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Horton Howard Younkin

Horton Younkin
Horton Howard Younkin
was born on Feb. 16, 1860 in Athens County, OH, the son of William and Catherine (Knight) Younkin

On Sept. 25, 1884, when he was 24, Horton married 20-year-old Dorothy Thrush (1864-1939), a native of Pickaway County, OH. 

Together, they bore a brood of eight children -- William "Earl" Younkin, Everett Hobart Younkin, Fred Younkin, Howard Wilson Younkin, Nora May Harris Crabbe, Edith Edna Mithoff, Clara "Mildred" Hoover and Ora "Bernice" Drake. 

Early in their marriage, the Younkins resided in Pherson, Pickaway County, where their daughter Nora was born. Later they moved to Muhlenberg and Jackson Townships, Pickaway County, and eventually settled in Ashville, South Bloomfield Township, where they were longtime farmers.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1900, the family was on a farm in Muhlenberg. At that time, Horton's 64-year-old widowed father lived in the household.  

Interested in keeping family connections alive, they regularly traveled with their sons to the Younkin National Home-Coming Reunions of the 1930s, held at Kingwood, Somerset County, PA. Their son Fred, a talented left-handed fiddler, entertained at these events. They specifically are mentioned in a 1936 article about the reunion in the Somerset County Leader, among 1,200 relatives and guests who attended. When they went to the reunion in 1940, they stayed at the home of Mollie (Younkin) Lenhart near Kingwood. 

The Younkins also were regular subscribers to, and frequently mentioned in, the Younkin Family News Bulletin, a unique family newspaper published by cousin Charles Arthur Younkin in conjunction with the reunions. The March 15, 1940 issue ran a prominent article about grandson Delano Younkin's marriage to Mildred Ward. 

Pickaway County News article about the Younkin newspaper, 1938

The Logan Elm, circa 1876
A local landmark the Younkins would have well-known was the Logan Elm tree. Sited five miles south of Circleville, it was widely considered to mark the site of a heartfelt speech by Shawnee Chief Logan in 1774, protesting how his family was being treated by white settlers and expressing a desire for peace. It eventually reached a neight of 65 feet, with the circumference of its trunk 24 feet and foliage spread of 180 feet. Damaged by blight and storms, the tree died in 1964 and was removed.

In 1938, when Horton was 78, he showed a copy of the News Bulletin to newspaper columnist Clyde Michael of the Pickaway County News, who had stopped by the Younkin home for a visit. Visibly impressed with what he had seen, Michael later devoted an entire "Meanderings..." column to the Younkin reunion and the family newspaper (seen here, dated July 28, 1938). 

In the column, Michael wrote:

[Horton] showed me what I believe to be the only newspaper whose news is devoted entirely to one family and which is written and published as a family newspaper....  [He] told me when he gave me this paper that he attended the reunion in 1935 and 1936 but that in 1937 only his sons, Fred and Howard and their sons of Ashville represented this line of the Younkin family.

The Younkins were members of the Scioto Chapel United Brethren Church of Robtown, OH.

In the fall of 1931, Horton and Dorothy were among 163 guests at the golden wedding anniversary celebration of Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Dixon of Pleasant Valley. Their son Howard and his wife also attended. The news was reported in the Sept. 15, 1931 issue of The Athens Messenger

Unpaved Main Street in Ashville, Ohio, 1910s

Obituary, 1950
The following year, in 1932, Horton was rocked with the untimely death of his brother Edward Ellsworth Younkin in Mt. Sterling, Madison County, OH. Horton published a Card of Thanks in a local newspaper, saying: "We wish to thank Mr. Snyder and Son for their efficient services, the minister for his consoling words, the singers for the beautiful songs and all others who helped to aid and cheer our brother in his last days." 

Horton was summoned into court as a witness in the November 1932 divorce case of Minnie B. O'Day versus Jese T. O'Day of South Bloomfield. 

Sadly, Dorothy died on May 16, 1939 at home in South Bloomfield, at the age of 74. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. D.W. Smith in the Robtown United Brethren Church. Survivors included 25 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her newspaper obituary was reprinted in the Younkin Family News Bulletin

When health permitted, she loved to attend the services of this little chapel, but in her declining years she gained much spiritual strength and comfort listening to the beloved hymns and sermons on the radio by one of her former pastors....  Her life was centered upon her home and children, never too busy to lend a helping hand to one in need....  She was an indulgent and helpful wife and mother and was highly esteemed by her friends and neighbors.

Horton outlived his wife by 11 years, and made his dwelling-place at 189 West Main Street. He endured the untimely deaths of married daughters Bernice in 1923 and Nora Maud in 1941.

He died at home in Ashville on June 16, 1950, at the age of 90. Jointly officiating the funeral, held in the South Bloomfield Church, were Rev. O.W. Smith and Rev. J.D. Hopper. He was buried beside his wife at the South Bloomfield Cemetery, with an obituary published in the Circleville Herald

Fiddler Fred Younkin - enlarge
~ Son Frederick "Fred" Younkin ~

Son Fred Younkin (1891-1983), the left-handed fiddler, was born on June 12, 1891 in Pickaway County 

On Feb. 2, 1913, when he was 21 years of age, he entered into marriage with 20-year-old Alna E. Dudleson (1892-1992). Officiating their exchange of vows was Rev. T.T. Buell, held at South Bloomfield, OH. Their union endured the ebbs and flows of an extraordinary seven decades of time.

Early in their lives together, the Younkins made their residence in Jackson Township, Pickaway County. During the decade of the 1910s, they relocated to a home on Long Street in the village of Ashville in Harrison Township, Pickaway County. 

Together, the couple produced a family of seven children -- Ruth Thelma Younkin, William Horton Younkin, Delano Donald Younkin, Clarence "Robert" Younkin, Ermalee May Bowers Shumate, Carole Ann Younkin and Rachel Maxine Younkin.

Sadly, three of their children -- Ruth Thelma (July 2, 1916, at birth), William Horton (June 9, 1918, age 3 days) and Carole Ann (Oct. 2, 1932, age 7 days) -- died in infancy. Their remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Jackson Township Cemetery in Pickaway County.

Envelope to Fred's lost letter  
Fred was employed in 1920 as a truck driver for a local canning factory. By 1930, still in Ashville, he had turned to carpentry as his primary line of work. He continued his work as a carpenter during the 1930s, 1940s and into 1950.

Say, how would you like to make a visit to Ohio to see our good friends Fred, his dad Horton, and his brother at Ashville. If you think we owe them this courtesy, and if in the next few weeks, while the weather is fairly good, I am on, say the latter part of Oct. Start Friday after noon, so we can spend Saturday and up to Sunday noon. Let me know what you think of it." 

Charles wrote again to Fred on March 28, 1937, saying: 

Since this is Easter, and a fine day but rather cold, and as many plans are in the making for our great Reunion which will be held Aug. 22 - 37, and I am told that you were sorry that you had not brought your string orchestra on last year. Dear friend I am sorry that you had misunderstood as long as you the leader is a Younkin. Hope that you will be able to bring the entire orchestra as we are planning this great Reunion will be one of much music and song...

Book profiling Fred

In another letter dated July 27, 1937, Charles wrote to Otto: "Have received letters from ... Fred Younkin of Ashville O. and several others in the past few days." 

Fred wrote his own letter to Otto sometime after Otto moved from Masontown, PA to Wooster, OH, circa 1945-1950. The letter is lost, but the envelope survives and is preserved in the Minerd.com Archives.

In his later years, Fred was interviewed on tape by his grandson, Ronald Melvyn Younkin, providing oral memories of his family from the early days.

The couple marked their 60th wedding anniversary in February 1973. In reporting on the special event, the Circleville Herald said that they "were very surprised when the Hon. Guy Cline, Probate Judge, presented them with a Sixtheth Year Certificate, indicating that the records in his court show that Alna E. Dudleson and Fred Younkin were issued a marriage license on February 1, 1913, and the wedding was solemnized on February 2, 1913." In 1976, he is known to have received the Ashville Community Club Distinguished Service Award. 

With his health in decline, Fred was admitted to Riverside Hospital in Columbus. There, he died on May 23, 1983, at the age of 91. An obituary appeared in the Herald. Rev. Howard Reed presided at the funeral, with burial in Jackson Township Cemetery.

News story, 1992
Courtesy Ronald M. Younkin

Alna lived even longer, to the age of 100. Said the Herald, she "was a 55-year member of the Ashville Church of Christ in Christian Union, where she served as Sunday school teacher for many years." The angel of death swept her away at Berger Hospital on Feb. 27, 1993. Her obituary was published in the Herald, which said that the headcount of her survivors was nine grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Rev. Kenneth Fuller officiated the funeral rites, with burial made in Jackson Township Cemetery. The family requested that any memorial gifts be made to the Ashville Church of Christ in Christian Union Building Fund or the Harrison Townshiop Firemen's Association.

Minerd.com's "Photo of the Month" in March 2007 featured the image of Fred playing his fiddle. The image of Fred and a reference to this website are mentioned in the 2003 book, Playing Violin and Fiddle Left-Handed, authored by Ryan Thomson. See www.captainfiddle.com for more.

Son Delano Donald Younkin (1919-1996) was born on Oct. 9, 1919. He married Mildred "Kathryn" Ward (June 17, 1919-1989), daughter of Lawrence Edwin and Dora Alice (Spach) Ward of Lockbourne. They produced a brood of five children, Evelyn "Marlene" Bickel, Donald Armond Younkin, Ronald Melvyn Younkin, Marilyn Aldora Giese and Rev. Martin Frederick Younkin. Delano was a veteran of World War II, and, like his father, the recipient of the Ashville Distinguished Citizen Award, in 1994. Mildred was a member of the St. Paul Luthern Church and the Circleville chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. Their address in 1973 was 69 Cromley Street in Ashville. Sadly, Mildred passed away at Columbus' Riverside Hospital at the age of 70 in July 1989. The Circleville Herald printed an obituary. The widowed Delano outlived her by seven years. During that time, he began bringing his family to the Younkin Reunions in Somerset County, PA, after they were re-formed in the early 1990s. Delano passed away at the age of 76 in Ashville on June 13, 1996. Pastor Martin Francis led the funeral rites. He was laid to rest beside his wife at the Harrison Township Cemetery. His obituary was reprinted in the Younkin Family News Bulletin.

  • Granddaughter Evelyn "Marlene" Younkin (1941- ? ) ws born in 1941. She was an alumna of Ashville High School and a graduate of Riverside-White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus. She then was named an assistant head nurse in the medical-surgical unit of Columbus' Berger Hospital. On May 19, 1963, Marlene united in matrimony with Harold Lloyd Bickel (1928-1991), son of Thomas Glenn and Lydia Bickel of Ashville. Their wedding ceremony was held in St. Paul Lutheran Church, by the hand of Rev. H. Giese and announced in the Pickaway County News. The bride was 13 years younger than the groom. Harold also was an Ashville High graduate and at the time of marriage was employed in the industrial instrumentation department of Owens-Illinois Glass Company in Columbus, They became the parents of four -- Jay E. Bickle, David A. Bickle, Jonathan M. Bickle and Sarah E. Bickle. Sadly, Harold died in 1991. Marlene survived her spouse and made her home in Reynoldsburg. She was pictured with her father and daughter in the Younkin Family News Bulletin (April-May-June 1996).

    Great-grandson Jay Eric Bickle (1964- ? )

    Great-grandson David Alan Bickle (1968- ? )

    Great-grandson Jonathan Mark Bickle (1972- ? )

    Great-granddaughter Sarah Elizabeth Bickle (1975- ? )

  • Grandson Donald Armond Younkin (1943- ? ) was born in 1943. He tied the marital knot with Carole Mae Hickman (1942- ? ). The three children in this family were Kimberly D. Pohl, Karyn L. Younkin and Kevin D. Younkin. The family planted themselves in Circleville.

