Donald E. Allen, 94, of Shelby, Ohio, a former Stockdale area resident, died Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

Born October 12, 1919 in Scioto County, a son of the late Clarence W. and Jennie Hosier Allen, he was retired from Portsmouth Redi Mix Concrete was a 40 year member of Stockdale Fire Department and a former member of Teamsters.

Donald had served in Europe with the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of American Legion Post 622 and attended Stockdale and Coles Boulevard United Methodist Churches.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Joe Estepp of Shelby; one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Jean Allen of Sparta Kentucky; three grandsons, Mike Allen, Joseph (Pat) Estepp, Jonathan (Lori) Estepp; three great grandchildren, Leigha Allen, Lindsey Allen, Eric Allen, and one great great granddaughter, Juleigha Mae Suggs.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Julia M. Adams Allen on November 8, 2011 whom he married November 3, 1941; three brothers, Edgar Allen in infancy, William Herbert Allen and Harold Allen, and one sister, Dorothy Hickman.

Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Major Montgomery officiating. Burial was at Adams-Salisbury Cemetery near Stockdale. Military graveside rites were conducted by James Irwin Post No. 622 American Legion and William A. Baker Post No. 363. Donations may be made to the Stockdale Fire Department in Stockdale, Ohio.

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Gilbert Lee Carpenter (73) of Attica, died Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at his home. He was born July 9, 1941 in Rowan County, KY to the late Henry and Mary Maxine (Link) Carpenter. Mr. Carpenter retired from the Shelby Water Department on July 31, 1996 and was a member of the Shelby Eagles, Shelby Moose, and the Crawford County Coonhunter's Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, camping and gardening. Gilbert cherished the time he spent with his family and his two dog companions: Toby and Ginger.

Mr. Carpenter is survived by his wife: Karen Sue (Damschroder) Carpenter whom he married July 3, 1990, 3 daughters: Lisa (Tony) Fernandez of Ontario, Laura (Jeff) Burrer of Ganges and Tammie (Bob) Patton of Willard, 3 sons: Scott (Nicki) Carpenter of Shelby, Larry Leddick of Attica and Kenneth Leddick of OK. 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and brother: Ronnie (Darlene) Carpenter of Shiloh. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother: Charles Carpenter and a baby brother.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Lindsey-Foos-Kocher Funeral Service, 295 W. Tiffin Street, Attica, OH with Jan Ann Clarke, Chaplin of Stein Hospice officiating. Burial will be in the Seneca Memory Gardens. Friends may call 5-8 PM Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice through the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at

Joan A. Fitzpatrick, 80, a former longtime Shelby resident, died at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus on August 8th following a lengthy illness. She had been most recently a resident of Upper Arlington.

She was born on October 8, 1933 in Lynn, Massachusetts to William and Mary (McManus) McIntyre. She married Arnold B. Fitzpatrick on August 28, 1954 at St. Pius V Catholic Church in Lynn. The Fitzpatricks moved their young family to Ohio in 1960 when Mr. Fitzpatrick accepted a position with the Shelby Mutual Insurance Company, residing in Shelby for nearly 50 years before moving to Upper Arlington. Joan was active in a number of local organizations during her lifetime, including the Heart Fund, for which she volunteered for many years, the Head Start program and the Shelby Public Health Board. Her real estate career, beginning with Tom Mattox and Company, spanned parts of four different decades. She took special pleasure in helping young families purchase their first homes. Joan enjoyed bridge and golf and played in numerous ladies' and couples' leagues. She was a member of Shelby Country Club and Westbrook Country Club, where she once scored a hole-in-one on the Par 3, 160 yard #9 hole. She was a parishioner at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby, and St. Timothy's in Upper Arlington.

She was preceded in death by her husband on March 17, 2013, and a granddaughter, Erin Kelly Fitzpatrick on March 27, 1994. She is survived by three children: Kevin (Pam) of Burke, Virginia, Keith (Cindy) of Seville, and Kyle (Joe) Corna of Upper Arlington; seven grandchildren: Kevin, Kathryn and Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Kason (Carly) and Kaleb Fitzpatrick, and Colin and Bridget Corna, and two great grandchildren: Colin Fitzpatrick and Arabella Fitzpatrick. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby on Saturday, August 30, 2013 at 10:30AM. Interment will be at a later date at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Lynn, Massachusetts. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages friends to make a contribution to the charity of their choice. Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221.

