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<strong>May</strong> 14, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVIII No. 20<br />

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Celebration set for <strong>May</strong> 21 in West Jeff<br />

Legion marks its<br />

100th birthday<br />

with open house<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Editor<br />

The American Legion hit a milestone a few years back, and West<br />

Jefferson Post 201 is inviting the public to celebrate.<br />

In 1919, Congress chartered the American Legion as a patriotic<br />

veterans organization devoted to service to veterans, service members,<br />

and communities. Today, nearly 2 million veterans are members<br />

in over 13,000 American Legion<br />

posts worldwide. Post 201 was chartered<br />

in 1920.<br />

The 100-plus members of Post 201<br />

are marking the Legion’s and the<br />

post’s 100th years with a belated<br />

birthday party. (Scheduling conflicts<br />

and the pandemic prevented them<br />

from celebrating earlier.) An open<br />

house will take place <strong>May</strong> 21, 2-5<br />

p.m., at the post, 9701 W. Broad St.,<br />

West Jefferson.<br />

The public is invited to stop in for cake, cookies, sandwiches, and<br />

drinks and to learn about what the American<br />

Legion does for veterans and the community.<br />

Representatives of Honor Flight<br />

and the <strong>Madison</strong> County Veterans Service<br />

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Service to Veterans<br />

Post 201 got its start in a house near its<br />

current location. The building in use today<br />

was built in the 1960s.<br />

“The main purpose of this building is<br />

that it’s here for the veterans. It’s a place<br />

they can come and feel welcome,” said Mike<br />

O’Reilly, post commander.<br />

In addition to providing a place where<br />

veterans can gather for camaraderie, Post<br />

201 keeps tabs on those who served, sending<br />

get-well cards and lending a hand whenever<br />

possible.<br />

In the days leading up to Memorial Day<br />

each year, members place flags on veterans<br />

graves at five cemeteries around West Jefferson.<br />

The post conducts Memorial Day<br />

services at Pleasant Hill Cemetery and participates<br />

in Veterans Day services at Norwood<br />

Elementary and the <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Senior Citizens Center in London.<br />

The post provides an honor guard at veterans’<br />

funerals. The honor guard is comprised<br />

of a color guard, firing detail with a<br />

rifle salute, and the playing of “Taps.” Since<br />

See LEGION 100 page 3<br />

A lieutenant with the Ohio State Highway Patrol sounds “Taps” at the Ohio Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony<br />

held <strong>May</strong> 4 on the grounds of the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy in London. Behind him is a<br />

field of flags, each bearing a ribbon with the name of a fallen Ohio peace officer.<br />

Tribute paid to fallen officers<br />

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost,<br />

members of the Ohio Peace Officer Training<br />

Commission, and law enforcement officers<br />

from throughout the state paid<br />

tribute on <strong>May</strong> 4 to eight Ohio peace officers<br />

who died in the line of duty in the past<br />

several years.<br />

“Each of them defended our society and<br />

its values against those who seek to steal,<br />

kill, and destroy,” Yost said during his remarks<br />

at the 35th annual Ohio Peace Officers<br />

Memorial Ceremony in London.<br />

“And everything we have today is here because<br />

they safeguarded these things with<br />

their lives.<br />

“In return,” Yost continued, “we promise<br />

them, ‘You will not be forgotten.’ And<br />

we carve that promise in stone, as you can<br />

see in this great ‘Circle of Heroes.’ ”<br />

The Circle of Heroes was a reference to<br />

the Ohio Fallen Officers Memorial Wall—a<br />

solemn and sacred presence on the<br />

grounds of the Ohio Peace Officers Training<br />

Academy—which bears the names of all<br />

829 Ohio peace officers who since 1823<br />

have sacrificed their lives in service to the<br />

See TRIBUTE page 2<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Kristy Zurbrick<br />

Leading surviving family members to their seats at the ceremony<br />

are Union County Sheriff Malcom “Jamie” Patton (left)<br />

and <strong>Madison</strong> County Sheriff John Swaney.

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public.<br />

“The promise that we make to fallen officers—to keep their memories<br />

alive—is not only for them,” Yost said. “We do it for the officers<br />

and deputies who stand and serve now. We do this so that all of them<br />

know how much we value them, and their mission, and their courage.”<br />

The names of 15 peace officers were added to the wall this year,<br />

including eight who died in 2022, 2021, or 2020. The other seven<br />

are historical honorees, including six Dayton police officers who<br />

died of the Spanish flu in the early 1900s.<br />

The eight officers lost in recent years and honored on <strong>May</strong> 4 are:<br />

• Deputy Daniel J. Kin<br />

Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office<br />

On Dec. 15, 2022, Deputy Kin was transporting<br />

a prisoner from southern Ohio to the<br />

county courthouse in Wyandot when he was<br />

fatally injured in a crash. Kin was flown to<br />

Grant Medical Center in Columbus, where he<br />

died of his injuries. He was 34 and had been<br />

with the department for less than a year, but<br />

his colleagues remember him as someone<br />

who loved the job and showed it with his infectious<br />

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• Deputy Matthew E. Yates<br />

