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In Memory Of Mount Gilead High School Alumni

Alan Clark
Alan Clark
Class of 1973
(Passed date unknown)
(no additional information)
Allyn Wheeler
Allyn Wheeler
Class of 1973
Passed Sep 28, 2005
Allyn Wheeler, 50, of Arlington, Texas, former resident of Mt. Gilead, died on September 28, 2005, in St. Paul Hospital in Dallas after a long bout with cancer. He was born on April 5, 1955 in Mt. Gilead and he graduated from Mt. Gilead High School in 1973.

His school mates will have known him by the nickname, “Worm.” Some friends and family will have known him by his adult nickname, “Wheels.” He was not a veteran but supported our troops and was an avid sports fan. His favorite teams were the Cleveland Indians, Browns, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He knew a lot of trivia facts about all sports. He never married and had no children.

After the death of his father, Albert, in 1990, Allyn moved to Texas in 1995 where his mother and sister live. He was a former employee of Geauga Plastics and was a warehouse manager for General Electric for the 12 years he lived in Texas. He is survived by his mother, Audine Wheeler; his sister, Allyson Wheeler Richards, both of Arlington, Texas; a nephew, Phillip Thompson; and a great-nephew, Nathan Thompson, both of Phoenix, Arizona.

His body was donated to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School to help in the research of cancer patients everywhere. Memorial services were held on October 20, 2005 at the Edison United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions were made to the American Cancer Society in Allyn’s name.
Amy Jayne Hunt
Amy Jayne Hunt
Class of 1984
Passed Apr 23, 2001
Born Sept. 4, 1966
Brenda Campbell
Brenda Campbell
Class of 1973
Passed Sep 30, 2011
Brenda K. Campbell, age 57, of Candlewood Lake, Mount Gilead, died early Friday morning, September 30, 2011, at her residence surrounded by her loving family and friends following a courageous battle with cancer.

On May 23, 1954, Brenda was born in Marion, Ohio, one of two children of the late Mayo and Naomi (Wright) Campbell. She was raised in Mount Gilead, where she graduated from high school in the class of 1973.

Always putting the needs of others before her own, Brenda loved caring for her clients (who quickly became her friends) to allow them to stay in their own homes as long as they could.

Inheriting the gift of music from her father, Brenda loved to sing and most especially with her friend, “Bake”, at parties and weddings. A woman of faith, Brenda enjoyed attending the services of her pastor, Donna Ball, and the Bible studies of her friend, Joe Graham.

Well known for her “jungles, Brenda absolutely loved planting flowers and vegetables wherever there was an open space both inside and outside her home. For several years, she also enjoyed helping at All Occasions Florist Shop in Cardington.

With her “bubbly” and fun loving personality, Brenda could light up a room with her “smile and laughter”. Having a heart of gold, Brenda wanted to help everyone and no one was ever surprised when “she took in strays, both two-legged and four-legged.

Brenda will be dearly missed by her children: Aaron (Amy Lee) Clark of Edison, and Erica Clark of Mount Gilead; six grandchildren: Kylee, Danessa, and Jillian Clark, Brandon, Rachelle, and Chandler Evans; her brother, Johnnie (Becky Kilgour) Campbell of Mount Gilead; countless dear friends and one who has been by her side every step of the way, Laura Young.

Brenda’s family and friends are invited to observe a simple service of thanksgiving for her life on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. at the Rivercliff Cemetery where her cremains are to be buried, with Pastor Donna Ball officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338, or to the Kidney Foundation of Ohio, 2831 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead is honored to have been chosen to serve Brenda’s family. For those wishing to express your private condolences to her family, you may do so online by visiting
Brenda J. Owens Sparkman
Brenda J. Owens Sparkman
Class of 1973
Passed Sep 06, 2014
Brenda J. Owens Sparkman, age 59, of Marion and formerly of Mount Gilead, died early Saturday morning, September 6, 2014, at the Morning View Pointe Care Center in Marion following an extended illness.

On September 29, 1954, Brenda was born in Mount Gilead, Ohio, one of four children of the late Price and Francis (Ostrom) Owens.

For many years Brenda worked as a machine operator at Arundale Inc. in Mount Gilead, and she also worked at several other plants as well.

