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Thursday, July 19, 2001

Convoy

RALPH J. WEGESIN, 84, died Tuesday at Convoy Care Center. Born in Delphos, he retired in 1982 from United Equity Elevator, Delphos. His first wife, Betty, died in 1978. Surviving are his wife, Arline; two stepsons, Gerald Imperial-Rogers of New Windsor, N.Y., and Glenn Rogers of Convoy; two stepdaughters, Carolyn Tyas of Van Wert and Donna Holloway of Fort Wayne; a sister, Marie Hoersten of Delphos; nine step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. EDT (9 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Saturday at St. Mary's of the Assumption Church, Van Wert. Calling from 2 to 8 p.m. EDT Friday at Gearhart, Mack & Jurczyk Funeral Home, Convoy. Burial in Resurrection Cemetery, Delphos. Memorials to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Elevator Fund.

Montpelier

CARL B. STEFFES, 65, died Tuesday near Defiance. Born near Kunkle, he was currently working in the shipping and receiving department at Ohio Art Co. in Bryan. He was a U.S. Army veteran. His wife, Carolyn E., died in 1997. Surviving are two sons, Kenneth J. of Pioneer and Terry A. of Montpelier; four grandchildren; and two sisters, Evelyn Beamont and Donna Jack, both of Bryan.
Services at 10:30 a.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Montpelier. Calling from 2 to 8 p.m. EDT today at Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home, Montpelier, with Scripture service at 8 p.m. EDT.
Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier. Memorials to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or American Heart Association.

Monday, July 23, 2001

Farmer LARRY R. KELLEY I, 53, died Sunday in his residence. Born in Wayne County, W.Va., he was a self-employed truck driver. Surviving are his wife, Mary Kay; three daughters, Rhonda Maag of Pandora, Lana Cain of Edgerton, Kristy Branham of Bryan; a son Larry II of Montpelier; four sisters, Lona Davis of Hicksville, Donna Davis of Farmer, Erma Osmun of Stryker and Glenda Sanders of Farmer; a brother, Jim Kelley of Hicksville; and nine grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) at Wednesday in the Rice Funeral Home, Bryan. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial in Farmer Cemetery. Memorials to the family. Pioneer FAY ELIZABETH LASHAWAY, 79, died Saturday at her home. Born in Wauseon, she was a homemaker. She was also a purchasing agent at Montgomery Ward, Hillsdale, Mich., retiring in 1976. Her husband, L. Earl, died in 1999. Surviving are three sons, Melvin of Osseo, Mich., Lloyd "Babe" of Alvordton and Raymond

Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Hicksville

PHYLLIS R. POSEY, 67, died Tuesday at Hicksville Community Memorial Hospital. Born in Union City, Ind., she retired as a teacher from Edon Northwest Schools in 1993. Surviving are her husband, William; two sons, Ralph William of Issaquah, Wash., and Timothy James of Elkhart, Ind.; her mother, Dorothy Royer of Union City, Ohio; two brothers, Dan Royer of Anderson, Ind., and Jack Royer of Greenville; and a sister, Dotty Wantz of Union City, Ind. Services at 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. Fort Wayne time) Thursday at Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville. Calling after 2 p.m. EDT today and after 9 a.m. EDT Thursday. Services also at 2 p.m. Saturday at Reichard Funeral Home, Union City, Ind., with calling after 2 p.m. Friday and after 9 a.m. Saturday. Burial in Union City Cemetery, Union City, Ind. Memorials to Cancer Society.

Thursday, July 26, 2001

Bryan

TERRENCE "TERRY" LEE LOVEJOY SR., 56, died Tuesday at home. Born in Bryan, he retired in 2000 as receiving manager from Ohio Art Co. in Bryan after more than 38 years. Surviving are his mother, Juanita L. Lovejoy; his wife, Vivian L.; two daughters, Erica Shindledecker and Teresa Lovejoy, both of Bryan; a son, Terrance of Bryan; two grandchildren; three brothers, Robert of Bryan, Gerald "Bud" of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and James of Montpelier; and two sisters, Brenda Harrington of Bryan and Lynette Pierce of Florida.
Services at 1 p.m. EDT (noon Fort Wayne time) Friday at Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. EDT today. Burial in Farmer Cemetery. Memorials to Hospice of Williams and Fulton Counties or Grace Point Church of the Nazarene Building Fund.

