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DOLBEY
Kathleen "Nancy" Dolbey, 81, of rural Middle Point, died suddenly at 11:48 p.m. Monday, September 2, 2002, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima from complications following surgery. She was born November 26, 1920, in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, South Wales, the daughter of the late Fred and Bessie (Date) Perry. On December 26, 1946, in Middle Point, she married Glenn E. Dolbey, who died December 3, 2000. Mrs. Dolbey was a homemaker but had taught elementary school in England prior to marriage. She was a member of Middle Point Presbyterian Church and the women's group of the church. She had formerly taught Sunday School class. She was also a member of the Van Wert County Farm Bureau. Survivors include two daughters, Linda (Roger) Overholt of Van Wert and Kathryn (Dave) Rahrig of Delaware; a sister-in-law, Rene Gooding of England; eight grandchildren, Eric, Amy and Chad Overholt, Tyson, Meghan and Kelsey Rahrig, Kendra Mallon and Amanda Crawford; seven great-grandchildren, Danielle, Tyson, Haley, Chayten, Nicholas, Jonathan and Alexa, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother Geoffrey Perry. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Middle Point Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Dr. Edward Jillson officiating. Burial will be in Horeb Cemetery near Venedocia. Calling hours are 2-9 p.m. Thursday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert and an hour prior to services at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Middle Point Presbyterian Church.

BEVINGTON
Howard L. Bevington, 70, of Ohio City, died at 8 p.m. Monday, September 2, 2002, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert. He was born March 23, 1932, in Venedocia, the son of the late Carl "Pat" and Marian E. (Tester) Bevington. On July 25, 1986, in Covington, Ky., he married Nancy Wendel, who survives in Ohio City. Mr. Bevington retired in 1987 as manager of Mercer Landmark. He was a member and past commander of the Harvey Lewis Post of the American Legion in Ohio City, had served as fire chief of the Ohio City Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and had been involved in youth activities in Ohio City for many years. He was a member of the Rockford Eagles and had served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Randy (Judy) Bevington of Nipomo, Calif., and Todd (Ellen) Bevington of Wabash; three daughters, Lynn (Rex) Davis of Middle Point, Lee (Larry) Schumm of Van Wert and Laura (Sam) Brewster of Lansing, Mich.; a stepson, Walter Simon of Rockford; three stepdaughters, Andrea (Paul) McHenry of Orlando, Fla., Judie Cochiols of Virginia Beach, Va., and Jenifer (Brooks) Call of Rockford; one brother, Rodney (Kay) Bevington of Van Wert; a sister, Joan Boley of St. Marys; 13 grandchildren, Jason and Brian Davis, Luke and Lanna (Schumm) Pollock, Cody and Ben Bevington, Marion and Hank Bevington, Brittney, Molly and Spencer Brewster, and Cade and Cassie Bevington; three stepgrandchildren, Dustin and Alexis McHenry, Lindsey Black and Jeremy and Ed Roberts; one great-grandchild, Risa Pollock, and three stepgreat-grandchildren, Kaitlin Pollock and Jarrod and Austin Roberts. He was preceded in death by a sister, Colleen Bevington. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Steve Waterman officiating. Burial will be in Tomlinson Cemetery in Mercer County, with military graveside rites conducted by the Ohio City American Legion post. Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio City EMS.

DUNLAP
Marylou Dunlap, 70, of 9434A John Brown Road, died at 12:05 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 2002, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. She was born February 23, 1932, in Celina, the daughter of the late William O. and Mary E. (Emans) Agler. On June 1, 1973, in Grover Hill, she married Robert W. Dunlap, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Dunlap was a homemaker and a member of The Salvation Army in Van Wert. Survivors include two sons, Michael W. (Paula) Martz of Wolcottville, Ind., and Kevin M. (Tanya) Martz of Greensburg, Ind.; a daughter, Donella L. Cornelius of Van Wert; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a niece, Leanna Bell, and one nephew, David Agler. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Agler and Lynn Soul. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Capt. Pat Ward of The Salvation Army officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery near Middle Point. Calling hours are 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

