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Edith A. Miller

June 23, 1930 - February 22, 2015

Edith A. Miller, age 84 of Cridersville, died at 10:40 p.m., Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Cridersville Health Care. She was born June 23, 1930 in Defiance Township, Ohio; the daughter of the late William E. and Edith M. Minge Chilcote. On November 2, 1946 she married Edward E. Miller, who died January 3, 2014. Mrs. Miller retired as head cashier from Pangles Grocery. She was a member of...
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Ronald N. McClung

November 15, 1937 - February 19, 2015

Ronald N. McClung, 77, of Lima died Feb. 19, at 2:19 p.m. at home surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 15, 1937 to the late Herman B. and Blanche M. Layman McClung. Ronnie married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Ann Keyes, Dec. 27, 1959 in Clarksburg, WV after an 8 year courtship. They just celebrated their 55th anniversary. Ron was a veteran, serving in the National Guard and Army. ...
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Edward Thomas Donley

August 29, 1950 - February 16, 2015

Edward "Ed" Thomas Donley age 64, of Lima died 2:40 p.m. Monday at his residence. He was born August 29, 1950 in Wheeling, West Virginia to Elwood Edward and Mildred Brown Donley, his father is deceased and his mother resides in St. Clairsville, OH. He married Patricia "Pattie" Irwin November 27, 1971 and she survives in Lima. Edward had been a fork lift operator for General Dynamics where he...
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Harvey L. Hefner

October 16, 1924 - February 11, 2015

Harvey L. Hefner age 90, of Cridersville died 12:20 a.m. Wednesday at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born Oct. 16, 1924 in Perry Twp., Allen County to the late Arthur and Elizabeth Mowery Hefner. He married Flogean O. 'Jean' Sellers June 1, 1947 and she survives in Cridersville. Harvey had been the owner operator of Hefner Service Center in Lima and was a life member of V. F. W. Post 1275. ...
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Oletha E. McRitchie

October 19, 1915 - February 8, 2015

Oletha E. McRitchie age 99, of Lima died 6:14 p.m., at Lima Memorial Health Systems. She was born Oct. 19, 1915 in Allen County to the late Charles David and Ethel A. Smith Ritchie. She married Frank R. McRitchie Sept. 29, 1935 and he preceded her in death Oct. 22, 1998. Mrs. McRitchie had worked at Greggs for 32 years and been a docent at the Allen County Museum for 10. She was a member of...
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Arven L. Spence

March 16, 1933 - February 8, 2015

Arven L. Spence, age 81 of Rushsylvania, died at 7:20 a.m., Sunday, February 8, 2015 at his home after a brief illness. He was born March 16, 1933 in McComb, Ohio to the late Samuel O. and Mabel J. Pfoust Spence. He was formerly married to Mary Lynn Kopp Spence Hunt, who is deceased and then on April 27, 1972 he married Emma Skidmore Schrader. He is survived by children - Michael W. (Mary)...
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Nan B. Shade

April 22, 1931 - February 7, 2015

Nan B. Shade age 83, of Delphos, died 8:45 a.m. Feb. 7 at Brookdale Place, Englewood. She was born April 22, 1931 in Cecil, OH to the late Robert F. and Erma Martin Barnhard. She married Merlin E. Shade Aug. 19, 1951 and he preceded her in death Sept. 20, 2013. Mrs. Shade had been a teacher with Delphos Public Schools and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Delphos. She graduated...
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Thomas 'Ted' Wilson

September 16, 1938 - February 7, 2015

Thomas T. 'Ted' Wilson, age 76 of Cridersville, died at 8:28 p.m., Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Kindred of Lima. He had suffered with COPD and Emphysema for several years, and it finally took his life. He was born September 16, 1938 in New Boston, Ohio; the son of the late Thomas Alexander Wilson and Georgia Edna Throckmorton Wilson Arick. On June 26th, 2013 he married his best friend and...
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Marie Catherine Carter

October 5, 1926 - February 6, 2015

Marie Catherine Carter, age 88 of rural Wapakoneta, died at 6:59 p.m., Friday, February 6, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. She was born October 5, 1926 in Timberville, Virginia; the daughter of the late Odes Oren and Vesta Murl Wine Lam. On March 20, 1948 she married Ira Homer Carter, who died June 22, 1992. After graduating high school, Marie went to work as a clerk with the FBI. She...
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Agnes Irene Golden

July 23, 1922 - January 31, 2015

Agnes I. Golden age 92, of Cridersville died 4:15 p.m., Saturday at Otterbein-Cridersville. She was born July 23, 1922 in Allen County to the late Andrew Franklin and Merlie Valeria Thompson Hinkle. She married Robert Asa Golden Nov. 13, 1944 and he preceded her in death March 12, 1996. Mrs. Golden was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and belonged to Ruth Circle and the Hospitality...
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Lori Lee Coulter

April 6, 1966 - January 31, 2015

Lori Lee Coulter age 48, of Wapak, died 1:17 a.m., Sat. at Lima Memorial ER. She was born April 6, 1966 in Lima to Fredric James and Linda Carol Wilson Wheeler. She married Gary Coulter who survives in Wapak. Lori had been a self-employed cake decorator who had also worked at a few bakeries, including Dave's Market in Cridersville. She was very involved in boy scouts for her sons and was a...
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Bill Penland

November 22, 1937 - January 29, 2015

Bill Penland, age 78 of Lima, passed peacefully in his home, at 6:05 a.m. He was born November 22, 1937 in Knox County, Kentucky. He was the son of Oscar P. and Eula Vee Lake Penland, raised by J.C. Penland and Jessie (Golden) Penland, all of whom preceded him in death. On June 5, 1963 he married his best friend, love of his life, Sharon Sue Margraves, who survives in Lima. Bill retired from...
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Damion Lee Joseph

August 3, 2001 - January 28, 2015

Damion Lee Joseph, age 13 of Lima, died at 6:40 p.m., Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Dayton Children's Hospital. He was born August 3, 2001 in Lima, Ohio. His parents, Triniti and Sarah Joseph Bundy survive in Lima. He was a student at Liberty Christian School and a member of the Family of Faith Church in Lima. He was a Cincinnati Bengals fan, loved music and tinkering with cars. He will be...
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James G. Pinks

