In Memoriam

L. Bruce Barnes, DDS

March 12, 1930 — December 28, 2023


Bruce Barnes, 93, Monroe, passed away peacefully in his sleep December 28, 2023. His devoted wife of 70 years, Neila, and daughter were with him in the end. A long-time resident of Middletown, Bruce and his wife moved to Mt. Pleasant Retirement Community in 2012.

Born March 12, 1930 in Columbus, Ohio, Bruce grew up and attended public schools. Upon graduation from North High School, Bruce, rode the streetcar and entered The Ohio State University as a “townie”. Bruce joined Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. While a student at O.S.U., Bruce made many lifelong friends, including his future wife. After gaining early acceptance to The Ohio State University Dental School, Bruce graduated with a D.D.S. and married Neila (Mueller) August 22, 1953. Post graduate studies were interrupted by a 2 year stint in the U.S. Army where Bruce served as a Captain in the Dental Corp. After fulfilling his military obligation, Bruce resumed his professional training with an Oral Surgery residency in Cincinnati and upon completion entered private practice as an Oral Surgeon in Indianapolis. In 1965 Bruce relocated his Oral Surgery practice to Middletown, Ohio. Bruce was a member of the Middletown Hospital staff and retired in 1987.

Bruce was a member of several professional organizations including the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons as well as President of the Butler County Dental Society. Bruce was active in the Middletown community, as a Board member of the Fine Arts Center in Middletown, and a board member of Mt. Pleasant Retirement Community. In 2003 he and Neila were co-chairs of the Atrium Medical Center Foundation’s Heritage Society, a 2 year term that lasted 16 years and for which they were honored as Community Heroes at the May 2022 gala. Bruce was also a long-time member, deacon, trustee, and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Middletown.

Bruce and Neila were devoted parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and wonderful role models. “Family time” was a priority. There were many activities, trips, visits, graduations, and holiday celebrations. Family vacations were special and included summertime at Crystal Lake, winter ski trips and spring in Florida. This tradition has carried on with grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bruce and Neila had many friends and in later years enjoyed travelling, bicycling, theater and various functions with other couples.

Bruce was preceded in death by his mother Helen (Newton), father Lyle H., brother John/Jack, sister Lois and his daughter-in-law, Cecilia Barnes. He is survived by his wife, Neila (Mueller) Barnes, sons Scott Barnes and Bob (Karen) Barnes, daughter Lynnette (Jeff) Hinch, grandchildren Jennifer Barnes, Kristin Barnes, Andrea (Jason) Carrier, Tyler Barnes, Blake Hinch, and Tucker Hinch, and great-grandchildren Ella and Owen Carrier.

Allan Karchner

1936 – 2023

Allan Karchner Obituary

Allan Allan L. Karchner, age 87, of Monroe, Ohio passed away peacefully on August 29, 2023. He was born June 9, 1936 in Middletown, Ohio, to parents, Dorothy and Ted Karchner. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Judy Beatty Karchner; their children, son, David Allan Karchner; daughter, Leanne Karchner Wollenweber; seven grandchildren all of Colorado and brother, Ted (Nancy) Karchner. Allan graduated from Case Institute as a Metallurgical Engineer in 1958. During his college years he played guard and was captain of the football team and was awarded the Lez Bayle Award as an outstanding “Rough Rider”. He also served as president of his SAE fraternity. He and Judy were married that summer of 1958 at the First Presbyterian Church. Allan began his career with Armco Steel. Allan served the church in many leadership positions, and served the Middletown community in many ways. He was an active member of JC Men’s Group and president of his golf club, Director of the Butler County Red Cross. Allan loved his family, playing golf and tennis and skiing. He and Judy traveled extensively and were very active in Middletown community events. In his last 10 years he and Judy have lived in a cottage at Mount Pleasant Village, Monroe, Ohio. Enjoying the love and care of the village. Allan, a good solid Christian man will be missed by many. Visitation will be held from 1-2 pm on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at First Presbyterian Church, 2910 Central Avenue, Middletown, OH. A Celebration of Life will follow at 2pm. Donations may be made to the Foundation of your choice. Please visit to leave online condolences for the family. Published by Journal-News on Sep. 24, 2023.

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