KENNEDY
Lenore A. Kennedy, 93, of 639 N. Washington St., died at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 8, 2002, at Vancrest Health Care Center. She was born October 23, 1908, in Van Wert County, the daughter of the late William T. and Sylvia (Terry) Hoeken. In November 1929, she married Merl L. "Tim" Kennedy, who died August 14, 1984. Mrs. Kennedy taught junior high school for nearly 30 years and was a longtime history teacher at what was then Lincoln Junior High School in Van Wert. She was a member of First United Methodist Church for more than 80 years and was active in the Van Wert County Historical Society for many years. She was a member of the Van Wert Woman's Club, a member of the Isaac Van Wart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, had taught knitting to a local 4-H club for many years and was active in a number of other community organizations over the years. Survivors include a son, Michael L. (Madeline) Kennedy of Kalamazoo, Mich.; a brother, William L. Hoeken of Van Wert; one grandson, Robert P. (Brenda) Kennedy of Bronson, Mich.; three great-grandchildren, Joshua (Rachel) Kennedy of Grand Rapids, Mich., Charity (Marko) Smith of Van Wert, and Lacy Kennedy of Van Wert, and two great-great-grandchildren, Gavin and Paige Smith of Van Wert. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Kennedy, who died in infancy. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Van Wert County Historical Society or to the church.

BRENNER
Elsa Malkin Brenner, 71, the daughter of the late Morris and Sara (Magidson) Malkin, died Sunday, September 8, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital. A graduate of The Rayan School and Youngstown College, Mrs. Brenner was a registered medical technologist. She was a fine pianist and performed at the Butler Gallery of American Art, and at meetings of the Youngstown Monday Musical Society. Mrs. Brenner is survived by her husband, Paul T. Brenner; her children, daughter Cheryl Torsney and husband Eric Hansmann of Morgantown, W.Va., and son Jeffrey Stambor and wife Lisa Shepard Stambor of Calistoga, Calif.; grandchildren Benjamin and Edward Torsney, both of Morgantown, and Kaela and Lucie Stambor, both of Calistoga; her beloved sister, Charlotte Malkin, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and stepchildren and stepgrandchildren from her current marriage. A celebration of life will be held in the future. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Chorus, 2340 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46807; the Red Cross blood program, 1212 California Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825, or the Isle Royale Natural History Association Endowment Fund, 800 East. Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, MI 49931.

ZINN
Robert W. Zinn, 73, of 217 Biltmore Ave., died at 4:20 p.m. Monday, September 9, 2002, at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born June 10, 1929, in Van Wert, the son of the late Edwin and Margaret (Wallace) Zinn. On June 17, 1950, in Convoy, he married Joan M. McNamara, who survives. Mr. Zinn retired in 1989 as a salesman-owner of Pollock's Furniture Store in Van Wert after 32 years. He was a member of Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church in Van Wert County and a member of the former Pleasant Grange for more than 50 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Randy (Barbara) Zinn of Bloomington, Ind.; one daughter, Julie Zinn, of Van Wert; a sister, Martha Jean (Robert) Lybarger of Van Wert, and three grandchildren, Stephanie, Laura and Alex Zinn, all of Bloomington. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Richard Birk officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Calling hours are 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to RETT International Syndrome.

YOH
Treva B. Witherow Yoh, 85, of Van Wert, died at 3:05 p.m. Monday, September 9, 2002, a Lincolnway Nursing Home in Van Wert County. She was born December 16, 1916, in Rockford, the daughter of the late Adam and Maude (Oliver) Alt. She married Cary Witherow, who preceded her in death in 1970. She then married Joshua Yoh, who preceded him in death in 1995. Mrs. Yoh retired in 1981 from Mersman Manufacturing in Celina and had also worked for Continental Can and National Seal, both in Van Wert. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Van Wert. Survivors include three sons, Cary (Sarah) Witherow of Warrenton, Va., and Robert (Portia) Witherow and Carl (Jill) Witherow, both of Van Wert; a daughter, Verona (Terry) Eikenbary of Van Wert; three stepsons, Gregg Yoh of Defiance and Jay (Jennifer) Yoh and Kenneth Yoh, both of Van Wert; three stepdaughters, Penny Yoh and Vivian (Ric) Beebe, both of Defiance, and Connie Lange of Celina; a brother, Adrian (Norma) Alt of North Carolina; two sisters, Clela (Cletus) Stoephel of Van Wert and Gloria (Everett) Hanefeld of Continental; eight grandchildren; 22 stepgrandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and 19 stepgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Sue Peters; four brothers, John, Orville, Lorin and Bevan Alt, and two sisters, Ada Alt and Mabel Dickey. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Doug Stockton officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

