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Obituaries 2007

2007 obituaries

 

 

RITA TRIANA?1950-2007?LEIPSIC — Rita Triana, 56, of Leipsic, died at 12:36 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at the St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.?She was born May 22, 1950, in Paulding, the daughter of Guadalupe and Atanasia (Trevino) Rodriquez, who both preceded her in death. On May 21, 2004, she married Alberto Triana, who survives in Leipsic. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Leipsic. She was a homemaker and her favorite things to do were dancing, crocheting and cooking.?Also surviving are two sons, Robert Flores of Cincinnati, and Fernando Flores of Leipsic; three daughters, Tomasita (Felipe) Martinez and Tanya (Roberto) Guardado, both of Leipsic and Michelle (Onasis) Becerra of Washington, Ind.; one brother, Ramiro (Bernadine) Rodriquez of Paulding; a sister, Elida (Jesse) Guerra of Eugene, Ore.; and eight grandchildren.?Also preceding her in death was a son, Joseph Maodonado.?Services were held Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Leipsic, with Deacon Tom Niese officiating. Burial was in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Leipsic. ?Memorials may be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice.?Online condolences may be sent to www.lovefuneralhome.com.

 

DELORES BAUMLE?1925-2007?PAYNE – Delores M. Baumle, age 81, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Paulding County Hospital.?She was born Oct. 24, 1925, in Paulding County, the daughter of Raymond and Edith (Papenbrock) King. On May 4, 1946 she married John P. Baumle, who survives. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, where she was a member of the Altar Rosary Society. She was formerly Benton Township clerk and was employed as a BMV clerk in Payne. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary #297, Payne.?Also surviving are a son, Kevin Baumle, Payne; two daughters, Diane (Warren) Bissell Jr. of Payne and Lisa (Nick) Burgei of Ottoville; a brother, Leroy “Bud” King, Payne; six grandchildren; and a great grandchild.?She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Michael Baumle; a brother, Robert King; and a sister, Ruth Batt.?Services were held Saturday, Jan. 6 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

LAWRENCE BIDLACK?1925-2007?HILLIARD — Lawrence R. Bidlack, 81, of Hilliard, formerly of Paulding and Pandora, died Jan. 3 in the Mill Run Care Center in Hilliard, following an extended illness.?He was born Dec. 18, 1925, in Oakwood, the son of Lawrence L. and Alice P. (Gettal) Bidlack. He served in the U.S. Navy at the end of WWII. On Dec. 10, 1949, he married Patricia Lee, who preceded him in death in 1982. In 1984, he married Evelyn Gene George, who survives. He worked at the Lima Ford Plant as a maintenance electrical engineer until retirement and then made his home in and around Columbus. He was a member of the Bluffton United Presbyterian Church.?He is also survived by two sons, Mark of Lima, and John (Sharma) of Fort Jennings; a brother, William of Oakwood; two sisters, Jean Winners of Fort Wayne and Margaret (Fred) Freiss of Sylvania; and four granddaughters.?Also preceding him in death were three sisters, Mabel Robinson, Kathryn Reimschussel and Melva Mumma.?Graveside services were held Monday, Jan. 8, at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Bluffton, Ohio. Tidd Funeral Home in Hilliard was in charge of the arrangements.?In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 112 North Main St., Bluffton, Ohio, 45817.

MARILYN MAGGERT?1940-2007?GROVER HILL — Marilyn Maggert, 66, Grover Hill, died at 2:40 a.m., Jan. 4, at the Lakeland Nursing Home in Angola, Ind.?She was born Oct. 28, 1940, in Van Wert, the daughter of Harley and Elizabeth Mason, who both preceded her in death. In 1957, she married William J. Maggert. She was a homemaker.?Surviving are two sons, Kenneth (Sharon) Maggert of Fremont, Ind. and Rick (Mary) Maggert of Butler, Ind.; a daughter, Pamela (Keith) Adkins of Fort Wayne; three brothers, Floyd (Kay) Mason of Van Wert, Doyt (Arlene) Mason of Tenn., and Roger Mason of Findlay; three sisters, Helen Powers of Alvordton, Ohio, Shirley (Loie) Goble of Findlay, and Iona Mason of Cecil; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.?She was preceded in death by two brothers, Dean and Carlos Mason; and a sister, Nina Milliken.?Graveside services were held Monday, Jan. 8, with the Rev. Dennis Coates officiating. Love Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood were in charge of the arrangements. The services and burial was in the Hedges Cemetery in Broughton.?Online condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

VIOLET McCLURE?1916-2007?GROVER HILL – Violet M. McClure, 90, of Grover Hill, died at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3.

EVERETT MILLER?1936-2007?PAULDING – Everett R. Miller, age 70, died at 3:12 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at the Hawthorn Court Nursing Home, Paulding.?He was born on April 17, 1936 in Brown Township, Paulding County, the son of Ralph T. and Avis M. (Horner) Miller. On June 21, 1959, he married Donna J. Pease, who survives. He was employed by Johns Manville Corporation, retiring in 1998 after 39-1/2 years. He was a member of the Junction Methodist Church, AMVETS Post #1991 Defiance, and Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers.?Also surviving are his mother, Avis Miller, of Paulding; a daughter, Karen (Denny) McVay, Paulding; two sons, Roger (Shelly) Miller of Convoy, and David (Janice) Miller of Bryan; six grandchildren, Jason (Kristi) Miller of Delphos, Jennifer and Jordan Miller, both of Convoy, Courtney Miller of Bryan, and Joseph and Marcus McVay, Paulding; and a great-granddaughter, Mckenna Miller, Delphos.?He was preceded in death by his father.?Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 8, at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Revs. Pat Shepard and Michael Saylor officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding.?Preferred memorials are to Hawthorn Court Nursing Home Activity Fund or the Junction Methodist Church.

EMMA NOFFSINGER?CONTINENTAL — Emma R. Noffsinger, 96, of Continental, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007.

JACKIE PARRISH?1935-2007?DEFIANCE – Jacqueline A. “Jackie” Parrish, age 71, of Defiance, died at 11:22 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, at Mercy Hospital of Defiance.?She was born Nov. 24, 1935 in Defiance, the daughter of Grandville and Letha (Gessner) Frederick. On April 23, 1955 she married Harold P. Parrish, who preceded her in death March 18, 2004. She had worked in advertising at the Crescent-News and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. Surviving are five sons, Dale of Cecil, Doug of Paulding, Dave of Lucasville, and Dennis and Don, both of Defiance; a daughter, Denise (Isaac) Lee of Latty; a sister, Helen (Kenneth) Steingass of Ayersville; 12 grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.?She also was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Kenneth, Glen and Charles Frederick.?Services were held Friday, Jan. 5 at Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home in Defiance with the Rev. David R. Koenig officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

GLEN THIELE?1951-2007?ANTWERP — Glen Howard Thiele, 55, of Antwerp, died Tuesday, Jan. 2.

JAMES BUERKLEY?RICHMOND. Va. — James “Jim” Edward Buerkley, 74, formerly of Payne and Van Wert, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006.?He was born in Payne, the son of Sam and Bernice Burkley, who both preceded him in death. He retired from Rockwell Automation, where he had served as a global account manager.?Surviving are his wife, Betty Riggenbach Buerkley of Richmond, Va.; two sons, John E. (Kim) and Christopher (Dana); four grandchildren; and four sisters, Evelyn Thompson of Paulding, Zela Buerkley of Fort Wayne, Dorothy (Joe) Duvall of Toledo, and Donna (Herb) Pancake of Convoy.?Also preceding him in death was a son, Stephen; two brothers, Marion and Sam;and a sister, Jane Miller. ?Memorial services were held on Jan. 8, at the Discovery United Methodist Church in Richmond.?Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society.

JAMES GEORGE?2007?ANTWERP – James Caden George, son of James and Sara George, was stillborn on Monday, Jan. 8.

RAYMOND HECK?1923-2007?PAYNE — Raymond G. Heck Sr., 83, died at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, surrounded by his loving wife and children at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He was born April 11, 1923 in Payne, the son of Joseph and Kathryne E. (Ditlinger) Heck. On Oct. 14, 1950, he married Catherine J. Pepe, who survives in Payne. He was a WWII U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. He was employed by General Electric retiring in 1982 after 40 years of service. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, American Legion Post #297, Payne, Knights of Columbus, Holy Name Society and Fort Wayne Antique Historical Car Society. He also retired from farming.?He is survived by his wife, Catherine J. Heck, Payne; four sons, John and Bill Heck, both of Antwerp, Randy (Mary) Heck of Sand Springs, Okla. and Raymond (Pam) Heck Jr., Payne; seven daughters, Dawnita (Don) Smith of Fort Wayne, Cheryl (Steve) MacDougall of Red Bud, Ill., Colleen (Bruce) Summerfield of Hoagland, Ind., Joanne (Harold) Warren of New Haven, Cindy (Kurt) Michael of Sylvania, Vicki (Ed) Baucom of Payne, and Jackie (Harold) McDougle, Paulding; a brother, Everett (Barb) Heck, Payne; a sister, Beatrice Ankenbruck, Marion, Ind.; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, David W.; a daughter, Bernadette J. Heck; a brother, John; and two sisters, Helen Seidler and infant sister Mary Catherine Heck. Services were held Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery, Payne. American Legion Post #297 provided military graveside services. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Educational Fund; Caring and Sharing Food Pantry of Paulding County; or to Masses.

MARIAN SCANTLEN?1912-2007?DEFIANCE – Marian L. Scantlen, age 94, died at 12:10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14 at Laurels of Defiance.?She was born March 11, 1912 in Williams County, the daughter of Joseph P. and Mina L. (Hyatt) Clark. In 1930, she married Donald “Paul” Scantlen, who preceded her in death in 1992. She was a homemaker and attended Cornerstone Church of God, and was a member of WCG at the church. Surviving are four sons, Donald (LaDonna) and Russell (Carolyn) of Defiance, George (Ellen) of Hicksville and Robert (Irene) of Ney; two daughters, Shirley Stevens of Defiance and Linda Hull of Fort Wayne; a brother, Robert (Midge) Clark of Stryker; and many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Dunn; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.?Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 17, at Cornerstone Church of God in Defiance, with the Rev. Dr. John McFarland officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Paulding County. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church. Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the Kidney Foundation or SIDS.

PHYLLIS BANDY?COLUMBUS – Phyllis R. Bandy, 57, resident of New York City, N.Y. and former resident of Columbus, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007.?She was a chef for Merrill Lynch at the World Financial Center in New York City. Among her many volunteer activities, she prepared food for the 9/11 rescue workers.?She is survived by her mother, Martha Bandy; brothers, Erwin (Sandy) Bandy and Frank Bandy; sisters, Carol Davis and Ellen (Bill) Homeister; nieces and nephews, Melanie Bandy, Jason Bandy, Jessica Bandy, Bryan Willis and Daniel Willis; and special aunt and uncle, Keith and Karen Young.?A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27 at Schoedinger North Chapel, 5554 Karl Road, Columbus, where the family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of service.?Contributions in her memory may be made to CancerCare National Office, 275 7th Ave., New York NY 10001.?Visit www.schoedinger.com to send condolences.

ROBERT DOSTER?1939-2007?COLUMBUS GROVE – Robert L. Doster, age 67, died at 7:14 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 at Grant Hospital in Columbus.?He was born Feb. 21, 1939 in Van Wert, the son of Lester “Spot” and Kathryn (Densmore) Doster. He married Marilyn Kittle, who survives. He had been a truck driver, working with the AMA Materials Co. in Van Wert. He enjoyed all sorts of sports, and was an avid NASCAR fan, especially following Jeff Gordon. He was an Atlanta Braves fan, and enjoyed collecting John Deere toy tractors and toy trains.?Also surviving are a son, Robert (Linda) Doster of Continental; two daughters, Katherine Doster and Rebecca (Larry) Higginbotham, both of Columbus Grove; two brothers, Paul (Pat) Doster of Paulding and Don (Phyllis) Doster of New Haven; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 24 at Hartman Sons Funeral Home in Columbus Grove. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery near Broughton. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

DOROTHY GREEN?1929-2007?WOLCOTTVILLE, Ind. – Dorothy E. Green, 77, a former resident of Blackman Lake, died at 11:20 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12 at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne, where she had been a resident since September 2005.?She was born Jan. 14, 1929 in Paulding, a daughter of Elia F. and Rachel (Dix) Sontchi. She graduated from Paulding High School. From 1958 until 1969 she was employed at Weatherhead in Antwerp. On June 28, 1969 she was united in marriage to William E. Green, who preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 2002. They made their home in Wolcottville until 1994 when they moved to Blackman Lake.?Surviving are three daughters, Sandy (Jim) Bowers of Antwerp, Pamela Stevens of Topeka and Paula (Mike) Martz of Wolcottville; a son, David Michael (Pat) Maberson of Fort Wayne; a stepson, Ronald (Julie) Green of Corunna; two stepdaughters, Diane (John) Anderson of Van Wert and Donna (Steve) Lippi of Cavette, Ohio; 19 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Homer Sontchi of Defiance.?She also was preceded in death by two brothers, George Sontchi and Ed Sontchi; and two sisters, Florence Gelbuda and Marie Lehman.?Service were held Monday, Jan. 15 at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, Ind. with Pastor Mike Schneider officiating. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Dallas Lamb Activities Fund or Paulding County Hospice.

ELMER HINSCHLAGER1922-2007?PAULDING — Elmer S. Hinschlager, 84, of Paulding, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne.?He was born Oct. 29, 1922, in Trilby, Ohio, the son of Theodore and Ruby (Sturm) Hinschlager. On Dec. 20, 1947, he married Mary Young, who survives, in Paulding. He was employed by Aero Corporation, retiring in 1987. He was a WWII Navy veteran, where he was stationed in the Solomon Islands and Admiralty Islands of the South Pacific.?Also surviving are three daughters, Janet (Carl) Knippen of Delphos, Karen Brown of Mendon, and Carol (Gene) Stallings of Marysville, Ohio; two sons, Robert (Rebecca) Hinschlager of St. Mary’s, Ohio, and Charles (Theresa) Hinschlager of Sherwood; 14 grandchildren; five step grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.?He was preceded in death by two brothers, Rudolph and Willard Hinschlager; and a sister, Florence Macaro.?Services were held Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with the Rev. Robert Eble officiating. Burial was in the Rochester Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Paulding Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.

MABEL LINN?1906-2007?PAULDING — Mabel I. Linn, 100, died at 2:36 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home in Paulding.?She was born July 8, 1906, in Paulding County, the daughter of George and Rose (Haney) Baker. On June 3, 1924, she married Claude L. Linn, who preceded her in death on Dec. 9, 1989. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church in Paulding.?She is survived by nieces and nephews.?Also preceding her in death was a daughter, Edna Mae Ross who died in 1946; four brothers, Lester, Roy, Elmer, and Russell Baker; and three sisters, Hazel Klinker, Mildred Linn, and Florence Flint.?Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the First Christian Church in Paulding, with the Rev. David Everton and Jim Stinehelfer Jr. officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding handled the arrangements.?Preferred memorials are to the First Christian Church Building Fund.

DAMIAN MARTINEZ?2007?PAULDING — Damian Oswaldo Martinez was stillborn at 9:44 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Paulding County Hospital.?He was the son of Amber M. Menzie of Paulding and Oswaldo Martinez Jr. of Garrett, Ind., who both survive.?Also surviving are grandparents, Cecilia Menzie of Paulding, Jim (Jana) Menzie of Fort Wayne, Oswaldo (Antonia) Martinez Sr. of Garrett, Ind., Rose Marie Gonzales of Paulding, Jim (Vicki) Menzie of Defiance, Rebecca Menzie of St. Louis, Mo., Janice Jackson of Fort Wayne, Consuelo Sanchez of Paulding, Sofia Ramires, Isalas Martinez, Jesus Muniz, and Florencia Frausto.?He was preceded in death by the following grandparents, Alfonso Gonzales Sr., Trinadad Tapia, Aurora Composano, Jesse Gonzales Sr., Mary Jane Scoles, William Jackson, Genevieve Gump, Janet Fritz, Anselmo Vallejo, and Javier Ramires.?Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 24, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Burial will be in the Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding.

CLARA MILLER?1911-2007?OAKWOOD — Clara R. Miller, 96, of Oakwood, died at 11:40 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at The Laurels in Defiance.?She was born Jan. 4, 1911, in Saginaw, Mich., the daughter of Sewell and Eva Mary (Sauve) Beaulieu. On July 18, 1936, she married Raymond Miller, who preceded her in death on Aug. 25, 1995. She retired as a secretary for Grant’s Insurance in Oakwood. She was a member of the Paulding Senior Center, Defiance Lady Elks, N. Joy Club, and the Euchre Club of Oakwood. In 1993, Clara and her husband, Ray, were named Mr. and Mrs. Oakwood. ?Surviving are a son, Eugene R. (Ann) Miller of Oakwood; a daughter, Eva Marie (Dean) Wellman of Defiance; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.?She was preceded in death by a brother, Alfred Beaulieu; and two sisters, Laura Beaulieu and Philomene Rose.?Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Junction with Father G. Allan Fillman officiating. ?Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., today, Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood. Burial will be in the Evansport Cemetery in Defiance.?Preferred memorials are to the Paulding County Senior Center.?Online condolences may be sent to www.lovefuneralhome.com.

EDWARD SMITH?1941-2007?BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Edward Warren Smith died Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Battle Creek Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence.

GERALD BIRKHOLD?1922-2007?DEFIANCE — Gerald “Gerry” J. Birkhold, 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, at his residence.?He was born Nov. 25, 1922, in Paulding County, the son of Oscar and Mae (Franks) Birkhold. He married Margaret E. Papenbrock, who survives in Defiance. He was a WWII Coast Guard veteran. He was retired from General Electric of Fort Wayne and was a member of the American Legion Post #297. Also surviving are two daughters, Linda (Gene) Richhart, Harlan, Ind., and Cindy (Leroy) Tyas of Van Wert; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.?He was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred and Leroy; and an infant sister, Marie.?Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Church Cemetery, Payne, with military graveside services conducted by American Legion Post #297. Donations may be made to Hospice.

EULA PETERS?1911-2007?SANDUSKY — Eula Lucinda (Fuller) Peters, 95, of Sandusky, passed away early Thursday morning, Jan. 25, at her residence.?She was born Feb. 14, 1911, in Oakwood, the daughter of James E. and Lily M. (Mumea) Fuller. On Dec. 28, 1937, she married William A. Peters, who preceded her in death in 1987. She was a graduate of Cleveland East High School and Bowling Green State University. She had been employed as a teacher for approximately 36 years, 22 years with Sandusky City Schools, Sycamore Elementary, until her retirement in 1974. ?Her various honors included a listing in Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America and a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar.?She was a member of St. Stephen United Church of Christ, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, American Legion Auxiliary Post #83 in Sandusky, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and Order of Eastern Stars, Leading Star Chapter, in Newton Falls, Ohio.?She is survived by a daughter, Patricia (Peters) Vorhees of Sandusky; a grandson, William F. Vorhees of New Albany, Ohio; a niece, Karen Haaser of Defiance; and two nephews, James (Linda) Dening of Mt. Pleasant, Mich. and James Lazzaro of Henderson, Nev.?Also preceding her in death was a sister, Velma Marquardt; and one brother, Riley E. Fuller.?Services were held Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Groff Funeral Home in Sandusky, with the Rev. Robert Patton of St. Stephen United Church of Christ officiating. Cremation will follow with private services held at a future date at Prairie Chapel Cemetery in Oakwood.?In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Stein Hospice Service Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio, 44870. Condolences may be sent to www.grofffuneralhomes.com.

JAMES SMALLEY?1927-2007?PAULDING — James Nelson Smalley, 79, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home, Paulding.?He was born Dec. 7, 1927 in Paulding, the son of Nelson and Pearl (Ross) Smalley, who preceded him in death. On Dec. 19, 1954, he married Martha M. Russell, who survives in Paulding. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was employed by Schwermann Trucking, Paulding, retiring in 1983 and was a member of Teamsters Union Local #908.?Also surviving are two daughters, Myra and Myrna Smalley of Paulding.?He was preceded in death by a brother, Arl Smalley; and two sisters, Dorothy Layton, and Elena Wallar.?Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 26 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pat Shepard officiating. Burial was in the Cooper Cemetery, Paulding. Donations may be made to Junction Bible Christian Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

MARY WALTERS?1918-2007?SHERWOOD – Mary Margaret (Diehl) Walters, peacefully passed away early on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at Harborside Healthcare of Defiance. She was 88.?She was born Jan. 24, 1918, in Mark Township of Defiance County, a daughter of the late Emmet and Elva (Platter) Diehl. She graduated from Mark Center High School. On Dec. 26, 1936, she married Claron “Bob” Walters who passed away Dec. 12, 1997.?She was a member of the Mark Center Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Women’s Organization, holding the office of vice-president for many years. She was also a member of the Mark Township Grange, the Town and Country Garden Club and was secretary of the Mark Center Educational Club.?She is survived by three sons and two daughters, Paul and wife DeDra, John and wife Ruby, and Ed and wife Deb, all of Hicksville, Janice and husband Virgil Hoene of Sherwood, and Sue and husband Kenneth Young of Paulding. She is also survived by 17 loving grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren who all affectionately called her Grandma Mary and Grandma Great. She is also survived by her loving sister, Hazel and husband Darrell Jones of Mark Center. She also was preceded in death by two brothers, the Rev. Terry Diehl and Robert Diehl; and three sisters, Lorene Wesche, Irene Diehl and an infant sister. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 26, in the Burr Funeral Home & Crematory of Sherwood with the Revs. Thomas Graves and Clarence Zimmerman officiating. Burial was in Sherwood Cemetery.?Gifts in loving memory of Mary Walters may be directed to the Mark Center Methodist Church or an organization of the donor’s choice.?Condolences may be sent to the family and the on-line guest book may be signed at www.burrfh.com

CHARLES CLARK?1934-2007?PAULDING: Charles L. Clark, age 72, died Thursday, Feb. 1, at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home, Paulding.?He was born May 26, 1934 in Defiance County, the son of Avery and Laura (Underwood) Clark. On March 18, 1958, he married Betty Miller, who survives. He was a employed by Winzeler Stamping, Montpelier, retiring in 1993. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and a life member of VFW Post #587, Paulding.?Also surviving are six children, Rick (Sue) Clark of Vermontville, Mich., Terry Clark of Pikeville, Ky., Marsha Sherick of Holland, Ohio, Randy Metz of Pennsylvania, Denise (Frank) Vorac of Aberdeen, Md., and Bill (Janet) Reynolds of Edgerton, Ohio; a sister, Edna Mae (Harold) Cooley of Bryan; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Samuel, Gene and Burl Clark; and a sister, Betsy Ann Watson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Paulding United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance, where Paulding VFW Post #587 will provide military rites.?Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.?Memorial donations may be made to the Charles Clark Family in care of Den Herder Funeral Rome.

FLORENCE EHRESMAN?1924-2007?PAYNE – Florence “Flossie” Ehresman, age 82, died Thursday, Feb. 1, at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne.?She was born Oct. 18, 1924 in Leo, Ind., the daughter of Orville and Flora (Ferguson) Platt. On June 22, 1948, she married Robert Ehresman, who preceded her in death in 1982. She was employed by Superior Linkage in New Haven, retiring in 1986.?Surviving are a son, Tony (Andrea) Ehresman of Payne; four daughters, Vickie (David) Denton of Huntington, Ind., Cheryl (Allan) Bute, Terrie Ehresman and Jodie Baumle, all of Payne; two sisters, Audrey (Jim) Suffridge of Fort Wayne, and Mabel; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by her stepmother, Vivian Platt; and seven sisters.?Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Dave Dignal officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Memorial donations may be made to Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Activity Fund.

IDELL FANT?1919-2007?PAULDING – Idell Fant, age 87, died at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 at her residence.?She was born on Sept. 10, 1919 in Selma, Ark., the daughter of Wade and Ida (Suber) Johnson. In 1981 she married Wilton “Lightning” Fant, who preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 1996. She was a nurse’s aide at the former Total Care Nursing Home, Paulding, and was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Antwerp. She is survived by a daughter, Jackie Fant, Paulding; four brothers, Theodas (Martha) Johnson of Defiance, Preston (Maple Lee) Johnson of Columbus, Oscar (Joann) Johnson and Joe Lee (Pearlene) Johnson, both of San Diego; three sisters, Alean Miles of Antwerp, and Annie Lee Clark and Johnnie V. McGhee, both of Omaha, Neb. She also was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Antwerp. Burial will be at a later date in Rochester Cemetery, Paulding County. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding is handling arrangements. The family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of the donor’s choice.

RUTH ANNA FOLEY?1914-2007?LEO, Ind. – Former Paulding resident Ruth Anna Guingrich Foley, age 92, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the University Park Nursing Home, Fort Wayne. She was born Feb. 7, 1914, in Champaign County, Ill., the daughter of Frank and Theresa (Scheurich) Reinhart. On Feb. 18, 1975 she married Frederick J. Foley, who preceded her in death on Sept. 9, 1998. She was formerly employed by William Sinn Accounting, Paulding.?She is survived by three sons, Ronald (Emily) Guingrich of Leo, Harry Guingrich of Coldwater, Mich., and Monte (Kathy) Guingrich of Delaware, Ohio; a daughter, Sharon (Robert) Minnich, Fort Wayne; three stepchildren: Gary Foley of Elida, Ramona Bostic of Convoy, and Patricia Putman of Fort Wayne; a brother, Leonard Reinhart, Palmetto, Fla.; a sister, Christine Arend, Wauchula, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and many stepgrandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Barbara Nickerson; five brothers, Herbert, James, Raymond, Ralph and Lawrence Reinhart; and two sisters, Mary Bradley and Edna Meyers.?Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 2, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Convoy IOOF Cemetery, Convoy. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Memorial donations may be made to the National Alzheimer’s Foundation.

MARIA FAITH FOLTZ?2007?PAULDING — Maria Faith Foltz, age 12 hours, died Saturday, Feb. 3, at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne.?She was born in Paulding, the daughter of Steven A. and Rose Ann (Dietrich) Foltz, who both survive in Paulding.?Also surviving are two sisters, Emily and Ava Foltz, Paulding; grandparents, Ron and Mary Ann Foltz and Gus and Dorothy Dietrich; great-grandparents, Rita Snodgrass, Juliet Schlatter and Naomi Foltz, all of Paulding, and Clarence and Bess Dietrich of Silverton, Ore.?She was preceded in death by a brother, Connor Reagan Dietrich; and great-grandfathers, Richard Schlatter, Earl Foltz and Bob Snodgrass.?Services were held Monday, Feb. 5, at the Junction Apostolic Christian Church. Burial was in Dotterer Cemetery in Junction.?Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

ROBERT GRUETER?1915-2007?PAULDING – Robert B. Grueter, age 91, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.?He was born Feb. 23, 1915 in Covington, Ky., the son of Joseph and Margaret (Laker) Grueter. On Feb. 16, 1946 he married Lula Mae Smith, who preceded him in death on Feb. 14, 2004. He was employed by the former Defiance Screw Machine Products, retiring in 1981 after 30 years. He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran and a member of the First Christian Church in Paulding and the U.A.W.?He is survived by two sons, Larry (Kathy) Grueter of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Clayton (Marjorie) Howell, Paulding; two daughters, Genalta (Leonard) Levos of Paulding, and Judy Donnett of Bryan; 15 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.?He also was preceded in death by his foster parents, George and Gertrude Laker; and infant brothers.?Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 3 at First Christian Church, Paulding. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses Association.

RUBY JOHNSON?1910-2007?TAMPA, Fla. — Ruby L. Johnson, 96, of Tampa, formerly of Paulding County, died Jan. 19, at Arden Court in Tampa, Fla.?She was born July 2, 1910, in Blue Creek Township, Paulding County, the daughter of John and Elsie Keyser. On Aug. 25, 1932, she married Roy S. Johnson, who preceded her in death in 1997. She taught Sunday School for 25 years at the Paulding Methodist Church and graduated from the Bethel Bible Series. She was a member of the Christ Methodist Church in Bradenton, Fla., the Bayview Reading Club, a 50-year member of the Eastern Star and a past worthy matron. After retirement, she resided in Pictown Estates, Bradenton, Fla., where she was quite active.?She is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann (Don) Martin of Tampa, Fla. and Elsie (Tom) Stahl of Fort Meyers, Fla.; a son, Roy M. (Peggy) Johnson of Clive, Iowa; a nephew, Samuel Franklin of New Haven, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death was a daughter, Raedeane; two brothers, Ray and Thurman; a sister, Helen Franklin; and a grandson, Eric Martin. A memorial celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Toale Brothers Chapel in Bradenton.?Preferred memorials are to Lifepath Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele St., Tampa, Fla., 33609.

ALFRED JUSTINGER SR.?1922-2007?PAULDING — Alfred D. Justinger Sr., 84, of Paulding, died at 5 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Hawthorn Court Nursing Home in Paulding.?He was born March 7, 1922, in Paulding County, the son of Alfred J. and Esther Mae (Brown) Justinger. In 1941, he married Ruth Sierer, who preceded him in death in 1990. He was employed by Duerk and Shasteen Construction Company and at Serricks, and a laborer for the Norfolk and Southern Railroad, retiring in 1986.?He is survived by four sons, Jerry (Linda) Justinger and Terry Justinger, both of Defiance, Mark (Kim) Justinger of Paulding, and Jeffery (Karen) Justinger of Antwerp; four daughters, Jana Higley of Bryan, Nancy (Larry) Manifold of Camden, Mich., Sue (Lowell) Shisler of Oakwood, and Denise (Robin) Trauterman of Antwerp; five half sisters, Leona (Chuck) Bender of Fort Wayne, Margorie Stebbens of New Jersey, and June Williams and Elmira (William) Newport, both of Palm Coast, Fla., Dorothy (Donald) Miller of Toledo; two half brothers, Edward (Elaine) Gloor of Hillsdale, Mich. and Vane Gloor of Gainesville, Fla.; 24 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren. Also preceding him in death were two sons, Alfred Justinger Jr. and Donald Justinger; a brother, Donald Justinger; and a half brother, Russel Gloor. Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home in Defiance, with Father Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery in Defiance.?Preferred memorials are to Hawthorn Court Nursing Home Activity Fund.

WANDA ROSENBROCK?1924-2007?DEFIANCE — Wanda G. Rosenbrock, 82, of Defiance, died at 12:05 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at her residence.?She was born June 2, 1924, in Paulding, the daughter of Ralph and Eva (Dowell) Hanenkratt. On Feb. 6, 1953, she married Robert J. Rosebrock, who preceded her in death on Feb. 2, 2005. She was a graduate of Paulding High School and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She was employed at Campbell Soup and at the Colonial Coin Laundromat. She was a homemaker-domestic.?She is survived by a son, Mark Rosebrock of Defiance; a daughter, Natalie Miller of Genora, Ill.; a sister, Celeste (William) Scheurich of Paulding; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was also preceded in death by a son, Richard Rosebrock; a daughter in infancy; two brothers, William and Ralph Jr. Hanenkratt; a sister, Esther Wilkinson; and a brother and a sister in infancy.?Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home in Defiance, with the Rev. Joe Chrisman officiating. Burial will be in the Paulding Memorial Cemetery in Paulding. Preferred memorials are to the Caring Way Hospice of Defiance County.

BETTY CORNELIUSSEN?1921-2007?LADY LAKE, Fla. — Betty Lorene Corneliussen, 86, of Lady Lake, Fla., died Tuesday, Feb. 6. ?She was born Jan. 5, 1921, in Arthur, the daughter of Floyd and Sarah (Deatrick) Andrews. She was married to Ernest Corneliussen, who survives in Lady Lake. Prior to moving to Florida, she and her husband owned and operated a gas station/grocery store for 16 years. She also helped co-organize and direct a community park in Charloe. In 1961, she moved to Florida, where she and her husband co-owned and managed the Gulf Station in Lady Lake, Fla. In 1963, she built, co-owned and operated the Chevron Station from 1963-1981. She was a member of the Lady Lake V.F.W, Post #587 and the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Leesburg, Fla. She loved to read and was very active with her children during their school years. Also surviving are three sons, Gene of Eustis, Fla., and Rick and Dennis of Ocala, Fla.; four daughters, Nylice Thomas of Paulding, Margene Hopper of Belleview, Fla., Lorene Sasser of Lady Lake, and Tammy Goddard of Tampa, Fla.; 23 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.?Services were held Saturday, Feb. 10, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Leesburg, Fla, with Dr. Richard E. Barbour officiating. Burial was in the Lady Lake Cemetery in Lady Lake, Fla. Beyers Funeral Home in Lady Lake was in charge of the arrangements. ?Preferred memorials are to Hospice of Lake and Sumter, 12300 Lane Park Road, Tavares, Fla., 32778.

