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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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Isaiah Daniel Kennedy

March 16, 2014 - March 16, 2014

Isaiah Daniel Kennedy age 1 hour 4 minutes, died 4:14 a.m., Sunday March 16 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born 3:10 a.m. March 16 to Daniel and Karla Doyle Kennedy, JR. He is survived by his sister Riley Lou Kennedy of Lima and his grandparents. Private family services were held and burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
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Janet M. LaVallee

December 19, 1934 - March 16, 2014

Janet M. LaVallee, age 79 of Lima, Ohio, died Sunday, March 16, 2014 at her residence. She was born December 19, 1934 in Shirley, Indiana to Cleo and Esther (Hoover) Davisson. She married Ivan L. LaVallee on July 4, 1952 and he preceded her in death on April 2, 2000. Janet was a homemaker and bus driver for Allen East Schools. She was a longtime organist and pianist at Rousculp Church of...
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Kathryn M. VanDyke

February 3, 1913 - March 11, 2014

Kathryn Mae VanDyke age 101 of Bluffton died 6:58 a.m., Tuesday, March 11 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born Feb. 3, 1913 in North Lima, Ohio to Jonas and Laura Longanecker Horst. She married Russell Pine June 30, 1938 and he preceded her in death Feb. 28, 1975. She married John VanDyke in 1990 and he preceded her in death 1999. Kathryn had been a teacher in the Columbiana...
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Harold E. Vermillion

July 30, 1929 - March 9, 2014

Harold E. Vermillion, age 84 of Lima, died at 11:55 a.m., Sunday, March 9, 2014 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born July 30, 1929 in Lima, Ohio; the son of the late Ralph Virgil and Mary Catherine Welbaum Vermillion. He married Velva C. Potter, who died February 8, 2013. Mr. Vermillion worked as a supervisor for 33 years with the Easter Tire Company in Lima. He retired in 1997 as the...
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Larry L. Jones

February 13, 1940 - March 4, 2014

Larry L. Jones age 74, of Wapakoneta died 8:43 a.m., Tuesday March 4 at Kindred Hospital, Lima. He was born Feb. 13, 1940 in Lima to Robert D. and Lodema G. Kaufman Jones, who preceded him in death. He married Rebecca Rhodes Dec. 26, 1970 and she survives in Wapak. Mr. Jones had worked for Ford and had served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of VFW Post 8445 Wapak and the Local UAW...
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Roger D. Butturff

April 17, 1944 - March 2, 2014

Roger D. Butturff, age 69, of Lima, died 12:35 a.m., Sunday March 2 at his residence. He was born April 17, 1944 in Lima to Harold Clyde and Sarah May Strawbridge Butturff, who preceded him in death. He married Donna Cheryl Shawler May 29, 1964 and she survives in Lima. Mr. Butturff had been a night manager with various groceries starting with Pangles and ending with Save A Lot in Piqua. He...
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Dean E. Willeke

December 5, 1936 - March 1, 2014

Dean E. Willeke, age 77, of Harrod, died 8:50 p.m., Sat. March 1, at Springview Manor Nursing Home. He was born Dec. 5, 1936 in Dola, Ohio to August and Edna Mae Flowers Willeke. Mr. Willeke had been a machine setter at Lima, Ford Motor Company. He graduated from Dola High School and Ohio Northern University; He had been a Boy Scout Leader for many years with the Lafayette Scouts. He was a...
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Danny Joe Joseph

February 26, 2014

Danny Joe Joseph, age 53 of Lima, died at 2:16 p.m., Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in Cridersville. He was born June 23, 1960 in Lima, Allen County, Ohio to Paul E. and Pauline Pitts Joseph. His father survives in Cridersville and his mother preceded him in death in 2009. Danny enjoyed a good conversation, fishing, and helping people. Other survivors include brothers – Jeff (Cindy) Joseph...
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Betty Lou Margraves Gossard

