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Defenbaugh Wise Schoedinger Funeral Home

151 East Main Street
Circleville, OH 43113
(740) 474-3750
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Floral Hills Memory Gardens

17544 Little Walnut Road
Circleville, OH 43113
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Forest Cemetery

905 North Court Street
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Together for 7 decades, St. Cloud couple die 23 hours apart - Florida Times-Union

Monday, April 03, 2017

Elmer Bihl started college during World War II but was called away to work on his father’s vegetable farm in Wheelersburg in southern Ohio, said the couple’s daughter Joanne Minor, 66, of Circleville, Ohio.The Bihls married on Sept. 25, 1948, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Wheelersburg, and Elmer Bihl became the owner and manager of Andrew Bihl Sons produce farm, which grew sweet corn, tomatoes and other crops. Ruth Bihl raised their children, Donald, Joanne, Dolores, Paul and Roger, cooked, sewed, gardened and kept house.At the end of the workday, Elmer played badminton, croquet, baseball and pinochle with the children, and the family took occasional trips to Florida, which they loved.“They were wonderful (parents) — strict but fair, said their son Roger Bihl, 57, of St. Cloud.Family, church and hard work were at the center of their world, but the base that supported everything was Elmer and Ruth Bihl’s devotion to each another.When she stood at the stove, sometimes with a smudge of flour on her face, he’d give her a hug and a kiss as he headed back to work on the farm after lunch. Whenever he looked at her, it was obvious that he adored her, their children recalled.Once they moved to Florida, Elmer Bihl took a job as superintendent at a water and sewer utility in Kissimmee, and they joined St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Cloud, where Ruth was the women’s-group treasurer and baked and crocheted for the holiday bazaar and Elmer was in charge of bingo.After Elmer Bihl retired, it was rare to see either Bihl without the other, whether they were sitting on their porch admiring the yard where Ruth grew her head-turning poinsettias, shopping at the grocery store or entertaining family and friends.Then Ruth Bihl began to develop Alzheimer’s disease, and Elmer learned to do the cooking, cleaning, ironing and other household chores she’d never let him touch in their younger days.When his wife’s dementia reached the point where he could no longer care for her at home, Elmer Bihl arrived at the nursing home every day precisely at noon to sit with her as she ate lunch.“He wanted to make sure that she was taken care of and safe,” said Dudgeon, 38, also of Circleville. “He doted on her every second of every day until he couldn’t do so anymore.”The couple’s joint funeral Mass was March 13 at St. Thomas Aquinas. Their remains will be cremated and laid to rest together at Osceola Memory Gardens. Besides their children, they are survived by seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.“It was a true love story,” Minor said.

Delmer R. Rhodes - Pickaway News Journal

Monday, January 16, 2017

Published: January 14, 2017Delmer Richard Rhodes, 80, of Circleville, went to be with the Lord at 4:10 a.m. Jan. 12, 2017, surrounded by his family.He retired from Becton Dickinson as a polymer scientist after 28 years of service.When he retired, his hobbies were golfing, woodworking and spending time with his family. He was known for his sense of humor and his great outlook on life.Delmer was preceded in death by his parents, Delmer W. Rhodes and Opal J. (Doughty) Rhodes.He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dale (Ward) Rhodes; his son, Rick D. (Colleen Wegley) Rhodes; his daughters, Belynda K. (Rhodes) Alvey, Melissa (Missi) D. Rhodes and Connie L. (Tim) Ratliff; his granddaughter, Lucresia J. (Alvey) Coleman (Charlie Coleman); and by many cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends that have become family throughout the years.He was an amazing man, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, with cremation to follow. Friends ma...

Mary E. Whaley - Pickaway News Journal

Monday, January 09, 2017

Published: January 7, 2017Mary E. WhaleyMary E. Whaley, 91, of Circleville, passed from this life on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 5, 2017, in the Pickaway Manor, Circleville, following an extended illness.She was born Aug. 21, 1925, in Chillicothe, the daughter of William G. and Emma M. (Koebel) Neal.On Sept. 4, 1947, she married Lewis Edward "Ed" Whaley, who preceded her in death on Sept. 29, 1997.She is survived by her daughters, Joyce (John) DeLong of Kingston, Michele (Steve) Ash of Canal Winchester and Lori (Gary) Kettenburg of Riverview, Florida; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her sister, Marjorie Bunch of Venice, Florida; her sister-in-law, Mary Neal of Chillicothe; and many friends.Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her daughter, Cheryl; her brother, Donald Neal; her brother and sister-in-law, William and Ruth Neal; and her brother-in-law, Booker Bunch.Mary had worked as an office administrator. She was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Circleville...

