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KEN SNELLENBERGER 1921-2014

Kenneth Snellenberger, 93, a resident at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Manteno, passed away Saturday, July 26 at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital due to a brief illness.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 10-11 a.m. prior to the 11 a.m. service on Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Bourbonnais Chapel of the Schreffler Life Story Funeral Home.

The family will gather at the grave site for burial and military rites at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 4 at the Gardens of Memory cemetery near Huntington, Ind.

Memorials may be made to Kankakee Youth for Christ.

He was born June 28, 1921 in Payne, Ohio, the son of Andrew and Erva Snellenberger. Ken attended Olivet Nazarene College until being drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Evalyn Pasko on Nov. 15, 1947 in Huntington, Ind. They lived in Huntington until retiring in Clearwater, Fla. Evalyn passed away June 15, 1996. They were married for 49 years.

Ken worked as a mechanic and found a way to fix anything. He was a devoted Christian, enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, boating, shuffle boarding, riding his bike or scooter, helping others as a handyman, and making crafts to share with the people he loved. Ken enjoyed traveling and staying active until his last days.

He is survived by one son, Paul (Val) Snellenberger of Bourbonnais; two grandchildren, Amy Snellenberger (Sean Rock) of Livonia, Mich. and Ryan and (Amber) Snellenberger of Bartlett, Tenn.; and two great-grandchildren, Landon and Jase of Bartlett.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

Please visit www.schrefflerfuneralhomes.com where you can learn more about Ken’s life, archive a favorite memory or photo and sign the online guestbook.

 

LENA KEESBERY 1924-2014

PAULDING – Lena Mae Keesbery, age 90, died Tuesday, July 22 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born July 18, 1924 in Paulding, the daughter of Ray J. and Ethel Mae (Littlejohn) Boroff. She married Wyatt Keesbery, who preceded her in death in 1985.

She is survived by three nieces, Kathleen Rodman, Toni Schliesser and Sue (Kevin) Pease; and great-nieces, Kirby Stinson and Cari Fraley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Ray J. Boroff.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, July 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made in her memory made to The Gardens of Paulding.

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

 

CLARA REEB 1927-2014

ANTWERP – Clara “Pug” Reeb, 86, of Antwerp, died Monday, July 28 at home.

 

HELEN HITZEMAN 1919-2014

AUBURN, Ind. – Helen Lee Hitzeman, 95, of Auburn, Ind., died Monday, July 28 at Betz Nursing Home in Auburn.

 

 

MAURICE MARTIN 1920-2014

WOODBURN – Maurice B. Martin, 93, of Woodburn, passed away Saturday, July 26 at Byron Health Center, Fort Wayne.

 

GERALDINE GRIFFIN 1917-2014

ST. CLAIR SHORES, MICH. – Geraldine M. Griffin, 97, died Sunday, July 20.

She was the beloved wife of the late Harold D. Workman and the late Harold Griffin; and the loving mother of the late Sonny Workman and the late Gene Workman.

She was the dear grandmother of Sheryl Workman and Robert (William) Workman and great-grandchildren, Katharine, Azalea, Anjelika and Andrew.

She is also survived by step-children, Shirley Brumer, David (Debbie) Griffin and step-grandchildren, Cathleen (Geoff) Daniel, Pamela (Todd) Brown and David (Laura) Griffin. Burial services were at Little Auglaize Cemetery in Melrose.

Memorials may be made to Redeemer United Methodist Church, 20571 Vernier Road, Harper Woods, Mich. 48225.

Gendernalik Funeral Home, New Baltimore, was in charge of the arrangements.

 

 

MARGARET CLEMENS 1925-2014

LATTY – Margaret A. Clemens, age 89, died Tuesday, July 22 at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.

She was born Feb. 14, 1925 in Paulding County, the daughter of Elza and Emma (Hubert) Tope. On Feb. 14, 1948, she married William K. Clemens, who survives. She was a member of the Paulding Church of Christ. She retired in 1986 from the U.S. Postal Service as postmaster of the Latty Post Office.

She is survived by her husband, William Clemens, Latty; two sons, Randy (Karen) Clemens of Naples, Fla. and Brad (Kathy) Clemens of Paulding; and five grandchildren, Seth, Jacob, Adam and Gabriel (Kimberly) Clemens and Ella (Patrick) Thomas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Wilbur, August, Ira and Carl Tope; and three sisters, Catherine Stoller, Maxine Riggenbach and Dorathea Blue.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday, July 25 and one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Country Inn Enhanced Living Center Activity Fund.

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

 

RON LANE 1936-2014

PAULDING – G. Ronald Lane, age 78, died Thursday, July 10 at the Tidwell Hospice Center, Arcadia, Fla.

He was born March 18, 1936 in Toledo, the son of William T. and Eliner (Jacqua) Lane. On April 20, 1957, he married Donna J. Patterson, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was a self-employed coatings specialist and a former Paulding County commissioner.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Lane, Paulding; children, Tony (Barbara) Lane, Maumee, Scott (Susan) Lane, Tontogony, Christopher (Linda) Lane, Perrysburg, Matthew (Ann) Lane, Bowling Green, Alice Crandell, Toledo, Tina (Scott) Mekus, Swanton, and Abby Lane, Rudolph; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Tom (Ruth) Lane, Maine, and a sister, Bevrly Gruenke, of Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 29 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Roger Emerson officiating. Burial will be held at a later date.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Monday, July 28 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials made to the Paulding United Methodist Church.

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

 

 

BEATRICE BUSH

PAULDING – Beatrice Bush, age 59, died Thursday, July 17, 2014. Arrangements are pending at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

 

RICHARD MINCK 1940-2014

SHERWOOD – Richard A. Minck, 74, of Sherwood, passed away Friday, July 18 at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

Richard was born Feb. 20, 1940 in Defiance, the son of the late John and Mildred (Coressel) Minck. He was a 1958 graduate of Paulding High School. Richard married Marilyn Ann Antoine on June 8, 1968 in Cecil, and she survives. Richard was employed by Dana Weatherhead in Antwerp for 32 years, retiring in 1997. A lifelong farmer, Richard was also a bus driver for Paulding Schools. He was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church, Delaware Bend. He enjoyed tinkering around in his garage and watching NASCAR.

Surviving are his wife, Marilyn, of Sherwood; five children, Jim Minck of Lennox, S.D., Robert (Melissa) Minck of Edgerton, MaryAnn (Terrence) Coe of Saginaw, Mich., David (Danielle) Minck of Bryan and Rose (Jim) VanCuren of Hicksville; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Gary (Thyra) Minck of St. Joe, Ind.

Funeral Mass for Richard A. Minck will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 in St. Isidore Catholic Church, Delaware Bend, with Father Robert Kill officiating. Interment will follow in St. Isidore Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, Sherwood, where the Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Masses to St. Isidore Catholic Church or memorial contributions be directed to the family or Community Health Professionals Hospice, Defiance.

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

 

TERESA HERTEL 1927-2014

ANTWERP – Teresa C. Hertel, age 87, died Wednesday, July 16.

 

LORNA WOODARD MORSE 1973-2014

Lorna Marie Morse, age 41, of McComb, passed from this earth and was called to her eternal heavenly home by the Lord Jesus Christ on Wednesday, July 16.

