John R. (Bob) Moses
1945 - 2015
Aurora - Bob Moses, 70, of Aurora, OH, he was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, 5 December 2015, while at the Cleveland Clinic following a brief illness.
Born in Covington, Kentucky to John and Mary Moses, Bob grew up in the Covington area and graduated from Holmes High School. He then joined the U.S. Army, graduated with honors from the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, and rose to the rank of Sergeant E-5 before his honorable discharge in 1966.
Bob began his illustrious vocation in the death care industry as a pre-need sales counselor in Erlanger, Kentucky in 1970. As a marketing pioneer in the industry, he opened the first cemetery / funeral home combinations in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio. He owned a cemetery in Winchester, Kentucky and a newspaper. After leaving Kentucky, he held executive positions with both SCI and ECI while speaking for the National Speakers Association and was the first cemeterian inducted into the National Speakers Association. He then formed Lord & Moses L.L.C. in 2003 which became the parent company for Crown Hill Burial Park and Selby Funeral Home located in Vienna, OH along with Evergreen Memory Gardens in Lexington, KY. Additionally, he authored and self-published the book Cremation and the Christian and continuing in his passion of reading and studying the Bible, which led to a self-distributed Bible study series titled “Searching the Scriptures” as a written ministry over 30 years ago.
Some of the gems that he treasured during his life were: singing barbershop with the Wayneaires Barbershop Chorus in Wooster, Ohio; singing professionally for three years with the Generation Gap Barbershop Quartet; telling jokes and short stories of which he was a master; traveling abroad; reading, studying and mentoring others in the Word of God.
Bob leaves behind his loving wife, Barbara, of 27 years; a daughter, Paula Moses, Ph.D. of Pennsylvania; a son, John R. Moses, Jr. of Texas; and a step-daughter, Jennifer Koelewyn of Ohio.
Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm with funeral service to immediately follow 12:00 pm at Crown Hill Chapel Mausoleum in Vienna, OH.
Niles - Helen S. Preece, 92, died Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Autumn Hills Care Center in Niles.
Helen was born November 1, 1923 in Warren, Oh., the daughter of Steve and Teriz (Sandula) Semko.
She was employed at Packard Electric in Warren, and was previously a member of St. Peter and Paul Church.
Helen married Leland B. Preece on October 16, 1954. Leland died in 2002.
Helen loved long rides, birds, flowers, and visiting family and friends. She enjoyed later in life doing crafts and playing bingo.
She leaves behind a daughter, Gena (Steve) Marcinko of Howland; three grandchildren, Dustin (Patience) Marcinko, Rick Preece, and Kimberly Nocente; and seven great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
A son, Frank Preece; brothers John and Steve; and sisters, Margit and Mary preceded Helen in death.
Visitation for Helen will be Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, with the funeral service to begin at 1:00 pm. Reverend Koehler will officiate.
Burial will take place at Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna.
The family would like to give a special thanks the staff of Autumn Hill Care Center for care and understanding given to Helen.
Selby Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
Keefer, Edmond W.
1923 - 2015
Niles - Edmond W. Keefer passed away at his residence Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Born
July 9, 1923 son of the late Harold E. and Irene A. Shields, Eddy leaves behind his loving wife of 66 years Betty (Begalla) Keefer whom he married September 24, 1949 and a son Garry Keefer of Niles.
After graduating from Warren High School he attended Kent State, The WBC and the National Radio TV & Electronic Institute where he received his FCC License. A dedicated employee, Eddy worked at United Telephone Co. for 30 years as a cable coordinator. A man of many talents he also received a Associate Degree in Accounting Business Administration and was a licensed real estate agent for Century 21.
Proudly serving his country in WWII with the 4422 QM. Battalion where he received 2 bronze stars.
Eddy took pride in his memberships of several organizations which included the Free & Accepted Masons Carroll F Clapp #655 of Warren, The American Legion, The VFW #2662, The National Association of Realtors and the Independent Pioneers I.T.P.A and was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Warren.
Eddy leaves behind 3 grandchildren, John E. (Paula) Keefer of Kalida, Yvonne M. (Brian) Porterfield, Southington and Jennifer G (Scott) Meeker of Niles. Along with eight great-grandchildren who included Chasitie Keefer, Wheelersburg, Tonya Keefer, Southington and Layne Keefer of Kalida, Kaitlyn Keefer, Kalida, Seth Meeker, Niles, Zachary and Maximus Cicero, Niles, and Lucas Porterfield of Southington.
Selby Funeral Home will be handling arrangements with Private Services to be held in the Mausoleum Chapel.