Routsong Funeral Home - Kettering Chapel

On first thought, the fact that we are family-owned may not mean much to you. But consider this: Because we have lived here for so long, there is a very good chance that during your time of greatest need, you will be assisted by someone you consider a friend. And, because we are local, you are assured someone from our family will be available to assist you, regardless of the time you call. Like you, we all live here, so we are constantly giving back to the community.

Sometimes a tragedy can change the entire pattern of a man's life. That happened during the Dayton flood of 1913 to Carl T. Routsong, then a rural mailman. He stood at a window in the main post office and watched as the floodwaters washed away his horse and buggy. Without them, Carl could not keep his mail route. Fortunately, his brother-in-law, George Bradford, who had recently started Bradford and Gustin Funeral Home, was in need of extra help. In 1918, when Mr. Gustin retired, Carl entered into a partnership with George Bradford and the firm was founded. Reorganization in 1952 marked the beginning of Routsong Funeral Home and the rest is history!

Death care businesses have traditionally been transferred to successive generations and ours is no exception. Today we are at our third generation of running Routsong Funeral Home and we look forward to a future of continued succession.

In 1918, with the partnership of Bradford and Routsong, the firm was formed. Following a reorganization in 1952, Routsong Funeral Homes has grown to our present size through adherence to our principles, which are to present the options available to families, and to faithfully fulfill their wishes with conscientious service.

Carl T. Routsong was the founder of Routsong Funeral Home. His son, Thomas H. Routsong, joined the firm in 1952, followed by his son, Thomas A. Routsong, in 1979. Mrs. Thomas H. (Martha) Routsong joined the three-generation family-run business when she received her funeral director's license in 1979.

The Routsong Funeral Homes, family and staff, are members of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Montgomery County Funeral Directors Association and the Federated Funeral Directors of America. All these organizations are pledged to serve the public in accordance with prescribed ethical standards.

We are a caring Christian family, and our desire is to continue serving Dayton area families, in their time of need, as we have for over 80 years.

Our Obituaries

Dianna C. Kessinger

June 23, 1956 - October 15, 2017

KESSINGER, Dianna C., age 61, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Dianna was born on June 23, 1956 to Maynard and Virginia Carnahan in Wilmington, OH. She worked as a Respiratory Therapist at Kettering Medical Center for 25 years where she met and fell in love with her husband who is also a Respiratory Therapist at KMC. She loved the beach, shopping,...
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Harriet Marie Keller

April 29, 1922 - October 14, 2017

KELLER, Harriet, age 95, of Kettering, passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Harriet was born on April 29, 1922 to John and Elizabeth Bihr in Dayton, OH. She was a long time member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church where she managed the school cafeteria. Harriet graduated from Parker High School and later organized her class reunions. Preceded in death...
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Richard E. Corron

September 24, 1937 - October 14, 2017

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Delmar Wallace Breuer

June 21, 1925 - October 13, 2017

BREUER, Delmar Wallace “DW”, of Centerville, formerly of Kettering, Ohio passed away on October 13, 2017 at the age of 92. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Ethelene (Paschal) Breuer; parents, Oscar B. Breuer and Ida Mae (Johnson) Breuer; his sisters, Treal Arthur and June Verdi; and brothers, Noel, Eugene, Charles Oscar,...
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Patsy Ann Broadstock

February 27, 1927 - October 12, 2017

BROADSTOCK, Patsy Ann, age 90, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Patsy was born on February 27, 1927 in New Madison, OH to James and Cecil (Ebberts) Creech. She worked for the Kettering school system in the cafeteria. Patsy enjoyed traveling and decorative crafting. She was a devoted mother of three who loved her family above all. Patsy was preceded in death...
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Danita Kooyman

September 4, 1966 - October 11, 2017

KOOYMAN, Danita Marie, 51, of Jamestown Ohio, passed away at Soin Medical Center on October 11, 2017 after a four year battle with cancer. Danita was born on September 4, 1966 to Dan Karpuk and Juanita Schuyler in Duluth, MN. She graduated from Hampton high school in Virginia Beach, VA. Danita retired as the Director of Marketing for Home Instead Senior Care in...
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Robert Eugene Millat

January 25, 1928 - October 7, 2017

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Almena Millicent Holley

September 2, 1916 - October 5, 2017

HOLLEY, Almena Millicent, age 101, of Dayton, passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017. Almena was born in Jamaica on September 2, 1916 to Abraham and Alfreda Aitcheson. She received her Nursing degree in England and worked for the Presbyterian Hospital in New York for over 20 years. Almena was preceded in death by her parents, 5 sisters, and 6 brothers. She...
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Patrick Joseph Lawler

October 24, 1956 - October 4, 2017

LAWLER, Patrick Joseph, age 60, of Beavercreek, passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Pat was born on October 24, 1956 in Dayton to Robert and Gertrude Lawler. He graduated from Carroll High School then went to receive his accounting degree from the University of Dayton. Patrick worked at Phillip’s Sand and Gravel for over 30 years. He was a member of...
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Gerald Briley

May 20, 1932 - October 2, 2017

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Edward John Cosentino, Jr.

