Published 9:38 am Tuesday, November 29, 2016

James Richard Unger

Oct. 21, 1956 — Nov. 25, 2016

James Richard Unger, 64, of South Point, passed away on the evening of Friday Nov. 25, at the Community Hospice House, surrounded by his loved ones. He passed in peace after a strong and courageous battle with cancer.
Jim was born in Ironton, and a graduate of IHS. He was a very active man, being a caregiver to his parents, a grandfather, and a hard and dedicated worker at Marathon Ashland. During his life, he traveled, enjoyed watching sports, and was not a man to keep still. He loved his home and his yard, which he took great pride in. He regularly would feed the ground hogs and bunnies, picking apples from the trees and tossing them to their hiding places and making sure they were getting fed enough. Jim was a volunteer firefighter for the Perry Township Fire Department.
After he retired from the position, he would continue to walk over and visit with the guys. He had a love for dogs, and would regularly bring them to his parents home to let his nieces and nephews play with them.
Jim, a long term employee of Ashland, Inc., was hired in the Research & Development group in Dublin, as a Lab Tech. He came to the Catlettsburg plant in 1976 as a laborer then switched to an operator in 1977, then back to a laborer. In June of 1981, he became a machinist at the No. 2 Refinery for the rest of his career. He spent 43 years as a valued employee of the company. He celebrated his 40th anniversary with the company in October of 2014 with his co-workers, enjoying cake and talking with his coworkers. He had said one thing he would have liked to have done was to have been a trainer at the company.
Jim was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Chesapeake, where he regularly took collection during Sunday Masses, and thought highly of Father Charles Moran. He took his grandson to masses with him when he was a toddler, this developing a path and paving the way for his grandson who was later was baptized in the Catholic Church and his grandfather became his God Father also.
Jim is preceded in death by his Father, Leo Unger, and two aunts and uncles to whom he was a loving constant caregiver, Joan Moorman (Don) and Louise Farrand (Harry). He is survived by his mother, Eileen Unger, a daughter, Kara Cleary, (Bobby), and his only grandchild, Kaden Cleary to whom he was an attentive and loving grandfather.
His siblings, who were relentless caregivers and a constant support team for this battle for their beloved brother, at all appointments and never leaving his side — Linda (Mark) Decker; and four brothers, Tom (Pat) Unger, Mark (Pat) Unger, John Unger, Paul (Susan) Unger; nine nieces and nephews; and nine great-nieces and nephews, and his companion Tammie Salyers, of Minford, Ohio and her late daughter Ravin Salyers.
Jim’s memory will live in the hearts of his siblings and daughter forever. His loving kindness to others, his compassion and simple joys will never be far from our hearts. His dry sense of humor that came at random times brought so much laughter. He was always the first to give.
The Family would like to thank Dr. Richard Goldberg MD, of OSUCCC-James Cancer Hospital, Jeffrey B. VanDeusen, MD, PhD, and staff of the Adena Cancer Center, Dr. Lisa Fugate, DO, of Family Medicine Center, Donna Daniel, RN, Home Health Chemotherapy Nurse, and all the nurses and staff of Community Hospice House of Ashland, Kentucky. His co-workers of Marathon, whose kindness, calls, and visits — especially from his friend Wes Holliday, we are truly thankful.
Funeral Mass will be at noon on Tuesday at St. Joseph Church with Father Charles Moran and Father David Huffman officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Ironton Catholic Schools in memory of James Richard Unger.
O’Keefe Baker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Shaun Banfield

Shaun Michael Banfield, 37, of Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of Ironton, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 in Anchorage. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 at Slack and Wallace
Funeral Home, South Point with Rev. Jim Kerns officiating. Burial will follow at The Community Cemetery, Deering. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

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Don Olden

Sept. 24, 1943 — Nov. 26, 2016

Don Olden, 73, of Ironton, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky. The Cambridge, Ohio native was born September 24, 1943 a son to the late Everett and Mary Olden. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan Olden whom he married on July 9, 1966.
Mr. Olden was a 1963 graduate of John Glenn High School in New Concord, Ohio. He was a self-employed carpenter, he was also employed by Ashland Oil for 14 years and a was a member of Storms Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
In addition to his father and mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy and Carl Olden; one sister, Evelyn Olden, mother/father-in-laws Meryle and Edith Neal and sister-in-law, Carolyn Bensinger.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Donald (Kennetha), of Mt. Washington, Kentucky; one daughter, Edith Renee (Joe), of Lucasville; one brother, James (Annabelle) Olden, of Cambridge; two sisters; Nettie Love, of Columbus, and Marjorie (Mordy Hunter) Province, of Cambridge; three grandchildren, two step grandchildren, two great grandchildren and five step great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, at Phillips Funeral Home with Kenny Hurst officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

Janet Snyder

Janet Verbenia Ellis Snyder, 75, of Huntington, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at home.
Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Visitation will be – 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

David D. Clark

David D. Clark, 78, of Crown City, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington.
Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, by Pastor Edward Thompson. Burial will follow in Miller Memorial Gardens, Miller. Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Patricia Path

Patricia Ann Path, of Ashland, formerly of Muskegon, Michigan, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2016, at the South Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Shouth Shore, Kentucky. Her children have entrusted her care to Brown Funeral Chapel in Ironton.

Sarah Horn

Sarah Horn, 71, of Ironton, died at her home on Sunday, Nov.27 2016. Arrangements are incomplete at O’Keefe Baker Funeral Home.