Ernest Ray Timmons, 83, of Ashville, died Thursday, February 15, 2024, in Berger Hospital, Circleville.
  Born July 22, 1940, in Pickaway County, he was a son of Harold and Ethel (Welsch) Timmons.
   Ernie had retired from PPG Industries after 37 years as a resin specialist. A US Army veteran, he was an avid coon hunter, belonging to multiple Coon Hunting Clubs, a Bench Show Judge and a Master of Hounds.
   Survivors include his wife of almost 25 years Roberta (Patterson) Timmons, children James (Kerry) Timmons, Amey (Bryan) Packwood, Zachary Timmons; grandson Jacob (Mykala) Timmons, two great grandchildren; sisters Betty Young and Patty Doyle; numerous nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.
   Friends and family may call at the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London from 12 noon until 2 PM Tuesday, February 20, 2024. A graveside service will follow at 2:30 PM in Dennison Chapel Cemetery, Big Plain.
  Online condolences for the family may be sent to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.

​                                      John Robert Shilling, age 76, of

                                            Mount Sterling, Ohio passed away at

                                            home surrounded by his family and

                                            his beloved dog on February 13,

                                            2024. Hewas born on July 2, 1947, in

                                            Tarentum, Pennsylvania. He grew up

                                             in Ohio in Meigs County and

 graduated from Vermilion High School, Columbus State Community College with an Associates Degree in Computer Science and from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics. 
   John was most proud of his family and celebrating their accomplishments, serving in the Air Force in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in 7 quarters, earning his private pilot’s license, being a member of MENSA, starting his company Drainage Plows Inc., and creating a website in early 2000s called Ask-It-Here that grew to over 4,000 members. He cherished overseeing the family farm, tending to the ponds and wildlife area, and enjoyed spending moments there alongside his grandchildren. 
   He will be missed for his: optimistic viewpoints, crazy ideas, adventurous spirit, love of genealogy, vast knowledge of World War II, cosmic theories, love of nature, daily Jeopardy knowledge/wins, but most of all his humor and entertaining stories. 
   He is preceded in death by his parents Miles A. Shilling and Evelyn M. (Shilling) Burkey, and sisters Judy (Shilling) Larizza. 
   John leaves behind his devoted wife Sue of 54 years; daughter Sara (Shilling) Scott; son, Brian Shilling (Kate); grandchildren, Emma Danielsson, Lily Danielsson, John Shilling, and Nick Shilling; sisters, Linda (Shilling) Francis and Vivian (Shilling) Hamilton; his Golden Retriever, Captain; and other family and dear friends. 
   John will be laid to rest in Pleasant Cemetery in Mount Sterling, Ohio. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date to allow family and friends to gather and share memories. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to plant a tree in his honor or make a donation to an organization making a positive difference such as the Grove City Cancer Thrift Shop.
   Online condolences for the family may be shared at
www.portertiddfuneralhome.com 

Evelyn Lucile West, age 92, most recently of Bloomington, Indiana, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024, in Stonecroft Health Campus, Bloomington.
   Born April 25, 1931, in Meadowdale, West Virginia, she was a daughter of Lawrence McElfresh and Shirley Marie (Bain) McElfresh.  She married the love of her life, Billie J. West, and embraced their life together, raising two cherished children. Evelyn built her life around strong faith, dear family, and generously showering everyone with delicious food (her special love language) .... tasty broccoli-raisin salad, fresh banana cakes, warm homemade pepperoni rolls or bunny bread...no recipe was left unexplored or unshared.  She taught youth bible studies at Monroe Street United Methodist Church in Toledo, Ohio when her family was young.  After moving to London, Ohio she became an active member of the First United Methodist Church.
   Evelyn is survived by daughter Valenda (Brad) Loar of Bloomington, Indiana; her son Wayman (Eileen) West of London, Ohio; grandchildren Janice Loar (Chris Shaffer), Robert (Trisha) West and great grandchildren Orson and Charles West.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband Billie J. West, sisters Mildred Keener and Louise Murphy.
   A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, beginning at 12:30 PM in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 North Main Street, London, Ohio 43140, with Pastor Blair Miller officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation on Saturday from 11:00 AM until the time of services. Evelyn will join her husband, Billie West, (who preceded her passing) at the Toledo Memorial Park and Mausoleum, 6382 Monroe Street, Sylvania, Ohio 43560 at a later date with immediate family attending.
   Memorials in Evelyn’s name may be sent to the First United Methodist Church of London, 52 North Main Street, London, Ohio 43140.
  Condolences for the family are encouraged to be shared online at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.

