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Jean Elizabeth Bowen

July 25, 1922 - August 26, 2015

Jean E. Bowen, age 93 of Cridersville, formerly of Lima, died at 9:10 p.m., Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Lima Memorial Health System. She was born July 25, 1922 in Caldwell, Ohio; the daughter of the late John and Hazel Shuttleworth. She married Don William Bowen who died March 1989. Mrs. Bowen was a homemaker and had worked in the retail jewelry business. She attended Shawnee United...
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Montzell M. 'Monie' Huber

February 29, 1928 - August 23, 2015

Montzell M. 'Monie' Huber 87, of Wapak passed Sunday Aug. 23 at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born February 29, 1928 in Elida, Ohio to the late Homer F. and Cecile F. Rigdon Miller. She married Herman E. Huber Feb. 29, 1948 and he preceded her in death April 10, 2005. Monie had worked for 20 years in the Northridge and Blume Elementary school cafeterias. She enjoyed sewing...
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Frances Rose 'Betty' Kohlhorst

July 18, 1929 - August 21, 2015

Frances Rose 'Betty' Kohlhorst age 86, of Lima died 2:15 p.m. Friday, August 21, 2015 at Richland Manor. She was born July 18, 1929 in Putnam County to the late Harry Edward and Mary Elizabeth Rose Brinkman. She married Richard Ronald Kohlhorst Jan. 11, 1947 and he preceded her in death May 23, 2001. Betty had been a Librarian for Perry Elementary School and a private duty caregiver. She...
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Helen Elizabeth Long

November 25, 1923 - August 18, 2015

Helen Elizabeth Long, age 91 of Lima, died at 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Lima Memorial Health Care Systems. She was born November 25, 1923 in Perry Township, Allen County, Ohio; the daughter of the late Raymond E. and Carroll Marie Graham Kerr. On November 15, 1942 she married James F. Long who died September 28, 2003. Mrs. Long was a homemaker and a member of Shawnee Alliance...
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Jordan Daniel Owsley

January 3, 2015 - August 11, 2015

Jordan D. Owsley age 26, of Lima died Aug. 11, 2015. He was born Jan. 3, 1989 in Lima to Gordon G. Owsley of Vest, KY and Mary Kay Pope Shinn of Celina. Additional survivors include a daughter Madyson Owsley of Lima, a stepfather Frank Melissa) Adams of Lima and 6 siblings: Christine Owsley of Salyersville, KY, Julie (Brian) Garretson of Gainesville, TX, Frankie Adams of Lima, Dustin (Sarah...
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Carol 'Rose' Baker

September 10, 1938 - August 10, 2015

Carol Rosalie 'Rose' Baker, age 76 of Wapakoneta, went home to be with the Lord, August 10, 2015. She was born September 10, 1938 in Lima, Ohio to the late Leroy and Olga Jean Eley Hunlock. Rose was a homemaker and had worked as a cashier at the Lima Bargain Center. She loved her Lord and Savior, and every morning about 10 she would have Bible study with Larry and Debb over the phone. Her...
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Keith L. Figley

August 31, 1942 - August 9, 2015

Keith L. Figley, age 72, of Van Wert died 8:35 a.m. Sunday August 9, 2015 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice. He was born Aug. 31, 1942 in Decatur, IN to the late LeDoyle 'Farmer' and Mabel (Strickler) Figley. He married Sandra Hoffman May 1, 1981 and she preceded him in death Oct. 24, 2009. Keith had been a shipping clerk for Aeroquip, retiring after 32 years. Survivors include 2 sons: Dustin...
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Robin L. Sanders

November 4, 1966 - August 1, 2015

Robin L. Sanders, 48, of Wapakoneta went to heaven to be with her Lord early Saturday at her residence. She was born Nov. 4, 1966 in St. Mary's to James E. and Constance Evans Sanders. Robin had been a homemaker and quality inspector for Preferred Sourcing and was a member of the Eagles Lodge Aerie 691. Survivors include the love of her life David D. Guy, her mother Connie Burgess of...
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Mary Jean Metz

August 16, 1922 - August 1, 2015

Mary Jean Metz, age 92, of Wapakoneta died 10:30 p.m., Saturday at Wapakoneta Manor. She was born August 16, 1922 in Uniopolis to the late Oscar Marion and Nellie Maria Butler Snider. She married Willis Leroy 'Bill' Metz March 9, 1940 and he preceded her in death Nov. 29, 1993. Mary had been a homemaker and retired Lab Tech in QC for Fisher Cheese. She was a member of Rousculp Church of...
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John David Crum

May 12, 1960 - July 31, 2015

John David Crum entered into Eternal Peace on Friday July 31, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center. Son of Bruce Crum Sr. and Thelma Brown, John attended Lima Senior High School and served in the Army as a Petro Supply Specialist. John lived in Lima 55 years and worked locally as a handyman. He attended Bible Believers Church. John was a generous soul who had a special place in his heart for...
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William A. "Bill" Shaffer

April 20, 1929 - July 27, 2015

William "Bill" Shaffer 86, of Elida died of cancer at 12:30 a.m., Monday July 27, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center, surrounded by his entire family. He was born April 20, 1929 to William Austin and Mary Elizabeth Long Shaffer, who preceded him in death. On Dec. 2, 1950 he married Florence Marie Beidelschies who survives. Bill worked at Teledyne Ohio Steel and was a member of First...
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Martha Jane 'Marti' Fisher

