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CHARLIE NEACE 1967-2013

ANTWERP – Charlie Mack Neace, 46, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

 

JOHN PAUL RITCHHART

PAYNE – John Paul Ritchhart, 66, formerly of Payne, died Dec. 23, 2013 in Orlando, Fla.

He was the son of Edward and Lavina Ritchhart.

Surviving are two brothers, Carl of Payne and Rudy of Fort Wayne.

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

Military rites will be held on Jan. 7 in Florida.

 

MAXINE REINHART 1921-2013

PAYNE – Maxine R. Reinhart, age 92, died Friday, Dec. 27 at the Vancrest of Antwerp.

She was born June 9, 1921 in Paulding County, the daughter of Harry R. and Madge Belle (Stouffer) Smith. On Dec. 2, 1940, she married Howard O. Reinhart, who preceded her in death on March 15, 1985. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, the Altar Rosary Society and the Little Flower Study Club, Payne. She retired from the former Cassel’s Jewelry Store of Paulding. She formerly did domestic cleaning and was a custodian at Paulding Elementary School.

She is survived by three sons, Richard (Alyce) Reinhart, Paulding, Doug (Beth) Reinhart, Onalaska, Wis., and David (Linda) Reinhart, Bryan; a daughter, Donna (Steve) Crowley, Payne; a sister, Juleah Sinn, Paulding; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandchild, Kathleen R. Crowley; a brother, Richard Smith; and two sisters, Helen Rager and Donna Crone.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne. There will be no visitation. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Masses or Vancrest of Antwerp Activity Fund.

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

 

SYLVESTER ANKNEY JR.

CECIL – Sylvester D. Ankney Jr., 63, of Cecil, died in an auto accident Friday, Dec. 27 on Defiance-Paulding County Line Rd.

He was born Jan. 18, 1950 in Defiance, the son of the late Sylvester D. Ankney Sr. and Irenia Lillian (Kittle) Ankney. On Feb. 14, 1972, he married Joann Buell, who survives. He was currently working as a semi tractor trailer driver for Twin Sticks Trucking. He had retired from GM Central Foundry, where he had worked for over 30 years. He was an active member of the Cecil Community Church. He had many interests, from playing instruments including the guitar, fishing, hunting, skating, race cars and woodworking. He seemed to be busy all the time. But most of all, Sylvester enjoyed helping people.

He will be greatly missed by Joann, his wife of 41 years; a son, Dennis Ankney of Cecil, a daughter, Amy (Shane) Flohe of Hicksville; two brothers, Jack (Char) Rock of Defiance and Eugene Ankney of Defiance; a sister, Ruth (Bob) Smallwood of Paulding; four grandchildren, Adam Silvers, Dylan Fox, Ashley Flohe and Bailey Graber; and nieces and nephews.

He left this earthly flesh and went to meet his maker greeted by his parents.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, in the Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, with visitation from 9-11 a.m. Thursday before the services. Burial will be in Kentucky in the Buell family cemetery.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1 in the funeral home.

Suggested memorials are to the family.

Condolences may be shared at www.defiancefuneralhome.com.

 

 

LARRY HOOVER 1935-2013

ANTWERP – Larry Hoover, 78, of Antwerp, died Friday, Dec. 27 at Vancerest of Antwerp.

 

SALLY DAVIS 1933-2013

PAYNE – Sally Joan Davis, 80, of Payne, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26 at The Gardens of Paulding.

Sally was born March 3, 1933 in Decatur, Ind., a daughter of the late Marie Christine (Gehrig) and Frederick Clifford Ahr. She was an accounting clerk at Navistar and farmed with her husband, Russell “Dean”, for many years. They were married April 13, 1952 until his passing Dec. 29, 2005. Sally was a member of Payne Church of Christ and Fairway Christian Church, Lady Lake, Fla. and the Hesperian Chapter of the Eastern Star. Sally was very active in her community, dedicating many years to the Paulding County Hospital Board of Trustees and starting the Payne Branch Library.

She will be fondly remembered by her children, James (Bobbi) Davis of Monon, Ind. and Laura (Dennis) Cottrell of Payne; a brother, Donald Ahr of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Also preceding Sally in death were her siblings, Robert, James, Edwin and Mary Jane Ahr.

Her service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30 at Payne Church of Christ, 220 W. Merrin St., with visitation one hour prior. She will be laid to rest at Lehman Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne.

Memorials are to the church, Payne Branch Library or Monon Theater Preservation.

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

 

JAMES SMILEY 1923-2013

 

PAULDING – James D. Smiley, age 90, died Monday, Dec. 23 at CHP Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

He was born Sept. 3, 1923 in Indianapolis, the son of Wilford “Bill” and Arzula (Pate) Smiley. He married Phyllis Ann Colley, who preceded him in death on Feb. 14, 1972. During World War II, he served as a member of the U.S. Army, 147th Engineers Battalion participating in the D Day Invasion of Omaha Beach. He was owner/operator of 637 Auto Repair and Towing Service, and previously employed by the former VN Holderman Road Contracting and by the service department of Mark Moats Ford, Sherwood. He was a member of the VFW Post #587.

Jim is survived by two children, Gerald (Jaynne) Smiley, Paulding, and Jeanie (Randy) Gay, Peachtree City, Ga.; and four grandchildren, Andrew Smiley, Audrey Smiley, Jessica Gay and Jenna Gay.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and two sisters, Mabel Conklin and Edith Sanders.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Drew Gardner officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery with military rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27 and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans or Community Health Professionals Hospice.

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

 

 

DELMAR STOLLER 1925-2013

PAULDING – Delmar Ray Stoller, age 88, passed into eternity Saturday evening, Dec. 21, at the Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

He was born at home April 12, 1925, the youngest son of Jacob and Bertha (Huber) Stoller. He and his three older brothers, Roy, Loren and William, were raised on the family farm due south of Briceton in Paulding County. At age 16, Delmar surrendered his heart to Jesus and was baptized Nov. 2, 1941 to become a member of the Apostolic Christian Church for 72 years. Upon graduation from Haviland-Scott High School in 1943, Delmar farmed with his dad, two brothers and uncle Albert Stoller, a deaf-mute who was an influential mentor for him. On Nov. 5, 1950, he married Marguerite Mary Gerber, daughter of Fred & Katherine (Kipfer) Gerber. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Ray, Rod, Mardel and Carol.

Early on, Delmar provided for his family via agriculture and a poultry farm, transitioning to a 30-year plant management career with Erie Haven Ready Mix plants in New Haven and Fort Wayne. He retired in 1989, remaining active with part-time work at Insource Technologies, Paulding, Custom Assembly, Haviland, and including 15 years at Publix Supermarket in Sarasota, Fla. His lifelong passion was living for Christ and supporting his Church in Latty and Sarasota, with an unrestrained love and commitment for his wife and family, coupled with firm loyalty and appreciation for his friends and country. He sincerely believed in the Bible principal of teaching his children the way that they should go, so that when they were old, they would not depart from it. Nothing gave him greater joy and purpose in life than to sing and hear the Gospel proclaimed in Word and song. His most valuable possession was his Faith and Hope in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Delmar is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Marguerite; his children, Ray (Carol) of Paulding, Rodney (LeAnn) of Van Wert, Mardel (Robert) Dotterer of Rittman, and Carol (William) Eisenmann of Woodburn; 15 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Helen Stoller; and many nieces, nephews and cousins of the Stoller/Huber, Gerber/Kipfer heritage.

Delmar was preceded in death by his parents; older brothers; and infant great-grandsons, Sage and Sawyer Pelfrey, whom he believed will be with Christ to welcome him into Heaven’s Glory.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 at Latty Apostolic Christian Church, Latty. Burial will follow in the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall.

Donations may be made to Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding or the Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

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

 

 

JAMES BUCHMAN 1936-2013

PAULDING – James Paul Buchman, age 77, died Monday, Dec. 16 at Paulding County Hospital.

He was born July 19, 1936 in Paulding County, the son of John and Ruby (Gunderman) Buchman. On Feb. 15, 1958, he married Patricia Ann Rohr, who survives. He was a self-employed farmer and horseman and a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. He served in the Ohio National Guard.

James is survived by his wife, Patricia Buchman, Paulding; a daughter, Elizabeth (Steve) Pessefall, Paulding; a son, Robert Buchman, Haviland; a sister, Mary Laukhuf, Paulding; two brothers, Raymond Buchman, Defiance, and Martin (Mary Ann) Buchman, Fort Wayne; four grandchildren, Sidney David Walker, Sherri Elizabeth (Jack) Hounshell, Eric Robert Buchman, and Scott Michael Buchman; and a great-grandchild, Brook Hounshell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, David and Richard “Dick” Buchman; and three sisters, Louise Buchman, Janice McMillen and Kathryn Clark.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with a Rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to Masses or the Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

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

 

 

HAROLD PERRINE 1923-2013

PAYNE – Harold Eugene Perrine, of Payne, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15 at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

Harold was born in Payne on Sept. 11, 1923. On Oct. 25, 1947, he married Rosemary Linder, who passed away Dec. 8, 2012. Together they shared 65 beautiful years of marriage, faith, and family life. They were members of Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church and loved to pray the Rosary.

