Jane C. Barber
MOUNT VERNON — Jane C. Barber, 87, of Mount Vernon went home to her Lord on Dec. 28, 2006, surrounded by her loving family at the Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
Jane, known by some as Charlotte, was born Sept. 1, 1919, in Pennsylvania to Charles and Romaine Ferguson. She married Cassius S. Barber, an employee of Cooper-Bessemer on April 4, 1941, and they relocated to Mount Vernon in 1958. She worked as a cook for the Mount Vernon City Schools and retired as a cook from the Mount Vernon Developmental Center. Jane was an avid antique collector, auction buff and an active member of many garden and bridge clubs. She was also a member of the Questers Antique Club, the Knox County Historical Society and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon. She loved meeting new people, gardening and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jane became known as “The First Lady of Knox County” after becoming active in Knox County politics, not only with her son’s political career, but also working Republican campaigns at the county and state levels. She was an active member of the Knox County Republican Women’s Club. The highlight of Jane’s political activities was her opportunity to meet President George W. Bush in Columbus.
She is survived by her beloved son and best friend, Sheriff David Barber of Mount Vernon; her daughter, Kathey (Ron) Bradshaw of Orient; and sons, Pete (Carol) Barber of Colonial Beach, Va., Terry (Paula) Barber of Ashland and Alan (Conni) Barber of Eatontown, N.J.; her 13 grandchildren, Patti Jo, Jeffrey, T.J., Corey, Lynn Jo, Laurie, Shawn, Kimberley, David, Michelle, Matthew, Jonathan and Timothy; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Cassius S. Barber; her brother, Charles Ferguson Jr.; and her sister, Gwendolyn Barnes.
There will be no calling hours. A service giving glory to God and celebrating the life of Jane C. Barber, will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon with the Rev. Jonathan Fettig officiating. The arrangements are under the care and direction of the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Palliative Care Unit at Knox Community Hospital, 1330 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. To send an online condolence to the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Richard E. Bly
BELLVILLE — Richard E. Bly, 72, of Smith Road, Bellville, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a brief illness.
Richard was born July 25, 1934, in Shelby to James Henry and Winifred (Hanlan) Bly, was a 1953 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School, and remained a lifelong Shelby, Mansfield and Bellville area resident. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving two years active duty with the tank division before transferring to the Reserves. Richard was a truck driver, having driven more than 30 years, retiring in 1992 from O K Trucking. He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 40, The National Rifle Association and Irvin Hiskey Post 535 American Legion. Richard attended St. Paul Lutheran Church. He loved anything having to do with the water, fishing, boating and in his early years scuba diving. An avid golfer, he played on a Monday night golf league at Little Apple in Bellville. He was a man of many talents and could repair or restore most anything. He could also tell a good story and enjoyed making people laugh.
A loving husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife, Judy L. (Dill) Bly, whom he married June 3, 1961; his children, Laura L. Bly of Logan, Rodney E. Bly of Findlay and Tracy L. Bly of Bellville; four grandchildren, Heath Eugene Hamilton, Heather Lee Hamilton, Heidi Lynn Hamilton and Richard “Joey” Hoffmann; a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Robert Cicolani of Mansfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call Monday, Jan. 1, 2006, from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. Douglas J. Pretorius officiating. Burial with military honors conducted by Irving Hiskey Post 535 will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions to Hospice of North Central Ohio or St. Paul Lutheran Church may be made at the funeral home. Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Betty J. Cly
DANVILLE — Betty Jean Cly, 81, of Plum Street, Danville, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at The Laurels of Mount Vernon.
She was born Dec. 16, 1925, in Bladensburg to Walter C. and Sarah E. (Rutledge) Beach. On Sept. 16, 1944, she was married to George Walter Cly. She was a member of the Millwood Church of Christ.
She is survived by three daughters; Mary (Jack) Holland of Golden Valley, Ariz., Helen (Donnie) Truex of Danville and Jeannie (Randy) Frazee of Walhonding; a son, Richard Cly of Howard; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Donna (Norman) Deitz, and Thelma and Mary Beach; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter, who died on Oct. 1, 2000; brothers, Owen and Walter Beach; and a great-grandson; Jason Charette.
