MOUNT VERNON — Charles “Chuck” Bagent, 70, of Mount Vernon died peacefully at the Palliative Care Center at Knox Community Hospital.
He was born March 6, 1937, in Newark to Arthur and Elizabeth (Worth) Bagent. He was a member of the Central Church of Christ and the AMVETS. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He had been Knox County’s Santa Claus for 40 years; in many parades, at the Plaza Shopping Center, on WMVO’s Charlie Kilkenny Show and many other functions. He was an avid Buckeye fan and was well known as “Buckeye Chuck.” Chuck was a former Knox County Deputy Sheriff and along with his wife, Marilyn, ran the Family Restaurant in Bladensburg and Utica for several years.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, to whom he had been married 50 years; one daughter, Beth Bagent of Howard; one sister, Jean Harrison of St. Simons Island, Ga.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Esther Rose and Joan Grace.
Graveside services with military honors by AMVETS Post 95, will be held today at 1 p.m. in Mound View Cemetery with Mr. Don Linn officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 471 E. Broad St., Suite 1630, Columbus, OH 43215. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.dilleyfuneralservice.com.
Robert G. Byrnes
FREDERICKTOWN — Robert G. “Bob” Byrnes, 82, of Fredericktown died on Friday morning, April 27, 2007, at the Morrow Manor Nursing Center. Per Bob’s request, the family will hold private services at a later date.
Arrangements were entrusted to Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Doris L. Clark
SEATTLE — Doris Louise (Felver) Clark, 78, lifelong member of the Church of the Nazarene, died peacefully on April 25, 2007, in Seattle, Wash. She was defined by her devotion to faith, family, friends and service to others. Born in Piqua, Ohio, on Sept. 12, 1928, at the home of her parents, Burley and Sylvia (Meyer) Felver, Doris was an outdoor girl from the start. She’d rather toil in the barn or help in the fields than work in the kitchen any day. She graduated from Piqua High School in 1947 and was an accomplished pitcher on the Hobart Manufacturing softball team in Troy where she worked.
She married Lester Clark, the love of her life, on Feb. 9, 1951, at the Piqua family farm and soon found herself living as a military wife, traveling the world, eventually living in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Germany and Alaska.
When her husband retired from the military to become a pastor, she eagerly stepped into the ministry with him as a pastor’s wife. During her busy life she watched a moose amble through her front yard, put up the best corn, made hollyhock dolls for her grandchildren, sang many old hymns in rich harmony, and of course, went to church often. But Doris will probably be remembered best as the caretaker for the poor in spirit, for she took great joy in jumping in and caring for those who had fallen on rough times. Her spirit of service is a legacy she has left to all those who knew her.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Rev. Lester Clark, their three children, Mark Clark, Lois Etienne and Carol Barnier; two brothers, Walter Felver and Jim Felver; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one granddaughter.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 2, at 11 a.m. at Piqua Church of the Nazarene, 400 S. Sunset Drive, Piqua, with Pastor Lincoln Robinson and the Rev. Steve Spoon officiating. Burial will follow at Fletcher Cemetery, Fletcher, OH. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua.
The family requests that friends consider a donation to the Wells for Clean Water in Africa, her favorite of the Compassionate Ministries Program, c/o Piqua Church of the Nazarene, 400 S. Sunset Drive, Piqua, OH 45356. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.melcher-sowers.com.
BRINKHAVEN — Debra Kay Mellor, 53, died Saturday, April 28, 2007, at the Sunset View Nursing Home in Millersburg after a long battle with cancer.
She was born Feb. 13, 1954, in Millersburg to the late Thomas Jefferson Dewitt and Suzanne (Horcher). On March 26, 1973, she was married to Steve Mellor. She was a 1972 graduate of West Holmes High School, and she was employed by Castle Nursing Homes for over 25 years as a nurse’s aide. She loved playing bingo and taking long rides in the country with her husband.