Convoy

DIANNA KAY SMITH, 58, died Wednesday at home. Born in Decatur, Ind., she retired in 2000 as a secretary with the Van Wert County Hospital after 20 years. Surviving are her husband, Vincent L.; two daughters, Dawndee Smith-Joyce of Irmo, S.C., and Julie K. Smith of Convoy; two sons, Vincent of Decatur and Anthony of Convoy; her mother, Ruth Hill of Decatur; a brother, Larry Hill of Decatur; and two grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. EDT (9 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Saturday at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Convoy, with calling one hour prior to services. Calling also from 1 to 3 and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur. Burial in IOOF, Convoy. Memorials to the education fund of her grandchildren.

Van Wert

JERRY WAYNE HEBB, 54, died Wednesday at home. Born in Tecumseh, Mich., he was employed at Tecumseh Corrugated Box, Co. in Van Wert, returning to the company in 1991 as executive vice president. Surviving are his wife, Nancy; two daughters, Shelly Arnold of Antwerp, Ohio, and Nicole Hebb of Dallas; his mother, June Hebb of Tecumseh; a brother, Dean Hebb of Olympia, Wash.; and two grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. EDT (noon Fort Wayne time) Saturday at Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh. Calling from 2 to 8 p.m. EDT Friday.
Memorials to Herrick Heart Fund.

Friday, July 27, 2001

Bryan

JEANNINE "JEAN" CRAVENS COOK, 40, died Monday at Community Hospitals of Williams County, Bryan. Born in Bryan, she had worked at H&R Block. Surviving are her parents, Donald and Carol Cravens, both of Bryan; three brothers, Michael Cravens of Stryker and Donnie Cravens and Christopher Cravens, both of Bryan; and two sisters, Yvette Zedaker of Bryan and Ashley Skinner of Fort Wayne. Memorial services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church, Bryan. No calling. Memorials to American Diabetes Association. Arrangements by Rice Funeral Home, Bryan.

RALPH N. LYONS, 58, died Wednesday at home. Born in Bryan, he was a lead man in the copper department at Bard Manufacturing for more than 33 years. Surviving are his wife, Debra I.; three daughters, Angela McGill, Stacie Joice and Shari Scribner, all of Edgerton; a son, Mark Brink of McPherson, Kan.; five sisters, Annabelle West, Mary Jane Ridenour and Margaret Stull, all of Bryan, Florence Strobel of Montpelier and Katherine Smith of Stryker; three brothers, Leroy and Richard, both of Bryan and Clarence of Coldwater, Mich.; and five grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Saturday at Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan. Calling from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. EDT today. Burial in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan. Memorials to Wildlife Forever or Williams-Fulton County Hospice.

Van Wert

KATHERINE MILDRED TOMLINSON, 88, died Tuesday at home. Born in Van Wert County, she was a homemaker and past president of lady board of managers of Van Wert County Hospital. She was also past president of St. Paul's United Church of Christ Women's Guild, past treasurer of Mission Society and past deputy matron of Ohio State Grange. Surviving are her husband, Carl E.; two daughters, Mary Ann Schroeder of Defiance and Eleanor E. Focht of Allentown, Pa.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services at 10:30 a.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Monday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Van Wert County. Calling from 1:30 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Sunday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. Private family burial at Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Memorials to the church, Thomas Edison Center in Van Wert or donor's choice. Condolences to agfh@bright.net.