Beatrice Ann Hodges (nee Bourgeois), Age 87 of Haddonfield, NJ and Shelby, died gracefully and peacefully on August 17th, comforted by the presence of her loving children and grandchildren. She is survived by her eight children, David (Donna Schorr), Dianne (Mary Ann Haggerty), Mark (Susan), Nancy Barber (Oliver), James (Monica), Matthew (Tracey), Philip, and Luke (Susan), and fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Born on November 19th, 1926, in Shelby, Ohio, Beatrice was the eldest of five children born to Alvin and Lorena Bourgeois. She suffered the tragic loss of her brother Colligan at age 12, but lived a happy childhood as one of the "Bourgeois Girls" with her three beloved sisters Shirley, Joan and Suzanne. "Bea" as she was known, went on to study French at the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, where she also continued her vocal training, as she was a gifted soprano. Her instantly recognizable singing voice was heard for many years as a longtime member of the choir at Christ the King Church in Haddonfield.

In June of 1952, she married Dale Hodges, also of Shelby, and together they raised their eight children. Dale pre-deceased her in 1993. Bea's deep love for her children was best manifested in her devotion to her son Philip, born with Cerebral Palsy in 1963. Bea made Philip a central part of her family and through him taught her children the lessons of compassion and caring that they carry with them to this day.

Family and friends will remember Bea for her grace, generosity of spirit, sweet and gentle disposition, sharp wit, lousy golf, deep faith and uncompromising love for her family. All are invited to share in the celebration of her wonderful life at her Viewings on either Wednesday Evening, August 20th, 6-8 PM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ or on Thursday Morning, August 21st, 10-10:45 AM, at Christ the King RC Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where her celebration will continue with Bea's Funeral Mass at 11 AM. Interment, private. Memorial donations may be sent to the Wendell Foster Center of Owensboro, KY at

Joseph George Whisler, age 90, of Marion passed away on Friday, August 15, 2014, at 7:32 a.m. in the Marion General Hospital.

He was born in Willard, Ohio on June 26, 1924 to Joseph G. and Mary (Lukinac) Whisler.

He was truly blessed to have married his beloved wife of 54 years, the former Geraldine Steiner, on August 23, 1947, who preceded him in death on December 10 of 2001.

Joseph is survived by his current loving, caring wife, the former Barbara J. Armatrout Ernsberger whom, once again being blessed, he married on January 31, 2005 and with whom he attended Berean Baptist Church.

Joe graduated from Willard High School in 1942 and entered The Ohio State University that fall where he became a member of the freshman football team before entering the U.S.Navy in early 1943. Serving in World War II, he received his honorable discharge in February of 1946, with much of that time being spent in various naval operations in the Atlantic and Mediterranean regions. Following his naval career he returned to Ohio State University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree, also playing football for three seasons from 1946 through 1948, and was voted "Most Valuable Player" for the Buckeyes in 1948. He was first employed as a teacher and head football coach at Jackson High School in Jackson, Ohio from August, 1949 until May, 1952. In August, 1952 he moved to Marion, Ohio and was employed by the Marion City School system as Director of Pupil Personnel, and remained in that position until his retirement in 1981.

Along with his wife Barbara, other survivors include one son, Larry (Mimi) Whisler of Marion, Ohio; one daughter, Susan (Kevin) Croman of Marion, Ohio; two grandchildren, Kate Hickman and Leah Schuster; two great-grandchildren, Marty and Emily Schuster; three step-grandchildren, Melinda Combs, Pamela Marino and Ed Ernsberger, and eight step-great-grandchildren.

Friends called at the Boyd-Born Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 11 a.m. until service time at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Charles Reed officiated and burial followed in the Marion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Marion Salvation Army. Military rites will be provided by the Marion Co Veterans Council.

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Billy B. Jones, 65, Willard, died August 18, 2014.

