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Helen Gibbons of St. Louisville, June 9, 1930 – June 8, 2019

Helen E. Gibbons, 88, a long-time resident of St. Louisville, passed away peacefully on June 8th, 2019 at The Laurels Nursing Home in Heath, Ohio after a short illness.

She was born June 9, 1930, in Mansfield, Ohio to the late Steven I. Uzunoff and Theresa (Kissel) Uzunoff.

Helen and her late husband, Arnold S. Gibbons, owned and operated two successful businesses; Arnold Gibbons Service out of their home, and The Little Ranch Steak House and Bar on 11th and Main in Newark. Three years after Arnold’s passing, at age 70, she opened up Helen’s Family Restaurant on Mt. Vernon Rd. offering home cooking and daily specials. She managed to keep it open for eleven years until the poor economy in Newark forced her to close its doors.

Helen was an avid fan of OSU college football and a staunch advocate of spaying and neutering pets. She worked with local agencies to cut down the population of feral cats and often donated her own money to pay vet and food bills.

Helen is survived by her devoted friend and caregiver Barry K. Trout of Newark, two sons; Bruce K. (Pamela) Beam of Mansfield, and Richard K. (Laurie) Beam of Northport, Florida; one daughter, Marcia L. Scott of Laughlin, NV; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and her beloved cats, Peanut and Woody.

Besides her parents and husband, Arnold, Helen was preceded in death by three brothers, four sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

At Helen’s request there will be no memorial service but if you wish to remember her in a kind way please make a donation to your favorite local animal shelter or pet agency. 

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Martha Mae Post of Boise, Idaho, January 3, 1933 – January 24, 2019

Martha Mae Post

 A Memorial Service for Martha Mae Post, 86, of Boise, Idaho, formerly from Newark will be held at 7:00 PM Saturday July 13th at Christian Apostolic Church located at 22 N 23rd St, Newark. Pastor Keith Sjostrand officiating.

  Martha passed away January 24, 2019 at her home in Boise. She was born January 3, 1933 in Alexandria, OH to the late Glenn and Addie (Poulton) Dague.

  Martha graduated from Newark High School. She managed Cassiday North Apts. For 10 years.

  She is survived by children, Paula (Steve) Priest of Boise, ID, Bruce (Dedra) Post of Portland, OR, and Pamela (Bob) Dressig of Eastland, OH; grandchildren, Michael (Tanya) Bruce of Lewis Center, OH, Jessica Dressig of Mentor Headlands, OH, and Jeffrey Dressig of Willoughby, OH; brother and sisters, Barb Forgrave of Newark, OH, Bob (Joan) Post of Newark, OH, and Shirley Bodem of Sarasota, FL; the best friend ever Lovona Parkhill of Newark, OH; numerous great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Donsel L. Post and daughter Patti Post.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children or a charity of your choice.

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Grace Wilson of Newark, Ohio, May 6, 1922 – June 17, 2019

Grace Wilson

A funeral service for Grace Wilson, 97, of Newark, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, with Pastor Paul Skaggs officiating.  Burial will follow in Wilson Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday prior to the service at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark.
Grace passed away June 17, 2019, at the Chestnut House.  She was born May 6, 1922, in Ironton, to the late Henry Hobert and Della (Collins) Salyer. 
Grace retired after 35 years as a manager at Clark’s Dining Room.
She is survived by her son, William (Barbara) Wilson of Newark; daughter, Judy Wilson Lehman of TN; sister, Nancy (Don) Clary of Newark; grandchildren, Brad (Diana) Lehman of TN, Brenda Lehman of TN, Trent (Whitney) Lehman of TN, Jeff Wilson of IL, and Jennifer Wilson of Columbus, and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Willard Wilson; son, Willard Donald “Buddy” Wilson; brothers, Claude, Clyde, Henry “Junior”, Carl, Bob, and twins, Jim and John, and sisters, Elizabeth, Edna, Freda, and Ruth.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Licking County Humane Society.
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Jean Wethey of Newark, February 3, 1961 – June 16, 2019

Jean Wethey, 58, of Heath, died Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Licking Memorial Hospital. She was born February 3, 1961 in Newark to the late Harold Emund and Mary Alice (Stein) Wood.

