08/01/2022 – Merlin

Merlin

Call Name of Pet: Merlin
05/05/2010 – 08/01/2022
Titles earned:
A.k.c.puppy star Levels 1,2,3 CPE agility

Merlin was my heart dog. He loved to swim, play agility, make everyone laugh, go to work with me, and go anywhere he could just be with me. He loved to go for car rides. He was best known for his antics in class and competitions and also for his ears.

Member Name: Cathryn Creager

Sandy Combs 7/28/1944 – 2/21/2022

Sandra J. Combs died at home on Feb. 21, 2022. She was 77.

Sandy was born on July 28, 1944,in Norfolk, Virginia, to Laura (Brewer) and Robert Duncan. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1966 with a bachelor of arts degree. After college, she worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base programming some of the earliest computers with punch cards.

She met her husband Al Combs through a bowling league and they married in 1968. Sandy and Al had two daughters, Veronica Mae and Rebecca Lynn. Sandy spent the next decade raising the girls, sewing, and reading.

When the girls got older, she went back to school to get a teaching certificate. She then taught fifth grade in the Twin Valley School District for 18 years. She also was a 4-H advisor in Preble County for more than 20 years.

She bred miniature dachshunds for 30 years and put AKC titles on miniature dachshunds in conformation, obedience, agility, and scent work. She was a member of the Dayton Kennel Club, Ft. St. Clair Kennel Club, National Miniature Dachshund Club, Dachshund Club of America, Dayton Dog Training Club, and Gem City Dog Obedience Club. Sandy was an officer in many of these clubs as well as an AKC Breeder of Merit.

Despite her 2018 diagnosis of ALS, she continued until very recently to do what she loved, including quilting, spending time with her grandsons, and training, showing, and breeding dachshunds. Few people will know the strength, courage, and determination she displayed in her final weeks. Sandy died at home surrounded by her dogs and family which is exactly what she wanted.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Al. She is survived by her daughters, sons-in-law Michael Borchers and Jody Powlette, grandsons Carson and Liam Borchers, sister Sue Duncan, and brother Bob Duncan.

The family will hold a celebration of her life at 1 p.m. on April 24, at Cox Arboretum, 6733 N. Springboro Pike, Dayton. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Nature Conservancy, or the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

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Cynthia Alles – 9/22/1961- 3/15/2022

Cynthia “Cindy” Dawn Alles, age 60, died on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, in Beavercreek, Ohio. She was born on September 22, 1961 in Dayton, Ohio to Ortho Stanley and Iona Mae (Applegate) Marko, the youngest of three children. She grew up in Tipp City, Ohio, graduated from Tipp City High School, and earned her Associate’s degree from Hocking Technical College. She enjoyed many years traveling the world while working as a travel agent. She married her husband William “Bill” C. Alles on November 2, 1991. Cindy was a doting mother to two cats and nine dogs over the years and enjoyed working with animals and contributing her many talents to local community organizations. She was a member of the Gem City Dog Obedience club for over 20 years and combined her love of cooking and dogs in managing the food for many of the dog shows, banquets and special events. She was also a loyal member of the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association (mvPTa) where she was certified with 2 dogs and was passionate about providing comfort, joy and support to residents at the Widow’s Home, Hospice of Dayton and many other facilities. She enjoyed supporting the Paws to Read children’s program at the Burkhardt, Wilmington Stroop, and Beavercreek libraries. She also enthusiastically served mvPTa in many other capacities, including as President, Vice President At Large, Howl Walk Chair, Education Staff Member, and as a pet therapy instructor and evaluator. She was proceeded in death by her parents, Ortho and Iona Mae Marko. She is survived by her husband William “Bill” Alles, her brothers Gregory (Charlene) Marko and Michael “Mick” Marko, and her nephew Justin Marko. She also leaves behind her extended family including Diane (Wayne) Robbins, Susan Alles, many adoring nieces and nephews including Sara (Jeffrey) Grivno and family, Gregory (Stephanie) Robbins and family, and Laura Robbins, life-long friends Kathy and Garrett Taylor, Mike and Cathy Rymer, Ernie and Lori Genaw, and a multitude of other close friends that she considered family. She was loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed by all whose hearts she touched over the years. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 11:00am, at Byron Cemetery & Mausoleum, 3256 Trebein Road, Fairborn, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, her family requests any memorials may be made in Cindy’s name to her most cherished organizations, the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association (mvPTa) or the Gem City Dog Obedience Club.

