Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fred Stapf

Sept. 4, 1928 — Oct. 28, 2015

Fred F. Stapf, age 87, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Medina. Fred was born Sept. 4, 1928, in Coal Grove, to the late Earl F. and Phillis R. (Vermillion) Stapf. He graduated from Ironton High School in Ironton and attended Marshall College from 1946-1950. Fred worked for Ashland Oil from 1945 until 1958 in occupations ranging from a riverboat deckhand to assistant to the advertising manager. He served as president of Clermont Industries (later Dualite Industries) from 1958-1972. Fred worked from 1972 until 1985 for Kaiser Engineers on various construction sites. He was instrumental in starting North East Chemical Corporation with his son Phil, and served as Vice President until the company was sold in 1994. Fred was also active in forming Vexor Technology Inc. of Medina, and served as Vice President until his retirement.

He was active in the Masonic Order of Williamsburg. Fred also belonged to the Commandery and the Scottish Rite. In 1970, he was awarded the “Legion of Honor” with DeMolay. He was also a member of Lamba Chi Alpha Social Fraternity at Marshall College. Fred was an active member of Weymouth Community Church.

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He is survived by his wife, Rosemary (Schmidt) Stapf, to whom he was married 64 years; son, F. Phillip (Pam) Stapf, of Medina; daughter, Amy (Douglas) Morgan, of Wadsworth; nieces, Katherine Berg, of Maineville and Cynthia Hay of Nazareth, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Fred is preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis (William) Krumme; and aunts, Claire and Gussie Vermillion.

Funeral service will be noon Monday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with pastor Eric Barnes officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Ironton and visitation will be Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Weymouth Community Church, 3398 Old Weymouth Road, Medina, OH 44256. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Tena Mercer

March 13, 1961 ­— Oct. 24, 2015

Tena Felene Copley Mercer, 54, of Flatwoods, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at the Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky. The Lawrence County, Kentucky native was born March 13, 1961, a daughter of Charles H. and Alice McGuire Clark of Grayson, Kentucky, and the late James H. Copley. She was the widow of the late Ronny Mercer.

Tena attended Catlettsburg, Kentucky schools, was a homemaker, a devout Christian and was baptized. She enjoyed walking, flea marketing, picture taking, collecting and scrapbooking.

In addition to her father and husband, she was preceded in death by grandmother, Ethel Back-McGuire.

In addition to her mother and step-father, she is survived by daughter, Marsha Mercer, of Waterloo; daughter, Kara Mercer, of Huntington, West Virginia; daughter, Patricia Mercer-Salyers, of Lake City, Florida; daughter, Teresa Mercer-Dean, of Lake City, Florida; brother, James H. Copley, of Greenup, Kentucky; sister, Josie I. Copley, of Carter County, Kentucky; sister, Jean Ann Brown, of Greenup, Kentucky; and 14 grandchildren, Keith, Devin, Ariana, Briana, Lazarus, Gabriel, Daisy, Ronny, Dallas, Maximus, Paris, Jacob, Alice and Dominic.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with pastor Josh Sparks officiating. Donations may be made in Tena’s honor to Community Hospice, 2330 Pollard Road Ashland, KY 41101. To offer condolences to the family please visit


Trish Jarrell

Trish Jarrell, 55, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, at home. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Deborah Adkins

Deborah L. Adkins, 56, of Lesage, West Virginia, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington, West Virginia. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.


Beatrice Johnson

Beatrice Johnson, 102, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Tuesday Oct. 27, 2015, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington, West Virginia. Funeral service will be conducted at noon Monday at First Baptist Church Huntington, West Virginia. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington. Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.


Douglas Conley

Douglas Randall Conley, 51, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at his home. Funeral services will be conducted today at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Brown Funeral Chapel with Brother Dean Akers officiating. Burial will follow in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the Brown Funeral Chapel. Friends and family may share memories and condolences on the Facebook page for Brown Funeral Chapel.


Lena Brown

June 6, 1929 — Oct. 28, 2015

Lena K. Brown went to be with her family in Heaven Oct. 28, 2015, at Jo-Lin Health Center in Ironton. She was born June 6, 1929, in Flatwoods, Kentucky to the late Earl and Flora Vanderhoof. Lena married Jack L. Brown July 9, 1949.

She had many jobs, loving to work and giving her time volunteering with several local organizations. Working with money and numerical figures is where she excelled. She was a former Treasurer of the City of Flatwoods, a bookkeeper at The Boardwalk in Put-in-Bay and an AARP tax preparer volunteer for 16 years. She was also a former officer of the Legion Auxiliary Elwood Stringer Post #325 of Flatwoods, and gave many hours as a volunteer to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital.

Lena was a member of the Flatwoods woman’s club, Red Hat Society of Flatwoods and Put-in-Bay. She enjoyed singing in the Jubilee Choir at Advance Memorial United Methodist Church on top of being active in her Laura Wood Sunday School class. While constantly on the go, she found the time to be an avid fan of the UK basketball team. Lena graduated in 1949 from Russell High School and would organize the class reunions. She was named Senior Citizen of the Year in Ironton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; parents, Earl and Flora; sisters LaVern Callihan, Mary Magdaline Vanderhoof, Una Lee Vanderhoof, Flora Merle Vanderhoof and Helen Memory; and two brothers, Maurice Vanderhoof and E. C. Vanderhoof; as well as one niece, Joyce Mitchell. Survivors include one daughter, Cheryl (Tim) Pleasant, of Ironton; sons, Brad (Sharon) Brown, of Shelby and Kevin (Lisa) Brown, of Ironton. Lena has four grandchildren, Tim (Brenda) Pleasant, of Daytona Beach, Florida, Kande (Terrance) Pleasant, of Worthington, Kevin (Courtney) Miller, of Lexington, Kentucky and Sabrina Brown, of Columbus; seven great-grandchildren including Kace Pleasant, of Worthington, Lilly, Timothy, Charlie, Frances, JoJo and Rosie, of Pleasant of Daytona Beach, Florida. She is also survived by a special niece, Carolyn Adkins; and friend, Jenny Riggle.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of the Jo-Lin Health Center, who gave special care to their mother’s special personality, and to the Community Hospice for their kindness, help and knowledge. Funeral services will be held at Advance Memorial United Methodist Church in Flatwoods on Tuesday, at 1 p.m. with pastor Mark Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6-9 p.m. on Monday at Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods. In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to Community Hospice Care Center. Online condolences may be left for the family at


 Jonathan Rulen

Jonathan Rulen, 67, of South Point, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, Kentucky. He is survived by his wife, Candice Rulen. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.