Stillwater Valley News
October 19, 1926
John S. Deeter
Seventy-one years ago, on October 4th, 1855; just as the Autumn's frosts had turned the leaves of the forests to the golden reds and browns, when the golden corn was peeping from the husks, and the first hint of winter snows was in the air, a tiny son was born to Malinda and John Deeter in Pleasant Hill, Ohio. To them it was heaven's sanction to their union. Six weeks later the Grim Reaper claimed the father as his own, leaving the little child without the knowledge of a father's love and care. All though these long and changing years the son has lived and labored in this community, loved and honored by all who knew him. Almost fifty years ago, on November, on November 6th, 1876, he was united in marriage to Mary Catherine Moist and to this union 5 children were given. His companion, one son, Charles A. Deeter, of Dayton, two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence Ridenour, of Dayton and Mrs. Walter Runyon, of Lewis-burg, survive him. Beside one brother, Harry Cooper and one sister, Mrs. Ellis Ohis, of Chattanooga, Tenn., seven grandchildren and one great grand child remain to mourn his departure. For more than thirty years he was a member of the Brethren Church and before his health began to fail was a constant attendant to it's services. Honored of all men with whom he was associated, beloved by his family filling his humble station in life to the best of his ability like countless others whose praises unsung , he will live again in the memory of those who knew him. Seventy-one years and ten days mark his earthly pilgrimage. They do not seem so long. "Twas but yesterday he was a boy, a man a father and today, we lay away that form so near and dear. But tomorrow we shall meet again.
"Hush, he is not dead--but sleepeth,
A rest, a traveler, weary worn,
In God's blest haven.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Brethren Church in charge of H. C. Marlin. Interment in Memorial Park Cemetery near Dayton under direction of Routzahn Bros. and Hawn. The family wishes to thank all those who extended sympathy and assist-ance during the sickness and death of the father. Also, for the beautiful floral tributes.
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