September 1, 1938 - July 26, 2015

Martha J. 'Marti' Fisher, age 76 of Cridersville, died at 5:26 p.m., Sunday, July 26, 2015 in Lima Memorial Health Care Systems. She was born September 1, 1938 in Van Wert, Ohio; the daughter of the late Delbert and Evelyn Black Dolbey. On July 11, 1980 she married William G. 'Bill' Fisher who died May 9, 2015. Mrs. Fisher retired from Fisher Cheese, attended the Cridersville United Methodist...
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Clifford A. Carroll

June 9, 1930 - July 23, 2015

Clifford A. Carroll, age 85 of Lima, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015 at his residence in Otterbein-Cridersville. On June 9, 1930 he was born to the late Jacob and Rhoda Ransbottom Carroll. On October 19, 1951 he married Maybelle 'Skip' Hall who preceded him in death in 2006. He is survived by one son – Allen (Nancianne) Carroll, four daughters – Dennise (Les) Bice, Jane (Randy)...
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Frances Vera Deckling

May 12, 1943 - July 22, 2015

Frances V. Deckling, age 72 of Lima, died at 11:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at her daughter, Tiffany Deckling home. She was born May 12, 1943 in Aurora, Ill. Frances was a telephone operator for Sprint. She was survived by a daughter Tiffany Deckling of Lima, a granddaughter, Summer Deckling of Lima.. She was preceded in death by her mother Sadie Louise Block and her step-father...
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Ronald Martin Peare

June 30, 1945 - July 20, 2015

Ronald M. Peare of Elida died July 20, 2015 at his residence. He was born to Alfred and Dolly Peare in South Bend, Indiana who preceded him in death. Ronald was married to Rheba J. Lane Peare for 49 years. Ronald graduated from Brandywine High School in Niles, Michigan in 1963 and graduated form Michigan State University as an agronomist. We all love and honor his life and the things he stood...
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Michael J. Bales

June 28, 1948 - July 18, 2015

Michael J. Bales, age 67 of rural Wapakoneta, slipped out of the arms of his loving family and onto our Heavenly Father at 7:11 a.m., Saturday, July 18, 2015 after a seven month battle with cancer. Michael was born in Lima, Ohio on June 28, 1948 to James M. and Lorraine C. (Schipper) Bales both deceased. On August 22, 1981 he married Dana Musser who survives in Wapakoneta. He was a...
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John T. Earl

June 6, 1987 - July 15, 2015

John T. Earl age 28 of Cridersville died Wed. July 15. He was born June 1, 1987 in Bluffton to Jerry Lee and Joy (Lions) Earl. His father, Jerry, survives in Wapakoneta, mother and step-father, Joy (Ed) Gross, also survive in Wapakoneta. John had been a warehouse supervisor for Wright Distribution Centers. He enjoyed hunting and spending time with friends and family. Additional survivors...
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Shirley M Scheithauer

November 9, 1946 - July 15, 2015

Shirley Scheithauer age 68, of Cridersville passed away following a 10 year battle with cancer on July 15, 2015 at OSU Medical Center. Shirley is survived by her mother Virginia Sharkey and a brother Dick Lawecki both of Florida. Also surviving are 3 sons: Sean Scheithauer, Kirk Scheithauer and Marc (Staci) Scheithauer, 7 grandchildren: Vivian, Gauge, Pierce, Korbyn, Quincy, Amber and Carl,...
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Mabel Sliger

December 25, 1912 - July 9, 2015

Mabel L. Sliger age 102, of Cridersville, died 10:57 p.m., Thursday July 9, 2015 at Otterbein-Cridersville. She was born Dec. 25, 1912 at North Vernon, Indiana to T. Roy and Ova (Kinsler) Klein. She married W. Stewart Bertram in 1938, who died 1948. She married Jean C. Sliger who preceded her in death, 1995. Beloved mother and grandmother; she is survived by a son Jerry P. (Lois) Bertram of...
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Roy G. Holtzapple

August 20, 1931 - July 8, 2015

Roy G. Holtzapple, age 83, of rural Wapakoneta, died 3:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2015. He was born August 20, 1931 in Buckland, Ohio; the son of the late Carl William and Sara Jane Vulgamott Holtzapple. On May 5, 1951 he married Evelyn Mae Lambert who died June 25, 2009. Mr. Holtzapple retired as a welder from Lima Register Company. He was a member of the Buckland United Church...
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Mark E Deeds

July 11, 1962 - July 5, 2015

Mark E. Deeds, age 52 of Lima, went home to be with the Lord, 10:00 a.m., Sunday, July 5, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born July 11, 1962 in Canton, Ohio; to the late Donald E. and Rose Marie VanMeter Deeds. On August 1, 1984 he married Kathleen A. Schimmoeller, who survives. Mr. Deeds worked at Barry's Fleet Service as an auto diesel technician and attended the Meadowbrook...
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Judith Ann Hower

November 7, 1947 - July 2, 2015

Judith Ann Hower age 67, of Minster and formerly of Cridersville, died 3:55 p.m., Thursday July 2 at Heritage Manor, Minster. She was born Nov. 7, 1947 in Lima to the late Arthur O. and Wahoneta Harford Hower. Judy had worked at Auglaize Industries and enjoyed shopping. Survivors include 3 brothers: Arthur Dale (Geraldine) Hower of Roundhead, Bitler E. (Sharon) Hower of Cridersville and...
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Ronald 'Tom' Kunkleman, Sr.

