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Stillwagon, William L. "Bill"  
William L. "Bill" Stillwagon MOUNT VERNON: William L. "Bill" Stillwagon, age 70, of Mount Vernon, passed away on Sunday April 26, 2015 at the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University. The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored, to have been chosen, to serve the family of William "Bill" Stillwagon.
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Published in the News Journal on Apr. 28, 2015

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Champion, Lorena  
Lorena Champion GALION: Lorena Baylor Champion, known by many as Bink, age 88, of Galion passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015 at home after declining health. Born August 21, 1926 in Galion, she was the daughter of James F. and Anna Barbara (Neumann) Baylor. She married John N. Champion on July 28, 1947 and he preceded her on October 22, 1986. Lorena was originally a member of Galion High School Class of 1944 and was very proud to have graduated with her grandson, Tony Seevers, with Galion High School class of 1984. Bink first belonged to Olentangy Lutheran Church and then was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Galion. She sang in the church choir and was a Sunday school teacher, belonged to Ruth Circle, the Women of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Altar Guild and enjoyed many other phases of church life. Bink sang in the Messiah with the Galion Community Chorus, annually, for many years. She was an avid Cleveland Indians Baseball fan. She is survived by her children, Lloyd Champion of Mt. Vernon, Roberta Keiter of Dalton, PA, Rosemary "Rosie" (Donald) Faulds of Galion and Rena (Larry) Lovely of Galion; grandchildren, Jaquellyn (Lee) Ross, Teri (Christopher) Dooley, Rachelle (Nate) Zehe, Ashley (Jamie) DeFrancisco, Leigh Anne Lovely and Nathan (Kim) Lovely; ten great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Seevers; grandsons, Tony and Mike Seevers; sisters, Lillian Sautter, Alice Klehm, Helen Ott, Elizabeth Ralph and Sarah Laeng and brothers, Walter and James Baylor. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 291 N. Union Street, Galion, Ohio where a memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 9 with Pastor Anne Pairan officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Galion. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church for the Altar Linens and Paraments Fund or HomeCare Matters Hospice in care of the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 S. Market St., Galion, Ohio. Condolences to Lorena Champion's family may be made online at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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Published in the News Journal on Apr. 27, 2015
Laipply, Agnes  
Agnes M. Laipply GALION: Agnes M. Laipply, age 87, of Galion, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015 following an extended illness. She was born July 25, 1927 in Galion and was the daughter of Lloyd and Ada (Newland) Epley and graduated from Galion High School in 1945. Agnes married Warren Laipply on May 17, 1947 and he preceded her in death on June 21, 2010 after sharing 63 years of marriage. She was a member of the Galion Women's Bowling Association for many years. All of her life Agnes was an avid fisherman, spending 20 years at her home on Lake Erie with her husband and the many friends she made while there. She enjoyed sports and was a fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes as well as the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns. Her biggest joy in life was her family and her home where she spent time growing flowers and gardening. She is survived by her son, Randy (Margi) Laipply of Galion and her daughter, Vicki (Bob) Rittenour of Galion; a granddaughter, Jennifer (Jim) Hart, two grandsons, Kenneth (Monica Sack) Rittenour and Steven (Jill Britton) Rittenour; four great-grandchildren, Jackson and Jillian Hart, Carter and Kylie Rittenour; her sister, Joyce Foraker, formerly of Galion; and several close nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Epley. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833. Following calling hours family and friends are invited to the American Legion, 118 South Market St., Galion for a light meal. Memorial contributions may be made to HomeCare Matters Hospice in care of the funeral home in lieu of flowers. Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Agnes Laipply, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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Published in the News Journal from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2015

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Boyd, Charles  