Harold served as a member of the United States Army, Private First Class, during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945 with five Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Medal. During his time in the military, he served in North Africa and Italy, where he was privileged to meet the Holy Father Pope Pius XII. He retired from International Harvester, Fort Wayne, with over 35 years of service. He enjoyed his retirement years following Notre Dame football and was an avid fan of the young athletes from Wayne Trace High School. Harold made friends wherever he went.

Harold will be sadly missed by his children, Susan (Wayne) Smith of Troy, Tim (Michele) of Powell, Paula (Rick) Wiseman of McCartyville and Kevin (Deb) of Ossian, Ind.; his wife’s siblings, Genevieve Wilson, Sr. Helen Linder, OSF, and Sr. Jean Linder, OSF, all of Tiffin, Maurice (Vi) Linder of Fort Wayne, and Theresa Baumle and Jim Linder of Payne; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by a son, Lynn H. Perrine; mother, Ida Adcock Perrine; and grandparents, Thomas Edmond and Adeline Adcock.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne. He will be laid to rest at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 with the Rosary recited at 8 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, 5761 State Route 500, Payne, where visitation is also 9-9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Memorials are for Masses or Hands of Hope Paulding Pregnancy Services.

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

 

RUTH MOHR 1919-2013

SCOTT – Ruth E. Mohr, age 94, died Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Vancrest Health Care Center, Van Wert.

She was born Aug. 20, 1919 in Van Wert County, the daughter of Elmer and Lydia (Keith) Frey. On Oct. 1, 1939, she married Walter S. Mohr, who preceded her in death on June 21, 1977. She was a member of Country Chapel United Methodist Church, Haviland, and was employed as an LPN by the former Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne, and Vancrest Health Care Center of Van Wert.

She is survived by four daughters, Carol (Carl) Wyatt of Payne, Nancy (Robert) Kupfersmith of Johnson City, N.Y., Karen Maxine Keipper of Scott, and Patricia (Richard) Mohr-Kelly, Pittsburgh; two sons: Rudy (Diane) Mohr, Paulding, and James Mohr, Fort Wayne; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Ruth also was preceded in death by an infant son, Larry Dean Mohr; brothers, Gerald and Harold Frey; and a sister, Saralene Ashton.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Den Herder Funeral Home, with Pastor Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Mohr Cemetery, Van Wert County.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to Scott EMS or Country Chapel United Methodist Church.

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

 

ROBERT FRIESNER 1938-2013

PLYMOUTH, Ind. – Robert Leonard Friesner, 75, passed away at 2:04 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka.

Robert was born on July 16, 1938 in Middlepoint, Ohio, to Dwight and Datha (Fox) Friesner. He graduated from Van Del High School in 1956, while in high school he played both basketball and baseball. He then met and married his wife of 55 years, Barbara Joyce Rawlings. He attended Findlay College and after he received his degree, he began his teaching career, which lasted 39 years. He and Barbara Joyce spent their teaching years at West Noble in Ligonier, then moved to Lawrence Lake in Plymouth after they retired.

His years in the classroom teaching U.S. History gave him much joy, and he did a great job keeping student’s attention. However, those less attentive students were brought back to his history world with a flying eraser. He spent his after-school hours coaching cross-country with the help of his wife for many years. He worked his runners hard and had high expectations. However, many fine young men came through his program, including a state cross-country champion and three state-qualifying teams. He also used his love of basketball to coach a team to a sectional championship. Robert also coached wrestling, track and taught driver’s ed. He was also a member of the Lions Club and West Noble Classroom Teachers’ Association and served on the Ligonier Library Board.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Joyce; three daughters, Sherry Hughes, Deb (Larry) Miller and Kate (Josh) Harris; four grandchildren, Ryan, Tyler, Kalee and Maddie; brothers, Gerald (Mary) Friesner, Harold (Carrol) Friesner and Tom (Sharon) Friesner; and sisters-in-law, Ellen Friesner and Sandy Friesner; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a twin brother, Bill Friesner.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth, Ind. Funeral services will follow visitation at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Marshall County Council on Aging, 1305 W. Harrison St., Plymouth, IN 46563.

Online condolence may be sent to the family via www.johnson-danielson.com.

 

 

LUCILLE TREECE 1915-2013

FORT WAYNE – Lucille Viola Treece, 98, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Covington Commons Senior Living in Fort Wayne.

Born in Milford, Ind. on Nov. 25, 1915, Lucille was the valedictorian of the Haviland-Scott High School Class of 1934. She married Franklin Treece on Oct. 24, 1937, in Hoagland, Ind. She was a longtime member of Calvary Presbyterian Church, where she was active in the women’s circle and volunteered for homebound meals. After retirement, she and Frank traveled the United States and abroad. They spent their winters in Avon Park, Fla. until Frank could no longer drive.

Surviving are her sons, Robert (Regina) Treece of Batavia, Ill., Roger (Vicki) Treece of Cincinnati, and Jerry Treece of Florence, Ky.; a daughter, Mary Lou (Michael) Clegg of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren, Robert (Carrie) Treece Jr. Renee (Maurus) Faessler, John (Lisa) Klopfenstein, David Klopfenstein and Chris Klopfenstein; five great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Dolores Riggenbach of Paulding, Elizabeth Williamson of Paulding and Helen Treece, of Briceton; and brothers-in-law, Jim (Florence) Treece of Florence, Ala. and Ray (Maxine) Treece of Paulding.

Lucille was preceded in death by husband, Franklin L. Treece; parents, Samuel E. and Anna M. (Kaiser) Riggenbach; two sisters and two brothers.

Funeral service is 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, with calling two hour prior. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

Memorials may be made to the Heartland Hospice or the Rescue Mission.

To view the online obituary, go to www.domccombandsons.com.

 

 

ROY SCHAEFER 1915-2013

 

PAYNE – Roy L. Schaefer, age 98, of Payne, left this world for a better one on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Roy was born Aug. 25, 1915, in Paulding County, the son of the late Bertha (Harper) and Rudolph Schaefer. He grew up as a farmer, a career he followed until the 1980s, and also a machinist at Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp. On Feb. 3, 1940, Roy married Dortha Bonner, who died Jan. 23, 2013. Roy was a confirmed and loyal Democrat, a devout member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, a life member of the Knights of Columbus, the Eagles in Paulding and the Elks in Mission, Texas. At the age of 80, he began his hobby of golfing, but still enjoyed playing cards and keeping his home as neat as a pin as long as he was able.

He will be sadly missed by his daughters, Garnett (Leo) Beagle of Payne, Mary K. (Dean) Hess of Green Valley, Ariz. and Jeannine Hagan of Austin, Texas; sons, John (Mary) and Kim, both of New Haven, Jeff of Antwerp and Paul of Hicksville; and sister, Helen Treat of Paulding.

Roy also was preceded in death by four siblings.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne on Monday, Dec. 16. He was laid to rest at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are to Divine Mercy or Heartland Hospice.

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

 

 

DONALD BEAMER 1925-2013

Donald R. Beamer, age 88, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, Dec. 8.

He was born May 3, 1925 in Paulding, the son of Edward and Ethel (Brown) Beamer. On April 21, 1946, he married Phyllis R. Weaver, who survives. He attended Paulding School and retired from Grizzly in 1980. He served in WWII with his twin brother, Ronald, and older brother, Edward. He was a member of First Christian Church of Paulding; a volunteer fireman for Paulding Village for 20 years; a life member of the Paulding VFW Post #587 and life member of Defiance AMVETS Post 1991. He operated Beamer Lawn Rolling for 20 years with his twin brother. He spent the summers in Barton Lake and the winters in Fort Myers, Fla. from 1986 until 2004 when they moved to Defiance. In 2011, Donald and Phyllis moved in with their daughter, Marsha.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Beamer; a daughter, Marsha (Richard) Perl, both of rural Cecil; four grandchildren, Margo (Bob) Kyser, Fort Wayne, Melissa (Denny) Coburn, Defiance, Mindy (Rich) Wilt, Adrian, Mich., and Matthew (Robbyn) Hodge, rural Cecil; two stepgrandchildren, Terry (Nick) Hurlburt, Canandaigua, N.Y., and Jamie (Mandy) King, Williston, Fla.; 10 great-grandchildren; five great-stepgrandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a great-great-stepgrandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Stevan Beamer; and siblings, Marjorie Bordner, Norma Raye Beamer, Edward Beamer, twin Ronald Beamer, Florice M. Wilhelm and Marilyn Edwards.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery with military rites accorded by Paulding VFW Post 587.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to 1st Honor Flight, First Christian Church or Paulding Visiting Nurses and Hospice.

