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Miscellaneous Van Wert County, Ohio Obituaries - 2002

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SEALSCOTT
Fern Louise Alt Sealscott, 81, of St. Marys and formerly of Chattanooga (Ohio), died at 9:46 a.m. Sunday, October 27, 2002, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. She was born March 29, 1921, in Duck Creek Township, Rockford, to the late William B. and Amber C. (Michael) Oakley. On February 8, 1940, she married Ralph Alt, who died August 16, 1994. She then married Leo Sealscott in 1997 and he survives. Mrs. Sealscott had worked at the Barr Store in Celina and, after its closing, worked the past seven years at Shirley's Sweets in Celina. She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Rockford ad a member of the Ladies Aid Society of the church. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three stepsons, Ron Sealscott of St. Marys, Jim (Pat) Sealscott of New Bremen and Jerry Sealscott of Celina; four grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and nine stepgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Gene Alt; a sister, Eileen Uncapher of Van Wert, and two brothers, Robert "Bud" Oakley and Ervin Oakley. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ on Oregon Road in Rockford, with Pastor John Fleming officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford and an hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

CLUTTER
Franklin D. Clutter, 69, of Rockford, died at his residence at 3:20 p.m. Monday, October 28, 2002. He was born April 10, 1933, in Dublin Township, Rockford, the son of the late Samuel A. and Lela M. (McClintock) Clutter. On May 31, 1953, he married Lois Elaine Custer, who survives. Mr. Clutter retired from Huffy's Manufacturing after 35 years and was also a farmer. He was a member of Olive Branch Church of God in Rockford and a member of Chapter U in Celina and Chapter N of Lima of the GWRRA. He was also a former adviser to the Rockford Thrifty 4-H Club. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons: Nathan Clutter, Neil D. Clutter and James "Jamie" (Corrie) Clutter, all of Rockford; two brothers, Dale (June) Clutter of Rockford and Raymond (Evelyn) Clutter of Celina; two sisters, Jane (Roland) Baker of Florida and June (Myron) Cashel of Van Wert; a brother-in-law, Rolland (Carolyn) Cuters of Urbana; one grandson, Austin James Clutter, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Steve Waterman and Pastor Sam Brewster officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City. Calling hours are 3-8 p.m. Wednesday and an hour prior to the services Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Olive Branch Church of God or to the National Kidney Foundation.

SHEETS
Marcile F. Sheets, 88, a lifelong resident of Convoy, died at 8:55 p.m. Monday, October 28, 2002, at Vancrest Nursing Home in Van Wert, where she had been a patient the past three years. She was born August 14, 1914, in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, the daughter of the late James and Goldie (Burk) Pancake. On December 22, 1937, she married V. Gale Sheets, who died on February 17, 1989. Mrs. Sheets was a homemaker and had worked at Van Wert Manufacturing for several years. Earlier, she had also worked at the Schaffer Glove Factory in Decatur, Ind. She was an active and lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Convoy. Survivors include a daughter, Marlene K. (Daniel) Baker of Ohio City, and a granddaughter, Elise Ann Baker of Ohio City. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ada McBride and Leona Baker. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Convoy, with Pastor Jan Berthinee officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy. Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur, and an hour prior to services at the church. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church Elevator Fund.

CONN
Adeline F. Conn, 85, of 612 Allingham St., died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2002, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert. She was born February 18, 1917, in Lima, the daughter of the late Fred and Minnie (Wilson) Berger. She married Leonard R. Conn, who died September 18, 1988. Mrs. Conn had worked at the former FLP Inc. in Van Wert and also at Van Wert County Hospital. Survivors include one son, Russel F. (Marge) Conn of Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; two daughters, Lynette Sue Cassari of Lansdale, Pa., and Martha Jean (Leland) Miller of New Haven, Ind.; eight grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Kay Adkins; two brothers, Robert and Carl Berger; two sisters, Virginia Gilroy and Frances Sitz, and one grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Leland Miller officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Lima. Calling hours are an hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

STEPHEY
William W. Stephey, 36, of Van Wert, died at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2002, at 921 E. Main St. He was born September 14, 1966, in Paulding, the son of Nancy (James) Talbot Scott of Van Wert. Survivors include one son, William W. Stephey II of Mouthcard, Ky.; a daughter, Brianna J. Stephey of Sherwood, and two brothers, Ivan M. Stephey of Defiance and Jimmy A. Stephey II of Celina. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Neil Hammons officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill. Calling hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and prior to services Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

SAYLOR
Benjamin L. Saylor, 16, of Haviland, died at 3:57 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2002, following a traffic accident near Haviland. He was born May 6, 1986, in Paulding, the son of Lennis Brent and Cheryl (Ashba) Saylor, who survive. Benjamin was an 11th grade student at Wayne Trace High School. Other survivors include one brother, Matthew Saylor, with the U.S. Air Force in Charleston, S.C.; a sister, Michelle Saylor at home; grandparents Lennis and Lula Saylor of Payne and Opal Ashba of Woodburn, Ind., and a great-grandmother, Mary Saylor of Paulding. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Payne Church of the Nazarene in Payne, the Rev. Michael Harper officiating. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery in Payne. Calling hours are after 4 p.m. Sunday at Slade Funeral Home in Payne.