    Great-granddaughter Kimberly Dawn Younkin (1964- ? ) was born in 1964. She married Daniel Pohl.

    Great-granddaughter Karyn Lynn Younkin (1968- ? ) was born in 1968.

    Great-grandson Kevin Donald Younkin (1968- ? ) was born in 1968.

  • Delano Younkin (rear, center), 1992 Younkin Reunion in Kingwood, PA. Others, L-R: Barbara, Ron, grandson Trevor, and Ermalee and Howard Shumate.

  • Ronald M. Younkin
    Courtesy Donna Y. Logan
    Grandson Ronald Melvyn Younkin (1944-1995) was born in 1944. He was joined in wedlock with Barbara Daisy Barch ( ? - ? ), daughter of Paul Barch of Lockbourne. Prior to marriage, in 1963, Barbara graduated from the Nationwide Beauty Academy and was employed with Judge's Beauty Salon in the Great Southern Shopping Center. The Younkins resided in Lockbourne. Three children born of this union were Tamara L. Younkin, Todd A. Younkin and Trevor B. Younkin. Ron was employed by the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services, was a veteran of the Vietnam War, financial secretary of the St. Matthew Lutheran Church, vice president of the board of trustees of Fernwood Cemetery and treasurer of Teays Valley Band Boosters. Ron and his father and family attended the Younkin Reunions of the early 1990s, and Ron generously shared his extensive research findings and large family tree charts in 1992 with the founder of this website. Sadly, Ron passed away suddenly at age 51 on June 12, 1995, in Circleville. Barbara has survived for decades and married again to Larry Valentine. She graciously has remained in contact with the founder of this website with newsy Christmas letters. This biography page is devoted in grateful thanks for the many kindnesses extended by Ron and Barbara.

    Great-granddaughter Tamara L. Younkin (1967- ? ) was born in 1967. She was a 1985 graduate of Teays Valley High School and a 1990 alumna of Capital University, receiving a bachelor of arts in communications. She then earned a certificate in 1992 from the American Institute of Paralegal Studies and became employed as a deputy auditor and administrative assistant for the Auditor of Franklin County, OH. In August 1994, Tamara entered into marriage with Matthew Henry Chafin (1966- ? ). He also was a 1985 Teays High graduate and obtained a bachelor of science degree from Ohio University in 1989 and a law degree in 1993 from Capital University. At the time of marriage, he served as assistant prosecuting attorney for the County of Franklin Prosecutor.

    Great-grandson Todd Andrew Younkin (1969- ? ) was born in 1969. He was an alumnus of Teays Valley High School and obtained a degree from Capital University. Circa 1991, he earned a living as a draftsman for Roehrenbeck Electric. On June 29, 1991, he wed Pamela Ward ( ? - ? ), daughter of Donnie and Melinda Ward of Frankfort. The nuptials were conducted in St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church of Oockbourne.  They made a home in Lockbourne and were the parents of Jesse Paul Younkin (born 1994).

    Great-grandson Trevor B. Younkin (1978- ? ) was born in 1978. He was a graduate  of Teays Valley High School. Trevor went on to play college basketball for Otterbein College. His head coach was distant cousin-by-marriage Dick Reynolds, husband of Ellen Dawn Reynolds of the Younkin and Minerd family branch of Arnold A. and Violet Grace (Erwin) Overholt. Today he is employed as a teacher at his alma mater, Teays Valley.

  • Granddaughter Marilyn Aldora Younkin (1947- ? ) was born in 1947. On Aug. 2, 1970, she was united in matrimony with Theodore Paul "Ted" Giese (Sept. 2, 1944-2010), a native of Watseka, IL and the son of Rev. Henry E. and Doris (Gundlach) Giese. They together bore three children -- Mary Kathryn "Mary Kay" Hartley, Judith A. Topping and Timothy P. Giese. Theodore was a 1962 graduate of Walnut High School in Ashville and then obtained a degree in 1966 from Wartburg College in Iowa. He served a term in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of sergeant. For 37 years, he was employed as a site manager by Surfit-Stone Container Corporation, a manufacturer of paperboard and paper-based packaging products. Called to the ministry, he served for three years as pastor at the Zion United Methodist Church. For decades, the Gieses' dwelling-place was in Amanda, OH. Sadly, having suffered a lengthy illness, Theodore died in Columbus at the age of 66 on Sept. 21, 2010. His brother-in-law Rev. Martin Younkin conducted the funeral rites at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial was in Heavenly Hills Cemetery in Circleville. His obituary appeared in the Circleville Herald.

    Great-granddaughter Mary Kathryn "Mary Kay" Giese (1971- ? ) was born in 1971. She was joined in wedlock with Terry Hartley. They lived in Laurelville, OH in 2010.

    Great-granddaughter Judith Ann (1972- ? ) was born in 1972. She entered into marriage with Michael Topping. They have resided in Circleville.

    Great-grandson Timothy Paul Giese (1974- ? ) was born in 1974. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and management from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and then received a master of business administration degree from Franklin University. Timothy married Cheryl ( ? - ? ). They initially lived in Columbus, where he was employed by Nationalwide Financial's FinOps team as a financial analyst. Timothy and Cheryl relocated in June 2010 to Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, where they spent seven years and he worked as a process control specialist for the Grace Center Foundation. During their years in Ethiopia, they adopted children and he co-founded Forgotten No More Inc., a non-profit organization with a mission to build an inclusive society for Ethiopian individuals who have developmental disabilities, model programs for governments and communities to observe and replicate, and prepare these individuals for society. In 2017, the Gieses moved back to Columbus, with him rejoining Nationwide as a specialist in business consulting.

  • Circleville is known for its annual pumpkin shows dating to 1903

  • Martin's book, A Wedding
    Ceremony to Remember
    Grandson Rev. Martin Frederick Younkin (1947- ? ) was born in 1947. He is believed to have been a glee club singer and piano and trombone player in high school and in 1964 to have attended the inaugural vocal clinic held at Ohio State University. His name frequently was printed in stories in the Circleville Herald during these years. He is an alumnus of Teays Valley High School and then went on to study at Wartburg College in Waverly, IN. In the fall of 1969, he enrolled in the Dallas Theological Seminary and then received some early training with the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Circleville. His master of theology degree was awarded in May 1973, and an early assignment was as associate pastor of Fellowship Bible Church. Martin was pictured in the Irving (TX) Daily News in an October 1972 article devoted to individuals who stutter, which referred to him as "a former Ohioian who is 'gradually becoming a Texan,' [who] knows the heartache and loneliness that is second nature to one who stutters and stammers." On Jan. 24, 1976, when he would have been about 28 years of age, Martin first entered into the rite of marriage with 27-year-old Carolyn Rose McClung (1948- ? ), daughter of Carl Moore of Dallas. Their nuptials were conducted in Dallas' Fellowship Bible Church, officiated by Rev. Dr. Gene Getz. The marriage was announced in Martin's hometown newspaper, with Carolyn' bridal portrait, saying that she wore "a silk organza full length gown in candlelight ivory over English net and taffeta. The bodice featured a high neckline with a ruffled edge and an alencon lace yoke with ruffled edge and empire waistline. Alencon lace enhanced the front of the town and cuffed the sheer sleeves ending with ruffles and tiny buttons." Carolyn was an alumna of Texas Woman's University and held a masteer's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. At the time of marriage, she was employed as a child development teacher at Adamson High School. The newlyweds' first home was in Richardson, TX. Their family of offspring included Carissa Joy Younkin, Charlton Daniel Younkin and Clayton Nathaniel Younkin. The Younkins dwelled in Texas in Garland and Richardson, where he built a career as a non-denominational pastor and presided at thousands of weddings. He also studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. Their marriage dissolved in divorce in Dallas just two days before the end of 1997. Later, on April 7, 2001, he was wed to Carole (Moser) Sage, daughter of Francis Merle "Bud" and Arline Jean (Dideriksen) Moser. They exchanged their wedding vows in Collin, TX. As of 2002,, the Younkins were in Sachse, TX and in 2017 in Dallas. In more recent years, Martin has served as executive director of LoveNotes - Dallas-Fort Worth Clergy Services, an organization of wedding officials. He authored the 148-page book A Wedding Ceremony to Remember (Brown Books, 2005). The author's biography for the book states that he has been "Affectionately known as 'Minister Marty, the Marryin' Man,'' and ...  become 'Pastor to America's Brides'."

    Great-granddaughter Carissa Joy Younkin (1977- ? ) was born in 1977. News of her birth was made public in the Circleville (OH) Herald.

    Great-grandson Charlton Daniel Younkin (1980- ? ) was born in 1980. He made news at the age of 21 in June 2002 when helping to remove children's bodies from a school bus after the vehicle had crashed into a bridge pillar on Interstate 20 near Terrell, TX en route to a church camp in Louisiana. Four students and the bus driver were killed, and at least 35 others injured. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Charlton "sat with children still inside the wreckage, comforting them as they died." He was pictured in a Star-Telegram article after giving his testimony about the accident at a memorial service held at Metro Church in Garland.

    Great-grandson Clayton Nathaniel Younkin (1985- ? ) was born in 1985.

Circleville Herald, 1989
Courtesy Ohio Historial Society
Son Clarence "Robert" Younkin (1924-1989) was born on March 26, 1924 in Ashville, Pickaway County, OH. He married Dora Catherine Taylor (1924-1993). They lived in Williamsport, Pickaway County, and became the parents of two sons, William H. Younkin and James A. Younkin. Said the Circleville Herald, Robert "was a World War II Army veteran, was a member of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ in Lancaster, American Legion Post 618, was the former co-owner of a grocery and dairy shed in South Bloomfield and was owner of a dairy shed in Williamsport." Robert died at age 64 on Feb. 20, 1989, with burial in Harrison Township Cemetery, following funeral services conducted by Pastor Jim Little. An obituary was published in the Circleville Herald. Dora passed away on Aug. 22, 1993.

  • Grandson William Harmon Younkin (1947- ? ) was born in 1947. On May 24, 1974, he married Melissa A. Decker Ziegler ( ? - ? ). The pair's children were Samuel William Younkin and possibly Kristy Younkin. The marriage ended in divorce. He wed a second time to Jacqueline S. ( ? - ? ). The second union ended in divorce in April 1986 in Cuyahoga County, OH. His third spouse in 1989 was Lila J. Ross ( ? - ? ). The third marriage dissolved in divorce in February 1991. Then on New Year's Eve 1992, William entered into matrimony a fourth time with Eloise Rhyner ( ? - ? ). They also divorced in Cuyahoga County in February 1996. William's fifth bride, with whom he tied the knot in June 1999, was Cathy Stasik ( ? - ? ). 
  • Grandson James Alan Younkin (1952- ? ) was born in 1952. He was joined in wedlock on March 16, 1974 with Glenda Wilcoxson ( ? - ? ). Their dwelling-place in 1989 was in Minford, OH. Two children of this marriage were Jaime Nicole Younkin and Erin Michelle Younkin.

