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Elmer LeRoy Banks

Elmer Leroy Banks, 14233 State Road 1, Brookville (a Blooming Grove resident since 1972) died Thursday, November 27, in the emergency room at Fayette Memorial Hospital in Connersville as a sudden death, unexpected illness. He was 54 years old.

He was born the son of Elmer and Elsie (Peters) Banks in April 17, 1943, in Peppertown. He and the former Pam Ott were united in marriage on June 6, 1970, and she survives. Mr. Banks was a veteran of the Indiana National Guard, being honorably discharged in 1961. He was employed at Design and Manufacturing for 27 years, he worked at Batesville Casket, Batesville Tool & Die and for the last 18 months at A & C Quality Products in Liberty. He was a member of Gortner Memorial Church of the Nazerarene in Connersville, where he served as a trustee on the church board, chairman of the Usher and Greeters Committee, and one Sunday School Ministries Board.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Trisha Banks of Dillingham, Alaska and Regan Banks of Blooming Grove; his mother, Elsie Banks of Oldenburg; one sister, Mrs, John (Lorraine) Murray of Oldenburg; one brother, Lowell Bankd of Chelsa, Massachusetts; his father and mother-in-law, Henry and Anna Lee Ott of Connersville; one brother-on-law, Bill (and Lois) Ott of Cambridge City; and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Randy (Glema) Jennings of Felicity, Ohio.

The funeral service, conducted by Rev. Gene Million and Rev. Gary Lore, was held Monday, December 1, at Cook Funeral Home. Interment followed in Maple Grove Cementary. Gortner Memorial Church Building Fund is accepting memorial contributions.

Mary Elizabeth Riggins

Mary Elizabeth Riggins, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, November 26, at Heritage Manor in Shelbyville. She was 81 years old.

She was born in Indianapolis to Olin and Lelia Morrison. She married Robert Westfall Riggins on June 10, 1939 and he preceeded her in death on December 15, 1986. Mrs. Riggins lived in Shelby County for the past 11 years, but had lived most of her life in Indianapois. She was a homemaker and secretary to the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, National Headquarters, in Indianapolis. She has worked at the former Morrison Grocery in the Indianapolis. She originated the high school program for volunteer at Central State Hospital in Indianpolis. Mrs. Riggins was a Girl Scout leader. She attended the First Christian Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. James (Susie) Peters and Mrs. Joe (Nancy) Wallace, both of Shelbyville, and Mrs. James (Mary Lou) Hughes of Brookville; and nine grandchildren.

The funeral service was held Saturday, November 29, at Carmony-Ewing Harrison Street Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Dr. A. W. Farnsworth and Rev. James Horner officiated the servics. Mrs. Riggins was interred at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Lillian Poe

Lillian Poe, age 83, of 210 West 20th Street, died Thursday evening, November 27, in the Intensive Care Unit of Fayette Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient since Monday.

She was born May 29, 1914, in Clay County, Kentucky, to Wiley and America Byrd Allen, both of whom preceeded her in death. She attended Franklin County Schools and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Chruch. She enjoyed spending her time as a devoted wife and mother.

Survivors include her husband, Harley W. Poe, whom she married July 17, 1936, in Lawrenceburg; four sons, Jerry K. and Fred D. Poe, both of Dallas, Texas, Bob L. Poe of Connersville, and Gregory K. Poe of Hamilton, Ohio; three daughters, Pat Culley of Indianapolis, Mrs. Kenneth (Linda K.)Mills of Connersville, and Mrs. Lonny (Sherry D.)Henson of Hamilton, Ohio; one brother, Pearl Allen, of Metamora; three sisters, Florence Tate of Connersville, Marge Fields of Newport, Kentucky, and Martha Stacey of Brookville; 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, december 1, at Showalter-Blackwell Funeral Home, Myers Chapel with Mrs. Poe's granddaughter's husband, Rev. Randall Collins of Morristown, Tennessee, officiating. Interment followed in Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may br mnade to Fayette Memorial Hospital Transitional Care "Homeward Bound" or to the Charles "Gene" Poe Cardiac Care Unit at Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Nelvin Offill

Nelvin David (Nick) Offill, age 71 years, of Harrison, Ohio, died, Saturday, November 29, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born October 24, 1926, in Elizabethtown, Ohio, to Roscoe and Amy (Parker) Offill. He retired from National Lead of Ohio as a machine operator in Plant #5. He married Ruby Kathleen Childres on January 16, 1963, in Lawrenceburg and she survives.

