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Wednesday, April 04, 2012 7:43 PM

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WILMER NIERMAN 1920-2012

VAN WERT – Wilmer D. Nierman, 91, of Van Wert, died at 9:13 p.m. Monday, April 23 at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born Nov. 10, 1920, in Whitley County, Ind., the son of Albert and Grace (Clark) Nierman. He worked for the State of Ohio in the state garage for 22 years and at the weigh station for 10 years, retiring in 1985. He also worked as a greenskeeper at the Fort Wayne Country Club and the Willow Bend Country Club for several years and served on the Van Wert City Reserve Police Force for 22 years. He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Van Wert and the Lutheran Layman’s League and was a past deacon of the church. His wife, Edith L. (Marbach) Nierman, survives.

Other survivors include his children, Gregory (Sandra) Nierman of Newton, N.H., Joyce Ann (Don) Ryan of Kalamazoo, Mich., Pamela (Michael) Chavarria of Van Wert and Ellen (Rudy) Bidlack of Scott; a sister, Dorothy (Edgar) Kuckuck of South Whitley, Ind.; grandchildren, Christopher Van Doren, Jennifer Van Doren, Mitchell Chavarria, Jason Chavarria and Lynn Bidlack; stepgrandchildren, Amy Doolin and Erin Deary; three great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Harmon Nierman; and a sister-in-law, Audrey Nierman.

Services were held Friday, April 27 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Van Wert with the Rev. Philip Zielinski officiating. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to Emmanuel Lutheran Church or the Van Wert EMS.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

MIKEAL GEORGE 1957-2012

CLYDE – Mikeal Anthony George, age 54, died Sunday, April 29.

He was born Nov. 6, 1957 in Paulding, the son of Torrence L. and Betty Lou (Unger) George. In 1986, he married Gena P. Scott, who survives. He was employed by Whirlpool in Clyde, and was an avid collector of hunting knives and old model cars.

Also surviving are a son, Nicholas, and a daughter, Nicole, both of Clyde; a brother, James George, Hicksville; and a sister, Denise Lange, Oxford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, William Hanenkratt; and a sister, Kay George.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

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

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

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

 

 

 

JOHN BAUMLE 1923-2012

PAYNE — John P. Baumle, 89, died Saturday, April 28, at the Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Feb. 16, 1923, in Payne, the son of Roman and Vivian (Hummell) Baumle. On May 4, 1946, he married Delores M. King, who preceded him in death on Jan. 2, 2007. He was owner/operator of Baumle’s Sohio Service Station. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish in Payne K.of C. in Payne, American Legion of Payne and served on the Payne council for 18 years. He was a US Army Combat Medic during WWII.

He is survived by a son, Kevin Baumle, Payne; two daughters, Diane (Warren) Bissell Jr., Payne and Lisa (Nicholas) Burgei of Fort Jennings; a brother, Robert Baumle, Payne; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Michael and two brothers, Harold and Norbert.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish in Payne with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in the St. John the Baptist Church cemetery in Payne, with military graveside rites accorded by Payne American Legion Post #297.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m., Monday, April 30, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with a wake service at 8 p.m.

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

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

PAUL F. DOSTER 1936-2012

PAULDING – Paul F. Doster, age 75, died Saturday, April 28 at Parkview Hospital, Ft. Wayne, Ind.

He was born Nov. 4, 1936 in Broughton, the son of Lester H. and Kathryne T. (Densmore) Doster. On Sept. 21, 1963 he married Patricia Ann McClish, who survives. He retired in 1993 from International Harvester, Ft. Wayne, and worked part-time at Cooper Hatchery.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Doster, Paulding; two sons, Chris (Sally) Doster, Paulding and Todd (Rhonda) Doster, Auburn, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Tasha, Miranda, Corbin, Caitlin, Bree, Baylee, Tucker and Leigha; and a great-granddaughter, Ashlyn.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Scott Doster and two brothers, Donald and Robert Doster.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, May 3 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding Co. with military rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

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

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

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

PAUL  GERENCSER, JR. 1923-2012

ANTWERP – Paul Gerencser, Jr., 88, of Antwerp passed away Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born in Delaware Bend, on May 22, 1923, a son of the late Mary and Paul  Gerencser. On July 3, 1947 he married Dorothy Strubing, who died June 8, 1999.

Paul served in the U.S. Army as an engineer in the 10th Mountain Division and in the Liberation of Italy during WW II. He was a farmer and a member of Antwerp VFW Post 5087, Hicksville Eagles and the Fairview Grange. He always enjoyed polka dancing with his wife, Dorothy.

He will be sadly missed by his children, Marsha (Don) Oberlin, Christine (Rick) Steffens and James (Nadene) all of Antwerp; siblings, Helen Daughtery of Bryan and Mary Babinger of Hicksville; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Paul was also preceded in death by his son, Larry; grandson, Ben Oberlin; and siblings, Irene Pigman, Steven and Robert Gerencser.

Viewing is Tuesday, May 1 from noon until 2 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home at which time the funeral service will take place with Rev. Regan Clem officiating. He will be laid to rest at Bethel Cemetery.

Memorials are to  PCH Home Health Care.

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

 

AVIS MAE MILLER 1916-2012

PAULDING – Avis Mae Miller, age 96, died Saturday, April 28 at the Gardens of Paulding.

She was born April 28, 1916 in Jackson Township, Paulding Co., the daughter of Frank and Katie (Coder) Horner. On Aug. 14, 1934 she married Ralph T. Miller, who preceded her in death on April 5, 2005. She was employed by the former GC Murphy Store, Defiance, as a cashier. She was a member of Junction Bible Church, and an avid NASCAR #24 Jeff Gordon fan.

She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Donna Miller, Paulding; three grandchildren, Roger (Shelly) Miller, Convoy, David (Janice) Miller, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Karen (Denny) McVay, Paulding; great-grandchildren, Jason, Jennifer, Jordan, Courtney, Marcus, and Joseph; and great-great grandchildren: McKenna, Brady and Aubree.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Everett Miller and a sister, Alys Fockler.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 2 at Den Herder Funeral Home, with Pastor Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and 9 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday.

Donations may be made to Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

 

DENNIS LYNN HIRN 1943-2011

VAN WERT – Dennis Lynn Hirn, 68, of Ridge Township, celebrated Christmas with his family and unexpectedly passed away, December 25, 2011.

He was born March 25, 1943, at home in Spencerville to Juliana Louise “Dottie” (Miller) Hirn and Karl Englehart “Bud” Hirn, who died from World War II injuries. His mother married E. Vaughn Morgan. He married Joyce R. McCleery on August 24, 1963. She survives in Van Wert.

He was in the first graduating class of Lincolnview High School and attended The Ohio State University and Columbus Business University. He was employed with J.C. Penney for many years and several locations. Returning to Van Wert, he joined the Winkle car dealership as sales and general manager and later at Anchor Propane as office manager. In recent years, he worked with S.I. Distributing in sales and transportation plus he assisted with the planting and harvesting on the family farm.

Hirn was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, where he served in many capacities, of bowling and softball teams. He loved to sing and was a choir and quartet member and a lifetime soloist for area churches. He was a Legacy Contributor to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. He was passionate about vehicles, particularly the Classic Cars, plus traveling to state and national parks, bicycling, and enjoying his pond and the local reservoir with his family and dogs.

He is also survived by a son, Colby Lynn Hirn of Columbus;   brothers, Janic Lee Hirn (Patricia) of Clarkston, Mich., and Karl Dean Hirn (Kathleen) of Lima; six nephews and their families; and ten great nieces and nephews.

A sister-in-law, Sharon (James) McConnell and brother-in-law Ronald (Joy) McCleery survived him, but are now deceased. A sister, Judith M. Hirn, and a nephew, Justin Hirn, are also deceased.

A Celebration of Life memorial service and visitation has been planned for Sunday, July 1 at 2 p.m., with the Reverend Greg Wack officiating at Bethel United Methodist Church in Van Wert. Visitation will be 1-2 and 3-5 p.m. in the church social room.

Preferred memorials are to Bethel Church or the Van Wert County Foundation either for the Van Wert County Park District Bike-Walking Trail or the Hirn Community Music Fund.

 

 

 

RONNIE ALAN JACKSON 1953-2012

CECIL – Ronnie Alan Jackson, age 58, died Wednesday, April 25 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 20, 1953 in Paulding, the son of Elmer Paul and Ruth M. “Bud” (Winterhalter) Jackson. On Feb. 23, 1979 he married Carol Scott, who survives. He was a lifelong farmer, a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish in Paulding, Antwerp Conversation Club, Paulding Eagles 2405, and EEA Chapter 149. He loved flying and skydiving and had his private pilot’s license and helicopter license: “He will now forever be in flight.” He was a former Crane Township Trustee.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Jackson, Cecil; a daughter, Crystal (Larry) Trabel, Cecil; a son, Chris (Elizabeth) Jackson, Lafourche Parish, La.; three brothers, Richard (Jackie) Jackson, Sherwood, Larry (Linda) Jackson, Paulding, and Dan Jackson, Ft. Wayne; and four grandchildren, Allyssa, Kennedy, Maydaline, and Case.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, April 27 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Bethel-Forder Cemetery, Crane Township.

Visitation will be 2:30-9 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Donations may be made for Masses or to Community Health Professionals Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

PATRICIA RAE INGOL 1956-2012

VAN WERT – Patricia “Pat” Rae Ingol, age 55, died Wednesday, April 25 at the Van Wert Manor, Van Wert.

She was born June 16, 1956 in Paulding County, the daughter of Ernest C. and Alice M. (Goings) Crutchfield. She was formerly employed by Zollner Piston of Ft. Wayne, Ind. and by Teleflex Corporation of Van Wert.

She is survived by three children, William (Jennie) Crutchfield of Van Wert, Tyler Crutchfield of Lexington, Ky. and Alisha Crutchfield of Paulding; three brothers, Ernest Crutchfield of Latty, Patrick Crutchfield of Paulding and Albert (Darlene) Crutchfield of Indianapolis, Ind.; five sisters, Barbara (Ernest) Eubank of Harrisburg, Pa., Roberta Hardman of Paulding, Mary Alice Crutchfield of Ft. Wayne, Margaret Ann Crutchfield of Latty, and Allison Smith of Payne; and six grandchildren, Rae, Lane, Brittan, Santia, Maddix, and Caiden.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 29 from 2-4 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. There will be no funeral service.

Burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to the Patricia R. Ingol Family.

 

DONNA J. HALTER 1962-2012

OAKWOOD – Donna J. Halter, 49, of Oakwood died at 2:56 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance. She was born August 18, 1962 in Paulding to Leroy and Edna (Ladd) Halter who survive in Oakwood.

Also surviving is a sister, Debbie (Anthony) Butler of Oakwood; a brother, Dan (Cheryl) Halter of Oakwood; five nieces and nephews, Bobbie Jo Fuller, Tony Butler II, Danny Joe Halter, Christina Anderson and Michael Halter and seven great-nieces and nephews.

Donna was a member of Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood.

Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 30, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood with Rev. Eric Dailey officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday and 10 a.m. until time of service on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice or to The Laurels of Defiance.

Condolences can be expressed to:   www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

CARL CLEVINGER 1941-2012

ANTWERP - Carl Ellis Clevinger, 70, of Antwerp passed away Monday, April 23, 2012 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Carl was born in Big Sandy, Ky. on Sept. 8, 1941, a son of the late Lola (Swiney) and Chester Clevinger.

He worked at Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp for 31 years.

In 1963 Carl married Jeannette Hamlin, who survives.

Carl will be sadly missed by his wife, Jeannette; sons, Matthew (Michelle), Chad (Stephanie) and Shane, all of Antwerp and Woody (Delena) of Pikeville, Ky.; siblings, Bronson (Glenda) of Pikeville, Joyce (Clay) Coleman, Donna (Floyd) Ramsier and Dwyane (Carol) all of Antwerp; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Viewing is at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp on Thursday, April 26 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Viewing and services will be at Lucas & Son Funeral Home, Pikeville, Ky. on Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m.

He will be laid to rest at Clevinger Family Cemetery, Marrow Bone, Ky.

Memorials are to Jeannette Clevinger.

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

 

 

GEORGE LEE 1928-2012

George Lee, 83, passed away Saturday, April 21 at Riverpoint Rehab Center, Virginia Beach, Va., from prostate cancer.

He was born July 29, 1928, the son of George and Sallie Lee of Pathfork, Ky. He was a veteran and lived over 30 years in Payne and worked as a welder and prefabricator in Fort Wayne.

Surviving are a son, George Steven Lee of Virginia; a daughter, Joan (Bunny) Christianson of North Carolina; three grandchildren, Brianna Lee of Virginia, Andrew Christianson of Ohio and Arthur Christianson of New York.

He was predeceased by eight siblings.

A graveside ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 at Saylor Cemetery, Pathfork, Ky. Arnett & Steele Funeral Home, Pineville, Ky., is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

AMY WHETSTONE 1968-2012

ANTWERP – Amy D. Whetstone, 43, of Woodburn, formerly of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, April 11.

She was born Nov. 8, 1968 in Paulding, the daughter of Jack and Gloria (Miser) Whetstone. Most people would remember Amy from Pond-A-River Golf Course in Woodburn, where she worked for over 25 years.

Surviving are her mother, Gloria Whetstone and stepfather, Paul Daeger; a brother, Daren (Rebecca Bodnar) Whetstone; and a niece, Eva Bodnar-Whetstone.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Relatives and friends are invited to her graveside memorial service at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp, followed by a reception at Grant’s Reception Hall, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to the Antwerp Community Band, 3491 Road 192, Antwerp OH 45813.

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

 

HILDA LYONS 1925-2012

PAYNE – Hilda Mae Lyons, 87, of Payne, passed away Saturday, April 21 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born Jan. 8, 1925 in Payne, the daughter of Harold and Viola (Matthews) Zartman. On June 2, 1945, she married Donald Lyons, who preceded her in death on Nov. 26, 1995. She worked at Magnavox and Dana Weatherhead. Hilda enjoyed her family, being a member of the Payne Church of the Nazarene and collecting clowns and salt and pepper shakers.

Surviving are four sons, Chuck (Janet), Ray (Judy), Dave and Emory (Margaret), all of Payne; siblings, Olive Dinger, Genevieve Hoaglin and Edie Mills, all of Payne, Lennis of Findlay and Larry (Carol) of Sherwood; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Larry; and siblings, Katherine Fegley, Denene Yenser, John, Wesley, Harold and Bill Zartman; and a great-granddaughter, Tyler McClure.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 at Payne Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at the church and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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

 

 

FREDA LIPP 1922-2012

DEFIANCE – Freda M. Lipp, 90, a resident of Paulding the past three years, passed away on Thursday, April 19.

She was born Jan. 2, 1922 in Ney, the daughter of John and Amelia (Smith) Elser. She spent her formative years in Ney area and graduated from Ney High School in 1940. On May 30, 1941, she married Harold Lipp, who preceded her in death in 1996. The couple lived in rural Defiance all their married life. She worked at the Ohio Art Company, Bryan, the Bargain Bee, Defiance Library, Spiegel’s Catalog Store and volunteered for Lutheran World Relief for several years. For a number of years, she was part of a quilting group at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Defiance. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church and Peace Lutheran Church respectively.

Survivors include her children, Carol (Gary) Hume and Gary (Janice) Lipp of Paulding; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Clifford, Glenn and Guy Elser; and four sisters, Ethel Obenland, Gladys Carlin, Mary Partee and Mildred Kimpel.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials directed to Community Health Professionals Hospice, American Cancer Society or The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

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

 

LAURA RIGGENBACH 1932-2012

VAN WERT – Laura D. Riggenbach, 80, of Van Wert, died at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born April 16, 1932, in Paulding County, the daughter of Earl and Annabelle (Moorehead) Williamson. On June 17, 1950, she married Richard Riggenbach, who preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Van Wert. She was also a former member of the Van Wert Elks and the Moose Lodge.

Surviving are two sons, Stan (Nancy) of Waterville and Mark Riggenbach of Van Wert; six grandchildren, Thomas, Brian, Bradley, David, Nicholas and Callie Riggenbach; and 10 great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Tyler, Noah, Ellie, Taylor, Maxwell, William, Isabel, Kylie and Elijah Riggenbach.

Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Ken and Bill Williamson; and two sisters, Kate Sprow and Betty Fox.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 23, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Gus Christo-Baker officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Hours of visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Alspach-Gearhart and one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

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

 

BEULAH STEVENS

FORT WAYNE – Beulah M. Stevens, age 98, of Fort Wayne, formerly of North Adams, Mich., and Gull Lake area, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the Town House in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Born in Grover Hill, the daughter of Albert L. and Mildred P. (Goble) Foster, she graduated from Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) and taught school in Michigan for 42-1/2 years, missing just five days her entire teaching career. She taught 11 years in Hoxie, 11 years in North Adams, and 20-1/2 years in Addison. She was a member of Northeastern Baptist Church, Kalamazoo, at the time of her death.

She is survived by eight nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Judson H. Stevens, in April 1985, and by three sisters and a brother.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 23 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation is one hour prior to services.

Preferred memorials are to RBC Ministries.

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

 

JEANNETTE WIEST 1942-2012

SAN RAMON, Calif. – Jeannette Wiest passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 31 at San Ramon Regional Medical Center following her long and valiant battle with COPD.

Born Aug. 19, 1942, in Ypsilanti, Mich., she was the third and youngest daughter of Walter and Olive (Denning) Ratliff. A Payne High School graduate, Jeannette was long active in San Ramon youth sports, serving several terms as president of Canyon Creek Little League. She later earned an Associate Degree from Diablo Valley College and was employed the past 16 years by Chevron Corporation as an expatriate tax specialist.

Jeannette is survived by her husband of 41 years, Tom Wiest; two sons, Chad of Martinez, Calif. and David of San Diego.; a granddaughter, Jordann Martz of Stockton, Calif.; and an uncle, cousins and nephews from Paulding County.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Phyllis Kiser and Billie Gaisford.

A memorial service celebrating her life was held April 11 at Grace United Methodist Church in San Ramon, Calif.

 

 

DONALD VOGEL

ANGOLA, Ind. – Donald R. Vogel, 81, of Angola, passed away Monday, April 9, 2012.

Don grew up in Latty with six brothers and a sister. He starred in basketball and baseball while attending Latty High School. During this time, Don met the love of his life Betty Flint. They were soon married and enjoyed 57 years together until Betty’s death in June 2010. He retired from General Telephone in 1991. He was a member and past president of IBEW Local 723. During his career, his easygoing personality, work ethic and sense of humor afforded him many friends among his co-workers. Don enjoyed working around his Crooked Lake home and his time spent with Betty. Don was the type of person everyone would like to have as a brother, father, grandfather, husband or friend. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include two sons, Douglas Vogel of Fort Wayne and Curtis (Jill) Vogel of Brownsburg, Ind.; a daughter, Angela Vogel of King George, Va.; two brothers, Ralph of Louisville, Ky. and John Dunston of Paulding; a sister, Mary Classen, Archbold; grandchildren Christopher (Jennifer) Vogel, Timothy (Loretta) Vogel, Adam (Courtney) Vogel, Jordan (Carly) Vogel, Shelby Vogel, Demita Vogel and James Vogel; and great-grandchildren Jacob, Alyssa and Ashton Vogel.

A celebration of his life with be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3512, 2730 Lofty Drive, Fort Wayne.

 

OWEN HANEY 1939- 2012

SPRINGFIELD – Owen Haney, 72, loving lifelong partner, father, and grandfather, went home to his Savior unexpectedly Friday, April 13.

He was married to his childhood sweetheart, Kathy Werling for 52 years. They were originally from Paulding.

