Rita J. Bowles
MOUNT GILEAD — Rita J. Bowles, 59, of Ohio 95, Mount Gilead, passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2005, at the Ohio State University Medical Center.
She was born June 17, 1946, in Mount Vernon to the late Ralph and Betty (LaFever) Keyes. Rita was employed with Cigna Life Insurance Co.
She is survived by a brother, James (Diane) Keyes of Chesterville; two sisters, Rosemary Neal of Chesterville and Rosalie (Mark Benjamin) Shaw of Mount Vernon; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Bowles.
Friends may call Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown, where a memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. Mr. Rob Musick will officiate. The family will observe a private graveside service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. This obituary may be viewed online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. — Lorean Fuller Bradrick, 84, of Roanoke County, Va., entered the glory of her Savior’s presence on Dec. 12, 2005.
A native of Ohio, she was a longtime resident of Denver, Colo., where she faithfully served with her husband who was executive director of the Denver Rescue Mission. In 1999, following the death of her husband of 53 years, she moved to Roanoke, Va., to be near her only child. She was a member of Ghent Grace Brethren Church where she faithfully attended services and participated in women’s activities and Bible studies. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who brought great joy to her life.
Preceding her in death were her four brothers; her husband, LeRoy Bradrick; and her first great-grandchild, Fione Cooke.
She is survived by her daughter, Sherrie (Bill) Clingenpeel of Roanoke, Va.; four grandchildren, Heather (Jim) Kresl of Fort Wayne, Ind., Kim (Kevin) Cooke of Waterloo, Iowa, Tim (Jodi) Clingenpeel of Roanoke, Va., and Jim (Andrea) Clingenpeel of Centreville, Va.; 12 great-grandchildren; her sister, Pearlene Rowley of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; her sisters-in-law, Phyllis Fuller of Centerburg and Elizabeth Fuller of Galion; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A service celebrating her life was Sunday, Dec. 18, at Ghent Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, with Pastor Phil Whitaker officiating. Interment will be Thursday, Dec. 22, at 11 a.m. in Fort Logan National Cemetery at Denver, Colo.
Lorean was deeply in love with her Lord and desired to see others come to know him. She supported a missionary family who lost their daughter, Kate, to cancer. A scholarship was established in memory of Kate to assist students showing a commitment to cross-cultural missions outside of North America. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be sent to Kate Schultz Colon Scholarship Fund, Columbia International University, Attention: Development Office, P.O. Box 3122, Columbia, SC 29230.
Robert ‘Bob’ Doyle
MOUNT VERNON — Robert Eugene “Bob” Doyle, 64, of Mount Vernon passed away Dec. 19, 2005.
He was born Oct. 20, 1941, and was employed by the Mount Vernon News. He was a retired truck driver for Allied Van Lines.
He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Elsie Doyle; sons, Robert (Lisa) Doyle of Mount Vernon and Jeff (Loretta) Messer of Columbus; brother, Mike (Joann) Doyle, and sister, Joyce (Wayne) Sprause, both of Columbus; 19 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; many friends; and his loving dog, Dino.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Joyce Doyle; brothers, Paul and Gary Doyle; and a daughter, Jackie Simpkins.
Friends may call Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Moreland Funeral Home, 55 E. Schrock Road, Westerville, where service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. Pastor Darren Shaffer will officiate and interment will be in Alton Cemetery.
Albert R. Miller
FREDERICKTOWN — Albert R. Miller, 76, of Upper Fredericktown-Amity Road, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005.
He was born April 14, 1929, in Columbus to Asa and Elsie (Wagner) Miller. Albert retired after 25 years of service as a Columbus Police Officer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in which he received the Purple Heart.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Jean (St. Clair) Miller; two sons, Mark Miller of Fredericktown and Todd (Michelle) Miller of Fredericktown; two daughters, Tonya Campbell of Mount Vernon and Renee Conn of Melbourne, Fla.; five grandchildren, Julia, Mandy, Austin, Dakota and Nicole; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard (Pat) Miller of Fairfax, Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown. The family will observe a private graveside service at a later date.
This obituary may be viewed online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
MOUNT VERNON — Jacqueline (Morton) Oakes, 77, of Highmeadow Drive, Mount Vernon, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005, at Knox Community Hospital.
She was born April 10, 1928, in Charleston, W.Va., to the late Walter and Sarah (Dorsey) Morton. On Sept. 23, 1953, she was married to Calvin E. Oakes. She was a member of the West Virginia Eastern Star Chapter 153.
She is survived by her husband, Calvin; a daughter, Joann Waren; granddaughters, Renee Bateman, Tracie and Mitzi; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Margaret Caruthers, Harriet Calvert and Maxine Reese; and two brothers, Oliver and Fred Morton.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 9 a.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville. The Rev. Ron Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Cemetery in Cross Lanes, W.Va., where there will be a committal service Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
This obituary can be viewed online at fischerfuneralhome.com.
Hobart S. Sockman
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Hobart Sockman, born in Green Valley, Ohio, on Jan. 13, 1911, passed away suddenly, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Hospital.
He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Helen (Culp) Sockman; as well as his son, Dr. James Sockman; and brothers, Hubert and Earl Sockman.
Survivors include his sister, Ruth Pienkowski of Elburn, Ill.; son, Dr. William Sockman of Chardon; and daughters, Ann Kril of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Mary Spence of McCormick, S.C.; as well as nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He graduated from Fredericktown High School and The Ohio State University, with a degree in Vocational Agriculture. Growing up on a farm in Knox County guided his education, vocation and avocations for the rest of his life. He taught vocational agriculture, worked for both the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. State Department, and after retiring, farmed with his uncle, Luke Biggs, here in Knox County.
His career included positions with the County and District in Ohio, with the State in Pennsylvania, and nationally in Washington, D.C.; and included an international stint with U.S. Aide in Tunisia. In a recent autobiographical report, he stated that of all his accomplishments, he was most proud of his success with his farm, where he led Knox County farms into “No Till” agriculture. His avocation focused on his family of whom he was very proud, and on his church and community. Local activities in addition to church included Kiwanis and FFA.
Services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at 2 p.m. at the Gay Street United Methodist Church where he was a member. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow in Green Valley Cemetery. These services are under the care and direction of the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gay Street United Methodist Church in memory of Hobart Sockman, or to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in memory of James Sockman. To view this obituary and leave an online condolence, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.