Home of Recluse Held No Secret
Rooms of Hermitage Held No Mystery.
ADA—Poor, old John Parker, miser and recluse, left only about enough money to bury him and was far from wealthy, if recent investigations in rooms of his home yielded up their supposed secret. Parker was found dead in his home last Sunday afternoon, due to asphyxiation by gas. All efforts to clear up the mystery surrounding the death of an Ada man, found hanging from a tree in the rear of the saloon kept by Parker about twenty-five years ago, were lost when the grave closed over the old miser. But twelve people attended his funeral Wednesday. A letter to an Ada gal was found on the table after his dead body was discovered. It was believed he had only finished writing the letter when overcome by gas fumes. Articles of little value he had collected during his life-time were found when the rooms of his home were opened. Parker had about $400 on deposit in a local bank and a safety deposit vault. His wealth may reach $1,000. For the past twenty years he has lived without work. Isaac McElroy, justice of the peace, is in charge of the estate until an administrator can be appointed. Parker has been married five times, three of his wives having died and two divorced him. One of the divorcees is still living. [Lima News, Date Unknown]
Ada - (Special) - The funeral of John Parker, miser and recluse, who was found dead at his home Sunday evening will be held at the Lowman Chapel, Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock in charge of the Masons of which he was a member. Local authorities have located a nephew and niece both of whom are here to take charge of the funeral. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery, Ada. [Lima News, Jan 7, 1920]
Kenton, Mar 9 - Paul Peck, 47, restaurant owner is dead. [Plain Dealer, Mar 10, 1918]
Mrs. A. Perry
Mrs. A. Perry, 87, is dead in Mt. Victory. [Lima News, Jan 10, 1920]
Earl C. Pfeiffer
Kenton - Earl C. Pfeiffer, 65, former resident of Kenton died yesterday at McKentrick hospital here of complications. he was born in Kenton May 2, 1880 to John and Margaret Heil Pfeiffer. His wife Floretta Wilson Pfeiffer, preceded him in death in 1944. He is survived by a brother John of Chicago and Mrs. Bess Hune of Forest. The body was taken to the Shields funeral home at Forest and will be returned to Kenton at 1 p.m. Thursday for funeral services at the Church of Christ at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Grove cemetery, Kenton. [The Marion Star, Apr 10, 1946]
Elmer A. Phillips
Elmer A. "Sparky" Phillips, 92, died at 6: 30 a.m. today at St. Rita's Hospital, Lima. He was born Feb. 20, 1888, in Hardin County, the son of Emmanuel and Sarah E. (Myers) Phillips. Mr. Phillips was a retired employee of S & S Products. He was a member of Faith Wesleyan Church. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Lewis Memorial Chapel of Chiles and Sons-Laman Funeral Home; the Rev. Virgil Snyder and Rev. Dennis Roberts, officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada. [Lima News, Oct. 23, 1978]
ALGER, Dec. 2 - Funeral services for German Poe, 32, who died Monday at his home south of Alger, will be held Wednesday at 2 p. m. at Quickstep church, near Alger, with Rev. Sheridan Dyer in charge. Burial will be in Preston cemetery. Poe was born in Floyd-co, Ky., on Aug. 9,1909, has lived in the Alger vicinity for about 12 years. He died after an illness of about two years. Surviving are: his widow, Mrs. Grace Poe; three daughters, Patricia Ann, Barbara Jean and Gloria Dean Poe, all at home; his parents, in Brainard, Ky.; four sisters, and four brothers including Claude Poe of Harrod and Edward Poe of McGuffey. [Lima News, Dec 2, 1941]
Eleanor M. Prater
Elida -- ELEANOR M. PRATER, 80, died at 11:45 p.m. Jan. 16, 1998, at her residence. She was born July 12, 1917, in McGuffey to Scott and Blanch (Crist) McCormick. On March 26, 1955, she married Paul E. Prater, who died May 10, 1997. Mrs. Prater was a homemaker and had attended McGuffey-McDonald School . Survivors include a son, Terry Paul (Carole) Prater of Elida; a sister, Juna Reynolds of Cleveland; 10 grandchildren, 17 great - grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marie Stone; and two brothers, Melvin and Robert McCormick. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Alger. The Rev. Michael Keckler will officiate. Burial will be in Preston Cemetery, Alger. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and until services Tuesday at the funeral home. [Lima News, Jan. 18, 1998]
Ernest Roy Pratt
Ernest Roy Pratt, 64, of 726 S. McDonel St.. died at 2 a.m. Monday at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born in Ada on May 12, 1920. the son of David Isaac and Victoria Lucinda (ShacKencey) Pratt. On July 30, 1959, he married Louise Taviano. who survives. Mr. Pratt retired in 1983 from the Lima public schools, where he had been had custodian at Washington-McKinley Elementary School.