August 23, 1936 - June 30, 2015

Ronald Thomas 'Tom' Kunkleman, Sr. 78, of Cridersville died 5:00 p.m. Tuesday June 30 th at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Aug. 23, 1936 in Lima to the late Herbert Paul and Lucille Louella Wade Kunkleman. He married Maxene Rose Kinstle July 14, 1969 and she survives in Cridersville. Tom had been a tool maker and gun smith owning Tomax Tool & Gun. He was a life member...
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Catherine Hensley

September 13, 1923 - June 30, 2015

Catherine Sylvia 'Kitty' Hensley, age 91, of Lima died Jun. 30, 2015, at her son's residence. She was born Sept. 13, 1923 in Winona Lake, IN to Frederick Saxton & Clara Alvina Babetha Ammann Maxwell. She was raised near Wilmot, SD. On Oct. 25, 1947 she married Ronald H. 'Bud' Hensley, who preceded her in death on Aug. 28, 2010. Grandma Kitty was a homemaker after working as a radio inspector...
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Mary LaVonne Hardesty

February 6, 1929 - June 27, 2015

Mary LaVonne Hardesty, of Cridersville passed away Saturday evening, June 27, 2015, at St. Rita's Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born Feb. 6, 1929 in Allen County to the late Roy E. and Myrtle E. Little Thomas. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Melvin J. Hardesty, five children: Pam Weaver of Cridersville, Tim (Erica) Hardesty of Santa Fe, OH, Denny (Vickie...
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Richard L. 'Dick' Reed

October 26, 1940 - June 26, 2015

Richard L. 'Dick' Reed age 74, of Lima died 4:35 p.m. at Lima Memorial. He was born Oct. 26, 1940 to the late Ralph and Ruth Nadine Haruff Reed. He married Catherine Miller September 6, 1960 and she preceded him in death Sept. 15, 2011. Mr. Reed retired from UPS after driving for them for 33 years. He was a member of the Eagles of Lima and enjoyed golfing with friends. He was an avid...
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Linda S. Lindsay

January 31, 1956 - June 23, 2015

Linda S. Lindsay, age 59 of Lima, died Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at her residence. She was born January 31, 1956 in Columbus, Ohio; the daughter of Joseph Francis and Patricia Brehm Sullivan. Her father preceded her in death and her mother survives in Lima. On January 11, 1992 she married Robert Wayne Lindsay who died January 29, 2001. Linda had worked at Lima Memorial Health Systems Cancer...
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Kathy Lee Sanchez

January 15, 1952 - June 21, 2015

Kathy L. Sanchez age 63, of Liam died 12:40 a.m., Sunday June 20 at her residence. She was born Jan. 15, 1952 in Lima to the late Donald Lee and Wanda Lee Wurster Rogers. She married Custodio 'George' Sanchez and he survives in Lima. Additional survivors include a daughter Ranae (Jason) Hensley of Lima, adopted son: Jamie Scott Hoover of Eustis, FL, 4 grandchildren: Chasity, Jason, Jr.,...
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Radolfo Rudy Sanchez

March 27, 1939 - June 20, 2015

RADOLFO 'RUDY' L. SANCHEZ Radolfo "Rudy" L. Sanchez age 76, of Lima passed away peacefully at 7:10 p.m., Saturday June 20, 2015 at his residence following a battle with cancer. Rudy was born March 27, 1939 in Elgin, TX to Antonio & Gladys Sanchez whom preceded him in death. On September 22, 1962 he married Judy Lynn Bender who survives. Rudy attended Bath High School and was a Marine Corps...
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Robert C Eberle, Sr.

January 15, 1935 - June 19, 2015

Robert C. Eberle, Sr. age 80, of Lima died 5:20 p.m. Friday at his residence. He was born Jan. 15, 1935 to the late Clarence and Clara Mae Durr Eberle. He married Janet S. Cole 62 years ago and she survives in Lima. Mr. Eberle had worked at Ford Motor Company for 30 years. Additional survivors include 2 sons: Robert (Ashley) Eberle, Jr., Edward Eberle, a daughter: Roxanne (Mark) Howland,...
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Thomas Lynn Miller

May 28, 1959 - June 18, 2015

Thomas Lynn Miller, age 56 of Lima, died at 9:50 p.m., Thursday, June 18, 2015 after an extended illness. He was born May 28, 1959 in Lima to Eldon E. and Marian Parker Miller. His father preceded him in death on December 26, 2014 and his mother survives in Lima. Mr. Miller worked in construction and roofing. His hobbies included fishing, bow hunting, gardening, and cooking. Tom was a big...
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Patricia 'Pat' Babcock

February 8, 1926 - June 15, 2015

Patricia "Pat" Babcock, 89, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2015 at Lima Memorial Health System. Pat was born on February 8, 1926, in Lima, the daughter of Harold and Marie Leffler. She married Nelson V. Babcock on January 31, 1948, who predeceased her. She is survived by her two daughters, Jan (Rick) Kuba of Waynesfield and Denise (Mark) Nielson of Cape Coral, FL and three sons, Daniel...
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Michael Hirn Bradford

December 12, 1944 - June 14, 2015

Michael H. Bradford age 70, of Delaware, Ohio died 9:55 a.m., Sunday June 14, 2015 at Grady Memorial Hospital. He was born Dec. 12, 1944 to the late Ray Daniel and Helen Ruth Hirn Bradford. Mr. Bradford had been a scientist and inventor, inventing the Genesis Bio-entrainment Module. He was often referred to as the "Father of Music Medicine". Survivors include his children: Dejah (James)...
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Alice Virginia Allen

