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Obituaries from Butler County, Ohio
Part IV

Table of Contents
Mary KOON Obituary
John T. MOORE Obituary
Elizabeth DAKIN Obituary
Edwin GILLESPIE Obituary
William Edward HILLARD Obituary
Josie MOON Obituary
John R. SHAFOR Obituary
John VanSickle SINKEY Obituary
Rhoda WICOFF Obituary
Mary L. RYBOLT Obituary
George WEISEL Obituary
Russel Eugene YENSER Obituary
Jane WARD Obituary
Mary Crider DEARTH Obituary
Sarah H. WELLS Obituary
John Logan PRESSLER Obituary
Sadie GRUBBS Obituary

  • Mary Koon Obituary
    Submitted by
    Darla Dunkin Ushler

    Death of an Old Citizen
    Mrs. Mary Koon suddenly called to her reward Wednesday morning

    Mary Temple was born in Butler County, Ohio, November 23rd, 1820, and died Wednesday evening at the residence of her son-in-law, W.S. Coon, with whom she had been living the past ten years. She was married to John Coon, March 9, 1857, who died September 29, 1883, leaving her with two children, George W. Koon, who died March 9, 1896 and Mary C. Koon who became the wife of William S. Coon, who lives on a farm almost adjoining town with whom she has lived for ten years and during that time she was in remarkable good health never having missed but three meals during the whole time. She ate a hearty meal Wednesday evening and went out into the poultry yard where she fell against the fence making a slight bruise on the forehead she was carried into the house and everything done for her that could be but she did not live to exceed fifeteen minutes after being taken to the house.
    When young she had been a member of the Baptist Church but was not affiliated with any church in late years. She was known as "Aunt Mary" by all both old and young and was respected by all who knew her. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock at the Christian Church conducted by Francis ..... (rest of the article is missing)

  • John T. Moore Obituary, June 8, 1931, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    John T. Moore, 56, Dies at Home on Auburn Street, Today

    Death today took John T. Moore, 804 Auburn Street, well known citizen and one of the organizers of the Garfield Mission. He passed away peacefully about 2 a.m.
    Mr. Moore was born in Morgan County, Ky., February 9, 1875, being 56 years old at the time of his death. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Barker, December 19, 1896, and to that union eight children were born, one of whom died in infancy.
    The family removed to Middletown in 1905, Mr. Moore taking a prominent part in church and civic affairs since that time.
    The seven surviving children are: Mrs. Ray Duhamel, this city; Mrs. Howard Butler, Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Samuel Houser, this city; Mrs. Wilburn Bybee, Kysemantown, Ky; Earl Moore, this city; Mrs. Abner Smith, this city; Dorothy Moore, at home. These together with the widow, Mrs. Moore will feel the loss keenly. He also leaves 12 grandchildren and six brothers. The brothers are Joseph and Everett of Kentucky; Luther, of Dayton; Curtis of Lousiana, and Kelly and Bascom, of this city.
    Mr. Moore was a member of the Jr. O.U.A.M., and of the D. of A. He united with the local Methodist Protestant church under the pastorate of the Rev. B. F. McKinnon and was a collaborator with him and others in the formation of the Garfield Mission, being a trustee of the Mission for many years. His work in the city was that of a fireman, first for about 17 years at the Oglesby Paper company and recently at the Y.M.C.A.
    Mr. Moore was one of Middletown's dependable citizens and was well liked by all that knew him. He bore himself well during the arduous ordeal of suffering through which he passed. He was patient and hopeful and resigned. Though he desired to get well, he expressed the conviction that he was ready to go when the call came. For several years he was the teacher of the Otterbein Sunday school class at the Middletown Protestant church and as such greatly endeared himself to the members of the Sunday school and class. The church has lost a valuable member, the home a fond father, and the community a citizen of the character that makes for moral fabric.

  • Elizabeth Dakin Obituary, January 16, 1930, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey


    Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Dakin,78, wife of Ira Dakin, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Andrew J. Elrick, 1201 Yankee road, at 7 o'clock last night, will be held at 3p.m. Saturday.
    Rev. J. C. Williams, of the Methodist Protestant church, will officiate and interment will be made in Woodside cemetery.
    Mrs. Dakin had been in failing health many years with a complication of ailments. She had resided here 42 years and during that time had been a faithful member of the Methodist Protestant church.
    Surviving are her husband, two sons, C. L. Dakin, and L. C. Dakin, of Middletown, two daughters, Mrs. Louis Randall and Mrs. Elrick, 19 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

  • Edwin Gillespie Obituary, October 16, 1923, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey


    Edwin Gillespie, life-long citizen of Middletown, and long held in high regard by the general citizenry, succumbed to a lingering illness at 2:45 a.m. today at his home on the Blue Ball Pike. He was 59 years old and his passing at that age when he was enjoying the fruits of a life of high and honorable ambitions, is grievous news to his friends. He had been bedfast and in critical condition for a week. Mr. Gillespie is a member of a family of long standing in Middletown and who have been attached to its progress from its earliest history.
    His father, J. W. A. Gillespie, was one of the prominent figures in the city for many years and it is of historic interest to recall that he was a captain in the Civil War, an honor that identified him the remainder of his life.
    His mother, Henrietta Gillespie, is one of Middletown's oldest women and survives her son with the following relatives; his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Martha Fletcher, Mrs. Verna Anthony, three sons, Frohman, Harold, and Raymond, one sister, Mrs. R. K. Coddington, three brothers, Robert, Frank and William, all of Middletown.
    Mr. Gillespie never rose to great heights but in all affairs in and outside of his home he was regarded as an honest, calm and conscientious man. Beneath and unpretentious surface there lay an optimistic nature that always made him so warmly received by his friends.
    He was a member of the Methodist Protestant church and in the character of his religious inclinations he was a generous contributor to its welfare and gained and retained unqualified and popular esteem.
    Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Protestant church Thursday at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. C. C. Falkenstine officiating and interment will follow in Woodside cemetery.

  • William Edward Hillard Obituary, February 27, 1922, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    Legion Post To conduct Service at Grave For Wm. E. Hillard

    Middletown Post American Legion, will take part in the funeral services for William Edward Hillard, former Middletown soldier, who died yesterday at Chicago. The body will be brought here to the home of the father, James Hillard, 122 South Main Street, where funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock. American Legion men will accompany the body to the grave where the Legon service will be held. Legion members are asked to report in uniform at the post headquarters at 2:30 o'clock.
    Hillard, when in service, was a member of company 45, Twelfth Training Battalion, 153rd Depot Brigade.
    Hillard, who died in a sanitorium, was at Camp Beauregard with a motor company when he became ill. He is survived by his father, two sisters, Clara and Mrs. Alice Hayes; and two brothers, Clarence, of this city, and Sheridan of Kalamazoo, Mich.
    Rev. Falkenstine, of the M. P. church, will have charge of the services. Burial will be in Middletown cemetery.

  • Josie Moon Obituary, March 22, 1921, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey


    All that was mortal of Mrs. Josie Moon, wife of John T. Moon, was tenderly laid to rest this afternoon in the Woodside cemetery, following the services at the Methodist Protestant church of which she was an active and ardent member for a number of years. Rev. L. B. Douglas spoke beautifully of Mrs. Moon's life and of her noble Christian character.
    Mrs. Moon passed away Saturday evening at 6 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Everett Radabaugh, 407 Calumet Avenue, where she had been given tender care during the remaining days of her life. Mr. and Mrs. Moon had made their home with their daughter, the past six months as the deceased's slowly declining health made it necessary for her to discontinue the performance of her duties which had always centered all of her interests.
    She was 69 years old and was born in Clinton County, Ohio, February 25, 1852.
    The keen loss, which is deeply felt by the bereaved family is shared by a host of friends to whom her passing brings much sadness.
    Besides the husband she leaves one daughter, Mrs. Everett Radabaugh; three sons, Aubra Vandervort, Emil and Veron Moon; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Ella Wainwright, of Orange City, N.Y., Mrs. Rebecca Hudson of Detroit, Michigan and one brother, S. Sparkey, of Cincinnati.

  • John R. Shafor Obituary, May 18, 1900, Middletown Signal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    Passes Quietly Away
    After A Long And Useful Career an Old Citizen Lay's Down Life's Burden

