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Freda R (Higgins) (Cunningham) Mansfield

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Freda R (Higgins) (Cunningham) Mansfield, age 90, of Canton, formally of Carrollton, passed away peacefully September  15, 2014 in Mercy Medical Center, Canton surrounded by her loving family. The daughter of Robert and Lillie(Earnest) Higgins, she was born in Mannington, West Virginia on Oct 12, 1923.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She worked a number of years at the Scio Pottery when she was younger.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband Joseph L Cunningham (deceased Mar 3 1970); sons Ronald Cunningham of Arizona and Herbert Cunningham of South Carolina; second husband Burrell Mansfield (deceased Aug 28, 1984); two great grandsons  Chase and Connor Cunningham; brothers  Robert Higgins and  Bertis "Pete" Higgins; sisters Betty June Higgins, Mildred Stevens and Lillian "Eleanor" Riggs all of West Virgina.

She is survived by sons David "Paul" Cunningham Sr. of Carrollton, Michael L. Cunningham Sr. of Jewett, Edgar "Lynn" (Nancy) Cunningham of Cadiz; daughters  Ruth Reed of Canton and Susan Dalton of Waynesburg; stepdaughter Sharon (Mansfield) Shepherd; sister Helen "Louise" (Francis) Hayhurst of Canton; brothers Harold (Alberta) Higgins and Frank (Norma) Higgins both of West Virginia and Donald (June) Higgins of Hartville; 20 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren and 3 great, great grandchildren.

Calling hours will be from 10 am to 12 pm Friday, September 19th  at the Koch Funeral Home in Scio, Ohio . Service will be immediately following at noon with her grandson Pastor Mike Cunningham  Jr. officiating Interment will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Hopedale, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to be made to local food pantries.

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Kenneth E. Wade, Jr.

Kenneth E. Wade, Jr, age 71, of Scio died suddenly Sunday, September 14, 2014 in Harrison Community Hospital, Cadiz.

Born July 25, 1943 in Steubenville he was the only child of Kenneth E. Wade, Sr. and Edna Dowdel Wade. He graduated from Steubenville High School in 1962 and was a member of their marching band. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Kenny was a bus driver for 48 years, first at Eyres Charter Bus Service in Glenelg, Maryland then at Queen Anne's Co. Maryland Dept. of Aging where he retired in 2005.He also owned and operated Kenneth Wade Sound Productions, providing music at car shows. After retiring he moved to Scio where he continued to provided sound equipment for the Wednesday night "Jam Sessions" at Hugo's Restaurant.

Kenny was a life member of the Ft. McHenry American Legion in Baltimore where he had served as a past treasurer and transferred to Scio America Legion Post 482 where he was a past commander. He was also a life member of the Scio Sportsman's Club and the AMVETS. He was an associate member of the Maryland FOP and a former member of the Crumpton, Maryland VFD. He enjoyed music, photography and collecting toy trains.

Surviving are his wife Harriett Fields Wade who he married July 25, 2003, step children Cheryl (Brian) O'Reilly of Hanover, PA and Steven (companion Renee) Fields of Findlay and four step grandchildren Cavan, Connor, Shannon and Shane.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Koch Funeral Home, Scio has been entrusted with his arrangements.  

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Anna Mae Stull

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Anna Mae Stull, age 87, of Scio passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving and devoted family.

Born July 3, 1927 she was a daughter of the late Roy and Mertle (Busby) Dennis. She married Charles William "Chuck" Stull, Jr. on February 19, 1945. Together they started Stull Trucking and Excavating. She did whatever needed done, including driving trucks and filling out paperwork. The business was passed down to their son Kelvin, who has now passed it on to the third generation, his son Brian, who continues to honor the legacy they began. She and her family were loyal members of the Jewett Lutheran Church but after moving to Scio and starting her family it became hard to travel so she started attending Scio Presbyterian Church where she became an active member. She was also a member of the Scio American Legion Post 482 Auxiliary and Scio EMS, where she was an EMT for a brief time. She had a big heart and always helped those in need. She loved watching her husband, Chuck, call square dances in his younger years and spending time with her family.

Anna Mae was preceded in death by her husband Chuck in 1985, a son Kenny in 2003, a grandson JP William Pyles in 2006 and all eight of her siblings. A little piece of her died with each one of them.

Surviving are her devoted daughter Karmie (Terry) Pyles of Scio, son Kelvin Stull of Jewett, four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren

Honoring Anna Mae's wishes, a graveside service will be held Saturday at 11 am in Holly Memorial Gardens, Colerain. Anna Mae wanted to thank everyone for everything they have done to make her long hard road a little better. Thank you for the flowers, food, card, gifts of all kinds, prayers, your time and understanding. May God bless you all now and always, Anna Mae Stull and family. Koch Funeral Home in Scio has been entrusted with her arrangements.

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David J. Easlick, Jr.

David J. Easlick, Jr., age 81, of Scio, passed away Monday, August 18, 2014 in Trinity Medical Center, West, Steubenville surrounded by his loving family.

