Warren and Jeanne Eason, together through 63 years of marriage but separated for a time by the physical limitations being imposed upon them by age, are together again.

Warren and Jeanne Eason, together through 63 years of marriage but separated for a time by the physical limitations being imposed upon them by age, are together again.

They are now residents, appropriately enough, of Eason House, which is billed as an "innovative memory care residence" located on a half-acre lot in Beechwold.

Warren Eason, 88, who retired as a professor of Soviet economics from Ohio State University in 1992, and his wife, a former kindergarten teacher, were the first to make their home in what will eventually be a facility to care for five people with what is generically referred to as memory loss.

Eason House is owned by registered nurse Tim Mills, who retired from a 26-year career at Riverside Methodist Hospital, and orthotics technician Mark Moore, both of whom live in Delaware.

Mills, who was born and raised in Clintonville and attended North High School, said that he had his first exposure to people with memory loss when he was 15 years old and his grandmother got him a summer job at the Arlington Court Nursing Home.

"I fell in love with it," he said.

After graduating from high school in 1978, Mills went to work as an orderly at Riverside and eventually became a nurse, at a time when few men were in the profession. He said that he took advantage of educational opportunities his employer afforded him and rose through the ranks to become a registered nurse with a bachelor of science degree. He also observed many changes in nursing, including more men joining the ranks.

"I saw the metamorphosis of nursing from a bedside person who gave comfort to someone who provided direct care that made a difference in a person's life," Mills recalled.

Able to retire with a full pension in May 2005 when his years of service and age totaled 70, Mills said that he decided to embark on a second career as an entrepreneur. After becoming involved with a Medicare agency owned by one of his former co-workers at Riverside, Mills said that he and Moore founded Health Care Concierge, a customized in-home health care service for senior citizens.

"They want to stay where they are," Mills said. "They want to stay no matter what."

But memory loss, he knew from his experiences as a teenager, sometimes makes that impossible.

A year and a half ago, Mills said, he chanced to meet a man who had opened an adult care facility that was licensed by the Ohio Department of Health, as Eason House is now. It sounded like a good idea for the next logical step for his entrepreneurship, Mills believed.

Mills next spoke with Barb Eason Himes, who was then looking for a place where her parents, Warren and Jeanne, could be together after their differing needs separated them in the nursing home where they lived.

"We just seemed to share the same vision," Himes said.

Warren and Jeanne Eason had been clients of Health Care Concierge.

After checking into the rules and regulations for adult care facilities, Mills said that he and Himes went house-hunting, eventually finding and extensively renovating -- at a cost of $130,000 -- a 1950s ranch in Beechwold.

Jeanne and Warren Eason were back under the same roof in November.

"I named it Eason House because they were the inspiration and I wanted to honor them," Mills said.

Two others also have taken up residence, leaving one slot in the five-bedroom home available.

"It's a journey every day," Mills said of spending time with the residents of Eason House.

Mills added that during his nursing career he provided all kinds of care to all kinds of people and participated in the opening of various facilities.

"But I've never been more touched more times" than at Eason House, he said.

"This is not a place that you drop someone off and don't come back," Mills added. "This is a family home in every sense of the word. It's a no-pressure environment that preaches a sense of independence as much as possible."

Himes, whose parents met when her father was a student of her flight-instructor mother during World War II, said that Warren Eason's lessening mobility forced the couple's separation at the nursing facility.

"This feels like home," Himes said of Eason House. "My dad at his nursing facility used to say, 'I'm not home, am I?' And that must be unsettling."

Now, she added, he sometimes comments that it feels good to be in a home named after him and his wife.

"My mom verbalizes how much this feels like home," Himes said.