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JO ANN DAVIS LANGDON

Jo Ann Davis Langdon, 87, of Washington Court House died Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in Columbus after a brief illness.

Jo was born on July 2, 1936, in Fayette County to Martin Grove and Kathryn Persinger Davis.

She was a graduate of Washington High School, then attended The Ohio State University where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Music. She held numerous elementary music teaching positions in Ohio, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nebraska including hosting her own PBS television show produced in Omaha and shown throughout the school district.  Following her teaching career, she obtained an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies. She had a distinguished 40-year career as a paralegal with two prestigious law firms in Omaha, NE and Columbus, OH. In addition, she ran a successful independent tax business for many years in Washington C.H.

Music played an instrumental role in her life. Her high school musical career culminated with a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue played in conjunction with the high school band. She also had a distinguished music career at Ohio State including a performance of Handel’s Messiah with a 400-voice university chorus and served as the accompanist for the Symphonic choir. She was inducted in the music honorary, Delta Omicron. Locally, she was the pianist for many years for both the Fayette County Choral Society and the Cecilians music club. She used her musical talent to benefit many organizations in the community.  She performed in concerts throughout the area playing solos, piano duets and accompanying many local musicians.

Another one of her great passions was gardening. She was a member of the AOGC garden club of Fayette County. Jo designed an extensive, lovely English garden at her beloved home; having over 100 roses, her favorite. She won multiple blue ribbons at the Fayette County Fair for her roses. She participated in several garden tours and her garden was a favorite among local photographers. Jo was well known for her beautiful flower arrangements which she generously shared with others.

Jo moved back to Washington C.H. in 1993. She was a very active member of the community. She was proud to serve on multiple boards, committees and charities. Notably, she was an active member and trustee of the Fayette County Historical Society, member and trustee the First Presbyterian Church, member of Kappa Alpha Theta, DAR, Phi Beta Psi and the Washington Country Club. Jo will be remembered for her razor-sharp focus on whatever task was at hand. Even more so, she will be remembered as the epitome of elegance and grace, a true lady born of a past era. Jo’s diverse group of friends was a testament to her extraordinary talents and interests.

Jo was preceded in death by her first husband, James M. Fox, her second husband, James K. Langdon, her sister, Elizabeth Jane Davis and stepson Paul Langdon.

She is survived by her sister, Dinah Miller of Dayton, OH; her son, Charles M. Fox and Brenda Gerleman of Wichita, KS.;  two daughters and sons-in-laws, Kathryn and Michael Beier of Hendersonville, TN and Dinah and Rhett Jaehn of Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren, Nicole and Matt Fox, Sarah and Lauren Beier, Harrison, Davis and Carter Jaehn; step-daughter and son-in-law Lorraine and Chris Hull of St Louis, MO; step-daughter Lisa Arko of Narberth, PA; step-sons and daughters-in-law James Jr and Katherine Langdon of Minneapolis, MN and Steve and Kathy Langdon of Lincoln, NE and David Langdon of Mesa, AZ.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 214 N. Hinde Street, Washington C.H. A burial at Washington Cemetery and a lunch in Persinger Hall, First Presbyterian Church, will immediately follow the service.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington C.H. Friday, April 26 from 6-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to programs important to Jo: The Fayette County Ohio Historical Society, 517 Columbus Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160; The Big Blue Bus Program at Washington Court House City Schools, 306 Highland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160; or the Fayette Community Chorale, c/o Maggie Glass, 5694 Plantation Circle, New Holland, Ohio  43145.

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RONALD JOE CAMPBELL

Ronald Joe Campbell, 82, of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at 8:30 a.m. at his home.  He had been in failing health.

Ronald was born August 5, 1941, in Fayette County, Ohio to Joe D. and Virginia L Yeoman Campbell, both of whom preceded him in death.  He was a 1959 graduate of Jeffersonville High School, attended Wilmington College and was a lifelong resident of this community.

He was a soil lab technician at Spectrum Analytic (formerly Agrico Lab) for 40 years before his retirement in 2003.