January 14, 1935 - October 1, 2017

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Joseph Jose Fernandez

May 22, 2001 - September 22, 2017

FERNANDEZ, Joseph, age 16, of Miamisburg, passed away on September 22, 2017. Joseph was born on May 22, 2001 in Huntington, NY to Juan Jose Fernandez and Ana Lucrecia Ferguson. He was a junior at Centerville High School where he had just joined the wrestling team and began weight lifting. Joseph loved playing video games, hanging with his friends, riding his...
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Frederick Julius Pestian

September 20, 1927 - September 21, 2017

PESTIAN, Frederick, age 90, passed away on September 21, 2017. Frederick was born on September 20, 1927 to Frederick and Wilmina (Krapfel) Pestian in Steubenville, OH. He served proudly as a Sargent in the United States Marine Corp. Frederick retired from the University of Dayton as the Supervisor of the machine shop at the Research Institute. Frederick was a talented...
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Darrell F. Anderson

August 16, 1947 - September 19, 2017

ANDERSON, Darrell Frederick, age 70 of Kettering, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017. He was born in Maysville, Kentucky, in 1947 to Charles Frederick “Fred” and Dorothy Anderson. His home was Ripley, Ohio. Growing up he loved being a Boy Scout and watching any kind of Western. St. Michaels Elementary School always held a special place in his...
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Joseph Franchina

February 9, 1932 - September 18, 2017

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Daniel Evan Sharp

September 14, 1981 - September 15, 2017

SHARP, Daniel Evan, age 36, of Centerville, passed away on September 15, 2017 in his home. Dan was born on September 14, 1981 in Kettering, OH. He graduated from Bellbrook High School and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Wright State University. Dan worked as an Electrical Engineer in the Civil Engineering Div. of the USAF Department of...
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Dorothy Preston

April 25, 1927 - September 15, 2017

PRESTON, Dorothy, age 90, of Kettering, passed away on September 15, 2017. Dorothy was born on April 25, 1927 in England and graduated High School in Warrington, England. She became a WWII bride in 1945, marrying Billy Preston, then moved from England to America to live as a US citizen. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 3...
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Carol Jean Shipley

April 3, 1933 - September 14, 2017

SHIPLEY, Carol Jean, age 84, of Kettering, passed away peacefully September 14, 2017. Carol was born in Dayton and lived and worked in Dayton all her life. She was a 1951 graduate of Roosevelt High School. Carol was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Glenn. She is survived by her loving sons, Glenn, Steve, and Jim and many special family members and...
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Maria A. Voce

January 6, 1923 - September 13, 2017

COLOSIMO-VOCE, Maria, 94, of Kettering, passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017. She was born in Italy and became a Franciscan, 3rd order at age 16. She came to the USA in 1947 where she married Joseph Colosimo. She retired from Centerville Schools. She is survived by 7 children, Antonio Colosimo, Joe (Cathy) Colosimo, Margaret Simon, Catherine...
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Eleanor I. Humphries

April 29, 1917 - September 12, 2017

HUMPHRIES, Eleanor I., age 100, of Washington Township, OH passed away September 12, 2017 at home with her family. She was born April 29, 1917, in Erie Pennsylvania, the daughter of Julius and Rose Metz. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Herbert F. Humphries, as well as her parents, three brothers, and one great-granddaughter...
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Timothy Andrew Holiga

March 4, 1955 - September 9, 2017

HOLIGA, Timothy A. “Tim”, age 62, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and uncle was called home September 9, 2017 while riding his motorcycle. Tim never met a stranger. He was born March 4, 1955 in Dayton, OH. A graduate of Fairmont East High School and Sinclair Community College, he lived an adventurous life. After...
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Dennie Raymond Simpson

March 9, 1935 - September 6, 2017

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Alex W. Androski

May 21, 1988 - September 4, 2017

ANDROSKI, Alex William, aged 28, formerly of Cincinnati, OH, passed away after a sudden illness on September 4th 2017. Alex graduated from Sycamore High School in 2006 and earned his degree in industrial design from DAAP at the University of Cincinnati. After he died, one of his friends tweeted ‘I hope I can raise my daughter to have the same kind of character and...
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Harold M. Baker

July 16, 1936 - September 1, 2017

BAKER, Harold M., age 81, of Miami Twp., passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017. He was born on July 16, 1936 in Jackson County, KY to Stanley and Hattie Lee Baker. Harold enjoyed fishing, and retired from the Insulators Local Union 79 of Dayton. He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters, and his great-granddaughter...
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James E. Christian

November 20, 1923 - August 29, 2017

Christian, James E., age 93, of Springboro, passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at home with his family at his side. Jim was born on November 20, 1923 in Clovis N.M. to James and Cynthia Christian. Jim was a true Patriot. He served as a crew member in B-24’s during WW 11 and made numerous bombing runs in Germany. Later became a police officer in California....
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Marilyn J. Shoemaker

