Charles Edward Crable, a longtime resident of Mt. Sterling Ohio, died on September 22, 2020, in Grove City, Ohio.  Chuck was proceeded in death by father, Clarence “Tom” Crable, mother Minnie “Mary” Crable, sister, Della Hinton, first wife, Barbara Ruth Neel, second wife, Myrtle Hay, and son David Crable. 

  He is survived by children, Pamela Murray (David), Grove City, Stephen Crable (Deborah) Washington, DC, Robert Crable (Rayejene) Tolar, Tx, stepchildren Debra Myers, Marshall, Texas, Garry Hay, Grove City, Larry Hay, Diamond, Ohio, Kathy Ogden, Grove City, and Daphne Hawk, Grove City, grandchildren, Julie Fasnaugh, Amy Luckett, Justin Crable, Peter Crable, Kristin McCoy, Jennifer Tyson, Josh Reynolds, and more than 20 great-grandchildren. 

   Chuck loved his family, his country, and his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes, not necessarily in that order.  Chuck was born in Ashville, Ohio, on September 16, 1923.  As a boy, he was a boy scout and regularly served as an usher every Saturday for OSU football games. 

  He met Barbara at Mt. Sterling high school and fell madly in love.  After graduation and the outbreak of WWII, he joined the Army and served in the Army Air Corp, the predecessor to today’s Air Force.  He served as an armament trainer for B 17 bombers and trained aircraft crews all over the US.

  He proposed to Barbara, through the mail, and traveled across the country by train while on leave to marry her. Chuck knew Barbara was the real deal and didn’t want to let her getaway.

  Chuck and Barbara settled in Mt. Sterling to raise a family. He was an active booster of Mt. Sterling, a member of the Masons and active with the United Methodist Church.

  Chuck was instrumental in the fundraising campaign to build the Fellowship Hall addition to the church.  Later in life, he and his family supported the refurbishment of the stain glass windows in the church and the playground in the church yard.  Chuck was a jack of many trades and a master of some. He worked as an ironworker foreman during the construction of the interstate highway system and built many of the bridges all over Ohio. 

  He established or managed, along with Barbara, Ethan Allen furniture stores in Ohio and Kentucky.  After “retiring” to Florida at 65 and deciding golf was not his game, Chuck went to work for Cox Enterprises at Cox’s Auto Auction franchise in Orlando, Florida.  At Cox, he managed crews that staffed the movement of thousands of cars a month through the auction house.  Chuck finally retired from Cox at age 90 after 25 years of service in his “second” career.  Chuck was a hard worker, with high standards and expected the best from everyone around him.   To his credit, as well as debit, Chuck embodied the expression, “seldom wrong but never in doubt”.

  He loved being around people and telling stories of days gone by.  After Barbara died, Chuck was lost until he met Myrtle Hay. At the age of 87 years young he married Myrtle.  When Myrtle passed on May 30 after 10 years of marriage, Chuck, who always loved life, felt it was his time to leave this world for the next.  After celebrating his 97th birthday on September 16th among family and friends, listening to multiple renditions of the OSU fight song and leading several rounds of the ubiquitous OH….IO cheer, Chuck knew he could go in peace.

  The family will receive visitors on Friday, September 25, 2020, between 5 and 7:00 PM at PORTER-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 331 W. MAIN STREET, MOUNT STERLING, OH, 43143. A Celebration of Chuck’s life will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 10:00 AM, at the PORTER-TIDD FUNERAL HOME.  Interment will follow at Pleasant Cemetery, Mount Sterling, Ohio. Remembrance of flowers or donations to HONORFLIGHT.ORG appreciated.  Honor Flight, Inc., 4601 North Fairfax Drive Suite 1200, Arlington, Virginia 22203, 937-521-2400.