    Another efficient man, a good citizen and neighbor has been called away. Mr. John R. Shafor, after a short, but painless sickness, passed away in death last night at 8 o'clock. The deceased was born in December, 1817 on his father's farm just south of Excello, and lived the whole of his life in Butler County. Few men were more widely and generally known than Mr. Shafor throughout Butler and adjoining counties; for since he was a boy, in his teens, he had been bust making his own way, and made his first money as a hand in the old sole factory owned by Mr. Gardner at Excello. He bought a farm from John Dickey, when a young man, on long time, and by hard work, frugality and application he paid for it. As years came his scope of activities enlarged and he became a leader in the grain, pork and cattle trade, and probably bought and handled more of these products than any man who has ever lived in Butler County. Mr. Shafor built the Shafor block, one occupied now by Howell's and Mr. Gabe on Main street, just after the close of the Civil War; one room of which was soon after occupied by the First National Bank, in which institution he was for many years a stockholder.
    Mr. Shafor was ever in possession of rugged health and was able to pursue the activities of life with great vigor and continuity, he never owned a farm or other property that he did not embellish it, improve it, enlarge the buildings and cover it with betterments. His love for this kind of work and improvement may have led him to spend more money and time than was profitable to him, but the community has reaped the reward of this disposition. As he went along with his work he has employed many men and paid out large sums of money to the wage earners of this neighborhood, and so has scattered much material assistance to the many he met as he went through life. His activity in the lines of grain and stock made a ready market for the farmers and stock raisers near our city, which did much to promote the growth of Middletown.
    Mr. Shafor came of a hardy and long lifed race of people and he bade fair to be over 90 years of age and doubtless would had not his career been clouded by financial reverses in the later years of his life; these he faced manfully and tried in every way possible to avert but the panic of 1893 in his declining years made the load too heavy and after a weary and honorable career, he has laid down his life among his neighbors and friends. His days were well spent along lines of doing which tends to advance the commercial growth of the community, preserve order, promote good morals and better living among men.
    Mr. Shafor had been a member of the First Baptist church for over fifty years and leaves one daughter, Mrs. William Sinkey and one brother, Peter Shafor. The community must for many years feel the impress, for good, of Mr. Shafor's long life and career in our midst.

  • John VanSickle Sinkey Obituary, March 9, 1906, Middletown Daily News Signal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    John VanSicle Sinkey Dies in San Diego, the Summons Calling Him Last Evening
    Honored Native and Citizen of This Township -- Body Being Brought Home for Burial

    John VanSickle Sinkey died in San Diego, California, at 7:15 o'clock last evening. Many citizens of Middletown and Butler County will learn of his passing with regret and old memories will be awakened of a good man and a loyal friend. All of the older generation hereabouts knew him and admired him.
    The news of his death came by telegram to his brother, W. A. Sinkey, who lives on Yankee Road. On Wednesday a letter came bringing the message that he was ill. It was written on March 3 and said that he had been confined to his bed since the Sunday before, February 25.
    The body will be brought here for burial arriving probably next Thursday.
    John VanSickle Sinkey was born in this county, the son of Daniel and May Sinkey on the old Sinkey farm near Excello, now owned by Frank Cooper. That was some seventy-four years ago and all his life up until a few years ago was passed in this county. He began life as a farmer working one of his father's farms near Lesourdsville. Then he went into business in Amanda. His wife died there fourty years ago and there he buried one child.
    When the Harding Paper company of Franklin was formed he was one of its original members and that industry occupied his business activities thereafter. When the plant was sold to the trust some years ago, Mr. Sinkey went out to California with his son, E. H. Sinkey, and they settled in San Diego, where he died last night.
    Mr. Sinkey made trips back to his old home here during the years since he went to the coast and was here last summer on a brief visit. He had property interests in the county.
    Besides the only son, who will bring the body home to rest with those of his kinfolk in Lemon Township, Mr. Sinkey is survived by two brothers and two sisters, W. A.Sinkey of this city, Peter Sinkey of Chicago, Miss Katie Sinkey of Springfield, Ohio, and Mrs. Framk Ockenden of Springfield.

  • Rhoda Wicoff Obituary, August 21, 1906, Middletown Daily News Signal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    After More Than Eighty Years Here Passes to Her Reward

    "What changes time hath wrough" might well have been the exclamation for Mrs. Rhoda Wicoff, who passed away in this city in the eighty-first year of her age.
    She was the daughter of John and Jane Potter Sutphin and her mother was the first white child born in this city, which birth occurred according to the records, April 2nd, 1797 in a log cabin on the banks of the Miami where Tenth Street now crosses Main. At that time the wild and unculivated savage built his fire on the site occupied by palaces and the beasts of prey prowled about the pioneer's door.
    These were the conditions hereabout when Moses and Rhoda Osborn Potter arrived from Jersey accompanying Daniel Doty who having located here in 1795 returned to the east for his wife and brought this couple with two children out here with him on horseback. Shortly after their arrival the mother of Mrs. Wicoff was born.
    Mrs. Wicoff was one of twelve children, who with the exception of John Sutphin, Martha A. Hatch and D. L. Sutphin have all in their time passed to the great beyond all having reached the ripe old age of more than three score years and ten.
    Mrs. Wicoff was married to James Wicoff and has lived in or near Middletown all her long and useful life. Mr. Wicoff died about twelve years ago since which time she has lived with her daughter, Mrs. Ella Aubley at her home on South Broadway. She died at 9 o'clock last night. She leaves three children to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother, Ella, Estella and Cora, all of whom are married.
    The deceased has been a hard working member of the M.E. church for over half a century. She will be buried from her late home on South Broad Street Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. Mr. Hammaker will officiate. The body will rest beside those who were near and dear to her in life.