Always happy, Brenda found enjoyment in the simple things in life, such as making necklaces, Indian artifacts, swimming, bingo and her beloved soap operas. Most importantly though, she cherished every moment spent with her family.

Loved by everyone, Brenda will forever be remembered for her caring heart, being very outspoken, and for being a fun loving jokester.

She will be missed by her daughter, Tara Owens; son, Wade Sparkman, both of Marion; three grandchildren: Danae, Daniel, and Dylan Lanum; three great-grandchildren: Kaelynn and Mason Shoemaker, and McKenna Reed; a brother, Jeff Owens of Mount Gilead; six nieces and nephews: Kalie Crowe, Carrine Robinson, Tony Owens, Troy Truax, Jill Harrod and Larry Harrod; and several great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service honoring her life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church, 55 N. Cherry St., Mount Gilead, with Rev. Deb Bowsher officiating. Her family will greet friends for an prior to her services at the church. Burial will take place at a later date in Glendale Cemetery in Cardington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Brenda’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting
Bruce Bowman
Bruce Bowman
Class of 1973
Passed Feb 15, 2000
Bruce W. Bowman, 45, of Novelty, died February 15, 2000, in Novelty. He was born October 27, 1954 to Donald and Joan Bowman who survive.

He was a former resident of Mt. Gilead and a 1973 graduate of Mt. Gilead High School. He was formerly pastor at the Pulaskiville Community Bible Church and was currently serving as senior pastor at the Riverview Church in Novelty, a position he had held for six years.

At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife, Ferree; three children, Brooke, Lisa and Bradley, all of Novelty; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel (Kathy), Brian (Dianne) and Michael (Monique); two sisters, Sharon Ringle and Susan Harter (Bart); nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held February 19 at the Riverview Church. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery.
Carl Clingan
Carl Clingan
Class of 1984
Passed Aug 10, 1988
Birth 1/24/1966
Carol L. Baughman
Carol L. Baughman
Class of 1973
Passed Oct 23, 2016
Carol L. Baughman, 61, of Powell, passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at her residence.

Born June 20, 1955 in Mt. Gilead, she was the daughter of Harold E. and the late Ruth L. (Albright) Baughman. A 1973 graduate of Mt. Gilead High School, Carol then went on to graduate from the Ohio State University College of Nursing in 1977. She would go on to work as a registered nurse with The Ohio State University Hospital for the next 32 years, retiring in 2009. While at OSU Hospital, she received recognition for excellence in nursing from the hospital.

Her career was such a passion, that she often attended nursing seminars to further her knowledge of the profession. In her free time, Carol was an avid reader, enjoyed crafts of many kinds and loved to shop.

Carol is survived by her father, Harold E. (Jean) Baughman of Mt. Gilead; and her sister and brother-in-law, Kim and Craig Ward of Marion.

In keeping with Carol's wishes, no calling hours or services will be held at this time and a service to celebrate her life will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements are being completed by the WILSON FUNERAL HOME, 621 W. Fifth St., Marysville, OH. Memorial contributions can be made to the Marion County Humane Society in care of the funeral home and condolences may be expressed to the family at

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Oct. 25, 2016
Cheryl Seeley Chase
Cheryl Seeley Chase
Class of 1973
Passed Sep 06, 2006
Cheryl Lynne Chase, 51, of Mansfield, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, September 6, 2006. She was born April 24, 1955, in Columbus to John Seeley and Shirley Brandenberger. She was currently employed as a consultant at Five Points Country Market.

She is survived by a son, Robert J. Chase of Mansfield; grandson, Darian Chase; granddaughter, Machala Robinson; and fiancé, Gerald Strong of Mansfield. She was preceded in death by her brother, Rick Seeley; mother; and grandparents.

Graveside services will be held Monday, September 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Mansfield Memorial Park with Rev. Robert H. Schonauer officiating. Friends may call Monday from 11:30-12:45 p.m. at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors.
Chris Harritos
Chris Harritos
Class of 1978
Passed Dec 20, 2011
Chris P. Harritos

MARION: Chris P. Harritos, age 51 of Scenic Drive in Marion died Tuesday December 20, 2011 as the result of an automobile accident. He was born March 18, 1960 in Springfield, Ohio to Peter C. and Carla J. (Richardson) Harritos.