Daughter Ermalee May "Erma" Younkin (1927-2018) was born on May 10, 1927 in Ashville, Pickaway County, OH. She attended the Ashville Harrison Schools. Ermalee was twice-married. Her first spouse was George Bowers ( > - ? ). Together, they bore a family of two -- Diane Sarver and Stephen "Steve" Bowers. Ermalee's second husband was Howard Shumate (March 28, 1921- ? ). The second marriage endured for a remarkable 54-plus years. They made their residence in Mount Sterling, OH. Said an obituary, "She was a member of the Newport Church of Christ and Christian Union where she was a substitute pianist until her health interfered." Ermalee died at the age of 90, as a resident of Mount Sterling Place, on Feb. 10, 2018. Jointly conducting her funeral service, held at the Newport Church of Christ and Christian Union in London, were Rev. Justin Sterrett and Rev. Dortha Ross. Howard survived his bride and reached his 100th birthday in 2021. In a photo-essay profile, the Columbus Dispatch said he continued to drive and "eats at local restaurant Ben & Joy's every day." The family and restaurant staff held a party for him at Ben & Joy's on a day so windy that the cluster of balloons they intended to give him blew away. The restaurant also asked patrons to donate a meal in his honor, and more than three months' of lunches became funded. His birthday meal, as with most days, was eggs, bacon, grilled bread and cut onions with hot sauce.

  • Granddaughter Diane Bowers (1948- ? ) was born in 1948. She tied the knot with James Sarver ( ? - ? ). The pair's two daughters were Angel Sarver and Amy Sarver. The Sarvers lived in Piqua, OH in 2018.

    Great-granddaughter Angel Sarver ( ? - ? ) was born on (?).

    Great-granddaughter Amy Sarver ( ? - ? ) married (?) Makala. Her dwelling-place in 2018 was in Piqua. 

  • Grandson Stephen "Steve" Bowers (1953- ? ) was born in 1953. He was united in wedlock with Pamela Osborne ( ? - ? ), daughter of John and Thelma Osborne. The pair stayed together for 37 years until cleaved apart by death. They became the parents of four -- Karen Bowers, Dr. Howard "Edward" Bowers, Amanda Bowers and Dustin Bowers. They lived in Mount Sterling. Sadly, Pamela passed away at the age of 57 on March 7, 2012. Said an obituary, "She was a devoted friend who never knew a stranger. Her faith in the Lord was unwavering. She was the epitome of a strong, devout Christian woman. Member of First Church of the Nazarene where she was a steward, board member, and vice-president of the Missionary Society. Everyone knew her as a wonderful cook. She loved gardening, flowers, and making crafts. She was selfless, even in death, as she donated her organs to help others." Her funeral seervice was held at the First Church of the Nazarene in town. Stephen wed again to Lora ( ? - ? ) and has made a home in Mount Sterling.

    Great-granddaughter Karen Bowers ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). She was pictured in the Columbus Dispatch in 2021 on the happy event of her grandfather's 100th birhtday.

    Great-grandson Dr. Howard "Edward" Bowers ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). He was in Mount Sterling in 2018.

    Great-granddaughter Amanda Bowers ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). She tied the marital knot with Rigo Quintanilla ( ? - ? ) and put down roots in Mount Sterling.

    Great-grandson Dustin Bowers ( ? - ? )

Daughter Rachel Maxine Younkin (1934- ? ) was born in 1934. She appears not to have married and to have spent her life in Ashville.

~ Daughter Nora Maud (Younkin) Harris Crabbe ~

Pickaway County News, 1941
Daughter Nora Maud Younkin (1887-1941) was born in 1887 at Circleville, Pickaway County.

Apparently not married at the time, she and Harley Furniss (July 22, 1877-1915) together produced a daughter, Ethel Waneta (Furniss) Heskett. The girl was born in 1905 when Nora was just 18 years of age.  

Harley suffered from "tabes dorsalis," a slow degeneration of the nerves and fibers carrying sensory signals to the brain. He only lived for about 10 more years, becoming increasingly infirm with his condition. Harley died at the age of 37, in the state hospital in Athens, OH, on July 18, 1918. His remains were laid to rest in Jackson Township Cemetery in Circleville. On his death certificate, his occupation was listed as "none." A stone was erected at the gravesite in the shape of a log. 

Nora as a single mother dwelled in Columbus. On Aug. 29, 1906, the 19-year-old Nora entered into marriage with 21-year-old farmer, Snode Harris (1887-1946), the son of John R. and Amelia (Albright/Hinsey) Harris. Rev. S.K. King officiated. On the marriage license application, she claimed that she had not been married before. Snode's name also has been spelled "Snod" and "Snowde" in public records.

When the federal census was taken in 1910, Snode and Nora lived on a farm next to Nora's parents in Pickaway County. 

Snode apparently adopted or otherwise raised Ethel Waneta as his own child. They went on to produce four offspring of their own -- Richard Harris, Russell "Pete" Harris, Dorothy Buckley Naegel and Basil K. Harris.

The Harrises' marriage ended in divorce.

On March 16, 1920, when she was about 33 years of age, Nora wed her third spouse, Guy Emery Crabbe (1878-1943 ), the son of John Newton and Elizabeth Crabbe.  

Nora and Guy resided in Mt. Sterling, where he was employed as a commercial printer. In about 1930, Nora joined the First Baptist Church of Columbus. 

The third marriage ended in divorce as well. The 1940 U.S. Census shows Nora heading a household in Columbus that included her separated son Basil, motherless grandson Kenneth Heskett and two lodgers. Her address at the end was 632 Lindwood Avenue.

Sadly, she suffered from cancer of the cervix, and passed away at the age of 54 on May 27, 1941, at home in Columbus. At her death, the Pickaway County News eulogized that: 

Of a cheerful nature, she made many friends and those who loved her will miss her kindly deeds. About two years ago she was stricken with diseases suffering intensely until death brought relief. Only those who so tenderly cared for her during the long weeks of her illness could realize her suffering yet through all she trusted in God that not her will but his be done. She requested her children not to grieve or wish her back in this world of suffering and longed for that home where sorrow and pain are no more.

Guy outlived his wife by only two years. He suffered from "exhaustion" and hardening of the arteries. He passed away at the age of 64 on Jan. 2, 1943. His death certificate was signed by Edwin Crabbe. He was buried at Mt. Sterling.

Nora's second husband Snode remarried again to Hettie Snyder ( ? - ? ) and had at least two sons -- Franklin Louis Harris and Eugene Harris -- in the second marriage. They lived in Mount Sterling, Pickaway County, where Snode worked as a "manager" over the years. He died in Columbus of stomach cancer on April 9, 1946, at the age of 59. His official Ohio death certificate -- with daughter Dorothy Naegele as informant -- lists him as a "widow" and that his wife's name was "Nora." He was laid to rest in the Mt. Sterling Cemetery. 

Daughter Ethel Waneta/Juanita Furniss (1905-1926) -- also spelled "Ethyl" -- was born on May 21, 1905 in Darby Township, Pickaway County, OH. On March 19, 1923, at the age of 17, she tied the marital knot with 21-year-old machinist William Theodore Heskett (Nov. 19, 1901-1980), a native of Fairfield County and the son of J.H. and Rosella (Miner) Heskett. Officiating was Rev. H.S. Bailey. Two sons of this union were Edwin Heskett and Kenneth Heskett. They lived at 633 Kerr Street and also 99 Hull in Columbus, with his occupation now driving. Tragically, she suffered from heart disease and an ovarian abscess. Following surgery for her affilictions, she did not recover, and died on May 31, 1926, just nine days after her 21st birthday. Her remains were buried at Pleasant Cemetery in Era, OH, near Pickaway County's western border with Madison County. The widowed William moved to Detroit and appears to have wed again to Lucille (1900- ? ). He was in Detroit as of 1941, sharing a home with his son Edwin at 4859 Cope.

  • Grandson Edwin William Heskett (1923-1979) was born on Nov. 4, 1923 in Columbus. He stood 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighed 157 lbs. in young manhood. Edwin was blind in his right eye. At the age of 18, he and his father shared a home in Detroit, with Edwin working for Western Union. On Jan. 24, 1948, in Detroit, he was united in matrimony with Delores Irene Miller ( ? -1987), daughter of Lillian Milleer. The pair made their residence in Warren and Roseville, Macomb County, MI. The federal census enumeration of 1950 shows him working as a taxicab driver and her as a clerk in a gas company. He died in Clinton, MI on April 16, 1979. Delores endured as a widow for another eight years. She passed away on Sept. 19, 1987.
  • Grandson Kenneth Heskett (1926-2011) was born on Jan. 18, 1926 and was only a few months old at his mother's death. He was taken in by his maternal grandmother Nora and lived with her in Columbus in the 1935-1940 timeframe. He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and was deployed to the European Theatre. One of the vessels on which he served was the LST 582, a tank landing ship. Later, he returned home and received a degree from Wayne University in Detroit. Kenneth entered into marriage with Margot ( ? - ? ). Their trio of sons were Daniel Heskett, Kenneth Heskett and Jeffery Heskett. The family relocated to Phoenix. Said the Phoenix Arizona Republic, "He was a business executive, lecturer and a writer of poetry and children's books.... Ken was a friend to all mankind." He was carried away by the spirit of death at age 85 on March 15, 2011 as a patient in the Veterans Administration Hospital. His cremains are in honored rest in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. As a widow, in 2015, Margot is believed to have received a Camp Verde Fire District Board "Selfless Citizen" award with Anna Wagner and Byron Dombrowski for having helped an individual who fell from an exercise bike.

    Great-grandson Daniel Heskett wed Jo Anne.

    Great-grandson Kenneth Heskett married Marissa.

    Great-grandson Jeffery Heskett tied the knot with Nancy.

Son Richard Horton "Bill" Harris (1908-1966) was born on March 28, 1908 in either Pickaway County or Washington Court House, Fayette County, OH. Circa 1934, he lived in Columbus and earned a living as a truck driver. His first wife, whom he married on March 15, 1934, was 16-year-old Mildred Erb ( ? - ?), a Columbus native and the daughter of William and Anna Erb. Because Mildred was underage, her parents had to officially sign their consent. The marriage ended. As a divorcee, he then resided at 121 Wilson Avenue in Columbus and continued to work in the moving ("transfer") business. Richard lived in Columbus in 1939 at 542 South 18th Street and employed his younger brother Basil. When he was 39 years of age, on June 14, 1947, he entered into marriage with 29-year-old beauty operator Geraldine Susan "Geri" Clark (June 17, 1922-1974), daughter of William and Emma (Leyton) Clark. On their marriage license, she gave her age as four years older than it actually was. Their wedding ceremony was conducted in Franklin County, OH, by the hand of Rev. Delbert Mills. Richard did not reproduce with either wife. His and Geraldine's home in 1966 was at 86 North Ogden Avenue in Columbus. He passed away at the age of 59 on Oct. 18, 1966. Rev. Howard Corwder led the funeral services. Burial was in Green Lawn Cemetery. Geraldine survived for another eight years and relocated to 848 Galloway Road, where she was emploiyed as night manager at Cronin's Corners. At the end, she was engaged to marry Edgel D. "Rusty" Brown. Death swept her away in Doctor's Hospital West on Dec. 13, 1974. Her burial was in Galloway Cemetery in Franklin County, with Rev. Ralph Blackburn officiating the rites. The word "Sister" was inscribed at the top of her stone.

Son Russell E. "Pete" Harris (1909-1983) was born on July 31, 1909 in Circleville, Pickaway County. He moved to Columbus and in 1934 was employed as a truck driver, with a residence at 2055 Sullivant Avenue. At the age of 24, on April 7, 1934, he was joined in wedlock with 19-year-old Ruth (Heck) Grembo (1915- ? ), originally from Urbana, OH, and the daughter of James William and Myrtle (Jenkins) Heck. Rev. A.A. Griffith officiated. Ruth was divorced from her first spouse, George Grembo. Then on April 26, 1941, now age 31, he entered again into the rite of marriage with 23-year-old Martha "Lee" (Short) Harris (1918-1989), daughter of Dallas Short. Presiding as their nuptials was Rev. O.W. Smith. Russell's occupation at the time was with Transfer World and hers' as a packer with Troy Laundry. Together, Russell and Martha Lee produced a daughter, Karen S. Harris. The 1950 federal census enumeration of Columbus shows Russell working as a fork truck operator at a U.S. Army depot and Martha Lee as a loader of light objects in the auto parts industry. He died at the age of 73 on June 27, 1983. The remains were lowered under the sod of Pleasant Cemetery in Mount Sterling, Madison County. Martha Lee lived for another five-and-a-half years. She succumbed to the spectre of death on Jan. 11, 1989.

