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MANDY WALTERS 1980-2011

CLOVERDALE – Mandy Lee Walters, 30, of Cloverdale, died at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at Lima Memorial Hospital.

She was born Sept. 12, 1980, in Paulding, the daughter of Larry and Diana (Sharp) Carnahan. She was a 1998 graduate of Wayne Trace High School and a 2001 graduate of Rhodes State College. She was employed by Central Mutual Insurance companies as a programmer analyst. On July 2, 2004, she married Carl William “Bill” Walters, who survives. She was a devoted and loving wife, daughter and sister. She deeply loved her pets. She enjoyed spending time with family, friends and her pets, shopping, reading and going to nieces’ and nephews’ sporting events. She always loved little ones. She was an avid Wolverines fan even though their house was divided. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was a member of Mandale Church of Christ in Christian Union.

She is also survived by a sister, Amy (Ben) Fleagle of Cloverdale; two sisters-in-law, Tasha (Jon) Okuly and Jessica Walters, both of Van Wert; nieces and nephews, Dessiree Blackmore, Lyrie Okuly, Peyton Okuly, Evan Okuly, Mackenzie Fleagle, Kelsey Fleagle, Jose Sanchez II and Jadence Sanchez; and her god-sons, Cody Bailey and Jose Sanchez II.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at Cowan and Son Funeral Home in Van Wert with Pastor Don Rogers of the Mandale Church of Christ in Christian U nion officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Brown Township, Paulding County.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3.

Preferred memorials are to the ASPCA or March of Dimes.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to cowanandsonfuneralhome.com


WAYNE HUMBARGER 1918-2011

ANTWERP – Wayne Humbarger, 92, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, Jan. 27 at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.

He was born June 18, 1918 in Paulding, the son of Theodore and Iva (Hubert) Humbarger. On March 29, 1939, he married Betty Friend, who preceded him in death Feb. 24, 2003. He was a farmer who enjoyed his hunting and fishing trips to Minnesota.

Surviving are two sons, Ted (Janet) of Van Wert and Lynn of Antwerp; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by his sisters, Augusta Rodman and Alvera McIntosh.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the First Baptist Church, Antwerp, with Pastor Todd Murray officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Preferred memorials are to Dallas Lamb Activity Fund.

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


RUTH WENDLING 1920-2011

SHERWOOD – Ruth L. Wendling, 91, Sherwood, passed away Monday, Jan. 24 at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, Bryan.

She was born on Jan. 11, 1920, in Paulding, the daughter of Dr. William “Doc” and Madge I. (Crawford) Sellers. She was a 1937 graduate of Paulding High School then attended International Business College in Fort Wayne. On Dec. 3, 1949, she married Albert J. Wendling, who preceded her in death June 15, 1992. She had worked for the Grizzly Corporation in Paulding. Following her marriage, she became a devoted homemaker, caring for her family. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Sherwood, and the Ladies’ Aide group at church. She was a former volunteer for the Defiance County Red Cross and also delivered Meals On Wheels when she was able. She was an avid reader and thoroughly enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting and other school events.

Surviving are her five children, Ann (Don) Hange of Defiance, Barbara (Rod) Knox of Auburn, Ind., Cathy (Michael) Delaney of Houston, Charles Wendling of Galesburg, Mich., and William (Holly) Wendling of Sherwood; 10 grandchildren; and one sister, Joan (Monte) Hoover of Paulding.

Also preceding her in death were a daughter-in-law, Mary Wendling; and two brothers, Richard and Robert Sellers.

Funeral services for Ruth L. Wendling will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28 at St. John Lutheran Church, Sherwood, with Pastor Mark DeLassus officiating. Burial will follow in Sherwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, Sherwood, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, Sherwood.

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


ALEX BEVINS 1989-2011

Alex Paton Bevins, 21, of Defiance, died Monday, Jan. 24 in an industrial accident at Advantage Powder Coating.

He was born May 31, 1989, in Defiance, the son of Robert Bevins and Patricia (VanVlerah) Meyer. He was a 2007 graduate of Paulding High School and a 2009 graduate of International Business College with a degree in computer science. He loved hanging out with his friends and family, playing World of Warcrafts, fast cars and playing with his little brother Caden. He was employed as a machine operator at Advantage Powder Coating in Defiance.

Surviving are his mother, Patricia (Jeff) Meyer of Cecil; his father, Robert Bevins of Defiance; two brothers, Cody Bevins of Defiance and Dilon Bevins of Cecil; two half-sisters, Paige Meyer of Cecil and Maize Bevins of Defiance; two half-brothers, Levi Bevins of Defiance, and Caden Meyer of Cecil; grandparents, Lee and Sharon VanVlerah of Defiance and Della Bevins of Defiance; and a stepgrandmother, Freda Meyer.

He was preceded in death by a grandfather, William Bevins; great-grandparents, Leo and Dorothy VanVlerah; great-grandmother Faye Salyer-Dooley; great-grandfather, Barney Hayden; a stepgrandfather, Gerald Meyer; and Uncle Jack Bevins.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home in Defiance with Deacon Don Meyer officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 and 2-8 p.m. Friday.

Suggested memorials are to the family.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.defiancefuneralhome.com at Alex’s tribute wall.


FLORENCE SANDERSON 1924-2011

PAULDING – Esther Florence Sanderson, age 86, died Sunday, Jan. 23 at the Community Health Professionals of Defiance Inpatient Hospice.

She was born Dec. 8, 1924 in Paulding County, the daughter of Fred and Bessie (Leslie) Hartwig. On Feb. 23, 1945, she married Doyle J. Sanderson, who preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 2007. She was previously employed as a bookkeeper by Baughman Tile Mill, retiring in 1990. She was also previously employed by the Paulding Equity Exchange, the former Ducats Dry Goods, and Soil and Water Conservation of Paulding County. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Paulding.

She is survived by two sons, Dennis (Cheryl) Sanderson of Paulding and Delmar (Elia) Sanderson, Willoughby; two brothers, Fred (Louise) Hartwig of Van Wert and Ray (Wilma) Hartwig, Haviland; three sisters, Mary Gray of Paulding, Deanna (Robert) Adkins of Oak Hill and Frieda (Ralph) Hammond, Cloverdale; four grandchildren, Craig (Ranae), Kurt (Marie), Brett (Samantha) and Carrie; and two great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Richard; and two sisters, Carrie Cotterman and Jenny Mae Green.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Karen Stetins officiating. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

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

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


LARRY VERFAILLIE 1952-2011

PAULDING – Larry J. Verfaillie, age 58, died at 2:26 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at his residence after an extended illness.

He was born Dec. 28, 1952 in Paulding County, the son of Frank J. and Evelyn G. (Eagleson) Verfaillie. On Sept. 10, 1994, he married Ladonna L. (McCoy) Bechtol, who survives. He retired in 2009 from Alex Products Inc. of Paulding. He was a firefighter for the Paulding Fire Department for 13 years. He was a mechanic for the former Dietrich Industries Inc. of Hicksville. He attended the First Christian Church of Paulding.

Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Michelle Bechtol of Defiance and Amy Bechtol of Sherwood; and three stepgrandchildren, Robert, Rhianna and Reece.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Gregory Bibler officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 at the funeral home and one hour before services on Wednesday.

Preferred memorials are to Hospice or to Ladonna Verfaillie.


RONALD BROWN 1932-2011

BUTLER, Ind. – Ronald K. “Buzz” Brown, 78, Butler, died Thursday, Jan. 20 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born on Dec. 23, 1932, in Paulding County, the son of Theodore and Irene (Doyle) Brown. He was a 1950 graduate of Defiance High School and a graduate of Tri-State University with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. On Sept. 14, 1957, in Bryan, he married Nancy Lemons, who survives. He retired from Indiana Department of Transportation as the Northeast Indiana area engineer in 2003, after 41 years of service.

gt;Also surviving are three daughters, Marcia (Jerry) Xanders of Syracuse, Ind., Sherri (Joseph) Sida of Ballwin, Mo. and Natalie (Josh) Zachrich of Bryan; three brothers, Rogel Brown of Okeechobee, Fla., Arnold Brown of Ney and Theodore Brown of Defiance; a sister, Barbara Mack of Brunersburg; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24 at H.E. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, Butler, with Pastor Paul Patton officiating. Burial will be at Fountain Grove Cemetery in Bryan.

Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23 at the funeral home.

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


GERALD GIESIGE 1955-2011

McCLURE – Gerald Richard Giesige, 55, of McClure, died Wednesday, Jan. 19 at Hospice of NWO, Perrysburg.

He was born Oct. 11, 1955 in Napoleon, the son of Earl and Ruth (Lauer) Giesige. In 1995, he married LoriAnn VanVlerah at the Oakwood United Methodist Church, and she survives. He was a 1974 graduate of Patrick Henry High School and was an employee for the Campbell Soup Company in Napoleon for 35 years. He was a former member of the Calvary Worship Center in Defiance and attended Country Chapel Christian Union Church, McClure. He was a devout Christian and loved to spend his free time walking, writing in his journal, and studying the Bible.

Also surviving are his mother, Ruth of Ottawa; two stepdaughters, Betsy and Megan; a son, Justin; two brothers, Don (Joyce) Giesige of Continental and Tim (Sharon) of Mansfield; and four sisters, Marilyn Giesige of Lima, Pam Giesige of Ottawa, Deb (Jack) Myers of Ottawa, and Chris (Greg) Barlage of Sandston, Va.

Gerald’s wishes were to be cremated and services will be announced at a later date. Rodenberger Funeral Home in Napoleon is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg or The James Whitcomb Hospital for Children, One Children’s Square, Indianapolis IN 46202.

Online condolences may be made at www.rodenbergerfuneralhome.com


SHARON CHAPMAN 1943-2011

PAYNE – Sharon L. Chapman, 67, of Payne passed away at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at her residence.

She was born on May 7, 1943 in Edgerton, Ind., the daughter of the late Daniel and Mary (Ambrose) Grabner. On March 29, 1969 she married Richard Chapman, who survives. She was a homemaker.

Also surviving are two daughters, Susan (Charles) Tebbe of Holland, Mich. and Sarah (Chad) Thornell of Convoy; two sons, Richard Jr. (Wendy) of Middleville, Mich. and Daniel of Onondaga, Mich.; a brother, William (Sharon) Grabner of Hillsboro, Ore.; and three grandchildren, Charles Tebbe and Robert and William Chapman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, with Pastor David Dignal officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23 at the funeral home and also one hour prior to services on Monday.

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

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


GRACE KEYSOR 1911-2011

VAN WERT – Grace V. Keysor, 99, of Van Wert, loving mother and grandmother, went to be with the Lord at 8:50 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Van Wert Manor Nursing Home.

She was born July 21, 1911, in Champaign, Ill., the daughter of George H. and Viola J. (Gibbink) Fiock. On April 8, 1932, she married Elmer C. Keysor, who preceded her in death on Nov. 15, 1987. She was a homemaker and had previously worked at the Scott Equity Exchange and the Aeroquip Corporation in Van Wert. She had been a member of the former Scott United Methodist Church in Scott.

Surviving are four daughters, Delores (Harvey) Thatcher of Middle Point, Colleen (Tom) Myers of Haviland, Noreda (William) Hoaglin of Fort Myers, Fla. and Diana (Louis) Crow of Van Wert; a son, George (Sharon) Keysor of Paulding; a sister, Dolly Fiock of Noblesville, Ind.; 22 grandchildren; 73 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were three sisters, Pearl Shaffer, Mildred Bauer and Olive Castle; and a brother, Earl Fiock.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery in Paulding County.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the Scott Fire and EMS or to the Van Wert Manor Activities Fund or to the donor’s choice.


REV. JIM EDWARDS 1939-2011

ANTWERP – The Rev. James L. Edwards, 71, of Antwerp, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 at his residence.

He was born Jan. 24, 1939 in Berwyn, W.Va., the son of Steve and Ruby “Lake” (Turner) Edwards. Jim felt blessed beyond measure, because he asked Jesus Christ to come into his heart. Shortly after, in 1957, Jim received another blessing; he married his wife Lorene. They were married for 40 beautiful years, until her death in 1998. The Lord also blessed Jim, allowing him to serve two great churches, the Second Baptist Church of Defiance for 20 years and the First Baptist Church of Antwerp for 30 years. Jim’s prayer was to praise God for all he had given him and now the greatest gift of allowing him to come home with Christ.

Surviving are two daughters, Susan (Douglas) Zeller of Antwerp and Pam (Ric) Casilli of Lynn, Mass.; a son, Tim of Antwerp; a sister, June Hale of Mark Center; two brothers, Bert of Bristol, Va. and Harold of Weston; two grandchildren, Steven and Nichole; and three great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by his sister, Theda Miller; and a brother, Grey.

His funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at First Baptist Church of Antwerp, with Pastors Todd Murray, Levi Collins and Allen Miller officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at the church, and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to the First Baptist Church of Antwerp.

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


MARY LITZENBERG 1926-2011

PAYNE – Mary L. Litzenberg, 84, of Payne, passed away at 8:10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at her residence.

She was born April 23, 1926 in Payne, the daughter of Alphons and Eva (Pepiot) Wannemaker. On Aug. 23, 1947, she married Ross Litzenberg, who preceded her in death on Aug. 28, 1991. She worked at Paulding County Hospital for 25 years and farmed with her husband. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish and the Altar/Rosary Society. She enjoyed painting and ceramics.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda (Carl) Baumert of Antwerp and Julie (Dave) Thomas of Cecil; four sons, Michael (Carol) and Steven (Michelle), both of Antwerp, and Mark (Cindy) and Marvin (Judy), both of Payne; two brothers, Richard and Robert, both of Payne; 16 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She also was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Charlie and Scott Baumert and Shelley Litzenberg; and 12 sisters and brothers.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, with the rosary recited at 8 p.m. Viewing also will be from 9-9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Divine Mercy School or American Cancer Society.

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


CHARLES JOHANNS 1930-2011

PAULDING – Charles E. Johanns, age 80, died Friday, Jan. 14 at his home.

He was born June 22, 1930 in Paulding County, the son of Leo and Bertha (Reinhart) Johanns. On Jan. 3, 1953 he married Frances Theresa Ochmanek, who survives. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he was a retired farmer and a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding VFW Post #587, Paulding Eagles Aerie #2405, Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council #2584, Paulding Consumers, Paulding Equity and was a former board member for the Production Credit Association.

Also surviving are his children, Michael (Tamara) Johanns, Gregory Johanns and Karen (Rick) Varner, all of Paulding, and Keith (Cindy) Johanns of Dublin; two brothers, Francis (Inga) Johanns of Castle Rock, Colo. and James Johanns of Paulding; two sisters, Marie Vastano of Fort Wayne and Celeste Walden of Phoenix; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Tony; two brothers, Cletus and Paul; and three sisters, Otilla Bakle, Veronica Minnick and Betty Seibert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Very Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding, with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to Masses, Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


ELIZAB ETH BENNETT 1915-2011

ANTWERP – Elizabeth R. Bennett, 95 of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Hicksville.

She was born Jan. 27, 1915 in Duluth, Minn., the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Briggs) Schlecht. In 1938, she married Thomas Bennett, who preceded her in death in 1991. She cared for residents at area nursing homes and patients in homes as a licensed practical nurse.

Surviving are two daughters, Marian (Roger) Schlagbaum of Monte Vista, Colo. and Elizabeth (Mike) Flores of Garden Grove, Calif.; three sons, Tom (Nancy) and Tim (Ruth), both of Antwerp, and Mark (Karen) of Payne; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were her siblings, Marian Wahl and Howard, Robert and William Schlecht.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with Pastor Kevin Doseck officiating. Visitation is from noon-2 p.m. Sunday.

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

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


HOWARD KLINGLER 1926-2011

BRYAN – Howard Wayne Klingler, 84 years, of The Heights of Hillside Country Living, died Sunday, Jan. 9 at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, Bryan, where he was a patient.

He was born Dec. 4, 1926 in Paulding, the son of Raymond G. and Mabel D. (Krick) Klingler. He was a 1944 graduate of Paulding High School and then attended the Ohio State University. He was an Army veteran of WWII. In May 1947, he married Mary Lou Fischbach, who preceded him in death in 1998. He then married Marian J. Eberly (Wasnich) on Jan. 9, 1999 in West Unity, and she survives.

pre;"> Howard began his working career working at Toledo Scale. He then moved to Libbey-Owens-Ford in Toledo. Howard and Mary Lou then moved to Phoenix where he became a partner in Space Craft Manufacturing which he owned until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in West Unity, where he formerly served as an elder. He also was a member of the committee that addressed and built the addition to the current church in West Unity. He had formerly been a longtime member of Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix for over 30 years. He enjoyed woodworking, playing card games and dominoes and was a member of the Kunkle Card Club. Howard traveled with Honor Flight, touring the Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. in May 2008.

Also surviving are three daughters, Annette (Stewart) Pequignot of Mahomet, Ill., Sandra (Greg) Cooper of Tucson and Nancy (Mike) Rupp of Phoenix; three stepdaughters, Judy Burns and Mary (Ron) McCrea, both of West Unity, and Wendy (Javier Garcia) Wasnich of Ashland; one stepson, Ken (Nancy) Wasnich of Archbold; one sister, Eloise Funk of Scottsdale, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren, 10 stepgrandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Sally Klingler; a brother, Carroll Klingler; a sister, Rae Dean Wilhelm; and a stepson-in-law, Bob Burns.

Visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, West Unity, where funeral services will follow at 5 p.m. Thursday with Pastor Dorothy Ritchey Moore officiating. Orr Funeral Home, West Unity, is in charge of arrangements.

Additional services will be held at Hansen’s Mortuaries, Phoenix, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 with burial to follow in Phoenix Memorial Park. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church in West Unity or to Hillside Country Living – Activities Fund, Bryan.

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


JUSTUS STOLLER 1926-2011

PAULDING – Justus  R. “Jud” Stoller, 84, died at 7:55 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born July 24, 1926, in Paulding County, the son of Herbert W. and Leah (Laukhauf) Stoller. On Dec. 20, 1947, he married Ruby M. Sites, who survives. He was a member of the Latty Apostolic Christian Church of Latty. He farmed for 60 years, retiring in 2001.

Also surviving are a son, Donald (Gail) Stoller of Paulding; two daughters, Teresa Rywalski of Toledo and Rhonda (Scott) Gerber of Kokomo, Ind.; five grandchildren, Matthew, Kylee, Lindsay, Ella and Macy; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Pauline Wieland of Paulding and Velma Williams and Ruth (Jim) Reinhard, both of Bluffton, Ind.; and three sisters-in-law, Deloris Stoller and Elaine Stoller, both of Paulding, and Dorothy Stoller of Leo, Ind.

He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis; a son-in-law, Paul Rywalski; four brothers, Nelson, Willis, Edwin and Ernest Stoller; and three brothers-in-law, Jim Williams, Joe Rice and Howard Wieland.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church. The church clergymen will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 at the church fellowship hall and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday morning.

Memorials are to Morton Home for the Handicapped, Morton, Ill.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


DONNA JEAN THEIS 1943-2011

PAULDING – Donna Jean Theis, age 67, of Paulding, died Friday, Jan. 7 in Worthington.

She was born Dec. 29, 1943 in Defiance, the daughter of Donald and Edna (Champion) Dodson Sr. In 1961, she married Kenneth Theis Sr, who preceded her in death in 1996. She was the manager of the Five Span Inn Inc.

Surviving are a son, Terence Theis; a brother, Donald Dodson Jr. of Defiance; and a sister, Judy (Richard) Shawver, Defiance.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; and a son, Kenneth Theis Jr.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance. Burial will be in Junction Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10 at the funeral home.

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

Condolences may be left at www.HCSfuneralhome.com


NANCY FOLTZ 1937-2011

PAULDING – Nancy Jo Foltz, 73, Paulding, died Thursday, Jan. 6 at her residence.

She was born April 17, 1937 in Defiance County, the daughter of Emanuel and Margaret (Bruner) Street. On Dec. 30, 1956, she married Robert E. Foltz, who preceded her in death July 10, 2009. She was a beautician and the owner and operator of the former Nancy’s Beauty Salon of Paulding. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Paulding.

Surviving are one daughter, Angie (Mick) Coak of Paulding; two sons, Robert Foltz of Cincinnati and Michael (Lori) Foltz, Paulding; two sisters, Margaret Long of Middle Point and Roberta Durre of Payne; one brother, Harry Street of Hicksville; six grandchildren, Kara, Kelsy, Michael, Megan, Jeremy and Scott; and four great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mary Lou “Betty” Fellers Landrie; and one brother, John Street.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 at the First Christian Church of Paulding with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. There will be calling at the church one hour before services on Tuesday morning.

Preferred memorials are to First Christian Church or the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


WANDA BENNETT 1928-2011

OAKWOOD – Wanda Jean (Keck) Bennett, 82, of Oakwood, died at 4:25 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Feb. 14, 1928 in Paulding County, the daughter of Ralph and Ilo (Meyers) Keck. On May 29, 1948, she married Kenneth Eugene “Gene” Bennett, who survives in Oakwood. She was a homemaker most of her married life but had worked several jobs throughout the years. She was a very active member of Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood. She was a member of a ladies club and also played with several card groups.

Survivors also include two daughters, Sharon (Arden) Peck of Defiance and Karen Dangler of Paulding; three grandchildren, Jeanna Peck, Jamison (Melissa) Peck and Leslie (KC) Long; and two great-granddaughters, Addyson Rose Long and Edreanne Paige Peck.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Bradly Dangler; a brother, Bernard Keck; and a sister, Donna Cary Ray.

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

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com


JOY GOELTZENLEUCHTER 1953-2010

LATTY – Joy Lynn Goeltzenleuchter, age 57, died Friday, Dec. 31 at the Convoy Care Center.

She was born Sept. 1, 1953 in Paulding County, the daughter of Glen L. and Myrtle E. (Boroff) Goeltzenleuchter. She attended Friends United Methodist Church of Latty.

Surviving are two sisters, Nancy (Rick) Mabis of Antwerp and Glenna (Paul) Stabler of Payne; a brother, Rex (Toni) of Defiance; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, William and Jennie (Neal) Boroff and Vern and Frannie (Bolinger) Goeltzenleuchter; and a niece, Anna Christine Roth.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Todd Murray officiating. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to PARC Lane Center, Paulding.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


BEVERLY JEAN WALKENSTINE RIOUX 1935-2010

Beverly Jean Walkenstine Rioux, 75, formerly of Antwerp, died Friday, Dec. 31 in Ocean Springs, Miss.

She was born Oct. 4, 1935, the daughter of August and Mildred (Miller) Walkenstine. She was a member of the Antwerp First United Presbyterian Church. A 1953 Antwerp High School graduate, she was a basketball cheerleader, in plays and in the honor society. During her first marriage, she participated in an Indiana farmers’ wives organization. She worked diligently until retirement, starting at Doering & Long’s (later Panico’s).

She is survived  by two sisters, Joanne Webb of Antwerp and Marilyn Harris, Fort Wayne; two daughters, Lana Smith of Ocean Springs, Miss. and Terri Sanislo of Chester, Va.; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Kay Brittsan; a daughter, Sherry Simson; first husband, Lloyd Smith; and her second husband, Glenn Rioux.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 7 at the Villa Maria Retirement Apartments, Ocean Springs. Bradford-O’Feefe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations can be made in Jean’s name to the Ocean Springs Municipal Library.

View and sign register book at www.bradfordokeefe.com


LELAH WOLFE 1913-2011

CLARKSVILLE, Va. – Lelah Ione Laisure Wolfe, 97, passed away Monday, Jan. 3 at the home of her daughter, Vicki Wolfe Brown.

She was born Dec. 9, 1913 in Hoagland, Ind., the daughter of Bert and Rosilee Deerin Laisure. She was a 1932 graduate of Antwerp High School. On Oct. 4, 1939, she married Bernard Wolfe, who preceded her in death. She worked alongside of her husband in a hatchery and later at Spangler’s Candy Co. She was a loving, kind and gentle wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

Surviving are her daughter, Vicki (Richard) Brown of Clarksville, Va.; a son, Terry (Karen) Wolfe of Bakersfield, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 at Sherwood United Methodist Church in Sherwood.

The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 at Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home in Clarksville, and from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7 and one hour prior to services Saturday at Sherwood United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wclfh.com


DICK SCHILB 1925-2010

ANTWERP – Paul Richard Schilb Sr., 85, of Antwerp, passed away at 7:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31 Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born July 14, 1925 in Antwerp, the son of Robert Andrew and Mary Rebecca (Hawver) Schilb. He was a Purple Heart veteran of WWII. On Sept. 1, 1946, he married Vivian King, who survives. Dick worked most of his life for Schilb & Sons, retiring from Friend Furniture & Flooring, Antwerp. He was Past Master of the former Antwerp Masonic Lodge and past Worthy Patron in 1959 of the former Eastern Star Hope Chapter of Antwerp. He also served one term on the Antwerp Village Council. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Antwerp, where he served 60 years as an elder. He also was a member of Hicksville Masonic Lodge #0478, 60-year member of the Eastern Star Van Wert Chapter 48, Antwerp VFW Post 5087, Antwerp American Legion Post 253 and the D.A.V.

Also surviving are a daughter, Janese, Fort Wayne; a son, Rick (Peg), Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Derreck, Andy and Kim Schwehn and Aaron (Ashley) Schilb, all of Fort Wayne, and Mikael Schilb of Columbus; great-grandchildren, Max, Charlie and Henry Schilb and Luke and Adam Schwehn; and a brother-in-law, Richard Yearling, Fort Wayne.

He also was preceded in death by a brother, Robert.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with viewing one hour prior. Pastor Mike Pennington will officiate.

Visitation is also from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4 with a Masonic service at 8 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to the church or Paulding County Hospital.

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


HELEN “GRACE” BENNETT McCLURE 19151-2010

OAKWOOD – Helen Grace McClure, 95, Oakwood, joined her Heavenly Father at 11:33 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 at the Meadows of Leipsic.

She was born Nov. 4, 1915 in Dupont, the first child of Frank and Maggie Alice (Hunt) Westenbarger. The family soon moved to a rural Fort Jennings farm, where she grew up. Grace attended elementary school in Fort Jennings and high school in Kalida, where she graduated first in her class. Following high school graduation, she attended Bowling Green Normal University, training to be an elementary school teacher. She taught in Kalida, Cygnet and Sylvania, leaving teaching soon after she married Homer Bennett on Dec. 25, 1941.

She became a farm wife, helping with the farming and raising a garden. She later returned to education, teaching in Oakwood and Grover Hill until she retired in 1972. Homer passed away on Aug. 26, 1985 and Grace continued to live on the family farm. She was a member of Oakwood United Methodist Church (now Twin Oaks) for over 60 years. For several of those years, she was a Sunday School teacher in the youth department and was a member of Friendship Sunday School Class. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, playing cards and traveling. She was a member of the Washington Township Neighbors Home Demonstration.

In August 1993, she married longtime family friend Raymond McClure, who died on June 9, 1998.

Grace is survived by two children, Jeanne (Bill) Calvert of Oakwood and John (Sue) Bennett of Lima; four grandchildren, Jed Calvert, Jared Calvert, Sarah Bennett and Karen (Nick) Schieltz; a granddaughter-in-law, Jenn Calvert; and five great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death also by a brother, Dale Westenbarger; a sister, Louise Litten Winters; a grandson, Jevin Calvert; a granddaughter-in-law, Melissa Calvert; and a great-granddaughter, Bethany Calvert.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3 at Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood with Betty Penner officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood. Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials contributions may be made to Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, the Oakwood Library or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneral.com


HAZEL SCHWAB WINNER 1916-2011

CECIL – Hazel Marie Schwab Winner, age 94, died Sunday, Jan. 2 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Aug. 14, 1916 in Defiance County, the daughter of George Lee and Sara Ella (Johnson) Caryer. In 1934, she married Henry E. Schwab, who preceded her in death on Feb. 20, 1972. On Sept. 23, 1973, she married Basil B. Winner, who preceded her in death on Nov. 20, 1982. She was employed by the former Johnson’s Restaurant, and the 5 & 10 Store, both of Paulding. She was a member of the Paulding Senior Center.

She is survived by three children, Donnave Cooper of Arlington, Texas, Delmar (Karen) Schwab of Payne and Duane (Bonnie) Schwab, Cecil; three stepchildren, Ron (Erlene) Winner of Paulding, Jim Winner of Fort Wayne and Susan (Bob) Schmunk, Ann Arbor, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Leo Caryer; three sisters, Violet Winebriner, Virginia Coon and Valene Sailer; and two grandsons, Dean Schwab and Frank Sinclare.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Memorial donations may be made Paulding County Senior Center or Mark Center United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


RUTH FOUST 1931-2010

PAULDING – Ruth Ellen Foust, 79, of Paulding, died Monday, Dec. 27 atThe Gardens of Paulding.

She was born April 30, 1931 in Van Wert County, the daughter of Ernest and Hesper (Roberts) Kimmey, who both preceded her in death. On June 26, 1949, she married Elmer H. Foust, who preceded her in death on April 22, 2008. She was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church. She was the first woman employed as a U.S. Postmistress in Paulding County and was employed by the Paulding Post Office for 20 years and Melrose Post Office for five years. She was a Cub Scout leader and a 4-H adviser.

She is survived by three sons, Mark of Huron, Tenn., Roland of Bedford, Ind., and Gordon “Heavy” Foust of Paulding; two daughters, Kathleen (Tom) Reinhart of Paulding and Lori (Keith) Deming of Defiance; a brother, David (Jan) Kimmey of Wetsel; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, Dec. 31 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in the Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


FRANK FRENCH 1937-2010

DECATUR, Ill. – Franklin D. French, 73, of Decatur, died Friday, Dec. 17 in his sleep at his home.

He was born Nov. 6, 1937, in Fort Wayne, the son of Ralph and Ilah (Madison) French. He graduated from Payne High School in 1955. He was a boxer in the Golden Gloves. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Seabees in the Philippines and Alaska. He graduated from the American Institute of Baking in Chicago and earned master’s certificates from the Illinois Institute of Technology. In May 1960, he married Barbara Davis, who survives.

Frank was in the baking industry over 50 years. He was an active member of the American Association of Cereal Chemists, American Society of Baking, Institute of Scientific Education, and Food Technologists International. He served on the Education Board of AIB. He accepted a position offer from Archer Daniels Midland. He retired as the director of technical services for ADM Milling in Kansas in 2004. His hobby and enjoyment was cooking and grilling out and hosting pool parties in his backyard. He was an avid reader and was in book clubs for more than 30 years and loved the Chicago Bears.

Also surviving are a daughter, Christine (Steve) Neisslie and grandsons Ryan and Jeff Neisslie of Oreana, Ill.; a son, Ralph (Carol) and granddaughter Madison French of Appleton, Wis.; and extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard French; and a sister, Sally Murray.

A “Celebration of Frank’s Life” will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (UUFD), 3773 North MacArthur Road, Decatur, Ill. Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, Decatur, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis or to UUFD.

Online memories and condolences may be shared with Frank’s family at www.gracelandfairlawn.com

 
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2010 obituaries
REV. ROBERT KINNEY 1911-2010
VAN WERT – The Rev. Robert R. Kinney, age 98, of Van Wert, died at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6 at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born Dec. 12, 1911 in Broughton, the son of Edwin M. and Amanda Veshti (Upp) Kinney. He was a retired pastor, having served for 35 years at numerous Methodist churches around the area. Surviving are four daughters, Barbara (Robert) Wolfrum of Van Wert, Anita (Roger) Webb of Springdale, Ark., Bonnie (Ray) Barger of Bluffton, Ind., and Linda (Toby) Thomas of Ohio City; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a daughter-in-law, Kay Kinney of Wauseon.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith Kempher Kinney in 1969; his second wife, Helen Metzger Kinney, in 2006; a son, Roger; two sisters, Glenna Kinney and Helen Mees; a brother, Ward; and one grandchild.
Services were held Monday, Jan. 11 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Paulding County.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to afghc@embarqmail.com

RONALD WILLIAMS 1942-2009
LAS VEGAS – Ronald R. Williams, age 67, died Dec. 13 in Las Vegas.
He was born in 1942 in Paulding County.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Middle Creek Cemetery, Washington Township. Arrangements were handled by Hites Funeral Home, Henderson, Nev.

TONYA BIGHAM
FORT WAYNE — Tonya Rose Bigham, 52, of Fort Wayne, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009 following a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Van Wert, she married Jay D. Bigham on June 18, 1977 and he survives. They moved to Fort Wayne, where they shared their life and raised a family together. She was employed by Lincoln Financial Group for 28 years, where she made many lifelong friends. She was a regular attendant of Crossview Church in Grabill. She spent the last few years loving being a grandma and spending time with her family and friends.
Her abundance of love for her family and her friends will always be remembered. Her will to live was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. We take comfort in knowing that she is now in the arms of the Lord, cancer-free and in peace with the loved ones that have passed before her.
Also surviving are a son, Erik L. Bigham of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Stacie N. Bigham of Fort Wayne; a granddaughter, Kylie Nicole Bigham of Fort Wayne; three brothers, Clint Galloway of North Fort Myers, Fla., Mark (Penny) Price of Payne and Karl (Melva) Price of San Antonio; and four sisters, Stephonie (Jon) Stewart of Crossville, Tenn., Kim (Ed) Woodard of North Fort Myers, Fla., Tamera (Tom) Bartz of Grover Hill and Bernetta (Scott) Geise of Ft. Jennings.
She was preceded in death by her father, Harold B. Price; and mother, Myrna R. Young.
“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” -Phil 4:13.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Jan. 2 at Crossview Church, in Grabill. Arrangements were made by Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services.
Preferred memorials are to the Kylie Bigham Trust Fund or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

JOSEPH OTT 1911-2010
ANTWERP — Joseph Henry Ott, 98, of Antwerp, died at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Antwerp Manor House Assisted Living.
He was born June 12, 1911 in Payne, the son of Henry  and Anna  (Papenbrock) Ott. On Nov. 9, 1935, he married Marie Meyer, who preceded him in death on Nov. 28, 1986. He worked at Payne Co-op and was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish and Knights of Columbus.
He will be sadly missed by his son, Chuck (Bev) of Hamilton, Ind.; grandchildren, Rhonda (Joe) Friend of Cecil, Renee (Brian) Dirrim of Edgerton, JaCee (Bob) Franz  of Hamilton, Ind. and Randy of Antwerp; seven great-grandchildren; and  four great-great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.
Hours of visitation will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, with a Catholic vigil at 7:30 p.m. Viewing hours are also available from 9-9:30 a.m. Saturday at Dooley Funeral Home.
Preferred memorials are to the church or Antwerp Branch Library.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

JEANNE BRYAN 1933-2010
PAULDING – Jeanne J. Bryan, 77, of Paulding, passed away at 9:54 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at  her residence.
She was born Jan. 1, 1933, in Defiance, the daughter of Dorothy (Ehrman) and Chester Raymond Butler, who both preceded her in death. On June 9, 1951, she married Robert Bryan, who preceded her in death on May 21, 1998. She was a homemaker and member of  Paulding Church of Christ.
She will be sadly missed by her children, Robert Jr. and Julia, both of Ocklawaha, Fla., and David and Michael, both of Paulding; five brothers, Raymond, Earl, Carl, Ernest Richard and Gary, all of Washington; five sisters, Sharon Kelley of Idaho, Patricia Escabar and Sandy Heilman, both of Washington, Linda Edwards of Fort Wayne and  Cheryl Smead of Oregon; three grandchildren, Cassidy and Cody Bryan and Thomas Beaulaurier; and three great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Allen and David Butler; and two sisters, Emma Place and Rita Searl.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the  Paulding Church of Christ. Dooley Funeral Home of Antwerp and Payne is in charge of the arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the church. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

JERROLD BOUNDY
1936-2010
LARGO, Fla. – Jerrold E. “Jerry” Boundy, 73, of Columbus and Largo, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park, Fla. He was born Nov. 3, 1936 in Paulding, the son of Harold and Maxine (Peeper) Boundy. He was an investment real estate broker, having owned his own business, Focus Health Care, of Worthington. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Paulding.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jo-Ann; a son, Jerrold Scot, of Pennsylvania; two daughters, Cathy (Michael) Keller of Roseville, Calif. and Beth (Tim) Tabor, Gahanna; two stepsons, Kevin (Randy) McClure of Lewis Center and Scott (Teresa) McClure of Gambier; a stepdaughter, Debbi (Scott) Butterbaugh, Cowpens, S.C.; two brothers, John (Leah) of St. Charles, Mo. and Mitchell (Romaine) of Paulding; a sister, Judith (Glen) Pryor of Dallas; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Jan. 16 at Moss-Feaster Funeral Home, Largo, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to The Church @ 85, 85 E. Wilson Bridge Road Suite A, Worthington OH 43085.

veteranDON STARRY 1944-2010
ANTWERP – Donald R. Starry, 65, of Antwerp, died at 9:20 pm, Thursday, Jan. 14, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 29, 1944, in Antwerp, the son of Pearl (Hoover) and Earl  Starry, who both preceded him in death. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam; was a member of Antwerp VFW Post 5087 and worked at Uniroyal Goodrich, Woodburn.
Surviving are two sons, Charles (Denise) of Antwerp and Craig (Sherry) of Sherwood; two daughters, Christine (Alan) Carnahan of Stryker and Linda (Rob) Shipman of Payne; a brother, Richard of Antwerp; one sister, Marge Proxmire of Paulding; 12 grandchildren; and five  great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Helen Oller; and a brother, Harold.
Services were held Monday, Jan. 18, at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp.
Memorials are to Dooley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp, 45813.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

VETERAN: ELMER SPROW 1922-2010
PAULDING: Elmer W. Sprow, age 87, died Monday, Jan. 18 at The Gardens of Paulding.
He was born June 15, 1922 in Paulding County, the son of Oscar and Anna (Jacob) Sprow. On Dec. 12, 1947 he married Kathryn Anne Williamson, who preceded him in death on May 5, 1991. He was the owner of Sprow Realty and Motel, retiring in 1981; a WWII U.S. Navy veteran; and a life member of Paulding VFW Post 587.
He is survived by a daughter, Vicki (David) Hunt, Defiance; two sons, Steve (Jane) Sprow and Mike (Vicki Rae) Sprow, both of Paulding; a brother, Dan (Carolyn) Sprow, Benton, Tenn.; and a sister, Alverta Clark, Clearwater, Fla.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and special friend, Mildred LaLonde, Defiance.
He also was preceded in death by a son, Brock R. Sprow; three brothers, Don, LaVon and Edward Sprow; and a sister, Delores Thomas.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding, with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post 587.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 and one hour prior to services on Saturday at Den Herder Funeral Home.
Preferred memorial donations are to Paulding VFW Post 587.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
r />HENRIETTA MOWERY 1920-2010
CELINA — Henrietta Anna Mowery, 89, of Celina, died at 11:04 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Celina Manor.
She was born Sept. 30, 1920, in New Bremen, the daughter of Julius and Amanda (Blumhorst) Luedeke. She was a 1938 graduate of New Bremen High School. On Sept. 26, 1943, she married Eugene “Bogie” Mowery, who preceded her in death on Feb. 23, 2006. She was a homemaker and was retired from Celina Insurance Group. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Celina and the Ladies Grace Circle of the church.
Surviving are three sons, Dave (Kathy) of Sylva, N.C., Steve of Celina, and Charles of Fairborn; a daughter, Ruth (Jerry) Long of Celina; a daughter-in-law, Sally Mowery of Paulding; two sisters-in-law, Josephine McEvoy of Celina and Dee Dee Luedeke of Tennessee; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Henry “Hank” Mowery, in 2008; a sister, Bernadine Fledderjohn; and six brothers, Arnold, Lester, Elmer, Andrew, Ferd and Edward Luedeke. Services were held Monday, Jan. 18, at W.H. Dick and Sons Funeral Home in Celina, with pastor Paul Baglien officiating. Burial was in the German Protestant Cemetery in New Bremen. Preferred memorials may be directed to the Mercer County Crippled Children and Adults Fund or St. John Lutheran Church Organ Fund. Online condolences may be sent to dick.hellwarth@verizon.net


veteran THOMAS MYERS1929-2010
HAVILAND — Thomas George Myers, 80, died Sunday, Jan. 17, at Van Wert County Inpatient Hospice.
He was born April 21, 1929, in Paulding County, the son of Lewis H. and Wilhelminia C. (Gombert) Myers. On Dec. 31, 1954, he married Janet Colleen Keysor, who survives in Haviland. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War, and a self-employed farmer, retiring in 1994. He was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church where he served on the church counsel and the building committee.
Also surviving are four sons, Jerry (Holly) Myers, John (Camille) Myers and Rick Myers, all of Haviland, and Mark (Gaye) Myers of Payne; two sisters, Joan (Wilbur) Eddy of Van Wert, and Caroline (Robert) Smith, Convoy; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lewis and Maurice Myers.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 20 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Paulding with the Rev. Mike Harper officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services on today at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to Scott EMS or the Paulding County Food Pantry.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


BILLIE JO JOHNSON 1973-2010
OAKWOOD – Billie Jo Johnson, 36, of Oakwood, died at 4:21 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Triumph Hospital, Lima.
She was born June 13, 1973 in Defiance. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are her father and stepmother, David L. and Gaye Johnson of Mouthcard, Ky; her mother and stepfather, Wendy (Bland) and Charles Sharp Jr., of Grover Hill; a son, Dalton Johnson, at home; maternal grandmother, Betty (Glenn) Plotts of Paulding; six brothers, David (Robin) Johnson II of Oakwood, Jeremy Johnson of Mouthcard, Ky., Mark Ramey of Oakwood, Aaron (Tamara) Sharp of Cloverdale, Allen Sharp of Oakwood and Anthony (Jana) Sharp of Cloverdale; and two sisters, Cheri Sharp of Gilboa and Corlette (Ben) Martin of Continental.
Services were held Friday, Jan. 22, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood with Pastor Jimmy Wright officiating. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhotne.com

veteran: GLENN MONROE 1945-2010
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. – Glenn E. Monroe, 64, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 19 while working in California.
He was born Dec. 20, 1945 in Paulding, the son of Herbert and Dorothy “Millie” Monroe. A 1963 graduate of Paulding High School and 1967 graduate of Muskingum College, he attended Paris Sorbonne University in France, was a 1974 graduate of Ohio State Law School, received his masters of law degree in 1978 from the University of Virginia and was a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel.
He presently was a partner with Perkins Coie in Los Angeles; and formerly a partner with Howrey & Simon, Los Angeles, from 1996-98; partner with Bryan Cave LLP in Phoenix and Irvine, Calif. from 1980-96; adjunct professor (government contract law) at George Mason University School of Law in Fairfax, Va. in 1987;  trial attorney for the Department of the Army, Office of the Chief Trial Attorney, Board of Contract Appeals, Falls Church, Va. 1979-80; assistant professor (business law) at the University of Virginia School of Law, 1978-79; chief of the career management office, Judge Advocate General’s School, Reserve Affairs Department, 1974-76.
Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Dolly, of Paradise Valley; two daughters, Stephanie (Chris) Wilson and Lara Monroe; two grandchildren, Alyssa and Mackenzie; his father, Herb Monroe of Paulding; and a brother, Robert Monroe.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1:30 p.m. today, Jan. 27, at The National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix. Messinger Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial service will be held at noon today at the First Presbyterian Church in Paulding with Pastor Dave Meriwether officiating.
Please visit www.messingermortuary.com to sign the guest book or to write the Monroe family a condolence.

ALICE CRUTCHFIELD 1928-2010
LATTY – Alice M. Crutchfield, age 85, died Tuesday, Jan. 26 at her residence surrounded by family.
She was born March 28, 1928 in Paulding County, the daughter of James C. and Lula (Vena) Goings. On July 21, 1952, she married Ernest C. Crutchfield Sr., who preceded her in death. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Antwerp. She retired from Dana Weatherhead. Her true joys came from participating in the Bible Education Work Ministry and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by six daughters, Barbara (Earnest) Eubanks of Dillsburg, Pa., Roberta Hardman of Paulding, Patricia (Tyrone) Ingol of Lima, Mary Alice Crutchfield of Fort Wayne, Margaret Ann Crutchfield of Latty and Allison Smith, Payne; three sons, Ernest of Latty, Albert (Darlene) of Fort Wayne and Patrick of Paulding; a brother, Richard Goings, Paulding; 18 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She also was preceded in death by a son, James Crutchfield; an infant grandson; six brothers, Cecil, Leo, Howard, Roy, Ray and Robert Goings; and a sister, Evaline Goin gs.
A memorial service was held Sunday, Jan. 31 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Antwerp. A private burial at Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill, will take place at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Worldwide Work of Jehovah’s Witness or Paulding County Visiting Nurses & Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

HELEN KNOTTS 1911-2010
GROVER HILL — Helen L. Knotts, 98, formerly of Grover Hill, died at 12:20 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at the Van Crest Healthcare Center in Van Wert.
She was born Sept. 30, 1911, in Pendleton, Ind., the daughter of Clyde W. and Hazel N. (Wynant) Bright. On Nov. 4, 1929, she married Forest Knotts, who preceded her in death on May 27, 1992. She was a housewife and a member of the former Grover Hill Church of Christ in Grover Hill, where she had been the pianist and organist for over 20 years. She was also a former member of the Ladies Aide of the church.
She is survived by four daughters, Beverly (Dave) Thomas of Van Wert, Judith Stabler of Convoy, Carole Mansfield of Antwerp, and Kathleen (Terry) Armstrong of Clayton, Ind.; 18 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Carolyn J. Petty of Mesa, Ariz.; and a daughter-in-law, Gladys Knotts of Broughton.
She also was preceded in death by a son, James Knotts, and an infant son, Gene E. Knotts; and three sisters, Frances Hedges, Marjorie Reams and Rebecca Bulman.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the family or a charity of the donor’s choice.

MARY WATERS
1924-2010
FORT WAYNE – Mary Millen Waters, 86, died Friday, Jan. 22, at her home.
She was born April 2, 1924 in Youngstown, the daughter of Edward and Rosemarie McCambridge. She was a medical secretary at Lincoln Life Insurance for 24 years before retiring.
She is survived by her son, Edward (Holly) Millen of Whitehall, Ohio; sisters, Rosemary Budrovic and Winnie Kindig; three grandchildren, Shawn (Irene) Millen, Derrick (Tara) Millen and Moffette (Mark) Rice; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Linwood Millen, in 1975; second husband, Ralph Waters; a son, Linwood Millen II; a sister, Joan Schumman; and a brother, Jimmy McCambridge.
Per Mary’s request, there were no services. She was entombed at Covington Memorial Gardens.
Preferred memorials are to Diabetes Association.
To send online condolences or to sign the guestbook, please visit www.covingtonmemorial.com

MARJORIE OVERMYER 1918-2010
DEFIANCE – Marjorie H. Overmyer, 92, of Defiance, passed away and entered eternal life on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.
She was born Jan. 10, 1918 in Spencerville, Ind., the daughter of Clarence and Anna (Dunham) Keener. On Nov. 14, 1941, she married Donald L. Overmyer, who preceded her in death in 1972. She was employed by the Keenan Hotel in Fort Wayne and then worked as an assembler at General Electric in Fort Wayne. She continued her work at BF Goodrich, where she built fuel cells. She had also worked as a security guard for Pinkerton Security and was a waitress at the Vagabond Restaurant. She also managed the family farm.
Surviving are her three sons, Mike “Terry” (Darlene M.) Overmyer of Cecil, Todd Overmyer of New Orleans and Tim Overmyer of Defiance; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack “Bill” (Violet) Keener of Fort Wayne and Lydall (Phyllis) Keener of Kinderhook, Mich.; four sisters, Kathleen (Glen) Hall of Mendotta, Ill., JoAnne (Robert) Klotz of New Haven, and Bonnie Jeremy and Jody Abbott, both of California.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Tom; three brothers, Leland, Paul and Wellman Keener; and two sisters, Ruby Waddington and Eloise Tyjetcek.
Joint memorial services for Marjorie H. Overmyer and her son, Tom Owen Overmyer (who preceded her in death by three days), were held Monday, Feb. 8, at Riverside Community Church. with Donna Stutzman officiating. Interment will be at a later date. Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home in Sherwood was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, 06817 State Route 66 North, Defiance OH 43512.

LAURABELLE STEMEN 1920-2010
GROVER HILL – Laurabelle Stemen, age 90, died Sunday, Feb. 7 at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.
She was born Jan. 19, 1920 in Continental, the daughter of David Leslie and Sarah Marie (Bell) Gambrel. On Nov. 23, 1938 she married Therlo V. Stemen, who preceded her in death on March 15, 1980. She attended Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Grover Hill VFW Post 2873 Auxiliary and was employed as a sales clerk by the former Goddard’s Store and McClure’s Maramart, Grover Hill. She is survived by two sons, Vernon (Linda) Stemen of Monroeville, Ind. and Richard (Paulette) Stemen, Payne; a brother, Rex (Cleo) Gambrel, Hicksville; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at Den Herder Funeral Home, with Pastor Pat Holt and Jammie Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.
Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. today, Feb. 10 and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home in Paulding.
Memorial donations may be made to Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Activity Fund or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

ELIZABETH PEPPER 1957-2010
PAULDING – Elizabeth Ann Pepper, 52, died Saturday, Feb. 6, at her residence.
She was born Nov. 28, 1957 in Defiance County, the daughter of Richard and Janet (Lewis) Slocum. On July 15, 1978, she married Richard G. Pepper, who survives. She worked as a nurses aide for 22 years.
She is also survived by her father, Richard Slocum, Defiance; a son, Kristopher Pepper, Midland, Mich.; and three sisters, Lori Slocum and Nancy (Jon) Adams, both of Defiance, and Tami (Kent) Miller of Ayersville.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Janet.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with visiting hours available one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Elizabeth Ann Pepper family for medical expenses.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