Saturday, July 28, 2001

Bryan

RICHARD DALE WEAVER, 75, died Thursday at home. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he was a self-employed interior decorator and had worked with Challenge-Cook, Hayes-Albion Corp. He was a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are three sons, Tom and John, both of Bryan and Jeff of West Unity; three daughters, Connie Greek-Engel of San Antonio, Karen Sidle of Bryan and Kathy Balogh of Edgerton; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Dr. Orville E. of Oregon. His son, Michael, died in 1992. Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Monday at Rice Funeral Home, Bryan. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Sunday. Burial in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan, with military graveside honors by Bryan VFW Post 2489. Memorials to American Heart Association.

Montpelier

SEYMOUR BECK, 93, died Thursday at Anna's House at Hillside Country Living, Bryan. Born in Alvordton, he retired in 1972 as a foreman of section one after 17 years with the Ohio Turnpike Commission. He had also hauled milk for Montpelier Creamery and had worked for the Ohio State Highway Department for many years. His wife, Mary Lucille, died in 1994. Surviving are a son, Charles Richard "Dick" of Montpelier; two sisters, Amber Short of Bryan and Anna May Radamacher of Kunkle; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Monday at Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home, Montpelier. Calling from 2 to 8 p.m. EDT Sunday. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier. Memorials to Anna's House at Hillside Country Living.

Paulding

MADONNA ANN KILGUS, 73, died Friday at Paulding County Hospital, Paulding. Born in Fort Wayne, she retired in 1982 as head of the radiology department at Paulding County Hospital after 25 years. Surviving are a son, David of Sharonville; a brother, Paul Lehman of Dundee, Fla.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. EDT (9 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding. Calling from 2 to 9 p.m. EDT Monday at DenHerder Funeral Home, Paulding, with wake service at 7 p.m. EDT. Burial in Paulding Memorial Cemetery. Memorials to donor's choice.

Sunday, July 29, 2001

Bryan

CHRISTINE BOYLAN, 71, died Friday at Harborside Health Care Center, Bryan. Born in Toledo, she retired from GTE, now Verizon, as a telephone operator after more than 25 years. Her husband, Harrold, died in 1978. Surviving are two sons, Michael Cupp of Bryan and David Cupp of Kentucky; a daughter, Patti Lirot of Bryan; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Joyce Beaubein of Toledo and Judy and Betty. Services at 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. Fort Wayne time) Monday at Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. EDT today. Burial in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan. Memorials to donor's choice.

Montpelier

SARAH M. LUSK, 93, died Saturday at home. Born in Marion County, she retired in 1972 as an assembler from Sylvania Electric in Ottawa. Her husband, Carl E., died in 1977. Surviving are two daughters, Thelma Pauline Edwards of Lima and Wylie Rose Brown of Montpelier; two sons, Dallas Lee of Florida, Ohio, and Dewey Edward of Wellborn, Fla.; 36 grandchildren; 107 great-grandchildren; 30 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Margaret Wilson of Marion. She was also preceded in death by two sons, John and David Joe, and a daughter, Cecile Virginia Lusk. Services at5 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. Fort Wayne time) Wednesday at Thompson Funeral Home, Montpelier. Calling three hours before services. Graveside services at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday at Campbell Cemetery, Columbus Grove. Memorials to Williams County Heart Fund or Kidney Foundation.

Ohio City

FERNE E. CHILCOTE, 85, died Friday in Alma, Mich., in a car accident. Her daughter, Brenda Phillips, two grandchildren, and sister-in-law, F. Elouise Custer, also died. Born in Scott, she was a homemaker. Her husband, Benjamin "Bud" Oscar, died in 1990. Surviving are two sons, Tom L. of Van Wert and James A. of Toledo; two daughters, Janet A. Carr of Wilshire and Jean A. Cozad of Van Wert; a sister, Donna McCoy of Van Wert; and nine grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Tuesday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, with calling before services. Calling also from 2 to 8 p.m. EDT Monday. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City. Memorials to Ohio City United Methodist Church.

