Robert M. Dillman, known affectionately as "Bob" to those who loved him, passed away on July 19, 2023, just shy of his 94th birthday. He was born in Denver, Indiana, on August 23, 1929, to the late Webster and Chloe (Alspach) Dillman. He served in the United States Marine Corps. during the Korean Conflict. Bob was married in Peru, Indiana to Beatrice M. Copeland, on April 15, 1955. The couple settled on Wappes Road in 1964, where they raised their seven kids. Bob was compassionate, thoughtful, loving, and cherished his family. His dedicated spirit was evident in his 43-year-long career in the railroad. He continued working for 12 years at the Auto Auction. Bob enjoyed farming, woodworking, reading and watching Westerns. He was also passionate about square dancing and took great pride in meticulously mowing his yard. He was a man who loved to share his opinions and good advice, making him a wise figure in his family. As the saying goes, "The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It's not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free." He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Beatrice Dillman; five sons, Rudy (Camen) Lewis, Cris (Sue) Dillman, Kevin (Julie) Dillman, David Dillman, and Brent (Jill) Dillman; a daughter, Wendy (Curtis) Brincefield; a sister-in-law, Carol Dillman; 15 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Ronald Lewis; a daughter-in-law, Patty Dillman; a grandson, Chad Aaron Brincefield; three brothers, Glen (Jackie) Dillman, Marvin (Leona) Dillman, and Kenneth Dillman; a sister, Gweneth Dillman. During his railroad career Bob served as the Local Chairman of the Brotherhood Railway Carmen of America, Lodge 6760 in Fort Wayne, Indiana from 1972 to 1978. A Funeral service will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, Churubusco Chapel. The family will receive family and friends beginning at 2:00 p.m. Burial will take place later in the Eel River Cemetery, Churubusco. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude's or the Shriners. Sheets & Childs Funeral Home has been entrusted with these arrangements.


Interment in Michigan Memorial Park

Keith D. Pierce, 80, of Monroeville, passed away at 2:02 am on Monday, March 20, 2023. He was born in Monroeville, Indiana, on Friday, March 27, 1942, to Edwin and Latriva Arlene (Stevens) Pierce. On July 2, 1966, he was married to Marlene Joan (Gibson) Pierce, they were married for 43 years and preceded him in death.

Keith was a mechanic with Cummins Diesel until his retirement. He was also a lifelong farmer, and he enjoyed fishing and yard work.

Keith is survived by his sons, Christopher (Kellie L.) Pierce of Monroeville and Leslie Richard Pierce, Fort Worth, TX; granddaughters, Kelsie L. (Deven) Berger of Plymouth, IN, Madelyn Kristen Pierce of Monroeville, and Lillian Faith Pierce of Monroeville; brother, Ronald Pierce of Monroeville; and companion, Brenda L. Lewis of Marion.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Alvin Pierce and Richard Pierce, both from Monroeville.

Keith’s son Christopher served Brotherhood Railway Carmen Heartland Lodge 6760 as President and Local Protective Board Chairman.

At Keith's request, there will be no public visitation or funeral service.
Arrangements are entrusted to Integrity Cremation & Funeral Care, 2901 S. Washington St., Marion, Indiana.

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Published by Integrity Cremation & Funeral Care - Marion on Mar. 22, 2023.


Richard "Dick" E Burwell, 94, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023. Born Jan. 9, 1929, in Spokane, Wash., he was a son of the late Clarence and Laura Burwell. He worked for Nickel Plate Railroad of which he retired from. Richard was President of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen Fort Wayne Lodge 6760 in 1988 and 1989. He enjoyed woodworking in his earlier years and was strong in his faith. He was a member of Lifeway Wesleyan Church and will be remembered for being a simple man. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Maxine Burwell; children, Charles Burwell and Susan Dykstra; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Burwell; children, Richard Burwell Jr., and Sally Short; grandson, Tim Bermes; and sister, Maryln Schoeff. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Heritage Park for their wonderful care. A Celebration of Life is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, at Lifeway Wesleyan Church, 7722 Moeller Road, Fort Wayne (IN 46806), with calling one hour prior. Arrangements by Covington Funeral Home. Richard is Past President of the Brotherhood Railway Carmen Fort Wayne Lodge 6760, serving as president in 1988 until his retirement in 1989.