RICHARD DAVIS?1928-2007?VAN WERT — Richard R. “Dick” Davis, 78, of Van Wert, died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Van Crest Health Care Center in Van Wert.?He was born Nov. 8, 1928, in Latty, the son of Vernie and Florence M. (Hill) Davis, who both preceded him in death. He owned and operated the Century Bar in Van Wert from 1959-1978, and had also been employed by the Areoquip Corporation for 10 years. He owned and trained standard bred race horses and was a member of the U.S. Trotting Association. He also loved attending county fairs.?Surviving are a son, Jeffery (Shawnne) Davis of Van Wert; two daughters, Kathy (Brian) Clark of Blissfield, Mich. and Sue (Barry) McDowell, Van Wert; and six grandchildren, Amanda and Matthew Clark, Codi Webster, Garrett McDowell, and Bailey and Allie Hall.?Also preceding him in death was a brother, Donald “Tink” Davis; and a sister, Floris Marker.?Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 14, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory, with the Rev. Greg Leigh officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

JOSEPH DAVIS?1918-2007?GROVER HILL – Joseph David Davis, age 88, died Sunday, Feb. 11 at Paulding County Hospital.?He was born June 18, 1918 in Paulding County, the son of Howard O. and Mary Maude (Kohn) Davis. On Nov. 7, 1958 he married Norma May Ruble, who preceded him in death on July 9, 2002. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired farmer, past board member of ASCS office, and a charter board member of the former Grover Hill Grain Co. He enjoyed gardening, farming, livestock, being a father, and was an avid OSU Buckeye Fan and sports watcher on television.?He is survived by a son, Howard (Julia) Davis, Lima; a daughter, Brenda (Randy) Crawford, Paulding, a brother, James O. Davis, and a sister, Kathryn Gunderman, both of Grover Hill; and three grandchildren, Thomas Davis of Dayton and Megan and Brad Crawford, both of Paulding.?He also was preceded in death by five sisters, Frieda Stahl, Nellie Gunderman, Mary Davis, Zoetta Hunter, and Marjorie Bidlack.?Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.?Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, Feb. 14, and from 9 a.m. until time of services on Thursday at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.?Donations may be made to Hawthorn Court Activity Fund or a charity of the donor’s choice.

RUTH MEDAUGH?1915-2007?PAULDING — Ruth M. Medaugh, 91, died Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Community Hospital of Bryan.?She was born Nov. 3, 1915, in Antwerp, the daughter of Harry K. and Eva M. (Johnson) Harris. On Nov. 2, 1947, she married Robert M. Medaugh, who preceded her in death on June 20, 1996. She was a retired teacher for Paulding, Napoleon, and Whitehouse school systems, and was a former legal secretary for Bill Hunt. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Paulding, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Corona Chapter #95. She is survived by a daughter, Stephene R. Medaugh, Ann Arbor, Mich.; three grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Harriet Horney and Dorothy Hooker; and a stepgrandson, Raymond Yeary. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb.16, at the First Christian Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Fred Schuman officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation will be from 2-4:30 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Donations may be made to the First Christian Church.

ALICE MILLER?1907-2007?PAULDING – Alice Jennie Miller, age 99, died Monday, February 12, 2007, at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home, Paulding.?She was born on Aug. 17, 1907 in Paulding, the daughter of Charles P. and Myra (Bosworth) Hale. On Oct. 11, 1927 she married Claude R. Miller, who was killed in action in WWII on July 31, 1943. She was previously employed as a secretary by the former Paul Spriggs Law Office, Fort Wayne National Bank, Grizzly Manufacturing and the Columbia Sugar Beet Factory. She was the oldest living baptized member of the First Christian Church, Paulding. She was a lifetime member of the TWASI Secretary Club, Fort Wayne and Deborah Circle of the church.?She is survived by three sons, Claude Hale (Frances) Miller of Great Falls, Mont., Harold John Miller of Marion, Ind., and Robert J. (Shirley) Miller, Paulding; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.?She also was preceded in death by a brother, Walter C. Hale; a sister, Zella Fullmer; and an infant sister, Myra Hale.?Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at First Christian Church, Paulding, with Pat Shepard officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church or Hawthorn Court Nursing Home Activity Fund.

ERIC RETTIG?1977-2007?CECIL — Eric C. Rettig, 29, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, Ky., as a result of injuries sustained in an accident. He was born Aug. 15, 1977, in Bluffton, Ohio, the son of Donnie and Lynne (Mootz) Rettig. On May 9, 1998, he married Monica Lee Coil, who survives in Cecil. He was employed as the service manager for Terex Advance Mixer of Fort Wayne, Ind.?He is also survived by a son, Gage S. Rettig; two daughters, Taylor N. Rettig and Hannah L. Rettig, all of Cecil; his father, Donnie Rettig, Leipsic; three sisters, Heather (Ronnie) Lowe, Amanda Rettig, and Arianna Kohlhorst, all of Harts, W.Va.; and his grandmother, Sylvia Rettig, Leipsic.?He was preceded in death by his mother, Lynn Rettig; and grandparents, Vivian and Charles Mootz and Ralph Rettig. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 14, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. James Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services today. Donations may be made to the children of Eric Rettig.

BEULAH REYNOLDS?1917-2007?OAKWOOD — Beulah Reynolds, 89, died Sunday, Feb. 11 at Paradise Oaks Healthcare Center.

LOUISE YANCEY?1925-2007?OAKWOOD – Louise Yancey, age 81, died at 7:12 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9.

MAE DEAN BARKER?1924-2007?PAYNE – Mae Dean Barker, age 82, died Thursday, Feb. 15.

JASON HEIFNER?1977-2007?PAULDING – Jason M. Heifner, age 29, died Thursday, Feb. 15, from injuries sustained in a snowmobile/truck accident.?He was born March 31, 1977 in Port Clinton, Ohio, the son of Martin and Judy (Marysz) Heifner. He was employed by Baughman Tile Company, Paulding. He was a member of Paulding Gun Club and was an avid hunter.?He is survived by his father, Martin L. (Patricia) Heifner, Paulding; his mother, Judy Cole of Marietta; fiancée, Somer Bullinger, Paulding; two brothers, Martin L. Heifner Jr. of Oakwood and Aaron Poole, Columbus; four sisters, Tonia Heifner of Ashland, Stacey Cole and Mandi Heifner, both of Marietta, and Audrey Laughlin of Shelby; and grandmothers, Thelma Heifner of Delta and Stella Marysz of Marblehead.?He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Warren Heifner and Eli Marysz. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery, Broughton. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

ELMER KLINGER JR.?1926-2007?DEFIANCE – Elmer R. Klinger Jr., 80 years, of rural Defiance, died at 1:10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the emergency room of Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, Bryan. He was born July 20, 1926, near Convoy, the son of Elmer R. And Evelyn Belle (O’Bryant) Klinger Sr. On June 27, 1968, he married Mona C. Bailey in Van Wert County, and she survives. He was employed by International Harvester, Fort Wayne, for over 30 years, retiring in 1975. He was an active member and participant at Auglaize Village in Defiance, the Maumee Valley Steam Show, the Flat Rock Creek Festival in Paulding and the Van Wert Old Fashioned Farmers. Elmer owned his own sawmill. He also pressed his own apples and made his own cider and molasses. Elmer trusted in the good Lord and his sorghum molasses all his life, taking both each and every day.?Also surviving are five daughters, Ruby (Dan) Leininger of Flagstaff, Ariz., Ruth (Rex) Rinker of Van Buren, Robin Miles of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Ramona and Kelly Jo Klinger, both of Ney; one son, Elmer R. (Laurie) Klinger III of Portland, Ore.; a stepdaughter, Carol (Andy) Bilbado of Defiance; two stepsons, Mike (Cheryl) Bergman of Sherwood and Rob (Faye) Bergman of Ney; 21 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Roy (Sue) Klinger of Phoenix, and Rowland (June) Klinger of Marion, Ind.; three sisters, Ruby (William) Miller of Grove City, Rachel (Joe) Wyandt of Haviland, and Naomi (Don) Rice of Niceville, Fla. He was preceded death by his parents; one daughter, Patricia Ann Klinger; five sisters, Rea and Pauline Klinger, Ruth Crabill, Rose Miller and Evelyn Coyne; and one brother, Robert Klinger. There will not be any visitation or services. Krill Funeral Service, Bryan, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials in the name of Elmer R. Klinger Jr., may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the family. Condolences may be left and the guest register signed at www.krillfuneralservice.com

PATTY MEEKS-BLAND?1938-2007?OAKWOOD - Patty Meeks-Bland, age 68, died at 7:40 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16.

JANET MILLER?1955-2007?VAN WERT — Janet M. Miller, 51, of Van Wert, died at 10:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at the St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.?She was born Sept. 14, 1955 in Van Wert, the daughter of Robert and Betty (Ashbaugh) Tracy, who survive in Grover Hill. On May 27, 1977, she married Mark Steven Miller, who survives. She was a RN at the Van Wert County Hospital for over 30 years.?Also surviving are one son, Matthew, and two daughters, Traci and Carlee, all of Van Wert; two brothers, Floyd (Shirley) Tracy and Gary Tracy, both of Van Wert; one sister, Roxana (Lonnie) Lytle of Grover Hill; and one grandchild, Aiden.?She was preceded in death by one brother, Lloyd Tracy; and one granddaughter, Kaleigh.?Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial was in Middle Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

DAVID MOTT?MONROEVILLE, Inc. – David M. Mott, 61, of Monroeville, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, at home.?He retired from Navistar in 2000 after 33 years of service as an engineer. The avid pilot was a member of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association), AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilots Assoc.), SAL (Sons of the American Legion) Post 420, and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3164.?He is survived by his wife, Betsy of Monroeville; a daughter, Dana (Dennis) Cretsinger of Angola; two sons, Larry (Gina) Mott of Leo, Ind. and Gary Mott of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a stepson, Abe (Kari) Wallis of Fort Wayne; brothers, Ned Mott of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Keith (Becky) Mott of Monroeville; his stepmother, Esther Mott of Conyers, Ga.; a stepsister, Ruth (Wayne) Sams of Conyers, Ga.; and four grandchildren.?He was preceded in death by his brother, Nick Mott; father, Maynard Mott; and mother, Delma Cooper-Mott, all of Paulding.?Memorial services were held Monday, Feb. 19 at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, New Haven.?In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home and the International Whooping Crane Foundation.

JOHN SCOTT SR.?1921-2007?PAULDING — John Franklin Scott Sr., 85, Paulding, died Monday, Feb. 12.

ALICE LEWIS?1933-2007?ANTWERP – Alice Lucile Lewis, 73, of Antwerp, died Tuesday, Feb. 20.

JOHN MOLITOR SR.?1924-2007?PAYNE – John M. Molitor Sr., age 82, died Tuesday, Feb. 20 at his residence.?He was born Dec. 5, 1924 in Paulding County, the son of Rudolph J. and Honora E. (Coughlin) Molitor. On Oct. 6, 1951, he married Leona A. Laker, who survives. He was a WWII U.S. Army Air Force veteran. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, a retired farmer and a life member of the American Legion Post #297, Payne. Also surviving are two sons, John (Julanne) Molitor Jr., Payne, and Bruce (Lorraine) Molitor, Mount Gilead; four daughters, Mary (Chris) Reinhart of Paulding, Dr. Jean (John Osinski) Molitor of Maumee, Kay (Byron) Stoller of Paulding, and Carol Molitor, Payne; a brother, Harry Molitor Sr., Antwerp; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Tyler McClure.?A Mass of Christian burial was conducted Monday, Feb. 26 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery, Payne. American Legion Post #297 conducted military graveside services. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Masses, Paulding County Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice, or Paulding County Hospital Foundation.

DOLORES MYERS?1936-2007?CONTINENTAL – Dolores E. Myers, 71, of Continental, died Thursday, Feb. 22.

MARY SCHAEFER?1915-2007?PAYNE — Mary Elizabeth Schaefer, 91, died Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine.?She was born March 13, 1915, in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Turchan) Letso. In 1939, she married Leo P. Schaefer, who preceded her in death in 1980. She was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Payne.?She is survived by two sons, Joseph (JoAnn) Schaefer of Lakeland, Fla. and Richard (Bertha) Schaefer of Urbana, Ohio; a daughter, Jane Ann Schaefer of Convoy; four sisters, Margaret Brown of Cleveland, Anne Riddle of Parma, Ohio, Elizabeth Lowery of West Millgrove, Ohio, and Dorothy Pelton of Findlay; three brothers, Pete Letso of Utah, Steve Letso of North Las Vegas, Nev., and George Letso of Baltimore, Md.; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.?Also preceding her in death was a sister, Leona Tomasik; six brothers, John, Joseph, Edward, Richard, Michael and Andrew Letso; a great-grandson, Nathaniel Wade; and a great-granddaughter, Madison Faith Schaefer.?Services will be held at noon today, Feb. 28, at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Burial will be in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery, Payne.?Hours of visitation will be from 9 a.m.-noon, with a rosary service at 11 a.m., today, prior to services.?Donations may be made to the Veteran’s Service or to Masses.

JAKE ZARTMAN?1926-2007?ANTWERP – Wesley “Jake” Zartman, 80, of Antwerp, died Wednesday, Feb. 21.

CHARLES STRAYER?1938-2007?ANTWERP – Charles William Strayer, 68, Antwerp, died Monday, Feb. 26.

RALPH SCOTT?1925-2007?EDGERTON, Ind. – Ralph W. Scott, age 81, died at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Harborside Health Care Center in New Haven.?He was born Sept. 21, 1925 in Edgerton, Ind., the son of Hugh M. and Bessie I. (Nuttle) Scott. On Feb. 20, 1953 he married Lena M. Ramsey, who preceded him in death April 11, 1994. He retired in 1987 from Dana Spicer Axle Division of Fort Wayne after 30 years of service.?Surviving are two sons, Robert Scott of Fort Wayne and David (Laurie) Scott of Grover Hill; one daughter, Judy (David) Scott of St. Marys; one sister, Charlotte Beck of Wilcox, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.?He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Delbert and Norman Scott; and two sisters, Juanita Hohenberger and Marvel Harris.?Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 6, at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery Payne.?Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

MARY ANN WAGNER?1931-2007?GROVER HILL – Former Grover Hill resident Mary Ann Wagner, age 75, died Saturday, Feb. 24.

ZACHARY AREND?1988-2007?OAKWOOD – Zachary H. Arend, age 18, died 6 a.m. Friday, March 9, at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., as the result of his injuries from the Bluffton University bus crash on March 2, 2007. ?He was born April 30, 1988 in Paulding County, the son of Dana L. and Caroline A. (Miller) Arend. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding. He was a student at Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, where he was a pitcher for the baseball team, and was a 2006 graduate of Paulding High School, where he participated in varsity baseball, football and basketball. He was also a member of Ottawa Legion Post 63 baseball team. Surviving are his parents Dana L. and Caroline A. Arend; three sisters: Estee, Olivia and Allison Arend, all of Oakwood; grandparents, Eugene and Ann (Kohart) Miller, Oakwood; special friend, Rachelle Farley, Paulding; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.?Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Herman and Eloise (DeLong) Arend.?A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Charloe. Visitation will be from 3:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 14; and 1-9 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. In lieu of flowers, throws/afghans, statuary, etc. the Zachary Arend family requests that all donations be made to the Zachary Arend Scholarship Fund or masses only.

ROBERT ANGELI?ANTWERP — Robert Angeli, 64, died Saturday, March 10, 2007.

BONNIE LOU BIRKHOLD?1933-2007?PAYNE – Bonnie Lou Birkhold, age 74, died Tuesday, March 6, at her residence.?She was born Jan. 8, 1933 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Fred and Opal (McDougal) Frye. On July 21, 1953, she married Harlan “Fred” Birkhold, who preceded her in death on Nov. 20, 2005. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Payne. She was formerly employed by General Electric of Fort Wayne and as a cook for Howard Johnson, Fort Wayne. She is survived by a daughter, Cathy (Max) Moss, Harlan, Ind.; three sons, Fred (Kim) Birkhold of Bryan, David (Vickie) Birkhold, Montpelier, and Van Birkhold, Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Juanita Clouser; and a brother, Dean Frye.?Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 13 at St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, with Pastor Joseph Allen officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Donations may be made to St. James Lutheran Church Ladies Group or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

ALEJANDRO GONZALES?1981-2007?PAULDING — Alejandro S. “Bubba” Gonzales Jr., 25, died Thursday, March 8, at his residence.?He was born March 25, 1981, the son of Alex S. and Delores C. (Rios) Gonzales.?He is survived by his father, Alex S. Gonzales Sr., Paulding; two sisters, Jessica A. Acosta, and Melinda Gonzales, both of Paulding; four half brothers, Mark Gonzales, Paulding, Robert Gonzales, Tampa, Fla., James Gonzales, and Joe Gonzales, both of San Antonio Texas; and two half sisters, Cynthia and Caroline Gonzales also of San Antonio, Texas. He was preceded in death by his mother, Delores Gonzales. Funeral services were held Monday, March 12, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in the Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding. Donations may be made to Masses or Den Herder Funeral Home in memory of Alex Gonzales Jr.

CARLA LERO?1950-2007?PAULDING — Carla Dee Lero, 56, died Friday, March 9, at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne.?She was born July 28, 1950, in Bluffton, Ohio, the daughter of Carless D. and LaDonna J. (Burkle) Smith, who both preceded her in death. On Sept. 13, 1974 she married Mark Lero, who survives in Paulding. She was formerly employed by Rite Aid Pharmacy, Paulding, as a cashier. She was a member of First Christian Church in Paulding, Paulding Baseball/Softball Association and the Fish and Game Club.?She is also survived by a son, Josh (Carrie) Lero, Paulding; two daughters, Jennifer and Janelle Lero, also of Paulding; and two grandchildren.?She also was preceded in death by a sister, Kay Lorraine. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, March 14, at First Christian Church, Paulding, with Dave Dooley officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to the American Red Cross or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

FRANCIS OLWIN?1925-2007?PAYNE – Francis W. Olwin, age 81, of Payne, passed away at 9:22 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at Paulding County Hospital.?Born on Sept. 4, 1925, in Payne, he was the son of the late Fred and Virtle (Radenbaugh) Olwin. On Sept. 15, 1945, Francis married Georgia Scott, who survives. Francis was a farmer, who loved his family, grandkids, and his cats. He loved to fish, work in the yard and travel. He was a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church & Flat Rock Masonic Lodge #580 F&AM, Payne.?He will be sadly missed by his wife, Georgia; daughter and son-in-law, Kathie and Terry Kipfer; sons and daughters-in-law, Gene and Diane, Dan and Ann, and Dale and Shannon of all of Payne; sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and L.J. Pursifull of Newport News, Va.; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Francis was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Fred; and a grandson, Scott Francis.?Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 13 at Antwerp United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial was in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements.?In his memory, contributions may be made to the church, Paulding Hospital Home Health, or American Heart Association.?Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

EUGENE ROEHLING JR.?WOODBURN — Eugene Roehling Jr., 75, of Woodburn, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.?He is loved by and leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Carolyn; daughters, Lisa Roehling and Allison (Bob) Sauter; sisters, Carolyn (Henry) Moehring and Debra (Robert) Killian; grandchildren, Lisa Nicole (Steven) Jackson, Danny, Chris and Jacob; and great-grandson, Aydan.?He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Roehling. There were no services. Burial was in Covington Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were by Covington Memorial Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Woodburn Volunteer Fire Department.?You may sign the guestbook and offer condolences at www.covingtonmemorial.com.

MICHAEL SCHERER?1949-2007?PAULDING – Michael R. Scherer, age 58, died Thursday, March 8, at his residence.?He was born Feb. 10, 1949 in Kenosha, Wis., the son of Richard and Helen (Drinkwine) Scherer. He married Virginia E. Adkins, who survives. He was employed by SK Hand Tools, Defiance. He was formerly employed by Spartech, Paulding, and Johnson Motors, Waukegan, Ill. He was a former caretaker for Auglaize Village, Defiance. He was a member of Broughton Council, and the U.A.W.?Also surviving are his mother, Helen Peura, Oxford, Wis.; a son, LEE Scherer, Zion, Ill.; two daughters, Kari (Mike) Lakins of Linderhurst, Ill., and Jessica (Tom) Myra, Salem, Wis.; a sister, Julie (Greg) Sinnen, a stepbrother, Karl Peura Jr., and a stepsister, Cindy Peura, all of Kenosha; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard; stepfather, Karl Peura; and his grandparents.?Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Jerry Davis officiating. Memorial and burial will be at a later date in Oxford, Wis. Donations may be made to the family.

DOROTHY GOELTZENLEUCHTER?1946-2007?DEFIANCE — Dorothy J. Goeltzenleuchter, 60, of Defiance, died at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, at her residence in Defiance.?She was born July 23, 1946, in Paulding, the daughter of Darwin and Viola (Tipsword) Sherry, who both preceded her in death. In 1969, she married Rolland E. Goeltzenleuchter, who preceded her in death in 2003. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Defiance and a member of the Ladies Aid at the church. She was a telephone operator for the United Telephone Company.?She is survived by an adopted daughter, Dianna (Phillip) Mayer of Defiance; three brothers, Larry Sherry of Defiance, Jess (Janet) Sherry of Van Wert, and Darwin (Pam) Sherry of Payne; two sisters, Bonnie (Don) Posey of Defiance and Brenda Jerome of Van Wert; and three grandchildren.?She was also preceded in death by a brother, Norman Sherry. Services were held Thursday, March 15, at Faith Baptist Church in Defiance, with the Rev. Dr. Jerry R. Davis officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Paulding. Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

HENRY HOOK?1927-2007?PAYNE – Henry J. Hook, 80, of Payne, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 14 at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.?Born March 5, 1927, in Payne, he was the son of the late Henry  and Ida (Hoop) Hook. On June 28, 1947, Henry married Gloria Bowers, who survives. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII.  Henry worked at International Harvester, had been mayor and police chief of Payne, and also served on the Payne Village Council and the Paulding County Democrat Committee. He was the union steward and vice president of UAW Local 57.?He will be sadly missed by his wife, Gloria; daughter,  Wendy (Larry) Zuber of Antwerp; four sons,  Kerry (Jody), Rick (LeeAnn), Jeffrey and Chad all of Payne; a brother, Ned (Doris) Hook of New Haven; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.?He was preceded in death by his sisters, Maxine Gillenwater, Dora Oberly, Violet Martz, Catherine Hook, Phyllis Stevenson and Pearl Childs; and brothers, Fred, Chuck and Clarence. Funeral services were held Monday, March 19 at Payne Church of the Nazarene with the Revs. Michael Harper and Amy Haines officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne, with military honors. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements. In his memory, contributions may be made to Payne Church of the Nazarene or Paulding County Sheriff Reserve.?Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

HOWARD MAWER?1917-2007?PAULDING – Howard B. Mawer, age 89, died at 6:53 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Paulding County Hospital.?He was born April 12, 1917 in Wood County, Ohio, the son of George C. and Lulu V. (Ducat) Mawer. On Oct. 16,1938, he married Vera Alice Pope, who survives. He retired in 1997 as the owner/operator of Ducat’s Dry Goods and Ready Wear of Paulding. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during WWII. He had been an insurance agent for National Life and Accident, he managed Kroger Stores in Toledo and worked for the Champion Spark Plug Company of Toledo. ?He was a chartered member of the Calvary Bible Church of Paulding, and a member of Gideons International and Youth for Christ. He was a Boy Scout troop leader in Haskins, Ohio. He was an avid Detroit Tiger baseball fan.?Also surviving are three sons, Larry (Carol) Mawer of Paulding, Kent (Jacqueline) Mawer of Elkhart, Ind., and Mark (Lisa) Mawer of Acworth, Ga.; a daughter, Marcia (James) Simcox of Plumsteadville, Pa.; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. ?He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Gerald and Daniel Mawer; and two sisters, Mary Lou Mawer and Frances Scheerer. ?Funeral Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, March 21 at Calvary Bible Church Paulding, with the Rev. Charles Ashman officiating. Burial will be in Beaver Creek Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Ohio. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.?Visitation will be one hour before services at the church.?Preferred memorials are to Gideons International.

RALPH RICKENBERG?1946-2007?DEFIANCE — Ralph A. Rickenberg, 60, of Defiance, died at 3:53 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Defiance Regional Medical Center. ?He was born Dec. 1, 1946, in Napoleon, the son of Alfred and Viola (Wieland) Rickenberg, who both preceded him in death. He was employed by General Motors in Defiance, retiring in 1995. He was a member of the Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Defiance, U.A.W. 211, Moose, Eagles, and AmVets #1991. Surviving are four daughters, Sheri Baker of Defiance, Shonda Huerta, Defiance, Tiffany Rickenberg of Alcester, S.D., and Tanya Rickenberg, Defiance; a brother, Richard (Ilonka) Rickenberg of Florida, Ohio; a godchild, Jason Rickenberg; various nieces and nephews; and six grandchildren, Makayla, Meredith and Logan Baker, Jaime Rey and Logan Baker, and Bricetin Stiltner.?He was also preceded in death by a brother, Henry Rickenberg.?Services were held Tuesday, March 20, at Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home in Defiance, with the Rev. Donald L. Luhring officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery in Defiance. Memorials may be directed to the Hospice of Defiance.

MARINELL SIGLEY?1943-2007?PAULDING – Marinell Sigley, age 64, died Sunday, March 18 at her residence.?She was born Jan. 8, 1943, in Paulding County, the daughter of William E. “Al” and Mary Emogene (Staley) Wolfle. On July 10, 1976 she married Arthur Lee Sigley, who preceded her in death on Nov. 13, 2002. She was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church. She was employed by Mirror Tech, Paulding, and previously employed by D.H. Lee Drug Store. She was a member of VFW Post 587 Auxiliary and Eagles #2405 Auxiliary. She is survived by a sister, Jeanne Ann (Pudge) Myers, Paulding; two brothers, Timothy Wolfle of Paulding, and Joseph Wolfle, Grove City, Ohio; and nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, William and David Lee Wolfle.?Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, March 21, and from 9 a.m. until time of services on Thursday, at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Paulding County Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.

RUTH STRAUCH?1913-2007?PAULDING – Ruth Elizabeth (Baker) Strauch, age 93, died at 5:35 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home, Paulding.?She was born Aug. 31, 1913, in Augusta, Ga., the daughter of George and Nannie (Wells) Baker Sr. In 1947, she married Hans Jacob Strauch, who preceded her in death in 1954. She moved from Augusta to Paulding in 1978.?She worked in the Hollingsworth Candy Company and Fort Gordon PX in Augusta, Ga. She worked in a drugstore in Baltimore, Md., where she met Hans, who was a pharmacist there. She also worked many hours volunteering in the kitchen at Paulding County Senior Center. Her joy was riding with her “bud,” Jim Kochenour, delivering meals to the shut-ins. She loved being with her family, especially the children, her family at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home, singing, traveling and playing bingo.?She is survived by a son, George Strauch, Bothell, Wash.; a daughter, Ruth (William) Snodgrass, Paulding; five stepsons, Joseph (Rose-Marie) Strauch of Parksville, Md., John (Annette) Strauch of Hunt Valley, Md., Paul (Lynn) Strauch of Gustine, Calif., William (Sami) Strauch of Riverdale, Ga., and Karl (Lee) Strauch, Baltimore, Md.; three stepdaughters, Carita (Edward) Rowland of Anchorage, Alaska, Margaret (Donald) Jackson of Ingram, Texas, and Theresa (Ralph) Angelillo of Edison, N.J.; two grandchildren, Erica (Doug) Habern of Paulding and Randy (Crystal) Brooks of Hicksville; 41 step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, Rylan and Myranda Brooks and Samantha, Savannah and Stephanie Habern; 69 step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles (Pat) Baker, Nottingham, N.H.; five sisters, Evelyn Jackson of Decatur, Ga., Earline Elliott of Hephzibah, Ga., Doris Grant of North Augusta, S.C., Juanita Wolpert of Cantonment, Fla., and Betty (Charles) Patterson, Beech Island, S.C.; 20 nieces; and nine nephews. Also preceding her in death were a stepdaughter, Marie Martin; two step-grandsons, Anthony Strauch and Charles Scantlen Jr.; one step-great-grandson; three brothers, George Jr., Harold and James Baker; a nephew, Tommy Baker; and a niece, Nancy Strauch.?Funeral services were held Monday, March 19, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Drew Gardner officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Pallbearers included William Snodgrass, Doug Habern, Roger Gardner and Nigel Hogan.?Memorial donations may be made to Hawthorn Court Nursing Home Activity Fund or the Emmanuel Baptist Church Children’s Department.

LARRY VAN TILBURG?1949-2007?GROVER HILL — Larry L. Van Tilburg, 57, died Sunday, March 11.

GALE WISTNER?1910-2007?GROVER HILL – Gerald Rayburn “Gale” Wistner, age 96, died at 4:25 a.m. Thursday, March 15 at Van Wert Manor Nursing Home.?He was born July 18, 1910 in Van Wert County, the son of John E. and Myrtle (DeCamp) Wistner. On Jan. 14, 1933, he married Marcele Harpster, who preceded him in death Dec. 4, 1984. A retired farmer in Latty Township, he attended Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill and was a former member of the Grover Hill Village Council.?Surviving are three sons, John R. (Cora) Wistner of Haviland, and Gerald Rodney (Judy) Wistner and Maurice R. (Cheryl) Wistner, both of Grover Hill; two daughters, Naomi R. (Paul H.) Bidlack and Ona R. (Ray) Volk, both of Grover Hill; two sisters, Virginia Gudakunst of Van Wert and Edith (Fred) Wyatt of Country Inn, Paulding; 15 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.?Also preceding him in death were five half-brothers, Thomas, Oscar, Vernon and Clarence Wistner and Dewey Gillespie; four sisters, Gladys Scarbrough, Ethel Etter, Geneva Welch and Nellie Sanderson; and five half-sisters, Pearl Tribolett, Bess Freshwater, Hazel Fortman, Rylma Marks and Esther Fish. Services were held Saturday, March 17 at Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill, with Pastor Bo Chrisman officiating. Burial was in Middle Creek Cemetery, Washington Township. Pall bearers were Dan Bidlack, Steve Bidlack, David Volk, Brad Volk, Eric Wistner, Kelly Wistner, Brent Waggoner and Rex Welch. Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, was in charge of arrangements.?Preferred memorials are to the church or the Grover Hill Fire Department.?Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to cowanfh@yahoo.com

JAMES ADAMS?1925-2007?SCOTT – James L. Adams, 81, died Monday, March 26.

DARLENE BLAIR?1936-2007?PAULDING — Darlene J. Blair, 71, Paulding, died Sunday, March 25.

ROSE MARIE FARLING?1915-2007?WOODBURN — Rose Marie Farling, 91, of Woodburn, died Friday, March 23, at her residence.?She was born Aug. 24, 1915, in Chicago. She was married to Dr. Doyt Farling, who preceded her in death. She loved her family and friends, and was always looking forward to the next get-together. Surviving are a daughter, Ellen (William) Commack of Fort Wayne; one son, Richard Farling of Toledo; a daughter-in-law, Dianna Farling, of Payne; a granddaughter, Kim (Monte) Brenneman of Woodburn; and great-grandchildren, Samantha, Joshua, Shaina and Sophia Rose Brenneman. She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Loretta and Nancy.?Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today, March 28, at the Woodburn Missionary Church in Woodburn. Family will receive friends from 11-11:30 a.m. at the church, prior to the funeral. Burial will be in the Lehman Cemetery in Payne. Hockemeyer Funeral Home, Harlan, Ind., is in charge of the arrangements. Preferred memorials may go to the Hope Crisis Network.

BETTY JOHANNS?Betty L. Randall Johanns, 79, of Marysville and Paulding died Monday afternoon, March 26, in Paulding following a brief illness. Arrangements are being completed by Ingram Funeral Home, Marysville.

JOHN LORTIE?1916-2007?NEW HAVEN — John B. Lortie, 90, of New Haven, died at 5:03 a.m. Sunday, March 25, at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne.?He was born April 29, 1916, in Jackson Township, the son of Francis F. and Bertha I. (Leonard) Lortie. On April 30, 1938, he married Celeste C. Coonrod, at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Besancon. She survives in New Haven. The couple would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary next month. John retired from Hardware Wholesalers, following 22 years of service. He also farmed for over 20 years. He was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church, Besancon. He is also survived by three sons, David B. (Judy) Lortie of Columbia City, Thomas L. (Linda Sue) of Woodburn, and Patrick M. (Terri) Lortie of Antwerp; two daughters, Linda E. (Phillip) Lee of South Whitley, Ind. and Janine C. (Daniel) Foellinger of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Dominic C. Lortie of Butler, Ind. and Paul E. Lortie of Monroeville; a sister, Mary Ann Kreger, of Churubusco; 23 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, John Francis Lortie; a daughter, Victoria M. Kumfer; three brothers, Adrian, Dallas and Earl Lortie; and one sister, Shirley Kamp.?A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., with a prayer service at 9 a.m., Thursday, March 29, at the St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church in New Haven, with the Father Stephen Colchin officiating. ?Visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m., and a Rosary Service at 8 p.m., today, March 28, at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville, Ind. Preferred memorials are to the Masses to the St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church or the St. Louis Academy.