She was born in Paulding on April 6, 1973 to Terry and Mary (Coy) Woodard. On May 25, 1996, she married the love of her life, David Morse, who survives. She graduated from Paulding High School in 1991 and went on to earn her college degree from Cedarville College. She was employed at the McComb Public Library and taught at the McComb Elementary School. She was a member of Findlay First Church of the Nazarene where she was a Sunday School teacher for many years. Lorna enjoyed cooking, flower gardening, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her two sons, Samuel and Joseph, at home; a sister, Marla Gibbs and her sons, Blake and Graham, of Findlay; brother- and sister-in-law, Jonathan and Heidi Morse of McComb; sisters-  and brothers-in-law Sandra and David Inbody of McComb and Elizabeth and Matthew Naylor of Ottawa, and their families; father- and mother-in-law William and Carla Morse of McComb.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Paul and Juanita Woodard; and maternal grandparents, Daniel and Helen Coy.

Funeral services will be held at the Findlay First Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, July 19 with Pastor Michael McClurg officiating. Interment will follow at McComb Union Cemetery.

Friends and family may visit on Friday, July, 18 from 2-4 and 5-8 PM at Lehtomaa funeral home, 201 Osborn Ave. Findlay, and 1 hour before the service at church.

Lehtomaa Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Those wishing an expression of sympathy are asked to consider contributions to the Samuel and Joseph Morse Education Fund c/o First Federal Bank. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the website at  www.lehtomaafh.com.

 

MARY KLOPFENSTEIN 1928-2014

SCOTT – Mary E. Klopfenstein, 85, died Tuesday, July 15 at her residence.

She was born Oct. 19, 1928 in Wells County, Ind., the daughter of Jacob and Minnie (Baumgartner) Tonner. On Dec. 10, 1950, she married Marvin W. Klopfenstein, who survives.

She is survived by her husband, Marvin Klopfenstein, Scott; a son, Keith (JoAnne) Klopfenstein, Scott; a daughter, Karen (Lester) Manz, Paulding; two sisters, Marcella (Truman) Yergler and Doris (Dale) Feichter, both of Bluffton, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Jaymee Klopfenstein; two sisters, Cordelia Aeshliman and Lucille Reinhard; and two brothers, Curtis and Harry Tonner.

Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Friday, July 17 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church with burial following at the Chuch cemetery.

Vistation will be 2:30-8 p.m. Thursday, July 17 at the church fellowship hall and one hour prior to services at the church. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Galilean Children’s Home in Liberty, Ky. or Gateway Woods Children Home, Leo, Ind.

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

 

RUSSEL McCLURE 1937-2014

FORT WAYNE – Russel Rex McClure, 77, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, July 11. He was born on Jan. 29, 1937 in Continential to the late Everett and Violet (Fruchey) McClure.

Surviving is his wife Barbara; two sons, Jeffrey (Jane) McClure and Dennis (Susan) McClure; three granddaughters, Emily, Meagan and Madeline. He has six brothers and sisters including Dana, Marie, Cleona, Larry, Earl and Vinal.

He worked at, and retired as, a systems analyst manager at GE for 22 years and was a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed traveling the world, golfing, coaching basketball at St John’s Catholic Church in New Haven and St Peter’s Catholic Church. McClure voluntered at St Mary’s Soup Kitchen and for Homebound Meals.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, July 18 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fort Wayne. There will be a gathering of family and friends following the Mass at the St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen fellowship hall.

Burial will be at the Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill.

Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals was in charge of arrangements.

 

JANICE LIPP 1947-2014

PAULDING – Janice Lynn Lipp, age 67, succumbed to injuries sustained in a May automobile accident on Friday, July 11.

She was born Jan. 29, 1947, in Toledo, the daughter of Karl and Garland (Ritz) Werling. She graduated in 1965 from Paulding High School, and graduated in 1969 from Defiance College. On Dec. 27, 1969, she married her best friend, Gary Lipp, who survives. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish and taught for 43 years in the Paulding School system. Janice rescued and adopted countless dogs of many breeds. She worked rescuing dogs through the Greyhound Inmate Experience, Greyhounds of Eastern Michigan, Galgo Scuby North America and Ohio Lurcher Project. She did transports for many greyhound groups and the Paulding County Dog Kennel.

Janice is survived by her husband, Gary W. Lipp; sons, Brian (Adrienne) Lipp of Paulding, Michael (Carrie) Lipp of Maricopa, Ariz. and Aaron (Caroline) Lipp of Greenwood, Ind.; seven grandchildren; siblings, Kathy Haney of Canton, David (Brenda) Werling, Albuquerque, N.M., Ellen (Arvin) Grimm, Fort Wayne, Lisa Werling, Convoy, and Ann Miller, Paulding; lifelong friends, Dee and Johnny Bowen; and 11 beloved dogs.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, July 18 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Thursday, July 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding with a family memorial service of remembrance followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Galgo Scuby North America or Greyhounds of Eastern Michigan.

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

 

RONDA WYNNE 1953-2013

SHERWOOD – Ronda Sue (Kreager) Wynne, 60, of Sherwood, died unexpectedly on Nov. 17, 2013 in Guangdong, China, where she was teaching Spoken English.

Ronda graduated from Antwerp Local in 1971 and was an avid crafter and seamstress.

Survivors are her husband, Steve; sons, Josh and Chris (Penny) Wynne; parents, Harold and Ruby Kreager; siblings Rod (Susan)Kreager, Cindy (Terry) Slattman, and Jan (Scott) Michael; niece Melinda (Corbin) Rhonehouse; and nephew Jay Michael.

Services to be held at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Harlan, Ind. on Saturday, July 19, 2014 with visitation at 1:30 p.m. and services at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Amy Beitelschees-Albers.

 

CHARLES FAST 1925-2014

HAVILAND – Charles Henry Fast, age 89, died Saturday, July 12 at Glenn Park of Defiance.

He was born June 5, 1925 in Paulding County, the son of William C. and Marie H. (Stiebeling) Fast. On Feb. 23, 1947, he married June Gerber, who preceded him in death on Oct. 19, 2009. He was a lifetime self-employed farmer, retiring in 2012. He was a member of John Paulding Historical Society, Gideon’s International and a member of the former Baptist Church of Haviland.

He is survived by a son, Robert (Jan) Fast, Sanford, Fla.; a daughter, Barbara (Seth) Shelton, Shelby, N.C.; a brother, William (Gloria) Fast, Haviland; two sisters, Barbara (Richard) Reichter, Andover, Mass. and Marie (Mike) Baughman, Columbia, S.C.; two grandchildren, Angela Myers and Joshua (Heather) Shelton; and three great-grandchildren, Brady, Alyson and Blake Shelton.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; and a brother, John.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 15 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Joe Shouse officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.

Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Monday, July 14 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Gideon’s International.

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

 

 

DIANNA CLEMENS 1951-2014

PAULDING – Dianna Clemens, 63, of Paulding, died at 10:13 p.m. Wednesday, July 9 at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born Feb. 24, 1951 in Prosser, Wash., to George and Ramona (Place) Stahl. Her father is deceased; her mother survives in Melrose. On July 15, 1967, she married George Clemens, who survives in Paulding. Dianna worked at the Paulding Senior Citizen Center. She was an avid fan of wrestling and helped form the Paulding Wrestling Club. She kept score for Paulding and Wayne Trace wrestling for the last 30 years. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed country music and going around visiting people.