BALLIET
Viola M. Balliet, 66, of Ohio City, died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2002, at Putnam Acres Nursing Home in Ottawa. She was born May 14, 1936, in Celina, the daughter of the late Phillip A. Ramsey and the late Josephine (Burch) Ramsey-Carpenter. On December 22, 1956, in Celina, she married Gerald C. Balliet, who died March 19, 2001. Mrs. Balliet was a homemaker, a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in rural Van Wert, a member of Van Wert Women of the Moose Chapter 6 and a member of the Class of 1956 at Celina High School. Survivors include two sons, Gerald C. (Christina) Balliet Jr. of Convoy and Donald E. (Sue) Balliet of Ohio City; two daughters, Mary Jane (Wayne) Parker of Gilboa and Pam (Clay) Strawser of Scott; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, John A., Russell L. and Robert F. Ramsey, and two sisters, Laura Smelser and Anna M. Dunno Walker. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Jerry Flueckiger officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City. Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where a Women of the Moose memorial service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Van Wert County Heart Association.

PANCAKE
Wilbur Pancake, 93, formerly of Convoy, died at 8:55 p.m. Monday, September 16, 2002, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert. He was born January 15, 1909, in Convoy, the son of the late Albert and Elizabeth (Friedly) Pancake. On December 9, 1945, in Adrian, Mich., he married Viola L. Moll, who died March 31, 2002. Mr. Pancake formerly worked at Drake's Hardware in Convoy and Continental Can Co. in Van Wert. Also, for many years he enjoyed selling and repairing bicycles. He was a member of Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert, a member of the Convoy Grange and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Survivors include two sons, Leon (Carolyn) Pancake of Celina and Loren Pancake of Van Wert; a daughter, Lynette (Daniel) Asher of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a sister, Edith Lyons of Convoy; four grandchildren, Gregory Pancake of Van Wert, James Pancake of Rockford and Justin and Allison Pancake of Celina, and three stepgrandchildren, David and Mike Gamble and Heather Fuerst. He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Gearhart, Mack & Jurczyk Funeral Home in Convoy, the Rev. Raymond Feeck officiating. Burial will be in Convoy IOOF Cemetery, with military graveside services. Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Convoy American Legion post or Calvary Evangelical Church.

POLLOCK
Elaine F. Pollock, 52, of 738 N. Jefferson St., died at 2:58 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital. She was born December 24, 1949, in Toledo, the daughter of the late Charles J. and Rae Dean (Tyler) Benner. On January 20, 1968, in Angola, Ind., she married Larry W. Pollock, who died September 13, 1995. Mrs. Pollock worked at Kennedy Manufacturing in Van Wert for 25 years. Survivors include a son, Charles (Kimberly) Pollock of Ohio City; one daughter, Jodi (boyfriend Rob Myers) Pollock of Van Wert; three brothers, Philip Benner of Falls Church, Va., and Douglas (Robbin) Benner and David (Agnes) Benner, both of Van Wert; three sisters, Christine (Tom) Stutz of Delphos, and Debra K. Benner and Bonne (Paul) Coburn, both of Van Wert, and two grandchildren, Jacob and Jared Pollock of Ohio City. She was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Baucom. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Dr. Joseph Harr officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery near Middle Point. Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Brethren Church or Trinity Friends Church.

AGLER
Larry F. Agler, 64, of 125 Logan St., died at 9:42 a.m. Friday, September 20, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital. He was born March 21, 1938, in Decatur, Ind., the son of Marjorie Berniece (Miltenberger) Agler and the late Willis Francis Agler. On October 2, 1997, he married Mary Elizabeth (Point) Crider, who survives. Mr. Agler retired November 30, 2000, from Navistar International in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Springfield. He attended Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church and was a member of Van Wert Lodge 218, Free & Accepted Masons; Van Wert Council 73, Royal & Select Masons; Van Wert Chapter 71, Royal Arch Masons; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Valley of Toledo; Ivanhoe Commandery 54, of Knights Templar, and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 886. He was a 1957 graduate of Van Wert High School. In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a son, Kevin (Beth) Agler of Cincinnati; one daughter, Vicki (Tim) Cochran of Urbana; two brothers, James L. (Jelaine) Agler and Steven A. (Nancy) Agler, both of Van Wert; two sisters, Sandra Jean (Donald E.) Stemen of Van Wert and Susan (Jim) Lindeman of Ohio City; three stepsons, Carl (Kathy) Crider of Point St. Lucy, Fla., Sid (Cindy) Crider of Lakeview and Michael (Lisa) Crider of Beaver Creek; a grandson, Kevin Agler, and five stepgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Kyle Cochran. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Richard Birk of Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Calling hours are 4-7 p.m. Sunday and 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where a Masonic service will be conducted at a time yet to be announced. Memorial contributions may be made to the Van Wert Masonic Lodge.

