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Stephens, Cecil  
Cecil C. Stephens IBERIA: Cecil C. Stephens, 83, of Iberia, died Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Signature Healthcare, Galion, following a stroke. Cecil was born in Paducah, TX on January 8, 1932 to the late Samuel H. and Myrtle E. (Morris) Stephens. He married Barbara A. Brashears on July 3, 1948 and she survives him. He retired from the Carpenter's Local 200, Columbus. Cecil was a member of the Iberia Presbyterian Church, Iberia. He enjoyed woodworking, having a vegetable garden and he tooled leather. He is survived by his three daughters, Vickie Davis, Columbus, Sherri and Charles Alvey, TN, and Cecilia Stephens, Columbus; his son, Mark Stephens, Pataskala; his 11 grandchildren, Matthew Davis, Andrew Davis, Jason Martin, Margaret Travers, Sarah Kucharski, Kathryn Rooks, Marcus Cole, Jeremy Rickard, Nathaniel Rickard, Jacob Duffield, and Ian Duffield; and his 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Shannon Davis and Luke Davis; and his four sisters and four brothers, Hattie, Vera, Lynn, Frances, JoAnn, Hartzell, Dennis and Bobbie. Friends may call Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM at the Iberia Presbyterian Church, Iberia. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday at Iberia Presbyterian Church, Iberia with Pastor Jack Moore officiating. Burial will be at a later date. The Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, 303 Portland Way North, Galion is honored to have served the family of Cecil C. Stephens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio Chapter in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the family at masfh.com
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Published in the News Journal on Jan. 30, 2015
Strawbridge, Neva "Jean"  
Neva "Jean" Strawbridge MANSFIELD: Neva "Jean" Strawbridge, 87, of Mansfield, died January 29, 2015. Born May 19, 1927 in Vermilion, she was the daughter of Gladys and Robert Edmonds. Jean was adopted by Ervin "Vern" Fackler at a young age, and both her fathers were a part of her life. She grew up and went to school in Fremont, Ohio. She traveled back and forth from Fremont to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. During this time, she often worked as an Elevator Operator for William, Taylor and Company. In 1962, Jean got married and settled down in Cleveland to start a family. In 1980, she moved to Crestline, where she lived rurally for the rest of her life. Jean was a member of Cornerstone Grace Brethren Church. Jean was an amazing roller skater and loved to bowl, embroider, and loved sharing pictures of her children, grandchildren, and cats. Buttons and Callie were among her two favorite furry friends. Surviving are her daughters, Barb (Bob) Blanton of Lucas, OH and Margo (Larry) Brooks of Flower Mound, TX; grandchildren, Laura Blanton (Krystal White), Kristen Blanton (Tyler Reece), Kelcie Blanton, Jessica Blanton, Kelleigh Brooks, Steven Brooks, and Andrew Brooks; great-granddaughters, Cheznie Reece and Harper Blanton-White; sister, Nancy (Brad) Butcher of Jupiter, FL; and two special cousins, Bob (Carolyn) Dean and Tom (Dorothy) Dean. Jean was preceded in death by her parents and adoptive father and four siblings, Barbara Martin, Donna Seaman, Lester Heinz, and Milt Heinz. Family and friends are invited to visit on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond Street, Mansfield. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Willoughby Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Stop the Over Population of Pets, 1152 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield, OH 44907. Online guest registry at www.wappner.com
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Published in the News Journal on Jan. 30, 2015

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Stephens, Melville Loden  
Melville Loden Stephens MANSFIELD: Melville Loden Stephens was born June 24, 1920. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 24th 2015 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was the third son of Julia and Phillip Stephens. Mel grew up in Akron, Ohio where his father was an engineer with Goodrich Tire. Shortly after his graduation from Garfield High School, Mel received his draft notice. Within days he was inducted into the Army Air Corps. During World War II, he was stationed in the South Pacific and worked as an aircraft mechanic. Upon his discharge from the service, Mel went on to study aeronautical engineering. Early in his career he worked for Douglas Aircraft, Northrop and eventually became part of Rockwell's space program. During his career, Mel worked on Apollo 14, 15 and 16 missions and on the first moon landing craft. Later his expertise extended to designs for the space shuttle program. After a very rewarding career, Mel finally retired in 1985. In 1990, Mel took his first bride, Ann Newton. Together they moved from Huntington Beach, California to Pinehurst North Carolina, played a lot of golf, made wonderful friends and enjoyed a lovely life together. Mel and Ann decided to return to Ohio in 2002 wanting to be closer to their family. Many Saturday's were spent cheering the grandchildren on at various sporting events and activities with their little dog Martini by their side. Melville was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ann Newton Stephens this past Thanksgiving Day 2014. He is survived by stepdaughter, Anna Newton Hill of Mansfield, Ohio; and stepsons, Michael Newton of Huntington Beach, California and Stephen Newton of San Clemente, California. Melville has donated his remains to the Cleveland Clinic Body Donation Program for the advancement of medical science. A memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flower's, donations may be made in Mel's honor to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
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Published in the News Journal from Jan. 28 to Jan. 29, 2015

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Seastone, James C.  