A 1978 graduate of Mount Gilead High School Chris had recently received an associate's degree in Health Care Management and was furthering his education pursuing a degree in Psychology.

Chris is survived by his mother, Carla J. (Richardson) Harritos; sister, Barbara Harritos (Cherie Alwine) of Wilmington, N.C.; sister Corinna (Kevin) Wilson of Kansas City Mo; two daughters, Angelea and Ashleigh Harritos, both of Mansfield; niece Holly (Rob) Starner of Mount Vernon, OH.; and sister-in-law Lynn Harritos of Marion, Oh.

Chris was preceded in death by his father, Peter C. Harritos; and brother Carlton "Carl" L. Harritos.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Friday December 23, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. in the Rivercliff Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Gompf Funeral Services 440 South Center Street, Cardington, Ohio 43315 who are handling Chris's arrangements.
David Castle
David Castle
Class of 1979
Passed Jul 11, 2014
David B. Castle

MT. GILEAD: David B. Castle, age 54, of Mt. Gilead died Friday evening July 11, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born in Mt. Gilead on July 7, 1960 to Elmer "Sonny" and Sally D. ( Hayes ) Castle.

David was a 1979 graduate of Mt. Gilead High School, attended The Ohio State University, and graduated in 1985 from DeVry Institute of Technology as an Electronics Technician. He worked at HPM as an electrician for 10 years and then at NAPA as a counter man in their stores in Mt. Gilead, Marengo and Mansfield. David was a" true sports fan". He loved playing competitive softball and was on many championship teams. His favorite basketball team was the University of Kentucky Wildcats. He enjoyed fishing and his best memories were of his trips made to Canada in search of the "big one". David introduced his brother, Elmer Dean, to the game of golf and they shared many memorable rounds together.

David is survived by his mother, Sally D. ( Hayes ) Castle; brother, Elmer Dean Castle; and special niece and nephew, Areonna M. Kelly and Domenik L. Kelly.

David was preceded in death by his father Elmer "Sonny" Castle; paternal grandparents, Noah and Katie C. Castle and maternal grandparents Gus Hayes, Sr. and Jessie Virginia ( Daniels ) Hayes

Friends may call on Monday July 14, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the Edison Enterprise Baptist Church (3035 St. Rt. 95 west) where David's funeral service will be held on Tuesday morning at 11:00 A.M. Pastor Ed Colegrove of the church will officiate over all of the services. A visitation and funeral service will be held in Kentucky and David will be buried beside his father in the Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville, KY.

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The Gompf Funeral Home in Cardington is assisting the Castle family with all of David's funeral arrangements
Debra Bader Smith
Debra Bader Smith
Class of 1973
Passed May 03, 2011
Debra “Deb” Lynn Smith, 56, of Mt. Gilead passed away Tuesday May 3, 2011 at Partners Rehab Center in Marion following a courageous battle of a lengthy illness.

She was born in Morrow County on June 10, 1954. She was the daughter of the late Don C. and Leah (Robinson) Bader. She married Roger D. Smith on May 24, 1975 at the Berean Baptist Church in Marion officiated by Rev. Charles Reed in the first wedding at the new church.

Deb was a 1973 graduate of Mt. Gilead High School. She worked at several jobs, but her true passion was her devotion to her children. A strong-willed individual, but had compassion when needed. She loved her pets (cat & birds) and never missed an opportunity to ask people about their animals; sharing her artistic ability with many people in her earlier years through ceramics and painting.

She is survived by her husband Roger of over 35 years of marriage; a son Matthew Smith of Delaware, OH; a daughter Amber Smith of Richmond, VA; sisters Diane (George) Dix of Hillsboro and Denise Yeagley of Columbus; and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her family.

Deb is preceded in death by her parents; a brother Don Lee Bader and nephew Keith Dix.
Don Jackson
Don Jackson
Class of 1973
Passed Mar 24, 2019
(no additional information)
Ed Amick
Ed Amick
Class of 1962
Passed Jun 09, 2005
Edward William Amick, 60, of Charlevoix, Michigan, went to be with the Lord suddenly on June 9th, 2005 leaving his loving family and the community he served. He is to be remembered as an adventurous, compassionate, caring husband, father, son and brother who had a twinkle in his eyes and a smile on his face.