Clark County Sheriff’s Office<br />

On July 24, 2022, Deputy Yates was responding<br />

to a report of gunshots at a<br />

Springfield area mobile home park. A<br />

woman had been killed by her son, and, as<br />

deputies entered the mobile home, they<br />

were met with gunfire. Yates, a member of<br />

the Special Operations team, was hit and<br />

went down. He was 41 years old, a secondgeneration<br />

law enforcement officer who enjoyed<br />

working with young people and was involved in a local group<br />

called Peace Keepers. Yates is remembered by his wife, Tracy, and<br />

their three children.<br />

• Officer Dominic M. Francis<br />

Bluffton Police Department<br />

On March 31, 2022, a stolen car being pursued<br />

by Ohio state troopers struck and killed<br />

Officer Francis as he was deploying tirepuncturing<br />

stop strips. Francis was 42 and<br />

had worked in law enforcement for 19 years.<br />

He had twice been named Officer of the Year<br />

and had received the Chief’s Leadership<br />

Award and the Life-Saving Award. He’d been<br />

honored as Top Cop by Mothers Against<br />

Drunk Drivers and earned the Ohio EMS Star of Life multiple<br />

times.<br />

Outside of police work, Francis served as a volunteer firefighter<br />

and worked as a coach, substitute teacher, and bus driver for Cory-<br />

Rawson High School, his alma mater. He also had a special fondness<br />

for helping the school’s softball coach, Ricki Francis, his wife<br />

since 2010. Besides his wife, he is remembered by a son and a<br />

daughter.<br />

• Agent John D. Stayrook<br />

Medina County Drug Task Force<br />

Agent Stayrook died on Feb. 6, 2022,<br />

after contracting COVID-19 while assisting<br />

the Brunswick Division of Police a month<br />

earlier during a drug-related traffic stop.<br />

Stayrook, 60, found his way to law enforcement<br />

later in life, after a career in construction<br />

that had taken him all over the<br />

country. His fellow task force members remember<br />

him as someone who was passionate<br />

about the drug-enforcement<br />

specialization and had a unique talent for interviewing. Stayrook<br />

loved camping and spending time with his family. He is remembered<br />

by his wife, Pamela, two children, and two grandchildren.<br />

• Patrolman Sean E. VanDenberg<br />

Lawrence Township Police Department<br />

Patrolman VanDenberg died on Dec. 25,<br />

2021, after a weeks-long battle with<br />

COVID-19, which he contracted after arresting<br />

a man and transporting him to jail.<br />

The suspect had<br />

complained of being<br />

sick and showed<br />

symptoms of<br />

COVID. VanDenberg,<br />

who was 53,<br />

had chased his<br />

Deputy Yates<br />

Officer Francis<br />

Agent Stayrook<br />

Patrolman<br />

VanDenberg<br />

dream of becoming a police officer after a career<br />

as a mechanic, welder, and fabricator.<br />

He entered the Stark State College Law Enforcement<br />

Academy at age 44. His colleagues<br />

remember him as the “dad” of the<br />

department. He loved cycling, running, and<br />

scuba diving, and had completed his first<br />

ultra-marathon just six months before his<br />

death. He is remembered by his wife,<br />

Jeanann, their four children, and three<br />

grandchildren.<br />

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• Deputy Robert “Craig” Mills<br />

Butler County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Deputy Mills retired<br />

in June 2019<br />

after more than 30<br />

years in law enforcement,<br />

only to<br />

return several<br />

months later to the<br />

work he enjoyed at<br />

the urging of Sheriff<br />

Richard Jones. He<br />

died on Sept. 12,<br />

2021, after a long<br />

struggle with COVID-19. His colleagues remember<br />

his excellent ability to find people<br />

named in warrants, noting how other agencies<br />

would seek him out for that expertise.<br />

Mills was passionate about baseball, having<br />

played on the Detroit Tigers Triple-A team<br />

from 1982 to 1987. Mills’s mentorship of<br />

young athletes prompted the Hamilton City<br />

Council to name the street leading to a local<br />

baseball complex in his honor. He is remembered<br />

by his wife, Anne, and two children.<br />

• Officer Edward L. Stewart<br />

Akron Police Department<br />

On Feb. 12, 2021,<br />

Officer Stewart died<br />

at age 60 after fighting<br />

COVID-19 for<br />

two months. Stewart,<br />

an Air Force<br />

veteran, chose to<br />

serve his entire 27-<br />

year law enforcement<br />

career as a<br />

transport wagon officer<br />

for the Akron<br />

Police Department. His colleagues remember<br />

his unquenchable thirst for knowledge<br />

and his photographic memory—a gift that<br />

aided the police department in its case<br />

work. More than anything else, though, his<br />

fellow officers will never forget his abundant<br />

compassion. Stewart is remembered by his<br />

wife, Lisa, two sons, and two grandsons.<br />

• Officer Kenneth C. Jones<br />

Akron Police Department<br />

Officer Jones<br />

died of a heart attack<br />

on Nov. 7,<br />

2020, the day after<br />

he began feeling<br />

chest pains while responding<br />

to a domestic-assault<br />

call.<br />

Jones was 55 and<br />

had served with the<br />

Akron Police Department<br />

for 26<br />

Deputy Mills<br />

Officer Stewart<br />

Officer Jones<br />

years, the vast majority of the time in the<br />

patrol division. His colleagues remember<br />

him as a “gentle giant” whose calmness had<br />

a way of defusing tense situations on the<br />

job. His loved ones said he was a kid at<br />

heart who enjoyed Marvel comics, Star<br />

Wars movies, and amusement parks. He is<br />

remembered by his wife, Stacy, whom he<br />

had married just six weeks before his death,<br />

and three children.

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LEGION 100<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

