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MICHAEL JOHANNS 1956-2012

PAULDING – Michael Joseph Johanns, age 55, died Wednesday, Sept. 26 at his residence.

He was born Dec. 7, 1956 in Paulding County, the son of Charles E. and Frances T. (Ochmanek) Johanns. On April 11, 1980, he married Tamara L. Shaffer, who survives. He was owner/operator of MTJ Farms. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, and the Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council #3584, Paulding.

Also surviving are his mother, Frances Theresa Johanns, Paulding; a daughter, Lesley (Jon) Parrett, Paulding; a son, Eric Johanns, Defiance; a sister, Karen (Rick) Varner; two brothers, Greg Johanns of Paulding and Keith (Cindy) Johanns, Dublin; and four grandchildren, Marley, Gannon, Gavin and Colsen.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Tony Johanns.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m.

To honor the wishes of Mike Johanns, the family requests memorials made to CHP Hospice of Paulding, or a charity of the donor’s choice in lieu of statuary, throws, wind chimes, etc.

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

 

LUIS SALAS SR. 1907-2012

PAULDING – Luis Salas Sr., age 105, died Wednesday, Sept. 26 at The Laurels of Defiance.

He was born Aug. 19, 1907 in Puertode Lacanela, Mexico, the son of Rosemdo and Guca (Garzia) Salas. On Aug. 4, 1934 he married Guadalupe Gonzales, who preceded him in death on Sept. 27, 1985. He was employed by the former Noneman Lumber/Hartzog Lumber of Paulding and was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding.

He is survived by three daughters, Esperansa (Charlie) Gonzalez and Angelica Rodriguez, both of Fort Wayne, and Sulema “Sue” Hernandez of Paulding; three sons, Conrado Salas of Sarasota, Fla., Humero Salas of Fort Wayne and Jesses Salas, Antwerp; a sister, in Monterey, Mexico; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by children Amelia, Romalia, Roberto, Olivia, Richardo and Luis Jr.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers and a sister.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will follow in Cooper Cemetery, Paulding Township. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations made to The Laurels of Defiance Activity Fund or Masses.

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

 

RUTH YOCHUM 1942-2012

HICKSVILLE – Ruth I. Yochum, 69, died Sunday, Sept. 23, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born Sept. 24, 1942, in Paulding, the daughter of William and Irene (Hinsch) Stahl. She attended Paulding High School. She was married to Frank Yochum, and he preceded her in death. Ruth retired from Harlan Cabinets in 2009, after 20 years. She was a member of the First Apostolic Church, Defiance, and Mt. Zion Ladies Aide, Grover Hill.

She is survived by four sons, John of Harlingen, Texas, Jim of Hayworth, Ill., Jerry of Carlsbad, N.M. and Frank Jr. (Candy) of Donna, Texas; two daughters, Francine (Dave) Martin and Bette-Sue (Ben) Johnson of Hicksville; a sister, Dianne (Jack) Dietz of Hicksville; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Edward, in infancy; and a granddaughter, April Trenary.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Sept. 29 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with Pastor Robert Frake of the First Apostolic Church, Defiance, officiating. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville.

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

Memorials may be made to the family.

Online condolences my be shared at www.smithbrownfuneralhome.com.

 

NORMAN CLINE 1936-2012

HICKSVILLE – Norman L. Cline, 75, died Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice.

He was born Sept. 27, 1936 at Mark Center, the son of William and Kathryn (Haver) Cline. He was a graduate of Mark Center High School. Norm retired from Ohio Power Company after 35 years of service. He loved sports and was a well known umpire and referee in northwest Ohio. He was the baseball coach in Paulding for many years. Besides being an avid sports fan, Norm also enjoyed fishing and gardening. He was a member of the Sherwood Masonic Lodge and the Grace United Methodist Church. At church, he was a head usher and the president of the UMM.

Surviving are a daughter, Sharon (Kim) Schlater; three sons, Larry (Marie), Paul and Todd (Jessica); six grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry (Sharon) Cline and Bill (Luann) Cline; one sister, Marcia (Larry) Pressler; a half-brother, Pat Fisher; and a half-sister, Danielle Fisher. Marie Clark has been a special longtime friend of Norman’s.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Cline; his mother, Kathryn Fisher; and a son, Terry Cline.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at Grace United Methodist Church, Hicksville, with Pastor Tim Pieper officiating. Burial will be at Lost Creek Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville. A Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Grace United Methodist Church.

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

 

JUDY ALTIC 1962-2012

ANTWERP – Judy Marie Altic, 50, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Antwerp, passed away Monday, Sept. 24.

She was born July 2, 1962 in Toledo, the daughter of Marvin and Faralee (Bowling) Martin. On June 15, 1985, she married Shawn Altic, who survives.

Also surviving are her mother, Faralee Martin of Bradner; a daughter, Alesha Rae Altic of Fort Wayne; a granddaughter, Ariona Nicole O’Dor, Fort Wayne; and two sisters, Carolyn Warden of Bradner and Brenda Bozeman of Wayne.

She was preceded in death by her father and a daughter, Brandi Nicole.

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.

Visitation is from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.

Preferred memorials are to American S.I.D.S. Institute.

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

 

 

 

JUSTINE KARNES 1935-2012

DEFIANCE – Justine F. Weible Karnes, 77, of Defiance, passed away Saturday, Sept. 22 at ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital.

She was born March 28, 1935 in Broughton, the daughter of Justus and Alice (Freeland) Weible. She was a member of the Defiance AMVETS, Moose, Eagles and VFW auxiliaries. Justine loved her dogs, Jack and Buckeye, and her three cats. She never knew a stranger. She was loved by many and all. She will be greatly missed by her four children and all who knew this wonderful woman.

She is survived by three daughters, Brenda (Tim) Womble and Theresa Lang, both of Phoenix, and Donna Kalb of Florida; a son, Jerry Lang of Defiance; her identical twin sister, Colleen Roberts of Globe, Ariz., and sisters Kathleen Burton of West Liberty, Ky. and Lorine (Juan Esquivel) Ross of Broughton; a brother, Larry (Louise) Weible of Defiance; two grandchildren, Jeremy (Amber) Shepherd of Bryan and Jamie Shepherd of Phoenix; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Karnes; a brother, Jerry Weible; three sons: John Lang, Paul “Butch” Lang and Randy Lang; and a stepdaughter, Tammy Kalb.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Suggested memorials are to the Defiance Humane Society or the family.

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

 

 

 

ORVILLE HEILSHORN 1927-2012

WESTERVILLE – Orville R Heilshorn, 85, formerly of Defiance, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, Sept. 23 at his daughter’s home with his family surrounding him.

He was born on March 20, 1927, in Junction, the son of Orville W. and Christina (Groh) Heilshorn. Orville was a 1945 graduate of Defiance High School. On Aug. 27, 1949, he married Alice “Punkie” Huff of Oakwood, who survives. He was a devoted Christian and family man. He enjoyed being with family and friends playing cards, pool, ping pong, bowling, golfing and traveling. He also enjoyed supporting and cheering on his children and grandchildren in their many activities. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Defiance where he served many years as an usher and was part of the Berean Sunday School class. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels. He was a member of UAW 211. He worked at General Motors for over 40 years, mostly as a timekeeper. He served as secretary for many bowling leagues, member of the Auglaize Golf Club and was a member of the National Association of Realtors.

Also surviving are three sons, Robert (Jean) Heilshorn and William (Shelley) Heilshorn, both of Lewis Center, and Steven (Leslie) Heilshorn, Paulding; two daughters, Kathy (Ken) Kaye, Chandler, Ariz. and Karen (Kevin) Shock, Westerville; 23 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald Heilshorn, Defiance; two sisters, Ruth Gray of Defiance and Patricia Christy, Oregon, Ohio; one stepbrother, William Stone, Ashtabula; and two stepsisters, Betty Billmaer of Toledo and Florence Myers, Bradenton, Fla.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Heilshorn; three sisters, Vada Bauer, D’Nelle Brown and Eileen Cubberly; one grandson, Isaiah Steven Heilshorn; and one great-grandson, Dima Lee Heilshorn.

A private graveside service will be on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Riverview Memorial Gardens, with a memorial service at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, Defiance, with officiating done by his children, Pastor Robert Heilshorn, William Heilshorn, Kathy Kaye, Pastor Steven Heilshorn and Karen Shock.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Defiance Area Youth for Christ, She Has A Name-helping fight human trafficking, and Trinity United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be made at hcsfuneralhome.com.

 

HAROLD HASCH 1922-2012

CECIL – Harold O. Hasch, age 90, died Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Meadows of Kalida in Kalida.

He was born May 26, 1922 in Defiance,the son of Olen and Clara M. (Bohn) Hasch. On March 16, 1945, he married Nova L. Johnson, who preceded him in death on March 18, 2008. He was a lifelong farmer.

He is survived by two sons, Rex Hasch of Cecil and Terry Hasch, Defiance; a granddaughter, Merri Hasch; a grandson, Chad Hasch, Defiance; and three great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Elaine M. Hasch, and a sister, Ruth Dangler.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice.

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

 

JOHN KNAPP 1946-2012

ANTWERP – John L. “Butch” Knapp, 65, of Antwerp, passed away Saturday, Sept. 22 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.

He was born Oct. 30, 1946, in Harlan, Ind., the son of Ross and Mary (Sunday) Knapp. He was a member of Countryside Church of Christ.

Surviving are his children, Matt of Detroit and Kristina Berry of Auburn, Ind.; companion, Judy Schaffer of Defiance; three sisters, Donna (Max) Timbrook of Fort McCoy, Fla., Lou (Jack) Payne of Fort Wayne and Judy Gray of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two brothers, Larry (Melanie) of Adrian, Ga. and Steve (Sue) of Antwerp; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Betty Hissong and Bill Knapp.

His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at Countryside Church of Christ, Grabill, Ind. Burial will be in Scipio Cemetery.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and at the church one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

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

 

RANDY SCHAADT 1957-2012

FORT WAYNE – Randy L. Schaadt, 55, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, Sept. 21 at his sister’s residence in Antwerp.

He was born Aug. 31, 1957 in Van Wert, the son of Herbert and Laura “Katy” (Hilton) Schaadt of Fort Wayne.

Surviving are his parents and three sisters, Wanda Rodman of Antwerp, Arlene (Melvin) Baxley of Statesville, N.C. and Audrey Knapp of Hobe Sound, Fla.

His funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with visitation two hours prior. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.

Preferred memorials are to the Church House of Grabill.

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

 

BARBARA SHUHERK 1929-2012

CROMWELL, Ind. – Barbara Anne (Rhoad) Shuherk, 82, died peacefully in her home, Thursday Sept. 20, in the care of her loving daughters and only granddaughter.

She was born Nov. 13, 1929, in Paulding, the daughter of Edward and Blanche (Doster) Rhoad. On April 17, 1947, she married her high school sweetheart, Eddie C. Shuherk, who preceded her in death Sept. 22, 2011. She was the plant manager’s secretary at Weatherhead/Dana, originally at the Antwerp plant, then transferring to the Syracuse plant in 1976. She retired in 1994 after 45 years of service. She was a member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church and Eastern Star. She was a wonderfully loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, family being of the utmost importance to her. She enjoyed reading her daily devotions, Bible and novels. In earlier years she was a beautiful seamstress, often making matching dresses for her daughters and herself.

Surviving are three daughters, Beth Anne Seslar, Carol C. Shuherk and Cindy L. Shuherk; six grandchildren, Eric Seslar, Cassandra Anne (Craig) Daniels, Joshua (Tara) and Luke (Katie) Parrish and William and Walker Zupan; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald (Isobel) Rhoad; and a cousin, Marilyn Hedde.

She also was preceded in death by four siblings, Bob and Dick Rhoad, Elizabeth Ashton and Eunice Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Antwerp United Methodist Church.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and at the church one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Association.

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

 

 

MICHAEL CLINE 1949-2012

OAKWOOD – Michael Lee “Mike” Cline, 62, of Oakwood, formerly of Portsmouth, went to be with the Lord at 1 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born Oct. 31, 1949, in Portsmouth, the son of Hearst S. and Trilby (Morgan) Cline. He was a carpenter and an avid lover of the outdoor scene. He enjoyed hunting for the biggest buck, and loved fishing. He always asserted his opinion and stated what was on his mind, but at the same time, always willing to give of his time, be there for anyone and volunteer wherever help was needed.

Surviving are five sisters, Betty Jo Payne, whom he lived with, Antha (Wade) Deming, Nancy (Gene) Gerschutz and Mary (Gerald) Friesner, all of Oakwood, and Diane (Russ) Tackett of Beaver; two brothers, Hershel (Christy) Cline of Portsmouth and David (Tracy) Cline of Leesburg; and many nieces, nephews, friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Joseph Anthony Cline.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with his nephew, the Rev. David A. Tackett from End Times Harvest Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Memorials may be given to help with the funeral expenses or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

DORIS BAKSA 1921-2012

PAULDING – Doris I. Baksa, age 90, died Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Hickory Creek of Hicksville.

She was born Dec. 18, 1921 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Myers L. and Ethel (Myers) Saxton. On Nov. 4, 1942, she married Steve Baksa Jr., who preceded her in death on July 26, 1989. She was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church. She was formerly employed by Casaad and Quick Lock, both of New Haven, and Stokely’s of Paulding. She enjoyed gardening and canning.

She is survived by two sons, Howard (Barb) Baksa of Briceton and Roger (Susan) Baksa of Hedges; three grandchildren, Carrie, Daniel and Derrick; a stepgrandson, Tobin; and three great-grandchildren: Jake, Lily and Carter.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Charlotte Wilson, a brother, Vernon M. Saxton; two sisters, Lois Bullinger and Mabel Bland; and a stepgrandson, Alex Doster.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Paulding United Methodist Church, Paulding. Burial will follow in Hedges Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to a Hickory Creek of Hicksville or American Diabetes Foundation.

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

 

 

JAMES DYSINGER 1962-2012

PAULDING – James A. Dysinger, age 50, died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Wednesday, Sept. 19 in Auglaize Township, Paulding County.

He was born March 7, 1962 in Paulding, the son of Vernon C. and Iona (Holtsberry) Dysinger. On April 17, 1992, he married Merry Chris Lowe, who survives. He was employed by Defiance Metal Products, Defiance. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Chris Dysinger, Paulding; two brothers, Terry Dysinger, Paulding, and Jerry Dysinger, Putnam, Conn.; three sisters, Rita Robinson of Paulding, Brenda (Ba) Vo of Austin, Texas, and Karen (Curt) Felver, Zanesville; four stepchildren, Harold J. Collins, Paula G. Manning, Kenneth J. Collins and Harold A. Eldridge; 11 stepgrandchildren; three great-stepgrandchildren; and his best friend, “Buddy.”

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Vernon “Bruce” Dysinger,

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Monday.

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

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

 

 

RETHA “ES” FINNEGAN 1948-2012

DEFIANCE – Retha “Es” (Sherry) Finnegan, 64, of Defiance, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at her residence, with her family by her side.

She was born on March 23, 1948 in Melrose, the daughter of Rex and Betty (Bair) Sherry. On March 27, 1965, she married Paul Finnegan, who survives. She was a member of Bethel Christian Church of Arthur. She had worked at Murphy’s Mart, Kroger’s and Meijer’s, When Retha was not doting on her grandchildren, she was often found outdoors tending her vegetable and flower gardens, and collecting angels.

Also surviving her are a son, William Finnegan of Napoleon; a daughter, Lisa (Harold) Andrews of Defiance; grandchildren, Jessica Ratliff, Austin Finnegan, Kyle Ratliff and Megan Finnegan, all of Defiance; a sister, Carol (Donald) Russell of Defiance; three brothers, William (Linda) Sherry and David (Paula) Sherry, both of Defiance, and Daniel (Jennifer) Sherry of Castroville, Texas; and a sister-in-law, Debra Sherry.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jeffery Sherry; and a sister, Jeanette Rollins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Bethel Christian Church, Oakwood, with Pastor Chris Baker, officiating. Cremation will follow.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Bethel Christian Church or American Kidney Foundation.

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

 

JEANNE REED 1955-2012

CLOVERDALE – Jeanne R. Reed, age 57, died Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Tijuana International BioCare Hospital, Tijuana, Mexico.