JEAN SMALLEY?1922-2007?PAULDING – Jean I. Smalley, age 84, died Sunday, March 25 at Paulding County Hospital.?She was born Aug. 26, 1922 in Lucas County, Ohio, the daughter of Oswald T. and Marion I. (Grabach) Schmidt. On Feb. 6, 1942 she married Ralph H. Smalley, who preceded her in death on Oct. 20, 1996. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Paulding, and attended Calvary Bible Church, Paulding. She was a 20-year deputy recorder for Paulding County, a clerk for Judge Hitchcock in Common Pleas Court, and worked for various attorneys in Paulding.?Surviving are three sons, R. Douglas (Rhonda) Smalley and Kevin Smalley, both of Paulding, and David (Kathy) Smalley of Indianapolis; two daughters, Carol (Larry) Mawer of Paulding and Cynthia (John) Brady of Westerville; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.?She also was preceded in death by a son, Charles Smalley; and a brother, James Watts.?Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 30 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding with Bud Larimore officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation will be from 2:30-9 p.m. Thursday, March 29 and one hour prior to services on Friday.?Preferred memorials are to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses Home Health Care.

VIOLA SMITH?1921-2007?FORT WAYNE — Viola M. Smith, 85, died Friday, March 23, at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.?She was born May 2, 1921, in Defiance. She was currently employed by Harbor Side Healthcare of New Haven, Ind., and was a former sales clerk for L.S. Ayres for eight years. She was a member of the Wapakoneta Church of the Nazarene, Wycliffe Bible Translators, and was past president of the Missionary Society of the Church of the Nazarene.?She is survived by a daughter, Brenda M. Smith of New Haven; four sisters, Margaret Gable of Kentucky, Helen Jean Hardesty of Paulding, Majorie Ann Rhoden of South Webster, Ohio, and Olieta Bouldrey of Fairbury, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.?She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd M. Smith; five sisters, Bertha Louth, Rosetta Odern, Louise Underwood, Emma Bell Bumpus, and Gertrude Kaylor; and two brothers, Otto and George Bumpus.?Services were held Monday, March 26, at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, with the Rev. Ward Lewis officiating. Burial was in the Highland Park Cemetery. D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.?Preferred memorials are to the Wapakoneta Church of the Nazarene.

CHARLES WHITAKER?1937-2007?PINCKNEY, Mich. — Charles L. Whitaker, 69, of Pinckney, Mich., died March 2, following an extended illness.?He was born Nov. 7, 1937, in Van Wert, the son of William and Helen (Walls) Whitaker, who both preceded him in death. He graduated from Ypsilanti High school in 1954. On Oct. 13, 1964, he married Elizabeth Gilbert, who preceded him in death March 24, 1997. He was employed by SBC Ameritech for 45 years, retiring in 2001. He is survived by a son, Charles (Martha) Whitaker of Webberville, Mich.; two daughters, Shannon (Randy) Prime of Romulus, Mich. and Heather Whitaker of Whitmore Lake, Mich.; and eight grandchildren.?Also preceding him in death were a daughter, Kimberly; and a son, Jeremy. Services were held March 6, at the Stark Funeral Service Moore Memorial Chapel in Ypsilanti. Burial was in Washtenong Memorial Park in Ann Arbor, Mich.

DICK YENSER?1934-2007?HAVILAND – George Richard “Dick” Yenser, age 72, died Sunday, March 25.

JOANN YOUNG?JoAnn Autz Young, age 79, of Paulding, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, March 24, 2007.?JoAnn is survived by her eight children, Linda Zultz, Peggy (James) Rhoades, Kathleen (Mike) Reigleman, Thomas (Jolene) Young, Stephen (Kim) Young, Christine (Junior) Hounshell, Matthew Young and Roberta (Colton) Danberry; grandchildren, Heather, Timothy, James, Michael, Joseph, Nathaniel, Jason, Thomas, Patrick, Angela, Amanda, Jack, Katlyn, Jessica and Tyler; great-grandchildren, Brittani, Krysten, Joshua, Samantha, Brendon, Reilly, Reagan, Morgan and Brooke; great-great-grandchildren, Caden and Baby Brother; and a sister, Geraldine (Michael) Eshelman.?She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; and a grandson, Brandon. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. today, March 28 at Our Mother of Sorrows Chapel, 6440 S. High St., Columbus. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus. Egan-Ryan Funeral Home, Columbus, is in charge of arrangements.

EDNA BIDLACK?1915-2007?PORTAGE, Mich. — Edna L. Bidlack, 91, died Monday, April 2, at the Laurels of Galesburg, Mich. She was a former resident of Fort Wayne.?She was born May 15, 1915, in Cloverdale, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (McMichael) Claypool. She retired in 1977 from the Fort Wayne Indiana Newspapers Inc. where she was a compositor for 25 years. She is survived by a daughter, Pamela (Randy) Hitchcock of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Guilford “Bud” Claypool.?Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, April 4, at Middle Creek Cemetery Grover Hill. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are to the donor’s choice.

AMANDA EANES?1982-2007?PAYNE – Amanda Moriah Eanes, age 25, died Saturday, March 24, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, as a result of an accident at Taylor Made Glass Products, Payne. She was born Feb. 9, 1982 in Hattiesburg, Miss., the daughter of Walter W. and Belinda A. (Clark) Eanes. She was employed by Taylor Made Glass, Payne. She is survived by her father, Walter Eanes, Hodgen, Okla.; her mother, Belinda (John) Leatherwood, Niceville, Fla.; her daughter, Jasmine Lynn Mattson, Payne; her fiancé, Adam L. Mattson, stationed in San Diego, Calif.; and two half-sisters, Lora G. Eanes and Dawn M. Eanes, both of Mississippi. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 31, at Payne Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Mike Harper officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne, at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Donations may be made to the Jasmine Lynn Mattson Trust.

BETTY JOHANNS?1927-2007?PAULDING – Betty L. Randall Johanns, 79, of Marysville and Paulding, died Monday afternoon, March 26, in Paulding following a brief illness.?Betty was born June 2, 1927 in Clark County to the late Floyd L. and Thurza I. Forbeck Patton. She was married June 14, 1951 to James C. Randall, who preceded her in death March 27, 1995. On July 24, 1999, she married Paul W. Johanns, who survives. Since their marriage, she has resided in Paulding as well as keeping her residence in Marysville.?She was retired after 30 years of service at the OM Scott & Sons Company. She was a longtime member of the Marysville First United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and was very active and proud of her involvement with the annual church rummage sales. She was also a member of the Scotts 20 Year Club, the Red Hat Society, and, in recent years, had also attended the Paulding United Methodist Church. She had a wonderful caring personality and will be missed by family and friends alike. Other survivors include Paul’s children, Jan (Phil) Stump and Connie (Jim) Smith, both of Wilmington, N.C., Carol (Doug) Holland of Oak Grove, Mo., Barb King of Hicksville, Phil (Cheryl) Johanns of Portland, Ind., Dick (Jackie) Johanns of Paulding, Gary (Pam) Johanns of Jackson, Mich.; 22 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; sisters, Martha M. Green of Marysville and Jean Cramer Woodring of Paulding; brothers, Waldo (Jean) Patton and Lawrence (Wilma) Patton, both of Marysville; a sister-in-law, Ruth Patton of West Mansfield; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Richardson of Marysville; and numerous nieces, nephews, great- and great-great-nieces and nephews; and wonderful friends. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Juanita Richardson; and a brother, Roger Patton. Private family services were held Friday, March 30 at Ingram Funeral Home, Marysville, with the Rev. Richard Teller officiating. Burial followed at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marysville First United Methodist, the James Cancer Hospital, or the American Heart Association.

JOHN KOCH?1919-2007?PAYNE — John W. Koch, 87, formerly of Payne, died Saturday, March 31, at the Saint Anne Home and Retirement Center in Fort Wayne.?He was born Aug. 23, 1919, in Paulding County, the son of Wilhelm H. and Mary A. (Schaefer) Koch. On Jan. 8, 1949, he married Bernardine M. Nix, who survives in Fort Wayne. He was a retired self employed beekeeper. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during WWII.?He was a former president of the Beekeepers Association, a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Payne, Holy Name Society, a third and fourth degree Knight of Columbus, and a member of the Payne American Legion Post #297. ?He is also survived by two sons, Brendan (Peggy) Koch of Parma, Ohio, and Jerome (Marlene) Koch of Huntsville, Ala.; a daughter, Rita Phillips of Costa Mesa, Calif.; two brothers, Vitus (Ruth) Koch of Auburn, Ind., and Benjamin (Josephine) Koch of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Hedwig “Heddy” Moeller and Margaret Moeller of Albion, Ind.; and six grandchildren.?He was preceded in death by four brothers, Daniel, Carl, Justus, and Rudolf Koch; and a sister, Catherine Koch.?Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 10. at the St. John the Baptist Church in Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery in Payne.?Hours of visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Monday, April 9, at Den Herder Funeral Home, with a Knights of Columbus service at 7:30 p.m., and a Rosary service at 8 p.m. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

JOHN MITCHELL?1984-2007?TOLEDO – John C. Mitchell, age 22, died Thursday, March 29 in Bowling Green.?He was born July 17, 1984 in Paradise, Calif., the son of John M. and Tippi S. (Turpin) Mitchell.?He is survived by his father, John M. Mitchell, Eugene, Ore.; his mother, Tippi S. Turpin, Paulding; a daughter, Tatyana Carr Mitchell, Kansas; a stepfather, Russell Armstrong, Paulding; three sisters, Connie M. Snyder of Cottage Grove, Ore., Sherri A. Linn of Paulding, and April Mitchell, Eugene, Ore.; grandparents, Gary Turpin of Los Gatos, Calif., Mary Label of Leesburg, Fla., John Mitchell of Sacramento, Calif.; aunts, Wendy Hooper of Aliso Viejo, Calif., and Cindy Facha of Rockland, Calif.; a stepgrandparent, Martin Hudak of Chico, Calif.; nieces and nephews, Sammy and Gavin Ostrander, and Porter Snyder, all of Cottage Grove, Ore., and step-aunt, Michelle Porter, Chico, Calif.?He was preceded in death by grandparents, Sandy Hudak, Dolores and Charles Witzke.?Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 6 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Jim Stinehelfer Jr. officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.?Visitation will be 4:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 5 and one hour prior to services on Friday, at the funeral home.?Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

FRANCIS ROSS?1915-2007?COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. – Francis W. Ross, age 91, of Columbia City, Ind. died at 1:19 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at Parkview Whitley Emergency Room, Columbia City.?He was born on July 29, 1915 at Crane Township, Paulding County, the son of William Henry and Edith Mae Woodring. He graduated from Paulding High School with the Class of 1931. On Jan. 6, 1936 he married Ruth O. Birkhold, who survives. In 1945, he and his family moved from Ohio to Columbia City, where he has resided ever since. He was employed at Montgomery Ward in Columbia City and for over 22 years he was a factory worker for Phelps Dodge, Fort Wayne. His memberships include, Grace Lutheran Church, Eagles Lodge #1906, Elks and Moose Lodge, all of Columbia City. Also surviving are two daughters, Mary Joan Boschet of Columbia City and Betsy R. (Jack L.) Thompson of Albion, Ind.; one son, John F. (Laura) Ross, Columbia City; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Walter Ross, Antwerp. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence, Arl and John Ross. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. Eagle’s twilight memorial service today, April 4, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.?Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the funeral home with Dr. C. James Cress of Grace Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be at South Park (Original) Cemetery, Columbia City. Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Ross to Grace Lutheran Church, Columbia City. To send family condolences, sign the guest register or to light a memorial candle, please visit www.demoneygrimes.com.

LINDA VANCE?1949-2007?PAULDING — Linda D. Vance, 58, of Paulding, died Friday, March 30, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.?She was born Jan. 22, 1949, in Paulding, the daughter of Harley and Leona (Stultz) Elston, who both preceded her in death. On Jan. 20, 1968, she married Robert E. Vance, who survives in Paulding. She was previously employed by Pawnee Plastics in Paulding.?Also surviving are two sons, Barry (Dorrean) Vance and Rob (Rachel) Vance, both of Paulding; a daughter, Nancy (Taylor) McDonald of Baton Rouge, La.; three brothers, Ed (Mildred) Elston and William (Martha) Elston, both of Payne, and Don (Gertrude) Elston of Antwerp; five sisters, Mabel Jenkins, Shirley (Howard) Kilpatrick, and Waneta Sanders, all of Payne; Jean (Richard) Fraley of Antwerp, and Pamela (John) Mattes of New Haven, Ind.; and nine grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a son, Mark Vance, in 1970.?Services were held Tuesday, April 3, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with Pastor Mike Harper officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Preferred memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

CARL AYRES?1913-2007?BRADENTON, Fla. — Dr. Carl E. Ayres, 94, Bradenton, Fla., died Monday, April 2.

NICOLE BATT?1975-2007?OAKWOOD — Nicole Sue “Nicky” Batt, 31, of Bowling Green, formerly of Defiance, died Monday, April 2, as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident which occurred Sunday morning in Henry County.?She was born Nov. 19, 1975, in Paulding, the daughter of Jim and Bonnie (Strable) Batt, who survive in rural Oakwood. She was a 1994 graduate of Paulding High school and a student at Bowling Green State University. She was to graduate May 5 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics. She had worked multiple internships in Dietetics. She was former manager of Cashland and had worked in food service for 13 years.?She is also survived by a sister, Belinda (Kent) Laney of Defiance; a brother, J.J. Batt of Oakwood; two nieces and a nephew.?Services were held Friday, April 6, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Junction, Paulding County, with Father John Stites officiating. Interment was in the Sherman Cemetery, Paulding County. Lawson Roessner Funeral Home in Defiance was in charge of the arrangements.?Preferred memorials are to the donor’s choice.

CARL BOK?1986-2007?OAKWOOD – Carl David “C.D.” Bok, age 20, died Wednesday, April 4.

MAXINE HILL?1921-2007?PAULDING – Maxine Hill, age 86, died Saturday, April 7, at Van Crest Health Care Center, Van Wert.?She was born Jan. 14, 1921 in Latty, the daughter of O. Lewis and Mildred (Bimer) Neal. She was a member of First Christian Church, Paulding, Paulding Eagles Post #2405 Auxiliary, and Paulding VFW Post #587 Auxiliary. She was employed by SK Wayne Tool Company, Defiance, retiring in 1976. She was also previously employed by VFW Post #587 for eight years, and the former Grizzly Manufacturing in Paulding for 17 years.?She is survived by two daughters, Beverly (Robert) Dillery of Phoenix and Leisa Gustafson, Tomahawk, Wis.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Myron “Mick” Hill; two brothers, Rexford and Kermit Neal; and a sister, Lelah Neal. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, April 11, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding at a later date. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of services today at the funeral home.?Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

MAXINE HILL?1921-2007?PAULDING – Maxine Hill, age 86, died Saturday, April 7, at Van Crest Health Care Center, Van Wert.?She was born Jan. 14, 1921 in Latty, the daughter of O. Lewis and Mildred (Bimer) Neal. She was a member of First Christian Church, Paulding, Paulding Eagles Post #2405 Auxiliary, and Paulding VFW Post #587 Auxiliary. She was employed by SK Wayne Tool Company, Defiance, retiring in 1976. She was also previously employed by VFW Post #587 for eight years, and the former Grizzly Manufacturing in Paulding for 17 years.?She is survived by two daughters, Beverly (Robert) Dillery of Phoenix and Leisa Gustafson, Tomahawk, Wis.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Myron “Mick” Hill; two brothers, Rexford and Kermit Neal; and a sister, Lelah Neal. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, April 11, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding at a later date. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of services today at the funeral home.?Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

WANDA MILLER?1918-2007?PAULDING – Wanda G. Miller, age 88, died Tuesday, April 3, at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home, Paulding.?She was born July 10, 1918, in Grover Hill, the daughter of Ora G. and Iva L. (Stores) Uhlenhaker. On July 10, 1938, she married Virgil F. Miller, who preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 2006. She is survived by four daughters, Myrna (Norman) Cook of Paulding, Diana (Robert) Eisel of Findlay, Marlene (Don) Hartwick of Plano, Texas, and Nylice Lawson of Bear, Del.; 10 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.?She also was preceded in death by a brother, Philip. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding.?In lieu of flowers, throws/afghans, statuary, etc., the Wanda Miller Family requests that all donations be made only to Gideon’s International; Paulding United Methodist Church Children’s Department; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

HARRY SHRIDER?1928-2007?PAULDING — Harry F. Shrider, 78, died Saturday, April 7, at Paulding County Hospital.?He was born Oct. 1, 1928, in Harlan, Ind., the son of Ralph and Mabel Edith (Gray) Shrider, who both preceded him in death. On July 1, 1961, he married Rose Marie Foust, who survives in Paulding. He was employed by Dana Weatherhead for 37 years, retiring in 1989. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne, a life member of the D.A.V., Columbus, Ohio, and the Yankee Motorcycle Club of Defiance. He is also survived by a son, Dean, of Stryker; and three grandchildren.?Also preceding him in death were two brothers, Harvey “Ed” and William “Bruce” Shrider; and a sister, Jean Shrider.?Services were held Tuesday, April 10, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Burial was in the Blue Creek Cemetery, Paulding County.

PENNY BELL?1960-2007?ANTWERP – Penny Marlene Bell, age 46, died Friday, April 13.

RUBY CONLEY?1941-2007?CECIL – Ruby Elizabeth Conley, age 65, died Sunday, April 8.

HARRY SHRIDER?PAULDING — A memorial service will be held for Harry Shrider at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne.

ROY POORKER?1935-2007?PAYNE – Melroy E. “Roy” Poorker, age 71 died Sunday, April 8 at his residence.?He was born on Oct. 2, 1935 in Milaca, Minn., the son of George and Hilda (Howe) Poorker. On March 16, 1957 he married Audrey Campbell, who survives. He was owner/operator of Roy’s Refrigeration, Payne, retiring in 2002. He was previously employed by Beloit Foundry, South Beloit, Ill. for 35 years. He loved hunting, fishing, and the Green Bay Packers.?Also surviving are a son, Roy (Suzanne) Poorker, Woodbridge, Va.; a daughter, LaVerne (Ray) Craft, Gandeeville, W.Va.; 4 grandchildren, Audrey-Lynn Tesch, Roy, Scott and Christopher Poorker; and a great-granddaughter, Kelsey Blevis.?He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Louis Gossick and James Poorker; and a sister, Pauline Cummings.?Funeral services were held Friday, April 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.

CARLOS ROGERS?1910-2007?TIFFIN – Carlos Doyt Rogers, 97, formerly of Scott, died at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at Bellevue Hospital, Bellevue, Ohio. ?He was born March 2, 1910 in Swanton, the son of Roy and Minnie (O’Day) Rogers. On Aug. 31, 1935 he married Wilma Fox, who preceded him in death on June 24, 2002. He retired from National Seal in Van Wert in 1975 with 22 years of service, and General Electric in Fort Wayne with 11 years of service. Surviving are one daughter, Sandra J. (Morris) Colter of Tiffin; two sisters, Mildred (Kent) Giessler of Decatur, Ind. and Pauline Shook of South Carolina; two grandchildren, Cheryl (Tom) Wahl of Tiffin and Mark (Janie) Colter of Tennessee; and three great-grandchildren, Sara Wahl of Tiffin and Matthew and Elise Colter of Tennessee. He also was preceded in death by four brothers, Donald, Willis and Jack Rogers, and in infancy Francis Rogers; and five sisters, Marita Goeltzenleuchter, Opal Rodenour, Della Zulch, Princess Martz, and in infancy Louella Mae Rogers.?Funeral services were held Thursday, April 12 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert with Pastor Bernie Dickson from the Fostoria Nazarene Church officiating. Burial was in the Blue Creek Cemetery, Paulding County. Preferred memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation.?Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to: cowanfh@yahoo.com

FURL SANDERSON?1913-2007?VAN WERT – L. Furl Sanderson, 93, of Van Wert, died at 2:35 a.m. Saturday, April 14 at VanCrest Health Care Center.?He was born Oct. 12, 1913, in Paulding County, the son of John E. and Ethel Ann (Edwards) Sanderson. On March 15, 1935, he married Dola Arminda Caris, who preceded him in death on Sept. 28, 1997. He retired from Continental Can Company (Greif Bros.) in Van Wert, Jan. 2, 1976. He was a member of Zion Christian Union Church, Grover Hill.?Surviving are five sons, Leo (Marcia) Sanderson and Dana (Sheila) Sanderson, both of Van Wert, Donald Sanderson of Rome City, Ind., and Tom (Carol) Sanderson and Bill (Charlene) Sanderson, both of Van Wert; a sister, Betty Dunlap of Ayersville; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by five brothers, Clyde, Harold, Kenneth, Paul and John Sanderson; a twin sister, Pearl Winters; and one great-grandson. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, April 18, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert. The Revs. Paul W. Miller and Mark McKay will officiate. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.?Preferred memorials are to Zion Christian Union Church or VanCrest Activity Fund.?Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to cowanfh@yahoo.com.

RUTH SCHAUFELE?1915-2007?DEFIANCE — Ruth L. Schaufele, 91, of Defiance, died at 7:15 a.m. Monday, April 16, at the Laurels of Defiance.?She was born Nov. 8, 1918, in Paulding, the daughter of Charles and Pearl (Hayes) Potts. On Sept. 16, 1937, she married Robert E. Schaufele, who preceded her in death in 2005. She was a housewife and a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Defiance, a WELCA member, a former member of Eastern Star, Defiance Hospital Auxiliary, a former member of United Church Women, and a charter member of the Cotillion Dance Club.?She is survived by a son, Philip (Marty) Schaufele of Defiance; two daughters, Judy (Gerald) Mekus of Sherwood and Carolyn (James) MacMillan of Stratford, Ontario, Canada; a sister, Elsie Emerling of Defiance; and three grandchildren.?Also preceding her in death were five brothers, Lawrence, John, Floyd, Robert, and Walter Potts; and a sister, Esther Larimore.?Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 19, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Defiance, with the Rev. Robert McNamara officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.?Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., today, Wednesday, April 18, at Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home in Defiance.?Preferred memorials are to the Zion Lutheran Church or to Multiple Sclerosis.

DIANA STOLLER?1946-2007?SPRINGPORT, Mich. — Diana Jean (Dull) Stoller, 60, was swept lovingly into her Heavenly Father’s arms at 10:45 p.m., Friday, April 13, at her home in Springport, Mich. Her loving husband, Rev. Keith Stoller, pastor of the Grace Baptist Church of Springfield, held her in his arms as she succumbed to complications of diabetes and end stage renal failure. Her husband was supported and encouraged by critical assistance from Great Lakes Hospice of Jackson, Mich.?She was born Oct. 21, 1946, at the Paulding County Hospital, the daughter of Eugene and Lorna Dull of Scott, who both preceded her in death. She lived in rural Mercer County and Paulding County, as well as S.C. during her growing up years. ?She graduated along with her husband, Keith, from Blue Creek Local High School in 1964. Her vocational preparation included International Business College in Fort Wayne, as well as Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo.?She ably served many full time and part time employers as secretary, sales manager, and administrative assistant during her working years. While living in Lansing, Mich., she was active in community affairs, serving on the Greater Lansing Housing Commission, as well as President of the Riverpoint Neighborhood.?Born again in March 1975, she served conscientiously and sacrificially as a pastor’s wife while they ministered to congregations in Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. she was gifted with a beautiful singing voice and was a blessing whenever she communicated the gospel in song. She is survived by Keith, her husband of more than 40 years; a daughter, Marci (Craig) Merrill; a granddaughter, Katrina Merrill, all of Michigan Center, Mich.; a sister, Maurice Hudson of N.C.; three brothers, Steve Dull of Ind., Jack (Rhonda) and Rick (Tammy) Dull, all of Ohio; nine nieces; six nephews; and her loving pets, Peaches and Little Bit.?Also preceding her in death were an infant son, Brian Keith; a sister, Lora Jean Mathews of San Paulo, Brazil; and a granddaughter, Sophie Merrill.?Her life will be celebrated in a memorial service at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, April 18, at the Liberty Baptist Church in Van Wert with Rev. Jim Burns, the pastor, officiating. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at the church. Her body will be interned at the Blue Creek Township in rural Paulding County.?Liberty Baptist Church is making arrangements for a dinner, following the graveside service. Local arrangements are being ably handled by Cowan and Son Funeral Home in Van Wert. ?Those desiring to honor her life with a preferred memorial gift may do so to either: Gideon Bible Society, Grace Baptist Church, Springport, or New Tribes Missions, Sanford, Fla., which is designated for Bible translation work.

KATHRYN WALTZ?1919-2007?VAN WERT — Kathryn Waltz, 87, of Van Wert, died Friday, April 13.

FRED WYATT?1913-2007?GROVER HILL — Fred D. Wyatt, 93, died at 7:52 a.m. Friday, April 6, at the Van Wert County Hospital. He was a resident of the Country Inn, near Paulding. He was born Sept. 18, 1913, in Grover Hill, the son of William H. and Clara D. (Stemen) Wyatt. On Feb. 23, 1935, he married Lois E. Wistner, who survives at the Country Inn. He was a lifetime farmer in Latty Township and a truck driver for G.H. Voigt, Defiance. He was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill, and was an avid bowler.?Also surviving is a daughter, Clara Rose (Ray) Hussey of Defiance; a sister, Ruby Scarbrough of Delaware, Ohio; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters.?He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Ray Wyatt; and a sister, Laura Wyatt.?Services were held Tuesday, April 17, at the Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill, with the Rev. Bill Sherry officiating. Burial was in the Middle Creek Cemetery in Washington Township, Paulding County. Cowan and Son Funeral Home in Van Wert was in charge of the arrangements.?Preferred memorials are to go to the Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill.?Expressions of sympathy may be emailed to cowanfh@yahoo.com.

ELMO?GIBSON?1921-2007?FORT WAYNE – Elmo J. Gibson, 85, died Monday, April 16, at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne.?He was born June 14, 1921 in Van Wert, the son of Harley and Carrie (Douglas) Gibson. He was a maintenance engineer with Dana Corporation for 33 years, retiring in 1980. He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, American Legion Post #82, Wayne Lodge #25, F&AM, the Scottish Rite and Parkview Senior Club.?Survivors include his wife, Jean L. Gibson of Fort Wayne; and nephews, Dennis Williams of Payne and David Williams.?He was preceded in death by an infant son and daughter; and a sister, Helen Williams.?Services were held Thursday, April 19 at at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, with the Rev. Phillip R. Emerson officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne, with military graveside services.?Preferred memorials are to the Allen County Heart Association.

CATHERINE HECK?1931-2007?PAYNE – Catherine J. Heck, age 75, left this world at her residence in Payne on April 20, 2007 at 2:45 p.m. and was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus and her beloved husband, Raymond.?She was born July 16, 1931 in Allen County, Ind., the daughter of Bernard A. and Vivian L. (Miller) Pepe. On Oct. 14, 1950, she married Raymond G. Heck, who died Jan, 10, 2007. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, where she was very active belonging to the choir, CLC and Altar/Rosary Society, Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Auxiliary, Paulding County Senior Center and Paulding County Hospital Benevolent Society. She volunteered for St. Patrick’s Church Mission in Fort Wayne Indiana. She belonged to Harvest House of New Haven, and Medugorje Prayer Group.?Surviving are four sons, John Heck of Antwerp, Randy (Mary) Heck of Sand Springs, Okla., Raymond (Pam) Heck of Payne, and Bill Heck, Antwerp; seven daughters, Dawnita (Don) Smith, Fort Wayne, Cheryl (Steve) MacDougall of Red Bud, Ill., Colleen (Bruce) Summerfield of Hoagland, Ind., Joanne (Harold) Warren of New Haven, Cindy (Kurt) Michael of Sylvania, Vicki (Ed) Baucom of Payne and Jackie (Harold) McDougle, Paulding; a brother, Donald Pepe of Fort Wayne; a sister, Helen (Roger) Green of Fort Wayne; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.?She also was preceded in death by her parents; one son, David; one daughter, Bernadette; one brother, Louis Pepe; and one sister, Virginia Hunsberger.?Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today, April 25 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Church Cemetery, Payne.?Memorial donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Educational Fund, Masses, or Hospice of Paulding County.

DARREL SANDERSON?1942-2007?HILLIARD – Darrel R. Sanderson, age 65, Hilliard, formerly of Bloomville, died Tuesday, April 17, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.?He was born Jan. 30, 1942 in Paulding, the son of Harold and Flossie (Mobley) Sanderson. On June 24, 1961 in Grover Hill, he married Nancy J. Ditto, who survives in Hilliard.?He retired in 2003 from the Stansley Quarries in Genoa, where he was employed as quarry superintendent. He was formerly employed as the superintendent at Hanson Aggregates in Bloomville for many years. He was the original owner of the Dairy Depot in Bloomville.?Mr. Sanderson attended the Northwest Bible Church of Hilliard and was very active with their VBS program, was a former member of the Bloomville Lions Club, and was very active with the Hilliard Senior Center. He was an avid coin collector, loved fishing and hunting, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Falynne, Reid, Ethan and Taylor Kagy; Austin, Brandon and Paige Brookes; Lauren, Jacob and Lucas Stacy; and Sarah, Nicole, Madeline and Kaitlyn Ziemba.?Also surviving are four daughters, Deborah (Troy) Kagy and Kelly (Scott) Brookes of Bloomville, Angela (Dan) Stacy of Hilliard, and Valerie Ziemba of Stow; a son-in-law, Karl Ziemba of Avon Lake; his mother, Flossie Cory of Van Wert; a sister, Ruthann (Robert) Thompson of Grover Hill; 14 grandchildren; and his dog Izzy.?He was preceded in death by his father.?Funeral services were held Saturday, April 21, at the Bloomville United Church of Christ, with Pastor Dennis George officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bloomville. Lindsey-Olds Funeral Home, Bloomville, was in charge of arrangements.?Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House, National Parkinson’s Foundation, or to the American Heart Association

FRANK WARNER - 1933-2007?PAULDING – Frank D. Warner, age 74, died at 11:40 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, where he had been a patient for one week. He was born March 4, 1933 in Paulding County, the son of Lowell G. and Lillie M. (Sittsworth) Warner Sr. On July 14, 1955, he married Loretta Jean Hagen, who preceded him in death Dec. 30, 2001. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict. In 1991, he retired from GM Powertrain of Defiance as truck driver, after 37 years of service. He attended the First Christian Church of Paulding, Ohio. He was a life member of the Paulding VFW Post #587.?Surviving are one son, Dewayne Warner of Paulding; two brothers, James Warner of Toledo and Anthony Warner of Fort Wayne; three sisters, Patsy Hagen of Alma, Mich., Pearl (Beau) Duncil of Upper Sandusky and Thelma (Mark) Sherer of Toledo; and nieces and nephews.?He also was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Debra Warner in 1961; one son, Rusty Warner in 1980; one brother, Lowell Warner Jr.; and one sister, Carolee. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Den Herder Funeral Home Paulding. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Paulding VFW Post #587 will conduct military graveside rites. Visitation will be today, April 25, from 2:30-9 p.m. at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. Thursday until service time. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

THOMAS ZACHRICH - 1948-2007?Zac, 59, was an inspiration to all who knew him. He’s a former Defiance and St. Petersburg, Fla. resident and businessman, who passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 15, at his new residence in Paulding.?Zac was born March 31, 1948 in Defiance Hospital, the son of Richard Paul and Mary Catherine (Welsh) Zachrich. He attended Tinora High School, started on their 18-1 championship baseball team, and graduated in 1966. He served his country in the U.S. Army’s 3rd Armored “Spearhead” Division in Germany during the Vietnam War Era with an honorable discharge. He traveled through many of the European countries.?He owned several Defiance businesses during the 1970s; two were the Tom Tom Club and Crazy Zac’s. His smile, personal greeting and conversations turned customers into friends when they came to these popular places to have a good time, listen and dance to the live music including, Tommy James and the Shondells, the Associations, the Sherrill’s.?While working at the club, Zac injured his back, a hematoma developed that damaged his spinal cord. After surgery Zac had a positive attitude about being a paraplegic, that he was fortunate to have use of his hands and arms. He adjusted to a new lifestyle in a wheelchair, and without concession continued doing the things he wanted, such as becoming a licensed pilot, skydiving, scubadiving in the ocean, and barnstorming the country while competing in National Wheelchair Billiards, Rollers and Pro Bowlers Tournaments. Zac was always with a smile, telling a story, traveling, and most of all he loved people. He helped many to overcome perceived disadvantages and disabilities in order to achieve and fulfill their true potential. He had a world of friends who played with him, laughed with him, and loved him. Zac had a remarkable life and lived it to the fullest. Zac was also a member of the Defiance VFW and AMVETS.?He is survived by his mother, Mary Catherine Zachrich of Paulding; longtime friend and confidant Patty Sprow and goddaughter Paige Sprow, Paulding; his former wife, Beverly (Cupp) Zachrich, Bryan; two sisters, Mary Jane (Steven) Clark of Paulding and Nancy Jean (Ken) Brotsche of Homosassa, Fla.; four brothers, Richard Lee (Sherri) Zachrich of Holgate, Harry Joseph (Sandra) Zachrich of Fort Wayne, David Paul (Joyce) Zachrich of Dublin, Ohio, and Arthur Paul (Valerie) Zachrich, Grand Prairie, Texas; six nieces; nine nephews; nine great-nieces; and three great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Paul Zachrich in 1966; and niece Talitha Mara Reynolds-Brotsche in 2005.?A Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, April 21 at Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home, Defiance.?Preferred memorials are to DASH (formally Easter Seals), Make A Wish Foundation, or a Trust Fund for Paige Lee Sprow (for more information, contact Danielle K. Smith).