January 3, 1932 - August 29, 2017

SHOEMAKER, Marilyn Jane, age 85 of Kettering, passed away Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 at Hospice of Dayton. She was born on January 3, 1932, the daughter of Leland V. and Gladys (Marling) Norris. She was a 1950 graduate of Fairmont High School. She had been employed by NCR, Rike's, and was a Deputy Clerk for the Auto Title Dept. of Montgomery County, but her...
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Shirley Christian

June 12, 1926 - August 27, 2017

CHRISTIAN, Shirley Verne, age 91, of Springboro, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017 at home with her family at her side. Shirley was born on June 12, 1926 in Alexandria, VA to Herman and Hazel Packett. She was a member of Southbrook Christian Church and volunteered at Wright-Patterson Medical Center. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived...
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Sandra Jodine Wagner

September 2, 1949 - August 25, 2017

WAGNER, Sandra Jodine, age 67, of Dayton, passed away on Friday, August 25, 2017. She was born on September 2, 1949. Sandy graduated from Trotwood Madison High School in 1967 and worked for the City of Dayton Police Department from 1975-2006. It is there where she found her calling in helping others. Sandra was always kind and generous, helping and giving to...
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Margaret Ann Messer

November 15, 1923 - August 21, 2017

MESSER, Margaret Victoria, "Marge" (Bezold), age 93, a resident of The Carlyle House in Kettering, Ohio, passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at Hospice of Dayton. Born on November 15, 1923 in Newport, Kentucky, Marge attended parochial schools, graduating from the Academy of Notre Dame in Covington in 1940. While employed by the New York Central...
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Betty Kraft Kniess

January 22, 1921 - August 20, 2017

KNIESS, Betty Kraft, 96, passed away peacefully on August 20, 2017 at Bethany Village, Centerville. Betty was preceded in death by her husband Bill and is survived by son, Lee Allen. Also surviving her is nephew Joe and wife Celeste Kniess as well as grand-nephew, Matthew, and niece Barb (Kniess) and husband Dallas Mitchell. She is also survived by goddaughter&...
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Walter Frederick Von Gruenigen

October 10, 1928 - August 20, 2017

Von Gruenigen, Walter Frederick, “Fred”, age 88, of Kettering passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017. He was a graduate of Corbin High School (Kentucky) and received his BA and MA from the University of Kentucky. He also completed post graduate work at the Cincinnati and Cleveland Institutes of Art. He was an accomplished painter, art coordinator and teacher...
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Erika Maria Christman

September 16, 1932 - August 17, 2017

CHRISTMAN, Erika Maria (Ziegler), age 85, resident of Dayton, OH, born in Kirchheim, Germany, passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2017. She was a graduate of the Industrie and Handelskammer School of Wurzburg, Germany and worked as an administrative assistant for Tracy & Tracy Law in West Carrollton, OH for 50 years. Erika was a faithful parishioner...
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Valentina Lazar

September 1, 1969 - August 14, 2017

LAZAR, Valentina, age 47, passed away on August 14, in Washington Township, Ohio. In the small village of Suraia, on a crisp fall day, Sava and Elena Anghelache welcomed their first born. September 1st, 1969, was the perfect day to give birth to a beautiful, brown eyed daughter, Valentina. Her charming smile and usual good disposition have been birth...
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Marjorie Joan Tomashot

April 21, 1928 - August 13, 2017

TOMASHOT, Marjorie Joan, age 89, formerly of Bluewater Bay in Niceville FL, passed away at Kingston Nursing Home of Miamisburg OH on August 13, 2017. Marjorie was born in Dayton, OH to Clarence and Laura (Hamilton) Koogler on April 21, 1928. She was a graduate of Beavercreek High School. Marjorie is preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 60...
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Raymond Ray Olfky

October 12, 1946 - August 12, 2017

OLFKY, Raymond Edward, age 70, passed away on 12 August 2017. Ray was born October 12, 1946, to Anthony and Margaret Olfky in Rochester, NY. He graduated from Notre Dame High School, Trenton, NJ in 1964. He received his BA in Economics from Villanova University in 1968 and his MS in Management Science from University of Dayton on 1979. From 1968 until he retired...
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Paul Hezlett

March 19, 1933 - August 11, 2017

HEZLETT, Paul M. Sr, age 84, of Centerville, passed away at St. Leonard’s Health Care Center on August 11, 2017. Paul was born on March 19, 1933 in Boston, MA to Edward and Gertrude Hezlett. He most recently resided in St. Augustine, FL for 25 years. Prior to that he lived in Jacksonville, FL, Enfield, CN, and Woodridge, IL. He was...
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Lorraine H. Moody

September 16, 1926 - August 9, 2017

MOODY, Lorraine H., age 90, of Kettering, passed away on August 9, 2017 at home. Lorraine was born on September 16, 1926 in Hendrum, MN to Oliver and Helen Hagen. She graduated from Moorhead High School in Minnesota. Lorraine was a detailed home decorator and enjoyed spending time in her condos’ in Florida. She was also past President of the Ohio State Alumnee...
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Eleanor Josephine Davis