November 18, 1939 - February 24, 2014

Betty Lou Margraves Gossard age 74, of Lima died 11:27 a.m. Monday Feb. 24 at Shawnee Manor Nursing Home. She was born Nov. 18, 1939 in Middlesboro, KY to William Wood and Mary Marie Janeway Margraves, who preceded her in death. She married Glenn Earl Gossard July 25, 1959 and he preceded her in death March 22, 1993. Betty had been a pharmacy tech at Deshers and CVS. She attended Holden...
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Ruth M. Brown

June 5, 1925 - February 21, 2014

Ruth M. Brown age 88, died 10:43 a.m., Friday Feb. 21 at Shawnee Manor. She resided in Lima since 1972, the past 17 years with her son Tim (Christi) and grandsons Grant, Treg and Lance. Ruth was born June 5, 1925 in Oak Harbor to Frank and Odessa Louisa Matilda Applegate Wainwright and married Stuart Spencer Brown May 10, 1947 and he preceded her in death in 1980. Mrs. Brown was a member of St...
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Eldon D. Bowsher

October 23, 1922 - February 21, 2014

Eldon D. Bowsher age 91, of Wapakoneta died 10:05 a.m., Friday at Wapakoneta Manor Nursing Home. He was born Oct. 23, 1922 in Lima to Pearl and Clara Marie Puschel Bowhser. He married Jean M. Naumburg June 11, 1945 and she survives in Wapakoneta. Mr. Bowsher had been a clerk at Teledyne and had also been a carpenter and farmer. He was a member of Buckland United Church of Christ where he had...
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Janet Faye Smith

September 12, 1947 - February 19, 2014

Janet Faye (Cotterman) Smith, 66, was called into the presence of the Lord at 3:20 p.m., Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Shawnee Manor Nursing Home. She was born September 12, 1947 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Ervin E. and Dorothy (Dyke) Cotterman. She married French Smith, who survives in Lima. Janet was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, who was dearly loved by all who knew her. She...
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Alice Louise Ludwig

August 27, 1922 - February 17, 2014

Alice Louise Ludwig, age 91, of Lima, died at 8:30 p.m., Monday, February 17, 2014 at Shawnee Manor. She was born August 27, 1922 in Harrod, Ohio to the late Clarence Alton and Vivian (Jacobs) McGinnis. Mrs. Ludwig was a secretary and homemaker. She was a member of West Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Alice loved to sew, knit and read. She graduated from Lafayette-Jackson High School in...
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Donald Hinegardner

November 26, 1941 - February 17, 2014

Donald Hinegardner, age 72 died 7:07 a.m., Monday, February 17, 2014 in Lima Memorial Health Care System. He was born November 26, 1941 in Lima, Ohio to William and Opal Laing Hinegardner. His father preceded him in death and his mother survives in Lima. On June 26, 1960 he married Karen Sue Gossard, who survives in Wapakoneta. Mr. Hinegardner retired after 30 years as a Master Scheduler with...
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Ruth Rolston

July 19, 1920 - February 17, 2014

A. Ruth Rolston, age 93 of Waynesfield, went home to be with the Lord at 7:16 a.m., Monday, February 17, 2014 in Auglaize Acres Nursing Home. She was born July 19, 1920 in Kossuth, Ohio to the late Floyd and Lula Stiles Jacobs. On June 12, 1939 she married Glen H. Rolston, who died November 17, 1982. Mrs. Rolston was a homemaker and had worked as a process operator with Fisher Cheese. She was...
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Mary Jane Miller

March 31, 1954 - February 13, 2014

Mary Jane Miller, age 59, of Wapakoneta died 5:53 p.m., Feb. 13, 2014 at Kindred Hospital. She was born March 31, 1954 in Lima to Clinton 'Babe' and Nellie Armstrong Miller, who preceded her in death. Survivors include a brother James E. (Joyce) Miller of Wapakoneta, 2 nieces: Lori (Jeff Wilson) Froning of Houston and Aimee (Ron) Wicker of St. Mary's, 3 great nieces Ashley Froning of Minster,...
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Susan Kohli Llewellyn