December 22, 1944 - January 26, 2015

James G. Pinks, age 70, of Carey died 10:06 p.m., Monday Jan. 26 at Blanchard Valley Hospice. He was born Dec. 22, 1944 in Royalton, KY to the late Dewey and Gracie Allen Pinks. Mr. Pinks had been a tree trimmer and had served in the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam. Survivors include 2 sons: Jimmy (Carmen) Pinks and Ferlin (Terri) Pinks both of Harrod, a brother: Philip (Janet) Pinks of...
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Brian Foust

December 23, 1964 - January 25, 2015

Brian went to be with his sister, Ida and brother, Frank and the Lord late Sunday night, January 25th. After being diagnosed with AML Leukemia in 2012, and a successful bone marrow transplant in 2014, a sudden illness was a bigger fight than he was ready for. He was born December 23, 1964 to Frances (Shoemaker) Foust and Franklin Foust, who survive. Also surviving is: his daughter, Kaylin ...
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Sandra Grace Miller

January 7, 1935 - January 24, 2015

Sandra G. Miller, age 80 of Lima, died at 1:28 p.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015 at her home. She was born January 7, 1935 in Elyria, Ohio to Edwin and Wilma Gratz Sharpe who preceded her in death. She married Charles E. Miller, Sr. on June 21, 1950, who died June 13, 2002. Mrs. Miller was a homemaker and retired from MCL Cafeteria where she was known as the "Pie Lady". She was a member of the...
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Stacy Lee Fisher

July 15, 1966 - January 23, 2015

Stacy Lee Fisher, age 48, of Troy died suddenly, Friday Jan. 23. She was born in Lima on July 15, 1966 to Gail Marie Fisher who preceded her in death. Stacy graduated from Sandusky High School and had been a nurse aid. Survivors include a daughter Allecia Sawmiller of Troy, uncles John (Debi) Fisher of Cridersville, Bill (Kim) Fisher of Wapakoneta, Rick Fisher of Cridersville, Michael ...
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Ronald Matthew DeVita

January 9, 1943 - January 22, 2015

Ronald Matthew DeVita, age 72 of Lima, died at 5:18 p.m., Thursday, January 22, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center's Emergency Room. He was born January 9, 1943 in Lima, Ohio; to the late Matthew James DeVita and Dorothy Rose Eilerman DeVita Clement. Mr. DeVita was an U. S. Marine and retired truck driver with Air Gas. He is survived by 3 daughters; Melissa Masters of Cincinnati, Shannon...
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Kathryn 'Kate' Bice

May 23, 1933 - January 22, 2015

Kathryn E. "Kate" Bice, age 81of Cridersville, died at 8:28 p.m., Thursday, January 22, 2015 in St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. She was born May 23, 1933 in Lima, Allen County, Ohio, the daughter of the late George and Lois Corolus Henry. On June 1, 1952 she married Richard D. Bice, who died December 15, 1995. Mrs. Bice was owner and operator of R & K Sales, upholstery shop in...
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Adolfo 'Doc' Vasquez

February 8, 1925 - January 22, 2015

Adolfo 'Doc' Vasquez age 89, of Lima died 8:55 p.m., Thursday Jan. 22, 2015 at Shawnee Manor. He was born Feb. 8, 1925 in Waxahachie, TX to Hipolito 'Pete' and Mercedes Rosalez Vasquez. He married Velma Julia Kortier who preceded him in death Oct. 8, 2008 and Elizabeth Nance who predeceased him Feb. 20, 2005. Doc served in the U.S. Navy, worked as a trackman on the railroad, ...
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Richard 'Dick' Sprague

September 27, 1923 - January 17, 2015

Richard E. (Dick) Sprague, 91, of Hudson, Florida, died Saturday, January 17th, 2015 @Bayonet Point Hospital. Born 9-27-23 in Crestline, Ohio to Fern and Jett Sprague who preceded him in death. He married Dondaleen Houseworth on December 24th, 1945, who also preceded in death March 21st, 1959. Mr. Sprague served in the U.S. Navy during WW II as a machinist petty officer 1st class. He was...
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Richard D. Stude

July 30, 1937 - January 17, 2015

Richard D. Stude, age 77 of Lima, died at 11:15 p.m., Saturday, January 17, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. He was born July 30, 1937 in New York; the son of the late Henry and Erva Futhmuller Stude. On June 17, 1961 he married Barbara Marie DeBevoise, who died January 15, 2008. Mr. Stude retired from C & G Distributors and then went to work at Walmart, Tom Ahl Dealerships, and...
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Francis Wm. 'Bill' Burtchin

October 25, 1924 - January 17, 2015

Francis William 'Bill' Burtchin, age 90 of Lima, died Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 8:24 p.m., at his home. He was born October 25, 1924 in Logan Township, Auglaize County, Ohio; the son of the late Harry A. and Clara M. Bowsher Burtchin. On November 23, 1947 he married Joan Evon Stover, who died November 10, 1995. Mr. Burtchin retired in 1990 from Russell Orchard Company. He was a U.S. Army...
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Brett Eric Frymyer

June 14, 1968 - January 15, 2015

Brett Eric Frymyer, age 46 of Lima went to be with Jesus January 15, 2015. He was born June 14,1968 to Rick Frymyer and Sharon (Sauer) Zupan. He attended Shawnee and Elida High School. He received several pins for wrestling and medals for track. He worked at Nelson Packing Company. He is survived by his brother Jarrett Gibbs, a son Colten Daniel Frymyer and a sister Ericka Frymyer....
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Linda Sue Shaw

May 5, 1954 - January 12, 2015

Linda Sue Shaw, age 60 of Lima, died at 10:09 p.m., Monday, at her residence. She was born May 5, 1954 in Fayetteville, NC; the daughter of the late Robert and Bernice Carden Garret. Linda was a homemaker and had worked in quality control with a distributor of General Motors. She was a member of the Lima First Assembly of God and the Eagles Lodge #370 of Lima. She loved her family dearly...
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Norma Jean Stechman