THELMA YENSER 1922-2010
PAYNE — Thelma Denene Yenser, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne.
She was born April 29, 1922, in Haviland, the daughter of William Harold and Kathryn Viola (Matthews) Zartman. On July 16, 1938, she married Bernard “Barney” Yenser, who preceded her in death on Nov. 13, 1994. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by a son, Merl Yenser of Payne; two daughters, Linda (Gene) Edwards of Payne and Barbara (Tom) Rahrig of Novi, Mich.; four brothers, Lennis Zartman and Dean Miller, both of Payne, Bill Zartman of Antwerp and Larry (Carol) Zartman of Sherwood; four sisters, Olive Dinger, Edith Mills, Hilda Lyons and Genevieve Hoaglin, all of Payne; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Darrel; three sisters, Thiea and Emma Zartman and Kathryn Fegley; and four brothers, Emmett, John, Harold Jr. and Wesley Zartman.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with the Revs. Jim Ayers and Rick Grimes officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to The Dallas Lamb Foundation Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
veteran JOHN REEB 1916-2010
ANTWERP — John Reeb, 93, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Hicksville.
He was born June 10, 1916, in Antwerp, the son of Sue (Willit) and Ray  Reeb. In 1964, he married Sarah Marie Roberts, who preceded him in death in 2004. He was a mechanic at Leinard Chevrolet, Antwerp and proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a life member of Antwerp VFW and American Legion posts.
Surviving are a son, Rudie of Antwerp; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a son, Tom; and two brothers, Richard and Hilton.
Services were held Saturday, Feb. 6, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial was in the Maumee Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to V.E.T.S.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
CHERYL SMITH 1971-2010
MELROSE — Cheryl L. Smith, 38, of Melrose, died at 4:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Defiance area Inpatient Hospice.
She was born Feb. 20, 1971, in Paulding, the daughter of Lawrence “Butch” and Judy (Carlisle) Densmore, who survive in Oakwood. On Feb. 12, 1994, she married Michael Smith, who survives in Melrose. She had been a clerk at the Morning Star Convenience Store in Melrose for 15 years. She was a member of the Melrose United Methodist Church and she enjoyed being active in her daughters’ lives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Alyssa, Amber and Allison (Ally), all at home; a brother, Bradley Densmore of Auburn, Wash.; a sister, Lisa Densmore of Findlay; and grandmothers, Dorothy Carlisle of Paulding and Methel Densmore of Melrose.
She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Gerald Carlisle and Delmar Densmore; a stepdaughter, Amy Smith; an aunt, Erma Weller; and an uncle, Arby Densmore.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Melrose United Methodist Church with the Rev. Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Paulding County. Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, Feb. 10, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood and one hour prior to services at the church.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the Defiance Area Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.
TOM OVERMYER 1954-2010
DEFIANCE – Tom Overmyer, 55, of Defiance, formerly of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 3, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 25, 1954, in Fort Wayne, the son of Marjorie H. (Keener) and Donald L. Overmyer. He was previously employed at S.K. Handtool and Freightway Systems.
Surviving are his mother, Marjorie, of Defiance; his children, Kari and Travis, both of Fort Wayne, Trinity of West Lafayette, and Case, Mariah and Ty, all of Antwerp; and three brothers, Terry “Mike” of Cecil, Tim of Defiance and Todd of New Orleans.
Preceding him in death were his father, Donald Overmyer; and an infant son, Erich.
Services were held Monday, Feb. 8, at Riverside Family Center. Dooley Funeral Homes of Antwerp & Payne was in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
ROBERT FLINT
DANIELSVILLE, Ga. – Robert Clifford “Bob” Flint, 76, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at his residence.
Born in Paulding, he was the son of the late George Russell and Florence (Baker) Flint. He was a retired accountant and plant manager.
Survivors include five sons, Kenneth L. (Dannette) Flint of Commerce, Robert D. Flint, David R. (Sandi) Flint and Rick A. (Amy) Flint, all of Danielsville, and Dennis W. (Kim) Flint of Nicholson, Ga.; a brother, Russell (Donna) Flint, Paulding; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Katie (Steele) Flint.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 31, at Grove Level Baptist Church with the Revs. Eric Tyson and Doug Duke officiating. Burial was at Flint Family Cemetery in Danielsville. Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Commerce Wrestling Club, or Commerce Parks and Recreation Dept.
FRANCES KAY MILLER
1940-2010
PAYNE — Frances Kay Miller, 69, of Payne, died at 11:50 pm, Saturday, Feb. 13, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born March 2, 1940, in Payne, the daughter of Margaret Alice (Fisher) and Cecil Mansfield, who both preceded her in death. On July 8, 1961, she married James C. Miller, who survives. She was a member of the Payne American Legion Post Auxiliary and the Payne Church of the Nazarene.
Also surviving are three sons, Randy of Payne, Philip (Dawn) of Haviland and Rodney (Merrill) Miller, of Payne; one daughter, Kathie (Steve) Wobler of Payne; five brothers, Charles (Janice), Walt, and Bruce (Marla) Mansfield, all of Payne, Morris (Kathryn) Mansfield of Shingle Springs, Calif. and Mike (Faith) Mansfield of Helena; a sister, Sara (Randy) Higgins of Defiance, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Rex and Bart Mansfield; a sister, Zoe Bostwick, and a grandson, Joshua.
Services were private. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials are to James C. Miller.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
GRACIE PUCKETT
1929-2010
AULANDER, N.C. — Gracie Mae Cullipher Puckett, 80, of Aulander, N.C. died Friday, Feb. 12, at her home.
She was born Sept. 20, 1929, in Bertie County, the daughter of Walter Cullipher and Mattie Farless Cullipher. She was the wife of the Johnnie Puckett, who preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and a member of Colerain Baptist Church. She enjoyed dancing and bird watching.
Surviving are a son, Dan (Rita) Puckett of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Cynthia (Charles) Barriga of Aulander; two brothers, Melvin Cullipher of Aulander and Hezzie Cullipher of Emporia,Va.; two sisters, Brenda Cullipher of Aulander and Linda Dearborn of Racine, Wisc.; and grandchildren, Bridget Puckett, Ryan Puckett and Alex Barriga.
A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., today, Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Ashley Memorial Chapel at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home in Ahoskie.
The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to University Hospice, PO Box 272, Ahoskie, NC, 27910.
Family and friends may send condolences and sign the online register at www.garrettjonesfh.com.
GERALD “BUTCH” BLYTHE
VAN WERT — Gerald “Butch” Blythe died at 6 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 4, 1945, in Toledo, the son of Joseph and Cydonia “Donie” (Jewell) Pratt. He married Sharon Watson, who survives in Van Wert. He was retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation where he was employed for many years. He also umpired and coached youth baseball for many years and was a member of Van Wert Victory Church.
He is survived by his father, Joseph, of Scott; two sons, Jeffrey L. of Cecil and Gregory R. (Heather) Blythe of Van Wert; four daughters, Lori A. (Allen) Farris of Cloverdale, Rhonda S. (Steve) Merkle and Dawn M. Blythe, both of Van Wert, and Amy M. Enoch; five brothers, James M. Blythe of Toledo, Dennis “Buck” Pratt of Ottoville, Stanley Pratt of Scott, Howard J. Blythe of Tucker, Ga. and Kenneth Blythe of Houston; four sisters, Beverly “Babe” Phillips of Green Cove Springs, Fla., Joan Tope of Paulding, Rocksanna Daniels of Broughton and Debbie Blythe-Alvey of Livingston, Texas; seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Cydonia Pratt; his biological father, J.R. Blythe; an infant son, Mark Alan Blythe; two sisters in infancy, Judy and Joyce; and a brother, Robert Blythe.
Services were held Sunday, Feb. 14, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Darrel Ramey officiating. Internment will be at a later date.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Van Wert Victory Church.
SHEILA HEATON
1955-2010
PAULDING – Shelia L. Heaton, 54, formerly of Pennville, Ind., died Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Paulding County Hospital.
She was born Dec. 3, 1955, in Paulding County, the daughter of Vaughn and Florence (Funk) Sanderson. In 1994, she married Greg Heaton, who preceded her in death in 2009.
She is survived by her father, Vaughn (Helen Scarborough) Sanderson, Paulding; two sons, Joel Sanderson of Portland, Ind. and Darrin (Carly) Sanderson of Bryant, Ind.; two sisters, Jacquie (Jay) Covill of Rensselaer, Ind. and Dale (Ron) Bendele of Paulding; three brothers, Dewey (Kathy) Sanderson and Rod Sanderson, both of Paulding, and Vern (Tonya) Sanderson of New Haven; a half-brother, Gene (Tracy) Ruger of Van Wert; and one granddaughter, Inara Sanderson.
She also was preceded in death by her mother, Florence.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Rose Hill Church of God, Paulding, with calling one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Latty Township. Den Herder Funeral Home of Paulding is in charge of the arrangements.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Shelia’s memory to Den Herder Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
JUAN RANGEL
1927-2010
PAULDING — Reverend Juan Rangel, 83, of Paulding, died at 6:01 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born Jan. 27, 1927, in Zapata, Texas, the son of Romulo and Frances (Gonzalez) Rangel. On March 12, 1949, in Edcouch, Texas, he married Julia Castillo, who survives. The Rev. Rangel was a retired ordained minister with the Spanish American Council of Faithful Pentecostal Churches. In his retirement, he became a traveling minister within the church until the time of his death.
He also retired from General Motors in Defiance in 1979 and was a member of U.A.W. Local #211 in Defiance.
Also surviving are his children, Rebecca (Ernesto) Campos, of Bryan, Fran (Ambrosio) Pedraza of Defiance, Eva Ferrell of Bryan, Josue (Maria) Rangel and David Rangel, both of Archbold, Sara (Dennis) Morhart of Hicksville and Ruben Rangel of Montpelier; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Severino Rangel, of Merced, Calif.
He was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Irene and Delia Ann Rangel; five brothers, Ramon, Asencion, Pablo, Perfecto and Marcelino Rangel, and three sisters, Socorro Contreras, Teresa Alvarado and Lala Rivera.
Services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the First Brethren Church in Bryan with the Rev. Rosie Perez officiating. Krill Funeral Home in Bryan was in charge of the arrangements. Interment was in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan.
Memorials in the name of Reverend Juan Rangel may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to and the online register signed at www.krillfuneralservice.com
MELVIN STOLLER
1921-2010
HAVILAND – Melvin August Stoller, age 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding, where he had been a resident the past week.
He was born May 9, 1921 in Paulding County, the son of Emil and Anna (Laukhuf) Stoller. He graduated from Latty High School in 1939 and business school in Lima. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in the Pacific Theater. On Aug. 16, 1964, he married Irene Josephine Funk, who survives. He was a member of Latty Apostolic Christian Church. He was a lifetime farmer and a Sunday School teacher.
Also surviving are six sisters, Elizabeth (Roscoe) Waters, Marie (Jack) Moore and Eunice (Roger) Gerber, all of Paulding, Lorine (Myron) Hackenjos of New Haven, Nathalia (Allan) Getz of Eureka, Ill. and Anna Lou (Earl) Grimm of Dunlap, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Irma (Millard) Stoller of Paulding; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Millard Stoller; and a sister, Lillian (William) Eisenmann.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 13 at Latty Apostolic Christian Church. Burial was in Latty Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
veteran REV. DALE BASS
1933-2010
PAYNE — Rev. Dale Bass, 76, of Payne, died Saturday, Feb. 13, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 6, 1933, in Osborn, the son of Amanda June (Sharp) and Martin VanBuren Bass, who both preceded him in death. On Sept 27, 1952, he married Donna Phelps, who preceded him in death on March 23, 2004.
He served in the U.S. Army as a Corporal in the Korean War and was a member of the NRA. He was a  pastor of  the Church of the Nazarene.
He will be sadly missed by two daughters, Gale (Paul) Imboden of Payne and Ramona (Mark) Price of Antwerp; a son, Thomas (Stacy) of Marion, Ind.; grandchildren, Adam, Karen, Benjamin, Christopher, Jasmine, Zechariah Sabrina, Gavin and Jilayne; five great grandchildren; five sisters, Kay of Payne, Jewel Kurtz of Van Wert, Faith Mansfield of Helena, Julene Crawford of Payne, and Joy Gibson of Jackson, Mich.; and three brothers, Paul and Marty of Florida and Warron of Hamden.
Also preceding him in death was a daughter, Debra Jane and a granddaughter, Cynthia Dawn Imboden.
Services were held at the Edgerton Wesleyan Church on Thursday, Feb. 18. Arrangements were made by Dooley Funeral Home in Payne.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
DORCAS KLINKER
1924-2010
FORT WAYNE – Dorcas N. Klinker, 85, passed away Thursday, Feb. 25 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
She was born Oct. 31, 1924 in Fort Wayne. She worked as an assembler with General Electric for 43 years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church.
Surviving are her brother, Earl (Marcia) Klinker of Fort Wayne; a sister, Orpha G. Erickson of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two nieces and two nephews; and three great-nieces and four great-nephews.
Services were held Monday, March 1 at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, with the Rev. Ken Christy officiating. Graveside services were held at Cooper Cemetery, Paulding.
Memorials may be made to the Pilgrim Holiness Church or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com
ALICE FOUST
1925-2010
ANTWERP – Alice P. Foust, age 84, died at 6:10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born March 21, 1925, in Jackson Township, the daughter of Paul B. and Ruth L. (Phillips) Holtsberry. On Sept. 19, 1941, she married Orlando F. Foust, who preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 2005. She was a homemaker and a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Antwerp.
Surviving are two daughters, Anita (Ray) Friend of Antwerp and Cathy (John) Hess of Cecil; two sons, Terry (Janet) Foust and Steven (Elaine) Foust, both of Antwerp; three sisters, Ramona Fillman of Paulding, Clara Marie Moden of Cecil and Ruth Elaine Underwood of Van Wert; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Holtsberry.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, March 3, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Alice’s son-in-law, John Hess, will officiate. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery in Antwerp.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to services.
Preferred memorials may be given to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2937 U.S. Route 24, Antwerp OH 45813 or The American Heart Association.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
GEORGE SAXTON JR.
1972-2010
VAN WERT — George H. Saxton Jr., 38, died at 10:48 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born Feb. 27, 1972, in Paulding, the son of George H. Sr. and Karen (Wells) Saxton, who both survive in Van Wert. On Sept. 15, 2001, he married Theresa Ashbaugh, who survives in Van Wert. He was employed by Schlemmer Farms Trucking in Convoy and was an avid bowler.
He is also survived by a son, Raymond Saxton; two daughters, Ciera and Brianna Saxton, all of Van Wert; a stepdaughter, Jenni (Jesse) Higbie of Lima; his maternal grandmother, Violet Wells of Van Wert; his mother-in-law, Bonnie Ashbaugh of Van Wert; a brother, Chad E. Saxton of Van Wert; three sisters, Tammie (Jeff) Etchey of Hicksville, Kendra (Ronald) Grishaber of Van Wert, and April (Jeremy) Henry of Woodburn; and several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, March 3, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Tom Cover officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Preferred memorials may go to the family of George Saxton.
RICHARD YANT
OAKWOOD – Word has been received that Richard Yant, 66, of Oakwood, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 while visiting Mazatlan, Mexico.
Arrangements are pending at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance.
CLARA BELLE BANKS
1913-2010
ANTWERP – Clara Belle Banks, 96, of Antwerp, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home.
She was born Sept. 14, 1913, in Antwerp, the daughter of Clyde  and Frances (Clemmer) Quaintance. She married Ray Robert Banks, who preceded her in death in 1960. She worked at Antwerp Local Schools and was a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Joan Baker and Penny (Larry) Ryan of Antwerp; two sisters, Bertha Zuber of Antwerp and Dorothy Roth of Grabill; 18 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and 50 great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Karen Walley; three sons, Barry, Kim and Nick Banks; two sisters, Lois Haynes and Mabel Thimlar; and a brother, Robert Quaintance.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 2 at Antwerp United Methodist Church. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Dallas Lamb Foundation or the church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
ESTHER MOTT
1918-2010
NEWBORN, Ga. – Former Paulding resident Esther Mott, age 91, died Friday, Feb. 9 at her daughter’s home in Newborn, Ga.
She was born April 10, 1918 in Cecil, the daughter of Erie L. and Ollie E. (Hutchinson) Hull. She married Earl Comadoll, who died in April 1946. She married Maynard L. Mott, who preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 1989. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are three sons, Ted Comadoll of Largo, Fla., Ned Mott of Tarpon Springs, Fla. and Keith (Becky) Mott of Monroeville, Ind.; a daughter, Ruth (Wayne) Comadoll Sams of Newborn, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two sons, Nick (Sandy) Mott and David Mott.
In accordance with her wishes, no services will be held. Wheeler Funeral Home in Covington, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Caring & Sharing Food Pantry in Paulding or a charity of the donor’s choice.
veteran DONALD ENGLISH
1925-2010
ANTWERP – Donald C. English, 84, of Van Wert, died Saturday, Feb. 27, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 17, 1925, in Ashtabula, the son of Minnie Elva (Hoover) and Roy  English.
He served in the U.S. Marines as a corporal in WWII and was a  foreman at Dana Weatherhead,  Antwerp.
Surviving are his daughter, Robin Lee Wright of Van Wert; two sons, Paul of Van Wert and Donn of Antwerp; a brother, Bernard of Oakwood; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Butler; and four brothers, Cloyd, Floyd, Raymond and Gerald.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, March 3, at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp, with viewing one hour prior to his service. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.
Memorials are to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
veteran:RONALD WILLIAMS
1942-2009
HAVILAND – Word has been received that former Paulding County resident Ronald R. Williams, age 67, died Dec. 12, 2009 in Las Vegas.
He was born Oct. 1, 1942 in Haviland, the son of Schuyler and Mary Pearl (Rowe) Williams. He was a U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran and a mechanic.
Surviving are three brothers, Robert Williams of Haviland, Dennis Williams of Dayton and Paul Williams, Columbus; and two sisters, Evelyn Harrison of Indianapolis and Vera McGee, Lima.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James and Donald Williams; and two sisters, Juanita Morning and Betty Robinson.
Graveside services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, March 6 at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Grover Hill, with military graveside rites. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
BEVERLY DECKER
1952-2010
OAKWOOD — Beverly J. (Dills) Decker, 57, of Oakwood, died at 9:21 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
She was born Nov. 7, 1952, in Van Wert, the daughter of James and Rowena (Moran) Dills, who both preceded her in death. On Jan. 6, 1996, she married James W. Decker, who survives in Oakwood. She had formerly worked for Pandora Manufacturing Inc. and was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Continental.
She is also survived by two daughters, Tara (William) McMonigal and Tonya (Edward) Garlock; three stepsons, Glenn, Charles and Edward Decker; a stepdaughter, Sandra Weide; 35 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Tonya Scott; and two sisters, Connie Sulfridge and Barbara Dills.
Services were held Saturday, Feb. 27, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood, with the Rev. Brent Gibson officiating. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery in Continental.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
JOHN KESLER
1940-2010
OAKWOOD – John R. Kesler, 69, of Oakwood, died at 6:23 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born May 4, 1940, in Dupont, the son of Gerald and Ashley (Bibler) Kesler, who both preceded him in death. On Feb. 4, 1977, he married Debbie Grindstaff, who survives in Oakwood. He was a lifelong farmer and owned Kesler Farms. He was a member of the Dupont Church of the Brethren, Farm Bureau, Belgian Draft Horse Association, and a Brown Township trustee. He enjoyed woodworking and especially making furniture. He also loved camping with his family and friends.
Also surviving are four sons, Dave (Patsy) and Bob (Tina) Kesler, both of Oakwood, Bill (Melissa) of Arthur, and Denny (Karen) McVay of Paulding; two daughters, Doreen (Rex) Andrews and Abby (Kevin) Hornish of Oakwood; three brothers, Lee (Marge) and Stanley (Karen), both of Florida, and Claud (LaDonna) of Dupont; two sisters, Marjorie Hazelton of Continental and Marvel Warren of Nevada; and 16 grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Eric Kesler; and a brother, Charles Kesler.
Services were held Monday, March 8, at the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood, with the Revs. Terry Porter and Jeffrey Mullinix officiating. Burial was in the Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the Oakwood Library Association.
Online condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
DOUGLAS WOODBURN 1955-2010
NORMAL, Ill. – Douglas Glenn Woodburn, 54, of Normal, Ill., formerly of Paulding, died at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Camp Mekokiko, Hawaii, while on a church mission trip.
He was born Oct. 25, 1955 in Kenton, the son of Gilbert Wesley and Lois Emma Livingston Woodburn, who both preceded him in death. On Feb. 24, 1988, in Columbus, he married Judy Ronan, Ph.D, who survives in Bloomington. He was a graduate of Paulding High School, Denver Automotive Technical School, and received a bachelor’s degree in rural sociology and master’s degree in student personnel and higher education administration from the Ohio State University and earned several certificates in computer technical support. He held many jobs over the years. Most recently, he was employed by Novell Inc.
He was very active in 4-H, including holding leadership positions as a youth. He was a member of the Ohio State Alumni Association, and was a huge Buckeye fan. He was a very active and committed member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomington, including involvement in PAWS (Pets Are Working Saints), Stephen Ministry, Marriage 101, the Chancel Choir and missions work.
Also surviving are three sisters, Dianne (Greg) Gerber, Lynda (Charles) Shafer and Pam (Ed) Puralewski; nieces and nephews, Sarah (Joel) Esala, Allison (Chad) Irving, Michael Shafer, Dwight Shafer and Rebecca Puralewski; and great-nephew Asher Esala.
A celebration of life service was held Friday, March 5, at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Vaughn Hoffman officiating. Calvert and Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington was in charge of the arrangements. Inurnment will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church Missions, OSU Athletic Scholarships, Camp Mekokiko or to 4-H of Paulding County.
RICHARD YANT 1943-2010
OAKWOOD — Richard L. “Dick” “Polo” Yant, 66, of Oakwood, died Monday, Feb. 22, in Mazatlan, Mexico.
He was born Dec. 6, 1943, in Defiance, the son of O. Lavern and Alice M. (Robinson) Yant. On Sept. 30, 1967, he married Christine M. Lauro, who survives. He was a U.S. Navy DT3 veteran, serving in Vietnam. He was employed by GM in Defiance; was a caddy then an assistant golf pro for Kettenring Golf Course in Defiance; and also was a chauffeur for Loretta’s Limousine then Premier Limousine.
He was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Junction, later the Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Paulding, and UAW Local #211. He enjoyed retrieving golf balls from local golf courses and spending winters in Mazatlan.
He is also survived by his mother, Alice Yant of Defiance; two sons, Aaron (Sara) of Champaign, Ill. and Eric of Holgate; a daughter, Brenda (Drew) Munger of Paulding; six grandchildren, Ashley and Jared Yant, Ian and Alyson Munger, and Caleb and Megan Yant; three brothers, John of Columbus and Thomas and Robert (Roxan) of Defiance; three sisters, Dorothy (Mehdi) Kajani of Philadelphia, Peggy (Robert) Thatcher of Evans, Ga., and Pamela (Michael) Seibenick of Defiance; a brother in spirit, David (Rita) Iliff and their children, David and Sarah Iliff; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close family friends.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Services were held Monday, March 8, at the Divine Mercy Church in Paulding with Fathers David Tscherne and Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Defiance, where military rites were conducted by VFW Post 3360. Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, the Vineyard Church in Mazatlan, or to the donor’s choice.
THOMAS CARNAHAN 1984-2010
PAULDING — Thomas Ray Carnahan, 25, of Paulding, died at 8:08 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
He was born June 15, 1984, in Paulding, the son of Bryan and Brenda (Aldrich) Carnahan, who both survive in Grover Hill. He was a desk clerk at the Holiday Inn Express in Van Wert and a member of A.S.P.C.A.
He is also survived by his committed partner, Heidi Dix of Paulding; a sister, Shannon Carnahan of Grover Hill; maternal grandparents, Jerry and Carolyn Aldrich of Sebring, Fla.; paternal grandparents, Walter and Ellen Carnahan of Oakwood; maternal great-grandmother, Irene Ford of Grover Hill; and four nieces and nephews, Taylor, Cierrah, Trae and Autumn.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 16 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood with Pastor Pat Holt officiating.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the Ronald McDonald House or Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
ROSA ENGLISH 1923-2010
OAKWOOD — Rosa Fern English, 86, died at 8:05 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice.
She was born March 15, 1923, in Putnam County, the daughter of Earl and (Prowant) Etter. On April 28, 1943, she married Bernard L. English, who survives in Oakwood. She was a graduate of Continental High school and Lima’s Cosmetology School. She was the owner of Fern’s Beauty Shop in Oakwood and was a homemaker. She attended the Dupont Church of the Brethren.
She is also survived by a son, Bernard English Jr. of Oakwood; two daughters, Sheryl English of Oakwood and Pamela (Lewis) Renollet of Pemberville; a sister, Joyce (Orval) Schroeder of Kalida; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mazie Lucille Drummer, Lila Rieke and Nona Fickle.
Services were held Saturday, March 13, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Continental, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial was in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Continental.
Memorial donations may be directed to Defiance Inpatient Hospice or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
JENNIE MAE GREEN
FORT WAYNE – Jennie Mae (Hartwig) Green, 89, was called home to be with her Lord on Thursday, March 11, 2010 in Fort Wayne.
Born in Briceton, she worked as a waitress with Norton’s and Dick’s Diner but most of her life was a homemaker. She was a member of the Fort Wayne Turners, active in the PTA and a Cub Scout Leader who enjoyed arts, crafts and ceramics. Jennie Mae enjoyed life very much, her family and grandchildren were a very important part of her life. She was greatly loved by her family.
She is survived by her husband, Neil “Skip” Green of Fort Wayne; a son, John Green of Fort Wayne; seven daughters, Georgianna (Weldon) Adkins of Haviland, Sandra (Meyer) Biller-Wright of East Haven, Conn., Judy (Robert) Chinn of Anaheim, Calif., Vickie (Jerry) Ruiz of Riverside Calif., Pamela Porter of Warsaw, and Paulette (Gene) Smith and Cindy (Sam) Leto, both of Fort Wayne; a stepdaughter, Linda Jean Boyd of Sauk Village, Ill.; a very dear friend, Shirley (Gary) Myers of Fort Wayne; 24 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three daughters, Carolyn Patterson, Sharon Scoles and Lela Ruby.
Services were held Monday, March 15 at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne with Chaplain Karen Kosberg officiating. Burial was in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to the Fort Wayne Turners or Parkview Hospice. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com
JUANITA HARP 1926-2010
OAKWOOD – Juanita Mae Harp, age 83, of Oakwood, went to meet her Lord on Friday, March 12 at her residence with her family by her side. She was born Oct. 29, 1926, in Madison County, Ky., the daughter of Maurice and Gracy (Garrett) Masters. On May 10, 1961, she married John Randall Harp, who survives. She worked for Dickie Tent Factory in Oakwood and Irving Air Shute in Kentucky. She was a member of Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood, was a former Girl Scout leader and a member of the Red Hats of Paulding County. Also surviving are a daughter, Crystal Lee of Summerset, Ky.; three sons, Charles Delano “Bud” Wilson of Haviland, Jerome “Pete” (Connie) Wilson of Cloverdale, and Garrnet Dean Wilson of Paulding; one stepson, John Randall Long; a foster daughter: Rose Steele; a sister, Gypsy (Thomas) McGee of Portage, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Gloria Ann Wilson; two granddaughters, Joyce Thompson and Charity Lynn Wilson; a grandson, Roy Jason Wilson; a great-grandson, Billy Dean Buell; a son-in-law, Raymond Lee; and two sisters, Drumenda Dugens and Burdetta Moody. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 16 at Twin Oaks United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Mullinix officiating. Burial was New Rochester Cemetery, Cecil. Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Paulding County Hospice.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
BRETT KUTZLI 1952-2010
GROVER HILL – Brett Kutzli, 57, of Grover Hill, formerly of Antwerp, died Thursday, March 11 at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born July 24, 1952 in Fort Wayne, the son of the Lawrence and Jane (Cowell) Kutzli. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He was a handyman, but had worked at Cooper Farms.
Surviving are a son, Wesley of Arizona; a sister, Shannon (Al) Sudholtz of Sherwood; two brothers, Steven (Karen) and Gregory (Deb), both of Grover Hill; and his grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Jonathan; and a brother, Ronald.
Services will be held at a later date. Dooley Funeral Homes of Antwerp & Payne is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
EVERETT PLUM 1933-2010
ANTWERP — Everett “Red” Plumb, 76, of Antwerp died Thursday, March 11, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born May 31, 1933, in Roselms, the son of Ray  and Alice (Pratt) Plumb. In March 1958, he married Polly Speck, who survives. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War and was retired from Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp. He was a member of Antwerp American Legion, life member of Antwerp VFW and enjoyed time with his friends on the CB radio and at the Bears Den.
He is also survived by a daughter, Patty (Herb) Bittinger of Huntertown, Ind.; two sons, Burl (Diane) Bittinger of Marion, Ind. and Dave (Karen) Plumb of Wrentham, Maine; two sisters, Marge Rhode of Chicago and Kathy Eager of Harlan, Ind.; two brothers, Frank and Don, both of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Nancy Plumb and Martha Leiter.
Services were held Monday, March 15 at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp.
Preferred memorials are to the V.E.T.S. Memorial project.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
MICHAEL REINHART 1948-2010
PAULDING – Michael W. Reinhart, age 61, died Saturday, March 13 at his residence.
He was born July 31, 1948 in Quebec, Canada, the son of Ralph W. and Isabel M. (McMichael) Reinhart. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany. He was the owner/operator of the Brune Printing Company in Paulding and was a member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. He is survived his mother, Isabel (Joe) Rodriguez, Paulding; three sisters, Marcy (Mike) Iler of Paulding, Jean Saldana of Toledo and Joyce Petrila, White Bear Lake, Minn.; a stepsister Joyce (Tom) Cammack, Flint, Texas; seven nieces, Macy, Morgan, Miranda and Molly Iler, Andrea Saldana Annette Christiansen and Michelle Marcotti; five nephews, David Marc and Jason Saldana, Shane Begley, Michael Petrila and Trey Cammack. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph, in 1997.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today, March 17, at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Bethel-Forder Cemetery, Cecil, where Paulding VFW Post #587 will accord military rites. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements,
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Paulding Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
MILDRED STOLLER 1920-2010
PAULDING – Mildred I. Stoller, age 89, died Wednesday, March 10 at Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.
She was born May 7, 1920 in Marshall County, Ind., the daughter of Daniel and Anna (Wuthrich) Germann. On Jan. 4, 1948, she married Louis D. Stoller, who preceded her in death on June 5, 1994. She was a member of Latty Apostolic Christian Church and a volunteer for the Latty Apostolic Christian Church World Relief. She was a homemaker and was employed as an RN for Paulding County Hospital for 36 years, retiring in 1980. She is survived by a son, Jim (Tam) Stoller, Paulding; a daughter, Dixie Thomas, Fort Wayne; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Stoller, Paulding; a brother, Kenneth German, Bremen, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Donna Germann, Elkhart, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a son, Mark Stoller; two brothers, Robert and Harold Germann; and a sister, Florence Stoller. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 13 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church with church clergymen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Apostolic Christian Church World Relief or Community Healthcare Professionals & Hospice of Paulding County. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
MILDRED WANNEMACHER 1924-2010
PAYNE — Mildred M. Wannemacher, 85, of Payne, died Wednesday, March 10, at Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Kissimmee, Fla.
She was born Dec. 25, 1924, in Payne, the daughter of Aloysius and Irene (Elliott) Schmidt. On Feb. 4, 1942, she married Richard Wannemacher, who survives. She was a homemaker, who enjoyed her family and friends. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish.
She is also survived by four daughters, Nancy (Bill) Woodring and Sue (Jerry) Zielke, both of Antwerp, Donna of Alvordton, and Pat Wobler of Edgerton, Ind; two sons, Dick (Sue) and Tom (Lou Ann) Wannemacher, both of Payne; a brother, Richard (Joan) Schmidt of Payne; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren. A sister, Rose Ann Derck, preceded her in death. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, March 16, at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Divine Mercy Catholic School.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
BILLIE WEBSTER 1940-2010
PAULDING — Billie F. Webster Sr., 69, died at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 19, at the St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.
He was born Sept. 10, 1940, in Hampshire, Tenn., the son of Waldo Webster and Sammie Dot Yarbrough Jordan. On April 7, 1996, he married Dionicia R. Dunakin, who survives. He was a millwright at GM Powertrain of Defiance, retiring in 2009 following 45 years of service. He was a member of UAW 211.
Also surviving are five sons, Cassius (Victoria) Webster of Mt. Morris, Mich., Steven (Melissa) Davenport of Paulding, Keith Webster of Lima, Eric (Dawn) Davenport of Columbus and Daniel Sparkman of Lima; two stepsons, Brandon and Michael Schlueter, both of Paulding; an adopted son, Ashton “Packy” Webster of Lima; a daughter, Michele Webster of Lima; an adopted daughter, Lena Elaine (Michael) Springer of Lima; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; two brothers, William (Sue) Jordan of Lima and Kenneth (Lena) Jordan of Flint, Mich.; four sisters, Carrie Dansby, Debra (Myles) Smith and Joyce Jordan, all of Lima, and Annis (Harry) Washington of California.
He also was preceded in death by his parents; a son, the Rev. Billie Webster Jr.; and a brother, Lewis Webster.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 25, at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding.
Hours of visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, March 24 and one hour prior to services Thursday morning.
Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
veteran: L.C. NORTHCUTT 1929-2010
BRYAN – L.C. Northcutt, 80 years, of Bryan, died Friday, March 19 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born Dec. 8, 1929 in Savannah, Tenn., the son of William and Sarah Lee (Prater) Northcutt. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. On Aug. 14, 1954 in Angola, he married Patricia Ann Hays, who survives. He was a supervisor for Johns Manville in Defiance for 38 years, retiring in 1991. He attended New Hope Community Church in Bryan. He was a member of the Defiance Fish and Game Club and formerly had been a member of the Oakwood Community Development Group. He had been a blacksmith, working in the tri-state area, and formerly showed Quarter Horses and collected old cars. He was fond of his Plymouth Prowler.
Also surviving are a son, Dan Northcutt of Bryan; a daughter, Lisa (Terry) Schultz of Lincoln, Del.; a granddaughter, Mandy (Chad) Merritt of Paulding; and two sisters, Willie (Loy) Hopper of Defiance and Lela Armour of Henderson, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Curtis, James and Bernis Northcutt; and a sister, Lillian Seltzer.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 23 at Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home in Bryan with Pastor Clarence Zimmerman officiating. Interment was in Evansport Cemetery.
Memorial tributes may be given to the Williams County Humane Society.
Condolences may be sent to the family or the online guest book may be signed at www.oberlinturnbull.com
JOHN MARTINEZ 1950-2010
PAYNE – John Contreras Martinez, 60, of Payne, left to be with the Lord at 10:07 a.m. Sunday, March 21, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center. He is walking the streets of glory today.
He was born Feb. 3, 1950 in Fort Wayne, the son of Michael and Mary (Contreras) Martinez. On Sept. 24, 1986 he married Sharon Fulmer, who survives. He had worked at Meridian in Grabill, Ind.
Also surviving are a son, John (Heather); two stepchildren, Carrie (Jack) Poling and Kevin Cox; two sisters, Veronica (Eduardo) Ovalle and Linda Martinez; three brothers, Joe (Jeanie), Guadelupe (Donna) and Rocky; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
His memorial service is at The Rock Church, 20763 SR 637, Oakwood, at 11 a.m. Friday, March 26, with calling two hours prior.
Visitation is also from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne.
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
ROSA FERN ENGLISH 1923-2010
OAKWOOD — Rosa Fern English, 86, died at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice.
She was born March 15, 1923, in Putnam County, the daughter of Earl and Lala (Prowant) Etter. On April 28, 1943, she married Bernard L. English, who survives in Oakwood. She was a graduate of Continental High School and Lima’s Cosmetology School. She was the owner of Fern’s Beauty Shop in Oakwood and was a homemaker. She attended the Dupont Church of the Brethren.
She is also survived by a son, Bernard English Jr. of Oakwood; two daughters, Sheryl English of Oakwood and Pamela (Lewis) Renollet of Pemberville; a sister, Joyce (Orval) Schroeder of Kalida; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mazie Lucille Drummer, Lila Rieke and Nona Fickle.
Services were held Saturday, March 13, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Continental, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial was in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood.
Memorial donations may be directed to Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
JOHNNY COYLE 1952-2010
OAKWOOD — Johnny L. Coyle 57, of East Alton, Ill. died at 7:05 p.m. Monday, March 15, at Alton Memorial Hospital in Illinois.
He was born June 16, 1952 in Logan County W.Va., the son of Richard and Mavis (Cassidy) Coyle. On Dec. 30, 1993, in Wood River, he married Mary A. Williams, who survives in East Alton. He retired in 2007 following eight years of service as a laborer for Federal Steel and 10 years as a tanker man for Adams Land Marine. Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Toni Gamblin of Rosewood Heights, Ill. and Sarah (Chad) McCoy of Wood River, Ill.; two stepsons, Derek Winship of East Alton and Jason (Jamie) Winship of Rosewood Heights, Ill.; six step-grandchildren, David Hall, Tiffani, Erin and Kristen Gamblin, and Luke and Josi McCoy; and a brother, John (Nancy) Terrill of Rolla, Mo. Services were held Friday, March 19, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood. Burial was in the Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.
Preferred memorials are to BJC Hospice, One Memorial Drive, Alton IL 62002. Condolences amy be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
NORMA BODENBENDER 1939-2010
CONTINENTAL – Norma J. Bodenbender, 71, of Continental, died at 6:55 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
She was born March 9, 1939, in Junction, the daughter of Justus and Esther (Cotterman) Nickols. She was a homemaker and a member of the Free Christian Church of God in Continental. Surviving are a son, Bruce (Rita) Bodenbender of Cecil; three daughters, Shirley (Kevin) Spain of Batavia, Linda (Mark) Kimmel of Continental and Diane (Eric) Lyons of Kalida; two foster daughters, Debbie (Sam) Cabral of Florida and Connie Humphreys of Defiance; a son-in-law, Mark Frankart of North Creek, Ohio; three brothers, Richard (Jan), Everett (Joyce) and Charles (Marcie) Nickols, all of Paulding; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a daughter, Brenda Frankart. Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, March 24, at the Free Christian Church of God in Continental, with the Rev. James Fry officiating. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Continental is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.
JERRY WEIBLE 1936-2010
PAULDING – Jerry E. Weible, age 73, died Wednesday, March 24 at his residence.
He was born May 12, 1936 in Paulding County, the son of Justus and Alice (Freeland) Weible. On Dec. 30, 1959 he married Mary Frampton, who preceded him in death in 1996. He was employed for 36 years by Johns Manville of Defiance, retiring in 1999. He was a member of the former Steel Steeds Motorcycle Club of Paulding and the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by five sons, Craig (Pam) of Van Wert, Bradley and Kirby, both of Defiance, Jeff of Paulding and Shawn of Edgerton; a brother, Larry (Louise), Defiance; four sisters, Kathleen Burton of West Liberty, Ky., Justine Karnes of Defiance, Colleen Roberts of Arizona and Lorine Ross of Broughton; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Graveside services were held Saturday, March 27 at Hedges Cemetery, Jackson Township. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made in Jerry’s memory to Den Herder Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
BEVERLY CARSTEN 1938-2010
FORT WAYNE – Beverly S. Carsten, 71, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 7:20 a.m. Monday, March 22 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born Aug. 13, 1938 in Logansport, Ind., the daughter of Morris and Sarah (Brower) Stamper. She had worked in human resources at UTC in Huntington, Ind. and in fund-raising at the Saint Joseph Health Foundation. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and a member of the 9-12ers Tea Party Movement. Surviving are a daughter, Nancy (Jim) Glass of Payne; two sons, Daniel (Janet) of St. Louis and Michael (Monica) of Sidney, Maine; a brother, Billy Stamper of Columbus, Ind.; a sister, Cindy Stamper of Indianapolis; and five grandchildren Nicholas, Noah and Saylor Glass and Jace and Nathaniel Carsten. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service was held Friday, March 26 at Dooley Funeral Home in Payne. Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.  Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
BEULAH WELLER 1917-2010
OAKWOOD – Beulah W. Weller, age 92, died Wednesday, March 24 at the Laurels of Defiance in Defiance.
She was born Oct. 13, 1917 in Washington Township, Paulding County, the daughter of James and Amelia (Stork) Shafer. On Sept. 12, 1934, she married Delphos E. Weller, who preceded her in death on June 10, 2009. She and her husband lived on the Weller Family Farm, which was established in 1847, where they were lifelong farmers. She was a member of the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood, where she was a Sunday School superintendent and active with the children’s programs. She was also the owner/operator of the former Hill Top Beauty Shop in Oakwood and was previously employed by the former Grizzly Manufacturing, Paulding. She was a 4-H adviser and helped start the Paulding County Senior Center. She is survived by three sons, Richard (Connie) of Defiance and Frank and Douglas (Bonnie), both of Oakwood; three sisters, Estella Frost and Pauline Tracy, both of Defiance, and Marianne (William) Baringer, Ayresville; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She also was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Erma Weller; a granddaughter, Kendra Weller; four brothers, Albert, Jeffrey, Wilbur “Hike” and Robert Shafer; and two sisters, Florence Sheets and Mildred Shafer.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 29 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating.
Preferred memorials are to Gideon’s International or to the Paulding County 4-H. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
CLIFFORD JONES JR. 1946-2010 Paulding Clifford M. Jones Jr., age 63, died Thursday, March 25 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne. He was born Sept. 19, 1946 in Lima, the son of Clifford and Myrtle (Worline) Jones Sr. He was a machine operator for the former Dietrich Industries of Hicksville ad was a veteran oh the U.S. Army. Surviving are two daughters, Rachel (Dean) Ploughe and Sarah Gamble, both of Fort Wayne; two sons, Adam E. Jones of Grove City and Elijah M. Jones of Paulding; two brothers, Paul (Carolyn) Jones of Latty and Marty (Jane) Jones of Paulding; and three grandchildren, Dale and Dean Ploughe and Autumn Gamble.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and an infant grandson, Daniel James Ploughe.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, March 31, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Paulding VFW Post #587 will conduct military rites at the funeral home. Visitation will be held one hour before services today.
Memorials may be made to Clifford M. Jones Jr. Family. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
BEULAH  ESCHBACH
1924-2010
PAYNE – Beulah L. Eschbach, 85, of Payne, passed away Friday, April 2 at Paulding County Hospital.
She was born Sept. 24, 1924, in Payne, the daughter of Homer  and Mary  (Overmeyer) Zartman. On Nov. 20, 1942, she married Norman Eschbach, who survives. She was a group leader at Magnavox Fort Wayne, where she was a member of the Quarter Century Club. She was also a devout member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish and its Altar Rosary Society.
Also surviving are two daughters, Ruth Eschbach and Judy (Ray) Lyons, both of Payne; two sons, Bill (Mary “Teen”) of Louisville, Ky. and Bob (Kim) of Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were 15 siblings. Her Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, April 6, at  Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne,  with Very Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, was in charge of arrangements.Preferred memorials are to masses or Divine Mercy School.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
EDWARD JOHNSTON JR. 1967-2010
CECIL – Edward P. “Eddie” Johnston Jr., 42, died Wednesday, March 31, at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born Nov. 28, 1967 in Paulding, the son of Edward P. and Helen (Bodell) Johnston Sr. He was formerly employed by Progressive Logistics Services, New Haven.
He is survived by his father, Edward Johnston Sr., of Cecil; his stepfather, Joseph Bear, of Cecil; five sisters, Cathy and Caryn Johnston and Cheri (Larry) Ray, all of Paulding, Candy (Mike) Minck of Grover Hill and Cindy (Scott) Rosebrock of Defiance; a special friend, Toni Doster of Paulding; and many nieces and nephews as well as an unlimited number of friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen (Johnston) Bear, in 2008.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 3 at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Eddie’s memory to Den Herder Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
BETTY HARRIS 1943-2010
MESA, Ariz. – Former Paulding County resident Betty C. Harris, 66, passed away at 2:16 p.m. Friday, March 5, at her residence in Mesa, Ariz.
She was born June 9, 1943 in Birmingham, Ala., the daughter of Walter and Dorothy (Watson) Wells, who both preceded her in death. In 1965, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Paulding, she married John H. Harris Sr., who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, John “Jack” Harris Jr. of Columbus and Michael Harris of Corning N.Y.; a daughter, Shannon (Harris) Branham of Mesa, Ariz.; her grandchildren, Nicholas, John (Alex), Morgan, Jackie, Marlena, Adelle and Marlon (Zeke); a brother, Walter Wells of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; a sister, Brenda (Wells) Vappie of Mesa, Ariz.; and many dearly loved nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held March 11, at Mariposa Gardens Cemetery Chapel in Mesa.
veteran  PAUL SMITH 1918-2010
CECIL – Paul R. Smith, 91, of Cecil, passed away Thursday, April 1 at Manor House Assisted Living, Antwerp.
He was born April 12, 1918, near Cecil, the son of the late Myrtle (Stultz) and Charles Smith. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of sergeant and earning the Bronze Star during World War II in the South Pacific. On April 3, 1948 at St. Mary Church in Antwerp, he married LaVonne Bissell, who preceded him in death July 16, 1999. He was a lifetime farmer in Cecil who was still active and enjoyed his flower and vegetable garden. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Sherwood VFW Post and the First Families of Paulding County. Surviving are three daughters, Carol (Doug) Baker of Oakwood, Kathy (Tony) Wilson of Paulding and Marilyn Smith, of Cecil; four sons, Denny (Pat) of New Haven, Don (Karen) of New Bremen, and Doug (Judy Panico) and Dave, both of Cecil; two sisters, Ruth Smith and Grace Light, both of Antwerp; a brother, Richard of Antwerp; two sisters-in-law, Holly Garmyn of Defiance and Roma Stronach of San Diego; and nine grandchildren. Paul also was preceded in death by his brother, Ivan.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, April 5 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Antwerp, with the Very Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Cecil. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Paulding Hospice, Manor House Activity Fund or V.E.T.S. Memorial Project.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
KATHRYN KUNKLEMAN 1927-2010
CORNELIUS, N.C. – Kathryn Lippott Kunkleman, of Cornelius, N.C. died Friday, April 2.
She was born March 3, 1927 in Payne, the daughter of Arthur P. and Cora (Ribley) Lippott. She graduated as salutatorian of Payne Village High School, and went on to spend two years at Ohio Northern University. She served as secretary to the president of the university during that time. Her next adventure was as a secretary at Standard Oil Company, which later became Esso and then EXXON. Twenty years later she continued her education at UNCC and later received her North Carolina real estate brokers license.
On Aug. 24, 1950 she married Robert Elsworth Kunkleman, who preceded her in death 35 days ago. Together with longstanding and trustworthy partners, Bob and Kathryn created and built successful businesses Wellworth Realty, Lake Norman Storage, and Metrolina Mini Storage. Surviving are three children, Deborah (Randall) Baker of Matthews, N.C., and Gregory (Jill) Kunkleman and Daniel (Lisa) Kunkleman, both of Charlotte, N.C.; and five grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; and a sister-in-law, Joanne Lippott and nephew Mark Lippott of Elwood, Ind. She also was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Clarence Lippott; two sisters, Nellie Foreman and Mary Trevey; and her stepmother, Barbara Gunn. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 6 at Providence Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N.C. Raymer Funeral Home, Huntersville, N.C. was in charge of arrangements.  Memorials may be sent in lieu of flowers to Hospice of Charlotte.
veteran: GERALD ZARTMAN 1949-2010
GARRETT, Ind. – Gerald L. Zartman, 60, of Garrett, formerly of Fort Wayne, died Thursday, April 1 in Payne.
He was born Sept. 23, 1949 in Fort Wayne. He retired from BF Goodrich after 35 years and was U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving are his mother, Jean Zartman of Payne; six sons, Barry (Christina) of Auburn, Ind., Anthony (Patricia) and Michael, both of Fort Wayne, Barney (Jocelyn) of New Port Richey, Fla., Gary (Beth) and Gabriel, both of Garrett, Ind.; three daughters, Anna (Robert) Mills and Theresa Zartman, both of Butler, and Maggie Zartman, Fort Wayne; his former wife, Marianne Zartman of Fort Wayne; a brother, Terry (Margie), of Payne; two sisters, Debra (Stan) Pratt of Scott and Julie (Kevin) Hirschey of Dallas; and 19 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dean W. Zartman.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today, April 7 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 4643 Gaywood Ave., Fort Wayne. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Masses.
MARY ANN STEWART
ATHENS, Ga. – Mary Ann Ball Stewart, 75, formerly of Auburn, Ind., died Thursday, April 1, 2010.
She was the daughter of Walter and Elsie Ball, who both preceded her in death. She was married to David Leigh Stewart, who also preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, David Stewart of Chapin, S.C.; a daughter, Sheryl Tuggle of Arnoldsville, Ga.; one brother, Ronald Ball of Auburn; and three grandchildren, Nick, Alex and Jack Stewart.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment was in Auburn, Ind. Lord and Stephens, West, was in charge of arrangements. Flowers are optional. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
ERVIN BRUNE
1924-2010
MANSFIELD – Ervin L. Brune, age 86, of Mansfield, died Thursday, April 1 at MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.
He was born Jan. 12, 1924 in Paulding, the son of Oltie and Cora (Snyder) Brune. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII and then graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in architecture. He designed and built his own home. He was a member of First English Lutheran Church. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and woodworking.
Surviving are his wife, Martha, whom he married in 1951; two sons, Douglas (Rhonda) and Kenton (Sloan); two brothers, Allen of Decatur, Ind. and Morris of Paulding; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Henry, Paul and Richard.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 5 at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors in Mansfield with the Rev. Cloyd Kress officiating. Military graveside services at Mt. Zion Cemetery were conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.
Preferred memorials are to First English Lutheran Church.
JAMES CASE
1925-2010
PAYNE – James B. Case, 84, of Payne died Thursday, April 8, at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home.
He was born June 28, 1925, in Cedarville, Ind., the son of Olive (Stapleton) and Harry  Case. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. In 1947, he married Marianne Miller, who survives. He worked 40 years at Rea Magnet Wire  and was an active member of the Payne Fire & EMS until he was 70. He also was a member of the Payne Church of the Nazarene.
Also surviving are three daughters, Cindra Sue (Russell) Coy of Ney, Debra Case of Payne and RaChelle (Andy) Partlow of Troy; two sons, Dennis (Irene) of King William, Va. and Jeffrey (Rebecca) of Lee Summit, Mo.; a brother, Donald (Barbara) of Fort Wayne; 13 grandchildren; and 14  great- grandchildren.
Services were held Monday, April 12 at the Payne Church of the Nazarene. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home in Payne was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the church or Paulding Hospice.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
ROBERT FOLLAS
1929-2010
VAN WERT – Robert P. “Wheaties” Follas, 80, of Van Wert, died at 5:25 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.
He was born Oct. 12, 1929, in Marion Township, Delphos, the son of Orwell and Bessie (Bowman) Follas. On Nov. 17, 1957, in Elida, he married Marlene Stemen who survives in Van Wert. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1947-49. He received certification in television service and as a technician from the Chicago Trade Institute. He worked in Elida, Lima and Van Wert for over 30 years repairing televisions. He then worked at Aeroquip and retired in 1993.
He attended the First Methodist Church in Van Wert and was an avid bike rider. He rode in the first 12 Great Ohio Bike Adventures (GOBA), the Hilly Hundred in Bloomington, Hancock Horizontal Hundred in Findlay, the WYCOHIBTO in Wyandot County and the Tour of Scioto River Valley.
Also surviving are four daughters, Amy (Jay) Prichard and Jodi (Paul Brummette) Wallenhorst, both of Van Wert, Lori Traxler of Edgerton, Ohio, and Lynn (Mike) Bouillon of Convoy; four brothers, Dale of Yuba City, Calif., Elbert (Grace) of San Jose, William (Sue) of Paulding and Donald of Arlington; two sisters, Pat (John) Kirkendall and Connie (Gary) Plummer, both of Elida; 11 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Combined units of the Van Wert American Legion and VFW Post will conduct military services.
Hours of visitation will be from 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
Condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com
ETHEL GROSS
1917-2010
DEFIANCE – Ethel Kriebel Gross, age 92, died Monday, April 5 at her residence.
She was born Nov. 2, 1917 in Lansdale, Pa., the daughter of Leidy S. and Wilhelmina (Wismer) Kriebel. On May 31, 1943, she married John F. Gross, who preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 1982. She was a registered nurse for many metro Cleveland area hospitals. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, Defiance.
She is survived by a daughter, Bernice (Jeff) Schmidt, Defiance; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She also was preceded in death by a brother, Wismer Kriebel; two sisters, Ruth W. Kriebel and Gwendolyn Burch; a brother-in-law, Frank J. Gross; and a sister-in-law, Helen R. Burke.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 16 at St. John United Church of Christ, Defiance, with the Rev. Dr. William R. Nirote officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park in North Olmsted at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Friday at the church. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to St. John United Church of Christ; Friends of Feline of Defiance; or the Paulding County Dog Shelter.
Online condolences may be made to www.denherderfh.com
WYONA KIEF
1924-2010
HICKSVILLE – Wyona Kief, 85, of Hicksville, died Saturday, April 3, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Hicksville.
She was born Aug. 18, 1924, the daughter of Elsie (Oplinger) and Henry Stickney. She was a homemaker, who will be sadly missed by her husband, Richard; a daughter, Carol; her grandchildren; and stepchildren.
Private services were held at Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville. Arrangements were made by Dooley Funeral Home.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
EUGENE WATERMAN
1927-2010
HARRODSBURG, Ky. – Eugene A. Waterman, age 83, died Wednesday, April 7 at the Harrodsburg Health Care Center, where he was a resident.
He was born Feb. 26, 1927 in Hooper, Neb., the son of Albert and Katherine (Lamberty) Waterman. On Dec. 2, 1961, he married Marilyn L. Miller, who preceded him in death in 2001. He was a mechanical engineer with IBM for 22 years and later was a CAD draftsman with Sylvania for 10 years. He also taught blueprint and shop mathematics at Central Kentucky Vocational School and Blackburn Correctional Institute and was an active member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
He is survived by two daughters, Marianne (Phillip) Franz and Pamela Callahan, both of Harrodsburg, Ky.; a son, Andrew Waterman, Lexington, Ky.; one sister, Katherine Lucas, Westfield, Ind.; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, April 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial was in Cooper Cemetery, Paulding.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Heritage Hospice Inc. of Danville, Ky.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
NANCY MOSIER
1927-2010
PAULDING – Nancy M. Mosier, age 83, died Wednesday, April 14 at the County Inn Enhanced Living Center, where she was a resident.
She was born Jan. 13, 1927 in Oak Hill, the daughter of John and Dovie (Scarberry) Craft. On Jan. 10, 1948 she married Bice E. Mosier, who survives. She was a homemaker and an avid gardener and was employed by Dana Weatherhead. She was a member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women.
Also surviving are three daughters, Jan (Byron) Rasey of Antwerp; Victoria (Joseph) Kemerer of Hicksville and Susan Gladieux, Perrysburg; two sons, John (Teresa) of Antwerp and Steven (Kathy) of Ludington, Mich.; one sister, Ruby Nern, Antwerp; two brothers, Tom (Louise) Craft of Payne and Roger (Karen) Craft of Texas; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mildred Fulk, Lessie McCain and Mabel Howard; and six brothers, Lowell, Dewey, Ben and Ray Craft and two infant brothers.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 17 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial was in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center Activity Fund, the Friedreich Ataxia Research Alliance, or to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
ALLEN BAKOWSKI
1961-2010
MELROSE – Allen Joseph “Hooter” Bakowski, 48, died Thursday, April 15.
He was born Aug. 16, 1961.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 23 at Melrose United Methodist Church. Heitmeyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A casual potluck will be held following services.
veteran: DEAN MOHR 1924-2010
OAKWOOD – Dean L. Mohr, 86, Oakwood, died at 12:55 a.m. Monday, April 12 at the Gardens of Paulding.
He was born Feb. 29, 1924, in Van Wert, the son of Ira and Maude (Geckler) Mohr. On Dec. 24, 1942, he married Phyllis J. Burt, who preceded him in death on Nov. 28, 2007. He retired in 1980 as a supervisor for Ford Motor Company in Lima, and had been a farmer early in life. He was a member of Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood and Oakwood American Legion. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and had coached Little League baseball.
He is survived by a daughter, Susan A. (Dennis) Ramge of Oakwood; a son, Steven D. (Gisela) Mohr of Oakwood; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul George Mohr; and two sisters, Mildred McClure and Mary Brown.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 16 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with the Rev. Jeffrey Mullinix officiating. Burial was in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood, with military rites by the Oakwood American Legion.
Preferred memorials are to Twin Oaks United Methodist Church.
Condolences can be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
veteran LARRY JERGER 1939-2010
BRYAN — Larry George Jerger, 70, of Bryan, died at 7:55 a.m., Sunday, April 18, at the Kobacker House Hospice in Columbus.
He was born June 2, 1939, in St. Joseph Township in Williams County, the son of Raymond and Florence (Fritch) Jerger, who both preceded him in death. On Dec. 12, 1970, he married Janet M. Strayer, who survives.
He was a 1957 graduate of Fairview High School (Farmer) and a U.S. Army veteran serving in Viet Nam. He was the owner operator of a Pepsi Distributorship for 25 years, delivering in Paulding County. He retired from Washington Township, Defiance County, in 2002, following 16 years of service. He was also a member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Bryan and a member of the Bryan Eagles Lodge.
Also surviving are two sons, Kim (Tracy) Jerger of Middletown and James (Kristi) Jerger of Hilliard; a daughter, Teresa (Steve) Schroeder of Edgerton, Ohio; two sisters, Joan Kimpel of Hicksville and Madalyn (Forrest) Dietrich of Ney; a brother, Jerald Jerger of Swanton; and seven grandchildren, Abigail and Alex Jerger, Nicholas, Maryn, and Rolen Jerger, and Cameron and Kendra Schroeder.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 23, at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Father Jim Halleron officiating.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 22, at Thompson’s Funeral Home in Pioneer, Ohio. Burial will be in Riverside in Montpelier where graveside rites will be conducted by the Montpelier Vets.
HELEN CLUTS
1925-2010
PAYNE – Helen Cluts, 85, of Payne, died at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne.
She was born March 8, 1925, in Convoy, the daughter of Edith (Black) and William  McCollum. On Feb. 9, 1946, she married Harry Cluts, who survives. She was a  homemaker, a member of Saint Jacob’s United Church of Christ and the Payne American Legion Auxiliary.
She is also survived by a daughter, Vickie (John) Beecher; a grandson, Matthew (Richelle) Wells; and great-granddaughters, Abby and Emma, all of Lafayette, Ind.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Betty; and a brother, Walter McCollum.
Services were held Saturday, April 24, at Saint Jacob’s United Church of Christ with the Rev. James Langham officiating. Burial was in the Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are to the church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
veteran LEO “BOZE” JEWELL
1942-2010
GROVER HILL – Leo L. “Boze” Jewell, 67, of Grover Hill, took his last breath and went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ at 8:20 a.m. Saturday, April 24. He is now walking the streets of gold with his Savior.
He was born Oct. 8, 1942 in Paulding, the son of Lester Leo and Mildred (Slattman) Jewell, who both preceded him in death. He worked at Porter’s Auction, Grover Hill. He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Grover Hill and Flat Rock Creek Festival. He was a US Army veteran.
Surviving are a son, Timothy (Jeannie) Jewell of Grover Hill; two special granddaughters, Jessica Louise Jewell and Michelle Autumn Jewell; two sisters, Shirley Schaffer of Grover Hill and Patsy Knox of Challmette, La.; and many nieces and nephews.
He also was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Jewell.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, April 28, at the Auglaize Chapel Church of God in Oakwood with Pastor Patrick Holt officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Grover Hill VFW. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Online condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
BRENDA COX
1953-2010
PAULDING – Brenda Jo Cox, age 56, of Peru, Ind., died Friday, April 23, at Paulding County Hospital.
She was born Aug. 27, 1953 in Terra Haute, Ind. On Dec. 3, 2007, she married Robert E. Cox, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Brooky (Randy) Tressler of Paulding; her stepchildren, Christina Hicks and Bobby Dennis, both of Paulding, and Grace Banks, Darla Payton and Donald Cox, all of Fort Wayne; and 14 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Billie Black, in 1996.
Services were held Tuesday, April 27, at the Pentecostal Church of God in Paulding, with Pastor Tony Echols officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Brenda Jo Cox to be made to Den Herder Funeral Home, P.O. Box 27, Paulding OH 45879.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
LADONNA POLING
1922-2010
CONVOY – LaDonna R. Poling, 87, of Convoy, died at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born Dec. 6, 1922, in Paulding County, the daughter of Minor and Hazel (Bailey) Long. On Aug. 28, 1948, in Latty, she married Marvin L. Poling, who preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 1996. She was a homemaker and had worked several years at the Crestview North School. She was a member of the Sugar Ridge Church of God in Convoy.
Surviving are a daughter, Jeanne (David) Rosendahl of Fort Wayne; a son, James (Jane) Poling of Convoy; a brother, Russell Long of Latty; grandchildren, Kelly (Pete) Caldwell, Jackie Rosendahl and Bryce Poling; and great-grandchildren, Sonora and Maya Caldwell and Jamison Poling.
She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise Williamson and Norma Thornell; and two brothers, Kenneth and Gene Long.
Services were held Sunday, April 25, at the Sugar Ridge Church of God in Convoy with the Rev. Steve Waterman officiating. Burial was in the Convoy I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Alspach, Mack and Jurczyk Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Convoy EMS or the Sugar Ridge Church of God.
SONIA PEEPER
PAULDING – Sonia Peeper, age 92, died Monday, April 26 at her home. Arrangements are pending at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.
MARILYN BELL
1929-2010
ANTWERP – Marilyn J. Bell, 81, of Antwerp, passed away Sunday, April 25, at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born Jan. 26, 1929 in Defiance, the daughter of the late Virl and Bessie (Baker) Speiser. On Oct. 29, 1948, she married Merton Bell, who preceded her in death Aug. 14, 2002. She retired from Sheller-Globe and was a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church of Antwerp and the Antwerp VFW Auxiliary.
Surviving are two daughters, Janice (Mike) Casper of Bryan and Cindy of Antwerp; a son, Kevin of Bryan; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two sons, Robert and Keith; a grandson, Robby; a sister, Delores Stein; and two brothers, Lloyd and Max Speiser.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 29 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Byron Adams officiating. Burial will be in Six Corners Cemetery.
Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, April 28 at Dooley Funeral Home, and also one hour prior to services on Thursday.
Preferred memorials are to the PC Workshop.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
DEBORAH JENKINS
1953-2010
PAYNE — Deborah Jean Jenkins, 57, of Payne, died Monday, April 19, as a result of injuries received in a motor vehicle accident.
She was born March 7, 1953, in Paulding, the daughter of  Jean (Johnston) and Howard Young. On April 20, 1976, she married Allen Jenkins, who survives. She worked for 20 years at Union State Bank in Payne and nine years at Gordon Tool in Payne. She was a member of the Ohio Master Gardeners of Paulding County and the Payne Church of Christ.
She is also survived by her mother, Jean Young; a sister, Karen Neff; and a brother, John (Patty) Young, all of Payne.
She was preceded in death by her father, Howard Young.
Services were held Friday, April 23, at the Payne Church of Christ in Payne with the Rev. Dan Staifer officiating. Burial was in the Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Ohio Master Gardeners of Paulding County or Lynn Mansfield Dog Rescue Efforts.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
veteran:FREELAND ADKINS
1922-2010
PAULDING – Freeland Adkins, 87, died Saturday, April 24, at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born Oct. 21, 1922, in Harts, W.Va., the son of Isaiah and Leota (Caldwell) Adkins. On Oct. 16, 1945, he married Lelia Campbell, who preceded him in death in 1997. On March 14, 1998, he married Pauline Dunham, who survives. He was an U.S. Army veteran, serving during WWII. In 1984, he retired from GM Powertrain in Defiance following 18 years of service and was the pastor for the former Freewill Baptist Church in Cecil. He attended the Paulding Church of the Nazarene.
He is also survived by a son, Kenneth (Marsha) Adkins of Defiance; a daughter, Donna (Bob) Hawkins of Hudson, Mich.; a stepson, Gene Dunham of Urbana; a stepdaughter, Alice Dunham, Paulding; one brother, George Adkins, Jericho, Tenn.; two sisters, Florence Hissaw of Mississippi and Brookie Spence of Celina; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by four brothers, Amos, Albert, Tilman and Herbert Adkins; and four sisters, Garnet and Ivie Adkins, Ann Vance and Easter Mitchell.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, April 28, at the Paulding Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Kim Semran officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery, where Paulding VFW Post #587 will accord military graveside rites. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Paulding Church of the Nazarene or to the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
veteran: GLEN RIGGENBACH
1926-2010
PAULDING – Glen Allen Riggenbach, 84, died Wednesday, April 28 at Vancrest Nursing Center, Van Wert.
He was born Feb. 21, 1926, in Latty, the son of the late Elmer and Sadie (Stoller) Riggenbach Sr. On May 24, 1947, he married Maxine B. Tope, who preceded him in death on April 27, 2001. A WWII Navy veteran, he was owner/operator of the former Riggenbach Builders, retiring in 2003 after 50 years.
Surviving are a son, Tim Riggenbach of Van Wert; two grandchildren, Jesse (Marissa) Riggenbach and Karley (Brandon) Davis; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Clarence of Venice, Fla.; and four sisters, Florence Treece of Florence, Ala., Lila Miller of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Carol Tarr and Lorena Steffen, both of Bluffton, Ind.
He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Sally Ann; six brothers, Elmer Jr., Everett, Mervin, Ersel, Vern and infant Orville; and four sisters, Eleanor Tope, Arlene Carnahan, Melvine Zink and Myrna Moser.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 3 at Paulding Church of Christ with Jerry Riggenbach officiating. Burial was in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland, with military graveside services accorded by Paulding VFW Post 587. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Vancrest Nursing Center Activity Fund.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
SHIRLEY DAVIS
1935-2010
VAN WERT – Shirley A. Davis, 74, of Van Wert, a wonderful wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother and stepgrandmother, died at 8:10 a.m. Tuesday, April 27 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born Aug. 22, 1935, in Van Wert, the daughter of Richard and Marguerite (Lewis) Bell. On March 11, 1983, she married Ray B. Davis, who survives in Van Wert.
She retired from Federal Mogul in Van Wert, after 25 years of service. She also had worked at Van Wert Council on Aging and owned and operated Ray’s Furniture in Van Wert. She was a member of Van Wert Moose, American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary.
Also surviving are her children, Cindy (Mike) Wamsley of Colorado Springs, Colo., Greg (Becky) Jenkins, Chris (Bill) Spoor and Sandy (Ralph) Eversole, all of Van Wert; a daughter-in-law, Jan Jenkins of Van Wert; her stepchildren, Mike (Janelle) Davis and Randy (Rose) Davis, both of Decatur, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Rick Jenkins; a stepdaughter, Sandy Little; three grandchildren; a brother, Harry Bell; and a sister, Mildred Hayes.
Services were held Friday, April 30 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, with the Rev. Tim Burden officiating. Burial was in Ridge Cemetery, Middle Point.
Preferred memorials are Van Wert Area Visiting Nurses or Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
Condolences may be sent to agfh@embarqmail.com
SONIA PEEPER
1917-2010
PAULDING – Sonia M. (Velkoff) Peeper, age 92, died Monday, April 26 at her home.
She was born July 21, 1917 in Chicago, the daughter of Matodi and Louise (Beck) Velkoff. The family moved to Fort Wayne, where Matodi opened St. Joseph Hospital radiology department. She attended Southside High School, graduating in 1936, and attended Parsons School of Art and Design in New York. Upon graduation in 1939, she came back to Fort Wayne where she met and married John H. Peeper of Paulding, who preceded her in death in 1966.
Upon his death, Sonia went back to school at Defiance College and earned her BA degree, cum laude. In 1970, she was hired as director of the Paulding County Welfare Department, retiring in 1985. She was an active member of many social service boards. She was instrumental in developing Paulding County Mental Health Agency to serve county residents. She opened Westside Stories, a paperback buy-sell-trade business in 1986. She operated her business until her health forced her retirement. She still actively continued to support her community through membership on many boards and committees until her health would no longer let her. She was a member of First Christian Church of Paulding.
Surviving are a son, John E. Peeper of Paulding; two daughters, Marilou Schrimshaw of Coppell, Texas and Melissa (John) Munger of Paulding; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Dr. Cy Velkoff, of Warriors Mark, Pa.
She also was preceded in death by a brother, Henry R. “Hank” Velkoff.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 1 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.
Preferred memorials are to Paulding County Dog Shelter or Community Health Professionals of Paulding and Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
JUEL CASPER
1937-2010
CECIL – Juel “Callie” B. Casper, age 72, died Sunday, May 2, at her residence.
She was born Aug. 12, 1937, in Letcher County, Ky., the daughter of Watson and Frances (Adams) Blair. On Dec. 8, 1956, she married John F. Casper, who preceded her in death in 1999. She was formerly employed at Dana Weatherhead and Custom Repack in Bryan.
She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth A. Rhodes of Sherwood and Stachie Hankinson of Cecil; three sons, John C. (Beverly) Casper of Defiance, Walter J. Casper of Cecil and Robert S. (Rita) Casper of Grover Hill; a nephew, Jeffery Blair of Oakwood; a sister, Una Stickel of West Jefferson; one brother, Shade Blair of Cecil; 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Ina Blair and Reathie Adams; two brothers, John and James Blair; and two grandchildren, John C. Casper Jr. and Kelly L. Casper.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 6, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. today, May 5, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Paulding Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
veteran: JEROME HARTMAN
1923-2010
BRYAN – Jerome J. “Jake” Hartman, 86, of Bryan, died Wednesday, April 28, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 1, 1923, in Antwerp, the son of John H. and Kathryn (Bulach) Hartman. On Jan. 26, 1946, he married Hilda V. Wehrle, who survives. He was a lifelong farmer and a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bryan. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in China during World War II, and he was a member of the West Unity American Legion Post #669 and Bryan Amvets Post #54.
He was active in the building of St. Patrick’s first church building, was a member of Bryan Knights of Columbus Council #1915. He was a member of the Bishop Rappe Assembly of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, of which he was a past Faithful Navigator and assistant to the state officers. He also was a member of the Bryan Moose Lodge, a former member of the Farm Bureau Council, a 4-H adviser and was a charter member of the 1566 Investment Club.
Also surviving are a son, Richard (Kathy) Hartman, of San Antonio, Texas, two daughters, Rebecca (Lonny) Wilson of Paulding and Linda (Allen) Flesher of Bryan; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Marcella Stark of Edgerton; and a stepsister, Mary Catherine Reinhart of Bryan.
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert, in 1997; a brother, Francis Hartman; two half-brothers, Roy and John Hartman; and a stepsister, Clara Marie Jerger.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, May 5, in St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father James Halleron officiating. Interment will follow in Shiffler Cemetery with graveside military rites. Krill Funeral Home in Bryan is in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the St. Patrick School Angel Fund or to St. Patrick Church.
Condolences may be sent to and the online register may be signed at www.krillfuneralservice.com
JAMES PUMPHREY
1945-2010
CECIL – James D. “Jim” Pumphrey, 64, of Cecil, died at 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 27 in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born June 12, 1945, to Merle Pumphrey. He was the son of Tom and Fay Pumphrey. Jim touched everyone in his own way. He was a DOOer – “Director of Operations.” He had strong hands and a strong, soft heart. He will be loved and missed forever. Ford Forever.
Surviving are his wife, Sandi; six children, Cannina (Kelly) Lee of Paulding, Jamie (John) Merriman of Oakwood, Jim (Tanya) Pumphrey of Cecil, Lori (Adam) Pumphrey of Cecil, Casey (Thor) Etter of Cecil and Joni Jones, Churchville, W.Va.; three grandsons, Thor James Stroker Etter of Cecil, and Josh and Jared Jones, Churchville, W.Va.; five granddaughters, Summer Pumphrey of Cecil, Autumn Hughes of Antwerp, Jordyn and Ally Jo Merriman of Oakwood and Civil Pumphrey, Cecil; four brothers, Bud Pumphrey of Massillon, Frank Pumphrey of Clarksburg, W.Va., Roger Pumphrey of Wooster, W.Va., and Johnny Ware of Ireland, W.Va.; and three sisters, Oleta Hasselswert of Defiance, Betty Mae Donaldson of Oakwood and Peggy Byrad, Chester, W.Va.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Merle Ware; stepfather, Laris Ware; his parents, Tom and Fay Pumphrey; three brothers, Donald Ware, Paul Pumphrey and infant Roy Thomas Pumphrey; three sisters, Ethel Sprouse, Mary Bonnett and Jo Ann Russell; and his wife, Donna Pumphrey.
Services were held Saturday, May 1 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance.
Condolences may be left at www.HCSFuneralHome.com
TERESA BROWN
1949-2010
DEFIANCE – Teresa Lynne Brown, 60, died Saturday, May 1, at Community Health Professionals of Defiance Inpatient Hospice.
She was born Nov. 30, 1949, in Columbus, the daughter of Robert Leroy and Alberta (Brown) Rowe. She was a member of Mountain Bell of San Francisco, Oakland Medical Center AIDS Task Force of Oakland, Calif., Fort Wayne Indiana AIDS Task Force and a volunteer at Defiance Regional Medical Center.
She is survived by her mother, Alberta Rowe of Defiance; two brothers, Larry (Rose) Rowe of White Lake, Mich. and Robert (Diania) Rowe, Sterling Heights, Mich.; and three sisters, Margaret Ann (Lavon) Ross of Adrian, Mich., Constance Sullivan of Fort Wayne and Nancy (Patrick) Okley of Toledo.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Graveside services were conducted Saturday, May 8 at Middle Creek Zion Baptist Cemetery, Washington Township, Grover Hill, with Donna Stutzman officiating. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, handled the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
CLARENCE CARNAHAN
1939-2010
DEFIANCE – Clarence R. Carnahan, 70, died Saturday, May 8, at the Community Health Professionals of Defiance Inpatient Hospice.
He was born Dec. 8, 1939, in Defiance, the son of Robert and Nina (Arnold) Carnahan, who both preceded him in death. On Aug. 15, 1959, he married Catherine Gray, who survives. He retired in 1996 from GM Powertrain in Defiance following 34 years of service. He was also formerly employed at the Stoller Honey Farm and was a member of the UAW.
He is also survived by a daughter, Karen (Ed) Kemper of St. Louis; four sons, David (Rikki) Carnahan and Keith (Sherry) Carnahan, both of Ayersville, Dennis Carnahan of Holgate, and Jerry Carnahan of Sacramento, Calif.; two sisters, Velma (Ronnie) Shock and Bonnie Hoop, both of Evansport; a brother, Dick (Sue) Carnahan of Oakwood; six grandchildren, Brianna, Cody, Madeline, Nicholas, Shawn and Elizabeth Carnahan; a stepdaughter, Danielle; and one great-stepgrandson, Kayden.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Gene and John Carnahan; and a stepson, Devon Carlton.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 11, at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding with Pastor Jeff Mullinix officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Community Health Professionals of Defiance Inpatient Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
ROMA FREY
1916-2010
PAULDING – Roma I. Frey, age 94 died on her birthday, Wednesday, May 5, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born May 5, 1916 in Wanatah, Ind., the daughter of Bert J. and Ann B. (Campbell) Frey. She was a teacher for Paulding Exempted Village Schools, retiring in 1978. She was a member of First Christian Church in Paulding, Paulding County Retired School Teachers, and Friends of the Paulding County Library.
She is survived by a cousin, Tom Powell of Brookville.
She was preceded in death by a brother, J. Burdette Frey.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 7, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
DEBRA HANEY
1965-2010
GROVER HILL – Debra D. Haney, age 44, died Thursday, May 6 at her residence.
She was born Aug. 5, 1965 in Allen County, Ohio, the daughter of Gerald and Ruth (Golliver) Combs. On July 15, 1986, she married Jeffrey R. Haney, who survives. She was a homemaker and attended Harvest Field Pentecostal Church of God, Scott.
Also surviving are her father, Gerald Combs, Paulding; her mother, Ruth (Tom) Andrew, Florida, Ohio; two children, Dylan R. and Mackenzie D. Haney, both of Grover Hill; and three brothers, Dennis (Kelly) Combs of Paulding, Dan (Linda) Combs of Whitehouse and Derick Whitman, Panama City, Fla.
She was preceded in death by a son, Ethan Haney, in 1991; and her stepfather, Jerry L. Whitman.
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 9 at Wayne Trace High School, Haviland, with Pastor Terry Martin officiating. Burial was in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Debra’s memory to Jeffrey R. Haney, 18730 Rd. 24, Grover Hill OH 45849.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
ADAM McNEELY
OAKWOOD – Adam McNeely, 26, of Oakwood, died Sunday, May 9, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood.
MABEL SMITH
1915-2010
ANTWERP – Mabel M. Smith, 94, formerly of Antwerp, passed away Friday, May 7 at the Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
She was born May 22, 1915 in Archbold, the daughter of Welden  and Lizzie  (Short) Pursel. On April 11, 1942 in Indiantown Gap, Pa., she married Lyle Smith, who preceded her in death in 1972. She was a homemaker who lived most of her life in Fulton County. She was the oldest living Golden Star Mother in Ohio and a lifetime member of the Antwerp VFW Auxiliary. She also loved to crochet.
Surviving are five daughters, Betty (Ronald) Figgins of Hicksville, Mary (Wayne) Applegate of Auburn, and Elaine (Rick) Wiegman, DeAnn (William) Smith and Pat Smith, all of Fort Wayne; three sons, Larry (Carolyn) of Sutherlin, Ore., Ronald (Carole) of Moline, Ill. and Jerry (Sharon) of Fort Wayne; 20 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Allen; stepmother, Lorene; and brothers, Orville, Roscoe and Paul Pursel.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 10 at Antwerp United Methodist Church. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the family in care of Pat Smith.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
MAHLON THOMPSON
1918-2010
GROVER HILL – Mahlon E. Thompson, 91, of Grover Hill, died at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 at Vancrest Healthcare Center, Van Wert.
He was born Oct. 19, 1918, in Van Wert County, the son of Alfred E. and Bessie (Adams) Thompson. He married Antha Rose McClure, who died in 1955. In 1957, he married Helen (Sink) Noggle, who died in 2006. He was a lifetime member of the Zion Christian Union Church and had also attended Roselms Christian Church. He was a lifetime farmer in Jackson Township, Van Wert County.
Survivors include four sons, Jerry (Vivian) Thompson of Grover Hill, Vic (Ellen) Thompson of Sun City, Fla., and George (Sue) Noggle and Eddie (Ruth) Noggle, both of Van Wert; three daughters, Scheryl Reidenbach of Lima, Shelbyan (Larry) Tribolet of Middle Point and Gayle Noggle of Van Wert; 19 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a stepsister, Rosalee Sholl of Oakwood.
He also was preceded in death by a son, Randy; one brother, Vernon; and two sisters, Ruth Priddy and Manota Edwards.
Services were held Saturday, May 8 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, with the Revs. Paul Miller and Mark McKay officiating. Burial was in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com
JAMES WATKINS
1941-2010
FORT WAYNE – James P. Watkins, 68, of Fort Wayne, died Friday, May 7, at his residence.
He was born July 8, 1941, in Van Wert, the son of Calvin G. and Lucille R. (Rose) Watkins. He was a graduate of Van Wert High School and attended Defiance College and Miami University in Oxford. He retired from Contech in Auburn, Ind. and had also worked at the National Seal in Van Wert. He was a member of the American Cavy Breeders Association.
Surviving are his mother, of Van Wert; a daughter, Chelsea Watkins of Payne; two brothers, David (Angela) Watkins of Van Wert and Gregory Watkins of Columbus; and a niece, Shawn (Mike) Hayes of Louisiana.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Private family services will be held. Alspach-Gearhart-Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
BRISTOL McGARVEY
2010
PAULDING – Bristol Lynne McGarvey was stillborn Monday, April 26, 2010 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She is survived by her parents, Brent and Chelsie (Cox) McGarvey, Paulding; a sister, Reagan McGarvey, Paulding; paternal grandparents, Danny and Jane McGarvey, Grover Hill; and maternal grandparents, Jack and Renee Cox, Payne.
Private graveside services were held Saturday, May 1 at Wiltsie Cemetery in Payne with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, handled arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
MICHAEL HARTZELL 1965-2010
OAKWOOD – Michael John Hartzell, 44, of Oakwood, died at 5:20 p.m. Thursday, May 13 at the University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo.
He was born Sept. 2, 1965 in Defiance, the son of Victor and Helen (Thrasher) Hartzell Jr. On May 14, 1988, he married Sandra Keck, who survives in Oakwood. He was a tool and die maker at W.C. Woods in Ottawa. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Defiance.
Also surviving are his parents, of Defiance; three daughters, Elise Love, Katelyn Laurel and Hailey Marie, all at home; three brothers, Raymond (Debra) and Lawrence (Ann), both of Defiance, and Matthew (Mary Jo) of Mansfield; two sisters, Mary (Scott) Baker and Theresa (Fred) Rosebrock, both of Defiance; and his in-laws, Keith and Colleen Keck of Oakwood. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Austin Michael James Hartzell.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 17 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood with Fr. John Stites and Pastor Dan Deeter officiating. Burial was in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose. Memorials may be made to the family for the children’s education.
Condolences can be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
ADAM McNEELY 1983-2010
OAKWOOD – Adam L. McNeely, 26, of Oakwood died Sunday morning, May 9 at Whispering Pines Apartments in Paulding.
He was born June 20, 1983 in Defiance, the son of Steve and Kimberly (Lake) McNeely. He was attending school at ITT in Fort Wayne.
Surviving are his father and stepmother, Steve and Sandy (Adams) McNeely of Oakwood; his fiancé, Kylee Zizelman of Paulding; a son, Brayden McNeely of Paulding; a future stepson, Devyn Zizelman of Paulding; his grandmothers, Margaret Fellers of Norman, Okla. and Barbara Garrett of Coble, Mo.; maternal step-grandmother, Erlene Strait of Defiance; a brother:, Shannon (Ruth) Bidlack of San Diego; three sisters, Rachel (Jason) Dunn of Van Wert, Cynthia Teegarden of Cloverdale and Brittany McDonald of Defiance; and five nephews and two nieces.
His great-grandparents Henry and Gail Rose raised him and they are deceased. Also preceding him in death were his mother and his grandfathers.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 14 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Terry Porter officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood. Memorials may be made to Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, to help with funeral expenses.
Condolences can be made to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
veteran: MICHAEL KAISER 1952-2010
OAKWOOD – Michael E. Kaiser, 57, of Oakwood, died at 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 14, at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born Sept. 28, 1952, in Ironton, the son of Herman and Inez “Genieve” (Dement) Kaiser. He was formerly married to Janis Joseph VanVlerah of Oakwood. He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from General Motors in Defiance following 35 years of service. He retired from the Oakwood EMS and the Oakwood Fire Department, where he served as assistant chief, and was still active in both. He had formerly worked with the Auxiliary Sheriff’s Dept. in Paulding County and was a member of Defiance’s Amvets, Eagles and VFW. Surviving are two daughters, Cindy Ripke and Mindy (Miguel) Hernandez, both of Oakwood; a brother, Don Kaiser of McClure; a sister, Barb (Jim) Good of Napoleon; and seven grandchildren, Briana, Breck, Bailey and Caleb Ripke, and Trey, Braden and Mylee Hernandez; and a former son-in-law, Brian Ripke. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Chuck Kaiser. Services will be held at 1 p.m. today, May 19, with hours of visitation one hour prior to services at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood, with the Rev. Stan Harmon officiating. Burial will be in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery in Oakwood.
Preferred memorials are to Oakwood Fire Department or EMS.
veteran: CLYDE SCHALL 1933-2010
OAKWOOD – Clyde Edward Schall, age 77, of Oakwood, died Tuesday, May 11 at the Toledo Hospital after a long illness surrounded by his family.
He was born April 3, 1933, the son of John and Myrtle (Powell) Schall in Fostoria. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the Markab AD-21 as a MR 2 machinist. While serving in the Navy, he was stationed at Newport, R.I. He retired from Spangler Candy as a machinist. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and he will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Lorraine (Dresch) Schall; daughter, Sheri (Peter) Ansted of Perrysburg; and three grandchildren, Robb of Perrysburg, Tim of Lexington, Ky. and Mallory (J. Michael) Newman of Houston.
Preceding him in death was a daughter, Patty Sue Schall. Services will be private. Burial will be held at a later date. Newcomer Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Toledo is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Assistance Dogs of America (A.D.A.I.), 8806 State Route 64, Swanton OH 43558. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.NewcomerToledo.com
HAROLD ESCHBACH 1928-2010
PAULDING – Harold J. Eschbach, 81, died Wednesday, May 12, at the Gardens of Paulding.
He was born June 10, 1928 in Fort Wayne, the son of Peter J. and Lena M. (Geyer) Eschbach. On July 23, 1949, he married Ruth G. Caryer, who survives. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, a self-employed farmer, and a 20-year Paulding Township maintenance employee.
Also surviving are two sons, Ron (Marsha) Eschbach of Antwerp and Larry Eschbach, Sandusky; two daughters, Marianne (Joe) Riley, Land-O-Lakes, Fla., and Linda (Tom) Riley, Kalamazoo, Mich.; a brother, Norman Eschbach, Payne; a sister, Delores Brown, Pontiac, Mich.; four grandchildren, Megan Riley, Nathan Eschbach, Kim (Chris) Clemons and Kari (Ron) Johnson; and seven great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Andrew Eschbach, Karlie, Spencer and Madison Clemons, Hailey and Hannah Johnson. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Alvin and Raymond Eschbach; and two sisters, Lucile Fatchett and Marcella Greely. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, May 15 at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Donations may be made to Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund or the First Presbyterian Church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
CARRIE COTTERMAN 1931-2010
PAULDING — Carrie Geneva Cotterman, 79, died Thursday, May 13, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospital Center.
She was born April 7, 1931, in Paulding County, the daughter of Fredrick P. and Bessie Mae (Leslie) Hartwig, who both preceded her in death. On June 5, 1949, she married Richard L. “Bud” Cotterman, who survives. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Briceton. She was employed by Paulding County Hospital as a housekeeper for 24 years, retiring in 1992. Also surviving are two sons, Randy (Crys) Cotterman of Paulding and Gary Cotterman of Murray, Ky.; a daughter, Elaine (Roger) Sierer of Paulding; two brothers, Fred (Louise) Hartwig of Van Wert, and Ray (Wilma) Hartwig of Haviland; four sisters, Mary Gray and Florence Sanderson, both of Paulding, Deanna (Robert) Adkins of Oakhill and Frieda (Ralph) Hammons of Cloverdale; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Richard Hartwig; a sister, Jennie Mae Green; and two granddaughters. Funeral services were conducted Monday, May 17 at St. John Lutheran Church, Briceton. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery, Jackson Township in Paulding County. Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding was in charge of the arrangements.
Donations may be made to the St. John Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderth.com
veteran: WILLIAM FOLLAS
1925-2010
PAULDING – William I. Follas, age 85, died Tuesday, May 18 at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born Feb. 1, 1925 in Van Wert County, the son of Orwell and Bessie (Bowman) Follas. On Dec. 28, 1950, he married Carol Sue Maxon, who survives. He was a WWII and Korean Army veteran, serving as sergeant and first lieutenant. He was employed as a teacher for Antwerp, Grand Rapids, Paulding, Payne and Stryker schools for 37 years and substitute teacher for 20 years. He coached basketball, golf, baseball and football and was an athletic director. He also was a bus driver, drivers education teacher and industrial arts teacher. He was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church, Lions Club, Paulding VFW Post #587 and Stryker American Legion.
Also surviving are two sons, Daniel (Kathy) of Indianapolis and Evan (Deb) of Fishers, Ind.; two daughters, Marsha (Jim) Henderson of Paulding and Billie Sue (Tim) Lengacher of Leo, Ind.; three brothers, Dale and Elbert (Grace), both of California, and Donald of Arlington; two sisters, Patsy (John) Kirkendall and Connie (Gary) Plummer, both of Elida; a sister-in-law, Marlene Follas, Van Wert; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Bob “Wheaties” Follas.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, May 22 at Paulding United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding High School Athletic Department or Paulding United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
NORMA LOTHAMER
1931-2010
ANTWERP – Norma J. Lothamer, 79, of Antwerp, passed away at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home.
She was born April 27, 1931 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Glen Charles and Bertha (Langston) Jones. She was valedictorian of her class in 1949 at Elmhurst High School, Fort Wayne. In 1952, she married Rollie Lothamer, who preceded her in death in 1994. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America, the Red Hat Society and a life member of Antwerp VFW Post 5087 Auxiliary. Along with working at Dana Weatherhead, she always stayed active in her community with with the election board and chamber of commerce. Surviving are a daughter, Maria (Larry) Miller, Antwerp; three sons, Rick (Sheila) and Steve, both of Antwerp and Tim (Darlene) of Payne; a brother, Charles (Marilyn) Jones of Antwerp; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; two sisters, Betty Harpel and Phyllis Blevins; and a grandson, Caden George.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 24 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Antwerp, with Deacon Robert Nighswander officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the V.E.T.S. Memorial project.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
PAMELA JACOBS
FORT WAYNE – Former Antwerp resident Pamela Kim Jacobs, age 54, of Fort Wayne, died at home Friday, May 21, 2010.
She was born in Flint Mich., the daughter of the late Herman and Christine (Peffley) Rickard.
She will be sadly missed by her companion, Doug Hoaglin of Fort Wayne; two sons, Nathan Bowker of Butler, Ind. and Nick Bowker of Fort Wayne; a sister, Penny Young of Defiance, a brother, Richard Rickard of Bryan; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She also was preceded in death by a sister, Cheryl King-Wilhelm.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, May 25 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
PAT SHEPARD 1954-2010
OAKWOOD – C. Patrick “Pat” Shepard, age 55, died Monday, May 17 at Triumph Hospital at St. Rita’s, Lima.
He was born June 21, 1954 in Urbana, the son of Charles V. and Thelma M. (Dunham) Shepard. On Oct. 20, 1979, he married Rose Potts, who survives. He was formerly employed by Phillips in Ottawa and served as pastor for 15 years at Junction Bible Christian Church, Church of God in Willshire for two years, and was minister of music at Rose Hill Church of God and Auglaize Chapel Church of God. He was a graduate of Kentucky Bible Institute, Jackson, Ky. Also surviving are his father and stepmother, Charles and Marjorie Shepard, Cloverdale; a daughter, Stephanie (Jason) Roberts, Paulding; a brother, Michael Shepard, Mobile, Ala.; three half-brothers, Howard LaVern (Marilyn) Shepard of Dupont, Fredrick (Rachelle) Shepard of Cloverdale and Forrest (Carrie) Shepard, Lima; and a half-sister, Esther (Kevin) Brown, New Sharon, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his mother. Funeral services were held Friday, May 21 at Rose Hill Church of God with Pastors David Noel and Ron Hofacker officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Charloe. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Donations may be made in memory of Pat to Den Herder Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
veteran: LEWIS RENOLLET JR. 1924-2010
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Lewis Doran Renollet Jr., age 86, joined our Lord and Savior on Monday, May 10 after battling cancer.
He was born March 22, 1924 in Paulding, the son of Lewis Doran and Mae Ruth (Fockler) Renollet. He was an Army hero, surviving the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. He married Donna Rae Bashore, who preceded him in death. Lewis is remembered as an avid sports fan, playing basketball, baseball and football. He enjoyed bowling and gardening until the age of 84. He retired from General Portland in 1987 with over 30 years of service as an electrician. He was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Veterans, American Legion and United State Bowling Congress. He was honored to serve as a Republican Party Committeeman and Emerald Township Trustee. He attended Riverside Church in Fort Myers. He is survived by his sister, Anna Blanche Ankney; sisters-in-law, Mary Lou and Sara Renollet; three daughters, Pamela Sue (Darwin) Wampler of Garrett, Ind., Patti Kay (Frederick) Snyder of Fort Myers and Laura Ann Renollet, Tampa, Fla.; a son, Gary (Janet) of Stillwater, Okla.; and his Schnauzer and faithful companion, Sheena. Grandpa will always be loved and dearly missed by his 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard, Theodore and Irvin.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with burial in Renollet Cemetery, Emerald Township.
Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society or Hope Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfuneralhome.com
EILEEN WHITE JOHNSON 1927-2010
PAYNE – R. Eileen White Johnson, 82, died 4:38 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance.
She was born Oct. 14, 1927 near Columbus Grove, the daughter of Grover and Carrie (Roberts) Nichols. On Oct. 13, 1946, she married Earl White, who preceded her in death. On Aug. 26, 1977, she married Howard Johnson, who died March 31, 2008. She owned Eileen’s Beauty Shop in Oakwood for 29 years. She was a member of Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood, the United Methodist Women, Continental Order of Eastern Star, and the Past Matrons Club. She is survived by her children, David (Norma) White of Cuyahoga Falls, Susan (Clement) Skehan of Willoughby and Devin (Teal) White of Payne; four grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Lawrence Nichols of Alma, Texas. She also was preceded in death by a grandchild; a sister, Helen Amstutz; and three brothers, Carl, Paul and Orrin Nichols. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 22 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood with the Rev. Julia Ronngren officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood. Preferred memorials are to the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance. Condolences can be made to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
veteran:CLARENCE GRAY
FORT WAYNE — Clarence “Ed” E. Gray, 63, died Friday, May 21, 2010 at his residence. He was raised in Paulding.
He was an Army veteran serving in the Vietnam War. He was employed as a machinist at General Electric for 30 years.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Gray of Kendallville, Ind.; two daughters, Lisa (Tyrone) Patterson of Texas and Tammey (Troy) Dunn of Kendallville; a son, Richard (Tracy) Gray of Fort Wayne; a brother, Danny (Brenda) Gray, South Dakota; a sister, Barb (Rick) Jones and an aunt, Caroline (Dave) Goodwin, both of Ohio; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Gray Sr. and Donna Brown; a grandson, Cody Dunn; and his stepfather. Services will be held at 1 p.m. today, May 26, at Covington Memorial Funeral Home, located at 8408 Covington Road. Calling hours will be held one hour prior to services. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Army and the Woodburn American Legion Post. Preferred memorials may are to Heartland Hospice, Noble County, or American Cancer Society. To send online condolences or to sign the guestbook, please visit www.covingtonniemorial.com
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DOYLE HARTZOG 1932-2010
PAULDING – Doyle R. Hartzog, age 78, died Thursday, May 20 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Fla.
He was born April 9, 1932 in Lima, the son of Verl V. and Ruth I. (Foster) Hartzog. On June 3, 1951, he married Ruth A. Burgess, who preceded him in death on Aug. 18, 1994. On March 27, 2008 he married Lenore A. (Kennedy) DeMeo, who survives. He was president of Hartzog Lumber Company, retiring in 2004. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Paulding United Methodist Church. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Club in Van Wert, VFW Post #587 and Eagles Aerie #2405. Also surviving are two daughters, Lisa Ford of Bend, Ore., and Lori (Joe) Hartzog-Massaro, Del Ray Beach, Fla.; four stepchildren, Giuseppe DeMeo, Lori Corbett, Lisa Browning and Giovanni DeMeo; two grandchildren, Nicholas Thomas Pappas and Christine Anne (Todd) Turner; nine stepgrandchildren, Amber, CJ, Gage, Brooke, Kaylene, Chase, Lily Jo, Daisy Jo and Giuseppe Jr.; and a sister, Sharon (Darwin) McClure, Grover Hill. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Steven. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, May 26 at Paulding United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation or Cleveland Clinic – Infectious Disease.
Online condolences may be shared at www.denherderfh.com
MARY BURGESS 1916-2010
PAULDING – Mary Louise Burgess, age 94, died Thursday, May 27 at the Gardens of Paulding.
She was born March 23, 1916, in Mount Vernon, the daughter of Floyd C. and Esta J. (Shoults) Stephens. On June 22, 1935, she married Norman C. Burgess, who preceded her in death on Aug. 8, 2001. She was employed by Sears, retiring in 1957. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Paulding. She is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline (Sidney) Walker of Paulding; four grandchildren, Tracy Gunderman of Antwerp, Corey Walker and Chris Walker, both of Paulding, and Chad Walker of Independence, Ky.; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Stephens; and a sister, Helen Grassbaugh. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 4, at the First Christian Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements. There will be visitation one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Donations may be made to First Christian Church. Online condolences may be made to www.denherderfh.com
BRENT BURKHEIMER 1970-2010
VAN WERT – Brent A. Burkheimer, 39, of Van Wert, died at 8:04 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, in the Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born Nov. 5, 1970, in Van Wert, the son of Cloyd M. “Stoney” and Patricia E. (McCune) Burkheimer. He was a 1989 graduate of Van Wert High School and a 1993 graduate of Ohio Northern University in Ada, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology. He graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1999 with a master’s degree in public administration. He was an industrial arts teacher at Jay County Schools in Portland, Ind. He had also been a substitute teacher in the Elida and Lima City School District.
He had formerly coached football at Lima Senior High School, Bluffton University and Defiance College. He was a former head football coach at Paulding High School and was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan. Services were held Sunday, May 30, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory in Van Wert with the Rev. Paul Hamrick officiating. Burial was in Kossuth Cemetery, Kossuth, Ohio.
Preferred memorials are to the family. Online condolences may be sent to agfhc@enbarqmail.com
DONALD BURT 1923-2010
Donald Burt, 86, passed away Sunday, May 30 at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Born Nov. 15, 1923 in Melrose, he graduated from Oakwood High School and earned a bachelors degree from Ohio State University. He worked as an accountant and secretary-treasurer with Don R. Fruchey Inc. for 33 years, retiring in 1984. He was a longtime member of Saint Joseph United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 47, the Mad Anthony Corvair Club and was a 32nd degree Mason. Don served over three years during WWII as a radioman in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed golf, tennis and bowling and loved to watch Ohio State football and basketball, the Chicago Cubs and NASCAR. Surviving is his wife of 58-1/2 years, Carol Burt; a son, Terry (Jeanne) Burt; a daughter, Jill (John) Burt-Sciole; grandsons, Joshua (Kathryn) Burt, Michael (fiance Nicole Thomas) Burt and Nicholas Sciole, all of Fort Wayne; nephews, Richard Thompson Jr., William Thompson and Ronald Burt all of Ohio; niece, Janis Thompson of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reid and Bertha Burt; a sister, Claudine Thompson; and two brothers, Robert and Clyde Burt. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 3 at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Chapel, 1320 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, with the Rev. Shannon Stringer officiating. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. today, June 2, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Saint Joseph United Methodist Church or the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com
LAWRENCE DECKER 1935-2010
VAN WERT — Lawrence E. “Bud” Decker, 74, of Convoy, died Sunday, May 30, at the Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born Dec. 24, 1935 in Scott, the son of Leon and Grace (Krugh) Decker. He married Phyllis Johnson, who survives in Convoy. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines. Also surviving are his children, Vicki (Dick) Rice of Scott, Kevin (Lisa) Decker of Van Wert, Rodney (Sarah) Decker of Noblesville, Ind.; and Angel Johnson of Fort Wayne; a sister, Ireta (Don) Hutchison of Scott; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Calling hours and service times will be set at a later date. Arrangements are by Gearhart, Mack & Jurczyk Funeral Home & Crematory in Convoy. Condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com
ED GARLOCK SR. 1962-2010
GROVER HILL – Ed T. Garlock Sr., 47, of Grover Hill, died at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born Aug. 24, 1962, in Clawson, Mich., the son of Edward and Jean (Weaver) Garlock. On April 1, 1998, he married Tanya Scott, who survives in Grover Hill. He worked as a machinist at Eaton in Van Wert and had been a truck driver. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is also survived by his mother, of Ottoville; his children, Edward Garlock Jr. of Bryson City, N.C., and Bryan and Erica, Garlock, both at home; five sisters, Diane (Kenneth) Bendele of Ottoville, Judy (Hugh) Hughes of Commerce, Mich., Jeannie (Marty) Rhodes of Monroe, N.C., Tracy Garlock of Cloverdale and Janet (Dan) Kwaiser of Saginaw, Mich.; seven nieces; six great-nieces; eight nephews; and six great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward; a brother, Michael Garlock; and a nephew, Nathan Bendele.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, June 1, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ottoville, with Father John Stites officiating. Burial was in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ottoville, with military graveside services conducted by Ottoville VFW and Ft. Jennings American Legion. Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Van Wert Inpatient Hospice. Condolences may be sent to www.lovefuneralhome.com
BOBBY OWENS 1937-2010
OAKWOOD – Bobby Gene Owens, 72, of Oakwood, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 27, at Toledo Hospital.
He was born June 1, 1937, in Hellier, Ky., the son of John and Ample (Skeens) Owens. He married Ruby Ratliff on Sept. 24, 1955, in a barbershop in Grundy, Va. by William Jisser, and she survives. He served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1955. He worked 12 years in the Virginia coal mines before relocating to Defiance, where he retired from General Motors Powertrain following 41 years of service. He was a loyal member of Voice of Life Ministries, Ayersville, and Local 211 UAW, Defiance.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. His love of bluegrass and country music was evident in his skillful ability to play guitar, banjo and the harmonica. He played in numerous bands throughout his lifetime. He has touched many people’s lives in so many different capacities and he will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Also surviving are six children, Ron Owens of Oakwood, Carol (Don) Delarber of Continental, Gary (Misty) Owens of Defiance, Trish (Bud) Crowl of Paulding, Jeff (Kris) Owens of Paulding and Melissa (Keith) Paschall, Oakwood; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Turner of Clintwood, Va. and Fayetta Owens of Bowling Green, Tenn.; and four brothers, Robert and James Owens of Haysi, Va., Johnny Owens of Maryland and Stuart Owens of Sherwood. Preceding him in death were his parent; two brothers, G.D. and Thomas Owens; one sister, Mary Lou; and one daughter, Joyce Starr. Services were held Monday, May 31 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with Pastor Terry Hawkins of Voice of Life officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery in Charloe, where graveside services were conducted by VFW Post 3360. Condolences may be left at www.HCSFuneralHome.com
JOSEPH POTTER 1983-2010
CECIL – Joseph Allen Lee Potter, 26, died Friday, May 28, in a farming accident.
He was born July 19, 1983, in Bryan, the son of James Allen and Mickie Sue (Schmunk) Potter. He was a self-employed farmer. He was a 2002 graduate of Fairview High School, where he played football for eight years. He was a member of Defiance Eagles #372. He loved the music group “Widespread Panic” and was an avid fan of Harley motorcycles and John Deere tractors.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, James Allen and Mary (Hageman) Potter, Defiance; his mother and stepfather, Mickie (Schmunk) and Greg Butler, Sherwood; a sister, Jessica (Eric) Demaline, Napoleon; a special friend, Chelsea Arnett, Hicksville; a stepbrother, Nathan (Gerial) Butler, Bryan; a stepniece, Aubrianna Butler; step nephew, Grason Butler; paternal grandparents, John and Freda (Hillman) Potter, Sherwood; maternal stepgrandmother, Marie Hageman, Defiance; maternal stepgrandparents, Max and Karen (Osenbaugh) Oberkiser, Bryan, and Dan and Nancy Butler, Fort Wayne; uncles, Curt (Danette) Potter of Cecil, Charles (Bev) Schmunk of Sherwood and James (Tammy) Schmunk of Wauseon; and friends, Carl and Charlotte Gallup, Russells Point. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jerry Schmunk and Lucille (Yenser) Dangler; maternal stepgrandparent, DeLoss Dangler; and paternal stepgrandfather, Red Hageman. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 4, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding with Pastor Charles Schmunk officiating. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and from noon until time of services on Friday at the funeral home. Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
MONTA ROSS 1920-2010
ANTWERP – Monta Lee Ross, 89, of Antwerp, passed away at 10:05 a.m. Tuesday, May 25 at Paulding County Hospital.
She was born Sept. 24, 1920 in Butler, Ind., the daughter of Carl and Eva (Mock) Stell. On July 27, 1938, she married Leo Ross, who survives. She was a homemaker and babysitter. Also surviving are a daughter, Kathleen (Sam) Rice of Antwerp; two sons, Robert (Marilyn) of Butler, Ind. and Dick (Carolyn) of Antwerp; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jane Houser. Funeral services were held Friday, May 28 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with Brian Wilcox officiating. Burial was in Butler Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to the Kidney Foundation of Ohio or Leukemia Society of Indiana. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
CHARLES SICKAFUS 1922-2010
Charles R. Sickafus, 87, a former Paulding resident, died on Thursday, May 20 in Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, Ky.
He was born July 23, 1922, in Warsaw, Ind. He graduated in 1941 from Paulding High School, where his father, Glenn G. Sickafus, was the band director for many years. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was the official photographer for the 95th Infantry Division during deployment in the European theater of operations. He attended Morehead State University in Kentucky, graduating in 1948 with a degree in music education. He did graduate work at the University of Colorado, receiving a master of music education degree in 1950.
After teaching for five years in Mansfield, he moved to the Washington, D.C. area, teaching instrumental music for 26 years in suburban Montgomery County, Md. His instrumental groups at the county’s Northwood and Springbrook High Schools consistently garnered prizes and trophies for the schools. During that period he also did critic teaching for the University of Maryland and Catholic University, retiring in 1982. He was a longtime member of National Presbyterian Church in Washington. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth Sickafus. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, Ky., is in charge of funeral arrangements. Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 465 E. High Street, Lexington KY 40507.
CLIFFORD THRASHER 1950-2010
JUNCTION – Clifford N. “Shorty” Thrasher, 60, of Junction, died at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at his residence, surrounded by his family.
He was born April 6, 1950, in Defiance, the son of Russell and Beverly (Brown) Thrasher, who both preceded him in death. On Feb. 18, 1994, he married Teresa McCoy, who survives in Junction. He worked for Buckeye Pellets in Defiance, was a member of the Defiance Moose Lodge and loved NASCAR. Also surviving are his children, Stacey Thrasher of Paulding, Missy Thrasher Rassman of Continental, Aimee (Todd) Rittenhouse of Grover Hill, Jason Gilbert of Stryker, Sarah (Danny Joe) Halter of Oakwood and Kari Thrasher of Junction; 14 grandchildren; and two brothers, Virgil Thrasher of Oakwood and Edward (Debrah) Thrasher of Melrose. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Russell Thrasher, Jr. Funeral services will begin at noon today, June 2, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with the Rev. Bobby Branham officiating. Hours of visitation will be one hour prior to services. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent to www.lovefuneralhome.com
JOURNEY FARRIS 1931-2010
GROVER HILL – Journey “Pa Pa” Farris, age 78, of Grover Hill, died at 5:53 p.m. Tuesday, June 1 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born Oct. 16, 1931 in Harts, W.Va., the son of Millard and Nila (Dingess) Farris. On June 21, 1954, he married Freda F. Adkins, who survives. He worked as an auto body repairman for almost 35 years. He loved old country and bluegrass music and had helped organize weekly jam sessions in Grover Hill Park and the old Opry House in Melrose. He was very close with his grandchildren.
Also surviving are his children, Phil (Robbin) Farris of Van Wert, Journey Farris Jr. of Balaton, Minn., Joyce (Ken) Bland and Beverly (Steve) Bussing, both of Paulding, and Barbara (Steve) Landers of Grover Hill; a brother, Charles (Marita) of Bryan; two sisters, Vergie (Frank) Rakes and Donna Hoitt, both of Defiance; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; eight great-stepgrandchildren; and three great-great-stepgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lewis, Georgie and Ernest; and a sister, Bonnie Smith.
Services were held Saturday, June 5 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert with the Rev. Pat Holt officiating. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center. Condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com
GUS DIETRICH 1950-2010
PAULDING – August L. “Gus” Dietrich, age 60, died Thursday, June 3 at Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert.
He was born April 10, 1950 in Elgin, Ill., the son of Clarence and Mildred (Liebig) Dietrich. On Oct. 6, 1974, he married Dorothy Schlatter, who survives. He was employed in the office of Haviland Drainage Products for 23 years. He became a member of Elgin Apostolic Christian Church on Dec. 1, 1967.
Also surviving are his father, Clarence (Betty) Dietrich, Silverton, Ore.; a son, Sam Dietrich, Texas; two daughters, Rose (Steve) Foltz of Paulding and Amy (Max) Delgado of New Haven; a brother, James (Joan) Dietrich, and a sister, Carol (Greg) Wackerle, both of Silverton, Ore.; and four grandchildren, Ava and Silas Foltz and Elijah and Stephen Delgado.
He was preceded in death by his mother; a sister, Kathy Strahm; and two grandchildren, Connor Reagan Dietrich and Maria Faith Foltz.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 7 at the Junction Apostolic Christian Church. Burial was in Dotterer Cemetery, Auglaize Township. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to Apostolic Home for the Handicap, Morton, Ill.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
REBECCA HAWKEY 1954-2010
OAKWOOD – Rebecca Marie Hawkey, 55, of Oakwood, died at 5:08 p.m. Friday, June 4, at Mercy Hospital of Defiance.
She was born Oct. 12, 1954, in Lima, the daughter of Keith and Colleen (Jennings) Keck. On Jan. 4, 1975, she married Gary Hawkey, who survives in Oakwood. She was a nurse at The Laurels of Defiance and retired from Paulding County Hospital.
Also surviving are her parents, of Oakwood; two sons, Jeremy of Arthur and Jeffrey of Franklin, Mass.; a daughter, Jennifer of Fort Wayne; four sisters, Deborah (Jacob) Okuley of Continental, Marcia (Dennis) Cline of Defiance, and Cheryl (Bob) Thrasher and Sandra Hartzell, both of Oakwood; her mother-in-law, Phyllis Hawkey of Paulding; three brothers-in-law, Doug (Deb) Hawkey of Hicksville, and Randy (JoLane) Hawkey and Kelvin (Lynne) Hawkey, both of Fort Wayne; three sisters-in-law, Mary (Charles) Wann of Hicksville, Brenda Taner of Paulding and Jo (Steve) Daeger of Pierceton, Ind.; and her two dogs, Lacy and Teddy.
She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Tom Hawkey; and a brother-in-law, Mike Hartzell.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 8 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood with Fr. John Stites officiating. Burial was in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
ROSE MARIE MOORMAN 1936-2010
Rose Marie Moorman, age 73, died at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 1 at the Van Wert Hospice Inpatient Center, Van Wert.
She was born Oct. 7, 1936 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Edward and Bertha (Young) Ross. In 1972, she married Joseph A. Moorman, who survives. She retired after 17 years of service from The National Seal of Van Wert. She was an avid reader and enjoyed making crafts.
Also surviving are two daughters, Jean Marie Carver of Edgerton, Ind. and Jan Rose Lawson of Fort Wayne; a sister, Vivian Snyder of Fort Wayne; a brother, James (Mary) Ross of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother Frank Ross.
A funeral service was held Thursday, June 3 at Dooley Funeral Home in Payne with the Rev. Joseph Allen of St. James Lutheran Church officiating. Burial was in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne, Ohio.
Preferred memorials are to the Paulding County Visiting Nurses.
LOIS WILLIAMSON 1924-2010
VAN WERT — Lois L. Williamson, 86, died at 9 p.m. Friday, June 11 at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born May 18, 1924, in Cavett, the daughter of Rollo and Grace (Miller) Taylor. On Sept. 26, 1949, she married Wilbur Williamson, who survives. She retired from Federal Mogul Corporation in Van Wert following 43-1/2 years of service. She was a member of the Van Wert American Legion, VFW Post and Van Wert Moose Lodge auxiliaries, and the Defiance Eagles Auxiliary. Also surviving are a brother, Vondale Taylor, and a sister, Lillian Saam, both of Van Wert.
She was preceded in death by eight brothers and three sisters. Services were held Tuesday, June 15, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Tim Burden officiating. Burial was in Taylor Cemetery, Van Wert County. Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
CAROL JONES 1942-2010
FORT WAYNE – Carol K. Jones, age 68, died Friday, June 11 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born May 3, 1942 in Allen County, Ind., the daughter of Graydon L. and Juanita D. (Finkhousen) Goble. On Dec. 17, 1966, she married Jon W. Jones, who preceded her in death on June 27, 1985. She was a 1960 graduate of Payne High School and a 1963 graduate of the St. Rita’s School of Nursing of Lima. She was a retired registered nurse for Parkview Hospital and Fort Wayne Surgical Center. Surviving are a daughter, Jenifer (Tim) Wirts of Payne; a son, Mike (Teresa) Jones of Convoy; two sisters, Sharon Goble of Cincinnati and Ursula (Darwin) Riley of Paulding; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; and her loyal pet Penny.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, David. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, June 16, at the Countryside Chapel United Methodist Church, 6072 Mentzer Church Rd., Convoy, with calling one hour before services. Pastor Wayne Karges will officiate. Burial will follow at the Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Allen County Indiana ASPCA, or the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas TX 75265-0309. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
FLORICE PENNER 1911-2010
DEFIANCE – Florice P. Penner, 99, died Thursday, June 10, at The Laurels of Defiance.
She was born April 28, 1911 in Goodwin, the daughter of Thomas H. and Fay (Burt) Albin. In 1934, she married Forest Penner, who preceded her in death in 1977. She was a school teacher who taught at Rose Hill and other one-room school houses, Melrose, Oakwood, and Defiance City Schools at Spencer and Anthony Wayne, retiring in 1973. She was a member of the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood, a member of the church choir, United Methodist Women, S.P.I. Class, OEA, NEA and Defiance County Retired Teachers. She also was a member of the Oakwood Euchre Club. Surviving are a son, Terry (Betty) Penner of Defiance; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren. Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Carl and Ted Albin; and a sister, Maxine Simmons.
Services were held Monday, June 14 at the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood with Tom Penner officiating. Burial was in the Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose. Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance was in charge of the arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church.
GEORGIA MILLS 1957-2010
PAYNE – Georgia K. Mills, 53, of Payne, went to be with the Lord, at 10:05 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at her residence.
She was born April 10, 1957, in Paulding, the daughter of George and Edith (Zartman) Mills. She worked at Kwik Lok in New Haven. She was a member of the ALS Association and the Payne Church of the Nazarene, but was raised in the Edgerton Wesleyan Church. Surviving are her mother; Edith; a daughter, Stephanie Jahn of Fort Wayne; two sons, Bobby Ditto of Payne and Jimmy (Kera) of Antwerp; a sister, Lee Ann (Rick) Hook of Payne; two brothers, Bob and Dick Mills of Crawfordsville, Ind.; and a grandson, Ethan Jahn. She was preceded in death by her father, George; and a sister, Sandra Marie.
Services were held Saturday, June 12, at the Payne Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Mike Harper officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to the ALS Association or the church. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
JAMES GOINGS 1929-2010
PAULDING – James G. Goings, 81, died Tuesday, June 8, at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born April 22, 1929 in Van Wert County, the son of Charles C. and Icy M. (Dorman) Goings. On Sept. 9, 1948, he married Viola J. Carnahan, who preceded him in death in 2006. He was a self-employed carpenter and worked at the Oakwood Lumber Company where he retired in 1991. He also worked at the Auglaize Stone Quarry for 20 years. Surviving are three daughters, Linda (Ben) Watson of Paulding, Marsha (Robert) Bland of Oakwood and Sandy (Steve) Hubert of Fort Wayne; a son, Jerry (Debra) Goings of Cloverdale; a stepsister, Barbara (Norman) Tritch of Cecil; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, eight stepgrandchildren; and 26 great-stepgrandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a son, James A. Goings; a daughter, Mary Jane Goings; a brother, Charles Goings Jr.; and a stepsister, Claris Saylor.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 11, at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Robert Merriman officiating. Burial was in the Sherman Cemetery in Charloe. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
MARK SCOUTEN 1964-2010
ANTWERP – Mark A. Scouten, 45, of Saint Joe, Ind., died at 4:37 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at Lutheran Hospital.
He was born Aug. 12, 1964, in Paulding, the son of Linda (Powell) West and Gerald Scouten. He graduated from Antwerp High School in 1982 and he was a foreman at Vulcraft. He was a professional body builder and also enjoyed canoeing and basketball.
He is survived by a son, Adam, of St. Joe; a stepson, Jason (Lindsay) Wilson of Concord, N.C.; his mother, Linda West, Antwerp; father and stepmother, Jerry and Lana Scouten of Antwerp; a sister, Heather VanWagner of Fort Wayne; and two brothers, John of Berne and David of Fort Wayne.
Services were held Saturday, June 12 at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp. Burial was in the Maumee Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
KAY GEORGE 1956-2010
PAULDING — Kay E. George, 53, died Monday, June 7, at St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo.
She was born Oct. 31, 1956, in Navarro Texas the daughter of Torrence L. and Betty Lou (Unger) George. She was a self employed social worker; behavior intervention specialist for Northwest Ohio Community Action and an investigator for Child Protective Services of Paulding County.
She was a volunteer for the Bull Massive Reserve Association and a volunteer at Hawthorn County Nursing Home bringing her therapy dog “Gem”.
Surviving is her mother, Betty Hanenkratt, Defiance; and two brothers, Mikeal (Gina) George of Clyde and James George.
She was preceded in death by her father, Torrence; grandparents, James and Florence (Ludwig) Unger; and stepfather William B. Hanenkratt.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 22 at Den Herder Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Memorial donations can be made to the funeral home to cover funeral expenses. Online donations may made to www.denherderfh.com.
CECILE NEUENSCHWANDER 1909-2010
PAYNE – Cecile L. Neuenschwander, 100, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Friday, June 11, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home.
Cecile was born Nov. 4, 1909 in Payne, a daughter of William and  Myrtle (Skinner) Pio. She was a  seamstress at Fort Wayne Tailoring and a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. Surviving are two daughters, Donna (Glen) Schmidt of Payne and Jeannine Strombeck of Venus, Fla.; a brother, Robert (Lela) Pio of Fort Wayne; 11 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands, John Deeter and Wilmer “Jeff” Neuenschwander; and a brother, Carlyle Pio.
Graveside services were held Friday, June 18 at Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne. Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
CURTIS ADAMS 1918-2010
PAULDING – Curtis E. Adams, age 92, died Thursday, June 10 at the CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice.
He was born April 27, 1918, in Paulding County, the son of William and Minnie (Grimes) Adams. On June 20, 1946, he married Emogene G. Underwood, who preceded him in death in 2003. He worked for 33 years at the former Grizzly Manufacturing, Paulding, retiring in 1980. He was a member of the Paulding VFW Post 587 and the Paulding Eagles 2405. He was an avid bowler and sports enthusiast. He is survived by three daughters, Sandy Parrish, Lynn (James) Nutter and Kelly (Tony) Ankney, all of Paulding; two sons, Jerry (Joann) Adams of Paulding and Tony Adams of Oakwood; two sisters, Fanny May (Alvin) Long of Oakwood and Reva Hammon of Jewell; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He also was preceded in death by a brother, A. Rex Adams. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 15 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial was in Cooper Cemetery, Paulding. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Defiance Hospice Auxiliary. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
MICHAEL BARTON 1942-2010
OAKWOOD – Michael T. Barton, 68, of Oakwood, died 12:02 a.m. Wednesday, June 16 at his residence. He was born Jan. 25, 1942, in Toledo, the son of Marion and Margaret (McKellips) Barton. On March 16, 1970, he married Patsy Pratt, who survives. He was retired from General Motors in Defiance. He loved antique and classic cars, horses and watching professional wrestling.
Also surviving are a son, Kevin (Crystal) Barton of Defiance; a grandson, Jacob Barton of Ney; three brothers, Bob (Roberta) Barton and Gary (Jo Anne) Barton, both of Defiance, and Greg (Sally) Barton of Napoleon; and three sisters, Pat Metz of Defiance, Toni (Dean) Froelich of Indiana, and Peggy (Francis) Wobler of Payne. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Keith and Ed Barton; and a brother-in-law, Russell Metz. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 22 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood with the Rev. Terry Brock officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Memorials may be made to the family. Condolences can be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
DONNA DANGLER 1925-2010
PAULDING – Donna M. Dangler, 84, died Monday, June 14, at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born Dec. 28, 1925, in Paulding County, the daughter of Leo and Bessie (Grimes) Rife. In 1945, she married Daniel J. Anderson, who preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 1954. In 1960, she married Nolan G. Dangler, who preceded her in death on Aug. 24, 1977. She was a member of VFW Post #587 Auxiliary and Eagles #2405 Auxiliary, and was a volunteer for the Bargain Bin in Paulding. She is survived by two daughters, Gina (Tom) Connin of Antwerp and Lori (George) Stein of Houston, Texas; a stepdaughter, Lonna Osmond, Worthington; a brother, Jack Rife, Warsaw, Ind.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a son, Phillip Anderson; a stepson, Gene Dangler; two sisters, Patricia Etter and Gloria McGill; two brothers, Albert and Eugene Rife; and a step grandson, Rick Dangler. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, June 19, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial was in Cooper Cemetery in Paulding. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society or Paulding County Hospital Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
GENA LANTOW 1966-2010
PAYNE – Gena Renee Lantow, 44, formerly of Payne, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday, June 12 in Dothan, Ala.. She was born March 28, 1966, in Defiance, the daughter of Tom and Martha (Pessefall) Lantow, who both preceded her in death. She graduated from Wayne Trace High School in 1984 and later moved to Dothan, Ala., where she was employed by CVS Pharmacy.
Surviving are a brother, Chad (Kris) Lantow of Latty; her stepfather, Arnold Begley, and a stepbrother, Shane Begley, both of Dothan; and two nieces, Sarah and Kati Lantow and a nephew, Tom Lantow, all of Latty. She also was preceded in death by her grandparents, Francis and Opal Pessefall and Jack and Betty Lantow. Holman Funeral Home in Ozark, Ala. was in charge of the arrangements. A beachside memorial service will be held at Panama City, Fla. at a later date.