November 20, 1941 - February 13, 2014

Susan R. (Kohli) Llewellyn, age 72 of Lima, died at 10:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at Springview Manor Nursing Home. She was born Nov. 20, 1941 in Lima, Ohio to the late Beryl A. and Mary J. Scott Kohli. On Feb. 14, 1981 she married David Llewellyn who died Oct. 8, 2013. She was preceded in death by a son David L.R. Henige, Jr. Survivors include children – Carmen J. Boese of Lima;...
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Patrick C. Reilly

September 19, 1929 - February 13, 2014

Patrick C. Reilly, age 84 of Cridersville died 5:07 p.m., Thursday Feb. 13 . He was born Sept. 19, 1929 in Lima to LeRoy and Agnes Edgington Reilly. He married Kathryn 'Kit' Bailey Nov. 19, 1949 and she survives in Cridersville. Mr. Reilly retired from Lima Ford Motor Plant after 31 years. Pat enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing, golfing and taking walks on the beach. He also enjoyed...
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Gerald F. Sellers

August 1, 1933 - February 10, 2014

Gerald F. Sellers age 80, of Cridersville died 6:30 a.m., Monday Feb. 10 at Lima Memorial Health Systems. He was born August 1, 1933 in Lima to Glenn C. and Gladys I. Stout Sellers, who preceded him in death. He married Darla Bice May 31, 2000 and she survives in Lima. Mr. Sellers had been quality control for Nelson Packaging for the last 11 years. He enjoyed woodworking and collecting...
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Patricia N Cox

March 30, 1932 - February 9, 2014

Patricia N. Cox, age 81, of Lima died 5:57 a.m., Sunday Feb. 9 at Lima Memorial Health Systems. She was born March 30, 1932 in Allen County to Claude W. and Bertha E. Miller Hardin, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Cox retired from Community Mutual in 1988 after 18 years in customer service and had previously been a courier for Myers Dental Lab for 8 years. She was a 1950 graduate of Lima...
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Charles Paul 'Charlie' Johns

June 3, 1941 - February 8, 2014

Charles Paul 'Charlie' Johns, age 72, of Cridersville died 1:41 p.m., Friday Feb. 7 at Lima Memorial Health Systems. He was born June 3, 1941 at home in Lima to Melvin Sylvester and Aritta Viola Boham Johns, who preceded him in death. He married Lela Myers June 3, 1961 who survives in Lima. Mr. Johns taught Chemistry and Physics at both Bath and Spencerville Schools, then received his MBA...
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Evelyn Jean Long

June 30, 1924 - February 3, 2014

Evelyn Jean Long, age 89 of Lima, died at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 3, 2014 at Golden Living Center, Lima. She was born June 30, 1924 in Lima, Ohio; the daughter of the late George Dewey and Lenore 'Peg' Striff Geise. On May 9, 1946 she married Richard Edward Long who died October 26, 2009. She is survived by three sons – Richard F. (Cathy) Long of Beaverdam, Ohio; Warren E. (Kathy) Long...
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Mary Ann Hale

December 13, 1945 - February 2, 2014

Mary Ann Hale, age 68 of Harrod, died at 9:03 p.m., Sunday, February 2, 2014 at her residence. She was born December 13, 1945 in Lima, Ohio; to the late Willis and Mary Jane Hawk Steed. On January 16, 1965 she married Donald Hale, who survives. Mrs. Hale was a homemaker and attended Cridersville Baptist Church. She enjoyed family gatherings, camping, walking around flea markets and looking,...
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Kenneth Ray Deubler

August 3, 1951 - February 2, 2014

Kenneth Ray Deubler, age 62 of Waynesfield, died at 8:45 p.m., Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born August 3, 1951 in Allen County, Ohio; the son of the late Ray and Koneta Ream Deubler. Mr. Deubler had formerly worked at Ford Motor Company and had served in the U. S. Navy. He was a founding member and a lifetime member of the Roundhead Indian Ridge Sporting Clays....
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Pamela J. Casemier

