Julianna M. Brackman, 82, 1643 St. Joe Road, Fort Recovery, died at 12:49 p.m. March 26, 2003, at Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, Ind.
She was born March 26, 1921, in Burkettsville, to William and Josephine Heyne Reier. On July 21, 1943, she married Zeno Brackman who died June 9, 2002.
Surviving are seven sons, Charles (Mary) of Wapakoneta, Joe and Paul of St. Joe, Luke (Luella) of Coldwater, Eugene (Joyce) of Maria Stein, Mark (Doris) of Sharpsburg, and Albert (Linda) of Philothea; three daughters, Virginia (Lester) Meyer of Coldwater, Rosemary (Carl) Stachler of Wendelin, and Rita (Vaughn) Wakefield of Versailles; a son-in-law, Steve Borges of Minster; three sisters, Betty Lange and Mary (Raymond) Wenning, both of Coldwater, and Marcella Westgerdes of St. Henry; 38 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Mary Catherine Borges, and three grandchildren are deceased.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Altar Sodality, both of St. Joe.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Alt officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-9 p.m. Friday and after 9 a.m. Saturday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery. A prayer service will be held there at 8:45 p.m. Friday.
William E. Engel, 92, 205 N. Front St., St. Marys, died at 5:25 p.m. March 25, 2003, at Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, St. Marys.
He was born Nov. 17, 1910, in St. Marys, to Frank and Elsie Fickel Engel. On July 1, 1937, he married Lois O. Miller who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Sandra (Lee) Clausing and Rebecca (John) Davis, both of St. Marys; a brother, Robert of Fort Myers, Fla.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a brother, Carl; three sisters, Katherine McVay, Emilie Helms and Gertrude Smith; and a grandchild.
He worked as a projectionist at St. Marys Theatre and later retired as a blanket weaver at St. Marys Woolen Mills. He also owned the former St. Marys Kiddie Shop for a number of years. He served on American Budget Company board of directors for 25 years and was a life member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 767 (Golden Eagle), both of St. Marys.
Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Patricia Minnick officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the church.
Roger W. Hickerson, 64, 8485 Ohio 119, Anna, died at 5:30 p.m. March 25, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
He was born Nov. 2, 1938, in Frederick, to Martin and Marguerite Koverman Hickerson. On July 18, 1959, he married Verona Ferguson who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Chris (Kristine) of Minster; a daughter, Laura (Vince) Bergman of Yorkshire; three brothers, Omer (Vernita) of New Bremen, John Henry of Virginia, and Rodney of Columbus; a sister, Alma Mae Chambers, Sharonville; and 10 grandchildren.
Three brothers and a sister are deceased.
He retired from Stamco Corp. in New Bremen after 33 years of service. A U.S. Navy veteran, he served as a machinist mate second class aboard the USS Wyandot during Operation Deep Freeze 1, 2 and 3 in the Antarctic.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster, Deacon John Schmiesing officiating. Calling is after 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In keeping with his wishes, the body was donated to the Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Contributions can be made to the Minster Area Life Squad.
Leonard C. Homan, 72, formerly of Ohio 119, Maria Stein, died at 8:22 a.m. March 25, 2003, at Versailles Health Care Center.
He was born March 30, 1930, in Maria Stein, to Lawrence and Mary (Schulte) Homan. On Oct. 4, 1952, he married Alice Pleiman who died March 11, 1992.
Surviving are five sons, Ronald (Joan) of Russia, Richard (Lori) and Robert J. (Michelle), all of Maria Stein, Roger (Michele) of Minster, and Roy (Marcia) of Bowling Green, Ky.; a brother, Othmar (Rita) of Maria Stein; five sisters, Mary Ann (Maurice) Harting and Dolores (Maurice) Cron, all of Coldwater, Irene (Roger) Will, St. Sebastian, Viola (Lester) Stammen, St. Henry, and Dorothy (Daniel) Eifert, Cassella; and 12 grandchildren.
He retired as a dispatcher from Springcreek Corp. and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Men's Sodality, both of Maria Stein, and a member and past commander of Maria Stein American Legion Post 571.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Schroeder officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with the Legion conducting military rites.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. today and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
Contributions can be made to St. Peter Neurological Center.
William H. King, 75, 2551 Mud Pike, Celina, died at 8:40 a.m. March 26, 2003, at St. Marys Living Center.
He was born April 22, 1927, in Muncie, Ind., to Zachariah and Nena Staley King. On Oct. 23, 1948, he married Mona L. Mitchner who died May 8, 1994.
Surviving are two sons, William O. (Rose) of Celina and James Richard (Cindy) of St. Marys; a daughter, Cherie L. (Robert) Seamster, of North Richland Hills, Texas; a brother, Clyde O'Dell of Muncie, Ind.; and five grandchildren.
A sister, Thelma, is deceased.
He retired in 1984 from Avco New Idea, Coldwater. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the European Theatre during World War II. He held a private pilot's license and was an amateur astronomer. He was a life member of Celina Veterans of Foreign War Post 5713.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens, St. Marys, with the VFW conducting military rites.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Former Mercer County resident Robert A. Newland, 88, Palm Gardens Nursing Home, Largo, Fla., died March 24, 2003, at St. Petersburg Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Fla.
He was born in Alger, the son of Martin Leroy and Pearl Norris Newland. On Nov. 2, 1936, he married Inez Byerly who died March 24, 1995.
Surviving are a brother, Marvin of Celina; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a son, James; three brothers, Martin L., Joe and Ray; and three sisters, Ida Gillespie, Peggy Holcomb and Elsie Fronso.
He retired from Ford Motor Co., Detroit, Mich., and was a former member of Montezuma Church of Christ.
Graveside services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mercer Memory Gardens, the Rev. Kevin Neumann officiating.
Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, has charge of arrangements. There is no visitation.
A. Donley Olson
Retired Air Force Col. A. Donley Olson, 89, formerly of Tipp City, died Feb. 25, 2003, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.
He was born June 1, 1913, in Little Fork, Minn., to Abraham and Minnie Carlin Olson. On Sept. 22, 1936, he married Marion Randolph who died Oct. 16. 1996.
Surviving are two sons, Donley (Valerie) of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Carl (Paula) of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter, Margot (Fred) Cooley, Canton, Mich.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A sister, Ivy Heinz, is deceased.
He was involved in the secret development of the B-29 Superfortress Aircraft which he piloted on its maiden flight. He served in the U.S. Air Force, earning man-of-the-year honors in 1949. He retired from the U.S. Government as an aeronautical engineer in 1968. He drove a bus for the Tipp City Schools from 1968-78.
He was a 1934 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Aeronautical Engineering and a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church, St. Marys.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Otterbein, the Rev. David Woodyard officiating.
Contributions can be made to the church or the Otterbein St. Marys Benevolence Fund.