Lewis J. Bill
MOUNT VERNON — Lewis J. Bill, 79, of Wooster Road, Mount Vernon, passed away peacefully with family members by his side on Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at the Knox Community Hospital.
He was born April 3, 1925, in Columbus, son to Lewis and Eloise (Clemmens) Bill Sr. He was employed as a Ohio State Highway Patrolman for 25 years and moved to the Knox County area in 1976 to become post commander in Mount Vernon. He received the Superintendent’s Citation of Merit in 1964 for saving a truck driver’s life. Lewis later became the chief of police in Fredericktown. He was a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, the Mount Zion Masonic Lodge 9, the Ohio State Troopers Association, the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, and was a veteran serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
A devoted husband and loving father, he is survived by his wife of 60 years, Doris M. (Marti) Bill; two daughters, Laura (Rich) Miller of Mansfield and Karleen (Don) Blumenthal of Salt Lake City, Utah; three sons, Steve (Abbie) Bill of Boca Raton, Fla., Dave (Lou Ann) Bill and Larry (Lisa) Bill of, both of Bradford, Ohio; seven grandchildren; a sister, Barbara (Vinnie) Burleson of Worthington; and two brothers, Dave (Grace) Bill of Johnstown and John (Jo Ann) Bill of Columbus.
Lewis enjoyed spending time with family members and frequenting Burger King, Wendys and Donatos, where he made many friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church. The Rev. John Capper will officiate the service. These arrangements are under the care and direction of the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions can be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 182039, Department 013, Columbus, OH 43218; or a charity of one’s choice. This obituary can be viewed online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com, where online condolences can also be made.
Harold F. Lester Memorial notice
MOUNT VERNON — Harold F. Lester, 72, of Mount Vernon died Feb. 27, 2005, at his residence. A graveside service will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens with Mr. Ben McKinstry officiating. Burial with military honors will be conducted by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council. The North-Dilley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Jane Myers
MOUNT VERNON — Mary Jane (Vail) Myers, 77, of Yauger Road, Mount Vernon, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2005, following an extended illness.
Mary Jane was born Feb. 20, 1928, in Mount Vernon to Stanley and Mary Ann (Blair) Vail. She was a lifelong resident of Mount Vernon and a 1945 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. She was employed for several years by Martin Memorial Hospital and more recently was a reading aide at Dan Emmett Elementary School. She accomplished a lifelong goal of writing and publishing a book titled, “Meet Me in Mount Vernon,” about her family life growing up in Mount Vernon. Mary Jane was an active member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
She is survived by two daughters, Jody Forman Fall (Jerry) of Hamilton and Carol Ann Ward (Alan) of Philadelphia, Miss.; three sons, William Myers of Jackson, S.C., Allen (Ruth Ann) Myers of Mount Vernon and Michael (Sherry) Myers of Fredericktown; four grandchildren, Angela Myers, Jay Myers, Rob Forman and Taylor Ward; and her former husband of 47 years, John R. Myers.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, Stanley Vail Jr., John Vail and Vinton Gene Vail; and a sister, Winona Wyant.
A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where friends may call one hour prior. The Rev. Jamie Gump will officiate. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery. These services are under the care and direction of the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 110 E. Vine St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This obituary and guest registry may be viewed online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Dale A. Robinson
UTICA — A private military graveside service for Dale Allen Robinson of Utica will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in Bartlett Cemetery, Bartlett. Mr. Robinson, who graduated from Martinsburg High School, died March 27, 2005, in Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. He was born Oct. 27, 1916, in Mount Vernon to David and Rosa Allen Robinson.
Mr. Robinson served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945 as a reconnaissance sergeant in the 746th Tank Battalion. With the 746th, he landed on Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and from that do saw action throughout France, Belgium and Germany; including the capture of Cherbourg, the St. Lo American breakout, the offensive to secure the Huertgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes. The 746th was the first Tack Battalion to cross the Rhine, at Remagen bridgehead, and enter Germany.
Mr. Robinson was a resident of Utica for 60 years, and was a member of the Presbyterian Church and VFW. He worked for the Licking Rural Electrification Association for 34 years.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Lorna; his brothers, Vance and Clayton; and sister, Ilene.
He is survived by children and their spouses, Eric and Alicia Robinson of Westerville, and Kathleen and Joe Stout of Newark; four grandchildren and their spouses, Mark and Beth Metcalf of Upper Arlington, Anne and Matthew Biederman of Hamilton, and Alan Robinson and Paul Robinson, both of Westerville; and five great-grandchildren.
Bertha Mae Walters
UTICA — A funeral service for Bertha Mae Walters, 94 of Utica will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Law-Baker Funeral Home with Bruce Hissong officiating. Burial will follow in Newark Memorial Gardens. Bertha died March 30, 2005, at The Laurels of Mount Vernon.
She was born Feb. 5, 1911, in Coshocton County to French Calvin and Lettie (Russell) Veatch. She was a life member of American Legion Post 92, Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by a son, Robert Carroll (Mary) Walters of Mount Vernon; daughter, Marilyn (Leroy) Lawson of Utica; sister, Ruth Stienmetz of Gambier; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband, Harold Everett Walters, who died in 1981; daughter, Barbara Stienmetz; brothers, Chancey (Ruth), Russell, Fred, F.B., Dwight, Ross and Harold; sisters, Kathryn McDonald, Martha Wilt and Betty Ashburn.
Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., at Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N. Main St., Utica.