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Obituaries March 2014
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:30 PM

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PAULDING – Viola Wright Williamson, age 68, died Tuesday, March 25 at the Lima Manor in Lima.

She was born May 21, 1945 in Mineral Springs, Ark. to John and Francis P. (Young) Clardy. She married Steven G. Williamson, who preceded her in death on Oct. 19, 2004. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church, Paulding. She loved to cook and read her Bible.

She is survived by four children, Amanda Lawrence and Jacqueline Summerville, both of Fort Wayne, Mike (Rachel) Wright and Romerol (Teresa Prater) Lawrence, both of Defiance; two sisters, Catherine and Dixie Rae, both of DeQueen, Ark.; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Equila Lawrence; three grandsons, Brayden, Noah and Angel Wright; and a great-grandson, Daevon Graves.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Visitation will be from noon until time of services on Saturday.

Donations may be made to the family for funeral expenses.

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PAYNE – Marjorie J. Foust, 86, of Payne, passed away Sunday, March 30 at The Gardens of Paulding.

Marjorie was born April 10, 1927 in Allen County, Ind., a daughter of the late Esther (Ehrhardt) and Paul Harting. On Aug. 30, 1947, she married Robert Foust, who died Nov. 7, 2012. She was a member of St. Jacob’s United Church of Christ and worked at Panhandle Pipeline, Otis Elevator, Lincoln Life, Western Auto and Hardware Wholesalers.

She will be sadly missed by her children, David (Evelyn) of New Haven and Caroline (Bob) Young of Delaware, Ohio; sisters, Marlene Tempel and Myrna Lamb, both of Payne; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Michael.

Her funeral service is at St. Jacob’s United Church of Christ, Payne, at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 3, with visitation one hour prior. She will be laid to rest at Lehman Cemetery.

Memorials are to the church.

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BETTY SMITH 1937-2014

HICKSVILLE – Betty L. Smith, 77, of Hicksville, died Sunday, March 30 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.



WILLIAM MERZ 1938-2014

SILVER SPRINGS, Fla. – William H. “Bill” Merz, 75, Silver Springs, died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at Hospice of Marion County, Ocala, Fla.

He was born Nov. 1, 1938, in Oakwood, the son of Harmon (KO) and Verna (Forney) Merz. He retired from United Trucking Service and was an avid USAC and NASCAR racing fan. William was also a member of the Paulding Eagles Aerie 2405 and the Ocala Forest Moose Lodge 2535.

Surviving are four daughters, Teresa “Tammy” Bauer, Carolyn “Susie” Merz and Jeanne Brown, all of Paulding, and Kristina “Tina” Pollo, Washington, Pa.; a sister, Patricia Montgomery, Oklahoma; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, step-siblings and his beloved Chihuahua, Princess.

Preceding him in death were a son, William M. Merz; his parents; his step-parent, Paul Budd; and a sister, Peg Scott.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Paulding Eagles Aerie 2405.

Memorials may be made to the estate or to the Paulding Area Hospice.



TINA VIBBERT 1966-2014

HAVILAND – Tina Marie Moyer Vibbert, age 47, died Wednesday, March 26 at her residence.



PAYNE – Norman Keith Driver, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away Wednesday, March 26 at Signature Healthcare, Fort Wayne.



PAULDING – Zelma Louise Dickerhoff, 92, went to be in the arms of her Lord and Savior on Monday, March 24 at 9:25 p.m. in Defiance.

