LOREN EUGENE RILEY

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Loren Eugene Riley, 90, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 10:50 a.m. at his residence.

Mr. Riley was born April 17, 1926, in Fayette County, Ohio to Samuel and Blanche Lowe Riley and lived most of his life in this community.

Before his retirement, he had worked more than 45 years at General Motors.  He had also built homes in the Belle-Aire and Storybrook subdivisions.

He was a World War II Navy veteran.

Mr. Riley was preceded in death by his wife, the former Loretta M. Ursell on February 26, 1999, and by a brother and three sisters.

He is survived by five children, Sherry Riley, Teena Keaton and her husband, David, and Richard Riley, all of Washington Court House, Ron Riley and his wife, Robin, of Sabina and Paul Riley of Jeffersonville; six grandchildren; three step grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  The Riley family gives special thanks to Jean Cowgill and Hospice of Fayette County.

The funeral will be Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with John Pfeifer, pastor at the Gathering Place, officiating.  Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

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

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

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BETTY LOU WALLS

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Betty Lou Walls, 84, of Washington Court House died Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 6:16 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Manor of Washington Court House where she had been a resident since January 25.

Betty was born August 14, 1932, in Junction City, Ohio to William and Hallie Wofter Taylor and lived most of her life in Washington Court House.

Before her retirement, she was a beautician and had worked many years at the Colony Beauty Solon in Washington Court House.

She was a member of the South Side Church of Christ.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Burl Walls on February 18, 2003; a granddaughter, Mallory Ann Hedrick on August 12, 1995; a brother, William (Junior) Taylor and three sisters, Ellen Thompson, Glenna Knight and Barbara Carroll.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Tamara Ann and Rick Hedrick of Washington Court House; two grandchildren, Maggie Hedrick and Matthew Hedrick and his girlfriend, Maggie Avilla, and her daughter, Ruth Elyse Avilla, all of Washington Court House; a sister and brother-in-law, Rose Marie and Gene Leckrone and a half brother and sister-in-law, James and Judy May, all of Thornville, Ohio.

The funeral will be Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Danny Dodds, minister at the Greenfield Church of Christ, officiating.  Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the South Side Church of Christ, 921 South Fayette Street, or the Fayette County Commission on Aging, 1179 South Elm Street, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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DALE MARVIN “BUCK” RUSSELL

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Dale Marvin “Butch” Russell, 79, of Williamsport, Ohio, died Friday, February 24, 2017, at 7 a.m. at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus where he had been a patient since February 19.

Butch was born September 29, 1937, in Ross County, Ohio to Clarence and Martha Kerns Russell.  He lived most of his life in the Williamsport community where he was a retired farmer.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Daniel Steven Wycuff in 2014, and by eight siblings.

Butch is survived by three children, Tina Wycuff and her husband, Dennis, of Mount Sterling, Ohio, Pete Russell of Florida and Rita Bainter and her husband, Wade, of Chillicothe; five grandchildren; several great grandchildren; two brothers, Gordon Russell of Chillicothe and Don Russell and his wife, Betty, of Kentucky; a sister, Barbara Helsel of Williamsport and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland.

Cremation will follow the visitation and there will be no service.

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MARJORIE HOWERTER VAIL PENSYL

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Marjorie Howerter Vail Pensyl, 97, went home to be with her Lord in the morning of Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

Marjorie (Marty) was born February 13, 1920, at home in Steubenville, Ohio. Her parents were Fred and Edna Morton Howerter.  Marty’s mom, Edna, passed away at the time of her birth and she was adopted by Charles A. and Mary Elizabeth Ford Vail.  Marty grew up in Broadacre, Ohio and graduated from Steubenville High School.

Marty was the loving wife of the late Charles Pensyl.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Howerter and sisters, Mary Katharine “Kay” Howerter Shields, Betty Howerter Yeago and half-sister, Susanne Howerter Olesen.

She will be sorely missed by her daughter, Dr. Penne Halliday; son-in-law, David Garippa; granddaughter, Heather Halliday Noble and her husband, Eric; great grandchildren, Audrey and Emily Noble; nephew, Chuck Yeago, as well as many other nieces, nephews and friends.

