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Obituaries 2009

2009 obituaries


THERESA WANNEMACHER
1921-2009
PAYNE – Theresa E. Wannemacher, 87, of Payne, passed away Sunday, Jan. 4 at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home.
She was born on April 2, 1921, in Payne, the daughter of the late John and Olive (Zartman) Johnston. On June 14, 1941, she married Louis Wannemacher who preceded her in death on May 15, 1994. She was a homemaker, a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, the Altar Rosary Society, Joan of Arc Study Club, Paulding County Hospital Benevolent Society, Paulding County Farm Bureau and Payne Grange, and she was a 4-H adviser.
Surviving are three daughters, Rita Collis of Grayling, Mich., Jean (Chris) Geist of Bowling Green, and Carol Erickson of Payne; three sons, Ron of Fort Wayne, Joe (Marlene) of Menomonie, Wis. and Tony (Carol) of Payne; three sisters, Leona Farrell of Quincy, Mich., Kathleen Brown of Antwerp, and Jean Young of Payne; 15 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne, with Deacon David Jordan officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.
Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Dooley Funeral Home, 5761 SR 500, Payne, with a rosary service at 8 p.m.
Preferred memorials are to Dallas Lamb Activity Fund or Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

BENJAMIN OBERLIN
1972-2009
PAYNE – Benjamin Oberlin, 36, of Payne, passed away early Saturday, Jan. 3 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, after his battle with cancer.
Ben was born on March 26, 1972 at the Paulding County Hospital. A 1990 graduate of Antwerp High School, he graduated from the Ohio State University with a B.A. degree in fine art with a major in computer animation. He was employed at Tri-State Solarcrete, Payne.
Ben enjoyed video games, motorcycles, computers and playing horseshoes. He was a good cook and was especially good at preparing Cajun food.
He is survived by and sadly missed by his girlfriend, Billie Boroff of Payne; his parents, Don and Marsha (Gerencser) Oberlin of Antwerp; brothers, Gabriel of Hicksville and Matthew of Antwerp; nieces, Heather and Katie Oberlin; and grandparents Charles and Donna (Shough) Oberlin of Bryan and Paul Gerencser of Antwerp.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother Dorothy (Strubing) Gerencser; and by uncles Larry Gerencser and Timothy Oberlin.
You are invited to attend a memorial service and to celebrate Ben’s life with his family at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at Grant’s Reception Hall, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

DON
BIEDERMAN
1937-2009
ASHLAND, Ohio – Don R. Biederman age 71, of Ashland, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Mt. Carmel East Hospital in Columbus.
He was born on July 13, 1937, in Grover Hill, the son of Raymond C. Biederman and Dorothy E. (Walters) Slusser. He had been a resident of Ashland for the last 50 years. A graduate of the Fort Wayne International Business College, he was a Certified Public Accountant, and retired from H.G. Snyder CPA Firm. After retirement, he continued in private practice part time. He was a member of the American Legion and of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He was a veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserves. He was an avid card player and enjoyed traveling, visiting and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Survivors include his longtime companion, Joanne Starr of Ashland; a daughter, Beth (Tim) Thomas of Dublin; two sons, Rex (Maggie) of Fairfield, and Jerry (Janet) of Westerville; six grandchildren, Alyssa, Brian, Tyler and Kelly Biederman, and Nick and Natalie Thomas; his sister, Florence McClish of Elida; and a brother, Ralph of Tyler, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Ashland Cemetery, with Pastor Jeff Messner officiating. The family will greet friends at Trinity Lutheran Church following graveside services. Heyl Funeral Home, Ashland, assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be made on line at www.heylfuneralhome.com

LAURA BLAND
1925-2009 
PAULDING — Laura Jean Bland, 83, died at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Gardens of Paulding.
She was born July 19, 1925, in Paulding County, the daughter of Eugene and Ada (Dickerson) Stephen. She retired in 1988 from the Dana Weatherhead Corp. of Antwerp, following 20 years of service. She attended the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding. She was a member of the Paulding VFW Post #587 Auxiliary and the Paulding F.O.E. Post #2405 Auxiliary.
Surviving are a daughter, Sue A. Bland of Columbus; two sons, Stephen Bland of Paulding and Eugene (Brenda) Bland of Centerville, Ohio; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Don W. (Donna) Stephen of California and Eugene (Sandy) Stephen of Kendallville, Ind.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy Allen and Jack Stephen.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Burial was in the Hedges Cemetery in Paulding County. 
Preferred memorials amy be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

VIRGINIA HALLIWILL
1947-2009
OAKWOOD – Virginia I. (Jarman) Halliwill, 61, Oakwood, died at 8:20 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at her residence.
She was born March 12, 1947, in Delphos, the daughter of Edgar and Hazel (Grunden) Jarman. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting and NASCAR. She was a member of the Paulding Eagles Aerie and Grover Hill VFW Post. She worked at the Herbert Orr Co.
Surviving are two sons, Jeff (Angel) Halliwill of Oakwood and Kevin (Brandy) Halliwill of Scott; two daughters, Tonica (Scott) Harvey of Tennessee and Teresa (John) Ankney of Oakwood; two brothers, Bill Jarman of Wapakoneta and Leonard (Shirley) Jarman of Delphos; and six grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; and a brother, Kenny Jarman.
Services were held Saturday, Jan. 10 at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, with the Rev. David Howell officiating.
Preferred memorials are to American Cancer Society or the family.

MARY JANE
KINNALEY
1920-2009
PAYNE – Mary Jane Kinnaley, 88, of Payne, passed away Friday, Jan. 9 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She Mary was born on Aug. 5, 1920, in Brazil, Ind., the daughter of Roy and Marguerite (Kastner) Roberts. She married John H. Kinnaley, who preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding County.
Surviving are three sons, Edward (Ruth) and David, both of Payne and John (Diane) of New Haven; five grandchildren, Donald, Kenneth, Michelle, Chad and Daniel; and seven great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Sue; a brother, Billy Earl Roberts; and a daughter-in-law, Doretta.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, Jan. 13 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne (formerly St. John the Baptist), with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

DAVID KRICK
1950-2009
ANTWERP – David A. Krick, 58, of Antwerp, died Saturday, Jan. 10 at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice near Defiance.
He was born on April 5, 1950 in Paulding, the son of Paul and Mildred (Leslie) Krick. He was a graduate of Paulding High School and earned an associate’s degree from Indiana University in Fort Wayne. On May 5, 1985 in Fort Wayne, he married Michelle D. Giant, who survives in Hicksville. He was involved in sales in his working career. Also surviving are three sons, David Braaten of Fort Wayne, and Hayden and Colin Krick of Hicksville; one granddaughter; and three brothers, Bob of Fort Wayne, and Denny and Tom of Paulding. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services for David A. Krick are pending at this time and information will be published in a later edition. Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials in the name of David A. Krick may be given to an educational fund established for his children, c/o: First Financial Bank, 327 South Main Street, Bryan OH 43506. Condolences may be sent to the family or the online guest book may be signed at www.oberlin-ford.com 
Memorial services for David A. Krick will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 at the First Church of Christ, 120 N. Main St., Hicksville, with Pastor Ken Wellman officiating. The family will receive friends and family after 1 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service. Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan, is in charge of arrangements. He died Saturday, Jan. 10 at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice near Defiance.
Memorials in the name of David A. Krick may be given to an educational fund established for his children, c/o: First Financial Bank, 327 S. Main St., Bryan OH 43506. Condolences may be sent to the family or the online guest book may be signed at www.oberlin-ford.com

TOM LOOSER
1951-2009
NAPOLEON — Tom J. Looser, 57, of Napoleon, died at 3:32 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 9, 1951, in Lima, the son of Lavern and Evelyn (Nartker) Looser, who survive in Ottoville. He was employed by General Motors in Defiance, and was a member of the Paulding Eagles.
He is also survived by two sons, Brian (Tracy) Looser of Kalida and Josh Looser of Ottoville; three daughters, Gina (Jeff) Geise of Cloverdale, Amber Looser of Napoleon and Jennifer (Tony) Quartana of Ottoville; his fiancé, Brenda Taner and her son, Derek, of Paulding; a brother, Randy Looser of Arlington, Texas; three sisters, Deb (Kevin) Bockrath of Chillicothe, Karen (Don) Ellerbrock of Ottoville, and Lori (Rodney) Niemeyer of Ottoville; and six grandchildren, Ethan, Jocie and Brayden Geise, Haley and Caden Looser, and Nicholas Quartana.
Services were held Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Ottoville, with Father John Stites officiating. Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

KENNETH NIESE
1952-2009
PAULDING – Kenneth Dean Niese, 56, of Paulding, died Sunday, Jan. 4, at his home.
He was born Jan. 18, 1952, in Bowling Green, the son of Mearl Niese Sr. and Wilmetta “Betty” Miller. He worked at Werlor Waste Control Inc., Defiance, and was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Deshler.
Surviving are a son, Byron (April) of Grayling, Mich.; a brother, Richard (Betty Jean) of Defiance; six sisters, Bernadine (Eugene) Gee of Defiance, Ruth (John) Conklin of Stryker, Betty (Robert) Austermiller of Malinta, Connie Niese of Marysville, Debra (Daryl) Chamberlain of Grand Rapids and Sherrie (Michael) Holbrook, Napoleon; and four grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and a brother, John Jr.
Services were held Friday, Jan. 9 at Rodenberger Funeral Home, Napoleon.
Preferred memorials are to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.rodenbergerfuneralhome.com

LOLA ROGERS
1928-2009
VAN WERT — Lola M. Rogers, 80, of Van Wert, died at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Defiance Inpatient Hospice in Defiance.
She was born Aug. 16, 1928, in Ottawa Lake, Mich., the daughter of Leon and Lula (Ellinwood) Schmidt. She was married to Doyt Rogers, who preceded her in death. She retired from the Aeroquip Corporation in Van Wert, following many years of service. She attended the Auglaize Chapel Church of God in Oakwood.
Surviving are a son, Doug Rogers of Convoy; two daughters, Lisa McClure of Convoy, and Pam (Joel) Fritz of Greenwood, Ind.; a brother, LaVern (Betty) Schmidt of Sebring, Fla.; a sister, Charlene (Marvin) Kastel of Ottawa Lake, Mich.; six grandchildren, Sherry (Jason) Pancost, Jeremy (Randi Burton) Sanderson, Kristin, Kayla and Keri McClure, and Jerich Fritz; and two great-grandchildren, Braden Pancost and Tyler Sanderson.
Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Marlene Everett; and a brother, Roland Schmidt.
Services were held Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial was in Ridge Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert Inpatient Building Fund.

ELBERT RUE
1928-2009
CONTINENTAL — Elbert “Morris” Rue, 80, of Continental, died at 1 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 8, at his residence.
He was born April 2, 1928, in North Creek, Ohio, the son of Robert and Rebecca (Morris) Rue. On June 27, 1953, he married Blanche Ellen Caryer, who survives in Continental. He retired from GM Powertrain in Defiance in 1988. He was an Army veteran who served in Korea and was a member of the Defiance Church of the Nazarene. Also surviving are nine sons, Tom (Joanie) of Grover Hill, John (Kim) and Dan all of Continental, Tim (Roxanne) of Evansport, Ohio, Jim (Theresa), Randy (Lynn), and Ron (Denise), all of Defiance, Dave (Kim) of Ottoville, and Sam (Stacey) Rue of Oakwood; two daughters, Barb (Denny) Heinonen of Kalamazoo, Mich. and Chris (Richard) Baldwin of Cecil; a brother, George (Gladys) Rue of Wauseon, Ohio; 28 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Ashley Rue; a daughter-in-law, Cheri Rue; two brothers, John Henry and Thomas Edward Rue; and a sister, Mary Bock. Services were held Monday, Jan. 12, at the Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Continental, with Pastor Don Leonard officiating. 
Burial was in the Monroe Cemetery, with graveside services conducted by the Continental American Legion. Preferred memorials may be made to the Putnam County Hospice.

TEMPIE SPENCER
1962-2009
GROVER HILL – Tempie J. Spencer, 46, Grover Hill, died Monday, Jan. 5, in her home.
She was born April 4, 1962, in Defiance, the daughter of Edgar and Dorothy (Butler) Dailey. In 1982, she married Larry Spencer Sr., who survives. She was a nursing home care assistant. Also surviving are three sons, Larry Jr. of Ottawa and Travis and Steven of Grover Hill; a daughter, Terrie (Derrick) McDougle, Gilboa; a brother, Randy Dailey, Bryan; six sisters, Janet Simmons and Edith (Don) Perry of Bryan, Linda Martin of Delphos, Patty (Glen) Sells of Tennessee, Betty Sours of Spencerville, Ind., and Ruby (Lyndel) Carpenter, Ayersville; and six grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; three brothers, Edgar Jr., Jesse and John Dailey; and a sister, Tammy Longanecker.
Services were Thursday, Jan. 8 in Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with Pastor Robert Dean officiating. Burial was in Ayersville Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.mastmockhoffman.com

DONALD WOODRING
1927-2009
Donald Edward Woodring passed from this life surrounded by his family on Monday, Jan. 5.
He was born on July 20, 1927 in Cecil, the son of Floyd and Mary Elizabeth Woodring. He married Dorothy June Blosser of Bryan, and was her beloved husband for 58 years. He was a loving father to their four children, Linda Arthur (James) of Napoleon, Shirley Schroeder (Daniel) of Deland, Fla., George Woodring (Mary) of Yalaha, Fla. and Dawn Woodring of Albuquerque. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Esther Mumy; and his two brothers, Glenn and Wayne Woodring. 
He retired from Norfolk and Southern Railroad after 44 years of railroad service. He was an elder of the Lyons Christian Church in Lyons, Ohio. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends at both his home in Lyons and DeLeon Springs, Fla.
A memorial service was held on Friday, Jan. 9 in DeLeon Springs, and a celebration of his life will be held in Lyons later this year.

DENVER GLANEMANN
1956-2009
PAULDING — Denver L. Glanemann, 52, died Friday, Jan. 16, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born Jan. 22, 1956 in Congo, Ohio, the son Jobie and Evelyn (Francis) Glanemann. He was a member of the Paulding VFW Post #587 and the Paulding Fish and Game Club. He is survived by his mother, Evelyn Glanemann of Columbus; five brothers, Mickey (Susan) Glanemann, Paulding, Roger (Margot) Glanemann of Clyde, Ray (Mary Ann) Miller of Gulfport, Miss., Jim (Bepe) Hutmire of California and Stephen (Pat) Lama of Baltimore, Ohio; four sisters, Margaret “Maggie” Woody, Linda (Charles) Rose, and Jennie Tracy, all of New Lexington, Ohio, and Pam Brown of Montpelier; and an aunt and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; and a brother, Wayne Glanemann, in 1989.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., today, Jan. 21, with visiting hours one hour prior to services, at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Denver’s memory to Den Herder Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

LUCILE LARIMORE
1939-2009
PAYNE – Mary “Lucile” Larimore, 69, of Payne claimed her eternal inheritance as a joint heir of Christ Tuesday, Jan. 13 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center following a lengthy illness and surrounded by her family.
She was born Sept. 20, 1939, the daughter of the late Floyd A. Gibbons and Ruby L. (Zartman) Gibbons. On Feb. 11, 1956, she married Daniel T. Larimore, who preceded her in death on June 20, 1994.
She was a vital Christ-follower and member of the Payne Church of the Nazarene for many years. Besides being a culinary genius and homemaker, Lucile had been previously employed by Magnavox Corporation of Fort Wayne; Maranatha Inc. of Payne; and enjoyed many wonderful years as a bus driver for the Antwerp Local School district. She was most recently employed by CE Electronics of Bryan.
Surviving are a daughter, Kathryn (Philip) Harden of Warsaw, Ind.; three sons, Michael (Valerie) Larimore of Sioux City, Iowa, Mark Larimore of Antwerp, and Robert (Anita) Larimore of South Fork, Pa.; two sisters, Marianne Case of Payne and Loretta Etzler of Van Wert; six grandchildren, Betty Harden (Jason) O’Hara and Mary Harden (Manuel) Benitez, all of Warsaw, Ind., Maggie Larimore (Derek) Miller of Columbus, Abigail Larimore of South Fork, Pa., Joshua Larimore of Sioux City, and Ellis Larimore of South Fork; and a great-granddaughter.
She also was preceded in death by a brother, James Fulmer; and a sister, Irma Bouillon.
Services were held Saturday, Jan. 17 at Payne Church of the Nazarene, with the Rev. Mike Harper officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Defiance Hospice or the church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

JEANETTE MCINTOSH
1941-2009
SCOTT — Jeanette K. McIntosh, 67, of Scott, died at 9:53 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at Van Crest Healthcare Center in Van Wert.
She was born Sept. 6, 1941, in Van Wert, the daughter of Delbert “Doc” and Clara (Harris) Rice, who both preceded her in death. On Dec. 12, 1961, she married Russell McIntosh, who survives in Scott. She was a homemaker and had also worked at the Paulding Council on Aging. She was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church in Van Wert. Also surviving are a daughter, Vicki L. Sexton of Fort Wayne; two sons, Jeff (Kim) McIntosh of Montpelier and John L. McIntosh of Monroe, Wis.; a brother, Gayle Rice of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Annette (Keith) Hirn and Sandy (Gary) Lane, both of Van Wert; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey A.B. Miller, Richelle Miller, Tonya Derby, Krystal Miller, Kinzie Dodson, Tyler L. McIntosh, Rachel McIntosh, and Alexandra McIntosh; and five great-grandchildren, Adam Derby, Alexis Baker, Jacob Derby, Ava Baker and Kyle Derby.
Also preceding her in death was a son, Curtis McIntosh. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Burns officiating. Burial will be in the Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland. Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., today, Jan. 21, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home. Preferred memorials may be made to the Arthur G. James Cancer hospital in Columbus or to the Liberty Baptist Church Building Fund.

ELEANOR JUSTINGER
1913-2009
OAKWOOD —  Eleanor F. Justinger, 95, of Oakwood, died at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at The Gardens of Paulding. 
She was born March 14, 1913, in Paulding County, the daughter of John F. and Mary “Mollie” (Tuohy) Clark. She married Forrest Grove in 1933 and he preceded her in death in 1960. She married Francis “Pete” Justinger in 1963 and he died in 1984. She was a member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding, a former member of St. Mary’s Catholic in Junction and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She had been a resident of The Country Inn Enhanced Living Center in Latty for four years and was a homemaker. She is survived by three grandchildren, Steven (Debbie) Grove and Debra (Bruce) Miller, all of Oakwood, and Jane (Kip) Gochenour of Paulding. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Edmund Grove; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Grove; two brothers, John Wilford and Paul Clark; a half brother, Robert Thomas; and two sisters, Ursula Hoste and Margaret Clark. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding, Tuesday, Jan. 27, with Father Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Brown Township. Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home handled the arrangements 
Suggested memorials are to The Caring and Sharing Food Pantry of Paulding or for Masses.
Condolences and memories may be left at lawsonroessner.com.

MANDI LAYMAN
1976-2009
PAYNE — Amanda M. Layman, 32, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Payne, died at 4:48 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at Parkview Hospital.
She was born April 14, 1976, in Paulding, the daughter of Edgar and Lucy (Knuckles) Asher, who survive in Payne. On July 4, 1999, she married John Layman, who survives. She was a claims specialist at Indiana Epilepsy and Child Neurology in Fort Wayne and graduated from Ohio State School of Cosmetology.
She is also survived by a son, Darian; a daughter, Isabel; a brother, John of Payne; a sister, Angela Pachuta of Fort Wayne; and 17 nieces and nephews.
Services were held Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Payne Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Mike Harper officiating. Burial was in the Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the family.

DONNA MOORE
1926-2009
PAYNE – Donna Moore, 82, of Payne, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born on Nov. 7, 1926, in West Bloomfield, Mich., the daughter of Jesse and Ruth (Slagle) Gaisford. On Oct. 19, 1946, she married Ed Moore, who survives. She was a member of Saint Paul United Methodist Church, Payne, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women’s Group. She was also a member of the Merry Melodies Home-Ec Club. Also surviving are two sons, Steve (Jean) of New Haven and Mike (Linda) of Harlan, Ind.; a daughter, Sue (Doug) Johnson of Fort Wayne; a sister, Joann (Don) Killen of Huntington, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 26, at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, Payne, with the Rev. Amy Haines officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, was in charge of arrangements. Her family requests donations to United Methodist Women or Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

GLEN CRAWFORD
1948-2009
SHERWOOD — Glen Arthur Crawford Jr., 60, died Friday, Jan. 30, at the Defiance Regional Medial Center.
He was born May 13, 1948, in Hicksville, the son of Glen and Grace (Belman) Crawford, who both preceded him in death. On Oct. 31, 1984, he married Pamela Stultz, who survives. He was employed by the Village of Hicksville and Johns Manville in Defiance. He was a United States Navy veteran, serving in Vietnam, and was a previous member of the Bryan Eagles.
Also surviving are two sons, Rodney (Lindy) Rose of Lakeland, Fla. and Travis (Melissa) Crawford of Hicksville; a daughter, Tabatha (James) Wroblewski of Hicksville; seven grandchildren; a sister, Sonya Toms of Edgerton, Ohio; and a brother, Donald (Lorraine) Crawford of Elkhart, Ind.
He also was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Bodell; and a sister, Helen Bear.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Smith & Brown Funeral Home in Hicksville. Burial and military honors will be conducted at Colby Cemetery, Mark Center Township, at a later date. Condolences may be shared at www.smithbrownfuneralhome.com

MANDY FUGATE
1981-2009
DEFIANCE – Mandy L. Fugate, 27, Defiance, died Monday, Jan. 26, in Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus.
She was born Sept. 28, 1981, in Defiance, the daughter of Thomas Fugate Sr. and Nancy (Brown) Fugate. She was a 2000 graduate of PARC Lane Training Center, Paulding, and an assembly worker at PC Workshop, Paulding. She was a member of Faith Tabernacle, Defiance.
Surviving are her mother, of Defiance; her father, of Defiance; a sister, Mindy (Todd) Moats, Oakwood; and a brother, Thomas Jr., Defiance.
Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Russell and Ella Mae Brown and Marjorie and John Fugate.
Services were held Friday, Jan. 30 at Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home Funeral Home in Defiance with the Rev. Isaac Shelton Jr. officiating. Preferred memorials are to the family.

BERTHA GERARDOT
1919-2009
MONROEVILLE — Bertha A. Gerardot, 89, a former Monroeville and New Haven, Ind., resident, died Sunday, Feb. 1, at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne. She was born Oct. 14, 1919, in Allen County, Ind., the daughter of Charles and Irene (Heckler) Emenhiser. On Jan. 25, 1938, she married Earl J. Gerardot, who preceded her in death in 2005. She was a homemaker and a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church in Besancon. 
Surviving are three daughters, Doris A. (Kenneth) Reinhart of Antwerp, Sandra K. Waldron of Van Wert, and Joan L. (Jerry) Zimmerman of Dandridge, Tenn.; two sons, Dale J. (Nelle) Gerardot of Woodburn, and Gary E. (Kris) Gerardot of Payne; four sisters, Mary Geesaman of Fort Wayne, Lois Peterson of Lake Pleasant, Ind., Ruth Wonderley of Hicksville, and Gloria (Loren) Inslow of Fort Wayne; three brothers, Jerry of Butler, Stanley of St. Joe, and Michael Emenhiser of Woodburn, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were: a son-in-law, Harry Waldron; a grandson, James Waldron; five brothers, Ronald, Kenneth, Allen, Charles Jr., and Elwood Emenhiser; and two sisters, Amy Nahrwold and Maxine Voirol.
A prayer service will be held at 9:20 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, in Monroeville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., in the St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church, New Haven, with Father Stephen Colchin officiating. Burial will be in the St. Louis Besancon Catholic Cemetery. Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, Feb. 4, at the Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville, followed by a Rosary service at 8 p.m. Preferred memorials are to the Masses or to the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Activities Fund.

VERN VOGEL
1933-2009
PAULDING – Vern H. Vogel, age 75, died at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born on Jan. 30, 1933 in Paulding County, the son Lloyd and Opal (Powell) Vogel. On July 18, 1953, he married Dorothy J. Schaeper, who survives. In 1994, he retired after 19 years as owner/operator of the former Vogel’s Greenhouse. He was also an insurance agent for the New York Life Insurance Company and a member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding.
Also surviving are 10 sons, Vern “Butch” (Patsy) of Archbold, Mark of Leipsic, Paul (Cathy) of Seminole, Fla., Alan (Lori) of Cardington, Ohio, Tyrone (Terri) of Fort Wayne, Robert (Dori), Dana (Leslie) and Patrick (Shelly), all of Cecil, Tony (Kellie) of Lancaster, Ohio, and Todd (Paula) of Waterville, Ohio; four daughters, Rose (Pat Bowers) Sunday of Cecil, Rita (Jeff) Engle of Fremont, Ind., and Ruth (Bill) Graham and Regina Vogel, all of Paulding; one sister Mary Claussen, Archbold; three brothers, Ralph (Lorraine) Vogel of Louisville, Ky., Don (Betty) Vogel of Angola, Ind., and John (Bev) Dunstan, Paulding; 45 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Joe, Glen and Bill Vogel; two grandsons Justin and Brandon Vogel; and one sister, Vivian Schoenauer.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Cecil. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Masses or to the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish School.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

GRACE GILLETT
1937-2009
DEFIANCE – Grace M. Gillett, age 72, died Sunday, Feb. 1, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 13, 1937 in Paulding County. the daughter of Charles W. and Dorothy Mae (Turner) Fellers. She was employed by the Defiance Moose Lodge #2094 for 14 years. She is survived by one son, Mark (Gail) Gillett, Grover Hill; one daughter, Brooke (Terry) Lantz, Cherokee, N.C.; two sisters, Barbara (Henry) McCartney of Defiance and Darlene (Jim) Proxmire, Cecil; and nine grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, one infant daughter Sheila Gillett, and two sisters Dolores Landers and Rowena Coon.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Defiance Area Visiting Nurses.


JAMES VAN HORN SR.
1925-2009
PAYNE — James H. Van Horn Sr., 83, of Payne, died at 9:56 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home.
He was born May 1, 1925, in Monroeville, Ind., the son of James and Mildred (Davis) Van Horn. On July 6, 1948 he married Dorothy Owens, who preceded him in death on June 18, 2008. He served in the U.S. Navy and was employed at Dana in Fort Wayne. He was a lifetime member of Antwerp VFW and loved western movies and playing cards. Surviving are a daughter, Patricia (Jon) Friend of Cecil; four sons, James (Sharon) of Fort Wayne, Kenneth (Rose) of Payne, John (Leighann) and Clifford, both of Hicksville; five sisters, Rose Mullen and Donna Rose Linder, both of Van Wert, Mary Jane Brunner and Mary Ellen Linder, both of Decatur, Ind. and Gloria Linder; four brothers, Clyde, Donald and Paul Linder, all of Decatur, and Dennis Linder; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Monday, Feb. 9, at Dooley Funeral Home, with the  Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was in the Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to dooleyfuneralhome.com


MERLE JEFFERY
1917-2009
PAULDING – Merle Jeffery, age 91, went to be with his Lord at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.
He was born Dec. 23, 1917 in Paulding, the son of Owen and Myrtle (Baker) Jeffery. On Oct. 14, 1936 he married Glendine Smith, who preceded him in death on Sept. 4, 1984. On Sept. 11, 1990, he married Eileen Dindot Vance, who survives.
He was a lifelong farmer, a member of Paulding United Methodist Church, where he served on the church council. He was a 38-year member of the Paulding County Hospital Board and a Paulding Exempted Village School Board Member. He was also a Farm Bureau and 50-year Grange member as well as a board member for the Paulding County Soil and Water Conservation District and a member of Flat Rock Lodge #580 F&AM, Payne. 
Also surviving are three daughters, Carol (Larry) Todd of Springfield, Ohio, JoAnne (Jerry) Patterson of Buford, Ga. and Patricia (Larry) Bowersox, Elyria; a stepson, Mark (Jadine) Vance of Grover Hill; a stepdaughter, Sue (Paul) Wilhelm, Paulding; a brother, Ray (Dorothy) Jeffery, Antwerp; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by an infant son, Lowell Russell; brothers, Leo, James, Dorris, Delbert, Gale and Frank; and two sisters, Lenna Balyard and Zella Jeffery. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 at Paulding United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today, Feb. 11 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and calling one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Paulding United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

DOROTHY FOUST
PALMETTO, Fla. – Dorothy P. Foust, 93, of Palmetto, Fla., died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009.
She was born in Scott, Ohio and was married to Carl L. Foust, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by a son, Wesley (Sharon) Foust of Palmetto, Fla.; three daughters, Kay (Wayne) Petersen of Bradenton, Fla., Jane (Bruce) Scott of Ellenton, and Nancy (Brian) Watterson of Palmetto; two brothers, Vernon Pond of Scott, Ohio and Ray Pond of Delray Beach, Fla.; a sister, Aileen Barley of Crestview, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial graveside services were held Saturday, Feb. 14 at Skyway Memorial Gardens.
Preferred memorials may go to the First United Methodist Church of Palmetto.


SARAH FERCKEL
FORT WAYNE —  Sarah J. Ferckel, 67, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009. She was surrounded by her loving daughters at her home in Fort Wayne.
Born in Grover Hill, she was employed at International Harvester for 23 years and with Uniroyal Goodrich for eight years. She was a member of Westview Alliance Church. Survivors include daughters, Angela (Larry) Shepherd of Huntertown, Ind., Sherri Domurat and Jean (Jason) Schlatter, both of Fort Wayne, and Carol (Larry) Perkins; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert Welch of Haviland, Dana Welch of Sherwood, and George Welch of Paulding.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Ferckel in 1994; and a sister, Jackie Frey.
Services were held Sunday Feb. 15 at Westview Alliance Church, with Pastor Jason Schlatter officiating. Entombment was in the Highland Park Cemetery. D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may go to Riley’s Children’s Hospital or Westview Alliance Church.


FLORENCE HOOK
1921-2009
PAYNE — Florence M. Hook, age 87, died at 11:33 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Paulding County Hospital.
She was born Oct. 6, 1921, in Payne, the daughter of Lawrence and Madgelene (Bouillon) Spencer. On April 5, 1941, she married Frederick H. Hook, who preceded her in death on Nov. 15, 1995.
She was a beautician for 55 years and was the former owner/operator of the ABC Beauty Shop, Payne, retiring in 2005. She also attended St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne. She is survived by a son, Roger D. Hook, of Payne; one daughter, Colleen “Sue” (Larry) Strickler of Payne; two grandsons, Randy (Kathy) Strickler and Lynn (Becky) Strickler, both of Payne; a sister, Sandra Coil, Springfield, Ohio; a brother-in-law, Nedry (Doris) Hook, New Haven; and five great-grandchildren, Kayla, Ashley, Katelyn, Spencer and Trisha.
She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Maxine Baker and Betty Thompson.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 17, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne with the Rev. Amy L. Haines officiating. Burial was in the Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

CHELO VALLEJO
1932-2009
PAULDING – Consuelo “Chelo” Vallejo, age 76, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born March 5, 1932 in San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of Tefilio and Aurora (Mendoza) Camposano. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by a son, Rogelio Vallejo, Paulding; three daughters, Sylvia Garcia, Rose Marie Gonzales, and Margie Rodriguez, all of Paulding; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Elieso “Sarge” and Tefilio Camposano; a great-grandson, Garry Estevan Garcia; and a great-great grandson, Damian Martinez.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, Feb. 23 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


HELEN WANNEMACHER
1910-2009
PAYNE – Helen S. Wannemacher, age 98, died Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.
She was born Nov. 23, 1910 in Monroeville, Ind., the daughter of David Dwight and Lucy (Smith) Castleman. On Oct. 2, 1929, she married Herman J. Wannemacher, who preceded her in death on July 2, 1985. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne; a member of the Altar Rosary Society; St. Catherine’s Circle; Joan of Arc Study Club; Payne Grange; and a lifetime member of the National Farmer’s Union. She was a volunteer for the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne for 25 years and for the Paulding County Hospital Benevolent Society.
She is survived by three sons, Jerry (Evelyn) of Bellbrook, Ohio, Carl (Judy) of Fort Wayne, and Maurice (Elaine) of Payne; a daughter, Ann (Dan) Olwin, Payne; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Wannemacher, Kettering, Ohio; 22 grandchildren, including the grandchildren she raised after their parents’ death in 1966: Jean (Dick) Laukhuf of West Palm Beach, Fla., Joan (Caspar) McCloud of Canton, Ga., Susan (Mark) Friedrich of Loxahatchee, Fla., and Kevin (Kathy) Kast, Port Clinton; three stepgrandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; five great-stepgrandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-stepgrandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Bernard; a daughter and son-in-law, Betty Rose and Ray Kast; two grandsons, Joe and Danny Wannemacher; a granddaughter, Cindy Wannemacher; three brothers, Herman, Walter and Ervin Castleman; and a sister, Theresa Stasell.
A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, 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.
Memorial donations may be made to Masses; Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Activity Fund; Paulding Area Visiting Nurses; or Divine Mercy Catholic School.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


NORMA WARNER
1946-2009
PAULDING — Norma M. Warner, 62, died at 9:28 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20 at St. Joseph Select Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born June 8, 1946 in Paulding County, the daughter of George “Bud” and Connie (Ross) Tipsword, who both preceded her in death. On Dec. 26, 1982, she married Richard Warner, who preceded her in death on July 30, 2007. She worked for 10 years at Sheller Globe, retiring in 1983. She was also a childcare provider in Paulding. She is survived by two sons, Jeff (Deb) Haney, Grover Hill, and Tim (Donna) Haney of St. Mary’s, Ga.; a daughter, Tracey (Jeff) Phlipot, Paulding; four stepchildren, Terry (Sue) Warner, Defiance, Becky (Donald) Gipple, Toledo, Jeanette (Richard) Nye, Taylorville, Ga. and Judy Schwanke of Hampstead, N.C.; a brother, Robert (Connie) Tipsword of Sherwood; four grandchildren; and many stepgrandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her stepmother, Mildred (Bair) Tipsword; a brother, George Tipsword; and a grandson, Ethan Haney.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 25, at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding with Neil Myers Jr. officiating. There will be calling one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Paulding County Senior Center.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com


CATHRYN WHETSTONE
1915-2009
PAYNE — Cathryn M. (Lippott) Whetstone, 93, died at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.
She was born June 30, 1915 in Payne, the daughter of Dee and Audrey (Smith) Treat. On January 4, 1936, she married John Lippott, who preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 1961. She married Robert Whetstone, who preceded her in death in 1994. She worked as a secretary at the Allen County Co-Op, New Haven High School, and the former Delagrange Ford. She was a member of St. Jacobs United Church of Christ, Payne and a Past Matron of the Order of The Eastern Star #281, Payne.
She is survived by a son Richard (Nancy) Lippott of Columbus, Ohio; a daughter Dorothy (Gerald) Long of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Marion Treat.
Memorial services and burial will be held at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Activity Fund, St. Jacobs United Church of Christ, or Paulding Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice. Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com


IRVIN RETCHER
1920-2009
ARTHUR — Irvin William Retcher, 88, of Arthur, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, at his home surrounded by his wife and children. 
He was born July 9, 1920, the son of William and Henrietta (Hohenberger) Retcher, in the home he lived his entire life On July 9, 1940, he married Dolores F. Porter, who survives. He was a World War II veteran, worked at GM Powertrain for three and one half years and at Johns Manville for 34 years. He was also a lifelong farmer. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where he served on the board of elders, Johns Manville Retirement Group, chief steward and president of GBBA of Local #51 Union, Continental American Legion and a life member of Johns Manville Quarter Century Club.
Also surviving are 10 children, Cynthia (Vern) Stork, Paulding, Barbara Ratzlaff, Defiance. Jerry (Carol) Retcher, Defiance, Terry (Mary Ellen) Retcher, Cecil, Connie (Mike) Kohart, Oakwood, Marsha (Matt) Hackman, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Marvin (Lois) Retcher, Defiance, Melvin (Mary) Retcher, Defiance, Greda (Jim Ransbottom) Retcher, Fort Wayne, and Don (Michelle) Retcher, Defiance; 41 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Virgil; a sister, Lavina Gerken; and a son-in-law, Bill Ratzlaff.
Irvin loved the Lord, his large family, his Bible, church family, farm life, laughter, basketball games and his dog, Tash.
Services were held Saturday, Feb. 21 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Defiance, with the Rev. Donald Luhring and Rev. Carol Retcher officiating. 
Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery, Defiance with graveside services conducted by VFW Post # 3360. Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger- Schaffer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

PATRICIA BADEN
1948-2009
SHERWOOD – Patricia Kay Baden, age 60, of Sherwood, passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, at St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.
She was born March 24, 1948, in Defiance, the daughter of Lawrence and Kathleen (Gray) Sunday. On Nov. 29, 1969, she married Mark Baden, who survives.
Pat was a beautician, graduating from Warner’s Beauty College. She owned the Country Curl beauty shop for 30 years. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sherwood, the Sherwood Lion’s Club, County Cousins and Living with Cancer Support Group. She was also a Cub Scouts troop and district leader, a member of the Yankee Motorcycle Club and the National Cosmetology Association.
She also donated her time as a volunteer at Fairview Elementary School and Defiance Regional Medical Center Hospital in Defiance. Pat was also well known in the area as “Peaches the Clown,” entertaining area residents for many years with her clowning activities. Also surviving are one son, Shawn, of Dayton; and two sisters, Barbara Flory of Sherwood and Nancy Jo Sunday of Cecil. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service to celebrate her life was held on Friday, Feb. 27, at St. John Lutheran Church, Sherwood, with the Rev. Michael Phillips officiating. Burr Funeral Home, Bryan, was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to St. John Lutheran Church Building Fund. Condolences may be sent and the online guest register may be signed at www.burrfh.com

RICHARD FISHER
1922-2009
PAYNE – Richard W. Fisher, 86, of Payne, passed away at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born on July 18, 1922, in Fort Wayne, the son of Frank and Sarah (Hoffman) Fisher. On April 11, 1969,  he married Florence Williams Green, who survives. He retired from General Electric, Fort Wayne, was a member of Fort Wayne Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 248 and the Paulding Historical Society. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. Also surviving are a daughter, Cozette Carlisle of Alton, Ill.; son, Carl of Fort Wayne; stepdaughters, Carol Richmond of New Haven and Janet Evans of Payne; a sister, Betty Dull, Fort Wayne; a brother, Daniel, Fort Wayne; several grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by eight sisters and brothers. Services were held Friday, Feb. 27 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, with the Rev. Donna Stutzman officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. His family requests donations to Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center or Paulding Area Visiting Nurses.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

DOROTHY KONOPKA
1945-2009
PAULDING – Dorothy Konopka, age 63, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born Sept. 6, 1945 in Paulding, the daughter of Michael and Elizabeth (Russell) Konopka. She was a graduate of Bowling Green State University and Indiana University. She was a librarian, elementary school and high school teacher for the Gary, Ind. Community Schools. She was also a lifetime member of American Librarians Association and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Paulding. She is survived by three sisters, Barbara Konopka, Paulding, Kathryn Dorsett, Colmesneil, Texas, and Martha (H. Greg) Evans, Fairfield, Calif.; six brothers, James (Lorraine) of Defiance, Robert (Deb) of Bluffton, Ohio, Richard (Joyce) of Flemingsburg, Ky., Thomas (Jan Dean) of Monroe, Mich., William of Belleville, Mich., and Ralph (Sue) of Wayne, Mich.; many nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 3, at Den Herder Funeral Home with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Caring and Sharing Food Pantry, Paulding. Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com


WILLIAM RAHRIG
1941-2009
PAYNE – William K. Rahrig, 67, of Payne, died at 11:23 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 at his residence.
He was born Aug. 11, 1941 in Fort Wayne, the son of Robert and Janice (Paul) Rahrig. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of Payne American Legion. He retired from Krause Sheet Metal in Fort Wayne.
Surviving are three sons, David (Cindy) of Liberty Center, and William (Cindy) and Stephen (Rhonda), both of Payne; a brother, Thomas (Barb) of Woodhaven, Mich.; a sister, Ruth Lee, New Haven; and seven grandchildren, Felicia, Nathan, Megan, Katelyn, Paige, Jamie and Christopher.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet, in 2000.
Graveside services were held Friday, Feb. 27 at Blue Creek Cemetery, with Pastor Don Barnett officiating. Gearhart, Mack & Jurczyk Funeral Home, Convoy, was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be emailed to agfhc@embarqmail.com


ETHEL CLEVELAND
1927-2009
NAPPANEE, Ind. — Ethel Jean Cleveland, 81, of Nappanee, died at 5:35 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart, Ind., where she had been a patient one day. She ws born June 7, 1927, in Paulding, the daughter of Chester and Edna (Bashore) Bidlack. On Nov. 9, 1946, in Etna Green, Ind., she married Hershell Cleveland, who preceded her in death on July 19, 1998. She grew up in Paulding and moved to Nappanee from Van Wert in 1947. She attended Elkhart Business School and had worked at Thornburg and Hooks Drugstores in Nappanee and at Martin Supermarket Deli. She was a member of the Nappanee Church of the Brethren and the Nappanee American Legion Auxiliary. She was an avid euchre and card player.
Surviving are two daughters, Sandra (Danny) Sparks of Milford and Charlene Slagle of Nappanee; two sons, David Cleveland of Abilene, Texas and Troy (Teresa) Cleveland of Milford; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were a son, Gregory Cleveland in 1962; and a brother, Richard Bidlack. Services were held Tuesday, March 3, at the Nappanee Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Byrl Shaver officiating. Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home in Nappanee was in charge of the arrangements. Burial was in the Stoney Point Cemetery, Nappanee.
Preferred memorials may go to the Nappanee Church of the Brethren.