A funeral service will be Sunday, Dec. 31, at 2 p.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville, with calling hours on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.. Evangelist David Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Workman Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Wakatomika Christian Service Camp, 29203 Hoover Road, Danville, OH 43014. Visit www.fischerfuneralhome.com.
Ray R. Dunn
BUTLER — Ray R. Dunn, 93, of Butler died Thursday morning, Dec. 29, 2006, in Samaritan Regional Health System in Ashland following a short illness.
Ray was born Jan. 2, 1913, to Josepheus and Maud (Hiner) Dunn in Jelloway, and graduated from Butler High School in 1931. On Oct. 7, 1936, Ray was united in marriage to Edna (Simmons) Dunn and together they remained lifelong area residents. Ray was employed by Therm-O-Disc for 15 years in the maintenance department as a janitor. Ray had a love for nature and enjoyed working on the farm bailing hay. He will be remembered for his reverence for hard work.
Ray is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Nancy Dunn of Mount Vernon, and Dale and Shirley Dunn of Butler; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Edna; five brothers and sisters, Marvel Shade, Alpha Strawhecker, Mary Mcfadden, Ruby Kunkle and Lloyd Dunn.
Friends may call Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Bunker Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to Butler-Worthington Township Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home. Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Pauline E. Graham
MOUNT VERNON — Pauline E. Graham, 91, of Pleasant Valley Road, Mount Vernon, passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at Country Club Retirement Campus in Mount Vernon.
She was born on July 15, 1915, to the late Chase B. Hunter Sr. and Helen P. (Cosner) Hunter on New Delaware Road, Mount Vernon. Pauline graduated from Mount Vernon High School. She married Dale A. Graham on June 24, 1938, with whom she lived and farmed on Pleasant Valley Road all of her remaining life.
Pauline was an avid gardener, flower arranger and traveler. She was a Life Patron of The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Inc., a member of Tan and Toil Garden Club, a member of New Shoots Garden Club and the Central Ohio Chrysanthemum Society. She loved competing in the Knox County Fair Flower Shows, Dan Emmett Flower Show and other local flower shows and participating in OAGC conventions, trips, Gardeners’ Days Out, meetings and activities. She was a member of the Gay Street United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Jo Ann Graham of Mount Vernon; niece, Jane (Robert) Kuhlman of Mount Vernon; nephew, John (Michele) Hunter of Delaware; sister-in-law, Waneda Hunter of Mount Vernon; great-nieces and nephews, Katie Kuhlman, Tim Kuhlman, Michael Hunter and Chase Hunter; stepgreat-nieces and nephews, Joel (Kelsey) Kuhlman, Jeremy (Lindsey) Kuhlman and Tamara Rudder; and special friends, Dave, Mary Beth and Mattie Butler.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years; brother, Chase Hunter Jr.; and nephews, David Hunter and Daniel Hunter.
Friends may call on Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dr. David Baker will officiate. Burial will follow in Brandon Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050; or the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Inc. Foundation in care of Jean Walton, OAGC State Treasurer, 53 Northpointe Lane, Newark, OH 43055. This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
MARENGO — David A. Hollabaugh, 53, of Marengo died unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at his residence. Arrangements will be announced by the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
MOUNT VERNON — Otto Wagner, 80, of North Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon, passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at the Summerville at HillenVale in Mount Vernon.
He was born Feb. 10, 1926, in Ober-Moerlen, Germany, son to Valentin and Theresa (Koenig) Wagner. Otto and his wife, Kathe Wagner, moved from Germany to Tonawanda, N.Y., in 1954. They moved to Bethlehem, Pa., in 1956 and in 1962 settled here in Mount Vernon. He was employed and retired from Cooper Energy Services in 1979. He was a member of the Liederkrantz Club in Mansfield where he and his wife enjoyed dancing.
He is survived by his daughter, Linda (William) Wilson of Fredericktown; a granddaughter, Krista Wilson of Fredericktown; and a sister, Maria Warnecke of Kansas.
Otto was preceded in death by his wife of over 55 years, Kathe Wagner (2005); and his parents.
There will be no calling hours. The family will observe a private graveside service at a later date. The arrangements are under the care and direction of the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This obituary and online condolences can be accessed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.