Also surviving are two sons, George (Victoria) Clemens of Antwerp and Luke (Kindra) Clemens of Cloverdale; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three brothers, Joe (Brenda) Stahl of Grover Hill, Jim (Cheryl) Stahl of Oakwood and Tom Stahl of Payne; a sister, Debby (Jim) Leverton of Payne; and a sister-in-law, Teresa Stahl of Melrose.

She was preceded in death by a son, Todd Clemens; a daughter, Corina Clemens; and a brother, Tim Stahl.

Funeral service will be noon Saturday, July 12 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill, with the Rev. Dave Prior officiating. Burial will follow in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, July 11 and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood.

Condolences can be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

JEFF SCHAEFER 1943-2014

PAYNE – Jeffrey Louis Schaefer, 70, passed away Tuesday, July 8 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

 

 

CHRIS CLUTS 1959-2014

Robert Chris Cluts, 54, formerly of Paulding, passed away at his residence in Meridian, Miss. on Wednesday, June 11.

He was a tool and die engineer for Tower International and had previously been employed at Dana Corporation, overseeing their tool and die division. He also served his country in the U.S. Navy.

The memory that the family will cherish is that of a wonderful husband, dad and grandfather, who was very dedicated to his family. He enjoyed fishing, golf and music.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter, Lindsey; son, Jason and wife Jennifer; grandchildren, Rachel and Ryan. He is also survived by his stepmother, Dawn Cluts; brothers, Staley (Lori) Cluts and Randy Krick; and sister, Kelly (David) Pracht.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert S. Cluts and mother, Sheila A. Smith Wojciechowski.

Visitation was held in Meridian, Miss.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12 at Woodburn Missionary Church, 5108 Bull Rapids Rd., Woodburn.

 

CYNTHIA JEAN COAK POSTMA 1957-2014

Cynthia “Cyndy” Postma passed away Thursday, June 26 after a brief stay at Lutheran Hospital.

She was born a daughter of Bernard Coak (deceased) and Erma Strahley on April 2, 1957 in Fort Wayne. Cyndy was a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in nursing. Her career included D.O.N, with nursing homes and hospice and home healthcare. She retired in 2007. She was a member of Three Rivers Baptist Church.

Surviving are her four loving sons, Benjamin Hash, Eric Brenton, Patrick Brenton and John Postma, all from New Haven; mother, Erma Strahley of Paulding; brothers, Mitch (Karen) of West Virginia, Mick (Angie) of Paulding, Mark (Kim) Rebber of Paulding and Kent Coak of Kokomo, Ind.; sisters, Brenda (Gene) Bland of Dayton, Robin (Joe Coak) of Plainfield, Conn.; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry, in 2006; and granddaughter, Jade, in 2001.

Funeral service was Tuesday, July 1 at C.M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, with Pastor Douglas Jackson officiating. Burial was in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, New Haven.

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

 

 

SHARON ASHBAUGH 1937-2014

NEW HAVEN – Sharon L. (Miller) Ashbaugh, 76, of New Haven, died Sunday morning, July 6, at her residence.

 

ALICE BRUNS 1927-2014

PAYNE – Alice Ann Bruns, 87, of Payne, passed away Saturday, July 5 at Paulding County Hospital.

Alice was born May 5, 1927 in New Bavaria, a daughter of the late Cora (Thome) and Ray Peck. On Oct. 25, 1947, Alice married Eugene Bruns, who died Oct. 17, 2009. In 1973, she received the Paulding County Woman of the Year award for her work as a volunteer. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church and the Altar Rosary Society.

Alice will be sadly missed by her children, Theresa (Joe) Lehman of Haviland, Mary (Fritz) Cooper of Garrett, Ind. and William (Karen) of New Haven; sisters, Josephine “Jody” Elms, Arvada, Colo., Kathleen “Dolly” Barlage of Maumee and Betty O’Shaughnessey of Monroeville, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Alice was also preceded in death by her son, Gary; and brothers, Quimby, Alfred, Walter, Vincent Leo and Raymond.

Her funeral mass is at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 10 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne. She will be laid to rest at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

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

Memorials are to Masses, Divine Mercy Catholic School or the donor’s choice.

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

 

SUSAN BAKSA 1955-2014

PAULDING – Susan Kay Baksa, age 58, died Thursday, July 3, at her home.

She was born Dec. 22, 1955 in Van Wert, the daughter of George E. and C. Eileen (Knittle) Rice. On Nov. 2, 1974, she married Roger W. Baksa, who survives. She was a member of Convoy Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Evangelism Committee and the Pastor Parsonage Committee.

She is survived by her husband, Roger, Paulding; her mother, Eileen Rice, Van Wert; three children, Carrie Baksa of Grover Hill, George Daniel (Kristen) Baksa of Van Wert and Derrick Baksa, Paulding; a sister, Connie (Merl) Bolenbaugh, Van Wert; and three grandchildren, Jake, Lilly and Carter.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, July 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Greg Leigh officiating. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 9 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

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

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

 

 

 

GLEN SCHMIDT 1926-2014

PAYNE – Glen W. Schmidt, 87, of Payne, passed away Wednesday, July 2 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

Glen was born on Sept. 18, 1926 in Payne, a son of the late Ida (Carpenter) and Harry Schmidt. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy, was the owner of the Blacksmith Shop in Payne and co-owner of Almet in New Haven. On March 15, 1947, Glen married Donna Deeter. Glen was a devout member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish.

Glen will be sadly missed by his wife, Donna; children, Dennis (Shirley) of Hawaii, Daniel of Englewood, Fla., Diane (Jim) Langbehn of Cornelius, Ore., Gregory of Cedarville, Ind. and Gay (James) Beebe of Delton, Mich.; siblings, Victoria Fisher, Lucille, Paul and William (Linda), all of Payne, Roy (Joann) and Delores Dougherty, both of Fort Wayne, and Betty Rister of Antwerp; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Glen’s funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 8 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne. He will be laid to rest at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is 4-7:30 p.m. Monday, July 7 with the Rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, where visitation is also 9-9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Memorials are to Parkview Hospice.

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

 

KATHERINE KEMERLEY 1918-2014

FORT WAYNE – Katherine L. Kemerley, age 95, died Tuesday, July 1 at Bethlehem Woods, Fort Wayne.

 

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MARK THOMPSON 1949-2014

LIMA – Mark Alan Thompson, 64, passed away at 3 p.m. Friday, June 27 in his home surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Mark was born Dec. 29, 1949 in Lima, to Robert and Mary Alice (Porter) Thompson. His father preceded him in death when he was 6 years old and his mother survives in Lima. His father figures were his Uncle Harry Whetsel and Thomas Moyer, who have also preceded him in death. On April 27, 1973 he married Fran Moyer, who survives in Lima.

Mark was a gentle giant who touched the hearts of many. He was devoted in faith, family and relationships. Mark’s passion was mentoring youth and making a difference. Mark’s mentoring began in his careers at Brookhill Center and Marimor. Mark retired from Marimor to join his wife Fran, working together in their Longaberger business for 14 years. He then went on to Paulding Elementary, where he taught for two years, before becoming principal at St. Rose Catholic Elementary School in 2013. Mark was a sports fanatic and coached basketball throughout life, being the head coach at St. Gerard and St. Charles, the freshman coach at Elida, the assistant coach at Lima Central Catholic, and the head coach at Paulding and Hardin Northern. He was a member and past president of Rotary International. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church where he was a longtime tenor in the St. Charles quartet. Mark enjoyed music, theater, and traveling.