Patricia L. Gates, 72, of London, died Wednesday, February 14, 2024, in Mount Carmel Hospital, Grove City.
   Born April 12, 1951, in Portsmouth, she was a daughter of Roy J. and Geneva K. (Edington) Gates.
Patty worked as a nurse for Madison County Hospital for many years. She attended the First United Methodist Church and was a member of the Madison County Senior Citizens.
   A cherished friend by many, Patty is survived by a God daughter Kaylee Grooms and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Larry J. Gates.
   A graveside service will be held at 12 noon, Monday, February 19, 2024, in Rushtown Cemetery, Portsmouth with Pastor Timothy Palla of McDermott Christian Church officiating.           
  Memorials in Patty’s name may be made to the Madison County Humane Society, 2020 State Route 142 NE, West Jefferson, Ohio 43162.
  The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London, where online condolences for the family may be sent to

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com​

Daniel “Danny” Dean Darlington, 53, of Greenfield, died Wednesday, February 7, 2024, in Riverside Methodist Hospital.
  Born June 15, 1970, in Columbus, he was a son of John Ivan and Judith Ann (Brubaker) Darlington.
  Danny loved hunting and fishing. He would hunt almost anything that was in season and travelled far and wide to scout out the best fishing locations. Some of his favorite finds included Louisiana and the southern part of the country.
  He is survived by two sons Dylan (Heather) Darlington and Nathan (Chelsea) Darlington; grandchildren Uriah Darlington, Trazara Darlington, Jasiah Darlington, Arianna Darlington; siblings John Darlington, Kim (Rudy) Deschler, and Darrel Williams; mother of his children Connie Darlington; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
  Danny was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Lewis Williams, Bryan Darlington, and Scott Darlington; grandson Eli Darlington.
  Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be completed in Kirkwood Cemetery.
   Memorials in Danny’s name may be sent to the American Heart Association online at  www.heart.org.
   The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 North Main Street, London, Ohio 43140, where condolences may be shared online at 
www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com​

Suella A. Dowler, 82, of Dayton, died Friday, February 23, 2024, in Soin Medical Center, Beavercreek.
  Born May 16, 1941, in West Virginia, she was a daughter of Fred Unger and Clara Jane (Brown) Unger.
   Sue was the owner and operator of the former Dixie Drive-In of London. She currently attended the Be Hope Church of Beavercreek, but formerly attended St. Patrick Catholic Church while living in London. She worked hard both at work and at home, trying to make the best life possible for her family. Her pride and joy came from her grandchildren, and she enjoyed all the memories they were able to share. 
   She leaves behind two daughters: Angela Hamms and Annette (David) Jones; grandchildren Conner Hamms, Caitlin Hensley, and Jonathan Jones; great-grandson Jonathan Jones; brother John (Pi-fen) Ellwood; nieces and nephews Pepè, Felicia, Terri and Maria.
  Sue was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Art Ellwood, and beloved husband Steve Dowler in January of 2022.
   A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024, beginning at 1:00 PM in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 North Main Street, London, Ohio 43140, with Pastor Jim Blankenship officiating. Interment will follow in Paint Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 11:00 AM until the time of services.
  Condolences for the family are encouraged to be shared online at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.

