Archie Cheesman owned Middletown Transmission and was a bus driver for the Franklin First Church of God. He died Sunday morning as a result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash in Franklin Twp. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Funeral services set for Hamilton man who died in church bus crash

A visitation for Archie Lyn Cheesman Sr., 59, of Hamilton, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Towne Church, 3722 Towne Blvd. in Middletown.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m on Saturday with Pastor Mark Crider officiating. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Franklin First Church of God, 704 S. River St. in Franklin. Condolences may be made to the family at

Cheesman was owner and operator for 20 years at Middletown Transmission, where he started working at age 16. He was a member of Franklin First Church of God, worked with the Shalom Homeless Program and nursing home ministry, helped with the men’s fellowship breakfast and was a sixth-to-eighth grade youth leader and bus ministry driver.

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Cheesman was driving the 2003 Bluebird Bus on Sunday morning when he died in a two-vehicle crash about 9:09 a.m. at Dixie Highway and Manchester Road in Franklin Twp.

The bus was owned by the Franklin church and had 25 to 30 people on board, ranging in age from two months to 41 years old, according to troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon post.

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Sgt. Christina Hayes of the highway patrol’s Lebanon post said troopers are continuing to interview passengers and witnesses to obtain additional information as they investigate the cause of the crash.

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