She was born July 19, 1955 in Paulding, the daughter of George L. and DeNeal (Stasell) Williamson, who preceded her in death. On Nov. 10, 1973, she married Douglas J. Reed, who survives. She was formerly employed by StoneCo. as a scale clerk.

Also surviving are two sons, Steven (Kristine) Reed of Van Wert and Keith (Tara) Reed, Cloverdale; a daughter, Amber (William) McCoy, Fort Wayne; five grandchildren, Austin, Ethan, William, Matthew and Nathan; and two sisters, Patricia Thompson of Dayton and Linda (Paul) Clark, Antwerp.

She also was preceded in death by an infant brother, John R. Williamson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Roselms Christian Church, Washington Township, Paulding County, with the Rev. Harold L. Clark officiating. Burial will follow in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

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

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

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

 

 

HELEN KELLY 1937-2012

PAULDING – Helen R. Kelly, 74, died Sunday, Sept. 16, at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Nov. 4, 1937, in Paulding, the daughter of Leo A. and Ova B. (Copsey) Phlipot, who both preceded her in death. On Jan. 18, 1958, she married Louis A. English, who preceded her in death on Dec. 2, 1961. On June 18, 1966, she married George G. Kelly, who survives. She was a member of the Paulding United Methodist Church. During her working years she was a waitress, a practical nurse, a telephone operator, a cook and a dispatcher for the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department. Above all she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

Also surviving are four children, Rita (Tom) Ricica of Defiance, Gary “Bub” English and Anne (Jeff) Pieper, both of Paulding, and George G. “Charlie” (Rachel) Kelly Jr. of Granville; four brothers, Donald (Janice) Phlipot and Ray Phlipot, both of Paulding, Roy (Mary Jo) Phlipot of Scott and Richard Phlipot of Defiance; seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Matt) Devereaux, Jeffery Ricica, Sara English, Hannah English, Sophia English, Mikayla Pieper and Bailey Pieper.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Robert W. Phlipot, and twin daughters, Paula Jean and Pamela Sue English.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow at Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, and one hour prior to funeral services on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund, Community Health Professionals of Paulding County or the Paulding United Methodist Church Roof Fund.

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

 

 

DONALD THOMAS

CONTINENTAL – Donald R. Thomas, 79, of Continental was welcomed home by his Lord and Savior at 4:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. He was reunited with his parents, David and Dorothy (Matson) Thomas and his stepmother, Helen Thomas.

He was an U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1950-53. On June 21, 1958, he married Norma J. Cass, who survives. Don retired from Miller Brothers Construction in Archbold after 36 years. He was an active farmer for 50-plus years. He was a member of the Elks and VFW in Defiance, Masonic Lodge in Continental, Military Order of the Cooties in Continental, and a life member of the Continental American Legion. He enjoyed collecting and restoring antique tractors and cars with his son-in-law, Tim, and enjoyed fishing, camping, boating, and especially spending time with his family. During the summer months, he loved gardening.

Also surviving are four children, David (Kim) Thomas of Weston, Mark Alan Thomas of Continental, Rachel Renae Eagleson of Continental, and Dorothy Jean (Timothy) Heishman of Continental; five grandchildren, Melani Eagleson, Jeffrey Thomas, Jason Thomas, Ashley Heishman and Victoria Heishman; three great-grandchildren, Jada, Chloe and Maci Pepiot; and a sister, Thelma Thomas of New Haven.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental with Pastor Jerry Rayl officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery, Continental with a military service by the Continental American Legion.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 3-8 p.m. Friday, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society or to Christ Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.

Condolences can be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

JONI RHODES 1956-2012

PAULDING – Joni Charlene Rhodes, 55, of Paulding, formerly of Antwerp passed away Sunday, Sept. 9 at her residence in Paulding.

She was born Sept. 19, 1956 in Hicksville, the daughter of Charles Sr. and Rose (Carr) Rhodes. Joni would be remembered by many for her years of service at Kammeyer’s IGA in Antwerp.

Surviving are her mother, of Ligonier, Ind.; four children, Terry (Charlene) Pastor Jr. of Antwerp, Brandy (Benji Haven) Worthington of Edgerton, Candy (Ronald Jr.) Sims of Kendallville, Ind. and Matthew Rhodes of Cecil; three brothers, Jamie of Swanton, Charles Jr. of Lima and George of Ligonier; three sisters, Julie Wort of Ligonier, Lori Foltz of Paulding and Terri Mosby of Kimmell, Ind.; and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at Antwerp United Methodist Church, Antwerp, with visitation one hour prior to services. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, is in charge of arrangements.

Please omit flowers. Preferred memorials are to the family.

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

 

 

 

SARAH ROBESON 1943-2012

VAN WERT – Sarah J. Robeson of Van Wert passed away on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born Jan. 3, 1943 in Van Wert, the daughter of Llewellyn Sr. and Blanche (Harman) Whitaker. She attended Haviland, Scott and Blue Creek local schools. On May 2, 1964, in Decatur, Ind., she married Ronald E. Robeson, who survives. She retired from Teleflex Inc. after 33 years of dedicated service. She was a loving and caring person who will be greatly missed.

Also surviving are her children, Mona (Kurt) Massillo of Van Wert, Candi (David) Holt of Scott, Bud Robeson of Van Wert, and Blaise (Cathy) Robeson of Sissonville, W.Va.; grandchildren, Jamie (Adam) Wehage, Nicole Martin, Connor Massillo, Adam (Lindsey) Stemen, Ryan King, Miranda Caldwell, Zachary Robeson and Ava Robeson; great-grandchildren, Adin Wehage, Dresden Wehage, Gage Stemen, Alexia Stemen, Corbin Delgado, Ciara Caldwell, Cayee Caldwell and Chanze Caldwell; her mother-in-law, Mary (Shingledecker) Robeson, of Van Wert; a brother, Doyle (Nancy) Whitaker of Scott; and a sister, Anna Jean Bigalow of Scott.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Llewellyn “Pete” Whitaker Jr.; and her father-in-law, Franklin “Bud” Robeson.

There will be no services held at this time. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials may be directed to Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center in honor of Sarah Robeson.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

CELESTE WALDEN 1922-2012

PAULDING – Celeste A. Walden, 90, of Paulding, died on Sept. 4.

She was born Jan. 22, 1922, the daughter of Leo and Bertha Johanns of Paulding.

Surviving are her children, Patrica (Robert) Walken of Lake Arrowhead, Calif., Edward Johanns of Paulding and Kathleen (Robert) Hasty of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; two brothers and a sister.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Walden; a grandson, Jason; a granddaughter, April; three sisters and four brothers.

The Cremation Society of Toledo assisted the family and no funeral or services were conducted.

 

DeNEAL WILLIAMSON

HAVILAND – DeNeal Dolores Williamson, of Haviland, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.

She was born in Allen County, Ind., the daughter of Harold and Hilda (Weileman) Stasell. On April 6, 1946, she married George Williamson and worked by his side on the family farm. She enjoyed quilting gardening, reading, playing cards and spending time with family and friends. She loved her family and cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the St. James Lutheran Church of Payne.

She is survived by her sister, Connie Myers of Payne; daughters, Patricia Thompson of Dayton, Linda (Paul) Clark of Antwerp and Jeanne (Doug) Reed of Grover Hill; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 2003, and a son, Johnny, in 1946.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10 at St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, with Pastor Fred Meuter officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Creek Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be from 2- 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Monday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

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

 

 

LAVON FLORENCE 1931-2012

OAKWOOD – Lavon C Florence, 81, of Oakwood, passed away on Monday, Sept. 3 at the Ann Arbor Veterans Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich.

He was born on July 1, 1931 in Defiance, the son of Ellsworth and Helen (Partee) Florence. On Oct. 18, 1985, he married Rhonda Stoller, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran (Sgt. 1C Ranger), serving during the Korean War from 1950-56. He worked at Johns Manville from 1950-62, then for the Wabash Railroad as a conductor from 1962 until his retirement in 1986, working at the Peru-Toledo and Defiance terminals. He was a member of First Baptist Church, life member of the VFW Post 3360 and the AMVETS and also was a member of the Eagles. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Also surviving him are his sons, Leo (Pam) Florence of Defiance, Lowell Florence of Cecil, Lavon T. (Barbara) Florence of Oakwood and Lance Florence of Sherwood; daughters, Linda (Jerry) Justinger and Laura Rose, both of Defiance; 20 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Donald (Betty) Florence of Bryan and Roger (Frances) Florence, Kenneth (Bernice) Florence and Robert (Betty) Florence, all of Defiance; and sisters, Delores Robarge of Bryan, Mary (Arnold) Mandrick of Hillsdale, Mich., and Jean (Lavon) Wiseman, Janet (Bill) Fischer and Rita (Paul) Karnes, all of Defiance.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Florence; a sister, Norma Miller; and a stepgrandson, Joseph White.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at the First Baptist Church, Defiance, with the Rev. Tim Yazel officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, where graveside rites will be accorded by VFW Post 3360.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, and at the church one hour prior to services on Saturday. An AMVET service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday.

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

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

 

 

MARY KAY WILCOX 1918-2012

VAN WERT – Mary Kay Wilcox, 94, passed away on Monday, Sept. 3 at Vancrest Nursing Home, Van Wert.

She was born Feb. 24, 1918, the daughter of William J. and Ellen Murphy. On Oct. 7, 1941, she married the Rev. R. Edsel Wilcox, who preceded her in death on July 30, 1982. Kay was a 75-year member of Bluebell Chapter #151 Order of Eastern Star, Past District Grand Matron, District #27 OES. Ms. Hattie, as she was known, was past president of the Defiance District United Methodist Women, a certified lay pastor and served the Hartsburg UMC for 14 years.

She is survived by two sons, Bill (Linda) Wilcox of Blacklick and Jim (Nancy) Wilcox, Haviland; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Randy) Snyder of New Albany, Heather (Kelly) Jones of Waxhaw, N.C., Jason (Jen) Wilcox of Reynoldsburg, Brittany (Bryce) Sinn of Wren and B.J. and Brooke Wilcox, both of Haviland; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Shawnee Cemetery in Shawnee.

Visitation will be held from noon-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6.

Preferred memorials are to the West Ohio Conference-United Methodist Women.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

HELEN JOHNSON 1923-2012

GROVER HILL – Helen Louise Johnson, 89, Grover Hill, died at 1:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

She was born July 11, 1923, near Venedocia, the daughter of Reginald and Alberta (Harpster) Plummer. On Dec. 27, 1941, she married James Robert “Bob” Johnson, who survives. She had worked at Ball Ban in Mishawaka, Ind., Continental Can (Greif Bros.) in Van Wert, the Grover Hill News and retired from General Electric in Fort Wayne. She was a lifelong member of the Grover Hill United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women and a member of the G.E. Elecs Club. She held various offices in the UMW and as the Sunday school superintendent. She played basketball in high school and enjoyed following basketball all through her life.

Also surviving are two sons, Greg Johnson of Latty and Brad (Bobbie) Johnson, Morrison, Colo.; five grandchildren, Zachary R. (Meagan) Johnson, Megan (Mic) Wilborn, Serge B. Johnson, Joshua McGregor (Antoinette) Johnson and Jason Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Jacob, Sarah and Liam Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Rex and William Plummer; and two sisters, Rosemary Plummer and Betty Geething.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Grover Hill United Methodist Church with Pastor Mike Waldron officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in Middle Creek Cemetery. Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 2-4 p.m. prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Grover Hill United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to www.cowanfuneralhome.com.

 

ROBIN TRACY 1964-2012

PAULDING – Robin Sue Tracy, 48, of Paulding died at 2:10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 at her residence.

She was born March 23, 1964 in Defiance, the daughter of Paul and Ruth Tracy. She worked for Spartech in Paulding and previously worked for 25 years at Eagle Pitcher/Meridian in Grabill, Ind. She had a great love for her family. She will always be remembered for never saying no to her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews and the awesome slumber parties they had through the years. She also enjoyed buying shoes.

Surviving are her mother, of Melrose; two brothers, Bob Tracy of Defiance and Greg (Joyce) Tracy of Melrose; two sisters, Alane Densmore of Oakwood and Marsha Williamson of Cecil; 10 nephews and nieces, Trevor Tracy, Troy (Windy) Tracy, Ryan (Loretta) Densmore, Nathan (Ginger) Densmore, Alicia (Gary) Plotts, Rachel Densmore, Lucas Tracy, Sarah Tracy, Renee Perez, Jonathon Williamson; and 18 great-nephews and nieces: Brandon, Darion, Carson and Ashlynn Tracy; Dakota, Madison and Piper Densmore; Hope, Jaden, McKenzie and Emma Plotts; Dylan Perez; Paige Jones; Parker Densmore; Brian and Jessica Bennett; Randi and Dave Drew.

She was preceded in death by her father and a niece, Miranda Tracy.

A funeral service will be held at at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood with Pastor Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial will follow in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

LEE MATTHEWS 1959-2012

PAULDING – Lee Alan Leon Matthews, age 53, died 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at his residence after an extended illness.

He was born July 17, 1959, in Paulding County, the son of Charles A. and Dorma Jean (Bland) Matthews. On June 29, 1990, he married Peggy Sue Stone, who survives. He was employed by Herbert E. Orr Company and was a member of UAW #211.

Also surviving are a daughter, Miranda L. Matthews of Napoleon; a sister, Elvene (Justus) Holtsberry of Oakwood; and seven brothers, Gordon Matthews of Sturgis, Mich., John (Edna) Matthews of Bryan, Ronald and Jerry Matthews, both of Cecil, Lynn Matthews of Defiance, Dana (Teresa) Matthews of Broughton, and Jody Matthews of Payne.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Charles Matthews Jr.; and an infant sister, Wilda Matthews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding.

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

Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

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ARNOLD BEGLEY 1942-2012

DOTHAN, Ala. – Arnold “Arnie” Begley, a resident of Dothan, died Saturday, Aug. 25 at his residence. He was 70.

He was born April 9, 1942, in Dry Hill, Ky., and proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corp. He took great pride in his ability to perform exceptional body work on cars. He had a love of cars and trains and was known by his family and friends as being very generous to everyone he met.

Survivors include two sons, Shane Begley and Chad (Kris) Lantow; four brothers, Paul (Ruby) Begley of Gray, Ky., Jim (Jean) Begley of Titusville, Fla., Dave (Linda) Begley of Payne and Bruce “Butch” (Janet) Begley, Cape Canaveral, Fla.; two sisters, Mildred “Mick” (Gene) Shoenauer and Dianne Farling, both of Payne; three grandchildren, Sarah, Kaitlin and Thomas Lantow; and a dear friend, companion and caregiver, Martha Prescott.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha; a stepdaughter, Gena Lantow; his parents, Julius and Esther Begley; a brother, Michael Lynn “Pink” Begley; and four sisters, Coteal Lee, Lorene Gordon, Barbara Guyton and Bernadyne Rodgers.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Antwerp Bethel Church in Antwerp with Pastor Max Begley officiating. A dinner will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 2576 Montgomery Highway, Suite 2, Dothan AL 36303.

 

ARTHUR PRICE 1933-2012

OAKWOOD – Arthur J. Price, 79, of Oakwood, died at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born Jan. 4, 1933 in Paulding, the son of Arthur C. and Edna B. (Aufrance) Price. On June 10, 1978, he married Dorothy Riley, who survives in Oakwood. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict. He retired from General Motors in 1989 and was a member of UAW Local 211 of Defiance and Paulding VFW. He was a loving husband and father. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman who loved life to the fullest.

Also surviving are his children, Pam (John) Arnett of Oakwood, Sheree (Reid) Bruce of Dallas, Jackie Roughton of Continental, Arthur F. (Latasha) Price of Cecil, Tuge Price of Continental, Brian Bradford of Grover Hill, and Sheila (Scott) Kiner of Palm Desert, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister: Jean Winterhalter of Defiance.

There will be no funeral service or visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

 

WAYNE GORDON 1928-2012

CECIL – Wayne O. Gordon, 84, of Cecil, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born July 9, 1928 in Antwerp, the son of William and Lizzie (Wentworth) Gordon. He attained the rank of corporal in the U.S. Army, serving from 1951-57. On Jan. 25, 1951, he married Marceil McMichael, who survives. He was a lifelong farmer and worked at Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp. He was a member of the Antwerp American Legion Post 253.

