Miscellaneous Defiance County, Ohio Obituaries - 1999/2000

CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY - GENLOOKUPS


First Name:
Last Name:
Orville Babcock
Orville L. Babcock, 75, Highland Township, died at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Harborside Healthcare.
He was born March 15, 1924, in Liberty Center, the son of Rollie and Emma (Quantz) Babcock. In 1947, he married Esther Ordway, who died in 1984. He was a foreman at Dresser Industries, retiring in 1983 after 25 years. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and a U.S Navy veteran serving from 1943-46.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas of Defiance and Ronald, Napoleon; two daughters, Mrs. Ronnie (Carolyn) Cox of Lima and Mrs. Robert (Ellen) Zimmerman, Defiance; five sisters, Vernice Deller of Pinconning, Mich., Marie Keeler of Sylvania, Coral Kessler of Liberty Center and Jo Ann Williams and Lena Lange, both of Napoleon; and 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death was a brother, Warren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Luhring officiating. Burial will be in Ayersville Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Preferred memorials are to a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 10/9/1999

Zela Nofziger
ARCHBOLD - Former Wauseon resident Zela M. Nofziger, 94, Archbold, died Sunday evening at Fairlawn Haven, Archbold.
She was born Sept. 25, 1905, near Stryker, the daughter of Peter and Barbara (Wyse) Graber. In 1930, she married Jesse Nofziger, who died in 1989. She was a homemaker and a member of Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold. She and her husband were instrumental in church planting at Springfield Chapel, Holland.
Surviving are a son, David, Stillwater, Okla.; five daughters, Mrs. Dale (Patty) Short of Archbold, Mrs. Don (Mary) Chelgren of Federal Way, Wash., Mrs. Richard (Norma) Camp of Santa Monica, Calif., and Mrs. Dean (Janeth) Nofziger and Mrs. Jim (Mona) Sauder, both of Wauseon; and 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 
Also preceding her in death were an infant son, Bernard; and four brothers and two sisters.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the church with Rev. Ron Guengerich officiating. Burial will precede services in Lockport Cemetery, rural Stryker. Visitation is from 5-9:30 p.m. today and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the church's fellowship hall. Short Funeral Home, Archbold, is in charge of arrangements. 
Preferred memorials are to Mennonite Board of Missions or the church.  - Published 10/9/1999

Terry Sweet
WOODBURN, Ind. - Terry G. Sweet, 56, Woodburn, died at 2:30 a.m. Thursday in Harborside Healthcare, New Haven.
He was born July 9, 1943, in Maumee Township, Allen County, Ind., the son of Harold and Mildred (Ruppert) Sweet. A farmer, he also worked at Crook-Miller, Hicksville, for more than 16 years. 
Surviving are four sisters, Wanda Moore of Wayne, Shirley Myers of Fort Wayne, Phyllis Timbrook of Hicksville and Bonnie Walton, Columbus; and three brothers, Harold and Richard, both of Woodburn, and Wayne, Hicksville.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two sisters, Betty Schooley and Pauline Sweet; and a brother, Larry.
Private burial was in Diehl Cemetery, Woodburn. Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, handled arrangements.  - Published 10/9/1999

Cora Campbell
DUPONT - Cora Campbell, 76, Dupont, died at 7 a.m. this morning in her home. Arrangements are pending at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental.  - Published 10/9/1999

Edward Rickels Jr.
PAULDING - Edward Fred Rickels Jr., 39, Paulding, died at 9:28 p.m. Saturday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.
He was born Dec. 25, 1959, in Paulding County, the son of Edward and Georgia (Gray) Rickels Sr. He was a farmer. 
Surviving are his parents; a brother, John, Paulding; a sister, Ilene Fickel, Cecil; two half brothers, Don of Sherwood and Paul, Dayton; and two half sisters, Loretta Gipple of Hicksville and Evelyn King, Latty.
Preceding him in death were a half brother, Erin Harp; and his grandparents.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Rev. David Proctor officiating. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is from 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday and after 8 a.m. Thursday. 
Preferred memorials are to the family.   - Published 10/9/1999