She was born on Oct. 11, 1921 in Venedocia, to Nelson Homer and Zelma (Harshman) Ward. Zelma grew up in Payne. She graduated from Green Springs School in Green Springs in 1939. Her graduating class dedicated the bell that still stands outside the school today. She at one time worked at Lathams Super Dollar (now known as Miller’s) in Clyde. Zelma married Carl Leroy Cleveland in 1939 in Decatur, Ind. Carl died in a train accident in 1966. She then married Lyle James Dickerhoff in 1969 in Green Springs. Lyle passed away in 1993 in Fort Myers, Fla. Zelma enjoyed writing letters, gardening, flowers and birds. She was always taking care of other people and was a prayer warrior. She loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Zelma is survived by her sister, Alice Elinor (Ralph) Johnson of Oakwood; sons, Nelson Wayne (Yvonne) Cleveland and Allen Carl (Mary) Cleveland of Fremont; daughters, Teresa Ann (Frank) Reineck of Paulding and Jane (Gary) Scheeff of Millersburg; 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Zelma was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Zelma; her husbands, Carl and Lyle; brothers, Andrew Earl Ward, Charles Wesley (Cora) Ward, Kenneth Homer Ward, James Alfred (Phyllis) Ward, Daniel Walker (Patricia) Ward; sisters, Nella Adelaide (Page) Robinson, Ruby Jean (Harry) Morton; daughter, Joyce (Dickerhoff) Weber; granddaughter, Carol Weber Steffens; and daughter-in-law, Susan (Timmons) Cleveland.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 27 from 4-8 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

There will also be visitation from noon-2 p.m. Friday, March 28 at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home, 211 N. Broadway, Green Springs, with funeral services at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Green Springs Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Bayshore Community Chapel, 16990 Church Drive, N. Fort Myers FL 33917; CHP Hospice, Defiance; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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DONALD HOMER 1944-2014

FORT WAYNE – Donald Ray Homer, 69, of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, March 22.

He was born Aug. 31, 1944 in Paulding to the late Walter and Georgia (Custer) Homer. He worked for General Electric before retiring after 30 years. He was a member of Amvets 55 and the VFW 1421.

Surviving are his wife, Joyce Homer; Fort Wayne; daughter, Maria (Ralph) Clevenger; New Haven; stepdaughters, Virginia (Bob) Monhollen of Payne, Cynthia (Larry Ketzler) Hale, New Haven, Suzan (Clem) Dreyfus of Fort Wayne and Theresa (Dewayne) Sarrazin; New Haven; sister, Connie Polanco, Payne; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by, son, Donnie Homer Jr.; stepson, Victor Shaffer; and brother, Tyrone Homer.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery at a later date.

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PAULDING – Richard J. Goings, age 92, died Thursday, March 20 comfortably at his home in Paulding, surrounded by family.

Richard was born June 18, 1921 in Paulding County to Lula (Vena) and James Goings. He was a graduate of Paulding High School and a veteran of WWII. After serving his country, he moved to Toledo, where he made his residence for more than 50 years. In 1950, he married Ada E. Glenn, who preceded him in death. A retiree of the Department of the Army and the U.S. Postal Service, Richard loved sports and was a great fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Midwestern Golf Club and the Young Senior Bowling Team, both of Toledo.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews, family and friends, among them a great nephew, Allen Davis, Toledo; two nieces, Roberta Hardman, Paulding, and Margaret Ann Crutchfield, Latty; and a great-niece Tara Ingol of Latty.

He also was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Alice Crutchfield and an infant; five brothers, Leo, Howard, Roy, Ray and Robert; one niece and four nephews.

Military graveside services will be conducted by VFW Post #587 at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at the Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday prior to services at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Donations may be made to Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care and Community Health Professionals & Hospice.

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CRAIG BAILEY 1961-2014

PAULDING – Craig T. Bailey, 52, died Sunday, March 16, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born on Aug. 18, 1961 in Defiance County, the son of the late Thomas and Kay (Anderson) Bailey. He attended Defiance High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Defiance College in 1992. Craig served his country in the United States military until his honorable discharge in 1988. Craig was employed by Alex Products, Paulding, and was a member of the American Legion and the NRA.

Surviving Craig are his aunts, uncles and cousins and his best friend, Ken (Joyce) Bland of Paulding.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at Forest Home Cemetery. Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, is in charge of arrangements.

