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Chester Byrley, Jr., age 87 of Liberty, passed away at his residence on Tuesday April 2, 2013. Born December 12, 1925, in Wellsville, Ohio, he is the son of the late Chester Sr. and Pearl Mae Abner Byrley.

He served in the US Army during WWII from 1944 to 1946, in which he received a Bronze Star. He was a part of the Allied Forces that liberated the first concentration camp at Ohrdruf. He had served in the 89th Division under the leadership of General Patton and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion. Chester was also a member of the Garrison Creek Baptist Church. He retired in 1989 from Lorain Community Hospital in Lorain, OH, where he worked as a medical engineer, locksmith and in the maintenance department. He enjoyed traveling, camping and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth Chaney Byrley, whom he married on February 21, 1947 in Connersville. He is also survived by his children, Wanda B. and Tex Mitchell of Carrollton, KY and Ronald D. and Shelly Byrley of Centerburg, OH; a sister, Betty and Ray Lathery of Liberty; eight grandchildren, seventeen great- grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Chester Paul Byrley; seven brothers, Bill, Leo, Harold, Nathan, Letcher, Doyle and an infant brother; and two sisters, Geraldine and Irene.

Funeral services were conducted at Garrison Creek Baptist Church on Saturday morning, April 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Tim Fluty officiating. Burial with graveside military services followed at Sims Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook, please visit


Ruth E. Keller, 60, of Liberty, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013 at her residence in Union County. She had been ill for several years but her death was unexpected.

One of three children, she was born June 22, 1952 in Connersville, the daughter of Willard and Bernice Dalrymple Hudelson and John Lechner. She attended schools in Fayette County.

For more than eight years, she worked as an assembler at Visteon; before this time, she was employed at Village Pantry of Rushville.

A member of the Mt. Pleasant Community Church, she was a devoted and loving mother and homemaker; in her leisure, she enjoyed boating, gardening, taking care of her flowers and, especially, spending time with her grandchildren. Additionally, she had been a member of the Windjammer C.B. Club, where her handle was \\\"Crazy Lady,\\\" and loved her pets as well as playing her guitar.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond “Tom” Keller; three children, Ragena K. Crawley and her husband, Anthony of Connersville, Rachel E. Loman and her husband, Brian, and Rebecca L. Ladd and her husband, Kevin, both of Laurel; three step-children, Timothy S. Keller of Liberty, Juanita M. Keller of West Virginia and Summer Dawn Keller of South Carolina; nineteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; her mother, Bernice Hudelson of Connersville; two brothers, Stanley Perkins of Connersville and Craig Perkins of Lynn Haven, Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Lechner; her step-father, Willard Hudelson; a son, Ronald \\\"Joe\\\" Stone, who died March 11, 2012; a grandson, Johnathan T. Harrison, who died February 17, 2012; and a step-son, Michael T. Keller.

Funeral services will be held 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home, Pastor Chris Lovett, officiating; cremation will follow. Family and friends may call at the Funeral Home from 3 until 5 p.m.; they may also visit anytime online at

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.


Diana L. (Rowe) Burch, 48, of Liberty, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio, after a brief illness.

One of nine children, she was born April 24, 1964 in Connersville, the daughter of Donald E. and Shirley (Simmons) Rowe.

She was a devoted and loving homemaker.

On August 12, 1996, she was married to Jim Burch in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Besides her husband, Jim, she is survived by her son, E.J. Stelle and his wife, Kacy of Richmond, Indiana; her daughter, Ashlee Burch and her fiancé, Ben Collins of Dublin, Indiana, her father, Donald E. Rowe and his wife Betty of Everton, Indiana, her grandson, Gaige Collins of Dublin, Indiana; four sisters, Pam Eckerle and her husband, Steve of Everton, Indiana, Penny S. Grimes and her husband Nolan Sr., Candy J. Harlan and Donna M. Bentley, all of Connersville, Indiana; two brothers, Ricky Rowe Sr. and his wife, Patricia and Jerry Rowe and his wife, Stephanie, both of Everton, Indiana; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Simmons Rowe who died in 2002; a sister, Barbara Rader who died in 2003; a brother, Dennis D. Rowe who died in 2012; two brother-in-laws, Butch Gaddis who died in 1991 and William Bentley who died in 2010; a sister-in-law, Phyllis D. Moore who died in 2006; and her father-in-law, Charles E. Burch who died in 2007.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home; burial followed in Richland Cemetery, Union County, Indiana. Family and friends may visit anytime online at

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.


Juanita Dungan, 86, passed away on Sunday morning April 7, 2013 at Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville, Indiana. She has been a resident of Flatrock River Lodge since January. A daughter of the late Ralph and Goldie (Shephard) Burris, Juanita was born in Richmond, Indiana on June 11, 1926. She has lived most of her life in the Dublin community. Juanita earned her private pilots license and enjoyed flying airplanes. During World War II, she was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. She was a member of the Cambridge City Church of the Nazarene and worked hard to serve the people of her community. During the Vietnam War, she started a personal mission of sending local service men care packages and greetings from home in appreciation of their service to our country. She made sure prayers were said for each of them at weekly church services. A homemaker, she had also worked at Perfect Circle in Richmond, enjoyed roller skating, gardening and working puzzles.

