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John 'Jack' A. Humbert
Green Springs resident
John ''Jack'' A. Humbert, 60, of 6881 E. Co. Rd. 34, Green Springs, died at 10:45 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998, at the Bellevue Hospital. He was born April 5, 1938, to John N. and Gertrude (Williams) Humbert. His mother survives and lives in Florida. On May 13, 1978, he married Paulette Morrison, and she survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Greg Humbert of Florida, and Steve Humbert of Okinawa, Japan; three sisters, Karla Bagent of Oak Harbor, Ramonda Weiker of Green Springs, and Tonya Combs of Maryland; three brothers, Ron Humbert of Fredericksburg, Jim Humbert of Wisconsin, and Tom Humbert of Florida; two sisters, Barb Dundore of Pennsylvania and Trudy Smith of Florida; and six grandchildren.
Mr. Humbert was a graduate of Green Springs High School and remained a lifelong Green Spings-area resident. He worked as a mechanic and autobody technician with Fremont Volvo. Memberships included the Clyde Eagles and the Green Springs VFW Post 6067. 
The Rev. Lori Burdette-Steele will officiate the 12 p.m. service Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Engle-Young Funeral Home of Green Springs. Burial will be in Green Springs.
Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the family.

Donna Rule
Retired owner of Pi-Zon Pizza Shop of Mansfield
Donna Rule, 68, of 846 Co. Rd. 224, Clyde, died at 6:10 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998, at the St. Francis Care Center after a one-month residency. She was born Jan. 14, 1930 to Glen Miller; he preceded her in death. Her first marriage was to Wayne Ethel, who passed away. Her second marriage was to Richard C. Rule, and he survives.
Other survivors include: three sons, Forest G. Brooks of Tucson, AZ., Larry A. Ethel, Sr. of Mansfield, and Wesley Ethel of Mansfield; two daughters, Janet Brewington of Bucyrus and Beverly Turner of LeHigh, FL; a brother, Melvin Miller of AZ; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Rule retired as the owner of Pi-Zon Pizza Shop of Mansfield after 15 years. She was a graduate of Akron City Schools.
Funeral arrangements will be made at a later date. Burial will be in Green Springs Cemetery.
No visitation hours are scheduled.
The Turner-Engle Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Marion (Hodges) Drake
Former Tiffin reading teacher
Marion (Hodges) Drake, 88, formerly of Tiffin, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 1998, at the Hillsdale County Medical Care facility following a long ordeal with Alzheimer's Disease. She was born in Plymouth Township, Ashtabula County, on August 26, 1910, the daughter of Lucius and Glendora (Stevenson) Hodges. On June 6, 1934, she married Max Drake, and he survives.
Other survivors include: four sons, David (Margo) Drake of Tiffin, Jim (Sara)Drake of Fairfield Glade, TN, Steve Drake of St. Louis, MO, Paul (Peggy) Drake of Huron; a sister, Alice Rushton of Kingsville; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were: twin son, Phillip, who died at birth; brothers Arthur and Wilbur.
A lifelong educator who was born to teach, Mrs. Drake graduated from Ashtabula High School, and Kent State University. She was a fourth-generation teacher, and two more generations of teachers have followed her. Her first teaching job was in a one-room school house in Ashtabula County. After raising her family, Mrs. Drake returned to teaching as a reading specialist in the Tiffin public and Catholic schools. She had a knack for teaching the handicapped and slow learners. She was active in church work, Bible Study, women's clubs, and garden and Shakespeare clubs. 
The Rev. Mark Johnson will officiate the 11 a.m. service, Monday, Dec. 21 at the Hillsdale United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Floral Grove Cemetery in Pioneer.
Friends may call after noon on Sunday at the St. John-White Funeral Home, Reading. The family will receive friends that evening from 7-9 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association, or the Hillsdale United Methodist Church.

