NORMA JEAN BURR WILSON

Norma Jean Burr Wilson, 93, of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 7:59 p.m. at her home.

Norma was born March 31, 1927, in Columbus, Ohio to Fred Orville and Mary Elizabeth Bowdle Burr.  She spent her early childhood in the South Solon and Milledgeville communities before moving to Washington Court House for high school.

In 1945, Norma graduated from Washington High School and enrolled at The Ohio State University to prepare for a teaching career.  Due to the shortage of teachers created by World War II, Norma answered a call to return to Fayette County to take her first classroom assignment at New Holland Elementary School during her freshman year at OSU.  Over the next many years she continued to teach full-time, care for her family, and commute to The Ohio State University and Wilmington College for night school and summer school.  In the summer of 1970, she completed her degree in elementary education from OSU.  She taught first grade for most of her 36 years as an elementary school teacher at New Holland, Eastside and Cherry Hill Elementary Schools.  Teaching was truly a passion and she could tell wonderful stories about her students and remembers nearly every student she ever taught.

Norma was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school more than 50 years and was a member and past president of the United Methodist Women.  She also served as a leader for Circle Five.  She enjoyed being in Sunday morning worship up until her health declined during the last year.   She was a member of Alpha Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International; the Fayette County Retired Teachers Association and Fayette Garden Club.  She enjoyed playing bridge and was a long time bridge club member.  She liked gardening and in her younger years enjoyed water skiing.  In later years, she became well known among family members as a world-class apple pie baker, using her mother Mary’s pie crust recipe.

Her faith and her profoundly positive attitude saw her through many cancer-related and other health challenges.  The family kidded her about having a room with her name on it at Fayette County Memorial Hospital.  She simply did not meet a challenge she couldn’t see her way through.  She and her siblings claimed that those good Burr genes, along with growing up on the farm, made the Burr family strong.

On June 5, 1947, she married Samuel Franklin Wilson.  In retirement, they enjoyed extensive world travel and particularly appreciated their opportunities to revisit Normandy and Germany, where Sam had been stationed during World War II.  He preceded her in death on November 28, 2012, after 65 years of marriage.  She was also preceded in death by a brother, William N. Burr and three sisters, Mary Lou Joseph, Betty Morris and Helen Ross.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Dale Lynch of Washington Court House and Julie and Don Bower of Athens, GA; four grandchildren, Ryan (Kelli) Lynch and Zack (Jennifer) Lynch, all of Washington Court House, Emily (Chris Houser) Bower of Savannah, GA and Eve (Meng Fei) Bower of Atlanta, GA; five great grandchildren, Eli, Ellie, Madeline, Evan and Mollie Lynch and several nieces and nephews.  Family was everything to Norma and she cherished every family gathering.

Due to restrictions and safety measures during this COVID-19 pandemic, a private graveside service will be held at the Washington Cemetery with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist, presiding.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

Memorial contributions may be made to the hospice organization or your choice, or the Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Street, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160 for the community pre-school program.

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VIOLET JO DAWSON

Violet Jo Dawson, 88, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 5:04 a.m. at Court House Manor Nursing Home where she had been residing since September 3.

Mrs. Dawson was born October 2, 1931, at Proctorville in Lawrence County, Ohio to Joe and Nancy Locey Workman.  She lived most of her life in the Washington Court House and New Holland communities where she enjoyed gardening and animals.

On December 27, 1950, she married Robert Gale Dawson.  He preceded her in death on June 14, 2010.  She was also preceded by a son-in-law, Nathan Mummert and was the last of her siblings.

She is survived by five children, Robin Mummert of Ray, Ohio, Diane Dorinsky and her husband, Robert, of Columbus, Joe Dawson and his wife, Tami, of Washington Court House, Karen Raines and her husband, Rex, of New Holland and John Dawson (Stacey Noble) of Chillicothe; twelve grandchildren, Joshua (Lynn) Dawson, Maggie Dawson, Clay Raines, Allie Raines, Torri Raines (Zak Thompson), A. J. (Rachelle) Dawson, Shelley (Josh) Denney, Jennifer (Tim) Myers, Jeremy Dorinsky; Bryan Duffy, Brad Duffy and Bobby (Frances) Duffy; 11 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Butch Cooper, minister at the Fairview Christian Church in Ray, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Highlawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 116 Morris Road, Circleville, Ohio  43113.

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DAVID LEE WHITESIDE

David Lee Whiteside, 82, of Miamisburg, Ohio died Saturday, September 5, 2020, at 6:35 a.m. at the Hospice of Middletown where he had been a patient since September 2 after battling complications from a fall.

