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STEVEN WYSS 1948-2014

SMITHVILLE, Tenn. – Former Paulding resident Steven Wyss, age 65, died Thursday, April 17.

He was born Aug. 27, 1948 in Fort Wayne, the son of John and M. Gertrude (Hake) Wyss. He married Carla Ann Hanenkratt, who survives. He received his BS in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. Steve began his career at the Grizzly Plant in Paulding and was transferred to Smithville in 1979. After 43 years, he retired as test services manager. He was a member of St. Gregory Catholic Church, Smithville, and National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.

He is survived by his wife, Carla Ann Wyss, Smithville; two children, John Paul Wyss, Smithville, and Stephanie (Graham Porter) Wyss, Littleton, Colo.; his mother, M. Gertrude Wyss, Fort Wayne; siblings, Jeanne Wyss, South Bend, Ind., Beverly Courtney, Tampa, Fla., Gregory Wyss, Corunna, Ind., Christine Giant, Fort Wayne, Paul Wyss, Yoder, Ind., Lisa Werling, Fort Wayne, and Ann Wyss, Fort Wayne.

He was preceded in death by his father, John, in 1997.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Hope Lodge, 2008 Charlotte Ave, Nashville TN 37203 or St. Gregory Building Fund, St. Gregory Catholic Church, 712 W. Main St., PO Box 712, Smithville, TN 37166.

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

VICKI LONG 1944-2014

OAKWOOD – Vicky Rae Long, 69, of Oakwood, died at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at her residence.

She was born Sept. 6, 1944 in Paulding to the late Dorris and Myrtle (Wilcox) Steele. She married Leonard Jack Feeney, who preceded her in death. On July 5, 1975, she then married Fred W. Long, who survives in Oakwood. Vicky was an EMT for the Oakwood EMS. She was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Oakwood Village Council, and a volunteer for the Paulding Senior Center. She was active in the Wayne Trace Wrestling Club.

Survivors also include her children, Jeff (Loretta) Feeney of Defiance, Rick Long of Jackson, Mich., and Jerry (Kelly) Feeney, Rob (Karisa) Long and Chad (Holly) Long, all of Oakwood; 10 grandchildren, Leonard Jack Feeney III, Jeff Feeney Jr., Shauna (Sean) Marsee, Nichole Hornish, Robert Long, Taylor Long, Hunter Long, Jacob Long, Chad Long, and Maddie Egnor; four great-grandchildren, Kaiden Feeney, Kale Marsee, O’Koner Feeney, Kaine Marsee, and one on the way; two sisters, Grace Marshall of Dayton and LeAnn Boyd of Van Wert; a brother, Dennis Steele of Defiance; and three dear friends, Diane Clemens, Sue Barron and Sherri Friend.

She was preceded in death by a son, Leonard Jack Feeney Jr.; a sister, Kate Flint; and a brother, Karl Ray Steele.

Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Dave Prior officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

LESTER HART 1928-2014

ANTWERP – Lester Hart, 85, of Antwerp, passed away Saturday, April 19 at The Gardens of Paulding.

Lester was born in Paulding County on Dec. 23, 1928, a son of the late Opal (Dotterer) and Charles Hart. Lester served in the U.S. Army and was the owner of Hart’s Auto Parts, Cecil. On May 7, 1971, he married Ruth Fetters. He thoroughly enjoyed traveling and flying his own plane.

He will be missed by his wife, Ruth; children, Randy (Cali) Getrost of Decatur, Ind., Kathy (Kelly) Whitney of Antwerp, Ronnie Getrost of Gaffney, S.C. and Barbara (Aaron) Butzin of Antwerp; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23 at Antwerp United Methodist Church with visitation one hour prior. He will be laid to rest at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are to the church.

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

 

VICTORIA GRAY 1984-2014

HAVILAND – Victoria Sue Gray, age 29, died Wednesday, April 16.

She was born Sept. 5, 1984 in Defiance, the daughter of Michael E. and Brenda L. (Hill) Sprow.

She is survived by her father, Michael (Vicki) Sprow, Paulding; her mother, Brenda (Jerry) Smith, Paulding; two children, Zander and Bralynn; maternal grandfather, Paul Hill, Paulding; and siblings, Lisa (Rodney) Stevens, Temperance, Mich., Annie Sprow, Paulding, Shane (April) Litzenberg, Charie (Brad) Peters and Alli (Joe) Beregzazi, all of Antwerp, Angie Doel, Massachusetts, Sara (Jason) Bullinger, Convoy, and Sam (Ashley) Smith, Paulding.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Margie Hill, and paternal grandparents, Elmer and Kate Sprow.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Monday, April 21 and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

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

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

 

LEONA TAYLOR 1917-2014

ANTWERP – Leona Irene Taylor, 96, of Antwerp, died Thursday, April 17 at her residence.

 

 

BAINBRIDGE RASEY 1936-2014

ANTWERP – Bainbridge “Bing” Rasey, 77, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, April 16 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Hicksville.

 

DAVID ZIEGLER 1960-2014

PAULDING – David Wayne Ziegler, age 53, died Tuesday, April 15 at the Paulding County Hospital.

He was born Dec. 6, 1960 in Henry County, The son of Kent and Alberta (Fouts) Ziegler. On Feb. 14, 1995, he married Wanda M. Miller, who survives. He was employed by Custom Assembly, Haviland, and was a member of Paulding Eagles #2405. He enjoyed canoeing, bird watching and nature.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Ziegler, Paulding; children, Jamie (Greg) Lammers, Paulding, Lindsey Lassiter, Cincinnati, and Hannah Tunis, Paulding; grandchildren, Taylor, Greg Jr., Olivia and Calvin; mother, Alberta “Bert” Smith, Defiance; and siblings, Debbie (Walter) Kauser, Paulding, Keith (Sharon) Ziegler, Texas and Tammy (Shane) Wilson, Defiance.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kent Ziegler; a brother, Kenny Ziegler; maternal grandparents Albert and Esther Fouts; and paternal grandparents Kenneth and Charlotte Ziegler.

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

Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 18 and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society.

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

 

TERRY CORWIN 1958-2014

PAULDING – Terry Lynn Corwin, age 55, died at 8:54 p.m. Thursday, April 10 at the Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born Nov. 30, 1958 in Defiance, the son of Gerald L. and Christine E. (Gross) Corwin. He was a 1982 graduate of the College of the Desert with a degree in electrical engineering. He was employed by Best Florescent I Amtec of Palm Desert, Calif., from 1978-91 as a service technician, advancing to operations manager. In 1991, he moved to Ohio and started his own business, Corwin Electrical Lighting and Sign. He was presently employed at Brune Printing of Paulding as an assistant printer.

Surviving are his parents, Gerald and Christine Corwin of Paulding; two sons, Adam (Erin) Corwin of Anaheim, Calif. and Christopher (Jolin) Corwin of Van Wert; two sisters, Jewel E. (Glen) Polk of Irvine, Calif. and Joan E. (Mike) Ryan of Aurora, Colo.; and three grandsons, Michael James Corwin, Alexander Charles Corwin and Zachary Peter Corwin.

Terry was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Clayton and Verna Gross; paternal grandparents, William and Verna Corwin; and one brother, Randall Clayton Corwin.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 at Paulding Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, April 14 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and on Tuesday one hour prior to services at the church from noon-1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be made in memory of Terry Lynn Corwin to his family in care of Den Herder Funeral Home or the Paulding County Humane Society.

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

 

 

DWIGHT RHOADES 1923-2014

VENEDOCIA – Dwight Benjamin Rhoades, 90, of rural Venedocia, York Township, died at 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 7 at Van Crest Health Care Center, Van Wert.

He was born Oct. 23, 1923, in York Township, Van Wert County, to the late Ada Mary Jones and Alonzo Rhoades. His wife, Marjorie J. (Knittle), survives. They were married Nov. 22, 1945.

He was a lifetime farmer, salesman and worked for Elgin Service Center. He was a member of Salem United Presbyterian Church, where he had served as elder and Sunday school teacher. He was a 1941 graduate of York High School, a member of the Venedocia Lions Club and had received his 45-year Chevron pin. He was a great humorist and loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid euchre player.