ESTHER DEMPSEY 1914-2010
VAN WERT – Esther M. Dempsey, 95, went to be with her Lord at 2:20 a.m. Saturday, June 19, at the Van Wert Manor Nursing Home in Van Wert. She was born Aug. 23, 1914, in Convoy, the daughter of Irvin and Amy (Painter) Cox. On Dec. 24, 1932, she married John W. Dempsey, who preceded her in death on April 22, 1986. She was a lifelong resident of Van Wert County and was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Van Wert and a member of the J.O.Y. Club of the church. Surviving are two sons, Donald (Sue) Dempsey of Convoy and Maurice (Mary Ellen) Dempsey of Virginia Beach, Va.; five daughters, Beverly (Larry) Schoonover, Gretna (Don) Stevens and Johnette Waltmire, all of Van Wert, Saundra Schwinnen of Defiance, and Linda (Terry) Neer of Paulding; 43 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were three daughters, Helen Osting, Nellie Schabbing and Mary Dempsey; four brothers; and two sisters. Services will be held at 10 a.m. today, June 23, at the First Baptist Church in Van Wert, with the Rev. Steven Robinson officiating. There will be visitation one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in Middle Point. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Preferred memorials amy go to Community Health Professionals Visiting Nurses, to the church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
LEOTA DAVIS 1919-2010
PAULDING – Leota E. Davis, 90, of Paulding, passed away at 5:54 p.m. Monday, June 14, at The Gardens of Paulding. Leota was born Nov. 24, 1919 in Antwerp, the daughter of Sid and Ethel (Laney) Carr. On Oct. 19, 1940, she married Ted Davis, who preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 1978. A 1937 graduate of Antwerp High School, she had been a clerk at G.C. Murphy in Defiance and was a member of the Antwerp Presbyterian Church and the Antwerp VFW and American Legion auxiliaries. Surviving are two daughters, Billie (Gene) Starkey of Bethel Park, Pa. and Margaret (Howard) Johnson of Paulding; two sons, Richard (Mary) of Paulding and Tom (Sandy) of Defiance; two sisters, Jenny McCoy of Monroeville, Ind. and Rosie Rhoades of Ligonier, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Dull and Edith Zartman; and two brothers, Sidney and Virgil Carr.
Her funeral services were held Friday, June 18 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
Preferred memorials are to Paulding Area VNA and Hospice.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
WILLIAM KIRACOFE 1930-2010
VAN WERT – William D. “Bill” Kiracofe, age 79, of Van Wert, died at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice. He was born Nov. 13, 1930 in Van Wert County, the son of Thomas and Cleo (Rickard) Kiracofe. On April 12, 1952, he married Dora Myers, who preceded him in death. He retired from Borden Cheese and Central Insurance Co., both in Van Wert, and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Surviving are two sons, Roger (Brenda) and Dennis (Keri), both of Van Wert; two daughters, Jill (Michael) Karcher of Van Wert and Joyce (Bradley) Mills of Haviland; a sister, Betty (Don) Brennan of New Haven; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Marilyn Johnson of Decatur, Ind.
He also was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Nancy, in infancy; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 25 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert with the Rev. Tim Burden officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City.
Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, June 24. Preferred memorials are to Van Wert Inpatient Hospice or Trinity United Methodist Church.
JOSHUA SCHNEIDER 2010
PAULDING – Joshua Ryan Schneider died shortly after birth on June 19 at the Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his parents, Michael D. and Jodi D. (Ifft) Schneider of Paulding; three brothers, Joel, Lathan and Thad, and a sister, Lynelle, all of Paulding; grandparents, Jim and Sandra Schneider and Larry and Shirley Ifft, all of Fairbury, Ill.; maternal great-grandfather, Elmer Ifft, Fairbury, Ill.; and paternal great-grandparents, Earl and Esther Gerber of Forrest, Ill.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Levi John Schneider; maternal great-grandparents, Noah and Emma Gerber and Emma Ifft; and paternal great-grandparents, Al and Gladys Schneider.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, June 23, at Dotterer Cemetery, Junction, with church clergymen officiating. Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Apostolic Christian Timber Ridge, Morton, Ill.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
KAY GEORGE 1956-2010
PAULDING – Kay E. George, 53, died Monday, June 7 at St. Vincent Hospital, Toledo.
She was born Oct. 31, 1956 in Navarro, Texas, the daughter of Torrence L. and Betty Lou (Unger) George. She was a self-employed social worker, behavior intervention specialist for Northwest Ohio Community Action and investigator for Child Protective Services of Paulding County. She was a volunteer for the Bull Mastiff Rescue Association and a volunteer at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home, bringing her therapy dog “Gem.” She is survived by her mother, Betty Hanenkratt of Defiance; and two brothers, Mikeal (Gina) George of Clyde and James George.
She also was preceded in death by her father; grandparents, James and Florence (Ludwig) Unger; and stepfather, William B. Hanenkratt. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, June 22, at Den Herder Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date.Memorial contributions may be made in Kay’s memory to Den Herder Funeral Home.Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
RUBY GATES
1906-2010
FORT WAYNE – Ruby E. Gates, age 103, passed away Saturday, June 19 at The Towne House Retirement Center in Fort Wayne, where she had been their oldest resident.
She was born July 17, 1906, the daughter of George and Nola (Gordon) Dunakin, at home near Cecil. She graduated from Mark Center High in 1925. She worked for a number of years as a beautician at Wolf and Dessauer Department Store in Fort Wayne. On Jan. 3, 1941, she married John R. Gates, with whom she shared her life until his death in 1972. She was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church, Fort Wayne Women’s Club, Orchard Ridge Country Club and the Daughters of the Nile.
Surviving are her niece, Jayne (Frank) Beeler of Anderson, Ind., and nephews David (Karen) Dunakin of Yorba Linda, Calif., Harley (Jacki) Dunakin of Paulding and Douglas (Micki) Dunakin of Antwerp.
She also was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Burgoyne; a brother, Charles Dunakin; a niece Hope Ann Boden; and a nephew, Charles Dunakin.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, June 23 at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, with Pastor Carole Green officiating. Arrangements were by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mccombandsons.com
WAYNE LEE
1953-2010
BRICETON – Wayne Allan Lee, age 56, died Sunday, June 20 at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born July 9, 1953 in Paulding, the son of Don W. and Olive C. (Leeth) Lee. On Nov. 26, 1972, he married Barbara E. Grindstaff, who survives. He was employed for 37 years by Spartech Plastics, Paulding. He was a member of the former Haviland Baptist Church. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, woodworking, playing corn hole and listening to music. He coached Pee Wee League, enjoyed playing softball, drag racing, hunting and fishing and was an avid John Deere collector.
He also is survived by his father, of Briceton; three children, Angela Gamble of Ottoville, Wayne A. (Mariam) Lee Jr. of Chesapeake, Va. and Isaac (Denise) Lee, Briceton; 10 grandchildren: Chelsea, Olivia, Faith, Grace, Tricia, Monicia, Wayne III, Jaylynn, Brookelynn and Mason; two sisters, Rose (Keith) Wilhelm of Broughton and Brenda (Bill) Reichard, Paulding; and many cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother; and grandparents Russel and Mable Lee and Lafie and Olive Leeth.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Ron Johnson officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
SHERRI  RUFFING
1957-2010
ANTWERP – Sherri L. Ruffing, 53, of Antwerp, passed away at 1:03 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2010 at her residence.
She was born May 2, 1957, in Hicksville, the daughter of the late Julian  and Sheila (Ehrhart) Hicov. On Feb. 1, 1986, she married Thomas Ruffing, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Justin and Brandon; a brother, Dale Hicov; and three sisters, Sonya Herber, Sandra Stewart, both of Antwerp, and Debbie Trausch of Edgerton.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. today, June 30 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
BARBARA  BOVINE 1932-2010
ANTWERP – Barbara E. Bovine, 78, of Antwerp, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away Wednesday, June 30 at Manor House Assisted Living.
She was born April 9, 1932 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of the late Edward  and Mary (Betley) Moore. She attended Ball State University for two years. She was a member of the PBA, having won 13 bowling championships in Fort Wayne, and enjoyed playing bridge. Surviving are three sons, Gary of Fort Wayne, Eric of Denver and Bradley (Susan) of Antwerp; a sister, Betty Lou Stabler, Fort Wayne; a brother, Edward (Melanie) Moore, Fort Wayne; and three grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Lougher. Services will be held at a later date. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
MARCELLA HECK 1927-2010
PAULDING – Marcella “Jake” F. Heck, age 82, died Friday, July 2 at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.
She was born Dec. 14, 1927 in Broughton, the daughter of Clyde and Mary (Head) Cotterman. On July 29, 1946, she married Norman E. Heck, who survives. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding. She retired in 1988 from the former Dana-Weatherhead Corporation of Antwerp after 23 years of service.
Also surviving are a daughter, Cathy (Rob) Gross of Paulding; two sons, Terry (Monica) Heck of Paulding and Rick (Myra) Heck of Sherwood; a brother, Richard “Bud” Cotterman of Paulding; a sister, Darlene Good of Paulding; 14 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Ann Heck in 2003; a son, Rodger Heck in 1953; and a sister, Elsie Cotterman. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. today, July 7, at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with calling one hour before services at the church. The Rev. G. Allan Fillman will officiate. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Activity Fund, Paulding Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice or Masses. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
veteran: LAVERN “BUD” WARD 1927-2010
PAYNE – LaVern A. “Bud” Ward, age 83, died Saturday, July 3 at The Gardens of Paulding.
He was born Jan. 23, 1927 in Wolf Lake, Ill., the son of William and Zora (Smith) Ward. On Jan. 24, 1952 he married Avoneal “Billie” Griggs, who preceded him in death in 1992. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II and retired from GM Powertrain, Defiance in 1988 after 25 years of service. He attended the Antwerp Baptist Church. He is survived by two sons, Gary (Debra) Ward of Payne and Kenneth (Jane) Ward, Demorest, Ga.; one sister, Dolly Achembach, Cairo, Ill.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by an infant son, Kenneth; four brothers; and two sisters. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 8 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne, Ohio. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, July 7 at the Den Herder Funeral Home. Also, visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
HOMER SANDERS JR. 1944-2010
ANTWERP – Homer J. Sanders Jr., 66, of Antwerp, died at 5:15 a.m. Monday, July 12, at his residence.
He was born in Antwerp, Ohio on May 9, 1944, the son of  Homer J. Sr. and Julia Belle (McCreery) Sanders. On Dec. 12, 1964, he married Karen Heck, who survives. He was the owner at Sander’s Auto Rebuilding, Antwerp. He enjoyed watching bald eagles and writing photo journals in the West Bend News about local Eagle sightings.
Also surviving are his mother, Julia, of Antwerp; two sons, Homer J. III and Roger (Sondra), both of Antwerp; four sisters, Sandra Williams of Ossian, Ind., Joyce Metro of Fort Wayne, Paulette Jennings of Corunna, Ind. and Wilma Milan of Metropolis, Ill.; three brothers, Michael of Edgerton, Kevin of Cecil and Kim of Livonia, Mich.; and six grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today, July 14 at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp,  with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to V.E.T.S. Memorial, P.O. Box 724, Antwerp OH 45813.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
WAVA COLLEY 1962-2010
PAULDING – Wava Jean Colley, age 47, died Monday, July 12 at her home after a long battle with cancer.
She was born Sept. 26, 1962 in Paulding, the daughter of Paul and Margie (Funkhouser) Hill. On Nov. 28, 1980, she married John Colley, who survives. She was previously employed by the Paulding County Engineer’s Office and was a daycare provider for many years.
She also is survived by her parents, Paul and Margie Hill, Paulding; three daughters, Jaclyn, Samantha and Kelly Colley, all of Paulding; her grandmother, Thelma Hill, Paulding; four sisters, Brenda (Jerry) Smith and Kim (Ron) Garrity, both of Paulding, and Terri (John) Coulon, Archbold; and Laurie Hill, Hamilton, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Waveland Hill and Wendell and Eva Funkhouser.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, July 15 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Friday.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice or CHP Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
FAE THOMAS 1924-2010
VAN WERT – Former Grover Hill resident Fae B. Thomas, age 86, died Monday, July 12 at VanCrest Health Care, Van Wert.
She was born June 15, 1924 in Cloverdale, the daughter of Clarence Ray and Flossie Jane (Shirey) Miller. On Oct. 12, 1944, she married John E. Thomas, who preceded her in death on June 27, 1991. She was a graduate of Continental High School. She was employed by General Electric of Fort Wayne, retiring in 1986. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill, and Grover Hill VFW Post #2873 Auxiliary.
Surviving are two daughters, Darlene Roth of Rockford and Jane (John) Gudakunst, Paulding; a brother, John (Adrie) Miller, Pandora; two sisters, Ruth Korte of Lima and Jessie Morris, Pandora; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandson.
She also was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Miller; and two sisters, Jean and Velma Miller.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 15 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Paul Bunnell officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. Visitation will be from 3:30-8 p.m. today, July 14 at the funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Grover Hill EMS.
Online condolences may be made to www.denherderfh.com
RUTH BAKER 1916-2010
CECIL – Ruth Baker, 94, of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Cecil, passed away at 5:05 a.m. Monday, July 12 at Florida Presbyterian Home, Lakeland, Fla.
Ruth was born Jan. 2, 1916, in Cecil, the daughter of Frank and S. Edna (Gordon) Young. She was a teacher in Antwerp and a school principal in Toledo. Her husband, Thomas, preceded her in death on March 25, 1994. She was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lakeland.
She was buried in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil. Dooley Funeral Homes of Antwerp and Payne was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
veteran: FRANCIS KOENN 1920-2010
PAULDING – Francis H. Koenn, age 90, died Tuesday, July 6 at St. Anne Home, Fort Wayne.
He was born June 23, 1920 in Paulding County, the son of Lawrence and Clemence M. (Grew) Koenn. On Dec. 1, 1945, he married Mabel Claire Hickman, who preceded him in death on Jan. 25, 2006. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. He was ordained as a deacon on Aug. 16, 1980 and served for 30 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #3584 of Paulding, a self-employed farmer, a U.S. Army veteran, served on the First National Bank of Paulding Board of Trustees, and served as a Crane Township Trustee for two terms.
He is survived by 10 children, Mary Ellen Koenn of Morgan Town, W.Va., Larry (Diana) Koenn of Alaska, Marg (John) Scott of Hillsdale, Mich., Dan (Linda) Koenn of Franklin, Tenn., Marti (Larry) Overmyer of Payne, Madonna (John) Tritle of Valparaiso, Ind., Monica (Mark) Mays of Tipp City, Jim (Alayna) Koenn of Auburn, Ind., Jerry (Julie) Koenn of Delta and Marcia (Steve) Pesicek of Wooster; a brother, Ted (Madonna) Koenn of Cecil; 28 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Virgil and Rosalie Koenn.
A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Saturday, July 10 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Alan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery, Cecil. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations may be made to Masses, the Caring and Sharing Food Pantry, or the Community Health Professionals of Paulding/Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
veteran: PAUL H. BIDLACK 1932-2010
GROVER HILL – Paul H. Bidlack, 78, died at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born April 23, 1932, in Putnam County, the son of Wesley and Dottie (Winchester) Bidlack, who both preceded him in death. On July 27, 1952, he married Naomi R. Wistner, who survives in Grover Hill. He attended Oakwood High School and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War. He had been employed by Brookside Dairy, Community Gas and Oil, Aeroquip and then was a rural letter carrier for over 30 years, retiring in 1997. He then worked at Stoller Honey and Insource Technologies in Paulding.
He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill, where he had served as a trustee and in other positions. He was a life member of the VFW Post #2873 in Grover Hill and had served as vice commander.
Also surviving are two sons, Dan (Vicki) Bidlack of Van Wert and Steven J. (Angela) Bidlack of Payne; five grandchildren, Stacey (Tom) Hoenie, Adam Bidlack, Sarah (Andrew) Messman, Jay Bidlack and Renee Bidlack; and a great-granddaughter, Mia Hoenie.
Also preceding him in death were three brothers, Marlin Newton, Maurice Clinton and Harold Bidlack and a sister, Beulah Reynolds.
Services were held Saturday, July 17, at Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill with the Rev. Dr. Paul Bunnell officiating. Burial was in Middle Creek Cemetery in Paulding County, where military graveside services were conducted by VFW Post #2873 of Grover Hill. Cowan Funeral Home in Van Wert was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Zion United Methodist Church or to CHP Hospice.
KARL COLLINS1992-2010
CONTINENTAL — Karl B. “Benji” Collins, 18, of Continental, died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15, at his sister’s residence in Hamler.
He was born June 27, 1992, in Lima, the son of Karl Miller and Tracy Carpenter Hoeppner. His father and stepmother, Karl and Mary Jo Miller survive and reside in Continental. His mother, Tracy, survives and she resides in Salinas, Kan.
Benji was a student at Continental High School and Vantage Vocational School. He loved to paint and draw and he touched the hearts of everyone he knew.
Also surviving are his brothers and sisters, Zach Gilbert of Payne, Christopher “Woody” Gilbert of Grover Hill, Gary Lewis of Arthur, Ben Lewis of Grover Hill, Nikki Collins of Hamler, Misty and Jessee Miller, both of Continental; his grandparents, Wilma Carpenter of Oakwood, Russell Carpenter of Georgia, and Don and Ruth Taylor of Oakwood; and a very special friend, Brandy Yoh. Services were held Tuesday, July 20, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood with the Rev. Stan Harmon officiating.
Preferred memorials are to the family.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
VERA APFEL 1915-2010
PIONEER – Vera P. Apfel, 94, of Pioneer, died Monday morning, July 19, at Country Inn Assisted Living in Paulding.
She was born Sept. 2, 1915 in Brown Township, Paulding County, the daughter of A. Ray and Edna M. (McClure) Bidlack. On Sept. 27, 1938, she married Conrad J. “Cooney” Apfel, who preceded her in death in 1978. She retired from Waldron Industries, formerly American Heating, Warming & Ventilating. Earlier, she worked at Ohio Art in Bryan. She was a member of the Pioneer United Methodist Church and the Rebekah Lodge #426.
Surviving are a daughter, Norma Jene Modan of Adrian, Mich.; two brothers, James E. Bidlack and R. Paul Bidlack, both of Grover Hill; three sisters, Emma R. (Henry) Rosengarden of Leipsic, Mary A. (Raymond) Hoverman of McComb and Edna M. (Dale) Spitnale of Oakwood; six grandchildren; several great- and great-great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She also was preceded in death by three grandsons; three brothers, Clarence, John and Marion Bidlack; and two sisters, Dorothy Thompson and Irene Blythe.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 22 at the Pioneer Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Raypholtz officiating. Burial will be in Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer.
Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. today, July 21 at Thompson Funeral Home in Pioneer.
Preferred memorials are to Pioneer U.M. Church or Pioneer EMS.
DAVID HEAD 1939-2010
PAULDING – David Leroy Head, 71, died Sunday, July 18 at the Paulding County Hospital.
He was born June 4, 1939 in Paulding County, the son of George and Iva R. (Robeson) Head, who both preceded him in death. He was a self-employed heavy equipment operator and a partner in the former Head Brothers Construction. He attended Emmanuel Baptist Church in Paulding.
He is survived by three daughters, Diana (John) Elston of Payne, Donna (Jerald) Brezovacki of Convoy and Julie (Ron) Gloor of Melrose; a brother, Ralph (Lois) Head of Oakwood; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his life partner, Linda Akers of Paulding.
He is also survived by Linda’s family, including her children, Randall (Becky) Akers of Napoleon, Teresa Stahl of Melrose, Melinda Sherry of Lexington, Ky, Steven (Mary) Akers of Oakwood, and Shawn Akers of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and Linda’s siblings, Patricia (Harold) Hurley of Burgin, Ky, Louise Justus of Grundy, Va., Charles (Marylou) Lively of Wapakoneta, and Leona (Carl) Bartley of Paulding; and her mother, Nancy Lively, also of Paulding.
He also was preceded in death by a son, David Lee Head; two brothers, Harvey and Lester Head; and a sister, Lucille Parson.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 22, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with Pastor Drew Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery in Cecil.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, July 21, at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.
Memorial donations may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
HELEN AHLERSMEYER 1917-2010
Helen M. “Mel” Ahlersmeyer, 92, died Saturday, July 10, in Lafayette, Ind.
She was born July 28, 1917, in Latty, the daughter of Clyde and Rosetta (Rhoades) Ropp. After graduation, she moved to Fort Wayne, where she worked at Fort Wayne Knitting Mill before marrying Ralph Ahlersmeyer on Aug. 18, 1944. She devoted her life to her family and was involved in her children’s activities including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, band and choir.
Surviving are a daughter, Sue Ellen Ahlersmeyer of Fort Wayne; two sons, Larry (Betsy) Ahlersmeyer of New Castle and Scott (Lauren) Ahlersmeyer of Lafayette; five grandsons; and one sister, Arlene Simpson of Nappanee, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Ralph W. Ahlersmeyer; five brothers, Cleo, Glen, Jerry, Earl and Vernie Ropp; and two sisters, Irene Mees and Christina Crawford.
Services were held Wednesday, July 14, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, in Fort Wayne, with Pastor Steve Ensley officiating. Burial was in Concordia Cemetery Gardens. Carnahan-Baidinger & Walter Funeral Home, Spencerville, Ind. was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to Friends of Scouting.
LEONA MOORE 1946-2010
OAKWOOD – Leona M. Moore, 63, of Oakwood, died 4:05 p.m. Sunday, July 18 at The Toledo Hospital.
She was born Aug. 28, 1946 in Defiance, the daughter of John and Leona (Thomas) Breckler. On Oct. 15, 1962, she married Lawrence E. Moore, who preceded her in death Aug. 3, 1999. She was an activities assistant at The Meadows of Kalida and owner of the former L&L Restaurant in Oakwood for 16 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Cindy (David) Justus-Dangler of Cloverdale and Stacy Moore of Oakwood; a son, Kevin Moore of Oakwood; four grandchildren; a brother, John Breckler of Oakwood; and a sister, Linda Plummer of Dupont.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Martin Moore; a daughter, Tammy Moore; three grandchildren; a sister, Carolyn Moore; and a brother, Larry Breckler.
Funeral Service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 22 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood with the Rev. Stan Harmon officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, July 21 and one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
BERNIECE KOCHENOUR 1930-2010
PAULDING – E. Berniece Kochenour, age 80, died Tuesday, July 20 at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born Feb. 13, 1930 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Walter and Elsie (Perkins) Reighter. On June 20, 1951, she married James H. Kochenour, who preceded her in death on Jan. 8, 2004. She was formerly employed as a florist by Fancy Petals, Kirchers Flowers and Gormans Flower Shop, retiring in 2005.
She is survived by two sons, Bob (Pam Beck) Kochenour, Paulding, and Bill (Amy) Kochenour, Oakwood; two daughters, Kathy (Mike) Thompson and Sue (Tim) Thompson, both of Paulding; 20 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Floyd and Earl Reighter; and two sisters, Blanche Schaadt and an infant sister.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Memorial donations may be made to The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
veteran:CLOYD HOCKEN-BERRY 1930-2010
SCOTT — Cloyd Richard Hockenberry, 79, of Scott, died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at The Country Inn Living Center in Latty.
He was born Aug. 24, 1930 in Scott, the son of Leslie Pearl Hockenberry and Alta Fae Adams. He graduated from Haviland-Scott High School and was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War. On Aug. 15, 1954, he married Janet Mohr, who survives at the Country Inn in Latty. He began as a farmer and then was a longtime appliance serviceman for Mohr’s of Scott. He attended Mt. Pleasant Church and was a member of Calvary Evangelical Church. He was also a volunteer fireman for the Scott Fire Department.
Also surviving are his mother, Alta Fae Hockenberry of Pleasant Lake, Ind.; a daughter, Jill (Jeff) Allen of Pacifica, Calif.; two sons, Jack (Marjorie) of Shelby Township, Mich. and Les (Lori) Hockenberry of Haviland; a sister, Connie Kauffman of Pleasant Lake, Mich.; five grandchildren, Caleb (Tifanie) Kreischer, Matt (Anne) Hockenberry, Scott, Kylie, Kent, Aaron and Kacee Hockenberry; and a great-grandchild, Jaxon Hockenberry.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Hockenberry; and a brother, Charles Hockenberry.
Services were held Sunday, July 25, at the Mt. Pleasant Church with Pastor Bill Barnett officiating. Burial was in the Scott Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Grover Hill honor guard of VFW Post #2873. Cowan Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials may be made to the Mount Pleasant Church Bible Ministries or Scott Fire Department.
Expressions of sympathy may be emailed to cowanfh@yahoo.com
JACOB AKERS 1914-2010
LYNCHBURG, Ky. – Jacob Alvis Akers, age 96, of Lynchburg, died Monday morning, July 19 at his home.
He was born March 25, 1914 in Liggin, Ky., the son of Henry C. and Amanda (Tackett) Akers. He had been engaged in coal mining and later worked in construction. He was a member of the Little Bethel Old Regular Baptist Church in Sligo, Ohio.
He is survived by six sons, Joseph C. of St. Petersburg, Fla., Gary L. of Belfast, Jerry D. of Lebanon, Ky., David W. of Gaines, Pa., Jacob D. of Lynchburg and Keith A. of Clearwater, Fla.; five daughters, Daneen Stergis of Milford, Lillian G. Elking and Sheila Newkirk, both of Hillsboro, and Patricia A. Tong and Karen L. Brown, both of Lynchburg; 43 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Holbrook Akers on Aug. 11, 1998, two daughters, Anita Blaylock and Sharon Akers; one grandson, Benjamin Leatherman; one great-granddaughter, Cinnamon Elking; one great-grandson, Devon Dabe; one brother, Joe E. Akers; and one sister, Gladys Dobbs.
Services were held Friday, July 23 at the Little Bethel Old Regular Baptist Church in Sligo, Ohio. Burial was in the Lynchburg Masonic Cemetery. Turner & Son Funeral Home in Hillsboro was in charge of arrangements. For more information or to send condolences to the family please visit www.turnerfuneralhomes.cc
JEVIN CALVERT 1977-2010
ADA – Jevin Jay Calvert, 32, of Ada, died at 12:10 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 3, 1977, in Lima, the son of William L. and Jeanne (Bennett) Calvert, who both survive in Oakwood. On May 26, 2001, he married Jennifer A. Smishko, who survives in Ada. He was a 1996 graduate of Wayne Trace High School, where he was named valedictorian. He graduated from Ohio Northern University, earning a degree in mechanical engineering. He was employed as an engineer-system integrity leader for the Marathon Oil Company in Findlay. He was a certified professional engineer.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ada, where he served as a deacon and a former trustee. He was also a member of Sigma Theta Epsilon Christian Fraternity and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was a member of the Findlay Men’s Hockey League and the Marathon Volleyball League.
Also surviving are three daughters, Tessa, Alison and Erin Calvert, all at home; two brothers, Jed (Melissa) Calvert of Oakwood and Jared Calvert of Alexandria, Ky.; his maternal grandmother, Grace McClure of Leipsic; and his father and mother-in-law, Michail and Julia Smishko of Orrville. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Bethany Calvert; maternal grandfather, Homer Bennett; and paternal grandparents, Leonard and Ruth Calvert. Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, July 28, at English Chapel at Ohio Northern University in Ada, with Pastor Jack Duffy officiating. Hours of visitation will be available one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Ada. Hanson-Neely Funeral Home in Ada is in charge of the arrangements. Preferred memorials may be directed to a memorial fund to benefit his children or to Cancer Patient Services, 1800 North Blanchard St., Suite 120, Findlay OH 45840.
Condolences may be sent to hansonneely@wcoil.com
BEVERLY SHULL 1929-2010
ANTWERP – Beverly J. Shull, 80, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, July 21 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born on Aug. 5, 1929 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of the late William and Edith Clemens. On July 4, 1963, she married Don Shull, who preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 2006. She worked at her family’s restaurants in Fort Wayne. She was a lifetime member of Antwerp VFW Auxiliary.
Surviving are two daughters, Sandy Creasey of Cincinnati and Cathryn Hamil of Florida; four sons, Dick of Antwerp, Jim of Bryan, Mark (Maggie) of Defiance and Greg (Tonya) of Cecil; 19 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a son, Jerry; and a sister, Joan.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 26 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the V.E.T.S. Memorial, P.O. Box 724, Antwerp. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
JERRY KNAPP 1942-2010
FORT WAYNE – Former Paulding resident Jerry D. Knapp, age 68, died Sunday, July 25 at his residence.
He was born Feb. 22, 1942 in Paulding County, the son of DeVon “Bud” and Donna (McClain) Knapp. He was previously employed by Spectemp in Antwerp as a glass cutter, and was an avid NASCAR racing fan. He is survived by his mother, Donna McNeil, Winter Park, Fla.; four daughters, Renee Lynn (Justin) Rase of Fort Wayne, Jennifer Ann (Gregory) Taylor of St. Louis, Laura (Steve) Donaldson of Paulding, and Lisa (Wayne) Thornburg, Memphis; a son, Randy Smith, Defiance; four brothers, Dan (Darlene) Knapp of Latty, Denny (Sue) Knapp of Paulding, Bill (Kelly) McNeil of Winter Park and Jim (Jodi) McNeil, Ottawa Lake, Mich.; two sisters, Judy Knapp of Toledo and Janice (Bob) Christensen of Marble Head; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his father. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 30 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, July 29 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Friday.
Memorial donations may be made to Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, 301 West Superior, Fort Wayne IN 46808.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
JEAN DETMON 1947-2010
ANTWERP – Jean Anne Detmon, 63, of Antwerp, died at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday, July 27, at her residence.
She was born Dec. 30, 1947, in Bluffton, Ind., the daughter of Richard W. and Beulah Mae (Kaehr) Clark. On May 16, 1970, she married Leslie Detmon, who survives. She received her master’s degree from IUPU, Fort Wayne, and taught at Decatur Junior High School from 1969-72 and was a loved and respected teacher at Antwerp Local Schools for 31 years.
Also surviving are two daughters, Kendra (Brian) Eaken of Antwerp and Elizabeth (Brandon) James of Pinellas Park, Fla.; a son, Matthew (Emily) of Woodinville, Wash.; her father, of Bluffton, Ind.; two sisters, Lisa Aschliman of Bluffton, Ind. and Lori Fiechter of Berne, Ind.; two brothers, Richard L. Clark of Washington, D.C. and David Clark of Abu Dhabi AUE; and five grandchildren, Jacob and Drew Eaken and Jack, Ella and Olivia Detmon. Preceding her in death were a daughter, Amber Renee; and her mother. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 31 at Woodburn Missionary Church with the Rev. Joel DeSelm officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Paulding Area VNA. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
LOIS FLECK 1924-2010
ANTWERP – Lois Ann Fleck, 86, of Antwerp, died at 2:23 a.m. Saturday, July 3 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born on July 7, 1924, in Antwerp, the daughter of Samuel and Edith (Bickard) Anderson. In 1945, she married Wayne Fleck, who preceded her in death in 1990. She was a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church. Lois was past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, of which she was a member for 58 years.
Surviving are a sister, Shirley Shull of Auburn, Ind.; and four nieces, Cathy Sherman of Pendleton, Ind., Beth Keller of St. Joe, Ind., Martha Steury of Spencerville, Ind. and Gina Connin of Antwerp. She also was preceded in death by her brother, Daniel; and a nephew, Phillip Anderson.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 3 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
veteran CHARLES NEWTON 1923-2010
FREDERICK COUNTY, Va. – Charles Gordon Newton, 86, of Frederick County, Va., died Sunday, July 18, in the Blue Ridge Hospice Residential Center.
He was born Dec. 21, 1923, in Coshocton, the son of Charles William and Clarissa Louise Newton. On Aug. 24, 1946, he married Marilyn Jean Murphy, who survives.
He was a graduate of Defiance College and Miami University of Ohio, where he received a bachelor of science degree. He also was a graduate of Indiana University, where he received his master’s degree. He worked in three different Ohio school districts as a high school teacher. In 1979, he retired from the Wayne Township School District in Dayton, where he served as superintendent.
He was a veteran, where he served with the United States Army Air Corps, as a pilot of a B-24. His last duty was the 15th Air Force in Italy. He was also a member of Kernstown United Methodist Church. Also surviving are a daughter, Susan Elizabeth (Scott) Johnson of Mahopac, N.Y.; a son, Dr. Charles Gordon (Anne) Newton Jr. of Huntsville, Ala.; five grandchildren, C. Parker and Rachel Newton, Ethan, Guthrie and Caleb Johnson; and a sister, Phyllis Spencer of Toledo. Services were conducted at Omps Funeral Home, South Chapel, Winchester, Va. with the Rev. Clay Knick officiating. Entombment was in Shenandoah Memorial Park Mausoleum, Winchester, Va. with military honors conducted by VFW Post 2123. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gordon Newton Scholarship Fund at Kernstown United Methodist Church, 3239 Valley Pike, Winchester VA 22602. Please view obituaries, tribute wall, and guestbook at www.ompsfuneralhome.com
NANCY STOCKBERGER 1927-2010
PAYNE – Nancy Brady Stockberger, 82, of Fort Wayne died Thursday morning, July 29 at her residence.
She was born Nov. 15, 1927, in Fort Wayne the daughter of Katherine (Lewis) and Bernard R. Brady. In 1949, she married John J. Stockberger Jr., who preceded her in death in 1962. She was a homemaker and president of R&K Brady Corporation, a former board member of the Union State Bank in Payne and a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding County.
Surviving are two daughters, Robin Ann Stockberger of Payne and Katherine (Greg) Thompson of Naples, Fla.; three sons, John J. III and William Brady Stockberger, both of Fort Wayne, and James (Bonnie) Stockberger of St. Louis; a stepdaughter, Lynn (Stephen) Moss of St. Louis; her grandchildren, Stephanie Kristina Martin of Tucson, Ariz., James Adam and Scott Jacob Stockberger, both of St. Louis and Eric Tanner Aichele of New York, N.Y.; and stepgrandchildren, Stephen and Nathan Moss of St. Louis.
She also was preceded in death by a brother, Billie O. Brady. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Aug. 2, at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Divine Mercy School or Masses at Divine Mercy Parish. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
DWIGHT  DOCTOR SR. 1918-2010
ANTWERP – Dwight  S.  Doctor Sr., 92, of Antwerp, died at 11:32 a.m. Friday, July 30, at his residence.
Dwight  was born Jan. 3, 1918 in Woodburn, the son of George and Bessie (Goodin) Doctor. On Nov. 22, 1951, he married Mary Ellen Wilhelm, who survives. He was a  farmer who enjoyed listening to the radio. Also surviving are two sons, Dwight Jr. (Jackie) of Antwerp and Paul (Marilyn) of Woodburn; a daughter, Alice (Rick) Brehm of Osseo, Mich.; a sister, Geneva Sheets of Woodburn; and 22 grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a granddaughter, Sara Doctor; four sisters, Georgiana Lilly, Mildred Wetter, Waumina Polter and Catherine Decker; and two brothers, Nathan and William. Graveside services were held Monday, Aug. 3 at Maumee Cemetery with Deacon Robert Nighswander officiating. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
LEROY TYAS 1944-2010
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Leroy Tyas, 65, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, at his residence, following a lengthy illness.
He was born Oct. 16, 1944, in Paulding, the son of Roy and Arlene (Rhoad) Tyas, who both preceded him in death. In June 1976, he married Cynthia Birkhold, who survives. He was a self-employed farmer and a member of American Legion of Payne. He also is survived by a son, Chris (Andrea) Tyas of Fairmont, Ga.; a brother, Floyd (Carolyn) Tyas, Van Wert; a sister, Margaret (Richard) Miller of Convoy; and two grandchildren, Clay and Austin. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Burial was in Taylor Cemetery, Scott. Donations may be made to Scott EMS, P.O. Box 83, Scott OH 45886.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
ALICE JASSO 1934-2010
PAULDING – Alice L. Jasso, age 76, died Friday, Aug. 6 at her daughter’s residence.
She was born March 6, 1934 in Paulding County, the daughter of Arby and Leota (Shafer) Bennett. She retired from Johns Manville in Defiance on Feb. 1, 1999 after 22 years of service. She is survived by two sons, Rudolfo (Barb) Jasso of Pulaski and Randy Jasso, Hicksville; three daughters, Charlotte (Charlie) Gonzales, Sylvia Jasso and Karen Nieto, all of Paulding; three brothers, Leroy Bennett and Oscar Lehman, both of Paulding, and Gaylen Lehman, Bryan; three sisters, Loretta Miner of Defiance, Mae Scott of Scott and Nancy Hickel of Hicksville; and many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Michael; two brothers, Arby “Junior” Bennett and Donald “Jimmy” Bennett; and two sisters, Margaret Lehman and Janet Hook. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home with Michael Pennington officiating. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses/Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
LEONA JORDAN 1922-2010
PAULDING – Leona M. Jordan, age 87, died Friday, Aug. 6 at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born Dec. 21, 1922 in Columbus, the daughter of William and Bessie (Turner) Herron. She married Walter M. Jordan Sr., who preceded her in death in 2005. She was employed as a housekeeper by Paulding County Hospital and attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Antwerp.
She is survived by a daughter, Joyce Truitt, Woodbridge, Va.; three sons, Reginald (Sharon) Jordan of Huntertown, Ind., Bruce (Brenda) Jordan of Defiance and Paul (Lewisene) Jordan of Lafayette, Pa.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Walter Jr.; an infant daughter, Bessie; a sister, Juanita Faye Herron; a brother, Joseph Herron; and infant granddaughter, LaTonja Deram-Jordan. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 11 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Gary Bear officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services today. Memorial donations may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
WILLIAM CARPENTER III 1977-2010
HAVILAND — William A. Carpenter III, 33, of Convoy, died early Sunday morning, Aug. 8, at his parents’ home in Haviland.
He was born July 1, 1977 in Van Wert, the son of Jeannie (Timbers) and William A. Carpenter Sr., who both survive in Haviland. He had formerly been employed as an in-home health aide. He is also survived by four sisters, Sherry Moyer of Van Wert, Linda Moyer of Decatur, Ind., and Crystal and Samantha Carpenter, both of Convoy.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William A. Carpenter II, who died shortly after birth. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Aug. 11, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Stewart Dennie officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Preferred memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.
JEAN FEASBY 1928-2010
ANTWERP – Jean L. Feasby, 81, of Antwerp, passed away at 11:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Hicksville.
She was born Sept. 7, 1928 in Waynedale, Ind., the daughter of Lester and Mary (Black) Thompson. On Feb. 1, 1947 she married Paul Feasby, who preceded her in death May 13, 1996. She was a homemaker who loved to crochet and make pies. She was a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Steve (Terri) and Mark (Sue) of Antwerp; a daughter, Cindy (Randy) Bell, Antwerp; a daughter-in-law, Denise of Antwerp; a brother, Byron Thompson of Convoy; a sister, Eunice Cook of Phoenix; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a son, David; a brother, Marlin Thompson; and three sisters, Margie Taylor, Virginia Dawson and Mildred DeLong.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19 at Antwerp United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.
Viewing is from 2-4 and 6-8 pm today, Aug. 18 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and also one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the church. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
DORIS PERL 1935-2010
PAULDING – Doris Mae Perl, age 74, died Sunday, Aug. 8 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.
She was born Nov. 22, 1935 in Scott County, Minn., the daughter of Joseph J. and Caroline (Weasler) Efta. On April 23, 1994, she married David A. Perl, who survives. She was employed by Anchor Glass Co, of Shakopee, Minn., retiring in 1994.
Also surviving are her children, June (David) Grimm of Glencoe, Minn., John (Joan) Fahey and Cathy (Donald Ahrndt) Fahey, both of Norwood-Young American, Minn., James (Julie) Fahey of Coon Rapids, Minn., Michael Fahey of Minnesota, Helen Johnson of Seattle, and Jorja Perl and Neil Perl, both of Pittsburgh; a brother, Jerry Fahey, Chaska, Minn.; three sisters, Dorothy Snyder and Carol Lambrecht, both of Prior Lake, Minn. and Margie Goodford, Portland, Ore.; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and a sister. Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home, with Pastor Drew Gardner officiating. Burial was in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil. Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
DORA ROBINETTE
PAULDING – Mary Dora Robinette, age 96, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010.
She was born in Paulding County, the daughter of Wheeler and Leona (Russell) Robinette. She was employed by PC workshop and was the last resident of the old Paulding County Home. She is survived by her half-brother, Harry Vance of Fostoria.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Henry, Franklin, Clarence and Raymond; and a sister, Bessie Robinette.
Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, with Pastor Charles Oliver officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Jackson Township.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Dora to Den Herder Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
ANNA RODEWALD 1903-2010
Anna E. (Shupp) Rodewald, 106, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 14. She was the oldest resident of Lutheran Life Villages and the oldest member of Emmaus Lutheran Church. She lived in assisted living for over 13 years, where she enjoyed good health up until the last 30 days of her life.
She was born Sept. 17, 1903 in the original farm house at the Baughman Tile Mill in Broughton. She was the oldest descendent of the Baughmans since her mother, Mary Margaret (Allie) Baughman and father, Joseph W. Shupp. They owned the general store in Broughton. She moved to Fort Wayne in 1921 and graduated from Central High School in 1922. Prior to that, she attended Paulding High School. She married Arthur J. Rodewald, who preceded her in death in 1988. They operated The Furniture Home from 1924 to 1974. “In her life, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great-grand-mother. If there is one sentence that would define her, it would be ‘She was the sweetest, nicest and most loving person you would ever want to meet.’” During her lifetime, she was active in the Emmaus Women’s Guild; was a past member of Orchard Ridge Country Club; and was an active bowler and golfer. Surviving are a son, Kenneth (Tina) Rodewald; granddaughters, Beth (David) Garber, Elyce (Michael Bates) Rodewald and Gretchen (James) Harvey; step-grandchildren, David (Nancy) Sholl, Dan (Penny) Sholl, Mark (Celeste) Sholl and Steven (Connie) Sholl; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Shupp; a son, Stanley J. Rodewald, in 2000; and a great-grandchild, Robin Harvey, in 1995. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 18 at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home’s Winchester Road Chapel, Fort Wayne, with visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will be in Concordia Cemetery Gardens on Lake Avenue. Preferred memorials are to Emmaus Lutheran Church, Lutheran Life Villages or Heartland Hospice.
EDITH FOCKLER 1926-2010
PAYNE – Edith June Fockler, age 84, died Sunday, Aug. 22 at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.
She was born June 30, 1926 in Beach, N.D., the daughter of David and Edith D. (Matson) Hinsch. On Dec. 27, 1945, she married Paul Edward Fockler, who preceded her in death on May 2, 1984. She is survived by two sons, Ronald R. (Terry) Fockler, Paulding, and Rex Fockler of Ohio; a daughter, Donna Jean (“Lupe”) Martinez, Van Wert; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a granddaughter; a grandson; two brothers, Bernard and David Hinsch; and two sisters, Dora Gilbert and Irene Stahl. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Crane Township. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Friday. Memorial donations may be made to Dallas Lamb Activity Fund. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
MARILYN FRY 1939-2010
PAYNE – Marilyn E. (Van Cise) Fry, 70, died Monday Aug. 16, at the Gardens of Paulding.
She was born Sept. 6, 1939, in Sharon, Pa., the daughter of Clifton H. and Dorothy W. (Reno) Van Cise. On Aug. 18, 1962, she married Thomas E. Fry who survives. She retired in 2005 as coordinator of the gifted students program for Paulding High School where she previously taught anatomy, physiology and biology. She served as an educator for 44 years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Paulding, the Paulding Retired Teacher Association and The Ohio Retired Teacher Association. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed her grandchildren. Also surviving are her mother, Dorothy Van Cise of Hermitage, Pa.; a son, Brett (Dunel) Fry of Ottawa; two grandchildren, Chance and Sienna Fry of Ottawa; and a sister, Carolyn Van Cise, Hermitage, Pa. She was preceded in death by her father, Clifton Van Cise.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, Aug. 20, at Den Herder Funeral Home with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial was in the Cooper Haines Cemetery, Paulding. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to Paulding High School science department or the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
SHARON NELSON 1952-2010
NOBLESVILLE — Sharon A. (Flint) Nelson, 57, of Noblesville and a former Paulding County resident, died Thursday, Aug. 19, at Clarion Health Partners Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born Nov. 4, 1952, in Defiance, the daughter of Bernard R. and Jane (Deisler) Flint. She was a 1970 graduate of Blue Creek High School and was employed as a legal secretary for Baker and Daniels of Indianapolis. She was a former member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Paulding and Messiah Lutheran of Fort Wayne. Surviving are her father, Bernard Flint of Paulding; a son, Brad (Kim Hawkins) of Noblesville, Ind; a daughter, Lesley Jane Nelson of Wabash, Ind.; four brothers, Mike Flint of Mineral Wells, Texas, Gary Flint of Dumas, Texas, Randy Flint of Lima, and Troy Flint of Cecil; and one granddaughter, Whitney Nelson of Noblesville. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jane Flint; and a daughter, Kimberly Annette Nelson. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Paulding with Pastor Stetins officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. There will be no visitation. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling the arrangements. According to Sharon’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Central Indiana Teen Challenge, Attn: David Rose, State Director, P.O. Box 564, Lebanon IN 46052, or to Vernon Manor Children’s Home in Wabash, Ind. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
TERRY POWELL SR. 1965-2010
SCOTT – Terry L. Powell Sr., 44, of Scott, died Saturday morning, Aug. 14, in Van Wert. He was born Sept. 7, 1965, in Mercer County, the son of Olas L. and Anna Jean (Whitaker) Powell. Surviving are his mother, Anna Jean Bigelow of Scott; four children, Nicole Powell, Terry (April) Germann and Greggory Powell, all of Van Wert, and Carrie Powell of Delphos; three sisters, Leisa (Dennis) Boroff of Scott, Sherry Walkup of Florida and Barbara (Mike) Bowers of Van Wert; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Olas Powell. Private family services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 18. Arrangements were handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Preferred memorials can be made to the family. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family at agfhc@embarqmail.com
GLADYS SCHEY 1911-2010
FORT WAYNE – Gladys F. Schey, 98, formerly of Paulding, died Aug. 21, at her residence in Fort Wayne. She was born Oct. 24, 1911, in Putnam County, the daughter of William G. and Mary E. (Heffley) Tooman. On Dec. 25, 1936, she married Woodrow P. “Woody” Schey, who survives. She was a schoolteacher for the Palmer Township Public School of Putnam County. She was a Librarian for the Putnam County Library of Ottawa and the Fremont Public Library of Fremont. She attended the Risen Savior Lutheran Church of Fort Wayne and St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Paulding. Also surviving are a daughter, Cheryl (Stephen) Shambaugh of Fort Wayne; a son, Gerald Schey of Fremont; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Tooman; and three sisters, Velma Shank, Pauline Ridenour and Audrey Hollis.Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Aug. 25, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Paulding, with Pastor Stetins officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Sugar Ridge Cemetery, Van Buren Township, in Leipsic.
Preferred memorials may go to Risen Savior Lutheran Church of Fort Wayne, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Paulding, or the Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne IN 46814. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
RUBY SMITH 1925-2010
PAULDING – Ruby D. Smith, age 85, died Thursday, Aug. 19 at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.
She was born July 28, 1925 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Otis J. and Grace (Hayden) Clausen. On Oct. 13, 1970, she married Royce E. Smith, who preceded her in death on Sept. 10, 1998. She was a life member of the John Paulding Historical Society. She is survived by a son, Larry J. Cochran of Fort Wayne. She also was preceded in death by a sister. Private graveside services will be in Hedges Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding is handling arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to the John Paulding Historical Society. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
BERTIE ZUBER 1915-2010
ANTWERP – Bertha Mae Zuber, 94, of Antwerp, died peacefully at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18 at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne. She was born Oct. 9, 1915, in Antwerp, the daughter of Frances (Clemmer) and Clyde  Quaintance. On Oct. 9, 1935, she married LaVon Zuber, who preceded her in death on June 21, 2006. She retired from Dana Weatherhead after 30 years of service and was a member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who loved life, children and animals. Surviving are a daughter, Sally of Fort Wayne; a son, Larry (Wendy Reyna) of Antwerp; a sister, Dorothy Roth of Grabill; two grandsons, Brant and Jeremy; three great-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by three sisters, Lois Haynes, Mabel Thimlar and Clara Belle Banks; and a brother, Robert Quaintance. Services were held Monday, Aug. 23, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial was in the Maumee Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Dallas Lamb Foundation Home or to United Way. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
LEONA FARRELL 1923-2010
QUINCY, Mich. – Leona E. Farrell, 86, of Quincy Township, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 24, at the Community Health Center of Branch County, Coldwater.
She was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Payne, the daughter of John M. and Rebecca Olive (Zartman) Johnston. In 1956, she married Willard W. “Bill” Farrell, who preceded her in death in 1999. She retired from the General Electric Co. in Fort Wayne, and moved to Marble Lake, Quincy, in 1974. She went to work at Peter Eckrich Foods and retired in 1983. She belonged to the Payne St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Rueben J. Smith American Legion Auxiliary Unit #297, transferring her membership to Sherman Rice Demerest American Legion Auxiliary Post #157, Quincy. She was also a member of the Coldwater Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary Aeril 1907 and a longtime member of the Marble Lake Association serving as a trustee, past secretary, and marine patrol committee member.
She loved her home at the lake and in her younger years, she loved to fish and snowmobile. She enjoyed visiting with her many friends and neighbors at the lake, in Quincy, and the surrounding area. She was a great friend to all who knew her. Survivors include three grandchildren, Dawn (Scott) Elliott, Benjamin Baker and Brandy Baker; three great-grandchildren, Erica Elliott and Ivory and Cole Baker; two sisters, Dorothy Jean (Howard) Young of Payne and Kathleen Brown, Antwerp; and special friends, Becky (Keith) Aikens of Fort Wayne, Al (Sue) Thorn of Allen, Mich. and Carl (Tabitha) Thorn of Reading, Mich. She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Debra Sue Dorcey and Jody Lyn Baker; and a sister, Theresa E. Wannemacher. Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 27, at the George White Funeral Home, Quincy, with Pastor Dave Anderson officiating. Interment was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Preferred memorials are to the Quincy American Legion Scholarship Fund.
BARBARA BOROFF 1935-2010
PAULDING – Barbara H. (Baughman) Boroff went to join her Lord and Savior Thursday, Aug. 25, following a short but courageous battle with cancer.
She was born July 7, 1935, the daughter of Christy W. and Lela (Campbell) Baughman. She worked at Baughman Tile Mill and owned Beautiful Acres Campground with her best friend and brother Robert “Bobby” Baughman. She was an avid bowler and a member of the VFW Auxiliary, which kept her busy most of her life. She gave her life to Jesus Christ Aug. 24, 2008. Barbara always lived every minute to the fullest. She was the wonderful mother of her surviving children, Ronald (Anita) Boroff of Mansfield, Texas, Diane (Frank II) Farquhar of Paulding and Bradley (Sherry) Boroff of Wildomar, Calif. She was truly blessed to be the grandmother of Jason (Kris) Farquhar, Fort Bragg, N.C., Ryan Boroff and Catie (Tyler) Jensen, both of Fort Worth, Texas, and Christian (C.W.), Cihara, Selena and Chandler Boroff, all of Wildomar, Calif. She will be missed by her brother and best friend, Robert “Bobby” Baughman; sister-in-law, Karen; nieces Kristine Stuart, Stacy Workman, Becky Wells, Theresa Buchanan, Brenda Ruder and Jessica Baughman; and her nephew, Steven Baughman. She was welcomed into heaven by her parents and her grandson, Frank E. “Dinky” Farquhar III. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 31 at the Rose Hill Church of God, Paulding with Pastor Ron Hofacker officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery in Paulding at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Rose Hill Church of God. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
HAZEL TERRILL 1921-2010
ANTWERP – Hazel Terrill,  88, of Antwerp, died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home.She was born Aug. 29, 1921, in Wolcott, Ind., the daughter of Lydia (Troxler) and John Bollier. On Oct. 28, 1939, she married Raymond Terrill, who survives. She was employed for many years by the Dana Weatherhead Company in Antwerp. Also surviving are a daughter, Terrisa Rice; two sisters, Jeanne Smith of Woodburn and Marilyn Rogers of Harlan; a brother, brother, Jack Bollier of Leo; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Mel, Don, Ted and Bob Bollier. Graveside services were held Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp was in charge of arrangements. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
DWIGHT WOLFORD 1937-2010
HAVILAND – Dwight R Wolford, age 72, died Saturday, Aug. 28 in Kennesaw, Ga. He was born Oct. 17, 1937, the son of George Herbert and Emma (Rigdon) Wolford. On Dec. 1, 1957, he married Alice L. Williamson, who preceded him in death on July 10, 2006. He was a self-employed farmer and a member of Van Wert First Baptist Church. He enjoyed farming and farm improvements like tilling and surface draining, bass fishing, helping with the Science Olympiad team, and constructive conservation and debate for creation science and politics. He enjoyed living in Georgia in the winter. He is survived by a son, John David Wolford of Acworth, Ga.; a twin brother, Dwain (Janet) Wolford, Spencerville; a sister, Judy (Larry) Bowsher of Elgin; four nephews, Mike Wolford of Spencerville, Jerry Wolford of Celina, David Bowsher of Langsville and Terry Smith of Payne; and five nieces, Jane Wallace of Munith, Mich., Marilyn Smith Rogers of Archbold, Ann Bowsher Cox of Lima, Lynnette Bowsher Voss of Siloam Springs, Ark., and Joine Wolford Rumsey, Coldwater, Mich. He also was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Richard Craig Wolford; and a niece, Emily Bowsher. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Haviland. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, Sept. 1 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Thursday. Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association or American Diabetes Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
BILL WOODCOX 1933-2010
ANTWERP – William F. Woodcox, 76, of Antwerp, passed away at 3:49 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 29 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born Sept. 18, 1933 in Antwerp, the son of John and Margie (Cattin) Woodcox. On Dec. 11, 1955, he married Margaret Stacey, who preceded him in death on June 12, 1994. He served in England in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a punch press operator at General Electric Fort Wayne. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Antwerp and the G.E. Quarter Century Club. He was an artist, woodworker and mechanic who enjoyed working on model homes and his 1966 International pickup truck.
Surviving are a daughter, Julia (Ray) Gross of Antwerp; three sons, Brian (Maureen) of Butler, Ind., Kevin (Laura) of Antwerp and David (Hayley) of Fort Wayne; a brother, Jerry of Deming, N.M.; a sister, Linda Downs of Montpelier; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He also was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2 at the First Presbyterian Church of Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, Sept. 1 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and one hour prior to funeral services at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the church or Antwerp Branch Library. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
CINDY BOWERS 1957-2010
PAULDING – Cynthia “Cindy” Ann Bowers, age 53, died Wednesday, Sept. 1 at her home.
She was born Aug. 18, 1957, in Paulding, the daughter of David W. and Sandra “Sue” (Jacob) Bowers.
She is survived by her mother, Sue Bowers; and three sisters, Connie (Dan) Vogel, Holly Schultz and Lacy Bowers, all of Paulding.
She was preceded in death by her father, David Bowers; and grandparents, Dorothy and Walter Jacob and Helen and Joseph Bowers.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Paulding County Hospital, Paulding County Visiting Nurses & Hospice or Snails and Tails ISS.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
VIRGINIA SPAHR 1965-2010
GREENVILLE – Virginia A. Spahr, 45, passed away at her home in Greenville on Sept. 5 from cancer.
She was born Jan. 2, 1965 in Van Wert, the daughter of Earl and Connie (Heath) Hainline Sr. who survive in rural Rockford. On Nov. 8, 1985, in Van Wert, she married Lanny J. Spahr, who survives in Greenville. She was a homemaker who grew up in Paulding County and graduated from Wayne Trace High School.
Also surviving are her children, Blazin, Amber and Jared Spahr, all of Greenville; two sisters, Linda (Kevin) Bom of Pulaksi, N.Y. and Patricia (Sean) Shaw of Celina; three brothers, Earl (Maria) Hainline Jr. of Mendon, Rick (Carolyn) Hainline of Van Wert and Michael Hainline of Celina; and two grandchildren, Kyler and Trinity Spahr.
Preceding her in death were two children, Phillip and De’Anna Spahr; and a grandson, Zander.
She donated her body to Wright State University in Dayton for medical science. No services will be held. A memorial will be conducted at a later date.
JANESE DOTTERER 1945-2010
STRYKER – Janese A. Dotterer, age 64, of rural Stryker, passed away Saturday, Sept. 4 at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born Nov. 13, 1945, in Paulding, the daughter of Jethro and Marguerite (Baumle) Dotterer. She attended and graduated from Paulding High School. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Defiance College and her master’s degree at the University of Oregon in 1972. She was an artist with her woodworking projects and she was also a drummer for many of the orchestra presentations in the local area. Prior to her retirement, Janese had taught at Stryker High School for 30 years. She was an adjunct professor of mathematics at Defiance College for 10 years. She was a member of the West Unity United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her brother, James (Judith) Dotterer of Olympia, Wash.; three nephews; Jed Dotterer of Otsego, Minn., Lt. Col. (retired) Joel Dotterer of Lacy, Wash. and Major Jonathan Dotterer of Minneapolis; along with many lifelong friends in the Stryker area.
She was preceded in death by her parents. The family would like to express their gratitude to the personnel at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center for their care and caring.
A celebration of Janese’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at the United Methodist Church in West Unity, with the Rev. James Nathan officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery in Paulding. Grisier Funeral Home in Stryker is in charge of arrangements.
The family requests that memorial contributions be given to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab UT 84741; Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center, or the Williams County Humane Society. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.grisierfh.com
HELEN BURNETT 1928-2010
HAVILAND — Helen Elizabeth Burnett, 82, of Haviland, went to be with the Lord at 10:45 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Van Wert Manor Nursing Home.
She was born May 27, 1928 in Dillingersville, Pa., the daughter of Laurel and Ollia (Messinger) Bauman. She was a 1946 graduate of Bluffton High School, Bluffton. On May 7, 1949, she married Karl Burnett, who preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and a former employee of Borden Cheese in Van Wert and the Fishers Market in Haviland. She was raised in the Mennonite faith.
Surviving are four sons, Daniel (Sharon) Burnett of Wake Forest, N.C., Kevin Burnett of Van Wert, Frederick (Lynn) Burnett of Hernando, Fla. and Kendall (Dawn) Burnett of Cibolo, Texas; two daughters, Kristine Dianne Burnett of Haviland and Vernice “Pixie” (Mark) Dickman; two sisters, Lucille Snyder of Fort Wayne and Marge Diss of Wichita, Kan.; 10 grandchildren, Ben, Marie, Tracy and Preston Burnett, Victoria and Allison Dickman, Steven, Kyle, Sarah and Brianna Burnett; and a great-grandchild, Steven Burnett II. Also preceding her in death were two grandsons, Mitchell and Matthew Dickman; two brothers, Laurel and Ted Bauman; and a sister, Peg Brown.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Middle Point United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Wright Cemetery in Van Wert County. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com
ERIK ELSTON 1987-2010
FORT JENNINGS – Erik D.T. Elston, 23, of Fort Jennings, died Sept. 11 at his residence.
He was born March 20, 1987, in Van Wert, the son of Kelly (Pollock) and Jeff Elston, who survive in Fort Jennings. He was a 2005 graduate of Lincolnview High School. He played softball and was the lead singer for the band, Break From Failure. He always had a hug and a smile to give and he found out what the River was. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Middle Point. He is also survived by a brother, Nathan Elston of Venedocia; a sister, Aubrey (Jason) Markward of Ottoville; his maternal grandfather, Frank Pollock of Middle Point; paternal grandmother, Marcia Elston, also of Middle Point; a nephew, Elliot Markward; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceding him in death were his maternal grandmother, Barbara Pollock; and his paternal grandfather, Lewis R. “Dick” Elston.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 15, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Tom Cover officiating. Hours of visitation will be available one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Middle Point. Preferred memorials may be directed to the family.
EDWARD MORDAUNT JR. 1967-2010
PAYNE – Edward Mordaunt Jr., 43, of Payne, died Saturday, Sept. 4 in Payne.
He was born Jan. 12, 1967, in Mexico City, Mexico, the son of Edward Sr. and Sophia (Brooks) Mordaunt. He was a truck driver for Waste Management, Fredericksburg, Texas, and Star Furniture, Houston. He enjoyed woodworking. Surviving are a son, Thaddeus Mordaunt, Newark, Ohio; two daughters, Victoria and Evelyn Mordaunt, both of Newark; a brother, Steven Mordaunt, Houston; three sisters, Elizabeth Mishler of Defiance, Yvette Mordaunt of Houston and Maggie Mordaunt, Henderson, Nev.; and his ex-wife, Sarah Mordaunt, Newark. Preceding him in death were his parents. Services were held Saturday, Sept. 11, at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. Laura Clark officiating. Preferred memorials are to the children’s education fund and/or to the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at www.HCSFuneralHome.com
MARY “SAL” HENCH 1925-2010
DEFIANCE – Mary A. “Sal” Hench passed away on Sunday, Sept. 12 after a short illness.
She was born on Dec. 16, 1925 in Latty. She graduated from Paulding High School. After graduation, Sal was a starting pitcher on the all girl fastball team the Fort Wayne Daisies and worked as a secretary at Grizzly in Paulding. On Aug. 16, 1949, she married Theodore “Ted” Hench. They were also part of the founding partners of Chief Supermarkets Inc. Sal was a community leader and philanthropist with her involvement in the Ohio Women’s Golf Open, The Defiance Regional Medical Center Foundation, Holy Cross Catholic School, St. John Catholic Church, The Defiance College, The Community Pregnancy Centers of Northwest Ohio, The Defiance Area YMCA, Paulding Skate Park, The Gene Smart Center, and many other local organizations. Sal had a passion for people and sports. She was a avid golfer and held the city championship title for several years. Her love of softball was shown through her sponsorship of the Sal Hench Softball Field at Defiance College and the creation of the Karla M. Hench Softball Training Room at the University of Michigan. Many fall Saturday afternoons Sal could be found watching Purdue, Notre Dame, and University of Michigan football games. She and her husband were members of several area dance clubs and were known for their grace on the dance floor. Some of the recognitions Sal received throughout her life were membership in the University of Michigan Victor’s Club, Defiance Chamber of Commerce, Mike Schultz Leadership Award, and an honorary doctorate from Defiance College. Sal was greatly loved by her children, Mark (Denise) of Defiance, Eric (Deb) of Defiance, Curt (Lois) of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Karla of Indianapolis; and her grandchildren, Anthony (Beth) Hench, Vandy (Dr. James) Chisholm, Abigail (Capt. John) Stehulak, Zachary Hench, Brian (Laura) Hench, Katie Hench, Jonathon Hench, Ted Hench and Lindsey Hench. She has five great-grandchildren, Cassidy and Donevin Hench, Evan and Lillian Chisholm, and James Hench.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted; her mother, Beatrice DeLaet Riedel; her stepfather Melvin Riedel; and an infant daughter.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today, Sept. 15 and from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday with a rosary service 8:30 p.m. at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance.
A Mass of Reposition will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17 at St. John Catholic Church, Defiance.
Memorials may be made to St. John Catholic Church, The Defiance Area Foundation or The Defiance College.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.defiancefuneralhome.com at Sal’s tribute wall.
SANDRA RICHARDS
ANTWERP – Sandra K. Richards, 64, of Antwerp, passed away Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 at the Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Hicksville.
She was born in Coldwater, Mich., the daughter of Freeman and Betty Boger, who both preceded her in death. She worked at General Electric in Fort Wayne and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Antwerp. Surviving are a son, Tracy of Antwerp; two sisters, Sharon Lothamer of Antwerp and Beverly Stickan of Butler, Ind.; and two grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Dean Boger. You are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the First Baptist Church of Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
veteran FRANK REICH SR. 1937-2010
WADSWORTH – Frank Reich Sr., 73, of Wadsworth, Ohio died Sept. 11.
He was born May 2, 1937, in Nemetker, Hungary, the son of Theresia and Ignatz Reich, who both survive. He immigrated to the United States in 1952 and served in the U.S. Army National Guard from February 1961 to September 1966. He retired from Uniroyal Goodrich in 2003 as a machinist and had also worked as a tool and die maker. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Wadsworth Moose, and Wadsworth Eagles. He enjoyed Polka and dancing and working outside in his gardens. He loved playing and coaching soccer and playing with his grandchildren. Frank is survived by his wife, Hazel Reich; two sons, Frank (Johanna) Reich Jr. and Greg (Heather) Reich; a daughter Melanie (David) Nunn; a brother, Joseph (Maria) Reich; his grandchildren, Lea Reich, Sara Reich, Kyle Nunn, Aubrey Nunn and Caitlin Reich; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Sept. 17 at Sacred Heart in Wadsworth. Hours of visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home at 174 N. Lyman St. in Wadsworth.
veteran: MICHAEL DAVIS 1957-2010
Michael Paul Davis, 53, passed away at 11:25 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 at West Jefferson Hospital in Marrero, La.
He was born Aug. 8, 1957, in Lima, the son of former Paulding residents Robert and Ethel Amspaugh Davis, who survive in Lima. On Aug. 27, 1982, he married Concepcion Dela Pena, who survives in Marrero. A 1977 graduate of Bath High School in Lima, he retired from the United States Navy aboard the USS Kennedy after 20 years of service as a chef. He was currently employed as a mechanic. He enjoyed listening to country music and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Michael was very dedicated to his entire family, as he was truly a good soul. He would help anyone, putting others before himself. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor.
Also surviving are two sons, Brian D. and Michael R. Davis, both of Marrero; a daughter, Shelly L. Davis of Marrero; two brothers, Steven (Pat) of Elida and David (Elaine) Davis of Pennsylvania; two sisters, Ellen (Bill) Johnson of Kentucky and Lisa (Phil Rinehart) Davis of Lima; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday, Sept. 20 at Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes Shawnee Chapel, Lima. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima, with military rites performed by VFW Post 1275. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com
veteran RONALD ROTH 1947-2010
PAULDING — Ronald C. Roth, 63, died Friday, Sept. 17 as a result from injuries sustained in an auto accident.
He was born May 9, 1947 in Paulding, the son of Charles L. and Frances M. (Wyatt) Roth, who both preceeded him in death.
He was a US Air Force Sergeant and served during the Viet Nam Conflict. He was employed by B.F. Goodrich and retired in 2008 as an industrial methods engineer.
He was a member of First Christian Church of Paulding, Paulding V.F.W. Post #587, AMVETS #54 of Paulding, American Legion Post #0223 of Hicksville and Fraternal Order of Eagles #2556 of Hicksville. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by two daughters, Yolanda (Drew) Martin of Palm Bay, Fla. and Tammi (Russell) Munsey of Port Saint John, Fla; his fiancé, Joan Zuber of Hicksville; two brothers, Leonard (Kathy) Roth of Paulding and Lewis (Betsy) Roth of Fort Wayne; a sister, Georgiana Wilson of Antwerp and two grandchildren, Patrick and Alexia.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding.
Hours of visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, and 9 a.m. until time of services on Saturday.
Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.
Donations may be made to AMVETS. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
DESSIE DENNEWITZ 1937-2010
Dessie LaVon Dennewitz, 73, of Paulding, died at 9:57 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 at her daughter’s residence in Paulding following an extended illness.
She was born April 14, 1937, in Ross County, the daughter of William Oral and Bertha A. Gatten Cooper. On June 24, 1955, she married Donald E. Dennewitz, who survives in Paulding. She was a member of the Paulding Nazarene Church.
Also surviving are two daughters, Kathy L. (Tom) Comeans of Reynoldsburg and Trisha L. (Tim) Hahn of Paulding; two granddaughters, Marie M. Comeans and Tiffany Hahn; many who called her Grandma; a brother, Ralph (Judy) Cooper of Chillicothe; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Wayne, Glen Raymond and Dale Cooper; and a sister, Eileen Vest.
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 20 in Ware Funeral Home in Chillicothe with Pastor Cindy Semran officiating. Burial was in Londonderry Cemetery.
Memorial donation may be made to the Paulding Nazarene Youth Group.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.warefh.com
ALLEN HORNISH
1933-2010
OAKWOOD – Don Allen Hornish, 77, of Oakwood, died at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at The Meadows of Kalida.
He was born March 8, 1933 in Paulding County, the son of Ray and Elsie K. (May) Hornish, who both preceded him in death. On June 15, 1952, he married Dorothy Matson, who survives in Oakwood.
He was a graduate of Defiance College and was a financial planner and owner of Hornish Financial and Insurance Services. He was a member of Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood and attended Bethel Christian Church in Arthur. He was also a member of Defiance Gideon’s International, Independent Insurance Agents Association, Northwest Ohio Realtors, Defiance College Plan Giving Council, and Oakwood Development Club.
Also surviving are three sons, Daniel (Mary) Hornish of Napoleon, Ronald (Vicki) Hornish of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Thomas (Suzanne) Hornish of San Diego, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Ryan (Tonya) Hornish, Lynette (Jeff) McCord, Brad Hornish, Kevin (Abby) Hornish, Kristine (Scott) Jenkins, Cheryl (Korey) Grow, Tiffany (Andreas) Janzen, Austin Hornish, and Havianna Hornish; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard (Janice) Hornish and twin brother George (Karen) Hornish, both of Indiana; and a sister, Vivian Danz of California.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie Petersen; and a daughter-in-law, Brenda Hornish.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 18, at Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood with Pastor Eric Dailey and Pastor Chris Baker officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be given to Gideon’s International or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
JUDY COMER 1948-2010
GROVER HILL – Judy M. (Hirn) Comer, 62, of Grover Hill, died at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice.
She was born May 14, 1948, in Toledo, the daughter of Phillip and Bertha (Fester) Hirn, who both preceded her in death. On Nov. 3, 1985, she married Russell Comer, who survives in Grover Hill. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church.
Also surviving are a son, Thomas (Tracy) Hirn of Japan; three stepsons, Patrick (Dawn) Comer of Grover Hill, Chris (Paula) Comer of Middle Point and Shawn (Jody) Comer of Van Wert; a twin brother, Keith (Annette) Hirn of Van Wert; a sister, Debbie Steinmetz of Urbana; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Services were held Saturday, Sept. 18, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Ron Lumm officiating. Internment will be in Middle Creek Cemetery at a later date.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
GERALD IMBODY 1961-2010
PAYNE – Gerald “Jay” R. Imbody, 49, of Payne, died at 2:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the home of his mother.
He was born May 7, 1961, in Fort Wayne, the son of Gerald and Gloria (Juillerat) Imbody. He was born and raised in Indiana, and recently moved to Payne following his marriage. On Feb. 13, 2010, he married Kathy Canfield, who survives in Payne. He was an auto body and paint technician, former owner/operator of Cycle City in Fort Wayne and most recently worked for Kinipscher Auto Body. In addition, he was a longtime employee of Comcast in Columbia City. He also attended Brown Mackie College ,where he was studying to be a surgical technician. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in New Haven and an avid motorcycle rider.
Also surviving are his mother, Gloria Archbold of Spencerville, Ind.; a son, Steven (Heidi) Imbody of Columbia City; a daughter, Jessica Lamb of Fort Wayne; a brother, Mark Imbody of Grabill, Ind.; Steven’s mother, Cynthia Imbody of Columbia City; a sister, Gina High of Spencerville, Ind.; step-children, Rich, Tiffany, Ryan and Brad; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Imbody; and his grandparents, Ernest and Mary Julliret.A service of remembrance was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home. Burial was in South Park (Annex) Cemetery, Columbia City, Ind.
Memorials may be given in his memory to the family at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home to help with final expenses. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.
VIRGINIA SPAHR
GREENVILLE – Virginia A. Hainline Spahr, 45, passed away at her home in Greenville on Sept. 5. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 14 at UME Church, 1451 Sater St., Greenville.
ANNA GILLET 1921-2010
OAKWOOD – Anna Lucile Gillet, age 89, died Friday, Sept. 24 at the Gardens of Paulding.
She was born Sept. 10, 1921 in Antwerp, the daughter of Lawrence and Missouri (Dangler) Gillet. She attended Melrose, Lambert and Rose Hill schools. She was previously employed by Grizzly brake lining factory, retiring after 33 years, and by Stokely canning factory. After retirement, she worked at Praise the Lord Bookstore in Grover Hill during which time she was saved. She enjoyed raising flowers and plants, reading and watching television.
She is survived by a brother, James Gillet, Paulding; a sister, Rosemary Gillett, Van Wert; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Violet Thoroman and an infant sister, Florence Gillet; and a nephew, Michael Householder.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in Anna’s memory to Den Herder Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
veteran BASIL AREND 1924-2010
FORT WAYNE – Basil “Base” T. Arend, 86, died Monday, Sept. 13, in Fort Meyers, Fla.
He was born April 24, 1924, in Fort Wayne, the son of Leo and Catherine Arend. On Feb. 1, 1947, he married Christine Reinhart, his wife of 63 years, who survives. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He served as a financial director to the Catholic Order of Foresters. He was a long time member of the St. John the Baptist Church in Fort Wayne and St. Michael’s in Wauchula, Fla. He and his wife moved to Wauchula after he retired from Prentice Products.
Also surviving are 10 children, Carol (Paul) Speicer of Fort Wayne, Michael (Pamela) Arend of Paulding, Susan (Michael) Baxter of Cape Coral, Fla., Larry Arend of Churubusco, Diane Eckert of Indianapolis, Sandra (Arthur) Silva of Cape Coral, Rose (Scott) Brock of Odessa, Fla., Denise (Steve) Simhouser of Penn Yan, N.Y., Timothy (Mylinda) Arend of Churubusco, and Michelle Prowant of Columbus, Ind.; 22 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis T. Arend.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at St. John the Baptist Church, located at 4500 Fairfield Ave. in Fort Wayne. Hours of visitation will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 at Tom Mongovan Funeral Home, located at 2221 S. Calhoun St. in Fort Wayne.
Preferred memorials may go to the Alzheimer’s Association.
ADA SAAM 1910-2010
VAN WERT — Ada Berniece Saam, 100, died at 3:55 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, just 12 days after her 100th birthday, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.
She was born Sept. 12, 1910, in Roselm, the daughter of William “Bill’ and Minnie (Shinnaberry) Myers. She graduated from Grover Hill High School in 1929. On June 1, 1937, she married Morris Arthur Saam, who preceded her in death in 1985. She was a housewife and was a 28-year cancer survivor.
Surviving are two sons, Clair Burnett Saam of Arvada, Colo. and Dennis J. Saam of Van Wert; a sister, Rachel Sheely of Houston, Texas; three nieces, Claudia Elliot of Grover Hill, Mellanie Brennan of Chicago, and Rachel Gutstein of Houston, Texas; and two grandsons, Matthew Saam and David Saam.
Also preceding her in death were a sister, Ena LeViness; and a brother, William “Bud” Myers.
Services were held Monday, Sept. 27, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial was in the Ridge Cemetery in Middle Point. Preferred memorials may be directed to the Van Wert Healthcare Professionals.
CARROL SCHUCHART 1941-2010
ANTWERP – Carrol L. Schuchart, 69, of Antwerp, passed away Sunday, Sept. 26, at Saint Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born on June 24, 1941, in St. Joe, Ind., the daughter of Cecil Likes and Mary (Lindsey) Timmerman. On Sept. 20, 1959, she married Edward Schuchart, who survives. She was a member of the Paulding Homemakers Club and active in Girl Scouts.
Also surviving are three daughters, Penny Gunnells of Paulding, Linda (Russell) Romero of Cecil and Pam Sinnes of Harlan, Ind.; three sisters, Katie Wetosky of New Haven, Juanita Baughman of Angola and Barbara Savage of Auburn; a brother, DeWayne Likes of Butler, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Virginia.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.
Visitation is from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today, Sept. 29 and also one hour prior to services on Thursday.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
JEREMY LEE 1973-2010
ANTWERP – Jeremy Jay Lee, 36, of Antwerp, died Monday, Sept. 27.
He was born on Dec. 7, 1973 in Tiffin. He was a 1992 graduate of Wayne Trace High School. He attended Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and had worked at Parker Hannifin, Hicksville. On Dec 3, 1998, he married Erika Zartman, who survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Ty, Nathan, Landon and Ross all at home; his mother, Shirley Sherry (Frank) Lichty of Van Wert; his father, Dennis (Karlann) Lee of Antwerp; a sister, Laura Proxmire of Dublin; two stepsisters, Emily Hughes of Antwerp and Mandy Lichty of Fort Wayne; and his grandmothers, Myrtle Lee of Payne and Mildred Sherry of Van Wert. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 2 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the family. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
VIRGINIA SCHLATMAN 1949-2010
VAN WERT – Virginia S. Schlatman, 61, of Van Wert, died Friday, Oct. 1, at her residence.
She was born April 25, 1949, in Paulding, the daughter of Lucian and Bernetia (Hudson) Verfaillie. She married Donald Seekings Sr. and he preceded her in death. On July 4, 2007, she married David O. Schlatman, who survives in Van Wert. She was a homemaker and was retired from Chrysler in Van Wert. She was a member of the Payne Nazarene Church. Also surviving are her mother, Bernetia Verfaillie of Paulding; her children, Donald “Cook” (Betsy) Seekings Jr., Gene (Tami) Seekings, Jenny Brown and Erin Seekings, all of Van Wert, Terry (Terri) Hasch of Paulding and Eric (Te’a) Seekings of Ottoville; stepchildren, Mike (Jan) Adams, David (Mandy) Schlatman and Tim Schlatman, all of van Wert; a brother, David (Barb) Verfaillie of Paulding; 12 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her father, Lucian Verfaillie; and two children, Monty R. Seekings and Laura Sue Hasch.
Services were held Monday, Oct. 4, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Harper officiating. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery in Paulding County.
Preferred memorials are to the family.
veteran: RICHARD STARRY 1940-2010
ANTWERP – Richard A. Starry, 70, of Antwerp, died at 12:44 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born July 1, 1940 in Antwerp, the son of Earl and Pearl (Hoover) Starry. He was a carpenter and served in the U.S. Army.
Surviving are a daughter, Dianna (Garth) Willett of Defiance; a son, Dennis of Youngstown; a stepdaughter, Denita Fulmer of Ayersville; a stepson, Doug Fulmer of Payne; a sister, Marge Proxmire of Paulding; and seven grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a sister, Helen Oller; and two brothers, Harold and Donald.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 1 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.  Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
STEVEN COOP
FORT WAYNE – Steven Joel Coop, 40, formerly of Hillsdale, Mich., died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010.
He is survived by his mother, Stephanie Coop of Fort Wayne; two sons, Joel, 17, and Jordan, 12, of Reading, Mich.; his uncle Jared Page and aunt Linda Page of Payne; and several cousins in Michigan.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rick.
There was no funeral service. Cremation was provided by Midwest Mortuary in Fort Wayne.
veteran: PERRY WISE 1924-2010
VAN WERT – Attorney Perry George Wise, 86, of Van Wert, died early Thursday morning, Sept. 30, at his residence, following a lengthy illness.
He was born July 25, 1924, in Van Wert, the son of John Nelson and Freeda Alveta (Crow) Wise. He married Mary Jo Davis, who preceded him in death on July 25, 1951. On March 21, 1953, he married Edith JoAnn Richards, who survives in Van Wert.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was one of the survivors of the Chosin Reservoir. Upon returning home, he served 33 years in the active reserves of the United States Marine Corps, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He was Common Pleas Court General Division Judge from 1977-82.
He was formerly a member of the United Calvary Church, Van Wert, where he held various offices. He was currently a member of the Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, Van Wert. He also had been a member of Van Wert Jaycees, Ohio Jaycees, Van Wert County United Way, Elks Cerebral Palsy Committee, Post #178 American Legion, Van Wert Bar Association, Northwest Ohio Bar Association, Ohio State Board of Judicial Reform Committee, Western Ohio Educational Foundation and Van Wert County Child Advocates Inc. He was a life member of the Van Wert Elks Lodge, #1197, a member of the Van Wert Moose Lodge #1320, a member of the Delphos Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie # 471, a member of the Navy Club of the United States ship #726, a member of the Delphos Post #0268 of the American Legion, a life member of the Van Wert VFW Post #5803, a member of the American Bar Association, and a member of the Chosin Few.
Surviving in addition to his wife JoAnn, are four children, Debra Jo McConahy of Van Wert, Cynthia Jo Wise of South Bend, Ind., Perry G. Wise Jr. of Urbana and Dr. Brent R. Wise, New York, N.Y.; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; one great-stepgrandson; and a sister, Vivian Ruth (Wise) Otten of Centerville.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17 at Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, and from noon-1 p.m. on Sunday at the church. Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Condolences may be sent at ketchamripley.com
MAXINE POWELL 1923-2010
PAULDING – Maxine Powell, 86, a former Defiance resident, died Sunday, Oct. 3, at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born Dec. 12, 1923, in Van Wert, the daughter of John Willard and Elsie Ellen (Fanaff) Sherman. She was married to James G. Powell, who preceded her in death. She was previously employed as a cook at Brickell Elementary School. She sang with “The Caravans” in Van Wert many years ago. She was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Paulding.
Surviving are three sisters-in-law, Opal Sherman of Walbridge, Millie Sherman from New York and Dorothy Sherman of Van Wert; and 22 nieces and nephews.
She also was preceded in death by four brothers, Lawrence “Mutt”, Robert, Paul, and Roger Sherman; and two sisters, Marcille Krick and Louise Fisher.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Oct. 6, at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance with the Rev. Drew Gardener officiating. Hours of visitation will be available one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens in Defiance.
Preferred memorials are to the Emmanuel Baptist Church.
RAY BOROFF 1928-2010
PAULDING – Ray J. Boroff, 82, died Friday, Oct. 1, at the Convoy Care Center in Convoy.
He was born Jan. 24, 1928, in Paulding County, the son of Ray H. and Ethel Mae (Littlejohn) Boroff. On March 10, 1946, he married Janet R. Hallard, who survives. He was employed by B.F. Goodrich and retired in 1991. He attended the Friends United Methodist Church, in Latty.
Also surviving are two daughters, Tonya (Larry) Schleisser and Judy (Ray) Beck, both of Paulding; two sisters, Lena Mae Keesbery and Kathleen Rodman, both of Paulding; and four grandchildren, Tammie, Bradley, Cari and Kirby.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Den Herder Funeral Home. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Convoy Care Center, Resident Activity Fund.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
LOIS HOGHE 1952-2010
ANTWERP —  Lois Irene Hoghe, 58, of Antwerp, died Saturday, Oct. 2, at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born in Paulding on June 2, 1952, a daughter of Reuhama (Kauffman) Klender and the late Raymond Klender. She was the owner at Fireside Beauty Salon Antwerp and a member of the Antwerp VFW Auxiliary.
Surviving are a son, Jeff (Melissa Gordon) Klender of Antwerp; her mother, Reuhama Klender of Ossian, Ind.; two sisters, Linda (Ronald) Heyerly of Ossian, and Anita (Terry) Myers of Wolcottville, Ind.; two brothers, Edward (Jacquelyn) Klender of Hamilton, Ind. and Carl (Sandra) Klender of Columbia City, Ind.; and two grandsons, Dante and Christian Klender.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Oct. 6, at the Antwerp United Methodist Church with viewing one hour prior at the church. Burial will be in the Maumee Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
MABEL COPSEY
1924-2010
HARLAN, Ind. – Mabel Anna Copsey, 85, of Harlan, Ind. died Oct. 5, as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash.
She was born Dec. 22, 1924, in Paulding, the daughter of Harry T. and Mae (Keist) Foreman. She was married to Ray Copsey, who preceded her in death in 2005. She was a homemaker and a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Harlan and the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Chatter Club.
Surviving are four daughters, Donna (David) Blitz of Fort Wayne, Barbara (Jim) Kjendalen of Hudson, Ind., Rose (Jim) Ehle of Angola, and Joyce (Chad) Schnelker of Waterloo, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Harry Copsey in 2009; and a brother, John Foreman.
Services were held Saturday, Oct. 9, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Harlan with the Rev. Amy Beitleschees-Albers officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Hockemeyer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
DAVID GANGER
1937-2010
SHERWOOD – David L. Ganger, 73, of Sherwood, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 5 at his residence.
He was born July 20, 1937, in Paulding, the son of Lerenzie  and Margaret (Chehi) Ganger. On June 28, 1993, he married Linda Ebersole, who survives. He was a self-employed carpenter who enjoyed flying ultralight aircraft.
Also surviving are his children, Mark (Leann) Ganger of Warsaw, Ind., Steve Bergman of Sherwood, Shane Bergman, Damian Ganger and Mathia Ganger all at home; three brothers, Robert of Sturgis, Mich., Roland of Paulding and John of Briceton; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 8 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial was in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, rural Paulding.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
DAVID VERFAILLIE
1953-2010
PAULDING – David Andrew Verfaillie, age 57, died Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana.
He was born June 6, 1953, in Paulding County, the son of Lucien A. and Bernetia C. (Hudson) Verfaillie. On Sept. 23, 1995 he married Barbara E. Shough Tyrrell, who survives. He was employed by GM Powertrain, Defiance, retiring in 2006, and worked part-time at Chief Supermarket in Paulding. He was owner-operator of Dave’s Custom Clubs. He was an avid golfer and woodworker and enjoyed late model dirt truck races.
He is survived by his mother, Bernetia Verfaillie, Paulding; five sons, Brock D. (Kelly), Brant S. (Jessica), Brendon (Rebecca) and Brody (Dawn), all of Paulding, and Bryce (Nicole) of Fort Wayne; two stepsons, Scott (Jennifer) Tyrrell of Highland, Mich., and Mark (Danita) Tyrrell, Ayersville; a stepdaughter, Annette (Allan) Meyr, Defiance; and 20 grandchildren with one on the way.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lucien; a sister, Virginia S. Schlatman, on Oct. 1; and a niece, Laura Hasch.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
RHONDA LANTOW
1951-2010
PAULDING – Rhonda Lane Lantow, 59, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Aug. 1, 1951, in Fort Wayne, the daughter of David and Pearl (Addis) Ernest. On Dec. 2, 1978, she married Steven L. Lantow, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Gina (Mike) Pope, of Rich Square, N.C.; two sons, Christopher (Shelda) Gonzales, Tulsa, Okla. and Joseph Gonzales of Wyoming; a stepdaughter, Trisha, Defiance; two sisters, Rosalie Gasser of Payne and Elizabeth Jane (Jerry) Wise of Oakwood; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Rene Bonning; and a stepson, Steven Lantow Jr.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. prior to services on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made in memory of Rhonda to Steven Lantow.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
GLEN STOLLER
PAULDING – Glen A. Stoller, age 87, died Tuesday, Oct. 19. Among his survivors are his wife, Edith. Arrangements are pending at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.
THELMA “TILLIE” ILER
1909-2010
PAULDING – Thelma Irene “Tillie” Eakins Iler, 100, of Paulding, died peacefully at 9:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at The Gardens of Paulding, attended by grandchildren and great-grandchildren and hymns and prayers.
She was born Dec. 24, 1909 in Adams County, the daughter of John R. and Martha (Shoemaker) Eakins. On Jan. 1, 1930, she married Charles D. Iler, who preceded her in death. She was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church where she was the oldest living member. She was employed by the former Finan’s Hardware Store in Paulding and the former Parson’s Market, Paulding. She was a member of the VFW Post 587 Auxiliary and Paulding County Senior Center.
She is survived by a son, William (Sharon) Iler, Montpelier; two daughters, Donna (Joe) Neidhardt of Columbus and Gaynell Bartlett, Muncie, Ind.; two sisters, Marjorie Sickmiller and Betty Taner, both of Oakwood; a sister-in-law, Virginia Paulus of Paulding; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and dear friends. She also was preceded in death by a son, Jack Lloyd Iler; a granddaughter, Tanya Bartlett; two brothers, Carson and Charles; two sisters, Bea and Norma; and by long-term friend and companion Ralph Beckman.
Tillie lived life to its fullest, and family invites everyone to attend a celebration and testament to this great lady. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 20 at Den Herder Funeral Home with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in Bowholtz Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be from noon until time of services today.
Preferred memorials are to Paulding Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, Paulding County Hospital, The Gardens of Paulding, Community Health Professionals or Paulding United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
And that thunder that you hear? That’s Tillie rolling another strike!
JIMMY DOCKERY
1939-2010
CONTINENTAL – Jimmy W. Dockery, age 70, of Continental, died Saturday, Oct. 16 at The St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.
He was born Dec. 16, 1939, the son of Audley and Bertha (Baker) Dockery. On Dec. 21, 1962, he married Florence “Eddie” Powers, who survives. He worked for General Motors in Defiance for 37 years. He was a leader of the Continental Gospel Aires and traveled over 15 years in the music ministry. He also served as chaplain at CCNO (Correction Center of Northwest Ohio) for almost 20 years. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, rural Defiance. He served in the U.S Army and was honorably discharged in 1968.
Also surviving are two children, Joy Dockery of Bryan and Timothy W. Dockery of Continental; two grandchildren, Brandon and Alisa Salyers; a brother, Hobert (Charlene) Dockery; and a host of friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Kedrick and Everette Dockery.
Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Burial was in the Monroe Cemetery, Continental, with military honors accorded by the Continental American Legion Post 541. Snyder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may made by visiting www.snyderfuneralhome.net
ANGIE CONNIN
1954-2010
CONTINENTAL – Angie Connin, 56, of Continental, died at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident in Paulding County.
She was born May 29, 1954, the daughter of Bill and Faye (Adams) Tracy, who survive in Continental. She was employed at Family Christian Center in Defiance as a ministering arts lay leader and was also employed by the Horvath Law Office in Defiance.
Also surviving are her husband, Tim Connin of Continental; two daughters, Carrie (Sam, a U.S. Army captain) Galyk of Schweinfurt, Germany, and Abbey (Scott) Plummer of Tucson; five brothers, Kim (Konnie) of Phoenix, Tim (Jill) of Defiance, Tom of San Antonio, Texas, Ted (Timberly) of Defiance and Tony (Buff) of Continental; and three grandsons, Ian, Titus and Jonas Galyk.
Arrangements are being handled by Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance.
GLENN STOLLER
1923-2010
PAULDING – Glenn Allen Stoller (87) of Paulding went to his eternal rest on Tuesday, Oct. 19.
He was born May 22, 1923, one of eleven children, to Dan and Minnie (Huber) Stoller. He married Edith “Ede” Fisher on Sept. 17, 1950. To this union five children were born: Shirley (Harlan) Metzger of Eureka, Ill., Connie (Steve) Bauman of Sterling, Dan (Deb Frank) of Kentland, Ind., Julie (Jerry) Rager of Van Wert, and Dale (Jodi Brigner) of Paulding. Eighteen grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren are the legacy of his life. His brother, Victor of Del Ray Beach, Fla., survives him.
He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church for 70 years and faithfully supported and served his local church those many years.
He was a lifelong farmer of the “Paulding County Clay” as he called it. He raised his children with a good work ethic helping him raise turkeys and hoe beans. He had a great appreciation for God’s glorious creation and instilled that love in his family as they traveled. His happiest memories were of those trips with his family. Glenn was a faithful and loving husband and a devoted and affectionate father and grandfather and will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jesse, Arthur, Harvey, Clyde, Louis, David and Eugene, and his sisters, Aldine Leman and Caroline (stillborn).
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, handled arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church ALMS Fund.
DONNA ZIELKE
1953-2010
CONVOY – Donna J. (Gromeaux) Zielke, 56, of Convoy, died at 6:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.
She was born Nov. 25, 1953, in Decatur, Ind., the daughter of Elmer C. and Arsulia B. (Gaskill) Gromeaux, who both preceded her in death. On Oct. 26, 1973, she married the love of her life, Jimmy R. Zielke, who survives. She was employed at Parker-Hannifan Corporation in New Haven and was a member of the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert. She was also an avid golfer and bowler.
Also surviving are her children, Dawn (Brad) Wright of Paulding, and Tracy (Todd) Wehner and Kalin (William) McDowell, both of Convoy; six sisters, Bonnie (Cecil) Teeter, Pat (Joe) Mowery, Linda (Phil) McDowell and Sally (Jeff) McDowell, all of Convoy, and Susan (Bill) Schlink and Sharon (Jerry) Bendele, both of New Haven; and nine grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 at the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church with Father Michael Zacharias officiating. Burial will be in the Convoy IOOF Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, Oct. 27, at Gearhart, Mack and Jurczyk Funeral Home in Van Wert.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.
Condolences may be emailed to agfhc@embarqmail.com
veteran STEVE DENNY
1933-2010
PAULDING – Stephen J. Denny, 77, of Paulding, died at 10:21 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born July 1, 1933, in Ecorse, Mich., the son of Rex J. and Mary  E. (Ludeman) Denny. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On Oct. 20, 1956, he married  Barbara  Andrews, who survives. He was a member of  Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding Eagles Aerie #2405, Hamilton Fish and Game Club, Antwerp American Legion Post 253 and a lifetime member of Antwerp VFW Post #5087.
Also surviving are four daughters, Marcia (David) Mohre of Edon, Theresa (Chuck) Hinschlager of Sherwood, Pamela (Brian) Pickering of New Haven and Beth (Jay) Dachenhaus of Paulding; three sons, Jay (Kathy) and John (Mardi), both of Grover Hill, and Joseph of Tallahassee, Fla.; two brothers, Richard of Napoleon and James of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Jo Groll; and two brothers, Pat and Daniel.
Services were held Saturday, Nov. 6, at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Antwerp. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to PCH Home Health Care.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
MABEL JENKINS
1934-2010
PAYNE – Mabel M. Jenkins, 76, of Payne, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2 at her residence.
She was born Sept. 28, 1934 in Payne, the daughter of Harley and Leona (Stultz) Elston. On Jan. 12, 1952, she married Charles Edward Jenkins, who preceded her in death. She worked many years at General Electric in Fort Wayne and was a member of Payne Church of the Nazarene.
Surviving are two sons, Allen and Rick (Shirley), both of Payne; three daughters, Ramona (Mark) Gause of Noblesville, Ind. and Sheila (Jeff) Tempel and Patricia Waltmire, both of Payne; three brothers, Ed Elston of Payne, William Elston of Van Wert and Donald Elston of Antwerp; three sisters, Shirley Kilpatrick and Waneta Sanders, both of Payne, and Pam Mattes of New Haven; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Linda Vance and Jean Fraley.
Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 5 at the Payne Church of the Nazarene. Burial was in Wiltsie Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
LYNN MICHAEL
1947-2010
TOLEDO – Lynn Cramer Michael, age 63, died Sunday, Nov. 7 at Toledo Hospital.
She was born July 12, 1947 in Marion, the daughter of Robert F. and Jean (Patton) Cramer. On Nov. 1, 1982, she married David L. Michael, who survives in Toledo. She was manager of MoJo Restaurant in Toledo. She was one of the first three female police employed by Lima. She was a Sunday school teacher at Grace Lutheran Church in Toledo and was a NRA member.
Also surviving are her mother, Jean Cramer Woodring, Paulding; two sons, John David and Alexander Lynzee Michael, both of Toledo; a stepdaughter, Angela Wallace of North Carolina; two sisters, Cheryl (Phil) Johanns and Deb (Walt) Bakle, both of Paulding; a stepbrother, David (Karen) Woodring, Sherwood; and three stepsisters, Pamela Keller of Kendallville, Ind., Mary (Walter) Woodbridge of Lake City, Fla. and Rebecca (Jeff) Riley, Fort Wayne.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Cramer, and her stepfather, Glenn Woodring.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Friday.
Donations may be made in memorial of Lynn to David Michael Family.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
veteran GRAYDON RODMAN
1956-2010
ANTWERP – Graydon E. Rodman, 54, of Antwerp, died at 4:48 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur, Ind.
He was born June 25, 1956, in Van Wert, the son of Rex and Kay (Jerome) Rodman, who survive in Van Wert. He married Wanda Schaadt, who survives in Antwerp. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the Vietnam Conflict. He was retired from B.F. Goodrich in Woodburn and was employed by Lifeline Youth and Family Services as an advocate out of Fort Wayne. He was a member of the Newville Church of Christ in Butler, Ind., was a Sunday school teacher and the lead singer of the “Psong 96” band.
He is also survived by two sons, Allen (Vanessa) Rodman of St. Louis and Burton (Melissa) Rodman of St. Joe, Ind.; a sister, Brenda Price of Van Wert; and five grandchildren, Luc, Michal, Evan, Nathan and Madelynn.
Services were held Monday, Nov. 15 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Van Wert with Darrin Langford officiating. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert where military rites were conducted by the Van Wert American Legion and VFW Posts. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Lake James Christian Assembly in Angola, Ind.
Online condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com
veteran: ROBERT PHLIPOT
1933-2010
PAULDING – Robert Wayne Phlipot Sr., age 77, died Sunday, Nov. 14 at Community Health Professional Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance.
He was born May 2, 1933 in Paulding, the son of Leo A. and Ova B. (Copsey) Phlipot. On March 10, 1952, he married Dolores J. Rickels, who survives. He was co-owner of Stahl-Phlipot Insurance Inc. and a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles #2405 and Paulding VFW Post #587. He was a veteran of the National Guard, serving from 1952-59.
Also surviving are four children, Sandra K. (Joseph) Weaver of Angola, Janet E. (Randall) Goyings and Robert W. (Gina) Phlipot Jr., both of Paulding, and Debra J. (Kim) Poling, Convoy; four brothers, Donald (Janice) and Ray, both of Paulding, Roy (Mary Jo) of Scott, and Richard of Defiance; a sister, Helen (George) Kelly, Paulding; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with burial in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. There will be no public visitation.
Memorial donations may be made to Community Health Professional Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
IRENE STOLLER
1919-2010
VAN WERT – Irene Elizabeth Stoller, 91, died Friday, Nov. 12, at Hearth and Home in Van Wert.
She was born Feb. 15, 1919, in Fort County, Ill., the daughter of Frederick and Ida (Ingold) Kuntz. On Oct. 25, 1942, she married David Ray Stoller, who preceded her in death on May 3, 1997. She was a member of Latty Apostolic Christian Church.
She is survived by two sons, Harvey (Susan) Stoller and Clark (Mary) Stoller, both of Van Wert; four daughters, Linda Honegger of Bluffton, Ind., Portia (Robert) Witherow of West Columbia, S.C., Bonnie (Tom) Evans of Venedocia and Betty (Gaylord) Dotterer, Mansfield; a sister, Pauline Dolder, LaCrescent, Minn.; 18 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Warren and Raymond Kuntz.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Latty Apostolic Christian Church in Latty. Burial was in the church cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Apostolic Christian Church World Relief Women’s Sewing Group.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
veteran: WOODY FULK
1921-2010
PAYNE – Francis “Woody” Fulk, 89, of Payne, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 11, due to heart failure, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born Feb. 6, 1921, in McGill, the son of William and Nora Mae (Stahlbaum) Fulk. On March 18, 1940, he married Mary Jane Lunn, who survives. He proudly served in the U.S. Army in WWII and earned an associates degree from IUPU. He was a  machinist at General Electric in Fort Wayne and a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne and the Payne American Legion Post.
Also surviving are a daughter, Mary Diane Smith of Mountain View, Hawaii; two sons, Mark (Janet) of Austin, Texas and Kent of Harahan, La.; five grandchildren, Sasha and Lisa Smith, Corrie Fowble and Mike and Mason Fulk and two great-grandchildren, Makani Smith and Thunder Shiviah.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 17 at Lehman Cemetery, Payne, with the Rev. Julia Ronngren and Payne American Legion Post officiating. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to St. Paul United Methodist Church,  Payne.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
veteran HERMAN SCHLATTER
1924-2010
PAULDING – Herman Schlatter, 86 of Paulding, died Friday, Nov. 12.
He was born Nov. 8, 1924, in Paulding, the son of Lydia (Stoller) and Otto Schlatter. On Oct.. 19, 1947, he married Viola Huber, who survives. He was a wonderful and devoted husband and father, a longtime farmer and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church.
Also surviving are two daughters, Connie (Dennis) Gordon of Paulding and Shirley (Ravi) Venkataraman of Cookville, Tenn.; two sisters, Elizabeth Wieland and Josephine Wenninger, both of Paulding; seven grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were a son, Jerry Schlatter; and a grandson, Joshua Gordon.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 15 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church with church clergymen officiating. Burial was in the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery with military graveside rites accorded. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to American Bible Society.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
veteran: “ROCKY” CAPETILLO
1931-2010
PAULDING – Angelo J. “Rocky” Capetillo, age 79, died Sunday, Nov. 14 at Defiance Regional Medical Center, Defiance.
He was born Oct. 1, 1931 in Corpus Christi, Texas, the son of Salvador R. and Gertrude M. (Romero) Capetillo. He was employed by International Harvester in Fort Wayne and was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
He is survived by his daughter, Christa Williams, Paulding; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Alfonso.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Alfonso and Frank Capetillo; and two sisters, Sister Lucy and Rose J. Nieto.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 with a wake service at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Masses or Paulding Ball Association.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
LOMA HOY
1915-2010
GROVER HILL – Loma E. Hoy, 95, of Grover Hill, died at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Van Crest Health Care Center in Van Wert.
She was born July 28, 1915, in Putnam County, the daughter of Clinton and Thresia (Boberg) Dunlap. She graduated from Hoaglin-Jackson High School in 1933, where she was named valedictorian of her class. On Dec. 24, 1935, she married Burton Hoy, who preceded her in death in 2005, following 69 years of marriage.
She had worked at U.S. Rubber and General Electric in Fort Wayne and Van Wert Manufacturing and Continental Can in Van Wert with over 30 years of combined service. She was a lifetime member of the ELEX Club at General Motors. She had a great sense of humor and took great pride in caring for her lawn and flowers.
She is survived by two daughters, Greta (John) Szabo of Toledo and Marcia (Robert) Priest of Van Wert; a brother, Robert (Marcia) Dunlap of Cordaline, Idaho; a close friend, Phyllis Swank of Fort Wayne; her good neighbor, Alma McClure of Grover Hill; seven grandchildren, Dr. Linda (David) Smith, Cindy (Lyle) Lenhart, Shelly (Bruce) Speck, John T. (Cindy) Szabo, Robin Priest, Rhonda (Jeff) Cunningham and Robert “Bobby” Priest; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Phyllis Max; a brother, Norbert Dunlap; five sisters, Della Ross, Marjorie Taylor, Selma Adams, Frieda Adams and Olive Neiford; and a grandson, Michael Max, who died in infancy.
Services were held Monday, Nov. 14, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial was in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.
Preferred memorials are to the Grover Hill Fire and EMS.
VELERIA BARON
1925-2010
TOLEDO – Veleria I. Baron, age 85, of Kingston Residence of Sylvania and formerly of Brancaster Road, died Saturday, Nov. 13.
She was born Jan. 18, 1925 in Scott, the daughter of Virgil L. and Katie M. (Wilder) Guingrich. She was a 1946 graduate of the Mercy School of Nursing and had worked as a registered nurse for the former Children’s Hospital and spent most of her career at Mercy Hospital. She also was a clinical instructor for the Mercy School of Nursing, retiring in 1981. In retirement, she worked along with her husband John at the River’s Edge Antique Shop in Grand Rapids. She was a longtime member of Little Flower Catholic Church.
Surviving is her son, Carl “Duke” Baron; a daughter, Valerie (Douglas) Johnson; siblings, Eileen Ziegler, Violet Riggenbach, Mildred Green, Earl (Joan) Guingrich, Lorene Zuber, Patricia (Jean) Anselman, Ralph (Karen) Guingrich, Rodger (Charlene) Guingrich and Dale (Marianne) Guingrich; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Baron Sr., a son, John R. Baron Jr.; and daughter, Joyce Baron-Cox.
Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 16 at Thomas I. Wisniewski Funeral Home, Toledo. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
CHARMA BRAUN
1950-2010
Charma A. Braun, 60, went home to be with her Lord at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.
She was born Feb. 17, 1950 in Columbus, the daughter of Clyde and Irene Seifert. On Nov. 2, 1974, she married Phillip Braun, who survives. She taught at Living Word Christian School in Stryker for eight years. She was an owner and executive vice president of Braun Industries Inc., manufacturer of custom ambulances, for 18 years before retiring.
Surviving are three children, Kimberly Elick, Scott (Karen) Braun and Amy (Derrek) Schuch; and seven grandchildren, Austin and Alyssa Elick, Taylor, Justin and Kylie Braun, and Cody and Jacob Schuch.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 13, at Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert with the Rev. Eric Burkardt from Edgerton, Ohio, and the Rev. Gene Marine from Bellefontaine officiating. Burial was in Ridge Cemetery near Middle Point. Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
JANET BOROFF
1927-2010
PAULDING – Janet Rae Boroff, age 82, died Friday, Nov. 5 at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.
She was born Nov. 20, 1927 in Sherwood, the daughter of Russell and Anna (Sprow) Hallard. On March 10, 1946, she married Ray J. Boroff, who preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 2010. She was employed by National Seal of Van Wert for 38-1/2 years. She was a member of United Steel Workers Union.
She is survived by two daughters, Judy (Ray) Beck and Tonya (Larry) Schliesser; four grandchildren, Tammie, Bradley, Cari and Kirby; three great-grandchildren, Tiffani, Kristen and Kelsey; and a great-great-grandchild, Dancia Renee.
She also was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Hallard.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Ron Johnson officiating. Betty Rager provided music. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County.
veteran:GEORGE BUSSING
1933-2010
PAULDING – George L. Bussing, 77, of Paulding, passed away at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born Jan. 5, 1933 in Defiance on, the son of George C. and Margarite H. (Steel) Bussing. He proudly served in the U.S. Army as a corporal in the Korean War and worked at BF Goodrich, Woodburn. He was a lifetime member of the Paulding VFW Post 587 and he loved to garden.
Surviving are four sons, Steve (Bev), Tim and James (Amy), all of Paulding and Chris (Dawn) of Alabama; two daughters, Carol (Leon) Goyings of Paulding and Joni of Defiance; a former wife, Anna, of Paulding; a daughter-in-law, Mary, Paulding; two brothers, Dick of Defiance and Mike (Pam) of Archbold; four sisters, Pat Miller of Sherwood, Shirley (Dal) Andrew of Florida, Ohio, Carol (Darwin) Brown of Oakwood and Pam Shawver of Paulding; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Randy; two brothers, Robert and Paul; and three sisters, Janet, Rosemary Yoh and Betty Blevins.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 13 at the First Presbyterian Church, Paulding. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, with military honors. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to  Community Health Professionals Hospice, 1155 Westwood, Van Wert OH 45891.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
CLIFTON  HICKS 1937-2010
PAYNE – Clifton Hicks, 73, of Payne, passed away at 10:53  a.m. Monday, Nov. 22 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Clifton was born in Fredsville, Ky., on Sept. 4, 1937, the son of Bertral and Julia (Wireman) Hicks. On June 11, 1960, he married Clotine Slone, who survives. He worked at BF Goodrich, retiring in 1997, but also worked at Permaglass. He was a member of Continental Missionary Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a daughter, Angie (Neil) Gordon of Paulding; son, Greg (Nata) of Bowling Green, Ky.; grandchildren, Katie, Vlad and Nika Hicks and Josiah Gordon; two sisters, Terrie Baumgartner of Indianapolis and Donna DeVore of Payne; and four brothers, Billy Joe of Antwerp, and Carles, Jacky and Lacy Dean, all of Payne.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Bruxie Smalley; and a brother, Adrain.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with Pastor Bruce Robertson will officiating. Burial is at Lehman Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Friday and also one hour prior to services on Saturday.
Preferred memorials are to Continental Missionary Baptist Church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
EUGENE GRAY 1944-2010
OAKWOOD – Eugene A. Gray, age 66, died Tuesday, Nov. 16 at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born June 14, 1944 in Paulding County, the son of Kenneth and Mary (Hartwig) Gray. He retired from SK Handtool Corporation in 2009 after 45 years.
He is survived by his mother, Mary Gray, Paulding; a son, Zane Gray, Paulding, two daughters, Tracy Reece of Riverside, Calif. and Culley Gaylord, Fort Wayne; a brother, Rex (Pam) Gray, Paulding; and special friend, Virginia Kunesh, Antwerp.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 20 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
veteran:  J. EUGENE SHEELY
1923-2010
PAYNE – J. Eugene Sheely, 87, of Payne, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home.
He was born March 30, 1923, in Grover Hill, the son of John and Minnie (Leiter) Sheely. On Oct. 11, 1942, he married Virginia Boyd, who preceded him in death on Oct. 28, 2003. He was self-employed as an appliance repairman, photographer and farmer. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was an active, lifelong member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and a 60-year member of the Flat Rock Masonic Lodge.
Surviving are three sons, David (Jan) of Hudson, Mich., Dr. Robert (Marla) of Middletown and Kevin (Tina) of Spencerville, Ind.; two daughters, Geneva (James) Greenwood of Hamilton and Melinda (Steven) Lee of Mandeville, La.; a daughter-in-law, Albalina Sheely of Winter Haven, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Carmelita (James) Morrison and Constance (Robert) Dobbelaere.
He also was preceded in death by a son, Dr. Laurence Sheely.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 20, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne, with Pastor Julia Ronngren officiating. Burial was Lehman Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne or St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
PAULINE COOPER
1916-2010
OAKWOOD – Pauline M. Cooper, 94, Oakwood, died at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Meadows of Kalida.
She was born June 18, 1916, in Leipsic, the daughter of Clarence and Bessie (White) Kratzer. On July 4, 1937, she married Ralph E. Cooper, who preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 1987.
Pauline was a homemaker. She was a member of the former Oakwood United Methodist Church. She was a graduate of Leipsic High School and confirmed in the First Lutheran Church, Leipsic. She was a former choir member, past president of the United Methodist Women, and member of the Paulding County Hospital Auxiliary.
Surviving are her children, Ronald (Karen) Cooper of Oakwood, Kirk (Evelyn) Cooper of Kingsport, Tenn. and Cheryl Ellwanger of Grand Rapids, Mich.; four grandchildren, Jill (Dan) Straley and Leslie (Steve) Heilshorn, both of Paulding, and Jeffrey Ellwanger and Carly Ellwanger, both of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and three great-grandsons, Alex Straley, Samuel Heilshorn and Benjamin Heilshorn, all of Paulding.
She also was preceded in death by a sister, Roberta (Kratzer) Herr.
Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 19 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Steve Heilshorn officiating. Burial was in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood.
Memorial contributions may be made to Twin Oaks United Methodist Church or Cooper Community Library, Oakwood.
Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
DORIS RODOCKER
1930-2010
COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. – Doris J. Rodocker, 80, of Columbia City, Ind., formerly of Payne, passed away Thursday, Nov. 18, at Miller’s Merry Manor.
She was born Jan. 10, 1930 in Payne, the daughter of Eth and Gladys Miller.
Surviving are her companion of 27 years, Neil Stahl of Columbia City; his 5 children; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; her brother, Dean (Jeanette) Miller of Payne; and a sister, Eva (Don) Barnes of Casa Grande, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by husbands, William Stearns and Lee Rodocker; a daughter, Pamela; and a sister, Eula Shaffer.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 20 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Parkview Hospice, Whitley Branch, 2806 Theater Ave., Suite A, Huntington IN 46750.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
ANN WITTIG
1934-2010
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Ann Caroline Wittig passed from this life surrounded by loving family and friends on Thursday, Nov. 25.
She was born in 1934 in Paulding, where she grew up with her brother, Jack, and her sisters, Judy and Jane. In 1955, she graduated from the Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Dayton. Shortly thereafter, she met and married Bill Wittig, her loving husband for 45 years. They made their home in Wayland, N.Y., where they raised their four daughters, Rose, Monica, Mary Beth and Janice. In Wayland, Ann worked as a registered nurse and enjoyed an active social life filled with family and friends. After retirement and the death of her husband, she moved to Williamsburg in 2005 where she quickly made many good friends and became a faithful member of St. Bede Catholic Church. She was a member of the Young at Hearts Club and the Red Hat Society in Williamsburg. She enjoyed spending time with her friends, children, and grandchildren. She was an avid reader and Scrabble player.
Surviving are four daughters, Rose (Richard Czudak) Gavett of South Bristol, N.Y., Monica (Richard) Schauffler of Williamsburg, Va., Mary Beth (Jim) Newman of Loveland and Janice (Brian) Gluck of East Albany, Vt.; two sisters, Judith Lang of Santa Fe, N.M. and Jane Hill of Paulding; and a sister-in-law, Sharilyn Brune of Toledo. She was a loving grandmother to Bill Gavett and Jennifer Gavett, Zachary Schauffler, Matt Newman and Jacob Newman and Angus Gluck and Angela Gluck.
A funeral mass was held Monday, Nov. 29 at St. Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg. Nelsen Funeral Home, Williamsburg, was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice House at www.williamsburghospice.org
Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com
veteran:  ORVILLE BIDLACK
1934-2010
OAKWOOD – Orville Dean Bidlack, 76, of Oakwood, died at 3:51 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born Jan. 2, 1934 in Paulding County, the son of Noble and Nancy (Matson) Bidlack, who both preceded him in death. On Sept. 21, 1956, he married Janet M. Matson, who survives in Oakwood.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was the co-owner of Oakwood Auto Parts and had retired from Paulding Exempted Village Schools. He attended the Auglaize Chapel Church of God in Oakwood and was a member of the Oakwood Telephone board.
Also surviving is a son, Thomas (Danielle) Bidlack of Oakwood; two grandchildren, Christopher and Elana; two brothers, Norman (Mary) Bidlack of Van Wert and Noble “Butch” Bidlack of Dupont; and four sisters, Marcille Briton of Holgate, Ellen (Walter) Carnahan of Oakwood, Frances (Leroy) Heidenescher of Monroe, N.C. and Juanita (Howard) Vogelsong of Sherwood.
He also was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Bidlack; a sister, Bessie Bidlack; and his stepmother, Ruth (Campbell) Bidlack.
Services were held Monday, Nov. 29, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood with Pastor Stan Harmon and Rev. Robert Merriman officiating. Burial was in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Oakwood EMS or to the Auglaize Chapel Church of God.
Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
MARY WOLFORD
1929-2010
DEFIANCE – Mary C. Wolford, 81, of Defiance, died Friday, Nov. 26, at her residence.
She was born April 29, 1929 in Mansfield, the daughter of William and Flora (Young) Losh. In 1950, she married Carl Wolford, who died in 1965. In 1966, she married Lloyd Wolford, who died in 1981. She had worked as a caretaker since 1983 and was a cook at the the Vagabond Village for 17 years from 1967-83. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, the Altar Society, a choir member and the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
Surviving are four daughters, Anna (Larry) Bryant of Alabama, Paula Wolford and Carrie Wolford, both of Defiance, and Rita (Rick) VanCleve of Cecil; a son, Larry Wolford of Paulding; three brothers, Paul (Patricia) Losh of Mt. Vernon, the Rev. Father Joseph Losh of Worthington and Jim Losh of Deadwood, Ore.; 16 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by three sons, William, James and David Wolford; two sisters, Cecilia Losh and Dolores Waddel; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Nov. 29 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Defiance, with Father Tim Kummerer officiating. Burial was in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Cecil. Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Suggested memorials are to DASH, Mercy Hospital of Defiance Foundation, or the church.
Condolences to the family may be left online at www.defiancefuneralhome.com
SARAH REINHART
1981-2010
DAYTON – Former Oakwood resident Sarah Renee Reinhart, age 29, died Tuesday, Nov. 16.
She was born Jan. 29, 1981 in Defiance, the daughter of Dennis and Sue (Bair) Reinhart. She attended Bryan City School and was a 1999 graduate of Paulding High School. She attended Living Hope Church, Kettering.
She is survived by her parents, Denny and Sue Reinhart, Oakwood; a daughter, Sydney Perrott, Dayton; and her grandparents, Robert and Ruth (Troyer) Reinhart of Defiance, and Roberta Bair, Paulding.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Andrew, and a grandfather, Charles “Junior” Bair.
Private funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 22 at Sherman Cemetery, Charloe. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, handled arrangements.
Memorial donations in Sarah’s memory may be made to Dennis or Sue Reinhart for Sydney’s education.
MARILYN DOSTER
1943-2010
COLUMBUS GROVE – Marilyn J. Doster, 67, of Columbus Grove, formerly of Paulding, died at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Bridge Hospice in Findlay.
She was born April 27, 1943, in Lima, the daughter of Milo Amos Jr. and Iva Jean (Davis) Kittle, who both preceded her in death. She married Robert L. Doster, who also preceded her in death Jan. 20, 2007. She had worked for the former Hometown Nursing Home, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and the library, all in Paulding, and the former City Loan in Lima. She was a member of the Baptist Church in Cecil. She enjoyed crafts, painting, ceramics and loved fishing.
Surviving are a son, Robert Doster of Dupont; two daughters, Katherine Doster and Rebecca (Larry) Higgenbotham, both of Columbus Grove; a daughter-in-law, Linda Doster of Continental; a brother, Stephen (Mary) Kittle of Hicksville; a sister, Connie Henderson of Mark Center; a sister-in-law, Sheila White of Riverview, Mich.; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Sharon K. Kittle; and a brother, Milo Gary Kittle.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 at Hartman Sons Funeral Home in Columbus Grove with Pastor Rich Rakay officiating. Burial will be in the Truro Cemetery in Columbus Grove.
Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7.
veteran: ROBERT SIMPSON
1921-2010
PAULDING – Robert I. Simpson, age 89, died Saturday, Dec. 4 at The Gardens of Paulding.
He was born Jan. 6, 1921 in Cecil, the son of Floyd and Mabel (Dysinger) Simpson. On June 5, 1947, he married Mable I. Hartwick, who preceded him in death May 10, 2007. He was a lifetime farmer who never retired. He was a WWII Army veteran and was a retired U.S. Postal Service mail carrier, delivering mail for 28 years.
He was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Paulding, John Paulding Historical Society, Cecil Grange #2735, Gideon’s International, Paulding VFW Post 587, Defiance DAV Post 36, Payne American Legion Post 297 and ASCS board. He formerly served on the Paulding County Hospital board for 28 years and Paulding County Fair Board.
Surviving are two daughters, Delores (Joe) Howell of Convoy and Cathy (Tim) Callahan of Maumee; two sons, Kenneth (Deanna) Simpson and Charles (Susan) Simpson, both of Cecil; a sister, Mary Jane (Robert) Gilbert of Fort Wayne; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Breedlove Commers; and a brother, Max Simpson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Karen Stetins officiating. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil, where the Paulding VFW will conduct military rites.
Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and at the church one hour before services on Wednesday.
Preferred memorials are to the church, John Paulding Historical Society or Gideon’s International.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
PENNY SUE PEART
1975-2010
TOLEDO – Penny Sue Smith Peart, 35, died Thursday, Nov. 25, at her residence in Toledo.
She was born April 24, 1975, in Defiance, the daughter of John and Colleen Hanenkratt, who both survive in Defiance. She graduated from Paulding High School in 1993 and she married John Peart, who survives in Toledo. She enjoyed crafts, face painting, and adored her two dogs, Joey and Zorro.
Also surviving are two sisters, Laura (Steve) Donaldson of Paulding and Lisa (Wayne) Thornburg of Southaven, Miss.; and a brother, Randy Smith of Defiance.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ray and Ruby Rothenbuhler; an uncle, Larry Rothenbuhler; and an aunt, Carol Steele.
Services were held on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Hoeflinger-Bolander Funeral Home in Oregon, Ohio. Burial was in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne.
Preferred memorials may be given to Racing For Recovery, P.O. Box 160, Sylvania, Ohio, 43560 or online at www.racingforrecovery.com
LILA MILLER
1932-2010
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Lila Miller, 78, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died at 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at H&S Manor, Port Charlotte.
She was born May 4, 1932 in Paulding County, the daughter of Elmer and Sadie (Stoller) Riggenbach. She attended Melrose and Oakwood schools and Archbold Technical School of Nursing. After graduation, she worked at the Dallas Lamb Nursing Home, Payne. She married Wilbur Miller, who survives. They had a second home in Port Charlotte since 1990. They were members of the Port Charlotte United Methodist Church, where they have many close friends.
Also surviving are four children, Ronald of Antwerp, Bradley (Julie) of Cincinnati, Nanette (Tom) Buzard of Delphos and Dr. Valerie (Tim) Smith of Mechanicsburg; two stepchildren, Donna (Dave) Miller and Kenneth (Therese) Miller, both of Leo, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Florence (Jim) Treece of Florence, Ala. and Lorena (Ramon) Steffen of Bluffton, Ind.; and one brother, Clarence Riggenbach of Northport, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers, infant Orville, Everett, Elmer Jr., Glen, Vern, Ersel and Mervin Riggenbach; and five sisters, Carol Tarr, Myrna Moser, Arlene Carnahan, Eleanor Tope and Melvine Zink.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be at the Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Online Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
LEANNA COIL
1923-2010
PAULDING – Leanna Coil, age 87, died Monday, Nov. 29 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Hicksville.
She was born Aug. 25, 1923 in Sandusky, the daughter of Gustave and Lena (Boisen) Hildebrand. On Nov. 14, 1942, she married Harry H. Coil Sr., who preceded her in death on Aug. 4, 1995. She attended First Christian Church, Paulding and was a member of the Ladies Church Group. She was chairperson for Paulding County Republican Party and a member of O.E.S. Corona Chapter #95.
She is survived by her children, Peggy (Clarence) Vaughn of Sherwood, Carolyn (William) Wieland of Cecil, Jane Ballow and Sue Coil, both of Hicksville, and Jim Coil and Russell (Nanci) Coil, Paulding; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two sons, Mark and Harry Jr.; two brothers; two sisters; a grandson and a granddaughter.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 2 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding.
Memorial donations may be made to Leanna Coil Family or Carolyn Wieland.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
ROBIN MERRIMAN
1962-2010
OAKWOOD – Robin R. Merriman, 48, of Oakwood, was carried to Heaven on the wings of an angel at 2:40 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center after a long, hard battle against ALS.
She was born May 17, 1962 in Paulding. She has been reunited in Heaven with her father, Donald Ray Sprow and stepfather, J.D. Hale. Her mother, Carol Lee (Buckleman) Sprow Hale survives in Paulding. On June 17, 2001, she married Paul Merriman, who survives in Oakwood.
Robin was a homemaker. She was a member of Auglaize Chapel Church of God, Oakwood. She was a NASCAR fan, especially of Sam Hornish Jr. and loved gardening, taking care of her horses, and yard work. Robin has left a lasting impression on everyone she came in contact with. Her bravery, contagious personality, and unconditional love will carry all that loved her through the rest of their lives allowing her memory to live on.
Robin has left many family and friends to carry on her legacy and her memory, which include her loving husband and mother; two daughters, Tara Erford of Monroe, Mich. and Elizabeth (Jeremy) Troyer of Oakwood; two sisters, Cheryl (James) Stahl of Oakwood and Patricia Sprow of Paulding; a brother, Rick (Connie) Sprow of Edgerton; two granddaughters, Taylor and Kylie; a beloved dog, Delila; and her horses, Tom, Dick and Harry.
Funeral services will begin 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with the Rev. Robert Merriman officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at the funeral home. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Health Professionals of Paulding and Hospice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

