Selected Obituaries

The following obituaries come from many sources. Many are from undated clippings from unknown newspapers and contributed the the Darke Co. LIST because of the genealogical data they contain. These obituaries are alphabetized by decedent, but unindexed. Use the FIND function in your browser to search for surnames of interest.

In 2001, a new site to post obituaries relating to Darke Co. was begun at the DCOWeb Obituaries Board. Many more obituaries (including most of those below) have been mounted at that location where browsers may also add obituaries from the own collections.

The owl is a symbol of the dead. May they rest in peace. May we remember their names.


                       Greenville Daily Adocate
                         Friday, Aug. 23, 1996

Addie B. ALBRIGHT, 94, of 4887 Ohio 49-South, Greenville, died...Thursday at
Rest Haven Nursing Home.  She had been in failing health since last November.
Mrs. ALBRIGHT was born Aug. 13, 1902, in Darke County, daughter of Charles A.
and Cassandra (SHIVERDECKER) RIEGLE.  She was married March 1, 1924, to Harry
ALBRIGHT, who died Dec. 23, 1969.  Also deceased are a daughter, Doris Juanita
at 5 days old; two brothers, Henry and Ollie RIEGLE; and five sisters, Pearl

A Darke County native, she had lived at the above address since 1946. She was a
member of the First United Methodist Church of Greenville, the Nifty Neave
Homemakers, the Merry Widows of Darke County and Darke County Senior Citizens.

A homemaker, she was well-known for being able to quote poetry from memory and
known for her baking hickory nut cakes, raspberry pies and sugar cookies.
Surviving are one son, Lowell Lee ALBRIGHT and his wife, Joan, of Greenville;
four grandchildren, Anjeanette BOWERSOCK, Lowell Lee ABRIGHT II, Julia Ann
Jones and Scott Allen ALBRIGHT; and two great-grandchildren, Kelsey BOWERSOCK
and Marc BOWERSOCK.  She was the last of eight children. The funeral is
scheduled for 2 pm Mon. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, with the
Rev. Darryl RIEGLE officiating.  Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery.


                    Versailles POLICY; Dec. 27, 1995

John D. Anderson, 26, of 344 E. 49th St., New York, NY, died Monday evening
Dec. 18, 1995.  Mr. Anderson was born in Montgomery County, on July 31, 1969,
son of Robert L. Anderson of Cincinnati and Janice P. (Dunwoody) Anderson of
Greenville. He was a 1987 graduate of VHS and had graduated from MIT at
Cambridge, Mass., in 1991.

Mr. Anderson was employed as a research associate for Economic Strategy
Analysis of New York City.  In addition to his parents, he is survived by a
brother Jim Anderson of Canton, Georgia.  Services were held Friday at 10 AM at
the Oliver Funeral Home in Greenville with the Rev. Ted Shafer officiating.
Burial followed in Brock Cemetery.

BAILEY , Mary Ann

                 (from The Salmon Arm Observer, May 1, 1947
                    Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada)

Mrs. Mary Ann Bailey, a resident of Gleneden and Salmon Arm since 1941, died
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Josephine Coles, Ross street, on Sunday
evening, April 27.  Requiem mass was held in St. Joseph's church at 10:30
o'clock on Tuesday morning, with Rev. Father Guekers officiating.  The remains
were later forwarded to Swift Current, Sask., for burial.  Bowers Funeral
Service had charge of the arrangements.

Born in Ohio, U.S.A., Mrs. Bailey was in her 80th year.  She came to Canada
in 1911 and settled at Swift Current, where she remained until 1941, when she
moved to Gleneden.  In October of last year she moved to Salmon Arm to reside
with her daughter.

Besides Mrs. Coles, two other daughters an one son survive.  They are Mrs.
Jenny Brennan and Mr. Cleo Herbst, both of Detroit, Mich., and Bernard Stull,
Duncan, Vancouver Island.

[NOTE: Mary Ann was d/o Nicholas COUCHOT [q.v.].  She married STULL, KVETT,
      and BAILEY.]

BARNES, Ezekiel L.

                     (probably from a 1931 Muncie, IN, paper)

Ezekiel L. Barnes, son of John and Catherine Barnes, was born on a farm in
Pleasant County, West Virginia, August 27, 1867, and grew to manhood on the
farm.  He then started out to learn a trade for himself, and took up the
construction of clay pots, later finding a position with Gills Clay Products
Co., and was for almost forty years in their employ, only giving up his work
when his recent illness set in.

He was always dependable, and a conscientious workman, most agreeable and
congenial with the men with whom he worked. He was a man of high ideals, his
moral conduct was always above suspicion. In the community where he lived, he
was a neighborly neighbor, and a real asset to the neighborhood; his home and
premises were always reflecting the spirit of the man, presenting a pleasing
and attractive appearance.  He loved his home and family, and when not at work,
was at home. He was a good provider and a wise counselor. His sympathy and
support, morally and financially, was always given every constructive
movement and institution.

In October, in the year 1898, he was married to Della L. Pittsenbarger of
Versailles, Ohio, and for 33 years these two have lived happily together,
toiling and sharing together the joys and burdens of life and family, for their
home was blessed with two sons who were ever the chief joy of their father, and
during his recent illness they were his abiding comfort, no husband and father
could ask for more affectionate and sympathetic nursing and care than Mrs
Barnes and these two noble sons have rendered for these past months--and it was
on the morning of the first day of July, while they were watching so tenderly
by, that his spirit bade farewell to its temple of clay and was wafted to God
who gave it. He passed away at the age of 63 years, 10 months and 4 days. He
seemed to sense the seriousness of his sickness, and came to the end of his
journey calmly, thoughtfully and prepared. He talked over with his family the
matter of his funeral and affairs that would come up after his going. He had
made his peace with God and was ready to take his departure. Prayers and
devotion were had at his bedside on different occasions, and every wish of his
was granted; and today his family can appreciate as never before, the beautiful
words of Ellen Wheeler Wilcox: [poem deleted].

Mr. Barnes is survived by his wife, Della; two sons, Herbert W. and Harlan E.;
two grandsons, Eugene and Bobby; also one aged brother, T. R. Barnes, of West
Virgin- ia, who made a visit here a short time ago, but is unable to be present
on this occasion. Besides these immediate relatives, he also leaves a host of
friends and admirers, both in Muncie and Versailles, O., where he was so well
known, and where his body will be laid to rest in the family plot in Greenlawn

Funeral services were held at the United Brethren Church, Muncie, Indiana, the
Rev. L. Blake officiating.


Among those who attended the funeral of E. L. Barnes last Friday, afternoon at
Muncie, Ind., were: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Copeland and granddaughter, Mrs. Earl
England and sons of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. J. W. Marshal of Perrysburg, O.; Mr.
and Mrs. Blaine Pittsenbarger and son of Anderson, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Joe
Meyers of Parker City, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Davidson, of Camden, Ind.;
Isaac Jones, Mrs. Hampton Green, Mr. and Mrs. William Jones, Mrs. C. O.
Billman, of Ridgeville, Ind.; Mrs. Geo. Cyphers, Mrs. S. E. Pittsenbarger, and
son Earl, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pittsenbarg- er and son Ralph, Mr. and Mrs. W. C.
Pittsenbarger, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Ehrhart [of Versailles, O,;] and Mrs. and
Mrs. Harlen Pittsenbarger, of Union City, Ind.


                      Death of Eli H. Boomershine
We herewith publish the obituary of Eli H. Boomershine, a native of Wayne
township, by request of Fred Moore, as well as for the benefit of many of our
readers among whom are relatives living in other states.

Eli H. Boomershine, the subject of this sketch, was born near Versailles, Ohio,
Dec. 28th 1837, and expired at his home near Palestine, Ohio, Jan 30, 1904.

On September 26, 1861, he was united in holy wedlock to Sarah Ann Putterbaugh,
who survives him.  To them were born ten children. Two boys and two girls died
in infancy. Those who survive him are Mrs. C. J. Reinheimer, of Troy, Ohio,
Mrs. Lilly Waddell, of Woodland, Mich., Mrs. Maggie Griffis, of Indianapolis,
Ind., Mrs Bertha Potts, of Marshall, Mich, Mrs. Vina Hoke, and his son Chauncey
Boomershine. He also leaves eleven grandchildren.

In May 1864 he heard his country's call and joined Co. F. of the famous 152d
Regiment of which David Putnam was Colonel, Rev. Guthrie, Chaplain, and
ex-Governor Bushnell Captain. In September 1864 this regiment was mustered out
of service. At his obsequies his burial casket was heaped with floral tributes
from friends, but nothing more beautiful adorned it than dear "old glory."

At the age of sixteen he united with the M. E. church, but moving from the
vicinity he joined the U. B. church at Mt. Zion, of which congregation he was a
member to his death.

The family resided near Versailles, Weavers Station and Palestine, Ohio, where
they have a host of sympathizing friends.

The deceased was a dutiful husband, a very kind father and an upright man, a
good neighbor and withal a worthy citizen. He was a member of the Jobes Post
G.A. R., of Greenville.

The funeral services were held at the U.B. Church, Palestine, under the
auspices of the Post and were conducted by Rev. Albright.

BOWMAN, Beatrice E.

                          Greenville Daily Advocate
                             Tues., May 28, 1996

Beatrice E. BOWMAN, 95, of 281 Driftwood Dr., Greenville, died Sat. at Wayne
Hosp. where she had been a patient for 22 days following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. BOWMAN was born Sept. 17, 1900, in Bradford, d/o William Nelson and
Kathryn (BOYD) WEAVER.  Also deceased are her first husband, Victor Dewey
BOLTIN, who died in 1943; her second husband, Bill KELNER, who died in 1959;
her third husband, Ray BOWMAN, who died in 1995; two brothers; and one sister.
A homemaker, she had retired in 1956 from Wayne Hospital as a nurse's aide.

Mrs. BOWMAN was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Greenville and was a
former member of the Fort Greenville Order of the Eastern Star and Greenville
American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving are one son, V. William "Bill" BOLTIN of Greenville; two daughters,
Betty Jane SMITH of Naples, Fla., and Doris J. MILLER of Greenville; five
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The services are to be held
Wed....burial in Stelvideo Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to
Hospice of Darke County.

BROWN, Jack A.

                    Greenville Daily Advocate
                     Saturday, Aug. 17, 1996

Jack A. BROWN, 39, of 1031 Pinehurst, Wheelersburg, Ohio, and formerly of
Greenville, died Thursday morning at his residence.

Mr. BROWN was b. Sept. 28, 1956, in Greenville, son or Richard and Helen
(HOLLOPETER) BROWN of Zachariah, KY.

Mr. BROWN served with the U.S. Army in the Vietnam Era and was a member of the
Disabled American Veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Naomi (STONEROCK), to whom he was married Aug. 23,
1975; one son, Gabriel BROWN, at home; three daughters, Charity BROWN of
Morehead, KY. and Joy and Tashana BROWN, both at home; two brothers, Jerry
BROWN of Wimberely, Texas, and Joe BROWN of Zachariah, KY.; and a sister, Jill
ROBINSON of Greenville.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.


                         Greenville Daily Advocate
                          Monday, August 19, 1996

Lester BRUBAKER, 81, of 75 Mote Drive, Covington, and formerly of Bradford; d.
Wed. at the Piqua Memorial Medical Center. Born in Union Twp., to the late
James and Lula Mae (CRESS) BRUBAKER on Dec. 5, 1914.  He married Mary WOODS on
Sept. 1, 1939.

Mr. BRUBAKER is retiree from the Hobart Manufacturing Co. in 1977 having worked
there 42 years  as a member of the Quarter Century Club.  He was also a member
of the Bradford Church of the Brethren.

Preceding him in death are his parents, a wife, a sister and a brother.

Surviving members of the family include a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Linda) BURCH
fo Piqua; a son, Mike BRUBAKER of Piqua; two sisters, Nellie POLING and Isobel
EMMELL both of Troy; eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Sat. at Stocker Funeral Home...Burial will be in the
Harris Creek Cemetery of Bradford."

BURNS, Reuben Alvin

Reuben Alvin Burns the son of Henry and Martha Burns, was born at Stelvideo,
Ohio, August 6, 1860, died near Versailles, Oct. 27, 1928, aged 68 years, 2
months and 21 days.

When only a small lad the family moved to Wabash Township, where he grew to
manhood. He was married to Frances Pittsenbarger, November 30, 1884. They lived
in Rossburg for a few years, then moved to Versailles, after living there for
sometime, moved to the farm where he had since resided.

For almost forty-four years these two have been fighting life's battles
together in happy and sincere devo- tion to each other, but the death angel has
stricken the one and has left the other to fight alone. No, not alone, for our
Great God the Heavenly Father cares for the widow and Orphan.

Mr. Burns suffered a stroke of paralysis in December 1927 and had been an
invalid since, Mrs. Burns ministered to him faithfully day and night.

He united with the Valley Chapel Christian Church when a young man. After his
marriage he moved his membership to the Walnut Grove Christian Church of which
he was one of the faithful. This church has since been abandoned.

