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Fox, George F.  
Fox George F. Fox, age 94, died in Frisco, Texas on January 20, 2015. A native of Columbus, Ohio, he retired from the Warner P. Simpson Co. after 19 years as President. George was a veteran of WW II and served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines. He enjoyed traveling and was an avid bridge player, self taught pianist and technology buff. George moved to the island of Kauai in 1997 where he met (Margaret) Jean Fentonand they later moved to Frisco, Texas. He is survived by wife, Jean Fox; daughters, Diane Horner, Kathy Myers, Pam McKinley (Pat), Angel Clark, Nancy Fox and Julie Bartlett (Mike); 12 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; brothers, Tom Fox and Joe Fox; sister, Mary Baldwin; and seven nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, (Mary) Jackie Shepard Fox, daughter Teresa Fox, grandson Allen Horner, granddaughter Meredith Joyce, his sister Sister M. Frances Helene, CSC and son-in-law Danny Horner. A private memorial service will be held later in Columbus. Local arrangements by EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 403 E. BROAD ST. Visit www.egan-ryan.com for condolences.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 1, 2015
Gilbert, Robert John  
Gilbert Robert John Gilbert, born July 27, 1926, son of Rose Ellen Brinkley and Jessie J. Gilbert in Farmersville, Ohio, died January 29, 2015 at Kobacker House Hospice, in the loving care of his family. Bob was a graduate of Johnsville-New Lebanon (Dixie) High School. Loving husband, father, grandfather and proud great-grandfather. Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 48 years, Suzanne Sotherland, mother Rose, father Jesse, brothers Conrad Jesse Gilbert, of Columbus, Donald Frank Gilbert, of West Alexandria and Dixon H. Gilbert, of West Carrollton, Ohio. Survived by his daughter, Robin Gilbert, of Columbus, Ohio; son, Kevin (Janis) Gilbert, of Lexington, KY; granddaughter, Haley Gilbert (Ryan) Lawson; and great-grand-daughter, Vera Kate Lawson, of Paris, KY; sisters-in-law, Betty Robinson and Sally Gilbert; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-grandnieces and great-grand- nephews, cousins and dear friends. Bob started his professional life as the publicity and advertising director for the Dayton RKO theaters (Keith's, Colonial and State) in the 1940's. He served as Protocol Officer at Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command, WPAFB from 1951 until retirement in May of 1976. He was Chief of Protocol at HQ AFLC at the time of his retirement. Bob was awarded 2 Meritorious Civilian Service Medals during years of service at HQ AFLC. Bob and his wife Suzanne were co-owners of the Bottleworks Antiques in Westerville, Ohio, for 30 years. His prayer was "Let me live my life in such a way that people will miss me when I am gone rather than being happy I have left." This world is a better place because he was here and a much sadder one now that he is gone. We love you very much dad and will miss you every day. A memorial celebration will be held at a future date. Arrangements by NOVAK FUNERAL HOME, 4476 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 614-268-8811.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 1, 2015
Hoeven, Ludolph Hendrik van der  
van der Hoeven Ludolph Hendrik van der Hoeven, MD, PhD, age 95, of Kettering, passed away January 16, 2015. Born June 3, 1919 Utrecht, Netherlands. He married fellow medical student Francine Adèr and immigrated to Columbus in 1955. He practiced and taught pathology in the Netherlands, at OSU for 20 years, St Anthony's in Columbus and Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. He was co-founder and president of the Community Blood Center in Dayton and founder of the Ohio Association of Blood Banks. He served as president of the Association of Clinical Scientists, and was a board member of numerous charitable organizations. Ludolph was a frequent performer of classical piano music. He also had several one-man art exhibits. Dr. van der Hoeven is survived by his four children; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandsons. Memorial service Saturday, February 7, 11 a.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 33 W Dixon Ave., Oakwood. The family will receive visitors at 10 a.m. at the church. Check full obituary and add condolences on line at www.BakerHazelSnider.com .
