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BOWDEN
Nellie F. Bowden, 83, of Middle Point, died at 3:04 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2002, at Paradise Oaks Nursing Home in Cloverdale. She was born May 17, 1919, in Middle Point, the daughter of the late Thomas and Maude (Neer) Armstrong. On February 14, 1936, she married William W. Bowden, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Bowden retired in 1981 after 25 years at National Seal Corp. (Federal-Mogul Corp.). She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Middle Point and served the church as treasurer for more than 25 years and as pianist/organist. Survivors include a daughter, Karen Bowden-Cox of Oakwood; one brother, Maurice Armstrong of Fort Mead, Fla.; a twin sister, Della Rae Ringwald of Fort Mead; four grandchildren, Steve Cox of Oakwood, Chad Cox of Maumee, Blake Bowden of Cincinnati and Becca Rebrook of Fayetteville, N.C., and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, William L. Bowden; one brother, and two sisters. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Tom Cover officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery near Middle Point. Calling hours are an hour prior to services at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

MILLER
Margaret M. Miller, 79, of Van Wert (formerly 920 Prospect Ave.), died at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2002, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert. She was born September 25, 1923, in Darke County, the daughter of the late E. William and Grace (Magoto) Stutz. On May 14, 1940, in Kentucky, she married Earl W. "Bud" Miller, who died September 15, 1976. Mrs. Miller was retired after many years of service at Kennedy Manufacturing Co. in Van Wert. She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803 Auxiliary and Wesley United Methodist Church in Van Wert. Survivors include six sons, Billy (Karen) Miller of Cape Coral, Fla., Jimmy (Cindy) Miller and Gary (Deb) Miller, both of Van Wert, Ronald Miller of Fort Wayne, Ind., Michael (Mary) Miller of Valley Center, Kan., and Marvin Miller of Sandusky; two daughters, Patricia (Gary) Mason of Oakwood and Marcia (Brian) Pancake of Van Wert; four brothers, John (Helen) Stutz of Venedocia, Bob (Marge) Stutz of Ohio City and Billy (Barb) Stutz and Danny (Carol) Stutz, both of Van Wert; five sisters, Gertrude Topp and Ann (Lester) Topp, both of New Bremen, Edna Mae "Daisy" Creel of Anderson, Ala., and Pearl (Bud) Mason and Judy Lewis, both of Van Wert; 23 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, where a VFW Auxiliary memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church.

BAILEY
Janet E. Bailey, 67, of rural Middle Point, died at 1 p.m. Sunday, October 13, 2002, at Edgewood Manor in Westerville. She was born February 19, 1935, in Ohio City, the daughter of the late Wayne H. and Kathryn Phyllis (Shindeldecker) Putman. She married Ralph L. Bailey, who survives in Van Wert. Mrs. Bailey retired from the R.G. Dunn Cigar Factory in Lima. She was a member of the Delphos Eagles Auxiliary. Survivors include a daughter, Debra (Kevin) Potts of Sunbury; three stepdaughters, Janet Oman of Mt. Home, Utah, Barbara Benroth of Geneva, Ala., and Gail Adams of Toledo; one brother, Larry R. Putman of Sebring, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Barry Lynn Osting, who died December 9, 1984, and one brother, Jerry C. Putman. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Mike Havey officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City. Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

GOODWIN
Linnie Lucile Goodwin, 86, formerly of 203 South St., Willshire, died at 7:05 a.m. Monday, October 14, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital. She was born April 20, 1916, near Spencerville, the daughter of the late Glenn G. and Minnie (Barber) Coffman. On September 18, 1937, she married Glenn G. Goodwin, who died February 13, 1988. Mrs. Goodwin was a homemaker and had worked at Decatur Industries in Decatur, Ind. She was a member of Willshire United Brethren Church and was an avid quilter and gardener. She was also a member of numerous historical societies. Survivors include two sons, the Rev. John C. (Barbara) Goodwin of Van Wert and Gary G. Goodwin of Tokyo, Japan; four daughters, Phyllis (Ronald) Brockmyer of Fort Wayne, Ind., Mary Haddad of Adrian, Mich., Janet (Fred) James of Springfield and Martha (Palmer) Inniger of Indianapolis, Ind.; two brothers, Harold "Bud" (Margie) Coffman of Spencerville and Homer (Eva) Coffman of Edgerton; four sisters, Marie Savidge of Celina, Mary Jane (Carol) Putman of New Haven, Ind., Marilyn (Alfred) Emans of Mendon and Martha (Max) Wood of Spencerville; 15 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; one foster grandchild, and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a stepmother, Gladys Coffman; two brothers, and a sister. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. John O. Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Wright Cemetery in rural Van Wert County. Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Navigators, Living Rock Family Outreach or Willshire Park Fund.