November 19, 1944 - June 11, 2015

Alice Virginia Allen, age 70 of Lima, died at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 11, 2015 at her daughter's residence. She was born November 19, 1944 in Martins Ferry, Ohio; the daughter of the late Elsworth K. and Mary Hesske Smith. Alice is survived by a daughter - Tracy Mayberry of Lima; 2 sons - Kenneth Gosnell of Lima and Dennis Mason of TN; 34 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren. She was...
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Kathy May Borman

January 27, 1953 - June 9, 2015

Kathy May Borman, 62 of Lima, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 10:21 p.m. at St. Rita's Medical Center. Kathy was born January 27, 1953 to Wilson and Eva Kathryn Cole who preceded her in death. Survivors include 2 sons; Joseph Borman of Dayton, Ohio, and William "Bill" Borman of Lima, Ohio, 3 brothers; Donald Cole, Larry Cole and Ronald Cole, 3 sisters; Peggy Haynes, Sherry Cole and...
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Paula Lucille Dotson

December 5, 1940 - June 9, 2015

Paula Lucille "Paula Lucy" Dotson, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 8:54 p.m., at her home surrounded by her loving family. Paula was born December 5, 1940 to John Ivan and Nellie Eileen Newland McKillip who preceded her in death. On February 14, 1984 she married Phillip Dotson who survives in Lima, Ohio. Paula retired from Lima Memorial Hospital where she worked in central supply. She was...
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Ronald D. Heacock

June 30, 1943 - June 8, 2015

Ronald D. Heacock, 71 of Lima, passed away on Monday June 8, 2015 at Lima Memorial Hospital. Ronald was born June 30, 1943 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania to Claude and Kathryn (Wasser) Heacock. His father is deceased; his mother survives in Souderton, Pennsylvania. Also surviving is a daughter, Elizabeth (Matthew) Briggs of Lima; three grandchildren Devin Burgess (Kati Liles) of...
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Craig Allen Ingle

November 25, 1966 - June 4, 2015

Craig Allen Ingle, age 48 of Lima, died at 2:01 a.m., Thursday, June 4, 2015 at OSU Medical Center, Columbus. He was born November 25, 1966 in Lima, Ohio to Richard H. and Jean L. Ingle. His father preceded him in death and his mother survives in Lima. He is also survived by 2 sons – Ben Ingle and Shawn Ingle; a good friend - Jami Breitigam; a sister – Barb (Alan Lange) Ingle-Lochner of...
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Betty Lou Craig

September 11, 1940 - May 28, 2015

Betty Lou Craig, age 74 of Wapakoneta, died at 10:47 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Lima Memorial Health Care Systems. She was born September 11, 1940 in Wapakoneta; the daughter of the late Orville B. and Dorothy Elizabeth Ramey Mault. On October 25, 1961 she married Dale Eugene Craig, Jr. who died December 7, 2002. Mrs. Craig was a homemaker, a Walmart associate and a member of Rousculp...
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James A Shingledecker

February 2, 1934 - May 28, 2015

James A. Shingledecker, age 81 of Lima, died at 6:30 a.m., Thursday May 28, 2015 at his residence. He was born February 2, 1934 in Columbus, Ohio; to the late Arthur and Helen Jane Adams Shingledecker. On June 14, 1966 he married Shirley Naumburg, who survives. Mr. Shingledecker retired from Ford Motor Company and was a member of the St. Matthew Lutheran Church. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran...
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Michael E. Taylor

January 15, 1959 - May 27, 2015

Michael E. 'Mike' Taylor, age 56 of Lima, died at 4:20 a.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Lost Creek Care Center, Lima. He was born January 15, 1959 in Lima, Ohio. He is the son of the late Charles Hudson Taylor and Jean Louise Wagner Shafer, who survives in Lima. Mr. Taylor was a horse trainer and had worked in the plumbing department at Home Depot. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, a member of the...
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Lynne Elaine Davis

August 11, 1951 - May 26, 2015

Lynne Elaine Brown Davis, age 63 of Lima, died Tuesday morning, May 26, 2015 at Lima Memorial Health Care Systems. She was born August 11, 1951 in Lima, Ohio to James R. 'Bob' and Elaine Laura Johnson Brown. Her father preceded her in death and her mother survives in Lima. She married Eddy L. Davis, who preceded her in death. Lynne was a retired State Corrections Officer. She was a 1969...
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Ryan J. Boerger

November 27, 1986 - May 23, 2015

Ryan J. Boerger, age 28 of Delphos, died at 8:20 a.m., Saturday, May 23, 2015 in Vancrest Health Care Center, Delphos. He was born November 27, 1986 in Lima, Ohio. He is the son of Richard L. and Libby D. Christman Boerger, who survive in Delphos. Ryan resided in the Mary Ann Brown Residential Facility, currently owned by C.R.S.I., for several years. He attended Marimor School and more...
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Freda R. Dotson

April 28, 1934 - May 17, 2015

Freda R. Dotson, age 81, of Lima died 4:25 p.m. Sunday at Wyngate. She was born April 28, 1934 in Delphos to the late Francis B. and Dorothy Minnie Wilhelmy Miner. She married James L. Dotson May 12, 1952 and he survives in Lima. Mrs. Dotson had been a homemaker and member of Cridersville United Methodist Church. She enjoyed fishing, anywhere, watching birds, growing flowers, garage sales...
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William 'Bill' Fisher

