Edgar L. Shark
RICHWOOD -- Edgar L. Shark, age 83, formerly of Marion and now Richwood, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, at 11:15 a.m. at Marion Manor Nursing Home.
He was born Nov. 29, 1919, in Byhalia, to the late Bert A. and Mabel E. (Snare) Shark.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Wanda (Hoffman) on March 4, 1999. He then married Avalon (Millington) Hamilton who survives.
Ed was a farmer and also retired from Tecumseh Products. He was a member of Shiloh Community Church.
Survivors include a son, Thomas L. Shark of South Carolina; stepson, James B. Hamilton, Richwood; three stepdaughters, Charlotte (Gerald) Ford, Richwood, Joy I. Conley, Marion, Janis (Marvin) Ford, Lima; five grandchildren, Cathie Swope and special friend Julie Dawson, Melisa (Rolly) Gaumer, Jack Shark, Dawn Powell, Rhonda Wintersteen; six great-grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, Jennifer Watson, who was raised as a daughter, and also one great-great-grandson survives. Two daughters, Nancy Swope and Judy Ann Shark, one brother, Bernard Shark, two sisters, Catherine Thompson and Doris Hughes and one grandchild, Teresa Sue Swope are deceased.
Friends may call Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gunder/Hall & Folk Funeral Directors where funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at 10:30 a.m. in the Shiloh Community Church near Green Camp. Burial will be in Price Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Association.
Ruth Eileen (Mannasmith) Shirk
RICHWOOD -- Ruth Eileen (Mannasmith) Shirk, 75, of Richwood, died Sunday evening, Oct. 12, 2003, at Memorial Hospital of Union County in Marysville.
She was born in Essex on March 17, 1928, to the late William and Mildred (Parish) Fisher.
Ruth was a 1946 graduate of the Richwood High School. She had lived in Cocoa, Fla. for more than 20 years and while there, she had worked for Montgomery Ward's and had been a receptionist at the Kenaston Clinic. She was an active and dedicated member of the Richwood Church of Christ, enjoyed cooking and baking, fishing and playing cards.
The joy of Ruth's life was her family, especially her grandson, Cody, whom she helped look after.
On Jan. 11, 1948, she married James Lyal Mannasmith and he died June 23, 1983; she then married Elmer "Bob" Shirk on Jan. 14, 1989, and he died June 1, 1997.
Surviving are one daughter, Sharon Kidwell (Ed Holbrook and his son, Kyle) of Marysville; one son, George Murphy of Pennsylvania; grandson, Cody Lyal Kidwell; and a sister, Jane Miller of Prospect.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at 11 a.m. at the Stofcheck Funeral Home in Richwood where friends may call Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. Burial will be in the Price Cemetery. Ministers will be the Rev. Scott Gorsuch and Todd Nordquist.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at 1105 Mount Vernon Ave., Marion, OH 43302.
James E. Brilon
LARUE -- James E. Brilon, age 73, of LaRue and formerly of Marion, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, at Maplewood Nursing Home. Burial will be in Muscatine, Iowa.
Local arrangements are being handled by Gunder/Hall & Folk Funeral Directors.
Phyllis L. Kirkham
MARION -- Phyllis L. Kirkham, 93, of 464 Jamesway, Marion, passed away Monday, Oct. 13, at Kingston Residence.
Born in Springfield, Ohio, on Feb. 20, 1910, she was the daughter of Orville and Hazel (McCreary) Michael. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, W. Howard Kirkham.
She is survived by her son, Dr. William Howard (Brenda) Kirkham, Marion; granddaughter, Dr. Karen Kirkham, Dayton; grandson, Dr. Steven (Ellen) Kirkham, Marion; sister, Mrs. Martha Pogue, Springfield; four great-grandchildren, Amer, Emily, Rachel and Dania and special nieces and nephews.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Marion.
Private graveside services will be held Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, with Pastor Mark A. Schuring officiating.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Denzer-Farison-Hottinger Funeral Home.
Donna Mae (Dennison) Griffith
MARION -- Donna Mae (Dennison) Griffith, 77, of Marion, passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, at Marion Manor Nursing Home.