Noah Keller
Word was received of the May 31 death of Noah James Keller, Defiance, who was stillborn at Paulding County Hospital.
Surviving are his parents, Brent and Jody (Spencer) Keller, Defiance; and grandparents, Jerry and Betty Chandler of Defiance, and Nick and Vickie Spencer, Oakwood.
Preceding him in death was his grandfather, Jim Keller.
Graveside services were held this morning at Cromley Cemetery, Defiance County, with Rev. David Tscherne officiating.
Preferred memorials are to the charity of the donor's choice.   - Published 6/10/2000

Gladys Churchman
BRYAN - Gladys Eloise Churchman, 77, Edgerton, died Monday morning at Park View Nursing Home, Edgerton.
She was born March 23, 1923, in Tillamook, Ore., the daughter of Howard and Bertha (Gardener) Boone. She married Lester Churchman, who died in 1993.
Surviving are two brothers, John Boone of Woodburn, Ore., and Fredrick Boone, Yuba, Calif.
There will be no service or visitation. Burial will be at a later date. Arrangements are handled by Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan.
Preferred memorials are to the Salvation Army.   - Published 6/10/2000

Glenna Landes
NAPOLEON - Glenna I. Landes, 90, Napoleon, died Tuesday morning at Heartland of Perrysburg. Arrangements are pending at Walker Mortuary, Napoleon.   - Published 6/10/2000

Cora Campbell
DUPONT - Cora K. Campbell, 77, Dupont, died at 7:12 a.m. Tuesday in her daughter's residence in Dupont.
She was born Jan. 31, 1922, in Putnam County, the daughter of Orren and Lestie (Matson) Reynolds. She married Edward Campbell, who preceded her in death. She retired in 1987 from Campbell Soup Co., Napoleon, and was a member of Dupont First Church of God.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Earl (Linda) Hubbard of Salem, Ind., and Mrs. William (Elizabeth) Branham, Dupont; and five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Jerry; a daughter, Vera Campbell; a brother, Corwin Reynolds; and a grandchild.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, with Rev. Paul Carder officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Dupont. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and after 11 a.m. Thursday.
Preferred memorials are to Putnam County Home Health.   - Published 10/9/1999

Viola Runyan
MONTPELIER - Viola F. Runyan, 92, Route 3, Montpelier, died at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday in Hillside Country Living, Bryan.
She was born Jan. 5, 1907, in Swanton, the daughter of Jonas and Sara (Traut) Wyse. In 1931, she married Audus Runyan, who survives. She was a homemaker and worked with her husband, who constructed homes in Hillcrest Subdivision.
Also surviving are two sons, Audus of Defiance and Dwane, Covington; a daughter, Elaine Boland, Montpelier; a brother, John Wyse, Delta; a sister, Mrs. Chester (Blossom) Borucki, San Francisco; and eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death was a brother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Thompson Funeral Home, Montpelier, with Rev. Robert Waggoner officiating. Burial will be in Shiffler Cemetery, Bryan. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday.
Preferred memorials are to Madison Church of God or Hillside Country Living's chapel fund.   - Published 10/9/1999

William Smith
Services for William Lane Smith were held Tuesday at Farmer United Methodist Church with Revs. Sharron Twining and Greg Wack officiating. Organist was Peggy Lucas. Burial was in Farmer Cemetery. Pallbearers were Butch and Bill Smith, Tim and Scott Schlosser, Keith Wiemken, Kevin Moran and Bryan Wilhelm. Honorary pallbearers were Joshua, Aaron and Cody Smith, Justin Moran, Jordan Kinder and A.J. Wiemken. Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.   - Published 10/9/1999