2018, Post 201’s honor guard has served at<br />

99 funerals around <strong>Madison</strong> County and beyond.<br />

“We provide an honor guard in West Jefferson<br />

mostly, but we go to other places, too,<br />

because not many American Legions do<br />

honor guards anymore,” said Kent Stryker,<br />

post first vice commander.<br />

The post also sets up a POW/MIA table<br />

at every activity they do to honor military<br />

personnel who are still in captivity or whose<br />

remains were not returned.<br />

Service to the Community<br />

Post 201 does a lot for the community, as<br />

well. Their most visible service includes<br />

raising the flag at West Jefferson High<br />

School’s home football games, marching in<br />

parades, and attending the tree lighting ceremony<br />

at West Jefferson’s Christmas in the<br />

Park. They also hold fish fries at the post<br />

from 4 to 7 p.m. the first and third Fridays<br />

of the month, <strong>May</strong> through October.<br />

Education plays a big role in the post’s<br />

activities. Annually, they sponsor delegates<br />

to Buckeye Boys’ State and Buckeye Girls’<br />

State, an American Legion program that<br />

immerses students in the workings of government.<br />

This year’s delegates are West Jefferson<br />

High School students Nathan Smith,<br />

Timothy Leskiv, Christian Greene, Brent<br />

Gardner, Brooke Raver, Gabbie Stanley,<br />

and Lexi Swaney. Boys State is set for June<br />

11-18 at Miami University. Girls State is set<br />

for June 11-17 at Bowling Green State University.<br />

Post 201 awards a scholarship each year<br />

to a West Jefferson student related to someone<br />

in military service. They also coordinate<br />

and provide cash prizes for the American<br />

Government Test taken by students in<br />

grades 10-12.<br />

The post provides new American flags<br />

when needed to the local cemeteries, the village<br />

of West Jefferson, and Hurt-Battelle<br />

Memorial Library. Members hold a flag retirement<br />

ceremony each Flag Day, disposing<br />

of flags that are no long serviceable. The<br />

public can drop off worn out flags in collection<br />

boxes located outside the post and at the<br />

gazebo next to West Jefferson’s town hall.<br />

With residents’ health in mind, the post<br />

has a collection of medical equipment that<br />

anyone can borrow, whether or not they<br />

West Jefferson American Legion Post 201 provides an honor guard<br />

at veterans’ funerals. The honor guard is comprised of a color<br />

guard, firing detail with a rifle salute, and the playing of “Taps.”<br />

Every year, West Jefferson American Legion Post 201 sponsors<br />

delegates to Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State, an<br />

American Legion program that immerses high school students in<br />

the workings of local, state, and national government. Post Commander<br />

Michael O’Reilly (far right) is shown here with last year’s<br />

Buckeye Boys State delegates from West Jefferson High School.<br />

served in the military. They also accept donations of equipment to<br />

add to the collection.<br />

Two years ago, the post began furnishing invalids in the commu-<br />

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She said she is excited to join the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

new advertising manager.<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> staff.<br />

Denise has spent the past 22 years in<br />

“I look forward to reconnecting with the<br />

the newspaper business, starting as an advertising<br />

sales representative with Brown<br />

businesses with all of their advertising needs,”<br />

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Publishing in Fayette County in 2001.<br />

she said.<br />

Through the course of several ownership<br />

Denise lives with her husband, Rick, in Orient.<br />

They have been married for 20 years and<br />

transitions, Denise served as a sales manager<br />

and trained staff in digital advertising<br />

together have six sons and eight grandchildren.<br />

sales, a role that involved multiple community<br />

newspapers across Ohio. For several Denise Hill occasional round of golf, and spending time<br />

In her spare time, Denise enjoys gardening, the<br />

years, she worked out of the <strong>Madison</strong> Press<br />

with her grandchildren.<br />

office in London as a regional digital sales manager. Denise can be reached at (740) 463-9726 or<br />

Denise most recently served as sales manager at the dhill@columbusmessenger.com.<br />

Delaware Gazette for five years under the AIM Media<br />

nity with lock boxes to place on their front doors. The Jefferson<br />

Township Fire Department installs the lock boxes and keeps a<br />

record of the combinations.<br />

“That way they don’t have to break down the door in an emergency,”<br />

said Eugene F. Smith, post second vice commander, who<br />

came up with the idea.<br />

In addition to renting out their building for private events, Post<br />

201 donates the building’s use to several charitable organizations<br />

for events, including blood drives, American Cancer Society<br />

fundraisers, and assembly space for parades.<br />

Membership<br />

Any person who has served at least one day of active military<br />

duty since Dec. 7, 1941, and was honorably discharged can join the<br />

American Legion. Eligibility also is open to anyone who is still serving<br />

active military duty honorably. The cost to join is $35 a year.<br />

Post 201 will have membership applications available at the<br />

birthday party open house. Additionally, anyone who would like<br />

more information about the post can visit https://amlegpost201.org/<br />

or call (614) 879-9126 and leave a message.<br />

Officers for the <strong>2023</strong>-24 membership year are: Michael O’Reilly,<br />

commander; Kent Stryker, first vice commander; Eugene Smith,<br />

second vice commander; Tina Beckwith, adjutant; Terri Kovalchik,<br />

finance officer; Bob Penry, chaplain and service officer; Gary<br />

Heiman, sergeant-at-arms; Tina Beckwith, Skeeter Nelson, and<br />

Andy Estep, trustees. Member Steve Holcomb is chairman of the<br />

birthday celebration committee.

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Clothes Closet<br />

The Clothes Closet at United Church, 30<br />

E. Columbus St., Mount Sterling, will be<br />

open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. <strong>May</strong> 19-20, weather permitting.<br />

The Clothes Closet is located in the<br />

garage behind the church. All are welcome.<br />

Choose from clothes for men, women, and<br />

children, as well as miscellaneous household<br />

items. Social distancing is required.<br />

There is a one-bag limit per family; bags are<br />

provided. The church is no longer taking donations.<br />

Call Kathy Endres at (740) 869-<br />

3755 or Mary Alkire at (740) 604-1213.<br />

Golf Scramble<br />

American Legion Post 176 is hosting a<br />

golf scramble <strong>May</strong> 20 at Locust Hills Golf<br />

Course. Sign-in is at 1 p.m.; the scramble is<br />

at 2 p.m. The cost is $60 per golfer or $240<br />

per team. Door prizes, raffles, food, and<br />

drinks are included. Lunch is provided at<br />

the Legion Hall. Proceeds go to scholarships<br />

for Southeastern High School students.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Mills Alumni Banquet<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> Mills Alumni Banquet is<br />

set for June 3 at <strong>Madison</strong> Mills Township<br />

Hall. Registration starts at 6 p.m. Dinner is<br />

at 6:30. Anyone who attended or worked at<br />

the school is welcome. RSVP by <strong>May</strong> 19 to<br />

Ruth Jenkins at (740) 505-0452.<br />

Monroe Alumni Banquet<br />

The Monroe Alumni Banquet will take<br />

place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 17 at Monroe<br />

Elementary, 5000 State Rte. 38, London<br />

(Plumwood). Der Dutchman Restaurant will<br />

cater a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are<br />

$20. Reservations are due by June 6. Send<br />

payments to “Monroe Alumni Banquet,” c/o<br />

Ron Smith, 8340 Lucas Pike, Plain City, OH<br />

43064. For details, call (614) 879-9064.<br />

Archaeology Society<br />

The Darby Creek Chapter of the Archaeological<br />

Society of Ohio will meet <strong>May</strong> 17 at<br />

the <strong>Madison</strong> County Historical Society Museum,<br />

260 E. High St., London. Doors open<br />

at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will start at 6 p.m.<br />