September 19, 1937 - May 9, 2015

William G. 'Bill' Fisher, age 77 of Cridersville, died at 12:07 a.m., Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Kindred Hospital. He was born September 19, 1937 in Lima, Ohio; the son of the late George William and Myrtle Leona Bowden Fisher, Jr. On July 11, 1980 he married Martha Jane Dolbey, who survives. Mr. Fisher retired from BP Chemical, attended the Cridersville United Methodist Church, and was a...
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Sue Bunke

June 8, 1942 - May 7, 2015

Beverly 'Sue' Bunke age 72, of Lima died 8:15 a.m., Thursday May 7, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born June 8, 1942 in Lima to the late Maynard F. and Marguerite Waltz Long. She married David L. Bunke June 20, 1971 and he survives in Lima. Sue was raised an only child in Cario, OH and a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She enjoyed doing for others and was proud...
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John R. Shultheis, Jr.

January 29, 1922 - May 4, 2015

John R. Schultheis age 93, of Lima died 4:10 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born Jan. 29, 1922 in Pittsburg, PA to the late John Robert and Edith Moor Schultheis, Sr. He married Betty Jane Leffler who survives in Lima. Mr. Schultheis had worked for Teledyne Ohio Steel for over 41 years. He had served in the U. S. Army during WW II and had received a Purple Heart...
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Cynthia A. Cindy Sergent

June 25, 1963 - May 3, 2015

Lima- Cynthia Ann Sergent, 51, died at 8:59 a.m. on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at her home. Cindy was born on June 25, 1963 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Carl Raymond Sergent and Carol Barton Kelly. Cindy was a SEIU District 1199 delegate and PAC chair and worked at Orchards of Lima. She was a member of the American Legion Post 96 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed camping, spending time with her...
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Ralph Hadding

August 3, 1936 - May 2, 2015

Ralph Hadding, age 78, of Lima died 1:10 a.m., Saturday May 2, 2015. He was born Aug. 3, 1936 in Deermont, TN to Marie and Henry Lehman who preceded him in death. His stepfather Alexander Hadding also preceded him in death. On Aug. 22, 1956 he married Valeria K. Rhine who preceded him in death. He graduated in 1955 from Lima Shawnee where he played baseball 3 years. In 1959 he graduated from...
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Karen L. Long

November 10, 1941 - May 1, 2015

Karen L. Long age 73, of Lima died 10:15 p.m., Friday May 1, 2015 at her home. She was born Nov. 10, 1941 in Rimer to the late Virgil Loren and Gladys Viola Owens Jones. She married Larry B. Bradley who died in 1970 and married Larry G. Long Sept. 16, 1978 who survives in Lima. Karen had been a secretary for Marathon Oil and Scot Lad Foods. She was a member of County Line Church of the...
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Gertrude M. "Babe" McComas

November 5, 1930 - April 29, 2015

Gertrude M. "Babe" McComas age 84, of Lakeview died April 29, 2015 at 11:13 a.m., in Columbus. She was born November 5, 1930 in Pineville, KY to the late Granvel and Doris Moore Combs. She married Glenn Lamar McComas October 24, 1949 who died January 22, 2010. Babe was a homemaker and had babysat for many years. She enjoyed Texas Hold'em, Yahtzee, fishing, bowling and spending time with her...
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Corail E. "Carl" Liles

November 22, 1962 - April 22, 2015

Corail E. "Carl" Liles age 52, of Lima died Tuesday April 22, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born in Lima to the late Leonard Earl and Carrie Lucille Allen Liles. He was preceded in death by the love of his life Pamela Haruff. Carl was a member of Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church. He was an avid Ohio State fan and loved to play his keyboard and taking walks. He also enjoyed...
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Richard H. 'Dick' Geyer

November 29, 1925 - April 22, 2015

Richard H. 'Dick' Geyer age 89, of Lima died 1:40 a.m., Wednesday April 22, 2015 at Shawnee Manor. He was born November 29, 1925 in Huntington, IN to the late Cleo George 'Jack' and Naomi Houchin Geyer. He married Sara Anne 'Sally' Greiwe June 15, 1947 and she survives in Lima. Mr. Geyer had been a regional sales manager for Aerovent Fan Co. and a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church. He was...
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George Nick Thedieck

December 25, 1937 - April 21, 2015

George "Nick" Thedieck, Jr age 77, of Lima died 7:34 p.m., Tuesday April 21, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born Dec. 25, 1937 in Lima to the late George and Lucille C. (Sheehan) Thedieck, Sr. He married Donna S. Mason Oct. 14, 1960 and she survives in Lima. Nick had been a machinist for Ford Motor Company before establishing Thedieck Construction. He graduated from Shawnee High...
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Sharon D. Nuesmeyer Smith

August 25, 1964 - April 20, 2015

Sharon D. Nuesmeyer Smith age 50, of Wapakoneta died 12:45 p.m., Monday April 20 at Flower Hospital. She was born Aug. 25, 1964 in Toledo to the late Lester Henry and Francina Ann Burden Nuesmeyer. Sharon was a member of First English Lutheran Church and was a Wapakoneta High School class of 1982 graduate. Survivors include a brother James (Kristy)Nuesmeyer of Wapak, a sister Susan Nuesmeyer...
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David Alan Fox