Survivors also include two sons, both of Lima ; and a daughter, of Lima. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Chiles and Sons-Laman West Wayne Street Chapel, Rev. R. Wayne Sharpes officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. [Lima News, Sep 4, 1984]
Bernard M. Preston
DUNKIRK - Bernard M. Preston, 59, died at 3:30 a.m. today at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay. He was born Sept. 23, 1925, in Hardin County, the son of William and Merle (Crowe) Preston. His father survives in McGuffey. On Aug. 23, 1946, he married Vida Vandemark, who also survives.
Mr. Preston was retired after 22 years as an electrician for Ex-Cell-O Corp. in Lima. He attended the Eagle Creek Church of the Brethren, rural Forest.
Survivors also include two sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren; three brothers, and three sisters, Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home. Ada, Pastor D. Luke Bowser officiating. Burial will be in Dunkirk Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Saturday, anytime Sunday and until time of services Monday. [Lima News, Jan, 25, 1985]
Howard L. Preston
Howard L. Preston, 73, of 110 Robin Drive died at 5 25 p.m. Saturday at St. Rita's Medical Center. He had been ill for three weeks.
He was born Dec. 19,1904, in Alger, the son of Bert and Lillie (Smith) Preston. He married the former Violet Sockrider, who survives. Mr. Preston was a retired employee of the Ohio State Highway Department. He was a farmer and former superintendent of the Hardin County Home. He was a member of High Street United Methodist Church.
Survivors also include two sons, a daughter, 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Lester (Red) Preston of Alger; and a sister, Mrs. Clay (Helen) Cotterman of Lima. Services will he at 11 am Tuesday at Hanson-Neety Funeral Home, Alger. Rev. Richard Hedges officiating. Burial will be in Preston Cemetery, Alger. Friends may call anytime today and until time of services Tuesday at the funeral home. The family will be present until 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. today. [Lima News, Nov 27, 1978]
Kenneth W Preston
ADA - Kenneth W Preston, 75, died at 5:56 p. m. Sunday at Richland Manor Nursing Home, near Bluffton. He was born Aug 16, 1905, in Hardin County, the son of William L. and Ida Olive (Christopher) Preston. On June 22, 1927, he married Elizabeth (Betty) Seitz, who survives.
Mr. Preston operated Preston Funeral Home In Ada from 1927 to 1972 and was affiliated with Basinger Funeral Home, Bluffton, as a funeral director. He was a member of the Ada Village Council for four years and served as village mayor from 1948, to 1952. He was a 50-year member of Ada Masonic Lodge, a past president of Ada Rotary Club, and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ada. Survivors also include a son, two grandsons; and a sister, Mary Critchlow of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Services will be at 2 p m. Wednesday at Basinger Funeral Home, Bluffton, Rev Thomas Cook officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada. Friends may call from 2:30 to 4:30 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. [Lima News, Apr 13, 1981]
L. S. (Red) Preston
ALGER - L. S. (Red) Preston, 76, died at 4 p.m. Saturday at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stewart. Fla.
