Howard E. Cochran
CENTERBURG — Howard E. Cochran, 76, of Centerburg, formerly of Martinsburg, died June 13, 2006, at the Heartland of Centerburg. The Harris-Dilley Funeral Home in Bladensburg is in charge of the arrangements.
Jeoffrey D. Moder
BUTLER — Jeoffrey David Moder, 34, of Rhinehart Road, Butler, passed away Monday evening, June 12, 2006, from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident near Mount Vernon.
He was born July 26, 1971, in Columbus, a son of Mary L. (Wigal) Shaffer, who survives of Butler. Jeoffrey was a 1991 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. After high school, he joined the Ohio National Guard and then after his service in the Guard, he worked in the construction business for 11 years until he was hurt in a motorcycle accident. Currently, Jeoffrey was working for the Mount Vernon Kmart as a stockman and in maintenance. Jeoffrey attended the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene in Mount Vernon.
In addition to his mother, Jeoffrey is survived by a sister, Nanette (Roy) Moder-Vanhouten of Butler; a niece, Britt Moder, and a nephew, Geoffrey Moder, both of Butler.
The family will receive friends from Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon. Pastor Linda Swinderman will officiate. Inurnment will be held at the convenience of the family.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Jeoffrey D. Moder memorial fund in care of Mary L. Shaffer of Butler at the National City Bank, 23 Public Square, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
To view this obituary or to share memories with family and leave a condolence, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Roger C. Shira
FREDERICKTOWN — Roger C. Shira, 61, of Cassell Road, Fredericktown, passed away on Monday, June 12, 2006, in Fredericktown.
He was born on May 8, 1945, in Jelloway to the late Royal and Velma (Fletcher) Shira. Roger had been employed with the Mount Vernon Developmental Center and most recently was employed with the Mansfield Correctional Institution. He was a 1963 graduate of Fredericktown High School and attended the First Baptist Church of Fredericktown.
Roger formerly owned and operated a small business at his residence called Rogers Tack Shop. He was a past member of the Fredericktown Western Saddle Club, served on the board of directors for the Knox County Fair and the Tomato Show Parade. Roger always enjoyed watching or participating in parades and that included providing the means of transportation for the contestants of the Little Miss Tomato in Fredericktown or Santa Claus in the annual Mount Vernon Christmas Parade.
Roger had a love for horses and served as a judge for many horse shows. He was a current member of the Central Ohio Draft Horse Club and held his own annual plowing match located by the farm.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Phyllis (Statzer) Shira; a son, Monty Shira of Fredericktown; a daughter, Jody (L. Patrick) Mickley of Danville; five grandchildren, Scott Crossley, Monica Shira, Malary Shira, Janelle Mickley and Kyle Mickley; two brothers, Dean (Linda) Shira of Fredericktown and Ralph (Doris) Shira of Fredericktown; four sisters, Jeanne Lightner of Wellington, Joyce Crawford of Mount Vernon, Kathleen (Kurt) Wickenreider of Mansfield and Janet (Wayland) Stricker of Fredericktown; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a grandson, Chad Mickley; three brothers, Don Shira, Wayne Shira and Gerald Shira; and a sister, Adah Carothers.
Friends may call Thursday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church and on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the church. Pastor Mary Miller will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown. The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fredericktown Emergency Medical System, P.O. Box 37, Fredericktown, OH 43019. This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Cleo May Varnes
MOUNT VERNON — Cleo May Varnes, 89, of Plaza Drive, died June 13, 2006, at the Country Club Nursing Center in Mount Vernon.
She was born Jan. 18, 1917, in Republic to Eber and Bessie (Shireman) Snay. She was a homemaker and a member of the Pleasant Hill Missionaries of Coshocton.
She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Hines of Bradenton, Fla., and Kathy Crawford of Mount Vernon; a sister-in-law, Audrey Varnes, and friend, Dick Tatten, of Coshocton; five grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; 13 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; a cousin, Lela Myant of New Orleans; one niece; and one nephew.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Draper Varnes, on Sept. 5, 1992. They were married Aug. 1, 1937. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Snay; and a sister, Caroline Thorne.
Memorial service will be Friday, June 16, at 1 p.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Warsaw. The Rev. Jamie Gump will officiate. The family will receive friends Thursday, June 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be made online at www.fischerfuneralhome.com.