Other survivors include a son, Steve M. (Sammie) Rhoades of Findlay; daughters, Mary (Charles) Brenner of Zanesville and Carol (Marty) Sullins of Nashville, Tenn.; brother, John M. (Phyllis) Rhoades of Waynesboro, Va.; seven grandchildren, Chad (Kristin), Kerrie (Jeff), Stephanie, Kevin, Kyle (Alyson), Katie (Zach) and Adam (Kate); and nine great-grandchildren, Gavin, Jackson, Parker, Lily, Reese, Kieran, Madeline, Otto and Elin.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul W. Rhoades, and a sister, Thelma Rhoades.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at Salem United Presbyterian Church, Venedocia. The Rev. Tom Emery will officiate. Burial will be in Venedocia Cemetery, Venedocia.

Calling hours are from 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 11 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Preferred memorial is CHP Hospice or Salem United Presbyterian Church.

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

 

BARBARA PANICO 1925-2014

ANTWERP – Barbara L. Panico, 88, of Antwerp, passed away Sunday, April 6, at The Gardens of Paulding.

 

 

AL VERFAILLIE 1926-2014

 

PAULDING – Alfonse “Al” Verfaillie, age 87, died Saturday, April 5 at The Gardens of Paulding, Paulding.

He was born May 18, 1926 in Detroit, the son of Julius and Mary (DeCook) Verfaillie. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during WWII. He retired in 1979 from the former Grizzly Manufacturing, Paulding, and was a member of VFW Post #587.

He is survived by a nephew, Robert Verfaillie, and a niece, Deanna (Tom) Rhonehouse, both of Paulding.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Lucien, Frank and Andrew Verfaillie; an infant sister, Laura; two nephews, David and Larry; and a niece, Virginia.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Robert Verfaillie officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, with military graveside services accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services Wednesday, April 9.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

IRENE STOLLER 1924-2014

PAULDING – Irene Josephine Stoller, age 89, died at 8:40 a.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.

She was born in Cissna Park, Ill. on June 15, 1924, the daughter of Jacob L. and Sophia Bessie (Farney) Funk. On Aug. 16, 1964, she married Melvin A. Stoller, who preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 2010. She was previously employed in the offices of Caterpillar of Peoria, Ill., and FMC Corp. of Hoopeston, Ill.

She is survived by two sisters, Iva (Darl) Stoller of Latty and Melba (Alan) Zimmerman, Fairbury, Ill.; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Waters, Marie (Jack) Moore, Eunice (Roger) Gerber and Irma Stoller, all of Paulding, Lorine (Myron) Hackenjos of New Haven, Nathalia (Allan) Getz, Eureka, Ill., and Anna Grimm, Princeville, Ill.; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister-in-law, Lillian Eisenmann; and brothers-in-law: Millard Stoller, Roscoe Waters, Earl Grimm, Eldon Steffen and William Eisenmann.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 8 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church, Latty. Burial will follow in the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall, Latty, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Gateway Woods Children’s Home, Leo, Ind.; Home for the Handicap, Morton, Ill.; or Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.

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

 

 

 

HAROLD McCULLOUGH 1931-2014

OAKWOOD - Harold E. McCullough, 82, of Oakwood, died at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

 

 

LOLA MAE MYERS 1938-2014

HICKSVILLE – Lola Mae Marie Myers, 75, died Friday, April 4 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

Lola was born on Nov. 23, 1938 in Hicksville, the daughter of the late Ellary Tustison and Margaret (Stewart) Dotts. On June 18, 1971, she was united in marriage to Carl Myers and he preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 2000. Lola retired from United Technologies (Sheller Globe). She loved going to the Hicksville Senior Center and was an avid bingo player.

Lola Mae is survived by two sons, Ed (Lisa) Rohlof of Bryan and Jason (Julie) Myers of Hamler; two daughters, Kathy Bechtold of Mark Center and Dianna (Tim) Shafer of Paulding; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, RT Tustison and Roger Tustison; and five sisters, Janet Martenies, Phyliss Wyrick, Marilyn Fogle, Vicki Bronne and Barbara Schindler.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Junior Tustison and Zach Tustison; and a sister, Shirley Camp.

A private family gathering will be held. Smith & Brown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

 

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VIOLA WILLIAMSON 1945-2014

PAULDING – Viola Wright Williamson, age 68, died Tuesday, March 25 at the Lima Manor in Lima.

She was born May 21, 1945 in Mineral Springs, Ark. to John and Francis P. (Young) Clardy. She married Steven G. Williamson, who preceded her in death on Oct. 19, 2004. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church, Paulding. She loved to cook and read her Bible.

She is survived by four children, Amanda Lawrence and Jacqueline Summerville, both of Fort Wayne, Mike (Rachel) Wright and Romerol (Teresa Prater) Lawrence, both of Defiance; two sisters, Catherine and Dixie Rae, both of DeQueen, Ark.; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Equila Lawrence; three grandsons, Brayden, Noah and Angel Wright; and a great-grandson, Daevon Graves.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Visitation will be from noon until time of services on Saturday.

Donations may be made to the family for funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be sent to denherderfh.com.

 

 

MARJORIE FOUST 1927-2014

PAYNE – Marjorie J. Foust, 86, of Payne, passed away Sunday, March 30 at The Gardens of Paulding.

Marjorie was born April 10, 1927 in Allen County, Ind., a daughter of the late Esther (Ehrhardt) and Paul Harting. On Aug. 30, 1947, she married Robert Foust, who died Nov. 7, 2012. She was a member of St. Jacob’s United Church of Christ and worked at Panhandle Pipeline, Otis Elevator, Lincoln Life, Western Auto and Hardware Wholesalers.

She will be sadly missed by her children, David (Evelyn) of New Haven and Caroline (Bob) Young of Delaware, Ohio; sisters, Marlene Tempel and Myrna Lamb, both of Payne; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Michael.

Her funeral service is at St. Jacob’s United Church of Christ, Payne, at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 3, with visitation one hour prior. She will be laid to rest at Lehman Cemetery.

Memorials are to the church.

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

 

 

BETTY SMITH 1937-2014

HICKSVILLE – Betty L. Smith, 77, of Hicksville, died Sunday, March 30 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

 

 

WILLIAM MERZ 1938-2014

SILVER SPRINGS, Fla. – William H. “Bill” Merz, 75, Silver Springs, died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at Hospice of Marion County, Ocala, Fla.

He was born Nov. 1, 1938, in Oakwood, the son of Harmon (KO) and Verna (Forney) Merz. He retired from United Trucking Service and was an avid USAC and NASCAR racing fan. William was also a member of the Paulding Eagles Aerie 2405 and the Ocala Forest Moose Lodge 2535.

Surviving are four daughters, Teresa “Tammy” Bauer, Carolyn “Susie” Merz and Jeanne Brown, all of Paulding, and Kristina “Tina” Pollo, Washington, Pa.; a sister, Patricia Montgomery, Oklahoma; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, step-siblings and his beloved Chihuahua, Princess.

Preceding him in death were a son, William M. Merz; his parents; his step-parent, Paul Budd; and a sister, Peg Scott.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Paulding Eagles Aerie 2405.

Memorials may be made to the estate or to the Paulding Area Hospice.

 

 

TINA VIBBERT 1966-2014

HAVILAND – Tina Marie Moyer Vibbert, age 47, died Wednesday, March 26 at her residence.

 

NORMAN KEITH DRIVER 1928-2014

PAYNE – Norman Keith Driver, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away Wednesday, March 26 at Signature Healthcare, Fort Wayne.

 

ZELMA DICKERHOFF 1921-2014

PAULDING – Zelma Louise Dickerhoff, 92, went to be in the arms of her Lord and Savior on Monday, March 24 at 9:25 p.m. in Defiance.