KING
Betty King, 79, of Payne, died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, September 22, 2002, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne. She was born May 25, 1923, in New Bremen, the daughter of the late Nathaniel and Emma (Sellemeyer) Vitz. On June 28, 1947, she married Arden King, who survives. Mrs. King retired in 1983 as an English teacher at Wayne Trace High School. She was a member of St. Jacob's United Church of Christ, Hesperian Chapter 281, Order of Eastern Star; Laetitia Club and Sorosis, all of Payne. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Rick King of Payne and Gayle King of Wichita, Kan.; a daughter, Cathy Wiley of Bellefontaine; one brother, Richard Vitz of Waverly, and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Jacob's United Church of Christ in Payne, the Rev. James Langham officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery in Payne. Calling hours are after 4 p.m. Tuesday at Slade Funeral Home in Payne, where an Eastern Star service will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. that day. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

GUNNELL
Pamela Jean Gunnell, 54, of Lakeland, Fla., and formerly of Van Wert, died Wednesday, September 25, 2002, at her residence. She was born September 23, 1948, in Kokomo, Ind., the daughter of the late Oscar E. and Crystal (Rowland) Abney. She married Richard Gunnell, who survives in Lakeland. Mrs. Gunnell was self-employed as a Certified Public Accountant. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Teena George of Tampa, Fla., and Starla Fleshman of Lakeland; one sister, Nancy Gilbert of Pas Christiana, Miss., and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert, the Rev. Dr. Edward Jillson officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Calling hours are 10-11 a.m. Monday at the church.

FYFFE
Linda Lou Fyffe, 52, of 803 Elm St. and formerly of Forest Hill, Calif., died at 5:17 p.m. Thursday, September 26, 2002, at her residence. She was born January 22, 1950, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the daughter of Betty (Purk) Brown and the late Robert Thimler. She married Larry Fyffe, who survives in Forest Hill. Mrs. Fyffe was a homemaker. Survivors in addition to her mother and husband include a stepfather, Eugene W. Brown of Van Wert; two daughters, Robin Renee Thomas of Van Wert, and Eve Rachel Siler, whereabouts unknown; a brother, Jeff (Kathy) Keller of Van Wert; one sister, Robin R. (Greg) Pruett of Ohio City; two stepbrothers, Arnold (Cheryl) Brown of Grover Hill and Troy Brown of Fort Wayne, and two stepsisters, Kelly (Tony) Brown of Middle Point and Lisha Showalter of Grover Hill. She was preceded in death by her adoptive father, John W. Keller, and a sister, Karen Strahm. Private funeral services for the family will be conducted, with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City. There will be no calling hours. Funeral arrangements were made by Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert.

YOCUM
George J. Yocum, 84, of Mendon, died Friday, September 27, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital, where he had been a patient since Tuesday. He was born November 30, 1917, in Rockford, the son of the late Merl and Hazel (Stover) Yocum. He married Donna Marie Anderson, who preceded him in death on November 11, 1988. Mr. Yocum retired from Avco New Idea and was also a farmer. He was a member of the New Horizons Church in Rockford. Survivors include three sons, Forest (Linda) Yocum of Canal Winchester, Gene (Angela) Yocum of Spencerville and Dean (Marilyn) Yocum of Marysville; two sisters, Doris Piper and Lucille Reed, both of Rockford, and six grandchildren. He was preceded by a brother, Russell Yocum. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Christian Church of Rockford on Ohio 707, with the Rev. Kenneth Whetstone officiating. Burial will be in Stringtown Cemetery. Calling hours are 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford and an hour prior to services at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Huntington College, Huntington, Ind., or to Camp Cotubic in Bellefontaine.