Published by Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jan. 22, 2023.


J. V. Waller, Jr.

Maynardville, Tennessee - James Vallen Waller, Jr. "J.V." - born on May 9, 1942 in Chesney, Tennessee to James Vallen and Frances Skeen Waller. J. V. passed away on Saturday October 31, 2020 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was saved at an early age and was a lifelong member of Warwick's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. J. V. served in the United States Army stationed in Korea. He was also involved in many different organizations from being General Chairman of Carmen at Norfolk Southern Corporation to serving on many boards in Union County. He was Democratic Party Chairman for many years, a charter member of the Union County Heritage Festival and the Union County Historical Society. J. V. was one of a kind. A true Union brother to all of us. He loved the Democrats and the Labor movement. His word was his bond and was respected by all. "The Lord threw away the mold when J. V. was born." (Words from his dear friend Bob Wojtowicz.) He was a huge fan of Hank Williams, Sr. and wishes to be remembered as a dedicated DEMOCRAT.

 J. V. Waller is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda Monroe Waller and two feline family members, Buffy and Calli; sisters-in-law, Anna Mae Sanders, Libby (Keith) Brantley and Sherry (Kenney) Hall. He had numerous nieces and nephews that thought that Uncle J. V. was the greatest. He is also survived by many political friends and "adopted" family members.

Due to Covid-19, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Friends may call at their convenience on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Trinity Funeral Home Chapel. The burial will be private. In accordance with J. V.'s wishes, memorial donations may be made to Frances Waller Scholarship Fund, c/o Stacy Warwick, 140 Raley Rd., Maynardville, TN 37807 or to the Union County Humane Society. Trinity Funeral Home, LLC, Maynardville, has the honor to serve the family of J. V. Waller.

Published in the Knoxville, TN News Sentinel, November 1-3, 2020.


Richard William "ROBO" Webb, II, Heartland Lodge 6760 is sad to advise that our brother Richard Webb passed away Saturday May 18, 2019, from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident outside of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Brother Webb began his railroad career with Norfolk Southern in December 2010. 

WHEELERSBURG —Sadly, Richard "Robo Webb" II made his last wildly inappropriate comment or text to you. Commonly seen wearing one of his many black Harley-Davidson shirts with his Mr. T starter kit, a **** ****** grin and mischievous look in his eyes-Richard was always along for the ride. He was the friend who always said yes to a concert, an adventure or a trip to the Ribber and had a famous chuckle mimicked by all. The man who never missed a family event, or one of his niece or nephew's games. Feel free to tell us your story of standing with Richard in his normal spot on the fence at the Wheelersburg football games cheering on Baylen while letting everyone know his 1989 Trojans would have spanked that team. Richard always made time to call and visit his mom and act as the protective older brother to Terra and Shane. He also loved his girlfriend, Bridget McGlone, her two sons, Colton and Hunter, and his boxer, Judge.

His enjoyment of life is and always will be contagious to everyone who met him. Though he is missed, he went out the way he would have wanted on the highway to heaven on a Harley. #RIDEON

He is survived by his mother, Christine Kimbler Pennywitt and her significant other, Larry Edwards, both of Portsmouth; his brother, Shane (Michelle) Pennywitt of Portsmouth; sister, Terra (Michael) Pennywitt Murray of Wheelersburg; niece, Madyson Murray of Dallas, TX; nephew, Baylen Haywood of Wheelersburg; his dad, Richard Webb; brothers, Aaron and Jason Webb; sister, Rachel Parks of South Point; several aunts and uncles who had a hand in raising him; several cousins; his riding buddies and his friends and co-workers at Norfolk Southern where he worked as a Carman.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, David Pennywitt.