April 28, 1929 - January 11, 2015

Norma Jean Stechman age 85, of Cridersville died 7:28 p.m., Sunday Jan. 11 at Lima Memorial. She was born April 28, 1929 in Bond Co, IL to the late Carlos and Esther Perkins Caylor. She married Norman Lynn Stechman April 25, 1948 and he preceded her in death March 16, 2002. Jean had been a homemaker and member of Cridersville United Methodist Church. She enjoyed many years of bowling at Astro...
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Lois M. Fisher

July 23, 1918 - January 11, 2015

Lois M. Fisher 96, of Cridersville, passed away 12:50 a.m. on January 11, 2015 at Cridersville Health Care Center. She was born July 23, 1918 in Lima, Ohio to the late George Purl and Rose (Norman) Bowers. On January 16, 1943 she married Harold Thomas who died on August 20, 1944. She was married to Brice Crumrine from February 24, 1949 to March 15, 1956. On March 12, 1959 she married Marion L. ...
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Elwood Sonny Boop

September 7, 1926 - January 9, 2015

Elwood "Sonny" Boop age 88, of Lima, died 11:45 a.m., Friday Jan. 9 at his residence. He was born Sept. 7, 1926 to the late George Jacob and Anna Mae Harshbarger Boop. He married Eleaner I. "Hepsi" Davis Nov. 13, 1948 and she preceded him in death Jan. 28, 2009. Mr. Boop was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and had served in the U.S Navy during WW II. He was a member of the American Legion...
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Ronald G. Lowry

April 7, 1960 - January 7, 2015

Ronald G. Lowry, age 54 of Huntsville and formerly of Cridersville, died at 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born April 7, 1960 in Lima, Ohio. He is the son of Gordon Robert and Carol Ann Keller Lowry, who survive in Cridersville. On November 24, 2014 he married Julie Lee Osbun Taylor, who survives in Huntsville. Ron graduated from Wapakoneta...
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John L. Miller, Jr.

May 23, 1930 - January 4, 2015

John L. Miller, Jr., age 84, of Lima died 2:38 p.m., Sunday Jan. 4 at Lima Memorial Health Systems. He was born May 23, 1930 in Lima to the late John Lawrence and Pearl Arizona Roberts Miller. He married Barbara Ann Williams Dec. 26, 1951 and she survives in Lima. Mr. Miller had pastored Abundant Life Temple for 45 years, had been a home builder, machinist at Clark Equipment Co. and co-founder...
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H. James Ingledue

September 3, 1935 - January 4, 2015

H. James 'Jim' Ingledue, age 79 of Lima, died at 6:07 a.m., Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Lima Manor. He was born September 3, 1935 in Lima, Ohio; the son of the late Harry Thomas and Lucille Lones Ingledue. On May 30, 1958 he married Karen Boroff, who survives. Mr. Ingledue retired in 1997 after 38 years as an electrician with Superior Coach. After graduating in 1953 from Lima South High...
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Ronald Dean Finch

May 16, 1948 - January 2, 2015

Ronald D. Finch Ronald D. Finch, age 66 of Cridersville, died at 1: 48 p.m., Friday, January 2, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born May 16, 1948; to Mark Twain and Virginia Binkley Finch, Jr. who preceded him in death. Mr. Finch was a retired letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Survivors also include 2 sons – Corey (Jennifer)...
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Iola E. Young

July 19, 1933 - January 2, 2015

Iola E. Young age 81, of Waynesfield died 4:30 a.m., Friday Jan. 2 at Wapak Manor. She was born July 19, 1933 in Lima to the late Earl Addison and Margarette Pearl Haines Githens. She married Orville Jackson Young Sept. 1, 1957 and he preceded her in death April 18, 1994. Mrs. Young had been a homemaker and enjoyed drawing, embroidering and loved animals. Survivors include a son: Clifford D....
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Jeffery H. "Jeff" Blair

April 3, 1965 - January 1, 2015

Jeffery H. 'Jeff' Blair Jeffery H. 'Jeff' Blair, age 49 of Wapakoneta, formerly of Lima, died at 12:05 a.m., Thursday, January 1, 2015 at his home. He was born April 3, 1965 in Lima, Ohio; to Reed A. and Normalee Jordan Blair who preceded him in death. On November 10, 1995 he married Traci M. Flinn, who survives in Wapakoneta. Mr. Blair had worked as a security guard at Initial Security...
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Juanita M. Zwiebel

February 17, 1928 - December 30, 2014

Juanita M. Zwiebel, age 86 of Lima, died at 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Auglaize Acres Nursing Home. She was born February 17, 1928 in Lima, Ohio; the daughter of the late Hollis W. and Edith B. Law Clark. On June 11, 1949 she married Everett B. "Bud" Zwiebel, who died February 16, 2003. Mrs. Zwiebel was a homemaker and had worked as a beautician with Saums Beauty Shop in Lima....
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Frederick 'Rick' Johnson

November 19, 1952 - December 30, 2014

Frederick M. "Rick" Johnson, age 62 of Lima, died at 6:19 p.m., Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born November 19, 1952 in Hardin County, Ohio; the son of the late Edward Daniel and Wilma Mae (Benjamin) Johnson. On June 15, 1985 he married Collette Y. Cooper, who survives in Lima. Other survivors include – 3 daughters – Sandy Mae Johnson Scott of FL; Cheree...
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Carlos Barker, Jr.