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Robert E. “Bob” Tarlton died at 10:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He was born May 15, 1934 in Paulding, the son of Charles W. and Mabel M. (Speelman) Tarlton, who are both deceased. On July 3, 1952, he married Marian Akom, who preceded him in death in 2003 after 50 years of marriage. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of  American Legion Post 178 of Van Wert. Bob loved the outdoors and camping, which he did until 2013 when his health began to fail. He also looked forward to going to the Paulding County Senior Center and to the Porter Auction in Grover Hill on Saturdays.

He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Ann (Richard) Burdge of Ohio City; two sons, Kevin Wayne (Deb) Tarlton and Scott Eugene Tarlton, both of Scott; grandchildren, Kandi (Adam) Stripe, Joseph (Renee) Tarlton, Mandi (Eric) Dangler and Kendra (David) Wessel; stepgrandchildren, Sarah Burdge and Jon Burdge; and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Irene “Susie” (John) Thomas of Van Wert; a close friend, Ann Bigelow; and his dog, Benji.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22 at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert with Pastor Terry Martin officiating. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery, where graveside military rites will be conducted by the Combined Honors Unit of Van Wert American Legion Post 178 and VFW Post 5803.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 21, and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Preferred memorials may be made to Paulding County Senior Center and American Legion Boys State.

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DORIS SCOTT 1926-2014

VAN WERT – Doris R. (Smith) Scott, 87, of Van Wert, passed away at 12:05 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.



PAYNE – Delane Schmidt, 79, of Payne, passed away Friday, March 14.


ANNA FREE 1963-2014

PAULDING – Anna Maria Free, age 50, died Thursday, March 13, at her residence.

She was born March 29, 1963 in Paulding, the daughter of William and Martha (Reinhart) Wilhelm. On July 19, 1985, she married Alan R. Free. She was employed by the former Patrick Young Law Office as secretary/bookkeeper. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding.

She is survived by her husband, Alan Free, Paulding; a daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” (Mark) Barnes, Lees Summit, Mo.; two brothers, Randy (Vicki) Wilhelm and Mitch (Amy) Wilhelm, both of Paulding; a sister, Angie (Tim) Bostelman, Payne; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Deborah Ann Wilhelm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Monday, March 17 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Donations may be made to Masses or the Paulding VFW Post #587 Women’s Auxiliary.

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STEVE HILL 1954-2014

A devoted husband and father, Steve Hill was married to Jeri Hill for 35 years. They recently relocated to the Gulf Shores of Alabama where Steve went home to be with Jesus, Sunday, March 9.

Steve Hill was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1954 to a military family. Later they moved to Huntsville, Alabama. In his early teen years, his struggle with drug addiction began, resulting in several run-ins with the law.

In 1975, Steve’s life took a dramatic turn after a near death experience due to a drug overdose. He had been suffering for three days with violent convulsions when a Lutheran vicar visited his home and offered to pray with him. As Steve called upon the name of Jesus, the convulsions ceased and he was healed, delivered, and gloriously made new.

Shortly after his miraculous conversion, his past caught up with him and he was arrested due to several unlawful activities prior to receiving Christ. Steve was facing serious felony charges and should have been incarcerated. However, God intervened and instead of prison, he was probated to the Teen Challenge drug and alcohol program.

Upon graduating, he was selected to attend David Wilkerson’s Twin Oaks Bible Academy in Lindale, Texas, where he met his future wife, Jeri Larson. They were married in 1979. The young couple soon entered into full time ministry, and began working with Outreach Ministries of Alabama under the direction of Jim Summers.

From Alabama, they went on to serve as youth pastors in Panama City and Tallahassee, Florida. They soon began to sense a call to foreign missions, and doors opened for them to relocate to Argentina to plant churches.