A Celebration of Richard's Life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the RALPH F. SCOTT FUNERAL HOME in Portsmouth with Rev. Steve Harvey officiating and interment in Memorial Burial Park.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Online condolences may be shared at

Published in The Daily Times from May 20 to May 21, 2019


Richard Leon La Vigine, age 76, December 23, 2018 of Trenton. Beloved husband of Margaret. Loving dad of Nannette (Patrick) Cobbs, Lisa (Kevin) Mitchell and Richard (Dawn). Dearest papa of Miranda, Ian, Emily, Robert, Zoe, Joshua, Paige, Hunter, Richard, Chris and great-papa of Raylan and Owen. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Richard's son-in-law is Kevin Mitchell, Vice Local Chairman, Detroit, TCU Heartland Lodge 6760.
  Adams, Susan Jane, age 79, of Brooklyn, Michigan, January 26, 2018. Beloved wife of Jerry Adams. Loving mother of Norman “Chip” Bleser, Terry (Cathy) Bleser, Shaun (Sherry) Bleser, Michael (Lynda) Bleser, Michelle (Timothy) Good, Christopher (Stella) Bleser, and Therese Holmes. Dear grandmother of David, Karla, Nicholas, Rachel, Nicole, Audrie, Michael, Liza, Brandon, Kira, Jerry, Ivonne, Michelle and Gabriel. Dearest great grandmother of Dominik, Leighton, Elyssa, Alex, Jordyn, Jaycob, Kylie, Avery, Emily, Adan, Gavin, Claire, Kaylah, Madisyn, Anthony, Jazmine and Adrian. She is also survived by her sisters Patricia Geldmacher and Ida Dekoning. She is preceded in death by her grandchild William, great grandchild Maddisyn, parents James and Jane Gersky, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Susan’s son Michael is President of TCU Heartland Lodge 6760.

Visitation: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 1:00-8:00 PM., Michigan Memorial Funeral Home

Services: Friday, February 2, 2018, 11:00 AM., Michigan Memorial Funeral Home Chapel


Donald "Don" D. Brennan, 89, passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017, at home with his family by his side. Born in Wren, Ohio, he was the son of the late Edward and Lucille (Gephart) Brennan. He retired from Norfolk and Southern after 42 years. Don enjoyed bowling, fishing, and Notre Dame football. A family man, he loved spending time with his grandchildren, especially watching them play sports. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Betty; children, Maria Brennan of Fort Wayne, Terry (Julie) Brennan of Tuscon, Ariz. and Tim (Karen) Brennan of Edmonds, Wash.; half siblings, David (Jackie) Lillich of Granger, Alice (Mike) Adams of Fort Wayne, and Judy (Jim) Bauerle of Carmel; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren with one on the way. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Betty Elzey and Richard Brennan. Private services at the conveniences of the family. Family to receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven. Burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, New Haven. Preferred memorials to St. Mary's Soup Kitchen or The Rescue Ministries in Fort Wayne. Don was a member of Brotherhood Railway Carmen/TCU Lodge 6760 and served as President 1984 to 1987.



  Pauline M. Clark, was born on August 9, 1930 and passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Pauline was a resident of rural Montpelier, Ohio at the time of her passing.
She was a 1948 graduate of Montpelier High School. She was married to John Clark, Sr. Visitation for Pauline with be on Thursday August 25 2016 from 3-7 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home on Main Street in Montpelier. Funeral services will be held on Friday August 26 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Walter Hicks to officiate. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier.
Donations may be made to Montpelier Church of The Nazarene or a charity of the Donor's Choice. Pauline's son John Clark is a member of TCU Homestead Lodge 6760.

C. John Pequignot, 89, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the VA hospital in Fort Wayne. After graduating from Central Catholic High School he enlisted in the Navy serving on two aircraft carriers in the Pacific during World War II. After the war he had numerous jobs, his favorite being a three-sport referee for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Delores known as Dee; brother, Danilo (Virginia) Castro of Hilton Head, SC; children, Steven (Karen) Pequignot, Michael (Julie) Pequignot, Marta (Debra Krouse) Pequignot, Jeffrey (Robyn) Pequignot; step-children, Mark (Phyllis) Trice, Susan Gass, Lana Hunt, Curtis (Vickki) Trice; 19 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. John's son Steven Pequignot, was a long-standing union officer.



