Mary Lee Ramey, age 90, of Shelby, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Crystal Care Center in Mansfield.

Mary was born February 27, 1924 in Paintsville, Kentucky the daughter of the late Joseph and Ada (Conley) Click. On March 2, 1946 she married George A. Ramey who preceded her in death in 1990.

Mary was a former employee of Isleys and AMF in Shelby. The majority of her working career was in the housekeeping department at Shelby Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Bellville Freewill Baptist Church and followed the Lord for over 60 years. Mary enjoyed quilting, sewing, doing jigsaw puzzles and playing games with her family.

She is survived by a son: George Roger Ramey of Mansfield; 4 daughters: Jannie (Philip) Smith of Shelby, Vickie (Jerry) Rose of Mansfield, Delorse (Danny) Moore of Raceland, KY and Kathy (Tim) Stevens of Shelby; 16 grandchildren: Richard, Paul, Trina , Scott, Machelle, Virginia Sue, Dwayne, Bridget, Joey, Tammy, Brian, Kris, April, Jerry, Anthony and Nathaniel;

37 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren and they are patiently waiting one more. In addition to her husband, Mary was preceded in death by: a daughter: Virginia Severns; 4 grandsons: Donald Adkins, Michael Severns, Jim Moore and John Moore; a great grandson: Austin Smith; 2 sons-in-law: Wayne Heintz and Max Severens;11 siblings: Elzie Click, Amos Click, Jerry Click, Leonard Click, Henry Eugene Click, Merle Click, Malta Caudill, Maxie Caudill, Okie Conley, Rushie Spears, and Neva Jo Blanton.

Friends and family are welcome on Sunday, April 20, 2014 from 4-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be held on Monday, at 11 AM with Rev. Paul Staton and Rev. Bill Mahon officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. Memorial expressions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio. To leave a condolence or to share a memory with the Ramey family, please visit

Phillip R. Butcher, 75, of Shelby, died Thursday in Riverside Methodist Hospital. He was the husband of Katherine and father of Brad.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Tuesday at the Barkdull Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 2-4 and 6-8PM.

Michael David Blanton, age 59, of Shelby, died Friday, April 18, 2014 surrounded by his family at his home.

Michael was born November 24, 1954 in Mt. Vernon, the son of the late Hade and Dorothy (Tackett) Blanton. He attended Crestview Schools. To sum up Michael's life, there were two things of importance: family and music. Since he was a child, music has been a part of his life. He started singing at the age of 15 with his family, known then as the Gospel Crusaders and now as the Blanton Family. Since 1969 he has traveled the country playing in thousands of churches and festivals spreading the gospel message through his music ministry. Michael was proud to have mentored his nephew, Curtis Oyler, who looks up to Michael and considers him his hero. They loved to work together in the recording studio. Michael's final prayer was that his family would draw closer and always take care of each other. Michael fought the good fight, kept the faith, and now lives in his eternal home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Michael worked for Willard Home Improvement and prior to that has worked for 17 years at U Brand in Ashland. He was a member of Belmont Community Church in Mansfield.

On June 17, 2007 God took two broken pieces and put them together. On that day he married Lorie (Lee) Blanton and she survives. Together they have five children who also survive: Alisha (Stephen) Clay, Michael David Blanton, II (Shaina Fultz) both of Mansfield, Shawnee (Abraham) Wheatley, Bradley Caudill, Brianna Caudill all of Shelby; 7 grandchildren: Brianna (Jesus), T.J., Cyntara, Zachariah, Briella, Abigail, Serenity; 1 great granddaughter on the way: Míla; 8 siblings: Robert (Carolyn) Blanton, Thomas (Marian) Blanton, Harold (Judy) Blanton, Shirley Sutton all of Mansfield, Charles (Cheryl) Blanton of MO, Phyllis Blanton (Dale Miling) of Norwalk, Gary (Donna) Blanton, Sandra (Martin) Spurgeon both of Shelby; father-in-law: Robert (Maryann) Lee; mother-in-law: Margaret Pettry; 2 special friends: Canaan Stevens, Trevor Reese. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother: Audrey Blanton and a brother: Vernon Blanton.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church, 1602 Walker Lake Road, Ontario, Ohio 44906 where funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 AM with Pastor Gary Lambert officiating and Pastor Charles Pentecost assisting. Burial will follow in Franklin Church Cemetery.

