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BRADLEY PASTOR 1977-2013

WAPAKONETA – Former Paulding resident Bradley Allen Pastor, age 35, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26.

He was born Sept. 5, 1977, in Paulding, the son of Deanna (Verfaillie) and Terry Pastor. On Sept. 10, 2011, he married Marcia Kantner in Hocking Hills, and she survives. He was a 1995 graduate of Paulding High School. He worked at Plastipak Packaging in Jackson Center, and was an avid Michigan State University Spartans and San Francisco 49ers fan.

He also is survived by his mother, Deanna (Tom) Rhonehouse, Paulding; father, Terry (Lisa) Pastor, Defiance; a daughter, Haley Pastor, Broughton; stepsons, Austin, Cody and Dylan Kantner, at home; two brothers, Jason Pastor of Paulding and Terry (Charlene) Pastor Jr., of Antwerp; two stepbrothers, Jerad Rhonehouse of Lima and Justin Sheaks, Defiance; two stepsisters, Loralie (Scott) Adams, of Indiana and Ashley (Jonathon) Verhoff of Defiance; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Diana and Fred Kantner, Wapakoneta; two brothers-in-law, Jason (Angie) Kantner of Thomasville, Ga. and Kevin (Karen) Kantner of Wapakoneta; a sister-in-law, Sarah (Nic) Ball of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandmothers, Clara Lenhart and Dorothy Kantner, both of Wapakoneta; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Preceding him in death were his grandparents, May and Andy Verfaillie and Helen and Louis Pastor, and grandfathers, Herman Lenhart and Grant Kantner.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow at Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, March 1 and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the Bradley A. Pastor family.

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

 

 

BONNIE BATT 1947-2013

OAKWOOD – Bonnie L. Batt, 65, of Oakwood, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Paulding County Hospital ER.

She was born March 2, 1947 in Paulding, the daughter of the late Addie and Leotha (Hill) Strable. Bonnie was the wife of James Batt, whom she married Nov. 12, 1966. She was a licensed practical nurse, retiring in 2008 from Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Hicksville. She also had worked at Parkview Nursing Center in Edgerton and Zellers. She enjoyed her grandchildren and her dog, Sassy. She was a member of the former St. Mary's Catholic Church in Junction.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Jim; daughter, Belinda (Kent) Laney of Defiance; a son, Jeremy "J.J." (Katie) Batt of Oakwood; three brothers, Sam Strable of Cecil, Eugene "Sport" Strable of Cecil and Roger Strable of Paulding; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nicole "Nikki" Batt; three sisters, Romona Barth, Helen Lewis and Donnie Ketterman; and three brothers, Billie Strable, Tom Strable and Dick Strable.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, March 1, at St. John Catholic Church, Defiance, with Father John Stites officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery.

Friends are invited to call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance.

Suggested memorials are to the St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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

 

DOROTHY POTTS 1933-2013

PAULIDNG – Dorothy Eileen Potts, age 79, died Monday, Feb. 25 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

She was born March 8, 1933 in Williams County, the daughter of Corwin and Kathryn (Baur) Smith. On Oct. 15, 1954, she married William Joseph Potts, who preceded her in death on Oct. 6, 1982. She was formerly employed by Stokely’s canning plant.

She is survived by three daughters, Frances Russell of Grover Hill, Barbara (LeRoy) Gillett of Bryan, and Rose Shepard, Oakwood; a brother, Donald (Patricia) Smith, Edon; a sister, Viola (Phillip) Lupien, Bryan; a daughter-in-law, Cathy Potts, Sherwood; many grandchildren; many great grandchildren; many great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Bill Potts; son-in-law, Pat Shepard; and a sister, Margaret Ann Hoover.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home with the Rev. C. Joseph Fifer officiating. Burial will follow in Bowholtz Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Donations may be made in memory of Dorothy Potts to her family.

Online condolences may be sent www.denherderfh.com.

 

 

VIRGINIA COOPER 1921-2013

OAKWOOD – Virginia June Cooper, 91, of Oakwood, died Sunday, Feb. 24 at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born June 21, 1921, in Putnam County, the daughter of Edgar Ray and Helene Elizabeth (Eastman) Rockey. Virginia attended a one-room schoolhouse until fourth grade, when she began attending Continental Schools from which she graduated in 1939. She married Virgil Homer Cooper on April 21, 1939, and in 1941 they moved to a house north of Oakwood where she lived until her death. Virgil died Sept. 28, 1984.

Known as the matriarch and co-founder of Cooper Farms, Virginia worked on the turkey farm and in the hatchery during the early years of the company. She had a passion for crocheting and would regularly be found making blankets and other items for friends and family. Virginia was a member Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood, the Ladies Aid Society, Pollyanna Club and the Oakwood Methodist Women’s Group.

She is survived by her three children, James Robert (Anada) Cooper, Dianne Lynn Cooper and Gary Alan (Cheri) Cooper, all of Oakwood; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, three great-stepgrandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Phyllis May Lloyd of Continental; and three brothers, Richard Rockey of Defiance, Marvin Rockey of Texas, and Randall Rockey of New Mexico.

She also was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Brandon Andrew Ludwig; a sister, Carol Alma Shirey; and two brothers, Delbert Ray Rockey and Royal John Rockey.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood with the Rev. Eric Dailey officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family asks that contributions be made to the Cooper Community Library, 206 North First Street, Oakwood, Ohio 45873, or Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, 201 East Harmon Street, Oakwood, Ohio 45873.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

RUSSELL ROSS 1922-2013

DEFIANCE – Russell A. Ross, 90, of Defiance, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23 at his home.

He was born March 4, 1922 in Paulding County, the son of the Madison and Hazel (Hauschlater) Ross. Russell was a graduate of Paulding High School, an Army veteran of World War II, a life member of Defiance VFW Post #3360, a member of the DAV Chapter #36, a member of the Masons Tuendawie Lodge #195 and a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He had worked as a dental lab technician.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Fleta I. Colwell, who died Oct. 1, 1994; his son, Jerry, who died Sept. 10, 2006; his first wife, Edna May Linn; and his parents.

Surviving are nieces, Linda Reinhart of Paulding and Marcia (Morris) Brune of Paulding, a nephew; Lanny Ross of Coconut Grove, Fla.; great-nephews, Scott (Laura) Brune of Fort Wayne and Greg (Ann) Reinhart of Paulding; and a special friend, Julia Hart of Paulding.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. Eric Peltz officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery where VFW Post #3360 will conduct honorary military graveside rites.

Visitation is from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 with a Masonic service at 7 p.m., and an hour before services Wednesday.

Suggested memorials are to the American Heart Association or First Presbyterian Church.

Condolences may be shared at www.defiancefuneralhome.com.

 

 

KAYLA BIDLACK 1982-2013

CECIL – Kayla Ann Bidlack, age 30. died Thursday, Feb. 21 from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

She was born Nov. 20, 1982 in Defiance, the daughter of David O. and Sharon K. (Fockler) Bidlack Sr. She was a self-employed caregiver.

She is survived by her parents, a son, Carson Alexander Hodges, and a brother, David (Stacy) Bidlack Jr., all of Cecil; a sister, Sherry (Randy) Richards, Antwerp; maternal grandmother, Evelyn Fockler, Defiance; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Carl Fockler and Olan and Myrtle (Relyea) Bidlack.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor George Alley officiating. Burial will follow in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials made to Carson Alexander Hodges.

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

 

DONALD SCHADE 1943-2013

PAULDING – Donald D. Schade, 69, of Paulding, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

 

MARGIE HILL 1934-2013

PAULDING – Margie A. Hill, age 79, died Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice.

She was born Jan. 4, 1934 in Defiance, the daughter of Wendell and Eva (Rhoades) Funkhouser. On June 8, 1952, she married Paul H. Hill, who survives. She was employed as Paulding Township clerk, retiring in 2000. She was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church, Paulding; John Paulding Historical Society; and the Township Clerks Association. She was co-owner and operator of Hill’s Carpet Service, Paulding.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Hill, Paulding; four daughters, Brenda (Jerry) Smith, Paulding, Terri (John) Coulon, Archbold, Kim (Ron) Garrity, Paulding, and Laurie Hill, Hamilton, Ind.; a brother, Phillip (Sue) Funkhouser, West Unity; a sister, Linda Donaldson, Haviland; 10 grandchildren, Bradley Hanenkratt, Lisa Stevens, Brion Hanenkratt, Victoria Gray, Jaclyn Colley, Christopher Britt, Samantha Colley, Brittany Barnes, Kelly Colley and Megan Garrity; and eight great-grandchildren, Zachary, Cyrah, Zander, Braylynn, Presley, Savannah, Kolton and Jayde.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Wava J. Colley; and an infant brother.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 and one hour prior to services on Monday.

Donations may be made to Community Health Professionals/Hospice or Fresenius Dialysis Center.

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

 

NELLIE WILHELM 1921-2013

PAULDING – Nellie Leona Wilhelm, age 91, died Monday, Feb. 18 at her residence.

She was born Aug. 15, 1921 in Paulding County, the daughter of Raymond and Vira (Shrider) Smalley. On June 27, 1944, she married Theodore Wilhelm, who preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 1986. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish where she was principal and taught CCD. She was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society and the Little Flower Study Club.

She is survived by four sons, T. Gary (Ann) Wilhelm, Michael Wilhelm, David (Vicki) Wilhelm, all of Paulding, and Dan (Laurie) Wilhelm of Oakwood; three daughters, Rita (John) Daeger and Barbara (Howard) Baska, both of Paulding, and Jeanette (Terry) Prisk of Highland, Mich.; two brothers, Paul (Betty) Smalley and Bob Smalley, both of Antwerp; two sisters, Helen Beck and Lodena Brown, both of Paulding; 20 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Anthony Wilhelm and K. Paul Wilhelm; a grandson, Alex Doster; and a brother, Bill Smalley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Donations may be made to Masses.

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

 

DOROTHY EDENS 1934-2013

PAULDING – Dorothy L. Edens, age 78 died Friday, Feb. 15, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

She was born July 25, 1934 in Paulding County, the daughter of William G. and Pauline E. (Kochenour) Wunder, who both preceded her in death. On Oct. 5, 1963, she married Donald J. Edens, who preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 1994. She was employed by both Dr. Charles Weaver and Dr. Dean Walthers as the office manager and she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Paulding.

She is survived by two children, David Edens of Madison, Ala. and Dee (Bill) Gullickson of Windsor, Va. and a grandson, Jackson Gullickson.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and George Wunder; and a granddaughter, Abigail Gullickson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial will follow in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society or First Presbyterian Church, Paulding.

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

 

CARL TOPE 1919-2013

LATTY – Carl Jacob Tope, age 93, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.

He was born Nov. 23, 1919 in Paulding County, the son of Elza and Emma (Hubert) Tope. On Nov. 21, 1942, he married Eleanor M. Riggenbach, who preceded him in death on Feb. 13, 2001. He retired in 1985 from GM Powertrain, Defiance, as a millwright. He was a United States Army Air Corps veteran of WWII, serving as a ball turret gunner on a B17 in the 603rd Squadron, 398th Bomb Group 8th Air Force. He was a member of the Friends United Methodist Church of Latty, John Paulding Historical Society life member, Paulding VFW Post #587 life member, Paulding Eagles #2405 life member and a member of UAW #211.

He is survived by three daughters, Connie J. Scarpelli of Bay Village, Diane K. (Kevin) Bair of Van Wert and Tamara J. (Jack) Drahus of Milwaukee; two sisters, Catherine Stoller, Paulding, and Margaret (Bill) Clemens, Latty; grandchildren, Amanda (Don) Megliola, Aaron (Shelly) Scarpelli, Bryce Kreischer, Tracie (Jeff) Taylor, Darcie and Nicholas Drahus; and great-grandchildren, Don Thomas and Ella Megliola, and Ryan Scarpelli.

He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Sue Tope; three brothers, Wilbur, August and Ira Tope; and two sisters, Maxine Riggenbach and Dorathea Blue.

Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Friends United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

Donations may be made to John Paulding Historical Society or Friends United Methodist Church.

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

 

ALYSE TOWNLEY 1947-2013

PAULDING – Alyse Yvonne Townley, 65, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

She was born Sept. 21, 1947 in Defiance, the daughter of Carl Ross and Vera Avis (Converse) DeGood, who both preceded her in death. On March 18, 1967, she married Thomas J. Townley, who survives. She was very active in her lifetime. She was a avid bowler, card player, genealogy researcher, member of the Paulding VFW Post #587 Auxiliary, member of many book clubs and a member of the Turtles Club. But most of all, she was a loving, devoted wife and mother. The one thing in this world that kept her going was her family. She will be greatly missed.

Also surviving are a daughter, Lisa M. Adams, of Defiance; a son, Brent (Leslie) Townley of Paulding; three brothers, Rick (Ja Dee) DeGood of Paulding, Gary DeGood of Le Roy, Mich. and Perry (Gail) DeGood of Perrinton, Mich.; a sister, Dee Becker of Okemos Mich.; her mother-in-law, Lorraine K. Townley of Linden, Mich.; a sister-in-law, Deborah L. Townley, also of Linden, Mich.; three brothers-in-law, Robert (Jeanne) Townley of Grand Blanc, Mich., Mike (Eva) Townley of Flint and Fred (Ellen) Townley of Paulding; four grandchildren, Kyle and A.J. Adams and Briana and Emma Townley; and also many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her father-in-law, Russell Alex Townley; son-in-law, Steven Lee Adams; brother-in- law, Timothy Ralph Townley.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 18, at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding with Pastor Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow at a later date.

Family requests memorial contributions to The Toledo Zoo or The National Arbor Day Foundation.

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

 

BEULAH WINCHESTER 1919-2013

OAKWOOD – Beulah Winchester, 93, of Oakwood, died at 6:56 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 at Mercy Hospital in Defiance.

She was born Dec. 31, 1919 in Oakwood, the daughter of Harry and Alma (Fitzwater) Grimes. On April 6, 1940, she married Leo E. Winchester, who died Dec. 28, 2011. Beulah was a homemaker and a member of Grace Bible Church in Defiance.

She is survived by a daughter, Helen Winchester of Oakwood; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Winchester of Oakwood; two grandchildren, Marlin and Paul Winchester; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles (Louise) Grimes, and a sister, Vernell Baker, both of Oakwood.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Donald Winchester; a great-grandchild, Amy Winchester; three brothers, Lester, Emery and Kenneth Grimes; and two sisters, Doris Adams and Lila Howell.

Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 14 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood with Dr. John McKay officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice or to the Gideons.

Condolences can be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

BETTY GARVER 1931-2013

PAULDING – Betty Louise (Grunden) Garver, 81, died Tuesday, Feb. 12 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born July 20, 1931 in Paulding County, the daughter of Walter and Bernice (Copsey) Casper. On July 21, 1947, she married Robert Ray Grunden who preceded her in death on June 9, 1995. On Nov. 9, 1998, she married Richard O. Garver who survives. She was a member of Bryan Eagles #2233.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Garver, Bryan; two sons, Robert Grunden Jr., Antwerp, and Larry Shaffer, Millersburg; four daughters, Betty Andrews, Oakwood, Darlene (Dan) Knapp, Latty, Deborah Dougal, Paulding, and Kathy (Robert) Habern, Latty; a sister, Marilyn (Dale) Taylor, Bryan; a brother, Robert (Lois) Casper, Napoleon; sixteen grandchildren; a step grandchild; twenty four great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and three step great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; first husband; brothers, Rollan Myers and John Casper; sister, Shirley Blair; stepdaughter, Dawnette Aldred; step-son, Ned Garver; two grandsons, Craig Allen Bauer and Kevin Shaffer; and great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Bauer.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 AM Saturday, Feb. 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, with Rev. Ben Lowell officiating.  Burial will follow in Riverside Memory Gardens, Defiance.

Visitation will be 2:30 – 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Donations may be made to The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund or Community Health Professionals Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

THELMA HILL 1914-2013

PAULDING – Thelma A. Hill, 98, died Monday, Feb. 11, at the Community Health Professionals Hospice Center in Defiance.

She was born on July 27, 1914, in Briceton, the daughter of Paul and Elizabeth (Blake) Martin. On June 6, 1931, she married Waveland C. Hill, who preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 1941.

She was a former deputy treasurer for Paulding County and also worked for the Paulding County Election Board. She owned Hill’s Confectionary for four years and the H&R Dress Shop for 17 years. She was a member of the Paulding United Methodist Church and had been a charter president of the Paulding County Professional and Business Club.

Surviving are two sons, Russell Hill of Fort Wayne and Paul (Margie) Hill of Paulding; a daughter, Louella (Loren) Thomas of Paulding; nine grandchildren, Joni (Larry) Brown, Mindy (Brad) Stevens, Julie (Don) Lauer, Brenda (Jerry) Smith, Terri (John) Coulon, Laurie Hill, Kim (Ron) Garrity, Pam (Chet) Moore and Jerry (Rachel) Thomas; nine great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by three sisters, Edna Ampsbaugh, Ilo Rothenhofer and Erma Martin; a grandson, David Hill; two granddaughters, Wava Jean Colley and Judith Kay Thomas; and a daughter-in-law, Barbara (Brown) Hill.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Den Herder Funeral Home with Pastor Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Hours of visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Den Herder and from 10-11 a.m. prior to services.