At about 6:45 p.m., George Colvin will present<br />

a program titled “An Ammonite Fossil<br />

from the Hopewell Mound Group: Source<br />

and Significance.” Consider bringing artifacts<br />

such as arrowheads, stone or bone<br />

tools, and/or metal detecting finds to discuss.<br />

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West Jefferson Events<br />

The West Jefferson village parks and<br />

recreation department is hosting the following<br />

events. For details, contact Shelton<br />

Stanley at (614) 879-8655 or (614) 307-6543.<br />

• Friday Night Uptown. Taking place in<br />

uptown West Jefferson, this event is set for<br />

<strong>May</strong> 19. Elvis impersonator Lonnie Freeman<br />

will perform at 7 p.m. followed by<br />

Rockhouse from 8:30 to 11 p.m. A bounce<br />

house, facepainting, henna, balloon animals,<br />

and treats are planned from 7 to 10<br />

p.m. A chalk art contest is set for 7-8:30 p.m.<br />

Touch-a-truck runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and<br />

includes vehicles from the Jefferson Township<br />

Fire Department, West Jefferson Police<br />

Department, <strong>Madison</strong> County Sheriff’s Office,<br />

and Ohio State Highway Patrol. Four<br />

food trucks will be on site: Fuller Flavor, JD’s<br />

Creamery (children 12 and younger get free<br />

ice cream, courtesy of the village), Double<br />

Down Dogs, and 3 flame BBQ.<br />

• Fishing Derby. The village invites families<br />

to go fishing at the Krazy Glue pond,<br />

1450 W. Main St., on <strong>May</strong> 20, 10 a.m.-noon.<br />

The village provides lunch, live bait, and<br />

poles and tackle boxes while supplies last.<br />

Participants are encouraged to bring their<br />

own poles and tackle.<br />

Mt. Sterling Community Center<br />

164 E. Main St., (740) 869-2453.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 16—3-6 p.m., the food pantry is available<br />

for households that are income eligible.<br />

Distribution of pre-packed food boxes will be<br />

delivered to your vehicle. Bring proof of residence<br />

at first visit and picture ID every<br />

visit. Call (740) 869-2453 for details.<br />

5-6 p.m., Take Off Pounds Sensibly<br />

7-8 p.m., Alcoholic Anonymous<br />

<strong>May</strong> 17—10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for adults<br />

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., senior lunch program<br />

for 60 or older; RSVP at (740) 869-2453<br />

5-6 p.m., all level yoga class, $10<br />

<strong>May</strong> 20–10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for all<br />

ages<br />

<strong>May</strong> 21—6:30-7:30 p.m., Alcoholics<br />

Anonymous<br />

7-8 p.m., HEAT training (plyometrics,<br />

speed, and agility) for grades K-6<br />

8-9 p.m., HEAT training (plyometrics,<br />

speed, and agility) for grades 7-12.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Senior Center<br />

280 W. High St., London. Lunch is served<br />

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Call<br />

(740) 852-3001.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 15—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

class; 9 a.m., chair volleyball; 9:30 a.m.,<br />

knit, crochet and needle crafts; 10:30 a.m.,<br />

sitting exercise/strengthening; 1 p.m., euchre<br />

<strong>May</strong> 16—9 a.m., Franklin Park Conservatory<br />

trip departs; 10 a.m., bowling<br />

<strong>May</strong> 17—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise;<br />

9 a.m., chair volleyball; 12 p.m., bridge;<br />

2 p.m., diabetes/weight loss support group<br />

<strong>May</strong> 18—9 a.m., chair volleyball; 10:30<br />

a.m., Mystery Lunch trip leaves<br />

<strong>May</strong> 19—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

class; 9 a.m., painting class; 10 a.m.,<br />

chimes; 1 p.m., free movie.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 20: Rockin’ on the Run<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Editor<br />