Mr. Burns was a member of the Versailles Lodge I.O.O.F. No. 286 for almost
forty-five years. After being a member for that long he surely knew the
significance of the three links. Friendship, Love, and Truth.

He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and many friends.

CARTER, George R.

                       Greenville Daily Advocate
                          Tues., May 28, 1996

George R. CARTER, 86, Richmond, Ind., died Saturday at Heritage Regency
following a lengthy illness.

Mr. CARTER was b. April, 20, 1910, in Bradford, son of George R. SR. and Nancy
(MILLER) CARTER.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ruth N., who died
July 10, 1990.

He had spent most of his life in the Richmond and Greenville areas, and was a
graduate of Bradford High School in 1930.

Mr. CARTER was a founder and owner of the Greenville Glass Company until his
retirement in 1972.  He was a member of Firstt Baptist Church, Richmond Masonic
Lodge No. 195 and a former member of Marc Model A Restorers Club. Surviving are
one son, David S. CARTER of Richmond; two granddaughters; one grandson; three
great-grandsons; and nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wed. at Doan & Mills Funeral Home,
Richmond...Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens... Contributions may
be made to Adult Day Care Center...

CHADWICK, Sylvia (Pearson)

                         Eastern Arizona COURIER
                              Safford, AZ
                           September 2, 1987

Funeral services for Sylvia (Pearson) Chadwick, 75, formerly of Safford, will
be conducted at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, in the First United Methodist Church in
Safford.  Interment will follow in the Union cemetary.  She died Aug 30 in
Yuma.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Caldwell Funeral Home of
Safford, which friends may call for visiting times.

[Note from John Chadwick: "There was a memorial service, not a funeral service.
Cremation took place and the remains were buried on top of Theodore Chadwick
on Saturday, Sept. 6, 1987... Burial was in section 92 of the Safford Cemetary,
not Union Cemetary as the paper stated."]

CHADWICK, Theodore R.

                         Eastern Arizona COURIER
                              Safford, AZ
                             April 5, 1978

Services for Theodore R. Chadwick, 81, who died March 28 in Kimo Hospital at
Tucson, were held Friday, March 31, in the First United Methodist Church ...
Interment was in Safford Cemetery, with James Judd, Olin Ressler, Joel Pat
Myers, Ted Erwine, Edward Hunter, and Lowell Hinkins as casketbearers.
Arrangements were in charge of Caldwell Funeral Home.

Chadwick was born July 23, 1896, in Lakeport, Calif., and came as a child with
the family to Globe, from where he joined the Army during World War I. He
served in the Veterinary Corps in France, and upon discharge settled in Dayton,
Ohio, where he joined the Civil Service as an airplane mechanic.  He was in
inspector when he retired in 1965, and they moved to Safford.  A member of the
Methodist Church, he enjoyed geology and writing, and in the late years had
become interested in art.

Survivors include his wife Sylvia (PEARSON), of Safford; a daughter, Mrs. Susan
Wolfe of Tucson; two sons, Douglas of Santa Barbara, Calif., and John of
Albuquerque, N.M.; two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Gordon of Wilcox and Mrs. Vinnie
Rose Schmidt of Dayton, Ohio; and three grandchildren.


                          Greenville Daily Advocate
                           Monday, August 19, 1996
                            [front pasge article]

                       Local Columnist Dies at Age 83

Esther Christian, who for the past 18 years wrote a column for the Greenville
Daily Advocate about the New Weston area, died Sat. after fighting an illness
for several months.

Her name was Esther Renrietta Charlotte GREWE CHRISTIAN-quite a moniker, but
then she was quite a lady.

Growing up on a farm outside of Versailles, she learned to work hard early in
life, shocking wheat, helping with the tobacco crop, butchering, doing whatever
there was to be done.  That was the way it was for those born in 1913.

She married Gerald CHRISTIAN during the 1930's, went to housekeeping during the
depression and learned early how to save and make do.

She volunteered in her church, stuffing envelopes for organizations, giving
helpful directions in the court house, going to nursing homes, and
participating in the Greenville Art Guild, and Happy Artists Club.

She volunteered for the heart and cancer fund drives.  In 1995 she was
nominated for the Ohio Senior Citizen Hall of Fame by her peers.  At the Darke
County Fair, there was more that one list with her name on as volunteer. In
May, 1993, she was one of four chosen to be featured in the Palladium-Item,
Richmond, under the title of Lifestyles of the Mature and Adventurous.

During the past 18 years she created a weekly newspaper column for the
Greenville Advocate which was a solemn piece of work that she took very
seriously.  Notebooks are filled with columns which led to many friendships
with people who loved the homey writing she loved to do.

People called her for pickle recipes, called for advice...

When her illness became apparent in March, and was diagnosed in May, she knew
immediately there were few medical answers.  Two kinds of chemo were tried, but
no solution here.  As the tumor expanded, she kept the faith, believing and
professing that she was going for the cure.

She dictated her last two columns to her daughter.  She had said her goodbyes
to the family and in that final column said her goodby to her friends and
readers.  To the end she encouraged others, prayed for others, thought only of
what she could do for them.  A quote in her writing says,"If you ask of life,
what have you to offer me?, the answer is what do you have to give?"


                            Greenville Daily Advocate
                                August 19, 1996

Esther G. CHRISTIAN, 83, of 3614 North Star-Fort Loramie Road, New Weston, died
Saturday morning at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater. Mrs. CHRISTIAN was
born July 13, 1913, in Darke County, daughter of John W. and Marie S.
(KRUCKEBERG) GREWE.  Also deceased are her husband, H. Gerald, who died in
1986; two sons, John and Robert CHRISTIAN; one grandson; and one

She was a member of the Ansonia First Church of God where she was a greeter for
the Sunday school.  She was also a member of the Happy Artist Club, Darke
County Art Guild and served as a volunteer at the Darke County Courthouse and
Health Department, was a poll worker for elections for many years and was busy
with other various activities.

Mrs. CHRISTIAN was a former employee of Lambert Corporation of Ansonia and
wrote a news article for The Daily Advocate covering the New Weston area. She
is survived by two sons, Glenn of Indianapolis, Ind.; and Ronald of Ansonia;
one daughter, Mrs. Elmer (Lois) WOODRUFF of Richmond, Ind.; seven grandchildren;
one stepgrandson; 11 greatgrandchildren; one stepgreat-grandson; two
stepgreat-granddaughters; one step great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Ruth
MYERS of Greenville.

Services will be held ... Ansonia First Church of God...Burial will follow in
Union City Cemetery. ... Memorial contributions may be made to the Men's
Fellowship of the church or to the charity of the donor's choice."


                                 AWFUL ACCIDENT
                        [September 16, 1896, Celina, OH]

             A Boiler Explosion Causes The Death of James Colson

James Colson of Montezuma was fatally injured by a boiler exploding on the boat
used to convey supplies to the Manhatten Oil Company, who are drilling in the
reservoir.  The accident occurred Saturday morning at 11:30 o'clock at the
landing on the west shore.  The boat was ready to start across to the wells
with supplies and there were seven men on board including the owner, E. E.
Stafford of Montezuma.  Just what caused the explosion will never be known
exactly, but it came with such terrific force that the boiler was blown across
the bank and the boat was entirely demolished. The entire crew was hurled into
the water but the unfortunate engineer bore the brunt of the calamity.  He was
picked up a mass of bruised and quivering flesh with a thousand gaping wounds
on his face and body.  He was brought to Wintermute & Hattery's office but his
injuries were beyond all human aid and from there he was taken home, where
death  soon  relieved him from the awful agony of which he was fully conscious
to the last.  He leaves a wife and six children, two of the oldest of whom are

The wreck was viewed by hundreds of people on Sunday and it was a matter of
wonder that any should have escaped injury.  Two teams were passing along the
bank at the time but by some freak accident the boiler passed between them when
the explosion occurred and lodged out of harms way on the side of the road.

Much sympathy has been expressed for the victim of the accident and for the
family who have been deprived of the much needed support of the husband and

COLSON, Mary Magdalene

Mrs. Mary Magdalene Colson, daughter of Henry and Jenny [Davidson]
Pittsenbarger, born January 4, 1847 in Darke county, Ohio, died October 31,
1919, aged 72 years, 9 months, 28 days.

She was united in marriage Jan. 27, 1873, to James Colson. To this happy union
seven children were born.

The husband and two children preceded her in death. She is survived by five
children: Mrs. Minnie Springer, of Celina; Mrs. Plezzie Preston, of Montezuma;
James, William and Frank of Montezuma. She also leaves two brothers, four
sisters, 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Colson accepted her Savior early in life, uniting with the Methodist
Episcopal church in 1896.  Later she united with the Church of Christ and
according to the Master's teaching was buried with him in baptism.

She was a devoted Christian, a tender loving mother, with unfaltering faith
in her Savior in the hour of Death; she was an inspiration to all who knew her.

COUCHOT, Nicholas

                     (Versailles Policy, December, 1898)

In the course of human mortality it becomes our duty  this week to chronicle
the demise of another one of Versailles' aged and most highly respected

After being indisposed for several years from the effects of a combination of
diseases, Nicholas Couchot closed his eyes to all that was once near and dear
to him on the morning of Dec. 24, 1898, having been bedfast but a short time.

Nicholas Couchot was born in Hannonville, France, May 15, 1831.  He emigrated
with his parents to America when but a lad of nine summers.  The family at once
came to this vicinity and located in York township, where the deceased grew to

He was married to Miss Eugene [sic.] Paupon nearly a half century ago, and he
with his side companion have lived in this vicinity ever since with the
exception of one year at Anderson, Ind.

Ten children ; seven boys and 3 girls were born to them, four of whom have
preceded father to the other world.

The deceased with his family moved to Versailles in the year 1888 and has ever
since been in business with the exception of the last two years, being
compelled to retire on account of his illness.

During his entire business carer he proved himself a man of good business
principles, having the characteristics of honesty and square dealing ever in
view in transactions with his fellow man.

He leaves a bereft side companion, four sons, two daughters, and many other
relatives and friends to mourn his departure.

[Pittsenbarger-]CYPHERS, Rachel (York)


        Death Due to Heart Failure--Had Been Ill With Influenza
                 --Lifelong Resident of This Community

Mrs. Rachel York Pittsenbarger-Cyphers passed away at her home on West Main
st., Tuesday morning at 5:30, of heart failure.  She had been ill of influenza,
but was improving, when the heart attack came on.

She was born near Versailles, May 27, 1856, and lacked less than three months
of reaching her 76th birthday. A kindly, helpful friend and neighbor, with a
happy, optimistic disposition, Mrs. Cyphers' friends were indeed legion. And
her passing brings sorrow to all who knew her.

She was married twice. Her first husband, William Pittsenbarger, died a number
of years ago. Later she was married to George Cyphers, who died last April.

Eight children are left to mourn the passing of a loving and beloved mother:
Mrs. Lula Jones and Mrs. Della Barnes, of Muncie, Ind.; Mrs. Mollie Copeland,
Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Cora England, Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Ella Marshall of Perrysburg,
O.; Harlan Pittsenbarger of Union City, Ind.; Harry and Carey Pittsenbarger, of
Versailles.  One son, Edward, died last July.

Funeral services will be held this, Thursday after- noon, at 2 o'clock, from
the Christian Church, Rev. H. A. Smith officiating. Interment will be made in
Greenlawn Cemetery.


Rachael, daughter of Jerry and Deidamia York, was born May 27, 1856, and
departed this life March 1, 1932, aged 75 years,10 months and 4 days.

She was united in marriage to William Henry Pittsenbarger by Rev. Thomas
Richardson, October 3, 1872.  They spent 42 happy years together, Mr.
Pittsenbarger passing away June 20, 1914. To this union, ten children were
born: Mrs. Lula Jones of Muncie, Ind.; Edward, who preceded his mother in death
July 23, 1930; Mrs. Della Barnes of Muncie, Ind.; Mrs. Mary Jane Coupland of
Detroit, Mich.; Carey and Harry, of Versailles; Mrs. Ella Marshall of Perrysburg;
Mrs. Cora England of Detroit, Mich.; Harlan of Union City, Ind.; and an infant
son who died in 1895. Besides her children she leaves 21 grandchildren and 14
great-grandchildren who mourn for her; and one brother Wm. York, of Muncie, Ind.,
who is past 81 years of age.

On March 5, 1886, Mr. and Mrs. Pittsenbarger united with the Versailles Christian
Church under the pastorate of Rev. C. W. Hoeffer, and she was baptized May 23, of
the same year.  She lived a life faithful to her covenant vows and found great
peace and satisfaction in her church life, and died in the blessed assurance of
the life eternal.

January 13, 1924, she was united in marriage to George Cyphers.  After living
happily together for seven short years, he passed away on April 22, 1931.

She was very devoted to her family, as her family was to her. Many times she
said: "I have the best children in the world. No one could be better to a
mother than they are to me." This is one of the highest tributes which could be
paid to anyone.