Jean worked at the Defense Supply Center for 38 years. She was a volunteer at Heath City Schools for 16 years and she also volunteered at the Licking County Humane Society. She loved animals, her city, and everyone in it. She was a proud supporter of Heath sports and was like a mother to everyone. She loved spending time with her pets and grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, Mark Wethey; two sons, Drew Wethey (Laney) of Croton and Dylan Wethey (Shayni) of Newark; two brothers, Keith Wood (Sally) of Heath and Tim Wood (Shelly) of Toboso; nephew, Trevor Wood (Sherina) of Tallmadge; nieces, Jessica Hazen (Jeff) of Toboso and Nicole Wood; and five grandchildren, Nora, Lincoln, Ellie, Rhett, and Owen Wethey.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Licking County Humane Society, 825 Thornwood Dr. SW, Heath, OH 43056 and/or Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 770 Children’s Dr. Columbus, OH 43205.

Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 PM at the Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St., Newark, and from 10-11 AM on Saturday. The funeral service will be Saturday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Pastor Cory Campbell officiating. Burial will follow the service in Hanover Cemetery.

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William “Bill” Ernest Barclay of Granville, June 3, 1934 – June 15, 2019

William Ernest “Bill” Barclay, 85, of Granville, died Saturday, June 15, 2019. He was born June 3, 1934 in Newark to the late William Robert and Celia Winifred (Gamble) Barclay.

Bill retired from Rockwell after 33 years of service. He was owner/operator of Barclay’s Photo X-Press in the Southgate Shopping Center for 15 years. Bill enjoyed riding his tractor and loved to mow grass and plow snow for his neighbors. One of his first jobs was working at a traveling carnival doing electrical work and working on a farm for Charlie Hyatt. In his later years, he drove a tractor for school tours at Lynd’s Fruit Farm. Bill was a member of the Newark Eagles #387 and enjoyed watching NASCAR, motorcycle riding, and Ohio State football. The most valuable things in his life were his tractor, children and family. Bill was welcomed everywhere he went and created a fun and loving atmosphere and always made the best of every situation. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by two sons, Claude (Robin) of Newark and Mark of Lillington, NC; two daughters, Beverly Barclay Ryan (Ronald) of Newark and Sharon Barclay Showman (David) of Ostrander; eight grandchildren, William Reid, Lauren Lowendick (John), Sara Green (Josh), Matthew Barclay (Rebecca), Nicole Barclay (Corbin Schnorf), Katrina Showman (Theo Feaster), Alesha Showman (Tyler Nelson), and Ginger Barclay; and 11 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen Bernice (Petticord) Barclay; daughter-in-law, Kathryn (Walker) Barclay; and brother, Kenneth Dale Barclay.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 19th from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark, where the funeral service will be Thursday, June 20th at 1:00 PM with Pastor John Girard officiating. Burial will follow the service in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

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Robert E. Walters, Sr. of Newark, Ohio, April 13, 1957 – June 14, 2019

A Celebration of Life service for Robert E. Walters, Sr, 62, of Newark, will be held at 11am Tuesday at the Christian Life Center, 665 Linnville Rd. Heath, with Pastor Michael Ensey officiating. 

Robert passed away June 14, 2019, at his residence.  He was born April 13, 1957, in Columbus, to the late Frederick and Dorothy (Whitehead) Walters.

Robert was a member of the Christian Life Center.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda S. (Holcomb) Walters; children, Daren Holcomb and Bobby Walters both of Newark, Tasha (Andy) McPeck of Nashport, and Calvin Walters and Jessica Walters both of Newark; seven grandchildren, and two nieces.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Fredie and sister, Anna.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Charles David “Chuck” Worstell of Hebron, Ohio, January 22, 1940 – June 14, 2019

 Charles David “Chuck” Worstell


  A funeral service celebrating the life of Charles David “Chuck” Worstell, 79, of Hebron, will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, June 17th at Brucker & Kishler Funeral Home with Pastor Brian Harkness officiating. Burial will take place at Newark Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 12-1 p.m. on Monday, June 17th at the funeral home, 985 N 21st Street in Newark.

  Chuck was born January 22nd, 1940 in Newark, Ohio to the late Gale and Harriett (Taylor) Worstell. He passed away on Friday, June 14th at Genesis Good Samaritan hospital surrounded by his family.

  He leaves his wife of 58 years, Shirley Worstell; his son, David (Marcy) Worstell; his loving cat, Kitten; his grandsons, Tyler (Amanda) Worstell, Trent (Julia) Worstell, and Tory (Brittney) Worstell; his great grandchildren, Laney Worstell, Holden Worstell, Harper Worstell, and Ellery Worstell.