Maude E. Nau
Lifelong Burgoon resident
Maude E. Nau, 88, formerly of Burgoon, died at 12:37 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, at Fremont Memorial Hospital. She was born Dec. 20, 1909, to Rolla and Hazel (Troxel) Warner. On Oct. 20, 1927, she married Milton Nau in Port Clinton; he passed away.
Survivors include: a son, Thomas Nau of Findlay; three daughters, Mrs. Dwight (Darlene M.) Wise, Jr. of Fremont, Mrs. James W. (Jean L.) Hartsel of Bettsville, and Mrs. Edward (Joan A.) Shilling of Maumee; 11 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were: two brothers, Claude and Harold Warner; two step-grandchildren; and two sisters, Eloise Thomas and Mildred Fry.
Mrs. Nau was a graduate of Jackson-Burgoon class of 1927, a member of the First United Church of Christ and a homemaker.
The Rev. Jim Wise will officiate the 2 p.m. service Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Engle Funeral Home of Bettsville. Burial will be at Smith Cemetery.
Visitation is private.
Memorials may be made to the First United Church of Christ, Fremont.

Dale C. Jump
Former Wyandot County resident
Dale C. Jump, 87, of Ocala, FL, died Dec. 14, 1998, at the Ocala Regional Medical Center, Ocala, FL. He was born in Wyandot County.
Survivors include: his wife, Betty J. Jump of Ocala, FL; two sons, Dr. Clifford O. Jump of Okemos, MI, and Richard D. Jump of St. Louis, MO; a daughter, Judith Ann Powers of Harrod; a brother, Everett Jump of St. Mary's; a sister, Lois Rowe of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Roberts Funeral Home, Bruce EastChapel: 2739 S.E. Maricamp Road, Ocala , FL. 34471. Phone: (352) 732-9944.

Agnes M. (Walton) Grady
Fairhaven resident
Agnes M. (Walton) Grady, 85, formerly of rural Wharton, more recently of Fairhaven Community since 1994, died at 8:22 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998. She was born Dec. 6, 1913, in Wyandot County to Elmer and Grace (Grummel) Everhart. Her first husband was Daniel E. Walton, whom she married Jan. 4, 1937, They were married for more than 50 years. She then married Ralph Grady. Both husbands preceded her in death.
Surviving include: three sons, Lewis E. Walton of Carey, Phillip E. Walton of Upper Sandusky, and Delbert E. Walton of Mt. Blanchard; a daughter, Mrs. James (Lois A.) McCracken of Englewood, FL; a brother, Ray Everhart of Upper Sandusky; two sisters, Mrs. Darrel (Christine) Swinehart of Upper Sandusky, and Mrs. (Anna Jane) Martin of Nevada; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were: a son, Joe E. Walton; a daughter, Lucille B. Lambert; two brothers, Bill and Donald Everhart; and two granddaughters.
Mrs. Walton-Grady graduated from Sycamore High School in 1932. She was a homemaker and cook at the Wharton School for many years. Her memberships included: St. Paul United Methodist Church, Vanlue; 4-H advisor for 30 years of the Wharton Busy Bees; Wyandot County Farm Bureau; Sunday School Teacher at Big Oak United Methodist Church & Beech Grove United Methodist Church; Volunteered at the Wharton Community Festival; and the Ladies Aid Society. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and crafts. 
The Rev. Joseph Searfoss will officiate the 2 p.m. service, Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Bringman-Clark & Co. Funeral Home. Burial will be at Smithville Cemetery of rural Upper Sandusky.
Visitation hours are from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the 4-H Endowment Fund or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Frederick E. Ringle
Tiffin native
Frederick E. Ringle, 81, of Shawnee Manor Nursing Home, Lima, died Friday, Dec. 18, 1998, at the nursing home. 
He was born Oct. 4, 1917, in Tiffin, to the late Frederick Giles and Eugneia (Kiskaden) Adams Ringle. On June 19, 1948, he married Katherine C. Phillips, who survives.
Other survivors include: two daughters, Mrs. Fay Gepfrey of Fenton, Mich., and Mrs. Sheila Hogg of Destrehan, La.; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a sister, Ann Price of Prescott, Ariz.
A brother, Alexander Ringle, preceded him in death.
Mr. Ringle was the retired president of Ringle Plating Corp. of Celina. A graduate of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., he served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of World War II as commander in rank and commanding officer of the USS Richard S. Bull and later the USS Edmonds. He was active in church work in several Episcopal and Lutheran churches and sang in various church choirs. He was crucifer, lay reader, lector and Sunday School teacher, and served on the vestries and boards of trustees. He also had memberships in Mercer County Elk's Lodge 2170 and Shawnee Country Club.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Siferd Westwood Chapel, 506 N. Cable Road, Lima, with the Rev. Arthur Wilde and Thomas Lentz officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 209 W. North St., Lima; Lutheran Social Services; or the oncology unit of St. Rita's Medical Center or St. Rita's Hospice.