BRENDA KAY PHILLIPS, 49, of Ottoville, died Friday at Gratiot Community Hospital, Alma, Mich., following a car accident. Her mother, Ferne E. Chilcote, aunt, niece and nephew also died. Born in Van Wert, she worked at General Electric in Decatur, Ind., for 17 years and was office manager at P&L Fertilizer in Middle Point. Surviving are her husband Jay Dee; two brothers, Tom L. Chilcote of Van Wert and James A. Chilcote of Toledo; and two sisters, Janet A. Carr of Willshire and Jean A. Cozad of Van Wert. Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Tuesday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, with calling before services. Calling also from 2 to 8 p.m. EDT Monday. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City. Memorials to First Assembly of God Church, Delphos.

Pioneer

NANCY KAYE HAYDEN, 52, died Friday at The Dilworth Center at Community Hospitals of Williams County, Montpelier. Born in Wauseon, she owned and operated Cinderella Beauty Boutique in Montpelier. She had also formerly worked as an officer for Montpelier Police Department, was a dispatcher for Williams County Sheriff Department and was most recently a quality technician at Key Plastics in Montpelier. Surviving are her husband, Michael E.; her mother, Betty Hartsock of Montpelier; three daughters, Stephanie Dohner of Reno, Amy Dwerlkotte of Hutchinson, Kan., and Tisha Heston of Reading, Mich.; a stepson, Michael Hayden of Hastings, Mich.; four stepdaughters, Sheila Wells of Eaton Rapids, Mich., Ellen Hayden and Melissa Hayden, both of Ionia, Mich., and Elicia Hayden of Pioneer; a stepbrother, Ray Figley of Stryker; four grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Wednesday at Thompson Funeral Home, Montpelier. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday. Burial in Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer. Memorials to the family.

Van Wert

F. ELOUISE CUSTER, 77, died Friday in Alma, Mich. in a car accident. Her sister-in-law, Ferne E. Chilcote, also died. Born in Van Wert, she was a sales clerk at Barnhart's Furniture Outlet in Van Wert. Her husband, Norman Richard, died in 1998. Surviving are two daughters, Beverly J. Bellinger of Coldwater and Tania L. Barnhart of Van Wert; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Wednesday at Apostolic Church, Van Wert, with calling one hour before services. Calling also from 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City. Memorials to the church.

Monday, July 30, 2001

Defiance

MARTHA A. BEARDSLEY, 74, died Saturday at Laurels of Defiance. Born in Defiance, she was a homemaker. Surviving are a brother, James of Cecil; and several nieces and nephews. Services at 1 p.m. EDT (noon Fort Wayne time) Tuesday at Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home, Defiance. Calling from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. EDT today. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance. Memorials to the American Heart Association or donor's choice.

New Bremen

CYNTHIA "CINDY" L. KRIEG, 44, died Sunday at home. Born in St. Marys, she worked at Auglaize Industries, New Bremen. Surviving are her parents, Lionel and Ruth Krieg of New Bremen; three sisters, Pat Wilson and Marlene Long, both of St. Marys and Jean Olberding of Minster; and three brothers, Harold and Marvin, both of New Bremen and Donald of Wapakoneta. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Wednesday at Precious Blood Catholic Church, Chickasaw, with calling one hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen. Burial in St. Henry Cemetery. Memorials to Auglaize Industries or New Bremen Emergency Squad.

Willshire

B.J. "BOBBY JOE" CARR, 13, died Saturday at Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Mich., after a traffic accident in Alma, Mich. Born in Van Wert, he would have been an eighth-grader this fall at Parkway Middle School. Surviving are his parents, Robert J. and Janet A. of Willshire; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kruekeberg of Decatur, Ind. Services at 10 a.m. (11 a.m. EDT Ohio time) Friday at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur, with calling one hour before services. Calling also from noon to 8 p.m. (1 to 9 p.m. EDT Ohio time) Thursday. Burial in Willshire Cemetery. Memorials to Camp Cotubic, Bellfontaine.

