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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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Naeko Ikehara Walker

June 17, 1934 - July 9, 2014

Naeko Ikehara Walker age 80, died at her residence in Harrod, Ohio, July 9, 2014. She was born in Naha, Okinwa on June 17, 1934 to Gensei and Naeko Ikehara, who preceded her in death. She was married to Charles Donald "Don" Walker who preceded her in death on November 12, 2012. Naeko attended Crosspoint Community Church. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and her grandchildren. Survivors include 1...
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David Lee Davis

September 30, 1943 - July 8, 2014

David Lee Davis died on July 8, 2014. He was born on September 30, 1943 in Reedsburg, Wisconsin to Edward Guy Davis and Edith Beryl (Holtz) Davis, both of who preceded him in death. David is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their two children (and spouses): Mark Edward Guy Davis (Elizabeth) and Michele Lee Davis Welsh (Stephen), and David's four grandchildren: Macmannus David Lee Davis,...
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Edwin K. Merriman

March 19, 1938 - July 7, 2014

Edwin K. 'Ed' Merriman, age 76 of Lima, died at 7:50 a.m., Monday, July 7, 2014 at Lima Manor. He was born March 19, 1938 in Lima, Ohio; to the late Russell D. and Blanche M. Ritter Merriman. Mr. Merriman retired from Scot Lad Foods where he had been high lift operator. He is survived by 2 daughters – Kelly A. Ward of Lima and Amy J. Cox of Florida. He was preceded in death by a...
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Kirk A. Fritz

August 12, 1952 - July 4, 2014

Kirk A. Fritz of Perrysburg passed on Friday, July 4 at 10:17 pm; he was 61. He was born August 12, 1952 to the late Harold Richard and Mary Lou Lybarger Fritz. He married Judith L. Smith Nov. 2, 1991 and she survives in Perrysburg. Kirk was a department manager for Lowes, a sales associate for Bass Pro Shop and he was also a member of Perrysburg Alliance Church. Through his years, he had been...
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Jacki Ford

August 21, 1967 - July 4, 2014

Jacki Ford, age 46 of Lima, died at 2:05 a.m., Friday, July 4, 2014 at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born August 21, 1967 in Lima, Ohio to William G. Ford, Sr. who survives in Kalida and Marilyn Louth Ladd who survives in Spencerville. Jacki had worked in the office at Nelson's Packaging. She belonged to a Thursday pool league, enjoyed motorcycles and participating in poker benefit runs,...
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Fawn L. Purtee

December 17, 1965 - July 3, 2014

Fawn L. Purtee, age 48 of Alger formerly of Wapakoneta, died 3:55 a.m., Thursday, July 3, 2014 at University of Toledo Medical Center. She was born December 17, 1965 in Lima, Ohio to Richard E. and Naomi R. Morlock Carnes. Her mother survives in Wapakoneta. On July 10, 1997 she married Jim Purtee, who survives. Fawn was a homemaker who loved gardening and spoiling her children. She is also...
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Arthea G. 'Kitty' Ziegler

April 26, 1937 - July 1, 2014

Arthea G. 'Kitty' Ziegler, age 77, of Summerville, GA and formerly of Wapak, died 1:35 p.m., Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Redmond Regional Hospital. She was born April 26, 1937 in Lima to the late Arthur Monroe and Grace Davidson Bowersock. She is preceded in death by 3 husbands Gordon Rick, Bob Wells and Jan Ziegler. Kitty had been a bookkeeper and owner of the family business Ziegler Brothers. ...
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Diane Davenport

August 30, 1956 - June 26, 2014

Diane Davenport, age 57 of Uniopolis, died Thursday, June 26, 2014 at her home. She was born August 30, 1956 in Lima, Ohio; to the late Walter and Dorothy Carter Davenport. Diane had worked at Huffy and DTR. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, her grandchildren and planning family functions. She is survived by a son Garrett Davenport of Uniopolis; 2 daughters – Tanya (Marc Retter) Phillips of...
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Morris 'Mose' Koch

December 11, 1931 - June 26, 2014

Morris L. "Mose" Koch, age 82 of Cridersville, died 8:05 a.m., Thursday, June 26, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born December 11, 1931 in to the late Grover C. and Bonnie Koch. On September 11, 1954 he married Mary Henstler, who survives. Mr. Koch was owner/operator of Koch Construction formerly Recker & Koch Construction; building many home in the Cridersville area and...
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Charline Orn Craig