  • Mary L. Rybolt Obituary, November 13, 1932, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    Funeral Services Will Be conducted Tuesday Afternoon

    Mrs. Mary L. Rybolt, 67, wife of Henry Rybolt, died 2:15 o'clock, Saturday afternoon at her home, 14 South Sutphin Street, after a long illness.
    Mrs. Rybolt, who had been a resident of Middletown for the last 19 years, was widely known in church circles. For many years she had been an active member of the Methodist Protestant Church, to which she devoted much of her time and energy. Until her illness she was a teacher in Sunday school.
    Although she had been in ill health for seven months, Mrs. Rybolt had maintained a cheerful and kindly disposition. She had been bedfast since July and death resulted from a complication of diseases.
    Devoted to her family, Mrs. Rybolt's only other interest was the church and to these two she gave her full attention.
    Surviving her besides her husband are two sons, Alvin and Leslie Rybolt and two grandchildren, Charles and Richard Rybolt.
    Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the residence. Rev. I. M. McVey and Rev. R. C. Caudill will officiate. Burial to be made at Greenlawn Cemetery in Milford, Ohio. She was a native of Milford.

  • George Weisel Obituary, December 29, 1932, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    Funeral Services to be Held at Church on Saturday

    George Weisel, 83, one of Middletown's respected citzens died at 8:30 o'clock Wednesday night at his home, 1605 First Ave.
    An illness with la grippe some time ago left Mr. Weisel weakened, his low resistance together with his advanced age hastening the end. Until recently his health had always seemed good.
    Born in Darnstadt, Germany, July 4, 1889, Mr. Weisel came to this country when only four years old. His parents settled in Ohio and eventually when he was 37 years old, he brought his wife and family to Middletown to reside. They had lived for many years in the First Avenue home which was always known for the wholesome hospitality of the family.
    Until two years ago Mr. Weisal worked for the P. Lorillard Tobacco Company.
    The widow, Mrs. Esther Weisel, five daughters, Mrs. Nettie Collins, Miss Daisy Weisel, Mrs. Frank E. Troutvine and Mrs. William Lockard of Middletown and Mrs. Tom Purdue of Clarksville, Ohio, one son, H. O. Weisel, of Middletown, and a sister and brother, Otterbein and Anna Weisel, of Germantown, survive him. He also leaves six grandchildren.
    Rev. E. R. Turner of the United Brethren church will officiate at the funeral Saturday afternoon at three o'clock at the United Brethren church. Burial will be made at Woodside cemetery.

  • Russel Eugene Yenser Obituary, February 16, 1949, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey


    Final rites for Private First Class Russel Eugene Yenser, 26, killed in action March 18, 1944 on Bougainville, will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Wilson Funeral Home. The Rev. John D. Lacy, pastor of the Calvary Methodist Church will officiate and interment will be in Woodside cemetery.
    Graveside services will be conducted by the American Legion and American War Mothers.
    Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 2 until 5 and 7 until 10 p.m.
    Besides his parents he is survived by six brothers, Virgil, Victor, Vernon, Robert, Donald and Edward; five sisters, Mrs. Edna Dearth, Mres. Thelma Landon, Mrs. Olive Hall, Mrs. Virginia Romans and Mrs. Helen Gibler.
    A veteran of New Georgia and Bougainville, Private Yenser entered the service November 17, 1941, and received his basic training at Camp Wheeler, Ga. He was later sent to Indiantown Gap, Pa., where he embarked for overseas duty May 26, 1942.
    He was assigned to Company K, 145th Infantry Division, stationed in New Zealand, Fiji Islands and Guadalcanal.
    He received the infantryman's combat badge and the good conduct medal. The Purple Heart was awarded Private Yenser posthumously to his parents.

  • Jane Ward Obituary, October 2, 1942, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    Elderly Woman Succumbs At Springfield

    Mrs. Jane Ward, 70, 1818 West Main Street, Springfield, died at the Loy Rest home in Springfield, Friday at 7 a.m. She was the mother of Mrs. Francis Dearth and John Duke, both of Middletown and Charles Duke of Trenton.
    In ill health for several years, Mrs. Ward died from a heart attack. She was a resident of Springfield for 30 years.
    Funeral services will be held at McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home Monday at 2:30 P.M. The Rev. R. R. Weed will officiate. Friends will be received at the McCoy-Leffler Funeral home after 7 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be in the Mennonite Cemetery, Trenton.
    She is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. Charles Pickering of Springfield; Mrs. Earl Brown-Brantford, of Ontario, Canada; two brothers, Val Stenhour, of Fostoria; John Steinhour, of Ottawa; a sister, Mrs. John Dauer, of Toledo and five grandchildren.

