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Karns, Opal Annon 

Sunday morning, May 10th, shortly after the sun had made its appearance in the eastern sky, a life went from this world to awaken in a new world, a world which is eternal. Mrs. Charles Karns was born on November 15, 1904, and had she lived until Fall, she would have been 27. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Annon, and leaves to mourn their loss, a loving and devoted husband, Charles; six sisters and two brothers; Misses, Edith, Ellen, Georgia, Virginia, and Marilyn, James and Rexford of this city, and Mrs. Maugan of Columbus. Although they have been married less than a year, she was very close, even as a daughter of flesh and blood, to Charles’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Karns, also of this city. She one of the family on both sides of the house, and was dearly loved by all in these families. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to Charles, the loving and devoted husband. Together they lived, and for each other they lived, planning and working for a happy home where love and devotion should ever reign. She was another one of those consecrated personalities that was willing to risk her life to become a mother. With that devotion and consecration to a high and holy cause, she laid down her life, thus giving her life in an effort to produce life more abundant for her home and loved ones. Impressions have been made in time cannot erase and only eternity can reveal.
Like ruffling of the sea;
The deeper the depth is out of reach
To all, my God, but Thee.

Source: Crooksville Messenger, Friday May 22, 1931 (Crooksville Cemetery – Opal Annon Karns 1904-1931)
Submitter: Sue Saylor

Kasler, Ross

Ross Kasler, 73, of 1301 Oakland Avenue, Columbus, died at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Columbus.  Born in Glouster, May 20, 1900, he was the son of William and Emma Gatchell Kasler. He was a retired Auditor for the state.  He is survived by his widow, the former Helen Davis, of the home; a sister, Elizabeth Carey, Memphis, O.; and a brother, James of Columbus.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Fred L. Cannon Funeral Home, Crooksville. Rev. Arthur Long will officiate, and burial will be in Crooksville Cemetery. Friends may call after 9 a.m. Saturday. 

Source:  Zanesville Times Recorder, Friday, February 22, 1974- Buried in Crooksville Cemetery. His date of death was Feb. 21, 1974
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Kear, Sarah

Word was received here Saturday announcing the death of Mrs. Sarah Kear, formerly of this place, perhaps better known as Sarah Meredith, of Oakland California, last Saturday. The deceased was about 78 years of age. Funeral was held and burial made in Oakland the first of the week. She is survived by two sons, Arthur of the home and Owen of Glouster, Ohio, two sisters, Mrs. William Wright, of Lore City, Ohio and Mrs. Charles Severance of Worthington, Ohio and a host of other relatives and friends.

Source: The People's Advocate, August 4, 1933
Submitter:  Rob Dishon

Keffer, Gertrude

Funeral services for Mrs. Gertrude Keffer, 68, of near Somerset, were held yesterday afternoon at the William Thompson and Son Funeral Home at White Cottage with Rev. Wayne DeWolfe officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery at Fultonham.
Mrs. Keffer died Wednesday at Bethesda Hospital.  Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Georganna Wilson of the home; 2 brothers, Jacob Keffer of the home, Alvin Keffer of near Somerset; 2 sisters, Mrs. Emma Ford of Fultonham and Mrs. D. B. Shaw of Newark and a granddaughter, Bernice Wilson of the home. 

Source:  Zanesville Sunday Times Signal, December 8, 1946
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Keith, Louise

Glouster — Louise Keith, 95, of Glouster, passed away Monday, April 30, 2012, at the Hickory Creek Nursing Center, The Plains. Born June 29, 1916, in New Straitsville, she was the daughter of the late George and Emma Shultz Murphy.  She formerly worked as advertising director for Stepp’s Beauticians in Athens. She attended the Glouster Church of Christ and was a former member of the Order of Eastern Star Thea Chapter 192 in Trimble. She also belonged to the Glouster Ladies Euchre Club, and was known for her pie baking and sewing abilities.  She is survived by two sons, Chester A. Jr. (Ida) Keith and Michael (Tammy) Keith, both of Glouster; one daughter, Janice R. Adams of Athens; 10 grandchildren, Michelle Mascola, Brandon and Austin Keith, Scott, Andy, Keith Brad, and Ryan Adams, Jennifer Knipe, Jason Keith and Paula Maiden; 18 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren; one brother, David (Betty) Murphy of Columbus; and one sister, Judy (David) Phillips of Pickerington.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chester A. Keith Sr., who passed away in 1991; one grandson, Christopher Keith; a son-in-law, Bill Adams; and four brothers and sisters.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 4, at the Bishopville Church of Christ with John Wright officiating. Interment will be in the Maplewood Cemetery, Glouster. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Arrangements are by the Morrison Funeral Chapel, Glouster-Bishopville. A comforting message may be sent to the family at  Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 12:54 pm 

