Obituaries

Jason C. Honaker, 43, of Willard, passed away Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the OSU Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He was born on August 4, 1971 to James E. Honaker and Ruth Ann (Moore) Moore and had been a life long Willard resident. He graduated in 1989 from Willard high school and attended Pioneer. Jason worked at CSX as a carman and safety director for 16 years. He enjoyed biking, motorcycling, camping with the kids, adored his granddaughter, and spending time with family and friends.

Jason is survived by his son, Tyler Honaker of Tiffin; granddaughter, Isabella Grace Honaker; mother, Ruth Moore of Willard; brother, James (Missy) Honaker of Bellevue; sister, Kathy Sanders of Willard; fiancé, Lori Stapleton of Willard; daughter, Kaylee Stapleton; father, James E. Honaker of Willard; three nieces, Amber Honaker, Karystin Kousma, Kalyssa Sanders; one nephew, Kaleb Sanders; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Birdie Pulliam.

Friends called at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 1-3 p.m. and 5- 8 p.m.

Funeral service was Monday at 1 p.m. at the Willard Church of the Nazarene with Pastors Ricky Branham and Stephen Sickel officiating.

Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Willard, Ohio. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Akron Children's Hospital or donor's choice.

Long-time Shelby resident, Roger W. Adam, age 92, died Friday, September 26, 2014 at Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

Roger was born October 12, 1921 in Britton, Michigan the son of the late Frank and Carrie (Schull) Adam. He was a 1939 graduate of Shelby High School serving as class president for three years and represented the school at Buckeye Boys State in 1938.

After graduation he attended Heidelberg College on a government program, and as a result of that schooling, he worked as a nitrator (mixer of chemicals in making explosives for bombs) at the Plumbrook TNT plant in Sandusky. In 1942, Roger enrolled in the government's V5 program and attended many Navy flight schools around the country. He received his Navy wings as a pilot, navigator and bombardier in 1944. As an Ensign, he left for the South Pacific in 1945 and flew Navy 4 engine patrolbombers from several islands including Iwo Jima. He flew cover for the surrender of the Japanese at the island of Truk and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 2 stars and other campaign ribbons. He was released from active duty in 1946 and in 1947 he married Catherine "Katie" Sheridan.

As Roger and Katie began their life together, Roger began his working career at Miller Shelby Products. After several name changes, it became Quanex and over the next 35 ½ years, Roger had many different jobs there. In 1982 he retired as the Director of Industrial Relations.

Roger was very active in community endeavors, serving on the following boards: Rehabilitation Services of North Central Ohio, United Fund of Shelby, Shelby Girl Scout Little House, Girl Scout Council of Mansfield and St. Mary's Church Cemetery. When his son Denny was young, he served as a Little League baseball coach and in his later years, he was a courier for Med Central Shelby Hospitalfor 22 years, and delivered Meals on Wheels. He and his wife Katie were proud recipients of the Jess Rath Christian Volunteer Service Award. In 2010, Roger was inducted into the Shelby High School Hall of Distinction. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking.

Roger is survived by his children: Dennis (Elizabeth "Liz") Adam of Shelby; Mary Ann (William "Bill") Vaughan of Auburn, CA; Melinda (Bruce) Berdanier of Fairfield, CT; 5 grandchildren:
Renee Adam, Ben Vaughan, Katie (Anthony) Boyes, Aaron (Jessica) Berdanier, and Reid (Catherine) Berdanier; 2 sisters-in-law: Jerry Adam and Berdie Lambert both of Mansfield. He was preceded in death by: his dear wife, Katie in 2011; 6 brothers: Ford, Jack, Richard, Russell, Raymond, and Roscoe Adam; and a sister: Nellie Lorentz.

Friends and family may call on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby from 5-8 PM where a Christian wake service will be conducted at 8 PM. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:30 at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby with Father James Steinle officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Memorial expressions may be made to the church or Shelby Helpline Ministries. To leave a condolence or share a memory with the Adam family, please visit www.turnerfuneralhomeshelby.com.

Merlin G. King, age 83, of Shelby, died Saturday, September 27, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born August 14, 1931 in Shelby the son of the late Franklin Boag and Vivian (Hunter) King. Merlin was a 1949 graduate of Shelby High School and was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the United States Army.

Merlin retired from the City of Shelby Water Department as Distribution Superintendent after 30 years of service and went on to work for 27 years for F.E. Krocka and Associates. He was a member of First United Church of Christ in Shelby. He was a very active member of Shelby American Legion, O'Brien Post #326 holding most of the offices and had been Past District Commander of District #5 covering 10 counties in Ohio - the largest in the state.

Baseball was a huge part of Merlin's life. As a coach for over 50 years, he was a long time fixture on the sandlots around the city. He influenced many area young men. His strong family values spilled out to those around him. Merlin's sense of humor and calm demeanor quelled many a storm in the dugouts and on the fields over the years.

Merlin is survived by his wife of 63 years, Alice M. (Kollar) King whom he wed on August 11, 1951; 5 children: Lou Ellen (Richard Jr.) Huff of Shelby, Larry Gene (Rosanna) King of Tiro, Clifford Alan (Darlene) King of Shelby, Kevin Lynn King (Michelle Metcalf) of Shelby, Janice Marie "Jinx" (Donald ) Cooke of Shelby; 14 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter: Crystal Cooke in 2012; 3 brothers: Clifford King, Robert King, and Harold King.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 3-6:30 PM

at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Military honors will be conducted by the Joint Veteran Burial Detail and the Shelby American Legion at 7 PM at the funeral home.  Memorial expressions may be made to the Shelby Babe Ruth League or to the Shelby American Legion.

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