TULLIS
Martha A. "Marty" Tullis, 73, of Rockford, died at 1:16 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital. She was born March 14, 1929, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late Harry Waldron and Icy (Heath) Waldron Bates. She married Joseph Tullis, who survives. Mrs. Tullis had been a cook in several area restaurants during her working years. She enjoyed bowling and had been active in several women's bowling leagues over the years. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Kathy (Michael) Shrider of Rockford; one son, John Tullis of Rockford; a brother, Bill Waldron of New York City; one sister, Madge Eichhorn of Decatur, Ind.; six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Tullis, and one brother, Harry Waldron. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Brickner Funeral Home, the Rev. Michael Berne officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Calling hours will be 2-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or Colonial Nursing Home in Rockford.

CALVELAGE
Marguerite (Rinklin) Calvelage, 85, of Delphos, died at 5:05 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. She was born February 17, 1917, in the Bronx, N.Y., the daughter of the late John and Caroline (LeBrun) Rinklin. On January 27, 1943, she married Hubert B. Calvelage, who survives in Delphos. Mrs. Calvelage was a secretary for Prudential Life Insurance and a homemaker. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos and a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Florida. She enjoyed playing golf, knitting crossword puzzles and playing bridge. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, James (Phyllis "Phud") Calvelage of Delphos; three daughters, Barbara (Bob) Foust of Findlay, Michele (David) Wittler of Delphos and Julie (Glenn) Bertling of Lima; one brother, John (Mary) Rinklin of Babylon, N.Y.; a son-in-law, Bruce Maag; 13 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Maag. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, at St. John the Evangelist Catholics Church in Delphos, with Father Thomas Gorman officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Calling hours are 3-9 p.m. Thursday at Harter & Son Funeral Home in Delphos, where a parish wake service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson Disease or the church.

PFEIFFER
Treva A. Pfeiffer, 90, of Payne, died at 5:22 a.m. Thursday, October 17, 2002, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne. She was born October 9, 1912, in Payne, the daughter of the late Warren and Effie (Sorgen) Allison. On January 1, 1941, she married John Pfeiffer, who survives. Mrs. Pfeiffer was a retired cook at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Kent Pfeiffer of Antwerp; a daughter, Dawn Cluts of Montgomery, Ala.; seven grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne, the Rev. Amy Haines officiating. Burial will be in Monroeville Memorial Cemetery, Monroeville, Ind. Calling hours are after 4 p.m. Sunday at Slade Funeral Home in Payne. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

FRY
Annette J. Fry, 77, of 733 Perry St., died at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 17, 2002, at her residence. She was born February 24, 1925, in Canton, the daughter of the Elmer and Esther (Heath) Guinn. On September 30, 1942, she married Basil Eugene Fry, who died September 8, 1986. Mrs. Fry retired from Borden's Cheese in Van Wert after 30 years of service. She was a member of Ohio City United Methodist Church and a member and past worthy matron of the former Hyler Chapter 432, Order of Eastern Star (now Van Wert chapter). She was a member of the Van Wert County Hospital Twigs and belonged to American Legion Post 178 Auxiliary in Van Wert. Survivors include a daughter, Deanna (Joe) Speelman of rural Ohio City; three brothers, Richard (Jeanie) Guinn of Michigan and Donald (Judy) Guinn and Paul (Vicki) Guinn, both of Florida; two sisters, Virginia (Don) Bohnke of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Janet (Jimmy) Jackson of Toledo; two grandchildren, Kandy (Hugh) Saunier and Angel Williams, both of Van Wert, and four great-grandchildren, Phillip Saunier, Matthew Saunier, Erika Williams, Tyler McNall and Brandon McNall, all of Van Wert. She was preceded in death by a sister, Marth Lou Guinn, who died in infancy. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City. Calling hours are 2-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where an Eastern Star service will be held at 7 that evening. Memorial contributions may be made to the Van Wert EMS Squad.

