Liberty Twp. woman died ‘serving others’ at Butler-Warren crash scene

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 6:23 PM


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The Butler County woman who died after trying to come to the aid of crash victims last week on Butler-Warren Road leaves behind daughters and a grandchild, according to her obituary.

Tina R. Campbell, 53, died Monday at West Chester Hospital where she was taken from the scene of a crash “on Friday, May 11, 2018 as she was doing what she does best, serving others,” the obituary published by Mueller Funeral Home in Mason said.

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“Love for her two daughters that she selflessly provided years of advice and encouragement to. Love bigger than the universe when her granddaughter was born, she was made to be a Grammy,” the obituary added.

Campbell and one other person were attempting to assist motorists involved in a crash when she herself was struck.

On Wednesday, Sgt. Thomas Naumovski of Warren County Sheriff’s Office said the case remained under investigation and indicated none of the other victims had life-threatening injuries from the crash. He said results of the investigation would be presented to Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

According to the obituary, Campbell was married for 31 years to her husband, Tim Campbell. She is also survived by daughters Tiffany Brewer and Tyra Benzinger and granddaughter Alison Renee Brewer.

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Other survivors listed include parents Roger and Kathryn Koger.

A funeral service will be held at the Savannah Center, 5533 Chappell Crossing Blvd. in West Chester on Sunday, May 20, at 12 p.m.

A reception is to follow.

“Please bring a favorite memory, including a picture, that you have of Tina to share with her family and friends. The family will be compiling these memories into a book for safe keeping,” according to the obituary.

The family requests donations made to the American Heart Association or the Poodle Club of America Foundation.

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Warren County crash victim failed to yield, lacked seat belt, report says

Published: Thursday, June 07, 2018 @ 4:10 PM


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A 78-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran died on May 23 after failing to yield to oncoming traffic, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol report.

It was the fifth fatal crash this year in Warren County and the second in Harlan Twp., according to the highway patrol.

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The investigation of the Feb. 14 crash that resulted in the death of Fred Carmack Jr., 74, of Morrow, has been submitted to county prosecutors for consideration of charges.

The victim of the May 23 crash on Ohio 132 and Morrow-Woodville Road, William E. LaSeur of Harlan Twp., was pronounced dead at University of Cincinnati Medical Center at 6:35 p.m., just over an hour after the crash was reported and 22 minutes after he was picked up by a helicopter and flown to the hospital, according to a chronology in the patrol’s report.

After stopping at the stop sign at the intersection, LaSeur, who worked for 31 years at General Motors, according to his obituary, pulled his 2016 Chevrolet Silverado out in front of a 2007 Ford Focus driven by Carsyn A. Valentine, 16, of Wilmington, according to the report.

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Valentine “attempted to take evasive action by braking and steering to the right, but was unable to avoid” LaSeur’s truck.

The car hit the truck at the driver’s side door and forced LaSeur’s truck “onto its top in the roadway,” according to the report.

The car, also carrying a passenger, 16, “continued to roll towards the southwestern corner of the intersection.” Valentine and his passenger, who were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, were treated for minor injuries.

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LaSeur, who was not wearing a seat belt, was not ejected, but he was “thrown inside the vehicle,” the report said. He was pulled from the car by Harlan Twp. firefighters rescue squad and witnesses.

After attempting to resuscitate LaSeur, firefighters called for a helicopter to transport the victim to the hospital.

Services for LaSeur were Monday at the Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home in Blanchester, according to his obituary.

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Funeral services set for Warren County police sergeant, 43

Published: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 3:26 PM


            Sgt. Larry Cornett, 43, of Clearcreek Twp. Police Department, died Saturday.
Sgt. Larry Cornett, 43, of Clearcreek Twp. Police Department, died Saturday.

Clearcreek Twp. Police Sgt. Larry Cornett is to be buried on Friday in a special service that will include a 21-gun salute and ceremonial last call.

Cornett, 43, died last Saturday at his home in Clarksville. The autopsy is pending.