Not only her children, but other relatives, neighbors and friends without number
feel a distinct loss today as they bid farewell to the body from which the soul
--beautiful, kind, sympathetic and helpful--has gone. [poem deleted]

                        ** APPRECIATION **

The Pittsenbarger family wishes in this humble way to express their
appreciation to all who in any way assisted them in their sad hours of

Especially do we thank Rev. Smith for his wonderful words of consolation; Mrs.
Showalter, Mrs. McLain and Mrs. Schilling for the music; the friends and
neighbors who ex- pressed their sympathy by sending floral tributes; the kind
neighbors who prepared meals; the donors of cars; and especially we thank the
Leonard Marker Co. for their splendid service and attention; and any others who
in any way helped us.


                          February 12, 1891

Allen Davidson died at his home, Versailles, O., February 6, 1891; aged 66
years and 3 months.  He was born  in the  year  1825, and was united in
marriage with Susannah Pitsenbarger, March 11, 1852.  As fruits of this  union,
were born  11 children, five of whom have preceded their father to the "land of
rest."  He leaves to mourn his loss a  loving companion, four daughters, two
sons and three sisters, with a large circle of friends and relatives.  He was
raised as a Presbyterian, but never publicly confessed his Savior by uniting
with any church.  Mr. Davidson was a loving husband and a kind father.  His
dear ones will miss the little acts of kindness that his helping hand was
always ready to give.   He was  kind  to everyone with whom he was associated,
and was an honest man in all his dealings.  He was not  a professed follower of
Christ, but before his death, he surrendered himself to God. ... [NOTE:
clipping torn, rest missing]


The funeral services of Henry Davidson, who died last Saturday [February 20,
1897] morning at 6:30  o'clock, took place at the residence of his
brother-in-law, Jas. W. Reser, last Monday afternoon, conducted by  S. W.
Scott, pastor of the M. E. church.  Deceased, who was the son of the late Allen
Davidson, was born near this place and lived here up to a few years ago, when
he located in Muncie, Indiana, where he had employment in one of the shops at
that place.  In April, 1895, he was married to Miss Cora Belle Fitzgerald and
to them was born one child.  A few months ago poor health compelled him to
resign his position and he came to this place with the hope that a short rest
would prove beneficial to him, but the skilled hand of the physician was not
able to stay the progress of that dreaded disease, consumption, and he
succumbed to the inevitable.  The deceased was 27 years, 11 months, and 13 days
old.  He leaves a wife, one child, four sisters and one brother.


                          In Memory of Our Sister
                             [poem deleted]

Johanna Davidson, daughter of Allen and Susannah Davidson, was born June 4,
1858, on a farm in Shelby  county, O.  Her girlhood was spent in that vicinity.
Feb. 8, 1875, she was married to Jas. C. English.  To this union were born
three children, two boys and a girl, a boy and the girl departed this life in

In 1891 they moved to Kokomo, Ind., where she lived until May 1913, when she
went to Detroit, Mich., to  visit her sister Mrs. Jas. E. Reser.

In November she decided to make Detroit her home and went to housekeeping at
312 Forest Ave., W., where  she died April 16, 1914, after a short illness.
Services were held at the residence, Saturday evening at eight and the body was
taken to Kokomo, Ind., at midnight where interment was made Sunday afternoon.
She leaves to mourn her death a loving husband, son Ralph and wife, three
sisters and one brother, besides a host of relatives and friends.
                              -- Mrs. A. C. Wells, Detroit, Mich.


                             Union City Evening Times

A. E. Disher, 72, died Christmas Day at his home on North Broadway, following
an illness that extended from Sept. 1.  He was a widely known stock raiser and
for a long time was identified with the lumber business. He also was a director
of the Citizens National bank in Greeville.

Besides his widow, he is survived by his daughter, Mary, at home, and another
daughter (Unnamed); a brother, W. C. Disher, and a sister, Mrs. J. Kimmel, of

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon from the residence with
Rev. Ralph Jennings.  Interment will be in Greenille cemetery.

ENGLISH, Barbara Anna (Pitsenbarger)

                               [Portland, IN]

                         THE END CAME TUESDAY A.M.
                            FUNERAL ON THURSDAY
      Services Will Be Conducted At The Residence By  Fred Stovenour

Mrs.  Barbara Anna English, after an extended illness, passed away at her home
on West Arch street Tuesday morning about eight o'clock.  Mrs. English was born
at Versailles Ohio January 19, 1852 and was the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth
Miller Pitsenbarger.  Her husband the late John English died in 1894.  Mrs.
English is survived by three children, Bertha of Muncie, Scott of this city,
and Mrs. Mollie Scott of Portland, Oregon.  One brother M. M. Pitsenbarger of
Champaign, Ill., and four sisters Mrs. H. V. Brown of this city, Mrs. Zellah
Harris of Arlington, Mo., Mrs. Maggie Brooks of Richmond and Miss Kate
Pitsenbarger of Barnard, Mo., also remain.  Mrs. Harris and Mrs. Brooks were at
their sister's bedside.  A son Bert English died in 1898, having been shot
while serving in the Spanish American war.  A daughter Dollie died in
childhood.  Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock at
the late residence, Rev. Fred Stovenour officiating.  Burial will be made in
Green Park cemetery.


Again has the dark-winged Death Angel entered into our midst and borne away a
loving husband and a kind father, and honored citizen and friend in the person
of John English, who was called to the higher life November 7, 1894 at the age
of 53 years, 2 months, 1 day.  Left to mourn are a devoted wife, 4 loving
children, 1 brother and 4 sisters.  He was married May 1871 to Miss Anna
Pitsenbarger, and to them were given 5 children.  One of them, a lovely
daughter,  Dolly, preceded him to the spirit land.  He was chosen at the late
election to fill the responsible position of Sheriff.  His boyhood was spent on
his father's farm near Versailles, Darke County, Ohio.  He enlisted in the 11th
Ohio for 90 days, at the close of which time he joined the 40th Ohio for 3
years, then re-enlisted in the 51st Ohio, receiving a commission of a Second
Lieut. on February 9, 1864, which was followed a few days later by a promotion
to  first  Lieutenancy. He was assigned to Company D, and served till the end
of the war, being honorably discharged in Victoria, Texas on October 2, 1865.
He was wounded in the right arm at the Battle of Chicamauga September 30, 1863.
He was a member of the G.A.R.  His funeral took place from the M. E. Church on
Saturday, November 10, Reverends Krider and Axtell officiating, after which the
remains were borne to Green Park Cemetery and laid to rest beside his father.
[NOTE:  Green Park Cemetery is in Portland, IN.  John's father was buried in
English Cemetery near Versailles, OH.]

FALKNOR, Harold C.

                         Greenville Daily Advocate
                          Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1996

Harold C. "Boone" Falknor, 90, of New Madison, died Tuesday evening in the
Brethren Home Medical Center of Greenville where he had resided the past five
days.  He had been failing in health the past few months. He was born in Darke
County on Aug. 3, 1906, the son of the late William and Rachel (Adams) Falknor.
He had lived in the area his entire life. He was a heavy equipment operator for
the American Aggregates Corporation for 46 years at the Fort Jefferson plant
He was also a member of the New Madison United Methodist Church and a former
council member for the village of New Madison.

He is preceded in death by an infant son, Jack Lee; along with four brothers
and three sisters.

He is survived by wife Eugenia (Drew) Falknor, whom he married Nov. 27, 1929;
also a son Marlin Falklnor of New Madison; three daughters, Lois Wiley of New
Paris; Mrs. Joan Gary of New Madison; Mrs. Joyce King of New Paris; 10
grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

Services will be held in the New Madison United Methodist Church Friday at
11:00 a.m. ...Burial in the Greenmound Cemetery of New Madison.

FLORY, Harold L.

                           Greenville Daily Advocate
                            Mon., Aug. 26, 1996

Harold L. FLORY, 76, of Arcanum, and most recently of Rest Haven Nursing Home
in Greenville died early Sunday morning at the nursing home. He was born Oct.
15, 1919 in Clay Twp., of Montgomery Co. to the late Wilbert and Nellie
(Longenecker) FLORY.

In 1975 he retired from General Motors Inland Manufacturing of Dayton.  He had
also served as a veteran of the U. S. Army in WWII. Mr. FLORY is preceded in
death by a sister, Esther SOMERS. Surviving members of the family include wife,
Charlene (CHEADLE) FLORY to whom he married Nov. 6, 1940; a daughter, Mrs. Lyle
(Marilyn) BIXLER of Arcanum; a son, Donald M. FLORY of Arcanum; four
grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren, and two sisters Mary Cassel BIRMINGHAM
of Alabama and Ruth HOSBROOK of Greenville.

Public graveside services will be held Tuesday 11:00 s.m. in the Ithaca
Cemetery along Ohio 503 outside of Arcanum with the Rev. Paul Chastain
officiating.  There will be no visitation...

GODOWN, Robert

                     Greenville Daily Advocate
                       Monday, July 22, 1996

Robert "Bob" GODOWN, 46, of the New Madison area, died in the emergency room of
Wayne Hospital in Greenville Saturday evening.  He had been in failiing health
for the past year.

Mr. Godown was born Sept. 14, 1949, in Greenville, son of Doris (White) Godown
and the late Kenneth D. Godown, and had lived in the local are his entire life.
His father died in 1987.

He was an employee of Dana Company in the Sleeve Casting Division of Richmond,
Ind., for the past 27 years, having worked as a foundry worker and machinist.
A 1969 graduate of Greenville High School, he was a member of Castine Church of
the Brethren and was also an active auxiliary fireman with the New Madison
Volunteer Fire Department and was the crew chief of the John Phlipot Racing
Team, which raced at Findlay, Lima and Eldora.

He belonged to the Laroy Farst Post 245, American Legion in New Madison, and
was a member of the New Madison Kiwanis Club, the Local UAW 1363 of Richmond
and was an active volunteer in the Woodland Altars Church Camp Program along
with a host of other activities.  He served in the U. S. Army during the
Vietnam era.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife, Linda (Bohn), to whom he
was married March 4, 1972; two sons, Rob and Matthew, both of New Madison; two
brothers, Keith and Thomas Godown, both of Greenville; a sister, Mrs. Bruce
(Linda) Stoltz of Greenville; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and
cousins. Services will be conducted...Wednesday at Castine Church of the
Brethren...bur. will follow in Hollansburg Cemetery..."


                           Alvin C. Henning
                            1951 Obituary

                 Alvin Henning Dies; Rites Here Sunday

A.C. (Alvin) Henning, 75, of Greenville R.R. #4, a well known retired Darke
County farmer, died Thursday afternoon at the Greenville sanitarium after an
extended illness.

Mr. Henning, who had spent his entire life in the Greenville area, had been a
member of the local Red Men's lodge for 54 years. He was also an active member
of St. John's Lutheran church, northeast of Greenville.

Immediate survivors include his wife, Minnie; two grandchildren and a sister,
Mrs. Frank Witters, Greenville.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 P.M. at the Zechar funeral home here and at
2:30 P.M. at St. John's church. Dr. Edgar Ebert will officiate. Burial will be
in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 P.M. tomorrow.


                           Miss Celia E. Henning

                        October 31, 1961, Tuesday

Miss Celia E. Henning, 88, died at 1:10 A.M. Tuesday at Union City Memorial
Hospital. She had been ill three months and in a serious condition 10 days.

She was born August 3, 1873 in Darke County, Ohio. The daughter of John and
Elizabeth (Finfrock) Henning.

At one time she was a school teacher in Darke County and later was employed at
the Kirshbaum Department Store.

Miss Henning resided in Shelby, Ohio for 27 years, returning to Union City
about 10 years ago. She was a member of the Union City Methodist Church.

Surviving are two nephews, Glen G. Barr of 120 Pleasant Drive, Union City with
whom she made her home and James Henning, Chicaco, Ill. Two nieces, Harry
Shockney and Arthur Cronin both of Muncie, Indiana.

Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. Thursday at Brooks and Sons Funeral
Home with Rev. Howard Fox officiating. Burial in Union City Cemetry. Friends
may call after 3 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral  home.



David Henning, retired Farmer,Ends his own life at the home of his son on
Nashville Pike Deed caused by ill health

David Henning, farmer and pioneer of this county, died Saturday at 12: 15, at
the home of his son, Al Henning, who lives four miles west of Greenville.
Friday morning the aged man attempted to take his own life by slashing his
throat with a razor. He cut a gash six inches long across his throat, from
which he lost a great amount of blood, and which required twelve stitches to
sew up. The attending physician held out little hope for his recovery and he
passed away shortly afternoon Saturday.

Mr. Henning, who was 80 years of age, had been making his home with his son
west of this city on the Nashville Road. His wife died several years ago. Those
surviving him are two sons and one daughter, several grandchildren and other
relatives. Ill health and despondency are supposed to have been the cause of
the aged man's desire to end his own life.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of his
son on the Nashville Pike. Interment in the Dininger Cemetery.

[Note: David Henning was the son of Jacob Henning Jr. and Barbara
(Stoever/Staver) Henning. Barbara was the daughter of Tobias and Maria
Catharine (Null) Stoever of Pa. Barbara, along with sister, Christena, and
brother, Tobias Staver, married into the "Henning" family. All being siblings
and in-laws of each other.]