Lowell D. Wheeler, 67, passed away Friday, December 11, 2015 at his home in Florida. Born in Hudson, Michigan and living in New Haven, Indiana the past 30 years, Lowell worked as a Railway Carman with Norfolk Southern Railway for over 40 years. He served as an officer with Brotherhood of Railway Carmen and Transportation Communication Union for over 20 years. Surviving are his wife, Betty Jo(Berberick)Wheeler of Lakeland, FL; sons: Larry A.(Heather) of West Unity, OH, Ronald L.(Barbara) of Montpelier, OH, Eric J.(Elizabeth)of Stryker, OH, Jeremy K.(Erica) of New Haven, IN, and James L.(Kym) of Lakeland, FL; grandchildren: Connor, Brooke, Sydney, Christopher, Kaidan, Matthew, Maggie, Brandin, and Luke; and sister, Troybelle Luce. Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, William "Donald" and Esther M. Wheeler; brothers, Harley Wheeler and Leslie G. Wheeler; and grandson, Brandon C. Wheeler. Memorial Service will be held at D.O. McComb Funeral Home in June 2016. Memorials may be made to Fort Wayne Seventh Day Adventist Church or Good Shepherd Hospice. To sign the online guest book, go to

Marion E. Wilhelm, 78, was called home on August 15, 2015 while at Ashley Care Center in Ashley, MI. She went to join her dear Lord and her beloved husband and son along with other relatives who passed away before her.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Nelson-House Funeral Homes Martin Chapel, 316 West Broad Street, Chesaning, Michigan 48616, with Pastor Dave Kimble officiating, and burial will follow at Brant Township Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:00am to 12:00pm and 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

Marion was born on September 24, 1936 to Leslie and Ora (Wire) McKay in Benton Harbor, MI.   Marion had a sister, Betty Small who survives her and a brother, Donald McKay.  Marion was raised in Brant and graduated from St. Charles High School’s class of 1954.  She married Dain Wilhelm on August 27, 1955 and was a homemaker, raising four children and working diligently to ensure her family always had canned goods to feed them through the winter months.  Marion enjoyed gardening and canning.  Her children remember the special days when they would come home to the smell of home baked bread and cinnamon rolls.  

Marion was a talented musician, playing guitar from an early age and was especially known for her strong singing voice which could harmonize effortlessly.    She and family members played in a band at local establishments for many years.  An avid Tigers fan with a thorough knowledge of the team statistics, Marion cherished the opportunity to banter with her son, Steven, about Detroit’s exploits during their weekly phone calls.  Marion was a strong Christian woman who was concerned about the salvation of others.  She taught Sunday School classes for young children for many years, often times picking them up and taking them to church.  She loved children - they made her happy.   For some years, Marion and Dain were part of the Brant Euchre Club.  Marion also enjoyed painting and was very artistic.  Marion also had a very tender heart for animals and was kind to animals through the years.  She had many special pets in her life. 

Marion was pre-deceased by her parents and her husband, also by her brother Donald and son Bruce.

She is survived by her children Rosalie (Mark) Whaley, Steven (Kelly) Wilhelm, and Neil Wilhelm; her grandchildren, Stephanie (James) Box, Rachael Wilhelm, David (Jamie) Wilhelm, Daniel (Emily) Wilhelm, Michael (Mandy) Christensen, Renee Christensen, Andrew (Ashley) Wilhelm, Aaron Wilhelm , Morgan Gilbertson, Lauren Gilbertson and Ava Hudson.  Marion also leaves behind 10 great-grandchildren as well as her sister Betty Small and sister-in-law Agnes Burkhart.  In addition to many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins, Marion also leaves behind many dear friends including her prayer partner Joy. 

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Racy Free Methodist Church or the donor’s favorite charity in Marion’s memory.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to those who provided such gracious care in her final years, especially to Dr. Mohammad Bashir and his staff for keeping close watch of her kidney for many years, also to Dr. Doug Forsyth and his staff and finally in her final months to the tender hearts at Ashley Care Center and Home & Hospice Advantage.


Bradley Alan Baker, 49, of Linton, Indiana, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was born on May 13, 1966 in Linton to Marlin and Judy (Cornelius) Baker. Brad married Deena Carlton on February 15, 2000.

Brad was employed for 19 years with the State Highway and then the past 9 years with the Indiana Railroad. He also worked for his Grandpa Baker in his shop, Baker Radiator. Brad like to work in his garage, enjoyed NASCAR racing, camping and hanging out with his friends.