SHARON OTT
1939-2010
MELROSE – Sharon L. Ott, 71, died at 12:17 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Toledo Hospital.
She was born July 23, 1939 in Defiance, the daughter of Paul and Erma (Fitzwater) Feeney. She married Henry Dobbelaere who survives in Oakwood and they later divorced. On May 22, 1992, she married Charles Ott, who survives in Melrose. She was a homemaker.
Also surviving are four sons, Michael (Sandy) Dobbelaere, Rick Dobbelaere, Mark (Beth) Dobbelaere and Craig “Butch” (Andrea) Dobbelaere, all of Oakwood; two daughters, Cheryl (Danny) Halter of Oakwood and Sharisa (Randy) Robbins of Defiance; three stepdaughters, Gina Ott, Jamie Harvey and Holly Hunter; two stepsons, Ryan and Christopher Hunter; and two sisters, Diana (Robert) Doster of Oakwood and Judy (Jim) Kammeyer of Defiance; 18 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Brandon Dobbelaere, and two granddaughters, Amanda and Audrey Dobbelaere.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with the Rev. Eric Dailey officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, and one hour prior to service Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
ANNA LIFFICK
1939-2010
MELROSE – Anna Liffick, 71, of Melrose, died 9:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born Jan. 6, 1939 in Defiance, the daughter of the late Helen (Ladd) English. She was a member of Melrose United Methodist Church and had been a homemaker.
Surviving are her brother, Rick (Margaret) English of Paulding; a niece, Amy Kutzli of Paulding; two great-nieces, Brittany and Allison Kutzli; and a great-nephew, Brendan “Mr. B” Weidenhamer.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard English and Ray English; and her stepfather, Rally English.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood with the Rev. Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 and one hour prior to the services on Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be given to the family.
Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
HILDA NOFFSINGER
1910-2010
OAKWOOD – Hilda C. Noffsinger, 100, of Continental, died at 4:35 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
She was born June 3, 1910 in Oakwood, the daughter of Edgar and Almina (Kretzinger) Rhees. On July 25, 1933, she married Walter S. Noffsinger, who preceded her in death July 24, 1982. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Defiance College and was a retired schoolteacher from Paulding Exempted Village School District. She was a member of Dupont Church of the Brethren and former Sunday school teacher and deaconess of the church, a former adviser for Oakwood 4-H Community Club and a member of the New & Better Methods Home Demonstration Club, member of the Paulding County Historical Society, former member of Continental Senior Citizens, member of Paulding County and Ohio State Retired Teachers Association and a member of the Farm Bureau.
Surviving are three sons, Walter (Shelby Jean) Noffsinger and Leland (Doris) Noffsinger, both of Continental, and Noland (Charlotte) Noffsinger of Littleton, Colo.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by an infant son, Waldo Noffsinger; two sisters, Helene Lee and Lola Tracy; and a brother, Milo Rhees.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Dupont Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Dupont.
Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and one hour prior prior to services Tuesday at the church.
Memorials may be given to the charity of donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
NANCY JANE YOUNG
1933-2010
OAKWOOD – Nancy Jane Calgaro Young, 77, of Oakwood, quietly passed away at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 at Paulding County Hospital, Paulding. She had a long battle with dementia that slowly stole her mind and body.
She was born Feb. 16, 1933 in Bridgeville, Pa., the daughter of Victor and Martha (Berdnik) Calgaro. On Nov. 26, 1955, she married Richard Young, who survives in Oakwood. She was a registered nurse in the Cleveland area. She became a registered nurse at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was a member of Lake County, Fla. Quilting Club, Twin Oaks Bible Study, Maple Town Squares of Cleveland and a former member of the Busy Neighbors extension club in Paulding County.
Also surviving are her children, Thomas (Marianne) Young of Davis, Calif., Tracey (Barry) Koenitzer of Carrollton and Susan (Harold) Dorrington of McClure; a brother, Glenn (Bonnie) Calgaro of Fayette, Pa.; and eight adoring grandchildren, Patrick and Samantha Dorrington, Kyle, Karrie, Kristy Koenitzer, Caleb, Elizabeth and Helena Young.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood with the Rev. Eric Dailey officiating. Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be given to the church.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