He will also be missed by two daughters, Linda Abmy of Harrison, Ohio, and Kathy Hays of St. Leon; five sons, Dan Offill of Middletown, Ohio, Melvin Offill of Harrison, Ohio, Melvy Offill of Harrison, Ohio, Johnny Offill of Mt. Carmel and Michael Offill of West Harrison; three stepsons, Wallace Montgomery of Atlanta, Georgia, Harry and Larry Montgomery, both of Connersville; 36 grandchildren; five brothers, Calvin and Frank Offill, both of Brookville, Laff and Allen Offill, both of Cleves, Ohio, and Loren Offill of Dillsboro; and two sisters, Alberta Hopkins of Corbin, Kentucky, and Bernice Lazo of California.

He was preceeded in death by one brother, Bill Ray Offill.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 2, at Jackman-Kercheval-Meyers Funeral Home in Harrison, Ohio.

Burial was in Glen Haven Cemetery with Brother Charles Ashcraft officiating.

Rosalie Rosfeld

Rosalie Rosfeld, age 59, of S. Central Avenue, West Alexandria, Ohio, died Monday, december 1, at Hospice of Dayton. She was born October 20, 1938, in Batesville, the daughter of Percy and Ann (Sherwood) Robinson. She was a member of the New Lebanon Assembly of God Church.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Harold Rosfeld; three sons, Anthony H. Rosfeld of West Alexandria, Vincent A. Rosfeld and his wife, Julie, of Medway, Ohio, and Nathaniel Rosfeld, at home; one daughter, Erin Weimer and her husband, Mark, of Eaton, Ohio; six grandchildren; one brother, Fred Robinson, and one sister, Jane Hollenbach, both of Brookville; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 4, at the Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home in West Alexandria, Ohio, with Rev. Kevin Lott officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday (today) from 6-9pm.

Donations may be made to the West Alexandria Emergency Squad.

Carol Lynn Pierce

Carol Lynn Pierce, 51 years old, of Columbia Kentucky, died near her home in an automobile accident on Friday, November 28.

She was born September 1, 1946 in Hamilton, Ohio, to Brice and Lola (Dunnington) Gabbard. She worked as a homemaker.

Survivng are two sons, Tom Fox of Greensburg and Lester Pierce of Connersville; two daughters, Stella Pierce and Lola Fox of South Dakota; her mother Lola Gabbard of Brookville; two sisters, Donna Stockhoff of Batesville and Barbara Ann Lanning fo Brookville; two brothers, Bruce Gabbard and Mike Gabbard, both of Cedar Grove; and one grandchildren.

She was preceeded in death by her father and one brother, Alan Gabbard.

Rev. Ronald Taulbee conducted the funeral service on Tuesday, December 2, at Phillips and Myers Funeral Home. She was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. The W.A.T.C.H. Center of Brookville is collecting manetary contributions in her memory.

Arthur Pennington

Arthur Nathen Pennington died at the age of 77 and recently celebrated his 57th year in marriage. He was the son of the late Howard and Ruth Minerva (Walker) Pennington. A World War II veterna, he was in the U.S. Submarine Service in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Pennington Geneology Research Association. Mr. Pennington was a longtime West Chester resident and teacher with the Hamilton School District.

Survivors include his wife Thelma (Holliday) Pennington; two sons, Herschel and Arthur Pennington Jr; one daughter, Judie Fritsch; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Asley Eary and Elsie Syner; and one brother, Albert Pennington. Besides his parents he was proceeded in death by 10 brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday (today) at the Shorten & Ryan Funeral Home, 8791 Cincnnati-Dayton Road, Olde West Chester.

Hazel G. Smalley

Hazel Gertrude Smalley, a resident of the Brookville Healthcare Center, died there on Thursday, November 27, at the age of 91 years.

