8 • The Beacon August 4 , 2022
Donald W . McPherson , 79 , of West Lafayette , passed away at his home on Thursday , July 28 , 2022 .
Don was born in West Lafayette , Ohio on June 10 , 1943 , to the late Frank and Willa ( Johnson ) McPherson . He attended Ridgewood High School and retired from Pretty Products after 43 years of service . He honorably served in the United States Marine Corp and was a life member of the V . F . W . 1330 and Eagles # 761 .
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and devoted husband , father , and grandfather . Don and his wife Carol enjoyed gardening , traveling , and going on vacations together .
Don is survived by his wife , Carol J . ( Arron )
Our beloved Elnora Katherine Wells , 94 , of Warsaw , Ohio , passed away on Thursday , July 28 , 2022 at AlterCare of Coshocton , where they lovingly cared for her the last 13 years .
She was born in Letart Falls , Ohio , on Sept . 18 , 1927 , daughter of the late William Orville and Ruth Beauchamp ( Alexander ) Barnitz . She spent her childhood growing up in Pomeroy , Ohio with her seven siblings . Elnora met her late husband Robert Wells while studying at The Ohio State University where she graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor Degree . She then married Robert shortly after graduation and they began their life together in Evanston , Illinois , where Robert enrolled in seminary .
They arrived in Coshocton County in June of 1952 , where they began their ministry . Elnora taught for 30 years at Union Elementary School until her retirement in 1992 . Elnora and Bob would run Wells Greenhouses in Warsaw which allowed them to fulfill their passion for beautifying the community they so loved . Elnora
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McPherson whom he married Oct . 22 , 1966 ; two sons , Scott ( Jacquline ) McPherson and Shane McPherson , both of West Lafayette ; one daughter , Melissa ( Rob ) Jones of West Lafayette ; six grandchildren , Megan ( Tony ) Reisinger , Adam ( Ruth ) McPherson , Chase ( Crystal ) Jones , Colby Jones , Dillion ( Kayla ) McPherson and Devin McPherson ; eight great-grandchildren , Westin Reisinger , Elliot Reisinger , Clarke McPherson , Coen Jones , Caleb Smith , Preslee Walace , Bella McPherson and Alaylah McPherson ; two sisters , Barbara Huffman of Zanesville and Sarah Stantz of West Lafayette ; and several nieces and nephews .
Along with his parents , he is preceded in death by his brother , Frank McPherson and two sisters , Mary Jane Grove and Wanda Moffitt .
Calling hours were held at The Miller Funeral Home , 639 Main St ., Coshocton on Sunday , July 31 , 2022 , from 4-6 p . m . and one hour prior to the service on Monday . Funeral services for Don
loved to travel and was fortunate to visit many places on various trips with friends and family . Hawaii , Israel , Egypt , Kenya , and Australia being a few of her favorite adventures . She fostered this love of travel and experiencing different cultures in her children and grandchildren , always happy to recount travel stories .
Elnora was a member of the Walhonding Valley Grange , Coshocton County Farm Bureau , Nellie Chapel United Methodist Church and the Warsaw Lions Club . She loved all her Wells Greenhouse friends . The Wells family would especially like to thank Sandy Zimmer for the hundreds of times she visited Elnora at AlterCare .
She is survived by were held at the funeral home on Monday , Aug . 1 , at 11 a . m . with Lloyd Tenney officiating . Interment followed in Fairfield Cemetery , West Lafayette with Coshocton County Veterans Honor Guard performing military honors .
Memorial contributions may be directed to Coshocton County Animal Shelter , 21755 TR 164 , Coshocton , Ohio 43812 ; envelopes will be available at the funeral home .
An online memorial is located at www . themillerfuneralhome . com .
sons , Lynn and Kim Wells ; granddaughter , Olivia Wells ; grandson , Adam Wells ; her former daughter-in-law , Mary Jo Wells ; two sisters , Wilma Nelson , Billie Jean Hoelscher ; and brother , Robert Barnitz . She is predeceased by her husband , Robert who passed away in 1993 ; daughter , Kay Hollingsworth ; sonin-law , David Hollingsworth ; sisters , Bernice Carpenter , Julia Young , Thanet Kramer ; and brother , Hayman Barnitz .
A private graveside service will be held on Thursday , Aug . 4 . Due to the increase in Covid activity in Coshocton there will be no visitation . In lieu of flowers , please consider a donation to the charity of your choice . A celebration of Elnora ’ s life will be scheduled for a later date . The Fischer Funeral Home is handling arrangements . Condolences can be shared at fischerfuneralhome . com .