Survivors include: his wife, Deena L. Baker; one son, Trent (Kendra) Mihlfeld of Linton; two daughters, Heather Piatt of Alabama and Leah (Chris) Hubbell of Sullivan; grandchildren, Brianna Tannehill, Brayson Piatt, Wyatt and Colton Hubbell and Ryder Mihlfeld; his parents, Marlin and Judy Baker of Linton; one brother, Jim (Mary) Baker of Linton; two nephews, Cody (Paige) Sullivan and Travis Blackwell; sister-in-law, Trisha (Becky) Carlton of Zionsville, IN; mother-in-law, Linda (Bill) Beck of Shelbyville; father-in-law, Gene (Patty) Carlton of Morristown, IN; uncle, Steve (Diana) Cornelius and aunt, Rebecca Baker.

Brad was preceded in death by: paternal grandparents, James and Rosemary Baker; maternal grandparents, Ray Cornelius, Mary and Arthur Christy; grandparents-in-law, Juanita and Johnny Nigh, Elmer and Florence Carlton.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at the Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel in Linton with Rev. Jim Sanders officiating. Brad will be laid to rest in the Fairview Cemetery in Linton.

Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, August 7 and from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Brad to the Linton Fire Department or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

All arrangements have been entrusted to James W. Meng, Jr. and the Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel in Linton. Online condolences may be sent to


  Irvin A. Friedman, 1929 – 2015, February 8, Beloved husband of Sue Friedman; dear father and father-in-law of Philip S. (Victoria Sterling) Friedman, Laurence B. Friedman, Steven A. (Suzanne) Friedman and Sanford N. Friedman; dear brother and brother-in-law of Arthur (DeLaurian) Friedman, C. Marshall (Bonnie) Friedman; dear grandfather of Jeremy, Angela, Lauren, Jeffrey, Joseph and Marissa Friedman; dear brother-in-law of Perry L. (late Rochelle) Lerner; dear uncle, greatuncle and friend Services: Graveside service 1:00 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 10, at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery 650 White Rd. Chesterfield, MO 63017. Memorial contributions preferred to Traditional Congregation, 12437 Ladue Rd. St. Louis, MO Alzheimer's Association 9374 Olive Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63132. Please visit for more information.
Detroit, Michigan, January 21, 2015 - It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Blake Bowman. Blake is the son of Carman Brian Bowman. Blake, a 14-year old champion lost his fight with cystic fibrosis today. Blake enjoyed many sports. At the top of his list was fishing with his dad. Lodge 6760's officers and members offer our prayers and deepest sympathies to the Bowman family. A fund has been created to help the family offset medical costs. To learn more about Blake and the fund created for him please view his page at:

Robert Eugene Pless, Sr. - age 86, of Norris, passed away on December 22, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Clinton. He was born on February 12, 1928, in Knoxville to the late Paul W. Pless, Sr. and Laura Jean Reep Pless. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Paul W. Pless, Jr.; sister, Lucina Pless Anderson. He worked for TVA for 25 years until he retired in 1987. He was a member of Andersonville Baptist Church from the time he was eleven years old. He taught Sunday school and was a deacon for 25 years as well as being active in all phases of the church. He is survived by wife of 67 years, Mary Ruth Pless; daughter, Vickie Walker of Clinton; son, Robert E. Pless, Jr. and wife Teresa of Andersonville; grandchildren, Eric Schultz of Sweetwater, Jill Phillips of Clinton, Jennifer Lebus and husband Robert of Knoxville; great grandchildren, Brandon and Grayson Phillips of Clinton, Ethan, Preston and Lucas Ford of Knoxville; and special family adopted grandson, Scott Cloninger of Sweetwater. Services will be held on Saturday, December 27th, at First Baptist Church of Andersonville. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. with funeral services beginning at 1:00 p.m. Graveside services will follow immediately after at Norris Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Andersonville Baptist Church. The family wishes to thank the staff of Golden Living Center for all the loving care given to our husband, father, and grandfather.