April 11, 1969 - December 28, 2014

Carlos Barker, Jr., age 45 of Cincinnati and formerly of Lima, died Sunday morning, December 28, 2014 in Lima. He was born April 11, 1969 in Allen County, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his father – Carlos Barker, Sr. and his mother and step father – Sandra (George) Stebleton. He is survived by 2 sisters – Rebecca (Jim) Ingledue of Cincinnati; Candy Boop of Cridersville; a brother –...
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Eldon E. Miller

February 23, 1925 - December 26, 2014

Eldon E. Miller, age 89, went home to be with the Lord, 6:40 a.m., Friday, December 26, 2014. He was born February 23, 1925 in Lima, Ohio; the son of the late John Lawrence and Pearl Arizona Roberts Miller. He married Marian Parker, who survives in Lima. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran, proudly serving during World War II on the USS Butler. After his time in the Navy, he worked construction with...
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Xavier Matthew Boop

December 19, 2014 - December 19, 2014

Xavier Matthew Boop, stillborn, from Wapakoneta born December 19, 2014 to Benny R. Boop and Nikia Flanigan. Survivors include: brothers: Aryan, Calen, Tristen and Zaiden Boop and sisters: Madison Flanigan and Myla Nicole Boop, maternal grandparents: James and Pamela Flanigan and paternal grandparents: Ted and Marlene Boop. Private family services have been held.
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Guenter Immel

May 27, 1934 - December 16, 2014

Guenter Immel, age 80, of Lima died 5:48 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born May 27, 1934 in Siegen, Germany to the late Edward and Emma Sweisfurth Immel. He married Norma Lee Caudill Sept. 15, 1990 and she preceded him in death Oct. 24, 2009. Mr. Immel had retired from Ingersol Rand and Whemco where he had been an engineer. He was a member of the Moose Lodge...
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Betty Lou Davis

July 28, 1931 - December 16, 2014

Betty Lou Davis age 83, of Cridersville died 12:20 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 16 at Otterbein-Cridersville. She was born July 28, 1931 in Marion, OH to the late Lowell A. and Lelah M. Eberhart Cook. She married Rev. Richard E. Davis Sept. 4, 1948 and he preceded her in death May of 1990. Mrs. Davis had been a homemaker and a secretary for Eastside Insurance, Lima and Ansley Insurance, Kenton. She was...
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Mary Evelyn Webb

April 23, 1925 - December 16, 2014

Mary Evelyn Webb age 89, of Uniopolis, died 8:05 a.m., Dec. 16 at her home. She was born April 23, 1925 in Uniopolis to the late Alva Barton and Ellen Evalena 'Evie' Smith Bowman. She married Donald Eugene Webb Sept. 16, 1945 and he survives in Uniopolis. Mary had been an office manager and bookkeeper for Christie Equipment in Lima and Spencerville Impliment. She was a member of Uniopolis...
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Homer Lee Lawson

March 29, 1938 - December 10, 2014

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville Homer L. Lawson age 72, of Lima died 11:43 p.m., Wed. Dec. 10 at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born March 29, 1938 in Clasplint, KY to the late Ike and Pearl Verine Hawkins Lawson. Mr. Lawson had been a cook and had been a clerk at Clark Equipment. He loved flowers, cooking and making candies and cookies for Christmas and spending time with his...
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James L Reis

May 14, 1959 - December 8, 2014

James L. Reis age 55, of Lima died 9:58 p.m., Monday Dec. 8 16 St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born May 14, 1959 to the late James and Marian Anetta Hutchison Reis. He married Nancy Griffith Oct. 3, 1981 and she survives in Lima. Jimmie had been general manager of East of Chicago Pizza. Additional survivors include 3 sons: Ronald (Amy) Griffith, Sr., John Reis and Anthony Reis all of Lima,...
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Martha Jane Arey Moore Wheeler

February 15, 1927 - December 7, 2014

Martha Jane Arey Moore Wheeler, age 87, of Cridersville died 5:35 p.m., Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Otterbein-Cridersville. She was born Feb. 15, 1927 in Wheeling, West Virginia to the late Raleigh and Addie Isabel Morrison Arey. She married Robert Wheeler, Sr. Aug. 6, 1971 and he survives in Cridersville. Mrs. Wheeler had worked as a server for Holiday Inn Lima for several years and most...
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Lance Ryan West

February 14, 1969 - December 4, 2014

Lance Ryan West, age 45 of Lima, went to be with Jesus at 7:34 p.m., Thursday, surrounded by his family. He was born February 14, 1969 in Lima, Ohio; the son of Dave and Barb Ridenour West. Lance was a member of the Shawnee Alliance Church and worked 10 plus years at Pathology Labs. He graduated from Marimor School and will be forever remembered for his love of family, friends, and living for...
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Carolyn Jean Rogers

January 5, 1931 - November 27, 2014

Carolyn Jean Rogers, age 83, of Lima died 9 a.m. Thursday Nov. 27 at her home. She was born Jan. 5, 1931 in Lima to the late Lester A. and Florence K. Stegman Fox. She married Kenneth Paul Rogers April 11, 1953 and he preceded her in death Aug. 1, 1997. Mrs. Rogers had been a secretary for Vistron and SOHIO Chemical. She was a member of Westside United Methodist Church and graduated from...
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Lana Jo Morris

January 5, 1957 - November 21, 2014

Lana Jo Morris, age 57, of Lima died Nov. 21, 2014 at Lima Memorial. She was born Jan. 5, 1957 in Lima to the late John Paul and Dorothy Bell Weaver Scott. She married James Price Morris and he preceded her in death Jan. 17, 2007. Mrs. Morris had been a homemaker and was a former member of American Legion Post 96 Auxillary. Survivors include a son: Chad Morris Keysor of Findlay, a daughter: ...
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Mary M. Green

November 27, 1925 - November 20, 2014

Mary M. Green age 88, of Lima went home to be with her Lord at 8:20 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 at her home. She was born Nov. 27, 1925 in Chilocothe, OH to the late Elza and Clara Mae Hattery Carmean. She married Fred Spence Green July 3, 1945 and he preceded her in death Oct. 22, 1997. Mrs. Green had been a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, gardening singing church hymns and spoiling 4...
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Bill G. Knoch

November 19, 1933 - November 19, 2014

Bill G. Knoch, age 81 of Uniopolis, died at 2:39 a.m., Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. He was born November 19, 1933 in Auglaize County; the son of the late Clay W. and Anna Catherine (Morris) Knoch. He married Audrey Evelyn Fox on August 7, 1954, who survives. Mr. Knoch was a retired truck driver with H.S. Davies, Scott Lad, and Roundy's, and was a member of...
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Steven Fike

June 20, 1949 - November 18, 2014

Steven Fike, age 65, of Lima Died Tuesday at this residence. He was born June 20, 1949 to Richard and Delores Fike. His father preceded him in death Nov. 22, 2012. Mr. Fike had worked for the Lima News delivering the sale inserts. Additional survivors include 2 brothers: Richard A. (Sue) Fike of Vero Beach, FL and Gregory (Laura) Fike of Cridersville, a sister: Deborah (Tom) McDiarmid of...
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Paul Arthur Leidel

November 17, 2014

Paul Arthur Leidel, passed away at St. Rita's Medical Center on November 17, 2014. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart. Following the war, he graduated from Kent State University and enjoyed a long career at the Caldwell and Bloor Pharmacy Company. He was a loving father and husband who loved God with all of his heart. He is survived by his wife of 35...
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Frances Jane Schenz

March 12, 1929 - November 16, 2014

Frances Jane Schenz, age 85 of Cridersville, died at 7:10 a.m., Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Cridersville Health Care. She was born March 12, 1929 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late William Carl and Nellie Lucille Jones Sells. On October 31, 1948 she married Leonard Paul Schenz, who survives. Mrs. Schenz had worked for 20 years as a real estate agent and 10 years in the fashion retail business...
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Marvel Elizabeth Gulcher

November 12, 1921 - November 15, 2014

Marvel Elizabeth "Betty" (Whitmer) Gulcher, age 93, died on 15 November 2014 in Lima, Ohio, at the Wyngate Senior Living Community. Betty was born 12 November 1921 in Youngstown, Ohio, to Albert Clifford Whitmer and Marvel Amelia Rachel Ann (Walklet) Whitmer. She moved with her parents to Nashville, Tennessee, for a couple of years, and finally to Columbus, Ohio, where she grew up. She...
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Melvin E., Hiller

October 26, 1938 - November 13, 2014

Melvin E. Hiller, age 76, of Lima died 5:00 p.m., Thursday November 13 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born Oct. 26, 1938 in Courtright, Ontario to the late Wilbert Horatio and Gertie Louisa Ward Hiller. He married Karen Michael May 12, 1962 and she survives in Lima. Mr. Hiller served in the U.S. Navy during Korea and was a member of the American Legion and the V. F. W. He retired from...
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Paul R. Rapp

November 3, 1919 - November 10, 2014

Paul R. Rapp, age 95 of Cridersville, died at 11:46 a.m., Monday, November 10, 2014 at Cridersville Health Care. He was born November 3, 1919 in Hardin County, Ohio; the son of the late John George and Myrtle Rado Dille Rapp. On September 18, 1941 he married Myrtle Lauretta Marquis, who died May 26, 2009. Mr. Rapp retired from Superior Coach Corporation where he received the twenty year, 1976...
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Richard W. 'Bill' Wiswell

October 1, 1941 - November 8, 2014

Richard W. 'Bill' Wiswell, age 73, of Westminster died 6:38 a.m., Saturday Nov. 8 at his home. He was born Oct. 1, 1941 in Allen County to the late Oliver Milton and Gladys Marie Powell Wiswell. He married Liliane M. Losa who preceded him in death Nov. 2, 2003 and he married Ann Archer March 4, 2005 and she survives in Westminster. Bill had been and electrician and master plumber. He was a...
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Walter W. "Bill" Harshman

February 24, 1946 - November 6, 2014

Walter W. "Bill" Harshman, age 68, of Cridersville died 12:55 p.m., at Otterbein-Cridersville. He was born to the late Walter M. and Ilo Della Winget Harshman Feb. 24, 1946 in Lima, Ohio. He married Janet Marie Casto Oct. 5, 1969 and she preceded him in death Sept. 15, 2000. Mr. Harshman had been a custodian with Shawnee Schools and was a member of Cridersville United Methodist Church and...
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Catherine Kate Wells

October 19, 1922 - November 5, 2014

Catherine J. 'Kate' Wells, age 92 of Cridersville, died at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 5, 2014 in Lima Memorial Health Care System. She was born October 19, 1922 in Bellefontaine, Ohio; the daughter of the late Alva Leroy and Clara M. Dell Mowrey. On June 15, 1941 she married Carl Arthur Wells who died August 7, 1988. Kate retired from General Dynamics and had previously worked at Clark...
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Linda K. Parton

October 27, 1943 - November 4, 2014

Linda K. Parton, age 71, of Cridersville, died at her residence Tuesday morning. She was born Oct. 27, 1943 to the late Herman J. and Laura May Ellis Braun. MS Parton had been a Federal Mediator for SEIU and a Doula nursing assistant. She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, board member of the YMCA, Leadership of Oak Ridge, TN and enjoyed traveling. She was a beloved sister, mother...
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Lillis C. Hemphill

June 28, 1920 - November 2, 2014

Lillis C. Hemphill, age 94 of Waynesfield, died at 12:27 p.m., Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Lima Memorial Health Systems E.O.R. She was born June 29, 1920 in Auglaize County, to the late Marvin and Jane Horn Harrod. On February 1, 1947 she married Bernard Hemphill who died August 22, 1989. Mrs. Hemphill was a homemaker and a member of the Auglaize County Senior Citizens. Hobbies included...
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Denise J. Fischer

May 31, 1954 - October 30, 2014

Denise J. Fischer, age 60 died at St. Rita's Medical Center on October 30, 2014. She was born May 31, 1954 in Mansfield, Ohio to Dennis F. Walker of Wapakoneta, Ohio and Lena Josephine D'Emilio who preceded her in death. She married her loving husband Joseph Albert Fischer on September 17, 1984. She graduated in 1972 from Wapakoneta High School. She worked for Fisher Cheese, Celina Group...
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Wavalene 'Wavey' Miller