HARTING
Ralph E. Harting, 76, of rural Convoy, died at 3:40 a.m. Saturday, October 19, 2002, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert. He was born September 28, 1926, in Van Wert County, the son of the late William E. and M. May (Klinger) Harting. He never married. Mr. Harting was a lifetime farmer in Tully Township and had served in the U.S. Army in occupied Japan. Survivors include four brothers, Lawrence (Charlotte) Harting and Gene (Marsha) Harting, both of Van Wert, and Gerald Harting and Roger (Mary) Harting, both of Convoy; a sister, Grace Burley of Convoy, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Delmer Harting, and one sister, Olive Harting, who died at birth. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Gearhart, Mack & Jurczyk Funeral Home in Convoy, the Rev. Greg Leigh officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy. Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Convoy EMS Squad or donor's choice.

DECKER
James E. Decker, 64, of Rockford, died at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2002, at his residence. He was born October 14, 1938, in Paulding County, the son of the late Ward L. and Fay Afford (Stockberger) Decker. He was raised by his grandmother, the late Mary Ellen Decker Baer. On June 5, 1997, he married Barbara (Straley) Barnett, who survives. He is also survived by his former wife, Janice E. Decker of Van Wert. Mr. Decker operated the Motor Inn Truck Stop at Mercer for 25 years and retired from MacDonald's Industrial Products in Spencerville. He was the owner of B&J Vending at the time of his death. He was active in Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert and was involved in Trinity Friends Disaster Services. He had attended Blue Creek (now Wayne Trace) High School near Haviland and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a former member of the Van Wert Moose Lodge and Rockford Eagles. In addition to his wife and ex-wife, he is survived by a daughter, Julie Jones of Celina; two sons, Randy (Pam) Decker of Mercer and Todd (Sherry) Decker of Celina; two stepsons, John (Julie) Barnett of Wapakoneta and Shawn (Emily) Barnett of Willshire; one stepdaughter, Jenny Barnett of Dayton; a brother, Rex E. Decker of Bandera, Texas; two sisters, Geneva A. Ellis of Van Wert and Patricia J. Bryle of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 14 grandchildren, and two cousins, Lawrence "Bud" Decker and Ireta Hutchinson, both of Scott. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Decker, who died in infancy, and one sister, Almeda "Dee" Simpson. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert, with Pastor Neil Hammons officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford, with military graveside rites by Harvey Lewis Post 346, American Legion, of Ohio City. Calling hours are 5-8 p.m. Thursday and 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, where a memorial service will be conducted by Van Wert Navy Club Ship 726 at 8 p.m. Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to Celina Area Visiting Nurses-Hospice or Trinity Friends Disaster Services.

HALE
Dossie Ilene Hale, 79, of Delphos, died at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2002, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. She was born August 25, 1923, in Attica, Mich., the daughter of the late Lewis Edward and Sarah Catherine (Diltz) Butterfield. She married Shirley "Duke" Hale, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Hale was a homemaker and worked several places in Delphos. She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary in Delphos and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She was an avid bowler, was a member of a bowling league and won several trophies. Survivors include a son, Daniel Lee (Lynn) Hale of Lima; five daughters, Janet Rowbotham, Sharon Hardin, Sue (Steve) Dancer and Sandra (Steve) Briggs, all of Delphos, and Terry Lee (Randy) Peters of Charlotte, N.C.; 14 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Harter & Son Memorial Chapel in Delphos. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos. Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday and an hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Autistic Foundation or Special Olympics.

RITCHIE
Danny R. Ritchie, 53, of 5480 Middle Point-Wetzel Road, Middle Point, died Thursday morning, October 24, 2002, in a car-pedestrian accident near his residence. He was born June 23, 1949, in Van Wert County, the son of Mary (Adams) Ritchie of Rockford and the late Gael R. Ritchie. He never married. Mr. Ritchie worked at Thomas Edison Workshop in Van Wert. He played for the Thomas Edison Special Olympics team, was an avid bowler and avid sports fan of the Lincolnview Lancers, Cincinnati Reds and Ohio State Buckeyes. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a special friend, Cindy Preston; two sisters, Luanne Metzger and Debbie (Steve) Allen, both of Middle Point; an aunt, Lucille Knittle of Van Wert; two uncles, Jack (Alice) Adams of Van Wert and Jim (Sandra) Ritchie of Fort Wayne, Ind.; one niece, Becky (Tyler) Holdgreve of Van Wert; two nephews, Jason (Michelle) Allen and Ben (Kendra) Allen, both of Middle Point, and six great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Stephen Placke officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery near Middle Point. Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Thomas Edison Special Olympics or Thomas Edison Workshop.

