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Obituaries June 2011 PDF Print E-mail

ELDINE SMITH 1937-2011

MELROSE – Eldine Conley Smith, age 74, of Denton, Texas and formerly of Melrose, died at 3:37 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at her residence.

She was born Jan. 24, 1937 in Shivley, W.Va., the daughter of Wilson and Hattie (Riddle) Conley. On April 10, 1951, she married Jack “Janet” Smith, who preceded her in death in 1988. She was a homemaker and a member of Paulding Church of Christ.

Surviving are three children, Ronald (Kristine) Smith of Montpelier and Jack (Patricia) Smith and Kathy (Rick) Porter, both of Denton, Texas; five grandchildren, Jamie, Josh, Ricky, Jeremy and Jackelyn; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Olive Payne of Pecks Mill, W.Va., Jewell Farley of Harts, W.Va., Zella Strollings of Chapman, W.Va. and Juanita Harriman of Caldwell, W.Va.; and a brother, Homer Timmie Conley of Caldwell.

She also was preceded in death by two sons, Charles Edward and Timmie Lee “Timbo” Smith; and a sister, Renee Stollings.

A private funeral service was held Monday, July 4 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood with Pastor Alex Dickson officiating. Burial followed in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.

Preferred memorials are to Paulding County Church of Christ Building Fund or American Spinal Association in care of the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

ELEANOR EDWARDS 1927-2011

GROVER HILL – Eleanor Jean Edwards, age 83, died Thursday, June 30.

She was born Nov. 6, 1927 in Van Wert County, the daughter of Charles and Mary G. (Bell) Moore. On March 21, 1947, she married Robert E. Edwards, who preceded her in death on Aug. 14, 1999. She was formerly Paulding County Clerk of Courts, retiring in 2005. She attended Country Chapel United Methodist Church, Haviland. She was a member of VFW Post #3740 Auxiliary, Ottoville; American Legion Post #297 Auxiliary, Payne, where she was a 33-year member; Paulding County Democratic Party and Paulding County Election Board; Sorority Beta Sigma Phi Club 37, Van Wert; and the former VFW #2873 Auxiliary, Grover Hill. She was a volunteer for American Red Cross and United Way of Paulding County.

She is survived by five children, Barb Bell of Phoenix, Gary (Kathleen) Edwards of Ottawa, Pamela (Robin) Eberle of Ottoville and Michael (Patty) Edwards and Terry “Smoke” (Pamela) Edwards, both of Grover Hill; 13 grandchildren; and 25 great grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeffery Allen Coil; a granddaughter, Candace Jean Edwards; and a sister, Leora Young.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, July 1 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Memorial donations may be made to American Red Cross, the United Way or Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 


GEORGE VOGEL 1934-2011

DEFIANCE – George C. Vogel, 77, of Defiance, died Tuesday, June 28 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee.

He was born April 16, 1934 in Defiance County, the son of Henry and Irene (Dirr) Vogel. On July 18, 1964, he married Lauretta L. Rupert, who preceded him in death Feb. 28, 2006. A 1952 graduate of Ayersville High School, he was furnace chief at Johns Manville for 47 years, retiring in 1999. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Defiance Eagles, Bryan Eagles, AmVets #1991 and was president of the Johns Manville retirees for six years. He also was a president and trustee of the Fish & Game Club and taught a hunting course for 16 years. He volunteered for the Red Cross for 19 years.

Surviving are a son, George A. Vogel of Defiance; a brother, Glen of Defiance; and two sisters, Dorothy Lang of Hicksville and Rose Conkey of Hicksville.

Also preceding him in death were his parents; a sister, Evelyn Bosiak; and three brothers, Wilbur, Victor and Rogel.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Defiance with the Rev. David Brobston officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday, July 1 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, and also at the church one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to the Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio or to the church.

Condolences may be left at www.hcsfuneralhome.com

 

LUDDY KEATING

ANTWERP – Ludmila M. “Luddy” Keating, 59, of Antwerp, died Saturday, June 25, 2011 at her residence.

She was born in Hicksville, the daughter of Joseph and Ludmila (Kozumplik) Adams. On Sept. 13, 1976, she became the beautiful wife of Kenny Keating, who survives. Luddy lived her life with purpose and integrity. She touched the hearts of many who knew her with her warm smile. She enjoyed sailing as well as raising and planting flowers. Through their ownership of Bailey’s Meadow and Keating’s Professional Paperhanging, Luddy and Kenny brightened many of our homes and gardens. Luddy was also a gifted artist and renowned sailor. Her true and lasting love was her husband, Kenny and her entire family. Luddy was a member of the Antwerp Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses with many spiritual brothers and sisters who loved her very much.

Also surviving are siblings, John, Ben, Victor, Paul, Carl and Joe Adams, Ruth Herman, Helen Keane and Mary Ann Brinegar.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Richard Adams.

Her memorial service is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, with visitation one hour prior, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2937 CR 424, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

 

DONALD SLOOP 1945-2011

FINDLAY – Donald C. Sloop, 66, of Findlay, died at 8:33 a.m. Sunday, June 26 at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.

He was born May 11, 1945, in Findlay, the son of Dr. Ronald C. and Mary K. (Williamson) Sloop. He was a doctor of chiropractic, having graduated from the Palmer Chiropractic School in Davenport, Iowa. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served our country in Vietnam, and was a member of VFW #5645. Don retired from the Kuss Corp./Cummins Corp. He was engaged to Angie Engard of North Baltimore, who survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Mary K. Sloop of Findlay; his former wife, Sandra Coleman, and daughters, Amanda and Melinda Sloop, all of Indiana; a sister, Debra K. (Evan) Follas of Fishers, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

His father preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, with Pastor Michael Bertsch officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay, where full military rites will be conducted by the Hancock County Veteran’s Memorial Squad.

Visitation will be held from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Online condolences may be made at www.coldrencrates.com.

 

JAMES JOHNSON 1931-2011

ANTWERP – James William Johnson, 79, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, June 21, at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Aug. 14, 1931 in Fort Wayne, the son of Kenneth and Violet (Knight) Johnson. On Aug. 16, 1949, he married Martha Reeb, who survives. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and worked in construction. He was a social member of Antwerp VFW Post 5087.

Also surviving are two sons, William of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Russell of Antwerp.

Private services were held. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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


PAUL SHINNERS 1931-2011

CECIL – Paul L. Shinners, 80, of Cecil, died Monday, June 20 at the Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center in Defiance.

He was born May 1, 1931, in Henry County, the son of Thomas and Caroline (Kammeyer) Shinners. On Oct. 26, 1957, he married Rita R. Shininger, who preceded him in death. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He was engaged in farming and was a machine operator for Defiance Precision Products for 37 years, retiring in 1996. He was a member of Divine Mercy, Antwerp Campus. He was a former member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Defiance, where he served as an usher.

He is survived by four sons, David (Waranyoo) of Howell, Mich., Michael (Shelley) of Arthur, James (Amy) of Auburn, Ind. and Kevin (fiancé Michelle Kaptur) Shinners of Livonia, Mich.; a daughter, Joyce (Mike) Stecher of Mark Center; four grandchildren; a brother, Richard “Dick” Shinners of Wauseon; and a sister, Donnabelle (Robert) Schwarzbeck of Grand Rapids, Mich.

He also was preceded in death by a brother, Patrick Shinners.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 24, at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral home in Defiance with Father Allan G. Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Defiance with military rites conducted by VFW Post 3360.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at the funeral home. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m.

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

Condolences may be sent to HCSfuneralhome.com

 

JACK PRINE 1931-2011

OAKWOOD – Jack L. Prine, 80, of Oakwood, formerly of Spencerville, died at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, June 21 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

He was born Jan. 31, 1931 in Delphos, the son of Clifford and Nora (Stopher) Prine. He worked as a self-employed masonry contractor until his retirement. He enjoyed fishing and gardening, especially flowers. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially Colleen.

He is survived by his beloved companion, Colleen Jeffers, of Oakwood; four children, Jack (Bonita) Prine of Dayton and Randy (Virginia) Prine, Mary Blanchard and Chad Prine, all of Spencerville; a daughter-in-law, Jeannine Prine, of Spencerville; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Betty) Prine of Delphos; a sister, Norma (Donald) Moore of Grover Hill; a brother-in-law, Alfred Honigford of Ft. Jennings; and a sister-in-law, Mary Prine of Tulsa, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Micky; and siblings Lorraine Carder, Herschel Prine, Twila Ball, William Prine, Margaret Honigford and Richard, Melvin and Larry Prine.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 24 at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville.

Visitation is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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

 

CAREY HAWKINS 1976-2011

TIFFIN – Carey Hawkins, age 35, of Tiffin, died Sunday June 19 at her parents’ home in Fostoria.

She was born May 4, 1976 in Kettering, the daughter of Neal and Kay “Jean” (McOwen) Hawkins. She was manager and tax accountant for H&R Block in Tiffin and was also an artist, sculptor and painter. She was a 1994 graduate of Arcadia High School and attended Owens Community College in Findlay. She was an avid wildlife lover and received a wildlife rehabilitation license and worked as a former veterinarian tech.

Surviving are her parents; a brother, Jared Hawkins of Portage; a sister, Laura Maki, Tiffin; and nephew, Aaron Maki, Tiffin.

Funeral services will be held today, June 22 at Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria. Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 25, at St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to any area Humane Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hffh.net

 

FRANCES COMER 1920-2011

PAYNE – Frances L. Comer, 90, of Payne, passed away Saturday, June 18 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Oct. 27, 1920 in Payne, the daughter of Frank W. and Bertha M. (Harden) Zartman. On Nov. 21, 1953, she married Ken Comer, who preceded her in death Jan. 16, 1998. She worked at Rea Magnet Wire and restaurants in Payne and was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne.

Surviving are three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Doretta Kinnaley.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 21 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, with visitation one hour prior to her service. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery.

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

 

WALTER LANG 1945-2011

GROVER HILL – Walter Floyd Lang, 66, of Grover Hill, died at 4:50 a.m. Thursday, June 16, at the Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

He was born March 27, 1945, in Defiance, Ohio, the son of Paul Clarence and Donelda (Dirr) Lang, who both preceded him in death. On Feb. 26, 1965, he married Elma Jean Farris, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a truck driver for Sims Cabs in Payne. He is affiliated with the Pioneer Christian Ministries of Paulding.

He is also survived by three sons, Everett of Brussels, Wis., Walter Richard of Ravenna and Thaddeus Lang of Grover Hill; two daughters, Beth Ann Ross and Donelda Klewer, both of Cloverdale; two brothers, Robert Lang and Alonzo Dirr, both of Defiance; two sisters, Rachel Post and Sally Yocklin, both of Defiance; and 13 grandchildren.

Also preceding him in death were two brothers, Ralph “Buster” and Donald Lang; and four sisters, Mary Leonard, Doris Bauman, Norma Lee Lang and Ruth Ann Lang.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Pioneer Christian Ministries, located at 17936, Road 108, Paulding with Pastor Chuck Oliver officiating. Cowan and Son Funeral Home in Van Wert is in charge of the arrangements.

Hours of visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Pioneer Christian Ministries.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to cowanfuneralhome.com.

 

DOROTHY PHLIPOT 1929-2011

PAULDING – Dorothy S. Phlipot, age 81, died Wednesday, June 15 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born Sept. 6, 1929 in Rock Island, Ill., the daughter of Axel and Rosa Mary (Layer) Wickstandt. On Feb. 26, 1952, she married Harold A. Phlipot, who survives. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, and the Altar Rosary Society. She was previously employed by Paulding County Senior Center, the former Grizzly Manufacturing of Paulding for 19 years, Braun Industries of Oakwood and Continental Can in Van Wert, and was a volunteer for Community Health Professionals of Paulding.

Also surviving are two daughters, Karen (Jerry) Bortel and Patti (Jim) Bissell, both of Paulding; a son, Kevin (Lorie) Phlipot of Paulding; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jennifer Jo Bissell in 1992; two sisters, Mary Frasier and Julia Akom; and two brothers, Fred and Raymond Wickstandt.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 20 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 19 from 2-8 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Masses or Community Health Professionals of Paulding.

Online condolences may be made to www.denherderfh.com

 

RALPH STOLLER 1929-2011

PAULDING – Ralph E. Stoller, age 82, passed away Tuesday, June 14 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, with his loving family by his side.

He was born March 3, 1929 in Paulding County, the son of Arthur B. and Alice L. (Ginzel) Stoller. On Oct. 23, 2005, he married Esther (Kipfer) Stoller, who survives. He was a member of Latty Apostolic Christian Church, a lifelong resident of Paulding County and a dedicated self-employed farmer.

He is also survived by six sons, Barry (Kay) Stoller of Antwerp, Rick (Linda) Stoller of Perrysburg, Greg (Jan) Stoller of Oakwood, Brad (Gwen) Stoller of Defiance and Eric (Beth) Stoller and Brian (Patty) Stoller, both of Paulding; two daughters, Kathy (Arthur) Warr of Fort Wayne and Lisa (Jeff) Stykemain, Defiance; a brother, Russell (Melvene) Stoller, Paulding; a stepdaughter, Sally Stoller, Paulding; three sisters, Marjorie Fischer of Roanoke, Ill., Patricia (Earl) Gerber of Decatur, Ind., and Gloria (Kent) Miller, The Villages, Fla.; 20 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by wife, Ruth C. (Elston) Stoller in 1995 and wife Bertha “Tootie” (Kaufman Sinn) Stoller in 2002; and a sister, Barbara Keysor.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church with church clergymen officiating. Burial will be in Latty Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, June 17 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Apostolic Christian Church Mission Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

ANNA BUSSING 1935-2011

PAULDING – Anna Faye Bussing, age 76, died Saturday morning, June 11, at her residence.

She was born March 28, 1935 in Wichita Falls, Texas, the daughter of Duncan N. and Nancy A. (Moore) Littlejohn. On Jan. 21, 1954, she married George L. Bussing, who preceded her in death on Nov. 9, 2010. She was a receiving clerk for the former Dietrich Industries of Hicksville, retiring in 2004 after 25 years of service. She attended the Rose Hill Church of God of Paulding. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, crocheting and flower gardening.

Surviving are four sons, Steven (Beverly), Tim (Melody) and James (Amy), all of Paulding, and Chris (Dawn) of Rainbow City, Ala.; two daughters, Carol (Leon) Goyings and Joni Bussing, both of Paulding; a daughter-law, Mary Bussing of Paulding; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Randy, in 2009; three brothers, Mix, Euwing and Lee Littlejohn; and two sisters, Effie Martin and Louise Littlejohn.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 15 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, and one hour before services on Wednesday.

Preferred memorials are to Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be sent to wwwdenherderfh.com

 

NELLIE HARTMAN 1946-2011

VAN WERT – Nellie Mae Hartman, 64, of Van Wert, went to be with the Lord at 11:02 p.m. Thursday, June 9. She passed away at the Dekalb County Hospital in Auburn, Ind.

She was born June 20, 1946, the daughter of Elmer Marshall and Thelma (Rodman) Baker. She attended Wayne Trace High School, was a homemaker, and loved her family, crafting, quilting and sewing.

Nellie is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Jerry L. Hartman; three daughters, Beverly J. (Kevin) Caldwell, Kelly R. (Stephen) Mengerink and April R. (Scott) Dicke; eight grandchildren, Joshua and Jerad Caldwell, Haley, Zachary, Gavin and Olivia Dicke, and Hannah and Abby Mengerink; one great-granddaughter, Kara Caldwell; two brothers, Elmer (Cheryl) Baker Jr. of Payne and Glenn (Joyce) Baker of Haviland; and five sisters, Erma Pratt, Rose Maples, Carolyn (Jerry) Goins and Toni (George) Searfoss, all of Haviland, and Joann (Roger) Barker of Defiance.

She was preceded in death by a brother, John Baker.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 13 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, with the Rev. Jim Burns officiating.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, June 12.

Preferred memorials are to Muscular Dystrophy Foundation or Lupus Foundation.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com

 

RUTH SMITH 1919-2011

ANTWERP – Ruth J. Smith, 91, of Antwerp, died Wednesday, June 8 at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne.

