Legends Forever

We pay tribute to people important to the Dayton Legends who are no longer with us.

William H. Ireton, 73, of Kettering, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, December 12. He was born on June 29, 1938 and was married to Charlene for 50 years. He is survived by Charlene and his six children: William Jr. (Anne) of Tega Cay South Carolina; John (Amy) of Chicago Illinois, Elizabeth (Randall) Engalla of Houston Texas, Patricia Ozbirn of Milwaukee Wisconsin, Christine (William) Lally of Houston Texas and David (Angela) of Springboro Ohio; fifteen grandchildren: Danielle, Steven, Jamie, Nathan, Abigail, Brett, Joshua, Tyler, Megan, Jake, Paige, Ethan, Alessandra, Lily and Grace; one great grandchild: Riley; and six siblings: Joy Kasun, Robert Ireton, Jim Ireton, Andrew Ireton, Vicki Barnes and Gary Ireton. Bill was preceded in death by his father and mother, Carl and Hilda. Bill's passions in life were his family, sports and faith and he never tired of gathering with friends and family to share stories of all three. He was extremely proud of all his children and grandchildren. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 15, at the Tobias Funeral Home, 5471 Far Hills Ave from 5 to 7PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, December 16 at St. Charles Parish, 4500 Ackerman Blvd, at 1:30 followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Charles Athletic Association.

William (Bill) G. Schmidt, age 64, of Dayton, passed away Wednesday June 22, 2011 at Kettering Hospital after a sudden illness. He was born January 28, 1947 in Dayton, OH, the son of the late Joseph and Josephine Schmidt of Parkston, SD. He was Quartermaster at VFW Post 9582 in Vandalia, OH. He was a member of Amvets, American Legion, 40/8. He retired from GM in 1995 and served in the Army during Vietnam 1966-67. He was a member of the Dayton Legends Senior Softball Team and Cuny-Zink Senior Softball League in Dayton. Bill was preceded in death by brothers, Raymond and Edward Schmidt. Bill is survived by his wife of 33 years, Carol Schmidt; daughters, Wendy Asztalos (Eric) and Amanda Nolan (Mike); 4 grandchildren, Nathan, Sarah, Jacob and Zack; numerous relatives and friends. Visitation will be held Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 9:30 am- 11:00 am at Newcomer Funeral Home (4104 Needmore Rd.) with funeral services beginning at 11:00 am with Pastor Robert Hooker officiating. Following the service, a gathering of family and friends will be held from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm at the VFW Post 9582 in Vandalia, OH. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of Bill's favorite charities, Hospice of Dayton.

 Robert C. Block, Jr. (6-14-1944 to 5-28-2010) TROY - Robert C. Block Jr., 65, of Troy, Ohio, passed away at 11:20 a.m. Friday, May 28, 2010, at his residence. He was born on June 14, 1944, in Prescott, Ark., to the late Robert C. and Queen Ester (Latin) Block Sr. He is survived by the mother of his children and caregiver, Jacquelyn Jones Block of Troy; two sons, Robert C. Block III (Heidi) of Columbus and Brandon Robert Wright of Covington; two daughters, Cassandra A. Block of Dayton and Carietta K. Martinez (Darren) of Troy; 14 grandchildren, Elijah, Donovan, Richard, Alex, Damian, Erricka, Errick, Derrick, Darren "D.J.," Zachary "Zach," Jacob, Kamron, Kyler and Aleigha; five brothers, Dan L. Block (Maxine) of Rockford, Ill., Ricky L. Block of Prescott, Ark., Freddie R. Block (Mary) of Prescott, Ark., Thomas Howard Block of Troy, Ohio, and Kenneth R. Block of Hope, Ark.; five sisters, Opal L. Hall of Prescott, Ark., Gladys Block of Prescott, Ark., Maebell Samuels of Prescott, Ark., Estell Tidwell (Basil) of Prescott, Ark., and Carolyn Bozman of Jacksonville, Ark. He is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his brother, Anderson "Chuck" Block. He formerly was employed by Springs in Dayton and retired from Hobart Bros. and ITW in Troy. There will be a memorial service held at a later date at Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home, Troy, Ohio. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.fisher-cheneyfuneralhome.com.

