William R. “Bill” Elson

William R. “Bill” Ellson, 69, of Marysville, died Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Wexner Heritage Village Zusman Hospice in Bexley following a long battle with heart disease. An electrical engineer by profession, he began his career with the aerospace division of Singer Sewing Machine Company in June 1967. He served the same company through many ownership changes for over 40 years. As his retirement approached in 2010, he was supervising engineer with BAE Systems. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Steven’s Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Dianna, established their home and raised their children in New Jersey until they moved to Marysville in 2012 to live close to family. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Marysville where he participated in Bible study. He also volunteered for his church’s furniture bank at The Hope Center. He enjoyed landscape oil painting and was a “student” of Bob Ross. He also liked to golf. He was born January 18, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York to the late William G. and Edith Benhken Ellson. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Dianna Winters Ellson, whom he married August 26, 1967 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Butler, New Jersey; his daughter, Edith (Jessie) Boysel of Marysville; his son, William R. (Lisa) Ellson, Jr. of Vernon, New Jersey; three grandchildren, Sara Ellson of Marysville, Sean Boysel of Marysville and Samantha Ellson of Vernon, NJ; a great-granddaughter, Leila-Ann Jones of Marysville; three step-granddaughters, Janelle Boysel, Marisa Boysel and Micayla Boysel and a step great-grandson, Casey Turell, all of Indiana; a brother, David Ellson of Teaneck, NJ; and many other relatives, including a nephew, Greg Ellson. The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Underwood Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Friday at First Presbyterian Church of Marysville where a luncheon will be held following the service. Rev. Dr. Scott S. Strohm will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the organ procurement program Lifeline of Ohio at www.lifelineofohio.org. Envelopes will also be available with the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Bill James

William Murray “Bill” James, age 87, of Peoria, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at his home with his wife, Cora, by his side. A farmer for most of his life, he retired at the age of 75. During his retirement, he enjoyed gardening and lawn care. He was born April 12, 1927 in Fulton, Ohio to the late Thornton W. and Mabel Burke James and was also predeceased by a son, David M. James; a sister, June Poston; and a brother, Burke James. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Cora Mae Ruhl James, whom he married December 19, 1953 in Ashley, Ohio; a daughter, Charlotte (Dave) Schlueter of Oxford, Ohio; six grandchildren, Jamie (Chris) Oakes, Brian (Sara) Woods, Marissa Schlueter, Joshua James, Thomas Schlueter and David James; a brother-in-law, William Ruhl of Florida; and many nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held 12 noon Friday at Fulton Cemetery in Fulton, Ohio. Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Karen Lee Parker Rambo

Karen Lee Parker Rambo, age 57, of Marysville, Ohio formerly of Cedar Hill, TX, died unexpectedly Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at The Ohio State University Medical Center. A loving mother, devoted grandmother and dedicated wife, she was born June 7, 1957 in Pasadena, California to the late Jack and Mildred Wheeler Parker. She is survived by her husband Richard R. Rambo, whom she married August 17, 2012; her children, Tony Caldevilla of Cedar Hill, Texas, Amber (Matthew) Harper of Duncanville, Texas, Jerin Delgado of Cedar Hill, Texas and Matt (Nina) Delgado of Arlington, Texas; four grandchildren, Dylan, Lily, Ethan and Sydney; three sisters, Edna (Jim) Olsen of Whittier, California, Sally Nelson of Temple City, California, Joan Parker of Temple City, California; a brother Jack Parker of Hesperia, California; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Memorial services will be announced soon to be held in Dallas, Texas. Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville, Ohio is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Gloria Davis