She was born July 4, 1919 in Paulding County, the daughter of Charles and Myrtle (Stultz) Smith. She got her registered nurse degree in 1940 and she retired in 1984 from Dana Weatherhead as an occupational health nurse. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Cecil, First Families of Paulding County and Paulding County Genealogy Society.

She is survived by a sister, Grace Light, and a brother, Richard Smith, both of Antwerp, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ivan and Paul.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 13 at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. She will be buried at Rochester Cemetery.

Hours of visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at the funeral home.

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

 

ALLAN RIDGWAY 1954-2011

ANTWERP – Allan J. Ridgway, 56, of Antwerp, passed away Sunday, June 5 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 27, 1954 in Bryan, the son of Jay and Audry (Wetmore) Ridgway. On March 9, 2000, he married Lisa Pier, who survives. He worked at Powertrain Components, Bryan, for eight years and Joe Schwartz Construction in Grabill for 20 years. He was a member of Antwerp Community Church, where he played the drums for the church praise and worship band.

Also surviving are his mother, of Hicksville; children, Tina (Judd) Price and Chris (Mandy) both of Hicksville, Nathan Pierce of Fort Wayne, Kris Markley of Van Wert and Lindsay Gutt of Antwerp; siblings Teresa (Lloyd) Beard of Butler, Ind., and Tom and Larry (Rose), both of Hicksville; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jonathan; and his father, Jay.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 8 at Antwerp Community Church, Antwerp. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the church with viewing one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Preferred memorials are to Fountain of Faith Medical Clinic, 1541 Buckskin Road, Hicksville OH 43526.

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

 

PRISCILLA McMAHEN 1961-2011

VAN WERT – Priscilla Sue McMahen, 49, of Van Wert, died in the morning on Monday, June 6, at her residence in Van Wert.

She was born June 20, 1961, in Paulding, the daughter of the late Jack Lavender and Martha May Flory, who survives. On Nov. 6, 1980, she married George McMahen, who survives in Van Wert. She attended Apostolic Christian Church of Junction.

Also surviving are a son, Terry Flory of Van Wert; two uncles in Lima and one uncle in California; and a sister in Georgia.

She was preceded in death by a sister.

Viewing and graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 9 at Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Ministers of the Apostolic Christian Church of Junction will officiate. Brickner Funeral Home, Van Wert, is in charge of arrangements.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation to the family to help with funeral expenses.

Condolences may be sent to bricknerfuneralhome@bright.net or left at the Web site, www.bricknerfuneralhome.com

 

ROGER SCHLEGEL 1927-2011

ANTWERP – Roger Lee Schlegel, 84, of Antwerp, passed away Monday, June 6 at Paulding County Hospital.

He was born March 25, 1927 in Sherwood, the son of William and Mable (Kissabeth) Schlegel. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII and was a member of the Antwerp VFW and American Legion Post and Mount Calvary Lutheran Church of Antwerp. On Nov. 8, 1950, he married Dorothy Hetrick, who survives. He worked for 23-1/2 years for the N.Y. & Central Railroad and 23-1/2 years for General Electric.

Also surviving are his children, Debra Bechtol, Lyle and Jerl, all of Antwerp; a brother, Alva of Swanton; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 8 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church of Antwerp.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

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

 

RUTH DERCK 1936-2011

ANTWERP – Ruth Bell Derck, 74, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, June 3 at her residence.

She was born July 26, 1936 in Antwerp, the daughter of Galen C. and Francis B. Derck. She worked for several years on the telephone switchboard in Antwerp before dial telephones. She also worked for several years as a photo finisher for Ehrhart Studios and later as a receptionist at Dana Weatherhead. She enjoyed painting, reading and knitting. It was a delight to visit with her family and friends, especially her nieces and nephews. Despite being stricken with polio as a child, she maintained a cheerful attitude and spent most of her life caring for her family after their mother’s death.

Surviving are her sisters, Ann (Chuck) Wiedman, Jean (Paul) Reinhart, Mary (Kenny) Donat, Linda (Brooks) Pendergrast and Cindy (Mike) Knight, all of Antwerp; a brother, John, of Columbus; 27 nieces and nephews; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; two brothers, Robert and George; a half-brother, Tom Cottrell; and two nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with viewing one hour prior to her service. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 6 and also one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Preferred memorials are to Paulding County Senior Center.

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

 

EDWARD FRY SR. 1920-2011

CONTINENTAL – Edward A. Fry Sr., 90, of Continental, passed from this life into the hands of God at 2:53 a.m. Thursday, June 2 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice.

He was born Sept. 14, 1920 in Osnaburg Township, Stark County, Ohio, the son of James and Mary (Snyder) Fry. On Aug. 22, 1941 he married Arabell “Judy” Edds, who survives. He was a 1938 graduate of Canton McKinley High School, led the singing Fry Family for 16 years and worked for 36 years at Western and Southern Life Insurance Company in Lima. He was an Army veteran of WWII. He was a longtime member of Melrose Methodist Church, where he was a lay leader and worship leader, and presently worshiped at Free Christian Church, Continental, where his son, Jim, is pastor. Ed had a passion for witnessing to others about Christ, and lifting their spirits during hard times. His humor and faith will be remembered and always be a comfort to those who knew him.

Also surviving are a daughter, the Rev. Carol (Jerry) Retcher of Defiance; two sons, the Rev. Robert (Terry) Fry of Toledo and the Rev. James (Lisa) Fry of Continental; a daughter-in-law, Jayne (John) Mussery of Lake Gage, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Nelson (Opal) Fry of Delphos.

He also was preceded in death by his sisters, Laura Fry, Mary Miller and Esther Rocovitz; brothers, Clarence, Benny, Jimmy, Harold and Floyd Fry; and a son, Eddie Fry Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, at the Free Christian Church of God, Continental, with the Revs. Lewis Kujawski, Mike Baxter and Donald Leonard officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery, Continental, with military rites by the Continental American Legion. Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Monday, June 6 at the church and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com


 
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WANDA HUNT 1931-2011

ANTWERP – Wanda Hunt, 79, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, May 31, at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born Aug. 12, 1931 in Antwerp, the daughter of Harry and Bessie (Starry) Drexler. On Aug. 11, 1950 she married George Hunt, who preceded her in death on June 20, 2004. She worked at General Electric in Fort Wayne for 41 years and was a devout member of Antwerp United Methodist Church.

Surviving are a granddaughter, April Fruit, and great-grandchildren Chris Henry and Gage Speaks, all of Antwerp.

She also was preceded in death by a son, David; and a sister, rances Slattery.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 3 at Antwerp United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to Antwerp EMS, P.O. Box 1046, Antwerp OH 45813.

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

 

TOM COY 1943-2011

PAULDING – Thomas “Tom” Russell Coy lost his battle with colon cancer and peacefully went to his heavenly home on Saturday, May 28.

He was born on Dec. 18, 1943 in Paulding, the son of Daniel R. and Helen M. (Smalley) Coy. He graduated from Paulding High School in 1961 and worked 39 years for Haviland Drainage products, 38 of those years as manager of Haviland Culvert Company, and 15 of those years in sales for Haviland Drainage Products. He was secretary-treasurer for over 30 years for the Board of Trustees of Drainage products Inc. and Haviland Culvert Company. He retired Jan. 1, 2010.

On Aug. 24, 1969, he married Diana L. Mansfield, who survives. In May 1980, Tom accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, the most important decision of his life. He attended Calvary Bible Church in Paulding for over 30 years.

Tom was an avid golfer, and he loved to watch golf on TV when he could no longer play the game. He was a member of the Auglaize Golf Club and of the Pleasant Valley Golf Course. He also loved Ohio State athletics, especially Buckeye football.

Also surviving are three sons, Matthew (Jennifer) Coy of Lewis Center, Jonathan (Jill) Coy of Chillicothe and Martin Coy of Blacklick; two grandsons, Ryan Coy of Lewis Center and Isaac Coy of Chillicothe; a granddaughter, Lauren Coy of Lewis Center; a brother, Daniel (Velma) Coy, Findlay; a sister, Mary (Terry) Woodard of Paulding; two nieces; and four great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service to celebrate Tom’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4 at Calvary Bible Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Tiberius Rata and church elder John Mohr officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, June 3 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Defiance Area Youth For Christ or to Community Health Professionals of Paulding.

Online condolences may be shared at www.denherderfh.com

 

BETTY ESHEM

DEFIANCE – Betty G. Eshem, of Defiance, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2011, at CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born on Sept. 4 in East Point, Ky., the daughter of the late Goldie Marie Adkins. On Dec. 31, 1954, she married Douglas Eshem, who survives. She had worked as a nurses aide and was a member of the VFW and AMVETS auxiliaries. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Also surviving are four daughters, Judy (Michael) Sholl of Ney and Marilyn Clay, Janet Showman and Barbara (Randy) Clady, all of Defiance, a son, Douglas Eshem of Defiance; a brother, Randall (Wilma) Wells of Portsmouth; and many grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Donald; and a great-granddaughter, Emma Huston.

Funeral services will be at noon Tuesday, May 31 at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, with Pastor Bobby Branham officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Visitation will be held two hours prior to services.

Preferred memorials are to the CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Condolences may be shared at www.defiancefuneralhome.com.

 

JOHN SHAFER 1940-2011

PAULDING – John P. Shafer, age 70, died Saturday, May 28 at his residence.

He was born July 26, 1940 in Paulding County, the son of Albert and Ruth (DeLaney) Shafer. On Oct. 14, 1961, he married Betty Jean Harp, who survives. He was the former owner of the Shafer Insurance Agency of Payne for 30 years, retiring in 2002. He was a member of the Dupont Church of the Brethren in Dupont and was the owner and operator of J&B Foods of Paulding since 1976.

Also surviving are two sons, Terry (Paula) Shafer and Tim (Dianna) Shafer, both of Paulding; six grandchildren, Brianne, Natasha, Kellynn, Zakary, Laurenn and Michaela; and three great-grandchildren, Landon, Autymn and Kailey.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Donald Shafer, in 2009; and his stepmother, Ocie Roughton Shafer.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 1 at Den Herder Funeral Home Paulding with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Brown Township.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 at the funeral home and one hour before services on Wednesday morning.

Preferred memorials are to American Diabetes Association or the Paulding County Relay For Life.

On line condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

NORMAN ROUGHTON 1955-2011

OAKWOOD – Norman E. Roughton, 56, of Oakwood, died Wednesday, May 25, at the Defiance Regional Medical Center in Defiance.

He was born Jan. 19, 1955, in Paulding, the son of Rex Raymond and Constance L. Sheely Roughton. On Aug. 19. 1979, he married Peggy Ordway, who survives in Oakwood.

He was employed by General Motors and retired in 2006. He was a member of the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Defiance. He enjoyed NASCAR, fishing, boating, spending time with his family and living in Tennessee.

He is also survived by his mother, Connie (Sheely) Roughton Dobbelaere and his stepfather, Robert Dobbelaere of Camden, Mich.; two daughters, Janalee (Matthew) Hiltner of North Creek and Hillary (Jason) Daniels of Paulding; six grandchildren, Lane, Colton and Denali Hiltner and Ryan, Evan and Issac Daniels; two brothers, Dan (Jenny) Roughton of Cincinnati and Doug (Wendy) Roughton of Ft. Thomas, Ky.; and a sister, Karen (Bryan) Rider of Rome City, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Defiance with the Rev. Michael Donnally officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill.

Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance and one hour prior to services at the church.

Preferred memorials are to the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, the MDA/ALS Association at Vanderbilt University Medical Center or to the Community Health Professionals of Paulding.

 

PATRICIA NICELLEY 1922-2011

PAULDING – Patricia Ann Nicelley, age 88, died Wednesday, May 25 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born June 4, 1922 in Chattanooga, Tenn., the daughter of Winford and Evelyn (Berry) Doughty. She married Ralph L. Nicelley, who preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 1966. She previously served as Paulding County Clerk of Courts. She was a member of First Christian Church in Paulding, Paulding Garden Club and was a Master Gardener of the State of Ohio. She was a former correspondent for Fort Wayne Newspapers, and a former member of the Paulding Village Council.

She is survived by three sons, Roger (Jennifer) Nicelley, and Curtis (Lisa) Nicelley, both of Cecil, and Thomas (Shawna) Nicelley of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Maurice Doughty of Georgia and Walter Doughty of California; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Lee Ann Ricketts.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will be in Cooper Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 Friday, May 27 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to American Cancer Society or Master Gardeners Club.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

LLOYD STOLLER 1923-2011

PAULDING – Lloyd Donald Stoller, age 87, died Sunday, May 22 at Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, Westerville.

He was born Nov. 27, 1923 in Paulding County, the son of Samuel C. and Mary H. (Metzger) Stoller. On Oct. 9, 1948, he married Catherine I. Tope, who survives. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, serving in the 96th Bomb Group, 338th Bomb Squadron, 8th Air Force. He was a B-17 flight engineer/top turret gunner. He was a prisoner of war in Germany for one year.

He was employed by Paulding–Putnam Electric as a line superintendent and was a former Paulding County Sheriff Reserve and a Paulding volunteer fireman. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Paulding, and a life member of VFW Post #587.

Also surviving are a son, Terry (Karen) Vance of Creston; a daughter, Bev (Jerry) Miller, Lewis Center; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother and twin sisters; a stepbrother, Richard Stoller; and two stepsisters, Dean Clark and Donna Temple.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland, with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding County Senior Center.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

RON LANDRIE 1947-2011

VAN WERT — Ron R. Landrie, 63, of Van Wert died at 4:35 a.m., Thursday, May 19, at the Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

He was born Sept. 13, 1947, in Paulding, the son of Russel Earl and Betty Lorene (Sitcler) Landrie, who both preceded him in death.

He was a 1965 graduate of Paulding High School and had been employed as a banker at City Loan Financial in Van Wert and Paulding for over 20 years. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #1197 and a member of the First Church of God in Van Wert. He was also a regular attendee of the Van Wert Sportsman Club.

Surviving are three daughters, Michelle (Brian) Landreville of Phoenix, Suzanne (Robert) Bland of Hoschton, Ga. and a younger daughter; his companion, Mary Miller of Van Wert; a brother, Michael Landrie of Napoleon; and nine grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Cowan and Son Funeral Home in Van Wert with Pastor Jacob Watts officiating. Burial will be in the Live Oak Cemetery in Paulding.

Hours of visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. prior to services.

Preferred memorials are to the CHP Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

Online condolences may be sent to cowanfuneralhome.com

 

 

GORDON “HEAVY” FOUST 1957-2011

PAULDING – Gordon Gene “Heavy” Foust, age 53, died Wednesday, May 18 at Paulding County Hospital.

He was born July 23, 1957 in Paulding, the son of Elmer H. and Ruth Ellen (Kimmey) Foust. He was previously employed by Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp. He was owner/operator of Masquerade Karaoke in Paulding and Florida, and was lead singer and drummer of the band “Reno” for 25 years.

He is survived by a son, Gary Foust, Paulding, a daughter, Christy Foust, Tampa, Fla.; two sisters, Kathleen (Tom) Reinhart and Lori (Keith) Deming, both of Paulding; and two brothers, Mark Foust of Huron, Tenn. and Roland Foust, North Vernon, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Visitation will be held from noon-2 p.m. prior to services.

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

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

 

EUGENE WITTE 1924-2011

FORT WAYNE – Eugene L. Witte, 87, of Fort Wayne, died May 15 at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center in Paulding.

He was born May 8, 1924, in Fort Wayne. He was married to Marjorie J. Witte, who preceded him in death. He was a member of the Trinity English Lutheran Church. He served 13 years on the board of directors of the Embassy Theater. He also was a volunteer at the Embassy Theater for 20 years.

He is survived by two sons, Steven L. of Naples, Fla. and Greg E. (Sandy) Witte of Woodburn; twin grandsons, Chris (Rachel) Witte and Craig (Heather) Witte and a great-granddaughter.

A private family service will be held. Entombment will be at Concordia Cemetery Gardens.

