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Steve Wood, 66, of Switzerland County

Steve Wood, age 66, longtime resident and farmer in Switzerland County, died at his home on August 11, 2017.  He was born in Camden, New Jersey, first son of the late Eleanor (Orzechowska) Wood and Raymond Wood.  Steve and Barbara Jane Tape married in Switzerland County in November 1978.  They lived on a farm on Worth Cole Road, where they raised their daughters, Leah (Wood) Walthery and Alice Wood Conovitz. Steve worked as a carpenter on special exhibits at the Cincinnati Museum Center for twenty years.  He also farmed and was widely known for his expertise in raising dairy goats; he shared his knowledge through his work in 4-H.  He often spoke of his love of the people and place that make up Switzerland County. He is missed by family and friends, including his siblings Anita Murphy, Linda Sheppard, Joanne Mignona, Peter Kevin, Denise Menold, and their families.  He was preceded in death by his sister Delores Breitweiser.  He also had great affection for his daughtersí families: Leahís husband Lee and their daughters Nellie and Lily of Logansport, IN, and Aliceís husband Pete and their daughters Zoey and Rae of Fort Collins, CO.   The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.  Support to the family is being provided by Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.
 

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 Willie (BJ) Messer III, 37, of Osgood

Willie (BJ) Messer III, 37, of Osgood passed away at 11:40am, Thursday, August 3, 2017 as the result of an auto accident. He was born at Lawrenceburg on September 17, 1979 the son of Willie Jr. and Brenda Stroud Messer. He was married to Michelle Caldwell on October 25, 2004 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Willie Messer IV, Riley Messer, and Kyra Chance all at home; his parents Junior and Brenda Messer of Osgood; paternal grandfather Willie Messer of Somerset, Kentucky; one brother Brad (Nick) Messer of Greensburg. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Eva Messer, maternal grandparents Leroy and Jean Stroud, and maternal step-grandfather Herbert Fugate. Mr. Messer was a 1998 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School.  He was employed by Jane and Rick Lewis at the Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell restaurant in Batesville, a job he had since he was a sophomore in high school. BJ loved following and attending Cincinnati Reds games and his family described him as a very hard worker. Funeral services for BJ will be held on Tuesday, August 8th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Don Buck officiating. Burial will be in the Methodist Cemetery in Cross Plains. Visitation will be on Monday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the donorís choice in care of the funeral home.
 

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 Margaret K. Hellmund, 99, of Osgood

Margaret K. Hellmund, 99, of Osgood passed away at 4:30pm, Sunday, July 30, 2017 at her home. She was born in Cincinnati on March 2, 1918 the daughter of George and Cora Moore. She was married to Elliott Hellmund on December 24, 1937 and he preceded her in death on September 15, 1960. Survivors include one daughter Barbara Horan of Osgood; two sons William (Diana) Hellmund of Cincinnati and John Hellmund and his companion Judy of Topeka, Kansas; 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son-in-law John Horan, five brothers, and two sisters.  Mrs. Hellmundís working career was spent as a cook and she had worked at General Electric, the Cincinnati Home for the Blind, and lastly at St. Anneís Rectory in Cincinnati. Margaret was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church and her hobbies included reading westerns and doing crossword puzzles. Margaretís wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 12th at 11am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Ty Choate officiating. Visitation will be from 10am until time of services. A private burial will be held at a later date at the St. John Catholic Cemetery in Osgood. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Baptist Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.


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