Survivors include his two sons, Shea (Andrea) Thompson of Pickerington and Seth Gerard Thompson of Los Angeles; two brothers, Todd (Cindy) Thompson of Findlay and Dennis (Janna) Thompson of Lima; his sister, Donna (Greg) Wannemacher of Lima; and his three grandchildren, Olivia, Jonah and Noah.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 1 at St. Gerard Catholic Church. Entombment will follow in Gethsemani Cemetery Mausoleum.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday, June 30 at Chiles-Laman Funeral Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel.

In lieu of flowers and personal gifts, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to an educational fund for Catholic education in Lima for St. Charles, St. Gerard, and St. Rose Catholic Schools; or St. Rita’s Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.

 

MICHAEL PASTOR 1954-2014

LATTY – Michael L. Pastor, age 59, died Wednesday, June 25 at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

He was born on Aug. 12, 1954 in Paulding, the son of Louis and Helen (Long) Pastor. He was a member of Paulding Eagles #2405 and an amateur radio operator (KB8BJK). He enjoyed radio-controlled airplanes, karaoke, family and friends.

He is survived by a brother, Terry (Lisa) Pastor Sr., a sister, Connie Sue (Tom) Sulfridge, and a daughter, Emily Pastor, all of Paulding; many nieces; nephews; and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and a nephew, Brad Pastor.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 27 and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home.

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

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

 

 

MARY LOU McCULLOUGH 1927-2014

PAULDING – Mary Lou McCullough, age 87, died Tuesday, June 24 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Feb. 9, 1927 in Toledo, the daughter of Gale and Bertha (Crocket) Eisaman. On Sept. 22, 1956, she married Robert McCullough, who preceded her in death on May 2, 2006.

She is survived by a daughter, Jennifer DeSota, Oakwood; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Inella Finnegan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister, June Donley; and a brother, Marvin Eisaman.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, June 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor David Meriwether officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Charloe.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

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

 

 

HELEN BRADLEY

D. Helen Bradley, 88, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Born in Payne, Helen was a registered nurse with St. Joe Hospital. She was a member of Maplewood Mennonite Church for over 50 years. Helen was a 1947 graduate of the Old Methodist Hospital School of Nursing and an alumnus of Parkview School of Nursing.

Surviving are her sons, Forrest Bradley of Fort Wayne and Mark (Tama) Bradley of Fort Wayne; and grandchildren, Garon, Grant and Gabrille Bradley.

Helen was preceded in death by husband, Howard J. Bradley; parents, Jacob and Mabel (Blackburn) Baker; brother, Lester Fields.

Funeral Service is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at Calvary Baptist Church, 7810 St. Joe Center Road, Fort Wayne, with the Rev. Mike Harris officiating. Burial in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation is one hour prior to services on Saturday, and also at D.O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home 2-5 pm and 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 27.

Memorials may be made to Black Pine Animal Park, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo or WBCL Radio.

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

 

 

LARRY HOPKINS 1938-2014

CRIDERSVILLE — Retired pastor Larry Dale Hopkins, 76, died at 7:25 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, at Otterbein Cridersville in Cridersville.

 

 

ANDREW SCOTT 1987-2014

HICKSVILLE – Andrew L. Scott, 26, died Wednesday, June 18 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born on July 5, 1987 in Paulding, the son of Darrold Scott Jr. and Rita Gardner.

Andrew is survived by his children, Destiny Wells and Andrew Scott, both of Hicksville; his mother, Rita Gardner of Hicksville; father, Darrold (Deb) Scott of Paulding; four brothers, Dwain (Heather) Bigger of Hicksville and Chad (Tessa) Rosalez, Alex Scott and Aaron Scott, all of Paulding; and grandparents, Dwain and Nola Gardner of Hicksville and Karen Scott of Paulding.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Melissa Gardner; and grandfather, Darrold Scott Sr.

Services for Andrew will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. prior to services. Burial will take place in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Memorials may be made to Smith & Brown Funeral Home.

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

 

 

RUSSELL HANEY 1954-2014

PAULDING – Russell Edward Haney, age 59, died Tuesday, June 17 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 30, 1954 in Paulding County, the son of Charles and Irene (Scott) Haney. On Oct. 10, 1981, he married Molly D. Riggenbach, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran, retired in 2012 from BF Goodrich, and was a member of Paulding Church of the Nazarene.

He is survived by his wife, Molly Haney, Paulding; three children, Tim (Monica) Haney of Gibsonburg, Scott Haney, Antwerp, and Clint Haney, Paulding; grandchildren, Collin, Jaxson, Joseph, Abigail; two brothers, Virgil (Tina) Sentel, Paulding, and Charles “Todd” Sentel, Pioneer; and a sister, Joyce (Everett) Nichols, Oakwood.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the Paulding Church of the Nazarene, with the Rev. Jeremy Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

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

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations made to American Cancer Society or Community Health Professionals & Hospice.

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

 

 

BETTE GOLLIVER 1921-2014

OAKWOOD – Former Oakwood resident Bette Golliver, age 92, died Tuesday, June 17 at the Maple Lawn Medical Care Facility, Coldwater, Mich.

She was born Aug. 14, 1921 in Paulding County, the daughter of Lloyd and Lela (Miller) Jones. She married George W Golliver, who preceded her in death on June 4, 1990.

Bette is survived by three children, Shirley Gilmore, Lima, and Nila (Michael) Quimby and Richard Golliver, both of Quincy, Mich.; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a brother, Wayne Jones; two sisters, Gae Golliver and Wilma Post; a grandson, and a great-grandson.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. until time of services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the Bette Golliver Family.

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

 

MARY CLARK 1925-2014

BLUFFTON – Mary Elizabeth Clark, 88, passed away at 6:47 p.m. Monday, June 16 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

Mary was born Aug. 26, 1925 in McGuffey to the late John M. and Merle M. (Lewis) Canaan. On April 29, 1944, she married James A. “Cappy” Clark, who preceded her in death on April 13, 1981. She was a 1943 graduate of Ada High School. Mary retired from Triplett Corporation, Bluffton, and also worked at the Shannon Theatre in Bluffton following retirement. She was a member of the Beaverdam Church of Christ and had been a volunteer for the Bluffton Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting, reading and most of all her family.

Survivors include two sons, J. Steven (Mary) Clark of Paulding and Thomas G. Clark of Fischers, Ind.; a granddaughter, Catharine (Eric Robinson) Clark of London, Ontario; a grandson, Hayden James Clark of Fischers, Ind.; a great-granddaughter, Naomi Clark-Robinson; and a sister, Marjorie Jordan of McGuffey.

Mary was preceded in death by four sisters, Maxine Barfell, Ruth Runser, Ople Dranzyk and Elsie Wilson; and two brothers, Gail Canaan and Austille Jarvis.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21 at Maple Grove Cemetery, Bluffton, with Pastor Sam Wireman officiating. Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Bluffton High School Athletic Boosters or Beaverdam Church of Christ.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.

 

ARCHIE BARNHART 1942-2014

FORT WAYNE – Archie Barnhart, 72, of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, June 14 at Parkview Hospital.