Born September 15, 1932 in Hanover he was a son of the late David J. Easlick, Sr. and Emma Blake Easlick A 1950 graduate of Jewett High School, David honorably served as a medic in the Army during the Korean War. He worked for Keith Henry Construction in Perrysville then Ohio Machinery in Cadiz, retiring after 29 years of service.

David attended New Rumley United Methodist Church. He enjoyed woodworking, John Deere tractors and working in his field. But what he loved most was spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Rose Easlick on February 7, 2007, they were married November 9, 1957. Also preceding him in death are a son Jim Barcus, sister's Mary Jane Easlick and Vera Rose and brother's Kenneth and Wayne Easlick.

Surviving are daughters Judy Crawshaw and husband Tom of Stone Mountain GA, Jane Watkins of Malvern, Jen Dee Rich and husband David of Scio and Joye Birdsall of North Port, FL; sister's Martha Eckley and Emma Crownable both of Scio; thirteen grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Thursday at 1 pm in Koch Funeral Home, Scio. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Scio. Friends may call Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-9 pm at Koch Funeral Home, Scio. Memorial contributions may be made to UPMC Teramana Cancer Center, 3204 Johnson Rd., Steubenville, 43952.

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Steven C. Walters

Steven C. Walters, age 65, of Scio died Friday, August 15, 2014 in Aultman Hospital, Canton surrounded by his loving family.

Born May 28, 1949 in Canton he was a son of the late William Henry Walters and Mary Ruth Gallon Walters. He graduated from Carrollton High School in 1967 and was a lineman for GTE for 30 years retiring in 1997.

Steve was a member of the F & AM Carroll Lodge 124, Royal Arch Minerva Chapter 123 and the NRA.

Surviving are his wife Shelly L. Howes Hugh Walters who he married September 4, 2008; a sister Carole Ann (Hugh) Cline of Amsterdam; a son Shawn (Nancy) Walters of Hanoverton; daughters Staci (Chip) Henry of Carrollton and Stephenie (Kevin) Owens of Dellroy; grandchildren Justin Wise, Gabe Owens, Kirsten (Gage) Hartong, Kelsey Wise (Tyler Sheets), Tanner Owens and Shawnee Ridgeway-Walters; step grandchildren Mason and Audrey Henry and Cameron and Caden Marshall; a great grandson Ryker Hartong; a step great granddaughter Taylor Hartong; a niece Lorrie Ann Cline; a nephew Michael Cline; his coffee buddy Mike "Mouse" Richards and his loving chocolate labs Chloe and Lucy.

Friends may call Monday from 2-4 and 6-8:45 pm at Koch Funeral Home, Scio with a Masonic Service at 8:45. Memorial contributions may be made to Wendy's Walk, 88550 Maple Rd., Jewett, 43986.

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Rebecca L. "Becky" Erwin

Rebecca L. "Becky" Erwin, age 62, of Scio died suddenly August 4, 2014 at Trinity Medical Center West, Steubenville.

Born November 9, 1951 in Dennison she was a daughter of the late William and Mary Jane Fowler Erwin. A 1970 graduate from Carrollton High School, Becky worked with her family at Erwin's Greenhouse in Scio most of her life. She took over the business around 1996 then in 2007 she passed the business on to a third generation, her niece Linda Abel, after a period of declining health. Becky was Jehovah's Witness by faith and was a member of the Scio Garden Club. She was a creative and enjoyed making crafts out of ceramics and ostrich eggs. Although she never had children of her own she cared for and helped raise many of her nieces and Nephews as if they were her children.

Surviving are her siblings Evelyn (Tim) Miller, Billy (Karen) Erwin, Buster (Cathy) Erwin and Mary Jane Price all of Scio; nieces and nephews Jay, Angel and Scotty Gates; Bonnie, Janet and Tiny Winn, Bill and Susan Erwin and Linda and Glenda (Peewee) Abel; eighteen great nieces and nephews and thirteen great great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister Sally Winn.

Services will be held Friday at 7 pm in Koch Funeral Home, Scio with John Dicks officiating. Friends may call from 5-7 Friday at the funeral home.

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Phillip R. Kellar

Phillip R. Kellar, age 73, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, August 2, 2014 from his home near Jewett surrounded by his loving family after a lengthy illness.

Born February 27, 1941 in Harrison County he was a son of the late Dale and Mary Bailey Kellar. A 1960 graduate of Scio High School, Phillip worked at Consol Coal Co. for 20 years as a heavy equipment operator and was a farmer all of his life.

Phillip attended the Scio United Methodist Church and was a member of the Harrison Co. Coon Hunters club. He enjoyed bowling, playing horseshoes, pulling tractors and hunting. But what he loved most in life was spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years Deborah Hoit Kellar; a son Christopher (Jenifer) Kellar and daughter Kimberly (Douglas) Arbaugh both of Jewett; grandchildren Alayna Dayle and Phillip John "PJ" Kellar and Paige Clarrisa and Phillip Arthur Arbaugh; siblings Jean Neff of Colliers, WV, Frank Kellar of Jewett, Herbert Kellar of Scio and Linda Edwards of Scio.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 am in Scio United Methodist Church with Rev. James Winkler officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Jewett. Friends may call also at the church Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-9 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Scio United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 554, Scio 43988.