Memorials may be directed to the Paulding United Methodist Church Roof Fund, Inpatient Hospice Center of Defiance or the American Diabetes Association.

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

 

RODNEY THOMAS 1956-2013

OAKWOOD – Rodney Thomas, 56, of Oakwood, died at 2:31 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance.

He was born May 27, 1956 in Paulding to the late Clarence and Laura (Shafer) Thomas. He was an antique dealer. He enjoyed garage sales, flea markets and dealing with people. He had an uncanny ability to make something out of nothing. He attended Dupont Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include his daughter, Shelby (Peter) Cully of Bowling Green; four grandchildren, Mikayla, Kaitlyn, Morgan and Kylie; two brothers, Henry (Kay) Thomas and Daniel (Brenda) Thomas, both of Oakwood; and a sister, Ellen Bird of Continental.

He also was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Carl Bird.

Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Dupont Church of the Brethren, Dupont, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood. Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

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

Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

VIOLA RAMON 1924-2013

PAULDING – Viola M. Ramon, age 88, died Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Putnam Acres Nursing Home, Ottawa.

She was born Dec. 15, 1924 in Cameron, Texas, the daughter of Louis and Laura (Branstetter) Denker. On Oct. 9, 1942, she married Joseph A. Ramon, who preceded her in death on Nov. 2, 1985. She was employed as a housekeeper for REA.

She is survived by a son, Joe L. (Denise) Ramon, The Villages, Fla.; three daughters, Grace Meyer of Ottawa, Brenda Boundy of Hernando Beach, Fla., and Lora (Larry) Zizelman, Spring Hill, Fla.; a sister, Mildred Orsag of Texas; seven grandchildren, Joy (Eric) Camarillo, Angie Boundy, Clint (Jennifer) Boundy, Kyle (Jessica) Boundy, Katina (Brandon) Johnson, Kimberly Schooley and Cory (Olivia) Mendez; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a son-in-law, David Meyer.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Cooper Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society.

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

 

 

ASHLEY MESSMANN 1984-2013

PAULDING – Ashley Anne Messmann, age 28, died Tuesday, Feb. 5 from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

She was born Dec. 8, 1984 in Defiance, the daughter of Robert “Bob” and Pamela S. (Gross) Gardner. On July 7, 2007, she married Harrison “Harry” Messmann, who survives. She was employed by West Bend Publishing as an ad designer.

She is survived by her husband, Harry Messmann, Paulding; her parents, Bob and Pam Gardner, Paulding; a son, Asher Messmann, Paulding; a sister, Sara Elizabeth Gardner, Antwerp; a brother, Kyle Robert Gardner, Paulding; grandparents, Lawerance and Beverly Gross of Cecil, and Dwain and Nola Gardner, Hicksville; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Todd and Trisha (Holtsberry) Messmann, Paulding; aunts; uncles; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Paulding Church of the Nazarene. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to her son, Asher.

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

 

 

RUBY NERN 1928-2013

ANTWERP – Ruby M. Nern, 84, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Hicksville.

 

 

RICHARD AKOM 1938-2013

SCOTT – Richard H. "Doder" Akom, 74, of Scott, died at 4:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Vancrest Healthcare Center, Van Wert.

 

 

WANETTA BRADFORD 1915-2013

OAKWOOD - Wanetta I. Bradford, 97, of Oakwood, died at 4:20 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at The Laurels of Defiance.

She was born Aug. 26, 1915 in Melrose, the daughter of Alfred and Golda (Eblin) McCullough. On Aug. 27, 1932, she married Guy M. Bradford, who preceded her in death Aug. 17, 1985. Wanetta was a homemaker and had worked at the former Dicky Manufacturing in Oakwood. She was a member of Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood and was very active in the United Methodist Women's Group.

She is survived by a son, Don (Faith) Bradford of Oakwood; four grandchildren, Brian Bradford, Sheila (Scott) Kiner, Lisa Ladd and Amy (Kevin) Park; nine great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Opal Hill of Crown Point, Ind. and Bernadette Guyton of Defiance.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Alfred Bradford; a granddaughter, Jennifer Bradford; a grandson-in-law, Dale Ladd; a great-grandson, Darrien Hurtt; and a sister, Othal McCullough.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 4 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Eric Dailey officiating. Burial was in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Oakwood.

Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

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ROBERT E. DAVIS 1928-2012

LIMA – Robert E. Davis, 84, of Lima, died at 12:37 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at Richland Manor in Bluffton.

Born Oct. 23, 1928 in Paulding County, he was the son of Dale W. and Ruby D. (Ritchie) Davis. On June 25, 1950, in Payne, he married Ethel Amspaugh, who survives in Lima. He served in the United States Army from 1949-55. He retired after 30 years from the Ford Motor Company and previously had worked at Pangles Markets. He enjoyed gardening, target shooting, and loved camping with the family. He loved vacations each summer. He enjoyed videos, especially old westerns.

Also surviving are two sons, Steve (Pat) Davis of Lima and David (Elaine) Davis of Palmyra, Pa.; three daughters, Ellen (Bill) Johnson of Beattyville, Ky., Lisa (Phillip Rinehart) Davis of Lima and Concepcion Davis of Marrero, La.; and special friends, Ralph and Cathy Whetsel and Rick and Beth Bracy.

He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Paul Davis; a daughter-in-law, Christine; and a granddaughter, Noel Lynette.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home in Lima with Pastor James Neighbors officiating. Interment will be in Ridge Cemetery, Middle Point, with a graveside military service conducted by the United States Army.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Angels for Animals Rescue League, 211 S. Greenlawn, Elida, OH 45807, or Allen County Humane Society, 3606 Elida Rd., Lima, OH 45807.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.chamberlainhuckeriede.com.

 

 

 

GEORGE “MIKE” McKEEVER 1946-2012

ANTWERP – George Michael “Mike” McKeever, age 66, died Sunday, Dec. 30 at his residence.

He was born Oct. 5, 1946 in Fort Wayne, the son of George A. and Phyllis J. (Guysinger) McKeever. He married Carol A. Bannister, who survives. He retired in 2006 from Eaton Corporation. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. He was a member of AMVETS Post Ohio 1991, Defiance; American Legion #0253 of Antwerp, Paulding Eagles #2405; VFW Post #5087; and the High Hill Gun Club, Duncan Falls, Ohio. He was an avid hunter.

Also surviving are two sons, Mike (Wendy Baumert) McKeever and Chad (Staci) McKeever, both of Antwerp; two sisters, Judy (Joe) Phlipot, Paulding, and Melissa (Jeff) Roberts, Goshen, Ind.; five grandchildren, Jessica, Christina, Logan, Lance and Luke; and three great-grandchildren, Corey and Chaz Moore and Rashelle McKeever.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Private memorial services will be held Thursday, Jan. 3. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to the George M. McKeever Family.

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

 

 

NORMAN MANLEY 1921-2012

PAULDING – Norman Russell Manley, 91, of Paulding, passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born in Paulding on July 12, 1921, the son of Richard and Effie (Anspach) Manley. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He worked as a carpenter and also farmed, but most of all loved working with horses.

Surviving are his sister, LaDonna Geyer of Antwerp, and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Blake, Richard, Leroy, Harry and Frank Manley, Alice Luderman, Velma Comadoll, Faye Farison, June Horney and Patricia Proxmire.

His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Cooper Cemetery with military honors.

Preferred memorials are to Paulding Hospice.

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

 

GLENN GEIST 1931-2012

PAYNE – Alva Glenn Geist, 81, of Payne, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30 at his residence.

He was born on April 25, 1931 in Fort Wayne, the son of Cecil Glenn and Fanny Marie (Ligon) Geist. On Sept. 27, 1986, he married Elizabeth Mull, who survives. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a machine repairman at General Electric.

Also surviving are two children, S. Michael and Joy M. Geist, both of Churubusco, Ind.; three stepchildren, Kelley Latimer and Kim (Bill) Daniels, both of Van Wert, and Kent Latimer of Anniston, Ala.; a brother, Max, of Corunna, Ind.; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kay Anne.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Lehman Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne.

Preferred memorials are to Alzheimer’s Association.

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

 

MARY MOTYCKA 1923-2012

CONTINENTAL – Mary M. Motycka, 89, of Continental, died at 3:17 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 at Twin Rivers Care and Rehabilitation Center, Defiance.

She was born March 6, 1923 in Paulding, the daughter of Alois and Mary (Kominek) Dvorak. On Feb. 2, 1946, she married Joseph Motycka, who preceded her in death on Aug. 11, 2007. She retired as head cook at Elmwood High School in Bloomdale and had worked at Heinz in Bowling Green. She was also a homemaker and worked with her husband on their dairy farm. She was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Miller City, and a member of the Czech Society of America.

Surviving are three children, Janet (Ken) Niese of Continental, Linda (Dwight) Niese of Lancaster, Pa. and Eugene “Gene” (Nancy) Motycka of Lima; six grandchildren, Andrew (Glenna) Niese, Julie (Rick) Hostettler, Vanessa (Junius) Frederick, Damon (Traci) Niese, Joseph Motycka and David Motycka; and six great-grandchildren, Christian Niese, Owen Niese, Cassie Hostettler, Zander Hostettler, Hayden Frederick and Saxon Niese.

She also  was preceded in death by a brother, Alois Dvorak.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Miller City, with Fr. Stephen Schroeder officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Bowling Green at 3 p.m.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa, where there will be a rosary at 2 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Christian Niese Benefit.

Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.

 

 

NANCY EITNIEAR 1935-2012

DEFIANCE – Nancy A Eitniear, 77, of Defiance, passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Mercy Hospital of Defiance.

She was born April 30, 1935, the daughter of Galen and Florence (Lantz) Brewer. On Nov. 20, 1953 she married James Eitniear and he preceded her in death on April 2, 2003. She was a devoted mom and grandma. She worked at JC Penney and in the pharmacy at the former Defiance Hospital. She had also been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Kathy (Sidney) Weber of Delphos, Cindy (Wayne) Newman of Defiance, Becky (James) Bidlack of Greenwood, S.C.; 10 grandchildren, Corey (Marie), Zachary, Adam (Melissa), and Ian (Kristen) Weber, Lindsay, Lance and Brent Newman, Holly Zipfel, Danielle (Brad) Fitzmorris, Sara (Scott) Aiken, nine great-grandchildren and one expected; a brother Terry (Bonnie) Brewer of Defiance; two sisters, Linda Varner of Defiance and Susan (John) Keeler of Paulding and a special friend Don Hull of Defiance.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Jo Eitniear and a brother, Larry Brewer.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. Joe Graves officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance.

Calling hours will be from 2-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to CHP Defiance hospice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hcsfuneralhome.com

 

MARY LaFONTAINE 1927-2012

Mary Gazelle LaFontaine, 85, formerly of Defiance, passed away Dec. 19, at the Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Fla.

She was born on April 22, 1927 in Paulding, the daughter of Alva and Zena (Shreve) Snodgrass. She graduated from Paulding High School. On Nov. 9, 1946, in Ky., she married Douglas J. LaFontaine, who preceded her in death on May 27, 1992. They raised their family in Hamilton, Ind. and Edgerton, Ohio and were members of St. Marys Catholic Church. They traveled and camped with several friends for many years.

In 1995, Mary relocated to Florida where she and a longtime friend of the family, Floyd R. Bell, spent 11 years together, until Floyd’s death on July 19, 2006.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Robert) Albright of

Defiance, and Jeanne (John Streff) Royal of Bradenton, Fla., a brother, William (Ruth) Snodgrass of Paulding; grandchildren: Julee (Rudy) Morris of Defiance, Kim Albright-Good of Defiance, Douglas (Tracy) Williamson of Montpelier, John (Heather) Adams of Mark Center, Justin (Leisa) Adams of Bryan, Jessica (Mark Johnson) Adams of Defiance; great-grandchildren: Jose R (Jessica Bright) Hernandez IV of Osprey, Fla., Alex Hernandez of Osprey, Fla., Zachary Morris, Tyson and Brady Williamson, Kennedy, Braelyn, McKenzie, and Jacob Adams, Hailey, Ryan, and Bryar Johnson; great-great-grandchild, Aliana Hernandez; step grandchild, Brian (Albright) Stamper; step great-grandchildren: Holly Grieser, Mindy (Fredy) Argueta, Rick (Amy) Good, Scott (Leslie) Good, Kesia Keesbury; step great-great-grandchildren, Brendan and Courtney Good and Sydney and Jared Grieser.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Snodgrass; and three sisters: Kathleen Hart, Colleen Culp and Lynda Lee.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the St. Marys Catholic Church, in Defiance, with Father Randy Giesige officiating. Burial will take place in the Riverview Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Inc., Defiance.

Memorials are suggested to the Friends of Felines Rescue Center.

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

 

JAMES CASEY CLARK 1931-2012

PAULDING – James “Casey” M. Clark, 81, died Sunday, Dec. 23 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

He was born Aug. 5, 1931, in Paulding County, the son of Leo P. and Ethel (Powers) Clark. On April 14, 1956 he married Kathryn A. Buchman, who survives. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. He retired from GM Powertrain, Defiance in 1989. He was also a member of Paulding VFW Post #587 and Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council #2584. He was a 1949 graduate of Paulding High School and a former custodian of First Christian Church, Paulding.

He is also survived by three sons, Dave (Phyllis) Clark, of Ocala, Fla., Doug (Wendi) Clark, Bowling Green and Dennis (Tammy) Clark of Paulding; two daughters, Barb (Keith) Smith of Toledo and Kathy Clark of Cincinnati; four sisters, Rita Weber, Defiance, Mary Hoelderle, Payne, Jean (Frank) Cashman and Joan Clark, both of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren, Adam (Brittany) Smith, Kiel Clark, Andy Smith, Megan Smith, Alex Smith, Sara Clark, and Rachel Clark; and three great-grandchildren, Ashton, Olivia and Emmalina Smith.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Patrick and John Clark.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 28 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery with military graveside services conducted by Paulding VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27, with a Rosary Service at 7:30 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Donations may be made to Masses or Caring and Sharing Food Pantry.

Online condolences ay be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

MICHAEL D. WORKMAN 1960-2012

GROVER HILL – Michael D. Workman, age 52 died Thursday, Dec. 20 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Ft. Wayne.

He was born Dec. 10, 1960 in Daytona Beach, Fla., the son of Denver and Margaret A. (Price) Workman Sr. On Oct. 26, 2004 he married Cynthia J. Wayne, who survives in Grover Hill.

He is also survived by a son, Matthew Wayne of Grover Hill; a daughter, Cassandra Wagoner of Van Wert; two brothers, Paul (Gina) Workman of Van Wert and Denver L. Workman of Lima; and a granddaughter, Natilie Mech of Van Wert.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Patrick Workman and a sister, Annette L. Workman.

Funeral services will be conducted at a later date.

There will be no visitation.

Donations may be made in memory of Michael to the family.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

JAMES EDWIN HUTCHINS 1941-2012

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – James Edwin Hutchins, age 71, went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 25, 2012 at The Hospice House, Charlottesville, Va.

Jim or “Hutch” was born in Antwerp on May 2, 1941, a son of the late Roland & Mary (Evans) Hutchins. Jim is survived by his wife, Ruth Hutchins of Monticello, Ga.; daughter, Lacey (Stuart) Young of Melbourne, Fla.; stepson, Russell (Susan) Johnson of Monticello; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren, along with numerous other nieces and nephews and their families. He is the oldest of five children but he was like a brother to their uncle William E. “Bill” (Carol) Parrett. His sisters are Brenda (Mark) Yoh of Lancaster, Pa.; Rolana “Lana” Hutchins of Jacksonville, Fla.; Charla (Edward “Lanny”) Stabler of Payne and Lucinda (Jim) Speers of Charlottesville.

He graduated from Paulding High School in 1959, was a long distance truck driver and loved to fish.

Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery in Antwerp, with a memorial service celebrating his life to be held on May 2, 2013 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.

Memorials are to The Hospice House Endowment c/o Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911.

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

 

 

JAMES CASEY CLARK 1931-2012

PAULDING – James “Casey” M. Clark, 81, died Sunday, Dec. 23 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

He was born Aug. 5, 1931, in Paulding County, the son of Leo P. and Ethel (Powers) Clark. On April 14, 1956 he married Kathryn A. Buchman, who survives. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. He retired from GM Powertrain, Defiance in 1989. He was also a member of Paulding VFW Post #587 and Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council #2584. He was a 1949 graduate of Paulding High School and a former custodian of First Christian Church, Paulding.