Obituaries

​Stephen V. Saltsman, 81, of London, died Sunday, February 4, 2024, in Dublin Methodist Hospital in the arms of his wife, surrounded by his loving family.
   Born March 5, 1942, in Portsmouth, Ohio, he was a son of Robert L. Saltsman and Margaret Jean (Flannigan) Saltsman.
   Steve graduated high school and went on to attend George Washington University. He began his career in 1960 with the F.B.I. in Washington D.C., the Ohio B.C.I. in 1965, and the Madison County Sheriff’s Auxiliary in 1966. He became a full-time deputy in 1972, and later became the Madison County Sheriff in 1980, where he remained until retirement in 2004.
   He loved the community of London to which he continually served as part of the London Rotary Club, Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association, Madison County Sheriff’s Auxiliary, Madison County Senior Center Board Member, member and past chair of the Madison County Republican Central Committee, and a former board member of the Madison County Board of Elections. Steve was also a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Father Reidy Council# 1786.
   Steve leaves behind his devoted wife of 62 years Donna (Gahm) Saltsman; children Teresa (Chris) Ames, Patricia (Jay) Olson, and Stephen V. Saltsman (Suzanne Jones); grandchildren Elizabeth Zamara, Josh (Kristina) Clifton, Zach (Danielle) Olson, Allie Olson, Elena Saltsman, and Claire Saltsman; great-grandchildren Madison Miller, Mavrik Clifton, Aria Mason, Maren Clifton, Crosley Olson, and Hayes Olson; brothers Bobby (Suzette) Saltsman and Pete Saltsman; in-laws Pam Saltsman, Mary Saltsman, Elaine (Lonnie) Brown, Rita K. Gahm, Judy (Russ) Kelley, Linda (Bill) Mark, Rita (Dave) Grimm; many nieces, nephews, and cousins, including special cousin Ruthann Figlestahler.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Tom Saltsman and Gus Saltsman; mother-in-law Pauline Binz, father-in-law Vancil Gahm; brothers-in-law Gary (Joyce) Gahm and Larry Gahm, sister-in-law Patricia Gahm.
   The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday, February 9, 2024, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in the Froning Center of St. Patrick School, 226 Elm Street, London, Ohio 43140. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 10, 2024, in St. Patrick Catholic Church, 61 South Union Street, London, Ohio 43140, with Father Anthony Dinovo officiating and with Father Mark Ghiloni concelebrating. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery.
   To honor Steve’s service to his community, please consider the following donations: The Madison County Sheriff ‘s Auxiliary, P.O. Box 558, London, Ohio 43140, the Madison County Senior Center, 280 West High Street London, Ohio 43140, or the London Rotary Club District #6670, c/o Marshall Geib, Treasurer, 275 Thames Court, London, Ohio 43140.
    The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 North Main Street, London, Ohio 43140, where condolences are encouraged to be shared online at

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com

Karen Sue Hammons, 74, of Coshocton, passed away peacefully, Monday, February 19th, 2024, in the quiet of her home, as the sun went down, with her beloved candles lit. We mourn the loss of her hugs, her wit, her smile and her love. Words can hardly describe her beautiful authenticity. While we mourn this great loss, we’re grateful she’s in the heavenly place.
   Born February 19, 1949, in Columbus, Ohio, she was a daughter of Richard Crace and Althea (Pitts) Whited.
   Karen had worked as a quality control specialist for Revlon for over 25 years before retiring in 2004. She was an avid reader, with an immense love of books and history.  She adored hummingbirds, patio time, music, cabin trips, candles, and coffee, but her greatest joy of all was family gatherings, being surrounded by loved ones enjoying their smiles and laughter.
   She leaves behind a daughter, Shannon Hammons of Coshocton; 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; siblings Cathy (John) Hall, Toni (Tom) Daniels, Jeff Whited, Randy (Jane) Crace, and Ed Bower; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
   Karen was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband Kenneth Hammons; daughter Cynthia Hammons, son Richard Hammons; brother Michael Whited, sister Diane Bower.
   The family will receive friends from 9:00 – 11:00 AM on Sunday, February 25, 2024, in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 North Main Street, London, Ohio 43140. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM with Pastor Annie Sage officiating.
   Condolences for the family are encouraged to be shared online at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.

