Herbert N. Byers Sr.
ZANESVILLE — Herbert N. “Herb” Byers Sr., 74, of Zanesville, formerly of Michigan, passed away peacefully at 7:25 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at his residence following a courageous nine-year battle with cancer.
He was born Thursday, Feb. 12, 1931, in McConnelsville, the son of Wilfred N. and Erma Bell (Snow) Byers. He married Phyllis (Hoover) Byers on Friday, June 27, 1952, and was a member of Central Presbyterian Church, The National Ground Water Association, Ohio Oil and Gas Association and a founding member of The Royal Order of The Oyster. Herb worked in the water, oil and gas industry in various sales and executive positions, particularly in the drilling and supply side. His proudest career achievements were trade missions to China and Africa in the 1980s. He maintained keen interest in the progress of global trade and developing Third World countries throughout his life. Herb was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was an expert craftsman, an avid fisherman and loved the ocean. Herb was known by his family and friends for his vivid sense of humor, his love of pranks, his ability to fix anything and for transforming found objects into treasures.
In addition to his wife of the home, Herb is survived by one daughter, Paula (Alan) Gross of Cincinnati; two sons, Herb (Cherilyn) Byers Jr. of Lakewood and Ben (Cindy) Byers of Powell; five grandchildren, Leslee (Sean) Creighton, Trace Byers, Roy Byers, Rachel Gross and Hannah Gross.
In addition to his parents, Herb was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Rowley; and his loving pet and perfect companion, Gracie.
A caring cremation will take place and the family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, where a Celebration of Life Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Ray Morrison officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Presbyterian Church, Genesis Hospice or Heifer International at www.heifer.org in Herb’s name. Hillis & Hardwick Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To send a personal condolence note or sign the online register book at www.hillishardwickfh.com.
Dale J. Hallman
MANSFIELD — Dale Johnson Hallman, 84, of Logan Road, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, in Winchester Terrace Nursing Home following a brief illness.
He was born May 11, 1921, in Chester Township, Morrow County, to Charles H. and Elsie (Johnson) Hallman.
Mr. Hallman is survived by his wife of 27 years, Donna Jean (Swank Grubb) Hallman; a daughter, Lois Ann Upham; sons, David Hallman and Daniel Hallman; daughters-in-law; a stepson and stepdaughter; seven grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, and first wife of 30 years, Alice Regina “Reggie” (Rettig) Hallman, he was preceded in death by a brother and a sister-in-law.
The funeral service was held this morning at First Alliance Church, Mansfield. Pastor Steve Burggraf officiated. Burial with military honors followed in Mansfield Cemetery. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions to Evangelism Resources may be made at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
MANSFIELD — Tammy McClellan, 42, of Mansfield died Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at the Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon. The obituary and to send an online condolence to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Harold ‘Joe’ Reiter
BELLVILLE — Harold “Joe” Reiter, 67, of West Durbin Avenue, Bellville, died Jan. 1, 2006, in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a long illness.
He was born July 28, 1938, in Hamilton to Theodore and Beatrice (Post) Reiter.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy “Sammy” (Wyatt) Reiter; their children, Linda Carder, Susan McLeland and Michael Reiter; six grandchildren; a sister; two brothers; two sisters-in-law; his mother-in-law; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers.
The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. The worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Joe Reiter will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Clear Fork Alliance Church, 1008 Ohio 97 East, Bellville. The Rev. Dr. Michael V. Stine will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation may be made at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Mary Lou Stortz
BUTLER — Mary Lou Stortz, 60, of Butler died Jan. 1, 2006, in Oak Grove Manor, Mansfield, following an 18-month illness.
She was born Nov. 17, 1945, in Richland County to Archie and Geraldine (Leedy) Stevens, and was a lifelong area resident. Mary Lou had worked as an assembler with Hi-Stat Manufacturing in Lexington, with 16 years of service. She had attended Palmyra Church of Christ.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas L. Stortz and Timothy L. Stortz, both of Butler; two brothers, Roger (Sharon) Stevens and Ronald Stevens, both of Butler; nephews and nieces, Mark and Melissa Stevens of Westerville and Sherri and Giovannie Greco of Merritt Island, Fla.; uncles and aunts, Chester Leedy of Fredericktown, Ruth Leedy of Mount Vernon, and Raymond and Mary Stevens of Butler.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, Jan. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Ken Kinley will officiate. Burial will follow in Bunkerhill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the Worthington Township-Butler Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.