  • Granddaughter Karen S. Harris (1946- ? ) was born in about 1946 in or near Columbus, OH.

Daughter Dorothy Annabell Harris (1910-2004) was born on June 28, 1910 or 1911 in Era, Pickaway County. She dwelled in Columbus as a young woman. On July 28, 1928, she first wed Madison Lewis Buckley (March 23, 1907-1982), a native of Saginaw, MI and the son of Thomas and Georgia (Ames) Buckley. Rev. W.E. Ewing presided over the nuptials. At the time of marriage, Madison earned a living as a washer-man. Their two children were Glenn Lewis Buckley and William Lee Buckley. The Buckleys' marriage dissolved in divorce, and Madison moved in with his divorced mother in Columbus, earning a living as a casting molder in a foundry. Dorothy later married Donald W. Naegel (April 3, 1916-2001). The Naegels made their dwelling-place in Grove City near Columbus. As of 1950, Donald labored as a mechanic in a garage. One son borne of this union was Donald Ray Naegel. They grieved when son Donald died as a teenager in 1965. Then in 1974, she endured the heartache when son William passed away in Grove City. At the time, their address was 4119 Big Run Road South. Donald died on Nov. 19, 2001. She surrendered to the angel of death in Grove City at the age of 92 on Feb. 13, 2004. Burial was in the sacred soil of Grove City Cemetery. Ex-husband Madison passed away on Dec. 18, 1982.

  • Grandson William Lee Buckley (1929-1974) was born on Sept. 18, 1929 in Columbus. He was a young man when his parents divorced. At the age of 18, in 1948, during the lead-up to the Korean War, he joined in the U.S. Navy and held the rank of seaman. He received his honorable discharge on Oct. 1, 1952. He was thrice-wed. At the age of 42, on Aug. 21, 1972, he married his third wife, 44-year-old Mary M. Watson (1928- ? ). In the early 1970s, their residence was in Grove City near Columbus. Death cleaved him away in Grove City on Nov. 6, 1974. Burial was in Grove City Cemetery. His mother filed an application for him to receive a standard-issue military headstone at his grave.
  • Grandson Glenn Lewis Buckley Sr. (1932-2019) was born on March 31, 1932. In 1950, at age 18, he worked as a presser in a laundry. During the Korean War, he joined the U.S. Navy and served for four years, attaining the rank of boatswain mate. He was twice-wed. His first wife was Carol Marzano ( ? - ? ). They became the parents of one known son, Glenn Lewis Buckley Jr.. On July 8, 1972, when he was 40 years of age, Glenn tied the marital knot with Dorothy J. (March 25, 1934-2020). The pair stayed together for 47 years until the separation of death. Other offspring in the combined family were Brenda Freeman, Diane Mathys and Sherri McCall-Rieser. Over the years, the Buckleys resided in Grove City and Orient OH, with him employed with CSX Railroad. Glenn died at the age of 87 on July 16, 2019. Dorothy lived as a widow for a little more than a year. She was carried away by the angelic host on Nov. 24, 2020. They sleep for the ages in Grove City Cemetery.

    Great-grandson Glenn Lewis Buckley Jr. (1961-2021) was born on Oct. 12, 1961 in Grove City, OH. He was young when his parents divorced and age 11 when Dorothy became his stepmother. Glenn married twice in his life. His first spouse was Sandy Shoemaker ( ? - ? ). Together, they bore two daughters, Kaylenn Buckley and Mickena Buckley. Then on March 1, 2005, he wed a second time to Brenda (Starr) Morton Hickman (Jan. 27, 1962-2021), daughter of Merle and Melony (Seymour) Morton of Chillicothe. She brought two daughters to the union, Michelle Evans and Amber Royster, and several years earlier had lost another daughter Stephanie Jo Evans to murder on April 3, 2001. The daughter  had been brutally bludgeoned and raped and was found floating in the Scioto River in Chillicothe, with her infant strapped in a car seat overnight sitting along a creek bed. The horrific story was featured in the docuseries Swamp Murders entitled “Rocky Waters.” The killer was apprehended and was sentended to a 20-year term in an Ohio prison. The Buckleys resided in her hometown of Chillicothe. Both earned a living at Bellisio -- he was a painter and her a cashier -- and attended the Church of God in Richmond Dale, OH. Sadly, they died just several days apart. She passed first on Sept. 22, 2021 in Adena Regional Medical Center. He followed at the age of 59, also in Adena, on Sept. 26, 2021. Pastor John Evans led the funeral service, with burial in Sigler Cemetery in Ross County. Both were pictured in obituaries in the Chillicothe Gazette. As of 2021, the Buckley daughters were in Charlotte, NC and the Evans stepdaughters in Chillicothe.

  • Grandson Donald Ray "Donnie" Naegel (1948-1965) was born on July 16, 1948 in Columbus. He only lived to the age of 16. Death claimed him in Columbus on July 5, 1965. He sleeps for all time in Grove City Cemetery. The cause of his untimely death is not known.

Son Basil Kenneth Harris (1915-1975) was born on Dec. 12, 1915 in Era near Mount Sterling, Madison County, OH. He stood 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighed 175 lbs. in young manhood. He earned a living as a truck driver and in 1939 lived in Columbus at 513 East Columbus Street, employed by his older brother Richard. On Oct, 2, 1939, when both were 23 years old, he tied the knot with Marguerite Ruth Miller (Aug. 16, 1916-2004), daughter of Frank H. and Doretta (Schneider) Miller and stepdaughter of Charles Jacobs. Their wedding was held in Franklin County, officiated by Rev. A.E. Klick. Within a year, Basil at age 24 was living apart from his wife and had returned to his mother's home, supporting himself as a truck driver for a moving company. Apparently the two reconciled, and in 1941 shared a home at 415 East Deshler Avenue. They went on to become the parents of two -- Richard Kenneth Harris (born 1942) and John Robert Harris (1944). But their troubles continued, and by 1950 they divorced. The federal census of 1950 shows Marguerite in Columbus at the head of a household with her mother, stepfather and sons. At that time, Marguerite earned a living as a clerk and typist for a bakery. Basil shared a home in later years with his sister Dorothy Naegel at 4119 Big Run Road in Grove City. At the age of 59, Basil died in Columbus on Sept. 15, 1975. The remains were taken to his native Mount Sterling to sleep under the sod of Pleasant Cemetery, with Rev. Goldie Moore presiding. He was survived by five grandchildren. Marguerite Ruth outlived him by nearly 30 years. During that time she lost her son John in 1986.  The angel of death gathered her away on Jan. 2, 2004. Burial was in Obetz Cemetery. Inscribed on the face of her grave marker is the scripture reference John 3:16. 

  • Richard K. Harris
    Courtesy Eleanor Carman
    Grandson Richard Kenneth "Dick" Harris (1942-2014) was born on Jan. 14, 1942 in Columbus. He was an alumnus of Columbus South High School and went on to a four-year apprenticeship with the electrical trade union. He joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 683 and held a membership for half a century.  On June 1, 1963, he was joined in wedlock with Etta Mae Blankenship (1945- ? ), daughter of Opal Wedemeyer. Their union stood fast over a remarkable 51 years. They lived in Delaware near Columbus, and their two children were Stephanie L. Watson and Jeffrey Kenneth Harris. He was employed by several companies over the years in management positions. Said an obituary, he "was often called 'The Great One' by his co-workers for accomplishing impossible work tasks and often times finishing jobs early and under budget. His 'go-getter attitude' and willingness to help others followed him into his community work. With Dick's leadership skills he always believed he could make a difference in whatever he was doing." During the 1980s, he gave of his time with the Olentangy Athletic program and, as president of the booster club, helped raise funds to purchase a special type of high-intensity lighting for the football stadium. He was a Little League baseball and football coach and for 40 years refereed high school and college basketball under the auspices of the Ohio High School Athletic Association and Central Ohio Basketball Officials Association. He also held the position of "assigner" for the Columbus Public Schools City League Basketball program. He and Etta were members of the Grace Brethren Church. When time allowed, he liked to boat, fish, hunt and travel and took a special relish in playing pranks on friends. Richard endured a lengthy and losing battle with diabetes. Sadly, at the age of 51, he died on June 1, 2014, on the day marking their 51st wedding anniversary. Co-officiating his funeral rites were Pastors Jim Custer and Tim Waggoner. His remains were lowered into the sleep of all time in Oller Cemetery in Delaware. On one side of their grave marker is the epitaph "Now enjoying the gift of eternal life" and on the other paraphrased scripture from Hebrews 6:19, "Anchored in Heaven by Jesus."

    Great-granddaughter Stephanie L. Harris wed Mark Frederick Watson. They are the parents of Madeline Watson and Michael Watson. 

    Great-grandson Jeffrey Kenneth Harris ( ? - ? )

  • Grandson John Robert Harris (1944-1986) was born on Jan. 30, 1944. He was divorced. John's trio of children were Robert Harris, Kathy Harris and Kimberly Ann Harris. His homeplace in the mid-1970s was in Columbus. He passed away at the age of 42, in Columbus, on April 28, 1986. Interment was in Obetz Cemetery.

~ Son Earl William Younkin ~

Pickaway County News
Son Earl William Younkin (1889-1956) was born on March 13, 1889.

He wed Florence Burkhead (Aug. 14, 1891-1983).

Their five children they produced together were Hazel M. Younkin, Edgar Younkin, Warren Charles Younkin, Omer Younkin and William Earl Younkin Jr. 

The 1920 census shows the Younkins living on a farm in Harrison Township, Pickaway County. By 1930, with the nation locked in the grip of the Great Depression, Earl obtained employment as a truck driver for a transfer company in Columbus. The 1920 census shows Earl, Florence and sons Edgar, Warren and Omer making their home on North Fourth Street in Columbus. That year, 30-year-old Laura Roop was a roomer in their household. Their postal address in 1928 was 583 Mithoff Street.

Howard was named in his father's 1950 obituary, and at that time their home was in South Bloomfield, OH.

Earl died on Sept. 4, 1956. In his obituary, the Pickaway County News said "Born and raised in Pickaway County, his many friends in South Bloomfield will miss his usual friendly greeting. Earl like people and they, in turn, liked him." He was laid to rest in the Harrison Township Cemetery, with Rev. Paul Lindsey officiating the funeral services in the South Bloomfield Methodist Church.

Florence outlived her husband by 27 years. At Thanksgiving 1962, she spent the day with her son Edgar and family as the guests of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Hix in Circleville. She was plucked away by the angel of death, at the age of 91, on July 20, 1983. 

Daughter Hazel M. Younkin (1915-1928) was born in 1915 in Scioto Township, Pickaway County. Sadly, she barely only lived into her teens. She contracted an abscess in the "space of retzius" -- the area between the bladder and pubic area followed by an infection of blood poisoning called "pyemia." Death enveloped her in Columbus' Grant Hospital on Nov. 9, 1928, just two days after her 13th birthday. Her remains were laid to rest in South Bloomfield.

