Alice L. Ayers
MOUNT VERNON — Alice L. Ayers, 88, of Mount Vernon died Nov. 29, 2005, at Knox Community Hospital.
She was born June 20, 1917, in Utica to Don and Edna McLaughlin. She was a 59-year member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
She is survived by her husband, Charles W. Ayers, to whom she had been married 59 years; one daughter, Barbara (Rich) Ford of Mount Vernon; two sons, Will (Marlene) Ayers of Malborough, Conn., and Andy (Karen) Ayers of Maumee; four grandchildren, Erin (Brian) Humphrey, Patrick Ford, Amanda Ayers and Nick (Rachael) Ayers; and two great-grandchildren, Noah and Hanna Humphrey.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert McLaughlin; a sister, Peg Vandevelde; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Anne Ayers.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Karl Stevens officiating. The North-Dilley Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Interchurch Social Services, 114 E. Gambier St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This obituary, along with an online registry, may be viewed at www.dilleyfuneralservice.com.
Ruby M. Bodkin
MOUNT VERNON — Ruby Marie Bodkin, 80, a resident of Country Court Nursing Center, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, at the Knox Community Hospital.
She was born Feb. 16, 1925, in Cincinnati. On April 10, 1948, she was married to John J. Bodkin. He preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 1995.
She is survived by two grandsons, Nicholas Michael and Adam Frank Bodkin of Robbinsville, N.J.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, John Robert Bodkin.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville with Pastor Lloyd Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. Visiting will be from 1 p.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Palliative Care Unit of Knox Community Hospital, 1330 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This obituary can be viewed online at fischerfuneralhome.com.
James Oliver Campbell
LEWISVILLE, Texas — James Oliver Campbell passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 25, 2005. James was the son of Jack Campbell and Lucile Lee, who along with his brother, Jerry, and his sister, Mary Lou, predeceased him.
James is survived by his beloved wife, Claribelle; his brother, Keith (Tommie); and his sister, Jackie Sue (Rick).
He was born Oct. 3, 1932, in Oklahoma City, Okla., and died in Lewisville, Texas, at the age of 73. He was the wonderful father to four children, Tom (Miyuki), Jerry (Michelle), Jay and Terri (Jay); the adored grandfather of seven, Sam, Dawn, Jay T., Jun-ko, Kimberly, Joseph and Kiera; and the great-grandfather of Hanna, Oliver and Ozcar.
James married his childhood sweetheart Claribelle on June 14, 1952. This was a marriage which turned into one of the great romances and brought happiness and peace to them both for 53 years. She worked and helped put him through Oklahoma University, where he graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Army, gaining the rank of lieutenant. After serving in the Army, he entered the business world in the petrol chemical field, ultimately becoming vice president of Cooper Industries and president of Cooper Rolls, a joint venture between Cooper Industries and Rolls-Royce, forming an international-based company fabricating turbine compression engines for the oil and gas industry. His work took him around the world to many exotic and sometimes dangerous places, where he met, dined, conducted business with and became friends with varied interesting and even powerful people.
Through all of his dealings with people both privately and professionally, James garnished a deserved reputation as an honest, kind, hard working man who was the very definition of sincerity and integrity. He helped many people, with no thought of himself. As a husband, he was devoted and loving. As a father, he provided a guiding light to his children throughout his life. He will be greatly missed, but always remembered with a warm heart and a smile.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. at the Barnes and Johnson Funeral Home at 1820 S. Douglas Blvd. in Midwest City, Okla., followed by internment at 4 p.m. at the Kingfisher Cemetery in Kingfisher, Okla. A memorial service will be held in Mount Vernon, Ohio, at a later date to be announced.
Laurence A. Downing
MOUNT VERNON — Laurence A. Downing, 56, of Mount Vernon, died Nov. 24, 2005, at the Knox Community Hospital.
He was born Dec. 7, 1948, in Orlando, Fla., to Laurence and Alva (Wilkes) Downing. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Hill Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Purple Heart.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer L. (Frank) Downing, to whom he has been married 16 years; a son, Laurence (Lance) Downing, and daughter, Leslie Downing, both of the home; two brothers, Ken (Pam) Downing of Lincoln, Neb., and Dave (Sandy) Downing of Omaha, Neb.; one sister, Karin (Freddy) Grob of Switzerland; his mother, Alva Downing of Avon Park, Fla.; and numerous nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Laurence R. Downing.
A memorial service was Monday at the Seventh-day Adventist Hill Church with Pastor Peter Simpson officiating. The North-Dilley Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Vernon Academy, 511 Wooster Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050, for the benefit of Lance and Leslie’s education.
This obituary, along with an online registry, may be viewed at www.dilleyfuneralservice.com.