He is also survived by three sons, Dave (Phyllis) Clark, of Ocala, Fla., Doug (Wendi) Clark, Bowling Green and Dennis (Tammy) Clark of Paulding; two daughters, Barb (Keith) Smith of Toledo and Kathy Clark of Cincinnati; four sisters, Rita Weber, Defiance, Mary Hoelderle, Payne, Jean (Frank) Cashman and Joan Clark, both of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren, Adam (Brittany) Smith, Kiel Clark, Andy Smith, Megan Smith, Alex Smith, Sara Clark, and Rachel Clark; and three great-grandchildren, Ashton, Olivia and Emmalina Smith.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Patrick and John Clark.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 28 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery with military graveside services conducted by Paulding VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27, with a Rosary Service at 7:30 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Donations may be made to Masses or Caring and Sharing Food Pantry.

Online condolences ay be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

NANCY EITNIEAR 1935-2012

DEFIANCE – Nancy A Eitniear, 77, of Defiance, passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Mercy Hospital of Defiance.

She was born April 30, 1935, the daughter of Galen and Florence (Lantz) Brewer. On Nov. 20, 1953 she married James Eitniear and he preceded her in death on April 2, 2003. She was a devoted mom and grandma. She worked at JC Penney and in the pharmacy at the former Defiance Hospital. She had also been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Kathy (Sidney) Weber of Delphos, Cindy (Wayne) Newman of Defiance, Becky (James) Bidlack of Greenwood, S.C.; 10 grandchildren, Corey (Marie), Zachary, Adam (Melissa), and Ian (Kristen) Weber, Lindsay, Lance and Brent Newman, Holly Zipfel, Danielle (Brad) Fitzmorris, Sara (Scott) Aiken, nine great-grandchildren and one expected; a brother Terry (Bonnie) Brewer of Defiance; two sisters, Linda Varner of Defiance and Susan (John) Keeler of Paulding and a special friend Don Hull of Defiance.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Jo Eitniear and a brother, Larry Brewer.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. Joe Graves officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance.

Calling hours will be from 2-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to CHP Defiance hospice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hcsfuneralhome.com

 

MARY LaFONTAINE 1927-2012

Mary Gazelle LaFontaine, 85, formerly of Defiance, passed away Dec. 19, at the Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Fla.

She was born on April 22, 1927 in Paulding, the daughter of Alva and Zena (Shreve) Snodgrass. She graduated from Paulding High School. On Nov. 9, 1946, in Ky., she married Douglas J. LaFontaine, who preceded her in death on May 27, 1992. They raised their family in Hamilton, Ind. and Edgerton, Ohio and were members of St. Marys Catholic Church. They traveled and camped with several friends for many years.

In 1995, Mary relocated to Florida where she and a longtime friend of the family, Floyd R. Bell, spent 11 years together, until Floyd’s death on July 19, 2006.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Robert) Albright of

Defiance, and Jeanne (John Streff) Royal of Bradenton, Fla., a brother, William (Ruth) Snodgrass of Paulding; grandchildren: Julee (Rudy) Morris of Defiance, Kim Albright-Good of Defiance, Douglas (Tracy) Williamson of Montpelier, John (Heather) Adams of Mark Center, Justin (Leisa) Adams of Bryan, Jessica (Mark Johnson) Adams of Defiance; great-grandchildren: Jose R (Jessica Bright) Hernandez IV of Osprey, Fla., Alex Hernandez of Osprey, Fla., Zachary Morris, Tyson and Brady Williamson, Kennedy, Braelyn, McKenzie, and Jacob Adams, Hailey, Ryan, and Bryar Johnson; great-great-grandchild, Aliana Hernandez; step grandchild, Brian (Albright) Stamper; step great-grandchildren: Holly Grieser, Mindy (Fredy) Argueta, Rick (Amy) Good, Scott (Leslie) Good, Kesia Keesbury; step great-great-grandchildren, Brendan and Courtney Good and Sydney and Jared Grieser.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Snodgrass; and three sisters: Kathleen Hart, Colleen Culp and Lynda Lee.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the St. Marys Catholic Church, in Defiance, with Father Randy Giesige officiating. Burial will take place in the Riverview Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Inc., Defiance.

Memorials are suggested to the Friends of Felines Rescue Center.

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

 

 

GLENN DETMON 1925-2012

ANTWERP – Glenn L. Detmon, 87, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, Dec. 20 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Hicksville.

He was born May 9, 1925 in Oak Harbor, the son of Roy and Lillian (Matzen) Detmon. He proudly served in the U.S. Army in WWII, where he was awarded the Purple Heart. On April 12, 1946 he married Gladys Wonderly, who survives. He was an electrician at Phelps Dodge, Fort Wayne. He was a member of Antwerp VFW Post #5087 and had attended the First Baptist Church.

Also surviving are a son, Leslie, and a daughter, Ramona (Dennis) Fish, both of Antwerp; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

His brother, Arnold, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery with military honors.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 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.

 

 

 

JOSEPH SNYDER 1946-2012

LEIPSIC – Joseph C. Snyder, 66, of Leipsic, died at 6:37 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 at the Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center, Glandorf.

He was born June 6, 1946 in Lima, the son of Joseph J. and Kathryn (Kimmet) Snyder. On June 14, 1969, he married Rose Rhine, who survives. He was the postmaster in Oakwood and retired in 2011. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Leipsic, and its church choir. He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam Era and a member of the Leipsic VFW and Ottawa Knights of Columbus. He was very kind hearted and loved being with his family and spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed the time he spent at Lake Erie and taking mini trips. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeye and Cleveland Cavaliers fan and now a fan of the Miami Heat. He played Santa Claus in Oakwood for many years.

Also surviving are four children, Rachel (Jerry) Averesch of Ottawa, Alicia (Steve) Ferguson and Kris Snyder, both of Leipsic, and Jeff (Amanda) Snyder of Perrysburg; 10 grandchildren, Emma and Anna Averesch, Becca Snyder, Kayla, Paige and Breydon Ferguson, Ryan, Megan, Mackenzie and Madison Verhoff and one grandson on the way, Aiden Snyder; a sister, Mary (Clete) Gerschutz of New Bavaria; four brothers-in-law, Kenneth, Jerry, Dave and Paul (Camella) Rhine; and two sisters-in-law, Wanda Ickes and Frances Rhine.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepmother, Geneva Schroeder; a brother, Steven Snyder; and three brothers-in-law, Dick, Wally and Bob Rhine.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21at St. Mary Catholic Church, Leipsic, with Fr. George Wenzinger officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites by the Leipsic VFW.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic, where there will be a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:30 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to The James Cancer Center.

Condolences can be expressed atwww.lovefuneralhome.com.

 

ELMA McCLURE 1912-2012

GROVER HILL – Elma Ruth McClure, age 100, died Monday, Dec. 17 at Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.

She was born Dec. 8, 1912 in Paulding County, the daughter of Willie and Viletta (Taylor) Michael. On Jan. 14, 1934, she married Floyd McClure, who preceded her in death on Jan. 26, 1985. She was a member of Middle Creek United Methodist Church, Grover Hill. She and her husband were lifelong farmers in the Grover Hill area. She enjoyed raising chickens and crocheting afghans and doilies for family and friends.

She is survived by three sons, Darwin (Sharon) McClure and Roger (Rosalie) McClure, both of Grover Hill, and Gary (Vicki) McClure, Paulding; a sister, Evelyn Roth of Defiance; eight grandchildren, Robin (Phil) Farris, Terry (Lisa) McClure, Michael (Heidi) McClure, Marcia (Fred) Pond, Jodean (Rick) Jones, Jarrick (Anita) McClure, Jennifer (Brian) Aden, and Julie (Shawn) Cook; 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at Middle Creek United Methodist Church, Grover Hill, with Pastor William Sherry officiating. Burial will follow in Middle Creek Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and at the church one hour prior to services on Saturday.

To honor Elma's requests, the family asks in lieu of flowers, throws, statuary, etc., donations be made to Middle Creek Church or Grover Hill Food Pantry.

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

 

 

AUDREY MOORE 1977-2012

PAYNE – Audrey Lynne Moore, 35, of Payne, went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 11:25 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center after bravely fighting a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was born Feb. 16, 1977 in Paulding, the daughter of Tony and Nancy (Thompson) Burkley. On Aug. 26, 2000, she married Chad Moore, who survives. She graduated from Paulding High School in 1995 and received a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in 1999. She obtained a master's degree in education from Indiana University at IPFW in 2004. She was the director of student life at IPFW and enjoyed providing the orientation program for students and parents and instilling leadership skills in her students to provide a more fulfilling college experience. Audrey also attended Woodburn Missionary Church.

Also surviving are son, Dane (age 10); daughter, Mallory (age 7); parents, Tony and Nancy Burkley of Payne; and a sister, Alison Burkley of Hilton Head Island, S.C.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Marion and Bonita Burkley, and maternal grandparents, Virgil and Helen Thompson.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Woodburn Missionary Church, 5108 Bull Rapids Road, with the Rev. Joel DeSelm officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home of Antwerp and Payne is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the church and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

To honor Audrey's request, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, throws or other tributes, that donations be made to one of the following memorials: Woodburn Missionary Church Youth Group, Community Health Professionals (Hospice), Audrey Moore Memorial for Leadership Development Fund or the Moore Children's Education Fund.

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

 

LINDA GRANT 1950-2012

PAULDING – Linda Kay Grant, age 61, died Thursday, Dec. 13.

She was born Dec. 21, 1950 in Bay City, Mich., the daughter of Merlin Jay and Iva Romaine (Selle) McKeon. On Aug. 15, 1971, she married Gary Grant, who survives. She was President and CEO of Wedding Dreams and Grant’s Catering and was previously employed as a registered nurse for Paulding Hospital and Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. She was a member of Woodburn Missionary Church.

Linda’s zest for life and helping others will never be forgotten. As president and CEO of Wedding Dreams and Grant’s Catering, she touched the lives of thousands of brides and grooms. Through her devotion to family and friends, she brought happiness, security and a sense of calm to others. Linda will always be remembered for her leadership in the community, her warm, friendly personality and hard working, patient, goal-oriented lifestyle. She demonstrated courage and determination throughout her life, giving her children and grandchildren a role model beyond words. Her family looks forward to continuing the business for many years as a tribute to her legacy.

Also surviving are her mother, Iva McKeon, Pinconning, Mich.; children, Heidi (Jerry) Stebleton of Lima, Brian (Jamie) Grant of Saugus, Calif., Brandon (Jennifer) Grant of Antwerp and Holly Grant, Fort Wayne; three brothers, Virgil (Joan) McKeon and Randy (Jill) McKeon, both of Pinconning, and Clyde (Nancy) McKeon of Standish, Mich.; four sisters, Gloria (Albert) Bourdon of Fenton, Mich., Elaine (John) Poyner of Surprise, Ariz., Lorraine (Mike) Grumbley of Linwood, Mich. and Karen (Jay) Bishop of Pinconning; and 14 grandchildren, Shaina, Logan, Gracie, Kailey, Philip, Hunter, Hailey, Hayden, Taylor, Victoria, Noah, Danica, Irelynn and Drystan.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Woodburn Missionary Church with Pastor Joel DeSelm officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 1-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and at the church one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

To honor Linda’s requests, the family asks in lieu of flowers, throws, wind chimes, statuary, etc. donations may be made to Chief Ministry Arizona or Outreach Ministry Star 88.3.

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

 

 

LOIS WOODARD 1924-2012

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Lois (Baumert) Woodard died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 14 at home in Grand Rapids, Mich.

She was born March 30, 1924 at Monroeville, Ind., the second of three children born to Oscar M. and Chloe (Grant) Baumert. Following graduation at Woodburn High School in 1941, she entered Skadrons School of Business in Fort Wayne. On-the-job training began at Wolf & Dessauer department store and that soon led to a full-time job. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, she joined the work force at GE in 1942. On April 6, 1947, she married Ivan Woodard at St. James Lutheran Church in Payne.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years and their three children, Ben (Janet) of Indianapolis, Philip (Carol) of Fairbanks, Alaska and Myra (William) Nueman of Grand Rapids; siblings, Marceile Teeple of Fort Wayne and Ray (Janet) of Port Charlotte, Fla.; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Zion Lutheran Church, Comstock Park, Mich., with Pastor Julie Schneider-Thomas officiating. Interment will be in Rosedale Memorial Park. Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Her family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 at the church.

Condolences may be left at www.arsulowiczbrothers.com.

 

 

GRANT TOTTEN 1940-2012

PAYNE – Grant Craig Totten, 72, formerly of Payne, passed away Saturday, Dec. 8 in Pueblo, Colo.

He was born Aug. 2, 1940 in Dayton, the son of H.B. and Rosemary (Underwood) Totten. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque with a degree in electrical engineering, then went on to OSC in Rhode Island.

Surviving are his sister, Sonia Parsons of Lubbock, Texas; and two nieces, Michele Taylor of Ruidoso, N.M. and Holly Strain of Washington, D.C.

Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17 at Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne, with military honors.

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

 

 

O’DELL WILLIAMS 1925-2012

PAYNE – O’Dell C. Williams, 87, of Payne, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born July 18, 1925 in Payne, the son of Vernon and Gladys (Zartman) Williams. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy in WWII. In December 1946, he married Helen Gibson, who preceded him in death in December 2004. He worked at Armstrong Implement in Payne and had been the mayor and fire chief of Payne. He was a member of St. Jacob’s United Church of Christ, the Flat Rock Masonic Lodge #580 and Payne American Legion Post 297.

Surviving are his sons, Dennis (Deborah) of Payne and David of Indianapolis; a brother, Keith (Mary) of Payne; and a granddaughter, Carrie.

Also preceding him in death was a son, Jimmy.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at St. Jacob’s United Church of Christ, Payne, with the Rev. James Langham officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, with military honors.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with Masonic rites at 7 p.m. Visitation also will be held at the church one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to Payne EMS.

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

 

 

JOSEPHINE REYES 1925-2012

PAULDING – Josephine R. Reyes, age 87, died Sunday, Dec. 9.

She was born March 9, 1925 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Joaquin and Elisea (Torres) Ramirez. In 1940, she married Rudolph Reyes, who preceded her in death. She was employed as a housekeeper for Paulding County Hospital.

She is survived by two children, Rudolph Reyes and Theresa DeLeon, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a brother, Dan Ramirez, of Loveland, Colo.; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Angie Reyes, and a sister, Mary Lopez.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to services on Saturday.

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

Online condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com.

 

ROSEMARY PERRINE 1926-2012

PAYNE – Rosemary Perrine, 86, of Payne, passed away Saturday, Dec. 8 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born June 2, 1926 in Payne, the daughter of John and Anna (Schall) Linder. On Oct. 25, 1947, she married Harold Perrine, who survives. She was a homemaker and a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church.

Also surviving are her children, Susan (Wayne) Smith of Angola, Ind., Tim (Michele) of Powell, Paula (Rick) Wiseman of McCartyville and Kevin (Deb) of Ossian, Ind.; a twin sister, Sr. Jean Linder, OSF, of Tiffin, and sisters Genevieve Wilson and Sr. Helen Linder, both of Tiffin, and Theresa Baumle of Payne; brothers, Morris Linder of Fort Wayne and Jim Linder of Payne; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Lynn; and siblings, Catherine Gonya, Marie Linder, Josephine Huguenard and Rita Linder.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 with the Rosary recited at 8 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and from 8:30-9:15 a.m. Thursday.

Preferred memorials are to Masses or Right to Life Pilgrims.

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

 

BARBARA WOODCOX 1946-2012

ANTWERP – Barbara Ann Woodcox, 66, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born May 26, 1946 in Van Wert, a daughter of Harry and Helen (Grostephan) Fry. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Antwerp, where she was the church secretary for many years.

Surviving are her children, Donald II and David Foltz, both of Paulding, and Bryan Foltz of Defiance; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Dennis.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10 at the First Baptist Church of Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Homes of Antwerp & Payne is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Monday.

Preferred memorials are to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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

 

 

 

NORMA GUTMANN

BEAVERCREEK – Norma Grace Gutmann, age 93, of Beavercreek, passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at her residence.

Norma had been a resident of Beavercreek for the past 55 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Forest P. Gutmann on Dec. 11, 2011.

She is survived by two sons, Larry (Kay) Gutmann of Ridgefield, Conn. and Denny Gutmann of San Francisco; two grandchildren, Kimberly and Michelle; and three great-grandchildren, Micaelyn, Alexa and Brennan.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Dec. 10 at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish in Paulding with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery. Tobias Funeral Home in Dayton is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Miami Valley, 46 N. Detroit Street, Suite B, Xenia, OH.

Condolences: www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.

 

 

MARGARET TOPE 1930-2012

PAULDING – Margaret Alice Tope, age 82, died Tuesday, Dec. 4 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born June 16, 1930 in Kendallville, Ind., the daughter of William F. and Lucille (Smith) Menzel. On Dec. 10, 1950, she married Lowell Edward Tope, who preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 2002. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, and the owner/operator of the former Tope’s Hardware, Paulding, and Paulding Movie Theater. She was also employed as receptionist for Dr. Lonnie Tope and Dr. Larry Tope.