Sharon Lee Crum, 79, of Pataskala, died Monday, February 5, 2024, in Licking Memorial Hospital, Newark.
  Born February 3, 1945, in Blacklick, she was a daughter of William Daugherty and Nellie Frances (Crabbe) Daugherty.
  Sharon went on to pursue a career in welding, where she worked for J-I-C for over 20 years. She married the love of her life, Oscar, on December 14, 1972, and they enjoyed 47 years together until his passing in 2019. Sharon was an avid bowler in her younger days. She enjoyed fishing, watching westerns, playing the lottery, and listening to country music. She was a big Buckeye and Reds fan. Also, she made the best peanut butter fudge around!
  She leaves behind grandson Daniel (Brandy) Stinson; 4 stepchildren and their family. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, husband Oscar Crum, daughter Cecelia Leann Knott.
  Private interment will be completed at the convenience of the family.
   Memorial’s in Sharon’s name may be sent to benefit the American Cancer Society online at 
www.cancer.org

   The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 North Main Street, London, Ohio 43140, where condolences are encouraged to be shared online at

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com

Alice Jean Miller, 95, of London, died Friday, February 16, 2024, in London Health and Rehabilitation.
   Born September 26, 1928, in Plain City, she was a daughter of Abner Miller and Lizzie (Miller).
   Alice had worked professionally as a secretary for Jeffrey Mining, and was a member of the Grace Fellowship Church. She enjoyed sewing and working on alterations.
   She is survived by her brothers William F. Miller and Wendell W. Miller, sister Anne Marie Miller, and several nieces and nephews.
   Alice is preceded in death by her parents; siblings Edna (Dan) Headings, Lee (Rose) Miller, Daniel Miller, Eli (Mary) Miller, Henry (Anna Mae) Miller, Emma Mae Miller, Nancy (Paul) Showalter; sisters-in-law Ruby Miller and Louella Miller.
   The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 North Main Street, London, Ohio 43140. A graveside service will then follow at 1:00 PM in Alton Cemetery, Alton-Darby Creek Road, Galloway, Ohio 43119 with Pastor Chris White officiating.
   Condolences for the family are encouraged to be shared online at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.​

Hester M. Anders, 95, of London, died Friday, February 9, 2024, at the Madison House, London., surrounded by her loving family.
  She was born July 10, 1928, in Fayette, County, Ohio, the daughter of Albert and Louie (Estep) Alltop. Hester was a hard worker all of her life. She and her husband owned the Matador Restaurant. She retired from Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. After retirement Hester worked and volunteered at Madison County Senior Center. She loved to go to bingo and auctions. She loved to cook and probably gave away more food than she kept.  She loved helping and doing things for others.
  Hester is survived by her daughters, Mary Anders Smith; Carolyn Farish; Sharon (Jack) Kerns; grandchildren, Michelle Powers; Scott Farish, and Jason (Patty) Kerns; great-grandchildren, Stephanie (John) DeFalco, Samuel Kerns, and Daniel Kerns; great-great-grandchildren, Emma Hass, and Luke Hass. Grand-daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Finchum. Special neighbors, Pat and Mary Davis and family.
  Hester was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Harold Anders; granddaughter, Lara K. Finchum; grandson, Gregory Eric Finchum; sisters, Louise Gordon; Barbara Butcher; Lucille White; and Alberta Buchanan; special family member, Rod Ryan.
  Hester’s family invites friends to call at the Lynch Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 124 E. High St, London, Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM, with a funeral service to follow. An interment service will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, London.

Online condolences may be sent to

www.lynchfamilyfuneralhome.com.​

Dolores C. “Dee” McSavaney, 94, of London, died Saturday, February 3, 2024, in The Sterling Place, Mount Sterling.
  Born February 8, 1929, in Columbus, she was a daughter of Albert and Hazel (Russell) Dellenbach.
   A longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of London, Dee had also belonged to the London Country Club. Along with her husband Richard, they ran Dick’s TV and Appliance in London.
  Survivors include her children Sandy Basinger and Everett McSavaney; grandchildren Zachary (Ashley) Basinger, Samuel (Lauren) Basinger, Francesca Basinger; great-grandchildren Trent, Shayla and Adria Basinger and sister, Nancy Wears; many nieces and nephews. 
  She was also preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard “Dick” McSavaney, granddaughter, Sarah Basinger, great-grandson Henry Basinger, and brothers Kenneth (Alice) Dellenbach, Harold (Mary) Dellenbach, and Richard (Nancy) Dellenbach. 
  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 16, 2024, in the First Presbyterian Church of London, 211 Garfield Avenue, London, Ohio 43140, with Pastor Désirée M. Youngblood officiating. Dee will then be entombed in the First Pres-byterian Church Columbarium.
   Memorials in Dee’s name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 211 Garfield Avenue, London, Ohio 43140.
   The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London, where online condolences for the family may be sent to 

