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Virgil “Tub” Sorrell, who worked for the Middletown Division of Police for 29 years, died Jan. 7. CONTRIBUTED

Retired Middletown police officer Virgil Sorrell dies

For the second time this year, the Middletown Division of Police is mourning the loss of one of its retired officers.Virgil “Tub” Sorrell, who worked for the Middletown Division of Police for 29 years, died Thursday night at the Woodlands of Middletown. He was 85.Another retired police officer, W. Dale ...

Dale Curtis, a retired Middletown police officer, died Saturday. He was 74.

Retired Middletown police officer dies

Even in his retirement, W. Dale Curtis never stopped serving.“He was our protector,” said his wife, Vicky Lynn Curtis. “He was very proud of his work and what he did in the department.”Curtis, who served as a Middletown police officer for 23 years, died Saturday at Atrium Medical Center. He ...

Bob Miller kisses his wife, Pauline, after his parachute landing in 2013. JIM WITMER / STAFF

Prominent Butler County residents who died in 2015

World War II veterans, a former city councilman, a YMCA leader, physicians and the wife of a pastor were some of the prominent area residents who died in 2015.Dan HumphreysDan Humphreys, a broadcaster and salesman at WPFB radio in Middletown for 60 years, passed away March 3 in Tampa, Fla. ...

Michael Shanks pictured in 2009. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Well-known Hamilton attorney dies at age 69

Well-known attorney Michael Shanks died suddenly Saturday morning at his Hamilton home.He was 69 years old.The Hamilton native had been practicing law since 1976 when he graduated from University of Cincinnati College of Law after graduating from Miami University and serving in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam.“It is ...

Dr. William Jones was named Butler County’s Veteran of the Year in 2015. Jones died Dec. 15 at age 91. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Veteran of the Year William ‘Doc’ Jones dies at age 91

Dr. William “Doc” Jones, Butler County’s 2015 Veteran of the Year, died Tuesday at age 91. He was a resident in Colonial’s Westover Retirement Community, where he had lived since 2009.Jones served in World War II and the Korean War as a third-class quartermaster while on board the USS LST ...

Barry Thiel

Longtime Liberty Twp. volunteer dies while scuba diving

A longtime Liberty Twp. volunteer died earlier this week after a scuba diving incident in the US Virgin Islands, according to his family.Barry Thiel, 49, senior managing director at 13D Research, had a fatal heart attack Sunday morning while scuba diving in St. Thomas, where the investment firm is headquartered.Thiel ...

William C. McGuire became friends with President Ronald Reagan after writing him letters before he was California governor.

Former Madison administrator, Middie great dies

A standout Middletown High School athlete who later left an indelible mark in Madison Twp. passed away Friday after battling dementia for several years.William C. McGuire, a 1953 MHS graduate who later served as a Madison Twp. administrator, died at home, surrounded by his family. He was 82.As a part-time ...

Vaden Fitton, businessman who helped establish GMV YMCA, dies

Vaden Fitton, a local businessman and community leader who helped to establish the Great Miami Valley YMCA’s first two branches, died Friday.He was 87.Fitton was the former senior officer, first vice president of First National Bank and bank director. In 1968, he co-chaired a capital campaign to establish the first ...

Carlos Todd remembered for his contributions to Butler County

Carlos Todd was an unassuming giant of a man who came from simple roots planted in south central Kentucky, and his impact on Butler County will last, said four men who knew him not only as a friend but on a spiritual level.Todd was laid to rest Monday at West ...

Carlos Todd

Carlos Todd: 1938-2015

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