She was born Oct. 28, 1925, in Marion, to the late John D. and Rosa (Albrecht) Dennison.
On Sept. 15, 1946, in Marion, she married William E. Griffith and they were married 50 years before his death in 1996.
She is survived by three daughters, Kathryn (Mrs. Robert E. Peters) of Marion, Pamela (Mrs. Ryan Branson) of Colorado, Patricia (Mrs. Scott Myles) of Michigan; a son, Keith Griffith of Marion; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Donna also has a stepsister, Vickie Camm of LaRue; three stepbrothers, James Camm of LaRue, Ronald Ringle of Marion and Marvin Ringle of Marion and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her stepparents Russell and Beulah Camm and an aunt.
She was a member of West Minster Church in Denver, Colo., and an active volunteer for the Marion Senior Center and Mobile Meals in Marion. Donna was an active member of the Marion Women's Bowling Association for 25 years having served as director and first vice president. She was active in establishing Marion's first two senior bowling leagues. She started, edited and published the "Bowling Highlights Newsletter" in the early 1980s. She designed the "Swamp Fox" bowling pin and traveled for 25 years to national bowling tournaments. She and her husband were very active bowlers in Marion. Since graduating from Harding High School in 1943, she has worked for Berlou Manufacturing, Na-Churs, Marion Engineering Depot, Eagle Crusher in Galion, Wilson-Bohannon and retired from Wyandot Inc. in 1995. Donna's two favorite theories were: OHIO (only handle it once) and "If you can't change it, don't worry about it."
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2003, at Boyd Funeral Home with the Rev. J. Patrick Street officiating. Burial will follow at Caledonia Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society. Thank you and God bless.
Doris Isable Hickson
GLENDORA, Calif. -- Doris Isable Hickson, age 89, of Glendora, Calif., passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at Foothill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Glendora, Calif.
Born July 17, 1914, in Marion County, she was the daughter of Bailey E. and Alice (Hudson) VanMeter.
She married Burton Ellis McFadden on Nov. 12, 1935, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 25, 1970. She later married Dr. John LeFever Hickson on Feb. 21, 1971, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 30, 1997.
Doris earned her bachelor of arts in education from Muskingum College. She was past president of the Daughters of the American Revolution and past president and chapter librarian of the Owl Creek Trail Chapter of the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century. She was also past president of the Marion Women's Club and the Marion Art Club and had been a member of the Marion Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Marion County Historical Society and the Epworth United Methodist Church. Her love of painting produced many pictures of clowns, pastel floras and landscapes.
She is survived by her two sons, David McFadden of Glendora, Calif., and Dennis McFadden of McKinney, Texas; three stepdaughters, Carolyn Brown of Crystal Lake, Ill., the Rev. Janet Mueller of Dixon, Calif., and Linda Burns of Auburn, Wash.; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at 2 p.m. at the Hughes-Allen Funeral Home by the Rev. Marlene LaChat. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of the service. Burial will be private in the Grand Prairie Cemetery.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Marion Chapter of the American Red Cross or the American Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Rev. Robert E. Blinn
MARION -- Rev. Robert E. Blinn, 79, Marion, passed away at 8:28 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at Marion General Hospital.
Born March 25, 1924, in Marion, he was the son of the late Alva C. and Helen I. (Matthews) Blinn.
On July 24, 1948, in Marion, he married Helen F. Walke Blinn; she survives.
Rev. Blinn was an ordained minister for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Christian Union and has pastored churches in Marion, Richwood and Nevada, Ohio. He recently retired as pastor of the Home Missionary Holiness Church on Lee Street in Marion. He was a graduate of Marion Harding High School.
In addition to his wife, he is also survived by a son, Robert W. (Rhonda) Blinn of Marion; a brother, Jack Blinn of Hollywood, Fla.; five grandchildren, Jill (Ron) Glass of Marion, Andrew Blinn of Columbus, Erin, Holly and Brock Blinn, all of Marion; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn and Meriam, and three brothers, Alva Jr., Paul and Donald.
The funeral was held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Boyd Funeral Home with the Rev. David L. Glauner officiating. Burial was in Marion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.