Bethel Slone, 73

Bethel Slone, 73, of rural Wapakoneta, died Friday evening June 24, 2011, at his residence.  

He was born on April 18, 1938, in Knott Co., Ky., the son of Sylvester and Phebie Slone, and they preceded him in death.  

On June 17, 1958, he married Ila Mae Craft, and she survives him.

He is also survived by five children, Curt (Candy) Slone of Wapakoneta, Kathie (Mike) Mikos of Peoria, Ariz., Brenda (Ronnie) Widmark of Wapakoneta, Becky (Rob) Peterson of Wapakoneta and Helen (Daniel) Shelley of Wapakoneta; 16 grandchildren, Sarah (Chad) Cotterman, Shannon (J.D.) Lamb, Anthony Morris, Chad (Melynda) Oliver, Jeff Miller, Courtney (Ben) Freisthler, Brianna Widmark, Cody (Becca) Peterson, Tora Peterson, Zach Nicoll, Amber Nicoll, Adriann (Matthew) Peters, Brett Nicoll Jr., Kasara King, Danielle Lamb and Jordan Lamb; 14 great-grandchildren, Jamison Cotterman, Damien Lamb, Xavier Lamb, Ty Lamb,  Caleb Lamb, Lucas Morris, Zayden Oliver, Hannah Peterson, Rileigh Peters, Peyton Peters, Christian Kreitzer, Cheylynn King; seven siblings, Pearl (Loy) Maggard of Hollybush, Ky., Goldie (Doug) Lawhorn of Portsmouth, Sylvia (Bob) Kolhorst of St. Marys, Raffie Slone of Columbus, Betty Kanorr of Wapakoneta, Rita (Carlos) Mosley of Lima and Ruth (Billy) Howard of Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Slone; four sisters, Avanell Slone, Ruby Slone, Hester Reynolds and infant, Helen Marie Slone.

Bethel retired as a woodworker after 33 and a half years of service at Merschman Bros. Furniture Co. in Celina.  His hobbies included fishing and hunting.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at the Bayliff and Eley Funeral Home, Ohio 501, Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Ed Ingram officiating.  Burial is to follow in the Resthaven Memory Gardens near Moulton.  

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Lung Association or the American Heart Assocaition.  Condolences may be directed to