Obituaries

Beulah Auer, age 90, died Wednesday morning October 10, 2018 at Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.
Born October 28, 1927 in West Virginia, she has been a Shelby resident for 35 years. A homemaker, Beulah loved to read and in the past she loved to collect glassware. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, and received her 50 year pin.
She is survived by her husband, Edward P. Auer of Shelby, whom she married December 20, 1997; her son, Ronald (Anna) Hall of Kissimmee, Fl; daughter, Rebecca (James W.) Oiler of Columbus; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, George A. Hall in 1995 and numerous brothers and sisters.
Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory on Saturday October 13, 2018 one hour prior to an 11:00 AM funeral. Rev Garland Harvey will officiate and interment will be held in Wilson Cemetery in Newark, Ohio. Memorial expressions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio.


Thomas Huston passed away Wednesday October 10, 2018 in his Shelby Home. He was 73. He earned his BA in Religion from Taylor University and worked in computer information technology. He is survived by cousins, dear friends, and attentive neighbors. Funeral services were handled by Snyder Funeral Home, Mansfield.


Doyle Douglas Neel, 99, of New London, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.
Doyle was born in Jeromesville, Ohio on June 29, 1919, son of the late Henry and Edith (Sanders) Neel. The family moved to New London in 1924. Doyle lived in New London all of his life. He was a 1937 graduate of New London High School.
Doyle served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. He was assigned to a Military Police Battalion. From there he was assigned to the 78th Field Hospital in Germany, France and Belgium. In 1943 he married Jean Foreman of Wakeman, OH. They were married for 65 years until Jean’s passing in 2009.
In 1962 he was manager of the New London Senior Little League Team which played in the finals of the “World Series” in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He worked for Firelands Electric in New London for 33 years until his retirement in 1984.
He was a member of the New London United Methodist Church. Doyle served on the New London Reservoir Board for 17 years and was past commander of the New London American Legion and a member for over 50 years. He was a member of the Gibson Masonic Lodge for over 65 years.
Doyle is survived by sons, David (Trudy) Neel, Larry Neel and Mark (Kay) Neel; granddaughter, Abby and brother, Vaughn (Lois) Neel. In addition to his parents and wife, Doyle was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Pojana; brother, Graydon and sisters, Thelma, Orile, Mary and Betty.
A Masonic service was held Monday. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Eastman Funeral Home, 200 West Main Street, New London. Burial followed at Grove Street Cemetery, New London.
Donations, if desired, can be directed to the New London Area Historical Society, 100 White Avenue, New London, Ohio 44851, New London American Legion Post 292, 185 North Main Street, New London, Ohio 44851, New London United Methodist Church, 58 East Main Street, New London, Ohio 44851 or the New London Public Library, 67 South Main Street, New London, Ohio 44851. Condolences can be expressed online at www.eastmanfuneralhome.com.



Juanita Jo (Reed) Amburgy, 90, of New London, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 after a lengthy illness.
She was born on June 25, 1928 in Hueysville, Kentucky and was the oldest of nine children, moving to Ohio. She worked ten years at Pioneer Rubber and assisted her husband, Arnold Amburgy through many entrepreneur adventures, including her last one at the Fitchville Restaurant for two years. Then, she proceeded to work 13 more years as a seamstress at Kent Sporting Goods. She finally retired to live and enjoy all 18 of her grandchildren. Plus, she enjoyed and spoiled all of her 38 great-grandchildren, four step grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Juanita was a soft-spoken, humble and forgiving woman of gentleness, patience and quiet strength. Her life consisted of loving the Lord, honoring her husband, raising her children, cooking delicious meals (mainly her biscuits and gravy, cornbread, soup beans and apple pie), family picnics, birthday parties and holiday gatherings. She dearly loved the simple things, especially gardening, cooking, canning, sewing, quilting, singing and yodeling.
She is survived by four daughters, Janice Westbrook of Longboat Key, Florida, Beatrice (Randy) Ingram of North Fairfield, Alecia (Dan) Bailey and Patricia (Monte) Marsh of New London; one son, Tim (Cindi) Amburgy of New London; one stepson, Arnold (Sara) Amburgy, Jr.; two daughters-in-law, Margie (Martin) Wise Amburgy Mutnansky of New London and Cathie Staples Amburgy Dewalt of Florence, Kentucky; brothers, Ogil of Summerfield, Florida, Hershel (Shirley) of Inola, Oklahoma, Robert (Percilla) of Willard, Rephard (Rhonda) of Centerburg and Russell (Gene and Jeanie) of Tiffin; sisters, Rita (Mike) Faidley of Palm Coast, Florida and Sue (Lynn) Newman of Apopka, Florida and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Amburgy on Oct. 5, 2011; parents, Dolly (Prater) and Creed Reed; one brother, Charles (Bud and Bernie) Reed; one daughter, Diana Joy Amburgy Lykins; three sons, Donald Dean, John Keith and Clarence Edward Amburgy and two sons-in-law, Danny Westbrook and Edwin Lykins.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the New London Alliance Church, 4625 State Route 162, New London with her grandson Pastor Tyler Amburgy officiating. Burial followed at Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given to the New London Alliance Church, where she belonged for over 40 years or to the FAS, 25 James Street, New London, Ohio 44851 or Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.eastmanfuneralhome.com
The family wishes to thank The Laurels of New London and Stein Hospice of Sandusky for their excellence in caring for their mom.
The family looks at her absence as just being in another room, because they still feel her presence among them. So, “maybe rather than mourn the absence of a flame, let us celebrate how brightly it glowed.”