Jenetta Carder
CONTINENTAL - Jenetta May Carder, 85, Continental, died at 2 p.m. Monday in Lima Memorial Hospital.
She was born May 15, 1914, in Kalida, the daughter of Charles and Lillian (Miner) Little. In 1932, she married John Carder, who died in 1957. She retired from Sylvania in 1979 and was a member of its Quarter Century Club, Ottawa. 
Surviving are two sons, Nelson of Ney and Bob, California; a daughter, Mrs. Terry (Tereas) Howard, Continental; and five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Robert; nine brothers and sisters; and a grandchild and a great-grandchild.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, with Rev. Russell Kirkendall officiating. Burial will be in Monroe Cemetery, Continental. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and from noon Thursday until services.
Preferred memorials are to Putnam County Hospice.  - Published 11/5/1999

Victor Shondal
HOLGATE - Henry County native Victor J. Shondal, 83, Columbus, died Monday at Heartland of Centerburg Nursing Home, Centerburg.
He was born Nov. 5, 1915, in Holgate, the son of M.S. and Regina (Grosswell) Shondal. In 1959, he married Virginia Carr-Homan, who survives. He was a carpenter and retired from D.C.S.C. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Europe, and the recipient of the Bronze Star. He was a life member of Gahanna's VFW Post 4719 and a member of St. James the Less, Columbus.
Also surviving are a stepdaughter, Nancy (Homan) Gwinn, Marengo; a brother, Alfred, Holgate; and four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were three brothers, Paul, Robert and Leo; and a sister, Winifred.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Bavaria, with Rev. Stephen Stanbery officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites accorded by New Bavaria's Raymond Diemer VFW Post 8847. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. today at Snyder Funeral Home, Holgate.
Preferred memorials are to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.  - Published 11/5/1999

Grace DeVore
GILBOA - Former Gilboa resident Grace L. DeVore, 94, Dover, died at 5:04 p.m. Monday in Hennis Care Center, Dover.
She was born July 10, 1905, in Putnam County, the daughter of Leonard and Pearl (Harris) Phillips. In 1923, she married Clarence DeVore, who died in 1986. A homemaker, she was a member of Gilboa United Methodist Church and Gilboa American Legion Auxiliary. She and her husband operated a family restaurant and grocery story in Gilboa for 16 years.
Surviving are a son, Darrell, Dover; a daughter, Mrs. Vernon (Thelma) Page, Southern Pines, N.C.; and four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were three brothers and a great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Harman Cemetery, Gilboa, with Rev. Bonnie Light officiating. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Ottawa.
Memorials are to the church.  - Published 11/5/1999

Warren Wyse
ARCHBOLD - Warren E. Wyse, 76, Archbold, died Tuesday evening at Heartland of Wauseon. Arrangements are pending at Short Funeral Home, Archbold.  - Published 11/5/1999

Bob Kemp
HILLSDALE, Mich. - Bob L. Kemp, 64, Hillsdale, died early this morning at his home. Among survivors is his wife, Barbara. Arrangements are pending at Short Funeral Home, Archbold.   - Published 11/5/1999

Donald Hampshire
TUCSON, ARIZ. - Former Defiance City Schools assistant superintendent Donald L. Hampshire, 77, died Sunday in Tucson.
He was born June 9, 1922, in Evansport, the son of Albert and Mabel (Wilmer) Hampshire. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, attended University of Findlay and received a master's degree from Bowling Green State University in 1950. He taught and coached at Ohio City and Defiance City Schools, officiated high school and college basketball and served as secretary-treasurer of the Fifth District Football and Basketball Officials Association. He was appointed assistant superintendent and treasurer of Defiance City School serving from 1958-1980. 
As Defiance's recreation director, he was a member of the American Legion and VFW Post 3360, Defiance City Athletic Boosters Association, Ohio City and Defiance Masonic lodges, Defiance and Tucson Elks clubs, Defiance Kiwanis, St. Paul United Methodist Church and its board.
He also served as chairman on several committees for the United Fund and was a member of the local, Ohio and National Education Associations, Buckeye Association of School Administrators and Ohio Association of School Business Officials.
Surviving are his wife, Glenda; two sons, Don and David; a daughter, Beverly Terrell; and eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 
Private services were held in Tucson. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance. 
Preferred memorials are to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19140.  - Published 6/10/2000

