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ECKERT, Robert and Sara* - Fairborn  
News Death Notice ECKERT, Lt. Col. USAF., Robert Kay and Sara Moser (Rex) Robert Kay Eckert, Lt.Col. USAF 98, Enon Ohio, passed away 4/23/2015 son of Charles and Sarah (Key) Eckert, born Newark, N.J. Sara Moser (Rex) Eckert, 94, Enon Ohio, daughter of Charles Rex and Florence (Moser) Rex passed away 8/6/2014, born Bath, PA. Bob and Sara had a long wonderful life together, they are survived by sons Robert of South Rockwood MI, Donald of Thornton PA, and daughter Linda Smith of Springfield OH. Grandchildren include Christine Thomas - Hoboken NJ, Andrea Clemens - Souderton PA, Ryan and Emily Liming - Springfield OH, and Great-grandson Nolan Clemens. (Yes that Clemens!) Bob and Sara met in Allentown PA, and both graduated from Allentown HS and Kutztown University, PA. Robert with a BS, and later MS in Mathematics from Syracuse University. Sara was an Art Education major, and later taught art in 3 Allentown area schools. During the Great Depression, Robert, age 16, hitchhiked to Miami and worked on a Cuban banana boat with boyhood pal, Paul Worth. 82 years later, he still wouldn't eat a banana! Sara helped make and sell pastries, made in her mother's kitchen, and delivered them in the the family's Whippet automobile. Robert was drafted at the beginning of WWII as an Army private in the field artillery. He entered the Army Air Corps and became a navigation instructor, later sent to North Africa and Italy as a radar navigation specialist. His brother William died on the Juneau in the battle of the Coral Sea - along with the 5 Sullivan Brothers. Bob and Sara were married before the war ended and ate their Honeymoon dinner at Horn and Hardart's Automat in New York City before Lt. Eckert reported back to duty. After the war, he became a salesman in New Jersey, Sara had sons Robert and Donald. Called back into the service for the Korean War, the Air Force became his 33-year career, ending as Lt Col. Eckert. He was a Master Navigator, Air Force Academy and Hobart University instructor and Deputy Director AFIT, Civilian Institute WPAFA. Sara was left in charge of two wild boys, Bob and Don, who are now very sorry for all the trouble they got into, and will try to do better. She had better luck with daughter Linda who shared her love of art. Robert couldn't/wouldn't talk about his covert work with the NRO in Europe during the Cold War. His decorations include Air Medal with Silver Oak Cluster, 2 Bronze stars, Longevity, Good Conduct, Korean War, WWII and Cold War, UN Service, National Defense service medals and more. After retiring from the Air Force at WPAFB, they settled in Enon, Ohio- to raise daughter Linda, while Bob taught at Indian Valley School. After years of wars, military bases, and time away from family - friends and neighbors made them feel that Enon was finally their home. The staff of Dayspring and Hospice of Miami Valley were wonderful. Caregivers Vicki, Norma, Cindy and Emily were beyond belief. Thank You All So Much. Lt Col. Robert K. Eckert and Sara (Rex) Eckert will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, date TBA. In lieu of flowers, please thank an active duty or veteran military service person for their sacrifices. We invite all friends, family and neighbors to attend a memorial service for Bob and Sara: 2:00pm, Saturday May 16th, at Rocky Point Chapel, 3928 Old Mill Road, Springfield Ohio. Snacks after the memorial and a chance to share Bob and Sara stories. Arrangements in care of Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, Fairborn. Condolences may be made to the family at www.BeltonStroup.com .