She is survived by a son, Dr. Larry (Debra) Tope, Paulding; her mother, Lucille Menzel, Butler, Ind.; a daughter-in-law, Judy Tope, Paulding; a sister, DonnaBelle Gaff, Butler, Ind.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She also was preceded in death by her father; a son, Dr. Lonnie Tope; and a brother, William Menzel.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Karen Stetins officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4–8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Paulding or St. John Lutheran Church of Briceton.

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

 

BERNARD ENGLISH SR. 1921-2012

OAKWOOD – Bernard L. English Sr., 91, of Oakwood, died 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice.

He was born Dec. 1, 1921 in Ashtabula County, the son of Roy and Minnie Alva (Hoover) English. On April 28, 1943, he married Rosa Fern Etter, who preceded him in death March 10, 2010.

Bernard was retired from Zeller Corp. in Defiance and was a farmer. He was a WWII veteran of the Army Infantry and was a Disabled American Veteran. He was a graduate of Officers Training School in Fort Benning, Ga.

He is survived by his children, Sheryl English of Oakwood, Bernard English Jr. of Oakwood, and Pamela (Lewis) Renollet of Pemberville; seven grandchildren, Adam English, Desirae Hagerman, and Jillian, Hannah, Michelle, Madison and Cora Renollet; and seven great-grandchildren, Tatem, Hailey and Olivia Stallard, Isaac and Raymond Hagerman, and Cole and Claire English.

He was also preceded in death by five brothers, Cloyd, Floyd, Raymond “Colonel”, Donald and Gerald English; and a sister, Evelyn Butler.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood, with military rites by the Oakwood American Legion and Paulding VFW.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 and 10 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences can be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

ERNEST HARSHMAN 1937-2012

PAYNE – Ernest D. Harshman, age 75, died Saturday, Dec. 1 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

He was born March 3, 1937 in Payne, the son of David W. and Bertha (Miller) Harshman. He retired in 2002 from Payne Equity Exchange Company and was previously employed by Homier’s Implements. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne; Eagles #2405, Paulding, and Moose of Van Wert.

He is survived by his stepdaughter, Fran (Jim) Litzenberg, granddaughter, Rachelle Litzenberg, and great-grandson, all of Indialantic, Fla.; a sister, Joyce Barrand, Payne; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Mary M. Pickford.; two brothers, Paul E. and Harold Harshman; a sister, Kathryn Bruns; and a great-grandson, David Lee Litzenberg-Loftin.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at St. Paul United Methodist, Payne . Burial will follow in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and at the church one hour prior to services on Friday.

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

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

 

 

E. “DENE” KUHLMAN 1925-2012

FINDLAY – Ella Dene Kuhlman, 87, of Findlay, died Sunday, Dec. 2 at Heritage Manor in Findlay.

She was born Oct. 23, 1925 in Sherwood, the daughter of Stanley and Harriett Oskey. Her mother died when Dene was 11 years old. Her father died when she was 19 years old. She subsequently began working at an early age as a bookkeeper for Everett Lumber in Findlay. It was in Findlay that she met her future husband, Sam Kuhlman, whom she married July 15, 1950. She was the office manager for the Hancock Country Mental Health Clinic. Very detail-oriented, she retained her bookkeeping skills well into her late 80s. Dene was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, and enjoyed playing golf and shopping.

Surviving are four children, Jack (Judy), Jill, Joe (Karen) and Jerry Kuhlman; six grandchildren, Mike, Jennifer, Ashley, Andrew, Jacob and Makayla; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Howard (Bev) Oskey of Paulding.

She also was preceded in death by her husband in March 2012, and a brother, Herman Oskey.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at Hufford Family Funeral Home in Findlay with Fr. Chris Bazar officiating. Burial will be held at St. Michael Cemetery at a later date

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. prior to services Friday.

Memorial contributions in Dene’s  name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

 

JANICE McMILLAN 1948-2012

VAN WERT – Janice A. McMillan of Van Wert died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

She was born June 22, 1948 in Paulding, the daughter of John and Ruby Buchman, who both preceded her in death. She was a 1966 graduate of Paulding High School and retired from Eaton Corporation following 35 years of service. She was a past president of Habitat for Humanity in Van Wert and a court appointed special advocate for juvenile court. She was an animal lover and enjoyed helping people.

Surviving are her spouse, Kent McMillan; a daughter, Erin McMillan; two stepdaughters, Melissa (Tim) Friemoth and Rhonda (Hubert) Perry of Van Wert; three brothers, James (Pat) Buchman and Raymond (Linda) Buchman, both of Paulding, and Martin (Mary Ann) Buchman of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Mary Laukhuf and Kathryn (Jim) Clark, both of Paulding and three grandchildren, Wessley Perry and Shae and Skyler Friemoth.

Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Richard and David Buchman, and a sister, Louise Buchman.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home with the Rev. Dwight Stoller officiating.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the Van Wert Animal Protective League.

 

 

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LEO DAVIS 1915-2013

PAYNE – Leo Freeman Davis, age 97, died Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.

He was born Dec. 6, 1915 in Payne, the son of James and Pearl (Merica) Davis. On Jan. 16, 1938, he married Caroline E. Schaefer, who preceded him in death on May 10, 2008. Leo was a lifelong resident of Payne and a member of the Payne Church of Christ. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during WWII. He ran an auto repair business with his father until 1956 when he was appointed postmaster of Payne where he served until his retirement. Leo made many contributions in public service such as the Paulding County Hospital Board; but his proudest contribution was as a founding board member and served for seven years as president of the John Paulding Historical Society. He was also a longtime member of the American Legion #297 and the Payne Grange.

Surviving are two sons, James Davis of Payne and Roger A. (Patty) Davis, Canton, Ga.; two daughters, Barbara French of Decatur, Ill. and Phyllis Davis, Madison, Wis.; two sisters, Ruth Knoblaugh of Woodburn and Esther Fisher of Scott; five grandchildren, Christine and Ralph Neisslie, Brian Davis, Jason Davis and Mara Barker; and seven great-grandchildren, Ryan and Jeff Neisslie, Clay and Emily Davis, Madison French, and Pierce and Mila Davis.

He also was preceded in death by a brother, Dean; three sisters, Eloise Webb, Mildred Noneman and Lela Davis; a granddaughter, Lydia Davis; and a son-in-law, Frank French.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at Payne Church of Christ with Pastor Richard Phelan officiating. Burial will follow in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to John Paulding Historical Society, 600 Fairground Drive, Paulding OH 45879; or Payne Church of Christ, 220 W. Merrin St., Payne OH 45880.

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

 

DORTHA SCHAEFER 1920-2013

PAYNE – Dortha E. Schaefer, 92, of Payne, willingly accepted death when she passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23.

She was born Nov. 21, 1920 in Payne, the daughter of John and Vivian (Outland) Bonner. On Feb. 3, 1940, she married Roy Schaefer, who survives. Dortha was a substitute mail carrier for 17 years and a rural newspaper carrier for 16 years. From 1970 to 2012, Dortha entertained us in her Paulding Progress column "The Spice Rack."

Dortha was an active member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, where she was a member of the Altar Rosary Society; served as secretary of Paulding County Red Cross and the Payne Chamber of Commerce. After serving on the Bicentennial Committee of 1976, she worked to establish the John Paulding Historical Society. Dortha also was a member of the Visiting Nurses Auxiliary, Daughters of the American Revolution, Ohio State Historical Society, First Families of Paulding County, Friends of the Library, editor of the Ohio Contester Association for 10 years, Ohio Press for Woman, Dallas Lamb Foundation Auxiliary and PARC Lane School Board when the school was established.

Her hobby since 1957 was entering prize contests, winning many prizes for her family. She made many friends along the way, including Evelyn Ryan, mother of Terry Ryan, the author of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. Dortha helped start the contest club The Affadaisies, which became part of the movie based on the book.

Also surviving are three daughters, Garnett (Leo) Beagle of Payne, Mary K. (Dean) Hess of Green Valley, Ariz. and Jeannine Hagan of Austin, Texas; four sons, John (Mary) and Kim, both of New Haven, Jeff of Antwerp and Paul of Mark Center; a sister, Helen Cole of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was a sister, Elaine Litzenberg.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, with the rosary recited at 7 p.m. Visitation also will be held 9:30-10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Paulding VNA or Heartland Hospice.

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

 

DEAN SUMAN 1966-2013

DEFIANCE – Dean Alan Suman, 46, of Defiance, passed away on Monday, Jan. 21 at the University of Toledo Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

He was born on Nov. 17, 1966 in Kenton, the son of Jack and Anita (Smith) Suman. On July 18, 1992, he married Michelle Adams in Paulding. Dean and Michelle were high school sweethearts and would have been together 30 years on Feb. 4, 2013. Dean worked at General Motors since 2007, originally starting at the foundry in Defiance and later transferring to the assembly plant in Fort Wayne. He was also owner of Dino's Drive Thru for five years and was a member of the Defiance Eagles and an associate member of the VFW. He was an avid Packers fan, Defiance Bulldogs fan, he loved watching his children play various sports as well as coaching them in their younger years. Dean was also known to give family and friends nicknames, which they will always hold close to their hearts.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle; a son, Jacob "Jake" Suman; a daughter, Jessica "Jess" Suman; his parents, of Defiance; a brother, Rusty "Ruck" (Teresa "Mama") Suman of Muskegon, Mich.; a sister, Jennifer (Michael) Jacob of Defiance; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at the Defiance Church of the Nazarene with Richard A. Suman officiating. Burial will follow at Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church.

The family suggests memorials be made to the DBA (Defiance Baseball Association).

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

 

PATRICIA WALTMIRE 1964-2013

FORT WAYNE – Former Payne resident Patricia Jenkins Waltmire, 48, of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 27, 1964 in Paulding, the daughter of Charles and Mabel (Elston) Jenkins. She worked at McConnell’s in New Haven.

Surviving are her son, Bobby (Kasey Dunderman) Lelonek of Payne; siblings, Allen Jenkins, Rick (Shirley) Jenkins and Sheila (Jeff) Tempel, all of Payne, and Ramona (Mark) Gause of Lillian, Ala.; a companion, Neil High of Fort Wayne; and a grandson, Zander.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Preferred memorials are to Cancer Services of N.E. Indiana.

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

 

ALVA CLEMENS 1923-2013

DEFIANCE – Alva F Clemens, 89, of Defiance, passed away on Friday, Jan. 18, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

He was born on March 7, 1923, in Paulding, the son of Peter and Martha (Meyers) Clemens. On Aug. 9, 1947, he married Jean M. Lantow, who preceded him in death on Nov. 19, 1992. He was a member of Defiance Christian Church. He served as a mortarman with the 330th Infantry Regiment from 1943-46 in the United States Army during WWII. He was employed by the former Serrick’s (Defiance Screw Machine) and Defiance Precision Products for 40 years and retired in 1986. He was known as “Pop” or “Popi” to many. He was an OSU fan, enjoyed cooking, gardening, fishing and the outdoors.

He is survived by his daughters, Jean (Richard) Caldwell of Oblong, Ill., Linda (Walter) Beardsley of Ayersville, Bonnie Fosnaugh of Defiance, Diana (John) Ater of Brilliant, Kathy Clemens, Mary (Wayne) Erickson, Sandra (Doug) Klausing and Melody Hope (Jeremy) Thompson, all of Defiance; 35 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by an infant daughter; brothers, William, Joe, George, Harvey, Ward, Jim and Peter Clemens; and sisters, Maude Tuohy and Violet Andrist.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Defiance Christian Church with Minister Don Hatfield and Pastor Bill Mesaeh Jr. officiating. Entombment will follow at Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance. Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance are in charge of the arrangements.

The family suggest memorials be made to Defiance Christian Church or to Kaitlyn's Cottage.

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

 

 

KRISTY DOHONEY ELLIS

TAYLOR, Mich. – Former Paulding resident Kristy Kay Dohoney Ellis of Taylor, Mich., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at her home after battling cancer for many years. She died peacefully with her family by her side.

Kristy was first and foremost a loving and devoted mother to her five children who survive her. Her adult children are Jeremy (Amy) Collins, Jason (Candice) Collins and Travis (Trudy) Collins. Her son, William Ellis, is a senior in high school, and her long awaited and light of her life daughter Kylie is 8 years old. Kristy was blessed with three grandchildren, Jayden, Alexis and Baylee. Also surviving are Kristy's mother, Rita Matthias, father  Pat (Laura) Dohoney, brother Eric Dohoney (all living in Florida), and her beloved niece, Amber Dohoney (Ian Gochenour), who resides in Paulding. Kristy also leaves behind aunts, uncles, and cousins, all of whom adored and admired her for her courage, caring, family commitment and “together we can do it” attitude.

Preceding her in death were her maternal grandparents, Carl and Maxine Guyton; paternal grandparents Pat and June Dohoney; her cousin, Jennifer Dohoney; and a beloved aunt, Elaine Manz.

Kernan Funeral Home of Taylor, Mich., was in charge of the arrangements. No service or visitation is planned.

A special account has been established for the help and care of the minor children. The family asks that anyone wishing to send a memorial, please send same to Jason Collins, 7597 Ziegler, Taylor Ml 48180.

 

DOROTHY JEFFERY 1923-2013

ANTWERP – Dorothy Coleen Jeffery, age 89 died Tuesday, Jan. 15 in the CHP Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

She was born Feb. 28, 1923 in Antwerp, the daughter of Carl F. and Norma C. (Filley) Smith. On Feb. 2, 1941, she married Ray R. Jeffery, who survives. She had been a secretary/bookkeeper for L. Smith & Son, Antwerp. She was a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church and a member of the First Families of Paulding County.

Also surviving are two sons, Carl (Susan) Jeffery of Van Wert and Jack (Sally) Jeffery, The Plains, Ohio; two daughters, Jan (Jeffrey) Boterf of Antwerp and Jill Jeffery, Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Max and Budd Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Mike Schneider officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Memorial donations may be made to CHP Inpatient Hospice, 1155 Westwood Dr., Van Wert OH 45891; or Autism Society of America, 4340 East-West HWY, Suite 350, Bethesda MD 20814.

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

 

 

CLETUS COOMER 1918-2013

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Cletus H. Coomer, 94, of Titusville, Fla., formerly of Haviland, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Sand Point Assisted Living in Titusville.

He was born Sept. 22, 1918, in Worstville, the son of George and Mary Nesbitt Coomer. He was one of 11 children, with one surviving brother, Darrel Coomer, of Mendon, Mich. and a sister, Betty Doctor of Fort Wayne. On Dec. 20, 1938, he married the love of his life, Alice Stoller, who preceded him in death in February 1984. Cletus was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and after his return from service was employed by Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne. Upon retirement in 1973, he moved to Titusville. During retirement, he and his wife traveled extensively, touring all 50 states and many foreign countries.

He is survived by four sons, Jerry (Ardie) of Menomonie, Wis., Merrit (Dolly) and Phillip, both of Fort Wayne, and Michael (Lois) of Fond du Lac, Wis.; four daughters, Marilyn (Henry) Bertot and Jan (Brent) Swanson of Titusville, Carolyn of Palm Harbor, Fla. and Alice (Ed) Wenninger of Haviland; a daughter-in-law, Glenna Coomer of Titusville; 31 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

He also was preceded in death by his eldest son, Clarence; youngest son, Dean; a granddaughter, Julie Coomer; and a great-granddaughter, Grace Pennella.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the North Brevard Funeral Home in Titusville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Francis, 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville FL 32780.

Online condolences may be shared at www.northbrevardfuneralhome.com.

 

BILL ARMS 1930-2013

OAKWOOD – Hulet “Bill” Arms, age 82, died Saturday, Jan. 12 after a long battle with silicosis of the lungs, in The Laurels of Defiance.

He was born Oct. 23, 1930 in Bucu, Va., in a W.M. Ritter Lumber Camp, the son of John T. and Bonnie (Lester) Arms. On Aug. 30, 1963, he married Linda R. Richards, who survives. He started his working career in the late 1940s as a trucker in the southwest Virginia logging industry. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-54, spending three years of his tour in Germany. In 1955, he moved to Mt. Vernon, Ohio. There he gained employment at the Mt. Vernon Bridge Works and the Cooper-Bessemer Foundry. In 1971, he relocated his family to northwest Ohio and started his employment at GM Central Foundry/Powertrain in Defiance and retired with 25 years of service there in 1996. He was a proud member of UAW #211; life member of DAV #54 Van Wert; life member of VFW #4027 Mt. Vernon; F&AM Mt. Zion Masonic Lodge No. 0009, Mt. Vernon; and the International Blue Grass Music Museum.

He loved to tell of his experience while serving his military tour in Europe of meeting John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in Dublin, Ireland. The two actors were filming his favorite movie “The Quiet Man.” He was a passionate, lifelong fan of bluegrass music, especially Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin. He enjoyed traveling to various festivals and shows with his wife to see their son perform with Rick Prater & The Midnight Travelers and also the music their son participated in at the Famous Old Time Music Company in Wapakoneta. He was a fan of NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt. One of Bill’s favorite pastimes was visiting his extended family and staying in touch by phone.