 

 

HOPE WALDRON 1920-2011

VAN WERT – Hope Adeline Waldron, 91, of Van Wert, died at 4:24 p.m. Friday, May 13 at the Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

She was born Jan. 30, 1920, near Grover Hill, the daughter of Willard Wilson and Elmyra (Parks) Wilson Tow. On Aug. 15, 1936, she married Alvin Edward Waldron, who preceded her in death on Oct. 11, 2003. She farmed in Paulding County with her husband for 45 years. She also worked at Van Wert Manufacturing. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Van Wert, where she was active as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School staff, and various Bible studies. She also greatly loved God’s music. She was a member of Ohio Farmers Union and Ohio Farm Bureau and was active at the Council on Aging.

Surviving are a son, Alvin W. (Marilyn) Waldron of Convoy; one daughter, Corinne (Bruce) Fisher of Fort Wayne; a brother, Michael (Marie) Tow of Haviland; two sisters, Mary (Bud) Agnes of Spencerville and Rae Kay (Howard) Eager of Greenville, S.C.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Robert Dennis Waldron; a granddaughter, Heather Fisher; a great-granddaughter, Emily Waldron; one brother, Willis Wilson; and two sisters, Wilma Miller and Isabel Lichtenstein.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 17 at First Baptist Church, Van Wert, with the Rev. Steve A. Robinson officiating. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Convoy.

Calling hours are from 3-8 p.m. Monday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Preferred memorials are Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center or First Baptist Church.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at cowanfuneralhome.com.

 

TROY LAMBERT 1966-2011

CLOVERDALE – Troy D. Lambert, age 44, of Cloverdale, died Saturday, May 14 at Glandorf Ambulatory Care Center.

He was born Aug. 15, 1966 in Chicago, the son of Kenneth and Patsy Jean (Malone) Lambert. On Sept. 27., 1986, he married Carla Carter, who survives. He was a welder and worked at Steel Technologies in Ottawa and previously at New Millennium in Continental. He was a member of Eagles Aerie 372 in Defiance.

Also surviving are two daughters, Tracie (Brody) White of Paulding and Krista Lambert, Cloverdale; a son, Matthew, of Cloverdale; a granddaughter, Alayna White; a sister, Dianne (Danny) Orr of Defiance; two brothers, Timothy Johnson of Ayersville and Trevor (Becky) Lambert of Defiance; and his father, of Defiance.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance with Larry Colwell officiating. Burial will be in Ayersville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to American Cancer Society.

 

 

EDWARD “CHUCK” BRADFORD 1924-2011

OAKWOOD – Edward “Chuck” Bradford, 87, of Oakwood, passed away at 5:24 a.m. Wednesday, May 11 at Paulding County Hospital.

He was born Feb. 13, 1924 in Oakwood, the son of Edward and Stella (Williams) Bradford. On Oct. 13, 1945, he married Violet A. Tipsword, who preceded him in death Aug. 31, 2004. He worked for Cooper Furniture, was a farmer and carpenter, and was manager of Countrymark Grain Elevator for 20 years before retiring.

He is survived by a daughter, Vicki (Richard) Schweizer of Grand Junction, Colo.; a son, James (Hope) Bradford of Payne; four grandsons, Brad Wilson, Jeff Wilson, Nathan Bradford and Shawn Bradford; and seven great-grandchildren, Dereck Wilson, Adeline Bradford, Trenton Wilson, Braden Wilson, Julia Glasner, Maddox Bradford and EllaMarie Bradford.

Also preceding him in death were six brothers, Cecil, Bert, Jerry, Earl, Ralph and Bernard Bradford; and three sisters, Creda Soule, Blanch Carnahan and Lois Freede.

Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, May 16 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial will follow in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.

Visitation will be from noon-6 p.m. Sunday, May 15 and one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

 

IRENE SHULTZ-HAYS 1936-2010

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. – Irene Shultz-Hays, 74, of Scottsburg, Ind., died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 at the Scott Villa Living Center.

She was born June 13, 1936 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Eugene Irving and Evelyn Florence (Linebrink) Tunks. She was a retired cook for the old Best Western in Scottsburg, a former manager of the Lake Weir Laundromat in Ocklawaha, Fla. and the Sears Town Laundromat in Ocala, Fla. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #6582.

Surviving are two sons, Leroy W. “Bill” (Sandy) Shultz of Louisville and Michael Shultz of Scottsburg, Ind.; two daughters, Tina Payne and Alice Bryant, both of Scottsburg; a sister, Carolyn Roughton of Oakwood; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Leroy William Shultz Sr., in 1987; and her second husband, John Hays, on March 4, 2009.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Melrose United Methodist Church in Melrose. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery, Broughton. Local arrangements made by Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

 

 

RONALD FENTER 1947-2011

OAKWOOD – Ronald C. Fenter, 63, of Oakwood, died at 2:45 p.m. Monday, May 9 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born July 17, 1947 in Defiance, the son of Harold and Anna Marie (Crampton) Fenter. On Jan. 29, 1971, he married Nancy Bish, who survives in Oakwood. He was retired.

Also surviving are two children, Dennis Lee Oglesbee of Findlay and Kathy Jean Cooper of Church Hill, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five brothers; and four sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Terry and Marvin Fenter.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with chaplain Jeff Mayer officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until time of services Saturday.

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

Condolences can be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

DIANNE STOUFFER 1944-2011

PAULDING – Dianne Elizabeth (Heller) Stouffer, age 67, died Tuesday, May 10 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Jan. 25, 1944 in Defiance County, the daughter of George E. and Helen (Rieke) Heller. On Nov. 19, 1966 she married R. David Stouffer, who survives. She was employed as an LPN by Paulding County Hospital, retiring in 2005, and Paulding County Home Health Care. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, where she was also a Sunday School teacher and served on the church council. She was a life member of John Paulding Historical Society and a member of the Flat Rock Creek Gas, Steam Tractor Association.

Also surviving are her mother, Helen Heller Andrews, Oakwood; a son, Neal (Kelly) Stouffer, Payne; a daughter, Jill (David) Engle, Bowling Green, two brothers, Ron (Jennie) Heller and Don (Cheryl) Heller, both of Defiance; and six grandchildren, Jordan and Morgan Engle, Matthew, Jacob, Luke and Emma Stouffer.

She was preceded in death by her father, and her stepfather, Walter Andrews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Revs. Karen Stetins and Julia Ronngren officiating.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, May 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding County Hospital Home Health or John Paulding Historical Society.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

ALVIN LONG 1924-2011

OAKWOOD – Alvin L. Long, 87, of Oakwood, died 12:48 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born Feb. 16, 1924 in Perrysburg, the son of Henry and Julia (Morlock) Long. On March 15, 1946, he married Fanny May Adams, who survives in Oakwood. He retired from Grizzly Corp., Paulding. He was a member of Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood, and was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Also surviving are two sons, Steve (Beth) Long of Defiance and Rick Long of Grover Hill; a daughter, Connie Singer of Defiance; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, a brother and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 13 at Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood with Pastor Eric Dailey officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Hospice of Defiance County.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

FRANCES SLATTERY 1924-2011

ANTWERP – Frances Slattery, age 86, of Antwerp, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2011 at her residence.

She was born May 22, 1924, in Antwerp, the daughter of Harry and Bessie (Starry) Drexler. On Dec. 26, 1943, she married Leroy Slattery, who preceded her in death Feb. 10, 2011. They farmed and operated their own sawmill together. Frances also operated her own catering service.

Surviving are two sons, Ronald (Cindi) of Antwerp and Lynn (Carol) of Oriedo, Fla.; a sister, Wanda Hunt of Antwerp; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11 at Antwerp United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to Antwerp United Methodist Church Youth Program.

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

SCOTT DOSTER 1969-2011

PAYNE – Scott E. Doster, 42, of Payne, passed away suddenly Monday, May 2, at Van Wert Hospital.

He was born April 30, 1969 in Paulding, the son of Paul and Patricia (McClish) Doster. On Feb. 14, 2009, he married Wendy Kaufman, who survives. He worked at Thompson Steel, Paulding and was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, and the Antwerp American Legion Post.

Also surviving are two children, Leigha and Tucker; his parents, of Paulding; and brothers, Christopher (Sally) of Paulding and Todd (Rhonda) of Auburn, Ind.

His funeral service is at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, with the Rev. Joseph Allen will officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, and also at the church one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to Wendy Doster, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.

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

 

TANA PALACIOS 1947-2011

ANTWERP – Atanasia “Tana” Palacios, 63, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, May 4 at Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born July 30, 1947 in Wauseon, the daughter of the late Jose and Andrea (Martinez) Mendez. She was a member of South Scipio United Brethren Church.

Surviving are her children, Martina (Jim) Calhoun and Samuel Palacios, both of Antwerp, and Martin (Jennifer) of Tacoma, Wash.; siblings, Connie Thiel of Baton Rouge, La., Michael Mendez and Eleanor Estep, both of Fort Wayne, Nick Mendez of Cecil, Raymond Mendez of Ayersville, Mary Fry of Defiance, Joseph Mendez of Zion, Ill., Ami Dunderman of Antwerp and David Mendez of Ney; and grandchildren, Dante, Myah, Anissa, Olivia, Christian, Jayden, Tyler and Nichole.

She also was preceded in death by her siblings, Ted Mendez, Marianne Reyes, Ester McHargue, Joan Rodriguez and Chris Mendez.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at Antwerp United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Gary Gates officiating. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the church.

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

 
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SHIRLEY PARKER 1943-2011

CECIL – Shirley Ann Parker, 67, Cecil, died at 7:33 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Baton Rouge Care Center, Lima.

She was born May 29, 1943, in Van Wert, the daughter of Waldo and Mary M. (Mullins) Zimmerman. In 1960, she married Carroll Parker, who preceded her in death in 2001. She was a homemaker and worked at the former Hill’s Department Store and the former Foster’s Canning, Napoleon. She also helped with home care.

Surviving are a son, Richard Parker, Cecil; a daughter, Marsha Parker, Cecil; two brothers, Ronnie (Janet) Zimmerman of Michigan and Robert Wesley Gaskill, Van Wert; three sisters, Sharon (Bob) Barnes, Judy Grub and Becky Ladd, all of Van Wert; 11 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; two sons, Jimmie Lee and Michael Wade Parker; a granddaughter, Lydia Gutierrez; and a great-granddaughter, Aryianna Garcia Wieland.

Services were held Wednesday, May 4 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

Condolences may be left at www.HCSfuneralhome.com

 

LEAH RUSSELL 1916-2011

MANDALE – Leah Juanita Russell, 94, of Mandale, died Saturday, April 30 at her daughter’s residence in Ottoville.

She was born Dec. 6, 1916 in Paulding County, the daughter of Sam and Ada (Eller) Stemen. On May 26, 1936, she married Donald Russell, who preceded her in death in 1986. She was co-owner of Russell’s Market in Mandale. She was a member of the Auglaize Chapel Church of God, Oakwood and a former member of the Mandale Community Club. She loved to go fishing and enjoyed making clowns with her husband.

Surviving are seven children, Arline Gloor of Paulding, Rex Russell of Defiance, Ruth (Tom) Wilmoth of Ottoville, Thelma Lannan of Defiance, Kenneth (Suzanne) Russell of North Madison, Donald (Carol) Russell of Defiance, Kevin Russell of Mandale; 24 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Paul Arthur Russell; seven brothers; six sisters; a granddaughter; and a great- stepgrandson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 4 at Auglaize Chapel Church of God with the Rev. Stan Harmon officiating. Burial will follow in Hedges Cemetery, Broughton.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and at the church one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Preferred memorials are to Auglaize Chapel Church of God.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

JOHN HARRIS 1932-2011

MESA, Ariz. – Former Paulding resident John H. Harris, 78, passed away at 5:04 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Mesa, Ariz.

He was born July 17, 1932 in Paulding, the son of Emma Vinegar and James William Harris, both preceding him in death. In 1965, he married Betty Wells in the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Paulding, and she preceded him in death March 5, 2010. John was devoted to his country, family and community; he served in the United States Armed Forces, stationed in France for two consecutive tours of duty during the Korean War from 1952-63. During his service, he also became a decorated boxer for the Army. Following his military service, he became a deputy sheriff in the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department where he served for 14 years and earned the moniker “Big John”. He later worked for General Motors in the Defiance foundry as a security guard, retiring from General Motors as a foreman after 30 years of service. He supported the local community as an active member of the Paulding County School Board for numerous years.

John will be deeply missed by his two sons, John “Jack” Harris Jr. of Columbus and Michael Harris, Elmira, N.Y.; a daughter, Shannon (Harris) Branham of Mesa; grandchildren; Nicholas, John (Alex), Morgan, Jackie, Marlena, Adelle and Marlon (Zeke); a sister, Helena Dorsey of Westchester, Ohio; two in-laws, Walter Wells of Paradise Valley, Ariz. and Brenda (Wells) Vappie of Mesa; and many dearly loved nieces and nephews.

He also was preceded in death by a sister, Jacqueline Hunter; and a brother, Guy Vinegar.

Services will be held Tuesday, May 3 at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care, Mesa.

Online condolences may be sent by going to www.mariposagardens.com

 

JEAN SCALES 1923-2011

Wilma “Jean” Scales, 88, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, April 30 at Dallas Lamb Foundation in Payne.

She was born on April 2, 1923 in Bloomington, Ind., the daughter of Frank M. and Rosetta (Vaught) Hunter. She worked as a custodian at Indiana University for 15 years before retiring in 1988. She enjoyed watching television and reading her Bible.

Surviving are a daughter, Patricia Willingham of Payne; siblings, Albert Wayne Hunter and Donald Pate, both of Indianapolis, Joan Stahl of Van Wert and Vady Pate of Farmington, Mich.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren; seven great-stepgrandsons; and seven great-great-stepgrandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a great-grandson; and three brothers, William Hunter, Leonard Pate and Eddie Pate Jr.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals, Fort Wayne.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 and also one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Preferred memorials are to the American Alzheimer’s Association.

Please visit www.elzey-patterson-rodakfuneralhome.com to leave online condolences.

 

MARGUERITE GRAFT 1918-2011

Marguerite C. Graft, 93, passed away Saturday, April 30, at Markle Health Care Center.

She was born Feb. 7, 1918 in Allen County, Ind., the daughter of Carl and Bonita (McBride) Hulvey. She married Edwin Fredrick Graft, who preceded her in death in 2008. She had worked at General Electric and later was a salesperson for the Sears Catalogue Center along with farming with her husband, Edwin. She was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church.

Surviving are her children, Larry (Karon) Graft of Grover Hill, and Judith (Don) Milholland, Connie (Mike) Johnson, Ronald (Susan) Graft and Ted (Susan) Graft, all of Uniondale, Ind.; two sisters, Pauline Sorg of North Manchester, Ind. and Mary Ellen Gotselig of Bloomington, Ill.; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 4 at New Hope Lutheran Church, Ossian, Ind. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, Ossian, Ind., and at the church one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Preferred memorials may be made to New Hope Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Please visit www.elzey-patterson-rodak.com to leave online condolences

 

 

DAVID FLOSS 1951-2011

FORT WAYNE – David Allen Floss, 60, of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday, April 26 at Regency Place in Fort Wayne.

He was born Feb. 26, 1951 in New Jersey to Robert A. and Evelyn (Schlosser) Floss. He graduated from Paulding High School and received his degree from Bethel College where he graduated magna cum laude. He was employed at Super-Valu for 32 years and would have retired this April 30.

“David was a loving son, brother and uncle to many nieces and nephews. He loved his cat, Joker, and was an avid movie buff. He was known for his kindness and extreme generosity to others and his great sense of humor.”

He is survived by his stepfather, Williams Romes, Defiance; five brothers, Robert (Sharon) Floss Jr. of Urbana, Darriel (Connie) Suffel and John (Angie) Romes, both of Defiance, Randy (Mickey) Suffel of Paulding and Tony Suffel, Waterville; a sister, Joyce Gerber of Indiana; and a very special stepmother, Lorna (Ed) Bataille, Toms River, N.J.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn (Schlosser) Romes; his father, Robert Floss Sr.; and two sisters, Linda Romes and Janice Hancock.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, with the Rev. Father Joseph Gaughan officiating. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

Visitation one hour prior to the service and from 2-4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 29 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to S.P.C.A.