William H. “Bill” Hall
COLUMBUS — William H. “Bill” Hall, vice president for student affairs at The Ohio State University, known for his dedication and devotion to improving the lives of Ohio State students, died Nov. 27, 2005, after an 11-month battle with cancer. He was 61.
Since joining the university student affairs staff in 1977, Hall played a leadership role in enhancing the campus experience for students. He served as Ohio State’s director of residence and dining halls until his appointment as assistant vice president in 1994. In 2001, he was named vice president for student affairs.
In addition to his nearly 30 years of service to Ohio State, Hall had a distinguished military career with the Illinois and Ohio Army National Guard. His assignments included Field Artillery, The Ohio Military Academy, and many Combat Engineer units. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and a Ranger. He retired in 1998 with the rank of brigadier general after 29 years of military service.
His military training and devotion to students defined the man that many knew as “The General.” Thousands of undergraduates enjoyed his weekly e-mail column, “Generally Speaking,” which offered information, advice and humorous observations on campus life. In January, he told students about his recent cancer diagnosis. He became ill during an Ohio National Guard-sponsored trip to Kosovo over Christmas break last year, where he visited Guard troops and Ohio State students serving in Kosovo.
University President Karen Holbrook said Hall was truly devoted to Ohio State. “Bill was instrumental in so many great initiatives that improved life for students,” she said. “His achievements have made this campus a wonderful place to live.”
Suz Scharer, president of Undergraduate Student Government, said Hall was a true inspiration for students. “We lost an amazing member of our Buckeye community yesterday; however, his legacy will live on through the hundreds of thousands of students he has touched.”
In nominating Hall to deliver the spring 2005 commencement address, Ohio State’s student newspaper “The Lantern” noted, “his 28 years of service to Ohio State students makes him the ultimate Buckeye and ideal speaker for spring commencement. He exemplifies what it is to be a Buckeye beyond any celebrity we could draw.” Hall was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree at that event.
Hall was the “go to” man in providing direction for major campus events, including multiple visits of presidents, presidential candidates and other VIPs. He also took personal responsibility for insuring the success of the hundreds of student events that are planned each year, and often participated in them. He was known to paint a “Block O” on his shiny bald head, dance with students at their annual “Buckeyethon” fund-raiser, visit students door-to-door in the residence halls or in the neighborhoods around campus, or join in when students attempted to create the world’s largest pillow fight.
Hall’s achievements included reducing the density of housing in residence halls, improving the student move-in process, revising the Code of Student Conduct to give the university more authority over the behavior of students living off-campus, and guiding implementation of a student activity fee to increase recreational and cultural opportunities for students. He also oversaw several major construction projects, including the Recreational and Physical Activity Center, a new student housing complex, and plans for a new Ohio Union.
In September, University Trustees named a new housing complex built under his leadership on south campus — the first new student housing built since the 1960s — the William H. Hall Student Residential Complex, in his honor.
Prior to coming to Ohio State, Hall served as director of housing at Southern Illinois University, where he earned bachelors and master’s degrees in education.
He also coached little league baseball and football.
Hall is survived by his wife, Kathy, and two sons, Andrew and Jeffrey of the home; his father, David W. Hall; his mother, Ruth Terpstra; siblings, Edith Shipley of Houston, Texas, David (Dorothy) Hall of Marsailles, Ill., Beverly Jean (Ed) Reeves of Prescott, Ariz., Judy (LaVerne) Breen of Wilmington, Ill., James Hall of Kankakee, Ill., and Richard (Deborah) Hall of Wilmington, Ill.
Personal messages, cards and letters may be sent to Bill’s wife, Kathy Hall, and their sons, Andy and Jeff Hall, in care of the Office of Student Affairs, 600 Lincoln Tower, 1800 Cannon Drive, Columbus, OH 43210.
The family requests that those wishing to make a charitable contribution in Bill Hall’s memory consider a memorial fund for pancreatic cancer research that has been set up in Bill’s name, to be used at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Center at The Ohio State University.
Checks may be made payable to “The Bill Hall Memorial Fund” and sent to: The Bill Hall Memorial Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research, c/o Office of University Development, 704 Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210.
Bill Hall’s family and The Ohio State University invite all who wish to share in commemorating his life and legacy to attend a remembrance ceremony Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. at Mershon Auditorium on the Ohio State campus.
Bill’s arrangements are entrusted to the Heritage Cremation Society. Heritage Cremation Society (800) 864-2295. We help make difficult decisions a little easier.
Edward E. Llewellyn
MOUNT VERNON — Edward E. Llewellyn, 58, of Mount Vernon died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005.
Ed was born May 29, 1947, in Mount Vernon to Archie and Carrie Mae (Edwards) Llewellyn and had spent his lifetime in the Mount Vernon area. He was employed at TRW Manufacturing in Mount Vernon. Ed was a member of the Colonial City Moose Lodge in Mount Vernon, where he was past governor and held the Fellowship Degree.