HENNING, Elizabeth

                           Elizabeth Henning

                   Elizabeth Henning Dies Early Today

Greenville Resident had been in Failing Health For Past Year Mrs. Elizabeth
Henning, 72, wife of Charles W. Henning, died early today at her residence, 212
Hall Street, following more than a complication of diseases.

Besides the husband, she leaves two sons, Willard and Thurl Henning, both of
Greenville; two sisters; Mrs. Stella Trump, Cleveland, and Mrs. Bess Suter,
Greenville and three brothers; Otto Dininger, Detroit, Mich., and Carl & Harry
Dininger of this city.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran church.
Burial will be in Greenville cemetery. Friends may call at the Stocker funeral
home the hour of the services.

HENNING, Elizabeth (Finfrock)

                      Mrs. Elizabeth Finfrock Henning

Mrs. Elizabeth Finfrock Henning, wife of John Henning, was born in Miami
County, Ohio, July 17th., 1837, and departed this life April 3rd., 1905, aged
67 years, 8 months, and 16 days.

She was the mother of seven children, three whom have preceded her to that
better home.

She united with the German Reform church near her home, during her early
married life. While it was not convenient for her to attend the church of her
choice, yet she was faithful to her belief. In her death the whole community,
and especially her relatives, have suffered an irreparable loss.

She was a true wife and a loving mother, but we who knew her best can safely
that our loss is her eternal gain.

We bid a tearful goodnight, with the hope of greeting her with a glad "good
morning" somewhere, sometime.

She leaves a husband, one son, three daughters, five grandchildren, five
brothers, and five sisters, and a host of friends to honor and cherish her

         "The way is long to the Valley of Rest,
          Down the dim, uncertain years;
          But we reach the Valley when God thinks best,
          And enter its shadows, sweet and blest,
          where is never a reign of tears!

         "We'll forget the floom of the weary way,
          where the thorns grew red along,
          with the answers sweet to the prayers we pray,
          the spirit of Peace will speak that day,
          and the sigh will be the song.

         "And deep in the beautiful Valley of Rest
          We shall pass from the storm-swept sod;
          With tired hands foiled above the breast,
          We shall say to the silence God knew best,
          and dream in the light of God."


                           Ethel L. Henning


Dayton - Services were held in Dayton at the Miller Funeral Home, 850 S. Main
St., today for Mrs. Ethel Lockwood Henning, Dayton, who died Friday in Miami
Valley Hospital after a short illness.

Graveside services were held in the Greenville Cemetery following the services
in Dayton.

Mrs. Henning was a native of Greenville, Darke Co. Ohio, the daughter of George
And Anna Lockwood.

Survivors include her husband, Harley. A brother, Chalmer Lockwood, preceded
her in death.

HENNING, Harry (Hal)

                          Harry (Hal) Henning
                             Sept. 8, 1946

              Greenville Man Found Dead By Son & Daughter

Despondency over failing health is said to have motivated the suicide of Harry
(Hal) Henning, 77, who hanged himself early Sunday afternoon in his bedroom in
a rooming house at 112 West Fifth St. where he had resided for the past two
years. He had been in ill health for several months.

At about 2:30 p.m. yesterday, Henning is said to have called a son, Joseph,
this city, stating that"he wanted to see him in about a half hour." When the
son and a sister, Mrs. Cledis Searl, arrived at the rooming house at 2:50 p.m.
they found their father dead. Mrs. Searl who lives in Dayton, had been spending
the week-end here.

The deceased, a Darke county native, had formerly worked for more than
fifthteen years for the Cincinnati Northern Railroad. He was a member of both
the Red Men Lodges and of St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed church.

Besides the son and daughter, he leaves two sisters, Mrs. Charles Ebbeling of
Greenville, and Mrs. George Rue, of Ansonia.

The body has been removed to the Miller funeral home where friends may call
after one p.m. Tuesday. Services will be held there at two p.m. Wednesday with
the Rev. Edgar V. Louchs officiating. Burial will be in New Madison. The Red
Men's lodge will conduct the services.


Harry E. Henning, son of Jacob & Lovina Henning, born 6 Feb. 1868 in Darke
County, Ohio, departed this life Sept. 8, 1946 at the age 78 yrs. & 7 mo. His
boyhood was spent in the vicinity of Baker's Store.

On the 24th. of June 1893, he was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Clark, of
New Madison, Ohio, whose death occurred Nov. 24, 1938. To this union were born
2 children: Joe Henning of Greenville and Mrs. Juanita Searl of Dayton, Oh.

Mr. Henning was an employee of the Cincinnati Northern Railroad for 15 years.
During the past 8 years he has been living in retirement. He had been a member
of the St. Paul Evangelical & Reformed Church of Greenville since Easter 1929.
Mr. Henning was also a member of the Red Men's Lodge for a number of years.

He is survived by 2 children, Joe Henning and Mrs. Juanita Searl; 2
grandchildren; and two sisters; Mrs. Charles Ebeling of Greenville and Mrs.
George Rue of Ansonia.

The closing line of this obituary is composed by Mertie, the wife of the son,
Joe Henning and testifies to the character of the deceased.

             "He has gone to be with the  ones he loved,
              We miss his friendly smile,
              But we'll always remember his kindly deeds,
              Which made our lives worthwhile."

Funeral services were conducted at the Miller Funeral Home by the Rev. Edgar V.
Louchs on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 2 P.M. Interment was in the New Madison
cemetery. The Family herewith expresses their gratitude to neighbors, and all
friends for tokens of their sympathy in forms of calls at the home, and for
floral tributes.


Isaac Henning, the son of John Christian Henning and wife, was born September
6, 1842 in Washington Township, Darke Co. Ohio. Here he also died  March 18,
1908. In March 1866, he was united in marriage with Miss Rosanna Flatter. This
union was blessed with two children, a daughter and a son. The mother departed
this life October 21, 1871. The children also preceded their father in death.
On the 28th. December 1873, the deceased was again united in marriage with Mary
Elizabeth Schaeffer. From this union sprang three children, two daughters and a

For some time the deceased had been confined to his bed with catarrh of the
stomach to which he succumbed on the date mentioned above having reached the
age of 65 years, 5 months, and 12 days. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife,
three children; two daughters and a son, one sister, four grandchildren and
many friends.

The family desire to extend through the Advocate hearty thanks to their friends
and neighbors for their assistance during the illness and the funeral of their

[Notes: Isaac Henning was the son of John J. Henning and Christena
(Stoever/Staver) Henning. Most likely, Isaac was born in Darke County, Ohio.
His parents first settled in Germantown, Montgomery Co. Ohio. His parents were
born in Pennsylvania.  Isaac Henning is buried at Dininger Cemetery, Darke Co.


                          The Greenville Democrat
                             Greenville, Ohio
                               19 June 1912
                              Wednesday Morn.

                          Death Of John Henning

John Henning, a member of the Darke County Infirmary Board during the early
stages of progressing the erection of the present home for the indigent, his
term of office continuing 6 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry
Shockney, in Union City, Indiana, June 8, 1912, aged 84 yrs. and 28 days.

In his younger days he was baptized by the Rev. Hinkle and united with the
Lutheran Church.

He was a hard working staunch Democrat and prosperous in his early life but
reverses overtook him. During the few weeks preceeding his death, he went to
the infirmary thinking the comforts there would better enable him to battle
with the inroad of old age. He was there only two weeks and need not have been
there so far as necessity concerned.

His wife preceded him to the grave 8 years. One son, 3 daughters, and two
brothers survived him.

Funeral services were held from Dininger Lutheran Church, west of Greenville,
June 10, at 2 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. W.K. Albright interment near
Greenville, Ohio.

HENNING, John Abner

                           John Abner Henning

John Abner Henning, 72, 535 S. Main St., Wincester, was dead on arrival at the
Randolph County Hospital, Monday evening, July 15, 1985.

He and his wife owned the "Swap Shop" in Wincester for 28 years. He was a
veteran of World War II and was a member of the American Legion.

Surviving are the widow, Sopie; one son, John Henning of Losantville; one
daughter, Carol Ann Marsh  of Germany; nine grandchildren and one
great-grandchild; one half-sister, Mary Esther Weirick of Culver.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Walker Funeral Home, Wincester,
with Charles Remaklus officiating. Burial will be in the Fountain Park

Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

[Note: John Abner Henning, son of Charles Grover Henning and Bessie (Bright)

HENNING, John Alvin


John Alvin Henning, 28 year old Darke County farmer, died Sunday evening at his
home, one mile west of Baird's Lake, following a year's illness from heart

Henning, a Darke County native was born and reared in Washington Township.

He leaves a wife, Mary, one daughter, Mary Alice, at home, and his parents, Mr.
& Mrs. A. C. Henning, Greenville R.R.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 P.M. at St. John's Lutheran church
near Greenville, with the rev. Ketner officiating. Burial will be in the church

Friends may call at the Stocker Funeral home until 2 P.M. Tuesday when the body
will be returned to the residence.


Miss Lula Henning, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Henning, deceased Saturday
morning after a long illness. Funeral at 1 P.M. Tuesday at the Dininger Church.
Rev. Benzine officiating.


Lura Henning, oldest daughter of Edward L. and wife, Emma Savina, both
deceased, was born June 7, 1890, in Washington Township, Darke Co. Ohio. In
early childhood she was taken into God's covenant of grace through Holy

After the death of her parents, mother departing this life October 31, 1895,
her father on March 13, 1896, she with her sister Murl made her home with her
grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. Isaac Henning. Lura enjoyed good health until last
May, but it was only months afterwards that became apparent that the malady
which she had contracted would undoubtedly terminate her youthful life. She
ended her earthly career after days of patient suffering January 1, 1910, at 5
o'clock in the morning, reaching the age of nineteen years, six months and four
days. She leaves to mourn her departure, her sister Murl, her grandmother, her
aunts and uncles and other relatives and friends.

Peace be to her ashes.

HENNING, Robert J.

                         Greenville Daily Advocate
                            Monday, July 1, 1996

Robert J. Henning, 53, of 110 Front St., Greenville, died at 5 p.m. Saturday at
Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, following an extended illness. Mr. Henning was
born Dec. 18, 1942, in Greenville, son of Joe and Mertie (Seybert) Henning.
Also deceased is an infant brother, Jackie Henning. He retired in 1994 from the
Greenville Taxi Company, where he had been employed for three years as a
dispatcher.  He served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict.

A 1961 graduate of Greenville High School, he was a member of  Greenville
American Legion Post No. 140.

Surviving are his wife, Priscilla (Lines) to whom he was married July 12, 1968;
a daughter, Mary K. Henning of Greenville; a sister, Margaret A. Callahan of
Houston, Texas; one aunt, Margaret Smith of Englewood; and several cousins,
four nieces and five nephews.

Services will be...Tues...Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fort Jefferson."

HOLE, Lewis J.

Died at home of daughter, Mrs. Henry Horner in Chattanooga, Tenn., Jan. 6,
1905, aged 75 years, 11 months, 24 days.  Born on Stephen Hole farm near
Versailles, Jan. 12, 1829.  Moved to Chattanooga about 10 years ago. Married
Mary C. Larimore Apr. 27, 1854.  Two cihldren, William J. Hole of Kansas and
Mrs. Horner.  Wife died Mar. 15, 1857.  Married Elizabeth Greer, June 6, 1858,
four children, three survive - Mrs. Cornelia A. Frees and Ellen Hole of
Lawrenceville, Ill., and Edgar G. Hole, Anderson, Ind.  Second wife died near
Versailles, O., Dec. 13, 1890.  Leaves sister, Mrs. Lydia McGinnis and a
grandson Harry Horner.  Body lies in state at home of James Ankey.  Services -
Christian Church, officiating - Rev. B. S. Crosby, interment - Versailles
Cemetery, undertaker - Leonard Marker.

JONES, William Herman

William Herman Jones, the only son of Abner and Lulu Jones, of Muncie, Ind.,
and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Pitsenbarger, departed this life Friday
morning, July 29, 1904, aged 10 months and 13 days.  Funeral services and
burial took place Saturday when the remains were laid gently away in Beech
Grove cemetery at Muncie.

LANE, Hubert R.

                              The Early Bird
                               Apr 28, 1996

Hubert R. LANE, 62; of Ansonia, died April 17 at the Veterans Hospital in

He is survived by his wife, Mary (SHELL-HENNING) LANE; two step-sons, Ralph
HENNING of Ansonia and Leonard BAKER of Greenville; four step- daughters, Mrs.
John (Mary) RISMILLER, Martha EVERMAN, Mrs. Leonard (Wilma) FLACK, all of
Ansonia, and Mrs. William (Bertha) ARCHEY of Rushlyvania; 15
step-grandchildren; four step-greatgrandchildren; five sisters, Enzie OAKES of
Dayton, Bonnie MILTON of Monroe, N. Car., Faye LEWIS of Cleveland, Phyllis
CENTER of Dixon, Tenn. and Joyce TURNER of Rossburg; and three brothers, Floyd
LANE of Rosalyn, KY., Reece LANE of Ada, and Wayne LANE of Cleveland, Tenn.