STEPHANIE L. CARR, 17, died Friday at Gratiot Community Hospital, Alma, Mich., after a traffic accident in Alma. Born in Van Wert, she would have been a senior this fall at Parkway High School, Rockford. Surviving are her parents, Robert J. and Janet A. of Willshire; and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kruekeberg of Decatur, Ind. Services at 10 a.m. (11 a.m. EDT Ohio time) Friday at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur, with calling one hour before services. Calling also from noon to 8 p.m. (1 to 9 p.m. EDT Ohio time) Thursday. Burial in Willshire Cemetery. Memorials to Parkway Cheerleaders.

Tuesday, July 31, 2001

Bryan

LYN B. HOPKINS SR., 86, died Monday at Community Hospitals of Williams County, Bryan. Born in Ethel, Miss., he retired in 1980 from Bryan Metals. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. His wife, Anice L., died in 1997. Surviving are two daughters, Loretta Schaefer of Bryan and Louise Moss of Anniston, Ala.; a son, Lyn B. Jr. of Bryan; a brother, Charles of Meridian, Miss.; three sisters, Gerthal Boies, Eursula Montiajo and Winnie Gill; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Services at 1 p.m. EDT (noon Fort Wayne time) Wednesday at Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan. Calling from 2 to 9 p.m. EDT today. Burial in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan. Memorials to Community Hospitals of Williams County Hospice or Faith United Methodist Church.

Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Celina

WILLIAM R. "BILL" BLACK SR., 75, died Monday at Community Hospital, Coldwater. Born in Darke County, he was the former owner of Windy Point Marina in Celina and retired from New Idea in Coldwater as a general foreman in the tool and die department. He was a World War II Army veteran and was past president of New Idea Employees Credit Union and Steelworkers Union. Surviving are his wife, Helen M.; four sons, William R. 'Bill" Jr. and Charles, both of Celina, Robert of St. Marys and Herbert of Rockford; a daughter, Star Zizelman of Celina; two sisters, Maxine Lavey of Bradford and Nila York of Greenville; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services at 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. Fort Wayne time) Thursday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. EDT today.
Burial in Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina. Memorials to American Heart Association.

WILLIAM C. STUKENBORG, 80, died Monday at home. Born in St. Henry, he retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in St. Marys. He was a World War II veteran. Surviving are his wife, Donna; a son, Joe of Celina; two daughters, Carol Moorman and Sharon Blackburn, both of Celina; a brother, Arthur of St. Henry; five sisters, Marcella Reilly of Dayton, Pat Vondrell of Kettering, Adeline Reigelsperger of Centerville, Leona Knapke of St. Henry and Dorothy Buening of Coldwater; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services at 10:30 a.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina. Calling from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. EDT Thursday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina. Burial in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Celina. Memorials to Mercer/Darke County Hospice or the church restoration fund.

Convoy

GLADYS I. YOUNG, 90, died Tuesday at Convoy Care Center. Born in Harlan, Ind., she was a school bus driver for 10 years and had worked at Betty's Restaurant in Convoy. She had also farmed. Her husband, Marlin, died in 1965. Surviving are a sister, Pearl L. Dager of Convoy; a cousin, Betty Hall of Woodburn, Ind.; and a sister-in-law, Ilif Herman of Seminole, Fla. Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Friday at Countryside Chapel United Methodist Church, Convoy, with calling one hour before services. Calling also from 4 to 9 p.m. EDT Thursday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville, Ind. Burial in Monroeville Memorial Cemetery. Memorials to the church or Convoy EMS.

Montpelier

GRACE MARJORIE GRIFFITH, 72, of Oketo, Kan., died April 16, 1999, at home. She was born in Norwalk. Surviving are her husband, Joe; two sons, Ray and Randall, both of Livonia, Mich.; a daughter, Gail Walker of Pueblo West, Colo.; six grandchildren; a sister, Mary Brown of Norwalk; and a brother, Robert Squires of Norwalk. She was preceded in death by a son, Russell.
Graveside memorial services at 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. Fort Wayne time) Saturday at Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier. No calling. Memorials to Alzheimer's Association. Arrangements by Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home, Montpelier.

