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.
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Paul Nichols, 90, of Plain City, died Friday, November 17, 2023, in his residence.
Born in Highland County, he was a son of Andrew Nichols and Annie (Wisecup) Nichols.
Paul spent his life working hard for his family. He was a jack of all trades, and never met a problem that he couldn’t solve. He helped everyone he could when he could. He spent his spare time doing what he loved most, working on cars.
He leaves behind his youngest daughter Christy (Tim) McCoy of Plain City; grandchildren Timothy P. McCoy, Matthew L. McCoy, Mark A. McCoy, all from Plain City; sister Ruby Salyer from Urbana, Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife Martha May (McIntire) Nichols in 2014, his oldest daughter Amy Faye Nichols in 2016; twelve brothers and sisters. Per Paul's request the family asked no flower's but contributions for the family would be welcomes
A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 27, 2023, at 1 PM in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 North Main Street, London, Ohio 43140, with Reverend Jim Blankenship officiating. Interment will follow in Guy Cemetery, Pike Township. The family will receive friends for visitation from 12 noon until the time of services.
Condolences for the family are encouraged to be shared online at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com
Marguerite “Peggy” Louise Sheridan, née Schoonover, of London, Ohio peacefully passed away at her daughter’s residence surrounded by family and her kitty-babies on November 4th, 2023, at the age of 83.
She was born in Washington, DC on December 11th, 1939. She was a wonderful mother and educator who cared passionately for her family and her students. She received her Master of Arts in Special Education from West Virginia University on May 17th, 1987. She was a prolific surrealist artist who was inspired by her unique view of life. She was also an accomplished equestrian who loved listening to Leonard Cohen and Zydeco music. She traveled extensively, living in West Virginia, New Mexico, Alabama, and Ohio.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Marie Schoonover, née Preysz, and her father Paul E. Schoonover. Marguerite is survived by her daughter Tara Marie Sheridan, her daughter Shawna Bouillet, and Shawna’s husband Max W. Bouillet. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Derek Bouillet and Joshua Bouillet. As per Marguerite's request, no funeral or memorial service will be held. Instead, her ashes will be spread at cherished locations in the United States and Canada.
The family requests that, instead of flowers, please donate to a feral cat or no-kill shelter in her name. The family would also like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Ohio's Hospice for their support.
Mrs. Sheridan’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Lynch Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 124 E High St, London, Ohio 43140. Online condolences may be sent to
Brian T. Denny, 59, of Mount Sterling, died Wednesday, November 15, 2023, in his residence.
Born April 11, 1964, in Indianapolis, Indiana, he was a son of Rex Denny and Sue (Marshall) Denny.
Brian attended Ben Davis High School and went on to serve his country in the United States Army. He spent his first forty years in Indianapolis before relocating to central Ohio with his wife Amy. He had worked professionally in the Masonry Trades in Indiana, then for Lumber Liquidators, and more recently was a department manager for Floor & Décor. Brian, Amy, and their friends formed the 3DCC Camping Club where they enjoyed their time camping together all across Indiana. He was a gentle giant with a caring and nurturing nature about him. He enjoyed playing cornhole and softball, and was incredibly competitive, although you would never know it at first. Brian also enjoyed watching the Indianapolis Colts, professional wrestling, and classic John Wayne westerns. He loved his dogs dearly, from their smallest Chiweenie to their largest Great Dane, they all shared a special place in his heart.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 25 years Amy (Carroll) Denny; siblings Lisa Denny Mellott, James Gregory (Kim Reid Denny) Denny, James (Carla) Franklin; sisters-in-law Judith (Gail “Bud”) Herron, Cinda (James) Dehner, Kathleen Carroll; nieces and nephews Samuel Mellott, Steven Cash, Jordan Denny, Brooke (Parker) Rappuhn, Andrew Herron, Lisa Oros, Jeffrey (Stephanie) Herron, Greg (Bethany) Herron, Benjamin (Katie) Dehner, and Justin (Brittany) Dehner; many great nieces and great nephews whom he loved dearly; adored four-legged companions: Lilly, Deeter, Noodles, and Grizzy and two the cat.