BRIAN ALBRIGHT - 1974-2007?PAULDING – Brian Craig Albright, age 32, died at 3:22 a.m. Friday, April 27, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.?He was born on Sept. 21, 1974 in Fostoria, the son of Kevin F. and Nancy S. (Ross) Albright. On Feb. 7, 2005 he married Brittney M. Goldfuss, who survives in Van Wert. He was a deliveryman for Marco’s Pizza of Defiance, Paulding County MRDD Workshop and participated the Paulding County Special Olympics. Also surviving are his parents, Kevin and Nancy Albright of Paulding; and his sister, Krystal Albright of Paulding.?His was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Elouise (Rodman) Albright and William and Bernice (Workman) Ross.?Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland. Visitation is from 2:30-8 p.m. today, May 2 and from noon until service time on Thursday. ?Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

DOROTHY MOHR - 1911-2007?VAN WERT — Dorothy L. Mohr, 95, of Van Wert, died Thursday, April 26.

ARLENE TYAS - 1921-2007?VAN WERT – Arlene Mae Rhoad Tyas, 86, died on Friday, April 27, at Convoy Care Center following a brief illness.?She was born on March 25, 1921 in Paulding County, the daughter of John and Gertrude Gantt Rhoad. Arlene and her eight siblings grew up on the farm of her birth located south of Paulding in Blue Creek Township. She graduated in 1939 from Latty School. Following graduation she worked at housekeeping in Paulding for two years and for a short time at Magnavox in Fort Wayne.?Arlene and Roy Tyas were married on Dec. 4, 1942. Together they raised three children: Paul Leroy (Cynthia) Tyas of Van Wert, Floyd (Carolyn) Tyas of Van Wert, and Margaret (Richard) Miller of Convoy. Arlene was a full-time homemaker along with providing a helping hand for her husband on the Tyas family farm located on John Brown Road in Union Township.?Roy died in June 2001, and Arlene remained on the family farm until July 2005 when she moved to the Country Inn enhanced living facility located just a mile north of where she was born. She very much enjoyed her time at the Country Inn getting to know the residents and staff at her new home. Arlene was a member of Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert, and cherished the many years of worship, learning and fellowship shared with her brothers and sisters in Christ there. She also is survived by two brothers, John Rhoad of Fort Wayne and Gene (Mary) Rhoad of rural Haviland. Arlene will be missed by her children; six grandchildren, Daniel Miller, Susan Hughes, Jeannie Miller, Jennifer Daugherty, Jason Tyas and Christopher Tyas; and by 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Floyd Rhoad, Kenneth Rhoad, twin brother Arlo “Buddy” Rhoad, and Doyle Rhoad; and by two sisters, Donna Rhoad Wilson and Enid Rhoad Learned. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, May 2 at Calvary Evangelical Church, 10686 Decatur Road, Van Wert, with calling one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Raymond Feeck will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Jason Tyas. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery, Scott. Pall Bearers will be Daniel Miller, Jordan Miller, Brad Hughes, David Daugherty, Christopher Tyas and Mark Adams. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, is in charge of arrangements.?Preferred memorials are to Calvary Evangelical Church, the Country Inn or Scott EMS. Condolences may be emailed to: agfhc@earthlink.net

ALBERT WALTERS - 1916-2007?GROVER HILL — Albert W. “Bill” Walters, 90, died at 2:24 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima, shortly after admission. He was born Nov. 29, 1916 in Paulding County, the son of Charles and Flora V. (Fast) Walters. On June 27, 1964 he married Vera Gwendolyn Whitehurst, who survives. He was employed by Magnavox of Ft. Wayne retiring after 37 years of service in 1982. He was a member of the Paulding Eagles Post #2405 He is also survived by a stepson, Carlos D. Brooks, of Auburn, Ind.; four step grandchildren; two half-brothers: Charles Mosier of Grover Hill, and Bice Mosier of Paulding; a brother-in-law, Clarence Sanderson of Van Wert; nieces and nephews, Carolyn and John Craine, Charles and Gloria Sanderson, Carol and Curt Proffitt, Cleona and Frank VanVororhis, Clayton and Liz Sanderson, Craig and Cindy Sanderson, Florence McClish, Don Biederman, Ralph Biederman, Robert and Sharon Mosier, Gary and Diane Mosier, Louise and Mike Pohlman, Janice and Byran Rasey, Steve and Kathy Mosier, John and Teresa Mosier, Susan Gladieux, Vickie and Joe Kemerer, Charles and Betty Mosier Jr., Brenda and Dan Nantz, Shirley and Dave Dawson, and Carl and Carolyn Mosier.?He was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Biederman Slusser and Clara Maye Sanderson; a half brother, Elmer Mosier; and a nephew, Carl Clarence Sanderson. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 28, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Don Rogers officiating. Burial was in Blue Creek Cemetery, Paulding County. Donations may be made to Grover Hill EMS or American Heart Association.

DR. HAROLD WILKIN - 1924-2007?VAN WERT — Dr. Harold E. Wilkin, 82, of Van Wert, died at 3:41 a.m. Monday, April 30, at the Van Wert County Hospital.?He was born May 1, 1924, in Spencerville, the son of Vernon and Nellie (Bice) Wilkin. On Aug. 4, 1946, in Venedocia, he married Natalie J. Morgan, who survives in Van Wert. He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran, serving in the European Theater as a combat engineer in the 247th Combat Engineer Unit. He was also involved with the Omaha Beach D-Day Invasion.?He was a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Veterinarian Medicine. He was still practicing veterinarian medicine at his office in Van Wert, which he had started in 1955. He was a member of the Spencerville American Legion, Van Wert VFW, Van Wert Elks, a former member of the Van Wert Kiwanis Club, where he served as a past president and former lieutenant governor of District Two.?He was also a member of the Ohio Veterinarian Medical Board, serving as president in 1989. Wilkin was also the recipient of the 2006 Research Council of Top Veterinarians in America. He was an instrument rated airplane pilot, a member of the Ohio and American Veterinary Association, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert. Also surviving are a son, Dr. Tom (Leslie) Wilkin of Van Wert; a daughter, Beth (Gary) Medford of Brighton, Mich.; a sister, Irene (Carl) Miller of Lima; six grandchildren, Heather Toole, Megan Wilkin, Cassandra Wilkin, T. Ross Wilkin, Steven Medford, and Holly Bastianelli; and four great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death was a brother, Virgil Wilkin; and three sisters, June Bauer, Helen Edwards and Lenore Ohler. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 3, at the First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert, with the Rev. Dr. Edward Jillson officiating. Burial will be in the Venedocia Cemetery, where military graveside services will be conducted.?Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, May 2, at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory in Van Wert, and one hour prior to services at the church. Preferred memorials may go to the First Presbyterian Church or the Van Wert County Hospital Endowment Fund.?Online condolences may be sent to agfhc@earthlink.net

ROLLIN “BIDDY” BIDLACK - 1925-2007?OAKWOOD – Rollin W. “Biddy” Bidlack, age 82, died Thursday, May 3.

BRENT CHESTER - 1970-2007?COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. – Brent Jason Chester, 37, of Columbia City, Ind. passed away at 11:30 am. on Friday, May 11, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.?He was born Feb. 3, 1970 in Paulding, the son of Roger L. and Ginger L. (Johnson) Chester. During his childhood, he lived in Sturgis, Mich., moving to Columbia City in 1994. He graduated from Sturgis High School with the Class of 1988, and International Business College with two associate degrees in business and accounting. On Aug. 15, 1992, he married Angela Harris, who survives.?He worked at State Farm Insurance Company, Fort Wayne, from 1998-2004 and from 2004 to the present date at Collision Revision, Fort Wayne. He was a member of First Church of God, Columbia City, and Columbia City Police Reserves.?Also surviving are two daughters, Mikaela and Makenzie Chester of Columbia City; his parents, Roger and Ginger Chester of Payne; a grandmother, Kathryn Overla of Angola; father and mother-in-law, Tom and Kathy Harris of Columbia City; and a brother-in-law, Tom Harris Jr. of Columbia City. His brother, Darren L. Chester, maternal grandparents, Virgil and Grace Johnson, and paternal grandfather, Lyle Chester, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 15, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City, with Pastor George Reser of First Church of God officiating. Burial followed at Greenhill Cemetery, Columbia City. Memorial bequests may be given in his memory to Three Rivers Federal Credit Union – Brent Chester Charity Fund. To send condolences to the family, sign the guest register or to light a memorial candle in his memory, please visit www.demoneygrimes.com.

MILDRED FOX - 1922-2007?PAYNE — Mildred “Mille” Fox, 84, died Friday, May 11.

MICHAEL GARRETT?PAULDING — Michael Garrett, 60, Paulding, died Wednesday, May 9.

MABLE SIMPSON - 1926-2007?PAULDING – Mable I. Simpson, age 81, died Thursday, May 10, at her residence.?She was born March 31, 1926 in Blue Creek Township, Paulding County, the daughter of William and Sophia M. (Dunham) Hartwick. On June 5, 1947 she married Robert I. Simpson, who survives.?She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the Rachel Circle, Paulding, John Paulding Historical Society, Cecil Grange #2735, Crane Farm Women’s Club, Paulding County Hospital Auxiliary, and Gideon’s International.?Also surviving are two sons, Kenneth R. (Dee) Simpson and Charles E. (Susan) Simpson, both of Cecil; two daughters, Delores K. (Joe) Howell, Convoy, and Cathy L (Tim) Callahan, Maumee; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.?She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Otto Hartwick; and two sisters, Elsie and Estie Sinn.?Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 15 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Mary Beth Smith-Webb officiating. Burial was in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Donations may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, John Paulding Historical Society, Gideon’s International, Paulding County Hospital Auxiliary, or Paulding Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.

GLORIA WILLIAMS - 1931-2007?SCOTT – Gloria Jean Williams, age 75, died Thursday, May 10, at the Van Crest Health Care Center, Van Wert, where she had been a patient for one month. She was born Oct. 15, 1931 in Detroit, the daughter of Benjamin and Edna (Sholes) Harlow. On July 22, 1961 she married Ralph K. Williams, who survives. She was a member of St. Jacob United Church of Christ, Payne.?Also surviving are three sons, Ben Williams and Robert (Karen) Williams, both of Payne, and Barry (Sandi) Williams, Atoka, Tenn.; four daughters, Linda (Tom) Carlisle, and Jean (Jerry Sr.) Mobley, both of Paulding, Barbara Mattson, Payne, and Diana (Stephan) Garrod, Tampa, Fla.; a brother, Charles (Ivy) Harlow of Moore, Okla.; 26 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.?She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Brian Williams; two grandsons, Joey and Christopher Williams; and two brothers, Arthur and Robert Harlow. Funeral services were held Monday, May 14 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Jim Langham officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Donations may be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.

HELEN HOOK - 1918-2007?PAYNE – Helen S. Hook, age 89 died Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.?She was born Feb. 3, 1918 in Payne, the daughter of Homer and Minnie (Overmyer) Zartman. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne. She is survived by a son, Danny (Lana) Hook of Edon; a daughter, Bonnie Jean (George) Schooley of Glasgow, Ky.; a sister, Beulah (Norman) Eschbach, Payne; 17 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren.?She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Paul Hook and Don Kelley; a son, Thomas; daughter, Carolyn Speicher, and infant daughter, Patricia; two grandsons; and many sisters and brothers. Funeral services were held Friday, May 18 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne, with the Rev. Amy Haines officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Activity Fund.

JOSHUA SAWYER - 1992-2007?DEFIANCE — Joshua S. Sawyer, 14, of rural Defiance, died Friday, May 18.

GOZA SHELTON - 1923-2007?GROVER HILL – Goza T. Shelton, age 84, died at 3:47 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.?He was born Jan. 16, 1923 in Sand Creek, Lincoln County, W.Va., the son of Herbert and Lethie (Lambert) Shelton. On Sept. 9, 1944 in Huntington, W.Va., he married Lessie Rakes, who survives. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. In 1981 he retired from Diamond Shamrock Coal Mining Company of Lundale, W.Va. as a mechanic after 38 years of service.?Also surviving are three daughters, Gail (Alvin) Gribble of Grover Hill, Karen Kreischer of Convoy, and Terri (Marty) Lewis of Beavercreek; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Herbert Shelton Jr. of Midkiff, W.Va., Ishmael Shelton of Oakwood and Larry Shelton of Hawthorne, Fla.; and three sisters, Ruth Black, Melissa (Robert) Brumfield and Lorraine (Ronnie) Nelson, all of Ranger, W.Va. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Lester, Clifford, Victor, Eugene and Oder Vernon Shelton; and four sisters, Dorothy Staley, Beatrice Moore, Claudia Elkins and Marcella Vance. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, May 30, at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Pastors Ronnie Nelson and Lonnie Lambert will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Latty Township, Paulding County.?Visitation is one hour before services today. Memorials may be made to Paulding County Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.

RUBY SCARBROUGH - 1911-2007?Ruby B. Scarbrough, 95, of Delaware, died early Wednesday morning, May 30, at Wintersong Village Nursing Home, Delaware.?She was born Sept. 22, 1911, in Grover Hill, the daughter of William and Clara (Stemen) Wyatt. She was a homemaker who had also served as clerk of the Haviland Post Office for 10 years. She was a member of the Haviland Country Chapel United Methodist Church where she served as treasurer for 50 years and played the piano. She was also a member of the Women’s Christian Society and had been a Delaware resident since 1997.?She is survived by a son, E. Gene (Linda) Scarbrough of Lewis Center; three grandchildren, Jeffrey “Randy” (Dayna) Scarbrough of Centerburg, Gary Scarbrough of Dublin, and Gina (Joe) Heller of Delaware; four great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Amy Scarbrough and Mackenzie and Bryce Heller; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband C. Rex Scarbrough; a sister, Lura Wyatt; and a brother, Fred Wyatt. Services were held Saturday, June 2 at the Haviland Country Chapel UMC, Haviland, with the Rev. Bob Parker officiating. Burial will follow in Middle Creek Joint Cemetery, Grover Hill. Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, Delaware, was in charge of arrangements.?Contributions may be made to the church or Willowbrook Christian Village, 100 Willowbrook Way, Delaware OH 43015.?Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.rodmanneeper.com

SAMMIE JONES JR. - 1935-2007?CECIL – Sammie Jones Jr., age 71, of Cecil, died at 5:52 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 at his residence.?He was born Oct. 26, 1935 in Leake, Miss., the son of Sammie and Eula (Bloodson) Jones Sr. On Aug. 12, 1983 he married Judy Keezer, who survives. He worked at GM Powertrain for 34-1/2 years, retiring in 1998. He was a member of UAW Retirees Local 211.?Also surviving are his father, of Mobile, Ala.; four sons, Jimmie Spivey of Jackson, Miss., Joseph (Carrie) Jones of New Haven, Sammie Jones III of Paulding and Benjamin Jones of Antwerp; a daughter, Kesia Jones, at home; four brothers, J.R., Willie and Kenneth, all of Jackson, Miss., and Ollie of Florida; four sisters, Annie Ward, Beverly Jackson and Gloria Mitchell, all of Jackson, Miss., and Katy Jewell McDonald of Hawaii; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Eula Scott; two brothers, Herman and Bernard Scott; and two sisters, Linda Anderson and Patsy Rucker. Services were held Friday, June 1 at Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home in Defiance, with the Rev. Donna Stutzman officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Paulding County. Memorials may be made to the family.?Condolences may be left at www.mastmockhoffman.com

MARCILE DINDOT HILLA PINDER - 1922-2007?BRADENTON, Fla. – Marcile Pinder, age 85, of Bradenton and formerly of Palm Springs, Calif., died Sunday, May 27 in Bradenton.?She was born April 10, 1922 in Grover Hill, the daughter of Fearl and Elnora Dindot.?She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Hilla, in January 1992.?She is survived by her second husband, Samuel Pinder, whom she married on Feb. 6, 1993; three sisters, Betty (Joseph) Barbara of Lauderdale by the Sea, Fla., and Eileen (Merle) Jeffery and Justine Blanchard, both of Paulding; and two nieces and two nephews.?A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9 at First Church of the Nazarene Bradenton.?Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill, at a date and time to be announced.?In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Church of the Nazarene Bradenton, or Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care in Sarasota, Fla.

DORIS BIDLACK - 1933-2007?GROVER HILL — Doris Winifred Bidlack, 74, of Grover Hill, died at 9:50 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the Paradise Oaks Nursing Home in Cloverdale.?She was born March 11, 1933, in Chicago, the daughter of Raymond Howard and Lillian Lucille (Huffman) Bowling, who both preceded her in death. She graduated from Continental High School in 1951. On June 2, 1951, she married Marion Ray Bidlack and he preceded her in death Nov. 18, 2006. She was retired from the Zeller Corp. in Defiance. She was a member of the Roselm Christian Church and the Ladies Aid Society, a member of the Turkey Foot Trotters and Black Swamp CB Club, and a member of UAW #1298. ?Surviving are three sons, Mark (Helen) Bidlack of Paulding, Dean (Betty) Bidlack of Continental, and Todd (Karen) Bidlack of Delphos; a daughter, Jill (David) Bauer; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Virginia Bowling of Mansfield, Ohio; and a brother-in-law, Evan Krotzer of Pemberville, Ohio. Also preceding her in death was a sister, Helen Krotzer; and a brother, Raymond Bowling.?Services were held Tuesday, June 5, at the Roselm Christian Church in Roselm, with Pastor Gary Church officiating. Burial was in the Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, was in charge of the arrangements.?Preferred memorials may be sent to the Roselm Christian Church or to the donor’s choice.?Online condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

PAUL RINGLER - 1924-2007?PAULDING — Paul R. Ringler, 82, died at 5:57 a.m., Saturday, June 2, at Mercy Hospital in Defiance. ?He was born June 26, 1924, in LaGrange County Ind., the son of Francis W. and Laura H. (Sailors) Ringler. On Sept. 25, 1948, he married B. Isabelle (Rager) Ringler, who survives. He retired from the General Portland (LaFarge) Cement Company of Paulding in 1987, following 35 years of service as a yard foreman. He was a member and former elder of the First Christian Church of Paulding. He was a former reserve officer for both the Paulding Police Department and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department. ?Also surviving are a daughter, Sandra (Ken) Oyler; two sons, Edward (Mari Beth) Ringler and Richard (Lynda) Ringler, all of Paulding; a brother, Donald (Evelyn) Ringler of Wolcottville, Ind.; four sisters, Helen Busk of Reed City, Mich., Laura Bowdish of Sturgis, Mich., Nila Burkey of South Bend, Ind., and JoAnn Rossman of Coldwater, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.?He was preceded in death by a grandson, Lynn Ringler; and five brothers, Harold, Homer, Carl, Warren, and Chancey; and two sisters, Violet Wood and Elna Miller. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 5, at the First Christian Church, Paulding, with Jim Stinehelfer Jr. officiating. Burial was in the Live Oak Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. ?Preferred memorials are to go to the First Christian Church or the American Heart Association.

WAYNE MILLER - 1942-2007?PAULDING – Wayne F. Miller, age 65, died Friday, June 1, at his home.?He was born on Jan. 9, 1942 in Paulding County, the son of Melvern and Ruby (Taylor) Miller. On Oct. 29, 1966 he married Janice T. Wisda, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired in 1982 from the U.S. Army Reserve as a captain. He retired in 2003 from Johns Manville, Defiance, as a machine chief after 44 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding.?Also surviving are five children, Mark (Ginny) Lawson of Defiance, John (Mindy) Miller of Wolcottville, Ind., Keith (Mandi) Miller of Toledo, Nick Miller of Paulding, and Chris (Amy) Miller of Van Wert; a brother, Arthur (Rosalee) Miller, Defiance; and seven grandchildren.?He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Leonard Miller.?Funeral services will be 10 a.m. today, June 6 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Herman Scherger officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Donations may be made to Masses; Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

RICHARD FARLING - 1940-2007?TOLEDO – Richard Ellis Farling, age 65, died Saturday, June 2 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Maumee.?He was born Dec. 23, 1940 in Franklin County, the son of Dr. Doyt and Rose M. (Atwood) Farling. He was a union steward for International Harvester and a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne.?Surviving are a daughter, Kim (Monte) Brenneman, Gulfport, Miss.; four grandchildren, Samantha, Joshua, Shaina and Sophia Brenneman, all of Gulfport; and a sister, Ellen (William) Commack, Fort Wayne.?He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 7 at Woodburn Missionary Church, Woodburn, with Pastor Joel Deselm officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Church Cemetery, Cecil. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.?Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Donations may be made to Hope Crisis Response Network, Elkhart, Ind.

CAROL STRAYER - 1941-2007?ANTWERP – Carol Strayer, 65, of Antwerp, died Sunday, June 3.

LeANN COLLEY - 1939-2007?PAULDING – LeAnn R. Colley, age 67, died Friday, June 8 at her residence.?She was born on July 11, 1939 in Paulding County, the daughter of Ray H. and Florence A. (Myers) Bashore. On Dec. 6, 1958, she married Richard L. Colley, who survives. She was a member and former choir director of Paulding United Methodist Church, Paulding. She was a former president of Paulding County Fair Board, a former member of Ohio Rabbit Breeders Association, a former 4-H adviser, and former Paulding High School band mother. She was formerly employed by Lincoln Life and as a cook at the former Riverside Restaurant of Antwerp.?Also surviving are her stepmother, Mildred Bashore, Paulding; three sons: Terry L. (Sharon) Colley of Hicksville, Jerry (Gayle) Colley of Antwerp, and Larry Colley of Paulding; a daughter, Kathy (Mike) Meyer, Cecil; two halfsisters, Charlene (Jerry) Shrider of Cecil, and Bonnie (Roger) Sherland, Uniondale, Ind.; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and half-brother, Kenneth Ray Bashore.?Funeral services were held Monday, June 11 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.

JOHN DEEVERS - 1964-2007?SCOTTS, Mich. — John Deevers, 42, formerly of Antwerp, died March 22, 2007, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich.?He was born Sept. 2, 1964, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Ollie Rex Deevers and Sharon Ann (Bercaw) Deevers, who both preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Gull Lake High School. He had been a chemical operator for the UpJohn (Phizer) Company in Kalamazoo for approximately 10 years, and was most recently employed by Stryker in Kalamazoo. He loved living on Long Lake, where he resided for many years prior to his death. He was also very fond of fishing. He was a member of the V.F.W. He is survived by a sister, Lisa Deevers; a niece, Danielle; several nephews; an uncle, Keith Bercaw of Cecil; aunts, Linda (Donald) Teusch of Fort Wayne, Beverly Bercaw of Paulding, Joanne Dean of Bull Head City, Ariz., and Barbara (Bill) Benedict of Atlanta, Ga.; an uncle, Dale (Alta) Deevers of Orlando, Fla.; a great-uncle, Robert (Virginia) Zedaker of Stryker, Ohio; several cousins; and special friends, Richard and Nancy Culp.?Also preceding him in death was an uncle, Charles Deevers. John will be missed by all who knew and loved him.?A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. June 21, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Paulding.

BERNARDINE KOCH - 1917-2007?PAYNE – Bernardine M. Koch, 90, former Payne resident, died Tuesday, June 5, at Defiance Inpatient Hospice in Defiance.?She was born April 18, 1917, in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Florence H. and Theresa M. (Genth) Nix. On Jan. 8, 1949 she married John W. Koch, who preceded her in death on March 31, 2007. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne and was previously employed by the former Sims Cab in Payne. She is survived by two sons, Brendan (Peggy) Koch, Parma, Ohio, and Jerome (Marlene) Koch, Huntsville, Ala.; a daughter, Rita Phillips, Costa Mesa, Calif.; three brothers, Kenneth (Helen) Nix of Davenport, Iowa, and Zeno (Helen) Nix, and Eugene (Joan) Nix, both of Fort Wayne; four sisters, Annette Imm, College Station, Texas, Armella (Frank) Scott, Olympia, Wash., Catherine (Don) Scharlach, Hendersonville, N.C., and Pauline (Don) Baker, Fort Wayne; a sister-in-law, Barbara Linsky, Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; 24 nephews; and 19 nieces. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Nix; sister and brother-in-law, Lorena and Ade Bugbee; a brother-in-law, Joseph Imm; and a nephew, Adrian Bugbee. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 12 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

JOHN “JACK” SMITH - 1937-2007?HICKSVILLE – John L. “Jack” Smith, age 70, died Sunday, June 10, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance.?He was born Feb. 10, 1937 in Paulding County, the son of John Paul and Mary (Winterhalter) Smith. He was a 1956 graduate of Paulding High School. On Oct. 6, 1962, in Castalia, he married Nancy Hurley, who survives.?He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired in 1998 from Johns Manville in Defiance as a supervisor in shipping/receiving after 42 years.?He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Hicksville; was an assistant coach for the Eagles little league baseball team; was a collector of toy tractors and an avid Cleveland Indians fan. Also surviving are his mother, Mary, of Paulding; a daughter, Sally Smith of Newark, Ohio; two sons, John (Liz) of Bucyrus and Greg (Amy) of Kalamazoo, Mich.; six grandchildren, Brant, David, Kevin, Emily, Ethan and Anna Smith; a brother: Jerry (Robin) of Perrysburg; his mother-in-law, Ruth Hurley of Lima; and nine nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, John Paul Smith.?Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today, June 13 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home in Hicksville with one hour of visitation prior to the service. Pastors Jack Teeple and Jerry Lewis will officiate. Burial will be at Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville.?Memorials may be made to Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

AUGUSTA “GUS” RODMAN - 1909-2007?HAVILAND – Augusta M. Rodman, age 97, died Monday, June 11, at her residence.?She was born Aug. 8, 1909 in Paulding County, the daughter of Theodore and Iva (Hubert) Humbarger. On Dec. 4, 1931 she married Leo Rodman, who preceded her in death on April 14, 2005. She was a member of Country Chapel United Methodist Church, Haviland. She was previously employed as a telephone operator for Scott, and as a beautician for many years. She was a Gray Lady for the Paulding County Hospital.?She is survived by two sons, Charles (Bonnie) Rodman of Haviland, and Robert (Jerri) Rodman, Woodburn; a brother, Wayne Humbarger, Antwerp; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.?She also was preceded in death by a sister, Alveria McIntosh; and two great-grandchildren.?Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Bob Parker officiating. Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. today, June 13 and from 9 a.m. until time of services on Thursday at the funeral home.?Donations may be made to the Scott EMS; Country Chapel United Methodist Church; or Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.

BETTY MANZ - 1931-2007?DEFIANCE – Betty A. Manz, age 75, died Tuesday, June 12, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.?She was born June 13, 1931 in Paulding County, the daughter of John W. and Maude F. (Davis) Slane. She married John P. Rose Sr., who preceded her in death. On Oct. 3, 1959 she married Alvin H. Manz Sr., who survives. She was a member of Apostolic Christian Church, Junction.?Also surviving are four sons, John (Patricia) P. Rose Jr. and Joseph H. (Gina) Rose, both of Oakwood, Alvin H. “Bud” Manz Jr. of Defiance, and Robert J. (Donna) Manz Sr., Cecil; a foster son, James J. Parker, Hicksville; a brother, Floyd L. (Darlene) Slane, Eufaula, Okla.; two sisters, Inez I. Rose of Paulding, and Mildred M. (Edward) Elston, Payne; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.?She also was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Samuel M. Slane; a sister, Naoma F. Slane; and a grandchild, Alicia Anne Rose.?Funeral services were held Friday, June 15 at the Apostolic Christian Church, Junction. Burial was in Dotterer Cemetery, Junction. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.?Donations may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church in Junction, or to Gateway Woods Children’s Home in Leo, Ind.

WILLIAM HARSHMAN?1960-2007 GROVER HILL – William E. Harshman, age 47, died Friday, June 8.

HAZEL SIERER - 1926-2007?PAULDING — Hazel G. Sierer, 81, died at 4:10 a.m., Wednesday, June 13, at Harborside Healthcare in Defiance.?She was born March 8, 1926, in Brown Township, Paulding County, the daughter of Durl and Blanche (Burt) Horner. On Feb. 24, 1953, she married Richard Sierer, who preceded her in death on April 1, 1994. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Melrose.?She is survived by two sons, Ron (Diana) Sierer of Paulding and Steve (Sharon) Sierer of Oakwood; seven sisters, Leota (Chester) Bemiss of Zephyrhills, Fla., Helen Johnson of Melrose, Lois (Jack) Schweigel and Joan (Harlan) Bowman, both of Fort Wayne, Ruby (Ivan) Buckmaster of Ashley, Ind., Jeanette (Carl) Dimock, Defiance, and Nancy (Darrell) Noffsinger of Paulding; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.?Also preceding her in death was a sister, Carolyn Heare and a brother, Bill Horner.?Services were held Friday, June 15, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with Pastor Bob Parker officiating. Burial was in the Hedges Cemetery, Broughton. Donations may be made to the Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.

LOIS MILES SZELUGA - 1930-2007?Lois J. Miles Szeluga, 76, formerly of Paulding, died May 29 in Buffalo, N.Y. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Szeluga.?She was a devoted mother to Carol and Chyrle, who survive; and the late Larry Miles.?A Mass of Christian burial was held Friday, June 1 at the Sts. Rita and Patrick Church in Buffalo. Pietszak Funeral Home in Buffalo, N.Y. was in charge of the arrangements. Preferred memorials are to go to the, “Support the Viet Nam Memorial Wall,” in Buffalo, N.Y. VVA Chapter 77, Inc., 57 Main St., Tonawanda, N.Y.

BERNARD WANNEMACHER - 1934-2007?KETTERING – Bernard H. Wannemacher, 73, died Tuesday, June 12, at University Hospital in Cincinnati.?Born in Paulding County, he was a member of St. Charles Parish, Knights of Columbus Maria Joseph Council #4022, where he was a Father Kuhlman 4th Degree. He was also a 38-year volunteer member of the Kettering Fire Dept. and a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his mother, Helen; five sons, Martin (Joanne), Paul (Dawn), Michael (Teresa) and James Wannemacher, and Monte Moser; two daughters, Christine Lyons and Elizabeth (John) Miras; one sister; three brothers; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.?He was preceded in death by his father, Herman; and a sister, Betty Rose.?Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, June 19 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Burial was at Davids Cemetery. Tobias Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association or the National Kidney Foundation of Ohio. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www. tobiasfuneralhome.com

ILA LaFOUNTAIN - 1919-2007?PAULDING – Ila G. LaFountain, age 88, died Sunday, June 17 at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home in Paulding.?She was born June 14, 1919 in Cadmus, Mich., the daughter of George P. and Ida E. (Robinson) Aten. On June 24, 1939, she married Richard J. LaFountain, who preceded her in death April 4, 2002. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Paulding, and its Altar-Rosary Society, Little Flower Study Club and Paulding Council of Catholic Ladies of Columbia.?Surviving are five sons, Joseph (Janet) and John (Sue), both of Paulding, Thomas (Rose) of Defiance, Jean (Sherry) of Wauseon, and Mark (Elia) of Las Cruces, N.M.; three daughters, Laurel Minck of Defiance, Rose (Ronald) Davidson of Antwerp and Carol Williams of Ada, Okla.; a sister, Edith Brink of Vicksburg, Miss.; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were two brothers; three sisters; a daughter, Christina Sue; two grandsons; and a great-grandson. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 21 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with the Rev. G. Allen Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-5 and 6-9 p.m. today, June 20, with a rosary service at 8 p.m., at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Visitation also will be one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Donations may be made to Masses or Hawthorn Court Nursing Home Activity Fund.

ERSEL ?RIGGENBACH?1922-2007?NAPLES, Fla. — Ersel Ivan Riggenbach, 84, of Naples, Fla., died May 30.?He was born Oct. 23, 1922, in Goodwin, Ohio. He is a U.S. Army veteran serving in WWII. Ersel and his family started the Paulding and Defiance Church of Christ in 1954 and 1957.?He is survived by four daughters, Cheri Bartlett of Silver Point, Tenn., Veramae Cheryl Irelan of Metamora, Mich., Ersella Winters of Shelby Township, Mich., and Sela Adams of Naples, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.?He was preceded in death by his wife, Vera Mae Riggenbach; a son, Joseph Riggenbach; a grandson, Peter Galvin; and two granddaughters, Tammy Rhine and Delaney Craig.?A memorial service was held Saturday, June 2, at the Naples Church of Christ.