She was born on Oct. 11, 1921 in Venedocia, to Nelson Homer and Zelma (Harshman) Ward. Zelma grew up in Payne. She graduated from Green Springs School in Green Springs in 1939. Her graduating class dedicated the bell that still stands outside the school today. She at one time worked at Lathams Super Dollar (now known as Miller’s) in Clyde. Zelma married Carl Leroy Cleveland in 1939 in Decatur, Ind. Carl died in a train accident in 1966. She then married Lyle James Dickerhoff in 1969 in Green Springs. Lyle passed away in 1993 in Fort Myers, Fla. Zelma enjoyed writing letters, gardening, flowers and birds. She was always taking care of other people and was a prayer warrior. She loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Zelma is survived by her sister, Alice Elinor (Ralph) Johnson of Oakwood; sons, Nelson Wayne (Yvonne) Cleveland and Allen Carl (Mary) Cleveland of Fremont; daughters, Teresa Ann (Frank) Reineck of Paulding and Jane (Gary) Scheeff of Millersburg; 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Zelma was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Zelma; her husbands, Carl and Lyle; brothers, Andrew Earl Ward, Charles Wesley (Cora) Ward, Kenneth Homer Ward, James Alfred (Phyllis) Ward, Daniel Walker (Patricia) Ward; sisters, Nella Adelaide (Page) Robinson, Ruby Jean (Harry) Morton; daughter, Joyce (Dickerhoff) Weber; granddaughter, Carol Weber Steffens; and daughter-in-law, Susan (Timmons) Cleveland.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 27 from 4-8 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

There will also be visitation from noon-2 p.m. Friday, March 28 at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home, 211 N. Broadway, Green Springs, with funeral services at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Green Springs Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Bayshore Community Chapel, 16990 Church Drive, N. Fort Myers FL 33917; CHP Hospice, Defiance; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

 

DONALD HOMER 1944-2014

FORT WAYNE – Donald Ray Homer, 69, of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, March 22.

He was born Aug. 31, 1944 in Paulding to the late Walter and Georgia (Custer) Homer. He worked for General Electric before retiring after 30 years. He was a member of Amvets 55 and the VFW 1421.

Surviving are his wife, Joyce Homer; Fort Wayne; daughter, Maria (Ralph) Clevenger; New Haven; stepdaughters, Virginia (Bob) Monhollen of Payne, Cynthia (Larry Ketzler) Hale, New Haven, Suzan (Clem) Dreyfus of Fort Wayne and Theresa (Dewayne) Sarrazin; New Haven; sister, Connie Polanco, Payne; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by, son, Donnie Homer Jr.; stepson, Victor Shaffer; and brother, Tyrone Homer.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery at a later date.

For online condolences, please visit www.klaehnfahlmeltonfunerals.com.

 

RICHARD GOINGS 1921-2014

PAULDING – Richard J. Goings, age 92, died Thursday, March 20 comfortably at his home in Paulding, surrounded by family.

Richard was born June 18, 1921 in Paulding County to Lula (Vena) and James Goings. He was a graduate of Paulding High School and a veteran of WWII. After serving his country, he moved to Toledo, where he made his residence for more than 50 years. In 1950, he married Ada E. Glenn, who preceded him in death. A retiree of the Department of the Army and the U.S. Postal Service, Richard loved sports and was a great fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Midwestern Golf Club and the Young Senior Bowling Team, both of Toledo.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews, family and friends, among them a great nephew, Allen Davis, Toledo; two nieces, Roberta Hardman, Paulding, and Margaret Ann Crutchfield, Latty; and a great-niece Tara Ingol of Latty.

He also was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Alice Crutchfield and an infant; five brothers, Leo, Howard, Roy, Ray and Robert; one niece and four nephews.

Military graveside services will be conducted by VFW Post #587 at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at the Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday prior to services at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Donations may be made to Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care and Community Health Professionals & Hospice.

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

 

CRAIG BAILEY 1961-2014

PAULDING – Craig T. Bailey, 52, died Sunday, March 16, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born on Aug. 18, 1961 in Defiance County, the son of the late Thomas and Kay (Anderson) Bailey. He attended Defiance High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Defiance College in 1992. Craig served his country in the United States military until his honorable discharge in 1988. Craig was employed by Alex Products, Paulding, and was a member of the American Legion and the NRA.

Surviving Craig are his aunts, uncles and cousins and his best friend, Ken (Joyce) Bland of Paulding.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at Forest Home Cemetery. Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, is in charge of arrangements.

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

 

 

ROBERT TARLTON 1934-2014

Robert E. “Bob” Tarlton died at 10:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He was born May 15, 1934 in Paulding, the son of Charles W. and Mabel M. (Speelman) Tarlton, who are both deceased. On July 3, 1952, he married Marian Akom, who preceded him in death in 2003 after 50 years of marriage. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of  American Legion Post 178 of Van Wert. Bob loved the outdoors and camping, which he did until 2013 when his health began to fail. He also looked forward to going to the Paulding County Senior Center and to the Porter Auction in Grover Hill on Saturdays.

He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Ann (Richard) Burdge of Ohio City; two sons, Kevin Wayne (Deb) Tarlton and Scott Eugene Tarlton, both of Scott; grandchildren, Kandi (Adam) Stripe, Joseph (Renee) Tarlton, Mandi (Eric) Dangler and Kendra (David) Wessel; stepgrandchildren, Sarah Burdge and Jon Burdge; and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Irene “Susie” (John) Thomas of Van Wert; a close friend, Ann Bigelow; and his dog, Benji.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22 at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert with Pastor Terry Martin officiating. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery, where graveside military rites will be conducted by the Combined Honors Unit of Van Wert American Legion Post 178 and VFW Post 5803.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 21, and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Preferred memorials may be made to Paulding County Senior Center and American Legion Boys State.

Condolences may be left at www.bricknerfuneralhome.com or sent to bricknerfuneralhome@bright.net.

 

DORIS SCOTT 1926-2014

VAN WERT – Doris R. (Smith) Scott, 87, of Van Wert, passed away at 12:05 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

 

DELANE SCHMIDT 1935-2014

PAYNE – Delane Schmidt, 79, of Payne, passed away Friday, March 14.

 

ANNA FREE 1963-2014

PAULDING – Anna Maria Free, age 50, died Thursday, March 13, at her residence.

She was born March 29, 1963 in Paulding, the daughter of William and Martha (Reinhart) Wilhelm. On July 19, 1985, she married Alan R. Free. She was employed by the former Patrick Young Law Office as secretary/bookkeeper. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding.

She is survived by her husband, Alan Free, Paulding; a daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” (Mark) Barnes, Lees Summit, Mo.; two brothers, Randy (Vicki) Wilhelm and Mitch (Amy) Wilhelm, both of Paulding; a sister, Angie (Tim) Bostelman, Payne; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Deborah Ann Wilhelm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Monday, March 17 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Donations may be made to Masses or the Paulding VFW Post #587 Women’s Auxiliary.

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

 

STEVE HILL 1954-2014

A devoted husband and father, Steve Hill was married to Jeri Hill for 35 years. They recently relocated to the Gulf Shores of Alabama where Steve went home to be with Jesus, Sunday, March 9.

Steve Hill was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1954 to a military family. Later they moved to Huntsville, Alabama. In his early teen years, his struggle with drug addiction began, resulting in several run-ins with the law.

In 1975, Steve’s life took a dramatic turn after a near death experience due to a drug overdose. He had been suffering for three days with violent convulsions when a Lutheran vicar visited his home and offered to pray with him. As Steve called upon the name of Jesus, the convulsions ceased and he was healed, delivered, and gloriously made new.

Shortly after his miraculous conversion, his past caught up with him and he was arrested due to several unlawful activities prior to receiving Christ. Steve was facing serious felony charges and should have been incarcerated. However, God intervened and instead of prison, he was probated to the Teen Challenge drug and alcohol program.

Upon graduating, he was selected to attend David Wilkerson’s Twin Oaks Bible Academy in Lindale, Texas, where he met his future wife, Jeri Larson. They were married in 1979. The young couple soon entered into full time ministry, and began working with Outreach Ministries of Alabama under the direction of Jim Summers.

From Alabama, they went on to serve as youth pastors in Panama City and Tallahassee, Florida. They soon began to sense a call to foreign missions, and doors opened for them to relocate to Argentina to plant churches.

In a span of seven of years, they planted seven churches in Argentina and held crusades throughout South America. Their ministry expanded to planting several churches and establishing Teen Challenge centers in Granada, Spain and Baranovichi, Belarus. Steve was preparing for a crusade in Belarus when his plans were divinely diverted.