Son Edgar H. "Eddie" Younkin (1918-2007) was born on Jan. 30, 1918 in South Bloomfield, Pickaway County. He married Reva Crawford (1918- ? ), daughter of Andrew C. and Lucy J. Crawford of Columbus. Their union endured the highs and lows of an extraordinary 66 years. Three children in this family were Ronald A. Younkin, Diane Basil and Brenda Brubaker. The Younkins lived in Columbus, where Edgar earned a living as a truck driver for four decades with E.J. Snyder Transfer Company and Grant Trucking. They also owned Eddie's Lounge and the Adobe Lounge. They are known to have spent Thanksgiving Day 1962 at the Circleville home of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Hix. Said an obituary, "Reva was a loving, caring, giving person who cherished her family and adored her friends." Edward passed away at home at the age of 89 on Oct. 30, 2007. Pastor Rick Baumberger officiated the funeral rites. His remains were lowered into eternal repose in Pleasant Cemetery in Mount Sterling, Madison County, OH. His obituary in the Columbus Dispatch said that "Edgar was as strong willed in life as he was facing death. He loved and lived for his family and voiced his love for them to the end." He was survived by five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Reva survived him by two years. At the age of 91, she was gathered away in death, in Mount Carmel Medical Center, on July 25, 2009. Pastor Baumberger again led the funeral services. 

  • Grandson Ronald A. Younkin (1941- ? ) was born in about 1941. He married Janice.
  • Granddaughter Diane Younkin (1946- ? ) was born in about 1946. She wed Robert "Bobby" Basil.

  • Granddaughter Brenda Younkin ( ? - ? ) was joined in wedlock with (?) Brubaker. Their marriage came to an end, and she was the longtime fiance of Howard Kerr.

Son Warren Charles Younkin Sr. (1920-1990) was born on Nov. 9, 1920 in South Bloomfield Township. In young manhood he lived at 632 Linwood Avenue and was employed as an applicator. Warren was twice-wed. On June 22, 1940, at the age of 19, he first was united in wedlock with 17-year-old Ellen L. Bellamy (Feb. 5, 1923- ? ), daughter of William and Josephine (Simon) Bellamy. Rev. George Gressel officiated. They became the parents of three -- Mary Louise Marbaugh, David W. Younkin and Warren "Charles" "Sonny" Younkin Jr. Their marriage dissolved in divorce, and she remarried to Frank Edward Carey and resided in Norwich, Franklin County. Warren's second bride was Doris Doersam (Dec. 20, 1918-1992). One son of the pair was Gary L. Younkin. The family made its dwelling-place in Columbus. As with his brother Edgar, Warren was employed as a bus and truck driver. The federal census enumeration of 1950 shows the Younkins making a home with Doris' widowed grandfather, Edwin Graham, in Columbus, with Warren working as a bus driver. He made news in June 1976 when his vehicle, loaded with 47,000 lbs. of dry, bagged cement, turned over after "he apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his car, drove off the southbound lane of Route 23 into  the median," said the Circleville Herald. Fortunately, he "was able to crawl from the wreckage of the truck. He sustained multiple lacerations and abrasions and was taken to Ross County Medical Center by the Kingston Emergency Medical service..." He survived his injuries and lived for another 14 years. Doris earned income as an assembler at North American Rockwell. They held a membership in St. Johns Evangelical Protestant Church. The angel of death cleaved him away on Feb. 15, 1990. Burial was in Columbus' beautiful Green Lawn Cemetery. Doris survived as a widow for two-and-a-half years. She surrendered to death on Oct. 19, 1992. Rev. Paul Baumer led the funeral rites, with an obituary appearing in the Columbus Dispatch.

  • Granddaughter Mary Louise Younkin (1942- ? ) was born in about 1942. She was young when her parents divorced. In 1950, at the age of eight, she lived with her mother and stepfather Frank E. Carey in Norwich, Franklin County, OH. She was an alumna of Hilliard High School. She appears to have been married twice, first to Byron D. Odell Sr. (Sept. 4, 1937- ? ). Their brood of seven children included Pamela Eger, SuEllen Gabel, Rebecca Irene Barley, Byron D. Odell Jr., Kathleen Haydocy, Mary Margaret Crawford and Elizabeth Broskie. Their union ended in divorce. Then in 1982, at the age of 40, Mary Louise entered into marriage with Lee Allan Marbaugh ( ? - ? ). He brought a stepson to the union, Deric Marbaugh. The Marbaughs settled in Columbus and were the parents of Michelle Rae Marbaugh. Said an obituary, Mary Louise "was a 4-H Club advisor for many years. She was a talented seamstress, passionate reader, and a skilled puzzle solver." She was diagnosed with cancer and died at the age of 66 on Jan. 16, 2008. Her body was donated to the anatomical department of Ohio State University for research into a future cure for cancer. In the obituary, the family asked that any contributions be made to Mt. Carmel West Hospice or the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

    Great-granddaughter Pamela Odell wed Ron Eger. They are the parents of Jeff Eger, Craig Eger and Nicholas Eger.

    Great-granddaughter SuEllen Odell married Ed Gabel. The two children of this family are Rachel Gabel and Sarah Gabel.

    Great-granddaughter Rebecca Irene Odell was joined in wedlock with (?) Barley. Together, they bore a family of four -- Jenie Barley, Erica Barley, Kristin Barley and Mark Barley. Later, she was a companion of Marty O’Neil.

    Great-grandson Byron D. Odell Jr. was united in matrimony with Cheryl. Born to this union were Ryan Odell and Brandon Odell.  

    Great-granddaughter Kathleen L. Odell entered into marriage with P.J. Haydocy. They produced two offspring -- Ashlee Haydocy and Paul Haydocy.

    Great-granddaughter Mary Margaret Odell married Bill Crawford. Their one known child is Riley Crawford.

    Great-granddaughter Elizabeth Odell wed Tim Broskie. They are the parents of Logan Borskie, Mitchell Broskie and Brady Brosky.

    Great-granddaughter Michelle Rae Marbaugh was a companion of Jeremy Murray.

    Step-great-grandson Deric Marbaugh tied the knot with Launa.

  • Grandson David W. Younkin (1942- ? ) was born in 1942. He grew up in Norwich, OH with Frank E. Carey as his stepfather. He was united in the rite of matrimony with Judy.
  • Grandson Warren "Charles" "Sunny" Younkin Jr. (1943-1965) was born on Oct. 14, 1943. Sadly, he died at the age of 21 on Sept. 21, 1965. Burial was in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Hilliard. The cause of his untimely death is not known.
  • Grandson  Gary L. Younkin (1947- ? ) was born in about 1947 and grew up in Columbus. As an adult, he enjoyed attending stock car races with his uncle Junior and was named in the uncle's Columbus Dispatch obituary in 2008. He was married to Patricia "Pat" ( ? -? ) and planted themselves in Canal Winchester, OH. Their duo of offspring were Joseph Younkin and Michael Younkin.

Son Omer Younkin (1924-1990) was born in 1924. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He first tied the knot with Laurellen Elizabeth Lintner (Feb. 11, 1924-1986). The couple did not reproduce. They lived in Reynoldsburg, near Columbus. Laurellen was employed by Rockwell International as a personnal supervisor. They belonged to the Perace Lutheran Church of Gahanna. In the late 1970s, the pair began spending their winters in Tarpon Springs, FL, at the address of Lot 236, Cypress Point Campground. Sadly, Laurellen died in Pinellas County, FL just four days before Christmas 1986. Her remains were transported to Ohio for interment. Another second bride was Nanette ( ? - ? ). Omer was spirited away in death in Columbus on July 23, 1990. Burial was in Mifflin Cemetery in Gahanna.

Son William Earl "Junior" Younkin Jr. (1932- ? ) was born on March 8, 1932. He was united in marriage with Rosemary ( ? - ? ). The pair did not reproduce. Said the Columbus Dispatch, "Earl was a devoted son, brother, uncle and lover of animals. He was an avid Buckeye and Clipper fan and loved to attend stock car races with his nephew, Gary." He was named in the 2007 obituary of his brother Edgar. Earl died in Villa Angela in Columbus, at the age of 76, on Oct. 11, 2008. His obituary appeared in the Dispatch. , naming his extended family of survivors as his "sister-in-law, Reva; nephews, Ronald (Janice) Younkin, Gary Younkin; nieces, Diane (Bobby) Basil and Brenda Brubaker (Howard Kerr); cousins, Maxine Younkin, Irene Younkin and Marge Wilson; several great nieces and nephews..." Burial was in Harrison Township Cemetery. The family asked that any memorial gifts be made to Mt. Carmel Hospice or Cheshire Cats.

~ Son Howard Wilson Younkin ~

Son Howard Wilson Younkin (1894-1964) was born on Jan. 12, 1894 in Pickaway County.

Circa 1915, he entered into marriage with Tessa Green (Jan. 11, 1892-1963), daughter of Henry and Sara Jane (Murphy) Green of Scioto Township.

Together, they bore had six children -- Gladys M. West, Floyd Edwin Younkin, Carl F. Younkin, Marjorie Wilson, Lola Faye Mumaw and Russell H. Younkin. 

In 1920, they lived on a farm in Harrison Township, Pickaway County, where Howard worked as a grange laborer. By 1930, they had relocated to a farm in Scioto Township, Pickaway County. When named in the obituary of Howard's father in 1950, the family was in Commercial Point, OH, and they remained there for good.

Pickaway County News, 1963
Courtesy Ohio Historical Society
Howard and Tessa belonged to the Scioto Chapel Evangelical United Brethren Church. He also held a membership in the Commercial Point Men's Community Club and she to the church's Chapel Ladies' Aid group and local chapter of the Womens Christian Temperance Union. She belonged to the Chapel's Ladies Aid Society and the local chapter of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. In August 1932, the family attended a reunion of the Green clan at the home of George Adkins.

She passed away at age 71 on April 20, 1963. An obituary in the Circleville Herald said that Rev. Carl Groff led the funeral rites, with burial in Harrison Township Cemetery.

Howard followed her to the grave a year later, on June 26, 1964. The Herald published an obituary. At the time of their deaths, they had produced 16 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Daughter Gladys Evelyn Younkin (1915-2001) was born on April 26, 19195. She married Kelley Lou West (Jan. 12, 1915-1994). Three children of this couple were Lou Ann Boone, Phil West and Steve West. Kelley is known to have served in the U.S. Army during World War II. The Wests were in Ashville for decades and spent winters in Florida. They held a membership in the Commercial Point United Methodist Church and she belonged to the Sewing Guild at Riverside Hospital. Sadly, at the age of 79, Kelley passed away on June 17, 1994. Gladys died at the age of 86 on Aug.18, 2001. Burial was in Circleville's Heavenly Hills Cemetery, with Rev. Jim Hopkins officiating. An obituary in the Columbus Dispatch said she was survived by 10 grandchildren, a dozen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

  • Granddaughter Betty Jean West ( ? - ? ) entered into marriage with Harvey Carstens. In 2001, they were in Inverness, FL.
  • Granddaughter Lou Ann West ( ? - ? ) wed Dale Boone. They settled in Ashville.
  • Grandson Phillip Richard West (1942-1994) was born on March 1, 1942. He married Judy ( ? - ? ). Their trio of daughters were Teresa L. West, Tracy Layne West and Toni Larae West. The family  dwelled in Grove City, OH. Phillip died at the age of 52 on March 24, 1994.
  • Grandson Steve West ( ? - ? ) was joined in wedlock with Pam. Their home was in Groveport, OH.