David was born August 4, 1938, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Wendell Leroy and Sara Amelia Stanley Whiteside.  He was a 1956 graduate of Washington High School and attended The Ohio State University and Wilmington College.

He was employed by Montgomery Ward and Company in various management positions and his career took him to cities in Ohio, Indiana and finally to Duluth, MN where he resided with his wife for 25 years.  After his retirement with Montgomery Ward, he and his wife operated a successful travel agency until their retirement in 2004, at which time they moved to Miamisburg to be closer to David’s parents.

David proudly served in the Army Security Agency of the United States Army in Frankfurt, Germany during the Vietnam War.  David met his future wife, the former Margit Scherer, while in Germany.

Following his honorable discharge, he and Margit kept in contact for two years after which time Margit came for a visit.  They were married January 22, 1966.

David was a loving and caring husband and always full of optimism.  He was such a great handyman and loved antique cars of which he had a profound knowledge.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Margit, are two brothers, William Whiteside and his wife, Marilynn, of Boca Raton, FL and Michael W. Whiteside of West Carrollton, OH; two sisters, Jane Geanangel of Columbus, Ohio and Linda Secord and her husband, William, of West Lebanon, New Hampshire and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held in the Bloomingburg Cemetery with the Rev. Matt Brooks, pastor at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Middletown, 5940 Long Meadow Dr., Middletown, OH 45005 or National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

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BETTY ANN SHAEFFER

Betty Ann Shaeffer, 91, of London, formerly of Williamsport, Ohio died Thursday, September 3, 2020, 11:25 a.m. at Madison House Nursing Home in London where she had been residing since August, 2018.

Mrs. Shaeffer was born November 5, 1928, at Atlanta in Pickaway County, Ohio to George Otis and Garnet Opal Walters Slager.  She was a graduate of Circleville High School and received a bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University.  She had formerly lived in Circleville but spent most of her life in Williamsport before moving to London.  She had spent winter months in Florida where she was an avid golfer.

She was a first grade teacher for 30 years before she retired from the Atwater Elementary School in Circleville.

She was a member of the Williamsport United Methodist Church and Beta Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International in Circleville.

Mrs. Shaeffer was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Shaeffer; by three brothers, Howard, Robert and Kenneth Slager and a sister, Virginia Downing.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews and great and great great nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Sharon Slager of Washington Court House.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation will take place.

A graveside service will be held Friday, September 11, 2020, at 10 a.m. at the Springlawn Cemetery in Williamsport with the Rev. Sam Harnish, pastor at the Williamsport United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Williamsport United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 179, Williamsport, Ohio  43164.

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ROBERT WILSON SLAGER, II

Robert Wilson Slager, II, 61, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, September 1, 2020, ata 8:53 p.m. at Signature HealthCARE of Fayette  County where he had been a patient since July 17.

He was born September 16, 1958, in Fayette County, Ohio to Robert W. and Judith M. Mayo Slager.  He was a graduate of Waverly High School and had lived most of his life in this community where he formerly was a roofer.

Survivors include two step-sons and step-daughters-in-law, Chris West of Ohio; Amber West of Florida and Michael and Bonnie West of Washington Court House and step-grandchildren, James, Christopher and Brian West of Florida and Michael, Elijah, Zandra and Landon West of Washington Court House.

Following cremation, a graveside service will take place in Washington Cemetery.

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

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RODNEY DEAN MILLER

Rodney Dean Miller, 83, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at 10:45 a.m. at his home.  He had been in failing health.

Rodney was born October 16, 1937, in Montgomery County, Ohio to Forrest and Edna Mae Lightner Dafler.  He was a graduate of Dixie High School in New Lebanon, Ohio.  He moved to Fayette County in 1967, from Clinton County.

He was a farmer and owner and operator of the Miller Grain Company.

For many years Rodney attended the New Holland United Methodist Church and recently had been attending the Grace United Methodist Church.  He was a member of Top Farmers and Premium Agricultural Commodities, Inc.

On February 11, 1956, he married the former Sue Ellen Coffman.  She preceded him in death on January 10, 2014.  He was also preceded by a grandson, Daniel T. Hiser on April 13, 2017; a step sister, June Miller Finafrock; a half-sister, Lorene Lauderbach and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kay and Robert Alexander.