Ronald had been a member of the Community Re-Investment Area Housing Council.  He had served as a Union Township Trustee for 21 years.  He also served on the Fayette County MRDD board of directors for ten years; the Washington Union Cemetery board of directors; the Fayette County Zoning Commission and the Fayette County Zoning Board of Appeals.   He was a member of the Republican Central Committee for 16 years and was campaign chairman for several Republican candidates.  He had been a member of the former McNair Memorial Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife, the former Martha Pauline Donohoe whom he married September 1, 1962; three children, Kathy Friedberg and her husband, Todd, of Columbus, Mandy Ogan of Washington Court House and John Campbell of Grove City; two grandchildren, Jayden Friedberg and Lacy Ogan and her friend, Brad Moore and his son, Ashton Moore; a sister, Sue Brown and her husband, Barry, of Ashville;  two sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Carr and her husband, Alford, of Washington Court House,  and Margery Berry of Grove City; two brothers-in-law, Leo Donohoe of Fayette County and Eddie Donohoe and his wife, Carol, of Greenfield and several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held in the Sugar Creek Baptist Cemetery with the Rev. Joy Stanforth, associate pastor at Heritage Memorial Church of Christ in Christian Union, officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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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EDRIE MAE DOWNING

Edrie Mae Downing, 77, of Washington Court House, Ohio, died Friday, April 12, 2024, at 10:53 p.m. at her residence.  She had been in failing health.

She was born January 31, 1947, in Williamsport, Ohio to John and Mary Frances Hagley Teets.

Edrie was preceded in death by her first husband, Brian Cook and by her second husband, Roy David Downing; her parents and three sisters, Norma Jean Rutherford, Maxine Hedges and Wilma Adkins.

She is survived by three sons, Brian Cook and his wife, Yolanda, of Washington Court House, Kevin Downing of Washington Court House, and Howard Downing of Chillicothe: ten grandchildren; two sisters, Tonya Weiss of Washington Court House and Sue Crabtree and her husband, Tom, of Williamsport and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with Tom Butcher officiating.  Burial will follow in the Springlawn Cemetery in Williamsport.

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

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JOHN EDWARD LINK

John Edward Link, 82, of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at 3:45 a.m. at home, surrounded by his loving family. He had courageously fought cancer since 2017, rarely complaining, and always wearing that infamous smile, throughout his entire journey.

John was born January 8, 1942, in Chicago, IL the son of John Sebastian and June Veita (Marchand) Link. After Graduating from Arlington Heights High School in 1960, John attended the University of Wisconsin (Whitewater Division), then transferring to graduate from Michigan State University in 1965, with a BA in Restaurant and Hotel Management. John also proudly served in the Marines (Camp Lejeune) from 1965-1971 as a Sergeant; always living true to their creed “Conquering all obstacles, both large and small, I shall never quit.”

John met his “soulmate for life” while having a snowball fight at MSU; Mary Opdyke. “You know when you know” … they met in May 1965, were engaged in June of 1965, and married March 26, 1966. Fifty-eight years later, with multiple homes in multiple states, three children, an extraordinarily successful business, traveling from coast to coast and through it all a love for God and fulfilling his greatest dream, to have a family with love in it.

John was a member and started many committees throughout his years; always with a passion to “serve others”; St. Andrews Episcopal Church (All Saints) – Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Vestry Member, Treasurer, Eucharist Assistant, President of the Proctor Conference Center Board; Symposiarch’s (The Order); Fayette County Finance Club; Venison Deer Club; Washington Court House County Club.

John was most proud of his family and the business he had built through innovation, determination, and nurtured relationships over decades of tireless work. B & B Creative Marketing started as B & B Food Sales in 1978, in Detroit MI. After spending and seeing the tremendous amount of Pizza and Italian potential in the OH market, John and Mary moved their family to Washington Court House in 1984. At that point John became known for his bold ideas and “outside the box” thinking… building a legendary legacy that his children try to live up to. Over the years John brought PREMIUM Wisconsin cheese to the region, brought his concept of high-quality PREMADE pizza dough to life and was instrumental in helping to bring sliced pepperoni to the market as well. Thousands of customers have benefited from his tireless efforts over the years. The pride John’s family feels in his ground-breaking concepts for the Pizza/Italian industry over the past decades is untouchable.

He is survived by his wife; Mary (Opdyke) Link; daughter; Leah (Keith) Foster of Washington Court House; son, Jason (Carrie) Link of Powell OH; grandchildren; Lynn (Josh) Foster-Dawson; Erik (Zoe Miller) Foster, Elizabeth (Ella) Link; John Jason (JJ) Link and Alyson Foster; sister-in-law, Jean Link; nephew; Jeremy (Kaetlyn) Link; niece, Jessica (Sean) Duffy, a special “sister” by choice; Marilyn Wootton, God daughter Christin Bracken and NUMEROUS exceptional life-long friends and colleagues that helped mold him into the loyal, kind, determined and God Loving man he proudly was.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, James Link and his son, Eric Neil Link; his “brother” by choice; George Wootton and a lifetime of special furry family members; Pahoo, Magpie, Mandy, Molly and Largo.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation was observed, and a Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 1 p.m. at Crossroads Christian Church, in Washington Court House, OH.