Care for Michael and his family is being provided by Bob, Catherine, and Jake at the Turner Funeral Home in Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to the Turner Funeral Home to assist the family.

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Alberta Fay (Stewart) Burks, age 78, of Shelby, died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the Cleveland Clinic.

She was born January 27, 1936 in Clearfield, Kentucky the daughter of the late Anna (Markwell) and Morgan Thomas Stewart II. Alberta was a 1954 graduate of Shelby High School and had been employed at the Shelby Mutual Insurance Company, Wilkins Air Force Depot and Miami Systems, retiring from there after 17 years of service. She enjoyed crocheting, crafting and reading.

Alberta married Harold Arthur Burks on June 18, 1955 and he survives along with 2 children: Drs. Duane (Rose) Burks of Mansfield and Brenda Reeves of Wisconsin; 2 grandsons: Stephan (Heather) Reeves and Dylan Burks; 2 sisters: Corlena Haskins of Michigan and Dorothy Barber of Mansfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother: Morgan Thomas Stewart III and a sister: Mary Smith.

Friends and Family may call on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where services will be conducted at 8 PM by Mary Lou Brooke.

Memorial expressions may be made to the American Lung Association, 226 State Route 61,

Norwalk, Ohio 44857. To send a message of sympathy or share a story with the Burks family, please visit:

Benjamin Cody Shepherd, 27, of Norwalk, passed away April 14, 2014.

Surviving: Daughter, Lillianna Raelyn Shepherd; significant other and mother of Lilly, Kendra Reed; mother, Belinda (Sweigart) Shepherd; father, Marvin John Shepherd; brother, Zachary Shepherd; three sisters, Rhiana (Sweigart) and James Cottingham, Jessica Shepherd and Madison Shepherd; maternal grandmother, Virginia (Burkhart) Sweigart.

Services held April 18, Secor Funeral Home, Willard.

Judith E. Runkle, age 70, of Greenwich, died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at her home.

She was born September 1, 1943, in North Fairfield, Ohio, daughter of the late John and Esther (Henry) Lowery.

She was a lifelong Greenwich area resident. Judi was in the first graduating class of South Central High School in 1961. She married Richard Runkle on August 4, 1962.

Judi was a homemaker, loving mother and grandmother. She loved her grandchildren and caring for them she also enjoyed sending cards and letters.

She was an active member of the Ripley Church until she was unable to attend due to illness.

Judi is survived by her daughter, Jen Runkle-Hignett of Greenwich; grandchildren, Seth Richard Runkle, Allison Grace Hignett and Katelyn Marie Hignett all of Greenwich; siblings, Kathy (Gene) Hamlin of Norwalk, Jerry (Bonnie) Lowery of Shiloh and James Lowery of Greenwich; sister-in-law, Marcy Lowery of Greenwich; brother-in-law, Dick Persky of Greenwich and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Runkle in 1998, siblings, Marjorie Persky and Jack Lowery and sister-in-law, Diane Lowery.

Friends called from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 and from 10 a.m. Thursday until 11 a.m. service at Ripley Church, 4130 South Edwards Road, Greenwich with Pastor Eric Robinson officiating. Burial followed at Edwards Grove Cemetery, Greenwich.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Ripley Church.

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Frank Naistetler, age 95, of Willard, passed away April 19, 2014.

Survivors: Son Kurt Naistetler, daughter Kimberly; sister Anna Cunningham; five step-children, Alfred Wilson; Larry Barnthouse; Ada Lucille Wilson; Daniel Wilson; Lillian Harmoning (Glenn), several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held April 22 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

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