She was born March 2, 1906, in Franklin County, the daughter of W.L.F. and Mary Frances (Rose) Smalley. Miss Smalley lived her entire life in Franklin County and was a member of the Whitcomb United Methodist Church. She was a retired farmer.

She was preceeded in death by her parents; one infant brother and one infant sister; two adult sisters, Harriet Smalley and Belle Smalley; and one adult brother, Fred Smalley.

Her funeral was held Saturday. November 29, at Phillips and Myers Funeral Home. She was laid to rest in Big Cedar Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to Whitcomb United Methodist Church.

Conley Hunter

Conley Hunter, age 91, of 18160 Haytown Road, Metamora, died at home Tuesday, December 9, following a short period of failing health.

Born October 27, 1906, in Sexton Creek of Clay County, Kentucky, he was the son John A. and Millie F. Sandlin Hunter. Mr. Hunter was a retired farmer who resided nearly his entire life on Haytown Road in the Pipe Creek area south of Metamora.

Survivors include six sons, William A. Hunter and Larry D. Hunter of Indianapolis, Paul R. Hunter and Garry D. Hunter of Mckee, Kentucky, Carl Ray Hunter of Batavia, Ohio, and James A. Hunter of Metamora; three daughters Edith Eva Fuchs of Metamora, Elsie J. Sparks of Laurel and Ruth M. Moore of Kiln, Mississippi; one sister, Ernestine Noah of Oxford, Ohio; 34 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceeded in death by his parent; his wife, Oma M. Mobley Hunter; two sons, Elmer H. Hunter and Roy H. Hunter; six brothers, Oscar G. Hunter, Robert C. Hunter, William R. Hunter, Virgil H. Hunter; and three sisters, Callie Smith, Cleo Robinson and Cora Grimes.

Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Robbie Edwards of the Everton Southern Baptist Church at the residence of James A. Hunter at Redbird Farm, located at 19051 Haytown Road, Metamora, on Thursday, December 11, at 1 p.m. Visitation will be at the same location Wednesday, December 10, after 4 p.m. Mr. Hunter's grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Cook Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments. Burial will be in the Mobley Addition of the Metamora Church of Christ Cemetery.

Felicia A. Firsich

Felicia A. Firsich, 89 years old, died Sunsday December 7, at Dreyerhaus Nursing Home, Batesville. She resided at 958 Highway 46 East, Batesville.

She was born in Oldenburg on July 25, 1908, the daughter or John and Magdalene (Riedeman) Ferkinhoff. She married Randolf Firsich on February 1, 1928, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Greensburg and he preceded her in death on May 23, 1963. She was a member of St. Louis Catholic church of Batesville and the St Louis Church Ladles' Society.

Survivors include one son, James Firsich of Greensburg; two daughters, Glorian Koors of Batesvile and Iris Huneke of Greensburg; 13 grandchildren and 22great-grandchildren.

Father Bill Farris, 0.F.M., will officiate thc funeral at St. Louis Church on Wednesday. December 10. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Weigel Funeral Home of Batesville was in charge of arrangements. Batesville Rescue 10 Lifesquad and Batesville chapter of Right to Life is accepting memorials.

Wallace D. Bridgeford

Wallace D. "Sam" Bridgeford, 1301 Fairfield Avenue, Brookville, died at Margaret Mary Community Hospital, Batesville, on Monday, December 8. He was 84 years old.

Born December 23, 1912, in Riley, Ohio, he was the son of Alonzo and Rozella (Waltz) Bridgeford. He and the former Lora M. Ross were united in marrriage on November 26, 1942, and she survives. He came to Franklin County from Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of 15 years old. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Price Hill United Methodist Church, St. Leon American Legion, and was very active in Boy Scouts as well as Knot Hole Baseball. Mr. Bridgeford was retired from the F H. Lawson Company.

Besides his wife, survivors include one daughter, Linda Kleinholz of Cincinnati, Ohio; four sons, Dale R. Bridgeford, Bill E. Bridgeford and James L. Bridgeford, all of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Craig S. Bridgeford of Batesville; one sister, Hazel Neibling of Cincinnati, Ohio; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Irvin, Ron and Burton Bridgeford.

