Edith A. McCollum
UTICA — Edith A. McCollum, 59, of Utica died June 3, 2004, at her residence.
She was born Feb. 28, 1945, in Mount Vernon to Warren V. and Garnet E. (Weiss) Weber. She was a member of Northside Church of Christ.
She is survived by three sons, Stephen “Buddy” (Elaine) McCollum of Utica, Christopher (Teresa) McCollum of Newark and Randall (Amanda) McCollum of Columbus; two daughters, Jennifer (William) Thoman of Fredericktown and Kimberly Rizer of Newark; 13 grandchildren; and a sister, Julia Noblick of Utica.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley L. McCollum, who died May 15, 2004.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N. Main St., Utica, where funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. Bruce Hissong and Alan Pratt will officiate. Burial will be in Newark Memorial Gardens.
Robert L. Mikesell
FRAZEYSBURG — Robert Lee Mikesell, 71, of 18355 County Road 3, Frazeysburg, died June 3, 2004, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 26, 1932, in Coshocton to C. Raymond and Florence (Crawford) Mikesell. Bob was a general livestock farmer and a businessman. He was a 1951 graduate of Union High School and a 1956 graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, Beta Chapter, and he was to receive an outstanding “Brother of the Century” award at the 100th anniversary Alpha Gamma Rho National Convention in August. He was a member of the Nellie Chapel United Methodist Church, Ohio Farm Bureau and Neighborhood Travelers Advisory Council, Top Farmers of Ohio, OSU Alumni Club, OSU President’s Club and an honorary member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club at OSU.
He is survived by his wife, Miriam (Richard) Mikesell, whom he married March 26, 1955. Also surviving are three daughters, Beth (Steve) Nelson of Coshocton, Barbara (Phil) Watts of Granville and Susan (Alan) Brinker of Frazeysburg; grandchildren, Nick and Chad Miller, Brooke and Brett Watts, and Lauren, Ian and Leah Brinker.
Funeral will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Warsaw with a very dear friend and retired minister of the United Methodist Church the Rev. Jon Barker officiating. Burial will be in the West Carlisle Cemetery. Visitation is Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and until service time on Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ralph L. Bazler Scholarship, The Ohio State University, c/o Dr. Pat Whittington, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus 43210; or the Nellie Chapel United Methodist Church, 341 Third St., Nellie, Warsaw 43844.
MOUNT VERNON — Dorothy Pipes, 88, of Crestview Drive, Mount Vernon, passed away Thursday, June 3, 2004, at the Ohio Eastern Star Home, Mount Vernon.
She was born Aug. 12, 1915, in Licking County to Samuel and Iona (Hatch) Wagner. She was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
She is survived by a son, Larry (Penny) Pipes of Mount Vernon.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Pipes; and a sister, Edna Ross.
A graveside service will be Monday at 2 p.m. in Mound View Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Connie Feightner will officiate. The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 110 E. Vine St., Mount Vernon 43050. This obituary and guest registry may be viewed online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Helen L. Spurgeon
MOUNT VERNON — Helen L. (Kanuckel) Spurgeon, 81, died Friday, June 4, 2004, at her Arbors of Mount Vernon residence.
She was born Feb. 8, 1923, in Blissfield. She was the third child of Guy and Gladys (Thorne) Kanuckel. She was a 1941 alumna of Danville High School, and had been a secretary of the Danville Methodist Church.
She married E. Clay Spurgeon on June 21, 1942. Shortly thereafter she joined her husband, who was stationed at a U.S. Army base near Hondo, Texas. Here she became the village’s first female taxi driver in exchange for the couple’s room from the one cab company’s owner — the town mayor. For many years she kept her Texas chauffeur’s license as a humorous souvenir.
After World War II, her husband stared his own business, Danville Electric & Heating, and she partnered with him as a bookkeeper and office manager. She greeted customers and neighbors for more than 40 years on the business phone and at the Market Street storefront.
Community service was important to her. She was chairwoman for three years for the March of Dimes campaign in Danville, chair of the ladies volunteers for the Danville Lions Club during her husband’s terms as president, “Room Mother” for four years in her son’s class at Danville Elementary School, a Republican Lady, and an Eastern Star and Red Cross volunteer for Knox Community Hospital. Helen and Clay were members of the Fredericktown Church of Christ, and originally members of the Tiverton Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband, Clay; her son, Stephen of Los Angeles, Calif.; and a brother, Harold Kanuckel of Bradenton, Fla.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by twin son and daughter, and a brother, Everett Kanuckel.
Funeral will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Fischer Funeral Home in Danville. Pastor Doug Roush will officiate. She will be encrypted at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Knox County or the Danville Fire Department/Squad, P.O. Box 526, Danville 43014.