 

PAUL TRAXLER 1928-2011

HICKSVILLE – Paul C. Traxler, 82 of Greenville, S.C., formerly of Hicksville, died Saturday, April 2 at home after a long illness.

He was born June 8, 1928 in Butler, Ind., the son of Terry and Lucille (Dove) Traxler. He was a machinist at Zollner Piston, Fort Wayne. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was a lifetime member of the VFW. He was also a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Hicksville.

Surviving are his wife, Marguerite Lockhart-Traxler; two stepchildren, Diana McCalla of Greenville and Diana (Dale) Egly of Hicksville; a sister, Phyllis Kearns of LaOtto, Ind.; 17 stepgrandchildren and many great-stepgrandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by his first wife, Inez (Geiger) Traxler; two stepsons, Daniel Lockhart and Robert Collins; a brother, Robert; and a sister, Virginia Ward.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 6 in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

 

MILDRED HORG 1949-2011

CONTINENTAL – Mildred H. Horg, 61, of Continental, died at 3:51 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 at Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center, Glandorf.

She was born Dec. 27, 1949, in Lima, the daughter of Morey and Dorothy (Shaner) Drew. She was a housewife.

She is survived by her mother, Dorothy of Paulding; a son, Bobby Horg of Continental; and a sister, Connie (Gary) Shepherd of Kalida.

She was preceded in death by her father, Morey; and a brother, Sam Drew.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Monroe Cemetery.

Hours of visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Continental.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

HULDA CARLISLE 1932-2011

OAKWOOD – Hulda Delores “Boots” Carlisle, age 79, died Tuesday, April 26 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born March 19, 1932 in Paulding County, the daughter of Andrew T. and Viola Mae (Cotterman) Gillett. On Feb. 26, 1949, she married Raymond G. Carlisle, who preceded her in death on June 15, 1992. She was previously employed by Campbell Soup, Napoleon.

She is survived by nine children, Raymond (Patricia) Carlisle and W. Tom (Linda) Carlisle, both of Paulding, Joseph (Barbara) Carlisle of Mark Center, Steve (Danett) Carlisle of Cecil, John Carlisle of New Haven, Daniel (Helen) Carlisle of Oakwood, Tony (Amy) Carlisle of Melrose, and Ruth Ann (Jerry) Warner and Cynthia (Joe) Shipley, both of Fort Wayne; a special friend, Jack Vance, Paulding; three brothers, Andrew (Ruth Ann) Gillett of Van Wert, Leroy (Barbara) Gillett of Bryan and John Gillett, San Diego; three sisters, Bernetia Verfaillie of Paulding, Roberta Norling of Oakwood, and Lulah (Dick) Miller of Edon; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Bonnie Sue Carlisle; and two sisters, Lydia Price and Faith Taylor.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 29 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Bowholtz Cemetery, Jackson Township.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. until time of services on Friday.

Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

EVELYN JACKSON 1927-2011

DEFIANCE – Evelyn R. Jackson, age 83, of Defiance, died at 7:25 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

She was born Nov. 23, 1927 in Paulding County, the daughter of Guy F. and Eva Jane (Stuart) Heazlit. On Feb. 5, 1949, she married Robert J. Jackson, who survives. She was an aide at Ayersville Schools, retiring in 1987 after 17 years of service, and also had previously worked at Defiance Middle School and Nationwide Insurance. She was a member of Ayersville United Methodist Church.

Also surviving are a son, Kirk (Kelly) Jackson of Holgate; two daughters, Jane (Dennis) Roeschley of Graymont, Ill. and Debra (Rex) Wreede of Defiance; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Edith Dryfuse of Colonial Heights, Va.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Heazlit; and a sister, Ruby Stevenson.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28 at Ayersville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Clarence Dinnen officiating.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. today, April 27 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, and at the church one hour prior to services on Thursday.

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

 

 

DOROTHY OSBORNE 1922-2011

PAYNE – Dorothy Pearl Rone Osborne, 88, of Prestonburg, Ky., formerly of Payne, passed away Feb. 19, 2011.

She was born Feb. 27, 1922, the daughter of Elwood and Victoria (Bratcher) Rone. On June 21, 1941, she married Edgar Osborne, who preceded her in death March 20, 1988. She retired from North American Van Lines in Fort Wayne and Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Prestonburg.

Surviving are her children, Carol Snellenberger Brady and Michael Osborne; four grandchildren, Nelson Snellenberger II, Jeffrey Snellenberger and Christopher and Anita Osborne; two great-grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Elwood Rone Jr.

Visitation from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne with services at 2 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to Payne Friends of the Library, PO Box 736, Payne OH 45880.

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

 

ANNA MAE FRESHWATER 1920-2011

ANTWERP – Anna Mae Freshwater, 90, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, April 20 at Laurels of DeKalb, Butler, Ind.

She was born Aug. 20, 1920 in Oakwood, the daughter of Frank and Gail (Stauffer) Carnahan. On Sept. 18, 1943 she married Howard Freshwater, who preceded her in death in 1992. She worked at Brune Printing in Paulding for more than 30 years.

Surviving are a daughter, Karen of Antwerp; and two sisters, Eleanor Fellers of Paulding and Dorothy Lothamer of Fort Wayne.

She also was preceded in death by 10 siblings.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Paulding. Dooley Funeral Homes of Antwerp and Payne is in charge of arrangements.

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

 

 

MAXINE GORDON 1920-2011

PAYNE – Maxine V. Gordon, 90, of Payne, passed away Sunday, April 17, at her residence.

She was born July 12, 1920 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Frank and Eleanora (Schone) Alter. On June 14, 1952 she married Paul Gordon, who survives. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding County. She was active in the Rosary/Altar Society and the church funeral dinner committee. Maxine was also a proud supporter of Paulding County Right to Life and many other church missions.

Also surviving are two daughters, Linda (Dennis) Sullivan of Indianapolis and Eileen (Marc) Durette of Minocqua, Wis.; three sons, David (Debra), Ken and Bill (Lori), all of Payne; siblings, Frank Alter of Tampa, Fla., Helen Darling of Decatur, Ind., Joseph and Raymond Alter, both of Fort Wayne, and Jerome Alter of Sidney, Australia; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a son, Richard; and siblings, Albert Alter and Mary Jane Caines.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 21 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, with the Rosary recited at 8 p.m. Visitation is also, 9-9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Paulding County Right to Life, P.O. Box 14, Paulding OH 45879.

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

 

 

JOE MOORMAN 1930-2011

PAYNE – Joseph A. Moorman, 81, of Payne, passed away Sunday, April 17 at his residence.

He was born April 1, 1930, in Van Wert, the son of Russell and Pauline (Otis) Moorman. He served in the U.S. Army as a PFC in the Korean War and was a truck driver. On Oct. 21, 1972, he married Rose Ross, who preceded him in death June 10, 2010. He was a member of the Payne American Legion Post, Van Wert Masonic Lodge, Moose Lodge and VFW.

Surviving are two stepdaughters, Jean Carver of Edgerton, Ind. and Jan Lawson of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Joy Gaberdale of Newark and Judy Berres of Phoenix; two brothers, Jim of Convoy and Paul; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by two sisters, Jewel Amstutz and Sandra Gahman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, with the Rev. Joe Allen officiating. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery, with military honors.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

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

 

GEORGE SPITNALE 1927-2011

 

OAKWOOD – George J. Spitnale, 84, of Oakwood, died at 4:10 a.m. Wednesday, April 13 at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla.

He was born March 12, 1927 in Cloverdale, the son of Ross and Vesta (Prowant) Spitnale. On June 8, 1947, he married Helen Keck, who survives in Oakwood. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, serving as a member of The Lucky 7th in Austria. He worked at the Lima Locomotive Plant in Lima building steam locomotives, was a telegrapher for Nickel Plate Railroad for 20 years, operated heavy equipment and retired as an over-the-road truck driver. He spent the last 20 winters in Florida where he enjoyed woodcarving, shuffling and being around people. He loved hunting and fishing.

He attended Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood, was an assistant Scout Master of Troop 19, a former Oakwood councilman, was one of Oakwood’s first EMTs, coached girls’ softball, was a life member of F.&A.M. Masonic Lodge #570 in Continental for over 60 years, and a life member of both the Continental American Legion and Ottawa VFW. He was a former Republican Committeeman.

Also surviving are three sons, Daniel G. (Janet) Spitnale of Defiance, Dean C. (Gail) Spitnale of Connecticut and David J. Spitnale of Naples, Fla.; a daughter, Sue (Charles) Guyer of Kokomo, Ind.; 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Dale (Edna Mae) Spitnale of Oakwood; and a sister-in-law, Judy Spitnale of Cloverdale.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jake and Henry; and two grandsons, Troy Daniel Spitnale and Samuel Nicholas Spitnale.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Chris Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Cascade Cemetery, Cloverdale, with military rites by the Continental American Legion and the Ottawa VFW.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 18, from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 and one hour prior to services Wednesday. There will be a Masonic Service at 8 p.m. Monday and a VFW Service 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to the F.&A.M. Masonic Lodge in Continental or Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood.

Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

 

RUTH ZIGOVITS 1926-2011

PAULDING – Ruth A. Zigovits, age 84, died Thursday, April 14 at her home after an extended illness.

She was born June 11, 1926 in St. Marys, the daughter of George and Lula (Gilliland) Losher. On May 21, 1948, she married Joseph Zigovits, who survives. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, Catholic Study Club, a funeral caller for the church, CCD teacher for 21 years and CCD principal. She was a member of Holy Rebels Support Group, Paulding County Hospital Auxiliary for 30 years, co-manager of the Hospital Gift Shop for 25 years, a member of the Benevolent Society (Bargain Bin), Meals on Wheels for Paulding County Senior Center and the Hungarian Magyar Club of Dayton.

Also surviving are two sons, J. Michael (Mini) Zigovits, Farmington Hills, Mich., and G. Christopher (Amy) Zigovits, Indianapolis; three daughters, Teresa Zigovits of Toledo, LuCinda Zigovits of Oxford and Katherine (Michael) Dangler, Snellville, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, G. Kenneth and Richard Losher.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, April 18 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 3-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with a rosary service at 6 p.m. Visitation also will be held one hour prior to services on Monday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Masses, Community Health Professionals Hospice of Paulding County or PCH Auxiliary Gift Shop.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

FRANKLIN FRENCH

PAYNE – Family and friends are invited to a military graveside service for Franklin French at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Lehman Cemetery, Payne.

He graduated from Payne High School in 1955 and served in the Navy as a Seabee from 1955-57. He passed away Dec. 17, 2010.

Following the service, a pie and coffee reception will be held for family and friends at the Dog House Restaurant, Payne.

 

GERRY MOBLEY 1942-2011

PAULDING – Geraldine “Gerry” M. Mobley, age 68, died Tuesday, April 12 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born April 29, 1942 in Paulding County, the daughter of Paul R. and Dorothy L. (Dotterer) Devers. On Oct. 21, 1960, she married Nolan R. Mobley, who survives. She was a member of Junction Christian Bible Church and an Oakwood EMT for 20 years. She was previously employed by R&B Fabrications.

Also surviving are a son, Rodney (Joanne) Mobley, Paulding; a daughter-in-law, Angie Mobley, Antwerp; a brother, Jack Devers, Bryan; three sisters, Floella Handy of Hicksville, Phyllis (John) Worthan of Montpelier and Judy (Larry) Harper, Edgerton, Ohio; and four grandchildren, Corbin, Alyssa, Jessie and Kyle.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Paul “Travis” Mobley; a brother, Larry Devers; and a sister, Shirley Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. C. Joseph Fifer officiating. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, April 15 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to the Junction Christian Bible Church.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


 

ABIGAIL KUDRIN 2011

Abigail “Abbey Rose” Kudrin, age 4 months.

Beloved daughter of Sam (Parma, Ohio) and Suzi (Wunderle, Paulding, Ohio); loving granddaughter of Jim and Sandy Kudrin and Ted and Cathy Wunderle; niece to Steve and Sarah Ochap, Jake Kudrin, Marcus and Kinga Wunderle, Tom and Nichole Wunderle, Andrea Kudrin and Heath and Gabi Hanson; cousin of Lauren and Kyle Wunderle and Amya, Darius and Harper.

Funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16 at North Royalton Christian Church, North Royalton, Ohio. Interment Milan Cemetery, Milan.

Family will receive friends 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 15 at the Mallchok Funeral Home, Parma.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to any Key Bank for the Abbey Rose Fund.

 

 

DAVID HART 1937-2011

ANTWERP – David C. Hart, 73, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, April 8 at his residence.

He was born Dec. 29, 1937, in Berne, Ind., the son of Carl and Mary Jo (Williams) Hart. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-58 and was a truck driver at United Trucking. On Nov. 23, 1979, he married Roberta Bunn, who survives. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Antwerp and the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association, where he was a board member for nine years.

Also surviving are three children, David (Paula) Hart of Fort Wayne, Steve (Kimberly) Lucas of Antwerp and Cheri (Bud) Baer of Van Wert; a sister, Myra Walker of Vista, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Kathleen Kean.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 13 at First Baptist Church, Antwerp, with the Rev. Todd Murray officiating. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at the church and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Preferred memorials are to Roberta Hart, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.

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

 

LESLIE BEVERLY 1951-2011

GREENVILLE – Former Paulding resident Leslie M. Beverly, age 59, died Wednesday, April 6 at the Wayne Health Care Center, Greenville.

She was born Sept. 4, 1951 in Paulding County, Ohio the daughter of Earl Junior and Betty Lou (Highwarden) Beverly.

She is survived by three brothers, Earl Beverly of San Antonio, Kent Beverly of Paulding and Elliot Beverly, Dallas; and a nephew, James Earl Beverly, San Antonio.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Gregory A. Beverly; and a sister, Sarah E. Beverly.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Pat Holt officiating. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil.

Visitation will be from noon until time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

WILLIAM ALT 1931-2011

LONDON, Ohio – William Ralph Alt, 79, of London, died at 12:45 p.m. Friday, April 8 at the Madison House, London.

He was born July 31, 1931 in Putnam County, the son of Henry Francis and Luella Mary (Ricker) Alt. He was a member of Saint Patrick Church, London, and a former member of Saint Matthew Church, Gahanna and Saint Michael Church, Findlay. He was 3rd degree and lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, Saint Michael Parish. He had been employed by the Vigoro Inc. Industries, Findlay, and had been office manager with the WR Grace Company, Gahanna, for 32 years. He loved to work in the garden and was an avid woodworker.

Surviving are his loving wife of 54 years, Dorothy Alice (Phlipot) Alt; three children, Kathy J. (Brad) Roynon of Findlay, Douglas A. (Susan) Alt of West Jefferson and Cynthia M. (Steve) Bostwick of Cincinnati; brothers and sisters, Viola Topp of Leipsic, John Alt of Saline, Mich., Ghnelda Schimmoeller of Fort Jennings, Bernard (Dorothy) Alt of Fort Wayne, Robert (Carolyn) Alt of Leipsic and Kenneth (Sandy) Alt of Temperance, Mich.; grandchildren, Taylor, Mallory, and Westley Roynon, Daniel and Justin Alt, Ariana, Vaughn, Natasha and Vera Bostwick; and numerous nieces and nephews and many many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Richard and Daniel; a grandson, Brian Roynon; and a stepsister, Frances Alt.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 12 at Saint Patrick Church Parish Center, London, with Father Mark Ghiloni officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. An interment service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Saint Mary Cemetery, Leipsic. Rader-Lynch and Dodds Funeral Home, London, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to Saint Patrick Church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.rldfuneralhome.com

 

 

GRETNA STEVENS 1942-2011

VAN WERT – Gretna L. Stevens, 68, of Van Wert, died at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Lima Memorial Hospital.