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 1, 2015
Hughes, Sherman "Jack"  
Hughes Sherman "Jack" Hughes, age 81, of Derby, Ohio passed away on January 29, 2015 at Mt. Carmel West Hospital. He was born on November 13, 1933 in Columbus, OH. Jack was preceded in death by his mother Dorothy, father Sherman, brothers Gordon and Richard. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruthann McPherson Hughes; four daughters, Kim (Lonnie) Baily, Lisa (Curtis) Skaggs, Joellen Daulton, Stacy (Jack) Coey; seven grandchildren, Jerry, Kevin (Cassie), Laura Baily; Nicole, Cassie Skaggs; JT, Michael Daulton; nine great-grandchildren, Julie, Aryia, Nicolas, Christopher, Ashley, Savana, Tayla, Gavin and Darren; brother, Norman Hughes. A Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at the PORTER-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, Mt. Sterling. The interment will follow in Darbyville Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Monday evening from 5-8 p.m. Family suggest memorials contributions may be given to a charity of your choice. Online condolences to www.tiddfuneralservices.com
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 1, 2015
Jeffreys, Barbara Kay "Bobbie Kay"  
Jeffreys Barbara Kay "Bobbie Kay" Jeffreys, 61, of Columbus, Ohio formerly of Bellaire, Ohio died Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the Kobacker House in Columbus, Ohio. She was born June 27, 1953 in Bellaire, Ohio a daughter of Margaret Walters Jeffreys and the late Robert Henry Jeffreys. Bobbie Kay was a graduate of Bellaire High School, Class of 1971 where she was a member of the chorus; and an avid reader obtaining the Ohio Pupils Reading Circle Diploma in 1964; also a graduate of USA Training/Secretarial Division in 1988 with a Certificate in Business and Secretarial Skills, Perfect Attendance Award and Certificate of Achievement and graduated from Lawton School in Columbus, Ohio in 1989 being a certified word processing specialist, Academic Achievement Award and student tutor. She was employed by the Marx Toys, Glen Dale, WV from 1971-1976; Bobbie Brooks, Bellaire, Ohio 1977-1986; Accent Builders, Columbus, Ohio as Inside Sales Representative from 1986-1987; Prosort, Inc. as Assistant Supervisor/Trainer from 1986-1989; Wassershrom Office Products as Data Entry Customer Service Representative from 1989-1995; Boise Cascade Office Products as Senior Customer Service Representative from 1995-2000 and Morgan Stanley/Dean Witter & Co/Smith Barney as a Customer Service Representative from 2001-2011. She was diagnosed with malignant cancer on March 7, 2007 and given six months to live, she continued to work until her health started to fail. Bobbie Kay loved the Lord and her strong faith allowed her to live more than seven years; she enjoyed watching Johnny Carson and reading; her favorite movie was Facing the Giants. She traveled to Hawaii, Bahamas, Jamaica, Florida and Gatlinburg, TN. She was a member of the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Bellaire, Ohio and the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by two brothers Anthony and Raymond Jeffreys. Surviving are her mother, Margaret Jeffreys of Martins Ferry, Ohio; four sisters, Sharon Jeffreys of Bellaire, Ohio, Margaret "Peggy" (Paul) Lambert of Columbus, Ohio, Pam (David) Johnson of Cincinnati, Ohio and Annette "Heidie" Jeffreys of Martins Ferry, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Rob Jeffreys of Columbus, Ohio (very special nephew), LaTanya Jeffreys of Cincinnati, Ohio, NaTasha (Duane) Wilson of Maryland, David "DJ" Johnson of Cincinnati, Ohio, Damon (Amanda) Jeffreys of Toledo, Ohio, Anthony Johnson of Cincinnati, Ohio, Andrew Johnson of Cincinnati, Ohio and Maurice "Reese" Jeffreys of Columbus, Ohio; great nieces and nephews, Curtis Galloway of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rachael Smith of Columbus, Ohio, Taylor Jeffreys of Maryland, Jada Taylor of Tennessee and Ariel Johnson of Cincinnati, Ohio; a special cousin, Pearl Ray of Bellaire, Ohio; lifelong friend, Sophie Blanchard of Columbus, Ohio; and co-workers, Pat Marshall and Lina Osbourne both of Columbus, Ohio. Family and friends will be received at the BAUKNECHT-ALTMEYER FUNERAL HOMES CREMATORY, 441 37th Street Bellaire, Ohio on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from 11 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. with Bishop Michael Tolliver officiating. Interment in the Greenwood Cemetery in Bellaire, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43214. Share your thoughts and memories with Bobbie Kay's family at www.altmeyer.com .
