Gerald Lynn O'Dowd
MOUNT GILEAD -- Gerald Lynn O'Dowd, 62, of Marion, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, at the Morrow County Hospital.
Born May 24, 1941, in Marion, he was the son of the late Albert M. and Ruth L. (Tong) O'Dowd. On May 15, 1965, in Marion, he married Sharon J. (Reynolds), and she survives in Marion.
A lifetime resident of Marion, he was a District Sales Manager with Superfoods General Merchandising Services for over 10 years. Gerald was a member of the Central Christian Church, where he was Elder Emeritus, a member of the Y-Men, Co-Founder of the Multiple Sclerosis Support Group in Marion. He was a former member of the Marion Camera Club and the B.P.O.E. Elks No. 32.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Patrick L. (Jala) O'Dowd; a daughter, Molly Lynne McEldowney of Marion; a brother, Frank O'Dowd of Maryland; a sister, Amy Lucille O'Dowd of Tuscon, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Brittany and Donavon McEldowney and Kelsey O'Dowd; and nieces and nephews Kevin, Cory, Jennifer and Sean. He was preceded in death by two brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, at the Central Christian Church with Pastor C. Reid Miller officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Marion Cemetery.
Friends may call Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, from 7-9 p.m. at the Boyd Funeral Home and Tuesday from 12-1 p.m. at the church. Memorial contributions can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Central Christian Church.
Janice J. High
CARDINGTON -- Janice J. High, age 71, of County Road 24, Cardington, died late Friday evening Dec. 12, 2003, at her residence.
She was born on Oct. 11, 1932, to the late Gilbert and Bessie (Moodispaugh) Young.
Janice had worked at Ranco for 43 years and retired from there in 1994. She was a member of the Eagles, VFW and Amvets, all of Delaware.
She is survived by four sons and their wives, Robert and Terri Clark of Marengo, Richard and Patricia Clark, Albert "Bud" and Beverly High Jr. and Steven and Angela High, all of Cardington; one daughter and her husband, Rebecca and Mike Thomas of Cardington; three brothers, Harold Young Sr. of Ft. Myers, Fla., Lawrence "Sonny" Young of Mount Gilead and Kenneth "Kenny" Young of Fulton; one sister-in-law, Peggy Young of Mount Gilead; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Janice was preceded in death by two husbands, Earl E. Clark and Albert N. High Sr.; special companion and friend Charles L. Miller; one brother, Ronald Young; one sister, Katherine Bean and a grandson, Myron Clark.
Friends may call at Gompf Funeral Home in Cardington on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., where the funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Jay Weaver of Cardington Baptist Temple officiating. Burial will follow in Fulton Cemetery.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Hospice of Morrow County, P.O. Box 86, Mount Gilead, OH 43338 or in care of the funeral home.
William S. Sheaffer
WYANDOT -- William S. Sheaffer, age 77, of Ohio 231, died at 10:10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, at his home in Wyandot-Nevada, Ohio.
He was born in Wyandot, Ohio, on Sept. 5, 1926, to the late Archie W. and Faye (McBride) Sheaffer. On Nov. 17, 1946, he married Mary Ellen Grossman at Wyandot Baptist Church, and she survives him.
He was a draftsman for Fairfield Engineering in Marion, Ohio, for over 40 years, retiring in 1991. William graduated from Harpster High School in 1944, and he also was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.
William was a lifelong member of the Wyandot Baptist Church, where he served the church in many capacities, such as treasurer, trustee, deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of AMVETS Post No. 777 Upper Sandusky, Wyandot County Farm Bureau member and former member of the VFW No. 2842 in Upper Sandusky. William also enjoyed such hobbies as fishing and vegetable gardening.
Also surviving William are two sons, Steven (Patricia) Sheaffer of Clarksville, Tenn., and Hal (Debora) Sheaffer of Ashland, Ohio; four grandchildren, Thomas Sheaffer of Shelby, Lesley Sheaffer of Sevierville, Tenn., Briette Sheaffer of Ashland, Ohio, and Neil Sheaffer of Clarksville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Scott, Alexis and Emily Sheaffer; two sisters, Helen Donnenworth of Bucyrus, Ohio, and Mrs. Kenneth (Ruth) Smith of Nevada, Ohio.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at Lucas Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky with Kirby Francis officiating. A private burial will take place in Nevada Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16., 2003, at the funeral home. Online condolences can be sent to www. lucasfh.com, and memorial contributions can be made to the Wyandot Baptist Church and/or Quality of Life Hospice c/o Lucas Funeral Home, P.O. Box 207, Upper Sandusky, OH 43351.
MARION -- Funeral arrangements are pending for Barbara Flora, Marion. She died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003.