James C. Seastone MANSFIELD: James C. Seastone, age 77, of Mansfield, died Monday, January 26, 2015 at Shelby Pointe. He was born April 29, 1937 in Pittsburgh, PA the son of the late John and Jean (Williams) Seastone. Jim was a 1959 graduate of Penn State University where he received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He retired as plant manager of Copperweld in Shelby after 37 years of service. Jim was a very active member of the Homeowners Association at Charles Mill Lake where he had been past president. He enjoyed spending time on the lake either on his pontoon boat or small sail boat. From his fraternity days at Penn State to the neighborhood pig roasts at Charles Mill Lake, Jim was always the social and activities chairman. Planning parties was his thing. He was also a member of the Shelby Athletic Club. For many years, he and his wife Lorna wintered in Florida and enjoyed the warmth and activities in the Englewood and Venice, Florida areas. Jim is survived by his wife, Lorna A. (Sweitzer) Seastone, whom he wed on March 25, 1960; three children, Beth (Brad) Armstrong of Rolla, MO, Susan (David) Hopkins of San Francisco, CA, and James, Jr. "Jay" (Debbie) Seastone of Columbus; six grandchildren, Robert, John, and Marie Armstrong, Harper Hopkins, Andrew and Anna Seastone; a sister-in-law, Margie Seastone of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, John Seastone, Jr. Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorial expressions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, 780 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, Ohio 44906. Care given by Bob, Catherine and Jake at Turner Funeral Home, Shelby. To share a memory or to send a message of sympathy to Lorna and her family, please visit www.turnerfuneralhomeshelby.com or via the U.S. mail to 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875.
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Published in the News Journal on Jan. 28, 2015
Shrewsberry, Donald L.  
Donald L. Shrewsberry SPRINGFIELD: Donald L. Shrewsberry, 77, of Springfield, OH, died January 24, 2015. He was born August 30, 1937, in Mansfield. A 1955 Mansfield Madison High School graduate, Don was the football team's co-captain and MVP, leading the Rams in rushing and scoring his senior year. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1961. In 2001, Don retired from the City of Springfield Police Traffic Division after 10 years of service. Prior to working for the Police Division, he retired after 27 years in management for Big Bear stores in Mansfield, New Philadelphia, Urbana, and Springfield. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, watching Ohio State football, and he especially loved talking with people. Survivors include his wife, Rebecca (Krocker) Shrewsberry of Springfield; son, Erik (Amy Scholl) Shrewsberry of Loveland; four grandsons, Zane, Damon, Tyson, and Dylan Shrewsberry of Loveland; and a brother, C. Herbert (Linda) Shrewsberry of Mansfield. Don was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings. A private burial ceremony will be held in the Ferncliff Cemetery veterans section, Springfield. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Don's life on Saturday, January 31 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bayley Alumni House, 134 W. Ward St., Springfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Mercy Hospice, Springfield.
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Published in the News Journal on Jan. 28, 2015
Simmons, Chester V. "Chet"  
Chester V. "Chet" Simmons FREDERICKTOWN: Chester V. "Chet" Simmons, age 93, of Fredericktown passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 with his family by his side. The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Chester V. "Chet" Simmons.