Gloria Virginia Womeldorf Counts Davis, 87, of Marysville, died Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Doctor’s Hospital West in Columbus. She was a retired bookkeeper for the State of Ohio. She enjoyed dancing and her animals, especially her pet dog, Walker. She was born December 8, 1926 in Columbus to the late Ohlan and Elizabeth Miller Womeldorf and was also predeceased by her husbands, Clark Counts and Arlie Davis; by a son, Robert; and two brothers, Orlan and Samuel Womeldorf. She is survived by a son, Ronald Counts of Texas; a sister, Jean Worrel of Florida; and many other relatives. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Underwood Funeral Home where the family will receive friends beginning at 12 noon. Interment will be held later at Buxton Cemetery in Dover Township. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Amy L. Kemp Kerker, James E. Kerker and Lucas James Kerker

James Eric Kerker, age 42, his wife Amy Lynn Kemp Kerker, age 38 and their son Lucas James Kerker, age 6, all of Marysville, died Monday, June 30, 2014 in Loveland, Colorado as a result of a tragic airplane accident while flying on a “great western adventure” for summer vacation.

James was a self-employed engineering sales consultant and was a former associate of Honda Research and Development in Marysville, Ohio. Amy was a dedicated nurse practitioner at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she served in pediatric surgery for several years.

James and Amy received their greatest gift, Lucas James, on January 9, 2008 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.   Lucas, lovingly known as “Lukey James” was a student at Mill Valley Elementary School where he just completed kindergarten. Despite his challenges with ataxia- telangiectasia (A-T), he was lovingly embraced by his fellow students and teachers.  He was recently sworn in as a Junior Trooper for the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He enjoyed cars, dinosaurs, trains and potato chips “chippies.” His favorite color was red.

James was a graduate of engineering from the University of Washington. He served in the United States Air Force. He was a licensed private pilot, a professional AMA motorcycle racer, a dirt bike enthusiast and an avid golfer. Above all, he was a devoted husband and “daddy.”

Amy received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Akron University and a master’s degree in nursing from Wheeling Jesuit University. As an advocate for A-T Children’s Project, she selflessly spent time organizing fundraising events in hopes of finding a cure. She was a PTO mom and a homeroom mother at her son’s school. She enjoyed running, reading and spending time with her family. Amy will be most remembered for making sure that each day was “the best day of my son’s life.”

James was born December 28, 1971 in Davenport, Iowa. He is survived by his parents, Ed and Alice Eddy of Bettendorf, Iowa; a brother, Joe (Nicole) Kerker of Kenosha, WI; a sister, Tammy (Dave) Drake of Moline, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

Amy was born November 28, 1975 in Wheeling, West Virginia. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert Nucci and Starling and Faye Kemp. She is survived by her parents, Gary W. and Robyn L. Nucci Kemp, of Marysville; a brother, Eric W. (Brittney) Kemp of Barnesville; a sister, Leslie A. (Keith) Lefeld of New Bremen; her grandmother Jean Nucci of Flushing; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

In Marysville, Ohio, funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Marysville First United Methodist Church, where the family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. Rev. John Jackson will officiate. A luncheon will follow the service for family and friends.

     In Bethesda, Ohio, funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Bethesda United Methodist Church where the family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. Rev. John Jackson will officiate and burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery in Bethesda.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of the Kerker family to A-T Children’s Project in care of atcp.org. Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville and Kelly-Kemp-Braido-Patron Funeral Home in Bethesda are assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Kathy Stultz

Kathy Anne Hildebrandt Stultz, age 65, of Marysville, died Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Heartland of Marysville following a short illness. A homemaker, she had a passion in caring for animals and was a volunteer for the Union County Humane Society. She was a member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Marysville. As she and her husband raised their child, Megan, she decided to join her daughter’s hobby and took up adult indoor competitive speed skating. She grew up in the Los Angeles, California area where she graduated from high school. She was born December 3, 1948 in Syracuse, New York to the late Ernest and Vernice Haynes Hildebrandt. She is survived by her husband of 21 years, John C. Stultz; her daughter Megan, a senior at The Ohio State University; a brother, Barry (Brenda) Hildebrandt of Utah; her mother-in-law, Gretchen Stultz of Mount Vernon; two brothers-in-law, Ben Stultz of Mount Vernon and Tom (Lois) Stultz of Cincinnati; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held 12 noon Thursday at First Presbyterian Church of Marysville where the family will receive friends beginning at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow for family and guests. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Union County Humane Society. Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Donna Stephens