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Tay Brewer – 2/8/1941-11/10/2021

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Tay Brewer who was a Lifetime Member of Gem City Dog Obedience Club died on November 10th 2021.
Tay joined the club in 1990 and trained and showed Shelties. She also was on the cleaning crew for years. Tay was a sweet woman who will be missed by her friends at Gem City.
Our condolences to her husband, Clyde, and to her family.  Arrangements are by the Newcomer-Kettering Chapel.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 from 12:00 pm until time of the Celebration of Tay’s life at 1:00 pm at Davids Cemetery Mausoleum, 4600 Mad River Road, Kettering, OH 45429.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Astoria Health and Rehab Center, 300 Astoria Rd. Germantown, OH, 45327.

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Michele Johnson – 8/25/2021

Michele Johnson passed away last night. She was a long time member of the club. Over the last 5 or so years she has not been as active as she was battling cancer.  Michele was a kind soul.  She worked hard for the club and fir animal rescue.  She and her husband Gary love their beagle and other  hounds.  She will be missed greatly.

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05/07/2021 – Gabby

AKC or UKC Registered Name: Kenwood’s Sweet Dreams


Call Name of Pet: Gabby

09/24/2009 – 05/07/2021

Titles Earned: AKC – MX, MXJ, MXP, MJP
CPE – C-ATCH 5


Gabby was a ray of sunshine from day 1. She was the best little girl ever…loved everybody, gave every dog a chance. She loved to play Tug of War and chase her ball. She loved running agility and was a great partner. She will be missed, but, I know she is running that big agility course in the sky! We miss you our little
Gabilicious!!!


Member: Penny Hamblin

4/6/2021 – Suzy

AKC or UKC (etc) Registered Name: Athercroft Oh My Sweet SueSue

Call Name of Pet: Suzy

01/16/2007 – 04/06/2021

Titles Earned: AKC-CGC ,MVPT Master Pet Therapy Dog (150+ hours)

Suzy was a gentle sweet dog. She loved chasing bees, butterflies, and squirrels. Her favorite job was being a Pet Therapy Team with her favorite human Jim. She loved the petting and attention she received from the children and adults she visited. Suzy also enjoyed the treats she received for a job well done! We miss her so much but know that she is pain free playing and running once again.

Member: Joyce Osburn

12/26/2020 – Hailey

Hailey – Outrun’s Fire In The Sky

AKC or UKC (etc) Registered Name: Outrun’s Fire In The Sky
Call Name of Pet: Hailey

04/13/2008 – 12/26/2020

AKC Canine Good Citizen – CGC
Open Agility Preferred
Excellent Agility Preferred Jumpers
ASCA
Regular Standard Agility – RV-O
Jumpers Excellent Outstanding Performance – JV-E-OP
Gamblers Veterans – Open Outstanding Performance – GV-O-OP
Herding Instinct Test

Our little Hailey was always a little shy in public, but she loved to work.
She would play frisbee, chase her ball, and play agility at home endlessly.

She loved to be with her people , and enjoying life at home.

Member: Donna Mundy

Nancy Beeman 11/11/47-10/26/2020

Nancy Beeman and Storm
Nancy Beeman and Storm

Nancy Jo (Whaley) Beeman, age 72, of Dayton, Ohio, passed away Monday, October 26, 2020, with her family by her side. She was born to the late Curtis and M. Lorean Whaley, November 11, 1947 in Dayton, Ohio.

Nancy is survived by her three children, Duane Edward Beeman, Jonathan Lee Beeman (Gail), and Melissa Ann (Beeman) Wilhelm; great grandchildren, Scott Johnson, Amber (Beeman) Hargis (Cody), Steven Beeman, Alex Wilhelm, Gabby Wilhelm, AJ Wilhelm and Kaiser Wilhelm; great-great grandchildren, Della Blake Hargis and Melody Beeman; and brother, John Whaley (Vickie).

Nancy was a 1966 graduate of Patterson High School. She retired from Kettering Hospital. Nancy was a long-time member of Gem City Dog Obedience Club, joining in 1994 and serving on the board for several years as both Director of Obedience and Director of Conformation. Nancy was a UKC Conformation Judge, and enjoyed breeding and showing Shih Tzu in conformation, obedience, and agility. Later, Nancy trained her own service dog as both a stability dog and a diabetic detection dog.

Family will receive friends Friday, October 30, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 10:30 a.m. at Newcomer North Chapel, 4104 Needmore Rd., Dayton. Burial Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Gem City Dog Obedience Club at 1815 Trebein Rd., Xenia, Ohio 45385.

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