Owen was loved and respected by all who knew him and will be missed by many. He graduated from Paulding High School in 1958 and worked for 35 years at Navistar in Fort Wayne and Springfield.

Also surviving are two sons, Jim Haney and John Haney, both of Oakwood; and a daughter, Jo (Peter) Spargo and beloved grandchildren Leila and Nathan, all of North Canton; a brother, Herb Haney, Florida; a sister, Leah Gunderman of Paulding; and many adored nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nutie and Mable Haney, and a brother, Paul Haney.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at Calvary Bible Church, Paulding, with Pastor Larry Nickell officiating. Littleton & Rue Funeral Home, Springfield, is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to The Autism Society of Ohio in lieu of flowers.

 

DORIS PEASE 1917-2012

DEFIANCE – Doris M. Pease, 95, of Defiance, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 13 at the Twin Rivers Care and Rehabilitation Center, Defiance.

She was born on Feb. 6, 1917 in Paulding County, the daughter of Samuel and Goldie (Hanenkrath) Stork. On Dec. 24, 1937, she married Gester “Barney” Pease, who preceded her in death July 24, 1965. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Doris was a homemaker and retired from Dinner Bell Foods in 1979. She enjoyed spending time with family, baking and gardening.

Surviving are her daughter, Virginia “Ginny” Relue of Dupont; a son-in-law, Floyd Huebner of Paulding; 10 grandchildren, Jacki (Harley) Dunakin of Paulding, Carie Lynn (David) Riggenbach of Paulding, Floyd (David) Huebner of Sellarsburg, Ind., Linda (Harold) Hasch of Paulding, Brenda (Joel) Edwards of Paulding, Chad (Cheryl) Huebner of Decorah, Iowa, Amy (Doug) Quigley of Continental, Steve (Pam) Relue of Dupont, Angie Keeran of Ottoville and Ronnie (Tammy) Relue of Cloverdale; 28 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ruth Aden of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Joann (Fred) Wichman of Defiance.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Phyllis Huebner; a grandson, Tommy Huebner; a son-in-law, Gary Relue; two sisters, Marvel Skiver and Minnie Liska; and four brothers, Blaine, Gilbert, Shirley and Clifford Stork.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance with Pastor Terry Porter officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

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

 

 

DONALD WINCHESTER 1944-2012

OAKWOOD – Donald Allen Winchester, 67, of Oakwood, died at 8:36 a.m. Thursday, April 12 at Parkview Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born April 28, 1944, in Oakwood, the son of Leo and Beulah Maude (Grimes) Winchester. On July 14, 1969, he married Barbara Pierce, who survives in Oakwood. He  worked for 33-1?2 years at the former Zeller Corporation in Defiance and then for Baughman Tile until his retirement. He was a member of Defiance Christian Church. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the military police, scoring second in his class and having the highest score. He was a member of the Defiance VFW Post 3360.

Also surviving are his mother, of Oakwood; two sons, Marlin (Brenda) Winchester of Holland and Paul (Vernica) Winchester of Oakwood; eight grandchildren, Auntonio, Angelina, Marie, Alexander, Coltin, Lilly, Emelia and Isabelle; two great-grandchildren, Lalyla and Shyla; and a sister, Helen Winchester of Oakwood.

He was preceded in death by his father and a granddaughter, Amy L. Winchester.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 16 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood, with military graveside rites by Defiance VFW Post.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, April 15 and one hour prior to service on Monday.

Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

JOHN WISTNER 1933-2012

HAVILAND – John Robert Wistner, 78, of Haviland, passed gently into the arms of Jesus at 12:50 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at Richland Manor, Bluffton, Ohio.

He was born Sept. 21, 1933, in Grover Hill, the son of Gerald and Marcele (Hapster) Wistner. John graduated from Grover Hill High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. On Sept. 3, 1960, he married Cora Moore, who survives. He retired from General Dynamics in Lima in 1993 and previously worked at Grizzly Manufacturing, SK Wayne and Chrysler. He was the owner of the 5-STAR Auction and worked as a real estate agent and auctioneer.

John was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill, SPAH (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica), Grover Hill Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He had a heart for the Lord and pioneered the establishment of Youth For Christ in Paulding County. John loved to share his musical gift of playing the harmonica and was widely known as “Harmonica John,” performing in many local parades and festivals. He also enjoyed playing men’s fast pitch softball for many years.

Also surviving are his daughters, Laura (Kevin) DeLong of Grover Hill, Nannette (Shawn) Stiger of Wapakoneta, and Rhonda (Kerry) Samples of Defiance. John adored his seven grandchildren, Aaron (Carly) Stiger, Lindsay DeLong, Katelyn Samples, Alyssa (Zac) Lauck, Brock DeLong, Allison Stiger, Beau Samples and his great-grandson, Roman DeLong. He is also survived by two sisters, Naomi Bidlack and Ona (Ray) Volk; a brother, Maurice (Cheryl) Wistner; and a sister-in-law, Judy Wistner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gerald Rodney Wistner; and a brother-in-law, Paul H. Bidlack.

A celebration of life worship service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 16 at Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill with the Rev. Dr. Paul Bennell and Pastor Mike Waldron officiating. A military service and burial will be at Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at the church in Grover Hill.

Memorial contributions can be made to Zion United Methodist Church, The John Wistner Memorial Fast Pitch Softball Scholarship or the Wayne Trace Performing Arts Association.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at cowanfuneralhome.com.

 

 

ANNETTE DEBACHER 1923-2012

VAN WERT – Annette A. Debacher, 88, of Van Wert, died at 7:45 a.m. Monday, March 26 at the Van Wert Manor Nursing Home.

She was born June 22, 1923 in Scott, the daughter of George H. and Ella May (Moyer) Stettler. She married Roy Edwin Debacher, who preceded her in death on Sept. 4, 2001. She was a L.P.N. at the Van Wert County Hospital. She attended First Friends Church and Ridge Church and was a graduate of Ridge High School.

Surviving are a son, Jerry Allan Huffine of Greenville; a daughter, Joyce (Bob) Scinone of Euclid; a brother, Raymond Stettler; three sisters, Joyce Kimmel of Scott, Mary Waldron of Sherwood, and Ida; and seven grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Eugene Huffine; and a brother, Henry Stettler.

There were no visitation or services. Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, was in charge of arrangements.

 

RODGERS GRANT 1936-2012

PAULDING – Rodgers Lee Grant, age 76, died Thursday, April 12 at CHP Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

He was born Jan. 18, 1936 in Harlem, N.Y., the son of Albert and Mary E. (Rodgers) Grant. On Jan. 28, 2000, he married Louise E. Morhart, who survives in Paulding. He was an American jazz pianist, composer, and lyricist. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He is also survived by a son, Mandingo Ndingi, Oakland, Calif.; a daughter, Biah Bia Buchongo of Oakland, Calif.; a stepson, Don (Marilyn) Stevenson, Cecil; four stepdaughters, Becky (Tom) Jackson of Bluffton, Ind., Jackie Adams of Oakwood, Sally Stevenson of Dunedin, New Zealand, and Richelle Britt, Paulding; a sister, Judy Lee, New Rochelle, N.Y.; three grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren.

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

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Bob Shepard officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, April 16 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Preferred memorials are to CHP Hospice.

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

 

 

ROBERT JACKSON 1926-2012

DEFIANCE – Robert J. Jackson, 86, Defiance, passed away on Tuesday, April 10 at The Laurels of Defiance.

He was born Jan. 29, 1926 in Cecil, the son of Jay and Mary (Bakle) Jackson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during WWII. On Feb. 5, 1949, he married Evelyn R. Heazlit, who preceded him in death on April 24, 2011. He worked at GM as a millwright. He was a member of Ayersville United Methodist Church and a life member of the VFW and the AMVETS.

Surviving are a son, Kirk (Kelly) Jackson of Holgate; two daughters, Jane (Dennis) Roeschley of Greymont, Ill. and Debra (Rex) Wreede of Defiance; 11 grandchildren, Matthew (Lindsey) Roeschley, Carlen (Brian) Owens, Lauren Roeschley, Scott (Dawn), Megan, Melissa Thompson, Kyle (Heather) Jackson, Jason Jackson, Anthony (Elizabeth) Jackson, Jody (Andrew) Dieter and Joel (Cindi) Wreede; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jay Jackson of Antwerp.

He also was preceded in death by four brothers, John, Paul, Joe and Donald Jackson; and four sisters, Ruth Dysinger, Pauline Shong, Alice Miller and Violet Noneman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 13 at the Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. Clarence Dinnen officiating. Burial will follow in Rochester Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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

 

 

 

TERRY “MIKE” OVERMYER 1944-2012

CECIL – Terry Lynn “Mike” Overmyer, age 67 of Cecil, passed away in his beloved wife’s arms on Thursday, March 29 while RV-ing in the Redwoods of California that he loved so much.

Born Aug. 11, 1944 in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Donald Owen and Marjorie Helen (Keener) Overmyer. After graduating from Paulding High School in 1962, he moved to California to work on a green chain in the California Redwoods. After moving back to Ohio in 1964, he married Faith Christine Gillett of Broughton and together they had three children. On Oct. 10, 1980, he married Darlene Mae (Meeker) Kill of Defiance, which then made him a father of a blended family of six children.

After over 25 years of working for General Motors, he retired in 1990. He was now able to do the things he loved, tinkering on his farm, rebuilding things, spending loads of time with his kids, grandkids and friends and traveling. It was also at this time that he became a member of Ney Church of God where he loved to learn the gospel and develop deep friendships with his many friends at church. He had a very difficult time saying the word “No” when it came to serving others. There were many evenings when he’d be working on a project in his barn when somebody would pull up and that project would be put on hold till the next day; nothing was more important than the people that came into his life. He often would say, “The best gift you can give someone is your time.”

Through the many periods of his life, Mike had many interests and hobbies. In 1969, he was a charter member of the Steel Steeds Motorcycle Club. He had been active in the Eagles and the #620 Masonic organizations. In 1973, he founded a motorsport park at his farm in rural Sherwood. In 1983, he earned his pilot’s license and was an avid sportsman. Traveling was his latest passion, achieving visiting all 48 continental United States.

Also surviving are two sons, Donald Overmyer of Toledo and Andrew (Michelle) Kill of Olympia, Wash.; four daughters, Barbara (Bruce) Schmitmeyer of Columbus, Theresa (Matt) Ashbaugh of Defiance, Tammy (Keith) Shultz of Eaton, and Anna (Jim) Perry of Ohio City; grandchildren, Kristian (Nick), Sarah, Darlene, Nickolas, Samuel, Alaina, Dana, Adrienne, Alex, Addison and Alissa; one-great grandchild, Logan; two brothers, Tim Overmyer of Defiance and Todd Overmyer of Metairie, La.; and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother Tom; and a grandson, Cody Allen Shultz.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14, with the memorial service at 11 a.m. at Ney Church of God with Pastor Kevin King officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ney Church of God or the Defiance Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.

 

 

CARL BARTLEY 1945-2012

DEFIANCE – Carl E. Bartley, 66, of Defiance, passed away Monday, April 9 at his home.

He was born April 11, 1945 in Pikeville, Ky., the son of the late Jack and Faye (Branham) Bartley. On Jan. 31, 1964, he married Leona Lively, who survives. He worked at GM Central Foundry for over 25 years and retired in 1995.

Also surviving are five daughters, Sheila (Phillip) Thomas of Ostrander, Delilah Collins of Defiance, Tina (Rob) Kesler and Lisa Land, both of Oakwood, and April Bartley of Delaware; a sister, JoAnn Childres of Little Rock, Ark.; a brother, Johnnie Branham of Nashville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by a younger sister, Betty Carline Bailey.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 13 at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home in Defiance, with the Revs. Bobbie Branham and Robert Dean officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home.

Condolences may be shared at www.defiancefuneralhome.com.

 

RAYMOND KLOPFENSTEIN 1915-2012

PAULDING – Raymond E. Klopfenstein, age 97, died Monday, April 9 at his residence.

He was born Jan. 7, 1915 in Paulding County, the son of Edward and Emma (Stoller) Klopfenstein. On Feb. 24, 1957, he married Catherine Gerber, who survives in Paulding. He was a self-employed farmer and a member of the Latty Apostolic Christian Church where he was the oldest member.

He is also survived by two sons, Leon (Debra) Klopfenstein of Haviland and Jerry (Cherry) Klopfenstein, Paulding; a daughter, Betty (Harlan) Wulf, Larchwood, Iowa; a brother, Marvin (Mary) Klopfenstein, Scott; a sister, Aldean Price, Van Wert; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Harold, Alvin, Floren, and an infant, Gene; and two sisters, Frances Laidig, and an infant, Mabel.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 13 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at the church fellowship hall, and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Memorial donations may be made to Latty Apostolic Christian Church Alms Fund.

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

 

 

HARLAN RIGGENBACH 1925-2012

PAULDING – Harlan E. Riggenbach, age 87, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 7 at the Paulding County Hospital.

He was born April 1, 1925 in Latty, the son of Samuel and Anna (Kaiser) Riggenbach. On Feb. 6, 1955, he married Dolores L. Stoller, who survives. He was a self-employed dry wall installer. He retired from Dinner Bell Meats of Defiance in 1987 and he was a part-time farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War, a member of the Paulding VFW Post #587 and the Payne American Legion Post #297. He was a member of the John Paulding Historical Society, The Black Swamp and Maumee Gas Engine and Tractor Club and the Hart-Oliver Collectors Society. He was a  member the Latty Apostolic Christian Church.

Also surviving are two daughters, Bonnie Gehman of Fort Wayne and Patricia (David) Gerber of Paulding; six grandchildren, Bethany, Adriana, Natalie, Laura, Bryant and Kelsey; and a sister, Lucille (Frank) Treece of Fort Wayne.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline Riggenbach and Helen Schlatter; a brother, Ray Riggenbach; and a son-in-law, James Gehman.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church. The church clergymen will officiate with burial following in the church cemetery, where the Paulding VFW Post #587 will conduct military graveside services.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall and one hour before services on Thursday morning at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Gateway Woods of Leo, Ind.

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

 

MARCELLA “MARCIE” SKIDMORE 1926-2012

PAYNE – Marcella “Marcie” Skidmore, 86, of Payne, passed away Saturday, April 7 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born Feb. 22, 1926 in North Collins, N.Y., the daughter of Robert and Blanche (Krebs) Cary.

Surviving are a son, Robert (Beverly) Lelonek; grandsons, Brian and Brent (Holly) Lelonek; and two great-grandchildren, Bobby and Brooke Lelonek.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elza “Tiny” Skidmore; two brothers, Robert and Joseph Cary; and a great-granddaughter, Ashley Lelonek.

Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, with the Rev. Paul Hamrick officiating.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, 1151 Westwood Drive, Van Wert OH 45891.

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

 

 

MAURICE BRADY 1929-2012

PAYNE – Maurice A. Brady, 83, of Payne, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Wednesday, April 4 at the place he loved, Pleasant Valley Golf Course.

He was born Jan. 1, 1929 in Fort Wayne, a son of Harry Michael and Miriam (Castelman) Brady. He was a graduate of St. Francis Preparatory School, Spring Grove, Pa., and a member of the Hoosier Turf Grass Association, the Knights of Columbus in Fort Wayne, and Divine Mercy Catholic Parish. He also was a member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, having flown his own plane from 1977 to 1999. He had been the president and chairman of the board of directors of the Union State Bank.

He designed the Pleasant Valley Golf Course, which he owned and operated. He was a farmer and owned Brady Elevator, Payne, retiring in 1964.

In 1950, he married Helen Stabler, who passed away in 1969. He then married Carol Osborne in 1970.

Surviving are his wife, Carol; children, Kathleen (Gary) Cadwallader, Susan Johnson, Michael (Sue) Brady, Nelson Snellenberger and Jeffrey (Jane) Snellenberger; grandchildren, Jennifer Cadwallader, Stephanie (Jason) Cox, Joshua Johnson, Kimberly (Gino) Farnham, Lisa Johnson, Brian Brady and Sonya Snellenberger; and great-grandchildren, Jacob Johnson and Brady Cox.

He also was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Harry Brady, who was a navigator in World War II.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne, with the Very Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Monday, April 9 with the rosary recited at 8 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne. Visitation is also from 9-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Masses, Payne EMS or the Payne Branch Library.

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

 

 

 

NORAH BASH 1928-2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Norah Bash, 83, of Goodyear, formerly of Paulding, passed away March 12 while under care of Hospice of the Valley.

She was born March 18, 1928 in Warrington, England, the daughter of Albert and Catherine Shay. She moved to Arizona in May of 1997. She was a certified nursing assistant and a parishioner at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, and loved to bake Christmas cookies.

Surviving are a daughter, Patricia Mayer of Pipe Creek, Texas; two sons, David Bash of Moncks Corner, S.C. and Christopher Bash of Tuscon; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Bash.

A service was held Thursday, March 15 at Thompson Valley West Funeral Chapel, Goodyear, Ariz.

Preferred memorials are to Hospice of the Valley.

Please leave condolences for the family at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

 

MILDRED FITZGERALD ZIELKE 1914-2012

PAULDING – Mildred L. Fitzgerald Zielke, age 97, died Wednesday, April 4 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Nov. 5, 1914 in Harrison County, the daughter of John and Mabel (Kirby) Holmes. In 1939, she married Jeptha D. “Fitz” Fitzgerald, who preceded her in death in 1966. In 1971, she married Arthur P. Zielke, who preceded her in death on Jan. 10, 1987. She was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church and a 50-year charter member of the Paulding Better Homes and Garden Club. She was employed as a secretary for Dr. Weaver, retiring in 1977.

She is survived by two daughters, Carla Yoh and Ja-Dee (Rick) DeGood, both of Paulding; five grandchildren, Scott, Tami, Wanda, Rick and Kathleen; 11 great-grandchildren, Karli, Zack, Josh, Caylyne, Cassie, Aaron, Jamie, Lindsey, Hannah, Sarah and Paul; and four great-great-grandchildren, Taylor, Greg Jr., Olivia and Conner.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 6 and one hour prior to services on Saturday at Den Herder Funeral Home.

Preferred donations are to Paulding United Methodist Church.

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

 

TINA HOLMAN 1971-2012

PAULDING – Tina Marie Holman, age 40, died Monday, April 2 at her residence.

She was born Dec. 2, 1971 in Defiance County, the daughter of Wayne and Susan (Neidhardt) Sowers. She was employed as a clerk for the Defiance City Police Department for 13 years and was a member of the First Christian Church of Paulding.

She is survived by her mother, Susan Eagleson, a son, Sean Holman and a daughter, Casey Holman, all of Paulding; grandparents, Gene and Mary (Zartman) Neidhardt, Hicksville; and two sisters, Sara (Paul) Prescott and Nina Sowers, both of Hicksville.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Sowers Sr.; two brothers, Wayne Sowers Jr. and Ryan Sowers; great grandmother, Floetta Newland; grandparents, Richard and Donna (Kittredge) Sowers; and an uncle, Robert Sowers.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 at the First Christian Church of Paulding with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

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

Donations may be made to the children of Tina Holman.

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

 

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RUTH SCHILB

ANTWERP – Ruth Elizabeth Schilb, 96, passed from her earthly home on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was the youngest daughter of George E. and Rose Clemmer. She married Thomas Schilb, who preceded her in death in 1990. Ruth and Tom lived most of their lives in Antwerp as owners and operators of Schilb Funeral Home, Schilb Furniture Store and Schilb Appliance Store. In Antwerp, she was active in the Methodist Church, Eastern Star, Fin-de-siecle Club and Band Mothers. She also enjoyed her time at the Auburn Country Club.