Oakwood

CARL EDWARD MANSFIELD, 73, died Monday at home. Born in Continental, he retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, having served in the Vietnam War. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth; three sons, Frank, Richard and Walter; two daughters, Barbara Rees and Cynthia Duniver; two brothers, Leo and Donald; two sisters, Helen Gee and Hazel Piete; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. EDT (noon Fort Wayne time) Friday at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance. Calling from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. EDT Thursday. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance. Memorials to Paulding County Hospice.

Van Wert

DOROTHY M. "DOT" KIGGINS, 90, died July 11 at Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert. Services at 10 a.m. EDT (9 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. No calling. Burial in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Memorials to Community Health Professionals-Hospice Group or Van Wert County Hospital.

ESTHER RUTH RILEY, 77, died Sunday at Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert. Born in Darke County, she was a homemaker. Her husband, Walter Francis, died in 1995. Surviving are two sons, Donald E. of Van Wert and Robert D. of San Francisco; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Thursday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert. Calling two hours before services. Burial in Ridge Cemetery, Van Wert County.

Saturday, August 4, 2001

Bryan

CHESTER J. BAUER, 83, died Thursday at Community Hospital of Williams County, Bryan. Born in Utica, N.Y., he worked as a tool and die maker at Defiance Machine Works, 50+5, Fifty Corp. and Bryan Custom Plastics. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife, Fanny E.; two daughters, Joan Bauer of Findlay and Pat Smith of Leo-Cedarville, Ind.; and a grandchild. Services at 2 p.m. EDT(1 p.m. Fort Wayne time) Monday at Rice Funeral Home, Bryan. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Sunday. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Stryker. Memorials to donor's choice.

STEVEN LOUIS EVEARITT, 40, of Toledo, formerly of Bryan, died Tuesday. Born in Toledo, he was a self-employed carpenter and a U.S. Army veteran. Surviving are a son, Timothy Steven of Bryan; seven brothers, Dale Evearitt Jr., Rex Evearitt and Billy Evearitt, all of Toledo and John Hageman, Gene Hageman, Jesse Hageman and Nick Hageman, all of Bryan; and five sisters, Connie Theilan and Julie Evearitt, both of Toledo, Cindy Fowler of Edon, Mishelle Rice of Las Vegas and Jody Cliffton of Bryan. Services at 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. Fort Wayne time) Tuesday at Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan. Calling two hours before services. Burial in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan. Memorials to donor's choice.

Grover Hill

GAE E. GOLLIVER, 77, died Thursday at VanCrest Health Care Center, Van Wert. Born in Paulding County, she was a homemaker. Her husband, Earl Glen, died in 1991. Surviving are a son, Glen of Columbus; a daughter, Trudy Wilkin of Grover Hill; a sister, Bette Golliver of Quincy, Mich.; and four grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Monday at Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill, with calling one hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 9 p.m. EDT Sunday at DenHerder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose. Memorials to Grover Hill EMS or the church.

Ney

ROMA LEE HAGEMAN, 66, died Thursday at Brookside Healthcare Center, Defiance. Born in Defiance, she was a homemaker and had been a bookkeeper for several Defiance businesses. Her husband, Richard, died this year. Surviving are several nieces and nephews, including Sandy Dukes of Bryan. Services at 10 a.m. EDT (9 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Monday at Rice Funeral Home, Bryan. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Sunday. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance. Memorials to Hospice - The Caring Way in Defiance or Alzheimer's Association.

Paulding

WILLIAM WARDER EVANS, 81, died Tuesday at Paulding County Hospital. Born in Erbacon, W.Va., he retired in 1985 from Gerstenslager Co. in Wooster. He was a World War II and Korean War Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Virginia; a daughter, Jeanie Thornhill of Paulding; a son, William of Colorado Springs, Colo.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. No services or calling. Arrangements by DenHerder Funeral Home, Paulding.