For the past 10 years,<br />

the Stout family has participated<br />

in Rockin’ on the<br />

Run, a fundraiser benefiting<br />

pediatric brain tumor<br />

research and awareness.<br />

They’ve walked or run<br />

in the 5K. They’ve helped<br />

with set-up, worked the<br />

registration table, and encouraged<br />

others to lend<br />

their support. They’ve<br />

done this because they<br />

know what other families<br />

are going through.<br />

“Our son, Garrett, was<br />

diagnosed with an inoperable<br />

brain tumor when he<br />

was two-and-a-half years<br />

old,” said Cindy Stout who<br />

lives in London with her<br />

husband, Tom. They also have a younger<br />

son, Cameron.<br />

Doctors found the tumor after Garrett<br />

suffered a grand mal seizure. The Grade II<br />

astrocytoma is diffused through his optic<br />

nerve. Full removal of the tumor would<br />

cost him his eyesight, so part of the tumor<br />

has been removed.<br />

“He’s had two brain surgeries, one<br />

when he was diagnosed and another when<br />

he was 15 because they had newer technology.<br />

With the second surgery, they were<br />

able to go in and get more of the tumor,”<br />

Cindy said.<br />

At the time of Garrett’s diagnosis, the<br />

prognosis was 50/50 as to whether the<br />

tumor would grow and end up taking his<br />

life. Since then, modern medicine has provided<br />

potential options, including proton<br />

therapy if the tumor grows.<br />

Garrett, now 27, sees a neurologist and<br />

has MRIs done yearly to monitor the<br />

tumor. He takes anti-seizure medicine.<br />

And he is living life. The 2014 London<br />

High School graduate holds an English degree<br />

from Wittenberg University, recently<br />

moved to a small town outside of Detroit,<br />

Mich., works in sales, and is getting married<br />

at the end of the month.<br />

“I say this a lot to other families going<br />

through this: Don’t think too far ahead,<br />

live life to the fullest, lots of prayer and<br />

positive thinking, and that’s how we move<br />

forward,” Stout said.<br />

She added that she is grateful for efforts<br />

like Rockin’ on the Run that raise<br />

funds and awareness to move pediatric<br />

brain tumor research forward. She praised<br />

organizer Ashley Winebrenner and her<br />

team for their work.<br />

“We have tremendous respect for Ashley.<br />

The money she and her team raises<br />

Garrett Stout sings the National<br />

Anthem at the 2018<br />

Rockin’ on the Run.<br />

through Rockin’ on the<br />

Run all goes to pediatric<br />

brain tumor research.<br />

They do just a phenomenal<br />

job,” Stout said.<br />

This year’s Rockin’<br />

on the Run<br />

The <strong>14th</strong> Annual<br />

Rockin’ on the Run will<br />

take place from 8 a.m. to<br />

noon <strong>May</strong> 20 at St.<br />

Patrick School, 226 Elm<br />

St., London.<br />

The run part of the<br />

fun includes a kids’ dash<br />

at 8:30 a.m. followed by a<br />

one-mile run/walk and a<br />

5K run/walk at 9 a.m.<br />

Everyone who participates<br />

receives a t-shirt<br />

and medal. Visit<br />

www.rockinontherun.org<br />

to register. A virtual option<br />

is included.<br />

Family-friendly activities are planned<br />

throughout the morning, including caricaturists,<br />

a face painter, games, bounce<br />

houses, and treats including sno-cones and<br />

cotton candy. A 50/50 raffle and vendors<br />

also are part of the day.<br />

Four brave souls have signed up to<br />

have pies thrown in their face. The cost is<br />

$1 per throw or $5 for six throws:<br />

8:15-9:15 a.m.—Marcus Stone, a fifthgrade<br />

teacher at St. Patrick School and assistant<br />

football coach at London High<br />

School;<br />

9:15-10:15 a.m.—Sgt. John Lisska from<br />

the <strong>Madison</strong> County Sheriff’s Office;<br />

10:30-11:15 a.m.—London <strong>May</strong>or Pat<br />

Closser; and<br />

11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.—Ellie Randall, a<br />

sixth-grade student at St. Patrick School<br />

and a life-long Rockin’ on the Run participant.<br />

Additionally, a multitude of items will<br />

be up for bid in the school gym all morning.<br />

Among them are tickets to the Cincinnati<br />

Reds, Zoombezi Bay, the Children’s<br />

Museum of Pittsburgh, Snow Trails,<br />

Cedar Point, and an Indiana animal rescue<br />

where you can wash elephants. Visitors<br />

also can bid on everything from a<br />

power saw to a Cricut Explore Air 2.<br />

Another way to participate is as a volunteer.<br />

Helpers are needed anytime between<br />

7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tasks include<br />

registration, manning water stations on<br />

the race course, supervising the bounce<br />

house, passing out prizes at the duck pond,<br />

manning the silent auction tables to answer<br />

questions, sorting papers after the<br />

silent auction, and cleanup. To volunteer,<br />

send an email to heather@rockinontherun.org.

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Baird retires after 40 years with Meals-on-Wheels<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Editor<br />

Meals-on-Wheels is celebrating its 40th year of delivering meals<br />

to homebound residents in <strong>Madison</strong> County. At the same time, the<br />

program is saying thank-you and goodbye to Leah Baird who has<br />

been there through it all.<br />

On <strong>May</strong> 2, LifeCare Alliance, the organization that oversees<br />

Meals-on-Wheels in <strong>Madison</strong> County, paid tribute to Baird who has<br />

retired after 40 years with the program, 33 as county coordinator.<br />

The tribute was part of the organization’s annual Spirit Awards<br />

ceremony which took place at London City Hall.<br />

“The one constant here was Leah Baird, and that’s why (Mealson-Wheels)<br />

has run so well,” said Chuck Gehring, LifeCare Alliance<br />

president and CEO.<br />

When <strong>Madison</strong> County Hospital (now <strong>Madison</strong> Health) turned<br />

over Meals-on-Wheels to LifeCare Alliance in 2003, Baird was<br />

there. When the program expanded to include food delivery for<br />

clients’ pets and fan delivery to keep clients cool in the summer,<br />

Baird was there. Whenever a new volunteer signed up or a client<br />

needed help, you guessed it. Baird was there.<br />

Don Hemmelgarn, a <strong>Madison</strong> County resident, said he sensed<br />

Baird’s commitment right away when he signed up as a Meals-on-<br />

Wheels volunteer years ago.<br />

“The one thing that was instantaneous was the feeling of loyalty<br />

that Leah had for the clients and volunteers,” Hemmelgarn said.<br />

Those character traits shone through in the speech Baird gave at<br />

the Spirit Awards. She thanked everyone for their service and for<br />

making her four decades with the program memorable and fulfilling.<br />

To the volunteers, she said, “Without all of you, many of our communities’<br />

members would not have the opportunity to enjoy a meal,<br />

cool off in the summer with a fan, or even have the opportunity for<br />

human interaction on a daily basis.<br />

“One of the greatest joys I have been able to witness in the last<br />

four decades is watching so many serve their neighbors, from retirees<br />

and local businesses to high school students in the summer.<br />

It truly has been an honor to see the amount of care and compassion<br />

each volunteer has shown.”<br />

In retirement, Baird, a London resident, is looking forward to<br />

spending time with family, going on vacation, and relaxing. She<br />

plans to stay involved with the community through volunteer work.<br />

LifeCare Alliance is taking a team approach to filling Baird’s<br />

shoes with several departments pitching in and driver Tony <strong>Madison</strong><br />

serving as the face of the program in <strong>Madison</strong> County.<br />

Anyone who would like to become a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer<br />

can call (614) 437-2957 or send an email to volunteer@lifecarealliance.org.<br />

Anyone interested in the services the program provides<br />

can call the customer care department at (614) 278-3152. For general<br />

information, visit www.lifecarealliance.org/programs/mealson-wheels/.<br />

Spirit Awards<br />

Several individuals and organizations were honored during the<br />

Spirit Awards ceremony for their support of the Meals-on-Wheels<br />

program.<br />

This year’s Spirit Award, presented in honor of longtime volunteer<br />

Donald Dhume, went to Steve and Sandy Craig who joined the<br />

program’s volunteer team in Mount Sterling in 2018. They have<br />

anks for clean-up work<br />

letter to the editor<br />

I would like to<br />

thank all the groups<br />

that helped with the<br />

spring clean-up in Mount Sterling. There were plenty of workers,<br />

and a lot of trimming, yardwork, and junk removal got done.<br />

Thank you to all the citizens who took part, along with Mount<br />

Sterling Nazarene Church, Foundation Church, and the village<br />

council group. I appreciate the work you did to keep our community<br />

nice and clean.<br />

David L. Timmons, village council member<br />

Mount Sterling<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Kristy Zurbrick<br />