Frank Arps
Frank R. Arps, 69, Defiance, died at 9:05 p.m. Tuesday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Among survivors are three daughters. Arrangements are pending at Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home.  - Published 6/10/2000

Henry Ferguson
HICKSVILLE - Henry N. Ferguson, 81, Hicksville, died at 10:10 p.m. Monday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born Jan. 1, 1919, in Sneedville, Tenn., the son of Raymond and Eliza (Collins) Ferguson. In 1937, he married Helen Roberts, who died in 1987. He was a World War II veteran and worked at Universal Tool Co., Butler, Ind., retiring in 1984.
Surviving are a son, Roger, Fort Wayne; a half brother, Roose Collins, Sneedville; and two grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with Rev. Clarence Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville. Visitation is after 2 p.m. Thursday and after 9 a.m. Friday.  - Published 6/10/2000

Mark Talicska
BRYAN - Mark A. Talicska, 50, Bryan, died this morning at the Medical College of Ohio Hospital, Toledo, after an extended illness. Arrangements are pending at Rice Funeral Home, Bryan.  - Published 6/10/2000

Glenna Landes
PERRYSBURG - Former Napoleon resident Glenna Irene Landes, 90, Perrysburg, died Tuesday morning at Heartland of Perrysburg Nursing Home.
She was born Aug. 25, 1909, in Bath Township, Lima, the daughter of William and Olive (Snyder) McNett. In 1934, she married Ralph Landes, who survives. She was a 1931 graduate of Lima Memorial School of Nursing and an RN at the former Heller Memorial Hospital and Dr. Manahan's office, both in Napoleon. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and Eastern Star, where she was recently honored with a 50-year pin from the Fulton County chapter. 
Also surviving are two sons, Wayne of Holland and Norman, Columbus; three brothers, John, James and Jerry McNett, all of Lima; three sisters, Martha Cuesta of Los Angeles, Frances Hall of Elida and Barbara Carlock, Lima; and five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death in were two brothers, Ralph and Robert McNett; and six sisters, Lila McDorman, Julia Bucher, Helen Shepard, Dorothy Whitling, Maxine Downard and Betty McNett.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Walker Mortuary, Napoleon, with Rev. Michael Westbay officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Napoleon. Visitation is after 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Preferred memorials are to the church, American Red Cross or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 6/10/2000

Barbara Shinners
WAUSEON - Barbara A. Shinners, 73, Wauseon, died Tuesday at Medical College of Ohio Hospital, Toledo.
She was born Aug. 6, 1926, in Defiance, the daughter of Anthony and Ruth (Ehrat) McCarthy. In 1969, she married Richard Shinners, who survives. She was an LPN and worked at Dewiler Manor, Fulton County Health Center and Defiance Hospital prior to her retirement in 1988. She was a member of St. Caspar's Catholic Church in Wauseon and active in Hands of Grace.
Also surviving are five sons, Stephen Balbaugh of Metamora, Richard Balbaugh of Santa Maria, Calif., Daniel Hart of Cameron Park, Calif., and Patrick and Robert Hart, both of Wauseon; two daughters, Regina Hart of Zephyr, Ontario, and Julie Otterson, Archbold; a stepson, Dean Shinners; a foster daughter, Debbie Apger, Fayette; four sisters, Joan Buchman of Paulding, and Rose Hanna, Carolyn Willis and Mary McCarthy, all of Defiance; and 16 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Preceding her in death were five brothers.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the church with Rev. Robert Holden officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Memorial Gardens, Defiance. Visitation is from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, Wauseon. 
Preferred memorials are to Northwest Ohio Hospice, 3000 E. River Road, Perrysburg, 43551.  - Published 6/10/2000

Noah Keller
Graveside services for Noah James Keller were held Tuesday at Cromley Cemetery with Rev. David Tscherne officiating. Among survivors are his parents, Bret and Jody (Spencer) Keller, Defiance. Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home handled arrangements.  - Published 6/10/2000