On Father’s Day 1995, he was invited to preach a service at Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida. Revival ignited, sparking what soon became known around the world as the Brownsville Revival. This was the longest running church revival in American history to date, drawing a cumulative attendance of over four million people from more than 150 nations.

Steve preached four nights a week for five years during the revival, and hundreds of thousands came to Christ and received a fresh touch from God.

He began holding arena crusades throughout America and across the world. Burdened with the desire to reach the multitudes who couldn’t come to the revival, in 2000 he relocated his ministry to Dallas, Texas, where international travel would be more easily facilitated.

While at a crusade in Vienna, Austria in 2002, the Lord spoke to him, instructing him that it was time to plant a church in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In 2003, he founded Heartland World Ministries Church and a year later established Heartland School of Ministry. He served as senior pastor until 2012, when his battle with cancer rendered him unable to continue.

Despite the brutal affects of melanoma, he continued to minister by launching several Internet evangelism projects including ProdigalsOnly.com, a website that has helped to lead thousands of prodigals back home to Jesus. During this time Steve also wrote several books and numerous articles, in addition to launching a television broadcast called From the Frontlines.

Following the example set by his own spiritual fathers David Wilkerson and Leonard Ravenhill, Steve sought to invest himself into the future generation of young evangelists and ministers. He spent hours pouring into these upcoming leaders, training, discipling, and equipping them for the work of the ministry, often disregarding his own pain and physical limitations.

Steve Hill has been hailed as one of the greatest evangelists of this generation, known worldwide for his passion for Jesus and his selfless dedication to reach the lost. His message of revival and repentance has truly touched the hearts of millions.

Steve’s heart was always on reaching the lost whether preaching to the multitudes or sharing Jesus with people one-on-one. Often times, he would step away from the crowds that came to his meetings to give a word of encouragement to a little child or to spend a few minutes praying with a drug addict, a prostitute or gang member. He preached with tears and regardless of the occasion, whether a wedding, graduation services, or funerals, was poised to give an altar call to the lost.

His greatest desire was to see Jesus one day and cast the crown of his rewards at the feet of his Lord. His family mourns his loss but is filled with joy knowing that Steve is now face to face with the One he loved so dearly. Finally he has heard those long awaited words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Steve gave everything he had to whatever the Lord asked of him. Nothing was ever done halfheartedly but with complete dedication. He was meticulous, always striving for excellence in every detail. He lived life with intense passion, giving his heart and soul to everything he did, which is why in 34 years of ministry, he accomplished the work of several lifetimes.

He is preceded by his father Frederick Whiting Hill and his mother Ann Eskelinen Hill. He is survived by his wife, Jeri Hill; son, Ryan Hill; daughter, Shelby (Aaron) Levy; and daughter, Kelsey Hill; sister, Marcia (Daniel) Pate, George (Lynné) Hill, and Susan (Fred) Pieper.

Funeral service was held Friday, March 14 at Brownsville Assembly of God Church.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North, 1000 Hwy 29S, Cantonment, Fla., was in charge of arrangements. You may express condolences online at www.fcfhs.com.

 

DANE BUDD 1932-2014

OAKWOOD – Dane C. Budd, 82, of Oakwood, died at 6:17 a.m. Wednesday, March 12 at Defiance Area In-patient Hospice Center.

He was born Jan. 28, 1932 in Dupont to the late William and Thelma (Rambo) Budd. On June 11, 1955, he married Alice Weber, who died Dec. 3, 2009. Dane retired from General Motors in 1989, after working there over 37 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Dane was a member of the UAW #211, Eagles, Defiance VFW Post 3360, Amvets and the Moose. He was an avid clock collector, turtle trapper and enjoyed metal detecting. Dane and Alice enjoyed traveling the country on bus or train trips.

Dane is survived by two sons, Lonnie (Rhonda) Budd and Jeff (Marie) Budd, all of Oakwood; four grandchildren, Rachel (Rob) Vance, Brandy Spice, Jeffrey Budd and Rochelle Budd; five great-grandchildren and one on the way; three brothers, Donald (Jean) Budd of Kunkle, Homer Budd of Lima and Ronnie Budd of Bowling Green; a sister, Judy (Marv) Brenzo of Norwalk; many nieces and nephews and many special friends, too many to name.

Dane also was preceded in death by four sisters, Fern Crampton, Dolly Luderman, Nancy Myers and Pat Wilson; and three brothers, John, Robert and David Budd.

A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, March 17 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Stan Harmon officiating. Military graveside rites by Defiance VFW Post 3360 will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Charloe.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, March 16 and one hour prior to service on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to the Auglaize Chapel Church of God.

Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfunealhome.com.

 

 

DeWAYNE WARNER 1952-2014

PAULDING:  DeWayne H. Warner, age 61, went to his Heavenly home on Sunday, March 9.

He was born June 1, 1952 in Alma, Mich., the son of Bret Hunt and Loretta Jean (Hagen) Warner. He served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years and was a member of the VFW Post #587.

He leaves behind his loving wife, April (Dix) Warner; aunts, uncles; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Frank Warner; a sister, Debra; and two brothers, Rusty and an infant.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding. Burial will be at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.

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

Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the family c/o Den Herder Funeral Home.

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

 

 

REV. G. ALLAN FILLMAN 1951-2014

PAULDING - The Reverend G. Allan Fillman, age 62, of Paulding, passed away Friday, March 7, at his residence.

Father Fillman was born in Defiance on Sept. 17, 1951, a son of William H. Fillman and  Mary "Monica"  (Justinger) Fillman. He was ordained a Catholic priest on June 11, 1977 at Holy Rosary Cathedral by the Most Reverend John A. Donovan. He was an associate pastor at Fostoria St. Wendelin (1977-82); Toledo Blessed Sacrament (1982-89); chaplain/teacher at Tiffin Calvert  High School (1989-99); Sacramental Minister at Tiffin Heidelberg College (1989-90); chaplain Tiffin Sisters of St. Francis (1989-99); Pastor Paulding St. Joseph & Payne St. John the Baptist (now Antwerp, Paulding and Payne Divine Mercy) (1999-present).

Father Fillman will be sadly missed by his father, William Fillman of Defiance; brother, Pat (Martha) of Sherwood; sisters-in-law, Helene of Thermopolis, Wyo. and Greta (Tom) Porter of Defiance; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his mother, Monica; and two brothers, Mike and Bill.

Reception of the Body and Midafternoon Prayer will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, with visitation until 8 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, with visitation from 9 - 10:45 a.m. at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding. A luncheon will be held immediately after Mass.

He will be laid to rest privately in Saint Stephen Cemetery, The Bend.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred for Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, 417 N. Main St., Paulding OH 45879.

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

 

HELEN KEATING 1918-2014

ANTWERP – Helen Maxine Keating, 95, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, March 7 at Park View Nursing Center, Edgerton.

 

ROBERT SEFFERNICK 1996-2014

MELROSE – Robert Andrew Seffernick, age 17, died on Wednesday, March 5 from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

He was born Oct. 24, 1996 in Paulding, the son of Jeanne Seffernick and Mark Seffernick. Robbie was in the junior class at Wayne Trace High School and Vantage Vocational School. He was employed by Cooper’s Walnut Ridge Facility and had previously worked for Porter Auction. He had a love for hunting, spending time with his grandfathers, friends and family, telling original stories and working. He had a long desire to be a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Robbie is survived by his parents, Jeanne (Shawn Gribble) Seffernick of Melrose, and Mark (Tina) Seffernick, Lima; sister, Courtney (Ashton Duer) Seffernick, Melrose; stepsiblings, Samantha Boyd and Jennifer Boyd, both of Arlington, and Jamie Williams of Lima; grandparents, John and Sue Guyton, Melrose, and Steve Seffernick of Delphos; great-grandparents, Myrtle Seffernick and Jean Ott, both of Delphos, and Rolland and Mary Porter, Grover Hill; uncles, John (Kalyn Miller) Guyton Jr. of Wetzel, Joe Guyton of Melrose, David (Ruby Ann) Seffernick, Lima, and Chuck Davis, Paulding; aunts, Maggie Guyton of Oakwood and Pamela Law of Louisville, Ky.; stepnephew, John Andrew Boyd; and cousins, Trista, Allison, Kelsey, Selena, Jordan, Nathan, Jericho, Addie Jo Guyton and Corey Adkins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Linda Seffernick; and great-grandfathers, Alfred Seffernick, Chester Ott, and Homer and Methel (McCullough Aldrich) Guyton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 10 at Dupont Church of the Brethren, Dupont. Burial will follow in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the junior class at Wayne Trace High School.