Source:  Unknown

Kelley, Charley aka, Dean, Charles

Charley Kelly, aged 68 years, who had been in poor health for some time, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harve Craig, on Welsh Hill, Tuesday evening of dropsy and heart trouble. He passed away while sitting in a chair conversing with the family. Funeral conducted by Rev. Ross, was held at the Craig home this afternoon. The name of the deceased was Charles Dean. He was born near Saltillo, Ohio. At the death of his father he, with a brother and sister were placed in the County Children’s home from where he was adopted by Patrick Kelly.(sic) His sister died in Corning many years ago just after graduating from High school. His mother remarried but she too died about 11 years ago. At the time of his death it was not known that he had any living relatives.

Source: The People's Advocate, December 14, 1934
Submitter: Rob Dishon

Kelley, Frank A.

Former Ohio Judge and McKinley’s Friend Dies
The following was taken from the Los Angelos, (Cal.) Times of April 11, in regard to the death of Judge Frank A. Kelley, a former well known resident of New Lexington, mention of whose death was made in this paper at the time it occurred. The article from the Times follows:  Former Judge Frank A. Kelley, for eighteen years a resident of Los Angelos, died on Tuesday and this afternoon at 2 o’clock impressive funeral services will be conducted at the family residence, No 836 Westlake Avenue. For fifteen years the deceased was a member of the Republican State Central Committee in Ohio and during the time was a personal friend of the martyred President McKinley and an associate of Mark Hanna. When appointed Judge of the Superior Court in Ohio, he was only 26 years old and was the youngest man appointed in that State in such a position.  During his residence in this city, Judge Kelly devoted his time to oil interests and was an authority on land locations and oil news. He had a wide circle of friends.  Besides his widow, Mrs. Laura T. Kelley, he leaves four children, Donald K. and Walter Kelley, Mrs. Frank S. Thorpe and Mrs. George G. Thorpe, the two daughters having married two brothers. All of the children except Mrs. Frank Thorpe, who is in the county home in Alta Loma, are in this city.  Mr. Kelley was born in New Lexington, Ohio, in 1855. He was graduated from Ohio Weslyan University in 1875 and at once commenced the practice of law. Two years later his father died, and the young attorney was elevated to the judgeship in his father’s place. He finished out the unexpired term, and was twice elected to the State Legislature for three terms, and then fifteen years occupied a prominent place in the political life of Ohio, having a large part in the election of President McKinley.  Few men were better known in Los Angelos Masonic circles than former Judge Kelly. He was a charter member of Westlake Masonic Lodge No 392, and, with Champ S. Vance, signed the first petition for the organization of this lodge in 1907. He therefore became the dean of the lodge, as the petition at first contained the names of only two men. Later fourteen additional names were added to the original petition, and these men are the charter members of the lodge, and from this number the pallbearers for this afternoons’ service have been selected. They are Champ S. Vance, Will A. Hummsel, Will Humphrey, H. M. Hurd, J. W. Miller and James A. Webster. This lodge now has a membership of 635, being one of the largest if the Masonic orders.  Dean McCormack of St. Paul’s Pro- Cathedral, will be in charge of the funeral ceremony as Chaplain of the California State Masonic Lodge. Interment will be made in Evergreen.

Source:  (New Lexington Tribune, April 25, 1918)

Kelly, Anna C.

Mrs. Anna C. Kelley was born in Connelsville, Pa., July 10th, 1822, and died in Zanesville, Ohio, March 4, 1904 at the age of 81 years, 7 months and 24 days. Her maiden name was Poundatine. She was married to John H. Kelly (As is), Sept. 22, 1847. To them four children were born; two sons and two daughters. Her husband and her two daughters preceded her to the spirit world, and doubtless were waiting to receive her into the everlasting habitations of the blest, while her son, Frank A. of California, and George H. of New Lexington, Ohio remain to mourn. She is also survived by six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. The last months of her life were spent in Zanesville, Ohio where she had the tender and loving care of her two granddaughters, Mrs. C. V. Austin and Mrs. Clarence Cashbaugh. Her husband’s death occurred May 18, 1881 in New Lexington. Early in life she professed her faith in Christ, and united with the M. E. Church. In her religious life, she was quite and thoughtful, and while she was never demonstrative, yet her piety was of a deep and fervent character which very clearly manifested itself to all who knew her. She was always kind and charitable, and was ever thinking of the welfare of others rather than herself. She will long live in the memory of many former friends and neighbors as well as in the tender and loving regard of her children grandchildren, and great grandchildren who survive her. Her last days were especially bright and cheerful, and she died as she had lived for so many years at peace with God and all mankind. Her funeral services were conducted by the Rev. John R. Tibbles from the M. E. Church in New Lexington, March 7, and was attended by a large number of sympathizing friends. 