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Published in Springfield News-Sun on May 3, 2015
EDWARDS, Thelma* - Mechanicsburg  
News Death Notice EDWARDS, Thelma 81, of Mechanicsburg, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 in her residence surrounded by her loving family. Thelma was born January 1, 1934, in Mechanicsburg, Ohio the daughter of Haskel and Mildred (Ballard) Jordan. She was a 1952 graduate of Catawba High School and attended Grace Baptist Church in Urbana. She enjoyed crosswords, word search and facebook. Thelma especially loved spending time with her grandkids. She is survived by two daughters, Karen (Kandi) Robinson, Gahanna, Oh., and Amy Cheek of Marysville; three sons, Alan (Lisa) Edwards of Spotsylvania, VA. Marvin (Carolyne) Edwards of Springfield, OH and Mark (Tisha) Edwards of Marysville, OH; grandchildren, Amy Elizabeth Edwards, Arianne Edwards, Alyssa Edwards, Ashley Robinson, Eric Daulton, Corey Edwards, Tim Cheek, Leslie Lynch, Tasha Cheek, Chelsea Hite, Lyndsey Cheek, Ethan Edwards, Taylor Hite, Caitlyn Cheek, Emily Edwards, Kayla Robinson, Spencer Edwards, Abbey Edwards, Allison Edwards, Jameson Edwards, Haley & Sammie Jones, Morgan & Collin Thomas and great-grandchildren, Jordan Robinson, Alayna Conley, Aynslee Dale, Colton Lynch and Addilyn Reynolds; sisters, Virginia Ruth Ferryman and Anna Lucille Runyan; sister-in-law, Beverly Sue (Paul) Haffner; brother-in-laws, Mike (Dyna) Edwards and Jimmy Edwards and numerous nieces & nephews and a host of Friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband John "Ted" (Pogo) Edwards; brother, Russell Jordan; brother-in-laws, Richard Runyan and Ralph Ferryman Jr. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Thelma's caregiver, Amy Duncan, for the wonderful care she gave their mom. A gathering of friends will be held from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the SKILLMAN, MCDONALD & VERNON FUNERAL HOME in Mechanicsburg. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 11 AM in the funeral home with Pastor Aaron Samples officiating. Burial will follow in the McConkey Cemetery, Catawba. Contributions may be made in Thelma's memory to Springfield Regional Cancer Center, 149 W. North Street, Springfield, OH 45504. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com
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Published in Springfield News-Sun on May 5, 2015
EGGLESTON-WILLIAMS, Dorothy A. (McCray)* - Columbus  
News Death Notice EGGLESTON-WILLIAMS (McCray), Dorothy A. 76, previously of Springfield, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Forest Hill Center, Columbus. She was born January 11, 1939 in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of James and Cora (Mitchell) McCray. She worked for many years as the bookkeeper for the City of Springfield. Dorothy was a member of the Urbana Chapter of the Eastern Star #530 as well as the Pilots Club. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, bingo, bowling and gambling trips. Dorothy loved having family gatherings and spending time with her kids, grandkids and her beloved pets. Dorothy is survived by daughters, Connie (Randy) Benning, of Woodstock, Vickie Cauley, of Mechanicsburg; sons, Jamie Mossbarger, of Mt. Sterling, Kenneth Mossbarger, of Springfield; brother, Jim (Kathy) McCray, of Virginia; 8 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She is also survived by special cousins Betty Blagg and Bob (Christie) Blagg of Columbus whom she grew up with in West Virginia and were like siblings to her as well as Paul F. Mossbarger, the father of her children. She is preceded in death by her parents; her second husband, Daniel Eggleston and her third husband Earl Williams. A funeral service will be held at 12 pm on Monday, May 4, 2015 in VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Oak Dale Cemetery, Urbana, Ohio. Contributions may be made in Dorothy's memory to Alzheimer's Association, Miami Valley Chapter, 3797 Summit Glen Drive G100, Dayton, OH 45449. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com
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Published in Springfield News-Sun on May 1, 2015
ERWIN-CORNICK, Judy Mae* - Cedarville  
News Death Notice ERWIN-CORNICK, Judy Mae Passed away on Tuesday April 21, 2015 at Springfield Regional Medical Center. She graduated from Cedarville High School where she was an active Alumni until her death. During her life, she worked at Fels Institute, Kettering Lab as a Purchasing Agent, a volunteer Paramedic and Firefighter for the Village of Yellow Springs, maintained an upholstery business and was a Head Custodian for Springfield City Schools. Her life's passion was working on family Genealogy, having traced family roots back to the 1800s. Her hobbies include photography, trap shooting, gardening, spending time with her family and riding her motorcycle. She is preceded in death by her parents James and Martha (Frock) Erwin and her brother Jack. She is survived by her sister Marjorie Morris, brothers Jimmy (Rita), and Jerry (Roberta) Erwin, daughters Talitha (Gerry) Greene and Maria Prether, grandchildren Lucas Prether, Sierra Lawrence, and Evelyn Greene, and other family members. A memorial will occur on Sunday May 3rd, from 1-3 at Rose Hill Burial Park Chapel in Springfield, Ohio. Bowman and Young Funeral Home is serving the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in to Ohio Masonic Home Foundation.
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Published in Springfield News-Sun on May 1, 2015
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