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Cheri M. "Dixie Rose" Warren was a 1975 Ada HS graduate

Cheri M. "Dixie Rose" Warren, age 56, died Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM at her residence in Kenton, Ohio.

She was born on October 11, 1956 in Kenton, Ohio to Carl D. and F. Jeanne (Vermillion) Hepner who preceded her in death. She first married Keith O. Steele and they were divorced, he survives in Kenton, Ohio. She later married John A. Warren and he survives in Kenton, Ohio.

Cheri worked in sales at Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Lima. However she was best known for being a radio personality at T-102 of Lima, Ohio.

Cheri was a 1975 graduate of Ada High School and a graduate of the American School of Broadcasting in Columbus, Ohio. She was a member of the St. John's United Church of Christ in Kenton,  Ohio. Cheri battled cancer for more than 3 years, winning the battle twice. To the end she was a fighter,  affectionately dubbed "Rocky" for her strength and tenacity. Her greatest joy was her children, to whom she was the most supportive and caring mother.

She often traveled with her children, producing some of her fondest memories. Cheri was also an avid motorcyclist, proudly riding thousands of miles on her own Harley-Davidson Ultra along with her husband. Cheri's dog, Rosie, provided her tremendous happiness and they were inseparable.

Also surviving are a son, Jeremiah Steele of Jacksonville, Florida; a daughter, Janelle Steele of Columbus, Ohio; two step daughters: Kelli (Jake) Blackburn and Ginna (Chad) Lewandowski both of Bluffton, Ohio; a sister, Connie (Thomas) Lehman of Ada; four step grandchildren.

Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 22, 2012 at St. John's United Church of Christ, 211 East Carrol Street, Kenton, with Pastor Neil D. Partington officiating. Burial will be in Thompson Cemetery, Bluffton.

Friends may call 2:00-7:00 PM on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. It was Cheri's request that everyone dress casually for visitation and the funeral service and weather permitting please ride your motorcycle.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hardin County Dog Shelter and/or Hardin County Hospice of Kenton.
Condolences may be expressed at www.hansonneely.com