Ruby K. Stephens, age 80, resident of Willard passed away at her home on October 10. She was born on July 28, 1938.
Calling hours were held at Church of God in Willard on October 12. Funeral services were held on October 13 at the Church of God with Pastor Greg Griffith officiating. Burial took place at Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven.


Roger Howard Richards 10/25/1932-09/28/2018. Roger Richards, 85, retired captain for American Airlines, died peacefully in his sleep in Naples, Florida following a brief illness.
Born and raised in Willard, Ohio, Roger joined the Air Force immediately following high school, first serving his country as a fighter pilot in many locations; including bases in Vietnam, the Philippines, California, Virginia and Louisiana; then relocating his wife Nancy White Richards and four children to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where after years of service he retired from American Airlines. He loved restoring vintage British and Italian sports cars, cross country bicycling, as well as tackling a long list of other projects.
He is already greatly missed by his surviving family, including sister, Polly O’Connor of Sarasota, Florida; children David Richards and wife, Karen Cavanaugh of Fort Worth, Texas; Tina Lynch and Brent Boydston of Henrietta, Texas; Kaki Kesterson and husband, Bryan of Kent, Washington; and Bill Richards and wife, Gena of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren: Katy Lynch, Max Richards, Rob Kesterson, Ahnna Kesterson, and Noah Richards. Private services will be held in Naples and Fort Worth.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider contributions to your favorite charity.


Daniel Loera, age 60, resident of Willard, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. He was born on August 18, 1958 in Alice, Texas, to the late Gregorio and Guadalupe (Godines) Loera. He graduated from Willard High School and was an U.S. Army veteran.
He is survived by a son, Daniel Codey Loera; daughter, Kimberly Minton; five brothers, Luis Loera of Willard, David (Peggy) Loera of New London, Alex (Adriana) Loera of Corpus Christi, Texas, Hector (Lee) Loera of Fostoria and Jesus Loera of Norfolk, VA; four sisters, Ramona Loera of Findlay, Maria Gloria McCoy of Willard, Ester Ancheyta of Willard and Erica Nichelle Loera of Fostoria; three grandchildren, Alayna Jean Loera, Reno Matthew Loera and Gerina Minton; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Greg Loera Jr., Juan Loera and Carlos Loera; two sisters, Erma Loera and Sylvia Whetmore.
Friends called at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard on Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. There will be no funeral service and there will be a private graveside service at a later date at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Willard, Ohio. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.secorfuneralhomes.com


Jane Jones (76) of Willard, died Friday, October 5. She was born March 25, 1942 in Medina to the late Ralph Wesley and Virginia Elizabeth (Baird) Sprankle.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 3 at the Willard Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Bradley Stacy officiating.