Donna Kay Phillips Stephens, age 79, of London, died Sunday, June 29, 2014 at The Gables at Green Pastures. A homemaker, she was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother and sister. She was a graduate of Monroe High School and also worked as a waitress during her younger years. She enjoyed reading and drawing and painting. She cherished time with her family, especially around the bonfire. She was born June 22, 1935 in Columbus to the late Kay M. and Grace Alford Phillips and also was predeceased by two sons, Mark and Kirk Stephens. She is survived by her children, Brad (Sherri) Stephens of Marysville, Eric Stephens of Florida, Bart (Jodi) Stephens of Raymond, Aaron (Kristina) Stephens of London and Julie (Jacob) Epp of Richwood; grandchildren, Rick (Stacy) Stephens, Misti (Shayne) Pitts, Brandi (Dominic) Stephens Corbin, Josh Stephens, Cody Stephens, Courtney Stephens, Jeremy (Amanda) Stephens, Shaunelle (Jason) Epp, Shane (Lori) Stephens, Todd Stephens, Justin Stephens, Kane Stephens, Christine Stephens, Logan Stephens, Alden Stephens, Contessa Stephens, Dalton Stephens, Gracie Marie Epp; 10 great grandchildren, Cameron, Caleb, Kaydence, Everlee, Ariah, Dominic Jr., Kaylee, Alyssa, Brooklyn, Amir; a brother, Max (Linda) Phillips of Florida and a sister, Patricia “Patsy” (John) Jordan of Plain City; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives, including Tommy, Jay and Dorothy Phillips. The family will receive friends 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Underwood Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Raymond Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Betty F. Watkins

Betty F. Watkins, age 91, of Woodstock, died Monday, June 23, 2014 at OhioHealth Hospice Kobacker House in Columbus.
A very spiritual person, she attended Marysville Free Will Baptist Church for many years. With a strong faith in God throughout her life, she found her greatest joy in being a loving mother and Nana. She met life’s challenges with a quiet strength and courage and loved that she could remain in her home for sixty-six years.
She was born January 21, 1923 in Portsmouth to the late Hayden and Naomi Slone Hall and was also preceded in death by a brother Ray Hall.
She is survived by her son, Ron (Bonnie) Watkins of Milford Center; her daughter, Joan (Phil) Kegg of Columbus; four grandchildren, Angela Watkins, Tony, Watkins, Craig (Kelly) Kegg and Kyle Kegg; six great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Jean Klingensmith; four brothers, Bob (Blanche) Hall, Bill Hall, Buel Hall and George (Irma) Hall; and many nieces and nephews and special friends.
The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Underwood Funeral Home, 703 East Fifth Street, Marysville. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Marysville Free Will Baptist Church, 280 North Cherry Street, Marysville. Pastor Paul Bogenrife will officiate and interment will be at the Woodstock Cemetery in Woodstock.
Memorial contributions may be made to Marysville Free Will Baptist Church or a feed-the-children organization of choice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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James Lawrence Sollinger

James Lawrence Sollinger, age 55, of Vienna, Virginia, died Friday, June 20, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. A United States patriot, he spent most of his professional career overseas, including Belgium, South Korea and Greece. He also worked as a volunteer firefighter.
A graduate of the University of Idaho, he held a small aircraft pilot license, was an Eagle Scout and enjoyed outdoor adventures including kayaking and hiking. He was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia.
He was born on August 14, 1958 in Ohio, the eldest son of five children and enjoyed his formative years in Switzerland, France and Italy.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosemary Rongone Sollinger. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Christine Sollinger; two sons, Marc and Matthew Sollinger; his father, Willard D. Sollinger of Marysville; three sisters, Nancy (Jim Caligiuri) Sollinger of Nevada and Janet (Kevin Zerrusen) Sollinger of Virginia and Mary (Dave) Applegate of Marysville; a brother, John (Kelly) Sollinger of Columbus; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 12 noon Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Meadowlark Gardens Atrium, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, Virginia  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions  may be made to Mychals Message at MychalsMessage.org. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Edgar Scheiderer