He is survived by five children, Doug Miller and his wife, Linda, of Washington Court House, Karen Edmonson and her husband, Brent, of Frankfort, Linda Hiser and her husband, Mark, of Milledgeville, David Miller and Dean Miller and his wife, Sharon, all of Washington Court House; eight grandchildren, Nic (Erika) Miller, Nathan (Grace) Miller, Mathew (Kristen) Edmonson, Whitney (Josh) Cummins, Ryan Hiser, Charlie Hiser and his wife, Alexis, Cassie Miller and  Michael Miller; seven great grandchildren, Kate and Garrett Miller, Kenzie, Owen and Briella Miller, Olivia Edmonson and Luke Hiser with baby Cummings arriving in March.  He is also survived by a niece, Diane Alexander and two nephews, Phillip Alexander and Craig (Kathleen) Alexander, all of Cincinnati.

Friends may call at the Heritage Memorial Church of Christ In Christian Union on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The funeral was held Saturday, September 5, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at the Heritage Memorial Church of Christ in Christian Union will Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist  Church, officiating.  Rev. Dan Justice was the pianist and accompanied the congregational singing.  Scriptures were read by Rodney’s grandchildren, Ryan Hiser and Cassie Miller.  Karen Edmonson and Linda Hiser offered remembrances of their dad.  Cody Kirkpatrick offered comments and read “A Tribute to a Farmer.”  A video and song, “God Created a Farmer,” was narrated by Paul Harvey and sang by Dallas Davidson.  Linda and Charlie Hiser led the congregation in reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

Pallbearers for the burial in the Milledgeville-Plymouth Cemetery were Doug, David and Dean Miller, Brent Edmonson, Mark Hiser and Cody Kirkpatrick.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Miami Trace FFA, 300 Bloomingburg-New Holland Road-NW, or 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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DANA HOWARD TAYLOR

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Dana Howard Taylor, 82, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at 8:45 p.m. at the Grant Medical Center in Columbus where he had been a patient since August 14.

Dana was born November 12, 1937, in Gilboa, WV to Benjamin Franklin and Freda Elizabeth Moore Taylor.  He was a graduate of Nicholas High School in Summersville, WV.

He was a retired prison guard and had served as a judge for standard bred horse racing.  He was a United State Navy veteran and served during the Korean War.

Dana attended the Church of Christ and was a member of Fayette Lodge F. & A.M. #107.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Glenna Gay Querrey and Lela Grace Wilmoth.

Dana is survived by a sister, Zelma J. Craig of Newark, OH; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Dewey and Mary Ellen Taylor of Ravenswood, WV and Russell and Sandra Taylor of Murrells Inlet, SC; several nieces and nephews and his friend, Mary Burkhead of Washington Court House.

Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.  Burial of the cremains will be in the Walker Cemetery in Summersville, WV.

Arrangements were completed by the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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JANICE ALMEDA CARR BOBST

Janice Almeda Carr Bobst, 83, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at 1:50 p.m. at Mount Carmel Grove City Medical Center where she had been a patient since Monday.

Janice was born April 21, 1937, in Grantville, PA to Nelson and Violet Neidich Royer.  She had lived most of her life in this community.

Before her retirement, she had been operations supervisor at Batjak, Inc. in Washington Court House for over 20 years.

She was a member of the Southside Church of Christ; New Holland Lions Club; Fayette County Commission on Aging and the auxiliary of Paul H. Hughey Post #25 of the American Legion.  She enjoyed crafts, crocheting and woodworking but especially enjoyed being with her family.

Janice was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack Carr in 1994; her second husband, Max Bobst in 2007; an infant son, Marshall Blantz and two brothers, Gerald and Barry Royer.

She is survived by four children and their spouses, Marica (Ric) Cherry and her husband, Ronald, of Galloway, Ohio, Jack Brian Carr and his wife, Fantasy, and Lucinda Ellen Storts and her husband, Shannon, all of Washington Court  House and Candy (Tiger) Hughes and her husband, Jeff, of Sabina; 19 grandchildren, Scott Templin, Keith (Michelle) Templin, Mike (Kathy) Cherry, Amanda (Ty) Laney, John (Heather) Cherry, Bill (Nicole) Cherry, Tony (Deirdre) Cherry, Chad (Crystal) Carr, Brad Carr, Jacklyn (Matt) Brobeck, Colton Carr, Stephany (Brandon) Jarvis, Jayda Durham, Tony Eddlemon, Aaron (Nichole) Eddlemon, Brady Hall, Tucker (Hannah Ward) Hughes, Kylie Jo (Chase) Enochs and Laikyn Hughes; many great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren; three step children and their spouses, Max T. and Penny Bobst of New Holland, Tim and Cheri Bobst and Jo Lynn and Mark Higgins, all of Washington Court House; four step grandchildren; five step great grandchildren; a brother, Nelson “Pete” Royer of Jonestown, PA; a sister, Delores Lutz of Fredericksburg, PA; special friends, Don and Lisa  Leibee of Owenboro, KY and her teacup Yorkie fur baby, Angel.

