GRAY Walter E. "Walt" Gray Jr., age 65, of Pickerington, Saturday, April 28, 2001 at Mt. Carmel Medical Center, Columbus. Retired from Sell Inc. and former member of the Lions International. Survived by loving wife of 41 years, Mareda; sons, Duane Gray, Grove City, Jack (Rita) Gray, Ewington, Oh., Ron (Debbie) Gray, Pickerington, and Shawn (Tiffany) Gray, Columbus; grandchildren, Jason and Marah Gray; brother, John F. (Billie) Gray, Grove City; sisters, Winifred (Gary) Vance, Carroll, Judith (Dave) Moore, Logan, and Mary Quinn, Columbus; sisters-in-law, Beverly Watson and Karen Gray; several nieces and nephews; and one close friend, Michael McKinley. Preceded in death by parents Walter E. and Mary (Taylor) Gray Sr; brothers Jimmy, Tom, and David; and sister Bettie Ruth. Friends may visit Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME, 550 Hill Rd. N. (St. Rt. #256), Pickerington, where funeral service will be Wednesday 10 a.m. Rev. Tom McGranor officiating. Interment Union Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers friends may contribute to the American Heart or Diabetes Associations in Walter's memory.
GRUBER Patricia A. "Patti Kaye" Naylor Gruber, died Sunday, April 29, 2001 at her residence. She loved bowling. Was a member of the Reynoldsburg V.F.W. Auxiliary and sang with her own band for 18 years around the Columbus and Reynoldsburg area. Preceded in death by her husband Don R. Gruber; parents Elizabeth and James Hiser; in-laws Ralph and Gillette Gruber; and granddaughter Jennifer Gruber. Survived by children, Pamela (Robert) Kaplinsky, Reynoldsburg, Cheryl S. Gruber (John McCullough), Lancaster, Mark (Felicia) Gruber, U.S. Air Force; granddaughter, Lara Kaplinsky and Samantha Gruber. Funeral Service Tuesday 1 p.m. at SCHOEDINGER EAST CHAPEL, 5360 E. Livingston Ave. where friends may call 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Deacon Joseph Farry officiating. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may contribute to the American Lung Assoc. or The American Cancer Society in her memory. E-mail expressions of sympathy to PGruber@Schoedinger.Com.
HANSEL Ellsworth F. "Hobart" Hansel, age 47, died Sunday, April 29, 2001. Preceded in death by sister Mary Watkins. Survived by children; mother, Eleanor Hansel; brothers, Larry (Kathy) Hansel, Charles (Linda) Hansel, and David (Ida) Hansel. Friends may call at O.R. WOODYARD CO. CHAPEL, 1346 S. High St., Tuesday 5 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. Rev. Tom Harmon officiating.
HARLESS Virginia M. Harless, age 75, Friday, April 27, 2001 at home. Preceded in death by daughter Linda Harless and husband Shelby Harless. Survived by children and their spouses, Sandy Mullins of Columbus, Oh., Judy (Steve) Manring of Bexley, Oh., Shelby Jean (Ted) Vautherine of Kingwood, Tx., David (Char) Harless of Las Vegas, Nv., Pam (Ken) Niner of Mt. Liberty, Oh., Karen (Mike) Brandt of Gahanna, Oh.; 18 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; brothers, Clarence (Helen) Bowman of Livonia, Mi.; sister, Juanita Burger of Jacksonville, Fla.; special friends, Tom and Leslie Sullivan and Teddy. Family will receive friends Monday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. in the LONG FUNERAL HOME, 5528 Cleveland Avenue (one block south SR 161). Funeral service Tuesday 11 a.m. Columbus Baptist Temple, 5075 Cleveland Ave. Pastor Vic Jungkurth presiding. Burial Riverside Cemetery, Columbus, Oh. Memorial contributions to Hospice of Columbus, 333 W. Town St., Columbus, Oh. 43215.