LAVY, Lena G.

                      Greenville Daily Advocate
                         Thurs Aug. 15, 1996

Lena G. LAVY, 89, formerly of 1337 Jonquil, Greenville died Tuesday afternoon
in the Rest Haven Nursing Home of Greenville.

Mrs. LAVY was b. Aug. 6, 1907 in Parsons, W. VA., the daughter of the late
Elliot and Stella (PHILLIPS) WILT.  In addition to her parents she is preceded
in death by her first husband, Homer E. SHAFFER in 1975, and her second
husband, Arthur S. LAVY in 1988 as well as one brother.

She was a member of the Faith Baptist Church of Greenville and had been
employed at Anchor-Hocking Glass of Winchester, Ind. for 22 years. Mrs. LAVY is
survived by one son, Vinton SHAFFER of Greenville; four daughters, Mrs. Ira
(Lena) NESTOR, Mrs. Tom (Alta) KAUGHER both of Greenville; Mrs. Rose DETLING of
Pitsburg and Mrs. Brenda DeFORD of Irnine (?spelling), Calif., along with 12
grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Service will be held at the Oliver Funeral Home on Sat...Burial in Greenville

LEAS, W. Howard

                          Greenville Daily
                        Monday, Aug. 5, 1996

W. HOWARD LEAS, 80, of 519 Mumford Dr., Troy, died at Stouder Memorial
Hospital, Troy. Mr. LEAS was b. Feb. 5, 1916, in Darke County, son of William
Andrew and Elsie Agnes (BAKER) LEAS.  His first wife, Bernice (METZCAR), d. in
1975. A brother is also deceased.

He was a member of the Grace Baptist Church of Troy, the Franklin Lodge No. 14
F&AM; Franklin Chapter No. 24 RAM; Franklin Council No. 14 R&SM; Coleman
Commandery No. 17 K.T.; and member and past patron of Troy Chapter No. 256
Order of Eastern Star.  A World War II U. S. Navy veteran, he was a graduate of
Palestine High School.  Mr. LEAS retired as a refrigeration service engineer
from Wright Patterson Air Force Base in 1970 and retired from Dettmer Hospital,
Troy in 1980.

Surviving are his wife, Pauline (WOOLUM); one son, James A. LEAS of Fort
Lauderdale, Fla.; a daughter, Judy LEAS of Lancaster, Calif.; a stepson, Jim
OWENS of Troy; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Paul (Wanda) NAPIER of Troy; one brother,
Donald LEAS of Chattanooga, Tenn.; one sister, Vivian W. WILLIAMS of Laughlin,
Nev.; eight stepgrandchildren; and nine stepgreat-grandchildren. The funeral
will be held...Tues. at Baird Funeral Home, Troy...Burial will be in Miami
Memorial Park, Covington."


                             Greenville Daily Advocate

                                 Mon., June 3, 1996

Opal L. LORTON, 92, formerly of 428 Southbrook, Greenvile, died Saturday
morning at Chowning Nursing Home of Hollansburg following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. LORTON was born March 27, 1904, in Darke County, daughter of William and
Amy (TAYLOR) FELTMAN.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by
her husband, J. B. LORTON, in 1988, and one sister, Beulah WAMPLER. She was a
homemaker and a member of the Ansonia United Methodist Church. Surviving are
one son, Richard L. LORTON of Greenville; two grandchildren; three
great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Services will be
held...Tuesday...Oliver Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Teegarden
Cemetery, Ansonia...

MARSHALL, John "Jack"

                               Jack Marshall

John W. Marshall, 72, of 112 East Second St., died Monday [December 24, 1951]
in Perrysburg Hospital after a 3-week illness.

A lifelong resident of the Perrysburg area, Mr. Marshall had been a barber 45

Surviving are his wife, Ella; daughter, Mrs. Mabel Deeth, Perrysburg; sisters
Alta Marshall, Detroit, and Mrs. Ola Bates, Miami, Fla.; brother, Earl
Marshall, Indianapolis, and three grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Witzler Funeral Home. Burial will be
in Fort Meigs Cemetery.

MEIER, Marie E.

                            Greenville Daily Advocate
                              Thurs., June 13, 1996

Miss Marie E. MEIER, 86, of 1096 North Ohio Street, Greenville, and formerly of
Kettering, died Tuesday evening at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville.

She was born on December 14, 1909, in Darke County, daughter to the late John
H. and Cora (McCONNELL) MEIER.  Also deceased is a brother, Foster MEIER; and a

She was retired from Delco-Moraine, a division of General Motors, where she had
been employed for 45 years and was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church of

She is survived by a brother, Denver C. MEIER of Greenville; three sisters,
Esther LINDEMUTH of Greenville, Opal HARTER of Greenville, and Evelyn DREW of
Greenville; and numerous nieces and  nephews. Funeral services...held
Friday...burial in Greenville Cemetery."


                        Greenville Daily Advocate
                          Friday, July 5, 1996

M. Leon Miller, 64, of 6054 Ohio 705, New Weston, died Thursday afternoon at
Mercer county Community Hospital, Coldwater.

Mr. Miller was born April 14, 1932, in Darke County, son of Grace (SHARP)
MILLER of New Weston and the late Nelson MILLER.  In addition to his father, he
was preceded in death by his brother, Glenn Miller. He served as superintendent
of the Darke County Highway Department for 28 years, retiring in 1994, and was
also a former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Versailles.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife, Shirley (SUBLER); one son,
Terry Miller of New Weston; a daughter, Sherry Coby of Celina; four
grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Robert (Imogene)
Michael of New Weston; and two brothers, Vernon Miller of Arcanum and Richard
Miller of Rossburg.

Services will be...Monday...burial in Sunset Memory Gardens."

MOODY, Laura I.

                        Greenville Daily Advocate
                          Tuesday, July 2, 1996

Laura I. Moody, 88, of 400 Ross St., Rossburg, died Sunday afternoon at the
Brethren's Home Medical Center.

Mrs. Moody was born Dec. 8, 1907, in Darke County, daughter of Clyde and
Josie (SHIVERDECKER) Shook.  She was married Feb. 13, 1926, to C. Lee Moody
Sr., who died in 1984.  Also deceased are her stepfather, Harry Shook; one
brother, James Shook; a sister, Lulu Caupp; and five half-brothers, Aldion
Frye and Oty, Noble, Hugh and Ralph Shook.

She was a member of the Rossburg United Methodist Church and a former member of
the Christian Missionary Alliance Church of Greenville. She is survived by four
sons, Lee,Jr. and James Moody, both of Ansonia, and Harry and Dan Moody both of
Rossburg; a daughter, Mrs. J. C. (D'Arleen) Waymire of Ansonia; 18 grandchildren;
33 great-children; four stepgrandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; four
step-great-great-grandchildren; one half-brother, Ural Shook of Ansonia; and two half-sisters, Madge Benge of Ansonia and Mrs. A. J. (Maxine) Waymire of

Services will be held...Wed...burial in Sunset Memory Gardens"

MOON, Dessa (Hill)

                          Versailles Policy
                           August 28, 1996

Dessa HILL MOON, 90, of 6546 Cahuenga Terrace, Los Angeles, (formerly of
Versailles, OH), died on Thursday, Aug. 22, 1996, in Hollywood, California.

Mrs. MOON was born on July 16, 1906, in Yorkshire, Ohio, daughter of Adam and
Mary Catherine STAUDT HILL (both deceased.) Also deceased are her two sisters,
Ethel HILL BALLING and Eva HILL MUNN. Surviving her in death are her husband,
Walter R. MOON, and her two daughters, Rosemary SHORT DUNNE (Amherst, Virginia)
and Kathleen MOON PLAUZOLES (Canoga Park, California.)

Mrs. MOON is a graduate of Versailles High School and of Defiance College. In
early years, she taught school in the North Star and Houston school systems and
is still remembered by students she taught.

The graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 31, in
Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles. Ted Shafer, pastor of Versailles Methodist
Church, will be officiating. Friends may call on Saturday from 12:45 to 1:45
P.M. at the Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. A memorial service will
be held in California later in September.

NADOSKY, Jane (Pearson)

                         Mrs. Jane (Pearson) Nadosky

                                 Died 1994

Nadosky, Jane, age 80, of Dayton, died Monday at Whispering Meadows Care Center
in Dayton. She is survived by long time companion, Bill Bennett; daughter, Mrs.
(Winnie) Milthaler; daughter-in-law, Shirley Nadosky; grandchildren; Janie
Boyer, Rob (& wife, Lisa.) Milthaler, Marjie Bishop, Billy and Vincent Nadosky;
great-grandchildren, Kirk (& fiance', Betsy Gebhart) and Sonja Stiver, Tommy
Milthaler & Rex. She is preceded in death by son, Ray Nadosky in 1990. She was
a long time member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Memorial services were held at
the convience of the family. Arrangements by the Brough-Getts Funeral Home of
Miamisburg, Oh.

[Rachel Jane Pearson, d/o John K. Pearson & Catharine D. (Boyd) Pearson. Born
on 4 Nov. 1913, Dayton, Mont. Co. Ohio. She married Edward Walter Nadosky on 4
April 1931. Divorced ca. 1946-47.]

NEAL, Cary F.

                          Greenville Daily Advocate
                                May 13, 1996

Cary F. NEAL, 80, of 243 Marion Dr., Greenville, formerly of the Rossburg area,
died Fri. eve. at Heartland of Greenville Nursing Home.

Mr. NEAL was born July 6, 1915, a Darke County native, son of C. Edward and
Anna (ECK) NEAL.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four
brothers, Elmer, Leroy, Willis and Frank NEAL; and four sisters, Ola NEAL,
Ethel HOLLINGER, Ellen PRASUHN and Mabel ROOT. He was a member of the former
Hiestand U.B. Church of Rossburg and had spent his lifetime farming.

He is survived by two sisters, his twin Cora SNELL of Dayton and Laura WIGTON
of  Sunbury, Ohio, as well as several nieces and nephews. Graveside services
will be Holsapple Cemetery, New Weston, with the Rev. Eric KNIGHT

PEARSON, Harriet J.

Harriet J. Pearson, 85, formerly of Elm St., West Alexandria, died Monday, June
17, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton, where she had been a resident since
March 1992.

Born May 31, 1911, in Chicago, Ill.,she was the daughter of Frank and Ethel
(Cox) Selly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Lee Pearson, in 1967; and a
daughter, Sylvia Pearson, in 1931.

Survivors include three sons, Edward Lee Pearson of Punta Gorda, Fla., Kenneth
Eugene Pearson of Evansville, Ind., and Glenn Clinton Pearson of Amelia; one
daughter, Arlene Lucinda major of West Alexandria; one sister, Marion Parrish
of Dayton; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great

Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Dayton
National Cemetery. Barnes Funeral Home - Eaton Chapel is in charge of the
arrangements. memorial contribuations may be made to the American Cancer
Society-Preble Co. unit.

PEARSON, James Edward

                           JAMES EDWARD PEARSON
                               22 May 1910
                       Dayton, Montgomery Co., Ohio


James E. Pearson, 35, steamfitter at the Barney & Smith Car Works, Monday
morning suffered probable fatal burns while engaged in making repairs. Heavy
pressure from the inside of the boiler caused the displacement of a gasket and
the unfortunate man was enveloped in a cloud of steam and boiling water.
Pearson's head, face, neck, arms, chest and the entire upper portion of his
body is a solid blister and the flesh was virtually cooked.

Dr. H.H. Herman, the company's physician responded and gave temporary relief
and the patient hurried to the Miami Valley Hospital, where he is now in a
precarious condition. Pearson has a wife and resides on Leo St., near Valley

            [ Duration of surviving accident was seven days. ]

PETERS, Evelyn G.

                             Greenville Daily Advocate
                                Mon. Aug., 26, 1996

Evelyn G. PETERS, 68, of 7685 W. Marlin Rd.,Covington, died Saturday 3:35 p.m.
in the Good Samaritan Hospital of Dayton.

She was a member of the Old German Baptist Church in the Sugar Grove District
near Covington.  She has formerly been employed part-time by the Hallmark Card
Shop of Troy.

Born March 5, 1947,(***this date is what is in the paper but has to be wrong as
it is also the date listed as the marriage date; if they put a correction in
today's paper will send it to you; the date would have to be about 1928) to the
late Frank and A. Maude (GARBER) SELBY, she married husband Raymond "Pete" on
March 5, 1947.

She is proceeded in death by a brother.

Surviving members of the family include her husband, three daughters, Mrs.
Ronald (Susan) BOWMAN of Covington; Mrs. Lewis ("Butch" (Marcia) WILLS of
Covington; Mrs. Chuck (Yvonne) BRUNK of Union City, OH.; three sons, Rodney and
Roland of Covington and Bill of Troy; three brothers, Elmer of New Carlisle and
Melvin and Roy SHELBY (***this is the way the names are spelled: one place it
is SELBY; here it is SHELBY); a sister, Vera WRAY of CA.; 20 grandchildren and
7 great grandchildren.