Also surviving are his children, Debra (Thomas) Clouse of Tiffin, Linda (Jan) Leaders of Napoleon and Daniel (Margie) Gordon of Cecil; grandchildren, Kimberly (Randy) Carpenter, Jody (Jacob) Bernath, Sarah, Amy and Laura Leaders, Boston (Sumer) Waltenberger, Brandon Headley and Dalton (Brooke) Gordon.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Doris Beerbower, Dorothy Schwartzwalder, Helen Emenhiser, Edith Cook and Edwin, Don and Kenny Gordon; and a great-grandchild, Maxwell James Waltenberger.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp with the Rev. Max Begley officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to Paulding County Senior Center or Bethel United Methodist Church.

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

 

 

 

LUCILE LAUKHUF SHEALY 1909-2012

PAYNE – Lucile Marie (Guingrich) Laukhuf Shealy, 103, died Aug. 25, at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center in Paulding, where she was a resident.

She was born July 13, 1909, in Gridley, Ill., the daughter of Emanuel and Rosa (Schultz) Guingrich. In 1927, she married Oscar R. Laukhuf, who preceded her in death in 1976. In 1978, she married the Rev. Grant Shealy, who died in 1987. She was a homemaker and a cook for the former Payne School system. She was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Briceton.

Surviving are three daughters, Shirley Pettit of Orlando, Fla., Elaine Milan of Cedarburg, Wis. and Marilyn Dargatz of Springboro, Ohio; two stepsons, Fred Shealy of Pharr, Texas and Thomas (Kathy) Shealy of Columbus; a brother, Robert W. Guingrich of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; four great-stepgrandchildren and one great-great-stepgrandchild.

Also preceding her in death were four brothers, Chester, Virgil, Edward and Omer; three sisters, Madie Laukhuf, Helen Sinn Miller and Minerva Stoller; a son, Russell Laukhuf; and a daughter, Lois Ann Laukhuf.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Paulding with Pastor Karen Stetins officiating. Burial will follow in the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery in Latty.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. There will also be calling at the church on Thursday morning one hour prior to funeral service from 10-11 a.m.

Lucile is dearly missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church of Briceton or the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center Memorial Tree Fund.

On line condolences may be sent to: www.denherderfh.com.

 

 

 

BETTY FORTNEY 1924-2012

CONVOY – Betty Louise Fortney, age 87, of Convoy, died at 6:04 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at CHP-Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

She was born Oct. 3, 1924 in Monroeville, Ind., the daughter of Homer and Viola (Haas) Taylor. She married Charles Baumert, who preceded her in death Oct. 20, 1971. On Sept. 8, 1973, she married Esten M. Fortney, who survives. A graduate of Monroeville High School, she was a homemaker and worked at Gibson’s IGA in Convoy until 1989. She was a member of Convoy United Methodist Church and the UMW, Hesperian Chapter #281 Order of the Eastern Star of Payne and of TWIG Group I of Van Wert County Hospital.

Also surviving are her children, Linda (Randy) McNamara of Payne, Jack (Jeanette) Baumert of Fort Wayne, Carl (Linda) Baumert of Antwerp, Pam (David) Herminghuysen of Van Wert, Jill (Dave) Bauer of Orlando, Fla., and Jack (Tracy) Fortney of Van Wert; a daughter-in-law, Jill Fortney, Van Wert; eight grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; 20 grandchildren; and 15 great-stepgrandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a stepson, Jerry Fortney; two grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two brothers; and one sister.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at Convoy United Methodist Church with Pastor Gregory Leigh officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert and at the church one hour prior to services on Friday.

Preferred memorials are to the church or the Inpatient Hospice Center.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at cowanfuneralhome.com.

 

CARLVIN “CARL” ROOP 1932-2012

SCOTT – Carlvin “Carl” F. Roop, 79, Scott, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Select Specialty Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born Oct. 20, 1932, in Rockford, the son of Joseph and Hazel (Sprague) Roop.

He worked maintenance at Ley Equipment, Teleflex, then retired in 1994 with Budd Company, all of Van Wert. He married Connie Stahl, who survives. He was a veteran of the Korean War in the U.S. Army, a member of the Van Wert American Legion and enjoyed fishing and camping.

Also surviving are two sons, William (Robin) Roop of Scott and Michael (Cheryl) Roop of Van Wert; two daughters, Chris Harman of Van Wert and Laurie Roop, Fort Wayne; and several grandchildren, great-grand- and great-great-grandchildren.

Private family services will be held. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorial is the American Heart Association.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

 

 

HELEN YENSER 1943-2012

OAKWOOD – Helen Darlene Yenser, 69, of Oakwood, passed away on Monday, Aug. 20 at the Paulding County Hospital.

She was born on Aug. 4, 1943 in Defiance, the daughter of Russell and Flora (Doyle) Butler. On Jan. 27, 1961 at the Defiance Church of the Brethren, she married Herald “Gene” Yenser, who survives. She was a member of Defiance Church of the Brethren, and a retired nurse.

Also surviving are daughters, Shelley (Mike) Shinners, Kris (Wayne) Noffsinger, Sonya (Steve Hammon) Yenser-Hammon, Sheila (Denny) Martin and Tamara (John) Sohn; a son, Eric Yenser, brothers, Clyde, Russell and Merlin Butler; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Nola Stoller and Norma Jean Phlipot; and a grandson, Tanner Martin.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at Defiance Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Dick Nuewirth will be officiating.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance and at the church one hour prior to services on Friday.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

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

 

ROGER HOGANS 1954-2012

LEESBURG, Fla. – Roger Eugene Hogans, age 57, passed away at 3:10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at his home in Leesburg after a six-month battle with cancer.

He was born on Nov. 8, 1954 in Hogansville, Ga., the son of Grady and Evelyn (Turner) Hogans. On Sept. 13, 1985, he married Kimberly Marie Wilhelm, who survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Elizabeth Wilhelm Bradbury of Fort Wayne and Arie and Reann Hogans, both of Leesburg; three sons, Jared (Jessie) Hogans of Payne, Jason (Andrea) Hogans and Ryan Hogans, both of Leesburg; five brothers; three sisters; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Mike, of Paulding; and two grandchildren, Isaac and Madison Hogans.

Private memorial services were held Wednesday, Aug. 15 in Leesburg, Fla. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes & Cremation Services was in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

ROBERT E. WILLIAMS 1929 – 2012

SPRINGBORO – Robert E. Williams, 83, formerly of Haviland, passed away Monday, August 13 at Spring Hill Nursing Home in Springboro, Ohio.

He was born March 8, 1929 in Mandale, the son of Schuyler T. and Mary R. (Rowe) Williams. He graduated from Haviland-Scott High School and was a Korean War veteran. He was a retiree from the U.S. Postal Service.

He is survived by a sister, Evelyn Harrison of Indianapolis; and two brothers, Paul Williams of Columbus and Dennis (Miriam) Williams of Dayton.

He was proceeded in death by four brothers, Schuyler Jr., Donald, James and Ronald Williams, and three sisters, Betty Robinson, Juanita Morning, and Vera McGee.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., today, Aug. 22 at Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. Bradford-Connelly Glicker Funeral Home of Dayton was in charge of arrangements.

 

DANA COPPES 1958-2012

VAN WERT – Dana L. Coppes, 53, of Van Wert, died at 4:12 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born Aug. 17, 1958, in Paulding, the son of  Richard and Joan (Parker) Coppes. He worked at Grief Brothers in Van Wert and was the former owner of JD’s Whine and Dine in Middle Point. He loved to fish and throw darts.

He is survived by his mother, Joan Coppes of Oakwood; two sons, Christopher (Lucretia) Coppes of Defiance and Jeremy Chad Coppes of Paulding; a brother, Dale (Deena) Coppes of  Grover Hill; a sister, Karen (Steve) Leatherman of Oakwood and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Coppes.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. William Nirote officiating.

Hours of visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17 and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., the day of services.

Preferred memorials can be directed to the choice of the donor.

 

 

AMANDA SUE KING

A graveside service and memorial will be held Thursday, Aug. 16 for Amanda Sue King, 37, formerly of Oakwood.

She passed away July 24, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

It will start with a graveside service at noon at Rochester Cemetery, located on County Road 424 (old U.S. 24) Cecil, with the Rev./friend Penny Mortemore officiating. A memorial service in her honor will be held at 2 p.m. at the Ayersville United Methodist Church, 27728 Ayersville Ave. and will be followed by a luncheon. Please come join us in the celebration of her life.

 

MARVIN SLATTMAN 1962-2012

OAKWOOD – Marvin R. Slattman, 49, of Oakwood, died at 8:53 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born Oct. 29, 1962 in Lima, the son of H. Bernard and Evelyn (Leatherman) Slattman. He was a small engine repairman.

Surviving are his father, of Oakwood; two brothers, James (Robin) Slattman of Marysville and Jerry Slattman of Cloverdale; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13. at Heitmeyer Funeral Home at Oakwood with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation is one hour prior to services at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

TARA HODGE 1971-2012

VAN WERT – Tara J. Hodge, 41, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Aug. 7, following a long illness.

She was born June 2, 1971, in Toledo, the daughter of Ronald and Norma Hodge.

She is survived by her mother, Norma Hodge of Van Wert; a brother, Charles (Peggy) Graves of Van Wert; two sisters, Chauvonne (Graves) Tolley of Clovis, N.M., and Pamela (Hill) Harding of Texas; a niece, Jeannie Graves; three nephews, Charles (Liz) Graves Jr., David Graves and Samuel Tolley; four great-nephews, Charles IV, Thomas, Nicholas and William (godson); two aunts, Rosetta Acosta of Monroeville, Ind., and Margaret Long of Portsmouth; and one uncle, Dent Flemming of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her father; a brother, Duane Graves; maternal grandmother, Phrona Dorton; and paternal grandmother, Minnie Miller.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with the Rev. Tommy Sandefer officiating.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Monday.

Memorial contributions are to the family.

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

 

LARRY BRUICK 1942-2012

ANTWERP – Larry W. Bruick, 69 of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Antwerp, passed away July 24 at his residence.

He was born Oct. 19, 1942 in Monroeville, Ind., the son of Edwin and Violet (McNeal) Bruick. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1963-65. On Aug. 6, 1966, he married Margaret Campbell, who preceded him in death April 10, 2005. In 2006, he married Debbie Martin, who survives. He had worked at BF Goodrich, but was best known for owning and operating the A&W Drive-In and the Pop N Brew in Antwerp with his wife Margaret for over 35 years. He always enjoyed time at the lake with family and friends.

Surviving are his daughters, Christy (Mark) Williamson of Antwerp and Nikki (Steve) Zuber of Van Wert; a sister, Patricia Copper of Monroeville, Ind.; and grandchildren, Madison, Morgan Brooke, Sam, Rachel and Taylor.

He also was preceded in death by his stepbrother, Edwin.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 3497 CR 424, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to the church, Antwerp High School Athletic Department or Delphos St. John’s Athletic Department.

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

 

 

 

EDNA BRUNS, R.N.

PAULDING – Edna E. Bruns, R.N., age 102, died peacefully, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 at The Gardens of Paulding Assisted Living.

Born in Allen County, Ind., she was the daughter of William F. and Katie (Helmke) Bruns. She was a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church, Woodburn. She attended Christ Lutheran School, graduated from Woodburn High School and Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing. She was employed by Drs. C.W. and Fred Dahling and E.M. Hoetzer. She was a retired member of ANA, a member New Haven Women’s Club, LWML and Christ Lutheran Women’s Society.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Alice Bruns; nieces and nephews, Peggy Dix, Lester (Betty) Bruns, Patricia (James) Herzog, Maurie (Regina) Hahn, Kathy Ann Agler, Theresa (Devon) Lehman, William (Karen) Bruns, Mary Ann (Fritz) Cooper and Janice Hahn Thomas.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Alfred, Anton, Walter and Eugene Bruns; a sister, Irene (Scott) Hahn; nephews, Gary Bruns, Keith Hahn and Roger Bruns, and a niece, Sally Byers.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 with calling one hour prior at Christ Lutheran Church, Woodburn, with Pastor Timothy Edwards officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, New Haven.

Preferred memorials are to Christ Lutheran Church or Woodburn Lutheran School.

To share online condolences please visit www.harperfuneralhome.com.

 

 

MARY LOU PORTER 1926-2012

OAKWOOD – Mary Lou Porter, 85, of Oakwood, died at 12:28 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at her residence.

She was born Oct. 2, 1926 in Montrose, Colo., the daughter of Nelson and Loretta (Scharf) Nissen. On Dec. 7, 1943, she married Basil L. Porter, who preceded her in death May 19, 2009. She retired from Paulding County Hospital, where she had worked as a receptionist.

Surviving are two sons, Steve (Phyllis) Porter and John (Michele) Porter, both of Paulding; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by two daughters, Karen and Sharon, in infancy; two brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial will follow in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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

Condolences can be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

OPAL ANKNEY 1921-2012

PAULDING – Opal Faye Ankney, age 90, died Friday, Aug. 3 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Dec. 28, 1921 in Paulding, the daughter of Joseph and Ruth (Hoover) Glick. On June 16, 1940, she married Estel W. “Jim” Ankney, who preceded her in death on March 20, 2002. She was employed by the former Ben Franklin Store of Paulding for 33 years. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church Paulding and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Paulding County.

She is survived by two sons, R. Rex (Lula Mae) Ankney and Marv (Lori) Ankney, both of Paulding; a daughter, Melody J. “Mel” (Gary) Schultz, Findlay; a sister, Maxine Hanenkratt, Cecil; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by five brothers, Olen, Roger, Dean, Russell and Charles Glick; and a sister, Edna Schooley.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Paulding County Hospital Home Health.

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

 

 

DIANA BOLEY 1958-2012

SCOTT – Diana S. Boley, 53, of Scott, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 6:20 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert, after a courageous seven-year battle with cancer.

She was born Dec. 8, 1958, in Van Wert, the daughter of Dwight D. and Marjorie (Neiford) Secaur. On Aug. 13, 1979, she married Rick D. Boley, who survives. A 1977 graduate of Van Wert High School, she was a unit secretary at the Van Wert Hospital and a member of Trinity Friends Church of Van Wert.

Also surviving are her mother, of Van Crest in Convoy; two sons, Curtis (Jill) Boley of Blacklick and Nick (Shannon) Boley of Van Wert; a daughter, Erika (Robert) Mefferd of Convoy; two brothers, Barry (Judy) Secaur of Decatur, Ind., and Jim (Sierra) Secaur of Convoy; a sister, Karen (Jim) Feasby of Convoy; seven grandchildren, Luke, Grant and Courtney Mefferd, McKenna and Alivia Boley, Elijah Boley and Madison Rabold; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert. The Revs. Steve Savidge and Neil Hammons will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6.

Preferred memorials are to Trinity Friends Church or the Pregnancy Life Center.

 

 

LORENE LEE 1931-2012

PAYNE – C. Lorene Lee, age 80, died Tuesday, July 31, at Rivertrace Nursing Center, Washington, N.C.

She was born Sept. 7, 1931, in Loyall, Ky., the daughter of Andy and Ida (Hurst) Brooks. She was a central service tech for Parkview Hospital and a member of the Church of Christ, Payne, and a former member of Blackhawk Christian Church, Fort Wayne.

She is survived by a daughter, Joan (Robert) Christianson, Greenville, N.C.; a son, George S. Lee, Hampton, Va.; one sister, Shirley Lankford, Tennessee; three brothers, Kenneth Brooks, Auburn Brooks and Larry Brooks; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Eugene and James Brooks; and two sisters, Bobby Sue Cawood and Melta Zapata.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

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

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

 

 

DONALD HUEBNER

LAURENS, S.C. – Donald Max Huebner, 88, beloved husband of the late Florence Roth Huebner, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at Laurens County Hospital.

Born in Paulding County, he was a son of Willie Max and Sylvia Holland Huebner. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he retired from The Shell Oil Company, was a Mason for over 60 years, and a member of Atonement Lutheran Church.

He is survived by a son, Eddy (Rita) Huebner of Cleveland; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his brothers and sisters.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a daughter, Sharon Huebner, and a son, Max Huebner.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at Atonement Lutheran Church in Laurens, conducted by Pastor Rick Inman. Entombment will be in Forest Lawn Mausoleum with military and Masonic rites.