HILL Brigadier Arthur B. Hill, Sr. (87) was "Promoted to Glory" from Westerville, Ohio on April 27, 2001 and is enjoying the presence of our Lord and King Jesus Christ. Art was proud to be a native "Buckeye", having been born in Middletown, Ohio on July 9, 1913. Feeling God's call to ministry, he refused a full scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and attended The Salvation Army's School for Officers' Training, from which he was ordained as a minister in 1934. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris Jean (Fowle) and four children (Betty Ammons of St. Johns, Mich.; Major Doris Dake of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Arthur B. Hill, Jr. of Cleveland Heights, Oh. Beatrice Holz of Wilmore, KY), 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren as well as sister-in-law Beatrice Fowle and family friend Carol V. Sparks, who both reside in their home. Brigadier Hill served as The Salvation Army's Area Commander for Franklin and Delaware Counties from 1970-1976. Additional appointments in Ohio included Dayton, Chillicothe, Portsmouth and Toledo. He also served The Salvation Army as Westmoreland County Coordinator, stationed in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, as well as Assistant Eastern Territorial Secretary for Community Relations and Development in New York City. Art Hill was active in community affairs, including ministerial associations, Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Clubs, Jaycees and United Ways. An active Rotarian since March 1938, with unbroken perfect attendance from 1948-2001, Art Hill was recently honored as a Life Member in the Downtown Columbus Rotary Club. Community leadership during his years of active Salvation Army officership included service as President of the Portsmouth Jaycees. President of the Toledo Hi-12 Club and President of the New Kensington Rotary Club. Returning to Columbus in retirement in 1978, he continued active community leadership by serving on the Rotary Club Board of Directors, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, various advisory councils, and coordinating a multimillion dollar capital project for the reconstruction and refurbishing of The Salvation Army's Greenwood Lake Camp in Delaware, Ohio. In collaboration with former Rotary International Trustee T.D. Griley, Art authored the presentation which resulted in the International Salvation Army receiving Rotary's Award for World Understanding. Recognitions included the Columbus Dispatch Community Service Award (1987); the Columbus Rotary "Man-of-the-Year" (1988), distinction as a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow; presentation of the Columbus Salvation Army's Annual "God and Country" Award (1991), and the Certificate in Recognition of Exceptional Service awarded by The Salvation Army's International Headquarters (London, England). In recognition of exceptional community endeavors to the city of Portsmouth, including serving as mediator for nine labor strikes, the Mayor of Portsmouth proclaimed an "Arthur B. Hill Day" in 1994. His name and signature are included on Portsmouth's famous "Wall of Stars". Art's interest in music began as a teenager playing sousaphone and continued throughout his life. In 1986 he co-founded Columbus's Annual "God and Country" Concert featuring the Brass Band of Columbus and a representative Salvation Army Band. Recognizing his continued service as Concert Arrangements Coordinator through the most recent concert on March 31, 2001, a scholarship has been established with two awards to be presented annually to young musicians. In lieu of floral tributes, the family has requested that donations be forwarded to: The Arthur B. Hill Music Scholarship "God and Country" Committee Treasurer c/o The Salvation Army P.O. Box 15755 Columbus, Oh. 43215. Art Hill lived a life that exemplified the following: I shall pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show any human being, let me do it now. But let me not defer or neglect it; for I shall not pass this way again. (Stephen Grellet). Viewing will be held at the SCHOEDINGER FUNERAL HOME, 229 East State Street, Columbus on Monday evening, April 30, 2001 from 5-8 p.m. At service to celebrate the life of Art Hill will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday morning, May 1, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. with graveside services immediately following at Kingwood Memorial Park, 8230 Columbus Pike (US Route 23). E-mail expressions of sympathy to: firstname.lastname@example.org
HORN Harold Leonard Horn, age 75, of Amlin, Oh., Saturday, April 28, 2001 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Retired from Standard Oil company. An Army Veteran of WW II. Member of Hilliard American Legion Post 614, Hilliard Moose Lodge #2236, V.F.W. #3467 of Nelsonville, Oh. Preceded in death by wife Ruth; son Dick; and parents Leslie and Lena Horn. Survived by sons, Ross (Sharon) of Centerberg, Russ (Veronica) of Columbus, Leslie (Elizabeth) of Columbus; sister, Arlene Auker of Logan; 7 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 5265 Norwich St., Hilliard, where funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday. There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Carbon Hill Cemetery.
HUCK Paula Wynne Huck, 61, died Friday, April 27, 2001. She is survived by loving husband, Larry; sons, Brian (Traycee) and Kevin Huck; daughter, Amy Huck; 1 future grandchild; parents, Roland and Margaret Wynne; brother, Peter Wynne; sisters, Therese Tamaro and Leah Brown. She was employed with Bank One as a Trust Officer. She was a member of Twig 192 and The Dudes and Dolls Square Dance Club. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 30, 2001 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Urban at Atwater. Father Jerry Rodenfels Celebrant. Private family intermenty at a later date. Family will receive friends 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2001 at SCHOEDINGER NORTH CHAPEL, 5554 Karl Road where prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 16810, Columbus, Ohio 43272, Riverside/Grant Hospice, 3535 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214 and/or American Cancer Society, 900 Michigan Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215-1165 in her memory.
