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SLUTERBECK
Garland Sluterbeck, 97, of 821 N. Washington St., and formerly of Fort Wayne, Ind., died at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2002, at Van Wert Manor Nursing Home in Van Wert. He was born December 1, 1904, in Scott, the son of the late Samuel and Minnie (Wilson) Sluterbeck. On March 19, 1935, in Fort Wayne, he married Gertrude A. Wyss, who survives in Van Wert. Mr. Sluterbeck was a musician, a farmer, a beautician, piano teacher, bookkeeper and office worker. he was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Van Wert and had served as the church treasurer. He was a graduate of Union Center High School and studied four years of pipe organ and music at the European School of Music in Fort Wayne. He also attended Miami University in Oxford. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Val Sluterbeck of Van Wert, and one daughter, Kay Sluterbeck of Van Wert. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Douglass Stockton officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Calling hours are 9-11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to Wassenberg Art Center.

BAXTER
William S. Baxter, 74, of 10615 Upp Road, died at 12:55 p.m. Friday, November 29, 2002, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert. He was born May 21, 1928, in Van Wert, the son of the late Melvin and Mabel (Walters) Baxter. On March 14, 1953, in Angola, Ind., he married Shirley (Harting) Baxter, who survives. Mr. Baxter retired as a production foreman from the Aeroquip Corp. in Van Wert after 28 years. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Van Wert. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a life member of American Legion Post 178 in Van Wert. He also belonged to Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, in Van Wert. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Jeffrey S. (Linda) Baxter of Lebanon and David W. (Jeanne) Baxter of Germantown, Wis.; three sisters, Helen Walker of Bloomington, Ill., Mildred Runion of Fremont and Patricia Roberts of Boardman, and five grandchildren, Aaron, Amy, Adam, Benjamin and Samuel Baxter. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Baxter. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, the Rev. Timothy Burden officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with military graveside rites by the combined units of American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803. Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or the Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, Durham, N.C.

PERRY
Lester C. Perry, 91, formerly of rural Convoy, died at 11:50 a.m. Friday, November 29, 2002, at Convoy Care Center. He was born March 18, 1911, in Scott, the son of the late Charles Wesley and Sabina (Reid) Perry. On September 14, 1935, he married Elva Ritchie, who survives. Mr. Perry was a retired a farmer who attended Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Richard D. (Diane) Perry of rural Convoy; one daughter, Mildred (W. Kent) Jones of Auburn, Ind.; six grandchildren, Clark (Eloise) Perry, Doug (Myrna) Perry, Laura (Pat) Menzie, Brad (Stacie) Jones, Ken (Jennifer) Jones and Nathan Perry, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Russell and Clifford Perry, and a sister, Susie Taylor. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. W. Clark Williman officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in Ridge Township. Calling hours are 2-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to either Convoy Care Center or Gideons International.

BIGELOW
Leta A. Bigelow, 80, of Van Wert, died at 6:15 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2002, at Lincolnway Home. She was born September 30, 1922, in Jackson Township, Van Wert County, the daughter of the late John W. and Mary Ellen (Morris) Adams. She married Walter John Bigelow, who died in October 1964. She then married Donald M. Miller, who died in November 1977. Mrs. Bigelow was a homemaker. Survivors include two sons, Jay W. (Diane) Bigelow of Auburn, Ind., and John W. (Patricia) Bigelow of Middle Point; a daughter, Monta (John) Hirzel of Northville, Mich.; two brothers, Lewis "Ned" Adams of Fort Jennings and Billy (Leona) Adams of Grover Hill; one sister, Marie Adam of Fort Jennings; 10 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by six brothers, Clayton, Homer "Dick", Floyd, James, Glen and John Adams, and three sisters, Treva Walters, Dorothy Gudakunst and Bonnie Dudgeon. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Harter & Son Memorial Chapel in Delphos. Burial will be in Ottoville Cemetery. Calling hours are 6-8 p.m. Sunday and an hour prior to services on Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to Lincolnway Home.