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 1, 2015
Johnson, Amos  
Johnson Amos Johnson, 81, passed on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the Kobacker House. Celebration of Life 10 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015 in the chapel of DIEHL-WHITTAKER FUNERAL SERVICE, 720 E. Long St. The family will receive friends at the mortuary Friday, February 6, 2015 from 6-8 p.m., and again on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the start of service. Entombment Green Lawn Cemetery. Read full obituary in Thursday's Dispatch. To sign the online memory book visit www.diehl-whittaker.com/obits
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 1, 2015
Kovach, John Lewis  
Kovach John Lewis Kovach, age 73, passed away Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Grant Hospital. John served in US Air Force and was a member of Lockbourne Masonic Lodge No. 232 F&AM. Retired from Columbus Convention Center with 25 years of Service. John was an Ohio State Fan. Preceded in death by parents John and Alvena Kovach, wife Dottie J. Kovach, brother Bob Kovach. Survived by son, David Kovach; grandson, Isaiah and mother, Gail; brother, George (Jean) Kovach; sister-in-law, Linda Kovach; friend, Janie McJunkin; nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call at MYERS-WOODYARD FUNERAL HOME, 587 Main St., Groveport, Tuesday 6-8 p.m., where funeral service will be held Wednesday 11 a.m. Masonic service will be held Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Interment Fernwood Cemetery. Share memories at www.orwoodyard.com
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 2, 2015
Kramer, John Adam  
Kramer John Adam Kramer, 41, passed away unexpectedly Friday, January 30, 2015. He was born February 17, 1973 in Columbus, Ohio. He was a 1991 graduate of Whitehall Yearling H.S. Adam was a diehard NASCAR fan and enjoyed playing computer and video games. He also had a love for animals. He was preceded in death by his grandparents John and Elizabeth Raber and Charles and Lorene Kramer, Sr., and beloved dog Mindy. Adam is survived by his parents, Charles "Bill" and Elizabeth "Betsy" Kramer, Jr.; brother, Charles "Billy" Kramer, III; sister, Tami Kramer; numerous nieces and nephews; close friends, Tom and Nick; and many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the SCHOEDINGER EAST CHAPEL, 5360 E. Livingston Ave., where memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. Contributions in Adam's memory may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society, 3015 Scioto Darby Executive Ct., Hilliard, OH 43026. Visit www.schoedinger.com to share a favorite memory or extend condolences.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 4, 2015
LeDiard, Vicki L. - Grove City  
LeDiard Vicki L. LeDiard, age 70, of Grove City, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on January 29, 2015. Vicki was born November 22, 1944 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Roy and Flora Garling; also preceded in death by her infant brother Dwayne. She was a 1962 graduate of Franklin Heights High School. Vicki loved animals and was passionate about her chickens and horses. She and her husband Charles "Jack" LeDiard raised and trained horses and were very involved in the world of harness racing. Vicki was a member of the United States Trotters Association. She loved baking pies and cookies and sharing them with others and her eternal smile will be forever missed. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Rebecca Ann Burchett and Charles Randall LeDiard; grandchildren, Macy Victoria and Amy Ann; cousins; many dear friends and her beloved dog Happy. Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at SCHOEDINGER GROVE CITY CHAPEL, 3920 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123, where family will welcome friends from 12Noon-1 p.m. Interment to follow at Green Lawn Cemetery. Andrew Hoover will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society in Vicki's memory. Visit www.schoedinger.com to share memories or extend condolences.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 31, 2015
Lilley, Abraham J. "Abe"  
Lilley Abraham "Abe" J. Lilley, age 62, of Carroll, Ohio, went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 24, 2015 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on February 12, 1952 in Powell, Ohio to Arthur and Dorothy (Banfield) Lilley. Abe was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid fan of the Steelers and Buckeyes, and enjoyed golfing, fishing, and playing cards. Abe was an automotive technician for over 40 years and is Co-owner of Car Care of Reynoldsburg. He is preceded in death by his father Arthur, sisters Ruth and Delores, brothers Floyd and Glenn, son Chad and granddaughter Kendall. He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Tina; mother, Dorothy; sisters, Phyllis (Bill), Beatrice (Ernie); brothers, Tom (Kathy) and Gary; sons, Shawn, Jeff (Vanessa), Allen, Todd (Kristy), Mike (Joni) and Jason (Heidi); 14 grandchildren; best friends, Steve and Sharon Ryan, Mike and Karen Moyer; and many nieces, nephews and friends. At Abe's request, there will be no funeral service. There will be a Celebration of Life event at a later date. A special 'Thank you' to the tremendous staff at The Pickering House in Lancaster, Ohio and to his many caregivers for their care and compassion during his courageous battle. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made, in memory of Abe Lilley, to FairHoPe Hospice and Palliative Care Inc., 282 Sells Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130-3461.
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