Brian L. Mulligan

Brian Lee Mulligan, age 57, of Marysville, died early Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Milcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He retired from Honda Transmission in Russells Point after 35 years. A 1976 graduate of Marysville High School, he was a former associate of Cooper’s Dairy Queen and TG&Y. He was an avid reader and enjoyed computers and gardening. He was born December 27, 1957 in Kenton. He was predeceased by his father, Marvin Mulligan. He is survived by his mother, Twila Lane Mulligan of Marysville; two brothers, Jeff Mulligan of Columbus and Kent Mulligan of Marysville; an aunt, Anita Howell of Pataskala; an uncles, Vernon (Geneva) Lane of Richwood; and many cousins and other relatives. The family will hold private services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Cancer Society or Loving Care Hospice. Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Arthur D. Burchett

Arthur D. Burchett, 67, of Richwood, died Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He retired from Dublin Building Systems where he worked as a construction associate. He enjoyed gardening and collecting. He will be remembered for his generosity and giving heart. He was born November 6, 1947 in Louisa, Kentucky to the late Albert and Bernice Wiley Burchett. He was also predeceased by a son, Arthur L. Burchett; and two brothers, Gilbert and Floyd Burchett. He is survived by his children, Kimberly (Larry) McDonald of Richwood, Tia Woerlein of Springfield, Loretta Miller and Paul Miller, both of Marysville and Joe Payne of Marysville; grandchildren, Joshua Lawson, Kelsey Woerlein, Richard Carson, Jr., James Rollings, Kymberlee (Robert Lingrel) Jones, Anthony Bergum, Desiree Burchett; three great- granddaughters, Paige, Maya and Julianna; a sister, Bobbi Green; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends including, Mike Bright, Joshua Edwards, Dempsey “Luke” Griffin and his former wife, Christina Burchett. The family will receive friends 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Underwood Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Barbara Sue Gray

Barbara Sue Black Gray, age 62, of Marysville, died Saturday, February 14, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family. A homemaker, she enjoyed shopping, flea marketing, all kinds of jewelry and spending time with her family. She was born July 23, 1952 in Dayton to the late Rev. Paul and Helen DeBolt Black and was also preceded in death by two brothers, John “Woody” Black and Ronald Black; a sister, Sheila Vagedes; and a great grandson, Braeden Gilmore. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Robert C. Gray, Sr., whom she married October 27, 1975; four children, Renee (Bruce) Lamb of Milford Center, Jackie Shoopman of Dayton, Robert Gray, Jr. of Richwood and Jeremy (Monica) Gray of Winchester; 11 grandchildren, Ashley, Bruce, Jessica, Micah, Dillon, Devon, Desiree, Jordan, Melanie, Holden, Christian; a great granddaughter, Lakyn; four sisters, Brenda (Eddie) Brown, Cheryl Coterel, Connie (Ron) Gaines, Rebecca (Doug) Brooks; a brother Michael Black; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Running For My Life Ministries, 122 North Court St. Pastors Keith and Theresa Roshon will officiate. Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Gary Eugene Stevens

Gary Eugene Stevens, age 73, of Marion, formerly of Marysville, died peacefully Thursday, February 12, 2015 at RiversiGARY STEVENS PHOTO de Methodist Hospital in Columbus with his loving family by his side. He retired in 1998 as supervisor in the draft beer and bottling departments of Anheuser–Busch Brewing Company in Columbus. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959-1963. During his first two years, he was stationed aboard the heavy cruiser and Flagship of the 6th Fleet, the USS Newport News out of Norfolk, Virginia. During the Cuban missile crisis, he was among the Marines deployed to turn back Soviet ships attempting to enter Havana harbor. While stationed in Virginia, he attended Sea School in Portsmouth and Recon School in Little Creek. For the last two years of his service he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as an advanced infantry Marine. While there, he took one year of classes at East Carolina University in Greenville. At the end of his term of service, he declined the offer to extend his enlistment with the rank of lieutenant, and was honorably discharged as a Lance Corporal in 1963. He remained intensely proud of being a MarinGaryStevensMarinephoto1 (2)e throughout the rest of his life often saying, “There is no such thing as an ex-Marine.” He was a member of the Marine Corps League, the Marine Corps Association and the American Legion. Bricks commemorating his Marine Corps service were placed by his daughter and son-in-law in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park at the National Marine Corps Museum in Triangle, Virginia, in 2006, and by his wife and son at Marysville and Richwood.

