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Obituaries – 6/16/13

James Burke

Oct. 15, 1935-June 12, 2013

James Calvin Burke, 77, of Ironton, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky. The Mingo, Ky., native was born Oct. 15, 1935, the son of the late Green and Virginia Mae Hayes Burke. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Jo Preston Burke, whom he married July 26, 1954.

Mr. Burke attended Burch High School in Delbarton, W.Va., and an auto mechanics trade school in Chattaroy, W.Va. He was a former construction worker and foundry worker for the Dayton Malleable Iron Company and an equipment operator for Upper Township for 36 years. He was a member of the First Tabernacle Church in Ironton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Christy Burke Kelly; a brother, Charles Burke; and a great-granddaughter: Sophia Bonomo.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Kathy Kouns of Hurricane, W.Va.; three sons, James C. Burke Jr. and his wife, Betty Jo, Stephen Burke and his wife, Patricia, all of Ironton, and Richard Burke and his wife, Lisa of Kitts Hill; four sisters, Frances O’Connell of Ripley, W.Va., Carol Sheppard of Fayetteville, N.C., Delores Faneuf of Blackstone, Mass. and Mildred Kirk of Wyandotte, Mich.; a brother, Douglas Burke of St. Charles, Mo. a son-in-law, Jack Kelly of Pedro; 16 grandchildren; and  22 great grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. today at the Woodland Chapel Church at Kelley’s Bridge with Rev. Don Delawder and Rev. Danny Pancake officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Phillips Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.



Alfred Grubb

Alfred Reese Grubb, 90, of Morehead, Ky., departed this earthly life Friday, June 14, 2013, after a long illness.

He was born and raised in Blackfork, where he played school sports and graduated in 1942. He married Helen “Joan” Hunter in December of 1945. He worked in the firebrick industry until a move to Ironton in 1968, where he eventually retired from the Solvay coke plant and the Lawrence County Auditor’s office. With his wife he attended Methodist or Baptist churches throughout his life. He enjoyed rabbit hunting, car trading and flea markets, and the company of his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years and by four children, Candy Grubb of Lexington, Ky.; Jeff Grubb and his wife Janet, of Morehead; Shawnee Allen and husband Mick, of Greater Baltimore; Shannon Grubb, of Greater Cincinnati; and by eight grandchildren, Jon, Joe, and Alan Grubb; Cheyenne (Eicher) Leavelle and Micah Allen; and Noah, Hannah, and Emma Grubb; and by four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a precious son, Ricky Lee; by parents John Joseph and Helen (Malone) Grubb, and by sister Vivian (Grubb) Flower.

Visitation will be at Tracy Brammer – Monroe Funeral Home on Monday from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by a short memorial service with Rev. Aaron Mansfield officiating. Afterwards graveside respects will take place at Bethel Cemetery, Oak Hill, off State Route 93.

Condolences may be made to the Grubb family by visiting www.tracybrammerfh.com.



George Salyers

Jan. 11, 1952-June 14, 2013

George “Junior” Salyers Jr., 61, of Ironton, passed away early Friday morning, June 14, 2013. He was born in Lawrence County, on Jan. 11, 1952, and lived in Ironton for the majority of his life. He was a Christian and was of the Baptist faith. He loved animals and always had one of his loving pets by his side. He had many health problems over the years, but he always fought through them with a smile.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Beatrice Salyers of Ironton, a sister Lillian Beatrice Salyers, and two brothers, James Richard Salyers, and Eugene Salyers of Ironton and infant twins.

He is survived by one daughter, Kristi (Robert) Hall of Florida; his father, George Salyers Sr. of Ironton; four sisters, Anna Lee Akers of Ironton, Wanda (Victor) Deborde of Ironton, Emma Jean Roberts of Ironton and Bonnie (Joe) McKenzie of South Point; and two brothers; Frank (Mary) Salyers of Pedro and Richard (Norma) Salyers of Ironton.