Susan Wagner
NAPOLEON - Susan M. Wagner, 42, Napoleon, died Wednesday afternoon at Henry County Hospital, Napoleon.
She was born Nov. 4, 1956, in Wauseon, the daughter of William and Lavina (Tuckerman) Grime. In 1988, she married Thomas Wagner, who survives. She was a former material planner for A.E. Clevite Inc., Wauseon, for 17 years, and secretary for Leupp Building Services Inc., Napoleon. She was a member of Napoleon's Church of the Nazarene and earned an associate's degree in business from Northwest State Community College.
Also surviving are her father, Wauseon; two sons, Jay and Jason, both of Napoleon; a daughter, Michelle, Napoleon; three brothers, Roger Grime of North Ridgeville, Lee Grime of Delta and Gene Grime, Columbus; and a sister, Kathy Galbraith, Delta.
Preceding her in death was her mother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Walker Mortuary, Napoleon, with Rev. David Lutz officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Friday.
Preferred memorials are to the children's trust fund or the church.   - Published 11/5/1999

Lena Garver
BRYAN - Lena (Merillat) Garver, 96, Bryan, died late Tuesday at Toledo Hospital.
She was born June 25, 1903, in Wauseon, the daughter of Christian and Alice (Waldvogel) Merillat. In 1925, she married Paul Garver, who died in 1987. She was a member of Bryan's Wesley United Methodist Church, a volunteer at Christian Women's United Thrift Shop and had formerly been employed at Spangler Candy Co.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Arden (Helen) Pacey, Bryan; a brother, Edward Merillat, Bryan; two sisters, Almeda Clark and Mrs. Gerald (Mary) Harris, both of Bryan; and six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Richard; and eight brothers and two sisters.
Services will be at noon Saturday in the church with Rev. Casey Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Shiffler Cemetery, Bryan. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Friday at Rice Funeral Home, Bryan.
Preferred memorials are to the church's Paul and Lena Garver Endowment Fund.   - Published 11/5/1999

Warren Wyse
ARCHBOLD - Warren E. Wyse, 76, Archbold, died Tuesday evening in Heartland of Wauseon.
He was born Jan. 3, 1923, near Stryker, the son of Joseph and Mabel (Short) Wyse. In 1942, he married Nellie Schmucker, who died in January. He farmed in the Stryker area for many years, worked at the former Challenge Cook Brothers in Bryan and was a clerk for Yoder and Frey, Archbold, retiring in 1996. He was a member of Lockport Mennonite Church, rural Stryker.
Surviving are three sons, Jerry of Haven, Kan., Ronald of Camden, Mich., and Kenneth, Creston, Ill.; two daughters, Mrs. Stanley (Sandra) Miller of Elkhart, Ind., and Mrs. Jay (Cynthia) Preston, Mosinee, Wis.; a brother, Mahler, Archbold; and 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a son, Stephen; two brothers, Junior and Marvin; and two sisters in infancy.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the church with Rev. Allen Rutter and Mark Miller officiating. Burial will be in Lockport Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Friday at the church. Handling arrangements is Short Funeral Home, Archbold.
Preferred memorials are to the church.   - Published 11/5/1999

Bob Kemp 
HILLSDALE, Mich. - Bob L. Kemp, 64, Hillsdale, died Wednesday morning at his home. 
He was born July 22, 1935, in Saco, Mo., the son of Earcie and Hazel (Young) Kemp. In 1979, he married Barbara Cole, who survives. He was a United Steel Worker's Union representative for 23 years and had served as president of all U.S. union representatives for four years, retiring in 1989. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Also surviving are two sons, George and Wade, both of Bowling Green; three stepsons, Zeno Miller of Archbold and Steve and Randy Miller, both of Pettisville; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Michael (Debra) Nafziger, Pettisville; a brother, L.C., Garden Grove, Calif.; three sisters, Mrs. Wayne (Imogene) Hill of Fredericktown, Mo., Paulene Baldwin of Bismark, Mo., and Mrs. Dick (June) Reagan, Garden Grove; and 12 grandchildren. 
Preceding him in death were his parents; and a son, John. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Short Funeral Home, Archbold, with Rev. Thomas Lyberg officiating. Burial will be in Floral Grove Cemetery, near Pioneer. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Friday. 
Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society or to hospice.    - Published 11/5/1999