Roger Dean Bowling, 46, of Jackson, KY departed this earthly life on Wed. May 21, 2014 at his residence. He was born Jan. 04, 1968 in Wolfe County and was employed by the Norfolk Southern Railroad. He was preceded in death by one son: Michael Bowling. He is survived by his parents: Johnnie and Lucille (Gross) Gibbs of Jackson, KY. Two sons: Eddie Dean Bowling and Austin Bowling of Liberty, IN. Two brothers: Stanley Duane (Cynthia) Bowling of Fowlerville, IN and Gregory Wilson (Mary) Gibbs of Bowling Green, KY. Funeral services will be held on Fri. May 23, 2014 at 1:30 PM at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel with Sam Faulkner officiating. Burial in the Gross Family Cemetery at Old Buck, KY. Visitation will begin on Thurs. May 22 at 5:00PM.

The members and officers of TCU Heartland Lodge 6760 offer our prayers and sympathies to Brother Roger's family.



Paul Kenneth Jackson Sr., 66, of Louisville, passed away February 10, 2014. Mr. Jackson was a retired employee of Norfolk Southern Railroad where he also served as a Union Representative and was a Vietnam Army Veteran. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 44 years, Mary Ann Jackson; a son Paul Jackson Jr. and his wife Sarah; and many siblings, nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday 2pm at Evergreen Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4-8pm Thursday. Brother Paul was the Local Chairman of the Brotherhood Railway Carmen Lodge in Louisville for many years until the lodge merged with the Heartland Lodge 6760 in 2000, after which, he served as a Senior Assistant Local Chairman until shortly before his retirement.


Paul Albert Gunkel Jr., age 59 of Union, KY died Friday, December 20, 2013 at UC Medical Center, Cincinnati. He is preceded in death by his parents; Paul A. Gunkel, Sr. and Anna Sue (Ayres) Gunkel and a sister, Alicia Ann Iles. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rosemary (Curley) Gunkel. Three children; Benjamin, Lauren and Aaron Gunkel. One grandson, Camden Gavin and a soon to be granddaughter on the way, Emma. One brother, Rickie Gunkel and a sister, Kimberly Barker. Paul is also survived by several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Thursday, December 26, 2013 at the Stith Funeral Homes, 7500 U.S. Highway 42, Florence, KY 41042. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:10 PM, Friday, December 27, 2013 at the St. Paul Catholic Church, 7301 Dixie Highway, Florence, KY 41042. Burial will be held privately by the family. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent DePaul C/O, St. Paul Catholic Church, 7301 Dixie Highway, Florence, KY 41042. Online condolences

Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Dec. 23


Joey Dean Thomas, 43 of Martin Cemetery Rd. Lucasville, Ohio, died unexpectedly Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Southern Ohio Medical Center Emergency Room. He was born November 16, 1969 in Cleveland, Ohio a son of Dorothy Free Thomas of McDermott and the late James Thomas. Surviving are his former wife of 22 years Pamela Bayless; Fiancé, Samantha Adkins, one son; Devon Thomas of Lucasville, Ohio; two daughters, Madyson Thomas of Lucasville, Ohio and Destinie Ireland and husband Dustin of Hubert, North Carolina, his future step sons: Korey and Tjaden Adkins of Garrison, Kentucky; three brothers, Jim Thomas and Bill Thomas of McDermott, Ohio and Danny Thomas; four sisters, Betty Thomas, Kathy Thomas and Marie Thomas all of McDermott, Ohio and Gail Loper of Columbus, Ohio. Along with his father he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie Thomas.

Joey was a former employee of M&J Industries for 22 years and was currently employed with Norfolk & Southern Railroad as a Carman and a member of TCU Heartland Lodge 6760. He was a 1988 graduate of Northwest High School.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday at McCullough Baptist Church with Rev. Robert L. Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Cooper Cemetery. Friends may call 5 to 8 P.M. Friday at the Botkin Funeral Home in Otway and 12 noon to 1:00 P.M. Saturday at the church. Members and officers of Heartland Lodge 6760 offer their sympathies to Brother Thomas' family. He will be missed by his colleagues.


Ella May Jones, 90, of Flat Rock, Michigan passed away April 14, 2013. Mrs. Jones is the grandmother of Lodge 6760 Local Chairman Kevin Mitchell. Services will be held April 17 from 12:00 PM. to 3:00 PM., at Michigan Memorial Cemetery, 30895 W. Huron River Drive, Flat Rock, Michigan. Members and officers of Lodge 6760 offer their sympathies to Brother Mitchell and his family.