He was a kind and affectionate husband, a fond father and friend to all.

Also surviving are his son, John E. Arms, Oakwood; a brother, John D. (Linda N.) Arms, Oakwood; a sister, Ruby Jenkins, Mt. Vernon; six nieces; three nephews; a great-nephew; seven great-nieces; a longtime friend, Wayne (Nellie) Tusing, Harrisonburg, Va.; and many true friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Cathleen M.; numerous aunts and uncles and many cousins.

There will be a public memorial service at a later date. Burial will be at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding is handling arrangements.

The family will accept donations that will later be distributed to various worthy charities and organizations.

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

 

CAROL DIX 1946-2013

PAULDING – Carol A. Dix, age 66, died Friday, Jan. 11 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

She was born Sept. 4, 1946 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Carlton and Cemantha (Sprague) Cluts. On June 28, 1969, she married Roger E. Dix, who survives. She was previously employed by Paulding Exempted Village Schools in the cafeteria and Vagabond Village Restaurant. She was a member of the Paulding Eagles #2405 Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, bowling, throwing darts, baking and cooking and especially spending time with her family.

Also surviving are three daughters, Karla (James “Buddy”) Decker of New Haven, Ann (Paul) Talbott, Cecil, and June (Daren) Smith, Liberty Center; two brothers, Kenny (Sandy) Cluts of Paulding and Norbert (Jeanne) Cluts, Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren, Alyssia, Joseph, Katrina, Jeff, Daniel, Justin, Madison and Dustin; and four great-grandchildren, Allie, Spenser, Tyler and Elizabeth.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society.

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

 

LOIS WILLIAMSON 1936-2013

TOLEDO – Lois A. Williamson, age 76, died Thursday, Jan. 10.

She was born March 7, 1936 in Paulding, the daughter of Forrest H. and Naomi (Grubaugh) Williamson. She was employed as a teacher by Washington Local High School, Toledo, retiring in 1986.

She is survived by two sisters, Leah Smith of Payne and Joan E. Wallace, Battle Creek, Mich.; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Alice Wolford.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery, Haviland.

Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Memorial donations may be made to Rhema Word Outreach, 21342 M-66, Battle Creek, MI 49017.

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

 

 

LARRY WEIBLE JR. 1956-2012

ANTWERP – Larry L. “Lee” Weible Jr., 56, of Antwerp, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born on Nov. 15, 1956 in Van Wert, the son of Larry and Louise (Williams-Ward) Weible. He graduated from Defiance High School in 1975, and after graduation he worked for Isaac’s several years. Known as “Pork Chop” on the CB, he was a self-employed truck driver and also drove for D&M Express. Larry coached and volunteered with the Defiance Blue Dolphins and liked to make people laugh. He took pride in his tomato plants and enjoyed doing yard work.

Surviving are his parents, Larry Sr. and Louise Weible, both of Defiance; a companion, Beth Trembach of Antwerp; sons, Chad (Dana) Weible of Pioneer and Sam (Rhonda) Weible  and Travis (Yvonne) Weible, both of Napoleon; grandchildren, Hannah, Cheyene, Libertti, Kainon, Francisco, Payton, Shaylynn and Drake; a sister, Laura (Jim) Wolsiffer of Swanton; a brother, Tim (Jean Ann) Weible of Defiance; and his loving dog, Chelsea.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. Larry Kennedy officiating. Following his wishes, his ashes will be scattered in his favorite spot.

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

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Diabetes Foundation or to the American Heart Association.

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

 

 

PATTY WILSON 1943-2013

PAYNE – Patty Jane Wilson, 69, of Payne, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6 at her residence.

She was born May 24, 1943 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Robert and Alfreda (Bohnstedt) Arnett. On June 7, 1992, she married James Wilson, who survives. She was a member of St. Jacob’s United Church of Christ and the Eastern Star.

Also surviving are a son, Tim (Ranay) Holmes of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; three daughters, Melissa (Paul) Sokolik of Fort Wayne, Michelle Waggoner of Payne and Tonya (Craig) Eiden of Hicksville; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at St. Jacob’s United Church of Christ, Payne. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, and at the church one hour prior to services.

Preferred memorials are to Jacob’s Point.

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

 

 

VIRGINIA BROWN 1928-2013

OAKWOOD – Virginia Mae Brown, age 84, of Oakwood died Monday, Jan. 7 surrounded by her loving family at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

A woman of tremendous faith, Virginia lived her entire life for the day she could enter the gates of Heaven and be in the presence of God. Her family rejoices in knowing she has received her Heavenly reward and are so blessed that she was their “Grandma Brown.” She was a member of Twin Oaks United Methodist Church and was a former member of the Rebekah Lodge. Virginia worked 23 years at the Oakwood School cafeteria and helped create a loving, caring environment for so many students through the years. Her life was a model of compassion and kindness and she will be remembered as a very thoughtful and caring friend and neighbor. More than anything, Grandma Brown blessed her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with her love, gentle spirit, and affection and filled their hearts and minds with memories that will last for generations to come.

She was born May 24, 1928, in Manchester, Mich., the daughter of Lewis A. and Ruth A. (Brand) Warren. She married Robert L. Brown on Dec. 15, 1946, in Bellflower, Calif., and he preceded her in death on March 14, 2001.

Survivors include her five children, Bob (Sue) Brown of Oakwood, Leo (Reverend Rita) Brown of Lancaster, Bill (Linda) Brown of Antwerp, Larry (Diane) Brown of Defiance and Rainell (Bill) Koenn, Cecil; a son-in-law, Eugene “Beanie” (Gloria) Grimes, Oakwood; 22 grandchildren, Marty (Michelle) Grimes, Deedi (Mike) Miller, Derric (Dee) Brown, Josh (Kim) Grimes, Darsi (Mark) Everson, Pete Brown, Jodi (Jake) Griffith, Sara Brown and her fiancé, Danny, Jami (Dan) Sullivan, Jenny (Jason) Vasaris, Kris (Scott) Reed, Jill (Jordan) Streicher, Tim (Lorianne) Brown, Drew Brown, Chelsi Brown and her fiancé, Gary, Jim (Ashley) Brown, Julie Koenn, Katie Brown, John Brown, Jacob Brown, Jason Koenn and Thomas Brown; 22 great-grandchildren, Franklin, Ellie, Jowaine, Estee, Hunter, Sawyer, Noah, Leah, Aiden, Jackson, Jayla, Blake, Jarret, Becca, Haden, Nicholas, Zach, Max, Joseph, Katelyn, Clarissa and Blaine; many nieces and nephews; countless friends; and her church family.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Grimes; a granddaughter, Angel; three great-grandchildren, Evan, Alyssa, and Elijah; three sisters, Catherine Barnes, Emma Merillat and Ann Ferguson; and three brothers, Fred, Jesse and Lewis Warren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood. The Revs. Eric Dailey and Rita Brown will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Chapel Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 and from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and at the church one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church Building Fund or to the donor’s choice.

 

 

ALAN WHIRRETT 1928-2013

PAULDING – Alan Ray Whirrett passed away quietly following surgery at St. Rita’s Hospital, Lima at 11:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6.

He was born March 11, 1928 in Paulding County, the son of Bill and Edith (Haney) Whirrett. On July 28, 1951, he married Deloris Reinhart, who survives. He retired as chief warrant officer from the U.S. Army active reserve and was a Korean War veteran. He retired from American Tool Co., Fort Wayne, as plant engineer and was an active family owner of Don’s Dairy, New Hampshire, Ohio. He opened his Precision Shop at home for many years and when able loved gardening, fishing and more recently enjoyed the farm and pond. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding and was a life member of Post #587 VFW and John Paulding Historical Society.

Also surviving are a son, Donald, Paulding, a brother, Robert (Melba), Indianapolis; an aunt, Betty Copsey, Payne; and three nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery with military rites accorded by Post #587.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 with a Rosary Service at 6:30 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

To honor Alan’s wishes, the family requests in lieu of flowers, plaques or throws, donations may be made to Masses, Friends of Feline Rescue Center or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

CAROLYN WATSON 1926-2013

ANTWERP – Carolyn Jean Watson, 86, of Antwerp and formerly of Auburn, Ind., passed away Monday, Jan. 7 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Hicksville.

She was born  July 30, 1926 in Wabash, Ind., the daughter of Carl Burton and Vera (Stone) Irelan. She was a 1944 graduate of Wabash High School and went on to graduate from DePauw University in 1948, where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. On July 1, 1950, she married Dr. James R. Watson, who preceded her in death Dec. 29, 2004. She was a teacher and homemaker who loved needlepointing, quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, crafting and gardening. She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Auburn Women's Club and the Ladies Literary Club of Auburn.

Surviving are her children, Christine Feichter of Antwerp and Jeffrey (Laura) Watson of Noblesville, Ind.; grandchildren, Erica (Taylor) Sorg of Prescott, Ariz., Stephanie, Hannah and Meredith Watson of Noblesville, and Katelyn and Hayley Feichter of Antwerp; a stepgranddaughter, Abby (Tom) Anderson of Brandon, Fla.; and two great-stepgrandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were her sisters, Lois Speicher and Marcile Hahn.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11 at Pinnington-McComb Funeral and Cremation Services, Auburn, with viewing one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Fall Creek Cemetery, Wabash.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Pinnington-McComb Funeral and Cremation Services, Auburn.

Preferred memorials are to Dr. James R. Watson Memorial Scholarship Fund or Paulding Hospice.

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

 

HOPE SMITH 1916-2013

ANTWERP – Hope Eleanor Smith, 96, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3 at her residence.

She was born Aug. 18, 1916, in Defiance County, the daughter of Jesse Ellsworth and Mary Edna (Core) Revert. She was a 1934 graduate of Mark Center High School and earned a degree from International Business College. On Aug. 9, 1940 in Wauseon, she married Max Arthur Smith, who preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 2012. She was a bookkeeper at L. Smith & Son Inc. from 1937 until the couple’s retirement in 1983. Max and Hope wintered in Lakeland, Fla. for 16 years, where they enjoyed socializing with their friends and attending big band concerts. Hope loved to spend time with her family, to read and to travel. She was also an avid basketball and football fan. She was a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Carol (John) Chilcote of Antwerp; a son, Rob (Jennifer) Smith of Melbourne, Ky.; two grandsons, Scott (Nadine) Cottrell of Falls Church, Va. and Brad of Lexington, Ky.; and a special cousin, Marie Coy of Hicksville.

Private services will be held at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, followed by interment in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.

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

 

WILLIAM GIBSON 1932-2012

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. – William James “Bill” Gibson died Dec. 14 in Sierra Vista, Ariz.

He was born Aug. 16. 1932 in Hoagland, Ind., the son of Russell and Gladys Gibson. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran who distinguished himself in the Korean War and through two tours in Vietnam. He holds two Silver Stars and a Bronze Star for heroism. He was a former resident of Paulding and New Haven before retiring to Sierra Vista. For the past five years, Bill has been a resident of Life Care Center in Sierra Vista.

Surviving are his wife, Joan; daughter, Cathy (Steve) Carr and two sons, Austin and Zarin, of Napoleon; two sisters, Wanda Hamrick of Decatur, Ind. and Sharon (John) Pursley of Whiteland, Ind.; and two brothers, Wade (Mary Lou) of Paulding and Lloyd (Nancy) of Payson, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Helen Weileman.

A memorial service will be held this spring in Ohio.

 

 

 

KATHRYN CLARK 1938-2013

PAULDING – Kathryn Arlene Clark, 74, died Friday, Jan. 4.

She was born Jan. 30, 1938 in Paulding County, the daughter of John N. and Ruby E. (Gunderman) Buchman. On April 14, 1956, she married James “Casey” Clark, who preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 2012. She retired in 1986 from Paulding County Hospital as an LPN. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding and the Altar Rosary Society.

She is survived by three sons, Dave (Phyllis) Clark, Ocala, Fla., Dennis (Tammy) Clark of Paulding and Doug (Wendi) Clark of Bowling Green; two daughters, Barb (Keith) Smith, Toledo, and Kathy Clark of Cincinnati; three brothers, Raymond (Linda) Buchman of Paulding, James (Patricia) Buchman of Paulding, and Martin (Mary Ann) Buchman of Fort Wayne; a sister, Mary Laukhuf, Paulding; seven grandchildren, Adam (Brittany) Smith, Andy Smith, Alex Smith, Kiel Clark, Megan Clark, Sara Clark and Rachel Clark; and three great-grandchildren, Ashton, Olivia and Emmalina Smith.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, David and Richard “Dick” Buchman; and two sisters, Louise Buchman and Janice McMillen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Memorial donations may be made to Masses, Paulding County Hospital Phone-A-Ride or Caring and Sharing Food Pantry.

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

 

 

COLLEEN CARR

WINCHESTER, Ky. – Former Paulding resident Rebecca Colleen Carr, age 87, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.

She was born in Paulding County, the daughter of Benjamin Britton and Dorothy (Geyer) Moore. On Jan. 29, 1953, she married Leland M. Carr, who preceded her in death. She attended Mt. Union College and Bowling Green State University. She was formerly employed as an office worker at Grizzly Manufacturing and was a clerk for the Paulding Utilities Office and the Paulding County Treasurer’s Office. She was a lifelong member and longtime organist of First Christian Church of Paulding.

She is survived by two children, Mary Sue (Terry) Dohoney of Bowling Green and David M. (Leigh) Carr, Lexington, Ky.; five grandchildren, Courtney, Tyler and Quinn Dohoney and Mary Clare and Britton Carr; a brother, John H. “Jack” (Marie) Moore, Paulding; a sister, Marilyn Buehler, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and many nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by two infant daughters and a brother, Benjamin Henry Moore.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at First Christian Church, Paulding. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and at the church one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church, Paulding.

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

 

 

 

ANNA JORDAN 1922-2013

DEFIANCE – Anna Belle Hoover Sudlow Jordan, 90, of Defiance, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born May 12, 1922 in Antwerp, the youngest of six children of Samuel L. and Flora Jeannette (Mobley) Hoover. She attended school in Antwerp and Jensen Beach, Fla. After the death of their mother, “Nettie,” Anna and her sister, Eileen, were raised by their father, Sam, their oldest sister, Rosa (Hoover) Traylor and her husband, Andrew Traylor, along with their daughter, Mary (Traylor) Lichty. In spite of a young life filled with difficulties, Anna became a strong-willed, resourceful, hardworking, caring and loving mother and wife. Her family will miss her 90-plus years of humor, honesty, witticism and ever ready advice, all of which she never hesitated to share.

On Sept. 1, 1939, at the age of 16, she married Glenn G. Sudlow, who died in 1944. On Nov. 16, 1946, she married Garner E. “Jack” Jordan, who died in 2001. She was a member of the Antwerp VFW Auxiliary and the Royal Neighbors of America.

Surviving are her children, Linda (John) Brecht of Continental, Judy Copsey of Woodburn, William (Barbara) Jordan of Zolfo Springs, Fla. and Lori (Neal) Manon of Defiance; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by two children, Shirley and Glenn M. Sudlow; a granddaughter, Sara Manon; two great-granddaughters, Alexis Coffin and Enedina Martinez; a brother, Jasper, in childhood; and sisters, Rosa Traylor, Gertrude in infancy, Pearl Starry and Eileen in childhood.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday with a VFW Auxiliary service at 11 a.m.

Preferred memorials are to Woodburn Christian Children’s Home, The Antwerp VETS Memorial or Community Health Professionals.

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

 

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LOIS SECHREST-WILLIAMS 1924-2012

PORTLAND, Texas – Lois B. Sechrest Williams, age 88, long time resident of Portland, Texas, took flight with her new wings on Friday, Nov. 30, to be with our Lord and Savior. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She was born on March 1, 1924, in Antwerp and moved to Texas after graduating from St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing, in Toledo. Shortly thereafter, she married the love of her life, Clifford E. Sechrest. She was a woman small in stature, but had a heart as big as the State of Texas. She had more energy than the “Energizer Bunny” and cared more for others than she did for herself. She retired from the nursing profession after 40+years, where she touched the lives and hearts of many. After retirement, she still gave herself by volunteering with Hospice. She had a smile that could light up any room and was loved by all who met her.

She is survived by daughters Elizabeth Anne “Becky” (David) Rasmussen of Trenton, Ill. and Mary Kathryn (Paul) Myers of Portland, Texas; her grandchildren, Christian D. (Amanda) Rasmussen of Panama City, Fla., Brian T. Rasmussen of Trenton, Ill., and Lacy Katelyn (Ron) Byles of Natchitoches, La.; great-grandchildren, Cameron M. Rasmussen, Addison Byles, Madeleine Byles; two sisters, Martha (Bill) Johnson of Antwerp and  Roseanne (Dr. Henry W. “Bill”) Clever Jr. of St. Charles, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clifford E. Sechrest; second husband, Fred C. “Squatty” Williams; her parents, Mandus L. and Gertrude M. Reeb; her brother, Russell A. Reeb; and a sister, Sarah J. Pausky.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Service Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lighthouse Hospice of Corpus Christi, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

To offer condolences, visit www.maxwellpdunne.com.

