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SIDNEY — Margaret "Margo" Russell, career journalist and editor emeritus of Coin World, died in Sidney, Ohio, on Jan. 26, 2015, at the age of 95. Throughout her life, she was often called the "First Lady of Numismatics." She is survived by two daughters, Jenny (Michael) Barhorst, of Sidney, and Susan Russell, of El Cerrito, California; two grandchildren, Tom (Susan) Barhorst, of Mason, Ohio, and Sarah (Jason) Faber, of Piqua, Ohio; and three great-grandchildren, Joseph Barhorst and Michael and Oliver Faber. Her husband, Marion Russell, retired editor of The Sidney Daily News, passed away in 1997. Born in Dayton, Ohio, she moved with her parents to Sidney when she was seven years old. A Depression-era high school honor graduate, she became a reporter at the age of 17 at The Sidney Daily News, beginning her lifelong dedication to journalism. During her career with The Sidney Daily News, she received honors for her news and feature stories, especially for her World War II coverage. Active in the Ohio Newspaper Women's Association, she represented Sidney and Shelby County as a correspondent for the Dayton Journal-Herald. Russell transferred her writing interest to numismatic journalism, a field which had few women, when Coin World was founded in 1960. For 25 years she covered major Department of the Treasury stories at the Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco and West Point Mints, and in Washington at the United States Mint and Bureau of Engraving and Printing. She testified before both houses of Congress several times on behalf of numismatics. She was a member of the Research Triangle Institute's advisory committee for its U.S. coinage system study and consultant to the General Services Administration as it studied a silver dollar program. She participated in the drafting of the 1973 Hobby Protection Act. She also edited a series of Amos Press specialty publications. She proposed the concept of the Coin World Almanac and served as its managing editor. Other publications she authored included Guide to Coins, Coin Collecting for Fun and Profit, and Start Collecting Coins, a best-seller for Running Press in Philadelphia. A Coin World internship in her honor was established upon her retirement in 1986. In 1964 Russell was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to the United States Assay Commission to examine the quality of the nation's coinage. Later, as a federal appointee, she and her husband were White House guests. During her career she attended ceremonies at the White House Rose Garden, the Department of the Treasury, and the Smithsonian Institution. In 1970 Russell was named to the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission's coins and medals advisory panel, along with 14 congressmen and national figures in art, banking and numismatics. In 1972 she became co-chair. The panel recommended three United States coins to commemorate the Bicentennial. Russell lectured on numismatics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, and Roosevelt University. She holds a diploma from the Sociedad Numismatica de Mexico. She was an ambassador with a numismatic study tour to Israel and took part in a six-nation People-to-People tour, meeting with collectors and mint officials in Europe. As an example of her reputation for unimpeachable integrity, she joined six Congressmen and a Senator for a tour of Fort Knox on Sept. 23, 1974, in an attempt to disprove rampant rumors that had spread nation-wide that the gold reserves were no longer there. In fact, there gold repository was intact, and the rumors subsided. A charter graduate of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) School of Numismatics, she received ANA's highest honor in 1975, the Farran Zerbe award, conferred to individuals who distinguish themselves by exceptional service to the ANA and numismatics. ANA awarded her its medal of merit in 1967, its lifetime achievement award in 1993 and, in 1997, its presidential citation for exemplary contributions to the hobby. She was named ANA's "Great Lady in Numismatics" and became a member of the Hall of Fame at ANA's headquarters in Colorado Springs. She holds the top Numismatic Literary Guild honor, the "Clemy," for writing skills, dedication to the hobby and sense of humor. Her peers voted her best writer and favorite editor over successive years. She was the first woman member of the prestigious Rittenhouse Society and the first woman and non-member to receive a Professional Numismatic Guild award. In 1979 Russell was elected to the council of the New York-based American Numismatic Society, the second woman in history. She served on the Society's executive board and as national cultivation chairman for a $4 million endowment campaign. In 1989, she received the Burnett Anderson Memorial Award, a triple honor from the American Numismatic Society, American Numismatic Association, and Numismatic Literary Guild. The award recognizes her career contribution to numismatics. Russell was dedicated to her community, beginning early in life, when she represented the Orange Blossoms 4-H Club on the Shelby County Junior Fair Board. She was also a Campfire Girl and a Girl Scout leader. She was secretary and public relations officer of the mid-century Sidney City Schools Citizens Committee, which led to passage of a record bond issue for four new elementary schools and new junior and senior high schools. In later years she served as a Sidney High School commencement speaker and was one of the founders of the Sidney High School Hall of Honor. (She was later named as an honoree.) Russell was an officer and endowment campaign chairman for the Dorothy Love Retirement Community in Sidney and a trustee on the executive committee for the Columbus-based Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services. She was a member of a four-county Private Industry Program Council and the Shelby County Job Training Program/Private Industry Council. Russell was an honorary member of the Altrusa Club and held the Order of the Rose in the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, its highest honor. She was active in the Sidney Theater Guild and in the founding of the Gateway Arts Council. A devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sidney, she served as president of the Women's Association, as a Sunday School and Bible School teacher, and as a trustee and member of pastoral selection committees. Following a private burial, a memorial service will be held at a later date at the First Presbyterian Church in Sidney. Contributions in Russell's memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church's Refurbish, Repurpose, and Replacing Fund, the Dorothy Love Retirement Community Life Care Fund, or the Community Foundation of Shelby County. Arrangements are in the care of Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made to the Russell family at the funeral home's website: www.cromesfh.com .