Ruth A. Brown - Pickaway News Journal

Monday, January 09, 2017

Jake Taylor), Jordan (Kris Zimmerman) Mills, W. Clayton Brown, Brittany (Brady Woltz) Brown, Brookelynn Brown and Ashlynn Brown; a great-grandson, Braydan Taylor; a sister, Wanda (Darrell) Wright of Circleville; sisters-in-law, Stella Knece and Martha Robertson, both of Circleville, and Thelma Nutter, of Ashville; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.She was predeceased by her mother and stepfather; father; mother-in-law; father-in-law; a nephew; and several brothers-in-law.Ruth thought the world of her stepfather, Victor Echard, as he was the one who was there for her, her mother and sister. That was her Dad!A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Greenlawn Cemetery with Rev. Denzel Wright officiating. There will be no calling hours.Arrangements are under the direction of the Ware Funeral Home, Chillicothe. You may sign her online register at www.warefh.com.

Vivian Dale

Monday, October 10, 2016

Clarehouse in Tulsa. Vivian was born December 8th, 1921, in Medford, Oklahoma, to the late Otice Lee and Ada (Schulze) Jewitt.Vivian is survived by daughters, Denise Fuller and husband, Craig, of Circleville, Ohio, and Marsha Grindle and husband, Scott, of Tulsa; grandchildren, Anna Grindle Hartung and husband, Matt, of Tulsa and Allison Grindle of Dallas, Texas; and great-grandchild, Amy Hartung.She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Phyllis Dotson and husband, Ray, of Tulsa and JoAnne Teegardin and husband, John, of Taos Canyon, New Mexico; brothers-in-law, Doyle Moore of Tucson, Arizona and Paul T. Bryant of Arden, North Carolina; and many loving nieces, nephews and relatives.Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glenn H. Dale; daughter, Laura Dale Plaster; and four sisters, Ruth Burgin, Laverna Belle Cole, Lois Fern McCabe and Vera Mae Moore.Vivian graduated from Carney, Oklahoma High School in 1939, and moved to Bartlesville where she attended and graduated from Bartlesville Junior College while living with her aunt and uncle. After graduation, Vivian went to work at Phillips Petroleum Company as an administrative assistant. She took a room at a local boarding house that also served meals to local young men. One of those young men was Glenn H. Dale, a Phillips Petroleum chemical engineer from Oklahoma City. Both Vivian and Glenn rode the train to go visit their respe...

Galen R. Mulford, PhD - Pickaway News Journal

Monday, September 12, 2016

Robert) Holland of Cheshire and Sandra Mulford of Reynoldsburg; a son, Wendell (Mary Jane) Mulford of Madeira; a daughter, Molly (Blake) Beardsley of Powell; two step-daughters, Beth (David) Milam of Circleville and Mary (Jaime) Dick of Plain City; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Wendell and Robert; and a sister, Vivian Grant.Following graduation from Cheshire High School in 1949, Galen enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Tarawa (CVA-40). He received his bachelor's, master's and PhD degrees from Ohio University.He spent the majority of his career in the Chillicothe City School system, where he served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. He was particularly proud of his service as the first principal of Duncan McArthur Elementary School from 1961 to 1971. He retired due to disability in 1979.Galen was a long-time member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, where he served in various capacities, including Deacon. He had a strong calling to share the Good News of the Gospel.He was a member of Siloam Lodge 456 F&AM, the Ross County Retired Teachers' Association, the Ohio Education Association and the National Education Association.Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, at Ware Funeral Home on Second Street in Chillicothe. A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at Tabernacle Baptist Church with Rev. Steven Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Family Life Center at Tabe...

Edith A. Robinson - Pickaway News Journal

Monday, June 06, 2016

Adena Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.She was born Dec. 6, 1926, in Ross County, to the late Mel and Nora Sherrick Nunley.Edith is survived by daughters, Linda (Harold) Sheets of Circleville and Helen (Dean) Hardin of Chillicothe; a son, Gary L. Robinson of Creola; and a son and daughter-in-law, Carl (Faye) Robinson.She was predeceased by her husbands, Roy Brust and Vivian Robinson; brothers, Charles Nunley, Bob Shields, Jim Shields and Albert Nunley; and sisters, Mary Shields, Betty Harris, Frances Murray and Leona Wolford.Edith attended Hilltop Mission Church.Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2016, at the Ware Funeral Home, Chillicothe, with Pastor Aaron Satterfield officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.You may sign her online register at www.warefh.com.

