Lewis H. Butler
MARTINSBURG — A funeral service for Lewis H. Butler, 85, of Martinsburg will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N. Main St., Utica, with the Rev. Marvin Haught officiating. Burial will follow in South Lawn Cemetery.
Mr. Butler died Aug. 31, 2004, at The Laurels of Mount Vernon. He was born April 26, 1919, in Wheeling, W.Va., to the late John A. and Ruth M. (Hill) Butler.
He spent his early life in Utica and vicinity; attending Utica and Tuma Run schools. In the late 1930s, he was enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps for nearly three years in Montana and California. After a short enlistment in the Ohio National Guard, he enlisted into the regular Army in February 1941. He was assigned to the 18th Coastal Artillery in Oregon where he planted and serviced submarine mines. He graduated from Army Infantry Officer Candidate School in November 1942 and received his commission to second lieutenant. He was then assigned to the 104th Infantry Division in Oregon as an anti-tank unit commander and a battalion staff officer. During the transition period he served as liaison to the Australian Army 3rd Division. In January 1945, he participated in the initial landing on Luzon; he was wounded in the Battle of Manila; he was released from the hospital in White Sulfur Springs, W.Va., and was separated from the Army in February 1946. He then worked as a payroll clerk for Swisher Corp. builders of the Miller Co. in Utica. After a short employment with the Miller Co. he enlisted into the U.S. Air Force in January 1946 at the rank of master sergeant. After attending schools he was the chief radio operator at the Flying Tiger Headquarters in Florida; he was transferred to Japan in 1949 where he attended the 8th Army Signal School for radio repairmen. Returning to the United States he was phase chief in the radio maintenance school at Scott Field, Ill., and transferred to Newfoundland in 1955 where he served as circuit outage analyst. Returning to the United States in 1958, he was stationed at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C.; in 1959-60 he attended the advanced radio maintenance school at Kessler AFB Mississippi. After graduation he was then assigned to the Reno Air Defense Sector at Stead AFB Nevada. In 1961, he was sent to Germany and was assigned to an aircraft control warning site; returning to the United States in 1963 he was field maintenance supervisor in the Tactical Air Command at Shaw AFB South Carolina where he retired from active duty in 1964 as a senior master sergeant. Shortly after he retired he went to work as a civilian employee at the Newark Air Force Station. In 1972, he retained the rank of first lieutenant after 30 years of service; he then retired from the Air Force Station in 1977.
He was a life member of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America and the BMW Motorcycle Riders Association.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Virgie (Goodall) Butler; a son, Lewis Wayne Butler of Martinsburg; a daughter, Nancy L. (Phil) Banks of St. Louisville; five grandchildren, Jason (Jennifer) Butler and Kevin Butler, both of Mount Vernon, Laura Butler who is serving in the U.S. Navy in Italy, and Christal Banks and Clayton Banks, both of St. Louisville; brothers, Albert E. (Helen E.) Butler of Chandler, Ariz., and Allen V. (Letha) Butler of Ridgeway; an aunt, Martha Butler Stull of Mount Vernon; cousins, John and Barbara Butler of Mount Vernon and Louzella (Butler) and Doug Long of Utica; and a niece, Tanna Bagent Garney of Florida.
Friends may call today from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Utica Church of Christ, 115 N. Central Ave.
Lloyd W. Dement
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Lloyd W. “Buster” Dement of San Antonio, Texas, died Aug. 20, 2004, at Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio after an extended illness.
He was born Nov. 13, 1938, in Windsor, Ohio, to Harry W. and Verda I. Dement. He grew up in Mount Vernon and graduated in 1955 from Mount Vernon High School. After enlistment he spent 30 years with the U.S. Air Force Intelligence Team including assignments to the National Security Headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.; Da Nang, Vietnam; and East Germany. His duties also included security inspections of all USAF military bases. At the time of his retirement he was chief master sergeant E9 and was the 14th highest ranking enlisted man in the U.S. Air Force. He was then with the city of San Antonio for 16 years and was administrative service manager and purchasing agent for the Alamo Dome until he retired in 2001 due to his health.