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Michael "Bear" A. Behr, 53, passed away peacefully at his home in Fort Myers, Florida, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Born in Fort Loramie, Ohio, on March 13, 1961, he was the son of Cletus and Ruth (Leugers) Behr, both deceased. He attended Fort Loramie High School, attended Joint Vocational Technical School 1979 to 1980, obtained the Auto Mechanics Certificate, and was a mechanic at Don Thompson Lincoln Mercury Ford Dealer 1977 to 1983. Bear then relocated to Fort Myers, and was a light equipment mechanic and Employee of the Year at South Seas Plantation Resort, a field mechanic and Employee of the Month at Lee County Fleet Management, and an equipment manager at Bay Colony, Fiddler's Creek, and the Colonial County Club. He was proud to be ASE Certified as a Master Automobile Technician 1998 to 2003. Bear loved motors, loud and fast, small and large; cars, trucks, boats, 4-wheelers, airplanes, generators, golf carts, mowers, you name it. He could diagnose or fix anything that came his way and liked to tinker, to laugh, and to help out anyone at anytime. Bear frequently visited his hometown to catch up with family, classmates, and neighbors alike, and had a very large circle of very close friends in Florida and Ohio. On April 23, 1988, he married Linda K. Shields, daughter of Arthur (deceased) and Helen "Jean" Shields. They have two wonderful sons, Michael and Jeffrey Behr, of Fort Myers. He has an extended family in Ohio, his sisters Kathy Behr, and Mary (Gerald) Kovac; brothers Jim (Lisa) Behr, Don Behr, and Mark Behr (deceased) of Fort Loramie; and nieces Ashley and McKenzie, and nephews Dan, Matt and Ryan. In lieu of a formal service, it was Bear's wish that his ashes be taken back to his grandfather Fred's farm in Ohio. A Celebration of Life will be held the weekend of March 13, 2015, for family and friends in both Fort Myers and Fort Loramie to wish him well and reminisce. Details will be available shortly. Condolences can be sent to Linda K. Behr, 15421 Thornton Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908
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MINSTER — Leona H. Mescher, 95, Stonespring of Vandalia, formerly of Minster, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was born May 14, 1919, in Fort Loramie to the late Frederick and Mary (Sommer) Sanders. On July 1, 1944, she married Albert L Mescher in Fort Loramie. Albert preceded her in death Dec. 27, 1983. Surviving are her six children, James and Pat Mescher, of Dayton, Allen and Gail Mescher, of Minster, Roberta and Paul Credlebaugh, of Bellbrook, Sandra and Gregory Kruger, of Lewis Center, Timothy and Alice Mescher, of Wakeman, and Thomas and Terri Mescher ,of Tipp City; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and in-laws, Leander and Carol Mescher, Norma Mescher, Marie Schmidt, Rita Sullivan, Mary Mescher and Thomas Mescher. She was preceded in death by siblings and in-laws, Henry and Emma Sanders, Theodore and Helen Sanders, Lawrence and Bernadette Sanders, Joseph and Ann Rita Sanders, Rudolph and Agnes Quinter, Henry and Alvina Kuether, Lawrence and Agnes Hoying, George and Martha Mescher, Alvin Mescher, Leo Schmidt, George Sullivan, Paul and Joan Mescher, John Mescher, Grace and Richard Selhorst and Jeanette Mescher. Leona attended Miami Jacobs College, worked at WPAFB, then spent her remaining years as a homemaker. She was a member of the St. Augustine Catholic Church, Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St. John., and the New Bremen Senior Citizens. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. at St Augustine Catholic Church, Minster, with the Rev. Rick Nieberding officiating. Burial will be in the St Augustine Cemetery. Friends may call at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Minster, Friday, Jan. 30, from 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Condolences may be left at www.hogenkampfh.com .