August 18, 1919 - August 7, 2017

ELEANOR J. Davis, age 97, passed away on August 7th, 2017. Eleanor Josephine was born in Dayton, Ohio on August 18, 1919. She was a lifetime member of St. Adalbert Catholic Church. She was also member of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church. Eleanor worked at Frigidaire and the Rike-Kumbler Company. She was a graduate of Parker Co-Op High School (Patterson Co-Op). Eleanor...
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Margarita Q. Tuss

October 17, 1956 - August 7, 2017

TUSS, Margarita “Maggie” Quintana passed peacefully at home in the arms of her beloved husband, Jim Tuss, after a thirteen year battle with breast cancer. She was predeceased by her mother, Margarita Couceiro in 1984 and her beloved bunny, Nibbles in 2016. Born in Havana, Cuba on 17 October, 1956, her family emigrated to Madrid, Spain in 1969...
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Bruce Kline

August 23, 1944 - August 4, 2017

KLINE, Bruce Edward, 72, loving husband, father, grandfather and founder of Bruce E. Kline Psy.D. and Associates, died on August 4, 2017 at his home in Kettering, OH. Bruce was born August 23, 1944 in Woodstock, IL, to Bruce L. and Kneldrith Kline. He earned an A.A. degree at Central College of McPherson, KS and was married to Linda Wallis in...
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Dixie Wightman

July 31, 1947 - August 4, 2017

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Richard Dick Harris

May 20, 1945 - August 3, 2017

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Rickie Lee Mitchell

January 9, 1962 - August 3, 2017

MITCHELL, Rickie Lee “Rick”, age 55, of Dayton, formerly of Trotwood, passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Rick was born on January 9, 1962 in Dayton to George and Betty Mitchell. He attended Trotwood-Madison High School and worked as the Facilities Manager for First Lutheran Church in Dayton for many years. Rick was preceded in death by his...
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Dorothy Jean Sickinger

March 9, 1930 - August 2, 2017

SICKINGER, Dorothy Jean, 87, of Washington Township, Ohio, formerly of Oakwood, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on August 2, 2017. Born March 9, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Margaret Ballew. An only child, she was raised on a farm in Prarie Hill, MO, a community so small that they changed the...
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Teddy Williamson

January 28, 1937 - July 31, 2017

WILLIAMSON, Teddy L., age 80 of Centerville, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017. Teddy was born on January 28, 1937 to James and Etta (Holderman) Williamson in Englewood, OH. He served in the Navy’s 7th Pacific Fleet; had two tours of duty, and traveled to the Philippines, Luzon Island, Okinawa, South China Sea, and the Sea of Japan...
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Loretta Mary Whiston

December 9, 1936 - July 26, 2017

WHISTON, Loretta M., age 80, of Centerville, passed away on July 26, 2017. She was born on December 9, 1936 in Long Island, New York to Walter and Katherine (Valliere) Whiston. Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bro. George Whiston, S.M.; and step-father, Edwin Wells. She was a Marianist Affiliate for many years. A Mass of Christian...
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Alice Elizabeth Mawdsley

May 6, 1931 - July 26, 2017

MAWDSLEY, Alice Elizabeth, age 86, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Alice was born on May 6, 1937 to Marty and Orba Bennett in Clarksville, OH. She worked as a secretary at W.P.A.F.B. until she met her husband, Robert L. Mawdsley. Alice worked for SICSA for over 30 years and volunteered countless hours at The Tenth Life. She was a member of Eastern Star and...
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Mary Dietz

February 16, 1924 - July 26, 2017

DIETZ, Mary (Stamaty), formerly Mary Burns, age 93 of Kettering, died Wednesday July 26, 2017 at Hospice of Dayton. Survived by daughter and caregiver Janice; sister Melachrine “Mel” Murphy (Loren - “Pete”) of Florida; grandsons Scott Diebert, Jeff and Jason Parker; beloved nieces and nephew; grandchildren and many friends. Preceded in death by...
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Richard John Ernst

October 8, 1934 - July 25, 2017

ERNST, Richard (Dick) John (1934 - 2017) died Tuesday, July 25, 2017 after battling a short illness while at Hospice of Dayton. He is survived by his children Jeffrey (Maryellen), Lisa, and Leslie Alford (Robert), and grandson Joseph. Richard was preceded in death by his former wife Susan Ann (nee Carty), brother Robert Ernst, and loving partner Jeannie...
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William Voss Irwin

July 6, 1942 - July 25, 2017

IRWIN, William v. “Bill”, 75, of Bellbrook, passed away on July 25, 2017. He was born July 6, 1942 in Davenport, Iowa. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. No words can express how much Bill will be missed by his family and friends. The family would like to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses, and caregivers at...
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Joy Faye Back

November 12, 1932 - July 22, 2017

BACK, Joy Faye (Haley), age 84, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 22, 2017 from the complications of Cancer at Kettering Hospital. Joy was born on November 12, 1932 to Ted and Fannie Haley in Pathfork, KY. They soon relocated and she grew up in Rose Hill VA, in a Loving Christian home located near Cumberland Gap TN. As a young woman she came to Dayton,...
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Jeff Sloneker

