Obituaries — 2/25/14

Published 12:30pm Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Charles Eicher

Charles W. Eicher Jr., 91, of Deering, passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the St. Mary’s Medical Center-Ironton Campus. He was born April 9, 1922, the son of the late Charles W. Eicher, Sr. and Julia Gordley Eicher.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian, whom he married in May 1955; a son, Dennis Eicher; brothers, Carl and Arnold Eicher; and sisters, Pauline Carnahan and Audrea Reiff.
He is survived by six sons, Michael (Sandra) Eicher, of Dublin, John (Hazel) Holbrook, of Alamogordo, N.M., Paul Eicher and Charles (Linda) Eicher III, both of South Point, David (Vicki) Eicher, of Norfolk, Va., and Sam Newman, of South Point; 13 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; niece, Pat Franck of Melbourne, Fla.; nephews Bill Eicher, of Mainville, Tom Eicher, of Ironton, and Albert Hanners of Florida.
Charles graduated from Hanging Rock High School in 1940. After high school he entered the U.S. Navy in September 1942, and was sent to the Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago, Ill., for training. He was assigned in Norfolk, Va., and served aboard the U.S.S. New Mexico. He then served 18 months in Trinidad, returning to Miami, Fla., in October 1945 to receive an honorable discharge.
After returning from military service, he worked as a commercial painter with his father, C.W. Eicher Painting and Contracting, in the Ironton area and later at Cape Canaveral, Fla. He was also employed by the Painters Local Union No. 555 in Portsmouth and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post No. 8850.
In 1958, Charles and Vivian were owners of Chuck’s Live Fish and Bait, in Coal Grove, and Chuck’s Fishing Lake at Deering where they maintained a business for 35 years.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home with pastor Jim Beals officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery with military graveside rites by the VFW Post 8850. Visitation will be Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. For offer condolences to the family, please visit

Robert Ferguson

Robert Fredrick Ferguson, 52, of Ironton, passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. The Ironton native was born Aug. 17, 1961, the son of the late Ronald Ferguson and Hildy Moore Crawford.
Mr. Ferguson is a 1979 graduate of St. Joseph High School. He was a self-employed custom woodworker, a member of the St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his beloved children, a daughter, Hannah Ferguson, of  Ironton; two sons, Nick Ferguson and Dyllan “Pook” Ferguson, both of Ironton; a sister, Rhonda and Jim Colegrove, of Ironton; three brothers, Richard J. Ferguson, of Ironton, Chris and Stephanie Crawford, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Michael Crawford, of Greenville, N.C.; a grandmother, Loretta Moore, of Ironton; two uncles, Richard Ferguson and Robert Moore; and many loved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church with Father David Huffman officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery and visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church. Donations may be made to Phillips Funeral Home, PO Box 122, Ironton, OH 45638. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

Wanda Artis

Wanda Artis, 83, of Lawrence County, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Arrangements are pending at Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Oak Hill.

Edward Roble

Edward Alan Roble, 50, of Huntington, W.Va., died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at home. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.

Michael Cremeans

Michael Kenneth Cremeans, 59, of Huntington, W.Va., died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Cremeans. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hall Funeral Home in Proctorville. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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