In a span of seven of years, they planted seven churches in Argentina and held crusades throughout South America. Their ministry expanded to planting several churches and establishing Teen Challenge centers in Granada, Spain and Baranovichi, Belarus. Steve was preparing for a crusade in Belarus when his plans were divinely diverted.

On Father’s Day 1995, he was invited to preach a service at Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida. Revival ignited, sparking what soon became known around the world as the Brownsville Revival. This was the longest running church revival in American history to date, drawing a cumulative attendance of over four million people from more than 150 nations.

Steve preached four nights a week for five years during the revival, and hundreds of thousands came to Christ and received a fresh touch from God.

He began holding arena crusades throughout America and across the world. Burdened with the desire to reach the multitudes who couldn’t come to the revival, in 2000 he relocated his ministry to Dallas, Texas, where international travel would be more easily facilitated.

While at a crusade in Vienna, Austria in 2002, the Lord spoke to him, instructing him that it was time to plant a church in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In 2003, he founded Heartland World Ministries Church and a year later established Heartland School of Ministry. He served as senior pastor until 2012, when his battle with cancer rendered him unable to continue.

Despite the brutal affects of melanoma, he continued to minister by launching several Internet evangelism projects including, a website that has helped to lead thousands of prodigals back home to Jesus. During this time Steve also wrote several books and numerous articles, in addition to launching a television broadcast called From the Frontlines.

Following the example set by his own spiritual fathers David Wilkerson and Leonard Ravenhill, Steve sought to invest himself into the future generation of young evangelists and ministers. He spent hours pouring into these upcoming leaders, training, discipling, and equipping them for the work of the ministry, often disregarding his own pain and physical limitations.

Steve Hill has been hailed as one of the greatest evangelists of this generation, known worldwide for his passion for Jesus and his selfless dedication to reach the lost. His message of revival and repentance has truly touched the hearts of millions.

Steve’s heart was always on reaching the lost whether preaching to the multitudes or sharing Jesus with people one-on-one. Often times, he would step away from the crowds that came to his meetings to give a word of encouragement to a little child or to spend a few minutes praying with a drug addict, a prostitute or gang member. He preached with tears and regardless of the occasion, whether a wedding, graduation services, or funerals, was poised to give an altar call to the lost.

His greatest desire was to see Jesus one day and cast the crown of his rewards at the feet of his Lord. His family mourns his loss but is filled with joy knowing that Steve is now face to face with the One he loved so dearly. Finally he has heard those long awaited words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Steve gave everything he had to whatever the Lord asked of him. Nothing was ever done halfheartedly but with complete dedication. He was meticulous, always striving for excellence in every detail. He lived life with intense passion, giving his heart and soul to everything he did, which is why in 34 years of ministry, he accomplished the work of several lifetimes.

He is preceded by his father Frederick Whiting Hill and his mother Ann Eskelinen Hill. He is survived by his wife, Jeri Hill; son, Ryan Hill; daughter, Shelby (Aaron) Levy; and daughter, Kelsey Hill; sister, Marcia (Daniel) Pate, George (Lynné) Hill, and Susan (Fred) Pieper.

Funeral service was held Friday, March 14 at Brownsville Assembly of God Church.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North, 1000 Hwy 29S, Cantonment, Fla., was in charge of arrangements. You may express condolences online at


DANE BUDD 1932-2014

OAKWOOD – Dane C. Budd, 82, of Oakwood, died at 6:17 a.m. Wednesday, March 12 at Defiance Area In-patient Hospice Center.

He was born Jan. 28, 1932 in Dupont to the late William and Thelma (Rambo) Budd. On June 11, 1955, he married Alice Weber, who died Dec. 3, 2009. Dane retired from General Motors in 1989, after working there over 37 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Dane was a member of the UAW #211, Eagles, Defiance VFW Post 3360, Amvets and the Moose. He was an avid clock collector, turtle trapper and enjoyed metal detecting. Dane and Alice enjoyed traveling the country on bus or train trips.