Services will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the Pearson-Jackson Funeral Home
and at 10 a.m. at the Old German Baptist Brethren Church, Sugar Grove District
on Farrington Road near Covington.  Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery
near Covington...


                           CLARENCE PITSENBARGER

Clarence E. "Pitsy" Pitsenbarger, 90, of 516 N. Center  St., Versailles, died
Saturday [November 8, 1986] afternoon at his residence.  He had been
seriously ill since September.

Mr. Pitsenbarger was a native of Brock, in Darke County, born  Aug. 19, 1896 to
the late Jacob and Bessie (Thompson) Pitsenbarger.

He lived in Versailles for more than 80 years  and was a self-employed cabinet
maker and a former Independent Insurance agent.  He was a member of the United
Church of Christ, Versailles, a veteran of World War I, servingwith the Army
Company H, France, a past commander of the American Legion, Versailles, a
charter member of the Blue Lodge, Versailles for more than 60 years, a member
of the Versailles Rotary and the Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Pitsenbarger was a member of the Stillwater Golf Course and was a former
professional baseball player.

He is survived by his wife, Esther (Smoot), whom he married on July 17, 1927;
two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Virginia) Agne, of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Mrs.
Richard (Gail) Brandewie, of Piqua; eight grandchildren; 10 great-

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Christ, Versailles,
with the Rev. Kim Ketterheinrich officiating.  Burial will be in Greenlawn

Friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bailey-Zechar Funeral
Home, Versailles, and one hour prior to the service Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Christ or the
Versailles Life Squad.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


Esther L. PITSENBARGER, 91, formerly of 516 N. Center, Versailles, died at the
home of her daughter, Virginia AGNE in Plainwell, Michigan. She had been in
failing health.

She was the daughter of the late Rev. Harry W. and Laura (NICHOLS) SMOOT. Mrs.
PITSENBARGER had lived in Versailles for the past 67 years, was a member of
Versailles United Church of Christ, Versailles, former choir director for more
than 26 years in the church, graduated from Carmi, Ill. High School and
Evansville College, Evansville, IN. with a degree in music. She also attended
Miami University, Oxford. She taught vocal music in Versailles Schools for over
26 years. She also taught in Russia Schools, Russia, and five small area
schools all prior to teaching in Versailles, teaching vocal music in all
schools. She was an accomplished violinist and had also studied painting and
known locally for art work.

She had formerly been active in the Towne and Country Players, a member of the
former Versailles Eastern Stars and a member of the Ohio Music Education

She was married to Clarence E. (Pitsy) PITSENBARGER, who preceded her in death
in November 1986.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Donald "Virginia" AGNE of Kalamazoo, MI
and Mrs. Richard "Gail" BRANDEWIE of Piqua, OH; eight grandchildren and 15
great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Monday morning Aug. 5, 1996 at 10:30 AM at the
Versailles United Church of Christ with Rev. Carolyn Welch officiating. Burial
was made in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. Bailey Zechar Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Esther Pitsenbarger Scholarship Fund,
Wings of Hope Hospice in Plainwell, MI or Lehman High School Music Scholarship
Fund at Lehman High School, Sidney.


                             November 26, 1891

Frances Sina Pitsenbarger was born in Greene Co., Tennessee on the second day
of May, 1819, died in Versailles November 23, 1891, age 72 years, 6 months, 18
days.  She, with her parents, emigrated to this county in the year 1825 and
settled two miles north of Versailles when this country was a wild forest and
endured all the hardships of a pioneer's life.  She was united in marriage to
W. J. English, November 28, 1837.  Their union was blessed with six children,
three sons and three daughters.  The eldest daughter preceded her parents to a
better world twenty-one years ago.  They lived in happy bonds of wedlock until
May 12, 1877.  Since then, she has lived with her children.  She leaves behind
her five children, thirty-one grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
She and her husband united with the United Presbyterian Church in 1840.  The
funeral took place from the Methodist-Episcopal Church last Sunday, Reverend W.
S. Culp officiating.


                             February 1, 1894

Jacob Pitsenbarger was born in Greene Co., Tenn., on January 16, 1814, and died
January 22, 1894, at age 80 years, 6 days.   He emigrated with his parents to
this county in 1828.  He married Mary Ellen Davidson on August 8, 1840.  To
them were born five children, four of whom, with their mother, preceded their
father to a better land in 1854.   He was again united in marriage to Sarah
Metzgar, and unto them were born 4 sons and 1 daughter, 2 sons and a daughter
having passed  before. The deceased leaves to mourn his departure a loving
companion, 3 sons, 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.



VERSAILLES -- J. A. (Jake) Pitsenbarger, 81, an insurance agent here for the
last 31 years, died Thursday [December 29, 1955] at his residence at 520 North
Center street after a long illness.

Mr. Pitsenbarger had spent his entire life here and prior to opening an
insurance agency was active as a carpen- ter for several years.

He was a member of the Versailles Congregational Christian church, Masonic
lodge and Eastern Star chapter.

Services will be held 2 p.m. tomorrow in the church,  with Rev. Reuben Stauss
officiating.  Burial in Greenlawn cemetery.  Friends may call at the Miller
funeral home  after 4:30 p.m. today and at the church after 1 p.m. tomorrow.
Masonic services will be conducted at the funeral home at 8 p.m. today.

Surviving are a son, Clarence of Versailles; a sister,  Mrs. Ida Greer of
Blackwell, Okla.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.



James Pitsenberger Passed Away at the Darke  County  Infirmary Saturday Night
[Oct 21]--Was Prominent in His Early Life at Versailles

James Pitsenberger passed away in the Darke County Infirmary late Saturday
night. He was seventy years, seven months of age at the time of his decease.
Mr. Pitsenberger has been in the County Infirmary but a short time having
formerly lived on East Ward street in Versailles, where he was well known. A
wife, one son and several grandchildren survive him.  The funeral services will
be held at the residence Tuesday at 2 o'clock. Interment in the English
cemetery near Versailles.

PITSENBARGER, Sarah (Metzger)

                              May 30, 1895

Sarah Pitsenbarger, born December 23, 1832, died at her home at Pleasant Ridge,
Darke Co., Ohio on May 29, 1895, age 62 years, 5 months, 6 days.  She was
married to Jacob Pitsenbarger on June 15, 1854.  The had 5 children, 4 sons and
one daughter.  She leaves one brother and two sons to mourn her death.


              Heart Attack Claims Life Of Ellen Pittsenbarger

Mrs. Ellen Pittsenbarger, 73, was found dead at eight a.m. Sunday [November 9,
1946] in her home on West Wood street, Versailles, by a granddaughter. Medical
exam- iners pronounced death due to a heart attack which she had evidently
suffered several hours earlier.

Mrs. Pittsenbarger was the widow of the late Edward Pittsenbarger, well known
Versailles livestock dealer.  She had been an active member of the Versailles
Christian church for more than a quarter-century.

Immediate survivors include one son, Earl, of Versailles; one granddaughter;
four stepchildren, Charles Pittsenbarger, Detroit, Michigan; Mrs. Ray Hahn,
Versailles R. R.; Robert Pittsenbarger, Greenville, and George Pittsenbarger,
Beamsville;  eight step-grandchildren;  two step-great-grandchildren, and two
sisters, Mrs.  Minnie Clark, of Muncie, Indiana, and Mrs. Lydia Dershem, of

Services will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Versailles Christian church
with the Rev. Joseph Wick offi- ciating. Burial will be in Greenlawn cemetery.

The body will lie in state from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the hour of services.


                       VERSAILLES LADY FOUND DEAD SUN.
               Heart Attack Claims Life Of Ellen Pittsenbarger
  Is Found Sunday Morning By Her Granddaughter, Jacqueline Pittsenbarger

Mrs. Ellen Pittsenbarger, 73, was found dead at eight a.m. Sunday [November 9,
1946] in her home on West Wood street, Versailles by her granddaughter,
Jacqueline Pittsenbarger. Medical examiners pronounced death due to a heart
attack which she had evidently suffered several hours earlier.

Mrs. Pitsenbarger was the widow of the late Edward Pittsenbarger, well known
Versailles livestock dealer.  She had been an active member of the Versailles
Congregational church for more than a quarter-century.

Immediate survivors include one son, Earl, of Versailles; one granddaughter,
Jacqueline Pittsenbarger; four stepchildren, Charles Pittsenbarger, Detroit,
Michigan; Mrs. Ray Hahn, Versailles R. R.; Robert Pittsenbarger, Greenville,
and Geo. Pittsenbarger, Beamsville; eight step- grandchildren; two step-great
grandchildren, and two sis- ters, Mrs. Minnie Clark, of Muncie, Indiana, and
Mrs. Lydia Dershem of Ithaca.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Versailles Christian
church with Rev. Joseph Wick, officiating. Burial was made in Greenlawn


                         LIVESTOCK DEALER DIES THURSDAY
          Harlan Pittsenbarger, 58, Died on Thursday At Wayne Hospital
              Funeral Services And Burial Held Saturday Afternoon.

Harlan Pittsenbarger, 58-year-old Versailles livestock dealer, died Thursday
[January 3, 1952] at Wayne Hospital after a lingering illness. He had been a
hospital patient for two weeks.

A veteran of World War I, the deceased had spent the major part of his life in
Versailles where he was a member of both the American Legion and Veterans of
Foreign Wars.

Surviving are the wife, Lea; one son, Lowell, of Muncie, Indiana; a daughter,
Mrs. Herbert Parsons, of Versailles; five grandchildren; two brothers, Harry
and W. C. Pittsenbarger, both of Versailles, and five sisters, Mrs. Lulu Jones
and Mrs. Della Barnes, both of Muncie, Indiana; Mrs. Ella Marshall, of
Perrysburg, O., and Mrs. Robert Peace and Mrs. Earl England, of Detroit,

Funeral services were held at the Versailles Congregational church at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday with the Rev. Reuben A. Stauss officiating. Military services and
burial were held in Greenlawn Cemetery.


Richard Harlan Pittsenbarger was born July 24, 1893 in Versailles, Ohio, and
attended the Versailles public schools.

Attaining maturity, he was united in marriage with Miss Leora Emmons in
September, 1921.

This union was blessed in the birth of a son, Lowell, and a daughter, Wanda.
Mr. Pittsenbarger engaged in various vocations, including stock buying. He had
been an invalid near a year, requiring hospitalization at different times.  His
final illness took place a few weeks ago, and while receiving treatment in the
Wayne Hospital, Greenville, he answered the Great Call.

He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, Mrs. Leora Pittsenbarger, his son,
Lowell, his daughter, Mrs. Wanda Parson, five grandchildren.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, having served his country 2 years
in World War I.

PITTSENBARGER, Phoebe Elizabeth (Dunwoody)

Phoebe Elizabeth Pittsenbarger was born July 20, 1878, and died June 5, 1909,
at the age of 30 years, 10 months and 20 days.  She was the daughter of Mrs.
and Mrs. James Dunwoody and was married to Edward Pittsenbarger November 17,
1897.  She became the mother of four children--three boys and one girl.  She
was a member of the Pythian Sisters and Ladies of the Golden Eagles.  In early
life she became a member of the Valley church, recently removing her membership
to the Versailles Christian church.

Mrs. Pittsenbarger possessed a sweet spirit and lived a life void of offense.
As a wife and mother she  was dutiful and kind.  Her interest in her family was
unbounded.  Her home was her castle.

For several years she had been deprived of social and church life because of
sickness.  Her last days were full of suffering, patiently endured.  Death came
as a sweet release and we believe she now dwells where pain and suffering are
unknown and where the weary are at rest.

Her husband, four children, father and mother, four brothers and three sisters
are among her immediate surviving relatives.

Funeral services were held from the Christian church, Monday afternoon, June 7,
Rev. Howsare officiating.


James Pittsenbarger, the son of Henry and Jennie [Davidson] Pittsenbarger, was
born December 28, 1850, in Patterson township, and died Saturday, October 1,
1921, aged 71 years, 10 months and 28 days. He was from a family of nine children
--five girls and four boys. Three brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
On February 5, 1874, he was united in marriage to Barbara Ellen Deweese. To this
union three children were born, Rosetta, John Carey and Blaine Pittsenbarger, of
Anderson, Ind. John Carey died in infancy and Rosetta when a young woman. The
mother died in her prime of life on July 22, 1887.

He united with the Methodist church in the year 1886 under the pastorate of Rev.

Those who mourn his departure are his wife and son Blaine, two grandchildren,
Raymond and Donald, four sisters, Elizabeth Metscar of Celina, Amanda York of
Muncie, Ind., Martha Finkbone of Osgood and Francis Burns of Versailles.

In the year 1889 he married Mrs. Mary [Mougeville] Meyers, who still survives,
as well as four stepchildren, Joe, Edward and John Meyers and Mrs. F. C. Marchal.



Death Occurred At Four in the Morning, After Illness of a Few Weeks -- Long
Active in Municipal Affairs.

Steven Edward Pittsenbarger, prominent local stock shipper and President of the
Versailles Board of Public Affairs, died at the family home on West Wood st. at
4 o'clock Wednesday [July 23, 1930] morning. Mr. Pittsenbarger had been ailing
for several weeks, and had been confined to home since the first of July.