Ed was born on September 30, 1944 in Marion, Ohio to Mildred Hedrick and William Amick. After marrying Carol Bader his high school sweetheart, the couple raised a family and embarked on a lifetime of building successful businesses.

Shortly after moving to Port Charlotte, Florida, Ed and Carol began Amick Realty, a business that branched into property development and capitalized on the Florida real estate boom of the 1970s and 80s.

After moving to Charlevoix, Michigan in the 90’s, he was a pioneer by bringing in the first area Subway franchise to the Charlevoix and Petoskey area, and launching Amick Lakeside Realty. As he did in Florida, Ed was an active leader in the business community and a member of the Charlevoix and Harbor Springs Chambers of Commerce. Ed was a born again Christian and locally attended Trinity Missionary Church in Petoskey.

After decades of success, Ed was able to focus on his most proud accomplishment--the water park. He wanted to build a safe place where families could go for entertainment—a place where he could hear his own grandchildren laugh and watch them play. Ed’s vision designed, financed and built the 20-acre park known as Thunder Falls Family Water Park in Mackinaw City which opened in 2004 with 150,000 visitors in its first season and boasts to have Michigan’s largest wave pool.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Carol, daughter Lisa Wehr, and grandson Collin, of Suttons Bay, MI; son Rodney (Jody) Amick and grandchildren Brittany, Brooklin, and Lindsay, of North Port, FL; mother Mildred, and brother Terry (Gay) Amick, all of Charlevoix, MI; a brother Don (Carolyn) Amick of Punta Gorda, FL. Ed was preceded in death by his father, William in 1998.
Elizabeth (libby) Seitz (graham)
Elizabeth (Libby) Seitz (Graham)
Class of 1978
Passed Jun 09, 2012
Elizabeth Graham "Libby" Seitz

MANSFIELD: Elizabeth "Libby" Graham Seitz, age 51, of Mansfield and formerly of Mount Gilead, died Saturday evening, June 9, 2012, at the Ohio State University in Columbus following complications from a medical procedure.

On June 29, 1960, Libby was born in Campbellsville, Kentucky, the daughter of Mary (Powell) Graham and the late Paul Elliott Graham. As a family they moved to Mount Gilead for the Morrow County oil boom in 1963, where she graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the Class of 1978.

For the over the past 15 years, Libby has shared her life with her special companion, David Humphrey.

Having an "amazing green thumb", Libby had a knack for gardening and could somehow make something grow from nothing. She loved tending to her garden oasis that surrounded her entire house, planting something new every year. She even shared her extra flower buds with her family and friends, planting flowers for them without them even knowing. She also enjoyed making floral arrangements for all of her family's special occasions, and starting quilts for someone to someday enjoy.

Know for her spontaneity, Libby loved a good adventure and you never knew where her adventures would take you. Many of here shopping excursions have now become cherished family stories. And in the spirit of Libby's always entertaining and often random whims…"Hey look, there's a squirrel!"

"All about having fun", Libby made the most of any occasion! She especially enjoyed having fun and spoiling her precious grandbabies, going along with most anything they wanted to do.

Very proud to be a Graham and proud of her family, Libby was always there for them…even when they didn't realize it.

She will be dearly missed by her "husband", David Humphrey of Mansfield; her two children, Karrie Horlacher of Cardington, and her two children, Dylan and Evan; and Thomas Winchell of Massillon, and his two children, Gannon and October; her mother, Mary Graham of Mount Gilead; two brothers; and two sisters, Keith (Vivian) Graham of Marengo, Donna Marie (Rick) Manning of Pinch, West Virginia, Doug (June Gullett) Graham of Cardington, and Jannetta (Doug) Martin of Mount Gilead; and numerous dear nieces, nephews and friends.

Including her father, Libby was preceded in death by her former husband, Everett Seitz.

Libby's family will greet friends from 4 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating her life will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the outdoor shelter of the V.F.W. Post 8054, 4960 St. Rt. 61, Mount Gilead, with Pastor Dale Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery in Mount Gilead. Following the services at the cemetery, all family and friends are invited back to the V.F.W. to share in a picnic in Libby's honor.