August 10, 1919 - June 25, 2014

Charline Loretta Orn Craig, 94, passed from this life to eternal life in heaven on Wednesday morning, June 25, 2014, at Springview Manor. She was born August 10, l919 on the front porch of her home on a farm near Milford, Indiana, Kosciusko County, the only child of Orvil A. and Mabel A. (Rosenbohm) Orn, who preceded her in death. She graduated from Milford High School in 1937 and then worked...
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JoAnn M. Shellhammer

July 2, 1931 - June 23, 2014

JoAnn M. Shellhammer, age 82 of Lima, died 10:15 p.m., Monday, June 23, 2014 in her home. She was born July 2, 1931 in Spring Church, PA. She is the daughter of the late Frank and Margaret Townsend Rosenstelle. On May 24, 1951 she married Aubert R. "Al" Shellhammer, who survives. Mrs. Shellhammer retired as head bookkeeper from the Huntington Bank and then went to work as a real estate agent...
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Charles Frederick Sidener

September 9, 1922 - June 22, 2014

Charles Frederick Sidener, 91, passed from this life at 10:02am on June 22, 2014. Born September 9, 1922 in Allen County to Roy and Mary Rose (Eibling) Sidener, he was a 3rd generation Perry Township resident and farmer. Charles grew up learning the ways of tending animals and caring for the land on the farm his grandfather, Sterling Sidener, had established on Amherst Road in Perry Township in...
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Tonya Buchnan Scott

March 14, 1957 - June 19, 2014

Tonya R. Buchanan Scott age 57, of Lima, died at 4:08 p.m. Thursday, June 19 at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born March 14, 1957 in Lima to the late William Oliver and Carol Ruth McDonald Buchanan . She was formerly married to Richard G. Thompson who survives Lima. Tonya had been a press operator at Orick Tool & Die in Elida. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading, being outdoors,...
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Patsy L. Metzger

February 19, 1932 - June 1, 2014

Patsy L. Metzger, age 82 of Lima, died at 10:54 p.m., Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Lima Memorial Health Systems. She was born February 19, 1932 in Jackson Center, Ohio; the daughter of the late Arley and Helen Zwiebel Gross. On July 2, 1950 she married Luther E. Metzger, Sr. who died April 4, 2011. Mrs. Metzger was a super sales representative with Avon for about 40 years, which she loved. She was...
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Edna L. Lincoln

November 22, 1912 - May 30, 2014

Edna L. Lincoln age 101, died 4:15 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2014 at Otterbein-Cridersville. She was born Nov. 22, 1912 in Benton Harbor, MI to the late Harry and Elizabeth Greenwalt Koch. She married Alfred L. Lincoln in Jan. 1931 and he preceded her in death Jan. 12, 1992. Mrs. Lincoln had worked in sales at Greggs Department Store, in the Mens Department. She was a member of Southside...
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Eleanor C. Cheeseman

February 23, 1920 - May 29, 2014

Eleanor C Cheeseman, 94, of Wapakoneta died 5:40 AM Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Auglaize Acres. She was born March 23, 1920 to Robert and Sarah Rix in Yale, Michigan, who preceded her in death. Eleanor was a homemaker, farmer's wife, and mother of 4 children. She married Blake Cheeseman on Jan. 10, 1942, who preceded her in death by 11 years. They were happily married for 61 years. Survivors...
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Marjorie L. Hook

December 2, 1923 - May 24, 2014

Marjorie L. Hook, age 90, of Wapakoneta died 2:40 p.m., Saturday May 24 at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born Dec. 2, 1923 in Douglas, WY to the late Henry and Berna Miller DuPertuis. She married William Eugene 'Jake' Hook May 19, 1946 and he preceded her in death Aug. 10, 1975. Mrs. Hook had worked for the Days Inn, Wapak, self-employed home health care provider, Koneta Rubber and Ohio...
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Mary Lou DuBois

March 14, 1927 - May 21, 2014

Mary Lou DuBois, age 87, of Cridersville died 8:10 p.m. Wed. May 21 at Auglaize Manor Nursing Home. She was born March 14, 1927 in Cridersville to William and Evelyn Umbaugh Crouse. She married Ross E. 'Gene' DuBois May 2, 1948 and he survives in Cridersville. Mary Lou had been a secretary for The Paint Store and was a member of Cridersville United Methodist Church. She had been the choir...
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Isabelle I. Fockler