July 4, 1959 - July 22, 2017

SLONEKER, Jeffery Michael, age 58, passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Jeff was born on July 4, 1959 to Roy and Carolyn (Kautz) Sloneker in Hamilton, OH. He graduated from Edgewood high school in Trenton, OH. Jeff attended Miami University (Oxford). Jeff was a partner at BDS Packaging Inc. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Christina (Manzo);...
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Dorothy Cornish

October 4, 1928 - July 22, 2017

CORNISH, Dorothy P., 88, of Beavercreek, OH, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Dorothy was one of twelve children born in Starkville, Ontario Canada to the late Victor and Leona Farrow. As a young woman, she was a skilled bookkeeper and excelled in retail sales. She was an exceptional homemaker and...
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Agnes Wheeler

March 4, 1943 - July 20, 2017

Wheeler, Agnes Therese, age 74, passed away peacefully in the company of family on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Agnes was born March 4, 1943 to Michael and Lucille Hempfling. She grew up on her family farm in Delphos, OH and graduated from Saint John’s High School. She earned her degree in nursing from St. Rita’s Hospital Lima, completed her bachelor...
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Louise Howard

June 16, 1932 - July 18, 2017

HOWARD, Louise M., age 85, of Centerville, OH (currently Denver, CO), passed away Tuesday July 18, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, William M. Howard and parents, Conrad and Sophia Doty. She is survived by one brother, Conrad (Karen) Doty of Groveland, CA; two daughters, Barbara (Dave) Zanini of Denver, CO, Kathy (Marty)...
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Jean Marilyn Hunsaker

February 5, 1926 - July 18, 2017

HUNSAKER, Jean Marilyn, age 91 of Kettering, Ohio died on July 18. She was a native to Madison, WI where she attended the University of Wisconsin. She was a member of Fairmont Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, a member of Progressive Mothers Club and a Volunteer at Miami Valley Hospital for 20 years. Jean was a Girl Scout leader in Ironton, Ohio where she and her husband Kay resided for ten...
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Beverly Ann Schill

June 16, 1939 - July 17, 2017

SCHILL, Beverly Ann “Bev”, age 78, of Dayton, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017 at Hospice of Dayton. Bev graduated from Bowling Green University with Honors in 1961 with a degree in education and worked at Good Samaritan Hospital for over 25 years and also at Life Stages. She was a volunteer at the Dayton Dog Training Club and was a judge for numerous...
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Sanjeev Kumar Goel

February 10, 1956 - July 14, 2017

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Goel, 61, of Dayton, Ohio, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2017 at his home. A celebration of life service will be held from 12:00-3:00 pm on Tuesday, July 18 at Cox Arboretum, 6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, OH 45449. Sanjeev was born on Feb 10th, 1956 in Meerut, UP, India to Kamlesh and Parmanand Goel. He had two brothers&...
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Joanne Elizabeth Colberg

June 16, 1934 - July 12, 2017

COLBERG, Joanne E., age 83, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Joanne was born on June 16, 1934 to the late Joseph & Agnes (Tryon) Yohn. She worked at Miami Valley Hospital as a Medical Technologist for 10 years, and helped start the Cytology Lab there. Joanne retired from Pathology Associates after 20 years as a Cytotechnologist. She was a member of the Red Hat...
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Owen Ray Kilburn

November 17, 1929 - July 10, 2017

KILBURN, Owen Ray, age 87, of Riverside, OH, passed away on July 10, 2017. Owen was born on November 17, 1929 in Booneville, KY to Dudley & Daisy (Bowman) Kilburn. He served in the US Army during the Korean War in the 3rd Infantry Div. Owen worked 26 years for Sherwin-Williams and retired after 14 years of service at General Motors Truck & Bus. He attended...
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Kit Johnston Davidson

October 30, 1940 - July 8, 2017

DAVIDSON, Kit J., age 76, of Centerville, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Kit was born on October 30, 1940 in Cincinnati, OH to John and Lucile (McLaughlin) Johnston. She graduated Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Psychology and earned her R.N. from Kettering College of Medical Arts. She worked for Kettering Hospital for over 10 years. Preceded in...
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Aaron Edward Gray

February 18, 1991 - July 7, 2017

GRAY, Aaron Edward, age 26, passed away at his Kettering residence on Friday July 07, 2017. He was born February 18, 1991 in Dayton, Ohio, to William Gray and Janice K. (Gilliam) Lott. Aaron loved cars, family and was a fun spirit with a contagious laugh, he also enjoyed art. He is survived by his mother, Janice K. Lott (Bill); father, William...
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Christopher Douglas Klingensmith

January 13, 1992 - July 4, 2017

KLINGENSMITH, Christopher Douglas, age 25, of Dayton, formerly of Oakwood, passed away on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017. Chris was born on January 13th, 1992 in Milwaukee, WI to Trina B. House and Douglas L. Klingensmith. He graduated from Oakwood High School in 2010 where he excelled in Football and Wrestling. Chris was very involved in the Dayton music scene. ...
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Rose Cameran Nott