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

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ROBERT MICHAEL HICKLE

Robert Michael “Mike” Hickle, 76, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Friday, April 5, 2024, at the Dayton VA Medical Center Hospice Unit.

Robert was born November 1, 1947, in Cambridge, Ohio to Robert Murray and Audrey Hope Hesson Hickle.  He moved to Washington Court House from Columbus in 2015.

After high school, he enlisted in the Air Force in 1966, where he served for more than 20 years. Upon retiring from the Air Force, he worked for the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) in Columbus in the maintenance department. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, camping, watching baseball and working on vehicles.

On December 26, 1975, he married the former Nancy Sue Hatfield.  She preceded him in death on February 18, 2022.  He was also preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by two daughters, Melissa Little of Roaring Spring, PA and Kathy Taylor (Ken) of McKean, PA, a stepdaughter, Patricia “Ayla” Hatfield of Spokane, Washington; a stepson, Bruce Butler of Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren, a great-grandchild; his mother, Audrey Hickle of Naples, FL;  three brothers, David Hickle (Patsy) of Hebron, OH, Gene Hickle (Martha) of Pataskala, OH, Jeff Hickle (Raylene) of Ocala, FL and two sisters, Cathy Dotter of Naples, FL and Toni Burroughs (Jeff) of Columbus, OH.  He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation will be observed and there will be no visitation or service at this time.

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

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TONI MARIE WATERS

Toni Marie Waters, 84, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Sunday, March 31, 2024, at 9:40 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Manor of Washington Court House where she had been a patient the past three months.

Toni was born April 18, 1939, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Alfred Ernest “Hap” and (Claudia) Wilma Boughton Weatherly.  She was a lifelong resident of this community.

She assisted her husband in the operation of Tower Mobile Home Park and had formerly worked at Craig’s Shoes and Sports for eight years.

Toni had been a member of the First Christian Church where she served as organist.  She was currently attending the Gathering Place Church.  She was also a member of Mother’s Circle and the Child Conservation League.  She enjoyed interior decorating and gardening but especially enjoyed being involved in the activities of her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Richard Sherrill Waters, III on July 23,1963.

Toni is survived by her husband, Richard S. Waters, Jr. whom she married May 5, 1956; three children, Stephen Waters and his wife, Catherine, of Washington Court House, Tina Harris and her husband, Matt, of Sarasota, FL and Jason Waters and his wife, Mandy, of Washington Court House; five grandchildren, Nathan (Dalanee) Waters, Krista Aills Whitt, Jacob (Mersades) Waters, Josh Waters and Jonah Waters; five great grandchildren, Maycee and Josiah Whitt,  Lindsy (Lyle) Sweeney, Riley and Addie Waters;  two great great grandchildren, Nora and Sloan Sweeney and a sister, Mila Schlichter of Washington Court House.

The funeral will be Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House, Ohio with Pastor John Pfeifer, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Washington Cemetery

Friends may call at the funeral home, Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

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

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JOSEPH WAYNE SEYMOUR

Joseph Wayne Seymour, 68, of New Holland, Ohio died Thursday, March 28, 2024, at 10:07 p.m. at his home.  He had been in failing health.

Joe was born January 11, 1956, in Fayette County, Ohio to David Eugene and (Grace) Alberta Paul Seymour.  He was a lifelong resident of Fayette County.

Before his retirement, he was a truck transporter for Local Teamsters Union #654 in Springfield.

Joe was a car enthusiast and loved restoring cars and spending time in his garage.  He was a longtime member of the Dragin’ Angels Car Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Larry E. Seymour and his wife, Sandy; a sister, Rebecca Blair and her husband, Bob, and his father-in-law, Paul Minshall.

He is survived by his wife, the former Kathy Jo Minshall whom he married December 28, 1996; five children, Crystal (Derek) Nixon of Grove City, Tiffany (Mark) Groves of Chillicothe, Melissa Seymour of Washington Court House, Trevor Seymour of New Holland and Makayla Seymour of Washington Court House; eight grandchildren; a brother David C. Seymour and his wife, Trudy, and a sister, Carolyn Shadley, all of Washington Court House; his mother-ion-law, Carol J. Minshall of New Holland and numerous nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation was observed.

A memorial visitation will be held Wednesday, April 3, 2024, from 6-8 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland.

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CAROLYN SUE McCOY

Carolyn Sue McCoy, 87, of Washington Court House, Ohio died peacefully on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at 8:30 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Manor of Washington Court House where she had been since March 21 for respite care.

Sue was born on August 24, 1936, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Earl and Dorothy Fletcher McNutt.  She was a 1954 graduate of Washington High School and was a life-long member of this community.