GERALDINE BECKER?1922-2007?PAULDING – Geraldine A. Becker, age 84, died Wednesday, June 20, at Country Inn Enhanced Living Facility, Latty.?She was born on Aug. 12, 1922, the daughter of Carl and Edith Schmidt. In 1945, she married Donald W. Becker, who preceded her in death on May 28, 2002. She was a homemaker and attended St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding.?She is survived by two sons, Jon (Denise) Becker of San Diego and Bruce (Clare) Becker, Paulding; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.?She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Becker.?Graveside services were held Monday, June 25 at Woodvale Union Cemetery, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, with Pastor Mary Beth Smith Webb officiating. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Donations may be made to Country Inn Activities Fund (Attention: Janet Williamson).

ELAINE BOLENBAUGH?1917-2007?GROVER HILL — Elaine Bolenbaugh, 89, of Grover Hill, died at 7:05 a.m., Saturday, June 23, at the Convoy Care Center.?She was born July 13, 1917, in Grover Hill, the daughter of Jesse and Fara Belle (DeCoursey) Blythe. On April 17, 1935, she married Fred Bolenbaugh, who preceded her in death Oct. 6, 1998. She was a member of the 1935 graduating class of Grover Hill High School. She was also a homemaker, a member of the former Church of Christ in Grover Hill and a member of the Van Wert Red Hat Society. ?Surviving are three sons, Bill (Peg) Bolenbaugh of Grover Hill, Roger (Pat) Bolenbaugh of Indianapolis, and C.M. “Duke” Bolenbaugh of Grover Hill; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.?She was also preceded in death by a son, Fred Keith Bolenbaugh; and two sisters, Faun Litton and Maxine Foust.?Services will be held at 11 a.m., today, Wednesday, June 27, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul Miller and Roger Bolenbaugh officiating. Internment will be in the Middle Creek Cemetery.?Memorial contributions may be made to the Grover Hill EMS and the Convoy Care Center.

EUGENE CRAWFORD?1913-2007?COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. – Eugene “Bud” Crawford, 93, died at 1:15 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Oaks Living Center, where he had been a resident since April 10.?He was born Oct. 1, 1913 in Paulding County, the son of George and Georgia (Bird) Crawford. He completed his education in the Paulding School System. On Feb. 15, 1935 he was united in marriage to Christine T. Ropp, who survives. They made their home in Fort Wayne, later purchasing a farm in Wells County. They continued farming when they moved to Jefferson Township, Whitley County. Following their retirement from farming they moved to Columbia City. He worked at Magnavox in Fort Wayne and retired from the Body & Fender Shop. Following his retirement, he owned and operated the Lake Trails Miniature Golf Course in North Webster.?Also surviving is a niece, Janet Freed of Fremont.?He was preceded in death by a sister, Isabel “Pat” Umbaugh.?Funeral services were held on Monday, June 18 at Smith & Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne.?Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com

JULIET SCHLATTER?1924-2007?PAULDING – Juliet L. Schlatter, age 83, died Tuesday, June 19 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.?She was born May 1, 1924 in Paulding County, the daughter of Andrew and Leona (Stoller) Dotterer. On Feb. 3, 1946 she married Richard Schlatter, who preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 1969. She was a member of Apostolic Christian Church, Junction.?She is survived by five daughters, Kathy (David) Manz, Dorothy (August) Dietrich and Margery Schlatter, all of Paulding, Janet (Dean) Hartzler of Rittman, Ohio, and Sherri Schlatter, Fairbury, Ill.; four sons, William (Emily) Schlatter of Defiance, Timothy (Rebecca) Schlatter, Edward (Cheryl) Schlatter and Dennis (Laurie) Schlatter, all of Paulding; 39 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; a brother, Henry Dotterer of Rittman; and a sister, Marilyn (Eugene) Fetter, Bern, Kan.?She also was preceded in death by a son, Mark; a brother, John Dotterer, two sisters, Esther Schlatter and Anna Dotterer; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren.?Funeral services were held Saturday, June 23 at the Apostolic Christian Church, Junction. Burial was in Dotterer Cemetery, Junction. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Donations may be made to the church or Morton Home for the Handicapped.

AMY WELCH?1971-2007?PAULDING — Amy Lynn Welch, 36, died at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home in Paulding.?She was born Feb. 4, 1971, in Paulding County, the daughter of Alan R. and Sandra Sue (Stallbaum) Welch. She was a former employee of the Paulding County MRDD, and a member of the First Christian Church in Paulding.?Surviving are her father, Alan R. Welch and her step-mother, Jill Welch, both of Haviland; a son, Jalen Welch of Paulding; two brothers, Brian Welch of Paulding and Robert (Jacque) Welch of Van Wert; a sister, Courtney Welch, Toledo; maternal grandmother, Thais Stallbaum of Paulding; and her paternal grandmother, Mildred Welch of Van Wert.?Preceding her in death were her mother, Sandra Welch in 1982; her maternal grandfather, Ray Stallbaum; her paternal grandfather, Justus Welch; and a sister, Jonica Jo Welch.?Services were held Saturday, June 23, at the First Christian Church in Paulding, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.?Preferred memorials may go to a charity of the donor’s choice.

ARETTA GOINGS1908-2007?PAULDING – Aretta Mae Goings, age 98, died Wednesday, June 20, at Bon-Iing Health Care Center, Gahanna, Ohio.?She was born Sept. 14, 1908 in Paulding County, the daughter of Thomas and Julia (Upthegrove) Phillips. On Oct. 17, 1948 she married Leo L. Goings, who preceded her in death on April 26, 1999. She was a member of the former First Baptist Church of Paulding and was previously a cook for the Paulding County Home.?She is survived by a sister, Montressa Faye Turner of Columbus; and nieces and nephews.?She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Audrey Phillips and Gwendolyn Suel; and a stepbrother, Tom Williams.?Graveside services were conducted Friday, June 29 at Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Donations may be made to Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.

EDYTHE BAXTER?1920-2007 PAULDING – Edythe F. Baxter, age 86, died Monday, June 25 at Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert.?She was born Aug. 19, 1920 in Grabill, Ind., the daughter of Simon and Mahilda (Klopfenstein) Yoder. On Sept. 29, 1946 she married Delbert “Del” F. Baxter, who preceded her in death on March 6, 2003. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Briceton, where she was also organist from 1934-2007; a graduate of Leo High School; a graduate of Warner Beauty College, Fort Wayne; and secretary of Wayne Trace High School and the former Blue Creek High School for 20 years from 1961-1981.?She is survived by a son, William (Julie) Baxter, North Manchester, Ind.; a daughter, Ruth Ann (James) Covey, Van Wert; four grandchildren, Chris (Amy) Covey, Rebecca (Ryan) Strickler, and Lauren and Megan Baxter; and two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Jenna Covey.?She also was preceded in death by a sister, Edna Yoder Lederman.?Funeral services were held Friday, June 29 at St. John Lutheran Church, Briceton, with Pastor Joseph Allen officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Donations may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, Gideon’s International, or John Paulding Historical Society.

DORTHY WARNER?1936-2007 PAULDING — Dorthy “Sue” Warner, 71, died Wednesday, June 27, at St. Vincent Hospital, Toledo.?She was born Jan. 5, 1936 in Tiptonville, Tenn., the daughter of Alton B. and Dortha (Richardson) Williams, who both preceded her in death. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Paulding.?Surviving are a daughter, Becky (Donald) Gipple of Toledo; a brother, Charles Williams of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Doris Pendergrast of Antwerp; three grandchildren, Michelle Smotherman, Josh Blair, and Kelly Gipple; and four great-grandchildren, Jerry Smotherman, Braden Blair, Joseph Smotherman, and Blaine Blair.?She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Alton, Richardson, and infant brother, J.S. Williams.?Services were held Saturday, June 30, at Den Herder Funeral Home with Tim Dooley officiating. Burial was in the Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.?Donations may be made to the Church of Christ or to the donor’s choice.

RICHARD EVANS?Richard K. Evans, 85, died on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at his home.?He was born Sept. 25, 1921, the son of Dr. Kimsey “K.C.” and Nell (Brady) Evans. He was retired from the U.S. Navy. He was a former employee of Corpus Christi Army Depot.?Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Edna; a son, Richard K. Evans Jr.; a daughter, Jeanne Gall; two grandchildren, Richard Gall and Tiffany Sanders; two great-grandchildren, Ross Gall and Tessa Kenniston; and nieces and nephews, Pat (Jim) Linder, Dr. Don (Myrna) Snyder, Mrs. Gerald (Donna) Snyder Jr., Lynn (Evelyn) Snyder, David Snyder, Kay (Benji) Hoagland, Karel (Mike) Barney and Kim Kelsik.?He was preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine Snyder and Dorothy Kelsik.?Services were private.

DOROTHY BENSCHNEIDER?1913-2007 PAYNE – Dorothy M. Benschneider, age 94, of Payne, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 27.?She was born Jan. 16, 1913, in Antwerp, the daughter of Elmer and Ida Wilson. After graduation from Antwerp High School, she and her twin sister, Doris, worked as nannies for a family in Fort Wayne. On Sept. 21, 1935, she married Clarence “C.C.” Benschneider at the Lutheran parsonage in Payne. They bought a farm north of Payne and lived there for the next 65 years. They had three children, Karol Kay, Bruce William and Stephen Roger.?Along with helping her husband farm a number of acres and raising cattle and sheep, she also was the accountant for C.C. Benschneider Excavating business. Dorothy was an immaculate housekeeper and took care of the large yard until she was in her late eighties. She and her husband spent winters in Ft. Myers where they enjoyed time with new friends as well as with other family who had residences there.?She continued to live on the farm until she was 87 when she moved to Dallas Lamb Sunrise apartments. She is fondly remembered by her grandchildren as always ready to play cards or a board game. They also remember spending nights at her house when they were young and being tucked into crisply ironed sheets. When she didn’t have someone around to play cards with, she did crossword puzzles. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.?Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Karol Kay Poth, Pemberville; daughter-in-law, Irene Benschneider, Payne; grandchildren, Julie (Ken) Connell of Whitehouse, John (Patricia) Poth of Lake Forest, Ill., Jeffery (Christine) Poth of Columbus, Kim (Mike) Wietfeldt of New Haven, Todd Benschneider of Fort Wayne, and Chad Benschneider, Payne. Also surviving are great-grandchildren, H.J., Max and Madison Taylor of Whitehouse, John Jr., Jennifer and Emily Poth of Lake Forest, Frances, Tyler and William Poth of Columbus, and Abby and Zack Wietfeldt, New Haven.?Dorothy was preceded in death by two sons, Bruce and Stephen; her son-in-law, John J. Poth; and in 1990 by her husband of 55 years, Clarence. ?Services were held Monday, July 2 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Joe Allen officiating. Burial was in the family plot in the Wiltsie Cemetery near Payne.?Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, OH 45880.?The family expresses their deepest gratitude to all those at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home who took such wonderful care of Dorothy.??Private memorial services held for murder victim?CENTERVILLE, Ind. — Private services were held for Theresa L. Smith-Shay, 38, of Centerville, whose body was discovered two weeks ago in Paulding County. The woman died of gunshot wounds. The case remains unsolved.?Theresa L. Smith-Shay was survived by her children, Austin, Hannah and Harley; her mother, Opal Smith; and seven brothers and sisters. ?Smith-Shay was cremated and family graveside services were conducted Friday, June 29 at the Abington Cemetery, Richmond Ind. Arrangements were handled by Stegall Berheide Orr Funeral Home in Richmond, Ind..?Memorials for Teresa Smith-Shay may be sent to the Galilean Baptist Church, 204 S. Morton St., Centerville, Ind., 47330.

JACK BERRYHILL?1934-2007?PAYNE – John “Jack” R. Berryhill, age 72, died Monday, July 2, at Convoy Care Center, Convoy.?He was born Oct. 16, 1934 in Toledo, the son of Leo and Evelyn (Brososky) Berryhill. On July 7, 1952 he married Sharon R. Gebhart, who survives. He was employed by REA Magnet Wire, Fort Wayne, for 25 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Payne, Masonic Lodge, Payne Fire Department and EMS, and Paulding County Sheriff/Police Department.?Also surviving are four daughters, Debbie (Charles) Kipfer, Sherrie Crone and Tammie (Mitch) Rothenbuhler, all of Payne, and Sandie (Doug) Mize of Bartlett, Ill.; a brother, Jerry (Mary Lou) Berryhill, Statesville, N.C.; four half-sisters; 10 grandchildren: Bethany (Greg) Parker, Katie and Scottie Kipfer, Jon, Jamie and Jessica Mize, Tara Morrison, and Rachel, Brooke and Andrew Rothenbuhler; three great-grandchildren: Chloe and Brenna Parker and Ethan Bietler.?He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Dianne.?Funeral services were Friday, July 6 at St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, with Pastor Joe Allen officiating. Burial was in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Memorial donations may be made to St. James Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

DONNA CAMPBELL?1937-2007?ANTWERP – Donna L. Campbell, age 69, of Antwerp, passed away at her home on Wednesday, July 4.?She was born on Nov. 1, 1937 the daughter of Merton Sr. and Madonna (Franks) Bell. On Feb. 9, 1954 she married Jack Laney, who passed away Dec. 7, 1968. She was a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church and the Antwerp VFW Auxiliary and enjoyed her family, puzzles and country music. Donna worked at Sheller Globe for 15 years. ?She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Diana (Lynn) Stark of Defiance, Tamara (Jeff) Blankenship of Sherwood; sons, Jerry Laney of Hudson, Ind., Gary (Nancy) Laney of Antwerp, Charles Campbell Jr. of Antwerp; sisters Helen Hunter of Payne, Clarice Baker of Haviland, Gladys Stultz of Hicksville; brothers, Richard Bell of Fort Wayne, Harold of Antwerp; 15 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.?Donna also was preceded in death by her son, Ricky Laney; sister, Delores Stultz; brother, Merton Bell Jr.; and grandchildren, Jerry Laney Jr. and Jessica Blankenship.?Funeral services were held Saturday, July 7 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Antwerp, with the Rev. William Barlow officiating. She was laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements.?In Donna’s memory, contributions may be made to her church.?Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

SISTER ADELA DILLER?1918-2007?TIFFIN – Sister Adela Diller, age 88, of the Sisters of St. Francis in Tiffin, died at 3:45 a.m. Thursday, July 5, in St. Francis Home, Tiffin.?She was born Oct. 15, 1918, in St. Anthony, Ohio, the daughter of John and Mary (Gross) Diller.?Surviving are her sister Ethel Boeckman of Coldwater, Ohio; and her sister-in-law, Rita Diller of Coldwater.?She was preceded in death by her baby sister, Adela Diller; and her brothers, Zeno Diller, Father Harold Diller, Donald Diller, Father Otto Diller, and Walter Diller.?Sister Adela served as elementary teacher in Edgerton, Blakeslee, Peru, and both teacher and principal in Payne; as high school teacher at St. Francis Convent, Tiffin and St. Mary, Paducah, Ky.; as aspirant directress and postulant directress for the congregation; and as community councilor for the congregation. At the time of her death she was a minister of prayer and presence for the congregation.?Deacon Donald Coughlin from Payne said of her: “In her humility and love of God, she has made St. John’s School a great place of learning.”?The Funeral Mass was officiated by the Rev. Roger Bonifas on Saturday, July 7, in the St. Francis Convent Chapel, Tiffin. Burial was in St. Francis Convent cemetery. Traunero Funeral Home, Tiffin, was in charge of arrangements.?Memorials can be made to St. Francis Convent or St. Francis Home.?Online condolences may be posted at www.traunerofuneralhome.com

HAROLD ?FINNEGAN?1923-2007?MELROSE — Harold V. “Hap” Finnegan, 84, died at 7:55 p.m., at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Facility, Latty.?He was born May 31, 1923 in Melrose, the son of William and Marie (Wilson) Finnegan. On Feb. 18, 1950, he married Barbara J. Keck, who preceded him in death Aug. 10, 1999. He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from General Motors in Defiance in 1983. He formerly owned and operated a milk route for 15 years, from 1940 to 1955. He was also a lifetime farmer. He was a member of the UAW Local #211 and a former Melrose School Board member.?Surviving are three daughters, Gloria (John) Aden and Sandra (Lynn) Bradford, both of Oakwood, and Connie Proxmire of melrose; two brothers, Edward Finnegan of Melrose and Paul Finnegan of Paulding; a sister, Dorothy Merritte of Paulding; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.?Also preceding him in death was a son-in-law, Frank Proxmire; a grandson, Travis Bradford; three sisters, Violet Vance, Irene Doster, and Ilene Doster; and two brothers, Dale and Forrest Finnegan.?Services were held Thursday, July 5, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood, with the Rev. Jim Nathan officiating. Burial was in the Sherman Cemetery in Oakwood.?Preferred memorials can go to the donor’s choice. ?Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

ELIZABETH KONOPKA?1916-2007?PAULDING — Elizabeth Russell Konopka, 90, died Friday, June 29, at her residence.?She was born Aug. 10, 1916 in Wood County, Ohio, the daughter of Ervin and Bertha (Shannon) Russell. On July 11, 1939, she married Michael P. Konopka, who preceded her in death in 1977.?She was a homemaker and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Paulding. While a resident of Emerald Township, Paulding County, she was a member of the Home Extension Department Women’s Club and an adviser of the Happy Helpers 4-H Club. She was also a member of the Paulding County Republican Women and the Paulding County Hospital Auxiliary.?She is survived by four daughters, Kathryn Dorsett of Colmesneil, Texas, Martha (H. Greg) Evans of Fairfield, Calif., and Dorothy and Barbara Konopka, both of Paulding; six sons, Robert (Deb) of Bluffton, Ohio, Thomas (Jan Dean) of Monroe, Mich., William of Belleville, Mich., Ralph (Sue) of Wayne, Mich., Richard (Joyce) of Flemingsburg, Ky., and James (Lorraine) of Defiance; one sister, Lucille (Fred) Hodgins of Blissfield, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.?Also preceding her in death were two brothers, G. Franklin and Roger Russell; and a great-grandson.?Services were held Wednesday, July 4, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Jackson Township.?The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Paulding County Hospital Auxiliary (Bargain Bin).

DERRIK McKINLEY?2007?ANTWERP — Derrik James McKinley was stillborn Friday, July 6, at the Community Hospital and Wellness Center, Bryan.?Derrik is the son of Kevin and Alicia McKinley, the grandson of Ed and Pam Carnahan of Sherwood, Mike McKinley of Woodburn and Annie Pollock of Fayette, Ohio. He is the great-grandson of Dave and Nancy McKinley of Spencerville, Ind., Connie Starkey of Bryan, Walt and Ellen Carnahan of Oakwood, and Ken and Sandy Vogelsong of Sherwood. He has several aunts and uncles and a cousin.?Derrik was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandparents.?A private service will be held at Smith and Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville today, Wednesday, July 11. Burial will be at Forest Home Cemetery.

HOMER MORRISON?1921-2007?GROVER HILL — Homer W. Morrison, 86, Grover Hill, died at 10:50 a.m., Monday, July 9, at the Van Wert Manor Nursing Home.?He was born June 1, 1921, in Grover Hill, the son of Ethel (Reed) Morrison, who preceded him in death. He was married to Mildred Lucille Tracey Morrison, who survives in Grover Hill. He was a lifetime farmer and carpenter, and was an avid woodworker. ?He is also survived by two sons, Larry (Patsy) Morrison of Delphos and Randy (Debra) Morrison of Toledo; a daughter, Carol Morrison of Van Wert; one brother, Alfred (Helen) Morrison of North Little Rock, Ark.; six grandchildren, Nicole Morrison, Olivia (Ben) Langdon, Jennifer Morrison, Jason (Amanda) Morrison, Michelle (Kevin) Hinedgardner, and Van (Angie) Spragg; and 12 great-grandchildren.?He was preceded in death by ?his maternal grandparents, Marven and Lillian Reed; and a son-in-law, Jerry Kadykowski.?Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 12, at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.?Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., today, Wednesday, July 11, at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory.?Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association. ?Online condolences may be sent to agfhc@earthlink.net.

GENE YOQUELET?1935-2007?WOODBURN — Gene F. Yoquelet, 72, died Monday, July 9 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.?He was born May 9, 1935, in Allen County Indiana, the son of Wilfred J. “Pokey” and Kathryn E. (Eagleson) Yoquelet, who both preceded him in death.?He is survived by a sister, Sharon (Richard) Mull of Fort Wayne; and nieces and nephews.?Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 12, at Den Herder Funeral Home. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne.?Hours of visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today, July 11, and one hour prior to services.?Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

RICHARD JONES?1937-2007?DELPHOS — Richard L. “Casey” Jones, 70, died Wednesday, July 11.

HARRY MANLEY?1919-2007?PAULDING – Harry Paul Manley, age 87, died at 1:43 p.m. Monday, July 16 at his residence.?He was born Nov. 5, 1919 in Paulding County, the son of Richard A. and Effie A. (Anspach) Manley. He was a self-employed carpenter, retiring in 1975.?Surviving are one brother, Norman Manley of Paulding; one sister, La Donna Geyer of Antwerp; and many nieces and nephews.?He was preceded in death by four brothers, LeRoy, Blake, Richard and Frank Manley; and five sisters, Velma Comadoll, Faye Farison, Alice Lunderman, Pat Proxmire and June Horney.?Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at Cooper Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.?Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

BLAS RUIZ?1937-2007?OAKWOOD — Blas Ruiz, 70, of Oakwood, died at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at the Christus VNA Hospice/ Palliative Care Center in San Antonio, Texas.?He was born Feb. 3, 1937, in Paulding, the son of Rudolph and Juana Ruiz Sr., who both preceded him in death. He was a Vietnam veteran, and retired from the U.S. Army following 21 years of service. He also retired from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department after 16 years, and worked for Integrity Ford in Paulding.?He is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann (Jerry) Gates of San Antonio, Texas, and Elizabeth (Troy) Meeker of Oakwood; a brother, Rudolph Ruiz Jr. of Paulding; and three grandchildren, Rachel Goetz, Katie Goetz and Molly Meeker.?He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Joseph Gonzales; and a sister, Socorro Yoshida.?A memorial gathering will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood, with Deacon Val Lopez officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Oakwood American Legion.?In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.?Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

E. GENE?SCARBROUGH?1930-2007?LEWIS CENTER – E. Gene Scarbrough, 76. of Lewis Center, died Saturday morning, July 14 at Riverside Methodist Hospital.?He was born Sept. 2,1930 in Grover Hill, the son of C. Rex and Ruby B. (Wyatt) Scarbrough. He had worked a total of 34 years for The Combined Insurance Company, the first 24 years as a sales manager and the last 10 years he taught sales school and insurance license school. He was a Korean War Army veteran who was a member of the Country Chapel Methodist Church of Haviland and a friend of Liberty Presbyterian Church, Delaware. He was a 1948 graduate of Haviland High School and had attended the Ohio State University, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity, and he was avid Buckeyes fan.?He is survived by his wife of almost 49 years, Linda A. (Lease) Scarbrough; two sons, Jeffrey Rand “Randy” (Dayna) Scarbrough of Centerburg and Gary Rex Scarbrough of Dublin; one daughter, Gina Lynne (Joe) Heller of Delaware; four grandchildren, Jennifer and Amy Scarbrough and Mackenzie and Bryce Heller; an aunt, Edith Wyatt of Grover Hill; and a cousin, Clara Rose (Ray) Hussey and family of Defiance.?He was preceded in death by his parents; aunt Lura Wyatt; uncle Fred Wyatt; and cousin Dennis Wyatt.?Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today, July 18 at the Liberty Presbyterian Church, Delaware, with Pastor John Hart officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to services. Burial will be at a later date in the Hale Cemetery in Mt. Victory. Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, Delaware, is in charge of arrangements.?Memorials may be made to the Liberty Presbyterian Church Children’s Ministry.?Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.rodmanneeper.com

 

SAMMY RAY SMITH?1943-2007?ANTWERP – Sammy Ray Smith, 64, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, July 20, while serving his community in an accident involving an ambulance and semi-truck.?Sam was born on June 5, 1943, in Harts, W.Va., the son of the late Elza and Alice (Crittenden) Smith. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He worked as a tire builder at BF Goodrich, Woodburn, retiring in 1997. He was a 30-year veteran of the Antwerp Fire and EMS departments.?Sam will be sadly missed by his wife Anna Faye (Cottrell) Smith, whom he married Nov. 11, 1967, and his son, Michael Ray Smith of Antwerp.?Sam was preceded in death by his sisters, Kathleen Dillion, Belva, Mary and Joyce Smith; and brothers Henry, William, Paul and Elza Jr.?You are invited to participate in his funeral service at 1 p.m. Friday, July 27, at Antwerp Local Schools, 303 S. Harrmann Road, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. He will be laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.?Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at the school.?Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, is in charge of arrangements.?Preferred memorials are to the Sam Smith Memorial Fund, c/o Antwerp Exchange Bank, P.O. Box 727 Antwerp, OH 45813.?Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

HEIDI McDOUGALL?1975-2007?ANTWERP – Heidi L. McDougall, 31, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, July 20, while serving her community in an accident involving an ambulance and semi-truck.?Heidi was born Aug. 4, 1975, in Paulding, the daughter David Hunt and Deborha Wilkinson. On Oct. 3, 1998, she married Matthew McDougall, who survives. She was a member of Cecil Presbyterian Church, Antwerp Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary & Antwerp EMS for 8 years, being their first and only paramedic. Heidi worked at Paulding County Hospital and as a paramedic at M&M Medivan, Defiance.?Heidi will be sadly missed by her husband; five children, Samantha Spangler, Abbey McDougall, Harold Spangler, Kenny Mansfield and Andy McDougall, all at home; her mother, of Columbia City, Ind.; stepparents, Norman and Barbara Thomas of Payne; three sisters, April Speaks of Antwerp, Gina Wilkinson-Workman of Van Wert, and Michelle Birk of Churubusco, Ind.; a brother, John Thomas of Worstville; and grandparents, Wanda Hunt of Antwerp and Kenny Thomas of Paulding.?She was preceded in death by her father; and grandparents, Shirley Eagleson, David Wilkinson and Maureen Thomas.?You are invited to participate in her funeral service at 1 p.m. Friday, July 27, at Antwerp Local Schools, 303 S. Harrmann Road, Antwerp, with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. She will be laid to rest at Rochester Cemetery, Cecil.?Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at the school.?Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, is in charge of arrangements.?Preferred memorials are to the children of Heidi McDougall, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.?Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

KELLY RAGER?1981-2007?ANTWERP – Kelly J. Rager, 25, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, July 20, while serving her community in an accident involving an ambulance and semi-truck.?Kelly was born Nov. 2, 1981, in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Ed and Joan (Gordon) Zuber. On Aug. 26, 2000, she married Benjamin Rager at the First Baptist Church of Antwerp. Kelly was a hairstylist at Shear Headlines Hicksville, a member of the Antwerp EMS Squad for the past year and was enrolled at Brown Mackie College for Nursing. She would have graduated in October 2007. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Antwerp and Antwerp EMS.?Kelly will be sadly missed by her husband, Ben; two daughters, Aubree and Kaitlyn; her mother, of Hicksville; her father and stepmother, Ed and Dotttie Zuber of Huntington; a sister, Brandy Sullivan of Hicksville; and a grandfather, Duane Gordon of Hicksville.?She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Charlene Gordon, and Christine and Richard Zuber.?You are invited to participate in her funeral service at 1 p.m. Friday, July 27, at Antwerp Local Schools, 303 S. Harrmann Road, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. She will be laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.?Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at the school.?Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, is in charge of arrangements.?Preferred memorials are to Aubree & Kaitlyn Rager, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.?Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

RAY ZIELKE?1927-2007?PAULDING – Ray A. Zielke, age 80, died Tuesday, July 17, at his residence. ?He was born July 6, 1927 in Paulding County, the son of Paul F. and Bertha L. (Mabis) Zielke. In 1953 he married Maxine C. Ankney, who preceded him in death on July 24, 1994. On Oct. 4, 1997, he married Loretta G. (Mobley) Crawford, who survives. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Federal Mogul of Van Wert in 1993.?He was a member of First Christian Church in Paulding, the Kiwanis, Senior Center Steering Committee, Paulding County Farm Board, and was a lifetime member of Defiance Eagles.?He is survived by his wife, Loretta Zielke, Paulding; two sons, Jim (Donna Zielke of Convoy) Zielke, Paulding, and Jerry (Michelle) Crawford, Antwerp; two daughters, Linda (Rusty) Gamble of Van Wert, and Debra (Robert) Shipman, Paulding; a brother, Wayne (Mary Jane) Zielke, Antwerp; a sister, Marietta (Frank) Harper, Paulding; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.?He also was preceded in death by an infant child; two brothers, Carl and Alvin Zielke; and a sister, Clara Dye.?Funeral services were conducted Saturday July 21, at First Christian Church, Paulding, with Pastor Greg Bibler officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, with military graveside services provided by VFW Post 587. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Briceton, Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice, Paulding County Senior Center, or First Christian Church Building Fund.

ROBERT BARNES?1930-2007?PHOENIX – Robert Greeley Barnes, “Bob” or “BB,” a former resident of Paulding, unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, June 26 at Phoenix.?He was born Nov. 18, 1930, at Hartford, Conn., the son of Robert W. and Marjorie (Hayes) Barnes. Bob attended school at Paulding and Coldwater, Mich. He was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in 1953 and fulfilled his first dream of flying fighter jets. He served on a destroyer during the Korean War, and was a fighter jet pilot in the Naval Air Service. He then went on to pursue his second dream and lifelong journey to find a solution for resolving conflict in the world through peaceful means. Bob pursued this quest through the U.S. State Department’s foreign aid program in Central America, Boeing Corporation, and ultimately academia, after receiving a Ph.D. in world politics and international business at the University of Washington. Bob’s last post was at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, teaching American management techniques to Egyptian businessmen.?Bob was known by those who loved him, as a man with a huge heart, always reaching out to help those in need. Bob was a spiritual man who believed in living his life according to the Golden Rule.?Surviving are his wife, Patricia; and two children, Melinda and Chris.?A celebration of Bob’s life was held on Friday, June 29, at the First United Methodist Church of Phoenix.?Memorial donations can be made to Arizona Interfaith Movement.

SARAH ELLIOTT KELLER?1917-2007?GROVER HILL – Former Grover Hill resident Sarah Melinda (Stahl) Elliott Keller, age 89, died Monday, July 16 in Santa Rosa, Calif., where she had been a resident for 30 years.?She was born Sept. 17, 1917 in Grover Hill, the daughter of Harvey and Anna Stahl. She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, J. Bruce Elliott, and her husband of 15 years, Arthur Scholp. In 1992, she married Harry Keller, who survives. She was previously employed as a factory worker, a newspaper advertiser in Ohio and owner of the Village Cobbler in Montgomery Village in Santa Rosa. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa where she was active in the church choir and Women’s Society and was a member of Sweet Adelines International.?Also surviving are her daughter, Jadine (Charles) Stenger, Santa Rosa; three grandchildren; nine stepchildren; and four great-grandchildren.?She also was preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings.?Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.?Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.?Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church Music Fund, 1551 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa, Calif.

Services held for former builder, businessman?EARL UTTERBACK?1925-2007?PAULDING – Earl E. Utterback, age 82, died at 11:33 a.m. Friday, July 20, at Paulding County Hospital.?He was born March 22, 1925 in Paulding County, the son of Clyde W. and Mary (Outland) Utterback. On Oct. 22, 1949 he married Marilyn Jump, who survives. He was owner of the former Paulding Lumber and Construction Company for 36 years.?He was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church, Paulding; Flat Rock Lodge #580 F&AM, Payne; 32 Degree Mason Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo; Paulding Lions Club; and Chamber of Commerce, Paulding. He was a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where he was a member of the SAE Fraternity. He taught and coached at Payne High School from 1948-49, and was a charter member of the Auglaize Golf Course.?He is survived by his wife, Marilyn J. Utterback, Bonita Springs, Fla.; three daughters, Tam (Jim) Stoller and Sue (Butch) Helle, both of Paulding, and Kay (Kevin) DeLong, New Haven; a son, Timothy, Columbus; two brothers, Harry Utterback of Paulding, and the Rev. John (Nila Jean) Utterback, Tipton, Ind.; and seven grandchildren.?He was preceded in death by a brother, George Utterback; and a sister, Margaret Lightbourne.?Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 24 at Paulding United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.?Donations may be made to Paulding Hospital Home Health Care; Paulding United Methodist Church; or Lions Club Seeing Dog Program.

