Richard A. Ashton
SUNBURY — Richard A. Ashton, 52, of Sunbury died June 12, 2006, at Kobacker House in Columbus.
He was born Oct. 15, 1953, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to the late Forrest and Meryl L. (Applegate) Ashton. A 1972 graduate of South Side High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. He was in document imaging sales management most recently for Fireproof Records.
He is survived by Andrea DiOrio of Sunbury. Other survivors include her family, Michelle McCague of Columbus, Erik Whitehead of Norwich, Conn.; two grandchildren; sisters, Anita McBride of Bunkerhill, Ind., Arlene Repine, Ruth Kumfer of Fort Wayne, Ind., Alice Sasak of Gary, Ind., Pamela Mason of Nashville, Tenn.; brothers, Jerry Ashton and Terry Ashton of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Friends may call Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury, where a service celebrating the life of Richard Ashton will follow at 8 p.m., with Chaplain Steven Rice officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made to Homereach Hospice, 3724 Olentangy River Road, Suite G, Columbus, OH 43214. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Caleb J. Daley
MOUNT VERNON — Caleb Jeremiah Daley, infant son of Michael and Betty (Scott) Daley, was stillborn on Sunday, June 11, 2006, at MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield.
He is survived by three brothers, Robert Daley, Ryan Daley and Joshua Daley, two sisters, Amanda Daley and Megan Daley, all of the home; paternal grandparent, Robert and Lois Daley of Mount Vernon.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Clair and Sadie Scott.
The family will observe a private graveside service at a later date. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Norma G. McVay
MOUNT VERNON — Norma Gene McVay, 82, of Columbus Road, Mount Vernon, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2006, at Country Court Nursing Center in Mount Vernon.
She was born on Feb. 13, 1924, in Fredericktown to the late Charles and Madeline (Bradrick) Brokaw. Norma worked as a lab tech for Knox Community Hospital. She was a member of the Owl Creek Baptist church and had volunteered many years as a Knox County 4-H advisor.
She is survived by her loving family, a son, Norman (Judith Ann) McVay of Fredericktown; three grandchildren, Rebecca (Kevin) Henthorn, Norman Dale McVay and Neldon (Shawnee) McVay Jr.; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Rex (Mona) Brokaw of Ankenytown and Max (Parthenia) Brokaw of Mount Vernon; three sisters, Joretta Auten of Fredericktown; Delia “Dee” (Ken) Reynolds of Mount Vernon and Deanna “Dee” Ridgeway of Mount Vernon.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Blaine McVay; and her son, Neldon McVay Sr.
Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Robert Heizer will officiate. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Owl Creek Church Building Fund, 4044 Owl Creek Church Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
MOUNT VERNON — Maggie “Gene” Ramey, 82, formerly of Wetmore Road in Columbus, died Friday, June 9, 2006.
Gene enjoyed knitting, crotchet and gardening.
She was preceded in death by husband, James T. Ramey; parents, Harley and Lilla Hanna; siblings, Dorothy McClain, B. Keith Hanna and Harley Hanna.
She is survived by her siblings, Paul and Ron Hanna, LaVern Hanson and Ruth Brown; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at Schoedinger Hilltop Chapel 3030 W. Broad St., Columbus, where friends may call Wednesday from noon until service time. Interment will be in Kirkwood Cemetery, London, OH.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Knox County in her memory.
Roger C. Shira
FREDERICKTOWN — Roger C. Shira, 61, of Fredericktown passed away Monday, June 12, 2006, in Fredericktown. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown.
Andrew W. Smith
BUTLER — Andrew William Smith, 29, of Boise, Idaho, and formerly of Butler, died Saturday, June 10, 2006, in a whitewater rafting accident near Payette, Idaho.
He was born June 4, 1977, in Ashland to Alfred W. and Linda K. Smith, and graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1996. While in high school, Andrew was active on the golf and tennis teams; and was a member of ski club and National Honor Society. He was highly involved in Knox County 4-H, their Leadership Counsel, Junior Fair Board, and served as a camp counselor for 4-H at Camp Ohio.
Andrew earned his B.S. in business from The Ohio State University in 2001, instilling a true love of OSU Buckeye football. In the autumn of that year he moved to San Jose, Calif., where he spent four years and was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, before moving to Idaho in January of this year.
He had worked with ABF Freight the past five years, most recently as terminal manager. Always sports minded, Andrew enjoyed golfing and playing tennis, snow skiing and hiking.
Described as “genuinely loving and caring,” he will be remembered for his wry smile and the twinkle in his eyes.
He is survived by his wife Melissa (Stradiot) Smith, whom he married May 2, 2004; his parents, Alfred and Linda Smith of Butler; his twin brother, Adam Wayne Smith of Dearborn, Mich.; and numerous extended family members.
The family will receive friends Thursday, June 15, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Friday at 11 a.m. in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 48 W. Church St., Bellville, with the Rev. Douglas J. Pretorius officiating. Burial will follow in North Liberty Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions to establish a memorial scholarship in Andrew’s memory for a Clear Fork Valley student pursuing their education at The Ohio State University, and may be made through the funeral home: Snyder Funeral Home, P.O. Box 338, Bellville, OH 44813. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.