Obituaries

Blaine Armitage, age 38, resident of Shelby died Friday, July 18, 2014 at OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after a courageous 14 year battle with the antiphospholipid antibody syndrome.

Born December 6, 1975 in Willard he had been a resident of Willard for many years moving to Shelby in 1998. He was a 1994 graduate of Willard High School and was a veteran of the US Army. He was formerly employed with CSX Transportation in Willard and was a former member of the Shelby Moose Lodge.

Blaine was a loving husband and wonderful dad. He truly enjoyed the outdoors whether he was hunting, gardening, landscaping or walking his two beagles in the woods to kick up rabbits.

He is survived by his wife Theresa (Short) Armitage, whom he wed July 21 of 2000; his daughter Mekeyla Ann Armitage; mother Lynn (Gary) Ousley of Willard; step-mother Kathy Armitage of Willard; two sisters Kara (Jeff) Stanfield of Mansfield, and Brook Ousley (Michael Webb) of Shelby; brother Jarrod Armitage of Willard, his grandmother Wilma Armitage of Willard; niece and nephew, Kira and Braylon Webb both of Shelby; several aunts, Vicki Hicks and Beth Rowe of Willard, Trish Gearheart of Virginia, Reno Hall (Oral Oney) and Kathy Hutchinson of Shelby and Barb Langoehr of Columbus; uncles, Dennie (Deb) Armitage and Matt Spencer of Willard and Junior Spencer of Shelby; sister-in-law Jan Short and friend Chad Douglas of Mansfield; brother-in-law Derek Short of Shelby; mother-in-law, Corean Short of Mansfield; father-in-law Hershel Short of Shelby. He was preceded in death by his father Jerry L. Armitage, Sr. and brother Jerry L. Armitage, Jr.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Bill Back for all his great care of Blaine throughout the years.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Barkdull Funeral Home in Shelby with Bishop Gregory L. Griffith officiating. Full military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veteran Burial Detail. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday, July 22, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Richland County at 3025 Park Ave W, Mansfield, OH 44906.

Online condolences may be made at www.barkdullfuneralhome.com

Paul Eugene Thomas, age 83 of Shelby, died Saturday evening, July 19, 2014 at Elmcroft of Ontario.

Paul was born January 27, 1931, at the family farm in Lexington, Ohio, to Emerson and Bertha (Siegfried) Thomas. He was a graduate of Ontario High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1948-1951. He reenlisted in the U.S. Army serving in Korea during the Korean War from 1951-1953. For 32 years he was the shipping and receiving supervisor at PPG in Crestline, retiring in 1991. Paul and his wife, Maxine, made ceramics for many years and sold their artistic creations at shows all across Ohio.

He is survived by 2 daughters: Becky Bertke of Shelby and Terri Thomas of Crestline; a granddaughter: Sarah (Sam) Schumacher of Columbus; 2 sisters: Ilo (Albert) Bertin of Alabama, and Helen Kiser of Galion; 3 brothers: Carl Thomas of Lexington, Richard Thomas of Bucyrus, and Lowell Thomas of Arizona. Paul was preceded in death by his wife: Mary Maxine (Steffee) Thomas in 2009; a daughter: Cathy Sue Thomas in 1957; 3 brothers: Donald Thomas, Harold Thomas, and Ray Thomas.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 5-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday at 1 PM by his neighbor, Father James Sanford. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery in Johnsville, Ohio with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Memorial expressions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, Ohio 44805. To share a memory or to send a message of condolence for the Thomas family, please visit  www.turnerfuneral homeshelby.com

Doris A. Ritter, 90, of Bellville, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, Mansfield.

Doris was born in Shelby February 27, 1924 to the late Edward and Mary E. (Lysinger) Travis. Her father passed away when Doris was young and she was raised by her mother Mary and her stepfather, the late Paul Burrer. Doris married Kenneth P. Ritter on February 19, 1972 and he preceded her in death on November 9, 2010.

Doris lived most of her life in the area. She enjoyed doing counted cross stitch, playing her keyboard and painting.

Doris is survived by: her son, Brian T. Smith of Akron, her daughter, Connie J. and Ernest McClellan, Bellville, her stepdaughters and stepson: Brenda and Edward Fish of Ray Township, MI, Donald Ritter, Ontario, Debra Ritter, Crestline, Barbara Ritter and Aboubacar Agne of Columbus, ten grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, her sister, June Kanig, Reno, NV, and her brother Gary and Shirley Burrer, Shelby.

Services at the graveside will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, July 21, 2014 in Greenlawn Cemetery, Crestline, with Deacon Bill Horning officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of the funeral home.

The Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Doris Ritter.

Online condolences may be made to the family at masfh.com

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