BARBARA LANDON?1933-2007?SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Barbara B. Landon, 74, of Monroeville, Ohio, died Sunday morning, July 15, at the University of Utah Hospital, from injuries she received in a three vehicle accident on Utah Interstate 215.?She was born June 17, 1933 in Paulding, the daughter of Walter and Louise (Curtis) Barrett, who both preceded her in death. She was a Paulding High School graduate and a 1955 graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. She received her Masters Degree in 1956 from the Indiana University and was employed as a librarian at the Monroeville Elementary School. Prior to that she was a librarian at the Lima Public Library. ?She was a member of the Congregational Community United Church of Christ in Monroeville, where she had served on the church council as treasurer. She was also a member of the Sally DeForest DAR, where she served as treasurer and regient, the vice president of the Monroeville Library Friends, and the School Employee Federal Credit Union where she had served on the Board of Directors as secretary. She had also served on the Monroeville Village council, Firelands Historical Society, and the Goldwing Riders, Chapter K2, where she was the Chapter Director.?Surviving are her husband of 50 years, George A. Landon; a brother, Richard Barrett of LaGrange, Ind.; a niece, Linda (Rob) Owen of Edwardsburg, Mich.; two nephews, Rick Barrett and James (Jodi) Barrett, both of Lafayette, Ind.; great-nieces; great-nephews, and other relatives. ?Funeral services were held Monday, July 23, at the Pfeil Funeral Home, Monroeville Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Wayne Chasney officiating. ?On Tuesday, July 24, the body was taken to the Prospect United Methodist Church, where family received friends until time of services at 11 a.m. The Revs David Hoffman and Wayne Chasney officiated. Burial was in the Prospect Cemetery.?Memorial contributions may be directed to the Congregational Community United Methodist Church of Christ, 29 Chapel St., Monroeville, Ohio or to the Monroeville Public Library, 34 Monroe St., Monroeville, Ohio, 44847.

ARMELDA WELLS?1947-2007?HICKSVILLE – Armelda Wells, age 60, died Friday, July 20, in a vehicle accident in Paulding County, Ohio as she was being transported to the Paulding County Hospital.?She was born April 1, 1947 in Pineville, Ky, the daughter of Guital and Arizona (Madon) Gibson. On July 31, 1969, she was united in marriage to Robert Wells, who also passed away on July 20. She was a member of Foundation of Life Church – Bryan. She was a homemaker and enjoyed volunteering at the CMH Auxiliary Bargain Box in Hicksville.?Surviving are five daughters: Barbara (Merle) Waldron of Antwerp, and Lois (Nick) Laney, Amanda (Richard) Fields, Kala Wells (fiancé, Andrew Scott) and Kelly Wells (fiancé, Tony Noto), all of Hicksville; two sons, Jonathan (Heather) of Fort Wayne and Timothy of Hicksville; 17 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; one great-stepgrandchild; five sisters, Marie Wilson, Dean Mason, Sara Roberts and Tavi Van Winkle, Chris Johnson; and five brothers, Thurman, Willis, Hargest, Robert Gene, and Ralph Gibson, all of Kentucky.?She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister; one grandson; and one great-stepgrandchild.?The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 27 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with Pastors Randy Stone and Thurman Mason officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery in Paulding County.?Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 and after 10 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.?Memorials may be made to Smith & Brown Funeral Home.

ROBERT WELLS?1943-2007?HICKSVILLE – Robert Wells, age 64, died Friday, July 20, in a vehicle accident in Paulding County as he was being transported to Paulding County Hospital.?He was born May 11, 1943 in Louisville, Ky., the son of Lonard and Amy (Dowell) Wells. On July 31, 1969, he was united in marriage to Armelda Gibson, who also passed away on July 20. He was a member of Foundation of Life Church – Bryan. He was self-employed as an escort vehicle service for oversize loads.?Surviving are five daughters: Barbara (Merle) Waldron of Antwerp, and Lois (Nick) Laney, Amanda (Richard) Fields, Kala Wells (fiancé, Andrew Scott) and Kelly Wells (fiancé, Tony Noto), all of Hicksville; two sons, Jonathan (Heather) of Fort Wayne and Timothy of Hicksville; 17 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; one great-stepgrandchild; and a sister, Mary Wilkenson of Kentucky.?He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; two brothers; one grandson; and one great-stepgrandchild.?The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 27 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with Pastors Randy Stone and Thurman Mason officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery in Paulding County.?Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 and after 10 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.?Memorials may be made to Smith & Brown Funeral Home.

HELEN MURRAY?1924-2007?PAYNE – Helen I. Murray, age 82, died Tuesday, July 24, at Paulding County Hospital, Paulding.?She was born July 29, 1924 in Payne, the daughter of Harry “Bill” and Grace (Purk) Foust. On May 6, 1950 she married William L. Murray, who preceded her in death on July 31, 1964. She retired as an administrative assistant from HWI Do-It-Best Corporate Offices, New Haven, in 1989. She was a former president of the Payne American Legion Post #297 Ladies Auxiliary.?She is survived by two daughters, Jan Murray, and Judy (Marvin) Litzenberg, both of Payne; two brothers, Leo Lyon of Albany, Ind., and Robert (Marjorie) Foust, Payne; and three grandchildren, Zachary, Erin and Seth Litzenberg, all of Payne.?She also was preceded in death by a brother, Lyman “Bud” Lyon.?Funeral services were held Friday, July 27 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne, with the Rev. Amy Haines officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Preferred memorials are to Payne Library or Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.

PAUL STRAHLEY?1940-2007?PAULDING — Paul D. Strahley, 67, died at 2 a.m. Friday, July 27, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.?He was born March 25, 1940 in Paulding County, the son of Waldo G. and Edna G. (Gorman) Strahley, who both preceded him in death. On Jan. 22, 1958, he married Sharon J. Leslie, who survives. He was a manager for the Grover Hill Grain Company and a member of Paulding VFW Post #587.?He is also survived a son, Kevin (Lori) Strahley, Denver, Colo.; two daughters, Kim (Ron) Phlipot of Paulding, and Andrea Strahley of Toledo; two brothers, Bill (Martha) Strahley and Charles (Cara Lou) Strahley, both of Paulding; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his children and grandchildren, especially his great-granddaughter, Autumn.?Also preceding him in death were three brothers, George, Clarence “Bud” and Robert.?Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 31, at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding with Pastor Mary Beth Smith Webb officiating. Burial will be at St. Paul Cemetery at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.

JANICE DELONG?1938-2007?PAULDING — Janice A. DeLong, 68, of rural Paulding, died Monday, July 30, at the Hawthorn Court Nursing Home in Paulding.?She was born Oct. 25, 1938, in Paulding County, the daughter of Jack and Betty (Williamson) Fox, who both preceded her in death. On Nov. 1, 1957, she married Harvey E. DeLong, who preceded her in death on March 1, 1972. She was a bus driver for the Wayne Trace School System, retiring in 1996. Surviving are two sons, Kevin (Laura) DeLong, Paulding, and Jonathan DeLong of Indianapolis; a brother, Richard (Janice) Fox of Illinois; a sister, Jackie Biedlingmaier of Annapolis, Md.; and three grandchildren, Alexis Francis of Piqua, Ohio, and Lindsay and Brock DeLong of Paulding. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3, at the Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill with Bo Chrisman and Kevin DeLong officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Fellowship will be held at 2 p.m. at the Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill. Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding is handling the arrangements. Preferred memorials may be made to the Zion United Methodist Church.

RICHARD WARNER?1921-2007?PAULDING — Richard “Dick” Walter Warner, 86, died at 1 a.m. Monday, July 30, at the Laurels of Defiance in Defiance.?He was born July 7, 1921 in Williams County, the son of Ernest and Lucille (Myers) Warner. On December 26, 1978, he married Norma M. Tipsword Haney Warner who survives.?He retired in 1983 from the Paulding County Highway Department. He was a deputy for the Paulding County Sheriff Department and Paulding Police Department. He was a salesperson for the former Phlipot Ford Dealership and was the owner and operator of Dick’s Bike Shop in Paulding. He is also survived by a son, Terry (Susan) Warner of Defiance; two daughters, Jeannette (Richard) Nye of Taylorsville, Georgia and Judy Schwanke of Hampstead, N.C.; two step daughters, Becky (Donald) Gipple of Toledo, and Tracy (Jeff) Phlipot of Paulding, Ohio. two stepsons, Jeff (Deb) Haney of Grover Hill and Tim Haney of Savannah, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Maxine Hawkins of Edgerton, Ohio and Phyllis (Kenneth) Mack of Bryan.?He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Warner and a sister, Audrene Free.?Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3, at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with Mr. Neil Myers officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery Paulding, Ohio. Calling at the Den Herder Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2 and Friday morning from 11 a.m. until service time. Memorials are to be made to the Walter Richard “Dick” Warner Family.

JOSEPHINE HUGUENARD?1919-2007?PAYNE — Josephine “Jo” Huguenard, 87, formerly of Payne, died July 16, in Panama City, Fla.?She was born Sept. 18, 1919, the daughter of John W. and Anna B. (Schall) Linder. ?Surviving is her husband of 60 years, Robert Huguenard; her children, Judy, Mary, Diana, Jean, Jane, Joseph, John, James, Thomas, Robert, Charles and William and their families; five sisters, Genevieve Wilson, Sister Helen Linder, and Sister Jean Linder, all of Tiffin, Ohio, Rosemary Perrine and Theresa Baumle, all of Payne; and two brothers, Maurice of Fort Wayne and James of Payne.?Preceding her in death were three sisters, Catherine Gonya, Marie Linder, and Rita Linder.?Services were held Wednesday, July 18, at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Panama City. Burial was in the church cemetery.

JOSEPH MOTYCKA?CONTINENTAL – Joseph F. Motycka, 91, died at 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.

LOTTIE CARDER?1941-2007?DUPONT – Lottie Ellen Carder, 66, died at 1:23 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9

WARREN ANSPACH?1925-2007?AVON PARK, Fla. – Former Oakwood resident Warren W. Anspach, age 82 died Friday, Aug. 10 at his residence.?He was born May 15, 1925, in Allen County, Ohio, the son of Walter and Iva (Berry) Anspach. On Dec. 13, 1944, in Austin, Texas, he married Helen Harmon, who preceded him in death in May 6, 1992. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the 10th Mountain Ski Division Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion 9th Infantry Regiment. He was a former superintendent for the Paulding County Ohio Department of Transportation. He was a member of Auglaize Chapel Church of God in Oakwood, F&AM Lodge #570 in Continental, Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo, Gideon’s International, VFW Post #587 in Paulding, and American Legion Post #341, Oakwood. He is survived by a daughter, Gloria Ropp, Avon Park, Fla.; a son, Glenn (Sue) Anspach, Van Wert; two sisters, Evelyn Bowyer of Cleveland, and Mary Alice Augsburger, Lima; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.?He also was preceded in death by brothers Ralph, Stanley, Wayne and Oscar Anspach; and a sister, Sarah Keith. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Greta Ehlers officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance, with military graveside services. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16, and one hour prior to services on Friday at Den Herder Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to Nurse On Call, Avon Park, Fla., or Hope Hospice, Sebring, Fla.

EUGENIA FETTER?1918-2007?BRADFORD — Eugenia Amanda Fetter, 88, of Greenville, Ohio, formerly of Bradford, Ohio, died Sunday, Aug. 19, at Sterling House in Greenville. ?She was born Oct. 17, 1918, in Pointe Peele Island, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Rev. H. Clarence and Marie (Johnson) Colliflower. She was a 1936 graduate of Bradford High School and a 1939 graduate of White Cross Nursing School in Columbus. She was a registered nurse for over 30 years at the Piqua Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Greenville Missionary Church and was always active in numerous choirs. She also played a vital role in the Fetter Inc. Hog operation in Bradford. She is survived by her two sons and daughter-in-laws, Jack and Karen Fetter of Grover Hill, and Jim and Karen Fetter of Arcanum, Ohio; three grandchildren, Heath and Trish Fetter of Wilmington, Ohio, Jamison and Stephanie Fetter of Adrian, Mich., and Amanda (Fetter) and Chad Lower of Grover City, Ohio; five great-grandchildren, Heath Lawson Fetter Jr., Tyson Fetter, Brook Fetter, and Ethan and Jack Lower; numerous beloved nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Lawson W. Fetter, who died in 1999. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Greenville Missionary Church, 1110 North Broadway, with the Rev. Gary Oser and her son, Jack Fetter, officiating. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Thursday, until time of the funeral. Interment will be in the Harris Creek Cemetery in Bradford, Ohio. Bridges Stocker-Fraley are in charge of the arrangements.?Preferred memorials may be sent to the Youth for Christ Teen Camp Scholarships, Box 111, Defiance, Ohio, 43512.

JAMES HILL?1968-2007?PAULDING – James H. Hill, 39, died Sunday, Aug. 12.

BOBBI McVEY?1953-2007?ANTWERP – Roberta “Bobbi” McVey, 54, of Antwerp, died Sunday, Aug. 12.

CHARLES SCHWELLER?1921-2007?OTTOVILLE – Charles J. Schweller, age 85, died Tuesday, Aug. 14.

DR. HAROLD SMITH?1923-2007?VAN WERT – Dr. Harold C. Smith, age 84, of Van Wert, died at 11:51 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Van Wert County Hospital.?He was born May 29, 1923 in Paulding County, the son of Jason and Lucy (Pond) Smith. On March 15, 1952, he married Hannah “Anne” Roley, who survives. He attended a one-room country grade school in Paulding County, and had attended Ohio Northern University and Ohio Wesleyan University. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Ohio State University, and received his medical degree from OSU. He served his internship at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Columbus. Dr. Smith practiced medicine, with a specialty in family practice, in Van Wert from 1956 until his semi-retirement in May 1993. He also was county health commissioner and medical director of the Van Wert County Health Department from 1976 until his retirement on Jan. 1, 1999. He was a member of the Van Wert County Medical Society, Van Wert County Hospital, Ohio State Medical Association, Academy of Family Practice, First United Methodist Church in Van Wert, Van Wert Elks Lodge BPOE #1197, Van Wert Men’s Garden Club, a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge, and had served with numerous civic and environmental organizations. Also, he served as a U.S. Naval officer in the Pacific Theater of operations during WWII. Also surviving are a daughter, Deborah (William) Smith Kelly of Van Wert; a stepson, John A. (Deborah) Lloyd, D.D. of Clearwater, Fla.; grandchildren, Katherine and Thomas Kelly of Van Wert; and stepgrandchildren, Elizabeth A. Iovino and J. Andrew Lloyd of Clearwater, Fla., and Michael (Wendy) Kelly of Wilmington, N.C. He was preceded in death by a brother, Olen; and two sisters, Francis Smith Marshall and Ruth Smith Iler. Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul Miller and John A. Lloyd, D.D. officiating. Private family burial will take place at Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert, at a later date. Military graveside services will be conducted by Van Wert American Legion and the VFW. Preferred memorials are to Dr. Harold C. Smith Medical Scholarship Fund, c/o Van Wert County Foundation. On-line condolences may be sent to agfhc@earthlink.net

EUNICE SMITH?1922-2007?WEST CHESTER, Ohio – Former Paulding County resident Eunice H. Smith, age 85 died Sunday, Aug. 19, at Chesterwood Village Retirement Community, West Chester. She was born June 19, 1922 in Paulding, the daughter of William and Blanche (Doster) Rhoad. On June 27, 1947 she married Clare E. Smith, who preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 2004. She was a school teacher at Paulding Exempted Village Schools for 30 years and a member of Paulding United Methodist Church, Paulding.?She is survived by three sons, David (Kem) Smith of Lubbock, Texas, Ronald (Mary Ann) Smith of West Chester, and Jerold (Sue) Smith, Shaker Heights; a brother, Donald (Isobell) Rhoad of Livonia, Mich.; a sister, Barbara Anne (Eddie) Shuherk, Cromwell, Ind.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Richard Rhoad; and a sister, Elizabeth Ashton.?Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at Paulding United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today, Aug. 22 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding; and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

PENNY WENDT?1958-2007?CECIL – Penny Wendt, 49, Cecil, died Sunday, Aug. 12.

IRENE GRAHAM?CENTERVILLE, Ohio — Irene D. Graham, 101, of Centerville, Ohio, died Aug. 25, 2007.?She was born in Payne, the daughter of Wesley and Inez Deerwester. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed.?She is survived by two daughters, Ann L. Grimes, and Marilyn (Philip) Morse; a sister, Eliene Cox of Payne; eight grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Graham; a daughter, Betty; and a son, Charles Jr.?Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at the Lehman Cemetery in Payne.?Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45420.

RITA SNODGRASS?1923-2007?PAULDING – Rita I. Snodgrass, age 84, died at 2:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at her residence.?She was born March 10, 1923 in Fostoria, the daughter of Edmund and Corinne (Bisner) Lonsway. On Sept. 23, 1944 she married Robert D. Snodgrass, who preceded her in death on June 10, 2001. She was employed by Paulding Exempted Village Schools as a teacher’s aide for 16 years, retiring in 1990. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, where she was active in the Little Flower Story Club. She was a CCD teacher and Eucharistic Minister at the church and was a volunteer at Paulding County Hospital.?She is survived by two sons, Robert Jr. “Bob” (Joyce) Snodgrass of Cecil, and Jon Snodgrass, Paulding; five daughters, Mary Ann (Ron) Foltz, Cindy (Bob) Iler, and Jane (Marty) Jones, all of Paulding, Linda (David) Reinhart of Bryan, and Karen (Rick) Fitzwater, Defiance; three brothers, Gene Lonsway of Ashland, Don Lonsway of Charlotte, N.C., and Gerry Lonsway, Hendersonville, Tenn.; a sister, Erma McGrain of New Riegel; 19 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Lonsway; five sisters, Kathryn Opp, Norma Lehman, Lucille Yeager, Joan Wolph and Marie Elehert; and a great-grandchild, Maria Faith Foltz. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Aug. 29, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. G. Allen Fillman officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Masses; Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

PATRICIA STULTS?1930-2007?PAULDING – Patricia L. Stults, age 76 died 3:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Paulding County Hospital, Paulding. ?She was born on Oct. 20, 1930 in New Bavaria, Ohio, the daughter of Joseph and Genevieve (Long) Dietrick. On July 21, 1956 she married John C. Stults, who preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 1999.?She was a clerk for the Paulding County Commissioners, for 20 years, retiring in 1997. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, where she served as Eucharistic Minister, a 50-year choir director, usher and greeter. She was a member of Totus-Tuus Lady’s Prayer Group, American Cancer Society, Right-To-Life for Paulding County, and VFW #587 Auxiliary.?She is survived by two sons, Ed (Pam) Stults of Muncie, Ind., and David Stults, Costa Mesa, Calif.; two daughters, Gennie Stults of Maumee and Suzie Plummer, Edgewood, N.M.; a sister, Rosemary Kappel, Paulding; and three granddaughters, Libby, Katie and Maggie.?She also was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Norbert and Bill Dietrick; and a sister, Doris Widmer.?A Mass of Christian burial was conducted Monday, Aug. 27 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial was in Cooper Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Masses or to the American Cancer Society.

FAITH PRATT?PAULDING — Faith (Addis) Pratt, 73, Paulding, died Monday, Aug. 27.

GLENN FOUST?1925-2007?CECIL — Glenn Bryan Foust, 82, died at 3:40 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, in Defiance.?He was born Feb. 20, 1925, in Convoy, the son of Jennings B. and Gertrude E. (Taylor) Foust. On Sept. 6, 1945, he married Ruth V. Woodring, who survives. He was a member of Cecil First Presbyterian Church, where he was a past elder, a 1943 graduate of Antwerp High School, a WWII US Army Veteran, a retired farmer, Crane Township Clerk for 32 years, and a past Agricultural Stabilization Committeeman.?He is also survived by two sons, Marvin (Margaret) Foust, Oregon, Ohio and Jerry Foust, Cecil; two grandchildren, Lisa (Steve) Dickens, Oregon, and Michael (Nicole) Foust, San Diego, Calif; and two great-grandchildren, Reece and Emily Dickens, Oregon.?Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial was in Rochester Cemetery with military graveside rites. Donations may be made to Cecil First Presbyterian Church, Cecil, Ohio.

JENNIS CLAYBAUGH?1951-2007?PAYNE — Jennis J. “J.J.” (Lilliedahl) Claybaugh, age 55, died at 12:37 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Van Wert County Hospital.?She was born Sept. 18, 1951, the daughter of Joseph and Louise (Mead) Lilliedahl, who both preceded her in death. On Aug. 9, 1980 she married Alan R. Claybaugh, who survives. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, Van Wert Manor Chapter in Van Wert.?She is also survived by a daughter, NiKole “Nikki” T. Hainline of Fort Wayne; one son, Matthew Stout, of Delphos; one stepson, Gregory (Katie) Claybaugh, of Fort Wayne; a brother, Dennis (Linda) Lilliedahl, Columbia City, Ind.; two sisters, Colleen (Danny) Endicott and Robin (Walter) James, both of Payne; three grandchildren, Cody A. Stout of Van Wert, Rachel J. Hainline, Greenville, and Zachary A. Jividen, of Payne.?She also was preceded in death by a son, Andy “Opie” Stout in 2000.?Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 5, at the Payne Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Michael Harper officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are being made by Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jennis “J.J.” Claybaugh in care of Den Herder Funeral Home Paulding.

PHYLLIS DOLAN?1942-2007?JUPITER, Fla. — Former Van Wert resident Phyllis K. (Finnegan) Dolan, 65, died Friday, Aug. 24, at the Jupiter Medical Center, Jupiter, Fla.?She was born March 8, 1942 in Van Wert, the daughter of Harve E. and Martha G. (McCullough) Ellsworth. She was a 1960 graduate of Van Wert High School. She was a former employee of the Van West County Hospital, the Magnavox Corp. in Fort Wayne, and Paint Beach Precision Moldings. In 2004, she retired from Walkabout Computers. She is survived by two sons, Jeffery B. Dolan and David M. Dolan, both of Jupiter, Fla.; and one aunt, Inella Finnegan, of Paulding. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, Sept. 5, at the funeral home and also one hour prior to services on Thursday. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to VFW Post 4141, Del Ray Beach, Fla., or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

PHYLLIS FINNEGAN DOLAN?1942-2007?Phyllis Finnegan Dolan was born March 8, 1942, to Harve and Martha (McCullough) Finnegan of Latty, both deceased. A sister and brother also preceded her in death. She is survived by two sons, Jeffery and David, both of Jupiter, Fla.; and also aunts, Inella Finnegan, Paulding, June Brown, Melrose, and Marie McCullough and Uncle Harold McCullough of Oakwood; and a host of cousins.?Services were held Thursday, Sept. 6, at Den Herder Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.?Editors note: This obituary is being rerun due to incomplete information received by the Progress.

KENNETH NICHOLS?PAULDING — Kenneth Nichols, 72, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007.

GLENN GATTSHALL?1928-2007?GROVER HILL — Glenn Owen Gattshall, 78, a lifetime resident of Grover Hill, died at 11:33 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Colonial Nursing home in Rockford, Ohio. He was born Sept. 13, 1928, in rural Grover Hill, the son of Harry and Hazel (McClure) Gattshall, who both preceded him in death. He was a lifetime rural resident of Grover hill, had been a farmer, car salesman, and a factory worker.?He is survived by a son, Bruce (Terry) Gattshall of Van Wert; a stepdaughter, Lisa (Rick) Cashel, Van Wert; three stepgrandchildren, Danielle (Miguel) Drewery of Fort Wayne, Patrick (Michelle) Gorman of Van Wert, and Megan Gorman of Lancaster, Ohio; two great-stepgrandchildren, Gabrielle Perkins and Melody Gorman; and a sister, Betty Miller of Grover Hill.?He was also preceded in death by his wife, Marcia Jean (Painter) Gattshall; and two brothers, Charles and Berman Gattshall.?Services were held Sept. 8, at the Middle Creek Church, Grover Hill, with the Rev. Bill Sherry officiating. Internment was in the Middle creek Cemetery. Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert was in charge of the arrangements.

CARLYLE “BUD” PIO?1912-2007?PAYNE – Carlyle W. “Bud” Pio, 95, died Tuesday, Sept. 4 at Paulding County Hospital. He had been a patient there for six days.?He was born May 30, 1912 in Payne, the son of William and Myrtle (Skinner) Pio. He spent his childhood in Payne and the last year of his life. He was the founder of Pio Markets in Fort Wayne. In 1937, he bought a meat market from Don Hall. In 1944, he opened a second store on South Calhoun Street and changed the name at that time from Hall’s Market to Pio’s Market. He opened a third store on State Street. He sold the Calhoun Street business in 1977 to his son-in-law, Don Gorney.?He spent some of his retirement years at Pretty Lake in northeastern Indiana and Avon Park, Fla. He was a private pilot and a charter member of the First Flying Club at Smith Field in Fort Wayne and was a charter member in the Fort Wayne Aviation Museum.?He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Genevieve (Jones) in 1977 and his son-in-law Don Gorney in 1977.?Surviving are daughters Barbara Gorney, Fort Wayne and Sue Kratzman, Corunna, Ind., seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; an older sister, Cecile Neuenschwander, Payne; a brother, Robert Pio, Avon Park, Fla.; and an uncle, Russell Skinner, Fort Wayne.?Services were held Sunday, Sept. 9 at Covington Memorial Gardens in Fort Wayne. ?In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the EEAA Chapter 2 Young Eagles.

NONA ASHBAUGH?1931-2007?VAN WERT — Nona Reta Ashbaugh, 75, Van Wert, died Tuesday, Sept. 4.

PASTOR ROBERT PARKER?1956-2007?MELROSE — Pastor Robert E. Parker, 51, of Melrose, died at 6:25 a.m. Sept. 6, at his mother’s residence in Aurora, Ohio.?He was born Sept. 4, 1956, in Cleveland, the son of Stephen and Diane (Cooper) Parker. On June 9, 1976, he married Darlene Halagan, who survives in Melrose. He was the pastor at the Melrose United Methodist Church, Haviland Country Chapel in Haviland, and the Latty Friends Church in Latty. He was a former pastor at Ringgold United Methodist Church in Circleville, and the Port Williams United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Ohio.?He was a member of the Christian Motorcyclist Association, Lima Chapter, and the Kairos Prison Ministry.?Also surviving are a son, Robert E. Parker Jr. and a daughter, Amanda L. Parker, both of Melrose; his mother, Diane (William) Parker Bell ; stepmother, Marlene Parker of Westlake, Ohio; father and mother-in-law, Nicholas and Patricia Halagan of Oakwood; three brothers, Stephen Parker of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Thomas (Melisa) Parker of Tallmadge, Ohio, and John James (Linda) Parker of Holland, Mich.; three sisters, Lisa (Rod Hanze) Parker, Karen (Stephen) Parker Feld of Portsmouth, N.H., and Emily (Frank) Sarka of Cleveland; a sister-in-law, Nickie (Tom) Alhman of Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.?He was preceded in death by his father, Stephen Parker; and a sister, Jennifer Parker.?Services were held Monday, Sept. 10, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Van Wert, with Pastors Kevin Patton, Bruce Armine, Tim Burden and Tom Tumblin officiating. Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood was in charge of the arrangements.?Preferred memorials may be sent to Riders in the Spirit, Christian Motorcyclists Association.

GENE CARNAHAN?1941-2007?OAKWOOD — Gene Leon Carnahan, 66, of Oakwood, died at 12 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10, at his residence. ?He was born Feb. 2, 1941, in Ayersville, the son of Robert and Nina (Arnold) Carnahan. He was an inspector at the GM Company, retiring after 35 years of service. He was also engaged in farming. He was a member of Local 211 and the Fellowship Club-AA.?He is survived by a son, James (Nancy) Carnahan of Oakwood; four daughters, Bonnie (Michael) McAbee of Van Wert, Shelly (Dan) Clark of Hillsboro, Ohio, Jeannie (Eric) Wagner of Holgate, and Sandra (Andy) Manon of Leipsic; his mother, Nina Arnold Carnahan of Evansport, Ohio; ex-wife, Sandra Dotson Carnahan to whom he was married for 23 years; 13 grandchildren, Haley, Cameron, Ashley McAbee, Carrie Combs, Josh, Jessica, and Erin Clark, Andy, Aaron, Allison, Allyssa, and Aiden Wagner, and Kiersten Manon; two brothers, Clarence (Cathy) Carnahan of Ayersville and Richard (Sue) Carnahan of Oakwood; and two sisters, Velma (Ronald) Shock and Bonnie (Delbert) Hoop, both of Evansport, Ohio. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, at the St. John United Church of Christ in Defiance, with the Rev. Dr. William Nirote officiating. Burial will be in the Sherman Cemetery, Paulding County. Hours of visitation will be from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m., today, Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, and one hour prior to services at the church.?Memorial contributions may be made to the Defiance Area AA.

EARL DANGLER?1930-2007?Earl C. Dangler of Beverly Hills, Fla., passed peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at his home, after a courageous four-month battle with cancer.?Earl was born on Feb. 16, 1930 in Paulding, the son of the late Bernard and Katherine (Woodring) Dangler. He was owner/operator of the former Dangler Plumbing and Heating, Paulding.?He is survived by his wife Eileen, Beverly Hills, Fla.; seven children, Christy (Larry) Wilson of Atlanta, Carol (Tom) Riggenbach of Augusta, Ga., Daniel (Paulette) Dangler of Aspen, Colo., Diane (Steve) Sholl of Atlanta, Bruce (Kathy) Dangler of Van Wert, Brenda (Mark) Hill of Paulding, and Mike (Kathi) Dangler, Atlanta; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty (Russell) St. John, Paulding; and two brothers, Jerry Dangler of Palm Harbor, Fla. and Allan (Oneida) Dangler, Lexington, Tenn.?He was preceded in death by his first wife Mary Ellen (Daniels) in 1994, and his second wife Marie (Blouin) in 1998.?Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the First Presbyterian Church in Paulding. Burial will be at St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.?Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.?Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Citrus County, Inc.

RUTH ANN JONES?1954-2007?FORT WAYNE — Ruth Ann (Knudson ) Jones, 53, of Fort Wayne, died at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Goshen General Hospital, following an extended illness with cancer.?She was born March 26, 1954, in Fort Wayne, the daughter of William A. and JoAnn (Downing) Knudson, who both preceded her in death. She graduated from Northside High School in 1972. She was employed at Duplex for 20 years. Following that she worked for the Goshen Community Schools Administration where she did bookkeeping. She loved to sew, cook and bake and she collected bears.?Surviving are a son, Jonathan E.C. Jones of Chicago; two brothers, Arthur (Judith) Knudson of Fort Wayne and Thomas (Julie) Knudson of Auburn; a half brother, Kenneth (Helen) Priest of Seattle, Wash.; and an adopted sister, Sandy LeMieux of Paulding.?Graveside services were held Monday, Sept. 17, at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Auburn, Ind., with Pastor Michael Harper of the Payne Church of the Nazarene officiating. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn. Yoder-Culp Funeral Home in Goshen, Ind. was in charge of the arrangements.?Memorials may be sent to the Center for Cancer Care in Goshen.

MILDRED McNAMARA?1911-2007?PAYNE — Mildred E. McNamara, 95, died at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Paulding County Hospital, Paulding.?She was born Nov. 10, 1911, in Roanoke, Ind., the daughter of Charles W. and Aileen (Christy) Smaltz. She was employed by the Allen County Indiana Children’s Home retiring in 1978. ?She is survived by a son, Randall (Linda) McNamara, Payne; a sister, Norma Boeckel, Southbury, Connecticut; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.?She was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Runyan; and a great granddaughter.?Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding with the Rev. Joe Allen officiating. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Roanoke, Ind.?In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dallas Lamb Activity Fund or a charity of the donor’s choice.

MARY JANE PLESCHER?1924-2007?PAYNE — Mary Jane Plescher, 82, died Monday, Sept. 10, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.?She was born Sept. 19, 1924 in Delphos, the daughter of Emmet and Emma (Warnecke) Bockey. She married James F. Plescher who preceded her in death on November 13, 1978. She retired from National Seal in Van Wert in 1989 after 25 years of service. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, a volunteer at Parkview Hospital Gift Shop, an avid bingo player and a supporter of her grandchildren’s activities.?She is survived by a son, Tony (Olivia) Plescher of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Deb (Dave) Mielke of Latty; four brothers, Charles (Lou) Bockey and Ralph “Pete” (Beverly) Bockey, both of Spencerville, Don (Linda) Bockey, and Mike (Berta) Bockey, both of Delphos; two sisters, Shirley Bockey, Delphos, and Jeanette (Cy) Miller, Raleigh, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.?She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Ann Treece in 2003; and two sisters, Margie Bockey and Betty Beining.?Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Sept. 13 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.?Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Payne Library.

MARV SCHUETTE?1931-2007?WAUSAU, Wis. – Marv Schuette, co-founder and CEO of Wausau Homes, died at his home Friday, Sept. 14, with his wife, Ruth, by his side. He was 75.?Born Oct. 27, 1931, Schuette still was active in the family-owned company, headquartered in Rothschild, and was at work on Thursday. He joined the business, started by his brothers Clifford and Earl in 1938 as Schuette Lumber Co., in 1954. What began as a sawmill, has now grown into Wausau Homes, a privately owned family company with more than 600 employees who work in nine plants that serve 600 builders in 23 states.?He and Wausau Homes has been a strong supporter of community programs, including Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, United Way and Habitat for Humanity.?Schuette and his company have provided jobs and donations to the Paulding area as well as for the Wausau, Wis. area. The Schuette family has contributed generous donations for the skate park, playground, numerous donations to the fairgrounds, and building supplies for Habitat for Humanity homes.?Schuette leaves behind his wife and three children, Tom in Wausau, and Jay Schuette and Sara Friedele, both in Illinois. All are involved in the Wausau Homes business.

