GERALD S. HELSEL

Gerald Strawder Helsel, 89, of Washington Court House, Ohio, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family at his side on Saturday, March 13, 2021.

He was born May 2, 1931, in Wayne Township in Fayette County, Ohio to James and Ora (Roberts) Helsel.  He was reared in New Holland and worked on the farm until he graduated from New Holland High School in 1949.

Gerald served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955 and was aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) during the Korean War. Following his service in the US Navy, he went to work at DuPont in Circleville for 34 years where he was affectionately known by his friends and co-workers as “Jerry”.

He was a lifetime devoted Christian man who was a member of the Route 38 church of Christ and had previously been a deacon at the Circleville church of Christ.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Donald (Mary) Helsel, Walter (Faye) Helsel and James Helsel and sisters, Clara (George) Posey and Sara (Bob) Bennett.

He is survived by his loving bride of 61 years, the former Patricia Ann Henry; daughters, Debra Bush and Amber (Andy) Reboulet; sons, Stephen (Judy) Helsel and Preston Helsel; grandchildren, Cody Moore, William, Noah, Gabriel, Phillip, Kendra, Cora, and Kamille Helsel; seven great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Delores “Dee” Helsel and many nieces and nephews.

Gerald was known to most family members as well as friends of the grandchildren as “Pappy” and always made his grandchildren smile and was known to chase them around the house with a fake nose and stick out his teeth just to have fun with them.  He also loved going for walks around Leslie Trace subdivision.

There will be a brief family-only visitation from 11 am until noon on Friday, March 19, 2021, at the  Kirkpatrick Funeral Home, 554 Washington Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio. Following the visitation, there will be a graveside service at Highlawn Cemetery, 3260 US Route 22-NW, Washington Court House, with Minister Roger Massey from the Pataskala church of Christ officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Route 38 church of Christ, 1550 State Route 38-NE, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.

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ROBERT R. COTNER

Robert R. Cotner, 82, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 2:20 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Grove City Medical Center where he had been admitted the previous evening.

Bob was born June 6, 1938, at Port Clinton in Ottawa County, Ohio to Floyd Leroy and Lora Thelma Hurtt Cotner. He was a 1956 graduate of Washington High School and lived most his life in this community.

Before his retirement, he was an engineer at Cooper Energy Services in Springfield. Following his retirement he worked several years at Kirkpatrick Funeral Home.

Bob was a member of the former Good Shepard Lutheran Church and currently the All Saints Church. He had been a longtime member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Washington Court House, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William Howard Cotner.

Bob is survived by his wife and best friend, the former Donna Lee Hart, whom he married June 16, 1957. He is also survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Gina and Rolland Wilson of Washington Court House; two grandsons, Reece Cosler and his wife, Sarah, and Troy Cosler and his fiancé, Kelsey Huffman, all of Wilmington, Ohio; five great grandchildren, Hannah, Mason, Nora, Carter and Corbin, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the Highlawn Cemetery with the Rev. Father Warren Huestis, rector at the All Saints Church, officiating. Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

There will be no calling hours.

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ANABEL RHINESMITH

Anabel Rhinesmith, 93, of Williamsport, Ohio passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 7:22 p.m. at OhioHealth Berger Hospital in Circleville where she had been a patient since Friday.

She was born July 21, 1927, in Pickaway County at New Holland, Ohio to Hugh McKinely and Marie Funk Dennis.  She was a 1945 graduate of New Holland High School where she served as senior class president. She moved to Williamsport, from New Holland, in 1956.formerly was a member of Heber Chapter #62 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Williamsport.  She enjoyed baking, playing cards and working jigsaw puzzles but especially her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

On February 20, 1947, she married William Edward Rhinesmith.  He preceded her in death on November 22, 2013.  She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Joseph Edward Rhinesmith and Joe’s wife, Judith; her parents; a son-in-law, Richard Parrett; two brothers, Robert and Donald (Bill) Dennis and a sister, Jean Hunt.