Joe Carroll, 68, of Soddy-Daisy, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 29, 2013. He was a member of Oak Street Baptist Church, and he was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad after 30 years. He served as Local Chairman of the Brotherhood Railway Carmen Lodge in Chattanooga for many years. He loved tree cutting, farming, gardening, camping, and being with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Carl Carroll and Linnie B. Carroll.

Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Linda Flerl Carroll; daughters, Michelle Carroll, Melissa (Kenneth) Ewton; brothers, J. E. (Judy) Carroll, Kenneth (Margaret) Carroll; grandchildren, Katie Duncan, Jordan Duncan, and Kenlee Ewton; several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Joe Sanchez and Rev. Jake Carroll officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens. Johnny Beene, Rick Nunley, Steve Brackett, Scott Routt, Johnny Flerl, and David Flerl will serve as pallbearers. Visitation is Tuesday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00 the funeral home.

The contact information for the funeral home is as follows:

Williamson and Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379, phone 423-332-1515


Steven D. Brownfield, 63 of Delay Drive, Piketon, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the Adena Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born on Jan. 27, 1950 ,in Waverly, Ohio to the late Dewey and Geraldine Meeker Brownfield.

He was united in marriage on April 21, 1967, to Patsy A. Delay Brownfield who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Stephanie A. Brownfield of Piketon, and a grandson, Dalton Montgomery of Piketon. Two brothers: Tom Brownfield and wife Kathy and, Ron Brownfield and wife Sandy both of Piketon, eight sisters: Wanda Crabtree and husband Bill and Doris Dyke both of Waverly, Fleda Zimmerman, Judy Adams and husband Tom, Donna Brodess and husband Jim, Bonnie Louderback, and Janet Harris all of Piketon, and Linda Murphy and husband Tim of Waverly. He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy D. Brownfield, six brothers: Jim, Joe, Gene, Gary, Kenny, and Darrell Brownfield, and two sisters: Juanita Liede and Wilma Brownfield.

He was a certified welder and retired from the maintenance shop at the Norfolk & Southern Railroad with 33 years of service.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Botkin Funeral Home in Waverly with Paul Hornback officiating. Burial will follow in the Mound Cemetery in Piketon. Friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to especially thank Dr. Ralph Roach and his staff at Adena Health Systems.


RICHARD J. KEELEY, 92, of Fort Wayne, died on Thursday, June 28, 2012, 5:25 AM., at Coventry Meadows. Born April 7, 1920, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Raymond J. Keeley and Marie Esther (Haas). He served in the Army and was a railroad carman with Norfolk Southern for 40 years. He was a member of Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, CCC's. Surviving are his daughters, Paula Mattingly and Coleen C. Silk; son, Bruce Keeley; brothers, Donald Keeley and William Keeley; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Reprogle) Keeley; a brother; and a grandchild. Funeral service is 1 PM. Monday at C.M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, 1327 N. Wells St., with calling two hours prior. Father Joe officiating. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Preferred memorials to Masses. Brother Keeley served as Local Chairman of the Brotherhood Railway Carmen Lodge 760 (now 6760) from 1963 to 1969 and was the President of the lodge from 1972 to 1984. Brother Keeley was one of two officers who were instrumental in saving the lodge during a time of financial hardship in the early 1970s.


Mr. Phillip C. Roe (1931 - 2012)

Roe, Phillip C. September 21, 2012. Age 81 of Taylor. Beloved husband of Barbara. Loving father of Vicki (Tim) Etheridge, Caryn (Mark) MacDonald, Phillip Roe and Julia (David) Wilkewitz. Dear brother of Bob (Josephine) Roe, Mary Ellen (Robert) Petrat, Larry (Lynn) Lada and Lucille Wiser. Dearest grandfather of 8. Phillip will be deeply missed by family and friends. Visitation Sunday, September 23, 2012 from 3-9 p.m. and Monday, September 24, 2012 from 3-9 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. Funeral service Tuesday 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment White Chapel Cemetery. Donations may be made to the family to be forwarded to "Smile Train". Visit our online guestbook and share memories at Phil retired about 20 years ago. He was a Carman with Norfolk Southern Railway. He worked at the Melvindale, Michigan Car Shop.


David A. Reed, 52, passed away suddenly on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.