OLIVE JOHNSTON
1919-2009
CECIL — Olive L. Johnston, 89, of Cecil, died at 12:10 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Paulding County Hospital.
She was born July 5, 1919, in Brainerd, Minn., the daughter of Paul and Hazel (Barone) Kretzmann. She worked at Fifty-fifty Corp., Bryan and was a member of Full Gospel Assembly, Paulding. Surviving are three sons, Ed and David of Cecil and Earl of Antwerp;  26 grandchildren; eight grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Maxine May; two sons, Max and Eugene; a grandson, Craig; a great- great-granddaughter, Olivia; a sister, Eva Hasch; and two brothers, Donald and Herbert.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 5, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Monty Moore officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Hours of visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today, March 4, and one hour prior to services on Thursday. Preferred memorials are to the family.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com


LISA MORROW
1961-2009
ANTWERP – Lisa Morrow, 47, of Hicksville, formerly of Antwerp, died at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Community Memorial Hospital in Hicksville.
She was born Sept. 20, 1961, in Paulding, the daughter of Jack and Margarita (Flores) Bowers. On May 24, 1980, Lisa married Jerry Morrow, who survives.
She was the co-owner of her family business,  L.J.’s Cleaning, and a member of Life Changing Realities Fellowship in Edgerton. She was a devoted wife, daughter and sister and proud mother, whose grandchildren held a special place in her heart.
She will be sadly missed by her husband, Jerry; a daughter, Alicia of Edgerton; three sons, Jerry of Fort Wayne, Dereck of Antwerp and Grant of Hicksville; her mother, Margie of Antwerp; a sister, Jackie Antoine of Jackson, S.C.; two brothers, Robin Bowers of Wyoming, Mich. and Tim Bowers of Largo, Fla.; and grandchildren, Lydia, Carson and  Harrison. She was preceded in death by her father. Services were held Tuesday, March 3, at Life Changing Realities Fellowship, with Byron Adams officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Con dolences may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com


EVELYN THOMPSON
1920-2009
PAULDING — Evelyn L. “Evie” Thompson, 88, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born Dec. 7, 1920, in Defiance, the daughter of Herman and Lydia (Bernhart) Memmer. On March 24, 1941, she married Richard H. Thompson, who preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 2006. She was a homemaker. She is survived by a sister, Naoma (Vern) Keller of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; and many nephews and nieces. Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Kathy Thompson in 1984; four brothers, Robert, Charles, William and Joe Memmer; and three sisters, Helen Dangler, Luella Joost and Doris Duerk. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 5, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in the Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, March 4 and one hour prior to services.
In lieu of flowers, Evelyn “Evie” Thompson requests that memorials be given to the Paulding County Senior Center.


EARL MARCOM
1917-2009
PAULDING – Earl E. Marcom, age 91, died at 9:20 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the Laurels of Defiance.
He was born on May 30, 1917 in Coffee County, Tenn., the son Edward and Zella (Long) Marcom. On June 4, 1938, he married Bernice L. Hand, who preceded him in death on May 13, 2005. He was a production supervisor for 32 years at Grizzly Manufacturing, Paulding, retiring in 1977. He also was a former boiler operator at the Marsh Foundation Home, Van Wert. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Paulding, the Paulding Eagles #2405, and a lifetime member of the Paulding Fish and Game Club. Earl was an avid fisherman as well as a pheasant and deer hunter.
He is survived by two granddaughters, Teresa (David) Cooper, Grabill, Ind., and Pamela (Bob) Verfaillie, Sherwood; a daughter-in-law, Pat Marcom, Paulding; four great-grandchildren, Brittni Wrasman, Jennifer Bogan, and Jason and Paul Steel; and two great-great-grandchildren, Kaden and Grace Wrasman.
He also was preceded in death by two sons Paul in 1988 and “Jimmy” in 2004; two sisters, Winona Roessner and Cleo Campbell; and three brothers, Cecil, Oren and Willard. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today, March 4, at the First Christian Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Gregory Bibler officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be one hour prior to services today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the First Christian Church or to Caring Way Hospice, Defiance.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

LINDA STEWART
1941-2009
FORT WAYNE – Linda S. Stewart, 67, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 11:40 p.m. Monday, March 2 at Parkview Hospital.
She was born in Hardy, Ky. on July 13, 1941, the daughter of the late Jarvis S. and Ella Maude (Howard) Doan. She worked at General Electric for 33 years, where she was a member of the Elex Club and a union steward. Due to her employment at the FBI after high school, she received correspondence from Jackie Kennedy and J. Edgar Hoover.
Surviving are two daughters, Cindy (Ward) Moya and Julie Lynn Stewart, both of Fort Wayne; two sons, Stephen C. and James E., both of Fort Wayne; three sisters, Martha Farley of Xenia, Kathleen Moore of Harpers Ferry, W.Va. and Lena Ruth Scott of Columbus; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by five sisters and four brothers.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 7 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Rick Hawks officiating. Burial was in Diehl Cemetery, Woodburn.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

MARY LOPEZ
1921-2009
PAULDING – Mary Patricia Lopez, age 87, who fought three battles of cancer, died peacefully Thursday, March 5, at the residence of her daughter Kim. She was surrounded with her family as she took her last living breath and will be remembered for her strength, determination and generosity.
She was born Sept. 29, 1921 in Olivia, Texas, the daughter of Victor and Eva (Torres) Ramirez.  She was a longtime resident of Paulding and an active participant of the Paulding County Senior Center where she enjoyed the activities and friendships. She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, and was very involved throughout her years with the St. Joseph Church, fund raising and helping to involve the Hispanic community. She was formerly employed by Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp. Surviving are three daughters, Kim Lopez-Shearn and Janette Gugi (Douglass) Degen, both of Elida, and Carmen (Joe) Fisher of Dewey, Ariz.; her former husband and then heartfelt companion Jose Lopez, Paulding; a brother, Daniel Ramirez, Colorado; a sister, Josephine Reyes, Paulding; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Friday, March 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. A Rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial made to Masses or American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

EDNA GREEN
1931-2009
ANTWERP – Edna “Mayfly” Green, 77, of Antwerp, died Thursday, March 5 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born April 28, 1931, in Paulding, the daughter of the late Clarence and Roxie (Bosworth) Potts. On June 16, 1949 she married Clair Green, who preceded her in death on Sept. 9, 1997. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, the Kentucky Colonels, the National Campers & Hikers Association, Clown Ministry and the Dana Retirees. Surviving are three daughters, Brenda (Mick) Whitehouse of Antwerp, Jody (Halley) Wilson of Bellefontaine and Nancy (David) Rea of Anna; two sons, Randy (Colleen) of Hicksville and Tony (Diane) of Antwerp; a special friend, Harold Hasch of New Haven; two sisters, Joy (Dave) Parsons of Carroll and Mary Ellen (Jake) Morse of Paulding; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a sister, Fairy Kennedy; and a brother, Eldon Potts. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, March 9 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Antwerp,  with the Very Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements. Her family requests memorial donations to Divine Mercy School. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

ANTHONY SCHLEGEL
1953-2009
DEFIANCE – Anthony Irvin Schlegel, 55, Defiance, died Friday, March 6, at Paulding County Hospital, Paulding.
He was born Dec. 16, 1953, in Junction, the son of Virgil and Dora (Jones) Schlegel. In 1995, he married Nahelma Willis, who survives. He was a member of Church of the Nazarene, Paulding. Surviving are his wife, Nahelma Schlegel; a son, Clinton Willis, Defiance; a daughter, Tabitha (Shawn) Keezer, Defiance; two sisters, Dinah Scott of Defiance and Linda (Walt) Boyer, Paulding; a sister-in-law, Sue Schlegel, Oakwood; and two grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; four brothers, Michael, Roger, Russell and Oliver Schlegel; and a sister, Roberta Shellenbarger.
Services were Tuesday, March 10 in Paulding Church of the Nazarene, with the Rev. Kim H. Semran officiating. Burial was Junction Cemetery, Paulding County. Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the family. Flowers should be sent to the church.
Condolences may be left at www.mastmockhoffman.com


MARGARET SANDERS
1921-2009
PAULDING – Margaret Rose Sanders, age 87, died at 12:50 a.m. Sunday, March 8, at the Defiance Regional Medical Center, Defiance.
She was born Nov. 1, 1921 in Paulding, the daughter of Stephen and Vera (Jozsa) Santo. On May 28, 1949, she married Vincent H. Sanders, who survives. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding, Ohio, where she also belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society. She was one of the original members of the Paulding Bunco Club.
Also surviving are two daughters, Sandra Sanders and Anita Gibson, both of Paulding; four grandchildren, Candace Greiner, Mike Sanders, Grace Gibson and Krystal Miller; and seven great-grandchildren, Drake, Dade, Deacon, Gage, Brayden, Rileigh and Alyssa. 
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Stephen and Calvin Santo; and three sisters, Rose Free, Betty Eaton and Mary Madarasa.
Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish Church of Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour before services at the church on Thursday morning. Preferred memorial donations are to Masses or the Brookview Health Care Center Activity Fund, Defiance. Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


CHRIS BOESCH
1962-2009
ANTWERP – Christopher P. Boesch, 46, of Antwerp, died at 12:10 p.m. Friday, March 6, in Indianapolis.
He was born March 24, 1962, in Hicksville, the son of Jay Boesch and Mary (Watson) Meyer. He was a journeyman electrician, 20-year member of IBEW Local #305, a three-year member of the Antwerp Volunteer Fire Department, a 1980 graduate of Antwerp High School and an ITT graduate.
Surviving are his mother, Mary (J.D.) Meyer of Antwerp; a daughter, Tovia; and brothers, James of Cecil, Thomas of Antwerp, John of Tiffin and Spencer of South Bend, Ind. His father preceded him in death.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 12 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp,  with the Rev. Joseph Allen officiating. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, March 11, at the funeral home, and on Thursday one hour prior to service.
Preferred memorials are to his daughter. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

MELISSA CALVERT
ALEXANDRIA, Ky. – Melissa Ann (Bryan) Calvert, 35, of Alexandria, Ky., died Sunday, March 8, 2009, at her residence.
She graduated from the University of Northern Kentucky with a nursing degree. She was a homemaker and mother.
She is survived by her husband, Jared Calvert, formerly of Oakwood; a daughter, Elisabeth Joy “Ellie” Calvert, Alexandria; her parents, Larry Bryan and Carol (Petrie) Bryan of Alexandria; her brothers, Dan (Kim) Bryan of Grant’s Lick, Ky., and David (Sandra) Bryan, Alexandria; her father- and mother-in-law, William and Jeanne Calvert of Oakwood; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services were held Friday, March 13 at Plum Creek Christian Church, Butler, Ky. Burial was in Alexandria Cemetery. Alexandria Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Melissa Bryan Calvert Memorial Fund for the benefit of Elisabeth Joy “Ellie” Calvert, c/o Citizen’s Bank 7300 Alexandria Pike Alexandria KY 41001.
Online condolences may be sent at www.dmefuneral.com

 

FLOSSIE CORY
1923-2009
VAN WERT — Flossie L.M. Sanderson Cory, 87, died at 3:42 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Van Wert County Hospital.
She was born June 4, 1923, in Paulding County, the daughter of William and Carrie Ellen (Morrison) Mobley. On Feb. 17, 1941, she married Harold Sanderson, who preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 1989. She married Ernest A. Cory on Feb. 20, 1993 and he preceded her in death on March 23, 1999.
She had worked at Van Wert Manufacturing and Stokely tomato factory in Paulding. She then owned and operated with her husband, Sanderson Meats, near Grover Hill. She was a member of Zion Christian Union Church and Zion’s Women Fellowship.
She is survived by a daughter, Ruth Ann (Robert) Thompson of Grover Hill; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Sanderson of Hilliard, Ohio; six grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and was awaiting the birth of her first great-great-grandchild in July.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Darrel Sanderson; three brothers, Russell, Roy and Floyd Mobley; and two sisters, Velma Horg and Lucille Miller.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Mark McKay officiating. Burial will be in the Middle Creek Cemetery, Washington Township, Paulding County.
Hours of visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, March 18, and one hour prior to services at Cowan & Son Funeral Home.
Preferred memorials are to the Zion Christian Union Church.

 

JEANNE CRAFT
1933-2009
PAYNE — Jeanne A. Craft, 75, of Payne, died at 9:15 p.m., Sunday, March 15, at the St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
She was born Sept. 28, 1933, in Scott, the daughter of Frank and Ethel (Crane) Griffis, who both preceded her in death. She retired from the Vantage Vocational Center where she had worked as a secretary for the adult education program. She was an active member of the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Payne.
Surviving are a son, Michael (Beverly ) Craft of Winter Garden, Fla.; two daughters, Linda (Gene) Saine of Concord, N.C. and Sally (Jeff) Miller of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; five grandchildren, Kelley Wilson, Kylie Sutton, Aaron Saine, Ashley Saine and Kayla Miller; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 21, at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory in Van Wert, with Pastor Amy Haines officiating. 
Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Friday, March 20.
Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

 

LEO STIGER
1937-2009
PAULDING – Leo Ralph Stiger, 72, Paulding, died Sunday at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
A longtime Paulding resident, he most recently resided at the Otterbein Retirement community in Cridersville.
He was born Jan. 5, 1937, in Bradner, Ohio, the son of Harry and Mertella (Mathia) Stiger. On Oct. 19, 1958, he married Nancy Roe, who preceded him in death on July 23, 1997. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather who cherished his family and friends.
He was an educator in the Paulding School system from 1959 until his retirement in 1989. He served as head coach of the varsity football and track programs, passionately mentoring and leading young men. He was also a member of the First Christian Church, Paulding.
Surviving are three sons, Steven (Peggy) of Oviedo, Fla., Shawn (Nannette) of Wapakoneta, and Shad (Kerri) Liberty Township, Ohio; nine grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Helen Roe, Bowling Green; two brothers-in-law, Bertsel Roe III of Weston and Charles Roe, Bowling Green; two sisters-in-law, Kay Roe of Weston and Jane Stiger of Bradner, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; and brothers, Harry and Morse; and sister-in-law, Irene.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, March 18 in the First Christian Church, Paulding, with the Revs. Gregory Bibler and Bruce Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Weston Cemetery, Weston. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services today at the church.
Preferred memorials are to First Christian Church, Paulding; Church of Christ, Weston; St. Rita’s Medical Center Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit; or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

JEFF TUSTISON
1964-2009
ANTWERP – Jeffery A. Tustison, 44, of Antwerp, went to touch the face of God at 9:27 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at Lutheran Hospital.
He was born May 1, 1964 in Hicksville, the son of Junior and Beverly (Foreman) Tustison. He was a 1982 graduate of Antwerp High School, a former member of the Hicksville Eagles and had worked at the Wholesale House, Hicksville.
Surviving are his mother, of Antwerp; a son, Joshua of LaGrange, Ind.; a sister, Renee (Bob) McGough of Paulding; a brother, Alan of Antwerp; a half-brother, Rick Mack of Butler; a granddaughter, Olivia; a niece, Stepanie, nephews Michael and Jordan; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father; grandparents, Frank and Eileen Foreman, and Andy and Margaret Dotts and Ellary Tustison; and an aunt, Shirley Camp.
Graveside services will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at Maumee Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Dooley Funeral Home,  P.O. Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

THEODORA WILKINS
1922-2009
WENACHEE, Wash. – Theodora L. Wilkins departed this world to reside in God’s Glory with her beloved husband, Scott B. Wilkins, on Feb. 24.
Theodore L. “Teddy” Wilkins was born Oct. 18, 1922, in Paulding, the daughter of Ernest W. Neds and Evelyn G. (Noffsinger) Neds. She was a 1940 graduate of Paulding High School and then attended Green State University in Green, Ohio, where she received her degree in advanced mathematics and science. Because of her achievements in college, she was chosen as one of only 100 women to study aeronautical engineering at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she received her degree in aeronautical engineering.
She was then employed in 1941 by the Curtiss Wright Corporation in Columbus, where she was involved in the design, weight distribution and bolt/rivet configuration of the Navy Helldrive aircraft, which was instrumental in the victory over the Japanese in the battle of Midway and utilized in World War II through 1945. and after the war.
In 1949, Theodora met the love of her life, Scott B. Wilkins, and they were married on July 1, 1949 in Paulding. The couple then moved to Schenectady, N.Y., where she was employed with General Electric Gas Turbines as an electrical engineer.
In 1950, Scott and Theodora moved to Moses Lake, Wash. and purchased a farm in the Hiawatha Valley near Moses Lake. She was employed from 1951-62, for the U.S. Air Force at Larson Air Force Base in Moses Lake as an aeronautical engineer. Later, she and Scott began farming full time.
In the fall of 1980, they moved to Phoenix, where she was employed by John Moody as a civil engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation, until her retirement in 1989. She moved to Wenatchee, Wash. in 1997, where she resided until her passing. Scott and Theodora enjoyed their retirement and met many wonderful close friends throughout their life.
In 2004, Theodora was preceded in death by her husband, Scott. They had been married for 55 plus years.
Surviving are a sister, Nancy (Dairus) Eason of Loomis. Calif.; a son, Paul W. (Julie) Wilkins of Moses Lake; grandchildren, Lindsey (Marty) Toya and Jesse Wilkins; and great-grandchildren, Ashtyn and Avery Toya.
She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Thelma Irwin Neds and Catherine Neds.
Services were Feb. 26, in the Evergreen Memorial Park & Mausoleum in Wenatchee. Jones & Jones-Betts Funeral Home in Wenatchee was in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donations be sent to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane, 1015 W. 5th Ave., Spokane WA 99204.

 

BETTY YEARLING
1923-2009
PAYNE – Betty G. Yearling, 85, of Payne, was looking forward to seeing her Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ when she passed away at 1:25 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born March 24, 1923 in Payne, the daughter of the late Elden and Blanche (Skinner) Gernhardt. After high school, she worked for an attorney in Paulding and did office work in Payne, until her marriage in 1942 to Carl E. Yearling, who preceded her in death in 2000. They farmed together for 58 years. She was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church, Payne and the WELCA,  where  she participated in various Bible classes, prayer groups, also teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was also a member of the Gideons International Auxiliary. Having been finalist in the 1963 Pillsbury Baking Contest, Betty enjoyed creating new recipes and entering skill contests.
Surviving are a daughter, Ann (Gregg) Kroen of Maitland, Fla.; a son, Jack, of Payne; a daughter-in-law, Eunice of Payne; three grandchildren, Heather (Jamie) Hart  and Kirsten (Brian) King, both of Winter Park, Fla., and Jana Yearling of Payne; and three great-grandchildren, Sydnie and Mackinley Hart and Madison King.
Also preceding her in death was a son, Michael, in 2006.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 17 at St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, with the Rev. Joseph Allen officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, was in charge of arrangements.
Her family requests donations to The Gideons or to the church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

IONA MASON
1924-2009
CECIL – Iona M. Mason, age 85, died Monday, March 23, at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice.
She was born March 14, 1924 in Van Wert County, the daughter of Harley and Elizabeth Mason. She was employed at the PC Workshop, Paulding, for 25 years.
She is survived by two sisters, Shirley (Loie) Goble of Findlay and Helen (Karl Miller) Powers, Alvordton; three brothers, Floyd (Kay) of Van Wert, Roger of Findlay, and Doyt (Arlene) of Nashville, Tenn.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Nina Mimilken and Marilyn Maggert; and two brothers, Carlos and Dean.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Hedges Cemetery, Broughton, with Pastor Ted Ramey officiating.
Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the PC Workshop in Paulding, or Hospice-The Caring Way, Defiance.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

 

RITA SHININGER
1921-2009
CECIL — Rita Marie Shininger, 88, died Sunday March 22, at Hickory Creek of Hicksville.
She was born March 3, 1921, in Defiance County, the daughter of Anthony and Rose (Burns) Willitzer. She was united in marriage to Paul Shininger on April 28, 1945. He preceded her in death in 1990.
She was a homemaker, mother and farmer’s wife. She enjoyed genealogy, crocheting, noodle making, crypto-grams, word puzzles and spending time at the Paulding County Senior Center. She was a member of St. Isadore Parrish-The Bend where she participated in the Rosary Altar Society. 
She is survived by three daughters, Rose Rodney of Van Wert, and Connie (Joe) Adams and Roxie (Bob) Timbrook, both of Hicksville; four sons, Tony (Beth) of Sherwood, Dick (Barb) of Defiance, Bill (Carolyn) of Fort Wayne, and Allen of Cecil; 21 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 
She was also preceded in death by twin brothers Virgil and Victor Willitzer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 26, at St. Isadore-The Bend, with Father David Tscherne officiating. Burial will be at St. Isadore Cemetery, Delaware Bend.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today, March 25, at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with a prayer service at 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.smithbrownfuneralhome.com

 

PAULINE TAYLOR
1918-2009
CONTINENTAL — Pauline Taylor, 90, died at 1:17 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, at Putnam Acres Care Center in Ottawa.
She was born Oct. 10, 1918, in Ayersville, the daughter of Harvey H. and Nellie Gale (Blue) Miller. On Aug. 18, 1950, she married Clifford Taylor, who preceded her in death on Oct. 10, 1997. She was a music teacher at several area schools and was the owner of Rolyat Ceramic Shop in Continental. She was a member of the Continental United Methodist Church, Continental’s Eastern Star and a member of the Retired Teacher’s Association. She played the organ for over 50 years at various churches.
Surviving are three sons, Terry (Mary) Speiser of Continental, Bob (Cheri) Taylor of Defiance, and Richard (Kelli) Taylor of Palmetto, Fla.; a daughter, Shelva Hiltner of Continental; a sister-in-law, Estelle Smith of Florida; 23 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a grandson, Nickie Hiltner; and a brother, Nelson Miller.
Services were held Saturday, March 21 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Continental, with Pastor Rick Snyder officiating. Burial was in the Monroe Cemetery in Continental.
Preferred memorials may be made to the Putnam Acres Care Center in Ottawa, the Continental United Methodist Church, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

RAMONA WALTER
1953-2009
GROVER HILL — Ramona Kay Walter, 55, of Grover Hill, died at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21.
She was born Aug. 13, 1953, in Van Wert, the daughter of Dave and Peg Stuckey, who survive in Van Wert, and the late Betty Joann (Saylor) Stuckey. She was employed at Schnipke Engraving, Ottoville.
Other survivors include her husband of 38 years, Regis Walter of Middle Point; two daughters, DeAnna Walter of Van Wert and Darcy (BJ) Cotterman of Convoy; four grandchildren, Kevin Markward, Jaquobe Markward, Paitten Cotterman and Hailey Cotterman; three sisters, Terri (Al) Thieme, Cheryl Herschberger and Marilyn Diller; and four brothers, Michael (Edna) Semer, Chris (Suzie) Semer, John Semer and Brad Stuckey.
She also was preceded in death by her uncle and aunt, Paul and Irene Ladd; and her dog, Sassy.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 26, at Brickner Funeral Home, Van Wert with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.
Hours of visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. today, March 25, at the funeral home.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Middle Point Fire Department.
Online condolences may be sent to bricknerfuneralhome@ bright.net

VILENA ROSS
1917-2009
AYERSVILLE – Vilena Maxine (Friend) Ross, age 91, of Ayersville, died Thursday, March 26 at the Hospice: The Caring Way of Defiance In-Patient Center.
She was born Dec. 20, 1917 in Tipton, Paulding County, the daughter of Charles Asa and Fern (Elliott) Friend. She was married on Oct. 7, 1940, in Covington, Ky., to Lee Ross Jr., who preceded her in death in 1974. She was a former member of the Ayersville Fire Department Auxiliary and a member of the Church of Christ.
She is survived by her sister, Marvene Hardy of Monroeville, Ind.; sisters-in-law, Irma Jean Pratt, Ruth Crone, Marceile Jenkins and Jean Long; nephews Karl Friend, Marshall Moser, Michael Moser and Bob Long Jr.; and nieces Melanie Christiansen, Paula DiGennaro, Michelle Hardy, Darlene McMillan, Gloria Pabst, Mary Vielma, Tammy Barkley, Sherry Craig, Vicki McClure, Angie Shellenbarger, Randi Wise and Cheryl Wistner.
Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Harold, Maywood and Robert; and sisters Pauline Petty and Ladonna Friend.
There is no visitation and a private family service. Lawson Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial tributes may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice: The Caring Way of Defiance In-Patient Center.
Condolences may be left at defiancefuneralhome.com

CATHRYN
WHETSTONE
1915-2009
PAYNE – Cathryn M. (Lippott) Whetstone, age 93, died at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.
She was born June 30, 1915 in Payne, the daughter of Dee and Audrey (Smith) Treat. On Jan. 4, 1936, she married John Lippott, who preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 1961. Also, preceding her in death is her second husband, Robert Whetstone, who died in 1994. She worked as a secretary at the Allen County Co-Op, New Haven High School, and the former Delagrange Ford. She was a member of St. Jacobs United Church of Christ in Payne and a Past Matron of the Order of The Eastern Star #281, Payne.
She is survived by a son, Richard (Nancy) Lippott, Columbus; a daughter, Dorothy (Gerald) Long, Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Marion Treat.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at Den Herder Funeral Home. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. 
Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. An Eastern Star service will be held at 2 p.m.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home activity fund; to St. Jacobs United Church of Christ; or Paulding Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

GERALD WILLIAMSON
1938-2009
PAULDING – Gerald G. Williamson, loving husband, father, and grandfather died Tuesday, March 24, at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance, at the age of 71.
He was born Feb. 12, 1938 in Haviland, the son of Ralph and Leatha (Dague) Williamson. On July 31, 1954, he married Margaret Doster, who survives. He was employed by Terra as plant superintendent, retiring in 1999. He was a member of the Paulding United Methodist Church, where he was also a past church superintendent. He was a graduate of the Bethel Bible Study; a member of Paulding Eagles #2405; and a member of the Coffee Club at McDonald’s, Paulding.
Also surviving are a son, Rick Williamson, Paulding; a daughter, Annette (Gary) Adkins, Paulding; a brother, Dean (Arlene) of Van Wert; and two grandchildren, Benjamin (Tabbitha) Englehart of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, and Jackson Adkins of Paulding.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Charles.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 28 at Paulding United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Gideon’s International or Paulding County Hospital Foundation.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.denherderfh.com

BETTY DeLAET 1933-2009
PAULDING – Elizabeth “Betty” M. DeLaet, 76, died Thursday, April 2, at her home.
She was born Jan. 17, 1933, in Defiance, the daughter of Marvin and Amelia “Millie” (Pessefall) Gallup. On June 16, 1956 she married Robert V. DeLaet, who preceded her in death on Sept. 24, 1995. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, Paulding County Hospital Benevolent Society, and PERI. She was owner/operator of the former DeLaet Shoe Store, Paulding, and was a master gardener.
She is survived by a son, Steven DeLaet, Greenville, S.C.; three daughters, Mary Jane (Greg) Abell, Columbus, Amy (Len) Levos, Paulding, and Karen (Bob) Bieler, Decatur, Ind.; a brother, John Gallup, Quebec, Canada; three sisters, Ruth (Paul) May, Defiance, Helen Lawson, Toledo, and Janet Gallup, Lexington, Mass.; and eight grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Samuel Gallup; and a sister, Mary Weber.
A Mass of Christian burial was conducted Monday, April 6 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman and the Rev. Bernard Boff officiating. Burial was in the Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial donations be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice; Masses; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


KENNETH KEYSOR 1930-2009
VAN WERT — Kenneth Lowell Keysor, 78, of Van Wert, died at the Convoy Care Center on Sunday, April 5, following an extended illness.
He was born April 17, 1930, in Hoaglin Township, Van Wert County, the son of James Artie and Gladys Mae (Hebb) Keysor. On Dec. 23, 1950, he married Arlene Hyman, who survives. He was a retired farmer. He served on Lincolnview School Board, Paulding Putnam Electric Board, the Van Wert County Historical Society Board and was a lifetime member, had supported 4-H Booster Club since 1979 and was a past member of Van Wert Republican Central Committee. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee and was a member of the choir for 30 years. His greatest joys were his wife, children, grandchildren and farming.
Also surviving are a son, Gary DeWayne (Kathy) Keysor, and two daughters, Cheryl Pauline (Emmett) Gehres, and Susan Kay (John) Wehage, all of Van Wert County; two brothers, Wayne Keysor of Van Wert and Donald (Bette) Keysor of Lincoln, Calif.; a sister, Pauline (Galen) Gamble of Van Wert; grandchildren, Kenn (Stephanie) Keysor and Michael (Leah) Keysor, both of Van Wert, Thomas (Heather) Hitchcock of St. Marys, Brian Hitchcock of Findlay, Dawn (Matt) Freeman of Van Wert, Amber (E.J.) Genato, of Chico, Calif., and Adam (Jamie) Wehage, Van Wert; and great-grandchildren, Dalton, Emma, Claire and Beth Keysor, Cole and Ellie Hitchcock, Alyzabeth Genato, and Meagan and Garrett Freeman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Harold and Dale. 
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 10 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Ridge Cemetery, Middle Point. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at the funeral home. Preferred memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Preschool Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com


JOHN LYONS 1944-2009  
ANTWERP – John Frederick Lyons, 64, of Antwerp, went to be with the Lord at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, after a four-year battle with leukemia. He was born June 20, 1944 in Bloomington, Ind., the son of the late J. Frederick and Gertrude (Post) Lyons. On May 30, 1999, he married Cindy Rindahl, who survives. He practiced law at Barrett & McNagny of Fort Wayne for 40 years, and was a member of Woodburn Missionary Church.  He loved to fish, travel and spend time with his family and friends.
Also surviving are three sons, John (Sonja) of Fort Wayne, Michael (Kristen) of Franklin, Ind., and John Rindahl of Antwerp; a daughter, Melissa Rindahl of Antwerp; four grandchildren, Brentten, Jacksen and Reagen Lyons and Chase Pack (Rindahl).
Services were held Saturday, April 4 at Woodburn Missionary Church with the Rev. Joel DeSelm officiating. Burial was in Harlan Memorial Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Woodburn Missionary Church, P.O. Box  431, Woodburn IN 46797;  or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne IN 46814.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com


LUCILLE MARSH 1926-2009
ANTWERP — Edith Lucille Marsh, 82, of Antwerp, died at 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born July 15, 1926, in Woodburn, the daughter of John and Hazel (Wilson) Gustin. On Dec. 23, 1944, she married Max Marsh, who preceded her in death on Nov. 25, 1980.  She was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church of Antwerp.
Surviving are two daughters, Lucinda (Mike) Seslar of Antwerp and Cheryl (Redge) Radke of Van Buren, Ohio; a son, Robert (Kristine) of Auburn, Ind.; a sister, Beverly Stout of Antwerp; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Steven; and a sister, Janis Saylor.You are invited to participate in her funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Ralph Klinker officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, April 8 and one hour prior to services on Thursday. Her family requests donations to the First Presbyterian Church in Antwerp or the American Cancer Society. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

JAMES LESLIE
1930-2009
PAULDING – James Roy Leslie, age 78, died Tuesday, April 7, at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born Sept. 29, 1930 in Paulding, the son of James J. “Pete” and Mary E. (Elliott) Leslie. In 1953, he married Norma Jean Gantt, who survives. He was employed at the former General Portland Cement, Paulding and was a boiler operator at BF Goodrich in Woodburn for 33 years, retiring in 1994. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, Widow’s Son Lodge Paulding Chapter #165 Royal Arch Masons, and VFW Post #5087, Antwerp. Also surviving are two sons, James S. of Rochester, N.Y. and Richard A. (Sondra) of Columbus; two sisters, Norma Ruth Rosselet and Sharon Strahley, both of Paulding; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Rex; and a sister, Mary Hackbarth. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 11 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Stan Sneeringer officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, where military graveside rites were accorded by Paulding VFW Post #587. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice The Caring Way, Defiance. Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