Dane is survived by two sons, Lonnie (Rhonda) Budd and Jeff (Marie) Budd, all of Oakwood; four grandchildren, Rachel (Rob) Vance, Brandy Spice, Jeffrey Budd and Rochelle Budd; five great-grandchildren and one on the way; three brothers, Donald (Jean) Budd of Kunkle, Homer Budd of Lima and Ronnie Budd of Bowling Green; a sister, Judy (Marv) Brenzo of Norwalk; many nieces and nephews and many special friends, too many to name.

Dane also was preceded in death by four sisters, Fern Crampton, Dolly Luderman, Nancy Myers and Pat Wilson; and three brothers, John, Robert and David Budd.

A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, March 17 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Stan Harmon officiating. Military graveside rites by Defiance VFW Post 3360 will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Charloe.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, March 16 and one hour prior to service on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to the Auglaize Chapel Church of God.

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DeWAYNE WARNER 1952-2014

PAULDING:  DeWayne H. Warner, age 61, went to his Heavenly home on Sunday, March 9.

He was born June 1, 1952 in Alma, Mich., the son of Bret Hunt and Loretta Jean (Hagen) Warner. He served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years and was a member of the VFW Post #587.

He leaves behind his loving wife, April (Dix) Warner; aunts, uncles; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Frank Warner; a sister, Debra; and two brothers, Rusty and an infant.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding. Burial will be at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the family c/o Den Herder Funeral Home.

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PAULDING - The Reverend G. Allan Fillman, age 62, of Paulding, passed away Friday, March 7, at his residence.

Father Fillman was born in Defiance on Sept. 17, 1951, a son of William H. Fillman and  Mary "Monica"  (Justinger) Fillman. He was ordained a Catholic priest on June 11, 1977 at Holy Rosary Cathedral by the Most Reverend John A. Donovan. He was an associate pastor at Fostoria St. Wendelin (1977-82); Toledo Blessed Sacrament (1982-89); chaplain/teacher at Tiffin Calvert  High School (1989-99); Sacramental Minister at Tiffin Heidelberg College (1989-90); chaplain Tiffin Sisters of St. Francis (1989-99); Pastor Paulding St. Joseph & Payne St. John the Baptist (now Antwerp, Paulding and Payne Divine Mercy) (1999-present).

Father Fillman will be sadly missed by his father, William Fillman of Defiance; brother, Pat (Martha) of Sherwood; sisters-in-law, Helene of Thermopolis, Wyo. and Greta (Tom) Porter of Defiance; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his mother, Monica; and two brothers, Mike and Bill.

Reception of the Body and Midafternoon Prayer will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, with visitation until 8 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, with visitation from 9 - 10:45 a.m. at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding. A luncheon will be held immediately after Mass.

He will be laid to rest privately in Saint Stephen Cemetery, The Bend.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred for Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, 417 N. Main St., Paulding OH 45879.

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ANTWERP – Helen Maxine Keating, 95, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, March 7 at Park View Nursing Center, Edgerton.



MELROSE – Robert Andrew Seffernick, age 17, died on Wednesday, March 5 from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