She had formerly worked at several area businesses, including the Fayette County American Automobile Association, Willis Insurance and Peebles.

Sue was a member of WCH Grace Methodist Church.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and attending their sporting events and activities.

Sue was preceded in death by her father in 1989 and her mother in 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Willard McCoy whom she married November 8, 1974; three children, Luanne Penwell and her husband, Jack, of Deland, FL; Jackie Myers of Columbus and Mike Smith of Washington Court House; three stepdaughters, Kim McCoy (Duke Willis) and Mikki Hunter Smith (George) of Washington Court House and Toni Miller (Terry) of Chillicothe; four grandchildren, Alexis (J.R.) Meredith, Tyler (Kyra) Rood, Jennifer (Brandon) Steen and Justin Penwell;  five great grandchildren, Logan Meredith, Jace, Nash and Tori Steen and River Rood; five step grandchildren, Derek Miller, Caitie (Cory) Huffman, Jessie (Adam) Baldwin, Ryan Simmons and Sara Simmons, five step great grandchildren: Daniel Miller, Reese and Kip Huffman, Claire and Jedd Baldwin and a brother, Randy L. McNutt of Michigan

To honor her wishes, cremation was observed.

A graveside service will be held Friday, April 5, 2024, at 11 a.m. in the Washington Cemetery with the Rev. DeVon Davis, chaplain for Heartland Hospice, officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

Immediately following the graveside service, a time of food and fellowship will be held at the McCoy residence.

Memorial contributions may be made to the downtown “Sponsor-A-Pot” project.  Please make checks payable to the Fayette County Master Gardeners Volunteers and send to 1415 U.S. Route 22-SW, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.

LUELLA LOUISE PUCKETT (Updated Arrangements)

Luella Louise Puckett, 96, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Friday, March 22, 2024, at 1:17 p.m. at Carriage Court Assisted Living in Washington Court House.

Luella was born June 21, 1927, in Union County, Ohio to Gerhard and Minnie Scheiderer Rausch. She was a graduate of Chuckery Darby High School in Unionville Center, Ohio and had lived in this community since 1962.

Before her retirement in 2007, she had been officer manager at Korn-O’Neill Insurance Agency for over 25 years.

She was a member of All Saints Church; was a volunteer with Hospice of Fayette County for 29 years; was a member of the ladies’ auxiliary of Burnett-Ducey Post #4964 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and also volunteered with the American Red Cross in Fayette County and the local blood bank.

Luella was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Puckett on March 9, 1983; her parents; a daughter-in-law, Alice Puckett; a brother, Carlton Rausch and his wife, Margaret, and a brother-in-law, Lewis Sale.

She is survived by five children, Charles (Marsha) Puckett of Louisville, KY; David Puckett of Xenia, OH, Loren (Carolyn) Puckett of Washington Court House; Elaine (Don Kincaid) Puckett of Hilliard, OH and Lloyd (Venus) Puckett of Aiea, Hawaii; four grandchildren; William Puckett, Clistie (Spencer) Pollock, Dan (Nina) Vest and Tyler Klopfstein; six great grandchildren, Carter and Hayes Vest, Matthew and Joanna Puckett and Knox and Ezra Pollock; two sisters, Eleanor Sale of Columbus and Margaret (Don) Bailey of Marysville and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with the Rev. Ken Castor, pastor at the Wilmington Lutheran Mission Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Highland Cemetery in Highland, Ohio.

Friends may call at the funeral home Monday, April 1, 2024, from 6-8 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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MARY MILDRED HALL ELLETT

Mary Mildred Hall Ellett, 99, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Sunday, March 10, 2024, at 12:30 p.m. at Four Seasons of Washington Nursing and Rehabilitation where she had been residing since May of 2023.

Mary was born November 25, 1924, in Highland County, Ohio to Elijah Moore and Josephine Nuvella Morrow Hall.  She was a graduate of Edward Lee McClain High School in Greenfield and lived most of her life in Worthington, Ohio before moving to Washington Court House in 2020.

She had formerly been employed at the Columbus Dispatch and The Ohio State University.

Mary was a member of the Overbrook Presbyterian Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. C. Wayne Ellett; a daughter, Rebecca Sloan; two brothers and a sister.

Mary is survived by two grandsons, Brandt McCorkle of Maryland and Christopher Sloan and his wife, Becka, of Georgia; two great grandchildren, Briana and Kaylee Sloan; three sisters, Wanda Robinson, Judith Fabb and Jane Beatty and her husband, Bill, all of Washington Court House and many nieces and nephews.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation will be observed, and a graveside service will be held at a later date in the Greenfield Cemetery.

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

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