Several Memorial Day Services planned for Coshocton County

| May 25, 2022

Coshocton Annual Parade and Services will be held on Monday, May 30: The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Main and Eighth streets. The services will be held on the court square immediately following the parade. The program will include the featured speaker, Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home General Manager, Funeral Director and Embalmer Jessica Paisley; Guest Speaker, President of our local Blue Star Moms of Coshocton County Sharon Burns; River View High School Sophomore Voice of Democracy Winner Piper Andrews; and Roscoe United Methodist Church Pastor Bob Mitchell will give the invocation and benediction. There will be a tribute to our fallen comrades, who have passed away since Memorial Day 2021, which the Coshocton County Veterans Honor Guard members performed Military Funeral Services. Coshocton High School Band will provide the National Anthem and two “Taps” players.

140th Annual Keene Veterans Memorial Celebration will be held on Sunday, May 29: At 9:30 a.m., the Veterans Memorial Church Service will be held at Keene United Methodist Church with featured speaker Larry Stoneburner of Bakersfield, CA. From Coshocton County, he is a 1958 graduate of Ridgewood High School. Lieutenant Commander Larry Stoneburner, US Navy, was a battalion surgeon with the US Marine Corps in the Vietnam War. After returning to the states and completing his three-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, he worked at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, began a private practice lasting 10 years and was on the clinical teaching faculty at the University of California at Irvine. Stoneburner’s remaining medical career included 10 years as medical director of an all ob/gyn group in Bakersfield, California (the largest free-standing birth center in California); Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA; and appearing in a weekly television series “You Be the Doctor” syndicated to 17 stations including Houston and Pittsburgh.

The Veterans Memorial Parade in Keene starts at noon led by the Grand Marshal Raymond Tumblin, Walhonding Rube Band, and the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office. Tumblin of Fresno served in the US Army, 1952-1954, as a Corporal during the Korean War with the 82nd Airborne as a radio repairman at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Keene Memorial Day Parade, held since 1882, is recognized as the second oldest continuously held Memorial Day Parade in Ohio. The Warsaw American Legion Post #634 will give a 21Gun Salute at both cemeteries and the Veterans’ Monument in Keene.

Honoring Armed Forces at Plainfield Cemetery will be held on Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m.: The Ridgewood Marching Generals Band and High School Choir will be performing. They will honor members of the Armed Forces, as well as those from the community who have passed away in the past year. The Coshocton County Veterans Honor Guard will assist in honoring service personnel. Several other members from the community will be assisting in the service. Guest speaker will be Pat Cadle, Mayor of Newcomerstown. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Plainfield United Methodist Church.

Blissfield Services will be held at Blissfield Cemetery just off State Route 60 North on Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m.: Killbuck VFW Post #7079 will conduct military graveside services in honor of T/SGT Eugene Victor Miller, who died May 30, 2014. He served in the USAF during WWII. Keynote speaker is Pastor Kenneth Smailes. The Walhonding Rube Band will provide music. In case of inclement weather, the services will be held at the Blissfield United Methodist Church.

 Walhonding Valley – Warsaw Parade and Services will be held on Monday, May 30, at 1 p.m.: The parade will assemble on Railroad Street then continue on Main Street in Warsaw and services will immediately follow at Valley View Cemetery with Voice of Democracy winner Piper Andrews, featured speaker Randy Mizer, Air Force Desert Storm and OEF/OIF Veteran and music provided by the Walhonding Rube Band.

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