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Donald H. Davenport
Green Springs truck driver
Donald H. Davenport, 59, of 3450 CR 34, Green Springs, died at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 1998, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, where he had been a patient for two days.
He was born in Gibsonburg Nov, 6, 1939, to Lewis L. and Helen (Ward) Davenport. His mother survives in Green Springs. On Aug. 24, 1963, in Clyde Baptist Church, he married Shirley A. Stout. She also survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Gary Lee at home and Larry E. of Green Springs; two granddaughters; four brothers, Eldon of East Brewton, Ala., Harold of Green Springs, Sanford of White's Landing and Marvin of Fremont; and a sister, Mrs. James (Beverly) Barr of Vickery.
His father is deceased.
Mr. Davenport, a U.S. Navy veteran, was employed as a driver for Wikels Trucking Co.-Agri Service Transport. He had resided in the Green Springs area his entire life.
Services in the Engle-Young Funeral Home of Green Springs will be noon Wednesday, with Juanita Magers, pastoral care associate, officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Garden, Clyde.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made in care of the family.

Orpha L. Bloom
Former Hall Street homemaker
Orpha L. Bloom, 87, formerly of 221 Hall St., died at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 1998, in St. Francis Nursing Home.
She was born Oct. 11, 1911, in Seneca County to Eli and Minnie (Hunker) Bauman. Her husband, Ray B. Bloom, whom she married June 6, 1943, in Tiffin, died Jan. 5, 1998.
Survivors include: a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Shirley) Stewart of Rawson; two grandsons, Tony and Doug Stewart; and a sister, Martha Meisner of rural Tiffin.
Two brothers, Ralph and Walter Bauman; and a sister, Mary Kline, also are deceased.
A homemaker, Mrs. Bloom was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ. She also was a member of Daughters of America and had resided in Tiffin most of her life.
The Rev. William H. Smith will be the officiant at the 11 a.m. Wednesday service in the Turner-Engle Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and one hour before time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. 
Memorials may be made to the church, St. Francis Home or a charity of the donor's choice.

John Joseph Howbert
Former Fostoria resident
John Joseph Howbert, 57, of 3800 Galt Ocean Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., died at 8:33 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 1998, in Ft. Lauderdale.
He was born in Findlay Dec. 14, 1940, to the late Harry and Agnes (Kelly) Howbert. His former wife, Marguerite Frisch, survives.
Survivors also include: a daughter, Carrie Elizabeth Stevens of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; a son, Joseph Robert Howbert of Cottonwood, Calif.; a brother, DanielHowbert of Tulsa, Okla.; three grandchildren; and a sister, Nancy Cech of Chino Hills, Calif.
A retired DeLorean Motor Co. employee, Mr. Howbert graduated in 1958 from St. Wendelin High School and in 1962 from Xavier University, Cincinnati.
He was a former member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria, and the University Club, Jacksonville, Fla. 
Memorial services in the Holy Cross Catholic Church, Culver City, Calif., will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or St. Wendelin Catholic Church, in care of the Hoening Funeral Home, 242 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria, OH 44830, which is in charge of local arrangements.

Marian M. Mellen
Homemaker/cafeteria worker
Marian M. Mellen, 84, of West Buckeye Street, Clyde, died in the Arbors of Clyde Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998.
She was born in York Township, Sandusky County, June 26, 1914, to Frank and Valiera (Bowers) Mellen. She had never married.
Surviving are a brother, Robert Mellen of Castalia; nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. 
Preceding her in death were two sisters, Frances Mellen, who died in June 1996, and Ruth Fowler, who died in September 1998.
Miss Mellen, a homemaker, also had been employed at Vine Street Cafeteria for nine years and at Eliza Ramsey Home Cafe for 10 years.
A former member of the American Legion Auxiliary, she received her education in the Clyde Schools and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Clyde and its Friendly Philathea.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, Clyde, with the Rev. John Bailey officiating. Burial will be in McPherson Cemetery, Clyde.
Visitation at the funeral home will be noon until time of the service Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to Sandusky County Hospice.