A note from her family…"Even though our hearts are saddened right now and planning her funeral way to soon I would like to ask everyone that is planning on coming to the funeral and if you own a motorcycle or a hot rod to please bring it. She loved both very much. Also for those of you who know my family this will be a Graham family tradition celebration of Libby's life. So that means come wearing what makes you happy. Come prepared to cry, laugh and hug. My family is a very fun loving family and we all are having a really hard time with this and we need you all now to help us remember the good times. Love to you all!!"

Rather than flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her family, to help with unexpected expenses.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Libby's family, and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting
Francesca Louise Casto
Francesca Louise Casto
Class of 1973
Passed Nov 18, 2018
Francesca Louise Casto, age 63, of Sunbury, passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Director of Nursing at Guardian Angel Home Health Care. Member of Sigma Theta Tau. Active in the Ohio Nurses Association. Francesca was a hard worker and very determined. She was very proud of the fact that she left school at age 15 to start a family, receiving her GED at 18 when she would have graduated high school and already had both of her daughters. She enjoyed reading, politics, gardening – especially herb gardening, loved to cook and entertain and was honored to have been a guest lecturer in Political Science courses at Ashland and OSU-Mansfield.

Francesca is preceded in death by mother, Marilyn LaDonna Casto; father, John Francis Casto; and brother, Stewart J. “Jimmy” Casto. She is survived by significant other, Bert L. Rose; loving children, Angel R. Peters of North Port, FL, Amy R. Grose of Charlotte County, FL, Edward Alexander Nygren (Mackenzie) of Boston, MA; grandchildren, Michael, Jennifer, Brandon, and Andrew Young, Kyle Grose; great-grandchildren, Carter, Ava and Charlotte; sister, Martie Hebert Miracle of California; aunt and uncle, Mary and Don Knox of Maryland, closest friend, Laura Trainer Young of Edison, OH.

Memorial Service 10 AM Friday, November 23, 2018 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 State Route 61, (at SR 61), Sunbury. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Turning Point, P.O. Box 875, Marion, OH 43301 to support their mission of providing services to victims of domestic violence, a cause dear to Francesca.

DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Francesca’s family. Special memories and condolences can be shared with them at
Harold L. Whipple
Harold L. Whipple
Class of 1977
Passed Apr 05, 1976
Harold L. Whipple, 18, a student at Mt. Gilead High School, died Monday at 6am at Mansfield General Hospital following a 6-week illness.
He was born on January 19, 1958 in Morrow County a son of Robert and LaVonne ( Witzel) Whipple, who survive.
Also surviving are a brother Michael, at home; four sisters, Mrs. Eileen Levering of Mt. Gilead and Collen, Debbie and Galya at home; and Grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Witzel of Waldo and Lewis Whipple of Cardington.
Harold was a lifetime resident of Morrow County. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church at Windfall, the Mt. Gilead Chapter of the Future Farmers of America and the Williamsport Grange.
Services were held at Snyder's Funeral Home at 8pm Tuesday with Rev. Ron Roberson officiating. Private graveside services were held at 10:30am Wednesday at St. John's Cemetary
James M. "jim" Brucker
James M. "Jim" Brucker
Class of 1977
Passed Sep 12, 2020
James M. “Jim” Brucker, of Mount Gilead, was called home to be with the Lord, Saturday evening, September 12, 2020, at his residence while surrounded by love. He was 61 years young and fought a courageous battle with stage IV metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Jim was born on March 3, 1959, in Gallipolis, to Merrill and Jane (Roush) Brucker whom survive. In 1977, Jim graduated from Mount Gilead High School. While in school he enjoyed playing basketball, football, and ran track. He also enjoyed being active with his father’s shop class and travelled the states competing with his prized creations. After graduating from high school, Jim went on to the University of Cincinnati where he completed 6 years of course work in Architecture. While at college Jim had the opportunity to design a house for class that later would become the plans he, his father, and brother used to build the “experiment in the woods” house his parents reside in today. In 2010, Jim would go back to school as he graduated from Central Ohio Bible College where he chose to better his understanding of his faith and journey with God.

