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Nellie Florence  Williams
Time: None

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Loudonville Cemetery

Nellie Florence Williams, 98, of Loudonville died Friday morning, Nov. 16, 2018 in her home following a short illness. She was born Feb. 11, 1920 in Greer and was the daughter of the late J. Walter and Martha Frank Smithhisler. At age three, her family moved north of Loudonville on SR 60 and she attended # 7 Wolf’s Country School through grade 8 and graduated in 1938 from Loudonville High School. Nellie worked at the Flxible Company and retired from Ohio Edison Company after 31 years of service. She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, the Women of Zion, served on church council and the Property and Management Committee, and served as Sunday School secretary for many years. She was a life member of the Mohican Area Historical Society, a member of the Friends of the Loudonville Public Library, the Ohio Edison Retirees, a past member of the Loudonville Business and Professional Women’s Club, the Loudonville Lioness Club and was a Red Cross volunteer. Nellie enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and traveling ‘far and wide’.

Nellie is survived by nieces and nephews and her special niece and caregivers: Denise Roland and Tim Brookshire of Loudonville. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Fred Williams in 1969; her sister, Madeline Smithhisler in 2008; and her brother, James Smithhisler in 2011.

Graveside services will be held in Loudonville Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 1:30 PM with Rev. Scott Henderson officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to Knox County Hospice, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mt. Vernon, OH 43050. The LINDSEY FUNERAL HOME, LOUDONVILLE is honored to be assisting the Williams family with arrangements.

Richard H. “Richie” Lifer
Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time: 4:00 until 6:00 PM
Special Services: Masonic Services at 5:50 PM
Location: Lindsey Funeral Home

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Lindsey Funeral Home

Richard H. “Richie” Lifer, 82, of Loudonville died late Monday night, November 12, 2018 in LifeCare Hospice in Wooster. Richard was born April 19, 1936 in Loudonville and was the son of the late Brice and Vera Fisher Lifer. He worked the family farm with his father when he was younger, then worked at the Baylor Vault Company and was a 39-year employee of the Flxible Company of Loudonville, retiring in 1996. Richard enjoyed flower gardening, racing stock cars and all things NASCAR. He was a member of Hanover Lodge #115 F&AM and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus.

Richard is survived by his wife, Anita Lifer, whom he married Feb. 8, 1987; three sons: Michael Lifer of Massillon, Brent Lifer of Loudonville, and Robert Kelley of Lakeville; two daughters: Leslie Christine and Zslona (Kevin) Mosher, all of Loudonville; seven grandchildren: Brenna Lifer, Ryan Christine, Shirley Christine, Brinna Christine, Dakota (Lacey) Mosher, Madison Mosher, and Bronson Mosher; two great-grandchildren: Cage Mosher and Amelia Christine; two brothers: Gene F. Lifer of Loudonville and David (Brenda) Lifer of Wooster; and two sisters: Lee Burkhart of Perrysville and Diana (Wayne) Horn of Applecreek. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:00 PM in LINDSEY FUNERAL HOME, LOUDONVILLE conducted by his nephew, Pastor Joseph Farley. Friends may call Thursday from 4-6 PM in the funeral home where Masonic Services will begin at 5:50 PM. Memorial contributions may be given to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691.

Lila Joanne  Sweet
Date: Monday, November 12, 2018
Time: 10:00 am until 12 Noon
Special Services: 11:55 VFW Auxiliary Service
Location: Lindsey Funeral Home

Date: Monday, November 12, 2018
Time: 12 Noon
Location: Lindsey Funeral Home

Lila Joanne Sweet, 89, of Loudonville, died unexpectedly Thursday evening, November 8, 2018 in Colonial Manor Health Care Center. She was born June 12, 1929 in Ashland, the daughter of the late Lee Stanley and Henrietta Mae (Franklin) McKee. Lila was a resident of the Loudonville and Mansfield areas most of her life, spending seven winters in Florida. She enjoyed many years camping at Long Lake Park and faithfully followed the Cleveland Indians. Lila was a former clerk for Sears, Roebuck & Co. at the Richland Mall, had been employed at The Flxible Company in the 1970’s, in addition to being a mother and homemaker. She was a member of VFW Auxiliary 8586 of Perrysville and a former member of Mansfield VFW Auxiliary 9943 where she was the “Outstanding President in the District” in 1991. She was also a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Perrysville.

She is survived by two sons: Larry A. (Toni) Burkepile of Loudonville and Steven L. (Dixie) Burkepile of Ashland; two daughters: Debra J. Bryant of Mansfield and Marlene S. Cline of Lakeville; 27 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a sister: Sarah (Johnnie) Markel of Heath. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert L. Sweet; three sons: James, Ronald, and Kevin Burkepile; her brother F. Merle McKee; and two half-sisters: Leone Childers and Betty Bassford.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 12, 2018 at 12 Noon in LINDSEY FUNERAL HOME, LOUDONVILLE with Rev. Richard Beal officiating. Burial will follow in Loudonville Cemetery. Friends may call Monday morning from 10am until Noon in the funeral home, where services by VFW Auxiliary 8586 will begin at 11:55am.

Joycelyn Lou  Miller
Date: Thursday, November 08, 2018
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Lindsey Funeral Home

Date: Friday, November 09, 2018
Time: 10:30am
Location: Zion Lutheran Church

Joycelyn Lou Darling Miller, 81, of Loudonville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior and her beloved husband Tom on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, after a hard fought eight year plus battle with leukemia and dementia. She was born November 27, 1936 near Butler, the youngest of the four children of the late Ira Jay and Pauline (Miller) Darling. Joycelyn lived in Loudonville and was a 1955 graduate of Loudonville High School. Following high school, she worked at The Shelby Wilkins Air Force Depot before working many years for attorney and former Holmes County Judge Francis Smith. Joycelyn retired from Farmers and Savings Bank after 17 years of service.

Joycelyn lived life with a child-like faith in Christ and she faced difficulty with faith, hope and love, especially after the death of her father when she was 13. These qualities gave her the strength to persevere until her last days. She was a beacon of Christ’s love throughout her life in her continued examples of love, peace and giving that she modeled for those who knew her. Joycelyn spent many years singing in the choir at her church, Zion Lutheran Church. She loved sharing her voice at local nursing homes, with shut-ins, and was known to sing at weddings as well. Her family awoke each morning to the sounds of her beautiful voice singing a special “concert” for the three of them. What a beautiful way to start the day!

During warm summer days she could be found exploring dusty back roads with her daughters searching for elderberries to make a pie. Her family was her first love and she spent as much time as possible with her daughters teaching them to sew and making matching outfits for herself and the girls to wear for the holidays. She loved baking goodies and she would decorate cut-out cookies in great detail making each one different and special. When her daughters were young, she could often be found tucking them into bed, reading a story and acting out the characters, especially the animal sounds. Her family felt that she was such a blessing as a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She provided unending support, encouragement and unconditional love for all.

Joycelyn is survived by and will be missed by her two daughters, Teresa Miller and Lisa (Dennis) Newcomer, all of Loudonville; and her grandchildren, Rachel (Wes) Bieri, of Butler, Jessica (Rob) Wagner, Jonathan (Kayla) DeWitt, Matthew DeWitt and Sarah DeWitt, all of Loudonville and her two great-grandchildren, Thor and Robbie Wagner. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Miller, her parents, two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10:30am in Zion Lutheran Church, with Rev Scott Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Loudonville Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 6-8pm in LINDSEY FUNERAL HOME, LOUDONVILLE. Memorials may be made to the Music Fund of Zion Lutheran Church, 222 East Main Street, Loudonville, OH 44842.

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