Chuck Gehring (right), LifeCare Alliance<br />

president and CEO, thanks Leah Baird for<br />

her 40 years of service to the Meals-on-<br />

Wheels program in <strong>Madison</strong> County. Baird<br />

was with the program since its inception<br />

and served as county coordinator for 33 of<br />

those years. She retired this month.<br />

gone above and beyond in many ways, including<br />

serving through the pandemic. Additionally,<br />

Steve meets with new volunteers,<br />

rides along to help them understand their<br />

routes, and introduces them to clients. Last<br />

year, Steve and Sandy delivered meals 50<br />

times. So far this year, they have delivered<br />

23 times.<br />

This year’s Corporate Partner Spirit<br />

Award went to Jefferson Industries. The<br />

West Jefferson company first adopted a<br />

Meals-on-Wheels route in 2004 and has<br />

been a reliable partner ever since. Last year,<br />

their team of employees delivered 24 times<br />

and drove over 288 miles.<br />

The Mount Sterling Community Center<br />

received the Dining Center Spirit Award.<br />

LifeCare Alliance partners with organizations<br />

that can provide a place where people<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Kristy Zurbrick<br />

Nicole Envid (left), community engagement manager with Life-<br />

Care Alliance, congratulates Sandy and Steve Craig, recipients<br />

of this year’s Donald Dhume Spirit Award for their volunteer work<br />

as drivers for Meals-on-Wheels.<br />

can come together for meals. The Mount Sterling Community Center<br />

was the first to jump on board once LifeCare was permitted to<br />

relaunch its dining centers following the pandemic. The Community<br />

Center has served more than 260 meals since signing on in<br />

2022.<br />

As a whole, the volunteers who support Meals-on-Wheels in<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County delivered 36,483 meals in 2022, 5,490 more meals<br />

than in 2021. In the process, they racked up a total of 17,000 miles<br />

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Creative Recycling exhibit runs through <strong>May</strong> 21<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Editor<br />

Roughly a decade ago, the London Visual<br />

Arts Guild held an exhibit featuring art<br />

made from recycled materials. They recycled<br />

the idea this year and added a twist,<br />

welcoming entries from the public. The result<br />

is a show at the London Arts Center<br />

featuring 62 entries created by the public<br />

and guild members alike.<br />

Just inside the gallery door, a piece<br />

hangs on the wall that has the shape and<br />

construction of a crocheted rug but is light,<br />

airy, and undulating thanks to the materials<br />

used: plastic grocery bags.<br />

A giant, blue-and-green dragonfly clings<br />

to another wall, its wings made from ceiling<br />

fan blades.<br />

Sitting in a basket in the center of the<br />

room is a collection of perky faces, many<br />

Christmas-themed, all made from lightbulbs.<br />

Next to them are bracelets made from guitar<br />

strings, along with former spaghetti jars and<br />

coffee canisters transformed into gorgeous<br />

containers adorned with painted flowers.<br />

Many of the entries beg visitors to step in<br />

for a closer look, as is the case with Judy<br />

Dillon Smith’s framed streetscape scene.<br />

From afar, it’s a picture of a collection of<br />

buildings. Up close, one can see the buildings<br />

are “constructed” from bits of maps,<br />

canceled checks, dictionary pages, cancelled<br />

George Peyton’s “Time Dialation Camera” is a mish-mash of camera and computer parts,<br />

