Daily Archives: June 4, 2019

Jerry Lee Knappenberger of Newark, Ohio, October 9, 1942 – June 3, 2019

Jerry Lee Knappenberger, 76, a longtime general manager of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and former second trainer for the Terry Holton stable, died June 3, 2019, at the Inn at Chapel Grove in Heath, Ohio. He was born October 9, 1942, in Newark, a son of the late John H. and Mildred G. (Barnes) Knappenberger. He was a graduate of Newark High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He remained a life-long  Buckeye fan, as well as a Cleveland Indians and Browns fan. He had also been a member of the Newark Maennerchor.

Mr. Knappenberger began his 50-year harness racing career as a second trainer for his high school classmate, Terry Holton. After a 25-year career with the Holton stable, he was hired as the assistant general manager of the OHHA. Mr. Knappenberger took over the top spot with the OHHA upon John Stanley’s retirement in 1998. He served in that position until retiring in 2015. Mr. Knappenberger worked tirelessly for the introduction of Video Lottery Terminals in the state of Ohio. The VTLs allowed the Standardbred industry in Ohio to return to its place of prominence with increased purses at the four commercial tracks and the 65 county fairs. Mr. Knappenberger was elected in 2015 into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame by a vote of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He received the  Award For Service for 17 years as General Manager of the Ohio Horseman’s Association; the Harness Horseman’s International  Award of Appreciation in 2014; the Scioto Downs 2nd Annual Appreciation Award in 2014 and was honored by the 131st General Assembly of the State of Ohio for Outstanding Achievement on his induction into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2015.

Surviving are his sister Linda Ann (Russell) Ault; dear friends Bob and Nancy Richardson; nieces and nephews, Leigh Ann Ault, John (Lorie) Ault; Dr. Matthew (Heather) Ault, Jennifer Ault and several great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 9am, on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home in Newark. Pastor John Ault, Mr. Knappenberger’s nephew, will officiate. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 6pm-8pm, on Friday, at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Harness Horse Youth Foundation and The Christian Harness Horse Association.

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

 

Bernard “Bernie” Ray Holton of Newark, Ohio, December 25, 1931 – June 4, 2019

Bernard “Bernie” Ray Holton

 

A funeral service for Bernard “Bernie” Ray Holton, 87, of Newark, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, with Pastor Judy Baker officiating.  Burial will follow in Rocky Fork Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark.

 

Bernie passed away June 4, 2019, at The Inn at SharonBrooke.  He was born December 25, 1931, in Newark, to the late J. Finley and Lela (Coon) Holton.

 

Bernie was owner/operator of Mini Mix Concrete and worked until 82 years of age.  He was a member of Woodside Presbyterian Church.  Bernie was a very special person who liked to travel, loved kids, and enjoyed family and friends.  He worked on hospitals for many years.

 

Bernie is survived by his wife, Lorene (Sorrell) Holton; son, Robert Allen (Sue) Holton of Newark; daughters, Janet Jones of Newark, Joan Lyn (Lou) Cook of AZ, and Karen Sue (Doug) Ream of TX; sisters, Sueann (Fred) Dixon of Newark, Judy Taylor of Newark, and Connie (Gene) McLaughlin of Heath; grandchildren, Crystal, Amanda, Corey, Nicole, Alex, and Kyle; great-grandchildren, Payton, Hunter, Anderson, Elijah, Mary, and Grayson; and several nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Terry Holton and sister, Cleo Benedict.

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, Ohio 43058-0430.

 

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

Bernard “Bernie” Ray Holton of Newark, Ohio, June 4, 2019 – June 4, 2019

Bernard “Bernie” Ray Holton

 

A funeral service for Bernard “Bernie” Ray Holton, 87, of Newark, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, with Pastor Judy Baker officiating.  Burial will follow in Rocky Fork Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark.

Bernie passed away June 4, 2019, at The Inn at SharonBrooke.  He was born December 25, 1931, in Newark, to the late J. Finley and Lela (Coon) Holton.

Bernie was owner/operator of Mini Mix Concrete and worked until 82 years of age.  He was a member of Woodside Presbyterian Church.  Bernie was a very special person who liked to travel, loved kids, and enjoyed family and friends.  He worked on hospitals for many years.

Bernie is survived by his wife, Lorene (Sorrell) Holton; son, Robert Allen (Sue) Holton of Newark; daughters, Janet Jones of Newark, Joan Lyn (Lou) Cook of AZ, and Karen Sue (Doug) Ream of TX; sisters, Sueann (Fred) Dixon of Newark, Judy Taylor of Newark, and Connie (Gene) McLaughlin of Heath; grandchildren, Crystal, Amanda, Corey, Nicole, Alex, and Kyle; great-grandchildren, Payton, Hunter, Anderson, Elijah, Mary, and Grayson; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Terry Holton and sister, Cleo Benedict.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, Ohio 43058-0430.

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

Diana Kirk Staugh of Frazeysburg, Ohio, November 16, 1959 – June 3, 2019

A Celebration of Life service for Diana Kirk Staugh, 59, of Frazeysburg, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, with Pastor Dan Swanson officiating. Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday prior to the service at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark.  Diana was born November 16, 1959, in Columbus.  She was called home to her Father in Heaven, on the afternoon of June 3rd, 2019. Her great joys in life were her four grandsons, her family, her animals, and serving the Lord through working with children. She will be fiercely missed, but well remembered by everyone whose lives she has touched. Diana was survived by her husband, Richard L. Staugh; her parents, Carl and Patricia (Dearnell) Kirk; her three children, Derek (Heather) Staugh, Daren Staugh, and Dakotah (Austin) Scisciani; her four grandchildren, Jackson (10), Logan (8), & Carlson (2) Staugh, and Roman (3) Scisciani; her Brother, Carlos (Tammy) Kirk; and numerous other family members, friends, and her jack russell Lilah, who were all greatly loved and cherished. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To sign an online guest book, please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com.