Obituaries – 5/27/12

Published 8:50 pm Saturday, May 26, 2012

Paul Kelly Siple

Resident of Oakland, beloved husband, best friend and amazing world travel companion of Gerda Siple, Paul was born in Ironton, Ohio, Sept. 5, 1937, and graduated from St. Joseph High School. He passed away May 22, 2012 in Oakland, Calif., at the age of 74. He was a graduate of San Francisco State University, a member of the Marine Corps, serving four years for his country including being stationed in Okinawa.

He went on to work with the Oakland Zoo for 35 years. Paul was a member and past master of the Eden Standard Lodge F A.M. of California. He was quite the hobbyist – working with stained glass, jewelry and countless home projects. Paul was also known as an animal lover, an avid “Clean Oakland” volunteer, and a man of great generosity. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Eunice Siple.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Gerda; children, Heidi (Steve) Alarid and Sabina (Mark) Kosek. He was the idolized grandfather of Claire and Jack Kosek, Christopher, Sean and Jeremy Alarid and great-grandson, Jayden Alarid. Paul is also survived by his beloved brother-in-law, Karl Breitkopf, three sisters, as well as countless relatives and friends in Germany and all over the world. We will miss you Paul. Family and friends attended a Celebration of Paul’s Life on Saturday at Greer Family Mortuary, 2694 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, Calif. In lieu of flowers and in Paul’s Honor, please be kind to a person in need.

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Wanda Bowman

Wanda Jean Bowman, 84, of Ironton, passed away Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Ky. The Lawrence County native was born Oct. 14, 1927, the daughter of the late Ogle and Grace McKenzie Jenkins.

Mrs. Bowman attended Kitts Hill and Hanging Rock Schools. She was a former employee at the Dayton Malleable Iron Company, where she worked in the Core Room. She was also a former employee of S.S. Kresge’s for over 10 years. She was a member of the First Tabernacle Church on 10th Street in Ironton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl Fetters; her second husband, Fred Bowman; two brothers, Ronnie Jenkins and Earl Jenkins; two sisters, Fern Kolenburg and Eloise Taylor and a grandson, Ricky Joseph. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Doug Woodruff of Ironton and Judy and David Large of Deering; three brothers, Ogle Jenkins, Jr., and Ballard Jenkins both of Toledo, and Gary Jenkins of Ironton; three sisters, Faye Heaberlin of Bellefontaine, Margie Lucas of Ironton and Sharon Vest of Toledo; five grandchildren, Paul David Large of Ironton, Jeanie Harrison and her husband, Kevin of Kitts Hill, Carla Reid and her husband, Shawn of Ironton, Larry Large of Ironton and John Woodruff and his wife, Jennie of New Concord, OH, 12 great grandchildren: Ian Large, British Large, Cassie Large, Bailey Harrison, Morgan Harrison, Ranz Large, Samantha “Sami” Reid, Sophie Reid, Rylynn Large, Lexi Woodruff, Vince Woodruff, and William Woodruff and one great great grandchild, Braxton Keith.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Home with Pastors Scott Jenkins and David Lambert officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will 11 a.m. until the time of the service Tuesday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith, 92, of Huntington, W.Va., died Saturday, May 26, 2012, in Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington. He was the husband of Dorothy Smith who survives. Arrangements are pending at  Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home, Chesapeake. Condolences may be expressed at



William Franklin Pauley, Sr.

