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January 21, 2010



Donald E. Oschwald, 80, of Versailles, KY, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his children and family Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010. He was the husband of the late Doris Martin Oschwald and son of the late Martin and Minnie Oschwald of Springfield, Ill.

He was born Jan. 21, 1929, in Springfield, Ill. He was a member of Gardenside Christian Church. He was an Army veteran, serving in Korea from November 1951 until January 1953. He retired from IBM after 37 years as a Customer Engineer. He enjoyed aviation books, gardening, and wood working.

He is survived by his dear friend Sophie Bowman of Versailles; four children, Deborah Hoffmann (Joseph) of Lexington, Donald Oschwald Jr. (Sherri) of Lexington, Dean Oschwald (Julie) of Versailles, and Dawn Gossard (Tony) of Waynesville, Ohio; a sister, Delores Fowler of Williamsville, Ill; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Glenn Oschwald of New Berlin, Ill.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 22, from 5-8 p.m. at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Gardenside Christian Church in Lexington. He was a kind, gentle, and loving man of Christian faith and integrity. He will be sorely missed by all who had the great fortune of knowing him.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, Markey Cancer Center, or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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David Clay Shropshire Jr., 81, husband of Margaret Garrett Shropshire, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at his home, Garret’s Preemption Farm.

Born in Lexington, he was a graduate of Somerset High School, after which he entered the U.S. Marine Corps, then attended the University of Kentucky where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in agricultural engineering. After graduation he went to work for Ross Gear and Tool Company, which later became a division of TRW. He retired in 1989 as vice-president of Automotive Engineering Worldwide for TRW and returned to Kentucky. He was an elder and trustee at Pisgah Presbyterian Church, a Kentucky Colonel, and a member of Sons of the Revolution and was a Colonial Warrior.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Salenda (Robert) Fisher, Jacksonville, Fla., David Clay (Barbara) Shropshire III, Shawnee, Kan., D. Garrett (Amy) Shropshire, Leawood, Kan., and Laura Shropshire, Corning, N.Y.; a sister, Gwen Gorham, Virginia; and three grandchildren, David Clay (Mallory) Shropshire IV, D. Garrett Shropshire Jr., and William Shropshire, all of Kansas.

A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Pisgah Presbyterian Church by Dr. Victor Priebe. Private interment was in the Pisgah Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Pisgah Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund, 710 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Maryland Newby Snapp, 70, of Versailles, widow of Roy Snapp, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

Born Jan. 16, 1939, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Beatrice Shelton Newby. She was a retired employee of Texas Instruments.

Survivors include a son, Dean Newby, Versailles; and two brothers, Ronald Newby, Lawrenceburg, and Dudley Newby, Versailles. A sister, Christine Nichols, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 18, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Martha Bowman. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Raymond Rogers, Chad Snapp, Kevin Estes, Shannon Estes, John Newby, Brad Newby.

Contributions are suggested to American Cancer Society.

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Barbara Ann Thatcher, 77, of Versailles, widow of Robert Thatcher, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Georgetown Community Hospital.

Born Dec. 5, 1932, in Ann Arbor, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Milton and Wilma Winters. She retired from Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Mich., where she did re-upholstery work on the furniture and chair lifts.

Survivors include five children, Bruce Thatcher and Vickie Jones, Kentucky, and Jeff Thatcher, John Thatcher, and Nancy Gasco, Northern Michigan; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 100 Hillside Drive, Georgetown. Johnson’s Funeral Home, Georgetown, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Quest Farm or to the World Wide Work of Jehovah’s Witnesses.



Zane Taylor Young, 81, of Versailles, husband of Patricia Walker Young, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at his home.

Born at Farmers in Rowan County, he was the son of the late Vivian Evans Lewis and Zachary Taylor Young. He was a retired civil engineer for HMB Engineers in Frankfort and former engineer for the state of Kentucky, and was a member of the Morehead Christian Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a 1950 graduate of the University of Kentucky.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Viki Lynn Young, Lexington, and Kimberly Ann Young (Ray Easton), New Orleans, La.; and a sister, Patricia Young Ballard, Winchester.

Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 16, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Russell Waits, Jeff Roark, Jeff Jones, Tim Pyles, Todd Walker, and Hal Ballard.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford Humane Society, P.O. Box 44, Versailles, KY 40383, to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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