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com​

Victor Douglas Linkous, 71, of West Jefferson, died Monday, February 5, 2024, in his residence.
  Born September 2, 1952, in Columbus, Ohio, he was a son of Herbert Wade Linkous and Virginia (Russ) Linkous.
 Vic worked professionally as a warehouse supervisor for American Corrugated. He was an avid golfer, and also enjoyed watching the OSU Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns. Considered to be the life of the party, Vic was truly one-of-a-kind. He touched the lives of many, who will ensure his legacy lives on.
  He is survived by his children Gina (Joseph) Jose, William McWhorter, and Robert McWhorter; grandchildren Kirsten, Michael, Olivia, Heather, Brittani, Bill, Courtney, and Brooke; several great-grandchildren; best friends Chris Mechlien.
  Vic was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mickey Hamilton and Pam Hamilton, brothers Larry Linkous and Bill Linkous.
    A celebration of life will be held in the near future.
   Memorials in Vic’s name may be sent to the funeral home for the benevolence of the family through the donation tab on the top of the obituary.
   The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 North Main Street, London, Ohio 43140, where condolences are encouraged to be shared online at 

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com

Kathleen Anthony, 83, of Midway, died Monday, February 19, 2024, in the Bluebird Retirement Community, London.
  Born March 31, 1940, in South Solon, Ohio, she was a daughter of Ruth (Shipley) Potts. Kathy graduated from Madison South in 1958. She worked as a secretary for Midway School for 28 years. She attended the Newport United Methodist Church where she was a member of the United Methodist Women’s group. Kathy enjoyed warm summers tending to her flowers and yard, golfing, and traveling. She traveled as far as Israel, Thailand and France but her favorite destination was always a sunny beach. Above all, what she enjoyed most was spending time with her grandsons.
   She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years Mark Anthony; children Carrie Craig, Mark (Julie) Anthony, and Beth Smith; grandsons Cody (Caylee) Craig and Cole Smith; sister Dorothy Smith; several nieces and nephews.
   Kathy was preceded in death by her mother Ruth Potts and brother Bill Potts.
   A celebration of Kathy’s life is being planned in late summer.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials in Kathy’s name may be sent to either the Newport United Methodist Church, 6770 East Street SE London, Ohio 43140, or to Ohio’s Hospice Loving Care, 779 London Avenue, Marysville, Ohio 43040.
   The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 North Main Street, London, Ohio 43140, where condolences are encouraged to be shared online at 