April 11, 1952 - February 2, 2014

Pamela J. Casemier, 61 of Spencerville died Sunday, February 2, 2014 at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born April 11, 1952 in Lima, Ohio to Billy E. and Rose Eileen McKinley who preceded her in death. She married Steven Casemier who survives in Spencerville. Mrs. Casemier had been a homemaker, was a member of the Monticello United Brethren in Christ Church and the Christian Motorcyclists...
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Maxine W. Robinson

November 29, 1918 - February 1, 2014

Maxine W. Robinson, 95 of Cridersville, Ohio died Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Otterbein-Cridersville. She was born November 29, 1918 in Albany, Ohio to Robert Raymond and Clytice DeEtte Weed who preceded her in death. She married William B. Robinson on April 4, 1980 who survives in Cridersville, Ohio. Mrs. Robinson has been a teacher for the public schools, a secretary for Rockwell and an...
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Roberta 'Bird' Renn

May 20, 1946 - January 27, 2014

Roberta 'Bird' Renn, age 67, of Lima died 8:26 p.m., Monday Jan. 27 at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. She was born May 20, 1946 in Lima to Sammie and Oma Risner Wireman. Her mother survives in Beaverdam. She married Wayne E. Renn Oct. 17, 1964 and he survives in Lima. Mrs. Renn had been a truck driver and owner of Renn & Renn Trucking. She enjoyed home decorating, gardening, doll...
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John Bylsma

August 6, 1926 - January 27, 2014

John Bylsma, age 87, died on Monday, January 27, 2014 at Shawnee Manor, Lima. He was born in Warten, The Netherlands, on August 6, 1926 as 'Tjibbe Bijlsma' to Wiebe and Sepkje Bijlsma and they preceded him in death. He changed his name upon immigration to the United States in 1958. In 1949, he married Jacoby Aldonso vanMotman (Joyce) who preceded him in death on April 26, 2006. A second wife,...
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David R. Phillips, Sr.

July 30, 1951 - January 23, 2014

David R. Phillips, Sr. age 62, of Cridersville died Thursday at his residence. He was born July 30, 1951 in Martin, KY to Owen and Beulah Birchett Phillips; both parents preceded him in death. David was a Truck driver for Wrightway Foods. He formerly served in the Marine Corp. He is survived by a son David (Leslie) Phillips, Jr. of Wapakoneta; a granddaughter Cheyenne; 2 sisters Shirly Michael...
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Henry 'RS' Long

July 25, 1924 - January 19, 2014

Henry "RS" Long, age 89, of Lima died 6:04 p.m., Sunday January 19, 2014 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. He was born on July 25, 1924 in Seale, Alabama to the late Archie and Dicey Williams Long. He retired as a cook from Alpine Village. He was a faithful member of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons Leroy Long of Lima and Sean Egler of Findlay, Ohio; five...
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Gary James Bechdolt

May 2, 1939 - January 19, 2014

Gary James Bechdolt, of Lima died Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Lima memorial Hospital and 5:45 p.m., of an extended illness. He was born May 2, 1939 to William J. and E. June Bechdolt, who preceded him in death. Gary served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked for Western Ohio Stone for many years. Gary moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1974 and became an Over the Road truck driver. ...
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Gerald E. 'Gary' Eggeman

April 14, 1943 - January 19, 2014

Gerald E. 'Gary" Eggeman, age 70, of Elida died 4:43 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 19 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born April 14, 1943 in Delphos to Harold Joseph and LaDonna M. Brinkman Eggeman. He married Ottilie Anna Weiler who preceded him in death and later married Deborah Kay Zuppardo Ricker April 19, 2003 and she survives in Elida. Gary had been a machinist at Greif Brothers Corporation...
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Lloyd W. 'Bill' Snavely

