Larry Dean Dewitt
MOUNT VERNON — To honor the request of Larry Dean Dewitt, 63, of Mount Vernon, a graveside service only will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. in Owl Creek Cemetery, Owl Creek Church Road, Mount Vernon. The Rev. Robert E. Heizer will officiate.
Larry died Aug. 8, 2006, at Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, after a short illness. He was born Feb. 8, 1943, in Delaware County to Earl and Ada (Houston) Dewitt. He was presently a self-employed truck driver for Shelly Co., Thornville. As a young man he worked at Coad’s Potato Farm and Wahl Motor Sales, both in Utica.
He is survived by his brothers and sister-in-law, Lyle and Marie Dewitt of Utica and Raymond Dewitt of Delawar;, and nephew, Andrew Dewitt of Utica.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Marvin and Lauris Dewitt; and three half brothers, Lowell, Elvin and Sam McClintock.
Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N Main Street, Utica, is assisting the family with arrangements.
FREDERICKTOWN — Frank Horwatt, 87, of Fredericktown died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, at The Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus.
Frank was born May 27, 1919, near Wintersville, to Steven and Barbara Horwatt and had been a resident of Knox County since 1947. Frank served with the Army Air Corps in Europe during World War II. He had been a former employee of Weirton Steel in Steubenville and since 1947 had been a self-employed painting contractor in the Knox County area. Frank was an avid bass fisherman and would never tell where his best fishing spots were located. He attended St. Vincent de Paul Church in Mount Vernon and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Surviving are his children, Brad (Angie) Horwatt of Mount Vernon and Mary Ann (Alvin) Hopple of Albany, Ohio; two grandchildren, Tasha Horwatt and Karen Hopple; a great-grandchild, Skylar Jordan; and two brothers, Andy Horwatt of Lakewood and Ed Horwatt of Missouri.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Alameda Horwatt, in 1999; a daughter, Anna Marie Horwatt; a son, Gary Horwatt; and several brothers and sisters.
Friends may call Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown, where service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Mark Hammond will officiate. Burial, with military honors by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, OH 43216; or Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. To send an online condolence to the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Edna R. McGrady
DRESDEN — Edna Roberta McGrady, 77, of 35 W. Dave Longaberger Drive, Dresden, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006, at Genesis Good Samaritan in Zanesville.
A funeral service will be Friday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Warsaw. Burial will be in Coshocton County Memory Gardens. Calling hours will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Coshocton County, P.O. Box 1284, Coshocton, OH 43812; or to the American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, OH 43216, or at www.americanheart.org. Information is available at www.fischerfuneralhome.com.
Frederick C. Myers
MOUNT VERNON — Frederick C. Myers, 93, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, at Country Club Retirement Campus in Mount Vernon, after a brief illness.
Fred Myers was born May 22, 1913, in Delphi, Ind., and grew up in Galion. He graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Music Education and earned a master’s degree at Ohio State after serving in the Army during World War II. Fred and his wife, Marjorie, were married in 1943. They resided in Elkhart, Ind., for 56 years before moving to Mount Vernon in 2002.
Fred began teaching music in Elkhart, Ind., the fall of 1946. He directed junior high school band and grade school band, as well as giving individual instruction to beginning students. Teaching song-flute classes to fourth-graders each May, and having many of them as students from fifth grade through ninth grade was something he very much enjoyed.
Fred was active in St. John’s Episcopal Church of Elkhart, Ind. After retiring, he was a member of the Elkhart Exchange Club for many years, repeatedly winning state awards for his writing of their newsletter. He also volunteered with the Elkhart Historical Society.
During the four years he resided in Mount Vernon he attended both St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Harcourt Parish in Gambier, where he also sang in the choir. He was a member of the Kenyon Community Choir. At Country Club Retirement Campus he participated in In-The-Know and helped found the Top Hats men’s organization. He was an advocate of continuous lifetime learning.
He is survived by his son, Philip Myers of Monroe, N.Y.; by his daughter, Janet Slack of Gambier; by his grandson, Robert Slack of Greenville, S.C.; and by great-granddaughter, Sofia; and his sister, Velma Myers of Galion.
He was preceded in death by his wife in February of this year; earlier by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Friends may call Saturday, Aug. 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, with a service to follow at 2 p.m. Interment will be in Elkhart, Ind., following services at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Elkhart, on Monday, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m. The family will greet friends in Elkhart from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Common Room at St. John’s.
Memorial contributions may be made to Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 44074; or to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
Ralph C. Wood
ZANESVILLE — Ralph Carlos Wood, 81, of Zanesville, Ohio, and Vero Beach, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, at Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital, Zanesville.
Ralph was born June 2, 1925, in Derwent, the son of Lester and Verna (Pryor) Wood. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II, fighting in Northern Italy, and he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Ralph retired in 1981 from Continental Can Co. in Mount Vernon and was a farmer. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church where he served on the Usher Committee, United Paperworkers International Union Local 273 and enjoyed the winter seasons in Vero Beach, Fla., since 1981.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Anna Harman Highfield Wood, whom he married Aug. 25, 1979; children, R. David (Milly) Wood of Zanesville, Gary (Jane) Wood of St. Louisville and Diana (Richard) Kidd of Martinsburg; grandchildren; Bryan (Michelle) Wood of St. Louisville, Robert Wes Wood of Somerset, Penn., and Jon Wood of Jacksonville, Fla.; stepgrandchildren, Tracy Kidd of Columbus, Rebecca Medley of Zanesville and Curtis Kidd of Newark; great-grandchildren, Jordan Wood, Paige Wood and Logan Wood, all of St. Louisville; brother, F. William Wood of Newark; and sister, Sandy (Sherman) Byers of Newark.
Preceding Ralph were his parents; first wife, Charlotte Lynn Wood, who died Oct. 3, 1977; grandson, Christopher Wood; brother, Bernard Wood; and sister, Bernadine Glover.
Friends may call today, Aug. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bryan & Snider Funeral Home, 2318 Maple Ave., Zanesville; and Friday, Aug. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St., Newark; and one hour prior to funeral service which will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Rob Turner officiating. Burial will follow in Wilson Cemetery, Newark.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ralph’s honor to Genesis Hospice and Palliative Care, 713 Forest Ave., Zanesville, OH 43701.
To send a note of condolence or share a memory of Ralph, visit the online register book at: www.bryansniderfuneralhome.com.