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YOLANDA DILLERY 1919-2011

VENICE, Fla. – Yolanda V. Dillery, 92, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Paulding, died Monday, Nov. 28.

She was born Oct. 9, 1919 in Detroit, the daughter of Yoland (Kish) Gabor Escedi.

Survivors include her son, Robert Dillery of Reidsville, N.C.; a daughter, Barbara Meyer of Venice; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Irene Smith of Trentown Township, Mich. and Margaret Szalia of Allen Park, Mich.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Friday, Dec. 2 with entombment immediately following at Venice Memorial Gardens.

To share a memory, visit www.farleyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

WOODY SCHEY 1912-2011

PAULDING – Former resident Woodrow “Woody” P. Schey, age 98, died Monday, Nov. 28 at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne.

He was born Dec. 13, 1912 in Leipsic, the son of Walter S. and Jessie E. (Pickens) Schey. On Dec. 25, 1936, he married Gladys Faye Tooman, who preceded him in death on Aug. 28, 2010. He retired in 1977 from American Electric Power as area manager. He was previously employed by Central Ohio Light Power and Ohio Power. He was a member of River Savior Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Elks Club, Kiwanis, Auglaize Country Club and Flat Rock Lodge F&AM. He was a past Paulding Library board president and Paulding Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (Stephen) Shambaugh, Fort Wayne; a son, Stephen Schey, Fremont; a brother, Gene (Shirley) Schey, Findlay; two sisters, Mildred Taylor of Findlay and Helen O’Dell, Bradenton, Fla.; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Robert Schey; and two sisters, infant Doris Schey and Betty Jane Rump.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Karen Stetins officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Ridge Cemetery, Leipsic.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Monday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church or Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

JOHN “ED” MATSON 1934-2011

OAKWOOD – John “Ed” Matson, 77, of Oakwood, died at 8:21 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born Jan. 14, 1934 in Oakwood, the son of Lawrence and Anna (Thomas) Matson. On Oct. 14, 1952, he married Frances Rhees, who survives in Oakwood. He was a farmer.

Also surviving are two children, Elizabeth Lloyd and Lawrence Matson, both of Oakwood; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Jerry (Catherine) Matson of Oakwood; and two sisters, Janet Bidlack of Oakwood and Thelma Thomas of New Haven.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with the Rev. Robert Merriman and Rev. Stan Harmon officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Auglaize Chapel Church of God or to the Gideon’s.

Condolences can be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

DUSTIN COIL 1988-2011

DEFIANCE – Dustin M. Coil, age 23, of Defiance, died Sunday, Nov. 27 in Paulding County.

He was born Feb. 4, 1988 in Defiance, the son of Jeffrey and Kristi (Kingery) Coil. He as a machinist, formerly employed at Extreme Machine in Defiance. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, auto racing and playing pool.

Surviving are his mother, Kristi (Spc. Jason) Farquhar of Ft. Bragg, N.C.; two sisters, Erika Miller of Defiance and Pfc. Andrea Miller, Ft. Hood, Texas; his father Steve (Rhonda) Schweitzer of Defiance, who raised him; six aunts, Kimberly (Jerry) Shaffer of Grover Hill, Peggy Diaz of Houston, Annette Mason of Defiance County, Kim Abbasi Chandler of Arizona, Kathy Blankenship of Defiance and Julia Canfield of Alvordton; two uncles, David (Myra) Schweitzer of Holgate and Jason Schlegel of Michigan; grandparents, Margaret Bradford of Defiance, Barbara Bell Chandler of Arizona and Larry (Lynda) Coil of Nevada; a stepgrandfather, Frank (Diane) Farquhar of Paulding; and a stepgrandmother, Naomi Link, Defiance.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jeffrey Coil; grandparents, George Bradford and Hershel and Donna Schweitzer; and a great-grandmother, Eleanor Edwards.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Shaffer Funeral Home in Defiance with the Rev. Joshua Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

Condolences may be left at www.HCSfuneralhome.com.

 

 

KATHLEEN SNODGRASS HART

FAIRBORN – Kathleen Hart, age 89, of Fairborn, passed away suddenly on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011.

She was born Dec. 23, 1921, in Paulding, the daughter of Dean and Zona Snodgrass.

She was a longtime member of the Fairborn Methodist Church.

She is survived by her children, Judith A. Hart, Michael H. Hart and Timothy B. Hart; a grandson, Morgan M. Hart; three great-grandsons, Colin, Rowen and Duncan; and two siblings, William B. Snodgrass and Mary Snodgrass LaFountain.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert H. Hart, a brother, Robert Snodgrass and two sisters, Colleen Culp and Linda Lee Snodgrass.

Private family arrangements. Newcomer Funeral Homes & Crematory, Beavercreek Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

To leave a special message of condolence, please visit www.NewcomerDayton.com.

 

BILL ZARTMAN 1927-2011

ANTWERP – Bill Zartman, 84, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, Nov. 24 at his daughter’s residence in Ottoville.

Justus William Zartman was born on May 17, 1927 in Briceton, the son of Harold and Viola (Matthews) Zartman. On May 18, 1948, he married Edith Carr, who preceded him in death Feb. 5, 2007. He served in the U.S. Army as a PFC in WWII and worked at Casad Depot, New Haven, from 1952-92. He was a member of Antwerp VFW and American Legion Posts. Bill never knew a stranger and was always willing to share his sense of humor with everyone.

Surviving are his children, Cherri (Joe) Clementz of Ottoville, Kathy (Charlie) Amburgy of Middletown, Mark (Lucy) of Bartelso, Ill., and Terry (Pam), Billy (Becky) and Kelly (Danielle), all of Antwerp; siblings, Hilda Lyons, Olive Dinger, Genevieve Hoaglin, Edie Mills and Lennis, all of Payne, and Larry (Carol) of Sherwood; 20 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by his siblings, Katherine Fegley, Denene Yenser, and John, Wesley and Harold Zartman.

His funeral service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Antwerp United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 4-8 Monday, Nov. 28 at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Paulding Hospice, 250 Dooley Drive, Paulding OH 45879.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

HILDA WURM MAY 1914-2011

OAKWOOD – Hilda (Wurm) May, 97, Berea, died peacefully in hospice Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011.

She was born Feb. 3, 1914, in Brown Township near Oakwood, the daughter of William Oscar and Maude Belle (Sherman) Wurm. On Sept. 16, 1934, she married Robert W. May, who preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1957. In her early marriage, she was a homemaker, and after her husband’s death, became the bookkeeper for the Oakwood Oil Company in Oakwood. After retirement, she spent her winters on Pine Island, near Ft. Myers, Fla. Since 2007, she has lived near her oldest daughter in Berea.

Hilda enjoyed reading, needlework, travel, outings with her friends, and visiting her daughters and their families across the country. She was a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Paulding, a charter member of the Oakwood Home Extension Club and volunteered for the Defiance Hospital Thrift Store after retirement. She was honored at the 1989 Oakwood Labor Day homecoming as Honorary Citizen.

Surviving are four daughters, Alison Elliott of Berea, Mary Lynn (Carleton Sr.) Tanner of Renton, Wash., Karen May (John) Marra of Nanuet, N.Y. and Kristi Neal of Tomball, Texas; eight grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Also preceding her in death were a brother, Guy Wurm, and two sisters, Hazel Fitzwater and Mildred Williams.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood with Pastor Karen Stetins officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 2-8 pm Saturday, Dec. 3 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood.

Preferred memorials are to the Hospice Services of Southwest General, 18659 Drake Road, Strongsville OH 44136 or to the American Cancer Society.

 

 

 

TERESA COTTRELL 1955-2011

PAULDING – Teresa Rose Cottrell, age 56, died Tuesday, Nov. 22 while under hospice care in Hot Springs, Ark.

She was born May 27, 1955, in Paulding County, the daughter of Vern and Violet (Guingrich) Riggenbach. She was a graduate of Paulding High School and Fort Wayne International Business College. She worked most recently as an accountant at the Area Agency on Aging in Hot Springs, Ark. She was an active member of the National Park Church of Christ in Hot Springs. She was a gifted singer, loving mother and grandmother.

She endured a lengthy illness with cancer and the family is indebted to the wonderful hospice staff of Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs.

She is survived by her four children, Janel (Todd) Deaver of West Chester, Pa., Zachary Cottrell of Alexander, Ark., Holly Wilder of Glenwood, Ark. and Katie (Larry) Carroll of Toledo; her mother, Violet Riggenbach of Paulding; two brothers, Jerry Riggenbach and Tom Riggenbach; three sisters, Rita Fahrlender, Shirley Graham and Natalie Garrick; and 11 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Rex.

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 28 at the Paulding Church of Christ with Todd Deaver officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to Breast Cancer Research or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

 

SHARON ILER 1942-2011

MONTPELIER – Sharon L. “Spinner” Iler, 69, a resident of Montpelier since 1994, and formerly of Defiance, died Monday morning, Nov. 21 at Vibra Hospital of Fort Wayne.

She was born on Sept. 8, 1942 in Detroit, the daughter of Leslie E. and Elizabeth (Heimberger) Mottashed. On Aug. 9, 1969, she married William H. Iler in Ayersville, he survives. She was a former waitress in various restaurants in Defiance and Williams County. She was also an EMT for the Montpelier Medic #5 unit.

Also surviving are four daughters, Tammy Brenner and Neil Bowling and his son Reid of Edon, Tina and Rick Moore of Craig, Colo., Vianna and Mark Lawson of Vinton and Pari Goodwin of Fort Wayne; two sons, Timothy and Beverly Iler of Cocoa, Fla. and Charles E. Iler of Cincinnati; 12 grandchildren, Nikki, Melissa, Gary B., Dawn, Jennifer, Gary P., Joe, Sarah, Aubrey, Terry, Alicia and Rachel; 20 great-grandchildren; one brother, Earl and Dorothy Mottashed of Defiance; and one sister, Diane Davis of Roma, Ga.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother-in-law, Robert Davis.

Funeral services will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 at the Thompson Funeral Home in Montpelier with Pastor John E. Rumple officiating.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations can be made to the Activity Fund at Hillside Country Living in Bryan.

Condolences can be done on line at thethompsonfuneralhome.com

 

SHARON LOTHAMER 1947-2011

ANTWERP – Sharon J. Lothamer, 64, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born Sept. 29, 1947 in Coldwater, Mich., the daughter of Freeman T. and Betty Jean (Garton) Boger. She had been the owner of the Video Junction in Antwerp and was a member of the Antwerp VFW Post 5087 Auxiliary.

Surviving are her children, Cindy Banks (Scott) Carpenter of Chagrin Falls, Darryl Banks of Van Wert and Jason Lothamer of Antwerp; stepchildren, Nathan (Vickie) of Winona Lake, Ind. and Kurtis and Renee, both of Fort Wayne; a sister, Beverly Stickan of Butler, Ind.; grandchildren, Jacob, Jaime, Jesse, Emily, Cade and Jaydan; and stepgrandchildren, Neil, Megan, Jimmy, Liz, Mackenzie and Boston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Barry Banks and Neil Lothamer; and siblings, Dean Boger and Sandra Richards.

Her graveside service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

JAMES UNGER 1930-2011

PAULDING – James L. Unger, age 81, died Wednesday, Nov. 16 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Feb. 13, 1930 in Paulding, the son of James I. and Florence (Ludwig) Unger. He was a member of First Christian Church. He retired from farming in 2000 and was previously employed by the former Grizzly Manufacturing of Paulding and Thompson Steel.

He is survived by a brother, Robert Unger, Paulding, and many nephews and nieces and many great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Hanenkratt.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Bull Mastiff Association or First Christian Church of Paulding.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

ROGER RUGER 1968-2011

HAVILAND – Roger W. Ruger, age 43, left us to join our Heavenly Father and to run, laugh and play with Michelle, on Thursday, Nov. 17.

He was born Jan. 16, 1968 in Fort Wayne, the son of Edwin and Patricia (Spires) Ruger. On June 30, 2009, he married Vickie Marie Carter, who survives. He was employed as a tire builder by Titan Tire, Bryan, and was a member of the USW Local 890L union. He enjoyed dogs, gardening and snowmobiling. He graduated from Paulding High School, where he excelled at wrestling in high school.

Also surviving are his parents, Edwin and Patricia Ruger, Haviland; a son, Ryan, Haviland; a brother, Ronald Ruger, Haviland; a brother-in-law, Curt Carter of Lansing, Mich.; and two nieces, Amanda and Steffany.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Michelle Erin Ruger, in 1999.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Benton Township.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House, Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne in memory of Michelle Erin Ruger.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

PAULINE JORDAN 1925-2011

ANTWERP – Pauline P. Jordan, 86, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, Nov. 18 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Nov. 11, 1925 in Antwerp, the daughter of Thurman and Ola (Manges) Powell. A 1943 graduate of Antwerp High School, she retired after 20 years at Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp. On Jan. 12, 1944, she married Stanley Jordan, who survives. She was a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star and formerly the Antwerp Fire Department Auxiliary.

Also surviving are son, Gale (Lisa) of Antwerp; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 at Antwerp United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the church and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Preferred memorials are to Meals on Wheels.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

 

TERRY STOLLER 1959-2011

MORTON, Ill. – Terry Ellis Stoller, age 52, passed away Saturday, Nov. 12.

He was born May 6, 1959 in Van Wert, the son of Eugene E. and Minerva (Guingrich) Stoller.

He is survived by five brothers, Keith (Mae) Stoller, Van Wert, Roger (Robin) Stoller, Knoxville, Tenn., Wade (Pat) Stoller, South Bend, Ind., Linn (Brenda) of Peachtree City, Ga. and Larry Stoller, St. Louis; two sisters, Lucette Dietrich, Fort Wayne, and Rose Ella Stoller, Noblesville, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Doug Stoller.

Private graveside services will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, Latty. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

HERBERT MONROE 1913-2011

PAULDING – Herbert K. Monroe, age 98, died Friday, Nov. 11 at Paulding County Hospital, Paulding.

He was born Sept. 3, 1913 in Licking County, the son of Daniel G. and Henrietta (Berger) Monroe. On March 2, 1940, he married Mildred Martin, who preceded in him death on Jan. 13, 1997. He was a 1937 graduate of Berea College and was employed by Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative, retiring in 1987 as general manager. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Paulding, where he served as deacon and elder, was a member of the church choir, and of the Paulding Kiwanis Club.

He is survived by a son, Robert A. (Marty) Monroe, Cincinnati; a daughter-in-law, Darlene Monroe, Paradise Valley, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Elizabeth (Tim) McCormick, Katherine (Brandon) Whitaker, Sarah Monroe, Stephanie (Chris) Wilson and Lara Monroe; and two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Alyssa Wilson.

He also was preceded in death by two sons, Daniel and Glenn; a brother, Lewis Monroe; and a sister, Mildred Gaber.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding, with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating.

Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18 in Jersey Township Cemetery, Licking County.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or Berea College, Berea, Ky.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

HERTHA “PENNY” HERTEL 1927-2011

ANTWERP – Hertha “Penny” Hertel, 84, of Antwerp, passed away Saturday, Nov. 12 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Aug. 21, 1927 in Sherwood, the daughter of George and Caroline (Prigge) Rosebrock. On May 29, 1950, she married Frederick “Mike”" Hertel, who survives. She was a nurse at Hicksville and Paulding hospitals. While in nursing school, she was a member of the Army Cadet Nurse Corps. She was also a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church.

Also surviving are three children, Micki (Doug) Dunakin and Jim Hertel, both of Antwerp, and Ann (Ray) Steup of Yoder, Ind.; two half-brothers, Albert Rosebrock of Sherwood and Rex Rosebrock of Preston, Md.; and her stepmother, Margaret Rosebrock of Preston, Md.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert Rosebrock.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church of Antwerp, with the Rev. Robert Becker officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and also one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

MARY EDITH WINKLE 1928-2011

CONTINENTAL – Mary Edith Winkle, 83, of Continental, went to her heavenly home surrounded by her family at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

She was born Jan. 17, 1928 in Kalida, the daughter of Lawrence and Loretta (Quinn) Unverferth. She is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, Kenneth B. Winkle, of Continental, whom she married on March 31, 1951.