March 4, 1948 - October 20, 2014

Wavalene 'Wavey' Miller, age 66 of Wapakoneta died at 11:38 a.m., Monday, October 20, 2014 at Lima Memorial Health System's emergency room. She was born March 4, 1948 in Lima, Ohio to Robert Eugene and Annabelle Place Bowsher. Her father preceded her in death and her mother survives in Wapakoneta. On May 18, 1974 she married Richard Eugene Miller who died September 15, 2014. Mrs. Miller...
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Louetta McGue

March 17, 1954 - October 20, 2014

Louetta McGue, age 60 of Lima, died at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 20, 2014 at her residence. She was born March 17, 1954 in Lackey, Kentucky to the late Jack and Bertha Phillips Hatfield. On March 16, 2012 she married Thomas G. McGue, who survives. Mrs. McGue was a homemaker who loved spending time with her family. Her favorite hobby was working in the garden with her flowers and making...
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Bessie M. Brooks

August 29, 1925 - October 17, 2014

>Bessie M Brooks, age 89, of Waynesfield, Ohio, passed away October 17, 2014, at Otterbein-Cridersville. She was born in Ingram, KY on August 29, 1925, to Rufus and Eliza Begley Goodin, who preceeded her in death. On January 17, 1947, she married Robert L Brooks, who died in June, 1977. > >Bessie had worked at DWG Cigar Factory, Artex Hobby Products, and Warner Swasey. She was a member of Lima...
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Franklin D. Melton

April 28, 1934 - October 14, 2014

Franklin D. Melton age 80, of Lima died 2:23 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 14 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born April 28, 1934 in Calumet City, IL to the late Lester and Virginia Shields Melton. He married Sylvia Buswell March 8, 1956 in Nashua, NH and she survives in Lima. Mr. Melton graduated from Hammond Technical Vocational High School and attended Davenport College. He had worked for BP...
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Daniel L. Bales

April 15, 1955 - October 12, 2014

Daniel L. Bales age 59, of Columbus died Sunday Oct. 12 at his residence. He was born April 15, 1955 in Lima to the late James Marcus and Lorraine Schipper Bales. He married Jody Ann Vanbuskirk and she preceded him in death July 1, 2013. He was a 1974 graduate of Lima Senior High School. As a young adult, Mr. Bales was locally well known Motocross racer. From there he trained to become a...
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Giles 'POPS' DuBois

May 4, 1928 - October 10, 2014

Giles E. DuBois, 86, of Lima died 2:00 a.m., Friday Oct. 10. He was born May 4, 1928 in Cridersville, Ohio to the late Virgil and Beulah Roser DuBois. He married Norma Jean Werner June 12, 1955 and she survives in Lima. He retired from the Allen County Engineer's Department where he had been a supervisor in the Paint Department. He had volunteered at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and enjoyed...
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Maxine Ball

January 15, 1931 - October 8, 2014

Maxine Ball, age 83 of Wapakoneta, died Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 11:33 a.m. at Lima Memorial Hospital. She was born January 15, 1931 in Middlesboro, KY; to the late Howard and Lillie Jones Evans. On September 9, 1950 she married Shelby Monday, who died November 20, 1970. On November 27, 1972 she married Harold J. Ball who died March 27, 2010. Until her death, Maxine was working at...
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Larry N. Jay

April 22, 1944 - October 7, 2014

Larry N. Jay, age 70 of Lima, died early Tuesday morning, October 7, 2014. He was born April 22, 1944 in Lima, Ohio; to the late Harry Norman and Ethel Rose Niese Jay. On September 25, 1964 he married Sandra K. Huysman, who died January 10, 1986. He then married Ronna Lee Gardner who survives. Mr. Jay retired as a lab tech from Procter & Gamble after 28 years. He graduated from Lima Senior...
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Edwin L. Ansley

July 23, 1932 - October 3, 2014

Edwin L. Ansley, age 82 of Lima, died at 5:20 p.m., Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Toledo Hospital. He was born July 23, 1932 in Lima, Ohio; the son of the late Lauren and Pauline Williams Ansley. On September 1, 1951 he married Mary Jane Slade who died March 14, 1991. Mr. Ansley retired from Ford Motor Company as a process engineer and previously worked at Westinghouse for 20 years. He was a...
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Robert Joseph Carder

December 1, 1929 - October 1, 2014

Robert Joseph Carder, age 84 of Cridersville, died at 5:25 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Cridersville Health Care from an extended illness. He was born December 1, 1929 in Delphos, Ohio; the son of the late William O. and Josephine Yoakam Carder. On July 3, 1954 he married Donna Jean Thomas, who survives. Mr. Carder retired as a heavy equipment operator from Ohio Operating Engineers...
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Charles E. Stonehill

January 8, 1928 - September 26, 2014

Charles E. Stonehill age 86, of Wapakoneta died 3:10 p.m. Friday Sept. 26 at his residence. He was born Jan. 8, 1928 in Orange Twp., Hancock County Ohio to the late Swan Doyal and Harriett Mary Ewing Stonehill. He married Evelyn I. Stemen July 3, 1958 and she survives in Wapak. Mr. Stonehill had been a mason tender and attended Harvest Baptist Church. Charles enjoyed fishing and painting by...
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Robert L. Deafendeffin

February 20, 1937 - September 25, 2014

Robert L. Deafendeffin, age 77, of Lima died 5:50 p.m. Thursday Sept. 25 at Lima Memorial. He was born Feb. 20, 1937 in Lima to the late Alvertis and Viola Sneary Deafendeffin. He married Marilyn E. Eiche July 27, 1957 and she survives in Lima. Bob had been an inspector in Quality Control for Ford Motor Company and was a member of Cridersville United Methodist Church. He enjoyed woodworking,...
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Kathleen L. Downing

December 29, 1945 - September 17, 2014

Kathleen L. Downing, age 68 of Lima, died at noon on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in Zusman Hospice, Columbus. She was born December 29, 1945 in Lima; the daughter of the late Clarence George and Katharine Lanore Hooks Volbert. On June 25, 1966 she married Richard Earl Downing, who survives. Mrs. Downing retired from the medical records department at Lima Memorial Hospital. She had been...
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Richard Eugene Miller