The family will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary in Laurens from 6-8 p.m.  Friday, Aug. 3.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Atonement Lutheran Church, 413 W. Farley Ave., Laurens, SC 29360.

Condolences may be expressed at thekennedymortuary.com.

 

VIRGIL ADKINS 1939-2012

VAN WERT – Former Haviland resident Virgil L. Adkins, age 73, died Monday, July 30 at Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

He was born May 26, 1939 in Oak Hill, the son of Ernest and Iva (Leonard) Adkins. On Aug. 3, 1965, he married Marilyn Joy “Jo” Dover, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam Conflict Era. He retired as a truck driver in 2000, having previously worked for Ostling Drainage, Scott Miller Trucking, Aeroquip of Van Wert, Chemical Waste of Fort Wayne, Ryder Transportation of Fort Wayne and Active Transportation of Detroit. He was a member of Van Wert Moose #1320, Paulding Eagles #2405, Van Wert American Legion #178, and Van Wert VFW #5803.

Also surviving are three daughters, Eve Marie Butler of Kingston, Okla., and Tammy Sue (Travis) McCoy and Misty Dawn Browning, both of Van Wert; a brother, Weldon (Georgianna) Adkins, Haviland; six sisters, Freda Farris of Grover Hill, Betty Lou Myers and Nancy Jo (Dave) Laukhuf, both of Paulding, Merri Adkins and Ruth Ann Healy, both of Fort Wayne, and Sandra Kay Lee of Haviland; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles “Hobe” Adkins; a sister, Shirley Yoh; and a granddaughter, Christine Marie Browning.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery, Latty Township.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to Visiting Nurses and Hospice.

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

 

 

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BRENDA WHITEHOUSE 1950-2012

ANTWERP – Brenda K. Whitehouse, 62, of Antwerp, passed away Monday, July 30 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

She was born Feb. 24, 1950 in Paulding, the daughter of the late Clair and Edna (Potts) Green. On May 21, 1971, she married Mitchel “Mick” Whitehouse, who survives. She was active in various youth organizations, including 20 years in the Antwerp Baseball and Softball Association, where she had been an officer. She was a founding member of the Antwerp Branch Library, where she was a librarian for many years.

Also surviving are her children, Dawn (Greg) Koehler of Columbus, Ind., Heather (Ryan) Konrad of Holland, Ohio and Chris (Stephanie) Whitehouse of York, Pa.; siblings, Jody (Halley) Wilson of Bellefontaine, Nancy (David) Rea of Anna, Randy (Colleen) of Hicksville and Tony (Diane) of Antwerp; grandchildren, Cassidy and Chase Konrad and Larson Koehler.

Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Preferred memorials are to Lynn Mansfield Dog Rescue.

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

 

JEFFERY BARNWELL 1968-2012

CECIL – Jeffery Allen Barnwell, 44, Cecil, entered the gates of heaven on Sunday, July 29, from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

He was born June 1, 1968, in Defiance, the son of Terri Lynn Flory (Podgorski) and James Arthur Barnwell. On Oct. 12, 1992, he married Java Lee Black, who survives. He attended Fairview School and graduated from Defiance High School in 1985. He worked at Dutch Housing, Indiana; Redman Homes, Indiana; Fleetwood, Indiana; Mansion Mobile Home, Ohio; and Blackie’s Construction and was constantly roofing houses. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a very hardworking man. There was no roof that he could not roof. There was no job that he could not do. His hard work will be remembered when looking at the siding, roofs, flooring, even the complete buildings that he put his great effort and time into. He was a man with many talents who will be greatly missed and definitely remembered.

Also surviving are three sons, James (Misty) Miller of Edgerton, and Jacy Barnwell and Josiah Barnwell, Cecil; his mother, Terri Lynn Flory (Podgorski), Defiance; his great-grandmother, Patricia Goldfuss, Defiance; three sisters, Tamara (Gordon) Sitton  of Cecil, Tena (Kenneth) Sanders  of Oregon and Debra (Arthur) Wehagen, Arkansas; one grandson, Zaidin Miller; two nieces, Kayla Sanders and Brittlynn Sitton; and two nephews, Josh and Jeremy Sanders.

Preceding him in death was his father, James Arthur Barnwell.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at the First Assembly of God, 1757 S. Clinton, Defiance, with Pastor Larry Grow officiating. Handling arrangements is Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be given for funeral expenses.

 

 

MARYANN ZIERTEN 1952-2012

PAYNE – Maryann Zierten, 59, of Payne, passed away Sunday, July 29 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Oct. 14, 1952 in Decatur, Ind., the daughter of Donald and Joan (Lieder) Mansfield. On Feb. 21, 1974, she married Richard Zierten, who survives. She was a home health care worker for Community Health Professionals and had been on the Benton Township Zoning Board.

Also surviving are seven siblings, Eric Mansfield of Angola, Julie Burke of Hamilton, Brian Mansfield of Monroeville, Kurt Mansfield of Fort Wayne, Molly Morningstar of Woodburn and Katie Albert of Angola.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Her family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne.

Please omit flowers. Preferred memorials are to Richard Zierten.

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

 

 

AMANDA KING 1975-2012

OAKWOOD -- Amanda Sue King, 37, formerly of Oakwood, passed away at 3:06 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 at St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

She was born May 27, 1975, in Defiance, the daughter of Richard and Terry (Zedaker) King. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her nieces, or as she called them, “her eight little girls.” She was a home health aide until she became ill this past year. She was a member of the Grace Family Church in Port St. Lucie, Fla. One of her biggest achievements and satisfactions in life was being ordained. She had a great relationship with God and was very proud of her love for Him. She looked forward to the day she could look up in the sky and start walking.

Amanda is survived by her parents, of Oakwood; a brother, Clifford (Shonda) King of Ayersville; a sister, Stacey (Samuel) Rue of Paulding; a sister/niece, Britney (Josh) King of Oakwood; nieces, Hannah and Sydney King, Alexis, Risa, Miah and Riley Rue; and one great-niece, Brooklyn King.

She was met in heaven by her grandparents, Richard and Angela (Burkmeyer) Zedaker, Juanita (Curtis) King, and Allison and Paddy King; a brother, Richard “Richie” Allison King; and a fiancé, Michael McCabe.

Arrangements are pending and a graveside service will be set at a later date. HCS Funeral Home in Defiance is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

ROSE ANN SHAWYER 1941-2012

VAN WERT – Rose Ann Shawyer, 71, of Van Wert, passed away Thursday, July 26 at her residence.

She was born March 27, 1941 in Antwerp, the daughter of the late Gerald and Vesta (Shipman) Hawkins. On July 9, 1978, she married Gale Shawyer, who survives. She worked for WalMart for 16 years, but since 1999 she was affectionately known as “The Fabric Lady” at the Van Wert WalMart.

Also surviving are her children, Tamara (Brent) Goode and Traci (Mark) Hewitt, both of Lafayette, Ind., Terri Waschezyn of Elmira Heights, N.Y., Tonya (Ralph) Copley of Victor, Colo. and Todd of Van Wert; a brother, Larry Hawkins of Brooksville, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.

Her funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp.

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

Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society.

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

 

JUDGE JOSEPH MALLONE 1915-2012

GENEVA – Retired Ashtabula County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Philip Mallone passed away on Wednesday, July 25 in Geneva at the age of 97.

Judge Mallone was a dedicated public servant in many capacities, a loyal alumnus of Geneva High School and Ohio Northern University, a Navy veteran of two wars, a proud Italian-American and devoted family man.

Born to Francesca (Trumfio) and Bruno Sgamballone in Geneva on April 3, 1915, he overcame poverty, prejudice and difficult beginnings. His mother was widowed twice young, and Joseph became the father-figure for his five younger brothers. At Geneva High School he became very involved in athletics, and much later was inducted into the Ashtabula County Football Hall of Fame. He was an honor student and senior class president for the class of 1932.

He accepted a scholarship to Ohio Northern University in Ada. He later was inducted into the ONU Athletic Hall of Fame. Also, at ONU he was elected the sophomore and senior class president of the class of 1939.

Judge Mallone began his teaching and coaching career as the athletic director and head athletic coach for Paulding High School in Paulding. He strongly believed that sports taught young people valuable lifelong lessons. It was there that he met his future wife, Alice Belle Tope, and they married June 12, 1942.

Two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Judge Mallone enlisted in the Navy. He was selected by Commander Gene Tunney, the great boxer, to become a chief specialist to assist in the physical training of volunteers. During the Korean conflict, he (LCDR, USNR) served on the USNS Fred C. Ainsworth.

After WWII, he went to law school and graduated with the Class of 1950 from ONU School of Law and became Paulding County’s assistant prosecutor. He moved back to Geneva and opened his first law office in 1952. He became the Director of Court Services in the Ashtabula County Juvenile Court and Juvenile Court Referee. In 1972 he was elected Western County Court Judge and in 1978 he was elected to the Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court. After his retirement in 1985, he served on assignment to the Appellate Courts of Ohio.

He truly loved Geneva and devoted much time to public service, not only there but also for the entire county. He served on the boards of directors of numerous boards and agencies and was a member of more than 20 civic and fraternal groups. He also served as post commander of American Legion 124, Commander of the Ashtabula County American Legion and was a life member of VFW Post 6846.

He is survived by a brother, Anthony Sanzotta; three children, Joseph (Grayce) Mallone Jr., Nancy (Richard) Stevens and Cathy (Daniel) Ernes, all of Geneva; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Alice; four brothers, Dominic “Mickey” Sanzotta, Bruno Mallone, Carmen “Mel” Sanzotta and James Sanzotta; and by his second wife, Olga Nichols.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, at the United Church of Geneva. Burial with full military honors will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Geneva.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Monday, July 30 at the Behm Family Funeral Home, Geneva.

Memorial donations may be made to the Joseph and Bruno Mallone Scholarship, Ohio Northern University, Office of University Advancement, 525 S. Main St., Ada OH 45810-1599; Boy Scouts of America, Greater Western Reserve Council; or The United Church of Geneva.

 

 

DOROTHY SITCLER 1916-2012

PAYNE – Dorothy A. Sitcler, 96, of Payne, passed away Sunday, July 22 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born March 4, 1916 in Monroeville, Ind., a daughter of Alfred and Mary (Daeger) Gerardot. On Nov. 27, 1946, she married Dale Sitcler, who preceded her in death Dec. 30, 1968. Dorothy was a homemaker who worked at GM during WWII and volunteered at Paulding County Hospital and the election board. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish.

Surviving are a daughter, Mary Kay Martin of Payne; four grandchildren, Julie Martin Fletcher and Dale, Brian and Andrew Martin; and two great-grandchildren, Dakota and Austin.

She also was preceded in death by her siblings, Mildred Voirol and Earl Gerardot.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 26 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in  Lehman Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 with the Rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne. Visitation also will be held 9-9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Divine Mercy School.

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

 

 

MILDRED RHINEHALT 1915-2012

SCOTT – Mildred L. “Mid” Rhinehalt, 97, of Scott, died at 10:01 a.m. Saturday, July 21 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Feb. 15, 1915, in Van Wert County, the daughter of Clifton and Mary E. (Bartz) Bowersock. On Dec. 8, 1932, in Ada, she married Neil C. Rhinehalt, who preceded her in death April 9, 1987. She retired from National Seal Corporation, Van Wert, in 1977 after 30 years of service.

Survivors include her children, Joy (Gene) Hartmier of Clearwater, Fla., Lou Anne Matthews of Scott and Linda Huss Hootman of Cecil; one brother, Larry (Nancy) Bowersock of Van Wert; a sister, Lydia Runyon of Van Wert; seven grandchildren, Steve Matthews, Christi Short, Lisa Keegan, Brent Miller, Julie McCloud, Cindy Ruppel and Bruce Hartmier; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Bowersock; and two sisters, Maxine Edwards and Ruth Young.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 25 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert. The Rev. Paul Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Scott Fire & EMS.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

WILLIAM REGAN 1946-2012

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – William R. “Bill” Regan, 66 of Huntington, passed away at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, July 19 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

He was born April 9, 1946 in Huntington, the son of James J. and Mary K. (Eckenroad) Regan. A 1965 graduate of Huntington Catholic High School, he worked at Memcor from 1965 until it closed and then he worked at Maranatha in Payne, retiring in 2007. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntington. He enjoyed pipe organs and he helped restore several, including the organ at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He also enjoyed photography.

Survivors include a son, Chris (Leslie) Regan of Huntington; two daughters, Laura Johnson of Muncie and Jenny (Jeremy) Higgins of Huntington; a sister, Sister Agnes Marie Regan of Mishawaka, Ind.; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Michael.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 23 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father John Pfister officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. Myers Funeral Home in Huntington is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from noon-2 p.m. Monday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made out to St. Mary’s Organ Fund in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington IN 46750.

To sign the on-line guest registry visit www.myersfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

MARCIA HELMS 1953-2012

Marcia J. Helms, age 59, died on Wednesday, July 18 in her home.

She was born June 14, 1953 in Hicksville, the daughter of Eugene and Cara Lou (Lichty) Handy. On May 20, 1976, she married Phil Helms, who survives. She was a beautician for 20 years and had worked at the S&J Beauty Salon in Payne. She also worked at Qwiklock for nine years. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors.

Also surviving are her parents, of Antwerp; a son, Judd of Fort Wayne; sisters, Carol (Michael) Brown of Findlay and Ava (Hazen) Kennedy and Linda (Roland “Pudge”) Kennedy, both of Antwerp.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp is in charge of arrangements.

Suggested memorials are to Community Health Professionals of Paulding Hospice.

Condolences may be sent to www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

ROBERT MICHAELSON JR. 1964-2012

VAN WERT – Robert L. Michaelson Jr., age 47, died Monday, July 16 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

He was born Nov. 29, 1964 in Guthrie Center, Iowa, the son of Robert and Betty J. (Kness) Michaelson Sr. He was previously employed by Alexander Bebout.

He is survived by his mother, Betty J. Letutour, Grover Hill; his stepmother, Judy Michaelson, Grover Hill; three stepsons, James Jewell of Grover Hill, Devin Jewell of Columbus and Kurtis Jewell, Canton; a brother, Randal D. Michaelson Sr. of Willshire; a sister, Kelly Jo Fuerst of Columbus; a stepbrother, Billy Van Treek, Florida; two stepsisters, Barbara Peterson of Missouri and Renee Hoover of Texas; several nieces and nephews; and a brother in life, Jack Heising, Lima.

He was preceded in death by his father and his stepfather, Daniel Letutour.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 20 at the Oakwood Church of Christ. Burial will be at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society, Hospice or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

 

AVON BOND 1913-2012

PAULDING – Avon Ellen Bond, age 99, died Monday, July 16 at CHP Hospice, Defiance.

She was born March 15, 1913 in Cecil, the daughter of Homer “Clyde” and Evaline “Gertrude” (Kinkle) Lichty. On June 21, 1941, she married Charles William Bond, who preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1979. She retired from Wiener, Hutchinson, Zimmerman Law Office in 1969. She was formerly employed by J.B. Johnson Furniture Manufacturing in Antwerp, Paulding County Co-op in Paulding, Dr. Charles Jaeckle of Defiance, and attorney John E. Kissner, Defiance.

She is survived by a son, James W. Bond, Paulding; two grandchildren, Kristie (Steven) Seiler of Bryan and Nathaniel J.W. Bond, Montpelier; a sister, Julia Hart, Paulding; and two great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Elijah Seiler.

She also was preceded in death by a grandson, James Ward Bond Jr.; seven brothers, Gordon, Clare, Don, Max, Ward, Joseph and Richard Lichty; and two sisters, Juanita Stull and June Frisk.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19 at Den Herder Funeral Home. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice.

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

 

 

GENE HUGHES 1928-2012

ANTWERP – Gene R. Hughes, 84, of Antwerp, passed away on Monday, July 16 at Community Health Professionals, Defiance Hospice Center.

He was born on July 15, 1928, in Fort Wayne, the son of Paul D. and Bernice (Knupp) Hughes. On May 27, 1950, he married Ola “Buddie” Horn, who survives. He was co-owner and owner of the Oasis Bar, and also worked at Dana Weatherhead and Pond-A-River Golf Club. Gene enjoyed fishing and watching sports and being with family.