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

 

BYRON RASEY 1936-2013

ANTWERP – Byron W. Rasey, 76, of Antwerp, died Saturday, Dec. 7 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

 

GARY DEPRIMIO 1951-2013

ANTWERP – Gary L. “Popeye” Deprimio, 62, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5 at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born in Huntington, W.Va, and lived in Fort Wayne for several years before recently moving to Antwerp. Gary worked in the bridges and building department and in the carpenter shop for Norfolk and Southern Railroad for 31 years, retiring in 2007. Gary loved riding his Harley, enjoyed playing pool with his friends and golfing with his brother and loved spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving are his loving wife, Diana Noble-Ruch-Deprimio of Antwerp; stepfather, Bob Kacsor of New Haven; stepson, Joel Ruch of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.; brother, Rocky (Lee) Deprimio of Fort Wayne; sister, Patricia (Roy) Allison of New Haven; father-in-law, Herb Noble of Paulding; sisters-in-law, Renee (Tim) Boss of Paulding and Gwyn (Richard) Jones of Anderson, Ind.; and his best friends, Brian and Ron Man.

Gary was preceded in death by his mother, Darlene Kacsor.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Mungovan and Sons Funeral Home, 2114 S. Calhoun St.

Memorials may be made to the Bandits Resort Inc., P.O. Box 852, Desert Hot Springs CA 92240 “a non profit charity for animals.”

To view the online obituary, go to www.mungovanandsons.com.

 

 

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DOLORES RETCHER 1923-2013

DEFIANCE – Dolores E. Retcher, 90, of Defiance, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30 at the CHP Defiance In-Patient Hospice Center.

She was born on May 5, 1923 to Glen and Mabel (Houck) Porter at Defiance. She was a housewife, mother of 10 children, and a member of St. John Lutheran Church. Dolores loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was known for her amazing cookies, and for always having the “Lawrence Welk Show” playing on the TV.

Dolores is survived by her sons, Jerry (Carol) Retcher of Defiance, Terry (Mary Ellen) Retcher of Cecil, Don (Michelle) Retcher of Defiance, Marvin (Lois) Retcher of Defiance, Melvin (Mary) Retcher of Defiance; daughters, Cynthia Retcher of Fort Wayne, Barbara Ratzlaff of Defiance, Connie (Mike) Kohart of Oakwood, Marsha (Matt) Hackman of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Greda (Jim Ransbottom) Retcher of Fort Wayne; 39 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Irvin W. Retcher; mother, Mabel Houck; father, Glen Porter; brothers, Darl, Eugene and Gerald Porter; and sister, Helen Shawver.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at St. John Lutheran Church, Defiance, with the Rev. Donald Luhring officiating. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Friday Dec. 6 at Schaffer Funeral Home Inc., Defiance, and from noon-1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice and St. John Lutheran Church.

Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.

 

 

DEN ADAMS 1942-2013

PAULDING – Den Adams, age 70, left this earth to go to be in his Heavenly home on Friday, Nov. 29.

He was born Dec. 6, 1942 in Jeremiah, Ky., the son of Arthur and Helmer (Thompson) Adams. On Aug. 31, 1962, he married Judith A. Commers, who survives. He was a charter member of Paulding EMS, a Paulding County Sheriff Dept. deputy, lieutenant for the Paulding Police Reserves, and employed by Johns Manville.

But his greatest triumph was receiving Jesus Christ as his Savior and serving the Lord. His relationship with God was what he held most near and dear to his heart. He witnessed to many people and openly professed how the Lord had healed him of cancer twice. He loved everybody and enjoyed taking any opportunity to ask them if they knew Jesus. He also loved taking his ’67 GTO to car shows and cruise-ins at the Vagabond Village. Den was a man of strength, integrity, conviction and piety who loved his family more than anything else in the world. His family is very proud of him and he truly was “Blessed coming in and blessed going out” – Deuteronomy 28:6.

He is survived by his wife, Judith A. Adams; three children, Dennis (Lana) Adams, John Adams and Tracy (Paul) Roddy, all of Paulding; five brothers, Alfred Adams, Isom, Ky., Bill (Louise) Adams, Jeremiah, Ky., Bud (Christine) Adams of Paulding, and J.R. Adams and Tony (Linda) Adams, both of Letcher, Ky.; four sisters, Janet (Roger) Hill, Hazard, Ky., Debbie (Woody) Adams, Jeremiah, Ky., Maggie Adams, Somerset, Ky., and Tammy Adams, Jenkins, Ky.; six grandchildren, Sheri (Nate) Rhonehouse, Kelsey (Kyle) Kauser, Maycee, Madison and Bailey Adams, and Jack Roddy; and five great-grandchildren, Ethan, Weston and Landen Rhonehouse, Charlotte Kauser and one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Shannon Adams; and three sisters, Geneva Adams, Reneva Hayes, and Anis Adams.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be sent to Wounded Warriors, World Challenge, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

EVAN GORDON 1989-2013

Evan Joseph Gordon, age 24, formerly of Payne, died Wednesday, Nov. 27 in an automobile accident in Van Wert County.

He was born  July 31, 1989 in Van Wert  to Bill and Lori (Schneider) Gordon. Evan worked at Discount Tire in Fort Wayne for five years. He was involved for most of his life in the family business, Gordon Tool Inc., and for the last two years worked full-time where he was responsible for logistics, maintenance as well as sales.

Evan truly had a great love for God, life and country. He especially enjoyed cars and racing cars. He was an active member of the Fort Wayne car club, Fort Wayne Muscle. He was a former Boy Scout and altar server at (St. John the Baptist) Divine Mercy. He was also a life member of the NRA. Evan was pro-life and was involved with ZIJA International, where he actively worked to help those in need in various parts of the world. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church.

Evan is survived by his parents, Bill and Lori Gordon, Payne; a brother Nicholas J. Gordon, Payne; paternal grandfather, Paul A. Gordon, Payne; maternal grandparents, James C. Sr. and Carolyn Schneider of Middle Point; aunts, Linda (Dennis) Sullivan of Indianapolis and Eileen (Marc) Durette of Minocqua, Wis.; uncles, David (Debra) Gordon and Kenneth Gordon, both of Payne, and James Jr. (Julie) Schneider of Convoy; and by many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Maxine Gordon, and an uncle, Richard Gordon.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne. The Rev Jacob Gordon will officiate. Evan will be laid to rest at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne. A Christian wake service will be held at 7 p.m. followed by the Rosary.

Suggested memorials are to the Wounded Warrior Fund or The ZIJA Miracle Foundation.

 

 

WINFRED “BUD” AGNESS 1925-2013

SPENCERVILLE – Winfred E. “Bud” Agness, 88, of Spencerville and formerly of Grover Hill, died at 9:55 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25 in the Roselawn Manor Nursing Home, where he had resided since May 22.

He was born Sept. 25, 1925 in Grover Hill, the son of William “Billy” and Pearl (Hoy) Agness, who are deceased. On Oct. 3, 1945, he married his loving wife of 68 years, Mary H. Wilson, who survives along with a son, William “Bill” Agness of Lima; a daughter, Yvonne Murdick of Worthington; and his grand dog, Shelby. We will miss his witty sense of humor and his devotion to family and friends. He was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed bowling, fishing and was an avid baseball fan.

Bud was a graduate of Grover Hill High School and went on to serve in the Army in Europe during WWII. He owned a milk route after the war, picking up at area farms and delivering to the Defiance Milk Products, then became an insurance agent for 17 years with Western & Southern Insurance Co. in Lima. With his wife Mary he was co-owner of the MariStan Co. Inc. in Spencerville for over 20 years, manufacturing infant wear that sold in New York City and around the country. He retired as owner-operator of Bud’s Dairy Freeze at Haviland.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville with the Rev. Keith Hamblin officiating. Burial will follow in the Spencerville Cemetery, where the Spencerville veterans will conduct military rites.

Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at tbayliff@woh.rr.com.

 

MARY JANE GILBERT 1927-2013

FORT WAYNE – Former Paulding County resident Mary Jane Gilbert, age 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Lutheran Life Villages – The Village at Pine Valley, Fort Wayne.

She was born Feb. 21, 1927 in Cecil, the daughter of Floyd E. and Mabel M. (Dysinger) Simpson. On July 12, 1947, she married Robert G. Gilbert, who survives. A retired homemaker, she was previously a member of First Presbyterian Church, Paulding; life member of American Legion Auxiliary; and past state officer of Ohio Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary.