Floyd's company, Greenlawn R.V. Center in Columbus, Ohio

Floyd Younkin
Son Floyd Edwin Younkin (1917-1997) was born in 1917. He was a 1935 gradaute of Scioto Township High School. In young manhood he dwelled near Commercial Point, Pickaway County and then relocated to Columbus. There, he was employed circa 1940 with Ace Lumber and Coal Yards. On Sept. 7, 1940, Floyd was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with Mary "Irene" Pontius (Nov. 23, 1920-2015), daughter of Turney Leroy and Corilla Ula (Valentine) Pontius of Thatcher, OH. The nuptials were held in the Avondale United Brethren Church of Columbus, presided by the hand of Rev. D.S. Mills. News of their marriage was printed in the Circleville Herald, which said that "White satin fashioned the bride's gown, a tiny yoke of exquisite lace and a row of satin covered buttons marching down the back being features of the classic model. The skirt fell in soft lines from the tight midriff to form a modified train. Her lovely finger-tip length veil was of cascaded tulle and was held in place by a coronet of orange blossoms." Floyd and Mary Irene stayed together for a remarkable 56 years until the separation of death. Irene was an alumna of Pickaway Township High School and then worked for the Ohio State Department of Public Welfare before accepting a new position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Together, the Younkins became the parents of three -- Ronald P. Younkin, Janice Benjamin and Scarlett Ebenhack.

Booklet, 2000 
The Younkins dwelled in Columbus, at the address of 499 North Warren Street in 1941 and at 2432 Berwick Boulevard in 1957. As of 1946, in Columbus, Floyd is believed to have owned Greenlawn Trailer Camp and received a permit to expand its laundry and sanitation facilities. Over time, he was elected first vice president of the Ohio Trailercoach Association. Then circa 1951-1952, he held the post of president of the Trailercoach Dealers National Association. The family, in company with Irene's parents, is known to have attended the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle. Floyd became president of Greenlawn Realty Company and founded Greenlawn Mobile Home Sales and Park, Greenlawn R.V. Center, Scarlett Manor, Rose Hill Terrace and Enchanted Acres Communities, all of Columbus, OH.  He also founded Dycom Industries, Inc., of West Palm Beach, FL.  Both Floyd and Mary Irene were inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National R.V. Mobile Home and Park Developers Association, and he was a member of the Ohio State University Presidents Club, among other accomplishments.  

In his honor, his family donated funds for the Floyd E. Younkin Branch Library of the Pickaway County District Public Library, dedicated on Dec. 16, 1999. When the library reached its 15th anniversary, the family posed for a group photograph in the Circleville Herald. The family also underwrote the Younkin Success Center at Ohio State University, dedicated June 6, 2000. They also provided funding for a theatre in the round in Elkhart, IN, today named the Floyd E. and Mary Irene Younkin Theatre, and the new Ohio 4-H Center. Among her charities was the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation. Mary Irene remained in Columbus for the balance of her years. In 2000, she was honored as Ashville's Woman of the Year. She died at the age of 95 on Dec. 5, 2015. At her death, said the Dispatch, she was chair of Greenlawn Realty Company, co-founder of Greenlawn Mobile Home Sales and Park; Greenlawn R.V. Center, Scarlett Manor, Rose Hill Terrace, Enchanted Acres and Facilities, and Greenlawn Companies Executive Office Complex. A funeral service was held at Enchanted Acres Community Center, jointly led by Rev. Dr. William Snider and Pastor Steve Combs, followed by interment in Forest Cemetery in Circleville.

  • Grandson Ronald P. Younkin (1941- ? ) was born in 1941 in Grant Hospital in Columbus. He married Linda. Over the years he has served as a board director of Dycom Industries of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, founded in 1969, a publicly owned company providing engineering, construction and maintenance services to the telecommunications and utility industry. He also in 1981 was named president and CEO of his father's business, Greenlawn Mobile Home Sales. In 2010, he was appointed to the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission.

  • Granddaughter Janice Younkin ( ? - ? ) was born in 1957 in Mt. Carmel Hospital. She wed Robert Benjamin. She has been active with the Ohio State University's annual Pharmacy Alumni and Friends Golf Outing.
  • Granddaughter Scarlett Younkin (1957- ? ) was born in 1957 in Mt. Carmel Hospital. She entered into marriage with Dr. Thomas Ebenhack. Thomas is a veterinarian who owns Canal's Edge Veterinary Clinic in Circleville. In 2015, he brought a second veterinarian into the practice, Circleville native Dr. Katherine Crist. Scarlett has served on the board of directors of Haven House of Pickaway Co., Inc. and been active with Circleville Junior Women.


Carl and Phyllis Younkin
Courtesy Erica Younkin
Son Carl Frederick Younkin (1919-1977) was born on Jan. 22, 1919. He was a graduate of Scioto Township High School. Carl was employed as a young man with his brother Floyd in the Ace Lumber and Coal Yards of Columbus. On June 19, 1940, he was joined in wedlock with Mabel "Phyllis" Valentine (Feb. 20, 1921-2006), daughter of Floyd L. and Bess (Haren) Valentine of Stoutsville, OH. Their nuptials were conducted by the hand of Rv. C.F. Froderman in First Methodist Church of Louisa, KY. The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette and Circleville Herald both announced the marriage and said the bride wore "a blue printed chiffon with white accessories." Phyllis was an alumna of Stoutsville High School and the Cameron School of Cosmetology. During World War II, Carl joined the U.S. Army. The family put down roots in Columbus and then settled in Commercial Point. Their pair of children were Sharon Lee Younkin and David Rodney Younkin. Phyllis was active with the Scioto Chapel and its annual homecoming program, including performing piano music. Said the Columbus Dispatch, she was "a member of Brookwood Presbyterian Church. She had been an active volunteer for the Kidney Foundation and a passionate musician, belonging to the Columbus Damenchor as both singer and pianist for over 30 years." Sadly, at the age of 58, Carl died on Jan. 29, 1977. His remains lie in eternal repose in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Columbus. Phyllis as a widow moved to California. She died at the age of 84 at Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, on Feb. 1, 2006. The remains were shipped back to Ohio for interment at Forest Lawn. Andrew Hoover led the funeral rites, and the Dispatch published an obituary.

  • Granddaughter Sharon Lee Younkin (1941- ? ) was born on Christmas Eve 1941. She was joined in matrimony with Richard "Dick" Glass ( ? - ? ). The couple migrated to California and has dwelled in Alamo, CA. They are the parents of Robert Glass, Eric Glass and Julia Melito.

    Great-grandson Robert Glass wed Mistie.

    Great-grandson Eric Glass married Amy.

    Great-granddaughter Julia Glass entered into marriage with David Melito. 

  • Grandson David Rodney Younkin (1947- ? ) was born in 1947 at Grant Hospital. News of his birth was trumpeted in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette. He was united in wedlock with Shirley Boes ( ? - ? ), daughter of Louis A. and Dorothy (Kuhn) Boes. The Younkins have made their residence in Centerville, OH. Two children of this union are Marc Younkin and Erica Younkin. David has been a member of the Desert Bluegrass Association.

    Great-grandson Marc Younkin put down roots in West Chester, OH.

    Great-granddaughter Erica Younkin received her degree in advertising from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She moved to New York City, working as a freelance writer and marketer, and then was employed as a digital marketing producer at Nickelodeon and as a marketing manager with Outside Magazine. She eventually relocated back to join the staff of the University of Colorado as assistant director of online marketing and then joined General Mills' natural/organic division to market the product LÄRABAR®, an organic snack bar of nuts, fruits and spices. In 2013, she founded her own agency, BRANDcrafted Marketing, and in 2017 became a member of the Women's Foundation of Colorado Empowerment Council. She was featured in the Foundation's "Profile in Philanthropy" in June 2022. 

Greeting card, early 1900s 
Daughter Marjorie J. Younkin (1920-2014) was born on Nov. 17, 1920 in Ashville, Pickaway County. She was a 1938 graduate of Scioto Township High School and resided at Commercial Point as a young woman. On Aug. 4, 1941, by the hand of her uncle Rev. Leslie Green, she entered into marriage with Harold Francis Wilson (Aug. 31, 1918-2003), son of Colt Wilson of near Ashville. They exchanged vows at the home of her parents, decorated with an "abundance of lovely summer garden flowers," said the Circleville Herald. Marjorie wore "an afternoon street dress of poudre blue..., her flowers being pink rose buds." They became the parents of two -- Michael Wilson and Gary E. Wilson. Also an alum of Scioto High, Harold worked for Rail and Light Company at the time of marriage. The newlyweds' first home was in the Lulu Garner Apartment. Harold is known to have served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and to have trained at Patterson Field in Fairfield, OH. In time he attained the rank of staff sergeant. Circa 1964, the Wilsons made their residence in Ashville, OH. Marjorie is known to have been active in the Scioto Chapel Ladies Aid with her mother and mother-in-law. Her other memberships included the Village Chapel United Methodist Church, Ashville Womens Civic Club, Daughters of America, TOPS Club of Ashville and the Sunshine Girls. She was employed for 24 years with the State Teachers Retirement agency. Sadly, Harold passed away on July 16, 2003. Marjorie lived for another 11 years and endured the death of her son Gary in 2005. She died in Columbus' Mt. Carmel West Medical Center at the age of 93 on Feb. 20, 2014. Rev. Kevin Pees and Rev. Thomas Scoby jointly officiated the rites. In an obituary in the Columbus Dispatch, the family requested that any memorial gifts be made to the Floyd Younkin Library or Village Chapel United Methodist Church Building Fund. The pair sleep for the ages in Heavenly Hills Cemetery in Circleville.

  • Grandson Michael Wilson ( ? - ? ) wed Sandra Trimble. They put down roots in Ashville.
  • Grandson Gary E. Wilson (1948-2005) was born on March 26, 1948 in Columbus. He was a 1966 graduate of Teays Valley High School. He then joined the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Gary married Carol Sue Worley ( ? - ? ). She appears to have brought several stepchildren into the union -- Robert Krooner, Kenneth Krooner, Kevin Krooner and possibly also Kethleen Cochrane, Karen Livingston and Kristine Boyd. The Wilsons made their residence in Columbus. Said the Columbus Dispatch, "He was a member of the Ohio State Red Coats and worked at Nationwide Arena for the Columbus Blue Jackets." Sadly, at the age of 57, Gary died on Aug. 14, 2005 as a patient in Mt. Carmel West Medical Center. Pastor David Wells presided at the services. An obituary in the Dispatch said he was survived by a dozen grandchildren and asked that any memorial contributions be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Ohio. Carol Sue made her home in Hilliard, OH as a widow in 2014.

    Step-great-grandson Robert Krooner wed Theresa. They live in Pickerington.

    Step-great-grandson Ken Krooner married Karin. They migrated to Virginia Beach, VA.

    Step-great-grandson Kevin Krooner was joined in wedlock with Melissa. They were stationed in 1005 at Fort Campbell, KY.

    Step-great-granddaughter Kathleen was united in matrimony with Bill Cochrane. They planted themselves in Plain City, OH.

    Step-great-granddaughter Karen entered into marriage with Roy Livingston. They relocated to Tampa, FL.

    Step-great-granddaughter Kristine wed Todd Boyd. They put down roots in Lewis Center, OH. 

Bird's-eye view of Circleville, Ohio 

Daughter Lola Faye Younkin (1923-1997) was born on June 25, 1923. She married Charles Imler Mumaw Jr. (May 17, 1923-2001), a native of Pickaway County and the son of Charles Imler and Maria E. (Cannon) Mumaw Sr. The pair's two known children were Dennis Mumaw and Cheryl Huner. Charles in young manhood was employed with automotive dealderships in the Circleville area. The couple in 1956 partnered with W.E. and Isabelle Christopher to open their own business, Circleville Motors Inc., a Mercury dealership. It was located on Route 23 north of Walnut Creek Pike on a property of two acres. In 1960, the Younkins and Christophers dissolved their business. As of 1964, Lola Faye dwelled in Columbus.She passed away on Sept. 20, 1997 at the age of 74. Charles outlived her by four years. He died on July 12, 2001. They sleep under the sod of Forest Cemetery.