SCHNEIDER
Ruth Marie Schneider, 70, of Van Wert, died at 6:34 a.m. Friday, September 27, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital. She was born October 31, 1931, in Paulding, the daughter of the late Raymond and Hazel Marie (Copsey) Phlipot. She married Fred Schneider, who preceded her in death on December 16, 2001. Mrs. Schneider was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert and its Altar Rosary Society. She was very active in the church and worked for many years for the St. Marys School bingo fundraisers. She also belonged to the Lincolnview Athletic Boosters. Survivors include three daughters, Diana (James) Olrich of Deshler, Joan (Greg) Germann of Van Wert and Rose Marie (Danny) VanWynsberghe of Key West, Fla.; one son, Carl (Lisa) Schneider of Perrysburg; three brothers, Harold (Dorothy) Phlipot, Earl (Jeannie) Phlipot and Jerry (Margaret) Phlipot, all of Paulding; two sisters, Laura Pease of Paulding and Dorothy (Bill) Alt of Gahanna; two half-sisters, Helen Coil of Traverse City, Mich., and Christine (Roman) Laker of Cecil; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Phlipot of Paulding, and nine grandchildren. She is also survived by a number of children she babysat for and her Pomeranian, "Lady." She was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard Phlipot and an infant brother; a sister, Mabel Phlipot, and a half-brother, Lawrence Phlipot. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, with Father Joseph M. Schmelzer officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery near Middle Point. Calling hours will be from 2-9 p.m. Monday at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, where a rosary service will be held at 8:45 that night. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church Endowment Fund and masses. For further information, see http://web.archive.org/web/20030331065601/http://www.bricknerfuneralhome.com/ or e-mail condolences to bricknerfuneralhome@bright.net.

STEPHENSON
H. David Stephenson Jr., 55, of Middle Point, died at 3:51 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital. He was born August 9, 1947, in Charlevoix, Mich., the son of Ruth (Slate) Stephenson and the late Harold D. Stephenson Sr. Mr. Stephenson was a member of The Salvation Army in Van Wert, enjoyed gardening, lawnwork and loved nature. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, Harry (Chris) Stephenson of Middle Point; two nephews; two great-nephews, and a great-niece. A celebration of life will be held at noon on Friday at the Salvation Army in Van Wert, with Captain Pat Ward officiating. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

YOUNG
Gaylord C. Young, 77, of 4372 German Church Road, died at 1:26 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital. He was born September 3, 1925, in Van Wert County, the son of the late Arthur Carl and Florence E. (Feigert) Young. On September 3, 1949, he married Phyllis A. (Switzer) Young, who survives. Mr. Young was a farmer in Harrison Township for 60 years. He was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, where he had served as an elder, deacon, trustee and member of the church choir. He was also a member of the Van Wert Camp of Gideons International, Van Wert County Farm Bureau, Farm Focus Committee and Heritage Board. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Ronald C. (Carla) Young of rural Van Wert and Ned L. (Sandy) Young of rural Convoy; one brother, Edgar P. (Deweece) Young of Stevensville, Md., and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Harrison Township, the Rev. Jerry Flueckinger officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City. Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, and an hour prior to services Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International or the Wren EMS Department.

SEARFOSS
Andrew Michael Searfoss, 6 weeks, of Mechanicsburg, died at 5:37 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2002, at Children's Hospital in Columbus. He was born August 15, 2002, in Columbus, the son of Geroge Searfoss and Sarah Hiser, both of Mechanicsburg. Other survivors include paternal grandparents, George and Toni Searfoss of Haviland; paternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Knuth of Middle Point; maternal grandmother, Kristine Hiser of New Bremen; maternal great-great-grandmother, Olinda Oen of Wapakoneta; an uncle, Joshua Hiser, and an aunt, Kimberly Ream. He was preceded in death by two aunts, Naomi and Amanda Hiser. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at Brickner Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steve Placke officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.

UNCAPHER
Edward C. Uncapher, 75, of 8115 Liberty-Union Road, died at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital. He was born September 25, 1927, in Van Wert, the son of the late Curtis and Margaret E. (Wenzel) Uncapher. On February 24, 1952, he married Wanda C. Johns, who survives. Mr. Uncapher retired in 1984 from Federal-Mogul Corp. in Van Wert after 32 years of service. He was a 1946 graduate of Van Wert High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the 27th Wolfhounds Regiment of the 25th Division in Korea. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister-in-law, Betty J. Uncapher; three nephews, Michael Uncapher and James Uncapher, both of Van Wert, and David Uncapher of Lima, and one niece, Cathy Sowers of Van Wert. He was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Eugene Uncapher, and a sister, Louise Uncapher, in infancy. Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Woodland Cemetery, with Pastor Clark W. Williman officiating. Calling hours are 3-7 p.m. Friday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert. Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army.