 Doc (Carl Arbogast) (October 18, 2008) Doc was from Sunbury, Pennsylvania and moved to Hamilton, Oh. in 1959. He worked for the Ohio Casualty Company as an underwriter and retired from there in 1993. Doc had no children and his closest relatives lived in Pennsylvania and he had one nephew living in Florida. Doc never played any softball but he bowled for 35 years and was a long time friend of the David Grathwohl family. In 1973, Doc started showing up regularly at the softball diamonds and soon became an official team scorekeeper. He became well known by many a ballplayer in the Hamilton, Ohio area. Doc's love for the game and unique outlook on life endeared him to all that he came in contact with. In 2007, Doc became an official Member of the Dayton Legends Senior Softball Club and was a fixture at practices, functions, and Senior Softball Tournaments that the Dayton Legends traveled to. The DLSC chose to honor Doc in 2009 by having his name and number imprinted on each players ballcap. We all miss Doc's physical presence but his spirit will never be forgotten by all those who had the pleasure of getting to know this gentleman.

Swallows, Junior “JR”, age 63 of Huber Heights, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2009. Deeply loved and cherished brother, husband, father, papaw and friend. He was a giving man who never met a stranger. He was born March 29, 1945 in Somerset, KY. He was a 1963 graduate of Northridge High School. He was a veteran of the US Army and was very proud of the marksmanship awards that he earned. JR retired from National Life/American General Insurance after serving for 31 years as an insurance agent and manager. JRs passion was playing softball with the Cuny-Zink Senior Softball League & Kettering Polen Farm Senior Softball League. He was an avid bowler who was lucky enough to roll a perfect 300 game and a proud vendor at Traders World Flea Market. JR was preceded in death by his father James Albert and mother Dorothy Rose (Cope). He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Betty (Colwell); daughter Kellie & Ralph Lillard of Huber Heights, daughter Jennifer Swallows of Kettering; sister Mary & Burl Howard of Springboro; brother John & Judi Swallows of Vandalia; mother-in-law Frances Colwell of Northridge; brother and sister-in-law Jim & Peggy Colwell of Northridge & niece Josie Blaylock; niece Cheri & John Monds of Lebanon; nephew

Johnnie & Dana Swallows of Louisville, KY; and a host of other family and friends. JR Had five grandchildren that were his pride & joy. Laura, Sarah, Amanda, Rachel and Jonathan will all deeply miss the fun they had with their papaw and their trips to Kings Island. We will all miss his love of life and his wonderful ability to always make us laugh. Funeral Services 10am Monday, February 16, 2009 at Marker & Heller Funeral Home, Huber Heights Chapel, 5844 Old Troy Pike with Pastor Doug Jones officiating. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday.

 Roy Copeland (11-13-42 to 4-6-09) COPELAND, Roy T. age 66, of Tipp City, passed away on April 6, 2009 at Troy Care and Rehab Center. He was born November 13, 1942 in Monroe, TN, the son of Arnie & Conva Copeland. He served in the US Army during Vietnam and was formerly employed by McCooks Bowling Alley. He was a member of Amvets Post 24 and Tony Stein American Legion. He played softball with the Dayton Legends. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harley C. Copeland; and sister, Christine Robbins. Survivors include his sisters, Marie Danner of Troy and Nellie Miller of Riverside, and brothers, Kelly Copeland of Franklin; Ray Copeland of Tipp City; and Arnie Copeland, Jr. of Tennessee; aunt, Clara Beatty of Tennessee; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends from the softball team. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Friday, April 10, 2009 at Newcomer Funeral Home & Crematory, 4104 Needmore Rd, Dayton, Ohio with Pastor George Camp officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 10 AM until the time of services. If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Dayton Legends Ball Club.

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