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Gary Boyce, 57, died Thursday September 24, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio.
  Born on November 2, 1962 in Columbus; he was a son of Franklin D. and Donna L. (Woodard) Boyce.
 Gary was a US Air Force veteran. He enjoyed spending his free time fishing, watching movies, and being outdoors.
 He is survived by sisters Jodi (Fred) Chesser of Columbus and Karen (Phil Wamsley) Boyce of London; along with his good friend Don Damron.
   He was preceded in death by his parents.
  A graveside service will be held at a later date in Somerford Township Cemetery.
  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

Mary Ellen Deyo Hammond, 90, of London, died Thursday, September 10, 2020, at the Bluebird Retirement Community, London.

   Mary was born October 4, 1929, in Lafayette, Ohio, a daughter of David and Enola Marie (Dunevant) Deyo. She had been a member of the Rebekah Lodge and the Wednesday Night Women Bowling League. She was a member of the Newport Church of Christ in Christian Union.

  Mary loved watching her grandkids play their sports. She also enjoyed going to the Madison County Fair to watch her kids and grandkids show their livestock.

  Mary is survived by her children: Kay (David) Manning; Susan (Phil) Eades; grandchildren: Shane (Michelle) Manning; Ashli (Brad) Butin; Aaron (Valerie) Eades; Arica (Chris) Vallery; Kyle and Kenzie Vallery; Meghan and Scott Gammell; Hunter (Erin Patterson) Butin, Saige Butin; Wyatt and Kirstin Eades; Eli and Gracie Gammell; Easton Butin and Rilynne Williamson.

  Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Ishmael T. Hammond; grandson: Logan Manning.

   A graveside funeral service will be held 11:00 AM., Tuesday, September 15, 2020, for immediate family only, at the Paint Township Cemetery, London, with the Reverend Mark Barth officiating.

 The family suggests that friends may make memorial contributions, in Mary’s memory, to their favorite church. Online condolences may be sent to Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Rader-Lynch & Dodds Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 124 E. High st., London.​

Randy Lee Crawford, 44, formerly of London, Ohio, died Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in Phoenix, AZ after a long battle with cancer and he also had been dealing with Covid-19.
  Born February 27, 1976 in London; he was a son of Peggy Ann (Mason) and Robert L. Crawford.
  Randy had been a cage fighter, loved the UFC and was even a judge for the UFC for a time.
  Survivors include his children Dylan (Deandra) of Columbus, Gabriella and Evan both of London; father Robert (Julie) Crawford of Beeville, TX, mother Peggy (Richard) Houser of London; sister Tiffany (Cliff) Lewis of London; nieces and nephews Ciara-and her children Addison and Gunner, Cameron, Chyann and Carson; step-brother Kevin (Katie) Houser; step-sister Rachel (Aaron) Lewis and their son Arthur; mother of his children Rachel Kerner; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
  He was preceded in death by his son Phoenix Crawford, brother Robert Byerly, sister Emma Crawford, paternal grandparents Charles and Carolyn Crawford, maternal grandparents Robert and Sheila Mason and nephew Keith Lewis.
  In keeping with Randy’s wishes, there will be no visitation nor funeral services.
   A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.
  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

Leroy Payton, 68, of Peebles died Friday, September 25, 2020 at home surrounded by his family in Hillsboro, Ohio.
  Born May 31, 1952 in West Liberty, Kentucky; he was a son of Elmo and Minnie L. (Mayabb) Peyton.
  Leroy was a US Air Force veteran. He served 36 years for the Ohio Department of Rehab and Corrections and retired as Warden for the Department of Youth Services. He coached a traveling girls basketball team in Chillicothe and was a cofounder of Madison County Coonhunters Association along with Billy Hubbard. Leroy also enjoyed spending time with friends and trail riding at Tar Hollow on weekends.
  Survivors include his girlfriend Merry Jane Wunsch; children Tina (Christopher) Carson of Galloway, Roy (Stephanie) Payton of London, Karlie Payton of Wilmington, and Kara Payton of Chillicothe; grandchildren Matthew Rollins, Macy Rollins, Michael Carson, Tyler Payton, and Makenna Payton; brothers Eddie Peyton, Danny Peyton, Joe Peyton, and half-brother Michael Payton.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Pamela Peyton and Carolyn Peyton.
  Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM Wednesday, September 30, 2020 in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 North Main Street, London. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-7 PM until the time of services Wednesday.
  The family suggests memorials in Leroy’s name be sent to the American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017.
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Carole Mae Blake, 85, a longtime resident of Choctaw Lake, died Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at Madison Health. Carole was born in Steubenville, Ohio on March 29, 1935, the daughter of Clyde and Thelma Marie (Stover) Peterson.

