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 Thomas W. Allen, 66, of Edwardsburg, Michigan

Thomas W. Allen, 66, of Edwardsburg, Michigan passed away at his home at 10:25am, Wednesday, November 14, 2018. He was born in Chicago on September 25, 1952 the son of Warren and Edna E. Bowles Allen. He was married to Mary Myers Raney on January 3, 1981 and she survives. Other survivors include his step-father Harold Dalzell of Palos Heights, Illinois; two sons Michael Raney II of Westerville, Ohio, and Curtis A. (Shelby) Raney of Alsip, Illinois; two grandchildren Gabriella Ray Raney and Garrett Thomas Raney; step-brother Richard (Debbie) Dalzell of Alsip, Illinois; step-sister Barb (Jeff) Marten of Katy, Texas; his aunt Gloria Sparrow of Lombard, Illinois; first cousins Donna (Ray) Miner of Rantoul, Illinois, Holly (Jim) Lonn of Naperville, Illinois, and David Sparrow of Lombard, Illinois. Mr. Allen was a 1970 graduate of Evergreen Park (Ill.) High School. He attended the University of Illinois in Chicago and was a 1975 graduate of the University of Arizona. Tom worked as a nuclear engineer from 1976 to 2018 during which time he was employed with Marble Hill, Entergy in Covert, Michigan, and American Electric Power in Bridgman, Michigan. Tom was a big fan of Ohio State and also the Chicago Bears. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially enjoyed the many family outings that they did together. Tom was a member of the St. David Episcopal Church in Elkhart, Indiana, and also the American Nuclear Society. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 19th at 10:30am at Christ Episcopal Church, 506 Mulberry St. in Madison with The Rev. Evelyn Wheeler and Father Joshua Nelson officiating. Burial will be in the New Marion Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the St. David Episcopal Church or the New Marion Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

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John F. Cornett, 68, of Versailles

John F. Cornett, 68, of Versailles passed away at 4:38am, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born at Columbus on July 4, 1950 and was raised by his grandmother Sarah Coldiron.  Survivors include his companion Brenda Sanders; one son Jeff (Aimee) Cornett of Versailles; one daughter Jenna (Nathan) Homola of Holton; 11 grandchildren; three sisters Carol Sue Burnett of Columbus, Sharon Street of North Vernon, and Pam Trent of Greensburg; two aunts Jen Horner of Dayton, Ohio, and Irene Lewis of Booneville, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his uncles George and Taylor Coldiron, and his aunt Lurie Coldiron. Mr. Cornett attended Holton High School and upon its consolidation was a 1970 graduate of South Ripley High School. He was a veteran of the US Air Force where he served with the rank of Sergeant from 1972 to 1976. He spent 32 years as a tree trimming foreman with the Southeastern Indiana REMC in Osgood. John was a member of the Holton Christian Church, the Holton Masonic Lodge, and the Versailles American Legion. John’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, November 10th from 4pm to 7pm at the Holton Christian Church. Memorials may be given to the Tyson Activity Center in Versailles in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

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William W. Kemp, 74, of Osgood

William W. Kemp, 74, of Osgood passed away at 3pm on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born at Bethesda, Ohio on October 24, 1944 the son of E. W.  and Betty Good Kemp. He was married to Barbara Raney on December 29, 1993 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Bill Kemp of Osgood; one daughter Greta (David) Stover of Greensboro, Maryland; two step-sons James (Karen) Fye of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Brad (Tracy) Fye of Arnold, Maryland; two step-daughters Becky (Stan) Piernick, and Barbara (Randy) McCue both of New Braunfels, Texas; one grandson; Robert Stover and 20 step-grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; one brother David (Sheila) Kemp of Barnesville, Ohio; one niece Delise (Scott) Simonton of Rittman, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Kemp was a 1963 graduate of Martin’s Ferry (Ohio) High School. He was also a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Technology as well as DeVry University. He was an electrical technician for Westinghouse in Glen Burnie, Maryland and while employed there his job also took him to Tehran, Iran. He retired from Northrop Grumman in 2003 after 36 years. Bill authored a book entitled “The Winged Warriors” and had done extensive genealogical work on the Kemp family.  He was also a HAM radio operator. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and wood carving. Bill was a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Hazen Masonic Lodge #251, and was a lifetime member of the NRA. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 11th at 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Stephen Mullins of the Tanglewood Baptist Church officiating. The Osgood Masonic Lodge will conduct services at 6:45pm on Sunday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held on Monday, November 12th at 1pm at the Ebenezer Cemetery in Bethesda, Ohio with Pastor Ed Eberhart officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday from 5pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

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