2017, at 7:55 a.m. at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus where he had been a patient since January 23.

Raymond was born September 9, 1949, at New Martinsburg in Fayette County, Ohio to Raymond Alfred and Florence Marie Cox Sword.  He lived most of his life in the Springfield and London communities.

He had formerly worked for Fayette County in road maintenance and also had been a concrete worker.

Ray was preceded in four sisters, Doris Bobst, Mary Knisley, Betty Huff and Florence Overly.

He is survived by a son, Raymond; a daughter, Diana and a granddaughter.  He is also survived by a brother, Gerald Ray (Betty) Sword of Samantha; nine sisters, Joan (Bill) Howland of Greenfield, Geraldine Day and Linda (William) Beers, of Springfield, Shirley Metzger of Minnesota, Lois Keck and Edith (Richard) Bagus of Columbus, Gloria (Thomas) Henderson and Carolyn (Michael) Long of Washington Court House and Florence Miller of Hillsboro and numerous nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation took place.  A graveside service will be held at a later date in Bloomingburg Cemetery.

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

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BEULAH D. “BOOTS” WEETER

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The children of Beulah D. (Boots) Weeter, 81, of Washington Court House, Ohio are deeply saddened to announce the passing of their mother and best friend on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 2:42 a.m. while receiving care at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus where she had been a patient since January 24.

She was born October 4, 1935, in Fayette County, Ohio to Bud and Minnie Margaret Little Wilson and was a lifelong resident of this community.

Boots and her husband owned and operated Gary’s Carpet Service until his death in 1995.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Lee Weeter on July 26, 1995; by her parents; a brother, Richard (Dick) Wilson and two sisters, Martha Noel and Imogene Gookenbarger.

Boots is survived by four devoted children, Peggy J. Moore and her significant other, Timothy VanHorn, of New Holland, Nancy L. Cornell and her significant other, Carl Mullen, of Sabina, Mitchell L. Weeter and his wife, Pam, of Lancaster and Nadara A. Price and her husband, Herb, of Bloomingburg.  She was loved by her grandchildren, Gary Todd (Melissa) Cornell, Jacob D. (Emily) Moore and Brody A. Price.  Her life was further enriched by two great grandchildren, K’Lynn and Hayden Cornell, to whom she was known as “Grammie.”  Also surviving are two sisters, Janet Thompson, and her husband, Jack, of Dayton and Helen E. Knapke of San Antonia, TX special family members, Shirley Weeter, Becky and Dave Patterson, Elizabeth “Libby” Dunn, Melody and Greg Fessler and several nieces and nephews who made her family complete.

Those touched by Boot’s zest for life and selfless acts of kindness will gravely miss her visual presence on earth, but take comfort she is with her Lord and Savior who is granting her everlasting life.

The funeral will be Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with the Rev. Joe Duvall officiating.  Burial will follow in the Highlawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.

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M. HAZEL STUCKERT

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  1. Hazel Stuckert, 91, of Grove City, Ohio died Friday, January 27, 2017 at 10:07 a.m. at Caring Touch in Lockbourne, Ohio.

Mrs. Stuckert was born February 4, 1925, in Toney Alabama to Samuel and Cleo Sanders Williams.

She was a cafeteria supervisor for the Westfall School District for seventeen years.

Mrs. Stuckert was a past member of the O.S.U. Mother’s Club; the Child Conservation League of Washington Court House and was a founder of a Child Conservation League chapter in Grove City.  She enjoyed gardening, sewing, playing cards, playing the piano, singing, fishing and taking care of grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Loren Charles Stuckert on July 24, 2008; sisters, Nadine Tucker and Josephine Carroll; infant twin sisters, Meryl and Jeryl Williams and an infant brother, Samuel Williams, Jr.

Mrs. Stuckert is survived by three sons, Steven A. Stuckert of London, Dennis L. Stuckert of Orient and Von Eric Stuckert of Bloomington, IL; four grandsons, Brian, Aaron, Kyler and Jacob Stuckert; a great grandson, Phoenyx; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Vernon and Mary Williams of Maryland and Clifton and Louise Williams of Massachusetts and her special caregiver, Dee Krysty from Caring Touch.

A memorial service will be held Monday, January 30, 2017, at 4 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Stewart C. Gardner, reader at the First Church of Christ Scientist, officiating.  Burial of the cremains will be at a later date in the Springfield Friends Church Cemetery at Sligo in Clinton County, Ohio.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 1379 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio  43215.

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KATHI LOU ARNOTT PETERS

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Kathi Lou Arnott Peters, 63, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Thursday, January 26, 2017, at  7:55 p.m. at Mount Carmel West in Columbus.