May 6, 2002 - July 3, 2017

NOTT, Rose Cameran, age 15, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Rose was born on May 6, 2002 to Chase Nott and Heather Eldering in Columbia, South Carolina. She would have been a sophomore at Franklin HS this fall. Rose was an artistic soul who taught herself to play the piano, and loved strumming her base guitar. She is survived by her mother, father;...
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Gracie Ison

July 18, 1928 - July 2, 2017

ISON, Gracie N., age 88 of Kettering died Sunday, July 2, 2017. Survivors include brother-in-law Roland Nayles; half-sisters Elise Patrick of new Carlisle; Betty Lou Miller and Ruth and Jones of Kentucky. Half-brothers Cooper Noble of Franklin Ohio: Roy & Joe Noble of Kentucky. Funeral services will be held at Routsong funeral home 2100 East Stroop Rd. and Kettering at 12 noon...
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Edward Joseph Regan

November 23, 1922 - July 2, 2017

REGAN, Edward Age 94, passed away at 10 Wilmington Place, formerly of Oakwood, on July 2, after a long and fulfilling life as a loving husband, father of four, and grandfather of seven. Born in 1922 to Edward, Sr., and Grace Regan, Ed grew up on the east side of Dayton and attended St. Anthony Grade School. He graduated from Chaminade High School in...
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Carol Elizabeth Hughes

July 22, 1937 - July 1, 2017

HUGHES, Carol Elizabeth, age 79, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017. Carol was born on July 22, 1937 to John and Alice (Calnan) Meehan in Cincinnati, OH. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati, a member of St. Luke Catholic Church, and was a member of the Jeanne Jugan Society. Carol was a religious education teacher for years and also volunteered...
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Wendell Akers

September 12, 1946 - June 28, 2017

AKERS, Wendell, age 70, passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Wendell was born on September 12, 1946 to Oscar and Annie (Evans) Akers in Grethel, KY. Wendell proudly served in the Army during the Vietnam War and later retired from D.A.P. after 27 years. He loved his grandchildren, working in his yard, classic cars, NASCAR, country music, and...
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Marjorie F. Hauenstein

May 29, 1926 - June 27, 2017

Marjorie Mae Hauenstein, age 91 of Kettering, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 following complications from a stroke. Marjorie was born May 29, 1926 in Auburn, Maine to Frederick and Ellen Ford. The events of her life would prove pivotal in shaping Marjorie into a strong and independent woman, one who persevered against adversity but who often struggled to let...
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Louise Buena Quines

October 12, 1946 - June 25, 2017

QUINES, Louise B., 70, Of Battlecreek, Michigan, passed away on June 25, 2017. Louise was born in Albay, Philippines to Salvador and Corazon (Buena) Quines. She earned her BSN in Nursing from Adventist University of the Philippines and her Masters in Nursing from Andrew’s University in Michigan. She worked as a nurse for over 40 years helping those in both the...
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Bruce Elbert Harrison

July 17, 1940 - June 22, 2017

HARRISON, Bruce Elbert, of Kettering, Ohio, passed away at the age of 76 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. A native of Peoria, Illinois, Bruce attended Peoria High School and graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1965,...
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William G. Hollis

July 4, 1938 - June 22, 2017

HOLLIS, William "Bill" G, age 78, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2017. Bill is survived by his son, Greg (Casie) Hollis; granddaughters; Allison and Rory Hollis, sister-in-law; Beverly Gilewitz, and his other son. He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley A. (Mote) Hollis, mother; Ruth (Fischer) Hollis; father; William A. Hollis. Bill was born on July...
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William Snedden Darling

September 12, 1936 - June 20, 2017

Darling, William S. “Scotty” passed away June 20, 2017 at his home In West Carrollton, OH. Scotty was born in Scotland September 12, 1936 to William and Elizabeth “Ella” who preceded him in death. Remaining family members include: daughter, Heather (Mark) Short; granddaughters, Caroline and Sienna in Virginia; brother, Allan (Elaine) Darling in...
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James Keadey

July 6, 1953 - June 19, 2017

KEADEY, James (Jim) David, age 63, of Kettering passed away on Monday, June 19, 2017 at Kettering Hospital. Jim was born on July 6, 1953 to William and Mary Keadey in Toledo, OH. He graduated from Oakwood High School and from the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in Hyde Park, NY. Jim helped open the Peasant Stock Restaurant in Kettering and later worked at the Peerless Mill Inn as the...
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Alberta Irene Gaeke

July 9, 1922 - June 17, 2017

GAEKE (HECHT), Alberta "Bertie", passed away on June 17, 2017, at age 94. She was preceded in death by her much beloved husband, Carl W.; son, Bill and son-in-law David Frech; her parents, Edward and Clara Amann Hecht; and her brothers, Robert and Alvin. She is survived by 5 children: Sr. Carol Gaeke O.P., Joanne (Larry) Bilderback, Joyce (Paul) Kordik, Susan Frech, John (Deborah) Gaeke and...
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Patricia Leonora Scearce