Mary Jane is survived by her husband, Robert Gilbert; three children, David (Nancy) Gilbert, Dorothy Gilbert and Debra (David) Zimmerman, all of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren, John (Jamie) Gilbert, Allison (Steve Schneider) Zimmerman, Sue (Jeremy) Foutz, Laura Gilbert and Brian Zimmerman; and four great-grandchildren, Sarah Gilbert, Elliott Gilbert, Evan Foutz and Isaac Foutz.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Ruth Breedlove Commers, Robert Simpson and Max Simpson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil,

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne or Alzheimer’s Association.

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

 

FLORA HARSHMAN

OAKWOOD – Flora Harshman, age 84, died Friday, Nov.r 22 at The Laurels of Defiance. Arrangements pending at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

 

TIMOTHY PALTE 1950-2013

HAVILAND – Timothy P. Palte, 63, of Haviland, died at 4:04 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born Aug. 15, 1950 in Van Wert, the son of Ig and Madeline (Rodman) Palte. He was retired from Meridian Automotive in Grabill, Ind. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Paulding and Paulding Eagles.

Surviving are nieces and nephews, Pat, Chris, Shawn, Paul and Matt Comer, Julie Voisard and Robin Patton; and great-nieces and nephews, Keeley Comer, Ariel Comer, Kristian Comer, Patrick Comer, Abbie Evans, Suzanne Martin, Andy King, Megan, Nicole and Katie Voisard, Davis Patton and Gavin and Emma Comer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Russell D. and Harold Comer; and a sister, Kathleen Palte.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, with Deacon Andy McMahon officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to American Diabetes Association.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

 

JOHN HERZIG 1934-2013

PAULDING – John Herzig, age 79, died Friday, Nov. 22 at the CHP Hospice, Defiance.

He was born July 16, 1934, in Stuttgart, Germany, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Metzger) Herczig. On Nov. 9, 1956, he married Cecilia Ottmayer, who preceded him in death on Nov. 13, 2008. He was previously employed by Lafarge Corporation, Paulding, and was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. He was a self-employed house builder and old world brick mason for 58 years.

John is survived by two sons, Richard (Dawn) Herzig, Pittsburgh, and John (Greg Sampson) Herzig, Chicago; a son-in-law, Dave Stallkamp, Paulding; siblings, Josh (Friedl) Herczig, Peter (Hildegard) Herczig, Paul (Mary) Herczig and Irma (Sigfried) Allmendinger, all of Stuttgart, Germany; and seven grandchildren, Ashleigh, Zachary and Dalton Stallkamp, and Brachman, Emma, Mason and Graham Herzig.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Stallkamp; and siblings, Karl Herczig, Mary and Elizabeth Herczig, and Rosie Heffner.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Deacon David Laker officiating. Burial will follow in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Donations may be made to Masses or donor’s choice.

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

 

CATHERINE GARY HART 1915-2013

FON DU LAC, Wis. – Former Paulding County resident M. Catherine “Cate” Gary Hart, age 98, died Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Hope Hospice Center.

Cate was born to Charles A. and Glenna (Carpenter) Welsh on Oct. 6, 1915 on an Oakwood farm near the Paulding-Putnam county line. She graduated from the Oakwood High School as valedictorian in 1933, which was the year during the Great Depression when the banks closed and school was dismissed in April. In 1937, she married Eugene Gary and had three children, Jane Volk of Jackson, Mich., Bette Lindman of Alto, Wis. and Kirk Gary of Houston, who all survive.

In 1960, Gene and Cate were hired by the Paulding County commissioners to co-manage the county home where they stayed until 1969. She was hired by Maremont Corporation (Grizzly) as an industrial nurse and was employed there until 1972. Cate, then, was employed by Paulding County Social Services to administer the Child Support Program where she retired in 1983. While working for Grizzly and Social Services, she also continued her education at Defiance College, worked part-time for Ankney Insurance and performed physicals for various companies. In 1990, she bought apartments in Payne, which she remodeled, managed and resided in until she married Ray Hart, who preceded her in death in February 1996.

Cate was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school, a member of the Bayview Reading Club, the Paulding Grange and the Ohio County Home Associate. She was an excellent cook and liked to entertain, play Scrabble, enjoyed traveling, and reading. She was a wonderful storyteller who entertained her children and grandchildren. In 2002, she moved to be near her daughter, Bette Lindman, where she remained the rest of her life.

She is survived by her three children; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ray Hart; her sisters, Vanda Utterback and Helen Keck; brothers, Glenn Welsh and Chuck Welsh; and a grandson, Eric Johnson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25 at the First Presbyterian Church, Paulding, with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Monday at the church.

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

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

 

MARY LOU ADAMS 1929-2013

VAN WERT – Mary Lou Adams, 84, of Van Wert, died Tuesday evening, Nov. 19, at her residence.

She was born Sept. 21, 1929, in Paulding, to the late Gertrude (Tigner) Yenser and Darrel M. Yenser. Her husband, James L. Adams, died March 26, 2007. They were married May 22, 1948. She retired from Aeroquip Corporation, Van Wert.

Survivors include children, Tom L. (Cheryl) Adams of Dallas, N.C., and John E. (Brenda) Adams of Scott; four grandchildren, Jami (James) Cantrell of Lincolnton, N.C., Stephanie (Micheal) McAllister of Vale, N.C., Matthew (Tara) Adams of Continental and Mallory (Levi) Vondenhuevel of Atwood, Tenn.; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. The Rev. Paul Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery, Scott.

Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Alzheimer Association.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

KENNETH KLENDER 1925-2013

ANTWERP – Kenneth E. Klender, 88, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, at The Laurels of Defiance.

 

ARLENE GOELTZENLEUCHTER 1932-2013

ANTWERP – Arlene T. Goeltzenleuchter, 81, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, at Vancrest of Antwerp.

 

DAVID THOMAS 1954-2013

DAYTON – David K. Thomas, 59, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 10 in Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, after a brief illness.

At the time of his death, he was a UDRI engineer at Dayton University and served in the applied combustion and energy group, energy technologies and material division. He was a 1976 Dayton University chemical engineering graduate with a bachelor’s degree. He obtained a master’s degree and was pursuing a doctoral degree in materials engineering. He and his family had previously lived in Charleston, W.Va. and Houston.

David was born Sept. 13, 1954 to Mabel (Essex) and Isaac R. Thomas. He attended Paulding Schools and graduated in 1972. He was married to Cathy (Milstead) Thomas, who survives, and children, Kirk and Margaret, all of Dayton. He is also survived by a sister, Alice Lawson; brothers, William I. (Nylice) Thomas, Joseph L. Thomas, all of Paulding, and Stephen C. Thomas, Mooresville, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard L. Thomas.

Memorial services were conducted Thursday, Nov. 14 at Immaculate Conception Chapel on the University of Dayton campus.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 107 Park Drive, Dayton OH 45410.

 

FAY MANON 1922-2013

DEFIANCE – Fay Ellen Manon, 91, of Defiance, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Vancrest Health Care Center of Holgate.

She was born on Jan. 16, 1922 to William and Goldie (Blaine) Thrasher in Oakwood. On April 30, 1943, she married Eldon L. Manon, and he passed away on Oct. 9, 1991. Fay was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. She enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting, playing cards and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Fay is survived by her sons, Eldon “Rick” (Beverly) Manon, Dana (Cynthia) Manon, Neal (Lori) Manon and Brian (Sharon) Manon, all of Defiance; daughters, Carol (Fred) Schuette of Defiance, Linda (Gene) Weidenhamer of Defiance, Sandra (Mike) Sommer of St. Petersburg, Fla., Deb (Bill Foss) Manon of Defiance, Leslie (Bill) Frysinger of Defiance, Mary (Melvin Bok) Wallischeck of Defiance; 20 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Janice Manon, Bryan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eldon L. Manon; brothers, Dennis, Russell, Ray and Pat Thrasher; and sisters, Gertrude Thrasher, Evelyn Harter, Gladys Burkhart, Bessie Parrish, Opal Pessefall and Mary Carroll.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22 at St. John Lutheran Church, Defiance with the Rev. Donald L. Luhring and Rev. Joshua Schmidt officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at Schaffer Funeral Home, and 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church.

The family suggests memorials be made to St. John Lutheran Church.

Condolences can be made at www.Schafferfh.com.

 

 

DON ADAMS 1933-2013

PAULDING – Donald H. Adams, age 79, died Friday, Nov. 15 at The Laurels of Defiance.