  • Grandson Dennis Mumaw (1948-2014) was born on Aug. 3, 1948. He was joined in marriage with Virginia "Ginny" ( ? - ? ). Their trio of offspring were Amy Jo Mumaw, Matthew D. Mumaw and Michelle M. Mumaw. Following in his footsteps in the automobile industry, he worked for dealerships and as a parts manager for General Motors for more than three decades. Said an obituary, "He was well respected for his professional knowledge and exceptional ability to remember long parts numbers. He was an active member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Hilliard for over 20 years, serving on the Church Council, in the adult choir and the Fishermen men's choral group. Subsequently, he became a member of Northwest United Methodist Church in Upper Arlington, where he also joined the adult choir. He was a longtime member of the Loyal Order of Moose Fraternal Organization and enjoyed working in the Lodge kitchen for the monthly Omlette Breakfast and special meal functions." At the age of 66, Dennis died during heart surgery in Columbus' Riverside Methodist Hospital  on Sept. 29, 2014. A memorial service was held in the family church, with an obituary appearing in the Columbus Dispatch.

    Great-grandson Matthew D. Mumaw married Monica.

    Great-granddaughter Amy Jo Mumaw ( ? - ? )

    Great-granddaughter Michelle M. Mumaw ( ? - ? )

  • Granddaughter Cheryl Elaine Mumaw ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). She was a 1963 graduate of Circleville High School and then took a secretarial course of study at Columbus Business University. Upon graduation, she was hired as a receptionist and secretary in the Cleveland office of General Electric Company. On Nov. 6, 1965, she was united in wedlock with Norbert H. Huner ( ? - ? ), son of Herbert Huner of Napoleon, OH. The wedding ceremony was held in Circleville's Trinity Lutheran Church, by the hand of Rev. Carl Zehner. The Circleville Herald published her bridal portrait and said  she "wore a floor length gown of silk taffeta designed with an Aloncon lace bodice, Sabrina neckline trimmed with pearls and crystals and long sleeves tapering to points over her hands. The chapel train featured inserts of lace and taffeta. A crowd of seed pearls and crystal held her veil of silk illusion and she carried a cascade bouquet of white fugi, button mums and white carnations with a detachable corsage of carnations and white frosted grapes." Norbert was an alumnus of Napoleon High School and Tri-State College in Indiana and employed as a civil engineer with Austin Company in Cleveland. Circa 1973, they dwelled at 361 Worman Drive in Gahanna, OH. Cheryl was active with her high school class reunions.

Son Russell H. Younkin (1929-2003) was born on Jan. 12, 1929. He was a graduate of Scioto Township High School. Russell resided in Commercial Point, Pickaway County in young manhood. He is known to have been employed in 1941 with the Civilian Conservation Corps at Newark. Then by 1948, he was a mechanic at the Pickaway power plant. At the age of 19, on June 25, 1948, he tied the marital knot with Nancy Ann Green ( ? - ? ), daughter of William J. Green of Orient, Pickaway County. Rev. Ralph Young officiated at the ceremony held in the Harrisburg Methodist Church. News of their marriage license and then wedding was published in the Circleville Herald, which reported that the bride wore "a formal gown of white satin and a fingertip veil of illusion held in place by a tiara of lilies-of-the-valley and lace. She carried a shower bouquet of white roses and carnations." Nancy was an alumna of Scioto Township High School and then an office training school in Columbus. At the time of marriage, she was employed by a life insurance firm. Their three daughters were Kathy Younkin, Beverly Younkin and Pamela Younkin. The Younkins' home in 1964 was in Orient. Russell passed away on Aug. 10, 2003. Nancy outlived him by five years and surrendered to the angel of death on Sept. 3, 2008. Interment was in Muhlenberg Township Cemetery in Darbyville, Pickaway County. The artwork on the face of their grave marker shows scenes of fishing and water-skiing.

  • Granddaughter Katherine "Kathy" Younkin (1952-2007) was born on Sept. 15, 1952 in Columbus. She was a 1970 graduate of Teays Valley High School. She wed Jerry Lee Moody ( ? - ? ), son of Charles "Pete" and Letty Moody. Their union endured for a span of 37 years. Jerry worked in maintenance and lived in Ashville at the time. The pair's three children were Heather Laracuente, Jerry Lee Moody Jr. and Timothy Moody. The Moodys made their residence in Grove City, OH. Katherine was employed for more than two decades at the Buckeye Ranch. She also is known to have been a subscriber to the Younkin Family News Bulletin published by the late Donna (Younkin) Logan. Sadly, Katherine passed away at home at the age of 54 on March 11, 2007. Rev. Coyte Carrol led the funeral rites, with interment in Muhlenberg Township Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Columbus Dispatch.

    Great-granddaughter Heather Moody tied the knot with Marcos Laracuente.

    Great-grandsonand Timothy Moody 

    Great-grandson Timothy Moody married or has been a companion of Susan Kohne.

  • Granddaughter Beverly "Sue" Younkin (1950-2018) was born on July 27, 1950 in Columbus. She was a 1968 graduate of Teays Valley High School. Beverly appears to have been single throughout her life and dwelled in Columbus. She was employed over the years with Ohio Bell and retired from the company. She died at the age of 67 on Feb. 22, 2018. Burial was with her parents in Muhlenberg Township Cemetery. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association. 
  • Granddaughter Pamela Jo "Pam" Younkin ( ? - ? ) was a 1974 graduate of Teays Valley High School. As a young woman, she was employed by the medical practice of Drs. Miller and Mechenbier in Columbus. On June 17, 1978, she entered into marriage with Mark A. Puckett ( ? - ? ), son of Carl E. Puckett. The wedding was conducted in the Commercial Point Methodist Church. The happy couple was pictured in an announcement in the Circleville Herald, which said that she wore "a formal length gown of white bridal satin covered with silk organza daisy trim. Her veil of illusion was attached to a bridal cap of white roses accented with baby's breath. She carried an arm bouquet of white roses and baby's breath." At the time, Mark earned a living in Columbus wth W.W. Williams Company. One child born of this union was Lindsey Puckett.

    Great-grandchild Lindsey Puckett ( ? - ? ) 

~ Son Everett "Hobart" Younkin ~

Son Everett "Hobart" Younkin (1896-1972) was born on Sept. 21, 1896 in Commercial Point, Pickaway County. 

He first was united in matrimony with Gladys (?) (1903- ? ). 

Then circa 1926, at the age of 29, he 23-year-old married Gertrude M. (Fisher) Boord (July 28, 1902-1971), daughter of C.E. Fisher. At the time both resided in Dayton, Montgomery County, OH. The couple moved to Columbus by 1931.

Neither marriage resulted in offspring. 

Said the Columbus Dispatch, Hobart was a " truck driver for Commercial Freight [and] ... and employed at the Larry Boord Insurance Co. as building manager." Gossip column articles in the Morgan County Democrat for 1931 and 1932 show that the pair often spent weekends visiting with her parents. They also traveled back to Hobart's native Pickaway County to see his brother Howard.

Their address in the early 1970s was 2130 Victoria Avenue in Dayton.

Sadly, Gertrude passed away at the age of 69 on Nov. 26, 1971. An obituary was printed in the Dispatch, naming her cousins Lloyd and Larry Boord of Columbus and Leland Boord of Arizona among her survivors. 

Hobart died just a few months later, on Jan. 28, 1972, and they are buried at Harrison Township Cemetery. The Dayton Daily News published an obituary.

~ Daughter Mildred Clara (Younkin) Hoover ~

Daughter Mildred Clara Younkin (1899-1964) was born on Nov. 21, 1899 in Derby, Pickaway County, OH.

She married James Garfield Hoover (Aug. 12, 1900-1977), a native of Pickaway County and the son of John and Louella (Duvall) Hoover. 

Pickaway County News, 1964
Courtesy Ohio Historical Society
James was a carpenter in the building construction industry. Circa 1930, they made their home along Goose Pond Road in Scioto Township, Pickaway County. Later they lived in Columbus, Franklin County (1943) and in South Bloomfield, Pickaway County.

The couple were the parents of seven children -- James Rowland Hoover, Geraldine Hoover, Paul Hoover, Cleo Furr, Willard "Rudy" Hoover, Christina Naegele and Dorothy "Imogene" Hoover.   

Heartache shook the family repeatedly at the untimely deaths of four children. The toll began in 1918, when infant daughter Geraldine died from meningitis at age three months, six days on Aug. 27, 1918 -- again on Aug. 23, 1919, when newborn son Paul died from an unclosed flaplike opening in the heart -- and once more in 1927 when son James caught a cold and died of bronchial pneumonia at age five months on Dec. 4, 1927. The tender infants' remains were placed into eternal rest in South Bloomfield Cemetery and marked with one stone, bearing the carving of a lamb at the top. The family again was plunged into unspeakable grief when 12-year-old daughter Dorothy "Imogene" died from rheumatic heart disease in 1943.

The family residence circa 1950 was in Lockbourne near Columbus. James earned a living at that time as a carpenter in the steel coatings industry, while son Willard, unmarried at age 23, worked as a farmer.

Mildred passed away in Grant Hospital at the age of 64 on March 14, 1964. Word was sent to relatives in Circleville, and an obituary appeared in the Circleville Herald. The headcount of her survivors was six grandchldren and one great-grandchild. Her funeral was held in the South Bloomfield Methodist Church, followed by interment of the remains in Harrison Township Cemetery. Also at rest in the family plot are daughter Imogene and son Willard.

James outlived her by 13 years and remained in Columbus at the address of 4024 South Parsons Avenue. With his health in decline, he was admitted to Mount Carmel Hospital. There, he surrendered to the angel of death on July 9, 1977, at age 77. News of his passing was announced in the Circleville Herald. Rev. John Currens presided over the funeral rites. 

Daughter Cleo Hoover (1921-1994) was born on July 28, 1921 in South Bloomfield, Pickaway County. She wed Sherman H. Furr (May 2, 1915-1974), son of Isaac H. and Elizabeth C. (Hoover) Furr. The Furrs planted themselves in Columbus and were the parents of a son, Richard J. Furr. Sherman spent his career as an interior decorator, repairman and house painter. The federal census enumeration of 1950 shows the family in Columbus, with Sherman's 20-year-old brother Boy living under their roof and helping with Sherman's business. Sadly, Sherman died in Columbus at the age of 59 on Oct. 31, 1974. The Lima (OH) News published an obituary. Cleo lived for another two decades. At the age of 73, she passed away on Oct. 4, 1994. Burial was in Harrison Township Cemetery in South Bloomfield.

  • Grandson Richard J. Furr (1938- ? ) was born in about 1938. He grew up in Columbus.

Son Willard "Rudy" Hoover (1924-1998) was born on July 25, 1924. He resided with his parents in Hamilton near Columbus in 1950 and labored as a farmer. Rudy may have been married at some point. He succumbed to the spectre of death on Feb. 20, 1998. Burial was in his parents' plot in Harrison Township Cemetery.