He is survived by sons Cork, Gary, Vince and Kent (Beth) Hughes, all of Antwerp; daughters Louise Goll of Antwerp, Lynn (John) Garlough of Willard and Cindy (Mike) Kauser, Paulding; a sister, Joan Sidenbender; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his siblings Helen Fillman and Irvin, Neil and Jack Hughes.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Antwerp. Burial will be in the Maumee cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home. Visitation also will be held at 9 a.m. at the funeral home before the service.

Preferred memorials may be to Community Health Professionals Hospice Center or a memorial mass at Divine Mercy.

 

 

 

RUSSELL RAGER 1928-2012

PAULDING – Russell E. “Grubb” Rager, age 83, died Saturday, July 14 at his residence.

He was born July 26, 1928 in Paulding, the son of Edward G. and Laura L. (Geyer) Rager. On Feb. 10, 1951, he married Betty L. Albert, who survives. He was a member of the Paulding Church of the Nazarene. He retired in 1990 from the Lafarge Corporation of Paulding after 23 years of service. He also worked for the former Reinhart Chevrolet Dealership of Paulding in the service department for 17 years. Russell was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed Ohio State football and basketball, and was a skilled woodcraftsman.

Also surviving are one daughter, Judy (Terry) Gunderman, and one son, Russ (Rena) Rager, both of Paulding; four grandchildren, Megan Gunderman and Abigail (Ben) Giarmo, both of Fort Wayne, Jessica (Walter) Miller of Marietta and Andrew Rager of Paulding; and one sister, Isabella Ringler of Paulding.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard, Kenneth and Glenn Rager; and his stepmother, DeNelda Rager.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the Paulding Church of the Nazarene with the Revs. John Dodds and Kim Semran officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 at the funeral home and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday morning.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions to Paulding Church of the Nazarene.

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

 

RICHARD WINDSOR 1929-2012

PAULDING – Richard J. Windsor, died Thursday, July 12 at his residence.

He was born Feb. 15, 1929 in Peru, Ind., the son of Merritt B. and Edith (Wiswell) Windsor. On June 26, 1948, he married Florence Mott, who survives. He was a 1947 graduate of Paulding High School, and a member of Paulding United Methodist Church. He worked at the Paulding Post Office, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department, and retired from Herbert E. Orr Company. He operated a TV repair shop, and later, Windsor Electric in Paulding for 35 years.

Also surviving are his children, Kim Windsor of Edgerton, Tony Windsor, Jeanne Windsor and Suzanne (Jim) Guelde, all of Paulding, and Audra (Kevin) Bednarski of Rocky River; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Lula Janda, Merritt E. Windsor, Mildred Parent, Charles Windsor, George Windsor and Helen Wiswell; and one grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 17 at Paulding United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

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

Preferred memorials are to the Paulding United Methodist Church Roofing Fund.

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

 

 

 

PETRA “BETTY” MORENO 1923-2012

PAULDING – Petra “Betty” Moreno, 88, died Tuesday, July 10, at the Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Aug. 16, 1923, in Ennis, Texas, the daughter of Cruz and Concepitione (Hernandez) Trevino. On April 13, 1944, she married Rodolfo “Rudy” Moreno, who preceded her in death in 1996. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish and the Rosary Society.

She is survived by a son, Abram Moreno of Fort Wayne; a brother, Frank Trevino, Defiance; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a son, James Moreno; two brothers, Cruz and Senon Trevino; and two sisters, Tana Rodriquez and Carmen Ruiz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, July 16 at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, July 15, with a wake service at 7 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Monday at the church.

Donations may be made to Masses or The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

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

 

GELIAH “TONI” THEIS 1932-2012

PAULDING – Geliah Mae “Toni” Theis, 80, died Monday, July 9 at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born Jan. 10, 1932 in Delphos, the daughter of Waldo and Genevieve (Gray) Wollett. She was previously employed as nutrition manager at the Paulding and Defiance senior centers and the former Johnson’s Restaurant of Paulding. She was a Boy Scout leader for Pack #320 and attended First Church of God, Defiance.

She is survived by four sons, Robert J. Theis of Weston, Roger L. (Robin) Theis of Camden, Mich., David Theis of Cecil and Daniel W. (Tina) Theis, Defiance; a daughter, Becky J. (Bill) Walls, Greenwood, S.C.; four brothers, James, Willard, Thomas and Carl “Buddy” Collins; two sisters, Carol Arnold and Linda Sue Truby; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Theis; a daughter, Cathy Mae Theis; brothers, Robert and Edward Collins; a sister, Velma Mortoff; a grandson, Scott Theis; and an infant granddaughter, Michelle R. Theis.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Bethel Forder Cemetery, Crane Township, Paulding County.

Visitation will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to Polio Support Group, Defiance, or St. Joseph Hospital.

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

 

 

MYRNA SNYDER 1933-2012

PAYNE – Myrna Jean Snyder, 78, was born Nov. 26, 1933. She was a 1951 graduate of Payne High School. After high school, she attended Wittenberg University and Ohio State University, where she obtained her bachelor of arts degree in fine arts. She was inducted into the Chi Omega sorority and was the Ohio State Makio Queen in college. On Sept. 3, 1955, she married Don K. Snyder. They began their life in Chicago, where her husband was enrolled in medical school. While there, she worked for the Arthur Anderson Company in the art advertising. Her passion was painting and specialized in oil paintings. Her works also included watercolors, ceramics and glazes. Myrna taught painting classes and she was the only artist ever to paint with Ida Gordon, one of the most noted artists in Brown County.

She loved the Word of God and taught Sunday school at the United Methodist Church, Payne, and Calvary Bible Church in Paulding. She loved housing, feeding and fellowshipping with the many missionaries and Bible teachers while exposing her children to her faith. She was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne, Fort Wayne Artists Club and the China Painters Society of Fort Wayne. Myrna loved traveling and spending time with her family. Myrna was looking forward to being with her Lord and Savior. The family rejoices in knowing Myrna is in the presence of the Lord.

Myrna is survived by her husband, Don K. Snyder; sons, Mitchell (Julia) Snyder and Steven (Connie) Snyder of Payne; daughter, Marla (Joe) Harter of Haviland; grandchildren, Rachael (Damon Paul) Adams, Noah Snyder, Natalie Snyder, Devon Snyder and Austin Yant of Payne; a great-granddaughter, Kea Emma Adams; and a sister, Miriam Gaut of Woodburn.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzette Snyder; her parents, Marcell and Gladys Gaut; and a sister, Marsha Conwell.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne, with Pastors Dave Rohrer and Julia Ronngren officiating. Burial will follow in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Memorial donations are requested to Christ Mandate for Missions, P.O. Box 7705, Charlotte, NC 28241 for Missionaries Damon Paul and Rachael Adams.

 

JACK KUHN

FORT WAYNE – Jack J. Kuhn, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2012.

A former resident of Payne, Jack served in the Navy during WWII and retired from International Harvester. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hessen Cassel and the UAW.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Kuhn; daughters, Kathryn “Rosie” (Ken) Wilson of Fort Wayne, Marsha (Tim) McDermott of Ft. Myers, Fla., JoAnne (Mark) Barnes of Huntertown, Ind. and Cindy (Doug) Goe of Auburn, Ind.; sons, Tim (Christy) Rosswurm of Fort Wayne, Phil (Elaine) Kuhn of Erlanger, Ky.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Minnie Kuhn, and brothers, Daniel and Bill Kuhn.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, July 9 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hessen Cassel with  Fr. Cornileus Ryan officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph Hessen Cassel Catholic Cemetery. D.O. McComb and Sons Foster Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to Masses or Parkinson’s Foundation.

To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.

 

 

KENNETH PAUL WILHELM 1951-2012

PAULDING – Kenneth Paul Wilhelm, age 61, died Monday, July 9 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born April 11, 1951 in Paulding County, the son of Theodore and Nellie (Smalley) Wilhelm. On June 13, 1981, he married Sue Ann Vance, who survives. He was a 1969 graduate of the former Blue Creek High School and co-owner/operator of Paul and Dan’s Radiator. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parrish, Paulding, Paulding Council K of C #2584, and an avid Chevy lover.

Also surviving are his mother, Nellie L. Wilhelm, Paulding; two daughters, Valerie (Kelly) Parks and Marilyn (Paul) Stallbaum, both of Columbus; a son, Jordan Wilhelm, Paulding; three sisters, Rita (John) Daeger and Barbara (Howard) Baksa, both of Paulding, and Jeanette (Terry) Prisk, Highland, Mich.; and four brothers, T. Gary (Ann) Wilhelm, Michael Wilhelm and David (Vicki) Wilhelm, all of Paulding, and Dan (Laurie) Wilhelm, Oakwood.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Anthony Wilhelm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 13 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with a wake service at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding County Crippled Children Society in care of Marsha Pressler.

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

 

 

 

ELAINE LITZENBERG 1922-2012

PAYNE – Elaine Litzenberg, 89, of Payne, went home to her heavenly home on Monday, July 9 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born July 29, 1922 in Payne, the daughter of John and Vivian (Outland) Bonner. On Aug. 9, 1941, she married Dale Litzenberg, who preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 1989. She worked at Wayne Trace Elementary for 23 years and was the clerk-treasurer for the Village of Payne for 16 years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 56 years and was a devout member of Saint Paul United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her children, Jody (Kerry) Hook of Payne and James (Frances) of Indialantic, Fla.; two sisters, Dortha Schaefer and Helen Cole, both of Fort Wayne; three grandchildren, Rachelle Litzenberg, Sheila (Jason) Dunham and Lisa Mitchell; five great-grandchildren, Ethan, Alec and Melanie Dunham, Kierstin Mitchell and Samuel Litzenberg; and special friends, Ed and Sue Smith of Kissimmee, Fla.

She was also preceded in death by a great-grandchild, David Loftin Litzenberg.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 13 at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, Payne. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, July 12 Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Paulding County Animal Rescue c/o Lynne Mansfield.

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

 

 

VERTIE KING 1922-2012

ANTWERP – Vertie King, 89, of Antwerp, passed away Monday, July 9, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born Dec. 12, 1922 in Pike County, Ky., the daughter of Hillard and Gracie (Ratliff) Bartley. In 1949, she married Charles King, who preceded her in death in 1976. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America.

Surviving are two sons, James (Alice) Smallwood of Fort Wayne and Creed Smallwood of Antwerp; a daughter-in-law, Sandy King of Grover Hill; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Thomas; a grandson, Thomas; and her brothers and sisters.

Her funeral service is 2 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at Marrow Bone Missionary Baptist Church, Elkhorn City, Ky., with Pastor Roger Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Annie E. Young Cemetery, Pikeville, Ky.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and after 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at Marrow Bone Missionary Baptist Church.

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

 

OSCAR “PETE” PETERS 1925-2012

PAYNE – Oscar “Pete” F. Peters, 87, of Payne, passed away Saturday, July 7 at Paulding County Hospital.

He was born Jan. 8, 1925 in Mishawaka, Ind., the son of Ora and Anna (Warner) Peters. On Nov. 2, 1946, he married Martha Mason, who survives. He served in the U.S. Army as a corporal in WWII and was an over-the-road truck driver for Howard Sober. He was a member of Riverside Christian Church, Antwerp and loved to play guitar with his friends.

Also surviving are four children, Jacqueline (Larry) Gordon of Avilla, Ind., Carol (Neil) Burk of Fort Wayne; Steven (Loretta) of Melrose and Darlene (Tim) Lothamer of Payne; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by eight siblings.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at Riverside Christian Church, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

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

 

 

 

RALPH HEAD 1938-2012

OAKWOOD – Ralph E. Head, age 74, died Wednesday, July 4 at the Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

He was born on March 14, 1938 in Paulding County, the son of George and Iva (Robeson) Head. On Nov. 11, 1966, he married Lois B. Mitchell, who survives. A U.S. Army veteran, he was co-owner/operator of Head Brothers Construction and a member of the Oakwood American Legion #341, NRA, and International Union of Operating Engineers Local #18.

Also surviving are a daughter, Carolyn (Darrel) Groll, Defiance; a son, John (Angie) Head, Oakwood; and four grandchildren, Justice, Austice, Destiny and Devin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, David, Harvey and Lester; a sister, Lucille Parson; and a special niece, Eva May Mitchell.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 9 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood, with military graveside services.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Bethel Christian Church, 14988 Co. Rd. 209, Defiance OH 43512, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

 

 

“VERABELLE” AKOM 1931-2012

SCOTT – Bertha “Verabelle” Akom, 81, of Scott, went home to be with the Lord at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

She was born May 20, 1931 in Scott, the daughter of Ferdinand and Vera (Lake) Adams. On Feb. 22, 1952, she married the love of her life, Donald L. Akom, who preceded her in death on June 25, 2007. She was a homemaker, employee of Van Wert Manufacturing and co-owner of the County Line Café in Scott from 1983-93.

She is survived by two sons, Donald P. (Vivian) Akom and Ricky L. (Suzanne) Akom, both of Scott; two daughters, Sharon K. (Burt) Hittle and Kimberly M. (Chris) Martinez, both of Scott; one sister, Alta Hockenberry of Angola, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and Sammie, her beloved Boston Terrier.

She also was preceded in death by three sisters, Leora Hoaglin, Mabel DeLong and Ruth Golliver; a brother, James L. Adams; and a granddaughter, Lacey Trammell.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July, 9, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert with the Rev. Terry Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Scott Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 5-7 p.m. Sunday, July 8 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice.

Condolences may be left at www.bricknerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

FRIEDA GORDON 1925-2012

ANTWERP – Frieda Irene Gordon, age 86, died Monday, July 2, 2012 at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.

She was born July 14, 1925 in Paulding County, the daughter of Basil and Lettie M. (Hooker) Williamson. In 1945, she married Herman W. Gordon, who preceded her in death on July 11, 1989. She was formerly employed by Suncro Industries, Weatherhead, and Ace Equipment.

Surviving are a son, Len P. Gordon, Antwerp; a daughter-in-law, Valerie Jean Gordon, North Hills, Calif.; a granddaughter, Jayne Lee (Ryan) Elliott, Burbank, Calif.; and special friend “Margie.”

She also was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Lee Gordon; three brothers, Joe, Ralph “Buss” and Clyde “Mike” Williamson; and five sisters, Edith Howell, Virgie Shimp, Ethel Davis, Alta Baker and Ruth Sohn.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Den Herder Funeral Home with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in Bethel-Forder Cemetery, Cecil.

Visitation will be Friday one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Jacci Moss-Earth Angel’s Feline Rescue Inc., Defiance.

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

 

 

GLEN HISSONG 1919-2012

ANTWERP – Glen L. Hissong, 92, of Antwerp, passed away peacefully Monday, July 2 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Hicksville.

He was born Dec. 15, 1919 in Allen Co., Ind., the son of Ray and Mina (Rumbaugh) Hissong. He served in the U.S. Army as a corporal in WWII. On May 15, 1948, he married Margaret Meyer, who survives. He worked at Antwerp Equity Exchange, retiring in 1978, and was a proud member of Antwerp VFW Post 5087.

Also surviving are four siblings, Donald (Catherine) of Fort Wayne, Charles (Catherine) of Woodburn, Leona Taylor of Antwerp and Anna Lucas of Mark Center; and three grandsons.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Swann; and two sisters, Delores Gustin and Beatrice Hammond.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 6 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery with military honors accorded by VFW Post 5087.

Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 5 and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Preferred memorials are to a charity of the donor's choice.

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

 

 

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EDWARD MICHAEL PANICO 1972-2012

PAULDING – Edward Michael Panico, 39, of Paulding, formerly of Antwerp, passed away suddenly Wednesday, June 27, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 29, 1972 in Hicksville, the son of James and Tina (Dunderman) Panico. On July 8, 2000, Mike married Elisa Doan, who survives. He worked at Classic Die Services in New Haven and was a Detroit Tigers fan.

