Vincent A. Durbin
UPLAND, Calif. — Vincent A. “Vince” Durbin, 52, of Upland, Calif., and Fredericktown, Ohio, joined his paternal grandparents, Kenneth Durbin and Sue Durbin, and maternal grandparents, Charles and Evelyn McClellan on June 1, 2007, after a brief illness.
Vince left behind his father, Robert A. Durbin of Candlewood Lake; mother, Patricia A. (Neil) Niggemeyer of Fredericktown; sisters, Vicki (Michael) Carroll of Glenford, Valerie (Richard) Haythorn of West Virginia, Vonda (Thomas Jr.) Metcalf of Gambier; brother, Vernon (Grace) Durbin of Fredericktown; nieces, Michelle Blubaugh, Tara Durbin, Toni Metcalf and Cassie Metcalf; nephews, Mike (Denise) Rowe, Eric (Meghan) Rowe, Jeremy (Tati) Blubaugh, Lucas Blubaugh and Aaron Haythorn; great-nephews, Brett Copeland, Zachary Rowe and Kent Blubaugh; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins; special aunt, Sharon Rutan; and close friends, Karen Singery, David Hatton and Bill Porter.
Vince graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1972 and looked forward to attending his 35-year class reunion in July. He also served as a dedicated employee of Cal Poly Technical Institute. His family, friends, classmates and co-workers will sadly miss his engaging personality and fun-loving spirit.
Those wishing to honor Vince’s memory may attend a memorial service, to be announced at a later date.
John D. Frantz
MOUNT VERNON — John David Frantz, 50, of Mount Vernon died Monday, June 4, 2007, suddenly in Rough River, Ky., in a household accident.
He was predeceased by parents, Evelyn and Dave Frantz.
John is survived by sister, Lori, and best friend, Mike Schrock of Columbus; sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Jerry Higgins of Louisville, Ky.; and brother, Jeff Frantz of Westerville. He leaves behind longtime roommates, Jay, Kenny, Mike and Waco.
He worked for over 25 years at Knox County New Hope Industries. John performed as a “sad” clown in many parades and at parties. He delighted in all kinds of music and going to dances. John loved animals and birds, had a large collection of birdhouses and fed the backyard critters. He was able to travel across the country with his sister and always won the most money at the dog races. John has an extended family in addition to his roommates at the Knox County MRDD including Marge Gantt, Deb Young, Julie Horn, Ken Alexander and Bob Ready. John was an incredibly sweet and giving person.
As his last act of charity, he became an organ and tissue donor. Funeral service will be today at 7:30 p.m. at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, 1740 Zollinger Road, Columbus, where family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. until time of service. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Salem, at a later date.
Brian R. Gaddis
NEWARK — Brian R. Gaddis, 54, of Newark, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at the Newark Healthcare Centre after a four-year courageous battle with cancer.
Brian was born Nov. 25, 1952, at Martin Memorial Hospital in Mount Vernon to Clyde and Ernestine (Naylor) Gaddis. Brian graduated from Fredericktown High School and the Knox County Joint Vocational School, where he was the winner of the Plymouth Trouble Shooting Contest for the state of Ohio. He was an avid drag racing fan, loved mud running and hauling cattle.
Surviving are his sons, Jamie Gaddis of Newark and Jason Gaddis of Gahanna; the mother of his children, Donna Kirk; his mother, Ernestine (Naylor) Gaddis of Mount Vernon; special grandson, Quentin Gaddis; sister, Diana (Scott) Wyman of Fort Wayne, Ind.; brothers, Allan Gaddis, Rick Gaddis and Kevin Gaddis, all of Mount Vernon; nieces, Darcy (Joe) West, Tonya Gaddis, Alexandra Gaddis, all of Mount Vernon, and Rachel Wyman of Fort Wayne; his nephews, T.J. (Sarah) Gaddis of Delaware and Nathan Wyman of Fort Wayne; great-nieces, Kayla West and Anna Gaddis; great-nephews, Clinton West, Brett West, Jeremy West and Wesley Gaddis. His father, Clyde R. Gaddis, preceded Brian in death.
Friends and family may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon, where funeral service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Forest Cemetery at Fredericktown.