January 29, 1945 - April 13, 2015

David Alan Fox, age 70, of Rockford, IL died 9:20 a.m., Monday April 13, 2015 at St. Anne's Rehab Center in Rockford. He was born Jan. 29, 1945 in Lima to the late Perry and Geraldine Stedke Fox. David was an aerospace electrical engineer for United Technology, formerly Westinghouse/Sunstrand. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers...
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Ethel Lee Sims

April 25, 1938 - April 12, 2015

Ethel Lee Sims, age 76, of Lima died 7:38 p.m., Sunday April 12, 2015 at Kindred Hospital. She was born April 25, 1938 in Tampa, Florida to the late John and Neva Sea Pinder. Ethel enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and talking on the phone. Survivors include her longtime companion Leslie Chambliss, children: Marylee Gindling of Springhill, FL, Karen (Charles) Bushey of Lima, Martin Gindling of...
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William Owen Stoody

April 9, 1921 - April 12, 2015

William Owen Stoody, age 94 of Pandora and formerly of Lima, died at 2:44 a.m., Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Lima Memorial Health Systems E.R. He was born April 9, 1921 in near Columbus Grove, Ohio; the son of the late Owen Herbert and Zella Mae Green Stoody. On August 9, 1941 he married Velma Belle McKanna who died February 20, 2009. Mr. Stoody was a retired truck driver with C W Transport and...
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Louise A. Simpko

January 1, 1934 - April 12, 2015

Louise A. Simpko, age 81 of Wapakoneta, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Lima Memorial Health Care Systems. She was born January 1, 1934 to the late Howard and Dorothy Parker Bechdolt. On June 17, 1956 she married John Francis Simpko, Sr. who died November 29, 1977. Mrs. Simpko started in 1951 with the First National Bank, which became Bank One and then retired from Chase in 1996. She was a...
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Krystal Paige Pakkidis

September 19, 1990 - April 11, 2015

Krystal Paige Pakkidis, age 24 of Lima, died at 4:42 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born September 19, 1990 in Mission Hills, CA. She is the daughter of Antony S. and Lisa M. Claussen Pakkidis, who survive in Lima. Krystal had worked as a bartender. She will be remembered for her big, loving heart and helping others. She loved spending time with her...
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Arthur P Kenny, Jr.

September 18, 1920 - April 11, 2015

Arthur P. Kenny, Jr., age 94 of Wapakoneta, died at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Auglaize Acres. He was born September 18, 1920 in Lima, Ohio; to the late Arthur P. and Mary Kathryn Schneider Kenny, Sr. On October 25, 1958 he married Wilma Marie Tippie who died July 14, 2007. Mr. Kenny was a retired machinist for 39 years with Lima Loco Works, Clark Equipment. He was a WW II U. S....
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Mary K. Kuehl

May 6, 1928 - April 11, 2015

Mary K. Kuehl, age 86 of Wapakoneta, died at 8: 37 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Lima Memorial Health Care Systems surrounded by her family. She was born May 6, 1928 in Lima, Ohio; the daughter of the late Walter and Flossie Campbell Mertz. On March 18, 1950 she married Robert L. Kuehl, who survives in Wapakoneta. Mrs. Kuehl was a homemaker. She was an avid Cincinnati Reds and Ohio State...
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Joseph Lee McHugh

March 27, 1947 - April 11, 2015

Joseph L. McHugh, age 68 of Lima, died at 10:52 a.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015 at his residence in Lima. He was born March 27, 1947 in Ohio City; to the late Thomas and Luella McHugh. He was a retired truck driver and a Vietnam U.S. Marine Veteran. Survivors include 3 sons – Joseph (Belinda) McHugh, Jr. of Lima; Thomas McHugh of Lima; Jeff A. (Chrissy) McHugh of Van Wert; 2 daughters...
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Opal Mae Hinegardner

May 11, 1923 - April 8, 2015

Opal Mae (Laing) Hinegardner (known as "Grandma Chickie" to her grandkids) 91, died at 2:42 p.m., April 8, 2015, at her home with her sons at her bedside. She was born May 11, 1923, in Allen County to Charles and Glenna (Fickle) Laing, who preceded her in death. Opal worked at Westinghouse, Leader, Greggs, and Sears. Opal and Bill shared 69 wonderful years of marriage before his passing in...
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Dale Lee Wheeler

January 16, 1952 - April 2, 2015

Dale Lee Wheeler, age 63 of Ft. Myers, Florida passed away at 1:40am on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Lee Memorial Hospital in Ft. Myers, Florida. Dale was born January 16, 1952 in Lima, Ohio to the late Imogene Vernon Wheeler and Robert William Wheeler Sr. whom survives in Lima. Dale is survived by four children, Adam Carolus (Stephanie) of Lima, Stacey Ryan (Terry) of Centennial, Colorado,...
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Doris Jean Turner

November 6, 1924 - April 1, 2015

Doris Jean Turner, age 90 of Columbus Grove, died 3:10 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Hilty Memorial Home. She was born November 6, 1924 in Columbus Grove to the late Hiram and Irene Doty Spallinger. On July 24, 1945 she married Charles F. Turner, who died October 31, 1992. Mrs. Turner was a homemaker and a member of the United Church of Christ in Columbus Grove. She was a member of...
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Richard A. Crist