JESSBERGER Anton (Tony) H. Jessberger, 70, of Bryan, died on Friday, April 27. He attended St. Patrick Catholic Church and was involved with it's Knights of Columbus. anton was a '48 graduate of Holy Family High School in Columbus. He is survived by four daughters: Ann Panning, Michelle Felt, Steve and Julie Busch and Jane Bowen; one son, Tony Jessberger; brother, Bob Jessberger and sister, Lillian Blackburn and special friends Bill and Sue Saltzman. A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at 10 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Visitation will be at RICE FUNERAL HOME in Bryan on Monday from 6-8 p.m. with a eulogy service starting at 8. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, Alzheimer's Association or Catholic Charities.
JOHNSON-DICKENS Virginia Ann Johnson-Dickens, Sr., departed this life on Wednesday, April 26, 2001 at 8:05 a.m. in Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, Oh., after suffering a long illness. She was born in Dayton, Oh. on May 23, 1942. She was a graduate of Roosevelt High School, June 1961. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church in Dayton, Oh. She was married to the late Donal Dewitt Dickens, Sr., on August 24, 1962. She became a member of Union Grove Baptist Church after moving to Columbus, Oh and lived her adult life in Columbus, Oh. until her death. Mrs. Dickens is preceded in death by her father Carl Wesley Johnson, Sr. and a brother William Laurence Johnson, both of Dayton, Ohio. She leaves to cherish her memory her mother Mildred Ann Taylor of Dayton, Oh.; two sons, Donald Dewitt Dickens, Jr. of Columbus, Oh.; Aaron Russell Dickens of Falls Church, Va.; one daughter Travia Diane Dickens of Columbus, Oh.; two grandsons, Darius Martinez Dickens and John Christopher Howse both of Columbus, Oh.; two granddaughters, Raven Johnell Dickens of Columbus, Oh., and Ariona Jade Dickens of Falls Church, Va.; two brothers, Carl Wesley Johnson Jr. aka Abdullah Sabir Shakir and Marlene of Dayton, Oh., Warren Kenneth Johnson of Columbus, Oh.; one sister, Marsha Jean Johnson of Dayton, Oh.; her aunt, Edna Neely of Chicago, Ill.; a very special cousin, Yvonne Steward of Cleveland, Oh.; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Mrs. Dickens was very active during her membership at the Union Grove Baptist Church in Columbus, Oh. where she served as Youth Director. She was extremely involved in numerous community projects before her long illness, and was very instrumental in the political arena on a local and national level. Service will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at the Zion Baptist Church, 1684 Earlham Drive, Dayton, Oh. Calling hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral service at 1 p.m. Rev. William E. Harris Pastor officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Interment Dayton, National Cemetery. Arrangements SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 370 South Broadway Street, Dayton, Oh. 45407.
KIDWELL Jack Kidwell, age 82, passed away, Sunday, April 29, 2001 at Sunrise Assisted Living on The Scioto. Former owner and operator of Beacon Light Golf Course from 1937-1971. Jack designed over 100 golf courses throughout the midwest, Texas and Florida. He was a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, where he was President 1980, Life member of the P.G.A., Golf Course Superintendent of America, Ohio Turf Grass Foundation where he was honored Man of the Year in 1982, American Golf Course Builders Association Man of the Year. Member of Ohio P.G.A. Hall of Fame and Southern Ohio P.G.A. Hall of Fame. He designed five of the golf courses for the State of Ohio Parks including, Hueston Woods, Deer Creek, and Salt Fork. Jack was co-leader for the Prairie Township Boy Scout Troop and served on the Prairie Township and Southwestern City School Boards. Veteran U.S. Army, Lieutenant during WWII. Member of American Legion Post #144. Graduate of Central High School Class of 1937 where he was a member of the State Championship Golf Team and Individual Medallist. Attended Utah State University as an Air Cadet. Member of St. Paul Lutheran Church for over 50 years. Born September 21, 1918 to the late Ernest and Bessie Kidwell. Preceded in death by brothers Fred, Bill and Raymond; sister, Georgia; daughter, Shirley Kay Kidwell. Survived by wife of 57 years, Geraldine "Jerry"; daughters, Sally Kidwell, Kathy Brandon, and Jody Kidwell; grandchildren, John, Mark, Daniel and Georgia; sister, Betty Wills; many nieces, nephews and multitude of friends. Special friend and golf partner, Michael Hurdzan. Funeral service Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 11 a.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 55 Pasadena Ave., New Rome. Friends may call Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at SCHOEDINGER HILLTOP CHAPEL, 3030 W. Broad St. Reverends Matthew Cox and Ray Rosenthal officiating. Interment Sunset Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 55 Pasadena Ave., Columbus, Oh. 43228 or Central Ohio Parkinson Society, 1380 Dublin Rd., P.O. Box 18313, Columbus, Oh. 43218-0313. American Legion service Tuesday 7:30 p.m.