On Friday, a dispatcher will call his number on the Warren County police radio channel.

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“Of course, he will not answer. They will acknowledge that’s his last call,” Clearcreek Police Chief John Terrill said on Tuesday.

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A police officer in the northern Warren County township since 1998, Cornett was also an active Mason and with charitable causes, particularly the Special Olympics, a husband and father of two sons.

Special Masonic and Scottish Rite Ring services are to follow the public visitation from 3 p.m.- 8 p.m., Thursday, June 7, at Crossview Christian Church, 4237 E. Social Row Road in Waynesville.

He was past Master of Waynesville Masonic Lodge #163, past District Deputy Grand Master for the 2nd Masonic District, Worthy Patron of Miami Chapter #107 O.E.S, and Orator of the Dayton Chapter of Rose Croix.

During the visitation, the casket will be guarded by sheriff’s deputies, then officers from the township department.

Officers from every department in the county are to be represented at the procession leading to the cemetery and the funeral in the Miami Cemetery in Corwin.

Cornett, the department’s investigator, was known for working cases involving children.

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“It’s kind of fitting that the last case he worked was of a child in need,” Terrill said, describing the investigation as involving a custody issue with a child who was out of the continental U.S.

The Larry B. Cornett Memorial Fund has been established in care of the Wright-Patt Credit Union. All gifts are to benefit his two sons, Bryan and Oscar.

Cornett graduated from Waynesville High School and attended Otterbein University.

He was union president for the sergeants under the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (OPBA).

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He is survived by his wife, Rachel (Howell) Cornett; two sons Bryan Christopher and Oscar Henry Cornett; his parents Larry M. and Theresa Cornett; and his sister, Tonya Cornett.

“I enjoyed my time with Larry, though it was way too short. Larry was one of those guys you just instantly liked and trusted. I will miss him,” Doyle Burke, chief investigator for the Warren County Coroner’s Office, wrote in a condolence posted at www.stubbsconner.com.

In sympathy, food has been dropped off at the township station and callers have expressed condolences.

“I had a gentleman calling three times crying,” Terrill said.

On Wednesday, Cornett’s cruiser is to be parked on Ohio 73 in front of the township station, with a wreath on the hood.

Look for a yet-to-be composed message on the township’s warning sign for speeders.

“We’re going to miss him,” Terrill said.

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Warren County police officer dies at age of 43

Published: Monday, June 04, 2018 @ 4:39 PM

Sgt. Larry B. Cornett, 43, of the Clearcreek Twp. Police Dept. died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 2, according to the Dept.

Sgt. Larry B. Cornett of the Clearcreek Twp. Police Department died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, June 2, his department announced.

The 43-year-old Cornett began his career with the township police in December 1998 as a part-time police officer. He became a full-time officer in 1999 and was promoted to sergeant in April 2008.

Cornett was a road patrol supervisor until March 2017, when he became the investigative sergeant.

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Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Stubbs-Conner Funeral Home in Waynesville.

An autopsy is pending, according to Clearcreek Police Chief John Terrill.

Memorial gifts can be made to the Larry B. Cornett Memorial Fund, in care of the Wright-Patt Credit Union. Gifts are to benefit his sons.

Cornett, of Clarksville, graduated from Waynesville High School in 1993 and attended Otterbein University.

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He played football in high school and college.

Cornett was union president for the sergeants under the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (OPBA) and was a member of the Warren County FOP Lodge 103, past Master of Waynesville Masonic Lodge #163, past District Deputy Grand Master for the 2nd Masonic District, Worthy Patron of Miami Chapter #107 O.E.S, and Orator of the Dayton Chapter of Rose Croix.

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Cornett was involved with charitable causes, including Special Olympics Ohio and an organizer of the Caesar Creek Polar Plunge, which benefited Special Olympics Ohio.

He was also the co-leader for Southwest Ohio for the Law Enforcement Torch Run and a board member for the Warren County Children’s Advocacy Center.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel (Howell) Cornett; two sons Bryan Christopher and Oscar Henry Cornett; his parents Larry M. and Theresa Cornett; and his sister, Tonya Cornett.