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Together for 7 decades, St. Cloud couple die 23 hours apart - Florida Times-Union

Monday, April 03, 2017

Elmer Bihl started college during World War II but was called away to work on his father’s vegetable farm in Wheelersburg in southern Ohio, said the couple’s daughter Joanne Minor, 66, of Circleville, Ohio.The Bihls married on Sept. 25, 1948, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Wheelersburg, and Elmer Bihl became the owner and manager of Andrew Bihl Sons produce farm, which grew sweet corn, tomatoes and other crops. Ruth Bihl raised their children, Donald, Joanne, Dolores, Paul and Roger, cooked, sewed, gardened and kept house.At the end of the workday, Elmer played badminton, croquet, baseball and pinochle with the children, and the family took occasional trips to Florida, which they loved.“They were wonderful (parents) — strict but fair, said their son Roger Bihl, 57, of St. Cloud.Family, church and hard work were at the center of their world, but the base that supported everything was Elmer and Ruth Bihl’s devotion to each another.When she stood at the stove, sometimes with a smudge of flour on her face, he’d give her a hug and a kiss as he headed back to work on the farm after lunch. Whenever he looked at her, it was obvious that he adored her, their children recalled.Once they moved to Florida, Elmer Bihl took a job as superintendent at a water and sewer utility in Kissimmee, and they joined St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Cloud, where Ruth was the women’s-group treasurer and baked and crocheted for the holiday bazaar and Elmer was in charge of bingo.After Elmer Bihl retired, it was rare to see either Bihl without the other, whether they were sitting on their porch admiring the yard where Ruth grew her head-turning poinsettias, shopping at the grocery store or entertaining family and friends.Then Ruth Bihl began to develop Alzheimer’s disease, and Elmer learned to do the cooking, cleaning, ironing and other household chores she’d never let him touch in their younger days.When his wife’s dementia reached the point where he could no longer care for her at home, Elmer Bihl arrived at the nursing home every day precisely at noon to sit with her as she ate lunch.“He wanted to make sure that she was taken care of and safe,” said Dudgeon, 38, also of Circleville. “He doted on her every second of every day until he couldn’t do so anymore.”The couple’s joint funeral Mass was March 13 at St. Thomas Aquinas. Their remains will be cremated and laid to rest together at Osceola Memory Gardens. Besides their children, they are survived by seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.“It was a true love story,” Minor said.

Delmer R. Rhodes - Pickaway News Journal

Monday, January 16, 2017

Published: January 14, 2017Delmer Richard Rhodes, 80, of Circleville, went to be with the Lord at 4:10 a.m. Jan. 12, 2017, surrounded by his family.He retired from Becton Dickinson as a polymer scientist after 28 years of service.When he retired, his hobbies were golfing, woodworking and spending time with his family. He was known for his sense of humor and his great outlook on life.Delmer was preceded in death by his parents, Delmer W. Rhodes and Opal J. (Doughty) Rhodes.He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dale (Ward) Rhodes; his son, Rick D. (Colleen Wegley) Rhodes; his daughters, Belynda K. (Rhodes) Alvey, Melissa (Missi) D. Rhodes and Connie L. (Tim) Ratliff; his granddaughter, Lucresia J. (Alvey) Coleman (Charlie Coleman); and by many cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends that have become family throughout the years.He was an amazing man, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, with cremation to follow. Friends ma...

Mary E. Whaley - Pickaway News Journal

Monday, January 09, 2017

Published: January 7, 2017Mary E. WhaleyMary E. Whaley, 91, of Circleville, passed from this life on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 5, 2017, in the Pickaway Manor, Circleville, following an extended illness.She was born Aug. 21, 1925, in Chillicothe, the daughter of William G. and Emma M. (Koebel) Neal.On Sept. 4, 1947, she married Lewis Edward "Ed" Whaley, who preceded her in death on Sept. 29, 1997.She is survived by her daughters, Joyce (John) DeLong of Kingston, Michele (Steve) Ash of Canal Winchester and Lori (Gary) Kettenburg of Riverview, Florida; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her sister, Marjorie Bunch of Venice, Florida; her sister-in-law, Mary Neal of Chillicothe; and many friends.Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her daughter, Cheryl; her brother, Donald Neal; her brother and sister-in-law, William and Ruth Neal; and her brother-in-law, Booker Bunch.Mary had worked as an office administrator. She was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Circleville...