Ruth spent 30 retirement years in Sebring, Fla., where she became an avid golfer. She loved entertaining family and friends in her home there. In January 2000, she moved to Georgetown Place in Fort Wayne where she lived until 2003 when she went to live with her granddaughter, Karen (Tom) Fenker in Leo, Ind. In 2009, she moved to the Manor House in Antwerp. Ruth enjoyed attending Sunday evening services at the Manor House and being back to her “roots” in Antwerp where she was near her family.

Survivors include a son, Walter (Sue) Schilb; a daughter, Mary (Paul) Culler; nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Jane Lucille Schilb Poth in 1957, and siblings Wilbur Clemmer, George H. Clemmer, Madelyn Jump, Helen Jenkins and Carl Clemmer.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 3 at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

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

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

 

TERRY “MIKE” OVERMYER

CECIL – Terry “Mike” Overmyer, 67, of Cecil, died suddenly March 29, 2012, while vacationing with his beloved wife, Darlene.

He was a retired millwright for Defiance GM.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Ney Church of God.

 

 

ALICE HENKE RAINWATER 1917-2012

PAULDING – Alice Louise Henke-Rainwater, 94, of Paulding, passed away peacefully at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 28 at her home in the Country View Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.

She was born Aug. 7, 1917, in Chicago, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Bordes) Knarr. Her first husband, Erhard W. Henke, preceded her in death in 1962. Her second husband, Curtis Rainwater, preceded her in death in 1992. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked at Wrigley’s Gum Company in her early years and was a LPN-nurse for many years at Hinsdale Hospital, Hinsdale, Ill. She was a member of the Trinity Seventh-day Adventist Church, Defiance.

Surviving are three sons, Erhard “Bud” (Marsha) Henke, Oakwood, Edwin Henke, Mont Eagle, Tenn. and Elmer (Donna) Henke, Grand Haven, Mich.; one daughter, Marjorie (James) Stam, St. Charles, Mich,; one stepdaughter, June Brouch, Tinley Park, Ill.; 15 grandchildren, James (Bridgette) Stam, Larry (Julie) Stam, Eugene Stam, Nancy (Stam) Marietta, Jennifer Henke, Aaron, Adam, Whitney, Bruce (Ada) Henke, Brent Henke, Brooke (Greg) Wyant, Blake (Tim) Wade, Joy (Bruce) Rogers, Jan (Andre’) Scalzo, Jeanine (John) Keyes; 23 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; and six great-stepgrandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters and one son, Eugene Henke, in 1961.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1 at the Trinity Seventh-day Adventist Church, Defiance. Interment will be at a later date at Mount Greenwood Cemetery in Chicago. Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to Country View Enhanced Living Center or Trinity Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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

 

 

 

JOHN KWASCIGROH 1930-2012

VAN WERT – John Paul Kwascigroh, 81, of Van Wert, died Tuesday morning, March 27 at his residence.

He was born July 10, 1930 in Paulding County, the son of John M. and Ada E. (Buchman) Kwascigroh. On Sept. 19, 1981, he married Shirley Mae Doner, who died May 23, 2000. He retired from Federal Mogul after more than 30 years of service and also farmed. He attended St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Van Wert.

Surviving are a son, John F., of Kimmell, Ind.; a daughter, Sharon Flint, Paulding; a daughter-in-law, Deb Kwascigroh, Grover Hill; four stepchildren, Rickey (Suzanne) Thatcher of Ottoville, Terry (Kathy) Thatcher and Dennis (Joyce) Thatcher, both of Van Wert, and Gina Stutz of Scott; two sisters, Anna Blanchard of Paulding County and Ruth Frankurt of Leipsic; a sister-in-law, Pearl Kwascigroh; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many extended family members.

He also was preceded in death by a son, Paul W., in 2001; and a brother, Frank.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert with the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 30 at the funeral home.

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

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

 

 

IRENE BAKER 1918-2012

PAULDING – Former Elk Rapids and Traverse City, Mich. resident, Irene E.M. (Parrish) Baker, age 93, died Wednesday, March 21 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born April 22, 1918 in Paulding County, the daughter of James C. and Iva I. (Corbin) Parrish. She married Virgil I. Baker, who preceded her in death in 1977. She devoted over 30 years researching and writing the histories of her ancestors. Her books, A Portrait of our Ancestors - Jury, Troxell, Shisler, Parrish, may be found in the Paulding County Carnegie Library.

She is survived by a son, William (Julia) Baker, Indianapolis; two grandchildren, Christopher Baker of Indiana and Kelly Kwolek of Virginia; five great-grandchildren; nephews, David Parrish of Michigan and William Bashore, Paulding; and a special niece, Janet K. La Valley, Traverse City, Mich.

She also was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Colleen Baker; three brothers, Ernest, James and George Parrish; five sisters, Opal Parrish, Ethel Pierce, Audrey Bashore, Mary Rhodes and Marjorie Parrish; and friend and sister-in-law, Gretchen (Connin) Parrish.

Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Graveside funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the Bowholtz Cemetery, Paulding.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Country Inn Enhanced Living, 12651 Road 82, Paulding OH 45879.

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

 

ELAINE ESCHBACH 1950-2012

DEFIANCE – Elaine R Eschbach, 61, Defiance, passed away Wednesday, March 21 at Brookview Heathcare Center, Defiance.

She was born on April 14, 1930 in Youngstown, the daughter of Walter K. and Betsy (Hamlen) Bura. She taught school at Paulding Exempted Village Schools, retiring in 2003. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Defiance and its Altar Guild, where she served as director.

She is survived by a son, Nate A. Eschbach, Defiance; four grandchildren, Quintin Fleming, Ashlin Smart, Catilin Eschbach and Andrew Eschbach; and a brother, Peter Bura of Westlake.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Christine “Tina” Schnuth; and a sister-in-law, Peggy Bura.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at Grace Episcopal Church with Father Gene Pearson officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 30 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance.

Preferred memorials are to Grace Episcopal Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

 

JOHN SHEEHAN 1917-2012

PAYNE – John J. Sheehan, 94, of Payne, passed away Sunday, March 25 at Twin Rivers Care Center, Defiance.

He was born May 7, 1917 in Verona, Ill., the son of Benjamin and Mamie (O’Hern) Sheehan. He was a 1936 graduate of Latty High School and was a repairman at International Harvester in Fort Wayne for 35 years. On July 16, 1941, he married Alice Adeline Line, who died March 18, 1987. On Dec. 31, 1997, he married Mary Jane Hyland, who died Nov. 10, 2002.

Surviving are four children, Rita (Tony) Lamb of Angola, Ind., Steve (Becky) of Defiance, Stan (Chris) of Van Wert and Patricia (Jeff) Kroncke of Whitehouse; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He also was preceded in death by eight siblings.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 29 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 and 9-9:30 a.m. Thursday at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne.

Preferred memorials are to St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery or Divine Mercy Catholic School.

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

 

 

EDITH “MADGE” BURNOS 1919-2012

FORT WAYNE – Former Payne resident Edith Madalene “Madge” Burnos, 92, died Wednesday, March 21 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

She was born July 15, 1919 in Convoy, and was a longtime resident of Payne. She later moved to Fort Wayne where she worked at and retired from North American Van Lines after 16 years of service. She was a member of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church. She loved dancing, country music, word puzzles and spending time with her family and friends, who will all miss her sharp wit.

She is survived by two daughters, Rose Kreft of Fort Wayne and LaDonna Wright of Dania, Fla.; a son, Robert (Joan) Burnos of Wexford, Pa.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four nieces and one nephew.

She was preceded in death a by a brother, Lorenz; sisters Irene and Isabelle; and her beloved husband, Frank.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at St. Jude Catholic Church, Fort Wayne, with Fr. Thomas Shoemaker officiating. Graveside services will follow at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 23 at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1520 East Dupont Road, and one hour prior to Mass on Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to The American Red Cross for disaster relief in Indiana or to St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church.

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

 

JAMES GARY 1946-2012

DEFIANCE – James F. “Jim” Gary, age 66, of Defiance, went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, March 21 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Maumee.

He was born March 19, 1946 in Paulding County, the son of Florien and E. Irene (Money) Gary. On March 20, 1965, he married Brenda Retcher, who survives. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in Vietnam. He worked as a maintenance supervisor for GM Powertrain 44 years, retiring in 2010. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, serving as an elder and doing volunteer work. He also volunteered with Gideons International, the American Heart Association and the American Foundry Society. He also was a member of AMVETS Post #1991.

Also surviving are a daughter, Michele (Stan) Schmidt of Kendallville, Ind.; a son, James Gary III of Bardstown, Ky.; six grandchildren; and a sister, Nan Unruh-Fox, Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ruth Leach; and a brother, John Unruh.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at St. John Lutheran Church in Defiance with Pastors Donald L. Luhring and Joshua Schmidt officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Paulding County, where military graveside rites will be accorded by VFW Post 3360.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to the Stephen Ministries, Gideons International or Defiance County Humane Society.

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

 

SHARON NORDEN 1937-2012

FINDLAY – Sharon Beth Norden, 74, of Findlay passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 21 at the Blanchard Valley Medical Center Hospice Unit.

She was born on May 20, 1937, the daughter of Roy and Grace (Martin) Griffis of Payne, who both preceded her in death. On Aug. 31, 1957, she married Frederick Henry Norden, who survives in Findlay. Early in her career she served as executive secretary for the Campbell Soup Company in Napoleon.

Also surviving are two sons, Jeff Norden and Greg (Patty) Norden, all of Findlay; a daughter, Heather (T.J.) Routson of McComb; and five grandchildren, Logan, Winefred, Tucker, Eli and Sophie.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Art Griffis.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Lehtomaa Funeral Home, 201 Osborn Ave. in Findlay, with Pastor Rick Broughton officiating.

Her family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Cancer Patient Services Hancock County or Bridge Home Health and Hospice Blanchard Valley Health System.

On-line condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.lehtomaafh.com.

 

GARY GOLLIVER 1942-2012

GROVER HILL – Gary A. Golliver, 70, of Grover Hill, died at 5:45 a.m. Thursday, March 22 at his residence.

He was born Feb. 18, 1942 in Van Wert County, the son of the late Alonzo and Bernita Ruth (Adams) Golliver. On May 17, 1969, he married Kathryn Doster, who survives in Grover Hill. He retired after 40 years from General Motors in Defiance. He was a Grover Hill firefighter for 26 years and a Grover Hill councilman for 24 years.

He is also survived by a daughter, LeAnn (Ernie) Lester of Limestone, Tenn.; a son: Lonnie (Felicia) Golliver of Grover Hill; three grandchildren; and two sisters, Diane (Banner) Meade of Napoleon and Ruth (Tom) Adams of Florida, Ohio.

He also was preceded in death by a son, Larry Golliver; a granddaughter, Tori Lynn Golliver; a brother, Larry D. Golliver; and two sisters, Vicki Golliver and Nancy Minnich.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 26 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Terry Porter officiating. Burial will follow in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, March 24 and 10-11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Grover Hill Fire Department.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

EVELYN THOMPSON 1924-2012

PAULDING – Evelyn I. Thompson, age 87, died Monday, March 19 at the Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Oct. 27, 1924 in Paulding County, the daughter of Samuel and Bernice (Fisher) Buerkley. On Nov. 15, 1946, she married Donald E. “Lefty” Thompson, who preceded her in death on March 17, 1998. She was employed by the Paulding County Clerk of Courts as a bookkeeper, retiring in 1986. She also was employed as a secretary by the former Grizzly Manufacturing of Paulding for 32 years. She was a member and the secretary of the First Christian Church of Christ, Paulding, and a member of the VFW Post #587 Auxiliary.

She is survived by a son, Dennis (JoAnn) Thompson, Breckenridge, Texas; a daughter, Lori (Dave) Clark, Paulding; a sister, Zella Buerkley, Fort Wayne, six grandchildren, Charles (Robin) Thompson, Connie (Jonathan) Giardina, Mike (Angie) Thompson, Leslie (Brent) Townley, Lindsey (Matt) Hormann and Heather Clark; 10 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Eugene Vance, Paulding.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Marion, Sam and Jim Buerkley; three sisters, Jane Miller, Donna Pancake and Dorothy Duvall; and a grandson, Mark Thompson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 23 at First Christian Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at Den Herdfer Funeral Home and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First Christian Church.

Online condolences may sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

 

CARL SHAW 1928-2012

GROVER HILL – Carl F. Shaw, 84, of Grover Hill, died at 9:25 a.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born Jan. 22, 1928, in Van Wert County, the son of Llewellyn and Grace (Gardner) Shaw. He married Eloise (Miller) Shaw at the parsonage in Wetzel, and she survives. He was a graduate of Hoaglin Jackson High School, a part-time farmer and he had retired from Continental Can Company following 43 years of service. He was a member of the Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert.

Also surviving are two daughters, Carla (Jim) Foster of Van Wert and Deena (Dale) Coppes of Grover Hill; a brother, Gene (Evelyn) Shaw of Hillsdale, Mich.; three granddaughters; a grandson; a great-granddaughter and four great-grandsons.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert with the Revs. Steve Savage and Neil Hammons officiating. Burial will be in the Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Hours of visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the Grover Hill EMS, Trinity Friends Church or the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

 

JOANNE PUTMAN BURK 1930-2012

PAYNE – J. Joanne Putman Burk, age 81, of Payne, died at 12:28 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born Oct. 31, 1930 in Paulding County, the daughter of Harold Joel Clear and Mildred Marie (Grady) Slaugenhoupt. On Nov. 29, 1947, she married Herbert E. Putman, who died March 22, 1978. On June 30, 1979, she married Arlen “Dub” Burk, who survives. She retired after 43 years of service as a production employee at National Seal (Federal Mogul). She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Payne and the Silver Seals of Federal Mogul, and was an avid sports fan of OSU.

Surviving are a daughter, Cheryl A. Putman Matthews of Van Wert; two sons, Alan (Sue) Putman of Valrico, Fla. and Kevin Putman of Dublin; a sister, Lorraine (Paul W.) Miller of Van Wert; a half-sister, Nancy (Dwight) Palmetto of Lima; stepchildren, Terry (Le) Burk of Little Rock, Ark., Gary (Pam) Burk of Oxford and Cindy (Ed) Amstutz of Columbus; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 13 stepgrandchildren; 20 great-stepgrandchildren; and her dog, Sadie.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Terry Joe Putman; a great-grandson, Brandon Heath; a stepdaughter, Cathy Banks; and a sister, Carol Priest.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 20 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Payne with the Revs. Julia Ronngren and Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Monday, March 19 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

Expressions of sympathy may be emailed to cowanfh@yahoo.com.

 

 

DONNA RILEY

Donna E. Riley, 74, passed away Monday, March 12, 2012.

Born in Fort Wayne, she had been an R.N. with Lutheran Hospital.

She is survived by her sons, David Riley of Fort Wayne and Steve (Sally) Riley of Richmond, Ind.; a brother, Don Martin of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Joyce Miller of Antwerp; and grandchildren, Ian and Claire Riley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cliff; parents, Claude and Margaret Martin; and a brother, Harold Martin.

Visitation is from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, March 16 at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne. Graveside service to follow visitation in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Association.

 

FERD BURDEN JR. 1923-2012

PAYNE – Ferd Burden Jr., 89, of Payne, passed away Tuesday, March 13 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born Feb. 19, 1923 in Wapakoneta, the son of Ferd Ellsworth and Hazel (Fry) Burden. He served his country during World War II with the U.S. Coast Guard/Merchant Marine 1941-45 and then served in the U.S. Army 1948-49. In 1962, he married Laura Cobb, who preceded him in death Aug. 20, 2011. He retired after 25 years from BF Goodrich and was a faithful member of Payne Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are his children, Holly Jones of Payne, Ty John (Marcella) of Tooele, Utah, and David (Suzanne) and Jay Paul (Shellie), both of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren; and three siblings, Alice Waterman of New Bremen, Bill of Spencerville and Mark of Lima.

He also was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Rachel Belle, and eight siblings.

His funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 16 at Payne Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Mike Harper officiating. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery. Visitation will be held two hours prior to services. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to American Bible Society (Bibles for the troops) or Payne Church of the Nazarene.

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

 

 

MICHAEL MOORE 1944-2012


ANTWERP – Michael “Detroit” Moore, 67, of Antwerp, passed away Saturday, March 10 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

 

He was born May 22, 1944 in Fort Wayne, the son of the late Edward and Josephine (Noble) Moore. He served in the Army National Guard. He farmed most of his life and worked nearly 20 years at General Electric.

 

Surviving are a brother, Edward, of Antwerp; a niece, Kelly (Jeff) of Antwerp; and two nephews, Scott of Fort Wayne and Chris (Whitney) of Nashville.

 

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

 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 16 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Viewing is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 15 and one hour prior to services on Friday.

 

Preferred memorials are to Paulding County Dog Shelter.

 

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

 

NORMA PHLIPOT 1940-2012

 

PAULDING – Norma Jean Phlipot, age 72, died Friday, March 9 at her residence.

 

She was born Jan. 7, 1940 in Defiance County, the daughter of Russell D. and Flora M. (Doyle) Butler. On Jan. 31, 1959, she married Earl E. “Zeb” Phlipot, who preceded her in death on Nov. 11, 2007. She was a member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, and the VFW Post #587 Auxiliary.

 

She is survived by two sons, Everett (Jil) Phlipot of Stuart, Fla., and Alan Phlipot, Paulding; two daughters, Deborah (Mike) Farquhar of Paulding, and Diane (Graeg Beber) Fogle of Auburn, Ind.; three brothers, Clyde “Bud” (Jeannie) Butler of Ayersville and Russell “Punk” (Judy) Butler and Merlin “Joe” (Susan) Butler, both of Defiance; a s

 

 

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HELEN RHOAD 1922-2012

SMYRNA, Tenn. – Former Cecil resident Helen Pearl Rhoad, age 90, of Smyrna, died Thursday, Feb. 23.

The daughter of Albert and Flossie (Onstott) Huss, she was a member of Smyrna First Baptist Church and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her children, Francis Lee (Linda) Rhoad of Cecil, Karen Rae Gill of Paulding, Cheryl Jean (Wally) Leibold of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Dennis Wayne (Sharon) Rhoad and David Keith (Darcy) Rhoad, both of Smyrna; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Rhoad.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 27 at Woodfin Chapel in Smyrna with the Rev. W.D. Thomason officiating. Burial was in Mapleview Cemetery.

Condolences may be left at www.woodfinchapel.com.

 

LILLIAN SCOBY 1929-2012

ANTWERP – Lillian “Red” Scoby, 82, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 29, at her residence.

She was born Nov. 6, 1929 in Butler, Ind., the daughter of John and Louise (Pifer) Moran. In 1962, she married Junior Scoby, who preceded her in death in 1992. She worked at The Oasis in Antwerp for 37 years. She was a member of the Antwerp VFW and American Legion auxiliaries.

Surviving are her children, Doug (Becky) Champion of D’Iberville, Miss., Debi (Mike) Altic and DeWayne (Bonnie) Champion, both of Antwerp, and Pam (Phil) Slattery of Hicksville; a sister, Norma Martin of Beech Grove, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Donna Van Buskirk and Patricia Brown.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

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

Preferred memorials are to Defiance Hospice.

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

 

 

 

JUNIOR RETCHER 1925-2012

DEFIANCE – Junior H. Retcher, 87, of Defiance, went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

He was born Jan. 8, 1925 in Paulding County, the son of Henry and Anna (Hohenberger) Retcher. On Aug. 25, 1945. he married Ethel J. Kammeyer, who survives. He graduated from Oakwood High School in 1942 and worked at GM for 34 years, retiring in 1986. He also farmed with his son, David. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, AMVETS Post 1991 and UAW Post 211. He was one of the founders of the Auglaize Volunteer Fire Department and was a trustee for Auglaize Township. He was also a WWII Merchant Marine veteran.