MATTHEWS
Kathryn L. Matthews, 83, of 11088 Ohio 118, died at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at Lincolnway Home near Middle Point. She was born April 15, 1919, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late Perry G. and Grayce Bonda (Overholt) Profit. On November 22, 1938, she married Carl Russell Matthews, who died December 20, 1993. Mrs. Matthews retired from Van Wert County Hospital as a nurse's aide and also worked at Van Wert Manor nursing home in Van Wert. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Van Wert. Survivors include a son, Jan C. (Roberta) Matthews of Ohio City; one daughter, Carolyn K. (Roger) Fegley of Convoy; four grandchildren, Jeff Matthews, Todd Matthews, Fred Fegley and Tracy Burkhead, and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Profit. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Greg Leigh officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City. Calling hours are 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church or to donor's choice.

MUTER
Don L. Muter of Venedocia died at 3:22 p.m. Friday, November 1, 2002, at his residence. He was born December 10, 1940, in Elgin, the son of the late Ashley E. and Mabel (Goodwin) Muter. He was not married. Mr. Muter worked 17 years at Clark Equipment in Lima and 22 years with the Ohio Department of Transportation. He also refurbished Corvettes. He was a veteran of the Ohio National Guard, was a member of Salem Presbyterian Church in Venedocia and a 25-year member of the Mendon Masonic Lodge. He also belonged to the Shane Lodge in Rockford and the Venedocia Lions Club. He enjoyed his Harley-Davidson, snowmobiling and fishing. Survivors include his fiancee, Debbie Fair of Middle Point; three sons, Kevin, Scott and Ryan Fair, all of Middle Point, and three sisters, Jane (Virgil) Martin of Antwerp, Sue Mohr of Convoy and Edna (Mike) Semer of Glenmore. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Muter, and a brother-in-law, Dave Mohr. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. at Salem United Presbyterian Church in Venedocia, the Rev. Wendy Pratt officiating. Burial will be in Wright Cemetery, with military graveside rites by the Spencerville Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Calling hours will be 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Harter & Son Funeral Home in Delphos, where a Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, and an hour prior to services Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, Gideon's International and Visiting Nurses Association-Hospice.

LEE
Tishie Lee, 73, of Payne, died at 12:51 a.m. Friday, November 1, 2002, at Paulding County Hospital in Paulding. She was born July 1, 1929, in Williamsburg, Ky., the daughter of the late Mat and Nannie (Siler) Partin. She was married to Billie Lee, who died in 1999. Mrs. Lee was a homemaker. Survivors include two sons, Curtis Lee and Jamie Lee, both of Payne; two daughters, Brenda Johnson of Payne and Lisa Baker of Paulding, and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, George, in 2002. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Slade Funeral Home in Payne, with Pastor Scott Townsend officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery in Paulding. Calling hours are after 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Payne EMS squad.

HAMMOND
Samuel E. Hammond, 63, of Van Wert, died at 5:15 p.m. Friday, November 1, 2002, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was born March 25, 1939, in Paulding, the son of the late Lawrence Curt and Edith (Hertle) Hammond. On October 27, 1974, he married Gloria J. Baxter, who survives in Van Wert. Mr. Hammond was a retired employee of the former Hall's Wastepaper Co. of Van Wert. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Brian E. Hammond of Van Wert; one daughter, Robin R. (John) Thomas of Van Wert; two brothers, Orville (Judy) Hammond of Van Wert and Albert Jim (Treva) Hammond of Convoy, and a sister, Mary (John) Pissarro of Van Wert. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Jean Hammond and Zelma Hammond. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Brickner Funeral Home, with Captains Pat and Linda Ward of The Salvation Army 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 family.

STOEPFEL
Clela D. Ketner Stoepfel, 91, of 408 Sunrise Court, died at 6:39 a.m. Saturday, November 2, 2002, at Lincolnway Home near Middle Point. She was born July 6, 1911, in Rockford, the daughter of the late Adam and Maude (Oliver) Alt. She first married Chet Ketner, who died in 1988. She later married Cletus F. Stoepfel, who survives at Lincolnway Home. Mrs. Stoepfel had worked at Reynolds & Reynolds, A&P supermarket, Kroger supermarket and Charlie's Bakery, all in Celina. She attended the United Brethren in Christ Church in Rockford and was a former member of the Rebecca Lodge in Oakwood. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Viola (William) Hofacker of Scott; one stepson, Cletus D. (Ruth) Stoepfel of Celina; a stepdaughter, Shirley Jean (Ed) Kline of Deshler; one brother, Adrian (Norma) Alt of Richburg, S.C.; a sister, Gloria (Everet) Hanefield of Continental, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, John Alt, Orville Alt, Lorin Alt and Bevan Alt, and three sisters, Mabel Dickey, Ada Alt and Treva Yoh. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Clark Williman of Calvary Evangelical Church officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford. Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lincolnway Home Activity Fund.

