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Obituaries and Death Notices

Robert C. Thayer
Robert C. Thayer, 78, of Adler St. died at 1 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006 , at City Hospital following a lengthy illness.
Born June 10, 1928 , in New Cumberland, a son of the late Clyde Thayer and Sarah Knox Thayer, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the 127th Airborne Engineers Division in Japan during World War II.
A craneman at the former Crucible Steel, he retired in 1982.
He was a life member of the American Legion Post 374 and Veterans of Foreign War Post 66.
A 1946 graduate of East Liverpool High School , he was a member of the Blue & White Touchdown Club and a member of Boyce United Methodist Church .
He is survived by his wife, Wanda M. McGaffic Thayer, at home, whom he married Sept. 8, 1951 .
Two daughters, Barbara Keeley and her husband Dr. Robert, of Roanoke , Va. , and Janet Fannin and her husband Pastor Carl, of Collins, Ohio , survive.
Two sons, Bob Thayer and his wife Linda of Wellington, Ohio, and Thomas G. Thayer of Atlanta , Ga. , also survive.
There are 10 grandchildren, Allison, Elizabeth and Meredith Keeley, Amy Fannin Poorbaugh and her husband Josh, Sgt. Josh Fannin, Kellen, Molly, Abigail, Bobby and Rachel Thayer.
There are two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Katherine Poorbaugh.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, George F. Thayer.
Friends may call at the Dawson Funeral Home on Thursday, where the family will be present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Pastor Carl Fannin of Collins United Methodist Church assisted by Pastor Doug George of Finley United Methodist Church will conduct services at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial is to be in Calcutta United Presbyterian Cemetery where the Tri-State Veterans Burial Group will accord full military honors. Family and friends will then gather at the Dawson Family Center.

Janet Thompson
Mrs. Janet Shafer Thompson, 729 Lincoln Ave., widow of Harvey A. Thompson died today at 7 a.m. in the Cummings Convalescent Home, following a two-month illness. She was 89.
Mrs. Thompson was born in Hookstown and spent most of her lifetime in East Liverpool. She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church.
She leaves no near relatives. A son, Heber Thompson, died in 1948. Another son died several years ago.
The body was taken to the Dawson Funeral Home. Arrangements are incomplete.
Source: The East Liverpool Review, 31 Dec., 1952

Chester C. Thorpe
Services Set Friday for Ex-P.U.C. Man
SALEM, July 26 (Special)-- Chester C. Thorpe, 67, a member of the U.S. railroad retirement board from 1938 to 1947 and a former member of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission, died near here yesterday of a heart attack.
He was working in the garden at his home on Albany Road when death came.
Mr. Thorpe was a member of the utilities commission eight years.
He was born Aug. 16, 1882, at Washingtonville, a son of Joseph and Cielia Tetlow Thorpe. He was a railroader during much of his youth, later serving as a field officer of the Grand Lodge of the railroad brotherhood.
Mr. Thorpe was a member of the National Methodist Church at Washingtonville and was a 32nd degree Mason.
He married Maude Barnes Sept. 6, 1903, at Greenford.
The widow survives; also two sisters, Mrs. W. G. Weikart and Mrs. Raymond Smith, both of Leetonia, and a brother, John Thorpe of Alliance.
Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. in the Arbaugh-Pearce Funeral Home here. Rev. E. S. Scott of the Salem Christian Church will officiate. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery her.
Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday night. [Source: The East Liverpool Review, July 26, 1950]

Elizabeth Torrence
Woman, 78, Dies Following Fall -- Funeral Is Planned Monday For Mrs. T.O. Torrence
Injuries suffered July 18 when she fell down the cellar stairs in her home caused the death today at 8:45 a.m. of Mrs. Elizabeth Torrence, 78, wife of T.O. Torrence, 164 Ravine st. She suffered a fractured skull and internal injuries in the fall, believed to have been caused when she lost her balance at the head of the stairs. Mrs. Torrence was born Feb. 13, 1866, in Wales, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William James. She came to America with her parents when she was nine. The family first lived in Butler county, Pa., but came to East Liverpool in 1880. Mr. and Mrs. Torrence were married in Youngstown on April 16, 1885, and they celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary a few months ago. Mr. Torrence, a lifetime potter and a former member of the village fire department and police force, has been retired for several years. Mrs. Torrence was a member of the First Presbyterian church, the Westminster Bible class and the United Women's association. Besides her husband, she leaves one son, Harry Torrence of East Liverpool; five daughters, Mrs. May Anderson of Cleveland, Mrs. Howard Kaufman of East Liverpool, Mrs. F.I. Hansberger of Royal Oak, Mich., Mrs. Leo Palmer Sr., of Smiths Ferry and Mrs. George Culp of Wellsville; three sisters, Mrs. Louis E. Weaver and Mrs. Sterling Carson of East Liverpool and Mrs. Frank Guyton of Buffalo; one brother, Thomas James, also of Buffalo; and 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Twelve of her grandchildren are in the armed forces. Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Dawson funeral home by Rev. Arthur E. French Jr., acting pastor of the First Presbyterian church. Burial will be in the Columbiana County Memorial park. Friends may call Sunday afternoon or night at the funeral home. [The Evening Review, (East Liverpool, Ohio), Friday, 28 Jul 1944, Page 3; Sub. by Tracy Drane]

T. O. Torrence
'TOT' TORRENCE CLAIMED AT 82  -- Retired Potter's Funeral To Be Held On Tuesday
T. O. Torrence, 164 Ravine st., retired potter, died Sunday at 10:15 a.m. in City hospital following a two-weeks' illness. He had been in poor health for several years. He was 82.
Mr. Torrence, familiarly known as "Tot", resided in East Liverpool for the past 63 years, coming here from Youngstown. He was born Dec. 12, 1863, in Sharon, Pa. A warehouseman, he was employed for many years at the Knowles, Taylor & Knowles Co., at the C. C. Thompson and the Vodrey potteries, and was at the Edwin M. Knowles Co. until he retired about 10 years ago. Mr. Torrence was a member of the East Liverpool fire department when it was a volunteer organization. He also was a patrol driver for a time when horse-drawn equipment was used. He was a member of the First Presbyterian church and an honorary member of the National Brotherhood of Operative Potters.
He leaves five daughters, Mrs. May Anderson of Cleveland, Mrs. H. J. Kaufman of East Liverpool, Mrs. F. I. Hansberger of Royal Oak, Mich., Mrs. Leo Palmer of Smiths Ferry, and Mrs. George Culp of Wellsville; a son, Harry Torrence of East Liverpool; two half-brothers, Ira Fair of East Liverpool, and Cole Fair of East Palestine; a half-sister, Mrs. May Fair Beck of Cleveland, and 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. His wife, Mrs. Lizzie Torrence, to whom he was married April 16, 1885, died in June 1944. Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Dawson funeral home by Rev. M. Rudolph Miller, pastor of the First Presbyterian church. Burial will be in the Columbiana County Memorial Park. Friends may call tonight at the funeral home. [The Evening Review (East Liverpool, Ohio), Monday, 22 Apr 1946, Page 6; Sub. by Tracy Drane]



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