On Labor Day weekend in 1980, Jim officially met the love of his life, Robin R. Switzer, while attending a pig roast at the high school. Three years later, on July 30, 1983, he married her at her home church in Euclid. Not even a robbery at gun point in the neighboring building kept him from watching her walk down the aisle. If you asked him, he would say with a smile, “About 37 years of marriage with about 35 being wedded years of bliss.” Together they would enjoy a lifetime of traveling in their early years and picked back up after becoming empty nesters. Some of their favorite trips together includes: traveling to the Holy land/ Paul’s journey though Greece and Italy, cruise through Alaska with the whole family, and two mission trips to Russia with the last trip including “his boys”.

After a few years of working as an architect in Columbus, Jim decided to open his own practice in Mount Gilead. What started out as a bedroom office on the second floor of his home, became a standalone business practicing under the name: Jim Brucker & Associates Architecture+. He also used his education to serve as past zoning inspector for Candlewood Lake Association, inspector for the Village of Caledonia, and chaired the Village of Mount Gilead Zoning Board of Appeals. Jim was dedicated to his business that was open for 30 years and stayed open until the day he passed. The family is extremely grateful for his associates: Heavenly Kevin (Kevin Landes) and Amazing Grace (Grace Walker) for their assistance in keeping the business going.

A man of deep faith, Jim was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church. His prize role within the church was chairing the education committee where he was able to not only provide leadership in Sunday School, but also in creating opportunities for family events and campership programing. Every Sunday, Jim could be found in the children’s wing making learning about Christ fun for his Sunday Schoolers. More recently, Jim enjoyed becoming one of the first few in the state to achieve Certified Lay Minister status within the Methodist Church. This certification allowed him to be called to the pulpit often to share God’s word. He also had the privilege of serving as a pulpit exchange for a few churches outside the Methodist framework. Jim’s faith led him to be an active member with the Heart of Ohio Emmaus Community where he served in numerous roles and was a member at-large for the East Ohio Conference of the UMC.

Community minded, Jim was a founding board member of Habitat for Humanity of Morrow County and past member of the Mount Gilead Lions Club. He and his wife have enjoyed being members of What’s Trump Euchre Club and Hick’s and Chick’s Square Dance Club.

Away from work and serving his community, Jim enjoyed saving the world from Pokémon taking over with his Pokémon Go family. He also enjoyed woodworking, reading magazines, and watching all different kinds of programing on TV.

His soul was kind and his sense of humor witty. He truly loved all.

Left to cherish his memory includes his love, Robin; proudest achievements: Dr. Robert (Dr. Bojana Jovanovic) Brucker and Jamie Brucker, mayor of Mount Gilead; pure joy in his heart, his granddaughter, Prena; loving parents: Merrill and Jane; best little brother, Bill Brucker; awesome brother-in-law, Jim (Laurie) Switzer; amazing nieces: Alicia (Kurt) Nickels and Jessica Switzer.

Jim was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents: Herman and Gladys Brucker; maternal grandparents: James and Louise Roush; and his in-laws: Robert and Dorothy Switzer.

His family will greet friends from 3 to 6 PM, on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at the Trinity United Methodist Church (75 E. High St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338). A memorial service to honor his life will be held there on Friday, September 25, 2020, at 2:30 PM, with Pastor Jeff Canankamp and Pastor Mike Farmer officiating. For the sake of keeping everyone healthy and well, the family kindly asks that you please wear a mask and keep within a safe distance between other visitors while attending the visitation and/or service.

While flowers are enjoyable, his family would love for you to consider donating to Trinity United Methodist Church to go towards the Children’s Wing Air Conditioning Fund. This was a fund he donated all of his honorariums he received while preaching at other churches.

His family extends a heartfelt thankyou to his medical team: Dr. David Bajor and the staff at the UH Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Dr. Matthew Hintz of OhioHealth Cardington, the wonderful care team from Hospice of Morrow County, the Morrow County Hospital, and Morrow County EMS.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Jim’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting
James Stockdale
James Stockdale
Class of 1973
Passed Jan 29, 1990
Former Mt. Gilead resident, James A. Stockdale, 34, Templeton, Massachusetts, died Monday, January 29, 1990, at Henry Haywood Memorial Hospital, Gardner, Massachusetts.

He was born in Columbus, April 15, 1955, a son of Gene Stockdale, Heiskell, Tennessee, and Polly Stockdale, Chandler, Arizona.