SCHMELZER
Gerald H. Schmelzer, 84, of Delphos, died at 7:55 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2002, at Lima Manor Nursing Home. He was born January 22, 1918, in Van Wert County, the son of the late Leo and Katherine (Wiechart) Schmelzer. On December 28, 1948, he married Elizabeth "Betty" Maloney, who survives in Delphos. Mr. Schmelzer retired from Crescent Laundry and Dry Cleaners in Van Wert. He was a lifetime member of Walterick-Hemme Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3035 and a U.S. Army veteran who served five years in the Pacific Theatre with the 37th Division during World War II. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, serving on the Parish Council. He graduated from St. John's High School in 1938 and served as president of Delphos City Council and was a councilman at-large for many years. He was also Delphos welfare director during the 1960s. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Thomas John (Clare) Schmelzer of Bronson, Mich., and Father Joseph Michael Schmelzer of Van Wert; a daughter, Ann Elizabeth (Timothy) Byrne of Delphos; two brothers, Richard (Betty) Schmelzer of Delphos and Louis (Betty) Schmelzer of Hendersonville, N.C., and three grandchildren, Christopher Schmelzer, Alisha Byrne and Colin Byrne. He was preceded in death by a sister, Rita Miller, and three infant brothers, Norbert, Elmer and Ralph Schmelzer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, with Father Joseph Michael Schmelzer officiating. Burial will be in the church Cemetery, with military graveside rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Harter & Son Memorial Chapel in Delphos, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and a veterans service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Memorial contributions may be directed to the St. John's Teachers Endowment Fund.

BLAKE
Mary Marjorie Blake, 86, of Ohio City, died at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2002, at her daughter’s residence in Van Wert. She was born July 3, 1916, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late Ira Jacob “Harry” and Mary Myrtle (Miller) Geppert. Mrs. Blake worked as a beautician for 42 years in Van Wert and was retired from Wilma’s Beauty Shop. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Van Wert and also belonged to the Town and Country Extension Group and the Dorcas Group of the church. Survivors include four daughters, Marsha (Raymond) Bowers of Mason, Mich.; Peggy (Vassilios) Voyadjakis of Ierapetra, Crete, Greece; Jackie (Larry) Stetler of Ohio City; and Janet Motycka of Van Wert; nine grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Two brothers preceded her in death. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Van Wert, the Rev. Joe Wilck officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Calling hours are an hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Ohio City EMS. Funeral arrangements were handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert.

GEORGE
Vivian V. George, 88, of Delphos, died Wednesday, December 4, 2002, at Vancrest Health Care Center. She was born November 23, 1914, in Mendon, to the late Harry and Bonnie (Wooden) Wolery. On August 25, 1934, she married Loren George, who died February 2, 1997. Mrs. George was a homemaker and 1934 graduate of Bowling Green High School. She belonged to Gomer United Church of Christ, the Ladies Young at Heart club and was a 50-year member of Sugar Creek and Shawnee Grange. Survivors include three sons, Loren (Pat) George of Ardmore, Ala., Robert George of Lima and Chester (Peggy) George of Delphos; four grandchildren, Mike (Sherry) George, Carol (Greg) Schuerman, Matt George and Cynthia George, and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Chester and Harry Wolery and a granddaughter, Melissa George. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Harter & Son Memorial Chapel in Delphos, the Rev. Brian A. Knoderer officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos. Calling hours are 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Gomer United Church of Christ or a charity of donor's choice.

YOUNG
Mary Young, 79, of 11178 Grill Road, died at 3:10 a.m. Friday, December 6, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital. She was born September 28, 1923, in Delphos, the daughter of the late Frank and Rose (Martin) Boberg. On September 25, 1944, she married Ray F. Young, who died September 13, 1982. Mrs. Young retired in 1982 from Harter Corporation in Van Wert after several years of employment. She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Van Wert and was active in the church over many years. She was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 886 Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include one son, Ray F. (Darlene) Young of Convoy; one brother, Ronald (Erlene) Boberg of Lima; three sisters, Wilma (Pete) Smith of Angola, Ind.; Pauline Robbins of Lambertville, Mich., and Alice (Leo) Paglow of Holland, Mich.; two grandchildren, Amy Strawser and Jodi Young, and two great-grandchildren, Drew Strawser and Chelsi Young. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Elvin and Melvin Boberg. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Richard Birk officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Calling hours are 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to Calvary United Methodist Church.

MILLER-DICKINSON
Paislie Rose Miller-Dickinson, died shortly after birth on Friday, December 6, 2002, at Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. Her parents are Kerby Miller and Jennifer Dickinson. Other survivors include paternal grandparents, Jim and Mary Jo Miller of Grover Hill; maternal grandparents, Lou and Rose Ann Dickinson of Van Wert; paternal great-grandparents, Marcella and Ned Crum and Rita Miller, all of Grover Hill, and maternal great-grandparents, Blanche Dickinson and Ed and Edna Kanney, all of Van Wert. She was preceded in death by her paternal great-grandfather, John Miller, and her maternal great-grandfather, John "Finney" Dickinson. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with Father Joseph M. Schmelzer officiating. Brickner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

McCLORY
Delores L. McClory, 82, of Florida, died at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2002, at Defiance Hospital. She was born October 8, 1920, in Payne, the daughter of the late Victor and Catherine (Burke) Malcuit. She married Robert McClory, who survives. Mrs. McClory was a homemaker and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Defiance. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Nannette (James) Bechtol of Florida; one sister, Marcelene Meyer of Hicksville; two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Payne, with Deacon Donald Coughlin officiating. Calling hours are after 4 p.m. Tuesday at Slade Funeral Home in Payne, where a rosary service will be conducted at 8 that evening. Memorial contributions may be made for masses.