She is survived by three daughters, Marie Anice Parrett and Marla Denise Oesterle and her husband, William, all of Williamsport and Marna Elyse Henson and her husband, Mark, of Circleville; nine grandchildren and their spouses; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; a brother Hugh (Dottie) Dennis of Greenfield and nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Monday, March 15, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with the Rev. Sam Harnish, pastor at the Williamsport and Atlanta United Methodist Churches, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Springlawn Cemetery in Williamsport.

Friends may call at the funeral home in New Holland from 12 NOON Monday until time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Williamsport United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 179, Williamsport, Ohio 43164 or the Atlanta United Methodist Church, 25960 State Route 207, New Holland, Ohio 43145.

The family extends a special thank you to the staff at OhioHealth Berger Hospital for the loving and exceptional care given to Anabel.
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JEAN ALLISON STOKES

Jean Allison Stokes, 97, of New Holland, Ohio died Friday, March 5, 2021, at 12:40 a.m. at Carriage Court Assisted Living in Washington Court House where she had been residing since February 15.

Jean was born December 5, 1923, at Richland in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to Walter H. and Clara B. Shepard Allison.  She lived her younger life in Pennsylvania before moving to New Holland on June 1, 1954.

She formerly was a cook at the New Holland Elementary School and retired as a secretary from Parrett Insurance in Washington Court House.

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

On October 27, 1941, she married John C. (Jack) Stokes.  He preceded her in death on August 13, 2015.  She was also preceded by two daughters, Nancy Jean Holloway on July 10, 2012, and her husband, Paul F. Holloway, on Dec. 15, 2010, and Carol Sue Arnold on Oct. 28, 2007.

Jean is survived by four grandchildren, Mark Holloway and his wife, Susan, of New Holland, Lori Wehner, Amy Stump and her husband, John, and April Blake and her husband, Marion, all of Washington Court House; four great grandchildren, Christopher Wehner and his wife, Tori, of Washington Court House, Bradley Holloway of Bloomingburg, Sarah Holloway Day and her husband, D.J., of Loveland, OH and Lindsey Nicole Stump of Washington Court House; a great great granddaughter, Annistyn Day; a son-in-law, Howard Arnold of Washington Court House; several nieces and nephews in Pennsylvania and California and a special friend, Traci Johnson.

The funeral will be Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with the Rev. Jeffrey Jewell, pastor at the New Holland United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in New Holland Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home in New Holland from 12 Noon Wednesday until time of the service.

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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HUGH EMERSON WILSON

Hugh E. Wilson, a lifelong resident of Washington Court House, Ohio died Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at the age of 86 after suffering a stroke in January. He was born September 14, 1934, to Dale and Edna Siemon Wilson in Columbus, OH, but lived, farmed and worked in Fayette County his entire life.

Hugh graduated from Washington High School in 1952, and earned a bachelor’s of science degree in agriculture economics and rural sociology in 1960, from The Ohio State University.  While he briefly explored a career as a teacher, it was farming that held a special place in his heart and it was that career that inspired a number of other endeavors throughout his lifetime.

He was vice president of the American Soybean Association and president of the Ohio Soybean Association. In the latter role, he led trade missions with Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes to both Europe and Brazil in the 1970’s.  In Fayette County, he was director of the Fayette County Fair Board, president of the Fayette County Farm Bureau, director of Fayette Landmark Cooperative, president of Symposiarchs and a founding member of Premium Agricultural Commodities, Inc.  At Ohio State, he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.

In 1980, Hugh was elected to his first four-year term as Fayette County Commissioner.  He would be elected to three more terms, serving in the office until 1996. He was proud of the many accomplishments achieved with the other two commissioners during this time, including helping to bring the Yusa Corporation to the county in 1987, and attracting the outlet malls to the area.

In his free time, Hugh was a voracious reader, and in the last two decades of his life, built three award-winning 1953 MG TD replica automobiles, which many recognized as he drove around town and in various parades. He was also a proud member of what he called the “Koffee Klatch,” a group of men from the community that meets daily for coffee and conversation at the American Legion.