He was born Dec. 25, 1933 in Latty, the son of James H. and Grace E. (Finnegan) Adams. He grew up in Grover Hill area, attended Hoaglin-Jackson School and spent the last two years at Van Wert High School, graduating in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-56. On Oct. 5, 1958, he married Judith Kay Parson, who survives. He was employed by Lafarge Cement Plant, Paulding; Aeroquip Corporation in Van Wert and West Los Angeles, Calif.; and retired from G.M. Central Foundry, Defiance, in 1990 after 30 years of service. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post #587, Paulding.

He enjoyed spending winters in Florida, playing golf and shuffleboard. He learned the art of wood carving, and enjoyed making many birds, ducks, etc. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Donald is also survived by a daughter, Lori L. Lytle, West Liberty; a son, Eric (Denise) Adams, Canfield; five grandchildren, Scott (Amanda) Hartwick, Mindy (Sylvester) Torres, Christopher Adams, Lauren Adams and Tina (Matt) Keeran; a stepgrandson, Rob (Audrey) Blevins; great-grandchildren, Nathan Hartwick, Elijah Roscom and Brayden Keeran; great-stepgrandchildren, Kelsey and Serenity Blevins, and Maria and Alexis Martinez; a half brother, Arthur (Mary) Finnegan; and four half-sisters, Linda, Carol, Treva and Ruth.

He was preceded in death by his father; mother; stepfather, Clifford Pate; and daughter, Kristy Kay, who died in 1983.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be held at a later date.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Parkinson Society of North West Ohio, Community Health Professionals of Paulding, or the Don Adams Family.

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

 

BOB PUTMAN 1939-2013

ANTWERP – Robert L. Putman, 73, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born Nov. 21, 1939 in Antwerp, a son of the late Helen (Murphy) Dunderman and Gerald Putman. He worked at the PC Workshop and enjoyed bowling.

Bob will be fondly remembered by his siblings, Mary Jo (Norm) Schoenauer of Payne and Bruce (Becky) Putman of Antwerp.

Services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at Dooley Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to services. He will be laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation also will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

Memorials are to PC Workshop.

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

 

LARRY YOUNG 1942-2013

NEWPORT, Tenn. – Larry B. Young, age 71, died Tuesday, Nov. 12 at his residence.

He was born Jan. 12, 1942 in Lafayette, Ind., the son of Ralph D. and Leanna Gayle (Burroughs) Young. On Dec. 21, 1965 he married Mary Ann Dunham, who preceded him in death on July 15, 1998. He was a U.S. Marine, serving during the Vietnam War. A member of the Church of Latter Day Saints, he was a retired assistant programmer for the former Wachovia Bank.

He is survived by children Michael B. Young, Laura M. (Spencer) Gray, Timothy W. Young and Kristopher Young; a brother, Donald (Irene) Young; two sisters, Darlene Hudson and Marcella England; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Hedges Cemetery, Jackson Township, Paulding County, with military gravesides rites conducted by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to hospice.

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

 

 

ROSEMARY GILLETT 1932-2013

FORT WAYNE – Rosemary Gillett, 81, of Fort Wayne died Sunday, Nov. 10 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

 

 

STEPHEN COYNE 1961-2013

DEFIANCE – Stephen Coyne, 52, of Defiance died Thursday, Nov. 7.

 

CLAIR PAXTON 1926-2013

CECIL – Clair Leroy Paxton, age 86, died Saturday, Nov. 2 at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

He was born Dec. 18, 1926 in Paulding County, the son of Ervin L. and Jeanette A. (Brown) Paxton. On Jan. 25, 1959, he married Rosemarie Odaffer, who survives. He was a self-employed grain/dairy farmer and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was previously the floor manager for the former Wood-U Skating Rink, Oakwood, and a square dance caller.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie Paxton, Cecil; a son, Ron (Myrna) Paxton, Cecil; a brother, Dale Paxton, Bryan; and three sisters, Reba Jean (Edward) Luderman of Cecil, Karen (Robert) Baughman of Paulding and Betty (Richard) Baker, Sherwood.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, David Alan Paxton; and a sister, Paula Paxton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

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

 

 

BETTY DeLONG 1923-2113

ANTWERP – Betty J. (Bercaw) DeLong, 90, of Antwerp, died Saturday, Nov. 2 at The Gardens of Paulding.

 

 

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ROBERT GORMAN 1918-2013

PAULDING – Robert E. Gorman, age 94, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at his residence.

He was born Oct. 22, 1918 in Jackson Township, White County, Ind., the son of Thomas E. and Wanda (Caughell) Gorman. On April 22, 1939, he married Marjorie Ann Albery, who survives, He was a WWII US Army veteran, earning two Bronze Stars. He was owner/operator of R.E. Gorman Insurance Agency, retiring in 1987; a member of the Buckeye Union Insurance Company for 67 years; a life member and former chaplain of VFW Post #587, conducting over 1,000 funerals; former member of Payne American Legion; and a former Mason.

He was a member of the Ohio Independent Insurance Agents Association; Paulding County Independent Insurance Agents; RNC precinct committeeman; and the original builder and organizer for the Auglaize Country Club. He was a former member of the Lions Club and Paulding Chamber of Commerce. He was very active in the Paulding United Methodist Church, where he held many offices. Robert and his wife, Marjorie, were the 2008 grand marshals of the John Paulding Days Parade.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Gorman, Paulding; a daughter, Lou Ann (Joe) Martin, Eugene, Ore.; two sons, Greg R. Gorman and Jeff Gorman, both of Paulding; two grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Charles and Fred Gorman; and two sisters, Doris Gorman and Thelma Keller.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at Paulding United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Creek Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post #587. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

Visitation will be from noon until time of services on Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Paulding United Methodist Church.

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

 

 

RAYMOND STULTS JR. 1936-2013

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Former Paulding and Kalida resident Raymond H. Stults Jr., age 77, died Monday, Oct. 21 at the John F. Keever Solace Center, Asheville.

He was born on Oct. 8, 1936 in Paulding County, the son of Raymond and Martha W. (Barnes) Stults. On April 7, 1957, he married Betty Ann Forney, who survives. He was previously a truck driver for Beal Trucking.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, of Asheville; two sons, Jon “Eric” Stults of Asheville, and Michael (April) Stults, Springhill, Fla.; two daughters, Debra (Jerry) Goings of Cloverdale and Lisa Ann Stults, Asheville; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John C. Stults.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow at Cooper Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to hospice.

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

 

JON TILLERY 1978-2013

PAULDING – Jon Tucker Tillery, age 34, died Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Paulding County Hospital.

He was born Nov. 16, 1978 in Jacksonville, Ill., the son of David and Robin (Rodgers) Tillery. On March 18, 2007, he married Wendy J. Bechtel, who survives. He was previously employed by Papa John’s Pizza.

He is survived by his parents; wife; three children, Michael Lee Richcreek, Donald Joseph Richcreek and Destini Nicole Ransom Tillery; a sister, Tara Mauren (Brandon) Hogaboom; and a grandson, Mikel Angelo Richcreek.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be at a later date.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 and one hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made in memory of Jon to his family or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

BOB TEMPEL 1928-2013

PAYNE – Robert P. Tempel, 85, of Payne, passed away at home Saturday, Oct. 19.

Bob was born July 12, 1928 in Paulding, a son of the late Esther (Beamer) and Rupert Tempel. On Sept. 2, 1950, he married Marlene Harting. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and was a machinist at Essex Wire for 21 years and Uniroyal Goodrich for 22 years. He also enjoyed fishing. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish and Payne American Legion Post 297.

Bob will be fondly remembered by his wife, Marlene; children, Tom (Kim Waldschmidt) of Fort Wayne, Judy (Dwight) Redmon of Napoleon, Bobbi (Todd) Champany and Jeff (Sheila), both of Payne, Dan (Deb) of New Haven and Amy (Brad) Yenser of Payne; a sister, Jean Zartman of Payne; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Bob will be laid to rest at Lehman Cemetery, with military honors.

Visitation is 3-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, 5761 SR 500, Payne, where viewing is also 9-9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Memorials are to Masses at Divine Mercy 417 N. Main, Paulding 45879 or Paulding Hospice, 250 Dooley Dr., Paulding 45879.

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

 

 

CLARE LANZ

PAULDING – Memorial services for Clare M. Lanz will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Paulding Church of the Nazarene. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial services. (For full obituary, please scroll down.)

Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

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

 

 

MICKEY MOWERY 1943-2013

OAKWOOD – Mickey G. Mowery, 70, of Oakwood, died at 11:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 at his residence.

He was born on Feb. 9, 1943 in Bluffton to the late Robert and Doris (Bauer) Mowery. On April 4, 1964, he married Sandra L. Schilt, who survives in Oakwood. Mickey was a truck driver for Hornish Brothers Trucking of Archbold and for UPS.

Survivors also include a son, Robert (Juanita) Mowery of Continental; a daughter, Stephanie A. Cogswell of Oakwood; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, William “Bill” M. (Fran) Mowery of Oakwood.