KING Jane Bridges King, age 70, of Columbus. Beloved wife, mother and grandmother died at Riverside Methodist Hospital on April 29, 2001 after a brief illness. Preceded in death by her parents Charles and Anne Bridges of Akron, Oh. and sister Mary Ellen Amos. She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Gene P. King; children, Anne B. King (Phil Georgenson), Dr. G. Paul King (Dr. Karen Guss King), Dr. Joan E. King (Dr. B.J. Pomerants), John C. King and Thomas J. King; grandchildren, Christopher King, Katherine King, Sarah Jane Pomerants, Anne Marie Pomerants and Michael King Pomerants; brother, Thomas F. Bridges; sisters-in-law, Sr. Virginia King, St. Mary of The Springs and Marjorie King of Zanesville, Oh.; numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She attended The Ohio State University and graduated from Kent State University. She was a first grade teacher for the Columbus Public Schools before raising her family. She is a member of the Alumni Association of Kent State University and The Ohio State University and Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, March of Dimes and a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church. She will be known for her humor and generosity and sadly missed by many good neighbors and friends. No calling hours. Funeral Mass Tuesday, May 1, 2001, 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew Church Reed and McCoy Rds. Rev. Msgr. John T. Dittoe and Rev. Fr. Michael B. Watson Concelebrants. Burial St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Dominican Sisters, St. Mary of The Springs 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, Oh. 43219 or The Red Cross Blood Bank Services 995 E. Broad St. Columbus, Oh. 43205. Visit www.egan-ryan.com to send condolences.
LADA Sigismund A. "Sig" Lada, age 84, of Columbus, died Saturday, April 28, 2001. An accomplished artist and engineer, he was born March 3, 1917 in Tallinn, Estonia. He came to America in 1952 and married Hedda Marie Maim on May 24, 1962. Hedda passed away August 16, 1989. Sig is also preceded in death by his sister Edith Lada. He is survived by his sons, Paul Lada, of Columbus and Robert (Diane) Lada of Hudson, Oh.; grandchildren, Sarah Ellen, Emily Jo, Cameron Arno, Olivia Marie, Isabelle Mai and Edward Sigmund; cousins, Gunnar (Vera) Eeman and Family of Del Ray Beach, Fla. and Dorrit Herreid and Family of Glenview, Il. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at RUTHERFORD-CORBIN FUNERAL HOME, WORTHINGTON CHAPEL, 515 High St., Worthington 885-4006. Interment Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. If they choose, friends may make memorial contributions to Friends of the Homeless, 924 E. Main St., Columbus, Oh. 43205 in Sig's memory.
LARSON Louis A.C. (Fred) Larson, fantastic husband and father, age 60, passed away quietly Wednesday, April 25, 2001 in Mt. Carmel West Hospital. Survived by wife, Gayle; sons and families, Louis and Millicent, George, Aubrey and Daymon. A small, private memorial service will be held May 6 from 2-4 p.m. at the family home. We welcome all friends and family to attend. OHIO CREMATION & MEMORIAL SOCIETY/RODMAN FUNERAL SERVICE.
LEPPERT Mary Bernice Leppert, age 84, of Plain City, died Sunday, April 29, 2001 at the Columbus Alzheimer Care Center. Born May 26, 1916 in Hilliard. Retired from the Dublin School system as a cook after 20 years of service. Member Dublin Community United Church of Christ and associate member of North Congregational United Church of Christ. Preceded in death by parents Irvin and Bernice (Price) Billingsley (died in 1954 and 1976, respectfully); husband of 43 years John R. Leppert (1992); brothers Nelson Billingsley and Robert Billingsley. Survived by daughters, Susan K. (Kent) Kinzer of Plain City, Linda (David) Thornton of Troy, Mich.; grandchildren, Kevin Kinzer, Kristine (Chad Freeman) Kinzer, Elisabeth Thornton, John Thornton; sisters, Eulalia Frantz of Mason, Dorothy (Paul) Smith of Plain City. Funeral 2 p.m. Wednesday, FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 202 E. Main Street (St. Rte. 161W) Plain City, where the family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday Pastor Jon C. Schultz officiating. Burial Dublin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Central Ohio, 3380 Tremont Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43221.