Lois Virginia Haines
Florida resident
Lois Virginia Haines, 74, of 18742 Rea Way, Altoona, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998.
She was born in Altoona, Fla., and was a lifelong resident of that city.
Surviors include: two sons, Robert and Larry Haines, of Altoona and Williston, Fla., respectively; a daughter, Mary Ellen Johnson of Gainesville, Fla.; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two brothers, Grover Bates of Avon Park, Fla., and Wilbur Bates of Lake City, Fla.; and two sisters, Marjorie Chatham of Altoona and Inez Galloway of Tavares, Fla.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Altoona and the Florida Hospital Waterman Foundation.
Beyers Funeral Home of Umatilla, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.

Marion (Hodges) Drake
Former Tiffin reading teacher
Marion (Hodges) Drake, 88, formerly of Tiffin, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, at the Hillsdale County Medical Care facility following a long illness with Alzheimer's disease. She was born in Plymouth Township, Ashtabula County, Aug. 26, 1910, the daughter of Lucius and Glendora (Stevenson) Hodges. On June 6, 1934, she married Max Drake, and he survives.
Other survivors include: four sons, David (Margo) Drake of Tiffin, Jim (Sara) Drake of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., Steve (Barbara) Drake of St. Louis, Mo., and Paul (Peggy) Drake of Huron; a daughter, Ellen Drake of Tiffin; a sister, Alice Rushton of Kingsville; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
Preceding her in death were a twin son, Phillip, who died at birth, andbrothers Arthur and Wilbur.
A lifelong educator, Mrs. Drake graduated from Ashtabula High School and Kent State University. She was a fourth-generation teacher. Her first teaching job was in a one-room school house in Ashtabula County. After raising her family, Mrs. Drake returned to teaching as a reading specialist in the Tiffin public and Catholic schools. She was active in church work, Bible study, women's clubs and garden and Shakespeare clubs.
The Rev. Mark Johnson will officiate the 11 a.m. Monday service at the Hillsdale United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer.
Friends may call after noon Sunday at the St. John-White Funeral Home, Reading. The family will receive friends that evening from 7-9 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc. or the Hillsdale United Methodist Church.

Billy L. Spitler
Father of area residents
Billy L. Spitler, 65, of 8351 S. SR 53, McCutchenville, died Friday, Dec. 18, 1998, at the Cleveland Clinic.
He was born Oct. 27, 1933, in Wyandot County, to Noah L. and Gladys T. Spitler. He married Donna M. Koby Dec. 1, 1956, in Tiffin.
Survivors include: his mother; his wife; three sons, Thomas L., Tracy R. and Todd W. Spitler of Loveland, Ohio, Colorado Springs, Col., and Findlay, Ohio, respectively; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Tina) Decker of Weston, Ohio; three grandchildren; and four sisters, Alice Shrode of Tiffin, Mrs. Eugene (Joyce) Holmer of Republic, Mrs. Eugene (Maxine) Philbrook of Cardington, Ohio, and Peggy Spitler of McCutchenville.
His father and brothers Ray and Tom Spitler preceded him in death.
Mr. Spitler was retired from the Farmers' Commission Co. of Upper Sandusky. A Navy veteran, he was a member of St. Nicholas Church of Frenchtown and the New Riegel American Legion.
A memorial Mass will take place at a later date. The body was donated to Cleveland Clinic Foundation for the Advancement of Medical Science.
Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, 2 Gateway Center, 13 N., Pittsburgh, Pa., or the above foundation.
 
