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Lavera Arnett Hale, age 93, of Greenwood, IN passed away Thursday, January 16, 2014. She was born June 22, 1920 in Miami County, OH to Ira and Bertha (Baker) Arnett. She married Robert J. Hale and he preceded her in death in 1992. She was a member of Christ our Shepherd Church of the Brethren in Greenwood. Lavera was an Underwriter for Farm Bureau Insurance for many years, retiring in 1972. She was an avid gardener and she loved to do crafts and cook. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Lavera is survived by her son, Robert J. (Sally) Hale, Jr. of Fairbanks, AK; six grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter, Sheila Rankin; son, Fredrick Ron Hale; brothers, Russell, Dale, Carl and Paul Arnett; sisters, Onda Decker and Helen Welbaum.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Christ our Shepherd Church of the Brethren, with Pastor Wayne Grumbling officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veteran’s Fund at Christ our Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 857 N. State Rd. 135, Greenwood, IN 46142, or the American Heart Assoc. or to the charity of the donor’s choice. To send or view online condolences, please visit






Municipality of West Milton – On Tuesday evening of this week the West Milton Fire Department lost a core active member/firefighter of 27 years.  John Schultz passed this week in his home. It was unexpected and a deep loss for his wife and family, our members and our community.

Calling Hours will be this Friday, July 20, at the Hale-Sarver Funeral Home located at 284 N. Miami St, West Milton. 4pm-8pm with a uniformed firefighter procession at 7:30pm.

Funeral Services will be held at Community Grace Brethren Church located at 2261 S. Miami St. Saturday morning , July 21, at 10:30 am. The Church is on St Rt 48 South of town and south of Frederick-Garland Road on the west side of the road.

Burial to follow at the new cemetery located at 9497 Markley Road, west of Township Hall and the Union Township Fire/Police Memorial Wall in which John was instrumental in its construction.

A time of remembrance will follow services Saturday at Hoffman United Methodist Church located at 201 S. Main Street in West Milton.





Robert E. Netzley

Former state Rep. Robert E. Netzley of Laura died Wednesday, July 28, 2010. He was 87. His 40 years in the Ohio House was the longest tenure of any member in history. Netzley was first elected in 1960.

Ohio House Minority Leader William Batchelder (R-Medina) issued a tribute to his long-time colleague on Thursday July 29th:

Ohio lost one of its greatest legislators in the history of the state when Bob Netzley of Miami County passed away last evening. Having served longer than any other member of the General Assembly (40 years), Bob Netzley served with unparalleled courage, total dedication to the philosophy of conservatism and an unbending adherence to the principals upon which this republic was founded.

He was, in all of his service, one who could have joined the founders of this nation in courage integrity and adherence to principle. We shall not see his like again.”

Diana Fessler of Bethel Twp., Miami County, assumed Netzley’s House seat, serving 2001 through 2008. State Rep. Richard Adams (R-Troy) now represents the district.

Netzley lived near the village of Laura. His political career is part of the display at the Union Twp. Historical Museum & Quaker Research Center/Union Twp. Heritage Association in West Milton. The museum also houses the Netzley archives.

A Navy veteran of World War II, Netzley was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 2006. Additionally, a section of Ohio State Route 571 was named the Robert E. Netzley Highway in 2003.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on October 2, 2010 at Community Grace Brethren Church, 2261 S. Miami Street, West Milton. Hale-Sarver Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.