His death was due to complications of Pneumonia and diabetes.  His age was 53
years, 8 months and 25 days. "Ed", as he was familiarly known, had followed in
the footsteps of his father, as a stock buyer and shipper in association with
his brothers, and had an acquaintanceship all through this section.

He served this community in a public capacity for many years; first Councilman,
and later as a member of the Board of Public Affairs, of which he was President
at the time of his death. As a member of the Board of Public Affairs he gave
his time generously and without stint.  The board has had a very busy time
since they decided to make a change to alternating current in the municipal
plant and much work had to be done in this connection.

He was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of the First
Christian church of Versailles.

Ed was a familiar figure about town and could usually be found evenings on the
public square, or at the Chamber of Commerce club. His friends and associates
will miss him tremendously. He was twice married.  His first wife was Phoebe
Dunwoody, who died in 1909.  His second marriage was to Ellen Rehmert, who
survives to mourn his passing.  Besides the wife he also leaves to mourn his
passing, one son Earl, by his second marriage; three sons and one daughter by
the first marriage. Charles of Detroit, Robert of Greenville, George of Dayton,
and Mrs. Ray Hahn of Dayton, his mother, Mrs. George Cyphers, three brothers,
Harry H. Pittsenbarger, and W. C. Pittsenbarger of Ver- sailles, who were
associated with Ed in the Stock business , and R. H. of Union City; five
sisters, Mrs. E. L. Barnes and Mrs. Abner Jones, of Muncie, Ind.; Mrs. Fred
Copeland, and Mrs. Earl England of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. J. W. Marshal of
Perrysburg, Ohio; several grandchildren and host of rela- tives and friends.

The services will be held from the Christian church at 2:00 o'clock Saturday
afternoon. Rev. H. A. Smith of Dayton, former pastor here, will officiate.

The Electric Light plant will close for five minutes during the funeral
services in honor of the past president of the board.


Stephen Edward Pittsenbarger, the subject of this sketch was born at Willowdell,
Ohio, Oct. 28, 1876, the son of William and Rachel York Pittsenbarger. At the
age of two years his parents located their home in Versailles where the family
grew to maturity.

After receiving his education in the Versailles Public Schools, he early showed
an interest in the business affairs of the community as well as in the serious
responsibilities of life. At the age of twenty one years he was married to
Phoebe Dunwoody. There came to bless this union three sons, Charles, Robert,
and George, and one daughter Stella.  But after a few brief years the hand of
death removed the devoted mother leaving this father with the responsibilities
of rearing four small children.  However, unflinching in his duties, he
faithfully cared for them. After some years he was again united in marriage to
Ellen N. Rehmert, July 19, 1910. To this union was born one son Earl.

Mr. Pittsenbarger for a long period of years was one of Versailles active
business men. While still a young man he was engaged for quite a number of
years with his father in the poultry business. After disposing of his interest
finally to the firm of H. B. Hole, he was in the employ of Mr. Hole for almost
a score of years.  He then went into the stock business and later with his
brothers, Harry, Harlan, and Carry formed the Pittsenbarger Bros. Stock Buyers
and Shippers firm, which has been in active business for the past sixteen

As a citizen he was ever interested in the progress of his town and community.
As evidence of this fact he served a number of years on the village council,
and later as member of the Board of Public Affairs, being chairman of that body
at the time of his death. Also for a great number of years he has been an
active member of the Chamber of Commerce, where his interests in the welfare of
his communi- ty were his first consideration. Here too in the latter
organization with his cordial and friendly manner, he greatly enjoyed many
social contacts with his fellow men.

However besides his business and social affairs, he was interested in the
spiritual values of life. During the pastorate of Rev. McDaniel, he became a
member of the First Christian Church of Versailles. In this affiliation he
remained an active member till the close of his life.

In these various activities of life, he was earnest and ever ready to help
those in need; with his kind interest in others he was a citizen who was an
asset to his community; and as a husband, father, and brother his loss is

By his untimely death which closed his busy life July 23, 1930, he leaves to
mourn his loss, an aged mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. George Cyphers,
his devoted wife and son Earl at home, a daughter Mrs. Stella Hahn of Dayton,
and three sons George, Dayton; Robert, Greenville, and Charles of Detroit,
three brothers, Harry, Carry, and Harlan, five sisters, Mrs. Della Barnes, Mrs.
Mary Coupland, Mrs. Ella Marshall, Mrs. Lulu Jones, and Mrs. Earl England, and
six grandchildren. These with many other relatives and friends join in the
common loss of relative and valued friend.  Yet though we feel our loss it can
but be his eternal gain, for, [poem deleted].


Among those present from a distance at the funeral of Stephen Edward
Pittsenbarger were: Mr. and Mrs. Abner Jones and son, Mr. and Mrs. E. L.
Barnes, Herbert Barnes, Harlan Barnes, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hole and daughter,
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stillwagon and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Jones, Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Murphy, William York, Harri- son York, Mrs. Frances Burns, W.
H. Hofherr, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Lanich and son, Mrs. Harry Cartwright and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Clark and family, Mr. and Mrs R. Clark and son, of
Muncie, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Pittsenbarger and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Coupland, Mr. and Mrs. Earl England and family, of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. J. W.
Marshall and daughter, of Perrysburg, O.; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hahn and family, Mr.
and Mrs. George Pittsenbarger and family, Mr. and Mrs. James Ankey and daughter
Mary, Sam Long, John Hahn, Mr. and Mrs. Farrell Hahn and son, Mr. and Mrs.
Lester Dershem and family, Paul Dershem, of Dayton, O.; Mr. and Mrs. R. J.
Pittsenbarger and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Selman and family, Mr. and
Mrs. William Selman and family, Mr. and Mrs. William Steffin, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Meyers, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lyons of Greenville, O.; Mr. and Mrs. Eber
Rehmert, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Rehmert, Mrs Maggie Rehmert, of Arcanum; Mr. and
Mrs. E. Selman, of Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. Nancy Reigle and son, of Ansonia; Mr.
and Mrs. Riggs and son, of Beamsville; Mr. and Mrs. John Finkbone, Mr. Joe
Levering, of Piqua; Mr. and Mrs. Niswonger, of Pitsburg; Mr. and Mrs. Della
Wright and daughter, of Gettysburg; Mr. Philip Heck, Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Dershem, of Yorkshire; Mr. and Mrs. Perry York, of Cambridge City, Ind.; Mr.
Maxwell, of Buffalo, N.Y.; Henry Mamert of Minster; Blain Pittsenbarger and son
of Anderson, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Pittsenbarger and family, of Union City,
Ind.; and Mr. and Mrs. William Dunwoody, of North Star.


                          RESIDENT OF VERSAILLES
                      HAS ANSWERED CALL OF HIS MAKER.

Wm. H. Pittsenbarger, Well-Known Stockbuyer, Passes Away at the Age of Sixty-Six
-- Funeral Monday Afternoon at the Christian Church in Versailles Under the
Auspices of the Odd Fellows' Lodge of That Village.

Wm. Pittsenbarger, a well-known stockbuyer of Versailles, died at his
home in Versailles Saturday. The deceased, who was known all over the
northern part of Darke county, was a prominent Odd Fellow and most highly
respected, and was about 65 years old.

He is survived by a wife, four sons and four daughters, several grandchildren
and a large circle of friends.

Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Christian
Church conducted by Rev. Smith.  The  Odd Fellows' Lodge of Versailles of which
the  deceased was a member, had charge of the services.  Interment was made
in the Versailles Cemetery.


                             DEATH REMOVES
                        William H. Pittsenbarger
                    Prominent Resident of Versailles.

William H. Pittsenbarger, for 34 years a worthy resident of Versailles and
favorably known all over the surrounding country by reason of the extensive
stock buying business in which he and his sons engaged, and whose illness was
noted in these columns for the last two weeks, fell asleep in Christ at two
o'clock in the morning Saturday, June 20, 1914.  He had suffered from a
complication of diseases, but pleurisy was the immediate cause of his death.

Mr. Pittsenbarger was born August 28, 1848, near Versailles, and when called
from the active stage in this life was aged 65 years, 9 months and 22 days.

He was married October 3, 1872, to Miss Rachel York, and subsequently located
in Versailles where they have resided for more than a third of a century. The
union in marriage was blessed with five sons and five daughters, one son born
on August 24, 1875, having died in infancy, leaving to mourn his passing away,
his faithful wife, four sons, 2 of whom are married, and five daughters, all
married, and sixteen grandchildren, two brothers, and five sisters, namely:
Allen Pittsenbarger of Lima, Ohio, James Pittsen- barger of Versailles, Mrs.
Elizabeth Metzcar of New Weston, Ohio, Mrs. Margaret Colston of Montezuma,
Ohio, Mrs. Martha Finkbone of Yorkshire, Ohio, Mrs. Amanda York, of Muncie,
Ind. and Mrs. Frances Burns of Walnut Grove.

The surviving children are Mrs. Abner Jones of Muncie, Ind., S. E.
Pittsenbarger of Versailles, Mrs. E. L. Barnes of Kokomo, Ind., Mrs. Fred
Copeland of Sidney, Ohio. Carey and Harry H. Pittsenbarger of Versailles, Mrs.
J. W. Marshall of Union City, Ind., Mrs. Earl England and Harland Pittsenbarger
of Versailles.

Mr. Pittsenbarger was a member of the Christian church where 27 years ago he
accepted Christ as his Savior, and from which he was buried, the funeral
services from the church being conducted by his pastor, Rev. Harry F. Smith;
interment in the family plot in Green Lawn cemetery by Leonard Marker, under
the auspices of the Versailles Lodge 286, I.O.O.F.

                         WIFE TO GET BULK OF ESTATE
                   (see also obituary of Rachel CYPHERS)

Former Well Known Resident and Stock Buyer at Versailles Has Been Filed for
Probate--Deceased, Who Was Quite Well-to- Do, Amply Provides for Widow Who
Survives Him.

The last will and testament of the late William Pittsenbarger, for many years a
stock buyer and a former well known resident of Wayne township and Versailles,
and who was quite well-to-do, has been filed for probate.

The will is very brief. It provides that his wife, Rachael Pittsenbarger, in
lieu of her allowance for support the first year after his death, is to receive
her proportionate share of his personal property and the residue of his
estate is to be hers absolutely. The will also provides for the payment of his
just debts, funeral expenses, etc. The instrument was executed on the 12th of
June 1914, and witnessed by Forrest Murphy and A. Calderwood.


Susannah Pittsenbarger was born June 14, 1829 and died Aug 31, 1893, aged 64
years 2 months and 17 days.   She was married to Allen Davidson, March 11,
1852, with whom she lived in happy wedlock until Feb. 8, 1890, when he was
called upon to flee from this to a life beyond. The deceased lady in early life
united with the U. B. church and lived a faithful member until some two years
ago when she joined the M. E. church at Kokomo, Ind.  She was a sufferer for
many years but never a murmur escaped her lips, only saying that she was tired
of life and expressed a willing desire to be at rest with Jesus ... [NOTE:
deleted, long section of religious comfort to her children.] There remains to
mourn her departure, four daughters and two sons.  Funeral services were held
at the  M. E. church, Sept. 2, conducted by Rev. John Omerod. Interment in the
Davidson cemetery [called Yoder Cemetery], three miles north of Versailles.


PITZENBERGER---Mrs. Clara B. Hill was born in Illinois February 12, 1860, and
died at her home near Greenville, September 11, 1895, aged thirty-five years,
six months and twenty-nine days.

She was married to Jacob Pitzenberger December 4, 1881.  Mrs. Pitzenberger was
a christian woman, having united with the Christian church in 1877.  The
funeral services were held at the Christian Tabernacle, Friday, September
13th, a two o'clock.  Sermon by Rev. Heoffer.  The remains were interred in the
Greenville Cemetery.

PRICE, Estella B.

                           Greenville Daily Advocate
                              August 17, 1996

"Estella B. PRICE, 88, formerly of 6085 Sebring-Warner Rd., Greenville, d. at
Rest Haven Nursing Home.

Mrs. PRICE was b. Aug. 5, 1907, in Bucyrus, d/o D. L. and Winona (CROWE)
SHAFFER.  Also deceased are her husband, Darrell R., who d. July 28, 1983; one
sister; a brother, and one grandson, Jay SCHREINER.

She was a homemaker and had been employed at the Columbus State School of
Columbus as a psychiatric aide.  She was a member of the First Assembly of God
Church of Greenville.

Survivors are two sons, Emmett F. of Horsham, PA.; and Thomas of Chillicothe;
four daughters, Carol HANGEN, Evelyn STONEROCK and Judy BRIDGES, all of
Greenville, and Noni OLIVER of Ashville, Ohio; 21 grandchildren; and numerous
great-great grandchildren.

