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Rev. Gary W. Anderson

Rev. Gary W. Anderson, 67, of Hilliard, Ohio, died on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Kobacker House in Columbus, Ohio, surrounded by the love of his friends and family. He touched the lives of countless people throughout his ministry and through his strength and good humor in the weeks before his death. Rev. Anderson was born in Sacramento, California, to the late Albert and Evelyn (Quammen) Anderson. He graduated from Mount Clemens High School in Mount Clemens, Michigan, and in 1968 obtained a bachelor’s degree from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, where he met his wife of 42 years, Mary Lou (Boies) Anderson, who survives. He earned a Master of Divinity from Evangelical (Trinity) Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, serving an internship at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before being ordained at his home congregation, American Lutheran Church in Mount Clemens. He was pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Dillsboro, from 1972 to 1978; St. Paul and Zion Lutheran Churches in rural Rockford, Ohio, from 1978 to 1993; and St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Brookville, from 1993 to 2010. Rev. Anderson was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Dublin, Ohio.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by a brother, Alan Anderson of Mount Clemens, Michigan; children, Kyle and his wife, Amy, Anderson, of Hilliard, Ohio, and Kirsten Anderson of Los Angeles, California; and three grandchildren, Daniel, Kate and Ava. He also served as host parent to eight Youth for Understanding international exchange students.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was a radio announcer on WCOL-FM and WCBE-FM in Columbus, and in the 1990s at WCSM AM-FM in Celina, Ohio. He served as director of Lutheran Youth Camp in Versailles; one of the first Area Council on Aging directors in the state of Indiana; president of the Western Conference of the American Lutheran Church’s Ohio District; dean of the Southeastern Indiana Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; president of the Mercer County (Ohio) Mental Health Board; member of the Brookville (Indiana) Kiwanis Club; field manager for the Youth for Understanding international student exchange program; executive committee of Stayin’ Alive, a public-private partnership focused on increasing awareness of substance abuse in Franklin County; 4-H advisor; and EMT.

In celebration of Rev. Anderson’s life of service to his family, his community and his church, a funeral service was held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Dublin, Ohio, on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alumni Advisory Board Scholarship Fund at Capital University, 1 College and Main, Columbus, Ohio 43209; or to Kobacker House/OhioHealth Foundation, 180 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Arrangements completed by the Tidd Funeral Home with Crematory, Hilliard, Ohio.

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John W. Edrington

John W. (Buster) Edrington, 88, of Aurora, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013, at his home.

Born in Aurora on September 12, 1924, he was the son of the late Naomi and James W. Edrington. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Manchester where he served many years on the Zion Cemetery Association Board. John enlisted in the U. S. Navy at an early age and completed 30 years of active and inactive service. During his tenure in the Navy, he was wounded on three occasions and received a Purple Heart. He also received a Bronze Medal for valiant service at sea during 1941-1945 (World War II). After being discharged from the Navy, he worked as a heavy equipment mechanic during the construction of the Brookville Dam, the I-275 Bridge and during an expansion period at Indian Lakes near Batesville. He was the Sexton for the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery for several years. He was an avid camper and had many camping friends.

He married Violet Konradi on March 2, 1946, and she preceded him in death on July 19, 1999. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Janet M. Edrington-McKinney of Marietta, Georgia, on June 10, 2008, and a son, R. Buddy Edrington of Scotland Neck, North Carolina, on February 5, 2011. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline and Esther.

He is survived by one daughter, Betty Ann (Todd) Williard of Smyrna, Georgia; one son, Billy W. (Chris) Edrington of Rushville; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ted and James, of Ohio; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church at Manchester today, March 13, at 11 a.m., with viewing one hour before services. Interment will be at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.

Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund or Manchester Township Life Squad. Please call the office at (812) 926-1450, and the family will be notified of your donation with a card. Rullman-Hunger Funeral Home handled the arrangements.