Edgar George Ernest Scheiderer, age 86, of Marysville, died peacefully Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at home with his loving wife, Marjorie, and family by his side.  He worked at O.M. Scott and Sons for almost 18 years and served as the chemical plant manager for twelve of those years. During his retirement, he worked as a caretaker for the P.C. Williams family. He was a former associate of Thiergartner Implement Company in Milford Center. Following graduation in 1946 from Chuckery Darby High School, he worked on the family farm before being drafted in the Army. He was a lifelong member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he was baptized November 13, 1927. He attended grade school at St. John’s Lutheran School and was confirmed March 29, 1942. He served his church as elder, usher and member of the choir. Among other ways he served the church, he was a member of the 150th church anniversary committee.  As a member of the St. John’s school board, he was instrumental in the organization of the school’s kindergarten program. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served with Company C, 231st Combat Engineers at Ft. Lewis, Washington during the Korean War. He was stationed at Desert Rock, Nevada during the testing of the atomic bomb. He was a member of American Legion, Union Post 79. On May 17 of this year, he was selected to travel to Washington, D.C. on the Honor Flight. He was a 4-H advisor for 12 years and served as president for the Union County 4-H council. He supported his four children who were 4-H members over a span of 22 years. He also coached boys’ softball and baseball.  He served on the Paris Township Sub-planning Committee. During his younger years, he played on the North Lewisburg Firemen’s softball team, which won third place in the state. He was a member of Windsor and Community Seniors, where he served on the advisory board. He also served two terms with the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. He and his wife were inducted in 2009 to the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame and they also received the Medical Mutual of Ohio Senior Advisory Council’s 2009 Outstanding Senior Volunteer Honorable Mention award for exemplary community volunteer service. Besides playing sports, he enjoyed cooking and will be well-remembered for his homemade noodles and sugar popcorn. He liked working in the garden and yard, especially with roses. He cherished his travels with his wife to the Holy Lands, Europe, Hawaii and many other sites. Above all, he loved the time he spent with his family, especially attending his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. He was born October 28, 1927 in Union County to the late Carl and Rosa Burns Scheiderer. He was also predeceased by an infant son, Mark Walter Scheiderer and by brothers and sisters and brothers-and sisters-in-law, Harry and Frances Scheiderer, Roy and Burdetta Scheiderer, Frieda and Herman Nicol, Helen and Harry Evans, Lorna Scheiderer, Martin Burns, Doris M. and Harold C. Rausch, Gerald and Mary Dellinger, Ruth Ann Vollrath and Walter “Myron” Dellinger. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marjorie Dellinger Scheiderer, whom he married April 18, 1954 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chuckery; a daughter, Karen (Steve) Hall of Marysville; three sons, Carl (Dawn) Scheiderer of Hilliard, Larry (Kelly) Scheiderer of Hilliard and Edgar Roy (Beth) Scheiderer of Powell; eight grandchildren, Jason (Krista) Hall, Michael (Danielle) Hall, Megan Scheiderer, Kara (Jason) Pollo, Brooke Scheiderer, Karolyn Scheiderer, Laura Scheiderer and Jordan Scheiderer; three great-grandchildren, Riley, Olivia and Logan Hall; two sisters, Gertrude (Ludlow) Nicol of Marysville and Norma Burns of Marysville formerly of Milford Center; a brother-in-law, Phillip Vollrath of Milford Center; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and special friends. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. (today) Thursday at Underwood Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Rev. Jacob Heino and Rev. Larry Kudart will officiate. Burial will be at the church cemetery.  Full military honors will be provided by the Union County Military Funeral Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the St. John’s Church Organ Fund or to Loving Care Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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