Surviving are his wife, Judith (Breckler) Llewellyn; his sons, Edward E. (Barb) Llewellyn of Mount Vernon, Gregory S. (Jeannie) Parkinson of Utica and Jason (Tammy) Llewellyn of Mount Vernon; his stepdaughters, Tamera (Allan) Chalmers of Australia and Melissa M. Goeppinger of Mount Vernon; his stepson, Richard A. Hiles of Mount Vernon; five grandchildren; three brothers, Floyd Llewellyn of Mount Vernon, Chuck Llewellyn of Johnstown and Terry Davis of Florida; and four sisters, Diana “DeeDee” Henthorn, Peach Hulse and Betty Lou Shannon, all of Mount Vernon, and Teresa Miracle of Fredericktown.
Besides his parents, a sister, Sharon Hoeflich, preceded him in death.
Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, where funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery. Colonial City Moose Lodge will hold memorial services at the funeral home on Thursday following the calling hours.
This obituary, and to send an online condolence, is at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Ora M. Miller
GRANVILLE — A memorial service for Ora Marvin Miller, 61, of Granville, will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Louisville United Methodist Church, 127 Sugar St., with Pastor Ruby Hill officiating. Inurnment will take place in Wilson Cemetery at a later date.
Mr. Miller worked for Resinoid Engineering for 33 years. He passed away Nov. 28, 2005, at the Cleveland Clinic. He was born July 27, 1944, in Richlands, Va., to the late Earl and Colleen Hope (Compton) Miller Sr.
Mr. Miller was a 1964 graduate of Centerburg High School. He was an Army veteran where he received the National Defense Service Medal. He was a member of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation. He enjoyed turkey and deer hunting. He built a wood shop where he made turkey calls, and he enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Carolyn Lee (Brown) Miller, whom he married on July 3, 1965; children, Monica Miller of Heath and Bryan Scott Miller of Newark; three grandchildren, Grant and Amber Ritchey, both of Heath, and Camryn Miller of Newark; brothers and sisters, Linda (Ron) Darling of Fredericktown, Randall (Cathy) Miller of Mount Vernon, Ronnie (Sandy) Miller of Centerburg, Diane (Don) Rodeniser of Utica, Earl Miller Jr. of Centerburg, Wesley (Shelli) Miller of St. Louisville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, a brother, Garnett Miller, preceded him in death. I
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Central Ohio Chapter, 2225 Citygate Drive, Suite E, Columbus, OH 43219.
Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St., Newark, is assisting the Miller family with arrangements. To sign an online guest book, visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com and click guest book/obituary.
NORTH CANTON — Margaret “Peg” Quinn, 88, of North Canton passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 19, 2005, at Country Club Retirement Campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, where she had recently lived to be close to her daughter.
Peg was born in Massillon on Sept. 9, 1917, and graduated from Canton Business School. She married Atty. William R. Quinn on June 26, 1944, who later served as a common pleas judge for Stark County (1967-1985) and preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 1994. Mrs. Quinn had been a secretary for the Council of Churches of Greater Canton and for Grace United Church of Christ. She volunteered for the Junior League of Canton, the Visiting Nurse Association and delivered for Meals on Wheels. She held a realtors license and served on the Women’s Boards of Aultman Hospital and Walsh College. She was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church and sang in the choir. Mrs. Quinn enjoyed her memberships in Brookside and Oakwood Country Clubs and the lasting friendships formed there.
She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Patricia Griffin of Weedsport, N.Y., and Deborah and Atty. Bruce Malek of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Michael Griffin of Atlanta, Ga., Meg and Allan Woods of Pulaski, N.Y. and Julie Malek of Mount Vernon; great-granddaughter, Katie Woods; and other family and friends.
The family will have a committal service in North Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum, Canton, then a memorial service will be held for all friends and family Saturday at noon in the Arnold Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. C. David Morgan officiating. Following the service, friends will be received in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 302 E. High St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050; or to a charity of one’s choice. Obituary is online at www.arnoldfuneralhome.com.
MOUNT VERNON — Raymond Wolter, 55, of Vernonview Drive, Mount Vernon, passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, at Knox Community Hospital.
He was born June 29, 1950, in Cleveland to the late Elbert and Agnes (Joyce) Wolter.
He is survived by his by two sisters, Helen Hackett of Bedford and Barbara Triska of Independence; and many loving friends and caretakers at the Mount Vernon Developmental Center.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. in the Ebenezer Cemetery with Pastor Dennis Hill officiating.
The arrangements are under the care and direction of the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home. This obituary and online condolences can be accessed at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.