 

MAXINE CLUTS 1921-2012

PAYNE – Neva Maxine Cluts, 91, of Paulding, died Nov. 22, at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Oct. 11, 1021, in Payne, the daughter of Joseph M. and Portia G. (Jackson) Adamski. In 1943, she married Roy Cluts, who preceded her in death in 2006, following 63 years of marriage. She was a member of the St. Jacobs United Church of Christ in Payne, where she had held offices of secretary and treasurer. She and her husband owned Cluts Oliver Sales and Service dealership in Paulding. She later was employed by Cassel’s Jewelry and Ducat’s Store. She was a member of the Payne American Legion Auxiliary where she held the office of secretary. She was a past secretary and president of the Paulding County Business and Professional Women and was the secretary of the Payne High School Alumni Association for almost 50 years. Many will remember her as an avid cookie cutter collector and a volunteer at Paulding Elementary.

She is survived by a daughter, Pamela (Stephen) Young, and a granddaughter, Stephanie Young, both of Bowling Green; and a brother, Anthony (Gladys) Adamski of Payne.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at St. Jacobs United Church of Christ in Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 8-9 a.m. prior to services.

 

ROSE DAVIDSON 1944-2012

ANTWERP – Rose Marie Davidson, 68, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28.

She was born Aug. 18, 1944, in Paulding, the daughter of Richard and Ila (Aten) LaFountain. On Nov. 19, 1989, she married Ronald Davidson, who survives. She was a greeter at Meijer, Fort Wayne.

Also surviving are seven siblings, Joe (Jan), John (Sue), Tom (Rose), Jean (Sherry) and Mark (Elia) LaFountain, Laurel Mink and Carol (Joe) Coffey.

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

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.

Preferred memorials are to Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.

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

 

FREDDIE “DICK” FOGLE 1932-2012

FAIRHOPE, Ala. – F. Richard Fogle, 80, went home to his Heavenly Father on Nov. 1 following an extended illness.

He was born April 23, 1932 in Payne, the son of Freddie Raymond and Cecelia Samantha (Speice) Fogle. He was a graduate of Payne High School and attended Marietta College. He was active in the First United Methodist Church of Pelham where he taught Sunday School Adult Class for several years. He was a member of the Butler, Ind. Masonic Lodge. After high school, Dick enlisted in U.S. Air Force and honorably served a four-year enlistment. He then joined Ingalls Ironworks where he was manager of heavy construction for 15 years, then was employed at Essex Crane Rental Corporation for 10 years. He then was self-employed as owner of Fogle Enterprises for 10 years and owner of KOA RV Park for 14 years before retiring.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anna Carol Howard Fogle; sons Mike (Scarlett) of Saginaw, Ala., Edwin (Yonna) of Fair Hope, Ala. and Mark; a daughter, Tammy Fogle of Pelham, Ala.: a sister Darlene (Gene) Eisenmann of Temperance, Mich.; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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

A memorial service was held Nov. 11 at Southern Heritage Funeral Home.

 

 

 

JAMES KONOPKA 1956-2012

PAULDING – James Michael Konopka, age 56, died Friday, Nov. 23 at the Defiance Regional Medical Center, Defiance,.

He was born Aug. 1, 1956 in Paulding, the son of Michael P. and Emma Elizabeth (Russell) Konopka. On June 11, 1997, he married Loraine M. Emens, who survives.

He is also survived by five brothers, Robert (Deb) Konopka of Bluffton, Thomas Konopka of Monroe, Mich., William Konopka of Belleville, Mich., Ralph (Sue) Konopka of Wayne, Mich., and Richard (Joyce) Konopka, Flemingsburg, Ky.; three sisters, Kathryn Dorsett of Colmesneil, Texas, Martha (H. Greg) Evans of Fairfield, Calif., and Barbara Konopka, Paulding; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Dorothy M. Konopka.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be at a later date.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services.

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

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

 

 

PHYLLIS FEASBY 1942-2012

PAYNE – Phyllis Mae Feasby, age 70, died Thursday, Nov. 22 at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice, Van Wert.

She was born June 15, 1942, the daughter of Russell and Viva Mae (Sommers) Fry. On Aug. 5, 1961, she married Wayne E. Feasby, who survives. She was employed as secretary/treasurer bookkeeper for Feasby Farms Inc. and a member of the Payne Church of the Nazarene, a member of the church board, Missionary president, Sunday School teacher and a member of the church choir. She was a member of Paulding County Republican Party, Paulding County Farm Bureau, Gideon Auxiliary, McGill Trio and Marion College Soccer Team, Marion, Ind. She enjoyed horse breeding, flower gardening, bird watching, singing, her dog, and her horse. She enjoyed sewing and watching children and grandchildren show horses and play basketball.

Also surviving are a son, Rex (Laurie) Feasby, and a daughter, Joan Hughes, both of Payne; five granddaughters, Bethany, Kelsey and Katelyn Hughes and Sarah and Brenda Feasby; and a sister, Dorothy (Al) Gibson, Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Elouise Link and Doris McMillan.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Payne Church of the Nazarene, Payne, with Pastor Mike Harper officiating. Burial will follow in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and at the church one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Memorial donations may be made to Payne Church of the Nazarene or Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

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

 

WILHELM FIEDLER 1926-2012

TOLEDO – Wilhelm A. “Willi” Fiedler, age 86, of Toledo, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 21, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Jan. 22, 1926 in Sapron, Hungary, the son of Michael and Luise (Pfandler) Fiedler. Willi immigrated to the United States in 1952 and settled in Toledo in 1954.

He was a mason contractor and owned his own business for 45 years in Toledo, F & L Mason Contractors. Willi was a member of the Home Builders Assoc., GAF Retirees, GBU Schuetzenverien at the Oakshade and the Local 1 Bricklayers Union (50 year member). A large portion of his life and his family’s life was devoted to the GBU (Greater Beneficial Union). Since settling in Toledo in 1954, Willi and his family were members of the GBU, where he was the president of District #510 - Toledo for 35 years.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 65 years, Ursula M. (Muschik) Fiedler; children, Gisela (Steven) Mohr, Irmgard (Richard) Green, Christine (Terry) Blackman and Michael (Vickie) Fiedler; grandchildren, Nicole (Dave), Natalie (Derek), Krista (Billy), Julie (Shaun), Kyle, Brooke, Shelly (Richard), Erin (Matt), Michael and Sydney; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ferdinand (Elfriede) Fiedler.

He was preceded in death by three brothers.

The family will receive guests from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Newcomer Funeral Home, Toledo. Funeral Services will begin at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

To leave a special message for the Fiedler Family please visit www.NewcomerToledo.com.

 

HEAVEN SMITH 2012

PAULDING – Heaven Lee Smith was stillborn on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.

She will be missed by her parents, Jack and Chelsea (Clellan) Smith; her brother, Jeremiah Smith, sister, Halcyon Smith; and grandparents, John and Tammy (Fidler) Clellan and Jack Sr. and Sharon (Ruder) Smith.

Private family burial was conducted Saturday, Nov. 24 in Rochester Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, handled arrangements

Donations in Heaven’s memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

MARIETTA HARPER 1930-2012

PAULDING – Marietta Louise Harper, age 82, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Aug. 4, 1930 in Payne, the daughter of Paul and Bertha (Mabis) Zielke. She was baptized on Sept. 3, 1930 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Briceton, and was a lifelong member. On March 19, 1952, she married Frank A. Harper, who survives. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her family.

Also surviving are three daughters, Carol (Russ) Flint, Brenda Riggenbach and Patti (Brian) Stoller, all of Paulding; one son, Ron (Judy) of Springboro; seven grandchildren, Bruce (Karen) Flint of Narragansett, R.I., Jennifer Higgenbotham of Fort Wayne, Kaleigh (Ryan) Mapes and Anthony Stoller, both of Paulding, and Brian, Troy and Morgan Harper of Springboro; two great-grandchildren, Krystal and Auron Flint, Narragansett, R.I.; and a brother, Wayne Zielke, Antwerp.

Preceding her in death were four brothers, Alvin, Carl, Ray and Paul Zielke; and two sisters, Clara (Dye) and Ruth.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Briceton. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

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

 

JUNE TAYLOR 1930-2012

PAULDING – June L. Sutton Taylor, age 82, died Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born June 22, 1930 in Paulding County, the daughter of Floyd and Emma (Gary) Sutton. She married George Eddie Freeman, who preceded her in death on April 16, 1970. On Oct. 14, 1972, she married Virgil Taylor, who preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 2005. She was a member of First Christian Church, Paulding.

She is survived by her sons, Richard (Susan) Moore of Payne, Mitchel Moore of Los Angeles, Dennis (Faith) Moore of Noblesville, Ind., Chet (Pam) Moore and Lynn (Karen) Moore, both of Paulding, and Glenn (Amber) Neal of Peoria, Ill.; stepchildren, Randall (Patty) Taylor of Bolivar, Ohio, and Jeanne (Brent) Kinkle of Van Wert; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Vincent Sutton, and a sister, Rose Marie Haney.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at First Christian Church, Paulding. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and at the church one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church.

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

 

 

AMOS “BILL” FRY 1931-2012

FORT WAYNE – Amos W. “Bill” Fry, age 81, died Monday, Nov. 19.

He was born May 7, 1931 in Fort Wayne, the son of Richard W. and Beatrice (Ross) Fry. On Feb. 23, 1957, he married Wilma C. Strabele, who survives. He was employed by Kemper Insurance for eight years and retired in 1993 from Ohio Casualty Insurance after 28 years. He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church of Fort Wayne and Adjusters Association.

Also surviving are four sons, Richard (Cindy) of Liberty Township, Ohio, Michael (Susan) of Seattle, and Eric and Kevin (Angie), both of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Elizabeth (Stephen) Charles and Kendall (Tom) Clark, both of Fort Wayne; and seven grandchildren, Mallory and Steven Fry, Matthew Fry, Jessica and Brittney Clark and Kyle and Emma Charles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4:30-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25 with a wake service at 7 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to Masses, Parkview Hospice, or St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen.

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

 

 

BERNARD FLINT 1924-2012

PAULDING – Bernard Ray Flint, age 87, died Monday, Nov. 19 at CHP Hospice, Defiance.

He was born Dec. 29, 1924 in Paulding County, the son of Jesse and Essa (Doster) Flint. On Aug. 19, 1950, he married Jane Ann Deisler, who preceded him in death on Nov. 30, 1995. He was previously employed by Integrity Motors, Winkle’s, Grizzly and Stokely’s. He was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Paulding.

He is survived by four sons, Mike of Mineral Wells, Texas, Gary (Donna) Flint of Dumas, Texas, Randy Flint of Defiance and Troy Flint, Payne; 10 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and six great-grandchildren with one on the way.

He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Nelson; a granddaughter, Kimberly Annette Nelson; and three brothers, Leo, Donald and Justus Flint.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and at the church one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church or CHP Hospice.

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

 

CARLA YOH 1939-2012

PAULDING – Carla V. Yoh, age 72, died Monday, Nov. 19 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Dec. 9, 1939 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, the daughter of Jeptha D. and Mildred L. (Holmes) Fitzgerald. In 1990, she married George W. Yoh, who preceded her in death on Aug. 17, 1998. She was employed as a data administrator.

She is survived by a son, Rick Miller, Paulding; two daughters, Wanda M. Ziegler, Paulding, and Kathleen K. Pace, Orlando, Fla.; a sister JaDee (Rick) DeGood, Paulding; six grandchildren, Sara Miller, Paul Miller, Aaron Pace, Jamie Lammers, Lindsey Lassiter, Hannah Tunis; and six great-grandchildren, Riley, Austin and Conner Pace, Taylor Kochenour, Greg Lammers and Olivia Critz.

She also was preceded in death by her first husband, Calvin Miller.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Paulding United Methodist Church.

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

 

ROBERT SMITH 1922-2012

CONVOY – Robert L. Smith, 89, of Convoy, died at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at Van Wert County Hospital.

He was born Dec. 19, 1922, in Union Township, Van Wert County, the son of Homer and Iva Ruth (Greenawalt) Smith. On March 23, 1947, he married Caroline “Connie” Myers, who survives. He farmed for more than 40 years and retired in 1981 from International Harvester (Navistar) after 35 years of service. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Convoy. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II, and was a life member of American Legion Post 208 in Convoy. He was a member of Van Wert County Farm Bureau, a former Union Township trustee, a former board member of Convoy-Union School, and was a church council member for 15 years.

Also surviving are two daughters, Martha Smith of Columbus and Marilyn Smith of Greensboro, N.C.; two brothers, Dean (Pat) Smith of Convoy and Dale Smith of Van Wert; a granddaughter, Rebecca (Troy) Gray; and one daughter-in-law, Debra Smith.

He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Smith; four brothers, Fred, Kenneth, Richard and Donald Smith; and a grandson, Gregory Smith.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Convoy, with the Rev. Rita Bair officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy, with graveside military rites performed by American Legion Post 208.

Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 at Gearhart-Jurczyk Funeral Home in Convoy and  at the church one hour prior to services Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Messages of condolence may be left at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

 

LLOYD FURMAN JR. 1942-2012

SPARTA, Tenn. – Former Paulding County resident Lloyd Warren Furman Jr., age 70, of  Sparta, passed away Sunday, Nov. 18 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was born May 31, 1942 in Dover, N.J., the son of the late Lloyd  and Delta (Onick) Furman. He was a member of the Sparta First Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley; three daughters, Christine Furman (Bill), Carolyn Moore and Suzanna (Robin) Adams; three brothers, Bob (Judy) Furman, Bud Furman and Fred (Debbie) Furman; two sisters, Lora (Bob) Pavlik and Margaret (Tom) Doyle; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, as well as many friends and neighbors.

He also was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Alicia Rose.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23 at Sparta First Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Randy Marshall officiating. Burial will follow in Plainview Cemetery in the Cassville community of White County. Oak Lawn Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 9-11 a.m. Friday at the church.

To sign the online guestbook and send a message to the family, visit www.oaklawnmemorial.com.

 

 

FRANK RIKE 1924-2012

PAULDING – Ernest Franklin “Frank” Rike, age 88, died Sunday, Nov. 18 at his residence.

He was born Feb. 22, 1924 in Hamler, the son of Harley R. and Ida L. (Aderman) Rike. On May 26, 1949, he married Leona Rae Harrison, who survives. He was employed by Paulding Co. Dept. of Soil and Water Conservation, retiring in 2003, and previously was owner-operator of Rike Equipment in Dafter, Mich. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran, serving during WWII, and was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church and Gideon’s International.

Also surviving are a daughter Laura (Kurt) Laplander of Clairmont, Minn.; two sons, Eric (Susan) Rike of Lowell, Mich. and Mick (Dawn) Rike of Castle Rock, Colo.; a sister, Betty Bishop, Hamler; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Dawn Marie Rike; a brother, Raymond “Pete” Rike; and a sister, Norma Rader.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be at a later date.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding United Methodist Church, Gideon’s International or Community Health Professionals Hospice.

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

 

 

LARRY MILLER 1940-2012

Larry S. Miller, 71, died Friday, Nov. 16, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born Nov. 26, 1940 in Delphos, the son of Merle and Martha (Weaver) Miller Sr., who both preceded him in death. On April 30, 1966, he married Charline A. Bruns, who survives. He retired from Johns Manville, Defiance, in 2004. He was a U.S. Navy veteran; a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles #2405, Paulding and Trap Shooter Association. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting and trapping.

Also surviving is a daughter, Melissa (Dewey) Lusk, and a son, Jody Miller, both of Paulding; his sisters, Marie (Harold) Thomas of Van Wert, Sammy Davis of Evansport, Shelva Browning of Wisconsin, Peggy (Mike) McClain of Bryan, Marcia (Don) Cisco of Kentucky, and Vera (Andy) Yorklin of Missouri; a brother, Bobby Davis of Tennessee; four grandchildren, Michael Barnes, Tara Lane, Katrina Lusk and Tasha Cardoza; four adopted grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by a brother, Merle Miller Jr., and a sister, Judy Davis.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until time of services.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.

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

 

EARLENE MUNDY 1937-2012

Earlene Mundy, 75, of Paulding, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, at Brookview Healthcare Center in Defiance.

She was born Feb. 4, 1937, in Floyd County, Ky., the daughter of John and Aulda (Wiremen) Shepherd, who preceded her in death. On July 23, 1971, she married Thomas Mundy, who survives. She was a member of Continental Missionary Baptist Church.