December 29, 1943 - September 15, 2014

Richard E. Miller, age 70, of rural Wapakoneta died 8:25 a.m., September 15, 2014 in Wapakoneta Manor. He was born December 29, 1943 to the late Arlie E. and Marie E. (Brincefield) Miller. On May 18, 1974 he married Wavalene Bowsher who survives. Mr. Miller had been a custodian for the Wapakoneta City School System. He was a member of Eagles Lodge, Aerie 691 and Labor's Union 329. He had...
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Sharon K. Feikert

November 28, 1940 - September 14, 2014

Sharon K. Feikert age 73, of Waynesfield died 2:14 p.m., Sunday Sept. 14 following an auto accident. She was born Nov. 28, 1940 in Lima, Ohio to the late Warren C. and Louisa Elizabeth Warner Shook. She married Bruce Feikert March 1, 1964 and he survives in Waynesfield. Mrs. Feikert was a homemaker and had previously worked for the Allen County Courts. She was a member of Wapakoneta...
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Judy D. Putt

January 7, 1935 - September 13, 2014

Judy D. Putt, age 79 of Lima, died at 6:05 a.m., Saturday, September 13, 2014, in her home with her family by her side. Judy was born Jan. 7, 1935 in Findlay to Reva Corrine Jacobs who preceded her in death. She graduated in 1952 from Shawnee High School. On Feb. 7, 1953 she married Richard Jack Putt, who preceded her in death on Jan. 28, 2004. Judy is survived by 4 daughters, Diana L. Siniff,...
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LeRoy Edward 'Smitty' Smith, Jr.

August 22, 1950 - September 13, 2014

"Smitty" LeRoy Edward Smith, Jr. age 64 of Lima, died at 5:25 p.m., Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born August 22, 1950 in Lima, Ohio the son of LeRoy E. and Maxine Smith, Sr. After retiring as a service advisor from Sears Department Store he sold cars for Lima Auto Mall. He followed football games always picking and betting on the winner, watching Two and a...
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Ginger Newland

April 26, 1955 - August 24, 2014

Ginger Newland, age 59 of Lima and formerly of Cridersville, died at 3:17 p.m., Sunday, in her residence. She was born April 26, 1955 to the late Edward and Juanita Wells Shoffner. She married Reula Sreno Newland, who survives. Mrs. Newland was a homemaker, loved to cook, garden, and helping people. She is also survived by 2 sons – Shang Michael (Denise) Newland of Elida; Brandon L. ...
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Karen Sue Joseph

October 1, 1948 - August 23, 2014

Karen Sue Joseph, age 65 of Port Clinton formerly of Lima, died at 6:52 a.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Stein Hospice Center in Sandusky. She was born October 1, 1948 in Lima, Ohio; the daughter of the late Harold and Esther Mallow Hanes. On September 15, 2000 she married Lynn E. Joseph, Sr. who survives. Mrs. Joseph was a homemaker and had attended St. Matthew Lutheran Church. She worked...
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Richard 'Buffy' Buffenbarger

September 25, 1954 - August 22, 2014

Richard E. Buffenbarger, age 59 of Wapakoenta, Ohio, died Friday morning, August 22, 2014 at his residence. He was born September 25, 1954 to the late Glenn E. and Eulabelle Jenkins Buffenbarger. Richard worked at the Auglaize Industries Workshop in New Bremen, Ohio for 41 years. He is survived by his brother – Jim (Sandra) Buffenbarger of Lima; his nephew – Randy (Jan) Buffenbarger of...
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Donald L. Mack

January 29, 1930 - August 22, 2014

Donald L. Mack age 84, of Wapakoneta died 9:30 a.m. Friday at his residence. He was born January 29, 1930 on the family farm near Buckland to the late Carl Lavonne and Tessie Iola Reed Mack. He married Jo- Ann Thompson Jan. 4, 1953 and she survives. Don was a retired farmer and had worked for Ford. He was a member of Hartford Christian Church and former member of Young Farmers Group of...
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Gary W. Joseph, Sr.

February 22, 1945 - August 21, 2014

Gary W. Joseph, Sr., age 69 of Elida, died at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, August 21, 2014 at his residence. He was born February 22, 1945 in Alger, Ohio; the son of the late Joshua and Frances Collingsworth Joseph. On July 27, 1963 he married Gloria J. Swem, who survives. Mr. Joseph retired as a supervisor with Allen County Regional Transit Authority. Before his retirement with RTA he drove a truck...
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Jo Ann Blank

September 5, 1929 - August 16, 2014

JoAnn Blank, age 84 of Cridersville, died 10:50 p.m., Saturday Aug. 16 at Lima manor Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 5, 1929 to the late Ira B. & Lois Lucille Allstetter Keller. She married Harry W. Blank June 10, 1951 and he preceded her in death March 16, 1990. Mrs. Blank had worked for Woolworth for 33 years and had also been a receptionist for Dr. David Nielson. She was a member of St....
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David R. Unger

January 24, 1948 - August 16, 2014

David R. Unger, age 66 of Lima, died 7:02 a.m., Saturday Aug. 16 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born Jan. 24, 1948 to the late Richard and Florence Unger. He was formerly married to Lesta Wortman and she survives in Lima. Mr. Unger was the former owner of Unger's Chair Rental and was a member of First Evangelical and Reformed Church of Lima. He had served in the U.S. Marine Corp during...
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Jeri D. Dotson Modschiedler

August 6, 1975 - August 11, 2014

Jeri Dotson-Modschiedler (MO) , age 39 of Lima Ohio, lost her fight with cancer in the comfort of her home with her husband at her side on Monday, August 11th, 2014 at 6:58 a.m. She was born August 6th, 1975 to Wayne and Sarah (Severt) Dotson in St Mary's Ohio. Jeri was a 1993 graduate of Shawnee High School and a very active parent in the Shawnee sports programs. Jeri was a 911 dispatcher...
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Jonathan E. Gray