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SIDNEY — Ruth Ellen Murphy, 90, of 2901 Fair Road, Sidney, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Fair Haven Shelby County Home. She was born on Feb. 24, 1924 in McCreary County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late George Dallas and Loretta (Neely) Perry. On Feb, 13, 1943 she married Bobby Lee Murphy who preceded her in death Feb, 9, 1990. She is survived by four children, George (Ella Mae) Murphy, Glenna Sue (Frank) Clark, Ronnie (Jean) Murphy and Bill (Sherry) Murphy, all of Sidney; one sister, Merandy L. Wilson, of Franklin, Kentucky; 18 grandkids and 36 great-grandkids. She was preceded in death by one son, Earnie Murphy, eight brothers, Otis, Clio, Cleo, Leo, Earnel, Armel, Maynard and Leamon Perry, and one sister, Nancy "Nannie" Jelley. Ruth was a homemaker and a member of Old Fashion United Baptist Church in Sidney. She loved church and the Lord, and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave, Sidney, with the Revs. Leamon Branscum, Tommy Jones and Hulen Frank Clark Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Point Cemetery in Pasco. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Condolences may be expressed to the Murphy family at the funeral home's website, www.cromesfh.com .
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WAPAKONETA — Mildred M. "Millie" Mack, 96, of Wapakoneta, died 4:47 a.m., Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Wapakoneta Manor, with her family at her side. She was born March 6, 1918, in Fort Jennings, Ohio, the daughter of Arnold "Dick" and Mayme (Falke) Schuerman, who preceded her in death. On Nov. 21, 1940, she married Vincent Mack in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, by the late Rev. Lawrence Mack. Vincent died July 15, 1993. Survivors include six children, Roger (Patty) Mack, Wapakoneta, Elaine (Bill) Wendel, Lois (Larry) Dietz, both of Botkins, Patty (Don) Miller, Sidney, Joan (Tim) Raberding, Waynesville, Ohio, and Doris Tomko, Aurora, Ohio; 26 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Donald Mack, a grandson, Bruce Miller, a great-granddaughter, Alexis Mack, and a brother, William "Whitey" Schuerman. A homemaker, Mildred was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Botkins. Her other memberships included the Ladies Sodality of the church; the Knights of St. John Auxiliary, Botkins; the K of C Council 1272 Auxiliary, Wapakoneta; and the Catholic Ladies of Columbia, Leipsic, Ohio. She enjoyed sewing, baking and bowling. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Botkins, the Rev. Patrick Sloneker officiating. Burial is to follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Botkins. The family will receive friends from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, State Route 501, Wapakoneta. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Botkins Fire Department or the Anna Rescue Squad. Condolences may be expressed at www.bayliffandeleyfh.com .
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QUINCY — Joseph K. King, 88, of Quincy, passed away at 12:28 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at his home. He was born in West Liberty, Ohio, on July 13, 1926, to the late Alva Jay and Lulu Marie (Kennan) King. On July 10, 1949, he married Patsy Brewer, and she survives. He is also survived by his four children, Stephen King, of Quincy, and friend, Judy Gilfillen, of Sidney, David King, of Quincy, Mark (Susan) King, of Sidney, and Terri Roediger, of Sidney; six grandchildren, Scott King, of Columbus, Julie (Nathan) Frazee, of Columbus, Emily (Chris) Herbette, of Connecticut, Nick King, of Sidney, Chris (Jess) King, of Sidney, and Beth (Austin) Kleman, of Bryan; five great-grandchildren, Wesley Frazee, Levi Frazee, Ethan King, Grant King and Trent King; two brothers, Philip (Cleo) King, of Casstown, and Ed (Judy) King, of Eaton; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorcas Hostetler, and a brother Paul King. Joseph was a 1944 graduate of Harrison-Adams High School. He was a member of the Rosewood United Methodist Church, where he had sung with the Good News Guys. Most recently, he attended the Pemberton Methodist Church. He liked Belgian horses and enjoyed listening to gospel music. Pastor Don Burley will officiate a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 101 Zanesfield Road, West Liberty, where friends may call on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Cedar Point Cemetery in Pasco, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made, in Joseph's memory, to Pemberton Methodist Church, 6541 Main St., Pemberton, OH 45353 or Gentiva Hospice, 3085 Woodman Drive, Suite 200, Dayton, OH 45420. Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in West Liberty. Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com