Brian was preceded in death by his parents Rex Denny and Sue Denny, and in-laws Robert Carroll and Evalyn Carroll.
The family will receive friends for visitation on Sunday, December 3, 2023, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 North Main Street, London, Ohio 43140. There will be a Celebration of Life Service beginning at 7:30 PM in which friends are encouraged to share their fondest memories of Brian.
Memorials in Brian’s name may be sent to benefit the Madison County Humane Society, 2020 State Route 142 NE, West Jefferson, Ohio 43162.
Condolences for the family are encouraged to be shared online at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.
Aureta "Petey" Wells, 89, of Mount Sterling, died Friday, November 17, 2023, in the Madison Senior Living Community surrounded by her family.
Born July 21, 1934, in Ross County, Ohio, she was the daughter of Earl Crabtree and Mary (Dowdy) Crabtree.
Aureta leaves behind three children: Marci (John) Darlington of Mount Sterling, Doug (Karen) Wells of London, and Lori (Kory) Metcalf of Grove City; grandchildren: Eli Darlington, Todd (Kelly) Cordetti, Stacey (Seth) Fry, Max (Lena) Darlington, Emily (Ricky Critchfield) Darlington, Aaron (Lauren) Wells, Emma (Dominic) Stacer, Eliza (Jay) McNelly, Nate Wells, Ashley (Danielle) Kidwell, Nicole (Jacqui) Kidwell; numerous great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband David Eugene Wells in 2021 and a son Robert David “Bob” Wells.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, beginning at 11:00 AM in Ebenezer Cemetery, Mount Carmel Road, Vinton, Ohio.
Memorial donations in Aureta’s name may be made to either Vitas Hospice at
or Madison Senior Living Community
351 Keny Blvd., London, OH 43140.
A Celebration of Aureta’s life is being planned for a later date.
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
Molly Jean Peters passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Molly was born December 17, 1979, in London, Ohio, the daughter of Buck and Judy Winters.
Molly is survived by her parents; Husband Chad Peters; Children: Colten (Alex) Winters, Eli (Erin) North, and Charley Peters; Granddaughter: Elaya North; Sister: Megan (Andrew) Losinske; Brother: Luke (Mallory) Winters; Nieces and Nephews: Kingston, Zsa Zsa, Lennox, Stetson, and Raylon; Numerous Aunts, Uncles, and cousins.
Per Mollys wishes, there will be no calling hours. The family asks that you instead, grab a loved one and spend an hour of fun with them in Molly’s memory.
Molly's services have been entrusted to Lynch Family Funeral Home.
Robert Todd Hare, 58, of Mount Sterling, died Wednesday, November 22, 2023.
Born December 12, 1964, in London, he was a son of Robert W. and Janice (Law) Hare.
An over the road truck driver, Todd also enjoyed farming, raising animals, fishing, watching tractor pulls, racing-especially dirt track and going to concerts.
Survivors include his parents Robert and Janice Hare, sister Melisa (Jack) Kriel, brother Jeff (Melinda) Hare; girlfriend Angela Snyder; nieces and nephews Darick (Desiree) Schneider, Erin Schneider, Courtney Hare, Allison Montgomery and John (Shawna) Montgomery; aunts and uncles Bob Law, Karen Baker, Carolyn (Bob) Gose, Janet (Gene) Monst, Kathy (Robert) Roberts, and James Hare, numerous cousins and his fur friends Macy, Shorty and Tri-Pod aka “Wheelbarrow”.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Lloyd and Lucinda Hare, Walter and Dessie Law; aunts and uncles Francis Hollenback, Lois Timmons, George Hare, Linda Spangler, Bill Law, Gary “Ducky” Law, Dori Hare and niece Megan Kriel.
Friends may call at the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London, from 4-7 PM Tuesday, November 28, 2023. A funeral service will follow at 7 PM with Pastor Mark Schroder officiating.
Memorials in Todd’s name may be made to St. Jude’s at www.stjude.org.