Also surviving are his daughters, Brenda June (James) Gary of Defiance and Kathy Jo (Steve) Fitch of Oakwood; a son, David Lee (Marcy) Retcher of Oakwood; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert (Shirley) Retcher of Defiance.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald E. Retcher; and four sisters, Mabel Eis, Marvelle Schuette, Ethel Lange and Luella Retcher.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 2 at St. John Lutheran Church with the Rev. Donald L. Luhring and Rev. Joshua Schmidt officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 3360.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home Inc., Defiance and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. An AMVETS service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday.

Preferred memorials are to the Caring Way Hospice of Defiance or St. John Lutheran Church.

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

 

 

JOHN SINCLAIR 1964-2012

BUTLER, Ind. – John Kevin Sinclair, 47, of Butler, formerly of Hicksville, passed away suddenly Sunday, Feb. 26 in a one-car accident in Hicksville.

He was born Dec. 23, 1964 in Elkhart, Ind. He served in the U.S. Army.

Surviving are his daughter, Hannah of Mishawaka, Ind.; his mother, Carol Carroll, and his father, Francis Miller, both of Hicksville; and siblings, Mark Sinclair of Bryan, Flint Miller of Middlebury, Ind., Eric Miller of Hicksville, Michael Miller of Defiance and Dawn Birner of Glen Burnie, Md.

He was preceded in death by his adopted father, Frank Sinclair.

His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 2 in Gateway Chapel at the Huber Opera House, Hicksville. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

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

 

DOROTHY WOODSON

PAULDING – Dorothy Bernice Woodson, 85, of Paulding, passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 in Defiance.

A longtime resident of Fort Wayne, she retired from Lutheran Hospital. She loved to bowl and was a member of Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Woodson, and brothers, Emmett Brown and Walter Brown.

Surviving are her sons, Tyray and Taryl Curry; daughters, Rochelle Lyn Kennedy, Althea Elizabeth Curry, Janice Wright and Bridget Queary; a sister, Alberta Della Rowe; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, March 3 at Highland Park Cemetery, 2403 Wallen Road, Fort Wayne. Ellis Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, is in charge of arrangements.

 

SANDRA NUNN 1948-2012

JONESVILLE, Mich. – Sandra Nunn, 63 of Jonesville, formerly of Paulding, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Hillsdale Community Health Center.

She was born June 17, 1948 in Amburgey, Ky., the daughter of Carl and Elma (Mullins) Pridemore. On July 22, 1967, she married David Nunn, who survives. She was devoted to and loved her grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening and traveling.

Also surviving are a daughter, Robin Rodriguez of Jonesville; a son, David (Melanie) Nunn of Hilliard; three sisters, Janice (Richard) Lafferty of Detroit, Sharon Greer of Franklin, Tenn., and Shirley (David) Browe of Denton, N.C.; a brother, William (Ann) Pridemore of New Haven; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Dorse Pridemore.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Eagle Funeral Homes in Jonesville with the Rev. Clyde Wonders officiating. Interment followed in Sunset View Cemetery, Jonesville.

Memorial donations are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

 

 

JERRY THOMPSON 1941-2012

GROVER HILL – Jerry Thompson, 70, of Grover Hill, died at 2:55 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo.

He was born July 11, 1941 in Van Wert County, the son of Mahlon and Antha Rose (McClure) Thompson, who are both deceased. His stepmother, Helen (Sink) Thompson, is also deceased. On Dec. 8, 1962, he married Vivian Veach, who survives in Grover Hill. He was a retiree of Kennedy Manufacturing in Van Wert. He attended the Roselm Christian Church and had previously attended Zion Christian Union.

He is also survived by two daughters, Holly (Dan) Edwards and Missy (Chris) Williams, both of Grover Hill; a son, Darren (Dodi) Thompson of Defiance; three brothers, Vic (Ellen) of Sun City, Fla. and George (Sue) Noggle and Eddie (Ruth) Noggle, both of Van Wert; three sisters, Scheryl Reidenbach of Lima, Shelbyan (Larry) Tribolet of Middle Point and Gayle Noggle of Van Wert; eight grandchildren, Danielle (Joe) Greco, Scott Edwards, Taylor, Logan and Arin Williams and Mitchell, Spencer and Elizabeth Thompson.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Randy Thompson.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home with the Revs. Paul Miller and Mark McKay officiating. Burial will be in the Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the Van Wert Salvation Food Pantry.

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

 

CLARICE HIGHWARDEN 1935-2012

PAULDING – Clarice Joanne Highwarden, age 76, died Friday, Feb. 24 at CHP Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

She was born June 27, 1935 in Payne, the daughter of Henry and Margaret (Kerns) Hook. On Sept. 27, 1956, she married Donald “Ducky” Highwarden, who preceded her in death on April 20, 2002.

She is survived by three sons, Charles (Darla) Highwarden, of Ayersville and Donald (Gloria) Highwarden and Michael Highwarden, both of Paulding; three daughters, Joni Hernandez and Denise (Mike) Freise, both of Paulding, and Nicole (Miguel) Cruz, Defiance; two brothers, Tom Hook of Payne, and Al Hook, Antwerp; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Donna; a grandson, Thomas; a sister, Dorita Lynch; and an infant brother.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Phyllis Baxter officiating. Burial will follow at Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

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

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

 

JACK SANDYS 1928-2012

PAULDING — Jack J. Sandys, 83, of Paulding, husband, beloved father and grandfather, died Tuesday, Feb. 21.

He was born June 28, 1928, in Defiance, the son of Yul and Florence (Hammond) Sandys. He was employed by the Defiance Milk Corporation, the Zeller Corporation and he retired at the age of 81 from the Defiance Crescent News. He was a member of Junction Bible Church.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel Bell Troyer Sandys;  three sons, Mike, of Riverside, Calif., Gary of Defiance and Mark Troyer, Lagrange, Ga.; four daughters, Alice Troyer Jewell of Kingsport, Tenn., Eva Troyer Martinez of Payne, Lori Sandys Lapierre of Blacklick and Crystal Sandys Chilman, Montesano, Wash.; a brother, Donald Sandys of Grants Pass, Ore.; a sister, Mary Sandys of Defiance; 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Sandys Westrick; three brothers, Marvin, Harlan and James Sandys; and two sisters, Dorothy Sandys and Jean Sandys Hitchcock.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Christopher Baker officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Defiance Area Youth for Christ or the OSU James Cancer Center.

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

 



RACHEL WAGNER 1951-2012

OAKWOOD — Rachel Jeanne Wagner, 60, of Oakwood went home to be with Jesus at 3 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at her residence.

She was born May 4, 1951 in Defiance, the daughter of Charles “Jim” and Emma “Louise” (Schafer) Grimes. They survive in Oakwood. On July 28, 1973, she married Gary Wagner, who survives in Oakwood.

She was a LPN for 38 years at Defiance Hospital and ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital. She attended Centenary United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church in Defiance. She enjoyed gardening, baking, and taking care of people in their time of need.

Also surviving is a daughter, Valerie Wagner of Paulding; three brothers, Ronald of New Castle, Ind., David of Defiance and Randal (Deb) Grimes of Paulding; and three sisters, Marjorie (Jack) Spangler of Jacksonville, Fla., Diane Halaska of Tehachapi, Calif. and Denise (Larry) Derge of Defiance.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Grimes.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27 at First Baptist Church, Defiance with the Rev. Tim Yazel officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Samaritans Purse or to the Woodburn Children’s Home.

Condolences can be sent to  www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.


 

HELEN WEILEMAN 1927-2012

NEW HAVEN – Helen E. Weileman, 85, of New Haven, died at 9:05 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Woodview Health Care, Fort Wayne.

She was born on Feb. 7, 1927, in Hoagland, the daughter of the late Russell and Gladys (Dague) Gibson. On Oct. 5, 1957, she married Max H. Weileman, who survives. She was a member of First Baptist Church in New Haven, and enjoyed camping, bingo and crocheting. She had worked at S&S Optical and Magnavox.

Also surviving are daughters, Charlene R. (Ricky) Johnston of Monroeville and Sandra J. (Sheridan) Westphal of Fort Wayne; a sister, Wanda Hamrick of Decatur; brothers, Bill (Joan) Gibson of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Wade (Mary Lou) Gibson of Cecil and Lloyd (Nancy) Gibson of Payson, Ariz.; a sister, Sharon (John) Pursley of Greenwood; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville, with the Rev. David M. Trimble officiating. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in New Haven.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville.

Preferred memorials to First Baptist Church, New Haven.

For complete obituary information and to sign the online guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com.


 

DARLA CONSIDINE 1960-2012

ANTWERP – Darla Dunderman Considine, 51, of Antwerp, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born May 8, 1960 in Martinsburg, W.Va., the daughter of Richard and Ottilee (Murphy) Dunderman.

Surviving are her husband of 12 years, Frank; two children, Chad (Laura) Dunderman of Camden, Mich. and Elecia (Brandon) Wobler of Haviland; her father, of Antwerp; a sister, Jackie (Dwight) Doctor, Antwerp; two brothers, Richard (Gloria) Dunderman of Mechanicsville, Md. and David (Chris) Dunderman of Bryan; and 10 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and one hour prior to services on Friday.

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

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


AMY ALDRICH

MARION – Latty resident Amy Lynn Aldrich, age 30, formerly of Marion, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, the victim of a homicide.

She is survived by her mother, three children, two sisters, three brothers, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A celebration of Amy’s life was held at Friday, Feb. 17 at Calvary Bible Baptist Church with Pastor Floyd Radebaugh officiating. Burial was in Grand Prairie Cemetery. Hughes-Allen Funeral Home, Marion, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests contributions be made to the United Federal Credit Union in her memory.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to her family by logging onto www.hughesallen.com and opening her obituary.


ESTHER STINER 1916-2012

ANTWERP – Esther Lucille Stiner, 95, of Antwerp, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Sept. 29, 1916 in Payne, the daughter of  Lonnie and Ruey (Smalley) Watson. She graduated from Antwerp High School and was a nurses’ aide at Coldwater, Mich. and Van Wert. In 1950, she married Harry Stiner, who preceded her in death in 2002. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America.

Surviving are a sister, Mary Boesch Meyer of Antwerp; a brother, Earl (Ruth) Watson of Hicksville; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Preferred memorials are to the Antwerp Christian Pantry.

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

 

MAX SMITH 1915-2012

ANTWERP – Max Arthur Smith, 96, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, Feb. 17 at his residence.

He was born Nov. 21, 1915 in Antwerp, the son of Carl F. and Norma C. (Filley) Smith. On Aug. 9, 1940 in Wauseon, he married Hope Eleanor Revert, who survives. During WWII, he served in the operation of supply points in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany in Patton’s Third Army. He was part of a group of soldiers who inspected Buchenwald Concentration Camp the day after it was liberated.

He was co-owner of L. Smith & Son Inc. until retiring in 1983. At that time, L. Smith & Son Inc. was the oldest Buick dealership and the second oldest Pontiac dealership in the world.

He was a member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church.

Also surviving are a son, Rob (Jennifer) of Melbourne, Ky.; a daughter, Carol (John) Chilcote of Antwerp; two grandsons, Scott (Nadine) Cottrell of Falls Church, Va. and Brad of Lexington, Ky.; and a sister, Dorothy (Ray) Jeffery of Antwerp.

Private services were held at Maumee Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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

 

JOHN TUTO 1947-2012

ANTWERP – John Tuto, 64, of Antwerp passed away Saturday, Feb. 18 at his residence.

He was born March 4, 1947 in Fort Wayne, the son of the late John and Ercal (Brown) Tuto. He was an avid skilled metal fabricator and car enthusiast. He loved spending time with his family friends. After 37 years of employment at Dana Weatherhead, John ran his own business, Tin Man Fabrication.

Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Darlane Jo (Everett); four children, Lyn (Ken) Siegel, Tammy (Steve) VanVlerah and John and Troy Tuto; and eight grandchildren, Taylor, John, Mike, Austin, Steven, Samantha, David and Bradley.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Connie (Ron) Bergman and Judy Powell.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Private services will be held at a later date.

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

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

 

MARJORIE FONT 1919-2012

PAUDLING – Marjorie Louise Font, age 92, died Thursday, Feb. 16 at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born May 8, 1919 in Van Wert County, the daughter of Ray B. and Laura Mae (Black) Rogers. On Aug. 28, 1951 she married Forrest G. Font, who preceded her in death on March 14, 1994. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Paulding.

She is survived by a daughter, Marilyn (Randall) Baxter, Garland, Texas; two sons, Daniel (Mary) Font, Hampstead, N.C., and Richard Font, Paulding; 11 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will be in Mohr Cemetery, Van Wert County.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

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

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

 

LEONARD ZUBER 1937-2012

PAYNE – Leonard F. Zuber, 74, of Payne, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, surrounded by his family, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 1, 1937 in Payne, the son of Frank and Isabelle (Wetli) Zuber. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960-62. On Oct. 5, 1963, he married Marilyn Gonya, who survives. Leonard was a retired farmer, also worked at Dana Corp. and was a Benton Township trustee from 1990-2010. He enjoyed pheasant hunting, sports, gardening, traveling and wintering in Florida. Leonard was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan, but enjoyed his grandchildren’s sporting events most of all. He was a proud member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Church Choir.

Also surviving are five children, Mike (Cindy) and Greg (Ruth), both of Fort Wayne, Steve (Nicole) of Van Wert, Laura (Rich) Brinkman of Monroeville, Ind. and Karen (Eric) Overholt of Delphos; two siblings, Russell (Carol) of Payne and Beatrice (Leonard) Karr of Garrett, Ind.; a brother-in-law, Gary Wobler of Carmel, Ind.; a former exchange student son, Dan Gadioma of New York, N.Y.; and 13 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, Arlene Wobler and David Zuber.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 and 9-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne. The rosary will be recited Monday at 8 pm at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Divine Mercy School.

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

 

DOROTHY CARLISLE 1923-2012

PAULDING – Dorothy N. Carlisle, age 88, died Friday, Feb. 17 at CHP Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

She was born Oct. 5, 1923 in Spencerville, Ind., the daughter of Clarence J. and Jane L. (Dorsey) Hissong. On Dec. 23, 1945, she married Gerald “Gib” Carlisle, who preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 1985. She was a homemaker and a lifetime member and a “Golden Eagle” of the Paulding F.O.E. Lodge #2405 Women’s Auxiliary.

She is survived by four sons, Edgar (Mae Lee) Carlisle, Roger (Janet) Carlisle and Dennis (Cheryl) Carlisle, all of Paulding, and Ronald (Susan) Carlisle, Antwerp; four daughters, Judith (Lawrence) Densmore of Oakwood and Marsha Bennett, Patricia (Larry) Burkley and Pam Font, all of Paulding; a brother, Richard Hissong of Woodburn; two sisters, Rosa Hannah of Bryan and Virginia Johnston of Traverse City, Mich.; 30 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

She also was preceded in death by a grandson, a granddaughter, a great-grandson, a great-granddaughter, a son-in-law, four brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Scipio Cemetery, Allen County, Ind.

Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, when the Paulding F.O.E. Lodge #2405 Auxiliary will conduct memorial services at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Services of Defiance.

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

 

MARJORIE SICKMILLER

OAKWOOD – Marjorie Marie Eakins Evans Sickmiller, of Oakwood, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at the age of 100 years old.

She was born on Peach Mountain in Adams County, the daughter of John Raymond and Martha Ann (Shoemaker) Eakins. She was a member of Auglaize Chapel Church of God and Gideon’s International Auxiliary. She was a lifetime farmer and worked many years for S.K. Wayne Factory in Defiance. As a child, she helped her father plow the fields using a team of horses to plant the tobacco crop on Peach Mountain.

Surviving are four sons, DeWayne (Sharon) Evans and John (Roberta) Sickmiller, both of Napoleon, Jerry Sickmiller of Elida and Joe Sickmiller, Oakwood; four daughters, Winona (Dick) Hays and Judy (Dennis) Baker, both of Oakwood, Janette (Stanley) Coplin of Paulding and Marjane (Lee) Baker, South Lyon, Mich.; a sister, Betty Tanner of Orient; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clyde Evans, in 1994; her second husband, Eryl Sickmiller, in 2003; a son, Donald Evans; a daughter, Garnett Evans Noble; a grandson, Stuart Noble; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Sickmiller; a great-grandson, Samuel David Sickmiller; two brothers, Charlie and Carson Eakins; and six sisters, Thelma Iler, Norma Spencer, Beatrice Walkenshaw, Ermith Wellman and Edra Elliott.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at Auglaize Chapel Church of God, Oakwood, with Pastor Christopher Baker, the Rev. David Coplin, and Pastor Stan Harmon officiating. Burial will be in Blakeslee Cemetery, Charloe.

Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial made to Gideon’s International; Auglaize Chapel Church of God or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

 

DOLORES PHLIPOT 1935-2012

PAULDING – Dolores Jane Phlipot, age 76, died Monday, Feb. 13 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Aug. 26, 1935 in Paulding, the daughter of Roy J. and Eva E. (Schortgen) Rickels. On March 10, 1952, she married Robert W. Phlipot, who preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 2010. She was a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout den mother and a member of Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association. Dolores devoted her life to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved nature, enjoyed needlework and played the piano.

She is survived by three daughters, Sandra (Joseph) Weaver of Angola, Ind., Janet (Randall) Goyings, Paulding, and Debra (Kim) Poling, Convoy; a son, Robert (Gina) Phlipot Jr., Antwerp; six grandchildren, Kris (Janet) Eby, Ryan (Amanda) Goyings, Miranda (Joe) Martel, Robbie Phlipot, Josh Poling and Ashley (Nathan) Long; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Romane Rickels, Defiance.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Wayne Karges officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Monday.

Memorial donations may be made to Country Inn Activity Fund or National Humane Society.

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

 

RUTH ROSS 1918-2012

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. – Ruth O. Ross, age 94, of Columbia City, passed away at 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at Miller’s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.

She was born Feb. 9, 1918 in Jelloway, Knox County, Ohio, the daughter of Charles E. Birkhold and Onata Zoe (Snellenberger) Birkhold-Jeffery. She graduated from Paulding High School with the Class of 1936. On Jan. 6, 1936 in Hillsdale, Mich., she married Francis W. Ross, who preceded her in death. In 1945, she moved from Ohio to Columbia City. She worked at Brune Printing Company in Paulding and Magnavox in Fort Wayne for 36 years. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Eagles and Moose Auxiliaries.

Survivors include her daughter, Betsy R. (Jack) Thompson of Albion; a son, John F. (Laura) Ross of Columbia City; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Joan Boschet; a brother, Carlos J. Birkhold; and a sister, Margaret May.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial will follow at South Park (Annex) Cemetery, Columbia City.

Visitation will be held from noon-2 p.m. prior to services on Friday.

Memorial gifts may be given in memory of Mrs. Ross to Grace Lutheran Church.

Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.

 

FRANKIE WEIBLE 1929-2012

DEFIANCE – D. Frankie Weible, age 82, of Defiance, passed away with her family at her side at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Promedica Defiance Regional Hospital.

She was born Aug. 7, 1929 in Elida, the daughter of Harold C. and Gay (Sherry) Vandemark. She graduated from Defiance High School in 1947 and attended Lima Memorial Hospital School of Nursing until she married the love of her life, Ned Weible of Oakwood, on Sept. 18, 1948.

