Orville Dewey Tobias of Xenia died on Friday, April 4, at Greene Memorial
Hospital. He was 78.
He was born June 13, 1924, in Beavercreek Township, the son of Elmer F.
and Anna Catherine Zimmer Tobias.
He served in the 38th Division, 341st Infantry Battalion of the U.S. Army,
in the South Pacific, during World War II. He received the Victory Medal,
Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon, three bronze battle stars, Philippine
Liberation Ribbon, Overseas Service Bars and good conduct medal.
He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church of Yellow Springs, Xenia Masonic
Lodge No. 49 and Xenia Chapter No. 36, R.A.M. He was also an active member
of the Old Timers Club.
He retired from the Frigidaire-Division of General Motors, later Harrison
Radiator, after 42 years of service. He enjoyed spending time with family
and friends, especially his grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Elwood Pete
Tobias and Samuel Tobias; and three sisters, Elsie Ankeney, Alberta Lakes
and Joanna Stahley.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Rita M. (Corrigan) Tobias, whom
he married June 27, 1953; two sons and a daughter-in-law, John P. Tobias
and Michael A. and Karen Tobias, all of Xenia; daughter and son-in-law,
Rebecca M. and Ted Bahns of Xenia; one grandson, Nicholas Bahns; four
sisters, Gladys Brannon of Columbus, Laverna Nichols of Dayton, Ruby Everding
of Vandalia and Evelyn Hiser of Dayton; and several nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian burial was held Monday, April 7, at St. Paul Catholic
Church, with burial following in St. Brigid Cemetery. Memorial contributions
may be made to the Love Cupboard Old Timers Club or to a favorite
Cecil E. Stevens of Cedarville died Tuesday, April 8, at his home. He
He was born in Elliott County, Ky., May 5, 1918, the son of Ben and Nanny
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. A farmer,
he owned and operated Stevens Market for many years.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Grocie Donn Stevens; his second
wife, Betty Young; son Keith Stevens; and brothers, Bert, Dewey and Ralph
He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and James Wheeler
of Jamestown; two daughters and a son-in-law, Frances and Clarence Starling
of Chillicothe and Rhonda Thiel of Jamestown; two sons and daughters-in-law,
Gary and Barb Stevens of Yellow Springs, and Randy and Mary Stevens of
Cedarville; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren
and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews.
Services will be held Friday, April 11, 10:30 a.m., at the Powers Funeral
Home in Jamestown, where friends may call Thursday, April 10, 68
p.m. He will be buried in Silvercreek Cemetery.
Raymond Elias Buster Shoemaker died unexpectedly on Monday,
March 31. He was 49.
He was born July 13, 1953, in Xenia. He worked at Detroit Tire for many
years. Mr. Shoemaker enjoyed fishing and being with family and friends,
especially with his grandchildren and his pal, Maggie-Mae.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elias Raymond Shoemaker of Springfield
and Betty Jane (Cope) Payton of Yellow Springs; brother Roger Cope of
Xenia; and sister Diana Puckett of Jamestown.
He is survived by two daughters, Brandy Shoemaker of Springfield and Robin
Shoemaker of Kentucky; sister Joanna Edwards and brother Tom Gossard,
both of Florida; four grandchildren, Raymond and Michael Kettlehake of
Springfield and Dustin and Jared Freeman of Kentucky; several nieces,
nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Jackson Lytle & Ingling Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.