The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Crossview Christian Church, 4237 E. Social Row Road in Wayne Twp.

Masonic and Scottish Rite Ring services will be held immediately following the visitation at the church. Funeral services will be held 10 am Friday, June 8, at Crossview Christian Church. Harless Maynard will be officiating the service.

Burial will be in Miami Cemetery, Corwin. Stubbs-Conner Funeral Home in Waynesville is serving the family. Condolences at www.stubbsconner.com.

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‘They were holding hands’: Hamilton couple of 60 years dies days apart, has emotional service together

Published: Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 10:12 AM

Tom and Mary Strodtbeck died days apart in January 2018, and emotional funeral service was held for them both

The thing that struck many people about Tom and Mary Strodtbeck was how devoted they were to each other.

That was especially surprising because their marriage was at least “doubly mixed.”

He, after all, was from Middletown. She was raised in Hamilton. He grew up a Methodist, while she was a lifelong Catholic. But he met her more than halfway. They raised their children in Hamilton, and after he converted to Catholicism, he even became a deacon in the church, going on to baptize dozens of babies, marry dozens of couples and deliver Holy Communion many times to the hospice where they spent their last days.

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The two were so close, they shared a visitation and funeral at their longtime church, St. Julie Billiart, with large turnouts at each ceremony.

“It was one of those tearful allelujahs, for sure,” said one of their priests, the Rev. Michael Pucke. “At the funeral, we had one casket. It was Tom’s body, and Mary’s cremains. After 60 years, still together.”

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Thomas McNeal Strodtbeck, 87, died Jan. 11. Mary Frances (Puma) Strodtbeck died at age 83 on Jan. 15. The parents of five also were survived by 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

“They were holding hands when my Dad died,” in adjoining beds at Hospice of Hamilton, daughter Nancy Riggs of Hamilton said.

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The couple married Feb. 9, 1957. After Mary’s mother died during the mid-1970s, Tom promised he would start regularly attending church with his wife. He converted a few years later and then attended seminary to become a deacon.

“The word that most people used to describe them was ‘devotion,’” Riggs said. After Mary had the first of several strokes in late 2016, Tom fell two weeks afterward. He also suffered congestive heart failure. He was not expected to live long.

He went to visit his physician, a friend of his, who told him, “You know, Tom, you just never cease to amaze me. You’re still going along,” Riggs said. Her father answered: “‘I’ve got to stay alive for my wife.”

“And that really summed up their life — they really were devoted to each other,” Riggs said.

“They did everything together. They loved each other’s company. They loved being around each other,” Riggs said. “My mother, she was so handicapped by all those strokes, and she kept trying to take care of him.”

For the visitation and funeral, her urn was in his casket, but he later was cremated. Their ashes will be at St. Stephen’s Cemetery.

Tom was head of bookkeeping at First National Bank before becoming, in 1966, a senior systems analyst at NCR. Mary was a homemaker before working for a pharmacy and other retailers before retiring from Mercy Hospital.

In sharing a funeral, the couple accomplished a personal goal of Tom’s mother, who used to occasionally read about couples sharing a funeral, and say, “That’s the most romantic thing. I hope your grandfather and I do that.”

“Well, they didn’t,” Riggs said. “But her son and her daughter-in-law did.”

Many people he tended to through his volunteer work “knew Tom and certainly cared deeply about Tom, and like myself were quite affected by his death,” Pucke said. “Mary was just a really loving person. She was 100 percent Italian — maybe 110 percent Italian — and just a very, very loving person. Even during their declining months of illness, I fairly often would stop over to their home and bring them Holy Communion, and there were just really good visits with the two of them.”

While Mary was sick this past summer, Tom told Nancy he planned to stop dialysis after she passed. Nancy told him: “Dad, they’re going to do two for the price of one on funerals.” And, “he cracked up, laughing. He said, ‘You might as well.”

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