She was born Oct. 18, 1942, in Van Wert, the daughter of John and Esther (Cox) Dempsey, who both preceded her in death. On July 17, 1962, she married Donald W. Stevens, who survives in Van Wert. She had worked  as a sales clerk for the Mr. Wigg’s and Heck’s Department Stores in Van Wert. She was in the acappella high school choir and was a former volunteer for the American Red Cross. She was also a member of the Van Wert Victory Church in Van Wert.

Also surviving are three daughters, Melanie (Thomas) Norman, Christie (Keith) Ridenour and Vanessa Stevens, all of Van Wert; two brothers, Maurice (Mary Ellen) Dempsey of Virginia Beach, Va. and Donald (Sue) Dempsey of Convoy; four sisters, Beverly (Larry) Schoonover of Lakeland, Fla., Saundra Schwinnen of Montpelier, Linda (Terry) Neer of Paulding and Johnette Waltmire of Van Wert; seven grandchildren, Jeffery (Colleen Valentine) Ridenour, Britney Ridenour, Tommy, Travis, Tyler and Tanner Norman and Misty Couch; two great-grandchildren, Cameron Norman and Aleah Long; and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Also preceding her in death were three sisters, Helen Osting, Nellie Schabbing and Mary Dempsey.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday April 10, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert.

Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, prior to services.

Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert Victory Church.

 

 

DONNA GERSCHUTZ 1937-2011

OAKWOOD – Donna Jean (Carnahan) Gerschutz, 74, of Oakwood, died Wednesday, April 6, at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Jan. 7, 1937 in Paulding County, the daughter of Clair and Alberta (Tipsword) Carnahan. On Dec. 29, 1971, she married Nicholas V. Gerschutz Jr., who preceded her in death on March 31. She retired after many years from the Zeller Corporation in Defiance. She loved gardening and feeding her hummingbirds. She also loved to crochet, cook for her family, and her dog, Tab. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Junction.

She is survived by a daughter, Karin (Mike) Thomas of Paulding; three sons, Michael (Angie) Sharp and Craig Sharp, both of Paulding, and Brian (Jaime) Gerschutz of Oakwood; four stepdaughters, Gloria Brown of Napoleon, Debra (Ken) Ott and Dianne (Bruce) Hefflinger, both of Defiance, and Pamela (Tony) Shelton of Kingsport, Tenn.; a stepson, Gary (Crystal) Gerschutz of Holgate; 31 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard (Gert) Carnahan and George (Sue) Carnahan, both of Oakwood; and a sister, Sue (Ray) Rager of North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a stepson, Kenneth Gerschutz; two stepdaughters, Patricia (Eugene) Niese and Cheryl (Dave) Alvord; and a great-granddaughter, Kiera Duncan.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9 at the First Church of God, Defiance, with the Rev. Rick Rufenacht officiating. Burial will follow at Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday, April 8 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Ohio Parkinson Foundation Northwest Region.

 

 

LILLIANA DEARING 2006-2011

PAULDING – Our dear sweet Lilliana Jenean Rose “Lilly” Dearing, age 4, joined our Lord in Heaven at 6:23 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Paulding County Hospital.

She was born May 21, 2006 in Paulding County, the daughter of Amanda “Mandy” Briner and Todd Dearing II, who both survive.

She is also survived by her maternal grandmother, Tammy (Saul) and Darryl Eicher; paternal grandfather, Todd R. Dearing; maternal grandfather, Glenn L. Briner; uncles, James Kleman, Jessie Kleman and Danny Kuhn; an aunt, Tiffany Dearing; and cousins, Katie Kleman, Reina Kleman and Kemper.

Lilly was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Kimberly Jenean Dearing; and maternal great-grandfather, James J. Saul.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 8 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Dwayne Richardson officiating. Burial will follow at Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. Friday until service time.

Memorial donations may be made to Lilliana Jenean Rose “Lilly” Dearing Account at the First Federal Bank, 905 N. Williams St., Paulding OH 45879.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

GEORGIALEE YOUNG 1937-2011

PAULDING – Georgialee Young, 73, of Paulding, died at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, April 3 at the Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice.

She was born April 10, 1937 in Paulding County, the daughter of George and Eva (Keck) Sunday. She retired as supervisor for Paulding County Developmental Disabilities. She was a member of Auglaize Chapel Church of God, Oakwood.

Surviving are a daughter, Cindy (Jerry) Burt of Paulding; a son, Tom (Kay) Young of Virginia Beach, Va.; three grandchildren, Brody (Tracie) White, Colten White and Georgina White; a great-granddaughter, Alayna White; and a brother, Don Sunday of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Robert Merriman officiating. Burial will follow in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Preferred memorials are to PC Workshop in Paulding or Hospice of Defiance.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

NICHOLAS GERSCHUTZ JR. 1930-2011

OAKWOOD – Nicholas V. “Nick” Gerschutz Jr., age 80, died on Thursday, March 31 at Paulding County Hospital.

He was born April 14, 1930 in Henry County, the son of Nicholas and Frances (Wagner) Gerschutz. On Dec. 29, 1971, he married Donna Jean Carnahan, who survives. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Junction, and former member of Eagles Club and Defiance County Coon Hunters Association. He was a retired Teamster, driving for Freightway Corp. for 28 years. Nick loved the great outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. His favorite indoor activity was watching his favorite team, the Cleveland Indians.

Also surviving are two sons, Brian (Jaime) Gerschutz of Oakwood and Gary (Crystal) Gerschutz of Holgate; four daughters, Gloria Brown, of Napoleon, Pamela (Tony) Shelton of Kingsport, Tenn., and Debra (Ken) Ott and Dianne (Bruce) Hefflinger, both of Defiance; two stepsons, Mike (Angie) Sharp and Craig Sharp of Paulding; a stepdaughter, Karin (Mike) Thomas of Paulding; 31 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Rose Battershell of Hicksville and Lillian (Schwab) Chinni of Defiance.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Alt (Rita) Gerschutz, Al (Love) Gerschutz, Francis (Catherine) Gerschutz and Bob (Rita) Okuly; a son, Kenneth Gerschutz; two daughters, Patricia (Eugene) Niese and Cheryl (Dave) Alvord; and a great-granddaughter, Kiera Duncan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Defiance, with Father Tim Kummerer officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Monday, April 4 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Nick’s honor to the Diabetes Foundation or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be left at www.hcsfuneralhome.com

 

 

JIMMY LEE FLOYD 1954-2011

PAULDING – Jimmy Lee Floyd, 57, of Paulding, died Saturday, April 2, at the Defiance Regional Medical Center.

He was born March 14, 1954, in Beckley, W.Va., the son of Charles and Katherine (Grahm) Floyd, who both preceded him in death. He lived in Baltimore until he was age 12 and then moved to Defiance. He owned and operated Floyd’s Repair for the past 23 years, where he serviced car dealerships all over northwest Ohio. His passion was his Harley-Davidson, which he has owned and rode since the early 1970s. He also loved the Baltimore Orioles from the time he was young and was a diehard Colts and Buckeye fan. He loved trapping and hunting and restoring old cars. He was working on a 1966 Mustang. He loved classic cars and antique treasures and collected them regularly. He was a great storyteller especially while driving his pontoon down the river.

Surviving are Karen Caris, the love of his life for 19-1/2 years; two sons, Jason (Tara) of Big Piney, Wyo. and Jared Floyd of Defiance; two daughters, Sara (Ross) Becker and Megan Floyd, both of Defiance; four grandchildren, Malaki Pabon, Gretchyn Pabon, Alex Cruz and Draxton Floyd; two stepchildren, Marcus and Sage Mahaffey; and three sisters, Deb Walters and Belinda Hamman, both of Defiance, and Cindy Britton of Sturgis, Mich.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, with the Rev. Tim Yazel officiating. Burial will be in the Riverview Memory Gardens in Defiance.

Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials may be directed to Defiance Hospice in honor of his mother.

Condolences may be sent to www.HCSfuneralhome.com

 

 

ROBERT TRACY 1924-2011

GROVER HILL – Robert M. Tracy, 86, of Grover Hill, died at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Van Wert Manor Nursing Home in Van Wert.

He was born Sept. 11, 1924, in Cleveland, the son of Claude and Ada (Korf) Tracy. He married Betty J. Ashbaugh, who survives in Grover Hill. He retired from the Continental Can Company in 1982, following over 30 years of service. He was a member of the Van Wert Amateur Radio Club.

Also surviving are two sons, Floyd (Shirley) and Gary Tracy, both of Van Wert; a daughter, Roxana (Lonnie) Lytle of Grover Hill; six grandchildren, Allyssa (Nic) Alvarez, Carlee (Brad) Denning, Matthew (Lydia) Miller, Traci (Greg) Hollenbaugh, Gene (Melissa) Tracy and Travis Tracy; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Miller; a son, Lloyd Tracy; and six sisters, Alberta Ours, Lucille Morrison, Wilma Bish, Lois Thrasher, Bea LeMonds and Inez Lawther.

Graveside services will be held at noon Wednesday, April 6, at the Maumee Cemetery in Antwerp. There will be no calling hours. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert is in charge of the arrangements.

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

 

 

MICHAEL LINDSEY 1947-2011

ANTWERP – Michael Albert Lindsey, 63, of Antwerp, passed away peacefully at 4:06 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at Paulding County Hospital.

He was born on May 26, 1947, in Paulding County, the son of the late Arland and Ula (Norwood) Lindsey. Mike was known for his jovial personality, especially when he was at the Antwerp Shell or working at the IGA.

His graveside service is at 10 a.m. Wednesday April 6, at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp, with Deacon Robert Nighswander officiating. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

 

 

VELMA KECK 1917-2011

OAKWOOD – Velma G. Keck, age 93, died Friday, April 1 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Oct. 17, 1917 in Paulding County, the daughter of Ray and Minnie (Font) Thomas. On Oct. 23, 1940, she married Millard T. Keck, who preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 1997. She was a registered nurse, retiring from GM Powertrain in Defiance. She was a nurse also at Paulding County Hospital. She was a member of the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church of Oakwood, formerly the Oakwood United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Ray V. (Carla) Keck of Defiance and Larry T. (Terry) Keck of Fulton, Mo.; two sisters, Edna Parrish of Coon Rapids, Minn. and Evelyn (Dale) Deisler of Upper Sandusky; three brothers, Donald Thomas of Indian Wells, Calif., Kenneth (Bonnie) Thomas of Indianapolis and Loren (Luella) Thomas of Paulding; 11 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Keck Engel; a grandson, Todd Engel; a great-grandson, Derek Harrison; and two brothers, Robert and Carl Thomas.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Eric Dailey officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Monday, April 4, at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Preferred memorials are to the Oakwood Library Fund or Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood.

Online condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com


 
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NELL ROSE HARTWICK 1915-2011

PAULDING – Nell Rose Hartwick, age 95, died Tuesday, March 29 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Sept. 11, 1915 in Paulding County, the daughter of Frank and Nell (Powell) Thompson. On Sept. 12, 1936, she married Charles Frederick Hartwick, who preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 1994. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Briceton and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star’s former Corona Chapter #95, where she was a past matron.

She is survived by two sons, Dan (Marlene) Hartwick, Plano, Texas, and Bill Hartwick, Briceton; a daughter, Bonnie (Dan) Griffiths, Paulding; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Virginia Thompson, Nashville.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard, Bill and Robert; and two sisters, Betty and Ruth Ann.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Joe Allen officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, April 3 at the funeral home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Monday.

Memorial donations may be made to Caring and Sharing Food Pantry or American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

DALE WILLIAM YOH 1931-2011

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Dale W. Yoh, age 79, of Burnsville, Minn., passed away on Sunday, March 27.

He was born Oct. 7, 1931 and graduated from Haviland-Scott High School. He was an Air Force veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Ethelyn “Tootie”; four children, Vicki Hagen, Tina (Rob) Hazelton, Denise (Lowell) Yawn and Jeri (Adam) Yoh-Seeger; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a twin brother, Gale (Shirley) Yoh of Haviland; and special friends Francina and Courtney Fowler.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Ashley Hazelton.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 30 at White Funeral Home, Burnsville.

Preferred memorials are to Alina Hospice and Our Lady of Good Counsel Home.

 

WANITA KOCHEL 1922-2011

DEFIANCE – Wanita E. “Granny” Kochel, age 88, died Monday, March 21 at CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

She was born April 23, 1922 in Hancock County, the daughter of Gail and Ethel (Williams) Sierer. On Dec. 20, 1949, she married Ralph L. Kochel, who preceded her in death on March 12, 1989. She was owner-operator of the former Kochel’s Grocery Store in Junction for 40 years.

She is survived by two daughters Edna Bernath of Bryan and Mary (Sidney) McMillan, Defiance; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Gail; a grandson, Corey A. McMillan; two sisters, Ellen Manson and Irene Justinger; three brothers, Harry, Dean and Dick Sierer; and a half-brother, Ray Rhinebolt.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 25 at The Rock Church, Ohio 637, Oakwood, with Pastor Art Hulett officiating. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

ERIC WINDLE 1943-2011

ANTWERP – William Eric Windle, age 68, of Antwerp, died Friday, March 18 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born Jan. 17, 1943 in Norvell, Mich., the son of the late William and Ethel (Smith) Windle. He was an electrical engineer at Navistar and an elder at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Antwerp.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret; two daughters, Colleen (Vance) Hugg of Antwerp and Kimberly Ann (Ben) Shaw of Roanoke, Ind.; three brothers, Wally of Texas, Greg of Utah and Larry of Michigan; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kingdom Hall.

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


WANETA KOCHEL 1922-2011

DEFIANCE – Waneta E. “Granny” Kochel, age 88, died Monday, March 21 at CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

She was born April 23, 1922 in Hancock County, the daughter of Gail and Ethel (Williams) Sierer. On Dec. 20, 1949, she married Ralph L. Kochel, who preceded her in death on March 12, 1989. She was owner-operator of the former Kochel’s Grocery Store in Junction for 40 years.

She is survived by two daughters Edna Bernath of Bryan and Mary (Sidney) McMillan, Defiance; five grandchildren; three great-stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Gail; a grandson, Corey A. McMillan; two sisters, Ellen Manson and Irene Justinger; three brothers, Harry, Dean and Dick Sierer; and a half-brother, Ray Rinebolt.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 25 at The Rock Church, Ohio 637, Oakwood, with Pastor Art Hulett officiating. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

JAMI BICKHARD 1965-2011

Jami Janiece Bickhard departed this world Friday, March 18.

She was born March 25, 1965, the daughter of Jack and Ruby Bickhard, who survive in Jay, Okla. She graduated from Andover High School in 1983 and had a BS in business management from Friends University. She worked for over a decade at Boeing Wichita as a material processor and expeditor; she temporarily moved to assist at the Louisiana Boeing Plant. Jami developed and managed her own landscape business for homeowners in the Wichita area. She loved her pets and always found homes for strays, wherever she lived, if she couldn’t adopt them herself. She enjoyed sports as a spectator and a participant. Nature and its inhabitants were an important part of her life. She will be greatly missed for her compassion and love for all God’s creatures.

Also surviving are siblings, Mark H. Bickhard, Coopersburg, Pa., Tena T. Roskam of Wichita, Kan., Conn D. Bickhard of Wichita Falls, Texas, Matt D. Bickhard, Derby, Kan. and Allison Ebberts, Shawnee, Kan.; nieces, Emily Roskam, Portland, Ore., Kari Bickhard and Hannah Bickhard, Wichita Falls, Texas, Lianna Bickhard, Coopersburg, Pa., Mati Bickhard, Derby, Kan., Kennedy Ebberts; nephews, Austen Roskam, Wichita, Kan., Kyle Bickhard and Jack Bickhard, Wichita Falls, Texas, and Jake Bickhard, Derby, Kan.; and great-nephews Nicholas and Jonathan Roskam, Wichita, Kan.

Memorial services will be announced at a later time.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at Maumee Cemetery in Antwerp with the Rev. Max Begley officiating. Services are under the direction of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove, Okla.

Preferred memorials are to a local humane society or Good Shepherd Hospice in Grove, Okla. in care of the funeral home.

