Harland D. Beck
DANVILLE — Harland David Beck, 94, of Danville died early Thursday morning, Aug. 3, 2006, at the Morning View Care Center.
Harland was born July 4, 1912, in Ashland County to Samuel and Mlle (Nyhart) Beck. He had been a farmer and retired from owning and operating his own milk route, which he did from 1957 to 1977. He was a member of the Millwood Church of Christ.
He is survived by a son, Robert (Rita) Beck of Mount Vernon; a daughter-in-law, Peg Beck of Millwood; four grandsons, Joseph D. Beck of Shiloh, Michael K. Beck of Spokane, Wash., Robert L. Beck of Greenwich, and James P. Beck of Canton; one granddaughter, Traci M. Beck of Columbus; 12 great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Shultz of Ashland; nieces, nephews, and many dear and loyal friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary E. (Kirkbride) Beck, on Feb. 11, 1998; a son, Keith F. Beck; and a brother, Charles Cecil Beck.
Friends may call today, Aug. 4, 2006, from 5 to 8 p.m., and one hour prior to the funeral service, which will be Saturday, Aug. 5, at 11 a.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville. Minister Gene Lilly will officiate. Burial will be in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Danville. To view the obituary go to www.fischerfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Activities Department at Morning View Care Center, 25326 Snively Road, Danville, OH 43014; or to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
Charles C. Boeshart
COLUMBUS — Charles Corwin Boeshart, 53, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2006, at The Ohio State University Medical Center following a long illness.
Charles was born on Feb. 1, 1953, and lived all of his life in Danville. He graduated from Danville High School in 1971, majoring in agricultural mechanics from the Joint Vocational School. Charles joined the Army and served from 1972 to 1975 and was a member of the Killbuck Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was employed at the All Star Gas Co., formerly Empire Gas, until his illness.
He is survived by his parents, Raymond and Fern Boeshart of Avon Park, Fla.; siblings, Beverly Kornack, Joseph Boeshart, Dorothy Waters, Judith Haldeman, Clarence “Sam” Boeshart, Carl “Mike” Boeshart, Janet and Thomas Boeshart; and stepsiblings, Jean Dudgeon, Floyd “Butch” Daubenmier, Bill Daubenmier and Joe Daubenmier.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Florence (Blanchard) Boeshart.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbus Chapter of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Paul W. Burson
RED ROCK, N.Y. — Paul Woodrow Burson, of Red Rock, N.Y., on July 25, 2006, at Columbia Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness.
He was born Dec. 19, 1916, in Fredericktown to Edward and Grace (Ruhl) Burson. He attended Fredericktown High School graduating in 1936. He was a member of the Future Farmers of America while in high school and received a jacket with the organization’s emblem which Paul recently donated to the Future Farmers of America Museum in Mount Vernon.
He worked in the carpentry trade after high school and volunteered for the Navy in World War II. In 1946, he married Marie Goerlitz in Mount Vernon, N.Y., who predeceased him in 1985, and returned to Ohio where he returned to the carpentry trade. In 1951, he moved to Red Rock. He worked as a carpenter until he retired in 1981. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was a member of the Red Rock Rod and Gun Club and Canaan Rifle Club. He was a member of the New Lebanon Legion Post and the Ghent VFW. He was a founding member of the Red Rock Fire Company, and former member of the Red Rock Historical Society. He enjoyed being a member of the Canaan Senior Citizens.
He is survived by his son, George Burson of Cocolalla, Idaho; his daughter, Susan (Michael) Poole of East Chatham, N.Y.; his grandchildren, David Poole, Kelly Spurr and Lisa Poole; his three great-grandchildren, Aiden Spurr, Riley Spurr and Ruby Poole; brothers, Frank and Neil of Mount Vernon; his sisters, Wanza Smith of Mount Vernon, Lois Welch of Fredericktown and Marjorie Frey of Bellevue, Wash.
He was predeceased by his brother, Vaughn Burson.
Arrangements were entrusted The French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home in Chatham, N.Y. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Red Rock Volunteer Fire Company Building Fund, 401 County Route 24, East Chatham, NY 12060, in his memory. To send a condolence visit www.frenchblasl.com.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Margaret “Peggy” (Upham) Clarke, 86, a former resident of Stowe, passed away peacefully June 21. 2006, in West Palm Beach, Fla., at the Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice facility.
Two of her children still live in Stowe: John Grier Clarke and Julienne Margaret Douglas.
She was born Oct. 30, 1919, in Mount Vernon, the daughter of James Anthony and Mabelle (Grier) Upham, and graduated in 1941 from Mount Holyoke College. She met John Maguire “Mac” Clarke on a cruise on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec in 1939, and they were married in Quebec City two years later, on Sept. 6, 1941.
They had four children, James, Julienne, Jean and Grier. The family lived in Montreal and Stowe, and later Peggy and Mac retired to Palm Beach, Fla.