Gordon E. Ball
Retired Chrysler millwright
Former 46 Fairfield Ave. resident, Gordon E. Ball, 71, of 5271 W. Liberty TR 156, Kansas, was killed in a traffic accident in Huron County, US 224 west of Willard, at 7:59 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998.
He was born in West Lodi, July 27, 1927, to John Bernard and Grace Ellen (Moyer) Ball. On April 7, 1950, in St. John's United Church of Christ, Tiffin, he married Anna L. Kirchner. She preceded him in death Oct. 31, 1985.
Survivors include: a son, Alan E. Ball of Kansas, with whom he had resided for the past five years; two grandchildren; Alan E. Ball Jr. and Charlotte Dunfee; a brother, William Ball of Bucyrus; and two sisters, Evelyn Reitz of Bucyrus and Gladys Lennhoff of Fremont.
Also preceding him in death were his son, Robert E. Ball, daughter-in-law and her children, who was killed in the same traffic accident; six brothers, Ardra ''Art,'' John, Howard, James, Clifford and Leonard Ball; and three sisters, Mildred Gruhn, Myrtle Ball and Etta Williams.
Mr. Ball, a U.S. Army veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict, retired as a millwright from the Chrysler Plant in Fostoria. He later worked as a security guard at Premier Services Corp in Bettsville.
A graduate of Townsend High School, Vickery, he was a member of the Tiffin American Legion, where he had served as commander for several years and also was very active as a Boy Scout leader for 15 years.
Pastor Herbert T. Hill will be the officiant at the 11 a.m. Tuesday service in the Turner-Engle Funeral Home. Burial will be in Seneca Memory Gardens, where military graveside services will be conducted by the United Veteran's Council.
Visitation at the funeral home is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and one hour before the service on Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Robert Ball
Factory worker
Robert Ball, 40, 97 Gail Lane, died at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998, in a traffic accident on on U.S. 224, west of Willard.
He was born in Seneca County, Sept. 11, 1958, to the late Gordon E. and Ann L. (Kirchner) Ball. His wife, Dara (Fawver) Ball, whom he married in June 1997, and his father were killed in the same traffic accident.
A brother, Alan Ball of Kansas, Ohio, survives.
Two step-daughters, Kira R. and Kaleena D. Fawver, also were killed in the same traffic accident.
Mr. Ball was a factory worker.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, 205 W. Sandusky St., Findlay, with Elder Tim Bash officiating. Burial will be in Thompson Cemetery, Orange Township.
Visitation will be 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Dara Fawver Ball
Medical assistant for Dr. Garli Patti
Dara Fawver Ball, 38, 97 Gail Lane, died at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998, in a traffic accident on U.S. 224 west of Willard.
She was born in Findlay, Dec. 23, 1959, the daughter of Harold G. and Clara B. (Black) Yoder. They both survive in Findlay. In June 1997, she married Robert Ball, who was killed in the same traffic accident.
A brother, Dodd Yoder of Toledo, also survives.
Preceding her in death were an infant son; and two daughters, Kira R. and Kaleena D. Fawver, who both died in the same traffic accident.
Mrs. Ball, a member of the Restoration Tabernacle Church of Christ, Findlay, was employed as a medical assistant for Dr. Garli Patti in Tiffin.
Services in the Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, with Elder Tim Bash officiating. Interment will be in Thompson Cemetery, Orange Township.
Visitation will be 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Ball and Fawver families, in care of the Restoration Tabernacle Church of Christ, Findlay.