Arthur James Sweeney
RICHWOOD -- Arthur James Sweeney, 56, Richwood, passed away at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2003, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
Born Oct. 24, 1947, in Marion, he was the son of Arthur James Sweeney Sr. and Martha Dunnan Sweeney.
On Aug. 25, 1968, he married Faye Ellen Whited; she survives in Richwood.
He was retired from Ranco Corp. in Plain City. He enjoyed fishing, camping and all family activities.
He is survived by his wife Faye, Richwood; three daughters, April (Stephen) Bash, Columbus, Shannon (Joe) McKay of Westerville, and Heather Sweeney, Marion; one brother, John (Wendy) Sweeney, Peru, Ind.; one sister, Sonja (Jerry) Byrd, Warsaw, Ind.; his mother, Martha Sweeney, Warsaw, Ind.; and three grandchildren, Dalton Stacy, Madeline McKay, and Hanah Bash. He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Sweeney Sr. and one grandchild.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, in the Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood, with Jerry Byrd officiating. Burial is in Maskill Cemetery, committal by George Wood Jr. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Twila M. Long
MARION -- Twila M. Long, 78, passed away at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at Kingston Residence of Marion.
Born Sept. 15, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Hosea E. and Evelyn (Hoffman) Kyle.
On June 18, 1946, in Prospect, she married Emerson G. Long; he died Dec. 25, 1979.
She was a clerk for 20 years at the Municipal Court in Marion. She was a member of First United Church of Christ where she enjoyed singing in the choir, former member of Y Gradale Sorority and volunteered at the hospital.
She is survived by two sons, E. Greg (Peggy) Long of Grove City and Timothy G. Long of Marion; a daughter, Susan J. Liska of Renton, Wash.; seven grandchildren, Christopher Seaton, Julie Barclay, Megan Liska, John Liska III, Paige Crossley, Mathew Long and Toni Long; and two great-grandchildren, Samantha Seaton and Kylie Prince.
The funeral is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at First United Church of Christ with the Rev. Gale Green officiating. Burial is in Marion Cemetery. Friends may call 2-5 p.m. Thursday at Boyd Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Central Ohio or Quality of Life Hospice.
Dwight L. Wenig
LARUE -- Dwight L. Wenig, father of seven, businessman, and farmer, died of cirrhosis of the liver at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at home surrounded by his family. He was 71.
Dwight lived with his wife, Mildred (Bader), on their 200-acre farm in Grand Township. He raised dairy cattle and farmed for some 20 years before launching in 1969 Wenig's Heating & Cooling, a family-owned and operated business in Marion that would become very successful under the partnership he formed with his five sons.
Dwight graduated as valedictorian in 1950 from Meeker High School, where he was active in the Future Farmers of America. He earned Star State Farmer and American Farmer degrees along with a national youth award for outstanding achievements and leadership. One of two students to earn the award, he was honored on national radio and received a medal-of-honor and full scholarship to Syracuse University in New York.
Upon graduating from Meeker, Dwight married and began raising a family in western Marion County. Mr. and Mrs. Wenig renewed their vows on their 50th anniversary Aug. 10, 2002.
Among his hobbies were woodworking and preserving history. Dwight restored and extensively remodeled their sesquicentennial farmhouse. He also designed and constructed a vacation home at Candlewood Lake in Galion, using hand-hewn red oak from their farm. While at one time the hallmark orange tractors provided his livelihood, Allis-Chalmers eventually became a hobby after Dwight retired from farming. He developed a substantial antique collection, which he enjoyed restoring with his grandson, Steven Mattix.
Dwight worked until poor health prohibited it. Even then he enjoyed visiting the office regularly to see his sons and granddaughter, Michelle Wollott, who took over as office manager. His serious health problems began in 1996 with a pericardiectomy that he successfully underwent. A couple years later he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver--the cause of which was never determined. He suffered from related complications, including nearly fatal esophageal vericies. He was especially grateful to be able to finish in his final years an extensive family genealogy.
Dwight was cared for at home and is survived by his wife, Mildred, along with five sons and two daughters, Bertha Mattix (David) of New Bloomington; Clif (Tonya), James (Teri), and Doug Wenig (Susan) of LaRue; Gary Wenig (Minerva) of Dublin; Bryan Wenig (Donyell) of Marion; and Jeanette Drake (Jeff) of Findlay. He is survived by 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his three brothers, Henry (Nancy) of Carroll, George (Marcia) of Mooresville, N.C., and Ralph (Roseanna) Wenig of New Bloomington.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Stofcheck Funeral Home in LaRue. The Rev. Donald Riker will conduct funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday at Meeker United Methodist Church, where Dwight has been a lifelong member. Burial will follow in Frame Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church.