Services...Tues. at First Assembly of God Church...burial in Greenville


                 H.R.RADABAUGH, 53, Rail Conductor, Dies

Harry R. RADABAUGH, 53, of 512 Fulton Street, a Southern Pacific Railroad
conductor, died last night [8 Dec 1939] in a local hospital following an
extended illness. He was born in Ohio and came to Fresno from Arizona six weeks

He had been employed by the railroad for seventeen years, and was a member of
the Order of Railway Conductors and the Elks Lodge in El Paso, Texas.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Grace RADABAUGH of Fresno, and two sisters,
Mrs. Hattie DELK of Indiana and Mrs. Bell LEYMAN of Ohio. Funeral services are
planned for Monday at 2 P.M. in the chapel of Sullivan, Burns & Bair, funeral
directors, with the Fresno Elks Lodge in charge. Burial will follow in the
Belmont Memorial Park.

[Harry Ross RADABAUGH, s/o Joseph Frank RADABAUGH and Clara HOMAN, h/o Grace.]


The funeral of Joseph RADABAUGH, late resident of Versailles, who died [23 Jun
1915] at West Milton at the home of his son, Thomas, editor of the West Milton
Record, Wednesday night, was held at Versailles Friday and burial was made in
the Versailles Cemetery. At the time of his death he was 87 years of age and up
to a few years ago when his wife died he resided at Versailles. A daughter,
Mrs. Frank HOUSER, resided at Bradford.

[Joseph RADABAUGH, s/o Peter and Elizabeth VAN CLEVE RADABAUGH, h/o Rebecca



Merl RADABAUGH [born 4 Apr 1891], beloved husband of Lillian RADABAUGH (nee
SMITH) Saturday August 31, [1929], at his residence, 501 Bakewell St.,
Covington, Ky., aged 38 years. Funeral Tuesday September 3 at 2 P.M. from the
John J. Radel Co.'s funeral home, 822 York St., Newport, Ky. Interment in
Highland Cemetery.

[Albert "Merl" RADABAUGH, s/o Joseph Frank RADABAUGH and Clara HOMAN, h/o
Lillian SMITH.]

RECK, Margaret E. J. (Pearson)

Margaret Elizabeth Jane Reck, age 91, of Dayton, Ohio, passed away Sunday April
28 at Miami Valley Hospital. Margaret was the daughter of James E. Pearson &
Nellie Boyd. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Irene and one son,
Curtis. She is survived by 3 daughters, Maggie Reck-Kosewic and Shirley Brown
both of Dayton and Linda Torres of Ca.; one son, Robert T. Reck of Dayton and
one sister, Catherine Wilson of WV.; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren
and 2 great-great grandchildren. She was a member of Riverdale and Stillwater
United Methodist Church; volunteer for may years at Goodwill and most of her
adult life loved and cared for many children. Funeral services will be held
Wednesday May 1, 1996 at 10:00 A.M. at Carrigan & Mains Funeral Home, 2201
North Main Street, Dayton, Ohio. Burial will follow in Yorkshire Cemetery in
Darke Co. There will be an open visitation from 6 to 10 P.M. on Tuesday evening
April 30 at the home of Maggie Reck, 2981 Lindale Ave., Dayton. In lieu of
flowers, contributions may be made to the Childrens Fund at Stillwater United
Methodist Church.

[Note: Daughters mentioned above named Shirley Brown & Linda Torres are foster
daughters that Margaret E. Reck raised from childhood and claimed as her own.
Also, the ashes of her husband Doyle Marion "Jack" Reck were buried with
Margaret on the same day of burial.]


                       Greenville Daily Advocate
                          Thurs, May 9, 1996

Joe E. RENCH, 58, of Tipp City, died suddenly in the emergency room at Stouder
Hospital in Troy on Tuesday.

He was born on December 9, 1937, in Arcanum, son of the late Rowland RENCH and
Lela (HOUDESHEL) RENCH.  Also deceased are two brothers, Jack and Glenn RENCH.

He was the owner of RENCH'S Restaruant in Tipp City and is a veteran of the U.
S. Marines.  He was a Monroe Township Trustee for 16 years and a Tipp City
School bus driver for many years.  He was a member of the Bruckner Nature
Center Board, the Pioneer Rural Electric Board and was ambassador of the Upper
Valley Medical Center.  He was baseball coach for Dayton A.B.C. and was on the
Tipp City Chamber of Commerce.  He was a graduate of Arcanum High School and
was a member of the Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge and
was a former Rotarian.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara (LAMBERT) RENCH; two daughters, Mrs. Mike
(Julia) Hurson of Miamisburg, Mrs. Steven (Jennifer) Staas of Tipp City; a son,
Michael J. (Michelle) RENCH of Dayton; two brothers, Harvey RENCH of Knoxville,
Tennesee, Gene RENCH of Arcanum; and one sister, Mrs. Patricia GROTE of Celina.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Sat. at the Ginghamsburg U.M. church in
Tipp City with burial to follow in Maple Hill Cemetery iin Tipp City."

SANDERS, Melvin A.

                           Greenville Daily Advocate
                            Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1996

Melvin A. Sanders, 69, of 504 Winbigler, Ansonia, died Friday at Rest Haven
Nursing Home, Greenville.

Mr. SANDERS was born Aug. 14, 1927, in Wabash, Mercer Co., son of Alfred and
Mabel (JOSEPH) SANDERS.  Also deceased is one stepbrother, Wayne BONIFIELD. He
was a retired employee of Massey-Ferguson of Greenville, having worked there for
25 years, as a mechanic and salesman.  He later operated a small engine repair
shop in his home.  A veteran of World War II, having served in the U. S. Army,
he was a member of the Ansonia  American Legion.

Surviving are his wife, Donna (GILLILAND); one daughter, Mrs. David (Deb) STAVER
of Ansonia; two grandchildren, William D. STAVER and Alisa BUBECK; three
great-grandchildren; five sisters, Marcella BONIFELD of Salamonia, Ind., Esther
STUCKENBORG of St. Marys, Margaret OLDIGES of Winter Haven, FL., and Ruby SINGER
and Rebecca McELDOWNEY, both of New Weston; and four brothers, Clayton SANDERS
of North Star, and Keith, Jr., Arlington E., and Roger L. SANDERS all of

Services will be held...Wed. at Oliver Funeral Home, Ansonia...with burial in
Sunset Memory Gardens.


Jonathan Stonerock was born January 5, 1831, near Versailles, Ohio, and died
December 29, 1901, aged 65 years, 11 months and 4 days.  He was married twice--
first to Miss Allen; to this union was born one son, who still survives him.
His first wife preceded him into eternity.  He was married again to Miss
Margaret Ann Wissinger who still survives him.  Ten children were born to this
union, three of them also preceding him into eternity.  He leaves two brothers,
one sister, wife, and eight children to mourn his departure-- three sons,
James, George, and Thomas, and five daughters, Laura, Martha, Sarah, Lizzie,
and Huldah; also sixteen grandchildren follow him to the grave.  Funeral
services at the Dunkard Church, one and one-half miles south of Hillgrove,
conducted by Revs. Blocher and Simmons; interment in the Greenville cemetery.


                       Greenville Daily Advocate
                         Monday, July 5, 1996

Leah G. Trittschuh, 76, formerly of Versailles and the Darke County area, died
at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Spring Meade Health Center, Tipp City, following a
lengthy illness.

Mrs. Trittschuh was born Dec. 10, 1919, near Rosehill, daughter of Henry J. and
Anna M. (Lipps) Hittle.  She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents,
by Willie E. Trittschuh (this does not read husband but I think he was); three
brothers, Wilbur, Lowell "Joe", and Meredith Hittle; and three sisters, Nina
Hittle, Aileen Ruese and Dorothy Springer. A homemaker, she lived in this area
most of her life.  She was a member of the United Church of Christ of
Versailles and a former member of the United Methodist Church of Rossburg.

Surviving are two sons, Paul Trittschuh of Vandalia and Lester Trittschuh of
West Milton; four daughters, Helen Kay Dancer of Centerville, Ind., Mrs. David
(Carolyn Sue) Engle of Tipp City, Mrs. Arlen (Ruby) Peeples of Piqua and Mrs.
Tom (Peggy)Hill of Versailles; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one
brother, Paul Hittle of Portland, Ind.; and a sister, Ruth Kramer of

The funeral is set for...Wed...Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery,

WARD, David

                             Greenville Democrat
                                 Dec. 3, 1879

The remains of old Davy WARD, who died in Covington, Tuesday [25 Nov 1879] at
the advanced age of 96, were brought here and buried in the family burying
ground [Hoover Cemetery], on Thanksgiving. He was one of the first settlers of
Wayne Township, he came here at an early day, cleared and opened up the farm
now owned and operated by Mr. _________ [illegible].

WILSON, Walter R.

                           Greenville Daily Democrat
                             Friday, June 14, 1996

Walter R. WILSON, 80, of 206 East Main Street, Union City died Wednesday
morning at 9 a.m. at his residence.

He was born on October 21, 1915, in Darke County.  He is preceded in death by
his parents; six brothers and two sisters.

He was a lifelong resident of Darke County and a veteran of World War II,
having served with the United States Army.  After being discharged he worked
for TriPacific as a cabinet maker of 39 years before retiring in 1981.  He was
a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles #2790 in Union City, Indiana. He
is survived by his wife, Mary A. (FOX) WILSON of Union City, to whom he married
on August 1, 1992; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Stephen (Shirley A.) ANDERSON of
Union City, Ind., and Mrs. Tom (Susan K.) ADKINS of Farmland, Ind.; a stepson,
David M. HICKS of Union City, Ind.; seven stepgrandchildren; and eight

Funeral services will be held...Sat...Fraze-Brooks and Gray Funeral Home, Union
City, Ind...burial will be in Lisbon Cemetery, north of Union City, Ind.

YORK, Amanda (Pittsenbarger)

                      (probably from a Muncie, IN, paper)

Amanda York, the daughter of Henry and Jennie Pittsenbarger, one of nine
children, was born April 7, 1858 in Darke County, Ohio, and departed this life
at her home in east 16th st., Muncie, Indiana, Friday, December 30th at 4:40
a.m., age at the time of her going away 74 years, 8 months and 23 days.

She was united in marriage to William York, April 22, 1873 in Darke County,
Ohio, and to this union 8 children were born, five of which have preceded her
in death.

She leaves to mourn her going away her husband and companion, Mr. York, with
whom she has shared life's joys and sorrows for almost 60 years. Two sons,
Perry York of Cambridge City, Indiana, and Harrison York of Muncie, one
daughter Mrs. Pearl Wright also of Muncie; eight grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren; one sister Mrs. Frances Burns of Muncie and a host of
relatives and friends.

Almost half a century ago she made the good confession of her faith in Christ
at the waters edge and was baptized and became a member of the Church of Christ
at Yorkshire, Ohio, and maintained her faith in Christ to the end.  Jesus said
"He that is faithful unto death shall receive a crown of life."

One of the major joys of her life came when members of her family and a host of
close friends honored her and Mr. York at their golden wedding anniversary when
110 fold fellowshipped together with them at their home.

Her kind affectionate and gentle disposition won for her the loving name of
Aunt Manda as she was commonly called by almost everyone and especially those
who were in any way related to her.

YORK, Randall L.

                  Versailles Policy, Aug. 14, 1996:

Randall L. (Randy) YORK, 44, of 348 Cherry Drive, Dayton, Ohio, died early
Friday morning Aug. 9th at 6:15 a.m. at the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton
where he was admitted on Monday, Aug. 5th. He had been ill for eight years and
serious for the past month. Mr. YORK was born on March 8, 1952 in Greenville,
the son of Richard G. (Dick) and Leona (REED) YORK who survive, of Webster. A
Webster native and raised in Webster, he has lived at his present address for
the past six years. He graduated from Versailles High School with the class of

Randy was currently employed as a truck dispatcher for "AMVETS" out of
Cincinnati, where he has been employed for the past eight years. He had been
formerly employed by CHEMLAWN (now TruGreen-Chemlawn) as a lawn care technician
for a period of twelve years.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Melvin THIEL.

He was married August 30, 1985 to Linda R. THIEL who survives. In addition to
his parents and his wife, he is also survived by one stepson, Aaron BEHM of
Tipp City and two stepdaughters, Andrea and Abby BEHM, both at home; Two
brothers; Richard A. ('Rick') YORK of Gettysburg and Jeffrey YORK of Piqua; and
his mother-in-law, Mrs. Jean THIEL of Dayton.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the
Bailey Zechar Funeral Home with Rev. Ted Shafer officiating. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Versailles Methodist Church on Wood St.,
Versailles or the donor's choice.

YORK, William


William York, 89, died at 7 o'clock yesterday [December 13, 1940] morning at
his home, 2208 East Sixteenth street, after a week's illness. He came to Muncie
from Darke County, O., in 1891, and was a member of the Christian Church at
Yorkshire, O.

Surviving are two sons, Perry and Harrison York, both of Muncie; one daughter,
Mrs. Pearl Wright, of this city; seven grandchildren and six

Funeral services will be conducted at the family home at 2:30 o'clock Sunday
afternoon, the Rev. Dewey Hole, pastor of the Yorktown Christian Church, in
charge.  Burial will be in Mt. Tabor Cemetery. The body has been removed from
the Parson mortuary to the residence.

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