Wednesday street closures for funeral procession


By Nathan Kraatz - [email protected]



WILMINGTON — Law enforcement officials are asking for respect and patience Wednesday, during a funeral procession honoring Kate Earley, who worked for the Wilmington Fire Department from 1999 to 2011.

Earley died Wednesday, March 9 at Mt. Carmel East in Columbus. Her survivors include her parents, two daughters, her sister and her grandmother, among others.

Earley’s funeral will be at 1 p.m. at the Roberts Centre. From there, a procession including fire equipment will leave at some time between 2 and 3 p.m., according to Josh Riley, chief detective, Wilmington Police Department.

Many downtown streets will be closed due to the procession, Riley said, including streets both on and near the procession route.

The procession will head south on U.S. 68 to Xenia Avenue. It will proceed from Xenia Avenue to South Street to Main Street before turning on Walnut Street and again on Sugartree Street.

While on Sugartree Street, the procession will pass the Wilmington Fire Department before turning on Mulberry Street.

From Mulberry Street, the procession will take Locust Street to U.S. Route 22 to Clarksville, where Earley will be buried.

Clinton County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Mike Kassinos said the county will close part of State Route 132 in Clarksville from 2 p.m. to approximately 6 p.m.

Law enforcement will escort the procession, and Riley asks the community to show respect for Earley and be patient so as to remain safe.

Reach Nathan Kraatz at 937-382-2574, ext. 2510 or on Twitter @NathanKraatz.

By Nathan Kraatz

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