Also surviving are a daughter, Mary Cate; his mother and stepfather, Tina and Earl Huebner of Antwerp; a sister, Stacie (Brad) Lovellette of Auburn, Ind.; a brother, Tim (Tasha); grandparents, Barbara and Andy Panico and Nila and Larry Dunderman, all of Antwerp; two stepsisters, Laura (Jim) Boesch of Cecil and Wendy (Craig) Locante of Salt Lake City; his stepmother, Judy (Doug) Smith of Cecil; and three stepbrothers, Greg Billman of Newville, Ind., Doug Billman of Bryan and Brian Billman of Decatur, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 1 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.

Preferred memorials are to Elisa Panico, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.

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

 

 

 

FLOYD ROSS 1954-2012

VAN WERT – Floyd L. Ross, age 57, of Van Wert, went home to be with the Lord at 8:55 a.m. on Monday, June 25 at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

A son of Harold and Mary (Ditto) Ross, he was born Nov. 10, 1954 in Paulding County. He married Lynnette Craig on Aug. 1, 1980. He was employed at Alexander & Bebout in Van Wert for over 31 years and was a social member of the Van Wert VFW Post.

He is survived by his wife; children, Amber (Ryan Miller) Smith and Jason (Kristy) Ross, both of Van Wert and Jody; a brother, Frank (Carol) Ross of Haviland; sisters, Judy (Charlie) Aultman, Joyce Ross and JoAnn (Brady) Stainback, all of Florida, Janet (Lee) Lepper of New Haven and Jill (Louie) Strauss of New York; and grandchildren, Madison, Conner, Braylon, Kayson and Kamdon.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ziegler and father, Harold Ross.

Friends may call at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory in Van Wert from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 29 at the funeral home with burial in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Rev. Keith Stoller will officiate.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

JAYDEN MITCHELL 2008-2012

CLOVERDALE – Jayden C. “JC” “JBug” Mitchell, 3, of Cloverdale, died at 6:02 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at Defiance Regional Hospital.

He was born Aug. 28, 2008 in Defiance, the son of Samuel Mitchell and Jennifer Schroeder. His father survives in Ottawa, and his mother and stepfather, William Wildermuth, survive in Cloverdale.

Jayden loved to give hugs and kisses and had the most captivating smile. He enjoyed Thomas the Train, cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and playing outside. He was the friendliest child that you could ever know and he never knew a stranger.

He is also survived by his grandparents, Kimberly J. Schroeder of Paulding, Tim (Tammy) Schroeder of Paulding, Julie (Rollin) Bullinger of Oakwood, and Robert (Nancy Caraway) Mitchell of Ottawa; great-grandparents, Ron (Hilda) Schroeder of Sherwood, Sandra K. Schroeder of Montpelier, Brice Carnahan Jr. of Ranger, W.Va., Marjorie (Herman Heinz) Carnahan of Continental, and Shirley Meyers of Antwerp; seven aunts; seven uncles; and many great-aunts, great-uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by two aunts, Shalisa Moyer and Brandi Moyer; and two great-grandparents, Myrtle and Robert W. Mitchell.

Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday, June 28 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Gene Yenser officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Jayden’s family.

Condolences can be expressed at www.loveheitmeyerhome.com.

 

 

CATHRIN SMITH 1943-2012

PAULDING – Cathrin W. Smith, age 69, died Saturday, June 23 at CHP Hospice, Defiance.

She was born April 13, 1943 in Henleyfield, Miss., the daughter of William Edward and Ruby (Jarrell) Perry. On Jan. 15, 1960, she married Hiriam C. Smith, who preceded her in death on Aug. 28, 2011. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Paulding.

She is survived by her mother, Ruby Ferguson, Henleyfield, Miss.; a son, Tracy Smith, Paulding, a daughter, Regena (Gerald) Butler, Euless, Texas; two sisters, Linda (Harold) Smith of Laurel, Miss. and Hazel Darsey of Houston; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Paulding, with Pastor Drew Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church.

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

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

 

RUSSELL COMER 1943-2012

GROVER HILL – Russell D. Comer, 68, of Grover Hill, died at 1:04 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at Van Wert Hospital.

He was born Aug. 8, 1943, in Paulding County, the son of John and Madeline (Rodman) Comer. On Nov. 3, 1984, he married Judith Hirn, who preceded him in death.

He retired from H.E. Orr Co. in Paulding, having worked there for over 34 years and then after retirement he would deliver and pick up expedited shipments for the H.E. Orr Co. He attended Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, Van Wert. He had previously served on the Haviland Village Council.

Survivors include four sons, Pat Comer of Grover Hill, Chris (Paula) Comer of Middle Point, Shawn (Jody) Comer of Van Wert and Thomas (Tracy) Hirn of Jacksonville, N.C.; a brother, Tim Palte of Haviland; his best friend, dog Buddy; 11 grandchildren, Abbie, Patrick, Keeley, Ariel and Kristian Comer, and Devin, Logen, Adrianna, Jacob, Braxton and Gavin Hirn, and a great-grandchild, Keegan Comer.

He also was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Ig Palte; and a brother, Harold Comer.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 27 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert. The Rev. Ron Lumm will officiate. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

OREN ELLIOTT 1932-2012

EDGERTON, Ohio – Oren H. Elliott, age 79, of Edgerton, Ohio, died at 12:05 a.m. on Thursday, June 21 at Bryan Care and Rehabilitation Center, where he was a patient, after an extended illness.

He was born on Nov. 26, 1932, on the family farm in Paulding County, the son of Ward and Edra (Eakins) Elliott. He married his wife of 57 years, June E. Kurtz, on March 25, 1955, in Angola, Ind., and she survives. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he owned two restaurants in Paulding and worked at All Star Products in Defiance, before he went to Edgerton in 1981. In 1983, he purchased All Star Products and formed Oren Elliott Products. He was active in politics, working with Paul Gillmor and Delbert Latta on issues related to Worker’s Compensation legislation in Ohio and was also instrumental in the opening of the turnpike exit on Ohio 49. He also was a longtime member of NFIB and was a longtime member of the Edgerton Rotary Club, of which he was a past president and a Paul Harris Fellow. He also owned and trained harness race horses and enjoyed fishing.

Also surviving are four daughters, Marcia (Carlos) Herandez of Paulding, Karen (LeRoy) Hurtig of Defiance, Sandra Elliott of Edgerton and Patricia Elliott of Defiance; two sons, Steven (Michelle) Elliott of Bryan and Matthew (Stephanie) Elliott of Edgerton; nine grandchildren; and two brothers, Leroy (Sandra) Elliott and George (Donna) Elliott, both of Oakwood.

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

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24 in the Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton, with the Rev. R.L. Barnett officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Edgerton.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, June 23 in the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Edgerton Area Foundation Rotary Scholarship Fund.

To sign the online register or to send condolences, please visit www.krillfuneralservice.com.

 

CHARLENE CLOSSON 1942-2012

DELPHOS – Charlene A. Closson, age 69, devoted wife and loving mother, went home to be with the Lord at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at Community Memorial Hospital.

She was born Nov. 21, 1942 in Lima, the daughter of Richard and Betty Jean Schmelzer. On Dec. 20, 1961, she married George A. Closson Jr., who preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 1981. A member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, she loved watching movies, playing cards and gardening. She spent her last few years among family and friends at the Manor House in Antwerp.

Surviving are a son, Darren (Ann) Closson of Grand Rapids, Mich.; three daughters, Jeana (Jim) Fisher of Delphos, Sheri (Drew) Dunlavy of Fort Wayne and Tina (Jeff) German of Warsaw, Ind.; and seven grandchildren, Dustin (Megan), Tyler, Devan, Sean, Katie, Emma and Claire.

She also was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sharon Sheidler.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23 at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos with the Rev. Ron Carter officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 22 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Manor House Assisted Living.

 

 

ANDREA STRAHLEY 1971-2012

TOLEDO – Former Paulding resident Andrea A. Strahley, 40, Toledo, died Wednesday, June 20.

She was born July 28, 1971, in Paulding, the daughter of Paul and Sharon (Leslie) Strahley. Andrea will be greatly missed by her family and multitude of friends. She was the greatest mother and friend to all, a very giving and helpful person, putting others ahead of herself.

Surviving are her mother, Sharon Strahley, Paulding; her children, Olivia Williams and Anthony Heard, both of Toledo; a sister, Kim Strahley, Paulding; a brother, Kevin (Lori) Strahley, Denver; nephews, David Kochenour and Kevin Paul Strahley; a niece, Brittany Strahley; and great-niece, Autumn “Rosebud” Kochenour.

She was preceded in death by her father, Paul.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, June 25 at the Solomon Temple in Toledo. Burial will be at a later date in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding County. Dale-Riggs Funeral Home, Toledo, is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be at the temple one hour before services on Monday.

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

 

 

REUHAMA KLENDER 1916-2012

ANTWERP – Reuhama C. Klender, 96, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, June 20 at Ossian Health Care & Rehab Center.

She was born April 18, 1916, in Antwerp, the daughter of Bert and Edith (Camp) Kauffman. On Jan. 6, 1940, she married Raymond Klender, who preceded her in death on Jan. 4, 1969. She was a cook at Antwerp Local School and Paulding County Hospital. She also owned her own beauty shop and was a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church. She enjoyed being a 4-H adviser and MYF leader for many years.

Surviving are four children, Edward (Jacquelyn) of Hamilton, Ind., Linda (Ronald) Heyerly of Ossian, Ind., Carl (Sandra) of Columbia City and Anita (Terry) Myers of Wolcottville; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Lois Hoghe; and six siblings.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday, June 25 at Antwerp United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at Dooley Funeral Home and one hour prior to services on Monday.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

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

 

ANNA SMITH 1944-2012

ANTWERP – Anna Faye Smith, 68, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, June 19, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Anna Faye was born June 16, 1944 in Antwerp, a daughter of the late Norman and Elizabeth (Handy) Cottrell. On Nov. 11, 1967, she married Sammy Ray Smith, who preceded her in death July 20, 2007. She had been a volunteer at Paulding County Hospital.

She is survived by her son, Michael.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 22 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services.

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

 

 

PAUL KEELER 1949-2012

PAULDING – Paul David Keeler, age 63, died Sunday, June 17 from injuries sustained in an automobile/pedestrian accident.

He was born May 10, 1949 in Paulding County, the son of Charles H. and Agnes C. (Noneman) Keeler. On July 23, 1990, he married Dawn Wythe, who survives. He was a 1967 graduate of Paulding High School and a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam Era. He was a Paulding County deputy sheriff from 1973-83, Paulding chief of police from 1983-95 and a rural postal delivery driver for Paulding U.S. Post Office for 17 years. He was commander and instructor for Paulding Police Academy from 1979-95, winning numerous federal and state law enforcement training awards. He also was a driver education instructor for Paulding High School; chief probation officer for Paulding County 2001-06, where he won two successive top state awards in 2005 and 2006; and was a polygraph operator for Paulding County.

He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, a life member Paulding VFW Post #587, a member of Paulding County Sheriff Reserve and served on Paulding Village Council.

Also surviving are three sons, Joshua Keeler of Huntertown, Ind., Neil (Cindi Radel) Elick of Van Wert and Brandon (Melissa) Elick, Rolla, N.D.; a brother, Larry (Sherry) Keeler, Walbridge; a sister, Deb (Larry) Atchley of Cecil; a brother-in-law, Shawn (Teresa) Wythe, and sister-in-law, Shannon (Wayne) Rucshall, both of Texas; 12 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter, Natasha Stiltner.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 21 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish with Mr. Matt Frisbey officiating. VFW Post #587 will conduct military rites. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to American Heart Association or Divine Mercy Catholic Church Paulding Prayer Garden.

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

 

 

 

THELMA SHISLER 1920-2012

Thelma M. (Weaver) Shisler, age 92, passed quietly into God’s loving arms on Monday, June 11.

Born on March 24, 1920, Thelma was one of eight children born to Frank and Rebecca (Ditto) Weaver. We will miss her loving arms and her “Can Do” spirit. Her life was a beautiful canvass expressing her ability to teach, love and “coach” while maintaining a strong work ethic. She was a special treasure.

She is survived by her four children, Donald (Mary) Shisler of Denver, James Shisler of Oakwood, Mildred (Jerry) Holzer of Napoleon, and Ruth Ann (Chuck) Booher of Johnstown; one sister, Bessie Strope of Oakwood; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Thelma was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gerald A. Shisler; and seven siblings.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16 in Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. Stanley Harmon officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Friday, June 15 in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please remember the Pride of Toledo Angel Fund, Sharon Coe, Treas. 3152 Kenwood Blvd. Toledo OH 43606.

Online condolences may be made at www.hcsfuneralhome.com.

 

 

ROGER EAGLESON 1952-2012

PAULDING – Roger L. Eagleson, age 59, died Tuesday, June 12, at CHP Hospice, Defiance.

He was born Aug. 11, 1952 in Van Wert, the son of Chester L. and Betty H. (Haney) Eagleson. He was a Paulding Fire Department volunteer for 35 years and was previously employed by Eaton Corporation in Van Wert, and the former Dietrick Industries of Hicksville. He was a member of the Paulding Eagles #2405.

He is survived by his mother, Betty (Charles) Copsey, Payne; three daughters, Kendra (Brad) Kauser of Paulding and Heather (Bob) Fields and Chelsie Eagleson, both of Defiance; a sister, Patricia Marcom; and six grandchildren, Kayla and Kyle John Kauser, Robbie and Alex Fields, and Jaylen and Michael Rollins Jr.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 15 at First Christian Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to First Christian Church or the Paulding Volunteer Fire Department.

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

 

BRAEDEN WHITE

CECIL – Braeden Eugene White, of Cecil, silently passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, OH.

He was born on June 7, 2012, the son of Brody and Tracie (Lambert) White in Toledo, OH.

Braeden is survived by his parents, a sister, Alayna White, at home; grandparents, Carla Lambert of Cloverdale, Brett (Kay Eaton) White of Paulding and Cindy (Jerry) Burt of Paulding; and several aunts and uncles, cousins, and great-grandparents.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Troy Lambert.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with Jerry Burt officiating. Burial will follow in the Ayersville Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from noon-1 p.m. Saturday prior to services at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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

 

 

 

BETTY ADOLPH 1944-2012

DUBLIN – Betty Jean “Cookie” Adolph, age 68, of Dublin, passed away on Tuesday, June 5.

She was born Feb. 16, 1944 in Paulding, the daughter of Bernard and Mabel Seslar. She was a graduate of Paulding High School and Bowling Green State University. She taught at Laguna Beach High School in Laguna Beach, Calif. for many years. Betty had a passion for the dance and art worlds. She was dearly loved by her family, friends and students.

Surviving are her husband, David; a son Shane McCarthy of Los Angeles; a daughter, Heather (Jason) Cavazos of San Diego; a sister, Cindy (Dan) Stuart of Fort Wayne; a brother, James (Mary Ann) Seslar of Gallup, N.M.; three stepsons, Mike (Laurie) Adolph of Columbus, Mark (Mignon) Adolph of Denver and Tom (Karen) Adolph of Columbus; and 12 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2012 at St. Brgid of Kildare Catholic Church, Dublin, with The Reverend Monsignor Joseph Hendricks officiating. Private family burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Randolph.

Family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at the Rutherford Funeral Home at Powell.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 3320 Tremont Road, Columbus OH 43221.

Send condolences for the family to: www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

PAULA BRAMLETT 1965-2012

PAULDING – Former Noblesville, Ind. resident Paula Jo Gabers Bramlett, age 47, died at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Feb. 25, 1965 in Paulding, the daughter of Paul J. and Mary Jane (Steele) Gabers. On June 25, 2005, she married Jay Bramlett, who survives. She was employed for 20 years as a floral designer and interior decorator and was a former college recruiter for ITT, Indianapolis.

Also surviving are her mother, Mary Jane Gabers, Paulding; three children, Devin, Marcus and Austin; four sisters, Carla (Steven) Wyss of Smithville, Tenn., Donna (Thomas) Scheele and Nyla (Al) Snyder, both of Fort Wayne, and Julie (Daniel) Clemens, Defiance; two brothers, Robert (Becky) Gabers, Napoleon, and William (Eve) Gabers, Henderson, Tenn.; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9 at St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice.

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

 

DENELDA RHOAD 1917-2012

SCOTT – Denelda Rhoad, 94, of Scott, died at 7:35 a.m. Monday, June 4, at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center.