Memorial contributions toward a college scholarship for Quentin Gaddis may be given to a family member; or to Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road, Newark, OH 43055. To view this obituary or send an online condolence to the family visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Pearl M. Grimm
MELBOURNE, Fla. — Pearl Marguerite (Loveridge) Grimm, 93, passed away May 25, 2007, at Tandem Health Care Center of Melbourne, Fla.
Pearl was born Dec. 27, 1913, to John C. and Gladys (Newell) Loveridge in Mount Vernon. She and Lester were married Jan. 12, 1935. She was a retired employee of Cooper Energy Services in Mount Vernon. They moved to Melbourne, Fla., in 1985. She was a member of the Melbourne Seventh-day Adventist Church.
She is survived by her son, John (Debra) Grimm of Bradenton, Fla.; a daughter, Tracie Gatchell of Melbourne Fla.; a brother, John (Ardyth) Loveridge of Newark; three sisters, Marian (Leo) Pilotti of Dublin, Elizabeth (John) Padgett and Olive (Sam) Schwarzkopf, both of Newark; five sisters-in-law, Blanche (Dave) Loveridge of Apopka, Fla., Claire (Jim) Loveridge of Cocoa, Fla., Mary (Dan) Loveridge of Melbourne, Fla., Gerry (Noble) Grimm and Catherine (Paul) Grimm of Mount Vernon; six grandchildren, Kellie (Bill) Boyer of Westerville, Michael (Donna) Grimm of Houston, Texas, Judith (Gary) Teaters of Mansfield, Ryan Gatchell of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Allen (Windy) Gatchell of Melbourne, Fla., Daniel Gatchell of Melbourne, Fla.; and five great-grandchildren.
Pearl was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lester G. Grimm; sisters, Ida (Dale) Houbler, Ruth (Elmer) Barga, Adelaide (Jim) McClosky, Ellen Wolf (Harold) Reynolds; brothers, Donald (Mildred) Loveridge, David W. Loveridge, James M. Loveridge and Daniel F. Loveridge; brothers-in-law, Carroll Grimm, Roy Grimm, Paul Grimm and Noble Grimm; sister-in-law, Beulah Kerr.
Pearl was a very caring, giving and loving person. She will truly be missed by family and friends.
A memorial service will be held July 7, 3 p.m. at South Brevard Funeral Home, Melbourne, Fla. Burial in St. John’s Cemetery at Mount Vernon will be conducted at a later date. Donations may be made to Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice, 8060 Spyglass Hill Road, Melbourne, FL 32940.
Thelma R. Kaser
COSHOCTON — Thelma Rebecca (Leech) Kaser, 98, of Coshocton died June 5, 2007, at her residence.
She was born April 6, 1909, in Coshocton County to the late Guy D. and Lowada (Speck) Leech. She was employed at the former Conner’s Dairy, worked for the Draft Board during World War II, and retired in 1974 from the Shipping Office of Pretty Products. She was a member of the Warsaw United Methodist Church and the Coshocton Business and Professional Women. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, sewing and her card club.
She is survived by a daughter, Karen (Mike) Burris of Coshocton; and a son, C.R. “Cork” Kaser and Flo of Coshocton; seven grandchildren, Russell (Lila) Kaser, Misty Kaser, Dustin Kaser, Lindsey Kaser, Kareen (Jerry) Funk, Jodie (Mike) Wheeler and Nola Burris; and eight great-grandchildren, Kasey Walker, Lacey Lewis, Noah Kaser, Stephanie Burris, Kristal Funk, Michael Wheeler, Gabrielle Wood and McKenzie Wheeler.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Lewis Kaser, whom she married April 11, 1931, he died Nov. 10, 1973. She was also preceded in death by a son, Keith Allen Kaser; a daughter, Norma Jean Kaser; a brother, Ward N. Leech; and a sister, Jeann Lawrence.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 9, at 1 p.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Warsaw. Burial will be in the Valley View Cemetery at Warsaw. Visitation is Friday, June 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. and until service time on Saturday.
This information is online at www.fischerfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Coshocton County Handicapped Society Inc., 1005 Main St., Coshocton, OH 43812.