McHUGH
Emmanuel M. McHugh, 87, of 9434-B John Brown Road, died at 4:11 a.m. Thursday, October 3, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital. He was born April 25, 1915, in Reynolds, Ind., the son of the late Thomas and Emma (Holcomb) McHugh. On November 22, 1939, in Van Wert, he married Helen M. Davis, who survives. Mr. McHugh retired in 1985 after 21 years of service as a caretaker at Woodland Cemetery. He also delivered the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette newspaper's Sunday edition for 32 years and The Times-Bulletin for six years. He attended First United Methodist Church in Van Wert and enjoyed square dancing. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Connie Wood of Van Wert and Delda McHugh of Delphos, and one grandson, Christopher Wood of Van Wert. He was preceded in death by a son, Mearl McHugh; five brothers, and three sisters. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church.

WILKINSON
Howard C. Wilkinson, 84, of Lumberton, N.C., and Pinehurst, N.C., died Friday, October 4, 2002. He was born October 3, 1918, in Van Wert, the son of the late Townsend C. and Agnes (Kuertz) Wilkinson. On October 11, 1947, he married Joan Eggerss, who survives. Mr. Wilkinson was retired executive vice president of Alpha Cellulose Corp. He attended Marion Military Institute in Marion, Ala., and Giffin Junior College in Van Wert. He was a major in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in Greenland during World War II. He also served in the Army Air Corps Reserve in Boise, Idaho, during the Korean War. Early in his life, he worked with his family at Wilkinson Printing Co. Following his return from the service, he was employed by Aeroquip Corporation in Van Wert. In 1960, he and his family moved to Bloomington, Ill., where he joined Alpha Cellulose Corp. In 1968, the company moved its headquarters to Lumberton, N.C., where Mr. Wilkinson was executive vice president until his retirement in 1994. Following his retirement, he and his wife moved to The Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst. During his lifetime, he served on the board of the Robeson County Boy Scouts and was presented the Silver Beaver Award. He was a member of the Masons and a founding member of the Jaycees in Van Wert. He also belonged to the Shrine of Wilmington, N.C. He served on the board of trustees of First Federal Savings & Loan of Lumberton, N.C., and Marion Military Institute. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Christine (Patrick J.) Donovan of St. Paul, Minn., and Holly Floyd of Southern Pines, N.C.; two sisters, Louise W. Evans of Mansfield and Laura W. Conn of Boerne, Texas, and six grandchildren, Dru Donovan, Cullen Donovan, McKeever Donovan, Hennessey Donovan, Turner Floyd and Drexel Floyd. He was preceded in death by a stepmother, Margaret (Huggins) Wilkinson; one son, Bradford C. Wilkinson, and a brother, Richard T. Wilkinson. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert, the Rev. Dr. Edward Jillson officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Calling hours are 5-7 p.m. Monday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert. Memorial contributions may be made to Boys and Girls Clubs of America or a charity of donor's choice.

GOINS
James L. "Jim" Goins, 64, of Haviland, died at 3:45 a.m. Friday, October 4, 2002, at his residence. He was born August 11, 1938, in Greenville, the son of Mercedes (Hosbrook) Goins, who survives in Van Wert, and the late Gladstone "Jack" Goins. On March 22, 1958, in Convoy, he married Carolyn L. Baker, who also survives in Haviland. Mr. Goins formerly worked at Ley Equipment and Federal-Mogul Corp., both in Van Wert, and retired from Sims Cab in Payne. He served in the Ohio National Guard and was a former village councilman in Haviland. Other survivors include one son, Cameran (Connie) Goins of Apex, N.C.; two daughters, Glenda Goins of Latty and Christi Dias of Haviland; two brothers, Jerry (Judy) Goins of Scott and Jack (Karen) Goins of Cecil; two sisters, Karen (Floyd) Mason of Van Wert and Roxanne Hosbrook of Tiffin; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Steve Goins. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Don Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery in Haviland. Calling hours are 2:30-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Paulding County Visiting Nurses and Hospice Program.

