NORTH LIBERTY — S. James “Jim” Crunkilton, 69, of Mishey Road, Butler, died Sunday morning, Jan. 9, 2005, in his home following a short illness.
He was born Sept. 9, 1935, in rural Knox County to Sterl G. and Helen D. (Keller) Crunkilton, and was graduated from Butler High School in 1953. A lifelong North Liberty dairy farmer, Jim served as director with the Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He served as representative on the state, district and local levels, and formerly as president and vice president. He was a member of the Knox County Farm Bureau and the Dairy Council.
An advocate for education, Jim served on the Clear Fork Local School Board for 12 years, serving as the board’s president and vice president; and along with his wife, Gerry, advised the North Liberty No Names 4-H Club for numerous years. The Clear Fork High School FFA awarded him an honorary membership, and he also earned the title State Farmer through the FFA.
He was a member of North Liberty United Methodist Church, where he served the congregation as elder, trustee, lay leader, Sunday school teacher, and was on the administrative board and numerous other committees.
An avid deer hunter, Jim was an implement enthusiast at heart, eager to attend tractor pulls. He could just as easily be spotted at his grandchildren’s sporting events, Clear Fork football games, or daily meetings of the Whiffletree Breakfast Club. Jim was a loving husband and father, and warm and supportive grandfather, whose extended family all live within shouting distance. He will be remembered for his ornery sense of humor, his generosity beyond worldly wealth, for his wisdom and a great work ethic.
He is survived by his children, Bradley Sterl and Debbie Crunkilton, Connie and Dick Wyman, and Mark and Tonya Crunkilton, all of Butler; 10 grandchildren, Brittany (Jamie) Pipes, Brandon Sterl Crunkilton, Breanna Crunkilton, Brett Elizabeth Crunkilton, Brooke Crunkilton, Adam Parks, Andy Parks, Nicole (Derik) Swendal, Dustin Crunkilton and Caitlyn Crunkilton; a stepgranddaughter, Reneé Wyman; four great-grandchildren, Aubrey Pipes, Shelby Pipes, Mason James Pipes and Alexis Parks; two brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Faye Crunkilton of Fredericktown, and John “Dick” and Sherrye Crunkilton of Blacksburg, Va.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Norma and Richard Miller of Butler, and Donna and John Horn of Howard; a sister-in-law, Barbara Blackford of Fredericktown; numerous friends, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine “Gerry” (Adams) Crunkilton, on April 30, 2001.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. The worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Jim Crunkilton, will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the North Liberty United Methodist Church. The Revs. Ken Kinley and Allen Rose will officiate. Burial will follow in North Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the Parsonage Fund of North Liberty United Methodist Church may be made at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Ruby L. Franz
MOUNT VERNON — Ruby L. Franz, 95, of Mount Vernon died Jan. 8, 2005, at The Laurels of Mount Vernon.
She was born May 19, 1909, in Marion to Samuel D. and Cora (Bolin) Patten. She was a longtime member of the Grace Brethren Church. She also loved homemaking, playing cards, and long talks with family and friends.
She is survived by four nephews, Frank Phillips of New Concord, Dutch (Retha) Barton and Raymond (Mary) Franz, both of Mount Vernon, and Bill (Erma) Perry of Zanesville; and several great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Norman Franz; two brothers, Cliff Patten and Charles McKenzie; and a sister, Pearl Barton.
Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the North-Dilley Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Grace Brethren Church with Pastor Gordy Harmon officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ruby’s name to the Grace Brethren Church, 12426 Old Mansfield Road, Mount Vernon 43050. This obituary may be viewed online along with an online guest registry at www.dilleyfuneralservice.com.
David A. Hipp
MANSFIELD — David A. Hipp, 62, of Mansfield died at home on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, following a three-year illness.
He was born April 7, 1942, to Wilford and Ruth (Boughton) Hipp. David retired from Empire Detroit Steel Co. after 38 years of service. He attended Diamond Hill Cathedral and Citi Church. He also was a member of the Eagles Lodge 336, Owls, American Legion Post 16 and the VFW 3494. David enjoyed the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and OSU. David loved to be the “prankster” and life of the party. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren and loved to make them laugh. He was an active supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. David served in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Johnson) Hipp, to whom he had been married for 18 years; two sons, Richard Hipp of Mansfield and David (Donna) Hipp of Shelby; a daughter, Andrea (David) King of Butler; a daughter-in-law, Kandy Hipp of Mansfield; seven grandchildren, Devin Hipp, Tyler Hipp, David Wilson Hipp, Haley Niswander, Chase King, David King Jr. and Bunny King; and a brother, Richard (Sandra) Hipp of Mansfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Cloyd Wyckoff; and two grandparents, Henry and Isar Boughton.
Friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service at the Diamond Street Home of the Wappner Funeral Directors. Funeral will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Micah Pelkey officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or MedCentral Hospice.
Betty Alverson Knefely
FREDERICKTOWN — Betty J. Alverson Knefely, 81, of Fredericktown died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, at the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon.
Betty was born June 21, 1923, in Decatur, Ill., to Charles and Hazel (Clark) Smick and graduated from Decatur High School in 1941. She moved to the Fredericktown area from Florida in 1992 and was a member of the Ann Hill Chapter, Order of Eastern Star in Fredericktown; and the Fredericktown United Methodist Church. Betty had been a homemaker most of her lifetime but was a former employee of Bell Telephone Co. and the Raymond James and Associates stockbrokers.
Surviving are her daughter, Linda (Thomas) Montgomery of Las Vegas, Nev.; her son, Gary (Karen) Alverson of Fredericktown; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her sister, Carol S. Coverstone of Washington, Ill.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Dwight F. Alverson; second husband, Charles F. Knefely; her daughter, Sharon Griswold; and two brothers, Charles R. “Jack” Smick and Donald C. Smick.
Friends may call Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown followed by Eastern Star memorial services conducted by the Ann Hill Chapter. Graveside funeral service will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Forest Cemetery at Fredericktown with the Rev. Larry Draper officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Knox County, 302 E. High St., Mount Vernon 43050. This obituary and online condolences to the family are at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.