May 31, 1947 - April 1, 2015

Richard A. Crist age 67, of St. Mary's, formerly of Wapakoneta and Alabama, died at 7:01 p.m., Wednesday April 1, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born May 31, 1947 in rural Harrod, Ohio to the late William and Pearl Ingledue Crist. Richard retired from Ford Motor Company and had served in the U. S. Army. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Moulton. He was a lifetime...
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Tracy A. Tippie

May 25, 1960 - March 31, 2015

Tracy A. Tippie, age 54, formerly of Wapakoneta, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. She was born May 25, 1960 in Lima, Ohio to Robert and Mary Schuler Gerstner. On June 3, 1978 she graduated from Wapakoneta Senior High School, and then on August 19, 1998 she married Kevin Tippie of Yoder in Wilmington, NC, who survives. She was preceded in death by her father and...
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Betty J. Miller

May 6, 1942 - March 31, 2015

Betty J. Miller 72, of Lima went to be with the Lord March 31st, 2015. She was surrounded by her husband, children, and grandchildren. She was born May 6, 1942 in Ridgewood, Ohio to Leonard and Florence Collins Stratton who preceded her in death. Betty is survived by her husband, soul-mate and best friend Richard Miller for the past 50 years; daughter Pamela (Dale) Hempfling of Lima, Lonnie ...
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Lydia E. McElroy

August 6, 1932 - March 29, 2015

Lydia E. McElroy age 82 of Lima, died 2:55 a.m., Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Lima Memorial. She was born Aug. 6, 1932 in Auglaize County to the late John Barnes and Beatrice (Holten) Fitzpatrick and adopted by the late Glen and Reo Copus. She was previously married to Ronald Freed, Sr. and Thomas W. McElroy who preceded her in death. She enjoyed roses, flowers, making fudge and candy, camping...
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Kelly E. Lange

February 11, 1972 - March 27, 2015

Kelly E. Lange, age 43, of Lakeview died 4:36 p.m. Friday March 27, 2015 at Mary Rutan Hospital. He was born Feb. 11, 1972 to the late Eugene W. and Juanita J. (John) Lange. Kelly had been a truck driver and graduated from Shawnee High School in 1991. Kelly will be long remembered as the host of Lange fest and the king of barbecue at family gatherings. He was an entrepreneur in pizza making...
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Harold Kadel Jordan

August 22, 1936 - March 22, 2015

Harold 'Kadel' Jordan age 78, of Russells Point died 3:30 p.m., Sunday March 22. He was born Aug. 22, 1936 in Huntington, WV to the late Ottis Lee and Nellie Mae Jackson Jordan. He married Della Bowsher Dec. 28, 1957 and she survives in Russells Point. Kadel had been the owner operator of Dixie Roller Rink for many years. He also worked as a machinist for Teledyne Ohio Steel and Superior...
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Evelyn M. Gray

April 13, 1912 - March 22, 2015

Evelyn M. Gray, age 102, of Waynesfield, died 7:20 p.m. at Auglaize Acres, Sunday, March 22, 2015. She was born April 13, 1912 to Clyde F. and Maude Hardin Murray, both parents preceded her in death. She married David C. Gray on August 8, 1934, he preceded her in death on January 12, 1996. Mrs. Gray was a school teacher for Waynesfield-Goshen Schools, and was a co-owner of Gray's Orange Barn....
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Betty L. Shock

September 27, 1929 - March 19, 2015

Betty L. Shock, age 85, of Cridersville died 8:37 p.m., March 19, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born Sept. 27, 1929 in Allen County to the late Harley and Ruth Hadding Evans. She married Robert W. Shock, Sr. Oct. 1, 1948 and he survives in Cridersville . Mrs. Shock had been a homemaker. She was an Auxiliary member of V. F. W. Post 1275, American Legion Post 96, Am vets , Eagles...
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Joyce A. Kennedy

December 1, 1939 - March 16, 2015

Joyce A. Kennedy, age 75 of Waynesfield, died at 2:57 a.m., Monday, March 16, 2015 at Lima Memorial Health Care. She was born December 1, 1939 in Lima, Allen County, Ohio; the daughter of the late Levi and Loretta Prine Sanders. On May 19, 1956 she married Donald Gene Kennedy, who died March 24, 2006. Mrs. Kennedy had worked at Cridersville Health Care as a house keeper. She was a member of...
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Paul E. Krites

August 21, 1938 - March 15, 2015

Paul E. Krites, age 76, of Waynesfield died 2:25 a.m., Sunday March 15 at Cridersville Health Care. He was born Aug. 21, 1938 in Auglaize County to the late Kenneth and Grace Stiles Krites. He married Sheila N. Cox Nov. 3, 1962 and she survives in Uniopolis. Mr. Krites had been a machinist at DANA and was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He had served in the U. S. Marine Corps. ...
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Rodney D. Lee

September 7, 1947 - March 13, 2015

Rodney D. Lee, age 67, of Lima died 1:30 a.m., Friday March 13 at Wapakoneta Manor Nursing Home. He was born Sept. 7, 1947 in Lima to Robert Gene & Carol W. Lowry Lee. His mother survives in Lima. Mr. Lee graduated from Shawnee High School, enjoyed fishing, golfing and watching sports. He was an avid fan of OSU, Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Browns. Survivors include a daughter Rhonda...
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Bhanuben K Patel

June 1, 1947 - March 11, 2015

Bhanuben K. Patel, age 67, of Lima died 9:15 a.m., Wednesday at Lima Memorial. She was born June 1, 1947 in Gujrat, India to the late Dahyabahi and Kamhaben Patel. Funeral services will begin at 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville.
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Charles L. Campbell

December 25, 1941 - March 9, 2015

Charles L. Campbell, age 73, of Lima died 2:35 a.m. Monday March 9, 2015 at Kindred. He was born December 25, 1941 in North Baltimore, OH to the late Clifford and Bessie Williams Campbell, Sr. Mr. Campbell had been a chef for several local restaurants. He was loved by all who knew him and he will be missed by all. Survivors include a son: Charles 'Chuckie' Campbell. Jr. of Hicksville, 2...
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Clifford A. "Buzz" Law, Jr.