August 24, 1917 - May 19, 2014

Isabelle I. Fockler, age 96 of Lima, died at 7:53 p.m., Monday at The Pines at Glen Falls, New York. She was born August 24, 1917 in Ney, Defiance County, Ohio; the daughter of the late Earl Charles and Delta Fay Mock Dreher. On January 22, 1939 she married Delbert D. Fockler who died May 15, 1982. She graduated Defiance High School in 1935 and attended Lucas County Hospital School of Nursing...
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Sonny Boy Raines

March 23, 1946 - May 17, 2014

Sonny Boy Raines, Sr. age 68, of Convoy died 4:33 p.m., Sat. May 17 at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne. He was born March 23, 1946 in Lima to Rad and Myrtle Howard Raines, Sr. Survivors include 4 sons: Sonny Raines, Jr. of Spencerville, Daniel A. Raines, Sr. of Lima, Tony Raines of Tennessee and Jason L. Raines, Sr. of Lima, 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, 2 brothers: Johnny (Mary)...
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Joseph T. 'Joe" Park

June 8, 1917 - May 17, 2014

Joseph T. 'Joe' Park 96, of Cridersville died 8:04 a.m. Saturday, May 17 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born June 8, 1917 in Bellefontaine, Ohio to Luther and Jessie Spellman Park. He married Frances Carnes Nov. 20, 1941 who survives in Cridersville. Mr. Park had been a machinist at Clark Equipment and was a member of V. F. W. Post 1275 and the Allen County Historical Society. He...
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Daniel Albert Konst

April 11, 1962 - May 15, 2014

Daniel Albert Konst, age 52 of Waynesfield, died at 7:55 a.m., Thursday, May 15, 2014 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. He was born April 11, 1962 to Robert and Judith Maus Konst. Both parents survive in Waynesfield. Daniel had worked at Logan Recycling. He graduated from Waynesfield High School and High Point Vocational School in 1980, and was an avid hunter and shooter. He is also...
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Lynn Kermit White

October 8, 1937 - May 13, 2014

Lynn Kermit White, age 76 of Lima, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 2:45 p.m., at St. Rita's Medical Center after battling cancer for several months. He was born on October 8, 1937 to Kermit "O.K." and Pauline (Bible) White who preceded him in death. Lynn is survived by his sister – Sondra Bechtel (Jim) of Lima, a brother Terry White (Kathie) of Elida, and a sister Jill Becker (Tom) of...
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Janice Krites

December 1, 1940 - May 12, 2014

Janice B. Krites, age 73 of Lima, left this earth to be with the Lord, Monday morning, May 12, 2014. She was born December 1, 1940 in Lima, Ohio; to the late Kenneth and Grace Stiles Krites. Janice spent 35 years driving school bus for Shawnee and Marimor School systems. She treasured her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was blessed to have the Shawnee School Bus Crew as a...
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Janice Ann Spence

October 16, 1941 - May 7, 2014

Janice Ann Spence, age 72 of Lima, died at 10:16 a.m., Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at her residence with her husband beside her. She was born October 16, 1941 in Lima, Ohio; the daughter of the late John 'Jack' and Cora Marie Burgess McLaughlin. She married Charles P. Routson, who preceded her in death. On July 6, 1987 she married Gerald R. Spence, who survives. Mrs. Spence retired from the United...
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Clinton 'Goose' Gossard

May 21, 1935 - May 5, 2014

Clinton N. 'Goose' Gossard age 78, of Lima died 10:30 a.m., Monday May 5, 2014 at his residence. He was born May 21, 1935 in Allen County, Ohio to Foster Nelson and Lureta E. Burden Gossard, who preceded him in death. On February 14, 1958, he married Shirley, who survives. Mr. Gossard had worked for BP Chemical Company and had served in the U. S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the V.F.W....
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Sharon L. Graessle

September 19, 1936 - May 4, 2014

Sharon L. Colgan Graessle, age 77, of Spencerville, died 4:35 a.m. Sunday, May 4 following a lengthy illness of cancer. She was born September 19, 1936 in Auglaize County to Fred and Leona Croft Binkley, who preceded her in death. On August 30, 1957, she married James Colgan who died August 7, 1977. On November 28, 2003 she married Don R. Graessle who survives. Mrs. Graessle was a member of...
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Cindy Law Wootton

October 28, 1962 - May 4, 2014

Cindy M. Law- Wootton, age 51 of Lima, died at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, May 4, 2014 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima after a 9 year courageous battle with cancer. She was born October 28, 1962 in Lima, Ohio; the daughter of Clifford A. and Charlotte A. Johnson Law, Jr. Her parents survive in Cridersville. Cindy was a retired mail carrier with the U. S. Postal Service. She attended Apollo Career...
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Millie Mertz