KREISCHER
Ruby M. Kreischer, 87, of Convoy, died at 5:07 p.m. Sunday, October 6, 2002, at Convoy Care Center. She was born March 25, 1915, in Richmond, Ky., the daughter of the late Ollie and Bessie (Hollingsworth) Adams. On July 31, 1936, she married Wilbur M. "Mike" Kreischer, who died April 5, 1981. Mrs. Kreischer worked as a homemaker and for 15 years as a cook for Crestview North Elementary School. She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ near Convoy and a member of the Ladies Guild of the church. She also belonged to the Convoy Fox Hunters Club, was a member of the former Convoy Fire Department Ladies EMS Auxiliary, was given the 1992 Convoy Days Citizen's Award. Survivors include four sons, William D. Kreischer, Philip (Carol) Kreischer, Dennis (Debbie) Kreischer and Stephen Kreischer, all of Convoy; two daughters, Patricia (Dale) Perrott of Van Wert and Jane (Fred) Germann of Convoy; a sister, Helen (Lewis) Fralick of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 18 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, John and Paul Wayne Kreischer; a brother, Clarence Adams; two sisters, Bertha Mefferd and Mertie Taylor; and a grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Gearhart, Mack & Jurczyk Funeral Home in Convoy, the Rev. Ronald Fruth officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery near Middle Point. Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Convoy Fire Department.

SHEETS
Alice M. Sheets, 90, of Convoy, died at 3:47 p.m. Sunday, October 6, 2002, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert. She was born December 30, 1911, in Middle Point, the daughter of the late Thomas Oscar and Grace Ellen (Rarrick) Armstrong. On December 23, 1939, she married Basil Edwin Sheets, who died February 14, 1981. Mrs. Sheets was employed by Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne, Ind., for 10 years and was a homemaker. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Convoy. Survivors include three nephews, William K. (Helen) Ashbaugh of Van Wert; Basil Richendollar of Convoy and John Louis (Helen) Ackerman of Spencerville, and three nieces, Marcia Richendollar of Cortez, Colo., Barb (Robert) Stewart of Chatham, N.J., and Pam Leslie of Tallahassee, Fla. She was preceded in death by five sisters, Mary, Dorothy, Ruth, Mildred and Altha. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cowan & Son Stainfield Memorial Home in Convoy, the Rev. Janice A. Berthinee officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy. Calling hours are 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Convoy EMS Department.

OSTING
Frances D. Osting, 51, of Delphos and formerly of Nelson, Ga., died at 12:41 p.m. Monday, October 7, 2002, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. She was born June 26, 1951, in Blue Ridge, Ga., the daughter of the late Eurias and Gean (Paterson) Greene. On April 11, 1994, she married Arnold Osting, who survives in Delphos. Mrs. Osting was a pharmacy technician for Suncrest Pharmacy in Knoxville, Tenn. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Curtis (Peggy) Roland of Jasper, Ga.; two daughters, Denise Cruikshank of Canton, Ga., and Susan (Scott) Lawson of Ellijay, Ga.; nine stepchildren, Arnold B. (Becky) Osting, Clayton P. (Susan) Osting, Melanie R. Osting, Kim A. (Brenda) Osting, Allison K. Osting, Shane M. Osting, Shawn C. Osting, Mitchel (Becky) Osting and Nathan (Sonya) Osting; four sisters, Barbara, Ann, Glenda and Elizabeth "Sadie"; three stepbrothers, Tony, Steve and Timothy Roland; five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. There will be no funeral services or visitation. Funeral arrangements were made by Harter & Son Funeral Home in Delphos.

LUGINBILL
Clara Louise Luginbill, 70, of Willshire, died at 11:22 a.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital. She was born September 12, 1932, in New Corydon, Ind., the daughter of the late Mike and Idora (Luttman) Schott. On February 22, 1958, she married Kenneth Leroy Luginbill, who survives. Mrs. Luginbill was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ near Rockford. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Ruth A. (Charles) Whitten of Willshire; two sons, (Jeff (Sara) Luginbill of Willshire and Scott (Jill) Luginbill of Rockford; a sister, Joyce (Don) Shiveley of Celina, and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Luginbill Jr. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ on Oregon Road near Rockford, with Pastor John Fleming officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Calling hours will be 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford and an hour prior to services Friday at the church.


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