JERRY PHLIPOT
1946-2009
PAULDING – Jerry Allen Phlipot, age 62, died Friday, April 10, at the Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis.
He was born Nov. 1, 1946 in Paulding, the son of Raymond and Hazel (Copsey) Phlipot. On April 29, 1972, he married Margaret Gobrogge, who survives. He was employed as a supervisor by Johns Manville. He was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, and was a member of the Paulding Lions Club. Also surviving are a daughter, Tammy (Brian) Basson, Bellville, Ill.; a son, Tim (Kim) Phlipot, Findlay; a brother, Harold (Dorothy) Phlipot, Paulding; four sisters, Laura Pease of Paulding, Dorothy (Bill) Alt of Gahanna, Christine (Roman) Laker of Cecil, and Helen (Curt) Coil, Traverse City, Mich.; eight grandchildren, Tori, Melina, Chelsea, T.J., Courtney, Tyler, Grace and Hunter; and a great-grandchild, Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Howard, Lawrence and Earl “Zeb” Phlipot; and two sisters, Ruth Schneider and Mabel Phlipot. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, April 15, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation will be one hour prior to services today at the church. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Caring and Sharing Food Pantry, Paulding; Paulding County Home Health Care; or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


MARY JO KEEGAN
1957-2009
MARK CENTER – Mary Jo Keegan, 51, Mark Center, died on Sunday, April 5, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.
She was born Oct. 15, 1957, in Defiance, the daughter of Hugh and Iva (Crawford) Keegan. She was a 1975 graduate of Paulding High School. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her mother, of Montgomery, Mich.; a daughter, Melissa (Mack) Hughes, Fort Wayne; two sons, Gary (fiancée Amy) Keegan of Montgomery, Mich., and Justin Lee Mitchell, Mark Center; four grandchildren; six brothers; and four sisters.
She was preceded in death by her father and two sisters. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 8 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with the Rev. Clarence Zimmerman officiating. Burial was in Lost Creek Cemetery, Farmer Township.
Memorials may be made to Smith & Brown Funeral Home in honor of Mary. Condolences may be made at www.smithbrownfuneralhome.com


AMANDA EANES
PAYNE – Graveside Services for Amanda Eanes, age 25, who passed away on March 24, 2007, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 17 at Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

DARWIN JEWEL
1934-2009
PAULDING – Darwin D. Jewel, age 74, died Wednesday, April 15 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born on Dec. 27, 1934 in Scott, the son of Irvin M. and M. Leota (O’Day) Jewel. On May 4, 1985. he married Ethel (Thompson) Clark, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran, member of the Church of God in Van Wert, and was employed by the Lafarge Corporation for 38 years, retiring in 1996. Also surviving are a daughter, Karen (John) Chamberlin, Defiance; a son, Keith (Mary) Jewel, Hicksville; six stepchildren, Steven Clark and Angela (Jack) Wiswell, both of Paulding, Debra (Dan) Heck of Payne, Susan (Tim) Brown of Defiance, Karen (Brian) Lonergan of Fort Wayne, and Pamela (Ron) Minardo of Westerville; 11 grandchildren; 20 stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; seven great-stepgrandchildren; and three cats.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Irvin Jewel Jr.; and two infant sisters.
Graveside services were held Saturday, April 18, at Paulding Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Stan Sneeringer officiating. Paulding VFW Post #587 accorded military graveside rites. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

WAYNE SHUHERK
1921-2009
ANTWERP – Wayne Giles Shuherk, 87, of Antwerp, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance.
He was born Oct. 13, 1921, in Allen County, Ind., the son of Charles and Edna (Peffley) Shuherk. On Dec. 24, 1940 he married Marian E. Stevenson, who preceded him in death on June 30, 2005. He was a  lifelong farmer, member of the Paulding County Farm Bureau, the First Presbyterian Church of Antwerp, and served several years on the Antwerp Equity Board of Directors.
Surviving are three sons, Dennis W. (Nancy) of Swanton, Douglas W. (Linda) of New Haven, and Marc D. (Virginia) of Paulding; a sister, Esther Morrow of Antwerp; a brother, Eddie of Syracuse, Ind.; seven grandchildren;  20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a brother, Lewis E.; and a grandchild.
Services were held Tuesday, April 21 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Donna Stutzman officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Preferred memorials are to CHP Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center, the Antwerp EMS or the Manor House Assistant Living, Antwerp.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

IONA WEARLEY
1917-2009
PAYNE – Iona B. Wearley, 91, of Payne, passed away at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18 at Convoy Care Center.
She was born Sept. 1, 1917, in Muncie, Ind., the daughter of Ray W. and Ella (Parsons) Bainbridge. On June 28, 1936, she married Homer Wearley, who preceded her in death in 1998. She worked as an electronics lab tech at IT&T Aerospace Optical Division, Fort Wayne, for 18 years, retiring in 1980. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Hesperian Chapter #281 and a member of the Daughters of the Nile, Fort Wayne.
Surviving are a daughter, Nancy Mathews, Payne; a son, Harley (Margaret) Wearley, Payne; three grandchildren, Harla (Ray) Long of Payne, Melissa Wearley of Fort Wayne, and Lisa (Bob) Holloway of Van Wert; and three great-grandchildren, Rayna and Jared Long and Karis Holloway.
She also was preceded in death by a sister, Zetta Helmke.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, April 22, at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, with the Rev. Joseph Allan officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery. Visitation is from 10-10:45 a.m. today prior to services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Association c/o Hesperian Chapter #281; Van Crest in Convoy; or to State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

HOMER SONTCHI
1917-2009
DEFIANCE – Homer Sontchi, 92, of Defiance, died Thursday, April 16, In the Laurels of Defiance Nursing Center, where he has resided and received special loving care for the last three years.
He was born Jan. 1, 1917, in Wawaka, Ind., the son of Elon “Eli” and Rachel (Dix) Sontchi. Homer grew up in Paulding and graduated from Paulding High School in 1937. In 1941, he married Wilma Oelfke, who preceded him in death in 2000. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman 1st Class during World War II from March 1944 until December 1945. He was employed by the City of Defiance as supervisor of the street department from 1963 until his retirement in 1982. He and his wife babysat for many years for two children, Lindsey (Harris) Stehulak and Michael Harris, whom they now consider family. Homer was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and a life member of VFW Post 3360.
Surviving are two daughters, Jeannette (Floyd) Melia and Rachel Sontchi, both of Defiance; two grandchildren, Laura (Tom) Weaver and Lisa (Chris) Beardsley; four great-grandchildren, Leisha Weaver, Kacey (Matt) Hampton, Nicholas and Travis Beardsley; one great-great-grandchild, Piper Hampton; one special loving devoted niece, Mary Frisinger; and many other nieces and nephews.
He also was preceded in death by a daughter in infancy, Janice; a granddaughter, Gina Melia; four brothers, George, John Edward and two in infancy; and three sisters, Florence, Marie and Dorothy. Services were held Sunday, April 19, in St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. David Brobston officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery with graveside military rites performed by VFW Post 3360. Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the church, Hospice the Caring Way of Defiance, Filling Memorial Home of Mercy (Napoleon) or DASH of Defiance County. Condolences may be left at www.mastmockhoffman.com

RUTH SNYDER 
1934-2009
ANTWERP – Ruth C. Snyder, 74, of Antwerp, passed away Sunday, April 19 at her residence.
She was born on Dec. 24, 1934 in Antwerp, the daughter of Clarence and Rena (Tracy) Quisno. She was a secretary at Antwerp Insurance Agency and then worked at Meijer. She was a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church and the Redhats. Surviving are three sons, Douglas L. (LouAnn) of Fort Wayne, David A. (Karen Price) of Paulding and Drew E. (Lori) of Van Wert; a sister, Barbara Presar of Van Wert; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Daniel G. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 23 at Antwerp United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Preferred memorial donations are to the church. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

ROBERT HOOTMAN
1941-2009
CECIL – Robert E. Hootman, 67, of Cecil, died at his home on Friday, April 17.
He was born on June 12, 1941, in Hicksville, the son of Walter and Mary (Gibson) Hootman. On June 13, 2007, he married Linda Rhinehalt, who survives. He was employed by General Motors of Defiance and Fort Wayne. He also was a local auctioneer. He was a member of the Antwerp Conservation Club and the CB Club and was an avid trapshooter, fisherman, hunter and outdoor sportsman.
Also surviving are two daughters, Denice Calhoun of Eureka, Mont. and Bonnie Laux of Auburn, Ind.; two sons, Brian (Jackie) of Hicksville and Robert “Bobby” of Westerville, Ind.; several grandchildren; one great-grandchild; stepchildren, Lisa (Tony) Keegan of Cecil, Brent (Misty) Miller of Bryan and Julie (Darrin) McCloud of Cecil; three brothers, Roger (Ruth) of Auburn, Ind., Jerald (Sue) of Ney and Allen (Arlene) of Evansport; two sisters, Juanita (John) Roush of Garrett, Ind., and Mary Essley of Auburn. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 21 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville. Memorials may be made to Antwerp Conservation Club or a charity of the the donor’s choice. Condolences may be shared at www.smithbrownfuneralhome.com

MARIE SNYDER
1919-2009
VAN WERT – Marie R. Snyder, 89, formerly of Van Wert, died at 9:15 a.m. Friday, April 17 at The Gardens of Paulding nursing home, Paulding.
She was born Aug. 29, 1919, in Van Wert, the daughter of Edwin and Ruth (Schaadt) Gehres. She married Kenneth R. Snyder, who preceded her in death on May 5, 1997. She was a homemaker and a former member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Van Wert.
Survivors include four sons, Paul E. of Grover Hill, Larry D. (Billie Jo) of Prestonburg, Ky., Roger D. (Connie) of Van Wert and Donald of Ohio City; 10 grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-stepgrandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Gehres; and two great-stepgrandchildren.
Services were held at Monday, April 20 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. Burial was in Convoy IOOF Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials may be given to the family. Condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com

ANDREW REINHART
1982-2009
PAULDING – Andrew D. Reinhart, age 26, died Saturday, April 18 at his residence.
He was born Oct. 12, 1982 in Defiance, the son of Denny and Sue (Bair) Reinhart. He was a 2001 graduate of Bryan High School and attended Four County Career Center. He was a U.S. Marine veteran serving in “Operation Enduring Freedom” in Afghanistan and in “Operation Iraqi Freedom” in Iraq from 2001-07, where he earned the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3rd Award); Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Service Medal; and Certificate of Commendation (Individual Award). He attended the Family Christian Center in Defiance and was a member of the Paulding VFW Post #587 and Paulding Eagles #2405. He is survived by his parents, Denny and Sue Reinhart, Oakwood; a sister, Sarah Reinhart, Dayton; a niece, Sydney, of Dayton; grandparents, Robert and Ruth (Troyer) Reinhart of Defiance and Roberta Bair of Paulding; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Charles “Junior” Bair. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Tim Burden officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood, with military graveside rites conducted by Paulding VFW Post #587. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 23 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Friday.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Disabled American Veterans. Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

EARL YOH
1924-1944
SCOTT — Staff Sergeant Earl E. Yoh of Scott was killed in action on Sept. 1, 1944 off the coast of Palau in the South Pacific during WWII.
He was born July 23, 1924, in Williams County, the son of Joshua Sr. and Edith (McClure) Yoh. He was a 1943 graduate of Haviland Scott High School and served in the United States Army Air Force during WWII where he received the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Grand Victory Church in rural Van Wert County. He also had worked for the hardware store in Scott.
He is survived by two brothers, Gale (Shirley) Yoh of Haviland and Dale (Ethelyn “Tootsie”) Yoh of Burnsville, Minn.
Preceding him in death were six brothers, John, James, R. Bruce, Joshua Jr. “Sonny”, Emerson and George; and four sisters, Elsie Nolan, Goldie Painter, Emma Marcum and Clara Kershner. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009 at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mohr Cemetery in Van Wert County, where military rites will be conducted.
Hours of visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 8 at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to go to the BentProp Project, 443 First St., Woodland CA 95695-4023.

STEVIE BUELL
1955-2009
PAULDING – Stevie A. Buell, 53, of Paulding, died Monday, April 6 at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born Oct. 29, 1955 in Ferndale, Ky., the son of George and Ruby Louise (Woods) Buell Jr. He was a member of the Cecil Community Church in Cecil.
Surviving are his mother, of Ferndale, Ky.; three children, Heather (James) Skeens of Ludington, Mich., Heath (Rachel) Buell of Paulding, and Beth Buell of Walkerville, Mich.; eight grandchildren; three brothers, James of Cecil and Donnie and Roger of Ferndale; a sister, Joann (Sylvester) Buell Ankney of Cecil; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father; and grandparents, Columbus and Cleo Baker, Ben Franklin and Mossie Grimes Buell.
Funeral services were held at the Ferndale Pentecostal Church with the Revs. Ted Ramey and Walter Brock officiating. Music was provided by Luther Adkins. Interment was in the Buell Family Cemetery. Creech Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
A memorial service will be held from 5-6 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at Cecil Community Church, 203 S. Main St., Cecil. Following the memorial, a benefit will be held to aid the family with funeral expenses.

BETTY HAWK
1926-2009
Elizabeth (Betty) M. Hawk, 83, of Defiance, died at 5 a.m., Sunday, May 3, at Twin Rivers Care Center.
She was born Jan. 12, 1926, in Delphos, the daughter of Sylvester and Marcile (Rayman) Brabant. She was a graduate of Delphos St. John High School. On Sept. 3, 1945, she married Franklin H. Hawk, who survives. She worked at Kissner’s Restaurant for eight years and did volunteer work. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church.
She is also survived by five daughters, James (Mary) Wagner of the state of Florida, Marjorie (Ronald) Eberly of Defiance, Sylvia Soto of Bryan, Jean (Robert) Simpson of Paulding, and Virginia (Paul) Cloud of Oklahoma City, Okla.; a son, John Hawk of Maryville, Tenn.; a sister, Dorothy (Emmett) Martin of Wapakoneta; a brother, Richard Brabant of Delphos; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Florence Metcalfe and Shelva Schoonover.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home with Fr. Todd Dominique officiating. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Friends are invited to call from 6-9 p.m. Monday night, May 11 and from 9-10 a.m. May 12 at Lawson-Roessner.
Suggested memorials are to D.A.S.H.
You may sign the guest book and leave condolences at www.defiancefuneralhome.com

HAZEL STAHL
1927-2009
MELROSE — Hazel Dean Stahl, 81, of Melrose, died at 11:19 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Feb. 5, 1927, in Paulding, the daughter of William and Letha (Rife) Fellers. On June 21, 1944, she married Ray Stahl, who preceded her in death on June 11, 1988.
She was a housewife and a member of the Auglaize Chapel Church of God. Her hobby was her family and she was the best grandma in the world.
Surviving are two daughters, Terry (Carl) Sherry of Melrose and Marcia (Bob) Shaffer of Briceton; seven grandchildren, Beth (Mark) Dobbelaere, Pennie (Dewey) Baughman, Doug (Shelly) Sherry and Greg Sherry, all of Melrose, Monica (Joe) Kelsey of Woodburn, Ind., Mindy (Dave) Wenzlick of Paulding, and Gina Gladwell of Lima; 23 great- grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Howard (Lisa) Fellers of Michigan; a sister, Marilyn (Dana) Williams of Bowling Green, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.
Also preceding her in death were four brothers, Charles, Harold, Billy and Bobby Fellers; three sisters, Berniece Johnson, Una Cooper and Wilma Cooper; a grandson, Robbie Shaffer; and a great-grandson, Brandon Dobbelaere.
Services were held Monday, May 4, at the Auglaize Chapel Church of God with Pastor Carol Retcher officiating. Burial was in the Little Auglaize Cemetery in Melrose. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood was in charge of the arrangements. 
Preferred memorials are to the family.

GUS HERNANDEZ
1938-2009
PAULDING – Agustin “Gus” Hernandez, age 71, died Thursday, May 14, at Defiance Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.
He was born March 18, 1938 in Mission, Texas, the son of Quision and Maria (Marcado) Hernandez. On Dec. 23, 1961, he married Sulema Salas, who survives. He was employed by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 2001 as a deputy. He was formerly employed by International Harvester for 12 years. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding; Knights of Columbus; Paulding VFW Post #587; Paulding Fire Department; and was a reserve deputy for the Paulding County Sheriff.
Also surviving are four sons, Agustin (Becky) Jr. of Huntington, Ind., Bill of Elizabethtown, Ky., Jose (Mary) of Antwerp, and Juan M. “Johnny” of Defiance; two daughters, Norma (Randy Kerns) Scarbrough of Convoy and Nora (Don) Arbuckle, Fort Wayne; a brother, Quision (Mary) of McAllen, Texas; three sisters, Dora (Ernie) Garcia of Fort Wayne, and Gloria (Morrow) Anzaldua and Marcy Gonzalas, both of Mission, Texas; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Sal; a daughter, Diane Hernandez; and a grandchild, Jessica Font.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, May 18 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice or Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

JANET MILER
1939-2009
OAKWOOD – Janet “Suzy” Lee Miler, 69, of Oakwood, died Sunday, May 10 in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.
She was born July 28, 1939, in Defiance, the daughter of Richard and Angela (Burkmeyer) Zedaker. On Jan. 8, 1956, she married Harmon “Duke” W. Miler, who preceded her in death on Feb. 29, 1992. She was a homemaker for the past 20 years and a member of St. John Lutheran Church. She enjoyed bingo, watching TV, church and had worked in several factories. Surviving are four sons, Duke (Chris) Miler of Bryan, Richard Miler of Oakwood, Luke (Lori) Miler of Continental, and John (Peggy) Hill, Hauchuca, Ariz.; three daughters, Fran (Nate) Rittenhouse of Defiance, Jen (Gary) Heuerman of Ottawa, and Ruby (Shawn) Cass, Defiance; a stepson, Charlie (Tammy) Miler, Defiance; five sisters; three brothers; 19 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; two brothers; and a grandchild. Services were held Thursday, May 14, at Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance with the Rev. Donald L. Luhring officiating. Burial was in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to be given to the family. Condolences may be left at www.mastmockhoffman.com

NATHAN ROSSWURM
1981-2009
PAYNE – Nathan Lynn Rosswurm, 27, of Payne, died Saturday, May 16, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 23, 1981 in Van Wert, the son of Kay (Hutchison) and Ted Rosswurm, who survive in Payne. Nathan loved to golf and was a groundskeeper at Kinsale Country Club, Columbus, and member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish.
Also surviving are a sister, Brooke (Zak) Price of New Haven; a brother, Heath (Megan) Rosswurm of Waynedale; grandparents, Marolyn Rosswurm of Payne and Don and Ireta Hutchison of Scott; and two nieces, Vanessa Rosswurm and Avah Price.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ted Rosswurm. Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, May 20, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish in Payne, with the Very Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home in Payne is handling the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the family. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

RUTH WILKIN
1920-2009
MIDDLE POINT – Ruth J. Wilkin, age 88, of Middle Point, died at 9:25 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at Van Wert County Hospital.
She was born Sept. 11, 1920 in Van Wert, the daughter of Orn B. and Ruby (Brown) Swartz. She was a graduate of Hoaglin-Jackson High School. On June 6, 1942, she married John William Wilkin, who preceded her in death April 15, 2003. She was a homemaker and operated a grocery story with her husband in Wetzel for 15 years, as well as a branch of the Brumback Library. She also had worked in the J.C. Penney store, Van Wert Canning Factory, and the Bunny Bread Store. She was a member of Zion Christian Union Church and a longtime member of the Van Wert Harness Horsemen’s Association. Surviving are three sons, John Wayne “Butch” (Trudy) of Grover Hill, Larry G. (Carol) of Van Wert and Roger L. of Middle Point; two daughters, Lyla Kay (James) Caris and Joyce A. (Ron) Weck, both of Paulding; a brother, Paul (Winnie) Swartz of Ft. Jennings; two sisters, Leone (Rolland) Pollock and Ione (Hayden) Owens, both of Van Wert; two sisters-in-law, Anna Buettner of Van Wert and Sarah Wilkin of Delphos; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Swartz; and a sister, Mary Wertz.
Services were held Saturday, May 16 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastors Mark McKay and Jody Harr officiating. Burial was in King Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to Zion Christian Union Church Building Fund.

ALBERT ZIZELMAN
1928-2009
PAULDING — Albert “June” Zizelman, 80, died at 5:10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Gardens of Paulding.
He was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Mercer County Ohio, the son of Albert and Thelma (Webb) Zizelman. On Oct. 10, 1954 he married Patricia J. Sommer, who preceded him in death on Nov. 8, 2001. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and member of the Paulding VFW Post #587. He retired in 1992 as a plant supervisor from Stokely’s Canning Plant of Paulding, following 47 years of service. He attended the First Christian Church of Paulding. Surviving are two sons, Larry (Lora Ramon) Zizelman of Spring Hill, Fla. and Paul (Gail) Zizelman of Paulding; two brothers, Dale (Lucille) Zizelman of Rockford, Ohio and Robert (Elaine) Zizelman of Mendon; many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 19, at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Burial was in the Paulding Memorial Cemetery, where the Paulding VFW Post #587 conducted military rites. Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

RAY TINKER
1922-2009
TUCSON, Ariz. – Ray N. Tinker, age 86, formerly of Paulding, died Saturday, May 16 at the Love Care Assisted Living Center, Tucson.
He was born Dec. 31, 1922 in Ionia, Mo., the son of Thomas N. and Anna M. (Parsons) Tinker. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served during World War II. He was a member of VFW Post #4319, Ormond Beach, Fla., and was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years in Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Jackson Tinker, Tucson; 10 children, Arden MacGeorge of Montrose, Pa., Sarah Audler of Pensacola, Fla., Phyllis (Ron) Gochenour of Paulding, Steven (Darlene) Venglarcik, Petersburg, Mich., John (Pam) Venglarcik of Waterville, Richard (Julie) Venglarcik of Tucson, Ruby (Lynn) Johnston of Angus, Ontario, Canada, Sandra Adams of Tucson, Caroline (Ron) Grewell of Waynesville, Ohio and Johanna (Don) Buchman of Tucson; a brother, Floyd (Nila) Tinker of Sedalia, Mo.; 30 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren, three great-great-great-grandchildren; and his extended family at the Love Care Assisted Living Center.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nellie (Bunnell) MacGeorge Tinker in 1995; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 22 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Timothy Hacker officiating. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery, where Paulding VFW Post #587 accorded graveside military rites. In lieu of flowers, the families suggest memorial contributions be made to Lamb International/ IHS, or the Love Care Assisted Living Center, Tucson. Online condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

WILLIAM HUNT
1955-2009
CECIL — William J. (Bill) Hunt, 53, of Cecil died Monday, May 25, at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born Nov. 16, 1955, in Hicksville, the son of Luther and Rozelda (Otto) Hunt, who both preceded him in death.
On Dec. 20, 1979 he married Susan Miller, who survives. He was the owner of Hunt’s Engine & Machine in Antwerp.
Also surviving are twodaughters, Stephanie Foreman of Antwerp and Stacie Hicks of Cecil; three sons, Richard (Carrie) of Antwerp, Adam of Cecil and Tony (Lindsey) of Dayton; seven sisters, Nancy (George) Burns of Butler, Ind., Laurenda (Roland) Gibson, Peg (Bob) Johnson, Cathy (Jerry) Mauldin, Lesa Hunt, Rebecca Hunt and Melissa (Todd) Girardot, all of Antwerp; two brothers, Jim (Clarehilda) and Marty (Judy) both of Antwerp; and four grandchildren, Samantha, Courtney, Dalton and Lexy. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Sauder. Private services will be held with arrangements made by Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

BASIL PORTER
1918-2009
PAULDING — Basil Porter, 90, died at noon Tuesday, May 19, at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne.
He was born June 16, 1918, in Kalida, the son of John and Fray (Aleshire) Porter. On Dec. 7, 1943, he married Mary Lou Niessen, who survives in Oakwood. He was a U.S. WWII Army veteran and was a farmer. He was a member of the former Odd Fellows Lodge in Oakwood and a life member of the Oakwood American Legion.
He is also survived by two sons, Steven B. (Cookie) Porter and John N. (Michele) Porter, both of Paulding; two brothers, DeLoss “Chub” (Mary) Porter of Paulding and Rolland (Mary) Porter of Grover Hill; a sister, Wanda Bissel of Evansville, Ind.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were three brothers, DeLoy, Nolan and Richard Porter; and two sisters, Lucille DeCamp and LaDean Porter.
Services were held Friday, May 22, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood, with Pastor Terry Porter officiating. Burial was in the Little Auglaize Cemetery in Melrose with military rites conducted by the Oakwood American Legion. Preferred memorials are to the Dallas Lamb Foundation in Payne.

NATHAN PLUMMER
1991-2009
PAULDING – Nathan Robert Plummer, age 18, died Monday, May 25, from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident.
He was born Jan. 30, 1991 in Van Wert, the son of Ricky E. and Denise E. (Meyer) Plummer. He was a 2009 Wayne Trace graduate, and an avid A.T.V. rider. He was employed by Custom Contact, Haviland, Proctor Hay Farm, and P&P Chutes.
He is survived by his parents, of Paulding; paternal grandmother, Ann (Stoller) Plummer, Paulding; maternal grandparents, Robert and Carol (Bockrath) Meyer, Fort Jennings; two brothers, Kurt and Derek Plummer, Paulding; a sister, Ashley Plummer, Paulding; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Rex E. Plummer.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28 at Latty Apostolic Christian Church, with church clergymen officiating. Burial will be in Latty Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, May 27 at Latty Apostolic Fellowship Hall and one hour prior to services at Latty Apostolic Christian Church, located at 12867 Road 82. In lieu of flowers, the Nathan Plummer family requests memorials made to: Nathan R. Plummer Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Wayne Trace High School. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

PATRICIA NANCE
1946-2009
LATTY – Patricia W. Nance, age 63, died Wednesday, May 20, at her residence.
She was born April 2, 1946 in Amsterdam, N.Y., the daughter of Milton H. and Madlyn M. (Klindt) Van Patten. She was formerly employed by Hawthorn Court Nursing Center. She is survived by her fiancé, George Goings, Latty; children, Delma (John) Ratliff of Paulding, Terry Nance of Fresno, Calif., Carey Nance of Waterford, Mich., April Martinez of Dallas and Emma Jean Nance of Latty; a sister, Cathy of Florida; and seven grandchildren, Billy, Johnny, Dominique, Nathan, Mayah, Jeff and DeShane.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and an infant son. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, May 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home, with Pastor Levi Collins officiating. Burial will be in Cooper Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation will be one hour prior to services today at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Latty Zion Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

ALEXANDER MAJOR
1980-2009
Alexander Todd Major, 28, of Aliso Viejo, Calif. and formerly of Willard, Ohio, died unexpectedly in Palm Springs, Calif. on Sunday, May 17, 2009.
He was born Nov. 30, 1980 in Willard, the son of Dan and Karen Major, who survive in Willard. He graduated from Willard High School in 1999 and then attended Miami University in Oxford. After graduating from Miami University in 2003, he moved to Chicago, where he was employed as an accountant manager for CDW-G for four years. He transferred with CDW-G to San Diego in 2007. He recently took a new position as regional sales manager for NIC Partners in Rancho Cucamongo, Calif. He loved golf, Texas Hold ’Em, surfing, hiking and his music. He always valued time with his family and friends. He is also survived by a sister, Amanda Major of Washington, D.C.; his beloved girlfriend, Emily Miller of Orange County, Calif.; grandparents, Loring and Olive Todd of Bowling Green and Helen Major of Antwerp; three uncles, Loring (Sandy) Todd Jr. of Custar Steve (Cathy) Todd of Cleveland, and Steve (Den) Major of Antwerp; an aunt, Janet Major of Tuscon, Ariz.; and numerous cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Bert Major; and three uncles, James Todd, Jack Major and Tom Major.
Services were held Saturday, May 23, at the Willard Christian Reformed Church in Celeryville, Ohio, with the Rev. Ken Gifford officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green. Secor Funeral Home in Willard was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tiger Woods Foundation (tigerwoodsfoundation.org).
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com

JANE KUTZLI
1928-2009
ANTWERP – Jane L. Kutzli, 81, of Antwerp, passed away Saturday, May 23 at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born Feb. 11, 1928 in Antwerp, the daughter of Herbert and Edith (Richardson) Cowell. In 1946, she married Lawrence Kutzli, who preceded her in death in 2001. She was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church of Antwerp and the Royal Neighbors of America. 
Surviving are a daughter, Shannon (Al) Sudholtz of Sherwood; three sons, Brett, Steven (Karen) and Greg (Deb) all of Grover Hill; a sister, Doris DeLong of Antwerp; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 
Also preceding her in death was a son, Ronald. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, May 27, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Ralph Klinker officiating. Burial will be at Maumee Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services today. Preferred memorials are to Friends of the Feline and the Humane Society. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

LOREN COX
1933-2009
ANTWERP – Loren Wayne Cox, 75, of formerly Antwerp, passed away at 4:52 a.m. Thursday, May 21 at Van Wert Hospital.
He was born on Aug. 9, 1933 in Williams County, Ohio, the son Wayne and Dolly Cox. He served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant in the Korean War. He worked at Johns Manville in Defiance and was a member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church and VFW Post 5087.
Surviving are two daughters, Debbie Bramer of Roanoke, Va. and Kellie Fuelling of Decatur, Ind.; a son, Mark Wasmuth of Chapel Hill, N.C.;  nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jody Lynn Cox; and a sister, Beverly Franklin. Services were held Saturday, May 23 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery, Cecil. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

ROBIN BEAMS
1956-2009
PAYNE – Robin L. Beams, age 53, of Payne, died Monday evening, May 25 at his residence.
He was born May 25, 1956 in Van Wert, the son of Keith and Barbara (Hines) Beams. He worked at Braun Corporation in Van Wert and had graduated as a licensed farrier, working for various horsemen. He was a member of the Van Wert City Bowling League.
Surviving are his parents, of Van Wert; his fiancee, Rhonda Michaels, of Payne; children, Lindsay (Jim) Mihm and Jordan (Joe) Lautzenheiser, both of Van Wert, and Joshua (Rachel) Rager and Whitney (Andy) Schrader, both of Payne; and eight grandchildren, Lydia, James, Ali and Lyna Mihm, Isabel, Tyler and Jared Lautzenheiser, and Keegan Rager.
Services were held Saturday, May 30 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial was in Ridge Cemetery, Middle Point.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com

JOE HUIE
1939-2009
MELROSE – Joe T. Huie, age 69, of Melrose, died Friday, May 29 at his residence.
He was born Dec. 26, 1939 in Leonard, Ark., the son of Jess and Mamie (Hill) Huie. On March 7, 1959, he married Susan Keenan, who survives. He was a retired carpenter and participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life every year. He was a former Sunday School teacher and was a loving husband and father.
Also surviving are a son, Jeffrey (fiancee, Beth) Huie of Melrose; two daughters, Cherrie (Terry) Corwin of Paulding and Debbie (Shane) Studley of Bellflower, Calif.; a brother, Henry, of Norwalk, Calif.; four sisters, Marie Luper and Irene Morgan, both of Norwalk, Calif., Edna Singleton of Willis, Texas, and Inez Dawson of Malvern, Ark.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and one sister.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood with Pastor Dennis Coates officiating. Burial will be held at a later date.
Visitation will be held from noon-2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to the family or the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

JOHN
MEYER
1933-2009
HICKSVILLE – John Joseph Meyer, 76, of Hicksville, passed away at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 26 at his residence.
He was born March 10, 1933 in Antwerp, the son of John and Regina (Kenner) Meyer. On Aug. 7, 1954, he married Shirley Ryan, who survives. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve, was a heavy equipment operator at Lafarge, a member of Saint Michael’s Catholic Church Hicksville, and a 3rd & 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
Also surviving are six daughters, Jan (Jim) Stark of Bryan, Chris (David) Fairchild of Fort Wayne, Lyn (Bill) Bullock of Chagrin Falls, Lisa (Greg) Slattery of Hicksville, Mary (Steve) Littrell of Appleton, Wis., and Jennifer (Jason) Miller of Marietta; two sons, Rick (Misty) of Antwerp and David (Becky) of Mahomet, Ill.; three sisters, Barbara Siebert and Regina (Gary) Meek, both of Hicksville, Virginia Kunesh of Antwerp; a brother, Joseph (Sue) of Antwerp; 21 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and five great-stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, May 29, at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church, Hicksville, with Father Thomas Oedy officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
His family requests memorial donations for Masses or Defiance Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

JAMES PARKER
1954-2009
HICKSVILLE – James J. Parker, age 55, of Hicksville, died Monday, May 25 in the emergency room of Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville.
He was born March 20, 1954 in Defiance, the son of Joseph and Sophia (Rosebrock) Parker. A 1972 graduate of Paulding High School, he was a machine operator and mig welder for the Epic Dana Corporation in Archbold for 20 years. He was a member of the Hicksville Assembly of God church, GWTA (Gold Wings Travelers Association), ABATE Ohio and Michigan chapters (American Bikers Aimed Towards Education), and the Defiance Moose Lodge. He was involved and an avid supporter of Christ Cupboard Ministries in Hicksville.
Surviving are his three brothers, Bill Parker of Defiance, Julius Parker of Sherwood and Ronald Parker of Paulding; one sister, Susie (Steven) Klein of Auburn, Ind.; his foster father, Alvin Manz; four foster brothers, Bob Manz of Cecil, Alvin “Bud” Manz Jr. of Arthur, and John and Joe Rose, both of Oakwood; three nieces; and two nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; foster mother, Betty Manz; and two brothers, Perry and Charles Parker.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 30 in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, Sherwood, with Pastors Vincent Kroterfield, David Long and Rick Scheer officiating. Burial was in Sherwood Cemetery.
Memorials in the name of James J. Parker may be given to the Hicksville Assembly of God Church or to Christ Cupboard Ministries in Hicksville.
Condolences may be sent to the family or the online guest book may be signed at www.oberlinturnbull.com

PEG SCHILT
1913-2009
OAKWOOD – Margaret “Peg” R. Schilt, 95, Oakwood, died Friday, May 29, at Mercy Hospital of Defiance.
She was born Aug. 14, 1913, in Findlay, the daughter of Charles I. and Eva (Bable) Smith. In 1941, she married Glen C. Schilt Sr., who preceded her in death in 1996. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are three sons, Art (Geri) Miller of Coldwater, Mich., Glen (Mary) Schilt Jr. of Defiance, and Darel Schilt, Findlay; five daughters, Betty Clark of Michigan, Linda Shelton of Hawthorne, Fla., and Glenda (Richard) Kohorst, Sandy (Mick) Mowery and Bonnie (Richard) Adkins, all of Oakwood; and many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death was a daughter, Sharon Merritte.
Services were held Monday, June 1 in Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.
Preferred memorials are to the American Lung Association.
Condolences may be left at www.mastmockhoffman.com

THOMAS STRABLE
1937-2009
PAULDING – Thomas L. Strable, age 72, died Sunday, May 31, at his residence.
He was born March 26, 1937 in Paulding County, the son of Adam “Addie” and Leatha (Hill) Strable. On Feb. 11, 1956, he married Mary Jane Lytle, who survives. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish (formerly St. Joseph Catholic Church), Paulding. He was formerly employed by Lafarge Corporation, Paulding, retiring in 1999. He was a lifetime farmer and a member of the Farm Bureau.
Also surviving are four children, Jodie (Ben Wueller) Karzynow of Defiance, Mike (Lorie) Strable of Paulding; Patty (Dave) Diersing of Cincinnati, and Liz (John) Smith, Hicksville; three brothers, Roger (Ruth Ann) Strable of Paulding and Sam (Ruth) Strable and Eugene “Sport” Strable, both of Cecil; two sisters, Monnie (Verlin) Barth of Defiance, and Bonnie (Jim) Batt, Oakwood; 14 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and his special dog, Spike.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Richard and Billy; and two sisters, Helen Lewis and Donna Ketterman.
A Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 4 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, with the Rev. Thomas Oedy officiating and Deacon Lennie Roth assisting at the mass. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, June 3, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with a wake service at 7:30 p.m.
Preferred memorials are to Masses or Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

JEANNE DOAN
1932-2009
PAULDING – Jeanne M. Doan, age 76, died Monday, June 8, at Paulding County Hospital.
She was born Nov. 17, 1932 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Carl and M. Catherine (Pitzen) Horn. On May 30, 1953, she married William W. Doan, who preceded her in death on May 15, 1997. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. She was employed by Magnavox of Fort Wayne, retiring in 1993 after 30 years. She is survived by two sons, Thomas of Alameda, Calif., and Paul (Lanette) of Latty; six daughters, Ellen (Doug) McCarns of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, Jeanne (Dave) Fellers and Elisa (Mike) Panico, both of Antwerp, Elizabeth (Jerry) Christo of Paulding, Christine (Jemuel) Mapanao of Los Altos Hills, Calif., and Elaine (Mike) Blough, of Auburn, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Lee Horn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 11 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Fort Wayne Catholic Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to Divine Mercy Catholic Parish. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


ETHEL CAVE
FORT WAYNE – Ethel L. Cave, age 91, of Fort Wayne, died Monday, June 1, 2009 at home with her family at her side.
She was born in Paulding County, the daughter of Silas and Priscilla Riggenbach. She was a member of New Haven United Methodist Church, New Haven. She retired in 1983 as a secretary from Tokheim Corp. Surviving are her daughter, Janice Cave; and nieces and nephews, Ellen Riggenbach, Patricia Paulus, David (Nancy) Long, Nellie (Byron) Hooley, Stanley (Nancy) Riggenbach, Mark Riggenbach, Paul (Helen) Long, and Joyce (Glen) Stewart.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Elsie Long and Ruth Paulus; and brothers, Richard and Earl Riggenbach.
Services were held Thursday, June 4 at New Haven United Methodist Church, with the Pastor Rick Taylor officiating.  Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. E. Harper & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to New Haven United Methodist Church or A-Day-Away Adult Day Care Center.