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Published in the News Journal on Jan. 28, 2015
Smeltzer, Jacob "Ray"  
Jacob "Ray" Smeltzer ASHLAND: Jacob "Ray" Smeltzer, 96, of Ashland, died Sunday, January 25, 2015, in Ashland. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Roberts Funeral Home - Ashland Chapel with Pastors Dale Smeltzer and Layton Broome officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home from 2 to 3 p.m. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Online tributes may be made at www.RobertsFuneralHome.com . Memorial contributions may be made to Paradise Hill United Methodist Church at 1491 St. Rt. 603, Ashland, OH 44805. Ray was born February 12, 1918 in Ashland to Jacob Nusbaum and Dessie Mae (Hoover) Smeltzer. He married Edna Mae (Steltzer). She passed in 1969. He then married Edna Louise (Mohr) in 1971. She passed in 2001. Ray retired from Mansfield Tire after 25 years as tire builder assistant. He worked as a setup and delivery man for the Ashland Farm Bureau. He was also an avid farmer throughout his entire life. Ray was a lifetime member of Paradise Hill United Methodist Church and he attended Clear Creek Church. He sang with the senior citizens Golden Serenaders Club and bowled in the senior's league at King Lanes. Ray enjoyed playing bingo in his spare time. Ray will be deeply missed by his children, Beverly (Robert) Scott, Duane (Linda) Smeltzer and Marlene (Ronald) Armstrong; grandchildren, Debra (Jim) Dorsch, Stacy (Michael) Brisco, Ryan (Amy) Scott, Julie (Ryan) Miller, Scott (Melissa) Smeltzer, Jason (Jennifer) Smeltzer, Jacob Armstrong, Kurt Armstrong, Luke (Erica) Armstrong and Whitney (Dave) Strong; great-grandchildren, Megan, Jonathan, Jackson, Noah, Grace, Sophie, Evan, Brayden, Katelynn and Preston. Ray was preceded in death by his sisters, Rhea (Sam) Aten, Dorothy (Myron) Parr and Dessie Mae (Henry) Kratz; brothers, Ralph (Alvesta) Smeltzer and Harry (Ada) Smeltzer.
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Published in the News Journal from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28, 2015

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Smith, Lowell  
Lowell T. Smith MANSFIELD: Lowell T. Smith passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015, with his family by his side at Riverside Hospital in Columbus. Lowell was born January 11, 1938, to Woodrow and Sara Smith. He was graduated from Franklin High School in 1955. He received his B.S. from Wilmington College in 1959, where he lettered in both football and basketball. He earned his M.S. in Educational Administration from Bowling Green State University in 1962. In 1965, he was honored to be the recipient of the John Hay Fellowship in the Humanities (Ford Foundation) at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Lowell served in the Mansfield City Schools for 30 years. He began his career as a teacher and coach in 1959. He later served in administrative positions, includig 18 years as Executive Director of Personnel. After retiring from the Mansfield City School District, he continued his career in the College of Education at Ashland University as Director of the Bachelor Plus program for 17 years. Through Ashland University, Lowell was also involved in numerous projects to improve public education. He held a lifetime membership in the Ohio Association of School Administrators, and was a founding member of the Ohio Minority Recruitment Consortium (OMRC). In 2009, Lowell was elected to the Mansfield City School Board for one term, serving 2 years as Board President. Student achievement was always his top priority. Lowell was an active member of the Mansfield First Evangelical Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, serving as an Elder and Deacon. He was past president of Mansfield Southwest Little League and was a member of the University Club, Hermit Club, OUR Club, Westbrook Country Club, and Ohio Seniors Golf Association. Lowell enjoyed golf, live theater, music, reading, and vacationing in Hilton Head. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities. Lowell is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jan Smith of Mansfield; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Susan Smith of Mason; daughter and son-in-law, Sara and Chuck Sabatino of Stow; four grandchildren, Josie and Sophia Sabatino, Emily and Matthew Smith; two brothers, Gene (Sharon) Smith of Mason and Ken Smith of Springboro; two sisters, Joyce Singhoffer of Monroe and Candy Warren of Franklin; brother-in-law, James (Mary Sue) Mears of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews. Lowell was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne Smith; mother-in-law, Juanita Shiflett; and brother-in-law, John Singhoffer. The Smith family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. Friday, January 30, 2015, in Snyder Funeral Home (formerly Finefrock's) at 350 Marion Avenue in Mansfield. A Service of Worship and Remembrance will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 31 at Mansfield First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 399 South Trimble Road, with the Rev. William Funk officiating. Since Lowell held such a passion for the students of Mansfield City Schools, in lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the scholarship he helped create; Ohio State Mansfield Tyger Scholarship by mail to Ohio State Mansfield, 1760 University Drive, 222 Riedl Hall, Mansfield, Ohio, 44906 or online at www.giveto.osu.edu/mansfield to fund number 313982. Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Lowell's family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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Published in the News Journal on Jan. 27, 2015