SHARON OTT
1939-2010
MELROSE – Sharon L. Ott, 71, died at 12:17 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Toledo Hospital.
She was born July 23, 1939 in Defiance, the daughter of Paul and Erma (Fitzwater) Feeney. She married Henry Dobbelaere who survives in Oakwood and they later divorced. On May 22, 1992, she married Charles Ott, who survives in Melrose. She was a homemaker.
Also surviving are four sons, Michael (Sandy) Dobbelaere, Rick Dobbelaere, Mark (Beth) Dobbelaere and Craig “Butch” (Andrea) Dobbelaere, all of Oakwood; two daughters, Cheryl (Danny) Halter of Oakwood and Sharisa (Randy) Robbins of Defiance; three stepdaughters, Gina Ott, Jamie Harvey and Holly Hunter; two stepsons, Ryan and Christopher Hunter; and two sisters, Diana (Robert) Doster of Oakwood and Judy (Jim) Kammeyer of Defiance; 18 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Brandon Dobbelaere, and two granddaughters, Amanda and Audrey Dobbelaere.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 13, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with the Rev. Eric Dailey officiating. Burial was in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
NANCY JANE YOUNG
1933-2010
OAKWOOD – Nancy Jane Calgaro Young, 77, of Oakwood, quietly passed away at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 at Paulding County Hospital, Paulding. She had a long battle with dementia that slowly stole her mind and body.
She was born Feb. 16, 1933 in Bridgeville, Pa., the daughter of Victor and Martha (Berdnik) Calgaro. On Nov. 26, 1955, she married Richard Young, who survives in Oakwood. She was a registered nurse in the Cleveland area. She became a registered nurse at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was a member of Lake County, Fla. Quilting Club, Twin Oaks Bible Study, Maple Town Squares of Cleveland and a former member of the Busy Neighbors extension club in Paulding County.
Also surviving are her children, Thomas (Marianne) Young of Davis, Calif., Tracey (Barry) Koenitzer of Carrollton and Susan (Harold) Dorrington of McClure; a brother, Glenn (Bonnie) Calgaro of Fayette, Pa.; and eight adoring grandchildren, Patrick and Samantha Dorrington, Kyle, Karrie, Kristy Koenitzer, Caleb, Elizabeth and Helena Young.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 15 at the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood with the Rev. Eric Dailey officiating. Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be given to the church.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
HILDA NOFFSINGER
1910-2010
OAKWOOD – Hilda C. Noffsinger, 100, of Continental, died at 4:35 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
She was born June 3, 1910 in Oakwood, the daughter of Edgar and Almina (Kretzinger) Rhees. On July 25, 1933, she married Walter S. Noffsinger, who preceded her in death July 24, 1982. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Defiance College and was a retired schoolteacher from Paulding Exempted Village School District. She was a member of Dupont Church of the Brethren and former Sunday school teacher and deaconess of the church, a former adviser for Oakwood 4-H Community Club and a member of the New & Better Methods Home Demonstration Club, member of the Paulding County Historical Society, former member of Continental Senior Citizens, member of Paulding County and Ohio State Retired Teachers Association and a member of the Farm Bureau.
Surviving are three sons, Walter (Shelby Jean) Noffsinger and Leland (Doris) Noffsinger, both of Continental, and Noland (Charlotte) Noffsinger of Littleton, Colo.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by an infant son, Waldo Noffsinger; two sisters, Helene Lee and Lola Tracy; and a brother, Milo Rhees.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Dupont Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Dupont. Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be given to the charity of donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
ANNA LIFFICK
1939-2010
MELROSE – Anna Liffick, 71, of Melrose, died 9:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born Jan. 6, 1939 in Defiance, the daughter of the late Helen (Ladd) English. She was a member of Melrose United Methodist Church and had been a homemaker.
Surviving are her brother, Rick (Margaret) English of Paulding; a niece, Amy Kutzli of Paulding; two great-nieces, Brittany and Allison Kutzli; and a great-nephew, Brendan “Mr. B” Weidenhamer.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard English and Ray English; and her stepfather, Rally English.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood with the Rev. Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, Dec. 15 and one hour prior to the services on Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be given to the family.
Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
ROBIN MERRIMAN
1962-2010
OAKWOOD – Robin R. Merriman, 48, of Oakwood, was carried to Heaven on the wings of an angel at 2:40 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center after a long, hard battle against ALS.
She was born May 17, 1962 in Paulding. She has been reunited in Heaven with her father, Donald Ray Sprow and stepfather, J.D. Hale. Her mother, Carol Lee (Buckleman) Sprow Hale survives in Paulding. On June 17, 2001, she married Paul Merriman, who survives in Oakwood.
Robin was a homemaker. She was a member of Auglaize Chapel Church of God, Oakwood. She was a NASCAR fan, especially of Sam Hornish Jr. and loved gardening, taking care of her horses, and yard work. Robin has left a lasting impression on everyone she came in contact with. Her bravery, contagious personality, and unconditional love will carry all that loved her through the rest of their lives allowing her memory to live on.
Robin has left many family and friends to carry on her legacy and her memory, which include her loving husband and mother; two daughters, Tara Erford of Monroe, Mich. and Elizabeth (Jeremy) Troyer of Oakwood; two sisters, Cheryl (James) Stahl of Oakwood and Patricia Sprow of Paulding; a brother, Rick (Connie) Sprow of Edgerton; two granddaughters, Taylor and Kylie; a beloved dog, Delila; and her horses, Tom, Dick and Harry.
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 10 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with the Rev. Robert Merriman officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Health Professionals of Paulding and Hospice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
NAHELMA SCHLEGEL
1967-2010
DEFIANCE – Nahelma Mae Schlegel, age 43, died Monday, Dec. 13 at Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus.
She was born Feb. 18, 1967 in Kentucky, the daughter of Clinton and Eliza Willis. In 1995, she married Anthony Schlegel who preceded her in death in 2009. She attended Paulding Church of Nazarene, Paulding.
She is survived by a daughter, Tabitha (Shawn) Keezer; a son, Clinton J. Willis; her mother, Eliza Willis; four brothers, Lloyd, Denver, Cordis and Darrell Willis; two sisters, Bev Sulfridge and Susan Shawley; and two grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her father; and a sister, Velma.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17 at Paulding Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Kim Semran officiating. Burial will be in Junction Cemetery, Junction. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 at Paulding Church of the Nazarene, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.
Donations may be made to Den Herder Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
IRENE HAYS
1936-2010
SCOTTSBURG, Ind. – Irene Shultz-Hays, 74, of Scottsburg, Ind. died Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Scott Villa Living Center.
She was born June 13, 1936 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of the late Eugene Irving and Evelyn Florence (Linebrink) Tunks. She married Leroy William Shultz Sr., who died in 1987. Her second husband, John Hays, died March 4, 2009. She was a retired cook for the old Best Western in Scottsburg and 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.
Survivors include two sons, Leroy W. “Bill” (Sandy) Shultz of Louisville, Ky. 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.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg with Don Watts officiating. Visitation is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Burial will be held at a later date in Hedges Cemetery in Broughton.
NORMAN MYERS
1960-2010
HAINES CITY, Fla. – Norman G. Myers, 50, formerly of Continental, passed away at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13 in his home.
He was born July 6, 1960, the son of the late Larry and Carolyn (Horner) Myers. He was the former owner of ADM Exhibits and Displays of Tampa, Fla. He was always a great host and the life of the party. Everyone was welcome at his home. He had a green thumb and loved gardening with a passion and supplied fruits and vegetables to all of his friends and neighbors. He also was an excellent chef, preparing many great meals for his family and friends.
Surviving are two brothers, Russell (Gina) Myers of Sarasota and Gary (Ann) Myers of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Lisa (James) Fry and Teresa (Mike) Varner, both of Continental; five nephews, three nieces, two great-nephews and four great-nieces; and multiple close friends and relatives and his wonderful “Florida” family.
There will be no services or visitation.
Cremation Services of Mid-Florida in Davenport, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.
STACY JUSTICE
1979-2010
DEFIANCE – Stacy L. Justice, 31, of Defiance, passed away suddenly Monday, Dec. 13 in her residence in Mt. Vernon.
She was born March 27, 1979 in Defiance, the daughter of James C. and Cynthia (Karnes) Justice.
Surviving are three sisters, Kristy Aldrich (Jeff Sheppard) of Paulding and Tammy Florence (Rick Caryer) and Shelly Mann (Joshua Smith), both of Defiance; a brother, James (Asiah) Beltz of Defiance; her significant other, Tina Beach, and son Anthony Beach of Mt. Vernon; and eight nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, James, who died Aug. 18, 2010; her mother, Cynthia, who died Aug. 4, 2001; and her grandparents.
Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 at the Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home in Defiance. There will be no funeral services.
Suggested memorials are to the family.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.defiancefuneralhome.com
ANNA LIFFICK
1939-2010
MELROSE – Anna Liffick, 71, of Melrose, died 9:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, Dec. 22, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.
NORMAN MYERS
1960-2010
HAINES CITY, Fla. – Norman G. Myers, 50, formerly of Continental, passed away at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13 in his home.
He was born July 6, 1960, the son of the late Larry and Carolyn (Horner) Myers. He was the former owner of ADM Exhibits and Displays of Tampa, Fla. He was always a great host and the life of the party. Everyone was welcome at his home. He had a green thumb and loved gardening with a passion and supplied fruits and vegetables to all of his friends and neighbors. He also was an excellent chef, preparing many great meals for his family and friends.
Surviving are two brothers, Russell (Gina) Myers of Sarasota and Gary (Ann) Myers of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Lisa (James) Fry and Teresa (Mike) Varner, both of Continental; five nephews, three nieces, two great-nephews and four great-nieces; and multiple close friends and relatives and his wonderful “Florida” family.
There will be no services or visitation.
Cremation Services of Mid-Florida in Davenport, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.
NAHELMA SCHLEGEL
1967-2010
DEFIANCE – Nahelma Mae Schlegel, age 43, died Monday, Dec. 13 at Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus.
She was born Feb. 18, 1967 in Kentucky, the daughter of Clinton and Eliza Willis. In 1995, she married Anthony Schlegel who preceded her in death in 2009. She attended Paulding Church of Nazarene, Paulding.
She is survived by a daughter, Tabitha (Shawn) Keezer; a son, Clinton J. Willis; her mother, Eliza Willis; four brothers, Lloyd, Denver, Cordis and Darrell Willis; two sisters, Bev Sulfridge and Susan Shawley; and two grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her father; and a sister, Velma.
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 17 at Paulding Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Kim Semran officiating. Burial was in Junction Cemetery, Junction. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Donations may be made to Den Herder Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
IRENE HAYS
1936-2010
SCOTTSBURG, Ind. – Irene Shultz-Hays, 74, of Scottsburg, Ind. died Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Scott Villa Living Center.
She was born June 13, 1936 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of the late Eugene Irving and Evelyn Florence (Linebrink) Tunks. She married Leroy William Shultz Sr., who died in 1987. Her second husband, John Hays, died March 4, 2009. She was a retired cook for the old Best Western in Scottsburg and 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.
Survivors include two sons, Leroy W. “Bill” (Sandy) Shultz of Louisville, Ky. 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.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Dec. 18 at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg with Don Watts officiating.
Burial will be held at a later date in Hedges Cemetery in Broughton.
STACY JUSTICE
1979-2010
DEFIANCE – Stacy L. Justice, 31, of Defiance, passed away suddenly Monday, Dec. 13 in her residence in Mt. Vernon.
She was born March 27, 1979 in Defiance, the daughter of James C. and Cynthia (Karnes) Justice.
Surviving are three sisters, Kristy Aldrich (Jeff Sheppard) of Paulding and Tammy Florence (Rick Caryer) and Shelly Mann (Joshua Smith), both of Defiance; a brother, James (Asiah) Beltz of Defiance; her significant other, Tina Beach, and son Anthony Beach of Mt. Vernon; and eight nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, James, who died Aug. 18, 2010; her mother, Cynthia, who died Aug. 4, 2001; and her grandparents.
There will be no funeral services. Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home in Defiance was in charge of arrangements.
Suggested memorials are to the family.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.defiancefuneralhome.com
RICHARD STOVER
1930-2010
DRUMMOND, Mont. – Richard Edwin “Dick” Stover, 80, of Drummond, Mont., passed away Thursday, Dec. 16.
He was born Aug. 11, 1930, in Oakwood, the son of Ed and Louise (Bauer) Stover. He graduated from Oakwood High School in 1948 and enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served as a Navy Sea Bee and was honorably discharged in 1952. On March 3, 1989, he married his wife, Lillian. Most of his life he was employed as an over-the-road truck driver, proudly logging over six million safe miles. In 1996, he graduated from Montana Tech with a bachelor of science degree in occupational safety and health. His hobbies included everything from deep sea fishing, ranching, black powder rifles, boating, horses, watching Ohio State football, or just toiling around on his tractor. He was a handyman who was the first one there when someone else needed help.
Also surviving are five stepchildren and seven stepgrandchildren; a brother, Roger (Joyce) Stover of Continental; and three sisters, Anna Lee (Donald) Adams and Susie (Dennis) Thrasher, both of Oakwood, and Joanne Diamond, Defiance.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lois (Donald) Bidlack; and a stepson, Ken Miller.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Missoula, Mont. Arrangements are being handled by Garden City Funeral Home of Missoula.
THOMAS KELLY
1944-2010
OAKWOOD – Thomas P. Kelly, 66, of Oakwood, died at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25 at Toledo Hospital.
He was born Oct. 21, 1944 in Evansville, Ind., the son of Harold E. and Marie (Freeman) Kelly. On July 16, 1966, he married Patsy Price, who preceded him in death Nov. 23, 2006. He retired from Johns Manville in Defiance.
Surviving are three sons, Patrick W. (Denise) Kelly of Oakwood, Jim T. (Tonya) Kelly of Defiance and Tom P. (Brandy) Kelly Jr. of Cloverdale; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Loren Kelly of Stillwater, Okla. and Bill Kelly and Johnny Kelly, both of Bartlesville, Okla.; and two sisters, Connie Buster of Caney, Kan. and Kerry McIntosh of Bartlesville, Okla.
He also was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bing Kelly.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood with the Rev. Tonya Kelly officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.
Preferred memorials are to the Oakwood Fire Dept.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
DONNIE DUNDERMAN
1954-2010
ANTWERP – Donald D. Dunderman, 56, of Antwerp, passed away Monday, Dec. 27 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born July 10, 1954 in Key West, Fla., the son of Richard and Ottie (Murphy) Dunderman. He worked at Dietrich Industries and was a member of the Hicksville Eagles and Defiance AmVets. He enjoyed fishing and Harley Davidsons.
Surviving are his father, Richard, of Antwerp; two sons, Donald (Shelly) of Antwerp and Jonathan of Fort Wayne; four daughters, Jennifer Dunderman and Jeannie (Curtis) Campbell, both of Kendallville, Ind., Lydia Kanenan of Fort Wayne and Charli of Payne; two brothers, Richard (Gloria) of Mechanicsville, Md. and David (Chris) of Bryan; two sisters, Darla (Frank) Considine and Jackie (Sandy) Doctor, both of Antwerp; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with visitation one hour prior. The Rev. Gary Gates will officiate.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
JEFFREY HULL
1980-2010
CECIL – Jeffrey Andrew Hull born May 30, 1980 in Paulding, Ohio has gone to be with his Lord and Savior. Jeff died at his home in Cecil on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 26.
He is survived by his son, Zachary Andrew Hull of Paulding, who was born March 16, 2003; his parents, Philip and Vicky (Mapes) Hull of Cecil; two brothers, Shawn (Nicole) Hull and Matthew (Stephanie) Hull, both of Paulding; two sisters, Christina (Jason) Padrutt of Marengo and Suzanne Hull of Cecil; his girlfriend, Sara Molitor and Sara’s son, Jayden Molitor of Payne; nieces, Madison Hull and Paige Hull of Paulding, Danielle Padrutt of Marengo and Alana Villarreal of Cecil; and nephews, Sebastian Padrutt of Marengo and Matthew Hull Jr., of Paulding.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gladys and Paul Hull Sr. and Mary and Charles Mapes.
Funeral services will held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Paul Hamrick officiating. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil.
Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Thursday.
Memorial donations may be made to Relay for Life of Paulding County-American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
EDWARD FINNEGAN
1922-2010
OAKWOOD – Edward E. Finnegan, 88, of Oakwood, died at 8:25 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 25 at Sarah Jane Living Center in Delphos.
He was born April 26, 1922, in Paulding County, the son of William and Marie (Wilson) Finnegan. On Feb. 11, 1942, he married Kathern Stanton, who survives in Oakwood. A World War II Army veteran, he was retired from GM in Defiance. He was a former member of Auglaize Country Club and a member of the UAW, Defiance. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, going to the lake and fishing. He also enjoyed coaching little league.
Also surviving are his children, Violet Talbott, Linda (Roger) Back and Chuck (Linda) Finnegan, all of Oakwood, and Cindy Taylor of Paulding; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Paul (Retha) Finnegan of Defiance.
He also was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Melissa Jean Talbot; a son-in-law, Charlie John Talbot; four sisters, Dorothy Merritt, Violet Vance, Irene “Patti” Doster and Ilene Doster; and two brothers, Harold and Dale Finnegan.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Eric Dailey officiating. Burial will follow in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose, with military rites by the Oakwood American Legion.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.
Preferred memorials are to the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
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2008 obituaries