Robert Andres

Robert Andres, age 57, of Hamilton, Ohio, formerly of St. Leon, died Sunday, February 24, at Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio.

He was the son of William and Antoinette Andres of St. Leon. He was a member of the St. Joseph American Legion Post 464 and a life member of the V.F.W. He was a 20-year veteran of the U.S.A.F., having retired as a Lt. Col. and served in Panama during the capture of Noriega and also a year in Korea.

He is survived by three sons, Jason (Brittaney) Andres of Eclectic, Alabama, Shawn (Jennifer) Andres of San Antonio, Texas, and Patrick of St. Leon; two daughters, Laura of Indianapolis and Michelle of St. Leon; five grandchildren; his ex-wife, Betty, of St. Leon; his mother, Antoinette of St. Leon; one brother, Ron (Jane) Andres of St. Leon; and two sisters, Debbie (Ron) Zimmer of St. Leon and Karen Fox (Ray Brown) of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Memorial services were held March 1, at 3 p.m., by Father Scott Nobbe at the Parish Life Center in St. Leon. Military rites were held by the St. Joseph Legion Post 464. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements were handled by Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home in Dover. Memorials may be made to the Greg Andres Memorial Scholarship Fund or a soccer scholarship at East Central High School. (Paid advertisement)




John Ray Thackrey

John Ray Thackrey, 69, of Connersville, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at his residence in Fayette County. His death was unexpected.

He was born September 30, 1943, the son of Ray and Mae John Thackrey, in Connersville and graduated from Brookville High School in 1961. On October 19, 1963, he was married in Central Christian Church to Marjorie L. Ketcham of Connersville. Together they reared three children, Karen Lynn, Sharon Kay and John Brian. She passed away on March 29, 2012. For over 37 years, along with his wife, they owned the Thackrey Guide One Insurance Agency, retiring in December 2010. A devoted member of Western Avenue Baptist Church, he was a Sunday School Teacher, the leader of the Administrative Team for the church and was also a lifetime member of the Gideon’s International, having served as past president of the Connersville camp, treasurer, chairman of the church assignment committee and actively involved in prison ministry. In his leisure, he enjoyed fishing, traveling with his wife, taking daily walks and spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by two children, Sharon Kay Nasser and her husband, Jason of Greenwood and John Brian Thackrey and his wife, Cheryl of Chicago, Illinois; two grandsons; two brothers, Charles Edward Thackrey and wife, Ginny of Camden, Ohio, and Larry Michael Thackrey of Brookville; a sister, Dorothy Mae Gross, also of Brookville; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his wife, Marjorie, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Lynn Thackrey, who passed away February 11, 2010.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m., Thursday, March 14, at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home with Pastor Troy Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Dale Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 4 until 8 p.m. today, March 13.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon’s International Ministry.




Florence Wessel

Florence Louise Wessel (Placke), age 92, passed away on March 10, 2013, at St. Andrews Health Campus, Batesville. She was the daughter of Oscar and Louise Placke (Belter) and was born on May 12, 1920, in Batesville.

Florence and her three siblings were dealt a tragedy when their mother passed away at an early age, but with the help of a caring extended family and a loving father, the children flourished and built four more strong families that thrive today. Florence was married to Ervin Wessel on June 29, 1940. They shared a long life together for 55 years until Ervin’s death.

Florence is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Roger) Cassiere, and son, Robert (Sharon) Wessel; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and their families; her brother, Irvin Placke, and his wife, Lois; and many nieces and nephews and their families. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Viola Borchelt; and brother, Richard (Lucylle) Placke.

She worked at the local school as a cook as well as the Hillcrest Golf & Country Club and New Point Truck Stop. Florence was a loyal member of the United Church of Christ, Huntersville, where she will be laid to rest on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. until time of services at 12 noon, all at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, with Rev. David Johnston officiating. Burial will be in St. John Church Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Andrew’s Activities Fund or St. John UCC c/o Meyers Funeral Home.




