Calvin E. Cooke
ASHVILLE — Calvin Emerson Cooke, 83, of Ashville died Thursday morning, April 28, 2005, at Heath Health Care Center in Heath.
He was born on July 29, 1921, in New Dover to Marion and Flora (Miller) Cooke. Raised in the Marengo area, he worked on the Merrill Weaver Farm before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He is survived by sons, Calvin (Vivian) Cooke of Newark and Ronald Cooke of Chillicothe; three grandchildren, David, Jeffery and Rhonda; brothers, Theodore and Robert Cooke; and sister, Marjorie Shane.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Leliah G. (Ninninger) Cooke, in 1996; brothers, Wayne, Victor and Marion; and sister, Viola Harrison.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury, where service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in the Butter Cemetery near Marengo.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3380 Treemont Road, Columbus, OH 43321. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Merrill L. McKee
FREDERICKTOWN — Merrill Lee McKee, 82, of Fredericktown died Thursday, April 28, 2005, at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.
He was born March 5, 1923, in Mount Vernon, the son of James Cloyd and Mildred Ethel (Miller) McKee. He was a graduate of Fredericktown High School. Mr. McKee was a farmer in Batemantown before moving to London, Ohio, where he owned and operated McKee Custom Butchering for 25 years. After retiring in 1974, he moved to Zapata, Texas, where he lived until his return to the Fredericktown area in 2002. He was a past president of the London Lions Club, a past trustee of Middlebury Township, was on the board of directors of Siesta Shores Association of Zapata, and was a member of the Ohio Meat Processing Association.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary Jean (Wertz) McKee; son, James McKee of Ithaca, N.Y.; daughters, Sally Mills of Mount Vernon and Jacqueline Johnson of Wellington; grandchildren, Robert, Steven, Deanna, Katie, Benjamin, Tyler and Elizabeth; and three great-grandchildren, Mitchell, Sophia and Carson.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Arden and Wendell McKee.
Mr. McKee’s body was donated for medical research, per his request, to The Ohio State University.
A memorial service will be Monday, May 2, at 10 a.m. at the Batemantown United Methodist Church. The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown assisted the family with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Batemantown United Methodist Church. This obituary and guest registry can be viewed online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.