Daily Archives: July 9, 2018

Michael Bradley Sellers of Brownsville, September 6, 1961 – July 8, 2018

Michael Bradley Sellers, 56, of Brownsville, died Sunday, July 8, 2018 at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born September 6, 1961 in Newark to the late John Edward Sellers and Marjorie Ann (Basford) Wolfe.

Mike graduated from Watkins High School class of 1979 and went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force from 1980-1988 and served in the Air Force Reserves from 1988-1995. He was a member of the Licking County Bow Hunters Club and enjoyed motorcycles and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, April; three daughters, Tashia (Vickie) Barnett, Jamie (Shon) Cook, and Erika (Matthew) Flowers; one son, Corey (Courtney) Sellers; eight grandchildren, two sisters, Carla (Russ) Conner and Tammy (Richie) Peters; brother, Thomas (Courtney) Wolfe; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his mother and biological father, he was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Wolfe.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O Box 758516, Topeka, KA, 66675.

Visitation will be Thursday from 12-2 PM and 4-6 PM at the Brucker- Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St., Newark, where the funeral service will follow at 6:00 PM with George Latham officiating.

To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com

Carl Stephen Abel of Newark, OH, February 13, 1944 – July 6, 2018

Carl Stephen “Steve” Abel, 74, of Newark, died Friday, July 6, 2018 at Licking Memorial Hospital. He was born February 13, 1944 in Zanesville to Carl and Mary Josephine (Stephens) Abel.

Steve was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving in Turkey and Minnesota. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church where he served as a Trustee. Steve worked at Owens Corning, Advance Auto, and was a self-employed auto mechanic specializing in transmission repair for many years.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Josephine Abel; three brothers, David (Judy) Abel, Tom (Sheena) Abel, and Mike (Linda) Abel and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Bauer Abel, grand-mother Helen Turner, grandparents L.E. (Bob) and Lela Claire Bauer Abel.

No funeral services will be held.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 10 North Cedar St. Newark, OH 43055

To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com

Carl “Stephen” Abel of Newark, OH, February 13, 1944 – July 6, 2018

Carl “Stephen” Abel, 74, of Newark, died Friday, July 6, 2018 at Licking Memorial Hospital. He was born February 13, 1944 in Zanesville to Carl and Mary Josephine (Stephens) Abel.

Steve was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving in Turkey and Minnesota. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church where he served as a Trustee. Steve worked at Owens Corning, Advance Auto, and was a self-employed auto mechanic specializing in transmission repair for many years.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Josephine Abel; three brothers, David (Judy) Abel, Tom (Sheena) Abel, and Mike (Linda) Abel and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Bauer Abel, grand-mother Helen Turner, grandparents L.E. (Bob) and Lela Claire Bauer Abel.

No funeral services will be held.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 10 North Cedar St. Newark, OH 43055

To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com

Charles Ronald “Ron” McFarland of Newark, Ohio, February 24, 1937 – July 8, 2018

A service celebrating the life of Charles Ronald “Ron” McFarland will be held at 2pm, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at the Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home in Newark. Dave Mason will officiate. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, where the Licking County Veterans Alliance will conduct Military Funeral Honors. Family and friends may call from 4pm-8pm, on Tuesday, at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st Street and from Noon until the 2pm, service time on Wednesday.
Ron passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Riverside Methodist Hospital following a brief illness. He was born February 24, 1937, in Chillicothe, Ohio, a son of the late Charles and Katherine (Northey) McFarland.
He had attended The Ohio State University and was a veteran of the US Air Force serving at Elmendorf AF Base in Anchorage, Alaska and Nellis AF Base in Reno, Nevada. His hobbies and interest included hunting, coins and fishing in Canada with his cousin Gary Wheeler. He also enjoyed entertaining family and friends. He and his wife were members of the Heath Church of Christ. For many years he worked at the GAB Insurance Agency and he retired from Grange Insurance in 2003.
He married Diane (Seyler) McFarland who passed away in 1982. Surviving are their son, Charles Ronald McFarland II, of Port Saint Lucie, Florida; his second wife Connie; his granddaughter Ryann McFarland and great-granddaughter Presley McFarland; his sister Nancy McFarland of The Laurels of Health.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kids Wish Network (kidswishnetwork.org).
To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com

 

John R Burton of Johnstown, OH, May 29, 1935 – July 6, 2018

John R Burton age 83 of Johnstown, OH, left his earthly tent for his heavenly home on Friday July, 6, 2018 surrounded by his family singing “Victory in Jesus”. He was born May 29, 1935 in Lynchburg, OH to the late Opal (Hopkins) and Jesse Burton. 