There will be no funeral or visitation. Burial will be held at a later date in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood. Arrangements are being handled by Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood.

Condolences may be expressed at heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

BENJAMIN BLANKENSHIP 1928-2013

CONVOY – Former Paulding resident Benjamin M. Blankenship, age 85, died Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Van Wert County Hospital.

He was born April 8, 1928 in Macon County, Tenn., the son of Harmon and Idell (Scott) Blankenship. On July 29, 1950, he married Martha Ann Gregory, who preceded him in death on Jan. 30, 2000. He retired from Lafarge Corporation, Paulding.

Benjamin is survived by three daughters, Wilma (Ted) Saylor of Convoy, Wanda McCoy of Continental and Diana Serrao of Titusville, Pa.; two sisters, Irene Brooks of Lafayette, Tenn. and Velma “Sis” Burns of Portland, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; two sons, Donald and Ben “Jeff” Blankenship; a daughter, Brenda Lee Blankenship; four grandchildren, Jason Paul and Joshua Philip Eldridge, Trent Allen Saylor and Jessica Blankenship; two brothers, Leonard and Delbert Blankenship; and two sisters, Lois Lawson and Katherine Jenkins.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of services on Thursday.

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

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

 

 

DONNA HAHN 1909-2013

ANTWERP – Donna Hahn, 103, of Antwerp, died  Sunday, Oct. 13 at Vancrest of Antwerp.

Her service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17,  with visitation one hour prior at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church of Antwerp.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.

 

JOAN BURTCH 1930-2013

PAULDING – M. Joan Burtch, age 83, died Wednesday, Oct. 9 at CHP Hospice, Defiance.

She was born April 11, 1930 in St. Marys, the daughter of Edward and Iris (Henschen) Kuns. On Aug. 28, 1949, she married Karl Burtch, who survives. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she was church organist for over 60 years. She was a piano/organ teacher, teaching many of Paulding’s musicians from the 1950s through the 1980s. She attended nursing school at age 52 and was employed by the Paulding County Hospital for 12 years as an LPN. Paulding Business and Professional Women’s Association named Joan Woman of the Year in 1984.

She is survived by her husband, Karl Burtch, Paulding; four sons, David Burtch of Woodland Hills, Calif., Mike (Mary) Burtch of Houston, Doug (Nancy) Burtch of Paulding and Bill Burtch of Memphis, Tenn.; two daughters, Karla (Mike Griggs) Burtch of Cincinnati and Joanie (Steve) Goyings, Paulding; a brother, Bill (Nancy) Kuns, Memphis; two sisters, Janice Fernow of Clearwater, Fla. and Sally Harper, LaJunta, Colo.; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Karen Stetins officiating. Burial will follow in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation will be 2:30-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

Donations may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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

 

DELNA YOH 1940-2013

PAULDING – Delna Rae Yoh, 73, of Paulding, died at 6:46 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 at Lima Memorial Hospital.

 

RITA LAMBERT 1926-2013

ANTWERP – Rita Lambert, 87, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8 at The Gardens of Paulding.

 

 

EVA SESLAR 1926-2013

ANTWERP – Eva Maxine (Morris) Seslar, age 87, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Hicksville.

 

CLARE LANZ 1922-2013

PAULDING – Clare M. Lanz, age 91, died Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.

She was born April 29, 1922, in Paulding County, the daughter of Alfred and Bertha (Hafeli) Buehler. On Aug. 27, 1944, she married Elmer Lanz, who preceded her in death on April 13, 2002.

She is survived by a son, Kerry (Kathy) Lanz, Cincinnati; four daughters, Susan (Willy) Tops, Nieuwerkerken, Belgium, and Christy Romoser, Jennifer (Mark) Higinbotham and Julie (Dwight) Weber, all of Seattle; 11 grandchildren, Andrea Lanz, Tracey (Karl) Lanz Hoalst, Austin Lanz, Jeremiah (Sylvie) Tops, Benjamin (Karen) Tops, Caitlyn Romoser, Taylor Romoser, Alex Higinbotham, Dustin (Megan) Weber, Stephanie (Trace) Rorie, and Josiah Weber; and six great-grandchildren, Sydney, Tristan, Quinten, Amori, Mateo and Addison.

Graveside services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7 at Latty Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, Latty, with the Rev. Dustin Weber officiating.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

There will also be memorial services held in memory of Clare at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Paulding Church of the Nazarene, Paulding, with the Rev. Dwight Weber officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to Community Health Professionals, Country Inn Enhanced Living Center or Children of the Nations.

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

 

 

BEVERLY GUMM 1937-2013

WOODBURN – Beverly A. Gumm, age 75, of Woodburn, died at 3:52 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

She was born Nov. 23, 1937 in Van Wert County, the daughter of Ernest H. and Alice Donne (Presgrave) Klinker. She married James H. Gumm on May 5, 1990 in Payne. She graduated in 1955 from Woodburn High School and retired in 1986 from International Harvester Company with 31 years of service in scheduling and expediting. Beverly attended Edgerton Wesleyan Church in Edgerton, Ind. She was a member of the VFW #2457 Ladies Auxiliary in New Haven, the Moose Lodge #861 in Columbia City, and the American Legion #330 Auxiliary in New Haven.

Surviving are her husband, of Woodburn; four daughters, Kelly A. Boroff of Fort Wayne, Kathy L. Hessler of Fort Wayne, Kimberly K. (David) Braaten of New Haven and LeAnn M. (Steven) Johnson of Fort Wayne; four brothers, James L. Klinker of Van Wert, Terry L. (Linda) Klinker of Apollo Beach, Fla., the Rev. William F. (Linda) Klinker of Newark, and Lynn A. (Jean) Klinker of Woodburn; a sister, Charlotte B. McCowan, Fort Wayne; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Terry Joe Boroff, who died at only eight days old in 1957; and an infant brother, Garth Ernest Klinker; who died at 8 months old.

Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7 in the Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel in Monroeville, Ind. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Visitation is from noon-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.

Preferred memorials are to American Heart Association.

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KATIE BAUMLE 1990-2013

PAYNE – Katie Marie Baumle, 23, of Payne, died Friday, Sept. 27 at IU Medical Center, Indianapolis, after a courageous struggle with Cystic Fibrosis.

She was born in Fort Wayne on Jan. 28, 1990, a daughter of Jerry and Kathy (Malfait) Baumle. Katie attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fort Wayne.

She will be greatly missed by her parents; brothers, Andrew (Erin) of Payne and Philip (Juliana) of New Haven; sister, Anna; niece and nephew, Katie Anna and Carter of Payne; and grandmothers, Theresa (Harold) Baumle of Payne and Joann (Joseph Sr.) Malfait of Woodburn.

A Requiem Latin Mass will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Sacred Heart Parish, 4643 Gaywood Drive, Fort Wayne.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 with the recitation of the Rosary at 8 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne.

Katie’s family prefers memorials for masses or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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

 

BERNARD MYLES 1921-2013

PAULDING – Bernard “Doc” Lewis Myles, 92, of Paulding, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 26 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born on April 17, 1921 in Colton, to Earnest and Cora (Weirich) Myles. On June 17, 1995, he married Anna Lou Bland and she survives. “Doc” was a member of Rose Hill Church of God. He retired from truck driving in 1978. He was also a member of DAV, VFW and the Jewell and Defiance American Legions. He enjoyed carpentry, gardening, camping, and spending time with his family and auction friends.

Bernard is survived by his wife, Anna; daughters, Kathy (Bobby) Phillips, Sandra Fortman and Shelva Fortman, all of Defiance; stepdaughters, Diane Rinebolt of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., and Judith Morefield of Van Wert; sister, Bessie (Floyd) Cogan of Waterville; 14 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Dorothy M. Myles; and his son, Anthony Myles.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 30 at Schaffer Funeral Home with Pastor Ron Hofacker officiating. Burial was in the Riverview Memory Gardens, with military honors by VFW Post 3360.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research.

Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.

 

 

ALICE “RONNIE” SHIPMAN 1931-2013

ANTWERP – Alice “Ronnie” Shipman, age 82, died Friday, Sept. 27.

 

 

GARY LEE JANNEY 1943-2013

TOLEDO – Gary Lee Janney, 69, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 20 at Toledo Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Gary was born on Oct. 10, 1943 in Gaston, Ind., the son of Gerald and Helen Janney.

After graduating from Gaston High School, he joined the Navy and married his high school sweetheart and that union brought seven children into this world.

After completing his Navy stint, Gary worked at Borg Warner in Muncie, Ind. He became a journeyman electrician and worked in many states and was a member of IBEW Local 481.

Gary loved music, dancing, fishing, Indian lore, reading and his family and friends. He loved living near Charloe in the country, surrounded by nature.