Mrs. Pensyl graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1942, with a major in English and a minor in Biology.  After college, Marty taught grades 7-12 in New Athens outside of Cadiz, Ohio.  She later taught in the Washington Court House City Schools in the old Washington High School building.  Her students won top awards on State exams.  A yearly highlight was to attend the class reunions.  She loved her students, and was beloved by her students.

Marty and her husband, Charlie, opened the Pensyl Camera Store in downtown Washington Court House.  Marty was a talented photo processor and photo restorer. She and Charlie taught photography and led photographic trips for many in this area.  An annual photography trip to Old Man’s Cave was a favorite of hers.  Marty was a gifted photographer and captured top awards in many contests to the chagrin of male competitors.

Marty and Charlie were chapter leaders for the John Birch Society, an educational organization and they hosted meetings for decades.  She always had snacks ready for the photographic or Birch meetings.  Marty and Charlie had an American Opinion bookstore in their camera store.

Mrs. Pensyl was a longtime member of the First Christian Church and sang in the choir.  Marty attended the Fayette Bible Church.  Marjorie had a brilliant mind and a love for God.  She recently studied the books of Daniel and Revelation with a keen interest in the tribulation, end times, and Christ’s return.

Most of all, Marty loved her family.  Her daughter was her love.  She enjoyed entertaining all the relatives that would come her way.

Although you didn’t want to spar with Marty verbally—she’d beat you every time.  We will all greatly miss her.

A private graveside service will be held Friday in the Washington Cemetery with the Rev. Tony Garren, pastor at the Fayette Bible Church, officiating.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Thursday from 4-6 p.m.

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MARGARET RUTH LECKRONE

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Margaret Ruth Leckrone, 86, of New Holland, Ohio died Friday, February 17, 2017, at 2:13 a.m. at Mount Carmel West in Columbus where she had been a patient since February 9.

Ruth was born March 24, 1930, in New Holland, Ohio to Pearl and Martha Marie Wilson Sutton.  She lived most of her life in the New Holland community.

Before her retirement, she was a caregiver and had formerly worked as an aide at the Orient State Institute.

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

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Leckrone in 1994; a brother, James Sutton in 1983, and a sister, Betty Swift Free in 1998.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Steven E. and Linda Kay Flack of Gatlinburg, TN; a grandson, J.D. Flack and his wife, Sarah, of Clayton, NY; three great grandchildren, Noah Aaron, Micah Grace and Asher Andrew Flack; several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Kathy Camp.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation took place.

A graveside service will take place at a later date in the New Holland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette County Humane Society, 153 South Main Street, Washington Court House, Ohio.

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

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JEANNE CAROLYN MICKLE

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Jeanne Carolyn Mickle, 83, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 2:21 p.m. at Signature HealthCARE of Fayette County where she had been a resident since March 2016.

Mrs. Mickle was born September 3, 1933, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Jacob L. and Lavonne DeVault Miller and was a 1951 graduate of Washington High School.  She moved to DeSoto County, Florida in 1972, and resided in the South for the next 25 years.

She began her career in communications with WCHO Radio and the Record-Herald and was also a journalist and photographer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.  Mrs. Mickle was the author of several books, and most recently wrote a column for the Record-Herald entitled “Yesterdays.”

Mrs. Mickle served on the boards of trustees of the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce, the DeSoto County Library, and was a founding member of the Desoto County Friends of the Library.  She was very active in animal rights issues and served on the board of trustees of the DeSoto County Humane Society.  She served four years as chapter chairman of the DeSoto County Red Cross and was a fund-raiser for the chapter.  She was an accomplished pianist and performed in many churches and local stage productions.  She was a member of the former First Christian Church in Washington Court House.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 48 years, Herschel C. Mickle, Jr. on December 12, 2000; by her parents; a brother, James Miller and two sisters, Norma Budnek and Lois Fabian.

Mrs. Mickle is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Michelle and Jimmie Jackson of Columbus, Ohio and Kerry and Mark Espenschied of Las Vegas, Nevada; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren; a niece, Kathi Waldeck of Columbus and two nephews, Michael Budnek of Columbus and Jeffrey Miller of Okanogan, Washington.