She worked with the public the majority of her life, beginning with Conomos Candy Shop. After nursing school, she worked for Drs. Francis Lenhart and George Boomer, and the dental group of Drs. Krouse, Behringer and Evans. Frankie worked alongside Ned at their business, Ned Weible Oil Inc. and Weible’s Carryout from the 1960s to 1978. She also worked at the Hubbard Company and Arps Hardware. She joyfully spent many hours greeting visitors of Promedica Defiance Regional Hospital for over 10 years and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2008. She was a member of Sherwood United Methodist Church and was involved with the church’s foodstand at the Defiance County Fair and also their Swiss steak supper. She made her “world famous” peanut brittle, fudge and caramel corn, not only for her family, but for the church bazaar and the employees at the hospital.

Surviving are four children, Cheryl Nedine (Richard) Buchhop and Denise (Mark) Hench, both of Defiance, Heather (Al) Beam of Sherwood and Harold “Jake” (Lynette) Weible of Las Vegas; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a brother, Clarence “Bud” (Shirley) Vandemark of Hicksville; and many nieces and nephews, in-laws and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a brother, William “Bill” Vandemark; and a sister, Gloria Powers.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at Hanenkrath, Clevenger and Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance with Father John Stites officiating. Burial will be private.

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

Preferred memorials, in lieu of flowers, are to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Defiance County Humane Society or DRMC Auxiliary.

 

 

DONALD “COOK” SEEKINGS JR. 1961-2012

VAN WERT – Donald E. “Cook” Seekings Jr., age 50, of Van Wert, died at 2:55 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at his residence.

He was born Dec. 2, 1961 in Van Wert, the son of Donald E. Sr. and Carolyn Ann “Dimp” (Hines) Seekings. On May 23, 1981, he married Betsy A. Rider, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Jeremy J. (Debbie) Seekings of Ohio City; two brothers, Gene (Tami) Seekings and Eric Seekings, both of Van Wert; a stepbrother, Terry (Terri) Hasch of Paulding; two sisters, Jenny Brown of Van Wert and Erin Seekings of Oklahoma; and two grandchildren, Dominic Estrada of Delphos and Jason Seekings of Ohio City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a stepmother, Virginia (Verfaillie) Schlatman; two brothers, Louis John and Monty Seekings; a stepsister, Laura Hasch; a grandmother, Edith Hines; and an uncle, Donnie Hines.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, with the Rev. Mike Harper officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Middle Point.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

RUSSELL HOLTSBERRY 1932-2012

PAULDING – Russell Junior Holtsberry, age 79, died Saturday, Feb. 11 at CHP Inpatient Hospice of Defiance.

He was born Sept. 8, 1932 in Paulding County, the son of Russell C. and Alice V. (Miller) Holtsberry. On Dec. 16, 1952, he married Justine Keck. They later divorced. In 1986, he married Kim L Holtsberry, who preceded him in death in 1990. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. He was a maintenance supervisor for Hudson Oxygen in California for 18 years, retiring in 1990, and was a lifetime member of the American Legion.

Surviving are two daughters, Teresa J. Holtsberry of Clarksville, Tenn. and Laresa C. Johnston of Paulding; a son, Mark W. (Lisa) Holtsberry of Paulding; four brothers, John Delmar (Shirley) of Ayersville, Charles “Topper” (Rae) of Paulding, Justus (Elvene) of Oakwood and Rodger (Rose) of Paulding; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Joanne Holtsberry, Iona Dysinger and Delores Yoh.

Private graveside services and burial were held in Hedges Cemetery in Jackson Township. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROY STOLLER 1918-2012

PAULDING – Roy C. Stoller, age 93, died Thursday, Feb. 9 at Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.

He was born Sept. 13, 1918 in Paulding County, the son of Jacob and Bertha (Huber) Stoller. On Feb. 14, 1942, he married Helen M. Rhoad, who survives. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Latty Apostolic Christian Church.

Also surviving are a son, Alan (Charlene) Stoller, Fort Wayne; a daughter, Jeanette (Tim) Poston, Snowflake, Va.; a brother, Delmar (Marguerite) Stoller, Paulding; four grandchildren, Michele (Dave) Orn, Todd Stoller, Chad (Bett) Stoller and Brandon (Elecia) Wobler; and five great-grandchildren, Domanic and DaKota Orn and Trinity, Zachary and Jacob Wobler.

He was preceded in death by a son, Stanley Stoller; a grandson, SSG Zachary Wobler; and two brothers, Loren and Bill Stoller.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church with church clergymen officiating. Burial will be in the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Misgana Ministries, c/o Gary and Peggy Ifft, P.O. Box 27531-1000, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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

 

CONSTANCE BOUDREAU 1957-2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Antwerp native Constance S. “Connie” Orthman Boudreau, 54, of Fort Myers, Fla., passed away on Monday, Jan. 30.

She was born Feb. 17, 1957, the daughter of Jack and Louise Orthman. A former resident of Bradenton, Fla., Connie enjoyed bowling, singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, cards, being on the beach or lake and loved NASCAR.

She is survived by her loving husband, Louis W. Boudreau; three beautiful daughters, Danielle (Sam) Campbell of Glen Burnie, Md., Valerie (Jason) Cromwell of Cameron, N.C., and Erika Cuello of Paducah, Ky.; her parents, of Paulding; two sisters, Johanna Orthman-Mellon of Hicksville and Jacquie (John) Horst of Oakwood; and grandchildren, Cassidy and Jacey Cromwell, Morgan and Autumn House and Annabelle, Amaury and Aubrey Cuello.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Feb. 11 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Antwerp. Affordable Cremations and Horizon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation at www.parkinson.org.

Family and friends may sign the guest register by visiting www.horizonfunerals.com.

 

 

JOYCE WYATT 1927-2012

PAULDING – Joyce Wyatt, age 84, died Monday, Feb. 6 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born on July 18, 1927 in Melrose, the daughter of Alex and Ferrel (Staley) Burt. In 1948, she married Ralph Wyatt, who survives. She worked several years for the Aid for the Aged in Paulding. She also was employed as a secretary for Alco Products in Latty for 22 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of the Paulding United Methodist Church for over 60 years where she was a member of several ladies groups, played the piano for Sunday School for many years and also sang in the choir.

She is also survived by two daughters, Deborah (Donald) Schaefer of West Unity and Christine (Mark) Stockman of Ridgeville Corners and Sarasota, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Angie Riley, Dustin (Kylee) Shirey, Lisa Riley, Derek Holtsberry and Jason, Kaitlyn and Susan Stockman; and five great-grandchildren, Aidan Riley, Kenyah and Weston Shirey, Addisyn Riley Lusk and Hunter Holtsberry.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Theodore Burt; and a sister, Phyllis Mohr.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at the Paulding United Methodist Church in Paulding with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding United Methodist Church.

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

 

 

SAM JAILOR 1943-2012

ANTWERP – Samuel R. Jailor, 68, of Antwerp, passed away Sunday, Feb. 5 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born Oct. 7, 1943 in Fort Wayne, the son of Raymond and Mary (Barker) Jailor. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-71. On Feb. 1, 1974, he married Sharold Ehrhart, who survives. He farmed and worked at Paulding County Hospital.

Also surviving are two children, Curtis (Alicia) of Antwerp and Teresa (Doug) Leslie of Lancaster, Ky.; a brother, John (Grace) of Alamo, Texas; a niece, Melissa; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Preferred memorials are to Antwerp Fire and EMS.

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

 

ELVA “BILL” LENHART 1924-2012

MELROSE – Elva “Bill” L. Ashbaugh Lenhart, age 87, died Friday, Feb. 3 at CHP Hospice, Defiance.

She was born May 16, 1924 in Scott, the daughter of Pearl and Mary Taylor. On July 4, 1942 she married Carroll B. “Casey” Ashbaugh, who preceded her in death in 1972. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by three sons, Richard (Nancy) Ashbaugh of Grover Hill, Roger (Pam) Ashbaugh of Defiance and Dean (Dawn) Ashbaugh of Reading, Mich.; a daughter, Barbara (Bob) Switzer, Melrose; 15 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jan Vance of Coldwater, Mich. and Mary Lou Vance of Grover Hill; two brothers, Lewis Vance of Coldwater, Mich. and Clifford (Mary) McClain of Swanton; and a foster sister, Verda Leatherman of Oakwood.

She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Ellen Mohr and Opal Vance; and two brothers, Doyle McClain and Nelson McClain.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Jerry Webb officiating. Burial will follow at the Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the Family of Elva L. Ashbaugh.

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

 

CATHARINE CARIS 1920-2012

GROVER HILL – Catharine M. Caris, 91, went to be with the Lord at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Van Crest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

She was born Nov. 21, 1920 in Toledo, the daughter of James and Elizabeth (Grimes) Miller. On Sept. 28, 1940, she married Carl F. “Cy” Caris, in Paulding, and they enjoyed 64 years of marriage until his passing on Dec. 31, 2004.

She was a licensed practical nurse and also worked for Dr. Joseph Dillery in Paulding, as well as the former Honey Dew Lunch and Dorothy’s Restaurant in Grover Hill. But her true loves were being wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of the former Grover Hill Church of Christ, where she served many years as a Sunday School and Bible School teacher. She was presently affiliated with the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Grover Hill. She took great pride in her home and her cooking and baking. She also enjoyed ceramics, bowling, flower gardening, Big Band music and dancing. She was a collector of gold roses and toy dogs.

She is survived by two sons, James (Lyla Kay) of Paulding and Terry of Grover Hill; five grandchildren, Sharon (David) Arens and Bruce (Cheryl) Caris, both of Sherwood, James (Angie) Caris of Fort Wayne, Brian (Susan) Caris of Ft. Shawnee and Karen Caris of Defiance; four great-grandchildren, Madison, Bailey, Paul and Belle Caris; and a sister, Berniece (Clarence) Connin of Fort Wayne.

She also was preceded in death by her siblings, Bonnie Kaledijan, Zella Smith, James Miller, Ada Dean Wagoner, Charles Miller, Fred Miller, Oralea Gillette, Robert Miller, Elizabeth Dickman, Francis Longberry, Clarence Tyler, Clifford Tyler, Evelyn King, Joseph Tyler, Rae Dean Benner and Barnetta Magee.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. David Prior officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

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

Preferred memorials are to Community Health Professionals of Paulding, Grover Hill EMS, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

CATHERINE FRUCHEY 1922-2012

FORT WAYNE – Catherine M. Fruchey, 89, of Fort Wayne, died Saturday, Feb. 4 at The Cedars in Leo, Ind., where she had lived since September 2010.

Cathy was born June 16, 1922 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Fred and Hazel Kempel. Hazel died April 23, 1927. Her father, Fred, then married Esther Rife, who raised Catherine as her own. Cathy was an only child; however, Fred and Hazel had a son Albert, who died March 24, 1922. Even though he died before she was born, Cathy always held her brother in her heart. She graduated from North Side High School and worked for General Electric in Fort Wayne. On Sept. 14, 1946, she married Don Richard Fruchey of Oakwood. He founded Don R. Fruchey Inc., a Fort Wayne industrial contractor, in 1950. Catherine helped fund this new beginning for their lives and became his bookkeeper and secretary until he could afford to hire his own staff. She then became a homemaker and raised her family. Some of her favorite memories were of their retirement home on Marco Island, Fla. where her whole family loved to visit over the years.

Cathy was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, Cedar Creek Women's Club, Elex Club, National Secretaries Club and Beta Sigma Phi. She was proud of being a Cub Scout leader for seven years. Cathy loved her husband, being a mother and grandmother. Cathy enjoyed reading and playing Rummikub with her friends and family.

She is survived by her sons, David (Catherine) Fruchey and Robert (Kathy) Fruchey; a daughter, Donna (Steve) Baughman; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, on Jan. 22, 2007.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road. Entombment will be in Covington Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Preferred memorials are to Good Shepherd UMC or Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

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

 

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CONNIE WILLIAMSON 1949-2012

PAULDING – Connie S. Williamson, 62, of Paulding, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

She was born Dec. 15, 1949 in Paulding, a daughter of the late Donald and Viola (Proxmire) Craig. On April 15, 1972, she married Jerry Williamson, who preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 2005. She was a volunteer at the Paulding County Senior Center.

Surviving are two daughters, Brenda (Gary) Ross of Paulding and Terry (Thaddeus) Hunt of Bondville, Ill.; a stepdaughter, Patsy; four siblings, Bob Craig of Montpelier and Ellen Hankinson Putnam, Carolyn Hankinson and Ronald Craig, all of Paulding; six grandchildren; & four great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death was her daughter, Beth Matthews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

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

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

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

 

 

GLENN SUDLOW 1944-2012

HICKSVILLE – Glenn “Suds” Sudlow, 67, of Hicksville, passed away Friday, Jan. 27 at Defiance Regional Hospital.

He was born Dec. 16, 1944 in Van Wert, the son of Glenn G. and Anna B. (Hoover) Sudlow. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1962-66. On Jan. 17, 1970, he married Vickie Saul, who preceded him in death Nov. 2, 2011. He worked for Paul Kennedy & Sons and the Park Station in Antwerp, retired from Phelps Dodge and then worked at Publix in Florida.

Surviving are three sons, Michael and Troy Justinger and Heath Sudlow, all of Hicksville; his mother, Anna Jordan of Defiance; siblings, Linda Brecht of Continental, Judy Copsey of Woodburn, Bill Jordan of Florida and Lori Manon of Defiance; and several grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his father; his stepfather, Jack Jordan; a sister, Shirley; and a niece, Sara Manon.

His funeral service is at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with visitation two hours prior.

Preferred memorials are to Dooley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.

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

 

 

 

DAVID MEYER 1949-2012

OTTAWA – David E. Meyer, 62, of Ottawa, died at 7:10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at The Meadows of Ottawa-Glandorf.

He was born April 24, 1949 in Lima, the son of Norbert and Margaret (Brobeck) Meyer. On June 16, 1972, he married Kathleen A. Stant, who died Jan. 29, 1995. On April 29, 2006, he married Grace Ramon, who survives in Ottawa.

He retired after 30 years from General Motors Foundry, Defiance and had worked at Whirlpool in Ottawa and County Electric, Ottawa. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa. He was also a social member of Ottawa VFW, a member of the Ottawa Eagles, Ottawa Knights of Columbus, Sons of the American Legion, Defiance Am Vets, Leipsic Rod and Gun and Local UAW 211.

Also surviving are three children, Scott (Cindy) Stant of Pandora, Tom (Jessica) Stant of Ottawa and David Meyer Jr. of Columbus Grove; two stepchildren, Joy (Eric) Camarillo and Kevin (Janet) Atkins, both of Paulding; nine grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; a brother, Joe (Laura) Meyer of Maryland; and two sisters, Jane (John) Kettles of Ottawa and Janet Meyer-Gonzalez of Missouri.

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa, with Fr. Alfons Minja and Deacon Don Inkrott officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 and 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa, where there will be a scripture service at 2:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Memorials may be made to Putnam County Hospice.

Condolences can be sent to www.lovefuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

JERRY AMES 1944-2012

AURORA, Colo. – Paulding native Jerry Lynn Ames, 67, of Aurora, Colo. passed away on Monday, Jan. 23.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara; four sons, Steve Goins, Monty Goins, Scott (Siria) Ames and Sean (Abby) Ames; six grandchildren, Mandy, Cheyenne, Alanna, Makayla, Kendyl and Sebastian; a great-granddaughter, Paytyn; and two sisters, Joan (Dick) Schmidt and Judy (Bob) White.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at Newcomer East Metro Chapel in Aurora.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jerry’s name to The Denver Hospice, 501 S. Cherry St. Suite 700, Denver CO 80246-1328.

To leave condolences for the family, visit newcomerdenver.com.

 

 

 

SHIRLEY KNEPPER 1940-2012

PAYNE – Shirley Knepper, 71, of Payne, passed away Monday, Jan. 23 at Parkview Hospice, Fort Wayne.

She was born Feb. 17, 1940 in Findlay, the daughter of Richard and Elise (Bretz) Thompson Knepper.

Surviving are her children, Benny, Tim and Allison Huff and Sara (Huff) McKitrick; siblings, Pat Huffman, Nancy Biller, Beverly Anderson, Jackie Cortez and Gary and Tom Thompson; and grandchildren, Matthew Huff and Tyler and Tiara McKitrick.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

There will be no services. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

 

 

 

BARBARA MASON 1932-2012

WOODBURN – Barbara E. Mason, 79, of Woodburn, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22 at her residence.

She was born June 12, 1932 in Woodburn, the daughter of Victor and Marie Malfait. On April 23, 1955 she married Carl Mason, who preceded her in death Nov. 10, 2007. She retired from Sheller Globe, Grabill.

Surviving are a son, Mike (Julie) of Woodburn; granddaughter, Nicole (Ryan) Jewell, Fort Wayne; and great-grandchildren Xander and Jaxson Jewell.

She also was preceded in death by her siblings, Joseph and Albert Malfait, Estella Taylor, Ida Dewey, Mary Minnich, Evonna DeFore and Margaret Brindle.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. David Atchley officiating.

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

Preferred memorials are to Woodburn Fire & EMS.

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

 

LORETTA TEMPEL DINOFIA 1915-2012

ANTWERP – Loretta Tempel DiNofia, of Antwerp, formerly of Philadelphia and Wildwood, N.J., died Saturday, Jan. 21, at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville.

She was born Dec. 7, 1915, in Paulding, the daughter of Albert J. and Olive A. (Schmidt) Tempel. She was an accomplished opera singer in Philadelphia, who moved to Wildwood, NJ after retiring. She was a member of the Moose Lodge. She had recently moved to Antwerp to be with her family and was a devout member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish.

She will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews, Beverly Rex, Dorinda Jarrell, DoRetta Cline, Marlene Tempel, William Carper and Kevin, John and Gary Tempel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; a stepson, Joey; two brothers, Linus and Vitalis; a sister, Valerie Tempel; and a nephew, David Tempel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Antwerp.

Hours of visitation will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with a Catholic vigil service at 7:30 pm. Visitation also will be from 9-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, Pa.

Preferred memorials are to Mooseheart Child City & School, Mooseheart IL 60539 or Divine Mercy, 417 N. Main, Paulding OH 45879.

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

 

WILLIAM CARPENTER SR. 1946-2012

HAVILAND – William A. Carpenter Sr., 65, of Haviland, died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 12, 1946, in Continental, the son of James L. and Maggie (Scott) Carpenter, who both preceded him in death. He was married to Jeannie (Timbers) Carpenter, who survives in Haviland. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam era and was a groundskeeper at the Wayne Trace High School.

Also surviving are four daughters, Sherry Moyer of Van Wert, Linda Moyer of Decatur, Ind., and Crystal (Marty Thompson) Carpenter and Samantha Carpenter, both of Convoy; four brothers, Rodger (Jerri), Danny (Rhonda) and Ty Carpenter, all of Payne, and Scott (Linda) Carpenter of Convoy; three sisters, Rebecca (Bud) Conley of Payne, Patsy Mayers of Fort Wayne and Robin (Lee Eaton) Carpenter of Decatur, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Johnathon Coyne, Mark Gillette II, Megan Gillette, Allen Debacher, Elizabeth Debacher, Christopher Carpenter and Tiffany Thompson; and five great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by two sons, William A. Carpenter II and William A. Carpenter III; and a sister, Minerva Carpenter.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert with the Rev. Steve Waterman officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert where the Van Wert American Legion and VFW will conduct military rites.

Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the funeral home.

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

Condolences may be sent to www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

OLIVER “PETE” GRABNER

FORT WAYNE – Oliver “Pete” A. Grabner, 95, of Fort Wayne, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 at the New Haven Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Edgerton, Ind., he was the son of Jeremiah and Jenny Grabner. He was a U.S. Army veteran. serving in WW II. He retired from International Harvester in 1977, following 30 years of service. He attended the Edgerton United Methodist Church in Edgerton, Ind. and was a member of the Woodburn American Legion Post #377.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Halice; a brother-in-law, Major Klinker of Payne; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven with Pastor David Dignal officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery in Payne.

Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Heartland Hospice.

To share online condolences please visit www.harperfuneralhome.com

 

DAVID GOODWIN 1936-2012

PAYNE – Former Payne resident David A. Goodwin, age 75, of Hilliard, died Friday, Jan. 20 at the Doctor’s Hospital West in Columbus.

He was born Oct. 2, 1936 in North Fairfield, the son of Carl R. and Gladys (Foulke) Goodwin. On Jan. 3, 1960, he married Caroline Gray, who survives. He was employed as an automotive office manager by Wal-Mart in Lewis Center. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Payne Church of Christ.

Also surviving are two sons, Michael (Dawn) Goodwin, Paulding, and Samuel Goodwin of Payne; a daughter, Sharon (Carl Reynolds) Thatcher, Hilliard; a brother, Carl (Nancy) Goodwin, Colorado Springs, Colo.; two sisters, Penny (Dave) Kurtz of Willoughby and Sue (Paul) Nixon of Chesterland; and four grandchildren, Alexander, Katrina, Phylicia and Abigiale.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Ashley Marie Goodwin.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Den Herder Funeral Home with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding with military graveside services accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Preferred memorials are to American Heart Association; Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

RUTH LEACH 1932-2012

PIQUA – Ruth J. Leach, 79, of Piqua, died at 10:56 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy.

She was born Feb. 21, 1932 in Battle Creek, Mich., the daughter of Schuyler C. and Irene (Money) Unruh. On June 30, 1979, she married James W. Leach, who preceded her in death on June 25, 2010. She was a 1949 graduate of Oakwood High School. She was a reporter for Paulding Progress for five years and a reporter for Vandalia Chronicle for four years. She proudly served her country as a member of the U.S. Air Force.

Surviving are two sons, Larry Staniger, Piqua and Joel Staniger of Oakwood; a daughter, Susan (David) Brunotte of Union; three stepdaughters, Gay (Thomas) Mastbaum of Centerville, Merrily Noel (Jeff) Long of Huber Heights and Joy Forcier of Boston; one sister, Nan Fox of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a half-brother, James (Brenda) Gary of Defiance; and one granddaughter, Elizabeth Brunotte of Union.

She also was preceded in death by one brother, John Unruh.

A memorial mass was held Monday, Jan. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Piqua, with the Rev. Thomas Grilliot as celebrant. Arrangements were handled by Meicher Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www. melcher-sowers.com

 

V. PAULINE “POLLY” PURSIFULL

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Virtle Pauline “Polly” Pursifull, age 90, was reunited with her beloved husband, L.J., on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, six days before their 69th wedding anniversary.

She was born in Payne, the daughter of Fred Phillip and Virtle (Radenbaugh) Olwin. Having been a Peninsula resident since 1943, Polly devoted her life to her family and friends. She will be remembered as a homemaker, member of Grace United Methodist Church, lover of nature and wildlife, and companion to her dogs. Earlier in life, she was active in her children’s school activities; Garden/Home Demonstration Clubs; Peninsula Ski Club; Gem and Mineral Society; Square and Round Dance Assoc.; secretary at Warwick H.S.; volunteer of many hours for the Virginia Living Museum.

Surviving are a daughter, Sharon Winter of Newport News; a son, Krieg (Montreo) Pursifull D.D.S. of Floyd, Va.; two granddaughters; two great-grandsons; a sister-in-law, Georgia Scott Olwin and family, all of Payne; and special friends.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Francis Olwin.

Remembrance of Polly’s life will be private with burial at a later date in Payne.

At Polly’s request, expressions of sympathy may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105; or Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, UT 84741.

 

BONIBELLE “BONNIE” STAHL 1924-2012

 

MONTPELIER – Bonibelle Joan “Bonnie” Stahl, 87, of Montpelier, died peacefully in her home Monday afternoon, Jan. 16, surrounded by her family.

She was born Sept. 17, 1924 in Montpelier, the daughter of Maynard J. and Edith D. (Brannan) Brown. She was a 1942 graduate of Montpelier High School. On Dec. 6, 1944, she married James B. Stahl, who preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 1991. A very devoted mother and homemaker, she was employed a number of years earlier in her life as a clerk and Western Union messenger at the former Foust’s Drug Store, and later employed at Trautman’s Five and Dime, both in Montpelier. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Montpelier and the Miriam Circle of the Church, a 50-year member of the Twice Ten Study Club, the Montpelier Hospital Auxiliary, a former 4-H leader, was an avid euchre and bridge player, and enjoyed crafts of all types and was an accomplished seamstress as well.

Surviving are her children, Tamara (Roger) Thorp, Constance (Marvin) Dunseth and Bradford G. (Robin) Stahl, all of Montpelier, Delores (James A.) Stahl of Paulding and M. Scott Stahl, Elkhart, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; five great-stepgrandchildren; brothers, Ronald (Helen) Brown and Barry (Jolene) Brown, both of Montpelier, and Steven (Bunnie) Brown, Milan; and two sisters, Beverly Henry, Montpelier, and Cynthia (John) Storrer, New Bremen.

Also preceding her in death were an infant brother, Larry Lee Brown; an infant granddaughter, Sarah Jean Stahl; two infant great-grandsons, Steven Michael Dunseth and Jack Thorp Keifer; and a brother-in-law, Paul Henry.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Montpelier. with the Rev. Bruce A. Tumblin officiating. Private family burial service will be held Monday, Jan. 23 at Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 in Wilson–Geesey Funeral Home, Montpelier.

Preferred memorials are to Hospice of Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers or St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Condolence and fond memories may be made to her family at www.wilsongeeseyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

ROSE MAPLES 1936-2012

HAVILAND – Rose Marie Maples, 75, died Wednesday, January 18 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

She was born April 14, 1936 in Haviland, the daughter of Elmer M. and Thelma Marie (Rodman) Baker, who both preceded her in death. In 1957, she married Eugene Elmer Maples, who preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 1988. She was a member of the former Haviland Baptist Church.

She is survived by four sons, Ivan Maples, Antwerp, James Maples, Haviland, Kenny (Lisa) Maples, Celina, and Virgil (Carma) Maples, Indianapolis; a daughter, Angelia (Kenneth) Calvelage, New Haven; two brothers, Glenn (Joyce) Baker, Haviland and Elmer (Cheryl) Baker, Payne; four sisters, Erma Pratt, Haviland, Toni (George) Searfoss and Carolyn (Jerry) Goins, both of Haviland, and Joann (Roger) Barker, Defiance; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, John Baker; and a sister, Nellie Hartman.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 23 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 and 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the funeral home, Paulding.

Donations may be made to Feed the Children, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society or World Wildlife Fund.

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

 

 

 

JOHN HARKINS 1956-2012

PAULDING – John William Harkins, age 55, died Sunday, Jan. 15 at CHP Hospice, Defiance.

He was born Jan. 20, 1956 in New Brunswick, N.J., the son of Eugene V. and Jane Bell (Shedden) Harkins.

He is survived by his fiancé, Karen J. Colley, Paulding; three children, Adam Harkins of Athens, Pa., Joe (Courtney) Harkins of Vacaville, Calif. and Caitlin (Dylan) White, Midenhall Norfolk, England; two sisters, Diane (Dave) Lawson of Lynchburg, Va. and Mary Lou (Bill) Wesp, Plainsboro, N.J.; a brother, Michael Harkins, Ulster, Pa.; and three grandchildren, Jacen, Cheyenne and Janae Harkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

Donations may be made in memory of John Harkins to Karen Colley or Hospice.

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

 

BETTY JANE MARTIN 1921-2012

VAN WERT – Betty Jane Martin, 90, of  Van Wert, died at 7:24 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Vancrest Healthcare Center in Van Wert.

She was born Feb. 14, 1921, in Van Wert, the daughter of Homer E. and Emma (Simon) Graham. On June 24, 1943, she married Truman C. Martin, who preceded her in death on April 24, 2005. She was a homemaker and a member of the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed painting, crafting, genealogy, bird watching and especially her grandchildren. She was a  member of the former Van Wert Woman’s Club.

She is survived by a son, Mike (Karen) Martin of Van Wert; a daughter, Molly Holmes of Van Wert; four grandchildren, David (Tammy) Martin of Loveland, Amy (Lance) Moonshower of Van Wert, Jeff (Jennifer) Hyre of Findlay and Joe Hyre of Paulding; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Helen Bagley.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Will Haggis officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Hours of visitation will be from noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the funeral home.

Preferred donations may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

DIANE LECHER 1954-2012

FORT WAYNE – Diane Lynn Baker Lecher, 57, of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, Jan. 14 at Parkview Hospice.

She was born Sept. 30, 1954 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Richard and Joan (Banks) Baker. On Oct. 17, 2002 she married Gary Lecher, who survives. She worked at Kay Daniels Hair Salon.

Also surviving are her children, Michael (Debbie) Schuller of Antwerp, Angela (Dennis) Stabler of Payne and Rachelle (Jason) Keesler, Erika (Sean) Stockdale and Stacia (Bill) Sowders, all of Fort Wayne; her mother, Joan Baker of Antwerp; siblings, Dan (Lori) Baker of Antwerp, Debby (Louie) Hessler of Van Wert, Doreen (Albert) Amstutz of Orland, Denise Getzel of Antwerp and Darla Baker of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Preferred memorials are to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

 

HARRY SCHOMBURG 1932-2012

DEFIANCE – Former Antwerp resident Harry Orval Schomburg, 80, passed away Thursday, Jan. 12 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born Jan. 8, 1932 in Defiance County, the son of Oscar and Inez (VanVlerah) Schomburg. He graduated from Ayersville High School in 1950 and served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean Conflict. He married Stella Rister, who preceded him in death on Dec. 23, 2006. He was a former dispatcher at Dinner Bell Meats in Defiance and drove semi-truck in California. He was a member of the Defiance Elks and Eagles, Antwerp American Legion Post and the Defiance Christian Church.

Surviving are five sons, Mark of Oklahoma, Thomas (Valerie) and Jerome (Renee), both of California, David (Connie) of Hicksville and Timothy (Ida) of Florida; siblings, Thelma Frost and Laura Peffley, both of Defiance, Robert (Sylvia) of New Mexico and Rickey (Carol) Schomburg, Arizona; a special friend, Etta Rister, Defiance; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his dog, Missy.

Also preceding him in death were three sons, Dennis, James and Joseph; two sisters, Beverly Land and Frances; and three brothers, Ronald (Margie), Harold and Roger (Dorothy).

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Defiance Christian Church. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Preferred memorials are to Defiance Christian Church or Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

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

 

 

VERLIN “DALE” GRIBBLE 1944-2012

GROVER HILL – Verlin “Dale” Gribble, age 67, died Sunday, Jan. 8 at Paulding County Hospital.

He was born Oct. 5, 1944 in McDougal, Ark., the son of Barney I. and Eula (O’Guin) Gribble. He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church of Grover Hill, Paulding County Senior Center, Grover Hill Lions Club and the Welcome Park Board of Grover Hill. He was previously employed by Perma Glass of Payne.

He is survived by two sons, Brad (Shanna Fink) Gribble of Fort Wayne and Shawn (Jeanne Seffernick) Gribble, Melrose; four brothers, Talma (Marilyn) Gribble, Alvin (Gail) Gribble and Melvin (Barb) Gribble, all of Grover Hill, and Lee Roy (Lolita) Gribble, Van Wert; three sisters, Eladis (Jr.) Hinchcliff of Grover Hill, Emma (Leon) Whittington of Van Wert and Jeanie (Ishmael) Shelton, Oakwood.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Leona Busbey and Sylva Deckard.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Jan. 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding County Senior Center or Grover Hill Lions Club - Welcome Park Boosters.

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

 

THEODORE BURT 1920-2011

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Theodore C. Burt, 91, formerly of Oakwood, passed away Dec. 17, 2011.

He was born Aug. 14, 1920 in Pentwater, Mich., the son of Alex and Ferrell Burt. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Minnie A. Burt. He was a farmer, worked at Compo Corporation in Defiance for 19 years, and retired as a realtor in Clearwater, Fla. He was a member of Skycrest United Methodist Church in Clearwater for 43 years.

Also surviving are a son, Ted of Trenton, Fla.; two daughters, Jane Zimmer of Clearwater and Judy Mallett of Seminole, Fla.; his sister, Joyce (Ralph) Wyatt; a sister-in-law, Rosalie Burt; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews who were also very dear to him.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard; and a sister, Phyllis Mohr.

Arrangements under the direction of National Cremation Society, Clearwater.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at Melrose United Methodist Church in Melrose.

A special donation to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers would be an excellent way to honor the compassionate, cheerful, and generous life of Theodore.

 


KENNETH BENNETT 1928-2012

OAKWOOD – Kenneth E. “Gene” Bennett, 83, of Oakwood, died Friday evening, Jan. 6, at his residence.

He was born May 6, 1928 in Wayne, Mich., the son of Dirl and M. “Peggy” (Wenser) Bennett. On May 29, 1948, he married Wanda J. Keck, who preceded him in death Jan. 6, 2011. He was a retired truck driver and custodian from Paulding High Schools. He also was a retired farmer. He was a member of Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood.

He is survived by two daughters, Sharon (Arden) Peck of Defiance and Karen Dangler of Paulding; three grandchildren, Joanna Peck, Jamison (Melissa) Peck and Leslie (KC) Long; and four great-grandchildren, Addyson Long, Jackson Long, Edreanne Peck and Kendal Peck.

Also preceding him in death were a grandson, Bradley Dangler; and two brothers, Jack and Larry Bennett.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with the Rev. Eric Dailey officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be expressed to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

DOLORES GRANT 1927-2012

PAULDING – Dolores Ann Grant, age 84, died Friday, Jan. 6 at Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born Oct. 24, 1927 in Latty Township, Paulding County, the daughter of Henry and Ollie M. (Gerber) Laukhuf. On June 19, 1949, she married Thomas J. Grant, who survives. She was a member of Latty Apostolic Christian Church and was employed by as a bus driver for PARC Lane Schools, Paulding.

She also is survived by three sons, Gary (Linda) Grant and Paul (Charlotte) Grant, both of Paulding, and Philip (Gloria) Grant, Antwerp; two daughters, Lois Ann (Huron) Claus of Phoenix and Mary Beth (Matt) Thacker, LaGrange, Ind.; 22 grandchildren; and 46 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Lester Laukhuf; and a sister, Mary Ella Klopfenstein.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Latty Apostolic Christian Church. Burial will be in Latty Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 in the church fellowship hall and one hour prior to services Tuesday in the church.

Memorial donations may be made to The Gideon’s International or Gateway Woods Children’s Home, Leo, Ind.

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

 

JAMES MILLER 1949-2012

GROVER HILL – James Craig “Jim” Miller, 62, of Grover Hill, died in his home Saturday morning, Jan. 7.

He was born March 8, 1949, the son of John C. and Rita (Thitoff) Miller. He was a member of the Grover Hill Class of 1967 and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. On March 6, 1976, in Venedocia, he married Mary Jo Richards, who survives. He was employed at BF Goodrich Tire, Woodburn, for 43 years.

Through the years, Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, golf, playing cards, and various other past times. As an avid baseball fan, he was a member of the Cleveland Indians Club. He had a love of watching harness horse racing, especially his horse, Duchess of Darvin. Jim was an active member and officer of Grover Hill VFW for 42 years. Jim also served his community as a member of the Grover Hill Volunteer Fire Department for over 25 years, West Branch Conservation Club, and the Masonic Lodge of Payne.

Also surviving are two sons, Kerby Richards and Dustin John (Jennafer); a daughter, Kalyn M.; faithful dog, Backee; three brothers, Larry (Deb) of Van Wert, Lonnie (Sue) of Grover Hill and Roger (Deb) of Convoy; along with many beloved family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Paislie Rose Dickinson-Miller; and nephew, J.C. Caffro.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 with military services to follow at Middle Creek Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 and from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert.

Preferred memorials are to Grover Hill Welcome Park or Grover Hill Volunteer Fire Department.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAROLYN CARR 1935-2012

ANTWERP – Carolyn Ann Carr, 76, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5 at Manor House Assisted Living, Antwerp.

She was born Dec. 14, 1935 in Hicksville, the daughter of the late Richard and Mona (Blair) Rowan. On June 30, 1956, she married Wayne Carr, who preceded her in death Nov. 11, 2008. She had worked at Kammeyer’s IGA, Lincoln Life and the Antwerp Local Schools. She was a devout member of Antwerp United Methodist Church and the Eastern Star.

Surviving are three children, Elaine (Dean) Phillips of Hicksville, Steven (Lisa) of Indianapolis and Kevin (Jackie) of Antwerp; two siblings, Richard Rowan of Wauseon and Marilyn Conn of Texas; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9 at Antwerp United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and one hour prior to services on Monday.

Preferred memorials are to the church or Manor House Activity Fund.

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

 

SALLY YOUNG 1946-2012

PAYNE – Sally J. Young, 65, of Payne, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born Sept. 18, 1946 in Paulding, the daughter of the late Carl and Helen (Beck) Young. She worked at First Financial Bank Payne for 47 years and was a member of Payne Church of Christ.

Surviving are her siblings, Patricia (John) Gray, Martha Jenkins and William (Jeanine), all of Payne, and Richard (Susan) of New Haven; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 at Payne Church of Christ with the Rev. Dan Staifer officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne.

Preferred memorials are to Paulding Hospice.

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

 

JACKIE BALSER 1952-2012

ANTWERP – Jacqueline S. Balser, 59, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4.

She was born May 19, 1952 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of the late Edwin and Lucille (Frane) Messman. In 2007, she married Jerry Balser, who survives. She was a secretary at Woodburn Diamond Die and a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church.

Also surviving are three children, Eric (Denise) Reeb of Antwerp, Sara (James) Maxwell of Fort Wayne and Jenna (Craig McDaniel) Lichty of Monroeville; two stepchildren, Wade (Melissa) Balser of Cleveland and Sheila (John) Hilton of Antwerp; siblings, Larry Messman of Monroeville, Joyce Copsey, Joan Murlin and Judy Hunt, all of Antwerp, Janet Palmer of Woodburn, Janelle Messman and Gary Messman, both of New Haven, and Jeanne Worden of Auburn; four grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Donnie and Wayne.

Services are private.

Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.

Preferred memorials are to Woodburn Children’s Home or Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home.

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

 

 

BETHEL RAKES SR. 1932-2012

OAKWOOD – Bethel Gene Rakes Sr., 79, of Oakwood, died at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 at Defiance Regional Hospital.

He was born May 17, 1932 in Ranger, W.Va., the son of the late John Sherman and Perlina (Lambert) Rakes. On Jan. 13, 1951, he married J. Wilma Cassidy, who survives in Oakwood. He retired from General Motors in Defiance after 32 years. He was a member of The Church of Christ in Oakwood. He was also a member of Local 211 UAW, president of Defiance Coon Hunter’s Club and member of North American Hunting Club.

Also surviving are three children, Carol Stahl of Melrose, Janet Rakes of Oakwood and Pamela (Darwin) Sherry of Trenton, Ga.; seven grandchildren, David (Niki) Stahl, Michael (Tracey) Stahl, Johnny Rakes, Aaron Rakes, Karisa (Rob) Long, Lance Sherry and Cory Sherry; six great-grandchildren, Shelbie and Tyler Stahl, Jennifer Stahl, Taylor and Hunter Long and Kinlee Jo Sherry; a sister, Madgie (Cliff) Nally of Defiance; and three brothers, Frank (Virgie) Rakes, Arnold (Linda) Rakes and Ernest (Trudy) Rakes, all of Defiance.