June 14, 1964 - August 11, 2014

Jonathan E. Gray age 50, of Wapakoneta and formerly of Findlay, died at his residence follow an extended illness. He was born June 14, 1964 in Findlay to Richard James and Mary Lou Rader Gray of Findlay. His mother survives in Findlay. On June 16, 2001 he married Penny L. Wade and who survives in Wapakoneta. Mr. Gray had previously worked at Honda and was a member of Rousculp Church of...
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Susan M. Griesemer

October 24, 1956 - August 8, 2014

Susan M. Griesemer, age 57, of Lima went home to be with her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ at 4:45 a.m. on Aug. 8 at her residence. She was born Oct. 24, 1956 to the late Melvin P. and Ruth Reichenbach Gorrow in Detroit, MI. She married Lawrence B. Griesemer June 29, 1979 and he survives in Lima. Mrs. Griesemer was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and intercessor. Susan loved to be with...
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Jimmie 'Jim' Carder

January 15, 1936 - August 6, 2014

Jimmie R. 'Jim' Carder, age 78 of Lima, died at 11:54 p.m., Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Lima Memorial Health Care Systems. He was born January 15, 1936 in Westminster, Ohio; the son of the late Samuel and Ethel Baxter Carder. He married Marilyn Mault, who survives in Lima. Mr. Carder was a retired dispatcher with Bath Fire Department. He also served in the U.S. Army. Survivors also...
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Ray "Butch" Lipps

October 10, 1954 - August 4, 2014

Ray "Butch" L. Lipps, age 59 of Lima, died at 11:50 p.m., Monday, August 4, 2014 at his residence from an extended illness. He was born October 10, 1954 in Lima, Ohio to the late Raymond LeRoy and Florence Victoria Adams Lipps. Butch had worked as an electrician and had been a tool and die maker. His hobbies included fishing, working on cars, and boating. Mr. Lipps was an U.S. Air Force...
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Darlene Kay Webb

August 15, 1943 - August 3, 2014

Darlene Kay Webb, age 70 of Lima, died 10:20 a.m., Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Kindred Hospital, Lima. She was born August 15, 1943 in Lima, Ohio; the daughter of the late Rinaldo Sabatino and Doris Helen Wright Rinaldi. Mrs. Webb was a retired R.N. from Lakeside Hospital in Belle Glade, Florida. Survivors include a son – Michael James Hajba of Dayton, Ohio; her former husband – Laszlo...
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James LeRoy Motter

September 19, 1939 - August 3, 2014

James Leroy Motter, age 74 of Waynesfield, died Sunday morning, August 3, 2014 at his residence. He was born September 19, 1939 in Auglaize County, Ohio; to the late Venard and Louise Motter. On November 7, 1960 he married Sue Bollinger, who survives. Mr. Motter was a retired semi-truck driver. Other survivors include 4 children - Marshall J. (Cheryl) Motter of Waynesfield, Rex A. (Barb)...
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Clyde L. Sellers

May 30, 1921 - July 26, 2014

Clyde L. Sellers age 93, of Lima died 5:15 p.m., Saturday July 26 at Lima Convalescent Home. He was born May 30, 1921 to the late Grover C. 'Buzz' and Addie Myrtle Sellers. He married Dorothy Dell Huffers April 13, 1941 and she preceded him in death June 25, 2003. Mr. Sellers retired from Standard Oil in 1983 where he had been a part of the Maintenance Department. He had served in the U. S....
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Jackie Robinson

April 1, 1941 - July 23, 2014

Jacqueline "Jackie" Robinson, age 73 of Lima, died at 12:55 p.m., Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Lima Manor Nursing Home. She was born April 1, 1941 in Lima, Ohio; to the late John Adams and Lorene Schwinnen Jay. On July 4, 1959 she married Donald Lee Robinson who preceded her in death on April 1, 1985. Mrs. Robinson retired from J.C. Penney's store. She graduated from Lima South High School , a...
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Ida R. Smith

April 3, 1929 - July 23, 2014

Ida R. Smith went home to be with the Lord on July 23 at 4:10 p.m.. She was born April 3, 1929 to Arthur and Gwendolyn Lesh Smith. She has a brother Jim that survives in Lima and a sister Kathryn Ogle of Kokomo, IN. Ida is preceded in death by a brother Clifford Smith and 2 sisters: Dorothy Ervin and Barbara Miller. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, great; great great and great...
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Janette K. Slygh

November 16, 1959 - July 18, 2014

Janette K. Slygh age 54, of Cridersville died 5:44 a.m., Friday July 18, 2014 at her residence. She was born Nov. 16, 1959 in Lima to the late Edward and Patricia Cavanaugh Helmig. She married Wilbur Slygh May 14, 1983 and he survives in Cridersville. Mrs. Slygh had been a manager for St. Johns Drive Thru. She loved bowling and spending time with grandkids, watching Sprint car racing and...
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Freda A. Henry

June 22, 1924 - July 13, 2014

Freda A. Henry, age 90 of Lima, died 2:03 a.m., Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Otterbein-Cridersville. She was born June 22, 1924 in Auglaize County, Ohio; to the late Elbert E. and Ressie A. Burden Davis. On October 31, 1942 she married John E. Henry who died January 25, 2012. Mrs. Henry was a homemaker and a member of the Gardendale Church of God in Lima. She enjoyed gardening and family...
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Robert L. "Bob" Orpurt

May 22, 1950 - July 13, 2014

Robert L. "Bob" Orpurt, 64, died July 13, 2014 at Camp Robin Rogers, where he served as director of the weekend camp for handicapped adults. He was born May 22, 1950 in Peru, Indiana to William and Betty Orpurt who preceded him in death. He attended Lima City School, graduating in 1968. Robert then attended the branch, majoring in early childhood education and worked in many nursing homes and...
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Opal L. Miller

August 22, 1915 - July 11, 2014

Opal L. Miller, age 98 of Cridersville, died 5:30 p.m., Friday, July 11, 2014 at Cridersville Health Care. She was born August 22, 1915 in Auglaize County, Ohio; the daughter of the late Isaac and Louise Schlenker Mowery. On April 8, 1937 she married Elbert Merle Miller, who died July 8, 2000. Mrs. Miller was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ. She was a member of...
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