Ruth A. Brown - Pickaway News Journal

Monday, January 09, 2017

Jake Taylor), Jordan (Kris Zimmerman) Mills, W. Clayton Brown, Brittany (Brady Woltz) Brown, Brookelynn Brown and Ashlynn Brown; a great-grandson, Braydan Taylor; a sister, Wanda (Darrell) Wright of Circleville; sisters-in-law, Stella Knece and Martha Robertson, both of Circleville, and Thelma Nutter, of Ashville; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.She was predeceased by her mother and stepfather; father; mother-in-law; father-in-law; a nephew; and several brothers-in-law.Ruth thought the world of her stepfather, Victor Echard, as he was the one who was there for her, her mother and sister. That was her Dad!A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Greenlawn Cemetery with Rev. Denzel Wright officiating. There will be no calling hours.Arrangements are under the direction of the Ware Funeral Home, Chillicothe. You may sign her online register at www.warefh.com.

Vivian Dale

Monday, October 10, 2016

Clarehouse in Tulsa. Vivian was born December 8th, 1921, in Medford, Oklahoma, to the late Otice Lee and Ada (Schulze) Jewitt.Vivian is survived by daughters, Denise Fuller and husband, Craig, of Circleville, Ohio, and Marsha Grindle and husband, Scott, of Tulsa; grandchildren, Anna Grindle Hartung and husband, Matt, of Tulsa and Allison Grindle of Dallas, Texas; and great-grandchild, Amy Hartung.She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Phyllis Dotson and husband, Ray, of Tulsa and JoAnne Teegardin and husband, John, of Taos Canyon, New Mexico; brothers-in-law, Doyle Moore of Tucson, Arizona and Paul T. Bryant of Arden, North Carolina; and many loving nieces, nephews and relatives.Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glenn H. Dale; daughter, Laura Dale Plaster; and four sisters, Ruth Burgin, Laverna Belle Cole, Lois Fern McCabe and Vera Mae Moore.Vivian graduated from Carney, Oklahoma High School in 1939, and moved to Bartlesville where she attended and graduated from Bartlesville Junior College while living with her aunt and uncle. After graduation, Vivian went to work at Phillips Petroleum Company as an administrative assistant. She took a room at a local boarding house that also served meals to local young men. One of those young men was Glenn H. Dale, a Phillips Petroleum chemical engineer from Oklahoma City. Both Vivian and Glenn rode the train to go visit their respe...

Galen R. Mulford, PhD - Pickaway News Journal

Monday, September 12, 2016

Robert) Holland of Cheshire and Sandra Mulford of Reynoldsburg; a son, Wendell (Mary Jane) Mulford of Madeira; a daughter, Molly (Blake) Beardsley of Powell; two step-daughters, Beth (David) Milam of Circleville and Mary (Jaime) Dick of Plain City; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Wendell and Robert; and a sister, Vivian Grant.Following graduation from Cheshire High School in 1949, Galen enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Tarawa (CVA-40). He received his bachelor's, master's and PhD degrees from Ohio University.He spent the majority of his career in the Chillicothe City School system, where he served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. He was particularly proud of his service as the first principal of Duncan McArthur Elementary School from 1961 to 1971. He retired due to disability in 1979.Galen was a long-time member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, where he served in various capacities, including Deacon. He had a strong calling to share the Good News of the Gospel.He was a member of Siloam Lodge 456 F&AM, the Ross County Retired Teachers' Association, the Ohio Education Association and the National Education Association.Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, at Ware Funeral Home on Second Street in Chillicothe. A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at Tabernacle Baptist Church with Rev. Steven Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Family Life Center at Tabe...

Edith A. Robinson - Pickaway News Journal

Monday, June 06, 2016

Adena Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.She was born Dec. 6, 1926, in Ross County, to the late Mel and Nora Sherrick Nunley.Edith is survived by daughters, Linda (Harold) Sheets of Circleville and Helen (Dean) Hardin of Chillicothe; a son, Gary L. Robinson of Creola; and a son and daughter-in-law, Carl (Faye) Robinson.She was predeceased by her husbands, Roy Brust and Vivian Robinson; brothers, Charles Nunley, Bob Shields, Jim Shields and Albert Nunley; and sisters, Mary Shields, Betty Harris, Frances Murray and Leona Wolford.Edith attended Hilltop Mission Church.Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2016, at the Ware Funeral Home, Chillicothe, with Pastor Aaron Satterfield officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.You may sign her online register at www.warefh.com.