April 7, 1975 - June 16, 2017

SCEARCE, Patricia Leonora, age 42, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017. Tricia was born in Dayton on April 7, 1975 to Leonard Guy and Sylvia Person. She graduated from Arlington High School in Arlington, TX, and also attended Miami Jacobs College. Tricia worked as a secretary for Adesa, and volunteered at the local homeless shelter. She will always be remembered for her generosity and sense of...
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Vincent Thomas Zimmer

November 3, 1987 - June 16, 2017

ZIMMER, Vincent Thomas, age 29, of Kettering, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017. He was born on November 3, 1987 in Dayton to David and Jennifer Zimmer. Vincent worked at WPAFB for Serco Inc. where he was the Security Engineer. Vincent enjoyed spending time boating, especially on Norris Lake, Lake Cumberland, Brookville Lake, and Caesar Creek Lake which all held a special place in his...
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Josef Otmar

July 26, 1927 - June 13, 2017

OTMAR, Josef, age 89, noted cabinetmaker, escaped communism in Czechoslovakia and pursued liberty on three continents before finding the American Dream in Centerville, Ohio. He passed away peacefully at home on June 13, 2017. Otmar was born July 26, 1927, in Nova Ves nad Popelkou, Czechoslovakia. As a young man seeking freedom from communism, he left home on May 14, 1949, with a few books in...
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Mary Kathleen Walters

February 18, 1942 - June 11, 2017

WALTERS, Mary K., 75, of Dayton, formerly of Huber Heights, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017. She was born to John and Thelma (Crabill) McBreen in Springfield, Ohio. She was a loyal Wife, Mother, and friend, and always took care of the people she loved. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Lonnie Walters. Mary is survived by her children, Julie (John) Kane, Johnny...
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James Walter Looper

May 11, 1911 - June 10, 2017

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James Walter Looper

May 11, 1911 - June 10, 2017

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Frank French Gordnier

February 10, 1928 - June 8, 2017

GORDNIER, Frank F., age 89, of Dayton, OH, formerly of Rochester NY, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Frank was a member of Mason United Methodist Church. He served in the Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1949 and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity of Syracuse. He was a past Master of Unity Lodge #479, Past High Priest of Hiram...
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Betty Jean Koesters

February 27, 1929 - June 8, 2017

KOESTERS, Betty Jean (Bondurant), age 88, of Kettering, formerly of Vandalia and Dayton, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Betty was a member of St. Anthony Church for over 50 years and a longtime resident of Grand Court/Brookdale of Kettering. She was a member of the Council 500 Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxillary, Nu Iota Kappa Sorority, and the Carlisle Avenue Card Club. Betty retired...
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Sarah Renee Vesey

May 21, 1988 - June 7, 2017

Vesey, Sarah Renee, age 29, of Kettering, passed away on June 7, 2017. Sarah graduated from Beavercreek High School in 2006, and earned her Associates Degree in interior design at Sinclair. She served as an Ambassador for Children's Medical Center. She was co-creator of Discheadz, an at home hobby turned into a small business for which she was very proud. She also worked at the Cheesecake...
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Barbara Ann Barnes

October 28, 1931 - June 7, 2017

BARNES, Barbara Ann, age 85, of Centerville, passed away on June 7, 2017 at Hospice of Dayton. She was born in Dayton, OH to the late Raymond & Mattie (Mitchell) Renner. Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Eugene Barnes, along with her brothers: Raymond; Allen Renner and sister Thelma O'Donnel. She is survived by her sons: Tim (Missy) Everman and H. Joel Everman,...
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William H. Donahue

October 9, 1934 - June 6, 2017

Dr. William Hayes Donahue couldn't walk into a restaurant, supermarket or sporting event without hearing "Doc!" shouted from across the room and receiving a firm hand shake. He'd operated on them once, twice — maybe even three times. He'd shown them the ropes years ago when they received their first, white lab coat and blue scrubs. He'd offered a helping hand when things were difficult or...
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John Edward Springer Mohr

April 15, 1952 - June 2, 2017

MOHR, John Edward Springer age 65 of Centerville passed away on Friday, June 2, in Dayton, Ohio, after an inspiring battle against cancer. John was a 1970 graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School (Tiffin, Ohio) and received a bachelor's degree in political science from Miami University, Oxford, in 1974. He continued his education at Indiana University Bloomington where he earned his Juris...
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Vivian Jean Goode

February 13, 1931 - June 1, 2017

GOODE, Vivian Jean, age 86, was born February 13, 1931 in Centerville, OH to Jesse and Kathryn Nosset Hibberd. She married John "Jack" Huntsberger and Les Goode, who preceded her in death. Vivian graduated from Centerville high school in 1949 and University of Dayton in 1973. She retired from Stephen Bell Elementry in 1987. Vivian loved her family, playing cards, bowling, and telling jokes....
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Dr.William McKay Sherk