His father and son, Rob and A. Janney were watching in heaven to welcome him along with all his family and friends that are already there.

He left behind his mother, Helen Janney; his sisters, Sheila (Bob) Brownfield and  Ann (Steve) Nichols of Defiance; his children, Debby Gentry, Rebecca Mumaw, Teresa Schindler, Cindy Craig, Angela Vance and Timothy Janney; 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of his life on Oct. 12 at 10300 CR 171, Oakwood from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. with color guard from Defiance VFW Post 3360 attending.

Everyone is welcome.

Cards and/or flowers may also be sent to the Oakwood address.

 

BEVERLY SAYLOR 1945-2013

Beverly A. Saylor, 68, of Van Wert, died at 9:26 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

She was born May 29, 1945 in Van Wert, the daughter of Gerald and Lydia (Hennis) Schnepp, who both preceded her in death.

She retired from Teleflex, following 41 years of service. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert and had bowled for over 30 years. She was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan and a Cincinnati Bengals fan.

Surviving are her step-children, Brad (Kim) Saylor of Van Wert, Lori (Kent) Klinger of Fort Jennings and Tammy (Jeff “Boone”) Hartman of Ohio City; step-grandchildren, Adam and Kelsey Saylor, Tabitha Saylor and Gregory and Justin Klinger and a step great-granddaughter, Arieanna L. Hartman.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Donald E. Schnepp.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 30 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Hal Shaffer officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Hours of visitation will be from 2-6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home.

Preferred memorials should be directed to the St. Rita Medical Center Coronary Care Center, Lima.

 

LEILANI LLOYD 1937-2013

ANTWERP – Leilani Lloyd, 76, of Antwerp, passed away Monday, Sept. 23 at home.

Leilani was born Aug. 20, 1937 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of the late Alice (Harshbarger) and Frank Schibley. On Feb. 14, 1953, she married William Lloyd. She worked at Taylor Made Glass, Payne and was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish.

Leilani will be sadly missed by her husband, Bill; daughters Elizabeth (Jeff) Dunstan of Antwerp and Christina (Mark) Hamlin of Fremont, Ind.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Mark; and brothers, Richard, Olen and Butch Schibley.

Her Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Monroe Street, Antwerp.

Visitation is at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Visitation also will be held there from 9-9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Memorials are for Masses.

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

 

 

HELEN SIGLEY 1936-2013

DEFIANCE – Helen M. Sigley, age 76, died Friday, Sept. 20 at The Laurels of Defiance.

She was born Dec. 5, 1936 in Paulding, the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Keim) Eiserle. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. She attended the Institute of Medical Technology, Cleveland. She was a certified medical tech, and a lab tech for Stokely’s of Paulding, and Dinner Bell, Defiance. She was a 1981 graduate of Defiance College, majoring in accounting. She worked for River Region of Jacksonville, Fla., before returning to Paulding, where she worked and retired in 1999 from Park Center of Fort Wayne. She was also a 4-H leader and Girl Scout leader. She fought and won a courageous battle with breast cancer.

She is survived by three children, Diana (Bill) Shuler of Defiance, Michael (Marjorie) Sigley of Toledo and Robert (Brenda Oliver) Sigley, Defiance; two brothers, Paul (Jackie) Eiserle, Paulding, and David (Debbie) Eiserle, Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Brandi (Aaron Berry) Froelich and Bryan (Lisa Ward) Froelich, both of Defiance, Christina Sigley, Charleston, S.C., Matthew (Sara) Sigley of Deshler, Caroline (Mike) Sigley, Arlington, Va., James (Ashley) Sigley of Bryan and Nicole Sigley, Defiance; great grandchildren, Serenity, Kamdyn, Timothy, Lillian, Sophia, Desmond, Trinity, and Jonathon; and mother figure to Barbara (Rick) Watkins-Jones of Liberty Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Kenneth Eiserle.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with a Wake Service at 7:30 p.m.

Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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

 

MARIETTA RILEY 1938-2013

PAYNE – Marietta Ruth Riley, age 74, died Thursday, Sept. 19 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

She was born Dec. 13, 1938 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Orville E. and Inez E. (Snook) Long. On June 28, 1959, she married Carl L. Riley Jr. She was a registered nurse; owner/operator of PNF Pet Products, Paulding; ZIVI Bear Samoyed; and Buckeye Samoyed Rescue. She was a member of United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Church Food Bank, Northeast Indiana Kennel Club of Indiana and Samoyed Club of America.

She is survived by her husband, Carl Riley, Payne; three brothers, Donald E. (Martha J.) Long, Livingston, Texas, Ralph E. Long, Antwerp, and Timothy Long, Fort Wayne; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Sharon Long; and stepmother, June Long.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne, with the Rev. David Rohrer officiating. Burial will follow in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Donations may be made to Samoyed Club of America or Purdue University Veterinary Department.

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

 

HARRY CLUTS 1923-2013

PAYNE  – Harry Cluts, age 90, of Payne, died Friday, Sept. 13, at Mulberry Health Center, Mulberry, Ind.

 

CLYDE HUNTER 1948-2013

OAKWOOD – Clyde R. “Bud” Hunter, 65, of rural Oakwood, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday morning, Sept. 11  at Defiance Regional Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 29, 1948 in Pineville, Ky., the son of the late Clyde and Dora (Hubbard) Hunter. Clyde accepted his Lord as his personal savior in 1972. On Aug. 25, 1973 he married Thelma Crisp, who survives. He was a trustee and member of Continental Missionary Baptist Church, a Sunday School superintendent, and served in the U.S. Navy. He had worked for GM Central Foundry for 33 years, retiring in 2006. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, construction, woodworking and spoiling his grandchildren.

Clyde will be greatly missed by his wife of 40 years, Thelma; a daughter, Amy (John) McMaster of Paulding; a son, Keith (Sheila) Hunter of Paulding; a sister, Deloras Hicks of Columbus Grove; and brothers, Ronald Hunter and Donald Hunter, both of Columbus Grove, and Robert (Linda) Hunter of Lima. He is also the proud grandfather of five grandchildren, Emma McMaster, Julia McMaster, Katelyn Hunter, Titus Hunter and Kylee Hunter.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Meyers, and his parents.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, 1753 S. Clinton St., Defiance, with the Rev. Terry Brock and the Rev. Denny Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday prior to services at Lawson-Roessner.

Suggested memorials are to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

 

 

DELORIS GILTZ 1922-2013

PHOENIX – Former Paulding County resident Deloris “Dee” Giltz, age 91, died Wednesday, Sept. 4.

She was born on Jan. 15, 1922 in Paulding County, the daughter of Frank and Ursula (Tuohy) Price. She married Wilbur “Wib” Giltz, who preceded her in death.

Deloris is survived by a sister, Helen Johnson, Fort Wayne; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Gilmore, Joe, Vincent and Gene.

There will be no visitation. Burial will be at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding is handling arrangements.

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

 

 

ROBERT THORNELL 1927-2013

PAULDING – Robert C. Thornell, age 86, died Wednesday, Sept. 4 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Feb. 2, 1927 in Van Wert County, the son of Walter and Mary E. (Tatman) Thornell. On Jan. 18, 1947 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, he married Alma Mae Arend, who survives. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Lion’s Club of Grover Hill and a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus. He was a fifth generation farmer.

He is survived by his wife, Alma Mae Thornell, Paulding; a daughter, Janet (Dennis) Miller, Grover Hill; three sons, Larry (Cathy) Thornell and Tom Thornell, both of Paulding, and Robert (Diane) Thornell, Defiance; a brother, Myron (Donna) Thornell, Convoy; 12 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Earl and Arnold Thornell; and a sister, Rachel Hunter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will follow in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with a Rosary Service at 7:30. There also will be visitation one hour prior to services on Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to Masses or Divine Mercy Catholic Parish.

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

 

 

RICHARD GARVER 1936-2013

BRYAN – Richard O. Garver, age 77, died Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance.

He was born June 4, 1936 in Paulding County, the son of Richard A. and Elizabeth (Lawson) Garver. On Nov. 9, 1998, he married Betty Casper Grunden, who preceded him in death on Feb. 12, 2013. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of Eagles #2233 of Bryan, VFW Post #587 of Paulding, American Legion #178 of Van Wert and the Marine Corps League #758 Defiance. He retired from Lafarge Corporation in 1998.

He is survived by three granddaughters, Heather (David) Doolittle of Angola, Ind. and Anne Thomas and Dawn Emberling, both of Paulding; a son-in-law, Doc Aldred of Paulding; two great-grandsons, Brennen and Breyson; and a sister, Mary Branfield, Blytheville, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a son, Ned A. Garver; a daughter, Dawnette Aldred; and two sisters, Veda Bayless and Rose Thomas.