Online condolences for the family may be shared at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.
Duane O. Corson, 67, of London, Ohio, died unexpectedly on Nov. 13, 2023, in his residence. Born on May 11, 1956, in Columbus, he was a son of John and Catherine (Burns) Corson.
Duane had owned and operated Corson’s Complete Car Care and Towing in London. A member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, he loved all types of cars and motorcycles, but most of all his family. He worked hard, played hard and loved hard!
Survivors include: his wife of 39 years, Mary Jane (Harrington) Corson; children, Angela (Steven) Black, Mallory Popovich (Brian Shepler), and Sloan Corson (fiancée Abigail Suttles); grandchildren, Briana and Maxwell Popovich; mother, Catherine “Katie” Corson; brother, Bryan (Kristi) Corson; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, John.
Friends may call at Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory, London, from 2-5 p.m. Nov. 19. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 in St. Patrick Catholic Church, 61 S. Union St., London, with Father Patrick Toner officiating.
Memorials in Duane’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org. Condolences for the family may be shared at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.
Eva Jane Gallagher, 92, of London, died Sunday, November 26, 2023, in her residence.
Born July 15, 1931, in London, she was a daughter of John F. and Eva Marie (Bettis) Chesser.
A member of Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, where she also served on the Women’s Guild; Eva Jane retired as an accounting manager from Westinghouse in Columbus.
Survivors include her children Barry (Sherry) Gallagher, Dr. Teena Gallagher, O.F.S. and Renee Tiebout (fiancé’ Michael Campbell); grandchildren Amber Conley, Meghann Gallagher, Heather Gallagher, Natalie (Troy) Carpenter and Charles Melzer, Jr.; great grandchildren Addison Conley, Clayton Gallagher, Nevaeh Knight, Ashton Conley, Anthony Jones, Tilik Pruitt, Jacey Cunningham, Crew Carpenter, Trapper Carpenter, Oaklynn Gallagher and Rocky Carpenter; sister Doris Minner; nephews Jeff (Patty) Minner, Mike (Luann) Minner and Marc (Denise) Minner and Jane’s four legged companion Scarlett.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William Gallagher on July 24, 2000, and daughter Roxane Melzer on October 24, 2008 and son-in-law Charles Melzer.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Thursday, November 30, 2023, in Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 9350 High Free Pike, West Jefferson, Ohio, with Father Dwayne McNew officiating. Friends may call at the church from 9:30 AM until the time of services Thursday.
Interment will follow at 2:00 PM in Paint Memorial Cemetery, London.
If they wish, friends may make memorial contributions in Eva Jane’s memory to the Building Fund of Sts. Simon and Jude.
The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London, Ohio, where online condolences for the family may be sent to
Lynn Eugene Wetzel
11-10-1953 to 10-15-2023
Lynn grew up in West Jefferson
Ohio and graduated with the class of
1972. Lynn and his parents were very active with the United Methodist Church in W.J. He was a " reserved" man who was a professional student.
Lynn served in the US Army as a Military Tactical Intelligence Officer. He studied cryptologic science and terrorism counteraction and achieved many awards and medals.
He loved books and studying: He graduated from the following Universities: Bowling Green 1973; OSU 1981 with a BA in languages and a major in German; Capital University, a Paralegal degree, Kent State in 1997 with a degree in Library Science and in 1999 Columbus State College. He was a Librarian with Lee County ( FT. Myers, Fl) since 2006.
He was an animal lover and always had cats and dogs. He enjoyed biking, hiking and camping and all outdoor activities. Lynn had a quirky sense of humor and his presence will be missed at family holidays.
His parents Nell and Gene Wetzel passed in 1982, he is survived by his sister Linda, nieces April & Dodie & great-niece Bailey.
A small graveside service will be held at 11am on Thurs. Dec. 14th at Pleasant Hill Cemetery and Pastor Ruth Pride will preside. All old friends and classmates are welcome.
In honor of his love for his country and time in the Army, his home in Ft. Myers, Fl. is being donated to Wounded Warriors with the hope it can help Veterans.