 

TERRY DERCK

ANTWERP – Terry Derck, age 76, of Wilmington, N.C., formerly of Antwerp, passed away in Wilmington on Friday, June 6. Services will be held in July in Antwerp.

 

 

GERALD GRATTON 1944-2014

Gerald (Gerry) Gratton, 70, passed away at his home on Friday, June 13, after a brief illness.

He was born on June 9, 1944 in Peoria, Ill. to John and Stella Gratton. Both preceded him in death, along with his brother, Robert. Gerry relocated to this area in 1971 after graduating from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind. He founded and pastored Emmanuel Baptist Church in Paulding from 1971-78 before retiring from Lincoln Financial Group in 2009 with 24 years of service as a business analyst. However, he never retired from being a faithful servant to the Lord and was an active member of North Park Community Church.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sandra “Sue” (Harpster); son W. Steven Jones of Fort Wayne, and daughter, Angela Marie (Jones) and Tom Henry of Granger, Ind.; along with his best four-legged friend, Charlie. He has five grandchildren, Chelsea and Lindsey Jones of Butler, Ind. and Christian, Riley and Rowen Henry of Granger, Ind.; sister, Marcia (Roger) Washburn of Peoria, Ill.; and brothers-in-law, Richard and Robert (Cathi) Harpster; as well as sister-in-law Patricia (Tom) Elkington. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was held Monday, June 16 at North Park Community Church, Fort Wayne, with Pastors Scott Qualls and Pete Kobe officiating. Interment followed at the I.O.O.F Cemetery, New Haven. E. Harper & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to North Park Community Church and will be designated for missionaries Tom Graef (Romania) and David Drullinger, (South Africa). Memorials may also be made to Loving Shepherd Ministries (Loving-Shepherd.org/donate) who provide Homes of Hope for children in Haiti and Ethiopia.

To share online condolences go to www.harperfuneralhome.com.

 

ROBERTA BAIR 1933-2014

PAULDING – E. Roberta (Merritte) Bair, 81, of Paulding, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 12.

Roberta was born on Sept. 27, 1933 in Garrett, Kentucky, the daughter of Beatrice (Johnson) and Abraham Merritte. On Jan. 15, 1949, she married the love of her life, Charles “Junior” E. Bair, with whom she shared 59 wonderful years.

While alive, she truly lived. Blessed with a talent for creating beauty in the world around her, Roberta kept a meticulous home, created magnificent wreaths and centerpieces, and cultivated a garden, which rivaled those in her favorite magazines, Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living.

She was always a loving inspiration to those around her, touching many hearts and lives with her quiet strength in the Lord. She was a magnificent wife, mother, and grandmother, and cherished her church family at Harvest Field Pentecostal Church in Scott.

Surviving are her children, Doug Bair of Loveland, Dana (Ruth Ann) Bair of Oakwood, Sue (Denny) Reinhart of Oakwood and Jayne (Rick) Molnar of Grand Rapids, Ohio; seven grandchildren; three stepgrandsons; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Fredrick (Phyllis) Merritte, Paulding; and a sister, Jeanette Miller, Findlay.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Junior” E. Bair; granddaughter, Sarah Reinhart; and grandson, Andrew Reinhart.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Monday, June 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 17 at her home church, Harvest Field Pentecostal Church, 13625 Road 12, Scott, with the Rev. Terry Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Community Health Professionals & Hospice.

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

 

 

SHARON STRAHLEY 1941-2014

PAULDING – Sharon J. Strahley, age 73, died Tuesday, June 10 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

She was born Jan. 22, 1941 in Paulding County, the daughter of James J. “Pete” and Mary E. (Elliott) Leslie. On Jan. 22, 1958, she married Paul D. Strahley, who preceded her in death on July 27, 2007. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding; Paulding VFW Post #587 Auxiliary; and OES Former #95 Corona Chapter.

She is survived by two children, Kevin (Lori) Strahley of Denver and Kim Strahley, Paulding; a sister, Norma Ruth Rosselet, Paulding; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Andrea Strahley; a sister, Mary Hockbarth; and two brothers, Rex and James “Roy” Leslie.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding. Burial will be at a later date.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday, June 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Sharon Strahley Family for Medical Expenses.

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

 

 

RICHARD “DICK” BOND

Richard Bond, 88, died April 9, 2014.

He was born in Garrett, Ind., and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was a disabled vet. Dick was a longtime resident of Fort Wayne, retiring from MET Life. He moved to Fort Myers, Fla., to pursue his lifelong passion of building and remodeling homes. Dick loved his summers on the farm outside of Payne.

He is survived by his wife Anne Bond; daughter Leesa Bond; three stepchildren, Dawn, Tara and Doug; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Dick was preceded in death by his brother Paul and sisters Louise, Iona and Lucille.

A graveside service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14 at Wiltsie Cemetery east of Payne with a celebration of life at St. Jacob’s United Church Fellowship Hall on Oak Street in Payne.

In lieu of flowers, your presence is requested with hugs, smiles and stories of this wonderful man.

 

 

ELIZABETH HANKEY 1947-2014

PAULDING – Former Paulding resident Elizabeth Ann (Den Herder) Hankey, 66, died on Tuesday, June 3 at her residence, surrounded by her family and memories.

Betsy was born Sept. 7, 1947, in Cincinnati. She was the daughter of the late John S. DenHerder and Lucille E. (Matson) DenHerder. In 1969, she graduated with a B.A. in biology from Denison University in Granville. She received an advanced degree in microbiology from Northwestern University in Chicago. On June 18, 1977, she married attorney Charles D. Hankey in Indianapolis. Until 1985, she worked in the microbiology lab at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was passionate about literacy, volunteering in the library at Park Tudor School. She worked with her husband as the bookkeeper for Hankey Law Office. She retired in 2012. She filled her life with the living of it – reading, gardening, needlepointing, antiquing, and being with her family. She was an avid traveler and her favorite destinations were San Francisco, London and Paris. She was a lover of fine arts and theater.

Betsy is survived by her husband, Charles Hankey, of Indianapolis; daughters, Anne E. (Randy M.) Forman of Chicago and Emily C. Hankey of Brooklyn, N.Y.; her granddaughter, Madeline J. Forman; her brother, John W. (Janis) DenHerder of Paulding; and her nephews, William J. (Leah) DenHerder of Middletown and Joseph E. DenHerder of Paulding.

She was preceded in death by her father, John S. DenHerder, and mother, Lucille E. (Matson) DenHerder.

The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. Dr. Jim Riley is officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family would love any memorial contributions to be made to the Westminster Food Pantry in Indianapolis.

 

 

CAROLYN DANGLER 1942-2014

PAULDING – Carolyn A. Dangler, age 71, died Sunday, June 1 at her home.

She was born Nov. 7, 1942, the daughter of I.H. “Jake” and Leona R. (Strunkenburg) Aldred. On Jan. 1, 1966, she married Gene N. Dangler, who preceded her in death on July 1, 1985. She was a former teacher for Defiance City Schools and a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding. She was a volunteer for the Paulding County Bargain Bin and a member of the Sewing Circle of the Paulding County Hospital.

