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William (Bill) Ray Boggess

William (Bill) Ray Boggess, of Lancaster, was born in Baltimore in 1926, passed away on September 26. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Mabel and Lyle Boggess; sister, Shirley Crist; and infant brother, Ned Boggess.

Bill was a WW II veteran serving on the Navy USS Atherton DE-169, which was credited with destroying the last German U-boat 853, off Block Island, RI on May 6, 1945. After the war, he attended the Pittsburgh School of Mortuary Science and joined funeral homes in Wooster and Columbus. In 1955, he joined Nationwide Insurance Co. and after 30 years retired in 1985 as a district claims manager. He is survived by his wife, Marie; daughters, Penny Jo Stephens of Lancaster and Sally Ann (Ned) Rissberger of Florida; and nieces and nephews, Melanie (Tim) King, Jennifer Crist, Greg Crist and Kenny (Sherri) Crist.

Bill was a member of Baltimore Lodge #0475, F.&A.M., Life Member of the American Legion, member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #955, member of The Elks, Life Member of AMVETS and Life Member of VFW Post #1380. Throughout the years, he enjoyed spending time at the family lake homes at Burr Oak and Buckeye Lake where he renovated each one, creating fond memories and making them a special place for family gatherings. He so enjoyed his pontoon boats while exploring the lakes with family and friends as well as traveling to Florida to spend time with his daughters. He liked to garden, work at his tool bench and fix anything broken. His sense of humor was legendary whether he was aggravating others or playing a practical joke – Bill loved a good laugh. He will be sadly missed.

Memorial donations may be made to FairHope Hospice c/o of the Pickering House, 282 Sells Road, Lancaster, OH 43130.

“….Oh Devine Master grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”

St. Francis of Assisi

Dignity Cremation service under the direction of Halteman- Fett & Dyer Funeral Home, Lancaster. Online condolences may be made at the life of Gracie Louise Cooperrider, 74, formerly of Thornville, was held September 26, 2011, in the chapel of The Hoskinson Funeral Home, Kirkersville. Burial followed in Jersey Cemetery.

Gracie died early Saturday morning, September 24, 2011, in Newark, following an extended illness.

She was born in Oklahoma City, OK, on July 29, 1937, the daughter of the late John A., Sr. and Grace Louise (Trout) Mc- Glasson.

She was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church of Thornville, and Christ Lutheran Church of San Antonio, Texas; and had worked as a waitress for many years.

She was a graduate of Thornville High School class of 1957.

She is survived by her loving family including her children, Jacqueline (Donald) Roach of Pataskala, James Cooperrider of Johnstown, John Cooperrider, Jr. of San Antonio, TX, Carole Ann (Thomas) Lindquist of San Antonio, TX, and Matthew Cooperrider of Hebron; five grandchildren, Jennifer Haag, Rebecca Clark, Sarah Roach, Aerial Ameden and Ryne Amden; eight great-grandchildren; and her brothers and sisters, John McGlasson and Vaughn McGlasson of Florida, Patricia (Tom) Newman of Lancaster and Bertty (Burl) Whaley of Florida.

Hoskinson Funeral Home, Kirkersville, is honored to care for the Cooperrider family.

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