Survivors include her four children, Linda Wright of Hagerstown, Timothy Allan Dungan of Arkansas, Douglas Darrell Dungan of Pacific, MO and Penny (David) Lanning, formally of Brookville; many grand and great- grandchildren; two sisters, Maxine Fiedler of Dublin and Wilma Hughes of Connersville; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin D. Dungan on May 31, 2005. They were married in New Castle on October 18, 1952.; one son, Rickey Dungan on February 25, 2013; one daughter, Linda Taylor on February 8, 2008; and an infant brother, William “Billy” Shephard.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday April 13, 2013 at the Dublin Gospel Mission Church. Rev. Daryl Bertram will officiate. Burial will follow at the South Lawn Cemetery in Dublin. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin.

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Jayne Standish, age 76 of Connersville, passed away on April 1, 2013 at Reid Hospital in Richmond. Born December 26, 1936 in Richmond, IN, she is the daughter of Mildred Brooks Gilliland of Connersville and the late Carl Gilliland.

She graduated from Richmond High School in 1954 and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Ball State University in 1958. Retiring in December of 2001, she worked her adult life as a Registered Nurse. Jayne was a former member of the Richmond Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.

In addition to her mother; she is survived by her children, Kelli VanDeman of Fairland, IN, Jay G and Ann Standish of Bolingbrook, IL and Craig Robert and Karen Standish of New Castle, IN; a sister, Kay Parks of Liberty, IN; nine grandchildren, Amanda Jayne VanDeman, Kyle Ross VanDeman, Abigail Roxanne VanDeman Holland, Stephanie Marie Standish, Jessica Nicole Standish, Caitlyn Elizabeth Standish, Nathan Bowman, Megan Danielle Standish, and Caleb Riley Standish; and a great-granddaughter, Mya Christine Bowman.

Her father and a brother, Wayne Ray Gilliland preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at Urban Winkler Funeral Home on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Scott Bell officiating. Friends and family may visit Thursday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. To sign the online guestbook or to send the family a personal message, please visit


John Frank Paddock Hobbs, but a few hours old, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. His time here was very short but he was perfect. He went to heaven peacefully to be with his family there.

He was the son of John L. and Rebekah J. Paddock Hobbs. The family attends Baptist Temple of Connersville.

Other than his parents, survivors include three aunts, Aimee Paddock of Connersville, Renee Smith and her husband Eric of Castroville, Texas and Kiana Paddock of Connersville; two uncles, Micah Paddock of Texas and James Hobbs and his wife April of Connersville; a grandfather, Danny Hobbs of Liberty, Indiana; cousins, Lileeana Paddock, Cameron McCulloch, Hayle and James Robert Hobbs, Devon Towler, Mackenzie Jordan, Bryzon Jordan, and Heather McCulloch and her husband John of Metamora, Indiana; three great-aunts, Patsy Newton of Brookville, Indiana, Nancy Brochin and her husband Joe of Connersville and Rita Ewers and her husband Phil of Missouri; three great-uncles, Jeff Blevens and his wife Sue of Connecticut, Carl Towler and his wife Cheryl of Connersville and Mike Ratz and his wife Theresa of Minnesota; and a great-grandfather, Paul Towler of Connersville.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandpa, Frank H. Paddock; his maternal grandma, Peggy D. Paddock; his paternal grandma, Roberta L. Hobbs; his paternal great-grandma, Julia M. Towler; his paternal great-grandpa, John F. Hobbs; his paternal great-grandma, Bernice Ratz; his paternal great-grandpa, Roman L. Ratz; his maternal great-grandma, Betty Jo Blevens; his maternal great-grandpa, Jay T. Blevens, his maternal great-grandma, Margaret Blevens; his maternal great-grandma, Rebecca Pearl Paddock; and his maternal great-grandpa, Cecil H. Paddock.

Funeral services will be conducted 5 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2013 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home, Rev. Tim Billups, officiating; burial will be in Dale Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the Funeral Home from 3 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday; they may also visit anytime online at

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Betty L. Van Benthuysen, 88, of Liberty, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Sycamore Springs Nursing Home in Liberty.

Betty was born March 23, 1925 in Hanover, PA to Marvin Lee and Gertrude Irene Clapsaddle Hoover. Betty graduated from high school in 1943 in Salamanca, NY. Betty was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church. Betty practiced the principles of her era as a stay at home wife and mother, taking care of her family. Prior to moving to Sycamore Springs, Betty was a resident of Southview Courts in Liberty where she enjoyed walking and visiting other residents. Betty spent the last fourteen months at Sycamore Springs.

Betty is survived by her children and their spouses: Clark Glenn Reed and Gayle of Greentown, OH, Gwayne Lowell Reed of Liberty and wife, Suyapa Isabel of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Cheryl Lee Roger and Tom Evansville, IN; ten grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; brother: Joseph Luther Hoover and his wife, Aura of La Mesa, CA; sister: Francis (Fritz) Atkins of Plymouth, MI; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Betty is preceded in death by her first husband, Lowell Reed; her second husband: Lloyd Van Benthuysen; sister: Doris Glaiser; brother: Robert Lee Hoover.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Monday at First Missionary Baptist Church, Liberty. Memorial contributions may be made to the Historical Society In Honor of Betty L. Van Benthuysen in c/o Kim Walton. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to

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