  She is predeceased by her husband of 56 years, William (Bill) Blake; brothers: Pete, Norm, and Jim Peterson; sister: Jeanie Smith.

  Carole is survived by her sons: Mark; Mike (Deeann); and Matt; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was a lifelong homemaker, loved gaming, and her family.

  Inurnment will be held at the discretion of the family with graveside services. Carole’s services have been entrusted to the Rader-Lynch & Dodds Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 124 E. High St., London.


Judy K. Dobbins, age 59, of West Jefferson, OH, passed away on September 27, 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents Joan and Clyde Daniels, and loving husband Danny Dobbins. Judy is survived by her daughter Brandy (Bo) Dobbins; granddaughters, Brianna, and Courtney; grandson, Hayden; sister, Pam (Brian) Parks; Brother, Ted (Debbie) Sanders; and sister-in-law, Kathy (Tom) Galuzzo; Nieces, Jodie Wilson and Michelle (Chad) Lemaster; nephews, Aarron (Wendy) Parks, and Jordan Parks; great-nieces Marissah LeMaster, Hannah Parks, and Lucy Parks; great-nephews, Nic (Nicki) Wilson, Corey Wilson, and Colton LeMaster.

   Following Judy’s wishes cremation will take place and there will not be any services at this time. ​

Donna J. Thompson, 79, of London died Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Doctors West Hospital, Columbus.
  Born August 20, 1941 in London; she was a daughter of Branson and Amy Belle (Huff) Penwell.
  Survivors include her children Medina Conley of West Jefferson, Richard Thompson of West Jefferson and Katrina (Martin) Perry of Mount Sterling; grandson Mike; great-grandchildren Eric, Hunter, Maya; siblings Ruth (Larry) Schall, Barbara (Wayne) Nelson and Alfred (Faye) Penwell; many nieces and nephews; and close friend Mary Evans.
 She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband Henry L. “Lafe” Thompson; siblings Ellen Travis, Mae Phillips, Betty Boysel, Elizabeth Stage, William Penwell, and James Lewis Penwell.
  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London with Pastor Dortha Ross officiating. Interment will follow in Big Plain Cemetery. Friends may call the funeral home from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. The family asks that anyone attending, please dress casually.
  The family suggests memorials in Donna’s name be sent to the American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017.
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John Millard Glass, Sr., 85, of Plumwood, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020 in Greenfield, Ohio.
   Born October 23, 1934 in Madison County; he was a son of Albert and Gladys M. (Justus) Glass.
  John was a US Air Force veteran of the Cold War and an electrician with the IBEW, Local #683.
  Survivors include his sons John Millard Glass, Jr. and Alex (Mary Helen) Glass; grandsons Ian and Cooper Glass; brother Theodore (Brenda) Glass, sisters Wanetta Wolford and Fairy Louise Glass; numerous nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert, Ray “Brownie”, Edwin and Everett Glass and sisters Virgie Hoffine, Rose Gross, Leah Findley and Dorothy Ash.
  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, September 26, 2020 in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London. Interment will follow in Plumwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 AM until time of services Saturday.
  Online condolences for the family may be sent to

Steven William Henry, 69 of London, died Sunday, September 13, in his residence. Steve was born in Westerville, on June 30, 1951, a son of Benard and Wanda (Robinette) Henry.

  Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Maureen Henry; sisters: Janet Kemp of Grove City; Dana Ebert of Salt Lake City, Utah; several nieces and nephews.

 There will be no funeral services. Steve's arrangements have been entrusted to the Rader-Lynch & Dodds Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 124 E. High St., London.

