Portage County obituaries for Dec. 1-3

Jay C. Brown

Jay C. Brown, age 72, passed away Saturday, Nov. 25, surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife Karen Brown and his four sons, Jason Brown, Brent Brown, Tyler Berry and Travis Brown. He was also survived by his two grandsons, Trent Brown and Elio Berry, and his daughters-in-law, Kimberly Brown and Nikki Berry.

Jay spent most of his time working on his farm. He enjoyed taking care of his animals and always had projects going to keep him busy and beautify his farm that he loved so much.

Jay worked at the Post Office for many years and also served in Vietnam in helicopter search and rescue in 1968-1969.

He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

Friends and other family members are welcome to visit the family on Friday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and join the memorial service beginning at 11 a.m. at Edinburg United Church of Christ located at 4081 Rock Springs Road, Ravenna, Ohio, 44266.

Any donations should sent to Portage County 4H, or Edinburg United Church of Christ.

Maureen Thomas-Ryan

Maureen Thomas-Ryan, age 76, of Ravenna, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2023.

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Donald V. Bowles

Donald V. Bowles, age 85, of Kent, Ohio passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2023.

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William Robert Novak

William R. Novak, 98, of Dover, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at Community Hospice Truman House in New Philadelphia, OH. He was born in Alliance, OH on April 24, 1925 to the late William and Mary Novak.

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Kevin Kerns

Kevin Kerns, age 63 years, died unexpectedly at home in Kent, Ohio on November 28, 2023. He was born in Cleveland on September 12, 1960.

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Melissa J. (Tinch) Briggs

Melissa J. Briggs 63 of Ravenna, formerly of Streetsboro, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2023. She was born June 19, 1960 in Tinchtown, TN to Paul and Hazel (Capps) Tinch.

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Catherine R. Farneth

Catherine R. Farneth, passed away peacefully at Kensington Care Center on December 1, 2023, at the age of 96, born November 17, 1927. She was predeceased by her husband, Harold E. Farneth.

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Rebecca J. Riffle

Rebecca J. Riffle (nee Gromley), age 65, of the city of Ravenna, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2023. She was born July 6, 1958, in Ravenna, Ohio to Verner and Yvonne (Jane) Gromley.

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