After his discharge from the service, he was employed by Eaton Axle in Marion for a year before joining the Ohio State Highway Patrol in 1965 and being stationed at the Defiance post. Serving during the politically turbulent period from 1965-1970, he was often assigned to crowd control at disturbances at many prisons and universities throughout the state. He was a former dispatcher for the Defiance County Sheriff’s Department and Defiance City Police Department, where he handled radio traffic during the night shift. Because his work hours afforded him time for extra study, he was able to complete 18 months’ worth of full time studies in one year. He maintained a 3.28 GPA and graduated from Defiance College in 1971 with a liberal arts degree, double majoring in pre-law and political science. One of his favorite courses was comparative religion. After graduation, he worked for Maremont Corporation in Paulding and Rockwell International in Kenton as a production supervisor. He grew up in Richwood and graduated from Richwood High School in 1959. He made many friends all over the country during his 73 years and one of his last wishes, quoting one of his favorite television shows, was that they should all “Live long and prosper.” His favorite motto was “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome,” which exemplified his long battle with hairy cell leukemia, first diagnosed when he was 35. His favorite current television show was “Family Guy,” which is ironically fitting given the lifelong generosity and loyalty he showed to every member of his immediate and extended family.

He was born Aug. 31, 1941, in Columbus, to the late James F. and Elberta June Elizabeth Greenwood Stevens. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Stevens; a sister Janet Stevens; his daughter-in-law, Tonya Shoemaker Stevens; and a nephew, Troy Coons.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joan M. Bishop Stevens, of Marion, whom he married Oct. 20, 1963, and she described him as her hero; his daughter Vicki Stevens and son-in-law Richard De Angelis of College Park, Maryland; his son Guy Stevens and fiancée Danielle Mitchell Bunke of Jackson Center; granddaughters, Kirsten Stevens of Chicago, Illinois and Kara Stevens (Michael Keetch) of Columbus; his sister, Cheryl (Rodney) Stevens Nicol of Plain City; many loving nieces and nephews; many in-laws; and other close relatives and friends, including Danielle’s son, Freddy.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Underwood Funeral Home, 703 East Fifth Street, Marysville, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Jim Christy and Rev. Donald Moceri will officiate. Entombment with prayers of committal and military honors will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Sunset Cemetery in Galloway. Memorial contributions may be made to Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd. Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057 or at semperfifund.org. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com. Pallbearers will be Jimmie Cunningham, Rodney Gayheart, David Snook, Richard De Angelis, Mike Keetch and Edward Engel.

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Linda Lou Foster

Linda Lou Foster, age 69, died February 12, 2015 at home surrounded by her loving family following a short illness. She was a childcare provider for many years and especially cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren. She was born September 12, 1945 in Jeffersonville, Ohio to the late Reverend Raymond and Lou Emma Moore McDaniel, Sr. and was also predeceased by a son, David Michael Foster; her mother-and father-in-law, Robert and Irene Foster; her brother-and sisters-in-law, Jim and Kay Foster, Diane Foster and Karen Matthews. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, David Foster of Marysville; her daughter, Amy (Ross) Ohler of Richwood; her son, Ronald Foster of Woodstock; grandchildren, Felisha (John) McConnahealinda foster photo, Cameron (Colleen) Foster, Alexis Foster, Meaghan Ohler, Kurynn Ohler; two great grandsons, Christopher and Noah McConnahea; two brothers, Rev. Raymond (Shirley) McDaniel, Jr. and Roger (Connie) McDaniel; a sister, Brenda Tabor; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dale (Carol) Foster, Don (Annie) Foster and Rick (Phyllis) Dane; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends including Tara Trout. The family will receive friends 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Underwood Funeral Home with a memorial gathering to follow. Pastor Phil Conrad will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to VITAS Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Elizabeth Fultz Ward