She is survived by a daughter, Angelique R. Kirk, Paulding; a stepdaughter, Wanda Harris, Defiance; three brothers, Francis (Karen) Aldred, Ivan (Rhonda) Aldred Jr. and John Aldred, all of Paulding; six sisters, Billie (Fred) Elder and Sheila (Gary) Justinger, both of Defiance, Mary Elder, Susan Aldred, Marcia Smith and JoAnn Aldred, all of Paulding; three grandchildren, Adilae Bergalowski, Ricky Bergalowski and Cal Ward; two stepgrandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Lana.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Ricky Lee Dangler; a brother, James Aldred; and a sister, Marlene Aldred.

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

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday, June 6 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the Bargain Bin or St. Paul Lutheran Evangelical Church.

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

 

 

 

ALTHA REIGHTER 1914-2014

Altha D. Reighter, age 99, died Monday, June 2 at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.

She was born July 29, 1914 in Paulding, the daughter of Grover and Lovina (Long) Pollard. On June 12, 1937, she married Wm. Earl Reighter, who preceded her in death on Nov. 18, 2004. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Paulding.

Altha is survived by two children: Rex (Barb) Reighter, Paulding, and Sarah Ann (Winn) Rood, Fort Wayne; grandchildren; and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters, Alice Phlipot and Kathryn Shrider; and brothers, Ronald, Dean and Wayne Pollard.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, June 5 at the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

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

Donations may be made to St. Paul Country Church Fund.

 

 

VERA LAUKHUF 1921-2014

PAULDING – Vera Marie Laukhuf, 93, passed into eternity Sunday evening, June 1, at the Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

She was born on Feb. 6, 1921, the daughter and fourth child of Joel and Ida Mae (Gillion) Maller. She and her siblings, Helen, Melvin, Naomi and Robert, were all raised on the family farm east of Bluffton in Adams County, Ind. On Jan. 1, 1944, she married Lester Laukhuf, son of Henry and Ollie (Gerber) Laukhuf. Their marriage was blessed with five children, Pauline, Dale, Dwain, LeAnn and LaNae. Lester and Vera accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior and were baptized Dec. 9, 1945 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church.

Vera was a homemaker, supporting Lester in his vocation as a lifelong farmer west of Haviland. She also volunteered in church and community activities, notably with the Blue Creek and Wayne Trace music mothers’ organization and quilting with Apostolic Christian World Relief. With Lester’s passing in 1987 and moving to Country Inn in 2010, she always remained active with the church, family and friends. She loved gardening, cooking and baking, and giving candy to her grandchildren, great-grandkids and other children. Nothing gave her greater joy than to sing and hear the Gospel in word and song.

Vera is survived by four of her children, Dale (Marcia) of Lima, Dwain (Wanita) of Haviland, LeAnn (Rodney) Stoller of Van Wert, and LaNae (Arlyn) Rudin of Milford, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Gladys Maller; a brother-in-law, Ted Kaehr; many nieces, nephews and cousins of the Laukhuf-Gerber/Maller-Gilliom families.

Vera is preceded in death by her husband, Lester; an infant daughter, Pauline; her parents; siblings; and an infant great-granddaughter, Ashley Claire Blume, who she believed with be with Christ to welcome her into heaven’s glory.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 at Latty Apostolic Christian Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, at Latty Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Van Wert Inpatient Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

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KARL WERLING 1919-2014

PAULDING – Karl G. Werling, age 95, died due to injuries sustained in an auto accident Thursday, May 29.

He was born March 30, 1919 in McCartyville, the son of Leo and Mary M. (Reier) Werling. On Oct. 12, 1940, he married Garland E. Ritz, who preceded him in death on Aug. 21, 2001. He was a WWII Army veteran; owner/operator of the former Western Auto Store from 1948-67; and owner/operator of the former Werling Furniture from 1964-80. He then worked many jobs including selling buildings for Lane Company in 1980 and from 1991-2005 he drove vehicles for Winkle Chevrolet. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, and Auglaize Country Club.

He is survived by his children, David (Brenda) Werling, Kathleen Haney, Janice (Gary) Lipp, Ellen (Arvin) Grimm, Lisa Werling and Ann Miller; a sister, Leaneda Thompson; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; siblings, Lowell, Robert, James, Warren and Saloma Werling and Eleanor “Ruthie” Lesan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, June 6 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish. Burial will follow in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. with a Rosary Service by the K of C at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the Sherwood or Paulding library, masses or Caring and Sharing Food Pantry.

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

 

 

 

EDNA PARSON 1937-2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Former Paulding resident Edna Irene Parson, age 77, of Louisville, passed away Sunday, May 25.

She was born Dec. 3, 1937 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Robert and Marcella (Coucquyt) DeLaurelle. Most of her life was spent living in Paulding. Edna was a retired registered nurse.

Edna was preceded in death by her loving husband, Lloyd P. Parson Jr.

She is survived by her children, Lisa Stevenson and Tim (Heather) Parson; grandchildren, Anessa (Duane) Martin, Mekayla, Bailey and Ryan Parson; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Bellamy Martin; brothers, Robert (Joan) DeLaurelle and James (Judith) DeLaurelle; and her beloved pet, Ava.

Visitation for friends and family will be conducted at Sam Swope Care Center Pillars Chapel, 3505 Moyers Circle, Louisville, on Friday, May 30 from 4-7 p.m.

Local arrangements will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 4 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation.

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

 

 

EMMA GINTER

NEW HAVEN – Emma J. Ginter, 78, died May 27, 2014 at The Gardens of Paulding.

Born in Otis, La., she was the daughter of the late Clint and Mahalie Walker. She was a member of First Baptist Church, New Haven. She was a clerk at King’s Department Store, Hutner’s, Blackwell’s Meat Market, and Meijer’s.

Emma is survived by her children, Yvonne (Jim) Thompson Jr. of Yuma, Ariz., Gary (Nola) Ginter of Haviland, Teresa (Earl) Begley III of Stanton, Ky., Roger (Terri) Ginter of Graniteville, S.C., and Tamara (Bruce) Tatman of El Cajon, Calif.; siblings, Elizabeth (Tommy) Johnson of Natchitoches, La. and Archie (Mary) Walker of Bossier City, La.; brother-in-law, Roland Stokes of Moringsport, La.; nine grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Nolan Ginter, in 1994; sister, Bonnie Stokes; and granddaughter, Bobbie Jean Thompson.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Friday, May 30 at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, New Haven, with calling one hour prior. Pastor David Trimble will officiate. Burial is in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, New Haven.

Calling is also 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 29 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to First Baptist Church, New Haven.

To share online condolences, go to www.harperfuneralhome.com.

 

 

JEAN CRAMER WOODRING 1925-2014

PAULDING – Jean E. (Patton) Cramer Woodring, age 88, died Thursday, May 22 at CHP Hospice, Defiance.

She was born July 24, 1925 in Clark County, the daughter of Floyd and Thurza (Forbeck) Patton. In 1946, she married Robert Francis Cramer, who preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 1989. In 1992, she married Glen Woodring, who preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 1996. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Lady’s Group of Paulding, the Paulding Garden Club and the Paulding Business Women Association. She retired as assistant manager of Paulding County ASCS Office and was formerly a realtor for Straley Realty.