BETTY LEHMAN
1929-2009
VAN WERT – Betty I. Lehman, age 79, died at 4:19 p.m. Thursday, June 4 at Van Wert County Hospital.
She was born June 13, 1929 in Grover Hill, the daughter of Clyde and Bertha (Martz) Crone. She retired from National Seal in Van Wert in 1978 after 17 years of service. She was a member of the Van Wert Moose and VFW auxiliaries.
Surviving are five children, Danny (Judy) Lehman of Springfield, Ohio, Diane (Dick) Jenkins of Elida, David (Judy) Lehman of Flatonia, Texas, Dennis Lehman of Kodak, Tenn., and Debbie (Mark) Ainsworth of Ohio City; a brother, William (Betty) Crone of Decatur, Ind.; two sisters, Dorothy Hillman of Oakwood and Bernice (Harvey) Myers of Van Wert; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one child in infancy; two brothers, Clyde Crone Jr. and Rex Crone; and four sisters, Melva Myers, Ruth Coder, Edith Scarbrough and Evelyn Craig. Services were held Monday, June 8 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial was in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. Preferred memorials are to Van Wert Relay for Life. Condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com


DELBERT SHAW
FORT WAYNE — Delbert “LeRoy” Shaw, 75, passed away Friday, June 5, 2009 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Born in Paulding County, he was a U.S. Army veteran. He worked as a maintenance engineer with Fort Wayne State Developmental Center for 23 years, retiring in 2002. He was previously employed with Hardware Wholesalers for 18 years. Surviving are a sister, Ruth E. Lanning, of Hampton, Va.; five nieces, Elaine E. Rodman of Scott, Karen L. Kilbura of Lapel, Ind., Susan M. Knox and Ruth E. Stone of Charlottesville, Va., and Stephanie A. Drischler of Newport News, Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Berniece Shaw; a sister; Leah M. Mosier; and a niece, Stephanie A Drischler.
There will be no services or calling hours. Burial will be in the Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland. Arrangements were made by D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Chapel in Fort Wayne.


CHUCK TAYLOR SR.
1959-2009
TOLEDO – David C. “Chuck” Taylor Sr., age 50, died Monday, June 1, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.
He was born April 16, 1959 in Van Wert, son of David G. and Alice (Bair) Taylor. He worked in directional drilling construction for Georgia Cable Construction Inc., Swanton, Ohio. He is survived by his parents, of Edon, Ohio; a son, David C. Taylor Jr., Toledo; four daughters, Cheryl Taylor of Indiana and Misty Taylor, Autumn Rose Taylor and Jessica Baxter all of Phoenix; two brothers, Nathaniel (Audrey) of Clyde, and Daniel of Edon; three sisters, Deborah (Tom Smith) Sheely of Montpelier, Caroline Bidwell of Virginia Beach, Va. and Nancy (“Pete”) Wilson, Indiana; and several grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 6 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor William Sherry officiating. Burial was in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in David’s memory to Den Herder Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


DAIL PIKE
1951-2009
MELROSE – Dail Lewis Pike, age 57, of Melrose, died at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 2 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born June 29, 1951 in Cincinnati, the son of Dewey Lee and Rebecca (Monhollen) Pike. On Dec. 8, 2007, he married Debora McCague, who survives. He was a laborer. Also surviving are a son, Steven, of Kentucky; a daughter, Cynthia, of Missouri; three stepchildren, Katrina McCague of Antwerp, and Kody McCague and Sabrina Gergely, both of Melrose; a grandchild, Billie Jo Pike of Melrose; and a sister, Rita Ann Casper of Grover Hill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul David Pike; and a sister, Angel Lee Pike.
Services were held Saturday, June 6 at Melrose United Methodist Church, with Pastor Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery. Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, was in charge of arrangements. 
Preferred memorials are to the family. Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

MONICA BRUNE
1910-2009
PAULDING – Monica M. Brune, age 98, died at 10:47 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.
She was born on Aug. 12, 1910 in Paulding County, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Hopt) Morisy. On May 6, 1932, she married Carl E. “Huck” Brune, who preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 1980. She was the clerk for the Paulding Utilities Office for 27 years, retiring in 1981. She was a member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding, where she was a member of the Catholic Study Club. She was a lifetime member of the John Paulding Historical Society.
Surviving are three daughters, Ann (William) Wittig of Williamsburg, Va., Judy (Richard) Lang of Dayton, and Jane Hill of Paulding; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six sisters, Rita Thompson of Delaware, Ohio, Theresa Thompson of Indianapolis, Rose Marie Guinam of Silver Spring, Md., Alta (Don) Ebel of Las Vegas, Margaret Ditto of Delphos, and Phyllis (Gordon) Porter of Long Island, N.Y.; and one brother, James (Isabel) Morisy of Paulding.
She also was preceded in death by a son, John E. Brune; her stepmother, Lola Ragan; three sisters, Ruth Rekeweg, Lucille Vsetula and Jeanne VanFleet; and a brother, Paul Morisy. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, June 16, at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding or the John Paulding Historical Society. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


ERNEST WELLER
1910-2009
OAKWOOD – Delphos Ernest Weller, age 99, died at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 at The Laurels of Defiance.
He was born April 14, 1910 in Putnam County, the son of Delphos Peter and Arminta Marie (Prowant) Weller. On Sept. 12, 1934 he married Beulah W. Shafer, who survives. He lived on the family farm that was established in 1847 in Oakwood, where he was a lifelong farmer. He was the first farm manager for Cooper Hatchery of Oakwood. He worked in many area factories during his lifetime, including the former Dupont Tile Mill and the former Landmark Elevator of Oakwood. He was a former 4-H adviser and attended the Dupont Church of the Brethren and the former Oakwood United Methodist Church.
Also surviving are three sons, Richard (Connie) Weller of Defiance and Frank (Erma) Weller and Douglas (Bonnie) Weller, both of Oakwood; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kendra Weller, in 1967; three brothers, Irving, Everett and Lowell; and two sisters, Verna Kohart and Edna Etter. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, June 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Terry Porter officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Preferred memorials are to Gideon’s International; Paulding County 4-H; or Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


ALVINA STALLKAMP
1928-2009
DELPHOS — Alvina H. Stallkamp, 81, of Delphos, died at 3:07 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at her daughter’s residence.
She was born June 3, 1928, in Lima, the daughter of Charles and Theresia (Loyer) Kleman, who both preceded her in death. She was raised by Albert and Viola Kleman, who are deceased, and a stepmother, Ruth Vatula Kleman, who survives. On Sept. 1, 1948, she married William Stallkamp, who preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 2000. They were married exactly 52 years. She was the co-owner of Stallkamp Electric with her husband, Bill, and his brother, Tom (Jane) Stallkamp. She was a member of the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Church Women United, St. John’s Altar Rosary Society, Delphos Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and Delphos St. John Athletic and Band Boosters. Also surviving are a son, David (Kristina) Stallkamp of Paulding; two daughters, Sherry (Greg) Kunz and Sandy (Craig) Suever, both of Delphos; two sisters, Raylene (Elmer) Fisher of Delphos and Charlotte Smith of Texas; three brothers, Jerome (Wilma) Kleman of Newark, Ohio, Keith (Julia) Kleman and George (Joyce) Kleman, both of Delphos; two sisters-in-law, Jane Stallkamp of Florida and Joan Schulte of Delphos; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Janet Caskey; a brother, Gilbert “Gip” Schulte; in-laws, Thomas Stallkamp; Joseph and Valeta Stallkamp; a daughter-in-law, Mary Stallkamp; and her step-father, Russell Loyer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, June 17, at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos. Burial will be in the St. John’s Cemetery. Harter and Schier Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Relay for Life.

HAROLD COMER
1941-2009
HAVILAND — Harold E. Comer, 68, died early Sunday evening, June 21, at his residence in Haviland.
He was born Feb. 13, 1941, in his grandmother’s home in Haviland, the son of John Comer and Madeline (Rodman) (Ignatius) Palte, who both preceded him in death. On Oct. 28, 1961, he married Judy Davis and she survives. 
He was retired from General Dynamics Corporation in Lima. He was a member of the St. Mary of Assumption Church in Van Wert and Knights of Columbus Council #6034 in Van Wert. He loved farming and spending time with his grandchildren. He was also active in the Democratic Party.
Also surviving are two sons, Paul E. (Beverly) Comer of Jones, Mich. and Matthew (Jennifer) Comer of Wapakoneta; two daughters, Julie (Doug) Voisard of Otsego, Mich. and Robin (Eugene) Patton of Napoleon; two brothers, Russell (Judy) Comer of Grover Hill and Timothy Palte of Haviland; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death was a sister, who died in infancy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Van Wert with Father Mike Zacharias officiating.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., today, Wednesday, June 24, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with a Rosary service following.
Burial will be in the Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert.

RUTH HIPP
1916-2009
GROVER HILL – Ruth L. Hipp, 92, passed to eternal life on March 11, 2009, at Greendale, Wis.
She was born Dec. 6, 1916 in Allen County, Ohio, the daughter of Clifford C. and Mabel (Ewing) Biederman. She attended grade school in Van Wert County, the Pease School in Paulding County, and graduated from Grover Hill High School in 1934. On Nov. 14, 1937, she married Laurence R. “Johnny” Hipp, who preceded her in death on July 14, 1998. Mrs. Hipp was the proprietress of Hipp’s Store in Grover Hill for 20 years and for several years was the editor of the Grover Hill News.
She was a member of the First Christian Church of Clearwater, Fla. and a charter and life member of the John Paulding Historical Society. She had taught adult Sunday school classes at the Grover Hill Church of Christ, the First Christian Church of Junction City, Kan., the First Christian Church of Leesville, La., and the First Christian Church of Clearwater, Fla. She had been active in the VFW Auxiliary Post 2873 at Grover Hill, the American Red Cross, Paulding County Extension Service, the Christian Women’s Clubs of Ohio and Florida, and the Grover Hill Community Club.
Surviving are a son, Marcus (Elizabeth); a grandson, Andrew (Rachel); two great-grandsons, David and Louis; two stepsons, Jim (Anne) and Tom; and three stepgrandchildren, Natasha, Stephen and Nicholas.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Glenn Biederman and Harold Biederman; and her sister, Maxine (Glen) Phillips.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27 at the Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill with the Rev. David Ray Jr. officiating. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Research.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

MARJORIE LENTZ
1918-2009
PAYNE – Marjorie Lentz,  90, of Payne, died Wednesday, June 17 at the Dallas Lamb Foundation, Payne.
She was born Aug. 24, 1918, in Paulding, the daughter of George and Alva (Loop) Bailey. She married Ordean C. Lentz, who preceded her in death in 1985. Marjorie graduated from Latty High School, attended Fort Wayne Business School and was a legal secretary prior to marriage. She was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, Hesperian Chapter of the Eastern Star, the Sorocis, Friday Night social clubs and enjoyed cooking and travel.
Surviving are a son, Neil (Ann); grandsons, Brian (Susan) Lentz of Knoxville, Tenn. and Larry (Kelly) Fry of St. Marys; granddaughters, Sheila Fry (Aaron) Keller of New Port Richey, Fla. and Karen Fry  (Mark) Lawson of Dayton; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Also preceding her in death were her daughter, Patricia Fry; a brother, (Little) George Bailey; and two sisters, Lucile McGrew and Betty Litzenburg.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 23 at St. James Lutheran Church in Payne with Pastor Joseph Allen officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to St. James Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or Dallas Lamb Foundation in Payne.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

NED “TOM”
SCHULTZ
1926-2009
OAKWOOD – Ned E. “Tom” Schultz, age 82, of Oakwood, died at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 17 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born Nov. 4, 1926 in South Bend, Ind., the son of Vincent and Blanche (Bidlack) Muinch. On Sept. 19, 1959, he married Doris E. Morain, who preceded him in death on Aug. 15, 1997. A Marine veteran serving in WWII and the Korean Conflict, he was a retired crane operator for Ruckman & Hansen, Fort Wayne. He was a member of the 2nd Marine Division of WWII Veterans and a life member of Oakwood American Legion.
Surviving are two sons, Samuel (Laura) Schultz of Mishawaka, Ind., and Thomas Schultz of Oakwood; a daughter, Catherine (John) Greene of Alexandria, Ohio; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 20 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Terry Porter officiating. Burial was in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood, with military rites accorded by Oakwood American Legion.
Preferred memorials are to Paulding County Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

JOHN
TAYLOR
1928-2009
HICKSVILLE – John Ray Taylor, 80, died Wednesday, June 17.
He was born Oct. 11, 1928 in Mount Vernon, Ohio, the son of Arthur and Juanita (Oldaker) Taylor. He graduated from Defiance College with a bachelor of science in education in 1951. He served in the Korean War from June 1951-53. Afterward, he taught for 2-1/2 years at Antwerp Junior High School and followed this as a chemical lab analyst at Lafarge Cement Company in Paulding for 36 years until March 1991.
He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, American Legion, AMVETS, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Kiwanis. 
Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Frances; children, Anne (Ric) Trimble, Robert (Sandra) Wyatt, Charles (Julia) Wyatt, and Debra (Anthony) Welly; seven grandchildren, John Taylor Wyatt, Philip, Louis and Olivia Wyatt, and Alex, Andrew and Abigail Welly.
Other family members include daughters Joyce (Bill) Bauer and Linda (Jim-deceased) Kinder, and son John Taylor-deceased.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 20 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with Pastor Greg Wack officiating. Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 223.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be shared at www.smithbrownfuneralhome.com

RAYMOND WEISMAN
1916-2009
VAN WERT — Raymond Franklin Weisman, 93, formerly of Van Wert, went to be with his Lord, following a brief illness, at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne. 
He was born May 2, 1916 in Scott, the son of Frank and Maude (Yocum) Weisman. He married Beulah Anderson, who preceded him in death on Nov. 15, 1994. He then married Ida Ann (Sherer) Hargesheimer, who preceded him in death on Dec. 13, 2004.
He was a graduate of Haviland High School and was engaged in farming until he retired. He was a member of Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert.
He is survived by a daughter, Sharon (Bob) Forrer of Payne; a daughter-in-law, Mary Weisman of Dublin, Ohio; stepchildren, Kohann (Ed) Williams of Reston, Va.; and Phil (Linda) Hargesheimer of North Monmouth, Maine; five grandchildren, Camille (John) Myers, Rodney (Diane) Germann, Heather (Kim) Kimball, Meredith (Corey) Liepelt, and Alan (Veronica) Weisman; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a son, Gale Weisman in 2005; and two sisters.
Services were held Monday, June 22, at Cowan and Son Funeral home in Van Wert with Pastor Clark Williman officiating. Burial was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Van Wert County.
Preferred memorials may go to the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home or Calvary Evangelical Church.

KEITH YORK
1946-2009
GROVER HILL — Keith L. York, 63, of rural Grover Hill, died at 1:20 a.m., Sunday, June 21, as a result of an accidental drowning which occurred in Defiance County.
He was born March 13, 1946 in Greencastle, Ind., the son of Anna Marie (Aubrey) York and Max T. York, who both preceded him in death. On Aug. 27, 1967, he married Donna F. (Hammons) York who survives.
He was a retired truck driver and a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Van Wert. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his family.
He is also survived by two sons, Lee (Debra) and Jeremy (Gina) York, all of Grover Hill; three brothers, Frank (Mary) Sanford of Riverside, Calif., Max (Connie) and Ray (Linda) York both of Van Wert; a sister, Wanda “Judy” (Marion) Vibbert of Convoy; and his grandchildren, Kalynn, Tiffany, Ariel, and Koda York, Nathan, Brianna, and Corbin Snyder, Lindsay (Nick) Schulte, and Tabitha (Nick) Gall; and great-grandchildren, Bradley, Elizabeth, and Aiden Gall, Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 27, at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Norm Detwiler officiating. 
Friends may call from noon until 2 p.m. prior to services. 
Preferred memorials may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness.

GEORGE CASSEL
1916-2009
PAULDING – Retired businessman George W. Cassel, age 92, Leesburg, Fla., formerly of Paulding, passed away on Tuesday, June 23 at The Laurels of Defiance after an extensive battle with Alzheimer’s disease. For the last year and a half, he was a cheerful resident of Kingsbury House.
He was born Aug. 19, 1916 in Angola, Ind., the son of Floyd and Mabel (Miller) Cassel.
The Angola native moved to Paulding in 1946 and opened Cassel’s Furniture, Hardware, Jewelry and Gifts Store, which he and his wife operated for 37 years. He was a long-standing member of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, the Widow’s Son Lodge of Paulding, Eastern Star, Lions Club, Paulding Fire Department assistant chief, and past president of the Paulding Chamber of Commerce. He was on the board of directors for Brittany Estates, Leesburg, Fla.
Surviving are his daughters, Linda (Glenn) Mott of Tomahawk, Wis. and Gail (Web) Olson of Defiance; grandchildren Cindy Bartels, Scott (Dana) Olson, Steve (Cara) Olson and Matt (Kathy) Mott; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. 
George was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Leola Kiles, whom he married in 1937. Also preceding him in death were his sister, Charlotte McClellan.
There will be a family memorial service on Wednesday, July 8 at Grace Episcopal Church in Defiance, followed by a graveside memorial service at Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Arrangements are being handled by Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home of Defiance.
Expressions of sympathy in George’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Grace Episcopal Church.
The family would like to give a special thank you to all of the staff and caregivers at Kingsbury House for all of their loving and compassionate care. 
Condolences may be left at www.mastmockhoffman.com

PHYLLIS HOFFMAN
1939-2009
PAULDING — Phyllis A. (Smith) Hoffman, 70, died Thursday, June 25, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, where she had been a patient six days.
She was born Feb. 3, 1939 in Paulding County. On March 18, 1956 she married Jack R. Hoffman, who survives. She was employed as a teacher’s aide for Paulding Exempted Village Schools retiring in 2006. She was a member of First Christian Church, Paulding and Christian Women’s Fellowship. She was a volunteer for the Paulding County Hospital Auxiliary and the Caring and Sharing Food Pantry of Paulding.
Also surviving are three daughters, Denise (Dee) Renollet, Cecil, Linda (Bill) Miller, Spencerville, Ind., and Jackie (Bryan) Hanlon of Fort Wayne; a brother, Denis (Paulette) Shaner, Paulding; a sister, Pamela (Kevin) Bauer, Briceton; five grandchildren: Brittany, Andrew, Jared, Lisa and Stephanie; and her loving dog, Oscar.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Ralph and Lenore (Smith) Shaner; an infant son; an infant daughter; a brother, Paul Nartker; and a sister, Judy Grueter Donnett.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, June 29, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the First Christian Church, Paulding.

AARON KOHART
1914-2009
OAKWOOD — Aaron D. Kohart, 95, died at 5 a.m. Monday, June 29, at the Gardens of Paulding.
He was born April 5, 1914, in Oakwood, the son of William and Elizabeth (Shafer) Kohart. On Sept. 1, 1939, he married Doris Bennett, who survives in Paulding. He was a retired dairy farmer. He was a member of the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood, where he taught Sunday School. He was also a 4-H adviser.
Also surviving are two sons, Ronald (Pat) Kohart of Fort Wayne and Michael (Connie) Kohart of Oakwood; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ralph, Jacob and Paul Kohart; and three sisters, Gladys Taylor, Cora Funk and Marie Bramblet.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, at the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood, with the Revs. Jeff Mullinix and Amy Haines officiating. Burial will be in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery in Oakwood.
Hours of visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, July 1, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood and one hour prior to services at the church.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church or the Gideons.

JOHN
LANTZ
1920-2009
PAULDING – John James Lantz, age 88, died Wednesday, June 24, at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance.
He was born Dec. 18, 1920 in Fort Wayne, the son of Albert and Mae (Hutker) Lantz. On Jan. 22, 1944, he married Elizabeth Roberts, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 14, 1982, he married Evelyn Patterson who preceded him in death on March 22, 2003. He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran. He was employed by Landmark Country Co-op of Paulding and Mercer County and was a member of American Legion #423 of Orland, Ind.
He is survived by two daughters, Cheryl K. Peters of Angola and Teri A. (Wally) Daniels of Cecil; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-stepgrandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
He also was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Heather Dix; and four sisters, Margery Amstutz, Margaret Gall, Katherine Arick and Dora Besore.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home with Jammie Hughes officiating. Paulding VFW Post #587 conducted military rites. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice or Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

HEDDY MOELLER
FORT WAYNE – Hedwig “Heddy” Moeller, 83, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at Woodview Health Care Center in Fort Wayne.
She was born in Paulding County, OH and worked as a dietary cook for Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne for 10 years, retiring in 1987. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, St. Charles Rosary Sodality and Ambassador at Parkview.
Surviving are two sons, Paul (Barb) Moeller of Fort Wayne, and Dan L. Moeller of Roanoke, Ind.; two daughters, Carol (Dave) Krouse of Payne and Kathy J. Berggoetz of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Benjamin Koch of Fort Wayne and Vitus Koch of Auburn, Ind.; and a sister, Margaret Moeller of High Lake, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Moeller.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, June 27 at St. Charles Catholic Church, with Fr. Anthony Steinacker officiating. Burial was in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com

BILL PRUDEN
1944-2009
GROVER HILL – William “Bill” M. Pruden, age 65, of Grover Hill, died at 1:04 p.m. Tuesday, June 23 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne.
He was born May 28, 1944 in Van Wert, the son of Glenn Gaylord and Margaret (Morris) Pruden. He was a 1962 graduate of Lincolnview High School. On June 16, 1963, he married Carolyn Kay Pruden at Middle Point United Methodist Church. He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church, lifetime honorary member of Wayne Trace FFA and a member of the Wedding Connection in Fort Wayne. He was a millwright and farmer. He loved time with his family most of all. He worked hard but also enjoyed his work in the field and with cakes. Bill was a friend to all and never turned down a request for help. He selflessly took care of everyone around him.
Surviving are his wife; two sons, Chris (Tamali) of Scott and Pat (Michelle) of Middle Point; a daughter, Kimberlie (Jeremy) Neeley of Harrod; a brother, John (Helen) of Rockford; a sister, Ruth (Carl) Lape of Van Wert; seven grandchildren and one on the way; one great-grandchild; and special friends, Rob and Pam Buchanan of West Mansfield.
Services were held Friday, June 26 at Zion U.M.C. with the Rev. Paul Miller and the Rev. Dr. Paul Bunnel officiating. Burial was in Middle Creek Cemetery. Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the church.
Condolences may be emailed to cowanfh@yahoo.com

TRENT AMSTUTZ
1987-2009
COLUMBUS – Former Payne resident Trent M. “Scoot” Amstutz, age 21, died Monday, June 29 at his residence.
He was born on Aug. 10, 1987 in Fort Wayne, the son of Edward C. and Cindy S. (Burk) Amstutz. He was employed as a waiter at Bel Lago Waterfront Bistro, Westerville. He was a graduate of Wayne Trace High School and attended Columbus State University. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. 
He is survived by his parents Edward and Cindy Amstutz, Columbus; paternal grandmother Beverly Amstutz, Payne; maternal grandparents, Arlen “Dub” and Joanne Burk, Payne; maternal grandmother Patricia Yenser, Payne; two sisters, Tammie (Joe) Roop and Trisha (Kellen) Koenn, both of Columbus; one brother, Tim (Dallas Hogrebe) Amstutz, Detroit; a niece, Avery Roop; a nephew and godson, Cole Amstutz; and his dog, Toby.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, John L. “Jack” Amstutz, in 2000.
Funeral mass was held Friday, July 3 at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in the St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Trent’s memory to Den Herder Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

MATTHEW GIBSON
1968-2009
CECIL – Matthew Russell Gibson, age 41, of Oakland, Calif., died Saturday, July 4 at Kaiser Medical Center, Hayward, Calif. as a result of complications from chemotherapy.
He was born May 31, 1968 in Lucas County, Ohio, the son of Wade and Mary Lou (Dysinger) Gibson. He was a 1986 graduate of Paulding High School and a 1990 graduate of St. Meinrad’s College, continuing his education at St. Meinrad’s, Ind., St. John’s University of St. Cloud, Minn., and Heidelberg College in Tiffin. He was employed by Catholic Charities of the East Bay in Oakland as CCDH coordinator development assistant. He was also employed by the Newman Center at Holy Spirit Parish in Berkley, Calif. as organist. Previously he was liturgist at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Defiance.
He is survived by his parents, Wade and Mary Lou Gibson, Cecil; and a brother, Marty Gibson, Cecil; and his beloved black Lab “Maxwell.”
He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Gale and Ruth (Jackson) Dysinger; and paternal grandparents, Russell and Gladys (Dague) Gibson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, July 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Defiance, with the Rev. Tim Kummerer officiating. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Thursday, July 9 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with a rosary service at 8 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to Masses or Catholic Charities of the East Bay, 433 Jefferson St., Oakland CA 94607-3539.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

JOSEPHINE LePIERRE
1936-2009
PAYNE – Josephine A. LePierre, 73, of Payne, passed away at 12:05 a.m. Sunday, July 5, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home.
She was born on Jan. 3, 1936 in Payne, the daughter of the late Charles and Dora (Balyeat) Foreman. On July 10 1952, she married Dean LePierre, who survives, along with her son, Byron (Diana) of New Haven; a granddaughter, Emily; and stepgrandchildren, Jason Billue and Annah Chaney.
She also was preceded in death by her sister, Ursula Eagleson.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, July 8 at Dooley Funeral Home, 5761 Ohio 500, Payne, with the Rev. Joseph Allen officiating. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to her service today at the funeral home.
Her family requests donations to Paulding Hospice.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

JAMES MOBLEY
1946-2009
HICKSVILLE – James A. Mobley, age 62, died Wednesday, July 1, at Community Healthcare Center, Defiance.
He was born Nov. 28, 1946 in Paulding County, the son of Earl R. and Gladys M. (Copsey) Mobley. He was employed by GM Powertrain, Defiance, retiring in 1998. He was a member of Hicksville Eagles Lodge, and UAW #211.
He is survived by his mother, Gladys Mobley Utterback of Payne; two sons, John of Paulding and Jason of Antwerp; two daughters, Joan (Kevin) Egly of Butler, Ind., and Jennifer Thompson, Defiance; three brothers, Jerry (Jean), Jeff and John Mobley, all of Payne; a sister, Janet (Larry) McMillen, Paulding; a half-brother, George “Louie” (Kim) Utterback, Broughton; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earl D. Mobley; stepfather, George H. Utterback; and a son, James E. Mobley.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with burial following in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne.
Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

VELMA SHARP
1922-2009
CLOVERDALE – Velma Sharp, 87, of Cloverdale, died at 6:59 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at her residence.
She was born Feb. 4, 1922, in Paulding County, the daughter of Michael and Susan (Hammons) Halter. On June 29, 1940, she married Elmer Sharp, who preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 1992. She was a homemaker and farmer. She enjoyed crocheting and truly loved her grandchildren.
Survivors include a son, Donald (Helen) Sharp of Chatham, Mich.; three daughters, Diana (Larry) Carnahan, Connie (Mike) Walters and Mary Ann (Michael) McCoy, all of Cloverdale; one brother, Leroy (Edna) Halter of Oakwood; a sister, Ruth (Hugh) Fifer of Convoy; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Allen Sharp; three brothers, Murlen, Forrest and Alvin Halter; and two sisters, Meana Taylor and Mary Lewis; and a grandson, Rocky Allen Sharp.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 6, at Mandale Church of Christ, with the Rev. Don Rogers officiating. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery. Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Putnam County Hospice.

DAVID DIEHL
1944-2009
PAYNE — David N. Diehl, 64, of rural Payne, died Monday morning, June 29, at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born Nov. 27, 1944 in Decatur, Ind., the son of Lester R. and Virginia J. (Smith) Diehl, who both preceded him in death. On July 16, 1977, he married Mary Jo Hackman, who survives in Payne. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Payne (formerly St. John the Baptist).
He was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1969 and was retired from International Harvester. He was a champion go-cart and motorcycle racer across Ohio and Indiana as a teenager. Later in life, he loved working in his garage fixing and rebuilding cars, motorcycles and minibikes.
Also surviving are four daughters, Dee Ann (Chance) Diehl of Decatur, Emily (Jamie) Hone of Columbus, Christie (Derek) Fleming, M.D. of Durham. N.C. and Michelle (Peter) Berryman of Maryville, Tenn.; one granddaughter, Natalie Rae Hone; and two sisters, Sharon (Doyt) Sheets of Lake Dallas, Texas and Karen (Bob) Vallance of Asheville, N.C. He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Oran A. Watts; two half-sisters; and a half-brother.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 3 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur with Father Ben Kakwezi officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Decatur with military gravesite rites conducted by the American Legion Post 43 Color Guard. Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 
Preferred memorials are to American Legion Post 43 Color Guard and A.C.C.F. Angel Cancer Fund.

ROBERT FOLTZ
1935-2009
PAULDING – Robert Earl Foltz, age 74, died at 6:25 a.m. Friday, July 10, at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born April 18, 1935 in Broughton, the son of Earl L. and Naomi M. (Stair) Foltz. On Dec. 30, 1956, he married Nancy J. Street, who survives. He retired from GM Powertrain of Defiance in 1991 as a core-inspector after 38 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He attended the First Christian Church of Paulding. He was a member of UAW #211, Paulding VFW Post #587 and Paulding Eagles #2405, and he was an avid horseman and fisherman.
Also surviving are one daughter, Angela (Mick) Coak of Paulding; two sons, Michael (Lori) Foltz of Paulding and Robert Foltz of Cincinnati; one brother, Ronald (Mary Ann) Foltz of Paulding; six grandchildren, Kara, Kelsey, Michael, Megan, Jeremy and Scott; and two great-grandchildren, Laramie and Landan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Donald; and his faithful dog “Mike.”
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 14 at the First Christian Church in Paulding with the Rev. Gregory Bibler officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, where Paulding VFW Post #587 conducted military graveside rites. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church or Paulding Area Visiting Nurses.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

RHONDA LUDY
1955-2009
PORTLAND, Ind. — Rhonda A. Ludy, 54 of Portland, passed away Tuesday, July 7, at her son’s residence in Indianapolis, following a extended illness. She was born Feb. 16, 1955 in Portland, Ind., the daughter of Orla E. and Annabelle (Flory) Smith. 
She graduated from Portland High School in 1973 and then graduated from I.P.F.W. with an associates degree in medical coding. 
She was employed at the Jay County Hospital from 1988-1998, the Paulding County Hospital from 1998-2004, then Randolph St. Vincent’s Hospital from 2004 to the present. She also worked part time at Dick’s Pizza in Portland for 15 years. 
She was a member of the V.F.W. Women’s Auxiliary 2840 in Salamonia, the Portland Eastern Star, the Bellefountain United Methodist Church and was part of youth ministries of the United Methodist Church for over 20 years. She was also a H.O.G, Harley Owners Group. 
She is survived by a son, Kyle K. (Stephanie) Ludy of Indianapolis; a brother, Jeff V. (Agne) Smith of Portland; her mother, Annabelle E. Smith, also of Portland; and three grandchildren, Austin D. Ludy and Kayla M. Ludy, both of Indianapolis,; and Shae M. Schroeder of Ohio.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 12, at the Bellefountain United Methodist Church with Pastor Bob Denney officiating. Williamson & Spencer Funeral Homes in Portland were in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be directed toward the family of Rhonda Ludy, with envelopes available at the funeral home.

RAYMOND SHARP
1938-2009
OAKWOOD – Raymond E. “Sharpie” Sharp, 70, of Oakwood, died at 2:09 p.m. Saturday, July 11 at Mercy Hospital of Defiance.
He was born Oct. 5, 1938, in Bartonville, Ill., the son of Robert and Marie (Hollis) Sharp. He retired in 1991 from General Motors in Defiance. He was a member of the UAW Local 211 and the Eagles Lodge in Columbus Grove.
Surviving are two sons, Michael (Angie) of Paulding and Craig of Oakwood; one daughter, Karin (Michael) Thomas of Paulding; five grandchildren, Heather and Britni Sharp, Jason and Tyler Thomas, and Josh Sharp; one great-grandson, Keagen Sharp; six brothers, Robert (Jan) of Defiance, William (Cindy), Jack, Ronald (Barb) and James (Tammy), all of Sherwood, and Daniel (Tabitha) of Hicksville; and seven sisters, Virginia Green and Sharon (Denny) Ordway, both of Hicksville, Edith Cayne, Suzanne (Jack) Carnahan and Betty (Roger) Greear, all of Sherwood, Judith (Ed) Wisda of Coldwater, Mich., and Marilyn (Ronald) Richards of Defiance.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Sally and Linda Sharp.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, July 15, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Tony Tracy officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.
Visitation is one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Paulding County Visiting Nurses.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

SADAKO WELCH
1932-2009
EL PASO, Texas — Sadako Welch, 77, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, July 3.
“Susie” was born in Kyoto, Japan on Jan. 23, 1932. She came to America at the age of 25 and became a U.S. citizen at the age of 36. She married Ersel Welch who preceded her in death in 1998.  She resided in Van Wert, Paulding and Grover Hill from 1975 until 1998. She worked for 20 years at Teleflex in Van Wert before retiring. She lived in Toledo from 1998 until 2001 and then moved to El Paso.
She is survived by her longtime friend, Russell “Rusty” Florence; her son, Daniel (Valerie) Sanders ; a daughter, Vonda Griffith; four grandchildren: Shelly, Shaun, Alicia and Kristen, five great-granddaughters, Taylor, Tiana, Alyssa, Loreli and Jaxon; and a brother and two sisters in Japan.
Burial will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 18, in Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating.
Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling the local arrangements.

JUNE BROWN
1927-2009
MELROSE — E. June Brown, 82, of Melrose, died at 9:30 a.m. July 16, at the St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
She was born June 2, 1927, in Melrose, the daughter of George and Teresa (Snavely) McCullough. On April 9, 1948, she married Thomas Wendel Brown, who preceded her in death on July 17, 1987. She was a homemaker, attended the Melrose United Methodist Church and was a member of the Mt. Zion’s Ladies Aid.
Prior to marriage she was employed by Grizzly Manufacturing, and after raising her children she was employed at the Laurels in Defiance.
She is survived by three daughters, Bonnie Plotts (fiancé Bruce McKibben) and Cindy (Tim) May, both of Melrose, and Sharon (Dale) Schubert of Defiance; two sons, Tim Brown and Barry (Barb) Brown, both of Melrose; a brother, Harold McCullough of Oakwood; a sister, Inella Finnegan, Paulding; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a grandson, Brody May; an infant grandson; a son-in-law, Gary Plotts; and 10 brothers and sisters.
Services were held Monday, July 20, at the Melrose United Methodist Church with Pastor Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial was in the Little Auglaize Cemetery in Melrose. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials may go to a charity of the donor’s choice.

EVA FACKLER
1922-2009
VAN WERT — Eva M. Fackler, 86, of Defiance, formerly of Van Wert, died at 2:25 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice in Defiance.
She was born Dec. 9, 1922, in Salem, Mass., the daughter of John and Denise (Gallant) Gallant. In 1944, she married Leo E. Fackler Jr., who preceded her in death on Dec. 19, 1995. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are a son, Ron (Brenda) Fackler of Van Wert; two daughters, Shirley (Steve) Bowersox of Haviland and Sharon Fackler of Defiance; a brother, Albert Gallant of Fla.; a sister, Angie Madden of Massachusetts; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Phil and Al Gallant; two sisters, Lee Blake and Rena Gallant; a grandson, Troy Thatcher; and a great-grandchild, Tara Thatcher.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, July 22, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the Defiance Inpatient Hospice.