He was preceded in death by a son, Gene Rakes; two sisters, Mamie Mullins and Geraldine Rakes; and five brothers, Bub, Russell, Tom, Clarence and Vernon Rakes.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Lonnie Lambert officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Gardens, Defiance.

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

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.


 

 

JEAN SALWAY 1943-2012

MONROEVILLE, Ind. – Jean A. Salway, 68, of Monroeville, Ind. for the past 45 years, passed away at 3:20 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 in Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, following a brief illness.

She was born May 5, 1943 in Payne, the daughter of the late Lloyd and Mildred (George) James. She was a graduate of Antwerp High School. On March 19, 1966 in Antwerp, she married John H. “Sarge” Salway, who survives. She retired from ITT in Fort Wayne in 2007 after 10 years of service where she worked as a repair technician. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #420 in Monroeville, Indiana.

Also surviving are two daughters, Sally J. Miller of Monroeville and Terri L. Salway of Avilla, Ind.; a son, John E. Salway of Monroeville; three brothers, Kenneth G. (Evelyn) James and Walter L. (Robin) James, both of Payne, and Bruce D. James of Columbia City, Ind.; three sisters, Ila M. (Kermit) Duff of Waynedale, Ind., Janet M. (David) Laker of Cecil and Diana K. (Terry) Lacy of Napoleon; and numerous nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Harry A. James.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 in the Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville, with Deacon David Laker officiating. Interment will follow in the Monroeville Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 and from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Alzheimer’s Research Center or Parkview Hospice.

To sign the online guestbook, visit www.swickjahn.com.

 

 

JOAN LAMBRIGHT 1931-2011

DEFIANCE – Former Scott resident Joan G. Lambright, age 80, died Sunday, Nov. 27 at CHP Hospice, Defiance.

She was born Nov. 7, 1931 in Terre Haute, Ind., the daughter of Vaughn and Maria C. (Dupke) Grubaugh. On June 3, 1951, she married Maxie Joe Lambright, who survives. She was employed by Wayne Trace Schools for 35 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of Paulding County Retired Teachers Association.

Also surviving are three sons, Maxie Jay (Sarah) Lambright of Beachwood, Steven Michael (Kate) Lambright of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Jeffrey Alan (Mary) Lambright, Bloomington, Ind.; a brother, Vaughn F. (Betty) Grubaugh Jr. of Lima; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lee Wetnight.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.

Memorial donations may be made to CHP Hospice, Defiance College or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

 
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RITA KAUFMAN 1925-2012

PAULDING – Rita M. Kaufman, age 86, died Sunday, Jan. 1 at CHP Hospice, Defiance.

She was born Oct. 4, 1925 in Putnam County, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Meyer) Neise. On Aug. 3, 1946, she married Daniel J. Kaufman, who preceded her in death on March 17, 1976. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, and the VFW Post #587 Ladies Auxiliary. She was formerly employed by Cooper’s Grain and Feed of Paulding, retiring in 1991, and was the former owner/operator of Kaufman’s Bar and Grill from 1959-76.

She is survived by five daughters, Linda (David) Begley of Payne, Konnie Gerber, Jane (Steve) Sprow and Jackie (Tom) Boyd, all of Paulding, and Sue (Dave) Vogel, Lake Cormorant, Miss.; a son, Daniel (Sherry) Kaufman of Paulding; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will be in Cooper-Haines Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Masses; CHP Hospice, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

 

URSIE DeLONG HEMENOVER 1917-2011

ANTWERP – Ursie M. Hemenover, 94, of Antwerp, passed away Saturday, Dec. 31 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born March 8, 1917 in Harlan, Ind., the daughter Aaron and Jennie (Shaffer) Gorrell. She was a homemaker and owner of The Pine Room Restaurant, Antwerp, and a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

Surviving are two sons, Paul (Robbie) DeLong of Henderson, Nev. and Ray DeLong of Antwerp; four grandchildren, Andy, Tony and Shawn DeLong and Tammie Provines; and seven great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her husbands, Clifford DeLong and Roy Hemenover; and siblings, Myra Johnson, Dora Hissong and Lloyd, Roy and Joseph Gorrell.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 at Antwerp United Methodist Church, with Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial will be in Harlan Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

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

 

TROY TALBOTT 1944-2011

VAN WERT – Troy R. Talbott, 67, of Van Wert, died at 11:57 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born July 16, 1944 in Big Stone Gap, Va., the son of Floyd Marcus and Mae (Back) Talbott, who both preceded him in death. He was a longtime resident of Claiborne County, Tenn.

Surviving are Ruth Healy, his beloved companion of 12 years; four children, Christine Manning, Cathy (Martin Paul) Talbott Newman and John Marcus Talbott, all of Grover Hill, and Kimberly Linton of Ruffin, N.C.; siblings, Lissie (Phillip) Kirk of Van Wert, Nancy (Jim) Scott of Grover Hill, Laura (Leonard) Subler of Van Wert and Doug (Margaret “Bunny”) Talbott of Charloe; grandchildren, Tabatha (Cory) Maynard of Grover Hill, Zachary Manning of Milford Center, Dustin Allen (Kindall) Brooks of Grover Hill, Samuel Holley of Grover Hill, Duaine Healy of Van Wert, Stevanna Linton of Convoy, and Logan and Ivy Linton, both of Middlesboro, Ky.; and great-grandchildren, Faith Maynard, Justin Manning and Jaydan Maynard, all of Grover Hill, Kaden Healy of Rose Hill, Va. and Aurora Linton of Convoy. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He also was preceded in death by two children in infancy, Troy Talbott Jr. and Tina Marie Talbott; a sister, Betty Simindinger; and two brothers, Charles and Marcus Talbott.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 at Brickner Funeral Home, Van Wert, with K.C. Klarner officiating. Visitation will be held from noon-3 p.m. prior to services. A dinner will follow the service at the Van Wert VFW.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation to the family to assist with funeral expenses.

Condolences may be left  at www.bricknerfuneralhome.com or sent bricknerfuneralhome@bright.net.


 

Mildred Ludwig Timma 1916-2011

PAYNE – Mildred E. Timma, 95, of Payne, passed away Thursday, Dec. 29 at The Gardens of Paulding.

Mildred was born in Payne on May 24, 1916, a daughter of the late Melinda (Marquardt) and Frank Ames.

She had been a store clerk at Bachelor's Department Store and was a member of St. James Lutheran Church.

In 1941, she married Lester Ludwig, who passed away in 1973. Mildred then married Raymond Timma in 1997. He passed away in 2003.

Mildred will be sadly missed by her children, Carol Ludwig of Clover, S.C. and Paul Ludwig of Payne; grandchildren, Rick Place of Clover, S.C. and Carrie Grubbs of Edon, N.C. and four great grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her brother, Roy Ames.

Viewing is Tuesday, Jan. 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne.

Her funeral service is at St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, at 10 am, with viewing one hour prior on Wednesday, January 4th, with Rev. Fred Meuter officiating.

She will be laid to rest at Blue Creek Cemetery.

Memorials are to the church.

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

 

 

KELLI HALE 1966-2011

COLUMBUS – Kelli J. Hale, 45, of Middle Point, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus.

She was born Oct. 8, 1966 in Bluffton, the daughter of Jerry and Becky (Anspach) Marshall of Bluffton. On Oct. 28, 1998, she married Shane W. Hale, who survives. She was a former sale executive at Root Outdoor Advertising in Lima and a former office manager at Western/Southern Life Insurance Company. She also was a member of Countryline Christ of the Brethren in Harrod and a 1985 graduate of Bluffton High School.

Also surviving are two sons, Dustin and Jacob; three daughters, Sarah, Cassie and Lyndsey; two brothers, Bruce (Amy) Marshall of Bluffton and Mike (Angie) Marshall of Van Wert; her father-in-law, Gary (Suzanne) Hale of Paulding; and her mother-in-law, Kim (Woody) Woodard of North Fort Myers, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.

A service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, with Pastor Dave Thompson officiating.

Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at cowanandsonfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Leo E. Winchester 1920-2011

OAKWOOD – Leo E. Winchester, 91, of Oakwood died Wednesday, Dec. 28 at his residence. He was born Sept. 6, 1920 in Toledo to the late Alfred and Nellie (Carnahan) Winchester. On April 6, 1940 he married Beullah Grimes who survives in Oakwood.

Leo worked at Grizzly in Paulding; after Grizzly closed he worked for Koester’s in Defiance.

Also surviving are two children, Helen Winchester and Donald A. (Barbara) Winchester both of Oakwood; two grandchildren, Marlin and Paul Winchester and eight great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Amy Winchester; three brothers, Clovice, Howard, and Nile Winchester and a sister, Deliah Winchester.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Services will be held 11 a.m. with Rev. Stan Harmon officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice or to the Gideon’s.

Condolences can be expressed at:  www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

LOUISE L. REINHART 1923-2011

FORT WAYNE – Louise L. Reinhart, 88, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28.

She was born Dec. 16, 1923 in Paulding, to the late Martin and Mae (Kauser) Reinhart. She graduated from Paulding High School in 1942 and retired from General Electric in 1989. She was a member of Elex Club, GE Quarter Century Club, AARP, 901C10 and SPCA.

Surviving are her sisters, Helen Mott and Deloris (Alan) Whirrett, both of Paulding, four nephews and a niece.

Louise was preceded in death by her brother-in-law Glenn Mott.

Visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at the D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, with a Rosary at 4:30 p.m. Graveside service will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Prayers will be said 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 at the funeral home, 6301 Fairfield Avenue in Fort Wayne. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4500 Fairfield Avenue in Fort Wayne with Fr. Cyril Fernandes officiating.

Memorials may be made to the SPCA. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com

 

Patricia M. Darrow 1946-2011

BRYAN – Patricia M. Darrow, age 65, of Bryan, died at 12:16 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19 at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Bryan, where she was a patient. Mrs. Darrow was a homemaker, enjoyed camping and was an avid garage sale enthusiast.

Patricia M. Darrow was born on April 19, 1946, in Paulding, the daughter of Dale and Marie (Knapp) Vance. She married William J. Darrow, Sr. on November 26, 1966, in Alvordton and he survives.

Survivors also include her children, Tim Vance, Ronda Lewis, Marsha Darrow, Steven (and fianceé, Michele Gabot) Darrow, and Bill (Tammy) Darrow, Jr., all of Bryan; six grandchildren, Tiffany Sidle (and fiancé, Tony Arquette), Lyndsey Darrow, Alaina and Emmie Darrow, and Allie and Katelyn Darrow; and one great-granddaughter, Rylee K. Arquette. She is also survived by two sisters, Connie Starkey of Bryan, and Janet (Bill) Lawson of Mesa, Ariz. and three brothers, Bob Vance, David Vance and Bill (Patty) Vance, all of Paulding. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Tom Vance.

Visitation was at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bryan. Services followed in the church with Rev. Mary Beth Smith-Gunn officiating. Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery near Hillsdale, Mich.

Memorials are requested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

 

Georgeanna Hahn 1954-2011

ANTWERP – Georgeanna Hahn, age 57, died Sunday, Dec. 25 at the Manor House Assisted Living, Antwerp.

She was born March 15, 1954 in Bay City, Mich., the daughter of Charles R. and Edna (Haslip) Hahn.

She is survived by her mother, Edna Hahn, Defiance; three brothers, Ralph (Karen) Hahn, Defiance, Jack Hahn, Napoleon, and Weldon Hahn, Evansport; a sister, Nancy (Larry) Stoller, Paulding and nieces.

She is preceded in death by her father.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

 

 

EMERSON WELLMAN 1927-2011

PAULDING  — Emerson H. Wellman, 84, of Paulding, died Monday, Dec. 26, at the Paulding County Hospital. He retired to go to Heaven.

He was born July 17, 1927, in Defiance, the son of George and Mabel (Hall) Wellman Sr. On July 6, 1985, he married Linda Leslie Wellman, who survives in Paulding.

He was a WWII Navy veteran and was employed by Browns Bakery for 45 years as a driver. He also owned Wellman and Sons Electric and had worked at Stokley.

He was a member of the Paulding V.F.W. #587 and was a driver for the Paulding County Senior Center for 17 years.

He is also survived by four sons, Ron (Sharon) Wellman of Defiance, Rick (Sandy) Wellman of Naples, Fla., Jeff Wellman of Belton, Texas and Gaylord John Proxmire of Paulding; two daughters, Kim (Todd) Kruse of Ridgeville Corners, Ohio and Lisa (Marty) Adams of Oakwood; a brother, Bruce Wellman of Tucson, Ariz.; three sisters, Kathleen Ward of Napoleon, Betty Mansfield of Defiance and Arlene (Pete) Miller of Defiance; 22 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ladonna G. (Mobley) Wellman who died Jan. 22, 1971, a grandson, two brothers, George Wellman Jr. and Edwin Wellman and a sister, Marilean Schwab.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30, at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral home in Defiance with the Rev. Larry Grow officiating.

Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29, at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens in Defiance County where the Paulding County V.F.W. #587 will conduct graveside services.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the Paulding County Senior Center.

 

STEPHANIE LEHMAN 1949-2011

Stephanie Lehman,62, of Grover Hill, died at 8:45 a.m., Monday, Dec. 26, at the Van Wert Manor Nursing Home.

She was born April 6, 1949, in Van Wert, the daughter of Floyd and Goldie (Stahl) Stemen, who both preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and had attended the Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill.

She is survived by a son, Joshua Lehman of Grover hill and a daughter, Jessica (Jason) Gillespie of Lewis Center, Ohio; a sister, Jenny Tobias of Indiana; and two grandchildren, Corbin Lehman and Ava Gillespie.

There will be no calling hours or services at this time.

Preferred memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

 

STEVEN SCHMIDT 1955-2011

PAYNE — Steven J. Schmidt, 56, of Payne, left to join Jesus and his mother, Betty (Axe) Schmidt on Sunday, Dec. 25, at his residence, following a brief illness.

He was born Feb. 17, 1955, in Hicksville, the son of Paul  and Betty (Axe) Schmidt.

He graduated from Wayne Trace High School in May, 1973, joined the U.S. Army in August, 1973 and was honorably  discharged in August, 1976.

He attended Defiance College and  worked at Taylor Made Glass until 1997.  He was currently employed at Pleasant Valley Golf Course and was a published author.

All who knew him remember his generosity and kindness. He was not one to desire attention for things he did for others.  He was a private and quiet man and would help anyone in need.  

He was also a hard worker and dear friend to many.  He was not only a wonderful caring son, but also a very dear brother.

He will be sadly missed by his father, Paul; brothers, Mark (Jo) of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Kim (Robin) of Toledo, David (Helen) of Seymour, Ind., Lynn (Brenda) of Salem, Randy (Kathleen) of Muncie, Ind. and Tyler (Kris Sanders) of Payne; sisters, Nancy (Michael) Hicks of Payne, Julie (James) Schneider of Convoy, Cindy (David) Rahrig of Liberty Center and Heidi (Robert) Simmons of Springport, Ind. and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held  at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 30 at Dooley Funeral Home in Payne with Rev. Paul Hamrick officiating with viewing one hour prior to services.

Hours of visitation will be  from 4 to 8 pm, Thursday, Dec. 29, at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne.

Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society.

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

 

LUCILLE SESLAR 1913-2011

ANTWERP — Lucille M. Seslar, 98, of Antwerp,  passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 24, at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville.

She was born March 30, 1913, in Antwerp, the daughter of the late Ada (Banks) and Julius Horn.  She married Gerald V. Seslar in 1932 and he preceded her in death in 1967.

She was a  loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.  Lucille also was a homemaker, seamstress and a devout member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish and the Rosary Altar Society. She was very well known in her hometown, and was extremely knowledgeable of the historical facts that local newspapers often contacted her for insight.

Lucille was beloved by all who knew her and will be sadly missed by her children, Julene Ott of Hamilton, Ind. and Bart (Vicki) Seslar of Bluffton, Ind.; a sister, Ola (Gene) Hughes of Antwerp; four grandchildren, Eric, Ashley and Brett Seslar and Jacee (Bobby) Franz, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth (Mike) Horn.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 29, at  the  Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Antwerp.

Hours of visitation will be from 4-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Dooley’s  Funeral Home in Antwerp with a vigil service at 7:30 pm. Viewing is also from 9-9:30 a.m., Thursday,  at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Maumee Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

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

 

MABLE SESLAR 1917-2011

PAULDING — Mable E. Seslar, 94, died Friday, Dec. 23, at the Gardens of Paulding.

She was born July 1, 1917 in Oakwood, the daughter of Hershal and Blanche (Harmon) Winner. On July 28, 1938, she married William “Bernard” Seslar, who preceded her in death on May 16, 1988.

She was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church, John Paulding Historical Society, Paulding County Election Board, the Paulding County Hospital Auxiliary, United Methodist Church Women, and Paulding High School Music Mothers.  She was previously employed by the former Burke Shoe Store, DeLaet Shoe Store and Stokley Canning Plant, all of Paulding.

She is survived by a son, James (Mary Ann) Seslar of Gallup, N.M.; two daughters, Betty Jean “Cookie” (Dave) Adolph, Columbus, Ohio and Cindy (Dan) Stuart of Fort Wayne; a sister, Kathleen Cooper of Garrett, Ind.; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death  by two brothers, Basil Winner and infant William Winner.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 at the Paulding United Methodist Church with Rev. Ben Lowell officiating.

Hours of visitation will be from 2 - 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp, OH.

Donations may be made to the Paulding United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

RUSSELL A. GRIMES 1931-2011

NEY — Russell A. Grimes, 80, of Ney died on Thursday, Dec. 22, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born May 1, 1931, in Paulding County, the son of Henry and Marjorie (Johnson) Grimes. On Oct. 4, 1947, he married Imogene Ankney, who survives.

He was employed by the Zellers Corp. for eight years and then retired from General Motors following 25 years of service as a millwright.

He was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church and Local #211. He enjoyed gardening, farming and the outdoors.

Also surviving are three sons, Jeffery (Sue) Grimes of Osseo, Mich., Bruce Grimes of Reno, N.Y. and Rick Grimes of Pioneer; a daughter, Cindy (George) Dix of Ney; two sisters, Rita Langdon of Van Wert and Ramona Shaffer of Sherwood; a brother, Ronald (Carol) Grimes of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Grimes.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 30, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Defiance with the Rev. Donald L. Luhring officiating.

Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29 at Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home and one hour prior to services at the church.

Preferred memorials are to the Wonderly family.

 

KENNY STALLBAUM 1952-2011

OAKWOOD — Kenny “Silky” L. Stallbaum, 59, died Thursday, Dec. 22 at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind.

He was born April 30, 1952, in Paulding County, the son of Ray F. and Thais (Bryan) Stallbaum.

On Feb. 8, 1986, he married Diane Carr, who survives.

He was employed by GM Powertrain, Defiance, retiring in 1992. He was a member of Melrose United Methodist Church, UAW #211 and was an avid woodworker and pool player.

He is also survived by his mother, Thais Stallbaum of Paulding; three sons, Trevor Tracy, of Defiance, Troy (Wendy) Tracy, of Continental, and Petty Officer Second Class Paul Stallbaum, United States Navy, Oakwood; a brother, Ted R. Stallbaum of De Land, Fla.; a sister, Sally (Dave) Egler, Defiance and four grandchildren, Bradon, Darion, Carson, and Ashlynn.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ray F. Stallbaum; a twin sister, Kathy Lou Stallbaum in 1953 and sister, Sandra Sue Welch.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home, with Pastor Eileen Kochensparger officiating.

Visitation will be from 2:30 – 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

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

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

OLAN BIDLACK 1927-2011

OAKWOOD- Olan E. Bidlack, 84, of Oakwood, died at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born April 18, 1927 in Defiance, the son of Orange and Elsie (Matson) Bidlack. He married Oleta Enders, and they later divorced. She survives in Toledo.

