Obituaries

Clayton J. Wallace, age 76, resident of Florida and former Shelby resident died Monday July 20, 2015 in Tampa General Hospital in Florida. Born March 9, 1939 in Morehead, Kentucky to John and Ida (Jones) Wallace he received an associate degree in engineering from Akron University. He was employed with Tech Form Industries Shelby for 31 years and later was President and CEO with International Specialty Tube Corporation retiring in 1997. Clayton was a former member of the Shelby Country Club and the Shelby Eagles. He enjoyed golfing, boating, traveling and loved to cook. Most importantly, he looked forward to spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Mary Ann (Wade) Wallace whom he married October 24,1985; his son Tracy Wallace of Galion, his daughter Tammy (Michael) Stevens of Crestline; three grandchildren Justin (Heather) Stevens, Jeremy (Samantha) Stevens and Jona (Jamie) Jamison; five great -grandchildren Tyler, Jordyn, Emalyn, Elisiya and Chance; two brothers Charles (Marge) Gregory of Galion and John (Jean) Wallace of Shelby; four sisters, Olive Abrams of Nankin, OH, Francis (Ed) Mackey of Shelby, Linda Latimer of Mansfield, Kathy Schacherer of Lexington; two sisters-in-law Virginia (Jan) Day of Shelby and Carol Gregory of Florida; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four brothers Glenn, Lloyd and Larry Wallace and Ray Gregory and one sister Joyce Dennison.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Friday July 24, 2015 at the Barkdull Funeral Home in Shelby. Pastor Gary Lambert of the Belmont Ave. Community Church will officiate with interment in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Online condolences may be made at www.barkdullfu neralhome.com.

Lesli Barkdull Neal, age 54, resident of Shelby died peacefully Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Hospice House in Ashland surrounded by family.

Born January 15, 1961 in Shelby, she was the daughter of Richard and Bette (Strolein) Barkdull. A 1979 graduate of Shelby Sr. High School, she received her associates degree from Columbus Technical Institute and was employed as a registered optomteric technician with Dr. Edwin Windbigler until 1985. In September of 1985 she came to work with the family business and received her funeral directors license in 1987. Upon her father's retirement in 1994, she became a fifth-generation co-owner of the Barkdull Funeral Home.

Lesli was passionate about caring for others and being a funeral director came naturally. She cared for her families as if they were her own and took great pride knowing her daughter, Carli, would continue the family business as the sixth-generation of the Barkdull bloodline to join the business. Her smile was warming and her laugh contagious. She will be missed by all that knew her, met her, or were helped by her at the funeral home.

A member of the First Lutheran Church, she truly enjoyed sharing her musical talents playing with the church bell choir and playing her flute. She also was a member of the Ohio and National Funeral Directors Associations and sat on the Board of Directors at The Shelby Foundation.

In 2003, she married her soul mate, Bill Neal, and together they shared a mutual appreciation for their love of music, laughter and travel. A nature enthusiast, she loved seeing animals in their natural habitats. Swimming with the stingrays in the Cayman Islands and snorkeling in the British Virgin Islands where highlights on her bucket list. She was an accomplished snow skier that enjoyed teaching her children to ski and cherished the memories of their family ski trips in New York and Colorado.

Even though her life was cut short by ovarian cancer, Lesli continued to live life to the fullest and encouraged others to do so daily. "It's not how you weather the storm...it's how you dance in the rain". Her example of optimism and grace in the face of cancer was an inspiration to all that knew her.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two children whom she cherished, Dane (fiancé Anne Marie Leanza) Fichter of Cascade, Colorado and Carli (Nick) Jernigan of Shelby; three step-children, Clay (Ericka) Neal, Austin (fiancé Gretchen Riley) Neal and Shelby (fiancé Nate Lydy) Neal; her mother, Bette Barkdull of Shelby, her siblings, Eric (Sharon) Barkdull of Shelby, Kurt (Laura) Barkdull of Vermilion and Colbi (Roy) Reese of Howard; nieces, nephews, cousins, her dog, Petey and many caring friends.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, July 25, 2015 from the First Lutheran Church. Reverend Russel Yoak will officiate with interment in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 1:00 to 7:00 PM. The family is concerned about the number of flowers that might be received and respectfully requests that memorial expressions be made in the form of a donation to The Shelby Foundation. Monies received will be used to help fund an amphitheater in the Black Fork Commons park in downtown Shelby that will be dedicated to Lesli and her father.

On line condolences may be made at www.barkdullfu neralhome.com

Georgia Ann (Smith) Wagner, age 74, of Fostoria, died Monday, July 20, 2015 at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.

Georgia was born May 17, 1941 in Shelby, the daughter of the late George Benton Smith and Helen (Rigg) Smith. She was a 1959 graduate of Shelby High School and was a homemaker. Georgia enjoyed crocheting, sewing, and quilting. She also did genealogy research tracing her family history over many generations.

On December 16, 1960, Georgia married Danny Lee Wagner and he survives. Also surviving are: 3 children: Dodi (Mike) Woolley of Fostoria, Danny R. Wagner of Texas, and Marla J. Wagner of Fostoria; 4 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 3 brothers: Elton E. Smith of Fostoria, Philip R. (Jannie) Smith of Shelby, Joseph T. (Leony) Smith of Willard; an uncle: George Rigg of Shelby; and an aunt: Joann Rigg of Shelby.

Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, July 25, 2016 from 10-11 AM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held at 11 am. Gaye Shira, visitation minister at First Lutheran Church in Shelby, will officiate and burial will follow in Little London Cemetery.

To share a memory or express a condolence, please visit: www.turnerfuneral homeshelby.com

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