CENTERBURG — Virginia Bowsher, 59, of Centerburg passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at the Heartland of Centerburg. The arrangements are under the care and direction of the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
Floura D. Latham
WALHONDING — Floura Dale Latham, 35, of Township Road 371, Walhonding, died May 14, 2007, at Coshocton County Memorial Hospital.
She was born Sept. 12, 1971, in Prestonburg, Ky., to Delmar and Irene (Jervis) Jervis. She was a homemaker who loved her children and loved gardening. She was a member of the Mount Vernon Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband, Robbie Latham, whom she married March 24, 1995. Also surviving are her parents, Delmar and Irene Jervis of Newark; a son, Darin Latham, a daughter, Dannielle Latham, and a stepdaughter, Katelynd Latham, all of the home; a brother, Joby Jervis of Newark; a nephew, Steven Jervis, and a niece, Lillie Jervis of Newark.
Private family services will be held at a later date. The Fischer Funeral Home in Warsaw is handling the arrangements. This information is online at www.fischerfuneralhome.com.
Helen J. Mack
LEXINGTON — Helen J. Mack, 65, of Darby Drive, Lexington, died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a long illness.
She was born Jan. 24, 1942, in Huntington, W.Va., to Orman Larkin and Jeanne Morris Bowyer. She was graduated from Huntington High School and had been a Lexington area resident for most of her life.
A devoted mother and grandmother, she is survived by her sons, G. Douglas (Jodi) Davidson of Hilliard and Gregory A. Davidson of Mount Vernon; five grandchildren; a brother, the Rev. Richard (Faith) Bowyer; a sister, Kay Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home and one hour prior to the funeral service, which will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church of the Cross, 236 Otterbein Drive, Lexington. The Revs. Denise Marikis and Richard Bowyer will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions to FEA Julie Price Memorial Scholarship Fund may be made at the funeral home. Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Mary Louise McBride Memorial service
MOUNT VERNON — Mary Louise (Pierce) McBride, 87, Mount Vernon died March 3, 2007, at Country Club Retirement Campus in Mount Vernon after a 30-year battle with diabetes. A graveside service will be held Friday, May 18, 2007, at Prairie Cemetery in Harrisville, Pa. The arrangements are under the care and direction of the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
HOWARD — Lenora Ruth (Broome) McGucken, 78, died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at the Knox Community Hospital.
She was born Dec. 14, 1928, in Ironton to Frank and Ida Mae (Harrison) Broome. On Aug. 1, 1952, she married Bernard McGucken. She was a member of the St. Luke Catholic Church in Danville, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the Sierra Club.
Lenora is survived by her husband, Bernard; a daughter, Denise (Bill) Schmidt of Akron; a son, Frank (Kim) McGucken of West Chester; grandchildren, Bill, Sean and Patrick Schmidt, and Alison and Alexander McGucken; stepgrandchildren, Jesse and Jacob Fields; a stepgreat-grandchild, Kaleb Fields; and niece and nephew, Jeanann and Paul Sites.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Dennis M. McGucken; and a sister, Irma Jean Sites.
A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at the St. Luke Church in Danville. The Rev. F. Richard Snoke will officiate. Burial will be in St. Luke Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church followed by a prayer service, and one hour prior to the funeral on Friday.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Kidney Foundation of Ohio, 2831 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115; or at www.kfohio.org. The Fischer Funeral Home in Danville is handling arrangements. Information is available at www.fischerfuneralhome.com.
Glenn E. Ratcliff
JOHNSVILLE — Glenn E. Ratcliff, 74, of Ohio 314, Bellville, died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, in The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, following a long illness.
He was born April 14, 1933, in Circleville, to Bert and Elizabeth (Burchet) Ratcliff, and served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War era.
He is survived by his children, Tony (Maria) Ratcliff, Robbie (Heather) Ratcliff, Kimberly Ratcliff and Steve Ratcliff; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Opal Drake.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Vickroy.
The family will receive friends Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, Mansfield. The worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Glenn Ratcliff will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in North Woodbury Freewill Baptist Church, 6186 Ohio 314, Mount Gilead. Pastor Jimmy Thompson will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will hold graveside military honors.
Memorial contributions to The Ohio State University Medical Center Comprehensive Transplant Center may be made at the funeral home.
Charles L. Sheaf
MOUNT VERNON — Charles L. Sheaf, 77, of Beech Street, Mount Vernon, passed away Monday, May 14, 2007, at Knox Community Hospital.