December 16, 1931 - May 31, 2017

SHERK, William McKay, age 85, of Kettering, passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Known for his charm, humor and twinkling, blue eyes, Bill was born December 16, 1931 in Dayton, OH to physician Edgar A. and Willa (McKay) Sherk. A 1949 graduate of Oakwood H.S.. He took his intellect to Ohio Wesleyan (B.S. '53; Sigma Phi Epsilon) after which he took a 3, 500-mile, two-month road trip around the...
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Dorothy Fox

August 27, 1919 - May 31, 2017

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Klaus Werner Otten

August 3, 1929 - May 29, 2017

OTTEN, Klaus Werner, age 87, of Xenia, passed away on Monday, May 29, 2017. He was born on August 3, 1929, in Stuttgart, Germany, to Wilhelm and Johanna (Lohss) Otten. Klaus was preceded in death by his wife, Anna, and his parents. He is survived by his sister, Hildegard (Michael) Lindsay; nephew, Michael (Elizabeth) Lindsay and their son Quentin; and many dear neighbors and friends. Klaus...
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Petronella Bishop

July 5, 1935 - May 28, 2017

BISHOP, Petronella "Pat" (Kruijk), age 81, of Bellbrook, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Pat was born on July 5, 1935, in the Netherlands to Dirk and Geertruida (Smit) Kruijk. She retired from Elder-Beerman after 40 years of service and also worked for Ed Smith Flowers. Pat was a devoted wife, gracious mother, attentive grandmother, loving sister, and loyal friend. She will be...
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William Dininger Lockwood

May 30, 1934 - May 27, 2017

LOCKWOOD, William D., of Oakwood passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the age of 82. He was born in Chicago in 1934 to Chalmer and Mary Lockwood. The family moved to Dayton during his childhood where he was raised. Bill Lockwood was a prominent Dayton-based Civil Engineer, entrepreneur and mentor. His passion for innovation and the ability to develop new technologies and bring them to...
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Janet Kay Holder

August 19, 1943 - May 25, 2017

HOLDER, Janet Kay, age 73, of Washington Twp, passed away peacefully at home on May 25, 2017, with her beloved dog Pippa by her side. She was born on August 19, 1943 in Rolla, Missouri to Hubert and Jessie (Geers) Perkins. Janet graduated from Rolla High School, attended Missouri State University, and graduated with a Master's degree in Education from Wright State University. She retired as a...
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Jeanine Walengar

May 24, 2017 - May 24, 2017

OSBORN, Jeanine (Walengar) of Centerville, OH peacefully passed on May 19, 2017. She taught in Johnson County, KY and in Indiana. She also was supervisor of Food Services in Fairborn City Schools. Jeanine was predeceased by her parents James Harrison and Neva (Evans) Osborn and brothers James Howard and Wendell. She is survived by her sister-in-law Mary Ellen (Ison) Osborn and nieces and...
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Timothy Jason Horne

March 3, 1979 - May 23, 2017

HORNE, Timothy Jason, age 38, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Jason was born on March 3, 1979 in Tampa, FL. He was a 1997 graduate of Miamisburg High School and attended Sinclair Community College. Jason was a dedicated General Manager of EO Burgers in Beavercreek where he took pride in mentoring his employees with a listening ear and a kind heart. It was obvious to everyone who knew him...
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Charles Chilcoat

January 4, 1938 - May 20, 2017

CHILCOAT, Charles Park, age 79, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017. He proudly served his country in the Army and Navy for 26 years, retiring from the Army Reserves with the rank of Sergeant Major. Charles also worked for NCR, retiring in 2000. After retirement Charles became a member of American Legion Post 49 and VFW Post 9927. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles H. and H....
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Jeanine Walengar

December 31, 1933 - May 19, 2017

OSBORN, Jeanine (Walengar) of Centerville, OH peacefully passed on May 19, 2017. She taught in Johnson County, KY and in Indiana. She also was supervisor of Food Services in Fairborn City Schools. Jeanine was predeceased by her parents James Harrison and Neva (Evans) Osborn and brothers James Howard and Wendell. She is survived by her sister-in-law Mary Ellen (Ison) Osborn and nieces and nephews...
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Helen Forth

May 2, 1925 - May 15, 2017

FORTH, Helen Louise, age 92, of Kettering, passed away on Monday May 15, 2017. Helen was born in Dayton to Arthur and Bertha (Peltz) Pester on May 2, 1925. She was a devoted Mother, Wife, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, and was the true hub of her family. She loved nature, enjoyed reading, and loved to entertain family and friends. She and her husband Bob loved traveling across the country on...
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Robert Zajovits

November 27, 1955 - May 14, 2017

ZAJOVITS, Robert (Bob), Age 61, of Kettering, passed away on May 14, 2017. Bob was born November 27, 1955. He graduated from Fairmont West High School in 1973. From day one, Bob had an avid love of anything cars and racing. From Nascar to drag racing and funny cars, his love of speed led him to the auto race tracks where he began drag racing and learned to perfect his talent. Many days were...
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