He is survived by a daughter, Theresa Dement, a son, James W. Dement, both of San Antonio; his mother, Verda Van Winkle, brother, Gary Dement, sister, Connie Silliman, nephew, Shawn (Julie) Dennis, great-nephews and great-niece, Alex, Nick, Dalton and Bridget Dennis, all of Mount Vernon.
Burial with full military honors was at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Texas.
Eldon F. Frye
MOUNT VERNON — Eldon F. Frye, 86, of Mount Vernon died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
Mr. Frye was born Jan. 28, 1918, in Mount Vernon to Otto and Josephine (Skeen) Fry and had spent his lifetime in the Mount Vernon area. He had been employed at Cooper Energy Services in Mount Vernon where he retired as a tool repairman after more than 40 years employment.
Surviving are his wife, Hazel (Workman) Frye, whom he married in 1937; his daughter, Jean Barker of Mount Vernon; four sons, Eldon I. (Linda) Frye of Howard, Philip R. (Dixie) Frye, Thomas E. (Diana) Frye and James M. (Paula) Frye, all of Mount Vernon; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; his brother, Lloyd Frye; and two sisters, Ruth Frye of Mount Vernon and Janice Thomas of Utica.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Edith Parks; and five brothers, Robert Fry, Paul Frye, Howard Fry, Clarence Frye and Harold Frye.
There will be no calling hours. Graveside funeral services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Knox County, 302 E. High St., Mount Vernon 43050. This obituary and online condolences at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Viola Mae Hall
RITTMAN — Viola Mae Hall, 83, of Rittman died suddenly Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at her home.
Services were held Monday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. at Milton Presbyterian Church, 250 North St., Rittman, with the Revs. Richard A. Lapehn and James E. Watt officiating. Graveside service and burial were held in Rittman Cemetery following the service.
Viola was born April 27, 1921, in Akron to Clyde and Ruth (Myers) Woodford. She was married to Ashton O. Hall on March 10, 1946, who taught and coached at Rittman High School and was the former mayor of Rittman. He died March 29, 2003.
She was a 1939 graduate of Greensburg High School and attended Otterbein College and Kent State University, where she majored in child psychology. She was owner/operator of Grandview Nursery School in Rittman for 40 years. She loved children, gardening, floral arranging and music. She and her sisters formed a singing trio in the 1940s and sang regularly over WADC radio in Akron.
She was a former elder, deaconess, sang in the church choir and was active in the Presbyterian Women’s organization in the Milton Presbyterian Church. She was a member of Junior Mother’s Club.
Surviving are her children, Cheryl Hall of Rittman and Daryl (Maureen) Hall of Mansfield; grandchildren, Laura and Brian Hall; and a sister, Miriam (Wendell) King of Howard.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Clyde Woodford; and a sister, Loleta Kepler.
Memorial contributions may be made to Milton Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 306, Rittman 44270; or to Disabled American Veterans. Condolences may be expressed at www.legacy.com.
Norma D. Mintier
MOUNT VERNON — Norma D. Mintier, 87, of Dunham Road, Mount Vernon, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004, at the Country Court Nursing Center.
She was born on April 2, 1917, in Cleveland, daughter to Thomas and Ida (Peterson) Gilchrist. Mrs. Mintier was a member of the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church here in Mount Vernon.
Surviving are her children including a daughter, Barbara A. (Terry) Schaefer of Worthington; three sons, Robert W. (Anna) Mintier of Marysville, James L. (Shirley) Mintier of Mount Vernon and David E. (Sandy) Mintier of Mount Vernon; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Mintier, two brothers, Forest Gilchrist and Wesley Gilchrist; and two grandsons, D.J. Phillips and Dustin Mintier.