She was born Aug. 25, 1917, near Roselm, in Washington Township, Paulding County, the daughter of Roy and Mae (Sites) Halter. On May 14, 1942, she married Floyd G. Rhoad, who preceded her in death on March 13, 1987. She was a 1935 graduate of Grover Hill High School, Veteran Auxiliary member of Gideon’s International, pianist, organist and Sunday School teacher for many years at Harvest Field Pentecostal Church of God in Scott. She had resided at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center for seven years, where she enjoyed playing the piano and many other activities. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by a son, Darrel (Marilyn) Rhoad of Scott; and a granddaughter, Hilary (Stephen) Yoder, also of Scott.

Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Darrel and Leland S. Halter.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Terry Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Scott Cemetery.

Visitation will be from noon-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the Harvest Field Pentecostal Church of God, Gideon’s International or Country Inn Enhanced Living Center.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

WATSON DALE BLAIR 1958-2012

CECIL – Watson Dale Blair, age 53, died Sunday, June 3 at his residence.

He was born July 1, 1958 in Paulding County, the son of Shade and Maggie Ruth (Thompson) Blair. He was employed by General Motors, retiring in 2008. She was a member of the UAW and Pleasant View Missionary Church, Junction.

He is survived by his parents, of Cecil; two sons, Russell Blair of Paulding and Joshua Blair, Three Rivers, Mich.; five brothers, Charlie Blair, Doug (Rena) Blair and Dave Blair, all of Cecil, Jeff (Chris) Blair of Oakwood, and Kenny (Lee Ann) Blair, Hicksville; and a granddaughter, Melody Merckley.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Julie Lynn Lauber.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 8 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Perry Mason officiating. Burial will be in Blair Adams Sun Valley Cemetery, Cecil.

Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 7 and one hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home.

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

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

 

 

 

MELVIN PORTER 1926-2012

PAULDING – Melvin L Porter, 85, of Paulding, and longtime resident of Ayersville, passed away on Sunday, June 3 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Dec. 3, 1926 in Highland Township, Defiance County, the son of Russell and Ruth I. (Schubert) Porter. On Oct. 4, 1953, he married Barbara Tobias, who survives. He was a 1944 graduate of Oakwood High School and a World War II Army veteran. He was a farmer and worked for the Compo Corporation and later retired from GM Central Foundry Division. He also owned an antique shop. He was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church and a former member of the Ayersville United Methodist Church. Other memberships included the Black Swamp Antique Tractor Club, Oakwood American Legion and Highland Township Fire Dept. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and attending auctions.

Also surviving are his children, Michael (Lillie) Porter of Oakwood, Steven (Mary) Porter of Delta, Jeanine (Douglas) Caryer of Defiance and Jenni (Tom) Ellis of Engelwood, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald (Mary) Porter of Defiance and Leon Porter of Montgomery, Mich.; and five sisters, Virginia Kern of Florida, Betty Clark of Archbold, Mary (Wilford) Osborn of Bryan, Donna Smith of Hamler and Grace (Melvin) Baxter of Defiance.

He was preceded in death by two sons in infancy, Sam and Mark Porter; a brother, Robert Porter; and a sister, Erma Klingshirn.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 7 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be Ayersville Cemetery with military graveside rites being accorded by the Oakwood American Legion.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

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

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

 

CATHERINE JACKSON 1929-2012

PAULDING – Catherine Ann Jackson, age 82, died Saturday, June 2 at the Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Dec. 5, 1929 in Paulding County, the daughter of Cyrus and Edna (Copsey) Hamman. In 1948, she married Newton H. Kochenour, who preceded her in death in 1956. On April 26, 1958, she married Elmer J. Jackson, who preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 1990.

She is survived by five children, James (Sally) Kochenour of Spencerville, Ind., Bill Jackson of Broomfield, Colo., Marsha L. Kochenour, and Linda Kochenour Kehres, both of Fort Wayne, and Theresa (Jim) Scott, Huntertown, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Terra, Alec, Doug, Lindsay, Lauren, Logan, Jennifer and Christopher; and nine great-grandchildren, Ashley, Miah, Riley, Gavin, Harrison, Derek, Drew, Colt and Kyliegh.

She also was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Heidi Kochenour.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

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

 

DANIEL WISWELL 1947-2012

CECIL – Daniel L. Wiswell, age 64, died Friday, June 1, at the Community Health Professional – Hospice Center Van Wert.

He was born Dec. 6, 1947 in Paulding County, the son of Loyde E. and Geraldine F. “Geri” (Rosselet) Wiswell. He retired as a propane gas operator working for various propane gas companies around the country. He was a member of Paulding VFW Post #587, Paulding Eagles #2405 and was a former mayor of Divide, Colo.

He is survived by four daughters, Karen (David Snyder) Price and Jodi Lawson, both Paulding, Teri (Leslie) Logan of Van Wert and Kaye Wiswell of Dublin; a son, Josh (Heather Johnson) Wiswell of Dublin; five brothers, Bob (Marilyn) Wiswell of Cecil, Fred Wiswell of Celina, and Jack (Angie) Wiswell, Mike (Jennifer) Wiswell and Tom Wiswell, all of Paulding; 10 grandchildren, Rachael, Dustin, Cassie, Nick, Natalie, Hunter, Kaleb, Jacob, Braden and Kierra; and three great-grandchildren, Blake, Craig and Maxwell.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, with Pastor Drew Munger officiating.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, June 4 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Health Care.

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

 

 

 

 

DONNA ILER NEIDHARDT 1930-2012

Donna Iler Neidhardt, passed from this life on Thursday, May 31.

She was born July 16, 1930 in Paulding County, the daughter of Charles and Thelma Iler. She graduated from Paulding High School and pursued music studies at Morehead State University, earning a bachelor of arts in music, followed by graduate studies at The Ohio State University. Donna and Joe were married on June 26, 1955. The young couple lived in Lima, Xenia, Mount Gilead and Columbus, before settling in the Dublin area, while Joe built highways and bridges and Donna began giving piano lessons and working as a substitute teacher.

In addition to private music lessons, Donna was also director of music for Dublin Community Church for 18 years, assistant director of the Columbus Damenchor, secretary of the Washington Township Zoning Board of Appeals, a charter member of the Dublin AM Rotary Club, formed a small group known as the Dublin Folk Singers, was a member of the Auxiliary to the Franklin County Chapter of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, and for eight years owned and operated the Dublin office of UNIGLOBE Travel Unlimited. In addition, she served the wider community on the Columbus Interfaith Council, The International Visitors Council, the Open Church, Bethlehem on Broad, and as grand marshal of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1984.

Her work in music ministry compelled her to pursue theological education at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, completing a master’s degree in divinity in 1987. Ordination by the United Church of Christ soon followed, allowing Donna to serve the faith community through work in HIV/AIDS education, as an interim minister, as a leader of grief support groups.

Donna’s involvement with the Columbus Cursillo/Cum Christo Community as a spiritual director led to her being part of the first Kairos Prison Ministry at the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW). She also served on many Kairos teams at ORW, and was a volunteer chaplain at Marion Correctional Institution, ministering to incarcerated men.

Surviving are her loving husband of 57 years, Walter Joe Neidhardt; five children, Neil (Nanette), Laurie (John), Lisa, Linda and Ned (Lisa); four grandchildren, Lauren, John, Daniel and Jessica; a brother, William; and a sister, Gaynell; and an aunt, Virginia Paulus.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Jack.

A celebration of Donna’s life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 4 at Dublin Community Church in Dublin, with the Rev. Robert Tussing officiating. Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home, Worthington, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rotary International “End Polio Now” at www.rotary.org/en/EndPolio.

 

 

 

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CHERIE SMITH LADIG

FORT WAYNE – Cherie (Smith) Ladig passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012 at home.

She grew up in Paulding. She was a member of Abundant Life Church and volunteered for Lutheran Hospital. Children and family were her life; she was very proud of her grandchildren. Throughout the years she had worked as a nursery school teacher at Faith Baptist Church, teacher at Kindercare, and then with special needs children at Fort Wayne Community Schools.

Surviving are her daughters, Terri (Ted) Ballard of Fort Wayne and Denise Christen and Cindy (Brian) Everly, both of Columbia City; a brother, Jeffrey M. Smith of Defiance; sisters, Elaine Bradford of Florida and Anita (Jack) Suman of Defiance; nine grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren; five great-stepgrandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Robert Ladig; her parents, Walter and Amy Smith; and a sister, Sheila Wojiechowski.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 5 at Abundant Life Church, 3301 E. Coliseum Boulevard, with Pastor David Keller officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne.

Visitation is from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday, June 4 at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.

Preferred memorials are to the Abundant Life Church.

To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.

 

 

JEFFERY WEIBLE 1966-2012

PAULDING – Jeffery Jon Weible, age 45, died Tuesday, May 29 at his residence.

He was born Nov. 10, 1966 in Defiance County, the son of Jerry and Mary (Framptom) Weible.

He is survived by four brothers, Shawn (Patty) Weible of Edgerton, Bradley Weible and Kirby Weible both of Paulding, and Craig (Pam) Weible, Van Wert; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be no visitation or funeral services. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses.

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

 

 

 

JUDY BAUMLE

PAYNE – Judy S. Baumle, 64, of Payne, died Friday, May 25, 2012 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

The Fort Wayne native was the daughter of Charles and Eva France. She was a registered nurse, whose career was centered in cardiology and geriatrics at Parkview Hospital, The Dallas Lamb Foundation and Harborside Healthcare. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, New Haven.

She is survived by her children, Laura (Dustin) Tirpak of Fort Wayne, Valerie (Neil) Frederick of Versailles and Gregory (Gretchen) Baumle of Arcanum; her mother, Eva France of New Haven; a sister, Jeanne Smith of Fort Wayne; and grandchildren, Morgan, Cameron and Erin Frederick, Roy Baumle and William Tirpak.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles France.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 29 at St. James Lutheran Church, New Haven, with visitation one hour prior to service. The Rev. David Williamson will officiate. Burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne. E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, New Haven, is in charge of arrangements.

The family has requested memorial contributions to Systemic Lupus Foundation or Guillain-Barre Foundation.

To share online condolences, please visit www.harperfuneralhome.com.

 

ROMANE RICKELS 1939-2012

DEFIANCE – Romane J. Rickels, 72, passed away Thursday, May 17 in his apartment at Rosewood Manor in Defiance of natural causes.

He was born Nov. 7, 1939 in Paulding, the son of Roy J. and Eva Rickels. He was a graduate of Paulding High School and received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indiana Institute of Technology. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, stationed mainly in Greece. In the l970s and 1980s, he lived in Mishawaka, Ind. He was employed as an engineer by Dodge Mfg. Co., Wheelabrator-Frye, and the Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgeman, Mich.

Romane is survived by the most important persons in his life, his two sons, Alan C. (Amie) Rickels of Westfield, Ind., a computer engineer, and Aaron M. Rickels of Mishawaka, Ind., a musician. Romane took pride in his sons’ accomplishments and made an effort to stay in their lives throughout his entire life. Romane is also survived by three nieces, Sandra (Joseph) Weaver of Angola, Ind., Janet (Randall) Goyings of Paulding, and Debra (Kim) Poling of Convoy, and a nephew, Robert (Gina) Phlipot Jr. of Paulding. He had one grandchild, Alexandra Rickels, and three great-nephews, Ryan (Amanda) Goyings, Robbie Phlipot and Josh Poling.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dolores Phlipot, who died on Feb. 13, 2012.

Services for the family are private. There is no visitation. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance. The Lawson Roessner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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

 

 

 

VERNON “BRUCE” DYSINGER 1957-2012

PAULDING – Vernon “Bruce” Dysinger, born May 1, 1957 to the late Vernon C. Dysinger and Iona M. Holtsberry, died May 21 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, surrounded by family.

In February 1976, he married Cheryl Nickols, but later divorced. They had two children, a son, Greg (Carrie) Dysinger and a daughter, Cassie Dysinger. Bruce enjoyed being outdoors, tinkering with multiple projects, gardening, and fossil hunting with his sisters and family. He also loved spending all the time he could with his grandchildren, Alyssa Dysinger and Timothy Dysinger. He was formerly employed at Dietrich Industries in Hicksville.

He also is survived by three sisters, Rita Robinson of Paulding, Brenda (Ba) Vo of Texas, and Karen (Curt) Felver of Zanesville; three brothers, Jim (Chris) and Terry Dysinger, both of Paulding, and Jerry Dysinger of Putnam, Conn.; and several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces that he loved dearly.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 25 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 24, and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Preferred memorials can be made to the family or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

MARY ELLEN EICHENAUER 1919-2012

GOODRICH, Mich. – Mary Ellen Eichenauer, age 92, passed away May 21 at Grove AFC in Goodrich.

She was born Oct. 18, 1919, in Rawson, the daughter of Burt and Ara (Nichols) Hews. She married Gerald DeVore and Edgar Eichenauer, both of whom preceded her in death. Mary Ellen and Gerald were members of Paulding United Methodist Church in Paulding. Mary Ellen and Edgar were members at Bethany United Methodist Church in Celina. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Davison, Mich. and Past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star in Paulding and worked a number of years at Paulding’s ASC office.

Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Rochelle (DeVore) Coleman and Dr. Ronald Coleman; stepchildren, DeWane and Sarah Eichenauer, H.W. (Ike) and Connie Eichenauer, Larry and Mary Eichenauer, and Sharon and Gary Moore; 18 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Bernadine Basinger.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Nanette Dietsch; a son, Douglas DeVore; and a sister, Catherine Hews.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at Allen Funeral Home in Davison, Mich., with Dr. John Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Harmon Cemetery, Gilboa, on a later date.

Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. prior to services Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church in Davison or New Hope Pregnancy Care Center in Cleveland, Tenn.

Share your thoughts with the family at www.allenfuneralhomeinc.com.

 

 

 

DELLA WEAVER 1937-2012

PAULDING – Della Mae Weaver, age 74, died Saturday, May 19 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Aug. 4, 1937 in Oakwood, the daughter of John and Hazel (Babbcock) Rau. On Aug. 30, 1964, she married Robert Louis Weaver, who preceded her in death on March 14, 1998.

She is survived by a son, John Weaver, Paulding; a daughter, Tina Johnson, Defiance; two sisters, Donna Peters of Defiance and Darlene Buell, Cecil; a half-brother; a half-sister; a granddaughter; and two great-granddaughters.

She also was preceded in death by a brother and a half-sister.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Richard “Bud” Larimore officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. prior to services Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

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

 

 

DAVID MAYHUGH 1943-2012

David W. Mayhugh, 68, of Sattahip, Thailand, passed away Monday, May 14.

He was born Sept. 27, 1943, in Paulding County, the son of Kenneth and Margaret Nelson, who preceded him in death. He was a retired United States Navy veteran, having served in the Vietnam War.

He is survived by wife, Suntaree Mayhugh, two sons, Kiengsak (Vanessa) Mayhugh of El Paso, Texas and Daniel Mayhugh of San Diego; three daughters, Niyada (Bryan) Elie of Germantown, Md., Nipa (Larry) Tarrant of Dallas and Margaret (Roberto) Fernandez of Round Rock, Texas; a sister, Jayne Heck of Paulding; and four grandchildren, Declan, Garek and Conlin Elie and David Fernandez.

 

VIOLA DOBBELAERE 1930-2012

OAKWOOD – Viola M. Dobbelaere, 81, died Sunday, May 13, at Estelle’s Hospice House in Ocala, Fla.

She was born May 28, 1930, in Paulding County, the daughter of Arthur I. and Frances E. (Hart) Harrow. On Nov. 4, 1950, she married Morris R. Dobbelaere, who survives. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding Eagles, Friendly Neighbors Farm Bureau Council, Eagles Lodge #2405 and was a past member of Busy Neighbors Extension Club.

She is also survived by her children, Cathy (Larry) Thornell, Tom (Shelly) Dobbelaere and Carole (Mark) Gross, all of Paulding, Cindy (Rich) Skiver of Defiance, Tim (Tami) Dobbelaere of Oakwood, and Denise (Joel) Althauser of Kenton; a brother, James (Jeanne) Harrow of Cecil; two sisters, Marjorie Howell of Paulding and Joan (Max) Pease of Latty; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Fred Grindstaff and Joe Hale; and a sister-in-law, Luetta Harrow.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Frances Marie and Julie Annett Dobbelaere; a brother, Richard Harrow; two sisters, Mary Louise Grindstaff and Pauline Hale; and a brother-in-law, Clayton Howell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, May 21, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish with the Very Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Den Herder Funeral Home, with a Rosary service at 7:30 p.m. There is also visitation one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

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

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

 

ALICE HAMMAN DUNBAR 1933-2012

DEFIANCE — Alice Jean Hamman Dunbar, age 78, died Sunday, May 13 at her daughter’s residence.