April 8, 1941 - May 2, 2014

Mildred M. 'Millie' Mertz age 73, of Lima died Friday at her residence. She was born April 8, 1941 in Wood County, Ohio to Robert William and Jennie Catharine Phillips Crow, who preceded her in death. She married James Warren Mertz Aug. 6, 1961 and he preceded her in death June 6, 1993. Millie had been a bowling coach for children at Moreo Lanes, Northland and Westgate Lanes. She was an Ohio...
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Geneva E. Sprague

October 2, 1925 - May 1, 2014

Geneva E. Sprague, age 88, of Lima died 3:56 p.m., Thursday May 1 at Lima Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 2, 1925 in Bower, KY to George Grant and Lula Pearl Bolton Freeman. She married Don T. 'Curly' Sprague Dec. 24, 1953 and he preceded her in death Nov. 10, 1996. Geneva was a member of Cridersville United Methodist Church, had been active in Girl Scout activities, was a strong supporter...
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Patricia A. Shaw

October 5, 1939 - April 28, 2014

Patricia A. Shaw age 74, of Cridersville died 9:01 p.m., Monday April 28 at Lima Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 5, 1939 in Bucyrus, Ohio to Clifton Donald and Mary Elizabeth Taylor Coon. She married Raymond L. Shaw Oct. 27, 1957 and he survives in Cridersville. Mrs. Shaw was a proud farm wife and member of the Allen County Farm Bureau. She had been a member of the Perry P.T.A., music...
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Richard L. "Dick" Adelblue

January 6, 1939 - April 27, 2014

Richard L. "Dick" Adelblue, age 75 of Spencerville, died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2:15 a.m. at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born on January 6, 1939 to John and Vivian Adelblue. His father is deceased. He married Katrina J. "Trina" Keller in 1982 who survives in Spencerville. He was a heavy equipment operator working through International Union of Operating Engineers. He enjoyed hunting...
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Stephen James Pigott

July 30, 1944 - April 26, 2014

Stephen J. Pigott, age 69 of Lima, died at 2:55 a.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Shawnee Manor Nursing Home. He was born to Eugene and Jeanette F. Forsythe Pigott on July 30, 1944 in Rush, NY, who preceded him in death. He had been an electronics technician for Kodak. Survivors includes 1 son Robin Howard Pigott, 1 daughter Melissa M. (Todd H.) Hinegardner, siblings Kathleen M. Kelly and...
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Richard D. "Dick" Emrick

August 10, 1929 - April 24, 2014

Richard D. 'Dick' Emrick age 84, of Cridersville died 7:15 a.m., Wednesday April 24 at his residence. He was born Aug. 10, 1929 in Union Township Auglaize County to Earnest Clay and Norma Hemmert Emrick. He married Shirley Maxine Thrush Oct. 7, 1951 and she survives in Cridersville. Dick was a member of Cridersville United Methodist Church and V. F. W. Post 8445 Wapak and a former member of...
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Alta Ingle

July 20, 1939 - April 21, 2014

Alta Ingle, age 74, of Waynesfield, Ohio, passed away April 21, 2014, at her home. She was born in Pineville, KY on July 20, 1939, to Benjamin and Susie Goodin, who preceded her in death. On October 13, 1961 she married William H. Ingle, who survives. She was a loving mother to Rhonda McConnell (Bill) of Wauseon, OH, Douglas Ingle-dec (Deanna of Mason, OH), Jeffrey Ingle (Lisa) of Lima, OH, and...
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Max Benny Hunsicker

October 17, 1934 - April 21, 2014

Max Benny Hunsicker, age 79, of Wapakoneta, died 11:05 a.m., Monday, April 21, 2014 at Wapak Manor Nursing Home. He was born October 17, 1934 to George and Lottie Prater Hunsicker; both parents preceded him in death. On June 12, 1954 he married Betty Pruitt who preceded him in death, March 16, 2013. Mr. Hunsicker was a retired electronics repairman. He is survived by a son Robert...
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Donald L. Lawrence

February 18, 1934 - April 19, 2014

Donald L. Lawrence, age 80, of Lima died at 1:39 a.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. He was born February 18, 1934 to Samuel E. and Maxine Snyder Lawrence; both parents preceded him in death. Mr. Lawrence was retired from the U.S. Air Force. He enjoyed snow skiing, boating, fishing, camping and traveling. He was an avid Cleveland Browns and Indians fan. Donald...
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Elza Lee Elam