The funeral service begins at 10a.m. Thursday, December 11 at Phillips and Meyers Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, with military graveside rites by the St. Leon American Legion. Rev. Dale Waltz will conduct the service. Friends may call Wednesday, December 10, from 6 until 8 p.m., at the funeral home. If so desired, memorials may be directed to the Franklin County E.M.S.

Aaron Parrett, Sr.

Aaron Parrett, Sr., 85 years old, of Laurel, passed away Monday, December 8, at Caroleton Connersville.

He was born to John Wesley and Sarah Jane (Freeman) Parrett on August 23, 1912, in McKee, Kentucky. He came to Franklin County in 1946. He married the former Cleona Johnson in 1934. Mr. Parrett retired from Ford in Connersville in 1979. He was a member of the Southern Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Lee (Sue) Lynn, Mrs. MargieMilborn, Mrs. Joe (Lucille) Halcomb and Mrs. Eldon (Mae) Barker, and of Metamora, and Mrs. Dale(Barbara) Wyatt of Rushville; four sons, Aaron Parrett Jr., EarnestParrett and Don Parrett, all of Connersville, and Harold Parrrett of Liberty; four sisters, Mrs. Nora Sandlin of Berea, Kentucky, Mrs Elza (Ora) Gabbard and Mrs. Harold (Myrtle) Brewer, both of McKee, Kentucky, and Mrs. Ethe Truitt of Richmond, Kentucky; one brother, Calvin Parrett of Richmond; 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Sherman, George and Preston Parrett; one grandson, Donald Parrett, Jr.; and one son-in-law, Bill Milborn.

The funeral is scheduled for Thursday, December 11, at 1 pm., at Phillips and Meyers Funeral Home. Pastor Tom Marshall will conduct the service. Friends may call on Wednesday, December 10, from 4 until 8 p.m. Interment will be in Laurel North Cemetery. Monetary contributions in Mr. Parrett's memory are being accepted by the American Cancer Society.

Margery Montgomery

Margery E. Montgomery, age 79, died at Margaret Mary Community Hospital, Batesville, on Saturday, December 6. She had resided at the Dreyerhaus in Batesville with her sister, Frances Jonas. Mrs. Montgomery was a former Brookville resident and, in 1989, had moved to Vennevoll, Wisconsin, to be near her daughter and grandchildren.

She was born in Laurel, on June 8, 1918, the daughter of Charles and Rhoda (Alford) Hoffman. Mrs. Montgomery was a retired school teacher. She began her career at the age of 19 and taught first grade for over 40 years, from 1937 to 1978, teaching the last 32 years in Brookville. She was an active member of the Brookville United Methodist Church participating in the choir and taping services and sharing them with those unable to attend and a long time member of Kappa Kappa Kappa Sorority.

She is survived by one daughter, Penny Hudkins of Madison, Wisconsin;. two grandchildren, Sara and Sam; and one sister, Frances Jonas of Dreyerhaus Nursing Home in Batesville.

The Rev. Donald Miller officiated the funeral service Tuesday, December 9, at the Brookville United Methodist Church. Her body was committed to East Hill Shrine Mausoleum, East Hill Cemetery, Rushville. Pallbearers included Don Davis, Charles Jonas, Carl and Jeff Theilking, Ken Ward and Roman B. Nobbe. Memorials may be directed to the Brookville United Methodist Church and church choir. Cook Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Russell Draughn

Russell Draugn, 46 years old, of Chappelbw Ridge, died Wednesday, November 19, in Harrison, Ohio.

He was born August 20, 1951 in Oneida, Tennessee, to Eli and Ruby (Wittenburg) Draughn. He worked as a chemical operator for Bayer. He was a 1970 graduate of Taylor High School. Mr. Draughn was also a U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam War, serving in Germany, on December 24,1988.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; one son, Russell (Kelly) Lee Draughn of North Bend, Ohio; one daughter, Tami Draughn of West Harrison; and one step-daughter, Tressa (Mrs. David) Mozena (nee Losekamp); two grandsons, William and Jacob Insprucker; and two brothers, Steve Draughn of Bridgecity, Texas and Glen Drauglin of Brookville.