Friends and family may send online condolences by viewing Jami’s obituary at www.honoringmemories.com


LILLIAN POWELL 1920-2011

WOODBURN – Lillian M. Powell, 90, of Woodburn, formerly of Van Wert, passed away Friday, March 18 at Parkview Hospice, Fort Wayne.

She was born July 31, 1920 in Kenosha, Wis., the daughter of Bruno and Mary (Lootens) Persyn. On Dec. 23, 1942, she married Herbert Powell, who preceded her in death March 7, 1988. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Brethren in Christ Church, Van Wert and the ladies auxiliary of Van Wert Camp of Gideons International.

Surviving are her children, Karl (Shirley) of Woodburn, Edward (Jan) of Roanoke and Marianne Knotts of Fort Wayne; a brother, Robert Persyn of Fort Wayne; a sister, Clara Reeb of Antwerp; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a son, John; sister, Estella Coonrod; and a grandson, Jeff.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 22 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jody Harr officiating. Burial will be in Scipio Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Monday, March 21 and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Preferred memorials are to Parkview Hospice, 1900 Carew St. #6, Fort Wayne IN 46805, or First United Brethren in Christ Church, 501 S. Race, Van Wert OH 45891.

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


FRANK HAWK 1925-2011

DEFIANCE – Franklin H. “Frank” Hawk, 86, of Defiance, passed away Thursday, March 17 at Twin Rivers Nursing Care Center.

He was born Feb. 12, 1925 in Fremont the son of Howard and Mathilda (Gabel) Hawk. On Sept. 3, 1945, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Brabant, who preceded him in death May 3, 2009. He was inducted in the Northwest Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. He volunteered for over 20 years at all three Defiance nursing home activities programs, four days a week. He played music, read, played cards, held Bible and prayer services. Frank became legally blind in 1962 at age 37 from glaucoma. He then worked as a machinist at SK Wayne - Tool Co. Dresser Industries from 1966-80. He had also worked on pipe organs, studied voice, had been a choir director and engineer at Toledo Central Catholic High School. Frank and his wife, Betty, were active in volunteer work most of their lives. He was a graduate of Fremont St. Joseph’s High School. Frank was a member and lay minister of St. John Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Northwesternaires Barbershop chorus.

Surviving are five daughters, Mary (James) Wagner of Florida, Marjorie (Ronald) Eberly of Defiance, Sylvia Soto of Bryan, Jean (Robert) Simpson of Paulding and Virginia (Paul) Cloud of Oklahoma City; a son, John (Debbie) Hawk of Maryville, Tenn.; two sisters, Joanne Young of Fremont and Martha (Carl) Unger of Texas; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Dicesare; and two brothers, James and Donald Hawk.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 25, at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, with Father Todd Dominique officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 24 and from 10-11 a.m. Friday before services at the funeral home.

Suggested memorials are to DASH-Defiance Area Society for the Handicapped or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences to the family may be left at defiancefuneralhome.com


MADGE ELLIOTT 1918-2011

ANTWERP – Madge L. Elliott, 93, of Antwerp, departed this earthly home into the arms of her savior on Tuesday, March 15 at Manor House Assisted Living.

She was born March 1, 1918 in Woodburn, the daughter of Vernon and Amy (Gustin) Stevenson. On May 26, 1938, she married Gilbert Elliott, who preceded her in death on Feb. 29, 1968. They moved to Naples, Fla. in 1958 and made their home there for 10 years. After returning to Paulding County, she retired from Paulding County Hospital in 1980. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Antwerp.

Surviving are son, Larry (Lucille) of Antwerp; a half-brother, Carl (Norma) Stevenson of Defiance; three half-sisters, Violet Hughes of Antwerp, Mary Ann (Larry) Hawkins of Florida and Peggy (Jerry) Koch of North Carolina; four grandchildren, Brent (Stacie) Brown of Fort Wayne, Debra (Gary) Ward of Payne, Dean (Kelly) of Ft. Jennings and Amy (Gary) Leatherman of Douglasville, Ga.; 12 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Marcellene Noll of Antwerp.

Also preceding her in death were a sister, Eula Hickman; a brother, Cecil; and two half-brothers, Richard and John Stevenson.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with Pastor Mike Pennington officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Friday, March 18 at Dooley Funeral Home and also one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to First Presbyterian Church in Antwerp or Paulding Hospice, 250 Dooley Drive, Paulding.

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


KERRY SAILER 1960-2011

HICKSVILLE – Kerry K. Sailer, 50, died Saturday, March 12 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville.

She was born Sept. 4, 1960 in Long Beach, Calif., the daughter of Joseph and Rosella (Dunlap) Bice. She was a 1980 graduate of New Haven High School. In May 1999, she was united in marriage with Rick Sailer, who survives. She worked at Hickory Creek of Hicksville as a nurses aide.

Also surviving are three daughters, Jessica (Keith) Combs of Angola, Ind., Joy (David) Budd of Sherwood and Shannon (Spencer) Stotler of Hicksville; three sons, Andrew Hedrick of New Haven and John and Brandon Sailer of Hicksville, seven grandchildren; four sisters, Paula (Larry) Damron of Defiance, Pam Greenwalt of Hicksville, Melody (Greg) Randol of Lagrange, Ind. and Kathy (Cary) Mallett of Sherwood; and three brothers, Melvin (Twyla) Bice of Bluffton, Ind., Glen (Kelly) Bice of Edgerton and Jake (Trisha) Schooley of Hicksville.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 15 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home. Burial will be in Six Corners Cemetery, Hicksville.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Monday, March 14 and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Preferred memorials are to Hickory Creek of Hicksville activity fund.

Online condolences may be shared at www.smithbrownfuneralhome.com


BETTY HANENKRATT 1927-2011

PAULDING – Betty Lou (Unger) Hanenkratt, age 83, died Thursday, Jan. 27 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Dec. 3, 1927 in Paulding, the daughter of James and Florence (Ludwig) Unger. On June 29, 1973, she married William B. Hanenkratt, who preceded her in death on Jan. 2, 2001. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Paulding. She formerly was employed by the Paulding Clerk of Courts Title Office, Paulding Progress and Ducat’s Clothing Store.

Surviving are a daughter, Denise A. Lange, Hicksville; two sons, Mikeal A. (Gena) George of Clyde and James George, Hicksville; two brothers, James and Robert Unger, both of Paulding; nine grandchildren, Maggie, Cassandra, Jarrod, Nicole, Nicholas, Jennifer, James, Jason and Jeremy; and 11 great-grandchildren, Keira, Aurielle, Ethan, Kaden, Milee, Brooke, Haley, Kristen, Aubrianna, Brian and Skylar.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Kay George; and two great-grandsons, Caden and Weston.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 14 at the First Christian Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Monday at the First Christian Church.

Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church or John Paulding Historical Society.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


ELAINE WANNEMACHER 1940-2011

PAYNE – Elaine Joanne Wannemacher, Godly wife and mother, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 8 after graciously battling cancer these past five months. Elaine died in her home at Payne. Elaine was born on Feb. 24, 1940 in Van Wert County and was 71 years old. She was known for her sweet and gentle spirit.

Elaine accomplished many things during her life on this earth, but her greatest joy was in glorifying her Lord, Jesus Christ, loving the love of her life, Maurie, as well as cherishing and creating memories with her three girls, much loved son-in-laws and her precious six grandchildren. Elaine and Maurice celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on Dec. 6, 2010.

Among her accomplishments, Elaine was a full-time realtor for 25 years, working along side her husband, Maurice, in his auction business and was a member of Northwestern Board of Realtors as well as various other business organizations. She was a member of Woodburn Missionary Church, Woodburn, Ind. Over the years, she has served her community as a notary public for the State of Ohio and invested six years as a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader.

However, her biggest accomplishment was her personal investment in those she met in caring for their needs in her role as friend, mentor and encourager. She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Maurice Wannemacher, Payne; her three daughters, JoEllen (Brad) Sisson of Payne, Lori Ann (Thomas) Clounie of Huntington, Ind. and Karen Elaine (Daniel) Hahn of Antwerp; six grandchildren, Nicole E. Sisson, Wade E. Sisson, Lauren A. Clounie, Thomas H. Clounie, Taylor K. Hahn and Morgan D. Hahn; and two sisters, Shirley Hudson of Hamilton Lake, Ind. and Betty Lord of Gas City, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Mollet.

A memorial service officiated by Pastor Joel DeSelm will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12 at the Woodburn Missionary Church, Woodburn, with visitation one prior to the service. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation will be held from noon-8 p.m. Friday, March 11 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

The family would ask that all memorials be made to Area Youth For Christ, as they would like to honor this organization that has played such a great role in their family throughout the years.


ROBERT SMITH 1923-2011

PAYNE – Robert J. Smith, 87, of Payne, passed away Tuesday, March 8 at Van Wert Hospital.

He was born Sept. 27, 1923, in Highland Township, Defiance County, the son of Porte and Kathryn (Baum) Smith. He served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Leyte during World War II and also served during the Korean War. He held a B.S. in agriculture and a master’s of education from Ohio State University. On Dec. 26, 1954, he married Leah Williamson, who survives. He was a member of Saint Paul United Methodist Church, Payne; 50-year member and past master of Flatrock Masonic Lodge; 50-year member and past patron of the Eastern Star; 50-year member of the Scottish Rite; 30-year member of Mizpah Shriners; member of American Legion Post #297; and a 30-year member Payne EMS and fire department. He served on numerous health committees and was a former Paulding County Veterans commissioner. He enjoyed coaching football and little league baseball. He was a vocational agriculture teacher at Payne and Wayne Trace schools.

Also surviving are a daughter, Marilyn (Roger) Johnson of Archbold; a son, Terry (Vada) Smith of Payne; a sister, Norma (James) Stewart of Mill Creek, Wash.; a brother, William, of Payne; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A brother, Richard, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, Payne, with the Rev. Julia Ronngren officiating. Burial is in Lehman Cemetery.

Visitation from 4-8 p.m. Friday, March 11 with Masonic rites at 8 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, 5761 SR 500, Payne. Visitation also will be held one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to the church or Payne EMS.

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

 

MARY WOODARD 1924-2011

OTTAWA, Kan. – Former area resident Mary E. Bearickx Woodard, 87, of Ottawa, Kan., died Friday, March 4.

She was born Jan. 6, 1924 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Charles L. and Julie (Dewitt) Bearickx. She worked as a homemaker and attended Abundant Life Pentecostal Church. She married Paul Woodard, who preceded her in death in 2002. She enjoyed writing letters, going on several cruises with her husband, gardening, sewing, cooking, studying her Bible, being in church, and she thoroughly enjoyed spending time with family. She also enjoyed going to England in 1993 to meet her pen pal that she’d had since the eighth grade.

She formerly had lived in Fort Wayne and Payne and after retirement she and her husband moved to Bonita Springs, Fla. Following her husband’s death, she lived in Tennessee and later moved to Kansas where she lived a full and happy life with her granddaughter, Deborah (Mike) Brown and great-grandchildren, Kristin Larsen, Kelsey Stappert and Preston Stappert.

Surviving are a daughter, Pamela Lacrone Stork of Columbia, Tenn.; stepchildren, Karen (Dick) Woodard Gilfillan of Cashiers, N.C., Terry J. (Mary) Woodard of Paulding and Jerry A. Woodard of Fort Wayne; a brother, George Fisher of Yucca Valley, Calif.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Sondra Lacrone Graft; and two brothers, Bill Fisher and Chuck Bearickx.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ossian, Ind. Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, Ossian, will be handling local arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to Abundant Life Church, 3115 West 6th Street, Suite A, Lawrence KS 66049.

To leave on line condolences, please visit www.elzey-patterson-rodak.com


JULIE LAUBER 1956-2011

METAMORA, Mich. – Julie Lynn Lauber, age 54, of Metamora, Mich. passed away Friday, March 4, surrounded by her loving family at Brian’s House Hospice Residence in Davison, Mich.

She was born May 20, 1956 in Paulding, the daughter of Shade and Maggie Ruth Blair. She grew up in Cecil and attended Paulding High School. On July 5, 1984, in Paulding, she married Gary Robert Lauber, who survives. They lived in Napoleon, Visalia, Calif., Saginaw, Mich. and most recently in Metamora for most of the last 13 years. She studied nursing at the University of Michigan-Flint Campus and graduated with a degree as a registered nurse, B.S.N. She worked as a R.N. in the Medical/Surgical Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Pontiac, Mich.

Also surviving are her son, Bradley Scott (Crystal) Miles of Birch Run, Mich.; stepchildren, Laura Ann (Tim) Brubaker of Bowling Green, Susan Kay (Don) Buckley of Washington, D.C. and Joseph Gary (Sheri) Lauber of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; 10 grandchildren, Christian, Lauren, Logan, Marissa, Alaina, Nate, Aubrey, Sophia, Brady and Lexi; her parents, Shade and Maggie Ruth Blair of Cecil; and six brothers, Charlie, Doug, Dale, Dave, Jeff and Kenny Blair.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 9 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Tab Hunter of the Pleasant View Baptist Church, Junction, officiating. Burial will follow at the Blair-Adams Sun Valley Cemetery in Cecil.

t;Preferred memorials are to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, 4100 John R., Detroit, MI 48201. The great medical teams of Karmanos were always there to help Julie fight against cancer.


KEITH JONES 1932-2011

PAULDING – Keith R. Jones, age 78, died Thursday, March 3 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

He was born March 6, 1932 in Mill Creek, W.Va., the son of Clayton M. and Lillie M. (Rudd) Jones. On Aug. 7, 1954, the married Stella J. French, who survives. He retired from GM Powertrain of Defiance in 1988 after 25 years of service. He served in the Ohio National Guard.

Also surviving are three daughters, Diana (Richard) Richards of Alvordton, Sharon (Tim) Franklin of Payne and Kay (Jim) Reynolds of Paulding; five sons, Keith (Dawn) Jones of West Unity, Timothy Jones of Adrian, Mich., and Randy (Lora) Jones, Gary Jones and Thomas (Vicky) Jones, all of Paulding; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Margaret (Richard) Ward of Jeffersonville, Mo., and Evelyn Jessie and Beulah (Lowell) Durbin, both of Bryan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary McQuay.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 8 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne, where Paulding VFW Post #587 will conduct military honors.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Monday, March 7 and Tuesday morning one hour prior to services.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mrs. Stella Jones.

Online condolences to: www.denherderfh.com


 
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R. JOAN GAUVEY 1928-2011

PAYNE – R. Joan Gauvey, age 83, died at 3:35 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25 at Dallas Lamb Nursing Home, Payne.

She was born Feb. 21, 1928 in Paulding County, the daughter of Clarence and Anna (Parady) Harp. She married Lloyd Sutton, who died in 1973. She then married Rex T. Gauvey, and he also preceded her in death. She worked in the activities department at Dallas Lamb Nursing Home for 13 years and was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne.

Surviving are a son, Darren J. (Sharon) Sutton of Payne; a daughter, Carol Snyder, Ponte Vedra, Fla.; a brother, C. James Harp, Payne; a sister, Genevieve Stumbo, Lakeland, Fla.; four grandchildren, Mitch Sutton, Amy Sutton, Master Sgt. Patrick Riley and Scott Riley; and seven great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Lois Ann Hudson and Janice Larson.

Private family services were held with the Rev. Ronald Johnson officiating. Burial was in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to Dallas Lamb Activities Fund or Paulding Community Health Professionals – Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com


JAMES PENDERGRAST JR. 1926-2011

ANTWERP – James Grover Pendergrast Jr., 84, of Antwerp, went to meet his Lord on Saturday, Feb. 26 at his residence, following a lengthy illness.

He was born Oct. 24, 1926 in Eupora, Miss., the son of James Grover and Donnie (Morris) Pendergrast Sr. On Aug. 19, 1944, he married Doris Williams, who preceded him in death Dec. 21, 2009. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII on the U.S.S. Chicago. After serving his country, he and Doris moved to Ohio and started Pendergrast Farm Drainage. He retired in the late 1990s. He was an elder and member of the Paulding Church of Christ. He enjoyed attending church services, gardening, long car rides and eating out, but most of all, his family and friends.