Jean is survived by her daughters, Cheryl (Philip) Johanns and Deborah (Walter) Bakle, both of Paulding; four stepchildren, David (Karen) Woodring of Sherwood, Pamela Keller of Kendallville, Ind., Mary Woodbridge of Lake City, Fla., and Rebecca (Jeff) Riley, Fort Wayne; a sister, Martha Green, Marysville; a brother, Waldo (Jean) Patton, Marysville; seven grandchildren; and eight great-granddaughters.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Lynn Michael; grandson, Bradley Bakle; and siblings, Junita Richardson, Roger Patton, Lawrence Patton and Betty Randall Johanns.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, May 30 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Karen Stetins officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Thursday, May 29 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

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

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

 

 

NORMAN ESCHBACH 1917-2014

PAYNE – Norman H. Eschbach, 97, of Payne, died Friday, May 23 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

 

 

CATHERINE STOLLER 1922-2014

PAULDING – Catherine I. Stoller, age 91, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 20 at the Inn at Olentangy Trail, Delaware, Ohio.

She was born May 28, 1922 in Latty, the daughter of Elza and Emma (Hubert) Tope. In 1944, she married Wendall R. Vance, who was KIA during WWII. On Oct. 9, 1948, she married returning POW Lloyd D. Stoller, who preceded her in death on May 22, 2011.

In addition to raising a family, she spent 30 years employed at Dana Weatherhead and was a member of the First Christian Church of Paulding. She will proudly be remembered by family and friends as feisty, loyal, patriotic and fun loving.

Catherine is survived by her children, Terry (Karen) Vance of Creston and Beverly (Jerry) Miller of Lewis Center; three grandchildren, Sally Criss, Michael Miller and Samuel (Lisa) Vance; four great-grandchildren, Sylvia, Cameron and Cosette Criss and T.J. Vance; and a sister, Margaret (William) Clemens, Latty.

She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Wilbur, August, Ira and Carl Tope; and sisters, Maxine Riggenbach and Dorathea Blue.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Paulding County Senior Center or First Christian Church.

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

 

McKENZIE PHLIPOT

CHICAGO – McKenzie Lauren Phlipot, 12, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Born in Chicago, she loved music, playing the guitar, sports, the outdoors and hanging out at the lake with her cousins.

Surviving are her mother, Beth Martin of Chicago; father, Travis Phlipot of Paulding;  grandparents, Joseph and Judith Phlipot of Paulding, grandmother, Phyllis Martin of Coldwater, Mich.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who loved her.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Edward “Pepper” Martin.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, May 14 at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church in Fort Wayne. Burial was in Catholic Cemetery. D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the family in the name of Joe Phlipot, 847 Emerald Road, Paulding OH 45879.

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

 

 

MAXINE FARNSWORTH 1923-2014

ANTWERP – Maxine “Mickie” Farnsworth, 90, of Antwerp, passed away Monday, May 12.

 

 

LINDA LYTLE 1944-2014

DEFIANCE – Linda Lue Lytle, 69, of Defiance, passed away on Thursday, May 15 at the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

She was born on Nov. 3, 1944 to Ruby (Ferrill) Turley in Spring Hill, W.Va. On Jan. 24, 1977, she married Jim Lytle and he preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 1986. Linda worked at General Motors Central Foundry.

She is survived by her mother, Ruby of Defiance; son, Paul Bays of Defiance; daughter, Regina Bays of Defiance; step-son, Tommie Lytle of Grover Hill; grandchildren, Paul Lytle of Fort Wayne, Carrie (Nate) Armstrong of Defiance, Erica Brown of Defiance, Samantha of Fort Wayne, Jessica of Fort Wayne, Mirissa Scott of Grover Hill, Justin of Pennsylvania, Chelsea of Pennsylvania; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Nancy (Dave) Miller of Fort Wayne.

Linda was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Debbie Bays; and a son, Charles Bays.

Visitation will be held  from 9-11 a.m. Monday, May 19, at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Tim Yazel officiating. Burial will take place at a later date.

Memorials are designated to the benevolence of the family.

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

 

 

DANNY RIGGENBACH 1935-2014

PAULDING – Danny Riggenbach age 78, died Tuesday, May 13 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville.

He was born May 20, 1935 in Paulding County, the son of Harold and Laura (Spriesterbach) Riggenbach. On April 4, 1959, he married Almalee C. Monroe, who survives. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He retired in 1993 from Consolidates Freightways, Fremont, Ind. and was previously employed by Reed Trucking, Kauser Trucking and Lafarge. He was a member of the Paulding VFW Post #587 and Woodburn American Legion #377.

He is survived by his wife, Almalee, Paulding; three children, Molly (Russell) Haney of Paulding, Danny “Toie” Riggenbach Jr. of Wauseon and Kristi (Gary) Donat, Antwerp; a sister, Phyllis (Tom) Reynolds, Altoona, Fla.; six grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many great-stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at Rose Hill Church of God with Pastor Ron Hofacker officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Friday, May 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and 1:30 p.m. until time of services on Saturday at the church.

Donations may be made to Wounded Warriors, Caring and Sharing Food Pantry or CHP Hospice in Paulding.

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

 

 

MATT CLEVINGER 1966-2014

ANTWERP – Matthew Clevinger, 48, of Antwerp, died Monday, May 12 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

 

 

DONNA THORNELL 1926-2014

CONVOY – Donna Mae Thornell, wife and companion of Myron W. Thornell of Convoy, passed away on Thursday, May 8 at the home of their daughter and son-in-law at the age of 87. Donna and Myron served alongside each other in many capacities during their 67 years of marriage.

Donna was born to Cloyce and Elizabeth “Betty” Vance on Aug. 26, 1926, in Haviland, and lived in the Paulding area until after she married Myron on Jan. 4, 1947. They have since been longtime residents of Convoy, where they raised their two children, Shirley (Robert) Taylor of Cadillac, Mich. and Randy (Trayce) Thornell of Van Wert.

One of Donna’s favorite pastimes was building memories with her friends and family, whether it be summers in Ohio or winters in Florida. She loved spending special times with her six grandchildren, Matt (Mary) Taylor, Michelle (Matt) Baum, Krista (Chadd) Dailey, Nicole (Josh) Cook, Barbara (Jeff) Ginn, and Jason Taylor; and 13 great-grandchildren, Jesse, Caitlin and Isaac Taylor, Javin, Kalen, Myia Etzler and Chloe Dailey, Bode and Michiele Baum, Olivia and Addison Ginn, and Kasia, Kierra and Jada Cook. They were her pride and joy.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Wendall and Darryl Vance; and two sisters, Valera Riley and Dolores White.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13 at Grace Bible Church, 603 Airport Avenue, Van Wert, with Pastor Lance Hostetler officiating. Interment will be at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery near Convoy.

Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 12 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert and one prior to services Tuesday at the church.

 

ROBERT HARTMAN 1945-2014

SCOTT – Robert E. Hartman, age 69, of Scott, passed away at 7:12 a.m. Tuesday, May 6 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.

He was born Jan. 11, 1945 in Van Wert, the son of George and Thelma (Stegaman) Walls. He was retired from Phelps-Dodge in Fort Wayne. He was a member of Van Wert VFW, American Legion and Moose Lodge, and also a member of Convoy Fox Hunters Conservation Club.

Surviving are his mother, of Van Wert; children, Robert W. (Cathy) Hartman of Wilshire, Mike W. Hartman of Convoy, and Cynthia (Phil) Rhea of New Albany; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two sisters, Pattie (Dee) Puckett of Muleshoe, Texas, and Sandy (Larry) Hirschy of Convoy.

