Kenneth Barker Jr.
Herschel Bowers Jr.
Alice Feltz
Dorothy Rice
Eugene Shoffner
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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Kenneth Barker Jr.

Kenneth L. "Bud" Barker Jr., 77, 1409 E. Livingston St., Celina, died May 8, 2006, at his residence.
   He was born April 21, 1929, in Winchester, Ind., to Kenneth L. and Ethel Ketron Barker Sr. His mother survives in Winchester, Ind. He married Lelia Barker, who is deceased.
   Also surviving are two sons, Steve (Kathy), Winchester, Ind., and John (Sheila), Celina; a daughter, Yolanda Baker, Celina; a sister, Vivian Pinneo, PennYan, N.Y.; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a step grandchild.
   Deceased are a son, William Lowe and a grandson.
   He retired from Anchor-Hocking Glass Co., Winchester, Ind. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1291, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1473, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5713, and American Legion Post 210, all of Celina.
   Services are 10:30 a.m Friday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Max Edwards officiating. Burial is 2 p.m. Friday in Fountain Park Cemetery, Winchester.
   Calling is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Herschel Bowers Jr.

Former Greenville resident Herschel A. "Dutch" Bowers Jr., 81, of Tucson, Ariz., died at 4:03 p.m. May 6, 2006, at Eldorado Hospital, Tucson, after an extended illness.
   He was born March 16, 1925, in Darke County, to Herschel A. and Etta Lula Smith Bowers Sr. His wife of 40 years, Norma L. Meyer Bowers, survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Dave (Dixie) Bowers, Celina; two daughters, Connie Fourman, New Madison, and Jenny (Jim) McCombs, Greenville; two stepsons, Bill (Beth) Van Kirk, Kansas City, Mo., and Tim (Jaye) Van Kirk, San Diego, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Jill Van Kirk, Tucson; a brother, Warren (Pat) Bowers, Union City; a sister, Esther Miller, Kettering; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a first wife, Mary Alice Alexander Bowers; two brothers, Lowell and Clarence; and four sisters, Irene Walters, Mabel McCoy, Dorothy Allread and Hazel Bowers.
   He retired in September 1982, as an electrician for 39 years at Delco Products, Dayton. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a 50 year member of Free & Accepted Masons Lodge 295, Arcanum, and Royal Arch Masons, Antioch Shrine, Dayton; 32nd degree member of the Scottish Rite Valley, Dayton; and member of Order of Eastern Star, Arcanum, American Legion Post 140, Greenville, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 57, Darke County.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, the Rev. Paul Chastain officiating. Burial is in Abbottsville Cemetery, Darke County. Military grave side services will be by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard.
   Calling is 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A Masonic Memorial Service will be conducted at 7:45 p.m. Friday by the Arcanum Masonic Lodge; followed by the Scottish Rite Ring Service.
   Contributions can be made to the Shriner's Hospital or St. Jude Hospital.
   Condolences can be sent to

Alice Feltz

Alice J. Feltz, 73, 722 East Kremer-Hoying Road, St. Henry, died at 11:47 p.m. May 8, 2006, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
   She was born May 27, 1932, in St. Henry, to William and Regina Bertke Schmitt. On April 18, 1953, she married Wilbur J. Feltz, who survives.
   Also surviving are six sons, Larry, Marion, Iowa, Ron (Karen), Celina, Glenn, Urbana, Doug, LaGrange, Ind., Chris (Sandi), Wapakoneta, and Ted (Karla), Coldwater; two sisters, Sue (Jim) Sumberger, Fort Loramie, and Pam (Gary) Smith, Montezuma; a brother, Ralph (Dorothy) Schmitt, St. Henry; a sister, Roseann (Ed) Bulcher, Rossburg; a brother-in-law, Paul Keller, Sharpsburg; 16 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
   Deceased are a sister, Berdella Keller and a daughter-in-law, Geri.
   She retired from St. Henry schools and was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, where she was a communion distributor, lector, member and past president of the altar rosary sodality, coordinator of visiting ministry and member of the funeral choir. She was a member and past president of the American Legion Post 648 Auxiliary, St. Henry, and a hospital volunteer at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
   Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 3-8 p.m. Friday and 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

Dorothy Rice

Dorothy Elizabeth David Rice, 91, died May 1, 2006, in Longmont, Colo.
   She was born July 17, 1914, in Homestead, Pa., to Michael David and Claribel Binkney David Stevens. On June 1, 1943, she married Celina native George F. Rice, who died April 22, 1992.
   Survivors are a daughter, Dottie (Roy) Hargrave, Longmont, and a grandson.
   She was a stewardess for TWA and worked as an industrial nurse, retiring in 1986. She was a member of the Christian Church in California and the California Nurses Association. She was a member and past president of Business & Professional Women.
   Services were May 3, 2006, in Longmont. Graveside rites are 11 a.m. Saturday at North Grove Cemetery, Celina, the Rev. Douglas R. Meyer officiating.
   Contributions can be made to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Longmont.
   Arrangements are by W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home, Celina.

Eugene Shoffner

K. Eugene Schoffner, 64, 1009 Linden Ave., St. Marys, died at 5:27 p.m May 9, 2006, in the emergency room of Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   Arrangements are pending with Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.

John Willrath

Former Mendon resident John William Willrath, 83, died at 3:55 p.m. May 8, 2006, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   He was born June 13, 1922, in Mercer County, to Hugo and Marie Becher Willrath. On February 15, 1947, he married Mary Helen Adams, who died May 16, 1980.
   Survivors are two sons, Bob (Brenda) and Bruce, all of Mendon; a daughter, Shirley (William) Abercrombie, Beaumont, Texas, and a grandson.
   Deceased are a brother, Glenn; a sister, Dorothy Miller; and a daughter-in-law, Babette.
   He was co-owner of the Mendon Farm Store and worked as a mechanic and independent milk hauler. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Japan. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Celina; Free & Accepted Masons Shanes Lodge 2395, Rockford; Unity Grange, Farm Bureau and Mendon Board of Public Affairs.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial is at Buck Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at W.H. Dick & Sons- Hellwarth Funeral Home, Mendon, and after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church.
   Contributions can be made to the church or the donor's choice.


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