Charles L. Ryman
Marathon Oil Co. retiree
Charles L. Ryman, 85, who resided at the home of his daughter for the past three years, at 2517 E. CR 181, Clyde, died at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 1998, in the Arbors of Clyde, where he had been a patient since Oct. 30.
He was born April 17, 1913, in Shenandoah County, Va., to John Edward and Della (Garrett) Ryman. He was married three times, to Pauline Hottle in 1936, to Mary Clark in 1948 and to Charlotte Black in 1964.
Surviving are three sons, Alan of Fostoria, Larry of Indiana and Charles L. Jr.; a daughter, Jennifer Ryman of Clyde; five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; two brothers, Frank of Michigan and Harold of Old Fort; and two sisters, Mary Thallman of Bascom and Connie Michael of Fremont.
Four sisters, Catherine Rausher, Beatrice Johnson, Ruth O'Melia and Carrie Fox, are deceased.
Mr. Ryman, a 1930 graduate of Jackson Township Centralized High School, retired as an accountant from Marathon Oil Co., Findlay, where he had been employed for 35 years. He attended Tiffin Business University.
Prior to working at Marathon, he was employed at Black Swamp Credit Association 1936-39, and also was a farmer. 
He was a member of the National Rifle Association and a former member of theArcadia Conservation Club.
Graveside services in Pleasant Union Cemetery, Old Fort, will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Lori Burdette-Steele officiating.
Visitation at the Engle-Young Funeral Home, Green Springs, will be one hour before time of the service Wednesday at the cemetery.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Howard J. Gaiser
Retired teacher/administrator
Howard J. Gaiser, 88, of 498 Front St., Upper Sandusky, died in Marion General Hospital at 1:40 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 1998.
He was born in Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, Dec. 8, 1909, to George and Jennie (Kneebone) Gaiser. On June 24, 1947, in Detroit, Mich., he married Leona Rossow. She survives.
Survivors also include: two daughters, Mrs. Dick (Judy) Latham of Upper Sandusky and Mrs. Robert (Joyce) Sarver of Findlay; three grandchildren, Luke Latham, Katie and Betsy Sarver; and nephews and a niece.
A brother, the Rev. Goerge Gaiser, preceded him in death.
Mr. Gaiser retired after 43 years as a science teacher in the Cleveland Public Schools and as administrator for the Cleveland Board of Education mostly at Rhodes High School and Mooney Junior High School.
He served four years in the U.S. Army, lastly in the Medical Administrative Corp., 47th Field Hospital, Hawaii. 
A former member of the Orphan Male Chorus and the Cleveland Skating Club, he played tennis and enjoyed flower gardening.
Mr. Gaiser, who summered in Ontario, Canada, was a life member of ORTA and PTA and belonged to the Wyandot County and Cleveland Retired Teachers Association and the Ridge Road Church of Christ, Parma.
He attended the Cleveland Public Schools, graduated from Heidelberg College and Columbia University Teacher's College and attended Case School of Applied Science. He also served on the Bureau of Educational Research.
The Rev. Kenneth Wessler will be the officiant at the 1 p.m. Tuesday graveside service in Oak Hill Cemetery, Upper Sandusky.
Visitation at the Bringman-Clark and Company Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky, will be after noon Tuesday until time of the service.
Memorials may be made to Upper Sandusky Community Library or Wyandot Memorial Hospital, Upper Sandusky.

Russell L. Fagan
Retired tool company owner/operator 
Russell L. Fagan, 69, died at 6:35 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 1998, at his residence at 996 Edgewood Drive, Upper Sandusky.
Born July 25, 1929, in Carey, to the late Russell L. and Gertrude (Chio) Fagan, he married Miriam L. Morris, Sept. 3, 1950. She died Dec. 22, 1984. His second wife, Dorothy (Jacobs) Myers, whom he married June 11, 1988, survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Jerry M. of LaRue and Todd A. of Wharton; two daughters, Debra A. and Kathy J. Fagan, both of Upper Sandusky; three stepsons, Gregory Leathem of Clyde, Jeffrey Leathem of Knox Dale, Pa., and Patrick Leathem of Brookville, Pa.; two stepdaughters, Carolyn Caudill and Karen Griswold, both of Upper Sandusky; 23 grandchildren and a great-grandchild; and a sister, C. Jane Weaver, also of Upper Sandusky.
A brother, LaMoine Fagan, is deceased.
Mr. Fagan, who was affiliated with St. Paul Lutheran Church, was the founder and former operator of Fagan and Sons Tool Co., retiring in 1991. He previouslyhad worked at Med West Tool, also in Upper Sandusky.
A 1948 graduate of Carey High School, he was a band leader and drummer for the Russ Fagan Combo for more than 20 years.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict, Mr. Fagan was a member of Moose Lodge 1093, American Legion Post 225, AMVETS 777 and Eagles 2184. His company also sponsored bowling teams and he enjoyed bowling, fishing, boating, camping and hunting and cruising in his 1966 Cadillac Convertible.
Services in the Bringman-Clark and Company Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Raymond Daniel officiating. Burial will be in Old Mission Cemetery, Upper Sandusky, where military graveside rites will be conducted by veterans organizations. Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wyandot County or the donor's choice.