April 15, 2014

Elza Lee Elam age 89, of Lima died 5:30 a.m., Tuesday at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born Jan. 16, 1925 in Betsey Lane Pike County, KY to Joe C. and Amanda Boyd Elam who preceded him in death. He married Peggy Ellen Phillips Jan. 13, 1950 and she preceded him in death March 11, 2004. Lee was a loving father and husband and was loved by many. Lee was a machinist and retired from Weaver...
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Iris Nancy 'Kitten' Walters

March 31, 1930 - April 14, 2014

Iris Nancy Walters, of Wapakoneta. Nancy "Kitten" Walters, 84, went home to be with her Lord at 4:11 p.m., April 14, 2014 at Lima Memorial Health Systems from a short illness. She was born March 31, 1930 in Lima to John Robert and Edithmae Moore Schultheis who preceded her in death. She married her high school sweetheart Lee 'Sam' Walters July 3, 1949 and he preceded her in death Dec. 3, 2011. ...
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Roger L. Sunderland

September 9, 1939 - April 14, 2014

Roger L. Sunderland, age 74, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:11 a.m., Monday, April 14, 2014 at his home surrounded by is family. He was born in Lima, Ohio, September 9, 1939 to Martin Jacob and Minnie E. Brown Sunderland; both parents preceded him in death. On June 10, 1961 he married Dolores A. Gierhart, who survives in Wapakoneta. Mr. Sunderland was retired from Teledyne- Ohio Steel. He enjoyed...
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Kenneth J. Casemier

July 3, 1925 - April 7, 2014

Kenneth J. Casemier, age 88, of Elida, Ohio, formerly of Petoskey, Michigan, passed away April 7, 2014 at Shawnee Manor, Lima. Mr. Casemier was born July 3, 1925 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kenneth was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church of Elida, Ohio. He Served in the Merchant Marines during WWII. He is surived by Sister Marilyn (Al) Doseman of Holland, MI; 3 sons Curt (Shirley)...
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Richard Dana Gesler, Jr.

October 17, 1929 - April 6, 2014

Richard Dana Gesler, Jr., age 84 of Lima and formerly of Wapakoneta, died 9:54 a.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born October 17, 1929 in Uniopolis, Auglaize County, Ohio; to the late Richard Dana Gesler, Sr. and Lucile Jeanette Metzger Gesler. Mr. Gesler was a retired electrical engineer. He graduated in 1949 from Blume High School. He then went to serve in the...
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Mike E. Cope

December 30, 1956 - March 29, 2014

Mike E. Cope age 57, of Cridersville died Sat. March 29 at his residence. He was born Dec. 30, 1956 in Lima to Daniel H. and Icie Irene Fickle Cope who preceded him in death. Mr. Cope was a member of VFW Post 1275 and American Legion Post 96. He served in both the U. S. Army and Navy. Survivors include his former wife Margaret Mullins Cope of Cridersville, son Joe Cope of Cridersville,...
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Ned A. Mowery

February 26, 1929 - March 27, 2014

Ned A. Mowery age 85 of Cridersville, died 9:50 a.m., Thursday, March 27, 2014 at his residence. He was born February 26, 1929 to Ruhie Edward and Margaret 'Dutch' Viola Baumgardner Mowery; both parents preceded him in death. On May 12, 1950 he married Jeanne Ann Harshe who survives in Cridersville. Mr. Mowery was a realtor and a barber and was the owner of the former Mowery Real Estate, and...
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Phyllis V. Bannan

September 21, 1925 - March 25, 2014

Phyllis V. Bannan, age 88, of Lima, died 11:11 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born September 21, 1925 to Eugene and Beula Mink Coon; both parents preceded her in death. On February 19, 1966 she married George W. Bannan who preceded her in death on August 2, 2010. Phyllis was a cashier supervisor at K-Mart. She enjoyed reading and following politics. She is...
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Charles Finley Cooley

June 27, 1918 - March 21, 2014

CRIDERSVILLE—The Rev. Charles F. (Chuck) Cooley, 95, died at 10 p.m. March 21, 2014 at Otterbein-Cridersville. He was born June 27, 1918 in Ashtabula to Merrill F. and Nelle E. Copeland Cooley, who preceded him in death. On Feb. 28, 1942, he married (Martha) Louise Knipper, who died Jan. 26, 2009. He was a United Methodist pastor, having been director of the Wesley Foundation at WMU (1955-69)...
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