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com

​Donna Marie Malone, 63, of London, Ohio, passed away peacefully while in hospice care on the morning of Sunday, February 4th, 2024. She is preceded in death by her loving mother, Marie Malone, and father, Lawrence "Larry" Malone, as well as several brothers and sisters. She is survived by her sister, Barbara (Michael) Reece, her son, Christian Malone, cousins including Valerie (James) Vernaccini, Keith Williams, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She also is survived by her sister of adoptive family, Diana Fulmer, and was preceded in death by Jack and Geneva Fulmer, who became family to her at her darkest hour, as she lost her father at age 18, and who remain a part of Donna and Christian's lives ever since.
  Donna loved many people, and loved them dearly. She loved her son with all of her heart, and spent her life making sure that he could pursue his dreams. She saw him graduate from high school, then college, then law school, become a lawyer, and then, as she neared the end of her life, that he was accepted to begin a new career by entering nursing school.
  Donna had previously beaten melanoma in 1997 with the help of wonderful surgeons and doctors which were able to render her cancer-free for several decades before she was diagnosed in November of 2023 with pancreatic cancer. Donna was able, with the help of the OSU James Cancer Hospital, Madison Health Hospital, ViaQuest Hospice, and the London Health and Rehab Center to spend two more months in comfort and good cheer with her family and friends.
  Until her passing, Donna was devoted to helping others. Even when she was weak, she would never hesitate to help anyone. Donna spent her life working with people, for people. She never entered a restaurant or a hotel where her instincts to make sure everyone was taken care of didn't kick in when she saw something below standard. Donna did not possess the ability to turn off her need to help others, even as her body could no longer keep up with her mind.
  Donna struggled with narcolepsy from 2014 until her passing, but through the struggle, she enjoyed reading and interacting with others in the community who also suffer from narcolepsy and cataplexy.
  Donna was a native of East Liverpool, Ohio. Although Donna moved away to be with family, and most recently resided in London, Ohio, she always loved East Liverpool and the friends and family she grew up with. Donna resided in the metro Atlanta area for several years in the 80's and 90's, and again in the 2010's. Donna attended East Liverpool High School, the University of Akron, and Kent State University. She leaves behind many "honorary" children and grandchildren, coworkers at Taco Bell locations in Calcutta, Columbiana, and Clarion (Pennsylvania), and the friends of her son Christian, including Joshua (Rebekah) Smith and their son Soren, Brandon (Virginia) Bair, and too many more lives whom she touched to mention. She also leaves behind several dogs whom she loved and loved her dearly, and goes to be with those who have gone to rest, both two- and four-legged. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests a donation to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Donna's memory.
  A celebration of Donna’s life will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Jalisco’s Restaurant, 2488 East State Street, Salem, Ohio 44460.
  The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London, where online condolences for the family may be sent to

 www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.

Melvin "Mel" Krekel, 73, of Galloway, OH, went to be with the Lord, December 13, 2022. He lived life like a warrior, fighting health issues with incredible strength and fortitude, including a courageous battle with cancer. Through it all, he maintained the same clever sense of humor he was known for, by family and friends. 
  Mel is predeceased by his mother and father, Forrest Krekel and Audrey (Brockmiller) Krekel, his mother and father-in-law, James Milton Peters II and Vernice (Greer) Peters and his brother-in-law James Milton Peters III.  He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Rebecca Peters Krekel of Galloway, OH, his brother Mike (Kathy) Krekel, Grand Rapids, SD, his sister Susan Krekel, Waterloo, IL, and his sister Sandy Krekel, Firestone, CO; his son Brian (Jamie) Krekel, Valmeyer, IL, and daughter Kristie (Bobby) Staggs, Florence, AL. Grandchildren Jake, Jayna and Violet Krekel, and Charles Tyler, Samantha and Courtney Staggs. 

  He is also survived by his brother-in-law Gary (Debi) Peters, West Jefferson, OH, and sister-in-law Kathleen (James) Feisley, Brookville, OH, and beloved nieces and nephews. 
  Mel was born on August 18, 1949, in St Louis, Mo. He graduated from Cahokia Senior High School, Cahokia IL, in 1967. He served 15 years as a Police Officer for Carbondale Police Department, Carbondale, IL. Once in Ohio, he began a career with AT&T, retiring in 2017.
  Mel had a passion for hunting and fishing. With his son, Brian, he hunted Bear in Canada, Wild Boar In Tennessee, Deer in Ohio and Illinois, and Marlin fishing in Cabo San Lucas. He also Salmon fished in Alaska, deep sea fished in the Atlantic, and Walleye fished in Lake Erie. Locally, he never missed goose or duck season. 
  Mel also loved to travel. He traveled with his wife to Alaska many times but enjoyed other adventures, as well, including exploring the beauty of the Smokey Mountain National Park, fishing at Lake Milakokia, MI, and watching the sunset in Key West, FL. He also enjoyed camping throughout Ohio.
 Mel left behind his 4-legged guardians and companions: Sparky, Ruby, and Beanie, who never left his side in this life, and will gather around him in the next - along with all the beloved pets of his lifetime.
 A celebration of life will be held in his honor in Spring 2023; a date and time of this event to be determined.

Please visit

www.radermcdonaldtiddfuneralhome.com to share your online condolences with the family.​