ward obit photo (2)Elizabeth “Liz” Fultz Ward, 81, of Marysville, died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at The Ohio State University Ross Medical Center/Zusman Hospice following a brief illness. Known to so many as a gracious and gentle spirit, constant encourager and generous soul, she was first and foremost, a humble woman of faith. A skilled musician, she was an accomplished pianist, organist, violinist and accordionist. She retired from the Marysville School System after 25 years as an elementary school and music teacher. She began teaching fifth grade at East Elementary School and after receiving a music certification, traveled to all three elementary schools, broadening the music curriculum. She instituted the string program and coordinated it for many years at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She retired in 1993 to spend time with her ailing husband, David. Since 1996 until present day, she served as organist at Marysville First Congregational United Church of Christ. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Marysville where she was junior choir director for 17 years and served as Elder and Deacon. She enjoyed sharing her music talents within the community, playing piano for the Stringalings, singing with the Presby-Thesbys, participating in the Central Ohio Symphony and Cardinal Health Orchestras and accompanying various community shows and theatrical productions. She was a member of Aletheia Society, PEO Sisterhood and Kings Daughters. She led an active lifestyle and enjoyed swimming and walking. A woman of keen intellect, she was an avid reader and enjoyed playing Mahjong and Bridge with close friends. For a number of years, she served as a docent at Piatt Castles in West Liberty. She was a 1951 graduate of Salem High School, attended Heidelberg College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Ohio Wesleyan University. She was born May 5, 1933 in Salem, Ohio to the late Arlan and Minnie Althouse Fultz and was also predeceased by her husband of 40 years, David L. Ward, Sr., whom she married March 27, 1954; and two sisters, Ella Vaughn and Marguerite Miller. She is survived by her children, David L. (Sally) Ward, Jr. of Marysville, Jane (Tim) Martin of Urbana, Christiane (Mike) Schmenk of Marysville and Elizabeth “Beth” Ward Hale of Oakdale, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Milo) Neer Petruziello, Thomas (Wendy) Neer, Maureen Neer, David Martin, Megan Schmenk and Matthew Schmenk; a great-grandson, Rudi Petruziello; a brother-in-law, William (Elizabeth) Ward of Bryan, TX; nieces and nephews; and many loving friends. The family will receive friends at Underwood Funeral Home from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. A memorial service celebrating her life will follow at 4:30 p.m. at Marysville First Congregational United Church of Christ. Reverends Linda Meredith and John M. Groat will officiate. Interment will be held later at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marysville First Congregational United Church of Christ. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Gene R. Tossey

Gene R. Tossey, age 84, of Marysville and a lifetime resident of Dover Township, died unexpectedly Saturday, February 7, 2015 at The James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University Medical Center following a recent surgery. He was a retired Union County superintendent with the Ohio Department of Transportation after 25 years. A 1948 graduate of New Dover High School, he was a former Dover Township Trustee and a former associate of Connolly Construction Company. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He served aboard the USS Harry E. Hugene tosseybbard and the USS Badoeng Strait and was stationed in San Diego. He attended New Dover United Methodist where he taught Sunday school many years ago. He was a member of Palestine Lodge No. 158 F & AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus and Aladdin Shrine and the Union County Shrine Club. He was a member of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Marysville Lodge 1130 and Community and Seasoned Citizens. Since his retirement, he maintained an active lifestyle, enjoying gardening, occasional fishing trips to Lake Erie and a lively hand of euchre with friends with whom he shared varieties of homemade hard tack candies. A bowler, he loved sports of all kinds and was a big OSU fan. A “man’s man,” he favored a witty sense of humor, a lively joke and had a hearty laugh. He was born June 26, 1930 in Union County to the late Paul and Hazel Taylor Tossey and was also predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Betty Marie Eagleston Tossey, whom he married January 7, 1951. He is survived by his son, Tim (Sandy) Tossey of Waverly; a granddaughter, Jennifer (Mark) Shelton of Columbus, Georgia; a grandson, Brett (Paden Green) Tossey of Marysville; four great-grandchildren, Maggie (Martin) Mick, Kacey Huffman, Savannah Dickinson and Paul Tossey; two step-great-grandchildren, Megan and John Shelton; two step-grandsons, Tony and Chris Burke; a half-sister, Rebecca Jo Tossey; nieces and nephews, Michael Paul Munn, Allison Leigh Bell, Adam Tossey Bell, Isaiah Munn and Karter Munn; his step-mother, Clymena “Skip” (Fred) Wagner; many other relatives and a wealth of good friends. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Underwood Funeral Home where a masonic memorial service will follow the calling hours. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Rev. John M. Groat will officiate and burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery with military honors provided by the Union County Military Funeral Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Jason B. Call