Survived by his beloved wife of almost 62 years-Wilma (Skaggs), children Rindy (Bob), Mary Beth (Rob), Brian (Kelly), grandchildren: Jacob (Michelle), Allison (Ryan), Meredith (Kyle), Avery, Blair, Bennett, Grant, Jeb, Vincent, Reece, Maria. Great grandchildren: John, Adelaide, Claire, Annora, Paul, Abram and Ezekiel.  His family brought him great joy and delight and he loved to spend precious time with each one.  He was the second born with 11 siblings. Preceded in death by his sister Jeanette (Burton) Toenniges and infant brother, Steven. Survived by sisters Barb (Ertel), Mary (Hagner), Ruth (Smith) and brothers Marlin, Charles, David, Michael, Milton and James.

As a young boy in a small town he worked earnestly to help his family and yet still excelled in school. In high school, he was elected class president all 4 years and graduated as valedictorian. Many community fathers took note of his extraordinary work ethic and positive attitude and provided opportunities for him to further his education. As an outstanding high school basketball player, he held for decades the county record for most points scored (45) during a game prior to the 3 point shot. He continued his education while still working, ultimately graduating with an education degree from Wilmington College.

Small towns also create great romances. In this case, a new family from Eastern Kentucky, moved with 6 children to his hometown. Wilma Skaggs, the eldest daughter, caught his eye one day as she crossed the street. On their first date he tells the story that the only time he heard an audible voice from God was when telling him this woman is to be your wife and mother of your children. Being practical the two married on November 10, 1956 and lived over the hardware store while John went to Wilmington College and Wilma worked for the common pleas judge in Hillsboro. During the early years of their marriage much of life revolved around sports as he played on many semi professional softball and baseball teams even at one time being asked to try out for the Cincinnati Reds.

In 1958, he secured his first job at Fairfield High School in Leesburg, OH. While at his tenure in Leesburg, he drove a school bus, directed school plays, taught government, physical education and coached basketball often all in the same year. Here, as a young married couple, many lifelong friendships started and many of these friendships originated as students he coached that today still simply call him “Coach”. After receiving his Master’s degree from Xavier University in 1963, he was named principal at Fairfield High School.  In 1968, he become principal at Granville High School where he oversaw the construction of a new high school building he helped open in 1970. In 1971, his public education career continued at Hillsboro City Schools serving as high school principal, elementary principal and the superintendent of schools until his retirement in 1990.  He then spent 6 meaningful years serving as a mentor for the juvenile court system. The capstone of his educational career was serving 13 years teaching education classes and overseeing student teachers at Wilmington College where his educational career began.  He was a true advocate for students receiving the education they needed and loved working with the teachers and staffs in each district where they lived. John was a Hillsboro Rotarian, served as president and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a member of Spring Hills Baptist Church in Granville.

John and Wilma spent many summers at Lakeside enjoying the amazing Chautauqua community while serving as the honorary “mayor of the campground”. He loved reading historical novels, journaling and writing letters to his grandchildren away at school. His greatest joy in retirement was teaching and studying the Bible with his wife and small groups of friends and family.

A memorial service to honor John Burton will be held at Spring Hills Baptist Church in Granville OH, 1820 Newark-Granville

Rd, Granville, OH 43023 on Saturday July 14, at 1pm.  You may greet the family in the worship center from 12 – 12:45 pm.

Private family graveside burial to follow service.

Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home are handling arrangements and there is an online tribute page at their website.

Donations can be made online or by mail in his honor to Hospice of Central Ohio or Spring Hills Church mission fund.