He was born Oct. 30, 1906, in Hardin County, the son of James V. and Lillie (Smith) Preston. On Oct. 30, 1926, he marned Dora Kindle, who survives. Mr. Preston was a farmer. He was affiliated with the First United Methodist Church. Ada Masonic lodge 344. Free and Accepted Masons, and was a life member of the Ohio Farmers Union. Survivors also include a son, three daughters, 18 grandchildren: 18 great-grand-children; and a sister, Helen Cotterman of Lima. Services will be at 1 p. m Wednesday at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Alger. Rev. Calvin Waugh officiating. Burial will be in Preston Cemetery. Alger. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m Tuesday and until time of services Wednesday. The family will be at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. [Lima News, Jan 24, 1983]
KENTON - Mrs. Mamie Price, 89, of Cessna Township died Tuesday morning in the Hardin County Home after an illness of three months. Born May 17,1880, in Wyandot County near Kirby, she was the daughter of M. F. and. Sarah Hougendobler Hammerly. On Nov. 7, 1901, she married Orva Price and he died Jan. 24, 1946.
Surviving are a son, Robert of Kenton; two grandchildren and seven great-granchildren; and a brother. Charles of Columbus. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Myrl D. Hull Funeral Home, Rev. Carl Minter officiating. Burial will be in Dunkirk Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. [Lima News, Nov 18, 1969]
Mary E. Price
ADA, Aug: 1 - Mrs. Mary E. Price, 86, last widow of a Civil war veteran in Ada , died at her home here Wednesday following a three week's illness. She had been an invalid since 1936 when she, fell and broke a hip. Secretary of the Women's Relief Corps, Mrs. Price was active in all chapter activities. Born in, Breman, 0., Mrs. Price had been a resident here for more than 20 years. The body is at the Lantz Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday. The Rev. Walter Condon, of the Presbyterian church, will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery east of Ada. Surviving are a son, Otto, of Ada; two daughters. Mrs. Edna Hull, Ada; Mrs. Ada Bashore, Silver Lake, Ind., and a half-sister. Mrs. Anna Asbury, Columbus. [Lima News, Aug 1, 1940]
DUNKIRK - Richard Price, 67, died at 9:48 p.m. Sunday at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born April 17, 1913, in Dunkirk, the son of Ross and Ethel Garling Price. On June 13, 1942, he married Nellie V. Emerson, who survives.
Mr. Price retired in 1974 after 25 years with Superior Coach. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and past president of Hardin Northern Athletic Association. He was a veteran of World War II. Survivors also include a daughter, Faith Alice Price of Dunkirk; two sons, Ross Price and Tony Price, both of Dunkirk; and two sisters, Joyce Essinger and Colleen Smith, both of Dunkirk.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Grace United Methodist Church, Rev. Floyd Iverson officiating. Burial will be in Dunkirk Cemetery. Friends may call at Price Funeral Home, Dunkirk, anytime today. The body will lie in state at the church from noon until time of services Wednesday. [Lima News, Mar 17, 1981]
McGUFFEY - Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, for Letha Puckett, 62. She died at 8:20at a. m.. Tuesday at Fox Run Manor Nursing Home in Findlay. She was born July 29, 1918, in Floyd County, Ky., the daughter of Harrison and Eva Holbrook Puckett. She was a retired assembler for Wilson Sporting Goods and a member of Union Local 1385. She attended United Baptist Church in Alger. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Antonio (Reva Jean) Tackett of Findlay; five grandchildren; and four brothers, Tom Puckett of McGuffey, Greely Puckett of Albion, Mich., Goble Puckett and Jobie Puickett, both of Prestonburg, Elder Amos Hackworth and Elder Harry Hughes will officiate for the services. Burial will be in Preston Cemetery, Alger. Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and until time of services Friday at the funeral home. [Lima News, Jul 29, 1981]
Lewis W. Pummel
ALGER - Lewis W. Pummel, 75, of Fort Richey , Fla.,. and formerly of here, died at 3:10 am Wednesday in the War Memorial Hospital, Sault St. Marie, Mich. Born Feb I5, 1902, he was a son of Henry and Minnie (Roby) Pummel. He married Beulah Cunningham and she survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Fern Peters of Clearwater, Fla., two grandchildren, seven great- grandchildren, a brother, Elliott of Cleveland; and a sister, Ilo Clements of Culver City, Calif. He was a retired employe of Republic Steel Co. and was a member of Brookline Memorial Methodist Church, Cleveland, and Masonic Lodge at Parma. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Hanson Funeral Home. Rev. Willard Thomas officiating Burial will be in Preston Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home where Masonic services will be at 8 p m. Saturday. [Lima News, Sep 8, 1977]
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