March 6, 1939 - January 19, 2014

Lloyd W. 'Bill' Snavely, age 74 of Lima died 1:05 a.m., Sunday Jan. 19 at Shawnee Manor Nursing Home. He was born March 6, 1939 in Bucyrus, Ohio. He is survived by daughters Teana Snavely, Sharon Snavely Coheely and a son Shannon Snavely and 2 sisters Roxy Mort of Lima and Jackie Poffenvaugh of Crestline, his former wife Rebecca Snavely of Lima and four other children. Private services will...
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Sharon Kay Dailey

October 24, 1942 - January 18, 2014

Sharon Kay Dailey age 71, of Lima died 3:52 p.m., Saturday Jan. 18, at Lima Memorial Health Systems. She was born Oct. 24, 1942 in Lima to John A. and Lois Lowry Tully. Sharon had been a receptionist for Rays Markets and was a 1960 graduate of Cridersville High School. Survivors include a son Thomas Dailey of Colorado Springs, CO, 6 grandchildren: Corina, Racheal and Nick of North Carolina and...
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Carlotta Sue Golden

June 17, 1953 - January 18, 2014

Carlotta Sue Golden age 60, of Lima died at her home Saturday Jan. 18. She was born June 17, 1953 in Lima to Ollie James and Helen Lucille Green Williams, Sr. Her father preceded her in death and her mother survives in Lima. She married Michael Ward Golden March 19, 1972 who survives in Lima. Mrs. Golden was a member of the American Legion Post 96 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time...
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Glair Rene Roach

March 20, 1943 - January 17, 2014

Glair R. Roach age 70, she was born March 20, 1943 in Winona, Mississippi. The deceased passed away suddenly, January 17, 2014. Miss Roach was a former employee of Rhodes/OSU Lima Campus. She was preceded in death by a daughter Minnie Reene Roach and a sister Gloria Baskin. She leaves behind her children: Brenda Roach, Darren Webster, Deloris Webster and a special son-in-law Damon Moore, Sr.,...
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Harold E. Emrick

February 26, 1919 - January 15, 2014

Harold E. Emrick, 94, of Cridersville died 10:50 a.m., Wednesday Jan. 15 at Lima Memorial Health Systems. He was born Feb. 26, 1919 in Wayne Township to Orion L. and Vera Opal Feikert Emrick. He married Hazel P. Whitaker Feb. 16, 1973 and she survives in Cridersville. Mr. Emrick was a member of Cridersville United Methodist Church. He had been a farmer, drove a rural route paper delivery for...
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Elinor J. Koch

July 9, 1919 - January 15, 2014

Elinor J. Koch, age 94 of Cridersville, died at 10:12 a.m., Wednesday, January 15, 2014 in Shawnee Manor Nursing Home. She was born July 9, 1919 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late William and Elsie Meder Klein. On March 26, 1938 she married William J. Koch who died March 2, 1993. Mrs. Koch was a homemaker and a member of Cridersville United Methodist Church, where she was very involved with...
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Bette V. McCloskey

June 29, 1922 - January 13, 2014

Bette Virginia McElravy McCloskey, 91, passed away peacefully at Otterbein Cridersville retirement center on January 13, 2014, of natural causes. She on was born on June 29, 1922 in Sligo Township, Pennsylvania to William and Edna (Hackbarth) McElravy, one of twelve brothers and sisters. On December 1, 1950, she married Henry T. McCloskey, at St. Eusebius Catholic Church in East Brady,...
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Marjorie Louise Evans

July 10, 1916 - January 10, 2014

Marjorie L. Evans, age 97, of Cridersville, Ohio, died 10:13 a.m., Friday, January 10, 2014, at Otterbein, Cridersville. She was born July 10, 1916, in West Lafayette, IN to Frank Allen and Anna Belle Ropp McElroy, both parents preceded her in death. Marjorie was manager and owner of Evans Specialty Shop, Bluffton, Ohio. She loved the Buckeye state, O.S.U. Buckeyes, Pittsburgh Steelers, all...
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Caroline E. Lockwood Stapleton