KENNETH W. NELSON, 84, died Thursday at Paulding County Hospital. Born in Alma, Mich., he retired in 1978 as a laborer from Grizzly Manufacturing in Paulding after 25 years. He was a World War II Army veteran. His wife, Margaret C., died in 1984. Surviving are a daughter, Jayne Heck of Paulding; a son, David Mayhugh of El Paso, Texas; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services at 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. Fort Wayne time) Tuesday at DenHerder Funeral Home, Paulding. Calling two hours before services. Burial in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding, with military graveside services by Paulding VFW Post 587. Memorials to Calvary Bible Church, Paulding.

Sherwood

KENITH RONALD "RON" CRISP, 60, of Evansport, died Friday. Born in Davisport, Ky., he was a truck driver for Isaac Metal Management. Surviving are his wife, Clara N.; a son, Ronald D. of Bryan; a daughter, Rhonda Brown of Fort Wayne; a brother, Tom of Sharples, W. Va.; and eight sisters, Josephine Lane of Danville, W.Va., Lorraine Weikle of Perrysville, Leona Gamble, Carolyn Wells, Yvonne Ward and Sandra Wells, all of Tomahawk, Ky., Dorothy Bostelman of Haviland and Zanna Rash of Auburndale, Fla. Services at10 a.m. EDT (9 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Monday at Rice Funeral Home, Sherwood. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Sunday. Burial in Sherwood Cemetery. Memorials to donor's choice.

Sunday, August 5, 2001

Celina

SARAH H. UNDERWOOD, 91, died Saturday at Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford. Born in Yugoslavia, she retired as a secretary from Johnson Oil Co. in Toledo. Her husband, Edmond, died in 1957. Surviving are two sisters, Mary Hromish of Cincinnati and Helen Jesselin of Alexandria, La. Services at 1:30 p.m. EDT (12:30 p.m. Fort Wayne time) Tuesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina. Calling 90 minutes before services. Burial in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Celina.

Haviland

LOLA M. LAUKHUF, 84, died Friday at VanCrest Health Care Center, Van Wert. Born in Paulding County, she was a homemaker. Her husband, Eli H., died in 1988. Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Boullear of Ridgecrest, Calif.; two sons, William of Van Wert and Douglas of Haviland; two sisters, Isabelle Holtsberry and Donna Flint, both of Paulding; two brothers, Larry Freshwater of Minnesota and Dwain Freshwater of Paulding; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by an infant son, Gary. Services at 10:30 a.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Tuesday at Latty Apostolic Christian Church, with calling one hour before services. Calling also from 2:30 to 9 p.m. EDT Monday at DenHerder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial in the church cemetery. Memorials to the church building fund.

Tuesday, August 7, 2001

Briceton

RICHARD "DICK" ZARTMAN, 20, died Sunday at Van Wert County Hospital. Born in Defiance, he worked at Taylor Made Glass, Payne. Surviving are his parents, Robert and Kathy of Briceton; a brother, John of Briceton; three sisters, Angie Cowdrick of Payne, Amanda Zartman of Defiance and Amber Zartman of Briceton; his grandparents, Arvil and Jane Sizemore of Vicksburg, Miss., Harold and Georgia Hart of Van Wert and Lennis Zartman of Paulding; and his great-grandparents, Bill and Betty Copsey of Payne. Services at 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. Fort Wayne time) Friday at Payne Church of the Nazarene. Calling after 4 p.m. Thursday at Slade Funeral Home, Payne. Burial in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Memorials to the Paulding County DARE program.

Celina

FLORETTA P. QUILLING, 85, died Sunday at Celina Manor. Born in Lima, she worked at Fortman's Grocery, Celina, and retired from Mersman Bros. furniture factory in Celina. Her husband, Lewis A., died in 1975. Surviving are three sons, Dave and Jack, both of Celina, and Richard of Boston; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Preston of West Middlesex, Pa. Services at 1:30 p.m. EDT (12:30 p.m. Fort Wayne time) Thursday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, with calling one and a half hours before services. Burial in Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.


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