Daniel J. Arnold
MOUNT VERNON — Daniel James Arnold, 80, of Mount Vernon, formerly of Waterford, died Friday, April 13, 2007, at Genesis Health and Rehabilitation in McConnelsville.
He was born Nov. 13, 1926, in Marietta, Ohio, to Raymond and Elizabeth (Schilling) Arnold. He was a farmer and had worked at B.F. Goodrich, retiring in 1989. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a Catholic by faith.
He is survived by two daughters, Angela (Jerry) Wolfe of Marietta, Ga., and Lorry (David) Williams of Lowell; four sons, Jeff (Becky) Arnold, Rick (Ellen) Arnold and Hillary (Sue) Arnold, all of McConnelsville, and Lindsey Arnold of Mount Vernon; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret Schaad of Lowell and Alice (Vincent) Lang of Churchtown; and a brother, Ambrose Arnold of Marietta, Ohio.
On Aug. 10, 1990, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nora L. (Cooper) Arnold, whom he married June 17, 1952. Also preceding him in death are his parents; a daughter, Roxann Sheppard; a grandson, Jacob Sheppard; a brother, Mark Arnold; and a sister, Audrey Lang.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at McCurdy Funeral Home in Beverly, where rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m. Funeral will be Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Beverly, with Monsignor Robert Kawa. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery, with military services.
Virgil R. Casteel
MOUNT VERNON — Virgil R. Casteel, 88, of Mount Vernon, formerly of West Lafayette, died April 13, 2007, at the Whispering Hills Care Center, Mount Vernon.
He was born April 30, 1918, in Guernsey to Lewis and Lily (Baker) Casteel. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, serving from April 25, 1944, until March 3, 1946. He retired from Simonds Industry in Newcomerstown in 1984, and was a member of Isleta United Methodist Church.
He is survived by one daughter, Shirley (Doyle) Galbraith of Mount Vernon; two grandsons, Jeff (Tricia) Galbraith and John (Jane) Galbraith; three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Jordyn and Trace Galbraith; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Austin and Halie McGregor.
On Oct. 3, 1936, he married the former Ruth L. Nugen, who died May 25, 2001. Also deceased are his parents; and one great-granddaughter, Kimberly.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Addy Funeral Home, 406 W. State St., Newcomerstown, where service will be Monday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Richard Rothrock will officiate. Burial, with military honors conducted by the Newcomerstown Veterans Honor Guard, will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
Katherine A. Eley
HOWARD — Katherine Ann (Murphy) Eley, formerly of Columbus, died Thursday, April 12, 2007, at her daughter’s home at Howard, surrounded by her children, after a final brief illness.
She was born March 11, 1929, to Charles Laverne and Flossie Edna (Gray) Murphy in Mansfield, the third of four children and only daughter. She married Cliff Eley, the Love of her life, on Dec. 18, 1948, and shared 56 years of dynamic marriage, ended only by his death in 2005.
Katherine had great creativity and artistic vision and was a poet and painter throughout her life. Other favorite activities included genealogy, photography and collecting whatever caught her fancy. Her enchanting personality and warmth drew people to her, but it was her unconditional Love that encouraged them to accomplish their dreams. Katherine will be missed by the many people whose lives she blessed. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Jim Sturmi, friend and doctor who cared for her during her final years.
She is survived by her children, David Eley of Columbus, Daniel (Susan) Eley of Higganum, Conn., Carolyn (Patrick) Eley-Durbin of Clemmons, N.C., Amy (Frank) Fiamingo of Johnstown; nine grandchildren, Tristan, Zachary, Mike, Dory, Thomas (Diane), Matthew, Sean and Taylor; the light of her last months, great-grandson, Ethan; brothers, Dale (Mary Ann) Murphy of Shelby and Lloyd (Pearl) Murphy of Bucyrus; sister-in-law, Jayne Murphy of Ontario; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest C. Eley; and eldest brother, Wayne Murphy.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be Monday at 11 a.m. Pastor Charles Woodward will be officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Gambier.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 6500 Busch Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229. This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Ruth M. Frye
MOUNT VERNON — Ruth Mary Frye, 84, died Thursday, April 12, 2007, at The Laurels of Mount Vernon.
She was born June 10, 1922, in Mount Vernon to Otto Elmer and Josephine (Skeen) Frye. She was a former member of the Millwood Church of Christ.
She is survived by a sister, Janice Thomas of Johnstown; a sister-in-law, Betty Frye of Mount Vernon; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Edith Parks; and brothers, Robert, Paul, Eldon, Harold, Lloyd, Howard and Clarence Frye.
A graveside service will be Tuesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. in Mound View Cemetery. Minister Dave Jones will officiate. The Fischer Funeral Home in Danville is handling arrangements. Visit www.fischerfuneralhome.com.
HAMPSTEAD, N.H. — U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan D. Grassbaugh, 25, died April 7, 2007, in Zaganiyah, Iraq, while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. An Army Ranger, he was a member of the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Grassbaugh was born in St. Mary’s, and moved to Hampstead in 1989, where he later graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy. A 2003 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, he was a member of the Army ROTC Program. Following completion of U.S. Army Ranger School in April 2004, he was assigned to the 7th Cavalry in The Republic of South Korea. He was a member of the Army Hurricane Katrina Relief Team. In July 2006, he was deployed for a second tour of duty in Iraq. His awards/decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Ranger Tab, Combat Action Badge and The Parachutist Badge.
Among survivors are his wife, Jenna C. (Parkinson) Grassbaugh; parents, Mark and Patricia (Layton) Grassbaugh of Hampstead; brother, Jason A. Grassbaugh, and his wife, Kirsty Kalkhoven, of Tacoma, Wash.; maternal grandfather, Elmer Layton of Stow.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Anne’s Church, 26 Emerson Ave., Hampstead, N.H., where a Concelebrated Funeral Mass will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. with full military honors. Burial will be Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the joint direction of Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home in Plaistow, N.H., and the U.S. Army.
Family requests donations to The Capt. Jonathan Grassbaugh Memorial Fund, c/o Citizens Bank, 45 S. Broadway, Salem, NH 03079; benefiting Johns Hopkins University ROTC Program, Phillips Exeter Academy and Hampstead Educational Foundation.