Obituaries — 9/19/13

Published 12:29pm Thursday, September 19, 2013

Louis Rist

Louis Raymond “Ray” Rist, 88, of Rochester, Mich., formerly of Ironton, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at home in Michigan. The Ironton native was born Feb. 2, 1925, the son of the late James Henry Rist and Sarah Almira Kelly Rist. The World War II veteran enjoyed 64 beautiful years of marriage to the late Geraldine Yates Rist.

Ray started his lifelong career at Wilson’s Sporting Goods in Ironton as an assistant foreman in 1946. His career took him from foreman to plant manager, to labor relations manager to a specialist in plant start ups and spanned the globe taking him from Ironton to Tennessee, Puerto Rico, Illinois, Ireland, Michigan, the West Indies, and Haiti. After retiring in 1985 he and “Gerry” moved to Shelby, N.C., and finally back to Ironton before moving to Michigan to reside with his daughter and family.

Ray attended the First Presbyterian Church while he lived in Ironton and was a member of Paint Creek United Methodist Church in Oakland Township, Mich. Ray was a kind and patient man known for his smile, a loving husband and father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

In addition to his parents and wife, Ray was preceded in death by a son, Darrell Yates Rist; two brothers, George and Leonard Rist; two sisters, Mary Lou Coburn and Clarice Ann Beals; and three brothers-in-law, Rex Yates, Edsel Yates and Ralph Morris.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jerolyn Rist Szuch and her husband, William Szuch of Rochester; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Brett and Chelsea Szuch of Auburn Hills, Mich.; granddaughter, Erin Szuch of Auburn Hills, Mich.; a sister and brother-in-law, Leah and Remy Meeks of Ironton; sister-in-laws Martha Rist of Columbus, Shirley Rist of Eldersburg, Md., Shirley Yates of Lexington Ky., and Billie Jean Morris of Ironton; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Charles and Janet Yates of Coal Grove.

Funeral services will be 11a.m. Saturday at the First Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Rob Hale officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home and the body will lie in state one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneral


Thomas Nash

Thomas L Nash, age 89, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Tom was born Sept. 15, 1924, in Scottown, to the late Homer C. and Aggie (Lewis) Nash.

He graduated from Windsor High School in 1941, and proudly served his country in the US Army Air Corp during WWII.

Tom was a long time United States Postal employee starting his career as a rural carrier in southern Ohio, then serving as a U.S. Postal Inspector for many years before retiring in 1983 as Postmaster of Bellevue, Neb.  He was a member of Southwest Church of Christ in Omaha, Neb.  In addition to his parents, Tom is preceded in death by his wife, Goldie (Price) Nash in 2008 and two sisters, Lucille Nash and Fleta Dillon.  Tom is survived by his three children, Terri (Bob) Krabbe, Pamela (Lawrence) Stewart, and Randall (Christy) Nash; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister Eileen Vass Brown of Ironton. Tom loved to keep busy with gardening, woodworking and beekeeping.

Visitation is Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral is Monday from 10:30 a.m., all at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Interment will be in Ridgewood Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion. Lunch will follow at the Walnut Hill Reception Center. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society, Disabled American Veterans and Southwest Church of Christ of  Omaha.



Charles Waugh

Charles Richard “Rick” Waugh, 58, of Olive Hill, Ky., died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at the Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland, Ky. There will be no services. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at


Joann Drummond

Joann Drummond, 74, of Ironton, passed away, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at her residence. The Ironton native was born April 18, 1939, the daughter of the late Maxwell Fields and Ruth Law Fields Thacker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Leland Paul Drummond.

Mrs. Drummond was a 1957 graduate of Dawson Bryant High School and a retired school bus driver for the Dawson Bryant School District f. She was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bernard “Frotch” Fields; and a granddaughter, Amber Malone.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Debbie Drummond; two daughters and sons-in-law,Glenda and David Seagraves of Catlettsburg, Ky., and Joni and Anthony Smith of Ironton; a sister, Sandra Xander of Derby, Kan.; two stepbrothers, Dan Fields of Ironton and John Fields of Kitts Hill; eight grandchildren, Michelle Noel, Shawna Drummond, Ashley Rowe, Colt Pennington, Lee Pennington, Kyle Malone, Andy Smith and Jaida Smith; and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home with Randy Tate officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery and visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

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