She was born June 27, 1933, in Bellefontaine, the daughter of Zura and Elsie (Davis) Dunno, who both preceded her in death. On Nov. 9, 1956, she married James Hamman, who preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 1998. On Jan. 25, 2003, she married Donald Dunbar, who survives. She was a 1951 graduate of Van Wert High School and retired from Paulding-Putnam Electric Co-op in 1994. She was a former member of Grover Hill Zion United Methodist Church and attended Zion Lutheran Church of Defiance. She was a committee person for Paulding County Democratic Party, secretary of the Paulding County Crippled Children for 20 years and secretary treasurer of the Paulding Lions Club. She wintered in Apache Junction, Ariz.

She is also survived by her children, Korenia R. (Michael) Scott of Paulding, Eric (Angie) Hamman of Fort Wayne, Lynette Weible, Las Vegas, Lynda Sheets, Wauseon and Kent Dunbar of Indianapolis; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard (Fran) Dunno, Fort Wayne; and a special friend, Bonnie Kaemming, Defiance.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Dunno, and a sister, Martha Heck.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Burial will follow in Hedges Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 17 and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Memorial donations may be made to ALS Foundation or Zion Lutheran Church, Defiance.

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

 

ADELLA NUTTER 1928-2012

PAULDING – Adella L. Nutter, age 83, died Sunday, May 13 at Community Health Professionals Hospice, Defiance.

She was born July 30, 1928 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Neil and Alma (Shull) Altman. On April 4, 1948, she married Daniel L. Nutter, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Neil (Cindy) Nutter of Whitehouse and James (Lynn) Nutter, Paulding; three daughters, Paula (Paul) Osterfeld of Coldwater, Susan Nutter of Graytown and Jayne Nutter, Paulding; two sisters, Barbara Gilliam of Indianapolis and Edith Till, Fort Wayne; a daughter-in-law, Nancy (Kenny) Nutter Rumschlag, Delphos; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Martin Nutter; three brothers, Guy “Bud”, Arden “Tiny” and Jim Altman; and two sisters, Rosalie Endorf and Donna Altman.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 and from 9:30 a.m. until time of services on Thursday.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Foundation, Defiance CHP Hospice or Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center Foundation.

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

 

WILLIAM GOOD JR. 1923-2011

VAN WERT – Friends and family are invited to celebrate the life of William R. “Bill” Good Jr. on May 26, 2012. This gathering will be held at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home on South Washington Street in Van Wert from 10 a.m.-noon.

William Rodkey Good Jr. passed away on Oct. 6, 2011. He and his wife, Betty, began Blue Water Camp near Grover Hill. After selling the campgrounds in 1975, Bill went into real estate with Straley Realtors and successfully worked there for many years. After Betty’s death from cancer, Bill married Luella Wade. Together they owned and ran a shop, Heritage Coins and Antiques, in Van Wert.

Immediate family members will be present and would be very grateful for the opportunity to visit and reminisce with Bill's friends.

Those feeling the desire to memorialize Bill, please do so with a gift to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

 

MICHAEL SISCO 1951-2012

ANTWERP – Michael Dean Sisco, 60, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, May 10 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville.

He was born on Aug. 28, 1951 in Bryan, the son of Louis and Ganelle (Lyons) Sisco. On Feb. 7, 1987, he married Peggy Stehlik, who survives. He worked at Johns Manville, Defiance, but also owned his own retail clothing company, Stepping Out. He was an avid Nascar racing fan.

Also surviving are a sister, Sharon (William) Beck of Defiance; sisters-in-law, Donna (Tom) Schnipke of Kalida, Lorri (Bill) Koch of Lima and Amy (Rick) Valasquez of Ottawa; brothers-in-law, Michael (Suzie) Stehlik of Florence, S.C. and Terrence (Elena) Stehlik of Baton Rouge, La.; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to Animal Clinic of Paulding.

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

 

NORMAN JOSEPH “JOE” PRICE 1931-2012

DOUGLAS, Wyo. – Norman Joseph “Joe” Price, 80, died Sunday, May 6 at the Douglas Care Center in Douglas after a short battle with cancer.

He was born June 26, 1931 in Paulding County, the son of Frank and Ursula (Tuohy) Price.  He grew up on a farm and attended school at Oakwood.  Joe met his wife, Phyllis Schweigel, at a county fair in Paulding, and they married April 7, 1951. He joined the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War.  His job was fueling planes.  He then returned to his former job as a truck driver.  In June 1960, they moved to the Douglas area.  He did various jobs and then settled on his own trucking business. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed bird hunting and shooting sports and also antique engines.  He raised a garden with pumpkins to hold an annual “pumpkin shoot.”  He was a huge lover of his great friend, dog “Cookie.”

Surviving are his sons, Rick (DeEtta) Price and Joey Price, both of Douglas; sisters, Helen Johnson of Fort Wayne and Deloris Giltz of Phoenix; a sister-in-law, Leda Price of Lost Springs, Wyo.; grandchildren, Amanda Smith, Jared (Jennifer) Price, Stacy (Kevin) Schrandt, Tamara Price, Rick (Kat) Price; and great-grandchildren, Megan and Kael Schrandt, and expecting Wesson Price.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, on Jan. 5, 2012; and brothers, Gilmore, Vincent and Gene Price.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at the Douglas Park Cemetery in Douglas, Wyo. with Pastor Tim Ricker of the Frontier Baptist Church officiating. Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8 and the Wyoming Army National Guard Military Honors will conduct military honors. The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.

A celebration of life will be held at Clementine’s Cattle Company, 1199 Mesa Drive, immediately following the service at the cemetery.

A memorial to the choice of the donor would be appreciated by the family.

 

ARABELL “JUDY” FRY 1926-2012

CONTINENTAL – Arabell “Judy” Fry, 85, of Continental died at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born Aug. 13, 1926 in Melrose, the daughter of the Rev. Jacob and Agnes (Stahl) Edds. On Aug. 22, 1941, she married Edward A. Fry Sr., who preceded her in death June 2, 2011. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Free Christian Church of God in Continental and a Sunday School Teacher for 30 years. She was a member of the “Singing Fry Family.”

Surviving are three children, the Rev. Carol (Jerry) Retcher of Defiance, the Rev. Robert (Terry) Fry of Toledo, and the Rev. James (Lisa) Fry of Continental; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Ford of Defiance and Ethel Winters of Temperance, Mich.; and a daughter-in-law, Jayne Mussery of Angola, Ind.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Eddie Fry Jr.; three brothers, Carl, Floyd and Paul Edds; and a sister, Doris Albright.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at Free Christian Church, Continental, with her three children officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery, Continental. Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental is handling the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, May 11 and one hour prior to the service on Saturday all at the church.

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

Condolences can be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

ORMAN GOINGS SR. 1932-2012

LATTY – Orman Ellis Frederick Goings Sr., age 80, died Wednesday, May 9 at his residence.

He was born on April 27, 1932 in Latty, the son of Wesley E. and Hazel A. (Hope) Goings. On April 4, 1956, he married Annetta M. Williams, who preceded him in death on Oct. 21, 2009. He was a graduate of Latty High School and a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was employed by Landmark as an engineer. He was a member of the Latty Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee and was a member of the church choir, and was also a member of the Payne American Legion.

He is survived by two sons, Orman Goings Jr., Latty, and Kim (Sandy) Goings, Defiance; three daughters, Paula Wilder of Van Wert, Yvonne Goings of Paulding, and Melissa Hale, Latty; a brother, George Goings, Latty; 11 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by a son, Scott Eric Goings; a brother, Glennard Goings; and two sisters, Stella Faye Hallom and infant Doris Goings.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Levi Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Middle Creek Zion Baptist Cemetery, Grover Hill with military graveside rites.

Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until time of services on Saturday.

Memorial donations may be made to Community Health Professionals Hospice.

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

 

REGINA TANER 1921-2012

PAULDING – Regina B. Taner, age 91, died Monday, May 7 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Feb. 10, 1921 in Lake Como, Pa., the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Spyholski) Sienko. On Jan. 2, 1943, she married Donald Clemens Taner, who preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1989. She was a 1939 Preston High School graduate and worked at Royal Hospital in Bronx, N.Y. until 1942. She moved to Detroit and worked for the Navy at Naval Ordinance until 1945. She then moved to Paulding in August 1945. She was a member of Sisters of the Skillet from 1966-90.

She is survived by a son, Mark Taner, Paulding; a son-in-law, Terry Hasch, Defiance; two grandchildren, Derek Taner and Merri Hasch, both of Defiance; and a brother, Leonard Sienko, Hancock, N.Y.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Elaine Hasch; brothers, John, Walter, Joseph, Henry and Chester Sienko; and sisters, Albina Denofsky and Clara Carey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church. A Wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to Masses.

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

 

CHARLES  HARGESHEIMER 1922-2012

VAN WERT – Charles A. Hargesheimer, 90, of Van Wert, died at 9:33 a.m. Monday, May 7 at Van Wert Hospital.

He was born March 27, 1922, in Union Township, Van Wert County, the son of Elbert and Stella (Hansel) Hargesheimer. On July 17, 1948, he married Mary K. Davis, who survives of Van Wert. He retired from the Aeroquip Corporation in Van Wert, had previously worked at Grizzly Manufacturing Marimont in Paulding, and helped on the family farm.

He was a lifetime member of North Union United Methodist Church of Van Wert, a United States Army veteran of WWII stationed in Japan, a member of American Legion Lewis Post 208 in Convoy,Van Wert County Democratic Party, Van Wert County Genealogical Society and Van Wert County Historical Society. He served as North Union United Methodist Church financial secretary.

Other survivors include four daughters, Rose (David) Wherry and Vicky (Richard) Racster, both of Van Wert, Wanda (Gary) Evans of Troy and Rita (Charles) Kreinbihl of Findlay; a sister, Marilee Conner of Longview, Wash.; grandchildren, Kris Kill, Angela Plumley, Tim Racster, Steven Racster, David Racster, Bryan Long, Eric Long, Nathan Long, Laura Kreinbihl and Marisa Kreinbihl; and two great-grandchildren, Kenyon and Carolina Kill.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Dixie Sue Hargesheimer; two brothers, Phillip Hargesheimer and Elbert Hargesheimer II; and a sister, Alice Bailey.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert. The Rev. Greg Wack will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Military graveside services will be conducted.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 10.

Preferred memorials are to North Union United Methodist Church or Community Health Professionals – Visiting Nurses and Private Duty.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

LOIS CAROTHERS 1929-2012

PAULDING – Lois M. Williamson Carothers, age 82, died Monday, May 7 at her residence.

She was born Aug. 24, 1929 in Scott, the daughter of Clifford and Stella (Penwell) McClain. On Dec. 31, 1948, she married Billy Leue Williamson, who preceded her in death on Jan. 2, 1986. On May 28, 1994, she married Robert Carothers, who survives. She was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church and the former Paulding Order of the Eastern Star. She retired from Dana Weatherhead in 1990.

Also surviving are five daughters, Carol (Ken) Grimm, Sebring, Fla., Becky (Mike) Lamb, Paulding, Sandy (David) Burchan and Pam (Jerry) Brown, both of Van Wert, and Marilyn (Jason) Shaffer, Sherwood; a son, Karl Carothers, Fort Wayne; two brothers, Wesley McClain, Traverse City, Mich., and Earl McClain, Paulding; a sister, Donna McNeil, Orlando, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Proxmire.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Memorial donations may be made to CHP Hospice.

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

 

HELEN FINK

FORT WAYNE – Helen I. Fink , 85, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Canterbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne.

Born in Defiance, she retired from L.S. Ayres and International Harvester, where she had been a radio dispatcher. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Helen had a nurturing heart for raising Yorkshire terriers and enjoyed working in her yard.

Surviving are a sister, Laura Craig of Auburn, Ind.; Goddaughters, June Keiser, Deanna Kissinger and Tara Van Houten, all of Columbia City; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis E. Fink; parents, Floyd and Nellie Bruner; three brothers; and four sisters.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11 at D.O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, with Pastor Douglas D. Punke officiating. Burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Memorials may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church.

To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.

 

MARTY WHITE 1952-2012

 

 

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. – Marty (Russi) White, age 59, died Thursday, May 3 at her home.

She was born Sept. 9, 1952 in Zanesville, the daughter of Roy and Grace (Hull) Russi. She moved to Paulding in 1965 and graduated in 1970. She was married to Chad White on Dec. 18, 1971 and lived in Chicago since 1974.

She is survived by her husband, Chad; a son, Matthew; a sister, Elizabeth; a brother, Rodger Russi; and five grandchildren.

Marty was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Michael; and a brother, Roy Russi.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11 at Rosedale Chapels in Roselle, Ill. Visitation will be Thursday, May 10 from 5-8 p.m.

Memorial are to the American Cancer Society.

 

RUTH PATE 1936-2012

OHIO CITY – Ruth E. Pate, 76, of Ohio City, died at 8:50 a.m. Friday, May 4 at her residence.

She was born April 4, 1936, in Paulding County, the daughter of Raymond “Bob” and Georgia Mae (Morrow) Hamman. Her husband, Barry M. Pate, preceded her in death Aug. 14, 2000. She worked hard all her life but recently worked at The Iron Horse Bar about five years then worked at The Gathering Place for three years, both in Ohio City. She was a life member of the Van Wert VFW Auxiliary, the Van Wert American Legion Auxiliary and was a former member of the Cloverdale Community Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Charlene Nunez of Cloverdale; a brother, Jack Hamman; a sister, Janet Parton of Leo, Ind.; three grandchildren, Mike Imler, Michele Siebert and Miguel Nunez; and seven great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James D. Imler; and a brother, James Hamman.

Services were held Monday, May 7 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, with the Rev. Robert Pauley officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City.

Preferred memorials are to Community Health Professionals Hospice Program.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

DOROTHY GLECKLER 1934-2012

CONVOY – Dorothy M. Gleckler, 78, of Van Wert, formerly of Convoy, passed away at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, May 6 at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

She was born March 2, 1934 in Scott, the daughter of Renzie and Blanche (Pugh) Funk. On Dec. 31, 1955, she married Maurice Dean Gleckler of Convoy, who preceded her in death Oct. 21, 1987. She formerly was a secretary at Blue Creek School, clerk at Economy Savings and Loan, medical assistant to A.C. Diller, M.D. in Convoy, scale clerk for S.E. Johnson Company at Scott plant and an enforcement officer for the Van Wert County Child Support Agency. She also served as an EMT with the Convoy Fire Department for 10 years as well as a squad leader.

She was a “people lover” who spent lots of her free time in helping others. Also, she was an “organizer” and helped organize The Convoy Homemakers Club, Van Wert Area Visiting Nurses Auxiliary, Van Wert County Medical Assistants Organization, Convoy Community Days, Convoy Branch of the Brumback Library, NW Ohio Friends of HD Support Group and the local chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

She was also a member and served as an officer in numerous community organizations. For over 10 years, she wrote a monthly newsletter and newspaper articles for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in an attempt to eradicate the stigma of mental illness by helping educate the public.

Dorothy coined the phrase “Convoy – the little town that does big things.” In 1986 she was named Citizen of the Year by the Convoy Community. In 1996, NAMI OHIO presented her with the Stigma Buster of the Year Award.

Surviving are a daughter, Vickie Jo (Dan) Troyer of Van Wert; a son, Randal L. Gleckler of Lima; a sister, Evelyn Funk, of Newark; 10 nieces and nephews; as well as a number of great-nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Chester Funk, and a sister, Florence Sanderson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 8 the Convoy United Methodist Church with the Rev. Greg Leigh officiating. The family will receive friends one hour preceding the service. There will be no viewing. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory of Van Wert is in charge of arrangements.

Burial was at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Convoy.

Preferred memorials are to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, National Alliance on Mental Illness or local NAMI Affiliate in Van Wert.

 

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