Charles "Joe" Boyd MANSFIELD: Charles "Joe" Boyd, 97, of Mansfield, died April 24, 2015. Born January 2, 1918 in Broughton, PA, he was the son of Duncan and Mary (Doran) Boyd. An Army Air Corps veteran, Joe served during WWII. In 1956, he and his wife came to Mansfield from Detroit so he could work for General Motors as the logistics manager. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Mansfield Liederkranz, Elks Lodge, and BPOE #56. Surviving are his children, Tom (Anne) Boyd of Mansfield, Nancy (Richard) Wair of Charleston, SC, Kay Foltz of Mansfield, and Gail (Charles) Bird of Athens; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Along with his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 72 years, Virginia Boyd, who died exactly one year prior, on April 24, 2014; five brothers; and five sisters. Family and friends are invited to visit on Monday, April 27, 2015 from 4-7 p.m. at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington Springmill Road, Ontario. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 104 West First Street, Mansfield. Military graveside services conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to OhioHealth MedCentral Hospice, 335 Glessner Avenue, Mansfield, OH 44903 or the Monsignor Edward C. Dunn Foundation for education at St. Peter's School. Words of comfort may be expressed at www.wappner.com
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Published in the News Journal on Apr. 26, 2015
Brooks, Charles William "Bill"  
Charles William "Bill" Brooks SHELBY: Charles William "Bill" Brooks, age 84, of Shelby, died unexpectedly Friday, April 24, 2015 at Ohio Health MedCentral Shelby Hospital. Bill was born February 17, 1931 in Weller Township, Richland County, Ohio the son of the late Earl M. and Josephine (Rock) Brooks. He attended Union High School and was a member of the 164th Fighter Squadron (now known as the 179th Air Lift Wing) in Mansfield from 1950-1953. In 1996 he retired from Copperweld in Shelby, after 30 years of service, where he was affectionately known as "Groundhog". Prior to that he worked at Richland Shale Brick in Mansfield. Bill was a member of the First Church of God in Shelby and prior to that he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Shelby where he was an usher, greeter, and served on the board of deacons. He enjoyed watching the OSU Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns and Indians, Dallas Cowboys and Nascar. His hobbies included detailing cars, gardening, attending tractor pulls and working word find puzzles. He was also very proud of his collection of bald eagle figurines. He is survived by his wife: Alma (Stover) Brooks whom he wed on August 22, 1953; their children: Billie Jo "BJ" (Robert) Shaull, Laurie (Larry) Partee, Timothy (Kelsie) Brooks, Scott (Heather) Brooks all of Shelby; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Glenda Brooks and Martha Stover; brothers-in-law: Kenneth Bishop and David Harvey. He was preceded in death by brothers: Earl Brooks and James Brooks; sisters: Jean Hartz and Bea Bishop. Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM at the First Church of God, 3616 State Route 39, Shelby with Pastor George Johnson and Bill's niece, Pastor Diana Stover officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. Memorial expressions may be made to the American Heart Association or to American Cancer Society. To leave a condolence or to share a memory with the Brooks family, please visit www.turnerfuneralhomeshelby.com
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Published in the News Journal on Apr. 26, 2015
Hawk, Robert  
Robert "Bob" Hawk MANSFIELD: Robert "Bob" Hawk, 76, of Mansfield, died April 22, 2015. Born April 7, 1939 in Mt.Vernon, he was the son of Charles M. and Mildred (Charlton) Hawk. Bob retired from AK Steel and was a member of United Steel Workers of America Union 169. A wonderful man, Bob acted as a grandpa to all and loved to make people laugh. In his free time, he enjoyed gardening and fishing. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Joyce E. Conley Hawk; children, Robert L. Hawk II and Tammy (Shannon) Coleman; grandchildren, Michael Coleman, Kendra (Melvin) Gonzalez, Travis Coleman, and Tila Hawk; great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Coleman, David Coleman, Olivia Gonzalez, Mia Gonzalez, and Mason Gonzalez; along with special sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Regina Hawk. A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary of the Snows Catholic Church, 1630 Ashland Road, Mansfield. The Wappner Cremation Center is honored to serve the family. Words of comfort may be expressed at www.wappner.com
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Published in the News Journal from Apr. 24 to Apr. 26, 2015
McDonald, Jerry  
Jerry A. McDonald MANSFIELD: Jerry A. McDonald, 76, of Mansfield went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 22, 2015. Born March 8, 1939 in Mansfield, she was the daughter of Gerald and Katherine (Miller) Skeen. Jerry graduated from Merrimont Hospital School of Nursing in Cleveland and went to work as a LPN at Newhope for 30 years. She loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of Marion Avenue Grace Brethren Church and Community Bible Church where she loved to worship the Lord and was always helping out with church activities. Surviving are her daughters, Vicki (Donald) Maxey of Mansfield and Lisa K. McDonald of Mansfield; grandchildren, Amy (Daniel) Marlow and Steven Maxey; great-grandchilren, Claire and Gracie Skoog and Bethany, Matthew, Hannah, and Luke Marlow; brother, James (Carol) Skeen of Mansfield; and several nieces. Jerry was preceded in death by her parents. Private family services have been held. Burial in Mansfield Cemetery will be held at a later date. The Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors is honored to serve the family. Words of comfort may be expressed at www.wappner.com
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Published in the News Journal on Apr. 26, 2015
Shindeldecker, Orville K.  