She was a very active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Continental, where she served as sacristan for over 25 years and as the longest tenured member of the church choir. She was also a member of their Altar Rosary Society. She was affectionately known as “Grandma Gum” to the children of her parish for her smile and special treat after each mass. She was a member of the Continental American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and served on the Putnam County Board of Elections. Her favorite pastimes included bowling, playing bingo and card games with her sisters, as well as cheering on the Pirates at many sporting events.

Also surviving are three children, Tom (Vicki) Winkle of Defiance, and Ron (Wanda) Winkle and Diane (Sam) Brown, both of Continental; “Grandma Neen” was adored by her seven surviving grandchildren, Kristin (Darrell) Tacy of Charlotte, N.C., and Kelly (Anthony) Tegenkamp, Rob (Melissa) Winkle, Ryan (Katie) Winkle, Stacie (Charlie) Dirr, Kurtis and Jessica Brown, all of Continental; six great-grandchildren, Quinn and Reid Tegenkamp, Addison and Aubrey Winkle, Ryley Winkle and Grady Dirr; one stepgranddaughter, Jolene (Ben) Williams of Defiance; three great-stepgrandchildren, Alexi, Caden and Megan; three sisters, Ruth Ann Horstman of Cloverdale and Julie (Harold) Selhorst and Irma (Ron) Kahle, both of Kalida; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Winkle and Norma Jean Morgan, both of Continental; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

She also was preceded in death by two great-grandsons, Caden and Connor Winkle; four brothers, Urban (Helen), Virgil (Virginia), Richard (Gladys) and Donald “Jiggs” (Helen) Unverferth; one sister, Marietta “Toots” (Harold) Smith; and three brothers-in-law, Bob Horstman, Joe Winkle and David Morgan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Continental, with Fr. Mark Hoying officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery, Continental.

The family will receive visitors from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 and 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, and one hour prior to the mass at church on Monday. There will be an Altar Rosary Society Rosary at 8 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family would request that memorial contributions be made to St. John the Baptist Building Fund.

Condolences may be expressed to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

FERN BENSCHNEIDER 1919-2011

PAYNE – Fern Louise Benschneider, 92, of Payne, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born June 19, 1919 in Woodburn, the daughter of Bert and Sophie Louise (Beckmann) Stauffer. On March 14, 1946, she married Roy Benschneider, who preceded her in death June 20, 2000. Fern enjoyed helping on the farm, playing cards and needlecrafts. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda Hoghe of Antwerp; a son, Gary (Jane) Benschneider of Payne; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation also will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne.

Preferred memorials are to the church or Special Olympics.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

MAXINE CADWALLADER 1923-2011

PAYNE – Maxine Cadwallader, 88, of Payne, passed away Thursday, Nov. 10 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born July 8, 1923 in Center, Texas, the daughter of Odis and Ruby (Kilcrease) Huffman. On Dec. 24, 1941, she married Raymond Cadwallader, who preceded her in death Dec. 23, 1992. She worked at L.S. Ayres in Fort Wayne for 16 years, retiring in 1983.

Surviving are a son, Michael (Madge) of Valdese, N.C.; two daughters, Sally (Ron Hunton) Lorden of Fort Wayne and Susan (John) Tinlin of Payne; siblings, James Huffman of Galena, Kan. and Louise Ramsey and Pauline Jett, both of Spring, Texas; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Cooper-Haines Cemetery.

Visitation also will be held from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

Preferred memorials are to Paulding Hospice or Payne Food Pantry.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

RONNIE HOSTETTLER 1943-2011

CECIL – Ronnie Lee Hostettler, age 68, died peacefully surrounded by his wife and family on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Paulding County Hospital.

He was born Oct. 5, 1943 in Defiance County, the son of Archie and Mary Elizabeth (Partee) Hostettler. On June 19, 1971, he married Sherry L. Sitton, who survives. A U.S. Marines veteran, he was employed by GM Powertrain, retiring in 1996. He was a member of the Rock Church, Oakwood UAW #211; and a lifetime member of Paulding VFW Post #587.

Also surviving are two daughters, Dawn (Dave) Minck of Cecil and Billie Jo (John) Keber, Marysville; a brother, Chuck (Joyce) Hostettler, Edgerton, Ohio; two sisters, Nancy Grant of Hicksville and Linda Grubb, Napoleon; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Larry Hostettler.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at DenHerder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Bethel Forder Cemetery with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Paulding Home Health Care, American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

RAY PROWANT 1927-2011

DUPONT – Ray W. Prowant, 84, a lifelong resident of Dupont, died at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice after a brief illness.

He was born June 1, 1927 and raised in Continental, the son of the late Homer and Addie (Anspach) Prowant.

After graduating from Continental High School in 1945 he attended “The School of Hard Knocks” graduating at least 99 times and counting. He was the vice president of Durant Enterprises Inc., as well as serving as the CEG, Chief Executive Go-Fer, a title he not only bestowed on himself, but one he wore with pride, dedication, a huge grin and an even bigger laugh.

Mr. Prowant lived his life serving the public. As a young man he joined the Navy and was a veteran of WWII. He was very active in the community. He served as a town councilman, Republican Party committeeman, community club member, as well as a member of the Continental American Legion, Van Wert VFW, and a 58-year member of the Continental Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the Continental United Methodist Church where he had served as a Sunday school teacher, greeter and trustee. He was a member of the Continental Community Club, the Continental Development Corporation, and a long time director of The Dupont Service Company.

Professionally, Mr. Prowant began his career in 1948, working for the Myers Concession Company. He and his wife traveled with the Gooding Amusement Company, serving many Ohio fairs and festivals with their confection trailers. In 1966, he established Durant Enterprises Inc., a mobile amusement company, currently consisting of over 30 rides and 20 food concessions. He belonged to several professional organizations; greater Ohio Showmen’s Association, of which he served as president for over four years as well as a trustee; Ohio Fair Manager’s Association; Ohio Festival and Events Association; Outdoor Amusement Business Association; and the International Independent Showmen’s Association. In addition, he served on the Ohio Ride Safety Advisory Board, where he was instrumental in establishing the Ride Safety Program with the governor and the director of agriculture.

Mr. Prowant loved visiting with people and traveling to fairs and festivals in the area. He was a lover of Ford trucks, animals, and loved to tell stories and jokes. He also loved to read newspapers and subscribed to approximately 12 per week.

He leaves his adoring wife of 63 years, JoAnne (Myers) Prowant; two daughters, Jill Byrd and her special friend Dan Daly of Lewiston, Mich., and Lynn (Bill) Miller of Decatur, Ind.; a “#1 son” Bill (Anissa) Prowant of Dupont; three grandchildren, Lisa (Clark) Gable of Decatur, Ind. and Jeffrey Prowant and Allison Prowant, both of Dupont; one great-granddaughter, Anna Jo Gable; two very loyal dogs and two granddogs; a sister, Phylis Stemen of Savannah, Ga.; and a sister-in-law, Susan Prowant of Fort Wayne.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Prowant.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at Continental United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Schmunk officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Dupont with military rites by the Continental American Legion.

Visitation will be from 2-8 pm Friday, Nov. 11 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, and one hour prior to service on Saturday at the church. There will be a Masonic Service at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Continental United Methodist Church, the Continental Community Library, or to Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice.

Condolences can be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

JAMES ROMES 1933-2011

SHERWOOD – James A. Romes, 78, of rural Sherwood, passed away Friday, Nov. 4 at his home.

He was born Aug. 13, 1933 in New Bavaria, the son of the late Leo and Dolores (Bauer) Romes. On Oct. 25, 1958, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Kunesh, who survives. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-56, in the Korean War. He worked as a pattern maker at GM Central Foundry for 25 years, retiring in 2000. He was a lifetime member of St. Isidore Catholic Church at Marysdale and a member of the Holy Name Society. He was a life member of Defiance AMVETS Post 1991, a member of the Ney American Legion for 52 years, a member of the Knights of Columbus, U.A.W. Retirees, the Moose and the Foresters.

Also surviving are two sons, Jeff (Mirna) Romes of Bryan and Dennis (Sheryl) Romes of Cecil; a sister, Mary (Fred) Wheeler of Ney; two brothers, Robert Romes of Ladylake, Fla. and Greg (Barb) Romes of Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren, Andrea Rodriguez, Amanda Romes, Alanna Romes, Alex Romes, Carrie (Stephen) Coressel, Craig Romes, Kyle Adkins, Sean Romes and Kruz Harrington; and six great-grandchildren, Lily and Hadi Coressel, Clowey Harrington, and Kaitlin, Valerie and Kyle Jr. Adkins.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie Bloom.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at St. Isidore Catholic Church - Marysdale, with Father Robert Kill officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery where the Ney Legion will conduct honorary military rites.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation also will be one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Suggested memorials are to the donor’s choice.

Condolences to the family may be left at www.defiancefuneralhome.com.

 

KENNETH PARRISH 1958-2011

EDGERTON, Ohio – Kenneth D. Parrish, 53, of Edgerton, passed away suddenly on Friday, Nov. 4.

He was born June 17, 1958 in Texas, the son of the late Richard and Pauline (Sanders) Parrish. He was a groundskeeper and caretaker and member of the National Audubon Society.

Surviving are his stepmother, Donna Parrish, Antwerp; three brothers, Richard (Cheryl) and Stephen (Joyce), both of Antwerp, and Ronald (Jean) of Hicksville; two sisters, Anna Conley of Antwerp and Christine of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; two stepbrothers, Joseph Crabill of Fort Wayne and Jeffrey (Christine) Crabill of Antwerp; and three stepsisters, Lonna (Don) Nelson of Suffolk, Va., Pamela (Craig) Mills of Wapakoneta and Kimberly (Jim) Bowers of Paulding.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Antwerp United Methodist Church, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will be in Sherwood Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation also will be held from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the church.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

DONNA EMCH 1944-2011

ANTWERP – Donna J. Emch, 67, of Antwerp, passed away Monday, Nov. 7.

She was born Jan. 3, 1944 in Denver, the daughter of the late Harry B. and Gertrude A (Maten) Waugh. In 1978, she married Erich Emch, who survives. She worked at LP Decorators in New Haven and was a member of Countryside Church of Christ, Grabill.

Also surviving are a son, Rick Thompson, of Defiance; two stepsons, Mike of Montana and Benjamin of Creston; and two grandchildren.

Donna’s siblings also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at Countryside Church of Christ, 14314 Hurshtown Road, Grabill, with visitation one hour prior to services. Pastor Dave Atchley will officiate. Burial will be in Diehl Cemetery, Woodburn.

Viewing also will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

BETTY MILLER 1923-2011

GROVER HILL – Betty Jean Miller, age 88, died Thursday, Nov. 3 at Van Wert Manor Nursing Home, Van Wert.

She was born Jan. 19, 1923 in Van Wert County, the daughter of Harry and Hazel Leona (McClure) Gatshall. On April 5, 1947, she married Ernest Miller, who preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 1998. She was a homemaker and a member of Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill.

She is survived by four sons, Keith (Linda Sue) Miller and Dennis (Janet) Miller, both of Grover Hill, Ronald (Katie) Miller of Orlando, Fla. and James “Jay Bird” (Donna) Miller of Van Wert; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Owen, Glenn and Berman Gatshall.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 and one hour prior to services on Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Zion United Methodist Church or Grover Hill EMS.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

SHEILA WOJCIECHOWSKI 1943-2011

HOLLAND, Ohio – Sheila Wojciechowski, 68, of Holland, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Ebeid Hospice, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Jan. 26, 1943, in Paulding, the daughter of Walter “Pete” and Amy Smith. Sheila worked as a machine operator for Powertrain of Toledo and Defiance for 28 years before retiring in 2004. She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. She was always cooking and loved her dogs, P.J. and Packer.

She is survived by her loving husband, Dale Wojciechowski; a daughter, Kelly L. (David) Pracht of Paulding; two sons, Chris (Karen) Cluts and Randy P. Krick; stepchildren, Charlene Wagner, Rhonda Wojciechowski, Gail (Tim) McGuire and Anndrea Wojciechowski; seven grandchildren, Jason, Lindsey, Mesa, Dayton, Michael, Patrick and Tony; three great-grandchildren; and four siblings, Cherie, Jeffrey, Elaine and Anita.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at Neville Funeral Home Southwest Chapel, 7438 Airport Highway, Holland. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m. prior to services.

Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to Ebeid Hospice.

Condolences may be made to the family online at www.nevillefuneralhome.com

 

HELEN HARDESTY 1933-2011

OAKWOOD – Helen J. Hardesty, age 78, died Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born April 29, 1933 in Auglaize Township, Paulding County, the daughter of Otto and Louise M. (Flenteje) Bumpus. On March 24, 1962, she married Arlo B. Hardesty, who preceded her in death Aug. 14, 1993. She was a member of the Paulding Church of the Nazarene and the Paulding County Senior Center.

She is survived by a son, the Rev. Lester O. (Rev. Lisa) Hardesty, of Cherokee, N.C.; a daughter, Dorothy L. (Rev. Jonathan) Hoagland of Grover Hill; a sister, Olieta Bouldrey, Fairbury, Ill.; and two grandchildren, Jehane and Fredrick Hoagland.

She also was preceded in death by an infant son, Barry L. Hardesty; a set of twins; sisters, Gertrude Kaylor, Bertha Louth, Rosetta Odem, Louise Underwood, Margaret Gable, Viola Smith, Marjorie Rhoden and Emma Bell Bumpus; and a brother, George W. Bumpus.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at Paulding Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Kim Semran officiating. Burial will be in Junction Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Memorial donations may be made to Lighthouse Camp and Conference Center in St. Marys or Paulding Church of the Nazarene.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

 
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ELIZABETH WIELAND 1914-2011

 

PAULDING – Elizabeth Wieland, age 96, died Sunday, Oct. 30 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Dec. 3, 1914 in Paulding County, the daughter of Otto and Lydia (Stoller) Schlatter. On Jan. 27, 1946, she married Clemens L. Wieland, who preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 1999. She was a member of the Latty Apostolic Christian Church, Paulding. She belonged to International Association of Porcelain Art Teachers.

Surviving are two daughters, Diane Wieland Gerber, Paulding, and Suzanne Freeman, Sardis, Miss.; a sister, Josephine (Donald) Wenninger, Haviland; three granddaughters, Laura (Brian) T’Kindt of Fort Wayne, Jamie (John) Heisler of Hamilton, Ind., and Leslie (Bob) Saylor, Paulding; and three great-grandchildren, Patrick T’Kindt and Ashley and Jordan Saylor.

She also was preceded in death by four brothers, Herman “Dick”, Joe, Ben and John Schlatter; and three sisters, Laura Dunham, Esther Schlatter and infant Emma Schlatter.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall, and one hour prior to services at the church.

To honor Mrs. Wieland and her family’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, statuary, throws or planters, donations may be made to Gateway Woods Family Service, Leo, Ind. or The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

Online condolences may be made to www.denherderfh.com

 

KATHRYN GUNDERMAN 1913-2011

GROVER HILL – Kathryn L. Gunderman, age 98, died Monday, Oct. 31 at the Van Wert Manor, Van Wert.

She was born on Feb. 16, 1913, in Grover Hill, the daughter of Howard and Mary Maude (Kohn) Davis. On Feb. 24, 1937, she married Forest R. Gunderman, who preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 1984. She was a member of the former Church of Christ, Grover Hil,l where she was also a Sunday School Teacher. She was employed as a sales clerk for the former Buckeye Market Store of Van Wert for 18 years, retiring in 1975.

She is survived by a daughter, Norma Lewis of Lanman, Ariz.; five grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Joe and James Davis; and five sisters, Frieda Stahl, Nellie Gunderman, Zoetta Hunter, Mary Davis and Marjorie Bidlack.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Grover Hill EMS or the Van Wert Manor Activity Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

RITA KIESTER 1922-2011

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Rita M. Kiester, 89, of Central Point, Ore., passed away Monday, Oct. 3 at Ashley Manor in Medford, Ore.

She was born Jan. 7, 1922 in Payne, the daughter of Rudolph Joseph and Bertha Mae (Harper) Schaefer. On July 15, 1944 in Payne, she married William C. “Bill” Kiester, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Kraig (Nancy) Kiester of Shady Cove, Ore. and Lee (Tina) Kiester of Roseburg, Ore.; three daughters, Donna (Jim) Wittkopp of Grants Pass, Ore., Karen Kiester of Ashland, Ore. and Myrna (Doug) Wulff of Jacksonville, Ore.; a brother, Roy Schaefer of Payne; a sister, Helen Treat of Paulding; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Oct. 22 at Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church in Central Point, Ore. Private inurnment was at Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, Ore. Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Ore., was in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to Providence Hospice, Medford, Ore. or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Southern Oregon.


HARRY UTTERBACK 1919-2011

PAULDING – Harry D. Utterback, age 91, died Wednesday, Oct. 26 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Dec. 21, 1919 in Paulding, the son of Clyde W. and Mary (Outland) Utterback. On March 1, 1947, he married Vanda R. Welsh, who preceded him in death on Feb. 13, 1963. He was a WWII U.S. Army Air Corps veteran and a member of Paulding United Methodist Church, Payne American Legion #290, Paulding Eagles #2405 and a lifetime member of Paulding VFW Post #587. He was employed at Paulding Lumber Co. for more than 25 years.

He is survived by two sons, Chuck (Janice) Utterback of Massillon and Harry L. Utterback, Paulding; a brother, the Rev. John (Nila Jean) Utterback, Tipton, Ind.; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Utterback of Fort Wayne and Gladys Utterback, Payne; two grandchildren, Michael (Brandy) Utterback and Angie (Anthony) Harmon; four great-grandchildren: Addison and Devin Utterback and Braden and Hunter Harmon; and special friend, Inella Finnegan, Paulding.

He also was preceded in death by two brothers, George and Earl Utterback; and a sister, Margaret Lightbourne.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Paulding VFW Post #587 will accord military graveside rites.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding County Senior Center or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

PATRICIA LINDER 1932-2011

PAYNE – Patricia A. Linder, age 79, died Friday, Oct. 21, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born Jan. 24, 1932 in Paulding County, the daughter of Gerald and Katherine E. (Evans) Snyder. On July 24, 1954 she married James Linder, who survives. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne, where she also was an organist. She was employed as manager and bookkeeper for the Payne Equity, the Payne NAPA Store and The Rock Community Center. She served as Harrison Township clerk for the past 30 years.

Also surviving are four sons, Mike (Peggie) Linder of Payne, Kim (Sally) Linder and James (Jane) Linder, both of Paulding, and Brian (Kim) Linder, Richmond, Texas; two daughters, Lynne (Steve) Ecenbarger of Fort Wayne and Laurie (Bob) Long, Middle Point; three brothers, Dr. Don K. (Myrna) Snyder and David Snyder, both of Payne, and Lynn (Evelyn) Snyder of Churubusco, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Donna Snyder, Antwerp; 29 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Gerald Jr.; and an infant sister.

A Requiem Latin Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne with the Rev. George Gabet officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, with a Rosary Service at 8 p.m., at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Memorial donations may be made to Masses or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

SHIRLEY YOH 1931-2011

HAVILAND – Shirley E. Yoh, 80, of Haviland, died at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at her residence surrounded by her family.

She was born Sept. 23, 1931 in Oak Hill, the daughter of Ernest and Iva (Leonard) Adkins. On June 1, 1951, she married Gale Yoh, who survives in Haviland. She was retired from the Dana Weatherhead Corporation in Antwerp.

Also surviving are two daughters, Sharon (Don Jr.) Sinn of Defiance and Cheryl Hull of Van Wert; two brothers, Virgil (Jo) Adkins of Van Wert and Weldon (Georgianna) Adkins of Haviland; six sisters, Freda Farris of Grover Hill, Ruth Healy of Van Wert, Betty Myers of Paulding, Sandra Lee of Haviland, Nancy (Dave) Laukhuf of Paulding and Merri Adkins of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren, Katie Maclin, Betsy Sinn, Jesse (Nikki), Casey and Angie Hull; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Adkins, and two infant siblings.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Haviland.

Hours of visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the Community Health Professionals Hospice or the Paulding Visiting Nurses.

Online condolences may be sent to www.alspachgearhart.com

 

HARRY VANCE 1924-2011

FOSTORIA – Harry J. Vance, 87, of Fostoria, passed away at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.

He was born Aug. 30, 1924 in Paulding. On July 27, 1946 in Toledo, he married Edna M. Durst, who preceded him in death Nov. 13, 1997. He retired from Fort Motor Company, Sandusky, after 30 years of service and operated Vance TV repairs from his home in Fostoria. He was a member of the Fostoria American Legion, Eagles and a former Cubmaster for Troop 455. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII.

Surviving are a son, Harry A. Vance, Fostoria; two grandchildren, Charles Lee Vance of Benton Ridge and Curt J. Vance of Bellevue; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Hoening Funeral Home in Fostoria. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. with Pastor Becky Gray officiating. Committal services will take place at the Veteran’s Memorial Chapel with the United Veterans of Fostoria providing military honors. Burial will follow in Fountain Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to the United Veterans of Fostoria or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online expressions of sympathy, sharing photos or memories may be made by visiting www.hoeningfuneralhome.com

 

TIMOTHY BOWERS 1949-2011

COLUMBUS – Timothy J. Bowers, 62, of Columbus, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Mount Carmel West Hospital, Columbus.

He was born July 30, 1949 in Fort Wayne, the son of the late George R. and Ruth (Fields) Bowers. He proudly served in the U.S. Marines as a corporal from 1969-75. On April 7, 1978, he married Shirley Copsey, who survives. He was an electrician.

Also surviving are his children, Laurie (Dan) Wilhelm of Oakwood, Pamela Hanson of Cleveland, Timothy of Defiance and Shad of Paulding; siblings, George (LeAnn) of Grover Hill, Ken (Judy), Kathy (Brad) Clemens, Pat (Rose) and Susan (Harvey) Clemens, all of Paulding, and Barb Farquhar of Cecil; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by a brother, Frank.

Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne. Funeral services will not be held.

Preferred memorials are to Shirley Bowers and may be mailed to P.O. Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

MICKAE SCHLATTER 1991-2011

ANTWERP – Mickae Lee Schlatter, 20, of Antwerp, passed away Saturday, Oct. 15, in a vehicular accident in Van Wert County.

She was born on March 4, 1991 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Benjamin and Cynthia (Savage) Schlatter. She was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Antwerp. She was an outstanding student and athlete at Antwerp High School, where she played volleyball and basketball and ran track. After graduating from high school in 2009, she attended Bowling Green State University, but currently was studying computer science engineering at Ohio State, while working at UPS in Columbus. She was still active in sports at OSU, especially club volleyball.

Surviving are her parents, two sisters, Bryn and Kole, a brother, Lee, and a grandmother, Peggy Savage, all of Antwerp.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Helen and Ben Schlatter and Rex “Pete” Savage.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.

Services are private.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to the Shelly Litzenberg Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 727, Antwerp OH 45813.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

FLOYD ZIMMERMAN 1922-2011

CONTINENTAL – Floyd E. Zimmerman, 89, of Continental, died Saturday morning, Oct. 15 at his residence.

He was born May 10, 1922 in Continental to the late Ray and Lena (Hosler) Zimmerman. On Jan. 11, 1947, he married Helen Louise Anderson, who preceded him in death on Jan. 15, 2003. A WWII Army veteran, he was a lifelong farmer and a life member of Continental American Legion Post #541.

Surviving are a son, Charles (Becky) Zimmerman of Continental; two daughters, Mary (James) Galyk of Continental and Nancy (Al) Wick of Streetsboro; a brother, Paul (Carol) Zimmerman of Continental; four grandchildren, Randy (Angie) Zimmerman, Sam (Carrie) Galyk, Anthony (Morgan) Galyk and Jessica Galyk; and seven great-grandchildren.

Also preceding him in death were a grandson, Scott Zimmerman; and two sisters, Cora Graves and Leota Dranchak.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, with Pastor Charles Schmunk officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery, Continental, with military rites by Continental American Legion.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 and one hour prior to service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Continental Library or a charity of donor’s choice.

Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

JAKE MEEKER 1943-2011

OAKWOOD – Jake J. Meeker, 68, of Oakwood, died at 6:11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14 at his residence.

He was born March 31, 1943 in Bowling Green, the son of Jacob and Catherine (Chamberlin) Meeker. On July 25, 1964, he married Sherrie Spahn, who survives in Oakwood. He retired in 2006 after 41 years at General Motors. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Defiance Am Vets #1991, Oakwood American Legion #341 and past member of Oakwood Fire Department. He was president of the Oakwood Village Council.

Also surviving are his children, Oneda Schmeltz of Luckey, Troy (Liz) Meeker and Brent Meeker, both of Oakwood, and Melanie J. (Jason) Preston of Yelm, Wash.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Eric Dailey officiating. Following the funeral, there will be a military service by the Oakwood American Legion. Burial will follow in Troy Township Cemetery, Luckey.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Oakwood Library.

Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

TERRILL LANDERS 1953-2011

PAULDING – Terrill S. Landers, age 57, died Wednesday, Oct. 12 at CHP Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

He was born Oct. 20, 1953 in Chicago, the son of Monte and Sylvia (Bakowski) Landers. On June 14, 1986, he married Sonja K. Lewis, who survives. He was employed by Paulding County Highway Department, retiring in 2008, and was a U.S. Army drill instructor. serving in Vietnam and Desert Storm. He was a member of Ohio National Guard and the Army Reserve. He was a member of Paulding VFW Post #587, Paulding Eagles #2405 and Defiance AMVETS #1991 and was an avid Harley Davidson owner and rider.

Also surviving are his mother, Sylvia (Ray Dean) Guyton, Melrose; four children, Angie (Marcos) Revilla of Toledo, Jason (Jayme) Landers of Antwerp, Shaunna Gloor of Sandusky and Jacob Landers, Paulding; a brother, Duane (Connie) Landers, Melrose; two grandchildren, Jayvin and Jagger Landers, Antwerp; and his constant companion, “Rusty.”

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Mike Pennington officiating. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home and one hour prior to services on Monday.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding County Relay for Life, CHP Hospice in Defiance or Paulding County Home Health/Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

FRANK DUNIFON 1930-2011

CONTINENTAL – Frank Dunifon, 81, of Continental, died at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at The Meadows of Kalida.

He was born Aug. 21, 1930 in Scott, the son of Ezra and Rosie (Cotterman) Dunifon. On Sept. 25, 1965, he married Carol Dotson, who survives in Continental. He retired in 1990 from Campbell Soup Company, Napoleon. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a life member of New Bavaria VFW Post 8847, and a member of Ottawa Eagles #2234 and Continental American Legion Post 541.

Survivors also include his children, Deb (Dave) Booth of New Bavaria, C. George (Lora) Jorrey of Bowling Green, Brian (Sue) Jorrey of Kalida, Carol (Tim) Frysinger of Vanlue, Monica (Jeff Fitzwater) Paxton of Continental, and LaDonna (Scott) Wenzinger of Anniston, Ala.; 24 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and a sister: Betty Gilmore of Defiance.

Preceding him in death were a daughter, Dawn Dunifon, and two brothers, Marion and James Strawser.

Funeral service will begin 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood with Pastor Chris Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery, Continental, with military rites by New Bavaria VFW and Continental American Legion.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 and one hour prior to services Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to support Breast Cancer, Putnam Council Council on Aging, or Crime Victim Services.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

ROBERT RISTER 1934-2011

ANTWERP – Robert Rister, 77, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Paulding County Hospital.

He was born June 19, 1934 in Lowder, Ky., the son of Fred and Gertrude (Newsome) Rister. While serving in the U.S. Marines from 1954-56, he had the distinguished duty of serving as and honor guard at Camp David under President Eisenhower. On July 20, 1956, he married Betty Schmidt, who survives. He was a mechanic at Materials Handling Equipment for 38 years and a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Three Rivers Woodworkers Club and Antwerp American Legion Post 253.

Also surviving are six sons, Andrew of Bryan, Bruce of Manteca, Calif., and Rolan (Karen), Norman (Suzanne), Jonathan (Jodie) and Dean (Gayle), all of Antwerp; a sister, Eunice (Harold) Bell of Antwerp; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Tyrone and Dewey Rister and Stella Schomburg.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery with military honors.

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 and from, 9-9:30 a.m. Saturday at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. A Catholic Vigil Service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday.

Preferred memorials are to Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 417 N. Main,  Paulding OH 45879.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

HATTIE FOSTER 1931-2011

MUNCIE, Ind. – Hattie May Foster, 80, of Muncie, passed away Wednesday Oct. 12 at Van Wert Hospital in Van Wert.

She was born Feb. 4, 1931 in Muncie, Ind., the daughter of Jasper and Sadie Coleman. She married Wayne Foster, who preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and a member of First Assembly of God in Fort Wayne and Motor Maids of America Motorcycle Club.

Surviving are two stepchildren, Tommy Foster and Toby Foster, both of Muncie; a daughter-in-law, Christine Foster of Muncie; a grandson, J.C. West of Fort Wayne; two stepgrandchildren, Jennifer Petes of Muncie and Cynthia Goebel of Muncie; a sister, Shirley Rigby of Grover Hill; and several nieces and nephews.

Also preceding her in death were a son, John West; a stepson, Ronald Foster; two brothers, Ernie Coleman and Robert Coleman; and two sisters, Louella Nolsh and Sarah Adams.

A funeral service to celebrate Hattie’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Elm Ridge Funeral Home, Muncie. Burial will follow in Elm Ridge Memorial Park.

Friends and family may gather to share and remember from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be directed in memory of Hattie to A.R.F. at 1209 W. Riggin Road, Muncie, IN 47303.

Online condolences may be directed towards the family and memorial video may be viewed at www.elmridgefuneralhome.com

 

CHARITY BRAGG 1921-2011

CONTINENTAL – Charity Jane Bragg, 90, of Continental, passed away at 2:28 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 at Defiance Regional Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 27, 1921 in Pike County, Ky., the daughter of James and Minnie (Robinette) Jude. On Nov. 28, 1941, she married Winfred Bragg, who preceded her in death July 3, 1998. She retired from Campbell Soup Company, Napoleon, in 1976. She was a member of the Church of Nazarene in Defiance.

She is survived by nine children, Cliff (Linda) Bragg of Antwerp, Mavis (Dorse) Crum of Continental, Wanda (Dan) Schlosser of Defiance, Roger (Pat) Bragg of Defiance, Darl (Jackie) Bragg of California, Rita Bragg of Defiance, Terry (Starr) Bragg of Tennessee, Tim (Peg) Bragg of Continental and Pam (Joe) Verhoff of Defiance; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Florence Owens of Florida.

Also preceding her in death were a son, Addison Bragg; four brothers, Nathan, Harm, Willis and Hub Jude; and two sisters, Gladys Phillips and Flo Maynard.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Church of Nazarene, Defiance with Pastor Don Lenard and Pastor Carol Retcher officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery, Continental.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to St. Jude’s Hospital or Church of Nazarene Youth Group in Defiance.

Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

JANET CONNOR 1943-2011

BRYAN – Janet K. Connor, 67 years, of Bryan, passed away Saturday, Oct. 8 in her residence.

She was born Oct. 20, 1943 in Fawn River Township, Michigan, the daughter of Herschel R. and Madeline B. (Harmon) Boals. She was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Fort Wayne. She then was a graduate of Northwest State College, Archbold. She was a Navy veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. She married William J. Horton on Jan. 2, 1965, and that marriage ended in divorce in 1971. She then married David B. Connor on Dec. 5, 1975 in Bryan, and he survives.

She held a number of factory positions, working for a tent manufacturer in Grover Hill, Dietrich Industries in Hicksville and at Hayes Albion in Bryan. She then became a nurse’s aide and worked at the former Paulding Nursing Home and at Bryan Care and Rehabilitation Center, where she retired as an LPN in 2004. Janet was a member of the Paulding Emergency Medical Service from 1982-88, holding the position of coordinator the last four years. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, Bryan.

Also surviving are four children, Lynn A. (Randy) Shaffer of Antwerp, Susan M. (Rodney) Merritt of Edgerton, Ohio, and Eric B. Connor and Jennifer E. Connor, both of Bryan; three grandchildren, Charles D. Shidler, Daniel J. Merritt and Tayler R. Shaffer; and one half-brother, Ron Wirt of Paulding.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

To honor Janet’s request, there will be no public visitation, and services will be private for the family. Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home & Crematory – Greenisen Chapel, Bryan, is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).

Condolences may be sent to the family or the online guest book may be signed at www.oberlinturnbull.com

 

PATRICIA BAIR 1938-2011

MELROSE – Patricia Ann Bair, 73, Melrose, departed this life at 7:20 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at the Van Wert Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

She was born June 1, 1938, in Garrett, Ky. the daughter of Willard and Fannie Irene (Centers) Johnson. On Aug. 7, 1954, she exchanged vows with Robert L. “Dib” Bair, who survives. She was a homemaker, mother, seamstress and avid quilter. She was affiliated with Auglaize Chapel Church of God for 57 years. During that time, she served as communion steward, funeral dinner director and enjoyed singing in the choir.

Also surviving are her mother and stepfather, Fannie and Martin LaRue of Continental; six children, Cathy (Kevin) Eitniear of Oakwood, Brad (Tabbie) Bair of Melrose, Karen (David) Thomas of Payne, Robert (Teresa) Bair II of Grover Hill, Deanna (Charles) Adkins of Oakwood and Deborah (Jimmy) Hughes of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one on the way; and siblings William (Paula) Johnson of Defiance, Phyllis (Nick) Sterling of Delphos, Buford Johnson of Georgia, Delethia (Dale) Ward of Leipsic and Rodney (Wilma) Johnson of Findlay.

She was preceded in death by her father; a daughter, Vickie; a sister, Judith DeLong; a grandson, Jacob; and a granddaughter, McKenzie.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the Auglaize Chapel Church of God with Pastor Stan Harmon officiating. Burial will follow in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Preferred memorials may be made to Auglaize Chapel Church of God or Van Wert Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.


 

MICHELLE TINLIN 1966-2011

PAYNE – Michelle R. Davis Jones Tinlin, 45, Payne, passed away Thursday, Oct. 6 at her residence in Payne.

She was born March 28, 1966, in Kansas, the daughter of Fred and Barbara Cosner. She was a 1984 graduate of Nelsonville High School, was a registered nurse, attended Hocking College and attended Ohio State Beauty Academy with her degree pending.

Surviving are her children, Andy (Jess Abt) Jones of Cleveland, Whitney (Mahlon Jensen) Jones and Shaun (Beth Runyon) Jones, both of Nelsonville, and Gage Tinlin and Ty Tinlin, both of Payne; her parents, of Nelsonville; and two grandchildren, Chloe Clark and Shaun Jones Jr.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Warren-Brown Funeral Home, Nelsonville, with the Rev. Ernie Perkins officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the family at the Web site http://brownfuneralservice.com.

 

MARILYN EDWARDS 1930-2011

PAULDING – Marilyn R. Edwards, age 81, passed away Thursday, Oct. 6 at CHP Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

She was born Jan. 24, 1930 in Paulding County, the daughter of Ed and Ethel (Brown) Beamer. On Dec. 29, 1948 she married the love of her life, Lonnie Edwards, who preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 1977. She was a loving mother and homemaker. She worked many years in the kitchen at the Paulding County Hospital and was a member of the First Christian Church of Paulding.

She is survived by three sons, Lonnie (Pam) Edwards of Gahanna and Joel (Brenda) Edwards and Greig (Cindy) Edwards, both of Paulding; a daughter, Pamela R. Secrist, Auburn, Ind.; a brother, R. Donald (Phyllis) Beamer, rural Cecil; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by two brothers, C. Ronald and Edward E. Beamer; and three sisters, Norma Rae Beamer, Marjorie Bordner and Florice Wilhelm.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 at First Christian Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to CHP Inpatient Hospice of Defiance or First Christian Church.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

WILLIAM GOOD II 1923-2011

VAN WERT – William R. Good II, 88, of Van Wert, went to meet his Lord on Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

He was born March 7, 1923 in Fort Wayne, the son of William R. and Katherine (Kraus) Good. They moved to Harrisburg, Pa., where he grew up and attended Lemoyne High School. While still in school, he enlisted in the Navy on March 2, 1942, and after graduating in 1942, he entered the Navy serving on the USS Wichita, a heavy cruiser in WWII, seeing action in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. They received 13 battle stars. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 25, 1945 as Yeoman 2nd Class /V-6, USNR. On June 24, 1945, he married Betty Boch, who preceded him in death on Feb. 23, 1984. On May 5, 1986, he married Luella (Walls) Wade, who survives.

After the war, he worked for Simplex Time Co., the Valvoline Oil Co. and the Marathon Oil Co. as a district salesman. In 1963, he purchased land in Grover Hill that later became known as the Blue Water Camp Ground. He later worked for Straley Real Estate and Bob Gamble Realty in Van Wert. He and Luella later opened the Heritage Coin & Antique Store in Van Wert, which they ran for nine years until retiring and closing the store in 1995.

Bill was a happy-go-lucky fellow who loved to travel and look for antiques, and wheel and deal. He was a lifetime member of the Grover Hill VFW, and a member of the Van Wert American Legion Post. He attended Trinity Friends Church and the Good Shepherd Nazarene Church.

Also surviving are three children, Nancy (Tom) Keltner of Denver, Bonnie (Tim) Haynes of St. Michaels, Md. and William R. (Cindy) Good III of Columbus; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four stepchildren, Penny (Bob) Barker of Van Wert, Karen (Bill) Nostrant of Cloverdale, Nicholas (Penny) Wade of Van Wert and Oribel (Gary) Perl of Convoy; 14 stepgrandchildren, 34 great-stepgrandchildren; and 10 great-great-stepgrandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Richardson and Peg Grosser; two brothers-in-law, Richey Richardson and Robert Grosser; a nephew, Freddie Grosser; and one stepgranddaughter, Amy Roop.

Per his wishes, there will be no visitation or services. A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com

 

CRAIG SAVAGE 1960-2011

ANTWERP – Craig W. Savage, 51, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, Oct. 7 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville.

He was born Jan. 4, 1960 in Hicksville, the son of Rex “Pete” and Peggy (Worrick) Savage. He worked at the Wholesale House in Hicksville and for the Defiance Crescent News.

Surviving are two daughters, Samantha (Jared) Lyke and Jamie Savage, both of Hicksville; his mother, Peggy, of Antwerp; a sister, Cynthia (Ben) Schlatter of Antwerp; a brother, Kent (Theressa) of Loudonville; and two grandsons, Rylen and Parker Bassett.

He was preceded in death by his father.

A family service will be held. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

NAOMI COLLEY 1913-2011

PAULDING – Naomi M. Colley, age 97, died Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Nov. 29, 1913 in Paulding County, the daughter of Elba and Celia (Grine) Bercaw. On Nov. 29, 1933, she married John R. Colley, who preceded her in death on March 16, 1961. She was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, a life member of John Paulding Historical Society and a 40-year member of Sisters of the Skillet. She was employed by Paulding Exempted Village Schools as a cook, retiring in 1978.

She is survived by a son, Richard Colley, Paulding; a daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Colley, Paulding; two sisters, Hilda McGrath, Paulding, and Betty DeLong, Antwerp; eight grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by two sons, Robert and Jack Colley; and two brothers, Cloyce and Victor Bercaw.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


 

 

 

PAULINE BLOCK 1913-2011

DEFIANCE – Pauline Annabele (Norden) Block, 98, of Defiance, died Oct. 1, at CHP Defiance Area In-patient Hospice Center in Defiance.

She was born Sept. 29, 1913 in Defiance, the daughter of Fred Johann and Anna Margaret (Luderman) Norden. On Nov. 4, 1935, she married Charles H. Block, who preceded her in death on June 30, 2004. She was a homemaker and a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Defiance. She was a charter member of the Live and Learn Home Demonstration Club. She was a member of the Defiance County Genealogical Society and a member of the Antique Bottle Association. She loved flowers, gardening and most of all her loving family.

Surviving are a daughter, Jane (William) Parker of Defiance; three sons, Harry (Ruth) Block and Philip Block of Defiance and Arthur (Jennifer) Block of New Albany; six grandchildren, Jennifer Call, Jonathan Block, Susan Geier, Patricia Block-Gage, Daniel Block and Megan Block; and three great-grandchildren, Jerell Call and Madeline and Catherine Geier.

She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth (Norden) Arthur and Lavina (Norden) Andrews; and two brothers, Arthur and Harold Norden.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Defiance with Pastor David Brobston officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, and one hour prior to services at the church.

The family prefers memorials to St. Paul Lutheran, Defiance or CHP Defiance Area In-patient Hospice Center.

 

BOB WOODARD 1941-2011

VINITA, Okla. – Robert A. “Bob” Woodard, 69, of Vinita, died Saturday, Oct. 1 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.

He was born Oct. 23, 1941 in Paulding, the son of Robert C. and Betty Jane (Roberts) Woodard. He was raised and educated in Payne and earned an associate’s degree in business at IU-Purdue. On Feb. 16, 1962 in Fort Wayne, he married Carole Seibert, who survives. He worked in factory management at Centrilift and Dana Corporation, where he retired. The family moved from Payne to Vinita in 1984. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Vinita Masonic Lodge, and The Sons of the American Legion. Bob was an avid fan of college football, especially Ohio State University and Oklahoma State University, the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians. Also, he loved NASCAR racing, gardening, playing golf and puttering and tinkering.

Also surviving are his children, Robert C. (Debbie) Woodard of Antwerp  and Kathy White and Pat “Pug” Woodard, both of Vinita; siblings, Sam and Karen Woodard of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Michael and Shelly Woodard of Kettering, Jane and Leo Stumphy of Defiance, and Joan and Jim Riley of Paulding; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend George Gilland officiating under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Home.

Memorials in Mr. Woodard’s name may be to: 1st United Methodist Church, 314 W. Canadian, Vinita, OK 74301; the Masonic Lodge, 237 N. Foreman Vinita, OK 74301; or the Sons of the American Legion P.O. Box 373 Vinita, OK 74301.

Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com


 

 
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WILLIAM HUFF 1926-2011

OAKWOOD – William A. Huff, 84, Oakwood, died at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 at CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

He was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Oakwood, the son of Archie and Mable (Sullivan) Huff. On Feb. 26, 1949, he married Luella Herman, who survives in Oakwood. He retired from S.K. Hand Tool Co. of Defiance. He had also worked for Oakwood Elevator. He was a World War II Navy veteran and member of the Oakwood American Legion and Paulding VFW. He coached Little League and Pony League in the Oakwood area for many years; he enjoyed fishing and was a fan of the Detroit Tigers.

Also surviving are two daughters, Brenda (Danny) Thomas of Oakwood and Carole (Ray) Keesbury of Defiance; eight grandchildren, Kelly Bunda, Kenny Thomas, Kory Thomas, Emily Huff, Erin Bustos, Greg Keesbury, Ryan Keesbury and Jessica McClanahan; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Alice “Punkie” (Orville) Heilshorn of Columbus.

He was preceded in death also by two brothers, Ornis Huff and Archie “Mick” Huff; and five sisters, Gelia Knepper, Vivian Bidlack, Deloris Houghton, Reba Gorrell and Norma Moran.

Graveside services were held Thursday, Sept. 29 at Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood, with Deacon Rosalio Martinez officiating. Military rites were accorded by the Oakwood American Legion and Paulding VFW. Heitmeyer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center, 06817 Ohio 66, Defiance, Ohio 43512.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

BOB MILLER 1956-2011

HICKSVILLE – Robert Miller, 55, of Hicksville, formerly of Antwerp, died Thursday, Sept 29 at Park View Nursing Center, Edgerton, Ohio.

He was born Aug. 13, 1956, in Defiance, a son of the late Carey and Regina Ruth (Meyer) Miller. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1974-77 and from 1978-82.

Surviving are his wife, Hannelore; two sons, Greg and Glenn; three daughters, Jennifer, Stephanie and Chiquita; a brother, Ed; and sister, Karen.

His graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp, with Deacon Robert Nighswander officiating. Antwerp VFW Post 5087 will accord military honors. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

KATHY JOHNSON 1959-2011

ANTWERP – Kathy Lynn Johnson, 52, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville.

She was born April 21, 1959 in Paintsville, Ky., the daughter of the late Justice Dennison and Helen (Mullins) Mills. On April 26, 1980, she married Mark Johnson, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Robert (Laura) and Jeremiah (Tashia Curtis); two brothers, Billy (Shari) Mills and Ricky Dennison; and three grandchildren, Kamren, Avin and Kyler Johnson, all of Antwerp.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Max Begley officiating.

Visitation will be held two two hours prior to services on Friday.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

 

EDDIE SHUHERK 1928-2011

CROMWELL, Ind. – Eddie C. Shuherk, 83, died peacefully, with his beloved wife of 62 years, Barbara Anne (Rhoad), by his side, Thursday, Sept. 22.

He was born May 28, 1928 in Allen County, Ind., the son of Charles and Edna (Peffley) Shuherk. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was a carpenter, a restaurateur and an avid sportsman who loved hunting, golfing, bowling and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He lived a wonderful life and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is also survived by his sister, Esther Morrow; three daughters, Beth Seslar, Carol Shuherk and Cindy Shuherk; six grandchildren, Eric Seslar, Cassandra Daniels, Josh and  Luke Parrish and William and Walker Zupan; and five great-grandchildren, Cole Seslar, Caitlin and Crosby Daniels and Emma and Kyia Parrish.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, with viewing hone hour prior at Antwerp United Methodist Church, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to Disabled American Veterans, Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

LOUIS MILLER 1954-2011

PAULDING – Louis B. Miller, 57, of Paulding County died at 8:25 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born July 30, 1954, in Paulding County, the son of Berlin and Evelyn “Sis” (Ashbaugh) Miller, who both preceded him in death. On Jan. 12, 1974, he married Cheryl Foust, who survives. He was a 1972 graduate of Wayne Trace High School He had been employed for 31 years at Johns-Mansville Plant 8 in Defiance as a shipping supervisor. He was a member of the National Corvette Restoration Society of Miami Valley and Heart of Ohio. He was also a judge at many Corvette car shows.

Also surviving are a daughter, Amy (Eric) Hohenberger of Walbridge, and a son, Brett (Sarah Flynn) Miller of Paulding.

A private family graveside service will be held. Burial was in the Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory in Van Wert was in charge of arrangements.

BERNETIA VERFAILLIE 1925-2011

PAULDING – Bernetia C. Verfaillie, age 86, died Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

She was born March 9, 1925 in Van Wert County, the daughter of Andrew T. and Viola Mae (Cotterman) Gillett. On Jan. 26, 1945, she married Lucien A. Verfaillie, who preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 1996. She was a homemaker and was previously employed by the Bargain Bin, Koin Laundry and the former Grizzly Manufacturing, Paulding.

She is survived by three brothers, Andrew (Ruth Ann) Gillett of Van Wert, Leroy (Barbara) Gillett of Bryan and John Gillett, San Diego; two sisters, Roberta Norling, Oakwood, and Lulah (Dick) Miller, Edon; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a son, David Verfaillie; a daughter, Virginia S. Schlatman; a granddaughter, Laura Hasch; and three sisters, Hulda Carlisle, Lydia Price and Faith Taylor.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Mike Harper officiating. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the funeral home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Donations may be made in memory of Mrs. Verfaillie to Den Herder Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

GRACE REYNOLDS 1929-2011

PAULDING – Grace Florence Reynolds, age 82, died Saturday, Sept. 17 at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

She was born Aug. 19, 1929 in Hamilton County, the daughter of Avery and Maxine (Studer) Kinnett. She was previously employed as an LPN by Paulding County Hospital.

She is survived by six children, Greg (Janet) Stevens of Chunky, MS, Steve (Elda) Martens of Paulding, Vickie (Brian) Carter of Payne, Sue (Stuart) Hirsch of Fort Wayne, Robert (Vevette) Kermer of Payne and Christa Williams, Paulding; 24 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Private family burial will be held at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

ERNEST DeCAMP 1915-2011

GROVER HILL – Ernest Elsworth DeCamp, 96, of Grover Hill, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19 at Vancrest Healthcare Center of Van Wert.

He was born June 25, 1915 in Latty Township, Paulding County, the son of Joseph Frank and Susan (Gattshall) DeCamp. On March 10, 1940, in Mt. Eaton, he married Hazel C. Mosier of rural Middle Point, who preceded him in death on Jan. 3, 1997. He was a lifetime farmer in Latty Township and had worked at the Continental Can Company in Van Wert. He was a member of the Paulding County Farm Bureau and the Ohio Farmer’s Union.

He is survived by a son, Roger (Nancy) DeCamp of Grover Hill; two daughters, Marilyn (Paul) Hoehn of Ottoville and Diana DeCamp of Grover Hill; three grandsons, Larry (Patti) Hoehn of Burlison, Tenn., Steve (Jeannette) Hoehn of Ottoville and David (Heather) DeCamp of San Antonio; a great-grandson, Cody Hoehn; four great-stepgrandchildren, Elizabeth and Bill Cook, Kristi Hasty and Lauren Calvert; and a brother, Andrew (Joyce) DeCamp of Grover Hill.

He also was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Warren DeCamp; and nine sisters, Sarah Grunden, Esther Miller, Dellie Pucket, Ethel Long, Bessie Price, Grace Mosier, Lucy Adams, Velma DeCamp and Florence Daniel.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at Brickner Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Interment will be at Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to American Cancer Society and American Heart Association.

Condolences may be left on the web site www.bricknerfuneralhome.com or emailed to Hbricknerfuneralhome@bright.net

 

RUTH “CURLY” KEELER 1923-2011

PAULDING – Ruth “Curly” G. Keeler, age 88, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Sept. 16, 1923 in Paulding, the daughter of John P. and Julia O. (Ankney) Julian. On July 11, 1942, she married John L. Keeler, who preceded her in death on Feb. 4, 1986. She was employed as a matron and deputy for the Paulding County Jail. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding; the Buckeye State Sheriff Association; lifetime member of VFW Post #587 Auxiliary; and lifetime member of Paulding County Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by a son, John (Susan) Keeler, Paulding; a daughter, Dorothy (Jerry) Flaugh, Payne; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a sister, Velma Colley.

With respect to Mrs. Keeler’s requests, there will be no visitation. A private family-only graveside services will be held in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral  Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church or The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

C. JAMES HARP 1922-2011

PAYNE – C. James Harp, 89, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 15 at St. Joe Hospital, Fort Wayne, following a brief illness.

He was born Jan. 16, 1922, the son of Clarence W. and Anna (Parady) Harp. He graduated from Payne High School in 1940, where he played basketball, football and enjoyed FFA. He also helped his father with farming and remembered distinctly using horses and mules in his daily farming chores. Jim was a WWII veteran, serving with the 83rd Infantry (Thunderbolts) in the European Theater. Jim was awarded a Purple Heart, after receiving a mortar wound in France. Following the war, Jim served as a rural letter carrier in Payne for 37 years. On May 10, 1952, he married Elaine Schaefer at St. John’s Catholic Church in Payne.

Jim lived his whole life in and around Payne. The last several years, he and his wife, Elaine, divided their time between Hamilton Lake, Ind. and Hot Springs Village, Ark. He served on several school boards including Payne Local School, Paulding County Schools and Vantage Vocational School. Active in his church in both Payne and Hot Springs Village, Ark., he was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. He also was past commander of the Ruben J. Smith Post 297 American Legion. Jim was an avid golfer both in Payne and Hots Springs Village.

He was the proud father of two children, Frederica “Fritzi” (Dr. Duane) Nodine of Bluffton, Ind. and James D. Harp of Payne; three grandchildren, Sarah Nodine of St. Louis, Jon (April) Nodine of Louisville and Bailey Nodine of Bluffton, Ind.; one great-grandson, Jones Harp Nodine; a sister, Genevieve Stumbo of Lakeland, Fla.; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Lois Ann Hudson, Joan Sutton Gauvey and Janice Larson.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Sept. 19 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne. Dooley Funeral  Home was in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are either Masses or to Divine Mercy Catholic School, Payne.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

REX BOROFF 1933-2011

PAULDING – Rex E. Boroff, age 77, died Saturday, Sept. 17 at Community Health Professionals Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

He was born Oct. 28, 1933, the son of Clarence and Anna (Hertel) Boroff. On Aug. 3, 1956, he married Pauline V. Warner, who survives, He was a U.S. Marines veteran and was a self-employed farmer. He was retired from GM Powertrain, Defiance, in 1981, and was a self-employed tree trimmer. He was a member of American Legion Post #341, Oakwood.

Also surviving are four children, Rex (Vicki) Boroff Jr. of Paulding, Linda (Marc) Bloomstein of Las Vegas, Tanya (Gene) Tyler of Milford, Ind., and Jamy (Dan) Manson, Paulding; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Barbara Cline.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

There will be a private family burial services at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding County Humane Society or Master Gardeners of Paulding.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

MARY ALICE FRITZ 1923-2011

 

BLUFFTON, Ind. – Mary Alice Fritz, 88, of Bluffton, Ind. passed away at 7:40 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 at Christian Care Community in Bluffton.

She was born on Feb. 14, 1923 in Paulding, the daughter of Harry and Nellie (Corwin) Wunder. She grew up in Paulding and graduated from Paulding High School in 1941. She married William G. Fritz on June 16, 1946 in the Simpson United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne. He preceded her in death on May 14, 2001.

She has been an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Bluffton, serving on the altar guild for 22 years. She was a member and past president of Psi Iota XI Sorority, and was instrumental in getting a speech therapist in the Bluffton School System. She was also a member of the Elks ladies organization and the Emblem Club. She worked along side her husband Bill as they owned and operated the Fritz Electric Company in Bluffton from 1946 to November of 1983.

Surviving are a daughter, Janelle M. (Mike) Markovitz of Long Grove, Ill.; a son, James W. (Linda) Fritz of Bluffton; three grandchildren, Michael (Leah) Fritz of Tygh Valley, Ore., Melanie (Bart) Tweedie of Westchester, Ill. and Mark Fritz of Winthrop, Wash.; and two great-grandchildren, Henry and Leila Tweedie.

She also was preceded in death by her stepfather, Fred Smith; two brothers, Howard and Gorden Wunder; a stepbrother, Carl Smith; and a grandson, Matthew Fritz.

Friends are invited to gather and share memories with the Fritz family from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Funeral services will follow calling hours at 2:30 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Greg Rittenhouse officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Bluffton.

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Fritz’s memory to the First United Methodist Church.

Friends can send online condolences to www.thomarich.com.

 

GENE ROWE 1948-2011

MELROSE – Gene E. Rowe, age 62, died Monday, Sept. 12 at the Paulding County Hospital.

He was born Nov. 26, 1948 in Winamac, Ind., the son of Junior and Pauline E. (Jackson) Rowe.

He is survived by three daughters, Tina, Geneine and Kristhena Rowe; three sisters, Juanita (Bill) Sharpe of Antwerp, Terry (Jim) Clark of Cecil and Gina (Brian) Vance, Paulding; stepfather, Bob Unger, Paulding; a companion, Noline Wagner; and many grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jim “Bo” Unger; and a grandson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 and one hour prior to services on Saturday at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Gene Rowe to Den Herder Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

LINDA WRIGHT 1948-2011

OAKWOOD – Linda I. Wright, 63, Oakwood, died Thursday, Sept. 8 at her home.

She was born March 16, 1948, in East St. Louis, Ill., the daughter of Laverne and Thelma (Moussette) Ridgeway. On March 19, 1966, she married Carl Wright Jr., who survives. She was a homemaker.

Also surviving are three sons, Jay G. Ridgeway of Continental, James A. Wright of Oakwood and Carl B. (Toni) Wright III of Cecil; a daughter, Carla (Robert) Stites, Bryson City, N.C.; 20 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five brothers; and three sisters.

Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother.

There will be no services or visitation. Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be left at www.HCSfuneralhome.com.


 

EVELYN SLATTMAN 1935-2011

OAKWOOD – Evelyn K. Slattman, 75, of Oakwood, died 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born Sept. 8, 1935 in Oakwood, the daughter of Clyde and Marcelle (Buettner) Leatherman. On Nov. 29, 1954, she married H. Bernard Slattman, who survives in Oakwood. Evelyn was a homemaker.

Also surviving are her children, James (Robin) Slattman of Marysville, Jerry Slattman of Cloverdale and Marvin Slattman of Oakwood; two grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a grandchild; a brother, Louis Leatherman; and a sister, Delores Grindstaff.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 and one hour prior to service on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to the charity of donor’s choice.

Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

NANCY WOODRING 1942-2011

ANTWERP – Nancy K. Woodring, 69, of Antwerp, passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011 at her residence.

Nancy was born in Fort Wayne on Aug. 10, 1942, a daughter of Richard Wannemacher & the late Mildred (Schmidt) Wannemacher. She married Bill Woodring on Jan. 28, 1961. She worked at Hicksville Hospital, but previously Nancy worked at Dana Weatherhead and enjoyed baby sitting for many years. A devout member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Antwerp, she was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Red Hat Society. She loved to travel, camp and garden.

Nancy will be sadly missed by her husband, Bill; father, Richard Wannemacher of Payne; children, Bill (Angie) of Edgerton, Ind., Chris (Bruce) Ferris of Cecil, Dan (Lisa) of West Unity, Shelly (Jim) Murlin of Antwerp and Rick of Fairfield; siblings, Sue (Jerry) Zielke of Antwerp, Donna of Alvordton, Pat Wobler of Edgerton, Ind.; Dick (Sue) and Tom (Lou Ann) Wannemacher, both of Payne; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Antwerp at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. Viewing is Thursday, 2-8 p.m. and Friday, 9-9:30 a.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. A VFW Auxiliary service and Catholic vigil service will be held Thursday at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.

Memorials are to Divine Mercy, 417 N. Main, Paulding 45879. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

TERRISA RICE

ANTWERP – Terrisa M. Rice, of Antwerp passed away Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at Vancrest Healthcare Center.

Terri was born in Fort Wayne the daughter of Raymond Terrill and the late Hazel (Bollier) Terrill. She was a  beautician.

Terri will also be sadly missed by her children, Tonya Collins of Denver and Rod Botteron of Fort Wayne; father, Raymond Terrill of Antwerp; and grandson, Brad Botteron.

Her graveside service is at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

WILLIAM KUHN 1928-2011

PAYNE – William A. Kuhn, age 83, died Tuesday, Sept. 6 at Paulding County Hospital.

He was born Jan. 13, 1928 in Tucson, Ariz., the son of Joseph F. and Minnie A. (Ott) Kuhn. On Aug. 16, 1952, he married Mary Ann Chaney, who preceded him in death on Nov. 8, 2000. He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran, and a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne. He retired in 1974 after 30 years from International Harvester. He was a union steward for UAW Local #57. He was a member of Payne American Legion Post #297, an associate at Slade Funeral Home, Payne, and a former Payne Council member.

He is survived by two sons, Dr. Joseph (Evelyn) Kuhn, Payne and Gary Kuhn, Fort Wayne; two daughters, Claudia (Blane) Fickel, Oakwood, and Pamela (Joseph) Potter Zephyrhills, Fla.; a brother, Jack (Marjorie) Kuhn, Fort Wayne; and five grandchildren, David and JoEllen Fickel and Kriston, Jana and Kara Lorenzen.

He also was preceded in death two brothers, Daniel Kuhn and infant Joseph Kuhn.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Payne, with military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post #297.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. with a rosary service at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Memorial donations may be made to Payne EMS, Dallas Lamb Foundation or Paulding County Hospital Foundation.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

JEAN FORREST 1928-2011

HICKSVILLE – Jean L. Forrest, 83, of Hicksville, passed away Friday, Sept. 2 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Jean was born in Covington, Ky. on April 9, 1928, a daughter of the late Bert and Esther (Martin) Major. On July 20, 1946 she married Bob Forrest who passed away May 3, 2003. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.

Jean will be sadly missed by her daughters, Kay (James) Morhart of Woodburn, Ind. and Jan (Pete) Manuguerra, of Medina; a son, Todd (Marie) of Toledo; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were her siblings, Jack, Bert and  Peggy Major, Helen Welling and Ruth Clinton; and a grandson, Zachary.

Her funeral service will be at Bethel United Methodist Church, Antwerp, on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. Viewing is at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp on Friday from 4-8 p.m.

Memorials are to the church or Hicksville Senior Center.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

ROBERT PERL 1937-2011

PAULDING - Robert Ray Perl, 73, went to be with his Lord Saturday, Sept. 3 at his residence.

He was born Dec. 15, 1937 in Paulding County, the son of Richard Perl and LaVoon (Klingler) Perl. On Oct. 19, 1957 he married Joann Marie Link, who survives. A 1957 graduate of Paulding High School, Bob was formerly employed by Reinhart Chevrolet and later owned Bob Perl’s Shell Service, Inc. until 1978 when he began working at Paulding Exempted Village Schools as a custodian. He retired from the school in 2006 after 28 years. He was an active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Paulding, where he served 38 years. Bob dearly loved his wife, daughters, grandchildren, family and his church family. He enjoyed spending time with his family and sharing his love of fishing with them.

Bob is also survived by three daughters, Julie (Anthony) Solis, Wheaton, Ill., Cindy (Bud) Koenig, Paulding and Carrie (Ed) Ferrier, Fort Wayne; a brother, Gail (Judy) Perl, Paulding; three half-brothers, Paul (Roberta) Perl of Midway, David Perl and Richard (Marsha) Perl, both of Paulding; a half-sister, Melody (Dennis ) Peffley, Butler, Ind.; and six grandchildren, Candice (Jared) Calame, Dan (Katelyn) Ferrier, Kristen (Jeff) Gerber, David Ferrier, Michael Solis and Danielle Solis.

He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, A. Rex Adams; his father and stepmother, Fannie Perl; two sisters, Rose Ellen Ross and infant Nancy Perl; two half-brothers, Willard and Phillip Perl; and a half-sister, Phyllis Perl.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 2 - 8 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding and one hour prior to services at the church. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Paulding with Pastor Drew Gardner officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Donations may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church Building Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

MARY LOU MANDLY 1928-2011

NEY – Mary Lou Mandly, 83, of Ney, was born into eternal life Thursday, Sept. 1 at the CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born on Feb. 16, 1928, the daughter of Leo and Mildred (Mangas) Kolb. In 1957, she married Marvin Mandly, who preceded her in death in 1961. She was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church at Marysdale and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She had worked at GM Central Foundry for over 20 years in the cafeteria and in the plant. She enjoyed gardening and loved her faithful, black Boxer/Lab, Buddy.

Surviving are her two, loving daughters, Cindy (Reuben) Garza of Ney and Sue (Don) Arend of Paulding; a sister, Madonna Koenn of Cecil; two grandchildren, Darcy (Alex) Stoller of Paulding and Laura Arend of Paulding; stepgrandchildren, Chelsea and Corbin Garza of Ney; and a great-grandson, Luke Stoller.

She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Lester and Eugene Kolb.

Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 at St. Isidore Catholic Church, Marysdale, with Father Robert Kill officiating. Burial will be in St. Caspar Catholic Church Cemetery, Wauseon.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, with a rosary service at 8 p.m. Friday. Visitation also will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services Saturday, at St. Isidore Catholic Church, Marysdale.

The family request donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, or for Masses said for her intention.

Condolences may be shared at www.defiancefuneralhome.com.


 
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JOSEPH PRATT 1928-2011

SCOTT – Joseph W. Pratt, 83, of Scott, died at 4:47 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Vancrest of Convoy in Convoy.

He was born Aug. 19, 1928, the son of LeRoy and Elsie (Brown) Pratt. On May 18, 1947, he married Cydona I. (Jewell) Pratt, who preceded him in death on June 2, 1995. He was employed at the Union Quarries for over 20 years and Van Wert County for over 20 years. He knew the names and numbers of most all of the county roads. He was a hard-working and determined man. He loved his children, grandchildren and the rest of his family. He enjoyed driving micro midget cars and had also chaperoned many roller skating parties of his children.

He is survived by his children, James (Linda) Blythe of Toledo, Joan (Jerry) Tope of Paulding, Dennis “Buck” (Sandi) Pratt of Ft. Jennings, Rocksanna (Terry) Daniels of Broughton and Stan (Deb) Pratt of Scott; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Blythe of Van Wert; a son-in-law, Larry Phillips of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; a brother, Albert Pratt of Oakwood; a sister, Alma Rhodes of Grover Hill; 17 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; nine great-stepgrandchildren; and a special friend of over 12 years, Annabet Cotterman.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Gerald “Butch” Blythe; a daughter, Beverly I. Phillips; five brothers, Jason, David, Delmar, Paul and Rolland; seven sisters, Edna Pratt, Grace McCague, Alice Fulmer, Eleanor Runion, Ida Wyatt, Norma Showalter and Bonnie Gilford; and two grandsons, Mark A. Blythe and Cory L. Pratt.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial will be in the Scott Cemetery in Scott.

Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials may be sent to Vancrest of Convoy or St. Rita’s Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.alspachgearhart.com

 

 

EDWIN MYERS 1948-2011

FINDLAY – Edwin F. Myers, 62, of Findlay, formerly of Oakwood, died at 1:20 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29 at his residence.

He was born Oct. 11, 1948 in Paulding, the son of Ancel and Mildred (Coil) Myers. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He loved cooking and was a cook in the Navy. After the Navy, he became a construction worker, a welder and a boilermaker.

Surviving are his mother, of Oakwood; three children, James Myers, Dean Myers and Christina Trimmer, all of Findlay; a granddaughter, Lea Rose Trimmer of Findlay; and 11 sisters and brothers, Marilyn (Pete) Wiseman of Ayersville, Madeline (Paul) Rosebrock of Southport, N.C., Melvin (Judy) Myers of Oakwood, Martin (Penny) Myers of Goodyear, Ariz., Marion Myers of Napoleon, Rolland (Judy) Myers of Oakwood, Robert (Gloria) Myers of Cecil, Marsha (Eddie) Shrider of Coldwater, Mich., Keith (Pam) Myers of Oakwood, Roger Myers of Defiance, and Jan (Mark) Peck of New Riegel.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with the Rev. Ron Hoefacker officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood, with military rites by Defiance VFW.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society of Northwest Ohio or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences can be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

 

MARGIE SHULZE 1920-2011

FREMONT, Ind. – Margie Irene Shulze, 91, of Fremont, Ind., died Friday, Aug. 26 at Lakeland Skilled Nursing Center, Angola, Ind.

She was born June 4, 1920 in Paulding, the daughter of Edward A. and Otillia (Parr) Tempel. On June 14, 1946, she married Phillip H. Shulze, who preceded her in death in 2004. She worked at G.E. Corp. in Fort Wayne, retiring in February 1976. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fort Wayne.

Surviving are a son, Jack E. Shulze of Fremont, Ind.; and four grandchildren, Brian Amans of St. Petersburg, Fla., Erica Amans of Fort Wayne, Cassie Amans of Evansville, Ind. and Gregg Shulze, Columbus.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Theresa Amans; and a stepson, Phillip Gregg Shulze.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Weicht Funeral Home, Angola, with Father Bernard Zajdel officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29 at Weicht Funeral Home.

You may sign the guestbook at www.weichtfh.com

 

FREDERICK SCHMIDT 1954-2011

PETTISVILLE – Frederick William Schmidt, age 56, of Pettisville, passed away Monday, Aug. 29 at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Care Center.

He was born Nov. 22, 1954 in Paulding, the son of Junnie Ray and Dorothy Alice (Squibb) Schmidt. On March 13, 1992, he married his wife Sheree and she survives. Schmidt had been employed by IAC in Wauseon as a maintenance mechanic. He enjoyed trains, guns and shooting, fixing things, riding his bike and was a history buff. He also enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids. He attended Solid Rock Community Church in West Unity.

Also surviving are his children, Connie (Jon) Rice of Sylvania, Ann (Jeremy) Merillat of Fayette, Michael (Melinda) Schmidt of Cecil and Crystal (Brian) Jones of Bryan; eight grandchildren, Tyler and Luc Rice, Taylor, Brett, Chloe and Lauryn Merillat, Blake Jones and Madison Schmidt; and two brothers, Ronald (Rita) Schmidt of Paulding and Jeffrey (Bernie) Schmidt of Defiance.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3  at the Solid Rock Community Church in West Unity. Interment services will be private. The Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon is in charge of arrangements.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider either the Defiance Area Hospice Inpatient Care Center or the American Cancer Society.

 

HIRIAM SMITH 1938-2011

PAULDING – Hiriam C. Smith, age 72, died Sunday, Aug. 28 at his residence.

He was born Sept. 22, 1938 in McNeill, Miss., the son of C.T. and Lena (Fraizer) Smith. On Jan. 15, 1960, he married Cathrin Perry, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He retired as supervisor for Lafarge Corporation in 2001 and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Paulding and a life member of Paulding VFW Post #587.

Also surviving are a son, Tracy Smith, Paulding; a daughter, Regena (Gerald) Butler, Euless, Texas; a sister, Mary Ann Malley, McNeill, Miss.; two grandchildren, Randall (Angie) Smith of Norfolk, Va. and Shawna Smith, Paulding; two great-grandchildren, Mason and Lyla Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Pearlie Melvin.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Drew Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Paulding Emmanuel Baptist Church Building Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

ESTHER CARYER 1926-2011

Esther Viola Caryer, 85, formerly of Wren, passed away at 8:05 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at Vancrest Healthcare Center of Convoy.

She was born Feb. 10, 1926 in Paulding County, the daughter of George A. and Nora (Little) Burris. On Dec. 1, 1945, she married Leo T. Caryer Jr., who preceded her in death June 21, 2005.

Surviving are three daughters, Marilyn Neate of Convoy, Marcelene (Richard) Price of Ohio City and Peggy (Danny) Miller of Mount Vernon, Ky.; three grandsons, Christopher (Angie) Swygart of North Vernon, Ind. and Matthew Swygart and David Schaadt, both of Rockford; a granddaughter, Macayla Miller of Mount Vernon, Ky.; eight great-grandchildren, Brett, Sydney, Mollie, Samantha and Mason Swygart and Sarah, Johnaton and Cecelia Schaadt; and three sisters, Marge Powless, Alice Fleck and Janette Waltmire.

She also was preceded in death by three sisters, Gladys Clark, Irene Manley and Nancy Yenser; and a brother, Calvin Burris.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert with Pastor Carol Tumbleson, from Countryside Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Visitation will be held prior to services from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to SON Distribution at Countryside Nazarene or the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

 

JUDITH POWELL 1945-2011

ANTWERP – Judith Edna Powell, 65, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23  at her residence.

She was born Dec. 21, 1945 in Fort Wayne, the daughter John and Ercal (Brown) Tuto. She was a nursing assistant at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home and member of Family Christian Center, Defiance.

Surviving are her children, Teresa (Skip) Richhart and Shawn (Ruth) Powell, both of Antwerp; a brother, John (Jo) Tuto, Antwerp; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Connie Bergman.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with visitation one hour prior to services.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

LAURA BURDEN 1930-2011

PAYNE – Laura Charlene Burden, 81, of Payne, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 20 at her residence.

She was born May 16, 1930 in Cincinnati, the daughter of Charles and Martha (Glahn) Cobb. She was a faithful member of Payne Church of the Nazarene. In 1962, she married her husband of 49 years, Ferd Burden Jr., who survives. They raised their family in Payne all of their married life. She loved cooking and passed that love onto her children and grandchildren. She loved to read and visit with family and friends, along with attending her grandchildren’s concerts, plays and recitals and telling them stories of when she was young and was always quick to say, “We love ya!” when the visit was over.

Also surviving are a daughter, Holly Jones of Payne; three sons, Ty John (Marcella) of Tooele, Utah, and David (Suzie) and Jay Paul (Shellie), both of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren; and a brother, Charles Cobb of Cincinnati.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Rachel Belle, and siblings, Sandra Fields and Gary Cobb.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Payne Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Mike Harper officiating. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service.

Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com


ANNE CONTRERAZ 1962-2011

DEFIANCE – Anne Contreraz, age 48, died Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Parkview Hospital, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

She was born Oct. 7, 1962 in Paulding, Ohio the daughter of Ambrosio and Rebecca (Perez) Contreraz.

She is survived by her mother, Rebecca (Efrain H.) Canales, Defiance; friend, Juan Hernandez, Defiance; and a niece, Brenna Contreraz, Ft. Wayne, IN.

She is preceded in death by her father and a brother, Andrew Contreraz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at Den Herder Funeral Home with a rosary service at 7:00 p.m. Friday at Den Herder Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to masses or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

HELEN GRIFFIS 1930-2011

HAVILAND – Helen E. Griffis, age 80, died Sunday, Aug. 14 at her residence.

She was born Oct. 13, 1930 in Haviland, the daughter of the Rev. Howard J. and Alice (Holmes) Tomlinson. On Jan. 9, 1949, she married Burns L. Griffis, who preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 1991. She was owner/operator of Tipton Store, retiring in 2000 after 40 years. She was a member of Country Chapel United Methodist Church, Haviland.

She is survived by two sons, Wade (Susan) Griffis of Jenson, Mich., and Hugh (Anita) Griffis, Tipp City; a daughter, Paula (David) Alderfer, Rock Hill, S.C.; a sister, Carolyn Joan (Lester) Sherer, Haviland; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Harold E. Tomlinson.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

 

DOYL MOHR 1922-2011

HAVILAND – Doyl Remus Mohr, age 89, died at 7:23 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 at Inpatient Services/Hospice of Defiance.

He was born April 24, 1922 in Blue Creek Township, Paulding County, the son of Remus E. and Grace F. (Kinkade) Mohr. On Nov. 22, 1942, he married Beulah E. Danklefsen, who preceded him in death April 1, 2008. He was the owner and operator of Mohr’s of Scott, retiring in 1989 after 36 years. He was active in the Country Chapel United Methodist Church of Haviland and the Beach United Methodist Church of Fort Myers Beach, Fla. He was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #48 of Van Wert, Masonic Lodge and Commandery. He was a former member of the Scott Lions Club, a past fire chief of Scott Fire Department and was an EMT. Through his lifetime, he donated 20 gallons of blood through the American Red Cross.

He and his wife were members of the Airstream Club, WBCCI and enjoyed traveling in their Airstream all over the country. His hobbies included singing in the church choir, walking, traveling, playing cards and working with stained glass. For 30 years, Doyl and Beulah spent their winters in Fort Myers, Fla.

Surviving are two daughters, Lynn (Jerry) Fensler of Defiance and Lois (Richard) Schmucker of Pioneer; a son, Stanley (Myria) Mohr of Latty; six grandchildren, Marcus (Julie) Fensler of Lapel, Ind., Amy (Jack) Johnson of Bryan, Tina Mohr of Fort Wayne, Crista Mohr of New Haven, Jennifer Vicente of Maumee and Julie (Josh) Trust of Dover, Del.; six great-grandchildren, Daulton, Garrett and Marc Ryan Fensler, Jack and Julia Vicente, and Jack Trust; a sister, Janet Hockenberry of Haviland; and a sister-in-law, Sally Mohr of Van Wert.

He also was preceded in death by a brother, Glenn Mohr; and his brother-in-law, Cloy Hockenberry.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 at the Country Chapel United Methodist Church, Haviland, with Pastor Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at the Scott Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour before services on Tuesday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Hospice, The Caring Way of Defiance; or the Scott EMS.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

JEFFREY SHORT

CINCINNATI – Jeffrey Alan Short, 51, of Cincinnati, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011.

He was the son of Colenzo and Joy (Hesselschwardt) Short. He was married to Brigid (Graham) Hanson, who survives. He grew up in Fayette,where he attended high school as a member of the Class of 1978, and graduated from Ohio State University. He was a devoted friend to countless people from Fayette to the West Coast and lived his life with a passion that was infectious.

He is also survived by a son, Alex Hanson of Cincinnati; his mother-in-law, Mary Graham of Cincinnati; his siblings, Jerry (Linda) Short of Fayette, Jon (Judi) Short of Antwerp, Julie (Mark) Schumacher, Maureen (Pat) Gray and JoAnn Graham of Cincinnati; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Terry Lee Short; and his grandparents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette with Father Gary Ferguson as celebrant.

Hours of visitation will be from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jeff’s memory to The Mercy Foundation, Mercy Hospital Anderson Cardiac Care Unit, P.O. Box 428553, Cincinnati, OH 45242; Thomas A. Wildey School (PTO), P.O. Box 8. Owensville OH 45160; or Ventura Moose Family Center 1394, 10269 Telephone Road, Ventura, CA 93004-3508.

Friends can send condolences to the family online at www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.

 

ARLENE WOBLER 1939-2011

CARMEL, Ind. – Arlene Wobler, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister, age 72, of Carmel, Ind., passed away Sunday, Aug. 14 at her residence.

She was born Jan. 24, 1939 in Payne, the daughter of  Frank and Isabelle (Wetli) Zuber. Arlene blessed this world and the people she met with her many talents. She left her legacy using her hands and her imagination in her paintings (of Payne), handmade rustic crafts, papier-mâché dolls and her wood carved figurines. Arlene loved spending time with family and friends, camping, cooking, travel, sewing and quilting.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Gary; five children, Terry, Andy, Saundra, Julie and Kathy; seven grandchildren, Dylan, Koleton, James, Cassidy, Kaleb, Holly and Morgan; and three siblings, Beatrice Karr and Leonard and Russell Zuber.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 and from 9-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne. The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Preferred memorial donations are to Dr. Storniolo.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

LUCILLE PROXMIRE 1919-2011

PAULDING – Lucille Proxmire, age 91, died Thursday, Aug. 11 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Oct. 30, 1919 in Paulding, The daughter of Dorie and Blanche (Clouse) Bryan. On Nov. 24, 1949, she married Leo A. Proxmire, who preceded her in death in 1999. She was employed by Paulding Telephone Company for 20 years.

She is survived by a sister, Thais Stallbaum, Paulding, and nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by a son, John W. “Bill” Mees; a daughter, Patty Mees; four brothers, Forrest “Ducky”, Kenny, Eugene “Tuffy”, and Robert; and a sister, Catherine Sontchi.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation is from 10:30 a.m. until time of services on Aug. 16 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to Paulding County Cancer Society or The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

SAM JEFFERY 1930-2011

PAULDING – Samuel O. Jeffery, age 80, of Paulding, died at 2:14 p.m., Aug. 10, at Mercy Hospital in Defiance.

He was born Dec. 18, 1930, the son of Dorris and Alma (Gordon) Jeffery. On July 3, 1947, he married Nancy Royer, who survives in Paulding. He was a member of the National Guard for four years, serving in Germany during the Korean War. He managed the family farm and then worked as a sales rep for Stoneco, retiring in 1997. He had also served as a county commissioner for eight years, the Paulding County Fair Board for 10 years and was on the Paulding Village council for 19 years. He was a member of the Paulding United Methodist Church. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid hunter. He especially loved to go pheasant hunting with his son, Greg, and their dog, Kelly. He was involved with horse racing for over 20 years and loved animals.

Also surviving are two sons, Greg (Carol) Jeffery of Paulding and Blake Jeffery of Indianapolis; a daughter, Becky Mayer of Paulding; 11 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Paulding United Methodist Church with Pastor Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in the Live Oak Cemetery. Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos is in charge of the arrangements.

Hours of visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the First United Methodist Church in Paulding and one hour prior to services at the church.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the Paulding County Senior Center, Paulding United Methodist Church or the American Diabetes Association.

 

ENOCH SAYLOR SR. 1935-2011

OAKWOOD – Enoch F. Saylor Sr., 75, of Oakwood, died Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Laurels of Defiance.

He was born Dec. 29, 1935, in Grover Hill, the son of Anthony S. and Ilo May (Coble) Saylor. On July 31, 1954, he married Claris L. Goings, who preceded him in death Aug. 13, 2002. He worked at GM Powertrain, retiring in August 1991, and attended Bible Baptist Church, Grover Hill.

Surviving are two sons, Frank Saylor of Indiana and Brian (Beverly) Saylor, Oakwood; four daughters, Gladys Saylor of Columbus, Darlene Arnett of Gary, Ind., Kendra English of Paulding and Regina Sue (John) Matthis, Pell City, Ala.; a brother, Dave (Jackie) Saylor, Defiance; a sister, May (John) Phost, Scott; 16 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Also preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Bob Saylor; three grandchildren, Keith and Matthew Saylor and Alfrank Arnett; a great-grandchild, Brandon Eugene Roddy-Saylor; a brother, Paul Ladd; and three sisters, Betty Joan Stuckey, Helen English and Ocie (Roughton) Shafer.

Services were held Saturday, Aug. 13 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. Pat Holt officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Paulding County.

Preferred memorials are to the Bible Baptist Church, Grover Hill.

Condolences may be left at www.HCSfuneralhome.com


GWENDOLYN HEADLEY 1926-2011

HICKSVILLE – Gwendolyn Maxine (Limpert) Headley, 85, died early Monday Aug. 8 at Hickory Creek of Hicksville.

She was born Feb. 24, 1926 in Hicksville, the daughter of Lee and Dora (Miller) Limpert. She was a 1944 graduate of Hicksville High School. On Feb. 17, 1946, she was united in marriage to Leo Headley, who preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 2005. Gwen was an active lifelong member of the First Church of Christ in Hicksville. She served as deaconess, Sunday school secretary, Sunday school teacher, a choir member and the director. She also served as chairwoman of many funeral dinners for the church.

Gwen worked alongside her husband as a bookkeeper for the family businesses H&W Automotive and H&W Realty. Gwen was very active in the Hicksville Community. For many years, she was a Boy Scout den mother and was instrumental in forming a youth bowling league in Hicksville. She served on the Community Memorial Hospital Board and volunteered as a Gray Lady at the hospital. Gwen was a strong supporter of the Hicksville High School Athletic Boosters and Music Boosters. She seldom missed a ballgame or a band concert. Along with her husband, Leo, she was named co-chairperson for the “Citizens for a New School” committee. She was a life member of the VFW Auxiliary and in 2001 she was named the Rotary Citizen of the Year.

In her spare time Gwen enjoyed cooking, sewing, bowling and taking care of her family.

Surviving are four sons, Michael (Roxanne), Mitchel (Marie), Greg (Christine) and Randy (Beth), all of Hicksville; five grandsons, Mike (Shawn), Matt, Jared (Angie), Brandon and Nathan; five granddaughters, Michele (Chad) Peter, Molly (Luke) Edwards, Melissa (Tyler) Stork, Jennifer and Megan; three great-granddaughters, Ashley and Mallory Peter and Sasha Headley; two great-grandsons, Lucas and Braden Headley; a half-sister, Betty (John) Olsen of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and a sister-in-law, Lila Wittig of Hicksville.

Funeral services for Gwen will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at the First Church of Christ in Hicksville. Burial will be at Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville.

Preferred memorials are to First Church of Christ-Funding from the Heart, The Hicksville High School Athletic Boosters or Hickory Creek.

Online condolences may be shared at www.smithbrownfuneralhome.com


 
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RODNEY WEBB JR. 1991-2011

DEFIANCE – Rodney A. Webb Jr., age 20, of Defiance, died Sunday, July 24 in Paulding County as the result of an automobile crash.

He was born June 15, 1991 in Hicksville, the son of Rodney and Terri (Rhodes) Webb Sr. He was a 2010 graduate of Fairview High School, where he was involved in track and football. He was employed at Spartech in Paulding. He enjoyed being with friends, and loved Fairview High School and Ohio State football, playing guitars and music.

Surviving are his mother, Terri (Mike) Mosby of Kimmel, Ind.; his father, Rodney Sr. (Shelia Yoh) Webb of Defiance; brothers, Jacob Brooks of Defiance and Shawn Brooks, Christian Gibson, Zack Mosby, Cody Mosby and David Mosby, all of Kimmel, Ind.; sisters, Ashley Mosby of Kimmel, Ind., and Danielle Yoh of Defiance; paternal grandparents, Mike (Carol) Keezer of Defiance and Jeff (Sandy) Richie of McClure; and maternal grandmother Rosie Rhodes of Ligonier, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Max Rhodes; and his best friend, Alex Ellert.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at First Baptist Church in Defiance with the Rev. Tim Yazel officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.

Visitation is from noon-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

CLAYTON HOWELL 1938-2011

PAULDING – Clayton E. Howell, 72, of Paulding, passed away Saturday, July 30 at his residence.

He was born Sept. 18, 1938 in Paulding, the son of Floyd and Lula Mae (Smith) Howell. On Dec. 4, 1958, he married Marjorie Harrow, who survives. He served in the U.S. Army and worked at BF Goodrich, Woodburn. He loved horse racing, Nascar and his Boston Terriers. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Paulding.

Also surviving are his children, Tonya Meyer and Robert Howell, both of Paulding, Marsha (Steve) Franklin of Antwerp, and Tammie Shrider and Daniel (Debra) Howell, both of Paulding; siblings, Genelta (Sam) Levos, Rita and Sandy Howell, all of Paulding, and Larry (Kathy) Grueter of Kalamazoo, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Judy Donnett; stepfather Robert Grueter; and stepmother Doris Howell.

His funeral service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Karen Stetins officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 at Dooley Funeral Home in Payne, and also one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Preferred memorials are to Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

REGINA DONNELL 1913-2011

ANTWERP – Regina Donnell, age 98, of Antwerp, passed away Sunday, July 31 at her residence.

She was born Feb. 8, 1913 in Antwerp, the daughter of Joseph and Daisy Mae (Zuber) Dunderman. In 1935, she married Arlie Donnell, who preceded her in death in 1985. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding County.

Surviving are a daughter, Judy Clinton of Antwerp; a son, Jim of Antwerp; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Harmann; and a brother, Raymond Dunderman.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation is 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with a Catholic Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation also will be held from 9-9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

TAMELA GIBSON 1970-2011

SCOTT – Tamela S. “Tammy” Gibson, 41, of Scott, died Wednesday, July 27, as the result of a car crash in Van Wert County.

She was born July 15, 1970 in Sandusky, the daughter of Linda L. (Funkhouser) Donaldson of Haviland and the late Alfred L. Meggitt. On Oct. 7, 1994, she married Jason Gibson, who survives in Scott. She owned and operated the Scott Variety Store.

Also surviving are her children, Lindsey N. and Alexis R. Gibson, both of Scott; her stepmother, Parketta Meggitt of Norwalk; her stepfather, Richard “Doder” Akom of Scott; her mother-in-law, Tolanda Mosier of Van Wert; father-in-law, Harold E. Gibson of New Port Richey, Fla.; three brothers, Robert L. Meggitt of Franklin, Ind., John W. Meggitt of Van Wert and A.G. (Christina) Meggitt of Norwalk; four sisters, Karen L. Meggitt, Laurie A. Bergman and Amy E. (Jeff) Cotterman, all of Scott, and Kristin R. (Dustin) Fitch of Sebring, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Lori (John) Banet of Holiday, Fla. and Susan (Weston) Mills of Van Wert; and 21 nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by her stepmother-in-law, Patti Gibson; a brother-in-law, Mike Gibson; and two sisters, Cynthia and Susan Meggitt.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory in Van Wert with the Rev. Donald Marlowe officiating. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com

 

DELBERT ASHWORTH & DALLAS ASHWORTH

PAULDING – Delbert W.R. Ashworth was stillborn Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at the Hicksville Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville.

Dallas J.D.W.R. Ashworth, age one week, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at the Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born July 19 in Hicksville.

They are survived by their parents, Justin and Tasha L. (Weaver) Ashworth, Paulding; a sister, Nevaeh Ashworth, Paulding; grandparents, Shawn and Shelley Mullins, Paulding, and Joe and Shannon Moreno, Van Wert; great-grandparents, Deborah Peoples and Wilma Mullins, both of Paulding, and Larry Longwell, Van Wert; uncles, Jeremiah Holloway and Mason Moreno; a great uncle, James Whiting; and great aunt, Sonja Proxmire.

They were preceded in death by great-grandparents, Barbara Longwell and Sammie Mullins.

Graveside services will be conducted at a later date.

Donations in memory of Dallas and Delbert may be made to Den Herder Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


ROGER DANGLER 1944-2011

VAN WERT – Roger Dangler, 66, of Van Wert, died the morning of Monday, July 25 at his home.

He was born Aug. 28, 1944, in Van Wert, the son of Chester and Isabel (Kiggins) Dangler. He married Marcia Snyder, who survives in Van Wert. He retired from Herbert E. Orr Company in Paulding after 40 years.

Also surviving are four children, Peggy (Steve) Ferguson of Scott, Phillip Dangler of Paulding and Eric (Mandi) Dangler and Jessica Dangler, both of Van Wert; three stepchildren, Tina Hammond, Eric (Allison) Hammond and Neil (Tonya) Hammond, all of Van Wert; a brother, Paul (Della) Dangler of Van Wert; a sister, Darlene Fulk of Decatur, Ind.; his father-in-law, Hermie Snyder of Scott; three nieces, Michelle (Billy) Bressler of Decatur, Ind., Renee Runyon and Jackie Murray; 11 grandchildren, Amanda and Amber Ferguson, Derrek Dangler, Hope Dangler, Harley, Alicia and Jordon Danylchuck, Mia Kelley, Rylan and Kylerr Burnett and Arianna Snyder; nine stepgrandchildren, Starrae and Crystal Protsman, Eric “EJ” Hammond Jr., Nick Hammond, Markie Agler, Chris Goins, Tanner Houser and Logan and Mercades Hammond; and two great-grandchildren, Braddex Agler and Gavin Hammond.

He was preceded in death by his parents; nieces, Kimberly Bowersock and Paula Ann Dangler; a nephew, Mitchell Eugene Barns Jr.; a great-niece, Brandi Bowersock; and brothers-in-law, Robert and Tony Grieshaber.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 29, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

 


BEVERLY PHILLIPS 1947-2011

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Beverly I. (Pratt) Phillips, 63, of Green Cove Springs, Fla., died Sunday, July 3 at the Jacksonville Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.

She was born Oct. 22, 1947, the daughter of Joseph W. and Cydona (Jewell) Pratt. She graduated from Blue Creek High School in 1965. She married Larry Phillips and on June 26, 2011, they celebrated 46 years of marriage. He survives. She previously worked at Moose Haven (Empire Hall) as a supervisor.

Also surviving are her father, Joseph Pratt; a daughter, Kim (David) Beine of Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers and sisters, Jim (Linda) Blythe of Toledo, Dennis (Buck) Sandi Pratt of Fort Jennings, Stan (Deb) Pratt of Scott, Joan (Jerry) Tope of Paulding, Rocksanna (Terry) Daniels of Broughton, Ima (Don) Butler of Continental, Donald (Janet) Priest, William (Laura) Priest and Jeffrey (Wendy) Priest of Grover Hill, Ruth (Eddie) Noggle of Van Wert, Pamela Chadwick of Madison, Wis., Marilyn (Terry) Everly of Portage and Michele (John) Porter of Grover Hill; a sister-in-law, Sharon Blythe of Van Wert; her stepmother, Norma Priest of Grover Hill; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Cydona (Jewell) Pratt; her father, Walter Priest; and two brothers, Gerald “Butch” Blythe and Joseph Raymond Priest.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 29 at the Harvest Field Church in Scott with Pastor Terry Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Scott Cemetery. The arrangements were handled by Hardage-Giddens, Rivermead Funeral Home in Orange Park, Fla.

 

ROBERT YOH 1928-2011

PAULDING – Robert E. Yoh, age 83, died Sunday, July 24 at Community Health Professionals Hospice, Defiance.

He was born March 29, 1928 in Adams County, Ind., the son of George W. and Florence N. (Friend) Yoh. He graduated from Oakwood High School in 1946. On May 16, 1947, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Oakwood, he married Rose Mary Bussing, who preceded him in death on Oct. 13, 2006. They had been married 64 years. He was employed by Compo Corporation, Defiance, retiring in 1992 after 45 years of service.

He is survived by two sons, Jerry Lee Yoh, Oakwood, and Robert L. Yoh, Defiance; two daughters, Mary (Dan) Mansfield, Defiance, and Susan (Henry) Dobbelaere, Oakwood; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Gary and William “Bill” Yoh; two sisters, Neocia Dimock and Yvonne Matli; and a granddaughter, Dawn Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Charloe.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Memorial donations may be made to Community Health Professionals Hospice, Defiance.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

WILLIAM HESSLER 1927-2011

PAYNE – William J. Hessler, age 83, died Monday, July 25 at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.

He was born Aug. 22, 1927 in Paulding County, the son of John D. and Lucile Ann (Clark) Hessler. On Nov. 29, 1952 he married Martha E. Snyder, who survives in Payne. He was employed by BF Goodrich, retiring in 1988, and was a WWII U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne, and the BF Goodrich Retirement Club.

Also surviving are six children, David (Dawn) Hessler of Milan, Mich., Michael (Deb) Hessler of Van Wert, John (Gina) Hessler of Payne, and Nancy Hessler, Janis Hessler and James Hessler, all of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Rose Mary Sharp of Rochester, Mich. and Marie Kilpatrick, Nashville; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, John Hessler; and a sister, Christina Zuber.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Payne with military graveside rites accorded by Payne American Legion Post #297.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 with a rosary service at 8 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Arbor Foundation.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

ROY SOUDERS JR. 1930-2011

VAN WERT – Roy Souders Jr., 81, Van Wert, died at 9:35 a.m. Thursday, July 21 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born May 1, 1930, in Pocasset, Okla., the son of Roy A. and Fannie F. (Shipp) Souders. On May 28, 1955, he married Eleanor M. Branch, who survives in Van Wert. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving in the Korean War. In 1957, he graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. He spent 35 years in the property and liability insurance industry. He was a member of the professional Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters, CPCU. In 1991, he received a national honor by the Society when he was selected a Standard Setter for his contributions to the insurance industry and his community. The last 26 years of his career was spent as an employee of The Central Insurance Companies of Van Wert. He retired in 1992 as senior vice president-operations.

He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, serving in many capacities. He was founder of the Van Wert Chapter of Compassionate Friends and served as leader for over 10 years, then three years as northwest Ohio regional coordinator. He served as a member of the board of directors for the YMCA and the Wassenberg Art Center, and was a trustee for the Van Wert County Hospital. He was a recipient of the Ray Miller Award from the Van Wert Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the Van Wert Rotary Club.

Other survivors include a daughter, Becky (Rick) Craft of Paulding; two brothers, Robert E. (Marjorie) Souders of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Richard W. (Nancy) Souders of Pocasset, Okla.; a sister, Oleta F. Salek of Midwest City, Okla.; and three grandchildren, Jason R. Craft, Lauren R. Craft and Amanda G. Craft.

He was preceded in death by a son, Neal B. Souders.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, at First United Methodist Church, Van Wert. The Revs. Gus Christo-Baker and Paul Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

The family will receive friends after the service.

Preferred memorials are First United Methodist Church or Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

Arrangements were handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert.

Condolences may be expressed at: www.alspachgearhart.com

 

RICHARD “DICK” “ACE” ADAMS 1933-2011

OAKWOOD – Richard “Dick” “Ace” Adams, 78, of Oakwood, died at 5:41 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born July 6, 1933 in Oakwood, the son of Virgil V. and Ruby Floella (Clay) Adams. On Dec. 6, 1959, he married Clara May Linnabary, who preceded him in death Aug. 25, 2005. He retired in 1995 after working 35 years at General Motors in Defiance. He was a member of Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood. He was an Army veteran. Dick was a life member of Oakwood American Legion Post #341 and Grover Hill VFW Post #2873, and a member of Defiance Elks. He was a past county commander of the American Legion. He worked at the library and he umpired for many years for Acme and high school baseball leagues in the Oakwood area. He ran the Labor Day softball tournament for many years in Oakwood and later the tournament was named after him.

Surviving are his children, April Wassermann of Findlay, Matt Adams of Defiance and Ricky Adams of Napoleon; two grandchildren, Jill (Jared) Lerch and Zachary Wassermann; and a great-grandchild: Adelina Lerch.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a granddaughter, Holly Wassermann; a half-brother, Max Adams; and two half-sisters, Yulida Forney and Erma Dix.

Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, July 25 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Eric Dailey officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood with military rites by Oakwood American Legion.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 24 and one hour prior to services Monday.

Preferred memorials are to the Oakwood Ball Association or Oakwood American Legion.

Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

WILLIAM H “BILL” “OLE MAN” BROWN 1949-2011

OAKWOOD – William H “Bill” “Ole Man” Brown, 62, of Oakwood, died at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at his residence.

He was born May 9, 1949 in Paulding County, the son of Alvin and Emma “Katie” (Yenser) Brown. He was a heavy equipment operator for Webb Bros. Construction and had been a truck driver for Five Span Marina. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era. He spent 15 years as a member of the Auglaize Volunteer Fire Department, from January 1978 to January 1993. He was a life member of the Defiance VFW Post #336 and the Defiance AmVets; a member of the Defiance Eagles and a member of the Auglaize Emerald Fox Club.

He is survived by his mother, of Junction; his significant other, Delores Vaughn of Oakwood; three children, Tammy (Kenny) Theisen and Steve (Kaylin) Brown, both of New Bavaria, and Doug (Renae) Brown of Evansport; five stepchildren, Melissa Ranes of Grover Hill, Thomas Gee and Melony (Tony Barham) Gee, both of Oakwood, and Nathan (Kim Marin) Gee and Crystal Gee, both of Melrose; four grandchildren, Brok and Kacee Theisen and Will and Taylor Brown; 13 stepgrandchildren; one great-stepgrandchild; three sisters, Lora Lee (Bud) Ratliff of Oakwood, Wanda (Cecil) Curry of Foster, Ala., and Kelly (Kirk) Hale of Northport, Ala.; and a brother, Alvin Ray (Becky) Brown of Junction.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Chuck Schmunk officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood, with military rites by Defiance VFW and AmVets.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, July 22 and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com


REGIS STUCK 1942-2011

ANTWERP – Regis Stuck, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, July 19, at Saint Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born Feb. 9, 1942 in Adena, the son of the late Walter and Kathryn (Doyle) Stuck. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-68. On May 23, 1970, he married Darlene Parrett, who survives. He worked as a brick mason and then a truck driver.

Also surviving are a son, Michael, Antwerp; a granddaughter, A.J., Antwerp; two brothers, William of Zanesville and Bernard of Newark; and a sister, Boots Spear of Fort Wayne.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. He will be laid to rest at Bethel Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 22, and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to Antwerp EMS, P.O. Box 1046, Antwerp OH 45813.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 


WAYNE HITTLE 1936-2011

PAULDING – LeRoy “Wayne” Hittle, age 74, died Thursday, July 14 at Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

He was born Dec. 20, 1936 in Middle Point, the son of Roy and Cleo (Evans) Hittle. On Nov. 7, 1970, he married Carol Sue Fockler, who preceded him in death on May 17, 1998. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Vietnam Era, honorably discharged as a sharp shooting sergeant. He was one of 20 first class engineers and boiler operators in the state of Ohio. He retired from the city of St. Marys, Falstaff Brewing Co., Pet Milk and Advanced Auto. He was an avid welder and auto mechanic. He was a member of RC Airplane Club and Radio Ham Operator (EMA) Amateur Radio, Van Wert.

He is survived by his children, Kami Wagner of Montpelier, Kari (Jeff) Young of Van Wert, Saundra Wagner of Montpelier, Sheryl (Jim) Coon of New Bremen, Tamara (Todd) Germain of Fort Wayne and Jeff Hittle of Cleveland; 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and his faithful companions, Cocoa and Princess.

He also was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Michael W. Hittle.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery with military graveside services accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Donations may be made in memory of Wayne to Den Herder Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

CLIFFORD HUMMELL 1927-2011

GROVER HILL – Clifford Dean Hummell, age 84, died Saturday, July 16 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Feb. 20, 1927 in Paulding County, the son of Noel and Prescillia (Parsons) Hummell. On Dec. 24, 1946, he married Lou Ann Welch, who survives. He was employed as a foreman by Masolite in Fort Wayne, and was a farmer. Clifford loved woodworking and created many treasured pieces of art from wood. In the winter, you might find him working on a 1,500-piece jigsaw puzzle and enjoying time with his family. During the summer months he spent many days fishing at his cottage at Huyck Lake, Mich. He was also an avid gardener, and grew many different varieties of vegetables and fruits.

Also surviving are two daughters, Janis (Danny) Price of Defiance and Deb Paputsakis, Paulding; a sister, Marjorie Phlipot, Paulding; grandchildren, Kylee (Joe) McMichael, Drew Price, Sara Paputsakis and Rachel (Steven) Binnix; and great-grandchildren, Grant and Savannah McMichael.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, July 25 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

BRANDON RODDY SAYLOR 2011

DEFIANCE – Brandon Eugene Roddy Saylor died on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at the Defiance Regional Medical Center.

He was born July 12 at the Defiance Regional Medical Center, the son of Brandon L. Saylor and Amanda Roddy, who both survive.

He is also survived by a brother, Aiden Brice DeWaters; three sisters, Faith Lynn Saylor, Trinity Claris Rose Saylor and Allie Renee Saylor; grandparents, Brian (Beverly) Saylor of Melrose, Robert Roddy Jr. of Defiance, and Jenny (Doug) Albert of Defiance; great-grandparents, Drew and Katherine Fouchea of Sparta, Mich., Robert and Donna Roddy Sr., Chuck and Janice Sisco and Dinah Scott, all of Defiance, Enouch Saylor of Oakwood and Velma Albert of Oakwood; and an uncle, Trevor Lee Saylor and his fiancé, Brianna Watson, of Oakwood.

He was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Claris Saylor, Charles Scott Sr. and Forrest Albert.

Services were held Monday, July 18, at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance with the Rev. David Brobston officiating. Burial was in the Sherman Cemetery in Paulding.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

 

TONI DOSTER 1989-2011

OTTAWA – Antonia “Toni” Ruth Doster, age 21, died Wednesday, July 13 from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

She was born Sept. 12, 1989 in Defiance County, the daughter of Robert E. and Lisa J. (Shellenbarger) Doster. She was employed by Innovative Support Services.

She is survived by her mother, Lisa (Terry) Morrow, Paulding; her father, Robert E. Doster, Dupont; a brother, Stephen Doster, Columbus Grove; two sisters, Bobbi Doster of Paulding and Amanda Doster, Defiance; four nephews and a niece; and half brothers and sisters, Austin, Jessie, Madison, Robert Jr. and Caleb.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Kenneth and Roberta (Schlegel) Shellenbarger and Robert and Marilyn (Kittle) Doster; and a nephew, Johnnathan Hobbs.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 19 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, July 18 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

VETA HOLT 1927-2011

OAKWOOD – Veta V. Holt, 83, of Oakwood, died 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born Dec. 13, 1927 in Defiance, the daughter of Wallace and Inza (Boucher) Relyea Sr. On Jan. 12, 1947, she married Clyde G. Holt, who preceded her in death on Jan. 22, 1990. She was a homemaker and a member of Prairie Chapel Bible Church, Oakwood. She taught Sunday school for 40 years and was an avid seamstress.

Surviving are three children, Connie (Gary) Harter of Oakwood, Patrick (Marcia) Holt of Grover Hill and Sandra (Rodney) Taylor of Continental; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Richard (Marlene) Metz of Bryan, Wallace (Pat) Relyea Jr. of Continental, Paul (Betty) Relyea of Defiance and Marvin “Pete” (Linda) Relyea of Paulding; and four sisters, Revella (Harold) Buchanan of Defiance, Reba (George) Hahn and Carolyn Carnahan, both of Bryan, and Marilyn (Homer) Greear of Sherwood.

Also preceding her in death were a granddaughter, Tiffany Taylor; three brothers, Don Metz, Russell Metz and an infant brother; and a sister, Ada “Mae” Cole.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, July 18 at Prairie Chapel Bible Church, Oakwood, with the Rev. Earl Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery, Continental.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, July 17 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences can be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

JAMES SCOTT SR. 1946-2011

PAULDING – James D. Scott Sr., age 64, died Friday, July 15.

He was born Oct. 18, 1946 in Paulding, the son of Ora L. and Ethel Sara (Ranes) Scott. On Sept. 3, 1966, he married Donna J. Fabian, who survives. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He was employed by American Electric Power, retiring in 2007. He was a member of the Paulding Church of the Nazarene, lifetime member of Paulding VFW Post #587, and the NRA.

Also surviving are two daughters, Kimberly (Josh) Grimes of Oakwood and Kristina (Jamie) Varner, Paulding; a son, James (Theresa) Scott, Huntertown, Ind.; three brothers, Bernard (Sharon) Scott of Van Wert, Frank Scott of Parrotsville, Tenn. and Lewis (Annabelle) Scott, Texas; a sister, Doris Grubb, Paulding; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Irene Haney; and a grandson, Kyle Varner.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, July 18 at Paulding Church of the Nazarene with the Revs. Kim and Cindy Semran officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery. VFW Post #587 will accord military graveside rites.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, July 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Monday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Church of the Nazarene.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

KATHY KRUGER, DO 1962-2011

DEFIANCE – Kathy L. Kruger, DO, 49, of Defiance, died Monday, July 11 at Defiance Regional Medical Center.

She was born April 2, 1962, in Moundsville, W.Va., the daughter of Sandy Fischer. On Aug. 16, 1984, she married George “Dan” Kruger, who survives. She was a science teacher from 1984-90 in Virginia and West Virginia. She was a graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and became a DO in 1994. She did her undergraduate training at West Liberty University and OB/GYN was her specialty. She worked as a secretary at St. John United Church of Christ, Defiance, where she was also a member of its consistory. She enjoyed and loved her family and her children were of the ultimate importance.

Also surviving are her mother, Sandy Lefkay, Moundsville, W.Va.; a son, Christian Jeremy Kruger, at home; a daughter, Laura Rose Kruger, at home; two brothers, Brian (Ginger) Lefkay of Santee, Calif., and Scott (Tracy) Lefkay, Wheeling, W.Va.; and a sister, Linda (William) Smith, Davis, W.Va.

Preceding her in death was a sister, Lisa Deutch.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16 at St. John United Church of Christ, Defiance, with the Rev. Dr. William R. Nirote officiating.

Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 15 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

Condolences may be left at www.HCSfuneralhome.com.

 

BENJAMIN SCHNEIDER

PAULDING – Benjamin Lee Schneider died shortly after birth, Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at the Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Surviving are his parents, Michael D. and Jodi D. (Ifft) Schneider, Paulding; three brothers, Joel, Lathan and Thad Schneider; and a sister, Lynelle Schneider; grandparents, Jim and Sandra (Gerber) Schneider and Larry and Shirley (Gerber) Ifft, all of Fairbury, Ill.; maternal great-grandfather, Elmer Ifft, Fairbury, Ill.; and paternal great-grandparents, Earl and Esther Gerber of Forrest, Ill.

He was preceded in death, by two brothers, Levi John and Joshua Ryan Schneider; maternal great-grandparents, Noah and Emma Gerber and Emma Ifft; and paternal great-grandparents, Al and Gladys Schneider.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, July 15 at Dotterer Cemetery, Junction, with church clergymen officiating. Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Apostolic Christian Home for the Handicapped, Morton, Ill.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

LEE SHEPHERD 1954-2011

ANTWERP – Lee Shepherd, 57, of Antwerp, passed away Monday, July 11 at Parkview Hospital.

He was a devoted brother, a loving uncle and great-uncle. He was born April 8, 1954 in Gunlock, Ky., the son of Monroe and Audrey Shepherd. He was a 1971 graduate from Upper Scioto Valley High School and a member of the Antwerp First Baptist Church. Lee worked various jobs mostly as a welder. He enjoyed working on cars, lawn mowers and anything with a motor. Lee was always willing to help out his family and neighbors not asking for anything in return. He was a good man with the love of Jesus in his heart, and would spread the word of salvation to anyone that would listen.

Surviving are a brother, Sam of Antwerp; and seven sisters, Cora Evans of Paulding, Pat (Bill) Sutton of Hicksville, Kathy (Mike) Lowe of Grabill, Ind., Ethel (Truman) Handshoe of Hueysville, Ky., Barb (Philburt) Hull of Cecil, and Martha Shepherd and Shirley (Whitey) McMichael, both of Antwerp.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Cynthia Howard; and a niece, Amanda Shepherd.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the First Baptist Church in Antwerp with the Rev. Todd Murray officiating. Burial will be in the Maumee Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is at the church from 11 a.m. until time of services on Thursday.

Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

LLOYD ELSTON

GROVER HILL – Lloyd George Elston, 86, died Thursday, July 7, 2011 at the Country Inn in Latty.

He was born in Grover Hill and was a farmer and factory worker for International Harvester, retiring in 1979. He served with integrity in many roles as a member of Zion United Methodist Church and as Washington Township Trustee. He was a faithful, hardworking husband and loving, generous father and papa. He loved time with family playing games and became euchre champ in his retirement village. He was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed the Cincinnati Reds and Wayne Trace High School sports. He also enjoyed traveling in the U.S.

Surviving are his wife, Orpha (Corkwell); three daughters, Candice Elliott of Paulding, Lauretta (William) Aseltine of Middletown, R.I. and Lisa (Matthew) Nichols of Berwyn Heights, Md.; two sons, Chris (Rebecca) Elston of Van Wert and Jonathan (Lavonne) Elston of Lambertville, Mich.; four sisters, Lois (Kenneth) Kohn of Van Wert, Colleen Cook of Monroeville, Ind., and Eileen (Noel) Thomas and Rosalie (Roger) McClure of Grover Hill; two brothers, Don (Dessie) Elston of Grover Hill and Gary (Cathy) Elston of Montgomery, Texas; 13 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren and five great-stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant son and daughter and a brother, Randy Elston.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, July 11 at Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill followed by a graveside service at Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, July 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding and one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding/Defiance Area Youth For Christ or The Navigators International.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


 
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