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Obituaries — 9/25/12

Philip Keeney

Philip H. Keeney, 79 of Jackson Township, died on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 at Aultman Hospital. He was born on March 17, 1933, in South Point and was the son of the late Shirley and Olive (Baker) Keeney.

Following high school, Phil served his country with the U.S. Army during the latter part of the Korean Conflict. He retired as maintenance supervisor with Freshmark. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed golfing and bowling. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandsons.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Keeney. He is survived by his wife, Betty J. (Mays) Keeney, whom he married on Sept. 1, 1952, his daughter and son-in-law, Candace and Ron Reese; and his grandsons, Ryan Reese and Chris Reese.

A service to celebrate the life of Philip Keeney will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Paquelet & Arnold-Lynch Funeral Home, 1100 Wales Road NE, Massillon. Rev. Jake Tovissi will officiate. Interment will follow at Sunset Hills Burial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from noon until 1 p.m.


 Genevieve Evans

Genevieve Evans, 85, of Forestdale, passed away Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at the Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland, Ky. She was born March 19, 1927 in Lawrence County, to the late Herbert and Dorothy (Anderson) Collins.

Genevieve attended Dawson-Bryant Schools and owned and operated Genny’s Lunch in Mechanicsburg,and retired from Grimes Manufacturing Company. Genevieve was a member of Zoar Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Emerson Evans, a brother, Jack Collins and a son-in-law, Bill Cunningham.

She is survived by two daughters, Hilda Faye Cunningham of Grove City and Genny Lee (Kenny) Barker of Forestdale; four sisters, Margaret Nance of Ironton, Jean (Nick) McMahon of Ironton, Leona Houk of Ashland, Ky. and Betty Lou (Bill) Tipton of Huntington, W.Va.; one sister-in-law, Doris Collins of Coal Grove; two grandchildren, Darren Spears, Kelley R. (Danny) Poe; and two great grandchildren, Michael and Tyler Poe.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jim Beals officiating. Interment will follow the service at Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.tracybrammerfh.com.


 Melissa Rausch

Melissa Robbins Rausch, 52, of Gulfport, Miss., passed Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at her residence. The Coal Grove native was born April 6, 1960 the daughter of John and Edna Dalton Robbins of Coal Grove.

Melissa attended Dawson-Bryant High School in Coal Grove and was of the Baptist faith. She was the first female to graduate from her welding school in Mississippi and was a detail welder for the naval shipyard. She was also a gifted painter and landscape artist.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two daughters, April M. Hardin of Lexington, Ky. and Ashley M. Lauter of Gulfport; one grandson, Christopher Lauter; two sisters, Diane (Tom) Cape and Rebecca (Steve) Whaley both of Lexington; one niece, Dr. Rachael (Jeremy) Hayes of Ridgeland, Miss.; and one nephew, Benjamin Ashcraft of Lexington.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in Zoar Cemetery, Coal Grove with the Rev. Steve Harvey officiating. There will be no public visitation. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Community Hospice, 1538 Central Ave., Ashland, KY. 41101 or the Lawrence County Animal Shelter, 111 South 4th Street, Ironton, OH 45638. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.


 William Butler

William John Butler, 64, of Huntington, W.Va., died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland, Ky. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.


 Anna Moore

Anna Mae Moore, 92, of Proctorville, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. Graveside service is 11 a.m. Thursday at Spring Hill Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Hall Funeral Home.


 Marlene Wolfe

Marlene Akers Wolfe, 79, of Huntington, W.Va., died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. At her request, there will be no service. Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.


Ann Owens

Ann Elizabeth Owens, 59, of Waterloo, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, from Community Hospice of Ashland. Ann was born June 22, 1953, as the daughter of late Glen and Sarah Bradshaw Owens.

Ann was a graduate of Symmes Valley High School and Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She was a member of Myrtle Tree Missionary Baptist Church in Arabia, where she was a Sunday school teacher. Ann also sang along with her two sisters as the Myrtle Tree Trio. She was actively involved in 4-H for many years, as an advisor of the Waterloo Wranglers and President of the 4-H Committee. Ann taught for Symmes Valley Local Schools for over twenty years. She was also a member of the Ohio Education Association and an active member of the Waterloo Grange. She also worked with the Waterloo Wonder Memorial Fund and the Waterloo Senior Citizen Committee. Ann enjoyed working on the family farm, tending to her flowers, and being a very special part of the lives of her nieces and nephews.