October 18, 1930 - January 10, 2014

Caroline E. Lockwood Stapleton, age 83 of Lima and Bloomington, IN died 6:05 p.m., Friday, January 10 at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born Oct. 18, 1930 in Akron, to Allen Howe and Winifred Bess Chrisman Kuder. She married Earl Eugene Lockwood, and later Carl Stapleton who also preceded her in death. Mrs. Stapleton had been a public school teacher at Shawnee, Lima South and Lima Senior...
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Robert L. Miller

January 16, 1929 - January 9, 2014

Robert L. Miller age 84, of Lima died 5:30 p.m., Thursday January 9, 2014 at Van Wert County Inpatient Hospice. He was born Jan. 16, 1929 in Lima, Ohio to John Lawrence and Pearl Arizona Roberts Miller. He married Betty Jean Myers Feb. 1, 1947 and she preceded him in death Sept. 23, 2011. Mr. Miller had been a parts expeditor for Superior Coach Corporation. He attended Abundant Life Temple...
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Richard l. Westfall

August 30, 1939 - January 8, 2014

Richard L. Westfall, age 74, of Waynesfield, died 11:16 a.m., Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Lima Memorial Heath Care. He was born August 30, 1939 in Effingham, IL to Isidor and Sylvia Smith Westfall; both parents preceded him in death. He married Linda D. Conaway , who survives in Lima. Richard was a retired mechanic with Stoops Freightliner. He is survived by a son Danny Westfall, of...
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Ronald A. Steinke

September 19, 1938 - January 7, 2014

Ronald A. Steinke age 75, of Wapakoneta died at his residence Tuesday, Jan. 7. He was born Jan. 19, 1938 in Lima, Ohio to Isadore and Loretta Schnippel Steinke. He married Cornelia M. Rosenbauer April 28, 1960 and she preceded him in death Oct. 5, 2007. Mr. Steinke had worked at Koneta Rubber Company and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He enjoyed painting, woodworking and spending...
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Jennie M. Rex

January 25, 1930 - January 6, 2014

Jennie M. Rex, age 83 of Lima, died at 8:17 a.m., Monday, January 6, 2014 in Springview Manor Nursing Home, Lima. She was born January 25, 1930 in Lima, Ohio to the late Lee and Winifred Bowsher Routson. She married Bobby Ray Rex, who died in Mrs. Jennie M. Rex was an interior decorator with the Leader Store. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and collecting antiques. She is...
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Paula A. Willimas

August 9, 1954 - January 6, 2014

Paula A. Williams 59, of Lima died Monday, Dec. 6 at her residence. She was born Aug. 9, 1954 in Springfield, MASS to Webster and Joyce Harper Carroll, who preceded her in death. She married Tommie Anderson Williams Dec. 10, 1988 and he survives in Lima. Mrs. Williams had been a homemaker and was a member of Believers Christian Fellowship in Lima. Survivors include a stepson Toney (Carol)...
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Jack M. Unum

June 4, 1930 - January 6, 2014

Jack M. Unum 83, of Lima died 5:06 p.m., Jan. 6, 2014 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born June 4, 1930 in Sidney, Ohio to Herman and Naomi Hornig Unum. On Oct. 10, 1956 he married his soul-mate, wife Mary A. Johnson . They were married for fifty eight years. He was a 34 year member of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, Masonic Lodge 205, a life member of Veterans of...
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Opha Neal

April 11, 1927 - January 5, 2014

Opha Neal, 86 of Lima peacefully left this world at 7:00 pm Sunday January 5, 2014 at the home of her daughter. She was born on April 11, 1927, in Kentucky a daughter of the late John Henry and Katherine "Kitty" Jarvis. She married Leo Neal Sr. and he died on February 22, 2005. She was also preceded in death by two brothers Calvin Jarvis and Bob Jarvis, three sisters Mary Hensley, Marie...
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