She is survived by her husband, Steve; a son, Steve Jr. and his fiancée Melinda Miller of Big Prairie; four grandchildren; a sister, Sharon Ervin of Killbuck; two brothers, George M. Dewitt of Glenmont and Jerry Dewitt of Oklahoma; two half brothers; and many other family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 2, at 10 a.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville. The Rev. John Damron will officiate. Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Homes County, 931 Wooster Road, Millersburg, OH 44654. Information is available at www.fischerfuneralhome.com.
Marion J. Shaffer
FREDERICKTOWN — Marion Jay Shaffer, 68, of Fredericktown died Saturday, April 28, 2007, at home following a brief illness.
Marion was born March 29, 1939, on the Shaffer Family Farm estate (Richland County) where he resided most of his life. His parents were Carl M. and Mildred (Mowry) Shaffer. Marion was a self-employed home builder and had served during peacetime with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Surviving are his son, Calvin Shaffer, one daughter, Cathy Shaffer, and one brother, Paul Shaffer, all of Fredericktown; two sisters, Elsie Roe of Olive Hill, Ky., and Mable Bates of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; five grandsons, Wade Holitzke, Calvin J. Shaffer, Ryan C. Shaffer, Austin L. and Levi Shaffer; one great-grandson; and two great-granddaughters.
Marion was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Beverly Shaffer.
Funeral services or calling hours will not be observed at Werner Funeral Home. Burial will follow at a later date at Northfork Cemetery in Perry Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.wernerfuneral.com.
Martha R. Stull
MOUNT VERNON — Martha R. (Butler) Stull, 98, of East Pleasant Street, Mount Vernon, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 27, 2007, at the Ohio Eastern Star Home.
She was born Nov. 26, 1908, in Knox County to the late John and Bertha (Hildebrand) Frye and has been a Knox County resident for her entire life. Martha had been a member of the Brandon Baptist Church since 1941 and was also a member of the Pleasant Grange.
She is survived by her daughter, Louzella (Douglas) Long of Utica; a son, John (Barb) Butler of Mount Vernon; a stepson, Rex (Joanne) Stull of Butler; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; five stepgrandchildren; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; and seven stepgreat-great-grandchild.
Martha was preceded in death by her first husband, of 23 years, Reil Butler; her second husband, of 25 years, Harold Stull; five brothers; and five sisters.
Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home. A service will be held on Tuesday beginning at 11 a.m. at the Brandon Baptist Church with the Rev. Marvin Haught officiating. Burial will follow in Brandon Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to: Brandon Baptist Church, 13513 Sycamore Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This obituary and online condolences can be accessed at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
George ‘Camper’ Waller
WEST LAFAYETTE — George L. “Camper” Waller, 75, of West Lafayette, died at 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at Coshocton County Memorial Hospital.
Born Aug. 27, 1931, in Marietta, he was the son of the late Harry Bryson and Evelyn (Lease) Waller. A 1949 graduate of Newcomerstown High School, he served in the U.S. Navy from Nov. 1, 1950, to Aug. 25, 1954, on the USS Minah during the Korean War period. For over 42 years he was employed by the former Shaw-Barton Co. working in the composing room, retiring in 1996. Camper was a member of the VFW 2040 and the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed traveling and camping.
On Oct. 30, 1951, he married Margarat Ann Bush, who survives along with daughter, Brenda L. (Mike) Robison of Killbuck; sister, Sandra (Owen) Farmer and special mother, Zella Cullison, and great-uncle, Lewis Lease, all of Mount Vernon; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
A graveside service will be held today at 1 p.m. at Coshocton County Memory Gardens, with the Coshocton County Veterans Chaplain officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Coshocton County Veterans Council.
Memoriums may be made to Hospice of Coshocton County, P.O. Box 1284, Coshocton, OH 43812. Envelopes are available at Free Funeral Home, which is assisting the family with arrangements, or Monday at the cemetery.