May 6, 1960 - March 8, 2015

Clifford A. 'Buzz' Law, Jr., age 79 of Cridersville, died at 12:10 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Lima Memorial Health Care Systems. He was born May 26, 1935 in Lima, Ohio; the son of the late Clifford A. and Mildred M. Phalen Law, Sr., who proceed him in death. On February 6, 1960 he married Charlotte A. Johnson, who survives in Cridersville. Mr. Law had been working the Cridersville Super...
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Charles James "Chuck" Epps

December 14, 1945 - March 7, 2015

Charles James 'Chuck' Epps, age 69 of Wapakoneta and formerly of Cridersville, died at 4:10 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born December 14, 1945 in Bellefontaine, Ohio; the son of the late Forrest and Betty Dean Ford Epps. On December 30, 1967, he married Karen Muzleski, who survives in Wapakoneta. Mr. Epps worked over 43 years with Century Link...
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Harold E. Slygh, Jr.

March 15, 1948 - March 7, 2015

Harold E. Slygh, Jr., age 66 of Lima, died at 4:12 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Richland Manor. He was born March 15, 1948 in Ottawa, Putnam County, Ohio; the son of the late Harold E. and Christine Williamson Slygh, Sr. Mr. Slygh was a long haul truck driver and a 1966 graduate of Ottawa Glandorf High School. Survivors include the mother of his children – Paula Anderson of Lima; a...
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Rhiannon Renee Rhoads

January 5, 1977 - March 6, 2015

Rhiannon Renee Rhoads, age 38 of Lima, died Friday, March 6, 2015. She was born January 5, 1977 in Lima, Ohio, the daughter of John M. Rhoads and Karen S. Snider. Rhiannon worked at Voith Industrial Services and was a member of Rousculp Church of Christ. Survivors include her mother and step father – Karen Sue (Dale) Douglas of Lima; her father and step mother – John M. (Dania) Rhoads of...
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Patricia L. Pat Webb

July 17, 1929 - March 6, 2015

Patricia L. 'Pat' Webb, age 85, of Uniopolis died 12:03 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015 at Lima Memorial. She was born July 17, 1929 in Van Wert County to the late Earnest M. and Leona P. Baxter Zinn. She married Ronald H. 'Curly' Webb Oct. 15, 1948 and he survives in Uniopolis. Pat was a member of Uniopolis United Methodist Church and had been active in the church as well as the community. She...
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Robert L. Rob Wells

February 11, 1954 - March 5, 2015

Robert L. Wells age 61, of Cridersville died at his residence Tuesday March 5, 2015. He was born Feb. 11, 1954 in Lima to Carl Arthur and Catherine Juanita Mowery Wells. He married Kathleen K. 'Katie' Kennedy and she survives in Lima. He had been a car inspector for CSX Railroad. Additional survivors include 2 brothers: Charles A. (Susan) Wells and Larry A. (Barbara) Wells both of Florida...
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Mabel Marie Lewis

July 27, 1919 - March 5, 2015

Mabel Marie (Fantz) Lewis, 95, died Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:35 a.m., at Otterbein Cridersville Skilled Nursing Facility of complications following a broken hip. She was born July 27, 1919 in Hume, Ohio to Jacob and Odessa (Bowsher) Fantz, and graduated from Shawnee High School in 1937. On November 25, 1939 she married James O. Lewis. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers...
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Tom Sproul

May 13, 1946 - March 4, 2015

Thomas L. 'Tom' Sproul, age 68, of Lima died 12:46 p.m., Wed. March 4, 2015 in Novi, Michigan. He was born May 13, 1946 in Lima to late Charles Everett and Mildred T. Markley Sproul. Tom had been a lease manager for Timmerman Ford, Bixel Ford and Bob Dunn Ford. He had a commercial real estate license and was a local businessman. He enjoyed going to car shows and races with family and friends....
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Joan M. Hunt

August 17, 1924 - March 2, 2015

Joan Hunt, age 90, passed away on Monday march 2 at Mount Pleasant Retirement Village, Monroe, Ohio. She was born August 17, 1924 in Lima to Owen and Martha Moran who preceded her in death. Joan met Roger Hunt while both working at the Lima News after Roger returned from the Army after World War II. On June 22, 1946 they were married and he preceded her in death February 5, 2005. After...
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Edith A. Miller

June 23, 1930 - February 22, 2015

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

November 15, 1937 - February 19, 2015

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

August 29, 1950 - February 16, 2015

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

October 16, 1924 - February 11, 2015

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

October 19, 1915 - February 8, 2015

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

March 16, 1933 - February 8, 2015

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

April 22, 1931 - February 7, 2015

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

September 16, 1938 - February 7, 2015

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

October 5, 1926 - February 6, 2015

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

July 23, 1922 - January 31, 2015

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

April 6, 1966 - January 31, 2015

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

November 22, 1937 - January 29, 2015

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