Loretta Faye (Lower) Hurles passed away on the morning of Monday, October 15, 2018. Cherished and chosen, she peacefully went to be with Jesus on that day with a joyful heart, a forgiven life, and a loving spirit.
Loretta was born on September 21, 1948 to the late Robert E. Lower and Lillian L. (Moore) Lower in Jeffersonville, Ohio.
Loretta is survived by her husband Rich; her two sons, Todd (Shelley) and Michael (Shauna); six grandchildren, Kenley, Jacob, Molly, Kalyn, Claire, and William; three brothers, Bob (Sue) Lower, Dale Lower, John (Sue) Lower; and a brother-in-law, Don Bobbitt.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Lena Bobbitt.
Beloved by her husband Richard of 45 years, Loretta enjoyed spending time together in the camper and with their canine sidekick, Reggie, meeting family for celebrations and dinner, having game night with her kids, and cheering on Peyton Manning during Sunday afternoon football.
By Richard’s side, Loretta spent much of her life as a pastor’s wife, including the last 21 years at LifePoint Community Church in Plymouth, where she was an integral part of their local outreach, ministry, and worship.
Beloved by her sons Todd and Michael, Loretta was devoted to being a mother and grandma.  Bursting at the seams with pride, she taught them everything from the Old Testament stories to the rhythm of pitch and catch in baseball and yet, all the while, shared her love for musical theater and memorized every song in the hymnal.
Loretta especially loved Christmas when she gave amazing gifts, especially to her grandchildren. Whether Kalyn was running cross country, Claire was playing on the soccer field, or Will was traveling with his baseball team, Loretta adored spending time with them, watching them perform, and sharing their accomplishments.
The proud grandmother also treasured her oldest grandkids, Kenley (Downing) Soltys, who teaches in Detroit and was recently married to Dan Soltys, Jacob Downing, who currently serves in the Navy stationed in Florida, and Molly Downing who advocates for children in Kentucky.
Loretta encouraged Michael and Shauna’s passions as well in supporting their careers in education and coaching at Wynford High School and Tiffin University, supporting Michael’s ministry with Young Life in Crawford County and watching their favorite movies together.
Beloved by her LifePoint Community Church family, Loretta was the distinctive voice in the praise team, the helping hand in the kitchen, and the kind word in the sanctuary. While the ways she participated within the family of God in Plymouth are countless, the lives she touched felt the love of Christ Jesus and the people who saw her knew what Jesus’ love can do by serving others and living out the fruit of the spirit. She will especially be missed by her weekly small group with whom she had cherished friendships and memories.
Beloved by her Wynford School family, Loretta had the most beautiful voice to ever leave a message and the loveliest signature that ever signed a piece of paper or greeting card in the school board office. As the superintendent’s administrative assistant, she humbly served the community and the district.
Although she served in other capacities there, the last 21 were spent at the hub of Wynford by being the friendly, dimpled face who made it her pleasure to treat visitors as honored guests and employees as dear friends. Every corner of the district had an opportunity to have a positive interaction with Loretta, including board office employees and members, parents, secretaries, cafeteria workers, teachers, administrators, custodians, students, and especially bus drivers, with whom she shared a special bond and she showed them all how Jesus loves.
The Hurles family will receive friends Thursday, October 18 (today) at Wise Funeral Service, 129 W. Warren St., Bucyrus from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 pm. Additional calling hours will be held Friday at the Bucyrus Nazarene Church from 3:30 to 4:50, where the service will begin at 5 p.m. with a meal to follow. A private burial will be held in Milledgeville Plymouth Cemetery.
Loretta always tried to put other first, so, rather than giving her flowers, she would want gifts made payable to LifePoint Community Church, Young Life, or St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital so that others can benefit from kindness.  These gifts will be accepted through the funeral home and friends are encouraged to share stories and photos on her tribute page at www.wisefuneral.com.


Don L. Focht, age 57 of Shelby died Sunday morning October 14, 2018 at his home.
Born July 6, 1961 in Mansfield to Willard & Dorothy (Gardner) Focht, he has been a Shelby resident for the last 30 years.
Don enjoyed watching wrestling on TV and was a great guy who many people called a trickster. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and playing with his son Brayden.
He is survived by his wife, Kimberly (Williamson) Focht of Shelby; his children, Brayden Focht of Shelby, Jason (Tabitha) Focht of Wilmington and Elizabeth Focht of Columbus and his grandchildren, Brendan, Jace, Dalton, Jaeden and Aleigha.
Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory on Wednesday October 17, 2018 from 3-6 PM. A funeral service will be held at 6:00 PM conducted by Dan Gates. The Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will provide military honors following the service. Memorial expressions may be made to the ALS Association, P.O. Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022.
Online condolences may be made at www.barkdullfuneralhome.com.




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