Funeral services for Mr. Draughn were held Saturday, November 22, at Jackman-Kercheval-Meyers Funeral Home in Harrison, Ohio, with Brother Charles Ashcraft officiating. Burial followed in Gibson Cemetery, Bright, with militaly graveside rites by J. B. Yeager Post 199.

Josephine M. Elliott

Josephine Mary Elliott, nee Kissel, died on Tuesday, December 9, at the age of 85 years.

She was the daughter of John and Sophia Kissel of Brookville.

She is survived by one nephew, Robert G. Kissel of Illinois; and several great nieces and nephews.

Her husband, John B. Elliott, died in 1955.

Services were held at Bolton and Lunsford Funeral Home in Westwood, Ohio, on Thursday, December 11. In her memory, monetary contributions may be directed to Cheviot United Methodist Church.

Kermit Collins

Kermit Collins, 21007 Cupps Chapel Road, Metamora, died Wednesday, December 10, at his residence, at the age of 71.

He was born in Knott County, Kentucky, on June 3, 1926, the son of Robert and Nancy (Ward) Collins. He was a resident of Franklin County for more than 40 years. Mr. Collins was an employee of General Motors Corporation until his 1984 retirement. He was married to the former Mary Wilson, and she survives. During World War II, he served with the Army Air Corps. He was a member of the Full Gospel Holiness Church in Connersville, was a former board member of both the Franklin County Senior Citizens and the Area 9 Agency on Aging Council, and was actively involved with the Franklin County EMS for many years.

Besides his wife, survivors include three daughters, Mrs. John(Donna) Roberts, Mrs. Tim (Carol) Roberts and Mrs. Rick (Joy)Venter, all of Metamora; one son and his wife, David and Fonda Collins of Metamora; 12 grandchildren, Misty Jacobs; Brandy, Dustin, Joshua, Sarah and Zach Collins; Jason, Jeremy, Rebecca, Timothy, Kevin and Andrew Roberts; one daughter-in-law, Sharon Collins of Metamora; and two sisters, Mrs. Perry (Helen) Bradbury of Remington and Mrs. Earl (Golden) Richardson of Lodi, New Jersey.

Mr. Collins was preceded in death by his parents, two. sisters, two brothers, and one son, Anthony Collins, who died April 25, 1996.

Rev. James Parrert officiated the funeral on Saturday, December 13, at Phillips and Meyers Funeral Home. Burial followed in Maple Grove Cemetery. Laurel EMS 3 is accepting memorials.

Georgia Timberman

Georgia Timberman, 2600 Grand Avenue, Connersville, diedFriday, December 12, at 5 p.m., at Extenda Care in Connersville. Shewas 76 years old.

She was born to Letcher and Elizabeth (Adams) Davis on October 18, 1921, in Jeremiah, Kentucky. She lived most of her life in Franklin County, in the Laurel area. Until 1974, Mrs. Timberman owned and operated the Laurel Cafe and Longbranch for 47 years. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and a past member of the Eagles' Auxiliary. She had worked selling war bonds during World War II, was a Girl Scout leader during the 1950s and 1960s, and had worked on the Franklin County Election Board for several years.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. James (Marlene) Fetty ofBrownsville; one brother, Carson Davis; three grandchildren, Chris, Marla and Jennifer Fetty; and one great-grandson, James Harley Fetty Hendrickson.

One brother and one sister preceded her in death.

The funeral was held Monday, December 15, at Moster and Cox Mortuary in Laurel. She was laid to rest in Laurel North Cemetery.

Charley Ray Marcum

Charley Ray Marcum, age 65, of 91 Basin Street, Laurel, died onday, December 15, at his home.

He was born March 7,1932, in McKee, Kentucky, to Conley and Icie (McKinney) Marcum. He had lived in the Laurel community for most of his life. Mr. Marcum was a machinist at McQuay~Norris in Connersville for 35 years before retirement. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He and the former Elva (Marty) French 'were united in marriage on April 17, 1953, and she survives.