Martha Jenkins
GROVER HILL - Martha A. Jenkins, 91, Grover Hill, died at 9:59 p.m. Wednesday in Paulding County Hospital. She was the widow of Raymond Jenkins, who died in 1963. Arrangements are pending at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.   - Published 11/5/1999

Nathaniel Hancock
Nathaniel Raymond Hancock, 2 months, Defiance, died at 2:45 p.m. Thursday in Defiance Hospital.
He was born Aug. 9, 1999, in Defiance, the son of John and Carlissa (Crumit) Hancock, who survive.
Also surviving are a sister, Katherine, at home; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Hancock of Defiance, and Jim and Minnie Crumit, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and great-grandparents, Mapha Schaadt of Cecil and John and Betty Stewart, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Preceding him in death was a sister, Emily, in infancy.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens. Visitation will be an hour prior to services at the church. Handling arrangements is Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home.
Preferred memorials are to the family.  - Published 10/8/1999

Sara Rutter
DESHLER - Sara (Sally) L. Rutter, 74, Deshler, died at 4:10 p.m. Thursday in Wood County Hospital, Bowling Green.
She was born Sept. 29, 1925, in Detroit, the daughter of Lloyd and Ada (Scheid) Greiner. In 1946, she married Donald Rutter, who survives. She worked for 22 years in the Patrick Henry Schools cafeteria and was a member of Deshler United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women. She had also been a former secretary of Bartlow Township Historical Society.
Also surviving are three sons, Allen of Lambertville, Mich., Ronald of Deshler and Douglas, Leipsic; a daughter, Marsha Contreras, Bloomdale; a brother, Charles Greiner, Toledo; and 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Rodenberger Funeral Home, Deshler, with Rev. R.L. Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Deshler. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Sunday.
Preferred memorials are to the church or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 10/8/1999

Eugene Zaerr
ARCHBOLD - Eugene J. Zaerr, 64, Archbold, died Wednesday evening at his residence following a lengthy illness. 
He was born April 18, 1935, near Archbold, the son of Raymond and Inez (Short) Zaerr. In 1957, he married Arlene Beck, who survives. He was a lifelong farmer, a bus driver for Archbold area schools for nine years and a member of Central Mennonite Church, Archbold. 
Also surviving are a son, Ron, Archbold; two daughters, Diane of Elkhart, Ind. and Mrs. Brian (Rachel) Hook, St. Louis, Mo.; two brothers, Maurice of Archbold and Wayne, Swanton; a sister, Mrs. Dale (Vienna) Fielitz, Archbold; and five grandchildren. 
Preceding him in death were a son, Steven; and a brother, Curtis. 
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the church with Revs. Wayne Pipkin and Jeffrey Smith officiating. Burial will be in Pettisville Cemetery. Visitation is from 5-9 p.m. today and from 2-9 p.m. Saturday in Short Funeral Home, Archbold. 
Preferred memorials are to Hospice of Fulton and Williams Counties.   - Published 10/8/1999

Roland Hoppe
NAPOLEON - Roland G. Hoppe, 80, Napoleon, died at 3:50 a.m. today in Harborside Healthcare, Defiance.
He was born June 14, 1919, in Columbia, Mich., the son of William and Martha (Ewald) Hoppe. He married Marjorie Hyslop, who preceded him in death. He was a carpenter in Saginaw, Mich., with Union Local 334, and a member of Eagles Aerie 2380, Vassar, Mich.
Surviving are a son, Mrs. Richard (Roxanne) Maxson, Defiance; two stepdaughters, Lillian Adams of Cass City, Mich., and Ruby Rice Clark, Lapleer, Mich.; and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and several stepgrandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were two brothers and two sisters.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. There will be no visitation. Handling arrangements is Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home.
Preferred memorials are to the family.  - Published 10/8/1999