Surviving are three sons, A. Brooks (Linda), James G. (Julie) and David R. (Elaine), all of Antwerp; three daughters, Donna L. (John) Knippen of Delphos, Sheila K. (Greg) Lewis of Woodburn and Shelly J. (Brock) Howell of Cecil; 11 grandchildren, Tad (Tianne), Scott (Kim), Amy (Jeff) Miller, Jenna (Brian) Gress, Jessica (Rusty) Bradford, T.J. (Melany) Knippen, Elizabeth (Adam) Cozad, Seth and Samantha Dailey, Justin and Skylar Howell; three stepgrandchildren, Kevin, Shanna and Connor Howell; six great-grandchildren, Brandon, Jonathon, Megan, Michael, Nicolaus and Roman; three great-stepgrandchildren, Joey, Henry and Brooke; a sister, Betty Jo Dixon; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Jim Sam, Bedford, David, L.E. Archie, Alvin and Cliffton; sisters, Dorothy, Annie Lee, Christine and Thelma; and a son-in-law, Kevin J. Howell.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 2 at Paulding Church of Christ with Pastor Chris Reno officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.

Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and at the church one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Preferred memorials are to Paulding Hospice, 250 Dooley Drive, Paulding OH 45879.

Condolences and fond me mories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com


DALTON SKEENS 1994-2011

ANTWERP – Dalton Ray Skeens, 16, of Antwerp, passed away Monday, Feb. 21 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born April 6, 1994 at Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, the son of Dennie and Paula (Judy) Skeens, who survive. A junior at Antwerp High School, he was a member of the track and cross country teams, Quiz Bowl and was in the drumline in the band.

Also surviving are a sister, Aly, of Antwerp; and grandparents, Joyce and David Judy of Lebanon, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Janet and Ray Skeens.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Antwerp United Methodist Church, with visitation one hour prior. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is also from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to the Dalton Skeens Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 727, Antwerp OH 45813.

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

 

LLOYD PARSON

PAULDING – Lloyd Parks Parson, 74, of Paulding, passed away Monday, Feb. 21 at the Masonic Home of Louisville.

For 35 years, he was the owner-operator of Parson’s IGA in Paulding. Lloyd was a member of the Paulding Chamber of Commerce, a very active member of Kiwanis Club, and also was a member of the Knights of Columbus as well as Grandmaster of the Order of Masons, Flatrock Lodge #580.

He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Lloyd was a role model for men: a promoter of good choices, fairness and kindness. He loved his family, fishing, and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

He is survived by his wife, Edna Parson; a daughter, Lisa Stevenson (Britt); a son, Tim Parson (Heather); grandchildren, Anessa Martin (Duane), Mekayla, Bailey and Ryan Parson; a great-grandchild, Olivia Martin; a sister, Joanne Webber; and a brother, William Parson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Sr. and Allie Parson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with burial in Live Oak Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for cancer research. This charity was close to Lloyd’s heart.

 

LOIS SCHICK 1928-2011

OAKWOOD – Lois Colleen Schick, 82, Oakwood, died Monday, Feb. 21 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born on Sept. 19, 1928, in Paulding County, the daughter of Leo and Neva (Johnson) Jeffery. On Nov. 7, 1948, she married Gilbert C. Schick, who survives. She was a legal secretary for the former law firm of Cook, Hyman, McMaster and Webb, a secretary for the Walley Agricultural Services and a 4-H adviser for 25 years. She was a member and director of Sunday school for the children at the Paulding United Methodist Church and a member of Gideon’s International Auxiliary and she served as chaplain for the Defiance camp. She was awarded Mother of the Year for the American Mother’s Association.

Also surviving are a son, Robert Schick; three daughters, Gloria (Eugene) Grimes, Ruth Ann (Dana) Bair and Lesa (Dave) Mansfield, all of Oakwood; grandchildren, Rob, Bonnie, Andrea, Nicole, Jonathan, Austin, Kylee and Michael; and great-grandchildren, Chase, Tyler, Brendon, Brooklyn, Emma, Jett, Michaela, Josiah, Isaac J, Kenyah, Wes and Jack.

She was preceded in death by a son, Bernard Allen Schick; a brother, Robert O. Jeffery; a sister, Wilma Kemler; and a great-grandson, Seth Quigg.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Paulding United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

Donations may be made to Gideon’s International or Paulding United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

TAMMY THOMAS 1969-2011

CECIL – Tammy Lynn Thomas, 42 years, of rural Cecil, passed away Friday, Feb. 1 8 in her residence with her family surrounding her.

She was born Feb. 13, 1969 in Paulding, the daughter of McKenley J. and Eilene R. (Weber) Crisp. She was a 1987 graduate of Wayne Trace High School. On Oct. 23, 1993 in Paulding, she married Robert “Bobby” Thomas, who survives. A devoted homemaker, wife and mother, she had previously worked at the Polar Cone in Paulding, Stokely’s and Dana Weatherhead. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hicksville. She was an avid collector of Precious Moments figurines, bells and Boyd’s Bears. She also enjoyed doing cross stitch as a pastime.

Also surviving are a daughter, Casey; her favorite dog, Patty; one sister, Wanda (Don) Sprow of Sherwood; two brothers, Douglas (Virginia) Crisp of Latty and Duane Crisp of Haviland.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Randy Crisp.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home & Crematory, 230 E. Elm St., Sherwood, with Pastor Patrick Holt officiating. Burial will follow in Sherwood Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 and also one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Memorial tributes in the memory of Tammy Lynn Thomas may be given to the family.

Condolences may be sent to the family or the online guest book may be signed at www.oberlinturnbull.com

 

ELIZABETH LUST 1939-2011

ANTWERP – Elizabeth Anne Lust, age 71, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 16.

She was born April 17, 1939 in South Norfolk, Va., the daughter of the late Paul and Virginia (Overton) Coughenour. On Sept. 8, 1962, she married Jack L. Lust, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Leland; a daughter, Mary (David) Wheeler; two sisters, Diane and Carolyn; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 21 at the Cecil Community Church, 203 S. Main Street, Cecil, with Pastor Ted Ramey officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are to the family.

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

 

RICHARD GUNDERMAN 1933-2011

PAULDING – Richard Lowell Gunderman, age 77, died Tuesday, Feb. 15 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Nov. 3, 1933 in Paulding County, the son of William L. and Lilias F. (Musselman) Gunderman. On May 6, 1956, he married Leah Dean Haney, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was a shift foreman at Lafarge for 43 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Paulding, where he served as an elder. He was previously a Boy Scout leader and girls’ softball coach. He was a lifetime member of Paulding VFW Post #587 and was a volunteer firefighter for 20 years. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and camping.

Also surviving are four children, Debra S. (Tony) Santo of Defiance, Lori J. (Kevin) Phlipot of Paulding, Bruce A. (Annie) Gunderman of Edgerton, Ind. and Brenda L. (John) Mathys, Columbus; a sister, Ruth (Bob) Riley, Paulding; and eight grandchildren, Derek, Tara, Steve, Angela, Shawn, Zach, Alex and Elliott.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lewis D. and Paul W. Gunderman; and two sisters, Ferne I. Wonderly and Mabel M. Penton.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at the First Christian Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to the Serenity Park at the First Christian Church or the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

MARCEILE TUOHY 1920-2011

DEFIANCE – Marceile J. Tuohy, age 90, died Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Community Health Professionals Hospice, Defiance.

She was born Aug. 16, 1920 in Dupont, the daughter of Dorr B. and Ethyl M. (Bair) Dimock. In 1946, she married Victor R. Tuohy, who preceded her in death on March 13, 2008. She was a member of the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Junction and the Altar Rosary Society.

She is survived by a son, Dennis R. Tuohy, Defiance; three daughters, Carol (James) Birkemeier of Ottawa and Mary (Jerry) Price and Cheryl (Al) Tennyson, both of Defiance; 11 grandchildren, Jeff (Robin), Chris (Matt Kraeger), Julie, and Cari Birkemeier, Kim (Dave) Butler, Angie (Tim) Wolford, Tracy (Wes) Brigner, Jill (Shawn) Provines, Kelly (Aaron) Hopson, Cindy (John) Stever, and Trisha (Brad) Schlachter; 20 great-grandchildren; and three siblings, Ed (Carolyn) Dimock of Napoleon and Faye Kamphaus and Donna (Nolan “Tucker”) Shisler, both of Oakwood.

She also was preceded in death by four brothers, Darold “Doc” Dimock, Paul Dimock, Harold “Bud” Dimock and Carl Dimock; six sisters, Thelma Bradford, Maxine Clark, Ada Squires, Eileen Myers, Betty Corey and Marlene Foos; and a grandson, Steve.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21 at St. John Catholic Church, Defiance, with the Rev. Jacob Gordon officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

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

Preferred memorials are to Masses or Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

JUDITH STETTER 1947-2011

OAKWOOD – Judith E. Stetter, 64, died Monday, Feb. 14 at her residence in Oakwood.

She was born Feb. 11, 1947, in Liberty Center, the daughter of Clyde and Stella (Waxler) Burdue. On June 11, 1966, she married Charles Stetter Sr., who survives. She was a waitress at McDonald’s in Paulding and attended Family Christian Center, Defiance.

Also surviving are a son, Charles (Beth) Stetter Jr., Loganville, Ga.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Donna McEwen of Cygnet, Patsy Myers of Defiance and Mary Stetter, Napoleon.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a son, Larry Stetter, in 2009; six brothers; and two sisters.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Hospice the Caring Way of Defiance County or the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be left at www.HCSfuneralhome.com

 

ROGER ARDLEN 1939-2011

HAVILAND – Roger E. Ardlen, age 71, of Haviland, died at 3:22 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 in Haviland.

He was born Dec. 12, 1939 in Warren, the son of Thomas and Kathryn (Schaff) Ardlen. He worked as a janitor at Campbell Soup and General Tire Corp. He was a member of the N.R.A. for many years.

Surviving are a daughter, Krista Gray of Defiance; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Anna Mae Harris.

Services will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 18 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert. Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Foundation.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com

 

FLOYD BURKHART 1939-2011

OAKWOOD – Floyd E. Burkhart, 71, Oakwood, passed away Monday, Feb. 14 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. He and his wife were in an auto accident Friday night, near Lima, on their way back from Florida and were then hospitalized.

He was born Nov. 21, 1939 in Paulding County, the son of Albert and Gladys (Thrasher) Burkhart. On Aug. 16, 1958, he married Marilyn Critten, who she survives. He worked as a truck driver at Cooper Hatchery, a truck driver for The Crescent-News, and was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Defiance.

Also surviving are a daughter, Lisa Burkhart of Defiance; two sons, Terry (Connie) Burkhart of Defiance and Mike Burkhart of Defiance; a sister, Margaret (Dean) Wineland of Ney; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Clemens; and his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Defiance, with Father Todd Dominique officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, with a 7 p.m. rosary service.

Suggested memorials are to the Polio Survivors Association.

Condolences may be left to the family at www.defiancefuneralhome.com

 

ELLEN MAY AMES 1931-2011

PAYNE – Ellen May Ames, 80, of Payne, passed away at 3:10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 at Dallas Lamb Nursing Home, Payne.

She was born Jan. 6, 1931, in Payne, the daughter of Arthur and Roiselen (Crawford) Fisher. On Dec. 17, 1948, she married Ralph Max Ames, who preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 1987. She retired after 30 years of service from Magnavox, Fort Wayne. She previously was employed at Rae Magnet Wire of Fort Wayne. She was a life member of the VFW Post in Antwerp.

Surviving are two daughters, Jackie (Kenny) Foor and Lori (Dennis) Clem, both of Payne; a son, Mick (Robin) Ames Jr., Fort Wayne; a sister, Nancy Wagner; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two stepgrandsons.

She also was preceded in death by one great-grandson.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, with the Rev. Joseph Allen of St. James Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery in Payne.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 and one hour prior to funeral service on Thursday.

Preferred memorials are to the St. Paul United Methodist Church Food Pantry.

Condolences and fond memories may be sent to www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

MARY ANN RIGGENBACH 1937-2011

DEFIANCE – Mary Ann Riggenbach, 73, of Defiance, died at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11 at the Defiance Area Hospice Center.

She was born Dec. 29, 1937 in Shaw, Miss., the daughter of Everett and Willie (Brown) Taylor. In 1978, she married Gerald Riggenbach, who survives. She worked at GM Powertrain for 16 years. She attended First Church of God. She belonged to and actively supported HARC Ministries Inc. and the Disciple House ministry. Ann has served a lifetime of helping and assisting others in need by volunteering in many functions and church meals. She belonged to many prayer groups and gave her time and money to many efforts throughout her life. She always took a back seat to put others ahead in every effort. She was a happy person that many sought out to talk with, counsel and/or pray with. She had a great love for gardening, flowers, trees and cooking as well as sewing. Ann was a great person to know and will be dearly missed. She made a great impact for Jesus in many of her efforts.

Also surviving are her two brothers, Larry (Blackie) Taylor of Iowa, La., and Doug (Jerry) Taylor of Shaw, Miss.; three sisters, Barbara Cochran of Merigold, Miss., Peggy (Floyd) Shelton of Brownsville, Tenn. and Carol (Dennis) Burrell of Shaw, Miss.; five sons, Stanley (Roberta) Gagnon of Coldwater, Mich., Jeffery (Sue) Gagnon of Napoleon, Everett Gagnon of Hilliard, Steven Gagnon of Fort Wayne and Anthony (Renonna) Gagnon of Summerville, S.C.; one stepson, Troy Riggenbach (Amy) of Montpelier; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 in First Church of God in Defiance with Pastor John Cattell officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery in Paulding.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home and at the church one hour one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Preferred memorials are to HARC Ministries Inc. (Healing Addictions thru a Relationship with Christ) and The Discipleship House in Defiance. These are jail ministries serving CCNO that Ann was involved with.

Condolences to www.HCSfuneralhome.com

 

MARK DINGUS 1943-2011

PAYNE – Mark H. Dingus, age 67, of Payne, died Saturday, Feb. 12 at St. Rita’s Hospital, Lima.

He was born Nov. 4, 1943 in Floyd County, Ky., the son of Walter and Winnie (Calton) Dingus. On Oct. 5, 1963, he married Sallie Conley, who survives. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-66. He was a graduate of Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Ky. He was employed for 35 years at B.F. Goodrich, Woodburn, where he was a journeyman industrial electrician/mechanic, retiring in 2006. He enjoyed woodworking, time with his grandchildren, reading, and learning new things.

Also surviving are three daughters, Mary (Don) Pearse of Manhatten, Ill., Erika (Chis) Lobsiger of Van Wert and Carolyn (Jason) Belcher of Marion, Ind.; two sons, Mark Eugene (Helen) Dingus of Millersville, Md. and Tim (Delta) Dingus, Van Wert; three sisters, Dollie Wray Dingus, Danville, Ill., Mae (Zion) Swetnam, Pleasant Grove, Ala. and Marlene (Jerry) Soard, New Virginia, Iowa; four brothers, Walter Clyde Dingus Jr., Wilton Dingus and Charles Dingus, all from Martin, Ky., and Tom (Kathy) Dingus, Clintwood, Va.; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Chad; and a sister, Doris.

A private funeral service for the family will be held Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.

Preferred memorials are to St. Judes Children’s Hospital and American Diabetes Association.

 

DOROTHY HILLMAN 1919-2011

OAKWOOD – Dorothy Hillman, 91, of Oakwood, died at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 at Vancrest Health Care Center, Van Wert.

She was born Nov. 5, 1919 in Grover Hill, the daughter of Clyde and Bertha (Martz) Crone. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bryan Eagles Auxiliary and the Defiance VFW Auxiliary.

Survivors include her sons, Jack Allen (Jacqueline) Shisler and Nolan Gene (LaDonna) Shisler, both of Oakwood; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, William Crone of Decatur, Ind.; and a sister, Bernice (Harvey) Myers of Van Wert.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian Shisler; a great-grandson, Bradley Slattman; two brothers, Clyde Crone Jr. and Rex Crone; and five sisters, Melva Myers, Ruth Coder, Betty Lehman, Evelyn Gorman and Edith Scarbrough.