taking viewers back to London in 1938.<br />

postage stamps, envelope linings, and other<br />

scraps of paper materials.<br />

“I was inspired by an artist whose work<br />

I saw in a workshop. I’ve always wanted to<br />

do something like this, and this show gave<br />

me the opportunity to do it,” Smith said.<br />

Smith collected the paper parts and<br />

pieces over the span of a year, then combined<br />

them with pen and ink and watercolors<br />

to create the inviting scene that now<br />

hangs in the exhibit.<br />

George Peyton’s entry is the only one<br />

that makes sound and has moving pictures.<br />

His “Time Dialation Camera” combines<br />

parts of an old camera, a video screen, a<br />

portable flash unit, and a USB number key<br />

pad. A series of photos flash on the video<br />

screen, all taken by a photographer who was<br />

commissioned by the government in 1938 to<br />

document smalltown America during the<br />

Great Depression. All of the scenes are from<br />

London, Ohio.<br />

“Since this is a community show, I<br />

thought the photos were a good tie-in with<br />

London,” said Peyton, who was thrilled with<br />

the theme of the exhibit. “I used to build<br />

things out of old stuff to make art. This was<br />

right up my alley.”<br />

Peyton, an artist and photographer, will<br />

have an exhibit of his own running <strong>May</strong> 25-<br />

June 25. An opening reception is slated for<br />

5-8 p.m. <strong>May</strong> 27.<br />

The Creative Recycling Exhibit runs<br />

library events<br />

Judy Dillon Smith created this street scene<br />

using pen and ink, water colors, and a collage<br />

of paper bits ranging from maps to<br />

cancelled checks.<br />

through <strong>May</strong> 21 at the London Arts Center,<br />

121 E. First St. The center’s hours are:<br />

Tuesday, 4-7 p.m.; Thursdays and Sunday,<br />

11 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.<br />

Admission is free.<br />

The public is invited to vote for their favorite<br />

entries. People’s Choice awards will<br />

go to the top three vote-getters in categories<br />

for children and adults. Peyton’s time machine<br />

won the <strong>May</strong>or’s Choice award as selected<br />

by London <strong>May</strong>or Patrick Closser.<br />

London Public Library<br />

20 E. First St., (740) 852-9543.<br />

• Technology Help Sessions. Register<br />

for a one-on-one 45-minute help session.<br />

Possible topics include how to search the internet,<br />

how to use email, how to use your<br />

phone, and how to use social media. Bring<br />

your device to your session. To register, call<br />

the library. Available every day by appointment<br />

only.<br />

• Generational Pen Pals. The library is<br />

looking to connect different generations<br />

through pen pals. Register to participate<br />

through <strong>May</strong> 20. Each person or family that<br />

registers will be paired with someone in a<br />

different generation and write at least three<br />

letters to their pen pal over the summer.<br />

• Bullet Journaling. On <strong>May</strong> 16 from 6 to<br />

7:30 p.m., Vicki Germann of Paper Boutique<br />

will lead a class on creating a bullet journal.<br />

Journals and supplies will be provided. Registration<br />

is required. Participants must by<br />

16 or older to register.<br />

• Movie Matinee. Watch “Moana” (PG)<br />

on the library’s big screen at 3 p.m. <strong>May</strong> 20.<br />

The library provides popcorn.<br />

HBMLibrary<br />

270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson,<br />

(614) 879-8448<br />

• Fishing Pole Giveaway. The giveaway<br />

is set for <strong>May</strong> 20, 10 a.m.-noon, at the Krazy<br />

Glue pond, 1450 W. Main St., while supplies<br />

last. This giveaway is in partnership with<br />

the village of West Jefferson’s fishing derby.<br />

• Parenting Workshop: Toilet Training.<br />

Triple P Parenting is hosting this free workshop<br />

at 5:30 p.m. <strong>May</strong> 25. For details, email<br />

Karen at preventionmadison@gmail.com.<br />

Mount Sterling Library<br />

60 W. Columbus St., (740) 869-2430.<br />

• Pre-School Storytime. Mondays at<br />

10:30 a.m.<br />

• Bookmobile Visits. The bookmobile<br />

will make rounds on <strong>May</strong> 17. Look for it at<br />

Grace Community Church in South Solon<br />

from 3 to 3:30 p.m. and at Sedalia town hall<br />

from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Call the library ahead<br />

to request specific items.<br />

• Ohio Ice Cream: A Scoop of History<br />

Book Talk. At 6:30 p.m. <strong>May</strong> 18, cookbook<br />

author Renee Casteel Cook will talk about<br />

her latest book, “Ohio Ice Cream: A Scoop of<br />

History.” The books features 25 shops from<br />

around the state, from mom-and-pop roadside<br />

stops to household brand names that<br />

have expanded nationwide. Mount Sterling<br />

Friends of the Library will provide ice cream<br />

treats. Cook will have copies of her book for<br />

sale and autographing.<br />

• Ladies Night Out Movie. Watch “80 for<br />

Brady” (PG-13) at 6:30 p.m. <strong>May</strong> 22. Seating<br />

is limited; RSVP to Melissa at (614) 315-<br />

7939. Bring a potluck dish to share. The library<br />

provides pizza, popcorn, and cold<br />

drinks.<br />

• Around Town Book Club. The club will<br />

discuss “The Reading List” by Sara Nisha<br />

Adams at 7 p.m. <strong>May</strong> 25 at Deercreek<br />

Lodge, 22300 State Park Rd. 20, Mount<br />

Sterling. The club is open to men and<br />

women of all ages.

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West Jeff Schools finances are on target this year<br />

By Linda Dillman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

At the <strong>May</strong> 8 Jefferson Local Schools<br />

board meeting, Treasurer Mark Ingles provided<br />

an update on the district’s five-year<br />

forecast. The forecast is required by state law.<br />

“It’s a financial forecast,” Ingles said. “A<br />

television weatherman has to go out 10<br />

days. We have to go out five years.”<br />

The financial forecast is adjusted with<br />

changes in the state budget, tax levies,<br />

salary increases, and businesses moving in<br />

and out of the district. It is a crucial management<br />

tool that enables district leaders to<br />

be proactive in meeting challenges, as well.<br />

According to Ingles’s report, a revenue<br />

overview indicates Jefferson Local is substantially<br />

on target with original estimates at this<br />

point in the year. Total general funds are estimated<br />

at $17.4 million, more than 6 percent<br />

higher than the $16.4 million that was predicted<br />

in the November 2022 forecast.<br />

Property taxes, estimated to be $6.87<br />

million, are the district’s most significant<br />

source of revenue representing 39.5 percent<br />

of all revenues. The district received $2.13<br />

million in income tax in fiscal year <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

and Ingles estimates it will receive $4.75<br />

million in state aid.<br />

State revenue represents almost 31 percent<br />

of Jefferson Local’s funding resources,<br />

however the source is subject to significant<br />

obituaries<br />

risk if the state economy stalls due to sustained<br />

high inflation.<br />

“We have projected our state funding to<br />

be in line with the fiscal year ‘23 funding<br />

levels through fiscal year ‘27 which we feel<br />

is conservative and should be whatever the<br />

state approves for FY24 to FY27 biennium<br />

budgets,” Ingles stated in his department’s<br />

written report.<br />

Other revenues are up $892,381 over<br />

original estimates, and interest revenues are<br />

up, as well. Nevertheless, these sources are<br />

somewhat unpredictable from year to year.<br />

Total general fund expenditures are estimated<br />

to be $15.97 million for the current fiscal<br />

year, which is $12,000 higher than the original<br />

estimate of $15.96 million in November.<br />

Benefits and wages are approximately 70<br />

percent of the district’s budget which Ingles<br />

said is typical for school districts. He expects<br />

personnel costs to go up every year.<br />

“Labor relations in our district have been<br />

amicable,” Ingles reported, “with all parties<br />

working for the best interest of students and<br />

realizing the resource challenges we face.<br />

We believe that as we move forward, our<br />

positive working relationship will continue<br />

and only grow stronger.”<br />

According to Ingles, the district has a<br />

pair of levies that expire in a couple of years<br />

that are critical for the district’s overall financial<br />

health.<br />


William Milton “Chopper” Whitelow, 75,<br />

of London, Ohio, died on <strong>May</strong> 4, <strong>2023</strong>, in his<br />