He was born July 17, 1929, in Mansfield to the late Charles and Hazel Sheaf. Charles was employed at Westinghouse in Columbus.
He is survived by a nephew, Matt Wedemeyer of Peoria, Ariz.
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.
This obituary and online condolences can be accessed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Richard A. Snyder
MOUNT VERNON — Richard A. “Dick” Snyder, 87, of Mount Vernon, formerly of Fredericktown, died Monday evening, May 14, 2007, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
Dick was born May 13, 1920, near Johnsville in Morrow County, the third eldest of thirteen children of Ora O. and Marion I. (Lucas) Snyder, and graduated from Johnsville High School in 1940. Dick enjoyed sports and participated on his high school’s basketball and baseball team lettering all four years in both sports. Following graduation he married his high school sweetheart, Helen A. (Wirick) Snyder on Oct. 5, 1940. Dick had worked for the Tappan Company in Mansfield before entering the U.S. Army in 1943. Following training in California and Florida, he served with Battery B, 226th Antiaircraft Battalion, in the European Theater of War during World War II. Following his discharge from the Army in 1945 he returned to Richland County, graduated from the Cleveland College of Embalming and joined his father in the family funeral business. He and his wife managed the Snyder Funeral Home in Butler from 1945 to 1953 when they moved to Fredericktown where they managed the funeral home and he served as the president of Snyder Funeral Homes Inc. from 1962 until his retirement in 1982. During retirement Dick and Helen enjoyed traveling in their Airstream trailer, golfing, and spending their winters in Winter Haven, Florida.
Dick was a member of the Fredericktown United Methodist Church where he had served as a trustee and chairman of the building committee for the new sanctuary in 1973. He was a 50-year member and past master of Bellville Lodge 376 F&AM, Valley of Columbus Scottish Rite, Aladdin Shrine in Columbus and was a former member of the Baldwin Shrine Club in Mount Vernon.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Helen A. (Wirick) Snyder, their three sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Susan Snyder, Dennis and Diana Snyder, all of Mount Vernon, and Joe and Beth Snyder of Traverse City, Michigan.; his grandchildren, Melissa Snyder, Jon J. Snyder, Lisa McAlexander, Weston T. (Stacy) Snyder, Andrew Snyder and Christine Snyder; his great-grandchildren, Emily Snyder, Braxton Snyder, Jaxon Snyder and Maddox Snyder; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Bill Ritchie of Tucson, Arizona, Pat and Larry Hoffman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Janet and Jim Hope of Bellville; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Dorothy Snyder of Canon City, Colorado, Thomas Arthur and Joyce Snyder of Mansfield, J. Paul and Shontell Snyder, Jim and Pat Snyder, all of Bellville, Virginia Snyder of Daytona Beach, Florida, Jean Snyder of Salida, Colorado, Gifta Snyder of Bellville and Madelyn Snyder of Mount Gilead.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald Snyder, David Snyder, Ora O. “Pete” Snyder Jr., Philip Snyder and H. Arden Snyder.
Friends may call at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown on Thursday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Draper and Rev. Keith Bohley officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.
Memorial contributions can be made to the building fund at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church or the Fredericktown Emergency Squad. To send an online condolence to the family visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Ruth E. Tucker
MOUNT VERNON — Ruth E. Tucker, 79, of Gambier Road, Mount Vernon, passed away Tuesday morning, May 15, 2007, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
She was born Jan. 18, 1928, in Loudonville, a daughter of the late Lester and Anna (Morey) Hyatt. Ruth lived all but the first few months of her life in Knox County.
She was a member of the Beulah United Methodist Church near Mount Vernon since March 1939 and also a member of the United Methodist Women. Ruth retired from Copper Energy Services in Mount Vernon after 32 years of service.
Ruth is survived by a daughter, Tamara (Dennis) Swingle of Mount Vernon; a son, Douglas (Carol) Tucker of Powell; one grandson, Scott Swingle and his fiancé, Carrie Hyman, of Mount Vernon; and a very special sister-in-law, Beverly Tucker of Mount Vernon.
In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by husband, Leland F. Tucker, on Aug. 17, 2004.
The family will receive friends Thursday, May 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, where a funeral service will be held Friday, May 18, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Thom Fowler officiating. Burial will follow in the Friendship Cemetery near Mount Vernon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Beulah United Methodist Church. To view this obituary or to leave the family an online condolence visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.