May 1, 2003
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Michael David Pierce
Michael David Pierce of Yellow Springs died on Tuesday, April 29, at Hospice of Dayton. He was 19.
He lived with cerebral palsy since contracting meningitis and encephalitis as a newborn. Michael blessed those who loved him and taught them the truest meaning of life.
He was preceded in death by his sister Karla Hurley in 1990.
He is survived by his mother, Linda Pierce of Yellow Springs; his father, Charles Pierce II of New Carlisle; his biological father, Michael Rexroad of Fairborn; sisters and brother-in-law, Kimberly (Hurley) and David Barnhart of Springfield, Megan Pierce of Yellow Springs and Nicole Rexroad of New Carlisle; his brother, Charles Pierce III; his nurses, Sarah Wise and Jerry Angler, both of Yellow Springs, as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
Services were held on Saturday, May 3, in the Glen Haven Memorial Gardens Chapel of Peace. In lieu of the usual remembrances, contributions may be made to the family with Trostel, Chapman & Christmas Funeral Home, 507 West Jefferson Street, New Carlisle, Ohio.

James R. Hess
James R. Hess of Springfield died in his sleep early Sunday, May 4, at his home, where he lived for 45 years. He was 83.
He served his country during the 1940s as a mechanic in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Nevada.
Mr. Hess was a retiree of the Thompson Grinder Company in Springfield, and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He was also a member of the Yellow Springs Senior Center.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 26 years, Mary Emily Hess; a brother, William A. Hess Jr. of Springfield; a sister, Nancy Parr of Springfield; his parents, William A. Hess Sr. and Ruth Hess Karnatz of Springfield.
He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Juanita R. and Joseph Chapman of Jacksonville, Fla., and Margaret E. H. and Norvell Crockett of Springfield; his son, Ronald E. Hess of Newark, N.J.; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren of the Springfield, New Jersey and Jacksonville areas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held today (Thursday), at 3:30 p.m., at Rocky Point Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Rocky Point Education Fund. His body was donated to the Wright State University School of Medicine for educational purposes.