Obituaries

King Biglow Rowland, 89, of New London, died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at The Laurels of New London. He was born April 1, 1925, in New London, grew up in Rochester and lived the rest of his life in New London.

He graduated from New London High School in 1943. King owned and operated King B. Rowland trucking for many years.

King was a 55 year volunteer for New London Fire Department. He was a member of the New London United Methodist Church, through which he served on several mission teams. He was a member for over 50 years of the Masonic Lodge No. 260 F & AM and New London Grange. He was also a member of the New London Rotary Club for 49 years and attended meetings all over the US, Canada, Haiti and Sweden. He served 27 years as a director on the Firelands Electric Coop Board.

Survived by his children, Dick (Faline) Rowland of Shelby, Mary Jo (Marion) Paramore, Carol Skillicorn and Linda (Mark) Roeder all of New London; grandchildren, Kendra (Jim) Smith; Ryan King Inmon, Tess (Kris) Thomas, Christopher (Deb) Rowland, Brianna McNeely, Brittany Skillicorn, Brooke Skillicorn, Shawn Roeder and Alex (Sarah) Roeder; 12 great grandchildren and brother, James F. Rowland of Martinsville, IN. King was preceded in death by his wife, Leah "Jean" Rowland; granddaughter, Megan Skillicorn; parents, Harry B. Rowland, Sr. and Irena (Biglow) Rowland; stepmother, Ruth Rowland; brother, Harry B. Rowland and son-in-law, Bob Skillicorn.

A funeral service will be held Thursday at Eastman Funeral Home, 200 W. Main St., New London with Pastor Cheryl Roshon officiating. Burial followed in Grove Street Cemetery, New London.

If desired, memorial contributions may be given to the New London Fire Department, c/o John Chapin, 115 E. Main St., New London, OH 44851 or New London United Methodist Church, 58 E. Main St., New London, OH 44851. Condolences may be expressed online at www.eastmanfuneralhome.com.

Charles L. Haney, Jr., 90 years of age, passed away at home with his family, Monday, July 14, 2014 following a long illness. He was born Aug. 22, 1923 in Elyria and resided in the Lorain County area most of his life.

Charles attended the Elyria Public Schools for twelve years, enlisting in the United States Army, shortly after high school. He served in World War II, receiving the Purple Heart in recognition of injuries sustained in the Battle of the Bulge. Following the war, Charles returned to his job as a lace weaver at the Elyria Lace Factory, until its closing.

Charles enjoyed his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Although most lived out of state, he always enjoyed the entertainment the little ones provided on their visits home. Charles loved being outdoors, mowing and caring for his yard and garden. When his illness made that impossible, he would just enjoy sitting outside in the warmth and sunshine.

He is survived by his wife of seventy-two years Shirley (nee Palmer); his son Thomas (Virginia) Haney of Pueblo, Colorado; his daughter Tamara (Robert) Verhoff of Lagrange; seven grandchildren, Sean (Jennifer) Haney, Jennifer (Rayo) Nulsen, Janel (Brian) Lyons, Jeffrey (Andrea) Verhoff, Kristy (Eric) Souser, Joel (Raelin) Verhoff, and Benjamin (Veronica) Verhoff; eleven great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Schneider; and his parents, Charles Sr. and Mary Haney (nee Driscoll).

Friends may call Sunday, July 27 at the Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland St., Elyria, Ohio from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Celebration will be held Monday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady Help of Christians Mission, 9608 Norwalk Rd., Litchfield, Ohio 44253. The Rev. Fr. Ronald Bryda will officiate. Military services will be provided by the Elyria V.F.W. Post #1079.

Charles' family would like to thank Diane Huey, M.D., Keystone Pointe Nursing Facility, and Tridia Hospice for the excellent care they provided Charles during his illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory may be given to Our Lady Help of Christians Mission, or Tridia Hospice, 5000 Rockside Rd., Independence, Ohio. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.reichlinroberts.com.

Howard F. VerBurg, age 88, of Willard, died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Mercy Willard Hospital.

He was born May 30, 1926 in New London, Ohio, son of the late Garrett and Elnora (Miller) VerBurg. Howard grew up in the Greenwich area and moved to the Willard area in 1974.

He was a graduate of Ripley School. He served in the Army/Army Air Corp during WWII, from 1944 until 1946 in the Pacific Theatre where he was an Army Engineer attached to the Air Force Company C Engineer Aviation Battalion. He had farmed his entire life. He also worked for the Wastewater Treatment Plant as Superintendant in Willlard. Howard was a member of the Willard Fire & Rescue Squad. He had worked at the Village of Greenwich and was a Ripley Twp. Trustee. He was a member of the Mt. Hope Lutheran Church, Shiloh, a member of the Farm Bureau, a life member of the NRA, and member of the Shiloh Legion #503 having served as Post Commander. Howard had made maple syrup every year since 1937.

He is survived by his wife, whom he married September 3, 1949, Mary Lou (Koch) VerBurg; his daughters, Donna (Stu) Young and Jeannette (Tom) Hicks all of Norwalk, Nancy (Bill) Jester of Willard; his sons, Perry (Lisa) VerBurg and Kevin (Mary) VerBurg all of Willard; daughter-in-law, Linda (Clarence) Fackler of Shelby; grandchildren, Chris (Christina) VerBurg, Bryan (Jenny) VerBurg, Aaron Gregory all of Shiloh, Jonathon (Lori) Young of Gilbert, Arizona, Jenny Young of Columbus, Charles (Celeste) Hillman of Sandusky, Scott (Vicki) Hillman of Huron, Garrett (Cady) VerBurg of Willard; 13 great -grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Howard Vaughn VerBurg in 1976, his sister, Marjorie Ann Spaide in 1985.

Friends called from 2–4 p.m. and 6– 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Eastman Funeral Home, 49 West Main St., Greenwich and from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mt. Hope Lutheran Church, 29 West Main St., Shiloh with Pastor Blanche Tyree officiating. Burial with military rites followed at Edwards Grove Cemetery, Greenwich.

Memorials if desired may be given to the Willard Firefighters Assoc., 425 Fort Ball Rd., Willard, Ohio 44890 or to Mt. Hope Lutheran Church, 29 W. Main St., Shiloh, 44878.

Online condolences may be made at: www.eastmanfuneralhome.com

Averi Faith Riley infant daughter of Craig and Stephanie (Shininger) Riley of Leburn, Kentucky was born and went to be with Jesus on Tuesday July 15, 2014 in Whitesburg, Kentucky.

She is survived by her parents, her sister Paiten Riley and her brother Parker Riley of Leburn, Kentucky; grandparents Kirby Bailey, Barb Bailey, David and Fay Stanfield, Matt and Paula Shininger, great-grandparents Linda Robinson, Jesse and Barb Villarreal, Todd and Perma Shininger, Howard Stanfield and Joanne Kleman all of Willard. Along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her sister Hannah Marie Sallee Riley, great-grandparents Billy Robinson, Helen Stanfield and Ray Kleman, great-uncle Mike Shininger.

A graveside service was held on Friday, July 18, 2014 at St. Josephs Catholic Cemetery in Willard with Father Eric Culler officiating.

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