Cletus D. Snyder
Farmer/feed and grain inspector 
Cletus D. Snyder, 77, of 200 Orchard Drive, Upper Sandusky, died at 2:05 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 1998, in Wyandot Memorial Hospital, Upper Sandusky.
He was born in Marion County July 11, 1921, to Harry C. and Margery (Sager) Snyder. His wife, Joellen ''Jody'' (Eisel) Snyder, whom he married June 5, 1948, in Columbus, survives.
Survivors also include: two sons, Mike S. of Louisville, Ky., and Kevin P. of Tiffin; two daughters, Molly K. Shenefield of Marion and Magen C. Snyder of Sycamore; five grandchildren; a brother, John R. of LaRue; and three sisters, Cecelia Leppo of Atlanta, Ga., Teresa Fields of New Bloomington and Elizabeth Hatcher of Bellefontaine.
Preceding him in death was a brother, Daniel.
Mr. Snyder, a member of the Ohio Highway Patrol Auxiliary, taught agriculture for five years through the Veteran Administration. He farmed until 1972, then worked as a feed and grain inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Northwest Ohio, retiring in 1985.
He and his wife owned and operated Clete andJody's Car wash for 12 years in Upper Sandusky.
A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, where he had served as a lector; Knights of Columbus 2050, of which he had been a past grand knight; American Legion Post 250 and former member of Elks 83, all of Upper Sandusky.
Following his retirement he lived in Avon Park, Fla., for 10 years and enjoyed playing cards and golf.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Peter's Catholic Church, with the Rev. James Homler officiating. Burial will be in the parish Cemetery, where military graveside rites will be conducted by veterans organizations. 
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 P.m. Tuesday at the Bringman-Clark and Company Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky, where the Rosary will be recited at 8:45 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Hospital, in care of the Bringman-Clark and Company Funeral Home,226 E. Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky, OH 43351.

William E. Phillips
Union Carbide Corp. retiree
William E. Phillips, 90, of West South Street, Fostoria, died at 4:38 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998, in St. Catherine's Care Center, Fostoria.
He was born in Middletown, Pa., Dec. 2, 1907, to Ervin and Bertha (Stark) Phillips. On May 18, 1929, in Elyria, he married Geraldine Kline. She died July9, 1961. He married Mable (Lambright) Noel Dec. 1, 1962, in Bloomville. She died Sept. 19, 1998.
Surviving are: a son, William C. of Patriot, Ohio; a daughter, Merlene K. Morel of Ft. Myers, Fla.; a brother, Donald Phillips of Canton; a sister, Helen Wickens of Lorain; four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Two brothers, Harry and Earl, and a sister, Edna Bailey, are deceased.
A 1926 graduate of Lorain High School, Mr. Phillips retired in 1968, after 35 years, from the Union Carbide Corp. in Fostoria, where he had been employed as a yard superintendent. He had attended Washington College, Washington, Pa.
He was a member of the Fostoria Lodge 288 Free and Accepted Masons, Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo, Zenobia Shrine of Toledo and Fostoria Eagles Lodge 430.
Services in the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. R. Edson Reed officiating. Interment will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Lorain.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, where Masonic memorial services will be at 7. 
Memorials may be made to Fostoria Shrine Club, P.O. Box 811, Fostoria, OH 44830.

Thelma M. Bishard
Former waitress/cook
Thelma M. Bishard, 68, formerly of Cambridge, died at 8:29 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 1998, at her home at 46 W. Perry St.
She was born in Cambridge July 31, 1930, to the late James and Ethel (Bichard) Casey. Her husband, Richard Bishard, survives in Tiffin.
Also surviving are two brothers, James Casey of Columbus and Roger Casey of Cambridge.
Mrs. Bishard had been employed as a waitress and cook at various restaurants in Cambridge and Tiffin.
Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Thorn-Black Funeral Home, 139 S. Ninth St., Cambridge, Ohio, where services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Barbara Wienke officiating. Burial will be in Guernsey Memorial Gardens, Cambridge.