Daughter Christina Eve Hoover (1928-2015) was born on Christmas Day 1928 in South Bloomfield, Pickaway County. On May 7, 1949, she was joined in wedlock with Rex William Naegele (June 28, 1923-2019), originally from St. Louis, Gratiot County, MI and the son of Ray and Mabel (Husted) Naegele. Their union endured the ups and downs of an extraordinary 65 years. During World War II, Rex served with the Ameritime Services in 1941 and 1942 and then joined the U.S. Army. His service continued until discharge in 1946. Five children borne of this marriage were Cheryl Pizzuti, Rex A. Naegele, Denise Sunderland, Deborah "Debby" Naegele and Christina K. "Christy" Cassidy. Their home for decades was in Columbus. Rex was employed for 35 years by B&L Motor Freight, a Central Ohio trucking company, and retired in 1980. Christina, said the Columbus Dispatch, "loved to cook, read, play cards and enjoyed the company of her family and friends. Her smile was warm and her laughter sounded like a melody." In Rex's free time, he enjoyed cooking and was known for his generosity and kindness. The angel of death cleaved Christina away at the age of 86 on Jan. 21, 2015. The remains were brought to her native county to sleep for all time in Harrison Township Cemetery. Rex outlived his wife by four years. He died in Columbus, on Nov. 28, 2019, at the age of 96. The headcount of his survivors included a dozen grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Cheryl Lyn Naegele (1952-2017) was born on March 5, 1952 in Columbus. She was an alumna of Northland High School and in time joined St. Michael's Catholic Church of Findlay, OH. She wed Michael Pizzuti ( ? - ? ). They made their dwelling in Findlay, OH. The trio of children born to their union were Jennifer Prueter, Dominic Puzzuti and Anthony Pizzuti. The marriage ended in divorce, and Cheryl moved to Columbus. The Columbus Dispatch said that she "was a very talented decorator and enjoyed painting, gourd art, knitting and crafts. Cheryl was a loving, wonderful mom who always put everyone else first and loved her dogs Rags and Wimbledon." Sadly, she died at the age of 65 on April 11, 2017. In an obituary in the Dispatch, the family requested that any memorial contributions be made to the City Mission of Findlay.

    Great-granddaughter Jennifer Pizzuti ( ? - ? ) wed Nicholas "Nick" Prueter.

    Great-grandson Dominic Puzzuti ( ? - ? ) married Leeann.

    Grat-grandson Anthony Pizzuti ( ? - ? )

  • Grandson Rex A. Naegele ( ? - ? ) married Lyn. They have resided in Springfield, OH.
  • Granddaughter Denise Naegele ( ? -? ) entered ito marriage with Stephen "Steve" Sunderland. They settled in Columbus.
  • Granddaughter Deborah "Debby" Naegele ( ? - ? ) has dwelled in Fort Pierce, FL and Columbus, OH.
  • Granddaughter Christina K. "Christy" Naegele ( ? - ? ) was joined in wedlock with Kevin Cassidy. Circa 2015, they were in Westerville and in 2019 in Columbus.

Daughter Dorothy "Imogene" Hoover (1931-1943) was born on April 21, 1931 in Pickaway County. In her youth she dwelled with her family in Columbus. Sadly, her life only took her into her 13th year. She was afflicted with rheumatic heart disease and died at home in Columbus on June 23, 1943. An obituary was printed in the Circleville Herald. The body was taken to Shadeville Methodist Church for funeral services, followed by burial under the sod of South Bloomfield Cemetery. 

~ Daughter Edith (Younkin) Mithoff ~

Daughter Edith Younkin (1903-1980) was born on Jan. 11, 1903.

She was joined in wedlock with Clarence Roof Mithoff (Sept. 6, 1900-1974). 

Columbus Dispatch, 1980
Courtesy Ohio Historical Society
The Mithoffs resided in Columbus, Franklin County, OH and later at Lancaster, Fairfield County, OH. They often spent weekends visiting at the home of her parents in the Circleville area.

They had three daughters -- Helen Schwartz, Annetta "Louise" Land and Beatrice Ford.

Clarence earned a living for many years as a body shop laborer for Marte Pontiac in Lancaster. The family's home address in Columbus was 569 South James Road.

As a patient in Alum Crest Hospital, Clarence was spirited away by the angel of death on March 19, 1974. Funeral rites were led by Rev. Howard Buckley. An obituary was published in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette.

Edith survived him by a span of six years. Her final address was 141 Graceland Drive, Lancaster. died on March 15, 1980, with her obituary published in the Columbus Dispatch. Her headcount of survivors included seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. They are buried at Harrison Township Cemetery in South Bloomfield, Pickaway County.

Daughter Helen Mithoff (1921-2006) was born on May 27, 1921 in Columbus. She wed Robert W. Schwartz (April 3, 1915-2005), a native of Columbus and the son of Walter and Amilia Schwartz. Their union endured over the ups and downs of an extraordinary 65 years. They dwelled in Lancaster for decades of time and became the parents of two -- Janet "Jan" Harner and Joyce Blackstone. Helen is known for having been employed as a clerk by Lazarus Department Store. Sadly, the pair died less than a year apart. He passed first, at the age of 90, on June 12, 2005.  The angel of death cleaved her away at the age of 84 on May 24, 2006. Her graveside rites were administered by Pastor Tom Myers at Maple Grove Cemetery, Lancaster. An obituary was published in the Columbus Dispatch.

  • Granddaughter Janet "Jan" Schwartz ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). Circa 1966, she tied the knot with Heath Monroe Harner (Sept. 5, 1942-2021), a Columbus native and the son of Bruce and Margaret Harner. The pair stayed together for a remarkable 55 years. They produced two daughters -- Karrie Miller and Kristin Fessler. Heath was a 1960 graduate of Lancaster High School and then served in the U.S. Army Reserves during the Vietnam War. They made their dwelling in Lancaster, where Heath began his career with Colonial Stores He then earned his real estate and broker's license and entered his father's firm, Harner Realty. Health was a longtime member of the Lancaster Board of Realtors, serving for 17 years as treasurer and as president in 1981 and 2003. In the community, he was an honorary life member of the Lancaster-Fairfield County Charity Newsies and president of the local Lions Club. Said an obituary, "He had a love for music playing the saxophone in the band The Frantics, was a DJ, and his love for music continued playing his old school juke box in the basement of the family home he built with the help of his father in-law Robert Schwartz. In his later stages of dementia music provided him comfort. He had a passion for boating and was a member and past president of The Athen’s Boat and Ski Club. He loved to travel, snowmobiling with family and friends in Michigan, and vacationing and cruising with his wife enjoying life." He liked to collect railroad and Budweiser memorabilia, do yardwork, follow the fortunes of the Ohio State Buckeyes and tinker with his 1962 Corvette. For the last six years of his life, Heath battled vascular dementia. Death finally carried him away into eternity, at the age of 79, on Nov. 7, 2021. His cremains were placed into repose in Forrest Rose Cemeteery.

    Great-granddaughter Karrie Harner wed Joe Miller. They became the parents of Emily Miller and Gabby Miller. 

    Great-granddaughter Kristin Harner married Edward Fessler. The couple's one known son is Eric Fessler. 

  • Granddaughter Joyce Schwartz entered into the bond of marriage with Jerry Blackstone. 

Daughter Annetta "Louise" Mithoff (1923-2013) was born on April 12, 1923. She married Joseph James Andrew Land (Dec. 17, 1919-1984). Their trio of children were James Clarence Land, Sandra Lee Webb and Jeffrey Mark Land. The Lands put down roots in Lancaster, Fairfield County, OH. Sadly, Joseph died on Nov. 13, 1984. Louise outlived her husband by nearly three decades and later made a home in Columbus. The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette once said that she would "be remembered for her love of flowers and all her four-legged friends." Death swept her away into eternity on New Year's Day 2013 at the age of 89. Her remains were cremated.  

  • Grandson James Clarence Land (1942- ? ) was born in 1942. He married Linda Jo Alexander ( ? - ? ). Two children borne of this union were Laura Christine Land and Michael Christopher Land.
  • Granddaughter Sandra Lee Land (1943- ? ) was born in 1943. She wed Brian Lee Webb (Jan. 20, 1953-1990), son of Roslynn Webb. Their one daughter was Keely Christin Webb, born in 1982. Brian was an alumnus of Ohio University and employed in 1990 as the golf pro at Groveport Country Club. Tragically, two days after Christmas 1990, Brian was struck and mortally injured by two passing motorists, from opposite directions. The Columbus Dispatch reported that his car had broken down, and he had exited the vehicle and was walking along Coonpath Road about two or three miles from their residence. He was taken to Lancaster-Fairfield Hospital where he died later in the day. His remains were cremated, and an obituary was printed in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette.

    Great-granddaughter Keely Christin Webb (1982-living) was born in 1982. She was a 2000 graduate of Lancaster High School and then received her bachelor of nursing degree in 2005 from Mount Carmel College of Nursing. The then obtained a nursing position with Fairfield Medical Center and Mount Carmel Hospital. At the age of 28, in 2010, she resided Lancaster and wed 25-year-old Dr. Bryce Page Lifer of Lancaster. He is the son of Larry Lifer, a 2003 alum of Lancaster High and a 2009 graduate of Ohio Northern University, where he obtained his doctor of pharmacy degree. As of 2010, he was employed with Walgreens Pharmacy and the Fairfield Medical Center.

  • Grandson Jeffrey Mark Land (1957- ? ) was born in 1957.

Daughter Beatrice J. "Bee" Mithoff (1928-2016)) was born on April 16, 1928. She entered into marriage with Ernest Fred Ford Sr. ( ? - ? ). They bore two children -- Debbie Marullo and Ernest Fred "Fritz" Ford. The Fords settled in Columbus and were there in 1974. They divorced in 1984. The Columbus Dispatch said that "Bee loved to golf and enjoyed spending time with her friends at Greenfield Place in Groveport. Those closest to Bee would describe her as loving and feisty. She cherished her family and her cat." By 2006, Beatrice was in Pickerington and had taken back her maiden name. Her final dwelling-place was in Groveport, OH. Sadly, on April 22, 2016, at the age of 88, she was swept away by the angel of death at Mount Carmel East Hospital. An obituary appeared in the Dispatch.

  • Granddaughter Debra Lynn "Debbie" Ford (1949- ? ) was born in 1949. She entered into marriage with Thomas Anthony Marullo ( ? - ? ). Their two sons were Todd Frederick Marullo and Nicholas Anthony Marullo. The marriage dissolved in divorced in May 1979. Later, she was a companion of Jim Battaglia.
  • Grandson Ernest Fred "Fritz" Ford (1951- ? ) was born in 1951. He first tied the marital knot with Jacqueline Lavonna "Jacque" Rice ( ? - ? ). The pair divorced in Columbus in September 1982. His second bride, in July 1988, was Toni Michelle Farchione ( ? - ? ). The duo of offspring from this marriage were Teresa A. Ford and Anthony Vincent Ford. As well, their union ended in divorce in August 2012 in Columbus.

~ Daughter Ora "Bernice" (Younkin) Drake ~

Daughter Ora "Bernice" Younkin (1906-1923) was born on Feb. 22, 1906.

As a young woman, she dwelled at 663 Henrietta Street in Columbus.

When she was 16 years of age, on July 5, 1922, she wed widower Christopher "Kenneth" Drake (Jan. 28, 1900-1928), son of Charles E. and Nettie (Leist) Drake of Stoutsville, OH. Rev. W.e. McClure officiated. Kenneth's first wife, Anna Laura (Young) Drake (1898-1921), had died the year before.

At the time of marriage, Kenneth earned a living as a machinist in Columbus. The couple did not reproduce during their very brief marital union.

Tragedy devastated this young couple on Oct. 8, 1923, when 17-year-old Bernice   suffered an obstruction of her intestine, which ruptured and caused peritonitis. She died the same day in Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus. An obituary in the Circleville Herald said that funeral services were led by Rev. L.E. Hill and conducted in the local Evangelical Church.. 

The remains were laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery at Stoutsville, Fairfield County, OH. Her grave marker was inscribed with her maiden name -- "Bernice Younkin."

Kenneth married again to Rose Katherine ( ? - ? ). He earned a living as a house painter, and their Columbus address was 88 Price Street . Sadly, stricken with pulmonary and laryngeal tuberculosis, he was admitted to the Franklin County Sanitarium. A recovery was not to be. He he died at the age of 28 on July 15, 1928. 

 Copyright © 2000, 2003-2006, 2008-2010, 2022-2023 Mark A. Miner
The late Ronald Melvin Younkin, the late Donna (Younkin) Logan and the Shirer Family Genealogy Project have contributed valuable content for this biography.