She is also survived by a daughter, Linda (Allen) Hook Jr.; two sons, Lonnie (Christina) and Mark (Melanie) Smith, all of Antwerp; nine siblings, Mentha Prater, Owen “Jack”, Quillen and Roger Shepherd, all of David, Ky., Edgar Shepherd of Martin, Ky., Adgie Hall of Peru, Ind., Jerlene Prater of Salyersville, Ky., Ruby Bradley of Silver Lake, Ind. and Elma Kaye Caudill of Hagerhill, Ky.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Olen and Elzie Joe Shepherd.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp. Burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery.

Visitaiton will be held two hours prior to services.

Memorials may be directed to the family or Community Health Professionals.

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

 

DARROLD SCOTT 1942-2012

Darrold Lee Scott Sr., 70, passed away on Friday, Nov. 16, in his residence, following a long battle with cancer.

He was born March 27, 1942, the son of John and Pauline (Ranes) Scott of Continental, who both preceded him in death. On March 28, 1998, he married Leota Mae Lehman, who survives. He retired from General Motors in Defiance. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and UAW #211. He loved being outside, loved outdoor sports and gardening. He was truly loved by all and will be greatly missed. His family hit the lottery. He was one in a million.

Also surviving are five children, Brian L. Scott, Paula M. Scott, Darrold (Debra) Scott Jr., Amy (Lawrence) Goings, and Charlene (Terry) Pastor; his stepchildren, Pattie Rangel, Barb Silliman, Kevin Huelsmeyer and David Huelsmeyer; three brothers, Fred (Joann) Scott, Thomas (Sandy) Scott and Frank (Sharon) Scott; a sister, Flossie (Rhett) Chapman; 37 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Charles Scott; eight sisters, Mary Axon, Ellen Shaw, Ester Grubb, Maggie Carpenter, Martha Syndrom, Florence Collins, Violet Rupert and Mina Mae Scott; and a grandson, Dustin C. Scott.

Funeral services will be conducted at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Military burial rites will be conducted by Paulding VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 4-5 p.m. prior to services.

Donations may be made to Paulding Co Home Health Care/Hospice.

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

 

DORIS LONG 1928-2012

CELINA – Doris M. Long, 84, of Celina, died Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Parkview Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

She was born March 15, 1928, in Broughton, the daughter of John F. and Elsie (Ford) Howe. On May 22, 1948, she married Noah Gene Long, who preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 2006. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are two sons, Gary (Kathy) of Columbus and Mark (Lynn) Long of Ashburn, Va.; a daughter, Jane (Tom) Gross of Coldwater, Ohio; a brother, John (Irene) Howe of Ione, Wash.; a brother-in-law, Russell Long of Paulding; and seven grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, David Long.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, with hours of visitation from 1-2 p.m., at Cisco Funeral Home in Celina, with the Rev. Robert Ellis officiating. Burial will be in the Mercer Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be directed to the Samaritan’s Purse of to TV Channel 44.

Condolences may be sent to www.ciscofuneralhome.com.

 

JOE MELCHOR 1930-2012

PAULDING – Joe Melchor, age 82, died Thursday, Nov. 8 at Paulding County Hospital.

He was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Waelder, Texas, the son of Isabel and Concepcion (Hernandez) Melchor. On June 2, 1956, he married Josephine Galindo, who preceded him in death on Aug. 20, 2005. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War, and was employed by GM Powertrain, Defiance, retiring in 1993. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding.

He is survived by a son, Thomas P. (Jane) Melchor, Leo, Ind.; a daughter, Susan M. (Mickey) Glanemann, Paulding; six sisters, Polly Vargas of Katy, Texas, Narcy Delgado and Mary Guiterrez, both of Defiance, Louisa Lopez of Gonzalez, Texas, and Margaret Melchor and Martha Melchor, both of Houston; four brothers, Alonzo Melchor of Houston and Lacho, Oscar and Sam Melchor, all of Waelder, Texas; and three grandchildren, Mark and Amy Glanemann and Drew Conley.

He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Isabel and Henry Melchor.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will follow in Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding, with military graveside rites conducted by Paulding VFW Post 587.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and at the church one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to Masses or Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.

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

 

BETTY MYERS 1944-2012

VAN WERT – Betty Jean Myers, 68, of Van Wert, died at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

She was born Jan. 7, 1944, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late Donald and Donna (Grant) Myers. She was a teacher at Wayne Trace High School, where she also coached basketball with a record of 250 wins. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and a past member of the Van Wert County Harness Horsemans’ Association.

Survivors include two sisters, Jane (Doyle) Harris and Nancy Dixon, both of Van Wert; eight nieces and nephews, Lori (Carl) Clouse of Ohio City, Donna (Larry) Clouse, Jim (Melanie Vandy) Myers, Paul (Helen) Dixon, Sara (Phil) Lape, Tony Dixon, Amy Rosbaugh and Nikki (Greg McCray) Harris, all of Van Wert; and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Brickner Funeral Home, Van Wert, with the Rev. Philip Zielinski officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in Middle Point.

The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Wayne Trace Educational Opportunities Fund, which was created by Betty to help students at Wayne Trace School go on field trips or to assist needy students with expenses beyond the classroom.

Condolences may be left at www.bricknerfuneralhome.com.

 

RHODA ROGERS 1917-2012

CONVOY – Rhoda Rogers, 95, died at 6:35 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Vancrest of Convoy.

She was born July 26, 1917, in Broadlands, Ill., the daughter of Melvin and Lula (Douthit) Dunn. On June 28, 1935, she married Otto Rogers, who preceded her in death on June 12, 1994. Rhoda, a native of Convoy, lived for a number of years in Arcadia, Fla. with her husband, followed by eight years in North Carolina with her daughter, Cheryl, before returning to Convoy in May 2011. At Vancrest, she was an avid bingo player, and enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Convoy.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Rogers of North Carolina and Kent (Diana) Rogers of Findlay; three daughters, Janet (James) Moorman of Convoy, Cheryl (Tom) Adams of North Carolina and Brenda Parlette of Spencerville; 17 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Bobby; a grandson, Tim; a sister, Rose Marie Fleming; and three brothers, Francis, John and Ralph Dunn.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church or Vancrest of Convoy.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

JENNIFER BALDWIN HILL 1973-2012

ODESSA, Texas – Jennifer A. Hill, 38, of Odessa, Texas, and formerly of Oakwood, died at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 at Medical Center Hospital, Odessa.

She was born Nov. 12, 1973, in Defiance, the daughter of Robert and Jacquelyn (Geddings) Baldwin. On April 9, 2005, she married Kenneth Hill, who survives. She was a homemaker and a graduate of Paulding High School and Defiance College. She loved all animals and enjoyed spending time with her family. Jennifer shared the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.

Also surviving are her parents, of Oakwood; three brothers, Steven (Karen) Baldwin of Louisville, Ky., Bradley (Sherry) Baldwin of Defiance and Anthony (Lisa) Baldwin of Ottawa Lake, Mich.; grandparents, Tom and Helen Geddings of Delphos; and 19 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Delaine and Arlene Baldwin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, Continental, with Father Herman Scherger officiating. Burial will follow in St. Barbara’s Cemetery, Cloverdale.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and at the church one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

BETTY DONALDSON 1941-2012

OAKWOOD – Betty Mae Donaldson, 71, of rural Oakwood, passed away Thursday, Nov. 8 in her home.

She was born June 1, 1941, in “Almost Heaven” Weston, W.Va., the daughter of Thomas and Anna Fay (Campbell) Pumphrey. On Dec. 10, 1956, she married Dorsey “Shorty” Donaldson, who preceded her in death on Nov. 20, 2003. She was an active member of the Church of the Brethren, Defiance, and on the witness committee. She was a former member of the Centenary Church of Oakwood where she helped with Vacation Bible School. Betty enjoyed canning anything she could get her hands on and was a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara (Rick) DeSota of Continental; a sister, Oleta Hasselschwert of Defiance; three brothers, Roger Pumphrey of Wooster, Bud Pumphrey of Massillon and Frank Pumphrey of Clarksburg, W.Va.; three grandchildren, Daniel (Misty) DeSota, Rich (Heidi) DeSota and Ron DeSota, all of Defiance; three great-grandchildren; and a special nephew and niece, Tom and Lynn Hitt.

She also was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. Gene Yenser officiating. Burial will be in Monroe Cemetery, Continental.

Visitation is from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Suggested memorials are to the family or the Church of the Brethren.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.defiancefuneralhome.com.

 

DALE BOWERS 1935-2012

ANTWERP – Dale Bowers, 77, of Antwerp, passed away Sunday, Nov. 11 at his residence.

He was born Sept. 28, 1935 in Defiance, the son of Joseph and Mildred (Rittenhouse) Bowers. On March 24, 1956, he married Jane Houck, who survives. He worked at BF Goodrich and General Motors. Dale was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, where he served as a eucharistic minister and was an intricate part of the Holy Name Society.

Also surviving are a son, Doug (Marianne) of Angola, Ind.; a daughter, Beth (Jim) Coughlin of Antwerp; seven grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Marilyn Skees and Suzanne Moser.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Antwerp, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, with a Catholic Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m., at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and also from 9-9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to Masses.

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

 

LINDA SMITH 1951-2012

PAULDING – Linda “Birdie” M. Smith, age 60, died Thursday, Nov. 1.

She was born Dec. 11, 1951 in Toledo, the daughter of Robert Paul and Esther Geraldine (Wagner) Erbskorn. In 1979, she married Jerry A. Smith, who preceded her in death in 2009. She was employed as activities director for Autumn Court, Ottawa. She was an avid bingo player and crafts maker.

She is survived by a son, Jeff (Samantha) Schuerman, Coldwater, Mich.; adopted mother, Irma Ricker of Ft. Jennings; two brothers, Robert Schuerman, Paulding, and Daniel Budd, Minasis, Va.; three sisters, Judith Fisher of Toledo and Antonette Budd and Cathy Budd, both of Brownsville, Texas; two grandchildren, Darius and Lyric Schuerman; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; adopted father, Vincent Schuerman; and a daughter, Tammy.

There will be a private family memorial service at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.

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

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

 

 

RONALD GOCHENOUR 1941-2012

PAULDING – Ronald D. Gochenour, age 71, of Paulding, died Saturday, Nov. 3 in his Florida home.

He was born Sept. 18, 1941 in Sandusky, the son of Kenneth E. and Evelyn E. (Kriemes) Gochenour. On May 14, 1961, he married Phyllis MacGeorge, who survives. He was a retired postmaster for Cecil, a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, and the K of C St. Joseph Council #3584. He was a Paulding Reserve Sheriff Deputy, a member of the Paulding County Draft Board, Paulding VFW Post #587, Paulding Chamber of Commerce, and had been a Paulding Village councilman. He was an avid golfer, woodworker and shuffleboard player.

Also surviving are one daughter, Tamara M. (Mark) Heppeard, Ohio City; three sons, Kip K. (Jane) Gochenour of Paulding, Jon D. (Tina) Gochenour of Cecil and Joseph R. (Amy) Gochenour, Sunbury; a sister, Karen E. Procnow, Sandusky; one brother, Craig Gochenour, Sandusky; six grandchildren, Kellen (Tricia) Koenn; Tiffany (Scott) Pease, Ian Gochenour, Abby Gochenour, Josie Gochenour, and Ellie Gochenour; and three great-grandchildren, Blayne Pease, Brody Pease and Willow Koenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Richard and Gary Gochenour.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will follow in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with a K of C service at 8 on Friday, Nov. 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to Masses, the Palmetto, Fla. Fire Department, or Paulding County DD.

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

 

 

ROBERT FOUST 1927-2012

PAYNE – Robert Earl Foust, 84, of Payne, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Nov. 20, 1927 in Payne, the son of Harry “Bill” and Grace (Purk) Foust. On Aug. 30, 1947, he married Marjorie Harting, who survives. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked at Fruehauf for many years. Bob was a lifetime member of the NRA, who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also a member of St. Jacob’s United Church of Christ.

Also surviving are two children, David (Evelyn) of New Haven and Caroline (Bob) Young of Delaware, Ohio; a brother, Leo Lyon of Albany, Ind.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by a son, Michael; and two siblings, Budd Lyon and Helen Murray.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at St. Jacob’s United Church of Christ, Payne, with the Rev. James Langham officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery with military honors. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to services.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

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

 

DeLOSS “CHUB” PORTER 1926-2012

PAULDING – DeLoss “Chub” Porter, age 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 6 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born March 28, 1926 in Paulding County, the son of John Henry and Frey-Ethel (Aleshire) Porter. He was employed as plant manager for Stokely Van Camp, retiring in 1987. He was a member of Paulding Carnegie Library Board and the Village of Paulding Council.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Porter, Paulding; a daughter, Kathy (Dewey) Sanderson, Broughton; three sons, Gerald “George” (Jean) Porter of Paulding, Robert (Jean) Porter, Lodi, Wis. and Greg (Christy) Porter of Paulding; a brother, Rolland (Mary Louise) Porter, Grover Hill; a sister, Wanda Bisel, Evansville, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Basil, DeLoy, Richard and Nolan Porter; two sisters, Dean Porter and Lucille DeCamp; and a grandson, Kirk David Porter.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at Paulding Church of the Nazarene, Paulding, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and at the church one hour prior to services on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund or American Cancer Society.

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

 

 

LINDA SMITH

PAULDING – Linda M. Smith, age 60, died Thursday, Nov. 1 at Paulding County Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

 

RONALD GOCHENOUR

PAULDING – Ronald D. Gochenour, age 71, died Saturday, Nov. 3. Arrangements are pending at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

 

DeLOSS “CHUB” PORTER

PAULDING – DeLoss “Chub” Porter, age 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 6. Arrangements are pending at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

 

PATRICIA HAYDEN

PAULDING – Patricia Hayden, age 61, died Monday, Nov. 5. Arrangements are pending at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

 

 

 

JOHN SCARBROUGH 1927-2012

GROVER HILL – John I. Scarbrough, 85, of Grover Hill died at 12:31 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the St. Rita Medical Center in Lima.

He was born Feb. 25, 1927, in Haviland, the son of Fay and Gladys (Wistner) Scarbrough.

On Oct. 3, 1948, he married Bessie Stetler, who preceded him in death on Feb. 24, 2003. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in WW II. He had owned the Grover Hill Lumber Yard for several years and then was a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill.

Surviving are a son, John Ed (Jackie) Scarbrough of Grover Hill; a daughter, Brenda (Tom) Ferrell of Grover Hill; three brothers, Gene (Nova), Jerry (Linda) and Gail (Krista)  Scarbrough, all of Grover Hill; three sisters, Pat Ward of Midland, Mich., Carol Bryant of Lima and Marge (Don) Stahl of Grover Hill; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Bryan Ferrell.

Services were held Monday, Nov. 5, at the Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill, with Pastor Mike Waldron and the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial was in the Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill, with military rites conducted by the Grover Hill VFW. Cowan and Son Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to cowanfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

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JOHN MOORE

LATTY – John E. Moore, age 67, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 at Parkview North, Fort Wayne.

He was born in Paulding County, the son of Joseph P. and Emma (Moorehead) Moore. He was employed by Haviland Tile Company.

Surviving are a son, Bradley Moore, Latty, and a granddaughter.

There were no services. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, handled arrangements.

 

 

FRED “BILL” VARNER 1939-2012

DEFIANCE – Fred “Bill” W. Varner, age 73, passed away Monday, Oct. 29 at his residence.

He was born July 21, 1939 in Oakwood, the son of Helen E. (Harmon) Varner Thomas and Fred Varner. On Nov. 23, 1958, he married Linda Brewer, who survives. He retired from Lafarge Corporation, Paulding, in 1997. He also worked at Paulding Exempted Village Schools and Innovative Assembly Services, Paulding.

Also surviving are a sister, Barbara Ott; a stepsister, Thelma Thomas; two sons, Rick (Karen) Varner and Randy (Sara) Varner; eight grandchildren, Brett Varner, Nikki (Shawn) Hull, Kristen (Bill) Baumert, Erin (Daimon) Meeh, Ben (Lacey) Varner, Kyle Varner, Jacob Varner and Kaley Varner; and eight great-grandchildren, Paige Hull, Cadey, Dylan and Matthew Mills, Cyenna and Cash Baumert and Harlie and Hayden Varner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Roger Varner; a son, Ron Varner; his stepfather, David Thomas; a stepbrother, Donald Thomas; and a great-granddaughter, Nevaeh Varner.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Bob Verfaillie officiating. Burial will follow in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Memorial donations may be made to CHP Hospice, Bryan; American Cancer Society; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

 

LAURIE WAGNER 1961-2012

LATTY – Laurie E. (Wheeler) Wagner, age 50, died Friday, Oct. 12.

She was born Dec. 4, 1961 in Toledo, the daughter of Henry and Ruth Ellen (Proxmire) Wheeler.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Wagner, Marion; and her siblings, Rick (Gwen) Wheeler of Latty, William Wheeler of Convoy, Richard Wheeler of Muncie, Ind., Davie (Mary) Wheeler of Silver City, N.M., Henry (Anita) of St. Marys, Randy (Joann) Wheeler of Waterloo, Lynn (Chico) Candelairia of Celina and Anna (Scott) Hauge, St. Marys.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Brad Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wheeler Family in care of Gwen Wheeler.