WISENER
Dale E. Wisener, 70, formerly of Van Wert, died Saturday, November 23, 2002, at the Terrace Health Care Center in Lantana, Fla. He was born in October 1932 in Van Wert, the son of the late Lester L. and Cleo (Finkhousen) Wisener. He married Doris Brooks, who died in January 2001. Mr. Wisener retired from Pratt-Whitney Aircraft Corp. after 28 years of service. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Survivors include two brothers, Lester (Pat) Wisener and John (Helen) Wisener, both of Van Wert, and two sisters, Delores (Marvin) Laukhuf of Haviland and Rebecca (Chet) Hamrick of Van Wert. He was preceded in death by a brother, W.E. Wisener. Private family services will be held on Wednesday, November 27. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Van Wert County. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International. Local arrangements were made by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert.

TUMBLIN
Owen J. Tumblin, 71, of Grover Hill, died at 2 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2002, at his residence. He was born March 31, 1931, in Paulding County, the son of the late Jesse and Golda (Stewart) Tumblin. He first married Bonnie Harter, who preceded him in death. On July 30, 1960, he married Evelyn Hill, who survives. Mr. Tumblin worked at B.F. Goodrich in Woodburn, Ind., for 32 years and was also a lifetime farmer. He was a member of Middle Creek United Methodist Church in Grover Hill and was president of the Black Swamp CB Club in Grover Hill for many years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Roger Tumblin of Oakwood; four daughters, Terry (Keith) Geiger of Ottoville, Karen Sanderson of Fort Wayne, Ind., Deborah Lehman of Van Wert and Robin Tumblin of Grover Hill; one brother, Irvin (Anna Marie) Tumblin of North Creek; nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Gregory and Dewayne Tumblin; a brother, Justis Tumblin; one sister, Mary Lou Tumblin, and a grandson. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Middle Creek United Methodist Church, the Rev. Bill Sherry officiating, assisted by Rev. Terry Porter. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill. Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert and an hour prior to services Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be sent to the church building fund or Paulding Area Hospice.

JACOMET
Ella Marie Jacomet, 89, of Delphos, died at 2:25 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2002, at Medical College Hospital in Toledo. She was born June 14, 1913, in Allen County, the daughter of the late Oscar and Nora (Miller) Butler. She married Donald G. Jacomet in 1932 and he preceded her in death in February of 1971. Mrs. Jacomet was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Delphos. Survivors include one son, Ronald Jacomet of Delphos; a stepdaughter, Patricia, of St. Marys; one sister, Eileen (Walter) Byrne of Delphos; seven grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Donald Jacomet Jr.; four brothers, Gary, Elbert, Lloyd and Paul Butler, and two sisters, Goldie Nottingham and Mildred Clinger. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday at Harter & Son Memorial Chapel in Delphos, the Rev. Ron Lumm officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday and an hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Delphos.

NIHISER
Carl E. Nihiser, 76, of 545 Jennings Road, died at 5:45 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2002, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was born on January 28, 1926, in Van Wert, the son of the late Daniel P. and Ruby E. (Harvey) Nihiser. On May 20, 1951, in Van Wert, he married Phyllis L. Schaadt, who survives. Mr. Nihiser had formerly worked in sales for the Toledo Turf Co. and then was a co-owner of the Oaks Golf Club in Lima for 15 years. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was a life member and past exalted ruler of Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; a member of the Golf Course Superintendents of America and a member of the Wapakoneta Eagles lodge. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Danny K. Nihiser of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Lynn Nihiser, who died in infancy; one brother, Gradon "Jake" Nihiser, and a half-brother, Arthur Nihiser. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. A private family burial will be at Ridge Cemetery near Middle Point. Calling hours are 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Van Wert EMS squad or to donor's choice.

WYATT
Robert E. Wyatt, 67, formerly of Shreveport, La., died at 4:28 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2002, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was born February 27, 1935, in Grover Hill, the son of the late William Nathan and Helen Pearl (Bennett) Wyatt. Mr. Wyatt retired in 1975 as a major in the U.S. Air Force, where he had served as an instructor in electronics and radar and as a navigator. He was also an engineer at Cast Metals in Shreveport and a biomedical technician at Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport. He was a 1953 graduate of Grover Hill High School, where he was the class valedictorian. He attended Ohio State University and was also appointed as a page to the Ohio Senate. He was a member of the Masonic lodge and Knights Templar in Shreveport and was a member of the American Legion and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7685. Survivors include two sons, Charles "Chad" (Julia) Wyatt and Robert (Sandra) Wyatt Jr., both of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Anne (Ric) Trimble of New Haven, Ind., and Debra (Tony) Welly of Hicksville; a brother, Carl E. Wyatt of Payne; two sisters, Frances (Leland) Hobeck of Fort Wayne and Carol (Roger) Ricketts of Rockford, and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, William N. Wyatt Jr., Rufus Kent Wyatt and D. Rex Wyatt. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Raymond E. Feeck of Calvary Evangelical Church officiating. Calling hours will be 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.


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