Burial will be at a later date in Middle Creek Cemetery, Oakwood. Arrangements are being handled by Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood.

Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

LeROY SLATTERY 1917-2011

ANTWERP – LeRoy Slattery, 93, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, Feb. 10 at his residence.

He was born Nov. 25, 1917 in Hicksville, the son of Frank and Kathryn (Bridenbaugh) Slattery. On Dec. 26, 1943, he married Frances Drexler, who survives. He was a farmer and owned and operated his own sawmill. He also provided transportation for several Amish families. He was a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church and had sung in quartets when he was younger.

Also surviving are two sons, Ronald (Cindy) of Antwerp and Lynn (Carol) of Oviedo, Fla.; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 at Antwerp United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to the church or Paulding Hospice.

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


JEANETTE SHOCK 1938-2011

DEFIANCE – Jeanette M. Shock, 72, Defiance, died Wednesday, Feb. 9 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.

She was born July 6, 1938, in Payne, the daughter of Homer and Rae Louise (Randall) Harp. On June 15, 1958, she married Roger A. Shock, who survives. She was a homemaker and a member of Poplar Ridge Church of the Brethren. She was a member of the Ford-Fordson Club and the book club at the Defiance Public Library. She loved to make music and enjoyed art and gardening. She loved her dog, Butchie.

Also surviving are two sons, Gene (Christie) Shock of Defiance and David (Susan) Shock, Evansport; two daughters, Linda (Dale) Jourdan of York, Pa., and Diane Ludeker, Hillsdale, Mich.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Ann (Sam) DeRosset, Sherwood; and a brother, John Harp, Oakwood.

Preceding her in death were her parents and a son, Jerry Shock.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14 at Poplar Ridge Church of the Brethren, Defiance, with the Rev. Patricia Meeks officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Ridge Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance.

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

Condolences may be left at www.HSCfuneralhome.com


ROCKY WELLS 1954-2011

MELROSE – Rocky A. Wells, 56, Melrose, died at 7:07 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.

He was born March 8, 1954, in Van Lear, Ky., the son of the late Samuel J. and Darlene (Howard) Wells. His significant other, Debbie Dermon, survives in Melrose.

Also surviving are three sons, Mike (Shane Hibbs) Wells of Louisville, Ky., and Rod Wells and Jason Wells, both of Melrose; three grandchildren; a sister, Fern Bowling of Van Lear, Ky.; a half-brother, Clifford Booth of Melrose; and three half-brothers and six half-sisters from the Wells’ side of the family.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, with Pastor Charles Eagle officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery, Continental.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Association.

Condolences can be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com


CATHERINE MEYER 1944-2011

ANTWERP – Catherine A. Meyer, 66, died Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Brookview Healthcare Center, Defiance, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Cathy, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, was born Nov. 8, 1944, in Defiance, the daughter of Isadore and Helen (Walters) Bott. She was a 1962 graduate of Oakwood High School. On Jan. 28, 1967, she married John A. Meyer, who survives. She had worked at Grange Insurance-Culligan Water Softening, Defiance, and retired after 20-plus years as an insurance agent at Antwerp Insurance Agency.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Hicksville. In earlier years, she was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Antwerp, where she served on the Altar Rosary Society, Parish Council and was a CCD teacher. She was very involved in family activities.

Also surviving are two daughters, Sara (Todd) Green of Hicksville and Cheryl (Steve) Pomesky of Waynesburg; a son, Mike (Tomi) of Cecil; grandchildren, Brian, Jason, Brandon Green, Isabella Meyer, Emily, Alex, Elizabeth Pomesky; a sister, Alice (Bob) Breidenbaugh of Hicksville; and a brother, Raymond (Berta) Bott of Defiance.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Clarence Bott; and grandson, Lucas Meyer.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Hicksville, with Father Stephen Schroeder officiating. Burial will be at Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with a rosary service at 8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice or St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be shared at www.smithbrownfuneralhome.com

 

 

HARRY “JUNIOR” PHLIPOT 1929-2011

PAULDING – Harry A. Phlipot, age 81, died Monday, Feb. 7 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Feb. 20, 1929 in Paulding, the son of Harry H. and Cora E. (Strabele) Phlipot. On May 2, 1953 he married Doris M. Hatfield, who survives in Paulding. He was owner/operator of the former Phlipot Ford Auto Sales Inc. in Paulding.  He was a graduate of St. Joseph College and a member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, and the Ford 500 Club.

Also surviving are five children, Anne (Raymond) Hershey of Akron, Thomas (Pam) Phlipot of Quincy, Mich., John (Sue) Phlipot of Sylvania, Michael (Sue) Phlipot of Phoenix and Sharon (Dick) Thomas, Defiance; a brother, James R. (Marilyn) Phlipot, Bonne Terre, Mo,; and 13 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Mark.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Memorial donations may be made to Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Caring and Sharing Food Pantry or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


MARIE DOOLEY 1934-2011

ANTWERP – Marie J. Dooley, 76, of Antwerp, formerly of Philadelphia, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia.

She was born June 19, 1934 in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Victor J. and Mary (Murphy) Ruffenach. On May 1, 1954, she married Robert Dooley. She spent most of her life in funeral service until her husband’s death on Oct. 6, 2002. She was active member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church (formerly Good Shepherd Church), where she had been a volunteer school librarian for many years, and the O’Mahoney Club, both in Philadelphia. She moved to Antwerp in 2003. She thoroughly enjoyed her friends in the Red Hat Society, her book club and bunco meetings. She was a devout member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding County.

Surviving are six children, Robert (Michelle), Kevin (Nanette), Maureen, Brian (Milian), Cathleen (James) and Shawn (Michelle); sisters-in-law, Eleanor and Anne Ruffenach and Lucy Cohen; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Victor II, Charles and Joseph Ruffenach; and one great-granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Philadelphia. Visitation will be from 9-10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Pa.

Preferred memorials are to Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding.

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

 

FRED RUESS 1934-2011

ANTWERP – Fred D. Ruess, 76, of Antwerp, passed away Sunday, Feb. 6, safely into the arms of Jesus.

He was born May 7, 1934 in Kalamazoo, Mich., the son of the late Fred W. and Grace (Cook) Ruess. On April 10, 1953, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jane Stuut, who survives. He was a manager at Arrow Uniform Rental and also was a part-time police officer in Watervliet and Coloma, Mich. He also was a volunteer fireman in Watervliet and for the Westwood Fire Department in Kalamazoo.

Also surviving are a daughter, Cheri Lynn (Kenny) Collins of Cecil; a son, Jack (Nancy) of St. Joe, Mich.; two sisters, Carol Vanderslick and Margaret Ramos, both of Kalamazoo; a brother, Edward of Florida; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by his son, Douglas Fred; and six siblings.

Memorial services are at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at The Manor House, 204 Archer Drive, Antwerp. Memorial services also will be held at Midway Baptist Church, 7517 Red Arrow Hwy, Watervliet, Mich. at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12.

Burial will be in Coloma Cemetery.

Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, is in charge of arrangements.

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

 

EVELYN MANZ 1926-2011

PAULDING – Evelyn Mae Manz, 84, of CR 111, died at 4:55 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at her home.

She was born April 28, 1926 in Mansfield, the daughter of William J. and Mary V. (Fuher) Sauder. On April 25, 1948, she married Elias J. Manz, who survives. She was a devoted wife of 62 years. She was a homemaker and helped on the family farm east of Paulding, where they raised their family. She was baptized on Jan. 7, 1945 and she was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church for over 66 years.

She is also survived by seven sons, David (Kathy), Donald (Connie), Kenneth (Gwen), Lester (Karen), Russell (Vera) and Roger (Lisa), all of Paulding, and John (Diane) of Convoy; seven daughters, Emily (John) Rufener of Rittman, Susan (Roger) Gasser and Peggy Bauman of Paulding, Rebecca (Kenneth) Zollinger and Alice (Darrell) Widmer of Sterling, Barbara (Robert) Brink of Defiance, and Mildred (Jeffrey) Stoller of Orrville; 70 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 94 great-grandchildren; four great-stepgrandchildren; and three brothers, Elmer and Kenneth (Sue) Sauder of Mansfield and Donald (Faye) Sauder of Nashville, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, four sisters, a daughter-in-law and a great-grandson.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Apostolic Christian Church of Junction, 13582, Road 147, Defiance. Burial will be in Dotterer Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Hours of visitation will be from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Latty Apostolic Church Fellowship Hall and one and one-half hours prior to services at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the Apostolic Christian Home for the Handicapped, 2125 Veterans Road, Morton, IL 61550 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Please omit flowers.


PHYLLIS HAYNER 1951-2011

OAKWOOD – Phyllis I. Hayner, 59, of Oakwood, passed away at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 at her residence.

She was born July 18, 1951 in Logan, W.Va., the daughter of the late Willard and Marie (Davis) Hayner. She was a member of the Paulding Church of Christ, Paulding. She worked for 27 years at the PC Workshop in Paulding. She enjoyed attending church and working at the workshop. She also enjoyed her family, friends, traveling, bowling, swimming, listening to music and singing, and being involved in the Special Olympics.

Surviving are her sister, Shirley (Don) Lambert of Oakwood; a brother, Grady (Janet) Hayner of Harts, W.Va.; three nephews, Jim, Terry and Chris; and four nieces, Tina, Judy, Pat and Toni.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Bert, Stanley and Douglas Hayner; and one sister, Freda Eikleberry.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9 at Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville, W.Va. with Minister Lonnie Lambert officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens, Pecks Mill, W.Va.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at Freeman Funeral Home.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Paulding Church of Christ Building Fund or the PC Workshop.

 

BASIL “BAKE” HERTEL 1919-2011

ANTWERP – Basil R. “Bake” Hertel, 91, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, Feb. 4 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 13, 1919 in Antwerp, the son of Frederick N. and Abbie J. (Carr) Hertel. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Bake fought in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and assisted in liberating Nazi concentration camps in Nordhausen, Germany. He worked at BA Smith Lumber Company. Bake was also a self-employed carpenter, whose favorite pastime was being in his woodworking shop and cutting firewood. On Oct. 4, 1952, he married Teresa Arend, who survives. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Antwerp VFW Post 5087 and American Legion Post 253.

Also surviving are a daughter, Marilyn (Paul) Arceo of Fort Wayne; a son, Raymond (Linda) of Antwerp; a brother, Frederick “Mike” (Penny) of Antwerp; two stepgrandchildren; and three great-stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Caroline Sevey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Antwerp. Military honors will be held at the church. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with a Catholic Vigil Service at 6 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to the Antwerp V.E.T.S. Memorial, Divine Mercy Parish or Paulding Hospice.

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

 

PATRICIA ROBERTS 1932-2011

VANDALIA – Patricia L. Roberts, 78,  of Vandalia, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at VITAS Hospice, following an extended illness.

She was born Aug. 18, 1932 in Paulding, the daughter of the late George and Tirzah (Caplinger) Gorman. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Vandalia Senior Citizens. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Roberts.

Surviving are her children, John Roberts of Vandalia, Charles David (Kathy) Roberts of Kansas, Daniel (Dianna) Roberts of Florida, and Suzanne (Chris) Atkin of England; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, George Gorman; and si sters Lois Hunt and Edna Strahley.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Morton & Whetstone Funeral Home, 139 S. Dixie Dr., Vandalia, with Kathy Roberts officiating. Burial will be at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from noon until the time of services.

 

DONALD GRIMES 1919-2011

PAULDING – Donald B. Grimes, 91, died Thursday, Feb. 3, at Community Healthcare Professionals Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born May 6, 1919 in Oakwood, the son of Frank and Myrta (Adams) Grimes. On Aug. 17, 1957, he married Anna L. Pack, who preceded him in death on May 23, 1998. He was employed by the former Grizzly Manufacturing, and retired in 1980. He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran and a member of Paulding Church of the Nazarene.

He is survived by two brothers, John Grimes of Defiance and Archie (Carol) Grimes of Jewell; and two sisters, Elsie M. Harshman of Jeffersonville, Ind. and Laura Bosh of Defiance.

He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Verlin Grimes; and a sister, Lois Heilshorn.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Feb. 6, at Paulding Church of the Nazarene. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County. Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Church of the Nazarene or Paulding County Senior Center.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

GEORGE BRIGHT 1943-2011

ANTWERP – George Arthur Bright Jr., 67, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Manor House Assisted Living in Antwerp.

He was born Oct. 5, 1943 in Paolo, Kansas, the son of George A. and Ester F. (Latham) Bright Sr., who both preceded him in death. In 1990, he married Carolyn S. Brown, who preceded him in death in May 2001. He was employed by B.F. Goodrich, retiring in 2004. He was a U.S. Marines veteran, a member of Antwerp VFW Post #5087 where he was a former chaplain, a member of American Legion #253 and the Antwerp Conservation Club.

He is survived by a daughter, Debra Sue (James) Evans of Ohio City; a son, Lonnie Smith, Cecil; three stepchildren, Raymond (Rachelle) Durham and Rodney (Barb) Durham, both of Paulding, and Becky Hampshire of Bryan; three sisters, Jo Ann Fuller of Tacoma, Wash., Nannette Arleen (Edward Ray) Cox of Choctaw, Okla. and Roberta Jean (Franklin) Borror of Garnett, Kansas; three grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and three great-stepgrandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by a sister, Janeva Moser.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Military rites will be accorded by VFW Post #5087. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday.

Memorial donations may be made to Manor House of Antwerp.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

IMOGENE CANFIELD 1923-2011

PAYNE — Imogene Canfield, 87 of Payne, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Parkview Hospice in Fort Wayne.

She was born April 10, 1923, the daughter of Lucy (Lohr) and Thomas Koontz. She was a telephone operator for over 30 years.

She will be sadly missed by a daughter, Kathy Pendergrast of Payne; a son, Kenneth Canfield; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Phyllis Kuhn and Margaret Fisher.

No services will be held at this time. The family was served by Dooley Funeral Home of Payne.

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

 

CATHLEEN MONROE 1951-2011

PAULDING — Cathleen Y. Monroe, 59, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Community Health Professionals Defiance Inpatient Hospice Services.

She was born Oct. 21, 1951 in Celina, the daughter of Richard and Helen (Shadrach) Hartwig. On Dec. 12, 1976, she married Walter E. Monroe, who preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 2005. She was employed by Paulding County Hospital, retiring in 2001.

She is survived by her father, Richard Hartwig of New Bremen; three brothers, Terry (Joyce) Shadrach of Hicksville, Tommy (Joyce) Higgs of Harlan, Ind. and Travis Hartwig of New Bremen; two sisters, Joni (Dan) Decator of Archbold and Jennifer (Ron) Jones of Defiance; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her mother, Helen Higgs and stepfather, David Higgs.

Funeral services will be  conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding with Pastor Ron Hofacker officiating. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery in Payne.

Visitation will be 2–8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

AMY CASTLEMAN 1971-2011

MONROEVILLE, Ind. — Amy M. Castleman, 40, of Monroeville, died at 12:48 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Parkview Hospital, shortly after being stricken a short time earlier at home as a result of complications from Lupus.

She was a graduate of Heritage High School Class of 1989 and I.P.F.W. School of Dentistry with an associate's degree in dental hygiene. She was presently employed with Dr. Kenton Bailey in Monroeville and Dr. Thomas J. Hoffman in Fort Wayne. She was married to Dennis J. Castleman, who survives in Monroeville.

She was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church in Monroeville and the Lupus Organization.

She is also survived by three  daughters, Madison J. Morgan M. and Sydney I. Castleman, all at home; her mother, Jane E. (Steve) Shoppell of Fort Wayne; a brother, Chris Evans of Fort Wayne; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Jane Castleman of Monroeville.

She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas J. Evans, in 1995.

Prayer service is to be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville. A Mass of Christian Burial is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at St. Rose Catholic Church, Monroeville with Father Stephen Colchin officiating.

Burial will be in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at the funeral home, with a rosary service at 8 p.m.

Preferred memorials to St. Joseph HASA; Masses to the Church; or the Lupus Foundation of America.

 
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