He was preceded in death by his father and his wife, Bonnie Jean Hartman.

Services will be held at noon Saturday, May 10 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

 

PAULINE KLINKER 1929-2014

PAYNE – Pauline Eva Klinker, 85, of Payne, passed away Monday, May 5, at home.

Pauline was born on April 23, 1929 in Allen County, Ind., a daughter of the late Eva (Dodane) and Leonard Mourey. On June 7, 1949, she married Major Klinker. She was devoted to her family and her church.

Pauline will be sadly missed by her husband, Major; children, Nicholas (Belinda) of Fort Wayne, Rebecca Willis of Oakland, Calif., Kenneth (Joy) of Carmel, Ind., David (Janet) of Columbus Grove, Coleen (Greg) Kelly of Grand Rapids, Mich., Andrew (Denise) of Hoagland, Ind., Matthew (Elizabeth) of Paola, Kan., Annette (Kenneth) Schwartz of Delaware, Ohio, Peter (Amy) of Payne and Benjamin (Shelly) of Fort Wayne; siblings, Blanche Schaefer, James Mourey and Maxine Rorick, all of Fort Wayne; 29 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Pauline was preceded in death by a grandson, Zachary; and seven siblings.

Her Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Friday, May 9 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne. She will be laid to rest at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is 2-4 and 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8 with the Rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, 5761 SR 500, Payne, where viewing is also Friday from 9-9:30 a.m.

Memorials are to Divine Mercy School, 417 N. Main, Paulding OH 45879.

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

 

JAYDEN NOEL SLAYDON 1969-2014

(aka HEIDI LYNNE PALCZEWSKI)

TUCSON, Ariz. – Jayden Noel Slaydon, 44, lost her battle with cancer on Thursday, April 17 at the home of her aunt, Johanna (Venglarcik) Buchman. She was surrounded by her mother Sondra Adams, Aunt Johanna, stepmother Sheila Palczewski, and fiancé William Barruzza.

Heidi Lynne Palczewski was born Friday, June 13, 1969 in Paulding, the daughter of the late David Charles Slaydon and Sandra (Venglarcik) Adams.

From the age of 10, her family identified the great designer that was within her. She was always ahead of her time and even the current fashion. In high school she created designs that the fashion industry would produce years later.

She moved to Tucson, changed her name to Jayden Noel Slaydon, and began designing handbags. Her logo was: “Handbags That Wear You” under the trademark of “JNOEL.”

She is survived by her son, Spencer Allen Jacobs; mother, Sondra Adams of Tucson; brother, Joshua (Jamie Waltimire) Palczewski of Tucson; step-sister, Alexa (Lee) Behrens Hargreave of Orlando, Fla.; adoptive father, Robert (Sheila Behrens) Palczewski of Defiance; grandmother, Ruby (Venglarcik) Tinker of Tucson; nieces, Erika Palczewski of Lima and Katherine Palczewski of Tucson; a great-nephew, Kaison Williams of Lima; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father; brother, David Charles Palczewski (Slaydon); grandfather, Steve Venglarcik; step-grandfather, Ray Tinker; and uncle, Don Buchman.

A memorial service will be held in at the home of Steven and Darlene Venglarcik of Petersburg, Mich., at 11 a.m. June 7, followed by a dinner, 3221 Summerfield Rd, Petersburg, Mich. Friends and family are invited to attend or stop by.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to LAMb International at Lambinternational.blogspot.com or by sending checks to 7481 Crossing Place, Lewis Center, OH 43035.

Online condolences may be emailed to Jdizine@yahoo.com.

While she is in heaven dancing with her brother, her legacy here will live on.

 

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DON “HUTCH” HUTCHISON 1933-2014

SCOTT — Don Owen “Hutch: Hutchison, 80, of Scott, died at 12:17 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Van Wert County Hospital.

 

NICK ERFORD 1960-2014

OAKWOOD – Nick Erford, 53, went home to be with the Lord at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, April 26 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born Aug. 14, 1960 in Defiance to Arthur and Norma (Adams) Erford. His father is deceased and mother survives in Defiance. On March 14, 2003, he married Kelly Hahn who survives. Nick retired in 2012 from Nickels Bakery. He attended Bethel Christian Church in Arthur.

Nick is also survived by three daughters, Tara (Jamie) Corbiere of Monroe, Mich., Elizabeth (Jeremy) Troyer of Oakwood and Chelsi (Scott) Vogel of Continental; two sons, Joey Sherry of Continental and Caleb Sherry of Van Wert; three grandchildren, Kylie, Taylor and Harley; four brothers, Dennis (Becky) Erford of Defiance, and Bruce (Diane) Erford, Tim (Pam) Erford and Jeff (Jill) Erford, all of Oakwood; and two sisters, Jean (Bruno) Garza of Defiance and Sheila (William) Holley of Oakwood.

Nick also was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Copsey; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Erford.

A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 29 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Chris Baker officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, April 28 and one hour prior to service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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

Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

HELEN “JEAN” SCARBROUGH 1932-2014

PAULDING – Helen Imogene “Jean” Scarbrough, age 81, died Wednesday, April 23 at the Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

She was born Sept. 7, 1932 in Paulding County, the daughter of Francis and Virginia (Ladd) Pier. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill.

She is survived by her companion of 35 years, Vaughn Sanderson, Paulding; children, Sandra (Steve) Stecker, Mindoro, Wis., Sue (Edgar) Doster, Paulding, and Michael Scarbrough, Wren; siblings, Eileen Haines of Markle, Ind., Ray (Joan) Pier, Antwerp, Carroll “Toot” (Marilyn) Pier, Oakwood, Roger (Marlene) Pier, Antwerp, John (Bonnie) Pier, Melrose, and Dave (Sarah) Pier, Charloe; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Pier.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 29 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Road 151, Grover Hill, with Pastor Dave Prior officiating. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Monday, April 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Community Health Professionals or American Cancer Society.

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

 

 

MASTER SGT. PAUL DeLONG 1940-2014

HENDERSON, Nev. – Master Sgt. Paul Clifford DeLong, 73, of Henderson, Nev., passed away Tuesday, April 22 at Kindred Hospital-St. Rose de Lima in Henderson.

He was born July 1, 1940 in Antwerp. Paul graduated from Antwerp Local School and received an associate’s degree in business from Clark County Community College. On Aug. 14, 1965, he married Robbie Reno. He retired from the United States Air Force after 23 years of service. He returned to work for the government at Nellis Air Force Base working for G.A.S. – Government Accounting Services, where he worked for 12 years.

His real passion in life has always been his family. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He loved to travel, play games, do crossword puzzles and watch game shows.

He will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Robbie; son, Shawn DeLong (Stephanie) of Henderson, Nev.; daughter, Tammy (Rob) Purvines of Chandler, Ariz.; brother, Ray, of Antwerp; and two grandchildren, Alexandria and Makenzie Purvines.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford DeLong and Ursie Hemenover of Antwerp.

Visitation will be 11 a.m.-noon Monday, April 28. Services will follow immediately after visitation, both at Palm Mortuary, 800 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson, Nev.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Wounded Warriors or Catholic Charities. Paul was a veteran and donated many times to veteran charities during his lifetime and St. Rose Hospitals of Southern Nevada provided kind and compassionate care.

 

 

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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