Thelma Gearig
ARCHBOLD - Thelma M. Gearig, 88, Archbold, died Thursday evening at Fairlawn Haven, Archbold. She was the widow of Ivan Gearig. Arrangements are pending at Short Funeral Home, Archbold.   - Published 10/8/1999

Orville Babcock
Services for Orville L. Babcock were held Thursday at Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Luhring officiating. Organist was Jan Kaiser. Burial was in Ayersville Cemetery with military rites accorded by VFW Post 3360. Pallbearers were Jeffery Cox, Kyle Babcock, Dave Stewart, Bob Zimmerman and Rick and Gary Christensen.  - Published 10/8/1999

Lorence Seedorf
DESHLER - Lorence Frederick Seedorf, 73, Deshler, died at 3:08 p.m. Wednesday in Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center, Findlay.
He was born Sept. 19, 1926, in Deshler, the son of Fred and Minna (Ehlers) Seedorf. In 1950, he married Betty Mahlman, who survives. For 23 years, he was a farm machinery mechanic at Wensink Massey-Ferguson and Deshler Implement International Harvester. He retired in 1991 from Hancock-Wood Electric Utility in North Baltimore and was a life member, past commander and chaplin of Deshler American Legion Post 316, a life member of Ottawa VFW Post 9142 and a 45-year member of Deshler Volunteer Fire Department, serving as engineer from 1967-95. 
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the U.S. and Ohio LST/Amphibs Association, Grand Rapids Sportsmen's Club and Bavarian Club, Deshler. He was also a member of Patrick Henry Athletic Boosters, Monday Night Men's Bowling League and Immanuel Lutheran Church, Deshler, and a volunteer at Kelly's Island State Park.
Also surviving are two sons, Kevin of Taylor, Mich., and Kurt, Deshler; two daughters, Mrs. Phil (Karen) Breece and Mrs. Tim (Krista) Rood, both of Deshler; a brother, Edwin, Liberty Center; and seven grandchildren, a great-grandchild, five step-grandchildren and seven great-stepgrandchildren.
Preceding him in death were a daughter, Kimberly Spence; and a brother, Karl.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the church with Rev. Mark Bauer officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Deshler, where military honors will be accorded by Deshler American Legion Post 316. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. today at Rodenberger Funeral, Deshler, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. A VFW memorial service will be at 6:45 p.m. today followed by a fire department service at 7 p.m.
Preferred memorials are to the church, Deshler Fire Department, Deshler American Legion Veterans' Memorial Fund or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 2/26/2000

Joshua Rosenbauer
ARCHBOLD - Joshua Michael Rosenbauer, 4 months, 404 Vine St., Archbold, died at 11:05 a.m. Thursday in his residence.
He was born Oct. 28, 1999, in Wauseon, the son of Ben and Julie (Shade) Rosenbauer. Also surviving are a brother, Nathan, at home; grandparents, Larry and Kay Shade of Stryker and Marv and Jane Rosenbauer, Holgate; and great-grandparents, Audrey Chappius of Stryker and Ralph and Gonda Shade, Bryan.
Preceding him in death was a grandfather, Jimmy Davis.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Peter's Catholic Church, Archbold, with Revs. Gary Ferguson and Robert Kill officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Sunday in Short Funeral Home, Archbold, with an 8 p.m. scripture service.
Preferred memorials are to Hospice of Fulton and Williams Counties or Spinal Muscular Atrophy Association.  - Published 2/26/2000

Edna Mohler
LIBERTY CENTER - Edna Ruth Mohler, 85, Liberty Center, died Thursday morning at Northcrest Nursing Home, Napoleon.
She was born July 24, 1914, in Lyons, the daughter of Alfred and Anna (Samlow) Follett. In 1932, she married Adrian Mohler, who died in 1999. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Liberty Center, its Ladies' Aid Society, McClure Senior Citizens and AARP.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. James (Barbara) Sattler of Lyons and Mrs. Carl (Priscilla) Schmidt, Aurora, Ill.; two sons, Michael of Milford and Thomas, Napoleon; and 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Janice Leonard; and two brothers, Arthur and Ervin Follett.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the church with Rev. Randy Gragg officiating. Burial will be in Young's Cemetery, Liberty Center. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at Wright Funeral Home, Liberty Center.
Preferred memorials are to Alzheimer's Association or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 2/26/2000