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Donations may be made to CHP Hospice.

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

 

EDWIN TEMPLE 1944-2013

PAULDING – Edwin R. Temple, age 69, died Tuesday, Sept. 3 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born June 19, 1944 in Paulding, the son of Raymond and Avanelle (Howell) Temple. On Jan. 6, 1973, he married Carol Thomas, who survives. He was an U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during the Vietnam War, and was a life member of the Paulding Eagles #2405. He retired in 1999 as a truck driver for Kenosha Auto Transport.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Temple, Paulding; two sons, Matt Temple of Van Wert, and Nathan Temple, Paulding; a brother, Robert “Bob” Temple of Paulding; a sister, Sharon (Charles) Dugan, of Paulding; and two grandchildren, Brody and Caleb.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, James Edwin Temple; and a brother, Jack Temple.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 and from 10 a.m. until time of services on Friday at Den Herder Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to Wounded Warrior’s Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

 

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DEBRA JONES 1954-2013

ANTWERP – Debra Ann Nighswander Jones, 59, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, Aug. 30 at her residence.

 

 

 

SOPHIE PFISTER

ROCKFORD – Sophie Mae Pfister, age 92, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 at the Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford

 

 

 

DICK DUNDERMAN 1931-2013

ANTWERP – Retired Antwerp Police Chief Richard Ray “Dick” Dunderman, 82, of Antwerp, died Friday, Aug. 23.

 

 

CLAIR BRANDENBURG 1942-2013

ANTWERP – Clair Brandenburg, 71, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 21, at his residence.

 

KENNETH WOODCOX 1929-2013

ANTWERP – Kenneth Max Woodcox, 84, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, Aug. 16, at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

 

 

LOIS EDITH WYATT 1916-2013

PAULDING – Lois Edith Wyatt, 96, died at 6:55 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Country inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.

She was born Oct. 26, 1916, at Ravenwood Plantation, Nottoway County, Va, the daughter of John Edward Wistner and Myrtle Rose (DeCamp). On Feb. 23, 1935, she married Fred Wyatt, who preceded her in death on April 13, 2007.

She was a homemaker, gardener, seamstress and farmer’s wife in Grover Hill until her move to the Country Inn in 2005. She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill.

Surviving is a daughter, Clara Rose (Raymond) Hussey of Defiance; a sister, Virginia Gudakunst of Van Wert; seven grandchildren, Ricky Hussey, Robin Castillo and Rhonda (David) Casler, all of Defiance, Randi (Virgil) Hall of Ney, Kendra (David) German of Van Wert, Arron Wyatt and Denise Keehan of Lima; 16 great-grandchildren, three great-great-granddaughters and a great-great-grandson.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Dennis Ray Wyatt; a brother, Gerald R. “Gale” Wistner; four sisters, Gladys S. Scarbrough, Ethel M. Etter, Geneva B. Welch and Rosa A. “Nellie” Sanderson; five half-brothers, Thomas, Oscar, Vernon, Clarence Wistner and Dewey Gillespie; five half-sisters, Pearl Tribolett, Bess Freshwater, Hazel Fortman, Rylma Marks and Esther Fish.

A graveside service was held Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Middle Creek Cemetery with Chaplain Ron Johnson officiating.

Preferred memorials are to the Community Health Professionals Hospice of Paulding

Cowan and Son Funeral Home in Van Wert are in charge of the arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to cowanfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

MARY ALICE FOX

FORT WAYNE – Mary Alice Fox, 86, passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.

Born in Paulding, Mary worked at GE for 25 years, retiring in 1987. She was a member of Christ Church at Georgetown, ELEX Club and Honorettes. Mary enjoyed bingo, Bible studies and loved her family.

Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Arthur Fox; sons, David Fox, Michael (Susan) Fox, Gerry Fox, and daughter, Debra (David) Fry, all of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her son, Rex Fox.

Service is 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, with calling one hour prior. Calling also 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Cancer Services of NE Indiana or Heartland Hospice.

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HILDA McGRATH 1915-2013

PAULDING – Hilda K. McGrath, age 98, died Tuesday, Aug. 6 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born May 19, 1915 in Paulding County, the daughter of Elba and Celia (Grine) Bercaw. On April 30, 1935, she married Leo William McGrath, who preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 2002. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, Altar Rosary Society, CLC, Sisters of the Skillet, and John Paulding Historical Society.

She is survived by two daughters, Ann (Lowell) Trausch and Jean (Charles) Paisley, both of Paulding; 10 grandchildren, Suzanna Libstorff, Paulding, Thomas Paisley, Toledo, Lisa (last name unknown), Mike (Tracy) Trausch, Paulding, Deborah (Mike) Abbot, Aurora, Colo., Karen (Barry Hanenkratt) Hale, Defiance, Jonathan (Lindsay) Trausch, Noblesville, Ind., Michal Trausch, Paraguay, David Trausch, Noblesville, Ind., and Matthew Trausch, Paulding; great-grandchildren, Ashlyn, Alexis, Taylor, Brianna, Samantha, Andrew, Danielle, Nathaniel, Stephiane, Joshua, Jennifer, Hannah, Chloe, Tirzah, Esther, Micaiah, Julianna, Hallieann, and Shannon; and great-great-grandchildren, Hedeon, Everett, Waverly, Lamar, Emily, Amy, William; and a sister, Betty DeLong, of Antwerp.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Cloyce and Victor Bercaw; and a sister, Naomi Colley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with Father Todd Dominick officiating. Burial will follow in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, with a wake service at 8 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church.

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

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

 

RALPH WYATT 1923-2013

PAULDING – Ralph Wyatt, age 89, died Monday, Aug. 5, at his daughter’s home in Ridgeville Corners.

He was born Oct. 30, 1923 at Grover Hill, the son of Warren and Ruth (Jay) Wyatt. In 1948, he married Joyce Burt from Melrose, who preceded him in death on Feb. 6, 2012.

He served eight years as Paulding County treasurer, from which he retired in 1989. Prior to that, Ralph served as Paulding Village mayor for six years and councilman for 10 years. For 34 years, he was employed at the Grizzly Manufacturing Company in many administrative positions, including plant manager for four years.

Ralph served his country as a member of the Army Air Corps during WWII at Lae, New Guinea, Darwin, Australia and Townsville, Australia, as well as in Manila in the Philippine Islands. Following his service in the Army Air Corps, he re-enlisted in the Air Force Reserves for six years with one year of active duty at Eglin Air Base, Fla. during the Korean War.

He was a member of the Paulding United Methodist Church for over 60 years, where he served in numerous offices and was a member of the choir for over 50 years. Other memberships included 20 years with the Paulding County Kiwanis Club, serving as secretary for many years; life membership of the John Paulding Historical Society; and a life member of the Paulding VFW Post #587.

He is survived by two daughters, Deborah (Don) Schaefer, West Unity, and Christine (Mark) Stockman, Ridgeville Corners; seven grandchildren, Angie (Mike) Dunson, Dustin Shirey, Lisa (Mike Callicutt) Riley, Derek (Brooke Otto) Holtsberry, Jason Stockman, Kaitlyn Stockman and Susan (Cedric) Williams; eight great-grandchildren, Aidan Riley, Shayla and Maliyah Callicutt, Kenyah and Weston Shirey, Addisyn Riley Lusk, Hunter and Landyn Holtsberry.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce; and two sisters, Mabel (Edward) Taylor and Frances (Charles) Roth.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Paulding United Methodist Church, with Pastor Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in the Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding.

Donations may be made to Paulding United Methodist Church.

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

 

LORI CONNIN 1962-2013

BRYAN – Lori Lee Connin, 51 years, of Bryan, passed away Thursday, Aug. 1 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne after a sudden illness.

Lori was born March 15, 1962 in Bryan, the daughter of the late Wilson “Beefy” and Erma L. (Musser) Connin. She was a 1981 graduate of Bryan High School. Lori had been employed by Harborside Health Care, Bryan, and at Alex Products in Ridgeville Corners. She was better known as a homemaker and child care provider. Lori was a very caring individual who enjoyed meeting the needs of others. She loved to draw, bake different recipes, joke with others and care for her grandchildren.

Surviving are her two sons, Christopher Connin of Payne and Wesley Connin of Bryan; two grandchildren, Anthony James Molina and Wesley Jaxon Nathaniel Connin; two brothers, Steven “Sonny” Omasta of Bryan and John Omasta of Defiance; and two sisters, Nancy (Paul) Elick of Payne and Shelly (Allen) Dean of Bryan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a niece, Lisa Elick; and one nephew, Chris Elick.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 206 N. Lynn St., Bryan, with Pastor Dee Custar officiating. Interment will follow in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 in the funeral home.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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

For July 2013 obituaries, click HERE

 
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