ASKEW
Avis Aline Askew, 66, of Delphos, died at 4:20 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2002, at Beverly Healthcare of Lima. She was born January 3, 1936, in Brinkley, Ark., the daughter of the late Claude and Irene (Clark) Askew. In 1951, she married Calvin Atterberry, who preceded her in death, as did her second husband, Myrl Akerman Sr., whom she married in 1970. Ms. Askew was a homemaker and liked to do jigsaw puzzles, cook, read and spend time with family and friends. Survivors include three sons, Dennis (Laura) Atterberry of Delphos, Mark Atterbury of Los Angeles, Calif., and Myrl Akerman of Washington; two daughters, Quincy (Robert) Kiracofe and Marcia Ardner, both of Delphos; a sister, Billie Jean (Cecil) Bryant of Covington, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Claude Askew Jr., and three sisters, Nell Reid, Faye Pitts and Frankie Walker. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Harter & Son Memorial Chapel in Delphos, the Rev. David Howell officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos. Calling hours are 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.

CASHEL
Estella Cashel, 96, of Van Wert, left this life to spend eternity with her Lord at 8:25 a.m. Sunday, December 8, 2002, at Van Wert Manor nursing home in Van Wert. She was born January 1, 1906, in Scott, the daughter of the late Clarence Delmer and Alta Luella (Rager) Rider. In 1923, she married Floyd W. Murphy and they were divorced in 1956. In 1962, she married Russell Cashel, and he preceded her in death in 1995. Mrs. Cashel worked for Floyd and Jerry Crow in their grocery store in Van Wert for many years. Later, she worked at the Williams & Hoaglin Store in Scott and retired from Mohr's Hardware in Scott. She was a member of Country Chapel United Methodist Church in Haviland and the Women's Circle of the church. She was active in the Van Wert Senior Center. Her hobbies included embroidery, quilting, playing the organ and traveling in most of the 50 states and Mexico. She enjoyed working with her family at the Van Wert County Fair in the Farmer's Daughter food stand. She was also a former member of Scott United Methodist Church and Convoy United Methodist Church. Survivors include one son, Billy (Shirley) Murphy of Findlay; a daughter, Vernabel Louise (Gale) Compton of Van Wert; three stepsons, Dennis Cashel, Roger Cashel and Myron Cashel; one stepdaughter, Marcia Cashel; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ruth Moore, and three brothers, Burton, Harold and Daniel "Jake" Rider. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Paul Miller, assisted by the Rev. William Kelly, 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 Country Chapel United Methodist Church in Haviland.

HOVERMAN
Vernon J. Hoverman, 80, of Ohio City, died at 1:25 a.m. Sunday, December 8, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital. He was born November 18, 1922, in Gary, Ind., the son of the late Russell and Ruth (Aurand) Hoverman. Mr. Hoverman was the retired owner of the former Yours and Mine Restaurant and Bar 30 in Van Wert. He served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 178, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803 and Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, all in Van Wert. Survivors include three sons, William J. Hoverman and Kim (Bonnie) Hoverman, both of Van Wert, and Jay (Andrea) Hoverman of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a daughter, Toni (Chuck) Blair of Fort Wayne, and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Calling hours are from 1 p.m. until the time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association.

JACOBS
Calvin L. Jacobs, 69, of 721 Liberty St., died at 10:45 a.m. Monday, December 9, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital. He was born January 7, 1933, in Lakeview, the son of the late Arnold and Virgie (Davis) Jacobs. On February 14, 1986, he married Audrey E. (Dickson) Speakman, who survives in Van Wert. Mr. Jacobs retired in 1988 after 20 years at the Chrysler Amplex plant in Van Wert. He attended First United Methodist Church in Van Wert and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Korea during the Korean Conflict. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Callie (Brent) Stripe of Van Wert; three stepchildren, Doug Speakman of Fort Wayne, Ind., Shirley Couts of Van Wert and Karen (George) Morris of Clovis, Calif.; two sisters, Koneta Campbell of Wapakoneta and Betty Bishop of Zanesfield; one granddaughter, Stacia Amber Stripe; 10 stepgrandchildren, and several stepgreat-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Calling hours are 1-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund.

