Priscilla Russel McNamara Moore of Xenia died on Saturday, March 1. She
She was born Dec. 13, 1916, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of James
Vincent and Mabell (Snell) McNamara.
She was very active and giving in her longtime home of Flint, Mich., where
she was a member of St. Pauls Episcopal Altar Guild for many years.
She was a past president of the Flint Sorosis Club, the Federation of
American Business Women, the Episcopal Church Women, the Flint Girl Scout
Council, the Flint Central School Board, the Red Feather Campaign and
Child Study Groups and PTA.
She was an avid golfer into her 80s and a charter member of Spring Meadows
Country Club in Linden, Mich.
She had lived in Xenia for the last six years with her daughter, Priscilla,
the owner of Mr. Fubs Party. She enjoyed the Yellow Springs community,
especially the YS Kids Playhouse, Womens Voices Out Loud and Street
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Arch Byrd Moore,
and her siblings.
She is survived by her daughters, Priscilla S. Moore (David Sebree) of
Yellow Springs and Xenia and Kathleen F. Moore of New York; brothers-in-law,
Harold Cooper and Carl Smock of Kansas City; sisters-in-law, Jean Lebo
of Tampa, Fla., and Ginger Niles (Robert) of Boston; and numerous nephews
and nieces around the country.
Private services will be held for the family. A memorial service will
be held at a later date in Michigan.
Harry Dee Reese Jr., a major in the U.S. Air Force, died Wednesday, Feb.
26, in Greene Memorial Hospital. He was 86.
He was born on Aug. 17, 1917, in Dallas, the son of Harry Dee and Freida
(Rasch) Reese Sr.
He moved to Detroit as a young boy. He had lived in Clifton since July
He attended college at the University of Dayton, Wayne University in South
Carolina and the Detroit Institute of Technology. He also completed many
Air Force-sponsored schools.
Reese was a graduate of Tennessee Military Institute. He received his
pilots in 1941 and was a flying instructor at Frances Schools of
Aviation in Detroit.
He received his reserve commission in the Army in September 1939 and was
called to active duty in the Army Air Corps in May 1942. He spent the
first eight years of his military career as a flight instructor and aircraft
maintenance officer in the Military Air Transport Service. He served overseas
on Johnston Island for nine months and piloted transports out of Hawaii
for two years. He was chief of base procurement of Goose Air Base, Labrador.
Reese was aircraft commander on the first flight to Kwajalein in support
of the atomic bomb test and worked in quality control and procurement
at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the 1950s.
He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars
and Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Ann (Swigart) Reese, whom he married
on Dec. 31, 1981; sister-in-law and her husband, Nellie and Larry Gillaugh;
nieces and nephews, Sharon and Jeff Ewry; and many friends in California
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 1, in the Jackson Lytle and
Ingling Williams Funeral Home in Yellow Springs, with burial following
in Clifton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clifton Historical Society,
P.O. Box 19, Clifton, Ohio 45316.
Eugene Gene Gerhardt of Springfield died Wednesday, Feb. 26,
in the Ohio Masonic Home. He was 82.
He graduated from Enon High School and attended college at U.C. Berkeley
and the University of Southern California.
Gerhardt retired from Navistar after 14 years of employment as a layout
inspector. He worked at Morris Bean & Company for 16 years as a draftsman.
He was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. He was at Pear
Harbor the day Japan attacked. He served in the U.S. Navy for six years
and received seven battle stars for his service in the South Pacific.
Gerhardt was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Yellow
Springs Lodge 279, for 35 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sherwood and Eleanor (Dunn) Gerhardt,
and his brother Wayne Gerhardt.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary; a son and daughter-in-law,
Roger and Robin Gerhardt of Kent; a daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn Gerhardt
and Peter Valentine; two grandchildren, Rebecca and Richard Valentine
of Huntsville, Ala.; brother and sister-in-law Kyle and Ruth Gerhardt
of Springfield; sister-in-law, Helen Gerhardt of Springfield; and several
nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 3, in the Jones-Kenney-Zechman
Funeral Home, with burial in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.