Clyde Swilling
STRYKER - Clyde C. Swilling, 83, Stryker, died Thursday evening in Community Hospital of Williams County-Montpelier. Among survivors are his wife, Sadie; and daughter, Faith Lambert. Arrangements are pending at Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker.   - Published 2/26/2000

Ruth Wichman
FORT WAYNE - Ruth P. Wichman, 89, Fort Wayne, died Wednesday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born April 4, 1910, in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth (Schmidt) Bergman. She was a secretary at General Electric for many years, an auditor at GE Credit Union for 10 years and a member of Emmaus Lutheran Church. 
Surviving are a son, Ronald, Fort Wayne; a sister, Virginia Brunner, Leo, Ind.; two brothers, Fred and Wayne Bergman, both of Fort Wayne; and seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, with Rev. Albert Keller Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. today. 
Preferred memorials are to Turnstone Center.  - Published 2/26/2000

Arville Hayes
MARIETTA - Former Liberty Center resident Arville Kenneth Hayes, 53, Marietta, died Tuesday afternoon.
He was born Oct. 9, 1946, in Bluefield, W.Va., the son of Arville and Louise (Atwell) Hayes. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, a former machine operator for Chrysler Corp. and a former member of Church of Christ, Napoleon.
Surviving are his mother, Deshler; a daughter, Mrs. Greg (Stephanie) Arnold, Richlands, Va.; a brother, William, Swanton; a sister, Mrs. Charles (Trula) Tanner, Swanton; and a grandchild.
Preceding him in death was his father.
Services will be private. There will be no visitation. Handling arrangements is Walker Mortuary, Napoleon.
Preferred memorials are to the charity of the donor's choice.   - Published 6/9/2000

Ellen Bolley
HOLGATE - Ellen Jane Bolley, 64, Holgate, died at 4 p.m. Thursday in her residence.
She was born August 5, 1935, in Wood County, the daughter of Harlen and Ada (Vance) Yant. In 1954, she married Junior Bolley, who survives. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Bend United Methodist Church.
Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. David (Debra) Wolff of Holgate, Mrs. Glen (Lora) Lockhart of Defiance and Mrs. John (Sueann) Pfund, Wauseon; two sisters, Elaine Faber of Wauseon, and Jean Von Deylen, Whitehouse; and five grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren and four great-stepgrandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother, LaVern Yant; and two sisters, Fern Clingman and Mary Bateson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home, with Rev. Deb Berry officiating. Burial will be in Ayersville Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday.
Preferred memorials are to the church, Hospice the Caring Way of Defiance or American Cancer Society.  - Published 6/9/2000

John Leu
WEST UNITY - John Edward Leu, 85, West Unity, died today at his home.
He was born Oct. 15, 1914, near Lockport, the son of Clarence and Amanda (Short) Leu. In 1942, he married Grace Sieber, who died in 1999. He was a retired building contractor and owner of Leu Building and Supply Co. He was also an agent with Midwestern Life Insurance Co. and a member of Solid Rock Community Church.
Surviving are two sons, J. Devon of Brunswick, Md., and Darrell, West Unity; two daughters, Debra Hutchinson of Indianapolis and Mrs. Dan (Deanna) Custar, West Unity; two brothers, Milo of Stryker and Doyle, West Unity; a sister, Treva Leu, West Unity; and ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were two brothers, Clinton, and a twin, Jacob.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Lockport Church with Revs. Clifford Brubaker and Bob Yates officiating. Burial will precede services in Lockport Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Saturday in Hollingshead Funeral Home, West Unity.
Preferred memorials are to Salem Mennonite Church.  - Published 6/9/2000


Search this massive database of obituaries, cemeteries, and death records:

CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY