Obituaries Archive, June, 2011

"Let us honor a life that has been well lived."




Services for Marysville


Gary Lee Nicol


Gary Lee Nicol, age 60, of Marysville died unexpectedly Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at his home.


A lifetime grain and dairy farmer, Gary was born and lived his entire lifetime on the family farm.  He truly loved his life and work as a farmer and was very proud to work alongside his brother, Dennis.  He was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where he served as an usher for many years and was a member of the dart ball league.  He attended St. John’s Lutheran School and was a 1968 graduate of Fairbanks High School.  Following graduation, Gary served in the Ohio National Guard.  He was a fan of the OSU Buckeyes and enjoyed time spent with family.


He was born August 1, 1950, at home to the late Norbert G.E. and Rosine Nicol. 


Survivors include his brother, Dennis Nicol and two sisters, Phyllis (Lary) Cooper and Karen (Rick) Collier, all of Marysville; 2 nephews, Keith (Cassie) Cooper, Westerville; and Michael (Sonja) Collier, Marysville; his niece, Laura (Tony) Burnham, Marysville; a great-nephew, Casey Cooper; 3 great-nieces, Taylor & Hailey Burnham, and Cameron Cooper; 2 aunts, Anna Barbara Kleiber and Betty (Richard) Boerger, each of Marysville; an uncle, Loren (Bernette) Nicol, Marysville; many cousins and friends, and his church family.


Friends may call from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Mannasmith Funeral Home, Marysville.  Reverend John Fair will officiate the funeral service on Sunday, June 12, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Burial will follow at the church cemetery.   Pallbearers will be Keith Cooper, Michael Collier, Tony Burnham, Neil Vollrath, Jeff Nicol, and Wayne Kleiber.


Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s (MMO) Loving In Action & In Truth or St. John’s Boiler Fund.  Condolences may be expressed at




Lois Leone Trout


Lois Leone Trout, age 74, of Marysville died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at her home with her daughter and son-in-law at her side.


A faithful member of the Old Union Church of Christ, Lois retired from the packaging department at The Scotts Company and was a proud member of the Scotts Twenty Year Club.  She enjoyed gardening and playing piano, was a fan of Liberace and Kenny Rogers, and held special memories of her travels to Alaska four years ago.  Affectionately known as “Nana” by her great- grandchildren, she treasured times spent with her family and will be remembered for her good-heartedness and genuine concern for others.


She was born February 28, 1937, near Raymond to the late Floyd and Beatrice Leone Fish Huey.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Ray Huey.


Survivors include her children, Susan (Michael) Barry, Knoxville, TN; Rick (Becky) Wolford, Marysville; and Lori (Jeff) Colwell, West Liberty; 7 grandchildren, Barbara Wilson, Tracey (Leamon) Stanifer, Kristy (Kevin) Hawkins, Amy (Whayne) Pack, Phil (Heather) Wolford, Danielle (Matt) Kaple, and Brandon (Tara) Colwell; 13 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Josh, Emma, Alyson, Kaycie, Kelsey, Hannah, Dylan, Owen, Jude, Paige, Kaitlyn, and Teegan; her sister, Lucille (Leonard) Belville, Delaware; a sister-in-law, Mary Belle Huey, Marysville; many nieces and nephews; and her church family.


Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Mannasmith Funeral Home, Marysville.  Fred Bowman will officiate the funeral service on Friday, June 10, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at the Old Union Church of Christ, and burial will take place at the church cemetery.    Her grandsons and grandsons-in-law will serve as pallbearers.


Memorial contribution may be made to the church.  Condolences may be expressed at




Ida Belle Chapman Warner


Ida Belle Chapman Warner, age 63, of Monticello, Kentucky, formerly of Raymond, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near her home. Her husband, John, was also in the accident and is recuperating in a Lexington, Ky, hospital.


A loving homemaker and farmer, she was a former member of the Raymond United Methodist Church. She enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens.


She was born January 12, 1948, in Louisa, Kentucky, to the late Ollie and Mable Fern Cordial Chapman.  Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Jerry, Ollie Jr., Donald, and John Chapman, and by 2 sisters-in-law, Linda Chapman , Phyllis Chapman and a brother-in-law, Harold Warner.


Survivors include her husband, John Warner, of Monticello, to whom she was married on April 19, 2005 in Monticello, KY,  her son, Jim (Leslie) Chapman, West Mansfield; 2 granddaughters, Addison and Mercedes Brown; 5 sisters, Nancy (Gary) Underhill, Rutland; Patty (Scott) Martin, Goodlettsville, TN; and Juanita (Ray) Martin, Betty (Darrell) Cordle, and Mary (Mike) Brown, all of West Jefferson; 5 brothers, Ernest (Helen) Chapman, Springfield; Bill Chapman, West Jefferson; Orville (Charlotte) Chapman and Lee (Wendy) Chapman, each of Plain City; and Paul (Becky) Chapman, Galloway;  a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dean and Rita Warner, Raymond ; 3 sisters-in-law, Annette Chapman, Galloway; Judy Chapman, Columbus;  and Marian Warner, Hartford, IN; and many nieces and nephews.


Friends may call from 4-7 on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Mannasmith Funeral Home, Marysville, where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11:00A.M..  The deceased’s brother-in-law, Brother Ray Martin from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, will officiate and burial will take place at Raymond Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Donor’s Choice.  Condolences may be expressed at





Services for West Mansfield


Gary Dean Baker


Gary Dean Baker, age 57, of East Liberty died Monday, June 6, 2011, at his home with his wife and daughters at his side.


A current Perry Township trustee, Gary worked as a mechanical contractor and was founder of Reliant Mechanical in 1986.  He formerly was employed with Thompson Electric and Sines Plumbing & Heating.  He was a faithful member of the East Liberty United Methodist Church and was a 1971 graduate of Benjamin Logan High School.  Gary loved flying his Powered Parachute and was affiliated with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).  He enjoyed fishing and travelling, especially to Las Vegas, and was very proud to own a 1969, neon orange Dodge Dart which was exactly like his very first car.  He will be remembered as a strong, quiet, intelligent and generous man.  More than anything, he was a devoted husband, a proud father, and a treasured grandpa who loved, and was loved, beyond measure.


He was born August 25, 1953, in Urbana, to Roger and Adella Randall Baker.  He was preceded in death by his father, his father-in-law, Lloyd “Junior” Grubbs, Jr., his uncle, Richard Pettit, a nephew, Nathan Maples, and twin great-nephews, Matthew and Bradley Voice.


Along with his mother who survives at The Gables at Green Pastures in Marysville, survivors include his wife of nearly 35 years, Melony Grubbs Baker, to whom he was married on June 13, 1976, at Camp Wesley by the Rev. Aaron Sharp; his daughters, Mindy (Chris) Rainey, Copley; Gennifer Algire, Zanesfield; and Amber (Ken) Rosebrook, East Liberty; 4 grandchildren, Madeline Rainey, Grady & Alexandra Algire, and Elizabeth Rosebrook; a sister, Gloria (Raymond) Burkhammer, North Lewisburg; 2 brothers, Steve (Debbie) Baker, Prospect; and Bill (Becky) Baker, North Lewisburg; his mother-in-law, Charlotte Potter, Bellefontaine; 4 sisters-in-law, Dawn Coy and Molly Vance, each of Bellefontaine; Wendy (Don) Maples, West Liberty; and Claudia (Ben) Rogers, Westminster, MD; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins; his church family, and countless friends.


Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. on Wednesday June 8, 2011, at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield, and from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at the East Liberty United Methodist Church, where Reverend Max Jackson will officiate the funeral service beginning at 3 p.m.  A community dinner will follow the funeral service at 5:00 p.m. at the East Liberty Lodge. 


Pallbearers will be Chris Rainey, Ken Rosebrook, Steve Baker, Bill Baker, Don Maples, and Ben Rogers.  Honorary pallbearer will be Raymond Burkhammer.  Memorial contributions may be made to the East Liberty United Methodist Church.  Condolences may be expressed at 



Edna Margaret Elliott


Edna Margaret Elliott, age 98, of Mentor-On-The-Lake died Monday, May 30, 2011, at Homewood Residence at Richmond Heights.


She was retired from General Motors Coit Road Plant in Cleveland where she had worked on the assembly line for over 24 years.  She was a member of the Mentor Plains United Methodist Church and formerly was a member of the West Mansfield United Methodist Church where she loved singing in the choir and was a member of the Music Club.  She was a 1932 graduate of West Mansfield High School.  Edna enjoyed traveling, reading, and playing cards, and especially enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends.   She will be remembered as a kind and thoughtful lady with a wonderful sense of humor.


She was born January 19, 1913 in Sidney to the late Frank and Agnes McCreary Chambers.  She married Charles Ralph Elliott on January 30, 1932, and he preceded her in death on September 10, 2002.  She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Peggy M. Elliott, and two brothers, Carl and Doyle Chambers. 