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

 

LARRY TERNET 1940-2014

MONROEVILLE, Ind. – Larry R. Ternet, age 73, of Monroeville, died at 12:51 p.m. Monday, March 3 at his residence.

He was born March 12, 1940 in Monroeville, the son of Robert W. and LaVerne M. (Reuille) Ternet. He was a graduate of Monroeville High School Class of 1958. Larry served his country in the United States Air Guard in France during the Berlin Crisis. On Jan. 12, 1963 in the St. Rose Catholic Church in Monroeville, he married Jean D. Wass, who survives. He retired in 1995 from Navistar after 25-1/2 years of service. He also had worked for the Paul Wilson farms for 20 years and was a lifetime farmer. Larry was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church Besancon, New Haven; the Fort Wayne Corvette Club; Tractor Pullers Association, and Cockshutt Club. He enjoyed Corvettes, restoring antique tractors, pulling tractors and collecting toy tractors.

Also surviving are two daughters, Jeanette M. (Mark) Figert of Oakwood and Janeece M.(Paul Swander) Friesner, Van Wert; three sons, Randall E. Ternet of Louisville, Ky., Robert E. (Kim) Ternet of New Haven and Richard E. Ternet, Orange County, Calif.; and seven grandchildren, Justin and Melissa Figert, Landon, Jeremy and Garret Ternet, and Ashlynn and Ezra Friesner.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 7 at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven, with Fr. Stephen Colchin officiating. Burial will be in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery-Besancon in New Haven.

Visitation will be from 3-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6 in the Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville, and on Friday at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass. A rosary service will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Preferred memorials are to St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church Restoration Project or Monroeville EMS .

To sign the on-line guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com.

 

 

ALICE LISK 1922-2014

VAN WERT – Alice C. Lisk, 91, of Van Wert, died at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, March 2 at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.

She was born Sept. 12, 1922 in Delphos, the daughter of Joseph and Alice (Martin) Hartlieb. On March 12, 1945, she married Robert Dirham, who preceded her in death in 1989. On June 27, 1998, she married Harold “Pete” Lisk, who preceded her in death in 2001. She was a longtime clerical employee of the former West Ohio Gas Company both in Van Wert and Lima. Alice was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, the Altar-Rosary Society, Catholic Ladies of Columbia and the 300 Club.

She is survived by her children, Heather Annette (Robert) Miller of Paulding, Richard S. Dirham of Van Wert and Tina M. Woulfe of Lakewood, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Michelle (Ben) Bangert, Michael (Deedi) Miller, Melinda (Kurt) Newman, Eric (Sarah) Dirham, Jason (Kara) Dirham, Johnathon Dirham, Rebecca (Brennan) Mann and Meghan Hamilton; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by 11 siblings.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 7 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Van Wert, with Father Stanley Szybka officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

Friends may call at Brickner Funeral Home 2-8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, where there will be a Parish Vigil Service at 8 p.m.

Preferred Memorials are donations to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Community Health Professionals Hospice or Masses.

Condolences may be left at www.bricknerfuneralhome.com.

 

THOMAS ORTHMAN SR. 1934-2014

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Thomas Frank Orthman Sr. passed away at 1:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20.

 

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ROOSEVELT DANIEL 1934-2014

LIMA – Roosevelt “Rhode” Daniel, 80, was called into the presence of the Lord at 1:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Van Wert Hospice Center.

He was born Feb. 23, 1934 in Tomahawk, Ky. to John and Esta (Cheek) Daniels. In August 1961, he married Mary L. (Woodard) Daniel, who preceded him in death on Feb. 9, 1999. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He retired in May 2000 from General Motors Powertrain Division in Defiance. He loved his dogs, Eddie, Jake, Rose and Zsa Zsa.

He was blessed with three children, Tamera J. (Vincent) Warney of Fort Wayne, Michelle Lynn (John) Baker of Ohio City and Derrick A. (Mark Lugibihl Jr.) Lugibihl-Daniel of Lima; grandchildren, Andrew J. (Lila) Cooper of Montezuma, Elizabeth D. (Ross) Knueven of Ottoville, Caleb Baker of Ohio City and Kaitlyn Jo Warney of Fort Wayne; great-grandchildren, Kolton Knueven and Braden Cooper; brothers, Ernest (Shuba) Daniels of Paulding and Thomas (Phyllis) Daniels of Fort Wayne; sister, Ethel (Harry) Turner, Fort Wayne; a brother-in-law, Douglas DeLong of Paulding and sister-in-law, Sharon Daniels of Silver Springs, Fla.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Beatrice DeLong; and two brothers, Douglas Daniels and Howard Daniels.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services Shawnee Chapel. Military rites will be provided by VFW Post 1275.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5,  at the Shawnee Chapel.

Condolences can be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com.

 

 

FANNY LONG 1923-2014

OAKWOOD - Fanny May Long, 90, of Oakwood, died 10:17 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

 

BRENT SCHOTT SR. 1958-2014

PAULDING – Brent Eugene Schott Sr., 55, of Paulding, formerly of Greenville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

 

PAUL HULL JR. 1947-2014

CECIL – Paul William Hull Jr., 66, of Cecil, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18.

 

ELIZABETH BECK 1920-2014

PAULDING – Elizabeth E. Beck, age 93, died Wednesday, Feb. 19 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born May 30, 1920 in Paulding County, the daughter of Raymond and Vira (Shrider) Smalley. On June 29, 1941, she married Robert C. Beck, who preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 2003. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and was employed by the Paulding County Library, retiring in 1982.

She is survived by three children, Jerry (Ruth Ann) Beck, Tucson, Ariz., Raymond (Judy) Beck, Paulding, and Pam (Bob Kochenour) Beck, Paulding; two brothers, Paul (Betty) Smalley and Robert Smalley, both of Antwerp; a sister, Lodena Brown, Paulding; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; a brother, William “Bill” Smalley; and a sister, Nellie Wilhelm.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Donations may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church or Paulding County Senior Center.

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

 

TONY JAMES GRAY 1948-2014

LATTY – Tony James Gray, age 65, died Tuesday, Feb. 18 at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne, where he had been a patient since Jan. 21.

He was born Sept. 8, 1948 in Paulding County, the son of John F. and Millicent Barbara (Gibbons) Gray. On Dec. 21, 1966, he married Jane A. Carnahan, who survives. He was U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam War, and a member of Friends United Methodist Church, Latty. He was owner of Jim and Jane’s Lunch, Paulding, and Gray’s Tree Service. He was employed by law enforcement in Paulding County and held a variety of positions in the community. He retired in 1999 from Paulding County Engineer’s Office as a county highway worker. He enjoyed gardening, mowing yards, grandchildren, drinking coffee with his buddies, and helping others.

Tony is survived by his wife, Jane Gray, Latty; four children, Jenese (Michael) Morton of Woodbridge, Va., Jacquelyn (Tony) Francis of Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jason (April) Gray of Convoy and Jonathon (Kathleen) Gray, Van Wert; a brother, John W. (Patty) Gray, Payne; a sister, Caroline (Klee) Dangler, Cecil; nine grandchildren, Meghan (Ike) Vernon Jr., Kathryn (Stephen) Mourning, Sarah Morton, Dakota and Eli Francis, Dru, Paylin, Irie and Cruz Gray; and great-grandchildren, Daniel, Josiah, Benjamin and Malcolm.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at Paulding United Methodist Church, with Pastor Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, with military graveside rites accorded by Paulding VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations made to Latty Friends United Methodist church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

 

MARJORIE UNDERWOOD 1934-2014

ANTWERP – Marjorie A. Underwood, 80, of Antwerp, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

 

 

SHERRI STEFFEN 1942-2014

FORT WAYNE – Sherri Anne Steffen, 71, of Fort Wayne passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

 

 

JOHN PFOST 1930-2014

SCOTT – John R. Pfost, age 83, of Scott, died at 11:51 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Vancrest of Van Wert.

