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Obituaries February 2014
Sunday, February 02, 2014 2:06 PM

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ROOSEVELT DANIEL 1934-2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences can be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com.

 

 

FANNY LONG 1923-2014

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

 

BRENT SCHOTT SR. 1958-2014

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

 

PAUL HULL JR. 1947-2014

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

 

ELIZABETH BECK 1920-2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

TONY JAMES GRAY 1948-2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

MARJORIE UNDERWOOD 1934-2014

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

 

 

SHERRI STEFFEN 1942-2014

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

 

 

JOHN PFOST 1930-2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

 

RAMONA WINTERHALTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

NORMA HODGE 1934-2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

ESTHER HUEBNER 1932-2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WAYNE ZIELKE 1925-2014

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

 

ALVERTA GRAHAM 1927-2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

 

RICHARD BAKER 1948-2014

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

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

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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

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

 

 

HOWARD BROWN 1930-2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LELIA TRAUTERMAN 1943-2014

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

 

 

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