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

 

 

DAVID BROWN 1944-2012

OAKWOOD – David R. Brown, 68, of Oakwood, died at 9:26 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at Kindred Hospital, Lima.

He was born July 19, 1944, in Defiance, the son of John C. and Constance B. (Sproul) Brown. On July 26, 1969, he married Debra Relyea, who survives in Oakwood. He retired from Cooper Farms, Oakwood and formerly worked for 10 years at Cooper Furniture, Oakwood. He was an Army veteran from 1965-67, serving in Vietnam. He was a 1962 graduate of Oakwood High School and a member of the Oakwood American Legion Post 341 and Grover Hill VFW. He loved Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns.

Also surviving are his children, Christina (Steve) Mock of Defiance, Chad (fiancée, Leanne White) Brown of Oakwood, Troy (Theda) Brown of Syracuse, Ind., Jason Brown of Oakwood, and Tiffany (Nathan) Kremer of Oakwood; 19 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a brother, Fred (Helen) Brown of Defiance.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, Tommy and Troy Brown; and two brothers, Phillip Brown and one during infancy.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood with the Rev. Robert Merriman officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance, with military rites by Oakwood American Legion.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to COPD Foundation or American Diabetes Association.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

JEAN STUART 1927-2012

PAULDING – Jean E. Stuart died Saturday, Oct. 27 at CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center, Defiance.

She was born Jan. 17, 1927, in Paulding, the daughter of John C. and Nettie L. (Ankney) Deisler. She retired from Farm Credit Services in 1989 after 23 years and was previously employed as secretary for the principal of Paulding High School. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Katherine Lutheran Circle.

She is survived by two sons, Daniel (Cindy) Stuart of Fort Wayne and Thomas (Kelli) of Leo, Ind.; two daughters, Janet (David) Penn of Naperville, Ill., and Connie (Bob) Wilson, Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Ethel Clark Jewell, Paulding; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Larry Deisler; a sister, Janet Flint; a grandson, Matthew Wilson; and stepfather, Clyde Thompson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and at the church one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or CHP Hospice of Defiance.

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

 

 

JO ANNE WEBB 1939-2012

ANTWERP – Jo Anne L. Webb, 73, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25 at her son’s residence.

She was born May 30, 1939 in Antwerp, a daughter of August and Mildred (Miller) Walkenstine. On June 13, 1983, she married Kim Webb, who preceded her in death on Jan. 7, 2003. She worked at Dana Weatherhead in Antwerp and Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne. She was a member of the Paulding Eagles and enjoyed painting and genealogy.

Surviving are her children, Jim (Lisa) Mortorff of Antwerp, Linda (Pat) Swann of Woodburn and Patty (Bob) Hathaway of Waterloo, Ind.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister; Marilyn Harris of Fort Wayne.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Kay Brittsan and Jean Smith Rioux; and a great-grandson, Jayden Phipps.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Memorials are to Paulding Hospice, 250 Dooley Drive, Paulding OH 45879.

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

 

 

BILLY JOE NELSON 1927-2012

After an extended illness, Billy Joe Nelson, age 85, passed away at 11:25 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22 in Fort Wayne.

Bill was a hardworking and loving man whose greatest enjoyment was building things and spending time with his family. He wasn’t happy until his projects were done right. In his eyes, his grandkids were one of the projects that were perfect. Bill was born on Sept. 22, 1927 to Ruie Nelson in Paintsville, Ky. On March 3, 1948, he married Anna “Ethel” Fisher, who survives. He worked for 37 years at Fruehauf in Fort Wayne and then provided maintenance at an elder apartment complex in Fort Wayne with his wife. In retirement, he enjoyed living at Coldwater, Mich. and then moved to the Tennessee Mountains that just felt like home.

Also surviving are two daughters, Rita Glass of Fort Wayne, and Sharon (Ray Nick) Johanns, Paulding; five sons, Richard (Lydia) Nelson of Slidell, La., William Nelson of Ohio, Donald (Lona) Nelson of Suffolk, Va., Roger (Faith) Nelson of Convoy and Kent (Dunia) Nelson, Kodak, Tenn.; 20 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.

There will be no services at this time as the family will have a private service in Tennessee at a later date. D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes in Fort Wayne is in charge of arrangements.

The family requests memorials to be given to the Parkview Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association.

 

 

DEACON LEONARD ROTH 1950-2012

PAULDING – Deacon Leonard E. Roth, 61, Paulding, died Tuesday, Oct. 23 at his residence.

He was born Dec. 28, 1950, in Paulding County, the son of Charles and Frances M. (Wyatt) Roth. On Aug. 21, 1971, he married Kathleen Denise Clark, who survives. He retired from Consolidated Structure Plastics after 21 years. He was formerly employed by BF Goodrich, Woodburn; International Harvester of Fort Wayne; General Dynamics of Lima, Ohio; and the former Pawnee Plastics of Paulding. His deaconate ordination was May 20, 2006, in the Diocese of Toledo.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Roth, Paulding; a son, Adam (Denise) Roth, Bryan; a daughter, Mari (Bruce) Ivan, Paulding; a brother, Lew Roth, Fort Wayne; a sister, Georgia Wilson, Antwerp; and six grandchildren, Sarah, Greg, Elliot, Nicholas, Owen and Zach.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ronald Roth; and grandsons, Jacob Ivan and Joseph Roth.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with Bishop Leonard Blair and Father Jacob Gordon officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., with a vigil service at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour visitation prior to services on Saturday at the church.

To honor Deacon Roth’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, throws, concrete statuary, etc., the family requests memorials made to Masses, Diocese of Toledo Priests’ Retirement Fund, National Retirement Fund for the Religious or Paulding County Hospice.

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

 

 

 

MILDRED LUCILLE SHERRY  1920-2012

VAN WERT – Mildred Lucille Sherry, 92, of Van Wert and formerly of Payne, passed to eternal life at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Van Wert Manor.

She was born Sept. 9, 1920, in Michigan, the daughter of  Lee and Loma (Clear) Shaffer. On Jan. 12, 1940, she married Eugene Sherry who preceded her in death on  May 15, 1976.

She was a homemaker and attended Payne United Methodist Church.  She was a wonderful cook who also enjoyed her flowers, gardens and sewing. Many were blessed by her generous spirit.

Surviving are four children, Carl (Terri) of Melrose, Jim (Peg) Sherry of Paulding, Shirley (Frank) Lichty of Van Wert and Sharon (Dan) Burnett of Wake Forest, NC; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond Shaffer of Melrose and a sister, Violet Harmon of Oakwood.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Richard Sherry,  two grandsons, Douglas Sherry and Jeremy Lee and two brothers, Lloyd and Nolan Shaffer.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at Auglaize Chapel Church of God, Melrose with the Rev. Stan Harmon officiating. Burial will follow in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.

Hours of visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood and one hour prior to service Saturday at the church.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

 

DONALD KIMMET 1938-2012

OTTOVILLE – Donald W. Kimmet, 74, of Ottoville, died Monday, Oct. 15, at his residence.

He was born April 22, 1938, in Landeck to William and Agnes (Hickey) Kimmet. On May 13, 1961, he married Virginia Spicer, who survives.

He was retired from General Motors Powertrain and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of VFW Post 3740, Ottoville. A retired volunteer firefighter from the Ottoville Fire Department, he had more than 30 years service. He was active with the church.

Also surviving are two sons, Michael Kimmet of Oakwood, and David (Audrey) Kimmet of Ottoville; two daughters, Marsha (Phil) Epstein of Ottoville, and Cheryl (Ed Walker) Kimmet of Longmont, Colo.; two brothers, George (Jan) Kimmet of Ottoville, and Dan (Barb) Kimmet of Spencerville; and five grandchildren, Anthony Clementz and Brandon, Ryan, Laura and Adam Kimmet.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Virginia Meyer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Father John Stites officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Ottoville, with military rites by VFW Post 3740. Visitation is from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

 

RANDY MOHR 1958-2012

WOODBURN – Randolph Leroy Mohr, 54, of Woodburn, died Thursday, Oct. 11, at his residence.

He was born July 6, 1958, in Paulding, a son of Nancy (Moore) Mohr and the late Norman Mohr.

He was a forklift operator at CME.

Randy will be sadly missed by his mother, Nancy of Woodburn; siblings, Michele (Terry) Kashner of Woodburn, Malissa Baxter of Payne and Reed (Ronda) Mohr of Woodburn and eight loving nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Antwerp, with hours of visitation after 9:30 a.m. at the church. Dooley Funeral Homes of Antwerp and Payne are in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials are to Masses or Woodburn EMS.

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

 

RAY BILLMAN 1932-2012

 

ANTWERP – Ray “Pinky” Billman, 80, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, Oct. 5 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born Sept. 30, 1932 in Antwerp, the son of Cecil and Thelma (Leaman) Billman. He proudly served his country for 11 years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam wars, reaching the rank of staff sergeant. On June 30, 1956, Pinky married Darlene Elwell, who survives. He worked at Dana Weatherhead in Antwerp and Dietrich Industries, Hicksville, and was a school crossing guard in Antwerp for many years. He was a member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church, Antwerp school board, Antwerp Fire Department and the VFW and American Legion Posts.

Also surviving are three children, Tony Billman, Judy Billman and Lisa (Ed) Glass, all of Antwerp; two granddaughters, Amanda Knotts and Adrienne Glass; and one great-grandchild, Jonah Knotts.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Max.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Antwerp United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery with military honors.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Preferred memorials are to Antwerp Music Boosters.

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

 

JAMES GILLET 1925-2012

PAULDING – James Orlando Gillet, age 87, died Friday, Oct. 5 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Sept. 18, 1925 in Paulding County, the son of Lawrence and Missouri (Dangler) Gillet. On June 20, 1981, he married Betty (Doster) Keck, who preceded him in death. He retired in 2001 from Braun Industries.

He is survived by four stepchildren, Joyce Keck of Paulding, Carolyn Jones of Latty, James Keck of Defiance and Marsha Mericle, Huntertown, Ind.; a sister, Rose Mary Gillet, Van Wert; and stepgrandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by three sisters, Violet Thorman, Anna Gillet and infant Florence Gillet.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. prior to services on Wednesday.

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

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

 

VIOLET WELLS 1928-2012

VAN WERT – Violet L. Wells, age 84, died Thursday, Oct. 4 at Colonial Nursing Center of Rockford.

She was born June 18, 1928 in Kewanna, Ind., the daughter of William D. and Anna M. (Cain) Fall. On July 28, 1948, she married Lynn A. Wells Sr., who preceded her in death on Aug. 17, 1999. She was employed by Firestone, retiring in 1955, and was an avid NASCAR fan.

She is survived by three sons, Kenneth (Susan) Wells of Jonesville, Mich., Lynn P. (Judy) Wells Jr. of Cecil and David (Patty) Wells, Paulding; two daughters, Karen (George) Saxton Sr. and Patricia C. Ballard, both of Van Wert; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Earl (Marg) Fall, North Adams, Mich.

She also was preceded in death by four brothers, Arnold, LeRoy, Wayne and Roland Fall; a sister, Mable Roepcik; a grandson, George Saxton Jr.; and a great-grandson, Bentley Crowle.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial will follow in Scott Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:30-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Mercer County, Ohio.

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

 

CHARLENE WILLETT 1947-2012

BRYAN – Charlene K. Willett, 64, of Bryan, passed away Thursday, Oct. 4 at Twin Rivers Care & Rehab Center, Defiance.

She was born Nov. 16, 1947 in Edgerton, Ind., the daughter George and Fern (Copenhaver) Bitler. She married James “Bill” Willett, who preceded her in death Feb. 27, 1999.

Surviving are her daughters, Rhonda (Chad) Robbins of Antwerp and Kimberly (Mike) Akkerman of Grand Rapids, Mich.; siblings, Marsha Kinder of Paulding and Eugene Bitler of Payne; and five grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Allen Bitler.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Paulding Memorial Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to Rhonda Robbins.

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

 

 

EVERETT LAUKHUF 1940-2012

WEST LIBERTY – Everett Ray Laukhuf, age 72, died at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3.

He was born Aug. 24, 1940 in Putnam County, the son of Christian Charles and Josephine Marie (Lee) Laukhuf. He graduated from Payne High School in May 1958. Everett retired from International Harvester Corporation with over 41 years of service. He received Jesus Christ into his heart and life in the middle of August 1965 and was a member of New Richland Baptist Church in New Richland.

Surviving are two daughters, Brenda (John) Lauck of Killeen, Texas, and Terri Wilburn of Havana, Fla.; a son, Keith Laukhuf of Paulding; three grandsons, John Lauck III, Todd Wilburn and Andrew Lauck; and two brothers, G.V. (Caroline) Laukhuf of Antwerp, and Robert (Barbara) Laukhuf of Haviland.

Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers, Donald and Edward Laukhuf.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Steve Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Creek Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Monday.

Memorial donations may be made to Pacific Garden Mission.

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

 

KATHRYN SHRIDER 1926-2012

PAULDING – Kathryn G. Shrider, age 85, died Wednesday, Oct. 3 at CHP Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

She was born Nov. 22, 1926 in Paulding, the daughter of Grover C. and Lovina (Long) Pollard. On June 21, 1943, she married William B. Shrider, who preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1980. She retired from Hays Albion in 1989. She was previously employed by the former Grizzly of Paulding and Syncro of Hicksville, and owned/operated the Paulding Laundromat from 1958-62. She was a life member of John Paulding Historical Society, Paulding.

She is survived by a daughter, Donna (Lonnie) Schooley, Paulding; three grandchildren, Bruce (Sabrina) Schooley and Dianne (Kevin) Saylor, both of Paulding, and Steve (Vicki) Shrider, of Phoenix; six great-grandchildren, Taylor and Brock Schooley, Lonna and Nash Saylor, and Christina and Vince Shrider; and a sister, Altha Reighter,

She also was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Shrider; a daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Shrider; brothers, Wayne, Ronald and Dean Pollard; a sister, Alice Phlipot; and grandson, Danny Shrider.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Monday.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Country Church Fund, First Presbyterian Church or Paulding United Methodist Church.

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

 

 

 

PATRICIA COOPER 1947-2012

VAN WERT – Patricia A. “Patty Anne” Cooper, 65, of Van Wert, Ridge Township, died unexpectedly at 5:14 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, shortly after her arrival at Van Wert Hospital.

She was born March 9, 1947, in Van Wert, the daughter of Robert Clarence and Ganelle Gladine (Kohn) Edsall. On Jan. 29, 1972, she married Robert E. Cooper Jr., who survives. She was a 1965 graduate of Van Wert High School and retired from Federal Mogul, Van Wert. Those who came in contact with her, quickly learned to love her and she became a mother figure to many.

Other survivors include two daughters, Tamera K. (Dean) Showalter of Haviland and Heather L. (Paul) Nahrwold of Fort Wayne; two sons, Christopher L. (Sherry) Cooper of Florence, Ky., and Robert E. (Brandy) Cooper III of Franklinton, N.C.; a brother, Gregory K. (Kathy) Edsall of Van Wert; two sisters, Gale M. (Richard) Chavarria and Deborah J. (Roger) Mongold, both of Van Wert; nine grandchildren, Ashley (Chris) Shepherd, Kyle Showalter, Korbin Showalter, Brittany Cooper, Kara Nahrwold, Leah Nahrwold, Maya Nahrwold, Mary Cooper and Mason Cooper; and two great-grandchildren, Lilly and Luke Shepherd.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Ridge Township.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4.

Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at: cowanfuneralhome.com.

 

MARY RUTH CLARK 1929-2012

PAULDING – Mary Ruth Clark, age 82, died Monday, Oct. 1 at CHP Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

She was born Nov. 8, 1929 in Paulding County, the daughter of John H. and Nora (Westendorf) Worl. On Aug. 19, 1950, she married Edward T. Clark, who preceded her in death on July 18, 1996. She was previously employed as a sales clerk for Elder Beerman, Defiance. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, the Little Flower Study Club and the Red Hat Society. She was a volunteer at the Paulding County Hospital.

She is survived by three daughters, Kathleen (Lennie) Roth, Connie (Brian) Waters and Kelly (Jeff) Knodel, all of Paulding; two sons, Michael (Theresa Davis) Clark of Columbus and Dr. Daniel (Michelle) Clark, Hillsboro; 11 grandchildren, Adam Roth, Mari Ivan, Sara Pfost, Ann Waters, Carrie Boone, Josh, Jessica and Erin Clark, and Jerrod, Alex and Emily Knodel; and nine great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Melanie Ann; two brothers, Walter and Rudy Worl; two sisters, Dorothy Worl and Bertha Holmes; and infant great-grandsons, Jacob A. Ivan and Joseph B. Roth.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. with a Wake Service at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Masses, Divine Mercy Catholic Parish or CHP Hospice.

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

 

 

 

 

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