He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was a wonderful, caring, and loving man and he will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

“God has called you home, up into the glory of Heaven, no more pain, no more suffering, only eternal life! You are now reunited with your mother and siblings, so even though we mourn your loss here on earth, we know you are all rejoicing in Heaven. We will all see you again, when god calls each of us home!”

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. James Cremeans officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service. To offer condolences to the family please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.


David Holschuh

Oct. 2, 1965-June 11, 2013

David Allan Holschuh, 47, of Ironton, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The Ironton native was born Oct. 2, 1965, the son of Rozella Wilson Holschuh of Ironton and the late Merrill Holschuh. He is survived by his wife, Sheila Jenkins Holschuh of Dover, N.C.

David was a graduate of Rock Hill High School, a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Ironton and of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Holschuh.

In addition to his mother and wife, he is survived by a daughter, Amy Scott of Ironton; two sons, James Holschuh of Ft. Benning, Ga., and Austin Holschuh at home; two sisters,Kathy Ritter of Ironton and Brenda Neal of Kitts Hill; and three grandchildren, Alexia Scott, Zachree Scott and Kylie Holschuh.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Phillips Funeral Home with Elder John Sturgill officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery and visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.



Ronald Howard

Ronald Wesley Howard, 60, of Ashland, Ky., died Friday, June 14, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va.

Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup County, Ky., with Mike Rice and Rev. Charlie Bayless officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, Ky. Military Honors will be performed by American Legion Kenova Post 93. Condolences may be sent to baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.



Billy Larter

Billy Walter Larter, 92, formerly of Ironton, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at his son and daughter-in-law’s home in Chapel Hill, N.C., where he had been living the past two years. He was married to Mary Louise Shaffer, the love of his life, for 60 years until her death in 2001.

Billy served in the Army Air Force during World War II as an airplane instrument mechanic working on radio-controlled “buzz bombs.” He then worked many years at Armco Steel as a maintenance man. In retirement, he enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles and the Jumble, watching sports, cooking, and spending time with his family.

Billy is survived by his three children, a daughter, Suzanne Larter Morison of Louisville, Ky.; a son, William Michael Larter (Carol Klein) of Chapel Hill; and a son, Jon Brent Larter (Elizabeth) of Ironton. He was also the beloved Granddad to eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was a sweet, kind, and humble man who touched us all deeply with his love, generosity, acceptance, and wonderfully dry sense of humor.

In accordance with his wishes, no funeral service will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, the family would request that donations be made to your local Hospice.



Frances Templeton

Frances H. Templeton, 94, died Monday, June 10, 2013. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Rome Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Case officiating. Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.schneidergriffin.com.



Melissa Endicott

Melissa Ann Endicott, 50, of Chesapeake, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington, W.Va. Services will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home.


Betty Winger

Oct. 25, 1929-June 3, 2013

Betty Joan Winger, 83, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away on June 3, 2013 at Overland Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Oct. 25, 1929, in Ironton, to Mary and John Gannon. After graduation from Kitts Hill High School, Betty came to Kansas City in late 1947 and worked for the Fox Theater group at several area movie theaters. She met and married her husband, Charles Darrel Winger, a World War II veteran, in January 1951. Their only child, David S. Winger was born in September 1952. Betty left the workforce to care for her son, but returned to work in the 1960s, first, for the classified advertising department of the Kansas City Star and later doing retail housewares sales for Macy’s in Mission, Kan., and then worked at the Mission Hy-Vee grocery store. She was preceded in death by her husband, Darrel in 2002.

Betty Joan is survived by her son David and his wife Briana of Overland Park; sisters, Glenna Plymale of Grove City, Jean Freier of Fairborn, Lois Sites of Ironton, and her brothers, Harold and Ronald Gannon of Ironton, and their families. She also leaves many nieces, nephews and friends. Condolences may be left at CremationCenterKC.com.