Funeral services at 1 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2014 at Church of the Nazarene, 4414 Township Road 12 West, Willard. Friends may call 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Fund through the funeral home. Online condolences

Patrick James Cassidy, 71, of New London, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at Hospice of North Central Ohio in Ashland. He was born July 23, 1943 in Norwalk, to the late James and Emma (McGuckin) Cassidy.

Patrick lived in Norwalk until the age of eight when he and his family moved to the family farm in Collins and in the early 1960's he moved to New London.

Pat graduated from Wakeman High School in 1961. He worked at Ford Motor Company in Sandusky in the early 60's and drove truck for KB Rowland Trucking. Pat worked for the Village of New London from 1966 until he retired Jan. 6, 2006 as Village Administrator and Class 1 license for the New London Water Department. As the Village Administrator he actively participated with the New London CIC, New London Recreation Park Board and Reservoir. Patrick also owned and operated Cassidy Construction with his son David where they built homes and developments.

Patrick was a member of the New London Fire Department for 40 years. He was also a former member of the New London Rotary and past president.

He enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events, farming, NASCAR, gardening and car shows.

Patrick is survived by his son, David (Robin) Cassidy of North Fairfield; daughter, Kay (Joel) Copley of New London; grandchildren, Alex Copley, Eden Copley, Skyler Cassidy and Brooklyn Cassidy; brother, Dennis (Marjorie) Cassidy of Collins; nieces, Carolyne Dular and Debra Marich and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

His family will greet friends Wednesday 5-7:30 p.m. at Eastman Funeral Home, 200 West Main Street, New London where a service will be held at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. Lorry Mabiala officiating. A private burial will be held at Scott Cemetery in Huron Township.

If desired, memorial contributions can be given to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, Ohio 44805.

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Eloise Maxine Ward, 93 of Middleburg, FL passed away quietly, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Mrs. Ward was a native of New London, Ohio and moved to Middleburg, FL in 2000.

Mrs. Ward was a graduate of Dyke Business School in Cleveland. While living in New London, Mrs. Ward and her late husband, Graydon Ward, owned and operated the Ward Dry Cleaner. Mrs. Ward was a talented seamstress, musician who enjoyed singing and playing the piano, and also was an artist who specialized in Japanese Sumi-e ink painting and the art of "Bonsai". She was a member of the New London Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years.

She is survived by her children, Phillip (Anita) Ward, Marla (Kenneth) Pelfrey, Julia Ward, and Janice Wagner, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her husband Graydon Ward, and son, James Paul Ward.

A Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 in the Chapel of Russell Haven of Rest Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Harding officiating.

The family of Mrs. Wards asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to: Haven Hospice, 8301 Cypress Plaza Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32256-4426.

Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043.

Family and friends may share their condolences at: 904-284-7720

William A. Patton, 84, of Ashland, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 at his home. He was born on Oct. 22, 1929 in Hudson and graduated from Nova High School in 1947.

After high school William entered into the Army National Guard. He was the Commander of the Ashland and Mansfield Company C of 145th Infantry Unit for about eight years. In 1971 he became inactive Reserve and retired as Captain in 1989. William met with the former National Guard members of Ashland and held various officer positions within that group.

He managed the family farm in rural New London and won many awards for his registered Guernseys. After retiring from farming in 1985, William started selling real estate for Foster Realty in New London and later Century 21 in Ashland until he retired in 1997.

William loved nature and sports, especially OSU and the Cleveland Indians, Cavs and Browns.

He is survived by the love of his life, Arlene (Dovenbarger) whom he married on June 11, 1958; children, Margaret R. (Dean) Reed of Orrville, Mark W. Patton of Ashland and John T. Patton of Ashland; five grandchildren and one great grandchild. William is also survived by his sisters, Mae Jean Gilger of Yukon, OK and Carol Markel of Tyler, TX and two sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Patton of Ashland and Janie Patton of Columbia, SC.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Rhea Patton and brothers, Robert J. and Donald R. Patton.

William's family will greet friends Thursday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. until the noon service at Eastman Funeral Home, 200 West Main Street, New London with Pastor Tom Ledford officiating. Burial will follow in Huntington Cemetery.

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