VONDRAN
Clara M. Vondran, 86, of Delphos, died at 12:25 a.m. Thursday, October 24, 2002, at Roselawn Manor. She was born May 29, 1916, in Ottoville, the daughter of the late Henry and Lena (Holbein) Pohl. On June 19, 1937, she married Bernard H. Vondran, who died October 2, 1993. Mrs. Vondran was a homemaker and a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos and the Delphos Eagles Auxiliary. Survivors include three sons, Norman (Nancy) Vondran of Lima, Gerald (Patricia) Vondran of Cincinnati and Robert (Rhonda) Vondran of Marion, Ind.; one daughter, Marilyn Titzer of Newburgh, Ind.; one sister, Margaret Powell of Delphos; 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward, John and Elmer Pohl, and two sisters, Lucille Clark and Dorothy Barnes. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, with Father Giesige officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Calling hours are 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at Harter & Son Funeral Home in Delphos.

COWGILL
Mary Cowgill, 83, a former Van Wert resident who has resided in Tucson, Ariz., the past eight years, died Thursday morning, October 24, 2002, at Tucson Medical Center. She was born April 22, 1919, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late John and Anna (Hirsch) Horther. Ms. Cowgill was employed by the Van Wert City Auditor's Office for 10 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Van Wert. Survivors include a son, Roger Cowgill of Tucson; one daughter, Kathy Cowgill of Tucson, and a cousin, Nora (Paul) Scott of Van Wert. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. James C. Dunaway officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Calling hours are 2-6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

KIRBY
Adrian A. Kirby, 87, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 25, 2002. Rev. Kirby served as minister of several United Methodist churches, including churches in Harrisburg, Salem Heights and New Morfield. He also served as chaplain at Orient State Mental Institution for 28 years and was a longtime president of the Chaplains Association of Ohio. He was an avid golfer and also loved to travel with his wife, Betty, in their motor home throughout the United States. Survivors include his wife, Betty, of Van Wert; one daughter, Karen (Gary) Corcoran of Van Wert; two sons, Kerry (Diane) Kirby of Austin, Texas, and Keith (Dawn) Kirby of Orient; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Kendall; one sister, and four brothers. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Grove City United Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus St., Grove City, with Pastor Mike (Laura) Laird officiating. Burial will be in Grove City Cemetery. Calling hours are 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Arrangements were made by Shaw-Davis Funeral Homes Victorian Village Chapel in Columbus.

SIMON
Walter T. "Thad" Simon, 66, of 702 W. Main St., died at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2002, at his residence. He was born November 1, 1935, in Defiance, the son of Helen Nusbaum of Sherwood and the late Walter T. Simon Sr. On August 24, 1957, he married Sandra J. Rosselet, who survives in Van Wert. Mr. Simon worked three years as a salesman for Heckman Biscuit Co. of Lima, 21 years as an agent for Western-Southern Life Insurance Co. and retired after 16 years at Lima Correctional Institution in Lima. He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, American Legion Post 178 in Van Wert and Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was a 1953 graduate of Oakwood High School and a graduate of Lima Technical School in law enforcement and corrections. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954-1957. In addition to his mother and wife, he is survived by three daughters, Lisa (Tim) Ellert of Fort Wayne, Ind., Renee (Jesse) Velasquez of Dayton and Jana (David) Parsons of Boise, Idaho; one brother, Michael (Sandy) Simon of Defiance; three sisters, Mary Hauenstein of Lima, Jane (Leonard) DeWitt of Elkhart, Ind., and Ida (Denver) Hammons of Hamilton, Ind., and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday (November 4) at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Father Joseph Schmelzer and the Rev. James Slow officiating. Calling hours are noon-3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Angel Foundation or Community Health Professionals in Van Wert.

MOWERY
Dennis P. Mowery, 47, of 635 N. Franklin St., Apt. 2, died at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2002, at Select Specialty Hospital in Columbus. He was born January 27, 1955, in Coldwater, the son of Lorraine (Fowler) Heiland of Mendon and the late John B. F. Mowery. On May 19, 1990, he married Carol Roberts, who survives in Van Wert. Mr. Mowery was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina. In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a stepfather, Norman Heiland of Mendon; a stepmother, Shirley Mowery of Florida; one daughter, Rebecca Mowery at home; two brothers, Thomas (Ersilia) Mowery of Van Wert and Stephen Mowery of Nashville, Tenn., and a sister, Teresa (Joseph) Cornett of St. Marys. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Deacon Timothy Knepper of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Calling hours are 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.


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