Steven Joseph Balzeski, 25 of Lewis Center, died Friday, September 18, 2020 in his residence.
  Born September 20, 1994 in Ludington, MI; he was the son of Pamela (Morgan) and Steven Balzeski.
 Steven was employed with ADS in London and attended the Champion Church in Hilliard. Steven enjoyed fishing, playing video games and he enjoyed the time he spent with his family. He enjoyed going to church and learning about the word of God he enjoyed teaching and preaching what he learned. He loved giving to the homeless he gave everything he had to make sure they had a meal or whatever they wanted. He enjoyed playing the keyboard and writing music. 
  Survivors include his mother and step-father Pamela and Malcolm Lager of Texas, father Steve Balzeski of MI; sisters Chyenne (Felix) Felix, Sherese Balzeski, Awbry Balzeski and step sister Rachel Lager; nieces and nephews Isacc Morgan, Catalina Felix, Ainsley Felix, Brogan Felix, Felix, Jr., Ava Morone and Odin Calhoun; grandfathers Milton Morgan and Skip (Diane) Balzeski; girlfriend Kansas Greenwell and his best four legged friend Bear.
  He was preceded in death by his grandparents Ruth and Joe Lager, Nancy Morgan and Kathy Balzeski and special aunt Kathy Balzeski.
  Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Thursday, September 24, 2020 in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London with Pastor Joshua Smith officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 PM until time of services Thursday.
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​The world lost a beloved mom and mama, Florence “Flo” Melfi, on September 26, 2020. Flo courageously battled cancer over the past few months, but it never stopped her from spreading joy to everyone she touched. Flo died at her home, a place filled with cherished memories, surrounded by her family.

 She is preceded in death by Vincent Melfi (husband), Charles Winters, and Billy Pratt (beloved grandson).
   Flo lived 83 glorious years, most in the town of West Jefferson, Ohio. It was here where she raised her family. Love of family was at the very heart and soul of who she was. She was quintessential “stay-at-home-mom” even before the phrase became popular. Widowed with five young children, she devoted all of her energy to the love and support of her family. She knew that the little things mattered and always made sure to be there for all five of her kids. She listened, she advised, she encouraged, but more than anything, she loved unconditionally. If Webster’s included a picture beside the word self-less, it would be one of Flo smiling.
  As grandchildren and great-grandchildren began to arrive, she took on the title of Mama and her love multiplied many times over. The pride and joy she felt for each of her eleven grandchildren was unmatched. Mama loved them all with everything she had and devoted her life to being there for each and every one of them.
  This wonderful woman is survived by her children, Susan (Eric) James, Mike (Tammy) Melfi, Cathy Pratt, Mary (Ron) Roach, Vince (Sarah) Melfi; grandchildren, Jennifer Melfi, Angel (Brittany Razek) Pratt, Ashley Pratt, Candice (Justin) Metzger, Jessica (Adam Blake) James, Emily (Cole) Reynolds, Kyle Roach, Kendra Roach, Charlie Melfi, Anna Melfi; great-grandchildren, Eve Metzger, and Lane Metzger; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, extended family, all of her special friends, and life-long friends Carol Ferguson and Diane Miller.
  Family and friends are welcome to visitation from 4-7 PM on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at the RADER-McDONALD-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 1355 W. MAIN STREET, WEST JEFFERSON, OHIO, 43162, where her Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM on Friday, October 2, 2020. Burial will follow at Sunset cemetery.
  Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Social Distancing will be observed and guest are required to wear a facial covering while at the funeral home. ​

Bobby Neil Wheeler, 83, of West Jefferson died Wednesday, September 16, 2020 in Bluebird Retirement Community, London.
  Born November 3, 1936 in Elgood, WV; the son of Dewey and Polly (White) Wheeler.
 Bobby retired as a construction supervisor from Ferguson Trenching in 2004.
 Survivors include his wife of 63 years Charlotte (Rexrode) Wheeler; sons Gary Wheeler of West Jefferson and Ray (Beth) Wheeler of Aiken, SC; grandchildren Gary Wheeler, Jr and Amanda Wheeler; great grandsons Joey and Liam.
   Visitation and funeral services will not be observed.

  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