residence. Born on Sept. 21, 1947, in Columbus,<br />

Ohio, he was a son of Thomas Edward<br />

and Catherine (Winslow) Whitelow.<br />

After graduating from London High<br />

School in 1966, Chopper went on to serve<br />

his country with the United States Army<br />

during the Vietnam War. Following his time<br />

in the service, he went on to work for Dallas<br />

and Mavis Trucking where he drove a truck<br />

for over 25 years before retiring in 2004.<br />

Chopper was a past commander for <strong>Madison</strong><br />

Memorial Post 105 where he served in the<br />

color guard, was a member of FOE 950, and<br />

Teamster Local 654.<br />

He is survived by: his beloved wife of 47<br />

years, Bevi (Little) Whitelow of London; two<br />

children, William Andy Whitelow (Anny<br />

Ripley) and Billie Sheely, both of London;<br />

grandchildren, Jordon Whitelow, Zoe Little,<br />

Abby Ripley, Laney Whitelow, Shanice<br />

Sheely, Malik (Lacey) Corbin; a host of<br />

great-grandchildren; siblings, Tom<br />

Whitelow of Grove City, Todd (Becky)<br />

Whitelow of Belleview, Fla., Lorita (David)<br />

Harris of London; brother-in-law, Timothy<br />

(Jennifer) Little of Mechanicsburg; and a<br />

host of nieces and nephews.<br />

Chopper was preceded in death by: an infant<br />

daughter, Erica Whitelow; granddaughter,<br />

Cierra Sheely;<br />

great-granddaughter, Lakeynn Corbin; sister,<br />

Donna White; brother-in-law, Fred<br />

Whitelow, and sister-in-law, Mel Whitelow.<br />

A funeral service was held <strong>May</strong> 9 in<br />

Fountain of Truth Ministries, London, with<br />

Pastor Tyrone Artis officiating. Interment<br />

followed in Deer Creek Township Cemetery.<br />

Memorials in Chopper’s name can be<br />

made to benefit the London High School<br />

girls’ softball team: London High School<br />

Softball, 336 Elm St., London, OH 43140.<br />

The family was served by Eberle-Fisher<br />

Funeral Home and Crematory, London.<br />

Condolences may be shared online at<br />

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />


Barbara Jo “Barb” Everetts, 75, of London,<br />

Ohio, died on <strong>May</strong> 8, <strong>2023</strong>, in <strong>Madison</strong><br />

Health, London. Born on Nov. 12, 1947, in<br />

Columbus, Ohio, she was a daughter of Herbert<br />

Paul and Juanita Marie (Shaw) Akers.<br />

She had worked professionally as manager<br />

for the former Rax and finished her career<br />

as the office manager for Dr. Alexander<br />

in the <strong>Madison</strong> Medical Center.<br />

Barb was truly a one-of-a-kind lady who<br />

made everything herself. She was a jack of<br />

all trades, and if she did not know how to do<br />

something, she would tinker until she figured<br />

it out. Her favorite hobbies included<br />

crocheting afghans, hats, blankets, and<br />

scarves, doing alterations on homecoming<br />

and prom dresses for countless high schoolers,<br />

and even sewing clothes to send with<br />

her family on vacation.<br />

Barb was a dangerous lady when she got<br />

ahold of a can of white paint, and you might<br />

randomly find freshly painted white furniture<br />

scattered around the house as a result.<br />

She loved thrifting and purses and especially<br />

loved visiting her favorite thrift store<br />

that had a wall of purses displayed.<br />

Barb was a kind-hearted woman who always<br />

spoke her mind and would present you<br />

with the truth, whether you wanted it or<br />

not. She was witty, funny, and loving, and<br />

absolutely adored her kids and grandkids.<br />

Her family was the highlight of her life, and<br />

she will be dearly missed by many.<br />

Barb is survived by: two children, Billy<br />

Everetts and Beth (Dre) Miller; grandchildren,<br />

Saej Everetts, Trey Hunter, and<br />

Harper Miller; great-grandchild, Roen<br />

Everetts; siblings, Chris Bennett and Herb<br />

Akers; step-brother, Rick Legg; sister-inlaw,<br />

Pat Akers; nieces and nephews, Corey<br />

Bennett, Amber Dickey, Teresa Duty, and<br />

Jolene Akers, as well as many other nieces<br />

and nephews.<br />

She was preceded in death by: her parents;<br />

husband, William Russell Everetts in<br />

2021; son, Scott Everetts; and brother, Jim<br />

Akers.<br />

The family received friends on <strong>May</strong> 12 at<br />

Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory,<br />

London. Condolences may be shared at<br />

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />


Wendell Peterman, 88, of Plumwood,<br />

Ohio, passed away on <strong>May</strong> 6, <strong>2023</strong>, surrounded<br />

by his loved ones. He was the son<br />

of Mary and George Peterman.<br />

In his spare time, he loved his family,<br />

livestock sales, and especially his time in<br />

the barn with ponies. You could always<br />

catch him driving his beloved wife and<br />

grandchildren on the golf cart.<br />

He is survived by: Madge, his beloved<br />

wife of 55 years; four children, Tony (Kim)<br />

Fraley, Kevin (Kelly) Peterman, Kim (Eric)<br />

Peterman-Brown, Tonja Fraley, and Denise;<br />

numerous grandchildren, Tony, Nikki,<br />

Casey (Jenna), Chelsey (Justin), Austin<br />

(Kristin), Jordan (Tiffany), Austin<br />

(Mikayla), Shelby (Nate), Lex (Ryan); greatgrandchildren,<br />

Zavey, Elizabeth, Konner,<br />

Things just aren’t the<br />

way they used to be.<br />

Whatever happened to businesses,<br />

that were eager to please? Well,<br />

there’s one right here in our town.<br />

We offer the same outstanding<br />

service we offered decades ago.<br />

Are we hopelessly out-of-style?<br />

We certainly hope so.<br />

E F<br />

Since 1908<br />

Eberle-Fisher<br />

Funeral Home/Crematory<br />

103 North Main Street • London, Ohio 43140 • (740) 852-2345<br />

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com<br />

Carter, Addi, Ansley, Jensen, Millie, Emmett,<br />

Madge, Lakelynn, Beckett, Peyton,<br />

and Aiden; special niece and nephew, Brittany<br />

and Kyle Peterman; best friend, Noah<br />

Williford.<br />

He was preceded in death by: his parents,<br />

George and Mary; daughter, Louanne<br />

Peterman; grandson, Josh Fraley; greatgreat-grandson,<br />

Easton Fraley; and brothers<br />

and sisters.<br />

A funeral service was held on <strong>May</strong> 11 at<br />

Lynch Family Funeral Home & Cremation<br />

Service, London. An interment service followed<br />

at Plumwood Cemetery. In Wendell’s<br />

memory, the family has requested that memorial<br />

contributions be made to the funeral<br />

home. That may be done by clicking on the<br />

“Payment Center” at the bottom of the funeral<br />

home’s website page. Condolences<br />

may be shared at www.lynchfamilyfuneralhome.com.<br />

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