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Richard Frederick

Former Bellbrook police chief dies at 72

A former Bellbrook police chief died over the weekend at age 72. Richard Frederick served more than 30 years in law enforcement, including 23 years as police chief, from 1971 to 1994. Frederick also previously worked as a math and science teacher in the Sugarcreek Local Schools. Visitation is from ...

Larry and Thelma Schott met at age 16. The couple died last week, just shy of their 74th wedding anniversary. They were 92. (Photo: submitted)

Couple of 74 years dies 48 hours apart at age 92

Ninety-two-year-old Larry and Thelma Schott always told their children they loved each other so much they would die together.They used to joke that when it was time to leave this world, they would go downtown to Third and Main streets in Dayton and meet their end together in front of ...

Service planned for well-known Dayton performance artist

A remembrance service will be held to honor the life of beloved Dayton therapist and performance artist Allen Kimbrough at 5 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North in Dayton. Kimbrough died Sept. 19 in Fayetteville, Ark., his hometown. The 54-year-old was perhaps best known ...

Longtime Dayton DJ found dead in his apartment

Longtime Dayton disc jockey Marshall B. Phillips was found dead in his Piqua apartment at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a Piqua police report.A neighbor told police he noticed the front door to Phillips’ apartment at 1003 Jill Court open at 6:30 p.m. Friday.The neighbor went into the apartment Sunday ...

Marie Frances Davis Singleton as a girl of 12 showing off the Brownie camera her father had just given her.

104-year-old leaves a legacy of determination

Marie Frances Davis Singleton was born on Oct. 30, 1909, when Lebanon was a small town of only 2,800 residents. When she graduated from Lebanon High School in 1928, she was the only graduate of color. She then began classes at her parents’ alma mater, Wilberforce Central State University, as ...

Matthew Dargin McCormick’s obituary picture.

Dayton native’s disdain for Hillary Clinton shines through in obit

They say partisanism is never-ending.Dayton native Matthew Dargin McCormick’s obituary proves that they have no idea what they are talking about.A relatively tiny chunk of the Cincinnati businessman’s rather lengthy and impressive obituary reads like a political ad against Democrats. “Matt was a staunch conservative Republican and a tireless patriot. ...

Diamond Award recipients (from left) Clarence Bowman Jr; Lorenzo Harris Sr.; Amos Jefferies; John Moore Sr; Rev. Paul Mitchell; Ginny Strausburg and Rev. Raleigh Trammell during the VIP Reception Award Ceremony before the 2007 Dayton Urban League Gala in the Dayton Art Institute on Nov. 9, 2007. (Contributed Photo by Peter Wine)

Dayton businessman, humanitarian dies at 86

Lorenzo “Mr. Ren” Harris made his mother two promises on her death bed in Opelika, Ala. The then 15-year-old said he would always put God first in his life and he would go to school and earn an education.Lowell Harris said his father — a 1951 graduate of the University ...

Merle Grace Kearns served as a Clark County commissioner, state senator and state representative. Staff photo by Lisa Powell

Former state legislator Kearns dies

Former Ohio and Clark County lawmaker Merle Grace Kearns died in a nursing home in Columbus on Saturday. She was 76.Kearns, a Republican, served as a Clark County commissioner from 1981 to 1990. She was appointed to the Ohio Senate in 1991, serving the 10th District until 2000 where she ...

James “Jim” Patrick Donahue, son of TV’s Phil Donahue, dies at 51

James “Jim” Patrick Donahue, the youngest son of well-known television show host, Phil Donahue, died suddenly last week of an aortic aneurysm at the age of 51. He lived and practiced law in Honolulu. Mr. Donahue and his four siblings spent their early years in Dayton when their father was ...

Steve Husemann served as the city of Middletown’s interim city manager in 2007 and later served as the city’s part-time human resources manager. He died Tuesday at his home in North Carolina. He as 63.

Husemann was an ‘ultimate public servant’

A longtime public servant with stints in Oxford, Middletown and Kettering lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday.Steve Husemann, a Cincinnati native, died from complications of Multiple Myeloma, a bone marrow cancer. Doctors diagnosed him with the disease in April 2009, and though he was considered “cancer-free” in 2010, according ...

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