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Obituaries January 2012

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CONNIE WILLIAMSON 1949-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

GLENN SUDLOW 1944-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

DAVID MEYER 1949-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to Putnam County Hospice.

Condolences can be sent to www.lovefuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

JERRY AMES 1944-2012

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

SHIRLEY KNEPPER 1940-2012

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

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

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

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

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

 

 

 

BARBARA MASON 1932-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preferred memorials are to Woodburn Fire & EMS.

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

 

LORETTA TEMPEL DINOFIA 1915-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WILLIAM CARPENTER SR. 1946-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be sent to www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

OLIVER “PETE” GRABNER

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preferred memorials are to Heartland Hospice.

To share online condolences please visit www.harperfuneralhome.com

 

DAVID GOODWIN 1936-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RUTH LEACH 1932-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

V. PAULINE “POLLY” PURSIFULL

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BONIBELLE “BONNIE” STAHL 1924-2012

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

ROSE MAPLES 1936-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

JOHN HARKINS 1956-2012

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

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

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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

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

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

 

BETTY JANE MARTIN 1921-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DIANE LECHER 1954-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

HARRY SCHOMBURG 1932-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

VERLIN “DALE” GRIBBLE 1944-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

THEODORE BURT 1920-2011

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

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

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

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

Arrangements under the direction of National Cremation Society, Clearwater.

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

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

 


KENNETH BENNETT 1928-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preferred memorials are to the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be expressed to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

DOLORES GRANT 1927-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

JAMES MILLER 1949-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAROLYN CARR 1935-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SALLY YOUNG 1946-2012

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

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

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

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

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

Preferred memorials are to Paulding Hospice.

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

 

JACKIE BALSER 1952-2012

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

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

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

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

Services are private.

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

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

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

 

 

BETHEL RAKES SR. 1932-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.


 

 

JEAN SALWAY 1943-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

JOAN LAMBRIGHT 1931-2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com