Born Sept. 19, 1959, in Winchester, Ky., he was a son of the late David and Phyllis Wilson Reed. He was a long-time employee of Norfolk Southern Railroad, working as a carman. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served our country as a helicopter repairman. While in the military, he also assisted with the recovery and relief effort after the Mount Saint Helens volcano eruption in 1980. David enjoyed riding motorcycles with his friends and shooting.

Survivors include his son, Bo Allen Reed; siblings, William “Butch” Reed, James “Roscoe” Reed and Leasa Reed (Danny) Aikin; his former wife, Mona Renee Bailey; his three dogs, which he also considered as children, Lady, Chip and Roo; as well as a multitude of extended nieces, nephews, cousins and others.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home with the Rev. David Collier officiating.

A gathering of David’s friends and family will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Per the family’s request, donations may be made to the humane society of one’s choice. A memorial tribute wall is available for David at


David P. Fancher, 58, of Vestal, New York went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at his home with his loving wife and daughter by his side. He was predeceased by his father, Louis Fancher, and his grandparents. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Judy (Gable) Fancher; and his beloved daughter, Ashley Fancher; his mother, Joan Fancher; his sisters, Christine and Wayne Martin and Kathy and Steve Gordon; and brothers, Tom and Elaine Fancher, Richard and Teri Fancher, Jim and Colleen Fancher, John and Eileen Fancher, Mike and Jennifer Fancher and Bill and Mary Fancher; many nieces, nephews and cousins. David was a 35 year employee of CP Railroad and was general chairman of the TCU. He was an avid sportsman having played Triple A Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and was an all star pitcher on the church softball team as well as an MVP shortstop for the Sullivan Roofing Softball Team. He also enjoyed both golf and bowling. Most of all he was devoted to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was a loving husband and father. In spite of his diagnosis of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) he always remained positive, happy, joyful and brave. The family wishes to express their thanks to Kelly, Deb, and Lourdes Hospice and also to Kim who helped in making it possible that David could remain home for the duration of his illness. Funeral services and a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. from the Valleyview Alliance Church, 11 Foster Road, Vestal with the Rev. David Murphy officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Great Bend, PA. Those wishing are asked to make contributions in his name to "A Room To Heal", PO Box 503, Vestal, NY 13851-0503 or by visiting Arrangements are with the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, Endicott.


Jacob Marshall Dillow, 23, of Minford, died Monday, May 28, 2012, from injuries obtained by a motorcycle accident. He was born Dec. 21, 1988, in Saint Petersburg, Fla., to Gregory Alan Dillow and Karen Lee Mullins. He was a welder for Norfolk Southern Railway and a member of the Carman Shop Union.

Surviving are his father, Gregory Alan (Angie) Dillow of Wheelersburg; his mother, Karen Lee Mullins of Wheelersburg; his fiancee, Brittany McCormick of Minford; two brothers, Bret Dillow and Tyler Riggs; one sister, Christina Riggs; nieces and nephew, Kaylee, Kayla and Carson; grandparents, Bob and Johnnie Mullins and his dogs, Boston and Stella.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Herb and Pete (Lydia) Dillow and an uncle, Dave Mason.

Services will be conducted Saturday, June 2, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene in Wheelersburg with Pastor Dean Kuhn officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Burial Park. Friends may call at the Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., and one hour before the services at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to PNC Bank in memory of Jacob Dillow, in care of Jennifer Wilson.


Rennald J. Worman, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 58, of St. Joe, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born July 2, 1953, in Fort Wayne, he was an U.S. Air Force veteran. He retired in 2008 after 25+ years as a police officer with the Fort Wayne Police Department. He was a member of Promise Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife, Kathy Worman of St. Joe; children, Joe (Meg) Worman, Jeff (Waka) Worman, Eric (Kristen) Hite, Kevin Hite, Renee (Tony) Rekeweg, and Katrina Worman; seven grandchildren; parents, Richard and Marna Jo Worman of Leo; twin brother, Dennis (Kathy) Worman; brother, Rex Worman; and sisters, Terry Jo (Rick) Lightfoot and Tammy (Bob) Brown. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday at Promise Lutheran Church, 7323 Schwartz Road, with calling one hour prior. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Entombment in Concordia Cemetery Gardens. Preferred memorials to Promise Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St. Father of Lodge FST, Kevin Hite.


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