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Ruth C. Thackerson

Ruth C. Thackerson, 90, of Brooksville, Florida passed away Nov. 30. She was born in Barberton, Oct. 26, 1932.  After working at Ohio Bell Telephone Company in Akron for over 30 years, she moved with her husband George Jones to High Point Senior Community in Brooksville, Florida in 1990. She was married to George for…

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Linda Millhoff Jacobsen

Linda Millhoff Jacobsen, 63 died Nov. 25 after a brief illness. Linda was born in Barberton, and graduated from Barberton High School and Miami University. She lived most of her adult life in California, working in the financial industry. Preceded in death by her husband, Harry; parents, Jeanne and Kenneth Millhoff; and brother, Paul; she is…

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James “J.J.” Jernigan

James “J.J.” Jernigan, 80, passed away Dec. 4. Jim was a proud graduate of Barberton High School where he was an accomplished athlete playing multiple sports. Jim worked first as an Ohio State Highway patrolman before entering the insurance business and spending over 30 years at The Cincinnati Insurance Companies.  J.J. was very honored to be inducted into the Softball Hall…

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Bernard A. Skerl

Bernard A. Skerl, 92, passed away Dec. 5. He was born in Barberton and had been a Doylestown resident most of his life. Bernard retired from Firestone Tire & Rubber Co/Accride Corporation after 34 years. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, KSKJ Lodge 110 and played baseball for Barberton High…

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Dorothy L. Dobbins

  Dorothy L. Dobbins, 86, passed away Dec. 1. She was a life resident of the Barberton area. Preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, James E. Dobbins Sr. and son, James E. Dobbins Jr.  Dorothy is survived by her sons, Terry and David (Jennifer) Dobbins; grandchildren, Matthew and Melissa Dobbins and five…

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Roger Earl Smith

Roger Earl Smith, 80, passed away Dec. 2. He was a life resident of Barberton. Roger was a graduate of Norton High School, Class of 1960. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran stationed in Japan, serving two tours in the Viet Nam War.  He retired as a telephone combination repairman and installer.  Roger enjoyed…

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Susan Annalee Reeve

Susan Annalee Reeve, age 71, died Nov. 28, at her home at Middle Lake, Trufant. She was born Nov. 26, 1951 in Barberton, the daughter of Harold and Ruby (Hotsinpillar) Schreiber. One March 26, 1977, she married David Reeve. Susan was a talented cook and singer, often humming while showing her love through food. She…

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Leonard Charles Morlan

Surrounded by love, Leonard Charles Morlan was granted eternal rest Nov. 30. Lenny was born April 24, 1951 to the late Kathleen Creola Frey and Floyd Charles Morlan. In his school age years, you could find Lenny on the baseball diamond, basketball court or football field. During little league baseball, he was given the nickname “Mooch”…

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William H. “Bill” Shirey Sr.

William H. “Bill” Shirey, age 77, passed away Nov. 26. Born July 28, 1945 in Akron, to the late Paul E. and Bessie M. (Durr) Shirey, he was a life resident of the Doylestown/Barberton area. Bill retired from the City of Barberton, traffic signal division, after 29 years of service. A member of Liberty Free Will Baptist…

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Barbara J. Elkins

Barbara J. Elkins, 75, gained her wings Nov. 26. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 9, 1947 and was a life resident of Barberton. Preceded in death by her husband, Carl Elkins; son, Carl Elkins Jr.; daughter, Michelle Elkins all of Ohio; brother, Melvin (Shelly) Schreckengost of Florida. Barbara is survived by her children,…

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