Source: New Lexington Herald, March 17, 1904
Submitter: Sue Saylor

Kelly, Mary

Mary Kelly died 17 July 1848, age 47 years, in Perry County, Ohio; married Vincent Kelly (survives).

Source:  Abstracts of Obituaries in Western Christian Advocate, 1834-1850 – paper dated 30 Aug 1848
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Kessler, Frank V.

Perry Countian Dies In Hospital.  Frank V. Kessler, 76-year-old Perry county farmer, died late last night at Good Samaritan hospital after an illness of several days.  Kessler resided near New Lexington and had been a life long resident of Perry county.  Survivors include his wife, Florence; one son, Francis, Chicago, and a brother, Edward, Columbus.  Funeral service will be held probably Tuesday morning at St. Rose's Catholic church, New Lexington.  Burial will be made in Maplewood cemetery there by the C. L. Chute funeral home, New Lexington.

Source: The Times Recorder, Zanesville, Oh., December 30, 1939

Kessler, James

Mr. James Kessler of New Lexington, partner of Charley Beck in the Bowling Alley, died suddenly in New Lexington yesterday.  

Source:  The Hocking Sentinel - Logan, O. - Feb. 14, 1901

Kienzle, John Clark

Logan — John Clark Kienzle, 77, of Logan, Ohio, passed away July 11, 2012, at his residence.  John was born April 10, 1935, in Perry County to John and Freda Clark Kienzle.  He graduated in 1953 from Logan High School; retired from Rockwell International as a precision tool and dye machinist; was instrumental in the establishment of the 911 service in Hocking County; helped in the planning & construction, and attended The People’s Church; and was a past member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church.  He was involved in several community committees: including the Hocking Co. Farm Bureau, Some One Cares of Hocking County, and Right to Life of Hocking County.  John had an uplifting and inquisitive personality and was always willing to help anyone he could. He enjoyed meeting people and enjoyed conversation. He never met a stranger.  Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Louise Lehman Kienzle; children, Joy (Allan) Johnson, Judy (Brian) Nihiser ,Jan (Gary) Hatfield, Jeri (Brian) McKibben, Jason (Jodi) Kienzle, and Jean (Chris) Forson; grandchildren, Leanne, Christopher, Ryan, Kyle, Korey, Kelly, Jelena, Noah, Courtney, Tyler, and Jacob; and great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Lauryn, Tristan, and Landon. He is also survived by his brother, Larry (Carolyn) Kienzle.  John was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, July 16, 2012 at The People’s Church, Logan, Ohio, with Rev. Chuck Fidler officiating. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery, Logan, Ohio.  Calling hours will be observed Saturday 6-8 pm and Sunday 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the Heinlein-Brown Funeral Home in Logan, and one hour prior to the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the People’s Church 30811 Lake Logan Rd. Logan, Ohio, 43138.  Letters of condolence may be sent to this family at the website

Source:  (Logan Daily News July 13, 2012) 

King, Lizzie

Former Resident Dies In Nashville, Tenn.  Thornville, O.--Mrs. Lizzie King, 75, widow of David L. King, died Sunday morning at the home of her only son, Dr. Charles King, in Nashville, Tenn.  She made her home with her son since the death of her husband nine years ago.  The Kings formerly resided on a farm on the Somerset Road.  Her parents were Elijah and Caroline Dupler.  The body will be brought to Thornville Wednesday afternoon and taken to the Long funeral home.  Services will be held Thursday afternoon at the Zion Reformed church with Rev. S. E. Seibert officiating.  Burial will be made in Zion cemetery.

Source:  The Times Recorder, January 31, 1940

Kirch, Steven W.

Thornville: Steven W. Kirch, 61, of Thornville, passed away on August 8, 2012 at Licking Memorial Hospice after a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was a loving father and husband and is survived by his wife Cynthia Kirch; mother, Ruth Kirch; brother, Bruce Kirch; children, Monica Carroll, Jason Kirch, and Nicole Kirch, and his grandchildren Gavin Kirch, Alexander Carroll, and Colton Kirch.  Steve was cremated and a memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Central Ohio or the American Cancer Society Condolences may be expressed at Burrell Funeral Services is serving the family.

Source:  Unknown

Kishler, Mrs. Ethel S.