ROY FLAUGH
1915-2009
PAYNE — Roy DeWayne Flaugh, 93, of Payne, died at 3:04 p.m. Monday, July 13, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born Aug. 14, 1915, in Fort Wayne, the son of Harry G. and Orpha (Reed) Flaugh. On Jan. 17, 1940, he married Elenore Guysinger, who preceded him in death.
He was a self-employed carpenter and a 66-year member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 232, Fort Wayne, a 66-year member and Past Master of Flat Rock Masonic Lodge #580 in Payne, a 65-year member of the Scottish Rite Masons, Valley of Toledo, and the St. Jacobs United Church of Christ in Payne. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman and enjoyed playing golf.
Surviving are two sons, Jerry (Dorothy) and Gene (Kathy) Flaugh, and a daughter, Carol (Russell) Zuber, all of Payne; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Also preceding him in death were five brothers, Byron, Paul, Ralph, Ellery and Richard; and three sisters, Thelma Wire, Betty Bachellor and Crystal Leeth.
Services were held Friday, July 17, at the Saint Jacob’s United Church of Christ in Payne with the Rev. James Langham officiating. Burial was in the Lehman Cemetery in Payne. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to go to the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice or the church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

JOHN HEFFNER
1927-2009
PAULDING — John J. Heffner, 82 died Monday July 13, at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne.
He was born March 26, 1927, in Verbas, Croatia, the son of Joseph J. and Maria K. (Kirst) Heffner. On June 11, 1955 he married Rosie H. Herczig, who preceded him in death on Nov. 16, 2005.
He was employed by GM Powertrain in Defiance, retiring in 1990. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, and the UAW #211.
He is survived by two sons, Rayne (Cleo) Heffner, and Joseph (Vickie) Heffner, both of Paulding; a daughter, Rosemary (Dean) Horst, of Ashland, Ohio; two grandchildren, Josh and Johnathon Horst; a stepgrandson, Jason Flint; and two great-stepgrandchildren, Mari and Alberto.
A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Friday, July 17 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish in Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in the Paulding Memorial Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials may be made to Masses or Paulding Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

JOHN
HENSCHEN
1927-2009
PAYNE — John Henschen, 81, of Payne, died at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, at the Paulding County Hospital.
He was born Sept. 5, 1927, in Payne, the son of Otto and Cecile (Lamb) Henschen. He graduated from Payne High School and attended Ohio State University, where he played second trumpet in the marching band. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in Japan. On Jan 28, 1954, he married his wife of  55 years, Jane Rulman, who survives. He retired from International Harvester, Fort Wayne and TGS, Antwerp.
He was a member of Payne Volunteer Fire Department for 15-1/2 years, a 50-year member of Flat Rock Masonic Lodge, American Legion Post #297 in Paulding, VFW Post #587, and former member of Payne Village Council.
Also surviving are three daughters, Hope (Jim) Hartwig of Payne, Andrea (Andrew) Vallimont of Fairview, Pa., and Beth Ann (Kurt) Coyne of Butler, Ind.; a son, Terry of Canton; two granddaughters, Jennifer (Tim) Porter and Kimberly (Adam) Troth; stepgrandchildren, Ryan, Jarod and Nathan (Arevik) Hartwig, Julia (Tommy) Sustar and Blake Madden; and great-grandchildren Koleton Porter and Rylee and Graiden Troth. 
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Graham.
Services were held Friday, July 17, at the St. James Lutheran Church, in Payne with the Rev. Joseph Allen officiating. Burial was in the Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne, with military honors. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
His family requests memorial donations to Payne EMS or American Legion Post #297.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

ELIZABETH PARR
1918-2009
PAULDING – Elizabeth C. Parr, age 90, died Sunday, July 19 at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born on July 28, 1918 in Jackson Township, the daughter of Albert H. and Alma (Harris) Conley. On July 14, 1938 she married Raymond P. Parr, who preceded her in death on Feb. 2, 1975. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, and was previously employed by the former Key Corp./Society Bank of Paulding, retiring in 1988.
She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Steel, Paulding; a brother, Robert (Mary Ann) Conley, Little Rock, Ark.; two sisters, Lowanda (Matthew) Schulte and Luella (Orville) Mullins, both of Van Wert; three grandchildren, Jamie, Cindy and Michael; and seven great-grandchildren, Eric, Elizabeth, Lindsay, Bryant, Jason, Paul and Jacqueline.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Albert Cletus and John Conley; two sisters, Mildred Deane Maher and Mary Ann Williamson; and a son-in-law, James Steel.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Thursday, July 23 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. today, July 22 at Den Herder Funeral Home. Visitation also will be held one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to The Gardens of Paulding; Divine Mercy Catholic Parish; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

RUTH WEBER WOOD
1912-2009
PAYNE — Ruth Weber Wood, 97, crossed to the loving arms of her Redeemer at 1:25 p.m. July 13.
She was born June 10, 1912, in Nappanee, Ind., the daughter of Frank and Lydia (Lehman) Weber. In 1933, she graduated from Bluffton College with a bachelor of arts degree in education. On Aug. 15, 1943, she married Harold F. Wood, who preceded her in death in 2003. She worked as a teacher and in library science for 38 years, where she taught English and Latin. In 1961, she received her master’s degree in library science from Bowling Green State University.
She was a member of the National Education Association, the Ohio Education Association, the Paulding County Teachers Association, the Ohio Retired Teachers Association and the Beta Eta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. She was named a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar for excellence in education many times.
She was a 66-year member of the Church of Christ in Payne, a 64-year member of Hesperian Chapter No. 281, Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron in 1950.
She was past president of the Paulding County Chapter of the American Heart Association and a loyal member of the Sorosis Club of Payne.
She is survived by a son, David F. Wood of South Bend; nieces, Carole (Jim) Overmeyer of Payne and Marianne (Don) Weber Wood of Danville, Calif.; and nephews, Don (Sandy) Wood of St. Clairesville, Ohio, and Alan (Bonnie) Wood of Delaware, Ohio.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mabel (Russell) Lantz, of Bluffton; and a brother, Ralph (Orabelle) Weber of Oakland, Calif. 
Services were held Saturday, July 18, at the Church of Christ in Payne. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials may be sent to the Scottish Rite Learning Center, 427 North Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601, or to the American Heart Association of Paulding County, 1701 Woodlands Dr., S.R. 200, Maumee OH 43537.

JANELLE BRADLEY
1990-2009
DEFIANCE – Janelle E. Bradley, 18, of Defiance, died at 12:18 a.m. Saturday, July 25 at Defiance Regional Medical Center.
She was born on Nov. 8, 1990 in Paulding, the daughter of John Bradley of Cleveland and Martha K. Miles of Defiance. Janelle had worked at McDonald’s.
Also surviving are a daughter, Aubriana C. Bradley; a brother, James Miles of Indiana; a half-sister, Brandy Austin; a half brother, Christopher Austin of Indiana; and a grandmother, Alean Miles of Antwerp.
She was preceded in death by a grandfather, James Miles; and a grandmother, Janice Salters.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30 at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance. Visitation will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, to assist in paying for services, please send donations to her mother, Martha Miles at 2095 Royal Oak Ave., Defiance OH 43512.
Condolences may be left at www.defiancefuneralhome.com

CONSTANCE
CHAMPION
1948-2009
PAULDING – Constance Champion, 60, of Paulding, passed away on Wednesday, July 22 at Paulding County Hospital.
She was born on Nov. 29, 1948 in Wayne, Mich., the daughter of Harold and Doris (Helsel, Fannin) Williams. On Sept. 15, 1990, she married DeWayne Champion, who survives. She was previously employed by Trident in Hicksville, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Antwerp.
Also surviving are a son, John L. Phillips; seven sisters, Bonnie (Ken) Smith of Birchrun, Mich., Nancy Williams and Sandy (Jeff) Buffington, both of Antwerp, Shirley (Art) Ames of Garden City, Mich., Roberta (Al) Fenech of Brighton, Mich., Pam (Ron) Sherman of Phoenix, and Susan (Brian) Godek of Fenton, Mich.; two brothers, Matt Williams of Whitmore Lake, Mich. and Tim (Kathy) Fannin of Antwerp; and nieces and nephews as well as great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; stepfather Joseph Fannin; and nephew Eric Johnston.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 31 at Maumee Cemetery in Antwerp with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

IRVIN RENOLLET
1926-2009
SHERWOOD – Irvin D. Renollet, 82, of Sherwood, died Tuesday, July 21 at Community Health Partners Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice, rural Defiance.
He was born July 26, 1926, in Paulding County, the son of Lewis Dorn and Mae R. (Fockler) Renollet. He was a 1944 graduate of Paulding High School. On Sept. 12, 1947, he married Mary Lou Knisley in Paulding County, and she survives. Irv began his pursuit of major league baseball and played professionally for three years for the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. He then returned home and was a self-employed farmer for 40 years. Irv was a former volunteer fireman for the village of Sherwood. He was a member of the Sherwood United Methodist Church. He was also a former member of the Sherwood VFW Post 5663 and the Bryan Moose Lodge 1064.
Not one to let the grass grow under his feet, Irv played baseball or softball playing well into his 50s. He coached Little League and Pony League baseball teams. He was an avid supporter of his children and grandchildren in their athletic and academic endeavors. As a pastime, Irv enjoyed bowling or golfing.
Also surviving are four children, Rick (Julie) of Defiance, Ron (Barb) of Defiance, Cheryl (Mike) Bergman of Sherwood and Brent (Tammy) of Defiance; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Lewis Dorn “Junior” Renollet of Florida; and one sister, Annie Ankney of Paulding.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Theodore.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 24 at the Sherwood United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kevin Doseck officiating. Burial was in Sherwood Cemetery. Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, Sherwood, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Community Health Partners Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center or to the Sherwood United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be sent to the family or the online guest book may be signed at www.oberlinturnbull.com

JACOB SCHAEFER
1936-2009
PAYNE – Former Payne resident Jacob Peter Schaefer, 73, of Dickinson, Texas, died at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, in a Clear Lake, Texas, hospital.
He was born March 23, 1936 in Payne, the son of Anthony J. and Florence M. (Wetli) Schaefer. A 1954 graduate of Payne High School, he attended college at St. Joe, Rensselaer, Ind. He was a farmer for many years in Antwerp, and had a carpet and decorating business in Antwerp and Paulding for 12 years. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Antwerp and Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church in Dickinson, Texas. He was a devout Catholic.
Spending time with family and friends remained Jake’s favorite pastime his entire life. In his retirement years, he developed a love for cooking, reading, woodworking as well as exploring many diverse subjects on the internet from hydrogen powered cars to a new appetizer recipe. Jake volunteered with Galveston County Hospice for the past five years, bringing comfort to terminal patients and their families. He was also an “inventor,” creating and distributing items he designed to make his hospice patients’ lives more comfortable and productive. Jake had a special gift for helping people, giving back to his community and he truly never knew a stranger.
Surviving are a son, Steve (Leslie) Schaefer of Houston; three daughters, Laura Boldman of Murphy, Texas, Joan Cross of Phoenix and Judi (Craig) Cherry of Richardson, Texas; seven grandchildren, Kendra, Jacob, Alexandria, Jami, Nicholette, Spencer and Dylan; a brother, Charles (Christine) Schaefer of Payne; a sister, Rose Ann Glass of Payne; and a sister-in-law, Lorraine (Schaefer) Pellagini, Payne.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Norman Schaefer; and a sister, Geraldine Mullen.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 31, at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne. Burial will be in in St. John Cemetery.
Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, with a Rosary service at 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Paulding County Hospice, 250 Dooley Drive, Suite A, Paulding OH 45879.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

CAROLYN SWANN
1951-2009
ANTWERP – Carolyn S. Swann, age 58, died Friday, July 24, at her residence.
She was born April 14, 1951 in Garrett, Ind., the daughter of Robert and Virginia (Settle) Woodring. On March 21, 1998, she married Robert A. Swann, who survives. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Antwerp, and was an apartment manager for the DPM Corporation of Corunna, Ind.
Also surviving are her mother, of Byesville, Ohio; two daughters, Lynette (Randy) DeLong of Delphos and Amy (Greg) Johnson, Sherwood; one son, Matthew Harvey, Antwerp; three sisters, Pearl (John) Lee of Byesville, Jeannette (Ralph) Haven of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Barbara Chapman, Fort Wayne; one brother, Bobby (Jo) Woodring, Silver Springs, Fla.; and seven grandchildren, Cody and Alyssa DeLong, Tyler, Cassie, and Jennessa Johnson, and Cade and Justis Harvey.
She was preceded in death by her father; a daughter, Stephanie Dawn Bender; and a brother, Jimmy Woodring.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 28, at the First Baptist Church, Antwerp, with the Rev. James Edwards officiating. Burial was in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Paulding County Hospital Visiting Nurses and Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

RALPH WILLIAMS
1929-2009
PAYNE – Ralph K. “Jack” Williams, age 80, died Friday, July 24 at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born on June 21, 1929, in Paulding County, the son of Lawrence and Ollie (Sharp) Williams. On July 22, 1961, he married Gloria Harlow, who preceded him in death in 2007. He was employed by Sims Manufacturing in Payne for 15 years, retiring in 1996. He was a member of St. Jacob’s Church of Christ, Payne.
He is survived by three sons, Robert (Karen) and Benjamin, both of Payne, and Barry (Sandi) of Atoka, Tenn.; four daughters, Barbara Mattson and Diana (Steve) Garrod, both of Payne, and Jean (Jerry) Mobley and Linda (Tom) Carlisle, both of Paulding; two sisters, Ida Mae Traucht of Lima and Florence (Richard) Fisher, Payne; 26 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by two sons, Brian and Ralph Jr.; three sisters, Nellie Williams, Grace Byers and Doris Snyder; two brothers, Glen and Leslie “Bud”; and two grandsons, Joey and Christopher Williams.
Graveside services were held Monday, July 27, at Lehman Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Langham officiating. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Jacob’s Church of Christ.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

WANDA ZUBER
1930-2009
VAN WERT — Wanda B. Zuber, 79, of Van Wert, did at 1:30 a.m. Monday, July 27, at the Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.
She was born May 2, 1930, in Paulding County, the daughter of Charles F. and Ella L. (Rumbaugh) Carr, who both preceded her in death. On June 11, 1949, she married Kenneth Zuber, who preceded her in death in 2006. She graduated from Antwerp High School and received her bachelor of science degree and her master’s degree from Indiana-Purdue in Fort Wayne. She was an elementary teacher for Paulding, Melrose, the former North Richland-Adams, and the Hicksville school systems.
She was a former member of Grace United Methodist Church in Hicksville and a current member of the First United Methodist Church in Van Wert. She was a member of the Van Wert Rotary Club, Retired Teachers Association and Twigs II.
She is survived by two daughters, Anita K. Zuber and Eileen L. Manken, both of Van Wert; a son, Charles J. (Dawn) Zuber of Oviedo, Fla.; a brother, Rex T. (Joyce) Carr of Hicksville; grandchildren, Michael and Steven Zuber and Ella and Kayla Manken; and a great-grandchild, Branden Zuber.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Roland Ray Zuber; five brothers, Wendell, Jess W., Melvin C., Norman and Stanley Carr; and a sister, Bonita May Carr.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 31, at the First United Methodist Church in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Maumee Cemetery in Antwerp.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, and one hour prior to services at the church.
Preferred memorials may go to Community Health Professionals Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center or to the First United Methodist Church.

JANET BROCK
1932-2009
OAKWOOD — Janet Ilene Fuller Brock, 77, of Pineville Ky., formerly of Oakwood, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, at her residence on Clear Creek.
She was born Jan. 16, 1932 at home on the Paulding and Putnam County line, the daughter of Lloyd R. and Mable Hahn Fuller, who both preceded her in death. She attended Auglaize Brown Local Schools and graduated from Continental High School in 1950. She was a long-time member of the Auglaize Chapel Church of God in Oakwood and she was also a member of the Straight Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Pineville. She was formerly employed at the Tent Factory, Huff and Puff Restaurant and Shisler Locker Meat Company in Oakwood. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and enjoyed attending Shriners functions with her husband. She loved gardening, volunteering and her grandchildren.
Survivors include her loving husband of 43 years, Reed Brock, of Pineville; a daughter, Wendy (William) Stephey of Paulding; two grandchildren, Billie Jo (Jason) Etchison of Defiance and Michael (Ginger) Stephy of Arcanum, Ohio; a brother, Robert Fuller of Defiance; a sister, Ruthann (John) Dockery of Defiance, an aunt, Ruby Hahn of Continental; and many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, other relatives and many friends.
She was also preceded in death by three sons, James Orville, Melvin Lloyd and Shawn James; and a sister, Nancy Schultz.
Services were held Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Arnett & Steele Funeral Home in Pineville with the Rev. James Ward and Rev. Wayland Mason officiating.
A graveside service was held Monday, Aug. 3, in the Sherman Cemetery, Paulding County, with the Rev. Denny Hunter officiating.
Light a virtual candle and sign the online register at www.arnettsteele.com

JACK GRIGGS
1934-2009
Jack Griggs, 75, died the morning of Aug. 1. 
He was born April 13, 1934, in Salt Lick, Ky. 
In 1954, he married Bonnie Griggs, who survives. He was employed in instrument maintenance at PermaGlass in Ohio and then later at B.F. Goodrich in Fort Wayne, where they moved in 1982. 
After retiring from B.F. Goodrich, Jack, Bonnie, and two of their sons started, and later sold, a successful equipment and tent rental business. 
He enjoyed bowling, politics, finance, and studying God’s word. He was a faithful Christian and loved his Sunday School class at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.
He is also survived by four sons Steven (Kath), Jeff (Sue), Scott (Brenda Jo) and Eric (Melissa) Griggs; and grandchildren, Jason (Carrie), Kristen, and Joe of Jacksonville, Sarah Quick (Micah), Jennifer and Laura of Fort Wayne, Brett, Braxton, and Brooke of Orlando; James, Alex, and Vanessa of Ponte Vedra.
Services were held Aug. 4, at Quinn-Shalz Funeral Home, in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Rd. Jacksonville, Fla. or to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Northeast Florida, 10302 Deerwood Park Blvd Suite 104, Jacksonville, Fla., 32256 

ROY
HUEPPELS-
HEUSER
1950-2009
BRYAN — Roy Gene Hueppelsheuser, 59, died Saturday, Aug. 1, at Twin Rivers Care Center in Defiance, as a result of injuries sustained in a house fire on June 26.
He was born on July 8, 1950 in Marion, Ind., the son of Forest and Dorothy (McDaniels) Hueppelsheuser, who both preceded him in death. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Vietnam War as a medic. He was self-employed and was a past member of the Bryan Eagles.
He is survived by a daughter, Misty Mattern of Cecil; a son, Rodney Baxter of Paulding; five grandchildren; two sisters, Chris (Don) Sproles of Ney and Jewell (John) Rickels of Paulding; and two brothers, Dennis McDaniels of Cecil and Donnie Hueppelsheuser of Missouri.
He also was preceded in death by a son, Billy Gene Hueppelsheuser.
There will be no visitation or services. Smith & Brown Funeral Home of Hicksville was in charge of the arrangements. 
Condolences may be shared at www.smithbrownfuneralhome.com

SANDRA JOHANNS
1942-2009
PAULDING – Sandra J. Johanns age 66, died Sunday, Aug. 2, at Paulding County Hospital.
She was born on Sept. 22, 1942 in Wauseon, the daughter of Victor and Fern (Clark) Dominique. On Aug. 4, 1962, she married James L. Johanns, who survives. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding, where she was a member of the Rosary and Altar Society along with the Catholic Ladies of Columbia Society. She was an avid golfer and a member of the Auglaize Country Club.
Also surviving are one son, Doug (Michelle) Johanns of Paulding; two daughters, Cindy (Greig) Edwards of Paulding and Susan (Kevin) Meyer of Kalida; three sisters, Linda (Dave) Maltby of Tempe, Ariz., Betty (Frank) Soellner of Stryker and Brenda (Jeff) Thierry of Wauseon; two brothers, Eric (Patty) Dominique of Wauseon and Jeff (Jane) Dominique of Chandler, Ariz.; and 11 grandchildren, Victoria, Reid, Stephanie, Abbey, Corbin, Evan, Amanda, Megan, Clay, Luke and Drew.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding, with the Rev. Todd Dominique officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. today, Aug. 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and from 9-9:30 a.m. Thursday. A wake service will be conducted 7:30 p.m. today night by Deacon David Laker at the funeral home.
The family suggests that memorial contributions to be made to the Paulding County Area Visiting Nurse – Hospice or Masses.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

ELWOOD MOHLEY
1911-2009
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Elwood E. Mohley, 98, of Battle Creek, Mich. and a former longtime resident of Sherwood, died Saturday, Aug. 1, at Heartland Rehab in Battle Creek.
He was born Feb. 1, 1911 in Sherwood, the son of Emil H. and Ada (Miller) Mohley. He was a 1929 graduate of Sherwood High School and he attended Defiance College. On Oct. 22, 1937, he married Mary Kathryn Yeagley, who survives in Battle Creek. He began working for his father at the Bee Hive Grocery in Sherwood and purchased it in 1946. He owned and operated the store until 1972.
He was a member of the Sherwood United Methodist Church and the former Sherwood Masonic Lodge, where he obtained lifetime membership in 2007.
Also surviving are two daughters, Cynthia (Robert) Mohley Leach of Battle Creek and Nancy Mohley Agler of Oak Forest, Ill.; three grandchildren, Troy W. (Roxana) Agler of Midlothian, Ill., Todd A. Leach of Baltimore and Tanya L. Leach of New York City; and one great-granddaughter, Ariana B. Agler.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Linn Mohley; two sisters, Lelah Mohley Saunders and Dorothy Mohley Avey; and a brother, Melbern Mohley.
Funeral services for Elwood E. Mohley will be held at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 5, at the Sherwood United Methodist Church, with Pastor Kevin Doseck officiating Interment will follow in Sherwood Cemetery. Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Hours of visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Memorials may be given to the Sherwood United Methodist Church, the Sherwood Library or to the Defiance Area Foundation.

BETTY VAN HO
1926-2009
PAYNE — Betty L. Van Ho, 83, of Euclid, formerly of Payne, returned to God’s loving arms on Monday, July 27, at Gateway Healthcare Center in Euclid.
She was born March 6, 1926, in Payne, the daughter of Adam and Cathryn (Price) Winans. She was the former business manager at the Paulding County Hospital. She was a Past Worthy Matron of Hesperian Chapter 281 Order of Eastern Star in Payne and served as the secretary at the Presbyterian Church in Tiffin for over 20 years.
Surviving are a son, Greg (Kay) Van Ho of Euclid; a daughter, Kay Ellen (Keith) Williams of Chester, N.H.; grandchildren, Adam and Tara Van Ho and Lt. Valerie Van Ho, USN and Bethany and Laurie Stack and Staff Sgt. Nicholas Stack, USAF; a sister, JoAnn (Jack) Phipps of Payne; a sister-in-law, Jean Winans, Payne; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carrie Elizabeth; and two brothers, Richard (Lois) and Alan Winans.
Services were held Saturday, Aug. 1, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne. Burial was in the Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
The family encourages contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, 23215 Commerce Park Dr, Ste. 300, Beachwood OH 44122 or Hospice of Western Reserve Inc., 300 East 185th St., Cleveland OH 44119.

VIOLA STUCKEY
1922-2009
PAULDING – Viola M. Stuckey, 87, of Paulding, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Twin Rivers Rehab Center in Defiance.
She was born June 7, 1922, in Rain, Ky., the daughter of William and China Eva (Jones) Monhollen. On Sept. 4, 1982, she married Paul Stuckey, who survives. She was a production worker at Zeller Corporation from 1966-1984. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church in Albion, Ind., Defiance Eagles, Defiance Moose, and a life member of Defiance VFW.
She is also survived by two sons, Lewis E. Weaver of Paulding and Harold Weaver of Payne; three daughters, Loretta (Donald) Heingartner of Albion, Ind., Doris (Jim) Smith of Paulding, and Glenna (Gale) Doster of Oakwood; a stepson, Glen Weaver of Norwalk; four brothers, Ed of Oakwood, Clarence and William, both of Fort Wayne, and Roosevelt Monhollen of Grover Hill; three half-sisters, Lilly Mae Smith of California, and Kathryn Frances Huer and Clara Lynn Pack, both of Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Lee Bennett; her second husband, Virgil Weaver; a son, Frank Weaver; a stepson, Lloyd Weaver; four brothers, Jay, Tom, Robert and George Monhollen; and four sisters, Ruby and Marge Monhollen, Thursabeth Florence Hopper, and Nannie Gregory.
Services were held Saturday, Aug. 8, at Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, with the Rev. Ben Archer officiating. Burial was in the Bowholtz Cemetery in Paulding County.

CLIFFORD
BAKER
1935-2009
PAULDING – Clifford L. Baker, age 73, died Monday, Aug. 3.
He was born on Dec. 19, 1935 in Paulding County, the son of Lester C. and Helen Mary (Yearling) Baker. He married Sharon Ann Smith, who survives. He attended Spring Harvest Church, Van Wert. He was a U.S. Marine veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was employed as a truck driver. He was a member of VFW Post #587; FOE #2405; and the Paulding Fish and Game Club. He was an avid hunter.
Also surviving are two sons, Buddy Ray Baker of Portsmouth and Newlyn Baker, Salt Lake City; four daughters, Peggy Diaz of Houston, Kim (Jerry) Shaffer of Grover Hill, Misty Baker of Decatur, Ind., and Nicole (Dale) Bolenbaugh, Van Wert; a sister, Maxine Baker, Paulding; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Russell; and two brothers, Richard and Homer.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, Aug. 7 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Dale Bolenbaugh officiating. Burial was in Cooper Cemetery, Paulding, with military graveside services accorded by VFW Post #587.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

JESSE MOBLEY
1976-2009
PAYNE – Jesse E. Mobley, age 32, died Sunday, Aug. 9 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
He was born Dec. 16, 1976 in Paulding, the son of Jerry and Jean (Williams) Mobley. He was employed by SparTech Plastics of Paulding.
He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Jean Mobley, Paulding; three sons, Dominique, Damien and Dakota Mobley; two daughters, Brittney, and Bethany Mobley; a brother, Jerry (Amanda) Mobley, Paulding; and grandmother, Gladys Mobley Utterback, Payne.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ralph “Jack” and Gloria Williams and Earl Mobley.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. 
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, Aug. 12 and one hour prior to services on Thursday the funeral home.
The family of Jesse Mobley requests in lieu of flowers, donations made to the family.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

JOAN RODRIGUEZ
1934-2009
ANTWERP — Joan Rodriguez, 75, of Antwerp, died Friday, Aug. 7, at the Paulding County Hospital.
She was born May 22, 1934, in Marion, Ind., the daughter of the Jose and Andrea (Martinez) Mendez, who both preceded her in death. She worked at GM, Defiance. Her husband of 45 years, Rudy, preceded her in death in 1997.
Surviving are four daughters, Rita (Frank) Borowiak of  Fort Wayne, Mona (Mike) Worst of Hunstville, Linda (Stephen) Scott of Riverside, Calif., and Joyce (Joe) Wells of Sherwood; three sons, Freddie and Hector of Antwerp and James of Fort Wayne; five sisters, Connie Thiel of Hamonton, La., Eleanor Estep of Fort Wayne, Maria Fry of Defiance, Tona Palacios of Tacoma, Wash. and Amy Dunderman of Antwerp; five brothers, Miguel Mendez of Fort Wayne, Nick of Cecil, Raymond of Defiance, Joe of Zion, Ill., and David of Ney; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Ellen; a son, Raul; two sisters, Ester McHargue and Marianne Reyes; and two brothers, Ted and Chris Mendez.
Services were held Monday, Aug. 10, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
The family requests that memorials be directed to The Arthritis Foundation.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

VERA MILLER
1916-2009
HICKSVILLE — Veronica “Vera”  Miller, 93, of Hicksville, died at 12:25 p.m., Aug. 4, at Hickory Creek, Hicksville.
She was born April 26, 1916, in Romania, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1959 to be with her parents, Gabor and Elizabet (Bugner) Berenyi. In 1960, she married Paul Miller, who preceded her in death in 1975. She was a member of the Altogether Club in Hicksville.
Surviving are her daughter-in-law, Ana Berenyi of Mark Center; stepchildren, Douglas Miller of Richmond, Ind. and Patricia Miller of Hicksville; a brother, Joe Berenyi of Saginaw, Mich.; grandchildren, Vera Bates and Gabor and Stefan Berenyi; stepgrandchildren, Gordon, Allen  David, Linda and Mitchell Miller; great-grandchildren, Kayla and Stefan Bates and Cole and Katelynn Berenyi; and several great-stepgrandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Stefan Berenyi; and four brothers, Stefan, Gabor, Frank and Bill.
Services were held Friday, Aug. 7, at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. 
Memorials are to the charity of the donor’s choice.

SUSAN WARING
1948-2009
PERRYSBURG – Susan M. Waring, 61, of Perrysburg, died Wednesday, July 29, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg.
She was born April 16, 1948, in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Carl and Velta (Coomer) Schaefer, who both preceded her in death. On Dec. 20, 1969, she married Richard W. Waring, who survives. She graduated from Payne High School. She earned a bachelor of education and master of education degree from Bowling Green State University. She retired as a guidance counselor from Bowling Green High School. Prior to that, she was a career coordinator at Penta Vocational High School, a former member of the Dean of Students staff at Heildelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, and a guidance counselor at St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo.
She is also survived by two daughters, Heather (Adam) Smith of New Albany and Rachael Waring of Perrysburg; and three sisters, Joan (Clyde) Schroeder of Ottawa, and Marge (John) Elden and Linda (Rick) Stoller, both of Perrysburg.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Schaefer.
A memorial mass was held Monday, Aug. 10, at St. Rose Catholic Church in Perrysburg. Love Funeral Home in Ottawa was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials may be made to: Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 East River Road, Perrysburg OH 43551.

ERMA ZIELKE
1924-2009
PAYNE — Erma G. Zielke, 85, died Friday, Aug. 7, at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born April 17, 1924 in Latty, the daughter of Roy and Marie (Boroff) Rhoad. On June 6, 1943 she married Lloyd E. Zielke, who preceded her in death on May 7, 1997. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding.
She is survived by a son, Leslie (Marilyn) Zielke, Summerville, S.C.; a daughter, Lisa (David) Elick, Paulding; a brother, Lawrence (Barbara) Rhoad of Lima; two sisters, Helen (Roy) Stoller of Latty, and Kathryn Clemens of Peotone, Ill. a daughter-in-law, Sally Zielke Baumle of Payne; seven grandchildren, Amy, Jennifer, Matthew, Mark, Audrey, Ann and Jordan; and five great-grandchildren, McKenna, Megan, Isabelle, Grant and Chance.
She also was preceded in death by two sons, Gary and Dennis Zielke; and a sister, Priscilla Schwartz.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 11, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Paulding with Pastor Joseph Allen officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery in Paulding Township. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

C. EUGENE BAYS
1961-2009
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Former Paulding County resident C. Eugene Bays, age 47, died Aug. 11 from injuries sustained in an auto accident.
He was born Aug. 16, 1961 in Charleston, W.Va., the son of Estil R. and Linda (Walker) Bays. He was a self-employed contractor.
He is survived by his mother, Linda L. Lytle, Cloverdale; fiancé, Theresa Hibbard, Paulding; a son, Justin Bays, Michigan; a daughter, Chelsea Bays, Pennsylvania; two brothers, Paul Bays and Paul Lytle, both of Ft. Wayne; a stepbrother, Tommy Lytle, Grover Hill; a sister, Regina Bays, Defiance; and maternal grandmother Ruby Turley, Fort Wayne.
He was preceded in death by his father; and a sister, Debbie Bays.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, Aug. 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Chris Baker officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made in care of Den Herder Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

PHILLIP
BROWN
1942-2009
Phillip E. Brown, 67, of Ney, died Tuesday, Aug. 11 at CHP Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born on Jan. 2, 1942 in Defiance, the son of the late John C. and Constance (Sproul) Brown. He was a 1960 graduate of Oakwood High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963. On Aug. 22, 1964, he married Karen (Weidenhamer) Brown, who survives. He retired as an electrician at GM Central Foundry in 2000. He was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church, Sherwood VFW Post 5665, Defiance AmVets Post #1991, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 372, Ney Jaycees, Ney American Legion Post #680 and past member of the Ney-Washington Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept.
Also surviving are three daughters, Beth (David) Kroa of Fleetwood, Pa., Brenda (Lee) Schlosser of Paulding, and Barbara (John) Marlin of Ney; three sons, James (Kelly) and Jay (Jennifer), both of Defiance, and Jerry (Rhonda) Brown of Liberty Center; children by choice, Dan (Jennifer) Volz of Ney; two brothers, Fred (Helen) Brown of Defiance and David (Deb) Brown of Oakwood; and 11 grandchildren.
Preceded also was in death by an infant brother.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Isidore Catholic Church, Marysdale, on Friday, Aug. 14 with Father Robert Kill officiating. Interment was at Ney Cemetery, where the Sherwood VFW conducted honorary military graveside rites. Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice/Community Health Professionals, 06817 St. Rt. 66 N., Defiance OH 43512; Ney-Washington Twp. Fire Dept.; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at www.defiancefuneralhome.com

CONNIE PRENGER
1954-2009
MINSTER —  Connie L. Prenger, 54, of Minster, died of natural causes at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 10.
She was born Dec. 13, 1954, in St. Marys, the daughter of Roger and Theresa Bensman Bornhorst. On Aug. 6, 1977, she married James F. Prenger, who survives. She was promotion director for the Country Concert, Newport, and was an entertainer with her husband for 35 years. She was a longtime performer at the Flat Rock Creek Fall Festival in Paulding. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster.
Also surviving are two sons, Ryan Prenger and fiancee Nyssa Hoch, Oakland, Calif. and Jack Prenger of Dublin, Ohio; three sisters, Phyllis (Jerry) Baumer of Minster, Lynn (Greg) Meyer of Celina and Jill (John) Frierott, Bartlette, Tenn.; a brother, Tony (Gretchen) Bornhorst, Pinehurst, N.C.; and her mother-in-law, Irene Prenger, Egypt.
Funeral Mass was conducted Friday, Aug. 14, at the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Minister, with the Rev. Rick Nieberding officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Esophageal Cancer Research Fund, The James Development Office, Columbus.

JOSEPH BAUER II
Infant Joseph Martin Bauer II “Jr.” passed away Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 at Parkview North Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Surviving are his father, Joseph Bauer Jr. of Churubusco, Ind.; his mother, Kasey M. Carlisle of Paulding; and grandparents, Roger and Janet Carlisle of Paulding, and Joseph and Ronda Bauer of Churubusco.
Graveside service were held Thursday, Aug. 20 at Scipio Cemetery, Harlan, Ind. with Chaplain Jan Bechtel officiating. D.O. McComb & Sons, Fort Wayne, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guest book, visit www.mccombandsons.com

WARREN
CADWALLADER
1924-2009
FORT WAYNE – Warren E. Cadwallader, 84, of Fort Wayne, died Friday, Aug. 21, at the Veterans Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born Dec. 5, 1924, in Paulding County, the son of Everett and Myrtle (Munson) Cadwallader. He was a WWII veteran and retired from International Harvester in 1982, following 27 years of service. He enjoyed ballroom dancing and was a member of UAW Local #57 and American Legion Post #8.
Surviving are many nieces and nephews who adored him.
He was preceded in death by three bothers, Harold, Raymond and Donald; and a sister, Dorothy Geyer.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Aug. 25, at C.M. Sloan and Sons Funeral Home in Fort Wayne.
Preferred memorials are to the Disabled American Veterans.

ALICE MANSFIELD
1915-2009
PAYNE – Margaret Alice Mansfield, 93, of Payne, passed away at noon Tuesday, Aug. 25 at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home.
She was born Nov. 28, 1915 in Payne, the daughter of Harry and Clara (Boyd) Fisher. She married Cecil Mansfield, who preceded her in death in 1947.
Surviving are three daughters, Kay (Jim) Miller of Payne, Sara (Randy) Higgins of Defiance and Pauline Carnahan of Kansas; six sons, Charles (Janice), Walt and Bruce (Marla), all of Payne, Morris (Kathryn) of Shingle Springs, Calif., Mike (Faith) of Helena, Jacob Manz of Wauseon; four sisters, Nede Dawson of Florida, Ailene Gerber of Auburn, Ind., Josephine Litzenberger of Fort Wayne and Ethel Nelson of Tennessee; 31 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were three children, Zoe Bostick, Rex and Bart; and six brothers, Marion, Logan, Pete, Paul, Tom and Tony.
Graveside services were held Friday, Aug. 28 at Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

RALPH NUTTER
1925-2009
NAPOLEON – Ralph W. Nutter, 84, of Napoleon, died Tuesday, Aug. 25 at his residence.
He was born April 13, 1925, in Defiance, the son of Ralph and Clara (Beltz) Culler. On June 26, 1943, he married Gladys Walker, who survives. He was a member of the Napoleon Christ United Methodist Church and attended the Napoleon Church of the Nazarene. He enjoyed fishing, working in his garden and will be remembered for creating dollhouses for his family, local charities and events.
Also surviving are two sons, Ralph Richard (Judy) Nutter of Mount Dora, Fla., and Douglas (Claudia) Nutter of Continental; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 28 at Rodenberger Funeral Home in Napoleon. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery in Napoleon
Preferred memorials are to Hospice of Henry County or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.rodenbergerfuneralhome.com

ROSIE STILTNER
1930-2009
CECIL – Helen “Rosie” Stiltner, 79, of Cecil, passed away Monday, Aug. 31 at St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.
She was born Jan. 15, 1930 in Cecil, the daughter of the late Donelda Thompson. She retired from GM Powertrain, Defiance and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Antwerp. 
Surviving are two daughters, Charlotte (Dave) Colwell of South Charleston, Ohio and Penny (Mike) Bayes of Bryan; two sons, Bud Stiltner of Antwerp and Chris (Julie) Stiltner of Cecil; three sisters Teddy Keeler of  Cecil, Sandra Braswell of Van Wert and Florence Luna of Toledo; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Bernard Hinsch; and a son, Bernard Hinsch.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 at First Baptist Church of Antwerp  with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Visitation is from noon-2 p.m. Thursday at the church. Dooley Funeral Homes of Antwerp & Payne is in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

HELEN THOMPSON
1924-2009
PAYNE – Helen R. Thompson, 84, of Payne, passed away at 7:12 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27 at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home.
She was born Dec. 7, 1924, in Antwerp, the daughter of the Ray E. and Ida (Meyer) Zuber. On Nov. 25, 1944, she married Virgil W. Thompson, who preceded her in death in 1995. She was a homemaker during her years on the farm and later worked in the Payne Elementary cafeteria. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding County.
Surviving are four daughters, Sharon (Jim) Jackson of Paulding, Elaine “Toots” (John) Sherrick of Celina, and Nancy (Tony) Burkley and Debra (Mike) Brigner, both of Payne; two sons, Marvin (Barb) of Scott and Roger of Convoy; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her sister, Naomi Smith; a grandson, Nathan; and a great-granddaughter, Aubrey Lynn Klausing.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Aug. 31 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
Preferred memorial donations are to the Alzheimer’s Association or Divine Mercy Catholic School.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

CARL BOK SR.
1938-2009
PAULDING — Carl F. Bok, 71, of Paulding, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 21, 1938, in Sherwood, the son of Milo and Margaret (Shappert) Bok, who both preceded him in death. On June 7, 1959, he married Patricia Blosser, who survives in Paulding. He was a truck driver, a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and a former Noble Township Fire Department volunteer.
He is also survived by two sons, Edgar Bok and Carl (Jill) Bok Jr., both of Lakeview; three daughters, Linda (Andy) Bostic of Hicksville, Mary Russel of Baltimore, Md., and Karen Bok of Paulding; two brothers, James (Pearl) Bok of Antwerp and Craig (Nancy) Bok of Sherwood; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death was a brother, Marvin Bok.
Services were held Friday, Sept. 4 at the Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. Entombment was in the Riverview Memory Gardens in Defiance County.
Preferred memorials may be given to the family.

FORDYCE COLLIS
1921-2009
PAYNE – Fordyce N. Collis, 88, of Payne, passed away Thursday, Sept. 3 at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home.
She was born on Jan. 27, 1921 in Payne, the daughter of Donald R. and Myrtle  B. (Overmeyer) Copenhaver. On April 1, 1944, she married Robert Collis, who survives. She was a homemaker, a member of St. James Lutheran Church and the ELCA Ladies Circle. 
Also surviving are a daughter, Susan Zartman of Fort Wayne; two sons, Don of Broughton and James (Jane) of Payne; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were a daughter, Carol Ann; two sisters, Evelyn Fleck and Imogene Copenhaver; and a great-granddaughter, Iris Kuzemchak.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Sept. 5 at Lehman Cemetery, Payne, with the Rev. Joseph Allen officiating. Dooley Funeral Home of Payne was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care, 1035 W. Wayne St., Paulding.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

DORIS PEASE
1914-2009
PAULDING – Doris A. Pease, age 95, died Wednesday, Sept. 2 at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born Jan. 1, 1914 in Hicksville, the daughter of Harry and Erma (Breininger) Metz. On March 3, 1934 she married Otis L. Pease, who preceded her in death on April 12, 1974. She attended Friends United Methodist Church of Latty and was a member of Paulding VFW Post #587 Auxiliary and a founding member of Paulding Eagles #2405 Auxiliary.
She is survived by two sons, Max (Joan) Pease of Latty, and Darrell (Freda) Pease, Paulding; two daughters, Sharon (Jerry) Manson and LaDonna Miller, both of Paulding; a daughter-in-law, Laura Pease of Paulding; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 33 great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Paul Pease; twin daughters; twin great-granddaughters; a sister, Madaline Battershell; and two brothers, Lowell and Kenneth Metz.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 6 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ron Johnson officiating. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding.
Preferred memorials are to The Gardens of Paulding or Friends United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

GENE
RHOAD
1929-2009
HAVILAND – Ralph Eugene “Gene” Rhoad, age 80, died Friday, Sept. 4 at his residence.
He was born May 15, 1929 in Paulding County, the son of John and Gertrude (Gantt) Rhoad. Gene and his eight siblings grew up on a farm located south of Paulding in Blue Creek Township. He graduated from Latty High School in 1947 and was an Army veteran serving during the Korean War. On Dec. 18, 1971, he married Mary Lett, who survives. Gene was a self-employed farmer all of his life and was a member of the Country Chapel United Methodist Church, Haviland and the Flat Rock Masonic Lodge #580.
Also surviving are one daughter, Peggy Rhoad of Georgia; two stepdaughters; Cheryl (Jim) Lichty of Antwerp and Cathy (Jeff) Thomas, Convoy; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, John, Floyd, Kenneth, Arlo and Doyle; and three sisters, Arlene Tyas, Donna Wilson and Enid Learned.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 9 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery, where the Paulding VFW Post #587 will accord military graveside rites.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to funeral services today.
Preferred memorials are to the Country Chapel United Methodist Church, Haviland.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

DONALD
SHAFER
1937-2009
PAULDING — Donald DeWayne Shafer, 72, died Thursday, Sept. 3 at The Gardens of Paulding. 
He was born Aug. 3, 1937 in Paulding County, the son of Albert T. and Ruth (DeLaney) Shafer. On Dec. 21, 1962 he married Patty J. Manson, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was employed by Johns Manville, where he retired in 2002. He attended the Dupont Church of the Brethren in Dupont and was a member of AMVETs of Defiance. He was an avid wood worker and gardener.
Also surviving are a son, Roger Shafer; a daughter, Debra (Daniel) Howell; one brother, John (Betty) Shafer; and three grandchildren, Alexis, Austin and Colton, all of Paulding.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Randy.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 8 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood, with military graveside rites conducted by Paulding VFW Post #587.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Ball Association.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

SHARON BROWN
1940-2009
CECIL — Sharon Rose (Moser) Brown, 68, died Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Bryan Care and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born Nov. 11, 1940, in Defiance, the daughter of Berthold and Lillian (Bidlack) Moser. On May 23, 1959, she married Leo Glen Brown, who preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 2001. She worked at Vagabond Village Restaurant as a cook and cashier for over 30 years, retiring in 1994.
She is survived by her mother, Lillian Beiswenger of Defiance; five children, Julie (Jeffrey) Ousley of Sherwood, Patrick (Susan) Brown of Paulding, Peter (Susan) Brown of Melrose, Ted Brown of Sherwood, and Kathleen (Mark) Chepin of Redford, Mich.; 18 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Diane Moser of Defiance, Delores Luna of Fullerton, Calif.; and a brother, Raymond (LaVinna) Moser of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
She also was preceded in death by her father, Berthold Moser; and her stepfather, Richard Beiswenger.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 16, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with Pastor Tim Hacker officiating. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the Bryan Care and Rehabilitation Center Activity Fund, Bryan, Ohio.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

RANDY BUSSING
1956-2009
PAULDING – Randy A. Bussing, age 53, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Sept. 10 after an extended illness.
He was born Aug. 12, 1956, in Defiance, the son of George L. and Anna Faye (Littlejohn) Bussing. On May 20, 1978, he married Mary J. Coe, who survives. He was employed by BF Goodrich, Woodburn, retiring in 2009. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding, where he served as ruling elder and a past deacon. He was a member of the Local #715 United Steel Workers. He was loved for his sense of humor, love of children, zest for life, and selflessness. He never met a stranger and was committed to Jesus. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.
Also surviving are his parents, George Bussing and Anna Faye Bussing, both of Paulding; a son, David, Paulding; a daughter, Terra A. (Derek) Via, of Oisztyn, Poland; four brothers, Steven (Beverly), Tim and James (Amy), all of Paulding, and Chris (Dawn) of Rainbow City, Ala.; two sisters, Carol (Leon) Goyings of Broughton and Joni Bussing, Paulding.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, Sept. 14 at First Presbyterian Church, Paulding, with the Rev. David Meriwether and Mike Pennington officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to First Presbyterian Church of Paulding video projection system.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

ROSE DERCK
1936-2009
ANTWERP – Rose Ann Derck, 73, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 9 at her son’s residence.
She was born on July 28, 1936 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of the late Aloysius and Irene (Elliott) Schmidt. On Sept. 11, 1954, she married Gerald Derck, who preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 2001. She was a homemaker and a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding County.
Surviving are a daughter, Diane (Tony) Green, Antwerp; three sons, Ken (Nancy), Gary (Pat) and Keith (Beth), all of Antwerp; a sister, Mildred (Richard) Wannemacher, Payne; a brother, Richard (Joan) Schmidt, Payne; and 11 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, Sept. 12 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Antwerp, with the Rev G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to American Cancer Society or Divine Mercy Catholic School.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

KENNETH KADESCH
1912-2009
PAULDING – Kenneth A. Kadesch, age 97, of Paulding died Tuesday morning, Sept. 8 at CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center after an extended period of declining health.
He was born on July 14, 1912 in Paulding County, the son of Karl A. and Cora R. (Steele) Kadesch. He was a retired farmer who, during the “off-season” and especially during World War II, worked outside the farm for, among other establishments, the International Harvester Co., General Electric Co. and the France Stone Co. After the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established in 1935, he also worked for a period of time as part of a survey crew.
He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and previously attended the First Christian Church in Paulding. He was a life member of the John Paulding Historical Society. He was an avid reader and enjoyed sharing life experiences and historical facts with family and friends.
A niece, Karen (Tom) Kupfersmith of Antwerp, and a nephew, George (Janet) Kadesch of Lambertville, Mich., survive him. 
He was preceded in death by a brother, John Kadesch; and nephews, Keith and James Kadesch.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. There will be no visitation. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be given to the First Christian Church in Paulding or CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

MELONIE REINDEL
1972-2009
DELPHOS — Melonie R. Reindel, 37, died at 4:45 a.m., Sept. 13, at her home, following a 14-month journey with cancer. She was surrounded by her family and friends.
She was born Jan. 5, 1972, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, the daughter of Roger and Frances Frani (Fortener) Wurst, who both survive in Delphos. On April 26, 1997, she married Jamie Reindel, who survives in Delphos. She was a 1990 graduate of St. John’s High School and a graduate of the University of Toledo Medical College of Ohio with a bachelor’s degree. She was a registered nurse at Van Crest Healthcare Center of Delphos for 21 years as a nurse case manager. She was a dedicated and loving nurse who treated each one of her patients like a family member.
She was a member of the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She was a true nature lover and enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, gardening and camping. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed cooking for a house full of people.
Also surviving are two sons, Cole and Luke, both at home; a daughter, Emma, also at home; a sister, Michelle (Frank) Williams of Rineyville, Ky.; a brother, Mark (Diana) Wurst of Delphos; five nieces and nephews, Dylan McBride, Mariah Williams, Jenna and Jared Wurst, and Harper Reindel; and a brother-in-law, Cory (Chelsea) Reindel of Van Wert.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jim and Bea Wurst and Robert and Regina Fortener.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Sept. 16, at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Delphos, with Father Jacob Gordon and Father Melvin Verhoff officiating. Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos are in charge of the arrangements. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the family.

MEL ROSS
1922-2009
PORT RICHEY, Fla. – Mel F. Ross, age 86, died July 19. He was an avid golfer, perpetual jokester and celebrated storyteller.
He was born Dec. 19, 1922 in Marianna, Pa., the son of Antonio and Mary Josephine Rossi.
He was a WWII Army veteran. Mel resided in Dayton for 60 years, enjoying a career with Equitable Life Insurance and being inducted into the Equitable Hall of Fame and the Million Dollar Round Table. He moved to Port Richie in 1990. His warm smile, hearty laugh and pervasive optimism will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ellen Louise (Leslie) Ross; daughters, Melissa Rossi and Leslie Ross; honorary daughters, Pat Talbot and Bea Harris; and special pals, Fang and Boss.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 at St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to John Paulding Historical Society.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

GAYLEN STETLER
1925-2009
WOODBURN — Gaylen Irene Stetler, 84, of Woodburn, Ind. died at 12:55  pm, Sunday, Sept. 20, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born Sept. 10, 1925, in Woodburn, the daughter of Nora (Rush) and Ellis  Goff.
She married John Stetler in 1955 and he preceded her in death in 1993. She worked at Woodburn Diamond Die, was a member of East Allen Enchanted Doll Club and the founder of the Woodburn Historical Society. 
Surviving are a daughter, Debra Kim (Jay) Eubank; grandchildren, Christy (Mike) Preston and Andrew (Janis) Eubank; great grandchildren Joselyn and Jada Eubank, all of Woodurn.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., today, Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp, with the Rev. Gerald Ringenberg  officiating.
There will be viewing one hour prior to services.  
Entombment will be at Concordia Cemetery Gardens.
Her family requests donations to Woodburn Children’s Home. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

CARL ADKINS
1929-2009
OAKWOOD — Carl D. Adkins, 80, of Oakwood, died at 3:20 a.m., Sept. 16, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born April 17, 1929, in Oak Hill, Ohio, the son of Clarence and Sarah Gertrude (Crabtree) Adkins, who both preceded him in death. On May 1, 1945, he married Nannie H. Tope who preceded him in death in Feb. 2003. On June 23, 2003, he married Hazel (Wright) Montgomery Adkins, and she survives in Oakwood. 
He retired from General Motors in Defiance following 32 years of service. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians. He was a member of Little Dove Church in Pierceton, Ind. 
Also surviving are four sons, Richard (Bonnie) Adkins of Oakwood, Howard (Dee) Adkins of Melrose, Gregory (Kathy) Adkins of Cecil and Harold (Kitty) Adkins of Oakwood; four daughters, Karen (Francis) Aldred of Paulding, Sharon (Hobert) Newsome of Oakwood, Barbara (Joe) Carlisle of Mark Center, and Carol (Greg) Jeffrey of Oakwood; four sisters, Juanita (Henry) Smith, Ruby Yates, Connie (Bob) Carney, all of Jackson, Ohio, and Wilma (Paul) Dillon of Groveport, Ohio; four brothers, Robert (Deanna) Adkins, Paul (Ethel) Adkins, and Gary Adkins, all of Oak Hill, and Ted (Rosie) Adkins of Whitmore Lake, Mich.; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Jr.; and two sisters, Virginia Trapp and Vickie Shepherd. 
Services were held on Sept. 19 at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with Russell Hicks, Moses Griffey, and Ira Adkins officiating. 
A private service was held on Sept. 18.
Burial was in the Pleasantview Cenetery in Paulding.
Preferred memorials are to Little Dove Church, Alzheimer’s Association, or Community Health and Hospice.

RUSSELL COON
1936-2009
LAWRENCEBURG Ky. — Russell Ray “Billy” Coon, 73, of Lawrenceburg, KY, formerly of Ohio, died Saturday, Sept. 19, at Heritage Hall Care Center in Lawrenceburg.  
He was born Aug. 17, 1936, in Paulding, the son of Virginia Caryer and Russell Franklin Coon, who both preceded him in death. He was married to Norma Eileen Coon. 
He was a member of Graefenburg United Methodist Church, a retired quality control manager, member of the Optimist Club, and enjoyed fishing, golf, chess and was a Civil War historian. 
Surviving are a daughter, Michele (Charlie) Graaf of Vancouver, Wash.; three sons, Michael (Amy) and Kyle Coon of Georgetown, and Eric (Alice) Coon of Mt. Sterling; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; a sister, Janet (Gerald) Virick of OH, and a brother Gene (Norma) Coon of N.C. A memorial service will be held at noon, Saturday, Sept. 26, at Ritchie and Peach Funeral Home with Brother Jerry Montgomery officiating.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service on Saturday.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass 208 Steele Street Frankfort, KY 40601 or Heritage Hall Care Center 331 S. Main Street Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.

IDA  MAYER
1921-2009 
ANTWERP — Ida  Mayer, 88, of the Manor House Assisted Living, Antwerp, formerly of Elmont, NY, died at 12:54 am, Saturday, Sept. 19, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on March 2, 1921, the daughter of Frank  and Anna (Stanke) Lemp. 
She assisted in the war effort distributing parachutes to soldiers during WW II. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was a school account clerk in New York.
On January 17, 1942 Ida married Robert J. Mayer, who preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 2001. 
Surviving are two sons, Robert of Antwerp and Donald (Sandi) of Buckeye, Ariz.; a sister, Edna (Jack) Lillie of Farmingdale, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Jillene (Bill) McMichael of Antwerp; Jennifer (Larry) Thompson of Findlay; Michael and Laurel Mayer of New York and six great- grandchildren.  
She was also preceded in death by a sister and a brother.
Services will be held AT 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Dooley Funeral Home, in Antwerp, with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating.
Hours of visitation will be Thursday, 2-9 p.m. and Friday, one hour prior to services.
Her family requests donations to Manor House Assisted Living Activity Fund.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

TAYLOR TUMBLIN
2005-2009
OAKWOOD — Taylor Brooke Tumblin, 4, of Oakwood, died at 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18, at Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo.
She was born June 9, 2005, in Toledo, the daughter of Roger and Kelly (Brown) Tumblin, who survive in Oakwood. She attended the Melrose United Methodist Church and the Middle Creek United Methodist church.
Also surviving are two sisters, Michelle (Gary Logan) Porter of Melrose and Danielle Tumblin of Defiance; a brother, Mitchell Porter of Oakwood; and her paternal grandmother, Evelyn Tumblin of Grover Hill.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Ruth Brown; maternal grandfather, Roger Brown; and paternal grandfather, Owen Tumblin.
Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the Melrose United Methodist Church with pastors Eileen Kochensparger and Bill Sherry officiating. 
Burial was in Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill. 
Heitmeyer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice. 
Online condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

DON THOMPSON
1936-2009
CECIL – Don Thompson, age 73, died Friday, Sept. 25 at the Inpatient Hospice Care Center, Defiance.
He was born Aug. 25, 1936 in Lechter County, Ky., the son of William and Maggie (Blair) Thompson. On Jan. 1, 1983, he married Janet L. Sitton, who survives. He retired after 29 years of employment at Johns Manville and was a member of The Rock Church, Oakwood.
Also surviving are three sons, Bradley (Floetta) of Cecil, Steve (Deborah) of Defiance, and Mark (Beth) of Bryan; two daughters, Bobbie Thompson of Paulding and Jennifer (Mike) Salazar, Defiance; one brother, Charles (Leona) of Ironton; four sisters, Maggie Ruth (Shade) Blair of Paulding, and Frances (Rod) Abrahms, Marie Jenkins and Susan May, all of Ironton; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Tom, Jim and William; and four sisters, Dorothy Jenkins, Sarah Adams, Arminnie Adams and Martha Cummins.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding with Pastor Bobby Branham officiating. Burial will be in the Blair-Adams Cemetery, Emerald Township.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, Sept. 30 at the funeral home and one hour prior to funeral services on Thursday.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to The Rock Church or the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

WILLIS STOLLER
1932-2009
PAULDING – Brother Willis Eugene Stoller, age 77, passed away Friday, Sept. 25, surrounded by his family.
He was born Feb. 2, 1932 in Paulding, the son of Herbert and Leah (Laukhuf) Stoller. In 1954, he married Ellen Fiechter, who preceded him in death in November 1988. On Jan. 14, 1990 he married Elaine Norr, who survives.
He was a member of the Latty Apostolic Christian Church where he taught Sunday school for 16 years, served as a trustee, was on the building board for the fellowship hall and served on the World Relief Board. He was a self-employed farmer, a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict and a trustee for Dallas Lamb Foundation Home. For many years, he served as a Paulding Township trustee and as a Paulding County commissioner. He was a wonderful husband, dad and grandpa and cared deeply for his family and friends. Also surviving are a son, Brent Stoller (Angie), Paulding; two daughters Monica (Ernie) Murphy of Long Island, N.Y. and Marlise (Ron) Matthews, Bowling Green; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Justus (Ruby) Stoller of Paulding and Ernest (Dean) Stoller of Leo, Ind.; three sisters, Velma Williams of Fort Wayne, Pauline Wieland of Paulding, and Ruth (Jim) Reinhard of Bluffton, Ind.; and a sister-in-law, Deloris Stoller, of Paulding.
He also was preceded in death by a brother, Nelson Stoller; and two brothers-in-law, Jim Williams and Howard Wieland.
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 28 at Latty Apostolic Christian Church. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers and throws, the family requests donations be given to Paulding County Hospital Home Health Nurses or The Gardens of Paulding Nursing Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

RUSSEL SHOOK
1928-2009
LATTY – Russel H. Shook, 80, was called home to be with his heavenly Father on Saturday, Sept. 26, after a battle with cancer.
He was born Oct. 14, 1928 in Van Wert, the son of Harvey and Bernice (Weyer) Shook. He attended Ridge Township School. On Aug. 20, 1949, he married Betty Toker, who survives. He was a retired truck driver with over 34 years of service as well as a member of the Teamsters Union. He enjoyed being a private pilot and a member of the Paulding County Flying Farmers. During his 48 years of living in Latty, approximately 35 years were spent as an active Latty Village Council member.
Also surviving are three daughters, Nancy Shook of Latty, Cathy (Paul) Hirschy of Twin City, Ga., and Debra Basso of Edwardsburg, Mich., a son, Mark (Peggy) of Antwerp; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five sisters, Lulu Ayers, Kathryn Hoverman and Mary Alice (Charles) Sanders, all of Van Wert, Rose Elaine (Charles) Lichtenberger of Wren, and Jacqueline (John) Hunter of Glenmore; and a brother, Robert (Nancy) Shook of Willshire.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. Burial was in Ridge Cemetery, Middle Point.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be made to Hospice-Visiting Nurses of Paulding County.
Email condolences may be sent to: agfhc@embarqmail.com

DARREL SHERMAN
1928-2009
OAKWOOD — Darrel “Spike” E. Sherman died at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the Toledo Hospital.
He was born May 17, 1928, in Hicksville, the son of Carl and Mary (Brown) Sherman. On April 11, 1958, he married Gloria N. Burnett who survives in Oakwood. He was a U.S. Army veteran of Korea, a cement mason and a farmer. He was a member of the Melrose United Methodist Church, Local #886 Cement and Plasterer’s Union, Payne Masonic Lodge, Paulding V.F.W. and the Paulding Eagles. 
Also surviving are a son, John W. Sherman of Omaha, Neb.; a daughter, Kim (Keith Courtwright) Sherman of Columbus; and two grandchildren, Justus Sherman Courtwright and Mauri Elisabeth Courtwright, both of Columbus.
Friends may call from 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at Spike and Gloria’s home in Oakwood. Heitmeyer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Foundation for the Blind.

WILDA ROSS
1916-2009
PAULDING – Wilda Snyder Ross, age 93, of Paulding, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 27, surrounded by her loving children. She was a good and faithful servant, and was called home to Jesus, her Lord and Savior, to receive her eternal inheritance that was purchased by His Blood.
She was born June 13, 1916, in Williams County, the daughter of O.A. and Martha (Koeppe) Snyder. She was married April 6, 1938 to Rolland H. Ross, who preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 1993.
She was a loving mother, devoted nurse with Paulding County Hospital, Paulding County Health Department, and retired from Dr. Fishbaugh’s office. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star #95, First Presbyterian Church, and devoted member of the church card ministry.
Surviving are two daughters, Marcia (Morrie) Brune and Linda (Bill Baxter) Reinhart, both of Paulding; a son, Lanny Ross, Coconut, Creek, Fla.; two grandchildren, Scott (Laura) Brune of Fort Wayne and Greg (Ann) Reinhart, Paulding; and great-grandchildren Chelsea and Andrea Brune, and Max, Clint, Nate, Vince and Suzanne Reinhart.
She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline Gowdy and Helen Lehman; and a brother, Gerald Snyder.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m.. Friday, Oct. 2 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be from 2:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 with an OES memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation also will be held one hour prior to services on Friday. 
Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding or The Gardens of Paulding. 
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

LUCY PARSON
1941-2009
DEFIANCE – Lucille “Lucy” M. Parson, age 68, died Saturday, Sept. 26 at Defiance Regional Medical Center.
She was born on Feb. 13, 1941 in Paulding County, the daughter of George L. and Iva R. (Robeson) Head. 
She is survived by two daughters, Tina Lett of Bryan, and Pebbles (Jim) Westfall of Liberty Center; two brothers, Ralph (Lois) Head of Oakwood, and David Head, Paulding; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Harvey and Lester Head.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery, Broughton.
Memorial donations may be made to Brookview Health Care Center Activity Fund.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

MARIE JEFFERY
1918-2009
FORT WAYNE – Marie E. Jeffery, age 91, died Wednesday, Sept. 16.
She was born Feb. 20, 1918 in Van Wert, the daughter of Leo P. and Anna B. (Baker) Meyer. On April 24, 1937, she married Forest “Gale” Jeffery, who preceded her in death on Dec. 20, 1976. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by a son, Don (Julie) Jeffery, New Haven; a daughter, Shari (Ed) Mercer, Punta Gorda, Fla.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Robert L. Jeffery.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, Sept. 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.
Donations may be made to the Salvation Army, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, or Fort Wayne Humane Society.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

NORMA ELSASSER 1928-2009
CELINA — Norma Essex Elsasser, 81, of Celina, died at 11:48 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Gardens at Celina.
She was born April 8, 1928, in Van Wert, the daughter of Albert and Norah (Johnson) Keck. She married John Essex in June 1949 and he preceded her in death in 1987. She married Arthur Elsasser on March 16, 1990 and he preceded her in death in 1997. She was a registered nurse and had worked at the University Hospital in Columbus, the Gibbons Hospital in Celina and was Walter Mersman’s private nurse. She was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Celina where she had been in the choir for many years and was on the organ committee and taught Sunday School and Bible School. She is survived by a son, John (Kathleen) Essex of Sandusky; a daughter, Joan (Jim) Reed of Celina; a great-granddaughter, Lillian Evi Essez; and two sisters, Edith Cavanaugh of Lafayette, Ind. and Eldean (Robert) Helle of Afton, Tenn. Also preceding her in death was a daughter, Ann Elizabeth Essex and a granddaughter, Gretchen Brown. A memorial service was held on Monday, Sept. 28, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Celina, with the Rev. Paul Baglien officiating. Burial was in the North Grove Cemetery, Celina. Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral handled the arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the St. John Lutheran Church Organ Fund.

LELA BOWERSOX
1928-2009
HAVILAND – Lela Mae Bowersox, age 81, died Thursday, Oct. 1 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice, Van Wert.
She was born May 28, 1928 in Paulding County, the daughter of Frank and Nellie (Speakman) Rodman. On Nov. 10, 1946, she married Donald M. Bowersox, who preceded her in death on March 2, 1986. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Paulding.
She is survived by two sons, Steve (Shirley) Bowersox of Haviland, and Keith (Sue) Bowersox, Van Wert; a daughter, Melissa (Brad) Lintermoot, Venedocia; a sister, Ruth Kelly, Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Harry, Howard and Leo Rodman; and five sisters, Thelma Baker, Alice Evans, Elouise Albright, Madaline Palte and Bernice Taner.
Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Rich Phelan officiating. Burial was in Blue Creek Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

ROBERT HOLTSBERRY
1926-2009
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. — Former Paulding resident, Robert E. Holtsberry, 83, died Saturday, Oct. 3, at Golden Pond Communities, Winter Garden.
He was born March 25, 1926, in Paulding County, the son of Robert L. and Alice C. (Gordon) Holtsberry. On Dec. 25, 1945, he married Isabelle P. Freshwater, who preceded him in death on March 16, 2004. He was a member of First Christian Church, Paulding, and was employed for 43 years at Paulding Putnam Electric Company, retiring in the position of purchasing agent. He was a member of VFW Post #587, Fraternal Order of Eagles #2405, Flat Rock Lodge #580 F&AM; and the United States Trotting Association.
He is survived by two sons, Robert L. (Ann) Holtsberry of Westerville and Dennis Holtsberry of Paulding; a daughter, Linda Begley of Windermere, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by a sister, Verna Dean Johnson.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at First Christian Church, Paulding, with Rev. Gregory Bibler and Robert L. Holtsberry officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers or throws, the family requests memorial contributions are made to First Christian Church Building Fund.
Online condolences may be made to www.denherderfh.com

TIM JACKSON
1959-2009
ANTWERP — Timothy A. Jackson, 50, of Antwerp, died at 12:39 am, Friday, Oct. 2, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born Feb. 12, 1959, in Hicksville, the son of Rheeta (Ehrhart) and Mardell Jackson, who survive in Antwerp. He was a 1977 graduate of Antwerp High School and a member of the  Antwerp Conservation Club.
Also surviving are two daughters, Anna (Jeff) Mekus of Paulding and Brooke of Woodburn; a son, Josh of Fort Wayne; a sister, Suzanne (Michael) McCarthy of Lewis Center; and his grandchildren, Aubree Jackson, Andrew Allen and J.D. and Ciearra Mekus.
Services were held Monday, Oct. 5, at the Antwerp United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp were in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the Paulding Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

HOBERT NEWSOME
1925-2009
OAKWOOD – Hobert “Pappy” Newsome, 83, died at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at his home.
He was born on Nov. 17, 1925, in Whitehouse, Ky., the son of Brose and Liza (Ward) Newsome. On Oct. 25, 1952, he married Mildred Wagner, who preceded him in death Jan. 17, 1999. On Jan. 13, 2001, he married Sharon Adkins-Diven, who survives. He retired from General Motors in Defiance in 1987 after 35 years. He was a member of the Continental Missionary Baptist Church where he was a deacon, a member of Local Union #211 and a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and Army.
Also surviving are six sons, Wayne (Shelley) and Alan (Wilma), both of Oakwood, Richard and Stanley, both of Defiance, Raymond (Della) of Argelite, Ky. and John of Continental; three daughters, Mary Newsome and Peggy (Nick) Salinas, both of Continental, and Jackie Sue (Waylon) Hunter of Pineville, Ky; two stepchildren, Kevin (Jodie) Diven of Cecil and Paula (Rodney) Stout of Van Wert; 23 grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jay and Sylvester, both of Martin County, Ky.; and four sisters, Mary Frances Crum, Shelbie Jean Jarrett and Olive Priece, all of Martin County, Ky., and Kathleen Dalton of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter; four brothers, Marvin, Brose Jr., Hank and Jimmy; four sisters, Louise Dearst, Gretal Newsome, Anna Etta Newsome and Florence Virginia Newsome; and a grandson, Wayne Eugene “Fred” Newsome Jr.
Services were held Saturday, Oct. 3 in the Continental Missionary Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry Brock and Denny Hunter officiating. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery, Continental. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Continental was in charge of arrangements.

SAXON FISHER
1996-2009
HAVILAND — Saxon L. Fisher, 13, of Haviland, died at 4:43 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
He was born June 17, 1996, in Ann Arbor, Mich., the son of Bradley and Cynthia (Linton) Fisher, who both survive.
He was an eighth grader at Wayne Trace Junior High School in Paulding County.
Also surviving are a sister, Haley Fisher, at home; maternal grandmother, Sue Linton; paternal grandparents, Kevin and Brenda Welker, all of Van Wert; and his paternal great-grandmother, Esther Fisher of Scott.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.

BERNARD KECK
1922-2009
DEFIANCE — Bernard M. Keck, 86, of Defiance, died at 8:43 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice.
He was born Dec. 23, 1922, in Oakwood, the son of Ralph and Ilo (Meyers) Keck. On Sept. 29, 1950, he married Alys M. Kohart, who survives. He was a retired farmer. While he and his wife lived in Florida, he worked in the seafood department at Publix Supermarket in Bradenton.
He was a veteran of the United States Army and was a member of the Auglaize Chapel Church of God in Oakwood. He was a Free and Accepted Mason, and a member of the former Widow’s Son Lodge in Paulding. His first and true love was his wife, and he enjoyed fishing and traveling.
Also surviving are two sons, Scott (Hazel) Keck of Defiance and Stephen (Cindy) Keck of Parrish, Fla.; a daughter, Jennifer (Paul) Sheffer of Dryden, Mich.; a sister, Wanda (Gene) Bennett of Oakwood; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Ray.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Oct. 14, at the Auglaize Chapel Church of God, Oakwood, with Pastor Stan Harmon officiating. There will be visitation with the family beginning at 10 a.m. in the church. Siferd-Orians Funeral Home, Lima, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Auglaize Chapel Church of God.
Condolences may be expressed at www.MeM.com.

CAROL McCORKLE
Carol (Heck) McCorkle, 69, passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
Born in Paulding, she was a customer service representative with Summit Bank for 25 years, retiring in 1994. She was a devoted wife and mother who cherished her grandchildren and enjoyed golf.
Surviving are her husband, Robert McCorkle of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Beth (Gary) Whitacre of Roanoke and Michele (Kristen Prater) McCorkle of Greenfield, Ind.; two grandchildren, Bradi and John Whitacre; a sister, Maribeth Fulk; and a brother, John Heck, both of Paulding.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Bobby McCorkle; and a brother, Larry Heck.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 14, at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, located at 1140 Lake Avenue.
Memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurse Hospice Home on Homestead Road.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com

KENNETH CALLAHAN
1959-2999
PAULDING — Kenneth M. Callahan, 50, died Monday, Oct. 5, at Mercy Hospital, in Defiance.
He was born June 25, 1959 in Ft. Campbell, Ky., the son of Joseph and Tawhala (Wishon) Callahan, who both preceded him in death. On Aug. 29, 1985 he married Sandra L. Love, who survives. He was previously employed by Gary Goiler Construction in Sherwood.
He is also survived by his stepmother, Betty Callahan; two children, Christina and Timothy Callahan; two brothers, Joe and Kevin Callahan; four sisters, Donna, Pat and Kelly Callahan and Terrie Grove; and five grandchildren, Alex, Jasmine, Tabathe, Lizzie and Ashley.
Also preceding him in death was a brother, Brian Callahan.
Services were held Friday, Oct. 9 at the Paulding Family Worship Center, in Paulding, with the Rev. Monte Moore officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, handled the arrangements.
Donations may be made to the Kenneth M. Callahan Family or to the Paulding Family Worship Center.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

NED JAY
1926-2009
HAVILAND — Ned R. Jay, 83, of Haviland, died at 4:05 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at the CHP Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.
He was born Feb. 12, 1926, in Miami County, the son of Forrest and Dora (Arnett) Jay. On June 19, 1948, he married June Bates, who survives. He was raised in Pleasant Hill, and served in the United States Navy from June 1944 to June 1946. He graduated from Defiance College in 1950 and was a math and science teacher and principal at Blue Creek Local and later Wayne Trace Schools from 1951-81. Following retirement, he continued to work at Miller Brothers Construction, Sherburn Construction, and most recently at Custom Assembly in Haviland.
Also surviving are two sons, Gary (Pat) Jay of Findlay and Ken (Denise) Jay of Van Wert; a daughter, Deborah (Ray) Cook of Sevierville, Tenn.; a brother, Tiny Jay; three sisters, Connie Fair, Betty Zirkle and Jody Ditmer; six grandchildren, Chad Jay, Kristen Maenle, Matt Jay, Jeff Jay, Angie Cook and Ryan Cook; four great-grandchildren, Hannah and Lance Maenle, Ryann Jay and William Jay; and his dog, Allie.
He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Anthony Ned Jay and Jennifer Lynn Jay; three brothers, Paul, Kenny and Robert Jay; and four sisters, Miriam Harry, Gertrude Furlong, Gladys Jay and Isabelle Covault.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert.
Burial will be at the Pleasant Hill Village Cemetery in Pleasant Hill.
Preferred memorials are to CHP Inpatient Hospice Center or to the Scott EMS.
Online condolences may be sent to cowanfh@yahoo.com

CAHROL SCHAFFNER
1919-2009
GROVER HILL — Cahrol O. Schaffner, 90, of Grover hill, died at 11:25 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born Sept. 16, 1919, in Latty Township, Paulding County, the son of Walter and Grace (Blythe) Schaffner. He married Wilma Ruth Schaffner, who preceded him in death on Dec. 29, 2007.
He served during WWII in the 244th Service Squadron, 13th Army Corps as a staff sergeant in the South Pacific. Prior to WWII, he was employed as an auto mechanic in Van Wert. After the war, he worked on the family farm. In 1974, he co-founded and co-owned the Grover Hill Grain Company. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Church, a founding and lifetime member of the Grover Hill VFW, Paulding County Farm Bureau, and the National Farmers Union.
He is survived by a son, Cahrol Owen (fiancé Lori Brown) Schaffner of Grover Hill.
Also preceding him in death were a daughter, Rebecca Anne Schaffner; a brother, Doyt Schaffner; and two sisters, Olive Cole and Betty Collins.
Services were held Monday, Oct. 19, at the Mt. Pleasant Church, with Pastor Bill Barnett officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Hoaglin Township, Van Wert, with graveside services conducted by the Grover Hill VFW. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Church or the Grover Hill EMS.

PATRICK CLARK
PAULDING – Former Paulding resident Patrick C. Clark, age 83, beloved husband of Coletta R. (Wilhelm) Clark, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009.
He was a Navy veteran of WWII, having served in the South Pacific. He was a retired employee of Dinner Bell Foods, Defiance, and a lifelong member of the former St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding.
He was the loving father of Mary Ann (Ronald) Smith, Patricia (Emmett) Roper, Peggy (Thomas) Roesch and Margery (John) Wallace, all of Cincinnati; cherished grandfather of Nathan, Rebecca and Sarah Smith, David, Daniel and Emily Roper, Michael and Jacqueline Roesch, Catherine and Patrick Wallace; dear brother of Rita Weber of Defiance, Mary Hoelderle of Payne, James (Kate) Clark of Paulding, Jean (Frank) Cashman of Gaylord, Mich. and Joan Clark of Fort Wayne; and a sister-in-law, Betty Clark of Paulding.
He was preceded in death by a brother, John Clark.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 21 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding, with military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post #587. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Greater Cincinnati Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati OH 45203, or Masses.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

EUGENE BRUNS
1925-2009
PAYNE — Eugene W. Bruns, 84, of Payne died Saturday, Oct. 17, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born Aug. 9, 1925, in Woodburn, the son of Katie (Helmke) and William  Bruns. On Oct. 25, 1947, he married Alice Peck, who survives. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard, and worked in maintenance at GM Powertrain in Defiance. He was a member of Van Wert American Legion Post and the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding County.
Also surviving are two daughters, Theresa (Joe) Lehman of Haviland and Mary (Fritz) Cooper of Garrett, Ind.; a son, William (Karen) Bruns of New Haven; a sister, Edna Bruns of Haviland; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Gary.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish in Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, Oct. 21, at Dooley Funeral Home in Payne, with the rosary recited at 8 p.m. Viewing is also Thursday from 9-9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to  a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

MINOTA BIDLACK
FORT WAYNE —Minota Jane Bidlack, 82, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at the University Park Nursing Center in Fort Wayne.
She was born in Paulding County, the daughter of Jesse and Myrtle Elston. She was the owner and stylist at Isle of Styles Salon for 55 years.
She is survived by her nieces, Pam (Keith) Myers of Oakwood, and Marsha Smith of Paulding, nephews, Rick (Karen) and Steven (Connie) Elston, all of Oakwood; and a sister-in-law, Jane Elston of Paulding.
Minota was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Richard R. Bidlack; a brother, Harold Elston; and her precious dogs, Mindy and Blackie.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, with Earl Chapman officiating. Graveside service is at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 at the funeral home with calling one hour prior to services.
Preferred memorials are to Heartland Hospice, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana or to the University Park Nursing Home.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com

JUNE FAST
1925-2009
HAVILAND – June I. Fast, age 84, died at 9:25 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 at her residence.
She was born June 1, 1925 in Latty, the daughter of Oscar and Mary (Moser) Gerber. On Feb. 23, 1947, she married Charles H. Fast, who survives. She was a homemaker and a member of the former Haviland Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school. She also was a member of the Paulding Church of the Nazarene and the John Paulding Historical Society. She was a 4-H club leader for many years and was an avid painter and sketcher.
Also surviving are a son, Robert (Jan) Fast, Sanford, Fla.; a daughter, Barbara (Seth) Shelton, Shelby, N.C.; her caregiver, Cheryl (Ray) Pratt, Oakwood; a granddaughter, Angela Myers, Lewis Center; and a grandson, Joshua (Heather) Shelton and a great-grandson Brady Shelton, both of Columbus.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Gerber; and two sisters, Julia Ann Fridenmaker and Esther Rae Gunderman.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 23 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding with Pastors Kim Semran and Joe Shouse officiating. Burial was in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Gideon’s International or to the Paulding Church of the Nazarene building fund.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

ALTA FRALEY
1924-2009
PAYNE – Alta Fraley, age 85, died Tuesday, Oct. 20 at her residence.
She was born June 7, 1924 in Greenup, Ky., the daughter of George and Nellie (Willis) Hall. In 1944, she married Richard R. Fraley, who preceded her in death on Jan. 6, 1989.
Surviving are five sons, Richard (Jean) Fraley of Antwerp, Arnold (Sue Ann) Fraley of Fort Wayne, David and Charles Fraley, both of Payne, and Dan (Veronica) Fraley, Paulding; four daughters, Gertrude (Donald) Elston, Diana Butler and LuVern Dullhaghan, all of Payne, and Edie (Timothy) Schlosser of Temperance, Mich.; 32 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Calvin Fraley; a daughter, Ruby Fay Fraley; a granddaughter, Susan Elston; and a great-great granddaughter.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Oct. 22 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Burnell Hammons officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Preferred memorials are to Blind Center of Toledo; Breast Cancer Society; or Paulding County Home Health Care & Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

TERRY JUSTINGER
1953-2009
DEFIANCE – Terry Alan Justinger, 56, of Defiance, died at 9:25 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.
He was born March 20, 1953, in Paulding County, the son of Alfred and Ruth (Sierer) Justinger Sr., who both preceded him in death.
He was employed by Johns-Manville as a machine operator for 38 years. He was a member of Local #51 J.M.P. Glass Molders-Pottery and Plastic, Eagles of Defiance, VFW Post #3360 in Defiance, Amvets of Defiance, where he served as an officer for 11 years with the Sons of the Amvets, and the Moose. 
He was a Jeff Gordon #24 Nascar fan.
Surviving are two sons, Francis (Tonya) Maag of Paulding and Thomas Justinger of Melrose; four daughters, Barbara (Marc) Wiegmann of Huntertown, Ind., Kimberly (Shawn) Mertz and Heather Froelich, both of Defiance, and Tonya Marshall of Holgate; three brothers, Jerry Alan (Linda) of Defiance, Mark (Kim) of Paulding, and Jeff (Karen) of Hicksville; four sisters, Jana Higley of Bryan, Sue (Lowell) Shisler of Oakwood, Nancy (Larry) Manifold of Camden, Mich., and Denise (Robin) Trauterman of Antwerp; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Also preceding him in death were two brothers, Alfred Jr. and Donald Justinger.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Oct. 28, at the Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance with the Rev. George Fischer Jr. officiating.
Graveside memorial services will be held at Riverside Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to the Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Defiance.

JOYCE McCLOUD
1946-2009
PAULDING – Joyce Sue McCloud, age 63, died Thursday, Oct. 22 at her residence.
She was born in Harts, W.Va. on Aug. 18, 1946, the daughter of Ercel and Gracie (Meeks) Workman. On Jan. 22, 1966, she married Raymond McCloud, who survives. She was employed by Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, retiring in 2007.
Also surviving are a son, Darrin (Julie) McCloud, Cecil; a daughter, Elaine (Josh) Carlisle, of Paulding; four grandchildren, Chelsi Miller and Dustyn, Coltin and Jaylyn McCloud; and many special friends and family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Craig; four brothers, Clyde Meeks and Tracy, Hanford and Cordell Workman; and two sisters, Jane Browning and Millie Dalton.
Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home with Pastor Pat Holt officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Donations may be made to the Joyce McCloud Family.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

MILDRED MORRISON
1929-2009
VAN WERT — Mildred Lucille Morrison, 80, of Van Wert died at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the CHP Inpatient Hospice in Van Wert.
She was born Feb. 1, 1929, in Antwerp, the daughter of Claude and Ada (Koroff) Tracy. On Sept. 2, 1949, she married Homer W. Morrison, who preceded her in death on July 9, 2007. She was a homemaker, an avid gardener, and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving are two sons, Larry (Patsy) Morrison of Delphos and Randy (Debra) Morrison of Toledo; a daughter, Carol Morrison of Van Wert; a brother, Robert (Betty) Tracy of Grover Hill; six grandchildren, Nicole Morrison, Olivia (Ben) Langdon, Jennifer Morrison, Jason (Amanda) Morrison, Michelle (Kevin) Hinegardener, and Van (Angie) Spragg; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were five sisters, Elberta Ours, Inez Lawther, Wilma Bish, Beatrice LeMonds and Lois Thrasher; and a son-in-law, Jerry Kadykowski.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Oct. 28, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory in Van Wert with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. 
Preferred memorials are to the CHP Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

SARA PAUSKY
1928-2009
HOUSTON, Texas — Sara Jane (Reeb) Pausky died on Oct. 18 at her residence in Houston, Texas.
She was born July 2, 1928 in Paulding County the daughter of Mandus and Gertrude Reeb. She played on the Northwestern Ohio championship team in 1945 and was also an accomplished baton twirler and drum major for Paulding High School marching band. She was also elected miss Paulding County shortly before her graduation in 1946.
Her family moved to Corpus Christi and she worked briefly for C.P.&L. and in 1951 she went to Heidelberg, Germany where she was employed with the Civil Service with the Provost Marshals Office during postwar restoration efforts. During that time she met Second Lieutenant Paul Pausky, whom she would later marry. He preceded her in death.
She was a member of Aggie Moms and RABBITS (Retired Aggie Best Buddies Interesting Talkers Society). 
Surviving are a daughter, Susan Leigh Pausky of Washington, D.C.; two sons, David Russell Pausky of Dallas, Texas and Paul Allen (Lee Ann) Pausky Jr. ; a granddaughter, Alexandra (Allie) all of College Station; three sisters, Lois Williams of Portland, Texas, Martha Johnson of Antwerp; and Roseann and Bill Clever of St. Charles, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Betty Jo Mitchmore of San Antonio, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Russell Reeb.
A celebration and reception of the love and laughter in her life was held Oct. 22, at the Bradshaw-Carter Memorial and Funeral Services.
The children plan to establish a memorial website in her honor and request that any honoraria be directed to Houston Hospice or the charity of your choice.

DAVID RADEBAUGH
1953-2009
CLOVERDALE – David B. Radebaugh, 56, died at 6:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center in Glandorf.
He was born Feb. 16, 1953, in Findlay, the son of Loren “Bud” and Dortha (Sutter) Radebaugh, who both preceded him in death. On Sept. 21, 1974, he married Mary Jo Kamphaus, who survives in Cloverdale. He was employed by Philips ECG in Ottawa for 25 years, and then worked for Safe Turf in Delphos. He was a member of the Pandora United Methodist Church, enjoyed being with family and friends, and watching the St. Louis Cardinals and the Oakland Raiders.
Also surviving are a brother, Daniel R. (Cindy) Radebaugh; his father-in-law, Urban D. Boecker; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Mark) Potthoff and Madonna Kamphaus, both of Glandorf; two nephews, Brandon Radebaugh of Pandora and Joseph Potthoff of Glandorf; and a niece, Mary Beth Potthoff also of Glandorf.
Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home-Jackson Township, with Father Roger Bonifas officiating. Burial was in St. Barbara Cemetery in Cloverdale.
Memorials may go a charity of the donor’s choice.

NELLIE SCHERER
1916-2009
GROVER HILL — Nellie Irene Scherer, 93, died at 7:27 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at The Meadows of Ottawa-Glandorf in Glandorf.
She was born Jan. 10, 1916, in Melrose, the daughter of Evert and Edith Galvatta (Halsey) Linnabary. On Jan. 4, 1933, she married Henry Scherer, who preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 1989. She was retired from the former GTE Sylvania in Ottawa. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill, its Ladies Aide, and was a Sunday School teacher. She also was a member of the Quarter Century Club, First Families of Paulding County, the Roselm Grange and the Ohio State Grange.
Surviving are two sons, Eugene Scherer of Grover Hill and Robert (Ruth) Scherer of Continental; a daughter, Irene (Howard) Rayle, Continental; a brother, Frederick Linnabary of Dustin, Okla.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Also preceding her in death were a sister, Ella Eblin; a stepsister, Clara Mae Adams; and infant twin brothers.
Services were held Monday, Oct. 26, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dave Prior officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Grover Hill. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church or St. Rita’s Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

C. WAYNE
VANCE
1966-2009
CECIL – Clayton Wayne Vance, age 43, died Monday, Oct. 19 at his residence.
He was born April 17, 1966 in Elk Grove, Ill., the son of Clayton T. and Betty (Akers) Vance. On Sept. 29, 1987, he married Christine R. Ballmann, who survives. He worked as a licensed practical nurse at the emergency departments at both the Bryan and Archbold hospitals and was currently enrolled in the Owens Community College registered nursing program. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Germany from 1985-89. A 1985 graduate of Hicksville High School and a 2006 graduate of Northwest State Community College, he was a member of the Defiance County Horseman’s Council and the Missouri Foxtrotters Association. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed horseback riding, hunting and fishing. He was a loving husband, father, son and friend who will be greatly missed.
Also surviving are three children, Dennis, Thomas and Samantha Vance, all at home; his father and stepmother, Clayton and Brenda Vance, Cecil; his mother and stepfather, Betty and Herb Charlton, Edgerton, Ohio; paternal grandmother, Hesther Vance, Clintwood, Va.; two brothers, Luther Vance of Edgerton and Jody (Realina) Vance, Camden, Mich.; and a sister, Billie Jo (Kip) Dix, Cecil.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Ivan Vance; and his maternal grandparents, Luther and Dina Akers.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. George Goeller officiating. Burial was in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil, where Paulding VFW Post #587 accorded military graveside rites.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wayne Vance Family.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

ORVILLE BAKER
1912-2009
OAKWOOD – Orville J. Baker, age 97, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 at the Laurels of Defiance.
He was born Aug. 29, 1912 in Portland, Ore., the son of Orville J. and Edith (Dreisbach) Baker. On Oct. 22, 1932, he married Mildred Ehrman, who preceded him in death on Oct. 8, 1996. He retired from Brune Printing, Paulding. He attended Bethel Christian Church, Arthur, was a former member of Auglaize Church of God, Oakwood, a former member of Oakleaf Grange, and a member of the Alzheimer’s Society. He delivered meals for Meals on Wheels in Paulding County and was a former leader of Boy Scout Troop #19, Oakwood.
He is survived by three sons, Lee (Marjane) Baker of South Lyon, Mich., David Baker, Muncie, Ind. and Dennis (Judy) Baker, Oakwood; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by an infant son; two sisters, Belva Ennis and Evelene Johnson; a brother, Kenneth Baker; and a grandson, Jason Baker.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 2 at Bethel Christian Church, Arthur, with Pastor Christopher Baker officiating. Burial was in Toledo Memorial Park, Sylvania. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Gideon’s International or to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

THOMAS KIEFFER
1936-2009
MELROSE — Thomas Joseph Kieffer, 73, of Melrose, formerly of Defiance, died Sunday, Nov. 1, at his residence.
He was born March 21, 1936, in Duquesne, Pa., the son of Alvin and Bertha (Kremmel) Kieffer, who preceded him in death. He was a 1953 graduate of McKeesport High School in McKeesport, Pa. He was a forklift operator at Defiance Metal Products. He also worked for the Frey Office Supply, State Bank and Trust Company, Zachrich Trucking, Freightway Trucking and Gene Oelke Trucking. He was a member of the Defiance Elks Lodge #147.
Surviving are two daughters, Phyllis (John) Behringer of Defiance and Shelly (Eric) Roughton of Paulding; a brother, David Kieffer of Sherwood; and four grandchildren, Brianne Behringer, Savannah, Kaity and Sam Roughton.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Gert Bertok; and seven brothers, Alvin, Vincent, Regis “Slim,” Leonard “Bud,” Jerome, Edward and John George Kieffer.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger, Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, with the Rev. Janet Strickland and Deacon Don Meyer officiating. Burial will be in the Riverview Memory Gardens in Defiance.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, Nov. 4, at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to the Oakwood Library Association or to the Thomas Kieffer Grandkids’ College Fund.

RAYMOND
MARTENIES JR.
1955-2009
ANTWERP – Raymond L. Martenies Jr., 54, of Antwerp, passed away at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at his residence.
He was born June 17, 1955, in Hillsdale, Mich., the son of Raymond Sr. and Lois (Clark) Martenies. On May 8, 1976, he married Vanice Shidler, who survives. He was a 1973 graduate of Hicksville High School and a member of the Hicksville Eagles.
Also surviving are his mother, of Antwerp; a daughter, Nicole (Bill) Phares of Antwerp; a son, Jarod of Bloomington, Ind.; two sisters, Robin (Craig) Pessefall of Sherwood and Rosalind Hawn of Antwerp; four brothers, Steve (Diane) of Fayette, Ricky (Sindie) of Hicksville, Rodney (Joy) of Montpelier and Royce (Candius) of Edon; and two grandchildren, Kaden and Kati Phares.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 31 at First Baptist Church of Antwerp with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Vanice Martenies.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

DOROTHY STEWART
1922-2009
VAN WERT – Dorothy M. Stewart, 87, of Van Wert, died at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.
She was born April 16, 1922, in Cassopolis, Mich., the daughter of Hiram G. and Maela (Brown) Stewart. She was retired from the United States Post Office in Cleveland. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Van Wert, the Van Wert County Council on Aging, Van Wert YWCA, a poll worker for the board of elections, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and helped judge the Fourth of July parade.
Surviving are many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Otis, William and Harvey Stewart; and three sisters, Mabel Bass, Ellen Curtis and Alice Stewart.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Van Wert, with the Rev. Neil Hammons officiating. Burial will be in Greenbriar Cemetery in Van Wert County.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory, and one hour prior to services at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert Council on Aging or the Van Wert YWCA.

STANLEY GOINGS SR. 
1949-2009 
PAULDING – Stanley Ray Goings Sr., age 60, died Saturday, Oct. 24 at Bryan Health Care and Rehab Center. 
He was born Oct. 12, 1949 in Paulding County, the son of Ray and Mary E. (Miles) Goings. He was employed by GM Powertrain in Defiance and was a member of the UAW #211. 
He is survived by a son, Stanley Ray Goings Jr., Paulding; a daughter, Regina R. (Steven) Herzig, Flower Mound, Texas; five brothers, Michael (Mary) of Bluffton, Kenneth of Columbus, Steve of Van Wert 
He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 31 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Cornelius Hill officiating. Burial was in Middle Creek Zion Baptist Cemetery, Grover Hill. 
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. 
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

NORM RULMAN
1911-2009
PAULDING – Norman J. Rulman, age 97, died Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born Nov. 28, 1911 in Rockford, the son of Anthony H. and Philomenia “Minnie” (Herman) Rulman. On June 15, 1931, he married Florence E. Dysert, who preceded him in death on June 10, 1998. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. He was a former fire chief of the Paulding Fire Department, retiring after 46 years in the department; a retired postal clerk of the Paulding Post Office; president of Public Employee Retirees Inc. Chapter #10; and secretary/treasurer of National Association of Retired Federal Employees Chapter #0630.
He was a member of Paulding County Kiwanis Club; Paulding Eagles #2405; Friends of Paulding County Library; Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and lifetime member of John Paulding Historical Society. He was the writer of “Norm’s News” for the Paulding Progress newspaper.
He is survived by two sons, James (Arlene) Rulman, West Brook, Maine, and Thomas Rulman, Paulding; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by a son, Paul William; four brothers, Ernest, Ralph, Edward and Harold; and three sisters, Elizabeth Rulman, Mary Sacher and Eleanor Richmond.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Oct. 30 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Masses; John Paulding Historical Society; Gardens of Paulding; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

JOHN WENNINGER
2009
MUNCIE, Ind. – Infant John Kalen Wenninger, went home to be with Jesus, Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.
He is survived by his parents, Todd and Shanna Wenninger of Muncie; several aunts and uncles; grandfathers, David Wenninger of Haviland and Kenneth Metz of New Haven; grandmothers, Deborah Wenninger of Ohio and Susan Metz of New Haven; great-grandfathers, Donald Wenninger of Paulding, William Metz of Fort Wayne, and Robert Metz of San Antonio; and great-grandmothers, Josephine Wenninger of Paulding, Betty Daeger of Grover Hill, Jeanette Metz of Fort Wayne, and Clo Metz of San Antonio.
Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 7 at Woodburn Missionary Church with Dr. Gary Cox officiating.  Arrangements by D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com


NORMAN VINSON 1954-2009
NORTH PENNVILLE — Former Paulding resident Norman J. Vinson, 55, died Saturday, Nov. 7, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, as a result of injuries received in a motorcycle accident in Peru, Ind.
He was born Aug. 7, 1954, in Peru, the son of Joseph H. and and Beulah (Reed) Vinson. On April 25, 1980, he married Toni Ross, who survives. He was a 1972 graduate of North Miami High School and was the area manager for Wampum Hardware. He was president of the Portland Lions Club, E.D.I.T. Committee, and a Jay County Chamber of Commerce board member.
Also surviving are two sons, Joseph Vinson of Pennville and Jeff Vinson of Twelve Mile, Ind.; two daughters, Tara Drumm of Bryant and Cheryl Vinson of Kokomo; two brothers, Wallace Townsend of Twelve Mile and Conrad Townsend of Rochester, Ind.; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 13, at the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland, with Pastor Jonathan Fightmaster officiating. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville. Hours of visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. Preferred memorials are to the Norm Vinson Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to www.bairdfreeman.com


ADDIE McALEXANDER
1924-2009
ANTWERP — Addie Nell McAlexander, 84, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Antwerp, died Friday, Nov. 6, at Parkview Hospital.
She was born Dec. 17, 1924, in McKenzie, Tenn., the daughter of Adeline (Barker) and Lennie  Wilson. On April 1, 1941, she married Mac, who preceded her in death on June 15, 1974. She was an account clerk at Lincoln National for 19 years and a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church.
Surviving are four daughters, Carol (Butch) Babcock and Nancy (John) Langston, both of Fort Wayne, Patricia (Kevin White) McCoy of New Haven, Melody (Kelly) Suffel of Edgerton, Ohio; three sons, Dale (Elsie) of Harlan, Ind., Tom (Brenda) of Granger, Ind., and John of Greensboro, N.C.; a sister, Betty (Charles) Thompson; a brother, Wallace “W.D.” (Suenell) Wilson, both of McKenzie, Tenn.; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Bradley and George Wilson.
Services were held Monday, Nov. 9, at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp.
Memorials are to the church or Parkview Home Health and Hospice.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com


BARBARA DANGLER
1940-2009
SCOTT — Barbara Joann Dangler, 68, of Scott, died at 9:20 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Van Crest Health Care Center in Van Wert.
She was born Dec. 21, 1940, in Ada, the daughter of Edward and Martha (Deitrich) Gunsett, who both preceded her in death. She was employed by the former Van Rue Nursing Home in Van Wert.
She is survived by three sons, Eric (Mandi) Dangler of Van Wert, Greg Stevens of Chicago, and Phillip Dangler of Broughton; a daughter, Peggy (Steve) Ferguson of Scott; a sister, Phyllis Deitrich of Lima; and eight grandchildren, Amanda and Amber Ferguson, Hope Dangler, Harley, Alicia and Jordan Danylchuck, Mia Kelley, and Derrick Dangler.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Nov. 11, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Scott Cemetery.

MARGARET GORDON
1923-2009
PAYNE – Margaret J. Gordon, 85, of Payne, died Sunday, Nov. 15, at Van Wert Hospital.
She was born Dec. 6, 1923 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of the late Lois (Swihart) and Leo Christle. On Oct. 25, 1947, she married Charles Gordon, who preceded her in death on Sept. 13, 1987. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, the Altar/Rosary Society, Medjugorje Prayer Group,  Paulding County Visiting Nurses Auxiliary and Harvest House in New Haven.
Surviving are five sons, Thomas (Diane) of Payne, Lawrence of Convoy, Edward of Payne, Robert of Fort Wayne and James (Amy) of Nashville, Ind.; four daughters, Mary (Richard) Yoder of Fort Wayne, Susan (Paul) Hamrick of Van Wert, Carol (Joseph) Kohnen of Monroeville, Ind. and Therese (Wayne) McOwen of Pandora; two brothers, James Christle of Hawthorn, Calif. and David Christle of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Nancy (George) Fries of Marion, Ind.; 20 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by four brothers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 and 9-9:30 a.m. Friday at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne. The Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are for masses or Divine Mercy School.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

WILLIAM HARDING
1944-2009
PAULDING – William D. Harding Jr., 65, died Sunday, Nov. 8, at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born March 2, 1944, in Hamilton County, Ohio, the son of William and Lillian F. (Miller) Harding, who both preceded him in death.
Surviving are two sisters, Donna Herald of Covington, Ky., and Julia “Sis” Warren of Silver Grove, Ky.
He also was preceded in death by a brother, John Kinder.
There will be no funeral services or visitation. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

DORIS KOHART
1912-2009
OAKWOOD – Doris Kohart, 97, died at 3:31 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Paulding County Hospital.
She was born March 10, 1912, in Oakwood, the daughter of Alaska and Ida (Monroe) Bennett. On Sept. 1, 1939, she married Aaron D. Kohart, who preceded her in death on June 29, 2009. She was a homemaker and a member of the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood.
Surviving are two sons, Michael (Connie) Kohart of Oakwood and Ronald (Pat) Kohart of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Rex, Edgar and Homer Bennett; and two sisters, Lois Bennett and Dorothy France.
Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Mullinix and the Rev. Amy Haines officiating. Heitmeyer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Burial was in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery in Oakwood.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church or to the Gideon’s.

BETTY LARSON
1928-2009
PAULDING — Betty Lou Larson, 80, died Monday, Nov. 16, at Van Wert Hospice.
She was born Dec. 27, 1928 in Grover Hill, the daughter of Tom L. and Bessie C. (DeCamp) Price, who both preceded her in death. She was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church and was previously employed by the Paulding County Hospital and Paulding Exempted Village Schools as a cook. She was one of the responsible parties for bringing the Girl Scout program to Paulding.
She is survived by two sons, James Larson, Paulding and John Larson of Rockford; a daughter, Susan Deatrick of Limestone, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, Nov. 18, at Den Herder Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to Make-a-Wish Foundation, or Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, 1155 Westwood Dr., Van Wert OH 45891.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

MICHAEL REYNOLDS
1957-2009
MILWAUKEE – Michael Reynolds, 52, of Milwaukee, died Tuesday, Nov. 10.
He was born Sept. 27, 1957, the son of Leo and Velma Marie Reynolds, who both preceded him in death. He retired from Taylor Made Glass following 27 years of service.
Surviving are his wife Marsha (White); a daughter, Tammy White; a son, Michael Reynolds Jr.; two brothers, Steve and James (Kay); a sister, Bonnie Marie Reynolds; brothers-in-law, Mark White, Doug (Patricia) White, and Daniel (Norma) White; sisters-in-law, Debra Sherry and Lora (Randy) Jones; and Godchildren, Will and Kristy Jones. Also surviving are other relatives and friends.
Also preceding him in death was a brother, William; in-laws, Fred and Louise White; a brother-in-law, Jeffrey Sherry; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ann White.
Services were held Nov. 13 at Zwaska Funeral Home in Milwaukee. 
Interment will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 at Riverview Memorial Gardens in Defiance.

ROLLIE BIBLER
1942-2009
CONTINENTAL – Rollie C. Bibler, 67, died at 6:05 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Defiance In-Patient Hospice Center.
He was born Nov. 11, 1942, in Continental, the son of Charles L. and Mary (Brinkman) Bibler. On Aug. 18, 1963, he married Bertha J. Roehrle, who survives in Continental. He was a farmer and a member of the Dupont Church of the Brethren.
Also surviving are his mother, Mary Bibler of Continental; a son, Curt (Sarah) Bibler of Cloverdale; two daughters, Jodi (Dave) May of Valparaiso, Ind., and Kelly (Scott) Sarka of Cloverdale; and five grandchildren, Brianna and Christina Sarka, and Kaytlin, Noah and Caleb Bibler.
Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Dupont Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Doug Price officiating. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery, Continental. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Continental was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the Putnam County Cancer Society or the Dupont Church of the Brethren.

ESTHER
GRAY
1913-2009
FRANCESVILLE, Ind. – Esther G. Gray, 96, died at 1:58 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Parkview Haven Retirement Home, Francesville.
She was born May 21, 1913, in Francesville, the daughter of Fred and Katie Munz Gutwein. She was a graduate of Francesville High School and Evanston School of Nursing. She was a veteran of the Army, serving as a registered nurse with the rank of second lieutenant. On July 7, 1945, she married Joseph E. Gray, who preceded her in death May 11, 2003. She retired from Starke Memorial Hospital in Knox after a long career in nursing. She was a member of Apostolic Christian Church in Francesville. She enjoyed gardening, reading and crocheting, and traveling the world with her husband.
Surviving are three daughters, Kathryn Anne (Kerry) Lanz of Haviland, Estelle Marie (Dick) Dahlkemper of Pleasant View, Utah, and Myra Elizabeth (Steve) Ringger of Bluffton, Ind.; two brothers, Harvey (Joan) Gutwein and Glen (Marianne) Gutwein, both of Francesville; and four sisters, Fern (Sidney) Leman, Marcella (Wendell) Gudeman and Suzanne (Herb) Cook, all of Francesville, and Dorothy (Victor) Beer of LaBelle, Fla.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two grandchildren; two brothers; and a sister.
Services were held Friday, Nov. 20, at the Apostolic Christian Church in Francesville. Burial was in the Roseland Cemetery, Francesville. Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

GARRY YOUNG
1935-2009
PAYNE — Garry L. Young, 74, of Payne, died at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born May 14, 1935, in Payne, the son of Evard  and Lois (Ludwig) Young, who both preceded him in death. On Oct. 30, 1959 he married Anita Armstrong who survives. He was a  farmer, who loved old tractors. He was a Harrison Township trustee, a member of the Payne Church of Christ, Payne Board of Public Affairs, the Flatrock Masonic Lodge and a 40-year member of the Payne Fire Department and EMS.
Also surviving are three sons, Brian (Beth), Brad and Bob (Amy) Young, all of Payne; a sister, Sue (Joe) Meyer of Antwerp; a sister-in-law, Jean, of Payne; and four grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Howard. 
Services were held Monday, Nov. 23, at the Payne Church of Christ. Burial was in the Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home, in Payne was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Payne EMS.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

JACKIE  YENSER
1964-2009
ANTWERP – Jacqueline K. Yenser, 45, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 24, as the result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident in Woodburn.
She was born Nov. 6, 1964 in Paulding, the daughter of Jack and Mary (Zimmerman) Gerber. On June 22, 1986, she married Tim Yenser, who survives. She was a nurse at Dr. Donald Giant’s office in Monroeville, Ind.
Also surviving are her parents, of Briceton; a daughter, Lydia, and sons, Jacob and Isaac, all of Antwerp; a sister, Jana Tague of Sedalia, Mo.; and a brother, Paul (Nancy) Gerber of Chillicothe.
Her brother, Timmy, preceded her in death.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Nov. 28 at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp, with the Rev. Dave Dignal officiating. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Yenser Family College Fund, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com


PAULINE UNGER
1929-2009
PAULDING – Pauline Ella J. Unger, age 80, died at 9:02 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 26 at Paulding County Hospital.
She was born Aug. 24, 1929 in Weeksbury, Ky., the daughter of George and Ella Marie (Adkins) Jackson. She was raised by her Aunt Tillie and Uncle Woots Slusher in Medaryville, Ind., where she grew up and attended school. On Sept. 14, 1958, she married Robert N. Unger, who survives. She worked outside the home for most of her life but her number one priority was her family. She attended the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Paulding.
Also surviving are three daughters, Juanita (Bill) Sharpe of Antwerp, Terry (Jim) Clark of rural Cecil, and Gina (Brian) Vance of Paulding; one son, Gene (Nolene) Rowe of Grover Hill; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a son: James “Bo” Unger, two grandsons, Cody J. and Dustyn J. Unger; and a great-grandson, Darryl Hazuga Jr.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 30 at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Paulding, with the Rev. Gregory Bibler officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


DR. LAURENCE SHEELY
1944-2009
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Dr. Laurence Eugene Sheely, 65, passed away at home on Monday, Nov. 23 after a long battle with Huntington’s Disease.
He was born Feb. 27, 1944 in Payne, the son of J. Eugene and Virginia Sheely. On July 24, 1982, he married Albalina “Alby” Villasana, who survives. His life work was dedicated to education, receiving an BA in education from Adrian College, MA in education from University of Miami, and doctorate in education from Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Sheely was a teacher in Jackson, Mich. and Miami. He became a principal in adult education and worked at four Miami Dade County area schools, retiring in 1998. He had a passion for world travel with his family and financial investments.
Also surviving are three children, Eric, Ashley and Heather; his father, of Payne; three brothers, David (Jan) Sheely of Hudson, Mich., Robert (Marla) Sheely of Middletown, and Kevin (Tina) Sheely of Spencerville, Ind.; two sisters, Neva (Jim) Greenwood of Cincinnati and Mindy (Steve) Lee of Mandeville, La.; parents-in-law, Jose and Sor Villasana of Winter Haven; a brother-in-law, Angel (Hilda) Villansana of Clermont, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
His mother preceded him in death.
A memorial service was held Friday, Nov. 27 at Faith Baptist Church, Winter Haven, with the Rev. Nathan O. Osborne III officiating. Steele’s Family Funeral Services, Winter Haven, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials can be directed to the Sheely Children College Fund, in care of the church.


ESTHER PECK HOMAN
1919-2009
DEFIANCE – Esther Mae Peck Homan, age 89, died Monday, Nov. 23 at Mercy Hospital of Defiance.
She was born Dec. 6, 1919 in Putnam County, the daughter of Charles E. and Blanche L. (Tracy) Heller. A 1938 graduate of Continental High School, she was a teller-secretary for Home Savings & Loan for 23 years, retiring in 1984. She was a member of Arthur Bethel Christian Center and its Loyal Ladies Group and Tri-M Class, and taught primary Sunday School and Bible School. In 1939, she married Emerson Peck, who died in 1964. In 1981, she married William Homan, who preceded her in death in 2005.
Surviving are a son, Arden (Sharon) Peck; a daughter, Sheron (Jack) Lee of Defiance; four grandchildren, Jacqueline (Scot) Lahrmer and Douglas (Lynda) Lee, both of Mason, and Joanna Peck and Jamison (Melissa) Peck, both of Defiance; and four great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Charles and George Heller; a sister, Ethel Cullen; and a grandson, Robert Allen Lee.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 28 at Arthur Bethel Christian Center with the Rev. Chris Baker officiating. Burial was in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance. Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the church.


BETTY HEATER
1927-2009
PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Former Paulding resident Elizabeth “Betty” J. Heater, age 81, died Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor, Fla.
She was born Nov. 22, 1927, in Paulding, the daughter of William H. and Iona (Sickmiller) Heater. She was a graduate of Bowling Green State University and Ohio University. She taught music education in Ohio and Florida as well as in England for the U.S. Department of Defense to military dependents for 30 years. After retirement, she moved to Florida, where she lived for the past 19 years. She was a member of the Paulding United Methodist Church and was very active in the Methodist Church in Ohio as well as Florida. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by one brother, Robert (Josie) Heater of Marion; a special friend, Iris Schreiber, Palm Harbor, Fla.; and seven nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death a brother, William Heater Jr.; and one niece.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 24 at the Paulding United Methodist Church. Graveside services followed at Ayersville Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. 
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


DONNA FENNIG
1965-2009
HAVILAND – Donna Lynn Fennig, age 44, died Sunday, Nov. 29.
She was born on July 13, 1965 in Van Wert, the daughter of Richard and Carol (Adams) Foust. She was formerly employed by the Goodwill of Van Wert and Spartech Plastics. She was a member of the Paulding Eagles Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her mother, Carol (Frank) Ross, Haviland; her father, Richard Foust, Montrose, Mich.; three daughters, Jacquelynn Wolford and Kayla Fennig, both of Haviland, and Kimberly Spaulding, Alabama; one son, Derek Fennig, Van Wert; a sister, Shannon (Shawn) Puckett, Haviland; three brothers, Wes (Bethany) Foust of Grover Hill, Richard Foust of Haviland and John Foust, Florida; a stepbrother, Frank (Jenny) Ross Jr., Kentucky; a stepsister, Mary Thatcher, Convoy; and a half-brother, Matt Foust, Columbus.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding with Pastor Steve Robinson officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Friday.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Donna’s memory in care of Den Herder Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

CHARLOTTE WILSON
1944-2009
PAULDING – Charlotte L. Wilson, age 65, died Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Community Healthcare Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.
She was born July 27, 1944 in Grover Hill, the daughter of Steve J. and Doris (Saxton) Baksa Jr. On Sept. 7, 1985, she married Harold D. Wilson, who survives. She attended Calvary Evangelical Church and was a homemaker.
Also surviving are her mother, Doris Baksa of Paulding; two brothers, Howard (Barb) Baksa of Briceton and Roger (Susie) Baksa, Broughton; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Steve.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 5 at Calvary Evangelical Church, Van Wert, with Pastor Clark Williman officiating. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Donations may be made to Calvary Evangelical Church, Van Wert.
Online condolences may be sent to www.deherderfh.com

COLLEEN WALTER
1930-2009
CELINA — Colleen Joan Walter, 79, died at 12:02 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
She was born Jan. 9, 1930, in Paulding County, the daughter of O.B. and Viola (Lee) Gillette, who both preceded her in death. On Feb. 20, 1949, she married Russell M. “Max” Walter, who preceded her in death on June 20, 1991. She attended Haviland schools in Paulding County and graduated from Hoaglin Jackson High School in Van Wert County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Celina.
Surviving are two daughters, Marla (Charles) Overman of Rockford and Holly (Jerry) Myers of Haviland; and two grandsons, Brian and Derek Myers.
She also was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Gillette; and two sisters, Geraldine Muzzillo and Bonnie McGowen.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 9, at W.H. Dick and Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Celina, with the Rev. Don Ricard officiating. Burial will be in the Mercer Memory Gardens in Celina.
Preferred memorials are to the Mercer County Council on Aging.

PAUL HOLTS-BERRY
1927-2009
PAULDING — Paul D. Holtsberry, 82 died Monday, Dec. 7, at the Van Wert County Hospital. 
He was born March 11, 1927, in Hedges, the son of Paul and Ruth (Phillips) Holtsberry. On July 1, 1949 he married Betty Jane Good, who preceded him in death on July 19, 2008. 
He was a U.S. Army veteran. After 47 years of employment he retired in 1992 as plant manager for Nuturn Corporation of New Castle Indiana and the former Paulding Grizzley Plant where he was production manager. He was an avid golfer, NASCAR, baseball, and aviation enthusiast. 
He is survived by three daughters, Paula (Charles) Coe and Patricia (Todd) Messman, both of Paulding, and Linda (Jeffrey deceased) Royer of Van Wert; nine grandchildren, Andrew and Jon Coe, Holly Gray, Jeremy Priddy, Mackenzie Hilty, Harrison Messman, Morris, Tessa, and Paul Kipfer; eight great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Blake and Jena Priddy, Daylen and Jace Hilty, Charlie, Eva and Madeleine Coe; and four sisters: Alice Foust, Antwerp, Ramona Fillman, Paulding, Clara Marie Moden, Cecil, and Ruth Elaine Underwood, Van Wert; and his dog “Barney”
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11 at Den Herder Funeral Home, with Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County with military graveside rites accorded by Paulding VFW Post #587.
Visitation will be from 4 – 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10 and one hour prior to services on Friday at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.
Donations may be made to Retinitis Pigmentosa Institute for Fighting Blindness.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

ALICE BUDD
1935-2009
OAKWOOD – Alice J. Budd, 74, of Oakwood, died at 12:34 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at Mercy Hospital of Defiance.
She was born Sept. 25, 1935 in Fostoria, the daughter of William Frederick and Alice Mildred (Kaltenvack) Weber. On June 11, 1955, she married Dane Budd, who survives in Oakwood. She was retired from Cooper’s Hatchery in Oakwood, had worked at Libby’s in Leipsic and formerly sold Avon. She was a member of the Auglaize Chapel Church of God in Oakwood and the Women of the Church of God Group. She enjoyed genealogy, was a very good artist, and was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Also surviving are two sons, Lonnie (Rhonda) and Jeff (Marie), both of Oakwood; a sister: Nancy Snowden of Fostoria; four grandchildren, Brandy (Dustin) Spice, Jeffery Budd, Rochelle Budd and Rachel (Bob) Vance; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and her dear friends, Ioma McCague, Sharon Foust, Lois Congleton and Phyllis Bidlack.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, JoAnn Gray; and an infant brother.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 7 at the Auglaize Chapel Church of God in Oakwood with Pastor Stan Harmon officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood. Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Auglaize Chapel Church of God.
Condolences can be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

TIMOTHY BASSETT
1956-2009
Timothy W. Bassett, 53, passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, while a patient of Hospice at The Legacy House in Ocala, Fla., with his wife and friends by his side.
Born March 11, 1956, he formerly resided in Greenville, Ohio. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a 31-year O.T.R. truck driver who loved to travel. He was a avid fisherman, loved the beaches, and had many dear friends. His greatest joy of all was his little Shih-Tzu, Nonie.
Surviving are his wife of 20 years, Kathy D. Bassett; two sons, William (Tabitha) Copsey of Greenville and Grant (Shauna) Copsey of Fort Wayne; four stepchildren, Joy (Cody) Wilkins of Missouri, Tammy (Nick) Sargent of Michigan, Sarah Voisard of Versailles, and Jason Voisard of Greenville; his father, Lee Bassett of Hicksville; an aunt, Jeannette (Tom) Wiess of California; 12 grandchildren; and numerous extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his mother Phyllis E. (Ratliff) Kiser; grandparents, Walter and Olive Ratliff; and an aunt, Billie Gaisford.
Memorial services are pending.

MARK WILLBORN
1961-2009
GROVER HILL – Mark A. Willborn, 48, died at 6:35 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born Oct. 24, 1961, in Lima, the son of Ullman Ethan “Willie” and Wilma (Etter) Willborn. On Jan. 3, 1997, he married Teresa Densmore, who survives in Grover Hill. He was employed by Braun Industry in Van Wert and was a social member of the Grover Hill VFW.
He is also survived by his mother, Wilma, of Dupont; a stepson, Jay T. Alexander, and a stepdaughter, Tonya (Josh) McFarlin, both of Lebanon; four sisters, Diane (Ted) Jones, Deb (Ira) Good and Sandra Moreno, all of Continental, and Brenda (Doug) Teman of Wetzel; and three stepgrandsons.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Oakwood, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial will be in Cascade Cemetery in Continental.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Preferred memorials are to a charity of the donor’s choice.

RAYMOND
BENDER
1930-2009
ANTWERP – Raymond R. Bender, 79, of Antwerp, died Saturday, Dec. 12 at Convoy Care Center.
He was born April 15, 1930 in Fort Wayne, the son of Helen (Knapp) and Herbert Bender, and moved with his parents to Antwerp in 1933. Because his mother’s ancestors (the Major family) had settled in Antwerp before Dec. 31, 1880, he qualified and was a member of the First Families of Paulding County, part of the Paulding County chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.
He had graduated from Antwerp High School in 1948. On Dec 13, 1952, he married Martha Townsend, who survives. In the 1950s, he served for nine years in the U.S. Army Reserves, rising to the rank of master sergeant. As a youth, he was a member of Boy Scouts of America, Troop 143, and he later served as its scoutmaster. He was a retired owner of Bender’s Garage on Ohio 49 just south of Antwerp. He also had been employed by U.S. Rubber, C&Y Oil Co. and the Antwerp Local School District. He also was a member of the Masons for more than 50 years. He was an avid reader, particularly interested in regional and U.S. history.  
Also surviving are a daughter, Alice of Paulding; a son, Alex (Beth) of Reynoldsburg; and two grandchildren, Andrea and Collin Bender, also of Reynoldsburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services and masonic rites are at 1 p.m. today, Dec. 16 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Don Leckrone officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to his service.
Preferred memorials are to the Paulding County Visiting Nurses or the activity fund at Vancrest Convoy Care Center.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

LARRY
FINNEGAN
1935-2009
PAULDING – Larry E. Finnegan, age 74, died Monday, Dec. 7.
He was born June 29, 1935 in Broughton, the son of Floyd and Inella (McCullough) Finnegan. On Nov. 29, 1959, he married Shirley Lytle, who survives. He was employed by Dinner Bell Foods, Defiance and Advanced Trucking, Fort Wayne. He was a member of First Christian Church in Paulding and was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving during the Korean War. He was a member of Paulding VFW Post 587, Paulding FOE #2405 and Payne American Legion #297. He was a member of the Model Airplane Radio Club “Prop Floppers”; Uncle Sam’s Motorcycle Club, Paulding; and NRA.
Also surviving are his mother, Inella Finnegan, Paulding; four daughters, Diana Finnegan of Paulding, Kellie (Eric) Morningstar of Highland Ranch, Colo., Terri (Brent) Richards of Decatur, Ind. and Cindi Jo (Joe) Finnegan Foltz, Punta Gorda, Fla.; a sister, Betty Lou Laukhuf, Bowling Green; seven grandchildren, Olivia, Amber, Ozzy, Ciera, Ryan, Sage and Brooke; and two great-grandchildren, Leticia “Sam” and Gavin “Gus.”
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 10 at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery with military rites accorded by Paulding VFW Post 587. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice or to First Christian Church.
Online donations may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

MARIE GAUT
1911-2009
PAYNE — Gladys Marie Turner Gaut, 98, died at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at The Cedars, Leo, Ind.
She was born March 12, 1911, in Paulding County, the daughter of William H. and Margaret Rosa Ellen (Parrish) Turner. On June 7, 1930, she married Marcell C. Gaut, who preceded her in death on July 17, 1991. Her late husband was a businessman and inventor. She worked at their furniture store, Gaut Furniture and Electric, as well as the Strand Movie Theater in Payne, which they owned for several years. After moving to Fort Wayne, she worked at Patterson Fletcher and Gass’s Bridal Shop.  She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church of Payne. She was a loving mother and a devoted Christian woman and will be greatly missed by her family.
Surviving are two daughters, Miriam Gaut of Fort Wayne and Myrna (Don K.) Snyder of Payne; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was also was preceded in death by a daughter, Marsha Conwell; a grandson, Kevin Conwell; a sister, Hazel Shiel; and a brother.
A service celebrating her life was held Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne. Burial was in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.
Donations may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be made to www.denherderfh.com

RICHARD GERBER
MELROSE – Richard Gerber, age 77, died Monday, Dec. 14 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice, Defiance. Among his survivors is his wife, Eleanor. Arrangements are pending at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

PAUL GHERIAN 
1933-2009
MARSHALLVILLE — Paul Gherian, 76, of Marshallville, died Saturday, Dec. 12, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 4, 1933, in Yugoslavia, the son of Todor and Elizabeth (Cirisan) Izgherian. He had previously lived in Scott. On Oct. 10, 1976, he married Sharon Sauder, who survives. He graduated from the Detroit Institute of Technology and received his master’s degree from the University of Michigan. He was a mechanical engineer with the U.S. Department of Defense for 26 years and was formerly employed at the Chrysler Corporation in Detroit. He was a member of the Akron Apostolic Christian Church and enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, traveling, singing and his church family.
Also surviving are three sons, Ted (Anna) Gherian of Norton, Micah (Marcy) Gherian of Rittman, and Justin (Lisa) Gherian of Sterling;  seven grandchildren, Zachary, Jenneka, Alaina, Reagan, Christian, Abel and Cole;  two brothers, Victor Izgherian of Windsor, Ontario, Canada and John (Edith) Izgherian of Amherstburg, Ontario;  and three sisters, Julia Izgherian of Windsor, Ontario, Vera Cohen of Windsor, Ontario, and Mary (Richard) Falkenberger of Kitchener, Ontario.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Angela; and an infant brother and sister.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Dec. 16, at the Akron Apostolic Christian Church, 2360 S. Medina Line Rd., Wadsworth, with ministers of the church officiating. Hours of visitation will also be from 9:30-10:15 a.m. today at the church. Gillman Funeral Home, Rittman, is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Akron Apostolic Christian Church, 2360 S. Medina Line Rd., Wadsworth OH 44281.
For online register book, obituary, condolences, visit www.gillmanfuneralhome.com

PAUL
HOLTSBERRY
1927-2009
PAULDING – Paul D. Holtsberry, age 82, died Monday, Dec. 7 at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born March 11, 1927 in Hedges, the son of Paul and Ruth (Phillips) Holtsberry. On July 1, 1949, he married Betty Jane Good, who preceded him in death on July 19, 2008. He was a U.S. Army veteran. After 47 years of employment, he retired as plant manager in 1992 for Nuturn Corporation of New Castle, Ind. and the former Paulding Grizzly Plant, where he was production manager. He was an avid golfer and NASCAR, baseball and aviation enthusiast.
He is survived by three daughters, Paula (Charles) Coe and Patricia (Todd) Messman, both of Paulding, and Linda (Jeffrey deceased) Royer, Van Wert; nine grandchildren, Andrew and Jon Coe, Holly Gray, Jeremy Priddy, Mackenzie Hilty, Harrison Messman, Morris, Tessa and Paul Kipfer; and eight great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Blake and Jena Priddy, Daylen and Jace Hilty, Charlie Eva and Madeleine Coe; and four sisters, Alice Foust of Antwerp, Ramona Fillman of Paulding, Clara Marie Moden of Cecil and Ruth Elaine Underwood, Van Wert; and his dog “Barney.”
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 11 at Den Herder Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery with military graveside rites accorded by Paulding VFW Post #587.
Memorial donations may be made to Retinitis Pigmentosa Institute for Fighting Blindness.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

ALVIN
LOOP
1928-2009
VISALIA, Calif. – Alvin Loop died Wednesday, Dec. 9 in Visalia, Calif.
He was born Dec. 24, 1928 in Paulding, the son of Percy J. and Velma M. (Haushalter) Loop. He grew up in Paulding. Upon graduation, he attended Ohio University and Miami University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1950. On June 7, 1953 in Paulding, he married Marjorie A. Hoffman, who survives.
He served in the U.S. Army and upon discharge was employed by Occidental Life Insurance of California, today known as Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Company. He received numerous promotions and transfers around the country to regional group offices in Cincinnati, Houston, Philadelphia and finally to the home office in Los Angeles. On Jan. 1, 1968, he was elected second vice president and division head of Occidental’s group sales division for the U.S. and Canada. He was elected vice president in November 1969. During his career, he served on the Consumer and Professional Relations Committee of the Health Insurance Association of America and as a member of the Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association, Group Marketing Committee.
He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Miami University Alumni Association, Widows Son Lodge 571 of the Free and Accepted Mason of Ohio, Los Angeles Sales and Marketing Executives Association, First Presbyterian Church of Visalia and the Visalia Country Club.
Also surviving are two sons, Stephen M. (Mimi) of Pasadena, Calif. and Craig A. of Vista, Calif.; five grandsons, Christopher, Griffin, Corey, Charles and Michael; and one granddaughter, Hannah.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 at the First Presbyterian Church in Visalia. Miller Memorial Chapel of Visalia is in charge of arrangements. 
The family requests memorial donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 215 N. Locust, Visalia CA 93291.

DICK
PARRISH
1927-2009
CECIL – Richard C. Parrish, 82, of Cecil, died at 4:26 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at his residence.
He was born Nov. 9, 1927, in Paulding, the son of the late Elizabeth (AuFrance) and Walter Parrish. He graduated from Paulding High School and proudly served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1945-48. In 1946, while at Keesler Field, he held the middleweight and light-heavy boxing  titles. He married Pauline Sanders, who preceded him in death in 1971. In 1976, he married Donna Watson Crabill, who survives. He was retired from Lafarge, Paulding. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish and the Paulding Eagles.  
Surviving are his wife, Donna; sons, Richard (Cheryl) and Stephen (Joyce), both of Antwerp, Ronald (Jean) of Hicksville, Kenneth of Edgerton, Joseph Crabill of Fort Wayne and Jeffrey (Christine) Crabill of Antwerp; daughters, Anna Conley of Antwerp, Christine Parrish of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Lonna (Don) Nelson of Suffolk, Va., Pamela (Craig) Mills of Wapakoneta and Kimberly (Jim) Bowers of Paulding; brothers, Robert of Ossian, Ind. and Russell (Pauline) of Paulding; 22 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Dooley Funeral Home. Burial was in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery.
Memorials are to Antwerp United Methodist Church or Divine Mercy Catholic Church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

DORIS LaBOUNTY
1920-2009
PAYNE – Doris B. LaBounty, age 89, died at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born June 15, 1920 in Logansport, Ind., the daughter of August and Roxie (Bell) Gleitz. On Nov. 6, 1948, she married Russell A. La Bounty Sr., who preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 1994.
Surviving are one daughter, Roxann LaBounty of Payne; three sons, Russell Jr. (Connie), Charles (Susan) and John (Pennie), all of Payne; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Gleitz of Niles, Mich.
Also preceding her in death were a grandson, Charles Joseph “Joey” LaBounty Jr.; and three brothers, Francis, Jack and Gus Gleitz.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Dec. 16 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish in Payne with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Masses or The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

MICHAEL BOWERS
1949-2009
PAULDING – G. Michael Bowers, age 60, died Saturday, Dec. 12.
He was born Jan. 15, 1949 in Fort Wayne, the son of Bob and Evelyn (Tester) Bowers. On Nov. 9, 1985, he married Rose A. McGrath, who survives in Paulding. He was employed by Stykemain Chevrolet Pontiac of Paulding, retiring in 2006. A 1967 graduate of Antwerp High School, he was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America, Defiance; VFW Post #587; Fraternal Order of Eagles #2405; and American Legion, Antwerp. He loved spending time with family and friends fishing and camping, 1950s and ’60s music, cruising in his 1972 Chevy Nova; and his dog “Gunner.”
Also surviving are his stepmother, Sherry Bowers, Coldwater, Mich.; four children, Stacy (Jason) Calhoun of Glendale, Ariz., Stephanie Ball of Churubusco, Ind., and Steve (Lena) Mawer and Jon (Monette) Mawer, both of Upper Sandusky; 11 grandchildren, Whitney, Madeline, Mason and Corbin Calhoun, Taylor Bowers, Kennedy McMichael, Chloe Ball, and Seth, Troy, Owen and Emma Mawer; two brothers, Alan (Sue) Bowers of Ney and Jim (Sandy) Bowers, Antwerp; a sister, Linda (Joe) Messmann, Payne; a stepbrother, Matt (Tonya) Bowers, Coldwater, Mich.; and a stepsister, Bobbie (Scott) Welke, Quincy, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Dennis.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 17 at the Antwerp United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding with military graveside services. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Antwerp War Monument.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

RICHARD GERBER
1932-2009
MELROSE – Richard E. Gerber, age 77, died Monday, Dec. 14 at the CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born March 29, 1932 in Decatur, Ind., the son of Ezra and Helen (Lude) Gerber. On Oct. 4, 1957, he married Eleanor Sauder, who survives. He was a self-employed contractor and was formerly employed by the Campbell Soup Company, Napoleon. Also, he attended the Junction Apostolic Christian Church and was a member of the Long Beach Model T Club, Long Beach, Calif.
Also surviving are three daughters, Eileen “Michelle” (Larry) Lewis and Meg Gerber, both of Haviland, and Norah Ellyn (Richard) Wiker, Knoxville, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Jack, Dennis and Denise Lewis, Jessica Haynes, John and Gary Whitney; and two great-grandchildren, Nathan Jr. and Natalie Wappelhorst.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Jeannette Barrow.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Junction Apostolic Christian Church with church clergymen officiating. Burial was in Dotterer Cemetery, Junction. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Richard’s memory to Den Herder Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

ROY BLOCKBERGER
1947-2009
DEFIANCE — Roy E. Blockberger, 62, of Defiance, died at 5:48 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at the Paulding County Hospital.
He was born Nov. 26, 1947, in Van Wert, the son of Alfred C. and Ethel Mae (Theis) Blockberger Jr., who both preceded him in death. He was the owner of Flatrock Marina in Defiance.
Surviving are his wife, Vera Schlegel of Defiance; three sons, Darren and Jason of Defiance and Adam Blockberger of Middle Point; a sister, Betty Lou Blockberger of Defiance; four grandchildren; and a niece, Chris Rickles.
Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood with Pastor Traci Koenig officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Fort Jennings.
Memorials may go to a charity of the donor’s choice.

BETTY LOU LANDRIE
1931-2009
HICKSVILLE — Betty Lou Fellers Landrie, 78, died Monday Dec. 14, at the Community Memorial Hospital in Hicksville. 
She was born June 30, 1931, in Defiance, the daughter of Emmanuel and Margaret (Brunner) Street. On Oct. 20, 1951, she married Beryl Fellers, who preceded her in death in 1983. She was employed by Community Memorial Hospital as a nurse’s aide. She was also a hostess at the Vagabond Restaurant. She attended the First Church of Christ in Paulding, and was a member of the Hicksville Eagles Auxiliary.
She is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Nickels of Delphos and Denise (Dave) Battershell of Hicksville; two sons, Jim (Sandera) and Dennis, both of Hicksville; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Peg Long, Bobbie Durre and Nancy Foltz; and a brother, Harry Street.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Burl; and a brother, John.
Services were held Thursday, Dec. 17 at Smith and Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville. Burial was at Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Defiance County Senior Center in Hicksville.
Online condolences may be shared at www.smithbrownfuneralhome.com

GLADYS GAUT
1911-2009
PAYNE — Gladys Marie Turner Gaut, 98, died at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at The Cedars, Leo, Ind.
She was born March 12, 1911, in Paulding County, the daughter of William H. and Margaret Rosa Ellen (Parrish) Turner. On June 7, 1930, she married Marcell C. Gaut, who preceded her in death on July 17, 1991. Her late husband was a businessman and inventor. She worked at their furniture store, Gaut Furniture and Electric, as well as the Strand Movie Theater in Payne, which they owned for several years. After moving to Fort Wayne, she worked at Patterson Fletcher and Gass’s Bridal Shop. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church of Payne. She was a loving mother and a devoted Christian woman and will be greatly missed by her family.
Surviving are two daughters, Miriam Gaut of Fort Wayne and Myrna (Don K.) Snyder of Payne; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was also was preceded in death by a daughter, Marsha Conwell; a grandson, Kevin Conwell; a sister, Hazel Shiel; and a brother.
A service celebrating her life was held Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne. Burial was in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.
Donations may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be made to www.denherderfh.com

veteranHOWARD DANIELS
1938-2009
SILVER SPRINGS, Fla. — Howard Daniels, 71, died Saturday, Dec. 19, at the V.A. Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla.
He was born Feb. 22, 1938, in Martin County, Ky., the son of John and Esta (Cheek) Daniels, who both preceded him in death. On April 13, 1959, he married Sharon Dix, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired union bricklayer/mason. He attended the Moss Bluff Baptist Church, Oklawaha, Fla.
Also surviving are two sons, Robert Daniels of Oklawaha, Fla. and Jerry (Rose Ann) Daniels of Weirsdale, Fla.; three brothers, Ernest (Shuba) Daniels of Broughton, Roosevelt Daniels of Lima and Thomas (Phyllis) Daniels of Youngtown, Ariz.; a sister, Ethel Turner, Fort Wayne; and one grandchild.
He also was preceded in death by a son, Michael Douglas Daniels; one brother, Douglas Daniels; and a sister, Beatrice DeLong.
There will be no visitation or funeral services. Burial will be at a later date in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

HELEN GUNDERMAN
1920-2009
PAYNE – Helen F. (Brown) Gunderman, 89, died Monday, Dec. 21 at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.
She was born July 1, 1920 in Paulding County, the daughter of John and Mabel (Kreischer) Rickels. On March 28, 1948, she married Bernard LeRoy Brown, who preceded her in death on Jan. 12, 1959. On July 8, 1963, she married Donald M. Gunderman, who preceded her in death on Aug. 29, 1988. She was a homemaker and a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding, Sisters of the Skillet, and the Altar Rosary Society.
Surviving are a son, Robert E. (Sandra L.) Brown, St. Peter’s, Mo.; two daughters, Linda Sue (Richard) Bruick of Fort Wayne and Nancy A. (Doug) Burtch, Paulding; a brother, William (Louise) Rickels, Northfield; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Horning.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Dec. 23 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m.-noon prior to services at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Masses or the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Activity Fund.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

CORRINE CARYER
1936-2009
COLDWATER, Mich. – Corrine E. “Corky” Caryer, 73, of Coldwater, died Friday, Dec. 11 at the Community Health Center of Branch County.
She was born Aug. 19, 1936 in Cicero, Ill., the daughter of Leonard and Elvera (Zoellner) Friedberg. On Oct. 19, 1963, she married Robert G. Caryer, who preceded her in death in 1990. A longtime Quincy resident, she was the former owner of Marble Bay Resort. She also had been a cook at the Coldwater Elks Lodge and WalMart Distribution Center. She loved fishing, bingo, gardening, her truck and her dogs.
Surviving are two daughters, Linda (Robert) Givens of Coldwater and Roberta (Bill) Barth of Cloverdale; a son, Keith (Connie) Krzesinski of Paulding; a stepson, Carl (Theresa) Caryer of Paulding; a sister, Vivian (George) Obodzinski of Wisconsin; a brother, Leonard Friedberg of Florida; six grandchildren, Jennifer, Vinc, Jessica, Justin, Kelly and Julie; and nine great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Lenore; and a grandson, Ryan.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 16 at the George White Funeral Home in Quincy. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery.

veteranVINCENT SANDERS
1916-2009
PAYNE — Vincent H. “Sandy” Sanders, 93, died Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne.
He was born Sept. 26, 1916, in Edgerton, Ohio, the son of George and Anna (Miller) Sanders. On May 28, 1949, he married Margaret Santo, who preceded him in death on March 8, 2009. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army in WWII, earning the Purple Heart. He was a self-employed contractor and a janitor of the Paulding Exempted Village Schools. He was a member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding, the Paulding VFW Post #587, and the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by two daughters, Sandra Sanders of Paulding and Anita Gibson of Antwerp; four grandchildren, Candace Greiner, Mike (Erica) Sanders, Grace Gibson and Krystal Miller; and seven great-grandchildren, Drake, Dade, Deacon, and Rileigh Sanders, Gage Smith, Brayden McNeely and Alyssa Miller.
He also was preceded in death by two sisters, Juanita Schiffli and Beulah Sanders; and two brothers, Lester and Wayne Sanders.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 23, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding is in charge of the arrangements.
Hours of visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Preferred memorials are to Masses or Dallas Lamb Foundation Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

veteran: ARBY BENNETT
1940-2009
PAULDING — Arby M. “Junior” Bennett, 69, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 20, 1940 in Oakwood, the son of Arby E. and Leota (Shafer) Bennett, who both preceded him in death. On July 12, 1969, he married Marsha Carlisle, who survives in Paulding. He was a 1959 graduate of Oakwood High School and an U.S. Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He was employed for 37 years at General Motors, Defiance, retiring in 2000. He was a member of the Paulding Eagles #2405, Paulding VFW Post #587 Men’s Auxiliary, and the Continental American Legion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and golf.
He is also survived by two sons, Rich (Angie) Bennett of Antwerp and Donnie (Lynette) Bennett of Hanna, Ind.; two daughters, Amy (Brad) Simon of Paulding and Bonnie Miller of Delphos; three brothers, Leroy Bennett and Oscar Lehman, both of Paulding, and Gaylen Lehman of Bryan; four sisters, Alice Jasso and Loretta Miner, both of Defiance, Mae Scott of Scott, and Nancy Hickle of Springfield, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Kayla and Alesha Simon, Colton, Alexie and Lane Bennett, Dennis and Jeffery Miller, Kesha Ripke and Cindy Garcia; and three great-grandchildren, Cade Lothamer, Danica Ripke and Auron Garcia.
He also was preceded in death by a brother, Donald “Jimmy” Bennett; and two sisters, Margaret Lehman and Janet Hook.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 28, at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil, where the Paulding VFW Post #587 conducted military graveside rites.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Paulding Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

DORIS PENDERGRAST
1928-2009
ANTWERP – Doris M. Pendergrast, 81, Antwerp, passed away at home, surrounded by her loving family on Monday, Dec. 21.
She was born July 17, 1928, in Lake County (Tiptonville), Tenn., the daughter of Alton and Dortha (Richardson) Williams. On Aug. 19, 1944, she married James G. Pendergrast, who survives. They moved to the Antwerp area in 1947. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, sewing, needlework, travel, bird watching and canning. She especially enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She was a former volunteer at the Paulding County Senior Center.
Also surviving are three sons, Brooks (Linda), James (Julie) and David (Elaine), all of Antwerp; three daughters, Donna (John) Knippen of Delphos, Shelia Dailey of Woodburn and Shelly (Brock) Howell of Cecil; a brother, Charles E. Williams of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Alton Williams, Richard Williams and Joshua Shelby Williams, who died in infancy; and a sister, Dorothy Sue Warner.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 24 at the Paulding Church of Christ with Minister Everett Confer officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Paulding Hospice and Visiting Nurses.

RUTH RHONEHOUSE
1916-2009
EDON – Ruth L. Rhonehouse, 93, formerly of Paulding and Lake Seneca, died at 7:25 a.m. Friday, Dec. 25 in Bryan.
She was born May 8, 1916, in Sandusky, the daughter of George and Ella (Dolch) Kreimes. She was married to George F. Rhonehouse Sr., who preceded her in death in January 1988. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by three sons, George F. Jr. of Antwerp, Don E. (Elaine Bradford) of The Villages, Fla. and Larry (Gail) Rhonehouse of Belton, S.C.; two daughters, Darlene Mabis of Bryan and Pamela J. Ferguson (Gene Varner) of Howard, Ohio; two brothers, Bob (Toni) Kreimes and George Kreimes, both of Sandusky; a sister, Dorothy Martin of Castalia; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two sisters; two brothers; two daughters-in-law, Joan and Dorothy; two sons-in-law, Don Mabis and Jim Ferguson; and a granddaughter.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today, Dec. 30, at Thompson Funeral Homes in Montpelier, with Pastor John H. Crilley officiating. Interment will be in Floral Grove in Pioneer.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.

MARTHA STUMPHY
1920-2006 
ANTWERP – Martha M. Stumphy, 89, of Antwerp, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born Sept. 9, 1920, in Middletown, the daughter of Lena (Werner) and Thomas J. Elia. On June 29, 1940, she married Robert Stumphy, who preceded her in death Nov. 27, 1990. She was an assembler at Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp for more than 25 years. She was a devout member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, a member of the Ritz Buckeyes Chapter of the Red Hat Society and a charter member of VFW Gold Star Post 5087 Auxiliary.
Surviving are a son, Leo (Jane) of Defiance; two daughters, Diane (Bob) Phillips and Judy (Chuck) Sawyer, both of Antwerp; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her infant children, Katherine and Richard; and two brothers, Marcus and Thomas Elia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 30, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Antwerp, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Visitation will be held from 9-9:30 a.m. prior to services.
Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, is in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the church. 
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

BERNIECE BAYLISS
1913-2009
NEY – Berniece Bayliss, 96, of Ney, died Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Defiance Hospice Inpatient Care Center.
She was born April 6, 1913, in Hammond, Ill., the daughter of Della and Floyd Taylor. When she was 13, she moved to a farm near Ney. She married Don Bayliss of Sherwood, who preceded her in death in 1988, following 47 years of marriage. Both she and her husband were teachers in the Central Local (Fairview) School District for 35 years. She was a much-loved first grade teacher and is known by many in the Ney community. She attended church, volunteered at the Ney Homecoming, belonged to a longstanding card club and was a member of the Retired Teachers Association. She and her husband spent half of the year in Bradenton, Fla., where they belonged to the Trailer Estates shuffle court and bike clubs, played cards, danced, attended church and enjoyed life.
She is survived by a daughter, Sandy (Bruce) Mohley of Defiance; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Travis) Sherick of Marysville, Joy Mohley of Paulding, and David Mohley of Marion; four great-grandchildren, Cameron, Katelynn, Riley and Maci; a brother-in-law, Bob Bayliss of Defiance; many friends; her pastor, Ron Adkins; and hundreds of students that she impacted.
She also was preceded in death by four siblings, Alma Pollock, Irvin Taylor, Goldie Kerr and Ray Taylor.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 30, at the Ney United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Ney Cemetery. Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Ney united Methodist Church or the Central Local Schools Scholarship Fund.
Online condolences may be sent to www.mastmockhoffman.com

VERA BLACKMORE
1919-2010
PAYNE — Vera E. Blackmore, 90, formerly of Grover Hill, died at 2:45 p.m., Monday, Jan. 3, at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne.
She was born Oct. 3, 1919, in Defiance, the daughter of Noble W. and Ethel G. (Horney) Rise. On Nov. 6, 1943, in Salina, Kan., she married Charles R. Blackmore, who preceded her in death on March 18, 1999. 
She was a former file clerk for the Lockheed Corporation in California and retired as a sales clerk for Montgomery Wards. She was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill.
She is survived by a son, Robert B. (Marcella) Blackmore of Payne; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Also preceding her in death were three brothers.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Pat Holt officiating.
Hours of visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home. 
Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the Dallas Lamb Foundation.

RUTH ALICE BUEHLER
1917-2009
PAULDING – Ruth Alice Buehler, 92, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born July 6, 1917 in Paulding, the daughter of Andrew and Lena (Mossoney) Danklefsen. She was graduated from Paulding High School in 1935 and went on to attend Bowling Green State University, where she majored in home economics. On Jan. 30, 1939, she married Charles Buehler, who preceded her in death on Oct. 10, 1986.
Her life was devoted in service to her church, her family, and her friends. She enjoyed flower gardening and arranging, and presented her arrangements each Sunday at her church for more than 50 years. She enjoyed working with the Paulding Benevolent Society and was a charter member of the John Paulding Historical Society. She was also a member of the Paulding Better Homes and Gardens Club, and Paulding Presbyterian Women’s Association. Ruth Alice and her husband, Charles, were charter members of the Ohio Flying Farmers and were owners of the Briceton Elevator and Gas Service. She had been a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding for more than 80 years and also had directed the junior choir there.
Surviving are a son, Terry (Marlene) of Paulding, a grandson Marc (Jen) and great-grandson, Breydon Buehler of Indianapolis; and a sister, Dorothy Lombard of Fort Wayne.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 2 at the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund for Ruth A. Buehler in lieu of flowers.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

MARGERY HUTCHINS
1923-2009
PAYNE – Margery Ruth Hutchins, age 86 died Wednesday, Dec. 30 at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.
She was born Dec. 21, 1923 in Paulding County, the daughter of Edwin C. and Olive (Smith) Hutchins. She was employed by the PC Workshop.
She is survived by nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Roland, Ralph E. and Charles Hutchins; and three sisters, Ethel Gardner, Fern Bernard and Florence Rhoad.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 2 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorial donations are to the Cecil First Presbyterian Church or Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Activity Fund.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

CARSON MANZ
2009-2010
OAKWOOD – Carson Paul Manz, age 6 days, died Saturday, Jan. 2 at Riley Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis.
He was born Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 in Fort Wayne, the son of Timothy R. and Joy E. (Stoller) Manz.
He is survived by his parents, of Oakwood; paternal grandparents, Paul and Sandra (Ramsier) Manz, Paulding; maternal grandparents, Craig and Ruth (Klopfenstein) Stoller, Haviland; maternal great-grandparents, Russell and Melvene (Zimmerman) Stoller, and Ellen (Martin) Klopfenstein, all of Paulding; and paternal great-grandparents, Robert and Inez (Klotzle) Ramsier, Marshallville, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Alvin Klopfenstein; paternal great-grandparents, Emmanuel and Ruth (Schlatter) Manz and Louise (Drayer) Manz; and a cousin, Elaina Stoller.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m.. Friday, Jan. 8 at the Junction Apostolic Christian Church with church clergymen officiating. Burial will be in Dotterer Cemetery, Junction. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall, Latty. Also, there will be calling one hour prior to funeral services on Friday at the Junction Apostolic Christian Church.
Donations may be made in memory of Carson to the Children’s Department of the Paulding Carnegie Library or Oakwood Library.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

LOUISE MANZ
1916-2010
CISSNA PARK, Ill. – Louise Drayer Manz, age 93, of Cissna Park, Ill., passed away at 11:40 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2 at her daughter’s home in Princeville, Ill.
She was born April 18, 1916 near Cissna Park, a daughter of William and Lizzie (Neukomm) Farney. On April 15, 1936, she married Samuel Drayer Sr., who preceded her in death on Sept. 27, 1972. In July 1975, she later married Emanuel Manz, who preceded her in death on May 6, 1997. She was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park and she enjoyed quilting, baking and playing Yahtzee.
Survivors include three sons, Bill (Judie) Drayer of Cissna Park, Samuel (Anne) Drayer Jr. of Rankin, Ill. and Wayne (Gloria) Drayer of Fairbury, Ill.; four daughters, Helen (Elmer) Burgett of Goodwine Ill., Edna Martin of Princeville, Ill., Velma (Wayne) Ekhoff of Crescent City, Ill. and Mabel (Phil) Evans of White, Ga.; a son-in-law, Randall Verkler of Cissna Park; four sisters, Clara Bodager and Lucille (Frank) Baker of Jeromesville, Ohio, Martha Farney of East Lynn, Ill. and Marjorie (Frederick) Knapp of Congerville, Ill.; two stepsons, Ron (Merrie Beth) Manz of Union, Mo. and Paul (Sandra) Manz of Paulding; three stepdaughters, Vergina Manz and Viola Manz of Paulding and Helen (Pete) Hurd of Haviland; 45 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers; seven sisters; a daughter, Diane Verkler; a grandson, Trey Luecke; and a great-stepgrandson.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 6 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park with the ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park. Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Church or Methodist Hospice.
Please sign online guestbook at www.knappfuneralhomes.com

BETH MATTHEWS
1969-2009
PAULDING — Beth A. Matthews, 40, of Paulding, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, in Van Wert, from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident.
She was born Oct. 16, 1969, in Paulding, the daughter of Connie (Craig) Williamson and the late Jerry S. Williamson. She was employed at McDonald’s in Paulding and sold Avon products. She was also a member of the Paulding Eagles.
Surviving are her husband, Jody; a daughter, Sara; a son, Raymon; her mother, Connie Williamson all of Paulding; three sisters, Patsy Williamson of Sherwood, Brenda (Gary) Ross of Paulding and Terry (Thaddeus) Hunt of Champagne, Ill.; several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Services were held Monday, Jan. 4, at Dooley Funeral Home, in Antwerp. Burial was in the Paulding Memorial Cemetery.
Preferred memorials may be directed to Sara Matthews. 
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com