DONALD KREISCHER

1930-2008
VAN WERT — Donald Eugene Kreischer, 77, of Scott, died at 7:29 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born Nov. 13, 1930, in Van Wert, the son of Jacob and Leona (Foor) Kreischer, who both preceded him in death. On Oct. 30, 1951, he married Mary L. (Downing) Kreischer, who survives in Scott.
He was a 1948 graduate of Van Wert High School and a member of the Calvary Evangelical Church and Friendship Sunday School Class. He retired from the Chrysler Corporation in Van Wert in 1989, following 26 years of service.
Also surviving are two sons, Donald E. (Lisa) Kreischer Jr. of Paulding and Jason C. Kreischer of Scott; six grandchildren, Bryce (Amanda) Kreischer, Tracie Kreischer, Caleb (Tifanie) Kreischer, Joshua Kreischer, Kimberly Kreischer, and Rachael Kreischer; and a great-grandson, Jaxon Kreischer.
Also preceding him in death was a brother, Robert L. Kreischer.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 9, at Cowan and Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor W. Clark Williman officiating. Burial will be in the Scott Cemetery, Scott.
Memorials may go to the choice of the donor.
Expressions of sympathy may be emailed to cowanfh@yahoo.com.


LEONA ROTHGEB
1944-2008
ANTWERP — Leona “Tannie” Rothgeb, 63, of Antwerp, died at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Nov. 5, 1944 in Hicksville, the daughter of Vernon W. and Julia E. (Sigler) Morris, who both preceded her in death.
She was a member of the Antwerp Church of Christ, a lifetime member of Antwerp VFW Post 5087 Auxiliary. She loved bluegrass music and playing cards on Friday night at Ida Stiner’s.
She will be sadly missed by a daughter Tannie “Ree” (Justin) Tate of Spring City, Tenn.; a son, James (Karrie) Rothgeb of Akron; one sister, Nancy Howard of Hicksville; and a brother, Glenn “Butch” Morris.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Sharon McClish.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Antwerp Church of Christ with Sam Stiner officiating. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the family.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

WAYNE SOWERS
1954-2008
HICKSVILLE – Wayne Richard Sowers, 53, died at 5:49 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville.
He was born on Sept. 7, 1954 in Defiance, the son of Richard and Donna (Kittridge) Sowers. On Oct. 24, 1997 he married Laura Crabill, who survives. A 1971 graduate of Fairview High School, he was a truck driver for 5C’s Farm of Hicksville, and enjoyed fishing.
Also surviving are three daughters, Tina Holman of Paulding, Sara (Paul) Prescott of Hicksville and Nina Sowers of Butler, Ind.; three stepchildren, Tina Leverton of Hicksville and Michael and Melissa Leverton of Garrett, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and two brothers, Paul (Linda) of Defiance and Ed (Claudia) of Hicksville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Richie and Ryan; and a wife, Kay Sowers.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 6 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with Larry Weller officiating. Burial was in Farmer Cemetery, Farmer.
Memorials may be made to Smith & Brown Funeral Home or the American Heart Association.

HELEN WHITMAN
1915-2008
PAYNE – Helen L. Whitman, age 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008 at Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert.
She was born Dec. 15, 1915 in Payne, the daughter of Harl and Estella (Myers) Sitcler. On Oct. 24, 1936 she married Lawrence F. Whitman, who preceded her in death on April 9, 1981. She was a member of Payne Church of the Nazarene, Club 36 Farm Ladies, and a former Sunday school teacher at the Payne Church of God.
She is survived by three sons, Larry (Shaaron) Whitman, Gerald “Pete” Whitman, and Richard (Eileen) Whitman, all of Payne; three daughters, Mary Harting of Fort Wayne, Judy Rosselet of New Berlin, Wis., and Kay (Richard) Williams, Plano, Texas; four sisters, Christine (Victor) Timbrook of Hicksville, Shirley (Robert) Barbeau of Dayton, Jean Gibson of Fort Wayne, and Sharyn (Gaylord) Willett, Oak Harbor; 23 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Whitman; and sisters Maxine Steibling, Madeline Gideon, Betty Landrie, and infant Nancy Sitcler.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Payne Church of the Nazarene, with the Rev. Mike Harper officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Convoy Care Center Activity Fund or Payne Church of the Nazarene Building Fund.

NANCY JOHNSTON
1942-2008
CECIL – Nancy A. Johnston, 65, of Cecil, passed away at 4:50 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Park View Nursing Center, Edgerton, Ohio.
Nancy was born on April 15, 1942 in Defiance County, the daughter of Hugh and Iva (Crawford) Keegan. She was a homemaker and enjoyed playing cards, garage sales and flowers. On April 17, 1960, she married Max Johnston, who preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 2005.
She will be sadly missed by her mother, Iva Keegan of Montgomery, Mich.; two daughters, Debbie (Denny) Wells of Mark Center and Julie Johnston of Cecil; two sons, Max Jr. of Cecil and Mark of Fort Wayne; five sisters, Karen Armstrong of Pittsburgh, Mich., Sharon Hill of Brooksville, Fla., Judy Altheiser of Montgomery, Mich., Kathy Altheiser of Logan, W.Va., and Mary Keegan of Mark Center; six brothers, Kenneth of Cecil, and Hugh Jr., Thomas, William, Gordon and George, all of Montgomery, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her father, and a sister, Dina Sue Keegan.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 12, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
The family requests memorial donations to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

MARY LICHTY
1920-2008
ANTWERP – Mary B. Lichty, 87, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10 at DeKalb Memorial Hospital, Auburn, Ind.
She was born on Feb. 24, 1920 in Cement City, Mich., the daughter of the late Andrew and Rose (Hoover) Traylor. She married Max Lichty, who preceded her in death. Mary was a valued employee at General Electric, Fort Wayne, for 19 years, a member of the Royal Neighbors and enjoyed knitting.
Mary will be sadly missed by her three sons and daughters-in-law, Robert (Mary) of Payne, Andy (Marilyn) of LaGrange, Ind. and Frank (Shirley) of Van Wert; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held Monday, Jan. 14, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
The family requests memorial donations to the First Baptist Church of Antwerp.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

MARY HARSHMAN
1922-2008
PAYNE – Mary M. Harshman, age 85, died Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.
She was born July 29, 1922 in Berne, Ind., the daughter of Fred and Lavina (Beer) Pickford. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne, and the St. Paul United Methodist Women’s Club. She was an honorary grandmother to countless children.
She is survived by her husband, Ernest Harshman, Payne; two daughters, Frances (James) Litzenberg, Merritt Island, Fla., and Sharon “Sis” (Gary) Burke, Payne; two brothers, Fred Jr. (Patsy) Pickford of Pensacola, Fla. and Donald (Shirley) Pickford, Decatur, Ind.; two grandchildren, Rachelle Litzenberg and Matthew Burke; and a great-grandson, Samuel Litzenberg.
She was preceded in death by a son, Eric Harvey; a brother, Stephen Pickford; a sister, Bernice Barte; and a great-grandson, David Litzenberg.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 14 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne. Burial was in MRE Cemetery, Berne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church.

MARY GROVES
1916-2008
FORT WAYNE — Mary Louise “Mame” Groves died Jan. 12, at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Dec. 27, 1916, in Washington Township, Paulding County, the daughter of George W. Goings and Lillian Underwood. She married Elmer Maurice Groves on June 19, 1940, who preceded her in death.
She attended Michigan State University, where she studied child development. She began working with foster children in 1969 and was involved in the Head Start program for 14 years.
In 1979, she was voted Woman of the Year by the Paulding County Business and Professional Women’s Association.
She was very active in the community and church. She was a member of the Latty Zion Missionary Baptist Church until moving to Fort Wayne in 1984. There, she became a Watch Care member of the Renaissance Baptist Church.
Mary loved children and enjoyed gardening, and baking her popular rolls, cakes, sugar cookies and holiday candies.
Mary leaves to cherish her memory two sons, George (Ruth) Groves of Van Wert, and Elmer Groves Jr. of Latty; four daughters, Barbara Jean (Joe) Franklin, Beverly Groves and Beatrice (Vernter) Tabron, all of Fort Wayne, and Carol (Michael) Scott of Fredericksburg, Va.; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.
Also preceding her in death was a son, Justus Groves.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to services, today, Jan. 16, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Michael Lathan Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.
Donations may be made to Paulding County Head Start.

RAYMOND DELGADO
1922-2008
PAULDING – Raymond I. Delgado, age 85, died Sunday, Jan. 13 at Brookview Healthcare Center, Defiance.
He was born May 22, 1922 in Waelder, Texas, the son of Pablo and Maria DeJesus (Ibarra) Delgado. In 1948, he married Mary A. Almaraz, who preceded him in death on April 3, 1992. He was a WWII Navy veteran, serving on the U.S.S. Raleigh. He retired from GM Powertrain in 1982. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Paulding, United Auto Workers, VFW Post #587, and a member of the Corsillo Movement.
He is survived by five children, Rosa (James) Orthman of Fort Wayne, Mary (Charles) Bruce of Rome City, Ind., Gloria (Donald) Highwarden of Paulding, Ofelia Morr of Kendalville, Ind. and Sylvia (Mark) Delgado Stickroth, Oro Valley Ariz.; two brothers, John (Mollie) Delgado of Holland, Mich., and Abdon Joe (Chena) Delgado, Waelder, Texas; four sisters, Dora (Pedro) Gonzales of Defiance, Delfina Nunez of Austin, Texas, Angie (Joe) Leija of Denver City, Texas, and Aurora (Jim) Saldana, San Marcos, Texas; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by brothers Marcos, Ascension and Filipe; sisters Paula Rodriguez and Ninia Delgado; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery with military graveside rites by VFW Post #587.
Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. A Rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Memorial donations may be made to Masses or St. Joseph Catholic Church.

MAXINE CORNELY
1920-2008
ANTWERP – Maxine Cornely, 87, formerly of Akron, died Thursday, Jan. 17 in Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born Sept. 11, 1920. She was a devoted wife, wonderful mother and friend to many. She will be dearly missed.
Surviving are two children, Ralph of Decatur, Ind. and Laura (John) Rindahl of Antwerp; two sisters, Barbara Grandon of Warren, and Mary Menhorn; two grandchildren, Melissa and John Rindahl; a great-grandchild, Chase; and many nieces and nephews.
Maxine was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Jack.
Burial will be along side her husband at Arlington National Cemetery. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

MARK ALTIC
1958-2008
ANTWERP – Mark D. Altic, 49, of Antwerp, passed away at 11:31 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Paulding County Hospital.
Mark was born on July 12, 1958, in Fort Wayne, the son of the late William and Betty L. (Brown) Altic. He was employed at Sims in Payne. On Oct. 16, 1983 he married Deborah Williamson.
He will be sadly missed by his wife Deb; his sons, Kyle (Holli) and Bradley; his brothers, Stephen and Shawn of Fort Wayne, and Michael, Shane and Greg, all of Antwerp; sisters, Ruth Kaufman, Deborah Ricard, Vicki Vachon and Traci O’Donnell, all of Antwerp, and Tina Galbreath; and several nieces and nephews
He also was preceded in death by three brothers, Bill, Jeff and Chris.
Services were held Monday, Jan. 21 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
Preferred memorials are to the family in care of Dooley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp, OH 45813.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.
Services today for 102-year-old Anita Schilb

ANITA SCHILB
1906-2008
HICKSVILLE — Anita A. Schilb, 102, died at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home in Paulding.
She was born on Jan. 12, 1906 in Paulding County, the daughter of Emmet and Alberta (McConnell) Barnes. She graduated from Paulding High School and attended Defiance College. In 1925, she married J. Ray “Bud” Schilb, who preceded her in death in 1971.
She was a homemaker and a bookkeeper for their family owned businesses in Hicksville, Schilb Funeral Home and Ray’s Furniture Store. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Hicksville, an 80-year member of the Eastern Star, Paulding, several card clubs, and she enjoyed baking cookies.
She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Also preceding her in death were three brothers, Burl Barnes Sr., Lyle Barnes and Herbert Barnes; and three sisters, Lietha Thompson, Vernice Jackson Kincade and Gail McMichael.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 23, at Smith and Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with the Rev. Tom Graves officiating, and visitation one hour prior to services.
Burial will be at Maumee Cemetery in Antwerp.
Memorials may be made to: Hawthorn Court Activity Fund or donor’s choice.

ROSALIE KOENN
1924-2008
CECIL – Rosalie E. Koenn, age 83, died Thursday, Jan. 17 at Harborside Healthcare, Bryan.
She was born Oct. 19, 1924 in Huntington, Ind., the daughter of Jess and Grace (Johnson) Tobias. On April 23, 1949 she married Virgil Koenn, who preceded her in death on July 4, 1987. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding County Hospital Benevolent Society, and was a volunteer at the Bargain Bin, Paulding. She was a member of the former Immaculate Conception Church, Cecil and the Altar Rosary Society.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara (John) Wappes, Antwerp; a son, Phillip Koenn, Cecil; grandchildren, John and Alyssa Wappes of Pineville, N.C., Jean Wappes of Charlotte, N.C., Scott and Tiffany Pease of Paulding, Kellen and Tricia Koenn of Sunbury, Andy and Andrea Manor of Fort Wayne, and Ashley Koenn, Bryan; a great-grandson, Trevor Manor, Fort Wayne; and two sisters, Wanda Wannemacher, Payne, and Doris Heckelmann, Antwerp.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Ted; a daughter, Beverly; an infant brother; and her stepfather, Perry Jackson.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Jan. 21, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in the Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery, Cecil. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Masses; Make a Wish Foundation; or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

DICK CARR
1921-2008
ANTWERP – Charles Richard “Dick” Carr, 86, of Antwerp, passed away at 3:20 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at his residence.
He was born July 16, 1921 in Antwerp, the son of the late Thomas and Phoebe  (Smith) Carr. He served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lt. in WWII. On April 14, 1943, he married Marie Slusher, who survives. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Antwerp, where he had been the clerk and treasurer.
Dick spent summers traveling to learn more about computers, consequently introducing computers at Indiana Institute of Technology, where he was the chairman of the Math & Computer Science Department. While there he received the honorary title “Faculty Emeritus of Indiana Institute of Technology” as a tribute to his 35 years of dedicated service.  He was a kind,  reserved and dignified gentleman, who enjoyed gardening, designing and carpentry.
Dick will be sadly missed by his wife, Marie; daughter, Christal Gibson of Antwerp; son, Richard Gregory (Barbara) Carr of Warren, N.J.; and three grandchildren, Jason Gibson of Antwerp and Amanda and Cory Gibson of Orlando, Fla.
He was preceded in death by a sister,  Maxine Farst; and a brother, Lyle.
Services were held Saturday, Jan. 19 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Ralph Klinker  officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
The family requests memorial donations to Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

EMALINE JOHN
1918-2008
ELIDA — Emaline R. John, 89, died at 4:45 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Van Crest Health Care Center in Van Wert.
She was born Oct. 14, 1918, in Allen County, the daughter of George W. and Wilhelmina B. “Minnie” (Huck) Haller. On June 24, 1937, she married Francis “Ray” John, who preceded her in death Jan. 12, 2006. She was a homemaker, and loved to travel with her husband. She enjoyed taking pictures and scrapbooking.
She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church, Delphos Chapter of Order of Eastern Star for over 50 years, a charter member of the Lima Motorcycle Club, and a member of the International Airstream Club of Auglaize Valley Unit.
She is survived by a daughter, Jo Ann (Roy) Noggle of Haviland; six grandchildren, Douglas (Star) Zizelman of Celina, Vicki (Steve) Salmons of Wapak, Connie Myers and Steve Zizleman of Elida, David (Amy) Noggle of Payne, and Cindy (Ken) Trammell of Convoy; 14 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Gary E. John; a daughter, Carol R. John; three brothers, Harold, Clayton and Merle Haller; and one sister, Nettina Haller.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 23 at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will be in the Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Preferred memorials may go to the Zion United Methodist Church or Delphos Chapter of the Eastern Star.

KENNETH SIMINDINGER
1925-2008
MANDALE — Kenneth Ivan Simindinger, 82, of Mandale, died at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Convoy Care Center in Convoy.
He was born May 8. 1925, in Mandale, the son of George and Goldie (Leiber) Simindinger. He married Betty Talbott, who preceded him in death on Dec. 23, 1987. He married Martha Verdene (Pease) Lehman, who also preceded him in death on July 3, 2006.
He retired as an inspector from International Harvester of Fort Wayne.
He is survived by six sons, Virgil (Teresa) and Marcus (Lisa) Simindinger of Van Wert, Kenneth George (Elizabeth) Simindinger of Ottoville, Terry of Grover Hill, and Jerry and Timothy of Cloverdale; a sister, Donna Mae Simindinger of Van Wert; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a son, Charles David Simindinger; a granddaughter, Heather Renee Simindinger; and two brothers, Gayle Smith and Virgil George Simindinger, who was killed in WWII.
Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Cowan and Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Rev. Don Rogers of the Mandale Church of Christ in Christian Union officiating. Burial was in the Middle Creek Cemetery, near Grover Hill.
Expressions of sympathy may be emailed to: cowanfh@yahoo.com.

MONICA FILLMAN
1923-2008
DEFIANCE — Monica Fillman, 84, of rural Defiance, died at 3:24 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Mercy Hospital in Defiance.
She was born May 10, 1923, in Paulding County, the daughter of John and Augusta Justinger. On June 24, 1950, she married Bill Fillman, who survives. She was employed at the Zeller Corporation for 19 years, and had worked at All Star Products for 10 years.
She was a member of the St. Isidore Catholic Church at the Bend, a member of the Altar Society, and the Defiance Eagles Auxiliary.
Also surviving are two sons, Rev. Allen Fillman of Paulding and Patrick (Martha) Fillman of Sherwood; two daughter-in-laws, Greta (Tom) Porter of Defiance and Helene Fillman of Thermopolis, Wyo.; nine grandchildren; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Mike (Slim) and Bill Fillman; and two brothers, Ralph and Virgil Justinger.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 28, at the St. Isidore Catholic Church at the Bend, with Father Allan Fillman officiating. Interment was in the St. Stephan Church Cemetery at Delaware Bend. Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home in Defiance was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials may go to the Alex Foldvary Scholarship Fund.

ROBERT
LADIG
FORT WAYNE – Robert D. “Ard” Ladig, 78, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2008 at Renaissance Village in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, he was a sales engineer for Challenge Tool New Haven, retiring in 1994. He was a former pattern maker casting engineer. He worked for Harvester and Hitachi. He graduated from Elmhurst High School in 1948 and was a member of Abundant Life Tabernacle. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his wife, Cherie Ladig of Fort Wayne; daughters, Terri (Ted) Ballard of Fort Wayne, Denise (Brent) Christen, and Cindy (Brian) Everly, both of Columbia City, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence N. and Gusta M. Ladig; two sisters; and a brother.
Services were held Friday, Jan. 25 at Abundant Life Tabernacle, with the Rev. David Keller officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Park. D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Abundant Life Church.

“SUSIE” PERRIELLO
1927-2008
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Antwerp native Eleanor Marie Perriello, “Susie” to all who knew her, died Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Rosewood Health Care Center, Bowling Green Ky., of cancer.
Born Aug. 12, 1927 in Hicksville to Gerald and Dorothy (Boyce) Fulmer, she moved to Chicago when she was 16. She married Anthony Perriello  in 1954 and gave birth to two sons there, later moving with him to Naugatuck, Conn., where she gave birth to their daughter.
They moved back to Antwerp in 1984. Not long afterwards, she began a 20-plus year career working for the Antwerp Public Schools, an association which brought her great happiness.
Susie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Antwerp, and was active in the Antwerp posts of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. She was also a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs.
She is survived by her brother, Sam (Marie) Fulmer of Coleman, Mich.; half-sister Carolyn (Geoff) Peverill of Malvern, England; two sons, Vincent (Christine) Perriello of Bowling Green, Ky. and Thomas (Linda) Perriello of Naugatuck, Conn.; a daughter, Susann (Richard) Platt of Naugatuck; grandchildren, Josephine Perriello, Christopher Perriello, Valerie Newcomb, Cassie Platt, Erin Perriello, Karl Platt and Rachael Perriello; three great-grandchildren, four nieces; and four nephews.
Services were held Monday, Jan. 27 at First Baptist Church of Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements. Interment was at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Mass., with  her beloved Anthony, who was laid to rest there after his death in 1989.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in her name to the Kindergarten class at Antwerp Local School, c/o Antwerp PTO, 303 S. Harrmann Road, Antwerp OH 45813.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

EDNA PRICE
1911-2008
PAULDING – Edna B. Price, age 96, died Thursday, Jan. 24, at Convoy Care Center, Convoy.
She was born July 25, 1911 in Paulding County, the daughter of Charles and Christina (Swary) AuFrance. On July 12, 1929 she married Arthur C. “Bud” Price, who preceded her in death on March 21, 1989. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, the Altar Rosary Society, the Prayer Chain, and the Paulding County Hospital Auxiliary. She was previously employed by the Paulding County Hospital for 22 years, the former Grizzly Manufacturing in Paulding, and Fruehauf Trucking in Fort Wayne, and had been a home health care provider.
She is survived by a son, Arthur “Bud” (Dorothy) Price Jr., Oakwood; a daughter, Ramona Jean (William) Winterhalter, Defiance; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a grandson, Marty Winterhalter; a brother, Joe AuFrance; and four sisters, Elizabeth Parrish, Marie Devers, Catherine Price and Frances Bullock.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 29 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. David Tscherne officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Masses or a charity of the donor’s choice.

TERI SOWERS
1959-2008
Teri A. Sowers, 48, of Van Wert, died at 1:34 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Paulding County.
She was born Feb. 7, 1959, in Van Wert, the daughter of Helen L. (Ward) Hoverman, who survives in Van Wert, and the late Charles Olen Hoverman. On June 24, 1989, she married Michael R. Sowers, who survives.
She was director of Van Wert County Crime Victims Services and had also worked as a paralegal for Legal Aid for nearly 20 years. She was very active in the Van Wert Civic Theatre, serving on several boards and as the sound technician and director. She was also involved in the United Way of Van Wert County.
Also surviving are two children, Natalie (Edward) Van Winkle of Charlotte, N.C., and Marc (fiancé Kristin Kalkreuth) Flickinger of Cincinnati; two brothers, Richard “Dick” (Pam) Hoverman and Michael Olen (Mary) Hoverman of Maumee; and two sisters, Mary Lou Johns of Charlotte, N.C., and Barbara J. (Tom) Furniss of Waterville.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 26, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Dr. Joseph Harr officiating. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Memorial contributions may be made to Van Wert Civic Theatre or Van Wert County Crime Victims Services.

RICHARD THOMPSON
1953-2008
SYRACUSE, Ind. — Richard Burton Thompson, 54, of Syracuse, died Monday, Feb. 4, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 29, 1953 in Paulding, the son of Carl and Dorothy (Sutton) Thompson. He had resided in Syracuse, Ind. since Aug. 2007, moving there from New York City. He was a controller with Van Guard Inc. in Manhattan from 1979 until 2004.
He is survived by two brothers, Robert and James Thompson, both of Syracuse; a nephew, and his best friend, Jim Lavin, also of Syracuse.
There will be no calling hours and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mishler-Eastlund Funeral Home, Harris Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


CHARLOTTE ROGERS
1933-2008
VAN WERT, Ohio - Charlotte A. Rogers, 74, of Van Wert, died at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at her residence.
She was born Oct. 14, 1933, in Gibsonburg, Ohio, the daughter of Leona (Crispen) Runion and Allen Runion, who both preceded her in death. She married Donald E. Rogers. He died June 21, 1999.
Survivors include a son, Gary (Kristy) Rogers of Van Wert; one brother, Donald “Jack” Runion of Gibsonburg, Ohio, and her grandchildren, Christopher, Amanda, Allison, Madeline and Mason Rogers.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Paul Runion, and two sisters, Evelyn Pratt and Mary Pratt.
She was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Friends Church, Van Wert.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Neil Hammons officiating. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery, Scott, Ohio.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials can be made to the Trinity Friends Church.
Condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com.


BRUCE MOORE
1919-2008
OAKWOOD – A. Bruce Moore, age 88, died Thursday, Jan. 31, at his home.
He was born Nov. 2, 1919 in Hicksville, the son of I.F. “Frosty” and Maude (Platter) Moore. He was a 1938 graduate of Hicksville High School and in 1944 he married M. Imogene (Tracy) Moore, who preceded him in death in 1996.
He was a U.S. Navy WWII veteran, serving in Northern Ireland aboard the USS Waukesha, also serving at the Panama Canal, Hawaii, Guam, Saipan and Tokyo Harbor for the occupation of Japan. He was a 32-year employee of General Motors, Defiance, Ohio retiring in 1982. He also delivered ambulances for Braun Industries.
He was a former Boy Scout leader of Troop #19 in Oakwood. He was a life member and past post commander of VFW Post #3360 of Defiance. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Continental, and a member of the Royal Arch Masons of Defiance. He was a member of the American Legion Post #541 of Continental, and a member of the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church of Oakwood.
Surviving are a son, Robert (Peg) Moore of Oakdale, Pa.; a daughter, Patty (Bill) Vance of Paulding; a sister, Virginia Beltz of Hicksville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Powell; a grandson, Thomas Moore; and a sister, Leila Hannah.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with the Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, with the Defiance VFW Post #3360 conducting military honors.
Preferred memorials are to: the World War II National Memorial in Washington, D.C.; Twin Oaks United Methodist Church of Oakwood; or the charity of the donor’s choice.


DONALD KAGY
1923-2008
PAULDING – Donald W. Kagy, 85, of Paulding, passed away Sunday, Feb. 3 at the Country Inn, Paulding.
Donald was born on Jan. 27, 1923, in Bloomville, Ohio, the son of the late Clyde and Clady (Weaver) Kagy. On Oct. 30, 1948, he married Marie Roth, who survives. Donald graduated from Ohio State University and was the director of the Paulding County Soil & Water Conservation District from 1969-78.  Previous to that he was the plant manager  at Page Dairy, Bluffton, Ohio.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a sergeant stationed in England during WWII, was a member of the Paulding VFW Post 587 and the Soil Conservation Society of America, and enjoyed farming.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Marie; two daughters, Diane (Marshall) Olp of Yuma, Ariz. and Ann (Steve) Wamberg, Colorado Springs; two sons, Roger (Pat) of Houston and James (Jane) of Cincinnati; three sisters, Eunice (Junior) Nagle of Willard, Marlene (Boyd) Gurney of Richmond, Va. and Lois (Bill) Reichart of Columbus; three brothers, Joe (Katie) of Maumee, and Steve (Dottie) and Merle (RoseAnne), both of Tiffin; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by
sisters, Mildred and Joyce; and brothers, Gilbert, Berlin, Ken, Carlton and Forest.
You are invited to participate in his service at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with Steve Wamberg officiating. He will be laid to rest at St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation is from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at the funeral home.
The family requests donations to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com


ANN SHERRY
1917-2008
OAKWOOD – Ann E. Sherry, 91, of Oakwood, passed away on Monday, Feb. 4.
She was born Jan. 23, 1917, the daughter of McElroy and Grace (Roberts) Swallem. On Jan. 8, 1942, she married Lester W. Sherry, who preceded her in death as a result of injuries sustained in a farming accident on June 21, 1997.
She received a two-year diploma from Bowling Green State University. In 1953, a bachelor of science degree was confirmed upon her by Ohio State University. And she received a master of science degree in education from St. Francis College, Fort Wayne. She taught school in Allen, Hardin, Marion, Paulding and Van Wert counties. She was a world traveler, having visited six great divisions of land on the globe. She was the author of the book, The Melrose Area. She was a member of the Cornerstone United Methodist Church of Oakwood, a past matron and secretary of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a past president of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association.
Surviving are two sons, Phillip of Oakwood and William of Columbus; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. William W. Sherry officiating. Interment will be at the Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. today, Feb. 6 at Lawson-Roessner.
Preferred memorials are to The Ann Sherry Foundation, 925 Forest Creek Drive West, Columbus OH 43223, which is a nonprofit charitable foundation.

LEOTA BRANDENBURG
1915-2008
ANTWERP – Leota  Brandenburg, 92, of Antwerp, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Hicksville.
Leota was born on Oct. 12, 1915, in Knox, Ohio, the daughter of the late Hary and Edythee (Ewing) Miller. On Dec. 14, 1933 she married Vadis Brandenburg, who preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 1970. She was a homemaker, a member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church and the Royal Neighbors of America.
She will be sadly missed by her son and daughter-in-law, Clair and Carol of Antwerp; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her daughter and son-in-law, Daisy and Herman Stout; two sisters, Ellen Fillmore and Lucretia Noll; and three brothers, Lavon, Leon and Carey Miller.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Feb. 9 at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Homes of Antwerp and Payne was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

VERA GRAY
1921-2008
PAULDING — Vera M. Gray, 86, died at 7:10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home in Paulding.
She was born July 10, 1921, in Latty, the daughter of Henry S. and Hannah A. (Sloan) Hill. On Dec. 15, 1947, she married Raymond Gray, who preceded her in death on July 23, 2006. She was a homemaker and she retired from the housekeeping department at Paulding County Hospital in 1970.
She was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Paulding, where she was very active in church functions. She assisted with Paulding County Cancer Society fundraising, was a member of VFW Post #587 Auxiliary, and worked for the Paulding County Election Board for 25 years.
Surviving are a daughter, Ruth Ann (Carl) Lemmerbrock of Harper, Texas; and a grandson, Christopher (Kristina) Waaland of Northport, Ala.
Also preceding her in death were a son, William J. Gray in 1997; six brothers, Floyd, Waveland, Ray, Vernon, Ed and Harold Hill; and three sisters, Gladys McCullough, Helen Hill and Florence Davis.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 20, at the First Christian Church in Paulding, with the Rev. Gregory Bibler officiating. There will be visitation one hour previous to services at the church. Burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery in Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 1233 Emerald Road, Paulding OH 45879.

ALBERT SCHRIMSHAW
1912-2008
PAYNE — Albert C. Schrimshaw, 95, died at 8:55 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Oaks, in Columbia City, Ind.
He was born April 15, 1912, in Paulding County Ohio, the son of Charles and Minnie (Allan) Schrimshaw. On Jan. 1, 1939 he married Helen W. Huebner, who preceded him in death on Nov. 19, 2002. He was an engineer for Kunkle Valve of Fort Wayne. He was also a test driver for the former International Harvester Truck Manufacturers of Fort Wayne. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Briceton.
He is survived by three sons, Rex (Irene) Schrimshaw of Wesley Chapel Fla., Neal (Mary) Schrimshaw of Bolingbrook, Ill., and Keith (Linda) Schrimshaw of Auburn, Ind.; a daughter, Marla (John) White of Churubusco, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph A. Schrimshaw; and a sister, Grace LeFure.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today, Feb. 20, the St. John Lutheran Church in Briceton, with Pastor Joe Allen officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. There will be visitation at the church one hour before services. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Donations may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 7611 Rd. 87, Paulding OH 45879.

GLENDA GONSER
1911-2008
PAYNE — Glenda A. Gonser, 96, died at 2:45 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.
She was born Aug. 7, 1911, in Paulding County, the daughter of Emil and Lucinda (Wald) Huguenin. On June 8, 1946, she married Charles G. Gonser, who preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 2001. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne. She was employed as a nurse for St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne, hospitals in Chicago, home health care, and was also an x-ray technician for St. Joseph Hospital.
She is survived by two daughters, Gaye Potts, Payne, and Cindy Munoz, Hamilton, Ind.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Victor Huguenin.
Funeral services were held Feb. 15 at the St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne, with the Rev. Amy Haines officiating. Burial was in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Donations may be made to the St. Paul United Methodist Church or Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Activity Fund.

DONALD
CADWALLADER
1922-2008
PAYNE – Donald James Cadwallader, 85, of Payne, passed away at 4:40 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 17 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born on Oct. 21, 1922 in Paulding, the son of the late Everett  James  and Myrtle  Mabel (Munson) Cadwallader. On Nov. 4, 1943, he married Mildred Tracey, who survives. He was the  co-owner of C&Y Oil, Payne. Having served in the Air Force during WWII, he proudly attended the WWII Memorial dedication in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Payne Church of Christ, where he was a deacon and elder; Payne Flatrock Masonic Lodge #580; the Payne American Legion; Payne Chamber of Commerce; Union State Bank Board and Payne School Board. Don enjoyed flying Champ and Sesna airplanes, golf and mowing grass.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Millie; a daughter, Cheryl Luther of Payne; three sons, Ted (Loretta) of Tonawanda, N.Y., Gary (Kathy) of Payne and Thomas (Kim) of Van Wert; a brother, Warren of Fort Wayne; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Geyer; and two brothers, Harold and Raymond.
You are invited to participate in his funeral at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 20 at the Payne Church of Christ with the Rev. Jammie Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, is in charge of arrangements.
The family requests donations to the Payne Church of Christ or Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

PAULINE HALE
1933-2008
PAULDING – Pauline L. Hale, age 74, died at 7:38 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Harborside Healthcare Center, Defiance.
She was born on May 5, 1933 in Paulding County, the daughter of Arthur and Elsie (Hart) Harrow. On June 1, 1952 she married Joseph W. Hale, who survives. She was a homemaker.
Also surviving are three sons, Steven (Nancy) Hale of Sherwood, Kirk (Kelly) Hale of Northport, Ala. and James (Karen) Hale of Latty; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Jim (Diane) Harrow of Cecil; and three sisters, Joann (Max) Pease of Latty, Marjorie (Clayton) Howell of Paulding, and Viola (Morris) Dobbelaere of Oakwood.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Robert A. Hale in 1977; one brother, Richard Harrow; and one sister, Mary Louise Grindstaff.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding with Pastor Mary Beth Smith-Webb officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery Paulding.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

MARIE STEFFEN
1927-2008
DECATUR, Ind. — Marie L. Steffen, 80, of Decatur, Ind., died at 3:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
She was born May 25, 1927, in Latty, the daughter of Gustav and Maria (Miller) Rager. On Sept. 4, 1955, she married Harold Steffen, who preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 1968. She was employed at the Adams Central Community Schools in the cafeteria for 25 years. She was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Bluffton, Ind.
Surviving are four sons, Ed (Denise) Steffen of Bluffton, Ind., Bob (Marcia) Steffen of Decatur, Ind., Ray (Debra) Steffen of Lafayette, Ind., and Kent (Terri) of Huntsville, Ala.; a daughter, Rose (Tom) Rohr of Auburn, Ind.; two sisters, Lillian Schlatter of Latty and Freida Rehklau of Toledo; and 10 grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were four brothers, Carl, William, Eli and Roy; and two sisters, Rose Zeltwanger and Elsie Schlatter.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Apostolic Christian Church East in Bluffton, Ind., with Ron Kipfer and Mark Gerber officiating. Burial was in the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery in Bluffton. Goodwin Memorial Chapel in Bluffton, Ind. was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials may be made to the church charity fund.

KATIE FLINT
2008
DANIELSVILLE, Ga. — Kate Flint, 74, of Danielsville, Ga., died Friday, Feb. 15, at her residence.
She was born Oct. 19, 1933, in Paulding County Ohio to Dorris Paul and Myrtle Wilcox Steele, who both preceded her in death. She was a retired customer service manager with Holiday Inn, and a member of the Grove Level Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Flint of Danielsville; five sons, Kenneth (Dannette) Flint of Commerce, Ga., David (Sandi) Flint of Danielsville, Rick (Amy) Flint of Danielsville, Robert D. Flint of Danielsville, and Dennis Flint of Commerce; a brother, Dennis Steele of Antwerp; three sisters, Grace Marshell, Centerville, Ohio, Lee Ann Richards, Paulding, and Vickie Long of Ohio; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Russell and Donna Flint, Paulding; 10 grandchildren, Loren Brown, Kenny Flint, Jake Flint, Jessie Flint, Morgan Flint, Matthew Flint, Anna Flint, Dalton Flint, Tucker Flint, and Bryson Flint; and one great-grandson, Boston Brown.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Grove Level Baptist Church with the Revs. Eric Tyson and Doug Duke officiating. Burial followed in the Flint Family Cemetery. Little-Ward Funeral Home in Commerce, Ga. was in charge of the arrangements.

CORY PRATT
1979-2008
SCOTT — Cory Lee Pratt, 28, of Bedford, Texas, and a former Scott resident, died Sunday, Feb. 10, in Grapevine, Texas, from injuries received in a car accident, along with two other friends.
He was born Sept. 17, 1979, in Paulding County, the son of Stanley and Debra (Zartman) Pratt, who survive in Scott. He graduated from Wayne Trace High School in 1998, where he was active in football and baseball. He joined the Marine Corps in 2000, along with his childhood friend, Caleb Kreisher.
He had been employed for DFW Honda in Grapevine, Texas, and was to have started a new career with Nationwide Insurance on Feb. 11. He was an avid NASCAR fan, dirt bike rider, and enjoyed all New York related sports. He was also an avid Michigan Wolverine fan and enjoyed following the musical performance of his “Texas Brother, and close friend, Justin Ross.”
He is survived by his son, Logan Joseph Pratt of Euless, Texas. A co-worker shared that, “Cory lived for Logan and not just with Logan.”
Also surviving are two sisters, Amber Pratt of Ypsilanti, Mich and Audrey Pratt of Scott; two nephews, Cameron Wilson of Ypsilanti, Mich. and Zaden Chavez of Scott; his maternal grandmother, Jean Zartman of Payne; his paternal grandfather, Joseph Pratt of Scott; his special friend, Lisa Mullins of Colleyville, Texas; and his faithful dog, Sadie.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, at the St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, with Father Michael Zacharias officiating.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., today, Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert.
Burial will be in the Scott Cemetery where military rites will be conducted by combined posts of the American Legion and the V.F.W.
Preferred memorials are to the family to be used for a trust fund for Logan.


MARGARET SUTTON
1918-2008
PAULDING — Margaret H. Sutton, 89, died Sunday, Feb. 17, at Williams County Community Hospital, in Bryan.
She was born July 26, 1918 in Hamburg, Germany, the daughter of Henry and Margaret Golly. On Dec. 3, 1944, she married Kenneth H. Sutton, who preceded her in death on October 26, 1998. She was a homemaker and a member of the Montpelier Eagles.
She is survived by thirteen children, Betty (Ken) Mertz, Penn., Ernest Sutton, N.Y., Elizabeth (Paul) Swanson, Miss., JoAnn (Dennis) Thompson, Texas, Lorraine Biller, Montpelier, William (Philys) Sutton, Ind. Brenda (Bob) Norling, Montpelier, Russell (Dawn) Sutton, Montpelier, Alvah Sutton, Ohio, Elaine (Jerry) Greene, Colo., Ella (David) Heck, Colo., Eyvonne (John) Harding, Colo., Robert Sutton, Ohio; forty-four grandchildren; and fifty-one great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by four grandchildren, Mark Thompson, Dustin and Jesse Rhoads, and Jennifer Sutton.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Charles Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier.
Visitation will be 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 and one hour prior to services on Friday, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.
Donations may be made in memory of Margaret Sutton in care of Den Herder Funeral Home.