In Montreal, Peggy was head of publicity for the Montreal Junior League and volunteered at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
In Stowe, she was an avid supporter and volunteer for the Helen Day Art Center and an active member of the Lamoille County Players, where she was a performer and choreographer for many of the troupe’s summer musicals.
In West Palm Beach, Peggy headed the volunteer program at the Norton Museum of Art, and led its library program.
After being part-time residents of Stowe from 1954 to 1962, Peggy and Mac moved permanently to Stowe and purchased the Mountain Road Motel and Centre Motor Lodge. Mac ran the hospitality business, and Peggy launched Village Interiors. Peggy and Mac resided at their beloved Deerwood residence on Brush Hill Road in Stowe, where Peggy was most happy sharing the Clarke hospitality with friends from around Stowe and Montreal.
Peggy and Mac retired to Palm Beach in 1984, but returned home to Stowe every summer to be with their close friends and family.
Peggy had a full, happy and spiritual life. All who had the great pleasure of meeting or knowing her, loved her. Throughout her life, she was celebrated as a generous, beautiful and dignified lady with a heart of gold — a person who was dedicated to the needs of others on a personal level, as well as in her support of the Catholic Church, the arts, and community organizations. She celebrated life through her love of dance and was well known for her talents on the dance floor. An active sportswoman, she enjoyed the assets of Stowe’s outdoors by skiing and playing tennis and golf.
She was a loving, caring, and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, always putting her family first. Her kindness and concerns for others came naturally to her; she always made us all smile.
Survivors include her husband, John Maguire Clarke of West Palm Beach and Stowe; her sister, Jean Upham Sauter and husband, George, of Mansfield; her sons, John Grier Clarke and wife, Gunnel, of Stowe and James Upham Clarke of Palm Beach; her daughters, Julienne Margaret Douglas and husband, John, of Stowe and Jean Grier Clarke of Denver; her grandchildren, Devon Douglas of Washington, D.C., Kerry Douglas of Burlington, and Christina Clarke and Ingrid Clarke of Stowe; her niece, Peggy Sauter of Asheville, N.C.; and nephews, Gus Sauter and wife, Karen, of Malvern, Pa., and James Sauter and wife, Kristi, of Chicago.
The funeral was held June 23 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Palm Beach. A memorial Mass will be said Aug. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in Stowe. For information call 253-7116. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution in Peggy’s name to the Arthritis Foundation, 6 Chenell Drive, Suite 260, Concord, N.H. 03301; and Helen Day Art Center, School Street, Stowe.
MOUNT VERNON — Shirley L. Lawrence, 66, of Mount Vernon died Aug. 2, 2006, at the Knox Community Hospital.
She was born May 21, 1940, in Mount Vernon to James and Clara (Moran) Cline Sr. She was a member of the Faith Baptist Church. Shirley was an avid bingo player, and liked to play cards. She was a great cook, and dearly loved her grandchildren.
She is survived by a daughter, Tammy (Mike) Bowers of Mount Vernon; two sons, Tim (Diane) Ware of Gambier and Jeff (Trish) Lawrence of Mount Vernon; five grandchildren, Jeffery Williams II, Stephanie Bowers, Garrett Bowers, James Oswalt and Jacob Bowers; three sisters, Helen Wilson, Carolyn “Susie” Cline and Pamela Cline, all of Mount Vernon; two brothers, David (Patty) Cline of Mount Vernon and Robert Cline of Washington Court House; a special brother-in-law, Terry Allen; several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Lawrence, in 2004; three sisters, Maxine Cline, Jeannie Allen and Betty McNamara; two brothers, Wesley “Sam” Cline and James Cline Jr.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be today at 7 p.m. at the Faith Baptist Church, with Pastor Merlyn Jones officiating. The North-Dilley Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This obituary along with an online registry may be viewed at www.dilleyfuneralservice.com.
Donald J. McMains
MOUNT VERNON — Donald J. McMains, 57, of Mount Vernon died Aug. 4, 2006, at the Country Court Nursing Center. The North-Dilley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
MOUNT VERNON — James Ward Puffenbarger, 82, of Newark Road, Mount Vernon, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
He was born Aug. 25, 1923, in Mansfield to Jesse and Clara (Davis) Puffenbarger. James retired in 1982 after 42 years of employment as an accounting supervisor for Pittsburgh Plate Glass. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. James was a member of the AMVETS and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, both in Mount Vernon.
He is survived by a daughter, Jane (Jon Scott) Smith of Fredericktown; a son, Dennis (Handan) Puffenbarger of Cape Coral, Fla.; two grandchildren, Erin Smith and Dennis Puffenbarger Jr.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Edith (Bunnell) Puffenbarger; and three brothers, Paul Puffenbarger, Raymond Puffenbarger and Carl Puffenbarger.
Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 300 N. Mulberry St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.