William Franklin Pauley, Sr., 75, of Ashland, Ky., died Friday, May 25, 2012, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. Funeral services will be at Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods. Ky., at 1 p.m. Tuesday with Pastor Tommy Melvin. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Ironton with military honors by VFW Post #8850 of Ironton. Visitation from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday. Online condolences may be left for the family at


Kay Aldridge

Kay Willoughby Aldridge, 67, of Proctorville, died Thursday, May 24, 2012, at home. She was the wife of Larry Aldridge who survives There will be no services per Kay’s wishes.  Hall Funeral Home, assisted the family with arrangements.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Roma Midkiff

Roma L. Midkiff Pritchard, 76, of West Hamlin, W.Va., went to meet Jesus on Thursday, May 24, 2012, after a sudden illness at home.  She was born on Sept. 7, 1935, the daughter of the late Elmer “Jum” Midkiff and Elizabeth Bills Midkiff. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Violet Bias, Sara Salmons; one brother, Hampton Midkiff; one grandson, David Pritchard; one daughter-in-law, Roseanna Pritchard.  She was a member of the West Hamlin United Methodist Church, Hamlin Chapter 106 Order of Eastern Star, Mama Bears Homemakers Club and a retired supervisor of The Ohio Bell Telephone Company. She is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, Lowell Thomas (Tom) Pritchard of West Hamlin; three sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Kathy Pritchard of Branchland, W.Va., Rod and Dru Pritchard of Columbus, and Ed and Genie Pritchard of Batavia; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy and Jim Straight of Grove City and Kelly and Jim Simms of Hillard; one sister, Beatrice Sholes of Surf City, N.C.; four brothers, Harvey M. Midkiff of Madison, Ala., Richard L. Midkiff of West Hamlin, David Midkiff of Wisconsin and Jerry A. Midkiff of Salt Rock; 17 grandchildren, one great grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at West Hamlin United Methodist Church with Rev. Thomas Jeffrey officiating. The burial will follow in the Gill Cemetery, Salt Rock.  Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin and one hour prior to the funeral Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the West Hamlin United Methodist Church.


Ernest Goble

Ernest Eugene Goble, 35, of South Point, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at his residence.  The Ashland, Ky., native was born Dec. 13, 1976, a son to Bobby Goble of Flatwoods and Althea Chambers of Woodville, Ala..  Ernest was a 1995 graduate of Russell High School. Ernest went on to work as a engineer for Huntington Hose & Hydraulics where he served for 16 years of employment.  Ernest also earned certificates of achievement for Hydraulic Sealing, Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist, Fluid Power Industrial Hydraulic Technician and Fluid Power Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic.  Ernest also leaves behind his wife of three years Heather (Johnson) Goble of South Point.

In addition to Heather and his parents, Ernest is survived by a son: Joshua Goble of Fort Myers, Fla.; a daughter: Laura Goble of Fort Myers; two stepdaughters: Maryah Hitchcock and Shyanna Clark of South Point; three brothers: Bobby (Angie) Goble of Grayson, Ky., Russell Goble of Flatwoods, Ky. and Tommy Stacey of Boyd County, Ky.; a brother-in-law: L.J. (Kristen) Johnson of South Point; a father-in-law and mother-in-law: Robert and Rebecca Adkins of Marshall, Texas; a sister-in-law: Casie Adkins of Marshall, Texas; and several nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents: Charlie and Dorothy Crum; paternal grandfather: Eugene Goble; and maternal grandparents: Ernest and Thelma Newsom.

Funeral services will be held noon Wednesday at the Tracy Brammer – Monroe Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Burge officiating.  Burial will follow in Kirby Flats Cemetery in Ashland, Ky.  Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on the day of the service at the funeral home.


Christian Pick

Our little angel Christian Gregory Pick was born into Heaven, May 24, 2012, at 6:05 a.m. He’s now an angel looking from above. We will think about you daily and always be in our hearts. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Woodmere Memorial Park in Huntington, W.Va., with Pastor Rob Wheeler officiating. Christian Gregory is the precious infant son of Adam and Heather Pemberton Pick. He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Gregory Pick.

Christian is survived by his big brother Bryson Joseph; maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Mary Pemberton; paternal grandparents, Debbie and Rex Elam; two aunts, Melissa and Kendra Pemberton; and two uncles, Justin Pick and Chad Pemberton; and one cousin, Abigail Pick. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at