JAMES
BAARLAER
1930-2008
DAYTON — James Bernard Baarlaer, 77, died at 4:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 22, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance.
He was born July 17, 1930, in Cincinnati, the son of Joseph L. and Eleanor (Taylor) Baarlaer, who both preceded him in death. On June 8, 1957, he married Ellen Marnell, who preceded him in death on Nov. 25, 1977. He was a draftsman at H.C.I. in Stanwood, Wash. He was a Navy veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Dayton, Ohio and a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Seattle. He was active in his church and community and was an avid photographer.
Surviving are two sons, Richard (Heather) of Dayton, and David (Clare) Baarlaer of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Laura (Neil) Baker of Oakwood, and Barbara (Greg) Lehmicke of Stillwater, Minn.; a sister, Nancy Coch of Houston, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death was a son, Doug Baarlaer.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Feb. 25, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Defiance, with Father Tim Kummerer officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Hospice or Mary Knoll Missionaries.





BEN “JEFF”
BLANKENSHIP
1958-2008
SHERWOOD — Ben “Jeff” Blankenship, 49, died Saturday, Feb. 23, at Toledo Hospital.
He was born May 6, 1958 in Van Wert, the son of Ben and Martha Blankenship. He was a 1977 graduate of Paulding High School. On Sept. 29, 1979, he married Tamara Laney, who survives. He was employed by Sims Cab in Payne for 21 years until the business closed doors due to moving the company. He then worked at Global Suspension Systems in Bryan, for four years.
He was a lifetime member of Defiance Fish ‘n Game Club, Fort Defiance Deer Hunters Club, and a member of Eagles #2405, Paulding. He loved his family, friends and grandkids. He also enjoyed NASCAR, hunting, and country music.
He is survived by his father, Benjamin Blankenship, Paulding; his wife, Tammy Blankenship, Sherwood; a daughter, Jennifer Blankenship, Van Wert; a son, Brandon Blankenship, Paulding; four grandchildren, Mackenzie, Connor, Landon and Tyler Blankenship and three sisters, Wilma (Ted) Saylor, Convoy, Wanda McCoy, Paulding, and Diana Serrado, Titusville, Pa.
Preceding him in death were his mother, Martha Ann; a daughter, Jessica Nicole Blankenship; a brother, Donald Cecil Blankenship; and a sister, Brenda Lee Blankenship.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, Feb. 27, at Den Herder Funeral Home.
Donations may be made to the family.




HARVEY CLEMENS
1917-2008
PAULDING – Harvey E. Clemens, age 91, died Saturday Feb. 23 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.
He was born Jan. 29, 1917 in Paulding County, the son of Peter Burr and Martha Jane (Myers) Clemens. He was a lifelong farmer.
He is survived by three sons, Donald (Shirley) Clemens, Tom (Karen) Clemens, and Harvey C. (Susan) Clemens, all of Paulding; two daughters, Martha Baughman, Paulding, and Barbara (John) Peck, Continental; a brother, Alva Clemens, Defiance; a sister, Violet Andrist, Jacksonville, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Peter, James, Joe, George, Ward and William; a sister, Maude Tuohy; and a grandson, Jack A. Clemens.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Feb. 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home, with Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding County Home Health Care or Defiance Inpatient Hospice.



HAROLD GLASS
1915-2008
WARSAW, Ind. – Harold James Glass, age 92, died Monday, Feb. 18 at Mason Health Care, Warsaw, Ind.
He was born July 23, 1915 in Tipton, Paulding County, the son of Denver M. and Vada (Robinson) Glass. On May 9, 1938 he married Dorothy Schiwietzer, who survives. He attended Pleasant View Bible Church, Warsaw. He retired from the grain business which started at age 8.
Also surviving are a son, Jerry (Linda) Glass, Paulding; a daughter, Janet (Robert) Shull, Warsaw; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Roy and Ray Glass.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 23 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Charles Ashman officiating. Burial was in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.


HELENE LEE
1922-2008
OAKWOOD — Helene E. Lee, 85, of Oakwood, died at 2:55 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Harborside Healthcare in Defiance.
She was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Oakwood, the daughter of Edgar E. and Almina G. (Kretzinger) Rhees. On March 21, 1942, she married Andrew Lee, who preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 2001. She was a homemaker and a member of the Dupont Church of the Brethren and the New and Better Methods Extension Club. She was formerly employed at the Oakwood Tent Factory and she volunteered at the Oakwood Library.
She is survived by a son, Darwin (Carol) Lee of Ashland; three daughters, Darlene Hale of Bristow, Va., Shirley Zipfel of Defiance, and Teresa Keezer also of Defiance; a sister, Hilda Noffsinger of Continental; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amy Keezer; a brother, Milo Rhees; and a sister, Lola Tracy.
Services were held Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial was in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery in Oakwood.
Preferred memorials are to the family.



DONNA PHILLIPS
1963-2008
GROVER HILL – Donna L. Phillips, age 44, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
She was born Sept. 18, 1963 in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Thomas and Marcia (Napierala) Phillips. She was employed by Ohio Mirror Technologies in Paulding and was a member of the Paulding Eagles Post #2405 Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her mother, Marcia (Jerry) Pagley, Paulding; her father, Tom Phillips, Toledo; a son, Grant Harris, Auburndale, Fla.; a daughter, Alexandra Durfey, Grover Hill; a brother, Thomas Phillips Jr., Paulding; two sisters, Lorinda Allen of Grover Hill, and Barbara (Christopher) Freeman, Toledo; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Feb. 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Donna Phillips in care of Den Herder Funeral Home.




ROBERT
REINHART
1930-2008
PAULDING – Robert W. Reinhart, age 77, died Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.
He was born May 28, 1930 in Paulding, the son of George W. and V. Louise “Sal” (Todd) Reinhart. On Aug. 28, 1952 he married Rosemarie Walz, who survives. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was owner/operator of the former Reinhart Chevrolet, Paulding. He was previously employed by Paulding County Department of Human Services. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Paulding, VFW Post 587 and Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council #3584.
Also surviving are a son, Chris (Mary) Reinhart, Paulding; a daughter, Kathy Wherry, New Haven; a brother, Fred (Carole) Reinhart, Tallahassee, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Dick Wilson, Paulding; a sister-in-law, Bev Reinhart, Tempe, Ariz.; four grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and six great-stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John J. and Stephen Reinhart and an infant brother; two sisters, Martha Wilhelm and Monica Wilson; a son-in-law, Mark Wherry; and a brother-in-law, William Wilhelm.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Feb. 23 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by Paulding VFW Post 587. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding EMS or Masses.



DONNA RENOLLET
1927-2008
WICHITA, Kan. — Donna R. Renollet, 81, a former Paulding resident, died on Thursday, Feb. 21.
She was born Jan. 30, 1927. She married Warren Brown, who preceded her in death. She then married Lewis Renollet, who survives in Wichita.
Also surviving are her sons, David A. Brown of Boulder, Colo., Philip (Alison) Brown of Wichita, and heart adopted son, Ray Gonzales of Haysville, Kan.; four brothers, Fred, Tom, Ray, and Stan Bashore; a sister, Mary Carr of Chicago; stepchildren, Gary (Janet) Renollet, Pam (Darwin) Wampler, Patty (Fred) Snyder and Laura Renollet; grand- and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Also preceding her in death was a daughter, June Douglas.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Broadway Mortuary Chapel in Wichita, Kan.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fireman’s Relief Fund.







DR. JOHN
SCHAEFER
1926-2008
REDDING, Calif. — Word has been received that Dr. John H. Schaefer, 81, passed away at Mercy Medical Center on Oct. 19, 2007.
He was born into a Lutheran missionary family in Madras, India, in 1926. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and following his discharge from the service, successfully pursued a degree in medicine from the Ohio State University.
Dr. Schaefer began his 35 year medical career as a general practitioner in Paulding. He served with the foreign service in Jakarta, Indonesia and with a U.S. military base hospital on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. In 1974, Dr. Schaefer relocated to Redding, Calif., where he retired in 1985 as medical director at Shasta General Hospital.
An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Schaefer spent many happy summers in northeastern Pennsylvania. He enjoyed boating, fishing, hiking, skiing, camping, and tennis, and was a certified master diving instructor.
He is survived by his children, Kris and David.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Eva Schaefer.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Good News Rescue Mission.






DOLORES WOBLER
1926-2008
PAYNE – Dolores M. Wobler, 81, of Payne, passed away Friday morning, Feb. 22, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home.
Dolores was born Aug. 18, 1926, in Defiance, the daughter of the late Edward and Velva (Shirk) Lero. On May 10, 1947, she married Edward Wobler, who preceded her in death on March 6, 1979. She had worked at Permaglass and Haffner’s 5 & 10, Payne. Dolores was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Payne, the Altar Rosary Society, Catholic Ladies of Columbia and Antwerp VFW Post 5087 Auxiliary. Her family is what brought her the most joy.
She will be sadly missed by her sons, Michael (Nancy) of Antwerp, Bernard (Roberta) of Lima, and Francis (Peg) and John, both of Payne; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her children, Betty Ake and Richard, William and Thomas Wobler; and siblings, Winnie Brady, Paul and Francis Lero, and Robert Shirk.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, Feb. 25 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, with the Very Rev. G. Allan Fillman and Deacon Don Coughlin officiating. She was laid to rest at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Homes of Antwerp & Payne was in charge of arrangements.
The family requests donations to the church or the charity of your choice.

JOHN BAKSA
1922-2008
PAULDING – John Baksa, age 85, died Friday, Feb. 29, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.
He was born Nov. 1, 1922 near Okolona in Henry County, the son of Steve and Maggie (Kaptain) Baksa. On Feb. 5, 1944 he married Theresa Feffer, who preceded him in death on May 26, 1982. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a grain and dairy farmer.
He is survived by a son, Gene Baksa, Toledo; a daughter, Linda (Robert) Vance, Antwerp; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by a brother, Steve Jr., and an infant brother.
A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Monday, March 3 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Paulding County Animal Shelter.

ANTHONY BERNARD
1970-2008
ANTWERP – Anthony Quinn Bernard, 37, of Antwerp, passed away suddenly Monday, Feb. 25 in a semi vs. pickup truck accident on U.S. 24, near Antwerp.
He was born on June 7, 1970, in Hicksville, the son of Charles and Bonnie (Walters) Bernard. He was a member of Boilermakers Local Union #549.
He will be sadly missed by his father, Charles of Antwerp; mother, Bonnie of Paulding; daughter, Brittney of Fort Wayne; sisters, Toni Katschke of Hicksville, Tina Neer of Paulding and Cheryl Kelly of Fort Wayne; brothers, Chuck of Cecil, Randy of Arthur, Shawn of Florida, and Bobby of Massachusetts.
Preceding him in death were a sister, Tammy Thompson; and two brothers, Greg Bernard and William Gaskill.
Services were held Saturday, March 1 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Scott Marsee officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
The family requests memorial donations to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

MILDRED ELICK
1908-2008
MESA, Ariz. – Mildred E Elick passed away Feb. 16, nine days short of her 100th birthday.
She was born Feb. 25, 1908, in Payne, one of eight children of Elmer and Elnora Lehman. She received her teaching certificate from what was then the State College at Bowling Green. The first nine of her 33 years of teaching were spent in Lima, and the rest in Payne. Most of her career she taught first grade, but she finished as a second grade teacher. She married Dorr Elick in 1939; he preceded her in death in 1971. She was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Payne and participated in many social clubs and civic endeavors.
Mildred moved to Tucson, Ariz. in 1974 to join her family. She was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church there and volunteered at the Food Bank. She moved to Mesa, Ariz. in 1997, once again following her family. Throughout her life, she enjoyed traveling and playing cards with friends. She played bridge into her early 90s.
She is survived by her daughter, Judy Garza; her granddaughters, Christina Garza and Stacey (Frank) Masci; her great-grandchildren, Celeste and Daniel Masci; and a brother, Harry Lehman of Kentucky.
A memorial service was held at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Mesa. A memorial service also will be held in Payne in May.
Her family thanks all those who sent cards for her 100th birthday. Many came before her death and she appreciated hearing from all.
The family requests any memorial donations be given to the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 154, Payne.

TYRONE
HOMER
1940-2008
PAYNE – A. Tyrone Homer, age 67, died Wednesday, Feb. 27 at his residence.
He was born March 30, 1940 in Van Wert County, the son of Walter and Georgia (Custer) Homer. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was employed by the former Sims Cab, Payne. He was an avid Ham and C.B. radio enthusiast and a gun collector.
He is survived by a sister, Connie Polanco, Payne; a brother, Donald (Joyce) Homer, Waynedale, Ind.; three nieces and four nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Lelah Elliott.
Graveside services will be conducted at a later date at Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne.
Handling funeral arrangements is Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

TINA JENNINGS
1976-2008
GROVER HILL — Word was received of the Feb. 17 death of Tina Marie Jennings, 32, of Grover Hill.
She was born Feb. 15, 1976, in Louisa, Ky., the daughter of Benny and Sandra (Skaggs) Jennings. She was a member of God’s House of Prayer, Lowmansville, Ky.
Surviving are her mother, who resides in Oakwood; a daughter, Jade of Oakwood; a brother, Andrew Jennings of Warsaw, Ind.; two sisters, Amanda Vance of Oakwood and Jessica Boundy of Paris Island, S.C.; and her grandparents, Violet Skaggs of Lowmansville, Ky. and Marie Jennings of Paintsville, Ky.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Services were held Feb. 21 at God’s House of Prayer with John Skaggs officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery, Staffordsville, Ky. Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville was in charge of the arrangements.

LUCILLE OVERMYER
1918-2008
PAYNE – K. Lucille Overmyer, age 89, died Saturday, March 1, at the Paulding County Hospital.
She was born Dec. 26, 1918 in Allen County, Ind., the daughter of George and Gertrude (Diver) Laker. On Jan. 28, 1943, she married Richard E. Overmyer Sr., who preceded her in death on May 18, 1999. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, and the Altar Rosary Society, and the Payne Grange.
She is survived by three sons, Richard E. (Ann) Overmyer Jr. Lt. Col. (Ret.), Woodbridge, Va., and Larry L. (Marti) and Terry L. (Terri), both of Payne, a daughter, Pamela Proxmire, Payne; a brother, Roman “Bud” (Christine) Laker, Cecil; two sisters, Pauline Swary of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Leona Molitor, Payne; nine grandchildren, Lindley Ann, Sarah Katherine, Meredith Leigh, Leslie L., Tyler A., Rodney W. and Nathan C. Overmyer, and Mick L. (Laura) and William W. (Kim) Proxmire; and five great-grandchildren, Luke M., Jarod, Garret, Gabriella and Mason Proxmire.
She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia; two brothers, Theodore and Dean Laker; and two sisters, Beatrice Johanns and Betty Swary.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, March 5 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Activity Fund; Masses; or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church School.

RENA QUISNO
1912-2008
ANTWERP – Rena N. Quisno, 95, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28 at Convoy Care Center, Convoy.
She was born on Dec. 15, 1912, in Antwerp, the daughter of Ralph and Bessie (Overmeyer) Tracy. On Nov. 8, 1930, Rena married Clarence Quisno, who died Oct. 24, 1998. Rena was a homemaker and a member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.
She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Barbara (Howard) Presar of Van Wert and Ruth Snyder of Antwerp; a sister, Doris Toth of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a brother, Jack Tracy; and a grandson, Dan Snyder.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 4 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. She was laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
The family requests memorial donations to the church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com .

WANDA SHEETS
1913-2008
ANTWERP — Wanda  Sheets, 95, of Antwerp, died at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 29, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born Jan. 25, 1913, in Van Wert, the daughter of Rollie and Goldie (Thomas) Springer. On April 12, 1936, she married Glenn Sherman Sheets, who preceded her in death on June 10, 1995.
She was the  head bookkeeper for Mercer and Rockford Landmark and Farmers Grain Elevator from 1958 to 1967, and retired in 1975 as personnel secretary at Kroger, Fort Wayne and as a division distributor for Luzier Cosmetic Company. She was a member of the Methodist Church, but spent the last three wonderful years at the Country Inn, Paulding.
She was president of Celina Business and Professional Women’s Club, OSU Agricultural Extension Service for Van Wert and Mercer counties for 18 years, Eastern Star Worthy Matron of Rockford Chapter #152, 4-H leader and a member of the Van Wert and Mercer County’s fair board.
She also had her own band of twin accordions with Gertrude McCain, called the Rhythm Dots. She sung in the Berne, Ind. Mennonite Choir and enjoyed painting. She received honors at the Van Wert Art Show in 1989.   
She will be sadly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Kevin West of Antwerp; brother and sister-in-law, Meredith and Ernestine Springer of Van Wert; two grandchildren, Chad (Mandie) West of Hull, Ga. and Candace West of Warren Michigan.
You are invited to participate in her funeral service 11 a.m., Thursday, March 6, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Mike Schneider officiating.
Hours of visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., today, Wednesday, March 5, and one hour prior to services. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
The family requests donations to The Country Inn Activity Fund.  Condolences and fond memories may be sent to www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

MARJORIE WINNERS
1917-2008
FORT WAYNE – Marjorie Jean Grant Winners, age 91, died at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice, Fort Wayne.
She was born Feb. 9, 1917 in Oakwood, the daughter of Lawrence and Alice (Gettal) Bidlack. In 1936, she married John A. Grant, who passed away in 1974. In 1984, she married G. Basil Winners, who preceded her in death in 2002. She had been a press operator at Figley Tool and Die, and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Martha Club at the church.
Surviving are a daughter, Linda Cramer, Fort Wayne; a stepson, Mike Winners, Defiance; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two sons, Ron Grant and John Phillip Grant; and a stepson, John Winners.
Services were held Monday, March 3 at Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Shaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, with the Rev. Joe Chrisman officiating. Burial was in Riverview Memory Gardens in Defiance County.
Memorials are to the church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at www.mastmockhoffman.com

CHARLES BAIR
1930-2008
PAULDING – Charles “Junior” E. Bair, age 77, died at 3:45 a.m. Friday, March 7, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance.
He was born on July 16, 1930 in Grover Hill, the son of Austin E. and Margarite E. (Stahl) Bair. On Jan. 15,1949, he married Roberta Merritte, who survives. He retired in 1993 from the former Continental Can Company of Van Wert, where he worked for 46 years. He was a veteran of the Ohio National Guard, serving from 1947-50. He attended the Melrose United Methodist Church of Melrose and the Trinity United Methodist Church of Van Wert.
Also surviving are two sons, Doug Bair of Cincinnati and Dana (Ruth Ann) Bair of Oakwood; two daughters, Sue (Denny) Reinhart of Oakwood and Jayne (Rick) Molnar of Grand Rapids; one sister, Joyce (Marvin) Estle of Oakwood; one brother, Robert (Patricia) Bair of Melrose; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Betty Sherry.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 11, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding with the Revs. Tim Burden and Carol Retcher officiating. Burial was in the Little Auglaize Cemetery Melrose. Military graveside services were conducted by Paulding VFW Post 587.
Preferred memorials are to Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance.

FRANCES BROOKS
1911-2008
ANTWERP – Frances C. Brooks, 96, of Antwerp, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Monday, March 10 at Hawthorn Court, Paulding.
Frances was born on July 23, 1911, in Hoytville, Ohio, the daughter of the late Charles A. and Ida E. (Bickers) Reynolds. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Antwerp and the Royal Neighbors of America.
Frances will be sadly missed by her sister, Rita Lambert of Antwerp; and a brother, Jim Reynolds of Aurora, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Kilpatrick; and second husband, Homer Brooks. Also preceding her in death were her sisters, Kathryn Swann and Theresa Hammer; and brothers, Leo, Bernard and Edward Reynolds.
Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Antwerp, with Father Thomas Oedy and Deacon Robert Nighswander officiating. She will be laid to rest at Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today, March 12, with an 8 p.m. Catholic Vigil Service, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.
The family requests donations to the church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

CONNIE DEATRICK
1950-2008
PAULDING — Connie K. Deatrick, 57, of Paulding and formerly of Defiance, died at 4:38 a.m., Monday, March 10, at the Defiance Regional Medical Center.
She was born Oct. 2, 1950, in Defiance, the daughter of Forest and Eunice (Workman) Deatrick. She was a nutrition specialist for the Paulding County Senior Center. She attended the Melrose United Methodist Church and was a long time member of the former Junction United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her mother, Eunice Deatrick of Paulding; two brothers, Glen (Julia) Deatrick of Payne and Ron (Marita) Deatrick of Ottawa; several nieces; a great-nephew and a great-niece.
Preceding her in death was her father, Forest Deatrick; and a nephew, David Deatrick.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood, with Pastor Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial will be in the Sherman Cemetery in Oakwood.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, March 14, and from noon-1 p.m. prior to services at Heitmeyer Funeral Home.
Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Association.
Online condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

PHYLLIS FAST
1911-2008
VAN WERT — Phyllis Deane Fast, 96, died at Hearth and Home in Van Wert.
She was born Oct. 30, 1911, in Paulding County, the daughter of Ralph and Cornellia (Chemin) Dangler. On June 29, 1934, she married Gaylord Clayton Fast, who preceded her in death on May 5, 1973. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church for 64 years, making her the longest continual member of the church and the Women’s Missionary Society of the church.
She is survived by three children, Elaine (Winfred) Grismore of Pandora, Arnell (Shirley) Fast of Van Wert, and Marilyn (Paul) Heine of Louisville, Ky.; 11 grandchildren, Greg (Pam) Grismore of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Doug (Gina) Grismore of Findlay, Dwight (Letty) Grismore of Auke Bay, Alaska, Dan (Polly) Grismore of Fort Wayne, Cynthia (John) Tilford of Valparaiso, Denise (Shaun) Blackburn of Kalida, Mark (Lori) Fast of Van Wert, Jonathan (Stacy) Fast of Tampa, Fla., David (Tisha) Fast of Van Wert, Craig (Shannon) Heine of Mason, Ohio, and Jason (Emily) Heine of Louisville, Ky.; and great-grandchildren, Shannon (Mike) Renfro, South Bend, Heather Lee and Laura (Brent) Robinson, Murfreesboro, Tenn, David and Ruben Grismore, Auke Bay, Alaska, Abbi Grismore, Fort Wayne, Bryan and Hanna Tilford, Valparaiso, Emily, Bethany, and Rebekah Fast, Van Wert, Whitley and Clayton Fast of Van Wert, Gavin and Addison Fast of Tampa, Reid Heine, Mason, Ohio, Jacob and Olivia Heine of Louisville, Ky.; and two great-great-grandchildren, Madeline and Timothy Renfrow of South Bend.
She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Hope Dangler, Eleanor Goodenough, and Gail Hopkins; and two brothers, Chris and Murl Dangler.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 15, at Brickners Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Steven A. Robinson officiating. Internment will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., Friday, March 14, at Brickners Funeral Home.
Preferred memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church in Van Wert, The Gideons, or Echo Rach Bible Camp of Auke Bay, Alaska.

HOBART KUHN
1928-2008
PAYNE — Hobart L. Kuhn, 79, died Sunday, March 9, at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born June 30, 1928 in Payne, the son of Edward J. and Victoria M. (Lucas) Kuhn. On June 26, 1954 he married Mary M. Hake, who survives in Payne. He was a United States Marine veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne and the American Legion Post #297. He was a self-employed farmer.
He is also survived by three sons, Hobart Kuhn, Michael (Claudia) Kuhn, and Matthew (Tosha) Kuhn, all of Payne; four daughters, Melissa, Kuhn, Payne, Angela Kuhn, Marion, Ind., Mary Brueggemann, Fort Wayne, and Katrina (Scott) Bauer of Oakwood; a brother, John (Phyllis) Kuhn, New Haven; three sisters, Christina (Charles) Schaefer and Clela (Bill) Sample, both of Payne, and Nila (Ralph) Radenbaugh, St. Helen, Mich.; seven grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony E. Kuhn; a sister, Mary Obringer; stepfather, Leo J. Kuhn; and a granddaughter, Kaitlyn Bauer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 AM Thursday, March 13 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery, Payne with military graveside services conducted by Payne American Legion Post #297.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, March 12, with a Rosary service at 7:30 p.m., at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.
Donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Church Education Fund or Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.

MARSHA CONWELL
1931-2008
FORT WAYNE – Former Payne resident Marsha M. Conwell, age 76, died Monday, March 10 in Fort Wayne.
She was born July 27, 1931 in Allen County, Ind., the daughter of Marcell C. and Gladys M. (Turner) Gaut. On Nov. 8, 1965, she married Gene S. Conwell, who preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1997. She was a 1949 graduate of Payne High School.
She is survived by her mother, Gladys M. Gaut, Fort Wayne; and two sisters, Myrna (Don) Snyder, Payne, and Miriam Gaut, Fort Wayne.
She also was preceded in death by her father; and a son, Kevin.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 14 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne, with the Rev. Amy Haines officiating. Burial was in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church.

RICARDO LUCIO SR.
1932-2008
PAULDING – Ricardo Lucio Sr., age 75, died at 8:55 a.m. Sunday, March 16 at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home in Paulding.
He was born Sept. 1, 1932 in Laredo, Texas, the son of Antonio L. and Belen (Fierrus) Lucio. On Oct. 7, 1950, he married Emma Curiel, who died on July 13, 1991. On Sept. 16, 1997, he married Barbara J. Fling, who survives. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Paulding. In 1989, he retired from GM Powertrain in Defiance after 35 years of service. He was a member of UAW Local #211.
Also surviving are three sons, Ricardo Jr. of Findlay, Rene (Amy) of Wylie, Texas, and Ruben of Lorain, Ohio; four daughters, Margot (Roger) Glanemann of Clyde, Linda (Brad) Bradshaw of Atlanta, and Careena and Maria Lucio, both of Paulding; four stepchildren, David (Kristen) McCann of Northwood, Alan Eddings of Paulding, Wendy (Roy) Klien of Hoytville, and Laurie (Andrew) Billings of Tollhouse, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and 15 stepgrandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Antonio Lucio Jr.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. today, March 19 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with calling at the church one hour before services. The Rev. G. Allan Fillman will officiate. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Lucio Grandchildren’s Educational Fund.


DEWEY MILLER
1928-2008
PAULDING – Duane “Dewey” D. Miller, age 80, died Thursday, March 13 at the Defiance Regional Medical Center, Defiance.
He was born Feb. 5, 1928 in Fort Wayne, the son of Russell and Gladys (Doster) Miller. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a service technician for Ohio Gas Company in Paulding, retiring in 1987. He was a life member of Paulding VFW Post #587, Paulding Eagles Aerie #2405, Defiance Moose Lodge #2094 and the Payne American Legion Post #297.
He is survived by two nieces and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Hope Diss, in 1997.
Visitation was held Sunday, March 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, where military rites were accorded by Paulding VFW Post #587. Burial will be at the U.S. National Cemetery in Dayton at a later date.
The family suggests memorials be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

JAMES WRIGHT
1931-2008
CHARLOE – James E. Wright, age 76, died Thursday, March 13 at his residence.
He was born June 23, 1931 in Lima, the son of George S. and Emma I. (Miller) Wright. On Sept. 30, 1961 he married Jacqueline L. Worthen, who survives. A U.S. Army veteran, he worked at Dinner Bell in Defiance for 30 years, retiring in 1990. He also worked for the former Nickel Plate Railroad in Lima. He was a member of the Junction Bible Christian Church.
Also surviving are one daughter, Judy Woodruff, Charloe; two sons, James Jr. of Charloe and Jeremy of Paulding; two sisters, Della Childs of Archbold and Ruby (Charles) Gillette of Lima; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services were held Monday, March 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Pat Shepard officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Charloe, where military rites were accorded by Paulding VFW Post #587.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in James’ memory in care of the Wright family.


VICTOR TUOHY
1917-2008
DEFIANCE — Victor R. Tuohy, 90, died at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 28, 1917, in Paulding County, the son of Frank and Stella (Price) Tuohy. He married J. Marceile Dimock, who survives. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during WWII. He was employed as a supervisor at Defiance Precision Products, retiring in 1980 after 46 years.
He was a lifelong member of the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Junction. He served as an Auglaize Township trustee for 12 years and was a lifelong farmer.
He is also survived by a son, Dennis of Defiance; three daughters, Carol (James) Birkemeier, Ottawa, Mary (Jerry) Price, and Cheryl (Al) Tennyson, both of Defiance; nine grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Woodrow and John Tuohy.
A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted at noon Tuesday, March 18 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Defiance, with the Rev. Todd Dominique officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to the Masses or Visiting Nurses.


WANETA SKIVER
1912-2008
CONTINENTAL – Waneta Gale Skiver, age 95, died at 4:15 a.m. Saturday, March 15 at her daughter’s residence in Oakwood.
She was born Nov. 19, 1912 in Paulding County, the daughter of Abner and Sela (Sanford) Carnahan. On Nov. 27, 1929, she married Perlie Skiver, who preceded her in death on May 8, 2001. She was a farmer and homemaker and a member of North Mount Zion Church, Continental.

GEORGE SEIBERT
1930-2008
HICKSVILLE – George G. Seibert, 77, died Friday, Aug. 1 at Community Memorial Hospital in Hicksville.
He was born Oct. 8, 1930 in Defiance, the son of Robert and Gertrude (Weber) Seibert. A 1948 graduate of Defiance High School, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951-53. On Oct. 6, 1956, he was united in marriage to Barbara Meyer, who survives. He retired from Dana/Weatherhead, Antwerp, after 23 years of employment. He served as a volunteer fireman with the Hicksville Fire Department for 30 years. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Hicksville, Hicksville Eagles Aerie #2556, Knights of Columbus, Defiance VFW, Hicksville American Legion Post 223, and the Moose Lodge of Cleveland, Fla.
Also surviving are two daughters, Angela (Brian) Slattery of Hicksville and Ann (Troy) Sonner, Bowling Green; two sons, Alan (Chris) of Grover Hill and Andrew (Andrea), Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren, Michelle and Jeremy Slattery, Alex, Bailey, Garett and Parker Seibert, and Cole and Grant Sonner; a sister, Mary Seibert MSC; and two brothers, Robert and Joe (Lucille), both of Bryan.
He was preceded in death by a son, Anthony; his parents; and two brothers, Mike and John.
A funeral mass was held Monday, Aug. 4 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Hicksville, with Fr. Tom Oedy officiating. Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville, with military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 223. Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

GENE GOODENOUGH
1929-2008
PAULDING – Gene S. Goodenough, age 79, died Monday, Aug. 11 at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.
He was born June 1, 1929 in Paulding, the son of Tom S. and Katie L. (Hasch) Goodenough. On Aug. 27, 1946 in Covington, Ky., he married Elizabeth E. Carnahan, who survives. He was employed by Dana Corporation, Fort Wayne, for 42 years and 8 months, retiring in 1991. He was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding.
Also surviving are a son, Tom (Deb), of California; three daughters, Beth (Eric) Stoller and Sandi (Tim Wolfle) Smith, both of Paulding, and Cindi (Mike) Williams, Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jack; and two sisters, Alta Sanders and Mildred Swires.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Mary Beth Smith Webb officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

NICK MARTINEZ SR.
1917-2008
PAULDING – Nick Cano Martinez Sr., age 91, died Friday, Aug. 8 at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home, Paulding.
He was born Jan. 10, 1917 in Rock Springs, Texas, the son of Rafael and Flora (Cano) Martinez. On Dec. 2, 1939, he married Lupe Hernandez, who survives. He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Antwerp. He was a retired Construction Worker in Indiana for Local Labor Union #213.
Also surviving are four sons, Rosalio (Genevieve), Nick Jr. and Juan, all of Paulding, and Martin (Gloria) of Racine, Wis.; five daughters, Lupe (Ray) Contreraz, Esther (Joe) Rangel and Lisa (Tim) Bermejo, all of Paulding, and Phyllis Martens and Valentina (Art) Ybarra, both of Fort Wayne; 29 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Mayo, Jacinto and Mike; two sisters, Rafaela and one unknown; a granddaughter, Martina Contreraz; a grandson, Brandon Bermejo; and two great-grandchildren, Joshua Martinez and Talan Fett.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Gary Bear officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding County Area Visiting Nurses/Hospice or Hawthorn Court Nursing Home Activity Fund.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

RHEBA MILLER
1919-2008
VAN WERT – Rheba L. Miller, age 89, died at 12:05 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 at Van Wert Manor.
She was born Feb. 19, 1919 in Van Wert County, the daughter of William and Leona (McClure) Thomas. On Jan. 5, 1938 she married Samuel E. Miller, who preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1991. She was a nursing assistant for 33 years at Vancrest Health Care Center, Van Wert. She attended the Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill.
Surviving are three sons, Garry D. (Cleona) of Van Wert, and Ricky L. (Pat) and Randy G. (Julie), both of Grover Hill; one brother, William Thomas of Lima; three sisters, Olive Scherer and Donna Adams, both of Grover Hill, and Betty Koenig of Van Wert; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by an infant daughter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 13, at Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery Grover Hill.
Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church.
Preferred memorials are to Grover Hill Fire Department or the Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

DOROTHY
RIGGENBACH
1924-2008
PAULDING – Dorothy Dean Riggenbach, age 83, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008 at Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.
She was born Oct. 18, 1924 in Paulding County, the daughter of Charley and Hazel M. (Patton) Smith. On Oct. 5, 1942 she married Ray Henry Riggenbach, who preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 1996. She worked for attorneys Paul Spriggs, Harvey Hyman and Norman Cook. She was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church and helped on several committees. She was also a volunteer at the Paulding County Hospital.
Surviving are four sons, Gerald (Mary) of Defiance, and David (CarieLynn), Duane (Brenda) and Ron (Deborah), all of Paulding; a daughter, Sue (Richard) Wannemacher, Payne; three grandchildren, Kevin (Sally) Wannemacher, Troy (Amy) Riggenbach and Ivy Riggenbach; a stepgrandchild, Kyle Mohr; and two great-grandchildren, Kristin and Konnor Wannemacher.
She also was preceded in death by three sisters, Glendine Jeffery, Averial Baughman and Edith DeMuth.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, Aug. 8 at Paulding United Methodist Church, with Pastor Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding United Methodist Church; Paulding County Hospital Foundation; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

LUCILE COE
1917-2008
PAULDING – Lucile Anna Coe, age 91, died at 5:31 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home, Paulding.
She was born Aug. 10, 1917 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of William P. and Minta (Newton) Smitley. On Aug. 21, 1945, she married Hilen J. Coe, who preceded her in death Oct. 10, 2007. She was a homemaker and worked for General Electric in Fort Wayne Indiana during World War II. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding, where she served as a former deacon and was member of the Women’s Church Circle.
Surviving are two daughters, Mary (Randy) Bussing of Paulding and Marjorie (Craig) Rupp of Bryan; two sons, Charles (Paula) Coe of Paulding and Michael (Nancy) Coe of Defiance; a brother, Kenneth (Geraldine) Smitley of Hicksville; one sister, Juanita (Jack) Carr of Antwerp; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death a brother, Ivan Smitley; and an infant sister, Irma.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 20, at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation is one hour before services.
Preferred memorials are to the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding, or Foundation for Fighting Blindness.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

CAROLE DUNDERMAN
1939-2008
ANTWERP – Carole S. Dunderman, 68, of Antwerp, died Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center after an extended illness.
She was born Oct. 28, 1939 near Antwerp, the daughter of Wendell R. and Nellie M. (Reed) Savage. She was a graduate of Antwerp High School and Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. She retired in 2000 from the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities after 26 years of service. She was an avid traveler and reader, and belonged to the local book club in Antwerp.
She is survived by three daughters, Elaine (Phil) Kuhn of Edgewood, Ky., Rebecca (Jack) Benna of Glendale, Ariz. and Vanessa (Paul) Sciortino of Jeffersonville, Vt.; two sons, Bradley (Judy) of Clarendon Hills, Ill. and Douglas (Laura), Cincinnati; a sister, Barbara (Richard) Brown of Hicksville; a brother, Lynn (Ruth) Savage of Coral, Mich.; a sister-in-law, Peggy Savage of Antwerp; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; a stepfather, Melvin (Dugan) Billman; a stepmother, Mildred Savage; and a brother, Rex (Pete) Savage.
A private burial service will be held. Dooley Funeral Homes of Antwerp & Payne is in charge of arrangements.
Friends and family are invited to join in celebrating Carole’s life from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22 at Grant’s Reception Hall, 501 East Canal St. in Antwerp.
Preferred memorials are to the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center, 06817 SR 66 N, Defiance OH 43512.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

DUANE GEER
1940-2008
PAULDING – Duane W. Geer, 68, of Paulding, passed away at 3:55 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, surrounded by his family at his residence.
He was born May 9, 1940 in Lincolnville, Pa., the son of the late Clifford and Pauline (Stover) Geer. He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman. He worked at Sims Manufacturing, Payne, and also as a truck driver for M&D Transport and Bryan Trucking. On Feb. 24, 1968, he married Barbara Masone, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Dina (Matthew) Shinabery of Waldron, Mich.; a son, Michael (Ruth) of Bandon, Fla.; a sister, Luella Chippiga of Union City, Pa.; and five grandchildren, Alex and Corey Geer and Emily, Jordan and Bailey Shinabery.
Also preceding him in death was a sister, Marjorie Hand.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 20 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with calling one hour prior. The Rev. Dwight Bowers will officiate.
The family requests donations to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses, or the Cancer Research Institute, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York NY 10006.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

WILLIAM HANENKRATT
1925-2008
CECIL – William Henry Hanenkratt, age 83, died Monday, Aug. 18 at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born Feb. 1, 1925, in Paulding County, the son of Charles and Florence (White) Hanenkratt. He was a lifelong farmer.
He is survived by a nephew, Daniel H. (Jean) Stouffer Jr., Bosque Farms, N.M.; and two nieces, Bonnie (William) Borsa of Frederick, Md. and Susan Stouffer, Paulding.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Margery A. Smith and Alverda C. Stouffer.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, Aug. 20 at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding County Hospital.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

HOMER HOWARD
1931-2008
MONROE, N.C. — Homer Gene Howard, 77, died at his home on Sunday, July 27.
He was born Feb. 8, 1931, in Union County, N.C., the son of Jesse Earl and Mary Crisco Howard, who both preceded him in death. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Masonic Lodge Monroe #244.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Hill Howard; a daughter, Susan Easley of Monroe, N.C.; four brothers, Melvin (Katherine) of Marshville, N.C., Gary (Helen) of Wingate, N.C., Keith (Pam) of New Salem, and Charles (Patricia) Howard of Monroe, N.C.; two sisters, Polly Robinson of Paulding and Viola (Jay) Smith of Oakboro, N.C.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a daughter, Cynthia L. Howard; a sister, Patricia Griffin; and two brothers, Wade and Leonard Howard.
Funeral services were held July 30, at Gordon Funeral Chapel. Burial was in the Lakeland Memorial Park.
Preferred memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, S.C.

EARL STEWART
1935-2008
ANTWERP – Earl E.  Stewart, 73, of Antwerp, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at Select Specialty Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born May 24, 1935 in Isaban, W.Va., the son of the late Charles E. and Ida Belle (Jones) Stewart. On April 2, 1955, he married Betty Horsley, who preceded him in death on April 20, 1993. He worked at International Harvester, Fort Wayne, and enjoyed his family and spending time at the cardroom.
Surviving are a daughter, Kimberly (Rod) Schaefer of Antwerp; two sons, Michael (Sandra) of Antwerp and Patrick (Jill) of Hicksville; two sisters, Martha Young of Columbus and Dorothy Sparks of Manchester; a brother, Art of South Webster; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia.
Services were held Monday, Aug. 18 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
The family requests donations to Northeast Indiana Burn Council.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

GLENN BAUER
1944-2008
PAULDING – Glenn H. Bauer, age 64 died Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance.
He was born Aug. 2, 1944 in Paulding County, the son of Clark G. and June (Condon) Bauer. On June 8, 1992, he married Brenda M. Bremer, who survives. He was employed by GM Powertrain, Defiance, retiring in 2006 after 44 years. He was a member of UAW #211, VFW Post #587 of Paulding, and Fraternal Order of Eagles #372, Defiance. He was a graduate of the former Blue Creek High School, where he was active in baseball and basketball. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Also surviving are a son, Brian (Dorothy) Bauer, Paulding; two stepsons, John A. Hasch Jr., Sherwood, and James A. Hasch Sr., Cecil; two stepdaughters, Tracey (David) Schroeder of Oakwood, and Tammy (Steve) Hawkins, Defiance; and two brothers, David C. (Jill) of Grover Hill, and Kevin R. (Pam), Briceton; 15 stepgrandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. today, Aug. 27, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

JAMES BURKE
1936-2008
ANGOLA, Ind. – Paulding native and former Defiance resident James R. Burke, 72, Crooked Lake, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, at his home.
He was born Feb. 15, 1936, in Paulding, the son of Rex and Vera (Wunder) Burke. He married Margo McGrath, who died in 2000. He graduated from Defiance High School in 1954 and was a commercial carpenter. He was a member of Defiance Elks Lodge 147 and the NRA. He also had a winter home in Tucson, Ariz.
Surviving are a son, James Jr. (Tami), Tucson; two daughters, Jamie (James) Provencio and Jana Burke, Tucson; a friend, Barbara McCarthy, Defiance; two grandsons; and a great-grandson.
Also preceding him in death were his parents.
No services are planned. Weicht Funeral Home, Angola, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.

RICHARD DYER
1947-2008
DEFIANCE — Richard W. Dyer, 61, of Defiance, formerly of Oakwood, died at 3 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at the Defiance Regional Medical Center.
He was born April 28, 1947, in Lima, the son of Richard J. and Thelma J. (Lovely) Dyer, who both preceded him in death. In 1965, he married Jean Holbrook Dyer. who survives in Payne.
He was employed as a quality control manager at several area manufacturing facilities for over 40 years. He attended Abiding By Faith Assembly Church in Findlay.
Also surviving are a daughter, Kara Combs of Peralta, N.M.; and his grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by three daughters, Kimberly Weible, Kalin Dyer and Laura Dyer.
There are no public services or visitation. Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, was in charge of arrangements.
Suggested memorials are to the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at lawsonroessner.com

ROGER HALL
1941-2008
OAKWOOD – Roger Hall, 67, Oakwood, died at 12:05 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 in his home.
He was born June 29, 1941, in Portsmouth, the son of Lilbryn “Lib” and Ollie (Gee) Hall. In 1985, he married Wilma Stidham, who survives. He was retired from GM Powertrain, Defiance, and was a member of Big Run United Baptist Church, Lucasville, and Continental Masonic Lodge.
Also surviving are two sons, Charles (Michelle) Crabtree of Xenia and Chuck Hall, Tiffin; a brother, Robert (Linda), Lucasville; two sisters, Nancy Rosier and Phyllis (Bob) Ehrler, Lucasville; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a daughter, Nichole Hall; and a brother, Stanley.
Services were held Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Ray Newsome officiating. Another service was held Thursday, Aug. 21 at Big Run United Baptist Church, Lucasville, with pastor Corbert Jenkins officiating. Burial was in Big Run Community Cemetery, Lucasville.
Preferred memorials are to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

DANNY LETUTOUR
1953-2008
MELROSE — Danny “Dan” Ray Letutour, 55, of Melrose, formerly of Philadelphia, Miss., died Saturday, Aug. 16, in a hospital in Meridian, Miss.
He was born Aug. 4, 1953, the son of Arthur Letutour and Ruby McClain Letutour, who preceded him in death.
He was a retired truck driver of 30 years. He loved birds, gardening, wood working and his family and friends very much.
He is survived by his loving companion and mother of his daughter, Betty Letutour; his daughter, Kelly (Christopher) Fuerst; stepsons, Randy Sr. (Jean) Michaelson and Bobby Michaelson; a sister, Sherrie Willis of Philadelphia, MISS; Justin and Justina Letutour, who are his grandchildren, but since he has raised them from babies, he considered them his children and loved them very much; grandchildren, Ashley Michaelson and Randy Michaelson Jr.; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Aug. 30, at the Melrose Church. He will then be laid to rest at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Philadelphia, MISS.
Memorials are to Justin and Justina Letutour.

JOYCE RUSSELL
1940-2008
DEFIANCE – Joyce Anne Russell, age 67, died Thursday, Aug. 21 at her home.
She was born Aug. 22, 1940 in Payne, the daughter of Harry H. and Marjorie K. (Wells) Chester. On June 28, 1958, she married Rex Russell, who survives. She was a 1958 graduate of Payne High School and a member of the Paulding County Rabbit Breeders Association. She was employed by Allied Molded Products, Bryan, for 24 years. She was previously employed by Vagabond Village Restaurant as a hostess and cashier and the former Holiday Inn, Defiance, as a waitress.
Also surviving are five sons, Rex A. (Lisa) of Harrison, Charles (Alex) of Holgate, Scott (Cheryl) and Darren, both of Defiance, and Bruce (Penny), Paulding; a daughter, Kathy J. Russell Hogan, Sherwood; a sister, Jean (Kenneth) Shininger, Defiance; and 10 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Jim Stinehelfer Jr. officiating. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society or Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

“WHITEY” GERENCSER
1958-2008
ANTWERP – Larry “Whitey” Gerencser, 50, of Antwerp, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30 at his residence.
He was born Feb. 17, 1958, in Hicksville, the son of Paul and Dorothy (Strubing) Gerencser. He worked at Kwik Lok, New Haven, and also at Solarcrete in Antwerp and Payne. He enjoyed farming, model airplanes and was a Cleveland Browns fan.
Surviving are his father, Paul; two sisters, Marsha (Don) Oberlin and Christine (Rick) Steffens of Antwerp; and a brother, James (Nadene) of Antwerp.
His mother, Dorothy, preceded him in death.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 3, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with calling one hour prior to the service. He will be laid to rest at Bethel Cemetery, Cecil.
The family requests donations to Hicksville Community Service Center for Dr. Wiley’s Free Clinic, P.O. Box 43 Hicksville OH 43526.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

JUDY “FAUN” JACKSON
1943-2008
GROVER HILL — Judy “Faun” Jackson, 65, of Grover Hill, died Saturday, Aug. 30, at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice in Defiance.
She was born on May 11, 1943, in Saginaw, Mich., the daughter of James Oliver and Dorothy A. (Bershing) Jackson. She worked as a barmaid for several establishments in Ohio, California and Florida.
Surviving are two sons, John and Jim Bozak; a sister, Pat Ross of Grover Hill; three nieces whom she raised as her own, Nikki, Kelsey, and Lakin Clemons, all of Grover Hill; and four grandchildren.
There will be no visitation and services will be private for her family. Arrangements were made by Burr Funeral Home and Crematory in Bryan.

DANNY LETUTOUR
1953-2008
MELROSE — Danny “Dan” Ray Letutour, 55, of Melrose, formerly of Philadelphia, Miss., died Saturday, Aug. 16, in a hospital in Meridian, Miss.
He was born Aug. 4, 1953, the son of Arthur Letutour and Ruby McClain Letutour, who preceded him in death.
He was a retired truck driver of 30 years. He loved birds, gardening, wood working and his family and friends very much.
He is survived by his loving companion and mother of his daughter, Betty Letutour; his daughter, Kelly (Christopher) Fuerst; stepsons, Randy Sr. (Jean) Michaelson and Bobby Michaelson; Justin and Justina Letutour, who are his grandchildren, but since he has raised them from babies, he considered them his children and loved them very much; grandchildren, Ashley Michaelson and Randy Michaelson Jr.; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sherrie Willis of Philadelphia, Miss.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Melrose Church. He was laid to rest at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Philadelphia, Miss.
Memorials are to Justin and Justina Letutour.

PAUL
MANSFIELD
1933-2008
DEFIANCE – Paul O. Mansfield, 75, Defiance, died at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in Brookview Healthcare Center, Defiance.
He was born April 20, 1933, in Defiance County, the son of Zoma and Edna (Wellman) Mansfield. On Sept. 22, 1953, he married Betty Jean Wellman, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran and owner of Paul’s IGA and associate stores in Van Wert, Continental and Oakwood for 37 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church and served as state chaplain of Gideons International for three years.
Also surviving are two sons, David (Lesa) Mansfield and Randy (Jan) Mansfield of Oakwood; a daughter, Tammy (Greg) Carpenter, Bakersfield, Calif.; four grandchildren, Kylee Shirey and Michael, Levi and Lindsey Mansfield; a great-grandchild, Kenyah Shirey; two brothers, Roma (Barbara) Mansfield of Oregon and Jerry (Janice) Mansfield, Defiance; three sisters, Beverly Rettig of Colorado and Janet (Charles) Koch and Carole (Roger) Engel of Defiance.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Verden and William Mansfield; and two sisters, Marcella Ketner and Roberta Zachrich.
Services were held Saturday, Aug. 30 in First Baptist Church, Defiance, with the Rev. Tim Yazel officiating. Burial was in Mansfield Cemetery, Defiance County, with military rites by VFW Post 3360. Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Gideons International or First Baptist Church.
Condolences may be left at www.mastmockhoffman.com.

MAVIS MERRITTE
1925-2008
CONTINENTAL — Mavis Louise Merritte died at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Defiance Mercy Hospital, Defiance.
She was born July 23, 1925, in Clarksville, Tenn., the daughter of Onus T. and Ruby F. (Adkins) Johnson. On Oct. 20, 1945, she married Edward “Glen” Merritte, who preceded her in death in March 1997.
She was employed by General Motors in Defiance from 1955-1981 and had 25 years of service. She worked for the Civil Service at Fort Campbell, Ky. during WWII, where she met Glen, and moved to Ohio.
She was an active member of the Continental United Methodist Church and the UMW. She helped organize the Circle of Friends Food Pantry, which is supported by several area churches and businesses.
She is an active member of the Continental Chapter #129 Order of Eastern Star since 1965, serving as worthy matron twice, and grand page at the Grand Chapter of Ohio in 1983, for the associate grand conductress, Gloria Veltz. She was a member of the Retirees U.A.W. Local #211.
Surviving are two sons, Bill (Alberta) and Frank (Margaret) Merritte, both of Oakwood; three sisters, Ora Mae (Rocky) Smalley of Harrisburg, Pa., Helen (Ronald) Dostater of Clarksville, Tenn., and Peggy Johnson of Martinez, Ga.; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Homer Johnson; a sister, Mildred Booth; and a great-grandson.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 30, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Continental with Pastor Rick Snyder officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at Little Auglaize Cemetery in Melrose.
Preferred memorials may be made to the Continental United Methodist Church or the food pantry.

RONALD BEAMER
1925-2008
PAULDING — Clifford Ronald Beamer, 83, died at 9:10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, shortly after admission.
He was born in Paulding, May 3, 1925, the son of Edward N. and Ethel C. (Brown) Beamer. On Nov. 28, 1948, he married Bonita R. (Lake) Beamer, who survives in Paulding.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II, both in Japan and Germany. He was a 50-year member of the First Christian Church in Paulding. He retired from General Portland/Lafarge Corporation in 1990, where he worked as a kiln operator. He was also formerly employed by the Paul Bakle Plumbing Company, and the Ralph Hanenkratt Plumbing Company. He also was was a meter reader for the Paulding Light Plant. He was a fireman for the Paulding Fire Department for 23 years and a charter member of Paulding VFW #587. He was a former owner and operator of the Star Lite Café, Paulding.
Also surviving are a son, R. Allen (Lois) Beamer, Paulding; a daughter, Rhonda (Dietrich Schmidt) Beamer Schmidt, of Yonker, N.Y.; a twin brother, Donald (Phyllis) Beamer of Defiance; a sister, Marilyn R. Edwards of Paulding; and a granddaughter, Lexie Beamer, of Bowling Green, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Beamer; and three sisters, Norma Rae Beamer, Florice Wilhelm and Marjorie Bordner.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Burial will be in the Live Oak Cemetery, with military graveside services conducted by VFW #587.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. today, Sept. 10 and from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.
Donations may be made to Paulding Fire Department, or Paulding EMS, or First Christian Church, Paulding.

SHEILA CRATES
1952-2008
PAULDING — Sheila K. Crates, 56, died Thursday, Sept. 4, at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Aug. 8, 1952 in Bowling Green, Ohio, the daughter of David F. and Alberta E. (Nichols) Cotterman, who both preceded her in death. In 1974, she married Steven Crates, who also preceded her in death in 2000.
She is survived by three sons, Mark (Sherry) Cotterman, Marion, Ohio, Steven M. Crates, and David Crates, both of Payne; two daughters, Michelle (Barry) Watson, Paulding, and Maria (Bob) Rivera, Payne; a brother, Ron Cotterman, Continental; two sisters, Sharon Crampton, Paulding, and Donna Stahl of Grover Hill; and fourteen grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Denny Cotterman.
Burial will be at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding is in charge of the arrangements.
Donations may be sent in memory of Sheila Crates made to Den Herder Funeral Home.

HOLLIS CRAWFORD
1931-2008
VAN WERT — Hollis R. Crawford, 77, of Van Wert, went to be with the Lord at 4:37 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born April 9, 1931, in Middlesboro, Ky., the son of Caleb and Effie (Lee) Crawford, who both preceded him in death. On June 27, 1964, he married Nancy (Zinsmeister) Crawford, who survives in Van Wert.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-57. He retired in 1994 from the National Seal Corporation in Van Wert, following 44 years of service. He also served with the Van Wert Sheriff’s Auxiliary for 16 years. He was a life member of the Van Wert VFW, where he served as commander in 1975-1976, and received the VFW National Aide-de-Camp; member of the Van Wert American Legion, a member of the Silver Seals Retirees, and a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Van Wert.
He is also survived by a daughter, Holly (Terry) Childs of Van Wert; three brothers, John, Fitzhugh and Jerry Crawford, all of Van Wert; three sisters, Maxine (Dan) Sutton of Lima, Dot (Bob) Ziegler of Ottawa, and Karen (Edgar) Money of Van Wert; and two grandchildren, Jordan and Joel Crawford.
Also preceding him in death was a sister, Mary Gloris Crawford.
Services were held Monday, Sept. 8, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Van Wert, with the Rev. Tim Burden officiating. Burial was in the Ridge Cemetery in Middle Point, with military rites conducted jointly by the Van Wert VFW and the American Legion. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, or the American Heart Association.

MARGARET HOLMES
1918-2008
MONROE, Mich. — Margaret E. Holmes, 90, of Monroe, Mich. died Friday, Aug. 29, at the Medilodge of Monroe, Mich.
She was born Feb. 18, 1918, in Flanagan, Ill., the daughter of William and Emma (Doden) Durre. On March 17, 1951, she married Thomas C. Holmes, who preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 1991. She was employed by the Monroe Intermediate School District for several years.
Surviving are her loving children, Gary (Kris) Kipker of Payne, Pamela (Tom) Brannen of Tampa, Fla., Mary K. Faryniarz of Monroe, Thomas (Millie) Holmes of Payne, and Phil (Linda) Holmes of Temperance, Mich.; a sister, Eileen Wiederanders of Illinois; 17 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Elaine Holmes; and three brothers.
Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Michael W. Pawlak Funeral Home in Temperance, Mich., with Pastor Andrew Edwards III officiating. Interment was in Whiteford Union Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to ARC of Monroe.

URSULA HOSTE
1920-2008
PAULDING – Ursula C. Hoste, 87, of Paulding, died Monday, Sept. 8 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born on Sept. 30, 1920, in Forest, Ohio, the daughter of John and Mary “Molly” (Tuohy) Clark. On Dec. 7, 1946, she married William Tope, who died May 30, 1971. On Feb. 12, 1977, she married George Hoste, who died March 1, 2002. She was a homemaker and a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding VFW Auxiliary, and Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Surviving are two daughters, Beverly Bercaw and Leann Moser, both of Paulding; a son, William (Karen) Tope of Greenfield, Ind.; two stepdaughters, Linda (Fran) Rhoad of Cecil and Nancy (Tom) Patterson of Butler, Ind.; a sister, Eleanor Justinger of Paulding; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were two sisters and four brothers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Calling will be held one hour prior to Mass. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, Sept. 10, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with a vigil service at 8 p.m.
The family requests donations for Masses or Paulding County Hospital Home Health.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

ELMA LEE
1921-2008
CONTINENTAL — Elma G. Lee, 87, of Continental, died at 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Hospice of Defiance.
She was born April 12, 1921, in Oakwood, the daughter of Lawrence and Jennie (Kretzinger) McCullough. On March 13, 1941, she married Joseph Lee, who preceded her in death March 2, 1999. She retired from the Campbell Soup Company in Napoleon. She was a lifetime member of Prairie Chapel Bible Church in Oakwood.
Surviving are two sons, Roger Lee of Continental and Stephen (Mary) Lee of Defiance; two daughters, Sharon (Fred) Fitzenrider of Defiance and Judy (Robert) Rodenbach of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a brother, Lawrence B. (Lodema) McCullough; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Norma McCullough and Catherine Lee.
Services were held Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Prairie Chapel Church in Oakwood with Pastor Earl Chapman officiating. Burial was in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery in Oakwood. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials may be made to Defiance County Hospice.