Jason B. Call, age 44, of Marysville, died Thursday, February 5, 2015 at The James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University Medical Center. A professional plumber by trade, he worked for various contractors for many years. He was a 1989 graduate of Jackson High School and enjoyed all types of sportsjason call obit  photo. He was a follower of the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cincinnati Reds and NASCAR. He was a member of Marysville Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 3506. He was born December 12, 1970 in Portsmouth and was preceded in death by his father, Lowell R. Call. He is survived by his best friend and partner, Marsha L. Stephenson of Marysville; his son, Joshua; two step-sons, Nicholas and Travis Sullivan; his mother, Joan M. Yeunger of Jackson; his siblings, Greg Call, Jenifer (Steve) Pendleton, Cindy (John) Webb, Becky (Brent) Davis, Angie (Eric) Brown, Kim (Steve) Denney; many nieces, nephews and other relatives; his AA family and friends; and his canine companions, Sascha, Teddy and Carlos. The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Underwood Funeral Home where a memorial gathering will be held following calling hours. Rev. Fr. David A. Poliafico will officiate. A celebration of life gathering will follow at Marysville Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge. Memorial contributions may be made to Union County Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Glenda Whittington Sines

Glenda L. Whittington Sines, age 56, of Cable, formerly of Marysville, died Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She retired from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company after over 22 years. A 1976 graduate of Marysville High School, she attended Columbus State University. She was a former associate of Champaign Landmark in Marysville and Wendy’s International in Dublin. She was passionate about Harley-Davidson motorcycles and enjoyed the open roads on her own Ultra-Classic. She was a big NASCAR follower and a Kyle Petty fan. She loved being a grandma and tending glenda sines phototo her pet goldfish in her fishpond. Her family and friends will remember her for her kindness, loyalty and love. She was born September 5, 1958 in Marysville and was preceded in death by her father, Glenn E. Whittington; her husband, Tony L. Sines; her sister, Tammy Whittington Guisinger; and her brother-in-law, Paul Sines. She is survived by her mother, Pat Mathers Green of North Lewisburg; her son, Jesse (Brittany) Sines of Marysville; her daughter, Brooke (Dan) Fox of Marysville; three grandchildren, Hunter Clark, Skylar Clark and Gavin Sines; her brother, Dan (Laurie) Whittington of Marysville; two nieces, Megan Whittington (Aaron) Keighley and Danielle Whittington; a nephew, Ryan Whittington; her sister-in-law, Maralene Sines; a brother-in-law, David Guisinger; and many other relatives and friends, including Samantha and Todd Olson; and her best loving friend, Mark Avers of Cable. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Underwood Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Pastor Jack Knox will officiate and interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Loving Care Hospice, 779 London Avenue, Marysville or to Millcreek Church of Christ, 24956 Lunda Road, Raymond, Ohio 43067. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Steven L. Hall

Steven L. Hall, age 67, of Marysville, died Saturday, January 31, 2015 at home with his daughters, Janel and Janae, by his side. He bravely endured complications of a brain tumor diagnosed twelve weeks ago. A public servant for more than twenty years, he began his career as an Ohio State Highway Patrolman in Lancaster and later at the Van Wert post. He was a former police chief in Forest, Ohio, and also served on The Ohio State University police force. Following his OSU tenure, he transferred to Marysville where he worked in investigations with the Union County Sheriff’s Office and for the Union County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Until recently, he served for many years as the zoning inspector for Dover and Paris Townships. He also was a driving instructor for Top Driver School. He was a 1965 graduate of Logan Hills High School and received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Columbus State University. He also graduated from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the military police during the Vietnam War. He received an Army Commendation Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He was a passionate golfer and an accomplished maker of golf clubs. He liked shopping, yard sales and antiquing. He loved hot air balloons and never missed attending an All-Ohio Balloon Rally in Marysville. His friends and family will remember him as funny, hard-working and ethical. He was born September 1, 1947 in Bellefontaine to the late Pete and Millie Westfall Hall and was also predeceased by an infant grandchild. He is survived by two daughters, Janel (Neil Tennant) Hall of Grandview Heights and Janae (Brian) Mulvaine of Marysville; three grandsons, Henry and Hugo Tennant and Conner Mulvaine; his siblings; and many other relatives and friends including, Bud and Mary Hall, Alma Lou Westfall, Chris Westfall and Curt and Kathy Westfall. The family will receive friends 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Underwood Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Herman Cemetery with military honors provided by the Union County Military Funeral Honor Guard. A luncheon will follow the burial at Dover Township Hall. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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