Kathi was born July 27, 1953, in Washington Court House to Richard Dean and Mary Lou Follis Arnott. She was a 1971 graduate of Washington Senior High School and attended Ohio University.

She retired as a caseworker from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Kathi had been a member of the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church since 1957, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, vestrywoman and for 10 years, director of the S.O.C.K.S. program.  She is a former member of the Washington Lioness Club, Mothers Circle and Phi Beta Psi.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Sean Patrick Flynn on April 4, 1983, and by her parents.

Kathi is survived by her husband of 23 years, Paul E. Peters, of Washington Court House; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Kris Flynn of Sabina;  grandson, Taylor Flynn; two step sons and step daughters-in-law, Sean and Michele Peters of Washington Court House and Chad and Sherri Peters of Six Mile, SC; five step grandchildren, Alex, Tyler, Hayden, Kennedy and Jenna;  a brother, Kirk Arnott and his wife, Karen Kirk, of Upper Arlington; her mother-in-law, Verda Mae Peters and brothers-in-law, Bruce (Marinona) Peters and Karl Peters, all of Highland County and many cherished friends.

A memorial service will be held Monday, January 30, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the St. Andrews’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Father David Getreu, minister at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Circleville, officiating.  A private burial will be held  at a later date in the Washington Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.  A luncheon, in the fellowship hall at the church, will immediately follow the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 733 State Route 41-SW, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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

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RONALD LEE (RON) McCOY

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Ronald Lee (Ron) McCoy, 78, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at his home.  His death was sudden and unexpected.RONALD L. McCOY

Ron was born July 11, 1938, in Fayette County, Ohio to James Carl and Dorothy Lois Yeager McCoy.  He was a 1956 graduate of Bloomingburg High School and was a lifelong farmer in this community.

He had served as a Marion Township Trustee and had been a member of the Bloomingburg Lions Club.  He was a member of the Fayette County Cattle Feeders Association and had served in the Ohio National Guard.

Ron was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Carl McCoy on September 26, 1995, and his parents.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Steve Bailey and Gina and Trent Shaw, all of Washington Court House; six grandchildren, Brad, Casey and Derek Shaw, Kelly Kohli and her husband, Jed, Christopher McCoy and Carlee Packard and her husband, Kelly; three great grandchildren, Gunner, Harrison and Nash Kohli; the mother of his children, Nancy B. Cox of Washington Court House; a sister and brother-in-law, Onda and Steve Fullen of Williamsport; a nephew, Jeff Fullen and his wife, Marla; a niece, Tami Johnson and her husband, Andy; several great nieces and nephews and special friends, Margaret Price, Cody Kirkpatrick and Chris Cottrill.

The funeral will be Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington C.H.  Burial will follow in Bloomingburg Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-8 p.m.

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

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KERRY LEE (TERMITE) BELL

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Kerry Lee (Termite) Bell, 81, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 7:45 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Manor of Washington Court House where he had been residing since December 23, 2016.

Termite was born May 26, 1935, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Roy Glendon and Wanda Mae Spencer Bell and lived most of his life in this community.

Before his retirement, he owned and operated Bell’s Shell Service Station for over 50 years.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and served as grand marshal of the 2016 Fayette County Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade.

Termite was preceded in death by his wife, the former Janet Marie Jarnigan, on April 16, 2007; by three brothers, Joe, Billy and Danny Bell; a sister, Roianne Dawes; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bert and Sam Anders and a sister-in-law, Irene Smith.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Crystal and Mike Mickle and Jennifer and Tommy West; all of Washington Court House; two grandsons, Kerry Mickle and his wife, Beth, and Sam Mickle; a step grandson, George Spellman; a brother, Dale Bell of Washington Court House; two sisters, Judy Smith of Greenfield and Beverly Hamilton of Washington Court House and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Monday from 3-7  p.m.

The funeral  was held Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.  Paul Wickensimer offered a memorial tribute.

Pallbearers for the burial in Washington Cemetery were Butch Witherspoon, David Brown, Brandon Self, Alan Anschutz, Johnny Peters and D.J. Jenkins.  Honorary pallbearers were Kerry and Sam Mickle, Tony and Bret Hamilton and Paul Wickensimer.

Complete military honors were bestowed by the Honor Guard of Fayette County. The flag of the United States Army veteran was folded by Charles “Buck” Harris and Eddie Fisher and was presented to Termite’s daughter, Crystal Mickle.  Members of the honor guard were Chuck Snyder, James Thayer, Cecil Ratliff, Tom Slager, Cliff Puckett, Glenn Rankin and Mike Curl with Bill Foody serving as commander.  Stephen Zastrow sounded Taps.

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

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