Survivors include 3 sons, Ronald (Audrey) Elliott, Westlake Village, CA; Jack (Margaret) Elliott, Sun City, AZ;  and Gary Elliott, Cleveland; 2 daughters, Nancy (Jim) Snyder, New Baltimore, MI; and Kathleen Knight, Riverdale, GA; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Rosemary Pummell, Clayton, GA; 2 sisters-in-law, Virginia Inskeep, East Liberty; and Helen Elliott, West Mansfield; a brother-in-law, Carl (Susan) Elliott, West Mansfield; and several nieces and nephews.


Reverend David Wilson will officiate a memorial service celebrating Edna’s life on Saturday, June 4, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. at the West Mansfield United Methodist Church, 212 E. Center St., West Mansfield, OH 43358.  Friends may call one hour prior to the service and are invited to a fellowship luncheon at the church immediately following the service.  Private burial will take place at Hathaway Cemetery. 


Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield, is serving the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119.  Condolences may be expressed at




Naomi Geraldine Robson


Naomi Geraldine Robson, 94, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, died Monday, June 27, 2011 at her home in East Liberty.


Born in Springfield, Ohio on July 14, 1916, she was the oldest daughter of Asa B. and Grace Riffle Corwin.  She lived most of her life in the East Liberty area, graduating from East Liberty High School in 1934.  She was united in marriage with Howard F. Robson on December 25, 1939 in a ceremony at the home of her parents.  He preceded her in death February 23, 1994.  She was also preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Ann Corwin Evans, a brother, Asa B. Corwin, Jr., two Brothers-in-law, Raymond Evans and James Marine, and a great-grandchild, Makenna Marie Roush.


She is survived by six children, Dr. John H. (Diane) Robson of Fishersville, VA, Judith Anne (Kenneth) Roush of Hillsboro, Nancy Jean Robson of East Liberty, Dr. Jerome A. (Corrine) Robson of Modesto, CA., Dr. Jason E. (Karen) Robson of Bellefontaine and Sara Jane (David) Heminger of Fort Wayne, IN; a sister, Maxine Corwin Marine of Sun City, AZ; grandchildren, Laura (Craig) Sargent, Nathan (Kathy) Robson, Stephen (Helen) Roush, Eric (Stephanie) Roush, Sheila (Eric) Pancallo, Grant Roush, Kristen Roush, Stephanie (Del Anderson) Robson, Jocelyn (Eric) Freborg, Joanna Robson, Jason Robson, Jonathon Robson, Jeffrey (Teresa) Robson, John (Hannah) Roush, Justin (Crystal) Heminger and Marcus (Meg) Heminger; 16 great-grandchildren, Victoria and Taylor Sargent, Parker and Claire Robson, Brennan and Morgan Robson, Wesley and Isaac Roush, Grace, Carter and Ada Pancallo, Lorelei Anderson, Ella Heminger and Matthew, Rachel and Rebecca Roush.


She was a life member of the East Liberty Church of Christ where she used her musical talents as chorister, taught Sunday School, led opening exercises and helped carry out the church’s benevolent activities through the Ladies Aid.  She was active in the Order of the Eastern Star-East Liberty Chapter where she served as Grand Worthy Matron.  She led the local Girl Scout Troop for a number of years and also served as a director on the Appleseed Ridge Girl Scout Council.


Along with her husband and neighbors, she was committed to keeping the East Liberty community vibrant and was active for many years in various events to that end.  She was particularly involved in the Memorial Day and Fourth of July celebrations.  She directed her creative energies into oil painting and flower arranging and she displayed the latter at the Logan County Fair as a member of the Logan County Garden Club.  An accomplished cook, she had a large collection of cookbooks and was quite proud of a recent collaboration with her daughter Nancy to put together a Robson Family Cookbook.


After Howard’s retirement, she was probably best known for her competitive Bridge playing that resulted in numerous Marathon and Duplicate Bridge titles.  She was a respected and formidable opponent on the local Bridge circuit and her efforts were rewarded when she earned the title of Golden Age Bridge Master.  The honor was presented to her by her fellow Bridge players at her 90th birthday anniversary party.  In recent years, she often visited Bearcreek Farms, IN. where she thoroughly enjoyed participating in the player tournaments there.

Education was a high priority for Mrs. Robson.  As a result, the Howard F. and Geraldine Robson Scholarship Fund was established for a Benjamin Logan High School student. 


Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 2, 2011 at the East Liberty Church of Christ with Dr. Jason Robson officiating.  Burial will follow at the East Liberty Cemetery. Friends of the family may call from 3-8 P.M. Friday, July 1, 2011 at the Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home in West Mansfield.  Memorial Contributions can be made to the East Liberty Church of Christ at the Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home 222 West Center St, West Mansfield, OH 43358. Condolences may be expressed at