Hugh was most proud of his family.  He married Ann Taylor in 1961, and they enjoyed traveling the world and traveling to see their one son and his family in Omaha, Nebraska. He is survived by that son, Taylor (JT) Wilson, daughter-in-law Debbie (Dumas) Wilson and granddaughters, Bailey and Brielle Wilson. Bailey is a sophomore at the University of Kansas studying pre-law, while Brielle is a freshman at Millard West High School in Omaha. Hugh was proceeded in death by his wife, Ann, in 2014, his father, Dale, in 1973, and his mother, Edna, in 1971.

Hugh will be honored in a graveside service at the Washington Cemetery on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 11 a.m. with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Street, or Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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JASPER MERRILL KINGERY

Jasper Merrill Kingery, 93, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Friday, February 26, 2021, at 8:46 a.m. at his home.

Mr. Kingery was born November 29, 1927, in Lawrence County, Ohio to Jasper Newton and Nella Emily Lambert Kingery.  He moved to Washington Court House from Lawrence County in his youth and was a 1948 graduate of Washington High School.

Before his retirement, he was a tool maker for North American Rockwell.

He enjoyed restoring antique cars, especially Chevrolets, and going to car shows.  He was a family man who participated in his children’s youth activities including being a Boy Scout leader and active with the athletic boosters.

On June 7, 1952, he married the former June Louise Tuvell.  She preceded him in death on October 12, 2017.  He was also preceded by three brothers, Harold, Franklin and Noman Kingery and two sisters, Iva Peel and Dorothy Mays.

Mr. Kingery is survived by two children, Debra Kingery and her husband, Dan Pachinger, of Williamsburg, OH and Stephen Kingery and his wife, Lisa, of Chillicothe and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Madison Mills Cemetery with the Rev. Tony Garren, pastor at the Fayette Bible Church, officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court.

There will be no calling hours.

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

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LILIAN SMITH EBERT (Updated)

Lilian Odell Smith Ebert, 94, of Carrollton, Ohio, formerly of Upper Arlington, died Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 12:50 a.m. at the Carroll Golden Age Retreat in Carrollton, Ohio where she had been residing since April 11, 2017.

Lillian was born September 30, 1926, in Seattle, Washington to Richard Odell and Marie Crosier Smith.  She moved to Columbus from Boston in 1952 and lived in Columbus before moving to Carrollton in 2017.

She graduated from the Salem Academy in Chapel Hill, NC and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

She always enjoyed the outdoors and physical activities and, as a young girl, attended Aloha Hive Summer Camp for Girls in Fairlee, Vermont that specialized in outdoor interests.  She also enjoyed working with flowers; playing tennis; horses; raising Black Angus cattle and belonging to several bridge clubs.  She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Marble Cliff and avidly studied the Bible.  She was proud to have been in the first docent training class at the Columbus Art Museum and served as a docent there for many years thereafter.

In 1952, she married Dr. Ray Eugene Ebert.  He preceded her in death in 2006.  She was also preceded by a daughter, Melinda Ann Ebert; a brother, Winfield Smith; her parents; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Elizabeth (Sis) and Richard Kirkpatrick; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Russell S. (Pete) and Madeline Ebert and a nephew, William R. Kirkpatrick

She is survived by two sons, Richard Russell (Dick) Ebert of Columbus and Robert Ware (Rob) Ebert of Salineville, OH; two grandsons, Curtis Russell Ebert and Robert Ware Ebert, II, both of Salineville; nephews and nieces, Adam K. Smith of Fairbanks, CA and Laura (Thomas) Olsnowski of Chicago, IL, Roger (Diana) Kirkpatrick of Washington Court House and Jan (Doug) Snyder of Meadow Lands, PA and several great nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the New Holland Cemetery with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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MARY ELIZABETH HAINES

Mary Elizabeth Haines, 87, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 9:17 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Manor of Washington Court House where she had been a patient since January 11, 2021.