  • Mary Crider Dearth Obituary, April 8, 1929, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey


    Mrs. Mary Crider Dearth, wife of Isaac Dearth, passed away at Middletown Hospital, Sunday evening at 5 o'clock. Mrs. Dearth's life had hung in the balance the past few weeks following her removal from her home, 2003 Henry Avenue, to the hospital. She was 63 years old.
    For days her family had watched closely by her bedside, while friends throughout the city, had awaited more hopeful news of her with great anxiety. The information of her death brought widespread sorrow.
    Mrs. Dearth was a life-long Middletown resident, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Forester, deceased. She reared a family of three children, Mrs. John Caswell, Mrs. John Ditmyer, Jr., and Charles E. Crider, who having taken their place in perpetuating the good their mother always carried on. She also leaves three grandchildren besides the husband.
    Mrs. Dearth was of a long line of warriors which entitled her to membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her father fought in the Civil War and her son in the World War. Mrs. Dearth was a member of the Middletown War Mothers.
    In circles of the Methodist Protestant church, her presence will especially be missed. One of her most constant activities was that of the church.
    Funeral services will be held at the church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment will be made in Woodside cemetery. Meanwhile the body will lie at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Caswell, 1114 Parkview Avenue until the funeral.

  • Sarah H. Wells Obituary, February 11, 1946, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    Mrs. Sarah H. Wells, 68, of 702 Elwood St., died at 4:45 a.m. Sunday at her residence. She had been bedfast for eight months. A resident of this community for 25 years, she had come here from Frenchburg, Ky.
    She is survived by her husband, Fletcher; three daughters, Mrs. Donald Hawkins, Mrs. Ray Bunnell, both of Middletown; and Mrs. Stanley Brunner, of Hamilton; two sons. Clyde, of Middletown; and Orione of Germantown; one sister, Mrs. Powell Wells of Middletown; and 15 grandchildren.
    Friends may call at the McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home from 7-10 p.m. Monday and from 2-5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. At noon Wednesday the body will be taken to the Calvary Methodist Church, where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. with the Rev. R. R. Weed officiating. Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery.

  • John Logan Pressler Obituary, December 4, 1941, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    Heart Attack At Lorillard Plant Fatal

    Funeral services for John Logan Pressler, 57, of West Middletown Route One, will be conducted at the McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home at 2 P.M. Saturday, with the Rev. R. R. Weed officiating. Burial will be in Miltonville Cemetery.
    Mr. Pressler died at 10:15 A.M. from a sudden heart attack while at work at the P. Lorillard Tobacco plant. He was working in the shipping department at the time.
    He had been a P. Lorillard Company employee for 40 years.
    Mr. Pressler, born in Franklin, came to Middletown at an early age. Surviving are his wife, Katherine; a daughter, Mrs. Edna Back of Miamisburg; a brother, Earl Pressler, Sr., of Middletown; five sisters, Mrs. Ada Barnets and Mrs. Mollie Wagner, both of Middletown; Miss Amanda Pressler and Mrs. Nettie Young, both of Dayton, and Mrs. Bertha Snyder of New Paris, Ohio, and five grandchildren.
    Mr. Pressler was a member of the Moose Lodge which will hold services in the funeral home at 7 p.m Friday.
    Friends may call at the McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home after 7 p.m.

  • Sadie Grubbs Obituary, January 16, 1947, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey


    Mrs. Sadie Grubbs, 86, died at 10:25 a.m. today at Middletown Hospital, where she had been confined since January 8. She had been ill for the last six months.
    A native of Morehead, Ky., Mrs. Grubbs had resided in this community for the past 35 years. She has resided in this community for the past 35 years. She has resided with her grandaughter, Miss Myrtle Day, 1722 First Ave., for a number of years. Mrs. Grubbs was a member of the First Church of God.
    Besides her grandaughter, she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Welsh and Mrs. Lena Patrick, both of this city; three sons, Joseph, and David Day, both of Middletown; and John Day, of Fleming County, Ky., and one brother Daniel Boone Smedley, of Morehead.
    The body is now at the McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home where arrangements are incomplete.

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