He was an operator at Johns-Manville in Defiance and a farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, a life member of Paulding VFW, a member of Continental American Legion Post #541 and the Defiance Eagles.

He is also survived by his children, David (Sharon) Bidlack, Sr. of Cecil, Rick Bidlack of Defiance, Pam (Jerry) Bronner of Deltona, Fla., and Terry (Karen) Bidlack of Oakwood; a sister, Esther Linebrink of Defiance; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were two sons, Michael and Randy Bidlack.

Services were held Friday, Dec. 23, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood.

Burial followed in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood with military rites conducted by the Continental American Legion.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

 

SALLY LORDEN

FORT WAYNE – Sally A. Lorden, 61, of Fort Wayne, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.

Born in Paulding, Sally had worked at Scotts Grocery Store at Pine Valley.

Surviving are her sons, Micah (Sheri) Fullerton and Derek Fullerton, both of Fort Wayne, and Damian (Deena) Daniels of Massachusetts; a sister, Susan (John) Tinlin of Payne; a brother, Mike (Madge) Cadwallader of Valdese, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; her fiancée, Ron Hunton of Fort Wayne; and six beloved felines.

She was preceded in death by husband, Jim; and parents Raymond and Maxine Cadwallader.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home.

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

 

GEORGE RHONEHOUSE 1935-2011

ANTWERP – George F. Rhonehouse Jr., 76, of Antwerp, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born Aug. 13, 1935, in Sandusky, the son of the late George F. Sr. and Ruth (Kreimes) Rhonehouse. He served seven years in the U.S. Army Reserves and one year of active duty. On July 20, 1957, he married Joan Zuber, who preceded him in death on April 27, 1996. In 1977, he co-founded Tempered Glass Specialists Antwerp, with his brother Don. George was a member of the Antwerp American Legion Post 253 and the Antwerp United Methodist Church. He always suported his community. He was a named Antwerp Citizen of the Year and then Gem of the Year in 2010. He also had been chairman of the board of the Antwerp Exchange Bank.

Surviving are his children, Jill Ptak and Jeff (Cheryl), both of Antwerp, and Julie (Mike) Hicks of West Granby, Conn.; grandchildren, Brittany, Jennifer Kemerer, Caleb Ptak, Miranda and Ethan Hicks; and siblings, Don of The Villages, Fla., Larry of South Carolina, Darlene Mabis of Edon and Pam Ferguson of Mt. Vernon.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 at Antwerp United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the funeral home and also one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Preferred memorials are to Parkinson Foundation, 1930 North State Route, Oak Harbor OH 43449.

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

 

JOHN “JACK” CARR 1922-2011

ANTWERP – John L. “Jack” Carr, 89, a lifelong resident of Antwerp, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18 while wintering in Lake Placid, Fla.

He was born Sept. 3, 1922. On Dec. 29, 1943, he married Juanita Smitley, who survives. He served 4-1/2 years in the Navy in World War II aboard the USS Augusta. He was a retired 25-year employee of Dana-Weatherhead. He enjoyed hobbies of farming, fishing and old Western movies, and took great pride in the upkeep of his property.

Also surviving are a daughter, Kathy (Bob) Myers, Antwerp; four grandchildren, Lyle Jr. “Butch” of Charloe, Lisa (Bill) Sheets of Hicksville, Ginette Myers of Antwerp and Brian Myers of Montpelier; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Miller of Las Vegas.

He was preceded in death by a son, Lyle; a brother, Rolland Carr; and a sister, Rama (Carr) Stimpson.

At the request of Mr. Carr, there will be no services. A private family burial will take place at Maumee Cemetery at a later date. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

 

S. VERNON RAKES 1947-2011

OAKWOOD – S. Vernon Rakes, 64, of Defiance and formerly of Oakwood, died at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at the University of Toledo Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 28, 1947 in Big Creek, W.Va. to the late John Sherman and Perlina (Lambert) Rakes. He retired from GM in Defiance. He was a member of Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood, and a former member of the Oakwood Fire Dept. He was an avid trap and skeet shooter, liked to fish and was an all around outdoorsman. He enjoyed playing his guitar, bowling and loved his bird, George.

Surviving are four children, Michael (Pearl) Rakes of Sherwood, Richard Rakes of Florida, Tonya (Gary Huss) Fisher of Oakwood and Amanda (Chad Rudder) Rakes of Deshler; 11 grandchildren, Andrew, Ian, Ian, Sasha, Tyler, Garrett, Sophia, Chelsea, Michael, Ronald and Kayla; a sister, Madgie (Cliff) Nally of Defiance; four brothers, Bethel (Wilma) Rakes of Oakwood, and Frank (Virgie) Rakes, Arnold (Linda) Rakes and Ernest (Trudy) Rakes, all of Defiance.

He also was preceded in death by two sisters, Mamie Mullins and Geraldine Rakes; and brothers, Bub, Russell, Tom and Clarence.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Eric Daily officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 and one hour prior to services Wednesday at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood.

Preferred memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

CLANCY COOMER 1939-2011

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Clarence Allen “Clancy” Coomer, 72, formerly of Payne, was called unexpectedly to be with his Heavenly Father Friday, Dec. 16 at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. Clarence succumbed to complications caused by the sudden onset of Guillain-Barré syndrome.

He was born Nov. 26, 1939, the eldest of 10 children born to Cletus (formerly of Payne, now Titusville) and Alice (Stoller) Coomer. and graduated from Payne High School in 1958, where he was active in track, football, basketball and the band. Clancy attended Huntington College, Indiana University and later worked at International Harvester as a journeyman electrician for 16 years before semi-retiring, purchasing the Garden Park Apartments complex with his wife Glenna (Burry) and moving to Titusville, Fla. in 1975 until the present. He was known as a highly intelligent, religious man with an exceptional sense of humor and lightning quick wit. Known for his keen ability to stretch a dollar, Clancy was also a very generous man who will be sorely missed by those who knew him.

Clarence was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Stoller Coomer (1920-1984) and his youngest brother Dean Z. Coomer (1951-1992)

Surviving are siblings, Jerry (Ardis) of Boyceville, Wis., Merrit (Dolly) and Phillip, both of Fort Wayne, Michael (Lois) of Fond du Lac, Wis., Alice (Ed) Wenninger of Haviland, twins Marilyn (Henry) Bertot of Titusville and Carolyn Coomer of Palm Harbor, Fla. and Janice (Brent) Swanson of Titusville; four children, Brian of Tomah, Wis. and Cletus Mark, Matthew and Denise Byrd, all of Titusville; two stepchildren, Cheri Burry-Kharsah and Michael Burry, both of Titusville; 16 grandsons and 11 granddaughters; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Park Avenue Baptist Church, Titusville. St. Johns Family Funeral Home, St. Augustine, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family or the donors’ favorite charity.

 

 

LeROY BAUMERT 1927-2011

PAYNE – LeRoy R. “Whitey” Baumert, 84, of Payne, passed away after a short illness, Friday, Dec. 16 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Sept. 29, 1927, in Allen County, Ind., the son Carl and Minerva (Louden) Baumert. On Nov. 28, 1946, he married his wife of 65 years, Nadine Myers, who survives. He retired from at Dana Corp. Auburn, and was a member of St. James Lutheran Church and New Haven Masonic Lodge #740.

Also surviving are three daughters, Kathleen (Gene) Flaugh and Kristine (Gary) Gerardot, both of Payne, and Karen (Jim) Derrow of Auburn; siblings, William of New Haven and Doris Doty of Columbia City; seven grandchildren, Trent and Kiley Flaugh, Kimra Williamson, Andrea Haskins, Ryan and Troy Gerardot and Jessica Riebesehl; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two siblings, Helen McNeal and Charles Baumert.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 at St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, with the Rev. Fred Meuter officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be held from 2-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 at the church with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m. Visitation also will be held one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Preferred memorials are to the church or Paulding Hospice.

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

 

 

PHYLLIS HANSELMAN 1916-2011

HAILEY, Idaho – Phyllis Hanselman, 95, of Hailey, Idaho, died Saturday, Dec. 11 in St. Lukes Hospital.

She was born June 23, 1916 on her grandfather’s farm near Latty, the daughter of Russell Roscoe and Minnie Maude (Leslie) Lamb. Phyllis and her older sister, Mapha, were excellent students and star basketball players on the Latty High School basketball team. After graduation, Phyllis and Mapha raised a small herd of sheep and saved enough money to set off on a six-week adventure touring the American West by automobile in 1938. Her family treasures an incredibly detailed journal of this and subsequent trips.

On Feb. 29, 1936, she married Edward Alfred Buehler and was widowed soon afterwards in a tragic farm accident. Their daughter, Sandra Sue (Buehler/Hanselman) Errett, was born soon after. On March 2, 1943, Phyllis married Ralph Galen Hanselman of Gooding, Idaho, and together they farmed the Ohio farms while raising three more children, Galen, Sharon and Diane.

On one of their many trips to visit Idaho, Ralph and Phyllis purchased the Ketchum Trailer Park in 1961 and then moved there in 1962 with their three younger children. Ralph managed the trailer park and Phyllis became the local Avon representative, meeting nearly everyone in the 700-person town of Ketchum. They sold the trailer park and retired to Twin Falls, Idaho in the late 1970s. When Ralph passed in 1994, Phyllis relocated to Hailey, Idaho to be closer to her family.

She enjoyed traveling, embroidering, cooking, quilting and playing Deuces Wild slot machines in Jackpot, Nev. At the age of 90, she would frequently drive herself to Jackpot for an afternoon of entertainment. As her eyesight became worse, Galen would fly her to Jackpot to keep her from driving.

Phyllis is survived by her daughters, Sandra Errett, Sharon Isom and Diane Clark; a son, Galen Hanselman; a sister, Mapha Schaadt (age 97 and still farming but not playing basketball quite as much); and her loving and loyal companion, Sugie, her Siamese cat.

She also was preceded in death by a sister, Harriet Straley.

A private graveside service was held Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Ketchum Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at the Wood River Inn. Wendy Collins presided over the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers or donations, do something nice for someone.

 

EDNA SITTON 1918-2011

BATON ROUGE, La. – Former Paulding resident Edna M. Sitton, age 93, died Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Ochsner Medical Center, Baton Rouge.

She was born July 19, 1918 in Dayton, the daughter of Claude and Irene (Joyce) Smith. On Sept. 8, 1945, she married William M. Sitton Sr., who preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 1994. She retired from the former Hometown Nursing Home, Paulding. She was a member of the Paulding Church of the Nazarene.

She is survived by two sons, William M. Sitton Jr., Baton Rouge, and John F. Sitton, Indiana, Pa.; two daughters, Irene Duffany of Portsmouth and Elizabeth (Edward) Hopkins, Baton Rouge; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Charles Sitton; three brothers, Edward, Ray and Robert Smith; and three sisters, Erma Sitton, Kathryn Long and Elnora Wilhelm.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Kim Semran officiating. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

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

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

 

HAROLD SWEET 1929-2011

WOODBURN – Harold “Junior” Sweet, 82, of Woodburn, passed away Monday, Dec. 12 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born Aug. 10, 1929, in Antwerp, the son of Harold Ray and Mildred (Rupert) Sweet. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War, was a member of the New Haven VFW and retired from Woodburn Diamond Die. On May 4, 1963, Junior married Elaine Russwinkle, who survives. He was an avid fisherman.

Also surviving are a daughter, Cheryl (Bill) Walker of Hulen, Ky.; a granddaughter, Brittanie Walker; and siblings, Wayne Sweet and Phyllis Timbrook, both of Hicksville, Shirley Myer of Fort Wayne and Bonnie Walton of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by seven siblings.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Scipio Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Preferred memorials are to the Woodburn Food Bank.

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

 

 

EDNA FOWLER 1930-2011

PAYNE – Edna L. Wannemacher Fowler, 81, of Payne, passed away Thursday, Dec. 8 at her residence.

She was born April 28, 1930 in Paulding and raised in McGill, the daughter of Samuel and Lillian (Johnson) Harris. On May 20, 1949, she married Alphons Wannemacher Jr., who died Dec. 16, 1969. On Jan. 26, 1974, she married Lester Fowler, who survives. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, the Evening Stars Study Club, the Town and Country Club and the Payne Grange. She worked at the title office in Paulding and the Farm Bureau and Nationwide Insurance under Carl Ankney and Jim Hooker. She also wrote for the Paulding Progress and Antwerp Bee Argus.

Also surviving are her children, Judith (Larry) Hammons of Fort Wayne, Jane (James) Collis of Payne and Michael (Lynette) Fowler, Debra Thompson, Kevin (Diana) Fowler and Bruce (Lisa) Fowler, all of Columbus; a sister, Kathryn Harries of Fort Wayne; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by three sons, Allan Joe, Byron and Myron Wannemacher; and two brothers, Leonard and Wesley Ward Harris.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 and from 9-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or American Cancer Society.

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

 

LINDA SCARBROUGH 1937-2011

LEWIS CENTER – Linda Ann Lease Scarbrough, 74, of Lewis Center, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, Dec. 8, at her residence.

She was born Sept. 4, 1937 in Columbus, the daughter of Jean and Dallas Lease. She was a member of the Liberty Presbyterian Church and was an avid gardener who loved to travel and spend time with all her family.

She is surviving by her husband, Tom Rees; sons, Jeffrey Rand “Randy” Scarbrough of Centerburg and Gary Scarbrough of Dublin; a daughter, Gina Heller of Delaware; granddaughters, Jennifer (Josh) Schultz, Amy (Adam) Burke and Mackenzie Heller; a grandson, Bryce Heller; an aunt, Kathleen Winter of Ormond Beach, Fla.; and a cousin, Ruth Ellen Brown of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her husband, E. Gene Scarbrough.

The family will receive friends from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Rodman Neeper Funeral Home in Delaware.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at Liberty Presbyterian Church in Delaware with Pastor Becky Hart officiating. Family graveside services will be held at the Hale Cemetery in Mount Victory.

Preferred memorials are to HomeReach Hospice.

 

MARCELLENE NOLL 1933-2011

ANTWERP – Marcellene L. Noll, 78, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born March 31, 1933 in Antwerp, the daughter of the late George and May (Hissong) Elliott. She was a 1951 graduate Antwerp High School. On June 30, 1956, she married Jerry Noll, who preceded her in death on Sept. 19, 2006. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Antwerp, the Chamber of Commerce, the Antwerp and Hicksville Community Theater, the Eastern Star and the advisory board for the Manor House. She also had been active in Scouting.

She worked at Hardware Wholesalers, North American Van Lines and was a corespondent for the Antwerp Bee Argus, the Paulding Progress and the Defiance Crescent. She retired in 1999 from the Antwerp Local School, where she started as a reading aide in 1974. She was instrumental in building the first computer lab and the long distance learning program at the school.

Surviving are her children, Cheri (Mike) Oxender of Napoleon, Evan (Laura) of LaPorte, Ind. and Mark of Indianapolis; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Norbert, Gilbert and Elmo Elliott.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at First Presbyterian Church of Antwerp with Pastor Mike Pennington officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Visitation also will be held one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

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

 

 

JESSIE BRANHAM 1958-2011

OAKWOOD – Jessie Branham, 53, of Oakwood, died Saturday afternoon, Dec. 3 at his residence.

He was born May 4, 1958 in Pikeville, Ky., the son of the late Denver and Creedy (Ratliff) Branham. On June 24, 2008, he married Mary Ann Steffes, who survives.

Also surviving are three stepchildren, Dakota Valdez and Christina Valdez, both of Paulding, and Alysha Valdez of Defiance; two brothers, Richard Branham Sr. of Continental and Denny Branham of Pleasant Bend; and five sisters, Brenda McBride of Continental, Marie Budd of Oakwood, and Loretta Butcher, Marjorie Branham and Darla Conley, all of Defiance.

A sister, Lois Branham-Moore, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with the Rev. Bobby Branham officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service on Thursday.

Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

DONNA KUHN 1933-2011

PAYNE – Donna Rae Kuhn, 77, of Payne, passed away Thursday, Dec. 1 at her residence.

She was born Dec. 26, 1933 in Payne, the daughter of Glenn and Helen (Ruger) Kilpatrick. On June 11, 1955, she married Daniel Kuhn, who preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 1993. She worked as a registered nurse at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home and Van Wert Manor and was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish.

Surviving are her children, Robert and Jean, both of Payne; two grandchildren, Daniel and Natalie; and three siblings, Howard Kilpatrick of Payne, Lois Northy of Fort Wayne and John Kilpatrick of Spencerville, Ind.

She also was preceded in death by two children, Richard Joseph and Barbara Lynn; and two brothers, W. Erwin and Herbert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 and 9-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Monday.

Preferred memorials are to PARC Lane.

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

 

 

LEO ROSS 1919-2011

ANTWERP – Leo Ford Ross, 92, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, Dec. 1, at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Aug. 29, 1919 in O akwood, the son of the Charles and Gertrude (Williams) Ross. On July 27, 1938, he married Monta Ross, who preceded him in death May 25, 2010. He was a truck driver and welder at Fruehauf Trucking and a member of the Bryan Eagles.

Surviving are a daughter, Kathleen (Sam) Rice of Antwerp; two sons, Robert (Marilyn) of Butler and Dick (Carolyn) of Antwerp; a sister, Virginia Wilson of Ottawa; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Also preceding him in death were a sister, Betty Wallace; a brother, Verlin; and a grandson, Scott.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, and one hour prior to services on Monday.

Preferred memorials are to Kidney Foundation of Ohio or Leukemia Society of Indiana.

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

 

ROBERT DUFFEY 1937-2011

PAULDING – Robert Burr Duffey, age 74, died Thursday, Dec. 1 at Community Health Professionals Hospice, Defiance.

He was born Aug. 28, 1937 in Toledo, the son of George R. and Eleanor L. (Saul) Duffey. On Aug. 30, 1958, he married Barbara Ann Focht, who survives. He was employed by BF Goodrich, retiring in 2005 after 44 years of service. He was a member of Calvary Bible Church, Paulding, where he was a deacon.

Also surviving are his mother, Eleanor Duffey, Genoa; a son, Robert (Mary) Duffey, Paulding; four daughters, Larisa (Juan) Maristany of Laramie, Wyo., Shari (Gary) Gallant of Defiance, Jeane (Bill) Shawver of Grove City and Tena (Jeremy) Crist, Fort Wayne; a brother, T. Michael Duffey, Tampa, Fla.; three sisters, Barbara (Richard) Mackling, Inverness, Fla., Kathy Duffey Hardin of Woodville and Virginia (Earl) O’Hara, Genoa; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father; a a daughter, Laura L. Duffey; a brother-in-law, Don Hardin; and a sister-in-law, Marsha Duffey.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Calvary Bible Church, Paulding, Dr. Tiberius Rata officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Defiance Area Youth For Christ or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

JOAN LAMBRIGHT 1931-2011

DEFIANCE – Former Scott resident Joan G. Lambright, age 80, died Sunday, Nov. 27 at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

She was born Nov. 7, 1931 in Terre Haute, Ind., the daughter of Vaughn and Maria C. (Dupke) Grubaugh. On June 3, 1951, she married Maxie Joe Lambright, who survives. She was employed by Wayne Trace Schools for 35 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of Paulding County Retired Teachers Association.

Also surviving are three sons, Maxie Jay (Sarah) Lambright of Beachwood, Steven Michael (Kate) Lambright of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Jeffrey Alan (Mary) Lambright, Bloomington, Ind.; a brother, Vaughn F. (Betty) Grubaugh Jr. of Lima; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

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

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

Preferred memorials are to CHP Inpatient Hospice, Defiance College, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

 
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