He was born Dec. 15, 1930 in Scott, the son of Laurence N. and Edna A. (Mohr) Pfost. On Aug. 11, 1950, he married LaDonna Saylor, who survives. He retired in 1985 from Lafarge Corp. in Paulding after 27 years. He was a member of Van Wert Masonic Lodge and enjoyed golfing, traveling, photography and coin collecting. He was an accomplished wood carver, making clocks, music boxes, furniture and cabinets for his family and friends.

Also surviving are his children, William G. (Nancy) Pfost, David M. Pfost and Betty K. Pfost, all of Scott; two grandchildren, Michelle (Trent) Huffine of Scott and Adam (Sara) Pfost of Perrysburg; and four great-grandchildren, Breanna and Devin Huffine and Nathan and Brooke Pfost.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Howard, David and Edward Pfost; and three sisters, Lelia Pfost, Aleda Mazza and Bonnie Dayan.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mohr Cemetery, Van Wert County.

Visitation is from noon-2 p.m. prior to services.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate all donations go to Scott EMS.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

 

RAMONA WINTERHALTER

DEFIANCE – Ramona Jean (Price) Winterhalter, wife, mother, grandma, friend of many students at Ayersville Schools and an avid card player, died on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.

Ramona married William Winterhalter on Aug. 28, 1948 and they raised and enjoyed their children, Deborah Bush, Cheryl Hamilton, Vickie Hancock and Marty Winterhalter (deceased). Ramona loved each of her eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She had a love-affair with coffee, books, volunteering, watching ball games and playing cards.

She and her husband, Bill, were consummate travelers and enjoyed seeing many countries and cultures.

Ramona’s wish is to have  a private family visitation only. Schaffer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family asks that any donations be made to Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center or to St. Michaels Ridge Catholic Church. Thank you for all your condolences and prayers.

 

 

NORMA HODGE 1934-2014

VAN WERT – Norma Lee Hodge, age 79, died Tuesday, Feb. 11 at her residence.

She was born Dec. 23, 1934 in Portsmouth, the daughter of John W. and Phrona (Eaches) Marlow. On April 14, 1969, she married Ronald Charles Hodge, who preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 1995. She served as mayor of Melrose from 1994-97. She was a member of the Mayor’s Association of Paulding County and a life member of New Haven, Ind. Moose Lodge #1480.

Norma is survived by a son, Charles (Peggy) Graves, Van Wert; a daughter, Chauvonne (Sam) Tolley, Clovis, N.M.; a stepdaughter, Pamela Hill, Harding, Texas; a brother, Dent Flemmings, Columbus; a sister, Margaret Long, West Portsmouth; seven grandchildren, Charles Jr., David, Jeannie, Samuel, Heather, Holly and James; and five great-grandchildren, Charles, Thomas, Nichols, William and William.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Duane and David Graves; a daughter, Tara Hodge; two brothers, James and Jack Flemmings; and two sisters, Gertrude Fyffe and Mary Kathryn Deamicis.

Funeral services will be conducted at noon Saturday, Feb. 15 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials made to the Norma L. Hodge Family.

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

 

 

ESTHER HUEBNER 1932-2014

PAULDING – Esther W. Huebner, 81, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Dec. 14, 1932 in Minster to Harry and Anna “Minnie” Wilhelmina (Klosterman) Rempe. On Aug. 18, 1956, she married Leo L. Huebner, who preceded her in death on May 5, 1987. She was a wonderful mother, aunt, sister and friend. She had many jobs over the years, but the one she enjoyed the most was bookkeeping.

She is survived by a son, Michael, Paulding; three daughters, Lori (Alan) Vogel of Cardington and Beverly (Kevin) Hanenkratt and Amy (John) Kennedy, both of Paulding. She was blessed with nine grandchildren in birth order: Benjamin Hanenkratt, Emily Hanenkratt Gorrell, Allyson Vogel Allison, Andrew (Megan) Hanenkratt, Adam Vogel, Sierra Kennedy, Kelsey Huebner, Luke Vogel and Evan Huebner; three great-grandchildren, Zoe Kochel, Ella and Ryder Gorrell, and one on the way; two sisters: Ruth Rush, Kendallville, Ind. and Linda McDermitt, St. Marys; and three brothers, Paul and James, both of St. Marys, and Thomas in South Carolina.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; two sisters, Marie Hobrock and Dorothy Delzeith; and a brother, Robert.

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding, with Fr. Stites officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Visitation also will be one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation, The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund or Masses.

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

 

WAYNE ZIELKE 1925-2014

ANTWERP – Wayne L. Zielke, 88, of Antwerp, died on Saturday, Feb. 8.

 

ALVERTA GRAHAM 1927-2014

VAN WERT – Former Payne resident Alverta M. Graham, age 86, of Van Wert, died at 4:10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at Vancrest Healthcare Center, Van Wert.

She was born March 20, 1927 in Grantsville, Md., the daughter of Emanuel E. and Ida Mae (Bittinger) Durst. On Dec. 24, 1952, she married Merwin D. Graham, who preceded her in death May 9, 2005. She was a homemaker and member of the Church of the Nazarene in Payne, where she taught Sunday School for 27 years. Alverta found much joy in flower gardening, baking and most importantly, spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Diane (John) Hearne of Gilbert, Ariz. and Maudie (Tom) Wingo of Van Wert; a sister, Delores (Glenn) Sisler of Grantsville, Md.; five grandchildren, Michelle Barlow, Chad Fisher, Natalie Fisher, Brittany Gleason and Olivia Wingo; and three great-grandchildren, Brant Barlow, Madison Fisher and Scarlett Fisher.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Charlie, Lester and Menno Durst; and a sister, Melda Havener.

Private family memorial services will be held at a later date in Grantsville, Md., where she will be buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

 

RICHARD BAKER 1948-2014

PAULDING – Richard A. Baker, age 65, died Friday, Feb. 7 at his residence.

He was born June 8, 1948 in Fort Wayne, the son of Dale and Dolores (Schoolcraft) Baker. He was a former employee of Spec-Temp of Antwerp for 16 years.

Surviving are three daughters, Randi Baker, Katina Thomas and Sarah Baker; a son, Steve Baker; one brother, James Baker; three sisters, Suzanne Yenser, Patricia Decker and Sandi Thomas; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with visitation one hour prior to services.

In lieu of flowers, planters, statuary or blankets, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Richard A. Baker Family.

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

 

 

HOWARD BROWN 1930-2014

OAKWOOD – Howard Lee Brown, age 83, died Saturday, Feb. 1 at CHP Hospice, Defiance.

He was born July 15, 1930 in Paulding, the son of Ted and Dorothy (Kelley) Brown. On May 1, 1951, he married Mary Louise Mohr, who preceded him in death on Oct. 10, 2004. He was employed by GM Powertrain, Defiance, retiring in 1991. He attended Dupont Church of the Brethren and was a member of the UAW #211. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and enjoyed bird watching and flowers.

Howard is survived by a son, Mikel (Vicki) Brown, Grover Hill; two daughters, Dawn Brown and Karmel Prosser, both of Oakwood; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by a son, Johnnie Brown; infant twin daughters; a granddaughter, Regina Prosser; a brother, Leo Brown; and a sister, Carolyn Sue Bright.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at Dupont Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 and 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CHP Hospice or Dupont Church of the Brethren.

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

 

LELIA TRAUTERMAN 1943-2014

ANTWERP – Lelia Mae (Bair) Trauterman, 70, of Antwerp, died Saturday, Feb. 1 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

 

 

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MORRIS BRUNE 1933-2014

PAULDING – Morris E. Brune, age 80, went to his eternal home at 9:35 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at Brookview Health Care, Defiance, with his beloved son Scott by his side.