She was born March 17, 1933, in Fayette County, Ohio at New Martinsburg, to Ralph Raymond and J. Oletha Rolfe Rittenhouse.  She was a graduate of Edward Lee McClain High School in Greenfield and was a lifelong resident of Fayette County.

Although she formerly had been a beautician, she was a loving and supportive stay-at-home mother.  She was a member of Chapter #121 of the Order of the Eastern Star.  She enjoyed painting, was an amateur ballroom dancer and also loved square dancing with her husband and line dancing.

On August 29, 1955, she married Harry Dean Haines.  He preceded her in death on January 22, 1999.  She was also preceded by a son, Mark Steven Haines in 1988; a sister, Elsie Rittenhouse Howard and two brothers-in-law, Jack Cave and Robert Howard.

She is survived by a son, Brian Keith Haines; two daughters, Cynthia Pastore and her husband, Andy, and Dawn Haines, all of Washington Court House; two step-sons, Harry D. Haines, Jr. and his wife, Pam, of Washington Court House and Gurney Haines of Springfield; three step-grandchildren, Jay Haines, Jason Haines and Amber (Phil) Sollars, several step great grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Judy Rittenhouse of Washington Court House and two sisters, Ruby Cave and Donna Pruitt and her husband, Junior, all of London, Ohio and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Friday, February 26, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Todd Maurer, connections minister at the South Side Church of  Christ, officiating.  Burial will follow in the White Oak Grove Cemetery.

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

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CATHERINE ANNETTE VOORHEES

Catherine Annette Voorhees, 63, of Washington Court House, Ohio, died Sunday, February 21, 2021, at 10 p.m. at Doctor’s Hospital West in Columbus where she had been a patient the past month.

Catherine was born February 14, 1958, in Claremore, Oklahoma, to Chester and Dolores Jean “Dee” Smith Porterfield and belonged to the Fond Du Lac Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indian Tribe.

She had been employed by the Home Depot in Washington Court House since its opening and currently was manager of the hardware department.

Catherine was an avid gardener and loved her cats.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert L. Porterfield.

Catherine is survived by a brother, John T. Porterfield and his friend, Tammera Azbill, of Batavia, Ohio; three half-brothers, Scott Pittack and his spouse, Terrance Brown, of Overland Park, KS, John Fred Porterfield and his wife, Martha, of Clarksville, Ohio and Larry Porterfield and his wife, Kathy, of Jacksonville, FL; a half-sister, Linda Marie Porterfield-Weatherby and her husband, Hank, of Richwood, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Susan Porterfield of Guyton, GA and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held this spring when COVID-19 safety conditions permit.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette Regional Humane Society, 153 South Main Street, Suite 3, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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

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(MARIAN) JEAN SKINNER

(Marian) Jean Skinner, 97, of North Fort Myers, FL died Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Hope Healthcare Hospice in Cape Coral, FL where she had been a patient Friday.

Jean was born November 28, 1923, in New Holland, Ohio to Kenneth Rae and Grace Mae Metzger Oesterle.  She was a 1941 graduate of New Holland High School and lived most of her life in Columbus, Pickerington and Washington Court House before moving to Florida in 2012.

She had worked at Rockwell International in Columbus for 36 years as an executive secretary before retiring in 1986, as a financial analyst.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Lee Skinner on November 8, 2005; a great granddaughter, Nicole Scott; a great great grandson, Grayson King; four brothers, Kenneth E., Maynard, Robert and Ted Oesterle and two sisters, Eileen Tatman and Marceline Wallace.

Jean is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy and Chuck King and, Sheila Priest, all of North Fort Myers; Sharon and Terry Hart of Kingston, OH, Shirley and Bill Scott of London, OH; nine grandchildren; several great grandchildren; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Leslie and Susan Oesterle of Washington Court House, David and Karen Oesterle of Galloway and  Richard and Helen Oesterle of Washington Court House and two sisters, B. Geraldine (Jerry) Durflinger of Springfield, Ohio and Judy Gordon of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Cremation will take place.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home.