  In his early years, Chuck enjoyed chasing the love of his life, Shirley, where they met at a local tavern. She described him as “handsome and oh boy could he dance”. He had a passion for being outdoors where he taught his son how to work on cars and his grandsons to swim. You could find him at a pond or lake fishing or just simply mowing the lawn on his tractor. He was a fan of music, but most of all enjoyed playing his guitar for family to hear.

 Chuck was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, then the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. He had a passion for car racing from his early years of dirt track racing, which lead to a love of NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt Jr. He had a love for his animals throughout the years, but most evident of all is his undeniable love for his family. You never left the house without a hug and a kiss goodbye!

  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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Cheryl Jeanne Skunda of Hebron, OH, February 17, 1947 – June 14, 2019

Cheryl Jeanne (Thomas) Skunda, 72, of Hebron, OH, formerly of Smock, PA, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Selma Markowitz Care Center. She was born on February 17, 1947 in Smock, PA.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Albert Oran Thomas and Hazel (Havlichek) Thomas, and a brother, Alan Thomas.

Cheryl was a member of St. John’s Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, a schooled beautician and had previously worked at Anchor Hocking Corporation. She will be sadly missed by her family members and many friends, both in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Surviving is her beloved husband of fifty years, Robert Skunda; a sister who loved Cheryl dearly, Hazel (Albert) Masi; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Friends will be received from 4-6pm on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Brucker Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st Street, Newark, OH and from 4-6pm on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Jerome Shell Funeral Home, Inc. 164 S. Mt Vernon Ave, Uniontown, PA. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, June 17, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Church and burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery.

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Brian Scott Litten of Newark, Ohio, May 14, 1972 – June 7, 2019

Brian Scott Litten

A Celebration of Life service for Brian Scott Litten, 47, of Newark, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, with Pastor George Winston officiating.  Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark, where a Masonic service will be held at 5:45 p.m.

Brian passed away June 7, 2019, as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident involving a downed tree that was laying across Flint Ridge Rd. Brian was born May 14, 1972, in Newark, to Jay Litten and Carol (Gard) Powers, and was one of two children.

Brian is survived by his father, Jay Litten; mother, Carol & stepfather George Powers; brother, Jody & wife Diane Litten and their children, Madison & Noah; Brian’s daughter, Bryn; Partner, Tracy Godek, and also many extended family members.

Brian was preceded by his paternal grandparents, Thomas & Alice Irene (Crane) Litten and maternal grandparents, Donald & Dorothy Gard.

Brian enjoyed everything outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping. Motocross riding and racing was also a large part of his life. He was a graduate of Lakewood High school and LCJVS (CTEC) Auto body program and spent many years working for John Hinderer Honda and Rick’s Auto Body Painting Automobiles before going to work for the family business Litten Plumbing and Heating (Newark).

More recently Brian had teamed up with his brother Jody at Home Experts Heating Air Plumbing (Hebron) where he was employed as a Plumber & HVAC tech and installer.

Brian was a past member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and was active in many clubs such as the NRA, Free Masons, and Shriners.

Brian will be truly missed by the vast friends and family who he spent time with throughout his fast-paced life. He was a devoted father and role model for many children that he mentored.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made towards a trust fund for his daughter Bryn, C/O Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home.

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Hugh Thomas Reasoner of Newark, OH, August 13, 1958 – June 6, 2019

Hugh Thomas Reasoner, age 60, of Newark, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019. He was born on August 13, 1958 to the late Thomas and Betty (nee Allen) Reasoner in Mt. Vernon, OH.

A celebration of Hugh’s life will be held at 11am on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Community Wesleyan Church, 161 Myrtle Ave, Newark, OH 43055. Services will be officiated by Pastor Craig Burdick. Family will greet friends from 4-7pm on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Brucker Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st Street, Newark, OH 43055.

Hugh retired from Bayer Material Science so he could restore houses and care for his grandchildren. He was completely selfless, always giving of himself for others.

Hugh is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Rebecca (nee Ghiloni) Reasoner. He also leaves behind his children, Jessica Young, Amber (Mark) McKee, and Anthony (Jennifer) Reasoner; Special children, Todd and Amanda Bowden; grandchildren, Mikalah, Chris, Raiden, Kahlen, and Nevalyn; special grandchildren, Cheyann and Kevin; brothers, Steve (Catalina) Reasoner and Dave Reasoner; and brother-in-law, Carl Warner.

In addition to his parents, Hugh is preceded in death by his sister, Debbie Warner.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Lifeline of Ohio, Attn: Contributions 770 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212.

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