Mrs. Kishler, 75, Junction City Rt. 1, died Monday in Hocking Valley Hospital, Logan after a three-week illness with a heart ailment.
She was born Oct. 2, 1888 in Crawford County, a daughter of William and Lyda Grimes Beck. She was a member of the Friendship Methodist Church near Maxville.  Survivors are her husband, Roy; a son, Charles, Junction City; a daughter, Mrs. Frances Stimmel, New Straitsville, Rt. 1; 15 grandchildren; two brothers, Whitney Beck, Galion and Oliver Beck, Slippery Rock, Pa., and two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Vance, Walton, Pa., and Mrs. Esther Miller, Oakfield. 

Undocumented Scrapbook Clipping.  Dates taken from our cemetery and death publications.  (Friendship Cemetery – 1888-1964)
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Klingler, Jasper Newton

Jasper Newton Klingler, son of George and Elizabeth Dutton Klingler, was born near Junction City, Ohio, august 22, 1861, and departed his life at his home in Junction City, Ohio, February 13, 1925 at the age of 62 years five months and 21 days.  He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Conner September 3, 1885.  Their journey down the pathway of life, which came to an end February the 13th, was one of sunshine and happiness. Sister Klingler says: That in all this walk together that Mr. Klingler never gave her a cross or an unkind word.  Brother Klingler joined the Reformed Church in early life, but in 1898 he with his wife united with the United Brethren Church of Junction City, O., during the pastorate of Rev. J. W. Willis, and remained faithful in this relation until death.  He has always been very active in the work of the church. For 26 years he was superintendent of the Sunday School, just retiring from this office last September.  At the time of his home going he held the following offices in the Church: Was a member of both the Church and Parsonage boards of Trustees; was a member of the Promotional Committee; also a teacher in the Sunday School.  His going marks a distinct loss to the Church and community.  He was also a Knight of Templar in the Masonic Order, No 250 of New Lexington, Ohio, and was highly esteemed by his brothers in the organization.  His father, mother, sister and brother preceded him in death.  He leaves his companion, one nephew and one niece and a multitude of other relatives and friends who feel keenly their loss. But we believe what is our loss is his gain.  “Angels now rejoice in heaven, For tho our grief is deep, Know that his regard is realized, And he’s numbered with His sheep.  He has only gone before us, He has clasped the nail pierced hand, And in time, we will meet him, Singing in the glory land.  (Poem by Freda Klingler)  Funeral services were held in the Junction City U. B. Church by the Pastor, F. E. Fetherolf, assisted by Revs. C. J. Poulton and J. W. Steen and C. A. Walters.  The Masons are in charge.

Source:  The Junction City U. B. Messenger, March 1925
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Koon, Hiram

Hiram Koon Dies At Hospital Here - Hiram Koon, 70, of 310 North Fourths Street, died Wednesday night at Bethesda hospital following an illness from infirmities.  Surviving are the widow of the home, two sons, Frank and William Koon, this city; three daughters Miss Vesta Koon, Mrs. Edna Roberts, city Mrs Mae Batson, McLuney; Mrs Hattie Watts, Crooksville; one sister, Mrs. Amanda Tole, this city and a brother Allen Koon of Murray City. 

Source:  Zanesville Signal, Thursday,  March 28, 1930, page 2
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Koon, Hiram

Hiram Koon Dies - Word was received here of the death of Hiram Koon, a former resident of Crooksville, who passed away at his home in Zanesville, Wednesday evening. Mrs E. O. Watts, West Main Street, is a daughter of the deceased.

Source:  The Zanesville Signal, Friday evening, March 28, 1930, page 5,   Crooksville news
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Koon, Hiram

Hiram Koon Funeral - Funeral services for Hiram Koon of North fourth street will be held at 2 o'clock at the chapel in Crooksville cemetery. The body is to remain at the Thompson funeral home White Cottage until time for the cortege to leave for Crooksville.

Source:  Times Recorder,  Friday,  March 28, 1930, page 5
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Kopis, Agnes Megyesi

Shawnee—Mrs. Agnes Kopis, 76, of Shawnee died at her home at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday following a long illness.  Mrs. Kopis was born April 21, 1885 in Hungary, a daughter of Stephen and Anna Sajo Megyesi.  Surviving are her husband, Steve Kopis of the home; seven sons, Steve, Jr. of Toledo, Leo of Shawnee, Alec, John, William and Robert, all of Elyria, George of Baltimore, Md; four daughters, Mrs. Anna Coon of Darlington, Pa., Mrs. Margaret Arkley of Shawnee, Mrs. Helen Shiplett of Lagrange, near Elyria, and Mrs. Agnes Bartow of Columbus; 38 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  Friends may call at Humphrey Funeral Home her. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Peter McEwan officiating. Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery. Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Source:  Zanesville Times Recorder, Thursday, January 4, 1962
Submitter:  Sue Saylor