The funeral will be Sunday, August 23, 2020, at 3 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Danny Dodds, minister at the Greenfield Church of Christ, officiating.  A time of food and fellowship at the Life Connect Church, 232 North North Street, Washington Court House, will follow the service.

Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

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HAROLD H. THOMPSON

Harold Heber Thompson, 86, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Sunday, August 16, 2020, at 1:35 p.m. at his home with his family by his side.

Harold was born September 18, 1933, in Gallia County, Ohio to Everett Haskell and Mae Long Thompson.  He was a 1951 graduate of Washington High School and lifelong resident of this community.

While working at Agrico, he was recruited by Walter Rettig to join First Federal Savings and Loan Association where he served as executive vice president, retiring after 39 years.  After retirement he served as construction loan inspector for the firm.

Harold was a longtime member of the New Holland United Methodist Church where he served as chairman of the official board and as a trustee for 40 years.  He had also served many years as president of the Capitol Area South of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He was a 60-year member of New Holland Lodge F. & A.M. #392 where he served as master in 1966.  He had been treasurer the last 20 years and was also a lodge trustee.   He was a York Rite Mason; a member of Aladdin Temple Shrine in Columbus; the Washington Shrine Club and Chillicothe Chapter #419 of the Eastern Star.  He was a 49-year member of the Washington Lions Club and was a past club treasurer.  He formerly had been an active leader of Junior Achievement in Fayette County and was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother and sister-in-law, Robert F. and Judith Thompson.

Harold is survived by the wife, the former Ann Elizabeth Briggs whom he married September 7, 1958; a daughter, Cindy Thompson of Washington Court House and a son, Alan B. Thompson of Indianapolis, IN.  Also surviving are two nephews, Bill Thompson and his wife, Jill, of Perry, Ohio and Kevin Thompson of Painesville, Ohio and their children and grandchildren.

The funeral will be Friday, August 21, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with the Rev. David Yinger, pastor at the West Liberty United Methodist Church and former pastor at the New Holland United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the New Holland Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Thursday from 4-8 p.m. where a Masonic service, which is open to the public, will be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Holland United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Nikki Sheets, 154 East Front Street, New Holland, Ohio  43145.

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RALPH CLARENCE (R. C.) BONZO, JR.

Ralph Clarence (R. C.) Bonzo, Jr, 73, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Sunday, August 9, 2020, at 5:03 p.m. at his home.

R. C. was born June 3, 1947, at Ironton in Lawrence County, Ohio to Ralph Clarence and Betty Jane Lockwood Bonzo. He was a 1965 graduate of Miami Trace High School and received an associate degree in Ag Business from Clark State Institution in 1967. He was a lifelong resident of Fayette County.

He was a contractor, building homes for 30 years, first with Deer Creek Builders and then Bonzo Builders.  He retired in 2009, due to his affliction with Agent Orange.

R. C. was a member of Bloomingburg Lodge F. & A.M. #449. He had two church families, the Madison Mills United Methodist Church and the First Baptist Church in Washington Court House where he had served as Sunday school teacher, on the board of trustees and as a deacon.  He had been a member and past president of the former Bloomingburg Lions Club.  He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

R .C. is survived by his wife, the former Anne King, whom he married December 20, 1975; two sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Brenda Bonzo and Pete and Emily Bonzo; three grandsons, A. J., Lincoln and Hudson; a brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Jeanette Bonzo; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Wayne and Emily King; aunt and uncle, Mary and Ron Brownlee, all of Fayette County, and many cousins.

A private funeral will be held Thursday, August 13, 2020, at the Madison Mills United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Jewell, pastor at the church, officiating.  He will be assisted by Adam Lynch, minister at Crossroads Christian Church.  A Masonic service will immediately follow the funeral.

A graveside service, which is open to the public, will be held Thursday, at 12 Noon in the Madison Mills Cemetery.  The service will be concluded with complete military honors.  R. C.’s family respectfully requests that, for the safety of all,  masks be worn at the graveside service.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette County Honor Guard, 707 Clinton Avenue, 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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