JOANN YBARRA?FORT WAYNE – JoAnn Ybarra, 58, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007 at her home in Fort Wayne.?Born in Paulding, she retired in 2002 from Lincoln Life Insurance Company with 33 years of service. JoAnn was a loving and caring daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She will be greatly missed.?Survivors include a sister, Suzanne (Ron) Slone of Fort Wayne; a brother, Frank (Fumi) Ybarra of Columbia, S.C.; a nephew, Elias (Susan) Ybarra, and grandnieces, Grace and Gabrielle, all of Indianapolis; a niece, Carla (Bill) Ybarra-Dawson of Fishers, Ind.; a lifelong friend, Sally Ybarra; a sister-in-law, Rita Ybarra; and her beloved pet cat Lucy.?She was preceded in death by her parents, Cleofas and Marina Ybarra; and a brother, Jose Ybarra.?Mass of Christian Resurrection will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 2120 S. Harrison St., Fort Wayne, with graveside services at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Live Oak Cemetery in Paulding. Arrangements are being made by D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne.?Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Association.

THE REV. RAYMOND MATSON?1931-2007?OAKWOOD – The Rev. Raymond M. Matson, age 75, died at 4:59 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.?He was born Oct. 11, 1931 near Continental, the son of Elwood and Jennie (Reynolds) Matson. On June 29, 1952 he married Mary Bair, who survives. He was an U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was the minister of Auglaize Chapel Church of God, Oakwood for 40 years, retiring in 2000. He was a maintenance mechanic at B.F. Goodrich in Woodburn, retiring in 1994 after 32 years of service. He was a lifetime farmer. He is survived by his wife, Mary Matson, Oakwood; a daughter, Becky (Ron) Geren, Continental; four sons, Steven Matson of De Bary, Fla., David (Donna) Matson of Paulding, Michael (Theresa) Matson, Continental, and Mark Matson of Terre Haute, Ind.; a sister, Dorothy (D. Allen) Hornish, Oakwood; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a granddaughter, Marla Matson. ?Funeral services were conducted Monday, Sept. 24, at the Auglaize Chapel Church of God, Oakwood. The Revs. Bill Miller, Robert Merriman and Christopher Baker officiated. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood, where military graveside services were conducted. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements. ?Memorial donations may be made to: Bethel Christian Church in Arthur, Ohio, or Gideon’s International.

FLORENCE KAROLYI?1927-2007?PAYNE – Florence K. Karolyi, age 80, died Monday, Sept. 17, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.?She was born April 30, 1927 in New Haven, the daughter of Frank and Georgia (Miller) Papenbrock. She was employed by Magnavox of Fort Wayne, retiring in 1951. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne.?She is survived by three sons, Frank Karolyi, and Daniel (Emily) Rabb, both of Payne, and Louis Karolyi, Howell, Mich.; a daughter, Kathleen (Randall) Lee, Paulding; a brother, Joseph Papenbrock, Elyria; two sisters, Evelyn Kee of Fort Wayne, and Margaret Birkhold, Defiance; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; seven sisters; and five brothers. Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 21 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Masses or Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.

JUNE MARIE LONG?1918-2007?PAYNE — June Marie Long, 89, died Monday, Sept. 24, at the Dallas Lamb Foundation home in Payne.?She was born June 10, 1918, in Adrian, Mich., the daughter of Ralph and Geraldine Negus. She married Orville Long, who preceded her in death on Nov. 24, 1974. She was a member of the Payne Church of the Nazarene, and was employed by Hardware Wholesalers of Fort Wayne, retiring in 1980, following 20 years of service. She is survived by two sons, Ralph of Antwerp and Timothy (Elizabeth Wolverton) Long of Fort Wayne; a stepson, Donald (Jean) Long of Rainbow, Texas; a stepdaughter, Marietta (Carl) Riley of Payne; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon D. Long. Services will be held Friday, Sept. 28, at the Payne Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Mike Harper officiating. Burial will be in the Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Hours of visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27 and one hour prior to services at the church. Den Herder funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Preferred donations may be made to the Dallas Lamb Activity Fund.

JOHN FORWERCK?1970-2007?CONVOY — John Ritchey Forwerck, 36, of Convoy, died at 12:56 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne.?He was born Nov. 30, 1970, in Van Wert, the son of Shirley (Lane) Forwerck, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 5, 2000, he married Melissa Lyn (Carlisle), who survives in Convoy. He was a 1989 graduate of Van Wert High School, and a member of the Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert. He was a computer tech and was currently employed at Braun Industries, Inc. in Oakwood. He is also survived by a son, Jacob Forwerck at home; a daughter, Jorja Forwerck also at home; two brothers, Ben E. Lane of Butler, Ind. and Michael L. Forwerck and family of Ohio City; his grandmother, Mary Alice Turner of Texas; three uncles, Gary, James, and Bill Lane; his mother-in-law, Rose Carlisle, his father-in-law, Rojelio Riojas, both of Convoy; and a brother-in-law, Josh (Elaine) Carlisle of Paulding. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., today, Wednesday, Sept. 26, with visitation hours from noon until time of services at the Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert. Pastor W. Clark Williman will officiate. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Ridge Township, Van Wert. Cowan and Son Funeral Home in Van Wert is in charge of the arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the family.

REBECCA KIPFER?1922-2007?PAYNE — Rebecca A. Kipfer, 85, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne. She was born Sept. 3, 1922, in Payne the daughter of John and Hattie (Bowers) Sprague. She married Herbert Kipfer on June 1, 1947, who preceded her in death in1991.?She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne and was previously employed by Bissell’s Grocery Store, Payne. She is survived by 12 children, six sons, Terry (Kathie) Kipfer, Jack (Myra) Kipfer, Chuck (Deb) Kipfer, Tom (Patti) Kipfer, and Don (Marlene) Kipfer all of Payne, and Mike (Cindy) Kipfer of Fort Wayne; six daughters, Christine (Bud) Adams, Paulding, Linda (Denny) Oyer, Woodburn, Ind., Sharon (Dorsey) Ranker, Tiffin, Connie (Darriel) Suffel, Defiance, Mary (Bob) Hornic, Delphos; and Barb (Todd) McNamara, Melbourne, Fla.; thirty two grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and a sister, Velma (Gayle) Shutt of Van Wert. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Roberts and Cemantha Cluts.?A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, with Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to: Masses or The Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Activity Fund.

JUDITH CROWELL?1942-2007?PAULDING — Judith L. “Judy” Crowell, 65, died Saturday, Sept. 29, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.?She was born Jan. 3, 1942, in Decatur, Ind., the daughter of Carl and Sophie (Racozy) Roberts. On July 28, 1982, she married James R. Crowell, who survives in Paulding. She was employed by Paulding County Job and Family Services for 15 years. She was a member of the First Church of God in Defiance.?Also surviving are two daughters, Peri (Mike) Miranowski of Aurora, Colo., and Margo Smith of Los Angeles, Calif.; a son, Christoper Smith of Eugene, Ore.; five stepchildren, Richard (Monica) Crowell of Albuquerque, N.M., Kathy (Steve) Keller of Coldwater, Mich., Kimberly (George) Moss and Scott (Zulena) Crowell, both of Defiance, and Amy (Jamey) Ball of Big Fork, Mont.; one sister, Patty (Lowell) Gehm of Rockford, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.?She was preceded in death by a sister. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with the Rev. Rick Rufenacht and Rev. Larry Kennedy officiating. Burial was in the Live Oak Cemetery in Paulding.?The family suggests that memorials be made to the First Church of God in Defiance.

MILDRED DANGLER?1917-2007?PAULDING — Mildred M. Dangler, 90, died Sunday, Sept. 30, at Hawthorn Court Nursing home in Paulding.?She was born May 25, 1917, in Napoleon, the daughter of Carl and Josephine (Reichert) Walters. On Jan. 1, 1938, she married Virgil Dangler, who preceded her in death in 1985. She was a member of the Calvary Bible Church in Paulding.?She is survived by a son, Rex (Sue) Dangler of Cecil; a daughter, Joanne (Phillip) Howerton of Middletown, Ohio; a brother, Donald Walters, Napoleon; one sister, Betty (Chuck) Wells of Clearwater, Fla.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.?Also preceding her in death was an infant daughter, April Ann, who died in 1939.?Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, at Den Herder Funeral Home, with Pastor Charles F. Schmunk officiating. Burial will be in the Live Oak Cemetery in Paulding. Hours of visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., today, Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Den Herders in Paulding. Donations may be made to the S.P.C.A. in Fort Wayne.

ELIZABETH EISERLE?1913-2007?PAUL,DING — Elizabeth Eiserle, 93, died Friday, Oct. 5, at the Hawthorn Court Nursing Home, Paulding.?She was born Nov. 19, 1913, in Akron, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Kari) Keim. On July 20, 1935, she married Frank Eiserle Jr., who preceded her in death in 1976. She was a member of Paulding Church of the Nazarene, and retired from the former Grizzly Manufacturing in Paulding.?She is survived by two sons, Paul (Jackie) Eiserle of Paulding and David (Deborah) Eiserle of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Helen Sigley, Defiance; a daughter-in-law, Velma Eiserle, White Lake, Mich.; a sister, Katherine (Ned) Wolf, Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.?She was also preceded in death by a son, Ken Eiserle; an infant sister; and a foster brother, John Corey.?Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Paulding Church of the Nazarene with Pastors Kim and Cindy Semran officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding was in charge of the arrangements.?The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Paulding Church of the Nazarene.

CLARENCE HELLE?1924-2007?PAULDING – Clarence Helle, 82, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, at his residence in Paulding.

WILLIAM ROWE?1930-2007?PAULDING – William C. Rowe, age 77, died Sunday, Oct. 7, at Defiance Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.?He was born Aug. 14, 1930 in Latty, the son of Harley and Susan (Williams) Rowe. He formerly was employed by Superior Coach, Lima, and Boeing Aircraft, Columbus. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict.?He is survived by a son, Dana Rowe, Paulding; three daughters, Teresa Rowe, Paulding, Pamela (Alfrado) Vilaboy, Miami, and Cindy (Charles) Walker, Atlanta; four sisters, Esther Connor of Paulding, Agness Tucker and Barbara Jones, both of Lima, and Sharon Vasquez, Victoria, Texas; 16 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.?He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Shelly Taylor and Kimberly Rowe; six brothers, James, Richard, Charles, Rivola, Robert and Roger Rowe; and six sisters, Shirley Floore, Beulah Rowe, Ruth Davis, Wilma Hill, Olive Townsend and Geneva Woodruff.?Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Oct. 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Grover Hill, with military graveside services.?Visitation will be one hour prior to services.?Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

HELEN RAGER?1917-2007?PAULDING – Helen A. Rager, age 90, died at the Van Crest Health Care Center in Van Wert on Sunday, Oct. 7.?She was born on Sept. 10, 1917 in Paulding County, the daughter of Harry and Madge (Stouffer) Smith. She was married to Ben Rager, who preceded her in death in 1972. ?Helen loved the farm, often working beside her husband, Ben. She was known for her baking especially her sugar cookies, which she shared with many friends and family. Helen took great pride for years baking pies, cookies, bread and making noodles for the First Christian Church in Paulding, where she was a member. Helen traveled to many parts of the world including Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Russia, and throughout the United States.?She is survived by three daughters, Patricia (Randall) Taylor of Bolivar, Ohio, Brenda (Edward) Turnbell of Findlay, and Barbara (James) Grogan of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.; two grandchildren, Michael Turnbell and Lisa Rife; two great-grandchildren, Lauren and Abigail Rife; and two sisters, Maxine Reinhart of Payne and Julie Sinn of Paulding.?She also was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Smith and a sister, Donna Crone.?Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at First Christian Church, Paulding with the Rev. Gregory Bibler officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.?Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. today, Oct. 10, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.?The family requests that memorial donations be given to Hospice, 1159 Westwood Dr., Van Wert, OH 45891; The First Christian Church, P.O. Box 330, Paulding, OH 45879; or St. Paul Cemetery Fund.

EMMA AMES?1911-2007?PAULDING – Emma V. Ames, age 96, died Thursday, Oct. 11 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.?She was born Sept. 12, 1911 in Paulding County, the daughter of Frederick and Clara (Baumert) Zielke. She married Roy S. Ames, who preceded her in death in 1988. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Briceton.?She is survived by two daughters, Joan (Richard) Schmidt of Payne, and Judy (Robert) White, Berwyn, Pa.; a son, Jerry (Barbara) Ames, Aurora, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Jill (Tedd) Porter, Jim (Terese) Schmidt, Jay (Jodie) Schmidt, Craig (Julie) White, Trisha (Brian) Tuttle, Scott Ames and Sean (Abby) Ames; and 11 great-grandchildren, Kieran Porter, Andrew, Anna, Sophia, Emma and Allie Schmidt, Chance and Somer White, Brendan and Trevor Tuttle and MaKayla Ames.?She also was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Zielke; and two sisters, Alice Vincent and Wanda Jenkins.?Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 16 at St. John Lutheran Church, Briceton, with the Rev. Joe Allen officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Memorial donations may be made to the church.

HILEN COE?1918-2007?PAULDING – Hilen J. Coe, age 89, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.?He was born on April 18, 1918 in Paulding County, the son of Charles and Mary Almeda (Franklin) Coe. On Aug. 21, 1945 he married Lucile A. Smitley, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, serving in England. He was a retired farmer, and also retired from Hardware Wholesalers, Fort Wayne.?He is survived by his wife, Lucile Coe, Paulding; two daughters, Marjorie (Craig) Rupp of Bryan, and Mary (Randy) Bussing, Paulding; two sons, Charles (Paula) Coe, Paulding, and Michael (Nancy) Coe, Defiance; one sister, Isabelle Koehlinger Mobley, Antwerp; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.?He was preceded in death by four brothers, Don, Clayton, Lewis and Cecil Coe; one sister, Zona Hanenkratt; and one great-grandson.?Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 13, at Den Herder Funeral Home, with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.?The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (Northwest Ohio Chapter) or to the First Presbyterian Church, Paulding.

L.J. PURSIFULL?1920-2007?NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – L.J. Pursifull, 87, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, was called to eternal rest Thursday, Oct. 11.?He will be fondly remembered and cherished by family and friends. L.J. was born in Pineville, Ky. on Aug. 31, 1920.?He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 65 years, Pauline “Polly” Pursifull; daughter, Sharon Anne Winter of Newport News; son, Krieg Phillip Pursifull, DDS and wife, Montreo of Floyd, Va.; two granddaughters, Leigh-Ann Dryden Pursifull of Anderson, S.C. and Karen Emily (Jamie) Radford and great-grandson, Philip Mathew Radford of Christiansburg, Va.; sister-in-law, Georgia Scott Olwin and numerous nieces and nephews of Payne. Also surviving are special friends, Jeff Williams of Hampton and his two beloved puppies, Precious and Princess.?A memorial service will be held at a later date as well as the burial in Payne. Cremation Society of Virginia, Newport News, is assisting the family.?Friends may sign the online guest register at www.cremate.org and www.legacy.com.

MIRIAM SMITH?1917-2007?APPLETON, Wis. – Former Paulding, Ohio resident, Miriam K. Smith, 89, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Brewster Village, Appleton, Wis.?She was born Dec. 20, 1917 in Paulding, the daughter of Ozro and Stella (Huston) Straley. She was a teacher for Paulding Exempted Village Schools, a member of Paulding United Methodist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, Paulding County Retired Teachers Association; and the Order of the Eastern Star.?She is survived by two daughters, Bev (Michael Vance) Smith of Appleton, and Sue (Bob) Ramos, Canton, Ohio; a brother, Huston Straley, Findlay; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.?She was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Straley.?Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 15 at Paulding United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.?Memorial donations may be made to Paulding United Methodist Church.

MARK?STOLLER?1951-2007?PAULDING – Mark L. Stoller, age 56, died at 3:09 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, as the result of a farm tractor accident.?He was born June 23, 1951 in Van Wert County, the son of Louis D. and Mildred I. (Germann) Stoller. On Jan. 26, 1975 he married Shirley R. Steffen, who survives.?He was a farmer and co-owner and operator of Louis D. Stoller and Sons Inc. of Paulding. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a member of the Latty Apostolic Christian Church. He was a board member of the Paulding County Habitat for Humanity and Paulding County MRDD.?Also surviving are his mother, Mildred Stoller of Paulding; two daughters, Steffenie (Wesley) Merillat of Holland, Ohio, and Summer (Travis) Banks of Paulding; one son, Gabriel Stoller of Sunbury; one brother, James (Tamera) Stoller of Paulding; one sister, Dixie Lee Thomas of Fort Wayne; and four grandchildren, Autumn, Sierra, Evan and Avah.?He was preceded in death by his father, Louis D. Stoller, in 1994.?Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church. The church clergymen will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.?Visitation will be at the church from 2-9 p.m. today, Oct. 17, and on Thursday morning one hour before services.?Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.?Memorials may be made to Paulding County Habitat for Humanity or a charity of the donor’s choice.

ESTHER BEGLEY?1907-2007?PAYNE — Esther Begley, 100, died at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at her residence.?She was born May 11, 1907 in Lechter County, Ky., the daughter of Willie and Clara (Collins) Callahan. On June 19, 1921, she married Julius C. Begley, who preceded her in death in 1950. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne. ?Surviving are three daughters, Coteal Lee of Silver Springs, Fla., Mildred (Gene) Schoenauer, Payne and Diane Farling of Paulding; five sons, Paul (Ruby) Begley of Corbin, Kentucky, James (Jean) Begley of Titusville, Fla., Arnold Begley of Dothar, Ala., David (Linda) Begley of Payne, and Bruce (Jeanet) Begley of Cape Canaveral Fla.; three sisters, Ruth Napier of Hyden, Ky., Erma Smith, Ash, N.C. and Lillian Evans of Mineral Springs, N.C.; 36 grandchildren, 81 great-grandchildren and 29 great-great grandchildren.?Also preceding her in death were, a son, Michael, three daughters, Lorene Gordon, Bernadyne Rogers and Barbara Guyton; a grandson, Sean Gordon; and a granddaughter, Felica Begley.?Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne, with Pastors Amy Haines and Max Begley officiating. Burial will be in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Forders Bridge, Cecil Ohio.?Calling hours will be from 2-8 p.m., today, Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, and Thursday morning one hour prior to services at the church.?Memorials may be made to St Paul United Methodist Church, Payne.

JAMES?HOISINGTON?1937-2007?PAULDING – James R. Hoisington, 70, Paulding, died Tuesday, Oct. 16.

ORLANDO “MIKE” ?LOPSHIRE?1930-2007?PAYNE — Orlando J. “Mike” Lopshire, 77, died at 12:31 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne.?He was born June 23, 1930, in Paulding County, the son of Orlando M. and Madeline H. (Hook) Lopshire. On June 1, 1950, he married Arlette Ann (Burley) Lopshire, who survives in Payne.?He was a lifetime farmer, retiring in 1999. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Payne.?He is also survived by three sons, Jim (Sylvia) Lopshire of Paulding, Ernie (Donita) Lopshire of Payne, and David (Sue) Lopshire of South Whitley, Ind. a brother, Pete Lopshire of Coldwater Mich.; four sisters, Pat Yenser of Payne, Judy Puckett of N.C., Linda Lee of Payne, and Nancy Wobler of Antwerp; six grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.?Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 24, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of the arrangements. ?Preferred memorials are to the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne EMS or the Antwerp EMS.

JOHN RHODES?1913-2007?VAN WERT – Former Paulding resident John H. Rhodes, age 94, died at 6:05 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Van Wert Manor, Van Wert.?He was born Feb. 17, 1913 in Van Wert, the son of John J. and Bertha (Gilbert) Rhodes. On Feb. 26, 1937 he married Violet Smith, who preceded him in death on Sept. 10, 2000. He was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, a retired truck driver, and a member of Teamsters Union #414.?He is survived by a son, Jerry L. (Dorothy Jean) Rhodes, Paulding; and a grandson, Jon (Sue) Rhodes, Paulding.?He also was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth E. Berle.?Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 20 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Mary Beth Smith Webb officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.?Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, or Van Wert Manor Activity Fund.

RAY RINEBOLT?1915-2007?PAULDING – Arthur “Ray” Rinebolt, age 92, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Country Inn Living Facility, Paulding.?He was born Jan. 10, 1915 in McComb, the son, of George B. and Ethel M. (Williams) Rinebolt. In 1939, he married Evelyn P. Vance, who preceded him in death on March 13, 2006. He was a foreman for the Nickel Plate Railroad. He was a member of the Broughton Fox Club.?He is survived by a son, David Rinebolt, Paulding; three daughters, Patricia Miller of Henderson, Nev., Janet (Joe) LaFountain of Paulding, and Sandra Forgette, Toledo; a sister, Waneta Kochel, Junction; seven grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.?He also was preceded in death by a great-grandson; three brothers, Harry, Dick and Dean Sierer; two sisters, Ellen Manson and Irene Justinger, and two infant sisters.?Funeral services were conducted Friday, Oct. 19, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery.?Memorial donations may be made to Country Inn Enhanced Living Center Activity Fund or a charity of the donor’s choice.

ROBERT TREAT?1925-2007?PAULDING: Robert D. “Bob” Treat, age 82, died at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23,at his residence.?He was born Jan. 3, 1925 in Payne, the son of Dee Eric and Audrey (Smith) Treat. On Jan. 16, 1947 he married Helen L. Schaefer, who survives. He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran. He retired from International Harvester in 1983; was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Payne, Payne American Legion Post #297, Paulding VFW Post #587; a life member of the AMVETS Post #1991 of Defiance, and the Flat Rock Lodge #580 F&AM, Payne. He also is survived by four children, Dee E. (Rita) Treat of Payne; Tony (Patti) Treat of New Haven, Peggy (Brad) Brown of Paulding, and Bill (Jill) Treat, Paulding; a sister, Cathryn Whetstone, Payne; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death a brother, Marion Treat. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Oct. 29 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Payne American Legion #297 or Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.

CLEOTA HARSHMAN?1911-2007?PAYNE – Cleota Ines Harshman, age 96, died Monday, Oct. 22 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne.?She was born Jan. 8, 1911 in Monroeville, Ind., the daughter of Peter and Minnie A. (Lesh) Dager. She married A.F. “Cy” Harshman, who preceded her in death in 1987. She was a homemaker.?She is survived by a brother, Edward Dager, New Haven; a sister, Leona Anspach, Fort Wayne; and many nieces and nephews.?She also was preceded in death by four brothers, Floyd, Ralph, Harlon and Byron Dager.?Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 27, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

JOHN PHIPPS?1956-2007?PAYNE – John P. Phipps, died Sunday, Oct. 21 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.?He was born June 13, 1956 in Defiance County, the son of John W. and JoAnn (Winans) Phipps. On Aug. 15, 1980 he married Crisann E. Doster, who survives. He was a self-employed truck driver. He was a member of the Harley Owner’s Group.?Also surviving are his parents, Jack and JoAnn Phipps, Payne; three sons, Josh R. Schoenauer of Antwerp, John W. Phipps of Hicksville, and Joseph P. Phipps, Payne; two sisters, Cathy (Ron) Schoenauer of Payne, and Margaret (Rick) Schilb, Van Wert; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jayden Phipps.?Funeral services were conducted Friday, Oct. 26 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne with Pastors James Edwards, Paul Miller and Amy Haines officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.?Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

NAOMI FOLTZ?1914-2007?PAULDING – Naomi M. Foltz, age 93, died Monday, Oct. 22 at Paulding County Hospital.?She was born May 16, 1914, the daughter of William and Margaret (Ashley) Stair. On Aug. 26, 1934 she married Earl L. Foltz, who preceded her in death on Nov. 25, 1993. She retired from the former Grizzly Manufacturing, Paulding, in 1976. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Paulding. She is survived by two sons, Robert E. (Nancy) Foltz, and Ronald R. (Mary Ann) Foltz, both of Paulding; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.?She also was preceded in death by a son, Donald; two brothers, Loyd and Jack Stair; three sisters, Gladys Doster, Jane Pease and Ninia Sheets; and a great-granddaughter, Maria Faith Foltz. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 27, at the First Christian Church with Pastor Gregory Bibler officiating. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the First Christian Church.

MARIE SESLAR?1918-2007?NEWBERRY, S.C. – Former Fort Wayne resident B. Marie Seslar, age 88, died Saturday, Oct. 27 at her residence.?She was born Dec. 5, 1918 in Payne, the daughter of William E. and Goldie G. (Nesbitt) Lyons. On July 10, 1937, she married Luther Seslar, who preceded her in death in 1998.?She is survived by three children, Marla (Richard) Larrabee, Newberry, S.C., Merlin Seslar of Churubusco, Ind., and Burl (Derice) Seslar, Naples, Fla.; two brothers, Harold Lyons and James (Judy) Lyons, both of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three great-stepgrandchildren.?She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and William D. Lyons; and three sisters, Dorothy Woods, Ganelle Sisco, and infant Emma Lyons. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. today, Oct. 31, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.?Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Tri-County, 13795 CR Koon Highway, Newberry SC 29108; or Alzheimer’s Association of South Carolina, 4124 Clemson Blvd., Anderson, SC 29621.

STEPHEN MEUSSLING?1948-2007?PAYNE — Stephen Lee Meussling, 59, passed away on Oct. 29 at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne after a courageous battle with leukemia. Steve was born May 31, 1948, in Fort Wayne, the son of the Rev. Herbert A. Meussling and G. Vonne Sitcler. As a minister’s son, Steve spent his childhood in several different communities including: Napoleon, Holgate, Niles, Mich., and Payne.?He was a 1966 graduate of Payne High School and a 1971 graduate of Lakeland College where he earned a degree in philosophy. Steve married the love of his life, Bette Jean Tambone on Aug. 19, 1972 and shared 35 years of a beautiful marriage. ?Throughout his life, Steve worked primarily as a salesman, but also spent many years managing the family farm in Payne. Steve was an avid reader, gardner, history buff, ice and inline skater, and musician. He was fluent in German and had a passion for knowledge.?Everyone who knew Steve, loved him, his true interest in others, his keen sense of humor, and his engaging personality. Most of all, Steve loved his family and always made them his first priority. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Reverend Herbert A. Meussling. He is survived by his mother, Dr. Vonne Meussling of Terre Haute, Ind.; his loving wife, Bette Tambone Meussling of Payne; his four children, Dr. Jeremy (Sarah) Meussling of Bowling Green, Ohio, Greta (Sheldon) Meussling Faworski of Kalamazoo, Mich., Hanna (Kurt) Meussling Becker of Ashland, Ohio, Tresa Meussling of Payne, Ohio; and his two beloved grandchildren, Bonham Faworski and Nyla Meussling, who will always have a very special guardian angel.?He is also survived by his three siblings, Mark Meussling of Fort Wayne, Vonne (Tom) Barnett of Indianapolis, Ind., and Todd (Sandi) Meussling of Naperville, Ill., as well as many nieces and nephews who loved their “Uncle Steve.” He will be greatly missed by all, including his beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Lucy. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, at St. Jacob’s United Church of Christ in Payne, Ohio.

FRANK LEINARD?1935-2007?ANTWERP – O. Frank Leinard, 72, Antwerp, died Tuesday, Oct. 30.

HELEN LAWSON?1919-2007?PAYNE – Helen C. Lawson, age 88, died Thursday, Nov. 1, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.?She was born Aug. 4, 1919 in Paulding County, the daughter of Rudie and Osie (King) Roberts. She married Robert Lawson, who preceded her in death in 1985. She was a member of St. Jacob United Church of Christ, Payne; American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Payne; Harrison Township Grange; and was an avid bingo player.?She is survived by three sons, Jack (Caroline) Lawson, and Allen (Karen) Lawson, both of Payne, and Bill (Janet) Lawson, Fort Wayne; and four grandchildren, Timothy and Terry Lawson, Payne, Katie Lopez of Fort Wayne, and Bob (Lisa) Treat, Ann Arbor, Mich. She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Leroy and Harry Roberts; and three sisters, Marie Reeb, Leona Longardner and Betty Shipman. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Jacob United Church of Christ, with the Rev. James Langham officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Memorial donations may be made to St. Jacob United Church of Christ.

ROBERT LANEY SR.?1943-2007?HICKSVILLE – Robert “Joker” Laney Sr., 64, died on Sunday, Nov. 4 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.?He was born Sept. 15, 1943 in Antwerp, the son of James and Olive (Swann) Laney. On Jan. 24, 1963, he married Lynne Hanna, who survives. He was retired from Dietrich Steel Co. in Hicksville where he was a foreman. He was a lifetime member of Paulding Eagles Aerie #2405 and was a CB radio hobbyist. Also surviving are three daughters, Donna Osmun, Lorretta Conley, and Lorraine (Dave) Anderson, all of Hicksville; seven sons, Michael (Maggie) of Pompano Beach, Fla., Robert Jr. (Deb), David, and Greg, all of Hicksville, James (Chellie) of Harlan, Ind., Steve (Susan) of Antwerp, and Rick (Amanda) of Arlington, Va.; 21 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; eight brothers, William, Donald, George (Betty), Richard and Kenneth, all of Hicksville, Larry (DoraMae) of Cecil, James Jr. (Earline) of Paulding, and Daniel of Spencerville, Ind.; five sisters, Doris (George) Clemmons of Continental, Mary Smith and Sue (Gary) Mansfield of Hicksville, Claris Jean Robinson of Urbana, and Maxine McMullen, Antwerp.?He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandchild; two brothers; and two sisters. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville. Brian Wilcox of Coburn Corners Church of Christ will officiate. Burial will be at Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, Nov. 7 at the funeral home.?Memorial contributions may be made to Parkview Hospital Foundation & Hospice the Caring Way of Defiance.

RONALD McBRIDE SR.?1947-2007?PAULDING – Ronald A. McBride Sr., 60, died Saturday morning, Nov. 3.

CORNELIA HENRY?1949-2007?PAYNE – Cornelia Ann Henry, age 58, died Monday, Nov. 5, at Paulding County Hospital.?She was born on July 16, 1949 in Demopolis, Ala., the daughter of Sam and Ruby (Bossie) Jones. On Oct. 6, 1995 she married Alvin R. Henry, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Christopher Fluker of Defiance, and Jimmy Kemp Jr., San Juan, Puerto Rico; two daughters, Carolyn Kemp of Defiance, and Debra Rowser, Demopolis, Ala.; three brothers, Walter and Roger Jones of Demopolis, and John Hamlet, Atlanta; three sisters, Annie Mae Jones, Ann Jones and Joanne Jones, all of Demopolis; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Samuel Jones Jr.?Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 10 at John the Baptist Church in Gallion, Ala. Burial was in the church cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of local arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN?1974-2007?CONTINENTAL – Benjamin R. Leatherman, age 32, died Wednesday, Nov. 7 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, following an extended illness. He was born Dec. 30, 1974 in Paulding County, the son of Gary and Karen (Akers) Leatherman. He graduated from Paulding High School in 1993. He is survived by his father, Gary Leatherman, Douglasville, GA.; his mother, Karen (Jerry) Brown, Lynchburg, Ohio; his grandmother, Jessie M. Leatherman, Oakwood; his grandfather, Jacob Akers, Lynchburg; a son, Jacob Leatherman, Englewood, Tenn.; a twin sister, Tammy (Troy) Weller, Oakwood; a brother, Nickolas (Michelle) Leatherman, Cecil; a half-sister, Alycia Leatherman, Monroe City, Ind.; nieces, Leva and Amelia Weller, and Mattaya and Julia Leatherman; nephews, D. Payton Weller, and Riley Benjamin Leatherman; aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Beryl Leatherman; and grandmother, Julia Akers.?Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Robert Merriman officiating. Burial was in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose. Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

SALLY COON?1922-2007?FORT WAYNE – Sally Ann Coon, age 85, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, at her residence.?She was born Oct. 9, 1922 in Paulding County, the daughter of James and Esther (Schmidt) Burtch. She graduated from the Lucas County Hospital School of Nursing in 1943 and practiced as a registered nurse for the 16 years prior to her marriage. On Sept. 13, 1959 she married Melvin T. Coon, who preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 1993. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding. She was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lafayette, Ohio where she taught Sunday School for over 20 years.?She is survived by a daughter, Kathryn Coon, Fort Wayne; a son, James (Mary) Coon, Monroe, N.C.; two brothers, Karl (Joan) Burtch, Paulding, and Thomas (Dorothy) Burtch, Rockford; two sisters, Barbara Rhoad, Paulding, and Janet Choler, Elkhart, Ind.; two sisters-in-law, Helen Burtch, Paulding, and Marci Burtch, Fort Wayne; and many nieces and nephews.?She also was preceded in death by three brothers, James, Charles and David Burtch.?Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 10 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Mary Beth Smith-Webb officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park, Lima. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding.

SAMUEL FRANKLIN?1917-2007?PAULDING – Samuel E. Franklin, age 90, died Thursday, Nov. 8 at his residence.?He was born Oct. 17, 1917 in Payne, the son of Samuel and Charlotte (Gray) Franklin. On Nov. 24, 1955, he married Helen R. Keysaer, who preceded him in death on April 5, 2004. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church, a retired farmer, a member of VFW Post #587 in Paulding, and was a former Benton Township employee.?He is survived by a son, Edward Franklin, New Haven; and two brothers, Robert (Helen) Franklin of Payne and John Market, Sidney.?He also was preceded in death by three sisters, Maude Martin, Kathryn Waltz and Donna McGrinnis.?Funeral services were conducted Monday, Nov. 12 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Joe Allen officiating. Burial was in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland with military graveside services provided by VFW Post #587.?Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

GLORIA HOOK?1925-2007?PAYNE – Gloria Marie Hook, 82, Payne, died Monday, Nov. 5.

RICHARD HAKE?1927-2007?FORT WAYNE – Richard Hake, age 80, died Saturday, Nov. 10.

EARL PHLIPOT?1937-2007?PAULDING – Earl E. “Zeb” Phlipot, age 69, died at 7:10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at his residence after an extended illness.?He was born Nov. 29, 1937 in Paulding County, the son of Raymond and Hazel (Copsey) Phlipot. On Jan. 31, 1959 he married Norma Jean Butler, who survives. In 2002, he retired as supervisor from Herbert E. Orr Manufacturing of Paulding. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Paulding and was a member of the Paulding VFW Post #587.?Also surviving are two daughters, Deborah (Mike) Farquhar of Paulding and Diane Fogle of Hicksville; two sons, Everett (Jil) Phlipot of Stuart, Fla. and Alan Phlipot of Paulding; four grandchildren, Christopher Phlipot, Riley Phlipot, Adam Phlipot and Madison Farquhar; two brothers, Harold (Dorothy) Phlipot and Jerry (Margaret) Phlipot, both of Paulding; four sisters, Laura Pease of Paulding, Dorothy (Bill) Alt of Gahanna, Christine (Roman) Laker of Cecil, and Helen (Curt) Coil of Traverse City, Mich.?He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Howard and Lawrence Phlipot and a infant brother; and two sisters, Ruth Schneider and Mabel Phlipot. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Nov. 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.?Visitation will be at the church one hour before services. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.?Preferred memorials are to Paulding County Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.

LaRETA VAUGHN?1938-2007?PAULDING – LaReta Vaughn, age 69, died 4:14 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.?She was born July 8, 1938 in Pineville, Ky., the daughter of Prentice and Florence (Williams) Begley. In 1984, she married Robert Vaughn, who preceded her in death in 1985. She retired from Johns Manville, Defiance and was a cook for the Paulding Kiwanis.?She is survived by her stepmother, Isabelle Begley, Hazard, Ky.; five children: Johanna Vaughn, Columbia, S.C., Jim (Karen) Bradford and Bradley Bradford, both of Paulding, Jeanette (George) Fischer of Defiance, and Missy Beckman, Clearwater, Fla.; four stepsons, Kim and Dana Schooley, Florida, and Tyrone Vaughn, Austin, Texas, and Burr Vaughn, Florida; six sisters, Betty Lynch of Barton, Fla., Nancy Massey of Florence, Ky., Carol Coats of Cincinnati, Darlene Blair and Mary Ann Ebersole of Hazard, Ky., and Michell Begley, Oklahoma City, Okla.; four brothers, Larry Begley, Bobby Begley and John Begley, all of Hazard, Ky., and Willie Begley, Paris, Ky.; nine grandchildren; many stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many great-stepgrandchildren.?She also was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, LaReta Jean Vaughn; and a stepgranddaughter, Bobby Springer.?Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at Calvary Bible Church, Paulding, with Pastor Tim Franklin officiating. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.?Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, Nov. 14 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church. Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.

DOROTHY MERRITTE?1920-2007?OAKWOOD – Dorothy Ruth Merritte, age 87, died Monday, Nov. 12, at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home, Paulding.?She was born Aug. 11, 1920 in Melrose, the daughter of William John and Marie Velma (Wilson) Finnegan. On Nov. 23, 1945, she married William C. Merritte, who preceded her in death on June 25, 1983. She retired from Dana Corporation in 1981 and was a former member of Melrose United Methodist Church and Auglaize Chapel Church of God, Oakwood.?She is survived by a daughter, Glenda (Jeff) Ferris, Paulding; a son, Dennis Merritte, Melrose; two brothers, Ed Finnegan, Oakwood, and Paul Finnegan, Defiance; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.?She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Dorothy Elaine; three brothers, Harold “Hap” Finnegan, Dale Finnegan, and infant Forest Finnegan; and three sisters, Violet Vance, Irene Doster and Ilene Doster.?Funeral services were conducted Friday, Nov. 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Bob Merriman officiating. Burial was in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Memorial donations may be made to Hawthorn Court Nursing Home Activity Fund.

GLORIA HOOK ?1925-2007?PAYNE – Gloria Marie Hook, 82, of Payne, passed away at 12:10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, peacefully at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.?She was born on Oct. 6, 1925, in Fort Wayne. the daughter of the late Garrett and Elsa F. (Ladd) Bowers. On June 28, 1947, Gloria married Henry Hook, who died March 14, 2007. Gloria was a homemaker, who enjoyed her family, ceramics, sewing and gardening and was a member of Payne Church of the Nazarene.?Gloria will be sadly missed by her daughter, Wendy (Larry) Zuber of Antwerp; sons, Kerry (Jody), Rick (LeeAnn), Jeffrey and Chad, all of Payne; a sister, Ruby Hannefeld of Woodburn; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.?Sisters Geraldine Oddou and Janet Brinneman and brothers Jack, Bob, Monty and Ernie Bowers have passed away.?Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 9, at Payne Church of the Nazarene, with the Rev. Mike Harper officiating. She was laid to rest at Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements.?The family requests memorial donations be made to the church.?Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

DOYLE SANDERSON?1922-2007?PAULDING — Doyle J Sanderson, 85, died at 4:10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Hawthorn Court Nursing Home.?He was born Aug. 24, 1922, in Paulding County, the son of Dewey and Gladys (Myers) Sanderson. He was a graduate of Grover Hill High School. In 1945, he married Esther Florence (Hartwig) Sanderson, who survives in Paulding. He was a lifelong farmer, a member of the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Paulding, where he served on the church council and as a choir member.?He was a member of the Paulding County Republican Committee, a Jackson Township trustee for three terms, and a member on the Paulding Soil and Water Conservation Board. He worked at the Paulding Lumber Company, Paulding County Highway Department, hauled fuel for Consumers Oil Company of Paulding, and worked at the Baughman Tile Mill, Paulding. He was an avid deer hunter and woodworker, and also restored antique tractors.?Also surviving are two sons, Dennis (Cheryl) Sanderson of Paulding and Delmar Sanderson of Willoughby, Ohio; a sister, Hilda (Paul) Cummings of Lima; a brother, Vaughn (Jean) Sanderson of Broughton; four grandchildren, Craig (Ranae), Kurt, Brett, and Carrie Sanderson; and two great-grandchildren, Logan and Ethan Sanderson. ?Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mary Beth Smith Webb officiating. Burial was in the Paulding Memorial Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding was in charge of the arrangements. ?Preferred memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Research Foundation, the Hawthorn Court Nursing Home Activity Fund, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

WILLIAM REYNOLDS?1961-2007?PAULDING — William A. Reynolds, 46, died Saturday, Nov. 17.?He was born May 3, 1961, in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Leo R. and Velma M. (Booher) Reynolds, who both preceded him in death. He was a U.S. Army veteran and worked as a carpet and flooring installer. He was a member of the Paulding Eagles Lodge and the Grover Hill VFW Post #2873.?He is survived by three brothers, James (Kay) Reynolds of Paulding, Steven Reynolds of Texas, and Michael (Marsha) Reynolds of Wisconsin; and a sister, Bonnie Reynolds of Wisconsin.?Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 21, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with Pastor Michael Harper officiating. Burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.?The family requests that memorial contributions be made in William’s memory in care of Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

HARRIET STRALEY?1934-2007?VAN WERT — Harriet L. Straley, 73, of Van Wert, died at 4:47 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the Lima Memorial Health Center.?She was born May 30, 1934, in Paulding County, the daughter of Russell and Minnie (Leslie) Lamb, who both preceded her in death. She married Richard Davis, who preceded her in death. In 1980 she married Fred Swander Straley, who preceded her in death on June 1, 1982.?She attended Latty High School. She retired from the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. She was a member of the Convoy United Methodist Church, member of the Van Wert Genealogy Society, member of the Paulding County Genealogy Society, and was a volunteer at the American Red Cross for many years. ?She is survived by a son, Jeff (Shawnne) Davis of Van Wert; two daughters, Sue (Barry) McDowell, also of Van Wert, and Kathy (Brian) Clark of Blissfield, Mich.; two sisters, Mapha Schaadt of Cecil and Phyllis Hanselman of Hailey, Idaho; and four grandchildren, Mandy Clark, Matt Clark, Codi (Cody) Webster Feasby and Garrett McDowell. ?Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at the Cowan and Son Funeral Home in Van Wert. The Rev. Gregory Leigh of the Convoy United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Cooper Cemetery, Paulding County.?Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, Nov. 21.?Preferred memorials are to the Convoy United Methodist Church or to the American Red Cross.

DONALD HAUNHORST?1916-2007?DELPHOS — Donald J. “Bud” Haunhorst, 91, died at 9:10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Van Crest of Delphos.?He was born Jan. 30, 1916, in Landeck, Ohio, the son of Edward and Philmenn (Schwinnen) Haunhorst. On Sept. 30, 1939, he married Gertrude Nagel, who survives in Landeck.?He was employed at the Western Stone company for 48 years, serving as vice president and general manager for 20 years. He was a very talented musician, playing the piano, accordion and the harmonica fluently. He loved to polka dance and was considered a “One Man Band” by many. He spent a great part of his life entertaining family and friends with music and dancing.?He was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck and was a member of the Eagles Post #471.?Also surviving are a daughter, Jeannie (Don) Schweller of Paulding; three grandchildren, Todd (Stephanie) Schweller, Lisa (Tony) Clinton, and Amy Wirts, all of Paulding; and five great-grandchildren, Lyndi and Julia Clinton, Claire and Jack Schweller, and Grace Wirts.?He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold J. “Pete” Haunhorst.?Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the St. John the Baptist Church in Landeck, with Father John Fleck officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Harter and Schier Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.?Preferred memorials may be made to the Delphos Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.

BONNIE JEAN RAMMEL?1959-2007?CELINA – Bonnie Jean (Link) Rammel, age 48, died Wednesday, Nov. 21.

MICHELE SCHAEFER-PARR?FORT WAYNE – Michele A. Schaefer-Parr, 57, beloved wife of Keith B. Parr Jr., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007 at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.?Michele spent her formative years in the Payne area, graduating from Payne High School, and continued her education in Chicago at the Rae Vogue School of Art. In addition to working at Cunningham Optical One for 35 years, she was an avid miniature sculptor and mixed-media artist, with her work being published in several national magazines. Her work will also be published next year as part of a book about art.?In addition to her husband Keith, she is survived by her mother, Lorraine Schaefer of Payne; a sister, Antonette (Rex) Goeltzenleuchter of Defiance; brothers, Vincent (Carol) and Scott (April), both of Payne; parents-in-law, Keith Sr. and Joan Parr of Berne, Ind.; brother-in-law, Wilson (Pam) Parr of Fort Wayne; sisters-in-law, Frances (Loren) Brinneman and Melissa (Scott) Skinner, both of Berne; grandparents-in-law, Bert and Martha Parr of Berne; and many nieces and nephews.?She was preceded in death by her father, Norman Schaefer.?Funeral Mass was Saturday, Dec. 1 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Payne. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Payne. D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.?In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice Home of Fort Wayne or Goshen Hospital Oncology Department.

JIM WILLIAMSON?1939-2007?ANTWERP — James E. Williamson Sr., 68, Antwerp, died Wednesday, Nov. 28.

WILLIAM DAVIS SR.?1939-2007?GROVER HILL – William C. Davis Sr., 68, of Grover Hill, died Thursday, Nov. 29.

DOROTHY HALL?1937-2007?OAKWOOD — Dorothy Jean Hall, 70, of Oakwood, died at 11:58 p.m., Nov. 30, at Mercy Hospital in Defiance.?She was born June 26, 1937, in Oakwood, the daughter of Cecil and Ethel (Bidlack) Bradford, who both preceded her in death. In 1956, she married George J. Hall, who preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Oakwood High School and the Wayne County General Hospital and Northwest Technical College for licensed practical nurses. ?She was formerly employed by the Wayne County General Hospital in Waynesboro, Tenn., Leisure Oaks Nursing Home, Glenwood Nursing Home in Defiance, and retired from the Defiance County Home, following 30 years of nursing. She was a member of the Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Oakwood.?She is survived by a son, Virgil (Randi) Hall of Ney; two daughters, Brenda (Tom) Graf of Bartlett, Ill. and Laurie Hall (fiancé, Bruce) of Defiance; two brothers, Rollin Bradford of Oakwood and Robert Bradford of Roanoke Rapid, N.C.; a sister, Betty Stoller of Oakwood; three granddaughters and a grandson.?Also preceding her in death was a brother, Dick Bradford.?Services will be held at 11 a.m., today, Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood, formerly the Cornerstone Church, with Pastor James Nathan officiating. Burial will be in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery, in Oakwood. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood is in charge of the arrangements. ?Preferred memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

PHYLLIS MOHR?1924-2007?PAULDING — Phyllis J. Mohr, 83, Oakwood, died Wednesday, Nov. 28.

HELEN ASHBAUGH?1924-2007?LAKE TOWNSHIP, Ind. — Helen Ashbaugh, 83, of Lake Township, died Friday, Nov. 30.

CHARLENE SCHLEGEL?1941-2007?PAULDING — Charlene M. Schlegel, age 66, died Thursday, December 6, 2007 at the Osceola Regional Medical Center, Kissimmee, FL.?She was born April 22, 1941 in Defiance County, OH, the daughter of Wilbur and Kathryn (Feeney) Baldwin. On October 22, 1960 she married Vaughn Kenneth Schlegel, who survives. She was employed by Teleflex, Van Wert, retiring in 1999. She was a member of Paulding Church of the Nazarene, and president of the Paulding County Hospital Auxiliary.?She is survived by her husband, Vaughn Schlegel, Paulding; three sons, Kent (Marcia) Schlegel, Wapakoneta, OH, Kevin Schlegel, Lagrange, IN, and Seth Schlegel, FL; two daughters, Lori (Jeff) Densmore, Kissimmee, FL and Donna (Jason) Wiseman, Melrose, OH; two brothers, M.E. “Gene” (Donna) Baldwin, Defiance, and Guy (Shirley) Baldwin, Paulding; three sisters, Ellen (Dana) Reed and Mary (Bill) Ellison, both of Defiance, and Linda (Ricky) Spears, Oakwood; and 10 grandchildren.?She is preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding with Rev. Kim Semran officiating. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding.?Visitation will be 2 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 and one hour prior to services on Friday at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.?Donations may be made to Paulding Church of the Nazarene, Paulding County Senior Center, or Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.

LEVI CAIN JR.?1909-2007?PAULDING – Levi “Cowboy” Cain Jr., age 98, died at 11:55 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.?He was born Dec. 6, 1909 in Paulding, the son of Levi and Lola (Jackson) Cain. On March 5, 1982 he married Elsie Cain, who survives. He was a millwright for GM Powertrain, Defiance, retiring in 1973, and was an avid pool player at the local pubs.?He also is survived by two sons, Douglas Keith (Beverly) Cain of Fort Wayne and Wayne “Boogie” (Alice) Cain, Fostoria; three daughters, Leona Mae (Harvey) Brown of Ohio City, Phyliss Melvina Baxter of Paulding, and Debra Bess Cain, Fort Wayne; stepchildren, Hester Jackson and Nonnie Perry, both of Paulding, Mattie Davis, Pearl (George) Harris, James Davis, all of Fort Wayne, and Lucy Price and Rashell Hogan, both of West Point, Miss.; and many grandchildren.?He was preceded in death by a son, Johnnie Cain; three daughters, Patricia Wells, Karen Rau and Janice Salter; a a stepson, Roy Davis; and five brothers, Lorenzo, Earl, Lyle, Howard and Orville Cain.?Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 15 at Den Herder Funeral Home. Burial was in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil.?Donations may be made in memory of Levi Cain to Den Herder Funeral Home.

WALTER FRUCHEY?1932-2007?GROVER HILL — Walter Keith Fruchey, 75, Grover Hill, died Thursday, Dec. 13.

EULA SHAFFER?1936-2007?VAN WERT – Former Payne resident Eula M. Shaffer, age 71, died Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Van Wert Manor, Van Wert.?She was born Feb. 16, 1936 in Payne, the daughter of Eth H. and Gladys (Trop) Miller. On Oct. 1, 1971, she married Lloyd S. Shaffer, who preceded her in death on July 2, 1992. She was formerly employed as a secretary for Paulding County Senior Center, and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary of Defiance. She is survived by a son, John E. (Sandy) Dix, Paulding; two daughters, Sue (Dave) Kimmel of Rockford and Ellen (John) Wycuff, Celina; a brother, Dean (Jeanette) Miller, Payne; two sisters, Doris Rodocker of Altoona, Fla., and Eva (Don) Barnes, Casa Grande, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.She also was preceded in death by her parents.?Funeral Services will be at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.?Memorial donations may be made to Van Wert Manor Activity Fund or Paulding County Senior Center.

CHRISTINE JOHNSON?1967-2007?CONTINENTAL — Christine M. Johnson, 40, of Continental, died Dec. 20.

PAULINE YENSER?1922-2007?OAKWOOD — Pauline Ruth Yenser, 85, of rural Oakwood, died at 3:24 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. She died in the home where she was reared, where she had cared for her parents until their deaths, and where she had resided nearly her entire life.?She was born Sept. 13, 1922, near Osseo, Mich., the seventh child of Anna and Delos Frederick. Her mother and a sister, Mary, died when she was five weeks old, and she was reared by her mother’s sister, Sarah Adelia (Della) and Charles H. Shock as their foster child.?She was a 1940 graduate of Oakwood High School. She attended Manchester College and earned degrees from Defiance College and Saint Francis College in Fort Wayne. On April 26, 1941, she married Herald Hayes Yenser, who preceded her in death on March 29, 1991.?She was a lifetime member of Defiance Church of the Brethren. She was a teacher in Paulding Middle School from 1959 until 1990. She taught English, reading, writing and spelling to sixth graders and also taught some seventh grade classes. In addition to teaching, she enjoyed gardening and reading mysteries. She is survived by a son, Herald Eugene (Gene) (Helen) Yenser of Oakwood; three daughters, Adelia Ann (Dennis H.) Sorge of West Lafayette, Ind., Sandra (Jerry) Brightbill of Tonasket, Wash., and Paula Howell of Lafayette, Ind.; three sisters, Florence Fee and Isabel Smith of Hillsdale, Mich. and Marie Rose of Osseo, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Services were held Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Defiance Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Richard Neuwirth officiating. Burial was in the Sherman Cemetery, Paulding County. Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may go to the Paulding County Hospice, 250 Dooley Drive, Paulding, Ohio, 45879.

WILBUR LOGAN?1916-2007?PAYNE – Wilbur C. Logan, age 91, died at 6:27 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at Van Wert County Hospital.?He was born Sept. 2, 1916 in Van Wert County, the son of Guyn and Alta (Bedwell) Logan. On Jan. 15, 1947 he married Dorothy C. Hougendobler, who preceded him in death in 1997. He was an owner/operator truck driver for 25 years, retiring in 1979.?He is survived by a son, Guyn Logan of Warsaw, Ind.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a companion and caregiver, Kim Kennedy, Tampa, Fla. He also was preceded in death by a son, Steve, in 1985.?Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.?Memorial contributions may be made in Wilbur’s memory in care of Den Herder Funeral Home.

PAUL CULLER?1932-2007?SHERWOOD – Paul F. Culler, age 75, of Sherwood, passed away Friday, Dec. 28, at the Hicksville Memorial Hospital in Hicksville.?He was born on March 7, 1932 in Defiance County, the son of Alvin and Gladys (Dowd) Culler. On Dec. 23, 1955 in Paulding, he married Lucile Brown, who survives. Paul was a bulk loader at Lafarge in Paulding prior to his retirement on March 31, 1994. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. Paul was a member of the Mark Center Methodist Church and the Sherwood VFW.?Also surviving are two daughters, Penny (Bruce) Russell of Oakwood, and Cheryl and (Bruce) Caris of Sherwood; a daughter-in-law, Marcia Culler of Bryan; four grandchildren; a brother, Donald (Gayle) Culler of Springfield, Ohio; a sister, Eleanor Miller of West Unity; and a sister-in-law, Sylvia Culler of Edon.?He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Robert Culler; and a brother, Stanley Culler.?Memorial services for Paul F. Culler will be held at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 2, at the Burr Funeral Home & Crematory, Sherwood, with Jim Stinehelfer and the Rev. Tom Graves officiating. ?Memorial contributions may be given to an organization of the donor’s choice.?Condolences may be sent to the family and the on-line guest book may be signed at www.burrfh.com

GERARD DOBBELAERE?1923-2007?OAKWOOD – Gerard Remy Dobbelaere, age 84, affectionately known as “Paps,” and a longtime resident of rural Oakwood, died unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, at the Paulding County Hospital.?A lifetime farmer, he was a retired ironworker having been employed with Don R. Fruchey, Johns Manville and Casade in New Haven, among others. He also formerly owned and operated the Auglaize Marine Supply in Oakwood with his brother Henry. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Junction. Born to Belgian immigrants, he first attended school in Tontogany where he still only spoke in Flemish, and then attended Melrose and Oakwood schools after the family moved to a farm just west of Melrose. Like many others, he frequented the Fort Brown Skating Rink and it was there he met the love of his life, Elvene Keck, to whom he was married on April 22, 1946. His father died shortly after his marriage and Gerard helped his mother with the family farm and taking care of his younger brothers and sisters.?Gerard was a loving and humble man who possessed a tremendous devotion to his wife and family. They loved to play cards and travel and were fortunate to visit many places, usually with one of their brothers, sisters or friends. They also wintered in Florida for numerous years having spent the last 15 in Haines City, Fla. Paps loved to read, loved to share stories on most topics and enjoyed a good laugh and a good hug. He will be remembered as an extremely hard working, intelligent and gentle man who will be missed beyond measure.?He was born Aug. 27, 1923 near Maumee, just yards away from the site of Fallen Timbers, to Belgian immigrant parents, Julius and Marie (Vynckier) Dobbelaere.?Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Elvene (affectionately known as “Nan”); his children, Sue (Bob) Brown and David “Bud” (Kris) Dobbelaere, both of Oakwood; four grandchildren: Deedi (Mike) Miller, Cory Dobbelaere, Derric (Dee) Brown, and Darsi (Mark) Everson; five great-grandchildren, Ellie, Estee and Aiden Miller, Noah and Leah Brown; four brothers, George (Dottie) of Defiance, Morris (Viola) of Oakwood, Bob (Connie) of Camden, Mich. and Harry (Sue) of Oakwood; a sister, Doris (Erv) Richman of Wolcottville, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Streicher of Defiance; many nieces and nephews and his church family. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Heidi; a great-grandson, Evan; his brother, Paul; an infant sister, Mary Louise; and many other relatives.?Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 28 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, with Fr. David Tscherne officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood. Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, was in charge of arrangements.?Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Oakwood Library, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.?Condolences may be sent to: www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

JOHN HEATH?1918-2007?FORT WAYNE – John R. Heath, age 89, died at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25 at the Bethlehem Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Fort Wayne.?He was born March 17, 1918 in Paulding County, the son of Raymond R. and Ida (Powell) Heath. On May 31, 1942, he married Mary E. Sinn, who preceded him in death on Dec. 9, 2002. He taught at schools in Grover Hill and Latty before retiring from the Fort Wayne public schools system at Shambaugh Elementary School. He was a member of Christ’s Church in Georgetown, Fort Wayne, where he was an Adult Sunday School teacher.?Surviving are two sons, Bradley K. Heath of Churubusco, Ind. and J. Daniel (Yvonne) Heath of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Kristi (John) Bennett of Auburn, Ind.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Treece of Briceton.?He also was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Heath and Kathryn Robinson.?Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding with the Rev. Erick Riddle officiating. Burial was in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.?Preferred memorials are to Alzheimer’s Research.

GRACE McCAGUE?1913-2007?OAKWOOD – Grace McCague, age 94, died at 8:25 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice.?She was born Nov. 11, 1913 in Oakwood, the daughter of the late Rev. Charles Roberts and Elsie (Brown) Pratt. On Dec. 24, 1931 she married John McCague, who proceeded her death Oct. 6, 1992. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Methodist Church in Oakwood.?She is survived by two sons, Dana McCague, Fort Wayne, and Richard McCague, Oakwood; a daughter, Dian Adkins, Oakwood; two brothers, Joe Pratt, Scott, and Albert Pratt, Oakwood; two sisters, Elnor Runion, Woodville, and Alma Rhodes, Grover Hill; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-stepgrandchildren.?She was preceded in death by a stepfather, Roy Pratt; two sons, Raymond and Philip McCague; a grandson, Terry McCague; five brothers, David, Jason, Rolland, Paul and Delmar Pratt; and five sisters, Ida Wyatt, Edna Pratt, Norma Showalter, Alice Fulmer and Bonnie Guilford.?Funeral services were conducted Monday, Dec. 31 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood. Pastor Jim Nathan and Paul Carder officiated. Burial was in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood.?Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia Foundation of Defiance.

ELIZABETH JEAN (E.J.)?MORRIS?1983–2007?FORT WAYNE – Elizabeth Jean (E.J.) Morris, age 24, passed Thurs., Dec. 27 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.?Born in Fort Wayne, she was student of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Her major was Teaching and Special Education. She graduated from Snider High School in Fort Wayne in 2002. She loved music and played piano, saxophone, clarinet and bassoon. ?She was a member of North Park Community Church Youth Group, OPA Sorority and attended Shoaff Park Baptist Church.?Survivors include parents Douglas A. and Barbara J. Morris, Fort Wayne; a brother, Douglas A. Morris II, Fort Wayne; many aunts, uncles, and cousins from Buffalo, NY, Bowling Green, KY and Northwest Ohio.?She was preceded in death by grandparents David and Pearl Morris, Buffalo, NY; and Clarence and Marjorie Helle, Paulding.?Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 5 at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne. Pastor Tom Niccum and Pastor Scott Qualls officiating. Calling is from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9pm Friday, Jan. 4 at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Paulding, at a later date.?In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Shoaff Park Baptist Church Youth Group.

JOHN “TOM”?ROBINSON?1944-2007?PAULDING – John Thomas “Tom” Robinson, age 63, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, at his residence.?He was born Aug. 11, 1944 in Lima, the son of William and Margaret (Patterson) Robinson. On Oct. 20, 1973 he married Rita Dysinger, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam Conflict. He was employed by Braun Industries, Van Wert.?Also surviving are a daughter, Jennifer Ann Robinson, Paulding; a brother, Kenneth (Judy) Robinson, Paulding; and a sister, Jo Ann (Phil) Fitzwater, Continental.?He was preceded in death by his parents.?There is no visitation or funeral services. Burial will be at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.?Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

DENNIS SAYLOR?1944-2007?PAYNE – Dennis B. Saylor, age 63, died at 8:02 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 at his residence after an extended illness.?He was born Jan. 5, 1944 in Middlesboro, Ky., the son of the Rev. Arthur and Mary (Edes) Saylor. On July 14, 1986 he married Penny Conley, who survives. He was currently employed as a supervisor for Triple Crown Rail Transportation Systems of Fort Wayne. He previously was employed by B.F. Goodrich Tire in Woodburn for 25 years. He was a member of the Payne Church of the Nazarene and the Paulding Gun Club.?Also surviving are two sons, Brian (Marian) Saylor and Zachary Saylor, both of Payne; three daughters, Christina (Scott) Kushion of Laingsburg, Mich., Nicole (Eddie) Worrell of Fort Wayne and Jenelle Wagaman of Payne; a son-in-law, Curt Hershburger of Grover Hill; four grandchildren, Blake, Paige, Hunter and Jaxon; two brothers, Leman (Freddie) Saylor and Lennis (Lula) Saylor, both of Payne; and three sisters, Lois (Donald) Greninger of Payne, Vivian (Duane) Copsey of Iola, Kan., and June (Karl) Bredemeyer of Fort Wayne.?He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Anthony Saylor in 2005; and a grandson, Chase Kushion.?Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at Payne Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Mike Harper officiating. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.?Visitation will be today, Jan. 2 at the church from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., and on Thursday morning one hour before services.?Memorial donations may be made to the Dennis B. Saylor Family.

OROTHY SCARPELLI?1931-2007?PAULDING — Dorothy L. Scarpelli, 76, died Wednesday, Dec. 26 at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home, Paulding.?She was born Feb. 6, 1931 in Paulding County, the daughter of Wilbur and Sylvia (Saylor) Saum. On Feb. 24, 1949 she married George Scarpelli, who preceded her in death on Aug. 14, 1970. She was previously a professional clown named “Spring”, the only clown in a wheelchair. She was also a lifeguard and Red Cross instructor for the former Klinger’s Beach, Paulding.?She is survived by nieces and nephews.?Also preceding her in death was an infant son, Gary Scarpelli; and two brothers, Von Saum and Willis Saum.?Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Terry Martin officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion cemetery, Grover Hill.?Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Friday at Den Herder Funeral Home.?Donations may be made to the Paulding County Senior Center.

WILMA SCHAFFNER?1921-2007?GROVER HILL – Wilma Ruth Schaffner, age 86, of Grover Hill, died at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 at her residence.?She was born Feb. 25, 1921 in Hoaglin Township, Van Wert County, the daughter of Charles W. and Leota E. (Michael) Stukey. She was a homemaker and a doctor’s secretary for several years, and loved cats. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Church, Van Wert County.?Surviving are her husband, Cahrol O. Schaffner, of Grover Hill; and a son, Cahrol Owen Schaffner of Grover Hill.?She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Anne Schaffner; and four sisters, Wanda Gilliland, Wilda Stukey, Wilva Bair and an infant sister.?Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 2, at Mt. Pleasant Church, Van Wert, with Pastor Bill Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Hoaglin Township. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, is in charge of arrangements.?Preferred memorials are to the church or Grover Hill Fire Dept. and EMS.?Condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com

WILMA SCHAFFNER?1921-2007?GROVER HILL – Wilma Ruth Schaffner, age 86, of Grover Hill, died at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 at her residence.?She was born Feb. 25, 1921 in Hoaglin Township, Van Wert County, the daughter of Charles W. and Leota E. (Michael) Stukey. She was a homemaker and a doctor’s secretary for several years, and loved cats. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Church, Van Wert County.?Surviving are her husband, Cahrol O. Schaffner, of Grover Hill; and a son, Cahrol Owen Schaffner of Grover Hill.?She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Anne Schaffner; and four sisters, Wanda Gilliland, Wilda Stukey, Wilva Bair and an infant sister.?Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 2, at Mt. Pleasant Church, Van Wert, with Pastor Bill Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Hoaglin Township. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, is in charge of arrangements.?Preferred memorials are to the church or Grover Hill Fire Dept. and EMS.?Condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com

IRENE BASHORE?1911-2007?PAULDING – Esther Irene Mott Bashore, age 96, died Sunday, Dec. 30 at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.?She was born May 13, 1911 in Paulding County, the daughter of Elmer and Estella (Keck) Devers. In 1929, she married Gordon Mott, who preceded her in death in 1973. In 1975, she married Brooks Bashore, who preceded her in death in 1983. She was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Professional Business Women Association. She was previously employed by Gertrude Gamble Dress Shop and Thelma Hill’s Dress Shop.?She is survived by a daughter, Florence E. (Richard) Windsor, Paulding; two stepsons, Bob (Barbara) Bashore, Florida, and Bill (Rowena) Bashore, Paulding; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Herbert Devers, Florida, Richard Devers, South Carolina, and Glenn Devers, Piqua; and three sisters, Edith Grimes, Defiance, Dean Wilson, Florida, and Norma Jean “Peg” Brown, Washington.?She also was preceded in death by a great-grandchild; five brothers, Ronald “Roy,” Paul “Ray,” Charles, James “Pete” and Robert Devers; and three sisters, Ruby Zartman, Helen Bissell and infant Donna Lillian.?Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Jan. 3, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.?Memorial donations may be made to Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Activity Fund or Paulding United Methodist Church.