A resident of the Edison/Mt. Gilead area until 1978, he was employed as a telephone installer with Comm-Tract Corporation, Waltham, Massachusetts. He was a 1973 graduate of Mt. Gilead High School.

Mr. Stockdale married the former Sherry Kelly, November 3, 1973, and she survives.

At the time of his death, in addition to his parents and his wife, Mr. Stockdale was survived by a son, W. Joel, at home; three daughters, Jasmine, Lisa and Melody, at home; three brothers, Larry Stockdale, Berlin, Massachusetts, Gene Stockdale II, Winchester, Massachusetts, and Danny Stockdale, Cape Coral, Florida; two sisters, Carol Sue Heslin, San Ramon, California, Debra Crouse, Aurora, Colorado; a stepbrother, Ulysses Stockdale, Heiskell, Tennessee; a stepsister, Rachel Stockdale, Heiskell; and a grandfather, Delbert Ufferman, Marion.

Services were held at Snyder Funeral Home. Burial was in Bryn Zion Cemetery.
Jeffrey Brent Harper
Jeffrey Brent Harper
Class of 1977
Passed Jul 06, 2007
From the Harper Family

Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey B. Harper, United States Army, 48, of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas passed away on July 6, 2007 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born May 12, 1959 in Mount Gilead, Ohio, the son of Ronald A. and Mary Ann (Long) Harper. He graduated from Mount Gilead High School, Mount Gilead, Ohio in 1977. Jeff enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1984 and earned his commission as the Distinguished Honor Graduate of his Officer Candidate School class in 1991. Jeff then served as an Air Defense Artillery officer until his death. During his military career Jeff completed the U.S. Army Paratrooper Training in 1991, earned the Legion of Merit award, four Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Army Superior Unit Award, two Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, two Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon. On November 3, 1984 he was united in marriage to Juli Ann Fisher in Mount Gilead, Ohio. Throughout his military career Jeff, Juli and their family resided at multiple locations including Fort Stewart, Georgia, Fort Lewis, Washington, Fort Polk, Louisiana, Fort Knox, Kentucky, Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Bliss, Texas, Puckapunyal, Australia and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Jeff also served two unaccompanied tours in Korea.

Jeff graduated from Otterbein College with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1982 and from Saint Mary College in Leavenworth, Kansas with a Master of Arts in Education in 2003. Jeff also graduated from the Air Defense Officer Basic Course in 1991, the Armor Officer Advanced Course in 1995, and the Command and General Staff College in 2004.

Jeff was an avid lover of sports as a player, a fan, and aspired to be a coach after military retirement. In 2004 Jeff was inducted into the Mount Gilead High School Athletic Hall of Fame for the following achievements: Football: 3 letters. 1st Team All MOC (1977). Baseball: 3 letters. As a pitcher – 1st Team All MOC (1976, 1977). 1st Team All Sectional and 1st Team All District (1977). Track: 1 letter. Pitched for Division I University of Nevada-Las Vegas 1978 (6-1). Pitched for Otterbein College 1980-82. 1st Team All OAC Conference Pitcher (1981, 1982). 1st Team Division III NCAA. Baseball All-American – 1982. Jeff’s hobbies included reading history and coaching baseball. His other interests included watching his children play sports and walking his dog Cracker.

LTC Jeff Harper is survived by his wife Juli, his two daughters Natalie and Emily, his son Tyler, and his beloved dog Cracker. He is further survived by his father Ronald (Linda) Harper of Mount Gilead; mother Mary Ann Harper of Mount Gilead; brother Ronald (Sharon) Harper of Lake Mary, Florida; sisters Randi (Scott) Nickell of Mount Gilead, Ohio, Angela (William) Trainer of Madison, Alabama, and Tamara (Mark) Webb of Huber Heights, Ohio, in addition to numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and his many friends. Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents Orva and Minnie Harper and Howard and Thelma Long.

Funeral Services for Jeff will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 13, at the Edison United Methodist Church, 335 South Boundary Street, Edison, Ohio. Evangelist Ron Davis of Gospel Hill Ministries will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Rivercliff Cemetery. Relatives and friends are welcome at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 North Main Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio on Thursday, July 12 for showings from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where Juli and the children reside, with exact date and location to be determined for the week following burial.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society at

Special thanks to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, all the family members who were by his side caring for him and to the family and friends who offered their constant love and support.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at



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