HELEN MUMMA
1914-2008
HAVILAND – Helen L. Mumma, age 94, died at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 at Paulding County Hospital, Paulding.
She was born March 18, 1914 in Paulding County, the daughter of John and Susie (Gunderman) Jenkins. On June 24, 1937 she married Gerald B. Mumma, who preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 2001. She was a member of Country Chapel United Methodist Church, Haviland, a member of United Methodist Women, served as organist for 81 years, and was the oldest member of the church. She was a 1932 graduate of Haviland High School and played on the girls’ basketball team. She was an avid golfer.
She is survived by a son, John (Judy) Mumma, Paulding; two daughters, Brenda (Paul) Ladd, Grover Hill and Marsha (Michael) Miller, Defiance; 10 grandchildren: Kathleen, Jeff, Stephanie, Suzanne and Kevin Mumma, Kyle Ladd, Janine (Ladd) Roeder, Scott and Tracy Hahn, and Kelly (Hahn) Erford; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucy Egger Partee and Edith Towe; and two brothers, Forest and Roy Jenkins.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 6 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Ron Johnson officiating. Burial was in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.
Memorial donations may be made to Scott EMS or Country Chapel United Methodist Church, Haviland.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

AUDREY SHAW
1913-2008
PAYNE – Audrey M. (Bute) Shaw, age 95, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2008 at the Heartland Health Care Center, Three Rivers, Mich.
She was born on Aug. 25, 1913 in Payne, the daughter of Walter and Marilda (Bouley) Bute. In 1951, she married Robert W. Shaw, who preceded her in death in 1951. She was a legal secretary for Fuel Distributors of Jackson, Mich., retiring in 1981. She was a member of Queen of Miraculous Medal Church, Jackson, Mich. She was treasurer of National Council of Catholic Women, a member of King’s Daughters Guild, Queen of Miraculous Medal Church Holy Family Circle, Queen of Miraculous Medal Church Prayer Line, Queen of Miraculous Medal Church Perpetual Adoration Chapel adorer, and a RSVP volunteer.
Surviving are a daughter, Janice (David) Broker, Three Rivers, Mich.; a son, Douglas (Mary Jane) Simon, Seal Rock, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Glen and Roy Bute; a sister, Anna Fay Bute; and a grandson, Robbie Williams.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Sept. 5, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish (the former St. Joseph Catholic Church), Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman and Deacon David Barrett officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

DOROTHY
WANNEMACHER
1930-2008
PAYNE —Dorothy A. Wannemacher, 78, of Payne, passed away Friday, Sept. 5, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born June 8, 1930, in Payne, the daughter of John and Sarah (King) Cluts, who both preceded her in death.
On Oct. 21, 1950, she married Robert Wannemacher, who survives. She was a nurses aid in the O.B. department at Paulding County Hospital. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne American Legion Post Auxiliary and the Town and Country Club. She liked to crochet, sew and bake.
Also surviving are three sons, Lynn (Joanne) of Naples, Fla., Dana (Kim) of Roanoke, Ind., and Rob (Deb) of Payne; a brother, Harry (Helen) Cluts of Payne; and three granddaughters,  Sarah (Toby) Sennebogen and Amber and Amelia Wannemacher.
Also preceding her in death were a sister, Elizabeth Cluts; and two brothers, Robert and Roy Cluts.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish (formerly St. John the Baptist), in Payne, on Monday, Sept. 8, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating.
Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home in Payne was in charge of the arrangements.
The family requests donations to Divine Mercy School Endowment Fund or Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

SHEILA CRATES
1952-2008
PAULDING — Sheila K. Crates, 56, died Thursday, Sept. 4, at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Aug. 9, 1952 in Bowling Green, Ohio, the daughter of David F. and Alberta E. (Nichols) Cotterman, who both preceded her in death. In 1974, she married Steven Crates, who also preceded her in death in 2000.
She is survived by three sons, Mark (Sherry) Cotterman, Marion, Ohio, Steven M. Crates, and David Crates, both of Payne; two daughters, Michelle (Barry) Watson, Paulding, and Maria (Bob) Rivera, Payne; a brother, Ron Cotterman, Continental; two sisters, Sharon Crampton, Paulding, and Donna Stahl of Grover Hill; fourteen grandchildren; and a companion, Craig Sharp, Paulding.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Denny Cotterman.
Graveside services will be conducted 11AM Wednesday, September 17 at Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County, OH. Family and friends are invited to share memories of Sheila Crates at the Youth Leadership Building of the Paulding County Fairgrounds from 2 – 8 PM Wednesday, September 17.
Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding is in charge of the arrangements.
Donations may be sent in memory of Sheila Crates made to Den Herder Funeral Home.

LOUISE MILLER
1927-2008
ANTWERP — D. Louise  Miller, 81, of Antwerp, passed away at 8:45 am, Thursday, Sept. 11, at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born in Fort Wayne, Ind., Aug. 4, 1927, the daughter of George and Dorothy (Stellar) Allison. On March 26, 1945, she married Leon Miller who preceded her in death on Jan. 16, 1996.  
She worked many years in food service and was a regular panelist on the WANE-TV Anne Cologne Show. She was the mayor of Antwerp from 1988-2000, and was the first female and first consecutive three term mayor of Antwerp. She was an intricate part of the Fort to Port U.S. 24 project, a member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church, Antwerp VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries and the Royal Neighbors.  
Louise will be sadly missed by three daughters, Susan (Terry) Warner of Defiance, Barbara (Tim)  Kelley of Grand View, Ind. and Patricia (Fain) Lowe of Antwerp; three sons, Steven (Viv) of Holland, Mich.; David of New Haven, and Daniel of Antwerp; 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Sharon and Joann Allison.
Services were held Monday at the Antwerp United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Schneider officiating.
Burial was in the Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. The family requests donations to PCH Home Health.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

GERALDINE MULLEN
1931-2008
Geraldine M. “Gerry” Mullen, 77, of Sylvania Township, passed away Sunday, Sept. 7, in Flower Hospital.
She was born in Payne, Aug. 3, 1931, the daughter of Anthony and Florence Schaefer. In 1953 Gerry graduated from Mary Manse College. In that same year she married John J. Mullen, who preceded her in death. As a devout Catholic, she was a long time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. A member of Sylvania Country Club and Innisbrook Country Club, she enjoyed golfing and luncheons with her many friends. Her other hobbies included gardening, painting and reading.
During the winter months Gerry resided in Florida. She was a very loving, caring and generous mother and cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Barbara (Lloyd) Stager, Maureen (Dan) Keller, Diann (Donald) Hack and Kim Mullen; 9 grandchildren; two brothers, Charles and Jake Schaefer; and a sister, Roseanne Glass Schaefer.
A son, Patrick, also preceded her in death.
A funeral mass was held at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Entombment Resurrection Cemetery. Foth-Dorfmeyer Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions to the church or the charity of the donor’s choice.

MARY BULLINGER
1922-2008
DEFIANCE — Mary Ann “Toots” Bullinger, 86, died at 6:43 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 11, 1922, in Ottoville, the daughter of Bernard and Anna (Grote) Horstman. On Feb. 4, 1950, she married Raymond A. Bullinger, who preceded her in death June 2, 2000. She was a waitress for many years at Riverview Carryout (now Cabbage Patch) in Defiance and Uncle Fudds in Melrose. She was a member of the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Junction and she enjoyed crocheting, the Ohio State Buckeyes, playing bingo and cards and watching softball and basketball.
She is survived by a son, Jerry (Joy) Bullinger of Napoleon; and two daughters, Sharon, and Diana (Larry) Brown of Defiance; six grandchildren, Sheila “Sis” Korte, Ben Schilt, Jason Bullinger, Carrie Deatrick, Drew Brown and Chelsi Brown; eight great-grandchildren, Logan, Audrey, Gavin, Kolin, Kristen, Allison, Jadyn and Ava; and a sister, Rosemary “Babe” Wannemacher of Ottoville.
She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Cletus “Click,” Cyril “Shrimp,” Leo “Lee,” Richard, and Ralph Horstman.
Services were held Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ottoville, with Father Dave Tscherne officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Paulding Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice, or the Oakwood EMS.

WENDY CARLISLE
1962-2008
CECIL – Wendy A. Carlisle, 46, of Cecil, passed away at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born June 19, 1962, in Toledo, the daughter of Donald and Nelda (Franks) Evers. On Oct. 28, 2006 she married Steve Carlisle, who survives. She was the office manager at Strable Paving, Cecil and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Paulding.
Also surviving are her mother, Nelda Evers of Paulding; a daughter, Lindsay (Nathan) Metzger of Van Wert; two sons, Kyle Mawer of Paulding and Ryan Mawer of Cecil; a stepson, Steven Carlisle of Van Wert; two sisters, Chris (Steve) Talley of Arlington, Texas and Stacey (Terry) Riley of Paulding; two brothers, Bradley (Cindy) and Toby (Deb) Evers of Oregon, Ohio; and a grandson, Gavin Metzger.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Joseph Allan officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Cecil.
The family requests memorial donations to American Cancer Society.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

ESTHER CARR
1917-2008
ANTWERP — Esther F. Carr, 91, of Lathrup Village, Mich., went to be with the Lord on Aug. 10, at Briar Hill Health Care Center in Middlefield, Ohio.
She was born Feb. 18, 1917, in Antwerp, the daughter of Emelia Boylan (Schade).
She was a graduate of Bowling Green University. On Aug. 19, 1950, in Antwerp, she married Robert F. Carr, who died on Sept. 8, 2008.
She was a member and past president of the Birmingham Republican Women’s Club and Lathrup Village Women’s Club. She was a member of Northbrook Presbyterian Church, in Beverly Hills, Mich.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Nancy Carr of Middlefield, Ohio.
She also was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp, with the Rev. Ralph Klinker officiating. Burial will be at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
A memorial service was held on Sept. 20 at Northbrook Presbyterian Church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

ROBERT CARR
1918-2008
ANTWERP — Robert F. Carr, 89, of Lathrup Village, Mich., went to be with the Lord on Sept. 8, at Briar Hill Health Care Center in Middlefield, Ohio.
He was born Oct. 19, 1918, in Antwerp, the son of Mabel and Edward Carr. He was a graduate of Bowling Green University. On Aug. 19, 1950, in Antwerp, he married Esther F. Boylan, who preceded him in death on Aug. 10, 2008.
He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. After his discharge, he was employed by Colt Industries as a sales manager, retiring in 1990. He was a member or Northbrook Presbyterian Church, Beverly Hills, Mich. and Lathrup Village Lion’s Club.
He is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Nancy Carr of Middlefield.
He also was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp, with the Rev. Ralph Klinker officiating.  Burial will be at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
A memorial service was held on Sept. 20 at Northbrook Presbyterian Church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

MICHAEL ELICK
EAST PALESTINE, Ohio – Michael D. Elick, 41, of East Palestine, passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008 at his residence.
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, Myron and Stephanie Elick, East Palestine; his mother, Barbara Grunick; a son and daughter, Ryan Michael Elick and McKenna Alysse Elick; a sister, Geri Noel of East Palestine; his grandmother, Maribeth Elick; and several cousins in the Payne area.
He was preceded in death by a grandfather, George Elick; and his stepfather, Michael Grunick.
Funeral services were held Sept. 9, with military rites.

DEAN GAISFORD
1955-2008
ANTWERP – Dean A. Gaisford, 53, of Antwerp, passed away at 4:17 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, surrounded by his family at his residence.
He was born Aug. 28, 1955, in Hicksille, the son of the late Leroy “Abe” and Ethel (Cromley) Gaisford. He worked  in route sales at ARAMARK, Fort Wayne, and was a former Scout Master for Pack 143. He enjoyed building and remodeling, the Red Sox, and always enjoyed his family and friends, especially around his campfires. On Sept 20, 1975, he married Coni Elders, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Brian (Jessie) of Antwerp and Shane (Jessica) of Cromwell, Ind.; three sisters, Rita (Lawrence) Reising of Schertz, Texas, Etta (David) Reece of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Janet (Dean) Hood of Del City, Okla.; a brother, Tom (Jan) of Payne; a sister-in-law, Becky of Dayton; two grandchildren, Clayton Phipps and Julian Gaisford; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary and Charles Elders of Defiance.
He also was preceded in death by a brother, John.
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 22 at Antwerp United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mike Schneider officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements.
The family requests memorial donations to The Gaisford Family Fund, PO Box 727, Antwerp OH 45813, or to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

ALEX GONZALES
1943-2008
PAULDING — Alex S. Gonzales, age 64, died Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Paulding County Hospital, Paulding.
He was born Oct. 9, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas the son of Jesus and Trinadad (Tapia) Gonzales Sr., who both preceded him in death. He married Delores C. Rios, who preceded him in death on June 25, 2000.
He is survived by four sons, Mark Gonzales and James Gonzales, both of Paulding, Robert Gonzales of Tampa, Fla., and Joe Gonzales of San Antonio, Texas; four daughters, Jessica Acosta and Melinda Gonzales, both of Paulding, and Cynthia Gonzales and Caroline Gonzales, both of San Antonio; four brothers, Antonio, Edward, Charles and Jesus Gonzales, all of Paulding; two sisters, Olga Rocha and Lupe Genero, both of Paulding; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Alex “Bubba” Gonzales; a brother, Alfonso “Toto” Gonzales Sr.; and a grandson, Angel Gonzales.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Donations in memory of Alex Gonzales may be made to Den Herder Funeral Home.

JANE ANN SCHAEFER
1946-2008
URBANA – Former Paulding County resident Jane Ann Schaefer, age 62, died Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Heartland of Urbana Care Center, Urbana.
She was born Aug. 16, 1946 in Paulding County, the daughter of Leo P. and Mary E. (Letso) Schaefer. She was formerly employed by General Electric in Fort Wayne, and was a former Fritz House resident for several years.
She is survived by two brothers, Richard (Bertha) Schaefer of Urbana, and Joseph (JoAnn) Schaefer, Lakeland, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be conducted at noon today, Sept. 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Church Cemetery, Payne. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of services today.
Memorial donations may be made to Masses or Fritz House Activity Fund.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

RODGER WILSON
1925-2008
VAN WERT — Rodger O. Wilson, 83, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at his residence in Van Wert.
He was born March 26, 1925, in Broughton, the son of Omer and Jennie (Rodgers) Wilson. He was married to Winifred (Campbell) Wilson, who survives. He graduated from Union High School in 1943, and attended Indiana University. He was employed as a tool and dye maker for the Eisenhauer Company in Van Wert, retiring in 1987, following 47 years of service.
He loved to play the guitar and played with the Singing Strings for many years. He also played bluegrass music at Melrose. He was a gunsmith and built beautiful muzzle loaders. He was an avid hunter and collector of Indian artifacts, but his first love was to be out fishing with his friend, Frank Ross.
He is also survived by a daughter, Lynne (Tom) Dunifon of Whitehouse, Ohio; two sons, Steven (Barbara) Wilson and Barry (Connie) Wilson, both of Van Wert; a brother, Gene (Jeannie) Wilson of Van Wert; five grandchildren, Jeremy (Sara) Wilson of New Haven, Ind., Josh (Dina) Wilson of Mendon, Cody Wilson of Convoy, Amanda (Cory) Lichtensteiger of Denver, Colo., and Aaron Dunifon of Columbus; six great-grandchildren, Kali, Tyler, Madison, Megan and Kaylin Wilson, Ayden Lichtensteiger; and his dog, Buddy.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Wilson; and three sisters, Maxine Tarlton, Ethelyn Freisner and MaDonna Wilson.
A private family service will be held. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert County Historical Museum.
Online condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com

ROBERT SCHAEFER
1935-2008
COLDWATER, Mich. — Robert W. Schaefer, 73, of Coldwater, Mich., died Wednesday, Sept. 24, at his residence.
He was born April 22, 1935, in Payne, the son of Carl and Velta (Commer) Schaefer. On June 12, 1977, he married Janet Caulley who survives. He graduated from Bowling Green University in 1953 and also served in the U.S. Army.
He was a former newscaster for Channel 21 in Fort Wayne and also a radio host at a local Fort Wayne station. He had also worked for the Fort Wayne Sheriff’s Department and also sold real estate for many years. He enjoyed buying, fixing and selling properties.
He also loved photography and operated a side photo business during his career. He was a member of the Coldwater Eagles for over 50 years, and he always loved to dance to any type of music.
Also surviving are his sons, Gary, Rick (Michelle) and Mark (Diana), all of Fort Wayne, and Carl (Brandy) of Reading, Mich.; his daughters, Sherri (Jeff) Grier of New Haven, Laura (Mike) Kurtz of Fort Wayne, Londa (Mike) Pompilio of Tennessee, Deborah Schaefer of Chicago, and Martha (Denver) Nutt of Quincy, Mich.; sisters, Marge (John) Eldon, Susan (Dick) Waring and Linda (Rick) Stoller, all of Perrysburg, and Joan (Clyde) Schroeder of Ottawa; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many friends including his friends from the Dialysis Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a granddaughter, Felicia LaShea Banker.
The family received friends Sunday, Sept. 28, at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater.
Preferred memorials may go to the Cerebral Palsy Association.
You may leave a message at www.dutcherfh.com.

WARREN DeCAMP - 1922-2008
VAN WERT – Warren A. “Pappy” DeCamp, age 86, of Van Wert, died at 5:37 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born Jan. 6, 1922 in Paulding County, the son of Joseph Frank and Susan (Gattshall) DeCamp. On Aug. 23, 1941, he married Lucille Porter, who preceded him in death in 1994. He retired from Continental Can in Van Wert after 44 years of service. He was one of the founding members of the Van Wert Outdoorsman Club, and enjoyed fishing and trap shooting. He also enjoyed playing pool and riding his motorcycle.
Surviving are a son, Dana (Sandy) DeCamp of Van Wert; two brothers, Ernest and Andrew (Joyce), both of Grover Hill; grandchildren, Kellie (Ken) Miller, Tiffany (Jeremy) Cox, Jay (Tammy) Herrick and Callie (Jason) Miller; great-grandchildren, Owen Miller, Andrew Miller, Chandler Cox, Brayden Cox, Garret Cox, Allyson Evans and Marissa Miller; and special friends, Ralph and Gloria Woods, and Harold and Helen Murphy.
He also was prececed in death by a daughter, Shirley Jean; a brother, William; and nine sisters, Sarah Grunden, Esther Miller, Dellie Pucket, Ethel Long, Bessie Price, Grace Mosier, Lucy Adams, Velma DeCamp and Florence Daniel.
Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 4 at Alspach-Gearhard Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial was in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. Preferred memorials are to Community Health Professionals Visiting Nurses.
Condolences may be sent to afghc@embarqmail.com

LEVI SCHNEIDER - 2008
PAULDING – Levi John Schneider died shortly after birth on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008 at Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He is survived by his parents, Michael D. and Jodi D. (Ifft) Schneider, Paulding; three brothers, Joel, Lathan and Thad, and a sister, Lynelle, all of Paulding; his grandparents, Jim and Sandra Schneider and Larry and Shirley Ifft, all of Fairbury, Ill.; great-grandparents, Earl and Esther Gerber, Forrest, Ill., Elmer and Emma Ifft, Fairbury, and Emma Gerber, West Bend, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Al and Gladys Schneider, and Noah Gerber.
Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Dotterer Cemetery, Junction. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church Endowment Fund.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

TIMOTHY SHULL - 1958-2008
HICKSVILLE — Timothy L. Shull, 50, died Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Paulding County Hospital.
He was born July 23, 1958, in Defiance, the son of Leland and Betty (Carpenter) Shull. He was a 1976 graduate of Hicksville High School and Four County Vocational School. In February 1998, he married Lou Ann Williamson who survives. He was employed at Continental General Tire (Titan Tire) in Bryan. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union; past member of U.S. Trotting Association and the Ohio Horseman’s Association.
Also surviving are two daughters, Tasha at home, and Amanda (Brent) Miller of Montpelier; two sons, Eric (Kristina) of Cecil and Steve (Nicole Smith) of Antwerp; his mother, Betty of Hicksville; a sister, Pam (Lee) Peters of Hicksville; three brothers, Gary (Val) and Brad, both of Hicksville, and Jim (Suzane) of Defiance; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Leland; and a brother, Lyle. Services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Oct. 8, at Smith and Brown Funeral Home in Hicksville, with visiting hours one hour prior to services. Burial will be in the Maumee Cemetery in Antwerp.

KENNETH STEED - 1969-2008
SPEEDWELL, Tenn. — Kenneth William Steed, 39, of Speedwell, Tenn. passed away Oct. 4. He had been enjoying a Florida vacation with his parents and fiancé when he passed away peacefully in his sleep to be with his Lord and Savior.
He was born Jan. 12, 1969, in Lima. He was a 1988 graduate of Paulding High School. He was an avid outdoors man and loved to hunt, fish and 4-wheel.
He is survived by his mother and father, Wanda and Bob Steed of Speedwell, Tenn.; a brother, Dan (Crystal) Steed, also of Speedwell; three children, Micaiah, Michelle and Ashly, all of Lima; his beloved fiancé, Cindy Coons of Speedwell; a nephew, Hunter; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a stepson, Dustin Putt.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Reece Valley Chapel in Harrogate, Tenn. Hours of visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday.

CRAIG COPSEY
1980-2008
VAN WERT – Craig Michael Copsey, age 28, died Wednesday, Oct. 8 at his residence.
He was born June 2, 1980 in Van Wert, the son of Charles L. and Cheryl (Burgoon) Copsey. He was employed by Fleetwood of Decatur, Ind. He was an avid fisherman, and NASCAR and Ohio State University fan.
He is survived by his mother, Cheryl (Marshall) Davis, Paulding; father, Charles L. Copsey, Enfield, Conn.; his companion, Vicki Ellerbrock and her son, Aiden Ellerbrock; a brother, Jeremy Copsey, Enfield; a sister, JoLynne (Mark) Begley, Orlando, Fla.; maternal grandparents Betty and Earl Burgoon, Haviland; and paternal grandfather, Charles (Betty) Copsey, Payne.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Esther Copsey.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Jim C. Burns officiating. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
Donations may be made in memory of Craig Copsey to Den Herder Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

DOROTHY
MONROE DEPEW
1938-2008
DEFIANCE – Dorothy Mae Rhoden Monroe Depew, age 70, died at 9:25 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 at Mercy Hospital of Defiance.
She was born April 30, 1938 in Jackson County, Ohio, the daughter of Calvin and Opal (Hall) Rhoden. She managed Rosie’s Bar from 1979-91 and owned R&S Sanitation from 1982-2001. She was a member of Paulding Eagles.
Surviving are two sons, James “Jimmy” Monroe and Joe Monroe, both of Defiance; four daughters, Sandie Monroe, Kathy (Rudy) Monroe LeChuga and Kellie Depew, all of Defiance, and Robin (Dave Schroeder) Begley of Oakwood; stepchildren, Harvey Jr., Clyde, Robin, Steve and Chrissy Depew, all of Indiana; seven grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and her first husband, James “Buck” Monroe.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her second husband, Harvey Depew, in 1996; a daughter, Deborah Monroe; two grandsons and one granddaughter; and three brothers, Paul, Calvin Jr. and William Rhoden.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 10 at Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Shaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, with the Rev. Max Begley officiating. Burial was in Blue Creek Cemetery, Paulding County.
Preferred memorials are to the Kellie Depew College Fund.

ELLA MAY EBLIN
1917-2008
MELROSE – Ella May Eblin, age 91, died at 1:38 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Mercy Hospital, Defiance.
She was born March 17, 1917 in Melrose, the daughter of Everet and Gavatta (Halsey) Linnabary. On July 13, 1940, she married Floyd Eblin, who preceded her in death on April 19, 1991. She was a homemaker and attended Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill.
Surviving are a daughter, Loretta (Steve) Peters of Melrose; a sister, Nellie (Henry) Scherer of Grover Hill; a half-brother, Fred (Joy) Linnabary of Dustin, Okla.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; five great-stepgrandchildren; and three great-great-stepgrandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by an infant daughter; and a half-sister, Clara Adams.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 11 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastors Dave Prior and Terry Porter officiating. Burial was in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.
Preferred memorials are to the Mt. Zion Building Fund.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

DENNIS EIBLING
1953-2008
PAULDING – Dennis R. Eibling, 54, of Paulding passed away Saturday, Oct. 11 at his residence.
He was born on Dec. 2, 1953, in Fort Wayne, the son of the late Ralph and Margaret (Boyd) Eibling. He was a truck driver at Hornish Brothers, Defiance, and a member of Christ’s Hope Church, Fort Wayne.
Surviving are his son, Neil (Kendra) of Fowler, Ind.; a daughter, Stephanie of Paulding; a sister, Beverly (Bill) Rose of Antwerp; and five grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death was his daughter, Laurie.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 15 at Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne, with the Rev. John Demongeot officiating. Dooley Funeral Home of Antwerp and Payne is in charge of arrangements.
His family requests memorial donations to Christ’s Hope Church, 2818 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne IN 46818.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

JESSE MORENO SR.
1925-2008
PAULDING – Jesus “Jesse” R. Moreno Sr., age 82, died at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 26, 1925 in Little Rock, Ark., the son of Amondo and Elouise (Rangel) Moreno. On May 31, 1950, he married Ernestine Sanchez, who survives. He was a member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. He was a foreman for Hagerman Construction Corp. in Fort Wayne for 46 years, retiring in 1987. He also was a member of Local #213 Labor Union, Fort Wayne.
Also surviving are a daughter, Patricia (Mike) Wood, Payne; six sons, Jesse (Lucy) Moreno Jr. of Cecil, Robert (Clara) Moreno of Pendleton, Ind., Tomas (Michelle) Moreno and Tim (Lisa) Bermejo, both of Paulding, J.J. Moreno of Michigan, and Tom Bermejo, Toledo; five brothers, Sidd (Chela) and Amado (Mary), both of Arizona, Richard (Connie) and Monico “Nick” (Helen), both of Fort Wayne, and Macedonio (Sylvia) of California; 21 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Larry S. Moreno in 1972; one grandson, Brandon Bermejo in 2006; one brother, Rudolfo “Rudy” Moreno; and two sisters, Pauline Gaza and Carmen Sanchez.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Oct. 10 at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Masses or to Ernestine Moreno.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

OPAL VANCE
1937-2008
GROVER HILL — Opal A. Vance, 71, of Grover Hill, died at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Van Crest Health Care Center in Van Wert.
She was born Sept. 28, 1937, in Haviland, the daughter of Gus and Blanche (McClain) Vance, who both preceded her in death.
She was employed by Lakeview Farms in Delphos and Uncle Fudd’s Restaurant in Melrose.
She is survived by three sisters, Mary Vance of Grover Hill, Elva Lenhart of Melrose, and Janet Vance of Coldwater, Mich.; a brother, Herbert Vance also of Coldwater; and a niece, Barbara Sweitzer.
She also was preceded in death by a brother, Lester McClain.
Services were held Friday, Oct. 10, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Alan Newsome officiating. Interment was in the Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.
Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

WILLIAM COBURN
1963-2008
ALBION, Ind. — William H. Coburn, 45, of Albion, Ind. passed away at 6:26 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born in Defiance Sept. 20, 1963, the son of  Floyd Coburn and Wanda (Osborne) Sanchez, who survive. He was a construction worker.
He is survived by his mother, Wanda Sanchez of Okeechobee, Fla.; father and stepmother, Floyd and Dozzy of Butler, Ind.; a daughter, Misty Swiger of Richmond, Ind.; two sons, Brian and Devin of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Sheila of Palm Springs, Calif. and Penny Harrison of Leo, Ind.; six brothers, Dennis (Melissa) of Defiance, Noah Thacker of Fort Wayne, Scott of Michigan City, Ind., Bruce of Shelby, Ohio, Mark (Laurie) of Butler, Ind., and Butch (Lisa) Coburn of Grover Hill; and a grandson, Bryton Woods.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Joseph Sanchez; and one brother, Gregory Thacker.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Tim Dooley officiating. He will be laid to rest at Brunnersburg Cemetery, Defiance.
You may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Dooley Funeral Home.
His family requests donations to the Devin Coburn Fund.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

JOHN RHOAD
FORT WAYNE — John E. Rhoad, 88, of Fort Wayne, died Monday, Oct. 6.
He was born in Latty, but had been a resident of Fort Wayne since 1945. He was a member of the St. Michael Lutheran Church. He served in the Army during WWII and retired from Magnavox.
Surviving are a daughter, Kaylene (John) Stallsmith of Fort Wayne; a son, Richard (Marlaine) Rhoad of Fort Wayne; a brother, Eugene (Mary) Rhoad of Haviland; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Florice in 2000; three sisters, Donna Wilson, Arlene Tyas and Enid Learned; and four brothers, Floyd, Kenneth, Doyle and Arlo Rhoad.
Services were held at the Klaehn, Fahl, and Melton Funeral Home in Fort Wayne. Burial was in the Covington Memorial Gardens.
Preferred memorials are to go to the St. Michael Lutheran Church.

HELEN SEGUR PRIEST
1910-2008
PAULDING – Helen B. Segur Priest, age 98, died Sunday, Oct. 19 at Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.
She was born July 6, 1910 in Toledo, the daughter of Ernest E. and Gertrude Louise (Martens) Pelton. She married William Henry George Segur, who preceded her in death in 1964. She then married George Washington Priest, who preceded her in death in 1979. She was employed by Paulding County Hospital as a registered nurse for 15 years. She was also employed by Defiance Hospital, Defiance County Home, and Paulding County Senior Center. She was a member of Nurses Association of Ohio Division #26.
She is survived by a son, William George (Vivian) Segur of Ft. Myers, Fla.; two sisters, Dorothy Franks of Toledo and Betty Isaac, Minneola, Fla.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by infant twins, Helen Gertrude and Richard Segur; and five sisters.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Donations may be made Paulding County Senior Center or Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

HARRY
COIL JR.
1948-2008
DEFIANCE — Harry H. Coil Jr., age 60, died on Sunday, Oct. 26, at his son’s residence in New Haven.
He was born Aug. 4, 1948, in Paulding, the son of Harry H. and Leanna (Hildebrand) Coil Sr. He was a Navy veteran, serving in Vietnam. He was also a foreman for General Motors for 37 years, retiring in 2004. He was a life member of the VFW Post #3360.
Surviving are a son, Alec Coil of New Haven; two daughters, Leanna Coil of Defiance and Sannita Coil of Paulding; his mother, Leanna Coil of Hicksville; two brothers, Jim of Convoy and Russell of Paulding; four sisters, Margaret “Peg” (David) Vaughn of Sherwood, Carolyn (William) Wieland of Cecil, and Jane Ballow and Sue Coil both of Hicksville; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harry H. Coil Sr.; a son, Gustave Resendez Coil; his first wife, Laurentina Resendez; a brother, Mark Coil; and a granddaughter.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance with Father Todd Dominique officiating. Hours of visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be conducted by VFW Post #3360.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

BARBARA DIETTRICH
1918-2008
PAULDING – Barbara Diettrich, age 90, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 at the Gardens of Paulding.
She was born April 22, 1918 in Vertesbogler, Hungary, the daughter of Johan and Barbara (Kreidl) Leitgib. On May 16, 1936, she married Stefan Diettrich, who preceded her in death on March 1, 1985. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. She was employed for many years by the former Geha’s Restaurant, Paulding.
She is survived by a son, Stefan Diettrich, South Milwaukee, Wis.; two daughters, Elizabeth (Lee) Bates of Oakwood, and Mary (Allen) Green, Bowling Green; a sister, Rosa Nagl, Rednitzheimbach, Germany; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
She also was preceded in death by a brother, Johan Leitgib.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Visitation also will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services on Friday at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society or Divine Mercy Catholic Parish.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

JOANNE GOULD
1923-2008
CHESTER, Va. — Joanne Sewall Gould, 85, formerly of Falls Church, Va., died on Monday, Oct. 13, at the John Randolph Medical Center.
She was born in Paulding, the daughter of John Henry and Clara Maude (Sewall) Wiegel. A graduate of Paulding High School, she served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was an administrative assistant for the Mitre Corporation.
Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Jo Gould of Chester, Va. and Judith Elizabeth Pennell of Fredericksburg, Va.; a son, John “Jack” C. Gould of Hopewell, Va.; five grandsons, Charles and Daniel Pennell, J. Anderson Gould, James Gould, and Nicholas Solberg; and a great-granddaughter, Abigail Pennell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Raymond Gould.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Arlington National Cemetery.
Hopewell Chapel of J.T. Morriss and Son Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

JAMES HODGE
NAPLES, Fla. – James “Jim” E. Hodge, 64, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 after losing a long, difficult battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his devoted family, wife Marlene, daughters Margo Kyser and Mindy Wilt, and son-in-law Bob Kyser as he passed on to his heavenly home.
Jim was born in Somerset Ky., son of the late Rev. William and Ada Hodge.
His “second home and family” was The Club Pelican Bay, where he was the maintenance supervisor for 15 years. Their love and support was unending.
He was a graduate of Paulding High School and the New York Institute of Photography. In Paulding, he owned a photography studio, a restaurant, and was a volunteer fireman. Jim never lost his love of photography. His favorite pastime was taking photos at The Club and at Moorings Presbyterian Church. He loved computer technology, which he learned totally on his own. When he wasn’t taking pictures, he was computerizing anything that could be computerized.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene; three daughters, Margo (Bob) Kyser, Mindy (Rich) Wilt and Melissa (Denny) Coburn; a son, Matthew (Robin) Hodge; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; a brother, Dr. William (Sharon) Hodge; and a sister, Edna (Elmer) Maxwell.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Moorings Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow at The Club Pelican Bay.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the James Hodge Memorial Fund at Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbor Drive, Naples FL 34102, or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo CA 90245. PanCan donations can also be made on-line at www.PanCan.org. An acknowledgment will be sent to the family by PanCan if requested when the donation is made.

NORVEL
BANKS
1927-2008
HICKSVILLE – Norvel E. Banks, 81, of Hicksville, died Saturday, Nov. 1 at his residence.
He was born April 18, 1927, in Cecil, the son of Stanley and Jennie Mae (Taylor) Banks. He served in the U.S. Army as a private in WWII and worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad for 20 years and Harlan Cabinet for 15 years. On Nov. 15, 1947, he married Irmgard Schmidt, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Maurine Holle of Fort Wayne; a son, Aaron of Denver; and grandsons, Allen and Nathan.
He was preceded in death by a son, Allen E. Banks; and two sisters, Roma Banks and Juanita Shreve.
He was laid to rest at Bethel Cemetery, Cecil. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Crane Township Trustees for the Forder-Bethel Cemetery Fund, or to Defiance County Hospice.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

CLEO BIDLACK
1905-2008
OAKWOOD — Cleo Bidlack, 103, died at 9:25 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at The Laurels in Defiance.
She was born Sept. 2, 1905, in Henry County, the daughter of Guy Eugene and Iva (Frederick) Durham. On March 6, 1926, she married Guy Bidlack, who preceded her in death in October 1977.
She graduated from Oakwood High School in 1924. She was a member of the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood, and had served as a Sunday School teacher. She was a current member of the Farm Bureau, a former member of the Oakleaf Grange, Pamona Grange, the Everwilling Homemakers Club and the Rebecca Lodge. She and her husband were selected as Mr. and Mrs. Oakwood in 1976.
She is survived by two sons, Dr. Donald Bidlack of Coursegold, Calif. and Dr. Duane Bidlack of Chambersburg, Pa.; a daughter, Marjorie Roughton of Paulding; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Also preceding her in death were two brothers, LaVerne and Burdette Durham; and a great-grandchild.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood, with the Rev. Mike Brown officiating. Burial will be in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery in Oakwood.
Hours of visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, Nov. 5, and from 10-11 a.m. prior to services on Thursday.
Preferred memorials may be given to the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, The Laurels of Defiance, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

FLOELLA
BODENBENDER
1919-2008
DEFIANCE – Former Oakwood resident Floella G. Grimes Bodenbender, age 89, died at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Brookview Healthcare Center, Defiance.
She was born March 10, 1919 in Oakwood, the daughter of Albert and Pearl (Heilshorn) Adams. On June 1, 1936 she married Kenneth Ward Grimes, who died Oct. 31, 1974. On Sept. 4, 1987, she married Melford Bodenbender, who died Jan. 10, 1995. She farmed, had worked at Roberts Manufacturing, Dresser Industries and Pauline’s Restaurant of Oakwood, and was a bus driver for Quadco. She was a member of Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood, taught Sunday School for many years at Centenary United Methodist Church of Oakwood, and volunteered at the Oakwood Library.
Surviving are a son, Kenneth A. (Alison) Grimes of Tigard, Ore.; four daughters, Grace L. Mangas and Kathryn J. (Ken) Ludwig, both of Defiance, Alberta (Bill) Merritt of Oakwood, and Karen Y. (Ed) Sanders of Antelope, Calif.; a brother Larry Adams of Oakwood; three sisters, Evelyn Johnston of Continental, and Norma Erford and Margaret Elliott, both of Oakwood; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and several stepchildren, stepgrandchildren, great-stepgrandchildren and great-great-stepgrandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Gerald and Earl Adams; a sister, Gayle Foss; twin brother and sister in infancy, Richard and Rachel Adams; and a granddaughter, Faith Grimes.
Services were held Friday, Oct. 31 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood with the Rev. Dr. James Ernst officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

EDMUND SCHARF
1924-2008
CLOVERDALE — Edmund E. Scharf, 83, of Cloverdale, died at 6:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at the Meadows of Kalida.
He was born Nov. 7, 1924, in Cloverdale, the son of Aloysisus and Margaret (Geyer) Scharf. On Oct. 29, 1960, he married Florence Beair, who preceded him in death on Sept. 14, 1990. He was a retired farmer. He was a member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society.
He is survived by three sons, Joe (Dawn) of Delphos, and John (Cora) and Jerry (Charlene), all of Cloverdale; two grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and six great-stepgrandchildren.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Cloverdale, with Father Robert Kill officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, Nov. 5, at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, corner of Ohio 634 and 224.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

ROSEMARY WETLI
1917-2008
PAYNE – Former Payne resident Rosemary  Wetli, age 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 3:37 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Coventry Meadows, Fort Wayne.
She was born Jan. 28, 1917 in Chenoa, Ill., the daughter of James and Kathryn (Kennedy) Brady. On Nov. 4, 1939 she married Eugene C. Wetli, who preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 1971. She was a homemaker and a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish (formerly St. John the Baptist), Payne, where she was active in St. Catherine’s Circle and the Joan of Arc Study Club.
Surviving are three daughters, Theresa (Jack) Ditton of Glendale, Ariz., Ann (Robert) Moore of Clarksville, Tenn. and Mary Jane (Terry) King of Toledo; two sons, Thomas (Mary) of Defiance and L. Joseph (Nancy) of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Genevieve Miller and Kathleen Brady; and brothers, Vincent and Frank Brady.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Nov. 1 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne,  with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Parkview Hospice or for masses in her memory.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

MARTHA ROBY
1920-2008
PAULDING – Martha K. Roby, age 88, died Thursday, Nov. 6 at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born Feb. 29, 1920 in Newark, Ohio, the daughter of Ernest and Mary (Hammock) Gutridge. In 1939, she married Ralph W. Roby, who preceded her in death in 1985. She previously was employed by the National Bank of Newark and was a former member of the Methodist Church of Bethesda of Bethesda, Ohio.
Surviving are a daughter, Sandra Gawronski, Paulding; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Eva Callan and Gladys Gill.
There will be no visitation or funeral services. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be at Ebenezer Cemetery, Bethesda, at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

MARGARET BIRKHOLD
1925-2008
DEFIANCE — Margaret E. Birkhold, 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, at her daughter’s residence in Grabill, Ind.
She was born July 18, 1925, the daughter of Frank and Georgia (Miller) Papenbrock. On March 25, 1944, she married Gerald Birkhold, who preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 2007. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Defiance and a former member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne. She was previously employed by Dana Corporation, Antwerp.
She is survived by two daughters, Linda (Gene) Richhart of Grabill, and Cindy (Leroy) Tyas of Atlanta; a brother, Joseph (Laura) Papenbrock, Elyria; a sister, Evelyn Kee of Fort Wayne; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Friday, Nov. 7, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

CHARLES MILLER
1942-2008
ANTWERP – Charles L. Miller, 66, of Antwerp, passed away at 3:36 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born April 22, 1942 in Bryan, the son of the late Maurice and Dorothy (Johns) Miller. He worked at Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp, for 37 years, and owned C&E Trucking for six years. On June 25, 1971, he married Eleanor Steele, who survives. He was a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church, Antwerp Conservation Club, was a former Antwerp Fireman and EMT, and assisted Antwerp Rotary with its recycling program.
Also surviving are three daughters, Sue (John) LaFountain of Paulding, Kay (Barry) Stoller of Antwerp, and Lisa (Tony) Keegan of Cecil; two sons, Gary (Sarah) Huss of Defiance and Brent (Misty) Miller of Bryan; two sisters, Margaret Wiler of Diamondhead, Miss. and Helen Ingram of New Haven; a brother, Gene, of Coldwater, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Monday, Nov. 10,  at Antwerp United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
His family requests memorial donations to the church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

BONNIE BERNARD
1937-2008
PAULDING – Bonnie L. Bernard, age 71 died Saturday, Nov. 15 at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born Aug. 19, 1937 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of William D. and Wanda M. (White) Walters. She married William H. Gaskill, who preceded her in death in 2003. She married Charles L. Bernard, who preceded her in death in 2008.
She is survived by five sons, Charles Bernard of Cecil, Randy Bernard of Arthur, Scott Bernard of Montpelier, Robert Bernard of Massachusetts, and Shawn Bernard, Antwerp; three daughters, Toni Bernard of Antwerp, Tina (Tim) Neer, Paulding, and Cheryl (Tim) Kelly, Fort Wayne; a sister, Sandra (Ronald) Parisot, Avilla, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, William D. Gaskill and Anthony Q. Bernard; a daughter, Kathy Gravant; and a sister, Ruth Ann Walters.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 19 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

WAYNE CARR
1934-2008
ANTWERP – Wayne R. Carr, 74, of Antwerp, passed away at 1:57 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born July 2, 1934 in Antwerp, the son of the late Harry and Florence (West) Carr. On June 30, 1956, he married Carolyn Rowan, who survives. He was the supervisor of employee relations at Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp, where he retired in 1995, a member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church, and a 60-year member of Hicksville Masonic Lodge 478. Having participated in many community activities, such as Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, little league  baseball, athletic and music boosters, he was named 1986 Antwerp Citizen of the Year.
Also surviving are a daughter, Elaine (Dean)  Phillips of Hicksville; two sons, Steven (Lisa) of Indianapolis and Kevin of Antwerp; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by his brother, Lee; and a sister, Mary Ann.
Services were held Friday, Nov. 14 at Antwerp United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

ERMA CONNIN
1917-2008
BRYAN — Erma L. (Musser) Connin, 91, of Bryan, died Monday evening, Nov. 17, at Hillside Country Living near Bryan.
She was born Aug. 11, 1917, in Bryan, the daughter of William and Anna Belle (Dailey) Musser. She married Stephen Omasta and Wilson “Beefy” Connin, who both preceded her in death.
She was a lifetime resident of the Bryan area, a homemaker and had previously worked as a telephone operator. She attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Bryan and loved to crochet and read.
Surviving are two sons, Steven “Sonny” Omasta and John Omasta, both of Bryan; three daughters, Nancy (Paul) Elick of Payne, Shelly (Allen) Dean of Bryan and Lori Connin of Montpelier; seven grandchildren, David (Lisa) Elick, Jenny (Allan) Martin and Christopher Connin, all of Payne, Scott (Gina) Elick, Kimberly Semer, Heather Semer and Wesley Connin, all of Bryan; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by four brothers; six sisters; and a grandson, Chris Elick.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Burr Funeral Home and Crematory in Bryan with Pastor Mary Beth Smith-Webb officiating. Burial will follow in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, Nov. 19, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Anna’s House at Hillside Country Living.

MARY LOU CRAMER
1927-2008
PAULDING – Mary Lou Cramer, age 81 died Sunday, Nov. 16 at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born Sept. 13, 1927 in Paulding County, the daughter of Paul G. and Esther M. (Ream) Cramer. In 1987, she retired from Paulding Putnam Electrical Cooperative, where she was a bookkeeper for 35 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Paulding.
She is survived by one brother, Paul E. (Shirley) Cramer, Paulding; two nephews and one niece.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21 at the First Christian Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Gregory Bibler officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Also, calling will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund, or to the PC Workshop, Paulding.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

DONNA DENSMORE
1927-2008
JUNCTION – Donna M. Densmore, 81, of Junction, died at 2:36 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Paulding County Hospital.
She was born June 23, 1927 in Paulding County, the daughter of Charles L. and Mary E. (Edwards) Brown. On April 7, 1945, she married Delbert M. Densmore, who preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 1980. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are a son, Delbert C. (Barbara) Densmore, Defiance; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Alvin and Bob Brown and George Weimer; and two sisters, Madaline Ankney and Nettie Alice Brown.
Services were held Saturday, Nov. 15 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Bobby Branham officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.
Preferred memorials are to the American Red Cross.
Condolences may be sent to www.lovefuneralhome.com

KENNETH DUNMIRE
1933-2008
VAN WERT – Kenneth L. Dunmire, 75, of Van Wert, died at 4:47 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born June 19, 1933 in Hicksville, the son of Florence (McCavett) Semer and Curtis L. Dunmire. On Dec. 23, 1967, he married Carolyn (Chivington) Wills, who survives.
He retired from Federal Mogul Corporation, Van Wert, after 42 years of service. He was a member of Van Wert Moose Lodge, Van Wert County Outdoorsman Club and was a life member of NRA.
Also surviving are his children, Kenneth Lee (Jan) Dunmire Jr. of Magnolia, Texas, Tamara (Tom) Tomlinson and Candace Wills, both of Van Wert, Cheryl Swartz of Florida, Kimberly (Tom) Wyman of Columbus, Sherri (Brian) Schaadt, Kerri (Collin) Thomas and Jacqueline (David) Dixon, all of Van Wert, and Steven (Janie) Dunmire of Paulding; a sister, Madonna Coquillard of Fort Wayne; 23 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert; a sister, Ernestine Potter; and one grandchild.
Services were held Saturday, Nov. 15 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, with the Rev. Tim Burden officiating. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com

BETTY ENSLOW
1930-2008
OCALA, Fla. – Betty Rose Spires Griffiths Enslow, age 78, died Nov. 9 in Ocala, Fla.
She was born Sept. 20, 1930 in Wellston, Ohio, the daughter of George and Rose Ellen (Martin) Spires. She was a member of the Belleview (Fla.) United Methodist Church. She was involved in Bible study, the thrift store and the Stevens Ministry. She also was a member of the Belleview Garden Club. On Jan. 19, 2001, she married Ernest Enslow.
Surviving are her sons, Gregory (Elizabeth) and Alan (Cheri) Griffiths, both of Paulding; two stepchildren, Sam Enslow of Egypt and Pam Barrett of Maryland; six grandsons; three great-grandchildren; and siblings Pat Ruger of Haviland, Mary Ellen Duda of Chillicothe, and Joyce Exline, Cheryl Norton, Romey Spires and Marion Spires, all of Wellston, Ohio. One grandson is deceased.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 19 at the Belleview United Methodist Church, Belleview, Fla.
Preferred memorials are to the church, P.O. Box 567, Belleview FL 34421.

CECILIA HERZIG
1936-2008
PAULDING – Cecilia Herzig, age 72, died Thursday, Nov. 13 at The Gardens of Paulding in Paulding.
She was born March 3, 1936, the daughter of Joseph and Maria (Radich) Ottmayer. On Nov. 9, 1956, she married John Herzig, who survives. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding.
Also surviving are two sons, Richard (Dawn) Herzig of Pittsburgh and John Herzig, Chicago; a brother, Stefan Ottmayer, and three sisters, Maria Brill, Annaliesa Klinger and Erika Bauer, all of Germany; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Stallkamp; and a brother, Frank Ottmayer.
A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Monday, Nov. 17 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Donations may be made to masses or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

EUGENE
NELMS
1924-2008
PAULDING – Eugene J. Nelms, 84, Paulding, died Saturday, Nov. 15 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
He was born Feb. 21, 1924, in Omar, W.Va., the son of David and Bessie (Carroll) Nelms. On Nov. 21, 1990, he married Frances (Stump) McGuire, who preceded him in death in 1998. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was employed by Donely Painting Co., Defiance, retiring in 1979. He was a life member of VFW Post 587.
Surviving are three sons, Ted (Elaine) of Raleigh, N.C., Charles (Kay) of Stephens City, Va., and Larry, Rock Hill, S.C.; a daughter, Debbie (Robert) Barr, Rock Hill, S.C.; a stepson, Charlie McGuire, Paulding; three stepdaughters, Fredia (William) Coleman of Sandusky, Barbara (Michael) Betts of Defiance and Sheila (Hacker Jr.) Combs, Paulding; 19 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a son, Ned; a stepdaughter, Mary Yates; three brothers, Rocky, Earl and Sandy; three sisters, Lucille Spitzer, Jimmie Mae Cooper and Doris Taylor; and a stepgrandson, Joshua Miller.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 19 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Arnold Saylor officiating. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil, with military graveside services by VFW Post 587. Visitation is one hour prior to services today.
Preferred memorials are to VFW Post 587 or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

KENNETH
STANTON
1939-2008
GROVER HILL – Kenneth Eugene Stanton, 69, of Grover Hill, died at 8:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at Van Crest Nursing Home, Van Wert.
He was born March 1, 1939, in Melrose, the son of the late Harold Stanton and Mary (Lontz) Stanton Spangler. On April 15, 1961, he married Mary Busch, who survives in Grover Hill.
He retired from Chrysler Corp. in 1997 after 30 years of service. He was a member of Rose Hill Church of God, Paulding; served in the U.S. Army Reserves; and loved to watch Western movies, eat ice cream and collect Panda bears.
Also surviving are two sons, James (Trisha) Stanton of Paulding and Kent (Nikki) Stanton of Van Wert; one daughter, Joyce Stanton, Van Wert, and a sister, Mildred Combs, Ottawa.
He also was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Rose Hill Church of God, Paulding, with the Rev. Ron Hofacker officiating. Burial was in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood. Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Rose Hill Church of God.

BETTY ADAMS
1913-2008
OAKWOOD — Betty Louise V. Adams, 95, died at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 21, at the Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford, Ohio.
She was born Jan. 29, 1913, in Auglaize Township, Paulding County, the daughter of John D. and Cecil (Raney) Miller. On Dec. 23, 1933, she married Karl B. Adams, who preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 1982.
She was formerly employed by Dickies in Oakwood and the Oakwood Telephone Company. She was a member of the Oakwood United Methodist Church and the Oakwood Fireladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by a son, Elmer (Carol) Adams, and a daughter, Ruth (Don) Taylor, both of Oakwood; eight grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Emmit and Otis Miller; a sister, Alice Holtsberry; and an infant sibling.
Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood with Pastor Stan Harmon officiating. Burial was in the Riverview Memorial Garden in Defiance.
Preferred memorials may be made to the Paulding Area Visiting Nurses or the Laurels of Shane Hill.

BETTY BAUER
1923-2008
ANTWERP – Betty Jane Bauer, 85, of Antwerp, passed away at 11:05 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Vancrest Healthcare Center, Van Wert.
She was born Aug. 31, 1923, in Antwerp, the daughter of Harry R. and Hattie G. (Ours) Bissell. On March 20, 1942 she married Richard Bauer Sr., who preceded her in death on Sept. 6, 2000. She worked at Magnavox for 48 years.
Surviving are a son, Richard Jr. (Sharon) of Antwerp; a brother, Robert “Bing” Bissell of Payne; grandchildren, Yvonne (Dan) Marlin and Todd Bauer; and great-grandchildren, Teeghun and Ethan Marlin.
She also was preceded in death by her sister, Flossie Seslar.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 22 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was at Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne.
Preferred memorials are to Paulding Area VNA & Hospice, the Alzheimer’s Association, or Antwerp V.E.T.S.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

HELEN BEAR
1943-2008
CECIL – Helen Johnston Bear, 65, of Cecil, passed away at 1:50 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born Aug. 13, 1943 in Ann Arbor, Mich., the daughter of the late Paul W. Bodell and Grace M. (Belman) Crawford. On June 13, 1994, she married Joseph Bear, who survives. She worked at McDonald’s in Paulding and was a member of The Rock Church, Oakwood, where she was the church secretary and taught Sunday School.
Also surviving are five daughters, Cindy (Scott) Rosebrock of Delaware Bend, Cheri (Larry) Ray of Paulding, Candy (Mike) Minck of Grover Hill, and Nicole and Cristina Bear, both of Bryan; a son, Edward Johnston Jr. of Cecil; a sister, Sonya Toms of Edgerton; two brothers, Glen Crawford Jr. of Sherwood and Don Crawford of Elkhart, Ind.; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a stepfather, Glen Crawford; a brother, Paul Bodell Jr.; and a great-granddaughter, Olivia.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 23 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Burnell Hammons officiating.
Her family requests donations to Dooley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

JOSEPH
COUGHLIN
1923-2008
PAULDING – Joseph W. Coughlin, age 84, died Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born Dec. 5, 1923 in Payne, the son of William J. and Matilda A. (Ditlinger) Coughlin. On April 16, 1947 he married Harriett C. Swager, who survives. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II. In 1986, he retired from Macallister Machinery Co. in Fort Wayne, where he was a mechanic for 29 years. He was employed as a safety director by Cooper Farms, Oakwood, where he was affectionately known as “Safety Joe.” He was a lifetime member of the Grover Hill VFW Post #2873 and was also a member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding.
Also surviving are six children, Jerry (Jennifer) Coughlin of Cincinnati, Janet (Richard) Peters of Fort Wayne, Steven Coughlin of Oberlin, Stanley (Patricia) Coughlin of Findlay, and Michael Coughlin and Susan (Rodney) Kreager, both of Paulding; two brothers, Donald (Sue) of Payne and Frank (Bonnie) of Antwerp; three sisters, Evelyn (Wayne) Copsey of Payne, Margaret McNamee of St. Marys and Patricia (Mike) Young, Buck Creek, Ind.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 24 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, where Grover Hill VFW Post #2873 accorded graveside military rites. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Masses or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

CARMEN RUIZ
1921-2008
FORT WAYNE – Carmen Trevino Ruiz, age 87, died Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne.
She was born April 15, 1921, in Ennis, Texas, the daughter of Juan Cruz and Concepcion (Hernandez) Trevino. On Nov. 30, 1938 she married Espetacion “John” Ruiz, who preceded her in death on June 8, 1986. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, the Renew Group, Guadalupe Society, and the Altar Rosary Society.
She is survived by three sons, Jose (Maria Olga) of Defiance, Juan Cruz (Cathy) of Payne, and Paul, Fort Wayne; nine daughters, Irene (Raul) Perez of Paulding, Louise (Milton) Zimmerman of Wauseon, Martha “Marti” (David) Carsten of Savannah, Tenn., Teresa (David) Smith of LaFayette, Ind., Elida (Mark) Sorg, Hoagland, Ind., and Connie Torres, Celia Foelber, Magdalena Pfefferkorn and Leonor “Lanni” (Denny) Connelly, all of Fort Wayne; a brother, Frank (Julia) Trevino, Donna, Texas; a sister, Petra Moreno, Fort Wayne; 32 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two sons, Daniel and David; two brothers, Cruz and Senon Trevino; and a sister, Tana Rodriquez.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Nov. 26 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is today one hour prior to services at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding; St. Jude Parish in Fort Wayne; or Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana.
On-line condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

JERRY SHRIDER
1943-2008
CECIL – Jerry Lee Shrider, age 65, died Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.
He was born Nov. 1, 1943 in Paulding County, the son of William B. and Kathryn (Pollard) Shrider. He married Mary Ann Miller, who preceded him in death on June 28, 1980. On Sept. 18, 1992 he married Charlene Smith, who survives. He was a retired sergeant in the U.S. Army. After retiring, he worked for Miles Training Equipment, Indianapolis, a private military contractor, from 1986-92. He was a member of VFW Post #587, Fraternal Order of Eagles #2405, and Academy Model Aeronautics “Prop Floppers.”
Also surviving are his mother, Kathryn Shrider, Paulding; a son, Steve (Vicki) of Queen Creek, Ariz.; a stepson, Brian (Dorothy) Bauer, Paulding; a sister, Donna (Lonnie) Schooley, Paulding; two grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by his father; and a son, Danny J. Shrider.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Payne Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Michael Harper officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, with military graveside services provided by VFW Post #587. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Filling Home of Mercy in Napoleon, or the Payne Church of the Nazarene.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

DARLENE STROMAN
1946-2008
DECATUR, Ind. — Darlene Stroman, age 62, died Monday, Nov. 17.
She was born March 12, 1946, in Decatur, the daughter of Edwin and Lois Lehman. She was a graduate of of Monroeville High School. On Dec. 27, 1969, she married Fred Stroman, who survives. She enjoyed being a homemaker and was involved in various functions such as Cub Scouts and PTA. At home, her hobbies were cooking, baking, sewing, gardening and traveling.
She is also survived by a son, Lance Stroman; a daughter, Jennifer Goosey; two brothers, Joe Lehman and Gary Rex Bennett; a sister, D’Nell Edwards; and four grandchildren, Emily and Ethan Stroman and Samuel and Audrey Goosey.
Services were held Nov. 22 at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Fresno, Calif. Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns, and Blair Funeral Home were in charge of the arrangements.

JAMES DOUGHTY
1974-2008
ANTWERP – James Francis Doughty, age 34, of Antwerp, died Friday, Nov. 28 at his residence.
He was born Aug. 6, 1974 in Avon Park, Fla., the son of Ronald and Rosemarie (Downs) Doughty. On Oct. 21, 2000 he married Sera L. Smith, who survives. He was a professional musician and an instructor of music.
Also surviving are his parents, Ronald and Rosemarie of Jefferson, Ga.; a brother, Phillip, of Athens, Ga.; a sister, Krista Jacobson of Lawrenceville, Ga.; paternal grandmother, Mary Doughty of Emerson, N.J.; maternal grandmother, Rose Downs of Park Ridge, N.J.; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Donald and Rebekah Smith of Antwerp.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Robert Downs; and his paternal grandfather, Horace Doughty.
A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 1 at St. John Lutheran Church, Hicksville, with the Rev. Donald G. Leckrone officiating.
In lieu of flowers it is requested that memorial contributions be made to Sera Doughty. They may be mailed to Dooley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com


LEAH MOSIER
1924-2008
SCOTT — Leah M. Mosier, age 84, died at 12:53 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the Van Crest Nursing Home in Van Wert.
She was born June 25, 1924, in Paulding County, the daughter of Delbert and Berniece (Staley) Shaw. On Nov. 21, 1942, she married Herbert Mosier, who preceded her in death on July 29, 2002.
She was a member of the Country Chapel United Methodist Church, where she served as church organist for many years, and a member of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Payne and had been deputy grand matron.
She is survived by two daughters, Karen (Stanley) Kilburn of Lapel, Ind. and Elaine (Michael) Rodman of Haviland; a brother, Delbert LeRoy Shaw of New Haven; a sister, Evaleen (Steve) Lanning of Norfolk, Va.; six grandchildren, Brian Kilburn, Kim Orelup, Kris Skene, Wendy Kasper, Andrew Rodman, and Ashley Makurat; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday, Nov. 30, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert. Private graveside services were held at Blue Creek Cemetery in Paulding County.
Preferred memorials may be given to the Country Chapel United Methodist Church in Haviland.


TODD BARNHOUSE
1943-2008
ANTWERP — Todd L. Barnhouse, 65, of Antwerp, died at 8:55 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born Jan. 19, 1943, the son of Charles Smith and Esther Fay (Boyer) Barnhouse. On Sept. 19, 1964, he married Gail (Lowe) Barnhouse, who survives.
He was retired from General Motors in Defiance following 38 years of service. He was a United States Navy veteran and a member of the First Baptist Church in Antwerp.
Also surviving are a son, Todd Allan (Heather) Barnhouse; a daughter, Terry Lynne (Michael) McKeever; six sisters, Irene (Richard) Duffney of Ohio, Phyllis (Robert) Ganger of Sturgis, Mich., Joy McCrea of Phoenix, Karen (Ron) Kotowski of Newaygo, Mich., Marsha Poole of Phoenix, and Jean (Joe) Cymbulski; a brother, Craig Barnhouse of Houston; and eight grandchildren, Kristen, Nicholas, Taylor, Sidney and Ashton Barnhouse, Avery Braaten, and Jessica and Christina McKeever.
Services were held Nov. 29, at the Antwerp Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was in the Maumee Cemetery in Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to go to the First Baptist Church in Antwerp.
Condolences may be sent to www.dooleyfuneralhome.com


ELAINA STOLLER
2008
HAVILAND – Elaina Lynn Stoller, age 8 weeks, died Saturday, Nov. 29, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
She was born Oct. 4 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Ross A. and Joy L. (Bahler) Stoller.
She is survived by her parents, of Haviland; a brother, Blake, and a sister, Ava, both of Haviland; grandparents, Craig and Ruth (Klopfenstein) Stoller of Haviland, and Mark and Benita