Besides his wife, he is survived by one daughte7, Mrs. Gary (Penny) Baker of Laurel; two sons, Stephen "Skip" Marcum of Cincinnati, Ohio and Charley Ray Marcum, Jr. of Laurel; five daughters, Mary Marcum, Alice "Missy" Isaacs and Mrs. Jeff (Tina) Gray, all of Laurel, Jackie Marcum of Paxton, Illinois, and Mrs. Tom "Cissy" Wilson of Metamora; five brothers, Estel Marcum of Hagerstown, Arthur Marcum and Lester Marcum, both of Connersville, Neil Marcum of Torner, Oregon, and Paul Parsons of Laurel; five sisters, Mrs. Cleo (Cecil) Marcum of Brownsville, Mrs. Arthur (Amy) North, Mrs. Charles (Jessie) White and Mrs. Leonard (Bessie) Harrison, all of Laurel, and Mrs. Homer (Frankie) Littleston of Connersville; and nine grandchildren.

One brother preceded him in death.

The funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, December 18, at 1 p.m., at Moster and Cox Mortuary in Laurel, to be officiated by the Rev. Willie Russell. Burial will take place in Laurel Norfh Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral on Wednesday, December 17, at 6 p.m.

Regina Schoettelkotte

Regina C. Schoettelkotte, 90 years of age, passed away Sunday, December 13, at Margaret Mary Community Hospital, Batesville. She was a Batesville resident.

She was born June. 14, 1907, in Lawrenceville, to John and Isabelle (Risch) Roehm. On June 24, 1931, she and John B. Schoettelkotte were united in marriage at St. John's Church in Deer Park, Ohio. He died December 21, 1946. Mrs. Schoettelkotte was a homemaker and member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Batesville and the Ladies' Society.

Survivors include three sons, Rev. John B. Schoettelkotte of North Vernon, Maurice Schoettelkotte of Oldenburg and Paul Schoette1kotte of Columbus; three daughters, Mary Bossert, Viola Fullenkamp, Dorothy Schoettelkotte ,all of Batesville; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Father John Schoettelkotte, Msgr. Bernard Schmitz and Father Bill Farris officiated the funeral at St. Louis Catholic Church in Batesville, on Tuesday, December 16. Mrs. Schoettelkotte was interred in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery. Weigel Funeral Home of Batesville assisted her family with arrangements. If so wished, memorials may be directed to the Oldenburg Academy, Batesville Rescue 10 Lifesquad or St. Louis School.

Louise C. Merkel

Louise C. Merkel, 72 years old, of Batesville, died Wednesday, December 10, at her home.

She was bom September 3, 1925, in Oldenburg, to Henry and Barbara (Bedel) Gehring. She be-came the wife of Thomas W. Merkel on April 3, 1954, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Oldenburg, and he survives. Mrs. Merkel worked as a homemaker and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church Ladies' Society.

Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, Gary Merkel of Oldenburg; one daughter, Lois Johannigman of Batesville; three brothers, Emil Gehring of Batesville, Leo Gehring of Oldenburg and Allan Gehring of Beech Grove; two sisters, Alvina Wenning of Greensburg and Emma Biltz of Batesvile; and seven gaandchildren.

Father Sylvester Heppner, O.F.M., conducted the funeral service on Saturday, December 13, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Oldenburg. She was laid to rest in the church cemetery. Weigel Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials are being collected by Batesville Rescue 10 Life squad and the Holy Family Church.

Robert C. West

Robert C. West, 82 years old, of 2368 South Sunset Drive, died Wednesday morning, December 3, in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Mr. West and his wife, Edith, had been in Texas since October, visiting their son, James C. West, and his family.

He was born in Franklin County on December 23, 1915, the eldest of three children born to Frank and Alma (Ratz) West. On May 5, 1940, be was married to Edith Gabbard of Franklin County and they moved to Kokomo where he was employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Cornpany for four years. In 1944, they returned to Laurel and Mrs. West taught in the Laurel school system. Mr. West was employed by Clanin Pontiac Sales.In 1989, he retired after 34 years as an automobile mechanic and parts manager. He was a member of Central Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife; one son, James C. West, a retired Army Major of Harker Heights, Texas; and one daughter, Marjorie S. West of Tampa, Florida; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one sister, Virginia King of Indianapolis.

His parents and one infant brother preceded him in death.

The Rev. James Orr conducted funeral services at Miller Funeral Home in Connersville, on Monday, December 8. He was laid to rest in Laurel North Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Christian Church.

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