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Services set for Tusky Valley students killed in crash

| November 16, 2023
Tusky Valley students Wyatt Mosely, Katelyn Owens, and JD Worrell were killed in Tuesday's charter bus crash on I-70 along with high school math teacher Dave Kennat and two parents: Kristy Gaynor, 39, of Zoar, and Shannon Wigfield, 45, of Bolivar.

Wyatt Mosley, age 18, of Mineral City

John Wyatt Mosely was called home to be with our Lord on Tuesday, November 14, 2023.  He was an amazing young man who was instrumentally and vocally talented.  He was very humble, caring, funny, intelligent, a very hard worker and seemed always to be ahead of his time throughout his life.  Loved deeply by all family and friends, he would lend a hand to anyone in need with great compassion.  He enjoyed music, hanging out with his very good friends, programming games and had a love for acting.  He will be missed so deeply by all who knew him.

He is survived by his parents, Chris and Sondra (Riddell) Mosley; siblings, Zander, Gunnar, and Ahna Mosley; grandparents, Susan Grages (Jeff Frame), Donna Riddell, Kelvin and Colleen Mosley, and John Simpson.  Many close uncles, aunts and cousins, along with many other loving family members.

Friends may call Saturday from 4 to 7 pm at the Finefrock-Gordon Funeral Home in Magnolia.  A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday starting at 4 p.m. in Faith Baptist Church, 9481 State Route 212 NE, Bolivar, OH 44612. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Wyatt’s memory may be made to the Fine Arts Dept. of Tuscarawas Valley High School, 2637 Tusky Valley Rd. NE, Zoarville, OH  44656.

Condolences may be sent to: and by phone at 330-866-9425

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John Wyatt Mosley, please visit the Finrock-Gordon Funeral Home floral store.

Katelyn Nicole Owens, 15, of Mineral City

A vibrant and talented young woman, Katelyn died Tuesday morning, November 14, 2023, the result of a tragic traffic accident in Licking County.

Katelyn leaves behind a legacy of determination and joy. Born on February 4, 2008, in Dover, she was the daughter of Michael “Mike” and Erika (Grafe) Owens of Mineral City. Her education was of great importance to her. She was a sophomore honor student at Tuscarawas Valley High School, who chose to double-up her academic workload in order to take college courses at Kent State University Tuscarawas Campus next year. Her commitment and ambition were evident as she worked towards achieving an honors diploma. Further, Katelyn participated in the band at Tusky Valley, playing the clarinet, finding fulfillment and happiness in making music with others.

Katelyn was proud of the fact that she was employed by Wood’s Tall Timber Resort in New Philadelphia. She had recently obtained her temporary permit and was learning how to drive. Katelyn had an adventurous spirit that was exhibited through her thrill of riding motorcycles with her mother, father, and uncle. She was also an avid trap-shooter with the Zoar Road Youth and the Tusky Valley High School Trap Teams. Katelyn made friends easily and had many. As a busy teen, Katelyn very much enjoyed time spent with those she loved.
Those closest to Katelyn hope that the tragedy that took her life will not overshadow or define how she will be remembered. Instead, her family and friends will cherish Katelyn for all she was able to experience and accomplish in so few years.

In addition to her parents, Mike and Erika, Katelyn will be dearly missed by her brother, Anthony “A.J.” Glass; her grandparents, Chris Owens and Cathy (Grafe) and Dave Schwartz; her great-grandparents, David and Wanda Wells; her special great-aunt, Deb Lones; her uncle and aunt, Jason and Michelle Owens; her uncle, Randall Grafe; her aunt, Tina Shull; her cousins, Bailee and Emilee Grafe, Garrett and Lizzie Smith, and Trevor and Hunter Shull; her much-loved dog, George; as well as many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Jim Owens and Randy Grafe.

Family and friends are invited to call Monday, November 20, 1 – 3 and 5 – 7 pm at NewPointe Community Church, Dover. Katelyn’s life will be celebrated in a service at the church on Tuesday, November 21, beginning at 11 am. Pastor Dwight Mason will officiate. There will be a fellowship meal directly after the service at NewPointe. Katelyn’s family will privately lay her to rest later in Evergreen Burial Park, New Philadelphia. The Toland-Herzig Funeral Home in Dover is handling the arrangements.

Because of her love for animals, the family suggests that contributions in her memory be made to the Tuscarawas County Dog Pound, 1751 Tech Park Dr. N.E., or the Tuscarawas County Humane Society, 1432 Tall Timber Rd. N.E., both addresses at New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.

Though Katelyn may no longer walk or march beside us, her memory will forever play a tune in our hearts.

Jeffery David Worrell, 18, of Bolivar

Also known as JD and “Kitten”, Jeffery was taken from the world at the age of 18 on November 14, 2023.

Jeff was a senior attending Tusky Valley High School, where he was in the marching band.  He loved being in the band, and  was a friend to all.  He loved acting, performing in a number of school productions, and was very involved with the choir and performing with the speech and debate team. He was selected by the Superintendent to serve on his advisory council and he also was selected to be a peer mentor/counselor.  He loved helping others, and wanted everyone around him to feel happy and loved.

Jeffery leaves to cherish his parents George and Deanna Worrell, sister Kayla (Brendan) Ross, brothers George IV and Finn, grandparents George and Betsy Worrell of Canton, grandmother Dee Kinnee of Traverse City, MI, special cousin Tristen Worrell, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other beloved friends and family

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 18, at 11 am at the Wilkshire Event Center at 474 Jeanne Anne Ln. Bolivar.  Burial will follow in Fort Laurens Cemetery in Bolivar.  Friends and family may call Friday, November 17, from 5 to 8 pm at the event center and one hour prior to services on Saturday.  The Lebold-Smith Funeral Home in Bolivar is handling the arrangements.  To share a memory, please visit the funeral home’s website.

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