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Velma I. Kress

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Velma I. Kress, age 86, of Dennison passed away Friday August 1, 2014 in Community Hospice House, New Philadelphia surrounded by her loving family.

Born January 20, 1928 in Burgettstown, PA she was a daughter of the late Clarence "Casey" Sedoris and Annabelle Robinson Sedoris. She graduated from Jewett High School in 1946. After living in Alliance for a few years she returned to Jewett and worked at Valie Lanes. In 1998 she moved to Dennison with her companion of 16 years, George Yeager. She was an avid reader who collected cookbooks and elephants but what she enjoyed most was spending time with her family.

Surviving are children Karen (Greg) Curry of Walnut Creek, Bonnie (Larry) Howell of Jewett, Mark (Deana) Kress of Gnadenhutten, Gordon (Marlene) Kress of Scio, Glenda Tinlin of Dublin and Brian (Kim) Kress of Dover; a brother Robert (Mary) Sedoris of Springfield; a sister Shirley Lare of Alliance; her companion George Yeager of Dennison; nine grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother-in-law Robert Lare.

Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m in Koch Funeral Home, Scio with Pastor Mark Statler officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Jewett. Friends may call Monday from 5-8 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice House, 716 Commercial Ave. NW, New Phila, 44663.

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Nancy Ellen Lightner Albaugh

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Nancy Ellen Lightner Albaugh, age 73, formerly of Scio, passed away peacefully Thursday July 31, 2014 in Sunnyslope Nursing Home, Bowerston with her family by her side.

Born November 13, 1940 in New Rumley she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Bertha Gilbaugh Lightner. Nancy worked for the Scio Pottery Co. and the Carroll County Group Home at various times during her life. She was a member of the New Rumley United Methodist Church and enjoyed reading her bible and collecting angels.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband Lyle Wayne Albaugh and a son Raymond Jeffrey Albaugh.    

Surviving are her son Douglas Albaugh of Bowerston; a sister Carol (Butch) McAfee of Jewett, a daughter-in-law Lisa Ohler Albaugh of Berghloz, grandchildren Clint and Kayla Albaugh of Bergholz and Kyle Albaugh of Smithfield, a great granddaughter Adrienne Albaugh of Smithfield and a nephew Jimmy McAfee of Scio.

Services will be held Tuesday at 3:30 pm in Koch Funeral Home, Scio with Pastor Dixie Hendricks officiating. Burial will follow in Kilgore Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service from 2:30-3:30. Memorial contributions may be made to Carol McAfee, 46138 Nemeth Rd., Jewett 43986 to help with final expenses.

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Peggy Ann Croxton Dewell

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Finally her suffering it is over, after more than 10 long long years with Alzheimer's Disease, Peggy Ann Croxton Dewell, age 79, of Scio died in the Harrison County Home on Friday, August 1, 2014. Peggy was the last of the pioneering Croxton's to pass. She was also the last Croxton to be born in the Croxton mansion in Washington Twp., Carroll Co. The land it sat on was acquired by federal land grant in 1810 by her great great grandfather WM. Croxton. Peggy was born on December 25, 1934 and was preceded in death by her parents Dwight E. and Gladys M. Hawk Croxton and her sister Gwen (Harold) Moreland.  

Her dad milked 40 cows all through WWII and into the 50's and 60's. He worked his two daughters like boys. Peggy grew up farm smart, tough but she was beautiful. On June 6, 1953 she married the love of her life John Dewell, who survives along with two loving children Terri Lynn of Bowerston and John, Jr. of Cody, WY. They bought their first farm near Scio in 1958 where they milked cows and bought their second farm in 1967, continuing to milk cows and raising 50-60 head of beef cattle. Later on they started farming organically using their work horses Duke and Babe. It was great fun driving the team to the Scio Sale on Fridays. Peggy loved all the farm animals especially the work horses, all the calves, dogs and cats. Peggy really liked those darn cats. Peggy raised two children, kept a spotless house, helped in the barn and out in the field's. She was one hell of a tractor driver and horse driver. She could leave the field early and put on a big noon meal for her husband, kids and hired hands in less than an hour.

Peggy was a member of the former Scio Farm Womens Club, Mt. Hope Grange, Harrison Co. SWCD Auxiliary, Harrison Co. Farm Bureau, National Rifle Assoc. and Ohio Gun Collectors Assoc. She was a member of The Shepherds Chapel in Gravits, Arkansas. When her husband worked away in the coal strip or other places Peggy kept all the animals fed and well cared for. She was one hell of a farm wife! She will be missed by her husband and loving children, especially her loving daughter, Terri. She would have loved all the old tractors and Doodle Bugs and the old Model T Ford ton truck but it was not meant to be. Her wishes were to be cremated and her ashes scattered on the farm she loved so much. There will be no services or visitation what so ever. Koch Funeral Home, Scio is in charge of her arrangements.

" A golden heart has stopped beating, busy hands now rest, she is with her heavenly father, she long ago passed the test."

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Sheila D Koch
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Scio, OH 43988-0193

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