Dorothy C. Stegemiller

Dorothy C. Stegemiller, 88, of Sunman, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at the Waters in Batesville. She was born on September 29, 1924, in Franklin County, the daughter of Frank Weiler and Mary Zinser.

She married Alvin Stegemiller on May 11, 1957, and he preceded her in death on January 31, 2009. She was a member of St. Pius Catholic Church and was formerly employed at Fisher Body in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a housewife and loving mother who enjoyed watching her children’s activities.

Survivors include her daughters, Mary Stegemiller of Indianapolis and Ann and her husband, Louis Roell of Batesville; sons, Mark and his wife, Heidi Stegemiller of Franklin, Ohio, and Neal and his wife, Jean Stegemiller of Indianapolis; 11 grandchildren; sisters, Roberta Beyer of Shelbyville and Marian Weiler of Cincinnati, Ohio; and brothers, Vincent Weiler of Sunman and Jerome Weiler of Batesville.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Phillip Stegemiller, three sisters and four brothers.

Reverend Frank Eckstein officiated at the Mass of Christian burial on Monday, March 11, at St. Pius Catholic Church, Sunman, at 10:30 a.m. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Pius Church or St. Pius Cemetery.




Terry Vonderheide

Terry “Doc” Vonderheide, age 56 of Gallatin, Tennessee, passed away March 6, 2013. Mr. Vonderheide was born in 1956 in Batesville.

He was a teacher, professional musician and a published songwriter, but most importantly, a family man. He was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church. He was an educator in Metro and Sumner County schools for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter L. Vonderheide and Janet Lee McCool Vonderheide.

He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Margaret Louise Vonderheide; children, Michelle Ellis (James), Julie Robinson, Tom Ratz (Jennifer), Janelle Ratz, Greta Hale, Megan Hubbard (Aubrey), Heidi Willard (Joshua) and Hilary Vonderheide; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and siblings, Vicki Rahe (Rick), Scott Vonderheide (Dala), Susie Meyer (Doug), Judy Raab (Alan) and Robbie Vonderheide (Tammy).

A funeral Mass was held 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Gallatin, Tennessee. Crestview Funeral Home, 1623 Hwy. 109 N., Gallatin, TN, handled the arrangements.




Betty R. Martin

Betty R. Martin, age 83, of Brookville, died suddenly, Monday, March 11, 2013, at Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. Born December 3, 1929, in Brookville, she was the daughter of Marshall and Alma (Gregg) Lanning.

She lived most of her life in Franklin County and enjoyed spending the winters in Florida. She was united in marriage to Robert L. Martin on February 28, 2004, and he survives. Betty was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Brookville, as well as the Daughters of Isabella, St. Catherine Circle #103. In her leisure time she enjoyed playing cards.

Besides her husband, Robert, survivors include four children, Greg (Cindy) Bruns of Batavia, Ohio, Becky (Keith) Lanning of Brookville, Pam (Tim) Stein of Oldenburg and Rodney (Lauren) Bruns of Brookville; three step-children, Cindy (Bob) Sarchet, Steven Martin and Tim (Angie) Martin; three sisters, Kathryn VanDalsen, Mary (Virgil) Tebbe and Bertha (Don) Knecht, all of Brookville; two brothers, John (Joy) Lanning of Brookville and James Lanning of Bridgeport, Illinois; 12 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Jerome Bruns in 1975; her second husband, Eugene Goble in 1989; three sisters, Geneva Waltz, Berniece Goble-Bowen and Opal R. Rhodes; four brothers, Donald, Howard, Alvin, and Robert Lanning; and a daughter-in-law, Jill Bruns.

Family and friends may visit from 9 till 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville. Rev. Sean Danda will officiate the Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, March 16, 12 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church in Brookville. Burial will follow in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Brookville.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Heart Association.




Valora Joan Ballard

Valora Joan Ballard, age 51, of Liberty, passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville.




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