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Sautter, Donald  
Donald Eugene Sautter LEXINGTON: Donald Eugene Sautter of Lexington passed away Friday morning January 23, 2015. He was 87. Born in Cardington January 21, 1928 to parents Walter and Lulu (Burggraf) Sautter, Don attended first and second grades in a one-room schoolhouse (Whitehall) and was graduated from Chesterville High School in 1945. An army veteran, Don served in the Philippine Islands. He managed the Postal Exchange (PX) station from 1946 to 1947 in Manila, earning $96 a month in the Army. He returned from the service and married Eloise Shipman on June 12, 1948, and they moved from Mt. Gilead to Lexington in 1954. Don retired in 1990 from Therm-O-Disc in Mansfield as a Senior Supervisor. He previously worked as a foreman with Stevens Manufacturing in Lexington and later Essex Wire Company for 19 years and served as president of the Stevens Credit Union. Don was a member and trustee of Lexington Congregational Church. An avid golfer, fisherman and hunter, Don enjoyed camping and vacations with his family. He liked boating and water skiing, and spent 18 winters with Eloise in Myrtle Beach, SC. Their travels included visits to Alaska, England, Branson, Caribbean cruises, Washington, D.C. and the 1964 New York World's Fair. He enjoyed watching many sports: Ohio State, Lexington High School and the Cleveland Indians. A wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather, Don is survived by his wife of 66 years Eloise; their children Bill & Sharon Sautter, Jack Sautter and Sue & Rod Durbin; grandchildren Melanie, Chad, Nathan, Barry, Trisha, Amber and Lynn; 17 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law Betty & Bob Chapman, Avalene Barrick and Barbara & Tom Detwiler; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Richard Sautter; a grandson Brian Eugene Sautter and a brother-in-law Gilbert Barrick. The Sautter family will receive friends Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Friends may also call on the family Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service. Pastor David Smith will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Bryn Zion Cemetery near Mount Gilead. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory to Lexington First Congregational Church may be made at the funeral home. Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Sautter family and encourages messages of sympathy and support be made to them online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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Published in the News Journal on Jan. 25, 2015
See, John  
John C. See GALION: John C. See, 83, of Galion, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky. He was born June 21, 1931 in Louisa, KY and was the son of John and Lillian (Roberts) See. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Esther P. (Gibson) See whom he married on October 16, 1954. John was a 1949 graduate of Iberia High School and was retired from the U.S. Army after proudly serving his country for 20 years including during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam Era. After his service, he was an over the road truck driver for Wyandot/Popped Right in Marion and also Keystone Freight. John enjoyed crossword puzzles, cryptograms, woodworking and telling stories. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Robbie T. (Sylvia) See of Bucyrus and Brian D. (Siobbaine) See of Greenfield; daughter-in-law, Jeni See of Galion; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Katie (Lonnie) Leapley of Leesville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Douglas K. See; and six brothers, Frank, Harry, Henry, Bill, George and Donald See. The family will receive friends from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 26, with Pastor Joe Stafford officiating. Private burial will be in Campbell Cemetery. Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Crawford County Humane Society in care of the funeral home. Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the family of John See, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com .
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Published in the News Journal on Jan. 23, 2015
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