He was born Nov. 13, 1933 in Paulding, the son of Oltie and Cora (Snyder) Brune. On May 21, 1959, he married Marcia K. Ross, who survives. He was employed for 42 years by Lonelm Printing. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War, and attended Paulding First Presbyterian Church. He loved working with stained glass and wood, carving birds, building clocks and gun cabinets. He collected coins and arrowheads.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia Brune, Paulding; a son, Scott (Laura Buchman) Brune, Fort Wayne; a brother, Allen (Mary) Brune, Decatur, Ind.; two granddaughters, Chelsea and Andrea Brune, Bloomington, Ind.; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Brune and Linda (fiancé, Bill Baxter) Reinhart, all of Paulding, and Martha Brune, Ashland; and brother-in-law, Lanny Ross, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Richard, Paul, Henry “Hank” and Ervin Brune.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church Sound System, Alzheimer’s Association or Wounded Warriors Project.

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

 

CLARA YOUTSEY 1937-2014

LATTY – Clara M. Youtsey, age 76, of Latty, died at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

 

 

RICK BIDLACK 1953-2014

DEFIANCE – Rick E. Bidlack, 60, of Defiance, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.

He was born on May 9, 1953 to Olan and Oleta (Enders) Bidlack in Defiance. Rick was a graduate of Oakwood High School class of 1971. He was self-employed and enjoyed motorcycles, hunting and firearms. Rick was a member of Defiance #372 F.O.E.

Rick is survived by siblings, David (Sharon) Bidlack of Cecil, Cindy L. (Charles “Bud”) Hubert of Oakwood, Stephanie Cox of Deltona, Fla., Ronald (Yvonne) Bidlack of Van Wert, Pam (Jerry) Bronner of Deltona, Fla., Terry (Karen) Bidlack of Oakwood, and Kathy (Bill) Rippetoe of Continental; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Randy and Michael Bidlack in infancy.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. George Alley officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 at the funeral home.

The family suggest memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, American Diabetes Association, and the Wounded Warriors Project.

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

 

 

JUDITH ANDREWS 1950-2014

OAKWOOD – Judith “Judy” Ann Andrews, 63, of Oakwood, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

She was born on Sept. 16, 1950 to William and Bonnie Smith in Edon. Judy was a 1969 graduate of Tinora High School. She was previously employed at Kettering Country Club, Johns Manville, Alex Products, and the Auglaize Country Club. Judy enjoyed fishing, painting and camping.

She is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Sue (Larry) Baldwin of Defiance and Jodie Andrews of Oakwood; siblings, William “Bill” (Patricia Jean) Smith of Sherwood and Janet (Roel) Valle of Defiance; and grandchildren, Shelby, Jessica, Samantha and Steven.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. Donald L. Luhring officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center and/or to St. John Lutheran Church.

The family wishes to thank Hospice for the wonderful services provided to Judy.

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

 

 

LUCAS CARNAHAN 1989-2014

DEFIANCE – Lucas James Carnahan, age 25, died as a result from injuries sustained on Sunday, Jan. 26, near Defiance.

He was born Jan. 6, 1989 in Paulding, the son of Jerry and Pauline (Manz) Carnahan. He was engaged to be married this summer to Constance Gray, who also died as the result of the accident. He was employed as a mechanic by Kennfeld Group, Archbold, and attended Junction Apostolic Christian Church and Rose Hill Church of God. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, and any outdoor activity.

He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Pauline Carnahan of Derby, Kan.; his paternal grandmother, Bernice “Buzz” Carnahan, Paulding; two brothers, Jason (Danielle) Carnahan, Paulding, and Nathan (Melissa) Carnahan, Andover, Kan.; two sisters, Liza (Chris) Scanland, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Katie (fiancé Joshua Womack) Carnahan, Derby, Kan.; nieces, Lakin, Addison, Madeline, Taylor, Destiny, Kelsey, Kaylen and Abbie; and nephews, Owen, Coby, Caleb and Gavin.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Pete Carnahan; and maternal grandparents, Adam and Katie (Steffen) Manz.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Junction Apostolic Christian Church with church clergymen officiating. Burial will follow in the Junction Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding and one hour prior to services on Sunday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the Apostolic Christian World Relief.

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

 

ROLLIN COOPER 1934-2014

PAULDING – Rollin R. Cooper, age 79, died Monday, Jan. 27 at Parkview North Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born June 16, 1934 in Paulding, the son of Troy and Mary (Brown) Cooper. On Aug. 7, 1955, he married Sharon L. Grimes, who survives. Rollin served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-56. He was previously employed by Paulding Exempted Village Schools as a boiler operator and bus driver. He was employed for 31 years at BF Goodrich, retiring in 1994. Rollin was an avid hunter and fisherman, traveling to Canada for many years with family and friends. Rollin and Sharon traveled to Alaska in 1998 for three months visiting many states. He also enjoyed photography, woodworking, welding and gardening and was famous for his wonderful smoked meats. He was a member of the First Christian Church, where he was a trustee and property committee member.

Rollin is survived by his wife, Sharon Cooper, Paulding; two sons, Michael Cooper, Paulding, and David (Teresa) Cooper, Grabill, Ind.; a daughter, Susan (Dennis) Knapp, Paulding; two sisters, Shirley Cooper Green, Convoy, and Jeannie (Charles) Thomas Waterbury, Fishers, Ind.; grandchildren, Sarah Knapp and Brian (Julie) Knapp, both of Paulding, Andrew (Lila) Cooper of Montezuma and Libby (Ross) Knueven, Ottoville; and great-grandchildren, Lily and Kynzi Knapp, Kolton Knueven, and baby Cooper due in February; also wonderful pets, Izzy, Gracie and Queenie.

Rollin was preceded in death by his parents; son, John Cooper; brother, Troy “Vern” Cooper; and wonderful companion dog, Greta.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at First Christian Church with the Rev. Paul Biery officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding, with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Christian Church Maintenance Fund or Boy Scouts Troop #315.

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

 

JEAN ANKNEY 1939-2014

DEFIANCE – Iona “Jean” Ankney, 74, of Defiance, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 9 at Parkview Regional Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born on June 10, 1939 to Harry and Bertha (Lintermoot) Wolford in Paulding. On Dec. 5, 1958, she married Garrison Ankney and he passed away in 2008. She graduated in 1957 from Paulding High School where she was a lively trouble maker. Jean was a cashier for Chief Super Market 18 years. After retirement from Chief she went on to work at Rite Aid. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren, sightseeing, gambling and going on trips.

She is survived by her daughter, Laurie (Thomas) Sinn of Latty; grandchildren, Stefanie (Matthew) Sinn-Hollar of Ankara, Turkey, and Steven (Alicia) Sinn of Latty; great-grandchildren, Savannah and Stella Sinn; sister-in-law, Violet Grant of Texas; brother-in-law, Charles “Jim” (Marilyn) Ankney, Defiance; and many nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Ilo; and brother, Melvin.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with the funeral service being held at 1 p.m. Thursday with Deacon Jeff Mayer officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Memorials are suggested to the Kidney Foundation or to the Defiance Senior Center.

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

 

SUSAN PROXMIRE 1944-2014

PAULDING – Susan Jo (Lotz) Proxmire, age 69, died Sunday, Jan. 26 at Parkview North Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

She was born Nov. 21, 1944 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Joseph F. and Allene S. (Schoppman) Lotz.  She retired as an LPN in 2004 from The Gardens of Paulding (the former Hawthorn Court Nursing Home).

Susan is survived by two daughters, Tiffany (Keith) Theobald, Paulding, and Morgan (Bradley) Gantt, Charleston, S.C.; three grandsons, Isaiah, Tycen and Harper; and two granddaughters, Raeanne and Abigail.

Her parents, Joseph and Allene (Schoppman) Lotz, preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Health Professionals Hospice.

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

 

LUCILLE DENHERDER 1919-2014

PAULDING – Lucille Elizabeth DenHerder, age 94, died Saturday, Jan. 25 at her residence.

She was born Nov. 13, 1919 in Chicago, the daughter of William P. and Isabelle F. (Brown) Matson. In San Francisco, on Aug. 25, 1945, she married John S. DenHerder, who preceded her in death on March 10, 1985. She was a 1938 graduate of Sierra Catholic High School, Chicago, and graduated from Saint Xavier College School of Nursing, Chicago. She served during WWII as Lt. Junior Grade in the US Navy Nurse Corps at Great Lakes, Ill., USN Hospital in Chicago and USN Hospital in Dublin, Ga. She was a member of the staff of Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, retiring in 2005 after 40 years as a funeral director.