Ann is survived by her two sisters, Margaret Owens, of Waterloo, and Ellen Owens, of Ashville, a brother, A.J. (Angela) Owens of Thurman, Ohio. She is also survived by a half brother, Gary (Georgia) Owens, of South Charleston, W.Va. Ann is survived by five nieces and nephews, including Teresa (Joe) Weidner, Jennifer Owens, Steven (Kristie) Owens, Christina (Jeff) Crabtree, and Andrew Owens, She is also survived by five great nieces and nephews, Skyla (Codi) Foster, Kali Weidner, Austin Owens, Wyatt Owens, and Levi Owens, She is also survived by a great-great nephew, Parker Foster. She is also survived by a special uncle, Treeman (Eileen) Owens and a special aunt, Kathryn McMahon and by a loving caregiver, Shannon Smathers.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Myrtle Tree Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Bob Dudding officiating. Burial will follow in Bradshaw Cemetery and visitation will be today from 6-9 p.m. at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, 518 South Sixth Street, Ironton, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Myrtle Tree Missionary Baptist Church, 21187 State Route 141 Patriot, OH 45658 or the Community Hospice of Ashland, 2330 Pollard Road, Ashland, KY 41101. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.


 Richard Myers

Richard Lee “Rick” Myers, 56, of Ironton, passed away Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Ironton. The Ironton native was born June 29, 1956, the son of Glenna Delawder Myers of Waterloo and the late Kenneth Nelson Myers.

Rick was a 1974 graduate of Symmes Valley High School and also graduated from the Southern Ohio Manpower and Technical School in Jackson. He was an auto body repairman for more than 36 years and formerly worked for Shafer Brother’s Body Shop and Mart Howard’s Body Shop both in Ironton and more recently for Bowman’s Body Shop in Flatwoods, Ky. He was a member of the Waterloo United Methodist Church.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Debbie Myers. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two daughters, Heather Myers of Coal Grove and Jessica Myers of Ironton; four grandchildren, Shayden, Jesse, Nelson Lee and Clint; his companion, Millie Hall of Ironton; his chosen sister, Beth Walbright and her husband Greg of Ironton; and his good friend, Mike Miller of Ironton.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home with Rev. Don Delawder officiating. Burial will follow in Slabfork Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday evening from 6 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family and view the video tribute, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.


 Randall Hughes

Randall R. Hughes, a sulphur recovery unit operator, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at the age of 60, in his Tonawanda, New York home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Hughes, born in Lexington, Ky., moved with his family to the Western New York Area where he graduated from Sweet Home High School. He went on to continue his studies at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., where he earned his bachelor’s degree and was just two hours short of his master’s in fire safety.

Randall married the former Kim Schaeffer June 2, 1973 in First Trinity Lutheran Church, Tonawanda, NY. His career included working for Marathon Oil, LLC in Catlettsburg, Ky., and Ashland Oil and Refining Company. His career in fire service included Brighton Volunteer Fire Company (1977-1982), Perry Volunteer Fire Department of Lawrence County, (1983-2002) where he served as the assistant fire chief, the fire and rescue squad of Ashland Oil where he is credited with the development of the HAZMAT Team. Mr. Hughes dedicated much of his time to the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Eagle Scouts. Together with his wife they fostered 69 children.

He is also survived by their three children, Shane Ray (Mandy) Hughes of Columbus, OH, Jason Scott and Ammie Christine Hughes both of Tonawanda, NY; three grandchildren, Ethan, Aubrey, and Bella; his sister Paula Sue Hughes McKee of Kitts Hill, Ohio.

He was predeceased by his parents Raymond W. and Betty Lou (nee Bowman) Hughes. The family will be present 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Amigone Funeral Home, Inc., 2600 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda, NY where a funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. Please share condolences online at www.AMIGONE.com.