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ROSEWOOD — Patricia Jean Harmon, age 85, of Rosewood, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at 3:40 a.m. Born on July 9, 1929, in Columbus, Ohio, Pat was a daughter of the late Clarence and Fannie (Ball) Estep. She married Norman E "Bud" Harmon on Sept. 16, 1947, and they enjoyed 67 years of marriage. During that marriage they raised four children, three of whom survive, John (Ruth) Harmon, of Conover, Steve (Sherri) Harmon and Tim (Rhonda) Harmon, both of Quincy. She was a loving grandmother to nine grandchildren, Matt Harmon, of Columbus, Ohio, Luke Harmon, of Conover, Gabe Harmon, of Richlands, Virginia, Jessica Sinclair, of Sharpsburg, Georgia, China Stapleton, of St. Paris, Christine Smith, of Springfield, Neal Shaffer, of Marysville, Ohio, Ryan Degen, of Lima, Ohio, Derek Middendorf, of Fort Loramie, Ohio; three great grandchildren, Logan, Christian and Bryce. She is also survived by two sisters, Joann Kellenberger, of Urbana, and Judy Harp, of Sidney, many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Hubler in August of 1990, two infant brothers and a sister, Jenna Birt. Pat was a 1947 graduate of Harrison-Adams High School. She retired on Jan. 1, 1991, as a branch manager of the First Central National Bank in Rosewood. She was a member of the Rosewood United Methodist Church, Rosewood Homemakers Club, and the Champaign Cruisers Car Club. She volunteered for the Champaign County Board of Elections as a poll worker in Adams Township, and she volunteered at the Saint Paris Nutrition Center. She enjoyed being a homemaker and spending time with her family. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield St., St. Paris, Ohio. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Rosewood United Methodist Church, Rosewood, with Pastor Andy Leighty presiding. Burial will follow in Rosedale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Rosewood United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 102, Rosewood, OH 43070. Condolences to the family may be sent to www.shivelyfuneralhomes.com .
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MINSTER — Wilma M. Smith, 79, of 13342 Luthman Road, Minster, Ohio, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Wilson Memorial Hospital. She was born on March 3, 1935, in Green Township, Ohio, the daughter of the late Frederick and Audrey (Hague) Andrews. On Jan. 31, 1950, she was married to Jerry Smith, who survives along with their two daughters, Margery (Ray) Endicott, of Fort Loramie, Ohio, and Jill (Jeff) Buehler, of St. Henry, Ohio; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bob Schloss, and sister-in-law, Imogene Andrews, both of Sidney, brother-in-law, Richard (Inez) Smith, of Fletcher, Ohio; and sister-in-law, Judy Baker, of Sidney. She was preceded in death by one son, Michael Smith, five brothers and four sisters. Mrs. Smith was retired from Fairlawn Schools where she worked as a cook for more than 15 years. Wilma enjoyed being by the water, camping, and going bowling with family and friends. More than anything she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave., Sidney, with the Rev. Cherryl Styles officiating. Burial will be at Plattsville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association in memory of Wilma M. Smith. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Guestbook condolences may be expressed to the Smith family at the funeral home's website, www.cromesfh.com .
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MINSTER — Elmer A. Weaver, 94, of Minster, died at 5:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center in Minster. He had been a resident there for a couple of months. He was born Oct. 16, 1920, to Albert and Henrietta Vondenhuevel Weaver. On June 18, 1946, he married Mary Jane (Monnier) Weaver in St. Remy Catholic Church in Russia, Ohio. She preceded him in death on March 18, 2013. Surviving are a son, Brad (Lisa) Weaver, of Bellbrook; five grandchildren, Lauren, Nick, Cole, Madison and Jackson Weaver; a daughter-in-law, Donna Weaver, of St. Marys; two sisters, Eleanor Price, St. Marys, and Patricia (Roland) Griner, Minster, in-laws Jeanette Weaver, Minster, Edward Monnier, of Texas, Elizabeth Haywood, of West Milton, Delores Francis Monnier, Katheryn (Katy) Young Monnier and Nancy Paulus Monnier. He was preceded in death by two sons, Doug and Jeff Weaver; two brothers, Robert Weaver and Donald Weaver; three sisters, Irene (Ray) Knostman, Rosemary (Joe) Wesbecher and Barbara Griner; and in-laws, James Price, Edward Hoying, Joseph and Marcus Monnier, Juanita Booher, Antionette Koverman, Adele Kloth, Julie and Oscar Romie and Dorothy "Champ" Monnier. Mr. Weaver was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was retired and was former owner of Weavers Beauty Shop in Minster for 45 years. Mr. Weaver was the past president of Minster Retail Merchants Association, served on Village Council from 1968 to 1983, and was the Mayor of Minster from 1983 to 1987. He was an active member of the Civic Association, member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, American Legion and a member and past commander of VFW post 6732 Minster. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, the Rev. Rick Nieberding officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Augustine Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 9 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster. Condolences may be left at www.hogenkampfh.com .
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