KUHN
Anthony E. Kuhn, 70, of Syracuse, Ind., and formerly of Payne, died Monday, December 9, 2002, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was born January 25, 1932, in Payne, the son of the late Edward and Victoria (Lucas) Kuhn. He was married and his wife, Phyllis, died in 1999. Mr. Kuhn retired from Dana Corp., for whom he had worked in both Antwerp and Syracuse. He was a member of the Syracuse Lions Club. Survivors include three sons, Thomas Kuhn of Midwest City, Okla., Philip Kuhn of Goshen, Ind., and Kurt Kuhn of Pompano Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Karen Johnson of Boulder, Colo., and Tamara Biller of Defiance; two brothers, John Kuhn of New Haven, Ind., and Hobart Kuhn of Payne; three sisters, Christina Schaefer and Clela Sample, both of Payne, and Nila Radenbaugh of St. Helens, Mich., and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Payne, with Father G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Calling hours are after 4 p.m. Friday at Slade Funeral Home in Payne, where a rosary service will be held at 8 that night. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. John's School.

KRANER
Dick J. Kraner, 76, of Ohio City, died at 9:11 a.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital. He was born March 12, 1926, in Jay County, Ind., the son of the late Gerald R. and Frances (Scott) Kraner. On December 24, 1947, in Wren, he married Bessie Judge, who survives. Mr. Kraner was retired from Central Soya Company in Decatur, Ind., after 34 years of service. He formerly owned the Industrial Supply Company in Van Wert and the Glenmore Hobby Shop in Glenmore. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a former member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Richard (Karen) Kraner of Willshire, Dennis (Carolyn) Kraner of Ohio City and Dan Kraner of Indianapolis, Ind.; one daughter, Dianna (Gary) May of Fort Wayne, Ind.; seven brothers, Keith (Mary) Kraner, Tom (Barb) Kraner, Homer (Joy) Kraner, Max (Barb) Kraner, Don Kraner, Ron Kraner and Bill Kraner; three sisters, Marilyn (Harold) Clifton, Betty (DeLloyd) Swoveland and Norma (Tim) Krueckenberg; eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be held at a later date, with military graveside rites by the combined honor guards of American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both of Van Wert. Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

BRENNEMAN
Ralph A. Brenneman, 89, of Goshen, Ind., and formerly of Elida, died at 12:19 a.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2002, at Greencroft Nursing Center. He was born April 5, 1913, in Elida, the son of the late John M. and Anna G. (Good) Brenneman. On October 10, 1942, he married Caroline Smucker, who preceded him in death. Mr. Brenneman was a lifetime farmer and was formerly employed in the maintenance department of Lima Memorial Hospital. He was a member of Salem Mennonite Church in Elida. Survivors include a son, Calvin (Judy) Brenneman of Woodburn, Ind.; two daughters, Nancy (Mark) Liechty and Connie (Greg) Maxwell, both of Goshen; two brothers, Simon Brenneman of Lima and Andrew Brenneman of Elida; two sisters, Luella Miller of Elida and Clara Kauffman of West Liberty; 11 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Victor, Walter, Fred and John Brenneman; two sisters, Blanche Brenneman and Grace Yoder, and a son, Roger Brenneman Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Salem Mennonite Church in Elida. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Lima Rescue Mission and World Partners Missions. Harter & Son Funeral Home in Delphos was in charge of arrangements.

ARGERBRIGHT
Cynthia Hazel Albright Argerbright, 73, of Altamont, Ill., died at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2002, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill. She was born May 14, 1929, in Kent, England, the daughter of the late William S. and Eveline (Freeman) Franks. On August 12, 1950, in Van Wert, she married Harvey Albright, who preceded her in death. On December 15, 1977, she married Robert "Jack" Argerbright, who also preceded her in death. Mrs. Argerbright was employed at J.C. Penney in Effingham, Ill., where she was a sales associate, was also formerly employed at Martinique Dress Shop in Newton, Ill. She was a member of St. Clare Roman Catholic Church in Altamont, where she assisted with public school religion instruction. She was also a member of Trans Atlantic Brides Organization, American Legion Women's Auxiliary and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Van Wert and was active in Van Wert Civic Theatre. Survivors include two sons, David (Robin) Albright of Goodfield, Ill., and Anthony J. Albright of Cahokia, Ill.; two daughters, Teresa (Robert) Sealscott of Crown Point, Ind., and Eva (Rich) Fulk of Altamont; two brothers, Martin (Tina) Franks of Over, England, and Greg (Angela) Franks of Bingham, England; nine grandchildren, Katharine Sealscott and Amanda Sealscott, both of Chicago, Rachel Albright of Effingham, Ill., Tobey Albright of Sarasota, Fla., Kristin (Tim) Caraway of St. Elmo, Ill., Christopher Albright of Collinsville, Ill., Amber Albright of Bloomington, Ill., and Derek Fulk and Ashley Fulk, both of Altamont; two great-grandchildren, Marissa Caraway of St. Elmo, and Austin Christy of Effingham; three nieces, Ann Aves, Helen (Ray) Course and Sabrina Franks, all of Over, England; three nephews, Andrew (Carol) Franks of Manchester, England, and Christopher Franks and Timothy Franks, both of London, England, and her special friend, Laddie (her beloved dog). Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, with Deacon Norbert Reinhart officiating. Burial will in England at a later date. Following the service, a gathering will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Van Wert.