Matthew A. Kessler
Farmer/former Wyandot Dolomite employee
Matthew A. Kessler, 25, of 7330 CR 45, Carey, died in the Medical College of Ohio Hospital, Toledo, at 10:20 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 1998, from injuries received in a farm-related accident late Saturday.
He was born Sept. 28, 1973, in Upper Sandusky, to Ralph E. and Linda A. (Maas) Kessler. They survive in Carey. His wife, Suzanne L. (Sink) Kessler, whom he married Jan. 30, 1998, in the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, Carey, also survives.
Other survivors include his paternal grandmother, Cartha G. Kessler of Findlay; maternal grandmother, Margaret E. Maas of Toledo; and a brother, Lance Kessler of Carey.
An infant brother, Luke, preceded him in death.
Mr. Kessler, a farmer, previously worked at Wyandot Dolomite in Carey for four years.
A 1992 Carey High School graduate, he was a member of the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, Sons of the American Legion Post 344 and Black-Lamberjack VFW Post 344 and the Carey Young Farmers, all of Carey.
He was the first Carey High School student to receive the American Farmer Degree of the Future Farmers of America in Kansas City, Mo.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, in the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, with the Rev. Benjamin Knopp as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Carey.
Visitation at the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, Carey, will be 2-5 and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, where the Rosary will be recited at 2 p.m. and a Scripture service will be at 8:30 p.m. 
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. 

Ilene I. Huffman
Rural Tiffin homemaker
Ilene I. Huffman, 63, 5891 N. SR 53, died at 10:48 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Lucas County, Toledo, where she had been a patient since Oct. 24.
She was born in Lebanon, Mo., March 15, 1935, to the late Emmer and Viola (Barnetta) Tabor. On July 12, 1953, in the First Lutheran Church, Tiffin,she married Wayne E. Huffman, and he survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Jeffery Huffman of Bloomville and Terry Huffman, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Paul (Marjorie) Dotson of Stryker and Mrs. Harlan (Stella) Brown of Bryan; nine grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Maynard of Tiffin. 
Preceding her in death were three brothers, Ralph, Lloyd and Adrin Tabor.
A homemaker, Mrs. Huffman was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. She was a graduate of Lebanon High School. 
The Rev. Jan Kucera will be the officiant at the 3:30 p.m. Wednesday service in the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery.
Visitation at the Turner-Engle Funeral Home is 6-9 p.m. today.

Lawrence Edward Rosendale
Columbia Gas warehouse manager
Lawrence Edward Rosendale, 50, of 13405 Castle Hollow Terrace, Midlothian, Va., died at 10:20 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 1998, in Midlothian.
He was born Dec. 15, 1947, in Findlay, to Rolla O. and Eleanor L. (Archer) Rosendale. His mother survives in Bloomdale. His wife, Jennifer J. (Jurrus) Rosendale, whom he married June 12, 1971, in Fostoria, survives in Midlothian.
Survivors also include: three sons, Edward J. Rosendale of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mark J. and Andrew J. Rosendale, both of Midlothian; two brothers, Wallace O. Rosendale of Columbus and Ray R. Rosendale of Bloomdale; and a sister, Mrs. Nelson (Mary) Brumbaugh of North Baltimore.
His father is deceased.
Mr. Rosendale, a 1965 graduate of Elmwood High School, was employed as a warehouse manager for Columbia Gas System of Richmond, Va., where he had worked for 29 years.
A U.S. Army veteran, serving 1965-69, he was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Midlothian and served as a troop leader for the Boy Scouts of America.
He had worked in Fostoria in 1970 for 3-4 years then transfered to Findlay as storekeeper until the spring of 1980, then transfered to Columbus, Ohio to Columbia Gas Training Department and in 1992 transfered to Richmond as warehouse manager.
Services in the Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria Chapel, will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Dale Smeltzer officiating. Interment will be in Bloom Chapel Cemetery, Bloomdale.
Visitation at the funeral home is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America.

Lillian Margaret Collins
Former Chestnut Street resident 
Lillian Margaret Collins, 97, formerly of Chestnut Street, died at 8:55 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 1998, in Autumnwood Care Center, where she resided.
She was born in Tiffin, Oct. 28, 1901, to Charles Emery and Jennie (Boehler) Stone. On Sept. 30, 1922, in Tiffin, she married Edwin Wilson Collins Jr. Hedied Dec. 26, 1957.
Survivors include: a son, Richard Edwin Collins of Tiffin; and two granddaughters, Mrs. Stephen (Becky) Bernard of Tiffin and Mrs. Debra Collins-Moore of Columbus; three great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter.
A granddaughter also is deceased.
Mrs. Collins, a member of the First Presbyterian Church, had been employed in food service at the former Tiffin State Hospital.
She also was a member of the Knight Templar Ladies Club and a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star 189. 
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home, with the Rev. Richard Mahlmann and the Rev. Arthur Geyh as co-officiants. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Knight Templar Eye Foundation or the Shriner's Hospital for crippled Children.


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