He was born Oct. 24, 1996 in Paulding, the son of Jeanne Seffernick and Mark Seffernick. Robbie was in the junior class at Wayne Trace High School and Vantage Vocational School. He was employed by Cooper’s Walnut Ridge Facility and had previously worked for Porter Auction. He had a love for hunting, spending time with his grandfathers, friends and family, telling original stories and working. He had a long desire to be a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Robbie is survived by his parents, Jeanne (Shawn Gribble) Seffernick of Melrose, and Mark (Tina) Seffernick, Lima; sister, Courtney (Ashton Duer) Seffernick, Melrose; stepsiblings, Samantha Boyd and Jennifer Boyd, both of Arlington, and Jamie Williams of Lima; grandparents, John and Sue Guyton, Melrose, and Steve Seffernick of Delphos; great-grandparents, Myrtle Seffernick and Jean Ott, both of Delphos, and Rolland and Mary Porter, Grover Hill; uncles, John (Kalyn Miller) Guyton Jr. of Wetzel, Joe Guyton of Melrose, David (Ruby Ann) Seffernick, Lima, and Chuck Davis, Paulding; aunts, Maggie Guyton of Oakwood and Pamela Law of Louisville, Ky.; stepnephew, John Andrew Boyd; and cousins, Trista, Allison, Kelsey, Selena, Jordan, Nathan, Jericho, Addie Jo Guyton and Corey Adkins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Linda Seffernick; and great-grandfathers, Alfred Seffernick, Chester Ott, and Homer and Methel (McCullough Aldrich) Guyton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 10 at Dupont Church of the Brethren, Dupont. Burial will follow in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Monday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to the junior class at Wayne Trace High School.

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LARRY TERNET 1940-2014

MONROEVILLE, Ind. – Larry R. Ternet, age 73, of Monroeville, died at 12:51 p.m. Monday, March 3 at his residence.

He was born March 12, 1940 in Monroeville, the son of Robert W. and LaVerne M. (Reuille) Ternet. He was a graduate of Monroeville High School Class of 1958. Larry served his country in the United States Air Guard in France during the Berlin Crisis. On Jan. 12, 1963 in the St. Rose Catholic Church in Monroeville, he married Jean D. Wass, who survives. He retired in 1995 from Navistar after 25-1/2 years of service. He also had worked for the Paul Wilson farms for 20 years and was a lifetime farmer. Larry was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church Besancon, New Haven; the Fort Wayne Corvette Club; Tractor Pullers Association, and Cockshutt Club. He enjoyed Corvettes, restoring antique tractors, pulling tractors and collecting toy tractors.

Also surviving are two daughters, Jeanette M. (Mark) Figert of Oakwood and Janeece M.(Paul Swander) Friesner, Van Wert; three sons, Randall E. Ternet of Louisville, Ky., Robert E. (Kim) Ternet of New Haven and Richard E. Ternet, Orange County, Calif.; and seven grandchildren, Justin and Melissa Figert, Landon, Jeremy and Garret Ternet, and Ashlynn and Ezra Friesner.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 7 at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven, with Fr. Stephen Colchin officiating. Burial will be in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery-Besancon in New Haven.

Visitation will be from 3-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6 in the Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville, and on Friday at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass. A rosary service will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Preferred memorials are to St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church Restoration Project or Monroeville EMS .

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ALICE LISK 1922-2014

VAN WERT – Alice C. Lisk, 91, of Van Wert, died at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, March 2 at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.

She was born Sept. 12, 1922 in Delphos, the daughter of Joseph and Alice (Martin) Hartlieb. On March 12, 1945, she married Robert Dirham, who preceded her in death in 1989. On June 27, 1998, she married Harold “Pete” Lisk, who preceded her in death in 2001. She was a longtime clerical employee of the former West Ohio Gas Company both in Van Wert and Lima. Alice was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, the Altar-Rosary Society, Catholic Ladies of Columbia and the 300 Club.

She is survived by her children, Heather Annette (Robert) Miller of Paulding, Richard S. Dirham of Van Wert and Tina M. Woulfe of Lakewood, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Michelle (Ben) Bangert, Michael (Deedi) Miller, Melinda (Kurt) Newman, Eric (Sarah) Dirham, Jason (Kara) Dirham, Johnathon Dirham, Rebecca (Brennan) Mann and Meghan Hamilton; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by 11 siblings.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 7 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Van Wert, with Father Stanley Szybka officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

Friends may call at Brickner Funeral Home 2-8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, where there will be a Parish Vigil Service at 8 p.m.

Preferred Memorials are donations to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Community Health Professionals Hospice or Masses.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Thomas Frank Orthman Sr. passed away at 1:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20.


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