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Rev. Kenneth Eugene Durtsche Goes to Meet Jesus

Rev. Kenneth Eugene Durtsche, age 85, of Marion, met his beloved Jesus on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Heartland of Marion.

Rev. Durtsche was born on July 11, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and shortly after moved to Galion, Ohio where he was raised by Albert and Bertha Durtsche. He attended The Galion Schools graduating in 1953.

While living in Galion, Rev. Durtsche served as a Councilman and City Service Director. Wanting to continue his education and understanding of the Bible, Rev. Durtsche attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, The Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City, New York, Ashland Seminary, and The Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio. Rev. Durtsche started his many years of service to the Lord at The Kings Creek Baptist Church in Urbana, Ohio, Pastored the Baptist Church in Morral, and faithfully served The Fairpark Community Baptist Church in Marion for more than thirty-five years.

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Jay Curry Reaches His Earthly Journey's End


Jay M. Curry, of Brookfield, Ohio, peacefully passed away on February 15, 2021, at Ohio Living Lake Vista, Cortland, Ohio, following a brief illness. He was 97 and a day.

Jay was born on Valentine’s Day, 1924, in Youngstown, Ohio, a son to Harry L. and Anna E. (Fox) Curry.

His elementary school years were spent in Austintown Fitch and Youngstown City Schools. However, he graduated from Brookfield High School in 1942.

He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during WWII and was assigned to the 25th General Hospital, 30th Field Hospital, and the 2nd Evacuation Unit during the Battle of the Bulge in Europe.

Employed by General American Transportation in Masury, Ohio, he served in many areas of supervision and management for over 42 years. He was instrumental in initiating an Employee Assistance Program, which still exists in the Chicago area as a hotline to meet people’s needs. He retired on his birthday in 2011, working his last 27 years with Roemer Industries, Masury, as a Manufacturing Engineer of tooling and equipment.

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Sister Mildred Archie Goes to be with the Lord


Sister Mildred Archie passed away on February 11, 2021. Sis Archie was the first American Baptist missionary to be assigned to South Africa along with work in Zambia and Ghana.

She was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. Her parents, who had relocated from Alabama, remembers attending St. John as a fidgety four year old child. She joined in 1943 under Rev. B.E. Edmondson. 

She attended local schools and remembers being the only "colored" in some of her early classes. After graduation, most young people if they did not go into the armed forces, worked at the Department of Defense at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). 

However, she continued her education by going to night school and upon graduation received the honor of having one of the longest tenures from start to finish with a degree in Sociology in 1990 from Wittenberg University. The education included interruptions in schooling while working for WPAFB for 19 years and then transferring over to the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer for an additional 22 years which included Canada, Iceland, Sweden, Central America, South America, Tunisia, Nigeria and Vietnam. 

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Sheryl Hendrix Called to Christ Our Lord


Sheryl D. Hendrix, 68, of Howard passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus surrounded by her family following a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born in Chicago and adopted at birth to the late Thomas and Sue (Chambers) Cullin.

​Sheryl retired from the Mount Vernon Nazarene University where she worked in the Library as an Administrative Assistant.  She was a member of the Grand Prairie Baptist Church in Marion. She was involved with Bible study fellowship.  Sheryl enjoyed traveling, playing the card game, Hand and Foot, but most of all she loved to spending time with her family.

​Sheryl is survived by her husband, Rev. Robert Hendrix, whom she married on September 8, 1979; son, Jonathan Hendrix of Howard; daughter, Kimberly Parsons and her husband, Jason of Pleasant City; grandchildren, Zachary and Abigail; a sister, Joyce Cullin and her husband, John Lasky of Plainfield, IL; and many friends.

Rev. Robert Hendrix served in ministry at First Baptist Church of Greater Toledo, First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon, and Grand Prairie Baptist Church in Marion as well as churches in Indiana.

​The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021 until the time of a funeral service celebrating the life of Sheryl at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 303 South Edgewood Rd., Mount Vernon with Rev. Jane Gibbons officiating.  Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.  Masks will be required, and social distancing will be observed.  The funeral service will be lived streamed on the funeral home’s Facebook page: mtvernonsfh/dowds.

​Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bibles in Sheryl’s memory.

Please keep the Hendrix family in your prayers.