BOLEY
Kenneth D. Boley, 66, of 1018 Allingham St., died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, December 11, 2002, in Convoy. He was born December 19, 1935, in Mercer County, the son of the late Carl and Leota Ruth (Kaylor) Boley. On March 12, 1966, he married Mary A. Mohler, who survives at home. Mr. Boley had worked at Chrysler Amplex and had retired from GKN Sinter Metals in Van Wert after 30 years of combined service. He was a driver for the Van Wert County Council on Aging at the time of his death. He was a 1954 graduate of York High School and an active member of Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert. He served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years and was a member of American Legion Post 178 in Van Wert. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Kenneth Dale (Lavonna) Boley of Van Wert; three daughters, Connie JoAnne (Buddy) Kline of Miamisburg and Kathy Boley and Rose Marie Gephart, both of Van Wert; three brothers, Harold (Kay) Boley of Elida and Vernon (Barb) Boley and Jack (Ruth Ann) Boley of Van Wert; one sister, Mary Ellen (Bill) Keirns; three sisters-in-law, Joan Boley of St. Marys and Betty Boley and Alice Boley, both of Van Wert; three grandchildren; one stepgrandchild, and a stepgreat-grandchild. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Paul Daniel, Carl Eugene, James, Lee and Donald Boley. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Trinity Friends Church, with Pastor Neil Hammons officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery near Middle Point, with military graveside services by American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both of Van Wert. Calling hours are 2-7 p.m. Sunday at Cowan & Son Funeral home and an hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association or Trinity Friends Church Building Fund.

BOROFF
Florence N. Boroff, 82, of Van Wert, died at 9:05 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2002, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert. She was born on February 7, 1920, in Blue Creek Township, Paulding County, the daughter of the late Joseph and Hulda (Bartel) Hooker. On May 2, 1943, in Camp Lee, Va., she married Arlo E. Boroff, who died October 16, 1991. Mrs. Boroff was a clerk at Mohr's Hardware in Scott and was a former substitute cook at Wayne Trace High School. She attended Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert and was a member of the Gleaners Class of the church. She was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803 Auxiliary and belonged to the Women of the Moose and Ruskin Elks Lodge Auxiliary. Survivors include two sons, Richard (Karen) Boroff of Van Wert and Gary (Poon) Boroff of San Jose, Calif.; one daughter, Sandra (Ed) Kruty of Oji, Calif.; two brothers, Harlan (Jan) Hooker of Tice, Fla., and Edward (Mary) Hooker of Lima; a sister, Christina (Roger) Johns of Lima; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, a sister and a granddaughter, Ann Boroff. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery near Haviland. Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Van Wert County Cancer Society chapter.

BECK
David J. Beck, 44, of Van Wert, died at 6:50 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 2002, at his residence. He was born November 30, 1958, in Van Wert, the son of Gerald Cooper of Van Wert and the late Betty (Hartman) Cooper. Mr. Beck had been employed at Huffy Bicycle in Celina, then at Kennedy Manufacturing in Van Wert and, most recently, at Eaton in Van Wert. He was a member of Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert and also belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Delphos. He was also a member of American Legion Post 178 in Van Wert and was vice president of the Sons of the Legion. He was an avid camper at Huggy Beair Campground in Middle Point. In addition to his father, he was survived by his fiancee, Julane Fuerst of Van Wert; two sons, David Beck of Delphos and Christopher Beck of Vendedocia; two daughters, Stephanie Beck of Venedocia and Rachel Albright of Effingham, Ill.; two brothers, Lloyd Smith of Camden, Mich., and Bobby Smith of Michigan, and a grandson, Austin Albright. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Brickner Funeral Home, the Rev. Gerald Baker officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the children's college fund.


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