Kaleena Darath Fawver
Patrick-Henry 10th grader
Kaleena Darath Fawver, 16, of 2562 Road B, Leipsic, died at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998, in a traffic accident on U.S. 224 west of Willard.
She was born Nov. 18, 1982, in Bluffton, to James R. Fawver III and Dara Yoder Ball. Her father and step-mother, Lori Fawver, survive in Leipsic.
Other survivors include: her step-maternal grandparents, Dick and Ruth Wallace of Crawfordsville, Ind.; paternal grandfather, James Fawver II of Findlay; maternal grandparents, Harold and Clara Yoder, also of Findlay; a step-brother, Daniel Haniford of Leipsic; and a step-sister, Sarah Haniford, also of Leipsic.
Her mother was killed in the same traffic accident.
Miss Fawver, a 10th grade student at Patrick-Henry High School, was a member of the Restoration Tabernacle Church of Christ, Findlay and the Findlay Young Miss Softball.
Elder Tim Bash will be the officiant at the 11 a.m. Wednesday service in the Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay. Burial will be in Thompson Cemetery, Orange Township.
Visitation will be 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Ball and Fawver Families, in care of the Restoration Tabernacle Church of Christ, Findlay.

Kira Ray Fawver
Sixth grade student
Kira Ray Fawver, 11, of 2562 Road B, Leipsic, died at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998, in a traffic accident on U.S. 224 west of Willard.
She was born in Virginia, Jan. 19, 1987, to James R. Fawver III and Dara Yoder Ball. Her father and step-mother, Lori Fawver, survive in Leipsic.
Survivors also include her step-maternal grandparents, Dick and Ruth Wallace of Crawsfordville, Ind.; paternal grandfather, James Fawver II of Findlay; maternal grandparents, Harold and Clara Yoder, also of Findlay; a step-brother, Daniel Haniford of Leipsic; and a step-sister, Sarah Haniford, also of Leipsic.
Her mother was killed in the same traffic accident.
Kira, a sixth grade student at Deshler Elementary School, was a member of Findlay Young Miss Softball and the Restoration Tabernacle Church of Christ, Findlay.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, with Elder Tim Bash officiating. Burial will be in Thompson Cemetery, Orange Township.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to the Ball and Fawver Families, in care of the Restoration Tabernacle Church of Christ, Findlay.

Vera Alma Seibel
Retired bookkeeper
Vera Alma Seibel, 85, formerly of Mansfield and Minerva, died at 12:38 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998, in St. Francis Home, Tiffin.
She was born in Cleveland, May 3, 1913, to Anthony and Mary (Koenig) Schustrich. Her husband, Rudolph G. Seibel Sr., whom she married June 11, 1942, in Cleveland, died Sept. 20, 1974.
Surviving are three sons, Rudolph George Seibel Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif., Ronald Gene Seibel of Sylvania and Robert Gary Seibel of Mansfield; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Seibel, a graduate of Notre Dame Academy, Cleveland, retired as a bookkeeper from the Perskey and Wolf Co., Alliance. She also had worked for O'Neals in Alliance and the May Company in Cleveland.
A funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28 in St. Francis Home Chapel, 182 St. Francis Ave., with the Rev. Richard Dunn as celebrant. Burial will be 2:30 p.m., Dec. 28 in Fairmont Memorial Park, Alliance.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass at the Chapel on Monday, Dec. 28.
Memorials may be made to St. Francis Home, 182 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, OH 44883.
The Hannay-Traunero Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Martin White Eagle Bird Jr.
Webster Mfg. Co. retiree
Martin White Eagle Bird Jr., 76, 104 Apple St., died at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998, in the Wade Park VA Hospital, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, where he had been a patient for four months.
He was born in Tiffin, Feb. 4, 1922, to Martin White Eagle Sr. and Mary Ann (Scheer) Bird. On Feb. 7, 1942, in Tiffin, he married Rachel Pauline Whitmer, who survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Ronald E. and Richard W. Bird, both of Tiffin; four daughters, Norma J. Bird, Mrs. Michael (Claudia E.) Scholl and Paula E. Bird, all of Tiffin and Mrs. Michael (Alana M.) Burton of Akron; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and a half-sister, Margaret Metcalf of Tiffin.
Preceding him in death were two infant daughters, Virginia and Ann Bird; and a half-brother, Henry Philip Caudell.
Mr. Bird, a World War II U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, retired as a molder from Webster Manufacturing Company.
He had lived his entire life in Tiffin. 
Services in the Turner-Engle Funeral Home will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Jan Kucera officiating. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery, where military graveside services will be conducted by the United Veterans Council.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and one hour before the services on Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurses.


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