Orville, K. Shindeldecker CRESTLINE: Orville, K. Shindeldecker, 82, of Crestline, passed away at Galion Hospital on Friday, April 24, 2015, following a brief illness. Arrangements are pending with Werner-Gompf Funeral Services, ltd.
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Published in the News Journal on Apr. 26, 2015
Shoemaker, Gary  
Gary Douglas "Shoe" Shoemaker MANSFIELD: Gary Douglas Shoemaker ("Shoe"), age 77, our compassionate Lord took his hand giving him peace on April 22, 2015, after an extended illness. Gary was born July 10, 1938 in Olive Hill, Kentucky to Lonnie Otis and Lillie Florence Horsley Shoemaker. Gary served in the U.S. Navy (1955 - 1959). He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Hospital Corps School, Bainbridge, Maryland and served as a corpsman on U.S.S. Intrepid (CVA-11). Gary was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Mansfield, Ohio. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 687 and Father Clement Falter Assembly No. 821 Fourth Degree, Faithful Navigator (1992 - 1993). Fond memories were stored in his book of life of the numerous happy times spent with his brother knights and families. Dinners, bowling, but most of all meeting at the "Tee" for golf afforded comradeship and lasting friendships. He retired from General Motors Corporation, Mansfield, Ohio, August 1, 2000, with 40 years of service. Survivors include his wife of 59 years Mary Agnes Lopko Shoemaker; his blessings of four children Barbara Lillie Shoemaker, Deborah Jean (Michael) Mayo, Michael Edward (Debra) Shoemaker, and Regina Lynn (Timothy) Steele; 11 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. Surviving and special in his life are loving brother and sister; Boyd Allen (Janet) Shoemaker, Reverend Sonja Gay (Donald) Bender, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother; Donald Lee Shoemaker, dearly beloved grand-parents, "Papa" Wilbur and "Mama" Eva Beckner Shoemaker and "Papa" Crittenden and "Mama" Ella Mae Stone Horsley. Our special appreciation goes to Ohio Health MedCentral Hospice, Dr. Patterson, Nurses, Health Aides, and Social Worker, Deb Deems. We are so grateful for their benevolent help given to Gary and his family. Friends may call at Herlihy-Chambers Funeral Home, 173 Park Avenue West, Monday from 4-6pm with a vigil service at 4pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00am Tuesday at St. Peter's Catholic Church with Fr. Jeremy Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Mansfield Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church, Ohio Health MedCentral Hospice or charity of donor's choice. www.herlihy-chambers.com
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Published in the News Journal from Apr. 24 to Apr. 26, 2015
Wheatley, Gizella  
Gizella M. Wheatley MANSFIELD: Gizella M. Wheatley, 89, of Mansfield, passed away April 24, 2015. She was born November 25, 1925 in Cleveland to Joseph and Helen Grossner Apsolon. Gizella attended St. Peter's School, loved baking and retired from Buckeye Bakery after 17 years. Other loves included playing games, gardening, and mostly being with her family, especially around all of the babies. She enjoyed volunteering for many organizations such as at the United Way Day of Caring, Red Hat Society, Conrad House, The Store and with RSVP. Gizella was a very hard worker who taught her family a great work ethic by leading by example. Survivors include her daughters, Christie (Robert) Boyd, Carol (Michael) Chambers, Cathy Cline; 22 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren with two on the way; sister, Irene Schultz; many nieces, nephews and other relatives. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jack Wheatley; sister, Helen Freel, brothers, Frank, Victor, Eugene and Joseph Apsolon; sister-in-law, Mary Apsolon; brothers-in-law, Roy Freel, Mike Schultz; daughter-in-law, Mary Wheatley; son-in-law, Jeff Cline. Friends may call at Herlihy-Chambers Funeral Home, 173 Park Avenue West, Tuesday from 1-2pm. A funeral service will follow at 2pm with Pastor Paul Staton officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. www.herlihy-chambers.com
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Published in the News Journal on Apr. 26, 2015
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