She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding; National Funeral Directors Association; and Ohio Funeral Directors Association. During her childhood days in Chicago, from 1924-29, she modeled for Lincoln Logs, Ovaltine and Sears Roebuck.

Lucille is survived by a son, John W. (Janis) DenHerder, Paulding; a daughter, Elizabeth A. (Charles) Hankey, Indianapolis; four grandchildren, William J. (Leah) DenHerder of Middletown, Joseph E. DenHerder of Paulding, Anne E. (Randy M.) Forman, Chicago, and Emily C. Hankey, New York, N.Y.; and three great-grandchildren, Madeline J. Forman and twins, Olivia and Elizabeth DenHerder.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Lt. William F. Matson, a US Army WWII Japanese POW.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

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

To honor Lucille’s wishes, the family requests in lieu of flowers, statues, and other funeral memorabilia, donations be made to Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.

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

 

 

RICHARD ZIERTEN

PAYNE – Richard Zierten, 59, of Payne, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.

 

 

KENNETH LADD 1942-2014

HICKSVILLE – Kenneth Ladd, 71, of Hicksville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, at home.

Kenny was born April 1, 1942, in Edgerton, Ind., a son of the late Madeline (Reeb) and Glenn Ladd. On Dec. 21, 1973, he married Ann Woods. He farmed and owned KG Ladd & Sons Sawmill. Kenny loved woodworking and being outdoors, while hunting, fishing and gardening.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Ann; children, Adam Martin of Evansport, Chaundra and Rachel of Conway, S.C., William (Linda) of Indianapolis, Wayne (Becky) of Fort Wayne, Ernest (Lisa) of Paulding, Andrew (Barb) of Sherwood, Rebecca of Easton, Pa. and Beth (Rick) Knight of Hicksville; siblings, Joy Waller of Maple Hill, N.C., Norma of Yelm, Wash. and William of Fort Wayne; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, with visitation one hour prior at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. He will be laid to rest at Bethel Cemetery.

Visitation also will be held from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26.

Memorials are to American Lung Association.

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

 

 

YVONNE HARRIS

Yvonne Harris, a retired Paulding High School teacher, passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 from complications of a stroke.

Our mom had a great life, and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

There will be a private ceremony in Florida.

Memorials may be given to the “Shop With a Cop” fund at the Defiance Police Department.

 

 

DALE NIENBERG 1950-2014

KALIDA - Former educator and coach Dale J. Nienberg, 63, of Kalida, died Sunday, Jan. 19 at his residence.

 

BRICE CARNAHAN 1941-2014

SHELTON HOLLOW, W.Va. – Brice “Junior” Carnahan, age 72 of Shelton Hollow, W.Va. and formerly of Oakwood, died at 2:58 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Cabell Huntington West Virginia Hospital.

He was born Feb. 14, 1941 in Paulding County to the late Brice and Freda (Ankney) Carnahan Sr. He married Susan Yoh, who survives in Charloe. They later divorced. Junior retired from Stoneco. He also owned the Charloe Store from 1976-91. He was a life member of Ohio Operators Engineer and was known as a collector of everything.

He is survived by his daughters, Jetta (Bryan) Wildermuth of Continental, Jodi Bell-Crosser of Antwerp and Julie (Rollin) Bullinger of Charloe; a son, Brice (Summer Lambert) Carnahan III of Paulding; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Raynord (Bonnie) Carnahan of Kalida, Larry (Diana) Carnahan of Mandale and Gary (Sandy) Carnahan of Defiance; two sisters, Gladys Hammon of Charloe and Wanda (Martin) Taylor of Oakwood; two stepsisters, Lillian (Ron) Bruns of Napoleon and Luella Kosch of Continental; and Harold “Gene” Yenser of Arthur, who was like a brother to him. Brice loved his two dogs, White Dog and Baby Girl Dog, just like they were part of the family.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Rill Carnahan; two granddaughters, ShaLisa Moyer and Brandi Moyer; a great-grandson, Jayden Mitchell; and a stepsister, Viola “Bunny” Goings.

The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Harold “Gene” Yenser officiating.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday and from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

EUGENE HANDY 1925-2014

ANTWERP – Eugene Handy, 88, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, Jan. 16 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home.

 

 

JEANE SCHMUNK 1933-2014

ANTWERP – Kathryn Jeane Schmunk, 80, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, Jan. 17 at Paulding County Hospital.

 

KATHRYN JENKINS 1917-2014

VAN WERT – Kathryn Marcile Jenkins, 96, of Van Wert, died at 4:12 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Vancrest Health Care Center, Van Wert.

She was born May 5, 1917, in Grover Hill, the daughter of Lee M. and Belva (Sherry) Ross. On June 25, 1935, she married Clifford James Jenkins, who preceded her in death on Oct. 18, 1992.

Survivors include two sisters, Doris Jean (Robert) Long of Middle Point and Ruth Marie Crone of Grover Hill, a grandson, Bret (Melissa) Lewis of Van Wert, and great-grandchildren, Jordan Nicole Brown and Hayley D. Brown.

She was preceded in death by her children, Jimmie Lee Jenkins and Judith A. Lewis, a granddaughter, Dawn Renee Brown Endicott; and a brother: Lee McKinley Ross Jr.

Services will follow at a later date. Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, is in charge of arrangements.

 

THOMAS HOWELL 1936-2014

CECIL – Thomas J. Howell, 77, of Cecil, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11 at his residence.

Tom was born in Fort Wayne on June 22, 1936, the son of the late Joseph and Ruth (Whippert) Howell. On July 6, 1957, he married Barbara Glass. He worked at Schwerman Trucking and also farmed. He always enjoyed his time away camping and fishing at Morrison Lake.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Barbara; children, Karen (John) Baldwin of Cecil, Amy (Mark) Rager of Paulding and Brock (Shelly) of Cecil; grandchildren, Jeremy, Gina, Kevin Jr., Shanna, Justin, Skylar, Connor and Kaylin; and great-grandchildren, A.J., Cameron, Colton, Summer, Brooke, Joey, Henry and Roman.

His son, Kevin, preceded him in death in 1999.

His service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, with visitation one hour prior to the service at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. He will be laid to rest at Rochester Cemetery.

Visitation also will be held 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Memorials are to Cecil Fire Department.

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

 

JEANNIE GERKEN 1936-2014

ANTWERP – Phyllis “Jeannie” Gerken, 77, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, Jan. 10 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

 

MARY ELLEN MORSE 1936-2014

PAULDING – Mary Ellen Morse, age 77, died Friday, Jan. 3 at the Paulding County Hospital, Paulding.

She was born Nov. 29, 1936 in Brown Township, Paulding County, the daughter of Clarence J. and Roxie A. (Bosworth) Potts. On Aug. 26, 1956, she married Gary M. “Jake” Morse, who survives. She retired in 1997 from Diehl’s Inc. of Defiance after 30 years. She was a member of the Paulding VFW Post #587 Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Jake Morse, Paulding; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Elton and Hazen; and two sisters, Fairy Kennedy and Joy Parson.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2:30-8 p.m. with a VFW #587 Ladies Auxiliary service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, Jake requests donations made to the American Cancer Society.

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

 

 

JERRY FOUST 1952-2014

CECIL – Jerry L. Foust, age 61, died Thursday, Jan. 2 at the Hospice of NW Ohio, Toledo.

He was born July 4, 1952 in Defiance County, the son of Glenn B. and Ruth V. (Woodring) Foust. He was a member of Cecil Presbyterian Church. He received his bachelor of science in education at Bowling Green State University in 1975 and his master of arts in education from Defiance College in 1994. Jerry was employed for a short time for Fairview School, but spent the majority of his employment for North Central School System where he taught history, government and social studies.

He is survived by his mother, Ruth V. Foust, rural Cecil; a brother, Marvin (Margaret) Foust, Oregon, Ohio; a niece, Lisa (Steven) Dickens, Oregon; and a nephew, Michael (Niki) Foust, Chula Vista, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with burial in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil.

Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Hospice of NW Ohio.

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

 

 

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