The funeral will be Monday, February 20, 2017; at 12:00 Noon at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Jeff Davis, chaplain for Hospice of Fayette County, officiating.  Private burial will be in the Bloomingburg Cemetery.

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

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

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EVELYN MARIE HIXON

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Evelyn Marie Hixon, 69, of Hillsboro, died Monday, February 13, 2017, at 10:49 a.m. at Four Seasons of Washington Court House where she had been residing since December.

She was born March 1, 1947, in Greenfield, Ohio to Norman and Elizabeth Neven Miller and was a graduate of Edward Lee McClain High School in Greenfield.

Evelyn was a fine Christian woman who deeply loved her family.

She is survived by her husband, James B. Hixon whom she married December 9, 1990; three children, Carl Cottrell and his wife, Christie, Sandy Barnett and her husband, James, and Bob Cottrell, all of Greenfield; two step children, Hillary Gunn of Hillsboro and Brittany Hixon of Wilmington; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a brother, Steve Miller of Hillsboro and a sister, Joyce Miller of Washington Court House.

The funeral was held Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.

Pallbearers for the burial in Washington Cemetery were Carl Cottrell, Bret Pulse, Brenan Schreader, Brad Howard, Jim Barnett and Jimmy Barnett, Jr.

There were no calling hours.

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VICKI ELLEN REEDY HORNEY

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Vicki Ellen Reedy Horney, 66, of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at 7:30 a.m. at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus where she had been a patient since Sunday.

She was born March 20, 1950, in Dayton, Ohio to George and Martha Hidy Reedy.  She was a 1968 graduate of Miami Trace High School and attended the Bowling Green State University. Except for seven years in Texas, she lived most of her life in this community.

She, along with her husband, co-owned and operated Horney’s Barbeque.  Previous to that, she had been an executive secretary for Frito-Lay in Rosenberg, TX; manager of Aziana Imports in Houston, TX and was a regional manager for Appraisal Research Corporation in Findlay, OH.

Vicki was a member and past worthy matron in 1980 of Jefferson Chapter #300 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Jeffersonville.  She enjoyed flowers and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Vicki is survived by her husband, Stephen K. Horney whom she married January 17, 1981; three children, Stephanie Stroker and her husband, Jim, of Fayette County, Ohio; Steven T. Horney and his wife, Shelly, of Jamestown, OH and Heather Morgan of Louisville, KY; nine grandchildren, Sammantha Stroker, Jimmy Stroker, Kyle Kaminski, Addie Morgan, Jace Leslie; Luke Horney, Alex Horney, Nick Horney and Andrew Horney and numerous cousins who were special to her.

A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to a scholarship fund her Vicki’s name at Miami Trace High School, 3836 State Route 41-NW, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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

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JOSEPH EDWARD KULIN, JR.

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Joseph Edward Kulin, Jr., 45, of New Holland, Ohio died Friday, February 10, 2017.

Joe was born November 16, 1971, in Steubenville, Ohio to Joseph Edward and Arlene Dee Zekas Kulin.  He was a graduate of Catholic Central High School in Steubenville and Franklin University in Columbus.  He moved to the New Holland community in 2011, from Lewis Center, Ohio.

He was currently serving as the New Holland Village Administrator.

Joe was a member of the New Holland United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Kulin; his grandparents, John and Alice Zekas and Joseph and Edith Kulin and an aunt, Georgette Kulin.

Joe is survived by his wife, the former Heather Amanda Linder whom he married July 27, 2002; four children, Kiersten, Kamille, Keegan and Kellan Kulin; his mother and step father, Arlene and George Felsoci of Steubenville; his father and step-mother, Joseph and Stephanie Kulin of Follansbee, WV; a brother, Michael Kulin and his friend, Emily, and nephews, Nick and Jack Kulin, all of Canal Winchester; mother-in-law, Christy Dunlap; father-in-law Monty (Laura) Linder, all of Washington Court House; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Tracy Linder of Kettering, Steve and Halie Dunlap of Washington Court House, Matt and Ashley Ooten of Bloomingburg and Joe Ooten of Washington Court House.

The funeral will be Wednesday, February 15, 2017; at 11 a.m. at the New Holland United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brian Dunham, pastor at the church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the New Holland Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.

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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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