WESTERVILLE — Marjorie (Reid) Clements, 79, of Westerville died Thursday, May 17, 2007, at her home.
She was born July 28, 1927, in Cleveland to the late Reginald and Margaret (Polzer) Reid. Marjorie had worked as an industrial registered nurse for Bristol Meyers and General Motors before retiring.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 23 years, Alexander “Jack” Clements, in 1989.
She is survived by her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren, of whom she was most proud: Nancy and Andy Secrest of Westerville, Alexis, Natalie and Lindsay.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury. Funeral services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Berlin Presbyterian Church, 5175 South Old State Road, Lewis Center, with Pastors Rick Negley and Mike Smith officiating. Additional calling hours will be held Wednesday, May 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home in Northport, N.Y., where services will follow at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Interment will be in Pinelawn Memorial Park in Long Island, N.Y. Memorial contributions can be made to the Berlin Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
William R. Reese
ODIN, Ill. — William Richard Reese, 72, passed away at 10:45 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at his home in Odin, Ill.
He was born May 9, 1935, in Vaughnsville, Ohio, to Robert Leroy and Lillian (Benroth) Reese. He had lived in Centralia, Ill., since 1979, previously in Sedalia, Mo., for two years and Vaughsville, Ohio, for 20 years. He was a supervisor for 20 years at the corrugation box plant for Weyerhaeuser Co. in Mount Vernon, Ohio. He retired as a driver with Quick Trucking Co. after two years of service. He was a former member of the Greenview Christian Church and volunteered at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.
He is survived by his father, Robert Reese of Danville, Ohio; three sons, William Randall “Randy” (Krista) Reese of Howard, Ohio, Richard Allen “Rick” Reese of Versailles, Ohio, and William Richard “Rich” (Angie) Reese of Dardenne Prairie, Mo.; a stepson, Tom Eugene Keyes of Zanesville, Ohio; special friend, Lenora Vowell of Odin, Ill.; two brothers, Thomas V. (Mary) Reese of Danville, Ohio, and Dennis E. (Joanne) Reese of Alabama; one sister, Barbara Ann (Emmis) Pratt of Howard; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian (Benroth) Reese.
Graveside service will be Tuesday, May 22, at 11 a.m. in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Bob Pelfry will officiate. Friends may call Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at the Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Auxiliary in Centralia or Gospel Lighthouse Food Bank in Odin, and will be received at the Irvin Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1155, Centralia, IL 62801.
GALION — Fred Thompson, 97, of Galion passed away peacefully Thursday, May 17, 2007, at the Beckett House in New Concord.
He was born July 13, 1909, in Russell County, Va., son of the late Abraham and Minnie (Ray) Thompson who passed away when Fred was 6 months old. He was raised by his loving grandparents, Edward and Martha (Dye) Thompson, whom he cherished. He had a wonderful life growing up in the mountains of southwest Virginia.
He chose not to be a coal miner as many of his family were, but took a correspondence course in electricity and applied that knowledge during his lifetime. He also became an excellent welder and served his country during World War II on the homefront by building LSD Landing Craft, truck bodies and other military equipment. Mr. Thompson was a 30-year employee of Galion Peabody (Hercules), retiring in 1972. He was the oldest member of the Peabody Retirees Association.
Fred almost always had a pet dog whom he trained for hunting and other tricks. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who relished good cooked wild game. He enjoyed gardening, sharing his produce with neighbors and family. He was a beekeeper and winemaker. His travels to visit relatives and friends were many and his safe driving of 70-plus years brought only one traffic stop and no tickets. He was a wise investor and a miserly spender. When asked about his longevity, he always replied, “I don’t smoke, drink, over-eat or chase wild women.” He had a deep unspoken faith and maintained his “guardian angel” watched over him. He attended the Galion Gospel Baptist Church and preferred Country/Gospel music. Often he played the harmonica to some of his favorite songs: “Life is Like a Mountain Railway,” “Lonsome Valley” and “On Top of Old Smokey.”
He married his childhood sweetheart, N. Mae Lockhart, on Dec. 24, 1929. They proudly raised three children, Dr. C.W. “Bill” Thompson (Marie) of Galion, Betty J. Richards (Stan) of New Concord, L.T. “Tom” Thompson (Judy) of Centerburg, and lost an infant son, James E. Thompson, in 1933.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Clyde, Ellis, Cecil, Claude and Cleve; and three sisters, Bonnie, Leora and Dana. One remaining sister, Goldie Ray, lives in Raven, Va.
Fred was blessed with nine grandchildren, Terry Sexton (Denny), Patrick Thompson, Kimberly Esteran (Eric), Eric Richards, Mark Richards (Julie), Matthew Thompson (Cyndi), Krista Keeling (Don), Andy Thompson and Bethany Lee (Rich); 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Friends may call Sunday, May 20, from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. at Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon, OH. The Rev. Bruce Hartley will conduct the service. Burial will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Crawford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 727, Bucyrus, OH 44820; or the Knox County Humane Society, 390 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
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