Friends may call on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Rodney Buchanan will officiate the service.
Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice. This obituary and guest registry can be viewed online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Krista R. Morgan
FREDERICKTOWN — Krista Renee Morgan, infant twin daughter of David Morgan and Erica Fisher, was stillborn on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus.
Besides her parents she is survived by her sister, Emma Danielle Morgan of the home; maternal grandparents, Shari (J.D.) Fisher of Fredericktown; paternal grandparents, Carol (Frank Fabian) Morgan of Fredericktown and James (Kim) Morgan Jr. of Frazeysburg; maternal great-grandmothers, Betty Ritchie of Fredericktown and Opal Fisher of Fredericktown; paternal great-grandparents, Richard (Kathy) Weston of Riverdale, Calif., and James (Annie) Morgan Sr. of Newark; aunts, Jessica Fisher, Meghen Fisher and Ashley Eddy; and uncles, Jeff Fisher and Dan Morgan.
She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandfathers, Donald Ritchie and Dale Fisher.
The family will observe private services at a later date. These services are under the care and direction of the Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown. This obituary and guest registry may be viewed online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.
Richard L. Ores
PONTIAC, Ill. — Richard L. Ores of Pontiac, Ill., formerly of Mount Vernon, passed away Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at Bromenn Hospital in Bloomington, Ill., of heart failure.
Richard was born Oct. 4, 1942, in Rochester, N.Y. In 1970, he was instrumental in starting and supervising the Life Support Team Ambulance Service stationed at Martin Memorial Hospital in Mount Vernon. He worked closely on and with the squad program for the next four years until moving out of state. He was retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections and was assistant coroner for Livingston County in Illinois. He was also an avid member of the Gold Wing Motorcycle Club.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Lois, and two brothers, Michael and Theodore, all of Pontiac, Ill. Also surviving are five children, Bill Snover of Lima, N.Y., David (Laurie) Sharrow of Webster, N.Y., Tami Noto of Rochester, N.Y., Lisa (Tracy) Hunter of Fredericktown and Craig (Sharon) Ores of Bellville; three stepchildren, Tony Chesrow of Idaho, Veronica Yates of California and Jackie James of Pontiac, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren.
James Suttinger Sr.
CENTERBURG — James Anthony Suttinger Sr., 61, of Centerburg died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004, at his home.
He was product manager for Alside Supply Center in Columbus; a member of Apostolic Christian Church in Mount Vernon; and a member of the Christian Deer Hunter’s Association.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Carol Suttinger; children, James (Sonya) Suttinger Jr. of Sunbury; Diane (Samuel) Starkey and Georgeann (Ian) Ware, both of Centerburg, and Anthony Suttinger of Columbus; grandchildren, James Anthony III, Jessica, Jarek, Sara Sylvester, Jacob and Brittany; a sister, K.C. (Jeff) Temple of Fredericktown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ethel Swanson.
Friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson-Melick-Moreland Funeral Home, 49 W. Church St., Centerburg, where funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. Pastor Duane Kramer will officiate. Entombment will be in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Ralph E. Welker
MOUNT VERNON — Ralph E. Welker, 63, of Mount Vernon died Aug. 31, 2004, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
He was born April 27, 1941, in Knox County to Lawrence E. and Teresa (Gleeson) Welker. He was a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra (Shoman) Welker, to whom he had been married 40 years; one daughter, Kelly (Jim Robbins) Welker of Mount Vernon; one son, Gary (Natalie Duffield) Welker of Mount Vernon; two grandchildren, Jordan and Zak Welker; one sister, Janice (John) Popham of Fredericktown; three brothers, Jack (Ruth) Welker, Edward (Cindy) Welker and Wilbur (Melanie) Welker, all of Mount Vernon; several nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Bob Blubaugh and Matthew Spivey.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Howard Workman.
Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. in the North-Dilley Funeral Home, where funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dale Sanford will officiate. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.